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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.
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Posted: November 7, 2014 6:33 PM EST ~ Updated: November 8, 2014 4:33 PM PST
NEW YORK (WCJB) - Nine rookie officers from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police department are being fired and three supervisors disciplined after a rowdy graduation party at a New Jersey bar, authorities said on Friday.
The raucous behavior during the Aug. 23 bash at a Hoboken bar raised such concern that the Port Authority is reevaluating its candidate-screening process, the agency said in a statement.
After a months-long investigation into the recruiting class's celebration, nine probationary police officers were set to be terminated and three other probationary police officers suspended for 30 days without pay, with their probationary status extended for an additional year, the agency said.
Disciplinary proceedings will begin for three staff members from the Port Authority Police Academy who attended the out-of-control celebration as well as two additional officers not on the academy staff. Three of those five officers are supervisors, the statement said.
"This is a sad day for the Port Authority Police Department," Pat Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the region's bridges, tunnels, airports and seaports, said in the statement.
The police force, which was founded in 1928 and today has 1,700 members, is responsible for protecting all Port Authority facilities and enforcing state and city laws at the sites, according to the agency website.
"We are extremely disappointed by the conduct of the probationary officers involved and appalled by the poor judgment of the Academy staff members in attendance," Foye said in the statement. "The conduct in question (is) deeply troubling."
The department's investigation involved, among other things, interviews with 100 police officers and a review of social media communications and relevant videotapes, the Port Authority said.
Posted: Sat, November 26, 2011 10:56 PM EST
Updated: Sun, November 27, 2011 03:47 PM PST
Buckeye, AZ -- An Arizona police department will conduct an investigation into the bloody arrest of a 54-year-old grandfather during a Black Friday sale at a Walmart, an assistant police chief said Saturday. Jerald Newman, 54, was released Saturday from a Maricopa County jail, his wife, Pamela, told media sources. He has been charged with resisting arrest and shoplifting. "(He is) as good as expected ... but he is emotionally and mentally a wreck," she said. "They were just letting people in; there was nowhere to walk," said his daughter, Berneta Sanchez, who was also in the store. "Teenagers and adults were fighting for these games, taking them away from little kids and away from my father." The suspect's grandson, Nicholas Nava, told media sources that Newman had grabbed one video game and put it under his shirt so that others jostling for the game didn't take it from him. One person alerted a police officer, who then approached Newman.
Newman (pictured left in mugshot) was among a throng of shoppers crammed into a Buckeye, Arizona, Walmart soon after it opened late the night of Thanksgiving. A media sources from Las Vegas, was among the crowd shopping for video games set up in the Walmart's grocery section. He said Newman "was not resisting" arrest as he was led away from the crowd by a police officer. That officer, the media source said, then suddenly hooked the suspect around the leg, grabbed him and "slammed him face first into the ground. It was like a bowling ball hitting the ground, that's how bad it was," he said.
Video, recorded by the media source and later posted on television, shows an apparently unconscious Newman head-down on the floor in a pool of blood. As he's turned over, Buckeye police officers appear to try to revive him -- at which point his face, covered mostly in blood, is revealed. Several voices, apparently those of fellow shoppers, are heard saying, "Why would you throw him down so hard? All he did was shoplifting and you threw him down like that?" Another person says, "They threw him down. He wasn't doing anything wrong."
September 16, 2011
Anchorage, ALASKA — A Former Anchorage Police Officer who entered the country illegally using a stolen identity was sentenced in state court Friday on related charges. Rafael Mora-Lopez was in State Superior Court Friday on charges of falsifying Permanent Fund Dividend applications since 1991. Judge Michael Wolverton sentenced Mora-Lopes to 24 month in jail with all of that suspended – meaning he won’t spend time behind bars on the state charges.
He says he made a mistake a long time ago and wishes he could now take it back. “To the people of Anchorage I want to apologize for what I did.” Lopez said at the sentencing hearing. “All I wanted to do was serve you.” For 20 years Mora-Lopez pretended to be Rafael Alberto Espinoza – a U.S. citizen currently living in Mexico. In August a federal judge sentenced Mora-Lopez to three months in jail for passport fraud and false claim of U.S. citizenship.
August 25, 2011
On August 25th, 2011, Mexican national Rafael Mora-Lopez, who immigrated illegally to the United States and stole another U.S. citizen's identity to prevent discovery, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, Alaska to three months in federal prison and fined $10,000. In addition, he was also sentenced to 750 hours of community service and three years of supervised release. Judge Tim Burgess did not sentence Mora-Lopez to deportation, since authorities say deportation issues are a separate matter under the jurisdiction of federal immigration officials.
February 4, 2010
HPD - Chad Holley!
