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"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!

Posted: 7:28 PM EST, Wed February 12, 2014 - Updated 3:08 AM PST, Wed March 5, 2014

New Orleans, LA -- Ray Nagin came into the mayor's office in New Orleans as an avowed scourge of corruption and led the city through the worst disaster of its modern history. He left a federal courthouse a convict Wednesday, after a jury found him guilty of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and other favors from businessmen looking for a break from his administration. Of the 21 counts against him, he was convicted of 20. Nagin, who left office in 2010, had little to say as he left the courthouse Wednesday afternoon, telling reporters only, "I maintain my innocence." A small knot of supporters yelled, "Keep your head up" and "He's just a patsy," media affiliates reported. His lead attorney told reporters his client would appeal the verdict. "We did the best we could do," the attorney said.

A January 2013 indictment detailed more than $200,000 in bribes to the mayor, and his family members allegedly received a vacation in Hawaii; first-class airfare to Jamaica; private jet travel and a limousine for New York City; and cellular phone service. In exchange, businesses that coughed up for Nagin and his family won more than $5 million in city contracts, according to the January 2013 indictment. Prosecutors argued the 57-year-old Nagin was at the center of a kickback scheme in which he received checks, cash, wire transfers, personal services and free travel from businessmen seeking contracts and favorable treatment from the city. He faces up to 20 years in prison, but an attorney said a 14- to 17-year term was more likely.

The earliest of the charges date from before Katrina, which struck when Nagin had been in office for about three years. The hurricane flooded more than three-fourths of low-lying New Orleans and left more than 1,800 dead across the region -- most of them in Louisiana. Supporters credited Nagin's sometimes-profane demands for aid from Washington with helping reveal the botched federal response to the storm -- a fiasco that embarrassed the George W. Bush administration and led to billions of federal dollars being poured into Gulf Coast reconstruction efforts. Nagin also had his detractors: One attorney called his performance during the storm "a meltdown," a congressional committee criticized him for delaying evacuation orders, and his frantic description of post-storm New Orleans as a violent wasteland with up to 10,000 dead turned out to be greatly exaggerated.

During the two-week trial, prosecutors brought to the stand a string of businessmen who had already pleaded guilty to bribing Nagin. The defense did little to challenge their stories, an attorney said. "It was too painful actually to watch. They just swamped him," he said. When Nagin took the stand in his own defense, "He did a belly flop," often answering questions on cross-examination by saying he couldn't recall who paid for a trip or perk. "He just looked terrible," one attorney said.

"He got a lot of media attention as being a reformer, a non-politician, first run for office -- a businessman who was going to come in and get it right," said a veteran New Orleans lawyer and no fan of the former two-term mayor. After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005, the onetime cable television executive would reassure people queasy about sending taxpayer money to a state with an epic history of corruption by telling them, "Google me. You're not going to find any of that in my record," the attorney said, quoting Nagin. "Well, Google him now."

As he sought re-election in 2006, with much of the city's African-American population displaced by storm damage, Nagin was blasted for insisting that New Orleans would remain a "chocolate" city. Nagin won a second term despite the controversies, but left office with his approval ratings in the cellar and told media sources his career in public office was over. "I have given my pound of flesh," he said.

Nagin sought to have the charges dismissed in October after another federal judge blasted what he called the "grotesque" misconduct of prosecutors in the post-Katrina shootings of unarmed civilians by police at the Danziger Bridge. The judge tossed out the convictions of five cashiered cops after ruling that members of the U.S. attorney's office tainted their 2011 trial by anonymously posting "egregious and inflammatory" comments at online news sites. Nagin argued that he was the target of the same underground effort, citing "a continuum of pejorative statements and demeaning racial epithets" aimed at him. The U.S. attorney's office said none of the prosecutors involved in the Danziger Bridge case played a role in the Nagin investigation.

The King's Henchmen!

Memphis, Tenn. -- Loyd Jowers (November 20, 1926 – May 20, 2000; pictured right) was the owner of a restaurant (Jim's Grill) near the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. In December 1993, Jowers appeared on Live Television and related the details of an alleged conspiracy involving the Mafia and the U.S. government to kill King. According to Jowers, James Earl Ray was a scapegoat, and not involved in the assassination. Jowers believed that Memphis police officer Lieutenant Earl Clark fired the fatal shots.

In 1998, the King family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jowers and "other unknown co-conspirators" for the murder of King. A Memphis jury found Jowers responsible on December 8, 1999, and that the assassination plot contained also "governmental agencies." At a 1999 press conference following the verdict, Coretta Scott King stated that "there is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr... the conspiracy of the Mafia, local, state and federal government agencies, were deeply involved in the assassination of my husband.

The jury also affirmed overwhelming evidence that identified someone else, not James Earl Ray, as the shooter, and that Mr. Ray was set up to take the blame." Following statements by Dexter King and other family members, Dexter was subsequently asked by a reporter, "there are many people out there who feel that as long as these conspirators remain nameless and faceless there is no true closure, and no justice."

He replied: "No, he [Mr. Lloyd Jowers] named the shooter. The shooter was the Memphis Police Department Officer, Lt. Earl Clark who he named as the killer. Once again, beyond that you had credible witnesses that named members of a Special Forces team who didn't have to act because the contract killer succeeded, with plausible denial, a Mafia contracted killer".

The United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division started an investigation on Jowers' claims on August 26, 1998. The investigation was completed in June 2000; after numerous inconsistencies in his statements along with other behavior that made it impossible to work with Jowers, the Department of Justice found no reason to believe Jowers' allegations.

Author Jim Douglass attended the trial and commented: This historic trial was so ignored by the media that, apart from the courtroom participants, I was the only person who attended it from beginning to end. What I experienced in that courtroom ranged from inspiration at the courage of the Kings, their lawyer-investigator William F. Pepper, and the witnesses, to amazement at the government's carefully interwoven plot to kill Dr. King. The seriousness with which US intelligence agencies planned the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks eloquently of the threat King and nonviolence represented to the powers that be in the spring of 1968.

Jowers died from a heart attack on May 20, 2000, at the age of 73.


Posted: October 11, 2012 - 08:50 PM PDT

Oakland, CA (WCJB) -- Oakland is a historic centre of black American culture and radical black politics, having given birth to the Black Panther movement in the 1960s. The Oakland police department (OPD) has long been one of the most controversial urban law enforcement agencies in America, with a string of high-profile criminal and brutality allegations going back decades. There have been persistent reports of police criminality and abuse, especially aimed at the city's black population, where community activists say low-level police harassment is a fact of life. It is the major incidents that really stand out when examining how OPD polices its community, and in particular the poorer black neighbourhoods of Oakland.

(Chief of (Oakland) Police, Howard Jordan, pictured above, center) The use of deadly force has been at the heart of tensions between police and Oakland’s communities of color for decades. In 1968, OPD officers famously shot and killed 17-year-old Black Panther Bobby Hutton as he was surrendering following a shootout. Things have been hostile ever since. OPD has been under the oversight of U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson since 2003, after a rookie officer exposed the “Riders,” a self-styled posse of rogue cops in West Oakland who beat, robbed and framed Black and Latino suspects.

Latest census figures show black people make up the biggest single ethnic group in Oakland at 27.3%, with white people at 25.9% and Hispanics at 25.4%. Despite having almost the same size populations in the city, however, white people account for only 16% of OPD vehicle stops, and 6.7% of motorists searched. Black people in Oakland, by contrast, account for a whopping 48% of vehicle stops, and 65.8% of motorists searched.

A 2006 supreme court decision called the Copley ruling, has been used by OPD to prevent details of complaints about police becoming public knowledge. The ruling undermined the long-standing position of Oakland's Citizens Police Review Board, which civil rights groups had effectively campaigned to set up as a way of holding the OPD accountable. After the Copley ruling, complaints packets about allegations of abuse by OPD officers were no longer available to the public.

The court-appointed monitor tracking police reforms in Oakland issued a scathing report Tuesday, October 2, 2012, concluding that officers sometimes shoot at suspects even though they don't face an imminent threat, perhaps because of "hypersensitivity" to the dangers of their job. The monitor, Robert Warshaw, said in a 17-page report that in-house investigations into the shootings often fell short. In most cases, he said, detectives appeared to be "predisposed to the position that the shooting is justified." Warshaw reviewed nine recent cases, including seven shootings that killed three people and injured a fourth, though details of the cases were redacted. In some cases, officers fired but missed. Warshaw said he was most troubled by cases in which the use of deadly force was "questionable."

"These are the cases, above all others, that require objective, unbiased, probing investigations," Warshaw wrote, "and yet they appear to be cases that exhibit the most deficiencies and the least inquisitiveness." Merrick Bobb, one of the nation’s foremost experts on police reform, said most officers rarely fire their weapons, and the ones that do have a greater propensity to use force on suspects. “There are correlations between officer-involved shootings and other use of force incidents in the life of an officer,” Bobb said.

The Oakland police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Alan Blueford will not face criminal charges as the Alameda County District Attorney's office determined the shooting was justified. In a report released Tuesday, October 9, 2012, District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said she agreed with the conclusions of a senior deputy district attorney who investigated the shooting and found that Officer Miguel Masso (pictured right) had an "actual and reasonable belief that he or others in the area were about to be shot by Mr. Blueford."

"Given the totality of the circumstances as presented and corroborated by other witnesses and the physical evidence recovered, it appears that Officer Masso actually and reasonably believed he was in imminent danger of great bodily injury or death," wrote the report's author, Senior Deputy District Attorney Kenneth Mifsud. "There is a lack of evidence to support a prosecution against him." Masso began working for the Oakland Police Department in 2008. He is a former military police officer with the U.S. Army and had worked for the Morgan Hill Police Department and the New York City Police Department before being hired by Oakland.

Records obtained through a California Public Records Act request support Bobb’s analysis: A small cadre of Oakland police officers are responsible for a disproportionate amount of controversial use of force incidents. Sixteen officers currently in the Oakland Police Department are responsible for 40 of its shootings from 2000 to 2010—or, nearly half of the total 85 shootings. Misconduct allegations filed with the CPRB against these officers would have been public records before the Copley ruling; they are now confidential.

Policing researchers have found that this pattern recurs: a relatively small band of cops accounting for large amounts of violence. It was among the primary findings of the independent investigation following Los Angeles’ 1992 rioting in response to police violence. And watchdogs argue that the pattern suggests deadly violence could be prevented by closely tracking officers with recurring misconduct complaints—something the department has done poorly when left to its own devices.

Only one officer involved in Oakland’s shooting incidents, Hector Jimenez, was disciplined for shooting incidents between 2004 and 2008, the most recent years for which records are available. He was fired and then rehired earlier this year after an arbitration judge ruled he had been improperly terminated. Jimenez was responsible for two fatal shootings within seven months of one another—killing an unarmed 20-year-old, Andrew Moppin-Buckskin on New Years Eve 2007 and, months later, Mack “Jody” Woodfox. Both men were fleeing traffic stops.

Warshaw made clear he had reviewed a May 2011 shooting in which two officers fatally shot two men - one of whom had a gun - after learning they were on their way to carry out a killing. Alameda County prosecutors cleared the officers. Former BART officer Johannes Mehserle is the only police officer charged by the Alameda DA for a shooting. The DA’s more common practice regarding police-shooting investigations was demonstrated last year when it declined to prosecute OPD Officers Eriberto Perez-Angeles and Omar Daza-Quiroz for fatally shooting Derrick Jones, a 37-year-old unarmed barber. Jones, who was on parole, fled from his barbershop after officers responded to a domestic violence call. He was shot multiple times by both officers after they saw him remove a metallic object from his pocket; it was a pocket scale. Both officers had been involved in a fatal shooting two years earlier as well.

