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"The only good nigger is a dead nigger and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other nigger from coming in the area."
-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.
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“Cops have already killed 550 people in 2015,” prompting the response, "If they're black, it doesn't count."
-- December 2015 texts discovered on the phones of Santa Clara Sheriff Deputies.
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Posted: Dec. 20, 2016 2:12 PM PST ~ Updated: Dec. 21, 2016 9:13 PM PST
Manhattan, NY -- Nicholas Tartaglione, 49 (pictured above, center) is an ex-cop from Briarcliff Manor in Westchester County. Officials said he is charged with killing four men. The ex-cop was arraigned in Manhattan Federal Court for killing Martin Luna, 41; Urbano Santiago, 32; Miguel Luna, 25, and Hector Gutierrez, 43. The two Lunas and Santiago were all related. Gutierrez was a family friend. They were last seen alive on the afternoon of April 11 at a Chester diner. Chester police said at the time of the victims’ disappearance, the missing men frequented a farm in Wallkill. They worked in construction or farming. Tartaglione is charged with murder, as part of his involvement in a drug conspiracy and a host of other offenses. Officials said he could face the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
Tartalione worked for the Briarcliff Police Department before retiring. Tartaglione retired from the force in October 2008 with an annual pension of $65,176. Tartaglione purchased the Eleazer Harding Farm in Otisville for more than $500,000. He moved in last year with his girlfriend. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “When the alleged perpetrator of a gangland-style, quadruple homicide is a former police officer, that strikes at the heart of civilized society.” “New York State Police Superintendent George Beach said: “Narcotics destroy communities and put lives at risk. These brutal murders are prime examples of the dangerous crimes that are associated with drug distribution.”
According to media sources Tartaglione whacked the four at an Orange County bar this past (April 2016). The murders allegedly occurred after a deal for five (5) kilos of cocaine went south. Tartaglione then allegedly took the 30-minute car ride north from the Likquid Lounge in Chester to his home. He then buried the bodies there. On Tuesday investigators dug up evidence on his sprawling upstate farm. Authorities said the evidence consisted of a quartet of bodies. Investigators used a backhoe to excavate the bodies Tuesday afternoon. The bodies were found on the 178-acre Otisville property owned by Tartaglione. The remains were not immediately identified.
A relative of the Lunas was too distraught to discuss the killings once the bodies had been unearthed. Felipe Luna, 51, “can’t talk right now,” his wife, Marcela Sosa, told media sources. “We lost so many loved ones in one incident. It’s sad. He’s not doing well.” The Lunas’ niece Alondra Castro, 21, said Martin was a generous man who worked in construction. “He was nice,” she said. “He helped everyone in the family. He helped them in anything.” Nicholas Tartaglione Sr., told media sources his son was innocent of the murders. “It’s not true — absolutely not,” he said. “He’s the best kid in the world. It’s a serious thing. They just said that they found four bodies. “I don’t know. I wish I did know."
Local residents noticed and complained of a horrific stench in recent days. Neighbor Kerri-Ann Lynch, 45, said: “I go to my chicken coop, and I see the backhoe digging, and it scares me because now I know what they’re digging for. I’d have never suspected this. One local acquainted with Tartaglione echoed Lynch’s tale of a bad odor coming from the property. The neighbor who did not want to be identified, said: “It really smelled of death, but then it disappeared after a couple of days.” The couple departed suddenly about two months ago. The neighbor said they left even after he bought 20 horses at a livestock auction and decorated the site with large wood sculptures of a deer and a bear. “Basically, he was here and all of a sudden he was gone. Now this is going on and it all makes sense.”
The musclebound Tartaglione retired from the Briarcliff Manor Police Department after a somewhat sketchy career. He was charged with lying under oath to protect a woman busted for drunken driving in 1999 — and placed on indefinite suspension despite an acquittal the next year. He won $320,000 in back pay and returned to the department after filing a 2002 lawsuit.
He had briefly worked as a cop for police departments in Pawling, Dutchess County, and Mount Vernon before his time in Briarcliff Manor.
Tartaglione was the target of an FBI civil rights investigation for physically abusing several people, including public access television host Clay Tiffany. The town settled with the now-deceased Tiffany for $1 million.
