Funk acquitted in bathroom arrest

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Longtime Paradise resident Harold Funk was acquitted of resisting arrest and public intoxication charges yesterday when a Butte County jury found him not guilty.
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To The Funks

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#21
Jan 17, 2009
 
In case you are not aware it is a fireable offense
for a police officer to release information
regarding a pending case before it is adjudicated
through the courts. In one of the past blogs
related to Hal's case one of the posters stated
Hal yelled out in pain "OW" several times and ran
from the officers. Who but the arresting officers
would know that besides Hal who would not have
divulged that information? And the Chief states
his department abides by policy at all times.
Policy is that releasing such information before
the case is adjudicated cause for termination....
here for a long time

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#22
Jan 17, 2009
 
Congrats Hal, as you know the police have had some hanky panky going on for a long time!! It is to bad for a couple of officers to ruin the name of PPD.
C PREVOSTO

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#23
Jan 17, 2009
 
My mistake; we don't have that down here only go on what my kid's tell us about paradise. My apologies
no cop

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#24
Jan 17, 2009
 
To The Funks wrote:
In case you are not aware it is a fireable offense
for a police officer to release information
regarding a pending case before it is adjudicated
through the courts. In one of the past blogs
related to Hal's case one of the posters stated
Hal yelled out in pain "OW" several times and ran
from the officers. Who but the arresting officers
would know that besides Hal who would not have
divulged that information? And the Chief states
his department abides by policy at all times.
Policy is that releasing such information before
the case is adjudicated cause for termination....
It may not have been a cop, but a cops wife, she knows who she is, funny thing probably won't see her on this site, but she's reading it, but she has absolutely nothing to say, the jury saw to that.
ok i guess

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#25
Jan 17, 2009
 
Funny how some people are born to find trouble throughout their lives, I feel the same way about these 2 cops, seems all the negative press about the PPD involves these 2, either together or on separate issues, but it's always their names that pop up. I mean doesn't that seem like somethings wrong here ? or is just me, but it seems like this has been going on for years, I guess it could be worse we could have multiple officers involved in this kind of behavior up here, then we'd all be in trouble, I just feel like these 2 are single handedly tearing down the whole department, nobody trust the cops up here anymore or their leadership, might be time for a change !
Why Exaggerate Everything

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#26
Jan 17, 2009
 
C PREVOSTO wrote:
WOW !!! What are the odd's of cooper being involved in another citizen scandle where was bruschi? Let's
clean paradise up.The people on the ridge for the most part are great.There way too much serving not enough protecting .By serving i mean medium rare. Last I knew cooper and bruschi were tag teaming the public.
You will be getting the grand jury back at the table. You should keep the the ppd watchdog's up there full time.As for Reagans man as a retired peace officer sheriff's dept has a lot more respect and protect than any city cop and I mean real city cop's not full time gone on arrival cop's. They beat citizen's because they rarely catch a perp.When they do, they take there frustration's out on the few they catch. Beat a kid in front of his house, beat john q citizen for relieving him self. Show yor people you can catch, not just show up late!!!!!!!!!! How about some real down south training.What you are doing isn't working. The people up there are tired of beatdown,s both verbally and physical Spend a day on the street's of los angeles you would last about as long as it take's you to scream for backup be cop's not security gaurd's.
They would not allow the kid beat in front of his
house to walk home a few feet away. They would
not allow the man about to relieve himself to be
released to the care of his wife to go home. Two
men were arrested off their front porch and taken
to jail for allegedly being drunk in public, one
beaten first. Wouldn't it have been more "reasonable" to have just allowed these men
to go into their homes and go to bed??????????
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Jan 17, 2009
 
Why Exaggerate Everything wrote:
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They would not allow the kid beat in front of his
house to walk home a few feet away. They would
not allow the man about to relieve himself to be
released to the care of his wife to go home. Two
men were arrested off their front porch and taken
to jail for allegedly being drunk in public, one
beaten first. Wouldn't it have been more "reasonable" to have just allowed these men
to go into their homes and go to bed??????????
AMEN
ThePlague

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#28
Jan 17, 2009
 
There was a toilet in the cell, but no toilet paper
you would think they would at least provide T.P
Imagine That

