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  • Michigan Judge Pulls No Punches in 30-Minute Sentencing Tirade Against Police Officer

    02/03/2016 1:50:55 PM PST · by redreno · 21 replies
    https://www.yahoo.com ^ | 02/03/2016 | Zak Cheney-Rice,
    In a speech that lasted almost 30 minutes, Judge Vonda Evans of Detroit laid into 47-year-old William Melendez, the former Inkster, Michigan, police officer caught on video beating an unarmed black man in January 2015. Melendez was sentenced to 13 months to 10 years in prison Tuesday for his role in the attack on Floyd Dent, a 58-year-old black auto worker, that occurred during a late night traffic stop in the struggling Wayne County suburb last winter. "The one image [from this trial] that stood out to the court was looking at Mr. Dent in his cell, shaking his head...
  • Charges Dropped Against Heinz Field Officer Accused Of Assaulting Fan

    02/03/2016 9:11:36 AM PST · by redreno · 8 replies
    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com ^ | 02/01/2016 | By Bob Allen
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) A Heinz Field police officer accused of assaulting a fan while making an arrest in November has been cleared of all charges. Police say Sgt. Stephen Matakovich was working a uniformed, off-duty secondary employment detail at a WPIAL football championship game at Heinz Field on Nov. 28, when he arrested a man for a number of charges, including public drunkenness and aggravated assault
  • Did LaVon have a legal obligation to stop for the police?

    02/03/2016 10:16:01 AM PST · by Jack Black · 102 replies
    Vanity ^ | 2/3/2015 | Jack Black
    Many years ago I was a passenger in a car driven by my brother. He cut off a car leaving a gas station, the car followed us about 1/2 a mile to our destination. The occupant got out, ran up ripped open the drivers door and pulled my brother (a smallish 16 year old at the time) out of the car bodily. Turned out the fellow driving was a LEO (Harbor Master) in an unmarked car. He was also not in uniform. Shortly there after a marked police car showed up, with uniformed police officers. The police wrote my brother...
  • Police officer to sue family of teenager he shot

    01/31/2016 8:29:51 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 31 replies
    HotAir ^ | 01/31/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    This is one of the more unusual (and disturbing) news items to pop up over the weekend. You probably recall the story of 19 year old Chicago resident Quintonio LeGrier, who was shot and killed by officer Robert Rialmo during a domestic disturbance call. LeGrier, who may have suffered from mental illness, came out of the residence with a baseball bat, ignored multiple orders to stand down and was shot. Unfortunately, one of the rounds fired by Rialmo was a "through and through" shot which passed through LeGrier and went on to strike and kill Bettie Jones, a neighbor. The...
  • San Francisco police recite pledge to root out intolerance

    01/30/2016 9:29:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 12:10 PM EST | Paul Elias
    San Francisco police officers are being asked to combat racism in the ranks and take a pledge to turn in colleagues displaying intolerant behavior, such as slurs and jokes targeting people of color, gays and women. The pledge is part of a broader public relations campaign by the embattled police department to repair frayed relations with minority neighborhoods and community activists. The campaign comes amid growing tensions between police and black communities that are shaking up departments across the country and have led to the dismissal of top brass in some cities, including Chicago. Politically progressive San Francisco is not...
  • Long Island woman sues Nassau County cops after cleared of stealing diamond ring from jewelry store

    01/29/2016 4:50:01 PM PST · by CaptainK · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/28/2016 | John Marzulli
    The mall cops would have done better investigating this caper. A 48-year-old Long Island woman who was arrested for stealing a diamond sapphire ring from a jewelry store is suing the Nassau County detectives now that she has been exonerated by surveillance tape showing the real thief. Angela Bianco was shopping elsewhere in Roosevelt Field Mall on Oct. 27, 2014 when the grand larceny went down inside Helzberg Diamonds, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court. An unidentified man and a woman, clearly in their 20s, stole the ring valued at $2,499 when a clerk's back was turned,...
  • Widow of Fox Lake Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz indicted