Black PD!

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2012, 8:00 AM - Modified: Saturday, June 2, 2012, 11:58 PM PST

The New Orleans police did many horrible things in 2005. The Katrina-era atrocities and cover-ups carried out by the New Orleans Police Department show that black officers had no higher regard for the lives of black civilians than their other colleagues on the force. Black officers were among those who killed unarmed pedestrians and among those who kept mum about the crimes. Black New Orleanians weary of police aggression must wonder if there's anyone on the force to whom they can turn, anyone they can trust not to keep them on their knees.

As far as we know, no black body was treated with more disrespect than Henry Glover's. The Algiers man was wrongfully shot to death the Friday after Katrina by white police officer David Warren. Gregory McRae, another white officer, drove Glover's body to a nearby levee and set fire to it and the car. However, according to FBI files obtained by media sources, a black woman, Sgt. Lesia Mims (pictured left) learned of Glover's fate not long after he died. Mims was Warren's supervisor, but she didn't tell the FBI what she knew about the crimes until March 2010 (five years later). When interviewed she said she "never asked or heard from anyone" about who burned Glover's body.

By doing nothing to see that Glover's death was properly investigated, Mims behaved no differently than Marlon Defillo, the black man who served as the Police Department's second-in-command between 2005 and 2011. Defillo was provided information about Glover's violent death and the desecration of his body at least as early as June 2008. According to testimony Defillo gave a federal grand jury, he sat on that information for seven months. Defillo resigned July 21, the same day he was to expected to be punished for neglecting his duty.

Mims was promoted after Katrina and until last week, she held an investigative position in the department's Public Integrity Bureau. After news of her silence was published Tuesday, police brass reassigned the 23-year veteran officer to desk duty. "This is completely new to us," said Deputy Chief Arlinda Westbrook, the head of the Public Integrity Bureau. "We had no knowledge of this."

In the early 1960's civil rights activists thought it important that black people be hired as police officers. They believed that a black presence in those departments would result in fewer black people being injured or killed by the police. They believed -- it seems now naively -- that black police would show more compassion, more concern. What can be said about yesterday's civil rights leaders? Either they underestimated black people's capacity for self-hatred or they overestimated the power of individuals to change the culture of institutions from within.

A month before Katrina, Raymond Robair, a black man, was stomped to death by black police officer Melvin Williams. The Friday following the storm, Danny Brumfield, a black man, was shot to death by black police officer Ronald Mitchell outside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Robert Faulcon, a black officer convicted in the Danziger Bridge case, got the longest sentence given to an officer for Katrina-related crimes. He was sentenced to 65 years for killing teenager James Brissette and Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old man with the mind of a child.

Pictured above, center: Oakland, CA Police Officer Angie Costa, demonstrating pure adulation for the child of OPD Officer, George Cabral.

One could never argue against an integrated police force, or gainsay racial diversity; but if black officers are going to beat and kill black civilians or look the other way after they're dead, it's not unfair for us to ask: Why exactly are you there? The blue wall of silence is real. Officers almost never report misdeeds committed by other officers. It appears that black officers don't do any better in that regard. But if they don't, then their usefulness to the black community becomes difficult to determine.

"Home Sanctuary!"

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012, 10:00 AM - Updated: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 12:09:23 AM PDT
"By your very nature, you're a threat. The ordinary rules of engagement don't apply. Don't be surprised if you're shot when your hands are empty. Or if in carrying a bag of Skittles, you're deemed more dangerous than a zealot with a gun."

-- Jarvis DeBerry, Nola.com (editorializing the shooting deaths of unarmed black males Trayvon Martin and Wendell Allen).
(New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas has said that Wendell Allen, pictured left, was not armed when Officer Joshua Colclough (pictured below, center) shot him during a March 7 raid. Orleans Parish Coroner Frank Minyard has said he detected no gunpowder on Allen's body, which suggests the shot was fired outside close range.) New Orleans, LA -- Wendell Allen was the 20-year-old Gentilly man shot in the chest by a New Orleans police officer during a March 7 raid to rid our streets of weed. New Orleans police officials confirmed Allen was fatally shot by a plain-clothed narcotics officer during a drug raid at a Gentilly house a day earlier and was unarmed. Though Allen had a previous conviction related to distributing marijuana, it doesn't appear that he was the police's focus during the fatal raid.


Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas has also confirmed that Allen was unarmed. Orleans Parish Coroner Frank Minyard has said there's no evidence that Allen was close to Joshua Colclough when the officer fired the fatal shot. Minyard said he found no gunpowder on the victim's skin. Police officials were guarded in their comments about the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation. "We have not been able to yet completely understand what exactly occurred," Police Superintendent Serpas said. Serpas said officers later found drug paraphernalia and 138 grams of marijuana -- about four and a half ounces -- inside the residence. Though Allen was unarmed, someone inside the house alerted investigators to a gun "hidden inside the house," Serpas said. Officers later discovered a .380 caliber handgun. Serpas did not indicate whether the gun was legal or illegal, or whether it had been registered or stolen. Nor did he link it directly to Allen. Family members and their attorney portrayed Police Superintendent Serpas, Mayor Landrieu and Police Monitor Susan Hutson -- all of whom met privately with them -- as liars who withheld information. While Serpas released these details at a late-afternoon news conference at NOPD headquarters, Allen's relatives stood outside, holding signs aloft demanding justice for their loved one.

They alleged that the shooting was unjustified and called police "killers."

The shooting took place inside a red-brick, two-story home at 2651 Prentiss Ave. in Gentilly. Officers were executing a search warrant at the home following a days-old probe of marijuana dealing. Allen's sister, 14-year-old Jazmine Jones, said her brother was shirtless, wearing only pajama pants. She said Allen was upstairs inside his room, and she was watching television with a younger brother, when police barged through the front door. "As soon as they run upstairs, I heard a gunshot," Jones said. She described a chaotic scene, with mass confusion, as police spread through the home, guns drawn, and children scuttling about.

A single bullet struck Allen in the chest. It penetrated his lungs, heart and aorta, said Coroner Frank Minyard. The lanky 6-foot 3-inch former basketball star fell to floor the in the stairwell. He came to rest on a landing. He died "almost instantly," Minyard said. "They killed him for nothing," said Allen's aunt, Karen Allen, 32, of Sulphur.

Colclough, the 28-year-old former security guard who shot Allen, didn't give a voluntary statement to police investigators until days after the shooting, the details of which, a police spokeswoman said, the department cannot disclose. Colclough's attorney has said, "An honest investigation of the incident will find Officer Colclough justified. And I trust that will happen."

The police probe into the Allen shooting is ongoing, with NOPD investigators and representatives of the police monitor conducting a videotaped walk-through inside the Allen residence. City and police officials have released few details about the investigation. They have yet to offer a clear narrative to explain what, if anything, prompted officer Colclough to fire on Allen inside his home as they executed a search warrant for marijuana. Colclough, a 4 1/2-year NOPD veteran, was reassigned to desk duty in the wake of the shooting.

Given Colclough's delayed statement, is it too soon for Allen's family, the Louisiana Justice Institute and the rest of New Orleans to expect solid answers regarding Allen's death? Too soon to expect an arrest and the involvement of the district attorney? Probably. At the same time, when a young black man is killed like this, it's never too early to fear that his death will wrongly be deemed justified and that it will eventually go unpunished.

Allen's shooting was the second fatal shooting of a "suspect" by police within a week in the NOPD's 3rd District, a relatively sleepy swath of residential neighborhoods that stretch from Lakeview through Gentilly. In last week's incident, in Mid-City, two officers were badly injured in a gunfight before the alleged gunman, 20-year-old Justin Sipp, was killed by police gunfire.

The response of city leaders to the two incidents, not surprisingly, has been markedly different. After last week's shooting, city and police leaders gathered at a news conference. They called the the officers heroic, making clear that they believed the cops were provoked by civilian gunfire and that the officers' actions appeared justified.

"A Good ...!"

Posted: May 2, 2012 at 10:37 am - Updated: Sunday, May 06, 2012 03:57:23 PM PDT

(pictured left, Carnell Gaines) JACKSON, Miss. — A police investigator who played minor league baseball before starting his law enforcement career died Tuesday in a shooting that also killed a suspect in a sexual battery case and injured two other officers at an apartment complex in central Mississippi, authorities said. Pearl Police Department spokesman Lt. Butch Townsend said in a statement that the slain officer was Michael J. “Mike” Walter, 37, of Pearl. Walter, a San Diego native, pitched in the minor leagues for the Houston Astros’ organization from 1993 to 2000, and spent part of his last four seasons playing for teams based in Jackson. He joined the Pearl Police Department in February 2009 as a patrol officer and quickly climbed the ranks to become an investigator in October 2010.

(pictured above, center, Mike Walters) The shooting happened while the officers were serving a warrant at the Colony Park Apartments in Pearl, a city of about 25,000 people just east of Jackson. Townsend said another officer was shot in the hand and leg and a third was injured in the forearm, but not from a bullet wound. Townsend said investigator Dave McCarley was shot in the hand and leg, wounds that may require extensive rehabilitation, but he’s expected to make a full recovery. Investigator Shaun Terwilliger received injuries to his forearm and was treated and released.

Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest said the officers were serving a warrant when Carnell Gaines Jr. opened fire. Guest said at least one of the officers returned fire, killing Gaines. Gaines was indicted on a federal charge in 2004 of being a convicted felon in possession of a gun, Guest said. He was sentenced in 2005 to 2 1/2 years to be served at the same time as a burglary charge in state court in Hinds County. He was sent back to prison on a probation violation for a six-month sentence in March 2011.

Two Mississippi teenagers were arrested after video recording the police investigation into the shooting from their balcony Tuesday. Pearl Police, who charged up the stairs to arrest the teens and burst through their apartment door without a warrant after a shooting took place in the parking lot below, charged the teens with disorderly conduct. Terrell Madison and his twin sister Shanell were jailed for several hours before they were released. Police returned their phone but kept their SIM card, which is unlawful to do without a subpoena.

University PD
Taser Death!

August 8, 2011

Cincinnati, Ohio - University of Cincinnati officials are investigating the school's police department after a summer school student died after campus cops shot him with a Taser. Everette Howard, 18 (pictured above, center) from Cincinnati, had a heart attack early Saturday after a confrontation with campus cops investigating a reported assault. The incident took place outside a dorm where Howard was staying during a six-week college prep program. He was set to enroll at University of Cumberlands in Kentucky in the fall.

School officials said officers arrived at the dorm at around 3 a.m. and were approached by Howard, who was agitated and had balled his fists, local media reported. The cops told Howard to back off but he refused, officials said. An officer then shot him once with a Taser. Howard crumpled to the ground. When the officers checked on him, he was incoherent, officials said. Paramedics arrived, and Howard went into cardiac arrest soon after. He was pronounced dead at University Hospital.

UC Spokesman Greg Hand told media sources an investigation "ongoing." The officer who fired the stun gun was on paid leave, local reports say. UC Assistant Dean of Students Dawn Wilson said the school was "distraught" over the young man's death. "I just wanted to be here to express my support to students and my condolences to his friends and family and the people who loved him," Wilson told local television.

Howard was a champion wrestler in high school and graduated in the top 10% of his class this spring. He was enrolled in the university's Upward Bound program, which helps prepare poor high school students for college, The Enquirer said. On Sunday, dozens of students gathered on UC's campus for a candlelight vigil, and more than 1,400 people posted condolences for the young athlete's family on a Facebook tribute page.

