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(Top video) Miami Beach, FL · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- Watch as three men distract the store clerk and place card (reader) skimmer on ATM Point-of-Sale Machine.

"Black Cop Shoots 9 Y.O. White Girl!"

Wichita, Kansas ~ ( Originally Published: June 23, 2018 ~ Updated: July 9, 2018) -- (Photo) Former Wichita police officer Dexter Betts is charged with one count of aggravated battery in a shooting that wounded a 9-year-old girl on Dec. 30, 2017.
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"Golden [Guy] Killer Appears In Court!"
Sacramento, California ~ ( Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- The Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, is one of the most prolific predators in U.S. history. He sometimes invaded different houses on consecutive nights. Deangelo sometimes returned to the same neighborhood so often that the people who lived there slept in shifts. He terrorized the suburbs of Sacramento. Later on, he continued his murderous crime spree, near Los Angeles, hundreds of miles to the south. (See: Full Hearing!)
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: May 23, 2018 ~ Updated: May 24, 2018) -- The video (Click here) shows an officer approaching Sterling Brown as he goes to get back into his car. The car was parked right in front of the Walgreens (the lot is essentially empty because it’s about 2 a.m.). Brown points out that he doesn’t see anything wrong with parking across two lanes since the lot is empty. The officer tells Brown to back away from him and calls for backup. When backup arrives, the officer (whose name was not released by MPD) says he “only wanted one [car for backup].” He claims that Brown got “right up in my face.” Several officers surround Brown. One angrily tells him to get his hand out of his pocket. When Brown points out that his hands are full, the officer wrenches Brown’s hand out, and a group of officers wrestle him to the ground and tase him. Brown can be heard groaning in anguish after an officer shouts “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

Parkland, FL {PUBLISHED: February 22, 2018 at 02:50 pm | UPDATED: February 23, 2018 at 02:45 pm} -- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced Thursday that school resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson turned in his retirement papers. Scot retired after being told he would be placed on leave without pay. Peterson was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week during the fatal school shooting.Peterson was armed and in uniform during the shooting. Israel said there was video showing Peterson's actions, but the video would not be released because the investigation is continuing. He said the video showed Peterson take up a position outside the building, but "he never went in."

New York, NY {PUBLISHED: March 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm | UPDATED: August 24, 2017 at 01:53 am} -- The New York health department alerted doctors to the case of a newborn who fell ill after undergoing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice in which the circumcision wound is cleaned by the Rabbi's mouth. The baby boy was rushed to hospital when he developed herpes following the controversial ancient circumcision ritual. A rash is said to have spread across the child’s genitals, buttocks, inner thighs and ankle two weeks after the procedure. An estimated 3,000 babies are circumcised each year using the method in New York City. NYC is home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel. There have been six cases of herpes among children who have had the ritual known as metzitzah b’peh performed on them since February 2015. Of the six previously undisclosed cases, two occurred last year and three in 2015. Herpes, a highly contagious viral disease which can cause blisters and ulcers. Herpes is more severe in newborn babies as their immune systems are not fully developed. Since 2000, there have been 24 cases of infant herpes linked to circumcision, leading to two deaths and two cases of brain damage.

(Published: Thurs., April 13, 2017) — On Monday, Nandi Cain Jr. had just gotten off work and was headed to his Sacramento apartment when he noticed an officer approaching from behind him with his hand on his gun, according to police accounts, videos of the event and local news reports. Cain put his hands up as the officer approached, but continued to walk away slowly. He asked the police officer the reason for the stop, then protested when he heard it: “You were jaywalking,” the officer said on the dash-cam video released by the police department this week. “I looked both ways,” Cain replied. “You’re harassing me. I just got off work. You’re trying to pull me over for nothing.” Click here for video

EL CENTRO, CA (WCJB) ~ United States The El Centro Police Department said it's investigating a video that shows officers using force on a suspect who put several people in danger Tuesday afternoon. The video shows officers beating 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz, an El Centro resident. It also shows a K-9 police dog attacking Saenz. (Click here for video)

Oakland, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- A sex scandal involving Oakland police officers and a then underage girl has all the makings of a TV thriller. The saga is full of twists and turns. The scandal erupted months after Officer Brendan O'Brien committed suicide. O'Brien left a note spilling the details, including names. Three Oakland officers were placed on paid leave. A source said O'Brien in his suicide note confessed to exchanging messages with a young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. However, the note says he did not have sexual contact with her. The same sources said she has met multiple officers. In the note, O'Brien named the officers, including one sergeant, involved in the alleged sexual misconduct with Guap. Guap is the daughter of a Oakland police dispatcher. The police investigation will look at whether Guap was under age during some of the encounters with officers. (Click here for video)

New Orleans, LA (WCJB) ~ United States -- On September 4, 2005, New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on an unarmed family, the Bartholomews, who had been walking to a grocery store and were then sheltering behind a concrete barrier. 17-year-old James Brissette—a family friend—was killed, and four other people were wounded. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to "provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting" and plant a firearm near the scene. (Click here for video)

Aiken, S.C. (WCJB) ~ United States -- A horrifying new dashcam video shows at least one white member of the Aiken, S.C. Police Department search inside a black man’s rectum for the apparent crime of being a passenger in a car with paper tags, which, it bears noting, is not a crime in the state of South Carolina. Driving a car with paper tags isn’t illegal either, as long as they aren’t expired. The car belonged to a woman named Lakeya Hicks, who had the paper tags because she had recently purchased the vehicle. Hicks’ tags weren’t expired, and a check on her license came up clean. However, the cops didn’t let her go. (Click here for video)

Brooklyn, NY (WCJB) ~ United States -- When an unmarked police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn, Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes officers got out of the car and started to handcuff him. Grays initially tried to resist, and one of the officers said “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.” (Click here for video)

Fresno, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- (Warning Graphic Video) Fresno Police shoot and kill mentally ill man within seconds of exiting their patrol vehicle! (Click here for video)

Royal Oaks, MI (WCJB) ~ United States -- Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal Oak. The man doesn't resist at all! The reason for his arrest remains unknown. It appears as if the officers wanted to rip a limb off of him! (Click here for video)

San Francisco, CA (WCJB) ~ United States (Feb. 29, 2016) -- Cops CAUGHT ON CAMERA brutally beating man. When they realize they've been FILMED they try to confiscate the camera and ID the guy recording them. WATCH the video and see how well that went for them. SPREAD THE WORD! THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND when a VIOLENT COP tries to take your camera! CALL Internal Affairs Division, 415-837-7170 and ask them why their officers BEAT people and then ILLEGALLY try to confiscate evidence of Police Brutality? (Click here for video)
Chowchilla, CA ~ United States -- Tyler Hormel, arrested by Madera County Sheriff''s Office on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) and accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, has been fired from the Chowchilla Police Force, and charged with sexual misconduct. (Click here for video)
Marion County, Florida ~ United States -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted a former Florida sheriff’s deputy on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man, who was brutally beaten after surrendering to him and other officers following a brief chase last year, reports Reuters. Former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, is accused of using excessive force against Derrick Price during the incident in August 2014 that was captured on video, according to the indictment handed down late Tuesday. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal, according to media sources. (Click here for video)
Wake County, North Carolina ~ United States -- Shon Demetrius McClain died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after prosecutors say he got into a fight with officer Markeith Council in Wake County, North Carolina.(Click here for video)
New York ~ United States -- Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Gurley died more than 14 months ago, on November 20, 2014, as two cops were making a “vertical patrol,” checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. As Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner put it, opening the prosecution’s case, “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February, and both prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death.(Click here for video)
Oklahoma City, OK ~ United States -- Daniel Holtzclaw has officially been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in Oklahoma. Will serve the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted in December of 2015, on 18 of the 36 counts he had been facing — including four counts of first-degree rape. (Click here for video)

United States -- Police officers physically outmatched by a combative male, resort to taser use. (Click here for video)

Chicago, IL -- Surveillance video (Click here for video) in connection with a Chicago police officer's fatally shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman was released today by attorneys for the teen's family. A federal judge ordered the release of footage showing the 2013 shooting today after the city withdrew its objection to its being made public. Chicago police officer Kevin Fry fatally shot Chatman Jan. 7, 2013, in broad daylight during a foot chase, according to court records. Chatman’s family had fought for the video to be released as part of a wrongful death lawsuit they filed over the shooting against the city, Fry and Chicago police officer Lou Toth, who pursued Chatman along with Fry during the foot chase. Family members have argued the video will counter the city and police’s narrative that the 17-year-old was a danger to police. IPRA concluded the officers' actions were justified because they reasonably believed Chatman was armed at the time.