    01/28/2016 12:55:13 PM PST · by Fundamentally Fair · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | January 28, 2016 | Michael Martinez
    <p>The widow of an Illinois police lieutenant who tried to portray his suicide as murder was indicted Wednesday on six counts accusing her of participating in her husband's stealing of charitable funds, authorities said.</p> <p>Melodie Gliniewicz, 51, is the wife of Fox Lake Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, who killed himself last year. Officials said her husband staged his suicide to appear he was killed in the line of duty while pursuing three suspects. The case prompted a massive manhunt for weeks until authorities unraveled the ruse.</p>
  • AR-15 Rifle, Ammo Go Missing After OC Deputy Places Case on Vehicle and Drives Off: Authorities

    01/27/2016 5:27:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    KTLA ^ | January 27, 2016, | by John A. Moreno and Chip Yost,
    Sheriff's officials in Orange County [California] on Wednesday were searching for an AR-15 patrol rifle that went missing after a deputy placed it on the trunk of his vehicle and drove away, authorities said. The deputy, assigned to the Aliso Viejo station, was preparing his equipment before his assigned shift began about 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to a statement from the Orange County [California] Sheriff's Department. The rifle was described by officials as a black, semi-automatic, .223-caliber Colt AR-15 with a 20-inch barrel and serial No. A0091856. It was inside its black case with three loaded magazines when the deputy...
  • LAPD Officers Won’t Face Charges After Opening Fire on Delivery Women During Dorner Manhunt

    01/27/2016 5:19:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    Los Angeles Tiems ^ | 01/27/2016 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Mather•
    ight Los Angeles police officers who mistakenly opened fire on Los Angeles Times newspaper delivery women thinking they were rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner in 2013 will not be criminally charged, the L.A. County district attorney’s office announced Wednesday. The officers opened fire in the predawn hours of Feb. 7, 2013, as Margie Carranza and her mother, Emma Hernandez, were slowly cruising though a Torrance neighborhood in a pickup truck delivering papers. Law enforcement officers around the region were on edge during the massive manhunt for Dorner, the ex-LAPD officer who sought vengeance against police officials he blamed for his firing....
  • Body camera shows man yelled 'I can't breathe' before death (yelled??; Oakland CA)

    01/27/2016 2:26:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 5:02 PM EST
    The family of a 51-year-old man who screamed 20 times that police were killing him has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit with the city of Oakland. The Oakland Tribune reports Wednesday that Hernan Jaramillo also wailed that he couldn't breathe repeatedly before he died in 2013. [...] An autopsy found the cause of death to be multiple drug intoxication associated with physical exertion. ...
  • CT: Police ‘Gotta Cover Our Ass’ on Open Carry ~ VIDEO

    01/25/2016 6:25:23 PM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 25 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The First and Second Amendments protect and reinforce each other.In a free society, there is always pressure to expand the power of the government to suppress freedom of speech. Those in power, for the last 100 years, have been infringing on our right to bear arms, and claiming that those who support the Second Amendment are kooks, in an attempt to suppress our First Amendment rights. With the voice provided by the First Amendment and the Internet, brave activists have been rolling back those attacks on the First and Second Amendments, and have been winning important victories. Michael Picard...
  • 6 Reasons I Tell My Kids Not to Talk to Police(Uh, WHAT?)

    01/24/2016 6:46:26 AM PST · by rktman · 75 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 1/22/2016 | Megan Fox
    Let me say up front that I know this will be unpopular. But I can't help the uneasiness that I feel toward law enforcement lately...and I have some good reasons. Gone are the days of Officer Friendly, the neighborhood cop who knows everyone and is looking out for the community's best interest. It seems that lately, police officers end up terrorizing those they are supposed to be serving and protecting. Clearly, not all police are acting this way, but it sure seems the police state is ramping up. I have a high respect for police officers who respect the law....
  • High-Ranking FBI Agent Convicted of Assault on Teen Nearly Faints in Court After Verdict