"He was probably the most talented student as far as writing skills, oral, leadership; anytime I had trouble with the rest of the group he would help me out," Ekundayo Igeleke, Howard's mentor in the summer program, told media sources. "The world didn't get to see who he really was, to fully develop into the man he could have been," Igeleke said.

The Hamilton County coroner said Howard had been shot by a Taser once before in 2010. Details of that incident were not immediately available.

Thank You Marysol!

December 17, 2010

[T]here were 45 officer-involved shootings in Oakland, CA from 2004 to 2008. Thirty-six of them involved black men, and one involved a black woman.

OAKLAND, CA -- One of three BART police officers fired in the wake of the shooting death of Oscar Grant III can have her job back, an arbitrator ruled today, finding that Marysol Domenici (pictured above, center) did not lie to investigators, or during a court hearing, about what occurred on the Fruitvale BART station platform early Jan. 1, 2009. BART fired Domenici more than a year after Grant's death for lying to BART investigators and during a preliminary hearing about the events that occurred just before Grant was shot by former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle.

Mehserle was charged with murder for the killing but was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by a Los Angeles County jury. He is now serving time in the Los Angeles County Jail and is expected to be released in the summer.

Domenici (pictured left) became a key participant in the killing and during various investigations of the killing because she was one of two officers who first responded to the Fruitvale station to investigate a fight on a train. Along with her partner, Anthony Pirone, Domenici detained Grant and several friends and forced them to sit along a wall at the station before Mehserle arrived. Pirone also was fired, and a decision on his appeal has not been completed.

Domenici, 30, was placed on paid administrative leave for 15 months after the incident and then fired a year later after the law firm, hired by BART, determined that she was being untruthful in statements to investigators and in her testimony at a preliminary hearing during which a judge ruled that prosecutors had enough evidence to continue their murder case against Mehserle. Domenici was fired in March when that law firm's investigation was completed. Domenici appealed the firing and was exonerated today after a 14-day hearing before William Riker, the arbitrator in the case.

In addition to winning her job back, Domenici is entitled to back pay from the day she was fired in March, the arbitrator ruled. "BART must abide by today's labor arbitrator ruling to reinstate Officer Marysol Domenici," a statement released by the transit agency said. "It is now out of our hands." Domenici's attorney did not immediately return calls seeking comment. It remains unclear today whether Domenici will return to the BART police force.

A civil rights attorney who sued BART for federal civil rights violations, said the arbitrator's ruling has no impact on his multi-million dollar lawsuit. "It has no effect on our civil case," the attorney said. "I'm not surprised by the arbitrator's decision." Despite the ruling, the attorney said he still believes Domenici purposely overstated the riotous actions of a crowd of train riders who witnessed the killing in an attempt to justify the killing.


December 10, 2010

Three current and former New Orleans, Louisiana, police officers were convicted Thursday for shooting and burning a man in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina, then later trying to cover up the crime. Two other officers -- one current and one former -- were acquitted at the close of the 19-day trial. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten painted the split verdicts as a victory for prosecutors, as well as for the hurricane-ravaged city and its beleaguered police department. The crimes, one of several involving New Orleans police that have been and are set to go to trial, occurred just days after the hurricane hit the city. "Tonight's verdict is a critical phase in the recovery and healing of this city, of the people ... and this region," Letten said. "This is a really positive move toward healing." The jury found one-time New Orleans police officer David Warren guilty of manslaughter for killing 31-year-old Henry Glover on September 2, 2005. He was also found guilty of deprivation of rights under color of law -- a charge that relates to abusing one's status as a police officer while breaking the law.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA — Three years after his manslaughter conviction, a former New Orleans police officer is getting a second chance to convince a jury that he was justified in fatally shooting a man outside a strip mall during Hurricane Katrina’s chaotic aftermath.

David Warren, whose retrial is scheduled to start Monday, was one of 20 officers charged in a series of federal investigations of alleged police misconduct in New Orleans. His December 2010 conviction was touted as a major milestone in the Justice Department’s ambitious efforts to clean up the city’s troubled police department.

Warren was one of the first to be tried. He will also be the first of several officers to get a retrial as federal prosecutors — dogged by misconduct allegations of their own — try to salvage cases that many viewed as catalysts for healing the city’s post-Katrina wounds.

Five of the 20 officers pleaded guilty and are serving prison sentences. Of the others, three were acquitted while seven had their convictions overturned and await retrials. Four had their convictions upheld. A prosecutor’s ill-advised remark led to a mistrial for another officer.

Metropolitan Crime Commission President Rafael Goyeneche, whose watchdog group frequently provides federal authorities with information about alleged police misconduct, said prosecutors’ setbacks may only be temporary.

“History is yet to be written because the dust hasn’t settled,” he said. “If this was a report card, you would give it an ‘I’ for ‘Incomplete.’ ”

The same jury that convicted Warren of fatally shooting Henry Glover, 31, also convicted another officer, Gregory McRae, of burning Glover’s body in a car after a good Samaritan drove the dying man to a makeshift police headquarters. A third former officer, Travis McCabe, was convicted of writing a false report on the shooting.

Warren was serving nearly 26 years in prison when a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled he should have been tried separately from four other officers charged with participating in a coverup to make Glover’s shooting appear justified.

The panel agreed with Warren’s lawyers that the “spillover effect” of evidence about the coverup, including emotional testimony about the burning of Glover’s body and photos of his charred remains, denied him a fair trial.

Warren’s lawyers have urged U.S. District Judge Lance Africk to hold the retrial elsewhere, saying the jury pool has been tainted by extensive media coverage.

Warren’s attorneys said some of the prospective jurors who filled out a questionnaire from the court mistakenly believed Warren was one of the officers involved in deadly shootings on a bridge that also occurred in Katrina’s aftermath.

In September, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt cited allegations of “grotesque” prosecutorial misconduct in ordering a new trial for five former officers who were convicted of civil rights violations in the shootings that killed two unarmed residents and wounded four others on the Danziger Bridge. The judge said at least three government attorneys posted anonymous comments on a New Orleans newspaper’s Web site, creating a “carnival atmosphere” that perverted justice in the case.

Engelhardt’s ruling didn’t focus on the substance of the charges against the officers, Goyeneche noted.

“The jury spoke,” he said. “The jury assessed the facts and the evidence and concluded they were guilty.”

Jurors didn’t get a chance to pass judgment on Gerard Dugue, a retired sergeant who was tried separately on charges he engaged in a coverup of the bridge shootings. Engelhardt declared a mistrial, ruling that lead prosecutor Bobbi Bernstein may have tainted the jury when she mentioned the name of a man who was beaten to death by a police officer in an unrelated case.

The jurors who convicted Warren, McRae and McCabe also acquitted two other former officers of charges related to the alleged coverup of Glover’s death.

During his first trial, Warren testified that he thought Glover had a gun when he shot him with an assault rifle from a second-floor balcony at the strip mall. He was guarding a police substation at the time. Prosecutors said Glover wasn’t armed and accused Warren of shooting him in the back.

A Houston-based defense attorney who once worked as a federal prosecutor in New Orleans, said it could be tougher for prosecutors to convict Warren a second time because jurors won’t be hearing testimony about the “ghoulish” nature of the coverup. Prosecutors also are hamstrung by the lack of physical evidence, because of the burning of Glover’s body, he said.

“It’s a big gap in the government’s case,” Clarke said.

The Henry Glover Case!

November 20, 2010

New Orleans' criminal justice system was broken even before [Hurricane] Katrina, and things have only worsened since. In 2006, even with a drastically reduced population, New Orleans had 161 murders, four times the national average. In the first 10 days of 2007, at least eight people were killed. For their part, [New Orleans] police counter[ed] that the D.A.'s office [wa]s demanding more work than [wa]s necessary to bring criminal offenders to trial, and play[ed] politics by bringing first-degree murder charges against four cops who [we now know] opened fire on a group of [unarmed] pedestrians in Katrina's chaotic aftermath. State charges were later dropped due to prosecutorial misconduct.

There is no written or official police report describing what happened in this photo. According to witness accounts and photographs, New Orleans police officers attacked two handcuffed civilians on Sept. 1, 2005 and repeatedly sought to keep journalists from documenting the beating. The two men who were beaten, Ernest "Ricky" Bell and Robert Williams, say police thought they had been involved in a gunfight with officers. But Bell and Williams say they had nothing to do with any shooting, though they do admit to stealing a limousine in hopes of getting out of the flooded city. Williams claims police kicked out most of his upper front teeth, while Bell says he suffered from internal bleeding as result of the attack

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Reporting conducted by investigative journalist A.C. Thompson for ProPublica The Nation and, later, the PBS television show Frontline ("Law and Disorder") revealed a disturbing pattern of police officer complicity in the killings of black men during and after Katrina. For example, six New Orleans police officers face trial after the police opened fire on local people as they crossed a bridge trying to flee the floodwaters. Two were killed and four others wounded. Federal prosecutors claimed in pre-trial court documents that two of the NOPD officers accused in the alleged police shooting death of Henry Glover in the days after Hurricane Katrina and a subsequent cover-up were involved in unrelated, racially tinged incidents shortly before Glover was killed. David Warren -- a former officer charged with fatally shooting Glover on Sept. 2, 2005, outside an Algiers strip mall -- allegedly fired his personal rifle earlier that morning at another black man walking nearby, according to a federal court filing entered late Wednesday. A separate court filing alleged that Officer Greg McRae -- charged with beating Glover's companions and later setting fire to a car with Glover's body inside it -- threatened a citizen who approached a makeshift police compound days earlier. According to the filing, he pointed a handgun at the man and told him: "Get back before I shoot your black ass." The filings marked the first time prosecutors suggested a racial animus in any of the post-Katrina incidents of violence involving police.

Case History & Testimony!