"Whoever provided the video to Channel 13 is in violation of a federal court order and should be prosecuted. It is unfortunate and irresponsible that Channel 13 has chosen to air the material at this time." -- Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston on the release of the HPD beating video.HOUSTON (WCJB) -- Months after four Houston police officers were indicted following the violent videotaped arrest of a teenage suspect, we along with others, now have the tape. The images were clear and graphic -- Houston police kicking, punching, and stomping teenage burglary suspect Chad Holley who had run, but was now clearly trying to surrender. Activist Quanell X gave the tape to 13 Undercover, before a state judge issued a restraining order. The tape was also sealed by a federal judge in the Holley civil lawsuit. "That tape made me angry as hell and I'm telling you when the people in the 'hood see it, they will be angry also and now it's time to come out," said Quanell X.
Dallas, TX - Police Brutality - Sept. 5th 2010
Posted: 02/03/2011 07:11:09 AM PST
Updated: 02/03/2011 08:14:49 AM PST
SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco police officer has been charged with stealing a car registration sticker from a driver he pulled over and then affixing the tag to his own car. District Attorney George Gascon said Officer Gregory Hui was arrested Wednesday on felony charges of falsifying motor vehicle documents. Prosecutors allege the 45-year-old patrol officer pulled over a car with a defective brake light a year ago. During the stop, he allegedly admonished the driver for having an improper sticker. Hui then allegedly took the sticker and put it on a car he co-owned that had expired tags. Gascon says Hui has not yet been arraigned on the charges, which include misdemeanor embezzlement. His bail was set at $18,000.
February 1, 2011
GEORGETOWN, TX — Fired Austin police officer Leonardo Quintana pleaded guilty Monday to drunken driving in a January 2010 arrest in Leander and will probably serve a year of probation for the crime. The arrest came eight months after he fatally shot Nathaniel Sanders II in a Northeast Austin apartment complex parking lot as Sanders reached for a gun Sanders had at his waist , officials said. Quintana has said the shooting led him to turn to alcohol. Quintana was later suspended for 15 days for not activating his patrol car camera during the incident, but he was not disciplined for his tactics or use of deadly force.
On Monday, Quintana entered his plea in a deal with prosecutors before Williamson County Court-at-Law No. 1 Judge Suzanne Brooks , who accepted the plea and scheduled a sentencing hearing for March 7 . If Brooks accepts the deal, Quintana will serve 12 months of probation and pay a $400 fine. If he fails to meet the terms of the probation, he could serve 180 days in jail and pay an additional $1,600 fine.
Quintana pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Monday morning, when the trial was scheduled to begin. He changed his plea to guilty after the deal with prosecutors was finalized early in the afternoon, Quintana's attorney said. "He came into court today, looked the judge straight in her eyes and said, 'I am guilty of this offense,'" the attorney said. "He is being held accountable. "Lenny has never excused his behavior that night."
The lead county prosecutor in the case, Geoffrey Puryear , said the plea agreement was typical for someone's first offense. Probation would allow law enforcement to monitor Quintana and mandate counseling, Puryear said. Specific conditions of Quintana's probation will be up to Brooks, Puryear said. Quintana was not available for comment after the plea.
Leander police arrested Quintana early on Jan. 12, 2010, after he crashed his Cadillac Escalade and failed field sobriety tests, officials have said. He had spent the night out drinking with friends and was driving home to Leander when he crashed his vehicle, police said. Tests showed that he had a blood alcohol level of 0.19 at the time, officials said. The legal limit to drive in Texas is 0.08. The arrest came after nearly six hours of questioning on Jan. 11, 2011 as part of a deposition in a federal civil rights lawsuit into the Sanders shooting. Balagia said the shooting weighed heavily on Quintana and that he unsuccessfully reached out, before the arrest, for help from the Police Department after he noticed an increase in his drinking.
"He went to the department and told them that he was having drinking problems because he was having nightmares and an inability to sleep because of the repercussions of the shooting," Balagia said. He said his client has not had a drink of alcohol since his arrest. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said he would not discuss what actions the department took "out of respect for Mr. Quintana's privacy." "However, I assure you when our department is aware that an employee has reached out for help, or we believe they need help, without exception we provide that help," Acevedo said.
Acevedo fired Quintana four months after the arrest, but an arbitrator in October reinstated him with a 15-day suspension. Quintana's lawyers successfully argued that Quintana was unfairly treated because other officers who had been charged with drunken driving were not fired. Upon reinstatement, Acevedo fired Quintana a second time amid an assault allegation involving Quintana's former girlfriend. In November, Leander police charged Quintana with four misdemeanor crimes relating to the allegation. A pretrial hearing for those charges will also be held March 7, 2011, the judge said. Balagia said Quintana is not guilty of those charges.
