“A 29-year veteran Detroit police officer has been suspended amid allegations that he received and possessed child pornography.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig called the claims outlined in a federal criminal complaint against Miguel Angel Martinez “deeply troubling.”
“Any time a police officer makes a decision to engage in alleged criminal acts, and this one is particularly troubling, certainly it’s a stain on the Detroit Police Department,” Craig told reporters at a press conference this afternoon. “It’s not reflective of the entire organization.”
A sergeant from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in Reno, Nev., working undercover was using a peer-to-peer file sharing program when he discovered files that appeared to reference child pornography linked to a computer IP address that belonged to Martinez, who lives in Trenton.
The sergeant was able to download 14 “incomplete but viewable” files from the IP address between Sept. 5 and Sept. 12, according to the complaint. The videos showed children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, the complaint says.
A review of a law enforcement database indicated that the same IP address has been observed sharing at least 100 files that are of interest to child pornography investigations. And on two dates in January, that IP was observed sharing child pornography, according to the complaint.
Federal investigators searched Martinez’s home Tuesday and seized computer-related items. During an interview, Martinez told investigators he “may have seen” child pornography files, the complaint says.
Craig said Martinez has been suspended with pay. If charges are filed, the status would change to a suspension without pay, he said.
Martinez worked as a patrol officer on the west side of the city. Craig said he’s not aware of any other allegations of wrongdoing against him.”
“State Trooper Ryan Luckenbaugh stepped way over a legal line when he kicked a handcuffed Harrisburg activist in the face during a May 2015 confrontation in the city, a prosecutor told a Dauphin County jury Tuesday afternoon.
Then, Luckenbaugh compounded his crime by lying repeatedly on an affidavit that unjustly sent Christopher Sienneck to county prison for two weeks simply for flashing his middle finger at the cops, Senior Deputy District Attorney Stephen Zawisky said.
Things aren’t so straightforward, however, Defense Attorney Edward Spreha Jr. countered.
“I’m not going to stand here before you and say (Luckenbaugh) acted 100 percent appropriately on that night,” Spreha said. “He is going to admit that things should have been done differently.”
Still, he insisted Luckenbaugh’s acts “didn’t his to the level of criminal activity.”
Spreha called Siennick “the local leftist” and insisted he was “looking for a reaction” from the police. It was Siennick, he said, who ran when Luckenbaugh and his partner, Trooper Michael Trotta, approached him at Second and Locust streets.
“He escalated the situation,” Spreha said of Siennick.
Zawisky saw that differently. He said there was no reason for Luckenbaugh and Trotta – who was later fired over other misconduct allegations – to even be in the city around 2:30 a.m. on May 16, 2015. They decided to cruise in the Second Street area because they knew the bars were closing on Restaurant Row, the DA said, and “They went there looking for action.”
When they first encountered Siennick, he was skateboarding down the street in the wrong direction, the prosecutor said. He said that even though Siennick flashed the troopers his middle finger as he passed them “that is protected speech.”
Yet their dash cam recorded Luckenbaugh saying “Oh, that’s going to be a BPR,” meaning an incident that would prompt an internal affairs investigation by state police, Zawisky said.
Luckenbaugh would later claim in Siennicks’s arrest warrant that Siennick ignored his verbal commands to get off the street, and that Siennick hit or threw something at his cruiser, the prosecutor said. The dash cam recording shows both of those accusations are deliberate lies, he said.
That recording also shows what happened after the troopers chased, Tased, pepper sprayed and handcuffed Siennick and sat him on the curb in front of their cruiser, Zawisky said. He said Siennick was irate, was calling the cops “fascists” and “pigs” and was spitting in reaction to the pepper spray.
When Siennick got some spittle on Luckenbaugh’s shoes, the trooper said, “Spit on this and he kicked him in the face,” Zawisky said. “Certainly, Trooper Luckenbaugh knew he couldn’t kick a handcuffed man in the head.”
“SARASOTA, FL — As one former Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputy stands accused of trying to kill a 79-year-old woman, another deputy now faces charges for allegedly covering up evidence related to the crime. The arrest of Deputy Carson Lee Plank, 23, was announced by the sheriff’s office Thursday.
Plank, a one-year veteran of the agency, “lied to detectives during the criminal investigation surrounding ex-employee Frankie Bybee,” the sheriff’s office wrote in an email to media.
