Heroes of the week 03-08-2018 : Cops arrested for various crimes

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Heroes of the week 2/20/2018: Cops arrested for blackmail, child sex,theft, drugs, child pornography and more

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Heroes: Three cops on trial for lying about beating suspect after realizing they were being taped

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 If you have ever had a cop lie about you on a police report, you are far from alone.   It is standard practice in almost every interaction for the cops involved to change their reports to fit the narrative they want.  It doesn’t get quashed because in most cases even when it is obvious. In court the judge and the prosecutor would rather have a win than “Impeach the testimony of a sworn officer of the court”.    After all , wins get prosecutors points and the fees and fines pay the judges salary.  I actually have a transcript from a court case in Pinellas Florida where an FWC officer blatantly lied in clear contradiction of his deposed testimony.   The judge allowed the lie in the record which ended in a conviction.     The very same judge illegally allowed an officer to give a victims impact statement at sentencing when there was no victim at all.     The officer actually wanted to read an article from an “Anti police” site written by the defendants husband.     The judge allowed it, said he couldn’t let it influence his sentence, and then quoted the article during sentencing.     Don’t be surprised if a cop lies; it is part of the system. Innocent men don’t pay fines, only those found guilty do.

“Three Boynton Beach police officers took part in an illegal “beatdown” of a suspect, then concocted a cover-up when they found out they had been videotaped by a hovering helicopter, prosecutors told jurors Tuesday.

Defense attorneys for the three men, only one of whom still works in law enforcement, told the jury the criminal trial is an unfair attempt by prosecutors to second-guess how the officers handled a very dangerous arrest.

“People want to second-guess them after the fact. … The government is Monday-morning quarterbacking,” defense attorney Bruce Reinhart said during opening statements in federal court in West Palm Beach.

But prosecutors quickly followed up with damaging testimony from three fellow law enforcement officers – who expressed concerns about how the incident, and the aftermath, was handled by the defendants.

The trio accused of inflicting the beating – Officer Michael Brown and former officers Justin Harris and Ronald Ryan – have pleaded not guilty to federal charges that could send them to prison if they are convicted.

Prosecutors say Brown, Harris and Ryan used “excessive force” by beating and kicking the front-seat passenger and using a stun gun on him after a high-speed chase on Aug. 20, 2014.

They also said the officers filed false initial reports about what happened and then adjusted them about a week later after they found out that the beating was videotaped by an overhead helicopter operated by the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.

The officers had arrested the front-seat passenger, Jeffrey Braswell, on a charge of resisting arrest without violence before they found out about the video.

After realizing what was on tape, they rewrote their reports and added claims that Braswell had resisted them, tried to assault them and appeared to have been reaching for a weapon or trying to escape, prosecutors said. The officers were trying to justify their excessive use of force by making it seem like the suspect resisted them enough to justify what they did, according to the prosecution.

Boynton Beach Police Officer Patrick Monteith testified Tuesday that he saw much of what unfolded after the police chase ended and officers “swarmed” around the suspects’ car. His testimony, which resumes on Wednesday, suggested that Braswell was not resisting during the beating.

Monteith, who told jurors it was a “little bit” uncomfortable to see his fellow officers in court, testified that he had his police rifle trained on Braswell and watched much of what unfolded from just in front of the hood of the suspects’ car.

“I could see his [Braswell’s] hands. His hands were up. … He was blocking blows that were coming [from officers],” Monteith testified.

Braswell, whose seat belt was still on, was jerking back and forth in the seat from the blows like he was in a washing machine, Monteith said.”

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-pn-boynton-cops-beating-openings-20171030-story.html

The usual : Federal investigation finds corruption at the highest level of law enforcement

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Posted by Deborah Jarrett

This is not a few bad apples. This is what happens any time you turn over the LEO bushel basket. This is who these people are and it pervades the ranks from top to bottom.   Go from one state to the next and the story is the same: Anytime they are investigated widespread corruption is found.   As Americans, free men and women, is this what we signed up for? Corrupt and violent thugs roaming our streets and controlling our cities?  How many people must die and be imprisoned before we as a people say that “Enough is Enough?”

      Well, that time is coming. In the video age, they can no longer hide who they are. 10 Yr. old kids now pass video links around of cops beating people, shooting pets and abusing the citizenry in general.

That time is coming and it is up to all of us to do our part. Do not be silent. Do not let them have default “Hero” status. Video every encounter with them that you see and spread it around. Do not look away anymore and let them be who they are. Stand up… And do what is right, because they won’t.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36601661/fbi-arrests-hpd-officer-tied-to-kealoha-mailbox-scandal-corruption

“A Honolulu police officer and retired major appeared in court Monday after being charged as part of the years-long federal investigation into public corruption at some of the highest levels of Oahu’s law enforcement.

