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  • POLICE BRUTALITY, Alexis Acker vs Colorado Springs Police officer Tyler Walker. (2015)

    07/27/2015 11:04:33 PM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 36 replies
    youtube ^ | July 17, 2015 | inashackrecords
    This is the moment a Colorado cop knocked out a woman's teeth while she was handcuffed in a hospital. Newly released video shows a Colorado Springs police officer grabbing an 18-year-old girl out of her seat and slamming her face-down into the ground during a November 2013 arrest that resulted in her losing two of her front teeth. The footage was obtained by the Colorado Springs Independent amid an ongoing civil lawsuit being pursued by the teen, Alexis Acker.
  • Medford detective threatens to kill civilian (dash cam)

    07/27/2015 5:08:34 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 34 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7-26-2015 | basedboston
    Driving home today I got lost and made a wrong turn. In an unfamiliar area I drove slowly but made the mistake of not seeing a poorly marked one way. I stopped midway through entering it when I realized I screwed up and fortunately there were no close calls or potential accidents. Only a single oncoming car (not the medford cop/detective in the video, he was on the other side) that had fully stopped before the road seeing my stupid mistake. After I stopped and realized it was too late I just continued out of the way and back onto...
  • Cop caught on dash cam threatening to ‘blow a hole’ through driver’s head

    07/27/2015 11:42:04 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 76 replies
    boston.com ^ | 7/27/2015 | Kristin Toussaint and Shannon McMahon
    A Medford police detective has been placed on administrative leave after he was caught on video threatening to “blow a hole through your f---ing head” while pulling over a driver who drove the wrong way at a traffic circle. Medford Police Chief Leo Sacco confirmed to Boston.com that the man in the video was Medford Police Detective Stephen Lebert. “He’s a 30-year member of the department and works in our detective division,” Sacco said. “He’s a very effective police officer but last night’s incident that’s on video, at least that portion of the video that I saw, is troubling to...
  • Cops as Criminals

    07/26/2015 5:53:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 81 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Late one night, during high school, I was driving home when several police cars zoomed by. Curious about what was going on, I followed them down a residential street, where they pulled up to a house. I drove by and saw some officers walking up the sidewalk, but couldn't tell what they might be after. So I pulled into a driveway, turned around and drove back. My curiosity still unsatisfied, I then looped around the block to make one more pass. Wrong decision. One of the cops pulled his car up behind me, turned on his lights, jumped out and...
  • John Doe targets in Wisconsin can finally tell their stories

    07/25/2015 11:13:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7-24-15 | Ed Morrissey
    Now that the Wisconsin Supreme Court has forcefully terminated the John Doe investigations in Wisconsin, the targets of those probes can now speak openly of their experiences at the hands of politically motivated prosecutors. Some of those experiences began leaking out a few months ago, courtesy of David French and his mainly unnamed victims of the Government Accountability Board’s jeremiad against Scott Walker supporters. The court decision offers a few more description of the nighttime and dawn raids on homes and the prosecutors’ abuse of the rights of those targets, but now with the case at an end, the victims...
  • Wisconsin rape victim, 82, waits 3 hours for police to respond

    07/24/2015 5:33:56 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-22-15 | John Diedrich
    An 82-year-old woman who was raped by a stranger after she got off a bus last week was forced to wait three hours for a Milwaukee police squad car to respond, police records show. The woman, who has difficulty seeing, finally called back the police dispatcher and asked if she could take a shower, which would have removed key evidence from the rape. The victim was told "do not do anything until a squad arrives." Finally, three hours and six minutes after the assault was first reported, squad cars arrived, according to records obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A...
  • Ex-Georgia deputy sheriff indicted in flash-bang raid that maimed toddler

    07/22/2015 7:07:43 PM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 46 replies
    cnn.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Stephanie Gallman
    ...Based on the erroneous information she presented, which also included claims of "heavy traffic in and out of the residence," the judge issued Autry a "no knock" search warrant. When a SWAT team executing that warrant found the front door blocked, one of the officers tossed a flash-bang grenade inside the residence. Once inside the home, the SWAT team realized a portable playpen had been blocking the door, and the flash-bang grenade had landed where a 19-month-old was sleeping, eventually exploding on the child's pillow. The toddler spent weeks in a burn unit in a medically induced coma.
  • Waco Is Suppressing Evidence That Could Clear Innocent Bikers

