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(Top video) Mesa, Arizona · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: June 6, 2018 ~ Updated: June 20, 2018) -- Robert Johnson, 33, was repeatedly kicked and punched in the head during his arrest by Mesa police on May 23. Four Arizona police officers have been placed on administrative leave after newly released surveillance footage shows them repeatedly punching and kicking an unarmed man.

"Golden [Guy] Killer Appears In Court!"

Sacramento, California ~ ( Originally Published: May 29, 2018 ~ Updated: June 4, 2018) -- The Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, is one of the most prolific predators in U.S. history. He sometimes invaded different houses on consecutive nights. Deangelo sometimes returned to the same neighborhood so often that the people who lived there slept in shifts. He terrorized the suburbs of Sacramento. Later on, he continued his murderous crime spree, near Los Angeles, hundreds of miles to the south. (See: Full Hearing!)
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"Slenderman ~ The Full Movie!"
Internet ~Global (WCJB) {PUBLISHED: May 27, 2018 at 04:59 a.m. | UPDATED: June 4, 2018 at 03:23 am} -- The Slender Man is a fictional supernatural character that originated as a creepypasta Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen in 2009. The “Slenderman” has been an urban legend since it was born in June 2009. The creator: artist Eric Knudsen, going under the nom de plume Victor Surge. Slender Man tells the story of a tall, thin, horrifying figure with unnaturally long arms and a featureless face, who is reputed to be responsible for the haunting and ...
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: May 23, 2018 ~ Updated: May 24, 2018) -- The video (Click here) shows an officer approaching Sterling Brown as he goes to get back into his car. The car was parked right in front of the Walgreens (the lot is essentially empty because it’s about 2 a.m.). Brown points out that he doesn’t see anything wrong with parking across two lanes since the lot is empty. The officer tells Brown to back away from him and calls for backup. When backup arrives, the officer (whose name was not released by MPD) says he “only wanted one [car for backup].” He claims that Brown got “right up in my face.” Several officers surround Brown. One angrily tells him to get his hand out of his pocket. When Brown points out that his hands are full, the officer wrenches Brown’s hand out, and a group of officers wrestle him to the ground and tase him. Brown can be heard groaning in anguish after an officer shouts “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

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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Posted: July 29, 2015 - 2:40am - Updated: July 31, - 10:45 am PDT

Medford, Massachusetts -- Michael, a Massachusetts man, was driving in the town of Medford last Saturday night. He took a wrong turn and ended up going the wrong way down a traffic circle. In dashcam video posted to YouTube by Michael, he is confronted by off-duty Medford Detective Stephen LeBert. Lebert is dressed in a white tank top and shorts. LeBert, visibly angry, steps out of a truck and approaches Michael. Michael, seemingly (and perhaps understandably) frightened, puts his vehicle in reverse. LeBert follows Michael and he stops. Michael told media sources: "I thought that guy was going to kill me."

LeBert appears to show his badge and identifies himself as a police officer. LeBert greet Michael by saying, "I'll put a hole in your head." Michael is apologetic and explains to the officer that he is being recorded. LeBert suggests that he will seize the camera. "I'm a fucking Medford detective and you went through that fucking rotary," says LeBert. Michael insists he didn't see a sign. LeBert demands his driver's license. Shortly after calling the driver an "'asshole'," LeBert states: "You're lucky I'm a cop, otherwise I'd be beating the fucking piss out of you right now." LeBert ultimately calls for on-duty cops.

In the days before cameras proliferated, you had to rely on witnesses and hearsay. The police were more likely to be believed by those in authority. Cameras have begun to change that on both sides. Michael posted his video to YouTube. The video has led to an investigation. Medford Police Chief Leo Sacco told media sources: "It's not the proper behavior, but we only know about it when people tell us. And unfortunately, we had to get up this morning and see it on a YouTube video." Sacco also told the media: "The video is troubling enough, and it requires investigation just based on what we see here. The driver does not have to file his own complaint. He may, but he does not have to."

Sacco was asked how long the investigation might take and when will updates be available. Sacco told the media that LeBert was a good policeman. He added, perhaps unfortunately: "If you work hard you do step on people's toes, which generates complaints." This doesn't appear to be stepping on toes.

"Unspeakable Acts!"

Posted November 21, 2013 - 2:40am - Updated November 22, 2013 - 12:15 am PST

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Danvers, Massachusetts -- Phillip Chism, 14, a Massachusetts teenager charged with the murder of a popular high school math teacher, sexually assaulted the woman in what a prosecutor described as a series of "unspeakable acts." Chism was arrested last month and charged with the murder of Colleen Ritzer, 24, his teacher at Danvers High School. Ritzer's body was found on Oct. 23 in a wooded area roughly 50 feet from an athletic field behind Danvers High School. Her throat had been slashed with a boxcutter and she had been punched in the face, police officials said. An indictment released today charged Chism with murder, aggravated rape and armed robbery in connection with the savage attack. The teenager is slated to appear at Salem District Court for a court hearing Friday. The affidavit, in chilling detail, offers the first hint of a possible motive in last month's gruesome killing of the popular high school teacher.

A ninth grade student told investigators that she was in class with Chism and Ritzer after school on the day of the crime, the affidavit said. She said the teacher and Chism were talking about China but, at some point, Ritzer mentioned the student's home state of Tennessee. Chism became "visibly upset," the student said. When Ritzer noticed that Chism was upset, she changed the subject, said the unidentified student, who described Chism as "talking to himself."

According to court documents, Chism followed Ritzer into a bathroom after he pulled on gloves, an act that was captured on a school security camera. He moved her body out of the bathroom in a blue recycle bin on wheels, the documents state. He then went home to change his bloody clothes and ate lunch at Wendy's before seeing a Woody Allen movie at Hollywood Hits, a theater not far from his Danvers home which he shares with his mother and two younger sisters, according to police.

The affidavit includes testimony from eyewitnesses as well as a school video surveillance timeline showing Chism and Ritzer in the same area of the school during the teacher's final moments.

In the video, Ritzer appears to enter a second-floor girls restroom -- apparently a faculty restroom was occupied -- and Chism, wearing gloves and red sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head, appears to enter the restroom about a minute later, according to the affidavit.

Shortly after, a female student enters the bathroom and quickly walks out, according to court papers. She told investigators she saw the back of a person who appeared to be changing clothes. The person's rear was exposed, with clothes piled on the floor.

The video shows Chism leaving the restroom, returning later with a recycling barrel, and again leaving the restroom pulling the barrel -- this time with a black mask on his forehead, the court papers say. He pulls the barrel outside the building and toward the student parking lot. Investigators said there are what appear to be blood stains near the bathroom as well as on Chism's pants in the video. Ritzer, 24, was allegedly raped with an object and had her throat slashed. A handwritten note found next to her body said, "I hate you all."

On the night of Oct. 22, both Ritzer and Chism were reported missing.

Essex County prosecutors said it was a brutal assault, according to the indictment released today. Chism allegedly raped Ritzer "with an object" and stole her underwear, iPhone and credit cards after the murder, said Essex County District Attorney Jonathon Blodgett in a statement. Chism was arrested and charged with first degree murder as an adult at 5 a.m. Oct. 23 and Ritzer's body was found a short time later. "The indictments returned today detail horrific and unspeakable acts," Blodgett stated. "This is the first step in a long process to secure justice for Ms. Ritzer and her family." Blodgett said Chism will be arraigned on the additional charges of rape and armed robbery but no date has been set.

Chism pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on the murder charge last month. Chism's lawyer could not be immediately reached.

Bad Lawyering, or ...?

Posted: November 21, 2013 - 12:42pm - Updated: November 21, 2013 - 09:12 pm PST

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Martha Moxley is shown at age 14 in an 1974 photo. Moxley was slain Oct. 30, 1975. Michael Skakel's conviction in her death was set aside and new trial ordered Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, by Connecticut judge Thomas Bishop, who ruled that Skakel's trial attorney failed to adequately represent him when he was found guilty in 2002.

STAMFORD, Conn. — Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was granted bail Thursday and expected to be released from prison while prosecutors in Connecticut appeal a ruling giving him a new trial in the 1975 slaying of neighbor Martha Moxley.

Skakel, the 53-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow, Ethel, touched his hand to his chest and looked back at his supporters in the courtroom, his brothers among them, as the judge set bail at $1.2 million. He has been in prison more than 11 years on a sentence of 20 years to life but was expected to be freed shortly after the hearing in Stamford Superior Court.