Carson, the sheriff’s office said, was one of the first deputies to arrive on the scene after the elderly woman reported the murder attempt on Jan. 12. When Carson was questioned by detectives about what she found at the scene, she told them she “didn’t see anything out of the ordinary at the victim’s home,” the email said. Carson also denied having contact with Bybee since he was placed on administrative leave Dec. 20.
The sheriff’s office said detectives interviewed Plank again on Jan. 19. She told a different story during that interview, the agency alleges.
“Plank admitted to locating and photographing with a cellular phone, a blood droplet with human hair, at the victim’s home on January 12,” the agency said in a media release. “Plank did not submit the photograph as evidence and following the January 12 incident, contacted Bybee to make him aware of the questions detectives asked her related to the attempted murder allegations. Phone records later obtained by detectives confirmed the communication between Plank and Bybee.”
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Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, February 14, 2017:
Jackson, Mississippi: An officer was fired after a cell phone video showed him knee a handcuffed suspect in the head. ow.ly/ELm7308ZD1a
Update: Denver, Colorado (First reported 10-31-16): An officer pled guilty to stealing $1,200 at a crime scene. He was discovered by a review of the footage on his body camera. He was allowed to resign and given 18 months of probation. ow.ly/DTjH308ZEjA
Update: Montvale, New Jersey (First reported 01-17-17): An officer pled guilty to DWI. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation, but he is appealing the inclusion of his DWI test as evidence, so the probation has not yet gone into effect. ow.ly/AzHF308ZFhV
Ft. Myer U.S. Army Base (Virginia): A civilian police officer pled guilty to armed bank robbery. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 12. ow.ly/TX6G308ZG9A
Pensacola, Florida: An officer was arrested for trespass, battery, and obstruction for an off-duty incident at another person’s home. ow.ly/DDhQ308ZGSE
Tennessee Highway Patrol: A trooper was charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, public intoxication, and resisting arrest for an off-duty incident involving his wife. ow.ly/iKfP308ZHx9
Las Cruces, New Mexico: The City was ordered to pay a couple $1,600,000 for an incident when an officer slammed a woman’s face into rocks during her arrest, thereby breaking her nose and wrist. ow.ly/vB6Y3090lMj
Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, February 13, 2017:
Update: Marion County, Florida (First reported 01-27-16): A now-former deputy was acquitted of state battery charge for actions during a 2014 arrest that was caught on video. He was acquitted of federal civil rights charges for the same incident last year. Four other now-former deputies pled guilty to charges and testified against him. ow.ly/EMah308WomY
North Charleston, South Carolina: A deputy who was fired for excessive force was charged with third-degree assault and battery for an on-duty incident. This is the same community that is preparing for the retrial of its former officer Michael Slager for fatally shooting Walter Scott in the back. In both cases, the officer was white and the citizen was black. ow.ly/2Tw6308Wp3z
Florence County, South Carolina: A deputy who served as a school resource officer was charged with sexual battery of a student. ow.ly/CvjT308WpGP
Orlando, Florida: An officer was fired for lying on an official police report. ow.ly/ftfg308X50d
Macon County, Tennessee: A deputy was charged with stealing a bale of tobacco. He was off duty at the time of the incident and is no longer with the department. ow.ly/tBHt308X5GY
Newark, New Jersey: An officer was charged with false swearing and making false statements. He was previously suspended for actions during the arrest of a 14-year-old boy. (See report of 02-05-16) ow.ly/oiEV308X6d8
Wichita, Kansas: An officer was jailed on rape charges for an incident while he was off duty. ow.ly/FR24308XBq9
New York, New York: An officer was cited in a lawsuit by a disabled man who alleges he was sexually assaulted by the officer under color of law in a bodega. ow.ly/TUz9308XYFV
Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 10, 2017:
Friars Point, Mississippi: An officer was suspended for three days for threats and intimidation. ow.ly/XWrY308SvyB
Update: Ely, Minnesota (First reported 11-12-15): An officer who had been suspended indefinitely struck a deal so to resign after he admitted to a sexual relationship with an underage girl. He will receive $15,000 in severance pay. ow.ly/lYIM308SwhB
Chicago, Illinois: The independent review authority recommended firing an officer who fatally shot motorist Darius Pinex in January 2011. ow.ly/dvde308Sx8B
Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 9, 2017:
Update: Kettering, Ohio (First reported 01-03-17): An officer was sentenced to 90 days of home confinement and 200 hours of community service for pill theft. ow.ly/Kloh308OTdU
