A few bad apples : 6 patterson cops arrested for shakedowns, beatings and illegal traffic stops

That’s right, they only got six from one department. Just a few bad apples right? Or how about , Just the tip of the iceberg. If they got that many bad cops in one sitting, then how many did they miss?    This type of behavior is common place. Cops believe that because of blue privilege they are above the law.  Every day nationwide they lie on reports, perjure themselves and abuse those that they are sworn to protect.   The only problem these numbnuts encountered was they pissed enough people off who had money for lawyers to bring about their own downfall.     Have fun in prison boys where you can now be abused by your fellow co-workers.

From : Northjersey.com

“On Tuesday, a sixth Paterson police officer was arrested at city police headquarters, the latest Paterson cop swept up in a more than two-year federal probe.

The officers are accused of — and some have pleaded guilty to — crimes including beating up a hospital patient and a string of illegal traffic stops in which officers allegedly stole money and drugs.

Here’s who they all are:

Jonathan Bustios

In December, Jonathan Bustios admitted that he and other police officers singled out motorists they believed were carrying large amounts of money and then shook them down for cash.

During his guilty plea in federal court, Bustios said the illegal stops started in 2016 and continued into 2018. At the time of his arrest in April, federal authorities had revealed only crimes that took place in 2018.

In his guilty plea, Bustios also implicated Paterson Police Officer Eudy Ramos and others for participating in the conspiracy with him. Ramos had already been arrested in the case, but authorities had not accused any other cops of making the illegal stops.

Bustios was the third Paterson cop to plead guilty in the FBI probe. His plea was the first public indication that additional officers might have engaged in crimes.

Ruben McAusland

Last June, in federal court in Newark, Paterson police officer Ruben McAusland admitted he stole heroin, cocaine, crack and marijuana from crime scenes while he was in uniform and on duty in 2017. He also admitted that he later sold the drugs.

McAusland also admitted that in 2017, he pushed, punched and struck a suicidal patient while the victim was in a wheelchair and lying on a bed in a Paterson hospital. He said he then tried to cover it up by filing a false police report.

He pleaded guilty to one drug-dealing offense and conspiracy to violate the hospital patient’s civil rights — crimes that carry a total maximum prison sentence of 50 years and a minimum of five.

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McAusland was the first Paterson police officer convicted in the FBI probe. He is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

His crimes carry a maximum prison sentence of 50 years and a minimum of five.

He was in the same police academy class as Daniel Pent and Ramos, two of the other police officers arrested in the probe.

Daniel Pent

On Tuesday morning, Pent, 32, was arrested at Paterson police headquarters. He is the sixth Paterson cop charged with crimes in the federal investigation.

Pent was hired by the Paterson department in January 2014. He was in the same police academy class as McAusland and Ramos, two of the other police officers arrested in the probe.

The Paterson Police Department is suspending Pent without pay for 30 days, officials said. After that, he will be placed on paid administrative leave until the charges against him are resolved, officials said.

Pent’s salary is listed as $53,589 on city payroll records.

Eudy Ramos

In April, Ramos was arrested by the FBI. Last week, Ramos was indicted on nine counts of civil rights crimes in the FBI probe.

The indictment alleged illegal traffic stops and shakedowns by Ramos. Additionally, it contained charges that Ramos conspired with four other Paterson police officers— including Bustios and Matthew Torres — to target vehicles for illegal stops and searches and taking occupants’ money.

He was in the same police academy class as Pent and McAusland, two of the other officers arrested in the probe.

Ramos is scheduled to be arraigned on charges Wednesday.

Roger Then

In May, Roger Then was arrested by the FBI in connection with the beating of a suicidal hospital patient while the victim was in a wheelchair and in a hospital bed.

During his guilty plea, McAusland said that Then, his former partner, also participated in the hospital assault and coverup.

Then was accused of making a video recording of the beating, which was allegedly carried out by an unidentified city police officer, according to a federal affidavit establishing probable cause for Then’s arrest.

The officers’ alleged attack injured the victim’s face, and he needed eye surgery as a result of the beating, federal authorities said.

Then has been a member of the Police Department since July 2016.

It was the same incident in which McAusland was also implicated.

