A Knight Gets Blown

United States

#799 Dec 23, 2010
POLICE CHIEF ARRESTED ON SEXUAL ASSAULT OF CHILD, STALKING & HARASSMENT

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 --- 9:40 p.m.

A POLICE CHIEF IS IN JAIL TONIGHT, CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A SEVEN YEAR OLD GIRL AND THREE COUNTS OF STALKING.

Police Chief Patrick Lynch retired in 2009 but all of these charged offenses occurred either while he was still serving as police chief or as a police officer.

Officer Lynch was the Chief from 1996 to 2009. He's been charged with stalking, including threatening his ex-wife's boyfriend and a former employee of the Police Department, during that time.

But what really has people talking in this small town is another charge, sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.

Officer Lynch was arrested this morning.

Resident Daniel Dyer says, "I'm actually shocked because I heard good things about him but then again I heard bad things. I'm shocked."

According to a criminal complaint Officer Lynch was serving as a police officer for the city in 1989 when HE FONDLED AND RAPED A 7 YEAR OLD GIRL, his friends daughter, in her bathroom.

She says he was wearing his police uniform at the time.

The complaint states Officer Lynch then stalked the girl for 19 years.

No one currently working in the Police Department would comment on the situation and the city administrator told us he has nothing to say.

Lynch is scheduled to make his first court appearance tomorrow.

Release from the Department of Justice:

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on Wednesday, December 22, 2010, attorneys for the Department of Justice (DOJ), acting as special prosecutors for the County filed a criminal complaint in County Circuit Court against Police Chief Patrick F. Lynch alleging sexual assault against a child under the age of 13 and stalking charges.

The charges are felonies.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the County Sheriff’s Department.“Investigation and prosecution of cases involving those who prey on children are a high priority of the Department of Justice,” said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

http://www.nbc15.com/news/headlines/Former_Fo...
Another LE Drug Dealer

United States

#800 Dec 23, 2010
US ATF AGENT PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING $46K SEIZED DURING RAID

Posted: 8:42 AM December 23, 2010

A special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) PLEADED GUILTY Wednesday TO STEALING MONEY seized at a suspected drug house.

Barbara McQuade, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, said that Agent Steven Campbell, 32, was executing a federal search warrant Oct. 18 when he stole and hid about $46,785 in cash that had been recovered.

An affidavit previously issued explained that Agent Campbell hid the cash in various places in his clothing, but was caught when another federal agent observed the theft in progress.

[ Thanks and God Bless you, honest federal agent. If only there were so many more like you !]

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General, and the Internal Affairs Division of the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, and Firearms.

http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/c...
Texas Cop In Trouble

United States

#801 Dec 23, 2010
MARBLE FALLS TEXAS POLICE OFFICER ON LEAVE WHILE UNDER INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT AT PARTY

Tuesday, 21 Dec 2010, 7:12 PM CST

MARBLE FALLS, Texas (KXAN)- A Marble Falls police officer is on leave while the Texas Rangers investigate a sexual assault case that may have involved him, officials said Tuesday.

Patrol officer John Paul Pedraza, 31, has been on administrative leave with pay since Dec. 14. Officials with the Texas Rangers and the Marble Falls police would not give any details about the case, saying only that the investigation stems from a questionable party allegedly attended by Officer Pedraza.

Officer Pedraza's attorney Eddie Shell told KXAN News Tuesday Officer Pedraza went to a party at a friend's house in Burnet Saturday, and some of his co-workers were also present. Shell could not confirm whether it was police department personnel or officers in attendance.

Shell said the next morning a young woman at the party stated Officer Pedraza had sex with her without her consent.

KXAN News spoke with Officer Pedraza outside of his home Tuesday afternoon where he confirmed he is being investigated and on leave. His police cruiser was parked in his carport.

"It is not that I do not want to comment, but I want to go through my lawyer, Eddie Shell," Pedraza said.

[ If he is guilty, fry him. If not, he should sue the woman’s pants off.]

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/hill_count...
Fallen Down Drunk Knight

United States

#802 Dec 23, 2010
MARBLE FALLS TEXAS POLICE OFFICER RESIGNS AFTER ARRESTED ON DUI CHARGES AFTER CAUGHT ON DASHCAM CRASHING INTO TREE

[ Ain’t having video tucked away in your pocket great?

