Chicago: Police shooting unjustified, even though cops lied, charges still pending against victim

“Antwon Golatte lifted his shirt to reveal the wide, dark scars of three bullet holes and two surgeries.

“I always said I was innocent,” said Golatte, 35, speaking to reporters for the first time since he was shot by police officers on the south side of Chicago in February 2015.

On Thursday, the city’s independent police review authority (IPRA) ruled that officers were unjustified in shooting Golatte. Their investigation contradicted officers’ contention that they shot him in self-defense, believing that Golatte was trying to run them over with his SUV.

“It was real, real painful … walking is hard for me, I can’t sit or stand for long periods of time, I have permanent nerve damage,” he said.”

“The vindication for Golatte comes after what he described as a long history of police harassment. He said officers sat in their cars for hours outside his home, and searched the building he rented out to tenants.

Two days before the shooting, Golatte’s attorney Danielle Pinkston said, the same officers had searched Golatte’s car without a warrant, while he left it running to warm up before taking a friend to the store.”

“When officers pulled Golatte over on 7 February 2015, during what they described as a narcotics investigation, Golatte said, “I knew that my life was in danger. There wasn’t a shadow of a doubt.”

Golatte is still facing four felony charges of aggravated battery to peace officers and a charge of damage to government property, Pinkston said. She said they are demanding state’s attorney Anita Alvarez drop the charges in light of IPRA’s findings. Alvarez is in her last months on the job, as she lost a Democratic primary amid allegations that she was too lenient on officers accused of misconduct.

Stewart said Golatte has trouble finding a job because employers find news stories describing the officers’ allegations, now debunked by IPRA.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/26/chicago-police-shooting-antwon-golatte-unjustified?platform=hootsuite

And they wonder why a war is being brought to their doorstep

They have truly brought this on themselves

There is only so much injustice that can be wrought upon people before they have enough

 

 

Florida Deputy finally denied blue privilege

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Posted By Deborah Lee Jarret

“A Pinellas sheriff’s deputy who was fired from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of driving while impaired eight years ago resigned Saturday after being accused once again of driving under the influence in Naples, authorities said.

Jose Javier Berrios-Collazo, 33, was arrested about 2 a.m. Saturday, according to a report from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. A Collier deputy said Berrios-Collazo may have been speeding in a black Jeep.

The Jeep was pulled over. Deputies at the scene said they could smell alcohol in the car, and Berrios-Collazo slurred his words when he spoke. His eyes were glassy, according to the report, and he failed field sobriety tests. He refused to take a breath test, deputies said.

A deputy also found loose marijuana and a glass pipe in the Jeep, according to the report. Collier deputies said they could not determine if it belonged to Berrios-Collazo or a passenger, so they did not arrest either on drug charges.

Hours after his arrest, Berrios-Collazo resigned from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. He declined to comment on Thursday. He joined the agency in June 2012.

In 2008, while he was a Pasco deputy, Berrios-Collazo was stopped in Tarpon Springs when a Pinellas sheriff’s sergeant spotted him speeding at 98 miles per hour and weaving in traffic. The sergeant did not investigate Berrios-Collazo for DUI, though, and no charges were filed.”

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/pinellas-sheriffs-deputy-resigns-hours-after-dui-arrest-in-naples/2286332?platform=hootsuite

On the first offense if that would have been you or I , we would have been in jail

But he has blue privelege

He is part of the elite thin blue line that protects us from anarchy

The society of the badge and gun

One of the club

The true point here is that the cop who pulled him over is as much of a scumbag as he is

Of course he is not shocked that his compadre is a degenerate

What he is witnessing is normal behavior from within the protected community

Of course he is not shocked at DUI and dope

It’s what all of his buddies do

I must be exaggerating right ?

Okay, if you think so try this

Go to this link : http://www.policemisconduct.net/ and see what you find

There are 247 pages of the misadventures of our miscreants in blue

Heroes?

Thin blue line?

