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Judge: FBI-tied child porn collector 'not a danger' to school
Seattle man gets $1,000 fine, isn't banned from home across from Ballard school

BY LEVI PULKKINEN, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF Updated 3:06 pm, Friday, April 8, 2016

from Matt Connolly retired Mass Assistant DA


This just in from attorney Mike Kuzma





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Seattle FBI chief weighs in on sentencing of child pornography offender


'These are our children'

BY LEVI PULKKINEN, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF Updated 10:16 pm, Friday, April 8, 2016

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Cops' romp with hooker on N.J. flight part of FBI probe into NYPD, report says


April 18, 2016 at 10:45 AM, updated April 18, 2016 at 5:03 PM

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Three Oakland cops probed for allegedly having sex with girl
Friday, May 13, 2016

Oakland Officers Under Investigation In Underage Sex Scandal
CBS San Francisco


00:00 / 02:32
Three Oakland police officers are being investigated for allegedly having sex with an underage girl — and another cop who killed himself may have also been involved.

The teenage victim was identified by several news outlets as Celeste Guap, now 18 or 19 years old, who may have been victimized by dozens of cops starting when she was 16.

Guap made several references to the scandal on Facebook before taking the page down entirely on Friday. She denied having any improper connections to the cops, writing that she had "harmless relationships," within the department, according to CBS in San Francisco.

Last month, she posted a photo of Oakland cops letting her off near her home, according to the station. "Took me back to Richmond in style," she said.

Statute of limitations denied these victims from se

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May 29 2016

Kristin Davis, a former hooker, says ex-cop Michael Rizzi came to her for busines advice
The disgraced ex-cop who got caught running his own prostitution ring sought business advice from the “Manhattan Madam,” according to former hooker Kristin Davis.

The one-time madam who claims the “Luv Guv” Eliot Spitzer was among her clients said she met retired cop Michael Rizzi a few years ago — and he plied her with inappropriate questions.

“He sort of mentioned that he was trying to open some sort of business,’’ Davis said Sunday during an interview with told AM radio host Frank Morano on his “Morano in the Morning” show.

“Didn’t know him before that,” she said.

Ex-NYPD cop with mob ties busted for running prostitution ring
“So he alluded basically to maybe getting your help in running some sort of prostitution ring?” Morano prodded.

“Yes,” Davis answered.

“I said repeatedly, ‘I don’t want to talk about these things because that’s in my past and I don’t want to talk with some stranger about entering into an illegal venture that he kept trying to discuss,’ ” said Davis.

The publicity-loving ex-madam also whined that Rizzi got a far low



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Baltimore police to distribute manual of 26 'core operating policies' to all officers

Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun
Updated June 3, 2016
All 2,300 officers in the Baltimore Police Department will receive a new, printed manual of the department's 26 "core operating policies" by the start of next month, to refer to while on the job and unable to access a computer, police officials said Friday.

The policies — governing things like the use of force and the standards for investigative stops — are the most important and most frequently used among the 208 policies that make up the department's full general orders, which are distributed to officers in digital format, said Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. Because of that, they "absolutely must be at the fingertips of all Baltimore police officers all the time," and officers must know them "backwards and forwards," he said.

"We want to do as much as we can to make this job as appealing as possible and to make opportunities for police officers to grow and to know their profession," Davis said. "We think this

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Suicides by cops under investigation are troubling

NEWS Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 2:40 PM

Last month, NYPD Inspector Michael Ameri, after several visits from the FBI over an ever-widening corruption scandal, got into his car, parked it near a local golf course, and took his own life.

During a single month in 2012, four different NYPD officers killed themselves.

We can’t know why exactly why Michael Ameri took his life. As the FBI probe deepened, it appears he panicked. Peers and others within the department have struggled to make sense of it.

In isolation, that's understandable, but what Michael Ameri did by taking his own life in the middle of an investigation seems to be an increasing occurrence.

Just last week an NYPD officer accused of sexually assaulting his 13-year-old niece killed himself.

This past April, a Philadelphia Police lieutenant, Vincent Testa, killed himself just a day before he was scheduled to meet with investigators over a theft investigation.

Oakland, Calif., Officer Brendan O'Brien took his own life last year. In a suicide note, he mentioned a series of officers involved with a sexual misconduct scandal that is now engulfing the entire Oakland Police Department. The police chief and several officers have now resigned over the scandal, and it increasingly appears O'Brien was also having sex with a minor. Not only that, but there was an idea he killed his own wife a year earlier, in a death first ruled suspicious, but then later deemed a suicide.

The scene of the suicide of NYPD Sgt. Joel Doseau: his childhood home in Brooklyn.
In May of 2015, after being indicted on 40 different counts of molesting a young girl he seduced online, NYPD Officer Joel Doseau, age 43, killed himself in his childhood home.

Veteran Illinois Lt. Charles Gliniewicz, under investigation for stealing and laundering money from a youth program, staged his own suicide to look like he was killed by local men so that his family would collect the full life insurance benefits. For days on end, as a manhunt ensued, the Black Lives Matter Movement was actually blamed for his murder by popular conservatives.

An Arlington, Tex., officer who was under investigation killed himself.

The same was true for a state trooper in Massachusetts.

The bigger they are: Churning NYPD scandal snares top cops
Missing Brooklyn mom found ‘doing her thing’ on street corner
NYPD Inspector Michael Ameri laid to rest after suicide
Judge allows NYPD lieutenant promotions amid cheating scandal
NYPD captain who went home when cops were shot gets demotion
NYPD plans 20 more gang takedown raids over next two months
Brock Turner 'creeped out' other women prior to 2015 rape
And an officer in Chicago.

And Detroit.

And Houston.

NYPD Deputy Inspector Michael Ameri committed suicide in May amid an FBI probe into the department’s ethics.
And Florida.

And New Mexico.

This list, could go on and on and on. With their backs against wall, faced with the possibility of doing jail time, many officers choose to take



Senator: FBI Is Down 6,000 Agents Despite Increasing Threats of Terrorism

Sen. Lindsey Graham

By Steve Neavling

Budget cuts have left the FBI with too few agents to properly address the terrorism threat, Sen. Lindsey Graham said.

“The FBI has lost 6,000 agents due to budget cuts. The Army is going to be at 1940 levels – the Navy at 1950 levels. I want to restore our defense cuts and our intelligence cuts so we can fight a war we can afford to win,” he told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney.

On Monday, House Democrats supported legislation that would give the FBI authority to rejec



FBI agent accused of using influence to gain football tickets
June 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

FBI agent accused of using influence to gain football tickets
Maria Biery
An FBI agent stands accused of using his position to get all-access passes to a professional football game, according to a Justice Department report.
The passes allowed the agent and two of his friends to access the field for a short period of time.
The Justice Department Office of the Inspector General states that this act was "in violation of FBI ethical guidelines" and a "misuse of position".
In order to defend his actions, the FBI agent noted that he wanted to provide a memorable experience to a friend with a terminal illness.

The agent is also accused, however, of soliciting gifts from subordinates who traveled overseas and making "unprofessional and disparaging comments" about his fellow


FBI Looking To Hire Hundreds Of New Agents, Thousands For Other Positions
June 15, 2016 12:45 PM

– Looking for a job? The FBI is hiring.

The federal agency has a plan to recruit 740 agents throughout this year, according to Felix A. Rivera, Assistant Agent in Charge in Detroit. They’re also looking to hire 240 intel analysts and more than 2,000 professional staff employees.

Rivera told WWJ’s Zahra Huber they’re looking for candidates wh



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U.S. World Politics
Fla. sheriff shoots self after jail release on child porn charges

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 8:44 PM

A 17-year veteran Florida sheriff shot himself on Wednesday, just hours after being released from jail on child pornography charges.

Sgt. Kreg Costa, 43, of the Broward County Sheriff's Office, shot himself at his Sunrise home at around 5:30 p.m. and called 911 around the same time. He was found outside of the home and is listed in grave condition, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's officetold the Sun-Sentinel.

Costa, a father of five, was arrested on June 9 for perusing child pornography for several hours during his midnight shift. He was released from jail on Wednesday on $250,000 bail after being held for six nights on 29 charges related to child porn and illicit sex.


Crime U.S. World Politics
Police officer caught in undercover sting of sexual predator


Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 1:39 PM

Christopher Dunkes is a Montgomery County police officer.
Police in Virginia went undercover to catch predators online — and they caught a cop.

Montgomery County Police Officer Christopher Dunkes, 27, was one of seven people arrested this month as part of a perv sting by Prince William County police, authorities said.

The creeper cop fell for a Craigslist ad by an undercover officer posting as a 15-year-old, according

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Cop who watched women abuse kids online will plead guilty

Friday, July 1, 2016, 9:04 PM


A depraved NYPD sergeant facing trial next month for hooking up with women on Skype in order to sexually abuse their young kids has decided to throw in the towel, the Daily News has learned.

Alberto Randazzo will plead guilty on July 12 to several charges, including conspiracy

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California police officer charged with on-duty sexual assault of five women
Former officer Noah Winchester allegedly targeted ‘vulnerable women’ as young as 17 while with the San Mateo police in north

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Two more women claim former Syracuse cop sexually abused them

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 4:00

Two more women claim former Syracuse cop sexually abused them

Two more alleged victims have come forward to accuse a former Syracuse cop of sexually abusing them while he was on the job — while a third revealed to the Daily News harrowing details of her alleged encounter with the disgraced officer.

The women all claim Chester Thompson forced them to perform sex acts on him while he was armed and in uniform.

The department booted Thompson in December 2015 after the rogue cop pleaded guilty to official misconduct, a misdemeanor. Under the arrangement with Syracuse District Attorney William J. Fitzpatrick, the disgraced officer ducked any jail time and was instead sentenced to three years' probation.

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I had sex forced on me by a person who I know was an agent. It was a scar that will heal. It does not make any sense to do these things to people. I dont know why this was done to me but the person raped me repeatedly. I felt degraded knowing that this person was a cop. I will pray for your healing.

God Bless

Terry Mitchell

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no police officers arrested for pedophilia

4 Oakland Officers Fired, 7 Suspended In Sexual Misconduct Investigation
September 7, 2016 5:18 PM


— Officials in Oakland announced Wednesday that four police officers would be terminated and an additional seven officers would be suspended in the wake of the now completed investigation into the teen sex scandal that rocked the department.

The press conference held by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Administrator Sabrina Landreth late Wednesday afternoon announced that the investigation into the underage sex scandal

In interviews, Guap said she had sex with 14 officers from Oakland police department, as well as five from the Richmond police department, three Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies and a Livermore cop. She says she only had sex with three officers — all from Oakland PD — while she was underage.


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Dec. 26, 2016
The author, scholar and activist, Angela Davis, will be the keynote speaker at a banquet Jan. 14 in Memphis, said Mid-South Peace and Justice Center Executive Director Brad Watkins.

"Her huge body of work in the history of resistance and social change has been an inspiration to so many people," Watkins said.
Watkins said there is "no better time to reaffirm our commitment to the struggle for positive social change, to oppose bigotry and sexism and racism. I think she'll be a perfect person to bring the experiences of the past into a modern context and get us all ready for the work that is to come."
Davis, 72, a professor in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has lectured across the country and internationally. She is the author of nine books including, "Women, Race, and Class," "Are Prisons Obsolete?" and "The Meaning of Freedom."
Davis' activism began as a young person in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1970, Davis was placed on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list. She was arrested, incarcerated and ultimately found not guilty of murder, conspiracy and kidnapping in a Marin County, California courtroom shootout. The prosecution had alleged she was involved in a plot to take hostages and free three prisoners known as the Soledad Brothers. Her incarceration sparked the "Free Angela Davis" campaign.
Davis visited the University of Memphis in 1992 at then-Memphis State University where she spoke to an overflow crowd of more than 500 people and challenged students to question history as they knew it. She returned to the University of Memphis in 2008 where she voiced support for restoring voting rights to people convicted of crimes and opposition to the prison system.
January's event is sponsored by the criminal justice reform advocacy group Just City, Rhodes College and the Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis.
"In an age of social media activism I find myself often in awe of activists of days past," said attorney Carlissa Shaw, 29, of Memphis, who plans to hear Davis speak. "Activists that put their lives and livelihood in jeopardy to support their cause. Angela Davis makes the short list of


Ex-NYPD boss defends city’s Muslim spying, welcomes Trump's plan

Sunday, December 25, 2016, 2:15 PM

Here in Maine it cost $55,000.00 to warehouse
one man in prison for 1 year.
Here is what the taxpayer gets in return.


Ex-cons: Florida's forgotten minority
Florida Today
Then there is recidivism. A study by the National Institute of Justice reveals that three-fourths of inmates released from prisons are rearrested within three


The presentation of the Top 25 stories of 2015-2016 extends the tradition originated by Professor Carl Jensen and his Sonoma State University students in 1976, while reflecting how the expansion of the Project to include affiliate faculty and students from campuses across North America has made the Project even more diverse and robust. During this year’s cycle, Project Censored reviewed 235 Validated Independent News stories (VINs) representing the collective efforts of 221 college students and 33 professors from 18 college and university campuses that participate in our affiliate program.

A Note on Research and Evaluation of Censored News Stories
How do we at Project Censored identify and evaluate independent news stories, and how do we know that the Top 25 stories that we bring forward each year are not only relevant and significant, but also trustworthy? The answer is that each candidate news story undergoes rigorous review, which takes place in multiple stages during […]

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25. NYPD Editing Wikipedia on Police Brutality
In March 2015, Kelly Weill reported in Capital New York that computers operating at One Police Plaza, the headquarters of the New York Police Department (NYPD), had been used “to alter Wikipedia pages containing details of alleged police brutality,” including the entries for Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo. As Mother Jones subsequently reported, […]

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24. India’s Solar Plans Blocked by US Interests, WTO
The United Nations Conference on Climate Change, held in December 2015 in Paris, featured lofty rhetoric about international cooperation to tackle climate change, including overtures by the US and other nations to include India. Anticipating the Paris summit, World Trade Organization (WTO) director-general Roberto Azevêdo wrote, “The challenge is not to stop trading but to […]

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23. Modern-Day Child Slavery: Sex Trafficking of Underage Girls in the US
In December 2015, D. Parvaz published “Selling American Girls,” a seven-part investigative report for Al Jazeera America that documented sex trafficking in the US. Each part of her report examined a different role in the sex trafficking trade and its enforcement, from the prostitutes and their buyers, pimps, and advocates, to law enforcement officers and […]

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22. Department of Education Cooperates with ALEC to Privatize Education
The Department of Education and school districts throughout the US are working with billionaire families such as the Waltons and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to under


State Department Employee Makes Deal in Child Porn Case
December 26, 2016

Summary: A Department of State diplomatic security officer made a plea to one felony count for child pornography.

Diplomatic security officer for the Department of State was caught in an undercover FBI child pornography operation.  The officer pleaded guilty to one felony count after striking a deal with federal prosecutors. James Cafferty, 45, pleaded to transporting child pornography. Cafferty faced a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison but the judge could have sentenced him up to 20 years. In the end, he was sentenced to seven years.

Cafferty’s most recent position was at the U.S. Embassy in London. In the plea agreement filed in a U.S. District Court in Tampa, he admitted to bringing 15,000 images of child pornography on three hard drives with him on his trip back from England in August. The images were both photos and videos.

A search of his Largo, Florida home by law enforcement found over 30,000 child porn images on digital storage media devices. When questioned by federal agents, he admitted to “photo-shopping himself into scenes constituting


'Brendon didn’t have to die': Family of man fatally shot by LAPD in Venice says they're left grieving


West Oakland Action Feeds Folks, Saves a Home, Denies Cops a Photo Op
Tue Oct 25 2016 People's Block Party Supplants Oakland Police "Copaganda" Effort, Saves Home

Word got out that the Oakland Police Department had intentions to do neighborhood outreach in West Oakland on October 18. Knowing that OPD holds public relations events such as these to whitewash their earned reputation as racist, violent, and corrupt, the Anti Police-Terror Project set out to prevent OPD from exploiting local residents for a propagandistic photo op.

Oakland police planned their "copaganda" event for 3pm at 24th and Linden streets, so the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP) beat them to it by arriving a little after 1:30pm. As tents, a children's play area, and a barbecue were being set up for a community block party, folks noticed a tow truck a few houses up the street preparing to make off with a parked recreational vehicle while a civilian Oakland police technician supervised.

Just as the tow truck began to drive away with a man's home, several people rushed in front of the truck, preventing it from leaving. About an hour later, after plenty of back and forth with police, it was agreed that the tow truck would release the RV and the owner would be afforded time to take care of legal requirements for a non-operational vehicle.


More to story than Christopher Young allegedly distributing child porn, ex-Jefferson Parish president's brother argues
DEC 26, 2016 - 2:25 PM (3)

The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, headed by Commissioner Troy Hebert, right, and Louisiana State Police, headed by Superintendent Col. Michael D. Edmonson, left, announce the details of a monthlong undercover operation named 'Operation Trick or Treat' naming five strip clubs as having allegedly been locations of acts of prostitution, illegal drug use, and lewd or improper acts in front of the Louisiana Supreme Court Building in the French Quarter in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015.
Joe Gyan

Six months after alleging that federal child porn charges against him are the result of a "selective and vindictive" prosecution, the war of words between Baton Rouge lawyer and former state liquor lobbyist Christopher Young and prosecutors rages on in court filings.

Young, the brother of former Jefferson Parish President John Young, claims the only reason he's being prosecuted in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge is because he refused to cooperate with federal authorities in a public corruption probe.

Federal prosecutors counter that nothing could be further from the truth. The truth, they say, is that a Baton Rouge federal grand jury indicted Christopher Young in May on possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography charges because he forwarded videos of boys engaging in sex acts with donkeys to friends, family, clients and others

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles held hearings in September and October on Young's motion to dismiss the federal charges but hasn't issued a ruling.

In court documents filed since the hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cam Le and René Salomon insist there's "no improper motive" behind the prosecution of Young.


Man claims FBI 'extorted' him on sex charge in swap for dirt on ex-ATC chief Troy Hebert
Young's attorneys — Billy Gibbens, Marci Blaize and Taylor Townsend — beg to differ and say federal authorities were interested in Young only because of his lobbying activities before the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control and his relationship with former ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert.

"Rhetoric aside, Young knows that he is being prosecuted because he engaged in illegal child sexual exploitation by repeatedly distributing, over a two-year period of time, graphic child pornography bestiality videos to his friends, family, clients and colleagues," the prosecutors argue in asking deGravelles to deny Young's motion.

Just because Young claims he had no lustful interest when he distributed and possessed the videos doesn't mean he should be shielded from federal prosecution, the government attorneys add.

Le and Salomon note that the investigation arose out of an unsolicited referral from a local lawyer to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

"Subsequent forensic analysis revealed that Young … distributed child pornography bestiality videos, on 33 separate occasions, to 38 different individuals," the prosecutors state.

Young's attorneys argue that what began as a child porn investigation quickly morphed into a public corruption probe when the federal government learned of Young's lobbying activities and his friendship with Hebert.

"It took a child pornography case that it normally would not have prosecuted and used it to try to force Mr. Young to become a government agent in a fishing expedition for public corruption," his lawyers contend.

Not true, according to Le and Salomon, who say Young's decision not to cooperate with law enforcement "was not the motivation for the Government's decision to seek an indictment."

"Defendants regularly reject plea agreements; there is no evidence that Young's choice to do so here made prosecutors retaliate against him," the prosecutors argue.

Young testified in deGravelles' courtroom in September that FBI agent Maurice Hattier Jr. told him that "whatever is on that phone doesn't have to become public if you cooperate with us in a public corruption investigation."

Hattier also testified and denied making that statement to Youn


Timeline of BART Police Killings and Militarization
Sun Nov 20 2016 Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy Documents BART Police Violence

A timeline mapping Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police violence and militarization was collectively generated as part of a larger ongoing convivial research effort to expose low intensity war across the Bay Area and state. The timeline was produced through a collaboration between the Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy (CCRA) and Carville Annex Press as part of the struggle for Justice for James "Nate" Greer.

The timeline is a tool that remembers, counts, mourns and honors our dead. It is a collaborative effort of documentation over time that makes visible the many resistances that have refused erasure. This refusal itself is a confrontation against state violence. The timeline reflects our insurgent and organized community across the Bay Area and in its detail is reflected the work and tears and blood of many over time.

Construction of the BART system in the 1960s notoriously cut through Black and Brown communities across the San Francisco Bay Area, disrupting vibrant social life and vernacular circuits of activity. It forced the relocation of Black and Brown families, businesses, and civic institutions often creating competition between the two. When BART began running in 1972 it already had a state sanctioned police force and by 1976 BART police exercised full police powers across all 52 California counties.


Oakland Police Veteran Says OPD Covered Up Domestic Murder by Officer
Sat Nov 5 2016 Sergeant Mike Gantt Sues Oakland Police for Retaliation Related to Murder Investigation

Oakland police sergeant James "Mike" Gantt has come forward with allegations of the Oakland police department and city leaders retaliating against him for his investigation as to whether fellow officer Brendan O'Brien murdered his wife, Irma Huerta-Lopez, on June 16, 2014. With a long record as a homicide inspector for OPD, Gantt unequivocally states that he believes O'Brien did indeed murder his wife and OPD covered it up, retaliating against him for attempting to do an honest examination of the evidence.


Joe Kennedy Democrat says no to the FBI

Ten members of the Encryption Working Group signed off on the report, including Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Fred Upton (R-MI), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Yvette D. Clarke (D- NY), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA). Two other members—Joe Kennedy (D-MA) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)—reportedly refused to put their names on the report.

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from the G-men-say-it's-totally-legal-and-whatnot dept

Perhaps sensing the wave of civil asset forfeiture reform might eventually come crashing against the seized beach houses of the federal government, the FBI has decided to post a defense of the oft-abused process at its website.

The post speaks in warm terms about federal partnerships with state law enforcement agencies -- partnerships often abused by local authorities to route around restrictive state laws governing forfeiture. Of course, there's no mention of this particular facet of federal partnerships in the FBI's post. Instead, the post does all it can to portray it as a legitimate tool of law enforcement, rather than the analogue for legalized theft it's become.

