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Mississippi · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Published: August 18, 2017) -- Bodycam video shows a Mississippi police officer threatening to shoot a driver during a traffic stop last month. Mayor Robert Smith issued a memo to the police chief indicating the officer was a threat to public safety. The officer has since been placed on administrated leave pending an investigation.
Bronx, NY (PUBLISHED: Sept. 6, 2017 at 04:01 am edt | UPDATED: September 17, 2017 at 03:01 pm pdt) -- At approximately, 4 p.m. on Sept. 6, 2017, Miguel Richards, 31, wearing sunglasses and a polo shirt: stood stock-still in the corner of his third-floor apartment at 3700 Pratt Ave., near Conner Street. Officers Mark Fleming and Redmond Murphy confronted him. The officers spotted him holding a knife in one hand and hiding his other hand. One of the officers can be heard telling Richards: "I don't want to shoot you. Put your hand up and drop that knife!" Fleming calls out to Richards: “I don’t want to shoot you if you’ve got a fake gun in your hand, you hear me? But I will shoot you if that’s a real gun.” Fleming and Murphy then open fire several seconds later. The two officers fired 16 times, striking Richards fatally!

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Parenticide ~ 2017!
OR (Photo) William Paul “Willie” Taylor, 48, is a former Oregon Police Officer. He is suspected of committing a double murder of his own parents. On September 14, 2017 at approximately 8:00 p.m., officers of the Nampa Police department responded to an address in the 1900 block of West Flamingo. Police received a report of an unattended death. Arriving officers found two bodies at a residence. “[T]he nature of the deaths w[ere] suspicious.” Investigators with the Nampa Police Department and the Canyon County Coroner determined the deaths were likely murder. Taylor was taken into custody Friday morning in Deschutes County. He was arrested on 4 unrelated charges of possession of a stolen vehicle: unauthorized use of a vehicle; identity theft; and tampering with physical evidence. Information received during his arrest, coupled with information at the residence, has led police to believe that the deceased persons are his parents, Paul Robert Taylor, 76 and Mary Jane “Jane” Taylor, 77.
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Blinded by White Supremacy ~ 2017!
St. Louis, MO {PUBLISHED: Sept. 15, 2017 at 02:50 pm | UPDATED: Sept. 20, 2017 at 03:54 pm} -- The acquittal of white police officer Jason Stockley left many charging St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson with bias. Stockley killed a black man named Anthony Lamar Smith. Judge Timothy Wilson presided over a bench trial for killing. Critics are pointing to a key sentence from Wilson's ruling. “The Court observes, based on its nearly 30 years on the bench, that an urban heroin dealer not in possession of a firearm would be an anomaly.” Judge Wilson wrote this referring to a gun found in Smith’s car. The gun had Stockley's, not Smith's, DNA on it. Dashcam video that showed Stockley return to his squad car after shooting Smith has fueled a widespread theory that he planted the gun.
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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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Bryan, Texas -- Police Chief Ty Morrow resigned Monday (June 15, 2009) afternoon following a lengthy investigation into a family violence call made to his home. With City Manager David Watkins standing beside him at a press conference, Morrow said his personal conduct off duty has compromised his ability to lead the agency. Two sergeants responded to Morrow’s home after the chief called police at 12:43 a.m. on a Sunday in November (2008) and said an argument with his wife had become physical and he handcuffed her. He was placed on paid administrative leave the next day and has not returned to work since.

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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: March 18, 2014 3:34 PM PDT | Updated: April 20, 2014

 photo oakland_raid_031814_zps5e7cdec3.jpgOakland Police Raid a home in East Oakland, allegedly recovering illegal guns and drugs.

DANVILLE, CA (wcjb) — A 12-year-old boy shot himself at about 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, and was later treated at Children’s Hospital Oakland and released. The boy is the son of two Oakland police officers was hospitalized after accidentally shooting himself in the arm at his Danville home. A recording of the incident reveals an off-duty Oakland police officer called 911, saying her son had accidentally shot himself and that she had secured the gun.

Danville police Lt. Allan Shields declined to say how the boy obtained the weapon, who owned the gun and whether it was issued by the Oakland police. Shields says the boy’s father is an Oakland police sergeant. Authorities say the incident is being reviewed by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.

$900,000.00!


May 4, 2011

Posted: 05/04/2011 07:57:25 AM PDT
Updated: 05/04/2011 09:32:55 AM PDT


OAKLAND, CA -- The city of Oakland will pay $900,000 to settle two separate cases alleging police misconduct. BayArea media sources reports that Oakland officials have agreed to pay $550,000 to a 15-year-old boy who filed suit against Oakland after he was shot in the back by an Oakland police officer Alan Leal in July 2007. Police said the boy, whose name has not been released, appeared to have put drugs in his mouth, run from officers, discarded a gun and was shot when he appeared to be reaching into his waistband. Assistant City Attorney Barbara Parker told the media that after undergoing five surgeries, the boy incurred $440,000 in medical costs.