As conditions of the bail, the judge ordered that Skakel live in Connecticut and wear a GPS tracking device.

“He’s one of the most recognized faces of America, so he’s not going anywhere,” defense attorney Hubert Santos said, noting that Skakel always showed up for court appearances. Santos said after the hearing ended that Skakel was “very happy” about the outcome.

A judge ruled last month that Skakel’s trial attorney, Michael Sherman, failed to adequately represent Skakel in 2002 when he was convicted in Moxley’s bludgeoning with a golf club in wealthy Greenwich when they were both 15. Judge Thomas Bishop said Sherman failed to locate a witness who backed up Skakel’s alibi that he was at his cousin’s house the night of the murder and failed to find a man who challenged a star witness’s claim that Skakel confessed.

“This is the first step in correcting a terrible wrong,” the Skakel family said in a statement. “We look forward to Michael being vindicated and justice finally being served.”

Outside court, Moxley’s brother, John, and mother, Dorthy, said they disagreed with the bail decision, continue to believe Skakel killed Martha and are confident he will be convicted again at a new trial.

“I’m disappointed. … I guess we knew that the day would come,” Dorthy Moxley said. “I wasn’t completely destroyed, but I wish it didn’t happen.”

Added John Moxley, “We have nothing to say to Michael.”

Robert Kennedy Jr., who campaigned to overturn Skakel’s conviction, had said this week that he felt “pure joy” that his cousin was expected to be released. Skakel has seen his son only a handful of times since he was sent to prison, he said.

“Everybody in my family knows that Michael is innocent,” Kennedy said Tuesday. “He was in jail for over a decade for a crime he didn’t commit. The only crime that he committed was having a bad lawyer.”

Santos had argued that Skakel should be released immediately, saying that the ruling makes him an innocent defendant awaiting trial and that he was not a flight risk. Santos also argued prosecutors were highly unlikely to win their appeal, a contention prosecutors dispute.

The case was considered a big challenge for prosecutors because of issues including the age of the crime and the lack of forensic evidence. Michael Skakel was convicted after a trial that focused on testimony that he confessed or made incriminating statements over the years.

Both Sherman and prosecutors defended his handling of the case.

Skakel’s older brother, Thomas, was an early suspect in the case because he was the last person seen with the victim, and Bishop said in his ruling that Michael Skakel’s defense should have focused more on Thomas.

Drug-Induced Fraud!


Posted: 4:32 PM EST, Fri November 22, 2013 - Updated: 5:32 PM PST, Fri November 22, 2013

Massachusetts (WCJB) -- Annie Dookhan, 36, a former Massachusetts crime lab chemist, was sentenced Friday to three to five years in prison after pleading guilty to 27 counts of mishandling evidence, affecting hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of criminal cases. Dookhan was arrested last year, accused of cutting corners by visually identifying alleged drug samples instead of performing chemical tests, and then altering the samples to cover up the practice. Dookhan also was accused of falsely claiming, while testifying as an expert witness at a criminal trial, that she had a master's degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts. Authorities arrested Dookhan at her home in Franklin in September 2012. Dookhan pleaded guilty Friday to tampering with evidence, perjury, obstruction of justice and falsely claiming to holding a master's degree. An investigation revealed that not only did Dookhan not have a master's degree, but she never took master's-level classes, prosecutors said.

A defendant's conviction was overturned because of this, and authorities allege he killed someone in May, after his release. Dookhan's false testimony about her credentials in a Plymouth County drug trial led to the release of a man who went on to be accused of murder, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said. Donta Hood was convicted of a cocaine charge in 2009, in a trial in which Dookhan -- as an expert witness -- falsely testified that she had a master's degree, authorities said. Hood was released in November 2012. Cruz said he wasn't able to retry Evans on the drug charge because the evidence in the case was destroyed. Storage space had been at a premium, he said, and no one thought it would be needed again. After his release, Hood was arrested twice -- first, on a gun possession charge. While out on bail for the gun charge, he allegedly shot and killed Charles Evans in Brockton, Massachusetts, in May, authorities said. "There's no bigger pain than somebody being released that goes out and kills somebody," Cruz told media sources. Evans' family declined to comment.

Dookan said little during Friday's hearing in Boston, other than repeatedly saying, "Yes, your honor," to questions such as whether she understood the consequences of her guilty pleas. The judge also ordered that she serve two years of probation after serving the prison time.

Dookhan worked as a state chemist testing drug evidence submitted by law enforcement agencies from 2003 until March 2012, when she resigned, according to the Massachusetts attorney general's office. The attorney general's office began a criminal investigation in July 2012, after Massachusetts State Police were tipped off by Dookhan's co-workers, who alleged her work at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory in Jamaica Plain might be unreliable. The investigation revealed that Dookhan allegedly had tampered with evidence by altering substances in vials that were being tested at the state lab, allegedly to cover up the practice of routinely "dry labbing" samples. "Dry labbing" is a term used for visually identifying samples instead of performing the required chemical test. Some of the obstruction charges stem from instances in which authorities relied on tampered evidence in criminal proceedings, prosecutors said.

In August, Gov. Deval Patrick's administration said the cases of more than 40,000 defendants could be affected by Dookhan's tampering. Reviews of all the cases she handled are under way. More than 300 drug convictions involving Dookhan's tests -- conducted from 2003 to 2012 -- have been set aside since last year in Suffolk County alone, Suffolk County District Attorney spokesman Jake Wark said.

At a court proceeding earlier this year, Dookhan's lawyer said that she took shortcuts in the lab to get more cases done to help her career, never considering the negative consequences it could have for criminal cases. "The furthest thing from her mind is that this is going to ultimately cost millions of dollars, (And that) it's going to throw the entire Massachusetts criminal justice system into a tailspin," the lawyer said in court. Dookhan declined media sources request for comment about her case.

Posted: 8:34 PM EST, Wed Jan. 9, 2013 - Updated 10:34 AM PST, Mon. Jan. 14, 2013

Franklin, Massachusetts (WCJB) -- A former Massachusetts state chemist accused of misconduct in thousands of criminal cases was arraigned in two different courts last week on additional charges relating to her alleged false claims about holding a master's degree in chemistry. In one court, Annie Dookhan, 34 (pictured left) of Franklin, Massachusetts, pleaded not guilty to three counts of obstruction of justice in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts. Her next court date there is February 8 for a pre-trial conference. Later In the day, she again pleaded not guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham, Massachusetts. She allegedly "lied about the integrity of drug evidence that she analyzed," the attorney general said in a statement last year. She was released on her personal recognizance and is scheduled for another pre-trial conference there in February.

In October, police arrested the former chemist on accusations that she had lied about drug evidence she handled while working at a state police lab and pretended to hold a master's degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts. In December, Dookhan was indicted in Suffolk County in Boston on charges relating to alleged mishandling of evidence and obstruction. She is facing charges in several counties in Massachusetts because she had previously testified in various trials in her former official capacity as a chemist.

The former chemist has admitted to wrongdoing during her nine-year employment with the Department of Public Health. Massachusetts authorities are reviewing the sentences of 1,140 people who are in prison after being convicted with evidence at least partly provided by Dookhan. A preliminary investigation looked into every case Dookhan may have touched from 2003 until she left last March, and it is possible she touched 60,000 samples that were involved in 34,000 drug cases. Dookhan worked as a chemist in the Hinton State Lab's drug analysis unit -- which tested drug evidence submitted by law enforcement agencies across the state -- from 2003 until last March, when she resigned, according to a statement last month by Massachusetts attorney general's office.

Dookan was promoted from chemist I to chemist II in 2005. Her work was "consistently the highest in the lab among her co-workers" until June 2011, when an evidence officer discovered that 90 samples of drugs had been improperly "scanned out of the drug safe" and that Dookhan's name appeared on the control card as the primary chemist, the attorney general's office said. "The next day, when Dookhan was confronted with the log book, the initials of Gloria Philips had suddenly appeared in the book," the attorney general's statement said. Phillips was an evidence officer, according to the statement. Dookhan denied writing the initials at first, but she "later confessed to investigators" that she forged them "to cover up her misconduct," the statement said.

"There will be designated court sessions in each county to hear the cases," Chief Justice Robert Mulligan said last October in a statement. "The Trial Court is fully cooperating with the prosecutors and defense counsel who are responding to these issues."

