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Monday, July 12, 2010

Cops That Sexually Offend! - 2010 - XXV



July 19, 2010

Former Salinas Police Officer Lance Mosher pled no contest on charges he committed lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14.

According to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office, Mosher will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He will be required to undergo a psychological evaluation. He will be sentenced on September 23rd.

Under the agreed upon disposition, through which the victim was spared the trauma of going through a jury trial, the judge can sentence the defendant to up to a year in county jail.

He will also be placed on felony probation for a period of at least three years, and could be sent to state prison for up to eight years if he violates his probation.

Lance Mosher on placed on administrative leave from the Salinas Police Department in April after the allegations came out against him. The assault allegedly happened in 2007.
OAKLAND — Convicted former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle will be sentenced in November, a judge decided Wednesday, postponing the initial Aug. 6, 2010 sentencing date by three months. Mehserle's defense attorney, Michael Rains, asked for the delay last week after his client was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the Jan. 1, 2009, shooting of Oscar Grant III, 22 of Hayward. Sentencing will now take place Nov. 5, 2010. Rains said Friday that he requested the delay because he needed more time to research and prepare legal arguments against the conviction and the jury's decision to find Mehserle, 28, guilty of a gun enhancement. Mehserle could face between felony probation and 14 years in prison when he is sentenced in Los Angeles by Superior Court Judge Robert Perry.


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Top News Story!


"[T]he only good n[igger] is a dead n[igger] and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other n[igger] from coming in the area."

-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.

A Grand View!


August 12, 2011

This time, former police officer and accused double murderer Jeffrey Moreland walked into the courtroom. In earlier appearances, Moreland, who reportedly suffers a degenerative neurological disease, was rolled into court in a wheelchair. Moreland, 52, of Harrisonville, today waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Cass County Circuit Court. Family members of victims lined an entire row of seats in the Harrisonville courtroom. Moreland, in a gray-striped jail suit and shackled at the wrists and ankles, did not look their way as he shuffled across the room.

The former Grandview police officer (pictured above, left) is charged in the 2008 cold case rape and murder of Cara Jo Roberts in her Harrisonville home. He also is charged in Jackson County with killing 75-year-old Nina Whitney last year at her home in south Kansas City. Another rape in early July in Harrisonville led to charges against Moreland, who had fled to Iowa where he was arrested.

Moreland, who is married and has two young children as well as several adult children from earlier relationships, served as a school resource officer at Grandview High School and in 2007 ran unsuccessfully for the Harrisonville school board.

Judge Michael Rumley set Sept. 12 as Moreland’s next court date.

Sammy Cohen!


Published: 09/15/09 11:55 pm | Updated: 02/22/11 4:36 pm

"[Officer Anthony] Rollins was an anomaly in the department, which now must begin rebuilding the public trust damaged by Rollins' actions."


-- Anchorage, Alaska Police Chief Mark Mew (February 23, 2011)

Jury selection is under way in the trial of a former Anchorage police officer accused of molesting his daughter. Sammy Cohen, 55, is also charged with possessing child pornography. Cohen was a veteran officer teaching at the police academy when he was arrested in 2005, sending shock waves throughout the department. Investigators say he had child pornography on his computer and that subsequent investigation showed he abused his daughter. Cohen has denied the charges. After he was charged, Cohen was put on administrative leave from the department. He is no longer a police officer or employee of the department, according to a police spokesman.

Cohen has been out on bail since November 2008 but spent more than two years in jail awaiting his first trial, which almost happened in March 2008. It was declared a mistrial shortly after a jury had been chosen. At the time prosecutors had been unable to find the victim. When she turned up at the last minute, her availability changed how Cohen's lawyer planned to defend his client, necessitating a delay.

The charging documents in the case say Cohen abused his daughter when she was 12 to 14 years old, including taking inappropriate pictures of her. She left Alaska with Cohen's ex-wife after the pair divorced. Cohen's daughter is now an adult. Opening statements in the trial are expected early next week, said prosecutor John Skidmore.

Another Anchorage police officer was recently arrested on felony sex charges. Anthony Rollins, now suspended from the force, was accused in July of sexually assaulting six women over a span of three years. He says he's not guilty and is awaiting trial.

Chief Officer Friendly!


Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011
Updated: January 7th, 2011 08:35 AM CDT


CARLISLE, Mass. -- The town's police chief, who unexpectedly retired last month, admitted to an improper relationship with a subordinate, according to internal investigative reports obtained by The Sun. "No it doesn't look good for a Chief to be dating a subordinate officer," Police Chief John Sullivan (pictured left) told private investigators. "I realize that." A town sergeant also resigned amid similar but unrelated allegations. Chief Sullivan admitted to investigators that he had dated his administrative assistant since 2007, about one year after becoming chief. Sullivan told investigators he left the office on several occasions during the work day with his assistant only for errands, such as trips to Staples.

The allegations in the reports detail a relationship between Sullivan and a female "special police officer" for Carlisle who also served as his administrative assistant. Town police officers speculated about the pair, noting their hours-long absences and her return to work with Sullivan and the assistant, sometimes with wet hair, according to reports. The only special officer for the town who also serves as the chief's administrative assistant, said Town Administrator Timothy Goddard, is Deborah Saponaro. When asked if Saponaro is the woman alleged to be in a relationship with Sullivan in the report, Goddard declined to comment.

Saponaro worked as a full-time police officer for the town in 2002, and then switched to working part time as a "special officer" in August 2005, Goddard said. Goddard added that Saponaro began working as former Police Chief David Galvin's administrative assistant. Galvin left the department in 2006. While chief, Sullivan pushed for annual raises for special police officers, including Saponaro, increasing the hourly pay rate from about $19 per hour in 2006 to $25 in October 2009, according to the reports and Sullivan's interview with investigators.

The chief's assistant was allowed to arrive to work late and leave early, and she did not work the required patrol shifts to maintain her rank as special police officer, according to the internal reports. She also accompanied Sullivan, whom Goddard said is divorced, to annual conferences for the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Denver in 2009 and in Orlando in 2010, according to investigators.

The report notes that Sullivan submitted expense reports for a four-night room charge for a 2006 Boston conference at the Westin Hotel, including an in-room dining charge of $84.92, and receipts totaling about $77 for the Birch Bar in the hotel lobby. In interviews, Sullivan told investigators his bill at Birch Bar was for alcohol. It's illegal for government employees to request reimbursement for alcohol, but Sullivan said he wasn't aware of that law until 2009, according to internal investigation reports. Sullivan told investigators he couldn't recall the in-room dining charge. He told investigators his assistant paid for her own plane ticket to the Orlando conference and that he didn't submit a receipt for every meal at the Denver conference in an effort to eliminate costs to the town.

In an e-mailed statement to the media, Sullivan called the allegations "lies, exaggerations and assumptions" brought by a disgruntled officer who accused Sullivan of showing favoritism to a female Police Department employee. Sullivan denied that charge and said he was prepared to fight the allegations, but opted to retire after thinking selectmen already had made up their minds. He said he is a private person, but told selectmen more than a year ago whom he was dating.

"Suffice it to say that I was convinced I had done nothing inappropriate, but there are always two sides to every story, and I could not allow such a 'Peyton Place' circus to unfold in the town and department I love," said Sullivan in his statement.

The report also alleges Sullivan took his assistant to law-enforcement trade shows after telling his police officers no funds were available for them to attend. Sullivan told investigators his assistant attended several trade shows and so did his officers. Sullivan had reportedly trumpeted the "added value" his assistant provided the department because she is police academy-trained and conducts interviews with domestic violence and rape victims, investigators report. But investigators found that Carlisle police call Bedford or Concord police departments to send a female officer for arrested females because Saponaro doesn't book prisoners and doesn't perform any police functions outside of her clerical duties, according to internal reports.

Goddard said Saponaro still works for the town as the chief's administrative assistant at 16 hours per week for $25 per hour. There is no active investigation involving her or any other town employee or officer, according to Goddard. Media Sources have been unable to reach Saponaro.

