Race & Police Brutality in the USA - 2012!"
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Posted: 01/04/13 05:39 PM EST - Updated: 01/04/13 04:43 PM PST
Los Angeles, CA -- Two veterans of the Los Angeles Police Department are being investigated over accusations that the pair demanded sex from women by threatening them with jail time. Officers Luis Valenzuela, who's been with the LAPD for 15 years, and James Nichols , a 12-year veteran, are on paid leave while internal affairs detectives look into the claims.
Search warrants first obtained by media sources indicate that the 4 alleged victims were either arrested previously or were working as police informants. The document also states that the cops would drive women to secluded areas; one officer would demand sex while the other kept watch, reports the Times.
On a news outlet, LAPD Commander Andrew Smith read aloud a statement from Chief Charlie Beck about the investigation: "I am shocked and saddened by these allegations of criminal misconduct. We will investigate this matter thoroughly. If proven true, we will prosecute the officers, both administratively and criminally.”
Valenzuela and Nichols are not under arrest and they have not been charged with a crime. The LAPD had planned to confront the pair early next week, but a pending lawsuit from one of the alleged victims forced internal affairs detectives to approach the two officers sooner for fear that they would destroy electronic evidence.
The first victim approached police with accusations in January 2010.
Posted: 01/04/13 05:39 PM EST - Updated: 01/04/13 03:18 PM PST
"She's So Raped right now!"
Steubenville, Ohio -- In August, the family of a 16-year-old girl accused multiple Steubenville, Ohio, high school students of raping her while she was passed out during a night of pre-football-season partying. Two Steubenville High School football players have been indicted for rape, and the case is set to go to trial in February. According to media sources, Ma'lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 16, have both been charged with rape in the case, which will be tried in juvenile court.
The case has generated controversy partly because it has been playing out online, and partly because in Steubenville, where the high school football team is a source of great civic pride, the Times reports that some say the incident is an example of the perils inherent in granting teen athletes special stature.
Media sources reported last month that photos of the alleged rape victim were posted on social media. In one, according to the paper, the girl "is shown looking unresponsive as two boys carry her by her wrists and ankles."
On Wednesday, a video appeared online that depicts teenage males who appear to be joking about details of the alleged rape. The nearly 13-minute video posted on YouTube consists mostly of one teenage male hysterically laughing as he entertains an unseen cameraman and others in the room with remarks such as "They raped her harder than that cop raped Marcellus Wallace in 'Pulp Fiction'," and, "They raped her quicker than Mike Tyson raped that one girl."
Multiple versions of the video were posted on YouTube on Jan. 2. A group of hackers called KnightSec, who claim affiliation with Anonymous, say they have collected and posted information about the students accused in the attack - as well as those they believe shot and appeared in the video. In an online message, the group threatened to release what they compiled, "unless all accused parties come forward by new years day and issue a public apology to the girl and her family."
The video, which has more than 100,000 total views, appears to have been recorded on the night of the incident. One male recalls seeing the girl vomit, and more than one of the males refer to "that girl" as being drunk. So drunk, apparently, that the teen on whose face the video camera is focused cracks himself up joking that she is "so dead."
"She is deader than Trayvon Martin," he laughs, referring to the Florida youth fatally shot in February 2012. The teen also makes remarks implying that he may have witnessed at least some of the incident: "You didn't see how they carried her out," he says. And: "They peed on her, that's how you know she's dead." And also: "She is so raped right now."
The alleged victim is not named in the video and her name has not been released. Media sources reports that Anonymous plans to rally in support of the alleged victim at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Jan. 5.
Steubenville Police Chief Bill McCafferty did not return media sources calls for comment, but released a statement to another media source that reads, in part, "The Steubenville police department has been aware of this recent video that was released. Since late August 2012 the subject who made the video was interviewed. This has all been turned over to the prosecutors which are the Ohio Attorney General's Office, who is prosecuting this case."
In the video now being circulated, excerpts of which are above, one voice off camera tells the speaker, "this isn't funny" and that his remarks are "childish."
"That's like, rape," says the unseen male. "They raped her."
