“BROOKSVILLE — Tom Lemons, who spends most days blogging about other people arrested by sheriff’s deputies, was arrested and booked into the Hernando County Detention Center after a disturbance Friday night at a local bar.
Floyd Thomas Lemons, 49, was charged with two counts of battery and one violation of the state’s concealed weapons statute regarding where a weapon can be carried.
According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Lemons approached two women at Karma Spirits and Café at 10511 Spring Hill Drive late Friday night. Lemons reportedly tried to “hit on them” according to Jodie Griggs, one of the women.
“Jodie advised that the defendant did not like that they were not interested in him,” she told deputies. Then he grabbed her arm and tried to pull.
Lemons fell on the floor, and the second woman, Allison Russo, said Lemons got up and punched her in the neck, according to the report. The deputy who reviewed surveillance video confirmed the report, saying that Lemons appeared to have fallen when Griggs pushed him off her.
Lemons told deputies he had a concealed weapon, the report said, adding that he knew he wasn’t supposed to bring the gun into the bar, but that the owner gave him permission to have it there. Deputy W. Harsanyi removed the black Glock 27 from Lemons’ waistband, the report said.”
“So far this month, two New York City police commanders have been arrested on corruption allegations, an officer in Killeen, Tex., has been accused of sexually assaulting a female driver, a Philadelphia police officer has been charged with extortion of a drug dealer, and an officer in Honolulu has been accused of raping a 14-year-old girl.
Such sporadic news accounts of police officers being arrested led one group of researchers to a question: How much crime do police officers commit? No one was keeping track, much as no one was tracking how often police officers shoot and kill civilians, although both may involve use of police power and abuse of public trust.
Now there is an answer: Police officers are arrested about 1,100 times a year, or roughly three officers charged every day, according to a new national study. The most common crimes were simple assault, drunken driving and aggravated assault, and significant numbers of sex crimes were also found. About 72 percent of officers charged in cases with known outcomes are convicted, more than 40 percent of the crimes are committed on duty, and nearly 95 percent of the officers charged are men.
The study is thought to be the first-ever nationwide look at police crime, and was conducted by researchers at Bowling Green State University through a grant from the Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice. The research covered seven years, 2005 to 2011, and sought to quantify not only the prevalence of police officers arrested across the country, but also how law enforcement agencies discipline officers who are arrested and how officer arrests might correlate with other forms of misconduct.”
For example, the study found that 22 percent of the officers arrested had been named as defendants in a federal civil rights lawsuit at some point in their careers, unrelated to their arrest case. The authors suggest that police agencies analyzing such suits “could potentially lead to new and improved mechanisms to identify and mitigate various forms of police misconduct.”
In the seven years of the study, the researchers compiled 6,724 cases, or about 960 cases per year, involving about 792 officers per year — 674 officers were arrested more than once. But the study has continued beyond 2011, and lead researcher Philip M. Stinson at Bowling Green said the number of cases now averages about 1,100 arrests per year.
“Police crimes are not uncommon,” Stinson concluded. “Our data directly contradicts some of the prevailing assumptions and the proposition that only a small group of rotten apples perpetrate the vast majority of police crime.” Although nearly 60 percent of the crimes “occurred when the officer was technically off-duty,” Stinson wrote, “a significant portion of these so-called off-duty crimes also lies within the context of police work and the perpetrator’s role as a police officer, including instances where off-duty officers flash a badge, an official weapon, or otherwise use their power, authority, and the respect afforded to them as a means to commit crime.”
“This is probably the tip of the iceberg,” said Cara Rabe-Hemp, a professor at Illinois State University who has studied police deviance. She said the effort is the “first-ever study to quantify police crime” and shows it is “much much more common than what police scholars and police administrators previously thought.”
Don’t feel bad if a lying cop costs you some freedom or a heap of money. Truth doesn’t matter when you are given default “Hero” status and as a “Sworn officer of the court” your testimony is given the weight of truth. That is unless you catch them on camera; They might lie, but video doesn’t. Stay safe and make sure every encounter is taped. Your wallet and your freedom could depend on it.
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.
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.
Hey kids! They’re back! Those wacky boys and girls in blue are once again here to grace the pages of the news reports. Just a few bad apples right? Yeah, sure thing, just read on. Page after page and offense after offense. And just remember this….. The day before they were busted they may have been there to pull YOU over on a dark highway or testify in court. Stay safe, stay away from LEO. Any time you are in the presence of armed people of unknown character YOU ARE IN DANGER. Make sure you always, always, video every encounter for your own safety and freedom
“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.”
How did this bunch ever pass the psych test and wind up with guns in public?
If this is what they do to their colleagues, imagine what they do to someone they have control over
Some of this stuff you just can’t make up
And stay away from LEO
They are dangerous to your health and liberty
“Three Customs and Border Patrol agents have been arrested after their colleagues in Newark Airport’s Passenger Enforcement Roving Team alleged the agents verbally abused and physically harassed them on a “rape table” in Terminal C.
CNN reports that Tito Catota, 38, Parmenio I. Perez, 40, and Michael Papagni, 32, have been charged with forcibly assaulting, impeding, intimidating and interfering with two male officers. They face up to eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
“The defendants, who were members of a unit responsible for identifying dangerous contraband and threats to national security, allegedly subjected their own colleagues to senseless physical abuse, all while on duty at Newark Liberty International Airport,” acting US Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick said in a statement. “This behavior would be abhorrent in any environment, especially one serving a critical law enforcement function.”
Officer Vito Degironimo spoke out about the abuse in May, telling NBC New York, “Hazing wouldn’t do this justice. This is complete assault. They take you in a room and your fellow officers are all watching as officers grab you.”
“Once the lights go out, they grab you up like a gang, and they forcibly throw you on the table and one officer actually ends up mounting me and pretty much riding me like a horse,” he said. “They called the table itself the rape table, and call this act ‘raping.’”