Sullivan filed an application for retirement Dec. 17, 2010 and is scheduled to begin receiving payments in March for his pension, which is expected to be $69,000 annually, according to Thomas Gibson, chairman of the Middlesex County Retirement Board. Sullivan had worked for the Carlisle Police Department for 30 years.

Sgt. Kevin Cardonne, who also resigned amid a separate investigation, stood accused of spending up to 170 shifts parked with his "girlfriend" in a cruiser near the town's soccer fields and other town locations, according to the reports released yesterday. In an e-mail reply to the media, Cardonne said, "The allegations in the report are untrue." Cardonne blamed another officer for lying and declined further comment. Gibson said Cardonne has not filed for retirement with the board.

One of Cardonne's fellow night-shift officers was left "fuming" when Cardonne allegedly showed up late for a report of a bicycle accident and failed to back him up for a suspicious-person call in 2009, according to internal reports. The fellow officer, whose name is blacked out in the report, told investigators he confronted Cardonne for spending four hours with his "girlfriend" while he was supposed to be working. According to investigation reports, Cardonne reportedly told the other officer, "You're the junior officer. You can handle it," and, "I wasn't there 5 hours -- it was more like 3 1/2."

The fellow officer told investigators he had seen Cardonne with the woman up to 170 times while he was supposed to be on duty, often sitting in the woman's pickup truck or Cardonne's cruiser parked in the dirt area at Banta-Davis Field or the conservation lot on Maple Street, according to internal investigation reports. Cardonne is married, according to Town Administrator Timothy Goddard. The woman's name in Cardonne's case is blacked out in most of the reports. Her identity is unclear from the reports.

Town officials declined to publicly state the allegations against the police officers. The town spent about $10,000 to hire Boston-based private investigators to look into the allegations, Goddard said. The town blacked out all names, except for Sullivan's and Cardonne's, citing a privacy exemption in public-records law, according to an attorney with a law firm. Various narratives in the reports were also blacked out.

The Media filed a public-records request last month for the private investigator's reports and yesterday received copies of 15 reports and interviews investigators produced between Nov. 2 and Nov. 22, with some names and incidences blacked out. Selectmen accepted the resignations of Sullivan and Cardonne at a meeting on Dec. 21, 2010. Before the resignations, Sullivan had been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 24, 2010. Cardonne was placed on paid leave five days after Sullivan.

Officer of the Year!


POSTED: 2:49 pm CST December 30, 2010
UPDATED: 10:06 am CST December 31, 2010


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A former Lansing, Kan., police officer and school board member was charged in federal court on Thursday with attempting to entice a minor for illicit sex, United States Attorney Beth Phillips said. William Brian Duncan, 40, of Leavenworth, Kan., was charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court and remained in federal custody pending a hearing on Jan. 5, 2011. Phillips said Duncan was an officer with the Lansing Police Department until November. He had been a DARE officer and coordinator of the Safe Kids program, and was named Officer of the Year in 2008. Duncan resigned from the Lansing School Board in November.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the complaint, Duncan (pictured left) communicated online with a person he believed to be 14 years old. The affidavit said Duncan was communicating with an undercover law enforcement officer. Many of the conversations were sexual in nature, according to the affidavit. During an online chat Tuesday, Duncan began arranging to meet in person and drove to a meeting location the next day. He was arrested by a Kansas City, Mo., police officer.


Sex Offender Cops!




Lance Mosher!


July 2, 2011

Former Salinas Police Officer Lance Mosher pled no contest on charges he committed lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14. According to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office, Mosher will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He will be required to undergo a psychological evaluation. He will be sentenced on September 23rd. Under the agreed upon disposition, through which the victim was spared the trauma of going through a jury trial, the judge can sentence the defendant to up to a year in county jail.

He will also be placed on felony probation for a period of at least three years, and could be sent to state prison for up to eight years if he violates his probation. Lance Mosher on placed on administrative leave from the Salinas Police Department in April after the allegations came out against him. The assault allegedly happened in 2007.

Posted: 09/28/2010 01:30:05 AM PDT

A Salinas police officer pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he molested a 12-year-old girl over the course of several months more than four years ago. Lance Mosher, 44, (pictured left) of Pebble Beach, is charged with three counts of lewd acts with a child under 14, and a special allegation of digital penetration, said prosecutor Cristina Johnson. Mosher, who remains free on $200,000 bail, faces up to 12 years in prison if found guilty.

Johnson declined to discuss specifics of the case, partly to avoid identifying the alleged victim, who is now 15. She alleged the lewd acts occurred from November 2005 to June 2006, but declined to comment on why it took so long for the allegations to be reported or investigated. Judge Adrienne Grover set Mosher's preliminary hearing for Oct. 28 before Judge Larry Hayes. Mosher's next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 26, 2010.

Mosher was arrested Sept. 14, 2010 by Pacific Grove police after a months-long investigation that began in April, when Mosher was placed on leave after the allegations were reported to Salinas police. Mosher, who has worked as a Salinas police officer since 2004, is on paid administrative leave. The alleged acts reportedly occurred when Mosher was off-duty. Salinas police also conducted an administrative investigation in connection with the allegations.

The Defense attorney who represents Mosher, said her client "absolutely denies the allegations entirely" and blamed them on the accuser's mental illness. The attorney said the girl has been diagnosed with "bipolarism and borderline personality disorder." "Mr. Mosher and his family have been dealing with this for a long time," the defense attorney said. "It's a very sad situation for everyone involved."

Johnson said she believed it was inappropriate to discuss an alleged sexual assault victim's "medical history."

Posted: 09/15/2010 08:51:37 PM PDT
Updated: 09/15/2010 08:51:37 PM PDT


PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. — A 44-year-old Salinas police officer is facing charges of sexually molesting a minor. Lance M. Mosher, a Salinas police officer for six years, was arrested Tuesday by Pacific Grove police detectives on charges of lewd acts with a minor and penetration by a foreign object. Mosher's attorney said the officer "absolutely denies any wrongdoing" and will plead not guilty to the charges at his scheduled Sept. 27 arraignment.

Mosher's Defense attorney described Mosher's accuser as a "troubled" teenage girl. Mosher, a Pebble Beach resident, was placed on paid administrative April 21, days after allegations that he had engaged in inappropriate sexual activity were reported to Salinas police, Salinas police Chief Louis Fetherolf said.

The alleged activity took place in Pacific Grove, and the criminal investigation was referred to police there, Fetherolf said Wednesday. Fetherolf said his department has been conducting an administrative investigation while Pacific Grove police were conducting the criminal investigation. On Tuesday, he said, prosecutors determined there was sufficient evidence to file charges against Mosher. Mosher was released from custody on a $200,000 bond, Pacific Grove police said. Pacific Grove police Cmdr. John Nyunt said the alleged lewd acts were committed in 2007, according to the girl. Nyunt said he couldn't release any information about the minor involved in the case.

Mosher's attorney declined to elaborate on the girl, saying "that will be more appropriate for court procedures." Mosher was hired in Salinas in December 2004 and had a clean disciplinary record prior to the current case, Fetherolf said. Mosher's attorney said, "This is a very sad situation for the family. He has tremendous family and community support." The defense attorney said Mosher is married and moved to the Peninsula in 2000.

Fetherolf said the alleged acts were unrelated to his police work and allegedly occurred during off-duty time. "These sex crimes transcend all races, socio-economic classes, individuals and jobs," Fetherolf said. Mosher was working as a patrol officer when he was suspended, Fetherolf said. He wouldn't say how the allegations involving the officer were reported to Salinas police.

"Another One!"


August 31, 2010

WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. -- A West Melbourne police officer was arrested on charges of rape, according to authorities with the Palm Bay Police Department. Officer William Young, 35, was charged with sexual battery and kidnap-false imprisonment, according to an arrest report. Young was arrested on Monday for an incident that occurred on Aug. 26, according to the Palm Bay Police Department. Young struck the adult female victim, according to police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez, and then forced her to perform oral sex. He then forced her to have sex with him, Martinez said. Young is being held without bail at the Brevard County Jail. He resigned as an officer with the West Melbourne Police Department Tuesday evening.