State police were tipped off last July by Dookhan's co-workers at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory in Jamaica Plain who alleged her work might be unreliable. At the time, state police were taking over what had previously been a Department of Public Health drug laboratory, which certified random drug tests for the police departments in Norfolk, Suffolk, Middlesex and Bristol Counties, as well as for Cape Cod and the nearby islands. During the takeover, authorities learned from employees how they were afraid to verify the work of Dookhan, said a spokesman for the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Last July, Massachusetts State Police investigators interviewed lab employees. On August 28, Dookhan "admitted to 'dry labbing' some of the samples," the statement said. "Dry labbing" is the practice of merely visually identifying samples instead of performing the required chemical test, the attorney general said.

"It was discovered that Dookhan would assemble multiple drug samples from different cases that appeared to be the same substance. She would then perform the chemical tests on a few of the samples to verify that the samples were in fact the drug she believed they were, and if those were positive, would assume all the samples were positive without performing the necessary chemical tests," the attorney general said. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick ordered the lab to be shut down on August 30.

Surren Dookhan, Annie Dookhan’s husband, sent a text message to George Papachristos, former Norfolk Count assistant district attorney and a noted friend of Annie Dookhan, calling her a liar, according to media sources. According to the source: “This is Annie’s husband do not believe her, she’s a liar, she’s always lying,” Surren Dookhan texted to the prosecutor, according to an interview Papachristos gave to State Police on Oct. 3, 2012. “She is looking for sympathy and attention.”

Krawetz Kicks!

February 25, 2013

LINCOLN, R.I. — A Lincoln police officer convicted earlier this year of felony battery for kicking a handcuffed woman in the head outside the Twin River Casino has resigned from the department. Media sources reports that the Lincoln town administrator said the town had accepted an "unconditional and irrevocable" resignation from Officer Edward Krawetz (KRA'-witz). Krawetz, who was on an unpaid suspension, had been fighting to keep his job, but decided to drop his effort to remain on the force.

A state judge convicted Krawetz in January of felony battery with a dangerous weapon for kicking Donna Levesque, of Uxbridge, Mass., outside the casino. The encounter was caught on surveillance video.

In March, Krawetz was given a 10-year suspended sentence with probation.

March 27, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Edward M. Krawetz, the suspended Lincoln patrolman convicted of battery for kicking a handcuffed woman in the head outside the Twin River slot parlor, was imposed a 10-year suspended sentence with probation and was ordered to undergo counseling. He will serve no prison time. Superior Court Judge Edward C. Clifton convicted Krawetz, of Lincoln, on Jan. 23 after a non-jury trial during which the prosecutor asserted that Krawetz committed the felony when he kicked Donna Levesque, of Uxbridge, Mass., in the head on the evening of May 31, 2009. The incident was caught in Twin River security video.

Krawetz has filed a notice of intent to appeal to the Rhode Island Supreme Court. January 5, 2012 1:16 pm PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Lawyers dueled Thursday over testimony of a Lincoln police officer who worked at the Twin River slot parlor with Officer Edward M. Krawetz in May 2009. Officer Russell Enos was working during the shift when the now-suspended Krawetz is accused of assaulting a handcuffed woman who had been escorted outside for disorderly conduct. Under a prosecutor's questioning, Enos said that neither he, Krawetz nor Twin River security officials felt threatened by the woman, Donna Levesque -- not before, during or after the incident in which she made a kicking motion at Krawetz. According to the prosecution, Krawetz then kicked her in the head. Under defense questioning, Enos said he thought Levesque did make contact with Krawetz when she suddenly kicked toward him.

Messy Mya funeral!

November 23, 2010
Messy Mya was well known in New Orleans as a flamboyant "bounce" MC with frequent gigs at clubs like Fusions and the Red Velvet Room. He also had a fast-growing national fan base for the raw comedy videos he posted on YouTube, with followers including many hip-hop celebrities. The rising star was murdered within hours of leaving his girlfriend's baby shower.

Prince George's County !

November 17, 2010 Nine people, including three Prince George's County police officers, were arrested Monday on charges involving drugs, guns, and black-market alcohol and cigarettes as authorities ratcheted up a sprawling corruption probe in the county. Federal agents conducted numerous searches around the county and moved to seize more than 30 homes, businesses and vehicles as part of the widening investigation into corruption in Prince George's. The nine suspects were arrested three days after County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) and his wife were led from their home in handcuffs, accused of evidence-tampering in a probe of sweetheart land deals. Federal officials say the arrests are all connected. "This case and Friday's are among a series of related investigations," said Rod J. Rosenstein, the U.S. attorney for Maryland. He was referring to Monday's roundup of suspects and the arrests of the Johnsons on Friday, when the executive's wife allegedly flushed a $100,000 check down a toilet in their home and tried to hide $79,600 in cash in her bra as FBI agents knocked at the door of their home with a search warrant. Johnson, 61, due to leave office next month after two terms as executive, and his 58-year-old wife, Leslie Johnson (D), newly elected to the County Council, were released after their arrests. Jack Johnson was back at work Monday doing the job "the people had elected him to do," his spokesman said, adding that couple are "strong and faithful." The nine people arrested Monday were taken into custody early in the morning in an operation involving about 150 law enforcement officers who executed as many as a dozen search warrants. Among those charged are: Police Sgt. Richard Delabrer, 45, of Laurel, Cpl. Chong Chin Kim, 42, of Beltsville; and Officer Sinisa Simic, 25, of Woodbridge. A federal indictment unsealed Monday alleges that liquor store owner Amrik S. Melhi, 51, and others paid Delabrer and Kim to guard the distribution of untaxed cigarettes and alcohol in Maryland and Virginia. Melhi, the two officers and four other suspects are charged with conspiracy to commit extortion. In a separate scheme, Simic is accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine and using firearms in drug trafficking. Another of the nine suspects, Mirza Kujundzic, 30, of Woodbridge, was charged with those same offenses. The indictment, filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, seeks the court-ordered forfeiture of $3.5 million in cash, 25 homes and businesses, 13 vehicles and 84 bank accounts that authorities said are associated with the alleged crimes. Melhi, of Clarksville, owns several liquor stores, including Tick Tock Liquor and Restaurant in Langley Park, where Delabrer worked off-duty as a security guard. Tick Tock is well known in the county and is one of the most lucrative liquor stores in the area. Online property records indicate that Melhi owns several homes and properties in Prince George's and Maryland. The others charged in the alleged booze and cigarettes scheme were identified as Melhi's wife, Ravinder K. Melhi, 49; Amir Milijkovic, 39, of Bowie, who owns a College Park auto glass store; Chun Chen, 34, of Bowie; and Jose Moreno, 49, of Alexandria. All were ordered held until detention hearings Tuesday and later this week. Eugene Pitroff, a lawyer, said federal agents raided his Upper Marlboro office Monday and seized records related to work he had done to help Amrick Melhi and several relatives obtain liquor licenses in Prince George's and Calvert counties. Pitroff represented Tick Tock in 2007, when Johnson, citing an increase in crime and unruly behavior, ordered a crackdown on nightclubs in the county. After negotiating with the county, club owners, including Melhi, agreed to beef up security at their establishments and install new lights and cameras. Maryland law sets caps on the number of liquor licenses that local jurisdictions can issue, meaning that most stores and restaurants obtain licenses via transfers from other stores and restaurants that are closing. Critics of the system have long said that it favors business owners who form alliances with state lawmakers and local politicians. Campaign finance records show that Amrik Melhi has donated money to several Prince George's political candidates, including Johnson. "As far as I knew, these were decent people," Pitroff said of Melhi and the relatives he helped obtained licenses. "All this stuff has come as a shock to me." Among the properties that authorities have moved to confiscate, in addition to Tick Tock, are what appear to be several liquor stores in the county, including Shop Rite Liquors in Takoma Park. Public records indicate that Shop Rite is partly owned by Karl Granzow, a former deputy fire chief in Prince George's. Granzow's home was searched in 2008 in the probe of development deals. At the time, Granzow declined to comment. As for the liquor store, Granzow's attorney, Timothy Maloney, said Granzow has a 25 percent stake in the business but is not involved in its daily operation. He said he does not think investigators are interested in his client. Prince George's Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton (pictured left) said that before Monday morning, he knew very little of the federal investigation that now includes three of his officers. "I'm outraged at the disgraceful conduct demonstrated by three of our officers who tarnished our badge for their own greed and personal gain," he said. "These individuals are just bad people that need to go away." He said that federal authorities "did not share the targets, the names of the targets with me," so he could not suspend all those involved while the investigation continues. Hylton said that officers might soon be prohibited from working part time at establishments that are not properly licensed or are known to serve too much alcohol. "We are going to go back with a process that will require each of our officers to submit a request to work at a location before they are approved," Hylton said, adding that a deputy chief will review each of the requests. "We have to really rein this back in. I think we have to address the issue of greed." Since Johnson's arrest Friday and the announcement from the chief federal prosecutor that more charges were coming, anxiety and speculation have been rampant in Prince George's. The Johnsons' arrests grew out of a four-year FBI investigation into developers and their associates suspected of "regularly providing things of value to public officials" in exchange for official favors, according to a 10-page affidavit filed with the criminal complaint. The investigation centered on alleged bribes that Jack Johnson took in exchange for helping an unidentified developer seek grant money from a federal affordable-housing program administered by the county's Department of Housing and Community Development. The developer gave Johnson cash and checks as far back as 2007, including one for $100,000, according to the affidavit.