Posted: Nov 04, 2016 2:12 PM PDT ~ Updated: Nov 06 2016 9:13 PM PDT
PARADISE, CA (WCJB) -- A police officer who shot and killed a man who was climbing out of a crash on Thanksgiving has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
Patrick Feaster was with the Paradise Police Department when dashcam footage showed him driving up on the scene of a crash on Nov. 25, 2015. Andrew Thomas, 26, was crawling out of the vehicle. However, before he could get out, Feaster shot him once in the neck, leaving him paralyzed. Thomas died on Dec. 19. Investigators say it took 11 minutes to report that he had fired his gun.
Posted: Nov 04, 2016 2:12 PM PST ~ Updated: Nov 06 2016 9:13 PM PST
CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A Canton police officer has been suspended with pay amid an investigation into racist remarks he is accused of making against black people on Facebook.
The officer being investigated is Kenneth Kleszcz. He is being investigated after allegedly telling African Americans to "go home monkeys" during a live feed of an election protest.
Canton police said they were made aware of the allegation around 9:30 a.m. Friday and launched an internal investigation. The Police Department said they found the comment very disturbing.
"At approximately 9:30 this morning, the Canton Public Safety Department was made aware of a racial social media post allegedly posted by an officer of the Canton Police Department," a spokesman said. "An internal investigation into the post was immediately initiated and the officer, a one-year veteran of the department, was subsequently suspended pending the completion of the investigation."
Kleszcz joined the Canton Police Department in May 2015.
He joined the Detroit Police Department on July 23, 2013, before leaving in May 2015.
One administration official told Local 4 that the officer will get due process and that they are making sure the officer made the comments. The department also said it wants to be transparent in this probe and that the comments have no place in and are no reflection of the Canton Police Department.
"The Canton Public Safety Department holds our employees to the highest of standards, and this type of behavior is not representative of the beliefs or core values of this organization," a spokesman said.
Kleszcz's introductory press release has been removed from the CPD website. Here is the Canton police statement from when he was hired:
"Two new police officers sworn in today
May 18, 2015, Canton, MI – The Canton Police Department welcomes its newest police officers, Kenneth Kleszcz and XXXXX XXXXX, to the department. Both new officers took their Oaths of Office this morning with friends and family present.
All new police officers in Canton are required to successfully complete a 16-week instructor-led field training program, prior to working on their own. This program is designed to orientate and develop recruit officers, maximizing their potential and providing them with the tools necessary to successfully make the transition into their new position as a Canton Police Officer."
Posted: Nov 04, 2016 2:12 PM PDT ~ Updated: Nov 06 2016 9:13 PM PDT
PUEBLO, CO -- Pueblo Police have arrested one of their own, accused of sexually assaulting the victim of a domestic violence case he was working. According to court records, Cpl. Benjamin Candelaria, 48, along with other Pueblo officers, were called to a report of domestic violence between a man and a woman early Thursday morning. After a brief investigation, the officers arrested the man on domestic violence and violation of a protective order charges. Court documents say all of the officers left the residence, but Candelaria returned shortly thereafter to finish paperwork.
The next day, the woman went to Parkview Hospital and claimed a police officer sexually assaulted her but she had limited memory because she was intoxicated before the domestic violence assault.
Investigators pulled footage from Candelaria's bodycam and say it shows him returning to the residence after the call was over, then having a sexual conversation with the heavily intoxicated domestic violence victim. Investigators say there was a 15 minute period when Candelaria turned off his bodycam, and other times when it appears he is pointing his bodycam away from the woman to conceal his actions.
Pueblo PD supervisors interviewed Candelaria the next day, when he reported to work, and confronted him with the accusations. Investigators say he initially denied any contact. Later, Candelaria told investigators that he had contact with the woman, and he knew what he did was wrong.
Candelaria was arrested and charged with sexual assault. He has been placed on administrative leave.
Former state trooper, 36-year-old Samuel H. McHenry II managed to get off with minimal jail time after raping a car accident victim and leaving her stranded afterward.
Officer Micah Meurer responded to a call at a 22-year-old woman’s northwest Amarillo home last year when she was in distress. The officer was later fired after it was exposed that Meurer forced himself on her and raped her.
