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Georgia police officer is fired after body camera footage captures him deliberately mowing down a fleeing suspect with his patrol car

  • Taylor Saulters fired from Athens-Clarke County Police Department on Saturday
  • His body camera captured the moment he hit Timmy Patmon during a pursuit
  • Disturbing footage also shows Patmon rolling off the hood of Saulters' car


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5800765/Georgia-cop-fired-deliberately-hitting-fleeing-suspect-car.html#ixzz5HNmZaiJS
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Horrifying moment SIX Arizona police swarm on an unarmed black man, with one viciously beating him unconscious because 'he wouldn't sit down'

  • A man of color named Robert Johnson was beaten unconscious by members of the Mesa Police Department because he 'wouldn't sit down'
  • Surveillance footage at an apartment complex captured the incident on camera
  • Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista only learned of the incident a week after it occurred, thanks to local pastor Andre Miller sending him the video
  • Now the three officers and sergeant involved are on administrative leave
  • The incident occurred on May 23, and a full investigation is under way
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FBI Study Defines Civilians' Role In Stopping Active Shooters - LEO Round Table episode 572
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Published on Jun 5, 2018
00:55 Two Belgium officers stabbed and killed with their weapons
04:35 New FBI study links civilians to stopping active shooters

LEO Round Table (law enforcement talk show)

Episode 572 filmed on 06/04/2018

Chip DeBlock (Host)
Ward Meythaler (Attorney)
Bret Bartlett
David D'Agresta

Schedule:
1 hour LIVE show every Monday at 7 pm EST
Episodes uploaded to YouTube Tue - Sun at approx. 4 pm EST

Topic 1 concerns a man armed with a knife who stabbed two (2) female Belgium police officers in Liege, stole their service weapons and fatally shot them. The man also fatally shot a bystander and four (4) other police officers before he was shot to death. Liege Police Chief Christian Beaupere and Justice Minister Koen Geens were referenced and quoted in the story.

https://www.policeone.com/officer-sho...

Topic 2 concerns a recently released FBI report on active shooters that concludes that civilians play a key role in stopping shooters. Reference was made to author Joel Shults.

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SCOTUS Sides With Christian Baker Who Refused Same-Sex Couple - LEO Round Table episode 573
LEO Round Table


Published on Jun 6, 2018
00:45 SCOTUS limits warrantless searches of vehicles near homes
11:48 SCOTUS sides with baker who refused same-sex couple

LEO Round Table (law enforcement talk show)

Episode 573 filmed on 06/04/2018

Chip DeBlock (Host)
Ward Meythaler (Attorney)
Bret Bartlett
David D'Agresta

Schedule:
1 hour LIVE show every Monday at 7 pm EST
Episodes uploaded to YouTube Tue - Sun at approx. 4 pm EST

Topic 1 concerns a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court limiting warrantless vehicle searches near homes. Reference was made to Collins v. Virginia 16-1027, Ryan Collins, Charlottesville (Virgnia) Police, Facebook, the Virginia Supreme Court, the automobile exception, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Samuel Alito in the story.

https://www.policeone.com/legal/artic...

Topic 2 concerns another recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Colorado baker Jack Phillips who refused to make a custom wedding cake for same-sex couple Charlie Craig and David Mullins because of his religious beliefs. Reference was made to Justice Anthony Kennedy, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Elena Kagan, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Clarence Thomas in the story.

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The traffic stop that turned into an unlikely reunion: New Jersey State Trooper pulls over retired cop who helped deliver him 27 years ago when his mother went into early labor while shopping

  • Trooper Michael Patterson, 27, pulled over the man who delivered him as a baby
  • Patterson pulled over former cop Matthew Bailly in New Jersey on Friday
  • After talking, Bailly said he used to be a cop in Piscataway - the neighborhood where Patterson grew up
  • Bailly recalled how he helped deliver a baby there on October 5, 1991
  • Realizing the coincidence, Patterson shook his hand and said: 'My name is Michael Patterson, sir. Thank you for delivering me'
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Terrifying cell phone video shows the moment two Chicago cops handcuff a 10-year-old boy who was playing in his grandparents' yard because he 'matched' the description of an armed juvenile

  • Michael Thomas Jr was playing in his grandparents' yard when he was arrested
  • Video shows the boy crying as he stands near a patrol car with his hands cuffed
  • The 10-year-old reportedly 'matched' the description of a juvenile with a gun
  • Michael was so afraid that he wet his pants while waiting to be released by cops
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'I don't want this to happen to anyone': Man who was brutally beaten by six Arizona cops in videotaped arrest speaks out as five of the officers are placed on leave

  • Robert Johnson, 35, spoke out on Thursday about his May 23 arrest in Mesa
  • He was brutally beaten and shoved in an elevator by five police officers
  • They were responding to a call about a domestic dispute at the time
  • They were looking for a different suspect when they saw Johnson in the hallway
  • He 'refused to sit' or comply with their demands so they beat him unconscious
  • The incident was caught on apartment building surveillance cameras
  • It was given to the police chief by a shocked community member
  • All of the officers involved have been placed on leave pending an investigation
  • On Thursday, Johnson said he was a 'God fearing' person and a 'family man'
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FBI Agent Backflip Discharge On Video, The Unpardonable Sin? LEO Round Table episode 577
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Published on Jun 10, 2018
00:45 Video of rookie GA officer hitting suspect with car, fired
08:41 Video of FBI agent losing gun in backflip, shooting patron

LEO Round Table (law enforcement talk show)

Episode 577 filmed on 06/04/2018

Chip DeBlock (Host)
Ward Meythaler (Attorney)
Bret Bartlett
David D'Agresta
Cody Ann Cook
John Newman

Schedule:
1 hour LIVE show every Monday at 7 pm EST
Episodes uploaded to YouTube Tue - Sun at approx. 4 pm EST

Topic 1 concerns a video of rookie Athens-Clarke County (Georgia) Police Officer Taylor Saulters and Officer Hunter Blackmon chasing wanted felon Timmy Patmon. Officer Saulters was fired after he struck Patmon with his marked police car while Patmon was running on foot.

https://www.policeone.com/vehicle-inc...

Topic 2 concerns a video of 29-year-old off-duty FBI Agent Chase Bishop dancing at the Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar and doing a backflip when his firearm fell out of his waistband and onto the dance floor. When he picked it up, it discharged and patron Tom Reddington was shot with minor injuries.

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Black 'Straight Outta Compton' and 'ER' actor Darris Love was arrested at gunpoint at LA mall and held for SEVEN hours after cops 'racially profiled him' and mistook him for a burglary suspect

  • Darris Love and his girlfriend were at a shopping mall in suburban Los Angeles
  • Love was running to get parking validated when officers held him at gunpoint
  • The 39-year-old actor says he was racially profiled as a suspect in a burglary
  • His lawyer says he was held for seven hours despite evidence he wasn't near the crime scene
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Atlanta cop resigns after she was busted in a $30,000 drug raid where officers found prescription pills, guns, and 7 POUNDS of marijuana

  • Iris Rowe resigned from Atlanta Police Department after her arrest on Monday
  • Police also found $8,000, her uniform, badge, vest, ID, and an AR-15 in her car
  • She was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of illegal drugs in a drug-free zone
  • She'd been with the department since 2016 and resigned after being suspended

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Texas deputy, 47, is arrested for 'sexually assaulting his four-year-old relative and blackmailing her illegal immigrant mother with deportation if she reported him'

  • Jose Nunez, 47, was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl multiple times
  • The Bexar County Sheriff Deputy is accused of blackmailing the child's mother, who is an illegal immigrant, by threatening to deport her
  • On Saturday the child 'made an outcry to her mom' about the alleged abuse
  • The mother reported the abuse to a local fire station that evening
  • Nunez was arrested Sunday on a warrant for super aggravated sexual assault
  • If found guilty, he could face a minimum of 25 years behind bars
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Amazing how the liberal media in the US gives these crimes against the people and the constitution so little coverage, America needs to wake the fuck up and do something, shut your tvs off for a week
 

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How a McDonald's receipt crippled an elite drug-fighting team

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Beth Warren
8 hrs ago

Narcotics Detective Kyle Willett made the 10-minute drive to a McDonald's drive-thru for sweet tea and cheeseburgers before returning to work — and doing something no one expected.

