A cop is a cop is a cop :Amy Klobuchar didn’t prosecute officer at center of George Floyd’s death after previous conduct complaints

“George Floyd’s death in police custody is renewing criticism of Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-Minn.) prosecutorial record.

Before she became a senator and a top contender for former Vice President Joe Biden’s vice presidential spot, Klobuchar spent eight years as the Hennepin County attorney, in charge of prosecution for Minneapolis. And while in that position, Klobuchar declined to prosecute multiple police officers cited for excessive force, and did not prosecute the officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck as he protested, The Guardian reports.

Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derick Chauvin saw at least 10 conduct complaints during his 19-year tenure before he was fired Tuesday, according to a database that documents complaints against police”

https://theweek.com/speedreads/916926/amy-klobuchar-didnt-prosecute-officer-center-george-floyds-death-after-previous-conduct-complaints

Watching the snake swallow it’s own tail

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“LOS ALAMOS COUNTY, New Mexico — Sporting an orange shirt and striped pants issued by the Los Alamos County Detention Center, Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan was arraigned and released from custody Friday, after being arrested the day prior for failing to comply with a search warrant.

Española police and Taos County deputies arrested Lujan when he refused to unlock a cellphone officers believe was used while Lujan obstructed an active SWAT standoff in March.

The arraignment was moved to Los Alamos after both magistrate judges in Rio Arriba County recused themselves.

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Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados said Lujan would be released on his own recognizance. Under his conditions for release, Lujan is not allowed to possess a firearm, consume any alcoholic beverage or enter a liquor establishment.

However, Lujan and his attorney Nathaniel Thompkins said the sheriff would need his gun while still working as the head law enforcement official in Rio Arriba.

“I understand that you are an officer,” Casados said. “It does worry me, but I’m going to put that you can have a weapon only at work.”

Casados also said Lujan could enter a liquor establishment if required to do so while working as a law enforcement official.

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb, who will prosecute Lujan in a separate obstruction case in district court, said she was not surprised that Lujan was allowed to keep his firearm, but that most police officers would have been put on administrative leave and had their gun confiscated.

She also said it’s unclear exactly when Lujan would be off duty, since many sheriffs are on-call at all hours.

State Attorney General Hector Balderas appointed Reeb to prosecute the case against Lujan after 1st Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna recused himself. Balderas also granted Reeb the authority to prosecute any charges stemming from Thursday’s arrest.

Reeb said she will file to combine the charges, meaning Lujan will face three charges of resisting and obstructing officers.

So far, five of the eight judges in the 1st Judicial District Court have recused themselves from overseeing Lujan’s case. ”

https://www.officer.com/tactical/swat/news/21139519/new-mexico-sheriff-arrested-for-obstructing-active-swat-standoff

Who’s pulling you over? 2019 wrap up from Baltimore

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“A Baltimore police officer caught on tape last year beating a suspect went to prison this year. A veteran police sergeant filmed allegedly arresting, threatening and harassing innocent men faces a slew of charges. And more officers tied to the Gun Trace Task Force were charged or sentenced in federal court.

A violent 2019 in the city was also a busy year for prosecutors, internal affairs detectives and others charged with policing Baltimore’s police. Court records, sentencing memorandums and Baltimore Sun archives show that at least 20 Baltimore police officers — including some who are no longer with the department — were either charged, sentenced, or suspended during 2019.


The scope of the crimes and allegations are broad and follow a particularly notorious 2018, which included federal arrests and trials of officers of the GTTF, and another officer charged with drug trafficking. This year’s charges range from drunken driving to an officer being sentenced to five years in prison after nearly running over a man in a crosswalk, then drawing his gun after the man spilled tea on his car.

The public relations damage crested in October, when Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she had a list of “hundreds of officers” with alleged credibility issues.

A total of 305 officers were flagged in Mosby’s list that was forwarded to the department this month.