Lincoln, Nebraska: An officer was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving while he was off duty. ow.ly/cxY1308PgCK
Level Plains, Alabama: An officer was arrested for burglary after a domestic incident with his wife during a child custody exchange. The report described a physical altercation but did not mention any assault or battery charges. ow.ly/iWpZ308PgNh
Helena-West Helena, Arkansas: An officer was arrested for false imprisonment after he arrested woman walking to her doctor. ow.ly/zTiM308PgZf
Boyd County, Kentucky: A deputy was suspended for 24 days for a racist post on social media. ow.ly/5VAo308PhaY
Update: Bullitt County, Kentucky (First reported 11-19-15): A now-former detective was acquitted of unlawfully accessing a confidential law enforcement database. Her wrongful termination suit is ongoing. ow.ly/ZUza308Qf5b
Update: Cleveland, Ohio (First reported 07-01-15): The City settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of Tanisha Anderson, who died of asphyxiation while handcuffed during a police encounter, for $2,250,000. ow.ly/7j9w308Qidx
Arapahoe County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested for DUI by his colleagues while he was on duty. ow.ly/8Z3B308Qnuy
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (New Jersey): Two agents pled guilty to lying to federal officials about their joint ownership interests in and employment at a nightclub. This ownership would have likely scuttled their security clearance due to a presumptive conflict of interest. One was sentenced to probation and community service. The other is scheduled to be sentenced Friday. ow.ly/VMcu308QE1b
So for January we have selected the case of Philippe Holland, who was an innocent man shot by Philadelphia police.
According to news reports, here is what happened: Holland was a college student who worked part-time delivering take-out food. Two years ago, he was delivering a cheeseburger to a house when two officers in plain clothes responded to the area because of a report about gunshots. Holland says he thought he was about to get robbed because the officers approached him without identifying themselves. Frightened, Holland jumped in his car and tried to drive away quickly. The police officers opened fire and Holland now has a permanent seizure disorder and has bullet fragments in his brain.
Last month, the city agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Holland, reportedly the largest settlement for a police shooting in the city’s history.
The officers involved in the shooting–Kevin Hanvey and Mitchell Farrell– claim that they feared for their lives and thus had to shoot. They were not prosecuted. Even after the passage of two years the department says their discipline is yet “to be determined.” Hmm.
Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, February 8, 2017:
Surprise, Arizona: An officer resigned after his domestic violence conviction stemming from an incident in Las Vegas involving his now-ex-fiancée. ow.ly/SeMG308NIyO
Update: University of North Dakota (First reported 11-09-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $16,000 in restitution for child pornography possession. ow.ly/QtII308NJs4
Update: Richmond, California: (First reported 11-01-16) One of the four officers who were recommended to be fired for their roles in the Bay Area child exploitation and prostitution scandal was reinstated after serving a one-month suspension. According to the report, “Eleven Richmond police officers were implicated in the investigation. Five have been disciplined, but continue to work for the department. Two have left the department for reasons unrelated to the teenager who used the name Celeste Guap while working as a prostitute. Another two have been fired from the department.” Several other departments have officers that were caught up in the scandal. ow.ly/4J2B308NJSS
Update: North Andover, Massachusetts (First reported 01-23-17): An officer retired after being arrested for a DUI crash in his cruiser while on a work trip in Pennsylvania. His BAC was recorded at .219. ow.ly/LxVm308NKlM
Update: Pima County, Arizona (First reported 02-16-16): The now-former chief deputy agreed to plead guilty to charges to embezzling more than $500,000 of forfeiture proceeds. ow.ly/HkUK308NL1y
Update: Gwinnett County, Georgia (First reported 02-01-17): The officer who was fired after striking pedestrians while responding to a call was charged with vehicular homicide after a teen he struck died. ow.ly/mwYS308NMiV
El Paso, Texas: An officer was arrested for sexual assault of a child. ow.ly/BXHj308NMJr
Oceana County, Michigan: A now-former deputy pled guilty to misdemeanor destruction of property. He is appealing his firing to a labor arbitrator as misdemeanor convictions do not necessarily trigger terminations. ow.ly/2uwM308NNwW
Update: Los Angeles, California: The City formally agreed to pay family of Ezell Ford Jr. $1,500,00 for his wrongful shooting death.ow.ly/K1ZB308OOli
Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Monday, February 6, 2017:
