"The only good nigger is a dead nigger and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other nigger from coming in the area."
-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.
Top News Story! Trayvon Martin Murder!
Posted: Updated 4:48 PM EDT, Tue March 27, 2012 - Updated 2:55 PM PDT, Tue March 27, 2012
(George Zimmerman has told police that he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. This employee photo of Zimmerman was obtained by media sources. We have previously shown a police mug shot of Zimmerman from an unrelated 2005 case.) Fla. -- As the prosecutor in Florida continued to sort out the facts in the Trayvon Martin case, much of the attention shifted Tuesday to Washington, where Martin's parents and family attorney attended a forum on racial profiling, hate crimes and "stand your ground" deadly force laws. Martin died February 26 when neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot him after calling police to report him as a suspicious person. "We honestly believe that Trayvon Martin is dead today because he was racially profiled and, because of that, it escalated and it led to the fatal altercation where George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer with a 9mm gun, killed Trayvon Benjamin Martin, a 17-year-old, unarmed teen who only had a bag of Skittles and an Arizona ice tea can trying to get home from the 7-11," said a lawyer for the family, Benjamin Crump.
December 22, 2011
May 29, 2011
Brandy Johnson misses her younger brother, John Sloan. The 23-year-old was shot and killed May 18, 2011 on Curran Avenue in East Oakland. That night, he, Antoine Jackson and a third unidentified man were stopped by Oakland police. Police shot Antoine Jackson in the side while he sat in the driver's seat and John Sloan in the back of the head while he ran. Only the third man was arrested.
Oakland Police claimed two of the men got out of a car they stopped armed with firearms. One ran while the other confronted the officers and was shot. The third man in the car was also shot during the confrontation with officers, according to police. The third man who ran from the scene was later located thanks to a police helicopter and infrared detection. Police said they also found a gun near that man. Two men died at the scene. No officers were hurt. Both families are outraged and accuse Oakland police of wrongdoing. Some of the victims' family and friends gathered around a memorial to demand answers.
POSTED: May 23, 2011
The Chief Cries!
Published: 4/29/2011; Updated: 4/30/11
COLUMBIA, SC – Police found homemade explosives on the body of a 22-year-old Columbia man who died Wednesday after charging police with an AK-47 in Shandon. Blakely Hilton Jernigan (pictured above, center) had built the homemade explosives out of a powder, but they were no more sophisticated than high-powered firecrackers, Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott said. Investigators also found more weapons, cocaine and marijuana in Jernigan’s apartment after the hour-long standoff ended in a hail of gunfire, Scott said. More details emerged Thursday about the standoff that resulted in police SWAT members shooting and killing Jernigan outside a rental house in the Shandon neighborhood.
Police continued their investigation as they tried to piece together events that led Jernigan, a former Eagle Scout, A.C. Flora High soccer player and Clemson University student, to spiral out of control. Jernigan faced serious criminal charges in Pickens County for drug dealing and illegally carrying a gun while at Clemson. And he was under investigation from another law enforcement agency for his drug dealing, said Walt Wilkins, the 13th Circuit solicitor. Wilkins said Thursday his office had been delaying prosecution on those 2009 weapons and drug charges so the other investigation could play out.
The bizarre chain of events that led to the shootout began at 3:40 a.m. when a man delivering The State newspaper noticed he was being followed by someone driving a black Ford Explorer. The newspaper carrier called police, who eventually stopped Jernigan at Wilmot Avenue and King Street, near Hand Middle School. As Patrolman Alexander Broder pictured left approached Jernigan’s car, the young man fired a handgun at close range, striking Broder in the chest. Broder did not survive the shot even though he was wearing a department-issued bullet-proof vest.
Police tracked Jernigan to his apartment in a four-unit, brick house at 2730 Blossom St., where they had an hour-long standoff as police negotiators and Jernigan’s father tried to coax him into surrendering. Police thought Jernigan had agreed to give up and expected him to exit the house from a back door, Scott said.