August 23, 2010

Karinah Guzman feared that the explosive accusations that she was sexually molested by her uncle, a veteran Santa Clara County corrections officer, would tear apart her tightknit family. But after remaining silent for about 13 years, Guzman came forward with the allegations that Jose Zarate molested her starting when she was 9 years old. Zarate was convicted earlier this year and is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. He could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.

Guzman, now 21, plans to be in court, but she said she dreads seeing other family members, who as she feared, have cut off ties with her, her siblings and mother. "Even now I don't like going to San Jose, because I'm terrified of seeing my family," said Guzman, who recently moved to Southern California to get away from the relatives. Guzman is speaking publicly about the case to possibly help others caught in similar situations. "I'm not the guilty one," she said. "I'm not ashamed of what happened to me."

Zarate worked as a Santa Clara County corrections officer from November 1992 until June 8, 2009, when he was arrested while on duty at Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas, according to law enforcement officials. He was convicted of two counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child by force, violence, duress menace and fear and four counts of lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14. Because Zarate was convicted of a forcible sex crime, his minimum sentence would be nine years, according to prosecutor Ray Mendoza.

But Jinkerson has filed a motion claiming the prosecution did not adequately prove forcible sex crimes were committed. If Judge Rise Pichon rules in Zarate's favor, he could be eligible for probation, Mendoza said. "I expect the forcible sex crimes will stand and he will be sentenced appropriately for his conduct," Mendoza said.

Guzman is in counseling and remains depressed by the fallout within her family. She has struggled in dealing with the allegations made by family members who questioned her integrity and honesty. "I felt like a boxer in a ring, trying to defend myself," said Guzman, a college student. "It was so hard for me to come out; this was the most vulnerable secret that I've kept. To see it attacked so severely was so hurtful."

According to police reports, Guzman told investigators that the abuse began when she was about 9 and lasted until she was about 13. Guzman told police Zarate would touch her inappropriately and at times have her touch him in a similar manner. She recalled one event where he "French kissed" her on a bed.

During the investigation, San Jose police detectives had Guzman call her uncle and talk about the incidents. During the conversation, Zarate did not remember any specific instance but apologized numerous times for making her "feel uncomfortable" and expressed his wish "to take anything back that I ever said or did."

During the call, Guzman asked Zarate why he acted inappropriately, and he replied "the stresses of life," according to the police report. She asked him if he had ever done it to anyone else, and he quickly replied 'no.' "To me that was as good as an admission," Mendoza said. A recording of the 48-minute phone call was played in court for the jury.

"The pretext call was very helpful," Mendoza said. "I think the jury really focused on that." Guzman also testified during the trial and was put through a lengthy and trying cross-examination over two days. "I didn't feel like the victim," she said. "I felt like I was the one on trial."

When it was time for the jury to deliver its verdict, Zarate's side of the courtroom was filled with supporters, Guzman said. On the prosecution's side, Guzman sat alone with her mom, sister and a victim advocate. When the guilty verdict was read on all six counts, Guzman cried. "I felt so grateful that people believed me," Guzman said. "To hear accusations that I was a liar for so long, it felt great to finally get justice. I don't care how much time he gets; I just want him to go to prison, because that's where he belongs."

Zarate's attorney,of San Jose, did not return a phone call seeking comment.

"Coke is it!"


August 17, 2010



(Scott Lando, sitting outside court Monday in Austin with his wife, Melissa, is accused of giving prostitutes money, drugs and some of his wife's belongings while he was an Austin police officer. Travis County jurors deciding his case were deadlocked Monday; they'll continue deliberating today.) A Travis County jury deliberated for about 51/2 hours without reaching a verdict Monday in the drug case of former Austin police officer Scott Lando, who prosecutors say gave money and drugs to prostitutes and their boyfriends in 2006. Lando traded the drugs and money for sex from one prostitute and in the hopes of having sex with another, prosecutors said. He also gave the women some of his wife's belongings, including a pair of leather Harley-Davidson boots, when they visited his Cedar Park home, the women testified. After the jury said it was deadlocked about 6:30 p.m., visiting state District Judge Fred Moore ordered them to continue deliberating. They will reconvene at 9 a.m. today.

During closing arguments, First Assistant District Attorney John Neal said Lando, 48, suffered "a moral, ethical and professional collapse" in 2006. Lando's defense lawyer said the chief witnesses against Lando are unreliable and that Lando, once a commended officer who led his sector in arrests, forged close relationships with prostitutes as part of his community policing tactics. "This case," the defense attorney said, "is about the credibility of a drug dealer" who said that Lando gave him drugs.

Although he is under indictment on several charges, prosecutors took Lando to trial this week only on four drug charges. Before closing arguments, Moore dismissed three of the delivery-of-a-controlled-substance counts after finding that prosecutors failed to produce evidence that the substances Lando was accused of giving to a prostitute in 2006 were illegal drugs. Outside the presence of the jury, prosecutors urged Moore to accept the woman's testimony that she could identify the substances based on her years of drug use. The drugs were consumed and never seized by authorities, the woman, Denise Pfeifer, testified. Moore said that because prosecutors could not produce lab reports indicating that the substances were illegal, the evidence against Lando on the three counts was legally insufficient.

Lando, who was fired from the force in 2008, is also charged with misuse of official information, aggravated assault by a public servant and prostitution. Those cases will be tried separately.

His drug trial began last week. The remaining count, punishable by up to two years in state jail, involves an allegation that he gave crack cocaine to the boyfriend of a prostitute he met while patrolling the area of Powell Lane and Sam Rayburn Drive in North Austin.

Derek Easely testified last week that when Lando helped him and his then-girlfriend change motel rooms in 2006, Lando gave him three crack rocks. Easely said he consumed some of the crack before he was arrested and accused of selling the rest to an undercover officer. Because those drugs were seized and shown to be crack, Moore allowed that case to move ahead. The Defense attorney pointed out what he called problems with Easely's testimony, including that Lando got the crack rocks from his car's visor and that Lando's truck was a "classic." The defense attorney said Lando's truck was a 2005 model and suggested that it would be difficult to corral three crack rocks after pulling the driver's side visor down.

Earlier Monday, Lando's wife, who has been in court since the start of the trial, testified that she does not believe the allegations against her husband. "I know my husband, and I know he wouldn't do any of this," said Melissa Lando, 54. She said she thinks that Pfeifer broke into their house and stole her possessions. Pfeifer, who has a lengthy criminal history that includes drug possession, prostitution and burglary, testified that she had unprotected sex with Lando four times in 2006, including in the bed of his pickup. She said he gave her cocaine and Vicodin.

Pfeifer said that one day, Lando bought her jeans at Wal-Mart, gave her money to buy boots and then took her to Threadgill's and to the Republic of Texas Biker Rally. Pfeifer said that on another occasion, Lando took her to his Cedar Park house, where he gave her his wife's leather Harley boots, jeans and shirt.

A second prostitute said that she did not have sex with Lando but that he also brought her to his house in 2006. That woman, Lyndi Tarvin, 31, said that Lando gave her a gold necklace that belonged to his wife, prosecutors said.

Neal noted that phone records show 73 phone calls or texts between Lando and Tarvin in an eight-day period in 2006. Other documentation corroborates the testimony of the witnesses against Lando, including hotel, bank and other phone records, Neal said.

$1 million bond!



August 16, 2010

An Orion Township code enforcement officer and former Ferndale policeman is being held on a $1 million bond on four criminal sexual conduct allegations involving a child younger than 13. Thomas Patrick Cupples (pictured left) of Oxford was arraigned on video Friday in 52-3 District Court in Rochester on charges of having sexual contact with a minor. Cupples is being charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct; first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving someone younger than 13; second-degree criminal sexual conduct; and second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving someone younger than 13. In 2007, Cupples was hired by the township to serve as a full-time code enforcer, being paid $16.07 an hour, according to minutes from a township board meeting.

“Our concern, of course, is with the family of the victim and his family as well,” Whiting said.

