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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."
-- Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to African-Americans.
POSTED: 10:32 AM EDT, Sat March 17, 2012 - UPDATED: 1:48 PM PDT, Sun March 18, 2012
"The evidence and testimony we have so far does not establish that Mr. Zimmerman did not act in self-defense. We don't have anything to dispute his claim of self-defense, at this point, with the evidence and testimony that we have."
-- Sanford, Florida Police Chief Bill Lee explaining why George Zimmerman has not been arrested for the gunshot slaying of an unarmed, African-American, 17 year old male.
POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - UPDATED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Orlando, Florida -- Media sources have uncovered questionable police conduct in the investigation of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white neighborhood watch captain in Florida, including the alleged "correction" of at least one eyewitness' account.
Sanford Police Chief Billy Lee (pictured right) said there is no evidence to dispute self-appointed neighborhood watch captain (Hispanic/Jewish) George Zimmerman's assertion that he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin (pictured above, center) out of self-defense. "Until we can establish probable cause to dispute that, we don't have the grounds to arrest him," Lee said.
Martin had been staying at his father's girlfriend's house during the night of the NBA All-Star game Feb. 26. The teenager went out to get some Skittles and a can of ice tea. On his way back into the gated suburban Orlando community, Martin, wearing a hood, was spotted by Zimmerman, 28. According to law enforcement sources who heard Zimmerman's call to a non-emergency police number, he told a dispatcher "these assholes always get away." Zimmerman described Martin as suspicious because he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and walking slowly in the rain, police later told residents at a town hall.
"My son didn't do anything he was walking home from the store. Why would the neighborhood watch guy would have a weapon?...It's just crazy.You are supposed to watch the neighborhood, not take the law into your own hands."
-- Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton in an interview in Miami.
A dispatcher told him to wait for a police cruiser, and not leave his vehicle. But about a minute later, Zimmerman (pictured left) left his car wearing a red sweatshirt and pursued Martin on foot between two rows of townhouses, about 70 yards from where the teen was going. Lee said Zimmerman's pursuit of Martin did not of itself constitute a crime.
Witnesses told media sources a fist fight broke out and at one point Zimmerman, who outweighed Martin by more than 100 pounds, was on the ground and that Martin was on top. Austin Brown, 13, was walking his dog during the time of the altercation and saw both men on the ground but separated. Brown along with several other residents heard someone cry for help, just before hearing a gunshot. Police arrived 60 seconds later and the teen was quickly pronounced dead.
According to the police report, Zimmerman, who was armed with a handgun, was found bleeding from the nose and the back of the head, standing over Martin, who was unresponsive after being shot. An officer at the scene overheard Zimmerman saying, "I was yelling for someone to help me but no one would help me," the report said. Witnesses told media sources they heard Zimmerman pronounce aloud to the breathless residents watching the violence unfold "it was self-defense," and place the gun on the ground.
But after the shooting, a source inside the police department told media sources that a narcotics detective and not a homicide detective first approached Zimmerman. The detective peppered Zimmerman with questions, the source said, rather than allow Zimmerman to tell his story. Questions can lead a witness, the source said.
Another officer corrected a witness after she told him that she heard the teen cry for help. The officer told the witness, a long-time teacher, it was Zimmerman who cried for help, said the witness. Media sources have spoken to the teacher and she confirmed that the officer corrected her when she said she heard the teenager shout for help.
The Sanford Police Department refused to release 911 calls by witnesses and neighbors. Several of the calls, media sources have learned, contain the sound of the single gunshot. Lee publicly admitted that officers accepted Zimmerman's word at the scene that he had no police record. Two days later during a meeting with Trayvon's father Tracy Martin, an officer told the father that Zimmerman's record was "squeaky clean." Yet public records showed that Zimmerman was charged with battery against on officer and resisting arrest in 2005, a charge which was later expunged.
"I asked [the police] well did you check out my son's record?" Tracy Martin told media sources in an interview Sunday. "What about his?...Trayvon was innocent." Trayvon Martin had no arrest record or disciplinary action for violence as a student in North Miami's Krop High School.
On Monday Lee, seeking to head off racial unrest, tried to reassure the public that his department was doing all it could to reach a fair conclusion, as some in the crowd heckled him saying "a little black boy is dead." Lee's department said it plans on passing its investigation over to the state's attorney office to determine whether or not to press charges against Zimmerman.
Corrupt Justice™: We note that the law in virtually all fifty U.S. states, including the District of Columbia, holds that a party may not claim self-defense when he/she is the party that provoked, or initiated the violent confrontation. In the instant case, an armed citizen, with no legal authority to do so, apprehended, detained and engaged in a physical confrontation with another unarmed citizen, who in fact was engaged in no unlawful activity, or conduct what-so-ever.
