#177 Jun 19, 2010
POLICE SETTLE HOPE STEFFEY VIDEOTAPED STRIP-SEARCH CASE FOR $705K
6/19/2010 12:17:42 PM
[“Rally For The Red, FILM The Blue”]
It was a story that captured the nation's attention. After more than three years, the Hope Steffey case is over.
Steffey is the county woman who sued County Sheriff Tim Swanson, accusing his deputies of using brutal and excessive force.
VIDEO that Channel 3 News obtained shows that both male and female deputies forcibly removed her clothes inside the county jail.
Steffey said deputies left her completely naked for six hours.
Steffey's lawsuit against the county was settled and now all the money issues have been resolved in the case.
The county contested the legal fees for Steffey's lawyers, but a court-appointed mediator settled the dispute.
Steffey told The Investigator Tom Meyer that she's glad the case is over, but she's not happy with the way it ended because she says THE JAIL NEVER INSTITUTED ANY SIGNIFICANT REFORMS.
Sheriff Swanson's office failed to return a phone call or respond to an email requesting comment on the matter.
Stark County Administrator Michael Hanke declined comment.
Then, there’s the recent case of Valentina Dyshko.
She's the mother of eight who sued the county, claiming she was improperly strip-searched and mistakenly placed on suicide precaution in the county jail.
The case was settled for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
#178 Jun 19, 2010
Rally for your ignorance and tape...Your still a ROOKIE fire boy. Hey go watch cops before it goes off.LOL ROOOOKKKKIIIIEEEE
#179 Jun 20, 2010
15 COPS ARE NOW "OFFICERS OF INTEREST" IN FEDERAL PROBE INTO CORRUPTION THAT ALREADY RESULTED IN 2 PLEA DEALS
[ Just another case of a completely rotten police department – full of long time criminals – hiding behind badges – and conspiring to cover up their misdeeds.]
The department's Special Investigations Division is the focus of a law enforcement probe. The FEDERAL INVESTIGATION began in late 2008 and early 2009, said Jane W. Duke, a special prosecutor and U.S. attorney for the Eastern District.
Brandon McFadden, 33, an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Police Officer John K. Gray, 44, HAVE PLEADED GUILTY in U.S. District Court. Both are cooperating with Duke's office while they await sentencing.
MEANWHILE, 11 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FREED FROM PRISON OR HAVE HAD THEIR FELONY CONVICTIONS OR CHARGES ELIMINATED AS PART OF THE GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION.
Duke's office is investigating:
• stolen drugs,
• stolen money,
• falsified search warrants,
• nonexistent informants,
• and false testimony by undercover officers and police officers
the World investigation shows.
Duke said that an estimated 15 police officers could face criminal charges or serve as cooperating witnesses.
"We have about 15 officers of interest," Duke said. "There is a good likelihood that there could be more indictments. Some of these officers may waive the indictments and simply plead."
Meanwhile, the supervisor of the department's Special Investigations Division has retired, said Capt. Jonathan Brooks, police spokesman.
Maj. Burney York, 59, retired May 31, Brooks said.
York was not available for comment.
MCFADDEN PLEADED GUILTY TO DRUG CONSPIRACY May 6 in federal court and could face five to 40 years in prison at his sentencing, scheduled for July 28.
IN HIS GUILTY PLEA, MCFADDEN SAID HE AND POLICE OFFICER JEFF HENDERSON, 37, STOLE DRUGS AND MONEY, FALSIFIED INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS, GAVE FALSE TESTIMONY AND PERSUADED OTHERS TO PROVIDE FALSE TESTIMONY, COURT RECORDS SHOW.
Gray, who retired from the department in May, PLEADED GUILTY June 14 in federal court.
Gray and officers Nick DeBruin, 37, Bruce Bonham, 52, and Harold Wells, 59, allegedly took $5,000 during an FBI sting May 18, 2009, in Tulsa, records show.