The FBI tries to spin this as a limited-use tool that only affects convicted criminals. But even in its defense of the process, it can't help but enthuse about the near lack of limitations it enjoys.

Many—though not all—federal crimes have forfeiture provisions, but just about every law the FBI is charged with enforcing has some forfeiture aspect—from organized crime activities, financial frauds, drug trafficking, and cyber crimes to public corruption, child pornography, human trafficking, and terrorism.

Not "Just For Drug Dealers™," as so often seems to be the case. All sorts of criminal acts -- even those committed with zero criminal intent -- can result in people (or their parents, relatives, roommates, etc.) losing their property to the government. How many laws allow for forfeiture? The FBI doesn't say, but it's probably in the thousands. Here's a recent federal criminal law count:

There are at least 5,000 federal criminal laws, with 10,000-300,000 regulations that can be enforced criminally.

"Many" is the word the FBI uses, so it's not just the rogue's gallery they trotted out in defense of the controversial process. It also can be owners of small restaurants or guitar manufacturers or whoever runs afoul of a few hundred thousand federal regulations.

But don't worry, says the Feeb, we have to do stuff to take stuff.

In all Bureau cases, the burden of proof to demonstrate that the property in question is forfeitable under the applicable federal law rests with the government.

This looks like it means the government has to prove the seized property is directly derived from criminal activity. But that's not what the sentence actually says. All the government has to prove is that the law provides for its forfeiture. Actually proving seized property is derived from criminal activity isn't something the government has to do. It only has to do this if the seizure is challenged. If it isn't, the normal boilerplate assertions about agents' information and belief are usually enough to net the government some extra spending money or fine auctionables.

The real fun begins when the FBI talks about civil forfeiture -- the process in which assets are treated as suspected criminals while the suspected criminals who own the property are sidelined by the legal process.

Civil forfeiture [...] is brought against property rather than the actual wrongdoer—it’s not dependent on a criminal prosecution, it’s based on the strength of the evidence at hand, it’s available whether the owner of the property is living or dead, and it allows us to obtain the assets of fugitives who have escaped the arm of the law or subjects who reside outside our borders.

This is law enforcement's favorite brand of forfeiture, as it eliminates tons of paperwork, arraignments, courtroom testimony, Fourth Amendment "technicalities" that spring suspected criminals, and dangerously unpredictable juries.

The most laughable part of this sentence is what the FBI claims civil forfeiture is used against -- fugitives and foreigners. In "many" cases (to borrow the FBI's vague term), the people assets are taken from are not only not fugitives or foreigners, they're also left uncharged and unjailed while their belongings begin the streamlined process of becoming government assets.

The FBI freely admits it engages in another form of parallel construction to better ensure the government ends up with something in every forfeiture case.

In some instances, the FBI—in conjunction with U.S. Attorney’s Office—will run parallel criminal and civil forfeiture cases. There are several reasons for this. Parallel proceedings help us get the proceeds of a crime back to the victims more quickly. Also, if the case involves depreciating assets (like cars), we can civilly forfeit those assets faster than in the criminal proceeding, then liquidate the assets and get them back to the victim at a better return than if we had held the assets until the criminal case was completed. We also do parallel cases to ensure we can forfeit the assets civilly in case the defendant flees or dies before the forfeiture order is handed down.

Handy. If the government can't get a conviction, it can still possibly take property from someone it couldn't prove was an actual criminal. By running them in parallel, defendants are left with almost no time to fight for the return of their property after they're exonerated.

And there's another laughable statement hidden in this paragraph: the notion that asset forfeiture has anything to do with "returning" the proceeds of criminal activity to victims. The FBI says it has returned $100 million over the last two years to crime victims. Sounds impressive, but that's only when presented without context, as the FBI does here. Scott Shackford of Reason provides some much-needed fiduciary bracketing:

In just 2014 the federal government deposited $5 billion in seized assets. That was just one year. So this $100 million in restitution over two years is a drop in the bucket compared to what they've taken. Most of the money is kept for themselves or shared with local law enforcement agencies.

The government's do-gooding only looks like do-gooding when deprived of context. The FBI -- and countless local law enforcement agencies now facing pushback from legislators and


FBI Probing Sundance Cyberattack as Filmmakers Cry Foul (Exclusive)


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A Sundance spokesperson said: "The FBI is reviewing the case. At this point, we do not have any reason to believe the cyberattack was targeted towards a specific film."

The plot is thickening in the tale of the mysterious cyberattack that crippled the Sundance Film Festival's box-office systems over the weekend.

The FBI is investigating the hack and is working with Sundance officials to identify the culprit, a festival spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter. Although the festival was able to get its ticketing systems back online within an hour of the Saturday breach, multiple other denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Sundance’s IT infrastructure followed. A DDoS attack works by flooding the bandwidth or resources of a targeted server.

Reached for comment, an FBI spokesperson says the agency is looking into the matter. A Sundance Film Festival rep offers the following statement: "The FBI is reviewing the case. At this point, we do not have any reason to believe the cyberattack was targeted towards a specific film. No artist or customer information was compromised."

At the time of the hack, the festival offered little in the way of explanation of what happened, but hinted that filmmakers at the annual celebration of independent cinema may have been the target. "We have been subject to a cyberattack that has shut down our box office," the festival tweeted. "Our artist’s voices will be heard and the show will go on.”


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One producer of a Sundance documentary critical of the Russian government believes his film could have played a role in the attack.

“There's been speculation that our film may have sparked retribution,” Icarus consulting producer Doug Blush tells THR. “It does not paint a flattering picture of [president Vladimir] Putin.”

Icarus, which made its world premiere at the festival the day before the hack, centers on a Russian doctor who oversaw and then spoke out about Russia's widespread state-sponsored sports doping. The Bryan Fogel-helmed film, which is being pitched to distributors, has played throughout the weekend in Park City at screenings for both press-and-industry and the public.

Icarus isn’t the only Sundance film that could antagonize the Russian government and Putin. Evgeny Afineevsky’s Cries From Syria -- one of several docs tackling the war-torn nation -- also takes a critical look at Putin and Russia's military intervention in Syria. Cries From Syria made its world premiere at Sundance on Sunday, the day after the initial box-office cyberattack.

Afineevsky, who is Russian but has lived in the United States for 17 years, downplays the idea of a connection between his film and the hack.

“If it was Russia, they would have blown the whole system out,” he says.

Russia, of course, has been at the center of a U.S. government probe into the hack of the Democratic National Committee before the November election. But other projects playing at the festival take aim at groups known to have hacking capabilities. The New Radical looks at the new cyber-warfare b





Microsoft Asserts Clients' Rights in FBI E-Mail Searches Fight


s effort to halt the FBI's so-called sneak-and-peek searches of e-mails may ride on whether it's allowed to defend its customers' constitutional rights. The judge ...

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Dd the Feds Indict the Wife of Orlando Shooter for Sins of Her Husband?


The JFK lover who revealed cracks in his facade: New book looks at Kennedy’s vulnerability

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Judge orders Sorrento and ex-police chief to pay $40K in legal fees

A federal judge has awarded nearly $40,000 in fees to attorneys for a woman who accused a former Louisiana police chief of sexually assaulting her in his office while she was drunk and he was on duty.

The woman's lawyers sought nearly $90,000 in fees, but






76 rape kits submitted from Athens County since 2011

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Former FBI Criminal Investigations Director Joins DLA Piper in Miami

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Parker: Supreme Court Strengthens Qualified Immunity for Law Enforcement Officers’ Use of Deadly Force



It was a tough year for law enforcement officers. Line of duty deaths, especially intentional killings of police, were up dramatically. Several categories of violent crime, including homicides, rose significantly after two decades of steady decline in crime statistics. Recruitment of new officers is becoming difficult, and officers confronting deadly situations are justifiably wary about the public (and media) second-guessing life or death decisions that had to be made under pressure within seconds.


Heather MacDonald, in her recent book The War On Cops, blames these developments on an anti-law enforcement movement led by groups like Black Lives Matter, accentuated by media attention, and facilitated by the policies of the Obama Administration. Whether you buy all of her conclusions, she does make a persuasive case that the current atmosphere in some segments of the public about law enforcement has resulted in officers being less aggressive in discretionary policing and that is a factor in a new crime wave, especially in the nation’s cities.


Into this troubling and dangerous situation, a potential boost in law enforcement confidence came this month from an unlikely source, a per curiam opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Per curiam (Latin: by the Court) decisions are judgments by appellate courts as a whole in which no particular judge or Justice is identified as the author. In the Supreme Court per curiam opinions are almost always unanimous and usually represent brief rulings on non-controversial subjects. They tend to be short. They seldom set an important precedent or alter the rule of law.


But there are exceptions. In 1972 the per curiam opinion by the Court in Furman v. Georgia turned capital punishment upside down when it struck down every death penalty law and practice in the country as arbitrary and capricious under the 8th Amendment. It took four years for the states to re-institute death penalty statutes and, in many ways, the case began to diminish the role of the supreme penalty which continues to this day.


Bush v. Gore


In Bush v. Gore (2000) the Court issued a per curiam opinion in one of the most controversial cases in the Court’s history. The Court upheld the razor-thin Florida vote which gave the presidency to George Bush by a single electoral vote over Al Gore. The 5-4 vote followed party lines with the Republican appointed Justices in the majority, but the ruling was brief and unauthored.  Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz called it the “single most corrupt decision in Supreme Court history,” but others thought it was a profile in courage which preserved the republic.




Earlier this month the Court decided another per curiam opinion which has gotten much less attention but which could have profound implications, especially to law enforcement officers on the front line. White v. Pauly was an appeal from a civil ruling by a federal district court against New Mexico State Police Officer Ray White, who had shot and killed Samuel Pauley in a police confrontation outside of Santa Fe.


Witnesses had called 911 to report Pauley as a drunk driver. Two police officers went to his residence where he lived with his brother Daniel Pauly in a secluded area to talk with Pauly. They ordered him to open the door.  It was asserted in the complaint that the brothers had not heard the officers identify themselves. The Paulys got their firearms.


A few minutes after the initial confrontation, Officer White arrived at the scene outside of the Pauly residence. The Paulys yelled that they had guns and Daniel fired two shotgun blasts outside the back door. Samuel stuck his handgun outside a window in the front of the house and pointed it in the officers’ direction. All three of the officers took cover, White behind a stone wall. One of the initial two officers fired his gun at Pauly and missed. Officer White fired and killed Samuel Pauly.





Border Patrol Chief Steps Down After Trump Reveals Wall Plan

Border Patrol chief, Mark Morgan



The Border Patrol chief stepped down Thursday after President Trump signed executive orders increasing border security.


It remains unclear whether Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan resigned voluntarily or under pressure, CNN reports.







Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: FBI Went too Far Running a Child Porn Site




The FBI is supposed to protect children from predators, not use them as pawns in a pornography sting. That is what happened, however, and now the agency is under fire from civil rights groups, defense attorneys and even some scholars and federal judges. Not for the first time — remember when agents impersonated a journalist in pursuit of a teenager who was making bomb threats to a school? — the FBI has demonstrated embarrassingly poor judgment in an internet-based investigation.


For two weeks in 2015, after seizing control of a child porn website, the FBI not only allowed the site to remain operational but operated it, becoming what The Seattle Times called “one of the largest purveyors of child pornography on the internet.” The goal of Operation Pacifier was to identify those who used the site and file charges against them. By the time the FBI pulled the plug, it had the goods on nearly 190 people, thanks to special technology it used to hack into users’ computers.


When is distribution of child porn not a crime? According to the FBI, when it’s the one doing the distributing. Its operation of the site allowed visitors to access pornographic images, further exploiting the victims. It’s even been accused of improving the site’s functionality, making it friendlier for porn-seekers to use during the sting.






Trump May Bring Back Secret CIA Torture ‘Black Site’ Prisons




President Trump may bring back so-called CIA “black site” prisons where terrorism suspects are held and were once tortured.


President George W. Bush used the black sites to combat the “war on terrorism” following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but former President Barack Obama closed them.


In the next few days, Trump is expected to sign an executive executive order to call for a high-level review into “whether to reinitiate a program of interrogation of high-value alien terrorists to be operated outside the United States” and if the CIA should run the facilities, Reuters reports.


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Border Patrol chief says he's been forced out


The former FBI agent briefly led the internal affairs department at the Border Patrol's parent agency before heading the agency of roughly 20,000 agents.



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Trial for former BRPD officers accused of abuse of power involving sex act continues

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The trial of three former Baton Rouge Police officers accused of abuse of power related to a sex act that allegedly occurred in a park is now in its second day.


Travis Wheeler, Emerson Jackson, and Isaac Bolden are accused of going up to a man and woman in a car at a BREC park and telling the man to leave and asking the woman to perform a sex act on one of the officers while the two other officers watched.




Thursday's testimony included the man who was with the woman in the car, along with a







Texas prisoner dies of lethal injection after last-minute appeal fails

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FBI Informant Ahned Salem confirned as creator of 1993 World Trade Centee bombing


Few Americans will mourn sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who died after two decades in prison for conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government.

To most, the blind sheik was the cartoon-caricature jihadist who masterminded the first World Trade Center bombing.

Having represented him for a short time, with the late William Kunstler, I have a different view of the case and the man.

The sheik was convicted entirely upon the content of conversations he had with a federal informant, an agent of the hated Mubarak regime. There was no evidence that he ever participated in orders, or directed others, to commit any crime against the U.S. or against Americans.

Indeed, Abdel-Rahman liked being in the United States. From a modest apartment in New Jersey, he recorded and sent cassettes of his teachings to his followers in Egypt, without fearing arrest and torture.


FBI Crime family authorized some informants to engage in unlawful activity at refuge

FBI Informants engaged in unlawful activity

While Bretzing was questioned further about the FBI's use of informants or if he gave any approval for them to engage in unlawful activity while at the refuge, he said he didn't have direct knowledge.

Bretzing said he would have been "briefed on the activities of informants,'' but wasn't familiar with them by name, other than that of informant Mark McConnell. He said he couldn't say whether or not an FBI informant had participated in guard duty or fortifying the refuge.

"I'm not familiar with each place the confidential human source may have been at,'' Bretzing said.

In contrast, FBI Special Agent Ronnie Walker, who was called by the government as a witness later in the day, was very clear. He testified that some informants were authorized to engage in "otherwise unlawful activity'' during the occupation.

Prosecutors have said there were nine informants sent into the refuge during the occupation.

Walker, the FBI's trial agent for the case, said informants' range of stays at the refuge ran from two hours to 23 days.

Fabio Minoggio, who was outed by the defense in the first Oregon standoff trial, was the last informant to leave the refuge on the night of Jan. 26, 2016, after the fatal police shooting of occupation spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum on U.S. 395 between Burns and John Day.

Some informants, including Minoggio, were allowed to carry guns when they went to the refuge, Walker testified.

If one was asked by occupier Ryan Payne to do guard duty at the refuge, "I would encourage the informant to do so, simply to maintain credibility,'' Walker told jurors.

Under cross-examination by defense lawyer Jesse Merrithew, Walker confirmed that Payne asked an informant to lead one of the security teams of occupiers.

Walker said he didn't know if the informant directed others to do guard duty or take other security measures, but said it would be "fair to infer'' that the informant would delegate responsibilities to others.

Asked if he knew Minoggio was training those at the refuge in hand-to-hand combat, Walker responded, "Oh yes, of course."

Merrithew continued, asking Walker if he knew Minoggio trained people at the refuge in the use of weapons. "That's one way of putting it,'' Walker said.

During redirect, Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Barrow asked the FBI agent if any informant participated in the initial occupation of the federal refuge. Walker said no.

"Did any informant initiate the idea of security teams'' at the refuge, Barrow asked.

"No,'' Walker answered.

Why, Barrow asked, was informant Minoggio allowed to train people.

Walker said it was done "to make the place safer.''

Minoggio heard shooting by the boat launch and went to check it out, Walker said.

"He saw firearms behavior that was unsafe,'' Walker said, so Minoggio "interjected himse


An off-duty NYPD cop accused of attacking a subway train conductor tried to deflect blame for the bizarre incident, court papers show.

"I didn't push her. She landed on me," Tremel Davis, 33, allegedly told a fellow cop investigating the incident inside a downtown J train subway car at Essex and Delancey St. during the morning commute on Sept. 14, 2016.

Davis, who also identified himself a police officer in the aftermath, is accused of violently attacking 38-year-old J train conductor Kiyya Rivera during an explosive episode around 9 a.m.


Music and control of chaos in the brain


Recent researches revealed that music tends to reduce the degree of chaos in brain waves. For some epilepsy patients music triggers their seizures. Loskutov, Hubler, and others carried out a series of studies concerning control of deterministic chaotic systems. It turned out, that carefully chosen tiny perturbation could stabilize any of unstable periodic orbits making up a strange attractor. Computer experiments have shown a possibility to control a chaotic behavior in neural network by external


Taking Back Our Lives

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The World is Laughing at America

On a Sunday at the end of January, a Dutch television program aired a satirical video with a voice-over pretending to be Donald Trump. The TV host, Arjen Lubach, began by showing a clip of Trump saying at his inauguration, “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first.” Lubach said about Trump, “He had a clear message to the rest of the world: ‘I will screw you over big time.’”

Then he played the video, supposedly an official Dutch government introduction of the Netherlands, in English, to the new American President. “We speak Dutch. It’s the best language in Europe. We’ve got all the best words. All the other languages failed. Danish – total disaster. German is not even a real language. It’s fake.” The video shows a Dutch dike: “This is the Afsluitdijk. It’s a great, great wall, that we built to protect us from all the water from Mexico.” The video made fun of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration, his negative comments about NATO, and his attitudes toward blacks. The Dutch politician Jetta Klijnsma is shown using a walker: “We also have a disabled politician for you to make fun of.”

The video ends, “We totally understand it’s going to be America first. But can we just say, the Netherlands second? Is that okay?” The clip was downloaded 42 million times from the show’s Facebook page.

A German late-night TV host reacted to the viral video about a week later. Jan Böhmermann said he was furious that the Netherlands wanted to be second. “Stop, Holland! We want to be number two. Germany wants to be second, because we are strong, we are big. And who, if not us, deserves a third chance?” So he presented a similar video, saying he wanted to make it as simple as possible for our President, who “reads nothing”. “Mr. President, this is for you.”

The German video is more pointed. There are photos of Hitler, who “made Germany great again. Steve Bannon absolutely loves him.” “Germany hosted two world wars in the last 100 years. They were the best world wars in the world, and we won both of them. Bigly. Anyone who says anything else is fake news.” “We built a great German wall. And we made the Russians pay for it.” The video referenced Trump’s comments about being backstage at the Miss Universe pageant and about grabbing women. It’s very funny.

By that time, similar videos were being produced by late-night shows across Europe. They all poked fun at their own nation’s histories and politics, and at their neighbors, by references to Trump. Most of them are not as funny, perhaps because they are less subtle. Serbia: “Mr. President, just like you, we also like to grab women by the genitals.” Poland: “You want to destroy the EU, we’re already doing it from the inside.” Switzerland said the KKK were Trump’s friends. “We also love to treat our women badly. Love it. We didn’t let them vote until 1971. In some places, even until 1990. We grabbed them by the civil rights. And they let us do it. It was great.” Norway: “We might even award you the Nobel peace prize. You’ve already done more than Obama to bring people of the world together. Against you.”

Soon the viral video craze spread beyond Europe. A version from India said, “We know you love grabbing women by the [cat meows]. We have an ancient manual, the Kamasutra, which lists more than 245 ways to grab someone by their [cat meows].” Mexico: “We build walls. Nobody builds walls better than us.” An Israeli one was very funny, saying that Jews controlled Hollywood, but that Alec Baldwin was not Jewish. It contained frequent references to sexual assault and making fun of the handicapped. The website collecting the videos displays 29 of them, mostly from Europe, but ranging to Australia and Namibia. A bit of web surfing reveals many others.

The idea seemed so good that non-nations got into the act. A video from the 566 sovereign nations of the USA, meaning Native American tribes, said, “We know all about cleansing, immigrants coming in, destroying your communities, taking your water, taking your land, taking your women.” Others came from Mars, Mordor (the evil empire in the Lord of the Rings trilogy), the Galactic Empire, former East Germany, and the North Pole, which stresses all the different white animals there. “Everybody is white for sure.”

These videos typically make fun of insignificant issues, like the size of Trump’s hands or the way he combs his hair. But they all address in a joking way much more serious issues. His most important policy ideas, his demeaning behavior towards the handicapped, and his prejudices about blacks, Mexicans and Muslims are treated in his own words, seemingly in his own voice. Trump’s comments about grabbing women come up in all of these videos.

The whole world is invited to laugh at, and simultaneously disdain, the American President. After showing the video, Böhmermann said in English: “When the whole world is standing up to make fun of you, you really achieved something truly great.”

America has become the laughingstock of the world. That’s not so great.

Steve Hochstadt
Published in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, February 21, 2017


Cop still collecting salary after downloading child porn

In September 2016, an undercover Wahoe County Sheriff's Sgt. Dennis Carry in Reno, Nev. spotted nearly two dozen computer files containing child pornography available on a sharing site for download from a computer with an IP address leading to Trenton home of 29-year Detroit Police Officer Miguel A. Martinez, according to the complaint filed in Detroit's federal court Wednesday.

The videos showed prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts with each other and adults, according to the complaint.

In response to a subpoena, AT&T provided the officer's home address and further investigation revealed 100 or more files on his computer containing suspected child pornography. The federal complaint says the number of files were increasing through January.

On Feb. 21, Martinez agreed to an interview and admitted to investigators he frequented a peer-to-peer, bit torrent website and "may have seen" child pornography files.


Congress correctly ended gun background check rule

February 23, 2017
The writer of the letter to the editor referring to Rep. Charlie Dent's vote on the HJ Resolution 40 (requiring Social Security to report all persons receiving disability benefits, due to mental illness, to the FBI) suggests the mass shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 could have been prevented by such Social Security reporting on folks receiving benefits for mental illness.