How about control hungry sadists that have more in common with rapists, child molesters, wife abusers and bullies

They are 4 times more likely to commit domestic violence

And 6 times less likely to get arrested

Seriously, 247 pages amassed since 2012

And these are not single screen pages

These are huge

Just to show you how large

I will post page one below

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-26-16

Here are the 16 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 26, 2016:

  • Laurel, Montana: An officer was arrested for allegedly beating his girlfriend. ow.ly/bIz5302Chgc
  • New Haven, Connecticut: The chief was suspended for 15 days for berating a waitress and other actions unbecoming an officer. ow.ly/fL6u302Co3i
  • Love County, Oklahoma: The sheriff was arrested for harboring a fugitive and allowing drug use in his home. The case is before a grand jury. ow.ly/jAOQ302CoBm
  • Update: Reynoldsburg, Ohio (First reported 02-19-16): An officer was suspended as part of an ongoing investigation into falsified warrants and embezzlement. ow.ly/bEOZ302Cp1R
  • Whitehouse, Texas: An officer resigned while under IAD investigation for sexual impropriety, including harassing a female gas station attendant. ow.ly/uptV302CpZ5
  • Massachusetts State Police: A trooper was indicted on a bevy of rape and assault charges. ow.ly/TXR2302CqD7
  • Ottawa County, Ohio: A deputy was suspended and demoted for threatening an officer responding to a domestic disturbance call at his home. According to the report, the deputy has a history of suspensions for misconduct.  ow.ly/ijCt302Cryf
  • Update: Covert Township, Michigan (First reported 07-21-16): An officer was charged with sexual assault and kidnapping after attacking the female passenger of a DUI suspect. ow.ly/R0KQ302Ct4i
  • Tucson, Arizona: An officer was arrested after being found slumped over the wheel in a car that had struck parked vehicles while off duty. ow.ly/eJUU302CvjM
  • Horry County, South Carolina: A federal judge accepted two of three lawsuits filed by female (now-former) inmates who participated in catfights for money at the behest of a now-former detective. ow.ly/6dQj302Cudx
  • Update: Harris County, Texas (First reported 06-08-16): An officer’s firing for having sex with a female witness in the investigation of his colleague’s murder was upheld. ow.ly/JC7F302Cw9B
  • Gary, Indiana: An officer was placed on leave after his domestic violence arrest. ow.ly/XAkc302Cx3U
  • Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy who was previously fired from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office for DUI resigned after another DUI arrest. ow.ly/dY5a302Cxxd
  • Providence, Rhode Island: The City settled two lawsuits. One suit was brought by a man who was beaten unconscious by police. That settlement was for $255,000. The second suit was filed by an officer who claimed he and his son were racially profiled and arrested without cause. That settlement was for $50,000.  ow.ly/Ufo0302Cytb
  • Washington (DC) Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: An officer pled guilty to assault for pulling his service weapon during a road rage incident. ow.ly/5wzA302CA6y
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: An officer pled not guilty to insurance fraud and arson charges. ow.ly/YBz1302CAGG

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-25-16

Here are the 18 reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, July 25, 2016:

  • West Linn, Oregon: An officer was suspended after referring to Black Lives Matter protesters as “target practice” on Facebook. ow.ly/ElC6302yvX1
  • Update: Santa Ana, California (First reported 06-12-15): Three officers who were criminally charged for theft and other misconduct during a raid on a marijuana dispensary are no longer with the department. ow.ly/2rcQ302w7yJ
  • Cotton Plant, Arkansas: The chief was arrested and fired for pocketing civil fines that had been turned in to him. ow.ly/hoI3302yviK
  • Update: Bald Knob, Arkansas (First reported 03-16-16): The now-former police chief was given six months of house arrest and three years of probation for possession of a stolen gun. His plea agreement also ordered that he must reimburse an insurance company $12,000 for a truck fire to avoid arson charges. He can never work in law enforcement again. ow.ly/TFcc302yw7b
  • Nashville, Tennessee: An officer was suspended five weeks for making sexual comments to school employees when he served as SRO. He has been transferred out of school details. ow.ly/FsF0302ywl4
  • Update: Taylorville, Illinois (First reported 07-08-16): An officer was fired after his arrest for domestic battery. ow.ly/z6eW302ywIH
  • Update: Providence, Rhode Island (First reported 10-02-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to criminal charges for stealing from evidence. He was sentenced to seven years of incarceration. He will serve one year in home confinement and the remaining six years of his sentence was suspended. He will spend that time on probation. ow.ly/Vx3T302yx56
  • Update: Bullitt County, Kentucky (First reported 12-17-15): A now-former deputy was found guilty of civil rights violations for retaliating against a man who insulted him by breaking into his home, tasing him, and then falsely arresting him. He is scheduled to be sentenced October 17th.  ow.ly/G8Xd302yxkH
  • Spokane County, Washington: A deputy was fired for having a sexual relationship with a suspect who had an outstanding warrant. ow.ly/5kuX302yxC1
  • Martin County, North Carolina: A deputy was fired for having inappropriate relationships with two female (now-former) inmates. ow.ly/vUM6302yxQE
  • Manchester, Ohio: An officer was terminated for misrepresenting his arrest history. ow.ly/xbCd302yy6x
  • Trenton, New Jersey: The City settled two excessive force lawsuits for a total of $218,000 ow.ly/neG5302yyvs
  • Columbia County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for smuggling tobacco into jail for a friend who had been arrested. ow.ly/jXxq302yyGx
  • Update: Utah State Police (First reported 10-15-12): The State settled lawsuits with people who had been wrongly arrested for DUI by a now-former trooper who made a number of flawed arrests for $200,000. ow.ly/JxP2302yyZ9
  • Mount Hope, West Virginia: An officer was arrested for stalking her ex-girlfriend in Fayette County. ow.ly/dJxi302At2F
  • Sumter County, Alabama: The sheriff is undergoing an impeachment trial for misconduct and mismanagement of jail. ow.ly/F6fS302Atvt
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts: An officer was placed on leave after his arrest for assaulting a restaurant employee. ow.ly/cEdW302AtLT
  • Cherokee County, Georgia: A deputy confessed to stealing prescription drugs from evidence after his arrest for the crime. ow.ly/LJi3302AKWQ

