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(Top video) Gloucester County Township, NJ · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: April 13, 2018 ~ Updated: April 14, 2018) -- Body-camera footage released Friday shows Gloucester County Township police officer John Flinn, 27, socking the girl twice in the head as he handcuffs her. The girl was face-down with both arms pulled behind her back when the blows were delivered, and could be heard crying out afterward.

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Harlem, NY ~ ( Originally Published: July 1, 2015 ~ Updated: April 6, 2018) -- A cellphone video shows Saykour George getting arrested in Harlem. A plainclothes officer engaged George in a knockout fight. The video shows the arrest near 131st Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem. Jun Iceaa, the man's friend, shot the video on his phone. Iceaa says he and George were leaving a pizza place down the street. They were enroute to the George's apartment. George was then stopped by plainclothes officers. One of the officers asks George for his ID. The NYPD said the police saw that George had a knife, which prompted the stop. George is facing several charges. They include assault on an officer, possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct.(Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015)
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Parkland, FL {PUBLISHED: February 22, 2018 at 02:50 pm | UPDATED: February 23, 2018 at 02:45 pm} -- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced Thursday that school resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson turned in his retirement papers. Scot retired after being told he would be placed on leave without pay. Peterson was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week during the fatal school shooting.Peterson was armed and in uniform during the shooting. Israel said there was video showing Peterson's actions, but the video would not be released because the investigation is continuing. He said the video showed Peterson take up a position outside the building, but "he never went in."

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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New York -- NYPD cops have stopped and questioned people at an increasing rate this year that could lead the department to set an all-time high by year's end.

More than 317,000 people were stopped, questioned and sometimes frisked from Jan. 1 to June 30, NYPD stats show.

That's a 13.5% increase compared to the first half of last year, which ended with a record number of people - 601,055 - stopped and questioned.

"Incredibly, the NYPD keeps setting historic highs for the number of people being stopped and frisked" said Christopher Dunn, associate legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Dunn charged that cops are mainly targeting blacks and Latinos in the stops.

"Stops save lives," NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne responded, saying stops and other techniques have saved the lives of "2,500 young men of color" in the last 10 years.


December 10, 2010

The conviction of three New Orleans police officers Thursday, for the shooting and subsequent coverup of the death of Henry Glover in the chaotic days after hurricane Katrina in 2005, marks a victory for federal agencies working for more than a year to root out corruption and lawlessness within the city police department. Arguments that the officers were working under apocalyptic and confusing conditions proved to be not enough to sway the federal jury. The guilty verdict against former officer David Warren for shooting Mr. Glover, Officer Gregory McRae for burning his body in a coverup, and Lt. Travis McCabe for lying in a police report about what happened came after repeated testimony about the challenges – physical and ethical – that face the police during a major disaster. Two other officers were acquitted on charges that they beat two men who'd arrived at a central police precinct to get help for Glover.

Warren, who took the stand in his own defense, told the jury he was carrying an assault-style rifle – his own, as opposed to his city-issued weapon – while guarding a police substation at a strip mall as parts of the city were being looted. When Glover and a friend pulled into the parking lot in a stolen truck, Warren said he ordered them to stop, but they didn't. He said he fired at Glover after seeing what he thought was a weapon in Glover's hand, after the pair had left the truck and were rushing toward the mall. But another story emerged during the trial, along with revelations that officers initially lied to a grand jury before agreeing to cooperate with the FBI. Officer Linda Howard, Warren's partner, testified that the two men didn't pose a threat, and that Warren fired as Glover leaned against the truck, lighting a cigarette. The shot hit him in the back.

Federal prosecutors argued that the confusion and fear following Katrina did not justify acts such as firing at Glover from a second-floor balcony. The storm caused police officers to believe "that no one was watching and no one would care about Henry Glover," said assistant US attorney Tracey Knight in her closing statement. "But they were wrong."

The FBI opened a broad civil rights investigation of the New Orleans Police Department last year, after an exposé of post-Katrina vigilantism by the investigative news organization ProPublica. The New Orleans coroner's office has documented 23 unsolved deaths as the result of gunshot wounds to the head in the days and weeks after Katrina.

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Relatives of Corey Ward, who was slain by an Atlanta policeman, criticize a ruling Monday that said the former officer, Raymond Bunn, will not have to stand trial. From Left: Ward's father, John Arnold; family spokesman Rev. Markel Hutchins; and Ward's grandmother Judy Atkins.

The family of an 18-year-old slain African American male by an Atlanta policeman vowed to fight a Georgia Supreme Court decision handed down Monday that said the cop cannot be tried for the killing. Raymond Bunn left the Atlanta Police Department before he was charged with murder for the July 14, 2002 shooting of Corey Ward. Bunn sought immunity under a state law that allows charges to be dismissed if he could show he acted in self-defense. Ward’s family criticized the high court's decision and vowed to keep fighting in the civil courts -- and all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. "By this ruling I feel like they shot him all over again," Ward's grandmother, Judy Atkins, said of Monday's ruling.

The family will continue with a lawsuit that previously was filed, said family spokesman the Rev. Markel Hutchins. And he said they may petition the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Georgia court's ruling. He said that if Atlanta had fired Bunn after he hit a young woman and broke her eye socket, Ward would be alive today. And he said Georgia's high court had done a “gross injustice, not only to this family but also to this community.” Earlier this year, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk granted the dismissal motion that was upheld Monday in a 6-1 decision that included a sharp dissent. Fulton prosecutors contended the physical evidence showed Bunn was not in front of the Tahoe when he shot Ward, so he was in no danger of being struck.

Writing for the court's majority, Chief Justice Carol Hunstein (pictured left) noted that, under the law, Bunn needed to show he acted in self-defense by a preponderance of the evidence, the lowest legal threshold for burden of proof. Even though there was conflicting evidence, Hunstein said Bunn met the preponderance standard. Justice Robert Benham disagreed. He found "troubling evidence" in the case and noted that Bunn had previously been found liable in a civil suit for punching a woman in the face during a routine traffic stop. Benham didn't name the woman, but Ylia Lavender's eye socket was broken by a blow from Bunn.

Clearing Bunn of all charges will make it more difficult to prosecute law enforcement officers who are alleged to have used excessive -- even deadly -- force, he wrote. "Where the suspect poses no immediate threat to the officer and no threat to others, the harm resulting from failing to apprehend him does not justify the use of deadly force to do so."

But Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard said he believed the state high court had substantially erred in its decision. He said he would ask the court to reconsider its decision and is exploring an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ward's grandmother said the court rendered an unjust ruling.

"Someone said the other day that I should be over the hurt, but there is no closure," Atkins said. She wants Bunn to face a jury. "Corey will never have a family because of him," she said. "Corey will never experience things in life because of him."

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Decided: September 20, 2010.

By: Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein (Jew).

Raymond Bunn (pictured above, center) was indicted in Fulton County on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and violating his oath as a public officer by committing murder, felony murder and aggravated assault. These charges arose out of the shooting death of Corey Ward by Bunn, which occurred while Bunn was an Atlanta Police Department officer on patrol. After his indictment, Bunn filed a motion for immunity from prosecution under OCGA § 16-3-24.2[1] on the basis that he reasonably believed his actions in shooting Ward were necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily injury to himself or his partner[2] pursuant to OCGA § 16-3-21 (a).[3]

The original trial judge, stating that she could not "determine as a matter of law that [Bunn] was justified in killing" Ward, denied the motion. Bunn appealed this and other rulings to this Court. In Bunn v. State, 284 Ga. 410 (3) (667 SE2d 605) (2008), we held that a defendant need only prove he is entitled to immunity under OCGA § 16-3-24.2 by a preponderance of the evidence. Because the wrong standard had been used, we remanded the case to the trial court to allow it to analyze Bunn's motion under the preponderance of the evidence standard. Bunn v. State, supra. On remand, the case originally handled by Judge Lane was reassigned. The trial court subsequently entered an order in which it stated that, after reviewing the record, it adopted Judge Lane's findings of fact and that, after applying the preponderance standard in Bunn v. State, supra, it found Bunn carried his burden of proof and granted his motion for immunity from prosecution. By so ruling, the trial court in effect dismissed the entire indictment. See State v. Yapo, 296 Ga. App. 158 (1) (674 SE2d 44) (2009) (grant of immunity from prosecution is in substance a dismissal of the pertinent counts of the indictment). The State appeals. See OCGA § 5-7-1 (a) (1); State v. Burks, 285 Ga. 781 (684 SE2d 269) (2009).

The State asserts that the trial court erred by granting Bunn's immunity motion because justification was not shown by a preponderance of the evidence. The same record was before this Court in Bunn v. State, supra, in which we stated that [t]he record shows that, on July 14, 2002, Bunn, a City of Atlanta police officer, was on routine patrol with his partner. Upon spotting an apparent vehicle break-in, the officers moved their vehicle so as to block one of the exits from the parking lot where the break-in was allegedly taking place. The alleged burglar jumped into a van, which began to move toward the officers, who were shouting for it to stop. The van continued toward the officers, and Bunn shot and killed the van's driver, Corey Ward.