Unfortunately, it does not appear that the shooter at Virginia Tech ever received any benefits from Social Security for treatment of mental illness. Though I've not made any exhaustive search, it appears that none of the other mass shooters, who were considered as suffering from some sort of mental illness, received Social Security treatment benefits at the time of the shootings.

No doubt there exist many shortcomings concerning the need for better cooperation between those providing care for the mentally ill and law enforcement. Nevertheless, such arbitrary Social Security requirement is even opposed by the ACLU, not a usual supporter of gun-rights folks.

Donald Neuman


Customs and Border Protection Officer agent arrested wearing body armor after shooting roommate in the hand
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Vincent Schroeder is facing a long time in prison if convicted of six felonies after allegedly shooting a 34-year-old Lincoln Park man in the hand Feb. 20.

Schroeder, 32, was arraigned by video in 25th District Court. He is charged with one count each of discharging a firearm in a building, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, possession of a controlled substance (the drug commonly known as ecstasy), assault with a deadly weapon, wearing body armor in the commission

FBI best buddy US Senator Grassely


Angry, frustrated crowds follow Grassley to Charles City

Becky Higgins, of Nora Springs, criticizes Sen. Grassley in Charles City on Thursday.

Sen. Charles Grassley speaks at a town hall meeting in Charles City on Thursday.
CHARLES CITY | U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley heard North Iowans express disgust and distrust in government and with President Trump during a town hall meeting at the Floyd County Courthouse Thursday morning.

A crowd of about 125 squeezed into a third-floor courtroom to comment and question Grassley about Obamacare, the Supreme Court, President Trump's cabinet picks, his credibility and stability and many other topics.


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Boy Scouts in Eastchester and Tuckahoe enjoyed a live demonstration by members of the FBI bomb squad. Photo Credit: Contributed Boy Scouts in Eastchester


Prosecutors move to dismiss charges against former Scout leader

January 3, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. --Federal prosecutors have moved to dismiss charges against a retired FBI agent who was indicted on child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader, in response to the death of his accuser.

William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested in February on charges he enticed a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.


Former Scout leader, FBI agent indicted on child sex charges
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Saturday, February 4, 2006

NEW HAVEN- A retired FBI agent was indicted Friday on federal child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader.
William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested Friday. The federal grand jury indictment accuses Hutton of enticing a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.

"It's obviously devastating. He was an FBI agent in this district and was reputed in this district," defense attorney Hugh Keefe said.

"The people who worked with him in the U.S. attorney's office and FBI respected him."

Keefe said the investigation has been going on for years. He would not discuss the details of the case or how the allegations surfaced.

Investigators asked anyone who knows anything about the case to call the FBI. U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor said that's standard practice whenever there might be more victims.

"In any case that's a concern," O'Connor said. "Whether that's the situation here I can't say."

If convicted on all four charges, Hutton faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

Hutton was released on a $200,00 bond. He may not own any firearms or have any unsupervised contact with children. He was also ordered to stay away from playgrounds, schools, arcades or anywhere children congregate.


FBI Workers Suspected of Secretly Taping Teens in Dressing Room

Two FBI workers are accused of using surveillance equipment to spy on teenage girls as they undressed and tried on prom gowns at a charity event at a West Virginia mall.

The FBI employees have been charged with conspiracy and committing criminal invasion of privacy. They were working in an FBI satellite control room at the mall when they positioned a camera on temporary changing rooms and zoomed in for at least 90 minutes on girls dressing for the Cinderella Project fashion show, Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson said Monday

9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference

** wtc7   pentagon

** Draft minutes, January 25, 2017

February 17, 2017
Craig McKee, Secretary 9/11 Monthly Teleconference Call

Draft minutes for the Wed., January 25, 2017 regular conference call

Present were:

Ken Freeland, Teleconference co-facilitator, Houston 9/11Truth
Cheryl Curtiss, Teleconference co-facilitator, Connecticut 9/11 Truth
Craig McKee, Teleconference secretary, Truth and Shadows
Graeme MacQueen, 9/11 researcher
Kee Dewdney, 9/11 researcher
Bill Wilt, Mass. Congressional candidate
John O’Malley, DC911Truth
Cat McGuire, 9/11 Truth Outreach
Barbara Honegger, Behind The Smoke Curtain
Wayne Coste, Truth Action Project
David Cole, Nine Eleven Accountability Team
Barton Bruce, Massachusetts 9/11 Truth
Tim Michael, Truth Action Project
Nita Renfrew, NY 9/11 activist
Charles Ewing Smith, The Demolition of Truth
James Hufferd, 9/11 Grassroots
Michael Cook, AE911Truth

The minutes of the December 28, 2016 conference call were APPROVED.

The draft agenda was APPROVED.

UK 9/11 poll
Graeme MacQueen made a presentation about a poll that found that just 4% of Muslims in the UK believe the official story of 9/11. You can find his article on the subject on globalresearch.ca (http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=65401be512&e=91763ac879)

* The results of the survey of last week’s Pentagon debate listeners were announced: 10 voted that Craig McKee made the stronger case (that no plane was destroyed at the Pentagon), 2 concluded that Barbara Honegger was more effective (in saying that a plane was destroyed), 1 found that both were equally effective, and 1 found that neither party was effective.
* Richard Gage of AE911Truth contacted the teleconference about his concern that Barbara Honegger had indicated during the Jan. 18 debate that he had endorsed her theory or theories about what happened at the Pentagon. He asked that this statement be read: “AE911Truth does not endorse any particular theories or researchers regarding what happened at the Pentagon on 9/11. And while I have been initially impressed by various presentations on this subject, and offered quotes implying such, these quotes should in no way be construed as an endorsement of any presentations, theories or researchers.”
* Ken Freeland added that he, too, did not intend for his supportive comments about Barbara’s overall research efforts to be construed as support for “any particular theories or conjecture on Barbara’s part regarding explanations of elements of her research.”
* Barbara congratulated Craig for the debate result and added that she had not implied in any way that Richard Gage had supported any specific theory about the Pentagon.

Call began at 8 p.m. EST and adjourned at 9:40 p.m. EST/5 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. PST

Audio of the January 25 call can be heard here: http://houston911truth.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=84a2c6cbe080c5515da932a5d&id=8f85e85120&e=91763ac879 The next monthly teleconference will take place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST. Please email agenda items for next call to facilitator Ken Freeland (diogenesquest@gmail.com) by February 18. Please use subject line “Agenda item for 911 Truth Teleconference.” Please include a brief description of your item and any relevant links you’d like participants to be aware of, together with your estimate of the number of minutes your agenda item will require.



Dr. Cyril Wecht on JFK’s Murder: A “Coup d’état in America” - WhoWhatWhy
Acclaimed forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht spoke recently about the Kennedy assassination. He laid out his case for doubting the official explanation — and asserted that this horrific event was nothing less than the overthrow of the government.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017
5 top Russian diplomats die in 3 months--plus Putin's chauffeur died in freak car wreck in September--and former CIA Acting Director Mike Morell told Charlie Rose he would assassinate Russians "to make them pay a price"

100 Strange Russian deaths

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's UN ambassador since 2006,  died unexpectedly at age 64 in the consulate, two days ago.  And while it was said initially that Churkin died of a heart attack, that is not the case, according to his autopsy.

He is the fifth Russian diplomat to die unexpectedly in 3 months.  Turkish ambassador Karlov was shot at an art exhibition in December, Soviet Foreign Ministry officer Polshikov was shot in his Moscow apartment in December, Indian ambassador Kadakin died "from illness" in January, and Greek consul Malanin's death in January is unexplained. 

Putin's chauffeur is the sixth politically important Russian to die recently and suspiciously. 

Don't forget that on Christmas day, a Russian military jet went down over the Black Sea, killing 60 members of the Red Army choir and 33 others.

Sergei Krivov, said to be a security officer, died in the Russian consulate in NY on election day 2016 from an undisclosed cause, possibly head trauma.

The video of Putin's chauffeur crashing and dying (passenger less) looked like no ordinary wreck.

And here is another odd coincidence:  none of the western mainstream media have reported this spate of Russian diplomat deaths, at least not with my Google search.

Churkin's autopsy did not show a heart attack, stroke or pulmonary embolism (all generally easily identifiable).  These are the 3 usual (non-drug) causes of sudden unexplained death. Following the autopsy, the NY Medical Examiner said that toxicology and other studies will need to be performed to determine why Churkin died.

This looks suspiciously like the Deep State (aided by rogue intelligence officers) trying to provoke Russia.  Or at least, send (several) messages to Putin, while sending another interesting message to Trump.

Six ways from Sunday

It appears that Trump may not be in control of his intelligence services, and furthermore, Churkin's death happened in Trump's home town.  Which is also the home of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who said Trump was "really dumb" to threaten the CIA. “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on January 3, 2016.

Since when do Senators threaten Presidents in such an open manner?  These are no ordinary times.

Who is in control of assassinations of US 'enemies'?  Who designates who our 'enemies' are? Recall that after JFK fired CIA Director Allan Dulles, and said he would destroy the CIA, it was Kennedy who got killed, while the CIA prospered.  

Please watch this short Charlie Rose interview with former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell--it is really scary.  Morell talks about his plan to assassinate Russians ("to make them pay a price") and kill Iranians, and destroy Assad's helicopter or plane, on the ground, to send Assad a warning. The interview was broadcast August 8, 2016. And now, his threats have come true. Will Schumer's also come true?

Last month, on "Meet the Press" Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump should "make Russia pay a price for trying to interfere" in the election.  Are assassinations the price, despite no evidence being proffered that Russia hacked the election--and who is extracting the price? Who is calling the shots? 

Putin will have to do something about this. He has been patient, until now. Who will have to pay the next price?


Who at the FBI is responsible for withholding Ivins’ Notebook 4282, containing the notes from the time of the Fall 2001 anthrax mailings?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 17, 2017

* OGIS Mediation has proved ineffective in avoiding litigation with the FBI over its withholding of Notebook 4282

* The FBI reports that it will look for the emails from Patricia Fellows and Mara Linscott and Dr. Ivins’ Notebook 4282 — all of which the FBI provably has and has wrongfully withheld for years


Crockett County deputy Fields held without bond
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Fields had driven his patrol car through the area of the shooting, and coached the suspect in the shooting on the best route to avoid police.

Crockett County Sheriff's Office deputy Calvin Fields is being held without bond after testimony Thursday indicated he assisted in a drive-by shooting and admitted to assisting in transporting cocaine through Crockett County.


WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday, offering the Trump administration’s strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug, even as a solid majority of Americans believe it should be legal.


Regina Smith spent 120 days by herself, shackled and bound, praying that she wouldn’t lose her mind.

“There are people who are literally losing their mind, who are being abused, tortured and we don’t know,” Smith said Thursday. “For women, it’s brutal because we go through emotions that no one knows, only a woman can really experience that.”

Smith, who served three and a half years on drug charges, spent 120 consecutive days in solitary confinement at Albion Correctional Facility in upstate Orleans County.

On Thursday, she joined about two dozen protesters in Harlem, calling for the passage of the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement

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CIA psychic claimed the Oklahoma City Bombing was the work of “five Arabs Ever if our friends in DC don’t use thy will have a file record to check against reality the info unfolds

On April 20, 1995, Dr. Edwin May, head of the CIA’s STARGATE program researching psychic phenomenon, received a fax from a remote viewer named “Joe,” who claimed to have a lead into the bombing in Oklahoma City the day prior.





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May wasted no time in contacting his superiors in the Office of Research and Development (ORD) …


who in turn contacted the Agency’s Counter Terrorism Center (CTC), who provided a number with which May could contact the FBI. May was less than thrilled at having to “cold call” the Bureau, rather reasonably expecting that he might come off, in his own words, as a “lunatic.”


While the CTC was sympathetic, the Center argued it couldn’t be helped, and that time being of the essence, May needed to contact the FBI immediately. For its part, the CTC sent over a brief explanation of the Agency’s experience with parapsychological phenomenon …









More charges against Steve Pigeon for Election Law violations

4:07 PM, Apr 19, 2017




“In democratic societies, the voting process is a means by which citizens hold their government accountable,” said FBI Buffalo Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Cohen. “Our system of representative government works only when it's done in accordance with the laws created to ensure fairp> 






Why won't the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate electronic vote fraud? Is it because the DOJ and FBI have long been involved in it, themselves? 

“If you did it right, no one would ever know,” said Craig C. Donsanto, head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Election Crimes Branch, Public Integrity Section (from 1970-2010) in a July 4,1989 Los Angeles Times article about electronic voting machines and vote fraud. 



  • PROSECUTION OF ELECTION OFFENSES(see: DOJ/DonsantoElectionManuel.pdf)  January 1999, Sixth Edition, by Craig C. Donsanto, Director, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section --This manual is a study in how NOT to investigate election crimes. There is little mention of voting machines or the threat they pose to the process. Check out page 62 and see democracy.ru article (at bottom of this page) that tipped this editor off as to the existence of the manual, and is a good summary of the manuel --Excerpt: "Since the voting process is at bottom primarily a state-regulated activity, federal authorities should not interfere with it. This means that until the votes have been canvassed and the outcome of all the election contests on the ballot certified by the competent state authority, the documentation generated by the election process must remaininstate hands. Also, while this may not be possible in all situations, it is preferable that the predication of federal voter fraud investigations above «preliminaries» await the conclusion of the election and the certification of results. Again, close consultation with Public Integrity is encouraged."  (In other words, after the fox has left the henhouse, Donsanto allows his agents to investigate.)
  • A FEDERAL OBSERVER REPORT (See: FederalObserverReport.pdf)  Once again, this report is a study in how NOT to effectively observe the election process.  No meaningful information is collected as a result of federal observers filling out these reports.



The Cincinnati Bell-FBI scandal:  Leonard Gates, a Cincinnati Bell employee for 23 years, testified that in the late 1970's and 80's, the FBI assisted telephone companies with hacking into mainframe election computers in cities across the country. He spoke with agents from both the DOJ (U.S. Attorney Kathleen M. Brinkman) and FBI (Agent Love), but to his knowledge, neither agency took further action.  Leonard Gates 1987Deposition, plus 1985 Background Material from Jim Condit, Jr. //Pandora's Black Box & http://www.votefraud.org/expert_strunk_report.htm (contains case number) 

  • Gates testified, P. 28, "He (Gates's supervisor, Mr. Jim West,) said the programming was obtained out of California, and that the programming had been obtained through the FBI, and all this kind of stuff, and that was about it." 
  • Page 34 excerpt: "And I knew that we did do certain things under certain court direction, under certain court orders, and I just didn't see where they would have a court order to get into that, and I expressed my concern to Mr. Dugan (President of Cincinnati Bell).  Mr. Dugan said it was a very gray area, and that they were into like New York and Atlanta, Georgia, and to the other computers, you know.  This was just small compared to what was going on."
  • Page 39, "...and I said, "Well, do you (Mr.Fedrich, vice president of Cincinnati Bell) have a blanket court order on this or what?"  And he kind of weasel-worded me, to be honest with you.  He said "Well, our relationship with the FBI is very, very close."

Excerpt from Nov 1996, Pandora's Black Box by Philip M. O’Halloran of Relevance, The Cincinnati Election Wiretapping Scandal:

Lewis and other skeptics of the vote-fixing scenario like to insist that there has never been any evidence of a "conspiracy" to fix elections by computer. But then, most of those we interviewed on both sides of the issue had never heard of the case of Leonard Gates of Cincinnati, Ohio. An employee of the Cincinnati Bell telephone company, Gates was watching a local t.v. news story, in which a Cincinnati man named Jim Condit was charging that the election system was vulnerable to vote fraud in the Hamilton county election process.

He based his charges on his experience as a candidate for city council in 1979, when, after an election night computer crash, Condit and seven other "feisty challengers" had suddenly "fallen to the very bottom of the heap" of 26 candidates. Gates called the station and later contacted Mr. Condit, telling him he knew firsthand how his votes were robbed. They met and shared information and ultimately Gates testified in Condit’s Cincinnatus PAC (political action committee) lawsuit against the Hamilton County Board of Elections.

The suit had earlier been decided against the plaintiffs and Gates took the stand during the appeal. He swore under oath that he was ordered by his Cincinnati Bell superiors to wiretap the election headquarters’ phones lines to provide a link-up between the county’s vote-counting computers and parties unknown on another phone line somewhere in California.

The following are excerpts from the Cincinnati Post of October, 30th, 1987:

Cincinnati Bell security supervisors ordered wire-taps installed on county computers before elections in the late 1970s and early 1980s that could have allowed vote totals to be altered, a former Bell employee says in a sworn court document.

Leonard Gates, a 23-year Cincinnati Bell employee until he was fired in 1986, claims in a deposition filed Thursday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to have installed the wire-taps. Cincinnati Bell officials denied Gates’ allegations that are part of a six-year-old civil suit that contends the elections computer is subject o manipulation and fraud.

Gates claims a security supervisor for the telephone company told him in 1979 that the firm had obtained a computer program through the FBI that gave it access to the county computer used to count votes. [Emphasis added].

The FBI refused comment and Cincinnati Bell spokesmen vehemently denied the allegations, claiming Gates was a "disgruntled ex-employee", yet, according to Condit, the company ultimately admitted that one of its vans was involved in the wiretapping, although it claimed they were commandeered without the company’s knowledge. The Post continued:

In the deposition, Gates claims he first installed a wire-tap on a telephone line to the county computers before the 1977 election at the instruction of James West, a Bell security supervisor.

Gates contends both West and Peter Gabor, security director, told him to install wire-taps in subsequent elections. Both men declined comment Thursday.

In the 1979 election, which is the focus of the deposition – Gates said he received instructions in the mail from West about installing wire-taps on county computers in the County Administration Building at Court and Main streets.

The wire-taps were installed on the eve of the election at Cincinnati Bell’s switching control center at Seventh and Elm Streets and terminated in a conference room in the building, Gates alleges.

In the deposition, Gates described in great technical detail installation of the wire-taps.

At about 8:30 p.m. on election day – Nov. 6, 1979 – Gates said he was called by West and told something had gone wrong, causing the elections computer to malfunction. At West’s instructions, Gates said he removed the taps.

The elections computer shutdown for two hours on election evening due to what was believed to be a power failure, Condit Sr. has said.

Gates said West told him they "had the ability to actually alter what was being done with the votes."

Gates said West told him the Board of elections did not know about the taps and that the computer program for the elections computer "was obtained out of California, and that the programming had been obtained through the FBI..."

Shortly after the 1979 election, Gates said he met with the late Richard Dugan, former Cincinnati Bell president, to express his concerns that the wire-taps were done without a court order.

"Mr. Dugan said it was a very gray area... This was just small compared to what was going on. He told me just, if I had a problem, to talk to him and everything would be okay, but everything was under control," Gates said [Emphasis added].

[Editor’s Note: This scandal’s alleged FBI connection raises the possibility of U.S. law enforcement and/or intelligence involvement in electronic vote-rigging.]

Another Cincinnati Bell employee, named Bob Draise, admitted to being involved in a second phase of the illegal operation, which involved wiretapping several prominent Cincinnati political figures including a crusader against pornography named Keating and the Hamilton County commissioner, Allen Paul.

Jim Condit told Relevance that, as a result of the ensuing scandal, Draise was convicted and five Cincinnati police officers, who were allegedly involved in the wiretapping operation, abruptly resigned. The alleged involvement of the FBI was never pursued and the Bureau itself did not follow up on the Gates allegations. In spite of all the evidence, the appeal by the plaintiff failed and the issue was laid to rest.


The unique vulnerability of electronic voting technologies has been long known to federal authorities. 

“If you did it right, no one would ever know,” said Craig C. Donsanto, head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Election Crimes Branch, Public Integrity Section (from 1970-present) in a July 4,1989 Los Angeles Times article about electronic voting machines and vote fraud. 

So, why hasn't Donsanto sounded the alarm and informed Congress of this threat?

Donsanto has the reputation of a gatekeeper.  He was featured in the Colliers' book, VoteScam, for his unwillingness to investigate evidence they collected over the years of rampant vote fraud involving voting machine companies, the news networks' exit polls, and election officials in Florida and other states. 

Furthermore, Donsanto made it official department policy that no federal investigator should enter a polling precinct on election day, nor should they begin any serious investigation of the voting process until after the election results are certified.  It is this policy that gives those who commit vote fraud ample opportunity to destroy evidence and cover their tracks. (See official policy: http://www.thelandesreport.com/Donsanto.htm)

There is more to be concerned about than obstruction of justice within the DOJ.  It appears that elements within the FBI may have not only been aware of computer vote fraud, but participated in it.  The following are excerpts from the Cincinnati Post of October 30th, 1987:

"Cincinnati Bell security supervisors ordered wire-taps installed on county computers before elections in the late 1970s and early 1980s that could have allowed vote totals to be altered, a former Bell employee says in a sworn court document. Leonard Gates, a 23-year Cincinnati Bell employee until he was fired in 1986, claims in a deposition filed Thursday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court to have installed the wire-taps. Cincinnati Bell officials denied Gates’ allegations that are part of a six-year-old civil suit that contends the elections computer is subject o manipulation and fraud. Gates claims a security supervisor for the telephone company told him in 1979 that the firm had obtained a computer program through the FBI that gave it access to the county computer used to count votes."  (See:Pandora'sBlackBox.htm)

No state could match the staggering number of Voting Rights complaints due to voting machines and other election irregularities as Florida did in the 2000 presidential election. Yet the Bush Administration's DOJ under Attorney General John Ashcroft did not send federal observers to Florida to monitor the voting process in 2002, although federal observers were sent to several other states. This was surprising news to many people and organizations who were told by DOJ officials that "Justice" would be down there in force.

Even if federal observers had been sent to Florida, how would they 'observe' the accuracy of the voting machines there?

"They wouldn't know that," says Nelldean Monroe, Voting Rights Program Administrator for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in a phone interview. Her agency is responsible for the recruiting and training of federal observers who are sent by the DOJ to monitor elections if violations of the Voting Rights Act are suspected. 

