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January 4, 2011
January 3, 2011
SLPD - Murder!
Posted: 12/30/2010 06:07:43 AM PST
Updated: 12/30/2010 08:34:43 PM PST
OAKLAND, CA -- San Leandro police shot and killed a woman who was driving a stolen Jaguar on Wednesday night, after a chase that ended in a crash about 50 feet from the Oakland-San Leandro border. Two officers patrolling in the 600 block of MacArthur Boulevard spotted the car dashing away from a liquor store around 10:30 p.m. and checked to discover the car had been reported stolen hours earlier, San Leandro police Lt. Jeff Tudor said. They tried to pull it over, and a short, high-speed chase ensued, ending when the Jaguar spun 180 degrees in the 10900 block of Bancroft Avenue and crashed into a Pontiac parked at the curb, Tudor added.
Two people were in the car, Tudor said, and an Oakland man in the passenger seat immediately fled. The officers had parked and gotten out of their car, and one officer ran to subdue the fleeing suspect, stopping behind the Jaguar, Tudor said. As that officer restrained the male suspect, the second officer walked to the driver's side of the car and saw the Jaguar's tires spinning and smoking as the driver, a Hayward woman, revved the engine, Tudor said. Both suspects have criminal records, Tudor said. No weapons were found in the car.
The officer feared that if the woman put the car in reverse while the engine was revving that hard, it would hit his partner, Tudor said, so he gave the woman "numerous commands" to stop. When she didn't, he fired his gun into the car, Tudor said. She was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
[N]eighbors said they didn't think the shooting was necessary. Mel Snell, 48, lives on the block, which is between 109th and Durant avenues, and owns the parked Pontiac into which the Jaguar crashed. He said Thursday that he rushed out the door as he heard approaching sirens and believes the officers struck the rear of the Jaguar with their patrol car, forcing the crash, which he saw as he came outside.
"They crashed the car and right away he said, 'Get out, get out,' two times, and then he started dumping the whole clip on her. He actually reloaded when he was done," Snell said. "You need a minute after you crash a car to get your consciousness. He should have waited." Snell said he was angry with San Leandro police because the car he just bought a few weeks ago is now undriveable, and he believes the officers are responsible for the damage. Maurice Brown, 38, also lives on the block of the shooting, and said he saw nothing but heard tires burning rubber, followed by about eight gunshots and then police commands: "Let me see your hands. Come toward me."
Tudor said the officers did not perform a PIT maneuver -- using one moving car to tap another and end a chase -- but added that he did not know why the Jaguar suddenly turned around. He also could not describe how far behind the Jaguar the allegedly endangered officer was, or whether the Jaguar was already boxed in, its rear corner blocked by the Pontiac, as some witnesses said.
Police withheld the names of the officers, the woman who died and the male suspect who remained in custody. Both officers are veterans, Tudor said, but he would not say if either has been involved in a shooting before. Neither officer was injured and both are now on paid administrative leave, a common police policy. Investigations are being conducted by Oakland homicide detectives, Alameda County District Attorney's Office and the San Leandro police administration.
Familial History of Murder!
February 10, 2010
Oakland, CA - An Oakland man was convicted of second-degree murder today for the shooting death of 17-year-old San Leandro High School football player Greg Ballard Jr. on Oct. 13, 2007. Dwayne Stancill, 21, the son of a San Leandro police officer, faces a term of 40 years when he is sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Allan Hyner on April 9, 2010. Sgt. Stancill, the defendant's father was a sergeant in the San Leandro Police Department, but left the department last month (January 2010). Police Chief Ian Willis said today that personnel rules bar him from disclosing the reason Stancill left the department.
In addition to second-degree murder, which carries a term of 15 years, jurors convicted Stancill of intentionally discharging a firearm and causing death, which carries another 25 years. Family members and friends of both Ballard and Stancill packed Hymer’s courtroom for the reading of the verdict.Oakland police discovered Ballard suffering at least one gunshot wound in the 9200 block of Sunnyside Street in Oakland at about 10:10 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2007. Stancill was arrested 11 days after the shooting. A photo on a Web site devoted to a gang to which police said Stancill belonged helped investigators locate him, police said.