Brooklyn, NY -- A newly-released surveillance video (Click here for video) contradicts an undercover NYPD police officer who arrested four people in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015, according to a defense lawyer. Jean Scott, 33; Peterson Duplan, 28; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samantha Dabel, 24, said that they were approached by a man who tried to buy drugs from them at a hardware store. The undercover cop was identified as Winston McDonald, who testified in court that Duplan allegedly flashed a switchblade at him outside of the store, and said, "Give me your money or I will stab you," according to court papers.

Forth Worth, TX -- The mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch was ordered released from a Tarrant County jail cell after a bond hearing this afternoon. She may be leaving the jail soon. Judge Wayne Salvant ordered her bond reduced to $75,000 with several conditions. The conditions include weekly visits with the Community Supervisions and Corrections Department of Tarrant County. She is also not to consume alcoholic beverages or use social media. “Let’s look at it for what it is, I understand everyone is concerned and there is outrage in the community… but as a judge I have to look at the law,” said Judge Salvant. Couch and her lawyers were present at a 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Tarrant County Justice Center hoping to have her bond reduced. It was originally set at $1 million since she was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. (Click here for video)

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Exactly one year after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with a Salt Lake City Police Department officer, a former Davis County Sheriff says new video (Click here for video)footage indicates the officer's actions may not have been justified. James Barker, 42, was shot and killed January 8, 2015 after officer Matthew Taylor responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person and an altercation ensued, during which Barker appeared to strike the officer with a snow shovel.

Philadelphia, PA ~ USA -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained a video (Click here for video) of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets. Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Miami, FL ~ USA -- A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder. Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence. The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder. "Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court. Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post. (Click here for video)

Montgomery County, Pa. -- Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, appeared in court (Click here for video) to face his first criminal charge for sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor. In a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, Judge Elizabeth McHugh read out the three second-degree felony charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did not appear visibly moved; when asked if he understood the charges, he replied simply: “Yes.” Bail was set at $1m, of which Cosby will have to pay 10% on Wednesday. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

San Diego, CA -- (WARNING, GRAPHIC) Police officials released surveillance video (Click here for video) Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was believed to be carrying a knife — which turned out to be a pen.

Los Angeles, CA -- Sheriff Deputies accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times. Deputy Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Deputy Jose Ruiz. (Click here for video)

GIFFORD, Fla. -- An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he was involved in a shootout with an armed suspect.(Click here for video)

Denton, TX ~ USA -- Police dash camera video (Click here for video) appears to show a 21-year-old UNT student say "shoot me" several times and an officer say "back away" at least six times just seconds before the student was fatally wounded.

Lynwood, CA ~ USA -- A witness's graphic video (Click here for video) appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood. It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured. In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.

Oklahoma City OK ~ USA -- A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed (Click here for video) as the verdict was read aloud. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury's recommendations, which include a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. Among the other charges he was convicted of were forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and second-degree rape. The jury, which deliberated for about 45 hours over four days, recommended he serve a total of 263 years in prison. The judge will decide later whether he will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage (Click here for video) Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The family of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson has ALWAYS said that he was brutally shot from behind by the Chicago Police. This new video (Click here for video) which was only released because of the public pressure on the city, shows they were right all along.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- Reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video (Click here for video) of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away, and the scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.

Miami, Fla. ~ USA -- A shocking video (Click here for video) captured by a bystander was recently uploaded to Instagram and sent to us this morning. That footage shows a Miami, Florida man being shot and killed by Miami Beach Police officers.

San Francisco, CA ~ USA -- Shocking San Francisco Police Shooting Video (Click here for video). Five officers unleash a hail of gunfire on a man with a knife.

Michigan ~ USA -- The family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy sues after son slain during traffic stop for flashing brights. Bodycam video (Click here for video) shows Deven Guilford stopped for flashing his high beams. It ends with a dizzying tumble of images and the sound of gunshots that killed the young driver.

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

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

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Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 2:18 PM ~ Updated: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:18 PM PDT

New York -- Thomas Gilbert, Jr., 32, is a Princeton graduate. He is charged in the murder of his father. Gilbert allegedly shot his father, Thomas Gilbert, Sr., 70, in the head. The homicide occurred inside the hedge fund manager's Manhattan apartment.

Gilbert's lawyer said he is refusing to cooperate with psychiatric experts because he doesn't believe they're real doctors. His attorney also said: "It's a falsely held delusion or belief." He argued that it is further proof his client is unfit to stand trial. Prosecutors have argued he's simply being uncooperative.

Gilbert appeared in court with long, shaggy hair. His beard was also unkempt. He told a friend that he did not believe the doctors being sent to jail to speak to him were real medical professionals. Gilbert was previously found competent to proceed in the case. Justice Melissa Jackson overruled two independent psychiatrists who concluded he was unfit to proceed. Gilbert agreed to try to meet again with doctors.

Teen Sexcapades!

Posted: July 23, 2016 ~ Updated: August 8, 2016

Richmond, CA -- Child sex worker, Celeste Guap, has identified high-ranking Richmond police officers she had sex or sexual contact with after she turned 18 in August:

•» Lt. Andre Hill, a department spokesman; and

•» Sgt. Armando Moreno, who has worked the graveyard shift;

Richmond School Resource officers:

•» Sgt. Mike Rood
•» Jerred Tong; and
•» Terrance Jackson.

The sexual misconduct involving Oakland officers and Guap came to light in a suicide note left by Officer Brendan O'Brien, who fatally shot himself not long after she said she threatened to expose their relationship to police officials.

Guap has claimed to have had sex with about 30 police officers from various agencies, including Perez and three Oakland officers when she was underage. She also said that she was paid for sex in some cases.

Stop & Frisk!

Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 ~ Last Update: 8:27 AM PT

LOS ANGELES, CA (WCJB) — Jessica Ruiz sued the City of Monterey Park and its police Officer Israel Sanchez in Federal Court on Friday. Monterey Park is a city of 62,000 just east of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles-area police officer faces 10 felony charges accusing him of molesting women. He now faces a civil lawsuit from one of the women who says she was one of his victims. Ruiz says Sanchez pulled her over "without probable cause or reasonable suspicion" that she had committed a crime, then sexually molested her and threatened to send her to jail if she did not give in. Sanchez is scheduled to return to court at the end of August to set a date for a preliminary hearing, according to Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Posted: May 17, 2016 7:12 pm ET ~ Updated: May 17, 2016 7:12 pm ET

LOS ANGELES, CA - Israel Sanchez, 40, was a Monterey Park police officer. He is accused of stopping three women and forcing them to expose themselves. He is accused of fondling two of them. Sanchez was arrested Monday in response to a criminal complaint charging him with four counts of sexual battery by restraint; three counts of false imprisonment; two counts of assault under color of authority; and one count of bribery.

On Tuesday he pleaded not guilty to 10 felony counts. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gustavo Sztraicher ordered Sanchez to remain jailed in lieu of $345,000 bail. Sanchez's attorney unsuccessfully sought to have his client's bail reduced to $100,000. He called his client a "decorated Marine veteran" who is a married father of three children. He said Sanchez would not pose a flight risk.