    01/21/2016 10:30:16 AM PST · by redreno · 50 replies
    https://photographyisnotacrime.com ^ | 11/03/2015 | Carlos Miller
    Proving to be unstable, combative and petty, an FBI agent interjected himself in a family custodial dispute on behalf of his girlfriend and her estranged husband, who was two hours late in dropping off their baby. But FBI Agent Gerald Rogero’s intrusive attempts at heroism led to him assaulting and threatening to shoot the 15-year-old son of the estranged husband’s girlfriend. He then threatened the teen’s mother with arrest when she tried to intervene
  • Metro officer charged with domestic battery was arrested on similar charges in 2011

    01/14/2016 8:52:52 AM PST · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | January 13, 2016 - 5:30pm | By Rachel Crosby
    The Metropolitan Police officer who was arrested Monday on domestic battery charges was arrested four years before on similar charges, but that case was dismissed, the Clark County district attorney's office confirmed Wednesday. James Burt, 41, was taken into custody Monday on suspicion of domestic battery by strangulation and kidnapping involving his girlfriend, an arrest report shows. In 2011, he was arrested on two counts of domestic battery, coercion with force and kidnapping involving his then-wife. They divorced about a year later. That first case was dismissed less than six weeks after he was arrested. "What it looks like on...
  • Arizona May Criminalize Recording Cops in Public

    01/11/2016 5:04:58 PM PST · by Boomer · 64 replies
    USA News ^ | Jan. 11, 2016 | Steven Nelson
    efore retiring to dry heat and a second career in politics, Arizona state Sen. John Kavanagh arrested criminals in Times Square and other New York-area transit areas -- and one heroin bust 40 years ago, he says, inspired his new, instantly controversial bill to criminalize close-up filming of police in public. The legislation would require people to be at least 20 feet away while recording “law enforcement activity” or farther if officers decide that’s needed. Recording inside private buildings such as homes would be allowed from “an adjacent room or area” unless an officer objects. Violations would be petty offenses...
  • Why the ‘wet tea leaves’ drug raid was outrageous

    01/11/2016 3:40:20 PM PST · by TroutStalker · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 11, 2016 | Radley Balko
    A couple weeks ago, I posted about a case in Kansas in which a couple was wrongly raided by a police tactical team. Robert and Addie Harte and their two children were held in their home by armed officers for over two hours as the officers searched the house for marijuana. They found no drugs. After spending $25,000 to get a judge to order the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department to turn over documents related to the search and investigation leading up to it, the Hartes discovered that Robert Harte, along with hundreds of other people, became a suspect when Missouri...
  • Mesa mother arrested after finding, beating teen in bed with daughter

    01/07/2016 7:11:52 AM PST · by simpson96 · 131 replies
    KSAZ News ^ | 12/29/2015 | Brent Corrado
    MESA, Ariz. (KSAZ) - A woman has been arrested after telling police she beat a 16-year-old teen after finding him in bed with her teenage daughter inside her Mesa home on Thanksgiving.According to court documents, Jeanette Woods found the boy in her 16-year-old daughter's bed after the two had consensual sex. The two teens had fallen asleep when the boy says he awoke to Woods yelling at him and punching him in the face just after 1 a.m.The boy says Woods was straddling him and repeatedly punching him in the face and body. The boy eventually broke free, but Woods...
  • Blame The Waitresses

    01/06/2016 8:06:44 PM PST · by Elderberry · 23 replies
    The tragedy last May 17 in Waco. Texas was a rock that fell from the sky into the ocean. Now the rock is buried fathoms deep and only the ripples remain - spreading farther and farther. The local authorities, most notably District Attorney Abel Reyna. know exactly how those nine men died. Video At a glance, this is not a complicated case. The actual bloodshed was captured on multiple video cameras. A mere 42 seconds elapsed from the very first overhand right until the moment a Cossack named Wayne Lee Campbell made the mistake of trying to shoot it out...
  • Trooper in Sandra Bland traffic stop indicted, fired

