Compilation of heroes in blue arrested for the week of 01/31/2019 : Child molestation, peeping, theft, battery and more

School security officer arrested for sexual battery on elementary …

ABC Action NewsJan 24, 2019
TAMPA, Fla. — A security officer at a Tampa Bay elementary school was arrested and charged with sexual battery on a victim less than 12 …

Retired Belgian police officer arrested for hiding evidence in cold case …

Fox NewsJan 24, 2019
The latest twist in the cold case murders carried out by a gang known as the “Crazy Brabant Killers” is the arrest of a former police officer who …

The Latest: Venezuelan rebel military officer arrested

Hastings TribuneJan 30, 2019
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):. 8:15 a.m.. The wife of a rebel military officer who …

North Branford officer arrested on child pornography charge

Hartford CourantJan 2, 2019
A North Branford police officer has been arrested for allegedly … Anthony DeLuise, 58, of 168 Sebec St. in Hamden, was arrested on Dec.
North Branford police officer arrested for alleged possession of …
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Man arrested downtown with loaded gun

Hollister Free Lance1 hour ago
The officer arrested the gun-carrying suspect, Cesar Gomez, 20, of Hollister, police said. Gomez was transported to San Benito County Jail and …

DPD officer arrested for drunk driving

Fox 2 DetroitJan 26, 2019
(FOX 2) – A Detroit Police Commander from the 3rd precinct was arrested early Sunday morning for drunk driving and causing an accident.

Darlington Co. corrections officer arrested

wpde.comJan 23, 2019
DARLINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve arrested a corrections officer for bringing in …
Former detention officer arrested for contraband
WBTW – Myrtle Beach and Florence SCJan 23, 2019

I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.

What the fuck? This is America? Did the British win and I didn’t I didn’t hear about it?    You can’t tell me that a free people in a free nation are accepting this…. Bullshit….

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This police state has to be stopped. We are now occupied by a military force payed for by our own tax dollars. We finance our own fate

We are Palestine

And we need to start acting like it

 

“It’s not the police, but the people they stop, who can prevent a detention from turning into a tragedy.”

“Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me.”

“A teenager is fatally shot by a police officer; the police are accused of being bloodthirsty, trigger-happy murderers; riots erupt. This, we are led to believe, is the way of things in America.

It is also a terrible calumny; cops are not murderers. No officer goes out in the field wishing to shoot anyone, armed or unarmed. And while they’re unlikely to defend it quite as loudly during a time of national angst like this one, people who work in law enforcement know they are legally vested with the authority to detain suspects — an authority that must sometimes be enforced. Regardless of what happened with Mike Brown, in the overwhelming majority of cases it is not the cops, but the people they stop, who can prevent detentions from turning into tragedies.

Working the street, I can’t even count how many times I withstood curses, screaming tantrums, aggressive and menacing encroachments on my safety zone, and outright challenges to my authority. In the vast majority of such encounters, I was able to peacefully resolve the situation without using force. Cops deploy their training and their intuition creatively, and I wielded every trick in my arsenal, including verbal judo, humor, warnings and ostentatious displays of the lethal (and nonlethal) hardware resting in my duty belt. One time, for instance, my partner and I faced a belligerent man who had doused his car with gallons of gas and was about to create a firebomb at a busy mall filled with holiday shoppers. The potential for serious harm to the bystanders would have justified deadly force. Instead, I distracted him with a hook about his family and loved ones, and he disengaged without hurting anyone. Every day cops show similar restraint and resolve incidents that could easily end up in serious injuries or worse.

Sometimes, though, no amount of persuasion or warnings work on a belligerent person; that’s when cops have to use force, and the results can be tragic. We are still learning what transpired between Officer Darren Wilson and Brown, but in most cases it’s less ambiguous — and officers are rarely at fault. When they use force, they are defending their, or the public’s, safety.

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?”