In a second case, Oakland has agreed to pay $350,000 in attorney's fees to Novender Fleming and Victor Jones involving a suit in which officers were accused of unlawfully searching a home where marijuana was being grown in September 2008. The settlement comes after Fleming and Jones were awarded $37,500 by a federal grand jury last year.

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OPD Non-Compliant!


September 18, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge told top Oakland police officials Thursday he would consider sanctions and contempt proceedings against them if the department's reform in wake of the Riders police misconduct case doesn't improve.

Judge Thelton Henderson's threats came on the heels of a "disappointing report" from the court's monitors, who are charged with writing quarterly evaluations of how the Oakland Police Department is coming along in the dozens of tasks to which the department agreed in case's settlement eight years ago.

Henderson said he would even consider a receivership -- under which the department could be placed under federal control -- but that such a move would be "drastic."

If such an action were taken, Henderson could appoint someone from outside the department who would have authority over the chief to oversee an area of reform not yet completed to the satisfaction of the judge or monitors, Oakland police officials said, adding that sanctions or fines could be brought if the judge feels someone is maliciously trying to impede implementation of all or part of the agreement.

Henderson said he's now asking for weekly reports from the monitors.

"I am unconvinced the promise of change is any more real than it was five years ago," when former police Chief Wayne Tucker assumed office and made promises similar to Batts', Henderson said.

Robert Warshaw, a former police chief and head of the monitoring team, said he was concerned the department's efforts to address the problems relied too heavily on forming committees and adding bureaucracy, "building up and out" rather than down and into foundation issues.

Of particular contention was the department's use of IPAS Inspection, a program designed to give supervisors an array of information about their subordinates' on-the-job behavior, including the number of sick days they take and the number of Internal Affairs or excessive force complaints they receive.

Monitors found the department has made ineffective use of the program, with entries not being made and supervisors not being held responsible for the information the system contains.

The IPAS system has been altered since the monitors finished their second-quarter report, said police Capt. Benson Fairow, who is in charge of the program.

Fairow said the department is reducing its reliance on summary findings and focusing more on interviews when red flags go up about its officers.

City Administrator Dan Lindheim said it's important to understand, but not necessarily accept, that institutional change happens slowly.

"In context, two years ago there was no system, and it was only one year ago the system became functional," Lindheim said of the IPAS issue. He added that the layoffs the department suffered in July -- and are likely to suffer again if voters don't approve a new parcel tax in November -- mostly affect the newest recruits, leaving a department staffed predominantly by "those who worked under older regimes."

"At the end of the day, any officer who came in from 2006 to the present will be laid off," if the parcel tax doesn't pass, Lindheim said.

An attorney, who along with John Burris represented 119 plaintiffs named in the Riders' case and has pressed the department to hold to its agreement ever since, said he doesn't believe officers are being punished for failing their end of the agreements.

"A truly cultural, meaningful, lasting change would make ordeals like the last eight years no longer necessary," the attorney said.

"If things have not changed enough by the end of the year, we're going to ask for more involvement from the court," Burris added.

[A]n attorney for the police department, said she understood the court's frustration but cited a January 2009 search warrant scandal as proof "the institutional reforms you sought from us are working." That scandal surfaced when an internal police audit headed by Assistant Chief Howard Jordan discovered officers falsifying search warrant applications with false drug test results.

The police attorney also said that policing is "work that by its very nature introduces moral hazards" to the people charged with performing it, including tough issues like racial profiling, and that "I see Chief Batts having these difficult conversations openly."

[A]n attorney for the Oakland Police Officer's Association, said the union "hasn't had a voice in what's going on. That's not our role."

However, he added, "Our members' complaints are not about compliance, but about the effect of taking them away from the time they have to do their job."

In 2000, the same attorney said, a patrol sergeant would spend 80 to 90 percent of his time on the clock in the field; today, he said, it's closer to 15 percent, the rest of it spent with reports and other paperwork.

In defending the department, city officials and attorneys largely relied on the January appointment of new police Chief Anthony Batts.

Dozens of police captains and lieutenants attended the hearing on Batts' orders, underscoring a point Lindheim made that Batts was incorporating the department's leadership more directly in its compliance efforts.

Batts emphasized he made no excuses for the department and that he shoulders responsibility for how it functions, regardless of how long he's been in charge. However, he said, crime is down. "When I walk down the street," he said, "people are coming up and saying, 'You're doing a good job. We're moving in the right direction.'"