Alone in his white Chevrolet Tahoe — outside the UPS global shipping hub where he worked with an elite task force to intercept drug shipments — Willett tore the packing tape off a box, pried open a metal safe and stole piles of cash totaling about $40,000.

But the Louisville Metro Police veteran, well trained in exposing criminals' missteps, made an elementary mistake of his own.

He used his credit card for the $4.76 McDonald's meal and then forgot to remove the receipt from the fast-food bag he crumpled and stuffed inside the box before sending the package on its path to Oakland, California.

More: Baltimore's new police commissioner charged with tax offenses

Willett didn't know that a West Coast drug interdiction task force anxiously awaited its delivery. A judge had already signed a search warrant to allow investigators to open the package, as it was expected to contain valuable evidence.

The box should have helped investigators snag a drug trafficker. Instead, it netted a cop. It also exposed questionable practices by two other detectives and for 19 months sidelined a task force charged with interrupting a major drug pipeline during the nation's worst drug crisis — blamed for more than 400 deaths in Louisville last year.

"We were missing a lot of drugs with this task force not up and running," said Russell Coleman, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

'Bad guys had a lot of success'

Lauded as one of Louisville Metro Police's most accomplished detectives, Willett was once featured on the true crime TV show "The First 48," discussing key evidence seized in a double homicide.

And sometimes when the task force supervisor couldn't be on site, he was left in charge.

But in June 2016, the phone rang at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. California police were on the other line with details about how their drug investigation hit a snag when the $40,000 in cash, their evidence, was stolen.

Investigators in Louisville tracked the last four digits of the credit card printed on the McDonald's receipt to Willett. And a restaurant security camera showed his white Tahoe, bought by the police department, pulling out of the drive-thru at the same time printed on the receipt.

More: Ex-Baltimore detectives testify about force’s robberies, illegal activities

Federal agents hid surveillance cameras inside Willett's SUV that August and began watching the task force's movements at UPS Worldport. The next time Willett stole cash from a box — and there was a next time — it was captured on video.

The felony theft case against Willett was mounting as the FBI and Louisville police's Public Integrity Unit teamed up to investigate.

The probe into one man's actions soon spread to an inspection of an entire task force charged with keeping drugs off the streets.

The team had worked hard to earn a coveted federal designation in the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, which provides money, training and resources to those policing the most saturated areas. It united five members from LMPD, one from Kentucky State Police, three from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and one part-time agent from Homeland Security Investigations.

They hunted for drugs in packages flown through UPS, Fed-Ex and the United States Postal Service — intercepting many poisons in 2016, including 50 pounds of heroin — about a day's supply for 22,500 addicts. They also found 197 pounds of cocaine and 190 pounds of meth.

More: Ex-police chief, officers framed a teen to boost arrest stats, prosecutors say

But that partnership imploded.

Under scrutiny, the Louisville police pulled the task force out of Worldport in September 2016 and withdrew from the federal program that had given it $200,000 a year. After news of the scandal leaked to the Courier Journal and other reporters, Louisville police issued a public statement that a federal investigation was underway.

The task force remained shut down for 19 months.

"Bad guys had a lot of success during that time, no doubt," said Vic Brown, executive director of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

Sneak-n-peeks called illegal

While looking into Willett's actions, agents also noticed something else that seemed odd. Two other task force members took packages to their vehicles.

Surveillance footage captured another Louisville Metro Police detective — who is also a canine handler — and a KSP trooper taking packages to their vehicles, Coleman said.

They didn't steal money or drugs, but they conducted searches without warrants, he said. If they found evidence, they would reseal the package and seek a search warrant.

John Kuhn, then the U.S. Attorney with the Western District of Kentucky, opted not to prosecute anyone but Willett, telling the Courier Journal last year: "What we have here is a rogue cop. It's exceedingly rare."

But some legal experts say the searches without warrants also were criminal — a clear violation of civil rights, since the Fourth Amendment offers protection from unreasonable searches.

"It's not legal," said defense attorney Josh Schneider, a former narcotics prosecutor. "All the narcotics cops I worked with knew if they wanted to get inside a house, a box, they needed a warrant."

University of Louisville law professor Luke Milligan agreed. "It's a clear constitutional violation to have opened those packages without a warrant." An exception would apply during an "exigent circumstance," such as a reason to believe the package contained a bomb.

Some cops dubbed the searches "sneak-n-peeks." They became "accepted practice" by some members of the task force, but the practice wasn't endorsed by the chains of command, Coleman said.

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders said he only learned of the practice through the FBI investigation.

"I didn't know that was going on, obviously," he said. "Why they took them to a car, it really doesn't make sense to me."

Coleman said law enforcement officers shouldn't have taken packages to their cars for inspection. "There's no gray in that."

State and Louisville police investigated but didn't find criminal wrongdoing by their employees.

The trooper, with the task force for about a year, "did not receive formal training and had been conducting these investigations commensurate with instruction provided by other veteran task force members," Sanders said.

The Louisville detective, who was on the task force with Willett when it began earning federal funding in 2011, also said he was trained that it was acceptable to search packages without warrants, Deputy Chief Mike Sullivan said. But when asked who provided that training, Sullivan said he "couldn't speculate on that."

Sullivan said he didn't know how or when warrant-less searches began.

More: Four Arizona police officers are on leave after video shows man being punched in the face

"Once it was discovered this practice was not the preferred method, it was stopped," he said.

Brown, in charge of High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area designations in four states, said Louisville police led the task force, and "it would have been up to them to set the protocol."

Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Joe Dennis, who supervised the task force on site, has since retired and couldn't be reached for comment.

"I think we all, looking back, think there was a lack of formal training and adequate checks and balances,” Sanders said.

Short prison sentence 'disturbing'

For Willett, punishment came swiftly.

After FBI agents questioned him, he left the police force in October 2016.

The evidence was hard to refute. So he didn't try.

He pleaded guilty two months later in a federal courtroom to theft from an interstate shipment, a felony, for stealing more than $74,400 between January and August 2016.

More: Troopers accused of trying to cover up death of teen who was Tased before ATV crash

Investigators found most of the money in Willett's home and car.

Prosecutors pushed for a year in prison, but U.S. District Court Judge Thomas B. Russell shaved that time in half.

Willett has already served his five months in a federal prison and five months home detention. He remains on supervised probation for two years and is barred from owning a firearm, meaning he can't work in law enforcement again.

Willett and his attorney, Brian Butler, declined to comment for this story. Butler told reporters after Willett's sentencing that his client didn't steal from innocent people as the money was believed to be headed from local dealers to large-scale drug distributors.

Coleman said it doesn't matter who the money was stolen from. "Willett tarnished his badge ... abandoned his oath."

Sanders called Willett's brief prison stint "disturbing," considering the impact of his actions.

"All of this was brought about by a dishonest cop who none of us have any sympathy for," the KSP commissioner said.

Reviving an elite drug-fighting team

It would take a year and a half to revive the drug task force.

Jim Scott, resident-agent-in-charge with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Louisville Division, agreed to take the helm as commander.

Scott stood firm on perhaps the most contested change — none of the former task force members were allowed to return even though the weeks-long surveillance found no questionable actions by most of them.

Coleman, a former FBI agent, supported the DEA's decision to start with all new members.

"We had some systemic issues with the task force last time, so we needed to clean house completely," Coleman said.

The new team includes five members from LMPD, one from KSP and one from the sheriff's office, Scott said.

The new task force, which Coleman calls the 2.0 version, launched in April with increased protocols and oversight.