From here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/08/19/im-a-cop-if-you-dont-want-to-get-hurt-dont-challenge-me/?utm_term=.77e56afe3b9b

Compilation of heroes in blue arrested for the week of 01/24/2019

Former deputy arrested

Herald ZeitungJan 22, 2019
Texas Rangers over the weekend arrested a former Comal County Sheriff’s Office deputy fired last year upon revelation of allegations of his …
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Jeffco sheriff’s detentions deputy arrested

Arvada PressJan 22, 2019
A woman who worked for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for about three years has been arrested for suspicion of a number of crimes.
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‘I Wasn’t Innocent’: Female Jeffco Deputy Admits Phone Sex, Illicit …

CBS Denver16 hours ago
(CBS4) – A female Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy took part in … After being arrested, Lovato posted $50,000 bond and was released from jail …
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Whatcom corrections deputy arrested for alleged intimate relationship …

The Bellingham HeraldJan 16, 2019
A male Whatcom County corrections deputy allegedly had an intimate relationship with a female inmate at the Whatcom County Jail, both while …
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Jefferson County Detention Deputy Arrested, Accused Of Bringing …

CBS DenverJan 18, 2019
(CBS4)– A deputy at the Jefferson County Detention Facility has been arrested for allegedly having sex in a correctional institution and bringing …
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SCSO deputy arrested for buying drugs at Cracker Barrel, police say

FOX13 MemphisJan 11, 2019
Memphis police arrested a Shelby County Deputy after he bought Oxycodone from undercover officers, court records said. Jeffery Crossley, 27 …
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Deputy arrested in domestic assault case, terminated from position

KAITJan 16, 2019
Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts said John Marlow, who was an Independence County sheriff’s deputy at the time, was arrested on suspicion …
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Former Randolph Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested For Sexual …

WFMYNews2.comJan 18, 2019
RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A former Randolph County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been arrested in connection with the sexual exploitation …

Cop shoots 14 Yr. old in the back , killing him, then lies about a weapon

This is law enforcement at it’s best. Shoot and kill a teenager, turn off your body cam and lie your ass off. Impound a witnesses truck and search his house without a warrant.   Wow, that sounds like living in a free society doesn’t it?

“On January 14, 14-year-old Antonio Arce was shot in the back as he ran away from a Tempe, Arizona police officer down an alleyway. The boy later died at a hospital, fatally wounded by a bullet which struck in his rear shoulder-blade area. The shooter has been identified as Officer Joseph Jaen.

Antonio Arce

Police claim that Arce was carrying an airsoft gun and that he “turned toward the officer,” who then “perceived a threat and fired his weapon.” Body camera footage released by police shows Arce running away from the officer.

Jaen was responding to a 911 call about a suspected burglary in an alley in Tempe. The bodycam video shows Jaen pulling up to a pickup truck facing his squad car.

The officer then exits his car and crouches behind a trash can yelling, “Hey.” The officer, with his gun drawn, chases after the teen after he exited the passenger side of the truck and began running away down the alley.

The officer yells, “Let me see your hands” and fires two shots at the teen. Jaen then yells, “Shots fired, shots fired,” and later, “He’s got a handgun, he’s got a handgun.” The video inexplicably ends before the officer reaches Arce’s body.”

“The video shows Arce holding an object, but it is not clear whether it was the airsoft gun. Two witnesses, who have not been identified or released any statements, have since claimed that Arce was holding an item which looked like a gun.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the owner of the truck in the video, Lou Silvas, disputes the official police version of events. Silvas told the Arizona Republic he was unloading items from his truck around 2:30 p.m. that Tuesday afternoon when he went inside his house and left his truck unlocked. He heard two shots outside and went to check his truck and look for his cellphone.

Silvas said he noticed his two airsoft guns were still in his truck and was later shocked to hear Police Chief Moir tell the media on Friday that Arce had stolen one of his airsoft guns from his truck before running. Silvas said there were only two airsoft guns in his truck and they had been undisturbed.

He believes the bodycam video shows Arce with a large, black cellphone in his hand, which was missing from his truck. In a police photo, the image of the object was freeze-framed and circled, with the caption, “appears to be a weapon.”

