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Upston Sinclair

Oneonta, NY

#1 Nov 10, 2009
With the latest outbreak of police corruption on behalf of several Oneonta City Police Officers, I know that what we have actually been allowed to hear, is most likely just the tip of the ice berg.

I grew up here and have seen how abusive our city's police officers can be. Over the years, I have watched them simply drive through red lights without having their lights flashing, while also being there while a friend of mine was leaving a bar and was beat by the cops in the parking garage. I actually puked after seeing this happen as he didn't attack, charge, offend, or do anything toward the police that would yield such violent behavior.

So I want to hear other people's accounts with the OPD.

In the last election, all three candidates talked about needing to hire an outside investigator to search through out police officers. Let's hope they meant it and Dick Miller does go through with this.

Oneonta, NY

#2 Nov 10, 2009
Well "Upton" is how I think you meant to spell it.

But I was actually issued a ticket for being parked on Market St. but the ticket had the wrong time on it and didn't match the actual time I was parked. I went to the police station and they told me to write a complaint. I did so and they had the officer call me and tell me that I needed to confess and just pay the fine.

I couldn't believe that an officer actually called me to tell me to "overlook" their mistake and just accept a fine.

Dansville, NY

#3 Nov 11, 2009
I remember last year when they took in and harassed the professor interviewing for a job at SUCO. There only description of the suspected theif was a black male.

They immediately took him and treated him as a suspect, just because he was black.

These guys need to take a diversity class or something.

Binghamton, NY

#4 Nov 11, 2009
Steven wrote:
I remember last year when they took in and harassed the professor interviewing for a job at SUCO. There only description of the suspected theif was a black male.
They immediately took him and treated him as a suspect, just because he was black.
These guys need to take a diversity class or something.
Your pathetic...

"The police department was called to the same apartment Jan. 9 for a complaint that someone may have unlawfully entered it"

"The officer addressed Rogers through the window of his patrol vehicle based on the initial description from the woman, which indicated the suspect was a black man wearing a black jacket and talking on his cell phone"

"The officer disengaged when he was informed the suspect had not been wearing glasses and was not neatly dressed"

I guess the officer...not to profile...should have questioned some white guys wearing black jackets and talking on a cell phone...that happened to be in the area........

Oneonta, NY

#5 Nov 12, 2009
Maybe Steven was wrong, but we can't forget about the blacklists that caught national media attention.

That was a horrible thing for us and it doesn't seem like we learn our lesson for how to treat people.

Those cops that took advantage of those drunk college girls is just a reflection of how far we have NOT come.
WTF Police

Dansville, NY

#6 Nov 17, 2009
There was a bunch of students waiting around yesterday by the apartments downtown, about 40 of them all fighting a group of other kids. I saw 3 police cars drive past and not do anything.

What is their job? Write tickets to make money or to protect us?
Beat down

Oneonta, NY

#7 Nov 19, 2009
I was with my buddy's a few years ago and we were stopped by the police on main st. We were drunk and obnoxious to the police, but my buddy got a club to the head for mouthing off.

Anyone can say that he was a jerk and deserved it, perhaps he did. But this is America and if that happened to your friend or kid or whatever, you would be outraged that an officer of the law hit someone without any real provocation.

“Ron Paul 2012”

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#8 Nov 20, 2009
Did he have to go to the ER?

Please look up the the definition of "oxymoron".
Blackwater perhaps

Dansville, NY

#9 Nov 21, 2009
We might as well hire Blackwater instead of our police.
They walked right into my apartment the other night without any warrant, and no one let them in. The windows are all closed with the curtains, and we weren't making noise.
It turned out they had the wrong apartment address for some complaint and proceeded to think that I was a college student, and barged in breaking procedure.
These guys do this stuff all the time. I wouldn't want to be a student in Oneonta, after we find out they prey on young drunk girls and beat up guys.

Schenectady, NY

#10 Nov 22, 2009
Last night the cops were on water st. and even though there was a shoving match between two local, older individuals, the cops were outside actually shuffling the college kids to go home, even though the buses were closed.

I bet that while they do that stuff, they are just picking what girls they are going to pick up that night.