Instead, Jernigan stormed out of a side door – from a different apartment – with an AK-47 assault rifle. He surprised two SWAT members who were guarding that side of the house. The officers fired, striking Jernigan multiple times in his legs, abdomen and chest, said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. Jernigan died at the scene, Watts said. Investigators found three or four homemade explosives in Jernigan’s pants pockets, Watts said. His body lay in the backyard for hours as bomb squad teams were called to disable the explosives on him and inside his apartment.
When officers entered the apartment they found Jernigan’s girlfriend passed out in the bathtub, Scott said. She had been using drugs and was taken to a Columbia hospital, he said. The woman, who is in her 20s, has not been named as police continue their investigation. Inside the apartment, police found an amount of cocaine and marijuana large enough that they could have charged Jernigan with distribution of the drugs had he not died, police said. Investigators also found a second AK-47, machetes and other knives with long blades, and an explosive powder that had been used to construct the homemade explosive devices, Scott said.
Jernigan also had turned on the apartment’s stove, and natural gas was filling the apartment, Scott said. That could have been a deadly situation if police had been forced to enter the apartment, the chief said. SWAT units often use stun grenades to incapacitate suspects, and one of those devices could have caused an explosion when mixed with the natural gas, Scott said. Police still have not said exactly how Jernigan was able to get out of his apartment and break into another unit in the house. At some point during the negotiations, Jernigan had crawled around the attic, but Scott said he was not sure if Jernigan had entered the other apartment through the attic.
Reap & Sow!
February 22, 2010 "He loved people[.] It didn't matter to him who you were. He cared about prostitutes and treated them as human beings.'' -- Ron Vogelpohl, brother-in-law of Alan Haymaker Alan Haymaker (pictured above) a 56-year-old Chicago police sergeant answering a call about a burglary died when his squad car hit a tree near Irving Park Road. An ambulance carrying his body was escorted from the hospital to the morgue by about a dozen unmarked and marked police cars. Corrupt Justice™: 'He loved people' so much, he posted the above statement on the internet prior to his death.
December 1, 2010
(Pictured left, New Orleans police Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann, who is charged in the case of burning the body of 31-year-old Henry Glover, after he was allegedly fatally shot by police in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,...)It is a scene that must have been played out in a million courtrooms. Confronted with conflicting testimony, a prosecutor in his closing argument will declaim, "Who are you going to believe -- a known lowlife or an upstanding police officer?" Do not try this in New Orleans. Jurors will fall about laughing. Deciding what to do with dishonest cops ought to be an easy decision, but not here. If Chief Ronal Serpas fired every liar in his department, we'd either have to cancel Mardi Gras or bring in state police to keep order. So it seems, anyway, amid constant reports of cover-ups for cops who allegedly killed or committed other heinous crimes. This, according to local law enforcement experts, presents Serpas with a dilemma because it is by no means unusual for an officer to start off lying and then decide to help the feds nail an errant colleague.
(Pictured left, New Orleans police Lt. Travis McCabe, who is charged with writing and submitting a false report on the police shooting death of 31-year-old Henry Glover in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, enters federal court...)According to this theory, firing such an officer might stymie future prosecutions by discouraging other liars from coming clean. Equally, of course, it might persuade them to tell the truth in the first place. NOPD has come to an even prettier pass than we knew if there really is any room for debate over the fate of officers who testified for the government only after recanting. It has just happened again, this time in the trial of officers charged in the shooting of Henry Glover and the incineration of his body.
(Pictured left,former New Orleans police Lt. Robert Italiano, who is charged with writing and submitting a false report on the police shooting death of 31-year-old Henry Glover in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,... )Helping the government prove its case are three officers who admit they lied either to the FBI, the grand jury or both in an earlier attempt to get the defendants off the hook. They changed their tune and agreed to finger their fellow officers when the feds gave them immunity from prosecution, which is fair enough. In order to nail one felon it is often necessary to give a lesser one a break. But allowing admitted criminals to stay out of jail is surely as much of a break as they can conceivably deserve. They are not entitled to a job of their choice as well, particularly one for which they are manifestly unsuited. Cops and crooks are supposed to be on opposite sides, and the dichotomy is one the public would prefer to preserve.