Captured ... Alive!
POSTED: Friday, August 12, 2011
When investigators from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement finally got the chance to talk to 29-year-old Lee Grace Dougherty (pictured left) her statements were straightforward. "I pointed a gun at a cop," she said, according to her arrest affidavit. "I deserved to get shot." The woman’s statements also implicate her brothers in a high-speed chase on Interstate 25 Wednesday, where shots were fired at pursuing officers. According to law enforcement, it wasn’t the first time Dougherty or her two younger brothers, Ryan Edward Dougherty, 21 (pictured below, left) and Dylan Dougherty-Stanley, 26, turned their guns on police.
But the eight-day, nationwide manhunt that began with an alleged shooting at a police officer in Florida and then a bank robbery in Georgia ended Wednesday in a spectacular rollover on I-25 north of Walsenburg and gunshots from Walsenburg police Chief James Chamberlain that hit the woman in the leg. "Instantly I let go of the gun," she said. "The pain was all through my body." Lee Dougherty was treated for her wounds at the Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center in Walsenburg. Her brothers also were treated for injuries they suffered in the car wreck. According to the affidavit, Lee Dougherty pointed a machine pistol at Chamberlain after the wreck, but the documents say Dylan Dougherty was doing the shooting from the vehicle as the trio fled.
"A person can’t drive and shoot at the same time," Lee Dougherty told police, according to the documents. The affidavit said that Lee Dougherty told police her brother Ryan Dougherty was driving and that she "didn’t shoot at any cop in Colorado." That left Dylan Dougherty-Stanley (pictured above, left) as the triggerman behind an AK-47 assault rifle that was one of the weapons police recovered at the wreck. Lee Dougherty told police they didn’t have any intent to kill or harm the officers in pursuit, the affidavit said.
"We just wanted them to get back," she said. "They were way back and we could barely see them. We were getting shot at, then we wrecked." Officers have denied ever shooting at the moving vehicle.
The Dougherty siblings had been wanted since Aug. 2, when they allegedly robbed a bank in Georgia, then later shot at officers in Florida. The three disappeared for a while until they were spotted at an REI department store in Colorado Springs trying to buy camping equipment, then at a Walmart in Canon City trying to buy ammunition Tuesday.
Wednesday’s chase began around 9:30 a.m., after Pueblo County sheriff’s deputies spotted a white Subaru matching the suspect vehicle’s description at a gas station in Colorado City. According to reports from Colorado State Patrol, the chase reached speeds up to 120 mph. Troopers said they began to hear gunshots near Mile Marker 67, about three miles south of the Pueblo County line in Huerfano County.
2-24Oz Cans of Beer!
2-24Oz Cans of Beer!
POSTED: 06:00 AM PDT July 13, 2011
UPDATED: 12:05 pm PDT August 17, 2011
A California deputy shot and killed a former running back for the Cincinnati Bengals in front of a convenience store after he allegedly hit an officer with a bag holding two cans of beer. David Lee ''Deacon'' Turner, 56, played with the Bengals from 1978 to 1980 and had long arrest history after his playing career was finished. Court records show an arrest history stretching back to 1986. The most recent, on June 17, was for driving while his license was revoked because of a conviction for driving under the influence.
Deputies who were investigating reports of teenagers asking adults to buy alcohol and cigarettes approached Turner (pictured left) on Sunday as he left the convenience store with his 19-year-old son and a 16-year-old juvenile. The deputies detained Turner while they investigated. The sheriff's office said Turner initially complied but then decided to leave, and the scuffle occurred when deputies tried to stop the former NFL player. Deputy Aaron Nadal was hit on the back of the head with a bag holding two, 24-ounce cans of beer before Deputy Wesley Kraft drew his handgun and fired twice at Turner, authorities said.
Friends and family told local media sources they have trouble believing authorities' account of the story. Nephew Kevin Turner called his uncle ''the backbone of our family.''
''He was a marvelous kid,'' Bakersfield College coach Gerry Collins told the newspaper. Turner excelled at shredding defenses at Shafter High School, Bakersfield College and San Diego State University before getting drafted by the Bengals in the second round in 1978. Turner was used primarily as a kick returner in his three years in the league, amassing 1,149 return yards in 1979 for the last-place Bengals. He had 549 career rushing yards.
BAKERSFIELD, CA (WCJB) — The son and daughter of a former NFL player who was killed in a confrontation with California deputies now face criminal charges of their own. The charges stem from an incident at the hospital where David Turner was taken after he was shot outside a Bakersfield convenience store.
