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Victim of Police Raid Says ‘It Changes Your Frame of Mind’

Paul Brown 58 Beach Park outside his home thwas raided by Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group officers. The officers damage

From the Sun Times:

Architect Paul Brown was in the basement of his home at the end of Adelphi Avenue when he heard a “huge noise” Friday afternoon that drew him up the stairs where he was met by gun in his face….

“They crashed things, they smashed things,” Brown, 58, said. “You couldn’t walk into a room because everything from the drawers was thrown around and emptied onto the floor….

“The door’s ruined and they left my house in a shambles and they don’t care. Now they won’t return my telephone calls. They’re supposed to be on our side,” he said.

Read the whole thing.  Sounds very similar to what happened to Mayor Cheye Calvo in the Maryland suburbs of  Washington, DC — package left on the door step and then a police raid.   That makes all of us vulnerable.   If you agree, please remember to tell that to the next person that says the police only raid the homes of people involved in drugs.  Not so.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-19-12

Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday September 20, 2012:

  • Las Vegas, Nevada: The families of two men who died during encounters with police officers have each filed a lawsuit. The lawsuits allege that the officers were negligent, which proved to be fatal.
  • Mount Joy Borough, Pennsylvania: After being tasered by an officer 15 times, the man being tasered died, claims a lawsuit. “They knew this man had mental issues. Rather than getting a crisis team … you have something going on that is just beyond the pale,” said the family’s attorney.
  • Kernersville, North Carolina: The police chief has been charged with failure to slow down to avoid a collision. His patrol car hit two handcuffed suspects sitting beside a road.
  • Dahlonega, Georgia: A former deputy sheriff pleased guilty in federal court to charges of producing child pornography involving a then 6-year-old girl.
  • Long Branch, New Jersey: Two men are dead while a third is in critical condition following a high-speed car chase and crash. One of the officers who conducted a motor vehicle stop saw that a passenger had a gun and tried to grab it. A chase ensued when the driver took off.
  • Robbinsville, New Jersey: An officer was arrested after he broke into an apartment and assaulted a mother in a wheelchair and he 4-year-old son. He was charged with official misconduct, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of endangering the welfare of a child, five counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, and one count each of burglary, harassment and criminal mischief.
  • Pasadena, California: A complaint alleging that an officer perjured himself during the investigation and prosecution of a man has been filed with the police department.
  • Sturbridge, Massachusetts: A police spokesman described the assault allegations against a trooper as “deeply disturbing.” If true, they “are diametrically opposed to the morals, values, and principles of the Massachusetts State police,” he said. The trooper was relieved from duty last week, following his indictment on indecent assault and battery and open and gross lewdness charges.
  • Miami County, Ohio: Sheriff’s Deputy is on paid administrative leave after police said he was arrested for OVI. A bystander called in his erratic driving. “We are saddened by the arrest, but commend the good Samaritan for being alert and calling 911” said Chief Deputy Dave Duchak.
  • Chicago, Illinois: A police officer was arrested for allegedly taking a bribe to fix a traffic-related case. He has not been formally charged yet. Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said he was saddened the officer potentially threw away his career for allegedly taking graft.
  • Newark, New Jersey: An officer has been charged with allegedly conspiring to plant drugs on an individual and then falsely arresting the individual. The charge of conspiracy to violate civil rights carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
  • Update: Madison, Wisconsin: A jury ruled that officers were not overly forceful in the arrest of a woman when she was drunk.