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-22-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 22, 2016:

  • Pocomoke City, Maryland: A lieutenant and a now-former chief were charged with conspiracy and misconduct for interfering in an investigation. ow.ly/2X0R302tKn3
  • San Mateo, California: An officer was charged with 22 counts of rape and other sexual assaults on duty over more than two years.ow.ly/z3nm302uhkS
  • Austin, Texas: Two officers have been placed under investigation after a video of questionable and violent 2015 arrest of a female African-American teacher emerges. One officer said that the reason blacks are treated more harshly is because they have “violent tendencies.” ow.ly/L0Xs302ui4W
  • Update: Edison, New Jersey (First reported 04-01-14) officer who has been suspended since 2014 for criminal retaliation against an officer in another jurisdiction has been awarded unemployment benefits. His criminal trial is slated for September 2016. ow.ly/EkjJ302uirD
  • Update: Reading, Pennsylvania (First reported 05-26-16): An officer had tampering, false reporting, and criminal mischief charges that had been dismissed refiled against him. He is accused of seizing and smashing the phone of a bystander who recorded him in the course of his duties. ow.ly/xXcc302uiGg
  • Santa Fe County, New Mexico: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence against his wife. ow.ly/CkeO302uiP4
  • Citrus County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for solicitation and fired. ow.ly/lCmw302uiV6
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer was charged with taking “upskirt” pictures of women, including during traffic stops.ow.ly/ngvW302uj2t
  • Update: Orangeburg County, South Carolina (First reported 07-01-16): A now-former deputy was charged with felony misconduct for orally raping a woman by threatening her with her boyfriend’s arrest if she did not comply. ow.ly/Xn5u302ujap

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-21-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 21, 2016:

  • North Miami, Florida: An officer shot Charles Kinsey, a health care worker who was lying on the ground with his hands up attempting to aid an autistic man. Kinsey survived. By his account, when he asked the officer why he shot him, the officer replied “I don’t know.” ow.ly/uEhL302sYIo
  • Covert Township, Michigan: An officer was accused of sexually assaulting an arrested driver’s girlfriend. He has resigned. ow.ly/a0ur302sXS7
  • Silver City, New Mexico: The City will not terminate officers for a botched DWI investigation of a district attorney who was cited for reckless driving. ow.ly/3TWa302t8A7
  • Yorktown, Texas: The chief and one lieutenant have been suspended. The chief is accused of having a woman show him her breasts on a number of occasions in exchange for community service credit. The lieutenant was allegedly present when this happened on at least two occasions. ow.ly/D2Iw302t9ek
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida: An officer was arrested for breaking into her ex-boyfriend’s home and causing $5,000 in damages. The ex-boyfriend is also the former mayor. ow.ly/rntD302taLv
  • Loudon County, Virginia: A deputy was charged with misdemeanor domestic assault. ow.ly/7bY7302tdFv
  • Dane County, Wisconsin: A deputy was fired and charged with five criminal counts for bringing contraband to jail inmate with whom she had a relationship. ow.ly/T9xq302teyn
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: A metro officer was arrested for DUI and three hit-and-run crashes on I-15. ow.ly/1ULR302thKB
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 07-07-16): The City is being sued for wrongful death by the widow of Delrawn Small, who was killed by an off-duty officer in an alleged road rage incident. ow.ly/PrLA302ttWj

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-20-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for July 20, 2016:

  • New York, New York: An officer was charged with eight criminal counts for a DUI incident in which he ran onto a sidewalk, killing one and injuring three other pedestrians. ow.ly/EPsA302qC7M
  • Update: Massachusetts and New Hampshire State Police (First reported 05-12-16): One trooper from each department was charged with assault for actions after an interstate chase ended with the video-recorded beating of a driver on live television. ow.ly/Gfey302qCBL
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was arrested for DUI after an off-duty crash. ow.ly/tt8z302qE42
  • Pittsylvania County, Virginia: A deputy was arrested for DUI. He is no longer with the department. ow.ly/nT04302qGyD
  • Fort Pierce, Florida: The chief was suspended five days for intimidating a restauranteur. A City memo recommended suspension or termination for the incident. ow.ly/Q43r302qIcJ
  • Lee County, Florida: Several deputies are accused of seizing a bystander’s phone without a warrant. ow.ly/YeWu302qJ5g
  • Tulsa County, Oklahoma: The now-former sheriff Stanley Glanz pled no contest to charges for refusing to release information regarding the qualifications and training of his friend, Robert Bates, who became a reserve deputy. Bates was convicted for killing Eric Harris during a chase on foot. Glanz was given a one-year suspended sentence. ow.ly/QUCw302qKoK
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin: An officer who was involved in the in-custody death of Derek Williams has been fired for undisclosed reasons. No one from the Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee Police Association, or the Fire and Police Commission would say whether termination relates to the Williams case or a disputed duty disability claim. ow.ly/aH25302rk4L
  • Mandan, North Dakota: An officer was arrested for breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s garage. He was fired. ow.ly/s45G302rl95

Is There a War on Police?

Heather MacDonald, who is based at the Manhattan Institute, has a new book out titled, The War on Cops.  Is there a war?  John Stossel notes that the “war on cops” narrative is overblown: “‘War’ means killing.  The attack on officers in Dallas was despicable, but, even including those five deaths, it is still safer to be a cop today than in years past.  According to FBI records, 2015 was one of the safest years ever recorded.”

MacDonald seems to recognize that.  Her primary aim is to push back against the critics of the criminal justice system.  She says we need more proactive policing and stricter incarceration practices to protect our cities from what she calls “mass destruction.”  I have a review of the book over at Reason and outline several problems with MacDonald’s thesis.

Here’s an excerpt:

In 2013, a federal district court ruled that the NYPD’s [stop & frisk] tactics were unconstitutional. The court noted that cops were evaluated by their “productivity”—that is, finding contraband and making arrests. Officers were not disciplined for stops that turned up nothing, and innocent persons had no practical legal recourse for brief detentions and patdowns of their clothing. Thus, the police had job pressures to stop a lot of people, suspicious or not, to see what might turn up. That helps to explain why, of the 4.4 million police stops between January 2004 and June 2012, there was no further action taken, such as an arrest or summons, in a whopping 88 percent. Mac Donald does not address these points.

That 88 percent might actually be an underestimate, because the police do not necessarily file the proper paperwork where a questionable stop turns up nothing. Recall that when NYPD officers roughed up former tennis pro James Blake last year in a case of mistaken identity, they did not report the encounter. As far as police records showed, it never happened. Fortuitously, the incident was captured by a hotel security camera and Blake’s wife urged him not to drop the matter, arguing that it would highlight a type of abuse that black men had been complaining about.

Read the whole thing.  Related items here, here, and here.

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-19-16

Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, July 19, 2016:

  • East Providence, Rhode Island: An officer was charged with simple assault after a domestic violence incident. ow.ly/B5gt302ogiy
  • Update: La Crosse, Wisconsin (First reported 06-21-16): An officer who was arrested for OWI and hit-and-run has resigned. ow.ly/FlfH302ohe0
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was charged with third-degree assault and unauthorized entry of a vehicle after off-duty road rage incident. His trial is set for September 12. ow.ly/8oXP302ohMr
  • Update: Mission, Texas (First reported 07-21-15): A now-former officer who also served as a DEA task force member was found guilty of cocaine distribution conspiracy. He and another man plotted to steal 15 kilograms of cocaine from dealers under the guise of a legal seizure. ow.ly/t7L3302oiwR
  • Sunbury, Pennsylvania: An officer was suspended for inappropriate Taser use against a man. ow.ly/GiLp302ojju
  • Austin, Texas: An officer was suspended after pursuing a suspect going the wrong way down I-35. ow.ly/ixdM302ok7R
  • Fort Worth, Texas: An officer was charged with domestic violence after he pulled a gun on his girlfriend in February. He was fired last week. ow.ly/jtQl302ol50
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: The officer who killed a fellow officer in a friendly fire incident will not be indicted. ow.ly/dIJw302om0A
  • Terre Haute, Indiana: An officer was fired after his arrest for DUI after driving through an Air National Guard base gate. ow.ly/Eu7o302omB8