According to hospital security, family members yelled at and threatened employees. The local media reports that 25-year-old Ahmod Turner and 24-year-old Whittney Turner pleaded not guilty Tuesday to threat and gang charges.
Kern County sheriff’s deputies were questioning Turner about reports of teens asking adults to buy them alcohol when a scuffle broke out. Turner allegedly struck a deputy with a bag carrying two beers, prompting another deputy to shoot. The shooting of Turner, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1978 to 1980, remains under investigation.
POSTED: 06:00 AM PDT April 13, 2011
UPDATED: 3:45 pm PDT April 16, 2011
Five Birmingham police officers fired in 2009 amid allegations of excessive force were reinstated Tuesday by a unanimous vote of the three-member Jefferson County Personnel Board, setting up what could be a quick return to work. The officers hugged each other, their attorneys and friends and family following the decision. "God fought my battle," Kenneth Prevo said after the unanimous vote. "When you know in your heart that what you did is right, you don't put too much time into worrying about things you can't control. "The decision was made by man; it was overturned by man, but God was my attorney on this," Prevo said.
(Officers Heath Boakle (left) and David Doran shake hands leaving the Jefferson County Personnel Board meeting.) The city of Birmingham can appeal the decision of the three-member board. Birmingham Mayor William Bell said he will make a decision about whether to appeal by next week. He said he must decide if "the stars are aligned" to make that move and dedicate resources necessary for that action. "Right now I'm in consultation with the attorney for the city as well as the police chief to see what our options are, and depending on those options we'll take the appropriate measures," Bell said.
Police officials have declined comment.
If the board's ruling stands, the officers will be quickly put back to work and receive full back pay and benefits dating back to May 14, 2009, said an attorney who represented several of the officers. "It doesn't take very long," she said. "In fact, they could make that phone call today to start the transition. They may want some additional training before they make the decision of where to place them."
"They're happy. They're joyful. They've got their jobs back," said David Crews, president of the Fraternal Order of Police. "For two years, they've been through ups and downs and not knowing. Finally it's over. They've got closure." Thomas Cleveland (pictured left) said all five of the officers have endured undue stress and criticism since the incident was made public. "People don't understand the role of a police officer and the stresses we go through," Cleveland said. "None of the five of us knew at that particular moment whether we were going to be alive or not 15 seconds later."
(Officers Kenneth Prevo (left) and Heath Boakle)
Board members Ann Florie, Lonnie Washington and Chairman Kenneth Moore followed the recommendation made two weeks ago by a hearing officer. Jim Sturdivant said city officials didn't provide any testimony during a daylong hearing to support the firings of David Doran, Barrett Dewitt, Heath Boackle, Prevo and Cleveland.
At Tuesday's meeting, Moore said, "One of the wondrous things about being on this board is that we are relieved of anything political at all. We don't have to do anything but follow the law."
(Officers David Doran (left) and Barrett Dewitt)
According to the Tuesday ruling, "the hearing officers found 'that the city failed to present any evidence in support of termination of the five officers.' The city was provided ample opportunity and was urged repeatedly by the hearing officer to present evidence to support the city's decision to terminate the (officers). For reasons known only to the City of Birmingham, it failed to do so."
Attorney Michael Choy, who represented the city in the hearing and also will defend the city in a civil lawsuit set for September, said, "We respect the process, and we respect the board's decision."
All five officers were fired in 2009 after an incident came to light and made national headlines via a videotape of officers striking Anthony Warren, a suspect who led officers on a chase through several cities. Warren is serving 20 years in prison for his assault on the Hoover officer .
At the time the officers were fired, Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper held a news conference at which he said there was a failure in policy, personnel, training, procedures and supervision.
A grand jury later indicted Doran and Dewitt, but they were found not guilty of wrongdoing in federal court earlier this year. The other three officers were never criminally charged.
On Tuesday, a couple of the officers spoke out about their ordeal. Cleveland said it was tough to have the public judge him for 1.47 seconds of a 17-year career, especially since the public was doing so "in the comfort of their own homes, not knowing what we knew at the time."
"I've been unemployed for two years. My wife has been very supportive; the FOP has been very supportive, and there's been a lot of support from the community," Cleveland said. "I've had people stop me on the street and give me money because they knew who I was and what a terrible time I was going through."
Like most of the officers involved, Cleveland had to cash in his pension and deferred compensation to make ends meet. "I'm struggling," he said. "I'm ready to get it all behind me."