One rule clearly stated up front: no opening of packages in cars, alone or without warrants.

When packages are open, security personnel at UPS, Fed-Ex or post offices must be present.

That should have been the practice all along, according to UPS policy, Coleman said.

Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Eric Black will serve as the on-site supervisor. He isn't allowed to delegate that authority to an acting supervisor, as had been done with Willett.

Black also must be present when a task force member opens a package — after getting a judge to issue a search warrant, Scott said.

Drug agents across Kentucky have been anxious to see the task force back in action.

"We wanted to do this right," Coleman said. "I own it now."

Follow Beth Warren onTwitter @BethWarrenCJ.

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Overzealous Cop Mows Down Pedestrian While Attempting Traffic Stop

by TDB
Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:09


Via The Daily Bell


Government actions have unintended consequences. Even something as simple as trying to pull over a suspected drunk driver.

Tragically, a man was struck and killed by a vehicle early Sunday morning in St. Augustine Florida. It happened when a police officer started to pursue a suspected drunk driver.

But it wasn’t a drunk driver that struck and killed the man. It was the police officer behind the wheel of his cruiser who killed the innocent pedestrian.

As the cop whipped his car into a U-turn to pursue a vehicle for a traffic stop, he struck and killed a man crossing the road with his bike. The officer’s lights and siren were not on at the time. The man had no warning, and could not have predicted that the cruiser would reverse direction and slam into him.

To cover the cop’s tracks, the police and media tried to blame the victim,

[Florida Highway Patrol] investigators believe the pedestrian, Vincent Kinslow, 33, was impaired when he walked out into the road.​
He was taken to Flagler Hospital where we was pronounced dead.​
Kinslow was homeless and had been arrested in the past for DUI and battery.​
What do his past arrests and homelessness have to do with him being killed by a police officer? Nothing. These are attempts to dehumanize the unintended victim of police carelessness.

And a witness report indicates that the man did not drunkenly stagger into the street as the perpetrator’s fellow officers imply.

The two men were crossing the road walking their bikes when the police officer pulled a dangerous and irresponsible maneuver without bothering to look where he was going, without taking the time to turn on his emergency lights and siren.

“The only thing I heard was a smash. I heard that, I dropped my bike and turned around, and I see him laying in the middle of the road,” said witness Andrew Pannell.​
Pannell said he’s known Kinslow for many years and he was crossing just ahead of him when it happened…​
Pannell said he had hoped to get his friend back on his feet.​
“I got off the streets myself. So I was taking him and his girlfriend in to Vilano, in my little condo. But then this happened,” Pannell said.​
He said Kinslow will be missed.​
“Everybody loved him. He’s a very good guy. A hard worker,” Pannell said. “I just, I still don’t understand. I’m just having a hard time with it right now.”​
Police have the power to detain suspected drunk drivers in the name of saving lives. And surely sometimes they do save lives.

But in this case, the officer turned out to be the deadly danger to civilians, not the alleged drunk driver.

Maybe it is time to think about the consequences of prosecuting victimless crimes. Yes, even drunk driving. Police are so overzealous that they hurt more people than they help.

Absolutely punish those who irresponsibly drive drunk and hurt or kill others. Throw the book at them! Being drunk does not excuse behavior that hurts others.

And neither does being a cop.

Does getting a DUI really keep people from driving drunk anyway?

One man was arrested for driving while intoxicated four times. And still, he never crashed or hurt anyone. Despite this, he was sentenced to 25 YEARS in prison, without the possibility of parole!

We’re not defending his actions. Driving drunk is irresponsible. But so are a whole host of other behaviors. We should not punish pre-crimes, we should hold people accountable when their actions harm others.

Yes, even cops. Especially cops.

Because cops hitting pedestrians while overzealously pursuing suspects of victimless violations is a small matter compared to the abuse suffered by people at the hands of SWAT teams.

In December a man was shot and killed by a SWAT sniper when police were called to his home as a prank. The officer was cleared of misconduct.
SWAT teams have got themselves and others killed when they bust down doors without knocking over reports of a couple weed plants. Often they find no evidence.

SWAT teams have burned a child with a stun grenade when they failed to properly surveil the property. As usual, they blamed the victim’s mother for the third-degree facial burns they caused to her two-year-old boy.

It doesn’t matter how good the intentions, overly aggressive policing gets people killed.

And allowing people to be assaulted and caged for victimless crimes is a travesty in itself.

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Boy, 17, shot dead by police while running away from a traffic stop is identified as promising high school student as residents of East Pittsburgh storm the streets in protest

  • Confronting footage shows a boy, 17, being shot dead while fleeing a traffic stop
  • The boy has been identified as Antwon Rose II, a beloved school student
  • Rose was in a car pulled over in connection with an earlier drive-by shooting
  • In video, he and another person are seen fleeing the vehicle in East Pittsburgh
  • An officer fires three shots at their backs just moments later, hitting Rose
  • Hundreds took to the streets on Wednesday to protest the police shooting
  • The officer involved had been sworn in to the department three hours earlier
  • He had been working as a policeman for seven years prior to Tuesday night
  • The man has not been interviewed, and has been placed on administrative leave
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California Cops Reject Bill That Would Limit Use Of Lethal Force


by Tyler Durden
Thu, 06/21/2018 - 08:06


California law enforcement organizations are in staunch opposition to a new bill which would restrict the circumstances under which police officers can use deadly force in the line of duty, reports Alexei Koseff of the Sacramento Bee.




Assembly Bill 931 would increase the state mandated standard for the use of lethal force from "reasonable" to "necessary" in order to become law. While the bill passed through its first policy committee on Tuesday, it faces an uphill battle in a state legislature that typically doesn't cross law enforcement.

"We agree that more training can result in better outcomes, but there is a fundamental disagreement about raising the standard above what the Supreme Court has said," Jonathan Feldman, a lobbyist for the California Police Chiefs Association, told The Bee. -Sacramento Bee

Two cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1980s set a legal precedent that police officers can kill suspects if a "reasonable" officer in a similar situation would have done the same. AB 931 - introduced this spring following the South Sacramento shooting death of Stephon Clark - would restrict police to using deadly force only in situations where they have no available alternatives to protect themselves or others.

Clark, 22, was shot 20 times while holding his cell phone on March 18, sparking a public outrage.

Retraining over 100,000 California police under the new standards has been raised as a concern by the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) - an argument which CA Senator Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles pushed back against.

"Is it a mere matter of cost? And from your perspective, what would constitute or justify retraining of police officers?" she asked.

"The training is huge. It's going to be a difficult task to train that many people that fast, and there's no money in the bill to do that," Aaron Read, a PORAC lobbyist, who noted that law enforcement organizations had supported legislation several years ago to add training on how to handle suspects with mental health issues.

Mitchell questioned whether finding enough money was the real issue, because - she said when "law enforcement makes it a priority, we find a way."

"I've sat on public safety committees since I was elected, and I can count on one hand the number of times law enforcement has come to the table to truly collaboratively address issues," said Mitchell. "Perhaps mental health is politically an easier pill to swallow than race-based bias."

Democratic lawmakers moved AB 931 out of the public safety with an initial vote of 5-1 in front of supporters carrying pictures of friends and family who have been killed by police, many of whom say police shootings are racially motivated.

"It always blows me away when law enforcement fear for their life only when they're facing black and brown people," Sen. Steve Bradford, D-Gardena, said. "It blows me away me when black and brown men and women don't even get to the jail. They don't even get a chance to be arrested."

The American Civil Liberties Union of California is also behind AB 931, with the organization's legislative advocate Lizzie Buchen noting that California police use deadly force at a higher rate than other states - with five CA police departments in particular leading the statistic; Bakersfield, Stockton, Long Beach, Santa Ana and San Bernardino - all of which are in the top fifteen in the country for killings per capita.

"Accountability is a really important part of changing the culture," Buchen said. "What steps could you have taken instead of what you did?