November 19, 2010 From left: Robert Barrios, Robert Faulcon Jr., Ignatius Hills, Robert Gisevius Jr., Kenneth Bowen, Anthony Villavaso II, and Michael Hunter Jr. (AP Photo). It began as the story that no one was interested in. No one in the media wanted to believe that officers of the New Orleans Police Department had murdered unarmed civilians and then engaged in a massive and wide-ranging conspiracy to cover it up. And no one wanted to pursue evidence that revealed a department plagued by systemic corruption. The conduct of NOPD has underscored deep-seated problems, which will be much harder to overcome, including a widespread mistrust of police among many citizens. On Sept. 2, 2005 Danny Brumfield Sr., a 45-year-old man stranded with his family at the New Orleans Convention Center, was deliberately hit by a patrol car, then shot in the back by police in front of scores of witnesses as he tried to wave down the officers to ask for help. Two days later, seven officers killed two unarmed New Orleanians and injured several more in a hail of gunfire on the Danziger Bridge. This bridge crosses the Industrial Canal, connecting New Orleans East with the rest of the city, and was one of the only routes survivors from that part of town could travel to escape the floodwaters. Amid a hail of police gunfire on the bridge, a mentally challenged man named Ronald Madison was shot in the back by officers. According to Thompson's reporting, Madison was shot by officer Robert Faulcon. Officer Kenneth Bowen then rushed up and kicked and stomped on him, apparently until he was dead. One of the other civilians who survived had her arm shot off; another was so badly injured that he now requires a colostomy bag. (Two men cover their faces as they walk past the body of Danny Brumfield Sr. in the street outside the Convention Center on Sept. 3, 2005. New Orleans Police said Brumfield was shot after attacking an New Orleans police officer with a pair of scissors. Police records in the killing have been subpoenaed. See: Two New Orleans police officers lied under oath about the fatal shooting of a man outside the convention center after Hurricane Katrina, according to a federal indictment.) The officers involved arrested Madison's brother Lance under false pretenses and later had secret meetings at which they conspired to invent a cover story, including planting a gun, hiding evidence, inventing witnesses and writing coordinated statements, rewritten multiple times to be believable. Lance Madison spent months in jail facing charges that officers now admit were based in fiction. On Sept. 2, 2005, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco announced that National Guard troops had arrived in New Orleans. "They have M-16s and they are locked and loaded," she warned. "These troops know how to shoot and kill, and they are more than willing to do so if necessary, and I expect they will." Witnesses from the NOPD have said that Warren Riley, who was then second-in-command of the NOPD, added to this dangerous atmosphere by telling officers that they had permission to shoot and kill as many "looters" as their conscience allowed: "If you can sleep with it, do it." Riley denies the claims, although he does say that he "may have said" that officers needed to "take back the city." On the same day that Blanco made her threat, Henry Glover, 31, an African-American resident of New Orleans' Westbank neighborhood, was shot by one officer and then was apparently taken hostage by other officers who either killed him directly or let him bleed to death, according to published reports. His burned remains were found weeks later in the back of a car with a bullet wound in his skull. Sometime between the discovery and the coroner's report, the skull disappeared and the case was not flagged by the coroner's office as a potential homicide. Vigilantes began patrolling the city, apparently having received the same message that killing suspected looters was now officially approved. A young black man named Donnell Herrington was shot by a gang of armed white vigilantes in the Algiers neighborhood. Neighbors reported hearing the white man who shot Herrington -- Roland Bourgeois Jr., 47 -- promise to shoot anybody with skin "darker than a brown paper bag." New Orleans, LA - Over 70 minutes, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Knight laid out the government's case against the five New Orleans police officers accused in the death of Henry Glover and a subsequent cover-up, telling the jury what it will see and hear during the course of the four-week trial. She said each of the five defendants took active roles in keeping the truth under wraps.
In Baton Rouge, about an hour away from New Orleans, police were under orders from their supervisors to make the city inhospitable to displaced New Orleanians. In the weeks after the storm, the behavior of the Baton Rouge police was so blatantly discriminatory, violent and illegal that state police from Michigan and New Mexico, who had come to Baton Rouge as volunteer reinforcements, left after just two days, lodging formal complaints with the city.
"They swore to uphold the constitutional rights of others, but on Sept. 2, 2005, these men broke that promise," Knight said. "They believed that after the storm no one was watching. They were convinced that no one cared about Henry Glover and how he died." Knight methodically ticked off a timeline of events that began with a shooting and ended in federal criminal charges. She broke the alleged crimes down into three categories: the fatal shooting of Glover, the beating of his companions and the burning of his body, and later, the fabrication of reports and a cover-up of the whole matter. (Click on Photo to enlarge(+)) Prosecutor lays out the U.S. case Today, for the first time, a jury began hearing the details behind the criminal charges. Knight said Glover was shot in the back by former NOPD officer David Warren, who was tasked with guarding a strip mall and police substation in Algiers with his partner. Glover and a companion had rushed from a stolen truck toward the strip mall in pursuit of suitcases that had been previously stolen and set aside. When Warren yelled to stop, Glover ran away as a single bullet hit him in the back, Knight said. She added that Warren's partner, Linda Howard -- a key government witness who was slated to take the stand late Wednesday afternoon -- will testify that Glover and the man posed no threat to the officers, but that Warren fired anyway. A wounded Glover was assisted by companions and a stranger, unaware of the circumstances, who drove him to Habans Elementary School, the site of a makeshift police compound, for medical aid. This is where the next part of the case begins. Dwayne Scheuermann and Greg McRae walk into the Hale Boggs Federal Building on Monday. Opening arguments were heard in the case involving the killing and burning of a man in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina. At the school, Knight said, officer Greg McRae and Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann "yelled at them, cursed at them, and they ruthlessly beat them" while Glover lay bleeding in the back of a car. Then McRae got behind the wheel of the car and drove off, with Scheuermann following. Shortly afterward, a fellow police officer saw McRae, laughing, running down a levee behind the NOPD's 4th District Station, with Schuermann in pursuit, Knight said. A black cloud of smoke billowed behind them. New Orleans Police Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann aims his gun on the Claiborne Overpass in New Orleans on Sept. 1, 2005. Around 1 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2005, Capt. Jeff Winn and Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann shot Keenon McCann as he stood on the Claiborne Overpass.
In their complaints, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate, the out-of-state police described widespread beatings, search and seizure, spraying of mace and arrests -- all of which were apparently random and unprovoked. One trooper complained that "Baton Rouge officers referred to black people as 'animals' that needed to be beaten down." Another state trooper reported, "Each time [Baton Rouge Police Officer Chad King] would make contact with a Caucasian person, he would be friendly and pleasant. But when he spoke to a black person, he was very loud, rude and demeaning." A Michigan cop reported that officers offered to let him beat a prisoner as a "thank-you for helping out with relief efforts."
The pair allegedly told their fellow officer: "Don't worry about it, we've got it under control." Knight, in the same cool tone, continued. "There was absolutely no legitimate reason to burn Henry Glover's body." Back at the compound, Glover's handcuffed companions were unaware of Glover's fate. Scheuermann told them Glover had been shot for looting, Knight said. He then gave the group a bottle of water and walked away. Next, Knight segued to the alleged cover-up orchestrated by former Lt. Robert Italiano and Lt. Travis McCabe. She said both men took steps to make sure the incidents were never linked or fully investigated. She made clear to the jury that "numerous police officers" contributed "in some way to hide the truth." "Some will tell you they were afraid because they didn't want to be considered a rat," she said. "This battle between staying quiet and their conscience caused many police officers to forgo their duty of telling the truth. They felt they had no choice but to go along with the cover-up." One of these officers is Sgt. Purnella Simmons, a key government witness who helped write the police report on the Glover shooting. She gave inconsistent statements to federal agents. Without naming Simmons, Knight noted that two police officers have been granted immunity from prosecution in the case in exchange for truthful testimony. "I would just ask that you pay attention to these witnesses and listen to the reasons why they weren't initially truthful ... why they finally decided to come forward." Knight also attempted to pre-empt what is expected to be a key defense: that the officers' actions need to be considered against the horrific backdrop of post-Katrina New Orleans. "I want to ask you to keep that in mind, if the defense tries to suggest to you that because of Hurricane Katrina that these defendants cannot be held accountable for their actions, some actions are never excusable," Knight said. Defense attorneys begin arguments Within short order, the defense team offered their own opening arguments, several questioning the trustworthiness of government witnesses. Warren's attorney, Julian Murray, went first. "This is a case about reconstructing what happened four years later," Murray said. "What you heard is not the way it happened. It is not even close to the way it happened." Murray characterized Warren, who joined the police force in his 40s after a career in business, as a devoted public servant who stayed on the job during an extraordinarily challenging time. When two apparent looters rushed up to the shopping center, Warren was in an untenable situation, Murray said. "He's got this split-second to decide what to do, whether to let them in or not. And he fired his weapon." It's easy to second-guess afterward, Murray said. "The man is not a killer," he said with a glance to his client. In a sharp departure from the arguments of other defense attorneys, Frank DeSalvo acknowledged that his client, Gregory McRae, in fact did one of the things the government alleges. "He drove over the levee, parked (a car) in a green space, so the fire wouldn't spread," DeSalvo said. Then, McRae lit a roadway flare and walked away as the car went up in flames. "McRae didn't know that Henry Glover had been shot by a policeman. He didn't know David Warren. He didn't think about denying anyone access to a court system. He didn't fathom that he violated anyone's civil rights. Nobody asked him to set that car on fire with the body in it. ... He just set that car on fire." 'He made a very bad decision' McRae's attorney urged the jury to consider McRae's state of mind, the state of the city, and the state of the New Orleans Police Department. DeSalvo portrayed McRae as a "desk jockey" who worked nonstop after the storm. He dealt with countless dead bodies. And at one point, McRae was ordered by his supervisor, Capt. Jeff Winn, to move Glover's body from the police compound. "He did. He made a very bad decision in burning that body," DeSalvo acknowledged. "And he wishes today he hadn't done it." Nonetheless, McRae "didn't intend to violate" anyone's civil rights, DeSalvo said. "It wasn't a crime then and it isn't a crime now," he added. McRae's alleged accomplice in burning Glover's body, Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann, sat at the defense table with his hands folded. His attorney, Jeffrey Kearney, stood over him, his hand on Scheuermann's shoulder. Scheuermann had "no idea" McRae would toss a roadway flare into the car, Kearney said. "It was never discussed. It was never suggested," Kearney said. "Greg McRae acted on his own." And if Scheuermann or his supervisor, Winn, knew this was going to happen, they never would have let McRae get behind the wheel of the car and move it to the levee, Kearney said. Kearney added that Scheuermann never beat any of Glover's companions, and that he never knew their arrival at the police compound had any connection to a recent police shooting. 'It is a tragedy' The attorney for Italiano, who is charged with fabricating reports and lying to federal agents, came next. Italiano, a 37-year police veteran who retired in 2006, was unable to connect the different events in the days after Katrina, attorney Steven Lemoine said. For example, Italiano was notified that an officer fired his weapon, not that anyone was ever wounded. He also heard the suspected shopping-center looters fled in a white truck, Lemoine said. As it pertains to the events at Habans school, Italiano only knew that a group of men, including a wounded man, arrived in a white car and were not forthcoming with police. He was told by others that the events were not linked, Lemoine said. "There is no reason for Bob Italiano to believe that this person, in the car on the levee, is someone who was shot by a police officer," Lemoine said. The attorney also noted that Italiano voluntarily offered information to the FBI. "The evidence will show that it is a tragedy that Mr. Glover died. It is a tragedy that his body was burned on the levee," Lemoine said. But it doesn't mean the tragedy "resulted in a police cover-up of the facts." M. Allyn Stroud, the attorney for Travis McCabe, repeatedly emphasized that McCabe never went to the shooting scene or the police compound in the aftermath of the incidents involving Glover. His involvement began when Sgt. Purnella Simmons, now a government witness, approached him months later, seeking assistance in writing a report on the shooting, Stroud said. Stroud glanced at McCabe, and then peered at the jury. "He is at the table because he agreed to help a fellow officer," Stroud said. McCabe is charged with lying to federal agents, making false statements and contributing to a fabricated police report. "Those charges are very, very ironic," Stroud said. "You will hear from one or more officers that they lied to the grand jury, made false statements, and at least one who vouched for a report under oath that she later said was false." "Unlike the government witnesses, there are no inconsistencies here," Stroud said, pointing at McCabe. "Unlike the government witnesses, no flip-flops, no changes."