 

Baltimore police officials say they are working to address not only problems in the department, but also to become more responsive to members of the public. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison released a staffing plan last week that calls for more than doubling the number of internal affairs detectives to help reduce backlogs and respond more swiftly to complaints against officers.”

https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-ci-cr-20-baltimore-cops-sentenced-charged-2019-20191217-wtqklwhhqndk3hrgacufigczem-story.html

Who’s pulling you over? : “Hero” cop busted on film beating handcuffed man

Are you surprised that he lied about it? Why shouldn’t he, he is after all a “sworn officer of the court” . He lied because he could; he lied because he had blue privileged.   As long as “They go home safe”…. Right. Any time you are in contact with LEO you are in a lot more danger than they are.  You are about to be subjected to an armed power monger and it can go very badly if it doesn’t go your way.   Maybe he will feel like being the nice guy that day and you drive off…. Or maybe not. Maybe you will get to meet the man behind the badge and find out why he chose to exert control over people for a living.    Think about that the next time you have cherries flashing in your rear view.

Philadelphia police sergeant caught on video punching a handcuffed man is arrested

“Philadelphia Police Sgt. Jason Reid — who a judge said committed “outrageous” misconduct by assaulting a man and covering it up — was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with assault, tampering with public records, false reports, and obstructing the administration of law.

Reid, 42, a 16-year veteran of the force who spent much of his career in the Highway Patrol unit, was suspended from the department with intent to dismiss after 30 days, according to a police spokesperson, who declined to comment further.”

” District Attorney Larry Krasner said the arrest followed an Internal Affairs investigation of an incident that took place June 8.

On that day, Reid placed Ronald Wallace in handcuffs in the back of a police car — and then, body camera footage showed, held Wallace’s head with one hand and punched him in the face with the other. Reid then arrested Wallace for threatening an officer and resisting arrest. In paperwork, he reported that Wallace’s injuries resulted from Wallace repeatedly hitting his own head against the car window.”

“According to court records, at least five other people had previously filed complaints with Philadelphia police saying Reid punched them in the face or head — but none of those complaints was sustained by the department’s Internal Affairs unit.”

“The charges echo repeated allegations made by defense lawyers over Reid’s unusually long history of citizen complaints, including 10 allegations of physical abuse, and uses of force, including the shootings of six people in the course of duty. None of the complaints against him were sustained, according to the documents. All of the previous uses of deadly force were deemed to be within department guidelines.

In May of this year, Reid received an official commendation for his role in a traffic stop: a Medal of Bravery “for the performance of an outstanding arrest where the officer’s effort is met by an armed and dangerous adversary.” That was the January 2018 arrest of 22-year-old Stefon Crawley, whom Reid and another officer, Timothy Stephan, shot a total of five times after finding a gun in his possession during a traffic stop.”

Excerpted from here:https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania/philadelphia-police-sergeant-jason-reid-arrest-da-larry-krasner-20191211.html

Who’s pulling you over? : N.C. Sheriff arrested for plot to murder Deputy

Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins

Don’t be afraid of the man with the gun when he pulls you over. He is a hero who risks his life every day. He is part of the thin blue line that keeps anarchy at bay. And just remember, what is really important; that he goes home safe every day. A hero, for sure until his badge and mask are off.   Remember this guy anytime you hear sworn testimony from a cop. The cop is probably far more likely to be lying than the defendant

“A North Carolina sheriff was  suspended Monday after he was arrested last week for allegedly encouraging another man to kill a former deputy who had an audio recording of him making “racially insensitive” comments.

Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins, the county’s top lawman since 2009, was removed from his post at the request of county attorney James Wrenn, who filed a petition for the sheriff’s suspension, according to CNN.

Wilkins and his lawyer agreed to the move.

The sheriff last Monday was charged with two felony counts of obstruction of justice after he allegedly told an unidentified man in 2014 that he wanted former deputy Joshua Freeman dead, according to an indictment.

“The only way you gonna stop him is kill him,” Wilkins purportedly told the man during a recorded phone call regarding the alleged plan, which was ultimately not put into action.

In 2014, Wilkins learned that Freeman said he had a recording of the sheriff using “racially insensitive language,” which the deputy planned to release to authorities, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors claim that Wilkins’ “personal animosity” toward Freeman motivated him during an August 2014 recorded call to tell the unnamed would-be shooter to kill the deputy, clearly making his intentions known of not protecting Freeman or stopping the plot, the indictment states.