Boston PD!

July 8, 2011 A Boston police officer at the center of one of the most notorious police brutality cases in city history used unreasonable force while arresting a man in the North End in 2009, then lied about the episode to department investigators, according to an Internal Affairs Division report obtained by local media sources. As a result, Officer David C. Williams has been placed on paid administrative leave, the Boston Police Department said, and could lose his job under Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis’s nearly 19-month-old policy of dismissing officers who lie in the line of duty, to internal affairs investigators, or in court. Williams is appealing the finding, and a hearing is scheduled for later this month. Williams was fired from the force in 1999 after being implicated in the racially charged 1995 beating of undercover police officer Michael Cox, then reinstated with nearly $550,000 in back pay after a civil service arbitration in 2005. Williams’s attorney insisted his client told the truth about the 2009 North End arrest. “He’s absolutely testified honestly and truthfully about the incident that occurred,’’ the attorney said. “Any conflicts about the incident were the result of a fast and rapidly evolving incident.’’ Michael P. O’Brien, a 30-year-old Middlesex County corrections officer, filed a civilian complaint against Williams and five other officers who arrested him on Hanover Street on March 16, 2009. O’Brien said that Williams drove his head into the sidewalk and choked him after he began recording Williams and his partner with a cellphone as the two officers responded to a minor traffic accident. Williams’s partner, Officer Diep Hung Nguyen, was cleared of three charges, including using unnecessary force, as were the four other officers involved in the arrest. Williams was cleared on four charges, including two counts of violating the rule for respectful treatment. Nguyen’s lawyer did not return calls seeking comment yesterday. Despite the findings against Williams, O’Brien said it was “a sickening feeling’’ to read the Internal Affairs Division report clearing officers of other charges. “It was like a kick in the gut,’’ he said. “I was expecting to be exonerated. I was expecting them to come out to say: ‘This is a lie. These charges aren’t true. This arrest was false.’ As happy as I am they’re charging him with something, it’s tough. It’s a knock at your credibility as a person.’’ O’Brien, of Methuen, a former National Guardsman, has filed a federal lawsuit against Williams, Nguyen, and the Boston Police Department. He alleges that he suffers from debilitating headaches and dizziness as a result of the arrest, and that his career as a correction officer and his aspirations to join the Army’s Special Forces have been “flipped upside down.’’ O’Brien was arrested after Williams and Nguyen responded to a fender-bender on Hanover St. According to police and court documents, O’Brien and two friends were in a car that backed down Hanover Street and clipped a double-parked vehicle. In his incident report, Williams wrote that O’Brien “became very unruly’’ and “pushed Officer Nguyen.’’ But according to the Internal Affairs report obtained by the Globe, Williams, who is 6-foot-3 and 242 pounds, used an “unreasonable amount of force’’ to arrest O’Brien, who was 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds at the time. The report also found that Williams, 48, was “untruthful in his statements’’ when interviewed by department investigators. The Internal Affairs Division ruled that Nguyen, 33, used “reasonable and proper force’’ to arrest O’Brien and that Nguyen properly arrested O’Brien for disorderly conduct. The report also found that while Nguyen directed profanity at O’Brien and an unnamed witness to the arrest, investigators were “unable to prove or disprove’’ a violation of department rules mandating respectful treatment of civilians. O’Brien said he did not see the other four officers who took part in the arrest and does not know how they became part of the investigation. The notice of findings, signed by Superintendent Kenneth Fong of the Police Department’s Bureau of Professional Standards, provides no details about how investigators came to their conclusions, nor does it shed light on how Williams was untruthful during the internal investigation. O’Brien and his attorney, Howard Friedman, said he could not discuss the case or his lawsuit because the information is being kept secret at the urging of the police under a court order. But O’Brien was willing to say what punishment he believes Williams deserves. “He should be fired; he should have been fired a long time ago,’’ O’Brien said. “I was astonished that someone with such a history could be working on the Police Department.’’ Under department rules, Williams could accept the internal affairs findings and submit to Davis’s discipline. However, Williams is challenging the findings, which means the department has to conduct an administrative hearing before the commissioner or his designee. According to the department’s rules and procedures, any recommendations by the hearing board will not be binding on the police commissioner. Williams, who joined the department in 1991, was among a group of officers found responsible for the vicious 1995 beating of a plainclothes officer, Michael Cox. At the time, Williams and the others said they mistook Cox, who is black, for a murder suspect they were chasing. Cox was nearly beaten to death on a dead-end street in Mattapan. Williams and two other officers were fired for their role in the episode, although none were criminally charged. The Boston Police Department took Williams back after a civil service arbitrator ruled he was dismissed without just cause. Cox, now a deputy police superintendent, sued the city and won $817,000. He later sued Williams after Williams was reinstated and reached an out-of-court settlement with him.

Cambridge, Mass.