Karl Fields, a police officer from Chattanooga, Tennessee was accused of sexually harassing and stalking a rape victim that he claimed to be helping with a criminal case. Fields reportedly stalked the woman, parking out in front of her house on numerous occasions, and contacting her on a frequent basis. According to a lawsuit recently filed by the victim, Fields attempted to call her 73 times in one night, and would frequently text her, requesting nude photographs and making obscene demands.
Posted: Nov. 12, 2016 | 4:39 PM ~ Updated: Nov. 15, 2016 | 02:48 pm PDT
Cincinnati, OH -- An Ohio judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a white former police officer accused of murdering an unarmed black driver during a traffic stop last year.
The jury on Saturday was unable to reach a verdict for Ray Tensing, 26, charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose — an incident caught on police bodycam.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan accepted the jury's deadlock Saturday morning. The case is now back in the hands of prosecutors, who must decide whether they will retry the case or dismiss it.
In the meantime, Tensing remains free on a $1 million bond.
Al Gerhardstein, an attorney for DuBose's family, said they are "incredibly upset" and will ask for another trial.
"They are at their wit's end. They have been on hold since Sam was killed," he said after the verdict.
"With the video evidence as clear as it was, [jurors] should not have been stuck," Gerhardstein added.
Tensing, who was fired from the University of Cincinnati's police force, faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted on the murder charge.
The decision came on a fourth day of deliberations by 10 white and two black jurors, who were tasked with weighing whether the shooting was a justifiable use of force after Tensing testified he feared for his life.
The trial was a rare example of a police officer being charged in such a case — after several high-profile deaths of African-Americans at the hands of cops has caused deep divisions between law enforcement and communities of color.
The defense said Tensing used his car as a weapon, and the officer pulled his gun when he feared for his life when he was dragged.
Prosecutors, however, maintained he was not dragged — and bodycam footage doesn't show that key point, they argued.
Dubose, a father of 13, was pulled over after Tensing said he noticed his car was missing a front license plate. DuBose was shot once in the head.
The city of Cincinnati, on edge during the trial, was placed on high alert Friday in the event of impromptu demonstrations. Protesters affiliated with Black Lives Matter planned to gather in response on Saturday afternoon and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley called for peaceful protests.
After the verdict, the University of Cincinnati's interim president said in a statement: "We cannot and will not let the outcome of this trial divide us."
"Our campus and our community will come together to listen, to heal and to partner for positive and lasting change," Beverly Davenport said. "More than ever, our communities need us — and we need each other — to be beacons of a better and brighter future."
Posted: Oct. 31, 2016 | 8:39 PM ~ Updated: Nov. 6, 2016 | 01:03 pm PDT
Shoot & Run!
CINCINNATI, OH (WCJB) -- Prosecutors and defense attorneys have finally settled on a jury to hear the murder trial of former University of Cincinnati police officer, Ray Tensing. Tensing is responsible for the death of an unarmed man last year. Jury selection in the trial of Ray Tensing lasted for several days. Monday, after continued questioning, the panel was finalized. The primary jury consists of six white men, four white women and two black women. During questioning of potential jurors, prosecutors claimed that Tensing admitted in a taped interview to purposefully killing DuBose.
Posted: Oct. 25, 2016 | 8:39 PM ~ Updated: Nov. 6, 2016 | 01:03 pm PDT
Ohio -- Former campus police officer Ray Tensing is charged in last year's shooting death of Samuel DuBose. The shooting occurred near the campus. Lawyers will start picking a jury Tuesday in the trial of the former University of Cincinnati police officer. Tensing is charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter.
Tensing stopped DuBose for having a missing front license plate. Tensing's body cam video shows Tensing shooting DuBose without warning. Tensing's lawyer says DuBose was trying to drive away and that his client feared being dragged under the car. Tensing is White and DuBose was black. Tensing was fired almost immediately after the shooting. Earlier this year, the university and the DuBose family reached a settlement.
