“Magdiel Sanchez, a 35-year-old Latino man, was sitting on his porch in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night as two law-enforcement officers approached his house. He got up and walked toward them, when, according to news reports and a statement, the officers noticed he was holding a metal pipe. They started giving him “verbal commands” to lie down, then one fired his Taser and the other shot him in the chest with his sidearm. Sanchez died. Officers later claimed not to have heard neighbors shouting that Sanchez was deaf and couldn’t hear their commands.
The police were there because allegedly Sanchez’s father had been in a hit-and-run (injuring property, not people, if the accusations are true). Sanchez carried the pipe, neighbors said, to ward off dogs. He was deaf and reportedly developmentally disabled. In a statement, the ACLU said, “Magdiel Sanchez was shot at his own home, without having committed any crime, and in front of neighbors who knew he was deaf trying to communicate to the police that what they were about to do was wrong.”
Sanchez is far from the first deaf or disabled person to be killed or brutalized by police. It happens almost every day. According to The Washington Post, police have shot 165 people in mental-health crisis in the first 263 days this year (and 715 total). When you add people like Sanchez and individuals with invisible, undiagnosed, or unrevealed disabilities, the numbers start to get much higher. In a white paper I co-wrote in 2016 for the Ruderman Family Foundation, I noted that disability-rights advocates routinely argue that a third to a half of all people killed by police are disabled. Most of those people, especially in cases where police clearly misused lethal force, turn out to also be marginalized by race, class, gender orientation, or other factors that intensify vulnerability.
Sanchez is actually the second high-profile killing of a disabled person just this week (and the fourth probable case, with Eric Alvarez, possibly in mental-health crisis, killed on a Los Angeles highway, and naval officer Nicholas Perkins killed outside his home in Washington after he would not put down a long gun). Georgia Tech campus police killed Scout Schultz, a trans and intersex activist who had been expressing suicidal thoughts. They had called 911 to report themselves as a person with a knife and possibly a gun. After police shot and killed Schultz, the officers found only a closed Leatherman multi-tool. The specifics of each case matter. Each victim’s life deserves to be mourned. Most cases are more like the Perkins situation than the Sanchez one. Still, when it comes to body count, this was a pretty typical week.”
Make sure that you remember this assortment of miscreants the next time you hear that He/She “Gave testimony under oath” or “Sworn officer of the court” They have more incentive to lie than normal because their testimony is given the weight of truth and they know that they can get away with it. Don’t think that because they swore an oath that it makes any difference. If you think that is the case than this blog wouldn’t exist. Unfortunately, every day that I update this, I pass on 50 stories about the debauchery of the boys and girls in blue , just to post one. Remember this, color does not make hero; deed does. Do not give them default hero status simply because they choose to wear a badge and a gun. It is just as likely that they are criminals and liars as not.
Graft, corruption, rape , child porn and senseless beatings. That’s right, these are the Roid popping, road raging domestic warriors that we call our public servants. They are heroes one and all because every day they put on a uniform and gun and “Put their lives on the line”. Oh that’s right , I meant to say “Put their lies on the line”. Their job is not even in the top 10 most dangerous. Cops are actually behind Landscape supervisors. That’s right, you want to find a hero? Talk to the guy in the uniform that runs the lawn crew. You are much less likely to beaten, robbed or lied about by him anyway. Read on the list below and remember these degenerates in blue the next time you see a cop or listen to one in court. Hero is an action… Not a color
Marijuana, Meth and a multitude of crimes. It’s a good these these “Few bad apples” were taken off of the street . Now we have nothing to worry about, right? I am sure that they are going to throw all the cases out that these degenerates testified on, right? Unfortunately it is no on both of those questions. According to an internal survey conducted by the police themselves, 46% of cops have witnessed malfeasance by other cops and did…….Wait for it…..Nothing. That’s right, it is just a few bad apples. You need to remember this the next time you have contact with LEO. Whether on a dark highway or listening to them testify in court. Hero is earned, not a color you wear.
Derrick Penney and Logan August are each scheduled to plead guilty May 15 at the federal courthouse in downtown Fresno to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana.
