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(Top video) Miami Beach, FL · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- Watch as three men distract the store clerk and place card (reader) skimmer on ATM Point-of-Sale Machine.

"Black Cop Shoots 9 Y.O. White Girl!"

Wichita, Kansas ~ ( Originally Published: June 23, 2018 ~ Updated: July 9, 2018) -- (Photo) Former Wichita police officer Dexter Betts is charged with one count of aggravated battery in a shooting that wounded a 9-year-old girl on Dec. 30, 2017.
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"Golden [Guy] Killer Appears In Court!"
Sacramento, California ~ ( Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 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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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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"[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 18, 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.

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Norm's Gal!

Posted: 03/16/2012 4:26 pm Updated: 03/22/2012 3:42 pm PDT

A new detail has surfaced in an ongoing police corruption investigation that has rocked the Bay Area for the past year. A woman who ran a Pleasant Hill brothel that fronted as a massage parlor alleged that she did so with the assistance of Norman Wielsch (pictured right) the former commander of the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team. In May, private investigator Christopher Butler (the same private investigator who was accused of setting up "dirty DUIs") admitted to his role in the brothel. Butler alleged that Wielsch was also involved; Wielsch and his attorney consistently denied the claims.

But the new allegations from Jordi Simms, the woman who ran the brothel, have substantially weakened Wielsch's defense. Media sources obtained two interviews between Simms and state Department of Justice agents, in which Simms claimed that she provided both Wielsch and Butler with substantial weekly payments to protect the brothel from police raids. Simms also alleged that she and Wielsch shared a sexual encounter because she wanted to "thank him" for his protection. Simms also claimed that she received leniency on a prostitution charge -- leniency that she said "would never have been provided if it weren't for the friendship of Butler and Wielsch."

The allegations are the latest in the corruption investigation of Wielsch and Butler, who were indicted by a federal grand jury for corruption and extortion charges. Both pleaded not guilty. Diablo magazine broke the story on Butler in 2010, while the writer was researching a profile on Butler's private investigation business.

In February, a media source highlighted Butler in a 42-minute special about his private investigation ring -- a juicy expose that included DUI set-ups, soccer mom sex decoys and police corruption. Though Butler did not appear on the special, Wielsch participated in an interview in which he admitted to stealing confiscated marijuana from the Police Department. "I somehow agreed to it. I don't understand why," said Wielsch in the interview. "I cry about it every day. I shamed my family, I shamed my department, I shamed law enforcement. I violated their trust. I have no one to blame but myself."

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Posted: March 12, 2012 | 00:00 PST - Updated: March 13, 2012 | 12:33 pm PST

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March 9, 2012

TACOMA, WA -- A Washington state corrections officer has been charged with bigamy after Facebook discovered two women were connected to him and suggested they might want to be "friends." Pierce County prosecutors say Alan L. O'Neill married a woman in 2001, moved out in 2009, changed his name and remarried without divorcing wife No. 1. O'Neill, 41, was previously known at Alan Fulk. He has worked as a Pierce County corrections officer for five years, sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Wife No. 1 recently found out about Wife No. 2 when Facebook detected their connection to O'Neill and suggested the friendship connection. Wife No. 1 then called the defendant's mother, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist told media sources. "An hour later the defendant arrived at (Wife No. 1's) apartment, and she asked him several times if they were divorced," court records show. "The defendant said, `No, we are still married."' O'Neill allegedly told Wife No. 1 not to tell anybody about his dual marriages, that he would fix it, the documents state. Wife No. 1 alerted authorities.

Neither O'Neill nor his first wife had filed for divorce, according to charging documents. The name change came in December, and later that month he married his second wife. "It's not the crime of the century, but it is a crime," Lindquist said. "I can't help but think Valentine's Day must have been real stressful with two wives," Lindquist told media sources.

He was placed on administrative leave after prosecutors charged him Thursday. He could face up to a year in jail if convicted.



May 24, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Ga. (WCJB) -- Georgia's Effingham County Sheriff's Department is not commenting on controversial dashcam video, but the man who some witnesses say was "sucker punched" is. It's a blow to Bernard Wallace's face during a traffic stop in Effingham County that's raising questions. "He really dazed me a little," says Wallace while watching a tape of the incident.

Greg Connor is a 40-year police veteran. He now runs "Use of Force" a law enforcement training and consulting company. He watched the video and noticed no such defensive posture.