Posted: Jan 28, 2016 2:04 PM PST ~ Updated: Jan 28, 2016 2:04 PM PST
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- A Colorado Springs Police sergeant has been arrested after allegedly attacking a man who was in restraints. According to court documents obtained by News 5, CSPD Sgt. Steven Biscaro was called to assist a traffic investigation on December 2, 2015. Before Sgt. Biscaro arrived, Michael Ferguson, 43, one of the men involved in the crash, was taken into custody by an El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy after a violent outburst. The deputy says he handcuffed Ferguson and shackled his legs to keep him from hurting himself or other officers.
After Sgt. Biscaro arrived, he began to question Ferguson. A second deputy described the questioning as "scolding" and "short" and said Ferguson became angry, saying that nobody was listening to him. When Sgt. Biscaro closed the patrol car's door, Ferguson, who was still in restraints, started trying to kick the car's window. The deputy told investigators that Sgt. Biscaro opened the door and a Ferguson's foot fell out. The deputy says Sgt. Biscaro began kicking Ferguson inside the patrol car before grabbing his leg irons by the chains and pulling him out of the car and onto the ground. Sgt. Biscaro allegedly jumped on Ferguson's chest and put both of his hands around his neck. The deputy says Ferguson was gasping for air and "freaking out."
The deputy says Sgt. Biscaro got up, took a few steps back, then jumped back on Ferguson, this time landing on his back with both knees and punching Ferguson several times after Ferguson grabbed his leg. Ferguson was placed back into the patrol car. When Sgt. Biscaro got up, Ferguson was taken to the hospital.
When investigators interviewed Ferguson at a later date, Ferguson told them that he had been unruly and volatile, but was upset because police wouldn't listen to him.
Investigators say Sgt. Biscaro's report on the incident said that he grabbed Ferguson out of the vehicle to prevent damage to the cruiser, and put one hand on his throat because he though Ferguson was going to try to spit on him. He says he punched Ferguson in the back because Ferguson grabbed his leg near a pocket where he carries a knife.
Sgt. Biscaro refused to be interviewed by investigators.
POSTED: 9:16 PM, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 - Updated: SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 10:06:05 PM PST
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (WCJB) — Dashboard audio indicates two police officers may have tried to hit a homeless man with their police cruiser before fatally shooting him in Sacramento this summer, a newspaper reports. Media sources enhanced the audio on videos released by police, including the voices of two officers who shot 50-year-old Joseph Mann July 11.
Warning: This video contains explicit content and may not be suitable for all viewers.
The officers can be heard saying “I’m gonna hit him” and “OK, go for it” before appearing to drive their cruiser toward Mann. He dodged the car twice. The officers followed on foot and shot him 14 times.
According to the audio, Mann also told officers he did not have a gun, contrary to a 911 report. Police say no gun was found, although they found a knife.
Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 4:06:05 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES (WCJB) -- A gang member on Tuesday pleaded guilty to killing an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy in 2008. Carlos Velasquez, 28, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A judge accepted his plea and sentenced him immediately.
Deputy Juan Abel Escalante (pictured above, center) was shot and killed Aug. 2, 2008 outside his Cypress Park home as he was getting ready to go to work at Men's Central Jail. The 27-year-old father of three was not in uniform at the time of the shooting.
Prosecutors said Velasquez believed the victim was a rival gang member. Velasquez admitted the special circumstance allegation that the murder was committed by an active gang member and to further the criminal activities of a criminal street gang. He also admitted he personally fired a handgun that killed Escalante.
Velasquez is the third defendant to plead guilty or no contest in connection with Escalante's murder. Arnoldo Pineda pleaded no contest in September 2010 to voluntary manslaughter and is facing a 14-year state prison term. Guillermo Hernandez, 24, pleaded no contest in April to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 21 years in state prison.
Three other men charged in the case - Jose Renteria, Armando Albarran, and Roberto Salazar - have not yet been prosecuted.
August 31, 2012 | 2:53 pm PST
Los Angeles, CA -- Five Los Angeles Police Department officers are under investigation after a drug-addicted mother of two died in the back of a police car after the cops allegedly stomped on her genitals. Police say a patrol car's video shows the officers using "questionable" tactics on the woman, who was resisting arrest. One officer is reportedly seen threatening to stomp on the woman's genitals, and then follows through on the threat, according to media sources.
Alesia Thomas died from suffocation in the back of the patrol car soon after the altercation on July 22. She's seen breathing shallowly in the video, until she stops breathing altogether.