Batts said he is instituting accountability throughout the department by holding supervisors on every level responsible for their subordinates -- from sergeants on up to the most powerful officers.

Jordan, who was acting chief until Batts took over, said he himself had even been held accountable for department failures.

Batts said three internal affairs investigations had opened this week on his orders and that he meets weekly with the department's command staff to emphasize new policies that will bring the department into compliance with the agreement.

Criminal Back on Force!


September 17, 2010

OAKLAND, CA -- An Oakland police officer fired for falsifying search warrants in drug cases has returned to work after an arbitrator decided Aug. 6 he did not lie on sworn statements.

The arbitrator ordered the department to reinstate William Burke with back pay and seniority, his lawyer Terry Bowman said Friday. Burke was issued a written reprimand for failing to properly proofread the statements, which contributed to the controversy.

Bowman said Burke is disappointed the police department failed to recognize the difference between a proofreading mistake and an intentional lie. But Burke is relieved, the lawyer added, that the arbitrator knew the difference and is glad to be back at work.

Oakland officials accused Burke and 10 other officers in 2008 of lying on affidavits to Alameda County judges for search warrants in drug cases and to internal affairs investigators.

The sworn statements made it appear that they had tested substances bought on the street to determine if they were drugs. The statements were used by judges to issue search warrants on homes and apartments that, in most instances, resulted in the arrest of residents in a variety of felony crimes including drug possession with the intent to sell.

Most of the criminal cases that resulted from the illegal searches have been dismissed or charges against defendants dropped.

Four officers, including Burke, were fired. The others were Francisco Martinez, John Kelly and Karla Rush. Those three have not yet been reinstated.

4 Oakland Police Officers Fired


April 25, 2009

Four Oakland police officers were fired this week for their roles in the department's search warrant controversy, in which officers falsified sworn affidavits, resulting in illegal raids on the homes of mostly small-time drugs dealers in East Oakland. The officers fired this week include:

Karla Rush;
Francisco Martinez;
John Kelly; and
William Burke.

Each has seven to 10 years of experience in the department. The terminations are the most issued by the department at one time since four officers were fired in the Riders police misconduct scandal. "You have a police department that's really out of control and these officers are finally going to be held accountable," Amey Law Firm spokesperson Jason Hodge said.

The firings stem from a Police Department admission in September that a number of officers had misstated facts in sworn affidavits to Alameda County judges that they had tested substances bought on the street to determine if they were drugs. The officers made the statements even though no test was ever conducted on the substances. The sworn statements later were used by judges to issue search warrants on homes and apartments that, in most instances, resulted in the arrest of residents in a variety of felony crimes including drug possession with the intent to sell and, in one case, possession of illegal ammunition.

(Howard Jordan, Interim Oakland Police Chief - pictured left) In fact, top police officials initially defended its officers saying the issue was a result of poor training and not a malicious attempt by officers to skirt the rules in order to win a speedy search warrant. Since the matter came to public light, Chief Tucker has resigned under pressure from the Oakland City Council. Howard Jordan has been acting Chief since Tucker's resignation. Police spokesman Jeff Thomason refused to comment on April 24, 2009, saying state law prohibits the department from speaking about personnel matters.

"Historically in Oakland, the command staff never takes the hit," said an attorney who represents 10 of 18 officers who were investigated by internal affairs. "The command staff is never held responsible for its mistakes. It's the officers and sergeants that take the hit."

Nevertheless, the department began an internal affairs investigation and as criminal cases began to be dismissed and defendants released from prison, the department placed at least eight officers on paid administrative leave. Since the department acknowledged its officers had made misstatements to judges in September, dozens of criminal cases have been placed in question and criminal charges against 12 defendants have been dropped.

Since the imbroglio first was revealed, the attorneys and the union representing the officers have argued that the problems were caused by a lack of training and not intentional misconduct by the officers. But an internal affairs investigation found otherwise, according to City Attorney John Russo. Earlier this year, Russo said officers "knew or should have known that information in their affidavits regarding the testing of drugs was false." Russo also said officers had "made untruthful statements in response to questions from Internal Affairs investigators." In addition, attorneys at the Public Defender's Office and those representing clients in two federal civil rights lawsuits have said evidence suggests the officers purposely lied on their sworn affidavits.

"This is significant in the sense that these were sworn statements given to judges," said an attorney representing those arrested. "You don't need to be trained to tell the truth."

The recommendation to fire the officers came from an independent hearing officer who met with the officers, their attorneys, and city and police officials numerous times during the past month. The City Administrator then made the final decision. "Oakland police officers must live up to the highest standards of honesty and integrity," Russo said. "Evidence of false or incorrect affidavits must be taken extremely seriously."