Former HPD Maj. Gordon Shiraishi, 61, and HPD officer Bobby Nguyen, 43, are the first people arrested in a corruption probe linked to former Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine, a deputy city prosecutor.

Shiraishi has been charged with obstruction of justice, while Nguyen has been charged with conspiracy to obstruct.

“Corrupt activities, such as those alleged to have been committed, erode the public’s faith in law enforcement,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Delacourt, in a news release.

“The citizens of Hawaii demand and deserve diligent police officers who adhere to the highest standards of conduct. Police corruption is among the FBI’s highest priorities and we are committed to investigating and prosecuting to the fullest extent those who violate the civil rights of others.”

In detailed complaints unsealed Monday, Kealoha is identified as “co-conspirator 6.” It’s the first time the former chief is identified in court documents as a player in the conspiracy to lie to federal authorities.

The former head of HPD has not been arrested, but attorneys for people involved believe the arrests of Nguyen and Shiraishi send a message.

“This matter has not concluded… if they don’t cooperate they will be arrested,” says Myles Breiner, attorney for the Kealohas.  Breiner says he is not surprised by the arrests but did question the need to execute them on a Sunday believing it was a way for the prosecution to get more attention to the case.

“If it happened on a Friday, or a normal business day, the arrested would have been processed and they would have been released immediately. To do it on a Sunday, on a slow news day, so it would get the most attention.  So it was the top story,” says Breiner.

In court Monday, special prosecutor Colin McDonald said Shiraishi and Nguyen violated the oath they took to protect the people.

The case is tied to the theft of the Kealohas’ mailbox in June 2013, a crime the FBI says was made up to frame Gerard Puana, who is Katherine Kealoha’s uncle.  At the time, the two sides were involved in a bitter family dispute over money.”

“Puana’s attorney, Ali Silvert, says the charges against Nguyen and Shiraishi are significant, and just the beginning, “This has been a long time in coming,” Silvert says, “Mr Puana feels very vindicated and very happy at this point that the prosecution has moved to this stage.”

In December, a retired Honolulu police officer pleaded guilty to lying under oath as part of the conspiracy to frame the Kealohas’ uncle. Niall Silva was a detective in CIU. Silva is now a key witness in the case. He is awaiting sentencing for his role in the alleged fake mailbox theft, but that can’t happen until after he testifies against the others. His attorney, Bill Harrison, says Silva is anxious to get that done.

Heroes in blue : Rape, child porn, theft, beatings- Compilation of cops arrested 10/10/2017

4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality

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Posted by Deborah Jarrett

Police don’t need better training; they need to stop treating noncompliance as justification for violence.

Heroes in blue: Compilation of cops arrested 9/22/2017

 

Sheriff’s deputy arrested, accused of stealing cash, credit cards from …

Atlanta Journal ConstitutionSep 20, 2017
The case evolved into a narcotics investigation in which the person who reported the burglary, Sammy Shehata, was arrested for allegedly …
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Update: Pulaski Co. Deputy Arrested in Saline Co. Resigns

KARKSep 20, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A deputy with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) is jailed in Benton after being arrested in a weekend incident.
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Deputy used stolen credit cards to buy baby items, Orange County …

Orlando SentinelSep 20, 2017
An Orange County Sheriff’s deputy who was suspended and arrested on theft charges Tuesday used stolen credit cards he took from a suspect …
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Sheriff’s deputy arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting 2 inmates

Los Angeles TimesSep 14, 2017
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two inmates inside a county jail facility, Sheriff Jim …
LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Rape at Women’s Jail
Highly CitedNBC Southern CaliforniaSep 14, 2017

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Pulaski Co. deputy arrested on battery, assault charges

KATVSep 18, 2017
According to the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Pulaski County Deputy Daniel Cantwell, 27, of White Hall, was arrested just after 4:10 a.m …
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Delaware County Sheriff’s Department deputy arrested on drug …

WRTV IndianapolisSep 15, 2017
DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. — A deputy with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department was arrested on drug charges late Wednesday night.
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Deputy arrested for domestic violence while off duty

KTALSep 19, 2017
Bossier Parish – Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington has terminated a Bossier deputy following an off-duty incident that occurred in Bossier City.
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Former Humboldt County Correctional Deputy arrested on child …

KRCRTV.COMSep 19, 2017
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Corey Fisher, a former Humboldt County Correctional Deputy, has been arrested on …
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Anderson deputy arrested in domestic case; SLED says incident on …

Anderson Independent MailSep 15, 2017
An Anderson County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been arrested after a “domestic disturbance” at his home, the agency announced late Friday …
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