Earlier that day, she'd dropped off her two children, ages three and 12, at a police station, claiming her drug addiction had left her unable to look after them.
Police were arresting her on suspicion of child endangerment.
This news comes less than a week after a video surfaced of two LAPD officers body-slamming a sundress-clad petite nurse, handcuffing her, and then body-slamming her onto the pavement again.
The cops were arresting her for talking on a cellphone while driving.
The whole thing was caught on a security camera in a Del Taco parking lot.
The incident left 5-foot-4 Michelle Jordan bruised and battered, prompting widespread outrage and a pledge by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to investigate fully and hold those responsible accountable.
February 17, 2012 | 8:57 am PST
Los Angeles, CA -- All three people involved in a deadly shooting Thursday at a Long Beach federal building were supervisors with the federal immigration agency, sources with knowledge of the investigation told The Times.
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the shooting that left one person dead and another seriously injured and whether it was related to some kind of personal dispute or a professional confrontation, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing. The sources said the gunman had a lower rank than the two other supervisors.
One Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in the Glenn M. Anderson Federal Building near the oceanfront died at the scene Thursday night and the other was in stable condition.
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Posted: February 16, 2012 | 1:30 pm PST - Updated: March 3, 2012 | 10:16 am PST
Deputy Darren Sandberg Murders U.S. Marine!
"This is what I would conclude after reading the conflicting explanations by the OC Sheriff in the early morning shooting of the marine sergeant at San Clemente High School: the department is attempting to give the killer deputy some cover by attempting to mitigate what is otherwise a bad shooting with a new version of events."-- Retired war veteran anonymously disputing the Orange County Sheriff characterizations of the death of U.S. Marine, Sergeant Manny Loggins (an African-American male) who was killed by Orange County Sheriff Deputy Darren Sandberg.Orange County, CA -- Camp Pendleton Marines are used to fighting enemies far, far away. But, acording to the camp's commanding officer, jarheads have one right in their own backyard: the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS). The rift centers on dueling--and unusual--statements to the media this week from AOCDS president Tom Dominguez and the camp Col. Nicholas Marano concerning a Marine sergeant who was recently shot and killed by an Orange County sheriff's deputy. As the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) revised accounts of what happened in the San Clemente High School parking lot around 4:40 a.m. on Feb. 7, friends and family members of fallen Sgt. Manuel "Manny" Levi Loggins, Jr. expressed shock, describing him as a solid dad, pal, citizen, Christian and, especially, Marine. Here are the basic facts: Loggins was driving his Chevy Yukon SUV with his daughters, ages 9 and 14, in the back seats. He was confronted by a sheriff's deputy and shot to death. At first, the OCSD stated that Loggins was pulled over for a traffic violation and was shot outside the Yukon because the deputy feared for his life. The department later changed the account, saying the deputy watched Loggins crash through a school fence, get out of the SUV and walk away for about five minutes with the deputy in tow. Other deputies arrived to comfort the girls, but the Marine got back behind the wheel of the Yukon despite being ordered to stop. Loggins was shot by Deputy Darren Sandberg (pictured left) while inside the vehicle because, the department now says, deputies feared for the lives of his daughters. Resident Wayne Richardson called for a federal probe of perceived excessive force by Orange County deputies who patrol San Clemente under a city contract. Another resident, Tim Brun, asked for an FBI investigation into the Feb. 7 incident that ended with Deputy Darren Sandberg fatally shooting Loggins in his SUV with his daughters in the back. The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs issued a statement in response to the shooting on February 14, 2012:
"The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs rarely weighs in on open investigations into deputy-involved shootings. However, we believe it is important to correct certain inaccuracies in the facts of a deputy-involved shooting on February 7, 2012 reported by the Orange County Sheriff's Department." "It is heartbreaking that Manuel Loggins created a situation that put his children in danger and ultimately cost him his life," said Tom Dominguez, president of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs. "The Manuel Loggins described by his friends and loved ones in the media is not the Manuel Loggins encountered by our deputies the morning of February 7, nor as described by the children to the deputies at the scene before he returned to the Yukon. It is unfortunate that his actions put his own children into immediate danger and resulted in his death." "The actions of our deputy clearly prevented serious harm from coming to Loggins' two children and anyone else on the road that morning," Dominguez said.-- Sheriff's Investigator Tom Dominguez (above right) who succeeded Sgt. Wayne Quint (above left) as AOCDS president, characterizing the death of U.S. Marine, Sergeant Manny Loggins (an African-American male) who was killed by Orange County Sheriff Deputy Darren Sandberg.The deputy involved in the February 7, 2012 shooting served honorably for four years with the United States Marine Corps. He is a 15-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff's Department where he has twice been awarded the department's Medal for Lifesaving and the Medal of Courage.