    07/21/2015 7:49:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 81 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 21, 2015
    Why is Waco, Texas, fighting to suppress multiple videos of the shootout that killed nine bikers at the Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17? Why are some attorneys in the case now prohibited from talking to the press? And why haven’t Waco officials revealed how many of the nine victims were killed by bullets from police officers’ guns? snip Here are two theories. One is the official explanation. Authorities say that this is a complex investigation that takes lots of time and that suppressing video evidence and issuing gag orders is necessary to prevent prospective jurors from being influenced by...
  • Family: Officer killed 19-year-old after mistaking him for someone else

    07/20/2015 6:37:04 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 63 replies
    WSMV ^ | 7/18/15 | WMCActionNews5.com Staff
    MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A teen is dead after being shot by a Memphis police officer late Friday night. The MPD officer stopped a car for a broken headlight in the 5700 block of Winchester Road. The officer issued the driver a ticket and let him go. However, the passenger in the car had several warrants for his arrest. Darrius Stewart, the 19-year-old passenger, was placed in the back seat of the police car to verify the warrants. Investigators said when the officer opened the back door to handcuff Stewart, he kicked the door and attacked the officer. During the...
  • UPDATED: Seaside police shoot an off-duty federal police officer early Friday

    07/18/2015 9:09:42 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 105 replies
    montereycountyweekly.com ^ | 7-17-15 | Nic Coury and Sara Rubin
    A 48-year-year old off-duty black federal police officer is still alive after being shot by Seaside Police officers early Friday morning. Just before 1:30am, officers responded to a call reporting a loud, drunk woman at a house in the 1100 block of Amador Avenue, according to a statement by the Seaside Police Department. Officers gave her a courtesy ride back to her house in the 1200 block of Palm Avenue. As officers were helping the woman to her door, her husband stepped outside with a gun and officers shot at him. He is Eric Glazier, a federal police lieutenant since...
  • [AZ] cop illegally enters home, arrests naked woman: ‘I was in the shower! What is wrong with you?’

    07/17/2015 12:42:41 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 69 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 16, 2015 | Meg Wagner
    An Arizona cop barged into a woman’s home while she was in the shower and handcuffed her as she stood naked and sopping wet, according to a lawsuit. Officer Doug Rose lectured an unclothed, sobbing Esmeralda Rossi in front of her daughter and told her he was in charge, even though she was in her own home. Even as an investigation determined that Rose illegally entered the home, the policeman managed to retire and start collecting his pension. -snip- “Don’t take the attitude with cops, because we don’t play,” Rose said. “When a cop shows up, you’re not the one...
  • Cost of Police-Misconduct Cases Soars in Big U.S. Cities

    07/16/2015 6:09:53 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal. ^ | 7/16/15 | Zusha Elinson & Dan Frosch
    The cost of resolving police-misconduct cases has surged for big U.S. cities in recent years, even before the current wave of scrutiny faced by law-enforcement over tactics. The 10 cities with the largest police departments paid out $248.7 million last year in settlements and court judgments in police-misconduct cases, up 48% from $168.3 million in 2010, according to data gathered by The Wall Street Journal through public-records requests. Those cities collectively paid out $1.02 billion over those five years in such cases, which include alleged beatings, shootings and wrongful imprisonment. When claims related to car collisions, property damage and other...
  • Nearly 9% of Americans are angry, impulsive - and have a gun, study says

    07/15/2015 12:07:42 PM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    latimes.com ^ | 4/8/2015 | Melissa Healy
    Tread lightly, Americans: Nearly 9% of people in the United States have outbursts of anger, break or smash things, or get into physical fights -- and have access to a firearm, a new study says. What's more, 1.5% of people who have these anger issues carry their guns outside the home. The findings, published Wednesday in the journal Behavioral Sciences and the Law, suggest that measures to reduce gun injuries and deaths should focus less on diagnosed mental illness and more on a history of violent behavior.
  • Gardena police shooting video: Justified or 'cold-blooded' killing?