Give ‘em plenty of “testi-lying” rope to hang themselves with on the stand – then press “play”….]

Marble Falls Texas Officer Arrested For DWI
City: Police officer crashed his car in Betram

Thursday, 23 Dec 2010, 9:44 AM CST

BERTRAM, Texas (KXAN)- Bertram police arrested a Marble Falls police officer overnight.

Sgt. Brent Nichols was booked into the Burnet County Jail on a driving while intoxicated charge. Nichols resigned his position effective immediately.

[ So as to keep his pension and benefits in case he got fired.]

Bertram Police Chief Ron Hall said Officer Nichols crashed a car near the corner of Railroad Alley and N. East Street in Bertram.

HALL SAID AN OFFICER'S DASH CAMERA WAS ROLLING AND CAPTURED THE CRASH. That video is not available for KXAN to view during the open investigation.

Neighbors told KXAN they heard a loud "boom" woke them up around 3:30 a.m. and then saw a truck crashed in a front yard.

There are obvious tire tracks that veer off the road and head straight into a tree trunk that is damaged. There is also damage to a short stone wall where neighbors said the truck came to a stop.

OFFICER NICHOLS IS A VETERAN OFFICER WHO HAS BEEN WITH THE MARBLE FALLS POLICE DEPARTMENT SINCE JUNE 8, 1992.

HE HAS BEEN A KEY PLAYER ON THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIT which concentrates on drug arrests and aims to curb the methamphetamine problem in Burnet County.

[ Geez. Who would have guessed that? A Hyped Up Hypocrite!

Drunk Driving his squad car and crashing into a neighborhood full of people.]

As of Thursday morning at 9 a.m., online jail records show Officer Nichols bonded out on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond.

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/Marble-Fal...
to the thread owner

Mckinney, TX

#803 Dec 23, 2010
besides crying on this thread and delaying your own jailtime

what does your day consist of??????????
MADD Cop Again

United States

#804 Dec 24, 2010
FORT WORTH TEXAS POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED ON DRUNK DRIVING CHARGES AFTER CUTTING OFF PATROL CAR

Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010

FORT WORTH — Police arrested one of their own off-duty officers early Thursday for driving while intoxicated.

A police department news release gave these details:

"About 2:30 a.m., Officer Domingo N. Martinez was driving a white pickup truck in the 500 block of Throckmorton Street. Initial reports indicated that a marked DWI unit was traveling north bound in the 500 block of Taylor Street when Officer Martinez’s pickup made an abrupt eastbound turn from Taylor Street onto Fifth Street directly in front of the oncoming patrol car.

That caused the police cruiser’s driver to slam on the brakes in order to keep from colliding with the truck.

"The DWI unit stopped the truck at Fifth and Throckmorton streets.

OFFICER MARTINEZ REFUSED FIELD SOBRIETY evaluations and a search warrant was obtained for Officer Martinez’s blood. Officer Martinez was taken to a local hospital where the blood sample was collected.

Officer Martinez was then taken to the Fort Worth Police Department jail holding facility and booked in on a charge of driving while intoxicated. Officer Martinez was released from jail later Thursday after posting a $1,000.00 bond.

Officer Martinez was commissioned on Feb. 22, 2002. HE HAS BEEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT NEARLY NINE YEARS and was assigned to the Central Patrol Division."

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/12/23/27248...
Rapist Cop Gets 9 Years

United States

#805 Dec 24, 2010
POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED TO 9 YEARS AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO SEXUALLY ASSAULTING WOMAN DURING TRAFFIC STOP
Thursday December 23, 2010 - 10.05am

[ Women and parents – which police officer is a good one and which is a lying, predatory pervert? How do you know? Your life and those of your children may depend on making the right decision.]

A police officer was sentenced Thursday to nine years behind bars for forcing a female motorist to perform a sex act during a traffic stop.

OFFICER FELICIANO SANCHEZ, NOW 35, PLEADED GUILTY IN JULY 2009 TO ONE COUNT OF DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS UNDER COLOR OF LAW (U.T.C.O.L.)