In a November 21, 2002 e-mail Monroe elaborated, "The only observance of the tallying of the votes is when DOJ specifically requests observers to do so. This rarely occurs, but when it does, it is most often during the day following the election when a County conducts a canvass of challenged or rejected ballots. In this case, federal observers may observe the County representatives as they make determinations on whether to accept a challenged or rejected ballot. Federal observers may also observe the counting of the ballots (or vote tallying) when paper ballots are used."  (See e-mail: http://www.thelandesreport.com/nelldeanmonroe.htm)

In other words, federal observers can only observe people, not machines, counting paper ballots. Monroe confirmed that there is no training and no opportunity for federal observers to observe the accuracy of voting machines.

Under Section 8 of the Voting Rights Act, 42 U.S.Code § 1973f, federal observers may be authorized to observe "... whether persons who are entitled to vote are being permitted to vote ...(and) whether votes cast by persons entitled to vote are being properly tabulated..."

America's nontransparent voting process (i.e., voting by machine, absentee, early, or secret ballot) violate those provisions. Federal observers cannot observe "whether persons who are entitled to vote are being permitted to vote” (and) “whether votes cast are being properly tabulated." 

Under "Prohibited acts" in §1973i, the "Failure or refusal to permit casting or tabulation of vote"...can result in civil and criminal penalties. "No person acting under color of law shall fail or refuse to permit any person to vote who is entitled to vote...(and) Whoever...knowingly and willfully falsifies or conceals a material fact... shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both."

Requiring voters to use voting machines, rather than allow them to mark and cast their own votes, constitutes "failure or refusal to permit casting".  Any result produced by a machine is circumstantial (i.e., not direct) evidence of the intention of the voter.

Fundamentally, nontransparent voting makes the role of the federal observer moot and the Voting Rights Act une










San Juan Police Officer in Federal Court Wednesday

Posted: Apr 19, 2017 2:09 PM EDT Updated: Apr 19, 2017 2:09 PM EDT



Castillo was one of several San Juan police officers and Border Patrol agents who responded to a traffic accident near Stuart and Moore Road back on August 27.

Inside an abandoned vehicle, officers and agents found narcotics.

The drugs were taken to the San Juan Police Department before being handed over to the DEA.

In December, DEA agents interviewed all agents and officers involved in the case. Castillo told the DEA that he didn’t see or touch the drugs until they were at the police station.

Video shows otherwise.






Congress Keeps Scolding the ATF for Botching Operations. Experts ...

The Trace-1

In the quarter century since four ATF agents were killed trying to execute a search ... agents referred three times as many ultimately successful cases as the FBI, ...

It was a scene that has become familiar to those who follow the ATF, the agency that enforces federal gun laws and regulates the firearms industry. In the quarter century since four ATF agents were killed trying to execute a search warrant at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, the agency has repeatedly been called before Congress to answer for alleged transgressions, including, in the past year, hiring people with intellectual disabilities to run phony guns shops as part of sting operations and failing to oversee its network of paid informants.

In March, the Justice Department’s Inspector General determined that the ATF’s Dallas office could have arrested some of the men involved in Zapata’s death before he was killed, but had failed to act.

Lawmakers, especially Republicans, have seized on these missteps with a zeal that critics in the law enforcement community say is not entirely justified, given their scope. The fallout over a botched operation known as “Fast and Furious,” in which agents knowingly allowed straw buyers to traffic guns, led to a standoff between Congress and the Obama Justice Departmen




Alex Jones Batshit, Naked And Full Of Chili. Now Can He Have His ...

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In another video, Jones strips to his underwear while ranting about the FBI. His ex-wife's attorneys argued the video corroborated an ongoing problem with .





FBI Says No Need For Top FBI Official To Recuse Himself From Trump-Russia Probe

3:06 PM 04/19/2017




A top FBI official whose wife received political donations from an ally of Hillary Clinton’s last year does not need to recuse himself from the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation, the bureau said Wednesday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee inquired last month about FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s role on the Trump probe, which is looking into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Judiciary Committee’s chairman, had expressed concerns about a potential conflict of interest given that McCabe’s wife ran a state campaign in Virginia that received $700,000 from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close friend of Clinton’s.

Grassley noted in a March 28 letter to FBI Director James Comey that the McCabes met with McAuliffe

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/19/fbi-says-no-need-for-top-official-to-recuse-himself-from-trump-russia-probe/#ixzz4ejl47Hne








We're spying on you for your own protection, says NSA, FBI

The Register-

A new factsheet by the NSA and FBI has laid bare ludicrous contradictions in how US intelligence agencies choose to interpret a law designed to prevent spying ...






FBI Employees Used Surveillance Cameras to Monitor Teen Dressing ...


Apr 26, 2009 - FBI Employees Used Surveillance Cameras to Monitor Teen Dressing Room ... its days spying on teenage girls in changing rooms at the malls.

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CNN exclusive: FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape



Kyra Phillips CNN Special Investigations Unit

January 27, 2011 10:07 a.m. EST


  • Internal documents obtained by CNN show misconduct by agents, supervisors
  • One document says one employee shared information with his news reporter girlfriend
  • More than 300 FBI employees out of 34,000 are disciplined each year, the bureau says
  • For more on this story, watch"The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" tonight at 5 p.m. ET

Editor's note: Some content in this report may be offensive to readers. For more on this CNN exclusive story, watch Kyra Phillips' full report on "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer" tonight starting at 6 p.m. ET.

Washington (CNN) -- An FBI employee shared confidential information with his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, then later threatened to release a sex tape the two had made.

A supervisor watched pornographic videos in his office during work hours while "satisfying himself."

And an employee in a "leadership position" misused a government database to check on two friends who were exotic dancers and allowed them into an FBI office after hours.

These are among confidential summaries of FBI disciplinary reports obtained by CNN, which describe misconduct by agency supervisors, agents and other employees over the last three years.

Read the FBI documents obtained by CNN







FBI Agent Arrested  Masturbating On UA Campus





Mark Stine KOLD News 13 Reporter

"I'm completely disgusted. It's really creepy. I use that bathroom all the time."

Lauren Canty's like most students hearing the news for the first time. They just can't believe something like this would happen.

"No, I can't especially on campus, it seems like he almost wanted to get caught, that's kind of strange," Canty explained.

Three weeks ago a man, according to police documents, was caught masturbating in one of the stalls in a women's restroom. Caught when a woman cleaning the bathroom saw him with his pants down.

The female victim left the restroom and called U of A Police. She thought the suspect had left the Union. When officers arrived t






April 19, 2017

Elderly church volunteer gets 10 years for trying to bribe teen to have sex




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Africa: Kasese Deaths - US Blocks Maj Gen Elwelu


He had been scheduled to attend a three-month course at the FBI Junior academy. Last year, after the elections, there were reports that the then deputy ...








McMaster names 25-year FBI veteran SC's inspector general

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Lamkin joined the FBI in 1987 and was special agent in charge for Atlanta from 2010 to 2012. He joined South Carolina's fledgling inspection agency in 2013.









Aaron Hernandez’s reported mode of suicide unusual for facility





April 19, 2017

The executive director of the statewide inmate-advocate organization said she believes Aaron Hernandez’s death is the first reported successful suicide by an inmate hanging a sheet from a window at the maximum-security Souza-Baranowski prison, as authorities say Hernandez did.

Leslie Walker, executive director of the nonprofit Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts, which serves indigent inmates, said the state had a worse-than-average inmate suicide rate a decade ago but had done some work to “suicide proof” its facilities, such as installing clothing hooks that collapse if too much weight










FBI photos show Anwar al-Awlaki day he spoke at Pentagon

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But in October of 2002, customs agents holding Awlaki at JFK airport were ordered by an FBI agent to release him. The cleric later went on to live in Yemen, ...












Prosecutors defend use of Schock staffer-turned-informant

McClatchy Washington Bureau-1 hour ago

Schock's attorneys also accused the FBI of using the informant to sidestep restrictions on what a federal agent can search and seize. Defen






Citizenfour' filmmaker learns why she endured airport stops


NYPD sergeant gets 28 years for sexual abuse of children
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 4:02 PM

Disgraced NYPD sergeant Alberto Randazzo, who a prosecutor called one of the worst child sex abusers ever to pass through Brooklyn federal court, was sentenced to 28 years. (ANTHONY DELMUNDO/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
A disgraced ex-NYPD sergeant who a prosecutor called one of the worst child sex abusers ever to pass through Brooklyn federal court was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

A judge sentenced Alberto Randazzo Wednesday after he pleaded guilty in July to receiving child pornography and conspiring with at least five women - sometimes the children’s own mothers - to sexually exploit the young victims.

Federal guidelines recommended Randazzo serve upwards of 80 years.

Though Brooklyn Federal Judge Pamela Chen called Randazzo's crimes “heinous and depraved,” she said 80 years was too severe. She let out a deep sigh before announcing the sentence length.

NYPD cop pleads guilty to boy sex abuse on Skype
Randazzo met the women on sites like Match.com and Ashelymadison.com, then groomed them to prey on children. Randazzo watched the abuse on Skype calls and traveled to hotel rooms at least twice in the hopes of watching the abuse up front.

The victims ranged from under 1 to 8 years old. The sick spree started as early as 2010 and ran through early 2013, prosecutors said, when Randazzo was a supervisor in the Midtown


FBI agent's teaching license suspended because of how he quit to join FBI

April 17, 2017 at 1:04 PM, updated April 17, 2017
WAYNE -- A former chemistry teacher lost his teaching license for one year because he didn't give enough notice when he quit his job to pursue a career with the FBI, the state recently ruled.

Chae Hyuk Im was required to give at least 60 days' notice before leaving his tenured position at Wayne Public Schools. He didn't, and as a result, the Office of the Commissioner of Education suspended his teaching certificates for one year in a decision dated April 6.

Hyuk Im initially asked the district to let him take a one-year leave of absence to enter FBI training. The district approved it, but he failed the required physical test and he told the district he would start the 2014-15 school year as usual.

But he was later offered another opportunity to enter FBI training and was accepted in October 2014. Hyuk Im again


Second Georgia officer fired for brutal attack on handcuffed man
Friday, April 14, 2017, 11:38 AM

Hours after a Georgia police officer was fired over a recording that caught him kicking a handcuffed man in the face, a second video emerged and prompted the dismissal of another officer.

The new clip sees a Gwinnett County police officer, identified as Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni, pulling over Demetrius Hollins just outside Atlanta early Wednesday evening.

Hollins can be seen exiting his vehicle with his hands raised when the 19-year police veteran — who also appears to have his weapon aimed — winds up and punches


After witness recants, Maine man jailed for 27 years gets released

April 13, 2017
PORTLAND, Maine— The key witness in a murder that sent a teenage boy to prison for 27 years recanted Thursday and accused authorities of coercing her testimony. The stunning declaration led a judge to set bail in the case, drawing a gasp from the packed courtroom and sending the defendant’s wife to her knees.

Tony Sanborn, who was convicted of killing his girlfriend, 16-year-old Jessica Briggs, dropped his head into his hands in apparent disbelief after Hope Cady testified that as a 13-year-old she was pressured by police and prosecutors into identifying Sanborn as the killer.

“They basically told me what to say,” Cady said.


Staten Island cop busted for smacking in-law in front of her kids
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, April 14, 2017, 8:40 AM


Secret ATF Account Paid for $21000 Nascar Suite and Las Vegas Trip
New York Times-Apr 11, 2017

ATF agents dipped into an off-the-books bank account for personal trips and other inappropriate expenses.

The New York Times found that agents used the money to take a trip to Las Vegas and rent a $21,000 suite at a Nascar race. One agent even used the money to donate to the school of one of his or her children.

The private bank account also was tapped to finance undercover operations, possibly violating laws prohibiting governme


Fired Georgia cops must be arrested, tried and convicted

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, April 15, 2017


A Hardboiled Snub for J. Edgar Hoover
Daily Beast
The long-time head of the FBI take not take insults well, and most people were too intimidated to try. But the creator of Philip Marlowe was made of tougher stuff.


Police's blood-splattered past brought to light in new shootings ...
Houston Chronicle-
HPD ruled the shooting justified, but it is not documented in the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, or UCR, database of justified police shootings.


Retired Army general charged for rape of minor in 1980s
BSunday, April 16, 2017, 3:55 PM

Retired Army Maj. Gen. James Grazioplene faces multiple charges of rape. (U.S. ARMY)
A retired Army general who worked in the Pentagon has been hit with multiple rape charges for the alleged assault of at least one minor three decades ago


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New poll shows Texas Republicans hold unfavorable view towards FBI

Joshua Peguero
Posted: Jun 30, 2017 10:42 PM CDT


Barrett Brown reveals DOJ subpoena over payment records for Intercept column

David Gilmour— June 30 at 7:10AM | Last updated June 30 at 7:18AM


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FBI Employees Wear ‘Comey Is My Homey’ Shirts To Family Day

The show of support appears to challenge Trump’s claim of an unpopular former director.


India launches new single nationwide tax


, June 30, 2017, 9:28 PM

DEA agent pleads guilty to stealing confiscated funds
Federal Times-
DEA agent pleads guilty to stealing confiscated funds ... Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco and Michael Tompkins, FBI special agent in charge.


Border Patrol agent who sexually assaulted girl sentenced to 2 years in prison

Posted: Jun 29, 2017 06:10 PM MDT


Deputy remains behind bars on child porn charges

Detectives say they recovered a cell phone and laptop with 30 pictures and videos of child pornography-- some showing children engaged in sex acts with adults.
“Every time we log onto the internet, we’re leaving a foot print," said Stuart Kaplan, a former FBI agent, who's now an attorney based in Palm Beach Gardens.


Federal Law Enforcement Arrested for Trading in Child Rape

From the US Mint Police to the Amtrack Police, there are far more federal law enforcement agencies than most people realize. At last count, by the US Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2008, there were 73 federal law enforcement agencies employing approximately 120,000 full-time law enforcement officers, 84.5 percent of whom are men, with legal authority to make arrests and carry firearms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) employed four out of every five federal law enforcement officers.
Because the US government is not keeping statistics on child pornography arrests and prosecutions, in particular of their own employees, to gather comprehensive data on all arrests of federal law enforcement officers is difficult. It would require examining annual Inspector General reports for every agency, filing numerous freedom of information requests, and reading, case by case, through thousands of federal child pornography prosecution documents available on PACER. Without institutional support, I haven’t been able to conduct this kind of necessary research. Instead, I’ve profile only 43 federal law enforcement employees arrested on child pornography related charges. It was noticeably more difficult to locate photographs of federal law enforcement officers than of local and state police or professors.
Department of Justice (DOJ)
In 2015, DOJ released, “The Handling of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct by the Department’s Law Enforcement Components,” detailing cases from 2009–2012 among federal law enforcement agencies under DOJ’s supervision.
The report begins with this disclaimer:
“The OIG’s ability to conduct this review was significantly impacted and delayed by the repeated difficulties we had in obtaining relevant information from both the FBI and DEA…. Initially, the FBI and DEA refused to provide the OIG with unredacted information that was responsive to our requests… despite the fact that the OIG is authorized under the Inspector General Act to receive such information. After months of protracted discussions with management at both agencies, the DEA and FBI provided the information without extensive redactions; but we found that the information was still incomplete. Ultimately, based on a review of information in the OIG Investigations Division databases, we determined that a material number of allegations from both DEA and FBI were not included in the original responses to our request for the information. We were also concerned by an apparent decision by DEA to withhold information regarding a particular open misconduct case. The OIG was not given access to this case file information until several months after our request, and only after the misconduct case was closed. Once we became aware of the information, we interviewed DEA employees who said that they were given the impression that they were not to discuss this case with the OIG while the case remained open. The OIG was entitled to receive all such information from the outset, and the failure to provide it unnecessarily delayed our work. Therefore, we cannot be completely confident that the FBI and DEA provided us with all information relevant to this review. As a result, our report reflects the findings and conclusions we reached based on the information made available to us.”
DOJ supervises the United States Marshals Service (USMS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Arrests of federal law enforcement under DOJ’s supervision, on child pornography related charges, include:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
John Kenoyer, the late former FBI Bureau Chief in Augusta, Maine was

John Kenoyer
indicted, March 1986, on child sex abuse charges. Kenoyer had been raping, his children’s ten year old babysitter for over a year. He broke bond and went into hiding after his indictment. Kenoyer was located February 1987, and pleaded guilty to nine charges in June 1987 and was sentenced, September 1987, to nine months in jail followed by two years of house arrest. Kenoyer requested, and was approved by Maine Judge Donald Alexander, to spend his house arrest at Villa Apartments in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho; a complex with a swimming pool, jacuzzi and tennis court. Idaho; however, refused to accept Maine’s sex offender.
Keith Dietterle, a 28 year old FBI Analyst, was arrested, 23 November 2012,

Keith Dietterle
on child pornography charges. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced, 11 September 2013, to more than three years in prison. Dietterle was caught when he sent child sex abuse images/videos to an undercover Washington DC Metro Police (MPD). The MPD officer was posing as a man sexually abusing his 3 year old nephew and 12 year old daughter. Dietterle described the rape of the children as “So hot man … how’d it start?” and discussed meeting the detective to abuse the three year old boy. Upon his arrest, the FBI terminated Dietterle’s employment. Dietterle is a registered sex offender.
Brian Haller, a 40 year old cyber-security expert contractor with the FBI,

Brian Haller
was arrested, 13 April 2015, on child pornography charges. He was sentenced, 8 April 2016, to two days and one night in jail followed by ten years of supervised release.
Haller was caught in the FBI’s bust of a child rape website called PlayPen. At the time of his arrest he had over 600 files of child sex abuse. His on-line name was “jb” short for “jailbait.” Haller told investigators he liked to watch the abuse of children 12 to 14 years old and also younger children, including a 40-minute video in his possession showing the sexual abuse of an 11 year old girl. Haller was lead for the Seattle, Washington FBI/private-sector cyber-security group. He had access to a secure FBI on-line platform and email system.
Donald Sachtleben, a 54 year old former FBI Agent was arrested, 14 May

Donald Sachtleben
2012, and charged on child pornography charges. He pleaded guilty to distribution and possession and was sentenced, 14 November 2013, to eight years in prison. He was also sentenced to charges of disclosing and possessing classified information. At the time of his arrest, Sachtleben was Director of Training at the Center for Improvised Explosives at Oklahoma State University. He was employed with the FBI from 1983 to 2008, as a bomb technician and counter-terrorism investigator. Sachtleben had been using the handle pedodave69@yahoo.com when he was caught sending images of child sex abuse. He wrote, “Saw your profile on (a file sharing network). Hope you like these and can send me some of ours (sic). I have even better ones if you like.”
Samuel Kaplan, a 64 year old FBI information technology program manager, was arrested and pleaded guilty, 3 June 2010, to child pornography possession. Kaplan was sentenced, 27 August 2010, to just under four years in jail followed by 15 years of supervised release. Kaplan worked in the FBI’s Chantilly, Virginia office and used “the FBI’s network to facilitate sexually explicit communications.” He was also trading in child rape from his home computer.
Michael Peluso, a 44 year old FBI Civilian Analyst with an undercover unit in

Critical Incident Response Group, was arrested, 9 January 2015, on child pornography charges. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced, 27 May 2016, to no jail time and supervised parole for life.
Peluso was caught trading child rape on-line by an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce investigation.
United States Marshals Service (USMS)
Christopher W. McKee, a 37 year old intelligence analyst with the US

Christopher McKee
Marshals, was arrested on three counts of child pornography. McKee pleaded guilty, April 2013, and was sentenced, 15 August 2013, to five years probation with no jail time. McKee maintained a collection of child sex abuse on CDs labelled “teens” and “teen sluts” in his Arlington, Virginia office and also

Christopher McKee’s Statement of Facts
traded in child rape from his government computer. He had downloaded thousands of images/video of child sex abuse. The US Marshals allowed him to resign. McKee is a registered sex offender.
Michael D. Rivera, a 29 year old Deputy US Marshal, was arrested on more than 20 charges including child pornography charges. He pleaded guilty,

Michael Rivera
20 January 2017. In February 2017, he was convicted, in North Dakota state court, of ten misdemeanors and cleared of 11 other charges. Rivera is being held in custody, pending sentencing, currently set in the state case for 13 June 2017, and 17 May 2017, for the federal charges. Rivera was caught for trading in child rape when he was discovered pushing his cell phone under dressing rooms in clothing store changing rooms where

Michael Rivera’s Plea Agreement
women and girls were undressing. Twenty-one girls and women were victims. When investigators searched Rivera’s home they found a laptop with sexual abuse of children as young as six years old. The US Marshal placed Rivera on unpaid suspension after his arrest.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Matthew Barnes, a 34 year old DEA Agent, was arrested, March 2012, on

Matthew Barnes’ Plea Agreement
child pornography charges. He pleaded guilty, June 2015, and was sentenced, August 2015, to just over 5 years in jail followed by five years of supervised release. Barnes was using his government computer to trade in child rape. Barnes was also a member of the Missouri National Guard. Barnes must register as a sex offender.
Darren Argento, a 47 year old, DEA Agent, was arrested, August 2010, for

Darren Argento
child pornography possession and distribution. He was sentenced, 17 August 2011, to 7 months in jail followed by five months of supervised release. At the time of his arrest, Argento had over 73,000 images and over 723 videos of child rape, including of children as young as seven years old. He was caught when he brought his personal laptop, filled with child rape, to the DEA office and asked an IT employee for help backing up files. The IT expert reported the child pornography. Argento is listed as a registered sex offender.
James Patrick Burke, a 39 year old DEA Agent, was arrested, 14 August 2015, on child pornography charges. He pleaded guilty, 2 June 2016, and was sentenced, 6 April 2017, to seven years in jail followed by 15 years of supervised release. At the time of his arrest, Burke had over 2,760 images/videos of the rape and torture of children, including infants and toddlers and children being raped when bound and gagged. Burke must register as a sex offender.
Scott Whitcomb, a 48 year old DEA Agent, was arrested, December 2011,

Scott Whitcomb
on child pornography production charges. He was sentenced, July 2011, to 25 years in jail. Whitcomb had been producing and distributing sex abuse of boys under sixteen years old since 2007. He lured boys to his house with video games and pornography magazines and then, often violently, sexually abused the boys. He had been an Air Marshal, a police officer and a prison guard before joining the DEA.
Department of Homeland Security
Homeland has refused to maintain, and make public, records of employee misconduct. No one knows how many Homeland Security employees have been arrested on child pornography charges. In response to Senator Grassley’s constant requests for information, Homeland’s Inspect General, in 2014, reported that five employees under Homeland’s supervision had been arrested between 1 April 2014–30 September 2014. That information, without any details of the arrests, is listed here.
The following agencies are under the supervision of Homeland Security: Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Coast Guard (USCG), Secret Service (SS), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Samples of child pornography related arrests include:


Former FBI agent arrested on child pornography charges
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - Federal investigators have arrested 54-year-old Donald Sachtleben, an Oklahoma State University visiting professor with an FBI career spanning 25 years, for child pornography charges.