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-18-16

Here are the ten reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, July 18, 2016:

  • Update: Atlanta, Georgia (First reported 07-14-16): A now-former officer was charged with murder and related charges for fatally shooting Deravis Rogers while on duty. ow.ly/cNYk302klKg
  • New York, New York: An officer pled guilty to exploiting children and buying child pornography. ow.ly/bGqx302lRCT
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 05-01-15):  Lt. Brian Rice has been acquitted of all charges for his role in the death of Freddie Gray. http://bsun.md/29TpTiC
  • Santa Barbara, California: An officer was charged with workers’ compensation fraud. ow.ly/2M3B302lSEP
  • Laurens, South Carolina: An officer has been suspended for misconduct. He allegedly used a racial slur, drove drunk, and was involved in a domestic dispute while off duty and in the presence of other officers. ow.ly/TtRV302me6v
  • Update: Colfax County, New Mexico (First reported 03-06-15): A now-former deputy pled guilty to drug trafficking and theft for extorting suspected drug dealers. ow.ly/aFUs302mpl1
  • Barnwell City, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for domestic assault. The victim has subsequently asked for the charges to be dropped. ow.ly/BMDq302muAW
  • University of Maryland: An officer was suspended after inappropriately pepper-spraying and arresting a person at a party after officers received a false call about a fight and weapons at the predominantly black student party. ow.ly/B59m302myJd
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 02-11-16): A now-former sheriff’s plea deal has been rejected by a judge. The judge said that the sentence of six months in jail was too lenient. ow.ly/YPkw302mM1y
  • Update: Union County, Arkansas (First reported06-13-16):  A now-former deputy has his trial date for August 10.. He is accused of child pornography possession. ow.ly/t55V302mzgG

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-15-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, July 15, 2016:

  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: The department moved to fire an officer who gave pills to an informant. Criminal charges were dismissed last year. ow.ly/4t88302fWM1
  • Fresno County, California: The County settled a lawsuit filed by an attorney who was roughed up and arrested by a deputy without justification. The settlement was for $250,000. ow.ly/QClY302husV
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 03-22-16): An officer was acquitted of assault, kidnapping, and abduction. He had been accused of slamming woman’s head into car bumper. ow.ly/5TH7302hwF8
  • Update: Knox County, Tennessee (First reported 04-11-14): A now-former deputy lost a legal motion to suppress the search of his home. The judge denied the motion because, as a police officer, the deputy knew the implications of his consent. He is accused of child rape. ow.ly/FT1O302hCoV
  • Richland Parish, Louisiana: A deputy pled guilty to animal cruelty and false reporting for the death of a K-9 from heat exposure. ow.ly/Y6ym302hCRP
  • Detroit, Michigan: The now-former deputy chief will not face perjury charges for actions that led to the wrongful conviction and incarceration of Devontae Sanford in a quadruple murder. ow.ly/qDtY302hDJR
  • Sandusky County, Ohio: A homicide detective is under investigation by an unnamed outside agency. The high-profile murder investigation he was leading has been taken over by the state attorney general.ow.ly/jBgZ302i9aL
  • Brantley, Alabama: An officer was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. ow.ly/WKxB302i9wX

National Police Misconduct Newsfeed Daily Recap 07-14-16

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, July 14, 2016:

  • Lake County, Indiana: A deputy was arrested for DUI and hit-and-run on a pedestrian. ow.ly/xhjo302eYnp
  • Florence, Alabama: An officer entered pretrial diversion after a guilty plea for domestic violence. He was given 90 days in jail, which was suspended for two years, at which time it will be expunged if he stays out of trouble. He remains on unpaid leave.ow.ly/SqzG302f6da
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: The City is being sued by the state ACLU and other organizations for actions against protesters in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling. ow.ly/6Q37302f74q
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer was charged with domestic assault for pointing a gun to his wife’s head during an argument. ow.ly/9L7q302f7z4
  • Update: Grand Rapids, Michigan (First reported 03-03-15): A now-former officer’s sentence of 18-84 months for child pornography will be served concurrently with his two sentences of 2-15 years for sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The illicit material in question were pictures of a 17-year-old whom he had been seeing. ow.ly/oWyK302fcXF
  • Dallas County, Texas District Attorney’s Office: A now-former investigator pled guilty to fixing a case after taking a bribe. ow.ly/fliJ302fdNG
  • Update: Fresno, California (First reported 06-29-16): The police department released the body cam video of the fatal officer shooting of Dylan Noble. ow.ly/lqxG302fxOI
  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer was fired for fatally shooting a fleeing suspect. ow.ly/QzdP302fWnL

