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Published: Fri. Sep. 2. 2016, 09:13 AM; Updated: Sat. Sep. 3, 2016 9:06 AM PDT
Santa Clara, CA -- Former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner released from jail after serving 3 months for sexual assault; Turner will now serve three years probation and must register as a sex offender.
Published: Fri. Sep. 2. 2016, 09:13 AM; Updated: Sun. Sep. 4, 2016 01:46 AM PDT
New York, NY -- NYPD announced it will seal officer disciplinary records from public purview. The department has disclosed officer discipline for decades. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says the media prompted the department to look into publicized officer disciplinary records in the first place. News sources reported that the NYPD is longer going to publicly disclose a police officer’s disciplinary record. The department said Section 50-A of the 1976 state Civil Rights law actually precludes NYPD from releasing the information.
The move prompted open government groups to blast the department for becoming less transparent. Bratton says the press has got him all wrong. The outgoing commissioner and Mayor Bill de Blasio have maintained that it is only a matter of complying with state law. Bratton said the NYPD realized it was not following the law after a journalist filed a FOIL request. Bratton said: “One of your FOIL requests caused us to take a look at it based on an inquiry. So if you have somebody you wanna blame, blame whoever filed that FOIL request, because they have now denied you access to information that we were giving you inadvertently for 60 years.”
Bratton continued saying: "'“[W]hat was lost in the reporting” of [my] comments yesterday was that it is an “issue of law” that all police agencies in the state follow.”'" Bratton stressed that the NYPD does not “have the independent ability to correct the law. So you can ask away from out of doomsday, the resolution of this issue is in Albany. It is a state issue that they will have to address.”
Bratton did not name the journalist or media outlet that made the FOIL request. He would not weigh in on pending disciplinary charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Pantelo faces charges in connection with the death of Eric Garner. Pantelo place Garner in a police chokehold. Garner did acknowledge the irony inherent in the fact that the information would actually get out anyway. “Would it eventually get out? Probably. But we would not be issuing a press statement to that effect. So that is the limitation,” Bratton continued. “The irony that we would have an open trial in many instances in a disciplinary matter, that the results of the decision of the judge would not be publicly available.”
Bratton insisted he is in favor of publishing disciplinary actions taken by the NYPD against members of the department who have violated either the protocols, procedures or the law. He said he has held this position “... [i]n my now almost 40 years of policing. If this goes into a legislative initiative up in Albany, my successor, Chief O’Neill, and the mayor will have to basically take a position on it. Myself, personally, I would be supportive of opening up the process more than we are now legally allowed to do.”
Bratton was prompted to discuss the matter again when Politico’s Azi Paybarah asked the mayor whether the police working closely with the community to ensure safety at the upcoming J’Ouvert festival in Brooklyn runs counter to police not disclosing officer discipline matters. De Blasio insisted that the two matters were unrelated, noting that the process involved working with the clergy, elected officials and community leaders as part of a “neighborhood policing philosophy.” “No. Again, that’s a matter of state law,” he said. “This is about a deep and consistent planning process with the community.”
Originally Published:Wednesday, April 6th 2011, 11:13 PM; Updated: Thursday, April 7th 2011, 9:56 AM
LAPD Mack Attack!
LOS ANGELES, CA - Slain Brooklyn rapper Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace was killed with "very rare" metal-piercing German ammunition that could help unlock his 1997 unsolved murder, new files released by the FBI reveal. The so-called 9mm Gecko bullets are sold exclusively at two distributors in the U.S. - one in California and one in New Jersey - the 359-page cold case file released under the Freedom of Information Act says. According to the feds, ammunition also thought to be 9mm Gecko was later found in the residence of rogue Los Angeles Police Department cop David Mack - along with a "shrine" to Tupac Shakur - when Mack was busted for bank robbery shortly after Wallace's death.
The FBI scrubbed Mack's name from the paperwork, but his identity is clear based on previously released information about his robbery conviction and the Shakur shrine uncovered in his garage.
Investigators wrote they were unaware of any tests conducted to connect the bullets.
"LAPD has also never matched the ammunition found (redacted) during the search after the bank robbery with the bullets used to kill Biggie," an FBI chronology from 2002 states. "It is unclear whether the 9mm Gecko ammunition has ever been compared to some of the 9mm ammunition found (redacted) that is believed to be Gecko."
A retired LAPD cop testified about Mack's Shakur shrine in 2005 and his theory that Mack used his police expertise to help hip-hop mogul Marion "Suge" Knight order Wallace's hit as payback for Shakur's unsolved murder six months earlier.
Both Mack and Knight have denied any involvement in the hail of gunfire that killed Wallace, 24, as he sat in a vehicle on a Los Angeles street.
LAPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In another interesting twist, the FBI paperwork claims Wallace had connections to New York's Genovese crime family and that NYPD investigators were tailing him in Los Angeles shortly before his murder.
The FBI shelved its investigation in 2005 after failing to find enough evidence to charge anyone. The LAPD probe is continuing.
