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“Cops have already killed 550 people in 2015,” prompting the response, "If they're black, it doesn't count."
-- December 2015 texts discovered on the phones of Santa Clara Sheriff Deputies.
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168th Nepotist Academy!
OAKLAND, CA -- Forty-seven officers joined the Oakland Police Department recently. Police officials said this is the largest-ever class of recruits to graduate and one of the most ethnically diverse. Prior to the graduation of the 168th Basic Recruit Academy at the Scottish Rite Center, the department had 612 officers in its ranks, well below the 900-plus officers experts have said the city needs. More than 500 people attended the graduation, the largest audience ever and one of the most raucous, with yelling, standing ovations and an occasional air horn blast contributing to the ceremony. Officials said more than half the class speaks a second language, including Spanish, Vietnamese, Tongan, Farsi, Punjabi, Pashto, Polish, Italian, Arabic and Samoan (Editor's Note: This is an indication the department has hired violent criminals as officers. These languages represent cultures that traditionally ignore human rights, through the use of government sanctioned violence.)
The new officers included some who will start their first shifts in field training status Saturday. They were greeted by Interim police Chief Sean Whent, who said they "represent the city's commitment to increase public safety." He congratulated them for completing the rigorous six-month academy and praised their "dedication and perseverance." He said their ability to build relationships with residents and business owners "is the key to your success and the department's success. Police work is service to others ... and you will find that helping others is the most rewarding part of your job."
The new officers are:
Matthew Perry, the class valedictorian and winner of the best marksman award. Perry's father is retired California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Sgt. Ron Perry.
Keith O. Armstrong, Lorena Arreola, Omar Assad Jr., Jonathan Cairo, Michael Camacho, Joseph A. Camarillo, Kyle L. Cardana, Danny Z. Cheng, Eric Esparza, James A. Garcia, Christopher Ryan Giacomini, Lance D. Hayley, Ty David Hawkins, Julio Jolivette, Matthew W. Jung, Christina Kazarian, Nigel W. Lawson, Courtney N. Lewis, Peni A. Likio, Kenneth R. Lindsey, Khyber Mangal, Vincente J. Morado II, Alejandro Navarro, Anh Nguyen, Chevalier K. Patterson, Brandon S. Perry, Moises Israel Polanco, Thomas Quezada, Daniel Quezada-Garcia, Miguel A. Ramos, Nicholas Vicente Ramos, Kathryn Reymundo, Mariza Rivera, Robert A. Rodriguez, Antonio E. Rushing II, Jaymie Salgado, Jerry S. Sanchez, John R. Shackford, Robert L. Smith, Terryl J. Smith, Blake L. Stephens, James Ta'ai Jr., Travis Gregory Tompkins, Kevin P. Tran, Lester E. Urbina Jr. and Karolina Zachoszcz.
Twelve of the officers are part of law enforcement families:
Navarro's brother is Oakland Police Officer Carlos Navarro; Nicholas Ramos' father is Dr. Richard Ramos, a retired Berkeley police sergeant and his uncle is retired Oakland Officer T.W. Johnson.
Cairo's brother is San Francisco County Deputy Sheriff David Cairo; Cardana's brother is Santa Barbara police Officer Kody Cardana; Jolivette's uncle is John Ramirez, a retired San Francisco sheriff's lieutenant; and Kazarian's grandfather is retired San Francisco police officer Hike Kazarian.
Morado's father is retired Alameda County sheriff's deputy Vince Morado Sr.; Reymundo's father is Craig Buckhout, a retired San Jose Police captain; Sanchez's father, Jerry Sanchez Sr., is a Solano County district attorney's inspector; Shackford's mother is Karen Franklin, a retired California Highway Patrol sergeant; and Stephens' father is Mike Stephens, a retired San Benito County sheriff's sergeant.
"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.
September 3, 2011
Street Soldier B.O.L.O.!
(B.O.L.O.: The "n-word" female dog in the striped blouse is Angie Dunakin, the widow of OPD Sgt. Mark Dunakin (see below). That's their 15-year-old son, Anthony (red shirt, pointing) and 9-year-old Patrick Dunakin (facing inward). On her far left is Niki Romans, another "nigger" female dog, who was married to Sgt. Ervin Romans (see below).) They kill and incarcerate black men, yet sleep and bear children by "nigger" female dogs.
Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011
A Good One!