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-18-12

Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 18, 2012

  • West Point, Utah: A high-speed chase that reached speeds of over 100 mph ended with a rollover crash. The chase began after an off-duty officer witnessed a store alarm going off when a man ran out. He appeared to be taking an electronic appliance.
  • Worcester, Massachusetts: Police have indefinitely suspended without pay a state trooper who was indicted on sexual assault charges. He was indicted on three counts of indecent assault and battery and two counts of open and gross lewdness involving an 18-year-old girl.
  • Burlington, Vermont:  A former state trooper who allegedly stole taxpayer money in an overtime scam is now accused of writing hundreds of fake traffic tickets.
  • Berwick, Pennsylvania: An officer was arrested on charges that he stole evidence to support his drug habit. He allegedly stole more than 800 packets of heroin from police at one time. Police are investigating to see if it was an isolated incident.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was charged in a complaint alleging the transportation of individuals in interstate commerce for the purpose of prostitution. The incident happened while the officer was on-duty and using his patrol car. “Human sex trafficking is a horrific crime that has a devastating impact on its victims and the community,” said U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III. “What makes this case worse is that the alleged perpetrator is a law enforcement official who was sworn to protect and serve. Those who betray the public trust insult the integrity and honor of all law enforcement officials who risk their lives upholding the law.”
  • Brunswick County, North Carolina: A deputy is facing charges after a crash that killed a motorcyclist. He is charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and failure to yield.
  • Madison, Wisconsin: An officer who worked in a school was suspended without pay for eight days and reassigned for violating department policies.
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: An officer was suspended again after accusations of sexual misconduct while on duty came up.
  • Milton, Delaware: A lawsuit has been filed against the City of Lewes and their police department. It claims the police unnecessarily used a taser to shock a man while he was handcuffed and shackled. The man says that he suffered permanent injuries from the arrest. The defense attorney for the city says that the man was intoxicated and he resisted efforts to administer first aid. He also said that there is no evidence of wrongdoing by his clients.


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-15-12 to 09-17-12

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, September 15 to  Monday, September 17, 2012:

  • Everett, Washington: Officers tased a mentally ill man and then put him in an isolation cell, claiming it was for safety reasons. His family says that three hours later they found him dead in the cell. “My dad had a name, he had a face. He was a real person,” said the man’s son. “He was not some piece of garbage to be tased to death.”
  • Princeton, West Virginia: A 16-year veteran officer who was involved in a domestic incident resigned. The incident was recorded on camera.
  • Delaware, Ohio: Two deputies and one trooper were charged in connection with the death of a man left at a Taco Bell. The officers picked up the man when they said he was drunk in his vehicle, and then left him at the Taco Bell. The man was then struck by a car and killed.
  • Youngstown, Ohio: An officer resigned instead of facing termination, and possible criminal prosecution. The resignation came after he was placed on administrative leave during a corruption investigation.
  • Jamestown, New York: An officer resigned amid allegations that he was pocketing prescription medicine that was evidence. “Because of his problem, every defense counsel wants to say, ‘Oh, everything is tainted. Everything has got to go. I need either a new trial or I need a plea far below what your guidelines would ordinarily give me,'” said the district attorney.
  • Webb County, Texas: After stealing a purse at a local hospital, a deputy was arrested and faces misdemeanor charges.
  • King County, Washington: A judge has ruled that King County deliberately withheld information on a sheriff’s deputy’s troubling behavior from attorneys of a man who was left permanently brain-damaged when he was tackled by the deputy. “This reckless indifference in its failure to produce these three documents — documents that were indisputably relevant — is the functional equivalent of intentional misconduct,” the judge said of the failure to turn over the information after the man’s family sued. The county settled with the family for $10 million. The man was left brain-damaged, paralyzed and unable to speak after he was tackled and pushed into a wall by the deputy. Harris had been wrongly identified as a suspect in an earlier bar fight.
  • Caledonia, Minnesota: A deputy wasn’t disciplined for drag racing his squad car, while on the job, against another officer. The decision to not discipline the officers is now being discussed by the County Board.
  • Pownal, Vermont: Following an investigation into allegations that he shot and killed a neighbor’s dog, a deputy resigned.
  • Los Angeles, California: A suspended sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to 90 days in jail for sexual relations with a teenage girl.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: A lawsuit says that an officer tried to strangle an 18-year-old. In the lawsuit, the boy says that he strangled him to the point of unconsciousness. He went to the doctor after and the doctor found evidence of “injuries consistent with strangulation.”


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-14-12

Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 14, 2012:

  • Highland Heights, Kentucky: The former police chief pleaded guilty to two felony counts in federal court. He admitted to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft by using police credit cards: “I abused credit cards entrusted to me… and I am extremely remorseful for that.” He faces a maximum of 22 years with a $225,000 fine for each count.
  • Update: Providence, Rhode Island: The police chief accused of stealing $714 from a stripper’s pocketbook was sentenced to serve six months in prison.
  • Miami, Florida: A police officer was fired after an internal affairs investigation recommended his termination for habitually speeding in his patrol car.
  • Jermyn, Pennsylvania: A police officer was dismissed for “legal violations for obtaining and presenting a first aid card.” All officers are required to have a first aid card.
  • Moulton, Alabama: An officer was charged with torture and willful abuse of a child. He allegedly whipped an 8-year-old girl so severely that she had to be taken to the hospital. “Theses are very serious allegations, and this is very disheartening for the department,” said the police chief. “When you go into law enforcement you are charged to uphold the law. Not only are these allegations disheartening to me and our department, but law enforcement in general.”
  • Aransas Pass, Texas: Two officers have been fired following claims of misconduct and mistakes involving criminal investigations. They were fired following claims of missing evidence and shoddy criminal investigations.
  • Seattle, Washington: A police lieutenant was charged with violating a court order to stay away from his wife, adding a new allegation in the case against him. He was initially arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife.
  • Update: Prince George County, Maryland: An officer was given five years in prison and a $2.7 million fine for extortion in a cigarettes scheme.
  • Twin Rivers, California: A lawsuit alleges the abuse of five young men by police officers. It states that they were arrested for no apparent reason and three of them were brutally choked by an officer. The suit, which seeks monetary damages, alleges constitutional violations, including unreasonable seizure, excessive force, and derelict supervision and training.
  • Portland, Oregon: Federal civil rights investigators have found “reasonable cause” to believe that police use “unnecessary or unreasonable force” with persons who have mental illness, reports the U.S. Justice Department. In the 42-page letter, there is an outline for remedies including training and new policies to investigate police misconduct. “We found instances that support a pattern of dangerous used of force against persons who posed little or no threat and who could not, as a result of their mental illness, comply with officer’s commands,” says the report.

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 09-13-12

Here are the 8 stories of Police Misconduct Tracked for Thursday, September 13, 2012:

  • Pinellas Park, Florida: The man shot by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper Monday morning at a cemetery was the cemetery’s owner. He is a Tampa man who has no criminal history and has held a concealed-weapons permit. Clifford Work remained hospitalized in fair condition as questions lingered about why a trooper shot the 48-year-old businessman.
  • New York, New York: A man has filed a lawsuit against officers who he says engaged him in a “brutal and sadistic” beating.
  • Update: Reading, Pennsylvania: Two officers were reinstated after being fired for a stun-gun scandal.
  • Lawrence, Massachusetts: Police Chief Bonilla has been indicted on multiple charge by a grand jury. They include trick, scheme or device to mislead in the procurement of supplies; fraudulent conversion of city property; unlawful use of official position; conspiracy; and extortion or attempted extortion. “These indictments allege that Bonilla, acting in his position as deputy police chief, fraudulently transferred ownership of 13 motor vehicles that belonged to the Lawrence Police Department to an automotive sales agency with a close affiliation to Mayor William Lantigua,” according to the District Attorney’s office.
  • Upland, Pennsylvania: A lawsuit has been filed against officers for assault and battery, failure to investigate, and malicious prosecution.
  • Brentwood, New Hampshire: A police lieutenant who retired after an internal investigation into missing evidence has been indicted on felony theft charges. Those charges include counts of receiving stolen property and theft by unauthorized taking for allegedly stealing a rifle from an evidence room.
  • Wheatland, California: An officer was charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection with a fatal crash.
  • Kansas City, Kansas: An officer scratched a trooper, and head-butted a colleague during his drunk driving arrest. The officer pleaded guilty in court.

Government Installs Cameras to Monitor Speed Cameras

From the Washington Post:

This is 100 percent “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” crazy. But true. It has to be true: My brain is not sophisticated enough to create something so meta and surreal from scratch.

WTOP’S Ari Ashe is reporting that Prince George’s County is mounting cameras to monitor its traffic cameras. This comes following a half dozen incidents of vandalism and general meanness toward the cameras in the county.

No Time to Consider Elderly Lady’s Medical Condition

From ABC News:

A Texas police department is defending an officer who is seen on a dashcam video pulling a 77-year-old woman out of her car during a traffic stop.

Sgt. Gene Geheb, an officer from the Keene Police Department, pulled Lynn Bedford over Aug. 19 for driving 66 mph in a 50 mph zone. But their stop grew heated when Bedford refused to hand over her driver’s license and insurance card, according to police reports and video from the officer’s dashcam. The officer was also wearing a microphone and camera.

Video at the link above.  This officer should have been much more patient.  He was polite at the start, but his fuse was much too short.

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