“Silvas told the newspaper he thought about removing his airsoft guns from the car but noticed the empty police car parked in front of him. He then decided to wait for the officer, assuming he was being recorded the entire time.

He then reported being approached by a group of officers shortly after and was then placed in handcuffs in the back of a police car. Silvas asked what he had done wrong and was merely told it was just a “safety precaution.”

More than an hour later, Silvas was released but forced to wait outside his home while officers searched it. In an initial report, police mentioned a second suspect, but have since not mentioned this.

Silvas was asked by a detective the next day about the contents of his truck and mentioned the two airsoft guns. He then said the police impounded his truck and he would not be able to retrieve it until the following week.

Another resident of the home, Julie Ann Bravo, also said police searched the home without permission or a search warrant. The home’s occupants, including a 71-year-old woman, were ordered out of the house until 10 or 11 p.m., until the officers were done.

Bravo told media how she saw officers use a stun gun and handcuff Arce after the shooting. This would contradict Muir’s press conference where she stated officers “rendered aid” to Arce within minutes of the shooting until firefighters arrived to take him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.”

Excerpted from here: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01/22/ariz-j22.html

Locked Up: How the Modern Prison-Industrial Complex Puts So Many Americans in Jail

FromAmmo.com

“There’s no two ways about it: The United States of America and its 50 state governments love putting people in prison.

The U.S. has both the highest number of prisoners and the highest per capita incarceration rate in the modern world at 655 adults per 100,000. (It’s worth noting that China’s incarceration statistics are dubious, and they execute far more people than the United States. Indeed, the so-called People’s Republic executes more people annually than the rest of the world combined.)  Still, that’s more than 2.2 million Americans in state and federal prisons as well as county jails.

On top of those currently serving time, 4.7 million Americans were on parole in 2016, or about one in 56. These numbers do not include people on probation, which raises the number to one in 35. Nor does it include all of the Americans who have been arrested at one time or another, which is over 70 million – more than the population of France.

For firearm owners in particular, the growth in this “prison-industrial complex” is troubling because felons are forbidden from owning firearms and ammunition under the 1968 Gun Control Act. As the number of laws has grown and the cultural shift for police has gone from a focus on keeping the peace to enforcing the law, more and more Americans are being stripped of their 2nd Amendment rights (not to mention other civil rights like voting – as of 2017, 6.1 million Americans cannot vote because of their criminal records). All told, eight percent of all Americans cannot own firearms because of a felony conviction.

For American society as a whole, the prison-industrial complex has created a perverse incentive structure. Bad laws drive out respect for good laws because there are just so many laws (not to mention rules, regulations, and other prohibitions used by federal prosecutors to pin crimes on just about anyone). How did we get here?

History of Incarceration in the U.S.

The Prison-Industrial Complex: How a Profiting Prison Industry is Disarming AmericaUnited States law is, of course, based on English common law. Thus, no history of incarceration in the United States can start without first discussing the history of incarceration in the Kingdom of England and later the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

The prevailing notion of where crime came from in the old country and the colonies was idleness. Punishments often involved sending criminals to workhouses, which were quite distinct from the prisons we know today. Rehabilitation and reform weren’t strong currents in the English and later British penal system until the 1700s. Reformers sought to improve the criminal and to make him not want to offend.

Another historical fact worth noting is that incarceration is a relatively recent innovation in punishment. Historically, criminals were punished by shaming, corporal punishment, mutilation, exile and death. The purpose was generally not to make the criminal better, but to deter him from offending again while simultaneously providing the community with some awareness of his crimes for the purpose of allowing them to take measures to protect themselves (for example, branding a “B” on the forehead of a burglar). Where criminals were incarcerated, it was generally a temporary measure prior to trial or post-trial punishment, not a punishment in and of itself.