February 16, 2012 | 1:30 pm PST
Deputy Murders Marine!
"While I am confident they will do the right thing in the end, I am less than satisfied with the official response from the city of San Clemente and Orange County. Many of the statements made concerning Manny Loggins' character over the past few days are incorrect and deeply hurtful to an already grieving family."-- February 16, 2012, Written statement by U.S. Marine Colonel Nicholas Marano disputing Orange County Sheriff characterizations of U.S. Marine Sergeant Manny Loggins (an African-American male) killed by an Orange County Sheriff Deputy.Orange County, CA -- The commanding officer of Camp Pendleton said Thursday he is displeased at "incorrect and deeply hurtful" comments made about a Marine sergeant fatally shot by an Orange County sheriff's deputy. "While I am confident they will do the right thing in the end, I am less than satisfied with the official response from the city of San Clemente and Orange County," Col. Nicholas Marano said in a written statement. "Many of the statements made concerning Manny Loggins' character over the past few days are incorrect and deeply hurtful to an already grieving family."
"[T]he only good n[igger] is a dead n[igger] and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other n[igger] from coming in the area."-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer. The union representing Orange County sheriffs deputies issued a statement this week claiming that Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins (pictured left) contributed to his own death Feb. 7. He was shot by a deputy in the parking lot of San Clemente High School after allegedly yelling "irrational statements," the union said. Marano did not specify which comments he found incorrect. Marano's statement comes less than a day after the Assn. of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs issued the statement blaming Loggins. Loggins had "walked into the dark, abandoning his daughters" inside a GMC Yukon, and his two daughters could be heard screaming, according to the association statement. Before their father returned to the vehicle, his daughters told deputies that he had "been acting oddly," the statement said. When Loggins returned, he refused demands to get out of the vehicle and instead started to drive away, the association statement said. Loggins was shot to prevent him from driving away and possibly hurting his daughters, the association statement said. "It is unfortunate that his actions put his own children into immediate danger and resulted in his death," said Tom Dominguez, president of the association. "The actions of our deputy clearly prevented serious harm from coming to Loggins' two children and anyone else on the road that morning." Dominguez's description of Loggins does not square with Marano's. "Sgt. Manny Loggins was a loved and respected Marine," Marano said. "We have received an unprecedented amount of emails and phone calls this past week from current and former Marines who knew and loved Sgt. Loggins." Loggins enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1998 and had received three good-conduct medals, a Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal and a Korean defense service medal, the Marine Corps said. Loggins, 31, is survived by his wife and three children. His wife is pregnant with their fourth child. Friends have explained that Loggins often took his daughters to San Clemente High to walk and discuss the Bible. He was not armed. The shooting is being investigated by the Orange County district attorney. The name of the deputy who fired the fatal shot has not been released, though he has been described as a former Marine.
October 11, 2010 A Parker police officer charged with murder was on duty and in uniform when his ex-girlfriend was killed, according to her neighbors and investigators. The officer, Mark Allen Bomia, 43, of Southport, shot and strangled 35-year-old Anna Beach Thursday morning, then removed her clothing and dumped her body in the woods behind her house and then left the area in a Parker patrol car, according to an arrest affidavit from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. On Friday Bomia called in sick. On Saturday Bomia was arrested by the Parker Police Department and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and charged with murder. Bomia, who is being held without bond in the Bay County jail, declined an interview request Sunday.
Mark Bomia Police Press Conference Oakland Police!