"I would say that is a clear indication of excessive force," he says. "I would put it up there in regards to the detective's actions, as one of the most gross demonstrations of excessive force by the punch in the jaw and then just an inappropriate application of a technique an inappropriate technique."

The Springfield Officer does indicate in his report that as he was escorting Mr. Lee to the back of his patrol vehicle, he noticed Mr. Wallace was resisting both Chief Wynn and Detective Scott.

This was, however, after Wallace was hit in the face and put in a choke hold. The Springfield Police Department did not return calls asking for comments on the case.

As for the Effingham County Deputy, no use of force report was filed; something that is required by the Sheriff's Department. They did release a statement:

"The incident involving Mr. Wallace was investigated by a Criminal Investigations Division Supervisor in February, 2010. The supervisor found that no inappropriate behavior or actions were taken and had the actions taken been different, the incident could have resulted in a more severe outcome. There was not a formal complaint filed with the Effingham County Sheriff's Office by Mr. Wallace."

Wallace was charged with two counts of obstruction of an officer. Both charges were dropped and he has since hired a lawyer.


Beatz & Lyzes!

POSTED: Thursday, May 19, 2011
UPDATED: 01:23 pm PDT May 22, 2011

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A veteran Orlando police officer is under investigation after Local media started asking questions about surveillance video that shows the officer using an "arm bar" technique on a 100-pound woman whose teeth were broken after she landed face-first on the ground. The video, captured by a city camera and obtained by an investigative reporter, shows Officer Livio Beccaccio taking 20-year-old Lisa Wareham by the left arm before she hits the pavement. Wareham was initially charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest but we learned, the state attorney's office dropped all the charges against her. Her attorney said they plan to file a lawsuit on Monday against the officer and the Orlando Police Department.

(Lisa Wareham, pictured left) The incident happened Feb. 25 around 1:45 a.m. in the 100 block of East Central Boulevard across from the Orlando Library and was caught on video by an Innovative Response to Improve Safety (I.R.I.S.) camera mounted at Magnolia Avenue and Central Boulevard.

The incident broke Wareham's front teeth (pictured left). "It happened so fast. I was so scared. There is no way to describe it," she said. Wareham, a single mother who was out with her friends at the time of the incident, said she could not believe what happened. "I went to sit up and I felt something in my mouth. I spit (my teeth) out. I didn't even know what to think," she said. Wareham said there was a disturbance nearby and a man was shoved into her. She said as she was questioning the man as to why he bumped into her, Beccaccio led her away and hurled her to the ground.

(Livio Beccaccio, seated, Parramore bike unit, Orlando Police Department, at blood pressure station with Stephanie Ingram, nursing operations manager, ORMC Cardiac PCU.) Beccaccio's police report said, "Wareham, with her right hand, reached across her body and smacked me several times in my right hand and arm." The video shows Beccaccio holding Wareham by her left arm, and she ends up on the pavement in less than 10 seconds. Wareham never appears to resist or try to strike Beccaccio, the video shows. In the official report, Beccaccio writes, "Wareham stumbled forward and fell to the pavement." Beccaccio was there responding to the disturbance, but the video shows the scene to be calm when Becacccio and other OPD officers arrived.

An attorney said OPD has had the video since at least March. According to sources, nothing was being done about the case until the media investigation into alleged excessive force cases involving the Orlando Police Department aired Monday night on Local television.

OPD Lt. Barbara Jones sent an email to media sources on Wednesday confirming that the incident "is being reviewed and under official investigation." Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said he wants all the facts but assured media sources there would be no double standard. "We investigate our own and if there is cause to punish somebody, then those actions are taken," Dyer said. Incoming Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney said Friday the OPD investigation began days ago. He would not comment on the case specifically, citing that it is an ongoing investigation.


Beatz & Lyzes!

Posted: 05/10/2011 07:37:29 PM PDT
Updated: 05/22/2011 03:21:23 PM PDT

A Mountain View police officer broke a 16-year-old girl's nose Monday night after she grabbed his baton, jabbed him with it and tried to strike him over the head, a police spokeswoman said. The officer was assaulted while investigating a fight between two teenagers at Quetzal House, a center on View Street for teen girls who are chronic runaways from the Santa Clara County foster care system, police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said. Staff called police to the facility at about 8:15 p.m. One of the girls involved in the fight kept interrupting the officer as he tried to interview a staff member in private and then started to swear at him, Wylie said. The officer asked the teen to wait in another room, but she refused.

