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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.

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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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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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Lying is the Norm (for SFPD)! - Part IV

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LOS ANGELES (WCJB) -- A Los Angeles judge has denied bail for former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle. Mehserle's attorney Michael Rains had asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry for bail arguing in court Friday that his client met the three criteria necessary for a defendant to be released from jail on bail while an appeal is considered. Those criteria include not being a flight risk, not being a danger to society and having "substantial issues on appeal" that would lead a judge to believe a conviction could be overturned. Rains filed a notice to appeal minutes after Perry sent Mehserle to prison for two years following the 28-year-old's conviction by a jury of involuntary manslaughter for killing Oscar Grant III on the Fruitvale BART station platform early New Year's Day 2009.

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"The only good nigger is a dead nigger and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other nigger from coming in the area."

-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.

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Posted: September 3, 2015 1:00 am PT - Updated: September 13, 2015 10:51 pm PT

San Francisco, CA - A San Francisco police officer under investigation for allegedly raping a woman after taking her on a date was aided by a fellow officer who interfered with the investigation and then lied about it to investigators, according to two search warrants.

The warrants, which requested seizure of cellphones from officers Curtis Liu and Jason Lai and ordered a DNA sample from Officer Lai, were issued Aug. 9 and Aug. 11.

Charges haven’t been filed against either officer, but Lai has been assigned to a post without public contact and has been relieved of his firearm. Both officers are assigned to the Taraval Station, which patrols the Sunset.

Lai had known the victim for about a month before the alleged Aug. 2 incident, according to an interview with the victim, which is mentioned in the warrant. The two met when officer Lai came into her work where he ate. Lai chatted with her and asked her out.

“Lai told Liu he met the victim on his beat and they went to the victim’s house, they had some drinks, Lai got ‘hammered’ and does not remember anything else,” according to an interview with the then-acting captain, quoted by the warrant signed by Sgt. Joseph Minner.

But the victim, according to the warrant, claimed that after the pair drank six or seven drinks of gin and then whisky at her house, Lai raped her and she passed out.

Afterward, when Lai offered to bring her breakfast, she said, “You don’t have to do that, I won’t tell anybody.”

That same day he texted her asking if she wanted to go see the new Mission Impossible film. She replied: “That wasn’t something I can get over. Please leave me alone.” He replied: “Ok. Sorry.”

When the victim went to San Francisco General Hospital on Aug. 7, she wasn’t administered a rape kit because it was more than 96 hours after the incident, the warrant said.

Six days after the alleged incident, on Aug. 8, Lt. Liu saw an incident report with his friend Lai’s name on it, according to the warrant. Liu then contacted Lai, telling him that he might be a suspect in a rape investigation. “It is my belief that Liu intentionally interfered with a felony sexual assault investigation both by lying to the officers investigating the incident and by contacting the suspect, Lai, directly to inform him of the investigation and the progress of the investigation,” wrote Sgt. Minner. “Liu’s actions not only delayed the investigation but appear to also have been an attempt to prevent the investigation from occurring at all.”

The attorney who is representing Lai said: “I understand there’s an investigation going on” when asked about the matter. However, Liu’s attorney said his client simply made a mistake. He didn’t intentionally try to interfere with the investigation. He didn’t know for sure the Jason Lai named in the incident was the same one that worked with him at the police department. “He was trying to figure out how to fix this.” The attorney said this about his client’s attempts to notify the right person about Lai being an officer.


Posted: May 01, 2015 6:18 AM PST - Updated: May 01, 2015 10:18 AM PST

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (WCJB) -- Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has recommended jailhouse deputy Scott Neu be fired. The sheriff's office will now conduct a due process hearing before a final determination on Neu's firing is made. Deputy Neu is no longer on paid administrative leave. Neu has been implicated as one of the deputies who forced inmates to participate in staged gladiator-style fights. A notice of termination proceedings was served earlier this week to Deputy Sheriff Neu. He is among the deputies accused of twice forcing inmates to fight at San Francisco County Jail No. 4. The jail is located on the seventh floor of the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St.

Three other deputies accused of involvement in the incident were initially placed on paid administrative leave. As of Wednesday, they are returning to work, albeit in non-public roles. According to the sheriff's office, their internal investigation into the level of involvement of the three other deputy sheriffs, Eugene Jones, Clifford Chiba and Evan Staehely, remains ongoing. Mirkarimi did not indicate the status of the investigation into additional two other Deputies Francisco Aquino and Crystal Collins. The two allegedly looked the other way when they saw a staged inmate fight happening.

Mirkarimi has said he reached out to the U.S. Department of Justice and invited the FBI to investigate as soon as he learned of the allegations from San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi on March 26. Mirkarimi said his office will not be pursuing a criminal investigation. However, he will instead leave it in the hands of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. FBI special agent Greg Wuthrich said the bureau "has a much heavier hand" than local entities that would lead to a "much heavier penalty" if the allegations are found to be true.

Adachi said his office was alerted to the alleged deputy-orchestrated inmate fights by the father of an inmate via email on March 12. Adachi launched a private investigation into the allegations. When Adachi discovered the possibility of an upcoming fight, he immediately alerted Mirkarimi to the allegations to ensure the inmates' safety. The FBI, the San Francisco's District Attorney's Office and the Public Defender's Office are all continuing to investigate the allegations.

Adachi has also pointed to previous misconduct by Neu dating back to 2006. Adachi said Neu has previously been accused of sexually assaulting a male and female inmate. Lawsuits against him were settled by the city for $97,000 and that Neu remained in his post at the county jail. He said these allegations should have resulted in his termination, but did not.

Mirkarimi announced last week that San Francisco sheriff's deputies working as jail guards in San Francisco County Jail No. 4, where the alleged fights occurred, could be the first county jail guards in California to wear body-worn cameras.