July 26, 2009 “Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof he was in own home.”
-President Barack Obama - July 2009
On July 15, 2009, prominent black scholar, Professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested at the two-story home he rents from Harvard. Professor Gates is the director of Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research. He is Summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale. Dr. Gates is also a MacArthur "genius grant" recipient. He is an acclaimed historian, Harvard professor and PBS documentarian. Dr. Gates was one of Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Americans" in 1997. He is the Holder of 50 honorary degrees. Professor Gates had returned from a trip to China on Thursday with a driver, when he found his front door jammed. He went through the back door into the home — which he leases from Harvard — shut off an alarm and worked with the driver to get the door open. The driver left, and Gates was on the phone with the property’s management company when police first arrived. Cambridge police say they responded to the well-maintained two-story home near campus after a woman reported seeing “two black males with backpacks on the porch,” with one “wedging his shoulder into the door as if he was trying to force entry.” By the time police arrived, Gates was already inside. Police demanded that Gates (pictured left) show identification. Gates was arrested shortly afterward for alleged disorderly conduct, a charge that was later dropped. Crowley said Professor Gates “exhibited loud and tumultuous behavior.” He was released later that day on his own recognizance. An arraignment was scheduled for Aug. 26, 2009.
Boston police officer was suspended Wednesday for allegedly using a racial slur to describe black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.
C.J. Note: Luckily Professor Gates didn't "reach for his waistband" in his own home. Gates said he turned over his driver’s license and Harvard ID — both with his photos — and repeatedly asked for the name and badge number of the officer, who refused. He said he then followed the officer as he left his house onto his front porch, where he was handcuffed in front of other officers, Gates said in a statement released by his attorney, fellow Harvard scholar Charles Ogletree, on a Web site Gates oversees, TheRoot.com. Police say he refused to come outside to speak with an officer, who told him he was investigating a report of a break-in. “Why, because I’m a black man in America?” Gates said, according to a police report written by Sgt. James Crowley. Crowley is Racist The police sergeant accused of racism after he arrested Gates insisted that he won’t apologize. Police say Gates at first refused to display ID and then accused the officer of racism. Some of Gates’ African-American colleagues say the arrest is part of a pattern of racial profiling in Cambridge. Allen Counter, who has taught neuroscience at Harvard for 25 years [but is black], said he was stopped on campus by two Harvard police officers in 2004 after being mistaken for a robbery suspect. They threatened to arrest him when he could not produce identification. “We do not believe that this arrest would have happened if professor Gates was white,” Counter said. “It really has been very unsettling for African-Americans throughout Harvard and throughout Cambridge that this happened.” "It never would have happened — imagine a white professor, a distinguished white professor at Harvard, walking around with a cane, going into his own house, being harassed or stopped by the police. It would never happen." (Earl Graves Jr., CEO of the company that publishes Black Enterprise magazine, who was once stopped by police during his train commute to work, dressed in a suit and tie.) Death of a Homeowner (New York - July 2009) An undercover cop was wearing earphones to keep in touch with his NYPD team and didn't hear an irate Brooklyn homeowner's command to get off his stoop until it was too late, law enforcement sources said. (Alanta - November 2006) Kathryn Johnston, a 92 year old black woman, was shot 39 times as plainclothes Atlanta narcotics officers broke into her home on Nov. 26, 2006. The warrant was obtained using false information and the officers involved planted evidence afterward to cover up their lies. A history of "Southern [Police] Conduct" "'... [R]ace remains a factor in our society.'" "There is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately," Obama said. "That's just a fact." Boston, Massachusetts is an old city that has long been bewitched by the racist dynamics of white supremacy. The racist sagas have been seared right into the consciousness of America itself. There have been many racist policies that have intentionally undermined the black populace there. For example, in 1974 a school desegregation plan unleashed havoc as hundreds of whites morphed into angry mobs attacking black citizens. In 1989, Charles Stuart (a white man) said his pregnant wife had been shot by a "black man" who rushed up to his car. Boston police began stopping young black men with impunity, with reckless and malicious disregard for the United States Constitution (i.e., the Fourth Amendment). There was no black man; Stuart, who later jumped from a bridge and died, committed the murder himself. Stuart was implicated in the murder by his brother. In January 1995, a young black man was gunned down in a Boston eatery. A neighborhood resident dialed 911 claiming an officer had been shot. He later said it was the quickest way to get help in an inner city establishment. Four black suspects were being pursued across a 10-mile area. On a dead-end street, police believed they had cornered one of the suspects. They pummeled him before he uttered a word, using a baton, fists, and boot-laden feet. The "suspect" spurted blood, dropped to the cold ground, tried to get up, only to be beaten more. His gurgling words were unintelligible through blood and pain. The "suspect" was actually Michael Cox, a decorated undercover Boston police officer who had himself been in pursuit of the suspects, had even been in the lead chase vehicle. And who happened to be black. At least two (white police officers; one named Kenny Conley) and possibly three (one black) officers participated in Cox's beating. More than two dozen officers would eventually arrive at the scene, some who held supervisory positions. But in the follow-up investigation, no officer took responsibility for the beating. Officer Cox was lucky to have survived the vicious beating. The Cox case never became as sensational as the Rodney King beating because there was no videotape," says Rob Sinsheimer, one of Cox's trial lawyers. "But if you look at the beating, stroke for stroke, it could have actually been worse than the King beating." Suspect Description: Black male! In 1991, the infamous Los Angeles Police Department brought us the Rodney King case, in which King was viciously beaten by white police officers, a scene caught on videotape. In the 21st century--African-Americans, Latinos, and other minority citizens are still being killed by the police at disproportionately high levels. By now everyone has seen the horrific videos of a (white) Oakland BART police officer (Johannes Mehserle) shooting an unarmed Black man, Oscar Grant, while he lay face down on the ground and was fully cooperating. The man who was killed execution style was the father of a 4-year-old girl. In fact moments before he was shot he was pleading with his friends who were all cuffed up to calm down and be cooperative with police. Grant was seen begging the police officers, who had pulled tasers out and pointed them at the heads of his friends, not to shoot. For reasons unknown to us, the police officer pushed Grant to the ground. One officer (Tony Pirone) kneeled on his neck while the other officer pulled out a gun and shot him point blank in the back. The bullet went through his back, hit the ground and bounced back up and pierced his lung, killing him. Black Police Officers: N-words or Fine Upstanding Citizens?

Uncle Tom

Cambridge Sgt. Leon Lashley, an "uncle tom," black sergeant (N-word pictured next to Sgt. Crowley; giving peace sign) who was at the home of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. when he was arrested, says Gates "may have caused grave and potentially irreparable harm to the struggle for racial harmony." Lashley says he fully supports how his white fellow officer handled the situation. Sgt. Lashley says Gates was probably tired and surprised when Sgt. James Crowley demanded identification from him as officers investigated a report of a burglary. Lashley says Gates' reaction to Crowley was "a little bit stranger than it should have been." Asked if Gates should have been arrested, Lashley said he supported Crowley "100 percent." Throughout the country, minority police officers continue to fall victim to their trigger- and baton-happy white comrades. Some of those on the receiving end of attacks by white cops turn out to be their minority colleagues. "It happens all the time. The cover-up is unbelievable," says Ron Hampton, executive director of the National Black Police Association in Washington, D.C., a retired 24-year member of the Washington, D.C. force who has never heard of a white officer being attacked by a minority officer. "It happened to me. I was stopped, questioned--everything." (New York City - 2009) Seven weeks ago Omar Edwards, an off-duty black officer, was shot dead by a white officer who mistook him for a criminal suspect. See Video Update on Shooting. (California - November 2008) Inspector Marvetia Lynn Richardson, 41, a 14-year San Francisco police veteran who is now on unpaid leave from her job, said Antioch [Calif.] officers broke down her door last year, stunned her with a Taser and then took her to jail when she demanded they write "Tasered" on a citation for resisting arrest. Richardson, who is black, said the incident was an outgrowth of Antioch police efforts to enter homes without warrants to harass and drive African American tenants out of federally subsidized housing. Richardson owns her home and [does] not receive [any] housing assistance. Antioch police referred to Richardson during the incident as the "alleged homeowner" and "this so-called SFPD lady," the suit said. C.J. Note: Oakland (CA) Police Officer Hector Jimenez was placed on one (1) year's paid leave after gunning down two unarmed African-American males witihin a seven (7) month period of time. A large number of African-Americans are being gentrified out of Oakland. As a result of gentrification they are moving to Antioch, CA for lower rents and subsidized housing. (Philadelphia - January 1995) African-American officer Adrienne Cureton, a six-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, fell victim of one of the nastiest attacks by white co-workers ever recorded. On Jan. 2, 1995, Cureton, then 26, was working her usual night shift as a plainclothes member of the juvenile division. She was taking a report on a missing 2-year-old girl when a squabble broke out in the home. Officers arriving to provide backup entered the home and proceeded to beat Cureton senseless--perhaps as many as 20 of them pummeling her with flashlights and fists as she repeatedly cried, "I'm a police officer!" Eventually a black officer put an end to the assault. "I personally believe that they saw 'black.' They grabbed me and did what they had the opportunity to do," Cureton told the Philadelphia Daily News. "It was like Rodney King--only I'm a cop. Even if I wasn't a cop, they had no right to beat somebody like that." The Cureton case is far from the only recent example of white-on-black police violence: (New York - 1994) Black New York transit officer Desmond Robinson was shot in the back four times as he lay on the ground after an unrelated shooting investigation went haywire. (Nashville, TN - Dec. 14, 1992) Black police officer Reggie Miller was choked, kneed, and eye-gouged by five officers following a routine traffic stop. (New York - November 18, 1992) Black New York City transit officer Derwin Pannell was fired upon 21 times and critically wounded while arresting a farebeater. (California - 1988) Black Oakland police officer Derrick Norfleet was working undercover when he was rammed by a patrol car and beaten by a trio of officers--two of whom sat in the same room with Norfleet at a precinct meeting two hours earlier. Oakland Police Officer Lt. Derrick Norfleet, 45, (Deceased) committed suicide at his home in Vallejo (July 2008). Norfleet was assigned to the patrol division and had been with the department for more than 22 years. The "uncle tom," Sgt. Lashley was saying, ...?


2 charged in murder of editor plead not guilty
July 30, 2009 19:19 EDT OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Two men charged in the murder of an Oakland journalist have pleaded not guilty. Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey both entered their pleas Thursday to first-degree murder charges in the shooting of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey in August of 2007. Bey, a former leader of the now-defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery, is accused of ordering the killings of Bailey and two other men. Mackey is suspected of being the getaway driver after Bailey was shot while investigating the bakery's finances. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobsen said he will release the grand jury transcripts in the case and lift a gag order.

