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News Updates

by admin on January 12, 2012

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WEST CHESTER TWP. — A former Hamilton police officer accused of masturbating while peeking into windows at a Monroe motel has pleaded guilty to reduced charges of attempted voyeurism and public indecency.

Justin Lunsford, 27, of Trenton, entered the plea in Butler County Area III Court on Tuesday during an arraignment hearing. He faces up to 90 days in jail and fines when he returns to court for sentencing on Feb. 17.

Lunsford, who joined the Hamilton force in 2007, resigned in early December after learning he would be charged in the case.

Monroe police filed charges of voyeurism and public indecency against Lunsford Dec. 6. Both charges are misdemeanors.

A psychological evaluation was ordered as part of a pre-sentence investigation prior to sentencing.

Court records say that Lunsford’s acts on Nov. 30 were caught on security video at Parkside Inn on Hamilton-Middletown Road. The complaint, filed by Monroe Detective Gregg Myers, also indicates that Lunsford confessed.

http://communitypress.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20120111/NEWS/301110105/Ex-cop-pleads-guilty-public-indecency?odyssey=nav|head
 

An Arrest for a Crime That, It Turned Out, Never Happened

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Just before he was loaded into the police car, Aaron Vansintjan said, one of the officers looked at him.

 

“He said, ‘I’m embarrassed,’ ” Mr. Vansintjan said.
 

That was no obstacle to a bad situation’s getting more perplexing by the minute.
 

Mr. Vansintjan, 21, a student at McGill University in Montreal, and his family, who live in Belgium, had come to New York for Christmas week.
 

He wound up arrested one afternoon at gunpoint, taken to the 34th Precinct station house, held for several hours and accused of lying about a crime that he not only had nothing to do with, but that hadn’t even taken place.
 

“This,” Mr. Vansintjan said with some understatement, “is no way to treat a tourist.”
 

His story began on the mild Thursday of Dec. 22. He spent the early part of the day shopping at Macy’s with his mother. Then he headed uptown by subway to meet friends at the Cloisters, the collection of medieval art housed high above the Hudson in the towering splendor of Fort Tryon Park.
 

Getting there involves a slight trick. At the A train stop nearest the museum, 190th Street, there are two exits. One is a ramp that leads to Bennett Avenue, which runs along the base of a cliff at the bottom of the park. The other way out, and by far the most direct, is an elevator to Fort Washington Avenue that drops passengers at the top of the cliff. “I took the ramp out, and found myself at the bottom of the park,” he said.
 

The day being fine, he decided to scramble up. He carried a Macy’s shopping bag with two white shirts he had just bought, and two books from his school’s library. He was also listening to music. Near the street, he reached a terraced area, and paused.

 

“I was catching my breath for about 15 seconds,” he said. “Someone ran at me with a gun drawn, screamed at me to get down to the ground, pushed me onto my knees, and then put my face in the ground.”
 

He was led up the stairs in handcuffs by a plainclothes police officer and others in uniform. “I was under the impression that it was very illegal to walk up the hill,” Mr. Vansintjan said.
 

Moments earlier, the police had received a report of a burglary in an apartment just across Bennett Avenue from the park. A man said that two intruders had just left his apartment. “He pointed to an individual running up a hill in Fort Tryon Park and identified him as one of the intruders,” said Paul J. Browne, a police spokesman. The chase led to Mr. Vansintjan.
 

As he was being held on the street, he said, “they told me someone had reported the theft of a Macy’s bag.” He protested that he had been shopping and that he was on his way to the Cloisters. Moreover, he said, his hands were turning purple from the tight squeeze of the handcuffs. They were loosened slightly. The officers suggested that Mr. Vansintjan, who is 5 feet 10 and weighs 130 pounds, had resisted arrest, he said.
 

The friends waiting for him were astonished to see Mr. Vansintjan surrounded by eight police officers. “They came over and the police told them to get back,” he said. “I said, ‘Those are my friends.’ An officer asked me, ‘Oh, are they your accomplices?’ I said, ‘No, we were going to the museum.’ ”

 

The man who reported the break-in was driven past Mr. Vansintjan and identified him as a burglar. At the station house, Mr. Vansintjan was unshackled and taken to an interrogation room. “A detective asked me to tell my side of things, and said, ‘If you are honest, we will be easier on you’,” Mr. Vansintjan said. He said he was not told of his right to a lawyer, or to remain silent.
 