    A Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after a contentious traffic stop last summer was fired Wednesday after being charged with perjury for allegedly lying about his confrontation with the black woman who died three days later in jail. Trooper Brian Encinia claimed in an affidavit that Bland was "combative and uncooperative" after he pulled her over and ordered her out of her car. The grand jury identified that affidavit in charging Encinia with perjury, special prosecutor Shawn McDonald said Wednesday night. Hours after the indictment, the Texas Department of Public Safety said it would "begin termination proceedings" against...
  • NorCal Drug Agent Busted Delivering $2M Worth Of Pot To Pennsylvania

    01/05/2016 5:32:58 PM PST · by Ken H · 23 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | January 05, 2016 | n/a
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) A deputy who works for a Northern California anti-narcotics task force is facing felony drug charges after he was arrested delivering $2 million worth of marijuana to someone in Pennsylvania. According to a criminal complaint, officers arrested Yuba County Sheriff Deputy Christopher M. Heath, along with 2 other men, driving across the country with 122 packages of marijuana. Each package weighed about a pound. The trio was stopped on December 29 after police received a tip. All three were booked into York County Prison. Heath, 37, was also carrying his badge, his duty firearm and $11,000...
  • Filming the police (at a safe distance) is not a crime

    01/02/2016 10:28:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 2, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    In some parts of the country this seems to be a settled question but it’s still cropping up in a disturbing number of places. We’re seeing incidents where court cases are popping up over instances where private citizens out on public property wind up in court with the cops after filming the activities of police on the streets. This can go one of two ways: the citizen is in trouble for doing the filming and faces charges or the cops are on the stand because of how they reacted to the filming. Neither should be showing up on the docket,...
  • Poll: Law Enforcement's 'Tenuous' Rebound With The Public

    01/01/2016 1:21:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    With no charges being filed against the Cleveland officers involved in the shooting death of Tamir Rice, you can be assured that the Black Lives Matter movement will continue their activism into the 2016 season. This incident, the police-involved shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the controversial arrest and death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, took a toll on law enforcement. In June, a Gallup poll showed that confidence in police had reached a 22-year low. Now, the polling company is saying that there has been a “tenuous” recovery: After dipping to 48% in 2014 amid a national...
  • San Diego Cop Kills Man Holding Pen, Claims It Was Knife (Graphic Police Brutality)

    01/01/2016 9:59:49 AM PST · by redreno · 39 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | Dec 27, 2015 | PINAC News
    San Diego police officer Browder killed a man who initially he said was unarmed. After viewing this video, he changed his story and claimed the man was holding a knife, which he wasn't.
  • The Year in Blame Shifting

    12/30/2015 12:23:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2015 | Jacob Sullum
    On Monday, when he announced that a grand jury had declined to indict two Cleveland police officers in the 2014 shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said enhanced video of the incident showed the boy was drawing what looked like a gun from his waistband. Although the object was actually an Airsoft pellet pistol, McGinty said, Timothy Loehmann, the officer who killed Tamir within two seconds of arriving at the scene, had no way of knowing that. Even if we accept this account, it does not explain why Frank Garmback, Loehmann's partner, drove right...
  • Federal judge: Drinking tea, shopping at a gardening store is probable cause

    12/29/2015 6:06:30 PM PST · by Twotone · 102 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 28, 2015 | Radley Balko
    In April 2012, a Kansas SWAT team raided the home of Robert and Addie Harte, their 7-year-old daughter and their 13-year-old son. The couple, both former CIA analysts, awoke to pounding at the door. When Robert Harte answered, SWAT agents flooded the home. He was told to lie on the floor. When Addie Harte came out to see what was going on, she saw her husband on his stomach as SWAT cop stood over him with a gun.
  • No indictment in Tamir Rice case, prosecutor says (Let the riots begin!)