He said he was thankful the personnel board made what he considered to be the right decision. "They didn't have to confirm his recommendation, although it would have been highly unusual had they not," he said. "But after the past two years and the struggles we've been through, at this point you can't take anything for granted."
Prevo, a 15-year veteran law officer, said he will return to work as soon as he gets his orders.
"I guess I've got to get back on the street and see if I still have this police thing in my heart, and reassess the value of putting my life on the line for a public who doesn't care, and knowing that at any time a man can take it away from me," he said.
He said police officers have always been a "whipping post" for the public, one of the things he had hoped to change when he joined the force.
"It's going to be difficult for me to go there with that same vigor, that same heartfelt desire, the same sacrifice I was willing to make then," he said. "I will go back whenever they tell me to go back. I took that oath. Until then, I will continue to live life in God's hands."
In Honor Officer of the Year!
Published Thu, Apr 14, 2011 04:37 AM (EDT)
Modified Thu, Apr 14, 2011 13:28 PM (PDT)
New York (WCJB) - An award given to an officer who fatally shot a Pace University football player last year is "obviously offensive," an attorney representing the youth's parents said Wednesday. "It's a disgrace," the attorney told reporters. "What concerns me is it sends a message of blatant disregard." Officer Aaron Hess was named Officer of the Year by the Police Benevolent Association in Pleasantville, New York, last week, according to media sources. Mount Pleasant Police Officer Ronald Beckley and Hess shot Danroy "D.J." Henry, 20, of Easton, Massachusetts, early on October 17, 2010 outside a bar at a shopping center in Thornwood, New York. On February 14, 2011 a Westchester County, NY Grand Jury cleared both police officers of criminal responsibility in the death.
Pleasantville Police Chief Anthony Chiarlitti defended his officer while quelling suggestions that Henry was shot because he was black. "Any attempt to characterize Officer Hess ... as racially biased is inappropriate and irresponsible," the police chief said. "Officer Hess has always been a good police officer and, until someone demonstrates to my satisfaction that Officer Hess did something wrong, I will continue to support him."
"The PBA membership unanimously voted to present the award to Officer Hess as an expression of support for the dignified and professional manner in which Officer Hess has conducted himself throughout his career and this ordeal and, most particularly, the very difficult aftermath of this tragic incident," Listwan said. "The entire PBA membership is proud to count Aaron Hess among its ranks and wanted him to know it."
August 28, 2010
August 27, 2010
FREDONIA, Ariz. – Law officers combed a remote desert area in northern Arizona early Friday for a gunman who allegedly shot and killed a Utah sheriff's deputy with a high-powered rifle. Arizona authorities say Kane County, Utah, Deputy Sheriff Brian Harris was shot about three miles east of Fredonia, a small town just south of the Utah border. Coconino County sheriff's commander Kurt Braatz said Harris was a resident of Mount Carmel, Utah, married with two daughters. Officials say Harris, 41, was chasing a burglary suspect, identified as Scott Curley, 23, on foot Thursday afternoon when the suspect allegedly opened fire on Harris, killing the deputy with a high-powered rifle. The manhunt for Curley continued through the night and into Friday. Dozens of law officers, some in helicopters or leading tracking dogs, searched the remote desert area. Utah's governor expressed sadness over the deputy's death. "Once again, we have received the tragic news that a Utah peace officer has lost his life in the line of duty," said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. He described Harris as a lawman who put "himself in a dangerous situation to protect his community." Harris' friends and family members gathered at his home to offer comfort and condolences. "He was our go-to guy," his mother Bonnie Harris told The Salt Lake City Tribune. "He did everything for us." The Gulf War veteran joined the sheriff's office after returning from the Mideast and enjoyed his work, especially rescuing lost or stranded people, said his brother, Bert Harris. "He loved law enforcement. It was his thing," said his father Bruce Harris.
LVMPD! 19 Shootings - 1 year!
August 27, 2010
The first officer at the scene came in contact with 40-year-old Francisco Aguila Canez of Henderson standing next to a pick-up truck. The officer reported that Canez also appeared to be concealing a dark object behind his leg. When the officer attempted to speak to Canez, officials say, he pointed the object at the police officer in a threatening manner. Canez ignored commands to drop the object, forcing the officer to fire several rounds and striking Canez three times. The object, reportedly, turned out to be a pair of binoculars. The 40-year-old shooting victim was taken to Sunrise Trauma Center for treatment of his wounds.
According to Las Vegas Metro Homicide investigators, Canez was despondent due to problems at his job and a "rapidly deteriorating financial situation." Investigators have also determined that Canez was the person who made the original 911 call to the dispatch center so that he could draw police officers to the area. Charges against Canez are still pending and the investigation is still ongoing.