Officer Sanchez stopped the victim -- identified in court papers only by the initials R.H.-- for a supposed traffic violation and took her in his patrol car to a remote location, WHERE HE PLACED HIS HAND ON HIS DUTY WEAPON AND FORCED HER TO PERFORM ORAL SEX, according to court papers.

Before the sentence was imposed, Officer Sanchez pleaded with U.S. District Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank for mercy, saying the woman lied and the May 16, 2007, incident was really part of a "sinful adulterous affair."

Judge Fairbank, though, SAID THE EVIDENCE CLEARLY SHOWED OFFICER SANCHEZ COMMITTED A CRIME THAT REFLECTED "SERIOUS ... PREDATORY CONDUCT," WHICH INVOLVED "DEPRIVING A WOMAN OF HER CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS."

In addition, the judge said, OFFICER SANCHEZ SHOWED NO REMORSE AND "HIS DENIAL OF THE OFFENSE (IS) NOT CREDIBLE."

U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said prosecutors had asked that Officer Sanchez be sentenced to the maximum 10 years in prison "after considering the egregiousness of the assault, the incalculable pain and suffering Officer Sanchez caused the victim, and the damage to the honor of the thousands of men and women in law enforcement who serve us every day."

Birotte said OFFICER SANCHEZ "VIOLATED HIS OATH TO SERVE AND PROTECT THE COMMUNITY BY COMMITTING A CRIME THAT WAS PARTICULARLY OFFENSIVE, DEHUMANIZING AND HARMFUL."

As Officer Sanchez sat staring at her, the woman told the court in Spanish that she suffers sleep deprivation and depression as a result of her ordeal.

"He knows what happened," she said. "He knows he's not the victim.

In August, Fairbank rejected an argument by Officer Sanchez that he was mentally unfit to be sentenced.

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted Officer Sanchez in 2008 on one count each of DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS UNDER COLOR OF LAW AND CARRYING A FIREARM DURING A CRIME OF VIOLENCE.

After a federal jury failed to reach a unanimous decision, Officer Sanchez pleaded guilty before the case could go to trial for a second time.

After he gets out of prison, Sanchez must serve three years of supervised release, including 20 hours per week of community service, the judge said.

http://67.59.172.92/article/Lo cal_News/Local_News/Former_Bel l_Cop_Gets_Nine_Years_in_Priso n_for_Forcing_Motorist_Into_Se x_Act/73519
Cops Protect-Serve Selves

United States

#806 Dec 24, 2010
POLICE UNION PUBLISHES ARTICLE IN NEWSLETTER URGING POLICE DEPARTMENTS TO REWARD AGGRESSION

Story Published: Dec 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM PST

An article published in the Police Union’s newsletter, The Rap Sheet, URGES POLICE AGENCIES TO “REWARD AGGRESSION,” AND IT’S RAISING A FEW EYEBROWS AND CONCERNS IN LIGHT OF THIS YEAR’S FOUR DEADLY OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS.

[ Ya Think?]

The article,“Seven habits of successful departments,” written by Charles Remsberg, an expert in police training, APPEARS TO PUSH FOR USING GUNS OVER OTHER, LESS-LETHAL WEAPONS.

While the Police Association didn’t write the article, given the current tension after the shootings, SOME WONDER WHY THE UNION WOULD INCLUDE IT IN ITS NOVEMBER 2010 EDITION.

[ Because it is an excellent example of how they think and operate….. and they thought the public would not see it?]

In addition to writing that the most-effective police agencies “reward aggression,” Remsberg also says that too many “prefer officer Friendly types …” who are “good at smiling and waving and kissing babies.”

He also says those agencies use personality tests to screen out “hard-charging recruit candidates” and that those “passive officers” are “mentally ill-prepared to deal with violent suspects.”

[ Huh? You’re really talking about the military in war, not civilian police officers – right?????]

“THE MAIN CONCERN IS IT CONTRIBUTES TO A PROFESSIONAL CULTURE IN WHICH THE POLICE VIEW THE COMMUNITY WITH HOSTILITY, AND I THINK IT MAKES VIOLENCE MORE LIKELY,” SAID KRISTIAN WILLIAMS WITH THE FIRE OFFICER (RON) FRASHOUR CAMPAIGN.