North Miami Beach police have launched an investigation after an officer shot and killed a man who was prowling through a neighborhood carrying a toy gun. The incident began at around 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday after neighbors reported seeing Ernest Vassell(pictured above, center) walking around with a rifle and pointing it at a dog, local media reported. Police said they shouted orders at Vassell - which neighbors heard - but when he turned toward the cops, an officer shot him. Vassell was flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he later died.
Meanwhile, cops discovered that the gun was a realistic-looking fake. Family members told the media that Vassell, 56, was mentally disabled from a fall he suffered as a child. His sisters said he didn't own a toy gun and had never been violent before. "They murdered him in cold blood for a toy gun!" Vassell's older sister Claire Harding told the station. "That's no reason for you to kill somebody!" North Miami police maintained that the gun appeared to be real.
The department followed standard procedure and placed the officer who pulled the trigger on paid leave while they investigated the shooting, police spokeswoman Maj. Kathy Katerman told the local media. The officer was not identified.
Harding said her family is waiting for answers. "They should train these police officers better," she told the media. "This is ridiculous, they just go around killing people for nothing."
June 11, 2010
Five current or former New Orleans police officers were indicted in federal court Friday in the shooting death of a man in the days after Hurricane Katrina and burning of his body. Federal prosecutors allege that one NOPD officer fatally shot 31-year-old Henry Glover without justification, and that other officers burnt Glover's body and left it in a torched car beside a levee. The 11-count indictment also alleges two other officers lied and helped cover up the incident. The indictments are an extraordinary blow to a long-troubled police force reeling from revelations in another post-Katrina fatal police shooting, that one at the Danziger Bridge in eastern New Orleans. Warren, a rookie cop at the time of the incident, is accused of shooting Glover to death. He faces life in prison if convicted. The charge -- deprivation of rights under color of law -- is a capital offense, though the U.S. attorney general would have to make the decision to seek the death penalty, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Friday. Warren is also charged with using a weapon during the commission of a crime, a felony that carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. Warren left the force in 2008.
(Those indicted in the Henry Glover case are, from top left, Robert Italiano, Travis McCabe, Greg McRae, Dwayne Scheuermann and David Warren. The car is the one in which Glover's body was found on the Algiers Point levee shortly after Hurricane Katrina. Note: The three current cops are Lt. Travis McCabe, Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann and Officer Greg McRae. )
Scheuermann and McRae are each charged with five felony counts. They allegedly beat two men who took Glover to a makeshift police compound in search of assistance. The grand jury also determined that Scheuermann and McRae burnt Glover's body and obstructed a federal investigation by destroying evidence. If convicted, they each face up to 60 years in prison.
The government alleges that Italiano and McCabe covered up the incident by fabricating a report with the intent to mislead any further investigation. The duo is also charged with lying to FBI agents about the case. McCabe is also charged with perjury.
Italiano, if convicted, could be sentenced up to 25 years in prison. McCabe faces a maximum sentence of 30 years if he is convicted. Attorneys for each of the indicted men could not be reached or did not return calls for comment Friday. Italiano left the NOPD in April 2006 and has been employed as an investigator with the Louisiana attorney general's office. An office spokeswoman said Friday that he was removed from his position Friday following the indictment. McCabe, McRae and Scheuermann were suspended without pay Friday from the NOPD, pending an investigation of the matter. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas released a statement Friday saying he was unable to comment on the case because it is an ongoing investigation.
The Henry Glover (pictured left) incident played out on Sept. 2, 2005 in several locations in Algiers, an area spared from floodwaters but wracked by wind and water damage. Glover of Algiers and another man allegedly ran toward the rear of a strip mall near the corner of Texas Drive and Seine Street. Warren and his partner were guarding a NOPD satellite bureau in the complex. At some point, Warren fired a rifle from a second-floor balcony, according to NOPD documents. The federal government says that bullet hit Glover. Warren's attorney has said his client perceived he was in danger when he shot his rifle, and furthermore that Warren never knew whether the bullet hit anyone. A stranger, William Tanner was nearby and responded to the cries that a man was wounded. Tanner said he, along with Glover's brother Edward King and Glover's friend Bernard Calloway, put Glover in the back of Tanner's Chevy Malibu. Tanner, not knowing Glover or the circumstances of the shooting, decided the local hospital was too far away. He chose to drive to nearby Paul B. Habans Elementary School, where the NOPD's SWAT unit had set up a makeshift compound. There, McRae and Scheuermann allegedly beat Tanner and King. Tanner said the group was handcuffed and accused of being looters. Tanner said he last saw his car, with Glover in the backseat, driven away from the compound by an officer with flares sticking out of his pocket. Another officer followed in a separate vehicle.