"It doesn't mean they've tried all the other things, because we recognize that there are some situations where they're not going to be able to," she added.

PORAC has flatly rejected the bill, suggesting that AB 931 is "reactionary legislation" that will "handcuff peace officers and their abilities to keep communities safe."

Assembly Bill 931 deceptively pretends that creating a checklist of what constitutes necessary force instead of reasonable force is something more than irresponsible legislation. The end result is that the public will be placed at greater risk.​
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Uses of force incidents occur quickly, and while we have always supported greater training and body cameras, this legislation takes a dangerous new step. The legislation will require officers in every rapidly advancing, extraordinarily dangerous situation to employ a checklist that ultimately places everyone at risk. -PORAC

The bill was written in a "political vacuum" says the organization.

In a June 3 op-ed in the San Francisco Examiner, Arif Alikhan and Seth Stoughton note, among other things:

AB 931 would provide some much-needed amendments to existing law, but it would also create new problems and exacerbate some old ones. Although we believe the bill was proposed with the best of intentions, it may, counterintuitively, actually lead to more officer-involved shootings.​
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As much as we might wish it were not the case, officers will occasionally have to use deadly force in response to a deadly threat. The proposed statute properly limits justifiable homicides to those situations in which officers use deadly force to “prevent imminent and serious bodily injury or death to the officer or to a third party.” It also properly prohibits officers from using deadly force against individuals who present a threat only to themselves. -San Francisco Examiner


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'We'll make some s*** up': Cop is fired after pulling over and detaining his daughter's boyfriend while she was in the car, tracking her down using police computers and IGNORING a call to rush to an accident

  • An officer in Ohio was fired after he pulled over his daughter's boyfriend without cause, detained him briefly, and then took off with her screaming in squad car
  • Makai Coleman, 18, was driving with his girlfriend Katlyn Kovach, 18, in April
  • He was pulled over and detained by Katlyn's dad, officer John Kovach Jr
  • When Coleman asks why he is being pulled over and threatened with arrest, the officer says, 'We'll make some sh** up'
  • During the incident, he ignores a call from dispatch about a road rage incident
  • He also used police computers to track down his daughter via her IP address
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Shocking police bodycam footage shows Kansas cop open fire in a room full of CHILDREN - hitting a nine-year-old girl in the face

  • Footage shows Dexter Betts firing gun moments after seeing a dog in the room
  • His flashlight can be seen illuminating the girl just seconds before he shoots gun
  • The girl screams 'Ow! Ow! Ow, you hurt my eye!' after he fires two shots at dog
  • Betts' bullets had ricocheted off the ground and fragments hit both girl and dog
  • He was fired after incident and now faces a felony charge of aggravated battery
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Original thread here: Cops Crash Pool Party

Teen who was tackled and slammed to the ground by a Texas police officer at a summer pool party receives $148,000 settlement

  • Dajerria Betcon was 15 when she was seen being thrown to ground in viral video
  • McKinney Officer Eric Casebolt resigned just days after the horrific incident
  • Betcon and her legal guardian sued the city and police for $5million in damages
  • She will receive $148,850, which she plans to use to start her own business
  • Her lawyer plans to help celebrate this next chapter by giving her a pool party
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Hundreds of demonstrators shut down a major interstate in Pittsburgh as they protest the fatal police shooting of an unarmed 17-year-old boy fleeing a traffic stop

  • Hundreds protested in Pittsburgh over shooting of unarmed Antwon Rose Jr
  • Thursday's protest mark second night demonstrators shut down major highway
  • Photos showed several protesters sitting or lying down in middle of interstate
  • The 17-year-old was shot three times by Officer Michael Rosfeld on Tuesday
  • Rosfeld had been sworn in less than three hours earlier before the shooting
  • Antwon was fleeing a traffic stop in East Pittsburgh when he was gunned down
  • The teen was in a car pulled over in connection with an earlier drive-by shooting
  • Rosfeld had been working in law enforcement for seven years prior to shooting
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The Growth of America’s Militarized Law Enforcement System, a Product of a War Economy

Posted on June 22, 2018 by Yves Smith

By Ebony Slaughter-Johnson, an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Her work has appeared in AlterNet, U.S. News and World Report, Equal Voice News, and Common Dreams. Produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute; cross posted from Alternet

On June 5, a call came into the Broward County Sheriff’s Office alleging an ongoing hostage situation at the family home of student activist David Hogg, a survivor of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Law enforcement officers arrived on the scene only to find no such situation: Hogg and his family had been swatted.

Swatting involves falsely reporting a crime, which leads to the deployment of heavily armed law enforcement officers, usually para-militarized Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams, who anticipate confronting violence. Hogg was not home, and was therefore unharmed, but previous swatting victims have not been so fortunate.

Just two months before, Hogg had gathered with an estimated 800,000 Americans in Washington, D.C., for the March for Our Lives on March 24, which was inspired by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to rally support for more stringent gun control policy. Among the specific policy objectives of the demonstration was to advocate for an assault weapons ban, like that which was enacted in 1994 but has since expired. The reasoning behind this current push for an assault weapons ban, as with the 1994 ban, endures: Civilians should be barred from possessing military-style weapons.

Had David Hogg been home, the swatting of his home might have been the second time in less than four months that his life had been threatened by an assault weapon. That’s too many encounters for an entire lifetime.

As this current gun control movement argues that the militarization of civilians is something to be avoided, perhaps it is also time to extend this same consideration to civilian law enforcement.

Treating Law Enforcement Like War
“Weapons of war have no place in our communities,” the March for Our Lives insisted. Yet, such weapons are scattered throughout and utilized in communities across America. And they include more than assault weapons.

With more than $5.4 billion in donated equipment from the Department of Defense’s 1033 Programand $34 billion in grants from the Department of Homeland Security, state and local governments have equipped their law enforcement officers with a military arsenal. Among other materials, this arsenal includes“ armored personnel carriers, M-16 assault rifles, grenade launchers, and infrared gun sights,” materials more suited to sites of hot war than neighborhoods in Indiana. Federal funding outfitted police officers in and around Fargo, North Dakota, which, as of 2011, had an average murder rate of two per year since 2005, with assault rifles on every squad car, Kevlar helmets, and a more than $250,000 armored truck.

The proliferation of military weapons and gear corresponds to that of para-militarized law enforcement officers.

Modeled after the military and armed as such, SWAT teams are the most visible and recognizable manifestation of the militarization of law enforcement. And they’re becoming more numerous. Research has suggested that 80 percent of towns with populations ranging between 25,000 and 50,000 residents had SWAT teams as of the mid-2000s. That represents a major increase from the mid-1980s when only 20 percent of such towns had a SWAT presence. And these para-militarized law enforcement officers are being used more often: Deployments increased 1,400 percent between 1980 and 2000.

Perhaps more disturbing than the growing number of para-militarized units is what their deployments are meant to achieve. Research from the University of Missouri-St. Louis determined that the majority of SWAT deployments in their research sample between 1986 and 1998 were for warrants(34,271) as compared to barricaded suspects (7,384) and hostage situations (1,180). A more recent 2014 study from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)reaffirms this trend. Using incident reports from SWAT deployments between 2010 and 2013 from law enforcement agencies across the country, the ACLU found that 79 percent of evaluated SWAT deployments were to act on a search warrant. Sixty-two percent of those search warrants were to conduct drug searches. According to the ACLU, these searches are “almost always” conducted by SWAT teams armed, to some extent, with “assault rifles, battering rams, and distraction devices.”

In other words, many of the between 50,000 and 80,000SWAT team raids that occur every year somewhere in the country with military-grade equipment are to perform standard functions of crime control, prevention, and investigation. Militarization has transformed civilian law enforcement officers into something that more resembles soldiers responding to war than public servants. An assault rifle is probably no more needed to execute a warrant than it is to hunt deer.