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November 19, 2010 Six officers testified in trial Wednesday, including one who said he witnessed officers Scheuermann and McRae beating the three men at the SWAT compound. Another officer, Keyalah Bell, said she knew at the time that not only had Glover been shot by NOPD officer David Warren but that an unidentified body at the SWAT compound was Glover's. Warren was assigned to guard a shopping centre from looters with Linda Howard, a fellow officer who told the court that Warren had armed himself with his personal semi-automatic rifle. "I asked him what did he want that for? He said: 'For protection,'" said Howard. "At one point Warren said: 'Do you know we're under martial law?' I said: 'I don't know anything about martial law, but I do know that the laws you had before the storm are the same ones you have to follow now.'" When Glover arrived at the shopping centre with another man in a four-wheel drive and the pair looked as if they were about to load looted goods into the vehicle, Warren shouted at them. "It was a loud command telling them to get away," said Howard. "They were startled. They ran away … toward the street. I could see Warren levelling his weapon and a shot rang out. And the gentleman ran and collapsed in the street. I asked him: 'What did you do that for? He said: 'I didn't hit him'. I said: 'Yes you did'." Warren says that he felt threatened because Glover was storming at him with something in his hand that could have been a weapon. But Howard said the victim was heading in the other direction and that she didn't reach for her weapon "because I didn't feel threatened". A photograph displayed in court shows Glover with a bullet hole in the middle of his back. Another officer testified that in the aftermath of the hurricane Warren told him that looters "were all animals and they deserved to be shot". Keenon McCann bleeds from his wounds after he was shot on the Interstate-10 overpass near the Superdome in New Orleans on Sept. 1, 2005. McCann was one of at least 10 people shot by New Orleans police in the week after Hurricane Katrina. Alex Brandon, a former Times-Picayune photographer, testified in federal court Wednesday that shortly after Katrina, he followed up with Lt. Greg McRae about a strange situation Brandon had stumbled on in the storm's immediate aftermath. There had been a bleeding man in a car, three handcuffed men lying on the ground, and what appeared to be a "contentious" situation, Brandon said. Sitting in the cafeteria of a makeshift NOPD SWAT compound, the officer, McRae swiped his hand across his neck and said, simply, "NAT" -- police lingo for Necessary Action Taken. In his testimony on Wednesday, Brandon told the jury that he had walked up to the SWAT compound and seen the three men -- Glover's friend, brother and a good Samaritan -- lying handcuffed on the ground and saw Glover's body in the car. Officer McRae told him not to take photos, so he didn't. Brandon also took photos at other key incidents in the days after Katrina that have spawned federal investigations and indictments. He was embedded with the SWAT unit after the hurricane, and he witnessed the aftermath of the Danziger Bridge incident, in which six unarmed civilians were shot by police. He was also on the scene of the shooting of Keenon McCann, in which police shot the apparently unarmed man while he stood under a highway overpass waiting for help in the aftermath of the storm. Brandon's photos, taken on the day of McCann's shooting, show Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann, who is on trial for beating the men who tried to aid Glover and for burning Glover's body, aiming his gun at McCann. Scheuermann and another officer -- Captain Jeff Winn -- have admitted shooting McCann, although they claim he was armed and posing a threat. No gun was found at the scene. (NOPD Sgt. Robert Gisevius makes his way to Central Lockup with supportive fellow officers lining South White Street. Seven New Orleans police officers indicted Thursday, December 28, 2006, surrendered to the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's office Tuesday, January 6, 2007, walking to central lockup past hundreds of supporting officers) One of the police officers charged with covering up the post-Hurricane Katrina killing of a New Orleans man knew more about the role police played in the incident than he previously had let on, according to testimony in a federal trial. Henry Glover, a 31-year-old resident of the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans, was shot by NOPD officer David Warren on Sept. 2, 2005. When three men took Glover to a makeshift police compound for help, they were beaten, and two officers drove off with their car and Glover's body. Glover's charred remains were later found in the burnt-out car on a levee of the Mississippi River. Glover's death was first detailed by ProPublica nearly two years ago, in an investigative partnership with the Nation Institute and the Nation magazine. Former Lt. Robert Italiano, one of two officers charged with covering up the crime, has said that he did not realize that the two crime scenes -- the site of the shooting, and the burnt car and remains -- were related. But new testimony from an Immigration, Customs and Enforcement Agency supervisor undercuts that claim. ICE Supervisory Agent John Schmidt testified yesterday and this morning that on Oct. 9, 2005 -- just over a month after Glover was killed -- he told Italiano that he had interviewed the man who had tried to save Glover. The man, Will Tanner, who testified last week, had told Schmidt about Glover being shot, about his attempts to get Glover help, and about watching officers drive off in his car with Glover's body. What's more, Schmidt told Italiano, the burnt-out car with human remains found on the levee was registered to Will Tanner. According to Schmidt's testimony, after telling Italiano about his findings, Italiano told him he "was going to take care of it." Schmidt didn't hear back from any law enforcement about the matter until 2009, when he was contacted by the FBI. (You can read more about Schmidt's testimony in the Times-Picayune’s story here.) Italiano and Lt. Travis McCabe are charged with the cover up, Officer David Warren is charged with shooting Glover, and Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann and Officer Greg McRae are charged with beating Tanner, Glover's brother, and a friend, and then burning Glover's body.

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Detroit, Mich. — Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Teana Walsh resigned Friday. Her resignation came after being disciplined for a highly inflammatory Facebook message. She set off a firestorm by writing about the Baltimore riots on her Facebook page Monday night. The message said the way to end the violence in Baltimore was to shoot the protesters. "Solution," she wrote. "Simple. Shoot em. Period. End of discussion. I don't care what causes the protesters to turn violent ... what the 'they did it because' reason is ... no way is this acceptable. Flipping disgusting."

Walsh quickly deleted the post. However,an attorney who is friends with her on Facebook, took a screen shot of it and posted it on his page. "You cannot be a member of law enforcement and decide you're going to be judge, jury and executioner," said the criminal defense attorney from Southfield. She is drawing support from many whites and law enforcement officials while blacks are criticizing her, the attorney said. The attorney, who has tried several cases against Walsh, described her as strong, tenacious and passionate. But he was surprised by what she wrote Monday night. "I was shocked, appalled and outraged," he said.

News sources learned about and reported on the post. Media sources and others railed against the comments. The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday that Walsh would resign as a result of the comment. Walsh was an assistant prosecutor for eight years. In a statement, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said the comments didn't reflect the type of person Walsh is. "During her tenure in the office, Teana Walsh has been known for her great work ethic and her compassion for victims of crime and their families," Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller said.

Criminal defense attorneys and a liberal statewide group said they were glad to see Teana Walsh leave the prosecutor's office. Earlier, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy had only said Walsh's discipline was an "internal matter." No working number could be found for Walsh and her Facebook page has been taken down.

Progress Michigan, which "holds public officials and government accountable" and "assists in the promotion of progressive ideas," said it was glad to see Walsh leave the prosecutor's office. "Her comments are a perfect example of the mentality that has to be purged from the criminal justice system as a whole," said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. But he said Worthy should use this incident as an opportunity to lead a conversation about how law enforcement must be used as a tool for — not against — the people of this state. Otherwise, people will lose faith in the criminal justice system, he said.

Aaron Herskovic, a Southfield attorney, said his bigger concern is others in law enforcement who share Walsh's attitudes but keep them hidden. "Unfortunately, I think there are others in her former office who fall into that category," he said.

The criminal defense attorney from Southfield shared Herskovic's concerns. He said he also was alarmed by a divide over Walsh's comment that is playing out over social media.


Posted: March 4, 2015, 3:00 p.m. ET ~ Updated: March 4, 2015, 7:39 p.m. PT

Washington, D.C. The US Department of Justice found many things during its investigation into the Ferguson Police Department. One of those things included a pattern of racial bias. However, the most disturbing findings were the racist email exchanges between police and court officials. The racist email exchanges show outright hostility and prejudice toward the St. Louis suburb's black residents. Below are seven emails the Justice Department uncovered. All of the e-mials come from current employees and were apparently sent during work hours:

•» A November 2008 email said President Barack Obama won't be president for long because "what black man holds a steady job for four years."
•» A March 2010 email mocked African Americans with horrible stereotypes about their families and how they speak. One line of the email read, "I be so glad that dis be my last child support payment! Month after month, year after year, all dose payments!"
•» An April 2011 email depicted President Obama as a chimpanzee.
•» A May 2011 email said, "An African-American woman in New Orleans was admitted into the hospital for a pregnancy termination. Two weeks later she received a check for $5,000. She phoned the hospital to ask who it was from. The hospital said, 'Crimestoppers.'"
•» A June 2011 email said a man wanted to obtain "welfare" for his dogs because they are "mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can't speak English and have no frigging clue who their Daddies are."
•» An October 2011 email had a photo of a bare-chested group of dancing women, apparently in Africa, with the caption, "Michelle Obama's High School Reunion."
•» A December 2011 email made jokes based off offensive stereotypes about Muslims.

The Justice Department found no evidence that any of the police and court officials who engaged in these emails were ever disciplined. The investigation also found no indication that any official asked the sender to stop sending such emails. There wasn't any proof that the emails were reported. "Instead, the emails were usually forwarded along to others," the report stated.

The emails back an important point made by the Justice Department. The exchanges show that outright racism very clearly exists between law enforcement and court officials. The report argued the disparities in law enforcement can only be explained by unlawful bias and stereotypes against African-Americans.

The report noted that, although black people make up about 67 percent of Ferguson's population, 88 percent of documented uses of force by Ferguson police from 2010 to August 2014 were against African Americans. In the 14 police canine bite cases for which racial data was available, the people bitten were black.

There were similar racial disparities in traffic stops. From 2012 to 2014, 85 percent of people stopped; 90 percent of people who received a citation; and 93 percent of people arrested were black. Black drivers were more than twice as likely as their white counterparts to be searched during vehicle stops, but 26 percent less likely to have contraband.


Posted: 6:56 PM EDT on Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 ~ Updated: 12:06 AM PDT on Sunday, June 21, 2015

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Bridgeport, Conn. -- Bridgeport authorities are investigating after a racist memo printed on official letterhead. The memo was placed in employee mailboxes at Bridgeport police headquarters. The memo libels and slanders minority officers. It singled out Officer Clive Higgins who was recently cleared of police brutality charges.

The memo was printed on paper marked with the department's official letterhead. It is addressed to Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph Gaudett. The memo starts off with "WHITE POWER." It goes on to say "Officer Clive Higgins doesn't belong here in this Police Department." It also said: "These Black Officers belong in the toilet." Higgins was recently acquitted in a 2011 police brutality case. Bridgeport officers were caught on camera beating a suspect at Beardsley Park. They shot him with a stun gun.

A screen grab from a video, posted on YouTube on Jan. 6, 2013, showing three Bridgeport, Conn. police officers Elson Morales, Joseph Lawlor and Clive Higgins kicking a man in Beardsley Park on May 20, 2011.

Elson Morales and Joseph Lawlor, the two other officers involved in the beating were convicted by guilty plea. However, a federal jury found Higgins not guilty in January 2015. The memo continues, "He's not getting his gun or his badge back. He didn't even support his fellow Officers in Court. Where were you Higgins?? You better watch your back.. We know where you live." The letter alleges both the chief and assistant chief want Higgins out of the department. Higgins' attorney declined to comment on the letter.

Bridgeport Police Officer Clive Higgins and his wife arrive at the Federal Courthouse in downtown New Haven, Conn. on Friday, Aug. 7, 2014.

A minority officers' organization, addressed the letter in a news conference. Det. Harold Dimbo, vice president of the group and a 27-year veteran of the police department, said the "racial, insensitive and threatening" letter is the most recent of at least three hateful notes to circulate within the department over the past year. Dimbo said copies of the letter were discovered in multiple officers' mailboxes and the principal internal mailbox. He believes a member of the department generated the memo and that it ended up in the main mailbox by mistake. "Something like this coming through the police department, it just never should have happened," Dimbo said Wednesday. "This type of behavior affects a minority and spreads racism and hatred throughout the Bridgeport Police Department as well as the community." Dimbo said he has received hundreds of calls from worried community members.

Dimbo said Gaudett is investigating the incident. "We will support Chief Gaudett and find out who this person is or individuals, and we would love to see them out of the police department," Dimbo said, "because this does not just hurt the police department's image, it's also going to the community that we have to worry about." He added: "... [i]f a person is walking around in the police department with this type of hatred in them," it creates concern over the safety of minorities in the community.