August 13, 2011 Oakland police shot and wounded a man Friday evening in the city's Fruitvale District, authorities said. The shooting happened on the 2100 block of Fruitvale Avenue at about 7:40 p.m., said Oakland police Sgt. Holly Joshi, a department spokeswoman. A man was shot by police and suffered a non-life-threatening injury, Joshi said. Further details were not immediately available, but a witness said he saw the immediate aftermath of the shooting and that the man who was shot appeared to be homeless. Thuon Chen, 36, of Oakland said he walked out of the Walgreens drug store at the corner of Fruitvale and Foothill Boulevard when he heard gunfire. Chen said he saw a group of young men "throwing their fingers and hands out and yelling" and visibly upset at three officers standing around a man near a shopping cart. "They had guns in their hands, and the man on the ground was not moving," Chen said. Chen said he overheard bystanders at the scene demanding to know why the officers had shot him and wondering if anyone had caught the episode with their cell phone cameras. The shooting is under investigation by Oakland police and the Alameda County district attorney's office. July 15, 2009 OAKLAND — Two Oakland police officers shot and killed a man after he [allegedly] fired at them Wednesday, July 15, 2009 in East Oakland, said police spokesman Officer Jeff Thomason. About 3 p.m., the two uniformed officers were approaching the man, whose name was not released, in the 1400 block of 16th Avenue when the man pulled out a handgun and fired at the officers as he ran away, Thomason said. It was unclear why police wanted to speak with the man. Both officers fired their guns, police said. The gun battle continued into the 1600 block of International Boulevard when the suspect was shot by police and fell to the ground, Thomason said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither officer was hurt, but someone in a nearby market was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening after being struck by window glass, police said. The names of the officers involved were not released. They have been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, which is a standard procedure. Investigators recovered the man's handgun, and police said they are not looking for any other suspects. A resident on 18th Avenue, who would only give his name as Paco, said he heard about 10 shots followed almost immediately by police sirens. He said police responded quickly. Investigators from the homicide unit, internal affairs department and the Alameda County district attorney's office were on the scene conducting independent investigations. This was the third Oakland Police Department officer-involved shooting in 2009. The first was the killing of Lovelle Mixon, 26, on March 21 after he fatally shot four police officers. In the second shooting, an officer on June 21 shot at a suspect who had fired a weapon, and neither was hit. Police said the department's officer-involved shootings are down this year. There were 11 in 2008 and 10 in 2007, police said.
OPD: Shots Fired ... Again!
July 8, 2009 The Oakland City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night to approve paying $650,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed drunken-driving suspect who was shot to death by a police officer, according to the family's attorney. The Attorney who represents the family of 27-year-old Mack "Jody" Woodfox III, said the settlement will be split by Woodfox's mother, Janice Collins, and his three sons, ages 12, 10 and 4. Officer Hector Jimenez also shot and killed another suspect in 2007. Jimenez shot and killed Woodfox when he attempted to flee on foot after leading police on a high-speed car chase, at Fruitvale Avenue and East 17th Street about 3:50 a.m. on July 25, 2008. Shortly afterward, Oakland police Lt. Ersie Joyner said the incident began when Jimenez and another officer were patrolling the Fruitvale Avenue area and observed that Woodfox appeared to be "a dangerous driving under the influence of alcohol driver." June 20, 2009 Officer Hector Jimenez was terminated earlier this month in connection with the 2008 shooting death of Mack "Jody" Woodfox III, 27, in the city's Fruitvale District, said Jimenez's attorney, Justin Buffington. Woodfox was shot three times in the back, his family said. The department said Jimenez violated use-of-force policies because Woodfox no longer posed a threat to the officer at the time of the shooting, Buffington said. But the attorney said the firing was "completely inappropriate" and that Jimenez will appeal. "I don't think the department wanted to terminate him but had to terminate him for political reasons," Buffington said, referring to the public outcry that resulted because Jimenez had shot and killed two people within seven months. Buffington went further saying his client is "confident in his actions on both occasions, and he certainly felt that he was put in a position where he had no other choice. It's every cop's nightmare to have to use deadly force and, unfortunately, he was confronted with circumstances that required it." Brief History OPD officer Hector Jimenez and Officer Jessica Borello shot and killed an unarmed Andrew Moppin exactly one year (December 31, 2007) before BART police officer Johannes Mehserle murdered an unarmed Oscar Grant (January 1, 2009). Andrew Moppin was murdered by Hector Jimenez on New Year's Eve 2007. Hector Jimenez was then placed on temporary adminstrative leave (i.e. paid vacation) and was allowed to return to patrolling the streets of Oakland a short time later. Just seven months passed before Hector Jimenez killed again, this time shooting an unarmed Jody Woodfox III in July 2008. Once again, Hector Jimenez was placed on paid leave, where he remained for a full year until he was finally fired this month for having murdered Jody Woodfox. [T]he excuse Jimenez gave after both killings is sufficient to avoid any "discipline" worse than paid leave -- Jimenez claimed both times that the unarmed young men he killed were reaching for their waistbands. This time, though, OPD said Jimenez violated use-of-force policies because Woodfox did not pose a threat to the officer at the time of the shooting.