The girl, described as 5-foot-2 and 250 pounds, kept up the verbal barrage and the officer decided to put her in handcuffs, Wylie said. But the teen resisted and kept struggling even after he forced her to the ground, Wylie said. During the scuffle, the girl got hold of the officer's wooden baton and jabbed him in the chest and ribs, according to Wylie. "He tried to take the baton away from her and she raised it up over her head," Wylie said. "He was pretty certain she was going to hit him in the head with it." The officer deflected the baton with his arm and punched the girl three times in the face, Wylie said. She was then taken into custody.

The girl was treated for a broken nose at a hospital and booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The Mountain View Police Department also wants the district attorney's office to charge her with assault on an officer and removing a weapon from an officer.

The 33-year-old officer has been with the police department since February and had previously worked for another law enforcement agency, according to Wylie. He cut and scraped his hand during the scuffle with the girl.


April 11, 2011

MARTINEZ, CA -- Prosecutors dismissed 15 active criminal cases this week and declined to file charges in five more, saying they were tainted by officers accused of stealing drug evidence to sell and setting up drunken-driving arrests. The announcement Friday by District Attorney Mark Peterson was the latest domino to fall in a widening probe of police corruption and a now-disgraced state narcotics detective.

The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office also filed felony charges against former Contra Costa sheriff's Deputy Stephen Tanabe on Friday, accusing him of taking a bribe, conspiring to sell steroids and arranging traffic stops at the behest of a private investigator. He was charged in tandem with the investigator, Christopher Butler, with conspiracy to obstruct justice and conspiracy to perform a false arrest in connection with the "Dirty DUI" scheme. Prosecutors did not detail Tanabe's bribery charge. The 47-year-old former deputy resigned his patrol post in Danville after his March arrest. Prosecutors say he conspired with Butler, of Concord-based Butler & Associates, to orchestrate at least two drunken-driving arrests of men he was hired to investigate.

The dismissed cases include four drug investigations by the Contra Costa County Narcotics Enforcement Team, known as CNET, six CNET prostitution arrests and five cases in which Tanabe extensively participated. Prosecutors also declined to file charges in five of Tanabe's pending drunken-driving arrests.

Peterson said his office dropped charges in the non-CNET-related cases involving Tanabe that would likely require them to call him to testify. He said a similar standard was used to drop the 10 CNET cases and continue to prosecute cases in which drug agent Norman Wielsch might have been involved peripherally. "We based it on the level of involvement Norman Wielsch had and his necessity as a witness," Peterson said. Peterson also said Wielsch, Butler and Tanabe are still being investigated but that they are confident with the completeness of the charges. "We hope there is no involvement of anybody else, including police officers," Peterson said. "We wouldn't anticipate more dismissals without additional information."

Butler, 47, and Wielsch, 49, were arrested Feb. 16 during a probe of drug dealing from CNET's evidence lockers. Wielsch supervised the state Department of Justice CNET, which was suspended indefinitely after the arrests. Prosecutors determined Thursday that Tanabe's role in the DUI setups was criminal. They also charged him with possessing an assault weapon and conspiracy to distribute steroids with Butler and Wielsch.

"He had nothing to do with drugs or stealing. He is a good guy," said Tanabe's attorney said last week. Tanabe's attorney, who could not be reached Friday, said last week he saw no evidence linking his client to drugs, and that the so-called "Dirty DUI" cases were legitimate. Tanabe, a recent father, did not gain financially from his dealings with Butler, the attorney said. He described Butler as Tanabe's friend. All three worked for the Antioch Police Department in the 1990s.

Tanabe's charges were added to the initial 28-count complaint filed against Wielsch and Butler, who previously pleaded not guilty to all charges. Tanabe remains free on bail. He will be arraigned April 21, which is also the next court date for Butler and Wielsch. Sheriff's Deputy Tom Henderson testified in court last week that he stopped a speeding drunken-driving suspect in Danville on Nov. 2 after Tanabe called him from a Danville bar and said he and his "P.I. friend" were surveilling a drunken cheating husband who was preparing to drive. Henderson and his wife, a county prosecutor, said they alerted authorities of Tanabe's activities the day of Butler's arrest, which is when they first heard that Butler was Tanabe's "P.I. friend."

McKenna told media sources that Tanabe was unaware that Butler had hired women to ply his targets with alcohol. McKenna said Tanabe thought he was getting drunken drivers off the road for the public's safety, not to "dirty them up" for court cases, as was alleged in a search warrant that led to his arrest.