A screen grab from a video, posted on YouTube on Jan. 6, 2013, showing three Bridgeport, Conn. police officers kicking a man in Beardsley Park on May 20, 2011. Officers Elson Morales, Joseph Lawlor and Clive Higgins were put on the paid administrative leave Jan.18, 2013 pending an investigation of the incident by the city's Office of Internal Affairs. The man, who has not been identified, is lying on the ground after being Tasered by one of the officers when two of the officers begin kicking him. A third officer then gets out of his patrol car and walks over to where the other two are still kicking the man and then he too begins kicking him.

The attorney who is representing the minority officers said that the organization will be monitoring any investigation into the issue. The attorney also said, "These letters were abhorrent and intolerable, especially in 2015 in an urban police department. "The Guardians want to acknowledge that the majority of the Bridgeport police officers find this intolerable... it's the few that spew this hateful language that must be isolated because they have no place in a police organization." The attorney said that if the [minority officers] don't believe the issue is being properly investigated, the organization will seek legal "remedies."

Elson Morales, center, walks with his wife to the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, Conn. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. He pleaded guilty to stomping a Tasered man in Beardsley Park. Morales, a 12-year veteran of the Bridgeport Police Department, faces up to a year in prison for the misdemeanor charge of violating a person's civil rights.

Brett Broesder, communications director for the city of Bridgeport, said officials are prepared to take action against whoever is behind the derogatory note. "Bottom line is that any discussion of discrimination within any part of the city is something we have a zero-tolerance policy on," Broesder said. "If there is any wrongdoing found in the situation, swift, fair, immediate action will be taken."

Joseph Lawlor leaves the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, Conn., with his girlfriend Tuesday, June 10, 2014. He pleaded guilty to stomping a Tasered man in Beardsley Park. Lawlor, a 12-year veteran of the Bridgeport Police Department, faces up to a year in prison for the misdemeanor charge of violating a person's civil rights.

Posted: 12:38 am edt Wednesday, June 11, 2014 ~ Updated: 05:06 PM PDT on Sunday, June 28, 2015

BRIDGEPORT, CT -- A video went viral showing veteran Officers Joseph Lawlor, Elson Morales and Clive Higgins kicking and stomping a prone Orlando Lopez-Soto on a spring afternoon in 2011 in Beardsley Park. The video has been called the most flagrant act of police brutality in city history. The two veteran city cops seen in the video pled guilty to civil-rights violations. As a condition of the plea they have agreed to resign from the Police Department. They each face up to a year in prison.
It was in a very quiet federal courtroom that first Morales and then Lawlor pleaded guilty to one count each of depriving a person of their civil rights (a misdemeanor) before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Meyer.

Under the plea bargain, the officers each face up to a year in prison when they are sentenced Sept. 2, 2014. They had been on paid administrative duty pending the investigation. Both remain eligible to collect pensions from the city.

In Memoriam!

Published on Jul 20, 2014

True View Photography!

Posted: 11/09/2013 03:18:41 PM PST - Updated: 11/10/2013 11:03:41 PM PST

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Home Depot issued [a phony] apology for a racist tweet and blamed the agency that sent it from the company account.

The home improvement retailer pulled the tweet and apologized on Twitter on Thursday, saying, "We have zero tolerance for anything so stupid and offensive. Deeply sorry. We terminated agency and individual who posted it."

In a statement provided to media sources, Stephen Holmes, director of corporate communications, said, "We have zero tolerance for anything so stupid and offensive. The outside agency that created the Tweet and The Home Depot associate who posted it have been terminated. We're also closely reviewing our social media procedures to determine how this could have happened, and how to ensure it never happens again.

Customers responded to the apology on various social media sites.

"Deflecting blame and now all is hunky dory? Hmm," one Facebook user wrote. "So even though you hired the firm responsible for the shockingly racist tweet, you bear/accept no responsibility? Here's to hoping your company uses your one 'do over' wisely."

Another Facebook user wrote: "Very respectful way for you to respond to that offensive tweet. I will continue shopping at the Home Depot. Thank you for firing whoever posted that!"


Posted: 3:20 PM, Feb. 29, 2012 - Updated: 11:18 AM PST, Mar. 01, 2012

HELENA, MONTANA — Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull on Wednesday admitted to sending a racially charged email about President Barack Obama from his courthouse chambers. Cebull, of Billings, was nominated by former President George W. Bush and received his commission in 2001 and has served as chief judge for the District of Montana since 2008. One of the recipients of the email Cebull sent forwarded it to another person, who in turn forwarded it to another person. The email was eventually pass along to the media, who contacted Cebull. Cebull said he was surprised the recipients of the e-mail passed it along with his name on it. "This is a private thing that was, to say the least, very poor judgment on my part," Cebull said. "I did not forward it because of the racist nature of it. Although it is racist, I'm not that way, never have been."

The subject line of the email, which Cebull sent from his official courthouse email address on Feb. 20 at 3:42 p.m., says "A MOM'S MEMORY." The forwarded (body) text of the e-mail reads as follows:

"Normally I don't send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.

"A little boy said to his mother; 'Mommy, how come I'm black and you're white?'" the email joke reads. "His mother replied, 'Don't even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you're lucky you don't bark!'

Cebull (pictured left) admitted Wednesday to sending the email to seven recipients, including his personal email address. The judge acknowledged that the content of the email was racist, but said he does not consider himself racist. He said the email was intended to be a private communication. "It was not intended by me in any way to become public," Cebull said. "I apologize to anybody who is offended by it, and I can obviously understand why people would be offended." Cebull said his brother initially sent him the email, which he forwarded to six of his "old buddies" and acquaintances. He admitted that he read the email and intended to send it to his friends.

"The only reason I can explain it to you is I am not a fan of our president, but this goes beyond not being a fan," Cebull said. "I didn't send it as racist, although that's what it is. I sent it out because it's anti-Obama." Cebull said he does not consider himself prejudice against people of other races or ethnic backgrounds, and that his actions in his courtroom have demonstrated that. "I have never considered myself that way," Cebull said. "All I can emphasize is I've treated people in my courtroom all these years fairly. I don't think I've ever demonstrated racism. Nobody has ever even implied it."

Travis McAdam, executive director for the Montana Human Rights Network , said the email contained highly racist rhetoric unbecoming of a federal judge. "It's one thing if the judge is not a fan of President Barack Obama, but you would think someone in his position would articulate that in a way that criticizes his policy decisions or his position on issues," McAdam said. "We have a hard time believing that a legitimate criticism of the president involves distributing a joke that basically compares African Americans with animals."

"Another federal official who is entrusted to do his duties fairly and impartially has yet again sent an email from his work account during work hours that espouses deeply racist and bigoted views," a Montana immigration attorney said. "The reason why I think it's so troubling, is it espouses the deeply racist view that interracial sex is equivalent to bestiality. For a federal judge to be equating the two, and say since Barack Obama is of mixed racial background, that his mother was somehow committing acts of bestiality is incredibly racist and "deeply troubling."


Posted: 1:08 PM EST, Feb. 21, 2012 - Updated: 11:36 AM PST, Mar. 01, 2012

Rye, N.Y. -- Residents and other associates of a popular building superintendent are finding it impossible to fathom that the married father could have molested a tenant’s Labrador retriever at the Rye Colony apartment complex. “It’s unbelievable,” said Kris Lumaj, who does renovation work at Rye Colony and has known the super for years. “That’s an animal, you know. He’s got a wife and two kids, has no criminal record. I don’t know anybody who’d say anything bad about him.”

Kujtim Nicaj (pictured above, left) who lives and works at the complex, was arrested Feb. 9 on charges of sexual misconduct and bestiality involving a tenant's Labrador retriever, the local media reports. Nicaj, who lived and worked at the Rye Colony apartment complex in Rye, N.Y., until his arrest, is also charged with burglary. Nicaj's lawyer says his 41-year-old client is "humiliated" by the charges, which he denies, and is worried about providing for his wife and two kids. The police say Nicaj allegedly broke into the tenant's apartment with a key on Feb. 8 and sodomized the dog. The newspaper, quoting authorities, says the incident was captured on a "nannycam" set up by the tenant, who had suspected that someone had been entering the apartment.

Nicaj, seen as friendly and hardworking, hasn’t said a word publicly, or shown his face around the complex, since his arrest. No one answered the door at his home Monday, though his lawyer has maintained contact with the 41-year-old and his wife since the news broke last week. The beastiality case has made Nicaj a target of public ridicule, and he’s lost his job.

"Tar Baby!"

August 2, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCJB) -- A member of Congress has apologized after saying that being associated with President Barack Obama would be similar to touching a "tar baby." Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado (pictured left) sent a letter to Obama "apologizing for using a term some find insensitive," he said in a statement Monday. Lamborn made the comment during an interview on a Denver radio station about proposals to raise the nation's debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts.

"Even if some people say, 'Well, the Republicans should have done this or they should have done that,' they will hold the president responsible," Lamborn said. "Now I don't want to even have to be associated with him. It's like touching a tar baby and you get, you get it, you know ... you are stuck and you are part of the problem now and you can't get away."

The term "tar baby" is a reference to 19th century Uncle Remus stories about Br'er Rabbit, as set down by Joel Chandler Harris. It can refer to a sticky problem or situation but also is understood as a derogatory term for African-Americans.

"Lamborn was attempting to tell a radio audience last week that the president's policies have created an economic quagmire for the nation and are responsible for the dismal economic conditions our country faces," said the statement from Lamborn's office."He regrets that he chose the phrase 'tar baby,' rather than the word 'quagmire.' The congressman is confident that the president will accept his heartfelt apology." Lamborn's spokeswoman, Catherine Mortensen, said Monday that the comment was misunderstood.

Lamborn is not the first to run into trouble with the phrase. Mitt Romney referred to the Big Dig construction project in Boston as a "tar baby" in 2006 during a fundraiser on the campaign trail. And Sen. John McCain also used the term during his campaign for president. Both men apologized.

The White House has not commented on Lamborn's remark.

Aunt Samantha Speaks!

Posted: 04/21/2011 03:12:26 PM PDT

Orange County, CA -- A Republican Party official, Marilyn Davenport (pictured below, center) distributed an email with an image depicting President Barack Obama and his parents as chimpanzees, and then, at least temporarily, angrily defended the stunt as non-racist. Orange County is an incubator for grotesque, racist ugliness. The darker side of right-wing American politics routinely emerges in gloriously shameful fashion.

Back in the '80s, OC Congressman Robert K. Dornan celebrated AIDS as God's answer to eliminating gay Americans.

Dick Nichols, a Republican city councilman in Newport Beach, gleefully shared in 2003 the motive of a local public-policy stance: to keep Latinos away from ritzy Corona del Mar beaches.

In 2009, Los Alamitos Republican Mayor Dean Grose welcomed the inauguration of the first black U.S. president by sending out an image of the White House lawn planted with watermelons.

This takes us to current OC Republican Central Committee member Marilyn Davenport, who sent to fellow conservatives on April 15 the Obama-is-a-chimp image along with the words, "Now you know why no birth certificate." She thought the picture was hilarious. Among her defenses was a demand for the "coward" who leaked the story to come forward and her suggestion she couldn't be racist because she has black friends.

Davenport and her husband, Dick—a tall fellow with polite manners and an easy smile—watched their lives change before their eyes. The couple stopped answering the door because Los Angeles television news crews were demanding on-camera interviews. A local political website published the Davenports' home address and telephone number, which made them fear for their safety. They had to take their phone off the hook because callers from as far away as Michigan, they said, were leaving "vulgar" voice-mail messages. They were forced to lower their window shades because the media were camped out on their street in a gorgeous, hilly part of Fullerton.