Deputy District Attorney Rosa Alarcon objected to any reduction in Sanchez's bail. The prosecution alleges that Sanchez detained the three women in less than a three-week period between July 28, 2014, and Aug. 15, 2014. She told the judge that Sanchez had "abused his position of trust and authority" as a police officer. He "forced these women to expose themselves," while he was on duty before touching two of the women. According to the prosecutor, one of the stops lasted over two hours.

Sanchez was released on $345,000 bail. Sanchez's next court appearance in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom June 21, 2016. A date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial. If convicted of all charges he could be sent to prison for eight years.

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Officer Dedrick Riley!

Posted: 03/08/2013 04:30:58 PM PST - Updated: 03/09/2013 01:54:47 PM PST

RICHMOND, CA -- In the latest case involving alleged misconduct by a member of the Richmond Police Department, an officer acquitted by a jury last year of beating up a suspect while on the job has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into an altercation he had while off-duty near his Fairfield home. Fairfield police confirmed Friday that Officer Dedrick Riley was not arrested. Riley, a nine-year Richmond police officer, has been on leave since Jan. 16, Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan said. "It's common for incidents to be investigated criminally and administratively," Gagan said.

His attorney said Friday that Riley did nothing to warrant being placed on leave for the most recent incident in January. "(Riley) was driving, and he was followed home by an individual and he got into an argument with the individual," Rains said. "It was the subject of an investigation by Fairfield police, and no arrests were made and no charges filed." His attorney called the altercation "primarily verbal." Riley's attorney said the department went too far in sending Riley home this time, and noted that his client has still not been interviewed by Internal Affairs investigators. "The facts to me don't warrant the leave," he said. However, Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus elected to put Riley on leave and conduct an Internal Affairs probe into the incident.

Riley, 43, has faced multiple allegations of misconduct since his hiring in 2004. Riley was twice fired from the department for allegedly punching people he encountered on the job and lying about it. Both times, he won back his job through arbitration after appealing the city's decision. Riley's most recent battle was over accusations that he used excessive force in March 2009. A fellow officer and an alleged drug addict said that Riley repeatedly punched a man whom he had observed smoking crack. A jury in January 2012 found Riley not guilty of unnecessary assault by an officer, filing a false police report and battery. Riley had been working desk duty since the acquittal, Gagan said. Reached at his Fairfield home Friday, Riley declined to discuss the merits of the investigation but said he is looking forward to returning to work in Richmond. "I have no plans to do anything else," he said. "I love the city, and I love working there."

The Richmond Police Department has a long history of excessive force, civil rights violations and misconduct, most memorably in the early 1980s when the city was slapped with what was then the largest judgment for civil rights violations in U.S. history. Magnus has said restoring public trust in the department is a top priority and is key to his community policing strategy.

This marks the third time a Richmond officer has been placed on leave in recent months, including one accused of taking bribes from drug dealers. Two other officers are on leave resulting from allegations of misconduct.

Sgt. Michael Wang, who is accused by a prosecution witness in a drug-conspiracy trial of taking $140,000 in bribes from drug dealers, among other misconduct, is also represented by attorneys from Rains Lucia Stern. Local and federal investigators are also looking into allegations that he burned informants and tipped off a drug dealer that federal drug agencies were on his tail.

Officer Thomas Hauschild, a six-year veteran, has been on leave since he was arrested in September on suspicion of domestic violence in Alameda County.

Cops & Criminals!

Posted: 08/09/2013 11:30:56 AM PDT | Updated: 08/10/2013 03:30:56 PM PDT

Richmond police Sgt. Michael Wang pulled his silver Mercedes-Benz 430 SUV into the Vallejo motel parking lot, stopping when his driver's side window lined up next to the drug trafficker's. It was how he always parked during their secret meetings, the drug dealer, Sergio Vega-Robles, told Contra Costa investigators. Vega-Robles jumped into Wang's SUV, assured the officer he wasn't wired or followed, and handed him a plastic bag filled with $20 bills in $1,000 rubberbanded stacks. It was 2004, and Wang was receiving the first of three $40,000 bribes from the drug informant. Vega-Robles made those assertions and more in a lengthy Feb. 14 interrogation, spending almost three hours detailing accusations of a rogue drug cop to district attorney inspector John Conaty. This newspaper obtained the recorded video copy of the interview, which paints the picture of a vice officer infiltrating a drug dealer's business to bust some West Contra Costa bad guys and quickly getting too close, eventually spiraling out of control. Vega-Robles, 34, was offered immunity for his cooperation and testimony against prison gang founder Coby Phillips, who was indicted on murder, attempted murder and drug conspiracy charges. As Vega-Robles discussed the Phillips case, he began sharing more and more information about Wang, who now is under investigation.

In addition to the bribes, Vega-Robles told prosecutors that Wang tipped him off to a federal drug agency's tracking device on his car and a gun sting, which led to the shooting of a police informant. Wang set up a drug deal and even dated the drug trafficker's cousin, Vega-Robles told authorities. As a result of the assertions, Wang, an 18-year veteran and personnel and training supervisor, was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this year while local and federal investigations continue. Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus has said his department is cooperating with those inquiries, saying he's aware of "a number of serious and potentially criminal allegations."

Richmond police Capt. Bisa French said last month that Wang remains on paid leave pending the results of the department's investigation and, therefore, she could not comment further. Wang's attorney who has not viewed the video, denied the accusations against his client. "Mike Wang is a great cop. I haven't heard anything that leads me to believe for one millisecond that he did anything wrong," the attorney said. "I still remain absolutely convinced these allegations are a smoke screen and a fantasy and nothing else."

Vega-Robles had faced charges similar to those of his brother, who was sentenced last year to 75 years to life in prison for operating a major Bay Area methamphetamine ring and the 2004 murders of two drug associates in West Contra Costa. The murder charges against Vega-Robles were dropped upon his cooperation with prosecutors. Vega-Robles denied an interview request with media sources from his Contra Costa jail cell and his attorney declined to comment, but here's his story, according to the two-hour, 50-minute interview:

Vice officers often forge relationships with drug dealers in order to get tips and solve crimes. As a narcotics officer in Richmond, Wang, at least initially, was no different. A fellow drug dealer introduced Vega-Robles to Wang in 2002, telling the drug trafficker that the Richmond police narcotics officer, who worked with the West County Drug Enforcement Agency task force, would fix his immigration status in exchange for some street intelligence. Wang introduced Vega-Robles to Gina Giachetti, his DEA partner. The dealer worked five cases with her from 2003 to 2005, hoping to get his green card.

Soon, Wang gave him his first assignment. Vega-Robles said he helped bust two drug dealers from Los Angeles: Tweety and Tacho. Wang had Vega-Robles buy 12 kilos of cocaine in three deals, paying $13,000 for each package. In an early sign of Wang crossing the line, Vega-Robles said Wang allowed him to sell each of the three coke orders and keep the $50,000 proceeds from each. On the fourth deal, drug agents arrested Tacho, while Tweety escaped to Mexico.

A month later, Vega-Robles offered Wang the first $40,000 bribe. "I was making much more money than $40,000, and I was happy and I wanteBribesd him to be happy, too," Vega-Robles told investigators. "He was helping me a lot back then. He was giving me information about people. ... I thought he was having my back, like, real tight." Wang declined at first, but not for long, Vega-Robles said. The pair met in 2004 at the Vallejo motel. "I told him I was going to give him $40,000 every six months. He kind of, like, told me he would protect me in Richmond," Vega-Robles said. "'When you're in Richmond, you're OK. No problem. You can do whatever you want.'"

As their partnership went further astray from the law, Vega-Robles said the two became closer. They talked daily, sometimes by cellphone, and often they met in secret spots, such as behind the Levitz furniture store in El Sobrante. Vega-Robles said he would provide narcotics intelligence, and every once in a while Wang would provide him a favor, like the time he ran the serial number of a 9 mm handgun Vega-Robles bought. Wang told him it was reported lost in Livermore. Vega-Robles also would ask Wang to run license plates. After accepting $120,000 in bribes, Vega-Robles said Wang began to take part in drug deals.