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#29
Jan 17, 2009
 
ThePlague wrote:
There was a toilet in the cell, but no toilet paper
you would think they would at least provide T.P
As badly as he had to go ... still upon
hearing the thud against the door he opened the
door thinking someone outside the restroom had
fallen against the door and needed help. Instead of
relieving himself he tried to help that person only
to be charged at full-force by a cop in hot pursuit.
Not even knowing what hit him another body forces in upon him. He doesn't even know what's going on.
Meahwhile in excruciating pain he defecates himself.
His arm is thrown out of socket and fractured. Then
he's carted off to jail and locked in a cell with
stomach problems and no toilet paper having to use
his sock. That's how terrorists act in foreign
countries when they are taking people hostage......
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#30
Jan 17, 2009
 
After how these citizens were treated dont you think the PPd needs to be cleaned out LOTTER WHITE MOORE ROUGH CARRIGAN CULLETON RUTLEDGE quit praing on the good citizens of paradise the Officers hat stand by and let this stuff happen need to have some things done about their placement in the dept also. Pensions retirement all should be taken away and start all over. The old boys that have been around for a while get them out and we could possibly get better officers and not pay the 10 yr or 20 yr salaries we pay now.
Whats It Gonna Take

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#31
Jan 17, 2009
 
well wrote:
After how these citizens were treated dont you think the PPd needs to be cleaned out LOTTER WHITE MOORE ROUGH CARRIGAN CULLETON RUTLEDGE quit praing on the good citizens of paradise the Officers hat stand by and let this stuff happen need to have some things done about their placement in the dept also. Pensions retirement all should be taken away and start all over. The old boys that have been around for a while get them out and we could possibly get better officers and not pay the 10 yr or 20 yr salaries we pay now.
What is
unfortunate is that the abuses over the past two
years were preventable. Officers with long records
of abuse and screening that is inadequate all
provide opportunities for abuse. And perhaps most
important and consistently lacking is a system of
oversight in which supervisors hold their officers
accountable for mistreatment and are themselves
reviewed and evaluated, in part, by how they deal
with subordinate officers who commit human rights
violations. Those who claim that each high-profile
case of abuse by a "rogue" officer is an aberration are missing the point: problem officers
frequently persist because the accountability
systems are so seriously flawed. All the high-profile cases are doing is exposing a long-standing negligence and tolerance of brutality
that could potentially end up costing the town
millions of dollars. Maybe then they'll listen to
the citizens and take action to deter the abuses.
Corrections

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#32
Jan 17, 2009
 
To Article:
#1-Mr Funk was not crouching. He was standing upright with his shoulders slightly bent forward.
He was about to unzip his pants.#2-Jury deliberation took 45 minutes, not 75 minutes.....
Paradise resident

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#33
Jan 18, 2009
 
this serious problem needs to be fixed from the TOP - Paradise needs to immediately FIRE the incompetent Police Chief, and the incoming Chief will need to clean house, and fire bad cops, on Day One of his new position ... I don't have a problem when a real criminal gets roughed up a little, but these Paradise cops are just criminal bullies, themselves ... (punks in high school, that got badges, to make them feel tough) ... typical cop mind-set
Not Only That

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Jan 18, 2009
 
Paradise resident wrote:
this serious problem needs to be fixed from the TOP - Paradise needs to immediately FIRE the incompetent Police Chief, and the incoming Chief will need to clean house, and fire bad cops, on Day One of his new position ... I don't have a problem when a real criminal gets roughed up a little, but these Paradise cops are just criminal bullies, themselves ...(punks in high school, that got badges, to make them feel tough)... typical cop mind-set
And it should
be evident by now they are not only bullies but
liars. So Funk ran from them: No he didn't. The
bright beam of the flashlight shown in his eyes and
he walked away from Pickering thinking he was a
neighbor out walking their dog. His stomach started
to act up so he moved into a skip or trot. They make
it sound like he took off running full force........
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#35
Jan 18, 2009
 
The music: They testified they couldn't hear the
music yet a neighbor a block away testified she
could hear the music from her house. And the music
could be heard playing in the background of thier
own audio recordings. Maybe these two are the same
arresting officers in the John Lawrence case...They
claimed his music was so loud they could hear it a
block away yet the neighbors across the street said
they could not hear it. Those two have a credibility
problem and a tendency to perjure testimony........
Paradise resident

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Jan 18, 2009
 
"Crime is contagious... if the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law."