[ Who’da thunk ??]

Frashour was the officer who shot and killed an unarmed 25-year-old Aaron Campbell last January during an incident at an apartment complex on Northeast Sandy Boulevard. The shooting prompted an outcry from those who felt Campbell was unjustly fired upon.

A County jury found no criminal wrongdoing on the part of Frashour, BUT he was "eventually" fired. Police Chief Mike Reese said the use of lethal force in that case was OUTSIDE OF BUREAU POLICY.

WILLIAMS AND OTHER ANTIPOLICE-VIOLENCE ACTIVISTS SAID THEY BELIEVE THAT ARTICLES LIKE REMSBERG’S ENCOURAGE VIOLENCE AND ARGUE AGAINST ACCOUNTABILITY.

The Police Association president, Daryl Turner, declined to do an on-camera interview but said The Rap Sheet likes to provide different points of view to show what other agencies are doing. He said it doesn’t mean it’s policy.

[ LOL !!! Lame ….]

“Well, The Rap Sheet is the police union’s publication. So, if the views that are expressed in The Rap Sheet are not the police views, then who’s views are they?” said Rahsaan Muhammad, also with the Fire Officer Frashour campaign.

Former Hillsboro police chief turned law enforcement educator, Ron Louie, said,“A much better word would have been ‘assertive.’”

“I can see the public reading that (and) saying,‘Wait a minute, I don’t want an aggressive police force,” he said.“Just think of the word. THE WORD ‘AGGRESSION’ IS VERY CONNECTED TO COMBATIVENESS."

Louie said he thinks a disclaimer that said the article offers some good points but the union doesn’t support or operate by all of them would have been helpful.

[ But they didn’t, did they?]

The Police Bureau declined to comment, saying it is a union publication.

[ And surely, the Police Bureau’s members are not part of the Police Union ….. so no one is accountable, right? LOL, LOL, LOL !]

http://www.kval.com/news/local/112385834.html
to the thread owner

Mckinney, TX

#807 Dec 24, 2010
oh, i see
YOU were forced into a sex act on a traffic stop?!
that IS terrible!
what did he do to break you down?
did he, did he, well, just look at you mean and without saying a word, fearing he might violate you anyway so why not save yourself some pain just go ahead and blow him from the window????

being an astute citizen fully ware of your rights and the process of law, i bet you saved some evidence?

or did you take it down like a shucked oyster?
Manic Depressive Down

United States

#808 Dec 24, 2010
to the thread owner wrote:
oh, i see YOU were forced into a sex act on a traffic stop?!that IS terrible! what did he do to break you down? did he, did he, well, just look at you mean and without saying a word, fearing he might violate you anyway so why not save yourself some pain just go ahead and blow him from the window????
being an astute citizen fully ware of your rights and the process of law, i bet you saved some evidence?

or did you take it down like a shucked oyster?
Holy Cow! Try re-reading (again) after you calm down from another of your manic mental illness episodes:

“Officer Feliciano Sanchez, now 35, PLEADED GUILTY in July 2009 to one count of Deprivation Of Rights Under Color Of Law (U.T.C.O.L.).

Officer Sanchez stopped the victim -- identified in court papers only by the initials R.H.-- for a supposed traffic violation and:

• TOOK HER IN HIS PATROL CAR,
• TO A REMOTE LOCATION,
• WHERE HE PLACED HIS HAND ON HIS DUTY WEAPON, AND
• FORCED HER TO PERFORM ORAL SEX,

according to court papers.

Judge Fairbank, said the evidence CLEARLY SHOWED OFFICER SANCHEZ COMMITTED A CRIME that reflected "serious ... predatory conduct," which involved "depriving a woman of her constitutional rights."