“If you need to take care of somethin’, just take care of something,” Wilkins told the man, according to the indictment.

The aspiring killer even gave Wilkins a time and location for when he planned to kill Freeman, as well as the type of firearm he intended to use. In response, Wilkins “counseled the individual how to commit murder” in a way to avoid being identified, including hiding the weapon used to kill Freeman and to simply keep quiet, the indictment continues.

“You ain’t got the weapon, you ain’t got nothing to go on,” Wilkins allegedly told the man before advising him to stay mum after the killing. “The only way we find out these murder things is people talk. You can’t tell nobody nothin’, not a thing.”

Original here : https://nypost.com/2019/09/23/sheriff-suspended-for-alleged-plot-to-have-former-deputy-killed/

Who’s pulling you over? : Decorated St. Pete police officer arrested for child porn

Feel safe yet? Feel like getting pulled over on a dark highway? The thin blue line that protects us from anarchy…. And our children.   Do you ever wonder who the man behind the gun is? That sworn officer of the court, who’s word is given the weight of truth by a judge?   Well, we now know who this guy is; His badge and his mask are off. A real hero he was ; He managed to kill an 18 yr. old with his shotgun in a shoot out and got the highest award available. Wow! Color me impressed.

A police officer was arrested Thursday by Department of Homeland Security agents who said they discovered child pornography on his computer.

Officer Matthew Enhoffer, 33, is also accused of distributing pornographic images via text message, according to federal court records.

Following his arrest, the St. Petersburg Police Department placed Enhoffer on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of the federal investigation. He had been placed on administrative leave with pay last week after federal agents raided his home on Sept. 11.

“It’s a shock for us at the police department,” said police Chief Tony Holloway. “The community does put a lot of trust in us. We have to earn that trust back with them. We’re just going to continue to keep building a relationship with our community.”

In 2015, Holloway stood on stage and handed Enhoffer the department’s highest honor, the Medal of Valor. The award stemmed from a May 17, 2015, shootout officers had with an armed 18-year-old. The gunman shot at Enhoffer, then shot and wounded another officer in the leg.

The gunman fired at Enhoffer a second time, who then fired his shotgun at the 18-year-old, fatally wounding him.

“He was an officer that risked his life when it was needed,” the chief said, “but at the same time this allegation is very serious so we’re looking into that.”

https://www.tampabay.com/news/crime/2019/09/19/decorated-st-petersburg-officer-faces-child-porn-charges/

 

Who’s pulling you over? : Wash. police officer charged with assault after allegedly beating woman

    It begs the question; What the hell is wrong with this guy? Well, I think it is self evident that someone doesn’t wake up one day and say that they want to spend their working career controlling others.    What type of person wants to be the cop? In My graduating class it was all of the bullies. You know, the guys who only wanted to prey on people weaker than themselves. They would never stand up in a fair fight if the odds weren’t stacked in their favor.    I don’t think it is coincidence that cops are 2 to 4 times more likely to commit domestic battery (And half as likely to be prosecuted) * (1)    So, what the Hell is wrong with this guy?  Well do the math and really wonder the next time you see cherries lighting up your dashboard ” Who’s pulling me over ?”

RENTON, Wash. — New court documents are giving more details about what led up to a Renton police officer being arrested in Des Moines early Saturday morning.

King County prosecutors officially filed charges of assault and abuse of office against Officer Tanuj Soni.

The victim told investigators Soni texted her to meet him before dawn Saturday saying he wanted to talk about a case involving her ex-boyfriend.

When a friend dropped her off, the victim says Soni was waiting with a bottle of wine and two cups.

The victim says they spent a couple of hours drinking. During that time, she says Soni deleted some messages on her phone and told her to take off her clothes.

The victim says she willingly did that but then Soni started hitting her and that’s when she tried to get out of the situation.

Just before 6 a.m., the victim managed to run to a nearby home where she contacted authorities. Prosecutors asked a judge for $100,000 bail on concerns about the accusations against Soni. They added that Soni may have covered his tracks when the victim accused him of deleting messages off her phone.”

Renton police officer charged with assault after allegedly beating woman