Still other local Republican activists argued that while the email image is racist, they didn't think it warranted a resignation. There's even a camp blaming Baugh and Schroeder for the mess. One veteran OC GOP activist who spoke on condition of anonymity, "The thing I am most mad about isn't the email. I don't like it. I think it was racist. But what really upsets me is that other Republicans threw her under the bus. It's them who embarrassed the party. They should have kept their mouths shut and not let the media ever see that email."

Within the local GOP, there is talk that Davenport was targeted for public ridicule simply because she isn't a fan of the local Republican leader. She concluded, "I don't know why he would come after me." She wondered aloud: Had it been because she'd argued for him to release $10,000 in party committee funds for a Republican youth day at the Nixon Library?

Innocent Racism!

March 21, 10:33 PM

RICHMOND, VA — After spending 27 years in prison for rapes and attacks prosecutors now say he did not commit, Thomas Haynesworth (pictured above, center) started a new life as a free man Monday. At his mother’s cozy bungalow, where a spare bedroom has always waited for him, Haynesworth ate the Chinese takeout he had been craving — chicken fried rice for lunch. For the first time in his life, he placed a call on a cellphone. Two nieces he had just met crawled into his lap as he relaxed on a recliner in the living room. It was his 46th birthday, and he was finally home. “I’m just going to sit here and relax and spend time with my mother,” Haynesworth said.

Haynesworth was an 18-year-old high school dropout when was arrested as he walked to the market to buy sweet potatoes and bread for Sunday dinner. He told police they had the wrong man. Now, nearly three decades later, Virginia Attorney General Ken T. Cuccinelli II and two prosecutors say they believe he was telling the truth. DNA and other evidence, they say, point to another attacker. Haynesworth has his freedom, but he is still fighting to clear his name. He was released after Gov. Robert F. Mc­Don­nell (R) asked the parole board to review his case. The state of Virginia is supporting Haynesworth’s bid to have the Virginia Court of Appeals issue a “Writ of Actual Innocence.”

“I believe in Mr. Haynesworth’s innocence, and I will continue to work toward a complete vindication,” Cuccinelli said in a written statement.

Haynesworth said he will continue fighting for exoneration. He thinks the court “will see the truth,” he said. But Monday was about celebrating and starting anew.

About 11:20 a.m., Haynesworth, wearing khaki pants and a button-down shirt, walked out of the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt carrying his television and a single garbage bag that held the rest of his belongings.

“He’s home,” his mother, Dolores Haynesworth, said as she tucked her arm around her son. “It’s still hard to believe. I’m holding him, but it’s still hard to believe.”

Haynesworth has never googled, used an ATM or traveled on an airplane. He doesn’t have a driver’s license. During nearly three decades behind bars, he was told when to eat, exercise and go to bed. He said he’s ready to catch up with a world he knows only from television and books.

But for starters, he craves simple things. He wants to sit on a porch, reconnect with old friends and enjoy some of his mother’s fried trout.

“It’s been a long journey,” Haynesworth said. “I just want to reflect and sit down and talk to my momma and eat a meal with her.”

Haynesworth was arrested on a February afternoon in 1984 when his mother sent him out to buy groceries. A woman who had been attacked days earlier saw Haynesworth and told a police officer he was the man.

Haynesworth, who had no criminal record, maintained from the start that he was innocent. But five women ultimately identified him as their attacker. He was convicted in three attacks and acquitted in one; one case was dropped.

In 2005, in the wake of the exonerations of five other wrongly convicted men, then-Virginia governor Mark R. Warner (D) ordered a sweeping review of thousands of criminal cases from 1973 through 1988. Haynesworth’s was among them.

Using technology that wasn’t available in the 1980s, authorities tested DNA collected from a January 1984 rape for which Haynesworth was convicted. The results cleared him and implicated a convicted rapist named Leon Davis.

The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project took on Haynesworth’s case. DNA testing exonerated Haynesworth in a second rape in which he had been a suspect. Again, Davis was implicated.

Davis lived in the same neighborhood as Haynesworth. They resembled each other and have the same blood type.

Davis, who is jailed on other charges, has declined to be interviewed.

Haynesworth also was convicted in two attacks for which there is no genetic evidence. Prosecutors who have reexamined the cases are convinced he was wrongly convicted of those crimes, too.

Haynesworth said guards at the prison woke him up about 1 a.m. Monday to tell him he soon would be released. The other inmates gave him a birthday card that he brought home.

Hours later he was walking outside, hugging his mother and sisters. News photographers shot photos and reporters fired questions at him.

“Back in the hands of the people that love him,” a nephew said.

“I always believed this day would come,” Haynesworth said. “I didn’t think it would take 27 years.”

At home, he checked out his new bedroom and decided it would need some of his own touches. His mother’s dog, Stud, snapped at him. And he settled back in the easy chair as his mother prepared to whip up a dinner of scalloped potatoes, string beans and her son’s favorite trout.

“When we’re here tonight and it’s just the two of us, it will sink in,” she said.

Barber Cuts!

November 10, 2010

OAKLAND, CA -- A 37-year old father and barber shop owner, suspected to be involved in a domestic dispute, was shot and killed Monday by officers who thought he was reaching for a weapon. The man, however, was unarmed.

Police said East Oakland barber shop owner Derrick Jones did not have a gun or knife on him. He was the married father of a 2-year-old girl and known to friends and family as "D.D."

Angry relatives at police headquarters said that, although they still don't have all the facts, they consider the shooting unjustified and an overreaction by the two officers involved. A cousin, Charles Jones, said it was hard to understand why the officers could not arrest Jones and, instead, ended up shooting him.

"If they are professionals, they should be able to detain someone without killing them," said Morice Jones, the man's cousin. "They are not protecting people, they are killing people. "... They did not have to be scared of Derrick. This has to stop."

Police were called to Jones' barbershop in the 5800 block of Bancroft Avenue about 9:30 p.m. Monday to investigate a report of a domestic dispute.

A woman who said she was Jones' girlfriend told officers he had beaten, choked and threatened her, police said.

Deputy Chief Jeff Israel said the officers, whose names were not released, confronted Jones outside the barber shop. Israel said the man denied being Jones and tried to flee. At least one officer attempted to use a Taser on Jones, Israel said, but it was ineffective, apparently because of the jacket Jones was wearing.

Israel said the officers began chasing Jones, who they said grabbed toward his waistband several times. The officers told him repeatedly to stop and raise his hands, Israel said, adding that witnesses corroborated the officers' story. At one point, the officers said they saw Jones holding a shiny object that police later said was not a weapon, although they have not identified it.

Israel said the officers told investigators that Jones stopped running in the 5800 block of Trask Street, turned around to face them while continuing to put his hands toward his waistband, "consistent with the move of somebody reaching for a weapon."

He said the officers, "believing they were in a life-threatening situation," fired several shots at Jones, who fell to the pavement. Israel said the officers immediately began first aid, but Jones was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Family members said people claiming to be witnesses to the shooting told them Jones was shot at least a half-dozen times in the back. But police said they expect an autopsy scheduled for today will show otherwise.

Police said Jones was on parole for a gun conviction and also had previously been charged for drugs, domestic violence and resisting arrest.

Israel said the shooting is being investigated by the police homicide and internal affairs units and the district attorney's office, and that more details will be released as the investigation progresses. He encouraged anyone with information to call police at 510-238-3821.

The officers were placed on paid administrative leave, which is routine after officer-involved shootings.

Relatives painted a different picture of Jones, calling him a hardworking businessman, a loving father to his daughter and as "someone who would not hurt anybody," according to his uncle, evangelist Sammy Jones.

Tay Dunmore, 26, attended a gathering of friends and family who held a vigil for Jones on Tuesday outside his Kwik Cuts Shop, lighting candles, writing on a banner and expressing outrage at the killing.

"When we were in middle school, we didn't have to worry about having snack money or anything," Dunmore said. "We could just come by and D.D. would say, 'Show me your report card,' and he'd set you up."

A protective, older-brother type of presence in the neighborhood, Jones was "the only barber I know who would cut on Sundays," Dunmore added. "And his baby girl was always here. Everybody knew D.D. had a baby, because he was a good daddy, and it's not that many of them out here."

Two hours before the shooting, a suspect had fired on two other officers in West Oakland, though in that shooting no one was harmed and the officers did not return fire. The suspect was later arrested.

"They didn't shoot at the guy who shot at them, but they shot at my cousin?" Charles Jones said.

Johnny Williams, a 37-year-old friend of Jones, said living in East Oakland means struggling with a constant feeling of threat from police.

"What authority have we given as citizens for that to happen?" he said. "Who's giving them authority to shoot somebody without a gun? This is our home, and we care about the people in it. This is inexcusable. We need justice, and we need help."

In a statement released by Mayor Ron Dellums, he said his "office has been in close contact with Chief (Anthony) Batts and leadership of the Oakland Police Department, and we support their thorough and timely investigation into the circumstances which led to this unfortunate outcome. In addition, I am pleased that the Alameda County District Attorney is conducting its own investigation into this case, and we will closely monitor the progress moving forward."

Jones' death was the third fatal shooting by Oakland police this year.

Another O.P.D. Homicide!

November 9, 2010

OAKLAND, CA -- Derrick Jones, a 37-year-old Oakland man, was killed in an officer-involved shooting Monday night, police said. Police responded to a domestic dispute between a man and a woman in the 5800 block of Bancroft Avenue at 9:40 p.m., police spokesman Officer Jeff Thomason said. When officers arrived, the man ran toward Trask Street. More officers arrived and found the man in the 5800 block of Trask Street. The officers fired several rounds from their service pistols. The man was hit and pronounced dead at the scene.

No officers were injured in the incident. The officers' names are not being released at this time. They have been put on administrative leave, which is routine in officer-involved shootings. The shooting is being investigated by the homicide and internal affairs sections and the District Attorney's Office, and police have not said what prompted the shooting.

Anyone with information about the incident may contact the Homicide Section at 510-238-3821. This story will be updated as more details become available.

Poetic Justice!

November 7, 2010

Since January 2007, at least 140 people have been killed by police officers in Los Angeles County, according to coroner's data collected for the Homicide Report. [99.9% of those killed were African-American males.]

RIVERSIDE, CA -- Police have put up roadblocks and are using dogs to search a Southern California park for a big-rig trucker they suspect killed an officer during a chase.

Lt. Steve Johnson says the 200-acre Fairmount Park in Riverside will remain sealed off for several more hours Monday.

Police say Officer Ryan Bonaminio stopped a truck Sunday night after a report that it was involved in a hit-and-run accident.

Authorities say the trucker got out and ran into the park, where he and Bonaminio had a gunfight. Bonaminio was hit at least once and died at a hospital. The trucker drove off.

The search briefly delayed deliveries at a nearby Walmart distribution center but the general manager says all his trucks are accounted for and business is normal.

Note: Probation would appear to be appropriate for the truck driver!

The People of the State of California

November 6, 2010

Johannes Mehserle

C.J. Note: We note that Johannes Mehserle, an immigrant from (former Nazi) Germany (at the age of two (2) years), having been convicted of a violent felony and sentenced to prison, is now eligible for deportation to his native Germany.Shame on every Black police Officer that contributed to Mehserle's $3,000,000.00 bail!

Court Ratifies
Racial Killings!

November 6, 2010
"I made the ruling because I believe it is in justice to do so."
- Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry on his decision to sentence Johannes Mehserle's to two (2) years in prison for murdering Oscar Grant
"Today we saw the best example of what we already believed," Johnson said. "It's a racist criminal justice system. There can be no peace without justice."
- Cephus Johnson, Oscar Grant's uncle responding to Johannes Mehserle's two (2) year sentence for murdering Oscar Grant.