Denver County, Colorado: A deputy was suspended for 30 days for flashing his badge at a restaurant in order to intimidate employees. ow.ly/nnXi308ISHt
Logan Township, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged for a DUI hit-and-run while he was off duty. He has been suspended without pay. ow.ly/PMX8308J2gX
Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy was fired after an investigation into sexual misconduct revealed numerous violations. ow.ly/9ngw308JgDH
Update: Evansville, Indiana: An officer suspended since November is under investigation for sending threatening text messages. ow.ly/vG3n308JhzE
Moberly, Missouri: An officer was arrested for tampering after allegedly stealing less than $500 from drug raid evidence. ow.ly/kfkI308Jofc
Aiken County, South Carolina: A deputy was charged with sexual battery for an alleged sexual relationship with a student at the school where he served as SRO. The charge includes the language “no aggravated force or coercion.” ow.ly/sewK308JpnR
Update: Sandusky County, Ohio: A now-former sheriff was sentenced to four years in prison for drug and theft-in-office convictions. ow.ly/3E40308JQaf
Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 3, 2017:
Jacksonville, Florida: A now-former officer was given credit for time served, one year of probation, and ordered to undergo counseling for stalking his ex. ow.ly/afnG308EfMi
Midland, Texas: An officer was arrested for public intoxication in September and subsequently resigned. A video of the incident was just released. ow.ly/GAHF308ErJY
Denver, Colorado: A deputy was fired for excessive force against a jail inmate. He provoked the inmate to fight him. ow.ly/22a5308EuCY
San Francisco County, California: A deputy was arrested on federal insurance fraud charges for allegedly staging a home burglary. ow.ly/1QTr308Ezkz
Georgetown, Kentucky: One officer resigned and another was suspended after an investigation into a drunken off-duty fight. ow.ly/RRUo308EAzn
Cleveland, Ohio: A now-former detective was charged with felony drug counts for buying illicit prescription pills. He is also named in an excessive force lawsuit for shooting a drug dealer. ow.ly/qkXC308EBpp
Update: Wapato, Washington (First reported 11-02-16): A now-former officer was sentenced to one year of probation, plus time served, for third-degree rape of a woman when he was off duty. ow.ly/QDOA308EDAN
Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, February 2, 2017:
Causeway, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for allegedly stealing drugs and cash from evidence. ow.ly/GLg4308BNdl
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with six criminal counts related to domestic assault. Charges included terroristic threatening, assault, and violation of a protective order. He was suspended with the intention to be terminated. ow.ly/Kk7C308BPJE
North Attleborough, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested for domestic assault and fired. ow.ly/Aa0z308BS9M
Wichita Falls, Texas: An officer was charged with DWI after a crash that seriously injured a motorcyclist. ow.ly/Fkbk308BVWl
Los Angeles, California: The City settled a lawsuit with a woman who was seriously injured when she fell out of police car that was traveling at approximately 30mph. She claimed that she was trying to get away from an officer who was in the backseat with her and inappropriately touching her. She was handcuffed when she fell out of the vehicle. The settlement was for $3,500,000. ow.ly/Xkaz308BWgr
South Hackensack Township, New Jersey: The commissioner was arrested for domestic violence and smiled during his mugshot. ow.ly/h8sF308BXT0
San Bernardino County, California: A deputy was recorded threatening to arrest man on made up charges because he was legally recording an encounter in the police station. ow.ly/c40Z308CVp2
“(CNN/WFTS/RNN) – It’s not cool for Pinellas County night-shift deputies to arm wrestle, put each other in choke holds, sleep and, you know, have sex on the job.
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fired Deputy Scott Nichols and slapped several other deputies with lengthy suspensions after seeing videos and photos stored on Nichols’ phone.
“It was appalling and very disappointing,” Gualtieri said, adding that Nichols should not have let the others engage in the unprofessional behavior. “The sleeping is a big deal. They should not be sleeping. They’re getting paid to do the job, they need to do the job.”
He said internal affairs discovered the horseplay during a separate investigation into charges of sexual misconduct against Nichols.
Days before Gualtieri dropped the hammer, WFTS in Tampa reported that Nichols was demoted from corporal to deputy and given an 80-hour suspension after the investigation concluded that found the 32-year-old Nichols, who is married, was having sex with two female deputies who are also married.”
A St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Deputy was arrested and fired Wednesday morning, according to Sheriff Ken Mascara.