    12/28/2015 11:37:19 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 211 replies
    CNN Breaking ^ | Updated 2:31 PM ET, Mon December 28, 2015 | By Steve Almasy and Ashley Fantz, CNN
    (CNN)An Ohio grand jury has decided not to return an indictment in the 2014 police shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, prosecutor Tim McGinty said Monday. Rice was holding a pellet gun when he was shot. It was "reasonable" to believe that the officer who killed the boy was facing a threat, McGinty said. The officer was in training outside a Cleveland recreation center in November 2014. The shooting sparked controversy given Tamir's age and the fact that he had a gun that resembled a handgun. McGinty called Rice's killing an "absolute tragedy." "But it was not, by the law...
  • NYPD denies report of 'credible threat' ahead of Christmas

    12/22/2015 7:21:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/22/2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    <p>The New York City Police Department is ramping up security around tourist hotspots, but denies a report claiming it received a "credible threat" against the city ahead of Christmas.</p> <p>Commissioner William Bratton held an emergency meeting with authorities Tuesday to urge police officers to remain vigilant during the busy holiday season, sources told PIX11 News.</p>
  • Police officer practicing 'quick draw skills' shoots gun in airport

    12/26/2015 7:27:39 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 47 replies
    upi ^ | Dec. 25, 2015 | Ed Adamczyk
    DES MOINES, Iowa,- A Des Moines, Iowa, police officer accidentally fired his gun while practicing his quick draw skills in an airport office, a police report says. Officer Brady Pratt, 23, was in a Des Moines International Airport office Wednesday afternoon and drew his weapon to practice "his quick draw skills" and "unknowingly had his finger on the trigger and discharged a round into the ceiling tile," the report states. The bullet struck the ceiling, traveled through a wall and into a ceiling tile in an unoccupied adjacent hallway. No one was injured, but another police officer was present to...
  • 2 'vicious' dogs shot, one fatally, by Chicago Police in Woodlawn

    12/26/2015 6:52:00 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 22 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 26 Dec 20015 | Sam Charles
    Officers were called to the 700 block of East 69th Place about 10:30 p.m., police said. When they arrived, they found three “vicious” dogs that were “advancing towards citizens then at the officers,” The officers opened fire, killing one of the dogs and injuring another, Greer said. The injured dog ran off with the third, which was unharmed.
  • Florida woman dies after being forcibly removed from hospital by police (Florida)

    12/22/2015 8:18:34 PM PST · by windcliff · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12-22-15 | unknown
    A woman who refused to leave a hospital when doctors discharged her died after she was forcibly removed by police, authorities said Tuesday. Barbara Dawson, 57, collapsed Monday while being escorted in handcuffs from the Liberty Calhoun Hospital, where she went to seek treatment for breathing difficulties, said Blountstown Police Department chief Mark Mallory. Mallory said an officer had arrested Dawson for disorderly conduct and trespassing. An autopsy on Dawson has been performed and the results should be released Wednesday, Mallory said. Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials have been called in to investigate, department spokesman Steve Arthur said. He...
  • Horrifying moment cop shot dead mom-of-three when he slipped

    12/22/2015 11:39:34 AM PST · by Teotwawki · 78 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | December 21, 2015 | Hannah Parry
    This is the shocking moment a cop tried to shoot a family's dog and accidentally killed a mother-of-three in front of her young son. Burlington Police Officer Jesse Hill was responding to a domestic dispute on January 6, 2015, when he said he slipped and shot dead Autumn Steele, while aiming for her pet. [snip] Out of camera shot, Steele was heard to cry out. She was rushed to hospital but died of a gunshot wound to her stomach. Hill later explained that he had been attempting to shoot the German Shepherd, which he claimed had tried to bite him,...
  • Waco Blunders Through Its 'Biker Shootout' Investigation