Then was the fourth Paterson police officer arrested by the FBI.

Matthew Torres

In December, Torres was arrested in the FBI probe. He was the fifth Paterson cop arrested in the probe.

Torres was charged with violating people’s civil rights and was accused of participating in an illegal traffic stop in Paterson in December 2017.

During this traffic stop, Torres and Ramos, one of the other accused cops, allegedly took $1,000 in cash from a passenger in the vehicle.

In 2017, Torres was suspended for 30 days in connection with allegations of steroid use, according to city law enforcement sources.

Unknown officer

Court records indicate that at least one more Paterson police officer is suspected of participating in the crimes, but authorities have not identified the officer.

Joe Malinconico of Paterson Press contributed to this article. 

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Hero of the week : Jacksonville corrections officer beats shackled woman who was arrested for driving with a suspended license

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“JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 21-year-old female corrections officer was arrested and fired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office after police said she beat a woman who was shackled in the Duval County jail.

Catherine Thompson had been with JSO for 14 months and was still in her probationary period, Undersheriff Pat Ivey said Thursday.

Ivey said a woman was arrested Friday on a charge of driving without a valid license. The woman, Kirenda Welch, encountered Thompson while being searched at the jail and the two exchanged insults, Ivey said.

Welch, who told News4Jax she’s five weeks pregnant, said the episode began when she took issue with the itchy uniform she was given, according to her complaint.

“The pants immediately started to itch me. Something was wrong with the pants. I told her, ‘These are old. They’re dirty, and they stink and I’m itching. I can’t put on the pants. I left the shirt on. Can you please give me another pair of pants?'” Welch said.

She said her criticism was met with racial slurs.

“She pretty much went off and started calling me Kunta Kinte,” said Welch, referring to the slave character from the novel and TV miniseries “Roots.”

At some point, Ivey said, Welch was placed in four-point restraints, meaning she was handcuffed and her legs were shackled, and her hands and legs were connected by a chain. She said things escalated when she complained that the shackles were too tight.

According to Ivey,  Thompson hit Welch in the face and knocked her to the floor. He said she repeatedly attacked Welch while she was on the ground. At one point during the struggle, Welch said, she fought back. She was later maced”

“She punched me dead in my forehead, right in the middle. Boom. I could not believe it,” Welch said. “I can’t believe she’s doing this. I’m shackled up. I’m on my back … She used both hands and banged my head into the concrete wall. I was like, ‘Oh my God. This is it. It’s happening.’

“Ivey said Thompson then wrote a report about the incident that was “not honest.” Thompson has been charged with misdemeanor battery and official misconduct, which is a felony. Because she was still on probation, Thompson was fired immediately. Ivey said he did not know the specifics of the verbal exchange between the two women.

Welch, 36, told News4Jax on Thursday that, physically, she has some scrapes that are healing. Mentally, she said, she’s dealing with post-traumatic stress and worrying that her unborn child could be injured. Welch said she’s planning to file a lawsuit against JSO.”

 

“Welch also gave News4Jax the details of the traffic stop Friday that led to her being taken to the Duval County jail.

Welch said she and her two children were on the way back from a youth basketball game Friday evening. She said she was driving a Dodge Charger on Firestone Road when her toddler got out of his safety seat.

“I tried to hurry and pull over, so I made an illegal U-turn. I was trying to get him settled,” she said.

That’s when a police officer got behind her and initiated a traffic stop.

Welch said she then got out of her car to tend to her son in the back seat while the officer was parked behind her.

“He jumped out with a gun drawn. So I’m like, ‘Oh my God. Please don’t shoot. I was, like, ‘I don’t want to die.’ I told my son to put his hands up,” Welch said. “The officer later told me that he didn’t know what I was going to do to him. That’s why he had his gun drawn.”

The officer checked her license and learned it was suspended.

“I ran through a toll I didn’t know about. They sent it to my old address. I never got it. I didn’t pay it so they suspended my license,” Welch said. “So, I’m riding around all this time and they said a judge signed off on it May 30.”

She was then placed under arrest and taken to the Duval County jail, where investigators said she was beaten by the now-former corrections officer.”

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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