“After I told him what had happened, the detective said, ‘You know, what the other guy is saying doesn’t match up with your story,’ ” Mr. Vansintjan said, an old ruse used to trick people into admissions. “I said, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ ”
 

While this was going on, the man who reported the burglary told the police that there had been no break-in, and that people were out to get him, according to Mr. Browne. He was taken to a psychiatric hospital, Mr. Browne said.
 

Mr. Vansintjan knew nothing of this until I told him on Tuesday. When he was in the holding cell, he was the only white; the 10 others were all being held on pot charges. “If I weren’t white,” he said, he might have been held overnight.
 

 Just before he was released the evening of Dec. 22, Mr. Vansintjan said, a sergeant told him that an antique pocketknife he had been carrying “was a problem.”
 

“I knew it was legal,” the student said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/11/nyregion/belgian-tourist-arrested-but-crime-never-happened.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion

 

 

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Dumb Cops In TheNews

by admin on May 24, 2010

 

Texas cops mistake actual weed for marijuana, spend hours doing yard work
Like the old song goes, one of these things is not like the other…
However, remind a police officer in Corpus Christi, Texas of those famed Cookie Monster lyrics and they’re likely to give you an annoyed look.
That’s because a recently discovered cache of plants, initially pegged by officials speaking to local news as "one of the largest marijuana plant seizures in the police department’s history," turned out to be a relatively common prairie flower of little significance.
 
Texas officers ultimately spent hours laboring to tag and remove up to 400 plants from a city park, discovering only after a battery of tests that they had been sweating over mere Horse Mint, a member of the mint family — effectively turning their ambitious drug bust into mere yard work.
The plants, which bear very few aesthetic similarities to cannabis, were reported by an unnamed youth who came across them while riding a bike in the park around 8 p.m. on Thursday. Upon visual inspection, police apparently agreed that the inoffensive plants had to go.
 
Ultimately, officers were reduced to conducting chemical tests to learn their "weed" was really just that: an actual weed.
"That shows exactly the caliber of police work that is done in Corpus christi, Tx," commenter Derick Sillers opined in a local NBC affiliate’s comments section.
 
"The resident of corpus and nueces county should seriously be concerned with how their tax dollars are spent," he continued. "[This] is the same police department that serves, protects and investigates you…. does it really take that long to find out you don’t have marijuana."
"Officers did not explain how their big ‘drug haul’ will be disposed of, now that they’ve spent untold hours and plenty of taxpayer money clearing weeds of the the city park," writer Steve Elliott summarized for News Junkie Post.
 
The tale is, at very least, a compelling argument for accurate, non-fear-based drug education in public schools, which advocacy groups say is sorely lacking.

RUCKEE, Calif. — A Truckee police officer who posted a questionable YouTube video last year has violated department standards, Chief Nick Sensley said Friday.

Officer Arthur “Jr.” Munoz posted the video — which shows Munoz firing a rifle at a birthday cake, urinating on it and then eating the cake — eight months ago on YouTube.com, Sensley said. The video was still viewable as of Friday, May 28, but has been taken down since.

Munoz’s act showed a lapse in judgment that falls short of the department’s standards, Sensley said.

“He expressed poor judgment and poor taste,” Sensley said.

Messages seeking comment from Munoz went unreturned.

Sensley said he holds his officers to standards of professionalism and integrity, and he requires they act within the scope of their authority. The video didn’t meet those standards, Sensley said.

“I cannot defend something outside the standards I set,” Sensley said.

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Dirty Top Cops

by admin on December 21, 2009

 

www.rocktownweekly.com/news_details.php

 

 

South Bend detective arrested for domestic violence

 

SOUTH BEND — A 10-year veteran of the city’s police department is on administrative leave, following a domestic violence arrest early Saturday morning.

 

St. Joseph County Police Sgt. Bill Redman confirmed  a detective in the department, was arrested at her home after an alleged incident involving her husband, who is also a South Bend police officer. Her husband was not arrested.