Cupples also says on his LinkedIn web profile that he worked as a law enforcement command officer in the Metro Detroit area and spent 28 years in law enforcement. Ferndale Police Lt. Gary Whiting said Cupples started with the department in 1978, was promoted to sergeant in 1996 and retired in 2005. Cupples also listed that he has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Oakland Community College and certifications from Michigan State University, Oakland Community College and Eastern Michigan University.

Hartford PD!


July 29, 2010
"He did entice her to go there for the purpose of committing a sexual act, and that did involve the rescue squad building. He was taking advantage of her age, and he was using her."

-- Assistant Geneva County District Attorney Stephen Smith on the arrest [of] Officer Robert Price Cook last week.

A Hartford reserve police officer faces multiple felony charges after investigators charged him with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. Investigators with the Hartford Police Department arrested Robert Price Cook (pictured left) last week, but the Dothan Eagle learned Tuesday that Cook serves as a reserve officer with the Hartford Police Department. Hartford police said Monday that Cook was charged with felony second-degree rape, felony second-degree sodomy and felony enticing a child for immoral purposes. Assistant Geneva County District Attorney Stephen Smith said Cook serves as a member of the Hartford Rescue Squad, along with his reserve police duties. Hartford Police Chief Ben Berry could not be reached for comment to determine whether Cook's status as a volunteer police officer has changed. Smith said Cook, 42, of Geneva County Road 69, in Hartford, remained held at the Geneva County Jail on Tuesday. Court records show he's held without bond. Smith said the sexual assaults allegedly started happening earlier this year during the month of February with a 15-year-old girl. "He was charged with enticing her into the rescue building," Smith said. "He did entice her to go there for the purpose of committing a sexual act, and that did involve the rescue squad building. He was taking advantage of her age, and he was using her."

Smith said he could not specifically comment on where the rape and sodomy acts happened. He also said Cook knew the victim, and that they were acquaintances. He called the allegations part of an ongoing investigation with the possibility of more charges pending. Cook faces two to 20 years in prison if convicted of the rape and sodomy charges, which are class B felony crimes. He also faces one to 10 years in prison if he's convicted of the enticing a child charge, a class C felony crime. "What's most troubling was he was a respectable person in the community based on his job as a reserve police officer and at the rescue squad," Smith said. "I think that is the base of this, it's a very bad breach of trust. He'll be entitled to his day in court."

Byron Thornton !


July 16, 2010

A former Santa Rosa County corrections department officer was sentenced as a sexual predator to 30 years in state prison, followed by life probation. Byron Thornton, 39, of Milton is charged with two counts of attempted sexual battery of a victim less than 12 years old, two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct in Escambia County, according to a press release issued by State Attorney Bill Eddins. He was also charged with an additional count of lewd and lascivious molestation in Santa Rosa County. The offenses occurred between 2008 and 2009. He was arrested Jan. 13, 2010. The charges stem from sexual abuse of his lover's children, according to the release. Escambia and Santa Rosa deputies cooperated in the investigation, as well as Gulf Coast Kids House and Santa Rosa Kids House.

See: Lt. John Mitchell Tomlinson, Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Department (arrested for three counts of capital sexual battery on a child less than 12 years old and three counts of sexual battery by a custodial authority).

Daniel Bell!


July 12, 2010



A Tennessee Department of Corrections guard was arrested Wednesday and charged with allegedly tying up and raping a woman last week at his apartment. A woman reported to police Daniel Bell raped her in his Kingsbury Road apartment on July 3, [2010] according to an arrest warrant by Officer Candace Daugherty. The alleged victim claims she had been drinking and fell asleep. Bell raped her while she slept, the warrant said. She also claimed Bell covered her mouth with black tape and tied her up, Daugherty wrote.

When she woke the next morning without her clothes, she questioned Bell. He allegedly said she passed out and when she didn’t respond to his request, he assumed sex with her was okay, the warrant stated. Bell recorded the sexual act on his cell phone, the warrant said. Bell works as a correctional officer at the DeBerry Special Needs Facility and was arrested in Nashville Wednesday night and booked into the Montgomery County Jail Thursday evening. He is charged with domestic assault and rape. His bond is set at $100,000. Bell was hired in October 2006 and will be put on administrative leave with pay once he is formally charged. He will then have the right to a due process hearing to determine his future status with the Tennessee Department of Correction, according to news partners.

Chief Dyer, Fresno PD !


July 14, 2010
"It’s important for me and for all of us to not rush to judgment on this case. There is no indication that any other detective in that unit was involved."

-- Fresno Police Chief commenting on the arrest of [three] Fresno Police Officers.


(Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer speaks during a July 13, 2010 news conference about the alleged rape of an 11-year-old girl (AP Photo).) Two junior college football players pleaded not guilty Wednesday July 13, 2010 to sexually assaulting an 11-year-old runaway in an attack that may have involved eight other men. The girl, who had run away from a group home in north Fresno on Friday, told the couple she had been assaulted, Cardinale said. Officers went to the apartment several minutes later and arrested Davis and Scott. Defense lawyers entered the pleas for Mackey Davis, 20, and Eddie Scott, 19, who did not speak during their arraignment on one count each of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. Each remained jailed on $55,000 bail. The lewd conduct charge incorporates the crimes for which police arrested Davis and Scott: child molestation and oral copulation, according to the Fresno County prosecutor's office. If convicted, each could be sentenced to eight years in prison. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for July 24, 2010.

(The rape suspects, Eddie Scott,left, and Mackey Davis, right, are shown in this undated AP Photo.) In 2001, Jerry Dyer had the police chief's job so wired he was the lone candidate for the job -- even though his early career included two Internal Affairs investigations into allegations he had illegal sex with a 16-year-old girl. Dyer wasn't charged, and he quickly rose through the department after embracing Christianity. Years later, at a news conference following his appointment as police chief, Dyer said he would neither confirm nor deny that he had sex with the girl.

[F]ormer-accused-statutory-rapist-turned-police-chief Jerry Dyer is no stranger to questionable police conduct: After one-third of his specialized drug enforcement team came under criminal suspicion and two officers were arrested for running a car theft ring, Dyer reminded everyone: "It’s important for me and for all of us to not rush to judgment on this case. There is no indication that any other detective in that unit was involved." In this particular case, the Chief was right. His other officers were busy elsewhere (beating a drunk, homeless citizen, 52-year-old Glen Beaty).



Jerry Dyer, Fresno police chief: "We take these matters very very seriously, cause we know that the public trusts us to use force appropriately. They also trust us to do the internal affairs investigations in a very effective and thorough manner." But as this internal investigation moves forward, so does one involving three undercover Fresno narcotics officers, who were arrested and charged last week, in connection with an auto theft case. Now, the attorneys representing at least two of the witnesses to Beaty’s arrest question the department's ability to truthfully investigate its own officers.

The rape: "We do know that a sexual assault did occur," Chief Dyer said at a televised news conference, noting that physical evidence had been obtained at the site that "substantiates the victim's account." Dyer said two men had been arrested and that police were looking for as many as eight others who may have been involved in the assault at a Fresno-area apartment complex that houses several members of the Fresno City College football team. There is "strong reason to believe that both of these individuals are involved in the sexual assault," Dyer said.

When I think of 11, I think of a girl jumping rope and playing jacks. But apparently she was more mature than that." Chief Dyer declined to discuss the mental state of the victim beforehand or whether she may have consented initially to physical contact. "We know that 11-year-olds don't always make good decisions," Dyer said.

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End of A Conspiracy!


August 3, 2011



Terre Haute, Indiana (WCJB) -- James Ford Seale, a reputed former member of the Ku Klux Klan convicted in the 1964 abduction and killings of two African-American teenagers in Mississippi, has died in federal prison, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said. He was 75. Seale died on Tuesday in the Federal Correctional Institution at Terre Haute, Indiana, said bureau spokesman Chris Burke, but he did not provide further details.