Gray waived his indictment and PLEADED GUILTY to stealing about $2,000 during the sting, records show. He has a tentative agreement with Duke's office to receive probation at his sentencing, set for Oct. 26, records show. Gray could face a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Additionally, in another drug case, Gray named himself, Officer Eric Hill, 32, Police Officer Callison Kaiser, 29, and Wells AS A GROUP OF OFFICERS WHO STOLE ABOUT $10,000 DURING A DRUG BUST JAN. 4, 2008, RECORDS SHOW.
The drug bust involved a falsified search warrant prepared by Gray and served at the home of Hugo Alberto Gutierrez, U.S. District Court records show.
Wells has said that he plans to cooperate with Duke's office. However, court records say HE HAS TRIED TO PERSUADE GRAY, KAISER AND HILL TO KEEP QUIET ABOUT THE STOLEN MONEY FROM THE GUTIERREZ BUST.
"WELLS ENCOURAGED GRAY TO NOT DISCLOSE THIS THEFT BY STATING THAT 'JUST US OFFICERS KNOW ABOUT THAT,' " COURT RECORDS FILED BY DUKE ON THURSDAY IN FEDERAL COURT STATE.
"KAISER AND HILL ALSO HAD SIMILAR ENCOUNTERS WITH WELLS IN THE RECENT PAST. SPECIFICALLY, WELLS STATED TO KAISER,'YOU CAN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THAT MONEY THAT I GAVE TO YOU,' REFERRING TO THE GUTIERREZ MONEY."
Kaiser resigned from the Tulsa Police Department in August 2008 to work for the U.S. Secret Service. He resigned from the Secret Service in early June, officials said.
Duke said police officers who are the target of the grand jury investigation receive a notification letter that is known as a target letter.
#180 Jun 20, 2010
POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED FOR MAKING TERRORISTIC THREATS AFTER A 9 HOUR STANDOFF WITH AT LEAST 2 SWAT TEAMS
une 19, 2010 07:03 PM
A Police officer is in the County jail after a nearly 9 hour standoff with law enforcement.
Police got the call just after one Saturday morning that Officer David Saccoccio had barricaded himself inside his apartment complex and was making threats.
Officials evacuated nearby residents.
[ Well, that was nice of them.
Around here they just shoot up the neighborhood without any concern for citizens' safety.
With no exigent circumstances at that.]
Police Chief Chris Jolie said several law enforcement agencies assisted in defusing the situation including two different Swat Teams as well as a police negotiator.
After several hours of negotiations, tear gas was deployed into the officers apartment, followed by continued pleas for the offender to give up.
Finally around 11 Saturday morning Officer Saccoccio surrendered.
WAAY 31 spoke to a neighbor who said that Saccoccio was having family problems and he thought it might be related to Saturdays incident.
Saccoccio was booked in the Colbert County jail. He's charged with making a terroristic threat.
His bond was set at $100,000.
No “Speed Surprise and Violence of Action”?
No breaking and raking?
No shooting, killing or maiming?
No phony Aggravated Assault charges?
No clearly coached and made up falsified story lines?
No Albert Rodriguez?
Oh….. how silly. It’s A BAD COP.
#181 Jun 20, 2010
Hate to pat our own backs for being part of getting this done on national TV.
Here's just one part dedicated to the bumpkins in blue.
WATCH THE VIDEOS ABOUT SWAT ATTACKS ON U.S. CITIZENS
And actually, we are darned proud to be part of exposing this crud.
And remember - there's much more film to be shown - and guess which national TV program is going to show it?
Suggestion: Start writing your resignation speech now and perhaps pack up some happy meals for your lying conspirator "best of the best" cops who are about to go to club fed.
#182 Jun 20, 2010
Your still a rookie LOL HAHAHAHAHAH HEHEHEHEHEHE HOHOHOHOHOHOH
#183 Jun 20, 2010
You have so much info. Not Name throwing you have nothing but made up lies. If you have so much info. why are they still cops. Right, LIAR lol
#184 Jun 20, 2010
"WATCH THE VIDEOS ABOUT SWAT ATTACKS ON U.S. CITIZENS
And actually, we are darned proud to be part of exposing this crud.
And remember - there's much more film to be shown - and guess which national TV program is going to show it?"
