Who’s pulling you over?: Hundreds if not thousands of lying, crooked cops allowed to keep their jobs and still testify in court

 

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If you still believe that this is just a few bad apples then you are either a fool or a cop. Every week I peruse hundreds of stories about bad cops to post just one on this site.    For every article posted on this website I have passed on dozens of others that are current and relevant.    Lot of work, huh? Well that is what happens when a cop lies and the result is jail time for an innocent citizen. When self righteous, a person will go a long way to expose the corruption of those that persecuted them.    At one time I actually believed that whole ” Few bad apples” thing myself. Not any more. Because of misdeeds of various police officers, they have firmly put me in the camp opposite of theirs.  Nice job guys, keep up the good work.

Revat Vara should not have gone to prison.

One night in 2006, Houston police pulled him over for a missing license plate and told him to walk a straight line.

Vara said that he hadn’t had a drop to drink and that he passed the sobriety test. Officer William Lindsey said otherwise.

At trial, jurors were told about Lindsey’s expertise evaluating drunken drivers. They were told about Vara’s two previous DWIs.

What jurors weren’t told: Officer Lindsey had been found guilty of misconduct by his department 35 times. He was investigated for padding his overtime – by manipulating DWI arrests so he would have to be called to testify – among many other violations.  ”

“In a case that came down to one man’s word against another’s, jurors believed the police officer. Because of his prior offenses, Vara was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

What happened to Vara has been unconstitutional for more than 50 years.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1963 that prosecutors must tell anyone accused of a crime about all evidence that might help their defense at trial. That includes sharing details about police officers who have committed crimes, lied on the job or whose honesty has been called into doubt.

A USA TODAY Network investigation found that widespread failure by police departments and prosecutors to track problem officers makes it impossible to disclose that information to people whose freedom hinges on the integrity of law enforcement.

Reporters for USA TODAY and its partners, including the Chicago-based Invisible Institute, spent more than a year gathering Brady lists from police and prosecutors in thousands of counties to measure compliance with the landmark 1963 ruling in Brady v. Maryland.

The investigation found:

  • Thousands of people have faced criminal charges or gone to prison based in part on testimony from law enforcement officers deemed to have credibility problems by their bosses or by prosecutors.
  • At least 300 prosecutors’ offices across the nation are not taking steps necessary to comply with the Supreme Court mandates. These places do not have a list tracking dishonest or otherwise untrustworthy officers. They include big cities such as Chicago and Little Rock and smaller communities such as Jackson County, Minnesota, and Columbia County, Pennsylvania.
  • In many places that keep lists, police and prosecutors refuse to make them public, making it impossible to know whether they are following the law.
  • Others keep lists that are incomplete. USA TODAY identified at least 1,200 officers with proven histories of lying and other serious misconduct who had not been flagged by prosecutors. Of those officers, 261 were specifically disciplined for dishonesty on the job.”
  • The rest at USA Today here: https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/investigations/2019/10/14/brady-lists-police-officers-dishonest-corrupt-still-testify-investigation-database/2233386001/

Who’s pulling you over? : Top Philadelphia police commander accused of sexually assaulting officers he mentored

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Wow! This is great stuff; it contains all the elements that make a cop a cop. (1.) A need for power and control over others (2.) Moral Corruption and the belief that he is above the law (3.) The need for vindictive prosecution when he doesn’t get his way. (4) (5) (6) Lie! Lie! Lie!   Remember this high ranking officer and what he was willing to do to one of his own the next time a guy with a gun ,a badge and handcuffs pulls you over.  Good luck……. Stay safe and stay away from any “Heroes in blue” Your life or freedom may well depend on it.

By Ray Sanchez and Mirna Alsharif, CNN

(CNN) — Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Carl Holmes has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting three female officers to whom he presented himself as a mentor, according to prosecutors.

Holmes, 54, one of the highest ranking members of the department, allegedly used his position to insulate himself against the allegations, which resulted in internal affairs investigations against his accusers, a grand jury presentment said.

“All three women testified about the extent to which (Philadelphia Police Department) culture discourages reporting a fellow officer, especially a boss,” the document said. “Doing so can leave you vulnerable, and on the wrong side of the blue line.”

The case comes two months after Richard Ross Jr. stepped down as commissioner of one of the country’s largest police departments amid allegations of sexual harassment and gender and racial discrimination within the force.

Holmes was arrested Thursday after a grand jury recommended criminal charges that included aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and other sex offenses, the department said in a statement.”

” The alleged crimes occurred between 2004 and 2007, according to the presentment.

Holmes over the years “developed relationships with new recruits and young female police officers” through his rank and position at the training academy and presented “himself as a safe resource or mentor,” the Philadelphia district attorney’s office said in a statement.

Holmes allegedly “came on to” two female officers who had sought “guidance and mentorship” from him, and “against their will and without their consent kissed them, fondled their breasts, and digitally penetrated” them in a police department office, according to the court document.

In the first case, in the summer of 2004, the officer sought Holmes’ help after she was sexually harassed and stalked by her supervisor, the document said.

Holmes told the officer that he was friends with her supervisor and warned that she should “prepare for a fight” if she decided to file an Equal Employment Opportunity claim against the man, according to the presentment.

Near the end of the meeting, Holmes allegedly grabbed the officer, lifted her onto his desk and “started trying to kiss (her), trying to force his tongue into her mouth. kissing down her neck, and groping her breasts,” the court document said.