Mirkarimi also said that his request for the FBI to investigate the March 23rd escape of inmate Alexander Santiago-Gonzales, has been granted. He said a $5 million warrant has been issued for Santiago-Gonzales' arrest and law enforcement is following up on leads on his whereabouts. A deputy who ignored protocol that led to the escape of the inmate from the jail is also in the process of termination and may face criminal charges, Mirkarimi said.


Posted: Sat. Apr. 4, 2015 06:04am PST - Updated: Sun. Apr. 5, 2015 02:49pm PST

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (WCJB) - San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr on Friday announced the conclusion of an Internal Affairs investigation into racist and homophobic text messages sent by officers.

Suhr said at least one police sergeant and a captain were involved. "It just makes me sick to even talk about it," said Suhr. "Certainly to have a member as high ranking as a captain was particularly disheartening."

The texts surfaced a couple of weeks ago after former officer Ian Furminger was sentenced on federal corruption charges.

Fourteen officers in all were the subject of an internal investigation. Suhr says eight - including the captain - sent messages sickening enough to warrant immediate suspension and eventual termination.

Michael Robison - a gay police officer and 23 year veteran - resigned over the texts he shared with Furminger.

On Friday, Officer Michael Celis, a 16 year veteran of the force, announced he'd step down as well - a move that may help the officers keep their pensions.

"Those [texts] don't represent his views, they don't represent how he approached his work and his life," said San Francisco attorney Tony Brass, who represents Celis and Robison. "But he understands that the texts are incompatible with continuing his work as a San Francisco police officer."

In a statement, San Francisco Police Officers Association President Martin Halloran said, "These officers need to be afforded their due process... If these allegations are proven to be true... there is no place for this type of behavior within the San Francisco Police Officers Association or the SFPD."

The officers will go before the Police Commission, which will have the final say on whether to terminate them or mete out another form of discipline.

Critics on Friday called for reform in the department. "We have to vet officers," said San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, "so we don't have officers who hold racist views that are going to endanger not only themselves but the public, and also provide training on unconscious bias."

Suhr said the department recently restored a racial profiling class that had lost funding and plans to examine officers' backgrounds for warning signs.

"You have to assume that there could be more," said Suhr. "So we're going to look at their personal history questionnaires to see if there's some commonality that we hired somebody that we should've known that we shouldn't have hired."


San Francisco, CA — A San Francisco sheriff’s deputy is facing four felony charges and a misdemeanor after he randomly assaulted a sleeping patient at S.F. General Hospital and then lied about it.

The 33-year old deputy, Michael R. Lewelling (pictured above, center) filed an official police report in November of this year claiming that the victim had assaulted him with a wooden cane. The victim was then arrested and charged with a felony and a misdemeanor.

However, surveillance footage of the assault shows that it was Lewelling that approached a sleeping man, and actually assaulted him.

According to media sources, District Attorney George Gascón says the surveillance tape:

“depict(s) the victim hunched over in a chair sleeping in the Emergency Room’s waiting area, awaiting a doctor’s appointment later that day. Deputy Lewelling approaches the victim as he is starting to wake up.

He subsequently appears to engage in a conversation with the victim, at which point the victim slowly stands up, using a cane for assistance. Once up, he attempts to take a step towards the exit. While the victim is attempting to walk away, the defendant grabs the back of his collar, pulling him back into the seat and knocking his cane away.

The victim never raised his cane in a threatening manner. A few seconds later, he appears to grab the victim’s throat and begins to choke him. The battery continued, and the victim was then placed under arrest.”

After reviewing the surveillance footage, prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for Lewelling for perjury, filing a false police report, filing a false instrument and assault under the color of authority. He also faces a misdemeanor count of battery.

Lewelling is currently out on a $138,000 bond.

“The fact that a Sheriff’s Deputy allegedly battered a patient at San Francisco General Hospital is unnerving,” Gascón said in a written statement. “What’s worse is that he’s also alleged to have perjured himself on a police report, unforgivable conduct that led to the arrest of the innocent victim.”


Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 06:04am PDT - Updated: Wed Dec 14, 2011 02:49pm PDT

Oakland, CA (WCJB) -- A former ICE agent has been convicted for telling Florida federal prosecutors a felon was a valuable organized crime informant in an effort to get leniency. A Los Angeles federal jury on Tuesday convicted 55-year-old Frank Johnston of obstruction and making false statements. Prosecutors say the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent tried to get Abdulahad Touma signed up as an informant and get him a favorable sentencing deal in exchange for a lucrative consulting job. Touma was convicted in Florida of purchasing untaxed cigarettes and he was facing 18 months in prison. Sentencing was delayed because Johnston falsely stated that Touma was an informant in two criminal investigations into immigrant smuggling and prostitution.

Johnston faces 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 23, 2012.


February 25, 2011

SHREVEPORT, LA —— Ronnie G. “Tapper” Hendricks, the former chief of police of Vidalia, Louisiana, was sentenced today to six months in prison for making false statements to federal law enforcement agents in the course of an investigation into the use and disposition of certain firearms located at the Vidalia Police Department, United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced. Hendricks was also fined $3,000 and ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service. In addition, Hendricks was sentenced to two years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. The sentence was handed down by United States District Judge Dee Drell in Alexandria.

Hendricks pleaded guilty on November 18, 2010, to knowingly and willfully making three material false statements during an interview with FBI and ATF agents who were investigating possible violations of federal firearms laws. Hendricks denied transferring a fully automatic machine gun owned by the Vidalia Police Department to the custody of an individual or individuals at the Rifle Point Hunting Club in Ferriday, Louisiana, when in truth and in fact the defendant transferred the weapons for the use of the members and guests of the club. Hendricks falsely claimed that one of the individuals to whom custody of the machine gun was transferred was a reserve police officer of the Vidalia Police Department whom he had sworn in at an unofficial ceremony, when in truth and in fact there was no such ceremony, and the individual was not a reserve police officer. Hendricks also falsely claimed that the individual had signed an oath of office form related to the alleged swearing in prior to receiving the machine gun, when in truth and in fact the individual had never signed such an oath of office form.