Published 4/24/2011, 10:59 AM; Updated: 04/25/2011 13:24:26 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — A Los Angeles Police Department helicopter had to make an emergency landing Sunday morning after a gunman opened fire on the chopper, authorities said. The helicopter landed safely and the pilot and observer on board were not injured, said police Detective Gus Villanueva. The incident occurred in the Van Nuys area, when police got a call at around 6 a.m. local time (9 a.m . ET) of shots being fired, police said. The helicopter was responding as backup to a patrol car dispatched to the scene.
The helicopter was at the Van Nuys airport after the incident, and was to be put on a flat-bed truck to be towed downtown for investigation and repair, authorities said. The apparent shooter eventually was subdued by his family members, Villanueva said. A semi-automatic rifle was recovered, he said. Police got multiple calls that a second gunman was involved, and a search was conducted Sunday afternoon, Villanueva said. That search was called off later, Villanueva said.
October 30, 2009
Chief Bratton said he was resigning effective Oct. 31 to become the chief executive of Altegrity Security Consulting in New York. After taking over LAPD, the department was shaken by the Rampart scandal, named after a predominantly Latino neighborhood in central Los Angeles where police officers framed innocent citizens, stole drugs and beat suspects. The U.S. Department of Justice determined that excessive force, false arrests, and unreasonable searches were routine in the L.A. Police Department.
As city attorney, Jim Hahn saw lawsuits pile up against the LAPD. Even as he negotiated with the federal government over how it would monitor L.A.’s police, he knew the Justice Department was right.
"The charge of racial profiling kept coming again and again," said Hahn. "That depending on what your racial background was, you were going to be treated differently by LAPD when you were pulled over for a traffic stop.
Behind Chief William J. Bratton stand potential successors, left to right, Deputy Chief Charlie Beck, Deputy Chief Michel Moore and Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell.
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced today (October 30, 2009) it would not file criminal charges against any LAPD officers for their actions during the 2007 May Day melee at MacArthur Park. Prosecutors said in a statement that after a lengthy review, there was insufficient evidence to prove any officer violated the law when using force, although some might have used "questionable tactics." They described the incident as "unfortunate and preventable" but said that the office was "closing our file and will take no further action in this matter."
LAPD officers were videotaped wielding batons and shooting rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse a largely peaceful crowd. A scathing internal investigation into the incident blamed poor leadership and overly aggressive tactics by officers in the field.
Earlier this year, the Los Angeles City Council agreed to pay nearly $13 million to people injured or mistreated in the melee.
In 2002, Los Angeles also entered into a consent decree with the United States Justice Department to address racial bias, corruption and police brutality in the department. Chief Bratton was on the original federal monitoring team. A federal judge ruled in July of this year that federal oversight of the department would be phased out over three years.
“The use of force and what happens when officers use force is materially different now,” said Michael G. Cherkasky, the former monitor of the federal consent decree and the chief executive of Altegrity Inc., the holding company for the security subsidiary Chief Bratton will join.
Mr. Cherkasky, a former New York City prosecutor, and Chief Bratton have known each other for 20 years. They worked together at Kroll Inc., a risk consulting firm, before Chief Bratton was hired to lead the L.A.P.D.
Mr. Cherkasky said Chief Bratton would focus on police consulting for postconflict nations and domestic agencies in the United States. Altegrity, formerly known as USIS, provides governments with security, intelligence and policing expertise. The company was valued at $1.5 billion in 2007.
Mr. Cherkasky said he had invited Chief Bratton only after he stepped down as the monitor of the consent decree. The chief said he also considered his love for the East Coast, the proximity to his 83-year-old father in Massachusetts and the imminent rise in his adjustable rate mortgage on his Los Angeles home in his decision to leave the department.
Chief Bratton, who was paid an annual salary of $340,442 , said he also factored in the prospect of making more money in the private sector.
January 19, 2009
Los Angeles Police Department fingerprint examiners [who] falsely implicated at least two people in crimes have been linked to nearly 1,000 other criminal cases that authorities say must now be reviewed to ensure that similar errors weren't made. (By Richard Winton - January 15, 2009)
[I]n October  [L.A.P.D. disclosed that] at least two innocent people had been arrested because of mistaken identifications by the LAPD's fingerprint analysis unit. Since then, the [LA] Times says, one analyst has been fired and others have been disciplined.
Malicious Presentation of Knowingly False Evidence
The Los Angeles Police Department tried to persuade coroner's officials to change their finding that a SWAT officer's bullet killed a 1-year-old who was held hostage by her father, according to a published report.
While Police Chief William Bratton had publicly accepted the coroner's conclusion that an officer was likely responsible for killing Suzie Pena in July 2005, police quietly pursued their own theory that her father shot the child, according to internal department documents and coroner's records reviewed by the Los Angeles Times.
LAPD's lobbying effort, which involved one of the department's highest ranking officials, caused tension between police and the coroner's office and raised questions into whether the department acted appropriately. Dr. James Ribe, the senior deputy medical examiner who performed the autopsy, wrote that the LAPD was "scientifically and ethically irresponsible" for meeting with him about the case. "All this raises extremely disturbing questions about the integrity of the LAPD's approach to this investigation."
