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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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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Cops that Sexually Offend! - Part VI




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[Excerpts] - A former lieutenant in the St. John the Baptist Sheriff's Office pleaded guilty Friday to two felony counts and received a sentence of 10 years of probation. Wayne Schaeffer was indicted in January 2008 on charges of aggravated rape, battery and attempted sexual battery. The felony counts were filed after several women came forward during an I-Team investigation into Schaeffer's conduct. He pleaded guilty to two counts: malfeasance in office and second-degree battery.

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Jason Briddon


A Decade to Reflect!


Update: February 25, 2010

WORCESTER — Saying he treated his victim with “utter disrespect and particular cruelty,” a judge today sentenced Jason D. Briddon, a former part-time Rutland police officer, to 10 to 12 years in state prison for the rape and beating of a prostitute. Mr. Briddon, 37, of Westminster, was convicted of aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping and assault and battery last month after a jury trial in Worcester Superior Court. Sentencing was today. Judge Janet Kenton-Walker sentenced Mr. Briddon this afternoon to 10 to 12 years in prison on the aggravated charge and placed him on probation for 5 years, to begin upon his release from custody, on the assault and battery charge.

Over the objections of Assistant District Attorney Paula J. Frasso, who recommended a sentence of 25 to 30 years, Judge Kenton-Walker dismissed the aggravated kidnapping charge as duplicative of the aggravated rape charge. As conditions of probation, Mr. Briddon was ordered to receive sex offender treatment, register as a sex offender, remain drug- and alcohol-free, have no contact with the victim or her family, possess no weapons and submit to GPS monitoring. He was further ordered to undergo any substance abuse or mental health evaluations recommended by the probation department and receive any related treatment deemed appropriate.

Still pending against Mr. Briddon are unrelated charges arising from a 29-year-old Worcester woman's allegations that he raped and assaulted her May 1, 2007, after she accepted a ride home from him from a bar. A mistrial was declared in that case in March 2009 after a jury reported it was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Guilty!


Update: February 24, 2010

Jason Briddon, part-time Rutland police officer was convicted of rape, kidnapping and assault is facing sentencing. After deliberating for more than 20 hours over four days, a Worcester Superior Court jury found 37-year-old Mr. Briddon guilty of one count each of aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping and assault and battery shortly after 2 p.m.



The jury of seven women and five men returned not guilty verdicts on six additional counts of aggravated rape, four other counts of assault and battery and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot).

Judge Janet Kenton-Walker postponed sentencing until Feb. 25. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Paula J. Frasso, Judge Kenton-Walker ordered that Mr. Briddon remain in custody without bail until then.

The 30-year-old victim testified during Mr. Briddon’s weeklong trial that he repeatedly raped and beat her and held her against her will on the morning of Oct. 9, 2008, after she agreed to engage in a sex act with him for money to support her crack cocaine addiction. She said the assaults and kidnapping occurred in the basement of a house at 178 Burncoat St. that Mr. Briddon said was owned by one of his friends.

Mr. Briddon, a married father of two who was also once an auxiliary police officer for the city of Worcester, admitted paying the woman for sex, but denied raping, beating or kidnapping her. He testified that the alleged victim became upset after he caught her smoking crack cocaine, broke her crack pipe and accused her of stealing his wallet.

The former officer attributed injuries suffered by the woman, which included bumps and bruises, to falls.

The victim was not in court when the verdicts were returned yesterday afternoon. Mr. Briddon’s wife, Wendy Briddon, rushed out of the courtroom after the verdicts were read, but before her husband was taken into custody by court officers.

Still pending against Mr. Briddon, a Westminster resident, are unrelated charges arising from a 29-year-old woman’s allegations that he raped and assaulted her on the morning of May 1, 2007, after she accepted his offer to drive her home from a bar.

A mistrial was declared in March after a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on rape and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charges stemming from those allegations.

March 14, 2009
On March 13, 2009 a judge declared a mistrial in the case of Jason D. Briddon, a part-time Rutland police officer charged with sexually assaulting a Worcester woman, after the jury twice reported it was deadlocked and unable to reach a unanimous verdict. The judge continued the case to March 23, 2009 for a hearing to discuss the possible scheduling of a second trial.


