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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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Monday, May 10, 2010

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May 10, 2010

The Volusia County sheriff's deputy involved in Sunday's shooting of an armed man near DeLand had shot another man during a drug operation last month. Officials at the Volusia County Sheriff's Office placed veteran Sergeant Vidal Mejías on paid leave today, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, while they investigate the shooting of Joshua James Gerard. The outcome of April's shooting incident involving Mejías was is still under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Sheriff's Office spokesman Gary Davidson said. The state agency investigates all officer-involved shootings in Florida.

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Pastor Chris!

Posted: October 7, 2011 | 1:52 pm
Updated: 3:17 pm PDT October 9, 2011

A pastor and youth soccer coach has been arrested on suspicion of molesting an 8-year-old girl, Huntington Beach police said Friday. Christopher Raymond Olague, 39 (pictured left) of Westminster, pastor of Refuge Southland Church in Buena Park, was arrested Wednesday, on suspicion of molesting an 8-year-old girl, according a police report. Olague is accused of molesting a girl he was driving to his house for a playdate with one of his children, according to the report. Instead, Olague drove to a Huntington Beach park and molested the girl inside his car, police said. Before driving her home, he gave her $40 and asked her not to tell her parents, police said. The girl, however, did tell her parents, who called police, according to the report. Later that afternoon, Huntington Beach and Garden Grove police located Olague and arrested him.

He was booked into Huntington Beach City Jail on suspicion of committing a lewd act on a child under 14 years of age and dissuading a witness. He posted $100,000 bail; his initial court date is scheduled Nov. 28, 2011. Police said they also contacted Orange County Child Protective Services to ensure the safety of children in Olague’s house. Huntington Beach detectives believe that there may be other victims. Anyone with information is asked to call (714) 960-8834 or (714) 536-5988.

The Refuge Southland Church website states that Olague, known as Pastor Chris, has five children, and that the church is an affiliate of Refuge Calvary Chapel in Huntington Beach, where Olague and his wife were once on staff. Telephone calls to the church and the Olague residence were not immediately returned.

Orchestra Director!

Posted: 5:14 pm EDT September 30, 2010
Updated: 6:54 pm EDT September 30, 2010

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A former Cobb County teacher will head to prison after pleading guilty to cruelty to children and sexual battery for a relationship with a student. Media sources had the only cameras rolling Thursday as former Harrison High School orchestra director Steven Parkman (pictured left) agreed to spend two years in prison for a relationship with a 17-year-old student. “I would like to say at this time it’s good to bring closure at this time and to forgive and forget,” said the student’s father.

At one point, Parkman thought he could avoid a trial altogether.

A Cobb County judge recently tossed out another case involving an affair between teacher Christopher King and a 17-year-old student, after the student admitted the relationship was consensual.

Parkman insisted his teacher-student relationship was the same, but after the King case, prosecutors re-indicted him and included a sodomy charge, because Parkman admitted to engaging in oral sex with the student at Harrison High and in the parking lot of a public library.

Parkman’s attorney insisted his client had a good defense, but told Elliot that the addition of the rarely-used sodomy charge put Parkman in a no-win situation.

By law, Parkman will have to serve most of his two-year sentence in prison, followed by eight years on probation. He has also sent in his teaching certificate.

The young woman’s father told the judge she was receiving counseling and agreed with the deal.

May 15, 2010

Layton, Utah — A Northridge High School theater teacher was arrested Monday following a weeks-long rape investigation. Jeremy Flygare, 31 (pictured above, left) of Sunset, Utah was booked into the Davis County Jail for investigation of three counts of rape stemming from an alleged "unlawful sexual relationship" with a juvenile female student at the school, said Layton Police Lt. Garret Atkin. Investigators were informed of the alleged misconduct by the girl's parents, who came to the police on March 31, Atkin said. Officers then gathered information through interviews and collected evidence to warrant Monday's arrest, he said. Flygare had been a teacher at the school since 2007 but was put on paid administrative leave on March 29, said Davis County School District spokesman Chris Williams. "Generally speaking, any time an employee of ours faces charges like this it causes great concern," Williams said. Police declined to give further details about the girl's age or whether she was a student of Flygare. Atkin would only say the man had been in a "position of trust" at the time of the alleged activity and because of that position, "the sexual relationship is deemed nonconsensual and therefore warrants rape charges."