Id., 284 Ga. at 410.[ 4 ] The State does not deny that Bunn adduced evidence that supported the above sequence of events, which are also found in Judge Lane's order. Based on these findings of fact, the trial court expressly found that Bunn reasonably would have held the perception that the driver of the vehicle would not stop, and that he posed an imminent threat to his life and physical well-being. The only effective means [Bunn] had to attempt to stop or pre-empt the danger was his weapon. [Bunn] fired his service weapon in his own self-defense at the driver and was justified in doing so.

The State argues that the trial court was not authorized to reject Judge Lane's conclusion that the evidence did not show justification because Judge Lane heard the actual testimony of the witnesses and noted in her order that certain conflicting fact questions remained. As to the actual testimony of the witnesses, the trial court expressly adopted those factual findings that were made by Judge Lane in her order. As to the evidentiary conflicts regarding certain matters noted by Judge Lane, aside from the fact that most of them were irrelevant to an assessment of Bunn's claim of immunity from prosecution based on a justification defense,[ 5 ] those conflicts were assessed in light of Judge Lane's improper legal conclusion that Bunn was required to prove "as a matter of law" that he was justified in killing Ward. That error by Judge Lane was corrected when this Court held in Bunn v. State, supra, that the proper standard of review was the preponderance of the evidence. Id., 284 Ga. at 413 (3).

"Preponderance of evidence" means that superior weight of evidence upon the issues involved, which, while not enough to free the mind wholly from a reasonable doubt, is yet sufficient to incline a reasonable and impartial mind to one side of the issue rather than to the other.

OCGA § 24-1-1 (5). Nothing in this standard requires the elimination of all fact disputes as a matter of law. Rather, "[t]he standard requires only that the finder of fact be inclined by the evidence toward one side or the other." Murray v. State, 269 Ga. 871, 873 (2) (505 SE2d 746) (1998).

On appeal of an order denying a motion for immunity from prosecution, we review the evidence in the light most favorable to the trial court's ruling, and we accept the trial court's findings with regard to questions of fact and credibility if there is any evidence to support them. [Cit.] Mullins v. State, 287 Ga. 302 (1) (695 SE2d 621) (2010). See also State v. Yapo, supra, 296 Ga. App. at 159-160 (2). Based on the facts set forth above, the trial court's determination that Bunn is immune from prosecution because he acted in self-defense in discharging his service weapon, although based upon conflicting evidence, was supported by a preponderance of the evidence. Accordingly, the trial court did not err by granting Bunn's immunity motion.

Judgment affirmed. All the Justices concur, except Benham, J., who dissents.

BENHAM, Justice, dissenting.

On the night of July 14, 2002, Raymond Bunn, a plain clothes police officer who was patrolling an Atlanta neighborhood in an unmarked vehicle, fired fatal shots into the driver-side window of a Chevy Tahoe twice wounding its driver 19 year-old Corey Ward, an African-American male, on the left side of his head. Those facts are certain. Otherwise, the evidence is conflicting as to where Bunn was standing in relation to the Chevy Tahoe Ward was driving;[ 6 ] how fast Ward's vehicle was moving;[ 7 ] and whether Ward and his passengers knew Bunn and his partner were police officers.[ 8 ] There are also discrepancies with Bunn's incident report in which he alleges his knee was "pinned" by Ward's vehicle. Specifically, there is no physical or medical evidence of any injury to Bunn's knee and Bunn's partner did not actually see Bunn being hit by Ward's vehicle. There is also troubling evidence that Bunn previously used excessive force for which he was found civilly liable for damages stemming from an incident in which he punched a woman in the face during a routine traffic stop.

The first judge, who listened to the live testimony and presentation of evidence, determined that Officer Bunn was not entitled to immunity based on the evidence presented. On remand, the second judge, who was not privy to the live presentation of evidence and who was given direction by this Court to apply a preponderance of the evidence standard, found that Officer Bunn was justified in using lethal force against Ward and, therefore, immune from prosecution for Ward's death under OCGA § 16-3-24.2. I find the conflicting evidence and conflicting outcomes troubling in this pre-trial matter and cannot in good faith join the majority's decision to affirm this latest ruling by the trial court. Not only does the affirmation of the trial court's decision deprive Corey Ward's family of their day in court and the citizens of a public trial of this controversy, but this decision will also make it more difficult to prosecute law enforcement officers who are alleged to have used excessive and/or deadly force in the apprehension of suspected criminals.

OCGA § 16-3-24.2 is seemingly applicable to any ordinary citizen walking the streets who may need to defend himself or herself in certain situations. Police officers, however, are not the typical "objective reasonable persons," as suggested by the majority's reference to Lewis v. State, 270 Ga. 891, 893 (2) (515 SE2d 382) (1999). Police officers receive special knowledge and training (i.e., training on weaponry, tactics, and the use of deadly force) to which the every day person is likely not exposed. In addition, police officers are not treated as ordinary suspects when they use deadly force against suspected criminals. Here, the investigating officer admitted that Bunn was not treated as any other homicide suspect, but as a police officer regarding a police-involved shooting.[ 9 ] The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the use of deadly force by the police during the apprehension of a suspect must be reviewed pursuant to reasonableness standards under the Fourth Amendment. Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U.S. 1, 7 (105 SC 1694, 85 LE2d 1) (1985).

The use of deadly force to prevent the escape of all felony suspects, whatever the circumstances, is constitutionally unreasonable. It is not better that all felony suspects die than that they escape. Where the suspect poses no immediate threat to the officer and no threat to others, the harm resulting from failing to apprehend him does not justify the use of deadly force to do so. It is no doubt unfortunate when a suspect who is in sight escapes, but the fact that the police arrive a little late or are a little slower afoot does not always justify killing the suspect. A police officer may not seize an unarmed, nondangerous suspect by shooting him dead.

Id. at 11. See also Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386, 394-395 (109 SC 1865, 104 LE2d 443) (1989). Thus, the overarching question at issue is what would a reasonable police officer do in a situation where, as here, the only suspected crime in progress is the attempted theft of a car and/or the property therein (a nonviolent felony). See Robinson v. State, 221 Ga. App. 865, 866 (473 SE2d 519) (1996) (the police are not ordinary citizens when acting in the line of duty). See also Geoffrey P. Alpert, How Reasonable is the Reasonable Man?: Police & Excessive Force, 85 Crim. L. & Criminology 481, 486-487 (1994) (noting that model policy from International Association of Chiefs of Police would ask what a reasonable police officer would do.) It does not appear the trial court at any point considered or applied the dictates of Tennessee v. Garner.

Given the amount of conflicting evidence in this case concerning whether deadly force was necessary, the conflicting rulings by two trial court judges evaluating the same evidence, Officer Bunn's failure to testify when he had the burden of proof as to why he was justified in using deadly force, and the failure to consider United States Supreme Court precedent, I do not believe there has been a showing that the officer acted as a reasonable police officer under the Fourth Amendment or was justified in his actions by a preponderance of the evidence or any other evidentiary standard. Moreover, allowing the outcome of this case to stand necessarily ensures that alleged victims of excessive or deadly force by law enforcement will be unable to sustain criminal recourse in Georgia courts.[ 10 ] Accordingly, I would reverse and allow the criminal case to proceed and the matter be tried before a jury.


Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 8:16 a.m.

(Prior to his appointment to the Fulton State Court bench, Judge Henry Newkirk (pictured left) served thirteen years as an Assistant District Attorney in Fulton County and two years as an assistant solicitor in DeKalb County. After receiving his B.S. degree from Florida State University, he served as a police officer for three years with the Tallahassee Police Department and the Gwinnett County Police Department.) A Fulton County judge ruled that former Atlanta police officer Raymond Bunn fired in self-defense in 2002 when he shot an 18-year-old black male, Corey Ward, driving an SUV that allegedly struck the officer. More than three years later, on Dec. 2, 2005, Bunn was indicted for murder. Judge Henry Newkirk’s decision was based on a 2006 law that allows a judge to rule on a self-defense claim before the case is taken to trial and a jury. Bunn’s lawyer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday that justice was served, but the grandmother of the shooting victim said a killer was “let off on a technicality.”

There had been a rash of car break-ins in the Buckhead bar district that summer. According to reports of the shooting, Bunn and his partner were patrolling in an unmarked car when they heard glass breaking and a car alarm. They saw a man get out of a Buick SUV with a broken window and jump into the back seat of a Chevy Tahoe driven by Ward.

The officers, both wearing dark shirts with the words “Atlanta police” on the front and back, ordered Ward, the driver, to stop. The SUV continued forward. The partner, Terry Mulkey, got out of the way, but the Tahoe bumped Bunn and Bunn shot, hitting Ward in the head. The Tahoe belonged to Ward’s mother.

The shooting during the early morning hours of July 14, 2002, polarized the community then and is still sprouting claims that decisions were made based on politics. When she heard Newkirk’s decision, Judy Arnold-Atkins, Ward’s maternal grandmother, said “it was like a bomb went off inside. It’s taken seven years, almost eight. “I don’t know how he [the judge] came up with the facts to say he [Bunn] was justified in the shooting because he’s [the judge] never heard the case," Arnold-Atkins said. “I just think it’s political to let someone off on a technicality for murder when he had been indicted. I’m asking [District Attorney] Paul Howard and his office to please do an appeal.” No one from Howard's office was available for comment Wednesday evening.

The case was initially assigned to another judge who rejected defense lawyers' various arguments for dismissing the charge, including that the shooting was justified. A change in Georgia law in 2006 allowed for a pre-trial on that claim. Initially, Bunn's argument was rejected but the Georgia Supreme Court in 2008 ordered the trial judge take another look at the self-defense argument using the lower test of a “preponderance” of the evidence as a guide.