Investigators said they were led to Sachtleben last fall when they found a computer of an Illinois man who was arrested for trading child porn. Data from that computer were traced back to Sachtleben, who allegedly had 30 images and video files of child pornography.

His attorney, Kathleen Sweeney, told The Associated Press that a not guilty plea was entered Monday. According to his LinkedIn profile, Sachtleben served as a bomb technician for the FBI between 1983 and 2008. Sweeney said he was involved in the Oklahoma City bombing and Unabomber investigations. He had a distinguished career with no suggestion of any inappropriate behavior.

Sachtleben is jailed and awaiting a hearing on Thursday. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography.


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Smoke Blankets Western North America, 106 F Temps in Portland, Flash Northern Plains Drought Threatens U.S. Wheat Crop
The climate change related impacts from continued fossil fuel burning just keep on ramping up.

Last Thursday, the mercury struck 106 degrees Fahrenheit in Portland, Oregon. The reading, just one degree shy of the hottest temperature ever recorded for the city, came after the thermometer soared to the 103 F mark on Wednesday. The extreme heat prompted some locals to re-name the typically wet and cool city — ‘Hotlandia’ — even as a broader severe heatwave blanketed most of the U.S. West.

(Smoke covers large portions of the U.S. West following record heat in many locales. Image source: NASA Worldview.)

During the weekend, the heat shifted north and east — thrusting 90+ degree (F) temperatures into British Columbia where severe wildfires have been raging throughout the summer. As a result, fire intensity spiked once again and great plumes of smoke today blanketed hundreds of miles of western sky.

In total, more than 575,000 hectares have burned in British Columbia so far this year. This is about 6 six times the average rate of wildfire burning for a typically wet and cool region. An intensification of the fire regime that came on as temperatures warmed, climates changed, and indigenous plants found themselves thrust into conditions outside those they’re adapted to.

The extreme heat was brought on by the kind of combined Pacific Ocean warming and upper level high pressure ridge amplification that some researchers have linked to human-caused climate change. And the overall impacts of the system have been as outlandish as they are notable.

(Extreme heat blankets the U.S. on Thursday, August 3rd. Image source: The National Weather Service.)

Further east, the high plains have suffered from extraordinarily dry conditions throughout spring and summer. Since April, rainfall totals have been reduced by 50 percent or more. The drying began with the start of growing season and has continued on through early August. After a rapid intensification during recent weeks, 62 percent of North Dakota and 38 percent of Montana are now blanketed by severe drought conditions or worse.

The drought’s center mass is near the Missouri River Basin — a primary water shed for the northern plains states. Since April, these key regions have seen as little as one quarter the usual precipitation amount. This equals the driest growing season ever recorded for some locations. And overall conditions are about as bad as they have been at any time in the past 100 years.

The result has been the emergence of a very intense flash drought. One of a type that has become more common as atmospheric temperatures have increased and as evaporation from waters and soils has intensified. At Lodgepole Montana, the heat and drought were enough to ignite a 422 square mile wildfire. Covering an area 1/3 the size of Rhode Island, the fire is Montana’s largest blaze since 1910. The fire is now, thankfully, 98 percent contained. More worrisome, the massive blaze is now accompanied by 9 smaller sister fires throughout the state. And all before the peak of fire season.

(Flash drought — a new phenomenon brought on by human-forced climate change — emerges in Montana. Image source: The US Drought Monitor and Grist.)

But perhaps the worst of the drought-related damage has impacted the region’s wheat crops. And reports now indicate that fully half of the Northern Plains wheat crop is presently under threat. Overall current damage estimates for the Northern Plains drought alone are spiking above 1 billion dollars and states are now seeking emergency funding from a relief pool that the Trump Administration recently cut.

But regardless of Trump’s views on climate change or his related lack of preparedness, the damages and risks just continue mounting. Montana resident Sarah Swanson recently noted in Grist:

“The damage and the destruction is just unimaginable. It’s unlike anything we’ve seen in decades.”

Sadly, with atmospheric carbon levels in the range of 407 ppm CO2 and 492 ppm CO2e, and with fossil fuel burning still continuing, these kinds of devastating droughts, heatwaves, and fires will just keep on getting worse.


NASA Worldview

The US Drought Monitor

The National Weather Service

The National Interagency Fire Center

Portland Heatwave

Flash Drought Could Devastate Half the U.S. Wheat Harvest

Drought Spreads Across U.S. Plains

Western Heatwave Breaks Records Across Oregon and Washington

Canada’s Interagency Fire Center


“We Will Shoot Back”
The Natchez Model and Paramilitary Organization in the Mississippi Freedom Movement
Akinyele Omowale Umoja First Published January 1, 2002 Research Article
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Between 1965 and 1979, economic boycotts were a principal form of insurgency for Black activists in Mississippi. After 1964, in several communities, the boycott of White-owned commerce became the primary tactic utilized by human rights forces to disrupt the system of segregation. These boycotts relied upon paramilitary organization to protect the activities and leadership of the Mississippi freedom movement and the Black community in general and to sanction anyone in the Black community who wished to violate the boycott. This paradigm of economic boycotts supported by paramilitary organization was first utilized in 1965 in Natchez. Natchez is a commercial center in southwest Mississippi. The combination of economic boycott with armed resistance posed an effective coercive campaign to pressure the local White power structure for concessions demanded by the movement. The insurgent model of Natchez was replicated throughout the state, particularly in Black communities of southwest Mississippi.

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Vol 32, Issue 3, 2002
Table of Contents


Will a solar eclipse end the Trump administration?
So says a prominent astrologer.

Judge has no comment about pedophile organization
arresting pedophiles.
For that matter neither do taxpayers.


In global porn probe, Minnesota federal judge calls FBI search unconstitutional, but says evidence can stay
But federal judge upholds evidence gathered against a Minnesota suspect.

  AUGUST 8, 2017 — 9:17AM

A worldwide FBI search of hundreds of computers purportedly used to access a secretive child pornography website was unconstitutional, Minnesota’s chief federal judge wrote on Monday.

But the judge refused to throw out evidence that resulted from the search and that was used to prosecute a man from Coleraine, Minn., after he found no signs of FBI misconduct in the probe.

U.S. District Judge John Tunheim rejected a magistrate judge’s recommendation to suppress evidence and statements made by suspect Terry Lee Carlson during the FBI’s controversial investigation into Playpen, a “dark web” child pornography network that once counted 150,000 users.

Carlson, who is awaiting trial on 11 child pornography counts, became one of more than 900 people arrested around the world in a takedown that has produced dozens of court challenges.

Tunheim noted that a three-judge panel in the Eighth Circuit reversed an Iowa judge’s decision to throw out evidence in a case that also stemmed from the FBI’s “Operation Pacifier.”

Tunheim’s decision mirrored numerous other federal court rulings in concluding that agents unconstitutionally exceeded the scope of a Virginia search warrant. The FBI deployed a “network investigative technique (NIT),” described by some as a form of malware, to gather IP addresses and other information on users of the porn website, which formed the backbone of federal criminal cases like Carlson’s and those of at least three other Minnesotans.

But, citing a Supreme Court precedent, Tunheim wrote that because the FBI “acted in good faith and generally followed proper procedures in requesting and executing the warrant,” evidence gathered against Carlson can stand.

The FBI arrested the operator of Playpen in 2015 and seized the website’s server. But it kept a copy of the website running while deploying its NIT to target hundreds of users around the country based on a search warrant signed by a Virginia magistrate judge.

In his March opinion recommending that Tunheim strike evidence from a pair of searches in 2015 and 2016 and statements Carlson made to agents, U.S. Magistrate Judge Franklin Noel also questioned the FBI’s decision to keep a copy of Playpen running, writing that “in essence, the FBI facilitated the victimization of minor children and furthered the commission of a more serious crime.”


Prosecutors move to dismiss charges against former Scout leader

January 3, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. --Federal prosecutors have moved to dismiss charges against a retired FBI agent who was indicted on child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader, in response to the death of his accuser.

William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested in February on charges he enticed a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.

Edward Rodgers was in charge of investigating cases of Child Abuse at the FBI

THE DENVER POST - Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire
May 17, 1990
Sisters win sex lawsuit vs. dad $2.3 million given for years of abuse
By Howard Prankratz
Denver Post Legal Affairs Writer

Two daughters of former state and federal law enforcement official Edward Rodgers were awarded $2.319,400 yesterday, after a Denver judge and jury found that the women suffered years of abuse at the hands of their father.

The award to Sharon Simone, 45, and Susan Hammond, 44, followed testimony of Rodgers’ four daughters in person or through depositions, describing repeated physical abuse and sexual assaults by their father from 1944 through 1965.

Rodgers, 72, who became a child abuse expert after retiring from the FBI and joining the colorado Springs DA’s office, failed to appear for the trial. But in a deposition taken in March, Rodgers denied ever hitting or sexually abusing his children.

FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse

Tuesday February 17, 2004 11:46

The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for what became a two-decade career.

John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court in Fort Worth, Texas, after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.

Monday August 8, 2005 Longtime FBI agent sentenced to prison on child porn count

BOISE, Idaho
A longtime FBI agent who helped arrest mountain-man Claude Dallas and was involved in a deadly 1984 siege involving white supremacists in Washington state is going to prison for 12 months after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

William Buie, 64, of Boise, most recently worked as an investigator for the Idaho attorney general's office.

February 22, 2007

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. A F.B.I. analyst has been sentenced to seven years in prison for having sex with a young girl in Spotsylvania County.
Forty-four-year-old Anthony John Lesko entered an Alford plea yesterday in Spotsylvania County Circuit Court to nine counts of felony indecent liberties upon a child. An Alford plea means Lesko doesn't admit guilt but believes there is enough evidence for a conviction.
Authorities say Lesko engaged in a sex act with her nine times, beginning when she was nine years old.
According to the plea, Lesko said he was a victim in the case. He said the girl initiated the contact.

FBI Agent Accused Of Masturbating In Public

May 25, 2007 09:02 PM
FBI Agent Accused Of Masturbating In Public

Posted by, Marissa Pasquet KOLD News 13 News Editor

FBI Special Agent Ryan Seese, 34, is facing sex offense charges after a cleaning woman said she found him masturbating in a women's lavatory on campus, according to a University of Arizona police spokesman.

FBI agent arrested on child sexual assault charge

January 15, 2008 6:14 PM ET

An FBI agent is under arrest in Pueblo for investigation of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust.

Authorities say 53-year-old David Allan Johnson is being held in the Pueblo County jail today on a $100,000 bail.

Former Great Falls FBI agent sentenced on child sex charges

Jan 23, 2008

A man from Great Falls who's accused of sexually assaulting five underage

girls will be spending the next 10 years behind bars.

Stanley Perkins, 64, changed his plea to guilty after police began investigating him for child molestation in August 2006.

The former educator, who also served two years as an FBI agent, was sentenced on one count of felony


FBI Woman agent  Accused Of Sexually Harassing Indian Terror Suspect

An Indian suspect being probed in the wider conspiracy to stage the November terrorist attacks in Mumbai has accused a woman officer of the FBI of sexually abusing him during his interrogation, Indian news reports said on Monday.

Amazing that a public agency funded with your tax dime has no accountability to the voters and taxpayers when it comes to sex crimes committed against children.

see link for full story




Mystery Over FBI Agent's Firing

Government shrouds details of why top child porn prober got canned

Posted May 18, 2010
see link for full story


State Dismisses Charges Against Local FBI Agent

Monday, August 14, 2006


Sterling Pace was charged with two counts of soliciting a prostitute and two counts of obstructing



His trial began Monday morning. But after the state's first witness testified, the prosecution and defense worked out a deal, and the state filed a mistrial.


According to the agreement, as long as Pace resigns from the FBI, and pays court costs, prosecutors won't bring charges up against him. He also can't work in law enforcement ever again.

Here you have FBI agents protecting a Congressman involved with pedophilia. FBI message to Congress, you protect us we protect you.



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Report Faults F.B.I. Action in Page Case



New York Times

January 23, 2007


WASHINGTON The Federal Bureau of Investigation should have acted to protect teenage pages in Congress when it initially learned last July that a Florida congressman had sent disturbing e-mail messages to a former page, an internal Justice Department report issued Monday concluded.





see link for full story




Whistleblower seeks probe into N.D. child abuse cases

November 5, 2003


WASHINGTON - The FBI whistleblower who accused agents of stealing a Tiffany crystal globe from the World Trade Center ruins is going public with new allegations that the bureau mishandled a child sexual abuse complaint by failing to interview the victim.

Posted April 30, 2010


Thursday, October 11, 2007




FBI Agent Charged in Assault at Concert


An FBI agent has been arrested and charged with assault and battery in connection with an incident during a concert, Prince William County police said yesterday.


Chad Gallagher, 30, a special agent, is charged with assaulting a 27-year-old female employee at Nissan Pavilion on Saturday night, police said.


FBI agent, pedophile find unlikely love online
APRIL 5, 2007

When Special Agent Olivia Martinez started a sting operation to catch online sex predator Karl Bute Jnr, she thought it would be a routine assignment. She never suspected that the man she was entrapping would end up entrapping her heart.

The relationship had an inauspicious beginning. “My first impression was that he was a repellent, dangerous child sex offender who had shown no remorse for his crimes,” said Martinez. “So I was surpised to find myself looking forward to our little chats.”

 “I was getting really tired of traditional dating, and kept going out with selfish egomaniacs. So to have someone be really interested in me for a change – what my hopes for the future were, what kind of clothes I liked, the route I took home from school – was really refreshing,” she says.

The rapport they had developed in cyberspace didn’t diminish when it came time to bring Bute into custody. “I wasn’t expecting someone so, well, adorable,” she said. “He looked so vulnerable being led away in handcuffs. He even brought some flowers, which was a sweet touch. So many of these pervs bring nothing more than a roll of duct-tape.”

Bute, a petty criminal with a string of convictions for theft and indecent assault, was wary at first. “I generally don’t like police,” he says. But the two developed a natural rapport in the interview room that went beyond run-of-the-mill interrogation.

“It’s the little things, you know? Asking if I need a cigarette or a cup of coffee while I’m waiting for my attorney. Being the good cop in ‘good cop, bad cop’. Although she can definitely be ‘bad cop’ too,” says Bute with a wry chuckle.

“She’s a cop, and I’m a perp, so there’s definitely an element of ‘opposites attract’,” says the former Little League coach. “But we also have common interests, like surveillance operations. I don’t really think of her as being ‘Special Agent’ – she’ll always be Strawberry_13 to me.”

Martinez says she’s “not 100% happy” with what she calls Bute’s “lifestyle choices”, but says she’s trying to take things one day at a time. “Everyone has some little things about their partner they’d like to change.”

While Bute’s ongoing trials may throw a spanner in the works, the couple say that they can see a bright future together. “Karl says he can see kids down the track,” says Martinez.

“But only with binoculars,” Bute adds.

Read more at http://www.chaser.com.au/general-news/fbi-agent-pedophile-find-unlikely-love-online/#uCxIi6jMJU2DGgLj.99

Prosecutors move to dismiss charges against former Scout leader

January 3, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. --Federal prosecutors have moved to dismiss charges against a retired FBI agent who was indicted on child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader, in response to the death of his accuser.

William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested in February on charges he enticed a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.


FBI agent arrested on child sexual assault charge

January 15, 2008 6:14 PM ET

PUEBLO, Colo. An FBI agent is under arrest in Pueblo for investigation of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust.

Authorities say 53-year-old David Allan Johnson is being held in the Pueblo County jail today on a $100,000 bail


Former FBI agent files petition to enter guilty plea for child pornography charges

POSTED 1:59 PM, APRIL 10, 2013,

A local former Federal Bureau of Investigación (FBI) agent arrested on child pornography charges filed a petition to enter a guilty plea.

Donald Sachtleben was arrested in May 2012, following an investigation into the distribution of child pornography.  Authorities said they were able to trace online activity back to Sachtleben’s Carmel home.

According to court documents, Sachtleben hid behind the email ‘pedodave69@yahoo.com’ and openly traded child porn. In one email he attached nine images of child pornography and child erotica and wrote:

“Saw your profile… Hope you like these and can send me some of (y)ours. I have even better ones if you like.”

Police obtained a search warrant on May 3.  During an initial forensic examination of Sachtleben’s laptop computer, approximately 30 images and video files containing child pornography were reportedly discovered.

Sachtleben, a Northwestern University graduate, worked for the FBI from 1983 until his retirement in 2008.


FBI Official Gets Six Years
19-Year Veteran Tortured Girlfriend

Thursday, March 13, 2008

In a courtroom crowded with his friends from law enforcement, a former FBI official was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison for torturing his girlfriend at knifepoint and gunpoint during a six-hour ordeal in her Crystal City high-rise apartment.

Carl L. Spicocchi, 55, a 19-year FBI veteran who had run the Toledo office and was on temporary assignment in Washington, pleaded guilty in Arlington County Circuit Court last year to two felony counts of abduction and using a firearm in the Aug. 23 attack.

"This obviously was a horrific crime," Circuit Court Judge James F. Almand said. "It requires a substantial sentence and a substantial amount of time."

Almand sentenced Spicocchi to 10 years in prison, suspending four of them.

Spicocchi, who is married, believed his girlfriend was dating another man and attacked her in a jealous rage, according to court records. But the girlfriend, who said she was too fearful of Spicocchi to appear in court yesterday, said in a statement that she was not unfaithful.

"He thought she was cheating on him, but she wasn't," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Lisa Bergman. The attack "came completely out of the blue," Bergman said.

In the statement, read by Bergman, the woman gave this account: When she came home that day, she found Spicocchi hiding in a closet, armed with a gun and a 10-inch knife. He stripped her and wrapped her in tape, then dragged her around the apartment by her hair. He forced the gun into her mouth and held the knife to her throat. He beat her repeatedly. He told her that he would cut open her veins and that, because of his training, he knew how long it would take the blood to drain from her body.

"He said I had met my match," she said in the statement.

He told her that he planned to kill her and that she would soon join her father, who had died 10 months earlier. He said that he would write a check for $100,000 from her account and flee to South America after she was dead and that he had a plane ticket for a 6 a.m. flight.

Finally, the woman said, she escaped by running into the hall and screaming for help. "The attack on me was unprovoked," she said in her statement. "I feel lucky to have escaped the monster."

She said Spicocchi had told her he had been divorced for 4 years

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Nov 26, 2014
Police Trading in Child Rape & Torture

Gilberto Valle, a 30 year old now former New York City police officer whose on-line name was Girlmeat Hunter, was convicted in March of 2013 of conspiracy to kidnap and illegal access of a federal government database. As a police officer Valle had engaged in on-line arrangements with a man who offered Valle his 3 year old stepdaughter as a sex slave and his two nieces, age 7 and 9, for rape. Valle also discussed plans to murder his wife, saying he would tie up her feet, slit her throat and watch the blood rush from her body.
Valle’s wife had installed spyware on their home computer and discovered his on-line activity. She gave the computer to the FBI and fled the state with their one year old baby. Valle’s computer was “loaded with crime-scene pictures of dead and mutilated women, twisted images of women being tortured and sexually assaulted.”
Valle illegally accessed the encrypted National Crime Information Database to research kidnapping targets. He had over 100 potential victims including names, photos, birth dates and bra sizes. Valle claimed, in chat sessions, that he was “drafting and revising an operation plan to abduct and cook an identified woman.” He had a file called “Abducting and Cooking: A Blueprint” and had downloaded chloroform recipes to subdue his victims.
In one on-line chat Valle said “I am aspiring to be a professional kidnapper.” A “client” asked Valle to kidnap and deliver a woman to be raped and murdered. Valle agreed to do so for $5,000 and said, “Just so that you know, she may be knocked out when I get her to you. I don’t know how long the solvent I am using will last but I have to knock her out to get her out of her apartment safely.” When the “client” tried to lower the price Valle said “I really need the money.” The “client” wrote “Just make sure she doesn’t die before I get her.”
Despite all this, last week Valle walked free. Judge Paul Gardephe overturned the 2013 conviction and gave Valle a misdemeanor charge and released him on time-served, twenty-one months, and one year supervised release. Prosecutors plan to appeal the decision. As for former New York City Police Officer Valle, he plans to become a criminal defense attorney and pursue visitation rights of his 3 year old daughter.
Gilberto Valle is Not the Exception
The extent of child rape, increasingly of very young children, in order to produce child porn has reached crisis levels in America.
American children are being trafficked, often by their own relatives, for sex abuse, and video or live-streaming production of that abuse, in staggering numbers.
But that is not the headline.
The headline is respected members of our communities appear to be heavily engaged as producers and consumers of child porn and all too often they, and not our children, are being protected.
I’ve been particularly concerned about men, and some women, in powerful positions in our national security structures. My argument has been the apparent numbers engaged in child porn compromises the security of our homeland.
In this article I overview the scope of state and local police who have been arrested for their participation in America’s criminal child porn industry. My next article will examine federal law enforcement.
When someone reports child porn and/or child sex abuse to law enforcement one expects action to be taken to protect the child and prosecute the perpetrator.
What happens when child sex abuse is reported to a police officer who is engaged in the child porn industry?
Search Method and Data Problems
As with my other articles, because law enforcement is either not collecting and/or not releasing information about child porn arrests and prosecutions, I have used simple Google and Twitter searches to locate public media reports of police officers arrested for child porn.
When I could easily locate original court documents, I supplemented the media reports; however, often the court documents are sealed or otherwise not easily accessible. At times, I called local police departments or prosecutors requesting, but not always receiving, follow-up information.
The reports I share here are, by no means, a comprehensive account of police arrested for child porn. These are, simply, what appears to be a very small representative sample. A snap-shot in time. They provide a sense of the scale of child porn use within police department across America; one that represents a serious national security issue for us all.
I organized the information by rank. If children are noted to be four years old or under I included these reports in the section on infant and toddler porn. Likewise, if child porn snuff was noted, I separated this into its own category.
Child Porn Snuff
• Chris Bowersox, a 38 year old Bakersfield, California police officer, was convicted and sentenced to four years for child porn possession. Bowersox was discovered by federal investigators on-line discussing raping, mutilating and killing young boys. In one chat session another pedophile wrote, “Every time I talk someone into rape, I always get a bit sad when they’re not into this.” Bowersox responded, “Oh, I’m … into it, big time.” In another chat, Bowersox discussed how to locate a child to rape, torture and kill for child porn snuff production. Username zdasher18 wrote “I know it can’t happen here, it’s got to be somewhere else with a bought kid or something. We’d definitely get caught if we did it here.” Bowersox replied, “Cambodia … Thailand … Mexico … deep deep Mexico.” Images of local high school boys were found on Bowersox’s computer. Upon his 2014 release for the child porn conviction, he almost immediately violated his parole by using on-line adult porn.
Infant and Toddlers
•John Casey, a 47 year old Police Officer with Greece, New York’s Police Department, and retired military, was arrested, 17 September 2014, and plead guilty, 27 March 2015, to one felony count of child porn possession. He was sentenced, 1 June 2015, to 2 years in federal prison and 10 years

John Casey
probation and will register as a sex offender. Casey was trading in the rape and torture of children that included infants.
• 51 year old David Bourque, formerly the Police Captain of Granby, Connecticut, was sentenced to ten years for child porn possession and distribution. He had more than 328,528 images and 4,000 videos on his police department computer including “sadistic and violent acts” against infants and toddlers. His “collection” was organized into more than 300 sub-folders named “photos — babies — men” and “6–10yo boys pics.” In this excerpt, originally from criminal complaint, Bourque is D for defendant.