 

 

 

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Scott Finn, model cop for a model police department

The Washington post
July 27 at 10:53 AM

Last week, the New York Times sent reporters out on police ride-alongs in 10 U.S. cities. The subsequent Times article, called “One Police Shift: Patrolling an Anxious America” got a lot of attention. One officer chosen for the ride-along, Prince George’s County, Md., Police Lt. Scott Finn made a derisive comment about Black Lives Matter protesters. As my colleague Erik Wemple points out, Finn has a long and problematic history.

— [Finn] was investigated for shooting an unarmed man. He was eventually cleared.

— Drew an anonymous complaint in March 1999 from another officer after an incident in which a Capitol Heights man alleged that Finn “shoved his head against a patrol car.” The anonymous tipster said that Finn “has two speeds: start and overdrive. His over aggressiveness is what makes a calm situation get out of control.” A civilian review board concluded that Finn should be charged with lying. He got a promotion and a raise.

— Drew complaints for harassment and a threat in 2000 from a Forestville [Md.] woman.

— Appeared on a list generated by a police department computer to flag officers who’d drawn misconduct complaints.

— Responded with several other officers to an “incoherent” 911 call in Suitland, Md., in September 1999, and after arriving at the scene arrested 29-year-old Elmer C. Newman Jr., an African American man who was high on cocaine.

In the Newman case, Finn and the other officers claimed to have arrested Newman after he attacked them. But Newman was later found dead on the floor of his cell. An autopsy revealed that the officers had broken two of his ribs and two bones in his neck, and caused other internal injuries.

As Wemple points out, a 2001 Post investigation found that despite the county’s long history of misconduct, the department had a history of clearing its officers of any wrongdoing.

Wemple’s post takes the New York Times to task for not revealing Finn’s history. My question: Why is Finn still a cop at all? Why did these incidents of misconduct not only not lead to discipline, but instead were followed by promotions or raises? Moreover, why in the world would the Prince George’s Police Department choose this particular cop to host a ride-along with a New York Times reporter?

The Prince George’s County Police Department, incidentally, was under federal monitoring for much of the 1990 and 2000s. From a 2009 article in The Post:

After a series of shootings early in the decade drew the attention of federal investigators, the county agreed to make the improvements under the watch of an independent monitor in 2004 to avoid legal action. At the time, FBI agents were also investigating four incidents in which suspects died after being injured in struggles with county police.

It took county police five years — not the planned three — to meet the requirements but County Executive Jack B. Johnson yesterday praised the accomplishment nonetheless.

“We have rebuilt a police department that was once and now is considered a model for law enforcement,” Johnson said at a news conference.

Johnson gave these comments seven months after his county’s police department participated in a botched SWAT raid on the home of Berwyn Heights, Md., Mayor Cheye Calvo, killing his two dogs and holding him and his mother-in-law at gunpoint for hours. Johnson had dismissed the idea that the police had done anything wrong in the case, explaining that the fact that Calvo had been cleared of any drug-dealing and that an internal investigation had cleared police was “a pat on the back for everybody involved, I think.” (Johnson would later be indicted for corruption and is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence.)

The department had also been under a consent decree from 1999 through 2007 for its K9 units, which had an unfortunate habit of biting people.

Go back through The Post archives, and you’ll find that Johnson’s assurances that the agency has made improvements that make it a “model for law enforcement” are a common refrain. Here’s a 1987 story about police brutality in the county. It notes that Prince George’s County had been accused of systematic misconduct, brutality and coverups since the early 1970s. Each time there’s a new round of brutality revelations, there were assurances from county officials that despite the ugly history, things were getting better.

Since 2009, the department  appears to have avoided more consent decrees, but hasn’t avoided more scandal and allegations of brutality, including from a TV reporter, in the beating of a Maryland college student that was captured on numerous cellphones and the beating of an off-duty cop from Washington.

The college student, John McKenna, was beaten and arrested for assaulting police officers. Cellphone video shot by numerous nearby students clearly showed that the officer attacked McKenna without provocation. When a security camera that should have captured the incident failed to produce any footage, police claimed it had been pointed in another direction. The officer in charge of the security cameras was married to one of the officers accused of beating McKenna. Despite a $2 million settlement to McKenna from the county, the officers were let off with a slap on the wrist. From a 2014 editorial in The Post:

IN PRINCE George’s County, it is now clear that the police, without provocation, can beat an unarmed young student senseless — with impunity. They can blatantly lie about it — with impunity. They can stonewall and cover it up for months — with impunity. They can express no remorse and offer no apology — with impunity . . .