One day, at Wang's request, the drug trafficker drove the vice cop to Elk Grove as part of a drug deal Wang set up with Anthony "Peanut" Hollingsworth. When they arrived at the house, Vega-Robles said he gave Wang $3,600, watched the officer enter the dealer's house and come back with 3 pounds of ephedrine stuffed into a plastic food-storage container. On the drive back, the pair parked at a Walmart in Dixon, and Wang bought a new container for the drugs, keeping the old one so his fingerprints weren't on the package. Vega-Robles said he sold the drugs in Richmond, and Hollingsworth later told him he gave Wang $800 for setting up the deal.

By 2005, Wang's allegiance to his drug-dealer friend had begun undermining Richmond police and their associates, Vega-Robles said. Wang tipped off Vega-Robles that his brother and cousin were about to buy guns from a Richmond police informant and risked getting arrested, the dealer said. The information kept Vega-Robles' family members out of jail, but the revelation apparently got the informant shot shortly thereafter. He survived.

As federal officials began focusing on Vega-Robles' circle, his cousin's Jeep Cherokee was pulled over and impounded. Federal investigators placed a tracking device on it. Vega-Robles said he got a call from Wang, and they met in person; the officer told him of the device. Vega-Robles alerted his cousin, and the pair crawled under the SUV with a flashlight and found a black box with an antenna sticking out. They took it off, cut the antenna and threw it into Mare Island Strait. Vega-Robles said he eventually met Wang in the Richmond Police Department parking lot, and the officer showed him an arrest warrant for his brother on murder charges and more. "He told me to tell my brother to go to Mexico," Vega-Robles said.

The pair's relationship turned bizarre when Wang started dating Vega-Robles' cousin, who was living with the dealer's family at the time. Wang would pick her up at Vega-Robles' house for excursions. The cousin eventually moved to Idaho, and Wang would visit her, paying her apartment's rent for a year, Vega-Robles said. Wang even cooked a Thanksgiving dinner for the cousin's parents in Boise. She broke off the relationship due to Wang's jealousy, Vega-Robles said.

In late 2005, Vega-Robles asked Wang to run the plate of a van that had been following him in Los Angeles for three days. He said Wang told him: "You're not hot, keep working." It turned out to be federal officials, and he was arrested Nov. 30, 2005, eventually taking a plea deal on drug charges. He has been incarcerated ever since.

The drug dealer last spoke to Wang in 2011 while in jail. He said Wang visited him numerous times, telling him, "Don't say nothing," and he would make motions like "zip your lips shut." Vega-Robles finally went to the FBI and told them about the bribes, he said, after learning that Wang had been hitting on his wife while he was in jail.

Prior Story

Richmond, CA -- A Richmond police sergeant took $140,000 in bribes from drug dealers and set up a narcotics deal for another, while alerting that dealer of a federal drug agency's tracking device on his car, according to a Contra Costa District Attorney witness. Sgt. Michael Wang also tipped off a drug dealer to a gun sting that led to the shooting of a police informant, according to that witness. The allegations against Wang -- a Richmond police personnel and training supervisor, and former narcotics officer -- came from Sergio Vega-Robles, a prosecution witness in a related drug conspiracy trial. Last month, Vega-Robles was interviewed by an inspector from the district attorney's office, and his allegations against the 18-year veteran of the force were made public this week in a motion filed by an attorney representing an accused drug co-conspirator.

Wang was placed on paid administrative leave recently while local and federal investigations continue, Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus said. In a statement Thursday, Magnus said he is aware of a "number of serious and potentially criminal allegations" regarding Wang, which could come up in testimony during Phillips' upcoming trial. Magnus said he and other Richmond police personnel have been working with local and federal criminal authorities "to ensure the allegations are appropriately addressed."

"If these allegations are true, then (Wang's) a gangster of the worst kind," said an attorney representing co-conspirator Coby Phillips of San Pablo. "He's putting other law enforcement in danger, and he's putting the people helping law enforcement in danger, too." Prosecutor Tom Kensok, handling drug conspiracy cases involving Phillips, Sergio Vega-Robles and his brother Jose and numerous other defendants, declined to comment on Sergio's interview, citing the ongoing case.

A call and email to Wang were not returned Thursday, but Wang's attorney called him a "highly respected supervisor in the Richmond Police Department." "There's no question in my mind these allegations are a rather nasty smoke screen planted by the defense to provide cover and distraction," the attorney said. "Another defendant was convicted in short order on this, and they saw the writing on the wall, and that's the motivation for dragging Sgt. Wang into this."

Sergio Vega-Robles took a deal to testify for the prosecution against Phillips. He had faced charges similar to those of his brother Jose, who was sentenced last year to 75 years to life in prison for operating a major Bay Area methamphetamine ring and the 2004 murders of two drug associates in West Contra Costa County. But the murder charges against Sergio were dropped upon his cooperation with prosecutors, Phillips' attorney said. Earlier this week, Sergio Vega-Robles' allegations against Wang -- most stemming from around 2005 -- became public in a nearly 200-page motion aimed at dismissing Phillips' attempted murder charge.

In his interview with the prosecution, Vega-Robles said he personally gave Wang two installments of $40,000 each, and a drug dealer associate gave the sergeant another $40,000 on his behalf, Phillips' attorney said. "He talks about Officer Wang providing information to him which was of value in continuing his narcotics operation. He talks about Officer Wang introducing him to another drug dealer and actually setting up a drug deal (the sale of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine)," the motion claims. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency was investigating Sergio Vega-Robles and his brother Jose. At one point, Sergio Vega-Robles told prosecutors Wang alerted him of a tracking device on his car; Vega-Robles then removed it.

On Feb. 21, 2005, Jose Hernandez -- an alleged Richmond police informant -- was shot three times in the 1800 block of Roosevelt in Richmond. He survived. Sergio Vega-Robles claimed that before the shooting, his brother Jose was tipped off by Wang about an undercover gun sting in which Jose Hernandez would try to sell him a gun. Sergio Vega-Robles told prosecutors that Wang fingered Hernandez as a police informant and told Jose Vega-Robles he could be arrested if he completes the gun deal. It was like "he set up Hernandez to get shot," Phillips' attorney said. The majority of the Richmond police evidence regarding the attempted murder of the informant has disappeared, court records show. Phillips' attorney said he plans to subpoena Richmond officers concerning the missing evidence.

In Phillips' 2008 grand jury testimony, Contra Costa district attorney inspector Shawn Pate testified about the implications of outing a law enforcement informant. "If somebody is labeled as an informant in West Contra Costa County, they suffer grave consequences," he testified.

If the allegations against Wang are found to be true, he could be criminally liable for the same charges as the other drug co-conspirators, Horowitz said. He and Magnus stressed no other Richmond police officers have been implicated in these allegations; Magnus, citing the ongoing investigation, would not provide more details.

Blondes, Double shots & Cops!

August 1, 2011

Key players:

•» Norman Wielsch, 49, former Antioch police officer, former head of a Contra Costa drug task force, friend of Christopher Butler. Free on $400,000 bail on conspiracy and drug dealing charges.
•» Christopher Butler, 49, former Antioch police officer, Concord private investigator, developer of reality TV show about female private eyes. Currently out on $900,000 bail on conspiracy and drug dealing charges.
•» Stephen Tanabe, 47, former Antioch police officer, former Danville police officer, Alamo resident. Free on bail for drug and weapon charges.
•» Louis Lombardi, 38, a San Ramon Police officer, charged with five felony counts in connection with the case. Free on bail.
•» Don Lawson, Now-retired Concord police officer, a former identity theft consultant for Butler; currently is a Clayton-based identity theft consultant.
•» Mary Nolan, a San Ramon divorce attorney who handled Butler's divorce from his wife of 17 years; often referred female clients to Butler.