You know, I am damned proud, too. It's only a small start, but it's the sprinkle before the storm. I wish it were more - and sooner. Then maybe Aiyana Jones and so many others would still be alive. Or whole and free. More and more national attention is needed to make people aware that these swat raids are not reserved for people with a criminal element, or for people who "hang with outlaws". They can happen to anybody, as demonstrated by the raid on Mayor Cheye Calvo.
Well done, Stossel. Let's see what Geraldo has to say!
#185 Jun 20, 2010
Another ROOKIE who never made it. Rooks I swear
#188 Jun 22, 2010
COP GETS 5 YEARS PRISON & LABELING HIM A PREDATOR FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A 7 YEAR OLD GIRL
Jun 21, 2010 11:00 am US/Eastern
The police officer accused of SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A 7-YEAR-OLD CHILD has accepted a plea deal, which would include five years in state prison followed by 10 years probation. The officer – Rene Guillen – would also be labeled a sexual predator.
Guillen was arrested more than a year ago with sexual battery charges committed against a minor under the age of 12.
A statement by police revealed the victim was seven-years-old and that Guillen had sexually assaulted the victim while she visited Guillen's residence on April 25, 2009, at approximately 8:00 p.m.
The police officer was suspended without pay soon after the department became aware of Guillen's crime.
#189 Jun 22, 2010
COP SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS PRISON AFTER CONVICTED OF ASSAULT FOR SHOOTING & PARALYZING MAN AT TRAFFIC STOP
shows no remorse, apology during sentencing
•: Monday, 21 Jun 2010, 4:53 PM EDT
Police officer Thomas White was SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON in County Common Pleas Court on
Monday after being convicted of shooting motorcyclist Michael McCloskey in May 2009.
Officer White was found GUILTY of FELONIOUS ASSAULT on May 14 after a week-long trial in shooting McCloskey, WHO WAS SHOT IN THE BACK.
The victim was returning home from work May 23, 2009, in the village. The incident took place on Indian Road near Central Avenue where the two officers chased and shot at McCloskey and another motorcyclists.
The bullet discharged from White's gun paralyzed McCloskey from the waist down.
White was sentenced to seven years on the felonious assault charge and a mandatory three for the gun specification. He could have faced 11 years in prison.
The three-year mandatory sentence is that White was found guilty of having a firearm during a crime
White had a chance to address Judge Cook and McCloskey before sentencing.
"There's no amount of punishment or rehabilitation that would change my decision on May 23, 2009," White said in court. "At that time I did what I was required to do by law as a peace officer."
"He didn't say 'I'm sorry,' and that's why I pointed out to the court the victim is Michael McCloskey, not Officer white," said Jeff Lingo, prosecuting attorney.
Judge Cook also noted WHITE'S UNWILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT HIS GUILT, something that was hard for McCloskey and his family members to accept.
The victim and the victim's family were hoping for an apology.
"Not at all," McCloskey said after the sentencing. "I didn't see it in his eyes. I think his statement said it all."
McCloskey spoke briefly with the area media after, but was hospitalized this past weekend and decided not to speak during the sentencing.
#190 Jun 23, 2010
COP LOSES SUIT FOR $300K TO MAN WHO SUFFERED SKULL FRACTURE & BLINDED IN ONE EYE WHEN BEATEN AT TRAFFIC STOP
June 23, 2010, 8:23AM
A federal jury awarded a city man $300,000 after finding he was beaten and blinded in his left eye by a city police officer following a 2004 motor vehicle stop.
The six-member jury found Officer Mark Martocchio, formerly known as Mark Guduaskas, liable for the injuries suffered by Abdus Shahid Muhammed, 45
The verdict returned Friday ended the three-day trial of a lawsuit brought on behalf of Muhammed by his attorneys.
"This has been a long and hard fought victory for
Mr. Muhammad. He has lost the sight in one eye, and had his skull fractured, being badly beaten six years ago," Kurmay said.
"HE HAS FOUGHT FOR JUSTICE EVER SINCE.
We are profoundly grateful to the jury who was able to determine the truth in this matter and hold the officer responsible."