San Ramon police Chief Scott Holder, who is on the executive board of CNET, said the drug task force will stay shut down while District Attorney's Office investigators continue probing the allegations against the three defendants. "The bottom line is we have to do what's right," Holder said. Holder said he hoped CNET would reactivate. "A lot of good men and women worked in CNET over the years and have done great things."

Riker's Love!

March 30, 2011

It's one way to meet men. The female guards working at Rikers Island are sex-starved and promiscuous with the prisoners they are there to keep in line, says a former guard. "They would do it on the midnight shift when there were not many people around," according to Yolanda Dickinson, who worked at Rikers from 1997 to 2004 and recently penned a novel called "Taboo," based on the jail's out-of-control sex scene. "They have electronic cell doors, and it's not a problem for someone to crack open the door," she added.

With 3,890 female officers guarding some 12,000 men, outlaw love blossoms. "It's a soap opera," Dickinson says. "There are a lot of lonely single women on the job, and you're surrounded by these cute guys. They're working out. They're attractive," she says. "They're criminals, so they have a cunning way of approaching you. They study you all day."

Though she claims she never had sex at work, Dickinson, 41, admits that she met a Rikers inmate on her watch, a gang member from her neighborhood who had admitted to killing a rapist. "People looked up to him for that. He said he did the world a favor," she said. She says her soft spot for him developed after he defended her honor behind bars by beating up another inmate who groped her. "It made me look at him differently," she said. Another ex-boyfriend, the father of her 17-year-old son, served 10 years in federal prison on drug charges. She was fired for "undue familiarity" in 2004 after an inmate called her from Rikers and she denied to probers that she had gotten the call.

At least six female officers have been fired or forced out for undue familiarity with prisoners since 2007, including Kimberly Hurd, 39, who bore an inmate's love child and Yolanda Turner-Goodwin, 44, who was photographed hugging and kissing a prisoner.

"Undue familiarity is illegal, and it compromises safety and security," said Correction spokesman Stephen Morello. But Dickinson said it's so pervasive, it'd be difficult to prevent. She once saw a letter from an inmate that graphically recalled his X-rated romp with an officer: "It was detailed."

Drug Plant$!

February 1, 2011

Memphis police officers James Fetter and Adam Gagnier were charged with planning the traffic stop, waiting until Fetter's estranged wife Leah and her friend and employer Herbert Adcock were together driving, pulling them over and, according to Leah and Adcock, planting illegal drugs in Adcock's truck and Leah's purse.

The cops later pleaded guilty to some of the charges and lost their jobs. But it wasn't over. Six years later, Leah Fetter and Adcock are back in federal court trying to get the former cops and their former employer to pay.

Day Three - NOPD

December 9, 2010

NEW ORLEANS, LA – It is day three of jury deliberations in the case of current and former New Orleans police officers on trial at federal court.

They are accused of various crimes for the post-Katrina police shooting of Henry Glover and an alleged cover-up.

While the waiting continues outside the jury room, inside members of the jury are down to business, working on a series of verdicts.

On Thursday they took only a few breaks and had no questions for the judge.

In any case with 11 criminal counts against five defendants, you would expect the jury to take some time deciding the case.

Add to that the obvious implications of possible police corruption and the fact that one of the defendants could spend the rest of his life in prison, and these judges of the facts have a lot of pressure to get the verdicts right.

“This case carries so many ramifications,” said Donald “Chick” Foret, a former prosecutor. “It’s important for the city of New Orleans. It’s important for the New Orleans Police Department, and where does the NOPD go from here?”

This is the first in a series of questionable post-Katrina police actions to come to trial.

There is a lot of interest in the case, so much so that Judge Lance Affrick has commandeered two other courtrooms in the building as overflow rooms. That’s where spectators will be able to listen as the verdicts are read.

“You got an issue of race. You got an issue of Katrina. You have an issue of the New Orleans Police Department,” Foret said. “It’s a very convoluted, complex and incestuous case. That’s why there’s so much interest in it.”

No decision has been made yet on whether deliberations will continue through the weekend if the jury is unable to come to a verdict.

In the meantime, the jury is meticulously working to decide the cases against former Officer David Warren. He’s accused of an unjustified shooting of 31-year-old Henry Glover outside an Algiers strip mall four days after Katrina.

Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann and Officer Greg McRae are accused of burning Glover’s body and making false statements.