By then the case had been assigned to another judge, Newkirk. He based his decision on transcripts from the hearings before the other judge. Newkirk wrote that Bunn perceived he was in danger and his only means for protecting himself was to shoot. Bunn “was justified in doing so… and he was immune from prosecution because he acted in self defense,” Newkirk wrote in the order filed Tuesday.

Bunn resigned from Atlanta Police in 2004. He is now in the Army, according to his attorney.

Andrew Dunton

June 5, 2009


NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Department of Correction is looking into an allegation that the man charged with breaking into police officer Omar Edwards' car was beaten by guards at the Rikers Island jail. Miguel Goitia has been indicted on a charge of felony criminal mischief, auto stripping and attempted petty larceny. He is due in court June 30.

On Friday (June 5, 2009), Goitia claimed he had been beaten by Rikers guards. Correction spokesman Steven Morello says there is no such report. If it did happen, Morello wishes that Goitia would've told authorities and says inmates should always bring concerns to the attention of the jail management. Police say Goitia broke into Edwards' car. Edwards chased after him with his gun drawn and was killed by another officer who mistook him for an armed criminal.

See Update: Cops or Killers?

May 29, 2009

A New York City police officer who had just gotten off duty was fatally shot late Thursday night in East Harlem by a fellow officer who mistook him for an armed criminal. The slain officer, Omar J. Edwards, 25, who was assigned to patrol housing projects and was wearing plain clothes, was shot in the arm and chest after a team of three other plainclothes officers in a car saw him chasing a man on East 125th Street between First and Second Avenues with his gun drawn, Mr. Kelly said.

Andrew Dunton, a four-year veteran of the force from Long Island has been identified as the officer who fired the fatal shots.

The string of events began when Officer Edwards left (pictured left) duty about 10:30 p.m., approached his car and saw that a man had broken the driver’s side window and was rummaging through the vehicle. The two scuffled, and the man escaped Officer Edwards’s grip by slipping out of his sweater. Officer Dunton and the two other officers assigned to the anticrime unit in the 25th Precinct got out of their vehicle and confronted Officer Edwards. Two of six bullets fired from the Officer Dunton's 9-millimeter Glock struck Officer Edwards, who had just come off duty and was not wearing a bulletproof vest. Officer Edwards, a recently married father of two from Brooklyn, was taken to Harlem Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:21 p.m. No one else was injured.

Investigators were interviewing the two officers in the car — one of them a sergeant — who did not fire at Officer Edwards. The department does not interview officers involved in fatal shootings until a prosecutor determines whether criminal charges will be brought.

The department [is said to be] investigating whether the officers had identified themselves or demanded that Officer Edwards drop his weapon before Officer Dunton opened fire. The shooting has once again raised questions again about departmental procedures involving communications among plainclothes officers — particularly those in different units — as well as issues of race.

Officer Edwards was black, and Officer Dunton is white.

[A] source in a position to know said that he had come across nothing so far that raised questions about the conduct of Officer Dunton or his fellow officers[.] However, [civil rights advocates] said there was [a] “concern[...] of a growing pattern of black officers being killed with the assumption that they are the criminals.”

“This calls for federal investigation and intervention to sort out the facts and bring about a just resolve,” [Those same civil rights advocates said]. “Can police investigate themselves fairly and impartially? It would seem very difficult at best and unlikely in fact.”

There have been at least two cases of off-duty police officers being shot by colleagues in the New York region in recent years.

In January 2008, a Mount Vernon officer, Christopher A. Ridley, 23, (black) was killed by Westchester County police officers in downtown White Plains as he tried to restrain a homeless man whom he had seen assault another person.

And in February 2006, a New York City officer, Eric Hernandez, 24, (Hispanic) was fatally shot by a fellow officer while responding to a 911 call about a fight at a White Castle restaurant in the Bronx.

Officer Edwards, who joined the force in July 2007, was working as part of an Impact Response Team, a roving team of officers that supplements the department’s prime crime-suppression program: Operation Impact. The program teams new officers with seasoned supervisors to flood areas where crime is surging.

C.J. Note: So if you are an "Uncle Tom," Super heroic, black police officer, ... remember, once you take that uniform off, you're no different than any other black man walking down the street, ... fair game for White/Hispanic police officers.

See Update: Cops or Killers?

Chris Jones

May 22, 2009

Former sheriff's deputy Chris Jones stood and watched stoically Friday [May 22, 2009] afternoon as a jury declared him guilty of second-degree murder, rejecting his claim of self-defense in a karaoke-bar killing last year. Jones testified Thursday [May 21, 2009] that he was faced with a growing number of hostile customers who had threatened to kill him and he was forced to use his .45-caliber pistol to defend himself. Jones, 41, an off-duty sergeant at the time, now faces 15-48 years in prison for the shooting during an after-midnight melee in which Donald "D.J." Munsey was killed when he tried to intervene.

Jones (pictured left - in grey suit), a 1989 graduate of Skyview Academy, joined the Shelby County Sheriff's Department on Feb. 1, 1991, and resigned on March 19, five days after the shooting. His assignments included narcotics, DUI, fugitive and patrol bureaus. He had been assigned to the West Tennessee Drug Task Force since Jan. 12, 2008. The trial played out this week to a packed courtroom and some noticeable tension between friends and family members of both Jones and Munsey. Jones faced life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder.

The Criminal Court jury of eight men and four women deliberated for six hours before returning their guilty verdicts, which also included attempted second-degree murder, attempted voluntary manslaughter and weapons charges.

Several customers, including some who were drunk that night and some who were not, testified that Jones had threatened to kill people and that he said he had nothing to lose because of his recent divorce.

After shooting Munsey, Jones shot customer Justin Smith, 23, in the buttocks as he ran out the door. He had earlier threatened to kill customer David Eagan, 40, by placing a gun to his head.

The dispute began when Smith and Eagan, both of whom were intoxicated, complained to Jones that his truck was blocking Smith's vehicle in the parking lot at the Windjammer Restaurant and Lounge at 786 E. Brookhaven Circle in East Memphis.

The shooting occurred at about 12:30 a.m. March 14, 2008.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Jeffrey Poole

POSTED: 11:01 am CDT October 14, 2010
UPDATED: 11:23 am CDT October 14, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Metro sex crimes detective found "several errors" in an extensive review of how police handled a sexual battery complaint against one of its own officers, according to the Tennessean. Jeffrey Poole is accused of sexual misconduct against four women who told investigators he fondled them while questioning them about crimes. Poole was on duty and in uniform when the allegations occurred.

Court documents filed in the case include a report criticizing Metro police for overlooking a precinct sergeant's concerns about handling such a serious allegation. Also, police are accused of not conducting a thorough internal review and failing to open a criminal investigation until other women came forward with additional allegations. Poole is free on bond while he awaits trial on charges that range from sexual battery to rape.

August 19, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The former Metro police officer accused of sexually assaulting four women was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in a Nashville courtroom, but the hearing was continued. Jeffrey Poole was expected to enter his guilty or not guilty plea, but that did not happen.

Poole was arrested earlier this month. He was charged with four counts of rape, four counts of official misconduct, two counts of sexual battery, one count of patronizing prostitution and one count of attempting to patronize prostitution.

In April, a 27-year-old prostitute reported that Poole patted her down to the point of fondling and made verbal suggestions. Detectives then located and interviewed three other women who said that Poole allegedly had sexual contact with them in 2009 when he was an on-duty uniformed patrolman in the East Precinct.

A 20-year-old woman reported that Poole arrested her on an outstanding warrant in April 2009, drove her to a secluded area, and began to fondle her under the guise of a search. She said she told Poole to just take her to jail, which Poole did, but not before allegedly giving her his phone number and offered a ride home when she was released.

A 30-year-old woman who frequented Dickerson Pike reported in late 2009, Poole approached her for sex. She said that Poole drove her in his police car to an abandoned lot and paid her for consensual acts.

A 35-year-old woman reported that in December 2009, Poole came to her Dickerson Pike motel room on-duty, in uniform, and raped her.

Poole graduated from the police academy in March 2008. He worked in the East Precinct from July 2008 until January of this year, when he transferred to the South Precinct. Poole was decommissioned and ordered to stay away from police department facilities on May 18 based on the Sex Crimes Unit's investigation to that point.

Jeffrey Poole bonded out of the Davidson County Sheriff's Office last Thursday after posting a $200,000 bond. His next court appearance has not yet been announced.

Julian Steele

September 10, 2010

Cincinnati, OH - Sentenced to five years in prison just two days earlier, a police officer stood before a judge Friday and learned he could be a free man if he is able to post $100,000 bond, pending an appeal. Julian Steele (pictured above, center, bawling) was sentenced Wednesday for abduction and intimidation, after a jury found him guilty of abduction and intimidation for falsely arresting and detaining a teenager. Steele was able to post that same bond amount when he was arrested last year.

Steele's time in jail so far amounts to 2 weeks, just a few days more than the time the teen he falsely arrested spent locked up. Steele did that, prosecutors said during trial, to gain power over the teen's mother. The mother testified last month that she performed oral sex on Steele because she believed that was the only way her son would be released from custody. Steele was found not guilty of rape and extortion against the woman.