(New Orleans police officers facing charges related to the Danziger Bridge shootings and subsequent cover-up include Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, upper left; Sgt. Robert Gisevius, upper right; officer Anthony Villavaso, lower left; and former officer Robert Faulcon, lower right. Sgt. Arthur Kaufman and former Sgt. Gerard Dugue are also charged but not pictured here.) Unless Serpas is unsure whether he wants his department to be trusted, there is no dilemma. The officers responsible for Glover's fate, and for the Danziger Bridge shootings, for instance, were certainly under considerable pressure in the chaos that followed Katrina, but then that's when the public most needs protection. There is no extenuation in any case for the cover-ups that lasted for months, or even years, after order was restored. It is not necessarily conscience that makes officers decide to quit lying and co-operate with the government. Once a cover-up starts to fall apart, self-preservation can be reason enough to embrace the truth. Serpas could fire every liar on the force without deterring future conspirators from turning stoolpigeon. Once prison becomes a possibility, unemployment isn't so scary. But firing every officer who told a lie is neither feasible nor desirable, and it does not appear hard to decide where to draw the line. Lies that constitute a criminal offense must be grounds for termination, while other lies cannot be if they do not come to light within statutory or civil service deadlines.
(Pictured left, New Orleans police Officer Gregory McRae, who is charged with burning the body of 31-year-old Henry Glover after he was shot dead by police in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, enters federal court...) That leaves lies told in the course of internal investigations, where it is not possible to be all that fussy. The point of such investigations usually seems to be the exoneration of officers who have attracted complaints, and finks are no more popular at NOPD than they are in the mob. Besides, when a cover-up is in full swing, there may be no way of telling who is in on it, and telling the truth can be a risky business. Before the feds took over the Danziger Bridge case, NOPD cleared all its officers in a sham of an internal investigation. That evidently clears the way for dishonest cops to claim double jeopardy if another investigation is initiated. That is pretty rich considering they weren't in real jeopardy in the first place.
Right now we have plenty of cops capable of giving jurors a good laugh. Some of them, at least, will have to go.
November 30, 2010
New Orleans police officer Jeffrey Sandoz took the witness stand in a high-profile federal civil rights case last week and openly admitted he had told several lies to a federal grand jury, as well as to FBI agents. Sandoz said he told the truth the second time he visited the grand jury, and again on the witness stand, when he admitted that he had witnessed two fellow officers beat two men who had brought the dying Henry Glover to Habans Elementary School for aid a few days after Hurricane Katrina. Sandoz won't be prosecuted for the lies; federal authorities gave him immunity for testifying in the Glover case. But questions linger about what should happen to him and other unindicted officers who have admitted improper or illegal conduct in two weeks of testimony in the Glover case.
The question for NOPD brass goes well beyond the Glover case. So far this year, 20 former or current New Orleans police officers have been charged with federal crimes in at least nine separate federal civil rights probes into the department. The investigations will doubtless tarnish many officers who for one reason or another are not charged, and they could find themselves subjected to varying levels of disciplinary action. "Anything that does not rise to the level of a federal crime may be referred (to NOPD) for administrative action or even (state) criminal prosecution," said Charlie McGinty, a retired FBI agent who ran the bureau's public corruption squad in New Orleans for years.
One case can lead to another
It's not uncommon for federal investigations to spawn other disciplinary proceedings. McGinty noted that the ongoing impeachment of U.S. District Judge Tom Porteous has its origins in the feds' Operation Wrinkled Robe investigation of the Jefferson Parish courthouse. After deciding Porteous was compromised, but not suitable for prosecution by the U.S. attorney, federal authorities turned over their voluminous findings on the judge to the House Judiciary Committee, which in January approved four articles of impeachment against him. In addition, 24th Judicial District Judge Joan Benge was removed from office after the FBI and federal prosecutors turned over information from the Wrinkled Robe investigation to the Louisiana Judiciary Commission.
In a recent interview, New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said he will treat any allegations of police misconduct with the utmost sincerity. But he doesn't want to react off the cuff, he said -- for instance, he won't fire an officer because of something he read in news coverage of the Glover trial. "It is hard for me to do anything with that until it is done," Serpas said, adding that he considers it important to remember that the officers on trial are innocent until proven guilty. "I'll have to look at it within the context of what the whole picture is. " Serpas said that when the trial is over, if there are things he believes the department should deal with, the NOPD can get the trial transcript and decide how to proceed.