March 8, 2009

Rutland Police Officer Jason Briddon wept, crocodile style, when his wife took the witness stand March 6, 2009 during his rape trial in Worcester Superior Court. Mr. Briddon is alleged to have raped and beaten a prostitute while awaiting trial on an unrelated rape charge.

A jury late Friday, March 6, 2009 began deliberations in the case of the part-time Rutland police officer charged with raping a 29-year-old Worcester woman, who testified that she accepted his offer to drive her home from a bar May 1, 2007. Instead, she told the jury, Mr. Briddon drove her to a building in the Elm Street area and raped her while she passed out.

The woman was interviewed two months after the alleged sexual assault and before Mr. Briddon (pictured left) was identified and arrested. She didn’t know Mr. Briddon’s name, only that he told her he was a cop. “I didn’t feel like I had a chance,” she said in 2007. “If he was a cop, who would believe my word against his?”

Worcester police and a grand jury believed her. The grand jury indicted Mr. Briddon in January 2008. While awaiting trial, in October 2008, he allegedly picked up a hooker and took her to a friend’s home on Burncoat Street. The woman would tell police that, after they completed their consensual arrangement, Mr. Briddon held her against her will for more than two hours, beating and raping her. He was arrested outside the house after the woman ran to a nearby home to seek help. Her face was badly bruised and swollen when police arrived.


Jeffrey Cujdik, et. al.


March 6, 2009

During a 2007 police raid at Lady Gonzalez's Kensington home, a male officer directed Gonzalez into a small back room, where he sexually assaulted her under the guise of searching her for drugs and weapons, according to a civil lawsuit filed March 5, 2009. The lawsuit alleges that a Philadelphia cop groped Ms. Gonzalez while other officers stomped around on the second floor. Filed in federal court, the lawsuit claims that an officer named "Tom" pushed down her jeans, exposing the crack of her buttocks, then lifted her shirt and bra, forcibly touching and rubbing her breasts. She feared he'd rape her, the lawsuit claims.

The suit names Officer Jeffrey Cujdik and eight other cops, including two with the first name "Thomas," who participated in the raid at Gonzalez's house on Thayer Street, near Jasper. The suit seeks more than $600,000 in damages and attorneys fees. It is the first civil lawsuit filed in the wake of a series of questions regarding Cujdik's relationship with his longtime informant, Ventura Martinez.

Police Informant Ventura Martinez alleged that [Officer] Cujdik sometimes lied on search-warrant applications to gain access to suspected drug homes. The allegations prompted federal and local authorities to form a task force to investigate. Investigators with the FBI, the police Internal Affairs Bureau and the District Attorney's Office are scrutinizing hundreds of criminal cases involving Cujdik and the officers he worked with on the Narcotics Field Unit. (See, Oakland, CA Police Department, III.)

One of the cases under the microscope is that of Gonzalez's husband, Albert Nunez, who was the target of the raid in which Gonzalez says she was groped. Nunez was charged with drug dealing after Cujdik said that he found 47 packets of cocaine in a teddy bear inside the couple's home during the raid. The case is pending. In an application for a search warrant, Officer Robert McDonnell said that he watched Martinez, known as confidential informant "#103," buy a packet of cocaine from Nunez as the two men stood on the front porch. Martinez, however, told the Daily News that he never bought drugs from Nunez. (See, Oakland, CA Police Department, III.)

On February 25, 2009, Philadelphia's police union rose to defend Officer Jeffrey Cujdik, denouncing the Philadelphia Daily News for taking the word of a confidential informant against a man they said is an "honest cop" with an exemplary 12-year record in undercover drug work. C.J. Note: These are the same officers who took the Informant's word to have search & arrest warrants issued. This informant's word was so good to the police department, people went to jail. Now that this informant is making allegations against the police, his word is no longer trustworthy.