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«•July 21, 2009•» - A Ridley Township (Pa.) woman died this morning after being shot by her ex-boyfriend. Police say the shooter was her 29-year-old ex-boyfriend who she had a restraining order against. The shooter has been identified as the son of a Chester Police officer. The officer is on vacation and officials are investigating if the weapon used was the service weapon of the officer (See Video Below). «••» June 29, 2009 [A] Bartlett police officer faces charges after a chilling 911 call. Tipton County deputies say Officer Phillip Devers forced his way inside his girlfriend's home and attacked her. The victim called dispatchers moments after she says he attacked her. Dispatcher: "Take a deep breath for me, did he hit you?" Caller: "He forced his way into my house (inaudible) ...he poured gasoline on me." Dispatcher: "He poured gas on you?" Caller: "Yes." Caller: "He refused to get out of the house. He forced his way into my house. Can you get someone here?"
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Paw Cop!

June 9, 2011

Family members of a former Wasatch County deputy sheriff indicted in U.S. District Court for allegedly sexually assaulting a female inmate sobbed and collapsed into each other’s arms as the man was taken from a courtroom Thursday in handcuffs. "We know you didn’t do it!" the mother of Christopher Stein Epperson of Heber City called out to her son as U.S. marshals led him away after his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Paul Warner. Epperson’s wife stretched out her arm toward the man and cried, "I love you!" Epperson, 33, is charged with felony deprivation of rights under color of law for his purported sexual misconduct, according to the indictment filed Wednesday.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Epperson’s family, through his attorney, declined to comment about the case after Thursday’s hearing. Warner tentatively set a seven-day trial for Epperson (pictured above, center) in August. A detention hearing will be held Monday, but Epperson meanwhile will remain locked up in the custody of U.S. marshals. Warner asked that he be kept apart from the jail’s general population so he won’t be targeted by other inmates because of his history in law enforcement. "Is he being segregated? I want that to happen for his own safety," Warner told marshals.

Epperson is accused of touching the breasts of a 34-year-old inmate, identified as "J.H." in court documents, in December 2009 while working as a guard at the county jail. He is also accused in other court documents of peeping on the inmate as she undressed, forcing her into a corner where he groped her and forced her to fondle him, sexually assaulting the woman in her cell and attempting to sodomize her.

The Utah Department of Public Safety and FBI investigated the inmate’s claims, which led to the indictment. Epperson faces up to life in prison and a maximum of $750,000 in fines if found guilty. The color of law charge is one reserved for public officials such as judges, prosecutors or those in law enforcement who abuse their authority, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The FBI generally investigates color of law cases. Authorities arrested Epperson on Wednesday afternoon.

The woman, whom the media is not identifying because she is an alleged victim of sexual assault, filed a civil lawsuit in 2010 against Epperson, the county and the sheriff’s department. Investigators approached her about the abuse after an outside witness reported what went on at the jail. She later filed the lawsuit after the criminal investigation into Epperson was under way. Her civil complaint states that she was an inmate at the Wasatch County Jail from September 2009 through April 2010, after being convicted for illegally distributing prescription drugs. In November 2009, Epperson began making comments about her physical appearance.

"He overly flirted with her by smiling and winking at her," the complaint states. Mild flirting turned into "lurid, sexual comments" as the months passed and in December 2009, Epperson ordered the victim to display her breasts so he could photograph her, according to the complaint. The victim alleges several other jail guards witnessed the harassment and did nothing to stop it, the complaint states. Epperson also showed the inmate photos of his own genitalia on several occasions, according to the complaint.

The victim’s civil complaint alleges that Epperson’s conduct violated her constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment, her due process rights and her right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. She is asking for an unspecified amount of damages, and the case remains pending before U.S. District Judge David Sam. "Deputy Epperson’s conduct summarized what constitutes willful misconduct, assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Wasatch County is responsible to ensure the safe and appropriate treatment of inmates by its guards, deputies and other inmates," the complaint states.

"Wasatch County failed to provide appropriate mechanisms, including policies, procedures and monitoring devices and mechanisms, to prevent and discover sexual abuse of inmates by guards."

The Attorney who is representing the county in the case, said the county did not have knowledge of Epperson’s behavior but believes the sexual abuse occurred. "At least one inmate is a witness to some of this misconduct, yet that inmate failed to disclose this misconduct to jail officers," the attorney wrote in court documents. "While defendants lack personal knowledge of any of this misconduct, upon information and belief, Epperson did engage in the alleged ... misconduct with [the victim]." Epperson was terminated from his position at the jail, the attorney wrote in court documents.

Officer Anthony Arevalos

Originally published March 11, 2011 at 8 p.m., updated March 17, 2011 at 3:51 p.m.

A San Diego police officer was arrested Friday on suspicion of assaulting a woman who was leaving the Gaslamp Quarter Tuesday night following a Mardi Gras celebration, Police Chief William Lansdowne said. He was identified by police as Officer Anthony Arevalos, 40, an 18-year department veteran (pictured above, center). The news followed the resignation a week ago of San Diego police Officer Art Perea, who is under investigation for the rape of a college student in El Cajon.

“Police departments are staffed by people, and sometimes people make bad choices,” a somber Lansdowne said Friday night at San Diego Police Department headquarters. Arevalos, a traffic officer, was to be booked into jail Friday night on suspicion of sexual battery, false imprisonment and assault under the color of authority, Lansdowne said.

Arevalos stopped the 32-year-old woman in her vehicle for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, police said. She was not arrested. She contacted police the next day to report being assaulted. Assistant Police Chief Cesar Solis, who flanked Lansdowne Friday night, called the victim “very courageous.” Lansdowne said that police had worked 72 hours nonstop on the investigation before presenting the results to the District Attorney’s Office. Solis said that he could not discuss details of the incident. He said that Arevalos was in a marked patrol car and the woman was the only one in her vehicle.

Lansdowne said that the two officer investigations no doubt affect the community's “level of trust” in the department. Police released a photograph of Arevalos because they said he may be linked to a similar incident about a year ago. Solis said he could not release details of the incident, but said it was “thoroughly investigated” at the time. No arrest was made. Anyone with information is asked to call the department’s sex-crimes unit at (619) 531-2210.

According to media sources, Arevalos helped save the life of a 9-year-old boy who nearly drowned in a bathtub at an Otay Mesa home in 1999. In 1997, he was cleared by the District Attorney’s Office in the nonfatal shooting of Laura Pinon, 18, of San Ysidro. Pinon pointed what appeared to be an Uzi assault weapon at passersby and officers on a San Ysidro street while high on methamphetamine. It was later determined that what looked like a weapon was a realistic-looking fake gun.

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Deputy Thomas Spicuzza

March 17, 2011

Officials say a St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's deputy has been arrested and booked on a charge of rape. 37-year-old Deputy Thomas Spicuzza is charged with raping a Chalmette woman while off-duty. The alleged victim told investigators that Spicuzza gave her a ride home from a New Orleans Mardi Gras event. According to the woman's account, she was on medication for depression and anxiety and lost consciousness on the drive back to St. Bernard with the deputy. Officials say that she said she next remembered waking up in bed with the officer at his residence having sex.

The woman told police she had consumed alcohol before the drive back to St. Bernard. The deputy told investigators that the sex act was consensual. According to a department spokesman, Spicuzza (pictured left) was placed on administrative leave after the woman called the Sheriff’s Office March 12, 2011, nearly a week after the incident, and reported she had been raped. The sheriff said Spicuzza was terminated from the Sheriff’s office after his arrest.

Deputy Arrested for Rape!

September 28, 2010

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - The Summerville Police Department say they are investigating a sheriff's deputy for allegedly raping a woman in Summerville on Thursday. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office say Deputy Pressley Gaskins (pictured above, center) was placed on administrative leave without pay on Tuesday after being arrested by the Summerville Police Department for criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping. Summerville Police Officers say they responded to O'Lacy's Pub on 139 Central Avenue for a possible rape on Thursday. Police say when they met with the victim, she said she had gone to the pub to drink with business owners.

According to investigators, the victim said that the only person she could remember were two women and an unknown man that had identified himself as a police officer in Charleston. The victim told police that she went out of the pub to the smoking area she uses during the day to have a cigarette and while she was smoking, an unknown white man who identified himself as a police officer came over and stood right in front of her.

According to the victim, the man then sexually assaulted her several times. The victim states that the man then pulled her to the ground by her hair and sexually assaulted her again. The victim said she was able to scream loud enough to get away.

Officers who met with the victim say the victim told them, "You do not want to help me, you just want to take care of your own."

The officers say they tried to explain that was not the case and tried to calm her down. When an officer asked if there was anything they could do, the victim said that her family will take care of the situation.