There were dozens of witnesses, including police. Yet what followed was an official wall of silence, dishonesty and denial from the department. Mr. McKenna’s injuries, the police initially said, were sustained when he was kicked by a horse.

The cops’ story fell apart when the video surfaced, but even then their stonewalling continued. For months, no one would identify the officers in riot gear who were shown beating Mr. McKenna.

It was only due to the persistence of Mr. McKenna’s lawyers that the cover-up and lies were shredded. At trial, in late 2012, a jury convicted Mr. Harrison on a felony charge of assault. Another officer, Reginald Baker, was acquitted, although he, too, used his baton to beat Mr. McKenna as he lay stunned and defenseless on the ground.

The whole story here:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2016/07/27/scott-finn-model-cop-for-a-model-police-department/

Eventually people are going to catch on
There is no accountability from within the system
They are all scumbags from the lowliest one all the way to the top
They lie, cheat, steal and kill
And as more and more of them are exposed
The more frightened they will become
And the worse they will become
But they will find out that fear garners absolutely nothing as compared to respect
Fear will give them another Dallas or Baton Rouge
In the end as it is now
They bring it on themselves

 

 

To perve: San Mateo cop arrested for multiple counts of rape

“SAN MATEO COUNTY (KRON) — A former San Mateo police officer was arrested Thursday morning in Stockton for multiple alleged sexual assaults while on duty.

31-year-old Noah White Winchester is facing 22 felony sexual assault charges involving five separate victims, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney.

The charges include kidnapping with intent to commit rape, rape, sexual penetration and oral copulation under color of authority, sexual battery, criminal threats, and forcible sex offenses.

Prosecutors say the offenses happened between July 2, 2013 and October 19, 2015. They also say some of these offenses occurred while he was in uniform.”

“The alleged crimes against victim #1 are two counts rape, four counts oral copulation, one count kidnapping and one count felony threats.

The alleged crimes against victim #2 are two counts digital penetration, four counts sexual battery and one count kidnapping.

The 2015 offenses happened while he was on duty as a police officer for the City of San Mateo and involved victims from San Mateo County.

The alleged crimes against victim #3 are two counts felony sexual battery.

The alleged crimes against victim #4 are charges and one count residential burglary being a motel room and one count attempted rape.

The alleged crimes against victim #5 are charges and two counts of rape and one count of kidnapping.”

Story and picture of the perve here: http://kron4.com/2016/07/21/former-san-mateo-officer-arrested-for-multiple-alleged-sexual-assaults/?platform=hootsuite

So this is how the usual “Hero” narrative goes:

“People don’t just get arrested for no reason”

“Well, they shouldn’t have been resisting”

“What do you expect if you don’t treat a cop with respect”

“They are out there risking their lives everyday”

And the above is the actual truth of the matter

Many things happen to people at the hands of cops for no good reason

No, they didn’t resist or mouth off or take a swing

They were sexually assaulted by a scumbag rapist wearing a uniform

Many things as bad or worse happen

Cops sometimes beat people

And why? Because they were resisting?

No, because they have been assaulted by a power hungry sadist

Cops shoot and kill people

And why? Because their life was in danger?

No,  in one recent case the man was shot in the back running from a traffic stop

He was assaulted by an adrenaline charged thug that couldn’t wait to pull the trigger

(The officer in question also lied and said the man grabbed at his gun. Video proved otherwise)

So the default “Hero” narrative goes no where with me

I assume that whenever I encounter a person with a gun and handcuffs that my life is in danger

And you should too

State troopers from Mass., N.H. arrested and charged with assault after video showed officers punching driver

From the Washington Post

July 19

“Authorities in New Hampshire said that they had arrested two state troopers and charged them with assault for their actions during a violent arrest captured on video earlier this year.

The arrest occurred after a long police chase that began in Massachusetts and ended in New Hampshire, after which at least two officers were seen on the video repeatedly punching the driver who had led the pursuit.

After video of the incident began to spread online, Joseph Foster, the New Hampshire attorney general, launched a criminal investigation into the episode. The New Hampshire State Police and Massachusetts State Police each pulled a trooper involved in the incident from duty while the investigation was carried out.

On Tuesday, Foster announced that the two troopers — Joseph Flynn, 32, of the Massachusetts State Police, and Andrew Monaco, 31, of the New Hampshire State Police — were arrested and charged with simple assault for their use of force during the arrest.