The allegations against Cujdik became public Feb. 9, 2009 when the local News reported on the Philadelphia police's internal investigation of Cujdik and interviewed Cujdik's former paid informant, Ventura Martinez, 47. Cujdik was under investigation two months before the local News reports began. The probe was triggered last year after a defense lawyer told the court that Cujdik and Martinez had falsified information in a warrant. This same defense lawyer presented photos showing Martinez leaving a house in Kensington that is owned by Cujdik and rented to Sonia Durecout, the mother of two of Martinez's children. Martinez said that he paid Cujdik at least $20,000 in rent money that he had earned as an informant working with Cujdik. The Police Department pays informants to make drug buys and for tips leading to gun and drug arrests.

When Officer Jeffrey Cujdik learned that one of his informants, Tiffany Gorham, was arrested on robbery and aggravated-assault charges last year, he provided cash to bail her out of jail, Gorham's mother has told the Daily News. "He stopped here and dropped the money off," Michele "Mickey" Gorham, 51, said.

Under police rules, however, officers must maintain a strictly professional relationship with informants. Like the alleged house rental, providing cash to bail out an informant would "cross the line," said a high-ranking police source. "That would not be ethical," the source said.

These allegations, if true, raise more questions about Cujdik's relationship with his informants. In Late January 2009, police officials removed Cujdik from all police duty. He was ordered to surrender his service weapon and assigned desk work.


Jonathan Parmalee


March 5, 2009

The Highway Patrol is investigating after a former Buffalo police officer was charged with rape. Former Buffalo police officer Jonathan Parmalee, who's 25, is charged with 1 count each of forcible rape and statutory rape, for having sex with two 16-year-old girls. Both incidents allegedly happened before he was hired to work for the department. Court documents show one of the girls says Parmalee gave her alcohol, then forced her to have sex in his home.

The other girl said she had consensual sex with Parmalee in his home. He was 22 at the time. The act with the second victim occurred between February and May 2008. In that case, Parmalee is alleged to have given a 16-year-old alcohol before raping her. Both incidents occurred at Parmalee's home in Buffalo, the charging papers said.

Parmalee (pictured left) is being held in the Polk County jail to protect him from inmates he may have investigated. Felony forcible rape is punishable by life imprisonment or a term of five to 30 years.


Ron Welch


March 29, 2009

Video: Warrant: Custodian Claims Lt. Assaulted Her (The arrest warrant of a police lieutenant that a woman claims sexually assaulted her is released.)


AVON, Conn. -- The arrest warrant of a police lieutenant that a woman claims sexually assaulted her was released Thursday. The woman said actions leading up to the harassment claim included hugs and an occasional request for her to sit on the lieutenant's lap -- which she said she occasionally did --but that the lieutenant became increasingly sexual and aggressive toward her. Lt. Ronald Welch, 38, was arrested on assault charges in early March after a female custodian reported that he touched her breast while they were working. Welch was employed as the Avon Police Department's public information officer at the time.

"Out of nowhere, Ron grabbed lightly (not suction grab) and fondled my left breast," the woman claims in the arrest warrant. "I did not have enough time to react to his action. It was a quick motion."

The woman said in the warrant that there was a pattern of this type of behavior. She reported that Welch pulled out her shirt, blatantly looked at her cleavage and rearranged her clothing to see what type of panties she was wearing.

The investigating officer also received information from other Avon employees who described unsolicited, sexually suggestive conduct by Welch, according to the arrest warrant. Those employees' descriptions of Welch's actions aren't considered criminal behavior, but are similar to those described by the woman who reported him. Welch, who's been on leave since the allegation was made in January, wouldn't comment on the case.

Avon Police Chief Mark Rinaldo said there are two people assigned to the internal investigation. He said they're now interviewing employees, but he didn't indicate if those employees were limited to the police department. Town manager Philip Schenk refused to comment on the issue.

March 4, 2009

AVON, Conn. - AVON, Connecticut Police police say a member of the police department has been arrested and charged with sexual assault. Lt. Ron Welch was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. on March 4, 2009 on a charge of fourth degree sexual assault steming from an incident about a month ago. The charges allege that he sexually assaulted a cleaning woman at the Police Department.