FBI is likely to cooperate
It's unlikely he'll have to rely on transcripts, according to McGinty and James Bernazzani, the former special agent in charge of the FBI's New Orleans office. Either the bureau or the U.S. attorney's office will likely provide information, in writing, about misconduct of officers not targeted in the probe that was unearthed in the court of the investigation. Bernazzani said federal authorities would likely begin with a verbal debriefing, perhaps over the phone. Then, he said, they might follow up with a "letterhead memo," or LHM, that summarizes their findings about various officers who played a role in the case.
"These are not blindly sent," he said. McGinty added that the FBI would likely allow its agents to be interviewed as part of an NOPD inquiry, and the bureau might even be willing to share agents' field interview notes if police officials request them. Bernazzani said it's possible each of the federal cases would result in a letterhead memo. That includes those in which charges have been filed -- the Glover case, the Danziger Bridge case, and the inquiries into the deaths of Raymond Robair in July 2005 and the police shooting of Danny Brumfield after Katrina -- and those that haven't.
NOPD, city attorneys a presence at the trial
In the Glover case, leaders from the NOPD's Public Integrity Bureau aren't just waiting for federal investigators to forward their information. Deputy Superintendent Arlinda Westbrook and ranking members of her staff have attended some trial sessions. Similarly, lawyers with the city attorney's office, which both defends NOPD's disciplinary decisions and defends the city in lawsuits against the department, have attended court on an almost daily basis.
While federal authorities claim all nine of their civil rights probes into NOPD are still open, several of them appear to be dormant, likely because the five-year statute of limitations for most potential criminal violations has expired. A recent motion in the Glover case indicated that, whether or not charges are filed in every case, prosecutors have made up their minds that officers acted improperly in most of them. The motion cited three cases in which no charges have been filed: "the unjustified assault of two civilians and two journalists" on Religious Street after Katrina, "the unjustified shooting by police officers of a man walking down the street carrying a plastic bag; and the unjustified wounding of an unarmed man on an overpass." The strong language in the government motion seems to indicate that, charges or not, authorities will eventually report what they view as officer misconduct in each of those cases to NOPD.
In the Glover case, the trial has allowed the public a much more open window into the behavior of unindicted officers than would normally be afforded. Sandoz is not the only officer who has admitted lying. Sgt. Purnella Simmons, who like Sandoz was a key witness for prosecutors, testified that she initially lied to a federal grand jury about authoring a police report in the case. A relatively minor witness, Sgt. Ronald Ruiz, who has worked on the NOPD's elite homicide squad, acknowledged lying to an FBI agent, omitting key information, before eventually coming clean.
Trial testimony has raised other kinds of questions about NOPD officers' actions after the storm. Lt. Joseph Meisch admitted seeing a plume of smoke wafting over a levee after at least one officer set fire to a car with Glover's body inside. Later, he spotted what looked like a ribcage inside the charred vehicle. Yet, Meisch did nothing, accepting the word of a fellow supervisor that he would take care of it. So far, the trial has not made clear the role of two supervisors, Capts. Jeff Winn and David Kirsch, who according to testimony, knew about some aspects of what happened that day. Deputy Superintendent Marlon Defillo last week testified that after conversations with these men, as well as two others, he was quickly able to surmise what had happened to Glover. Those conversations took place before the federal investigation began, Defillo said.
Lies, questionable judgment
Both groups of officers -- those who lied and those who showed questionable judgment -- will pose a dilemma for Serpas that can't easily be resolved, said Rafael Goyeneche, president of the Metropolitan Crime Commission. This fall, Serpas, after taking the helm of the department at a time of unprecedented federal scrutiny, implemented a tough "truthfulness" policy that made lying a firing offense. It is not clear whether the new policy applies to lies told before it was put in place. Goyeneche said the admissions of lying by officers must be considered in the context of both the chaos throughout the NOPD after Katrina, and the difficulty of ratting out fellow officers in a department that has long prized solidarity.