As part of his plea agreement with the government, Hendricks was required to resign as chief of police at the time of the guilty plea. This case was investigated jointly by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Nicole O. Snyder and William J. Flanagan.

Lying is the Norm!

Posted: 03/31/2011 02:30:35 PM PDT
Updated: 04/01/2011 06:57:59 AM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO (WCJB) — A combative San Francisco Police Chief Jeff Godown came out swinging at the city’s public defender Thursday, saying he saw nothing wrong with the actions of three undercover officers from the department’s Richmond Station who were accused of misconduct after being videotaped during a recent drug search and arrest. “I’m troubled and perplexed why an elected official – Jeff Adachi - continues to paint the police department with a wide brush of police misconduct,” Godown said. “That is untrue." With several dozen members of his command staff standing around him, Godown insisted that his three officers – Sgt. Thomas Watts and officers Michael Zhang and Michele Martinez – acted according to the law and did not lie in the police report of the incident.

But during a preliminary court hearing Wednesday, a judge dismissed the case of McLaren Wenzell, 23, after reviewing security footage showing the March 1 search of Wenzell’s apartment located near 33rd Avenue and Geary Boulevard in the city’s Outer Richmond neighborhood.

The video shows the three officers searching Wenzell’s apartment building.

The three officers’ badges cannot be seen in footage of the three standing in the building’s garage, nor are their badges seen later in additional footage of them roaming hallways on the building’s third floor in search of drug activity.

In police reports submitted to the court, Officer Zhang said the three officers had their badges exposed on their “outermost clothing.” Zhang also said Watts asked for Wenzell’s consent to search his home, but in a news conference at Adachi’s office on Wednesday, Wenzell’s attorney said the consent may have been coerced.

The chief on Thursday said the officers did get consent for the search and were not required to wear their badges as undercover cops, nor – he maintained – did the report say they did.

District Attorney George Gascon said that he too disagreed with the judge’s decision to drop the case, and that his office would continue to try and pursue charges against Wenzell. The case is one of 83 that have been dismissed due to several videos released by Adachi’s office that show conflicting information between police reports and what’s seen in the footage.

The previous videos showed alleged police misconduct at various residential hotels in the city in recent months, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation into those cases. Godown sought to contain the growing scandal, criticizing Adachi for using the news media to publicize the videos rather than supplying the footage to police investigators. “If there’s allegations that are valid, we’ll look at them. I’m not going to stand here and not defend the people that work in this department,” Godown said. “We handle our own investigations and we do a good job.”

Adachi fired back that the chief was ignoring evidence that proves allegations against his officers. “What we’re hearing from the chief is, ‘oh there’s no consequence. I believe the police officer over the person being accused.’” Adachi said that in Wenzell’s case and in others, the officers “are generating the information that they are relying upon” to prosecute the case.

Godown, speaking at a news conference prior to a meeting of the SFPD’s command staff, said he was “troubled and kind of perplexed” by statements made by Adachi about the case. “He continues to paint the Police Department with a wide brush” and “screams the sky is falling,” Godown said. “I’m not going to sit back and let people bad mouth this department, and put out allegations of misconduct when they’re not true,” he said.

The chief said he saw nothing in the video that led him to believe there were any issues with the three officers that would require them to be removed from their regular duties. “We’re going to continue to do our job and we’re not worried about people videotaping what we’re doing,” Godown said. Officers are keenly aware that security cameras, iPhones and all manner of recording devices put every arrest and every traffic stop under scrutiny, Godown said, but cautioned that video footage does not necessarily reflect everything that happens in a police encounter. “Everytime there’s a court proceeding and everytime somebody introduces a videotape to that court proceeding, I’m not going to jump up and down and panic over it,” he said. “Everytime there’s a videotape, that doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong.”

Capt. Richard Corriea of the Richmond Station said he had “tremendous confidence” in the three officers involved in the latest video. “If my mom called the police, these are the officers I’d want to go,” Corriea said.

San Francisco PD!

March 10, 2011

DA drops 57 cases in San Francisco cops scandal

More Lies Exposed!

March 9, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (WCJB) -- San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon has dropped eight more criminal cases because of the possibility they may have been tainted by officers who are under investigation. That brings the total number of cases either dismissed in court or dropped by the Gascon to 13. The growing number of cases is causing concern among public officials, including the mayor. "I am disturbed by the videos, what they unveil," San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said.

January 5, 2011

In the Jan. 5 case, Officer Richard Yick states in a police report that officers were met in the hallway by a woman who voluntarily opened the door to her room. A man who came to the door told officers he was on probation, which police then confirmed with dispatch, Yick wrote, before entering and searching the room. After heroin was found, both the man and woman were arrested. In the video, however, Yick is seen covering the surveillance camera with his hand while his fellow officers—Razzak, Kane and Elias--approach the room. The officers then demand the female resident open her door. All four officers then storm into the unit.

A judge dismissed the case Monday after viewing the video, said the woman's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Tal Klement. Felony Supervisor Bob Dunlap of the Public Defender's Office said the video confirms long-standing suspicions. "For years our clients have reported tales of police entering their homes without warrants or consent, in direct contravention of the Fourth Amendment and in direct contradiction of the police version of events," Dunlap said. "Now we have proof both of the police violating core Constitutional rights and committing perjury to cover their tracks."