A jury in 2007 convicted Seale, a former police officer with the Vidalia Police Department in Louisiana, of kidnapping and conspiracy to commit kidnapping in the disappearances of Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, both 19. The bodies of both youths were found in a backwater area of the Mississippi River. Seale was serving three life sentences. Seale was not tried for murder, but prosecutors alleged he and fellow Klansmen conspired to abduct, beat and murder Dee and Moore in May 1964. An indictment accused Seale and his cohorts of picking up the two men hitchhiking and driving them into the Homochitto National Forest in southwest Mississippi's Franklin County, where the teenagers were beaten and interrogated at gunpoint. Dee and Moore were then bound with duct tape, and weighted down by an engine block and a railroad rail, authorities said. The FBI alleged the two were still alive when they were thrown into the Old Mississippi River, where they drowned. Their decomposed bodies were found two months later during a search for three other missing civil rights workers -- a case that would later be known as the Mississippi Burning Case.


The slayings were officially unsolved until Seale was indicted in 2007, although he had been long suspected in the case. He and another man were arrested in 1964, but released on bond and never tried. The FBI turned the case over to local authorities, and the investigation was dropped after a justice of the peace said witnesses had refused to testify. The case was revived in 2007 after Moore's brother, Thomas Moore, discovered Seale was still alive while visiting Franklin County, where he was helping research the case for a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary. Moore told media sources in January 2007 that he then gave the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi the FBI files on the case, which he had obtained from a reporter. U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton helped form a task force that led to Seale's indictment. Seale was the first and only person convicted in the Moore and Dee case, the Justice Department has said.

Seale's conviction was overturned, then reinstated, by federal appeals courts amid a legal battle over whether the statue of limitations had expired for his crimes. The battle wound up at the U.S. Supreme Court, which in November 2009 let stand a lower court ruling that the statute of limitations had not expired. In his appeal, Seale claimed the statute of limitations expired five years after the crime. The confusion arose out of the fact that kidnapping could be considered a capital offense in 1964 and had no time limit for prosecution. In 1968, the high court eliminated the federal death penalty for that crime, and Congress changed the law to reflect that ruling four years later. But lawmakers in 1994 reinstated kidnapping as being death penalty eligible.

Editor's Note:
The Conspiracy!


July 9, 2010

I note as a Black man living in Oakland, California, who rides B.A.R.T. daily, coming into contact with B.A.R.T. officials, whether law enforcement or not, is a truly racist experience. I honestly believe there existed a conspiracy to kill a Black male that night. The rationale would be as follows:

It was January 1st (New Year's Day). Guns are traditional across the country in celebration. The B.A.R.T. conspiracy included shooting ANY Black male and claiming he was "reaching for his waistband." Every unarmed Black male killed in the Oakland area within the last five (5) years was killed under the auspices of "reaching for his waistband." Such a shooting would not have garnered as much attention, as these shootings require the following:

no witnesses;
witnesses with poor credibility (fellow gang members, etc.);
no visible cell phone cameras;
usually, but not always, a fleeing black male (all shootings to date are back entry wound shootings); and/or
the shooting occurs during a traffic, or contact (Terry) stop.

What the B.A.R.T. conspirators didn't anticipate was a B.A.R.T. station melee, an anxious shooter, or multiple, privately owned and operating cameras (remember, in the first 24 hours of the shooting, B.A.R.T. denied the existence of a video recording of the shooting, despite cameras in every station and train car). Had things went according to the conspiracy, Pirone, Mehserle, Domenici and/or other unnamed conspirators would have indeed shot (to death) a black male, but under different circumstances. Specifically, with the day being New Year's, the proliferation of guns in the Black community, it being a gun holiday, no one would have questioned the shooting of a "black male reaching for his waistband." The general consensus would have been: "It's better to be safe than sorry."

However, Mehserle jumped the gun and got impatient. He didn't think his role through. As a direct and proximate result, Oscar Grant was murdered in cold blood, in the presence of thousands, many of who possessed privately owned cameras.

What's more ironic is the stares I get in the post-riot climate. Particularly, the White males cast these accusing, malicious glares, as if to say, we as Black men are responsible for this riot, melee, civil unrest, etc. However, one should "watch a little t.v." and one would see, EUROPEAN AMERICANS CAUSING DESTRUCTION TO THE CITY, PROPERTY AND LIVES OF RESIDENTS IN THE CITY OF OAKLAND.



Arrests by the numbers:

• Oakland residents: 19
• Residents from other parts of the Bay Area: 28
• state Residents outside the bay area: 19
• Out of state: 12
Total arrests: 78

We also note that in the City's endeavor to board up the businesses damaged by the "rioters" angered at the "compromise verdict" of involuntary manslaughter, the City endeavored to hire all White male building contractors. We at Corrupt Justice™ commend the City for embarking upon change, in that the City usually hires illegal immigrants to repair, build and renovate buildings within the City limits.

We therefore conclude our Johannes Mehserle Trial series, knowing what we knew before we embarked upon the series: Justice is subjectively interpreted. We say again, Shame on every Black police officer that contributed to Mehserle's bail and criminal defense fund. We say utter condemnation to the "Black" (N-word) women that work, walk and lie (breeding children) with white men (who've caused you to be permanently labeled a diseased, promiscuous concubine without morals ). Your Grandmother would be utterly ashamed of you. Remember: "No wrong act goes unpunished."[Emphasis added.]

Harry J. Williby, Editor-in-Chief
Corrupt Justice™

Non-Violent Offense!


Mehserle Freed!


Posted: 06/10/2011 03:44:31 PM PDT - Updated: 06/11/2011 11:54:37 AM PDT

Question: Why did the Alameda County District Attorney['s Office] fail to charge Johannes Mehserle under California's Felony Murder Rule? Felony Murder carries a Twenty-five (25) year-to-life prison sentence.

California State Law's “felony murder rule” states that any person who commits a [Felony] crime is criminally responsible for any deaths that occur during the commission of the [Felony] crime, whether or not they ever intended for that person to die. California Penal Code § 149, defines "Assault Under Color of Authority" as a felony offense.

The felony murder rule is a somewhat controversial piece of penal code: an accidental killing or death can turn into murder if it happens during the commission of a felony offense such as assault under color of authority, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, arson, or sexual assault, among other felonies. Originally, the law (California Penal Code, section 189) was interpreted quite broadly, but the California Supreme Court has ruled that the doctrine is meant to “deter felons from killing negligently or accidentally by holding them strictly liable for the killings they commit.” In that particular case, People v. Washington, two men were robbing a convenience store when one of them was shot and killed by the store’s owner. Though the man was killed by the robbery victim, the robber’s accomplice was convicted of felony murder–a conviction the California Supreme Court overturned, because they found it did not fit with the intent of the law, which is aimed at negligent or accidental killings.



During his trial testimony, Mehserle admitted that he shot and killed Grant but testified that it was an accident because he had meant to fire his Taser stun gun instead. Johannes Mehserle had no reason to beat, hit, use his taser, or even handcuff Oscar Grant. Mehserle is therefore guilty of "Assault under Color of Authority," which made him eligible for prosecution under the "Felony Murder Rule."



In November 2010, Judge Robert Perry granted the defense's motion for a new trial regarding a gun enhancement that the jury added to Mehserle's involuntary manslaughter verdict in the Jan. 1, 2009 shooting death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant III at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland. In doing so, Perry reversed the finding of the jury and dismissed the gun enhancement.

Jurors also found that Mehserle had personally used a gun, but Perry dismissed that finding when he sentenced him on Nov. 5, saying it was unreasonable to conclude that Mehserle intentionally used his gun. That enhancement would have added up to 10 years to Mehserle's two-year sentence.

Former BART Police officer Johannes Mehserle will be released from custody at the Los Angeles County Men’s Jail on Sunday, June 12th.



[UPDATE 6:39 PM, 6/8/11: Bobby "Cephus" Johnson, Oscar Grant's uncle, told The Informant that he was notified earlier today that Mehserle will be released sometime on Monday morning, at some point between 12 AM and 8:30 AM. "He will be released Monday morning at some time, no one knows exactly when," said Johnson. "There's a lot of games being played" with Mehserle's release date, Johnson added.]

Relatives of Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old Hayward resident Mehserle shot and killed on the Fruitvale station platform on January 1, 2009, were notified of Mehserle’s impending release by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation this week. Grant’s family received notice of Mehserle’s release thanks to 2008′s Proposition 9, a victim’s rights ballot measure that requires relatives of a crime victim to be contacted for input in the release of the person found culpable for that crime.

