Who’s pulling you over? 8th Paterson Cop arrested for stealing during illegal traffic stops

Just a few bad apples right? Of course it is and that would explain why I have hundreds of pages and thousands of stories posted here. These cops lying, stealing and worse are not anomalies, but rather the norm.    Why tell the truth when you can lie and it will believed because of your blue privilege? Why not swagger and throw your ass around when you are backed up by all of your cohorts who do the same?   It is not a far jump from that starting point to theft, cover up and civil rights violations.     Any time you are in contact with LEO, both your life and freedom are in danger.You never know the true face that hides behind that badge and gun….. Until you see it.

“A Paterson police sergeant was arrested Tuesday as part of an internal affairs and FBI investigation into corruption within the city’s department, authorities said Tuesday.

Sgt. Michael Cheff is the eighth city police officer arrested in the FBI’s corruption probe that began three years ago, Police Director Jerry Speziale said.”

“Cheff is accused of civil rights violations and falsifying police reports. According to an FBI complaint, Cheff is accused of stealing more than $2,000 from the safe of an alleged drug dealer and sometimes falsified paperwork to cover up the thefts of money that other officers stole.”

“The investigation has focused on police officers who allegedly stole thousands in cash from people after illegally stopping and searching their vehicles.

Last year, Officer Daniel Pent admitted to being part of a conspiracy in which the officers routinely illegally stopped residents, both in their vehicles and on the street, and stole money and other items from them.

Cheff, who has been on the job since 1996, was the sergeant who supervised five former patrol officers who have pleaded guilty to taking money from motorists, passengers and other people they illegally stopped.”

Excerpted from the original here: https://www.nj.com/passaic-county/2020/01/paterson-police-sergeant-arrested-as-fbi-corruption-investigation-widens-cops-say.html

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

2 Dallas deputies arrested for looting Home Depot destroyed by tornado

Just remember, any time that you get pulled over, that the man or woman with the gun and handcuffs may have the moral integrity of these two cretins.  Your freedom or possibly your life could be in jeopardy any time you have contact with them. Hero is an action, not a color.

From the Dallas times

Joseph Bobadilla and Rebecca Evans were charged with theft. Bobadilla is accused of stealing items from the leveled store and exchanging them at other stores for credit, sheriff’s office says

Two Dallas County sheriff’s deputies were arrested Thursday after they were accused of stealing from a Home Depot store destroyed by a tornado last month.

Dallas County sheriff's deputy Joseph Bobadilla, 25, was charged with theft after authorities say he was looting at a Home Depot destroyed by a tornado last month.
Dallas County sheriff’s deputy Joseph Bobadilla, 25, was charged with theft after authorities say he was looting at a Home Depot destroyed by a tornado last month.(Dallas County Sheriff’s Office)

Joseph Bobadilla, 25, and Rebecca Evans, 41, were charged with theft of property between $750 and $2,500. As a public servants, they face an enhanced theft charge, a state jail felony, authorities said.

Home Depot’s corporate office notified the sheriff’s office that Bobadilla had stolen from the store on Forest Lane, which was leveled when several tornadoes tore through the Dallas area Oct. 20.

Bobadilla was booked into the Dallas County Jail about noon Thursday. He posted a $500 bond about 1:40 p.m., records show. Evans was booked into the jail around 3 p.m., also on a $500 bond.

Rebecca Evans, 41
Rebecca Evans, 41(Dallas County Sheriff’s Department)

The sheriff’s office said Bobadilla had been working off-duty guarding the Home Depot store after it was destroyed.

“During his shifts, Bobadilla would take items from the store and later exchange them at another location for in-store credit, subsequently purchasing items with the in-store credits he received,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. Details on Evans’ arrest weren’t immediately available.”

The whole story is here: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2019/11/21/sheriffs-deputy-accused-of-stealing-from-home-depot-that-was-destroyed-in-october-tornadoes/

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