The maximum sentence for the crime is five years in federal prison and a fine, but prosecutors will recommend a lesser sentence as part of the deal. Judge Lawrence O’Neill is not bound to follow the recommendation, but he did give lighter sentences to Damacio Diaz and Patrick Mara last year. Diaz and Mara, each former Bakersfield Police detectives, faced similar charges, though with higher maximums.
Court documents obtained Wednesday say that 10 times in 2014 August stole marijuana seized during sheriff raids. He gave the marijuana to a former confidential informant to sell and then received a $15,000 cut of the sales.
Between June 2014 and October 2014, Penney conspired with August, his informant, former Bakersfield police detective Patrick Mara and others to steal and sell marijuana that they took from a locked evidence storage facility. Penney profited $1,200, according to his signed statement of facts.
Public records obtained through Transparent California indicate that the two deputies each earned at or near $200,000 in pay and benefits during the year of their crimes.
I will disappear in fog and night
Subdued in sleep and surprise
They will spirit me away
And charge me with my crimes
They will call me many names
And some I might be
But none will be my own
I will be a traitor or subversive
Because I refuse to swear allegiance
To the police state
And fealty to the men
Clad in black
I will not submit
But they don’t know
That I stole into the great hall of Valhalla
And took with me
One of their mighty spears
Usurped their valor
And took it back with me
Now they will carry me on my shield
Though my burning bier
Be but a lonely cell
And tonight I will dine
In the great hall of Valhalla
That place that still lives on
In the mind of men
Go on, keep saying it “It’s just a few bad apples, most of them are good guys”. Keep saying it when time after time it is shown to be otherwise. This is corruption from top to bottom and everywhere in between. When are the people going to figure out that these people are not public servants, they are power mongers and petty tyrants bent on dominance and control? It’s not the job that does it, it is the person doing the job. By the very nature of the person who chooses to do this the result is guaranteed. Remember this Sheriff and every corrupt cop in his jail and Dept. the next time you have contact with LEO. Your life and freedom are in jeopardy any time you are in the presence of people like these. Read the story below and find out the what these degenerates really think about the law.
Excerpted from the L.A. Times:
“LOS ANGELES — Lee Baca, the former Los Angeles County sheriff, was found guilty on Wednesday of obstructing a federal investigation of corruption and abuses in county jails, as well as covering up his attempt to block investigators.
The verdict brings an end to a corruption scandal that has dogged the largest sheriff’s department in the country and reached the highest levels of the department. Ten other officers, ranging from rank-and-file deputies to Mr. Baca’s second in command, have been convicted or pleaded guilty to interfering in the federal investigation into the jail system. More deputies have been found guilty of routinely sexually humiliating inmates and severely beating them at the jails, according to the Justice Department.”
“Federal prosecutors argued that Mr. Baca directed a conspiracy in 2011 to stop the F.B.I. from investigating allegations of abuse and corruption in the county’s jails, including trying to keep federal agents away from an inmate who was working for them as an informant, intimidating the agent leading the investigation and manipulating potential witnesses.
Mr. Baca’s top deputy, Paul Tanaka, was convicted of obstruction of justice and conspiracy last year and sentenced to five years in prison. Federal District Judge Percy Anderson, the same judge who oversaw Mr. Tanaka’s trial, will hand down Mr. Baca’s sentence. Federal prosecutors tried to avoid a trial late last year by reaching a plea deal with Mr. Baca, which would have put him in prison for no longer than six months. But Judge Anderson ruled that the sentence was too lenient.
Deputies initially discovered the federal civil rights investigation in the summer of 2011, when they found that F.B.I. agents had bribed a deputy to get a cellphone to the inmate working as an informant in their investigation of widespread corruption and routine beatings at the jail. The department later moved the inmate around to several other jails, using a pseudonym so that he could not be found and stopping him from speaking to a grand jury, witnesses in the trial said.
Two sheriff sergeants later approached an F.B.I. agent at her home and threatened to arrest her, a plan that prosecutors said Mr. Baca had approved. Other employees of the sheriff’s department tried to dissuade the inmate and other deputies from cooperating with the investigation.”