MARTINEZ, CA -- She was a striking blonde who spent a lot of time in Hawaii, just like he did. She was an avid Sharks fan, just like him. She said all the right things and made it clear that she wanted him. "I haven't had sex in so long," she cooed on their first date. Deep down, Dave Dutcher -- unassuming aeronautics engineer, father of three, recently split from his wife -- suspected that his online date was too good to be true. After a wildly flirtatious second date ended in a DUI, Dutcher wondered whether his ex-wife was somehow connected to the woman who had fed him shots and invited him hot-tubbing with an equally coquettish friend.

Then, two years later, a major police corruption scandal centered on a Concord private investigator exploded, and a prosecutor confirmed Dutcher's suspicions: He had been set up. Today, in a Contra Costa County courtroom, Dutcher will get his first chance at redemption: A judge will consider whether the stain from that night -- one of the five cases known as Contra Costa County's "dirty DUIs" -- unfairly tinged his divorce settlement. And prosecutors have also taken the extraordinary position that they will not stand in the way if Dutcher wants to withdraw his no contest plea -- two years later -- and ask a judge to wipe the crime from his record.

Video: Norman Wielsch pleads guilty and receives a 14 year prison sentence.

It's a stunning reversal of fortune for a 49-year-old man who, by his own admission, made a terrible decision to get behind the wheel that night in late 2008 after leaving the Old Spaghetti Factory in downtown Concord. "I'm ashamed that I let my guard down," the Concord father said.

On the night of the DUI, when his date and her friend flashed their breasts at Dutcher, he said he was confused. However, when the women left in their two-seat convertible and asked Dutcher to follow, he climbed in his Ford four-wheel-drive pickup. Dutcher was being led into a trap. He said he watched them run a red light, just before he noticed a police officer was pulling him over. He was arrested for drunken driving with a 0.12 blood alcohol content.

According to court records, the officer who arrested Dutcher had been tipped off by his acquaintance Christopher Butler, the one-time Antioch police officer and private investigator now at the center of a federal grand jury investigation that is also probing the former Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team commander Norman Wielsch and three recently resigned cops from Danville, San Ramon and the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office. The group is already charged by the state for a series of alleged crimes, including selling stolen drug evidence, harboring illegal weapons and threatening witnesses. Butler and former Danville Officer Stephen Tanabe are each charged in connection with the setup DUIs. Dutcher is among the witnesses who have been subpoenaed by the U.S. attorney's office to testify.

Today, Dutcher will try to convince a family law judge that his ex-wife and her former attorney orchestrated his arrest to gain advantage in the divorce and keep him from his children -- claims they both strongly dispute. He wants more time with his kids, a new divorce settlement and accountability for the individuals he believes burned him. Dutcher said the arrest forced him into an unfavorable divorce agreement and that his ex-wife and her attorney used the DUI to keep him from his children. "What they did was unconscionable and I believe the judgment is illegal," Dutcher said. "Ultimately, I don't want to see this happen to any other parents or children."

Neither Butler, Dutcher's ex-wife, Susan Dutcher, nor her former San Ramon attorney Mary Nolan returned requests for comments for this story. But in court declarations, both Susan Dutcher, a Brentwood substitute teacher, and Nolan deny being part of a conspiracy.

Susan Dutcher and her current attorney, Pamela Lauser, disagree that Dave Dutcher's arrest affected the divorce and child custody arrangement. They also argue that no one forced him to drink and drive. Susan Dutcher acknowledges she hired Butler, who was in the restaurant observing Dave Dutcher that night, but told the court she went to Butler only because she was worried that her husband of 15 years was drinking and driving with her kids in the car. "Again, there was no plan to set up a DUI arrest; I only wanted Mr. Butler to watch Mr. Dutcher drink and drive so he could report this to the court for the safety and protection of my children," Susan Dutcher wrote in a declaration to the court. "There was never a discussion with me about Mr. Butler notifying the police if he saw Mr. Dutcher driving after drinking to excess."

Butler, one of five former police officers who have pleaded not guilty to a 38-count felony complaint, told a DA inspector that Dutcher was the second divorcing spouse of a Nolan client who was arrested for DUI as a result of one of his undercover stings using female decoys. Court records show that Nolan was Butler's attorney when he divorced his first wife. Dutcher's date, identified by Butler as Sharon Taylor, was described on Butler's firm's website as a former Las Vegas showgirl and casino security operative who specialized in infidelity cases and undercover stings. Nolan paid Butler by check about $1,500 to track another divorcing man, Clayton contractor Declan Woods, Butler told investigators. Dutcher's wife paid Butler $2,500 cash, court records show.

For his part, Butler told the district attorney he was only following a client's orders when he set up Dutcher. His statements to investigators indicate that Susan Dutcher specifically asked that her ex get arrested, and that Nolan wanted it caught on video -- a claim that, if true, could implicate Nolan. In a declaration to the judge presiding over the Dutcher divorce, however, Nolan wrote that she was out of town in late 2008 and was unaware that her paralegal at the time had referred Susan Dutcher to Butler until she was contacted by the media for a comment this year. She denies Butler's claim that she had him video Dutcher's arrest, stressing that she had nothing to do with it. "In my opinion, Mr. Butler took advantage of Ms. Dutcher. When they met, Ms. Dutcher was a distressed, anxious ... woman," Nolan wrote. "She was very concerned about David Dutcher's character and propensity towards various addictions. I believe Mr. Butler presented the 'sting operation' as the only way for her to protect her children."

"Lawyers getting involved with investigators, there's a history of troubles there," legal ethics expert Diane Karpman said, pointing to a well-known Los Angeles case in which entertainment lawyer Terry Christensen was sentenced to three years in prison for conspiring with a private investigator to wiretap a client's ex-wife. "I think that setting people up, that would be an act of moral turpitude in violation of the rules of professional conduct," Karpman said.

Family law Judge Charles Burch told the Dutchers in June that he is uninterested in determining whether a crime was committed: He'll leave that for authorities investigating the scandal. But the judge is concerned about whether Butler's role in Dutcher's arrest was something that should have been known before the couple finalized their divorce. Dutcher is convinced it was. "Everything changed after the arrest," Dutcher said. "Custody went from 60/40 to 90/10, though it's really more like 4 (percent). My kids are so alienated now, I rarely ever see them."

The District Attorney's Office dismissed three pending DUI cases linked to Butler after his February arrest. Prosecutors even went so far as to share transcripts of Butler's interview about the setups with Dutcher and Woods and advised the two men that they could seek to have their convictions wiped from their records. "I hope in some small way this information will help you recoup both rights and dignities lost in one of the most deplorable legal practices I have ever heard of," senior deputy district attorney Harold Jewett wrote in a letter to Dutcher.

Butler LongArm!

Concord private investigator Christopher Butler reportedly worked with two Richmond police officers in a plan to have a Richmond police Explorer arrested on a drunken-driving arrest in Danville. The media is reporting on the latest "Dirty DUI" case to involve Butler, although in this particular case the target became aware of the plan and backed out before any arrest could take place. Butler and his good friend Norman Wielsch, the head of the central Contra Costa County's drug task force, were arrested and charged with multiple counts of drug dealing and conspiracy.

The media reports that the FBI is investigating allegations that the two Richmond police officers recruited teens from the department's Explorer program into their private security firm, "illegally armed them with guns and sent them to patrol the city's most dangerous housing complexes." The two Explorers, Sergio Rios, now 21, and 22-year-old Orlando Torres, and other employees this past summer began to complain about working conditions in these security jobs and had a falling-out with their mentors, media sources reported.

This fall, officers, Danny Harris and Ray Thomas, then contacted Butler, who had attractive female decoys meet Rios at his new job at an Emeryville movie theater on Nov. 7, the women involved in the setup told the media. The women were told by Butler to get Rios to meet them at a San Ramon restaurant, where they would coax him into drinking. The women told the media that Butler gave them "explicit instructions" to lead the young man north through neighboring Danville, where a police officer would make a prearranged traffic stop. The media story doesn't identify the Danville officer who would make the traffic stop.

