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Don’t Trust The Cops!
Please note when these stories are reported they all ways refer to “Ex Police Officer” when these alleged incidents occurred , in most cases they were “Police Officers” that’s the way the media keeps Police departments happy.
Police raid home and shoot dog while 7 year old watches
Detroit Police shoot 7-year-old girl in house search
Aiyana Jones was fatally shot
George Hunter, Doug Guthrie and Valerie Olander / The Detroit News
Detroit — Mertilla Jones recounted the horrific death of her granddaughter this evening outside the home where the 7-year-old was killed by a police bullet.
"They blew my granddaughter’s brains out. They killed her right before my eyes," Jones said. "I watched the light go out of her eyes. I seen it."
Aiyana Jones was fatally shot early Sunday by a Detroit Police officer hunting for a murder suspect, police said. She had been asleep on a living room sofa when officers raided her east-side home.
Police arrested a 34-year-old suspect, but declined to say if he was found in the downstairs apartment where the girl was shot or in an upstairs flat they also raided.
The shooting happened at 12:40 a.m., when the Special Response Team executed a no-knock search warrant on the duplex in the 4000 block of Lillibridge. Officers rushed in after throwing a stun grenade through the glass of a front window.
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‘It’s not an accident’
But Fieger said the video shows an officer lobbing the grenade and then shooting into the home from the porch.
"There is no question about what happened because it’s in the videotape," Fieger said. "It’s not an accident. It’s not a mistake. There was no altercation."
"Aiyana Jones was shot from outside on the porch. The videotape shows clearly the officer throwing through the window a stun grenade-type explosive and then within milliseconds of throwing that, firing a shot from outside the home," he said.
A&E spokesman Dan Silberman said neither he nor anyone else from the network would comment about the case, and he denied a request by The Associated Press for the footage.
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PASADENA, TX (KTRK) — A new video shows lots of cops restraining a suspect. Is it police misconduct or necessary force? One thing is clear: You’ll only see the video here. This is something we don’t normally get to see — what happens when a drunk driving suspect refuses to give his blood to police.
But there’s a video inside the Pasadena jail, last July. Nine cops will get in the action.
"It almost looks like each officer that runs through the door is wanting to get a piece of the action, more so than stopping to look and see if their assistance is even needed," defense attorney Jim Medley said.
"They were beating on this guy excessively, stomping his broke leg," Defense Attorney Sam Cammack said. "He was basically begging for mercy
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One Officer Seeks Bail as Ex-Officer Pleads Guilt
Two police officers — one current and the other former — appeared in the federal courthouse in Brooklyn on Thursday, each to deal with strikingly similar criminal charges related to the misuse of police authority.
The former officer, Jorge H. Arbaje-Diaz, pleaded guilty for his participation in robberies of drug dealers set up to look like police raids. The current officer, Emmanuel Tavarez, appeared at a bail hearing on charges that he participated in an unrelated but nearly identical scheme.
The overlapping appearances in United States District Court for the Eastern District, in Brooklyn, highlighted how similar the narratives were of a form of police corruption that Loretta E. Lynch, the United States attorney in Brooklyn, said “unfairly tarnishes the proud reputation of the thousands of law enforcement officers in New York.”
Both cases involved violent crews that conducted more than 100 robberies in the Northeast over several years, during which members posed as police officers to gain entry into homes to steal money and drugs, prosecutors said. And both cases included real officers who used police equipment and threats of arrest, prosecutors said.
“Though these cases are similar, there are no common defendants, and no evidence indicating that there is a connection,” said Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for Ms. Lynch’s office.
Mr. Arbaje-Diaz, a three-year veteran of the Police Department, had been assigned to the transit bureau in the Bronx when he was arrested, and he resigned from the force in 2008. He spoke tentatively as he pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and drug distribution conspiracy, his words barely audible.
Norfolk policeman gets 6 months in jail
A police officer caught stealing from a purported drug dealer was fined and sentenced Thursday to six months in jail.
John K. Hester, a 20-year Navy sailor and an Iraq combat veteran, was caught stealing $140 from an undercover officer posing as a drug dealer.
Judge John C. Morrison fined Hester $1,000 and imposed a five-year sentence with all but six months suspended.
"Your actions in a way have tarnished the actions of good cops," Morrison told him.
Hester, 44, had been a Norfolk police officer for one year after retiring from the Navy as a petty officer first class.
He resigned from the police force and pleaded guilty in April 2009 to embezzlement by a public officer.
According to an interview transcript signed by Hester and filed with the court, Hester and his partner were working a night shift on May 17, 2007, when they were called to the corner of St. Julian and Courtney avenues to interrupt a suspected drug deal.
Hester patted down the suspect and found drugs in his left front pocket and cash in his right front pocket, according to the transcript.
Hester handed the drugs to his partner and pocketed the cash, according to the transcript.
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JACKSON, Miss. — The Mendenhall police chief was arrested Wednesday and accused of making sexually obscene gestures, Simpson County officials said.
Bruce Barlow is charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, in connection with the incident that happened at a home on Circle Drive on Monday, court officials said.