There have been several instances of civil unrest in Oakland at key points in the Grant saga, most recently last November after Mehserle was sentenced to serve two years in prison by Los Angeles County Judge Robert Perry. Oakland Police have said they are prepared for any disturbances.

Relatives and supporters of Oscar Grant are planning two rallies on Sunday: at 3 PM at the Fruitvale BART station and at 5:30 PM at the intersection of 14th Street and Broadway in downtown Oakland. There will also be a protest in Los Angeles on the day of Mehserle’s release at the Los Angeles County Courthouse. After the hearing in Judge Perry’s courtroom, protesters will gather outside the U.S. Federal Building in Downtown LA to demand the Department of Justice file civil rights charges [Title 18, U.S.C., Section 242 - Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law] against Mehserle for Grant’s death.

Even though no specific numbers were offered, at least 100 extra Oakland police officers are expected to be on the street beginning Sunday in preparation for demonstrations planned with the pending release of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle, authorities said. The additional officers will begin working Sunday afternoon, the day before Mehserle is expected to be released from jail after serving less than a year following his conviction in the Jan. 1, 2009, killing of Oscar Grant III. Normally, each day and evening shift are supposed to have at least 40 officers working. Other agencies, including the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and California Highway Patrol, will be available for mutual aid if needed, authorities said.
So far, the only known events are a rally at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Fruitvale BART station, where the Hayward man was fatally shot in the back by Mehserle. The then-BART police officer said he thought he had grabbed his Taser. The rally will be followed by a march to 14th Street and Broadway in downtown Oakland. There might be similar events Monday.

May 19, 2011 12:10 p.m. PDT



LOS ANGELES -- Because California penal code does not classify involuntary manslaughter as a “violent” or “serious” offense, Johannes Mehserle, the convicted killer of Oscar Grant, could be released as early as mid-June of this year, after serving less than one year behind bars. But while the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) lists June 1, 2011 as the date for a court hearing to schedule Mehserle’s release, that hearing may or may not happen, depending on who you talk to.

According to the sheriff’s website, Mehserle’s hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. before Judge Robert Perry. However, Connie Fernandes, an assistant to Mehserle’s defense attorney Michael Rains, stated that the hearing was “not going to happen.” According to Luis Patino, a communications consultant for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the purpose of the June 1 hearing is to review Mehserle’s “…sentencing credits, and determine whether or not his release date is correct. At this point, the release date is projected to be the middle of June.”

The LASD has jurisdiction over the Men's Central Jail where Mehserle has been held since July 8, 2010, after a jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Grant (pictured left) who was shot by Mehserle while lying face-down on an Oakland Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) platform on New Year’s Eve of 2009. Mehserle claimed to have mistaken his service weapon for a taser-gun. Per the California Penal Code, Section 4019, which was amended and approved by former Governor Schwarzenegger in October 2009, “certain prisoners shall earn one day of credit for every one day served either in the state prison or in a local facility prior to delivery to the state prison.”

The “certain prisoners” are those convicted of non-violent felonies or those convicted of felonies that are not considered to be serious (Johannes Mehserle, pictured left). Section 667.5c of the California Penal Code lists those felonies that are considered to be violent and Section 1192.7c lists those considered to be serious. Involuntary manslaughter, the crime that Mehserle was convicted of, is not listed among them. Patino says that involuntary manslaughter is indeed considered to be a non-violent offense but that other factors weigh in on the calculation of a state prisoner’s sentence: “The type of crime committed, the classification of the crime, the time it is committed, the laws in effect at that time, interpretation of the law, etc.,” said Patino.

Due to the classification of being a non-violent felon, Mehserle could walk free in the next few weeks after serving less than one calendar year of his prison sentence.

In Oakland and in Los Angeles, where Mehserle’s trial took place and he is currently being held, reaction to the news of Mehserle’s classification was met with shock and anger among activists and observers of the case.

“I don’t know how much more violent you can get than killing someone!” said an organizer with the October 22nd Coalition against Police Brutality, one of the founding organizations of the Los Angeles Coalition for Justice for Oscar Grant. “It’s insane that he only did a year in jail and Oscar Grant is dead ... it just makes no sense to me."

Aformer Los Angeles resident who moved to Oakland four years ago, felt that the charge of involuntary manslaughter never should have been an option. “Mehserle … should have been convicted of second degree murder; he pulled out his gun, cocked it, pulled the trigger and executed an unarmed, young black man with full confidence that he would get away with it. And he did,” she said.

A journalist and 20-year resident of the Bay Area, felt that the non-violent designation was just one more indicator of the justice system’s failure to work for African Americans. “At the end of the day, this is just a repudiation of black life,” he said. “That’s what this all boils down to – the verdict, the picking of the jury, the sentencing – this is all a refusal to acknowledge and see black life as something that is valuable.”

Whenever the sentencing review hearing is held, Patino says, as a matter of policy the CDCR will not release the specific date and time of Mehserle’s release. “It’s for the safety of the inmate, our employees, and many times, the public,” he said.

The Verdict is In!


Guilty: Involuntary Manslaughter!


July 8, 2010

"My son was murdered! He was murdered! He was murdered."

-- Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant, reacting to jury's verdict of involuntary manslaughter.

Reactions: Oakland Protests Verdict!

July 8, 2010 - Posted: 8:54 pm (PDT)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The U.S. Department of Justice will conduct an independent review of the Johannes Mehserle case in order to determine whether or not the shooting merits federal prosecution, according the department. "The Justice Department has been closely monitoring the state's investigation and prosecution," the department said in a statement. "The Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney's Office, and the FBI have an open investigation into the fatal shooting and, at the conclusion of the state's prosecution, will conduct an independent review of the facts and circumstances to determine whether the evidence warrants federal prosecution." Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, said she has been in touch with the justice department. "I remain in close contact with the Department of Justice and will continue to work with them, the family and the community in the days ahead," she said in a statement. The statement also addressed local reactions to the Mehserle verdict. "Understandably there is grave concern in the community," Lee said. "However, during this time our city must come together peacefully so that we can begin to heal." Lee said she stands with Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, the City Council and community leaders in supporting people who want to express themselves.







Oakland - The Los Angeles jury reached its verdict at 2:10 p.m. today, after 6 1/2 hours of deliberations that began Wednesday morning when an alternate juror was seated to replace a panel member who had gone on vacation. Jurors were given four options when the original panel began deliberations Friday. They could convict Mehserle, 28, of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter, or they could acquit him.



(Pictured left to right Trial Judge Robert Perry, Johannes Mehserle, Oscar Grant and ex-Officer Tony Pirone)The case marked the first murder prosecution of an on-duty Bay Area police officer. Prosecutors rarely file charges against police for shootings. A Chronicle review of police use-of-force cases around the country found just six cases in the past 15 years - not including the BART shooting - in which murder charges had been filed. The cases, involving a total of 13 officers, typically resulted in large civil payouts to victims' relatives. However, none of the officers was convicted of murder and most were acquitted or cleared altogether. One pleaded no contest to manslaughter and got three years in prison.

C.J. Note: We condemn the verdict of the Jury and specifically the conduct of Judge Robert Perry. Judge Perry took every measure to ensure the Defendant, Johannes Mehserle escaped punishment, which includes the lesser punishment of involuntary manslaughter. Judge Robert J. Perry has been a trial judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court since 1992. Born and raised in Glendale, California, Judge Perry is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College and Loyola Law School. He served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles for 12 years, and then was in private practice with Epstein Becker and Green, and later with Douglas Dalton.

LOS ANGELES (WCJB) 3:20 p.m. (PDT) — A jury has reached a verdict in the trial of a former San Francisco Bay area transit officer accused of murdering an unarmed black man on an Oakland train platform. The eight-woman, four-man panel is scheduled to read the verdict at 4 p.m. Thursday. Former officer Johannes Mehserle, who is white, has pleaded not guilty in the shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant when officers responded to a fight aboard a train that arrived at the Fruitvale station.