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Johannes Mehserle will likely serve seven more months in prison for killing Oscar Grant III after a judge's ruling Friday dismissed a key part of a confusing jury verdict that could have landed the 28-year-old former BART police officer in prison for as long as 14 years. In making his decision, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry (pictured left) acknowledged that the sentence would anger Grant's family and possibly much of the Bay Area but said, "I did the best I could with this case." Perry said the evidence presented during the trial was "simply overwhelming" in favor of Mehserle's claim that he made a mistake in shooting the 22-year-old Hayward man by confusing his gun with his Taser. He added that the prosecution's examples, which it argued pointed toward a fabricated story, were "insufficient." Given his opinions about the evidence, and the jury's verdict of involuntary manslaughter, Perry said that "no reasonable trier of fact could have concluded" that Mehserle intended to use his gun early Jan. 1, 2009. As a result, Perry said, he was mandated by law to dismiss a jury finding that Mehserle is guilty of a gun enhancement and by doing so he immediately lowered Mehserle's possible term in prison to four years. But Perry said the four-year term was too harsh for a defendant who, contrary to statements by Grant's family, has shown remorse. It was also too harsh a penalty for a defendant who did not bear sole responsibility for the crime or for a defendant who does not have a history of violence, Perry said.

"Many people contributed to the tragedy in this case," Perry said as he listed various figures in the incident, including Grant for fighting on the train and BART for failing to train its officers properly. "I made the ruling because I believe it is in justice to do so." Cephus Johnson, Grant's uncle, felt otherwise. "Today we saw the best example of what we already believed," Johnson said. "It's a racist criminal justice system. There can be no peace without justice."
As Perry predicted, Michael Rains, Mehserle's defense attorney, said he, too, was not pleased with the decision. Rains had argued that his client should receive probation and said after the sentencing that he would appeal the involuntary manslaughter conviction. "Some of you might think that we have a reason to be happy. Johannes Mehserle is still in custody; he is still behind bars," Rains said. "I will not rest until he is out." Although Perry sentenced Mehserle to two years in prison, it is likely that he will only serve about seven months. But Rains said he will argue on appeal that Mehserle should be released on bail during the appeals process and that the jury verdict of involuntary manslaughter should not stand. Rains also took a shot at the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, saying it will be "the biggest culprit in setting the city on fire" because it needlessly led residents toward a belief that Mehserle intended to pull out his gun and kill Grant. "It has been an act of irresponsibility," Rains said of the decision to charge his client with murder. "The District Attorney's Office of Alameda County should be ashamed of itself."

[Corrupt] Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley issued a statement asking for calm. "It is the sincere hope of the District Attorney's Office that our community can continue to build on our strength and our commitment to equal justice so that this tragedy will never be repeated," O'Malley said. "The District Attorney's Office, along with law enforcement partners, community leaders and community partners, will foster the dialogue that strives for peace and nonviolence."
Perry's decision came after more than four hours of legal arguments and emotional testimony from Grant's uncle, aunt, mother, fiancee and sister. It also came after Mehserle spoke and after attorneys for the defense and prosecution argued over various legal issues surrounding the verdict and the potential sentence. In front of a packed courtroom and standing just behind a shackled Mehserle, Grant's family begged Perry to give Mehserle the maximum sentence of 14 years in prison, saying they still believed it was murder and never felt Mehserle apologized. Mehersle sat stoic in his orange Los Angeles County Jail jumpsuit as Grant's family issued their pleas. The former Lafayette resident showed no emotion until he stood and spoke to the court saying he was sorry for what happened. At one point, Johnson was cut off by Perry when he began to shout his disapproval with the judge who had indicated that a mistake was made in allowing the jury to consider a gun enhancement against Mehserle and that he might not allow it to stand.

(Pictured left to right Trial Judge Robert Perry, Johannes Mehserle, Oscar Grant and ex-Officer Tony Pirone) "To lose our right to justice because of your judicial error will raise significant questions about our criminal justice system," Johnson said as his voice rose and tears formed in his eyes. "We should not lose this case because of you." Grant's other relatives also questioned the equality of the criminal justice system and talked of how Grant's death has damaged them emotionally. Wanda Johnson, Grant's mother, could barely finish her speech to Perry as she broke down in sobs as she discussed how she received a phone call early Jan. 1, 2009, and was told her son had been shot. "I live every day of my life in pain, my son is not here," she said, crying. "The people that were supposed to protect and serve were the ones that took his life."

Jack Bryson, the father of two of Grant's friends who were on the Fruitvale BART station platform and saw Grant get shot, twice walked out of the courtroom when Perry began. Wanda Johnson also left the courtroom with Grant's sister after Perry declared that he would not allow the gun enhancement to stand.

Perry said that he understood the pain Grant's family had endured and the long-held skepticism many minority communities feel toward the criminal justice system, but he said he could not solve the problems with one ruling. "I can't transform law enforcement (If this was an accident, why the need to transform law enforcement?). I am just one judge out of many judges doing my best," Perry said. "I heard genuine pain in Mr. Johnson's voice that there was a possibility that the court might let him down," Perry continued. "Mr. Johnson, we are doing the best we can." Perry said he was also disheartened to see that the community remained polarized over the killing and that race continued to be a factor into people's emotions even though evidence in the case showed race played no role. And the judge said he was upset that people continued to make points about the case that were not true. "It is obvious to this court that the community is greatly polarized, and, in my view, that is a tragedy of this case," Perry said. "I cannot and will not allow consideration of race to impact my view; based on the evidence this is not a case about race."

See: The Johannes Mehserle Trial - Verdict Watch!

See: The Johannes Mehserle Trial - 2010 - Part III

See: The Johannes Mehserle Trial - 2010 - Part II

See: The Johannes Mehserle Trial - 2010

The Jew Courts Speak!

(Pictured left to right (clockwise) Juden (GA) Chief Justice [Supreme Court] Carol Hunstein; Juden (CA) State Trial Judge Robert Perry; and Juden (CA) Federal Trial Judge "Sara" Claudia Wilkens.)

"The undisputed evidence shows that Officers Jimenez and Borello acted reasonably when they used deadly force against Mr. Moppin[.]"
--Juden Wilkens
"Based on the facts set forth above, the trial court's determination that Bunn is immune from prosecution because he acted in self-defense in discharging his service weapon, although based upon conflicting evidence, was supported by a preponderance of the evidence. Accordingly, the trial court did not err by granting Bunn's immunity motion."
--Juden Hunstein

We now see a pattern of law emerging from both the state and federal courts that grant police departments across the nation, a license to kill black men. In virtually every case that has made its way before the court involving the killing of unarmed black men by police officers, the court has found legal precedent to justify such killings. The publice record demonstrates that not one police officer in America has been convicted of killing an unarmed black man. In one of the most egregious cases, New York Police Officers shot an unarmed black man fifty (50) times. Every officer involved in this shooting of Sean Bell was exonerated in a court of law. "The undisputed evidence shows that Oakland, CA Police Officers Hector Jimenez and Jessica Borello acted reasonably when they used deadly force against Mr. Moppin [an African-American]," Wilken wrote. "The officers shot [an unarmed] Mr. Moppin only after he failed to come toward them, as ordered, dropped his hands and then made a movement toward his waist area as though reaching for a weapon." Less than seven months after Moppin-Buckskin was killed, Jimenez fatally shot Mack "Jody" Woodfox III, 27, [an African-American] after stopping him on suspicion of drunken driving. Jimenez said he believed Woodfox had been reaching into his waistband for a gun when he jumped from his car and ran after a chase July 25, 2008, 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.

L.A.P.D. Kills Developmentally Disabled!

March 21, 2010

Los Angeles, CA -- "On the night of July 14, 2002, Raymond Bunn, a [White] plain clothes police officer who was patrolling an Atlanta neighborhood in an unmarked vehicle, fired fatal shots into the driver-side window of a Chevy Tahoe twice wounding its driver 19 year-old Corey Ward, an African-American male, on the left side of his head. Those facts are certain. Otherwise, the evidence is conflicting as to where Bunn was standing in relation to the Chevy Tahoe Ward was driving;1 how fast Ward's vehicle was moving; and whether Ward and his passengers knew Bunn and his partner were police officers. There are also discrepancies with Bunn's incident report in which he alleges his knee was "pinned" by Ward's vehicle. Specifically, there is no physical or medical evidence of any injury to Bunn's knee and Bunn's partner did not actually see Bunn being hit by Ward's vehicle. There is also troubling evidence that Bunn previously used excessive force for which he was found civilly liable for damages stemming from an incident in which he punched a woman in the face during a routine traffic stop."

Scott Nugent

October 29, 2010 A Winnfield, Louisiana jury acquitted a white police officer, Scott Nugent, of the January 17, 2008 blatant and wanton murder of Mr. Baron "Scooter" Pikes, an African-American, which was caught on tape. The trial had been delayed numerous times. The jury, an all "white" panel, acquitted him anyway. The prosecutor (yes, the guy who brought the charges against Nugent) said "all 'black' jurors were tainted" and thus would not be good jurors. He apparently got his wish.

Officer Nugent (pictured left) tasered Mr. Pikes, who was in handcuffs, 14 times in nine minutes, while other "white" cops around him were yelling things like "are you on crack nigger" and several other slurs. All of this was caught on tape, but this still did not matter in the Louisiana courtroom. This jury will lean on the word of "expert" witness Mark Kroll, who is an employee at Taser International, as their excuse for setting a murderer free. Kroll said the nine Taser shots did not kill Mr. Pikes and continued, "[Taser shots] hurt, but there's zero negative effect on the body."

Mr. Pikes' (pictured left) family will likely get some insulting $250,000 - $500,000 "settlement" from a lawsuit, none of which will come from Nugent's pocket. It appears it will remain legal in the USA for "white" people (especially law enforcement) to kill "black" people, particularly in the Confederate states. This acquittal will inevitably be celebrated by Euro-Americans and one should expect "O.J." to come up frequently in comparison to this case.

Cop Murders Black Male!

October 19, 2010

(In-depth Coverage pending!)

Louisiana Tasers Black men to Death!

October 8, 2010

Murderous O.P.D. & B.A.R.T. P.D.Strike Again!

July 17, 2010 OAKLAND — Oakland and BART police shot and killed Fred Collins, 48, of Oakland near the Fruitvale BART Station (BART STATION where Oscar Grant was killed) authorities said. Preliminary reports were that the man may have been armed with a knife (not confirmed as true). The shooting happened about 8:24 a.m. in the 1500 block of 33rd Avenue. Minutes earlier, Oakland Police joined two BART officers in pursuit of the man through the neighborhood after a 911 caller reported a suspect brandishing knives near the Fruitvale BART station. The officers apparently were not hurt. Two officers had fired Tasers at the man with no effect, Israel said. A total of five officers from both departments fired on the man in the 1500 block of 33rd Avenue shortly after 8 a.m., Deputy Oakland Police Chief Jeffrey Israel said. The dead man had not yet been identified, Israel said, describing him as appearing to be Hispanic and perhaps between the ages of 30 and 40. Oakland Police are in charge of the investigation, he said.
Jeff Israel is a liar! You can't believe anything he says!Lying is the norm for Oakland Police Officers and the Department!

Rodney King - 2013!

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Police Beatdowns U.S.A. ~ 2014!

Description: United States -- In California, in an incident captured on video, we saw a barefoot woman described as harmless, being subdued and pummelled by a California Highway Patrol officer. In this compilation we look at similar police encounters spanning 2008 through 2014. Previous Video: The O.J. Simpson Murder Saga: 20 Years Later! Read more on the State of Florida v. Michael Dunn (Indictment, Police Reports, Civil Complaint).
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