Former Lt. Robert Italiano and Lt. Travis McCabe are accused of filing a bogus police report to cover up the alleged crimes.

“The jury has to determine, do you accept the government’s witnesses, do you reject the government’s witnesses? Do you accept part of the testimony of the government witnesses?” Foret said.

The jury also has to decide whether to accept the word of the five defendants, all of whom testified during the trial.

Cops Catch Bad Guy

December 9, 2010

UPLANDS PARK, MO — Lamont Aikens had a uniform, a badge and a patrol car last year when he chased a speeding car into St. Louis, where it crashed and killed a mother of four. The one thing he didn’t have was a license to work as a police officer, according to charges filed in St. Louis County on Tuesday. In addition, court records show that Aikens has criminal convictions and at least 18 arrests on his record, including an arrest in 1994 for murder. No charges were filed in that case.

Aikens, 35, of Florissant, and Kenneth Minner, 57, of Uplands Park, were each charged Tuesday with knowingly holding a commission of a police officer without a valid license. It was unclear whether Minner had any connection to the fatal crash, although court records indicate he was questioned. Henry Smith, 44, of Dellwood, who was acting Uplands Park police chief at the time of the crash, was charged with knowingly granting the commission of a peace officer without a valid license. The charges are misdemeanors, punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine up to $500.

Family members of Lashanna Snipes, who died in the crash on Dec. 3, 2009, expressed relief that Aikens had been charged. “If you look at the rap sheet he had, you know he shouldn’t have even been behind the wheel,” Jasmien Jones, one of Snipes’ nieces, said Tuesday.

In June 2008, Aikens sought to expunge his arrest record with the St. Louis Police Department. A judge denied his request, saying he was ineligible to have his record cleared because at least one of his arrests resulted in a conviction. That conviction, for third-degree assault and stalking in 1993, resulted in a year of probation. Aikens also pleaded guilty to drug possession in 1993, and in 2000 he pleaded guilty of felonious restraint. He received probation in both cases.

The other arrests include forcible rape, first-degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and assaulting a law enforcement officer. There are no details in court records of the arrest for first-degree murder, except that he was arrested on Aug. 3, 1994, and warrants were refused.

In the crash that killed Snipes, Aikens was driving an Uplands Park police car that was chasing another car. The car being chased ran a stop sign and slammed into Snipes’ car. Snipes’ sister, Ayanna Jones, and three children in the car were also hurt in the crash. Family members have a wrongful death lawsuit pending in St. Louis Circuit Court against Aikens and the Uplands Park police department. The suit says the department knew or should have known Aikens wasn’t a licensed officer at the time of the crash.

The suit also said that Aikens pursued the car for more than two miles outside Upland Park’s jurisdiction and that the police car did not have its lights or siren on. Aikens chased the car for a misdemeanor speed violation, a pursuit that is against St. Louis County Police pursuit policies, the suit says.

The driver of the car that was being chased, Derion Henderson, 17, faces charges of second-degree murder and tampering for his role in the crash. Jones, Snipes’ niece, said the wrongful death lawsuit was filed because it seemed no one cared about the pain the family suffered because of the crash.

“We’re really grateful that (Aikens) has suffered some type of consequence,” she said. “But we still haven’t gotten any type of apology from anyone, and there’s still four children without a mother.”

The charge against former acting police chief Smith alleges that he hired Aikens in September 2009 and continued his commission through February 2010 knowing Aikens wasn’t validly licensed. Minner’s charge says he worked as a police officer in Uplands Park knowing he didn’t have a valid license from December 2009 until July 2010.

Harlan Smith, the current chief of police for Uplands Park, declined to comment because he wasn’t aware charges had been filed. “I knew things were in the makings,” he said. Harlan Smith said all three men still worked for the village. Aikens is a bailiff but is on administrative leave because of the investigation into the crash and subsequent events. Henry Smith is a lieutenant with the police department but is on medical leave. Minner is a code enforcement officer.

Spokesman Mike O’Connell of the Missouri Department of Public Safety, which oversees the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission, said the charge against Henry Smith meant he could face punishment by the licensing board, including revocation of his police license.

Uplands Park, a village with only 460 residents on Natural Bridge Road, has had a police department for only about five years. But the department has been connected with a series of embarrassing headlines in its short history, including a jailer charged with assault, a former police chief accused of threatening to kill one of his officers and, last year, an officer arrested by the FBI on suspicion of robbing and sexually assaulting prostitutes — in the police station.