Henry Hotel, December 2, 2010 From: sfpublicdefender | Mar 7, 2011 |

The most recent video involves Southern Station officers Arshad Razzak, Raul Elias and Raymond Kane, who are implicated in previous videos showing illegal searches in residential motels. Also involved are Southern Station Sgt. Samuel Christ and Officer Gregory Buhagiar. In the video, Sugarman's client, a 29-year-old man, is seen walking into the Henry Hotel and ascending the stairs wearing a black jacket. Moments later, police using a master key enter the sixth floor room of two women suspected of selling drugs, where the man is a visitor. Officers find a white and gold jacket slung over a chair with drugs in the pocket and no identification. According to Razzak's police report, Buhagiar states that he witnessed Sugarman's client walk into the hotel wearing the same white and gold jacket.

"My client told officers repeatedly that it was not his jacket, that his jacket was right next to him," Sugarman said. "Police never put his statements in their report, never checked the video and never booked the black jacket into evidence." Surveillance video from the Henry Hotel reveals that San Francisco Police Department narcotics officers falsified police reports in order to justify searching residences without warrants or consent.

SFPD Lying Again!

March 5, 2011

Surveillance video of two police raids could put a number of San Francisco drug cases in jeopardy. The public defender's office says the images are damning evidence of a handful of officers abusing their badge. Public defenders say what they revealed Wednesday could have far reaching consequences in drug arrests in the city. They say the six officers not only illegally entered people's homes and arrested them for drug possession, but then lied about it under oath. "As as public defenders every day we have questions about the way in which police officer gain entrance into homes and apartments, here we have proof," Public Defender Jeff Adachi said. In surveillance video taken Jan. 5, 2011 the undercover officers are seen walking down the fifth floor hallway of the residential Henry Hotel on 6th Street. One of the officers, Richard Yik, walks up to the surveillance camera and covers it with his hand. Another video from Dec. 23, 2011 shows police storming another unit in the same hotel. Officers pull one of the residents out in handcuffs. Public defenders say the resident actually gave written consent for the police to enter the building 18 minutes after officers gained entry using a master key. Though the police report says they knocked and asked permission to enter, public defenders say that too is a lie made by the officers under oath.

SFPD Blues!

February 4, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO (WCJB) -- The headline sounds incredible, but it's true -- the San Francisco Police Department delivered illegal drugs to a crime lab technician. Debbie Madden got those drugs while she was under investigation for possible drug crimes. The I-Team even commissioned an independent lab to test the drugs the SFPD sent to Madden through her lawyer, and the tests confirm morphine and PCP. It's the scandal that rocked the SFPD -- Madden admitted to skimming cocaine from evidence she tested at the crime lab, and using it herself.
"If some fell on the counter or something and it was sitting there afterwards, I may have taken that," she said. The attorney general's office declined to prosecute Madden for lack of evidence. However, with her work and court testimony in question, 700 current drug cases have been dismissed and thousands of convictions are getting a second look. The SFPD's reputation is about to take another hit because of these three little packets. "It's actually a little money envelope, but there's no money in it, but the substance that's in there, and you can see it where my finger is down below, it's a small item, but that contains PCP and was tested as PCP," said Madden's attorney, Paul Demeester. Demeester says now that Madden is clear of charges in the crime lab case, he can reveal a huge mistake by the SFPD. It started with a phone call from officers during the investigation; they wanted to return Madden's personal property they seized from the crime lab. Noyes: So, physically, what happened? Did they actually bring it here themselves? Demeester: Yes, in one SUV and one other police undercover car. Along with Madden's mini-fridge, floor heater, coat rack and clothing, investigators returned boxes of personal and work-related property. But they didn't go through the boxes very well. The police sent Madden a file that contained proficiency tests she took in the mid-80s -- her supervisor gave her three packets of white powder. Madden identified them as morphine, a powerful pain killer, PCP, an illegal hallucinogen, and ephedrine, which can be used to manufacture methamphetamine. Incredibly, when police sent the forms to Madden through her lawyer, the drugs were still attached. "This is comical for San Francisco Crime Lab to give her drugs when they're prosecuting her for allegedly possessing drugs," said Demeester. The I-Team commissioned an independent lab to test the samples. The lawyer forwarded them to Sacramento. It's confirmed, the police sent morphine, PCP and ephedrine to Madden, who at that point, was a suspect in a drug case. "Why aren't they keeping track of what's happening to these samples?" said San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi. "That's a question I think that needs to be answered." Adachi has been a vocal critic of the police department. He calls this a "fitting end" to the crime lab scandal. "Wasn't the whole point of the drug lab scandal for the police department to put tighter controls in place so they're not mishandling drugs?" he said. "And what do we find out? That they're giving drugs to the technician who was stealing them from the crime lab?" When the scandal broke last March, then-police Chief George Gascon promised to answer any and all questions, saying, "Until somebody proves I'm not being transparent or doing the right thing, I think that people need to back off." But that apparently changed when he was appointed district attorney a month ago. He refused to be interviewed for this report, even though the mistake happened under his watch when he was police chief. "He should address it, he should address it in a very overt way and be honest about it," said San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, chairman of the Public Safety Committee. Mirkarimi says because of this report, he will renew his push for an independent, privately-run crime lab. "Other cities are doing it or seriously considering it," he said. "San Francisco should do the same thing. This lesson is Exhibit A as to why." Through his spokeswoman, acting police Chief Jeff Godown agreed to an on-camera interview and then backed out after we arrived at the Hall of Justice. We had to catch up to him at last night's police commission meeting. Noyes: You oversaw the Madden investigation. How is it that your officers sent drugs to Debbie Madden? Godown: We don't know what you're talking about. I can't tell you how it occurred, why it occurred and all the information that you're asking until we conduct an investigation. We're more than willing to conduct an investigation to determine what happened. "These drugs are felonies. People go to state prison for possession of these drugs," said Tony Ribera, a former San Francisco police chief who now heads the International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership at USF. He says this story is "symptomatic of a bigger problem" at the SFPD. "The system, and I think Chief Gascon who's-- and Jeff Godown now would agree with me, the entire system has to be tightened up significantly." The DEA tells the I-Team that even though the drugs have been in storage since the mid-80s, they are still active and potent. Madden is facing a felony drug charge in San Mateo County after police say they found a small amount of cocaine in her house last year.