Chicopee, MA

#11 Nov 23, 2009
I grew up in Oneonta and over the years there have always been the cops who were the jerks and abused their powers, but there have always been the good ones to who really do try to make the community safe.

One of my father's friends' was a city cop and my father told me once about how an officer was black mailing college girls for sex in exchange for not arresting them for posession of narcotics.

I didn't even think about it until recently since the cops are still sleeping with underage drunk women.

Chicopee, MA

#13 Nov 24, 2009
Just look at this

All the wonderful media Oneonta recieves on a national level.

The Daily Star plays things as if they aren't a big deal, talks crap about those who try to help like with the Sheriff these days, and the only time the national media sees us is with this crap.

At least Corrigan's campaign caught positive attention with the times union and the new york times.

Oneonta, NY

#14 Nov 30, 2009
Two officers actually came into my apartment two weeks ago and without me letting them in, they entered without a warrant. They said they were there for a "complaint" about a fight, that I had been hit by my boyfriend, and after telling them to leave and that nothing had happened, they proceeded to open my bedroom door and look around.

That is completely illegal! No one can defend or justify that! Even if I had been hit, I HAVE TO SAY THAT FOR THEM TO ACT!!!

This is crap and this needs to end! I think I am going to contact the NY times or Times Union and see what they think about it.

Schenectady, NY

#15 Nov 30, 2009
That's crazy because they did that to me before as well. They just walked in and thought I was having a party. It turned out that they were in the wrong building and wanted the building over.

They just walked in without any knock, notice, request, or a warrant.


I just love that it took outsiders to let us all know that the cops who "resigned" had to leave because they preyed on 18 year old drunk girls.

Real tough huh? Seduce 18 year old girls who are drunk? I think that has about as much talent as the Detroit Lions.

What's next, a Rodney King incident?


Schenectady, NY

#16 Nov 30, 2009
I can't believe that is happening in my home!

This is ridiculous and we need more than that "outside" investigation, we need a whole new staff.

I remember Redmond though when he was a regular cop, always had the attitude that he would do "whatever it takes" to make the city supposedly safe.

I knew him when he was younger and I know plenty of people that saw him and worked for him...ABout as corrupt of a cop as you can get.

Schenectady, NY

#17 Dec 1, 2009
My son was arrested by the police when he went to school here. He was picked up at someone's home for a party and was actually not read his rights, was not allowed to recieve any phone call, and wasn't let go for an entire day.

I know you can hold people for 24 hours, but you can't just hold them to hold them, you have to have a reason or "probable cause" to hold them.

My son was just at a party, he wasn't a drug dealer or a violent criminal, he was a 20 year old with a beer in his hand.


Schenectady, NY

#18 Dec 1, 2009
I just came across this blog that talks about the police force as well.

Check it out if you care to.

Schenectady, NY

#19 Dec 1, 2009
I checked out that site, there is one posting so far but the content makes sense and the information is all true.

I remember right before I graduated I was caught with an open container on Main St.

What should have been a ticket, turned into a mess as the cop searched and cuffed me! He kept saying "You're too drunk to remember this anyway" even though I had only two drinks that night and was completely coherant.

Once cuffed, he kept insulting me making racist comments because I am black.

These guys need to take a diversity trainning course or something!

Schenectady, NY

#20 Dec 1, 2009
I don't see how this an objective forum? I have known officers, some for years and I have the upmost respect for them.

Of course you will always run into people who don't carry themselves with integrity, but you can't just think all cops are corrupt.

Schenectady, NY

#21 Dec 1, 2009
John wrote:
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I guess the officer...not to profile...should have questioned some white guys wearing black jackets and talking on a cell phone...that happened to be in the area........
They might have only known that it was a black male with a cell phone in a jacket, but the fact of the matter is it that it was the attitude behind what they did.
To profile, to treat someone as guilty before they are even brought in, that is what leads to further aggrivation and more serious issues.
The fact is, the same attitude that our cops had in the blacklists, is the same arrogant attitude that led to several officers having to resign for sleeping with drunk 18 year old girls.
If that was my daughter, I would go down to the station and show them how tough they really are.

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