Remember, a significant portion of early American settlers were convict laborers. This convict labor was not incarcerated, but rather freely mingled with the general population. For the safety of the non-criminal elements, they had to be quickly and easily identified. However, the early American colonies were in no position to expend resources to house, feed and clothe criminals who were not providing productive labor – which is why incarceration made about as much sense as cutting off a criminal’s hand. Only four types of criminals were prohibited from being shipped across the ocean from England: murderers, rapists, burglars, and witches.

Prison became the primary means of punishment for felonies in the years leading up to the American Revolution. Two systems emerged: One where prisoners were incarcerated alone and another where they were incarcerated in groups. For what it’s worth, most prisons were in the North. Throughout the South, crime was largely viewed as a northern problem. Rather than prison, the Antebellum South relied heavily on extra-judicial violence and honor culture to keep their crime rates low.”

The rest of the article is here: https://ammo.com/articles/prison-industrial-complex-disarming-america

Heroes of the week: Officers charged after allowing two women to drown while locked in police van

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Posted by Deborah Jarrett

January 4

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two South Carolina law officers were charged Friday in the deaths of two women who drowned while locked in the back of a sheriff’s department van during Hurricane Florence.

Stephen Flood is charged with two counts each of reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter, according to online court records. Joshua Bishop faces two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

A judge set bond at $30,000 for Flood and $10,000 for Bishop and both were released after posting bail.

Flood, 66, and Bishop, 29, were fired from the Horry County Sheriff’s Office in October as part of an internal investigation. Authorities said the deputies were driving 45-year-old Wendy Newton and 43-year-old Nicolette Green through Marion County to a mental-health facility under a court order when their van was swept away by rising floodwaters as Hurricane Florence inundated the state.

According to records from the state Criminal Justice Academy, Flood made a “conscious decision” to drive around a barricade near the Little Pee Dee River, and Bishop didn’t try to stop him.

The powerful tropical system smashed into the Southeast coast as a hurricane Sept. 14, triggering severe flooding as it weakened yet nearly stalled over the Carolinas for days.

Green and Newton drowned in the back of the locked van on Sept. 18.

The families of both women tearfully addressed the judge Friday. Rose Hershberger, Green’s oldest daughter and a high school senior, mourned her mother missing milestones like her graduation.

“Every night is just a constant lack of sleep,” Hershberger said. “All I see is my mother, and I hear her screams and her cries.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/officers-to-be-charged-after-2-patients-drowned-in-van/2019/01/03/35b61ba4-0fc3-11e9-8f0c-6f878a26288a_story.html?utm_term=.88999b4c0daa

A few bad apples : Bexar county Texas, 22 deputies arrested in 2018

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“An off-duty Texas sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday on a domestic violence charge, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Bexar County deputy, Michael DeWitt, was arrested by San Antonio police at about 6:10 a.m. after he allegedly assaulted the victim by choking or strangulating them. He was booked into the Bexar County Jail on a $3,500 bond.

DeWitt is at least the 22nd Bexar deputy arrested in 2018.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office’s Internal Affairs division is conducting a separate but concurrent investigation into DeWitt’s alleged misconduct.

“I’ve made my stance perfectly clear on this issue,” said Sheriff Javier Salazar. “Proactively since September 2018 we have included family violence training during our annual in-service with Family Violence Prevention Services Inc. for this purpose. This case will be handled as swiftly and severely as allowable by civil service and the collective bargaining agreement.”

According to the sheriff’s office, DeWitt, 51, is assigned to the Law Enforcement Bureau Patrol Services division. He has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.

RELATED: Jail chief abruptly resigns from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office

DeWitt, a 19-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was previously arrested in 1995 for alleged drag racing, but the charge was later dropped due to insufficient evidence.

The arrested deputy is at least the 22nd deputy arrested in 2018. This year, Salazar has made efforts to curb behavioral issues in his office. He’s added a staff psychologist to identify at-risk deputies, and he updated the job application requirements for deputies to reject anyone who has previously been arrested for a crime”

https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/crime/article/Bexar-County-deputy-arrested-on-suspicion-of-13439230.php