Seven of the Oakland police officers who were fired following allegations that they had falsified search warrants for drug suspects returned to work on April 15, 2009. The seven officers were reinstated based on recommendations by an independent hearing officer and Acting Police Chief Howard Jordan.



December 24, 2008


Issues revolving around search warrants first surfaced in September [2008] when the [Oakland] police department admitted almost two dozen officers had made "misstatements" in sworn affidavits about testing substances purchased on the street during undercover operations or through informants.

(Wayne G. Tucker, former Oakland Police Chief - pictured left) " ... [A]t least eight [Oakland Police] officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation into [intentional] "misstatements" [or lies they told when] they made on sworn affidavits used to secure [drug] search warrants. The imbroglio has also begun to affect unrelated cases, as [Oakland Police] officers are refusing to testify in court for fear of being questioned about search warrants. (See, “More Oakland police officers placed on leave.” By Paul T. Rosynsky, Oakland Tribune. Updated: 11/20/2008 11:12:38 PM PST.)

In total, almost 20 officers have been involved in the search warrant problem but many of them have been cleared of wrongdoing and are again working the streets. Two [drug] cases were dropped on 12/22/08 as two men, who were serving state prison sentences on criminal drug charges, had their cases dismissed and were ordered to be set free, said Ray Keller, an assistant public defender. (See, Oakland police department wants to fire officer.” By Paul T. Rosynsky, Oakland Tribune. Posted: 12/23/2008 08:00:48 PM PST - Updated: 12/24/2008 06:38:25 AM PST.)

Thus far, the following Oakland Police Officers have been (publicly) implicated:

Karla Rush;
Francisco Martinez; and
Alan Leal

[Alameda County] Judge Sandra Bean requested that Officers Francisco Martinez and Alan Leal meet with her for a closed-door session to answer questions from defense attorneys and provide information proving the existence of informants. (See, "Judge orders two Oakland police officers to prove existence of informants." By Paul T. Rosynsky Oakland Tribune. Updated: 12/05/2008 07:17:54 AM PST.)

In the affidavits, Rush (who was placed on paid administrative leave last month, is responsible for writing more than 30 faulty sworn affidavits that were used to convince judges that search warrants were needed to raid the homes of suspected small-time drug dealers) wrote that substances purchased on the street during undercover operations or through informants were tested, though no test was conducted. The affidavits were submitted to Alameda County judges who, based on what was stated, issued search warrants for mostly East Oakland homes of suspected small-time drug dealers.

" ... [I]n the case of Henry Williams, who was arrested and charged in March [2008] with possession of a controlled substance, public defender Andrew Steckler asked for the police to prove an informant exist[ed]. Williams was the victim of a questionable search [on] March 28 after Officer Francisco Martinez swore in an affidavit [that] an informant purchased methamphetamine from Williams' home four days before the search. Martinez stated in the sworn affidavit the substance the informant purchased was tested, and the test concluded it was methamphetamine. Based on his sworn statement, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carol Brosnahan issued a search warrant." Officer Martinez also lied and stated his information was based upon information from a reliable informant who had previously assisted Oakland Police in recovering an illegal fire arm. Martinez told Alameda County Superior Court Judge Sandra Bean that the informant never helped police locate a firearm.(See, Oakland police department wants to fire officer.” By Paul T. Rosynsky, Oakland Tribune. Posted: 12/23/2008 08:00:48 PM PST - Updated: 12/24/2008 06:38:25 AM PST.)

(Note: Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carol Brosnahan (pictured left with wine glass & buzzin') routinely issues search and arrest warrants based upon intentionally false and malicious statments made by police officers, including Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, the University of California Police Department and the Alameda County Sheriff's Department. Carol Brosnahan is a dishonest and corrupt judge.)

Since the [Oakland Police] department disclosed the [malicious conduct], eight criminal cases have been dropped and probation revocations against two defendants were overturned. The [Oakland] Police Department has also been named in two federal civil rights lawsuits, both of which name Rush as a defendant. While Rush was the first officer named in the department's dilemma, and the author of a majority of the faulty affidavits, she was not the only one writing "misstatements" in sworn documents. In fact, [Officer] Francisco Martinez, admitted to judge [Sandra Bean] two weeks ago that in addition to making an error about testing substances bought on the street, he also "made a mistake" in writing on a sworn affidavit that a secret informant was reliable because the informant helped police locate a firearm in an unrelated case. (See, Oakland police department wants to fire officer.” By Paul T. Rosynsky, Oakland Tribune. Posted: 12/23/2008 08:00:48 PM PST - Updated: 12/24/2008 06:38:25 AM PST.)


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