The People of the State of California



Johannes Mehserle


C.J. Note: We note that Johannes Mehserle immigrated from (former Nazi) Germany at the age of two (2) years, then resided in the White, Racist enclave of Napa, California (wine-country) up until the time he murdered Oscar Grant, an African-American citizen of the United States. Shame on every Black police Officer that contributed to Mehserle's $3,000,000.00 bail!


Verdict Watch!


Shortened Jury Deliberations!


July 7, 2010

"We would like clarification as to provocation. Can this provocation come from another source other than the suspect(s)?"

-- The question asked by the [first] jury July 2, 2010.


8:55 p.m. (PDT) LOS ANGELES -- The jury in the Johannes Mehserle murder trial resumed deliberations today, but only for just short of three hours. The session ended in the morning because of a member's medical appointment. The juror with the appointment was not the same member who was ill Tuesday, officials said. Before the deliberations ended, however, the judge and attorneys in the case discussed a question the jury had asked late Friday afternoon, seeking legal clarification concerning sources of provocation in crimes and what can create a "heat of passion" scenario. While attorneys and the judge agreed no one should read too much into a jury question, such inquiries seem to deal almost exclusively with the issue of voluntary manslaughter.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry said he would answer in the affirmative. "I come out looking at the facts of this case with the answer of 'yes,' " Perry said. Perry, defense attorney Michael Rains and deputy district attorney David Stein all cited previous case law for about 20 minutes in open court today. "What's the harm in answering 'yes'?" Perry asked Rains, reminding him that his client is charged with murder but that the question seems to speak toward voluntary manslaughter. "Isn't he better off?" Perry and Rains also questioned where the jury might be thinking provocation came from. Rains said he thought the jury -- based on what the prosecution argued in the case -- might be thinking Pirone created a tense atmosphere with his aggressive actions and thus provoked someone to use deadly force. Perry, however, said he thought the jury may be thinking the rowdy crowd on the BART platform contributed to actions that night. "I saw that as creating a setting for heat of passion," Perry said.

Perry said case law seemed to side with the theory that someone could be provoked into a heat of passion killing by someone other than the victim. "It's up to the jury to decide if his judgment was obscured," Perry said. "I will answer it affirmatively -- the defendant did not have to be provoked by Grant's actions." Perry, however, said the question was voided until asked again by the jury because he appointed another alternate to the jury this morning after a juror who had a planned vacation starting today was dismissed. The jury started deliberations anew today, so jurors could not consider what they discussed during more than two hours of talks Friday. The jury now is composed of four white women, three white men, three Hispanic women one Asian-American woman and one man who declined to state his race.

The jury broke just before noon today because of one juror's medical appointment in Torrance. The jury is expected to resume deliberation at 9 a.m. Thursday and put in a full day, roughly about five and a half hours. Meanwhile, BART confirmed it would receive a two-hour notice before the verdict is read in the Los Angeles courtroom. Spokesman Linton Johnson declined to say who told him that but said that it did not come directly from the court.

12:00 p.m. (PDT) LOS ANGELES -- A Superior Court jury began a shortened day of deliberations Wednesday in the Johannes Mehserle murder case after an alternate was seated to replace a departed juror and another panel member had an afternoon’s doctor’s appointment. Superior Court Judge Robert Perry seated a juror from among the alternates to start the day for the jury that because of a long holiday weekend and the illness of a panel member has only deliberated for 2 ½ hours since being given the case on Friday afternoon. Wednesday session was also scheduled to be a short one because of a juror's doctor's appointment. The new juror changed the makeup of the panel from seven women and five men to eight women and four men. Jurors must decide if Mehserle should be acquitted or found guilty of second-degree murder or a lesser offenses of voluntary or involuntary manslaughter in the fatal January 1, 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant III. Mehserle, 28, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Grant after a fight drew officers to the Fruitvale train station. Grant was shot while lying face down on the platform, as several bystanders videotaped the shooting.

Juror Illness Delays Deliberations!


July 6, 2010

LOS ANGELES—A juror illness has postponed resumption of deliberations in the trial of a former San Francisco Bay area transit officer accused of murder in the shooting of an unarmed black man on an Oakland train platform. The Los Angeles jury was to have returned to talks Tuesday, but will now reconvene on Wednesday. The jurors met for a half-day after being given the case Friday. Former officer Johannes Mehserle pleaded not guilty in the shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant after a fight drew officers to a train station on New Year's Day 2009. Grant was lying face down when he was shot. Mehserle, who is white, claims he mistakenly pulled his gun instead of a Taser. The case was moved to Los Angeles due to racial tension and extensive media coverage in Alameda County.

July 3, 2010

LOS ANGELES — The fate of the former BART police officer charged with the killing of an unarmed man at Oakland's Fruitvale station Jan. 1, 2009, is now in the hands of a Los Angeles jury. The panel of seven women and five men received the case of Johannes Mehserle early Friday afternoon after the end of closing arguments by his defense attorney and an hour-plus rebuttal from deputy district attorney David Stein. Jurors deliberated until 4 p.m. Friday before parting for a three-day weekend. They will reconvene Tuesday morning.

See: The Johannes Mehserle Trial - 2010 - Part III

See: The Johannes Mehserle Trial - 2010 - Part II


See: The Johannes Mehserle Trial - 2010

Shots fired!


July 7, 2010

(WCJB) -- A Chicago police officer was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon during a struggle with a suspect in a police facility parking lot, police said. Officer Thor Soderberg was walking to his vehicle in the parking lot at 61st and Racine on the city's South Side, after completing a shift with the department's Operation Protect Youth program, when he encountered the offender, said James Jackson, assistant superintendent of police operations. "The 24-year-old suspect disarmed the officer and then shot him," Jackson said at a news conference Wednesday night.

The department believes the suspect was involved in an armed robbery a short distance away from the shooting, where he fired additional shots, said Jackson. "Several officers quickly responded and there was an exchange of gun fire with the offender. The suspect was shot. His injuries are non-life threatening," said Jackson. The suspect was in stable condition at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, according to a police spokesman. Soderberg was 43-years-old and an 11 year veteran of the department, said Jackson. He was most recently assigned to the department's education and training division.

Shots fired!


July 6, 2010



LAS VEGAS -- Police went door-to-door with guns drawn searching a neighborhood northeast of downtown Las Vegas after one or more assailants fired shots that narrowly missed officers making a traffic stop. At around 8:00 a.m., Metro police made the stop at the Mini Mart on 21St St. and Stuart Ave. Police say when they were arresting the driver, two shots were fired at the them. Both shots missed the officers and officers did not fire back. Aerial views showed officers taking cover behind a marked patrol car near an apartment complex while other uniformed officers sealed off the area east of U.S. 95 and Eastern Avenue.

Battened: Streamwood Police!


July 6, 2010 (Original Story Date: April 16, 2010)
“If there was no videotape, it would have been a totally different story[.]”

-- Stacey Bell, Brother of Police Beating Victim, Ronald Bell.


STREAMWOOD, Ill. — Stacey Bell awoke to yelling and bright police lights flashing through his bedroom window. When the 36-year-old Streamwood man looked outside in his driveway, he saw his longtime friend Nolan Stalbaum being Tasered by a uniformed police officer. A startled Bell ran downstairs and heard his younger brother’s panicked screams outside. “What the hell did we do? We didn’t do anything,” Ronald Bell, 28, said as he placed his hands in the air and kneeled on the ground as officer James Mandarino ordered him to, Stacey Bell said. Mandarino raised his metal baton. (Fast forward to 3:30 in the video) And then, as seen in the videotape recorded from the officer’s own squad car, Mandarino whacked Ronald Bell 15 times in the back, upper body and head in the early morning hours of March 28, [2010] according to the video.