David Bourque’s Criminal Complaint
Prosecutors said the images were “extremely disturbing; some are especially horrific” including: (1) a boy between 1 and 3 years old being raped by an adult male penis in the child’s anus, (2) a boy between 3 and 6 years old with a “penis of what appears to be an adult male pressed against the child’s anus” and (3) a child, less than a year old, “performing oral sex on an adult male.” Bourque showed “callous disregard” for the children being abused telling people to “enjoy” themselves and “have fun.”
Samples of his on-line chats, include this excerpt:

David Bourque is D for defendant
Bourque was a decorated officer with more than 31 years in law enforcement.
• Sheriff’s Deputy, 29 year old Benjamin Farson with Indiana’s Marion County Sheriff Department, was arrested in 2012, on seven counts of felony possession and distribution of child porn including the sex abuse of toddlers. He was a deputy at the Arrestee Processing Center in Indianapolis. Farson is currently awaiting a jury trial, scheduled for 10 March 2015, on all seven felony counts and remains free on bail.
• North Carolina Police Officer Steven Webb, formerly with Kannapolis Police Department, and his wife Tracy Webb, were arrested for sexually abusing children, producing and distributing this abuse. Kannapolis Police Chief had received a tip from an anonymous source. Child sex abuse images and videos found on the Webb’s home computers included children as young as three years old. Webb and his wife accepted a plea deal and were sentenced; ten years for Steven Webb and three years for Tracy Webb.
• Nelson Begay, 32 year old Albuquerque, New Mexico Police Officer, plead guilty to federal child porn charges and was sentenced to seven and half years. He had been arrested by Homeland Security agents. The criminal complaint notes that Begay possessed videos of the sex abuse of children as young as three years old. He said he tried to “quit viewing the videos several times, but failed.” Begay said he started using child porn while he was with the military deployed to Korea in 2005.
• Police Sergeant, 53 year old Jonathan N. Gamson, with Tampa, Florida’s police force plead guilty to child porn possession and was sentenced to four years and nine months. He was caught in part of Homeland Security’s Operation Gondola. He possessed images of the sex abuse of at least one “baby.” Other images included “a little girl was bound and blindfolded and then photographed while someone sexually assaulted her.” Investigators described another image as “sadistic” and “horrific” involving a little girl who was “hung by her wrists from the ceiling.” Investigators found child sex abuse images stored on Gamson’s home computer dating back to 2006. Gamson had worked in law enforcement for 25 years.
• Harris County, Texas Sheriff Deputy, 42 year old David Wayne Land, a former detention officer, was convicted of promotion and possession of child porn and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Land had more than 9,500 images and 62 videos of child sex abuse of children between the ages of 3 to 8 years old.
• Lieutenant Richard Lewis, with the Slaton, Texas Police, was charged with child porn possession and sentenced to nearly six years. Homeland Security investigated Lewis and seized his home and work computers. Lewis admitted downloading child sex abuse including one image that “showed a man with a young girl in a diaper.”
•Deputy Nick Moen, with Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department in Vermont, was charged, 9 January 2014, with three felony counts of promote sexual recording/visual, i.e. child pornography. On 6 January 2015, in a plea agreement, he plead guilty to all three counts.

Nick Moen
Judge Alison Arms sentenced Moen, 12 May 2015, to 3–12 years jail all of which were suspended except for 30 days. He will remain on probation for the 3–12 years and must register as a sex offender. Moen’s files included a nine year old girl giving her father “a Super Bj” and toddler sex abuse.

Nick Moen’s Criminal Complaint

Moen used Lemon Wire and the Gnutella peer-to-peer network to download and distribute child sex abuse and told investigators he masturbated to the torture of the children. He was fired from the Sheriff’s department in September 2013. The Sheriff said Moen’s termination was not based on misconduct saying Moen’s schedule “did not fit with the department’s needs.”
• Roger Byg, a retired 73 year old former Maricopa County Sheriff’s employee, who also served on the board, was charged with ten felony counts of child porn possession after investigators found “a large amount of images.” Investigators described the child sex abuse as “extremely disturbing” and included children as young as three years old. All charges against Byg were dropped in May 2014 due to Byg’s death.
• Maine State Police Chief, 73 year old Andrew Demers, now retired, was charged with child sex abuse, over many months, of his four year old granddaughter. He was sentenced, in a plea deal, to five years, one of which was suspended. Demers served 26 years with the Maine State Police and was chief from 1987 to 1993. In 2003, Demers, the most decorated officer in state police history, was named a “Legendary Trooper.” Maine State Police told Michael Doyle, of Falmouth Today, investigators did not believe probable caused had been met to ask for and/or obtain a search warrant to determine if Demers produced child porn of his abuse of his granddaughter and/or distributed/downloaded child sex abuse of other children.
• Kevin R. Duke, a 51 year old Reserve Deputy with East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff in Louisiana, was arrested, in 2009, on child porn charges including the rape of one year children. He was sentenced to five years probation.
Kevin Duke’s Offense Report detailing some of the videos he had downloaded.
Duke was pretending to be a 13 year old girl and distributing nude photos of a real 13 year old girl. Duke was caught when another man came under police investigation for masturbating on-line to the fake 13 year old girl profile, who was in reality, Duke.
Chiefs, Captains, Sheriffs and Colonels
• Brian Fanelli, 54 year old now former Police Chief of Mount Pleasant, New York, was arrested in January 2014 on child porn charges. He was suspended with pay and retired 10 April 2014. Mount Pleasant Police Department could not confirm or deny if Fanelli is receiving retirement benefits. Currently, Fanelli remains under house arrest awaiting sentencing. No sentencing date has been set. Fanelli had images and videos of the sex abuse of children as young as seven years old. He had down-loaded a video of a 10 and a 12 year old girl engaged in sex acts with each other and another video called “10 y touch pussy webcam.”
Brian Fanelli’s Criminal Complaint
The Homeland Special Agent leading the investigation said “The general public impression of people who commit these crimes is [that of] an unemployed pervert in his mother’s basement… That’s not our experience. We’re finding that the people who commit these crimes are educated professionals, people in many different fields, and unfortunately this is not the first law enforcement officer that we’ve arrested for this crime.”
• Chief William Jacobs, 50 year old Minneapolis Park Police and a lawyer, plead guilty to criminal sexual conduct and child porn possession. He was sentenced to 18 years in jail. Police arrested Jacobs in 2010 when a teenage boy reported Jacobs had sexually abused him over a three year period. Investigators discovered some 150,000 child sex abuse images at the Jacobs’ home. Seventeen other men came forward claiming sexual abuse by Jacobs between 1962 and 1980 when he was a police officer and a camp counselor. There may be up to 20 to 30 other victims. Jacobs admitted he had been molesting boys since he was 19 years old.
• Daniel Sayer, a 59 year old Captain with New York’s auxiliary police was arrested in 2012 on child porn charges. Sayer plead guilty, in a plea deal, to two felony counts and was given two, one year concurrent sentences, i.e., only a one year jail term. Sayer had a “massive” collection of images of the sex abuse of boys under 16 years old. His landlord contacted authorities after seeing child porn in Sayer’s moving boxes. Sayer owned and operated a youth sports program, from 1972–1998, called Dan’s Cougars Children’s Sports Club. He received an award from President Obama for his service. He is now a registered sex offender.
• LeLand Benson, 67 year old Myrtle Creek, Oregon Police Chief, was arrested on child porn charges and arraigned on ten counts in 2013. His final sentencing has been continued several times with the next hearing set for 15 December 2014. Benson joined law enforcement in 1970 with California’s Coos Bay Police Department, where he worked for 25 years before retiring. He then re-joined law enforcement in Oregon.
• Now former Police Chief, 44 year old Robert Geist, of Brecknock Township, Pennsylvania was arrested in December of 2013 on child porn charges. Geist was the “number one possessor and distributor of child porn” in Pennsylvania. He was caught sending child sex abuse images and videos to an undercover investigator including a file called “6Yo babyj – Bedtime rape.” When investigators arrived at his father’s home, where Geist was living, Geist was already destroying his hard drive; however, investigators were able to recover files. In January 2014 Geist waived his right to a hearing on the child porn charges in exchange for the prosecution dropping other charges. On 8 April 2014 he plead guilty to three child porn charges and remained free on bail until his sentencing, on 25 September 2014, when he received five years probation and 100 hours of community service.
• Fifty-five year old Edward T. Farmer, of Rutherford County Tennessee Sheriff’s Department, was arrested in February 2014 and indicted on eight child sexual abuse counts and one evidence tampering count. Farmer and his 28 year old girlfriend, Catrina McQuiston, raped two children over many months. Farmer was fired by Rutherford County Sheriff Department in 2005 for misuse of county property. At the time child porn was suspected on his work computer but no charges were filed. Farmer is a retired Army Colonel with 32 years of military service and a father of three children. He is currently free on bail pending trial. The trial, originally set for October 2014, has been continued. No new trial date has been set at this time. Farmer remains an actively practicing lawyer. The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility has not yet taken any public disciplinary action in this case.
• Police Chief, 39 year old Michael Meissner of Little River Academy Texas, was arrested on seven felony counts of child porn possession, aggravated promotion of prostitution, sexual performance by a child and engaging in organized criminal activity. Meissner was posing as a woman and luring boys to “sex parties” through fake social media accounts. He also solicited nude photos from boys. Many of his victims had arrest records and it appears he may have used police databases to target the children. Meissner had been under investigation in 2006 related to allegations of the sex abuse of a 15 year old boy. Charges in that case were dropped even though Meissner had been found altering his hard drive. In 2009 investigators recovered some 5,000 text messages and emails and photos that documented child sex abuse by Meissner. He was originally held on $1.5 million dollar bail at the Dallas County Jail but after a week he was released and all charges were dropped. Within months the lead investigating agency’s Police Chief resigned and the lead investigative officer, John Hoskins, was on “medical leave.” Meissner then sued Officer Hoskins. According to a local lawyer’s blog, “neither the Dallas County District Attorney nor the Tarrant County District Attorney are going to prosecute this guy.” Meissner had worked in 18 police departments in the last 20 years and had been a Police Chief in four small cities. He has been arrested at least four times and all charges have always been dropped.
Public Information Officers
• Officer William “Bud” Walker, Fairfax, Virginia (VA) County Police Department Spokesman and former school resource officer at South County High School in Lorton VA, was arrested, 15 April 2015, and charged with two counts of child pornography possession.
William Walker, Fairfax County Police Officer
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip from Tumblr that child pornography being uploaded on its servers. These were traced to Walker’s home. Fairfax PD placed Walker administrative leave with pay and he, later, resigned his position. Walker has been out free on $15,000 bond pending his next court date of 17 June 2015. He was a Fairfax County Officer for fifteen years.
Deputies, Lieutenants and Sergeants
•Sgt. Bradley Wax, a 54 year old officer with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), was arrested, 23 April 2014, on 38 counts of child pornography possession.
Bradley Wax
Although NOPD placed Wax on emergency suspension without pay when he was first arrested, a year later investigative journalists found Wax still on the force at NOPD headquarters. As of 26 Mary 2015 Wax remained free on bail pending sentencing and an active officer with NOPD.
•Brian McAlexander, a 54 year old Lieutenant with the Bedford, Virginia Police Department, resigned his position, 27 April 2015, after he came under investigation by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for suspected child porn use.
Brian McAlexander
As of 9 June 2015 the investigation was still on-going and no charges had been brought. McAlexander had been on the Bedford Police Department’s force for 25 years.
•Alan C. Vigiard, a 46 year old Sergeant with the Adams Police Department in Massachusetts, who served as a child exploitation officer, plead guilty to 10 counts of child porn and was sentenced to two years in jail. Vigiard was caught viewing child porn at work on a police computer. He was spending, on average, one to six hours per shift viewing pornography, including child pornography, and was caught masturbating in the evidence room.
•Todd Tripp, a 24 year old now former Deputy with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana, was arrested, for a second time, on 8 October 2013, on 304 counts of child porn. On 26 March 2015 Tripp was arrested for the fourth time and charged with new child porn possession charges involving a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor.
Todd Trip
Tripp’s initial arrest was 10 September 2013. Tripp was then arrested again on 8 October and 7 November 2013 for total charges of 306 counts of possession of child pornography, computer-aided solicitation of a minor, carnal knowledge of a juvenile and indecent behavior with a juvenile.
Tripp was fired from the Sheriff’s office when he was first arrested on child porn and indecent behavior with a child charges. Tripp was out on $125,000 bail until his March arrest. On 30 March 2015 his bond was revoked and he was being held without bond.
• Deputy Director of Kansas’ Bureau of Investigation and former assistant attorney general, 58 year old Kyle G. Smith, was arrested in February 2014 on one count of child sexual exploitation and two counts of interfering with law enforcement. Smith was caught when he emailed a photo of a “teenager crouched in a position exposing her breasts and genitalia” to his secretary who alerted authorities. He plead guilty to one charge of child sexual exploitation and, as part of a plea, the other two charges were dropped. On 28 May 2014 Smith was sentenced by Judge Kingfisher who gave Smith a jail sentence of 2.6 years and then ruled that the “court suspends execution of sentence of imprisonment and places defendant on 36 months supervised probation.” The Kansas Supreme Court disbarred Smith in October 2014.
• Raymond Gonzales, a 50 year old Deputy Sheriff in Pueblo County Colorado, was arrested for sexual exploitation of a child and child porn possession. He was caught when he left, by mistake, a thumb drive with 7,000 images of child sex abuse on his work computer. In 2013 he was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
• Sgt. Dennis Craig Bell, a 55 year old veteran with the US Capitol Police, was arrested for child porn possession and distribution. Bell had downloaded “hundreds of images” of child sex abuse, including of children under 12 years old, on his work and home computers. He had been an officer with the US Capitol Police for 27 years. Bell was sentenced to five years in jail.
• Former Florida Vero Beach Police Officer and Indian River County Sheriff’s Deputy, 55 year old James H. Scharfschwerdt, was found guilty of sexual battery of boys between the ages of 12 and 16. He was given a life sentence. Five men testified Scharfschwerdt molested them when they were boys in the 1980s when he was a police officer. In 1988 accusations surfaced that Scharfschwerdt was molesting boys. He was suspended from the Police Department. A jury found him not guilty. Scharschwerdt moved to St. Augustine and was arrested in 2010 for new child sex abuse charges.
• Polk County Florida Detention Deputy, 45 year old Robin Pagoria, was arrested, in 2011, and charged with multiple counts of possession, production and promotion of child porn. In 2013 she was sentenced to 20 years in jail in a plea deal. Pagoria had been producing child porn of girls, as young as ten years old, under her supervision whom she handcuffed naked to a homemade torture table and whipped with a leather “sex whip,” a cane and a “sex paddle.” The children sustained hemorrhaging and lacerations and were subject to abuse multiple times over months. She shared the videos, which she focused on the children’s genitals, with her on-line boyfriend and also on a website called SpankFinders. In the videos the children are screaming and begging her to stop. Pagoria said she got sexual gratification from the abuse. She is a former Marine and spent 26 years in the Marine Corps before joining the Sheriff’s office.
• Christopher Thomas Davis, a 32 year old Sheriff’s Deputy with Georgia’s White County Sheriff Department, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for child porn production involving the sex abuse of a 6 year old girl. Investigators also found “several hundred additional images” of child sex abuse on his home computer and external hard drives.
• A Deputy Sheriff with the jail division, 68 year old Harry Parris, in Fayette County Georgia, was sentenced to five years in jail for accessing child porn on his work computer. The Sheriff’s Information Technology staff discovered Parris’ illegal activity.
• Former Deputy Marshall, 31 year old Derek D. Walton, was arrested and plead guilty to two child porn counts. He was sentenced, in June 2014, to 16 years in federal prison. He had been sexually abusing children for child porn production and distributing child porn from his work computer in the Franklin County Security Center. Investigators found images of Walton sexually abusing children on his home electronics. Walton had worked for more than a decade in law enforcement in Indiana.
From Derek Walton’s Criminal Complaint. Derek Walton is Email Account 2
From Derek Walton’s Criminal Complaint. Derek Walton is Email Account 2.
• David Oldham, a 42 year old Sheriff’s Deputy in LaPorte County Indiana, was arrested and charged with eight counts of child porn possession, child molestation and tampering with evidence in 2011. He was sentenced to 2.3 years in federal prison in May 2013. LaPorte County Sheriff Mike Mollenhauer contacted Indiana State Police after Deputy Oldham’s wife contact the Sheriff expressing concern about Oldham’s relationship with a 12-year-old neighborhood boy. The boy was spending nights with Oldham, sleeping in the same bed, after riding in the patrol car when Oldham worked the midnight shift. Despite Oldham’s attempts to destroy his hard drive investigators were able to recover some 70 child sex abuse images and seven videos from Oldham’s home computer.
• Sheriff’s Deputy in Washoe County Nevada, 36 year old Paul Kistner, was arrested and charged with five counts of child porn possession. He plead guilty and received up to three years probation. Kistner’s wife installed spyware on their home computer and alerted the Sheriff’s office when child porn was discovered. Kistner had been a Detention Officer for 12 years at the Washoe County Jail.
• Robert Farrill, 51 year old reserve Sheriff’s Deputy in Okmulgee County Oklahoma, was arrested and charged, in September 2013, with four felony counts of child porn distribution, one felony count child porn possession and two counts of child sex abuse. He was held without bail. In November 2013 more charges of child sex abuse were added by Judge Cindy Pickering regarding a boy Farrill molested from 1999–2013. On 22 May 2014 Farrill was sentenced on two counts to two life jail terms, on ten counts to twenty year jail terms per count and for the last count five years jail time. Farrill was caught sending child sex abuse images to an undercover agent on the file sharing site Gnutella. Farrill had also worked in North Texas as school security guard and karate teacher. Investigators have identified six of the child victims that were seen in images on Farrill’s computers. He was a pro-pedophile activist and frequented on-line forums such as Boylover.net and Little Boy Lover Forum.
• Sheriff’s Deputy in Clark County Ohio, 30 year old Dustin Hensley, was sentenced to 25 years in jail for producing, distributing, and possessing child porn.
Dustin Hensley’s Criminal Complaint
Hensley had been, for years, routinely sexually abusing boys, as young as 13 years old, including a boy, who was in his care and custody. He produced and distributed the sex abuse of the children on-line.
• South Dakota, Pennington County Sheriff’s Deputy, 26 year old William Wray was sentenced to 30 years in jail for possession, manufacture and distribution of child porn. An investigation into Wray was opened when a mother told the Sheriff that Wray had “inappropriate conduct” with her six year old son. Wray had showered with the boy, taken pictures of the boy’s penis and fondled the boy’s penis and anus. Wray told the boy to keep it a “secret.” The child told his mother. Investigators obtained a search warrant and discovered that Wray has as many as 17,000 child sex abuse images/videos. Wray, an Air Force veteran, was also an active volunteer with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
• Kenneth John Freeman, a 44 year old former Sheriff’s Deputy with Benton County, Washington State, repeatedly raped his 10 year old daughter and distributed videos of the rapes on-line. This child rape video “became one of the most widely downloaded child pornography videos in recent years.” Freeman fled to China and was finally arrested in Hong Kong and extradited to America. When Freeman’s daughter, then a teenager, did an interview on “America’s Most Wanted,” the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was able to identify a well-known child rape series to that of Freeman’s daughter. Freeman was on the US Marshals 15 most wanted fugitives list. Freeman plead guilty to multiple counts of child rape and the manufacture, possession and distribution of child porn and was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison. Investigators said “Kenneth Freeman distinguishes himself as one of the most heinous and despicable pedophiles ICE has ever encountered.”
• Forty-one year old Lt. Steven Lowe, with the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department, was arrested on child sex abuse charges. Lowe was still under investigation when he was found dead in an apparent suicide. He had been posting as a teenage girl online to get teenage boys to send him nude pictures.
• Philip H. Wentzel, a 41 year old Sergeant with Milwaukee County Sheriff’s office in Wisconsin was indicted on nine counts of child sex abuse charges and sentenced to forty years in federal prison. Wentzel had been producing child porn for at least two years. He drugged and molested girls, often in his camper that he kept at a local campground, and produced child porn which he advertised on-line: “Girls I have to share range from 6–14. I work only now on ‘you show me yours, I’ll show you mine’ basis.” Investigators identified at least seven victims from the images of children “sleeping and/or drugged” and a “prepubescent girl sleeping on a sofa, a male’s hand has pulled down the girl’s pajamas and underwear.” One of the girls identified had “became quiet in the past year and missed a lot of school” and “had finger bruises on her arm.” Sgt. Wentzel had been, for years, “the public face” of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department as their public information officer.
• Sgt. Michael Malloy, a 34 year old officer with the US Capitol Police at the time of his 2006 arrest, was sentenced to 15 years for the sexual exploitation of a minor for the purpose of creating child porn. His friend, Aaron Burroughs, a Bowie High School assistant football coach, had trafficked the teenage girl for Sgt. Malloy and other men. Burroughs was also charged with child sex abuse and trafficking. Takoma Park police found Burroughs parked car with the girl performing oral sex. The teenager said she had worked as a prostitute for Burroughs and that Malloy and Burroughs recorded sex with her in Malloy’s home.
• Corporal Robert V. Melton, a 59 year old Corrections Deputy for Bradford County Florida, was arrested, in January 2014, and charged with 11 counts of child porn possession and one charge of promoting sexual performance by a child. He was sentenced, on 14 October 2014, to 60years in jail. The Florida Department of Children and Families received a tip that Melton was sexually abusing a child under the age of 12. Investigators obtained a search warrant for Melton’s home and property and discovered child porn.
• Matt Blair, a Chief Deputy in McMinn Country Tennessee, received child sex abuse images while he was in training at the FBI Academy from his close friend Terry Lynne Hayes, who was drugging 14, 15 and 16 year old girls, raping them and filming the abuse for child porn production. Hayes plead guilty, February 2014, to transporting child porn and giving cocaine to a minor. Eight additional charges of providing cocaine, hydrocodone, Xanax and other drugs to minors were dropped in a plea deal. Hayes’ June 2014 trial was continued. His sentencing hearing is currently scheduled for 5 December 2014 in Chattanooga. Deputy Blair was not charged, even though he failed to report the child porn sent to him by his close friend, and no disciplinary actions were taken against Blair by the Sheriff’s office. Deputy Blair is also the brother-in-law of his boss, Sheriff Joe Guy. The crime scene photos of child sex abuse that Blair possessed were discovered by investigations when they conducted a search of Hayes’ electronics. The investigation into Hayes was triggered when one of his victims, a 14 year old girl was found, disoriented and bleeding. She required hospitalization and told investigators she had been raped. An 18 year old female accomplice of Hayes admitted to investigators that she located young girls for Hayes and set up meetings. Deputy Blair had the keys to Hayes’ $500,000 waterfront home which has been used for Sheriff Command Staff meetings.
• Sheriff’s Deputy, 21 year old Matthew A. Lyons, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, was indicted on reproducing and/or selling child porn and sentenced to 2.1 years in jail. Colleagues reported him after he had sent an email, from a Yahoo account in his name, on a common police computer, requesting child sex abuse images.
• Sergeant Michael Stavris, 30 years old of Bunnell Police Department in Florida, was arrested, March 2014, for child porn charges after he was discovered posing as a 16-year-old girl on a fake Facebook account and asking teenage boys to send graphic sexual images to him. He had asked one boy for a picture of the boy’s genitals. Stavris was requesting images/videos of teenage boys masturbating and asked boys to meet him behind a local school for oral sex. He was relieved of duty without pay. He posted the $125,000 bond and remains free on bail. A hearing is set for 7 January 2015.
•Darrell Best, a 45 year old Washington Metro Police Department (MDP) Officer and a local pastor, was arrested, 16 March 2015, and charged with sexually assaulting two teenage girls, 16 and 17 years old, who attended God-A Second Chance Ministry Church, where Best was a pastor.
Darrell Best
Best was also charged with one count child pornography production. Best’s fiancée found pictures of child sex abuse and law enforcement was alerted. He had assaulted one of the girls in DC police headquarters’ office. The other girl was assaulted at church. He was armed and wearing his badge at the time. Metro PD suspended Best without pay during the investigation. His last court appearance was 1 June 2015 and he remains held without bond pending sentencing. Best had been an MPD Officer for 25 years.
•Patrick Andrew Frey, a 24 year old Conroe ISD Police Officer for the Oak
Patrick Andrew Frey
Ridge and Woodland College Park schools, was arrested, 28 May 2015, and charged with child porn possession. He had pictures of a 17 year old boy on his cell phone and said he and another adult male had “engaged” in sexual activity with the 17 year old boy. It is not clear if the child was a student at the school where Frey was a police officer. He resigned his position in January 2015 after being questioned by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Frey was released on $23,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled for 11 June 2015.
•Donald Glunt, a 57 year old Officer with Lynden Police Department, Washington State, was arrested, 25 April 2014, on charges of dealing and possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and viewing of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. On 2 May 2014 he plead not guilty but later changed his plea to guilty. He has been free on $10,000 bail pending sentencing. As of June 2015 no sentencing date has set.
Donald Glunt
Glunt had been trading nude images with a 16 year old girl in Texas on his police cell phone. Lynden Police conducted an internal investigation when they noticed Glunt was sending “an inordinate number of text messages.” Glunt also had pictures of local girls in his work locker. Outside his police duties, Glunt had volunteered as a co-training coordinator for a church-based anti-child sex trafficking nonprofit Hope4Justice and had been a volunteer firefighter for more than 20 years. He resigned from Lynden Police just prior to his arrest. Glunt had been on the force for 34 years.
•Officer Noe Yanez, 40 years old of Long Beach California, was sentenced to eleven years for sex crimes against girls. Long Beach Police Department fired Yanez after he plead guilty to felony child sex abuse from 2008 to 2012, including forcible rape, meeting a minor for lewd purposes, using a minor for sex acts, possession of child pornography and two counts of false imprisonment by fraud of deceit.
•Joseph P. Padgett, a 48 year old former San Jose, California Police Officer, was arrested and charged, 7 January 2011, with felony child porn possession. His bail was set at $75,000 and he originally remained in jail; however, local press reported it was “unclear” why King County Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle released Padgett, 27 February 2011, “on his own recognizance, despite arguments from King County prosecutors and concern from his former wife.” Padgett had “hundreds of images” of naked underage girls, adult men raping girls as young as four years old, bestiality, knives, guns and military weapons and “images of Padgett having sex with “many different women,” some of whom were handcuffed or attached to a large wooden crucifix.” In November 2013 Judge Jim Rogers dismissed all charges, without prejudice, claiming the search warrant was too vague. “It has been crystal clear in the State of Washington since 1992 that the term ‘child pornography’ is unconstitutionally vague and will not support a search warrant” said Judge Jim Rogers. King County prosecutor Dan Donohoe said he would file an appeal. Padgett had left the San Jose Police Department after he was charged with five misdemeanor invasion of privacy counts for filming himself having sex with various women.
• San Francisco Officer, 37 year old Richard Hastings, of the San Francisco Police Department, was arrested, in August of 2013, and charged with 10 felony counts of child molestation and sodomy of a 15 year old boy, child porn of an eight year old boy and other charges. San Francisco Police Department suspended him without pay. His hearing date is currently set for 5 December 2014.
• Joshua Carrier, a 31 year old Colorado Springs Police Officer, was charged with molesting 22 boys and 207 counts of child exploitation, child sexual assault and child porn possession. He was sentenced to 70 years to life in prison. He tried to masturbate the boys and had inserted his finger into his rectum of one boy claiming he was checking for appendicitis. Carrier volunteered at Horace Mann Middle School as a wrestling coach in 2009–2010 where he gained access to the boys and sexually abused them over this two year period.
•32 year old Jason Sutter, a Deputy with the La Plata Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, was arrested and charged with child porn possession. He had 89 images of the sex abuse of boys on his personal computer. He plead guilty to a misdemeanor, sexual contact without consent, and was sentenced in May 2014 to five years probation. He must register as a sex offender. His wife said “He hid behind his badge very well.”
•James Henry, a 37 year old Police Officer with Metro Police Department, Las Vegas, was arrested, 22 October 2014, and charged with ten counts of child porn possession.
James Henry
In a deal he plead guilty, 10 December 2014, to one count of possessing a visual presentation depicting sexual conduct of a child. In exchange for the plea, Clark County District Attorney agreed not to refer the case for federal prosecution. He was sentenced, 13 April 2015, to four years probation which he will served under house arrest and he must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Henry had been on Metro Police force for 12 years. Metro PD placed him on paid administrative leave when they learned of the investigation. Google had notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children after Henry uploaded child porn on Google Cloud. Henry admitted to investigators he had been trading in child sex abuse and said he found images of boys and girls “captivating and titillating.”
• Herbert Eugene Miller, a 45 year old Police Officer in Greeneville Tennessee, was sentenced to three years for child porn possession. He had downloaded child porn while on patrol in his police car. A fellow officer noticed the web searches and alerted a supervisor. Miller was using key words such as “fifth grade girls,” “naked middle school girls,” “prepubescent females,” “young puffy nipples” and “hot high school girls naked” and down-loaded “thousands” of images including prepubescent girls being vaginally raped by adult males.
• Andrew W. Nielsen, a 49 year old Officer with East Hartford, Connecticut Police Department for 24 years, was arrested for child porn possession in November 2012. He was sentenced to 2 years in jail in August 2014. Nielsen was caught by Project Spade, a US Postal Inspection Service and Toronto Police joint investigation, when his credit card appeared on the billing records of the company that produced child sex abuse. In just six months he ordered 49 DVDs of child sex abuse paying $1,173.55. The DVDs included 12,765 images and some 41 hours of videos.
Andrew Nielsen’s Sentencing Memorandum
• In December of 2013 Washington DC Police Officer, 32 year old Marc Washington, was charged with child porn production but, apparently, committed suicide before facing justice. While on duty he visited the home of a teenage girl who had previously been reported as missing. He ordered her to get naked and took pictures. The girl later told her mother who called 911. Washington who was arrested within hours by DC police. He images of other children on his camera and thousands of images of women who had been victims of domestic violence.
• Washington DC Officer, 47 year old Linwood Barnhill, was caught “pimping” teenage girls from his apartment when authorities searching for a missing 16 year girl found this girl in Barnhill’s apartment. He advertised the children on Backpages.com for $50-$80. A different 15 year old had been picked up by Barnhill at a bus-stop. Barnhill asked her to “escort” for him. “The defendant informed [the girl] that he plans bachelor parties and has ‘tons’ of girls. [The girl] stated the defendant told her that her young age was not a problem because he had other minors who worked for him.” Barnhill pleaded guilty to two counts of pandering a minor and one of count child porn possession and was sentenced, October 2014, to seven years in jail.
• Kingman, Kansas Police Officer, 41 year old Dustin D. Morris, was arrested for soliciting sexual exploitation of a child, possessing visual depiction of a child under 18 years of age and distributing visual depiction of a child under 18 years of age. He was charged with ten felony counts of child porn related charges was sentenced to 60 days in jail and 5.6 years probation.
• Paul Manganelli, a 48 year old Waltham, Massachusetts Police Officer, was sentenced to 5 years in prison, July 2014, on child porn charges. He had more than 850 images and 40 videos including bondage of minor girls. An Australian arrested for child porn had been trading child sex abuse images with Manganelli who shared images of a “naked prepubescent female, restrained by ropes around her legs and/or wrists.” In one email Manganelli said, “I absolutely love little girls ages 7 to 11. Such a great age… I am trying to organize everything and stay private at the same time. Don’t want to get caught.” Manganelli claimed he sexually molested a prepubescent girl and asked, on-line, on tips for grooming children for sex abuse.
• Jason Lee Villasana, a 36 year old Police Officer in Sabinal Texas, plead guilty to child porn distribution. He was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Investigators recovered over 1,500 images and videos of child sex abuse that he had been storing inside a wall at his home. In addition to distribution he was also producing his own child porn.
Jason Lee Villasana’s Criminal Complaint
Villasana came under investigation when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alerted the Texas Attorney General of child porn downloads linked to Villasana’s IP address.
• Police Officer, 37 year old Jeremy Rose, of Tremonton Utah Police Department was arrested, in June 2013, and charged with 15 offenses including with nine counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, obstruction of justice, and stalking. He was sentenced, in November 2014, to 9 months in jail and 36 months probation. Rose had “thousands of photos of a teenage girl” on his home and police computer. He had convinced a 15 year old girl to produce child porn for him. He had also hidden a camera in her bedroom. Rose set up fake email accounts and links to a bogus online company where he told the girl he was selling the photos. Rose’s wife informed investigators after he confessed to her.
• Former Sgt. of the Wichita Kansas Police Officer, retired 51 year old Alex Robinson, was arrested, March 2014, for two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and three counts of aggravated indecent liberties of three children between the ages of 11–13 years old. His hearing is set for 30 December 2014. He also faces two counts of child sex abuse in Colorado. Robinson was first arrested when 24-year-old man came forward detailing the assaults that occurred when he was a child. Although the statute of limitation had expired, Captain Brent Allred said qualifiers could be met allowing charges to be filed. Robinson received an award from President George W. Bush for some 17,000 volunteer hours with the Boys and Girls Club.
• Retired Sheriff Deputy of Pima County Arizona, 63 year old Terry White, was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and child porn possession and he plead in exchange for a 42 month sentence.
• A retired Lieutenant, 56 year old Douglas Bruce L’Heureux, formerly with Martin County Sheriff in Florida, was arrested for 97 counts of child porn possession. He had thousands of images of child sex abuse of children ages 9 to 12. He had been collecting child sex abuse images and videos since at least 1992. He was sentenced to 25 years.
• Retired Police Captain, 51 year old Michael Grennier a 25-year veteran of South Plainfield, New Jersey, plead guilty to one count of child porn production in February 2013 and remained in custody until he was sentenced, in November 2014, to 20 years in jail. He paid a teenage girl to live-stream sex and masturbate him. He had also paid $500 each for two teenagers to have sex with him in a hotel room which he video-taped. He had been twice named Officer of the Year.
Prosecution and Sentencing?
This past October, in Alabama, Judge L. Scott Coogler sentenced Patricia Ayers to 1,590 years in prison for 53 child porn counts. Her husband Matthew Ayers was sentenced to 750 years in jail on 25 child porn counts.
This is what every child porn sentence should be; maximum penalty.
Patricia and Matthew Ayers were not law enforcement; just average citizens. Are law enforcement caught with child porn receiving lighter sentences than citizens with no legal responsibility to serve and protect our children?
In Pennsylvania, former Police Chief Robert Geist lives free despite being the “number one possessor and distributor of child porn” in the entire state. Geist was sharing files including “6Yo babyj — Bedtime rape” but Geist was not sentenced to even one day in jail.
New York City Police Officer Gilberto Valle was on-line trying to obtain a three year old girl to use as a sex slave. He discussed kidnapping women and girls for rape and murder. Gilberto Valle also walks free; sentenced only to time served twenty-one months and one year supervised release. Valle is now pursuing visitation rights of his 3 year old daughter.
When America’s citizens report child porn and/or child sex abuse to law enforcement, action should to be taken to protect the child and prosecute the perpetrator.
What happens when the police officer is the perpetrator?
Too many high-level law enforcement officers appear to be engaged in America’s organized criminal child porn industry. Too many judges appear to be protecting law enforcement caught for child porn related crimes with light sentences or no jail time at all.
This must change. Now.
Judge L. Scott Coogler is a hero for his sentencing of Patricia and Matthew Ayers. Why did Gilberto Valle or Robert Geist not receive similar