Criminal Vigilante!

May 13, 2010

Orange County Deputies got a tip that murder suspect, Robert Pascale (pictured left) 20, was hiding out near 8th St. and Belvedere Rd. in Bithlo. They arrived at the scene around 4:00 pm Thursday, and the suspect fled into the wood. Deputies chased after using bloodhounds to track his scent. "We went down about 200 yards, found him laying on his back in the mud," said master deputy Gary Dolton. "Just a little bit of his face was showing and that was all." Deputies say Pascal beat Hugh Edwards, 79, to death with a baseball bat in his Bithlo mobile home. Investigators say the killing was likely a case of mistaken identity. Rumors swirled through the community that Edwards was a sex offender who molested children. Records show he had no history of sexual crimes.

Michael Garay, 32, was arrested as an accessory to the murder. He told detectives that he waited outside while Pascal went in the trailer with the bat.

"Vigilantism is a concept that has existed alongside the concept of justice for as long as we can remember. Since laws were created, there have been those who defy them and those who take them into their own hands. People have their own unique opinions about justice; some just act on them more than others. It is our proposition that the United States should punish vigilantes for their wrongdoings.

The dictionary definition of a vigilante is someone who illegally punishes someone for perceived offenses or participates in a group which metes out extrajudicial punishment to such a person. The key word in the definition is "illegal." By taking the law into their own hands, these people are breaking the law themselves, thereby creating more problems. That being said, my first point is that it is not the job of common citizens to enforce their interpretation of justice. We have trained professionals to do that.

If anything, these individuals create more work for law enforcement; vigilantes violate the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th amendments which cover, respectively, search and seizure, due process, trial by jury, and cruel and unusual punishment. If police have to go out of their way to arrest these individuals, thereby taking time away from other serious issues, the vigilantes are merely creating more problems for society rather than solving them.

[T]here have been many vigilante organizations who carry out the law based on their own interpretation. Take the Ku Klux Klan, for example. In their opinion, African Americans and other minorities deserved punishment merely for treading on "white rights." During the Civil Rights Movement, numerous African Americans individuals were terrorized, tortured, mobbed, and lynched in demonstrations by this vigilante organization."

-- Johnson, Katie. "Vigilantism: Not Always a Good Thing."

["The first Ku Klux Klan, founded soon after the American Civil War, was a secret vigilante group that conducted violence across the South to intimidate freedmen and their allies, discourage education and political activity they disagreed with, enforce their view of justice, and restore white supremacy."]

May 13, 2010

Teacher Beats Student!

Not Guilty! Corruption?

May 12, 2010

In 2008, an elementary-school teacher named Tonya Craft was arrested and accused of molesting three girls, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. She's now been acquitted of all 22 charges -- after she lost custody of her daughter, lost her job and lost her home. The defense is complaining to the FBI about the judge and prosecutor in the case. (The judge, as it happens, represented Craft's ex-husband during their divorce several years ago.)

Crime writer Dave Lohr talks about the problems with the case:

As the trial continued, many conflicting details emerged. One of the alleged victims admitted to lying in a previously taped interview; another said she was promised a toy for talking to police. Other times, witnesses said they could not remember pertinent details of the case.

Experts for the prosecution and defense were also unable to agree on whether the alleged victims showed signs of sexual abuse.

Alyssa Bustamante

May 12, 2010

Taxpayers won't fund teen murder suspect's education, judge rules. Alyssa Bustamante (pictured left) a Cole County teen accused of murdering a 9-year-old neighbor, had asked the court if she could enroll in Mizzou's distance learning program, so she could continue her high-school education at taxpayer expense. The judge has turned down the motion and didn't clarify if Bustamante could take classes some other way, if she bore the cost herself. Bustamante faces charges that she killed Elizabeth Olten last October.

Huckaby pleads guilty!