Racist and Deadly
The March for Our Lives was visibly intersectional: Black and Latinx youth shared their experiences with gun violence alongside the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Naomi Wadler gave voice to the violence faced by Black Americans “whose stories do not make the front pages of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news.”

Wadler was could have just as easily been referring to the Black Americans in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Huntington, West Virginia; and Ogden, Utah, who were 24 times, 37 times, and 40 times more likely than Whites to be affected by SWAT deployments, respectively, according to the ACLU in 2014. ACLU documentation of known SWAT deployments between 2010 and 2013 revealed the existence of staggering disparities and disproportionalities. Where the number and race of those affected were known, 39 percent of those affected by all SWAT deployments were Black. Only 20 percent were White. Black Americans, who make up approximately 13 percent of the national population, were found to be 42 percent of those on the receiving end of SWAT teams acting on search warrants where the number and race of those affected by such deployments were known.

The racist underpinnings of the War on Drugs, which was launched by the Nixon administration to harass Black communities according to Chief Domestic Advisor to President Nixon John Ehrlichman, have combined with the militarization of law enforcement. The result has been that suspected drug use among Black Americans is disparately addressed using militarized action. Despite the fact that Black Americans are no more likely to use or sell drugs than their White counterparts, the ACLU found that Americans of color, including Black Americans, were 61 percent of those impacted by SWAT drug raids. Drug searches constituted 68 percent of the SWAT raids that involved Americans of color, but only 38 percent involving Whites.

Whether practiced by civilians or law enforcement, militarization can have deadly consequences. An analysis by Everytown for Gun Safety of known mass shootings that occurred between January 2009 and January 2015 revealed that the use of assault weapons or high capacity magazines led to 155 percent more people shot and 47 percent more fatalities. Data on law enforcement killings in four states compared to data on the transfer of 1033 equipment uncovered a positive correlation between law enforcement possession of military equipment and civilian deaths at the hands of law enforcement.

Consistent with the ACLU’s observation that the burden of law enforcement militarization falls disproportionately on people of color, the New York Times determined that Americans of color represented half of the civilian deaths it documented.

Amplified law enforcement militarization has occurred in a context in which Black Americans are disproportionately the victims of law enforcement violence in general. Data from arrests between 2008 and 2012 indicated that Black Americans were subjected to force by law enforcement at rates 2.5 times higher than the overall rate and 3.6 times those for Whites. MappingPoliceViolence.org determined that Black Americans constituted 25 percent of those killed in 2017 as a result of encounters with law enforcement.

Gun violence of the kind that Wadler referenced has uniquely devastated Black communities, but law enforcement officers have played an outsized role in that devastation. According to an investigation from the Washington Post, Black Americans represented 23 percent of those shot by law enforcement in 2017. The threat of gun violence loomed large in the predominantly Black community of Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of the death of Michael Brown. Law enforcement stared down protesters with tanks, automatic rifles, shotguns, and pistols and confronted them with tear gas and smoke bombs.

A Climate of Fear
Even schools, which have seen some of the deadliest episodes of violence perpetuated by assault weapons, have witnessed the militarization of law enforcement.

A 2014 audit from the Washington Post found that law enforcement agencies connected to a variety of educational institutions across 33 states, including more than a dozen schools, have received military gear and weapons through the 1033 Program. The presence of the 1033 Program has been especially apparent within the Los Angeles County Police Department (LCPD), which the Washington Post describes as “among the biggest public-school beneficiaries of the program.” As of the 2014 audit, the LCPD had obtained 61 M-16 assault rifles, three grenade launchers, and one MRAP. It’s difficult to see how the presence of law enforcement officers armed with weapons of war in schools might improve student safety. However, it’s easy to see how that might create a climate of fear, especially for students of color.

Furthermore, it’s possible that the sense of safety compromised by the militarization of law enforcement might be greater than what is gained when it comes to crime deterrence. A 2017 study sought to evaluate the relationship between the use of military equipment and law enforcement outcomes as measured by crime and arrest rates. It determined that the use of military equipment led to a reduction in various crimes. A 10 percent increase in military equipment produced a crime reduction rate of 5.9 crimes per 100,000 people, which is modest at best.

Is such a limited decrease sufficient to justify what might have happened to David Hogg and his family?

Nevertheless, heightened militarization is exactly the approach to safety, in schools and beyond, that is being suggested.

President Barack Obama tried to curb the alarming spread of military equipment to state and local law enforcement. His administration offered new prohibitions and stipulations on the exchange of military-grade equipment between the federal government and local law enforcement in 2015. Among other changes, the administration prohibited the exchange of grenade launchers, weaponized vehicles, and rifles.

By November 2017, President Donald Trump had undone the decision.

Military-grade weapons and gear banned by the Obama administration might become more entrenched in America’s schools thanks to President Trump: Immediately following the school shooting in Parkland, the president suggested positioning more law enforcement officers in schools and even arming teachers as a means of thwarting school shootings. These solutions, Trump’s version of the infamous National Rifle Association “good guy with a gun” theory, would create or deepen problems while solving none. Studies have shown that the presence of law enforcement officers already portends increased chances of arrest in some cases, thus perpetuating the school-to-prison pipeline. And that’s one of the best case scenarios. Recall the study positively linking the transfer of military equipment to civilian deaths: Students could face being killed by both fellow students and law enforcement officers armed with military-grade firearms from the federal government meant to protect them.

No reasonable American would be comfortable with the active presence of automatic and semi-automatic rifles, MARCbots, Mamba tactical vehicles, sniper rifles, ballistic shields in schools. Maybe they don’t belong actively roaming the streets of our communities in the hands of law enforcement officers either.


This entry was posted in Banana republic, Guest Post, Social policy, Surveillance state on June 22, 2018 by Yves Smith.

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Man, 20, sprinkles COCAINE over Nashville police officer's head 'to destroy the evidence'

  • Police spotted Antonio Freeman rolling a marijuana joint on a downtown Nashville street on Tuesday
  • They say he tried to hide the marijuana, but then pulled out a bag of cocaine
  • He proceeded to crush the bag and sprinkle the contents over the head of Officer Ryan Caulfield
  • Freeman, 20, was arrested and charged possession of a schedule IV drug, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence
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Pennsylvania police officer charged in shooting death of Antwon Rose

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A Pennsylvania police officer was charged with one count of criminal homicide in the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy in East Pittsburgh who was fleeing a traffic stop, according to court records released Wednesday.

The charge against East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld is in connection to the June 19 shooting death of Antwon Rose Jr.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. where more details are expected to be released.

On Tuesday, police made an arrest in a drive-by shooting that started a chain of events that ended with Rose's killing. The teenager under arrest was with Rose the night he was shot by police, authorities said.

Investigators say Rosfeld stopped a car carrying Rose and two other people because it matched the description of a car reported to be involved in a shooting about 15 minutes earlier in a nearby town.

As the officer took the driver into custody, video posted to Facebook by a bystander showed Rose and the other passenger running away.

FAMILY OF ANTWON ROSE TO PUSH FOR CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST COP WHO FIRED DEADLY SHOTS

The officer quickly fired three shots, all of which struck Rose, who later died at a hospital from his injuries. The medical examiner has not said where the teen was struck.

Rosfeld had been on duty in East Pittsburgh, Pa., for three weeks and was only sworn in fewer than two hours before the incident, although he has been an officer in the region for seven years, according to KDKA-TV.

Rosfeld had previously worked in Harmarville and for the University of Pittsburgh Police Department. He was placed on administrative leave as per protocol while county police conducted an independent investigation.

In the days since Rose, a Woodland Hills High School honors student, was fatally shot, marchers have demonstrated almost daily. They refrained from protest Monday, as Rose was laid to rest, out of respect for his family.

Investigators have not said whether they believe Rose had any involvement in the earlier violence that left one wounded. Authorities previously said two handguns were retrieved from the car, and an empty gun clip was found in Rose's pocket, according to District Attorney Stephen Zappala

MOURNERS CALL FOR JUSTICE IN PITTSBURGH-AREA SHOOTING OF ANTWON ROSE

In video of the fatal shooting taken from a nearby home, Rose, in a gray shirt, is the first to run from the vehicle.