Colorado sheriff’s deputy allegedly used role as mentor to abuse boys
Joshua Hemphill, 25, formerly worked for both the Mesa and Dolores county sheriff’s offices

A former sheriff’s deputy arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting children allegedly victimized multiple boys over several years and used a mentoring program to gain access to some victims.

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The affidavit for Joshua Hemphill’s arrest alleges a pattern of grooming pre-pubescent boys and documents his obsession with constant contact with his alleged victims.

Hemphill, 25, who formerly worked for both the Mesa and Dolores county sheriff’s offices, is accused of building relationships with boys and having inappropriate sexual contact with them. Some of those alleged incidents took place at his home during overnight visits with the boys.

The investigation began in July when the Colorado Bureau of Investigation learned that a report of sexual abuse had been made by a boy on probation in South Dakota. The alleged victim told his probation officer that he had been “raped by a cop” in 2014, according to the affidavit.


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Pedophiles and rapists: Investigation reveals about 1,000 cops lost badges for being sexual predators

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 01:42 UTC

Around 1,000 policemen across the US had their licenses revoked and lost their jobs over the last six years on account of numerous sexual offenses that included rape and possession of child pornography, an AP investigation based on official data revealed.

Comment: That's about one officer having his license revoked every other day.

The probe involved examining records from 41 states to see how many police officers' licenses were revoked in 2009-2014 and for which offenses. Police desertification data was not provided by nine states and the District of Columbia. The investigation included examining the records of state and local police, sheriff's deputies, prison guards and school resource officers. However no federal officers were included in the investigation.

The probe revealed that 550 officers were decertified for various sexual assaults, including rape. Some were dismissed for sodomy or sexual shakedowns, where victims were forced to perform sexual acts to avoid arrest.

A further 440 officers lost their jobs for other sex-related offenses, such as possessing child pornography, being a peeping Tom, sending sexually charged messages to underage teens or having sex while on duty.

About one-third of the officers lost their jobs for committing sexual offenses with juveniles.

Those who fall prey to police are often young, poor, drug abusing individuals who don't report their cases to the authorities. Victims included motorists, schoolchildren who were patted down in searches for illegal drugs, or women forced to perform sexual favors to avoid legal troubles. Prison inmates were also forced to have sex with guards.

The real number of sexual offenses could however be much higher, as AP only looked into registered cases where an officer lost their badge because of an offense. Lawyers and police chiefs acknowledged that some departments let the sexual assaults slide to limit their liability, allowing their staff to quietly resign or transfer to other duty stations or departments.

Comment: So instead of arresting these predators to protect the innocent, they not only stay free where they can continue to victimize people, but get to keep their jobs and positions of power where they most likely will continue committing the same crimes with impunity that they were already guilty of, just so that those in charge don't have to be held accountable for the fact that they were employing sexual predators.

Furthermore the probe notes that not all decertified officers faced criminal charges as some policemen surrendered their badges voluntarily to avoid a potential scandal.

"It's happening probably in every law enforcement agency across the country," said Chief Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota Police Department in Florida, who helped study the problem for the International Association of Chiefs of Police."It's so underreported and people are scared that if they call and complain about a police officer, they think every other police officer is going to be then out to get them."

AP points out that their findings, together with other research and interviews with experts, suggest that sexual misconduct is one of the main problems facing police departments across the US. Citing news articles and research undertaken by Phil Stinson of Bowling Green State University who looked at the period 2005 to 2011, the agency reports that his findings discovered 6,724 arrests involving more than 5,500 officers.

Out of almost 7,000 arrests, sex-related cases were the third-most common. Police violence and profit-motivated crimes topped the list. According to another study, the Cato Institute's investigation discovered that in 2009 and 2010 sex misconduct was the second most reported offense against officers, after the use of excessive force.


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A police detective fatally shot a man who authorities say tried to escape as he was being taken into custody following a traffic stop in Miami.

Miami-Dade police said in a news release that detectives with the Crime Suppression Team stopped a red Nissan on Wednesday night and conducted a routine records check. They learned that both men inside the vehicle had open arrest warrants.

As detectives went back to the car to arrest the men, one of the suspects ran. One of the detectives followed him and after a confrontation, shots were fired.

Police say 27-year-old Rodderick Ford, who was black, died at a nearby hospital. The detectives weren't injured.


Four Alameda County jail deputies arrested after inmate's repeated 'gassing' attacks on others

An inmate walked through the hallway of a maximum security unit of the Santa Rita Jail, authorities said, carrying a plastic bottle filled with feces and urine.

In seconds, he had squeezed the bottle, spraying its contents through the cracks of a door into a cell housing another inmate.

He did the same thing several times to different inmates during the summer and fall of last year.

Authorities say four Alameda County sheriff’s deputies knew about and even facilitated the “gassing” attacks.


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Two American college students in Italy say police raped them

Friday, September 8, 2017, 7:24 PM

Florence prosecutors on Friday were investigating allegations by two U.S. students that they were raped by Carabinieri policemen who escorted them home in a patrol car from a nightclub, allegations the U.S. State Department said it was taking very seriously.

Italian authorities said the 21-year-old students were questioned by prosecutors for several hours a day earlier about their allegations. The women accused the officers of raping them early Thursday morning in their apartment building. The police officers were reportedly waiting to be questioned. The Carabinieri are a corps of paramilitary police.

Italian media say three patrol cars went to a nightclub to investigate a fight. Two cars left after calm was restored, but the third remained. The women, who reportedly spent the evening in the nightclub, told authorities that the officers drove them to their apartment building and raped them.

News reports described witnesses as confirming they saw the women enter the patrol car.

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A State Department official indicated the department was aware of the media reports that the two students were assaulted by police in Italy and that such allegations are taken seriously.

The U.S. Embassy in Rome, when asked about the investigation, sent an email saying: "Due to the sensitive nature of this case and to protect the privacy of those involved, we have no further comment."

The U.S. consul general in Florence met for about an hour with Florence's police chief Friday morning about the case, the Italian news agency ANSA said.

The women were described as having arrived in Florence several months ago to study the Italian language at an Italian
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NOVEMBER 2, 2015 9:00AM
Associated Press Reports A Thousand Cases of Sexual Misconduct by Law Enforcement

On Sunday, the Associated Press released the results of a year-long investigation into sexual misconduct by police officers across the country. They found that about 1,000 officers were decertified for some type of sexual misconduct—consensual sex on duty, sexual assault, coercion, child molestation/pornography, statutory rape, inter alia—over a six year period. The Morning Call listed the general rules governing misconduct and decertification—where applicable—in each state.