During the trial, the jury heard evidence that the officers began following Muhammed's car at about 9 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2004, and a chase ensued. Muhammed testified that as his vehicle entered the intersection of Grand Street and Housatonic Avenue, it was rammed by the police car. He claimed he got out of the vehicle, put his hands in the air and surrendered.
Muhammed claimed Martocchio struck him in the face with a police radio. He said he was struck and kicked several more times while it was suggested he knew where Osama bin Laden was.
The officers countered by saying Muhammed caused his own injuries when he jumped out of a moving car and fell face first onto a curb.
[“If you can’t lie no better than that “officers”– you might as well tell the truth”]
Muhammed was treated at Bridgeport Hospital for an irreparable macular hole in his left eye, a fractured eye socket, damage to his eye lid and contusions to his face, neck, back and torso.
"The key to the case was the testimony of our expert witness, Dr. Zachary Klett, who is the eye surgeon who performed the operation on our client," said Williams.
"He testified that the injuries, which were confined to the area surrounding the eye, were consistent with someone being struck by a police radio and absolutely inconsistent with someone who presumably jumped out of a moving car and struck his face on a curb."
Williams said his client had no contusions to any other part of the face.
Meanwhile, Martocchio, a K-9 officer, is being sued in another federal excessive force case brought on behalf of Bryan Casio..
In that case, Kurmay claims Martocchio sicced his canine on Casio following a motor vehicle chase. Casio claims he had to undergo surgery on veins and arteries near his left armpit because of bites by the dog.
#191 Jun 24, 2010
DEPUTY FIRED FOR CRASHING INTO FENCE POST WITH CRUISER WHILE TALKING ON CELL, THEN LYING ABOUT IT
06/24/2010 7:32 AM
New details have emerged surrounding the firing of a County sheriff deputy who was also recently elected to Roswell's city council.
Officer Rob McWilliams was fired from the sheriff's department June 11th after he was involved in an accident with his department-issued vehicle.
Documents obtained by Eyewitness News 4 describe McWilliams' accident in detail.
The report states McWilliams WAS ON A CELL PHONE while reversing out of a driveway when he struck a fence post, damaging his cruiser and private property.
According to documents, McWilliams later lied about talking on a cell phone.
He also stated the post was too low for him to see. Authorities say the fence post was "standard size."
AN ACCIDENT REVIEW BOARD FOUND DEPUTY MCWILLIAMS WAS "OBVIOUSLY GUILTY OF CARELESSNESS" and recommended suspension for at least 30 hours without pay.
Sheriff Rob Coon elected to terminate McWilliams.
McWilliams' attorney says he is trying to come up with an agreement with the county to get his client's job back.
[ Kudos to the Sheriff!
Who would want a LYING cop on their force?
Except of course, the police union’s attorney ………….]
#192 Jun 25, 2010
POLICE TO SETTLE SUIT FOR $6.3 MILLION TO VETERAN WRONGFULLY IMPRISONED FOR 25 YEARS WHEN POLICE LAB WITHHELD EVIDENCE
A MAN WHO SPENT 25 YEARS BEHIND BARS FOR A BRUTAL RAPE HE DID NOT COMMIT stands to get $6.3 million from the city under a legal settlement the City Council Finance Committee recommended today.
If the full City Council approves Wednesday, the money will go to Jerry Miller, who was an HONORABLY DISCHARGED MILITARY VETERAN WITH A GOOD WORK RECORD AND NO CRIMINAL BACKGROUND when he was arrested at age 23 on what turned out to be a mistaken witness identification.
Miller was released from prison in 2006. While on parole in 2007, DNA testing determined he did not commit the crime. He has since been pardoned and sued the city in civil court.
That same DNA evidence indicated the crime was committed by a serial rapist, Robert Weeks, who is serving a life sentence but could not be prosecuted for the 1981 rape because the statute of limitations had long since expired.
Miller states that the POLICE CRIME LAB WITHHELD EVIDENCE that would have cleared him even before trial.