    07/14/2015 8:32:41 PM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 28 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 14, 2105 | RICHARD WINTON
    Dramatic video released Tuesday showing Gardena police officers shooting two unarmed men -- one fatally -- is once again igniting debate about police use of force. And like other cases, some people view the same video in very different ways. A judge's decision to release the tape capped months of legal battles, with the city fighting to keep the tape private.
  • Suspect in 'Gone Girl' Kidnapping Case is Harvard-Educated Attorney, Police Say

    07/13/2015 6:14:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    abc ^ | Eimly Shaprio
    On March 23, a man called police to report that his girlfriend, Huskins, had been abducted from his Vallejo home, police said. Two days later, Huskins was found safe in Huntington Beach, police said. The boyfriend told investigators Huskins' abductors made a $8,500 ransom demand, police said. On March 25, police in Vallejo said that they found "no evidence to support the claims" that she was abducted. The couple had denied any involvement in a hoax through their attorneys.
  • What We Learned About Waco This Weekend

    07/12/2015 5:43:25 PM PDT · by JJ_Folderol · 46 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | July 12, 2015 | The Aging Rebel
    The Twin Peaks Massacre has always, clearly, been an ATF or FBI operation gone terribly wrong. The Waco police and most of official Waco have been lying about it since May 17. A couple of pieces of evidence became generally available this weekend that shine a little light into this black hole of deceit. First, it is now absolutely inarguable that at least 182 people were arrested on May 17 and that five of them were “unarrested” by 5:28 a.m. the next morning. In an early morning fax from Waco Detective Sam Key to lay Justice of the Peace “Pete”...
  • Gang or club?: For Bandidos, the distinction matters after Waco biker shooting

    07/12/2015 5:24:02 AM PDT · by don-o · 70 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 11, 2015 | Dane Schiller
    It's not a gang, it's a club. When it comes to the Houston-born Bandidos Motorcycle Club, this debate has taken on some urgency and a few twists. Following a May 17 melee in Waco that left nine dead and 18 wounded, police arrested 177 bikers. Each was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity by being part of a conspiracy to commit murder and assault as part of a turf war between the Bandidos and a lesser-known rival, the Cossacks. The distinction carries a hefty penalty, as those charged faced 15 years to life in prison if convicted - even...
  • SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT : POLICE POWER & A CULTURE OF CORRUPTION

    07/12/2015 2:13:34 PM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 6 replies
    KGTV News 10 San Diego ^ | Jan 16, 21015 | KGTV News 10 San Diego
    No text, just a video. It's 25 minutes long, but quite revealing.
  • U.S. Marshals Staffer Caught Having Sex On Courthouse Roof [Justice Kennedy's "Mystery of Life"]

    07/10/2015 12:23:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 46 replies
    CBSNews ^ | July 10, 2015
    July 10, 2015 U.S. Marshals Staffer Caught Having Sex On Courthouse Roof HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The U.S. Marshals Service says one of its employees was photographed having sex on the roof of a federal courthouse in Pennsylvania. A resident of a nearby apartment building who was concerned that there was a security breach snapped the pictures this week and sent them to WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, which alerted authorities. U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane issued a statement Thursday confirming the employee's involvement. He said the matter is under investigation. The photos depict a couple engaged in sex acts on the roof...
  • Police Abduct 10 Children From A Family In Kentucky Because Of Their ‘Off The Grid’ Lifestyle

    05/09/2015 11:42:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 277 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | May 8th, 2015 | Michael Snyder
    If the government does not like the way that you are raising your kids, they will come in and grab them at any time without giving any warning whatsoever.  Of course this is completely and totally unlawful, but it has been happening all over America.  The most recent example of this that has made national headlines is particularly egregious.  Joe and Nicole Naugler of Breckinridge County, Kentucky just had their 10 children brutally ripped away from them just because the government does not approve of how they are living their lives and how they are educating their young ones.  Let’s...
  • Waco police detective named foreman of grand jury that may hear Twin Peaks cases

    07/09/2015 6:19:49 AM PDT · by JJ_Folderol · 328 replies
    www.wacotrib.com ^ | Wednesday, July 8, 2015 6:01 pm | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Waco police detective was selected Wednesday to preside over a new McLennan County grand jury that could be the panel that considers the Twin Peaks shootings.
  • AWESOME: Police Officer Puts Another Cop in his Place For Harassing Citizens

    07/09/2015 5:20:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Sure News ^ | 07/09/15
    “There’s a constitution that I swore and oath to so don’t’ freakin mess with it with these citizens! Do you understand me”
  • Michigan Woman Frisked, Jailed, For Not Renewing Dog License