In both the Glover case and the Danziger Bridge case, ranking officers are accused of covering up wrongdoing by colleagues, essentially blocking the truth from coming to light. In a situation like that, an officer who wants to tell the truth about something is in a nearly untenable position, Goyeneche said. The officer may not know who is ready to receive the truth. "The officers who have information and knew about the wrongdoing, they couldn't go internally in the department," Goyeneche said. "They knew nothing was going to be done and all they were going to do is label themselves a rat." But in the Glover case, many officers don't have that excuse. They have acknowledged lying to the FBI or a grand jury, both of which were presumably after the truth. What can be done about these admitted liars?
It's a sticky question.
After acknowledging on the stand that he lied, an officer's potential to be a future witness in a criminal investigation could be limited, Goyeneche said. "Their credibility is really forever tainted," he said. On the other side, Goyeneche said there is a potential "chilling effect" on future investigations if officers who initially lied, but then go back to the government to cooperate, are penalized by Serpas. That view was shared by McGinty. "I would presume that chief of police would consider" whether meting out a harsh punishment for the initial lie would in fact make cops in the future more fearful of telling the truth, McGinty said.
A second thorny question is what should happen to officers, especially supervisors, who are shown to have committed "acts of omission" by failing to follow up on situations -- like seeing a burned body in a car -- that begged for police intervention, Goyeneche said. At the very least, Serpas will need to evaluate whether such officers should be removed from positions of significant authority, he said. Goyeneche said the NOPD might be blocked by state law or civil service rules from exploring an administrative investigation in cases where so much time has passed since the alleged misconduct. That could particularly be a problem in the Danziger Bridge probe, in which the NOPD conducted its own inquiry years ago that the federal government now asserts was corrupt. Officers potentially could argue they're being subjected to double jeopardy of a sort if a new inquiry is opened, Goyeneche said.
Nine FBI investigations into the NOPD remain alive
* Case 1: Alleged beating death of Raymond Robair
Date of occurrence: July 30, 2005
Charged, to date: Melvin Williams, Matthew Dean Moore
* Case 2: Alleged beating of two men on Religious Street
Date of occurrence: Sept. 1, 2005
Charged, to date: Nobody
* Case 3: Nonfatal shooting of Keenon McCann
Date of occurrence: Sept. 1, 2005
Charged, to date: Nobody
* Case 4: Alleged shooting of Henry Glover and subsequent burning of his body
Date of occurrence: Sept. 2, 2005
Charged, to date: David Warren, Greg McRae, Dwayne Scheuermann, Robert Italiano, Travis McCabe
* Case 5: Shooting of Danny Brumfield
Date of occurrence: Sept. 3, 2005
Charged, to date: Nobody
* Case 6: Shooting of Matthew McDonald
Date of occurrence: Sept. 3, 2005
Charged, to date: Nobody
* Case 7: Shooting of six civilians, two fatally, on the Danziger Bridge, and alleged cover-up
Date of occurrence: Sept. 4, 2005
Charged, to date: Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Anthony Villavaso, Robert Faulcon, Arthur Kaufman, Gerard Dugue, Michael Lohman, Jeffrey Lehrmann, Michael Hunter, Ignatius Hills, Robert Barrios
* Case 8: Brawl at the Beach Corner Bar, and alleged subsequent cover-up
Date of occurrence: Feb. 6, 2008
Charged, to date: Nobody
* Case 9: Shooting of Adolph Grimes
Date of occurrence: Jan. 1, 2009
Charged, to date: Nobody
November 27, 2010
NEWARK, NJ (AP) — A man who admitted pulling the trigger in the execution-style killings of three college students in a schoolyard was sentenced Thursday to three consecutive life terms in a case that jolted Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, into jump-starting several crime-fighting initiatives.
The man, Melvin Jovel, pleaded guilty on Sept. 21 to murder, attempted murder and weapons charges days before his trial was to begin.
Prosecutors said Mr. Jovel, now 21, and five other young men lined up Iofemi Hightower and Dashon Harvey, both 20, and Terrance Aeriel, 18, against a schoolyard wall in Newark and shot each of them in the back of the head on a summer night in 2007.