May 10, 2010

STOCKTON, CASunday School Teacher Melissa Huckaby (pictured left) pleaded guilty today to killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu. Huckaby pleaded guilty to murder with a special circumstance of kidnapping. All other charges against her in the case were dropped. The 29-year-old Tracy woman was accused of killing Sandra, who was last seen alive on March 27, 2009. After a 10-day search, the girl's body was found in a black suitcase in a pond not far from the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park, where the second-grader and Huckaby were neighbors. Tracy police arrested Huckaby on April 10, 2009. A San Joaquin County grand jury indicted the mother and Sunday school teacher on murder with three enhancements — kidnapping, lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 and rape by instrument — in connection with Sandra's death. A second count charged Huckaby with a sex crime with a child 10 years or younger.

Cop Shoots Student!

May 10, 2010

Nicolei Hurtado Ocana

May 10, 2010

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) ― A Compton High School math teacher has been charged with the alleged sexual abuse of three female students.

Prosecutors say Nicolei Hurtado Ocana was charged Monday with multiple felonies, including lewd act upon a child and contact with a minor for a sexual offense. He's also charged with misdemeanor child molestation.

Prosecutors say the alleged assaults took place on the Compton High School campus between Sept. 1, 2008, and April 21, 2010. One of the alleged victims was 15 at the time and the two others were 16.

The 28-year-old Ocana is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Compton Superior Court. He's being held on $390,000 bail.

Ocana faces up to six years in prison if convicted of all counts.

Amy Victoria Beck

May 10, 2010

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - A middle school teacher who stunned authorites and colleagues when she walked into a police station earlier this year and admitted having sex with a 14-year-old former student for six months was sentenced Friday to two years in prison. Amy Victoria Beck (pictured above, left) stood in court looking dejected, her head slightly bowed and her eyes either closed or fixed on the floor as Judge Patrick J. Hegarty passed sentence. She had pleaded no contest in March (2010) to one count each of unlawful sexual intercourse and committing a lewd act on a child. The 33-year-old instructor, who had been accused with five counts of engaging in sexual intercourse with a individual under 16, faced up to as much as 7 years in prison upon conviction.

The sentencing hearing lasted just a few minutes and Beck, her hands cuffed behind her, never spoke except to mumble a "thank you" when Hegarty wished her good luck. With time off for good behavior, as well as credit for the months she has been in jail since her confession, Beck's attorney said she should be released in about 10 months.

The 33-year-old mother of three remains married to her husband, a Los Angeles police officer, and her attorney said the couple have no plans to divorce. "Her husband is absolutely standing by her," her attorney told reporters outside court. He said Beck still could not explain why she began the affair in March 2009. The boy had been one of her students several years before, he said.

Beck was a popular teacher at David Starr Jordan Middle School whose work had been honored by a local service group when she arrived at police headquarters in this Los Angeles suburb. She had quit her job the week before, telling school officials she planned to move out of state. Instead, she went straight to jail, never making any effort to post her $175,000 bail. With her lawyer by her position, police say, Amy Victoria Beck told investigators the relationship with one of her previous pupils started in March 2009 and kept going till end of December (2009). She stated it left her wrecked with guilt.

Beck's attorney said she has never regretted her decision to confess to a crime police said they were unaware of. "She believes it was the right thing to do after having done the wrong thing," he said. "The only way to set it right was to do the right thing." Upon her release, Beck must serve three years parole and register for life as a sex offender.

In court Deputy District Attorney Debra Archuleta briefly questioned whether it was proper to give Beck as much as a day off her sentence for each day served, given the seriousness of her crimes, but Hegarty said it was. Archuleta declined to speak with reporters after the hearing.

Simon Watts

Christine Williams

May 10, 2010

Two Queens teachers were busted for having sex with minors in two separate incidents, authorities said today. Simon Watts, 38, a fourth-grade teacher at PS 15 in Springfield Garden, was charged with first-degree of sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a minor. Police said Watts fondled five kids -- ages 8 to 10 -- inside his classroom dating back to September 2007 until last month. Another teacher, Christine Williams, 41, who teaches fifth grade at PS 80 in Jamaica, was arrested for having sex twice with a 15-year-old boy. The teen was identified as a family friend of Williams'. She was charged with third-degree rape and endangering the welfare of the minor.

In the second case, Brown says 41-year-old Christine Williams is charged with third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child. Williams, who is employed as a fifth grade special ed teacher at P.S. 80 (the Thurgood Marshall Magnet School), was released on her own recognizance and ordered to return to court on May 10, 2010. If convicted, she faces up to four years in prison.