Stephen Tanabe, a former Danville police officer and Alamo resident, resigned from the force after being arrested on suspicion of drug and weapons charges and being linked to Butler's alleged dirty DUI scheme. Charges have been filed yet against Tanabe. Another Danville officer linked to the case has been transferred to another department.

With this scheme, Butler, usually working with attorneys handling contentious divorce cases, would try to tarnish the reputations of the husbands of the attorneys' female clients. In some cases, Butler's female employees would meet men at various East Bay bars and urge them to drink. In another case, Butler or someone working on his behalf, including Tanabe, would be in the bar and call local police to alert them of a possible drunken driver. Five men from various East Bay cities, including a Livermore winemaker, have been arrested on drunken-driving charges in Clayton, Concord and Danville and have been linked to Butler's alleged scheme. The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office is reviewing these cases and dozens of others involving Tanabe, Butler, and Wielsch, including a San Ramon massage parlor prostitution bust.

Hot CoCo!

Posted: 07/22/2011 06:16:38 AM PDT - Updated: 07/24/2011 03:51:13 PM PDT

“Another Nigger fried. No big deal.”

-- April 16, 2011, Statement by New York City Police Officer Michael Daragjati, boasting of his false arrest of another African-American male.
Two former Richmond police officers were indicted Thursday on charges that they conspired to tamper with witnesses and obstruct a federal investigation. Danny Harris and his former partner, Ray Thomas, were fired this year. Harris also faces charges that he illegally bought guns for members of the department's youth scouting program after hiring them as security guards in a side business, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Harris (pictured above, center) a Pinole resident, is accused of buying three handguns at a San Jose gun shop in 2009 for members of the Richmond Police Explorers, a group affiliated with Boy Scouts of America that provides vocational opportunities for youths considering careers in law enforcement. Harris, then the supervisor of the Explorers, drafted some of them to work in a security business that he and Thomas owned. Because two of the employees were under 21, Harris bought handguns for them in his own name, a violation of federal law, according to the indictment.

After their business relationship with the employees soured, the suspects tried to retrieve the firearms and avoid prosecution through intimidation, according to the indictment. That included suing one of the former Explorers in small claims court for return of the weapon, pressuring another to change the name on a gun's registration, and paying more than $1,800 to a private investigator, Butler & Associates of Concord, to conduct a sting operation intended to entrap both in compromising positions.

Much of the evidence in the federal case came from the police department's internal affairs investigation of the officers, which was conducted as the department prepared to fire them. "When we first learned of these allegations over a year ago, we followed up quickly and ultimately referred the investigation to the FBI," Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus said. "We are very disappointed with the former officers' alleged conduct, but we appreciate the work of the FBI and the grand jury in handling this matter."

The defendants are scheduled to make their initial appearances in U.S. District Court on Aug. 9. Each may face federal prison time if convicted.

Hired Guns!

Posted: 04/05/2011 09:38:35 AM PDT
Updated: 04/05/2011 04:49:17 PM PDT

Two Richmond police officers supplied guns to members of the department's youth volunteer corps while employing them as security guards in a side business at city apartment complexes, law enforcement sources say. The department described the alleged scheme as Officer Danny Harris and his business partner, Officer Ray Thomas, hiring a notorious private investigative firm in Concord to entrap suspected whistle-blowers in compromising and career-threatening positions. Police Chief Chris Magnus on Tuesday released a written statement about the case but said he could not comment further, citing police privacy protections in state law. Both Harris and Thomas have spent several months on paid leave during the investigation, police sources confirmed.

Harris and Thomas sued the city last year, claiming they were unfairly targeted because they are black. Thomas did not return calls from media sources and neither Harris nor his attorney could be contacted. Federal authorities have since opened their own criminal investigations of the officers, both of whom worked for years with Richmond youths as school-resource officers. Harris also supervised the department's Police Explorers post, a branch of Boy Scouts of America intended to expose young people to law enforcement careers. "While our investigation has been primarily administrative in nature, we have requested other law enforcement agencies conduct parallel investigations into the criminal aspects of the alleged misconduct involving these two officers," Magnus wrote in a public statement Tuesday. FBI spokeswoman Julie Sohn confirmed Tuesday that the agency is looking into the allegations against Harris and Thomas, but she said the agency is not ready to comment.

Some Richmond Explorers received more unorthodox tutelage than others. Harris and Thomas recruited several older members to work for Strategic Alliance Protective Services, a private security firm they operated in violation of department policy, sources said. "I was overworked," said Sergio Rios, a former Explorer who also served as a supervisor for the business. "They had me working seven days a week." The business held security contracts at large apartment complexes in south Richmond. It continues to provide security at the 378-unit Crescent Park apartments, a property management representative confirmed this week. The department, which because of conflict-of-interest concerns had denied Harris and Thomas' request to begin their security business, ordered them to stop in January 2010.

"It is not breaking news to us," Magnus wrote in his statement. "We have been actively investigating and acting on this information for over a year." That order, and unspecified internal discipline, provoked a Contra Costa Superior Court lawsuit in June 2010 from the officers, who claim the department's actions amount to discrimination "by depriving them of outside employment opportunities." Already investigating the unsanctioned business during the first half of 2010, department brass learned in September that Harris bought handguns for two police Explorers -- between the ages of 18 and 21 -- in 2009, for use in the security business. People younger than 21 cannot legally buy handguns in California, and, regardless of age, no one can buy a firearm for someone else's use. Law enforcement sources say Harris took money from his underage employees and bought them weapons -- a "straw purchase." Ammunition was also provided, sources said.

Rios, now 21, said he gave Harris $500 to purchase a handgun for him in 2009. The weapon remained registered to Harris until February 2010, when Rios' father agreed to transfer it to his own name, the younger Rios said. "(Harris) kept insisting about it," Rios said. "He said, in case I was in a shootout, it could later be determined that the gun was registered to Danny Harris, and that would create political problems for him in the department. He was always political. ... He wanted to make sure that no one knew." Rios and Harris fell out in May 2010, after the Explorer asked for reduced hours and responsibility, and complained to the Oakland Labor Board about unfair treatment and work conditions. Harris later demoted Rios and reduced him to "on-call" hours, meaning sporadic work. Rios and another Explorer, Orlando Torres, went to the Police Department to complain in September 2010. Since then, Torres fielded numerous requests from Thomas to return a handgun that Harris purchased for him. Court records show that Thomas sued Torres in small-claims court in November to recover the weapon. Thomas claimed it belongs to him. "I purchased the handgun from the original owner," Thomas wrote on a court document. "The defendant is aware of this and refuses to provide me my handgun."

The lawsuit remains unresolved. But, law enforcement sources say, Thomas exacted personal retribution against two co-workers within the Richmond Police Department who he believed may have been involved in the internal investigation. By November, Rios had moved on to security guard work at a chain of movie theaters. While working at a theater in Emeryville on Nov. 7, two women approached and struck up a conversation. They befriended him and, over the weeks, texted him frequently and met him for outings. They often seemed curious about his gun, Rios said. But the women were working for the Concord private investigative firm Butler & Associates, law enforcement sources said, on a job for Thomas. Their job on Dec. 5, 2010, was to lure him to a restaurant in San Ramon with his gun, liquor him up, and send him along to a prearranged traffic stop, Rios said. An anonymous tipster warned him of the plot, and he did not go.

The head of the firm, Christopher Butler, was arrested in February along with Norman Wielsch, commander of the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), after the state Department of Justice investigated allegations they conspired to sell drugs stolen from police evidence lockers.

Since the arrest, Butler has been linked to a pattern of setting up clients' targets to catch them in compromising situations. That includes, authorities say, a staged fake arrest of a teenager in Pleasant Hill and a scheme to lure targets into drunken-driving arrests in Danville. Also last winter, sources say, Butler's agents hired a woman to seduce a Richmond police officer they believed had a role in the internal investigation. A man in Butler's employ later appeared at the department, posing as a jilted fiance with photographic evidence of the officer's tryst. In an interview with media sources, Thomas denied hiring Butler & Associates for anything.