The attorney who is representing Steele in his appeal, said in court Friday that police officers shouldn't be fired for not having probable cause to arrest someone. "This case creates a dangerous precedent," the attorney said. "It's a slippery slope."

Judge Dennis Helmick, who presided over trial, said the facts in the case were undisputed. "It's not good police work," Helmick said. "The public has been done a disservice." Steele's attorney drafted a letter of resignation on his behalf which states that he has no intention of becoming a police officer ever again. The letter, she said, was been signed by Steele and will be sent to Police Chief Tom Streicher.

If he posts the bond, Steele will be under the same guidelines imposed last year: he will have to wear an electronic monitoring devise but will be allowed to leave his residence between 7 a.m. and midnight to help care for his mother who is battling cancer. Steele, who is a 14-year veteran of the police department, remains suspended without pay, according to a department spokesperson.

September 8, 2010

A judge sentenced a Cincinnati police detective to five years in prison Wednesday for abduction and intimidation in the arrest and detention of a teenager. Julian Steele, who has since been fired from the police force, was only repeating what he saw others on the force do during his 14-year career, Steele’s attorney said before the sentence was imposed.

“No doubt about it. There was a mistake made here,” Steele’s attorney told Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Helmick. He saw other cops do it. Steele, 48, of Springfield Township, falsely arrested a teen in May 2009, interrogated him, held him against his will, got a false confession from him – all so Steele could get close to the teen’s mother for sex, according to court records.

Steele insisted he had evidence – “probable cause” in legal language – to arrest the teen because he’d seen the teen’s mother’s car in the area of several street robberies in Northside. Later, though, Steele admitted to suspicious prosecutors he knew the teen committed no crimes when he arrested him. “I’ve talked to several police officers about this case and generally they laugh at the thought that that’s probable cause,” said Daniel “Woody” Breyer, the Clermont County special prosecutor assigned to handle Steele’s case. Breyer was brought in because it was Hamilton County prosecutors who uncovered Steele’s crimes.

Steele even threatened to file a grievance against Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Megan Shanahan after she insisted the teen be freed from juvenile jail and after Steele suggested he would lie to the grand jury to win an indictment, according to court records. Steele told prosecutors he would “work my mojo” before the grand jury.

“I would never do anything malicious to hurt anybody,” Steele told the judge Wednesday. Not only did he hurt the innocent teen and his mother, Breyer countered, but he hurt law enforcement officials everywhere. “What he has done to the justice system almost is irrevocable,” Breyer said.

The mother testified she was so afraid for her son she would do anything to get him out of jail. She said Steele told her it was "a process" to get her son out and even after she performed oral sex on him, the detective didn't get her son released. “The things he said are appalling. If I was a (Hamilton County) prosecutor, I’d go back and check every case he was on,'' Breyer said. Steele’s actions needlessly damage police and prosecutors, Breyer said. “It makes me angry,” Breyer said. “It makes everybody connected with law enforcement angry.”

The judge also placed Steele on probation for five years after he serves his five-year prison term.

August 24, 2010

Jurors say a Cincinnati Police Officer is guilty of abduction and intimidation and not guilty of sex charges involving the mother of a teenage suspect. 46 year old Julian Steele falsely arrested a teenager - to put pressure on that teen's mother - to provide information in a robbery case. He was also accused of coercing sex from the teen's mother - when she tried to get her son released but the jurors did not believe his guilt on those sex charges. The police department suspended Steele when he was charged last year. He maintained his innocence. Steele will be sentenced on September 8, 2010.

August 19, 2010

The attorney for a Cincinnati police officer on trial admitted Tuesday that Detective Julian Steele received oral sex from a woman whose son Steele put in juvenile jail. Steele's attorney, blamed the mother for trying to use her sexuality to use Steele to help get her son released. "She had motive to take advantage of or get one up on Detective Steele," the attorney told jurors hearing the case against Steele, charged with rape, extortion, abduction, sexual battery and intimidation of a witness.

The mother, said the attorney, instigated the sex. "Julian, being human, said yes," Clark said. "Julian had a lapse in judgment, used poor judgment and was weak."

But Special Prosecutor Daniel "Woody" Breyer said Steele (pictured left) as a 14-year officer with nine years as a detective - was a rogue cop who used his badge and authority to lock up an innocent teen so he could get sexual favors from the teen's mom. "He used his special powers as a policeman to gain sexual favors, sexual conduct," Breyer told jurors.

Steele, 48, of Springfield Township, took the mother to a Winton Terrace apartment he keeps in addition to his home. There, Breyer said, Steele told the mother "it's a process" to get her son released and would take time. Steele arrested the teen May 7, 2009, at Riverside School as a suspect in a string of brutal street robberies. Steele then kept the teen jailed eight days even though he told authorities, "I knew he didn't do it, so I locked him up to get access to his mom," Breyer told jurors.

Steele's paperwork on the investigation was so sloppy, Breyer added, prosecutors were unsure they could take the case to the grand jury for potential indictments. Steele told investigators not to worry.

"When I get in front of the grand jury, I work my mojo," Steele told them, Breyer said. "That's his philosophy." After his arrest, Steele was stripped of his police powers and placed on desk duty pending the outcome of this case. The charges against Steele carry a maximum prison sentence of 60 years.

May 26, 2009

A Cincinnati police officer arrested last week for sexual battery is now facing numerous charges. On Tuesday, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced the indictment of Julian Steele. Steele is accused of falsely accusing and imprisoning a juvenile in the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center in the course of a robbery investigation. He is also charged with threats and sexual misconduct against the juvenile's mother as she tried to secure her child's release from the juvenile detention center.

"The victims in this case endured an unconscionable use of police power to satisfy a reprehensible motivation. American society grants law enforcement great power. It is with this power comes grave responsibilities. Misuse cannot be permitted."

Steele, 46, is charged with 10 felonies including two counts of abduction with a firearm specification, two counts of intimidation with a firearm specification, three counts of extortion with a firearm specification, two counts of rape with a firearm specification and one count of sexual battery with a firearm specification.

According to court documents, officer Steele, of Springfield Township, is accused of "coercing" the victim into engaging in sex acts "knowingly and by means that would prevent resistance by a person of ordinary resolution." The alleged incident occurred in the 5700 block of Winton Road on May 14, 2009.

Steele has been suspended from the police department without pay. If convicted on all charges, Steele faces up to 70 years in prison. Deters petitioned the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas to appoint a special prosecutor as members of the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office may be witnesses in the case. Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel J. Breyer was appointed to handle the prosecution.

May 22, 2009

A Cincinnati police officer was arrested Friday, May 22, 2009 and charged with sexual battery. According to court documents, officer Julian Steele, 46, of Springfield Township, is accused of "coercing" the victim into engaging in sex acts "knowingly and by means that would prevent resistance by a person of ordinary resolution." The alleged incident occurred in the 5700 block of Winton Road on May 14.

Mark Fitzpatrick

May 26, 2009

A Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant has been arraigned on charges of sexually assaulting a woman and inappropriately searching two others in separate incidents while on duty.

Mark Fitzpatrick pleaded not guilty to four felony counts and one misdemeanor Friday in Superior Court. Prosecutors say Fitzpatrick threatened one woman with arrest or deportation while he sexually assaulted her during a traffic stop.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says investigators began a criminal investigation immediately after getting a report of the alleged misconduct last year. Whitmore says Fitzpatrick was assigned to a desk job at the Compton station then was suspended without pay after the charges were filed.

Richard Carr

August 31, 2010 12:41:00 PM

A former reserve Columbus police officer was sentenced to 20 years in the state prison this morning at the Lowndes County Courthouse after pleading guilty to statutory rape last week. Richard Carr, 46, (pictured far left) admitted he had sex with his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter when the girl was 13 and 14 and her mother was at work. Sixteenth Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens could have given Carr up to life in prison, but decided to give the near-minimum sentence.

Besides serving his time without eligibility of parole, Carr must pay court costs, endure five years of post-release supervision, register as a sex offender and cannot be alone with anyone under age 16. Carr's family members declined to comment on the guilty plea or the sentence. Carr, a 14-year reserve officer, was arrested in Oktibbeha County in 2009 after the victim confessed to her mother that she and Carr had sex "various times," according to the indictment. The encounters happened at his girlfriend's Columbus house while he was baby-sitting the girl and her siblings, the indictment said.

August 24, 2010

A 14-year reserve Columbus police officer pleaded guilty Monday evening in Lowndes County Circuit Court to statutorily raping his girlfriend's underage daughter multiple times. "It's something I did," said 46-year-old Richard Carr who had sex with the 15-year-old girl when she was 13 and 14. Carr had sex with the victim "various times" at her house in Columbus while he was baby-sitting her and her siblings, according to the indictment. The defendant was arrested in Oktibbeha County in 2009 after the victim confessed to her mother, who had been at work when the incidents occurred. Corrupt Justice™ does not identify victims of sexual assault.

Sixteenth Circuit Judge Jim Kitchens postponed sentencing until Aug. 31, 2010 saying he needed a week to think about proper punishment for the "pretty reprehensible" crime." I don't know what I want to do," he told the courtroom Monday. "I need to think about it."