"What if that was your daughter?" says another off-camera male. "But it isn't," says the teen making the jokes. "If that was my daughter I wouldn't care, I'd just let her be dead." Eventually, someone asks the cameraman, "Are you still videotaping?" The cameraman replies with a laugh: "Yes."
Posted: 01/04/13 05:39 PM EST - Updated: 01/04/13 03:18 PM PST
LOS ANGELES, CA — An appellate court ruling overturning a rape conviction because the victim wasn't married prompted anger Friday from women's groups and a state legislator who plans to introduce a bill that would close the legal loophole.
In its ruling, California's 2nd District Court of Appeal reluctantly concluded that Julio Morales hadn't raped an 18-year-old because a state law crafted in the 1870s says a person who gets consent for sex by pretending to be someone else is only guilty of rape if the victim is married and the perpetrator is pretending to be the spouse. In this case, Morales apparently pretended to be the teen's boyfriend, and she didn't recognize otherwise until seeing him in the light.
The court urged the Legislature to update the law, and state Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, said Friday that he would introduce a bill. "Californians are justifiably outraged by this court ruling, and it is important that the Legislature join together to close whatever loopholes may exist in the law and uphold justice for rape victims," Achadjian said.
Achadjian had a 2011 bill that would have expanded the rape law to include perpetrators who pose as live-in boyfriends or girlfriends and dupe their victims into sex. The bill was approved by the Assembly but stalled in the Senate Public Safety Committee, according to legislative records. It wasn't clear why.
The earlier bill was prompted by a Santa Barbara County case in which a man broke into a woman's home while she slept. The woman assumed the man was her live-in boyfriend and consented to sex. When she realized it wasn't her boyfriend, she resisted and the man fled. Prosecutors couldn't pursue a felony rape charge because the woman wasn't married, she consented, and the man hadn't pretended to be her husband.
A similar law in Idaho prevented an unmarried woman from pressing rape charges three years ago after being tricked into sex with a stranger by her then-boyfriend. Idaho's law was amended to cover all women in 2011.
"It is imperative that we now change the law to prevent a grave injustice for future rape victims. All of us in public safety deeply appreciate the extraordinary efforts made on the part of Assemblyman Achadjian to seek this minor change in the law that will have a tremendous effect on future victims," Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley said.
The appellate court noted the law has been applied inconsistently over the years in California, a state that has been aggressive in broadening its rape laws. California has removed a requirement that a rape requires force to have been used, and it has classified various aggravations of sexual assault as rape.
Patty Bellasalma, president of the California National Organization for Women, said it's incumbent upon legislators to ensure laws mesh with modern-day lifestyles.
"If unmarried women aren't included, that means the intent of the law is not about protecting women, it's about protecting something else," she said.
In the Morales case, the victim said her boyfriend was in the room when she fell asleep following a night of partying with Morales and others. They opted not to have sex that night because he didn't have a condom. After the boyfriend left, Morales entered her room and they began having sex.
It wasn't until a ray of light from outside the room illuminated Morales' face that the woman realized it wasn't her boyfriend, prosecutors said.
Defense attorneys argued Morales believed the sex was consensual because the victim responded to his kisses and caresses.
The appellate ruling said Morales gave conflicting testimony about whether he tried to identify himself. The court, which remanded the case back for retrial, noted prosecutors had argued two theories and it wasn't clear which the jury used for the conviction that led to a three-year prison sentence: that Morales "tricked, lied to, or concealed information" from the victim, or because he had sex with the woman while she slept. The latter is already defined as rape under state law.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris, whose prosecutors handled the appellate case, promised to work with legislators to amend the law.
"The evidence is clear that this case involved a nonconsensual assault that fits within the general understanding of what constitutes rape," Harris said in a statement. "This law is arcane and I will work with the Legislature to fix it."
Defense attorney Edward Schulman declined comment, only to say that "the decision speaks for itself."
January 20, 2011
PHILADELPHIA -- A doctor who gave abortions to minorities, immigrants and poor women in a "house of horrors" clinic was charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Sexually Offensive Cops
Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 7:14 pm
Tuskegee, Alabama -- Tuskegee police officer Levy Kelly, 38 (pictured above, center) has been arrested and charged first-degree rape, second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of enticing a child to enter a house for immoral purposes, an Alabama Bureau of Investigations official announced Tuesday.