    07/06/2015 6:15:53 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 43 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | July 6, 2015
    Michigan woman heads to court Tuesday after being arrested for failing to renew her dog’s license. Becky Rehr says she drove to the Kalamazoo County sheriff’s office June 23 to prove that she’s recently renewed the license for the family’s 11-year-old dog, Dexter. Rehr’s 14-year-old daughter waited in the car as her mother was arrested, fingerprinted and held for three hours, The Kalamazoo Gazette said.
  • No fine for Port Orange officer who police say ran over, killed man

    07/06/2015 10:28:14 AM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 22 replies
    Port-Orange.us ^ | Friday, June 26, 2015 | Frank Fernandez
    “Judgment of acquittal is granted,” Dempsey said. McIlvain’s elderly mother, Maxine, sat silently and shook her head after the judge ruled. Her civil attorney Michael Politis turned and quietly spoke to her. Politis declined to allow Maxine to be interviewed after the hearing but said she was bothered that Portillo was not present. “She was upset because he wasn’t here and she was upset that, for whatever reason, even though he caused the death of her son, why the court can’t find him guilty of a careless driving citation,” Politis said.
  • Federal Judge Rules Cops Can Take Over Your Home As They See Fit

    The Third Amendment was created to protect your home from being quartered by soldiers without your consent. It has very rarely been a matter of debate or litigation, until now. Federal district court Judge Andrew Gordon recently ruled that the police are exempt from the 3rd Amendment with a case out of Henderson, Nevada after a family had their home broken into and seized by local law enforcement who stated they needed the home to gain a “tactical advantage” against suspected criminals in a neighboring house. Police actually forced their way into this family’s home, pepperballed the father and his...
  • EXCLUSIVE: NYPD accused of destroying evidence showing cops issued bogus summonses to meet quota

    07/06/2015 7:28:02 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Monday, July 6, 2015, 2:30 AM | Stephen Rex Brown
    Attorneys for the city have failed to turn over even one email from the files of former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly or former Chief of Department Joseph Esposito regarding summons activity over the last eight years... Police Lt. Stevelle Brown, who is alleged to have implemented a quota in Queens’ 105th Precinct, has destroyed text messages in which he denied a cop time off for failing to meet goals for traffic summonses... [Attorneys] also point[] to an exchange from an officer identified only as Sgt. Carty, who sternly admonished a cop for failing to issue enough seatbelt summonses.
  • Video shows Texas cops kill suspect outside Applebee’s after he pulls BB gun

    07/04/2015 9:15:09 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 35 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 7/4/15 | BY DOYLE MURPHY
    Video shows Texas cops kill suspect outside Applebee’s after he pulls BB gun — WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT A Texas man pulled a BB gun on cops seconds before they opened fire, killing him outside a small town Applebee’s, newly released video shows. James Bushey walked calmly next to the officers before he suddenly spun around with the real-looking weapon in hand. The two officers’ body-mounted cameras captured the explosive exchange as they fired multiple rounds, dropping the 47-year-old in a spray of bullets. The videos — one each from the officers — were released by Palestine cops and uploaded on...
  • Cops hate this gun-shaped iPhone case

    07/03/2015 6:34:36 AM PDT · by ToxicMich · 47 replies
    "Most kids carry their cell phone in their back pocket, and if someone reaches for it, in my mind they're reaching for a gun," said Al Della Fave, a retired New Jersey state trooper and firearms instructor. Dellla Fave, a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey, shared a Facebook (FB, Tech30) photo of the iPhone case that he found on a closed social media site for cops. A model poses with her phone tucked into her back pocket, and the protruding case looks like the handle of a semiautomatic compact pistol.
  • You Commit Three Felonies a Day

    07/01/2015 6:02:51 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 27, 2009 | L. Gordon Crovitz
    Laws have become too vague and the concept of intent has disappeared. When we think about the pace of change in technology, it's usually to marvel at how computing power has become cheaper and faster or how many new digital ways we have to communicate. Unfortunately, this pace of change is increasingly clashing with some of the slower-moving parts of our culture. Technology moves so quickly we can barely keep up, and our legal system moves so slowly it can't keep up with itself. By design, the law is built up over time by court decisions, statutes and regulations. Sometimes...
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: A Victim Fights Back [John Doe persecution]