The defendant could receive anywhere from 20 years to life in prison for the first count of statutory rape and up to 30 years for the second, according to 16th District Attorney Forrest Allgood's office. Since this is Carr's first offense, the judge can suspend any sentence. Carr, who was taken into custody after the court recessed, will be kept in a separate cell in the Lowndes County jail, per Kitchens' orders. Carr is represented by a Columbus defense attorney.

Prosecuting attorney Lindsay Clemons said the victim's relatives had been at the courthouse earlier in the week, but could not stay for the trial. "(The victim's grandfather) feels these incidents have ruined her life," she told Kitchens. Clemons argued for a stiffer punishment, adding that Carr "should be held to a higher standard" because of his status as an auxiliary police officer.

August 18, 2010

Richard Carr, who was a Columbus reserve police officer in 2009 when he was charged with two counts of statutory rape. He was fired after he was arrested in Oktibbeha County and the case was turned over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. Judge James Kitchens is scheduled to preside over Carr's hearing today.

May 22, 2009

A Columbus (Miss.) reserve police officer was fired Wednesday, May 20, 2009 after he was arrested in Oktibbeha County on statutory rape charges. Reserve officer Richard Carr, 45, was “relieved of his duties as a police officer” Wednesday after Oktibbeha County officials notified the Columbus Police Department the officer had been arrested on the sex charges. As of Thursday, May 23, 2009 police had not released details of the charges, as the investigation was ongoing and was being handled by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

As of Thursday afternoon, no bond had been set and Carr remained in the Oktibbeha County Jail awaiting his initial court appearance. Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John this morning noted the investigation was turned over to MBI as soon as he was notified of the charges. “As quickly as we could, he was placed under arrest, and he is terminated immediately,” St. John added. “Even though he was reserves, he’s one of us, and any time we have, not even probable cause, but reasonable suspicion, we turn it over to another agency.

“Really right now, the rest of it is really in (MBI’s) hands.”

Ariel Valentin

May 24, 2009

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol trooper accused of forcing a woman to have sex to avoid a citation appeared in court Sunday morning. A judge set Ariel Valentin's bond at $105,000.According to investigators, Valentin responded to the scene of a minor traffic accident a few weeks ago. He allegedly told a woman involved in the wreck that he needed to search her and suggested that they go to her house. That's where she claims he forced her to have sex. Neighbors said they're shocked by the allegations. "That's ridiculous, because we turn to them when we need them and now look what they're doing," said resident Karen Narcesse. Valentin has resigned. FHP released a statement saying it is committed to keeping the public's trust.

Gerald Copeland

May 11, 2009

Gerald Copeland, a retired Lieutenant with the Fulton County Police Department was back in trouble with the law facing similar allegations. Police said Copeland's crimes involve another prostitute. The former Fulton County police officer is also accused of raping and beating several other prostitutes.

In a widening investigation, a different prostitute is claiming Copeland (pictured left) abducted her, robbed her and raped her. Union City police have charged Copeland in connection with the discovery of a half-clothed Atlanta prostitute found wandering in a subdivision off Highway 92. A passerby found the victim wandering down a deserted road. The woman was described as half beaten, robbed and raped. Copeland was arrested Monday morning, May 11, 2009, after the victim provided Fayette County sheriff deputies with a description of her attacker and the vehicle that he was driving. Police found an ATM receipt that, they say, links Copeland to the scene. Copeland, 48, a 20 year veteran of the Fulton County Police Department was arrested for aggravated sexual battery, battery and false imprisonment. Copeland appeared before a judge Tuesday, May 11, 2009.

The 48-year old former cop was also arrested in Fayette County last month (April 2009); and charged in similar crimes with two other alleged prostitutes. Police said other victims had also been taken to vacant subdivisions, where Copeland is accused of raping, assaulting and robbing them. Three prostitutes were picked up in Atlanta and brought to Fayette County by Copeland. Police say the women accuse him of sexually assaulting and beating them, then leaving them partially clothed to fend for themselves. All three victims were sexually assaulted and beaten then abandoned in north Fayette County.

Investigators searched Copeland's home in North Fulton County. Copeland remained in the Fayette County Jail without bond Thursday. Police said the Fayette County crimes happened in April (2009); and the Union City assault happened in March (2009). Police said they suspect there are many more victims out there who are too afraid to come forward. Copeland retired from the Fulton County police force in July 2005.

C.J. Note: From all appearances, Mr. Copeland is a "serial rapist" who preyed on prostitutes. Empirical evidence, based upon sound research, indicates Mr. Copeland has raped more women than listed above. For twenty (20) years Mr. Copeland worked in a position that placed him above suspicion and under minimum supervision.

If you, or someone you know has been a victim of Mr. Copeland, we at Corrupt Justice strongly advise you to contact an Attorney as soon as possible. The mere fact that you may or may not have worked as a prostitute is irrelevant. IT IS STILL A CRIME TO RAPE A PROSTITUTE!

Gary Sutton Jr.

Charles Hommema

April 20, 2009
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Two FBI workers are accused of using surveillance equipment to spy on teenage girls as they undressed and tried on prom gowns at a charity event at a West Virginia mall.

The FBI employees have been charged with conspiracy and committing criminal invasion of privacy. They were working in an FBI satellite control room at the mall when they positioned a camera on temporary changing rooms and zoomed in for at least 90 minutes on girls dressing for the Cinderella Project fashion show, Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson said Monday.

Gary Sutton Jr., 40, of New Milton and Charles Hommema of Buckhannon have been charged with the misdemeanors and face fines and up to a year in jail on each charge if convicted. Sutton has been released on bond, Wilson said, and Hommema is to be arraigned later this week. Wilson did not know Hommema's age.

The workers were described in a complaint as "police officers," but prosecutors did not say whether the men were agents or describe what kind of work they did.

The Cinderella Project at the Middletown Mall in the north-central West Virginia town of Fairmont drew hundreds of girls from 10 high schools in five counties. Organizer Cynthia Woodyard said volunteers, donors and participants are angry.

"I can't even begin to put words around what I consider an unspeakable act, the misuse of surveillance by a branch of our government in a place we felt so secure," she said. "Never in a million years would we have thought something like this would happen. We're in shock."

Hospice Care Corp. was sponsoring the event, offering prom dresses, shoes and accessories to girls who could not otherwise afford them. Dresses sold for as little as $5.

Woodyard, director of marketing for Hospice Care, said this year's event was the biggest in the decade the organization has been holding it, with more than 800 dresses on display.

The prosecutor would not say how authorities found out about the accusations.

It was not immediately clear if the accused men had attorneys. Messages left at phone listings for Gary Sutton were not immediately returned; there was no listing for Hommema.

The FBI issued a brief statement, but refused to answer questions. The statement said the Office of Inspector General was investigating.

"The FBI is committed to the timely and full resolution of this matter, but must remain sensitive to the privacy concerns of any potential victims and their families," the statement said.

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 & Domestic Violence

Wife Killing Cops! - Part I
Wife Killing Cops! - Part II
Deputy Paul R. Kovacich, Wife Killer

Murderous Police Officers

PA State Trooper Kevin Foley, Murderous(Convicted March 18, 2009 of First-Degree Murder. Killed girlfriend's ex-hubby (Dentist)!!)
PA State Trooper Samuel J. Hassan, Murderous(March 15, 2009 Murder of Unarmed motorist. Previously shot and killed 12 year old African-American boy!!)
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

Officer Pat Gonzales: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 3 Killings
Officer Hector Jimenez: Racist, Murderous Oakland Police Officer - 2 Killings
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(Placed on Leave Feb. 4, 2009)
Deborah Edgerly, Corrupt former Oakland City Administrator

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Cops that Sexually Offend! - Part XI

August 20, 2011

Oakland, CA (WCJB)

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Penned Guilty!

Published: February 2, 2015, 4:47 PM

Beaverton, Ore. -- Former Beaverton, Ore., police Officer Christopher Warren’s new child rape trial has been delayed until June 22. A different judge also will preside over the proceedings.

Last month, Warren was granted a new trial in Clark County Superior Court after a juror came forward and admitted to reading a story about the case in The Columbian during the trial in October. Juror Craig Bowen admitted that the content of the article influenced his decision to find Warren guilty and that he later had misgivings about his role in the unanimous verdict.

A group of community members recently donated money to hire a new attorney for Warren’s second trial, which was set for Feb. 9 in front of Judge Barbara Johnson. Vancouver attorney Jon McMullen was retained to take over the defense from Vancouver attorney Louis Byrd Jr. and Portland attorney Ernest Warren, who is Christopher Warren’s first cousin, once removed.

McMullen had asked for more time to prepare for trial. Johnson scheduled a hearing for Monday to consider his request. She also transferred the case to Judge Robert Lewis because she is retiring March 31.

Lewis heard Monday’s proceedings. He scheduled the new date for the trial, despite opposition from Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield.

“As you can see, this has been very stressful for that family, having that conviction and then having to go back, so we were hoping to have a trial much sooner than June,” Banfield said.

Christopher Warren was convicted Oct. 31 following a four-day trial during which the alleged victim testified on the stand. The jury deliberated for more than six hours before reaching its verdict.

During closing arguments, Byrd claimed that Christopher Warren’s ex-wife, Dina Sanchez, coached the girl into making the rape allegations because she was bitter over his decision to divorce her and to be with another woman.

Warren had recently become engaged to former high school classmate Meliah Colon at the time the allegations were made.

Byrd said there were several inconsistencies in the information the girl gave to authorities, which should present reasonable doubt.