Kelly was arrested on Jan. 3 after a second underage female came forward with the allegations against him.
Kelly is currently being held in the Macon County Jail on $850,000 bail, according to a Macon County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.
Police Chief Lester Patrick could not be reached for comment by media sources on Tuesday. The ABI is handling the investigation and asks anyone with information about this case to contact them at 334-242-1142 or their Crime Tip Line at 1-800-392-8011.
Posted: Dec. 10, 2012 at 11:41 p.m. - Updated: Dec. 11, 2012 at 07:20 p.m. PST
SACRAMENTO, CA (WCJB) — Former Anderson police officer Bryan Robert Benson, 28, was arrested Monday at the Shasta County probation office in Redding after being indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with a controversial 2010 sexual assault case. The Dec. 5, 2012 federal grand jury indictment, which was unsealed after Benson's arrest, charges the former police officer with a federal civil rights offense in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a Millville woman he had placed under arrest on May 29, 2010. That woman alleged Benson raped her on the way to the jail. Benson is charged by the federal indictment with depriving the woman of her constitutional rights under color of law. A conviction on that charge carries a life sentence.
The indictment also charges him with obstruction of justice and causing a false entry in an official record. The obstruction charge is based on an allegation that following the assault, Benson (pictured left) instructed the victim not to report it. The false entry charge is based on an allegation that, to impede any investigation, he reported to a police dispatcher that he and the alleged victim had arrived at the Shasta County jail approximately eight minutes before they actually did.
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Under a plea bargain in Shasta County Superior Court Benson pleaded no contest to assault by a public officer, a felony, and soliciting a lewd act, a misdemeanor. In exchange he received a maximum one-year jail sentence and three years of formal probation. He was not forced to register as a sex offender because that was not a requirement of the misdemeanor to which he pleaded no contest.
That plea bargain was struck after Shasta County prosecutors said they did not believe they could obtain a rape conviction against him because of a loophole in the law. According to state law at that time, someone who is in police custody can't be considered to have consented to sex with her jailer. But prosecutors said the loophole arose because the woman was not in jail custody at the time of the alleged rape. Instead, the alleged rape occurred outside an unmarked patrol car parked in a lot near the jail. That circumstance would have allowed Benson's lawyer to argue the act was consensual, prosecutors have said.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in July authored by state Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, and state Sen. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, closing that loophole.
A plea to state criminal charges, however, did not preclude the federal government from prosecuting Benson for the same conduct, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office said. After an investigation of the case, the U.S. attorney's office sought and obtained approval from the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice to prosecute Benson for violations of federal criminal law, the spokeswoman said. Benson is scheduled to be arraigned today in U.S. District Court in Sacramento.
This case is a product of an investigation by the FBI assisted by the Anderson Police Department, the Redding Police Department, the Shasta County Sheriff's Office and the Shasta County district attorney. Shasta County District Attorney Stephen Carlton said Tuesday he was aware that federal prosecutors had been considering charges against Benson. He said his office had shared its case documents with federal prosecutors. But, he said, he did not know how strong a federal case prosecutors might have against Benson.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys R. Steven Lapham and Michelle Prince, and trial attorney Chiraag Bains of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, are prosecuting the case. If convicted, Benson faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison.
Meanwhile, the Millville woman has filed a $10 million federal lawsuit against the city of Anderson and its police department, but Benson is not named as a defendant because he filed for bankruptcy after he was fired from the police force.
Another NYPD Pervo!
July 2, 2010
ALBANY -- A New York City police officer has been arraigned in Albany Count Court for allegedly trying to lure a child into his vehicle as she walked to school last week. Albany County District Attorney David Soares says 38-year-old Deodhram Singh of Freeport, N.Y., was arraigned on an indictment consisting of charges of attempting to lure a child, endangering the welfare of a child, and fourth-degree stalking. Singh is accused of approaching an 11-year-old Albany girl three times as she walked to Philip Schuyler School on Washington Avenue last Tuesday, and trying to persuade her into his vehicle by offering $100 each time. Singh faces up to a year in jail if he is convicted of all the charges.