    07/01/2015 8:13:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | July 1, 2015 | David French
    In April, three victims of Wisconsin’s long-running “John Doe” investigations broke their silence. Former Scott Walker adviser Cindy Archer spoke to National Review on the record while two other women asked for their identities to be concealed. All three, however, told remarkably similar stories — of police raids at dawn, pounding on the door, threats of battering rams, and ransacked homes. They weren’t suspected of drug crimes, violent crimes, or other crimes recognizable to the American public. Rather, they were either close associates of Scott Walker or involved in the broader conservative movement in Wisconsin — and were caught up...
  • Family: Girl, 4, shot by officer firing at dog is recovering

    07/01/2015 2:29:20 PM PDT · by Rio · 22 replies
    AP Via YahooNews ^ | June 30, 2015 | KANTELE FRANKO
    A 4-year-old girl who was shot in the leg when a police officer fired at a dog is recovering after surgery as her family questions how the officer responded. [snip] The family also says people yelled to notify the officer that the girl was hurt but claims he drove away without offering help, and other emergency responders had to care for the girl.
  • Luggage Helped Save Children When Deputy Slammed Into Van: Father

    07/01/2015 8:32:29 AM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 10 replies
    San Diego News 7 ^ | June 29, 2015 | Wendy Fry and Andie Adams
    A father said strategically placed luggage may have helped save his children when a deputy rammed into the family's van, sending himself and two others to the hospital for minor injuries. At about 2 a.m. Sunday, the Auten family pulled off the West San Marcos Boulevard exit from State Route 78, returning from a trip to Wyoming. Snip “We had a couple police vehicles pass us at a high rate of speed and then into the intersection,” said father Floyd Auten. “And I don't know if it was the third or fourth patrol vehicle that hit us, but we didn't...
  • Cop Buys Lemonade from a Little Girl...Returns the Next Day

    06/29/2015 8:49:54 AM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 34 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 6/25/15 | John S Roberts
    Patrol Officer Zach Ropos of Ohio spotted a little girl selling lemonade, and decided to grab a drink. He talked with the girl for a few minutes, heard what she had to say about why she was raising money, and went about his business. Ropos returned the very next day, and had this to say… “I talked to the little girl, gave her a speech about how courageous and admirable I think her efforts were to save up her money. I asked her how much she saved up, and she said she only had a few dollars.” Initially the girl...
  • Ramsey Co. K-9 Handler Charged with Abusing his Dog Partner

    06/27/2015 7:25:39 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 6/26/15 | Dave Aeikens and Eric Chaloux
    A Ramsey County deputy is on administrative leave after he was charged with hitting his canine partner, the Carlton County Sheriff's Office said. The charges are from an incident that happened early June 15 at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton. The sheriff's office says 48-year-old Brett Arthur Berry is charged with assaulting a public safety dog and animal cruelty, both misdemeanors. Berry has been a Ramsey County deputy since 1996. Black Bear security told deputies they had been called into the Cobalt Lounge to ask a man to leave. Security followed him with video and saw him return to...
  • Seattle man's speed trap warning sign lands him $138 ticket

    06/26/2015 5:23:23 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 48 replies
    komonews ^ | Jun 22, 2015 | Lindsay Cohen
    SEATTLE -- Panhandlers carry them. Protestors call them essential. But one Seattle man's sign -- warning of a speed trap -- has been dubbed illegal and could end up costing him $138. "I thought it was nonsense," said Daniel Gehlke, who made the handwritten sign "Cops Ahead! Stop at sign and light!" with a marker and a Rubbermaid top. "I am a believer that the Constitution, the Bill of Rights are there specifically so they can't be modified or restricted. This clearly is not a stop sign." Gehlke was holding the sign near 14th Avenue S. and S. Washington Street...
  • Los Angeles sheriff's deputies found guilty in jail beating

    06/25/2015 7:45:01 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 06/24/2015 | By AMANDA LEE MYERS
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were convicted Wednesday in federal court in the beating of a bloody, handcuffed jail visitor and an attempt to cover it up. Sgt. Eric Gonzalez and deputies Sussie Ayala and Fernando Luviano were found guilty of deprivation of civil rights and falsification of records in the 2011 beating of Gabriel Carrillo. Gonzalez and Ayala were also convicted of conspiracy to violate constitutional rights. The three face at least six years in prison when sentenced Nov. 2. "An individual who carries a badge and a gun and who uses their authority...
  • Richmond Police Officer Shoots K-9 After Dog Bites Him: Police