In addition, the judge said, OFFICER SANCHEZ SHOWED NO REMORSE AND "HIS DENIAL OF THE OFFENSE (IS) NOT CREDIBLE."

http://67.59.172.92/article/Lo cal_News/Local_News/Former_Bel l_Cop_Gets_Nine_Years_in_Priso n_for_Forcing_Motorist_Into_Se x_Act/73519
Officer Burned Down

United States

#809 Dec 24, 2010
DEPUTY WHO DIED IN FIERY SINGLE-CAR ACCIDENT HAD BAC OVER 3 TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT

[ Surely this will be considered an “in the line of duty” death.

Sad. Sincere Condolences to his family, particularly at this time of the year.

“Stupid Is As Stupid Does”.]

Deputy Was Driving Drunk Before Fatal Crash, Police Say

Published: Friday, December 24, 2010, 1:14 PM

Officials say a County sheriff’s deputy who died in a fiery single-car crash was driving drunk.

Iinvestigators say 36-year-old Officer Kyle Lesher had A BLOOD-ALCOHOL LEVEL MORE THAN THREE TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT for drivers when he crashed and rolled his car last night.

The County coroner’s office says Officer Lesher was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police stated that NEIGHBORS RAN TO THE SCENE AND PULLED OFFICER LESHER FROM THE BURNING WRECKAGE before medics arrived.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/20...
Christmas Wishes

United States

#810 Dec 24, 2010
Merriest of Christmases & A Safe & Happy New Year To All.

In particular, to the many honest, hard working and dedicated public servant POLICE OFFICERS. May God Bless and Protect You Always. You are Loved and Respected.

[ As for the far too many bad cops - well, let's just say it's hoped your Christmas presents will be to get caught, exposed, convicted and jailed as soon as heavenly possible.]
Officer Down

Dallas, TX

#811 Dec 25, 2010
Ga. Officer Shot, Killed Responding to Robbery

Posted: Friday, December 24, 2010
Updated: December 24th, 2010 09:45 AM CDT

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A Dougherty County police officer was fatally shot while responding to an armed robbery last night, according to WFXL-TV.

Lt. Cliff Rouse responded to the call at the Pitt Stop Convenience Store at 3225 Sylvester Road just after 10 p.m. and was shot at a nearby trailer park a short time later, Chief Don Creek told the news station.

He was shot once in the stomach and once in his left leg. He called for help and requested an ambulance.

Creek said he was wearing a protective vest, but the shot to his stomach barely missed the bottom layer.

Rouse later died after he was transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. "Lt. Rouse was a fine officer, a fine man, and a wonderful family man," Creek said. "This is a tragedy, Lt. Rouse was an exemplarity officer and our hearts go out to his family."

The 18-year veteran of the department leaves behind a wife and two children.

A massive manhunt ensued after the shooting and 20-year-old Raynard Thomas was arrested a short time later.

Thomas will be charged with felony murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission a crime. More charges are pending for Thomas, who a convicted felon.
Warrior Cops

United States

#812 Dec 25, 2010
NEW STUDY SHOWS COPS HAVE TROUBLE ADJUSTING AFTER WAR TOURS

Many law enforcement officers called up to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan are finding it difficult to readjust to their jobs once home, bringing back HEIGHTENED SURVIVAL INSTINCTS THAT MAY MAKE THEM QUICKER TO USE FORCE and showing less patience toward the people they serve.

In interviews with the Associated Press and in dozens of anecdotes compiled in a survey by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance, OFFICERS DESCRIBED FEELING COMPELLED TO USE TACTICS THEY EMPLOYED IN WAR ZONES AFTER THEY RETURNED TO WORK in the U.S.

[ Which is exactly why soldiers should not be allowed to become police officers.]

One officer said he felt compelled to fire his gun in the air to disperse an unruly crowd in California. Others said they felt they felt wary about being flanked when working crowd control. And others said after seeing the hardships ordinary Afghans and Iraqis lived with, it's hard to care about complaints over pet droppings.

THE REPORT, WHICH WAS ISSUED LATE LAST YEAR, WARNS THAT THE BLURRING OF THE LINE BETWEEN COMBAT AND CONFRONTATIONS WITH CRIMINAL SUSPECTS AT HOME MAY RESULT IN “INAPPROPRIATE DECISIONS AND ACTIONS — PARTICULARLY IN THE USE OF ... FORCE. THIS SIMILARITY ... COULD RESULT IN INJURY OR DEATH TO AN INNOCENT CIVILIAN.”