Family members and friends of both Ballard and Stancill packed opposite sides of Hymer's courtroom for the reading of the verdict. Although Ballard lived in San Leandro, he still had friends in Oakland and went to a party there to see them, and was celebrating his team's victory over rival Bishop O'Dowd. Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Ben Beltramo said Wednesday that Ballard was simply minding his own business and wasn't bothering anyone, but Dwayne Stancill walked up to him and shot at him four times, striking him once. Ballard died on the spot. Beltramo said a possible motive for the shooting was that Stancill may have tried to enhance his gang reputation by committing an act of violence.
Stancill's lawyer has denied that Stancill was a gang member, but Beltramo said a photo of Stancill flashing gang signs was posted on the MySpace page for the Hyfee Boyz gang. Beltramo said finding Stancill's photo on the gang's Web site "catapulted" the investigation into Ballard's death and helped them identify Stancill as the culprit. Stancill's attorney admitted during the trial that Stancill killed Ballard but said Stancill was so drunk that he did not have an intent to kill and should only be convicted of a lesser charge, such as manslaughter.
Beltramo conceded that Stancill had been drinking the night of the shooting, but he said Stancill still knew what he was doing and "formed the specific intent to kill." Beltramo said the jury's decision was "a very appropriate and just verdict."
Worst of the Worst!
Worst of the Worst!
January 3, 2011
The New Orleans Police Department is known for carrying out heinous acts of racist brutality, especially within the African-American and other oppressed communities. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which all too painfully exposed broken levees in the predominantly Black Ninth Ward, many police shootings of unarmed Black residents took place as people were desperately trying to escape and survive flooded New Orleans. An untold number of these residents lost their lives during these senseless shootings. Few police and few of the armed white vigilantes who shot and killed these residents are likely to ever be brought to justice for these crimes against humanity.
December 10, 2010
Given this history, it was somewhat unusual that some of these NOPD killings came to light — four years after they took place. One was the case of Henry Glover, a 31-year-old Black man who was shot in the back on Sept. 2, 2005, by police officer David Warren. The officer claimed that Glover had a weapon when he shot him. Henry was barely alive when his brother, King, flagged down a Black motorist, William Tanner, in an attempt to get Henry to a hospital.
They asked the police to help them. The cops handcuffed and then beat King Glover and Tanner. Meanwhile, Henry Glover bled to death in the back seat of Tanner’s car. Once Glover died, one of the cops burned his body and the car beyond recognition. In early 2009, the Nation magazine broke the story of the charred body and the car being found. This discovery helped to lead to federal indictments against five NOPD officers on various charges.
On Dec. 9, 2010 a New Orleans jury found Warren guilty of violating Glover’s civil rights along with manslaughter. Two other officers were found guilty of burning Tanner’s car and attempted cover-up of the killing. Two other officers were completely acquitted. While some may feel that some justice was served in this case, Henry Glover’s aunt, Rebecca Glover, stated that the officers should have been convicted for the murder of her nephew. Warren will most certainly serve less time in prison for the manslaughter conviction.
The case of Henry Glover brings to mind the cases of the fatal police shootings of other unarmed Black men like Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo and many others. In these cases and countless more, none of the killer cops were charged with murder, much less convicted of murder. Some of these police would not have been put on trial even for manslaughter if there weren’t some level of mass organizing from the oppressed communities and their political allies.
The New Orleans Police Murder of Raymond Robair
Early on the steamy Saturday morning of July 30, 2005, two New Orleans cops took the battered body of 48-year-old Raymond Robair to the emergency room of Charity Hospital. They left Raymond unconscious in a wheelchair, told ER workers they had found him on the ground, and drove away. Several hours later, Raymond Robair died on an operating table.