Mascara said a woman went into Longwood Medical Center Tuesday evening and said she was sexually assaulted by a sheriff’s deputy.
After a brief investigation, Evan Cramer, 28, was arrested Wednesday morning, Mascara said.
Mascara said Cramer pulled over the victim early Tuesday morning for a minor traffic violation.
Cramer is accused of telling the victim she had multiple warrants out for her arrest and said she could avoid jail time if she granted sexual favors, Mascara said.
Cramer is then accused of putting the victim into his cruiser and driving her to a vacant lot where the alleged assault happened.
The woman then went to the hospital and reported the assault.
“She was terrified,” said Sheriff Ken Mascara. “You could hear it in her voice. You could see it. It was palpable.”
WPBF 25 News has learned Deputy Cramer had problems at his previous job, as well.
We’ve obtained Cramer’s personnel file for when he worked for the Sandford Police Department. He started there in March of 2015 and in January of 2016, three of his superiors recommended to the chief that Cramer be fired.”
Ever wonder why your heart races when Cherries pop up in your rear view? It’s just a speeding ticket right? Or maybe you don’t entirely trust the man with the hand cuffs and gun who now holds your life in his hands. But that is just ridiculous, that man is a hero in blue who “Risks his life everyday”. You have nothing to fear from him. Right?…..Right?……
“NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A former Nicholas County Sheriff’s deputy who lost his badge after two incidents faces a criminal charge in connection with one of them.
Former Nicholas County Sheriff David Hopkins, whose term ended Dec. 31, 2016, tells WSAZ that Justin Caprio was on duty and responded to a car accident in Nettie on Dec. 4 of last year. When Caprio arrived, he found his wife had crashed his personal car.
Hopkins says after Caprio’s wife was out of the car, he used his service weapon to shoot into the car several times.
According to a criminal complaint, the wrecked car was still sitting in the road. Hopkins is facing a charge of shooting or discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, house, or across a public road in the state. The charge is a misdemeanor.
Hopkins says, days before that incident, Caprio disobeyed orders, refusing an order to turn over a murder suspect to the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department. Hopkins says Caprio instead took the suspect to West Virginia State Police.”
“Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday they will retry former L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca for obstruction of justice and conspiracy after his trial last month ended in a hung jury.
At the new trial, scheduled to begin in February, Baca will also face a third charge – false statements, which had been previously severed from the case.
“We think it’s best to rejoin the counts,” prosecutor Brandon Fox told Judge Percy Anderson.
The defense took issue with the move to rejoin, saying it was extremely rare.
“The matter is closed,” Anderson told the defense. “That’s what we are going to do.”
Prosecutors accused Baca of being ‘the heartbeat’ of a conspiracy to thwart an FBI investigation into inmate abuse in the county jails, which the sheriff oversees. But Baca’s defense attorney, Nathan Hochman, told jurors at the last trial the plan was masterminded by then undersheriff Paul Tanaka and carried out in secret from the sheriff.
Prosecutors presented evidence that put Baca in conversation with conspirators, but during deliberations, jurors questioned whether the sheriff’s involvement was illegal. Eleven of the 12 jurors wanted to acquit Baca of obstruction of justice and conspiracy. When the jurors could not reach consensus, the judge declared a mistrial.
“Traditionally, many 11-1 cases have not been retried,” Hochman told reporters after retrial was announced. “Why the government wants to do that, you should ask the government.”
Baca was once among the most powerful men in law enforcement and ran the country’s largest sheriff department for 15 years. He retired in 2014, not long after the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles announced charges against his employees.
Those deputies were accused of hiding an FBI informant, moving him from cell to cell and shrouding him under false names to make it difficult for the FBI to investigate claims of brutality in the jails. Sheriff’s deputies also put an FBI agent under surveillance, showing up outside her home and threatening her arrest.
Nine individuals were convicted or pleaded guilty for their roles in the scheme, including Baca’s second-in-command, Paul Tanaka.
Earlier last year, prosecutors offered Baca a deal in exchange for pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI, but the judge rejected it as too lenient. That led to the December trial, when prosecutors called many former sheriff’s deputies to testify against Baca.
Baca is accused of lying to federal investigators in 2013, when he told them that he didn’t know there was a civil rights investigation, did not participate in plans to keep the inmate informant from the FBI, and was unaware deputies were going to approach the FBI agent at her home.”