The Summerville Police Department is continuing the investigation. Gaskins has been with the Sheriff's Office since June of 2007.

Sgt. Jeff Pelo

August 30, 2010
Police Sgt. Jeff Pelo's Interrogation

Bloomington, Ill., police question one of their own about string of sex assaults.

A man obsessively tracking women, sneaking into their homes, sexually assaulting them, and forcing them to perform a bizarre "cleansing" ritual that washed away any hint of evidence from their bodies. Bloomington, Ill., Police Detective Clay Wheeler spent two years pursuing the first serial rapist in his town's memory. "I've seen more brutal things, more violent things, but some of the things that happened and what he would say and tell these girls as he's assaulting them, and I mean, I get chills. It just disgusts me," he said. Hot on the rapist's trail, Wheeler and his colleagues soon uncovered clues suggesting the perpetrator was closer to home than they had ever imagined.

Decorated Cop and Devoted Husband, Jeffrey Pelo, Sentenced to Over 400 Years in Prison; Pelo Will Appeal

The rapist's first victim was then 25-year-old Kristi Mills, who awoke to a masked intruder standing in her doorway in April 2003.

"I was in shock, absolute shock. I looked at the door and saw the light there, and something just didn't seem right. And that's when I saw him," she said. "The next thing I remember is he was on top of me in the bed." Mills said the intruder told her he was there to burglarize her, and that he didn't want to hurt her, but if she made noise, he would shoot her. Wearing a ski mask and gloves, he seemed oddly calm and methodical as he bound her with zip ties and duct tape, she said. Then he slipped a pillowcase over her head and sexually assaulted Mills for 45 minutes.

Video: When a Rapist Wears a Badge Part 1

"He seemed very assertive when he talked and not like somebody who's, you know, panicking. He seemed like he knew what he was doing," Mills said. Still blindfolded, he forced her into the bathroom where she heard water running. "I started to panic and I thought he was going to shoot me in the bathtub," she said. "Just over a month from my 26th birthday, and I was going to die." Mills was forced to take a long bath and told to wash carefully, while her rapist calmly walked about her apartment cleaning up after himself. Then he was gone, taking with him all the evidence, including the bed sheets. She was so upset and scared that when she got out of the bathtub, removed the pillowcase, and ripped the tape from off her eyes, she actually tore out chunks of hair. Though she said she wanted to run and hide, she decided to call 911 and report it.

Video: When a Rapist Wears a Badge Part 2

Two years later, the rapist found his fourth victim, 28-year-old restaurant manager Sarah Kalmes-Gliege, who also awoke to someone coming into her room in the middle of the night. She was just six weeks away from her wedding. "It was gun to my head, knife to my throat," said Kalmes-Gliege. He made it clear he had been stalking her, and he threatened her loved ones. "He knew everything about me," she said. "What my sister looks like to what car my [finance] drove, my work schedule. He knew where I worked out. Pretty much everything."

The intruder sexually assaulted and attacked Kalmes-Gliege for almost three hours. As with Mills, he was careful. He bound her hands and covered her head with a pillowcase. "The majority of the assault was spent just humiliating and demeaning and terrorizing me. I mean, it wasn't at all about anything to do with sex. Just devastation is what, how I felt." Before leaving, as he had with Mills and his other victims, the attacker forced Kalmes-Gliege into the bathroom for a long soak to wash away the evidence. He left her alone, shaking in her tub and waiting hours until sunrise to flee.

"All I could think about was, 'I can't have someone call my family, my fiancé, my parents, my siblings and tell them that I have been killed six weeks before I get married,'" she said. Although she considered telling no one, she thought, "If I don't tell the police, this person is going to rape yet another person." So she called the cops. Even through her trauma, Kalmes-Gliege had memorized details of her attacker, from his gait to the haunting eyes behind his mask.

"He had a very distinct way of walking," she said. "Kind of cumbersome. He had very distinct bright blue eyes. I knew I would be able to pick them out as soon as I saw that person." Mills also remembered his eyes. "When you're staring into those eyes and that's the only thing you can see and the only thing you can focus on, they stick with you."

Video: When a Rapist Wears a Badge Part 3

Detective Wheeler and his partner Matthew Dick realized this was a special kind of rapist; he was a stalker, a man seemingly obsessed with his victims who gathered intimate details about them. "He's actually engaging in conversation rather than just the quick act of violence," Dick said. The victims described how he would talk almost lovingly to them, as if he was their boyfriend, before getting angry and violent.

And he knew how to cover his tracks. "It was very obvious to us that this was a sophisticated criminal and knew what he was doing," Dick said.

When the police turned to the FBI for help, they were told the rapist might be a seemingly model citizen.

"The one thing they did tell us that I'll never forget is that this would be some guy that everybody works with. They'll say, 'Naw. He couldn't do that. He wouldn't do that,' you know. And it'd be somebody that would be maybe a respected member of the community," Wheeler said. The police had no prime suspect, until he stalked then 29-year-old Jonelle Galuska. She said she knew she was being watched, so when she was awoken one night by her startled dog, she immediately called the police.

At 1 a.m., Bloomington police officer Dave Zeamer arrived to find a man standing against the house, and in the glare of his flashlight, saw a man turn and walk away. "I yell, 'Police. Stop, police!'" Zeamer said. To his shock, he knew the man who turned around. It was one of his own ... fellow Bloomington police officer Jeff Pelo, his former supervisor. Pelo was a 17-year veteran of the Bloomington police, a former policeman of the year and married father of three. "You got that relief of, 'Oh, it's Pelo.' But then you are like, 'Wait a minute, it's Pelo. What's he doing out here?'" Zeamer said. Once a trusted cop, now Pelo was a suspected serial rapist. "As soon as I heard that Jeff Pelo was stopped outside that house, that connection had been drawn in my mind," said Dick.

Mounting Evidence Points to Police Sergeant

Mounting evidence revealed how Pelo may have used his police training and access to commit the crimes and cover his tracks. Detectives found that Pelo's police computer had been used to run license plate searches on three of the victims. Pelo claimed that someone else must have been using his computer terminal.

"Victims described how [the rapist] would pull some of the items around from his belt. You know, the gloves that they described were consistent with what police officers or security officers commonly wear," Wheeler remembered. It made sense that the rapist might be a cop, he said.

During a tense interrogation, Pelo denied "prowling" around Galuska's home and said he was only looking at the nearby lake. He was house-hunting, he said, rubbing his head and eyebrows nervously.

Then, a search of Pelo's home turned up a jacket and a ski mask made of fibers that matched the kind found on the duct tape used to bind Mills.

"Fiber evidence was what I think was the most important," Dick said. "About the only actual physical evidence to tie Jeff Pelo to these crimes."

The victims were brought in to see if they could identify him, first through a voice line-up. "The third victim, when she heard his voice, she literally curled up into the fetal position and pulled herself into the wall of the interview room," Dick said.

"If you spend two hours listening to that person threatening, degrade you, it doesn't take very much to recognize it," said Kalmes-Gliege.

Three victims also picked Pelo out of a photo line-up, even though the rapist had worn a mask during the attacks. But it was those clear blue eyes both Kalmes-Gliege and Mills said they remembered so vividly.

Believing Pelo was the rapist, Dick and Wheeler said he had betrayed the badge they held dear.

"To go to the victims and have to tell them that 'This was one of my own that did this to you,'" Dick said. "It was pretty devastating."

July 21, 2009

Daniel William Hiers, Jr.

July 21, 2009

“It is especially abhorrent when individuals sworn to uphold the law commit such crimes. We will remain focused on seeing that this fugitive is brought to justice.”

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Daniel William Hiers, Jr. seemed to be a good cop, a faithful public servant for the city of Charleston, South Carolina. But, he betrayed his badge in the worst way, using it to gain the trust of a single mother with a young daughter, then allegedly molesting the 10-year-old child over a period of months.

HIERS is wanted for the gunshot murder of his wife, and the sexual molestation of a child. He is a former police officer with 11 years of experience and is proficient in police tactics and procedures. He is also trained in the martial arts and maintains a high level of fitness. He has stated that he will not go to prison, is possibly suicidal and may force an armed confrontation. Use extreme caution, HIERS is believed to be in possession of a .40 Glock pistol and and bullet-resistant vest.

On November 24, 2004, Hiers, 32, was arrested by the North Charleston Police Department for committing lewd acts on a child under the age of 16 and was released on bond. He was promptly suspended from the police force.