According to the criminal charges, Williams engaged in sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old male student at her residence on at least two separate nights between January 29, 2010, and February 5, 2010. The student was allegedly a friend of the family.

New claims are surfacing against a Queens teacher who is already facing charges for allegedly molesting some of his fourth grade students. The number of victims may be going up dramatically. Outraged parents met in Queens Sunday night demanding answers. Parents say the list of possible victims is now up to a staggering 16 girls. "We don't feel like our children are safe," parent Tandrea Lane said. A private meeting was held inside a remote Jamaica, Queens warehouse as worried parents waited, desperate for a status report on teacher Simon Watts (pictured above, left). Prosecutors say the 38-year-old is a predator who used his trusted position to sexually abuse the girls inside his fourth grade classroom at P.S. 15 in Springfield Gardens. Parents were alarmed to learn Watts is out on bail after being charged with sex abuse and other crimes.

"That's disturbing. Now he is back in the community he lives in, the community where we all live as well," Lane said. Parents and politicians say the initial shock of the arrest was followed by a revelation that Watts was disciplined by the Department of Education in the past, then reassigned and allowed to keep teaching. The initial complaint involved corporal punishment, but parents and politicians say it was a red flag that was overlooked by leaders of a department in charge of protecting kids.

"This is the height of seriousness as it relates to our children," State Senate President Malcolm Smith said.

"30 months – for 30 months, this individual has been preying on a number of children, five [children], two of which he followed from the third grade to the fourth grade," Senator Smith said.

"The principal should have been aware of the prior charge and that this person should not have been allowed into our school community," Lane said.

A Department of Education spokesman released the following statement: "We are shocked and deeply troubled by the allegations made against Mr. Watts. Our overriding concern today is with the students and families of P.S. 15. Given what we've heard, this individual does not belong in a classroom."

“Something is wrong,” Smith said. “The UFT needs to figure out what is going on with its teachers.”

Smith said though Watts was removed from the school, there was an issue with the timeline and parental notification. He alleged that Watts wasn’t removed from the classroom until two weeks after the allegations.

“There is no reason he should be at the school two weeks after the allegations,” Smith said. “No one, no one is going to accept this.”

Chrissy Pettway, PS 15’s PTA vice president, said a letter was given to Watts’ fourth grade class, which stated he was on leave.

“He didn’t just teach his class,” Pettway said. “[Principal Antonio K’Tori] should have sent out the letter to the whole school.”

Pettway went on to say that K’Tori questioned parents and told them not to speak of the allegations.

Pettway said the initial child told her parents about the allegations on March 8 and by March 11 K’Tori knew of the accusations. Pettway said students weren’t given letters until April 8.

Another letter was sent home on April 21, she said. The letter said he was reassigned because of the allegations and that he had not been in school since the allegations.

“That is a lie,” Pettway said.

Eric Douglas, a first grader’s parent, said he knew of the incident from media reports. Also, Douglas said he was not notified of a meeting intended to brief parents on the situation. “Press or outsiders know more than us what happened at that meeting,” he said. “Once informed by the NYPD of allegations on March 11, school officials acted immediately to remove Mr. Watts from the school that evening and parents were informed of his reassignment,” wrote David Cantor, DOE press secretary, in response to DOE’s supposed delayed reaction. “Today and going forward, counselors and school psychologists will be available to meet with all PS 15 students and parents. Given what we’ve heard, this individual does not belong in a classroom.”

Earlier this week the number of alleged victims climbed to 16 girls and one boy. Pettway said she could only confirm seven claims of abuse. At the time, she said the other nine were “just rumors.” She added that Watts should have never taught at PS 15, alleging that he had three previous allegations of corporal punishment. Pettway said two of the claims were unfounded and in the other case the investigation was stalled. She also alleged that Watts’ last appointment PS 115 in Brooklyn “it was strongly suggested that he leave the school.”

Smith added that he is calling on the district attorney, chancellor and police commissioner to launch an investigation. He was adamant that parents should be notified immediately on sexual allegations.

Archie Spigner, district leader and former councilman, and Jacqueline Boyce, district leader, dubbed the teacher’s alleged actions “outrageous” and “sad.”