[ Particularly when SWAT teams ( wanna-be soldiers in imagined war games ) are involved.

Same gear, same training, same mindset.

The populace is seen as “enemies” instead of American citizens.]

In two high-profile cases, officers blamed their overzealous use of force on complications from their military service.

Officer Wayne Williamson, an Austin, Texas, police officer who served 18 months in Iraq, was fired in 2008 after he OPENED FIRE ON A FLEEING ASSAULT SUSPECT IN A CROWDED PARKING LOT. A DISPATCHER HAD REPORTED THAT THE SUSPECT WAS CARRYING A KNIFE, BUT WILLIAMSON SAID HE DIDN'T SEE A WEAPON WHEN HE FIRED.

NONE OF THE ROUNDS HIT THEIR MARK, BUT ONE STRUCK A MINIVAN WITH TWO CHILDREN INSIDE. THEY WERE NOT INJURED.

Williamson told investigators he had been having trouble readjusting to some aspects of civilian life and that he had trouble DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN IRAQ AND AUSTIN during the confrontation.

On Friday, a sheriff's sergeant who served in the Gulf War before leaving the Army 17 years ago was sentenced to 18 months in prison for repeatedly punching a handcuffed suspect in the face in the back of his squad car.

In this frame grab [ see link below ] from video provided by the County District Attorney's office, County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Krause is seen punching a handcuffed suspect in the face in the back of his squad car.

The survey was based on interviews with 53 law enforcement officers who had returned from serving in the National Guard or reserves, as well as written responses from 340 returned veterans and 112 police chiefs.

(Continued)
Warrior Cops

United States

#813 Dec 25, 2010
(Continued)

Laura Zimmerman, a psychologist who contributed to the study, said the irritability some respondents reported feeling with citizens back home stems from a sense that the stakes have been lowered. Officers have gone from helping build nations to writing speeding tickets, she said.

[ Hence the unnecessary build up of militarized police forces – so they can “make war” on civilians and get their adrenaline rush.]

“They've seen bigger problems now. Coming back to policing, THE MISSION doesn't feel as critical,” she said.“Once you raise the bar, coming back down is just difficult. I think it's just that feeling of non-purpose here.”

Todd Nehls, the sheriff of Dodge County, Wis., and a colonel in the Wisconsin National Guard, said that after spending a year stationed in Afghanistan, he's had less patience for small complaints back home. After seeing people go without electricity and walk miles for fresh water, he said, you quickly grow tired of citizens complaining about dogs urinating in their neighbor's lawn.

Zimmerman said the urban nature of the Iraq war, as compared to the jungle warfare that dominated the Vietnam War, may have made it more difficult for some returning officers to adjust to urban life back home.“Now it is easier to muddle the environments,” Zimmerman said.

The study's authors hope it will help law enforcement agencies develop protocols to help reintegrate the thousands of officers called up since the start of the war in Afghanistan.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropoli...
Cops Fighting Fake Wars

United States

#814 Dec 25, 2010
NEW COPS TRAIN TO HAVE WAR MENTALITY

The Wrong Message At The Police Academy

24 Dec 2010 03:20 pm

Radley Balko draws our attention to this ABSURD TRAINING REGIME FOR NEW POLICE OFFICERS.

Here's the description:

• From the darkness, a knife-wielding attacker lunges at them. A few draw their guns and fire. They live. Most freeze, pull their Tasers or do any number of things besides pull their guns. For the purposes of the exercise, they die.

• Then two men circle and attack with shield-like pads, pounding the recruits as they try to fend them off with batons. Most spend more time on their backs than on their feet. Then the men with pads smother the recruits with all their weight, only getting up so another man in fighting gloves can mount them and punch away.

By then most of the recruits, exhausted and worn out, have no chance. They lie on the ground, cover up and take the punches to their heads, backs and ribs.

"You're just going to lay there and die? You know you're better than that," officer Bill Brewer screams at Eugene Yanga, the first recruit to take the pummeling. After watching the first few recruits give up the fight, Brewer storms out. "That was a mess," he says.

"That was disgusting."