    12/22/2015 7:58:49 AM PST · by don-o · 129 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 22, 2015 | Conor Friedersdorf
    The criminal-justice system in Waco, Texas, continues to boggle the mind. Last month, a grand jury in McClellan County held a marathon session to consider whether District Attorney Abel Reyna had presented enough evidence to justify indictments in the shootout at a May gathering of bikers where nine people were killed. In the wake of those killings, 177 bikers were arrested. Many proclaimed their innocence, and local authorities faced criticism for jailing so many individuals using fill-in-the-blank paperwork that didn't differentiate among the jailed. Still, the November grand jury session returned 106 indictments at the end of one day, some...
  • Video appears to capture cops shooting dead unarmed handcuffed man, 23, then planting gun beside him

    12/21/2015 12:42:11 PM PST · by Tired of Taxes · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 20, 2015 | Hannah Parry
    EXCERPT: Noel Aguilar was killed by Los Angeles County deputies Albert Murad and Jose Ruiz in 2014 who claimed that they shot him after he tried to grab one of their guns. They also alleged Aguilar had a loaded weapon. Now footage of the incident, dropped off anonymously at the attorney's office for the suspect's family, appears to show the two officers shooting Aguilar while he was lying face down on the ground with his hands cuffed behind him. Attorney for the family, Humberto Guizar, said the video is 'clear evidence of an execution... Guizar also claims footage shows one...
  • Illinois officer accused of shoving woman, causing head to hit concrete bench

    12/21/2015 9:11:58 AM PST · by redreno · 5 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 12/21/2015 | by KTRK – Houston
    A northwest suburb of Chicago has agreed to pay $875,000 to a woman who accused a police officer of using excessive force after a DUI arrest.
  • Twin Peaks indictments list 10th dead biker [Waco]

    12/18/2015 4:27:15 AM PST · by don-o · 12 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | December 17, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    While authorities have said for months that nine bikers died in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout, indictments in the cases attribute a 10th death to the melee. The names of the nine bikers killed in the clash of the rival groups have been widely reported. But it wasn't until recently, when the indicted bikers appeared in court for arraignments and the indictments were read aloud, that the inclusion of a 10th biker, identified in indictments as William Anderson, was noticed. Waco police and McLennan County prosecutors did nothing Thursday to help clear up the discrepancy. District Attorney Abel Reyna...
  • Des Moines County Sheriff shoots himself in the hand

    12/17/2015 9:47:50 AM PST · by iowamark · 67 replies
    KWQC TV ^ | 12/17/2015 | Jennifer Janda
    Burlington, Iowa - Des Moines County Sheriff Mike Johnstone accidentally shot himself in the hand. On Wednesday, December 16th, Sheriff Johnstone suffered a gunshot wound to his left hand while cleaning his personally-owned handgun at his home. Sheriff Johnstone was taken to Great River Medical Center Emergency Room for treatment of his non-life threatening injury. He will be transferred to another medical facility where he can be treated by a surgeon who specializes in hand injuries.
  • Manassas City police detective in teen ‘sexting’ case commits suicide

    12/16/2015 8:28:40 PM PST · by Forgotten Amendments · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/15/2015 | Tom Jackman
    A Manassas City police detective, who was the lead investigator in a controversial teen “sexting” case last year, shot and killed himself outside his home Tuesday morning as police tried to arrest him for allegedly molesting two boys he met while coaching youth hockey in Prince William County. David E. Abbott Jr., 39, was a member of the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and had been an officer on the Manassas City force for 14 years. In his spare time he coached 13- and 14-year-old boys in travel hockey for the Potomac Patriots program at the...
  • Charge filed after I-45 shut down for marriage proposal (Houston)

    12/16/2015 11:34:39 AM PST · by simpson96 · 55 replies
    KTRK.com (ABC News) ^ | 12/15/2015 | staff
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Charges have been filed against a man who stopped traffic on a busy freeway for a marriage proposal.The proposal happened on the North Freeway near downtown Houston on Sunday. Eyewitness News learned Tuesday that Harris County District Attorney's Office is charging Vidal Valladares, 24, with obstruction of highway, a class b misdemeanor.We spoke with the couple on Tuesday, as Valladares said he was going downtown to answer to the charges."I'm feeling bad, and of course," said Valladares. "I'm wanting to apologize to everyone if I caused any problems. That wasn't my intention in the beginning. I just...
  • No Charges Filed, But Legal Firearms Confiscated Anyway