Federal prosecutors allege Scheuermann and McRae seized the vehicle and set it on fire, with Glover inside. The car ended up scorched on the Algiers batture, behind the NOPD's 4th District station and a U.S. Border Patrol office. Glover's burnt remains were recovered weeks later. Glover's mother, Edna, filed a missing-person report on Nov. 16, 2005, at the NOPD's 4th District station. She gave details of the shooting of her son, including the time and place it occurred.
Weeks after Edna Glover's complaint, on Dec. 2, 2005, Sgt. Purnella Simmons signed a "miscellaneous incident" report describing the shooting by David Warren. The report attempted to explain why Warren fired his rifle at a suspected looter. It mentions that the incident was reported to Lt. Italiano and his supervisor, then-Capt. David Kirsch, who both deemed the shooting justified. Italiano approved and signed off on the report, which is hyperlinked by Corrupt Justice™. A source close to the investigation has said the report was altered after Simmons signed it.
The indictment alleges that Italiano and McCabe, in November or December 2005, "authored and submitted a false and misleading official report" to impede an investigation into Glover's death. McCabe, according to the indictment, lied to the FBI in saying he wrote the report with Simmons and participated in interviews with her. Italiano also allegedly lied to the FBI. He knew of the both the missing-person report filed by Edna Glover and of the "miscellaneous incident" report on the shooting -- as well of the connection between the incidents and the burnt body on the levee -- but pretended he did not know they were related, the indictment states.
The federal investigation began following the publication of an article in late 2008 by The Nation and ProPublica that questioned whether police played a role in the burning of Glover's body. Glover's death, and the alleged police cover-up, became the focus of a series of articles in the media. Shortly after the initial media attention, the Department of Justice began looking into the case. Dozens of NOPD officers, including rookie cops, captains and supervisors, among them former Superintendents Warren Riley and Eddie Compass, testified before a federal grand jury. The indictments unsealed Friday, however, do not signal the end of the Glover investigation, Letten said. "You can bank on this: that the investigation will continue. It will continue aggressively and fairly," he said. Letten held the news conference Friday afternoon on the steps of the federal courthouse. He was joined by David Welker, special agent in charge of the FBI's New Orleans field office, and several federal prosecutors.
Minutes after the news conference, Warren appeared in court. He stood before the judge, his head slightly bowed, his jaw clenched tightly. Shackles bound his hands and feet. His attorney told U.S. Magistrate Louis Moore that Warren wished to waive his rights. He did not enter a plea. He declined to comment following the hearing. Warren is due in court again on Thursday for a detention hearing. Letten had noted that Warren will be held without bond, but declined to say what facility would house him. Several other of Warren's former colleagues appeared in recent weeks in the same courtroom, facing other criminal charges. Five officers have pleaded guilty in federal court in recent months to participating in a cover-up of the events on the Danziger Bridge. Officers have acknowledged in that case that cops conducted a wide-scale cover-up, planted a gun, coached and coordinated statements in secret meetings, and lied to both investigators and the public. More charges are expected in that case. In addition, the FBI has at least six other criminal probes under way into the department, most involving alleged misconduct after Katrina.
OPD Chronic Incompetence!
January 7, 2010
OAKLAND, CA -- A blistering report released January 6, 2010 by the Oakland Police Department, describes in critical detail, what it called an "ineffective and poorly managed" manhunt for Lovelle Mixon on March 21, 2009. Mixon was engaged in a gun battle with Oakland Police Officers, including Sgt. Pat Gonzales, which ultimately killed four police officers. The report, the result of an outside investigation, documents instances of poor communication, bad planning, failure to meet department policy and disregard for standard public safety measures by OPD officers on the day four officers intent on inflicting the deprivation of life, lost their own.
Independent Board of Inquiry Into the Oakland Police Department -
The Oakland Police Version of Events OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Oakland (who have a proven history of lying, as well as making false statements) say Lovelle Mixon shot and killed of three police officers and seriously wounded a fourth in Oakland, Calif., on March 21, 2009. Mr. Mixon was later slain in a gunfight with police in which two officers were killed. Authorities say 26-year-old Mixon opened fire on Officer John Hege and 40-year-old Sgt. Mark Dunakin after they pulled him over during a routine traffic stop around 1 p.m. on 21 March 09, killing Dunakin.
A Day of Reckoning!
• New Orleans Police Department(January 1, 2009 Murder of Unarmed Black Man, shot nine (9) times in the back!!) In the Black Community, a routine traffic stop is synonomous with a death sentence.