When the officer pleaded with him, swearing not to say anything if he let her go, Holmes allegedly told her that “no one would believe some little b—- like her anyway” and that he “could make her disappear,” according to the presentment. At one point, Holmes allegedly pushed “one of his fingers inside her vagina” before she managed to get away.

Weeks after filing a complaint against the supervisor, the officer was was arrested after “abandoned drugs were found and seized from her trash can while it was on the street, outside her home,” the document said. She was investigated by internal affairs for nearly three years for associating with drug dealers — an allegation later deemed unfounded.”

https://www.cbs58.com/news/top-philadelphia-police-commander-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-officers-he-mentored

Who’s pulling you over? : Deputy Police Chief Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

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State Police say 28-year-old Joel Archambault is facing charges of promotion of sexual performance by a child and possession of sexual performance by a child.

Authorities say Archambault downloaded and shared images consistent with child sexual exploitation online.

As well as serving in his role as deputy chief for SUNY System Plaza, Archambault is also a part-time member of the Whitehall Police Department.

In a statement, SUNY officials say they have launched an internal investigation of their own and have suspended Archambault indefinitely. SUNY says they will continue to provide a secure and safe environment for faculty, staff, and students.

SUNY has issued a statement in response.

“We are all deeply disturbed by the alleged crime committed by a SUNY officer. While the criminal investigation is ongoing by the State Police, the officer has been suspended and if he is found to have violated any law or policy, we will pursue immediate termination.”

Archambault is due back in court later this month.

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/news/2019/10/16/suny-deputy-police-chief-arrested-on-child-pornography-charges

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

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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? : Off-duty NYPD cop arrested for threatening motorist with gun

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Trust me, you have nothing to fear when you see cherries lighting up your dashboard. That is a sworn officer of the court behind you and anything that he says will be given the weight of truth.    Put your hands behind your back and let the man with the gun put you in handcuffs.    Remember….. You have nothing to fear….

” An off-dufy NYPD cop was arrested for allegedly threatening a motorist with his gun following a dispute at a red light in Queens, police said.

Officer Philip Case, 49, who was slapped with a menacing charge, got into an argument with another man at the corner of Van Doren Street and 108th Street in Corona about 10:15 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

With both cars stopped, Case flashed his gun and then sped off once the light turned green, cops said.

The victim called police and Chase was arrested a block away.

It’s unclear what prompted the argument, but police said both Chase and the victim remained in their vehicles during the confrontation.

Chase was released after getting a desk appearance ticket for the offense.”

Original here : https://nypost.com/2019/09/07/off-duty-nypd-cop-arrested-for-threatening-motorist-with-gun/

We’re the police and we are here to help : Separate Georgia cops arrested for sexual assault and armed assault of one officer’s stepfather

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So, who is pulling you over on that dark highway ? Who is that that guy ordering you around with his hand on his gun? Just some guy who decided that  he “Wanted to help people” for a living?     Question : Has a cop ever helped you?  I have had plenty of contact with cops and I can tell you this ; Not once, not ever. I have been interrogated, ticketed, harassed and told multiple times that I am on my own. Every time I have ever called the Cops they have had no resolution for the situation at hand.     So what would we do without these thugs, these most noted members of the thin blue line?  Descend into Anarchy? Probably. I Don’t know about you but I don’t kill or steal because of cops; it’s what keeps me in check.  The Large brown line is more like it.     Stay safe kids and remember that any encounter with LEO can end with the end of your freedom or life.

 

 

” Two northwest Georgia police officers have been arrested following separate GBI investigations.

Ringgold police Officer Blake Ballew, 27, is facing charges out of Catoosa County on allegations he sexually assaulted a woman. Steven Andrew Thornton, 27, was fired from the Cohutta Police Department after what police said was an alcohol-fueled fight with his former stepfather that ended in gunfire.

Ballew was arrested Monday, according to the GBI. The agency opened an investigation Thursday after a woman walked into the Varnell Police Department to file a report against him.

“After interviews, review of the physical evidence, and consulting with the Lookout Mountain District Attorney’s Office, the GBI obtained warrants for the arrest of Officer Ballew,”Joe Montgomery, special agent in charge, said in a news release.

Ballew was arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault, violation of oath of office and false imprisonment. It is unclear if Ballew was on duty when investigators believe the alleged assault took place.

He was booked into jail in Catoosa County on Monday. According to online jail records, he was released the same day.

Ballew’s employment status was not clear.

Thornton was in between shifts when he was arrested Saturday morning in southern Whitfield County. The GBI determined he was not acting in his official capacity as a police officer, but Cohutta police Chief Greg Fowler decided to fire him anyway.

His employment was terminated hours later, Cohutta Mayor Ron Shinnick said. The city has submitted their reports to the Georgia POST Council, the state agency charged with regulating and certifying police.

According to an incident report obtained by AJC.com, Thornton got into a fight with mother’s ex-husband, Tramell Putnam, after Putnam drove another woman home from a bar. The group had all been drinking together, a witness told Whitfield County sheriff’s deputies.

Thornton confronted Putnam when the man returned home, and he told Thornton to “sleep it off.” A scuffle ensued, and the witness said he saw Thornton put a gun to Putnam’s side before firing a round into the floor.

The former officer claimed his stepfather threatened to kill him and put him in a chokehold. He told deputies he fired the gun as a scare tactic after he began to lose consciousness.

Thornton was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, discharging a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. He was being held Monday in the Whitfield County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.”

https://www.ajc.com/news/crime–law/just-north-georgia-officers-arrested-after-gbi-investigations/0MY0n6UbmzQnjTxtqKn8jO/