    12/14/2015 8:12:39 AM PST · by Torcert · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/14/2015
    [..] The confiscation policy, Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) Department Procedure OPS 10023, Removal and Disposition of Weapons - Domestic Incidents/Threats to Public Safety, authorizes the confiscation of lawful firearms during "domestic incidents" but goes further. It empowers law enforcement officers to confiscate legally possessed guns when these can be viewed as "creat[ing] a threat of violence" or any "threat to public safety" at all. Once confiscated, the firearm cannot be returned to its owner where the reviewing police officer finds the owner "has a relevant Nassau County arrest history" (whatever that may be), or where "other extenuating circumstances" exist...
  • Florida Deputy Indicted for Killing Jermaine McBean

    12/11/2015 7:37:11 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    NBC ^ | 11 Dec 2015 | Tracy Connor
    A Florida deputy has been indicted for manslaughter in the shooting death of Jermaine McBean, who was killed while walking home with an unloaded pellet gun he had just bought a pawn shop. Broward County Sheriff Peter Peraza — who was given a bravery award for the shooting by his bosses while it was still under investigation — surrendered early Friday, prosecutors said. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. It's the first time since 1980 that a police officer in Broward County has been indicted for a fatal on-duty shooting. The grand jury began hearing testimony...
  • Ex-Oklahoma City Cop Daniel Holtzclaw Found Guilty of Rapes

    12/10/2015 7:02:01 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 16 replies
    NBC ^ | 12/10/15 | by PHIL HELSEL
    A former Oklahoma City police officer accused of raping more than a dozen women while on duty was found guilty of a slew of charges by a jury Thursday.
  • One woman's nightmare: Mistaken identity costs wife, mother two weeks in jail

    12/08/2015 3:24:49 PM PST · by BBell · 21 replies
    http://www.sunherald.com ^ | 12/3/15 | ANITA LEE
    Jail was the last place wife, mother and churchgoer Jacqueline Renell Charles expected to spend two weeks of her life. The 50-year-old manager of tax preparation offices in the New Orleans area was on her way home from work late in the evening Nov. 18 when a law enforcement officer pulled her over for speeding. He told her the stop was taking a long time because when he checked her license, he found a warrant for her in Mississippi. She couldn't imagine why. Her son is in school at Millsaps College, so she does go to Jackson occasionally for ball...
  • Twin Peaks biker seeks to quash indictment, asks for speedy trial [Waco]

    12/07/2015 5:10:58 PM PST · by don-o · 22 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | December 7, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney for a Waco biker who was wounded in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout asked a judge to dismiss the indictment against his client Monday or give him the earliest possible trial date. Judge Ralph Strother of Waco's 19th State District Court arraigned Cody Ledbetter, a Cossack, and Clifford Pearce, a Cossack pledge, who both pleaded not guilty to first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charges, with the underlying offenses alleged to be murder and assault. Like Ledbetter, Pearce, also from Waco, was wounded in the shootout and attended Monday's hearing in a wheelchair. His attorney, Kurt...
  • 2 plead not guilty during arraignment in Waco biker shooting

    12/07/2015 4:29:04 PM PST · by Elderberry · 10 replies
    <p>WACO, Texas (AP) - Two people have pleaded not guilty in the first arraignment hearings in the case of the more than 180 bikers arrested after a deadly shootout outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco.</p> <p>Eight people indicted on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity in connection with the May 17 shootings were arraigned in district court Monday. Six waived their arraignments.</p>
  • SF Cops Complain that the City’s Body Camera Policy Treats Them Like Criminals