Gascon Now Prosecutes!

January 10, 2011 Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon (pictured left) as city district attorney Sunday. Gascon will serve the remaining term of former Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris, who is now California's attorney general. Gascon, a former high-ranking official in the Los Angeles Police Department, is the first Latino to be named San Francisco's head prosecutor. Gascon will serve out the remaining year of Harris' term and is expected to seek a full four-year term as district attorney in November. Newsom named him San Francisco chief in 2009, after he served three years as chief of the department in Mesa, Ariz., where illegal immigration and police enforcement of immigration laws are hot issues.
Gascon is a native-born of Fidel Castro's Cuba. In a 2008 Los Angeles Times article, Gascon cited academic studies that found that immigrants commit proportionally fewer crimes than native-born Americans. Gascon, a lawyer since 1996 with a degree from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton who has never prosecuted a case. Gascon, as Chief, had been thrust into controversies over the city's immigration stance and the integrity of the city's crime lab.

No Charges for SFPD Thief!

December 31, 2010 "If some fell on the counter or something and it was sitting there afterwards, I may have taken that." The SFPD crime lab scandal that rocked the department has ended with a whimper, not a bang, as the California Attorney General's office has decided not to prosecute Deborah Madden, a former lab employee who was linked to missing drugs in at least six cases in the latter part of 2009, causing SF prosecutors to drop hundreds of drug cases. Madden, 60, of San Mateo, admitted to taking cocaine about five times from evidence she was testing at the lab between October and December 2009, but she insisted she only removed small amounts that spilled during the process. She went on leave from the department in December and officially retired March 1, 2010.
"After an exhaustive evaluation, our lawyers determined that no additional charges would be filed," said Christine Gasparak, spokesperson for Attorney General Jerry Brown. Madden's attorney agreed, saying that "She admitted to five times having used residue," but that she is "very happy" to hear she won't be facing charges in this case. SFPD chief Gascon disagrees, telling media sources "we're very disappointed" and that "Miss Madden was certainly... she committed the acts that were being alleged." The Jerry Brown's decision was actually made almost a month ago, but was just made public Thursday. Why the secrecy? We asked just that, and was told that the AG's "duty was only to notify the district attorney's office because that is the agency that requested this outside investigation."

San Francisco Police!

December 15, 2010 A San Francisco judge ruled Tuesday that a man imprisoned for 18 years was wrongfully convicted in a double-murder case in which San Francisco authorities failed to tell the defense that they paid thousands of dollars to the star witness. Caramad Conley, 40, has been locked up since 1992 - serving two life-without-parole terms in the 1989 double slayings on Third Street that prosecutors claimed were gang-motivated. He may soon be free as a result of the ruling by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Marla Miller, who found that Conley was denied a fair trial and unconstitutionally convicted. Miller found that police investigators knew that the prosecution's star witness, Clifford Polk, lied on the stand about whether he was being paid, but they did nothing to intervene. Citing "voluminous evidence" that Polk was lying when he claimed he was not in witness protection and therefore not receiving benefits, Miller went further, finding that the lead investigator in the case, Earl Sanders - who later became police chief - knew about the perjury. "I find that Sanders knew the testimony was false and did not correct it." Sanders (pictured above, left) could not be reached for comment, and the prosecutor in the case, former San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Al Giannini, did not return calls about the ruling. Previous Sanders case Conley, currently held in Calipatria State Prison, is not the first defendant to have been wrongly convicted in a case involving Sanders. His case bears strong similarities to court findings that led to the release of Antoine Goff and John Tennison in another botched murder case that resulted in a record civil settlement last year of $7.5 million for the defendants, who were both freed in 2003 after spending more than 10 years in prison. In that case, the courts found that prosecutors and police had information that another person might have committed the crime but did not disclose it during the trial. In the latest case, San Francisco prosecutors said they will review the findings and decide whether to appeal the ruling in favor of the defendant. They declined further comment. Both cases involved the same investigators, the late Napoleon Hendrix (pictured left) and Sanders, who retired in 2003. The cases also both involved allegations that courts found had merited overturning murder verdicts because investigators had withheld exculpatory evidence defense attorneys were constitutionally entitled to. In the Conley case, prosecutors claimed he shot and killed two people - Roshawn Johnson and Charles Hughes - in a gang-related drive-by on April 8, 1989. They based their case largely on the testimony of a key witness, Polk, who was a police informant. Johnson and Hughes were gunned down on Third Street in a shooting that left 11 others injured. Polk recounted in the 1994 trial that the defendant confessed to him. Polk admitted on the stand that he was a prior police informant who was previously under witness protection because of his testimony in another case. But, when asked on the stand if he was currently under witness protection, he denied it. However, while researching San Francisco records in the Tennison-Goff murder conviction challenge, Tennison's attorneys stumbled onto the previously undisclosed witness protection payment records involving Polk in the Conley case. Other key documents were found under piles of debris in unmarked boxes at a police warehouse in Hunters Point, said Daniel Purcell, one of Conley's lawyers. It turned out, Purcell said, that Sanders started paying Polk - an unemployed transient with a history of drug dealing - just three months before the Conley trial in September 1994. Purcell said Polk was getting weekly payments - and Sanders ultimately acknowledged those payments in testimony during a court-ordered deposition earlier this year in the case. Sanders said he told the San Francisco prosecutor, Giannini, about the payments. Giannini testified, however, that he was never told of the payments. In any event, Judge Miller found that the payments should have been disclosed to the defense. Purcell said his client's constitutional rights were clearly violated. "This was an easy case - it's a case where the police and prosecutors paid the essential prosecution witness thousands of dollars over a period of months and let him lie about it on the stand." Purcell said that prosecutors tried to argue that the witness was right when he testified he was not under witness protection because he was not part of an officially sanctioned state program. He was, however, being protected or paid as part of San Francisco's own program. "It didn't really pass the laugh test and the judge didn't give it any credit," he said. Prosecutors now must decide whether to appeal the ruling or accept it and allow Conley's release. They can also seek a new trial. Polk, however, died two years ago and all that's left is the same testimony he gave during the 1994 trial - in which the defense did not have the ability to ask about the payments. "He's about as thoroughly impeached as can be," Purcell said.