With Monday's guilty plea, Quintana is now at risk of losing his professional law enforcement license. The state agency that licenses officers has begun issuing "hard suspension" in some cases to officers who are convicted of drunken driving — prohibiting them from taking law enforcement action during that time. Acevedo has said that officers who lack a valid license will be fired. Sgt. Wayne Vincent , president of the Austin police union, said, "We are aware of the plea, and we hope it has worked out that he can somehow come back and have a career in law enforcement."
Texas Justice 2011!
Janaury 28, 2011
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A police sergeant faces up to six years in prison after a jury found him guilty on charges of official misconduct and false reports. Jurors returned the verdict against 44-year-old Marc Garza Thursday night. Police say Garza was behind a fake burglary report that was written to keep him and his men out of trouble after an August 2009 raid on a house. Records show they did not have a warrant Garza was a decorated squad leader of a crime-busting team in the Operation Safe Streets program. Prosecutors told jurors Graza's zeal for busting bad guys turned him into a criminal. Garza is awaiting trial in another case. He is accused of using a police radio to beat a handcuffed drug suspect last summer.
Convicted ... Perjury!
May 26, 2010
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The officer already charged with falsifying a police report has been charged today with more crimes. Sgt. Marc Garza, a 14-year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, was arrested in February following an August incident in which witnesses said he removed an air conditioner to break into a home. The incident was written up as a burglary in progress. Today, the a new arrest report against Garza shows more charges stemming from a separate incident last summer. On Aug. 18, 2009, Garza was among the officers who responded to a home on Cagle Road on the Southside for a narcotics investigation. Somario Atkins was arrested and placed in the back of a police car while officers continued investigating. Witnesses at the scene that day said Garza learned that Atkins bit another officer during the arrest, police said. The witnesses said Garza then went to Atkins, who was handcuffed in the back of the car, and repeatedly hit him on the head with his portable radio. Atkins needed treatment at Shands for a 2-inch laceration on his head.
"The fact is, if an officer violated the law, we apply the same standards to them as with anyone else," said Jacksonville Undersheriff Frank Mackesy. Mackesy said a group of police officers did the right thing when they heard of Garza's conduct in the field. "Police officers came forward and led us to the point where we are at today. Morally centered, ethical officers," Mackesy said, adding that Garza is one of over 3,000 employees with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Garza supervised a unit of eight officers. Mackesy said that JSO reviewed every case Garza has worked on, checking for any other instances of possible misconduct. "Naturally they'd be called into question but we've done an exhaustive review of the cases and there isn't any tainting of those cases as a result of [Garza's] conduct," Mackesy said.
A Jacksonville defense attorney said for him, the officer's arrest would raise questions about other cases. He said it is possible that a defendant's guilty verdict could be set aside based on newly discovered evidence. "In all respect to the sheriff's office, just because they may not believe his credibility is an issue in another case, doesn't mean a defense attorney or the public defender's office isn't going to believe there's some question," the attorney said. Garza turned himself in Monday to face the charges, but didn't say anything, as he invoked his right to counsel. He is charged with aggravated battery and falsifying an official document, both felonies. Wednesday night, Garza's attorney declined to comment.
Prior Bad Acts!
January 24, 2011
Police have found the body of a man they believe shot and killed two police officers Monday, a St. Petersburg, Florida, police spokesman said. The two officers died in a morning shootout while trying to find a suspect named in an aggravated battery warrant, Police Chief Chuck Harmon said. A third officer, a deputy U.S. marshal, was shot twice and wounded, but was in stable condition at a hospital, officials said. Even after they knocked a hole in a wall to rescue one officer, police did not know where the suspect was, St. Petersburg police spokeswoman Midge Walsh said.
So they used a backhoe to rip down much of the home -- which, by Monday afternoon, was largely a pile of wood and rubble, as seen in aerial video footage from the scene. Numerous law enforcement personnel also were working outside the residence.
Rabbit's gotta GUN!
January 29, 2011
January 24, 2011
DETROIT – A relative of the gunman who was fatally shot after wounding four officers at a Detroit police station was scheduled to be sentenced Monday in a double-homicide case, the city's police chief said. Chief Ralph Godbee identified the shooter as 38-year-old Lamar D. Moore of Detroit, but said he couldn't speculate about a motive in Sunday's shooting at the 6th precinct.
Posted: 01/23/2011 08:46:51 AM PST
Updated: 01/23/2011 09:11:05 AM PST
OAKLAND, CA -- An Oakland public schools police officer fatally shot a 20-year-old man Saturday night who was stabbing another school officer with a screwdriver, authorities said. The name of the dead man was not released. Authorities said he had addresses in San Francisco, Daly City and Alameda. The names of the officers were not released.
The man was inside a Honda that had been stolen earlier in the evening in Oakland and a pistol was also found inside the vehicle not far from where the man was, authorities said. A 20-year-old woman who was driving the car was not hurt. She was being interviewed Sunday by Oakland police who are investigating the shooting. Her name was not released.