An arrest affidavit stated that the victim claimed that Barlow lewdly made obscene gestures to his private parts while the man was standing in his front yard with his family and child.
Barlow was released after posting $400 bond, officials said.
Barlow has been on administrative leave with pay since August, when federal and local authorities began investigating the Mendenhall Police Department on unrelated allegations.
Felipe De Jesus Negrete, of Dallas, told 16 WAPT News that he was stopped by Mendenhall officers in July and was accused of transporting drugs. Negrete said he was released by police seven days later, but claimed that $7,000 and a lot of property was never returned.
No charges have been filed in connection with that investigation.
A petition filed last week by local residents asking the mayor and Board of Aldermen to fire or suspend pay for Barlow has been halted.
According to residents, city leaders assured them that Barlow will either resign or be terminated at an Oct. 21 board meeting. Barlow is set to appear before a judge on Nov. 9.
A former Gowanda police officer who staged his own shooting and fixed a traffic ticket in exchange for three pizzas was spared jail time today when he was sentenced in Collins Town Court.
Jason D. Miller, 36, of North Collins, was ordered by Collins Town Justice Norman J. Peters to serve three years probation and remit a $295 fine and a $205 surcharge to the court no later than Nov. 17.
Miller pleaded guilty in May to a charge of official misconduct after admitting he willfully failed to file arrest paperwork with the court after charging a motorist with driving with a suspended license in June 2009. In exchange, the motorist, who worked at a Gowanda pizzeria, gave Miller three pizzas.
"He’s very apologetic, he’s very remorseful," said Daniel J. Henry Jr., Miller’s attorney, of his client after the sentencing. "He wants to express his remorse to Chief [Joseph] Alessi of the police department and his fellow officers."
Many of those fellow officers, however, believe Miller got off easy with probation. He faced up to a year in jail on the official misconduct charge. At least a dozen Gowanda police officers lined the back of the courtroom during the proceeding.
"We’re all disappointed, but we’re really not surprised," said Gowanda Police Lt. Rich Cooper, saying fellow officers have a "difference of opinion" with Peters. "[Miller is] a common criminal who just shielded his actions with a badge."
Cooper wouldn’t elaborate on what sentence officers believed Miller should have received.Henry called Peters’ sentence "fair," saying that Miller was sentenced to the maximum term of probation allowed by law for his guilty plea to the official misconduct charge. Henry also pointed out that the Erie County Probation Department recommended probation in its report.
Miller, who worked as a part-time officer in Gowanda for five years without any apparent prior disciplinary problems, resigned in September 2009. He appeared at sentencing with his wife and attorney.
Miller’s plea agreement also stipulated that he reveal the facts behind a September 2008 shooting incident in which he first claimed to have been shot at and struck in the vest by a fleeing suspect. Law enforcement from numerous agencies responded to the call.
Miller admitted last summer that he actually hung his bulletproof vest from a tree and fired a bullet into it. It remains unclear, however, why he did that.
Cooper said numerous area police agencies poured "hundreds of hours" into the investigation of the suspected shooting. On top of that, Gowanda police, state troopers and Erie County sheriff’s collected money for Miller to send his family to an Erie, Pa. water park after the shooting. The subsequent truth about the shooting has police feeling betrayed.
"The main impetus to the whole investigation was to find out if there was a shooter out there targeting police officers," Cooper said. "That was settled."
Miller paid back the $600 used for the water park to the Gowanda Police Benevolent Association — also required under his plea agreement — only in the last two weeks, Cooper said.
It was believed that the plea agreement reached in the pizza case satisfies both of the incidents involving Miller, however, prosecutors were unavailable to confirm that.
According to information released by the city law department, Yalanda Dukes reached the settlement with the city earlier this month.
Dukes alleges police officer Rich Kovach hit her on the head while she was being arrested on May 12, 2007. Dukes required numerous stitches and said she suffered physical and emotional trauma from the arrest
Metro Nashville police say their specialized DUI units are finding fewer drunk drivers to arrest.
But if you think they’re celebrating that drivers are finally getting the message, think again.
In fact, a NewsChannel 5 investigation discovered supervisors are now warning some officers that if they don’t find more people to arrest, they could be in trouble themselves.
Police insist that’s not a quota, but NewsChannel 5 Investigates found an innocent man who isn’t convinced.
Our cameras were there as 18-year-old Martin Bills went to court to get his good name back.
It’s a name that was taken when a Metro police officer arrested him back in April on DUI charges. His employer suspended him, and the U.S. Navy told him his plans to enlist would have to wait.
"It put my life on hold for about three weeks now," Bills said. "I can’t go to work. I can’t make money."
Bills was stopped on Briley Parkway by an officer assigned to a DUI task force that makes repeated traffic stops, hoping to catch drivers who’ve been drinking.
"He automatically right off the bat asked me had I been drinking, had I been smoking," the young man recalled. "I said no. He continued to ask me and ask me."
What followed was the kind of field sobriety tests we’ve all seen on TV — tests that the officer claimed Bills flunked.