December 2, 2010 A former San Francisco police officer was arrested Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday on bribery charges for allegedly accepting money from taxi drivers in exchange for a passing grade on a written examination required for a permit, according to the district attorney's office. Paul Makaveckas, 55, surrendered to authorities in San Francisco on Tuesday and was arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court Wednesday. Makaveckas pleaded not guilty to four counts of bribery and was released from jail after posting $160,000 bail. He allegedly accepted bribes of around $100 each from taxi cab driver applicants over the course of two years, ending in March 2009, district attorney's office spokeswoman Erica Derryck said. In return, Makaveckas, who was in charge of administering and grading the written exams at the time, allegedly gave the drivers passing grades, according to the district attorney's office. He retired from the Police Department in March 2009, police Lt. Lyn Tomioka said. William Hancock, 60, was allegedly the middle man in the transactions. Hancock operated a taxi driving school, and applicants would allegedly pay him bribe money that he would then hand over to Makaveckas, according to the district attorney's office. Hancock was also arrested on Tuesday. He was booked into Marin County Jail and will be transferred to San Francisco for arraignment on three counts of bribery. Derryck said she did not know whether the taxi drivers involved in the case had been identified, and she said the Police Department was handling that part of the investigation. "That's something we're aware of," police Lt. Lyn Tomioka said. "I don't know if a decision has been made yet on what our plan would be" for the taxi drivers involved in the bribes. Tomioka said she did not know how many cabbies were involved in the case. "Our criminal justice system relies on the integrity of those sworn to uphold it," District Attorney Kamala Harris said in a statement. "Any breach of this code threatens the safety of our community. There is zero tolerance for individuals who violate the public trust by abusing their authority and breaking our laws for their own personal gain."

Major Cases!

November 22, 2010 Police Chief George Gascón vehemently denied that a major investigation was going on at the Police Department involving narcotics and Money Laundering, claiming his words on Wednesday to the San Francisco Police Officer’s Association Board of Director’s were taken out of context. The local media reported that Gascón told the union’s executive board that a major investigation was underway involving the newly created internal affairs unit. But in a statement Friday morning, spokeswoman SFPD Lt. Lyn Tomioka called the report “misinformed.” “In his discussion, the Chief, using examples of recently investigated cases and other cases, stated that the unit would be investigating cases involving allegations of serious criminal misconduct such as money laundering and narcotics distribution,” the statement said. However, according to local newspaper, who spoke with Gascón on Friday morning, “The chief told the newspaper, however, that he may have suggested the existence of such an ongoing probe at an executive meeting of the police union board on Wednesday.” To set the record straight, the meeting was closed to the public and Gascón’s words were leaked to The Examiner and confirmed by someone on the Board of Directors who was at the meeting. A message on Gascón’s cell phone on Wednesday, an open line to reporters seeking confirmation on stories such as this, was never returned. Tomioka said Gascón did not return the call because he was sick. 11/18/10 6:52 PM PST The San Francisco police internal affairs unit is conducting a major investigation within the department, police Chief George Gascon told the Police Officers Association’s Board of Directors on Wednesday. The investigation under way involves money laundering and the possible distribution of narcotics, according to sources. The topic came up after Gascon fielded questions as to whether the internal affairs unit was conducting surveillance or stings on its officers. He told the union that the unit was not hounding officers, but that there was a major investigation under way. Gascon did not return a call for comment.

Lying is the Norm!