But police evidence technician Raymond Lenz reported that tests of semen on the victim’s slip were inconclusive, Seimetz said. A HIGHLY REGARDED FORENSIC SCIENTIST PREPARED TO TESTIFY FOR MILLER IF HIS CASE WENT TO TRIAL DETERMINED THAT TEST, FOR BLOOD TYPES BEFORE DNA TESTING WAS AVAILABLE, SHOULD HAVE RULED OUT MILLER.
“THERE WAS MISCONDUCT,” HE SAID.“THERE IS A CULTURE (AT THE CRIME LAB) OF NOT REPORTING RESULTS UNLESS THEY HELPED THE PROSECUTION, UNLESS THEY WENT ALONG WITH THE POLICE THEORY.”
“Obviously, we feel great sympathy for the plaintiff in this case, and I think probably the concern was that a jury would feel great sympathy for him as well,” Seimetz said.
This kind of thing churns my stomach.... Who knows how many other cases like this are out there?"
[ Well in Texas, obviously a lot – to include innocent people murdered by the state.
See The Texas Innocence Project, it's findings, and understand why it exists.]
#193 Jun 26, 2010
POLICE OFFICER FOUND GUILTY ON 9 COUNTS FOR ATTACKING WOMAN AT ROADSIDE AND SHOOTING FELLOW COP IN DRUNKEN RAGE
[ Another shining example of "heroic", drunken, attacking of a woman and shooting a police officer by – you guessed it – another bad cop.
What a surprise.
You just can’t make this stuff up, nor can you hide the Truth.
Hopefully, the wounded police officer will recover fully and our prayers are with him.
But if he unfortunately succumbs to his injuries we can’t wait to see the posting on Officer Down and the description of the perpetrator and the weapon used.]
4:43 pm EDT June 25, 2010
JURORS HANDED DOWN A GUILTY VERDICT FRIDAY ON NINE COUNTS IN THE CASE AGAINST A POLICE OFFICER.
Officer Jay Dailey was found guilty on nine counts and not guilty on two counts.
AUTHORITIES HAD CHARGED THAT OFFICER DAILEY OPENED FIRE ON AN OFF-DUTY COUNTY POLICE OFFICER AND WAS STILL PULLING THE TRIGGER ON HIS EMPTY PISTOL BEFORE BEING SUBDUED.
County officer Paul Phillips fired only four rounds in the exchange.
The bizarre incident began in Feb. 2008 when authorities say Dailey -- who was off duty and had been drinking heavily -- crashed his car.
[Drinking and driving too? Where is MADD?]
PROSECUTORS SAID OFFICER DAILEY FLAGGED DOWN A FEMALE MOTORIST, FAKED AN INJURY AND THEN SPRAYED THE WOMAN WITH PEPPER SPRAY WHEN SHE TRIED TO CALL 911. HE LATER THREATENED TO KILL HER AND TOLD HER SHE WAS RUINING HIS LIFE.
Phillips was in court when the verdict was handed down and awaits sentencing.
#195 Jun 28, 2010
SHERIFF SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS PRISON AFTER CONVICTED FOR CONSPIRING TO BUY VOTES IN ELECTION
County Sheriff Lawton Douglass was SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON MONDAY FOR CONSPIRING TO BUY VOTES during the 2004 election.
The other defendant, Olin Norman Gibson, was sentenced to four months in prison by U.S. District Judge Dudley Bowen.
Government prosecutors had alleged THAT HUNDREDS OF VOTES WERE BOUGHT during the 2004 election, which Douglass won by about 400 votes.
THE CASE CAME ABOUT TWO YEARS AFTER ANOTHER COUNTY SHERIFF WAS SENT TO PRISON IN ONE OF THE LARGEST VOTE-BUYING PROSECUTIONS IN U.S. HISTORY.
Both defendants will also have to serve three years of supervised probation after they’re released.
Douglass apologized to the court and referred to the past prosecution in the County.
“As you’ve said, here we are again, coming out of the same place,” he said.
[ Uhmm actually, no Sheriff, it's your criminal butt that's in the same place, not the county residents.]
“I also apologize to my family and the people of the County for the embarrassment.”
[ Booooo Hoooooo. How “irritating”!]