December 8, 2009


“It is the moral responsibility of black jurors to emancipate (vote not-guilty) some guilty black outlaws.”
-- Paul Butler, Professor of Law, George Washington University

PENN HILLS, Pa. (WCJB) — A police officer was shot dead outside a suburban Pittsburgh home where another man was killed inside, authorities said. Neighbors reported hearing 10 gunshots at the home in Penn Hills, an Allegheny County township of about 50,000 residents. The civilian was shot in the home, but not by the officer, and the officer was shot in his patrol car apparently by someone using an assault rifle (a 7.62 round will penetrate bullet proof vests) county police Superintendent Charles W. Moffatt said. Police had no suspects, he said.

The officer, Michael Crawshaw, was parked two or three houses away from the scene while waiting for backup when he was shot, Penn Hills police Chief Howard Burton told WPXI-TV. He had been on the Penn Hills police force for two years. The slain officer is the fourth to be killed on duty in Allegheny County this year. Pittsburgh Officers Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo were shot dead while responding to a call at a home in April.

C.J. Note: It's hard to feel sorry for child killers, rapists, child molesters, or wife killers.

O.P.D. Criminals

December 4, 2009

In his 11 years on the force, Mabanag said that he had shot four suspects - killing one - and six dogs. Mabanag also said he had racked up 22 internal affairs complaints but none were sustained. [San Francisco Chronicle; April 16, 2003; p. A18]
-- Ex-Oakland Police Officer Clarence "Chuck" Mabanag

One black man is dead and another black man is injured after Oakland police officers fired on two "alleged" armed black men early Thursday evening, December 3rd at a sprawling East Oakland apartment complex. The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. when police confronted two the two black men in the parking garage of the apartment complex in the 2700 block of 64th Avenue, between Bancroft Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said.

Kenneth Ross, 18, of Oakland, was killed and Jarone Castle, 19, of Vallejo, was injured after police confronted the men about 5:30 p.m. in the bottom level of the apartment building.

Blue Revenge!

Shortly after, Chief Anthony Batts arrived at the apartment building. Police released few details about the incident, the department's sixth officer-involved shooting in 2009. He said homicide and internal affairs investigators and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office will investigate.

Criminal History

"I feel I need to apologize to the community," said one woman juror. Those defendants were guilty but we failed to convict them." [San Francisco Chronicle; Oct. 1, 2003; p. C4]
-- Juror in Oakland "Riders" Police trial

A senior police officer for the city of Oakland, CA., Clarence Mabanag, and fellow
officers Jude Siapno and Matthew Hornung (pictured above, left) were charged with "filing false police reports and conspiring to hide misdeeds, including beatings, and the planting of evidence" resulting from testimony of a another officer Keith Batt. Mabanag conceded that his methods violated department policy, but said that was the way that he had been broken in.

In 2002, prosecutors dismissed about 90 cases, mostly drug-related, with connections to these officers and in February 2003, the City of Oakland settled 119 lawsuits for $10.5 million. The trial of the four Oakland police officers who called themselves "The Riders" ended in acquittal for three of them. The fourth, and alleged ringleader, Officer Frank Vazquez, fled to Mexico with the assistance of OPD officers, to escape prosecution. We checked with the website for America's Most Wanted and Oakland Police Department and they don't have FRANK VASQUEZ listed on their Fugitive List. Had he been accused of street dealing or belonged to a street gang, he would most definitely be listed. These phony police programs do not like to call attention to the criminal life-styles of their own profession.


There have been six officer-involved shootings in Oakland in 2009, four of them fatal. There were 11 officer-involved shootings in Oakland in 2008 and 10 in 2007, police said.
March 21: Oakland Police Officer Pat Gonzales (Racist, Murderous Officer, 3 Killings; 1 Shooting) killed Lovelle Mixon, 26, inside an East Oakland apartment. Mixon returned fire, killing two motorcycle officers and two SWAT team members.
June 21: A 16-year-old Berkeley boy "allegedly" fired shots at two Oakland police officers at 31st and Market streets in West Oakland. One of the officers fired a shot at the youth but the boy was not injured.
July 15: Two officers killed 36-year-old Parnell Smith at 16th Avenue and International Boulevard after they "alleged" he pulled a gun and tried to shoot them.
Aug. 1: An officer shot and killed Brownie Polk, 46, inside the Tolin Liquor Store at 7101 International Blvd. Police "alleged" that he threatened the officer with a hatchet.
Aug. 30: Colin Todd, 41, of Alameda, shot an Oakland officer in the foot when police pulled over his big rig. The officer's partner returned fire, but missed. Todd sped off in his truck, then crashed on Interstate 880, fled and finally was arrested after being shot with a beanbag bullet during a lengthy manhunt.
Dec. 3: Officers shot two men in an apartment complex on 64th Avenue. One of the suspects died at the scene. The other suffered non-life-threatening injuries.