July 14, 2009 Two deputies shot a man "after mistaking" his cell phone for a gun. Sheriff's officials said the deputies responsible for the shooting acted properly. Sheriff Lee Baca pledged a "full and open investigation" into the killing and another fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy by L.A. Sheriff deputies. Sheriff's officials have refused to identify the deputies involved. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said the killings are tragic but it appears deputies in both cases didn't violate deadly force policy because they feared for their lives. "We believe that the deputies acted well within their scope and duties," Whitmore said. The two men killed were Woodrow Player Jr. and sixteen year old Avery Cody. Player, 22, who was shot Friday, July 10, 2009 in the unincorporated Athens area, was only carrying a cell phone. Some relatives claim he was shot in the back. Officers shot him multiple times after they "saw what they believed to be a weapon in the suspect's hand," authorities said. He was declared dead at the scene. Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Sheriff's Department, promised a thorough review of the shooting and said "the suspect reached for his waistband and turned toward deputies." C.J. Question: If the cell-phone gun was in Player's hand, why would he need to reach for his waistband? One witness, 35-year-old Shendall Duncan of Athens, said she saw deputies shoot Player three times in the back. Player attempted to keep running and was shot again, Duncan said. Player's relatives told television news crews at the scene that Player had been harassed by deputies on multiple occasions since 2008. The department, along with the District Attorney's Office and the county Office of Independent Review [claim they are] investigating the shooting [of Player, 22] and the July 5, 2009 killing of Cody, a 16-year-old Compton boy. Sheriff's officials [claim] Cody pulled a loaded, .38-caliber revolver and pointed it at deputies. The boy's family denies he threatened [deputies]. As part of procedure, the deputies involved in both shootings were placed on five days of desk duty and psychological evaluations, Whitmore said. Baca told reporters his department would be forthcoming about the investigation, which will take about 90 days.
L.A.S.D. Double Homicide
July 23, 2008 A deputy shot and killed an unarmed 35-year-old Lennox man on Wednesday night. Deputies patrolling the area believed he was a drug dealer who was reaching for a gun, according to police reports. Christian Portillo, 35, was shot twice in the chest and died at the scene. With the fatal shooting of Portillo the number of deaths this year at the hands of law enforcement in Los Angeles County has reached 28 - or roughly four a month. Deputies were patrolling the area and decided to conduct a narcotics investigation after they spotted “a known narcotics dealer” sitting in a SUV in his driveway in the 11000 block of Dalerose Avenue near West 111th Street around 11:45 p.m, according to police reports. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Portillo became startled when he saw the deputies and quickly reached under his seat. One of the deputies fired striking Portillo in the upper chest. After a search of the vehicle, deputies found a silver colored cell phone. No drugs or a weapon were found.
L.A.S.D.'s Murderous History Coast-to-Coast
July 12, 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. (This doesn't make since. How was he to hear the drug-dealers?) [NYPD alleges that] [w]hen the undercover officer didn't budge from the Clinton Hill stoop Saturday night, resident Shem Walker (pictured left) kicked the man he thought was a vagrant in the back of the head, sources said. "With the earphones on, the cop just didn't hear anything. The next he knew, someone had kicked him, and the fight starts, with a tragic end," a law enforcement source said. The 36-year-old undercover cop, reeling from the blow, turned toward Walker, only to be punched in the face by the 6-foot-tall Army veteran.