Police said an investigation into the complaint against Lt. Ronald Welch, 38, was conducted in coordination with the state's attorney's office for Hartford Superior Court. Police Chief Mark Rinaldo says he has begun an internal investigation that is expected to take several weeks to complete. Welch has been released on bond.

See Related Misconduct (by Lt. Welch):

Avon Police Officers Scolded For Anti-Obama Email
by Christine Stuart | December 23, 2008 1:16 PM

The original email titled “Who Does He Stand For?” purports to present select excerpts from two books written by Obama that appeared to show he disliked white people and would ally himself with Muslims against U.S. interests. Lt. Ron Welch received the email from an acquaintance outside the police department and forwarded it to 12 individuals in the police department.

Back in 1993, a Black Avon police officer filed a discrimination lawsuit against the town alleging that some Avon police officers target blacks and Hispanics for motor vehicle stops.

C.J. Note: There you have it, A racist rapist! (We'll bet you can't say "racist rapist" three times in rapid succession.


James Christensen


John Sickels


Update: May 21, 2009 -



Two former Creston police officers convicted for their roles in the rape of a country club bartender were each sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison. A jury of nine women and three men in Sioux City found James Christensen, the city's former police chief, and John Sickels, the former assistant chief, guilty in March of second-degree sexual abuse. Prosecutors contended that Sickels, 39, raped the woman at the Crestmoor Country Club on April 18, 2008, after the club had closed. Prosecutors alleged that Christensen, 41, stroked the woman's hair and tried to quiet her during the incident. The men were told Wednesday they must serve a minimum of 14 years each before they are eligible for release, and their names will be on the state sex offender registry for the rest of their lives. Both defendants read statements before the sentences were handed down, but neither apologized to the victim.

Sickels criticized the trial as unfair and said "the system failed me." Christensen told the packed courtroom, which included 30 or more members of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, that he was sorry his relatives and friends "had to endure this." The men have 30 days to appeal. Both will stay in jail without bond during the appeal process. "Justice was not served here today," Sickels' mother, Janet Jackson, said after the hearing. "I'm proud of him and what he's done for the community. This was a setup from day one. You have two police officers with impeccable records, and one night of drinking that led to consensual sex. "She lied and she lied on the stand." Corrupt Justice does not name rape victims without their permission.

"We are pleased to see a measure of justice brought for a survivor who experienced sexual violence at the hands of someone who was supposed to protect her," the coalition's Catherine Fribley said. "It's difficult to report people who are in prominent and important positions."

A statement read on behalf of the 45-year-old victim by Candis Lockard, victim-witness coordinator with the Iowa attorney general's office, said she feels that she "sticks out like an elephant" in Creston and lives in fear of confrontation and retaliation. The woman said she is unemployed, in therapy, and takes medication to deal with the trauma. The statement said she feels as if the ordeal has resulted in a "life sentence" of pain. The officers' arrests in June sent shock waves through Creston, a southwest Iowa town of about 8,000. Christensen and Sickels were fired after they were charged. The trial was moved from Union County to Woodbury County to ensure fairness.

The verdict capped an eight-day trial that was often contentious. Four hours of closing arguments became so heated that Judge Arthur Gamble twice sent jurors out of the courtroom so he could referee disagreements among the attorneys. Sickels' lawyer charged that prosecutors deliberately tried to mislead jurors about which side was responsible to prove Sickels' guilt. Defense lawyers also raised questions during the trial about the accuser's statements, her reported drunken memory lapses in the past, and the tactics used by state investigators. Prosecutors cited conflicting statements from Sickels and Christensen about the incident, their admitted request that night for oral sex, and the woman's unwavering story. Sickels initially denied that he had sex with the woman, then twice changed his story when questioned by a state agent. Both men argued in court papers that prosecutors misstated facts and denied them a fair trial.