A fourth victim survived and testified at the first trial in the case that she was sexually assaulted, slashed with a machete and shot in the head.
She also spoke in court on Thursday, thanking Mr. Jovel for “allowing me to get closer to Christ” before chastising him for refusing to look at her as she spoke.
“You and your homies had a plan for me, you wanted me dead — but I’m still here,” the woman said. “Have fun living your fancy life in jail,” she added.
Mr. Jovel, wearing dark-green prison scrubs and translation headphones, stared straight ahead throughout the proceedings, making only a brief statement in Spanish before his sentencing.
“The only thing I have to say is the person who was sentenced had nothing to do with it,” Mr. Jovel said, an apparent reference to a co-defendant, Rodolfo Godinez, who was sentenced in July to three consecutive life sentences for the killings. Four other defendants are in jail awaiting trial.
Prosecutors said Mr. Godinez, a legal immigrant from Nicaragua, and Mr. Jovel, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, as well as several other defendants were engaging in an initiation ritual for members of the MS-13 street gang. The men did not know the victims, prosecutors said, but Mr. Jovel and at least two of the other suspects had lived in an apartment complex across the street from the scene of the killings.
Racist Killings Sentence!
March 19, 2011
OAKLAND — Oakland Police Officer Hector Jimenez shot and killed 28-year-old Mack Jody Woodfox on July 28, 2008. Police officers had attempted to stop Woodfox because they suspected that he was driving under the influence. Woodfox led police on a brief chase, then stopped the car. He got out and ran. Jimenez and another officer alleged that Woodfox made a furtive move for his waistband -- suggesting that he was reaching for a gun. Jimenez shot him in the back more than once. Woodfox, as it turned out, did not have a gun.
It was the second fatal shooting in which Jimenez had been involved in seven months (After two (2) fatal shootings of two (2) unarmed men, within a seven (7) month period, OPD and the City of Oakland have failed and/or refused to publicly identify Jiminez). On Dec. 31, 2007, Jimenez and another police officer fatally shot Andrew Moppin, 20, who also was unarmed. The police review board in that case found that their actions were justified. However, the board found that Jimenez had violated department guidelines regarding the use of deadly force when he fatally shot Woodfox.
Senior commanders determined that Woodfox had no longer posed a threat because he was running away from Jimenez, which would appear to be the case given that he was shot in the back. The Oakland Police Department took appropriate measures and terminated the officer. The city, meanwhile, paid out $650,000 to settle a wrongful-death suit with Woodfox's family.
A Seattle-based arbitrator, who was given jurisdiction over the case, has ordered Oakland to rehire Jimenez. To add insult to injury, the city must pay him $200,000 in back pay. Arbitrator David Gaba overruled OPD and found that Jimenez was acting within department policy. That he had reason to believe that Woodfox, who reports later found was high on alcohol and drugs, posed a threat to the officer with Jimenez.
OPD Hitman Re-hired!
Posted: 03/06/2011 06:21:37 PM PST
Updated: 03/06/2011 06:22:19 PM PST
OAKLAND, CA — The police department will have to rehire Officer Hector Jimenez, who was fired after a 2008 shooting in which he killed an unarmed man who was running away from him at the time, an attorney said Sunday.
Jimenez shot Mack "Jody" Woodfox, 27, shortly before 4 a.m. on a Friday in July, 2008, after Woodfox led officers on a short vehicle chase in the Fruitvale neighborhood. When Woodfox pulled over, a witness said, he got out of the car with his hands up, but ran when officers "started shouting."
Jimenez was among the officers at the scene and said he fired at Woodfox — hitting him three times in the back — when he saw Woodfox reaching for his waistband as he ran in the direction of a second police officer. Jimenez said he thought the other officer was in danger and that he fired to protect him.
Woodfox's family found that explanation unacceptable, and hired civil rights attorney John Burris to sue the police department. The city eventually settled with the family for $650,000, and Jimenez was fired. However, Jimenez continued to contest his treatment by the city and under an arbitration agreement announced last week, he will be reinstated and given back pay.