For example, the girl said she never told Sanchez about the abuse, yet Sanchez initially reported the crime to authorities, Byrd said.

Banfield argued that the girl’s account was consistent throughout the investigation and trial. She said footage of a forensic interview of the girl in May 2013 at the Clark County Children’s Justice Center also showed that the girl wasn’t coached or influenced to claim that Christopher Warren raped her.

Banfield is one of five judicial applicants seeking Johnson’s position on Superior Court. Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to announce his appointee for the position in mid-March, his general counsel, Nick Brown, has said.

Warren remains in the Clark County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Published: October 31, 2014, 4:41 PM

Beaverton, Ore. -- A Clark County jury has found former Beaverton, Ore., police Officer Christopher Warren guilty of raping a 5-year-old girl at his central Vancouver home.

Warren, 34, did not show emotion Friday during the reading of the verdict on a charge of first-degree child rape. His wife and other family members and friends were in the courtroom’s public gallery.

Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson remanded him into the custody of the Clark County Jail. A corrections officer escorted him out of the courthouse.

The jurors reached the unanimous verdict after about 6½ hours of deliberation. Testimony started early Tuesday and concluded at the close of the business day Thursday.

Jurors declined to comment on their decision as they filed out of Johnson’s courtroom.

A hearing to sentence Warren has not yet been scheduled. Johnson ordered a presentence investigation report and set a Dec. 9 hearing to review the progress of the report and possibly schedule a sentencing date.

Warren’s attorney, Louis Byrd Jr., said he could not comment on whether Warren plans to appeal his conviction.

The victim, who is now 6, took the stand during the trial and testified that Warren inserted a pencil in her genital area.

She said the pencil felt “kind of weird, and it hurt for a second.”

During closing arguments, Byrd said that Warren’s ex-wife, Dina Sanchez, coached the little girl into making the allegations because she was bitter over Warren’s decision to divorce her and to be with another woman.

Warren had recently been engaged to the other woman, Meliah Colon, at the time the allegations were made.

“Just when your enemy is about to reap the reward of the pain he has inflicted on you — a new wife, a new family — that’s when you extract the planned revenge,” Byrd argued Thursday. “That’s exactly what happened here. Christopher Warren is innocent.”

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield said there was no evidence that the allegations were an act of revenge. She said the girl’s story remained consistent throughout the investigation, including when investigators interviewed her at Clark County Children’s Justice Center and when she met with her doctor.

Footage of the interview at the Children’s Justice Center was played for the jury during the trial.

Dr. Kimberly Copeland of the Legacy Health system also testified that she examined the girl about four to six weeks after the alleged sexual abuse. There was no evidence of an injury, she said. However, the girl told the doctor that “it hurt when I went potty one time,” according to an audio recording played in court.

Warren is no longer employed by the Beaverton Police Department.

He was twice terminated from the Beaverton force.

He was initially fired in 2011 after an internal investigation found that he had lied during a 2009 criminal investigation into allegations that he sexually abused a minor when he was 17, according to The Oregonian. Investigators concluded that there was probable cause to believe Warren committed the offenses, but he was not prosecuted because the alleged victim declined to cooperate, according to the newspaper. The jury in this week’s trial did not hear about those allegations.

He was later reinstated to his job but was terminated again in August 2013 after he was indicted on charges of welfare fraud in Washington County, Ore., The Oregonian reported.

He was found guilty in February of unlawfully obtaining food stamps and first-degree theft for seeking and accepting Oregon welfare benefits while he was a resident of Washington. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail, two years of probation, 100 hours of community service and $3,000 in restitution.

Published: May 26, 2013

VANCOUVER, WA - A Beaverton police officer already facing charges of food stamp fraud is now accused of sexually abusing a 5-year-old child. The SWAT team was called out to a Vancouver home Wednesday, leading to the arrest of Christopher Warren. It all began unfolding around 3:20 p.m. on the 9200 block of Northeast 14th Way.

Detectives from the Children's Justice Center utilized the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team to serve a warrant at a home. Warren, 33, was arrested at the scene. He is charged with rape of a child.

Sheriff Deatrick!

August 17, 2011 - 02:37 PM PDT

CLARK COUNTY, Ind. -- New developments were revealed Wednesday in the case against a former southern Indiana sheriff facing criminal charges. Former Harrison County Sheriff Mike Deatrick (pictured left) is facing 12 criminal charges, including 10 felonies. Deatrick was arrested in April 2010. According to court records, investigators said in 2007, Deatrick was armed with a deadly weapon when he caused two women working as dispatchers in the county to submit to deviate sexual conduct. His charges include criminal deviate sexual conduct, sexual battery, intimidation and insurance fraud. Deatrick walked into the courtroom Wednesday flanked by his attorney and family. Proceedings inside the courtroom lasted no more than five minutes Wednesday morning and shed some light on a deal reached.

In court this morning, media sources learned ongoing plea negotiations between Deatrick and prosecutors have resulted in a deal now filed with the court. “It's really the end of the road for this matter. Hopefully they can move on from this matter and move on with their lives,” said the attorney who represented dispatchers Deanna Decker and Melissa Graham in a sexual harassment lawsuit against Deatrick. He said the women are pleased with the deal. The dispatchers were awarded about $375,000 as part of a settlement. “I think the plea agreement will dispel any doubts anyone has about the truthfulness anyone has about the allegations that Ms. Graham and Ms. Decker made against former Sheriff Deatrick,” the attorney said. Deatrick was set to stand trial next week in Clark County after a change of venue request was granted earlier this year. The judge hasn't ruled whether to accept the deal. The ruling is expected to come Monday morning.

Deatrick and his attorney left without commenting. A special prosecutor appointed to the case said she wouldn't comment or talk about the terms of the plea until the judge approves the settlement.


Posted: August 03, 2011 - 09:24 PDT - Updated: August 16, 2011 - 01:11 PM PDT

San Bernardino, Calif. (WCJB) -- A sheriff's deputy facing teen sex charges has been ordered to jail by a California judge because of a Facebook posting. Local media sources in San Bernardino County reports that a judge questioned 31-year-old former San Bernardino Deputy Nathan Gastineau on Tuesday about the Internet message discussing revenge and payback. Gastineau insisted it wasn't a threat, but the judge disagreed. The judge raised his bail from $150,000 to $350,000 and he was handcuffed and taken to jail. Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman says Gastineau posted bond and was released at about 8 p.m. Tuesday. Gastineau pleaded not guilty on June 21, 2011, to six counts of lewd acts on a minor and unlawful sexual intercourse. Prosecutors say he had a relationship with the girl while he was coordinator for the Highland station's Explorer program.

Tuesday's appearance was supposed to be a routine disposition hearing, but after the judge read the Facebook post, he looked up at Gastineau (pictured left) and said, "What on earth were you thinking?" Part of the posting said, "This is your Admiral. I know there've been a lot of rumors going around ... about the destruction that's been visited on my life. I would like to tell you that they're exaggerations." Later in the post, he says, "Tomorrow, look around you. Our imperative is right there, in our friendships, in our hearts, in our statements to the media, and in ourselves. War is our imperative."

"If right now, victory seems like an impossibility, then we have something else to reach for: revenge, payback. So we will fight," Gastineau says in the post.

Gastineau's family was in court but did not comment on the Facebook post. Supporters of the former deputy rallied outside the courthouse. "I can guarantee you that it was not as a threat or revenge or anything," said Bonnie Lucas, a friend of the defendant. "There's no way that Nathan is going to take any type of revenge or retribution because he's innocent." Gastineau's supporters say the accusations are lies. "I think what people need to understand is there is such a thing called a female teenage predator," Lucas said. "They have these crushes on people, and then when they don't get their way, most of the girls will just go away, but this girl has decided to take it to another level."

Bobbie Mann of the San Bernardino County D.A.'s Office said the concern came from the words "revenge" and "war." "The page is public, so anybody can see it. He's obviously got a following, so anyone could read that however they want and it can incite all kinds of violence that we don't know about," Mann said.

The judge was concerned and raised his bail amount by $200,000. Gastineau was being held on $350,000 bail. His next court appearance will be on on August 25.

Ride Alongs!

August 16, 2011

VICTORVILLE, CA (7-13-11) • A Victorville sheriff's deputy accused of engaging in sexual acts with a teen Explorer took a plea bargain Wednesday afternoon and faces nine months in jail. Anthony James Benjamin, 30, of Beaumont accepted the prosecution's offer and pleaded no contest to two felony counts of oral copulation of person under 18. Judge Lynn Poncin accepted the plea agreement while the victim watched in court. Benjamin is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 30 to 270 days in jail. Under the law, the defendant's not required to register as a sex offender. According to the complaint, the two incidents took place on or about July 1 through Dec. 18 against the victim referred to as Jane Doe, who's now 18. If he had gone to trial and been convicted of all charges, Benjamin could have faced up to three years and eight months in prison.

Benjamin declined to talk to the media outside the courthouse after the plea. He's been free on $100,000 bail. An anonymous tip led to Benjamin's arrest last month and he was placed on administrative leave, according to sheriff's officials. Benjamin worked as a deputy at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Victorville station, and had been with the department for more than five years, according to sheriff’s officials.