The Dorchester County, SC Sheriff’s Department subsequently filed additional charges against Hiers for first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Hiers was scheduled to surrender on those charges on March 15, 2005, but failed to meet his lawyer at the sheriff’s department. When Hiers’ mother looked for him at his house, he was nowhere to be found. What was found in Hiers’ bedroom was the body of his 24-year-old wife, Ludimila, killed with a gunshot to the head. Neighbors observed Hiers leaving the house several hours before the gruesome discovery was made. On March 31, 2005, the Goose Creek, SC Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Hiers, alleging that he murdered his wife.

It all began months earlier when Hiers was first arrested by North Charleston Police after an 11-year-old girl accused him of molestation. Cops say Hiers had been sexually abusing the little girl he met at a karate center in West Ashley, S.C. Police say Hiers had been sexually assaulting the girl at her home and in his car, and North Charleston police arrested him in late November 2004. The child's mother says she trusted the former school resource officer who showed an extreme interest in the child and became a family friend.

There was no romantic involvement between Hiers and the girl's mother, who says, "I thought Dan was wonderful and I saw him as a positive role model." The woman, who is a single mother, says: "I thought we were lucky, that I finally had found a good father figure for my child."

Despite an intensive manhunt, South Carolina authorities have been unable to locate Hiers, and requested the assistance of “Operation Intercept”, a U.S. Marshals-led fugitive task force. The U.S. Marshals Service has obtained a federal warrant for Hiers for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Hiers is described as a white male, age 32, 6’03”, 210 pounds with blues eyes and blond hair. He has eleven years of police experience, is trained in the martial arts, and maintains a high level of fitness. He is believed to be armed with a .40 caliber Glock pistol and may possess a bullet-resistant vest. The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a reward for information directly leading to Hiers’ arrest. He was last seen driving a red 2005 Chevrolet Aveo, SC Tag 486DEH.

Robert Sizemore

July 21, 2009

A Chattahoochee [Florida] police officer arrested Saturday in Georgia on rape and child molestation charges is expected to make his first court appearance Friday, said Maj. Wendell Cofer of the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office. Cofer said Robert Sizemore was arrested on charges of rape, child molestation and aggravated sexual battery. The victim was a juvenile female under the age of 14.

Chattahoochee Police Chief Vann Pullen was summoned to the hotel by Georgia law enforcement officers to assist their team in getting Sizemore to surrender Saturday. Pullen and officers in Georgia say they have a high degree of confidence that what the victim alleges is true, based on some undisclosed circumstances related to the incident. Georgia authorities indicated further charges may be pending against Sizemore.

Cofer said Sizemore is currently undergoing medical treatment at an undisclosed hospital. Upon release, Cofer said he will be taken to the Decatur County Jail, unless the jail administrator decides to place him elsewhere because of his status as a former law-enforcement officer.

A news release from the city of Chattahoochee says Sizemore worked as an officer from Nov. 27, 2008, until the day of his arrest, when he was fired. He worked as a correctional officer with the Florida Department of Corrections from August 2007 until July 2008, and as an officer with the Blountstown Police Department from October 1982 to November 1992.

Chattahoochee Police Chief Vann Pullen was summoned to the hotel by Georgia law enforcement officers to assist their team in getting Sizemore to surrender Saturday. But Pullen said Sizemore gave himself up before Pullen was called upon to speak with him. Sizemore walked out of the room and was taken into custody, leaving a handgun behind in the room, Georgia authorities said.

Pullen and officers in Georgia say they have a high degree of confidence that what the victim alleges is true, based on some undisclosed circumstances related to the incident.

Pullen said Monday he blamed himself for not being able to see warning signs that he shouldn’t have hired Sizemore back in November. “We’re going to do what we can to assist (Georgia authorities) and make sure justice is attained,” Pullen said. “I have no sympathy for (Sizemore) and no excuses are going to be made. There’s no doubt I shouldn’t have let this guy be here ... I feel like there was some lack of something that I didn’t pick it up somewhere…

“We’ve got to do better than this, letting someone like this get this kind of power,” Pullen said. “I’m the one that hired him, and I just gotta take this pill. But I’m not the one with the real problem. The victim and her mother are the ones with the real problem.” Authorities said mental health services are being offered to the family.

Kevin Johnson

Not Guilty!

July 29, 2009

A rookie cop who left the NYPD amid charges he raped a sleeping Georgia hairdresser was acquitted Wednesday by a jury. Kevin Johnson was "thrilled he's been exonerated and can move on with his life," defense lawyer Stuart London said of the verdict that capped a nine-day trial in Manhattan Supreme Court. Johnson was accused of attacking the hairdresser after meeting her and two female friends in a bar in April 2008 while off duty and going with them to their E.27th St. hotel room.

Witness Kim Swann, 33, testified she had consensual sex with Johnson while another woman slept on a cot and the hairdresser slept on the bathroom floor. Johnson was accused of pulling the woman's shirt up and pants down and raping her in the bathroom while she "dozed."

London, who early in the trial branded the hairdresser a "nut job," said her testimony was unbelievable due to "a bunch of factors," including her inability to remember details and the lack of DNA evidence. Asked if Johnson wants his old job back, London shrugged and said, "It's certainly a career he always wanted to have."

July 21, 2009

An off-duty cop begged three women not to call police after one of them accused him of raping her in a Manhattan hotel room, a witness testified Monday. "No, please don't call 911. This is a real big deal - I'm a police officer," Kevin Johnson pleaded, according to the witness, Kim Swann.

Johnson, who since has resigned from the NYPD, is charged with sexual assault for allegedly attacking Swann's friend in an E.27th St. hotel room in April 2008 when the Georgia women were in town for a hair styling convention.

Swann, 33, said she was sleeping in the hotel bed after having consensual sex with Johnson (black guy pictured left) when the attack on her friend occurred. Another woman slept on a cot, and the victim slept on the bathroom floor with a blanket and pillow. Swann said that shortly after she woke up the victim came out and confronted Johnson.

"Did he have sex with you?" Swann said she asked her pal, whose name is being withheld. "Yes, I woke up to him having sex with me," the woman allegedly told Swann.
Swann testified that the three women had met Johnson at a bar that night.

On cross-examination, Johnson's attorney Stuart London demanded to know if the victim had concocted the rape. He called her a "nut job" in his opening arguments at the trial in Manhattan Criminal Court. London said that his client didn't flee the hotel when cops were called, which he said was a sign that he was innocent.

Dennis Hughes


July 20, 2009

Former Cleveland (Tennessee) police officer Dennis Hughes appeared in Bradley County Court this morning. Hughes faces multiple charges and had the choice today to plea or go to trial. His attorney says a trial date has been set on the accusation he shot fellow police officer Christopher Mason in the hand last November (2008). Detectives say that happened in a Cleveland apartment during a game of Russian roulette.

Trial on that charge is scheduled for mid October (2009). The statutory rape charges against him will be tried later. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested Hughes (pictured left) and former officer Nathan Thomas on charges of having sex with a teenage girl while still on the force. That accusation resulted in the charge of statutory rape by an authority figure.

Hughes has also been charged with just statutory rape on an accusation he had sex with the same underage teenage girl after he resigned.

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Daniel Murray


December 15, 2009

MINDEN, LA (KSLA) - MINDEN, La. (AP) - A former Minden police officer accused of raping a 15-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge rather than go to trial.

Daniel Murray's plea to cruelty to juveniles came Monday just before jury selection in state district court. The charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years.

District Judge Bruce Bolin ordered a presentence investigation. No sentencing date was set.

Murray was arrested in January 2009 after the accusation surfaced. A Webster Parish grand jury indicted him six months later, and he was subsequently fired. Murray has been in jail since his arrest.

July 8, 2009

A Minden, Louisiana police officer is now on the other side of a jail cell. Officer First Class Daniel Murray was arrested after reports that he allegedly raped and molested a 15-year-old friend of the family. On Monday, the Minden City Council unanimously voted to terminate Murray.

Murray had been on paid leave since January [2009] when an investigation began into the sexual assault allegations. That changed back on June 19th to leave without pay following a Webster Parish grand jury indictment. Murray is currently being held in the Webster Parish Jail on a $400,000 bond.

Sexually Offensive Judges

Judge Jack Gifford, Retired, Solicitation
Judge Ronald C. Kline, Child Pornography
Chief U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham, Solicitation