#196 Jun 29, 2010
Drones Over America: Tyranny at Home
By John W. Whitehead
June 28, 2010
[ Collin County: Does any of this sound familiar?
Were it not for the FAA we would be being monitored by the drones the police wanted.
Were it not for public outrage, the CC DA’s office would have it’s own SWAT team.
Madison (see below – had it exactly right.]
"A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.
The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home."—James Madison
The U.S. government has a history of commandeering military technology for use against Americans. We saw this happen with tear gas, tasers and sound cannons, all of which were first used on the battlefield before being deployed against civilians at home. Now the drones—pilotless, remote controlled aircraft that have been used in Iraq and Afghanistan—are coming home to roost.
Drones, a $2 billion cornerstone of the Obama administration's war efforts, have increasingly found favor with both military and law enforcement officials. "The more we have used them," stated Defense Secretary Robert Gates, "the more we have identified their potential in a broader and broader set of circumstances."
Now the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is facing mounting pressure from state governments and localities to issue flying rights for a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to carry out civilian and law-enforcement activities. As the Associated Press reports, "Tornado researchers want to send them into storms to gather data. Energy companies want to use them to monitor pipelines.
State police hope to send them up to capture images of speeding cars' license plates. Local police envision using them to track fleeing suspects." Unfortunately, to a drone, everyone is a suspect because drone technology makes no distinction between the law-abiding individual and the suspect. Everyone gets monitored, photographed, tracked and targeted.
The FAA, citing concerns over the need to regulate air traffic and establish anti-collision rules for the aircrafts and their operators, has thus far been reluctant to grant broad approval for the use of UAVs in American airspace. However, unbeknownst to most Americans, remote controlled aircraft have been employed domestically for years now.
They were first used as a national security tool for patrolling America's borders and then as a means of monitoring citizens. For example, back in 2006, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was testing out a SkySeer drone for use in police work. With a 6.5-foot wingspan, the lightweight SkySeer can be folded up like a kite and stored in a shoulder pack. At 250 feet, it can barely be seen with the naked eye.
As another news story that same year reported, "one North Carolina county is using a UAV equipped with low-light and infrared cameras to keep watch on its citizens. The aircraft has been dispatched to monitor gatherings of motorcycle riders at the Gaston County fairgrounds from just a few hundred feet in the air—close enough to identify faces—and many more uses, such as the aerial detection of marijuana fields, are planned."
In 2007, insect-like drones were seen hovering over political rallies in New York and Washington, seemingly spying on protesters. An eyewitness reported that the drones "looked kind of like dragonflies or little helicopters."
#197 Jun 29, 2010
"A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.
The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home."—James Madison
Drone technology has advanced dramatically in the ensuing years, with surveillance drones getting smaller, more sophisticated and more lethal with each evolution.
Modeling their prototype for a single-winged rotorcraft on the maple seed's unique design, aerospace engineering students at the University of Maryland have created the world's smallest controllable surveillance drones, capable of hovering to record conversations or movements of citizens.
Thus far, the domestic use of drones has been primarily for surveillance purposes and, as far as we know, has been limited in scope.
Eventually, however, police departments and intelligence agencies will make drones a routine part of their operations. However, you can be sure they won't limit themselves to just surveillance.
Police today use whatever tools are at their disposal in order to anticipate and forestall crime.
This means employing technology to attain total control. Technology, which functions without discrimination because it exists without discrimination, tends to be applied everywhere it can be applied. Thus, the logical aim of technologically equipped police who operate as technicians must be control, containment and eventually restriction of freedom.
In this way, under the guise of keeping Americans safe and controlled, airborne drones will have to be equipped with an assortment of lethal and nonlethal weapons in order to effectuate control of citizens on the ground.
The arsenal of nonlethal weapons will likely include Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRADs), which are used to break up protests or riots by sending a piercing sound into crowds and can cause serious hearing damage; high-intensity strobe lights, which can cause dizziness, disorientation and loss of balance and make it virtually impossible to run away; and tasers, which administer a powerful electric shock.
Since June 2001, over 350 people, including women, children and elderly individuals, have died in the U.S. after being shocked with "non-lethal" tasers.