    12/04/2015 8:15:45 AM PST · by redreno · 23 replies
    http://www.sfweekly.com ^ | Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 10:07 AM | Adam Brinklow
    As a parade of San Francisco cops questioned the police commission last night about why the city might not trust them to view footage from the body cameras they’d soon be required to wear on duty, five of their colleagues were across town, shooting an allegedly knife-wielding man. It was a hell of a night all around. The shooting happened roughly an hour before the commission meeting, calling Police Chief Greg Suhr away from City Hall. There was plenty of blue on display without him, though: Cops were lined up around the bend trying to convince the commissioners to see...
  • Former Connecticut police officer who reported racist letter charged with planting it himself

    12/03/2015 9:05:02 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 02, 2015 | ·Associated Press
    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – A former police officer in Connecticut who reported finding a letter disparaging black officers has been arrested on charges he planted the note himself. Clive Higgins was arrested Wednesday on a charge of second-degree falsely reporting an incident. Higgins reported finding the threatening letter Feb. 9 inside his mailbox at the Bridgeport police department. Higgins, who is black, said the note written on police letterhead made him fear for his life and showed there was discrimination inside the department.
  • Leaked Documents Reveal Dothan Police Department Planted Drugs on Young Black Men For Years..

    12/02/2015 9:22:30 AM PST · by Theoria · 65 replies
    Henry County Report ^ | 01 Dec 2015 | Jon B. Carroll
    HUNDREDS OF CASES PROSECUTED WITH PLANTED EVIDENCE, MANY WRONGLY CONVICTED STILL IN PRISONThe Alabama Justice Project has obtained documents that reveal a Dothan Police Department’s Internal Affairs investigation was covered up by the district attorney. A group of up to a dozen police officers on a specialized narcotics team were found to have planted drugs and weapons on young black men for years. They were supervised at the time by Lt. Steve Parrish, current Dothan Police Chief, and Sgt. Andy Hughes, current Asst. Director of Homeland Security for the State of Alabama. All of the officers reportedly were members of...
  • San Francisco's 'Hot Cop of Castro' was on medical leave during hit-and-run crash

    11/30/2015 5:21:40 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 30, 2015 | Veronica Rocha and Matt Hamilton
    San Francisco police officer whose good looks earned him the nickname "Hot Cop of Castro" was on medical leave when he allegedly hit two pedestrians with his Dodge Charger, then abandoned his vehicle and ran away, police said. Officer Christopher Kohrs turned himself in to fellow officers at police headquarters Sunday, according to the San Francisco Police Department. He was arrested and later booked on suspicion of two felony counts of hit-and-run. Kohrs, a 7-year San Francisco police veteran, was off-duty at the time of the crash and on medical leave for an unrelated medical condition, police said. If Kohrs...
  • Sacramento Police Officer Gets Life In Prison For Raping 75 Year-Old Stroke Victim

    11/28/2015 11:05:39 AM PST · by SaveFerris · 34 replies
    MintPressNews.Com ^ | November 27, 2015 | By Reuters
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A former Sacramento police officer convicted of raping a 75-year-old stroke victim in her senior living apartment has been sentenced to life in prison, court records show. Prosecutors said Gary Dale Baker, 52, entered the woman’s apartment at least three times from 2010 to 2012, raping her twice as she suffered from a stroke-related inability to speak. He was convicted in July of nine charges relating to the case, including rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery and burglary. On Tuesday, Baker was sentenced to 62 years to life, meaning that he will spend the rest of his...
  • Ex-officer indicted for fabrications found dead at his home

    11/26/2015 5:07:43 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 15 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/26/15 | Bos Herald
    MILLIS, Mass. — A former police officer fired and indicted for fabricating a story about a shootout with a mystery gunman in September and calling in a fake bomb threat to the high school was found dead at his home on Thanksgiving. Bryan Johnson, 24, was pronounced dead early Thursday, the Norfolk district attorney's office said in a statement. Police said they were called to the home around 3:30 a.m. by another resident of the house who found Johnson unresponsive. They said no signs of foul play were found at the scene, and the death was not being investigated as...