Mixon allegedly fled after shooting the first two officers following the traffic stop, then shot two more after a SWAT team entered an apartment in which he was hiding. Mixon was killed by officers, police said. Oakland Police said Mr. Mixon had a no-bail warrant for his arrest on charges of violating parole (a very minor offense in California). He had previous convictions in Alameda County for grand theft and possession of marijuana. The first shooting happened in the 7400 block of MacArthur Boulevard about 1:16 p.m. when Dunakin and Hege were shot with a handgun during a traffic stop. Dozens of Oakland police, Highway Patrol officers and Alameda County sheriff's deputies cordoned off stretches of blocks around 73rd and 74th avenues and MacArthur Boulevard. Then they heard that the suspect was in an apartment around the corner on 74th Avenue. Police surrounded the building and, after the Oakland SWAT team tried to communicate with the suspect, they entered the building. Mixon opened fire with an assault weapon, police said. Sakai and Romans were fatally wounded and another officer was grazed in the head. Other officers killed Mixon. No other occupants in the complex were injured.
• B.A.R.T. Police, Racism, Homicide(Video of The Oakland New Year's Day (2009) Transit Shooting ) OAKLAND — A Black man died after a [White] BART [Police] officer [shot him in the back] early Thursday at the Fruitvale station, authorities said. The man was identified by his family and authorities as Oscar Grant, 22. The shooting occurred about 2:15 a.m. on the platform where a Dublin-Pleasanton train from San Francisco had stopped, BART spokesman Jim Allison said. Tension between police and the community has risen steadily since the fatal shooting of unarmed 22-year-old Oscar Grant(pictured left) by a transit police officer at an Oakland train station on Jan. 1, 2009. That former Bay Area Rapid Transit officer, Johannes Mehserle, has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 23, 2009. Violent protests erupted on the streets of Oakland in the weeks after Grant's death, further inflaming tensions. See: B.A.R.T. Police Officer convicted of lesser offense of manslaughter!
The officers who lost the gun battle are as follows (from left to right): Erv Romans; John Hege; Sgt. Mark Dunakin; and Dan Sakai. Oakland police announced the death of 41-year-old Officer John Hege earlier Sunday (March 22) but later said that Hege was being kept alive while a final decision was made about donating his organs. Other Allegations In 2007, Mixon became a "person of interest" for the murder of Ramon Stevens, a 42-year-old who was shot on the corner of 86th and E. 14th Street. Stevens' sister, Felicia Stevens said Sunday she knows it was Mixon who killed her brother but police said they could not find any witnesses at the time to prove Mixon was the shooter. "There is no direct evidence that Mixon committed that crime, the murder of Ramon Stevens," said Oakland Police Det. Lou Cruz. "There is nobody saying I saw Lovell Mixon shoot Ramon Stevens, not one witness." But Stevens, who's nephew is Mixon's cousin, said she knows of one person who saw the shooting but who refused to step forward. She said her brother owed Mixon $30 for what she thinks were drugs at the time of the shooting.
Reaping what you sow!
"Reaping what you sow means that if you do bad things to people, bad things will happen to you, or good things if you do good things. It is normally used when someone has done something bad." Gary King, Jr. Oakland Police Officer, Sgt. Pat Gonzales (a Mexican), a 10-year veteran, shot and killed Gary King Jr., 20, (pictured left) about 5 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2007 near 54th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in North Oakland (California). Gonzales told investigators King started to reach down toward his waistband. Gonzales tried to stop the movement and felt the gun. Gonzales, a department firearms instructor and SWAT team member, was cleared of any wrongdoing in the previous two shootings, police said. All three persons shot by Officer Gonzales have been African-American males. Andrew Moppin-Buckskin Officer Hector Jimenez (a Mexican) graduated from the Oakland (California) police academy in February 2007. Ten (10) months later, on December 31, 2007, Jimenez pulled over 20-year-old Andrew Moppin. Officers Hector Jimenez and Jessica Borello (a Mexican) shot and killed 20-year-old Andrew Moppin-Buckskin (pictured left) at 47th Avenue and International Boulevard after he ran from his car following a traffic stop, police said. Moppin-Buckskin was not armed, but the officers believed he had been reaching for his waistband, police have said. Less than seven (7) months later, Officer Jimenez would kill again under the "reaching for his waist-band" defense. Mack "Jody" Woodfox On July 25, 2008, Officer Jimenez shot and killed Mack "Jody" Woodfox III (pictured left), age 27. Officer Jimenez said he believed Woodfox, a drunken-driving suspect, had been reaching into his waistband for a gun when he jumped from his car and ran after a chase that ended at East 17th Street and Fruitvale Avenue in the Fruitvale