Posted: 05/06/2011 01:46:30 PM PDT
Updated: 05/06/2011 05:00:51 PM PDT

A Richmond police officer avoided being fired over an excessive force complaint -- for the second time in five years -- when an arbitrator ordered him reinstated with full back pay this week. But Dedrick Riley, 41, will remain on paid leave while a felony case proceeds against him in Contra Costa Superior Court for allegedly beating a handcuffed drug suspect during a 2009 traffic stop. "The arbitrator's opinion as to the facts is irrelevant to the case," deputy district attorney Barry Grove said. "It's not going to have any impact on us whatsoever."

Prosecutors charged Riley with assault under color of law and filing a false police report, both felonies, and misdemeanor battery in June 2009. The criminal case plodded through continuances while the city fired Riley. He underwent arbitration through the police labor contract and it resolved on Monday.

Riley's attorney said the prosecution sprang from Richmond's earnest desire to be rid of Riley, who also won his job back through arbitration in 2006 after a firing for a similar complaint. "Given the information provided to the District Attorney's Office by the department, I'm not surprised that the former DA (Robert Kochly) made the charging decision," he said. "But I believe it was an attempt by the department to leverage Riley's (administrative) case, given their initial failure to fire him."

Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus declined to comment because of the pending criminal case. The department fired the six-year veteran for dishonesty and use of excessive force.

The most recent complaint arose in March 2009, when Riley approached a car parked near South Third Street and Ohio Avenue during the graveyard shift. He saw the driver toss something to the ground as he stepped out of the car, according to the criminal complaint, and Riley knocked him down and handcuffed him.

Prosecutors say Riley punched the handcuffed man, then hit him repeatedly when the suspect mocked his blow. Though the discarded article proved to be crack cocaine, no charges were brought against the motorist. Both the department and the District Attorney's Office investigated, resulting in Riley's firing and criminal charges, respectively. Riley denies punching the man after he restrained him, his attorney said. Riley used appropriate force, his attorney said, to prevent the destruction of evidence and because the suspect struggled with him. Riley waived his preliminary hearing, and is scheduled for trial in July. A conviction could affect his employment.

Richmond previously fired Riley in March 2006, claiming he failed to properly report force used against a homeless man on 23rd Street, then lied to investigators about it. As with the current case, Riley regained his job with back pay in 2007 after a union grievance and arbitration hearing. Riley then sued the city, claiming racial discrimination and retaliation. A judge dismissed his suit in 2008.


February 15, 2011

THORNWOOD, NY – The Easton family of Danroy “D.J.” Henry Jr. is dumbfounded, but vows to persevere after a New York grand jury brought no charges against a police officer who fatally shot the popular Pace University football player.

“It’s hard for my family,” Danroy Henry Sr. said last night. “This is an unfortunate roller coaster. For them, the tragedy is that he could be treated so horribly for following directions. That this process would work so hard against him. It’s designed and administered in such a way to protect its own interests. It’s hard to explain that to them. For me personally, it’s energizing.”

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore said jurors found “no reasonable cause for an indictment” in the death of 20-year-old “D.J.” Henry, who was shot Oct. 17, 2010 outside of a bar in Thornwood, N.Y.

Henry said now that the grand jury process is done, the evidence the police used is available to the family’s lawyers, which includes video-tape surveillance as well as 911 calls. Henry has also asked the Justice Department to look into the shooting. He was told at the time not to expect any federal involvement until the state investigation would need to run its course.

“We’re not surprised at all,” he said. “This is what we were predicting would happen. The procedures they used to investigate this were akin to you or I being victimized by someone and them saying I’m going to have my brother and sister investigate this, and my mother and father will make a decision. The process is fraught with institutional biases that we’ve been trying to point out from the beginning.”

Cops were called to a disturbance that spilled out of the bar after the Pace homecoming game. Henry, who had been in the bar earlier, was parked in his Nissan in a fire lane when a policeman knocked on the driver’s-side window. Police said Henry sped off; his family said he moved away at parking lot speed, believing the officer was instructing him to move. Henry’s car hit the officer, who then fired through the windshield.

Richmond PD!

March 6, 2010Update!

RICHMOND — Even today, some honest people in Richmond would sooner spit at a police officer than dial 911. They remember racist officers from decades past, with their handlebar mustaches and thinly veiled hatred, their batons and their dogs. They remember two police killings, and the accompanying $3 million payout in federal court in 1983. Time and progress healed some wounds. But a video released by a group of black police managers embroiled in a long-running discrimination suit against the department threatens to rip the cap off decades of bottled-up fear and suspicion of Richmond police.

The two-hour DVD, circulating by the dozens around town, evokes the bad old days at length, and has footage of current Chief Chris Magnus and retired Deputy Chief Lori Ritter appearing to admit racist malfeasance during sworn court depositions. The city claims the video was skillfully edited to distort actual testimony, and a federal judge angrily ordered it quashed last week. But the recording clarifies for many an uncomfortable likelihood about the present-day Police Department: Somebody is lying.

"I am extremely disappointed in Chief Magnus (pictured left) and also in the city manager (Bill Lindsay) for allowing the situation to reach this point," said former Councilman Jim McMillan, member of the Black American Political Action Committee of Contra Costa County. "I viewed the whole two hours, and I am appalled. It reminds me of the difficulties we had in the late '70s and early '80s with the Police Department." But McMillan, like many black leaders, struggles to reconcile the image of a mean-spirited cracker painted by the plaintiffs with the proof of their own eyes. His supporters say Magnus has fallen victim to a slow-motion coup because of his attempt to make upper-level management conform to his progressive, community-oriented plan for the department. It involves change, and not everyone buys in.

"I think Chris Magnus is probably Richmond's best police chief of all time. He has compassion for the community, and he's bringing professionalism to the department," said community activist Corky Booze, who is black. "What has this chief done that makes him a victim of this malicious suit, that hadn't already been taken care of by two (previous) black police chiefs, a black City Council and three black city managers? The answer is that they can't control the chief. He's independent."

Federal gag order

The debate simmered for years about the out-of-town chief plucked out of Fargo, N.D., in 2006. Don't be fooled, cautioned one-third of Magnus' command staff when they sued in March 2007, all black men with horror stories to tell. An Attorney for the plaintiffs stood on the steps of the Police Department in December 2006 and told a crowd of reporters that Magnus once asked one of his clients to "dance, jigaboo, dance" for the amusement of white officers.

The chief denies it. Now the city repeats the same refrain: Don't be fooled. "The DVD ... has been selectively edited to mislead and shock the viewer," said P.J. Johnston, a publicist working for Richmond. "For example, at one point Chris Magnus is shown describing the behavior of one of the plaintiffs, but key parts have been edited out so that it appears the chief is describing his own behavior."

Johnston spoke before federal Judge Marilyn Patel placed a gag order Feb. 26 pertaining to the video.

The attorney for the plaintiffs said he could not comment because of the order. "They (the police managers) were confident that 12 people seeing this information would, without a shadow of a doubt, agree that this department is riddled with racism and discrimination," Plaintiff's attorney told media television during a Jan. 16 interview. "Why now? Because people need to know." He represented six at the beginning of the case: Capts. Cleveland Brown, Alec Griffin and Eugene McBride, and Lts. Michael Booker, Shawn Pickett and Arnold Threets.

The group filed a discrimination suit in Contra Costa Superior Court, unearthing sordid claims of racial joking during command-staff meetings and ears deaf to complaints from the plaintiffs and others about Magnus' promotion decisions.

Magnus has defended his promotions, which included Griffin and Booker, among other black officers. "Because of my position within the city, and my status as a defendant, I am very limited in how I can publicly respond or defend myself," Magnus wrote in a Feb. 10 open letter to Richmond. "I am confident that when this case is tried in a courtroom, the city and I will be cleared of the false allegations that have been made."