"Imagine how incidents would skyrocket," notes Paul Joseph Watson for PrisonPlanet.com , "once the personal element of using a Taser is removed and they are strapped to marauding surveillance drones, eliminating any responsibility for deaths and injuries that occur."
"Also available to police," writes Watson, "will be a drone that can fire tear gas as well as rubber pellets to disperse anyone still living under the delusion that they were born in a democratic country."
In fact, the French company Tecknisolar Seni has built a drone armed with a double-barreled 44 mm Flash-Ball gun. The one-kilo Flash-Ball resembles a large caliber handgun and fires so-called non-lethal rounds, including tear gas and rubber impact rounds to bring down a suspect.
Despite being labeled a "non-lethal weapon," this, too, is not without its dangers. As David Hambling writes for Wired News, "Like other impact rounds, the Flash-Ball is meant to be aimed at the body—firing from a remote, flying platform is likely to increase the risk of head injury."
One thing is clear: while the idea of airborne drones policing America's streets may seem far-fetched, like something out of a sci-fi movie, it is no longer in the realm of the impossible. Now, it's just a matter of how soon you can expect them to be patrolling your own neighborhood.
The crucial question, however, is whether Americans will be able to limit the government's use of such surveillance tools or whether we will be caught in an electronic nightmare from which there is no escape.
#198 Jun 29, 2010
COP SENTENCED TO MULTIPLE LIFE SENTENCES AFTER CONVICTED ON 32 CHILD MOLESTATION RELATED CHARGES INVOLVING 2 KIDS
Police officer Justin Bowman was SENTENCED TO MULTIPLE LIFE PRISON TERMS Monday.
A County Superior judge sentenced Bowman, 31, after a jury found him guilty June 1 on:
• 32 counts of child molestation,
• sexual conduct with a minor,
• sexual exploitation of a minor and
• furnishing obscene materials to a minor,
County Attorney spokesman Kostas Kalaitzidis said.
Bowman was arrested in 2008 on suspicion of having child pornography on his computer hard drive and committing crimes against two children, a 10-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl.
Prosecutors said Bowman victimized the two children between March 1 and Oct. 29, 2008.
Court records indicate the molestation stopped when BOWMAN'S WIFE called police to report that he was suicidal.
While at the couple's residence, investigators said they learned Bowman was molesting children inside his home.
Police said they found child pornography on Bowman's computer hard drive.
Police records show Bowman was on the verge of being fired when he resigned from the department on Sept. 18, 2008. Bowman offered no reason for his departure in his resignation letter.
The Police Department investigated the case with the Department of Public Safety, the County Sheriff's Office, Child Help, and the Family Advocacy Center of the County Attorney's Office.
#199 Jun 29, 2010
COP PLEADS GUILTY TO DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS CHARGES FOR CONSPIRING WITH 4 OTHER COPS TO PLANT EVIDENCE & FALSIFY REPORTS
[ Just another day of LYING, CONSPIRING and FRAMING – Under The Color Of Law.]
A POLICE OFFICER PLEADED GUILTY TUESDAY TO CONSPIRING WITH 4 OTHER POLICE OFFICERS TO DEPRIVE OTHERS OF THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS, U.S. ATTORNEY PAUL J. FISHMAN ANNOUNCED.
Officer Jason Stetser, 32, admitted before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler that from May 2007 to October, while on duty as a uniformed police officer with the Police Department, he ENGAGED IN A CONSPIRACY WITH AT LEAST FOUR OTHER CAMDEN POLICE OFFICERS to deprive individuals of their due process rights by:
• charging them with planted evidence;
• threatening certain individuals with arrest using planted evidence if they did not cooperate with law enforcement;
• conducting illegal searches without a search warrant or consent;
• stealing money during illegal searches and arrests;
• paying for cooperation and information with illegal drugs;
• failing to report found drugs,
• and stashing them to use as planted evidence,
• preparing false police reports,
• testifying falsely in court to conceal his actions.
Stetser is the second to plead guilty to participating in this conspiracy while serving as a police officer.
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