When the exercise ends, the staff is furious. Brewer calls it one of the worst performances by a class he's ever seen. Some of them were defeated the moment they walked into the room, he says.

"What we're measuring is your heart," he said. "Some of you gave up." On the streets, that lack of heart will get them killed, says Dean Leslie, the officer in charge of Class 6-09. "Some of you in here don't have any fire in your gut," he says. "If you can't do it in practicals, you can't do it in real life, and you're going to be dead."

The problem isn't drills that simulate violent scenarios. It's the idea that "fire in the gut" is an attribute that out to be tested for and encouraged, as if police officers are dying when under attack because they're insufficiently passionate about fighting back.

Skip down to the bottom of the story, and we get this from one of the trainers:
THEY"LL ALWAYS BE on guard -- carrying a gun on duty and off, checking out fellow shoppers at the grocery store, THINKING ABOUT THOSE WORST-CASE SCENARIOS while having dinner with the family. IT'S LIKE A SWITCH THAT FLIPS ON AND NEVER TURNS OFF, Germosen says.

"I BELIEVE EVERY SINGLE RECRUIT HERE, WHEN THEY PUT THAT BADGE ON, THEY ARE WARRIORS," THE FORMER MARINE SAYS.

"WE'RE FIGHTING A WAR."

[ A war against whom?

AMERICAN CITIZENS!

The lunatics are running the asylum people.]

Would you want an officer with that war mentality checking you out in the grocery store?

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_dai...
Fire in the Gut

Dallas, TX

#815 Dec 25, 2010
Yogurt shop suspect dies in shooting

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Posted:12/24/2010 8:42 PM
Maurice Pierce, who was once jailed in Austin's infamous 1991 yogurt shop murders and had remained a suspect in the unresolved case, was shot dead Thursday night after taking a police officer's knife and slashing the officer's trachea and carotid artery, police said Friday.

Police said officer Frank Wilson acted in self-defense in shooting Pierce. The assault left the officer with life-threatening injuries, but he was stabilized Friday at St. David's Round Rock Medical Center. He is "in good spirits" and will probably stay through Christmas, Assistant Police Chief David Carter said.

The incident was Pierce's third run-in with law enforcement since 2008, according to police. Two of those were in Travis County, and another was in Collin County, where Pierce, 35, was awaiting trial on charges of evading arrest and aggravated assault on a public servant.

Running a stop sign

The slashing and shooting happened late Thursday night in North Austin, near Parmer Lane.

Carter, the assistant police chief, said at a news conference Friday that Wilson and other officers had not been interviewed, but Carter gave this account, based on information police had gathered:

Wilson and his partner, Brad Smith, saw a car run a stop sign in the 12000 block of Carrera Drive, a residential neighborhood. The officers attempted to pull the car over just before 11 p.m., but the driver "was trying to elude them" at first, Carter said.

The driver was Pierce, who stopped and ran from the police. Wilson and Smith split up and chased him. A few blocks away Wilson caught Pierce in a backyard and "attempted to Tase him."

The two wound up in front of houses on Campos Drive, where Pierce grabbed a knife from Wilson's belt and slashed him with it. The knife cut Wilson's right ear, trachea and carotid artery.

Wilson got off one shot before staggering a couple of driveways down. Officers Bobby Townes, Dale Stevenson and Zachary Reed found him after arriving moments later and stopped the bleeding long enough for him to survive until Emergency Medical Services arrived. Police officials say Wilson probably would have bled to death without the officers' intervention.

The shot killed Pierce, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Carter said.

Wilson was treated at the scene and taken to the St. David's facility in Round Rock, where he underwent surgery and remains in intensive care.

"We're very lucky today that officer Wilson is going to survive," Mayor Lee Leffingwell said Friday at a news conference. "But (the incident) does (remind) us police work is very dangerous" at times.