"He said my eye was twitching and my leg was shaking — that’s why he took me in. I mean, I can’t help that I’m nervous that I’m getting pulled over," Bills said.
The officer booked him on suspicion of being under the influence of marijuana.
But before being taken to the Metro Jail, Bills agreed to submit to a blood test.
The tests all came back negative.
Canton Man Says Autistic Son Tasered
CANTON, Ga. – A Canton father said Monday that he was outraged over police use of a taser against his son. The man said his son suffers from autism and officers knew it.
The incident was captured on police dash cam video. The video was presented in a Cherokee County courtroom.
Twenty-three-year-old D.J. Moran said multiple officers surrounded him, cuffed him on the ground and then tasered him.
"I remember just seeing the concrete and feeling them on my back," said Moran. "That’s when they tased me and
Man shot by police says he’ll sue
Attorneys for Kareem Williams, who was injured in a police shooting Feb. 11, said Saturday they have filed a notice of intent to sue the city of Miami, Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito and the officers involved.
Another man, Travis McNeil, was killed in the shooting.
The Cochran Firm and the Amarantos Legal Team are representing Williams, who was shot three times after police pulled over the vehicle in which he was riding and fired inside the car. McNeil, the driver, was killed at the scene.
McNeil and Williams were pulled over at the intersection of 75th Street and North Miami Avenue because they were driving “erratically” and ran a traffic light, police said. They had just left Little River’s Take One Cocktail Lounge in North Miami Beach.
Miami police union boss Armando Aguilar said something Detective Reinaldo Goyo saw “led him to fear for his life.” No weapon was found at the scene.
Williams’ legal team said in a press release that their client and McNeil were the victims of an unjustified police shooting. McNeil suffered permanent injuries, the release said.
Orleans Parish sheriff’s deputy booked with brandishing gun at her son on school bus
An Orleans Parish sheriff’s deputy was booked with aggravated assault after she allegedly boarded a school bus in uniform and brandished a gun at her 16-year-old son.
The bus was on its way to Schaumburg Elementary in eastern New Orleans on Thursday morning. After the deputy, 38-year-old Cotina Holmes, got off the bus, the bus driver called police, said New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman Shereese Harper.
Holmes was arrested at 5640 Read Blvd. and booked with one count of aggravated assault. Her bond was set at $15,000.
She was suspended from duty immediately after her arrest, pending an internal investigation and the outcome of the court case, according to a news release from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman.
"The Sheriff’s Office maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding deputies engaging in conduct unbecoming of an officer or other illegal activities," Gusman said in the release.
Holmes, who worked security details for publicly owned buildings, was not on duty at the time of her arrest, but an NOPD investigation determined she was wearing her uniform during the incident.
She began working for the Sheriff’s Office in 2003, leaving in 2009 for the Recovery School District before returning as a sheriff’s deputy in February 2010.
A Baltimore Sheriff’s Office deputy faces assault charges after a road rage incident in which he allegedly pointed his gun at another driver along Md. 30.
Michael Savage, 38, of the 7900 block of Galloping Circle in Baltimore, is charged with two counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. He was released on his own recognizance.
Troopers from the Westminster barrack of the Maryland State Police were dispatched after the barrack got a 911 call at approximately 5:16 p.m. Thursday from a motorcyclist who said a man in a silver van had pointed a black handgun at him.
The motorcyclist told investigators he’d made an obscene gesture after the van illegally passed him on Md. 30 south of Md. 91.
He made the gesture again as they approached the circle at the Hampstead Bypass, at which point the driver of the van pointed a black handgun at him and made a motion as if the gun had been fired, according to court documents.
The man’s wife told police she hadn’t seen the driver point the gun, but said she hadn’t been paying attention.
Hampstead police officers stopped the van on Md. 30 south of Cape Horn Road and identified the driver as Savage.
Savage was wearing his Baltimore Sheriff’s Office uniform and carrying a .40-caliber Glock handgun with one round in the chamber and 14 in the magazine, according to court documents. The gun was determined by investigators to be the one Savage had been issued as a sheriff’s deputy.
Savage told police the motorcycle had been driving below the posted speed limit and the driver had motioned him to go around. He denied pointing his weapon at the man.
Savage declined to comment when reached by phone Friday.
The Baltimore Sheriff’s Office serves court summonses, subpoenas, evictions and arrest warrants, provides courtroom security and transports prisoners, among other services.
Capt. Sam Cogen, of the Baltimore Sheriff’s Office, said Friday that the office was aware of the state police investigation regarding Savage, and that any possible action against him would not be taken until that investigation is complete.
Is This A Cover Up Attempt ?
Arizona police officers are seeking more protections from internal investigations prompted by residents and fellow officers.
Most Valley police unions now have contracts that spell out procedures for investigations of officers accused of misconduct.
The Glendale police unions negotiated a contract with the city requiring residents who file complaints against officers to sign affidavits that they believe their accusations are true. Other unions call for accused officers to be given information about the nature of the complaints and allow union representatives to serve as witnesses during officer interviews.