Metro has not released the name of the officer who shot Canez. Per policy, the officer's name will be released 48 hours after the incident. This is the 19th officer involved shooting for the Las Vegas Metro P.D. this year.
Published Sunday, July 18, 2010 | 5:43 p.m.
Updated Sunday, July 18, 2010 | 8:22 p.m.
Investigators were working the scene Sunday evening in a southwest Las Vegas apartment complex where, late Sunday afternoon, a domestic disturbance involving a husband, his wife and her ex-husband ended up with both men getting shot — including one of them by two Metro police officers. The wife called police about the shooting at 4:13 p.m. and officers headed to the scene to deal with a report of "battery with a deadly weapon," Neville said.
Neville said when two Metro officers arrived, they "got into it" with the current husband and the two officers both fired at him, critically injuring him. It wasn't clear whether the husband fired on the officers, but Neville said neither one of the two officers were harmed. All of the shootings took place inside the apartment, Neville said.
A man who was at the scene Sunday afternoon said he had just gotten off a bus on the corner near the apartment complex when the shooting was taking place. He said he heard multiple rounds of gunfire, possibly six shots. Sunday's incident is the third Metro officer-involved shooting incident in the city within eight days. It is also the 18th officer-involved shooting this year, police said.
LVMPD Officer History!
Jan 9th, 2004
Las Vegas has a serious problem with police crimes and scandals and the police department there is truly out of control. One white police officer, with a troubled history, on three different occasions murdered three marginalized homeless men in a six year period (two of the victims were black) and claimed all three men attacked him with a knife. Oddly enough, there were no witnesses to any of these killings! The officer, who has only been on the force for eight years, would not submit to a polygraph examination and is still on the force today.
Other recent police crimes include the threat of sexual torture of a casino coin thief who would not reveal his name to the police. Three police officers roughed him up, pulled down his pants and put a rubber glove on their night stick and threatened to sodomize him if he did not reveal his name. The officers knew his name but did this because he was "uncooperative". This felonious assault was all captured on the casino's security video and yet the officers still submitted falsified police reports. These officers were briefly jailed and released due to the good-old-boy conservative political brokers in Nevada.
Officer Sean Curd -possession of cocaine
Detective Kelly -lost a kilo of coke (how?)
Officer Ramirez -forcing a sex act
Officer Fisher -shooting at Mexicans
Officer Mortenson -shooting at Mexicans
Detective Hartung -molesting a boy
Officer Splinter -brandishing a weapon
Sgt Keller -receiving $15,000 (overtime?)
Officer Miller -beating a handcuffed man
Officer McCulloch -3 dui's in 18 months
No name DARE officer -smoking pot
Officer Brown -poss GHB and Ecstacy
Detective Brandon -robbery
Officer Conroy -shoplifting
Officer Rogers -brawling
Officer Montes -brawling
Officer Mills -brawling
Officer Klein -brawling
Officer Lewis -brawling
Officer Pearce -poss meth manufact $
Cadet no name -murder while at academy
Officer Woodard -sexual assult on minor
2 Murders - 2 Weeks!
August 24, 2010
MIAMI – A Miami police officer and a federal agent fired on two armed men who pointed weapons at officers in Liberty City early Friday, killing one, authorities said. The Miami officer, Ricardo Martinez, had just returned to work following another fatal shooting — that of a 16-year-old youth in Overtown during a robbery sting. The federal officer was not named.
Police identified the dead man as Tarnorris Tyrell Gaye, 19. Records show Gaye has been arrested several times on charges including grand theft of a vehicle, battery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. It was the fourth time in six weeks Miami police had been involved in a fatal shooting.
Miami police policy gives officers three days off after a shooting. A psychologist evaluates the officer before the police chief gives the final clearance to return to full duty. “He is a very good officer,‘’ Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito said of Martinez, an 11-year veteran. "He was cleared to go back to work, and there’s no problem.’’
Less than two weeks ago, police said Joell Lee Johnson pointed a gun at an officer posing as a Chinese food delivery man during a sting after a similar robbery a day earlier. Martinez fired, fatally wounding Johnson, whose funeral is Saturday.
Miami police Cmdr. Delrish Moss said a man stopped plainclothes officers early Friday, saying he had just been robbed by two men on bicycles, one with a shotgun. Late Friday, officers charged Stephen Battle, 18, the man they say was with Gaye, with trespass and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer.