The arrest of another suspect on Tuesday came as dozens of protesters returned to the streets of downtown Pittsburgh, blocking traffic with locked arms and raised fists, demanding justice in Rose's death.

Chanting, "Who did this? The police did this!" and "Three shots to the back, how do you justify that?" marchers began walking several blocks shortly after 7:30 a.m., shutting down busy intersections for more than two hours, according to the Associated Press.

The family’s attorney, D. Lee Merritt, said in a statement last week that Rose was "a generous, hard-working and highly promising student."

“Affirmations of his generosity of spirit and genuine good heartedness have begun pouring in from all corners of the East Pittsburgh community where he lives," he said.

Merritt insisted that claims Rose was involved in the earlier shooting are unsubstantiated, noting that the officer had been on the force for just hours before the shooting.

"These facts, without more, simply leave very little room to justify the use of deadly force by this officer," he said. "Additional information concerning the background of the offending officer and the facts available to him at the time of the shooting is needed as we determine the appropriate action in this matter.”

Fox News' Whitney Ksiazek, Chris Irvine, Samuel Chamberlain, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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BREAKING NEWS: Pennsylvania cop who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager is charged with criminal homicide

  • East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld, 30, has been charged with criminal homicide
  • Rosfeld shot and killed Antwon Rose Jr. as the black teen fled a traffic stop on June 19
  • Rose's death has caused massive protests in the area
  • Rosfeld has been on administrative leave since the fatal shooting
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Issues Serving the Black Community with Jermain Botsio
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Attacking Armed Police Officers And Being Shot - LEO Round Table episode 589
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Published on Jun 24, 2018
00:50 Video of Ohio cop being attacked, shooting suspect
11:12 Video of female Miami cops in fight of their lives at Wendy's

LEO Round Table (law enforcement talk show)

Episode 589 filmed on 06/18/2018

Chip DeBlock (Host)
Ward Meythaler (Attorney)
Bret Bartlett
David D'Agresta
Cody Ann Cook
John Newman

Schedule:
1 hour LIVE show every Monday at 7 pm EST
Episodes uploaded to YouTube Tue - Sun at approx. 4 pm EST

Topic 1 concerns a video of East Cleveland (Ohio) Police officers responding to a call of a man beating a woman in the street and firing rounds from his gun into the air. When police arrived, shirtless suspect Ramir Bell attacked one of the officers and was shot in the stomach. He continued to fight with officers and placed two (2) of them in the hospital.

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Topic 2 concerns a video of primarily Miami (Florida) Police female officers trying to Taser and arrest a violent Joaquin Labaut at a Wendy's restaurant.

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Border Children Separation From A Law Enforcement Perspective - LEO Round Table episode 590
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Published on Jun 26, 2018
00:54 Border children separation from a LEO perspective

LEO Round Table (law enforcement talk show)

Episode 590 filmed on 06/25/2018

Chip DeBlock (Host)
Ward Meythaler (Attorney)
Bret Bartlett
David D'Agresta
Cody Ann Cook

Schedule:
1 hour LIVE show every Monday at 7 pm EST
Episodes uploaded to YouTube Tue - Sun at approx. 4 pm EST

Topic 1 concerns the current and extremely controversial dilemma of border children being separated from their parents. More specifically, our panel of experts discuss the separation of children from adults (including parents and legal guardians) when entering the United States illegally at the Mexican border. Reference is made to former President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump and Jon Favreau.

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A Tale of Two Teenagers
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Two teenagers lost their lives a day apart. First, Antwon Rose, in East Pittsburgh, as he fled a stopped vehicle. Then, Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in the Bronx, NYC, in a violent gang issue that appears to be mistaken identity. What are the similarities and differences in the cases?
 

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Cop Faces Life In Prison After Fatally Shooting Unarmed Teen In The Back
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The east Pittsburgh police officer who fatally shot unarmed 17 year old Antwon Rose Jr. in the back during a traffic stop, killing him, was arrested Wednesday after being charged with criminal homicide. Officer Michael Rosfeld, who turned himself in, could face a sentence of 20 to 40 years in prison. Prosecutors said that Officer Rosfeld was never threatened by rose. RT America’s Manila Chan is joined Ashlee Banks, who just returned from Pittsburgh.
 

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White North Carolina cop will NOT be charged for violent arrest of a black man for jaywalking, despite shocking bodycam footage

  • US Department of Justice says no federal charges will be filed against former North Carolina police office Christopher Hickman
  • Police bodycam footage shows Officer Chris Hickman repeatedly punching a man in the head, while yelling at him to put his hands behind his back
  • Johnnie Jermaine Rush, 33, was walking home from work in Asheville on August 24 when he was stopped for jaywalking
  • City officials in Asheville, North Carolina, released all footage of the officer putting a Rush in a chokehold
  • Rush was then tasered twice as he's held on the ground and is choked as he breathlessly tells the cops, 'I can't breathe'
  • Hickman resigned and was arrested in March on a felony charge of assault by strangulation, which has been dropped
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Pictured: Wife killed by estranged troubled police lieutenant husband told of how she 'feared for her life' in the weeks leading up to the shooting

  • Robert 'Corey' Sasser, 41, a former Georgia police lieutenant killed his estranged wife, Katie Sasser, her boyfriend and himself on Thursday night
  • Sasser was out on bond while facing charges of battery and criminal trespass
  • He allegedly threatened his wife's life and tried to kick down her door in May
  • Authorities said that after shooting his wife and her boyfriend, Sasser led police on a slow-speed car chase, which ended with a SWAT standoff
  • SWAT fired tear gas into Sasser's car and discovered him dead inside his truck
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Police Response To The Capital Gazette Shooting - LEO Round Table episode 596
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Published on Jul 3, 2018
00:47 Police response to The Capital Gazette shooting
11:03 Ninth Circuit holds innate bias against LEOs?

LEO Round Table (law enforcement talk show)

Episode 596 filmed on 07/02/2018

Chip DeBlock (Host)
Ward Meythaler (Attorney)
Bret Bartlett
David D'Agresta
Cody Ann Cook
John Newman

Schedule:
1 hour LIVE show every Monday at 7 pm EST
Episodes uploaded to YouTube Tue - Sun at approx. 4 pm EST

Topic 1 concerns accused gunman Jarrod W. Ramos who shot and killed five journalists at The Capital Gazette. Police response was within an amazing 1 to 2 minutes and encompassed approximately 300 officers. Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare is quoted in the story. Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith are referenced as victims.

https://www.policeone.com/active-shoo...

https://www.policeone.com/mass-casual...

https://www.policeone.com/mass-casual...

Topic 2 concerns the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit repeatedly ruling against law enforcement in use of deadly force cases. They are accused of holding an innate bias against law enforcement officers when they have to use lethal force and the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has repeatedly reversed the Ninth Circuit in a number of cases. The case of Vos v. City of Newport Beach is referenced.

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9 RACIST COPS!!
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A viral video of LAPD Officers conducting a felony stop had people like Rahiem Shabazz on Facebook claiming "9 racist white Los Angeles police officers."

Video source: https://www.facebook.com/rahiemshabaz...

Really? What about this info on follow up from LA Times?
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la...

So turns out what pop culture touts as racism is really just, a suspected kidnapper being arrested in an appropriate manner.

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Former cop, who was jailed for 30 months for the 1991 beating of Rodney King, is charged with DUI

  • Former Los Angeles police sergeant Stacey Koon, 67, has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, prosecutors confirmed Thursday
  • His BAC was twice the limit when he hit a parked truck with his car on May 1
  • Koon was one of four LAPD officers involved in the 1991 beating of Rodney King
  • He served 30 months in prison on federal civil rights charges in 1993
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Viral video shows El Paso police officer pulling gun on cursing children

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EL PASO — A video showing an El Paso police officer pointing his gun at a group of children has gone viral, with more than 2.7 million views on Facebook.