Redman said police were called to a neighbor of the Hanleys at 1:35 a.m. The victim went there after the alleged assault. He told the officers Meredith had struck him over the head during an argument, and then scratched his neck and ear as he was standing back up.

Police say two young children were inside the home sleeping when it happened.

Officers then went to the Hanley residence. When Meredith didn’t come to the door, they got the garage door code from her husband and entered the home.

After making sure the children were OK, they began to question Meredith, but she said she didn’t want to speak to the officers and requested an attorney. She was arrested for domestic violence/battery, a misdemeanor.

Meredith was booked into the St. Joseph County Jail, and will remain in custody until she appears in court on Monday, December 21 at 1:30 p.m. There is no bond at this time.

South Bend Police spokesperson Capt. Phil Trent said per standard department procedure involving incidents of this nature, Meredith will be on paid administrative leave until the Board of Public Safety votes to make it unpaid.

 

www.wsbt.com/news/local/79720397.html

HOT COP!

Hot Cop Fuller

THE HOT COP FULLER V.C.U Chief of Police

 

 

(2009-12-21)

(St. Louis Public Radio)The former police chief in the St. Louis suburb of St. George has been charged with sodomy and other sex crime involving a child.

Scott Uhrig was charged in Jefferson County earlier this month. The alleged crime occurred in July of 2008, but authorities say the case is complex, which is why it took which is why it took nearly a year and a half for charges to be filed.

Uhrig is free on $10,000 bond. Since the alleged crimes occurred, Uhrig was fired and the St. George police department was dissolved.

In 2002, Uhrig was accused of propositioning a 17-year-old girl during a traffic stop. He was sued, and the case was settled privately.

St. George is a small municipality in south St. Louis County. A police sergeant there was fired in 2007 after a motorist videotaped a threatening tirade.

 

 

 

 

 


College Police Chief Charged With 8 Felonies

RIVERSIDE – The police chief for Mt. San Jacinto College faces ten charges, eight of them felonies.

Kevin Harold Segawa faces accusations of bribery, perjury, and misappropriation of funds after investigators probed his actions over 13 months.

"We take public integrity seriously, especially for those who have been entrusted with the authority to enforce the law," said District Attorney Rod Pacheco. "The public must be able to trust that those who have the authority to enforce the law in our community are not misusing that authority to benefit themselves."

www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp

 

Suspended Virginia Commonwealth University Police Chief Willie Fuller appeared briefly in a Chesterfield County court this afternoon for arraignment on charges of soliciting sex with a minor in an online sting operation.

Fuller, who appeared by video teleconference from the jail, did not yet have an attorney. A preliminary hearing was set for April 2.

After the hearing, Chesterfield Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Rigler said Fuller thought he was talking to a 14-year-old girl, not a detective, when the alleged offenses occurred Jan. 10.

"There was one day of chatting," he said, "everything he was charged with happened on that one day."

He was charged with two counts of using a computer to solicit sex from a minor and two counts of attempted indecent liberties with a minor.

Fuller is 50, but Rigler said he portrayed himself online as being about 35. Fuller’s screen name was hotcop2006, Rigler said.

www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/local/article/VCUUGAT29_20090129-101608/192165/

 

 

HARRISONBURG — A federal judge sentenced former Page County Sheriff Daniel Presgraves to 19 months in prison during a hearing today in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.

 

Presgraves faced up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal racketeering charge in August. Presgraves pleaded guilty in exchange for prosecutors dismissing 21 charges that ranged from violating the civil rights of women employees to bribery and money laundering.

 

Presgraves’ recommended sentencing guidelines called for 27 to 33 months in prison.

 

U.S. District Court Judge Glen Conrad said Presgraves had suffered enough by losing his job and career in law enforcement, and the shorter prison term would serve the same purpose as one that met or exceeded sentencing guidelines.


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Yes Cops Do Lie !

December 2, 2009

 
 
Federal Judge Says NYPD Plagued by “Widespread Falsification by Arresting Officers”
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
In refusing to dismiss a lawsuit against New York City brought by two brothers arrested on trumped-up drug charges, Brooklyn Federal Judge Jack Weinstein had some harsh words for the city’s police department. From the NY Daily News:
 
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