A "Miami police arrest report" gives this account:
Two plainclothes officers — including a Miami officer and an agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement — in a white pickup shortly after midnight spotted two men riding bicycles west on Northwest 58th Street in the middle of the road. Authorities said the two agencies were teaming up in Liberty City in an operation aimed at breaking up gangs and getting guns off the street.
The officers turned on red and blue flashing lights and yelled for the men to ``stop.‘’ They didn’t stop. According to the officers, one man ``was leaning and riding in what appeared to be an awkward position,’’ on the bicycle, the report said.
The man, later identified as Gaye, ``pulled a shotgun from underneath his shirt and from the side of his pants. He then lifted the weapon up pointing it towards the police vehicle…’’ the report said. The weapon was later described as a Mossberg 500A 12-gauge shotgun.
Battle ``pulled a handgun from his waist and pointed it at the officers,’’ the report continues. Both officers fired, the report said. Battle fled. One officer continued shooting at Gaye while the other chased after Battle. Gaye, shot several times, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities do not know if both officers’ shots hit Gaye. Officers found Battle about three hours later behind a home in the 1400 block of Northwest 58th Terrace. A .38-caliber Smith and Wesson was nearby.
ICE spokesman Temple Black confirmed in a statement that his agents were doing surveillance with Miami police when the shooting occurred. He would not release the name of the agent. On Friday morning, 10 bright green cones were clustered in an oval on the ground in front of Willie Stephenson’s yellow house near Northwest 14th Avenue. Stephenson, 54, said he heard at least seven shots. He waited a minute, then came outside the house and saw the body of a man on the ground on his back. He said two bicycles lay on the ground, along with a shotgun.
Earnest Sims, Battle’s father, rushed to the scene Friday morning after hearing about the shooting involving his son. “I’m just going to continue to pray,‘’ said Sims. ``That’s all I can do until we find out more information. I just thank God it wasn’t him who was killed. I feel sorry for the young man who was killed.’’
See: Corrupt Justice™: Miami Beach Police Department - Murderous
Unarmed & Black!
June 9, 2010
Ex-cop pleads guilty in Katrina bridge shooting
A former police officer pleaded guilty Friday to trying to help fellow officers cover up the post-Hurricane Katrina shootings on a New Orleans bridge that left two men dead and four others wounded.
NEW ORLEANS — A former police officer pleaded guilty to trying to help fellow officers cover up the post-Hurricane Katrina shootings on a New Orleans bridge that left two [Black] men dead and four others wounded. Ignatius Hills, 33, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to obstruct justice and misprision of felony as Lance Madison looked on with members of his family. Madison initially was charged with eight counts of attempted murder and is the brother of Ronald Madison, a severely disabled [Black] man who was one of those killed on the Danziger Bridge.
Hands folded in front of him, Hills answered in a calm voice as the judge questioned him about the plea deal, acknowledging that he signed a police department report justifying Lance Madison's arrest, even though he believed Madison was not guilty. Hills also admitted that he lied when he said that the [Black] civilian he fired at "clutched his waistband and turned toward Hills as if grabbing for a weapon."
"At this point we feel very, very good about the progress federal officials are making," said Dr. Romell Madison, the older brother of Lance and Ronald. Hills was one of seven officers charged in state court with murder or attempted murder. The Justice Department opened its probe after a state judge dismissed those charges in 2008.
Former officers Michael Lohman, Jeffrey Lehrmann, Robert Barrios and Michael Hunter all have pleaded guilty in connection with the shootings.
Marion David Ryder, a convicted felon who was posing as a law enforcement officer on the day of the shootings, also pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI when he claimed a civilian shot at him near the bridge. Confirming statements by officers who worked out earlier deals, Hills said that he saw numerous [Black] civilians lying "bloody and wounded" on the bridge, but "did not see any guns on or near the [Black] civilians, and did not perceive any threat from them."
He also reaffirmed the cover-up of the shootings, even attending a meeting with other officers in a gutted police station to make sure their stories were consistent.
The six guilty pleas have been from those involved in the cover-up and appear to lay the foundation for more serious charges against those who actually did the shooting and engineered the cover-up. "We have not completed this investigation," U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said after the sentencing. "There is a lot of work to be done."
Conspiracy to obstruct justice carries a maximum sentence of five years and a fine of $250,000. The misprision of a felony conviction could draw up to 3 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
As part of his plea deal, the New Orleans district attorney agreed not to bring state charges against Hills, who also admitted to lying to a state grand jury. Sentencing was set for Sept. 22, 2010.
• Lying is the Norm (SFPD)! - Part IV (Draft - Coming Soon!)
• Lying is the Norm! - Part III
• From Top-to-Bottom: Lying is the Norm! - Part II
• Police Cover-Ups: Lying is the Norm!