But Gamble ruled Tuesday that the prosecutors broke no rules and that the evidence was fairly presented. It wasn't just a "he said, she said" case, Gamble wrote, and the conviction was supported by ample evidence that included Sickels' admission that he had sex with the woman. "Given the physical evidence at the crime scene and the admissions of the defendants, the state's case was strong," according to Gamble's ruling. "The complainant's testimony was credible. Her statements to the DCI, her deposition testimony and her trial testimony were consistent on her central allegation of sexual abuse. The testimony of the defendants was neither consistent nor credible."

Update: March 13, 2009 - A jury deciding the fate of two former Creston police officers reached their verdict at the Woodbury County Courthouse on March 12, 2009. John Sickels was found guilty of sexual abuse in the second-degree. Jamie Christensen was found guilty of sexual abuse in the second-degree. A Sentencing date will be set at a later date, which is expected to set in 15 days or less.

March 4, 2009

Sioux City, Iowa. - Following a nearly two month investigation, the chief of police of a southwest Iowa town and his assistant were charged today with sexually assaulting a female bartender.

ImageChef.com - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more Creston's former police chief sat face-to-face with a country-club bartender last year and grinned while his assistant chief raped her, prosecutors alleged Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009. James Christensen (pictured left), the former chief, then patted the 44-year-old woman's head and told her to "shush" as she begged the men to stop, Assistant Iowa Attorney General Becky Goettsch said. As the men left, Goettsch said, Christensen told the bartender: "This didn't happen." The second-degree sexual abuse trial of Christensen and his assistant chief, John Sickels, began Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 with conflicting accounts of what happened at the Crestmoor Country Club in April.

ImageChef.com - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more Defense lawyers said Sickels (pictured left) and his accuser had both drunk heavily that night and had consensual sex. The accuser also gave inconsistent statements to authorities and her boyfriend, Sickels' lawyer, Richard McConville, charged. Christensen's lawyer, Paul Scott, said the veteran law enforcement officer and father of two has "for eight months been living under the cloud of being accused of something he did not do." "There is not one single thread of evidence, other than the testimony of" the accuser, Scott said. "No sign of force, no vaginal tearing, no bruising, no report of any rape for a week." Christensen, 41, and Sickels, 39, surrendered to state authorities in July 2008 and were booked in the Polk County Jail on $25,000 bond each. Both men are charged with second-degree sex abuse, which is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. The case has rocked their south-central Iowa hometown.

The trial was moved to Sioux City because of intense media coverage. The accuser, a divorced mother of three, lived in Creston with her boyfriend and has planned to become an elementary school teacher, lawyers said. She is expected to testify today. Corrupt Justice does not identify alleged sexual assault victims who have not been previously or publicly identified.

According to prosecutors: Christensen and Sickels arrived at the Crestmoor Country Club in Creston before 10 p.m. on April 17, 2008 and started drinking. Neither was in uniform. Sometime after 1 a.m., after the club had emptied, Sickels asked the bartender for oral sex. When she refused, both men walked around the bar to block her. Christensen stayed near her while Sickels left to lock the front door.

Authorities have refused to say whether alcohol or drugs were involved in the alleged rape. State crime agents interviewed both men on May 6, 2008. Sickels denied contact with the woman but later admitted that he touched and kissed her and penetrated her vagina with his finger. Pressed further, he acknowledged that he had sex with the woman but described it as consensual. Christensen also denied contact with the woman but later acknowledged that he had touched her hand, heard her protests and saw Sickels assault her.

C.J. Question: Why did Christensen and Sickels initially lie to investigators?

C.J. Review: As set forth above, "Christensen's lawyer, Paul Scott, [stated:] 'the veteran law enforcement officer and father of two has "for eight months been living under the cloud of being accused of something he did not do." "There is not one single thread of evidence, other than the testimony of" the accuser, Scott said. "No sign of force, no vaginal tearing, no bruising, no report of any rape for a week."'"


See: Cops that Seuxally Offend - Part XI: West Linn (Oregon) Police Chief Terry Timeus; and Lake Oswego (Oregon) Police Chief Dan Duncan covered up rape of woman by on-duty Sheriff Deputy Darryl Wrisley.


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