San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón had been on the job only a few weeks last year when he stumbled onto something alarming as he sorted through officer disciplinary cases. The chief, himself a lawyer, saw allegations in one case that could cast doubt on the officer's credibility if he were ever called to testify in court - damaging material that prosecutors would have to give to the defense under a 1963 Supreme Court ruling called Brady vs. Maryland. The chief knew this issue well. He is a veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, which was torn apart by the 1999 Rampart scandal in which several police officers were convicted of framing innocent people, stealing drugs, beating and shooting suspects, and other crimes. Los Angeles defense lawyers found out that no one had told them that several of the officers had taken the stand in trials. It turned out the district attorney didn't know, either, because his office wasn't tracking the problem officers. Eventually, more than 100 convictions were reversed - in some cases because defense attorneys hadn't had a chance to attempt to discredit the officers before juries. With so many problem officers lurking in the legal bushes and the office under pressure from the scandal, newly elected Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley drew up the state's first police misconduct disclosure policy in 2002. The policy sets the information prosecutors expect to get from police agencies and gives an individual officer the right to challenge being branded as having a Brady-related problem. As he looked at the San Francisco officer's file in September, Gascón says, he told his staff, "This case should be evaluated for Brady." "I was basically given a very blank stare," Gascón recalled. "They said, 'We don't have one of those.' I said, 'How can a county not have a Brady policy?' And so I had some conversations with the D.A.'s office." It turned out that District Attorney Kamala Harris' office - despite the decade-old furor in Los Angeles - had no policy and did nothing to track officers whose credibility could be challenged if they were arrested for a crime or accused of in-house disciplinary charges. "I'm not offering any excuses," Harris said. "We did not have a formal, written policy. My predecessor didn't have one, either. Most (district attorneys) don't." A hastily ordered tabulation, begun this year as an offshoot of the police drug lab scandal, has turned up more than 135 officers whose histories might have to be disclosed to defense lawyers, sources close to the matter say. Harris' predecessor, Terence Hallinan, was the San Francisco district attorney when the Rampart scandal exploded. He says he isn't sure why he did nothing to learn about officers who might not be credible witnesses. "It was a tradition of thinking that the police notified us of any problems - and we just assumed the witness had no problems," Hallinan said. "Obviously, that was not right." As for Los Angeles, he said, its problems were larger than life. "Oh, that's L.A.," he said. "They are not good down there with the police. But in reality, it was happening here, too. We should have had a policy." While San Francisco slumbered, a debate raged elsewhere in California about what prosecutors should do to fulfill their duty to tell defense lawyers about problem officers. A Los Angeles Bar Association task force chaired by a federal judge recommended in 2003 that prosecutors statewide follow Los Angeles' lead in drawing up a formal policy to document problems and then act on them. Police union leaders, however, worried that landing on a "Brady list" could be a career killer for officers - noting that arrests that did not result in convictions and misconduct charges that were not upheld were still items to be disclosed. Elected prosecutors were loath to cross police associations that they relied on for campaign support and cash. L. Douglas Pipes, a former Contra Costa County prosecutor who has written and lectured on Brady issues, said his colleagues were not eager to dig into officers' backgrounds - even though the risks of not doing so were obvious. "You're potentially endangering years and years, and possibly hundreds of thousands, of convictions," Pipes said he told his colleagues. Even his own agency did not follow his teachings. Contra Costa has yet to develop a Brady list, said Pipes, who retired in 2004. The Contra Costa district attorney's office did not return calls seeking comment. Los Angeles prosecutors pushed their approach statewide, with similar results. "We say, 'We have developed something that we think works, and we are happy to share it with you,' " said Lael Rubin, a 32-year veteran Los Angeles prosecutor who helped draft the policy. The typical response, she said, was: "We know what's best for us." In Santa Clara County, District Attorney Dolores Carr said she inherited a disorganized Brady list after being elected in 2006. It took a team of prosecutors about a year to cull through records and come up with an up-to-date list. "We have to be concerned about the integrity of our convictions," Carr said. "One thing none of us wants to have happen is to go forward on the case and learn that an officer had an issue at a later date." Other counties, including Alameda and San Mateo, lack detailed policies but maintain informal lists of officers whose records have to be disclosed to defense attorneys. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said her list of about two dozen officers includes several from Oakland who were fired for allegedly lying to judges to obtain search warrants. The officers won arbitration rulings and were rehired. "If there is a question, we turn it over," O'Malley said. "We never want to play hide the ball - we don't want to be in a position in the middle of trial and we have not disclosed it." San Mateo County has five officers on its list, one of whom has a history of lying and will never be called to testify, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. In 2008, a commission appointed by the Legislature to examine the state's justice system recommended that each district attorney draw up disclosure policies and lists, said Santa Clara University law school Professor Gerald Uelmen, the panel's executive director. But prosecutors bristled. "We ran into this again and again and again," Uelmen said. "This resistance to having an outside agency looking over our shoulder. They said, 'You can trust us, we know what the law is. Don't tell us how to run our shop.' " The disclosure spotlight is now brightest on San Francisco. Gascón said that he first raised the issue of problem officers with Harris in September and that she agreed to draft a policy, but that discussions bogged down. "I realize now that it did not get the appropriate level of urgency then," Gascón said. "It's getting it now." The need to learn officers' backgrounds became "pressing," in Gascón's words, with the revelation that a crime lab technician had testified in several cases after being convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence. Police never shared that conviction with prosecutors or defense attorneys. The technician, Deborah Madden, is also suspected of having consumed drug evidence, prompting prosecutors to drop more than 600 cases in which she may have been involved. Harris acknowledged that her office didn't try hard enough over the years to learn about problem officers. "We operated on the assumption that we would get and receive information if the officer committed a felony," she said. It became clear that assumption was wrong, she said, "when we had an employee who had been convicted of a crime and we didn't know about it. We began looking at it, realizing we needed to have a formal policy." But, she said, "a written Brady policy is just a piece of paper. It takes a real partnership with the police." Harris said she had enlisted a well-known defense attorney, who is the former president of the city's Police Commission, to help put together a system for how prosecutors will handle an eventual Brady list in San Francisco. Those officers' names won't be made public, she said - the information will be shared only with defense lawyers. "I want to make sure that we are putting in a system that is the best that it can be," Harris said. "There are only so many people in our office that can deal with the demands. I like to talk to experts who understand these systems." One expert, Pipes, says he has long warned that prosecutors could be vulnerable when police hide problem officers in the ranks. "My pitch has been, clean your own house," he said. "Don't protect guys who are bad apples. Pretty soon the bad apple spoils the whole barrel. "I don't want dangerous (felons) released because we have not done our job right," Pipes said. "I will not get any joy whatever in saying, 'I was right and you were wrong.' That is not going to make me feel good."

Lying & Bribes!