December 4, 2009

"[Y]ou're putting yourself up against society, the justice system and the cops."
-- Ed Troyer, Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman

TACOMA, Wash. — Authorities have charged four people with aiding the man accused of killing four Washington state police officers and plan on indicting two more in what investigators call a network of friends and relatives that helped Maurice Clemmons (pictured left) avoid capture. Rickey Hinton, 47, pleaded not guilty Thursday at his arraignment to three counts of first-degree rendering criminal assistance. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frederick Flemming ordered him held on $2 million bail. Court documents accuse Hinton, Clemmons' half brother, of lying to police Sunday when they stopped him for questioning near the property owned by Clemmons where Hinton lived. Police say Hinton claimed he hadn't heard from Clemmons and didn't know where he was. He also denied any knowledge of the shooting, which happened in suburban Tacoma, court records said. Clemmons was executed early Tuesday by a Seattle police officer after a two-day manhunt.

Darcus Allen, 38, (pictured left) pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail Wednesday after being charged with being a fugitive. Allen is accused of helping Clemmons flee the Parkland coffee house Sunday morning after he shot to death four Lakewood police officers. Prosecutors warned they might charge Allen, who did time with Clemmons in an Arkansas prison, with the more serious offense of being an accomplice to aggravated first-degree murder. Such a charge could make him liable to the same penalties as the shooter — life without release, or execution.

Two more suspects are scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon: Clemmons' friend Quiana Maylea Williams, and his aunt Letricia Nelson. Police allege they gave first-aid to Clemmons, helped him change clothes and made arrangements to get him to other locations. Papers filed in their case indicate that on Thanksgiving, Clemmons talked of killing police, schoolchildren and people at an intersection, and that Allen heard him say it. According to court records, Clemmons went to Nelson and Cicely Clemmons' home on Monday, and Nelson told Cicely Clemmons to give him $60 and her car keys. Cicely Clemmons said that after he left, she and Nelson talked about whether they should tell police. Nelson said that they would not because "family's more important," the records state.

Cicely Clemmons, Nelson's daughter, said she attended Wednesday's hearing to show support. "It's really hard," she said. "I want my mom out, she didn't do anything wrong."

A History of Homicide!

December 4, 2009

JACKSON, Miss. - The Civil Rights-Era Cold Case Initiative began in 2006 with a solemn charge: Reopen long-dormant cases from a period in America's history when blacks were killed in the South's bloody fight to maintain a segregated society. Over the last three years, the FBI scoured faded documents, interviewed aging lawmen and tracked down witnesses from killings that occurred decades ago, many of them involving white police officers who shot black men or teenagers. Now, the agency is at a dead end in the search for relatives in at least 33 civil rights-era cases, and the FBI needs the public's help. Agents are appealing for relatives of the victims to come forward, the latest challenge in a three-year-old effort to right historical wrongs.

Police Murdering & Brutalizing Blacks!

In some cases, the FBI is looking for family members to provide any evidence or details about the crimes. "We have done everything we can to find those families and we've run out of leads," said Cynthia Deitle, unit chief for the FBI's civil rights division. "Whether it's a spouse, child or parent. We've even gone as far as locating cousins who are the next of kin." Among the cases is Johnny Robinson, a black teen shot by police in 1963 in the aftermath of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala. Another case is the killing of John Earl Reese, a 16-year-old who died in 1955 when two men fired shots on a black cafe in Gregg County, Texas. The unit had 108 cases under investigation, including the infamous Ku Klux Klan slayings of three civil rights workers found buried in an earthen dam in Mississippi in 1964. The FBI said those identified as suspects in nearly half of the homicides are now dead.