P.S. 115 in Carnarsie, Brooklyn

As if the case against accused child sex abuser Simon Watts, a fourth grade teacher from P.S. 15 in Springfield Garden, Queens couldn't get more troubling, now comes word he had a previous record of corporal punishment complaints while teaching at P.S. 115 in Carnarsie, Brooklyn in 2005 – and the Department of Education knew about it.

"Did the school know? Did they try to cover it up?" parent Darlene Williams asked. "From what I hear, he had previous allegations."

Back in 2005, the DOE confirms that Watts, 38, had used corporal punishment on a student at the school. His only discipline was a letter in his file.

Watts was investigated twice more, and reassigned away from other students, but the DOE says charges were never substantiated.

"It's scary, you know? It could happen to my son also," parent Ivan Pabone said.

Watts has a wife and two young kids of his own. ‬

Terry Braye

May 6, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO — A Visitacion Valley Middle School band teacher was arrested earlier this week and has been charged with committing lewd and lascivious acts on three students between 2006 and 2009, authorities said Wednesday. Terry Braye, a 60-year-old San Francisco man, was arrested Monday. Police investigators obtained information that a teacher at the middle school may have engaged in inappropriate activities with students, and the arrest followed a "very extensive investigation,'' police Officer Samson Chan said. "During that investigation, three victims came forward and we determined these acts occurred from 2006 to 2009 on school grounds,'' Chan said. Braye is accused of committing lewd and lascivious acts on three different students, girls ages 11 to 13, during school hours, Chan said. The girls have all since graduated from the school, he said. The investigation began "very recently'' when one of the girls told a counselor, who then told police, Chan said. Braye had allegedly tried to contact the girls over the Internet after they graduated, according to Chan. District attorney's spokesman Brian Buckelew said Wednesday night Braye has been charged with three counts of lewd and luscious acts on a child under 14. Braye remained in custody Wednesday evening.

Eloy Cantu

May 5, 2010

An elementary school teacher has been arrested for molesting a 12 year old 5th grade student. 60 year old Eloy Cantu, a 5th grade teacher at Rosendo Benavides elementary school in Sullivan City was taken into custody by La Joya ISD Police on Monday after one of his students made an outcry to police on April 20th stating she had been inappropriately touched on her breast. Cantu was charged with one count of indecency with a child, a second degree felony and issued a 50 thousand dollar bond before he was transported to the Hidalgo County Detention Center.

Schoolyard Predator - Life Imprisonment!

April 13, 2010

Tampa, Florida (WCJB) -- Former middle school math teacher Stephanie Ragusa (pictured left) was teary-eyed Monday as she pleaded guilty to having sex with two underage students. Ragusa, 31, faces up to 10 years in prison when she is sentenced on June 15, 2010. She pleaded guilty to three counts of lewd and lascivious battery in a March 2008 case involving a 14-year-old boy. She also pleaded guilty to two counts of having unlawful sex with a minor in an April 2008 case involving a 16-year-old student. Prosecutor Rita Peters said Ragusa had intercourse with the 14-year-old on three occasions between October 2006 and May 2007. Evidence in that case included a phone conversation police recorded with the teen's consent. During the phone call, Ragusa could be heard urging him to keep their encounters secret, Peters said.

Peters said the encounters with the other teen began when he was 15. They ended when she was arrested in April 2008 as she was leaving his home. Evidence in the case included DNA matches, several amorous letters Ragusa wrote and gifts she gave him, the prosecutor added. The gifts included a key chain with her initials on it. Peters said investigators also found a will in Ragusa's handwriting that named the teen as executor.

Shackled and dressed in an orange jumpsuit, Ragusa entered her guilty pleas just before a jury was to be picked at her trial.
Ragusa repeatedly glanced at her father, Ricardo Ragusa, as details of the charges were read aloud in court. Tears welled in her eyes, and she shrugged her shoulders, ducked her head and hid her face beneath a veil of long, dark brown hair. Peters said outside the courtroom that she had spoken with the victims and their families, and they were "in full support of the resolution in these cases." "They were prepared to testify," Peters added. Ragusa has been in jail since her arrest, and defense attorney Robert Herce said she has spent more time behind bars than several other teachers in Hillsborough County, Florida, who have faced similar charges.

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