    06/23/2015 10:27:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jun 23, 2015 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    A Richmond police officer shot one of the department's K-9 officers on Tuesday morning after the dog bit him, authorities said. Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said the act was in self-defense. She said the dog, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, bit the officer just before 7 a.m. in the parking lot of the Richmond Police Department. The K-9’s handler left his car with the dog still in it to go inside the station for a meeting, police said. The dog somehow got out of the car and bit another police officer in civilian clothes. The officer who was attacked, a four-year veteran...
  • Cop who accidentally shot a four-year-old girl instead of a charging dog is identified

    06/22/2015 11:20:07 AM PDT · by Teotwawki · 75 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | June 22, 2015 | Daily Mail Reporters
    The Ohio police officer who missed when he shot at a charging 40lb dog and accidentally hit a four-year-old girl in the right leg has been identified as a five-year veteran of the force. [snip] Thomas was investigating a hit-and-run case when he heard cries for help from a nearby home in Whitehall regarding the girl's mother, who had cut herself, the Columbus Dispatch said. When the officer tried to enter the home to provide help, the family's mixed-breed dog charged at him in the doorway, said Columbus Police Department spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis. He fired off a shot but missed...
  • KAREN FINLEY, EX-CEO OF REDFLEX, PLEADS GUILTY TO BRIBERY

    06/21/2015 2:45:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015 | RAY STERN
    Karen Finley, former CEO of the Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems, pleaded guilty today in federal court to an eight-year bribery-and-fraud scheme that helped the company retain photo-enforcement contracts with two Ohio cities. Finley, 55, of Cave Creek, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Terence P. Kemp of the Southern District of Ohio to a charge of "conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery and honest services wire and mail fraud," the U.S. Department of Justice announced this morning. She resigned from the company in 2013 after the corruption scheme was alleged by a whistle-blower. Top executives in Redflex's Australian-based parent company,...
  • Exorbitant traffic fees stripped too many drivers of licenses

    06/21/2015 8:31:27 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 40 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 19, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Everyone has a story: The time an unlicensed driver rear-ended me. The time an unlicensed driver ran a red light and killed a co-worker’s dog as her husband was walking the dog in a crosswalk. It seems as if there are so many unlicensed drivers in California that authorities are not capable of deterring the unlicensed from getting behind the wheel.
  • City Council President Andy Ginther caught up in red-light camera bribe case ( Ohio Democrats )

    06/19/2015 1:55:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | June 19, 2015 | Lucas Sullivan & Darrel Rowland
    A former chief executive officer of the red-light camera company Redflex has pleaded guilty to bribing Columbus elected officials - including Council President Andrew Ginther - through the Ohio Democratic Party to install the cameras and keep them operating in the city. Karen L. Finley, 55, of Cave Creek, Ariz., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery, according a press release from Carter M. Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. Records from the U.S. District in Columbus show that from 2005 to 2013, Finley made campaign contributions to elected public officials in...
  • Ex-deputy: L.A. County sheriff's deputies beat jail visitor, then lied

    06/20/2015 11:13:08 AM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 37 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 17, 2015 | Joel Rubin
    Pntamitr Zunggeemoge said he stuck to the script. After he and other Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies beat a handcuffed man in a jail visitors’ center, he said, they huddled with their sergeant, who came up with a plan. Each of them would claim the man had attacked when one of his hands was uncuffed for fingerprinting. On Wednesday, Zunggeemoge told a downtown federal jury that he and the other deputies had used excessive force on the jail visitor and then fabricated reports and testimony to justify the beating. From the outset, it was understood among the deputies that they...
  • Man in Los Angeles Flags Down LAPD Officer, Gets Shot in the Head

    06/20/2015 9:23:45 AM PDT · by Altariel · 72 replies
    ABC7 ^ | June 19, 2015 | ABC7 Staff
    LOS FELIZ, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A man attempting to flag Los Angeles police officers down with his arm wrapped in a towel was shot in the head Friday in Los Feliz. The man was shot at about 6:35 p.m. on Los Feliz Boulevard and Tica Drive. He was allegedly raising his arm wrapped in a towel, possibly holding a gun. "The officer exited the vehicle and quickly said, 'Drop the gun, drop the gun,'" LAPD Lt. John Jenal said. Moments later, the officer opened fire. It was unclear if the man had a gun, but the officers believed the...
  • Columbus police officer injures 4-year-old while shooting at dog