May 5, 2011

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (WCJB) -- A San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of having sex with a 17-year-old girl. Anthony Benjamin (pictured left) was booked in the West Valley Detention Center on two sex counts with a person under 18. He was released after posting bail. Investigators said the teen is a member of the sheriff's Explorer Scout program, which Benjamin was a supervisor of. "The actual crime itself occurred while the deputy was actually on patrol," San Bernardino Sheriff Rod Hoops said.

It's the second time in just over two weeks that a San Bernardino sheriff's deputy has been arrested for having sex with a teen. On April 22, Deputy Nathan Gastineau was arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old Redlands girl. Gastineau was in charge of the Explorer program at the sheriff's station in Highland. In both cases, the alleged sex acts occurred during ride-alongs.

"As the sheriff of San Bernardino County and as a parent myself, it's very disheartening," Hoops said. "I am alarmed to the fact that this is the second deputy sheriff that has had these allegations against them."

The youth law enforcement program allows young men and women the opportunity to train and ride-along with deputies. Hoops said he has ordered a review of the program and has suspended all ride-alongs for the next 60 days. "We are going to be looking at everything from training, evaluation, selection of the people involved in the explorer program," he said.

Officer Daniel Dana!

POSTED: 4:40 am PDT June 14, 2011
UPDATED: 9:07 pm PDT June 14, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA -- A former San Diego police officer accused of raping a prostitute in Presidio Park while on duty, after threatening to take her to jail if she didn't have sex with him, was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on sexual assault and other charges. Daniel Edward Dana, 26, faces more than 17 years in state prison if convicted of rape under the color of authority, oral copulation under the color of authority, false imprisonment and assault by an officer.

The 35-year-old alleged victim, in testimony during a morning-long preliminary hearing, said she met Dana in late April while she was working as a prostitute on El Cajon Boulevard.

She said she was standing by a Denny's restaurant when she saw Dana's patrol car and immediately tried to walk away because she was already on probation for a prostitution conviction.

The woman said Dana stopped his patrol car in a nearby alley.

"I said, I know I'm not supposed to be here," she said. "He said he wasn't out here for that."

The alleged victim said Dana got out of his patrol car and introduced himself, then asked for her name and cell phone number, which he entered into his cell phone.

"He was just really nice," she said.

The two later exchanged pleasant text messages, and she thought of the defendant as someone who she could call to warn her of police activity in prostitution areas, the witness testified.

Sometime later, the woman said Dana texted her from his Jacuzzi, saying he wished she could be there with him.

"I thought he wanted a 'date,'" the woman testified.

She said she had no problem with the idea of having sex with a police officer as long as he paid.

On the night of May 10, the woman said she went to a downtown club looking for clients because there was too much police activity on El Cajon Boulevard. She said she got a ride home from the club, then changed clothes and headed out to work on El Cajon Boulevard.

Around 2:30 a.m., the woman said she got a text then a call from Dana, but she was busy with a potential client. She said the client fell through and she asked the man to drop off her off at a nearby 7-Eleven, where the defendant pulled up into a side alley in his patrol car.

The alleged victim said she and Dana made small talk near the rear of his patrol car, then he demanded sex.

"He said either I give him what he wants or I go to jail," the woman testified. "Either I have sex with him or I go to jail."

The woman said her first reaction was, "Are you serious?" but realized the officer wasn't joking.

She testified that Dana put her in the back of his patrol car, then drove off.

"Did you feel safe at that point?" prosecutor Annette Irving asked.

"No," the woman replied. "I was just scared. I didn't know where I was going. I didn't know what he was going to do."

After 3 a.m., the officer pulled into a dark park and told the woman to sit in the front seat, the witness said.

"Did you feel like you had a choice?" Irving asked.

"No," the alleged victim testified.

She said she smoked a cigarette while Dana took off his belt and walkie-talkie.

She said Dana demanded that she perform oral sex on him, then had sexual intercourse with her.

After the sexual encounter, during which she said the defendant also licked her neck and breast, she put her pants back on and Dana drove her back to El Cajon Boulevard, she testified.

On the drive back, the woman said she licked her fingers and wiped saliva on the front seat of Dana's patrol car to prove that she was there.

She said she wasn't sure what she was going to do, but a female cab driver convinced her to call 911 when she got home, which she did.

The woman was questioned by officers and taken for a sexual assault exam.

Defense attorney William Wolfe said the alleged victim routinely violated her probation by going out to work as a prostitute on El Cajon Boulevard.

"She's not afraid of going to jail, she goes there routinely," Wolfe told Judge Charles Rogers.

The attorney said the sex could have been consensual and called the alleged victim's credibility into question.

But Irving said the woman's story has remained consistent from the beginning and that, combined with the DNA evidence found in Dana's patrol car and evidence that the ex-officer drove the route the alleged victim said he did that night, makes her story credible, the prosecutor said.

"There is no reason not to believe this victim," Irving told the judge.

Dana resigned immediately after his arrest because he knew he would be fired, Wolfe said.

"He's scared," said Wolfe. "He's scared to death. He doesn't think he's violated the law and he's looking at very serious charges, so he's very frustrated."

Rogers ruled there was enough evidence to proceed to trial and ordered the defendant back to court on June 28 for arraignment and to get a trial date.

Dana, who is free on $300,000 bail, served four years in the Marine Corps and joined the San Diego Police Department after being honorably discharged from the military in 2007.

Lieutenant Darryl Wrisley

Chief Terry Timeus

Chief Dan Duncan

May 23, 2009

On Feb. 11, 2008, a former Lake Oswego police officer, after a feud with the city, filed a formal complaint with the state department that oversees police, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. The complaint took aim at Terry Timeus, now chief of police in West Linn, and Darryl Wrisley, [now] a lieutenant in the Lake Oswego Police Department. Instructed by the state to probe the matter, West Linn hired an investigator who found little reason for concern. A media investigation of the same complaint, however, found that officials in the Washington County Sheriff’s Office determined Wrisley sexually assaulted a woman while on duty as a deputy there in 1992. It also found that Timeus, a long-time friend, helped Wrisley to salvage his career while the law enforcement community buzzed with talk about the incident.

The name of the alleged victim is printed with her permission.

Darryl Wrisley (pictured left) is a lieutenant in the Lake Oswego Police Department, two levels below the chief. Kay [Williams] Vandagriff’s allegations against him [in 1992] were silenced a long time ago in a deal between Wrisley and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Wrisley denied Vandagriff’s allegations at the time and still denies them today.

A grand jury that heard the case did not press criminal charges following an Oregon State Police investigation of the incident.

Yet documents obtained through a public records lawsuit show that, after its own internal investigation, the sheriff’s office concluded that Vandagriff told the truth about being sexually assaulted by Wrisley while he delivered a raffle prize to her home. Moreover, a superior officer said that Wrisley did not tell the truth when trying to explain his visit to Vandagriff’s house.

In a summary of the investigation’s findings officials noted:

“We conclude that the following events did occur:

“On Dec. 11, 1992 Deputy Wrisley while on duty did drive a county-owned vehicle … to the home of Kay Williams.

“Deputy Wrisley did not inform his supervisor that he was going to deliver the sweatshirt to Williams and did not ask permission from his supervisor to do so.

“Deputy Wrisley, while at the Williams’ residence, did touch the bare breasts of Kay Williams, and did touch his bare penis to the lips of Kay Williams.

“Kay Williams did not invite this sexual activity from Deputy Wrisley and did resist Wrisley’s attempts at sexual contact.”

In spite of those findings and despite the rigorous moral fitness standards required for Oregon police officers, Wrisley continues a career in law enforcement. Wrisley was [also] arrested for assault and drunken driving while a Lake Oswego police officer in 2000, he again was able to keep his job.

Documents obtained [by media sources], as well as interviews with current and former law enforcement officers and officials, show how Wrisley was able to remain a police officer. He did so not only with help from a police officers’ union and laws that make it hard to fire police, but also with assistance from well-connected friends, including Terry Timeus (pictured left) – then a corporal in the Lake Oswego Police Department and now Chief of the West Linn Police Department – and Dan Duncan (pictured below right), then a patrol sergeant and now Chief of the Lake Oswego Police Department.Officials in the Lake Oswego Police Department and both Timeus and Duncan were aware of the 1992 allegations against Wrisley when he was hired by Lake Oswego. Timeus and Wrisley were roommates as the allegations unfolded. Today, both police chiefs stand by Wrisley. They say they have seen no behavior similar to that alleged in 1992. That a grand jury heard the case and did not press criminal charges, combined with the deal struck with the sheriff’s office, convinced both to vouch for Wrisley when he applied to Lake Oswego for a job.

C.J. Note: Rape is a violent crime. In 1992, Wrisley was accused of rape/sexual assault by use of force. In 2000, Wrisley was arrested for assault.

Duncan said that Wrisley is an asset to the Lake Oswego Police Department. “I have no concerns that he would engage in any behavior similar to what was alleged,” he said.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, however, stands by its original findings in its investigation of Wrisley.

The former chief of the Portland Police Bureau said the story echoes a classic and problematic scenario in law enforcement where violent officers continue working, primarily because the officers around them fail to challenge their behavior.

“There is no excuse for keeping a man who is violent on your police force,” said Harrington. “This guy’s got more lives than a cat.”

The former chief of the Portland Police Bureau said retaining Wrisley on the Lake Oswego Police Department opens the department to liability, invites future problems and sets a bad example for younger officers in the department. Wrisley also should not be trusted to handle sensitive cases involving women. Wrisley has not responded to requests for follow-up interviews since documents from the sheriff’s office investigation were released to the public.