Flynn was charged with two counts of simple assault, while Monaco was charged with three counts of simple assault. Both were released on their own recognizance, Foster’s office said. It was not immediately clear if the two men had attorneys. Both are scheduled to be arraigned in September in Nashua.

Foster’s office said that because the two troopers were on-duty law enforcement officers during the incident, their charges could see an enhanced penalty.

Footage of the May 11 chase and arrest emerged during a time of increased scrutiny of how police officers use force, a debate that surged back into the national consciousness in recent weeks after officers shot and killed black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. This topic also involves anxieties faced by police after eight officers were fatally shot in Dallas and, this week, Baton Rouge — one by an attacker who specifically said he was enraged by police killings.”

“Video of the episode captured a pickup truck coming to a stop, after which more than half a dozen officers, one with a police dog, approach the car. The driver is seen getting out and then getting down on his knees and beginning to lie down on the street. At least two of the officers can then be seen in the footage repeatedly hitting the man as some of the other officers stand nearby.

The Massachusetts State Police said Tuesday that Flynn remains suspended with pay, as he was not long after the chase involving Simone. An internal affairs investigation into the episode is still ongoing, according to a spokesman.

Col. Robert L. Quinn, director of the New Hampshire state police, called the incident “disturbing” during a news conference in May. He also said at the time that his agency had relieved the trooper from duty without pay.”

Link with video here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/07/19/state-troopers-charged-with-assault-after-video-shows-officers-punching-driver/?postshare=4271468954611954&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.51b79615df3f

 

 

NYPD hero in blue pleads out on child porn

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“MIDTOWN, Manhattan — An NYPD officer previously stationed in the Midtown North Precinct pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually exploiting children and buying child pornography, a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice said.

The officer, 39-year-old Alberto Randazzo, had served as a sergeant in the NYPD for 15 years. He was outed after a witness found texts and emails in his phone in which he asked mothers to film themselves abusing their children for his pleasure. Randazzo pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to sexually exploit a child and one count of buying child pornography. He faces 15 to 30 years for each count.

Randazzo would go to dating websites like Ashley Madison and Match.com to find women who would abuse their children so he could view it, according to prior court statements. He did this for at least three years, from 2010 to 2013. In February 2013, a witness caught his texts and emails with the mothers molesting their children and confronted him.

“When the witness confronted him, Randazzo admitted his sexual interest in mothers having sex with their children,” the DOJ statement said.”

http://patch.com/new-york/midtown-nyc/nypd-officer-midtown-precinct-pleads-guilty-sexually-abusing-children?platform=hootsuite

Who would have guessed that a guy who wants to handcuff and control people would be a child molester?

These are the people who are given default status as heroes because they put on a badge

“They risk their lives every day”

Yeah, it really sounds like it doesn’t it?

Just remember when you are confronted by a guy with handcuffs and a gun

You never really know who is behind that badge

That is, unless they get caught

The heroes of the Hernando county sheriffs Dept.

Have you ever worked at a fairly large company?

If so, how many of your co-workers have been arrested?

Especially for things like bank robbery, false imprisonment, narcotics trafficking , burning a child’s genitals with a hair dryer, stealing from a fallen officers fund and other wonderful offenses

I did work for a pretty large company with 200 plus employees and you know what?

I can’t think of a single co-worker who has been arrested for a felony

Now why do you think that is?

Because I never worked for the Hernando county sheriffs Dept.

Seriously, what is up with that?

The links I posted below are no where close to the total that has been arrested

What other place of employment can you think of that has that kind of arrest history with it’s employees

It’s not like we are talking about a biker bar here

This is a Sheriff’s Dept.

I think that they really need to rethink their hiring policies and try to get a better caliber of people

http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/2015/04/29/hernando-detention-deputy-arrested/26572017/

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/hernando-deputy-arrested-on-dui-charge/2161053

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/former-hernando-deputy-could-face-second-bank-robbery-charge/2285615

http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/hernando-county-sheriff-al-nienhuis-to-speak-about-two-criminal-investigations-involving-employees

Hernando Detention Deputy Arrested For Drugs

http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/2014/03/13/2052882/

http://springhill.wtsp.com/news/news/703382-hernando-county-deputy-arrested-child-abuse

http://springhill.wtsp.com/news/news/716962-hernando-co-deputy-arrested-battery-accident-victim

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/24314249/2013/12/27/two-hernando-deputies-arrested

http://springhill.wtsp.com/news/news/716962-hernando-co-deputy-arrested-battery-accident-victim