    06/20/2015 6:52:58 AM PDT · by EBH · 16 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 6/20/2015 | Earl Reinhart
    A Columbus police officer accidentally wounded a 4-year-old girl in Whitehall on Friday when he fired at a charging dog, police said. A neighbor and the girl’s uncle identified her as Ava Ellis, who was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where police said she was in stable condition. The officer was at a house in the 4100 block of Chandler Drive investigating a hit-and-run case about 3:10 p.m., Columbus police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis said. As the officer was walking from the home to his patrol car, a woman a few houses away called out to him, saying her sister and...
  • APD officer fired after sex assault accusation

    06/19/2015 7:25:08 AM PDT · by Altariel · 10 replies
    Amarillo Globe News ^ | June 15, 2015 | RUSSELL ANGLIN
    An Amarillo police officer was fired Monday night after investigators determined he had sexual contact with a woman who reported that the officer sexually assaulted her on Sunday, police said. On Monday, a woman reported the on-duty officer, later identified as Micah Meurer, had sexually assaulted her in her northwest Amarillo home. Detectives from the department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit were assigned to investigate the incident in cooperation with the 47th District Attorney’s Office, police said. Investigators found that the officer had responded to the woman’s home late Sunday evening. Detectives collected physical evidence and interviewed the woman and Meurer....
  • Neptune cop charged with shooting, killing ex-wife in front of daughter

    06/18/2015 5:46:44 PM PDT · by Altariel · 52 replies
    NJ.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Mary Ann Spotto
    ASBURY PARK — Fueled by a child custody dispute, a recently divorced Neptune Township police officer shot and killed his former wife in broad daylight on Tuesday in front of their daughter on an Asbury Park street, authorities said. *** While taking him into custody, some of the officers hugged him and patted him comfortingly on the back, the witness said.
  • Mississippi investigator shoots family dog

    A Cleveland family has been left devastated after an officer shot and killed their beloved one-year-old golden retriever as he was on a leash in the family’s backyard. Cleveland police told the family the officer felt threatened by the dog after the dog barked, even though the officer was aware it was leashed. The incident took place Friday when dog owner Tyler Muzzi saw a stranger walking around his neighbor’s home. Muzzi contacted his neighbor and then called police to check on the situation. Minutes later, police arrived and arrested the man who had by that time broken into the...
  • Ex-Boy Scout: I killed troop leader who raped me

    06/18/2015 2:25:46 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 72 replies
    wnd ^ | june 18, 2015 | cheryl chumley
    A former Boy Scout confessed in emotionally charged court testimony to killing his former troop leader, but said it was due to the repeated sexual abuse and rape he suffered at the hands of the man, beginning at the tender age of 8. “From the time I was 8 years old until I was 12, I was sexually assaulted and raped by Dennis Pegg,” said Clark Fredericks, a former scout who spoke in a tense Newton, New Jersey, courtroom about the reasons for his killing. Pegg also served as a Sussex sheriff’s officer, NBC New York reported. He was killed...
  • Why Do So Many Bad Cops Get Off Easy? (Barf)

    06/18/2015 7:31:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    American police live in a place even more wondrous than the one you know from "A Prairie Home Companion." In Lake Wobegon, all the children are above average. In Police Land, every cop is a model citizen, including those who outwardly resemble criminals. When a cop thrashes or kills someone, the ensuing investigations almost always find that what the officer did was excusable, if not commendable. Jesus Christ would get tougher scrutiny from a band of angels than most cops do from the people who review their conduct. So it barely registered with most Americans last month when a Cleveland...
  • Killeen couple adjusting after Waco detention

    06/16/2015 5:07:40 PM PDT · by don-o · 76 replies
    Killeen Daily Herald ^ | June 14, 2015 | Clay Thorp
    Ester and Walter Weaver say they are not criminals. “I don’t even have so much as a speeding ticket to my name. Ever,” said Walter Weaver, an analyst at Fort Hood. “I’ve been driving since 1975.” But as they adjust to life after spending more than two weeks in jail following the May 17 Waco biker shootout, the Weavers are still reeling from their experience. “I was in the parking lot,” Walter said. “I was looking for (Ester). I didn’t see anything occur. I just heard the bullets. I’ve been a soldier since I was 18 years old. My first...