Carter said Friday that many officers carry a standard-issue knife on their belts, as Wilson did. Carter said he did not know whether Pierce had drugs or alcohol in his system.
PRESCIENCE

United States

#816 Dec 25, 2010
POLICE INSIST MAN WRONGFULLY ARRESTED BY COP WITH HISTORY OF MISCONDUCT IS GUILTY DESPITE VIDEO CLEARING HIM

Earlier this week Shane Rhooms, who earlier HAD SPENT THREE WEEKS IN PRISON FOR ALLEGEDLY FIRING AT POLICE OFFICERS, WAS CLEARED OF ALL CHARGES WHEN VIDEO AND CELL PHONE RECORDS SHOWED HE WAS CLEARLY AT A REGGAE CONCERT WHEN THE SHOOTINGS OCCURRED.

[ Again, ain’t it great to have incontrovertible evidence such as video when bad cops are caught committing crimes and then lying and conspiring to cover it up ?]

But the police aren't backing off their story.

[ Because they know they are going to get their butts deservedly sued off - AGAIN.]

Not only did a spokesman say on Tuesday that they "remain skeptical of the purported alibi" but then Police Commissioner Ray Kelly went and offered more support for the officers who made the ID Wednesday.

Maybe he should have done a little more research into who he was defending?

The Daily News looked into the cops who fingered Rhooms in the first place and what they found doesn't looks great.

PARTICULARLY, THE FACT THAT OVER HIS 13-YEAR-CAREER, LT. ROBERT HENDERSON HAS COST THE CITY $500,000 OVER EIGHT COURT SETTLEMENTS.

One lawyer who has sued the cop on behalf of clients five times told the paper that "it seems clear to me he has made multiple false arrests in the hope of finding contraband." To which Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne bitchily responded, "The lieutenant put his life on the line, which is more than a plaintiff's lawyer will do."

[ putting his life on the line … by committing crimes under the color of law? What another great example of bad cop mentality….]

Rhooms' lawyer, meanwhile, is pissed that the PD is still talking smack about his client even after he provided an air-tight alibi. In a statement yesterday he wrote:

“We are extremely concerned with the PD’s posture that the officers and investigators remain confident that Mr. Rhooms was involved in this crime.

THIS POSITION CONFIRMS THAT THE BLUE WALL IS ALIVE AND WELL AT ALL LEVELS OF THE PD AND SHOULD BE OF GREAT CONCERN TO ALL CITIZENS."

[ Remember folks, bad cops can do it to any of you anytime.

Who’s next ?]

http://gothamist.com/2010/12/24/despite_airti...
Good cops

Irving, TX

#817 Dec 25, 2010
Manic Depressive Down wrote:
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Holy Cow! Try re-reading (again) after you calm down from another of your manic mental illness episodes:
“Officer Feliciano Sanchez, now 35, PLEADED GUILTY in July 2009 to one count of Deprivation Of Rights Under Color Of Law (U.T.C.O.L.).
Officer Sanchez stopped the victim -- identified in court papers only by the initials R.H.-- for a supposed traffic violation and:
• TOOK HER IN HIS PATROL CAR,
• TO A REMOTE LOCATION,
• WHERE HE PLACED HIS HAND ON HIS DUTY WEAPON, AND
• FORCED HER TO PERFORM ORAL SEX,
according to court papers.
Judge Fairbank, said the evidence CLEARLY SHOWED OFFICER SANCHEZ COMMITTED A CRIME that reflected "serious ... predatory conduct," which involved "depriving a woman of her constitutional rights."
In addition, the judge said, OFFICER SANCHEZ SHOWED NO REMORSE AND "HIS DENIAL OF THE OFFENSE (IS) NOT CREDIBLE."
http://67.59.172.92/article/Lo cal_News/Local_News/Former_Bel l_Cop_Gets_Nine_Years_in_Priso n_for_Forcing_Motorist_Into_Se x_Act/73519
Yes, there are bad cops out there. But their numbers are so miniscule when compared to the number of law enforcement employed in this country. Unfortunately, the bad cops get more publicity because of people like you who thrive on negative media. 99% of law enforcement are honorable men and women who protect us everyday.
Really

Englewood, CO

#818 Dec 25, 2010
Good cops wrote:
<quoted text>
99% of law enforcement are honorable men and women who protect us everyday.
Really ? Show us your proof.

It's people like you who hide their heads in the sand and ignore serious problems who allow those problems to continue and prosper.

Please do prove your "opinion".

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