The incident happened about 9:15 p.m. Saturday in the 3500 block of Joaquin Miller Road near Crane Way. The site is across the street from Joaquin Miller Park where Skyline High School students were at a dance at a park facility. The school officers were on patrol in the area to prevent people from crashing the dance as well as stop other illegal activity, School District Police Chief Peter Sarna said. The officers saw the Honda parked with its hazard lights on and went to investigate. They did not know at the time the car had been stolen. Authorities said the man and woman had no connection to the school and apparently had just coincidentally parked there.
The man was sitting in the front passenger seat and began fighting with the school officer who approached him on that side, authorities said. The other school officer, who was on the driver's side, said he shot the man when he saw him stabbing his fellow officer with a screwdriver, authorities said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer who was stabbed did not require medical treatment. It is believed his protective vest absorbed some of the screwdriver's thrusts.
It was the first time in recent memory anyone could recall an Oakland school police officer being involved in a fatal shooting. A school police officer was shot to death during a car stop in 2000. Sarna promised the investigation into the shooting would be "thorough and transparent." The shooting is being investigated by the Oakland police homicide unit and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. The school district will also conduct an investigation, Sarna said.
OPD - Alter-Ego!
January 20, 2011
Hunting a violent career criminal wanted for murder, Miami-Dade police detectives knocked on the door of a Liberty City duplex Thursday morning. The man's mother let them in. But Johnny Simms, a tattooed thug fresh off his most recent prison stint, refused to face justice, jumping out from another room with his pistol blazing at point-blank range. Police bullets felled the fugitive -- but not before he shot and killed veteran detectives Roger Castillo, 41, and Amanda Haworth, 44. The career criminal's bloody last stand rocked South Florida's law enforcement community, which has counted six other officers killed in the line of duty in the past five years.
``I know I'm supposed to say we're all children of God and that things happen,'' said an angry and tearful Miami-Dade Police Director James Loftus. ``But that guy is evil. He murdered two of my people today.''
The shooting was the first double police murder in South Florida since Miami-Dade detectives Richard Boles and David Strzalkowski were gunned down at a trailer park in 1988, and the first time a female officer was shot to death on the job in Miami-Dade. Detective Deidre Beecher survived the ambush with a minor knee injury. Detective Oscar Plasencia emerged unscathed, shooting Simms dead just outside the front door of the duplex.
Reaping & Sowing!
– On Sunday, four officers were shot in a Detroit police station by a man who walked in, firing randomly. Lamar Deshea Moore was shot to death by police so his motive may never be known, but local reports say a relative was awaiting sentencing for double murder. Two of the police officers remain hospitalized. For more, read CNN’s update and affiliate reports from the scene: WXYZ-TV and WDIV-TV. – Two deputies were shot outside a Walmart in Port Orchard, Washington, near Seattle, on Sunday. – A police officer is in a coma and in critical condition after being shot during a traffic stop early Sunday in Indianapolis. Check out WTHR-TV and WISH-TV for updates. – In Lincoln City, Oregon, a police officer was shot Sunday night during a traffic stop. The officer is in critical condition. Check out affiliate KOIN-TV for more information. Although they do not appear to be related, the weekend shootings follow two other violent incidents last week involving police officers, including the Miami killings and a slaying in Lakewood, New Jersey.
(Pictured left, Eurie Stamps Sr., 68, was shot and killed at his 26 Fountain St. home when police entered his home to serve a drug search warrant early Wednesday morning, 1/5/11) Eurie Stamps Sr. retired from the MBTA in 2006 after a 20-year career working with machines in the bus division, the agency said. Before leaving for a walk, the former MBTA worker would grab a cap and an elaborate wooden cane, cutting a suave figure as he slowly made his way from his family's Fountain Street apartment. [N]eighbors reacted with shock yesterday when they heard the gentlemanly retiree had been fatally shot by a Framingham police officer during a raid that led to the the arrests of the man's stepson and the stepson's cousin on drug charges. "It's pretty bothersome," said upstairs tenant Joey Fisher, standing outside puffing on a cigarette after a night in which he heard a clamor so loud "I thought I was in Fallujah." He saw Stamps taken out on a stretcher.
Framingham’s Police Chief, Steven Carl released this statement about the shooting.
"At 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 5, the Framingham Police SWAT Team served a search warrant at 26 Fountain St. in Framingham. During the service of the search warrant Mr. Eurie Stamps was tragically and fatally struck by a bullet which was discharged from a SWAT officer’s rifle. Despite immediate intervention by tactical medics, he died at the scene. The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the District Attorney’s Office’s independent investigation into the justifiability of the shooting. Our condolences are with Mr. Stamp’s family for the heartbreak they are understandably enduring and we will await the findings of the investigation before taking any additional administrative action. According to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the investigation will take three to four weeks and the identity of the Framingham officer who shot Stamps will not be released until the investigation is complete."