The incident, which occurred Thursday and resulted in the officer being placed on desk duty, is being investigated, city officials said Saturday after the video surfaced and was reported by the media.

El Paso Deputy City Manager Dionne L. Mack and El Paso Police Department spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo said at a news conference Saturday that an adult and a minor were arrested for interfering with the duties of a police officer. No injuries were reported.

"We have assigned additional resources to ensure the investigation can be completed expediently," Mack said. She did not provide a timeline for when the investigation would be completed.

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The video, which was posted at about 7 p.m. Friday on Facebook by a person with the handle "Aj-King Stoner," begins in the middle of an altercation between a police officer and a boy who appears to be a teenager.

The El Paso Times has chosen not to share the video because of the graphic content.

The video is laden with curse words, mostly from children yelling at police officers. It shows an unidentified officer with his hand on the head of a boy who is sitting on the sidewalk by the Seville Recreation Center in a neighborhood north of Ascarate Park.

At least six young boys can be seen in the video yelling at the officer. The officer then pulls out his handgun, points it at the boys and yells “Back up! Back up (expletive).”

The boys curse back at the officer. The officer puts his weapon back into its holster after a few seconds.

The names of the officer, who has been with the department for four years, and the two people arrested have not been released.

The incident began when officers responded to a report of criminal trespassing at about 5:50 p.m. Thursday, Carrillo said.

“The officers arrived and were handling that when they encountered the suspect involved in the criminal trespass and from there the events you witnessed in this video unfolded and that is where we are at,” Carrillo said.

No further details were released on what happened before the recording started or after the video ended.

Mack said her office was notified about the incident Saturday morning after the video had gone viral. She added that, to her knowledge, no complaints had been filed against any of the officers involved in the altercation.

After holstering his gun, the officer in the video points to someone off camera and says, "You again?"

He calls for more officers to respond to the scene. “Get over here,” the officer is seen saying into his radio.

The children curse at the officer and his partner throughout the five-minute video, which has been shared more than 47,000 times and has received more than 25,000 comments.

About 30 seconds into the video, another officer runs into the scene. Both officers then pull the boy, who was being held down by the first officer, to the ground.

While the boy is being handcuffed, the officer who earlier pointed the gun at the children, extends a nightstick. He yells at the crowd, which has grown, to get back.

The boy recording the video says, “It is all good. We are going to put a report on these two fools. It’s all good.”

He is then grabbed by the police officer but hands his phone to someone else and is handcuffed and placed in the back of a squad car with the boy who had already been handcuffed.

A woman can be heard yelling curse words at the officers. An officer then approaches the woman, who runs away from the officer. He tells her "I know where you live." The woman tells the officer she doesn't care using an expletive and says, "I'll move."

The officer later begins arguing with a young boy and tells the boy “do something.” The officer, who is several feet taller than the boy, stands over the boy and continues to stare at him.

The boy is then grabbed by the officer and put up against the police vehicle.

The woman who is recording yells, “Just because he is my son, he is going to take him in. What a (expletive).”

The video does not show if the boy was arrested.

The crowd continues to scream curse words as more officers arrive at the scene.

The video ends with an officer coming up to the woman recording the video and asking for her contact information.

Officials declined to provide details about the department’s policies on officers pulling out their handguns or batons during incidents. The policy was not released Saturday.

The Internal Affairs investigation will look at whether the officer violated any department policies, Mack said.

"The whole investigation process with IA (Internal Affairs) will determine whether the officer followed protocol, look at all of the related incidents that surrounded that, take an opportunity to (do) interviews," Mack said.

"And go through that entire process, so all the facts and data are gathered before any conclusions are drawn."

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Police chief, officers in Florida town accused of pinning crimes on blacks to help stats

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By Charles Rabin, Jay Weaver and David Ovalle, Miami Herald
3 hrs ago


MIAMI - The indictment was damning enough: a former police chief of Biscayne Park and two officers charged with falsely pinning four burglaries on a teenager just to impress village leaders with a perfect crime-solving record.

But the accusations revealed in federal court last month left out far uglier details of past policing practices in tranquil Biscayne Park, a leafy wedge of suburbia just north of Miami Shores.

Records obtained by the Miami Herald suggest that during the tenure of former Chief Raimundo Atesiano, the command staff pressured some officers into targeting random black people to clear cases.

"If they have burglaries that are open cases that are not solved yet, if you see anybody black walking through our streets and they have somewhat of a record, arrest them so we can pin them for all the burglaries," one cop, Anthony De La Torre, said in an internal probe ordered in 2014. "They were basically doing this to have a 100 percent clearance rate for the city."

In a report from that probe, four officers - a third of the small force - told an outside investigator they were under marching orders to file the bogus charges to improve the department's crime stats. Only De La Torre specifically mentioned targeting blacks but former Biscayne Park village manager Heidi Shafran, who ordered the investigation after receiving a string of letters from disgruntled officers, said the message seemed clear for cops on the street.

"The letters said police were doing a lot of bad things," Shafran told the Herald. "It said police officers were directed to pick up people of color and blame the crimes on them."

Beyond the apparent race targeting, the report - never reviewed in village commission meetings - described a department run like a dysfunctional frat house. It outlines allegations that the brass openly drank on duty, engaged in a host of financial shenanigans and that the No. 2 in command during the period, Capt. Lawrence Churchman, routinely spouted racist and sexist insults.

Amid the probe, Atesiano abruptly resigned in 2014. Afterward, there was a stark change in village crime-busting statistics.

During his roughly two-year tenure as chief, 29 of 30 burglary cases were solved, including all 19 in 2013. In 2015, the year after he left, records show village cops did not clear a single one of 19 burglary cases.

Village leaders say they have since overhauled the department, calling the ousted police chief's actions "appalling."

Atesiano, 52, has strongly denied the allegations. He pleaded not guilty in the federal case and is now awaiting trial on charges of civil-rights violations. Two of his former officers, Raul Fernandez and Charlie Dayoub, also have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial. Sources say they are cooperating against their one-time boss.

The federal case doesn't raise allegations of racial profiling but records show the false charges were filed against a black Haitian-American teen identified only as T.D. in the indictment. Whether or how many other blacks might have been targets is unclear. State and local arrests records differ somewhat, but of the 30 burglary arrests documented in 2013 and 2014, nearly all were of black males.

But at least one other case is under review in an ongoing investigation: The arrest of a black transient man, Erasmus Banmah, 35, who was charged with five vehicle burglaries on the same day in February 2014. Each was dropped immediately by prosecutors when Biscayne Park cops failed to cooperate, records show.

Both Atesiano and Churchman, who was not named in the indictment, deny pressuring officers to make unwarranted arrests or to target blacks. In 2014, they disputed the officers' allegations to the village's outside investigator and they repeated that defense to the Herald.

The former chief argues he demanded diligence from his officers, not illegal actions, His attorney pointed blame at Atesiano's former underlings for any resulting problematic arrests.

"Encouraging, or even demanding, that public employees raise their performance levels to meet the citizens' expectations is not an invitation for those public employees to cut corners or falsify documents," his defense attorney, Richard Docobo, told the Herald.

Ana Garcia, who served as village manager when Atesiano was first elevated to chief in January 2013, said the federal charges of framing a teen conflicted with the chief's reputation in the village. She left the role before Shafran took over while Atesiano quietly stepped down in April 2014.

"Everyone thought highly of him," Garcia said. "This comes as a total shock, not only to me but everyone in the community."

Biscayne Park's little Police Department has been on the radar of state and federal prosecutors for years.

With a population of just over 3,000 residents and less than one square mile in size, the little village has produced an outsized share of scandals, most surrounding its cops.