The charges provoked a sharp reaction from city government in December 2006; it hired a former State Bar president to investigate on its behalf. Portions of investigator Raymond Marshall's report remain confidential, but public excerpts show that he could not verify most of the demeaning comments.

"What is beyond dispute ... is that the RPD has serious personnel and communications problems, many pre-existing, which divide the department along racial lines," Marshall concluded in his 2007 report. "Today, every action taken or not taken by the department is viewed with suspicion and through the prism of race."

By the time Marshall finished his report, the case grew to include Lt. Johan Simon and Sgt. Jim Jenkins, head of the black officers association. Jenkins also joined with Brown, Pickett and Threets in a separate, federal civil rights suit claiming they were denied promotion and retaliated against for making their claims. Griffin dropped out of the suit without public comment in June 2008.

The state case

The original suit claims that Magnus and Ritter harassed and discriminated against blacks in the department, particularly the plaintiffs, and that city government ignored their pleas for help. It paints Ritter (pictured left) as a dyed-in-the-wool racist who kept photos of white officers wearing western duds on her desk — a silent reminder to black officers of a 1980s-era department, racially polarized and committing violence on the street, perpetuated by a crew of white officers dubbed "the Cowboys" by media of the time. Magnus appears as a sarcastic bigot who attached himself to Ritter upon his arrival and with her rearranged the command structure to disempower and exclude black managers held over from the previous regime.

Among the claims:

Ritter asked Brown, a black man, to tap-dance for an audience of white police managers from other police agencies during a break in a software training session.

Magnus joked to Threets after Brown approached him with concerns about Ritter, saying, "Arnold, picture this. Lori Ritter standing over Cleveland with leather boots up to her waist, cracking a whip, saying, 'Dance, jigaboo, dance!'" Magnus joked to his secretary when Griffin called the office to offer him a ride, saying, "It will be just like 'Driving Miss Daisy,'" a reference to the 1989 film about the relationship between an elderly, southern white woman and her black chauffeur. Magnus denied the "Miss Daisy" comment, and denied that he used the word "jigaboo." For years he has maintained that his discussion with Threets, then head of internal affairs, came out of incredulity about a surreal complaint Brown made earlier in his office. He said Brown came to his office to tell him it would be wrong to force four black men — the captains — to work for a white woman. Magnus has said that Brown pantomimed whipping, even got down on all fours.

And the other meeting, during which Ritter asked Brown to dance, plaintiffs claim, happened two years before Magnus came to Richmond. Ritter apologized to all involved and spoke to then-Chief Terry Hudson, who declined to discipline her. "She said that, during a break in a meeting, Brown, who was known for clowning and entertaining at meetings, might have to do 'a song and dance' while they waited," Johnston said. "Another witness confirms that Ritter said 'song and dance,' not 'tap-dance,' but that's left off the DVD. And, to be sure, she expressed no racial implication. "Ritter denied asking Brown to 'tap-dance' — but her testimony was edited out of the plaintiffs' DVD," he added, before Patel handed down the gag order.

The federal case

The second case, filed in U.S. District Court in July 2008, claims that Magnus retaliated against some of the plaintiffs with involuntary transfers and denial of promotions after they went public with their complaints. Threets, Pickett and Jenkins all claim Magnus passed over them when he created a fourth captaincy in the department, though all tested well enough to be considered. Magnus instead promoted Sgt. Allwyn Brown, who is black but not participating in the lawsuits.

Cleveland Brown, meanwhile, claims that the city's years-long attempt to fire him amounts to retaliation. Brown went on paid leave for more than a year after rupturing an Achilles tendon he tried to claim as a workers' compensation case. The claim was rejected, as he injured himself at home, attorneys explained to the judge last month; he had jumped up excitedly during a televised boxing match. His attorney said that the case to fire Brown depends on a technical, word-parsing discrepancy between his doctor's advice and how he represented the injury in the letter complaining to the city about retaliation. The city made its decision after hiring a private investigator to determine whether he attempted to defraud Richmond. Brown's attorney in that case declined to comment. "They're using me for an example for anyone who is currently involved, or may be thinking about bringing an action towards the city," Brown told the media in January (2010). "If I can be, you know, discharged, after 32 years, then no one is safe."

November 2008
Chris Magnus - Grand Wizard of the KKK (Pictured right)

Richmond police officer [Ben Murdoch, age 27] resigned [November 5, 2008] after the Richmond Police department received photos of him posing at a Halloween costume party with someone dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member. A reader forwarded two photos to the Times in an e-mail Tuesday morning, both apparently depicting costume-clad people at a Halloween party.

A man identified by multiple sources as Richmond police Officer Ben Murdoch appears in both photos, dressed as a rock star.

Another, unidentified man also appears in the photos, dressed in the white sheet and conical white hat of the Ku Klux Klan. In both photos, those depicted are raising their hands in an apparent mock-Nazi salute.

"If people want to call it poor judgment or a bad joke, then they can call it that," Murdoch said. "That's as far as it could ever go."

Murdoch, who said he has wanted to be a police officer since he was little, lamented that he had "a good chance of not becoming a cop again."

Murdoch, a graduate of the Napa Valley College Police Academy, was sworn in as a Richmond police officer in January. He had completed field training and was working as a patrol officer.

Murdoch is represented by Attorney Mike Rains.

Police Chief Chris Magnus (pictured above) said he could not comment, other than to confirm that he placed Murdoch on paid leave Tuesday afternoon, when he learned of the pictures, and that Murdoch and the city parted ways Wednesday.

Racial tension and mistrust mark the length of the Richmond Police Department’s modern history. City police received national attention during the 1980s for civil rights lawsuits over the police shootings of two black men that resulted in an epic financial settlement and mandated safeguards against racism and civil rights abuses, including the formation of the Richmond Police Commission.

In 2006, several members of the department’s command staff, all black, sued the city with accusations of racist treatment at the hands of Magnus and former Deputy Chief Lori Ritter. Both have denied the claims, and one of the plaintiffs dropped out of the suit this year. The case remains unresolved in Contra Costa Superior Court (A white racist court).

To be Continued ... !

Cops & Crime!

Criminal Cops! - Part I
Criminal Cops! - Part II

Cops with Multiple Shootings or Homicides!

PA State Trooper Samuel J. Hassan, Murderous(March 15, 2009 Murder of Unarmed motorist. Previously shot and killed 12 year old African-American boy!!)
Officer Pat Gonzales: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 3 Killings; 1 Shooting!
Officer Hector Jimenez: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 2 Killings!(As of October 2009, Officer terminated w/1 yr. pay; City of Oakland has settled civil suits.)
Homicide from OPD to LASD!
Miami Beach Police Department - Murderous!(Officer Adam Tavss kills two citizens in 1 week!!)
Brian Smith, Killer Cop!(Killed four (4) unarmed civilians during homicide spree; committed suicide upon arrest!!)

Murderous Police Officers

B.A.R.T.+L.A.P.D.=187(P.C.)(LAPD Detective arrested for cold case homicide; and B.A.R.T. Transit Killer-Cop!)
Cops or Killers?
Five - "O" Homicide(White Cop kills black cop after "mistaking" black cop for criminal!)
NYPD - A History of Homicidal Cops(A history of NYPD Officers committing murder!)
Arthur Tessler, Jason R. Smith & Gregg Junnier(Alanta Police Officers lie to obtain search warrant; murder 90-year old woman; and then plant drugs to cover-up murder)
PA State Trooper Kevin Foley, Murderous(Convicted March 18, 2009 of First-Degree Murder. Killed girlfriend's ex-hubby (Dentist)!!)
Homer Police Department(February 20, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, 73 year old black man by two white police officers in Homer, Louisiana!!)
Taser Deaths by the Police!
New Orleans Police Department(January 1, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, shot nine (9) times in the back!!)

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