February 15, 2010
Portland, Ore. - The Rev. Jesse Jackson visited Portland on Tuesday in response to the police shooting of Aaron Campbell late last month, the Albina Ministerial Alliance announced Sunday. Campbell, an African-American male, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by Portland police officer Officer Ronald Frashour, who is white, on January 29, 2010. Campbell was shot in the back after emerging from an apartment with his hands over his head. He was reportedly distraught over the death of his brother earlier in the day. Frashour has said he thought Campbell was reaching toward his waistband for a weapon. Campbell died at the scene.
On February 10, 2010, a Multnomah County grand jury returned a "no true bill," or no indictment against Portland Officer Ronald Frashour, who fired one shot from his AR-15 rifle at Campbell, 25, striking him in the back in the parking lot of the Sandy Terrace Apartments in Northeast Portland. The grand jury did not find criminal wrongdoing by Officer Ronald Frashour. But in its three-page letter, the jury said it was outraged at what happened and said the Police Bureau, with its communication failures and deficient training, “should be held responsible for this tragedy.”
|Officials talk about investigation into Aaron Campbell shooting|
In the past five years, at least five people with mental illness, or in crisis, have been killed by Portland police:
Aaron Campbell, 2010
James Chasse, Jr., 2006
Jerry Goins, 2006
Tim Grant, 2006
Raymond Gwerder, 2005
Portland PD Kills Again!
James Jahar Akbar Perez was the third young, unarmed "black" American citizen to be murdered by Portland cops between 2002 and 2004. It was March 28, 2004, when a white Portland police officer, Jason Sery (pictured left) shot Mr. Perez three times after pulling him over for "failure to use a turn signal."
Michael C. Schrunk has been the Multnomah County District Attorney since 1981. Being in office for 28 years and counting, Schrunk obviously believes he is above the law and can do whatever he wants, legal or otherwise. In 1997, an attorney from his office, David Peters, somehow escaped prosecution after cocaine was found in his home and after his name was in the "black book" of a known drug dealer. Schrunk's record when it comes to letting police thugs off for murdering American citizens that is even more troubling about this character's career.
Schrunk refused to file charges against Sery, just like he did when Portland Police officers Stephen Mosier and Christopher Gilbert murdered unarmed Byron Hammick back on February 22, 2002; and when Portland police officer Scott McCollister, on May 5, 2003, shot and killed unarmed, 21-year-old Kendra James.
Lying, Murderous O.P.D.
January 20, 2010
We note that lying is the norm for police officers, judges and lawyers. A honest judge, attorney or police officer is an exception to the norm.
January 22, 2010
San Pablo, California police used reasonable force when they shot and killed a 35-year-old black man who [allegedly] grabbed for an officer's gun during a street fight in 2006, according to a verdict reached by a federal jury this week. The mother of Melvin Deshawn Hardnett, Delores Stringer, sued the police department for $10 million in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The suit alleged that the two officers involved in her son's death used excessive force and acted maliciously without just provocation. The jury reached its verdict in favor of the police on Wednesday.
Hardnett was shot dead May 29, 2006, after he led police on a car chase, fled from the vehicle and then struggled with two officers as he was apprehended. Several men watching the struggle threw rocks at the officers and shouted for Hardnett to kill them. Police [lied and] said Hardnett had partially pulled one officer's gun from his holster, prompting the second officer to fire. Hardnett died at the scene.
See: Lying is the Norm! - Part III
By the Jew Court! Shooting UNARMED Black Men is "Reasonable"
January 19, 2010
"The undisputed evidence shows that Officers Jimenez and Borello acted reasonably when they used deadly force against Mr. Moppin[.]"
"Sara" Claudia Wilkens
Race or Ethnicity: Jew/White
Gender: [Used] Female
Law School Graduate: University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1975; Private practice, Berkeley, California, 1978-1984; Adjunct professor, University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1978-1984; Professor, New College School of Law, 1980-1985.
Officers Hector Jimenez, who was fired after shooting another unarmed black man to death in 2008, and Jessica Borello were justified in shooting 20-year-old Andrew Moppin-Buckskin at 47th Avenue and International Boulevard after he ran from his car following a traffic stop, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in Oakland.
Moppin-Buckskin was not armed, but the officers believed he was reaching for his waistband when they opened fire, Jew Wilken said in a 15-page ruling Tuesday.
"The undisputed evidence shows that Officers Jimenez and Borello acted reasonably when they used deadly force against Mr. Moppin," Wilken wrote. "The officers shot Mr. Moppin only after he failed to come toward them, as ordered, dropped his hands and then made a movement toward his waist area as though reaching for a weapon."