Raymond had sustained a vicious beating. He had several broken ribs that had lacerated his liver and ruptured his spleen. He died from the ruptured spleen. The two cops who had taken Raymond to the hospital—Melvin Williams and Matthew Brooks—claimed that they had found him staggering at the corner of Robertson and Dumaine streets in the Treme district of New Orleans, just behind Louis Armstrong Park. The report they filed, as the New Orleans Times Picayune wrote, "never mentions any struggle with Robair—or any use of force at all. It never quotes a civilian witness, mentions Robair by name, or notes that he later died."
People who witnessed the encounter between Raymond and the cops told a completely different story. Raymond Robair, who was known as a local handyman, had gone to the house of an elderly neighbor to help her with repairs, although he knew she didn't have money to pay him. They told how Williams and Brooks confronted Raymond, and how Williams—known throughout Treme for his brutal history, kicked and beat Raymond with his nightstick until he was unconscious and bleeding on the sidewalk. They then threw him in the back of their police car.
The Coverup, the Indictments
In late August 2005, Orleans Parish coroner Frank Minyard issued his report on Raymond Robair's death. The report said that "Robair's injuries were sustained sometime before his encounter with the police." Minyard also claimed the cause of Raymond's death was "unclassified" and "accidental." Minyard admitted that he "relies heavily on the NOPD to provide facts that help determine how a person dies." He continued, "The way it was presented to me by the Police Department, this young man was staggering along the street and he collapsed in front of them or around them. The story was that, right around the corner, this guy had been in a fight. That's what the police said."
A lawyer for Robair's family struggled to bring the truth of his murder to light, and filed complaints against Williams and Brooks. But the NOPD said the complaints were "unfounded." And in December 2007, over two years after Robair's murder, the Orleans Parish DA made an official decision to refuse charges on the cops.
The Robair family attorney was able to have an independent autopsy done. The conclusion drawn by this coroner—the chief medical examiner for the state of Georgia—in early 2008 was that Robair was the victim of a homicide. Finally, on July 29, 2010, five years after his murder, the killers of Raymond Robair were indicted on federal civil rights charges. The cops are not charged with murder. The federal charges are that Williams and Brooks used "unnecessary force" when they kicked and beat Raymond to death, and then filed a "false report" when they claimed his death was a "medical incident." After a short hearing, both cops were released "in lieu of bond."
A Frenzy of Murder
The indictments of Williams and Brooks are part of a wave of federal indictments against members of the NOPD. At least 18 NOPD cops are under indictment now for three incidents, and five cases are still under federal investigation. Except for the case of Raymond Robair, all of the incidents being investigated occurred in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.
Less than a month after Raymond Robair was beaten to death, Katrina hit New Orleans. Tens of thousands of people—overwhelmingly, Black people—were left to suffer and die for days in suffocating heat, and drown in the toxic sludge that flooded the city. Rescue workers, medical personnel, and other volunteers were prevented from entering the city by police and soldiers.
People in the city, especially youth usually condemned by the system as "gangsters," fought heroically to save as many lives as they could, rescuing people from rooftops, making improvised rafts to take people to dry land, gathering supplies for children, and elderly people who were without food or water. But the system's media blasted huge lies to the world about wanton murder and rape by criminal gangs ransacking the city.
These conscious and deliberate lies became a big part of the pretext for the massive infusion of armed enforcers into New Orleans, and gave a green light to a frenzy of killing, murder, and disappearances by New Orleans police and other armed enforcers of capitalism. The routine terror inflicted upon the people by the police—like that suffered by Raymond Robair—became an orgy of murderous violence. In one particularly horrific incident, Henry Glover was shot to death by a cop acting as a sniper. When Henry's brother, Edward King, and William Tanner, a passerby, tried to save Henry's life, they were themselves assaulted and savagely beaten by a mob of cops, who then set fire to Henry Glover's dead body and left his ashen remains in Tanner's car, 400 feet from their police station.
Hurricane Katrina was a practical demonstration of our governments top priorities. When push came to shove, they prefered to defend the businessman’s right to property over the working persons right to survival. And defend it they did – with extreme measures.
Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, with the full support of both Former President George Bush and Mayor Ray Nagin, gave the authorization for national guards troops to shoot and kill people she called “hoodlums” – namely, the poor, black inhabitants of the cities ghetto’s.