Burris called the decision "a kick in the stomach" and said he dreads speaking with Woodfox's family. Burris said the Woodfox killing was the "most egregious police shooting I'd seen" until the BART police shooting of Oscar Grant, who was killed by an officer in 2009 as he lay face down on the ground, unarmed and restrained by a second officer.
"I have aggressively sought to have (Jimenez) prosecuted with the DA's office and the U.S. Attorney, but after the Oscar Grant shooting happened, most other cases were put on the back burner," Burris said.
The Woodfox shooting was the second time in seven months Jimenez had shot and killed an unarmed man. On New Year's Eve 2007, he and another officer shot and killed 20-year-old Andrew Moppin after a traffic stop, when Moppin ran and hid and then shouted and swore at officers, police officials said.
"This is a case where it's astonishing to me, that a guy who killed two unarmed people in a seven month period could continue to be a police officer," Burris said.
The only legal recourse that seems available against Jimenez at this point is a criminal prosecution, Burris said, though he said he's gotten no indication that will happen. Police officials did not immediately return requests for comment Sunday. There was no official word on when Jimenez may return to duty and where he could be assigned.
The First Murder (December 31, 2007)
Officer Jimenez (a Mexican) graduated from the Oakland (California) police academy in February 2007. Ten (10) months later, on December 31, 2007, Jimenez pulled over 20-year-old Andrew Moppin. Officers Hector Jimenez and Jessica Borello (a Mexican) shot and killed 20-year-old Andrew Moppin-Buckskin at 47th Avenue and International Boulevard after he ran from his car following a traffic stop, police said. Moppin-Buckskin was not armed, but the officers believed he had been reaching for his waistband, police have said. Less than seven (7) months later, Officer Jimenez would kill again under the "reaching for his waist-band" defense.
The Second Murder (July 25, 2008)
On July 25, 2008, Officer Jimenez shot and killed Mack "Jody" Woodfox III, age27. Officer Jimenez said he believed Woodfox, a drunken-driving suspect, had been reaching into his waistband for a gun when he jumped from his car and ran after a chase that ended at East 17th Street and Fruitvale Avenue in the Fruitvale district. Woodfox , who was shot in the back, turned out not to have a gun.
Not only was Woodfox found to be unarmed, but a preliminary autopsy revealed that he was shot "numerous times" in his back from approximately 25 feet away.
"As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, Shamika Steele, who was riding with Woodfox that night,
struggled to control her emotions as she described how her friend had his hands up when he got out of the car. The officer started shooting and Woodfox began running across Fruitvale to escape the gunfire. Woodfox was then hit and collapsed in the middle of the street. At the time he was shot, "he was not reaching for anything," Steele said."
Racist Mexican gangs are indiscriminately targeting blacks who aren't even involved in gang culture, as part of an orchestrated ethnic cleansing program that is forcing black people to flee Los Angeles. The culprit of the carnage is the radical Neo-Nazi liberation theology known as La Raza, which calls for the extermination of all races in America besides Latinos. Far from being gang on gang violence, the Latinos are targeting innocent blacks in accordance with a concerted ethnic cleansing campaign that seeks to eradicate all blacks from Hispanic neighborhoods.
The fatwah against blacks began in the mid-nineties, with a 1995 LAPD report concluding that Latinos had vowed to "Eradicate black citizens from the gang neighborhood." In a follow up report on the situation in east Los Angeles, the LAPD warned that "Local gangs will attack any black person that comes into the city."
Almost all of those Latino gang members in L.A. -- let alone those in other California cities -- are loyal to the Mexican Mafia. Most have been thoroughly indoctrinated with the Mexican Mafia's violent racism during stints in prison, where most gangs are racially based," writes Mock.
Mock blames the "Mexican Mafia" for ordering the campaign of ethnic cleansing from prison, as part of a turf war with the Black Guerilla family, another prison gang, but fails to pinpoint the racist creed from which the Mexican kingpins draw their inspiration - the long standing Aztlan invasion agenda.
Aztlan's goal, known as La reconquista, is to cede and take over the entirety of the southern and western states by any means necessary and impose a Communist militant dictatorship. President Bush's blanket amnesty program goes a long way to helping the extremists achieve their aim.
Black & Mexican conflict in Pasadena grows
Racist Killer Re-instated
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