Less than seven months after Moppin-Buckskin was killed, Jimenez fatally shot Mack "Jody" Woodfox III, 27, after stopping him on suspicion of drunken driving.
Jimenez said he believed Woodfox had been reaching into his waistband for a gun when he jumped from his car and ran after a chase July 25, 2008, that ended at East 17th Street and Fruitvale Avenue in the Fruitvale district. Woodfox, who was shot in the back, turned out not to have a gun. The city settled a lawsuit filed by his family for $650,000. Jimenez was fired for Woodfox's shooting on the grounds that he had violated the Police Department's use-of-force policies, which stipulate that officers cannot fire on suspects who pose no threat. Jimenez is appealing his termination.
(Judge Stephen Trott, 9th Cir., pictured left) In August of 2006, the California Second Appellate District Court of Appeal unanimously concluded that the use of police dogs by officers does not constitute the use of deadly force. In the case of Thompson v. County of Los Angeles (2006) 142 Cal.App. 4th 154, the Court of Appeal reaffirmed that deadly force is defined as "force that creates a substantial
risk of causing death or serious bodily harm, "however, the court also reinforced prior court decisions that "...the great weight of authority (holds) that use of a trained police dog does not constitute deadly force."
In the Thompson case, the California Court of Appeal referred to a recent decision from the Ninth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeal, Smith v. City of Hemet (2005) 394 Fed. 3rd 689, where the Ninth Circuit "adopted a definition of deadly force to include force creating a substantial risk of serious injury, thereby overruling the authority on which the trial court had relied in refusing (Thompson's) deadly force instruction." The Court of Appeal goes on to state that "the trial court...properly instructed the jury that the use of force in this instance was to be analyzed under the reasonableness standard applied to claims of excessive force."
In Scott v. Harris, the U.S. Supreme Court focused on when the use of force by law enforcement is reasonable. "It is...conceded, by both sides, that a claim of excessive force in the course of making a..."seizure" of the person...is properly analyzed under the Fourth Amendment's objective reasonableness standard. The question we need to answer is whether Scott's actions were objectively reasonable."
In making that statement, the Supreme Court referred to a prior decision of the Court, from twenty years ago, the case of Tennessee v. Garner (1985) 471 U.S.1. In the Garner case, a police officer shot and killed "a young, slight, and unarmed burglary suspect, by shooting him in the back of the head while he was running away on foot...." The Scott court states that "Garner did not establish a magical on/off switch that triggers rigid preconditions whenever an officer's actions constitute deadly force." As such, "whether or not Scott's actions constituted application of "deadly force," all that matters is whether Scott's actions were reasonable."
License to Kill Black Men!
We now see a pattern of law emerging from both the state and federal courts that grant police departments across the nation, a license to kill black men. In virtually every case that has made its way before the court involving the killing of unarmed black men by police officers, the court has found legal precedent to justify such killings. The publice record demonstrates that not one police officer in America has been convicted of killing an unarmed black man. In one of the most egregious cases, New York Police Officers shot an unarmed black man fifty (50) times. Every officer involved in this shooting of Sean Bell was exonerated in a court of law.
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Movie Intermission! THE BLACK HOLOCAUST!
Description: "Between 1824 and 1951 there were over 300 events classified as “White Race Riots” in which entire white communities turned on and destroyed entire Black communities and murdered Blacks in mass. There were 26 such major events and hundreds of smaller ones in major cities and towns across the US during the summer of 1919 alone. This period has been tagged by historians as “The Red Summer of 1919”, because many of the events happened from May to October of that year and the blood of their victims literally painted the streets of America. White men, men women and children all participated in what was best described by Ida B. Wells-Barnett as "An orgy of murder and mayhem." That year, 1919, tens of thousands of Black Americans were killed, maimed and 375,000 were made refugees, though never being given refugee status, all for economic, social, political and other reasons both real and imaginary. They even killed Blacks for recreation activities in rural areas in events called "Friday Night Boot Burnings" (the burning of a Black man at a stake or bonfire) or " Picnic" (a slang term for pick a nigger for lynching} Lynching became a common weekly event to kill the monotony of rural life. It was not uncommon for whites to eat, drink, dance and sing church songs as they created a sadistic festive atmosphere, while their victims suffered from torture." Blacks involved in other riots between 1917 and 1923, recalled the horrors of the East St. Louis race riot, in which 250 to 700 Blacks (or more) were massacred in the most gruesome fashion and dared to fight back. (Runtime: 02:10:44)