The deadly shooting occurred on July 11, 2005, when Jose Raul Pena, armed and high on cocaine, barricaded himself with his daughter at his used-car dealership in Watts. SWAT members, thinking a sniper had wounded the gunman, stormed the office and fired at the man, who was holding his 19-month-old child in one arm. Both Penas were killed, the little girl with one bullet in her head.
Bratton defended the actions of his officers but acknowledged "it is quite likely our officers killed both the suspect and the baby."
The next day the Los Angeles County coroner's office—the agency legally responsible for determining the cause of all deaths in the county—confirmed the wound to the girl's head had been caused by a high-velocity bullet fired from one of the rifles SWAT members used that day.
However, a staffer in the LAPD's crime lab, Amy Driver, examined the evidence—photos and X-rays and ballistics reports—and became convinced that the girl's fatal wound was caused by a bullet fired at close range from her father's handgun. Driver, her supervisor and staff from the department's Internal Affairs office met with the coroner's forensic pathologists to convince them that the girl's injuries were not consistent with those of a rifle bullet, according to notes from the meeting and court documents.
Ribe and another forensic pathologist refuted each of the LAPD's points, which were outlined in a PowerPoint presentation. The coroner's chief medical examiner, Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, urged the police to hire an outside medical expert to review the case. Ribe was upset that the LAPD suggested that he and his colleagues had made a mistake. Ribe's notes on the meeting described Driver's argument as weak and full of "glaring technical errors." He was also concerned that police officials let a criminalist without medical training to lobby in a high-profile case involving officers in her own department.
Police criminalists are civilian employees [the fingerprinting guys/gals] trained to examine physical evidence, but do not have medical training like forensic pathologists. Police eventually found a forensic pathologist at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to review the case, and he found "little or no good evidence" that the wound came from a handgun. Michael Berkow, then deputy chief in charge of LAPD's internal affairs who met with Sathyavagiswaran, said Bratton authorized his efforts and argued that police investigators had to explore every theory of what had happened during the shootout.
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Description: Los Angeles -- Lazarus was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole for killing her ex-boyfriend's wife nearly three decades ago in a fit of rage and jealousy. Prosecutors said in a "statement of views" filed in court that "Lazarus misused her police training in the most profound way imaginable by utilizing that training and experience to commit murder and to cover up her crime. Lazarus betrayed the trust placed in her by the Los Angeles Police Department and by people of Los Angeles in order to pursue her own murderous ends."!
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!!)
Oakland, California Police Department
• Captain Edward Poulson, OPD(Beating Death of Suspect (2000) Promoted in 2008)
• Investigator interfered in police probes of former bakery CEO
• Oakland Police Department, Corrupt, I
• Oakland, California Police Department, Corruption, II
• Oakland Police Department, III
• Oakland Police Department, IV
• Oakland Police Department, V - Major Corruption
• Jeff Loman, Deputy Chief, OPD(Updated: Re-instated as a (demoted) Lieutenant)
• Deborah Edgerly, Corrupt former Oakland City Administrator
Oakland, CA Transit Cop Shooting
• Mehserle Makes Bail!!!(Updated October 16, 2009) January 1, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, shot once (1) in the back!!)
• Tony Pirone, B.P.D.(Mehserle Accomplice - Jan. 1, 2009 Homicide)
• Johannes Mehserle, Killer Cop(Oakland's New Year's (2009) Transit Killer Cop)
• The B.A.R.T. Shooting Investigation(The Investigation of Oakland's New Year's (2009) Transit Killer Cop)
• The B.A.R.T. Aftermath (The Oakland Riots New (2009))
• B.A.R.T. Police, Racism, Homicide(Video of The Oakland New Year's Day (2009) Transit Shooting )
Cops that Sexually Offend
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part I)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part II)
• Sexually Offensive Cops! (Part III)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part IV)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part V)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VI)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part VIII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part IX)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part X)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XI)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XIII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XIV)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XV)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XVI)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XVII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XVIII)
• Cops that Sexually Offend! (Part XIX)
Sexually Offensive Judges
• Perverted Judges! - Part I
• Judge Jack Gifford, Retired, Solicitation
• Judge Ronald C. Kline, Child Pornography
• Chief U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham, Solicitation
• Corrupt Judges & Prosecutors
• Corrupt Judges, Frame-ups & Graft
• Corrupt Judges! - Part II
• Judges of the Regents of the University of California
Judges of Interest
• James J. Marchiano, Corrupt Judge
• Stuart Hing, Corrupt Judge (Recent Appointment)
• Douglas E. Swager, Corrupt Judge
• Martin Jenkins, Corrupt Judge ("Uncle Tom")
• David Bernard Flinn, Corrupt Judge
• John T. Noonan, Corrupt Judge of the 9th Circuit
• Former Judge Ralph B. Robertson, Racist
• Judge Kenneth R. Kingsbury, Ret., Racist, Corrupt
Cops & Domestic Violence
• Wife Killing Cops! - Part I
• Wife Killing Cops! - Part II
• Blue Spousal Abuse! - Part III
• Deputy Paul R. Kovacich, Wife Killer