“These troops are fresh back from Iraq, well-trained, experienced, battle-tested and under my orders to restore order in the streets,” Gov. Blanco said.
“They have M-16′s and they are locked and loaded.
“These troops know how to shoot and kill and they are more than willing to do so if necessary and I expect they will.”
Although thousands were left stranded without water, without shelter, without food or medicine, among the first orders issued by government officials was to quell looting – to defend private property. But to protect themselves and their families, people had no choice. In order to survive, the city’s workers had to pit themselves against both businessman and the police to steal from the abandoned stores surrounding them.
Poverty and Racism:
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
In September of 2005, during the aftermath of the Hurricane, Police officers in New Orleans targeted, first and foremost, African-American workers, in their effort to stop people from stealing supplies.
On September 1st, an unarmed Keenon Mccann is shot three times in front of his mother by the NOPD, who were looking for a truck thief in the area.
On September 2nd, the same day Henry Glover is killed by police, Danny Brumfield was run down by a police cruiser in front of his family, and shot in the back.
(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.)
On September 4th, police opened fire on an unarmed group of civilians, injuring four and killing two. No officers were injured, and no guns were found at the scene, despite officers claiming that they had been attacked first. These killings, to be sure, are just the tip of the iceberg. We will never know just how many people were killed by the police or by the white militias they let act with impunity.
Three officers plead not guilty!
July 14, 2010
From left: Robert Barrios, Robert Faulcon Jr., Ignatius Hills, Robert Gisevius Jr., Kenneth Bowen, Anthony Villavaso II, and Michael Hunter Jr. (AP Photo). Note: In the above photograph(s) the officers are being cheered on and congratulated by fellow officers from multiple departments, en route to their first appearance during State court proceedings. State charges were later dropped due to prosecutorial misconduct. 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 (Notice how the White Officers shake Sgt. Gisevius' hand and pat him on the back for killing African-Americans?) NEW ORLEANS – Three officers pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the shooting deaths of two unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge in the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina. Sgts. Robert Gisevius and Kenneth Bowen and Officer Anthony Villavaso stood before a federal magistrate in green prison garb, shackled at the waist and ankles. They will remain jailed at least until a hearing Friday. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office said the Justice Department hasn't decided whether to seek the death penalty against them and former officer Robert Faulcon, who was arrested in Texas on Tuesday and has not entered a plea. The case is one of several probes of alleged misconduct by New Orleans police officers that the Justice Department opened after the August 2005 storm.Five former officers already have pleaded guilty to helping cover up the shootings, which happened in the midst of another of the scorching days after Katrina. Bodies floated in filthy flood waters. Shots could be heard throughout the city, and many believed they were aimed at the endless stream of helicopters, the police, the rescue crews. Police were desperate to regain control amid the looting, the death and the people needing rescue. So when gunfire was heard at the Danziger Bridge, some of the responding officers fired back at the first people they saw. The call came in that police were taking fire at the bridge, and seven heavily armed New Orleans police officers — many with weapons not issued by the police department — stormed the bridge. Two civilians died on the Danziger Bridge that day, four others lay on the hot cement bleeding, and one man was handcuffed and forced to kneel as his brother died.
NOPD Officer Pleads Guilty to killing two men in Danziger Bridge Shooting!
More NOPD Officers Pleads Guilty to killing two men in Danziger Bridge Shooting!