district. Woodfox , who was shot in the back, turned out not to have a gun. Hector Jiminez, Patrick Gonzales, Jessica Borello and Capt. Ed Poulson are still members of the Oakland Police Department. Neither has been brought to justice, or even reprimanded for the deaths as set forth above. Casper Banjo Renowned artist, printmaker Casper Banjo, 71, murdered by Oakland police on March 14, 2008. Casper was 71 years old African American at the time of his shooting. He lived in section 8 housing in Oakland and was in poor health after a quadruple by pass operation last year. The police claimed he was waving a handgun 'replica' therefore they were justified in killing him. They said they told him to put it on the ground. He refused. Jerry Amaro III There is “strong circumstantial evidence” that Oakland police covered up the 2000 beating of drug suspect Jerry Amaro III, who died a month after suffering broken ribs, according to confidential city documents obtained late Wednesday. The FBI is investigating Amaro’s death, and police last week suspended a senior officer, Capt. Edward Poulson, with pay as his role in the matter is probed. Poulson is suspected of kicking Amaro and then ordering subordinate officers to lie about it. Administrative charges against Poulson were sustained for interfering in an internal affairs investigation. Then-Chief Richard Word changed a recommendation to fire Poulson to a two-week suspension. Last year (2008), ex-Chief Wayne Tucker put Poulson in charge of Internal Affairs (he was promoted).
See Related Blog(s): • Officer Pat Gonzales: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 3 Killings • Officer Hector Jimenez: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 2 Killings • Deborah Edgerly, Corrupt former Oakland City Administrator • Investigator interfered in police probes of former bakery CEO • Oakland Police Department, Corrupt, I • Oakland, California Police Department, Corruption, II • Oakland Police Department, III
Jerrold Cornelius Hall It was just before 8 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 15, 1992 when a 19 year old kid called "Glasstop" took a shotgun blast in the back of the head and died for the theft of a $60 radio. The lights were on in the parking lot outside the Hayward BART station, where a six-car southbound train had arrived a few minutes earlier. About 50 passengers had gotten off, and some were still straggling into cars or waiting around for the next AC Transit bus. "Glasstop," a warehouse worker from Union City whose legal name was Jerrold Cornelius Hall, had ridden the train from Bayfair, one stop north, along with John Henry Owens, a 20-year-old unemployed custodian who lived in Oakland. The two young African American men were standing at the bus stop, not far from the station entrance. Shortly thereafter, B.A.R.T. Police Officer Fred Crabtree pulled into the parking lot in a BART police cruiser. Crabtree was a white 16-year veteran of the transit police agency and a member of its elite Canine Corps. His K-9 dog was a highly trained German shepherd imported from a special obedience school in Germany. The dog trotted at Crabtree's side as he approached Owens and Hall. The officer carried a loaded 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. Crabtree was responding to a report of an armed robbery. Halfway between Bayfair and Hayward, a passenger had told the train operator that two black men had taken his Walkman personal stereo. The passenger said one of the robbers had a gun and described what they (the robbers) looked like. The train operator passed on the message, and the BART police dispatcher passed it on again (to Crabtree). Owens and Hall matched the third-hand description that came over Crabtree's radio. Within a matter of minutes, Hall was lying in a pool of his own blood, Owens was in handcuffs, and the parking lot was a mass of sirens and flashing red lights. Hall was pronounced dead shortly after midnight at Eden Hospital. The police did not turn up a gun after a search of both men. The man who reported the robbery disappeared without leaving his name. BART's own internal documents contradict the official claim that Hall was attacking or threatening Crabtree at the time of the shooting. Statements filed by several witnesses, and at least two BART police officers, suggest that Hall was more than 10 feet from the officer when the (two) shots were fired [at him], and was walking away. Medical records obtained by the Bay Guardian show that he was shot in the back of the head. Nevertheless, on Dec. 4, 1992 a BART Firearms Review Board, consisting entirely of BART police officers appointed by the chief, determined that the "use of lethal force in this instance was justified." BART officials refuse to release the report or comment further on the findings. The Alameda County District Attorney at the time, John Meehan, refused to prosecute Officer Crabtree. The results of the FBI investigation of the shooting of Jerrold Hall in the back of the head by the Transit cop, Fred Crabtree, produced no results or disciplinary action against B.A.R.T., or Crabtree. B.A.R.T., took no disciplinary action against Office Crabtree.