- US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, 1928
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Jan 18, 2009
 
Whats It Gonna Take wrote:
<quoted text> What is
unfortunate is that the abuses over the past two
years were preventable. Officers with long records
of abuse and screening that is inadequate all
provide opportunities for abuse. And perhaps most
important and consistently lacking is a system of
oversight in which supervisors hold their officers
accountable for mistreatment and are themselves
reviewed and evaluated, in part, by how they deal
with subordinate officers who commit human rights
violations. Those who claim that each high-profile
case of abuse by a "rogue" officer is an aberration are missing the point: problem officers
frequently persist because the accountability
systems are so seriously flawed. All the high-profile cases are doing is exposing a long-standing negligence and tolerance of brutality
that could potentially end up costing the town
millions of dollars. Maybe then they'll listen to
the citizens and take action to deter the abuses.
The Butte LAWMEN have spoken and have no desire for a CITIZENS REVIEW BOARD go figure that. None the less if they are not for the people then who are they protecting? THEIR OWN ARSE it has been proven time and time again we need an oversight commitee that can tell the truth instead of a D.A. run GRAND JURY who cant help due to the D.A. Let the truth be told we are america. Our great country is riddled with these public officials always covering something up. The gain is minimal "SAVE FACE" compared to the abuse handed down and the agony of living through the PPD lies and the D.A.'s helping them through it. Dont forget John law and his what should be unlawful help in the case.
well

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#38
Jan 18, 2009
 
Same Ole Same Ole wrote:
History repeats itself...Forland states: "Funk had
his arm ripped up behind his back"...Funk said he
tried to explain to Pickering he had to use the
restroom but "it didn't seem to faze him"... Funk
said he had no control of his arm because the officer kept pushing it higher behind his back...
Funk said he was trying to comply...Funk was confused about what was going on because the
officer issued no clear commands...Aside from the
head banging in the first complaint brought forward against those two "peace" officers, Funk's incident
sounds almost identical...And Pickering supposedly claimed a hand injury as well...What ever came of that? Let him try to sue Funk for restitution now..
If the Chief and his administration would have
acted responsibly on the initial complaints Mr Funk
may have been spared. Are at least 3 "known"
victims enough to rid the town of such threat??????
Chit is running down hill but lets not let ROUGH LOTTER WHITE RUTLEDGE CULLETON MOORE get away ith this either they are the backers of this type of abuse. Lets hear them say it now THERE IS NO PROBLEM IN OUR TOWN. Hegenbart Rowe Buzzard McLaughlin Nichols Billington you have helped the public in no way by allowing this to happen to our Town save the Town from any more Why dont you people leave town we dont want your type of justice here!!!! We should strip you of your money and run you out of town. You are nothing more than TERRORISTS.
So True

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#39
Jan 18, 2009
 
well wrote:
<quoted text>
The Butte LAWMEN have spoken and have no desire for a CITIZENS REVIEW BOARD go figure that. None the less if they are not for the people then who are they protecting? THEIR OWN ARSE it has been proven time and time again we need an oversight commitee that can tell the truth instead of a D.A. run GRAND JURY who cant help due to the D.A. Let the truth be told we are america. Our great country is riddled with these public officials always covering something up. The gain is minimal "SAVE FACE" compared to the abuse handed down and the agony of living through the PPD lies and the D.A.'s helping them through it. Dont forget John law and his what should be unlawful help in the case.
Yes,
according to Action 12 News John Law lied to them to
get on the news so he could lie about the Baltierra
case. When they asked him if he was any relation to
the PPD he failed to tell them one of the arresting
officers, Cooper, was engaged to his daughter. Then
he falsified facts about the incident on live news.
Then he later served on the Grand Jury the year they
conducted an investigation into the PPD and found in
their own words...Quote: "the PPD operates very
professionally." Imagine that. Funny his wife was
randomly summoned to serve on the jury in the Funk
trial. At least she had the decency to admit she would not be able to be objective because she was
John Law's wife. Mrs. Pickering was also summoned to
serve on the jury. After sitting there half a day
without excusing herself she finally admitted she was
Officer Pickering's wife. What are the odds?????????
grizzly

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#40
Jan 18, 2009
 
2 people directly and indirectly related to both officersmare summond to jury duty on thid incident,something is definatly wrong here.Maybe pass trials should be looked at and see if the jurys also had people on them in someway related to the officers too.yoy can forget a oversee panel, thier excuse is for security reasons, thier security,not the publics

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