The Incident - 1992

On Dec. 10, 1992, both Wrisley and Vandagriff volunteered at a conference of the Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association. Vandagriff tended bar while Wrisley sold raffle tickets. The day after the conference, Wrisley placed a call to Vandagriff and asked for her address while she was at home and babysitting two small children. She had won a sweatshirt in the raffle, he said, and he wanted to deliver it. Vandagriff said she had no qualms about the visit, and immediately phoned Brenda Noble, an evidence technician in the Beaverton Police Department.

According to police reports, the two women were best friends at the time and talked several times a day. They were acquainted partly through Vandagriff’s lengthy career as a 9-1-1 dispatch operator, which included five years with the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency, which handles 9-1-1 calls in the county, some of that time as a manager. In the phone call, Vandagriff taunted Noble about the winning ticket, according to police reports. She was still on the telephone when Wrisley came to the door. “I said, ‘Well call me when he leaves,’ ” Noble said, according to a transcribed interview with Oregon State Police Detective Ken Janes.

But the call never came. When Noble called back 20 minutes later, Wrisley was still there, according to Noble’s account to police. “I said, ‘What are you doing?’ And she goes, ‘Oh, just visiting.’ And I said, ‘Is he still there?’ And she said yes. And I said, ‘Is he flirting?’ And she said yes. And I said, ‘Well just tell him to get out and leave you alone.’ And she said ‘I’ll call you later.’… Her tone of voice back to me was, ‘Yes, I wish he would leave, but I’m trying to be polite.’” By the time Vandagriff returned Noble’s phone call, her demeanor would be radically changed, according to Noble’s statements. But what happened in between would be the subject of a four-month investigation by the Oregon State Police.

Vandagriff and Wrisley both said they sat in her kitchen and talked. Nearly every detail of the conversation was reported similarly by each. They said Wrisley asked whether her home had an upstairs crawl space – he had once served a search warrant on a similar home – and Vandagriff showed Wrisley the upstairs of her home and the crawl space located in an upstairs bedroom.

In her version of the story, Vandagriff told police that Wrisley blocked her exit from the bedroom, then grabbed her by the shoulders and kissed her. She said she pushed him away, but Wrisley tried to unbutton the top of her pants. In a transcribed interview with Janes, Vandagriff said she told Wrisley, “I don’t think so,” as his advances continued. She said she walked to a window to check for the school bus and told him she was expecting her children soon and that he should stop. She said Wrisley followed her to the window, closed the blinds, and pushed her with his body onto the bed. While she tried to remain sitting, Vandagriff said Wrisley climbed on top of her until she fell back onto the bed.

She told Janes, “… he kept trying to push me back and I kept saying my kids are due home, this isn’t a good time, this doesn’t feel right and he kept persisting and he kept pushing me … after I told him ‘no’ and he continued, then I got scared because I told him ‘no’ enough that he should have backed off and he wasn’t backing off.”

Vandagriff said Wrisley pulled her shirt up, fondled her breasts and put his mouth on her breasts. She said she repeatedly tried to turn away from him and pulled her shirt down. When she did, she said, Wrisley grabbed one of her hands and forced it onto his crotch. When she removed it, she said he again tried several times to unbutton her pants. “The next thing I knew he had his pants undone and he was trying to put his penis in my mouth. And that’s when I clenched my mouth and I kept turning my head back and forth … by then I was getting scared … ’cause I couldn’t get away.” Vandagriff said she was able to shove Wrisley off balance by lifting a hip. She said she continued to tell him no and he slowly began to let her off the bed.

Wrisley would later refute Vandagriff’s claims, saying he never touched her, “not even a handshake.” When he learned that Vandagriff had called the police, he first refused to talk to state detective Janes. Several months later, he spoke to Janes with a lawyer present and said he was shocked at Vandagriff’s claims. “I thought it was a joke,” he said. “I thought, ‘What’s going on here?’... I didn’t know for quite a while what the allegations were other than the actual legal terms.”

In his version of events, Wrisley described Vandagriff as “unstable,” said she repeatedly brought up sex while he was in her home and made him uncomfortable by talking about the sexual adventures of police officers they knew. Wrisley told the detective he thought Vandagriff was making false allegations to get money from the county. She was unemployed at the time, a single mother at home with a then-13-year-old son and disabled twins, then 11.

Investigation back[ed] Vandagriff's claims

Documents show that on the afternoon of Dec. 11, 1992, Noble first spoke with a Beaverton Police sergeant.

In recounting the details for Janes, the state police detective, she said Vandagriff did return her phone call after Wrisley left her home. When Noble called back a few minutes later, she first asked Vandagriff how the visit went.

“And she said, ‘It was really ugly, Brenda, really bad, real ugly.’ And I’m going, ‘Kay what was ugly? What was wrong?’ And she just told me what happened and, you know, I was pretty much shocked. … Her voice was shaking when she was telling me that it was, you know, really ugly, and I know Kay inside and out and I knew that there was something (that) wasn’t real pleasant.”

“She said, ‘I don’t know what to do.’ She said, ‘I just got to forget this,’” said Noble. “I said, ‘Kay, this sounds like attempted rape, I don’t think you should just be forgetting it.’ She said, ‘I don’t want to.’ She made reference to getting a cop in trouble … and if she said anything that other cops would look down on her.”

After talking with the Beaverton sergeant, Noble convinced Vandagriff to call Wrisley’s sergeant, Kevin Henderson “just (to) let him know that he is a jerk and you’d better keep an eye on him.”

Henderson initiated the Oregon State Police investigation at 5:20 p.m. that day. Four months later, a grand jury decided not to indict Wrisley on charges of attempted rape, attempted sodomy, sex abuse and official misconduct. However, the internal investigation by the sheriff’s office, – conducted by lieutenants Gary Self and Rob Gordon, now sheriff of Washington County – relied on several key details that may or may not have been available to a grand jury in the closed-door process that determined criminal charges.

The investigation found:

Wrisley initially refused to answer questions from investigating officers but produced a duty notebook detailing his actions Dec. 11, 1992. The notebook’s entries were later compared with a year of Wrisley’s duty notebooks and found to be phony.

Vandagriff agreed to take a polygraph examination about the incident and passed it. However, polygraph examinations are inadmissible in court in Oregon.

Though Wrisley claimed that he had briefed his sergeant prior to delivering the sweatshirt to Vandagriff’s house, the sergeant, Henderson, said Wrisley’s story was untrue. He denied knowing that Wrisley went to Vandagriff’s house, leading investigators to conclude that Wrisley was absent from duty at the time of the incident.

During the state police examination, detectives became aware of a similar incident involving a woman who worked for the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, who once went on a date with Wrisley.

The woman complained that Wrisley made aggressive sexual advances and that she struggled to get him to stop touching her after she halted consensual petting with him while on a date. Her complaints would not have been admissible in a grand jury because she never called the police.

No Indictment, Termination, Re-hired, Resigned and Promotion(s)!

By the time a grand jury opted not to indict Wrisley on April 15, 1993, he had already been fired from the sheriff’s office. But his fight to return to work – spelled out in a typical union contract that called for grievance hearings and arbitration – would drag on for another eight months. Through two rounds of grievance hearings, then-sheriff Jim Spinden would stick to his decision to fire Wrisley and send pointed letters to Wrisley emphasizing his reasons for the decision. In one such letter, he noted, “In light of the need for the complainant to proceed through the difficulty of presenting the complaint subject to efforts to discredit her and with no personal advantage or motive in pursuing the claim, I believe her statements are credible.”

Spinden also wrote to the county administrator about his decision, specifically noting that Wrisley’s duty notebooks had “changed dramatically in style” during the Vandagriff episode. Washington County’s attorney John Junkin, however, eventually offered Wrisley a deal to end his employment: $20,000, a letter of recommendation and a settlement that sealed the investigation. Wrisley signed the deal Dec. 6, 1993. Though Spinden would also sign, he privately fumed. Through a memo written by Gordon, the investigator and lieutenant, Spinden had previously documented his complaints about the attorney handling the case and what he perceived as missteps in the process to fire Wrisley. According to the memo, Spinden expected the process “to hurt us in the future, if not this case, then in another.”

Though Spinden could not be reached for comment for this story, Gordon stood by the sheriff’s office investigation.

“In the 15 years since the investigation, I have not received any information that would change any of the findings in the reports and I stand by any of the written documents in the file,” he said.

Wrisley, when interviewed for this story, said he signed an agreement to seal the file because the sheriff’s office wanted him to. He said he agreed to resign only because he got a better offer from Lake Oswego.

“There’s no doubt in my mind I would have gone back to work,” said Wrisley. “With that situation, I didn’t want to go back to work there.”

“I quit there to come and work here (in Lake Oswego), that’s how it ended,” he said.
Though officers throughout the law enforcement community were talking about the Vandagriff incident, Wrisley’s career would be salvaged with help from Timeus, now head of the West Linn Police Department, and Duncan, now Lake Oswego’s police chief.

See: Cops that Sexually Offend - Part VI: Creston, Iowa - 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. Chief Jamie Christensen was found guilty of sexual abuse in the second-degree. Asst. Chief John Sickels was found guilty of sexual abuse in the second-degree.

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