On the video, Mandarino is seen getting out of his marked squad car and pointing to Ronald Bell with his weapon drawn, assistant state’s attorney Alexander Vroustouris said. Ronald Bell then is seen getting back into the car and sitting there for about 90 seconds. During this time, Mandarino, 41, approaches Stalbaum, 38, who had just gotten out of the passenger seat and Tasers him twice, authorities said. At this point, Ronald Bell is seen getting out of the car with his hands in the air. Mandarino then points to the ground and after the Ronald Bell gets down on his knees with his hand behind his head, Mandarino pulls his upper body forward forcing Ronald Bell’s empty hands to the ground, Vroustouris said. Mandarino then started repeatedly attacking Ronald Bell, Vroustouris said. Although there is no audio on the video, at no time does the video reflect that the victim made “threatening motions toward” Mandarino, Vroustouris said. “The video reflects that during this beating the victim is completely compliant with his hands visible and either above his head or on the ground the entire time,” Vroustouris said.



Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said the video her office gave to the media shows police officer James Mandarino, from the Chicago suburb of Streamwood, hitting motorist Ronald Bell 15 times after a traffic stop last month. Alvarez said the alleged beating was “not only disturbing. It’s outrageous. It’s unacceptable.” “It’s a wonderful tool. It’s a great tool,” Alvarez said of the video taped squad car. “Even though there is no audio on this tape, it really gave us a clear, clear view of what occurred in this particular case. It was extremely helpful.” Alvarez said the video suggests that both men posed no threat to the officer. Ronald Bell was charged with traffic violations, including driving under the influence, and resisting a police officer, and Stalbaum was charged with obstruction of justice and resisting a police officer, according to court records. But all charges against the two were dropped, Alvarez said. “We didn’t have the evidence to prove up the DUI,” Alvarez said.

Ronald Bell suffered a concussion, seven stitches to his ear and multiple contusions and abrasions as a result of the alleged beating. Ronald Bell was unarmed and there is no evidence he ever resisted or was a threat to Mandarino, Vroustouris said at Mandarino’s bond hearing. Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. let the bail stand at the $50,000 ordered in an arrest warrant issued on Wednesday. Mandarino, a 16-year police veteran, was charged with official misconduct and aggravated battery. More charges are expected against the officer, who has been placed on leave, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said.

“I told him [Mandarino] he didn’t have to do this. And he just said, ‘I told him to get down,’” said Stacey Bell, who witnessed the alleged attack with his wife and two neighbors. “He might have had a bad night or something going on in his personal life because he lost control.”

Ronald Bell had dinner with friends from work the night before he was beaten, his brother said. Afterward he and Stalbaum caught the Ultimate Fighting Championship match at a relative’s home. Ronald Bell was driving home, where he lives with his brother, sister-in-law and 2-year-old nephew when Mandarino started following him westbound on Schaumburg Road for “squealing tires.”

Streamwood police officials would not comment. Mandarino didn’t comment after he was released around 3:15 p.m. after posting $5,000 bond.

Shots fired!


Officers Down!


July 3, 2010

TAMPA, Fla. – Two police officers gunned [were] down during a traffic stop. It was about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday when Curtis pulled over a man and woman in a red Toyota Camry. He called for backup after seeing the man was wanted in Jacksonville for writing a bad check. Six minutes after Curtis and Kocab approached the car's passenger side, a witness called 911 to report they were shot. The officers were pronounced dead at a hospital. [T]he convicted felon accused of killing them was ordered to remain in jail the day after he surrendered. Dontae Rashawn Morris, 24 (pictured above, left) was denied bail at his first court appearance Saturday [, July 3, 2010] on two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab early Tuesday. Morris turned himself in at a police station about 10:30 p.m. Friday after detectives spent more than 30 hours negotiating with an associate of his. His surrender ended an intense manhunt in which hundreds of officers in tactical gear combed apartment buildings, vacant homes and even waterways. Detectives fielded more than 400 tips.



At the hearing Saturday, Assistant Public Defender Charles Traina said his office has a conflict of interest in representing Morris because it represents Cortnee Brantley, who also faces charges in the case. Another attorney will be appointed for Morris. Brantley, the car's driver, was charged Friday with a federal count of witnessing a felony and not reporting it. A message left seeking comment on Brantley's charges wasn't immediately returned by the public defender's office.

Police said Morris also was suspected in two other slayings, and by early Saturday he faced a third murder charge in the May 18 shooting death of a man killed outside his family's Tampa apartment. A statement from Tampa police Public Information Officer Laura McElroy said ballistic tests indicate the same gun was used in the officers' killings this week. In the May 18 [, 2010] shooting, 21-year-old Derek Anderson was killed outside his family's apartment after detectives believe the shooter tried to take Anderson's backpack. Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said Friday night that Morris also is considered a suspect in the June 8 [, 2010] death of a father of four who was found badly hurt on the side of a road and died while he was being taken to a hospital.

Street Soldier Strikes!


(July 19, 2010) 11:26 PDT

OAKLAND -- A routine police stop in West Oakland erupted into gunfire when someone with a rifle (a 7.62 ammunition round will penetrate the bullet proof vests worn by law enforcement) opened fire from a high-rise building, police said today. No one was struck by the gunfire, and a search of the area failed to turn up the shooter, said Officer Jeff Thomason, a police spokesman. The incident began when an officer pulled a car over on the 1000 block of Eighth Street at 11:17 p.m. Sunday, Thomason said. Police found crack cocaine in the vehicle, authorities said. During the car stop, someone opened fire with a rifle, Thomason said. The officer called for emergency backup, and police swarmed the area. Police determined that the shooter had been firing from a high-rise building at 1055 Eighth St., which is part of the City Towers housing complex, authorities said. Many units in the building are Section 8 government-subsidized housing. Officers searched the area by foot and with a helicopter but could not find the shooter, Thomason said.

CPD Officer Killed!


July 18, 2010



Good Job Street Soldier!

War is on the horizon!


July 18, 2010

A busy stretch of westbound Interstate 580 in Oakland is shut down this morning after a motorist clad in body armor and armed with three weapons opened fire on California Highway Patrol officers who had pulled him over, prompting them to return fire and shoot him, authorities said. Westbound I-580 between Lakeshore Avenue and the MacArthur Maze is expected to reopen at 3 p.m. as the CHP finishes its investigation at the scene. The incident happened at about midnight when two CHP officers tried to stop a man in a white Toyota Tundra pickup truck for speeding and weaving in and out of traffic, said CHP Officer Sam Morgan. The officers tried to direct the man off the freeway by using their loudspeaker, but the 45-year-old man, a resident of Groveland (Tuolumne County), stopped on westbound I-580 west of Grand Avenue, Morgan said. As one of the officers approached the passenger side of the pickup truck, the suspect reached for a weapon and began firing, Morgan said. The officer returned fire and put out a radio call of "11-99," meaning an officer needs emergency help, authorities said. More officers from the CHP and other agencies responded to the scene. The suspect, who was armed with a handgun, a shotgun and a rifle, continued firing at officers with at least two of the weapons, prompting several officers to continue returning fire, authorities said. The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was struck numerous times and was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland. He had been wearing a bullet-resistant vest, which enabled him to survive his injuries, Morgan said. He is being held on suspicion of attempted murder.

Westbound I-580 Shootout


Two CHP officers who were involved in the shootout suffered minor injuries and were treated at a hospital and released, Morgan said. Several CHP vehicles had windows shot out, said Officer Jeff Thomason, Oakland police spokesman. The shooting is under investigation by the CHP, Oakland police and the Alameda County district attorney's office. "Now that we have natural light out, it will make it easier to locate, process and retrieve evidence," Morgan said. The shootout came less than 24 hours after Oakland and BART police shot and killed Fred Collins, 48, of Oakland near the Fruitvale BART Station after he ran from officers and then charged at them while holding a knife in each hand, authorities said.

Movie Intermission!

People v. Jones (Infanticide)!




Warning to viewers: Infanticide is the practice of intentionally killing an infant. Often it is the mother who commits the act, but criminology recognizes various forms of non-maternal child murder. In many past societies, certain forms of infanticide were considered permissible. Female infanticide is more common than the killing of male offspring due to sex-selective infanticide. In the United Kingdom, the Infanticide Act defines "infanticide" as a specific crime equivalent to manslaughter that can only be committed by the mother intentionally killing her own baby during the first twelve months of its life; in other cultures, the concept of infanticide includes the intentional killing of children older than twelve months. This video addresses the act of infanticide within context of Domestic Violence/Homicide.



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