Posted: 04/11/2007 02:49:58 AM PDT - Updated: 04/11/2007 03:11:16 AM PDT OAKLAND, CA — Federal officials are investigating whether a disgraced former San Francisco police officer tried to bribe a senior city planner, law enforcement sources said Tuesday. Arkady Zlobinsky of San Francisco is suspected of trying to bribe Eric Angstadt, strategic planning manager for the city of Oakland, with an envelope full of $100 bills April 2 over lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant in City Hall Plaza, authorities said. Zlobinsky, 35, who resigned from the San Francisco Police Department last year before pleading no contest to charges he gave teenage girls alcohol while on duty, said by phone Tuesday that the claims were "completely untrue" before denying he had lunch with Angstadt and hanging up. A spokeswoman for the FBI's San Francisco office said she could neither confirm nor deny that Zlobinsky was being investigated, citing department policy. Zlobinsky has not been arrested or charged in the case, originally reported to Oakland police. An eight-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department, Zlobinsky was charged withgiving vodka, beer and illegal fireworks to three teenage girls, one of whom he met in a liquor store and urged to date his partner. Zlobinsky, a former Taraval district officer, also faced departmental discipline charges for failing to arrest a domestic violence suspect for violating a restraining order in 2004 and was disciplined a year earlier for picking up women at a party and driving them around on patrol. Angstadt declined to discuss Zlobinsky. Karen Boyd, a city spokeswoman, also declined to comment. Zlobinsky and Angstadt allegedly had lunch to discuss a proposal from Zlobinsky's company — AZ Land Development Corp. — to redevelop blighted properties in Oakland. Before Zlobinsky handed Angstadt a binder of development proposals, he slipped in a bank envelope containing several $100 bills, believed to total more than $1,000, law enforcement sources said. Angstadt took the envelope out of the binder, telling Zlobinsky he would not accept the money, but promising to forward his proposal to the appropriate people. Zlobinsky apparently presented the same proposals to another planner a year ago, but nothing came of them. The money was "just a thank you," Zlobinsky told Angstadt, and was not trying to entrap him as part of a larger investigation. Zlobinsky then made a call from his cell phone, saying only "operation Angstadt is off," according to law enforcement sources. City records reflect two pending applications from Zlobinsky, both to build new homes in West Oakland, and several completed projects. Another planner told authorities Zlobinsky gave him a bottle of liquor after working with him on another project in West Oakland. Zlobinsky was told to take back the gift, law enforcement sources said. For seven months, federal authorities have been quietly investigating whether city officials traded contracts for favors. Patti Hansen, a spokeswoman for the FBI, said there was nothing new to report on the investigation. The investigation was sparked by the arrest of Maurice Himy, a San Rafael man with close ties to several current and former city officials. Himy is due back in court April 18 to hear whether prosecutors will pursue extortion charges after their key witness died.

Lying on the D.A.!

Posted: 03/17/2007 02:36:59 AM PDT D.A.: Police lying about his arrest; Officers say Santa Clara official suspected of DUI resisted arrest Santa Clara, CA -- A Santa Clara County prosecutor is facing three misdemeanor charges stemming from a July incident when Fremont police arrested him on suspicion of drunken driving and then jolted him twice with a Taser after he allegedly resisted arrest. But now, Charles Slone, a deputy district attorney for 161/2 years, is accusing the officers of fabricating the charges against him. Slone's case is filled with irony — a prosecutor being prosecuted and cops being accused of playing fast and loose with the facts by an officer of the court who allegedly tried to break away as he was about to be handcuffed. Meanwhile, Slone remains an employee with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office and has taken a disability leave, his attorney said. Slone is fighting charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol level higher than 0.08 percent, and resisting arrest. No trial date has been set. However, a hearing is scheduled March 26 to determine if the confidential personnel records of Officer Paul Mourgos and Sgt. Donn Tassano will be turned over to Slone's attorney, Joseph Motta. He seeks the records in an attempt to impeach Mourgos' and Tassano's reports. In court papers, Motta alleges "the officers' fabrication of charges is not an isolated incident but is part of a pattern of behavior." "What was a simple DUI investigation turned into, what I believe, is him getting beat up pretty good and Tasered twice unjustifiably," Motta said Friday. "This is a private matter and has nothing to do with his professional career. They completely overreacted." But police reports say Slone struggled to avoid being handcuffed despite an officer's request for cooperation, and he also showed his prosecutor's identification card, telling the officers that he was a cop, too. Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Erin Kingsbury said the charges were filed because they are true and "could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt" in court. She declined to comment further. Fremont police also declined to comment, saying the department does not discuss pending court cases. Santa Clara County Chief Assistant District Attorney Marc Buller would not comment except to say Slone remains an employee, but is not handling any cases. Slone's case is one in a series of embarrassing episodes involving deputy district attorneys that have come to light during past 15 months. In Slone's case, his legal problems began just before 11 p.m. July 29 when Officer Paul Mourgos spotted Slone driving a black Jaguar XKE convertible on Farwell Drive in Fremont. The Jaguar went through a stop sign, almost hitting another car, according to Mourgos' report. The car ran a red light at Central Avenue, almost colliding with another vehicle. Mourgos said he turned on his emergency lights, trying to get Slone — who was westbound on Central — to stop. Slone eventually pulled into a parking lot. Mourgos reported Slone smelled of alcohol and his eyes were watery and bloodshot. Slone twice identified himself as a prosecutor and handed Mourgos his Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office identification card. By this time, Tassano arrived. According to the report, Slone admitted he had three to four drinks but believed his driving was not impaired. Slone, apparently, was also on medication. Slone was taken to a hospital, where his blood alcohol level was measured at 0.11 percent, above the 0.08 legal limit. Slone suffered bruises and welts during the struggle. In a statement police recorded at the hospital, Slone said "police overreacted and jumped the gun," and officers had used excessive force. Slone's remarks at the hospital were amplified in court documents by Motta, who has visited the arrest scene and questions the police's account. In documents, Motta said he believes Mourgos and Tassano made "misstatements" including fabricating the description of Slone's driving and his alleged resisting arrest.

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