A part-time Mississippi preacher was convicted of manslaughter in 2005 in the case, and the investigation continues. Successful prosecutions cited by the FBI include the 2003 conviction of Ernest Avery Avants, found guilty of federal charges of aiding and abetting in the 1966 Klan killing of Ben Chester White, a black handyman shot to death to possibly lure Martin Luther King Jr. to Natchez, Miss. Another was the 2007 kidnapping conviction of James Ford Seale, a reputed Klansman. Authorities said Charles Moore and Henry Dee were kidnapped, beaten and thrown, possibly still alive, into a Mississippi River backwater in 1964.

Repeating History

Caught on Tape: Police K-9 Attack Motorist!

Updated News Story!

New York State Sen. Hiram Monserrate voted out!

February 9, 2010

ALBANY - Senate Democrats were prepared Tuesday night to boot embattled Sen. Hiram Monserrate; the only outstanding question was when it will take effect. After hours of impassioned closed door debate, Democrats agreed to bring two resolutions to the floor late Tuesday night. The first would expel Monserrate immediately. The second, pushed by Senate Democratic leader John Sampson, would expel him effective June 30, giving him time to appeal his conviction of misdemeanor assault against his girlfriend. But with Republican support, the expectation was that there would be enough votes for an immediate expulsion. "We need to move on from this, we don't need this lingering," said Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island), who wanted immediate explusion. "This is bad for the Senate."

It would be the only fourth time a sitting state lawmaker has been expelled from the Legislature - and the first since 1861. Monserrate vowed an immediate legal challenge, saying it's up to the voters to judge him, not his colleagues. "This is a much bigger issue than Hiram Monserrate," the Queens Dem said. "It's about due process and the law. And ultimately, the power of the voters to decide." His civil rights attorney is expected to file legal papers today in federal court in Manhattan. The decision to kick Monserrate out will also have political implications for the already chaotic Senate. Democrats maintain a slim 31-30 majority, but lack the 32 votes to pass anything without Republican help. Gov. Paterson has promised to immediately call a special election to take place between 30 and 45 days from Monserrate's ouster, sources said.

Monserrate supporters expressed concern about the precedent of making him the first senator ever booted because of a misdemeanor conviction. They claim his explusion is payback for his brief role in a GOP-leadership coup that shut down the Senate for a month last year. A former city cop and city councilman, Monserrate was elected to the Senate in 2007. Between his election and swearing into office, he was charged with slashing his girlfriend's face with a broken glass and then forcibly pulling her down the hall on the way to the hospital. Monserrate was aquitted of the more serious felony charge tied to the cutting of his girlfriend. A felony convinction would have resulted in his automatic ouster from the Senate.

December 4, 2009

New York state Sen. Hiram Monserrate was sentenced Friday to probation!

''I am so sorry for the harm Karla Giraldo endured and suffered.''
-- Hiram Monserrate, New York State Senator

NEW YORK (WCJB) -- New York State Sen. Hiram Monserrate (pictured left) was sentenced Friday to probation and domestic abuse counseling for dragging his bleeding girlfriend through his apartment building lobby in a violent scene caught on security cameras. Monserrate told Justice (Jew) William Erlbaum he took full responsibility for his actions. (Jew) Erlbaum sentenced Monserrate to three years on probation, a year of counseling, 250 hours of community service and ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine. Monserrate, convicted of a misdemeanor reckless assault count, could have been sentenced to up to a year behind bars. Monserrate was acquitted of intentionally smashing Giraldo's face with a glass on Dec. 19, 2008. The wound near her eye required about 40 stitches; both said it was "accidental." Had Monserrate been convicted on that count -- second-degree felony assault -- the freshman Democrat could have lost his Senate seat automatically. Some lawmakers have called for Monserrate's resignation. (Jew) Erlbaum said the ''the Legislature has in its membership a flawed human being,'' but cautioned senators not to rush to remove Monserrate from the chamber. The judge did agree to let Senate officials see Giraldo's secret grand jury testimony.

In 1988, Hiram Monserrate joined the NYPD, where he served for 12 years "protecting the safety and quality of life of Queens' residents." He was a founding member of the Latino Officers Association and served as the first police officer elected to the Board of Directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union. After his arrest, it was revealed that Monserrate has a history of mental health problems. In 1999, he claimed to be suffering psychological problems as a New York City Police Department officer, writing: “I suffer with adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety and depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder.” After an assessment by the NYPD’s psychological services unit, Monserrate was forced to relinquish his gun. In 2001, trouble continued when Monserrate was arrested after allegedly using his car to run over the leg of a tow-truck operator who was attempting to tow away his car; the charges were later dropped.

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