Sgt. Kenneth Bowen was charged with one count of first-degree murder of James Brissette. Bowen also was charged with six counts of attempted first-degree murder of Leonard Bartholomew III, Susan Bartholomew, Lesha Bartholomew, Jose Holmes Jr., Lance Madison and Ronald Madison, who allegedly was fatally shot by another officer. Lance Madison was shot at by police, but not injured, according to his attorney. The three Bartholomews and Holmes were treated for gunshot wounds at West Jefferson Hospital, according to all accounts; Sergeant Robert Gisevius was charged with one count of first-degree murder of James Brissette and two counts of attempted first-degree murder of Lance Madison and Ronald Madison; Officer Anthony Villavaso was charged with one count of first-degree murder of James Brissette and four counts of attempted first-degree murder of Leonard Bartholomew III, Susan Bartholomew, Lesha Bartholomew and Jose Holmes Jr.; Officer Robert Faulcon was charged with two counts of first-degree murder of James Brissette and Ronald Madison. He also was charged with attempted first-degree murder of Leonard Bartholomew III, Susan Bartholomew, Lesha Bartholomew and Jose Holmes Jr.; Officer Robert Barrios was charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder of Leonard Bartholomew III, Susan Bartholomew, Lesha Bartholomew and Jose Holmes Jr.; Officer Michael Hunter was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder of Lance Madison and Ronald Madison; and Officer Ignatius Hills was charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder of Leonard Bartholomew IV.
September 2, 2010
BOISE, Idaho -- A former Boise Police officer who police say molested at least four children under two years old was sentenced to 25 years in prison in Ada County Court Wednesday. Fourth District Judge Michael Wetherell handed down the maximum sentence late Wednesday afternoon for 58-year-old Stephen Young. Young must serve at least 12.5 years before he is eligible for parole. Young pleaded guilty in June to one count of sexual battery of a child after striking a deal with prosecutors. Ada County Sheriff's deputies say back in March, Young admitted to molesting four young children. Ada County prosecutors revealed today that Young has confessed to molesting four more victims, all of whom are either family or family friends. This latest confession brings his victims to at least 13, but police say that number could be more than 20.
"He absolutely has no idea of the havoc and confusion and trauma he has unleashed," Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Jean Fisher said.
Young (pictured left) has confessed to molesting at least a dozen of his family members and family friends, all of whom were babies or toddlers at the time. Prosecutors say the abuse happened over a period of more than 30 years. The confessions have come out over the last six months, with the most recent just this week. Three parents of victims read statements to the court and Young during the sentencing hearing, two of which said they believed the true amount of victims will never be known as they don't believe Young will ever fully confess the truth.
"I just know that there's still more. There's a lot more. There's a lot more that he needs to come clear with for himself," a mother of a victim said. "I still do not believe that he has provided a complete list of victims. I don't think we will ever know the full extent of the damage he has caused," a father of a victim said. For some family members the lasting impact is too great for them to ever look past. "I think there is too much damage that has been done. I hope for him as a human being that he can make things right, but I think, like I said there's too much damage done, and there won't be any reconnection," a mother of victims said.
"There is no sentence that I can impose on you that the victims or their families is ever going to feel is severe enough," Fourth District Judge Michael Wetherell said. Although the state could pursue more charges against Young for the latest round of confessions, prosecutors said they probably will not after today's 25-year sentence. Investigators say they have evidence Young was molesting other children during his time as a school resource officer in the Boise School District, though those children were not related to his job. Young was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Young worked at a half dozen schools between 1995 and 2005. Young was an officer with Boise police from 1978 until he retired Feb. 28, 2010. He served as a patrol officer from 1978 to 1994, a motorcycle officer from 1994 to December 1995, a school resource officer from December 1995 to February 2005, and a patrol officer from February 2005 to February 2010.
Byron Thornton !
July 16, 2010
A former Santa Rosa County corrections department officer was sentenced as a sexual predator to 30 years in state prison, followed by life probation. Byron Thornton, 39, of Milton is charged with two counts of attempted sexual battery of a victim less than 12 years old, two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct in Escambia County, according to a press release issued by State Attorney Bill Eddins. He was also charged with an additional count of lewd and lascivious molestation in Santa Rosa County. The offenses occurred between 2008 and 2009. He was arrested Jan. 13, 2010. The charges stem from sexual abuse of his lover's children, according to the release. Escambia and Santa Rosa deputies cooperated in the investigation, as well as Gulf Coast Kids House and Santa Rosa Kids House.See: Lt. John Mitchell Tomlinson, Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Department (arrested for three counts of capital sexual battery on a child less than 12 years old and three counts of sexual battery by a custodial authority).
Murderous O.P.D. & B.A.R.T. Police!
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!
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