The department of about a dozen sworn officers - once housed in a historic log cabin but now based at village hall - was long infamous for ticketing speeders. But over the last decade, the department has also seen an officer arrested on charges of holding his wife hostage, a troubled officer sued for excessive force and another officer charged with beating a suspect.

At the helm was Atesiano, a burly and mustachioed officer who was hired in 2008 and worked his way through the ranks while penning a column in the village newsletter warning residents to beware of trespassers, report people crossing the railroad track and staying off lawns.

Atesiano had come to the village after an earlier case involving a doctored arrest record. In 2006, Atesiano, then a sergeant in Sunny Isles Beach, agreed to leave there after investigators discovered he forged a man's name on a notice to appear in court after police arrested him for marijuana. Prosecutors told him to resign or face arrest.

Atesiano left but landed with Biscayne Park two years later and rebuilt his reputation. The village named him officer of the year in 2011. Two years later, he was promoted to replace the retiring chief and he immediately began touting impressive progress in solving home break-ins and property crimes, always a priority issue in otherwise quiet suburbs.

"This year, as we stand, we have a 100 percent clearance rate on burglary cases in the Village of Biscayne Park," Atesiano declared to hearty applause during a commission meeting in July 2013. "This is the first time I've ever known that to happen in any department that I've ever been in."

Behind the scenes, records show, the department was in turmoil.

That became clear over the following year as former village manager Shafran began receiving what wound up being 10 separate letters - some signed, some not - laying out an array of problems, topped by the potentially explosive allegation of targeting blacks for unwarranted arrests . It was April 2014 - a few months before national protests erupted over the treatment of black men by police when a white officer shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. About a quarter of Biscayne Park's population is black.

Shafran immediately hired a private investigator to investigate the claims. As the probe unfolded, the village suspended Churchman and Cpl. Nicholas Wollschlager, the department's third in command. She also fired off a letter to Atesiano ordering him to cooperate fully with the investigator. He resigned five days later.

One allegation was made public at the time: that a police officer, Thomas Harrison, had loaned Atesiano $2,000, and the chief agreed to repay him in off-duty and overtime shifts. An ethics investigation found no evidence the loan existed, other than Harrison's word.

That was benign in comparison to other allegations that officers raised with Jessie Scott, the private investigator hired to handle the internal probe.

Many of the officers' complaints focused on Churchman, a former Sweetwater cop who was second in command in the village. Like his boss, Churchman also had a history with altered records. Sweetwater had demoted him for allegations of falsifying education records to earn an extra $40 a week. Biscayne Park hired him in 2008.

In the report, seven fellow officers described the captain as Atesiano's enforcer, belittling cops, threatening them with firing, and bullying them into paying cash fees for working off-duty security gigs and into paying insurance deductibles with cash when they got into an accident in their police cruisers. His disdain for minorities also was "common knowledge," Harrison told the investigator. The report quotes officers saying Churchman used racial, homophobic and gender slurs.

"The captain has said on several different occasions he doesn't want any n-----s, f-----s or women b-----s working at Biscayne Park," Harrison said, according to Scott's investigative report.

Churchman, through his attorney, denied using such language. In response to questions from the Herald, lawyer Kristi Kassebaum issued a statement quoting her client: "That is a ridiculous lie. That's just not the way I think and certainly not the kind of language I use in public or in private."

In all, four officers interviewed by Scott said the command staff told them to frame people but only De la Torre specifically said they were ordered to target blacks.

In his statement, Officer Omar Martinez said that after a string of vehicle break-ins, the command staff told him there was only one way to attain a 100 percent clearance rate on property crimes. Martinez was told "if he saw anyone walking in the village at night (and) if they had any type of past at all to arrest them and somehow try to charge them with the burglaries, even if they weren't the ones who committed it."

Martinez singled out Wollschlager as the commander who gave the orders, but said the officer said he refused to carry them out because "it was illegal and unethical." He also wrote the village manager, saying: "I will not arrest an innocent person in order to make the department look good."

This week, Wollschlager told the Herald that he was "absolutely not" involved in giving such orders and wasn't aware that the other commanders, Atesiano and Churchman, issued them either. "It caught me by surprise, especially having my name mentioned," he said.

Wollschlager, who met with FBI agents several times as their investigation gained momentum this year, said he was told that Martinez "recanted" his accusation against him under questioning.

Reached by phone, Martinez refused to comment.

Wollschlager, who is still a commander at the village, and Martinez are among only a few officers still left on the Biscayne Park force from Atesiano's tenure.

Churchman left in July 2014, when the internal affairs report was completed. In a statement through his lawyer, he said the police chief and detective bureau handled burglary cases and crime statistics - not him.

"It is ridiculous to believe that I would encourage sworn officers to falsify crime reports and to pin crimes on innocent people when clearing crimes was not my responsibility," Churchman said in a statement.

In the federal case, the apparent patsy picked to take the rap for four unsolved 2013 burglaries was a black Haitian American 16-year-old who lived with his family in a duplex on Northwest 12th Court. It's alongside the railroad tracks in an area Biscayne Park cops used to call "The Badlands."

T.D, now 21, could not be reached for comment, but records show he was well known to village officers.

T.D.'s first encounter with Biscayne Park cops came when he was arrested for trespassing - while crossing the Florida East Coast railroad tracks to get home. Village police regularly arrested people for trespassing because the department had an agreement with the Florida East Coast Railway Police to patrol the private property.

In February 2013, an officer named Guillermo Ravelo claimed he tried to pull T.D. over. After a dangerous high-speed car chase, Ravelo claimed, the teen bailed out on foot and ran off. Ravelo later wrote he identified T.D. from "a records check." But that claim contradicted the officer's own account, which noted T.D. had no valid driver's license and was driving a BMW with temporary tags. T.D. wasn't arrested right away - instead, Ravelo entered a juvenile "pick-up order" for him.

(Ravelo now faces charges himself. He plans to plead guilty this month to unrelated federal civil rights charges that he assaulted two people and falsified arrest reports in that case.)

Four months later, North Miami police arrested T.D. and accused him of raping a teen girl after daring her to drink a bottle of Barbancourt rum, according to an arrest report. Because of the outstanding pick-up order, Biscayne Park police was notified the same day: June 13, 2013.

That was the same day federal prosecutors say Biscayne Park officers Fernandez and Dayoub - at the direction of Atesiano - charged the teen with four previously unsolved burglaries of unoccupied homes.

The arrest reports are sketchy by any measure, listing no witnesses, fingerprint evidence, confessions or even property stolen. Instead, the reports used the same vague language - that the "investigation revealed" T.D. employed the same "M.O." and the homes had a "rear door pried open."

The Miami-Dade state attorney's office soon dumped all the cases, including the accusations of fleeing and eluding and the rape case. No formal charges were ever filed against T.D.

But state public corruption prosecutors and investigators continued looking at the circumstances of the arrest, pulling arrest data and working with federal counterparts to build a case against Atesiano and the two officers.

A trial date has been scheduled for July 23 but is expected to be postponed.

Today, Biscayne Village's leaders say they have almost completely overhauled the department since Atesiano's resignation.

"This all happened long ago," said current village manager Krishan Manners. "And as far as the village is concerned, we have cleaned up the Police Department and continue to strive to make it better."

In June, the village hired as its top cop Luis Cabrera, a former high-ranking Miami police officer. He says he's audited the evidence room, restructured the command staff and is getting civil-rights training for officers. Cabrera made Wollschlager his second-in-command, despite being entangled in the 2014 internal investigation.

The investigation concluded Wollschlager drank on duty and ordered suspect burglary arrests. But the department's new chief reversed course and cleared Wollschlager. He left the Biscayne Park force this spring for a command post in North Bay Village, but was soon let go after news broke about the indictment of Atesiano and the other officers. Cabrera said he decided to rehire Wollschlager in June.

"The manager and I had discussions with the FBI. They made it very clear that Nick was never a target or a subject," Cabrera said. "He was a cooperating witness who helped them."

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