The AP story reported that the 1,000 number is “unquestionably an undercount” of offenders because of the scattershot nature of police misconduct reporting, prosecution, and internal administrative discipline across states and departments. Indeed, such is the nature of tracking any kind of police misconduct.

At the National Police Misconduct Reporting Project (NPMRP), we track all kinds of police misconduct from sexual misconduct to domestic violence to DUI and drug related corruption. Looking at the preliminary data through October 30, NPMRP has tracked at least 130 news reports of sexual misconduct* by American law enforcement personnel in 2015. Almost all were criminal in nature. Many cases had multiple victims and happened over a period of years, supporting the AP claim that many cases go unreported.

You can look at the cases we’ve tracked below the fold. You can read more about NPMRP at PoliceMisconduct.net, follow the @NPMRP Twitter feed, and like our facebook page.

Jurisdiction/Agency    State    Date of Report    Summary of Incident
Jal    NM    1/5/15    Chief resigned after being caught having sex in ambulance while on duty.
Milan    NM    1/5/15    Officer arrested for sexual assault and providing alcohol to a minor.
Oklahoma City    OK    1/9/15    Officer fired and charged with multiple counts of sexual assault against motorists, all of whom were women of color.
Memphis    TN    1/12/15    Officer sentenced to one year, suspended, and two years of probation for sexual misconduct.
Plano    TX    1/12/15    Officer arrested for child pornography distribution and indecent contact with a minor.
Duluth    GA    1/13/15    Officer fired and arrested for sexual battery of an acquaintance.
Homerville    GA    1/13/15    Officer arrested for sexual assault of jail inmate.
Irwindale    CA    1/14/15    Officer sentenced to nine years in prison for sexually assaulting woman after traffic stop.
Ocala    FL    1/16/15    Officer arrested and fired for soliciting sex from 16-year-old sex worker.
Aledo    IL    1/21/15    Officer charged with aggravated sexual assault with a weapon.
Highstown    NJ    1/26/15    Officer faced administrative discipline for having sex on duty.
Atlantic City    NJ    1/27/15    Officer pled guilty to misconduct and sexual assault of a minor.
Falfurrias    TX    2/10/15    Officer arrested for sexual assault of a child.
New York    NY    2/11/15    Sergeant charged with rape for actions against girl under 15 years of age.
Mansfield    OH    2/13/15    Officer indicted on 40 counts, including 25 felonies, related to sexual battery, burglary, and tampering.
Rothschild    WI    2/17/15    Officer resigned and charged with sexual assault.
Broward County    FL    2/18/15    Deputy sentenced to five years for coercing undocumented immigrants into having sex.
Shreveport    LA    2/19/15    Officer arrested for aggravated rape and intimidation.
Adams County    OH    2/20/15    Chief deputy charged with multiple rape counts for actions at his home with 15-year-old girl.
Chatham County    GA    2/25/15    Deputy fired and arrested for filing false statements and sexual assault of an inmate.
Grand Rapids    MI    3/3/15    Officer charged with home invasion and sexual assault of his ex-girlfriend.
Memphis    TN    3/3/15    Officer arrested for performing a lewd act and solicitation of a minor.
New Orleans    LA    3/4/15    Officer arrested for solicitation of prostitution.
Orange Beach    AL    3/9/15    Officer indicted on two counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12.
Long Beach    MS    3/12/15    Officer indicted on multiple counts of statutory rape for actions with 15-year-old girl.
New York    NY    3/12/15    Two officers went to Seattle to interview rape victim and went drinking with her. They were all very drunk and they convinced her to come back to their hotel, where one officer eventually crawled into bed with her and ripped her shirt while making sexual advances. They pled guilty to administrative charges, were sentenced to forfeit vacation time and were transferred out of their departments, but ultimately kept their jobs as police officers.
Exeter    CA    3/13/15    Officer sentenced to 45 days in jail for sex with a minor who was in department’s youth program.
McLennan County    TX    3/13/15    Constable fired and arrested for soliciting sex from a minor.
Syracuse    NY    3/16/15    Officer indicted for misconduct for having sex with woman who called police for help.
Pitt County    NC    3/18/15    SRO arrested for statutory rape of a 15-year-old student.
USCBP (Ysleta, TX)    USCBP    3/19/15    Agent arrested for sexual assault of a child.
Hardin County    TX    3/20/15    Deputy pled guilty to making false statement in a child pornography investigation.
Seminole County    FL    3/24/15    Deputy fired and arrested on molestation charges.
New York     NY    3/27/15    Officer arrested for repeated sexual assaults of 16-year-old girl at church where he served as pastor.
Indiana Excise Police    IN    3/31/15    Officer arrested for sexual misconduct with a minor.
Eugene    OR    4/6/15    Officer sentenced to seven years for child pornography possession and hiding cameras in police bathroom.
Vidalia    GA    4/6/15    Suspended and charged with statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl.
Ohio State Police    OH    4/10/15    State trooper was sentenced to five years in prison for throwing out traffic tickets in exchange for sexual favors.
Fairfax County    VA    4/16/15    Officer charged with child pornography possession.
Indiana University-Bloomington    IN    4/17/15    Officer resigned after he was accused of raping a student.
Butler County    OH    4/22/15    Deputy arrested for a sex crime against a minor.
Park Ridge    IL    4/22/15    Officer suspended for sending sexual images to woman who recently had contact with the police.
Wichita    KS    4/30/15    Retired officer tried for multiple counts of sexual contacts with minors during last several years of his career.
Hillsborough    NC    5/5/15    Officer sentenced to 20-33 months, suspended, for sexual contact with two 13-year-old children.
Washington County    OR    5/8/15    Sergeant resigned during investigation into sexual harassment and misconduct.
Bethel    OH    5/12/15    Officer resigned after indictment for rape and sexual battery.
St. Clair County    MI    5/12/15    Deputy fired and arrested for sexual misconduct for having sex w/ jail inmate.
Bossier Parish    LA    5/14/15    Deputy fired and arrested for solicitation of prostitution.
Orange County    FL    5/14/15    Deputy resigned before he was arrested for child pornography.
Onslow County    NC    5/15/15    Deputy charged with solicitation of child pornography.
Chicago    IL    5/18/15    The City settled a lawsuit with a woman who claimed two officers sexually assaulted her while they were on duty.
Washington    DC    5/18/15    Officer arrested for sexual abuse of a minor and child pornography.
Lincoln County    WI    5/21/15    Deputy resigned after his arrest for molesting a 15-year-old girl.
New York State Police    NY    6/1/15    Trooper acquitted on 3 of 4 rape charges. Jury hung on fourth charge.
Winona County    MN    6/4/15    Deputy fired and arrested for solicitation of prostitution.
Greece    NY    6/5/15    Officer sentenced to four years in prison and 10 years supervised release for child pornography conviction.
Ann Arbor    MI    6/8/15    Officer sentenced to 11 months in jail for offering leniency to female suspect in exchange for sex.
Brandenburg    KY    6/11/15    Officer’s trial for child rape postponed until April 2016.
Williams County    ND    6/11/15    Deputy arrested for child pornography.
Oklahoma State Police    OK    6/12/15    Trooper ordered to stand trial for rape of motorist during traffic stop.
Tallahassee    FL    6/15/15    Officer arrested for solicitation of prostitution.
New York State Police    NY    6/17/15    Trooper arrested for sexual assault of woman in Atlantic City.
Amarillo    TX    6/19/15    Officer fired after sexual assault allegation.
DeKalb County    GA    6/19/15    Deputy sentenced to 1 year in prison and 9 years of supervised release for soliciting prostitution on duty.
Seaside Park    NJ    6/19/15    Officer arrested for sexual contact with minor.
Dane County    WI    6/25/15    Deputy convicted of sexual assault for actions against a woman who was serving her sentence in home confinement.
Phoenix    AZ    6/29/15    Officer arrested for kidnapping and sexual assault against a woman in custody.
Tuscon    AZ    6/29/15    Two officers resigned; 5 others under investigation for involvement with sex workers.
Champaign    IL    7/6/15    Officer arrested for sexual assault and domestic battery.
Fairfax County    SC    7/7/15    Deputy sentenced to 20 years for sex crimes against 11-year-old child.
Phoenix    AZ    7/14/15    Officer pled guilty to sexual contact with a minor.
Dallas    TX    7/22/15    Officer arrested and fired for sex acts against a child.
Sacramento    CA    7/22/15    Officer was convicted for repeatedly raping elderly woman at senior living facility.
Maypearl    TX    7/23/15    Chief terminated and charged for sex acts against minors.
Hartsville    IN    7/24/15    Deputy town marshal arrested for attempted solicitation of a child.
Portland    OR    7/24/15    Officer placed on leave after he was accused of demanding sexual acts from a woman.
Fresno    CA    7/28/15    Officer resigned after being discovered in prostitution investigation.
Dallas    TX    7/31/15    Officer pled guilty to aggravated assault after he was charged with raping a woman who was sleeping. He received a five-year suspended sentence.
Mt. Pleasant    NY    8/3/15    Chief pled guilty to child pornography charges.
Whitehouse    TX    8/3/15    Chief resigned one week after an assault charge for unwanted sexual advances against him was dropped.
Las Vegas    NV    8/4/15    Detective sentenced to 3 years of probation for attacking a sex worker.
Boscawen    NH    8/6/15    Former officer who was then chief of Canterbury was arrested for sexual assault of a minor for actions while employed in Boscawen.
Jackson County    NC    8/7/15    Deputy pled guilty to obstruction for covering up underage drinking and statutory rape charges.
Pasco County    FL    8/7/15    Deputy arrested for soliciting sex from a minor.
San Bernadino County    CA    8/7/15    Deputy accused of sex with jail inmate.
Spearsville    LA    8/12/15    Chief convicted of child rape sentenced to life imprisonment.
Cleveland    TN    8/14/15    Two officers suspended for sexual misconduct.
Sevier County    TN    8/14/15    Deputy sentenced to 90 days of house arrest after he pled guilty to misconduct for having sex with woman while on duty.
Emmett Township    MI    8/17/15    Officer suspended for sexual assault arrested again for sexual assault.
Greece    NY    8/17/15    Officer fired and arrested for sexual harassment and stalking.
Kiowa    OK    8/18/15    Officer fired and charged with abduction and sexual seduction for actions against a 15-year-old girl.
Oakland    FL    8/19/15    Officer charged with child molestation and child pornography.
Elburn    IL    8/20/15    Officer charged with 33 counts related to sexual abuse of a child over 10 years.
Gretna    LA    8/20/15    Officer arrested for child pornography.
DEA (McAllen, TX)    DEA    8/21/15    Agent arrested for accessing child pornography.
Haskell    AR    8/21/15    Officer arrested on sexual assault and child pornography charges.
Oak Ridge    TN    8/21/15    Officer fired amid statutory rape allegations. He left his previous law enforcement position after being accused of indecent exposure.
Eagle County    CO    9/8/15    Deputy sentenced to 180 days–90 in jail, 90 in work release–for sexual assault.
Kern County    CA    9/9/15    Deputy sentenced to two years in prison for sexual battery.
San Mateo    CA    9/9/15    Deputy found guilty of child molestation.
Maryland State Police    MD    9/10/15    Trooper indicted for forcing a woman to perform sex act at gunpoint.
Michigan State Police    MI    9/10/15    Trooper found guilty on four counts of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct.
Birmingham    AL    9/11/15    Officer indicted for rape and sexual abuse of a child.
Shelby County    TN    9/11/15    Deputy arrested for statutory rape.
Spalding County    OH    9/11/15    Captain charged with aggravated assault, influencing witnesses, stalking, sexual battery, and other charges against department employees.
Germantown    TN    9/14/15    Officer fired while rape charge pending.
Memphis    TN    9/15/15    Officer arrested for sexual battery, official misconduct and oppression.
East St. Louis    IL    9/21/15    Officer on leave for suspected sexual assault off duty.
Isabella County    MI    9/21/15    Deputy pled no contest to attempting to extort sexual favors from suspects.
Port St. Lucie    FL    9/23/15    Officer arrested for child pornography.
Fairview    OK    9/24/15    Officer arrested for child pornography.
San Antonio    TX    9/25/15    Three officers charged with sexual assault and official oppression.
San Jose    CA    9/25/15    Officer charged with rape fired.
Crestview    FL    9/29/15    Officer resigned in lieu of termination amid sexual battery allegations.
Greenville    TN    10/2/15    Officer sentenced to 18 months for having sexual relationships with several jail inmates.
Kentucky State Police    KY    10/5/15    Trooper pled guilty to sex with a minor. Four other law enforcement officers were terminated or charged for sexual contact with same girl.
University of Oklahoma    OK    10/7/15    Officer arrested for breaking into a car, stealing cell phone, and attempting to send or access sexual content with that phone.
Spring ISD    TX    10/15/15    SRO arrested for sexual assault against a minor.
Watervliet    NY    10/15/15    SRO pled guilty to sodomy charges against student at his school.
Chicago    IL    10/19/15    Two officers under investigation for sex trafficking.
Tulsa County    OK    10/19/15    Deputy found guilty of sexual battery and indecent exposure while in uniform.
Walton County    GA    10/19/15    Deputy arrested for child pornography.
Fort Smith    AR    10/22/15    Resigned after his arrest for solicitation.
Henderson    TX    10/22/15    Officer accused of sex crimes against a child.
Adams County    CO    10/26/15    Deputy fired for sexual assault on duty.
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD    TX    10/26/15    SRO sentenced to one year for pulling over motorist and asking for sexual favor in exchange for looking other way on misdemeanor charge.
Live Oak    FL    10/29/15    Officer fired for child pornography possession.
Boynton Beach    FL    10/30/15    The City settled lawsuit for over $800,000 brought by a 21-year-old woman who accused officer of raping her last year. The officer was acquitted at trial.
Los Angeles County    CA    10/30/15    Deputy was arrested for child molestation.
Spokane    WA    10/30/15    Spokane Co. Sheriff accuses city police of covering up sexual assault against SCSO employee.

*This number was compiled by searching the @NPMRP Twitter feed using the terms “rape,”“sex,” “sexual,” “pornography,” “solicitation,” and “molestation.” Other cases of stalking, harassment, and other charges that may be sexual in nature would not necessarily be counted in these searches.


Mass. woman admits to taking grandson to meet pervy NYPD cop — but never engaged in sex acts with child
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Civilian Complaint Review Board recommends NYPD discipline cop who killed Eric Garner
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 cop cuffed for attacking his girlfriend during fight over their pets
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, September 9, 2017, 12:33 PM

Officer Christopher Doll was the second of two city employees to be arrested within five hours early Saturday, officials said.

Doll’s girlfriend told police Doll, 44, hit her in the face inside their Bensonhurst home during the 3:30 a.m. fight about their pets.

Responding officers charged Doll, a 15-year NYPD veteran who earned more than $120,000 last year according to public records, with assault and harassment.

Meanwhile, an off-duty city correction officer surrendered at the 107th Precinct stationhouse in Flushing after allegedly attacking his girlfriend.

Tyrell Gaines, 30, was arguing with his 23-year-old girlfriend about baby-sitting arrangements inside their Flushing home when he punched her in the face about 1 a.m. Saturday, according to cops.

Gaines, who earned nearly $63,000 last year at the Department of Corrections, stormed off but surrendered to cops six hours later, officials said.

Police charged him with


FDNY union rep threatened with racist letter after helping fellow EMT suspended for hanging noose in ambulance
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Who shot JFK?
As the world prepares for next month's release of secret files on Kennedy's assassination, the last living link to the crime has finally confirmed what has long been suspected: that Lee Harvey Oswald wasn't alone

The long-awaited remaining JFK assassination files are due for release next month. They may or may not confirm the revelations in a book published earlier this year: a first-hand insider's account of the CIA's plots against Kennedy, Castro and Che Guevara. Antonio Veciana is an 88-year-old great-grandfather living out his retirement in Miami. Yet in his prime, he was at the heart of some of the most momentous events in modern US history. These included the CIA's anti-Castro operations and anti-communist covert plans in Latin America, as well as inadvertently witnessing the meeting of a top CIA operative with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination of President John F Kennedy.

Veciana has co-written his memoir Trained to Kill with veteran Pulitzer-winning journalist Carlos Harrison. He went public with his astonishing claims at a conference held in 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Warren Commission report. The commission had been set up by President Johnson, and arrived at the official conclusion that Oswald was the lone assassin in the murder of JFK.

Veciana started out as a bank accountant in Cuba and initially aligned himself with Castro's guerrilla war, participating in the overthrow of despised dictator Batista - who was backed by the US. Batista presided over extensive corruption while keeping his own people in a state of abject poverty.

The direction of the Cuban revolution was not inevitably destined for socialism. However, when Washington refused to deal with Castro following his victory, he was forced to turn to the Soviet Union. Veciana would himself turn against Castro, and was recruited by the CIA in their covert action operations.

According to Richard Helms, who would later become director of the CIA, the Kennedy brothers pushed hard for the overthrow of Castro. However, JFK had been ambivalent about the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, and withheld air cover - thereby guaranteeing its miserable failure with scores of fighters killed and over a thousand taken prisoner.

Yet David Talbot argues in The Devil's Chessboard - a biography of legendary CIA spymaster Allen Dulles, which reads more like a Hollywood thriller - that the Bay of Pigs was deliberately designed to fail, in order to force JFK to acquiesce to a US military invasion. This event, early in the Kennedy presidency, earned the undying animosity of diehard anti-Castro exiles such as Veciana, and their virulently anti-communist CIA handlers including future Watergate burglar Howard Hunt and David Sanchez Morales.

Such animosity only intensified within the ranks of the CIA and the Pentagon, with the refusal of JFK to invade Cuba at the height of the 1962 missile crisis. The ensuing agreement with Khrushchev not to invade Cuba, in return for the withdrawal of Russian missiles from the island, was effectively strike three for the young President. As far as hardliners in the military industrial complex were concerned, the prospect of coexistence with communism was untenable.

JFK was cognisant of such dangers and Robert Kennedy would later confess that, at the height of the missile crisis, they sent word to the Russians that they might not be able to control their gung-ho generals.

In 1975 (during the aftermath of Watergate), the Church Committee revealed the FBI's Counter Intelligence Programme of mass surveillance and infiltration of anti-war and civil rights groups, as well as the CIA's Executive Action assassination apparatus, code-named ZR/Rifle. As a result, the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) was set up, reopening investigations into the murders of JFK and Martin Luther King.

Gaeton Fonzi was one of the Congressional investigators for the HSCA when he managed to track down Veciana. Fonzi did not fully disclose his role, merely stating that he was investigating the links between Cuban exile groups and intelligence agencies. As Fonzi relates in his breathless, page-turning account The Last Investigation, Veciana unburdened himself to Fonzi, revealing that his CIA handler went by the code name of Maurice Bishop. He had even witnessed an extraordinary meeting in Dallas in September 1963, two months before the assassination of President Kennedy.

Veciana had turned up early for the meeting with Bishop at the towering Southland Centre. He saw Bishop with a pale young man, who was introduced as Lee - although this man did not utter a single word. It was only two months later that he recognised the television and newspaper pictures of Lee Harvey Oswald - the alleged assassin - as the man he had met with Bishop.

Veciana realised it would be prudent not to speak of what he had seen. Throughout this revelatory conversation, Fonzi tried hard to act nonchalant - but he later admitted that in his mind he fell off his chair. Veciana was essentially confirming long-held suspicions directly linking the CIA to the JFK assassination.

Fonzi now dedicated his mission to unmasking the true identity of Maurice Bishop, enlisting a professional police artist to sketch a portrait of Bishop based on Veciana's description. By chance, one of Fonzi's committee colleagues, Senator Richard Schweiker, suggested that the picture had an unerring resemblance to CIA operative David Atlee Phillips, who had been running anti-Castro operations and would later rise to the illustrious position of the CIA's head of the Western Hemisphere division. Fonzi eventually arranged a surprise meeting in an attempt to confirm this. He took Veciana along to a meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers - a lobbying group Phillips had founded after retiring in 1975.


FBI Interns Asked Twitter For Questions, And It Soon Got Out Of Hand
These probably weren’t the type of queries that the Albuquerque branch was expecting.


Annals of Religion
March 31, 2014 Issue
Sacred And Profane
How not to negotiate with believers.

By Malcolm Gladwell

There is a telling moment during the siege when Schneider is talking to an F.B.I. negotiator about an undercover A.T.F. agent who used the name Robert Gonzalez. The A.T.F. believed that the Branch Davidians—who ran a small business selling weapons at gun shows—had converted a batch of firearms from semiautomatic to automatic without the proper permits. Gonzalez’s job was to infiltrate the Davidian community and look for evidence. (He found none, a fact that—along with the A.T.F.’s bizarre decision to serve a warrant on Koresh by force, rather than arresting him on those numerous occasions when he ventured into town—loomed large in the many Waco postmortems.) Here is Schneider and a negotiator talking about what happened after the Davidians realized that Gonzalez was not who he said he was:


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New Book Explores J. Edgar Hoover's Control Of The Press
MAR 17, 2014

Matthew Cecil, Director of WSU’s Elliott School of Communication, has just published a book about the relationship between former FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover, the Bureau itself and the media. Although it’s been more than 40 years since Hoover’s passing, there are still lessons for journalists and the public to learn by taking a close look at the director’s
Cecil says that he's wanted to write his new book, Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate, for years. Cecil sifted through 5,000 pages of documents in writing the book, all made available to him via the Freedom of Information Act. He was looking for connections Hoover had with the press and for the power he held over journalists and news outlets during his nearly 50 year reign as dire


Ag-Gag Across America
Corporate-Backed Attacks on Activists and Whistleblowers
Published by the Center for Constitutional Rights and Defending Rights


On September 13 and 14, ex-FBI agent turned anti-Muslim law enforcement trainer John Guandolo will visit Omaha, Nebraska and Oakland, Iowa for a series of presentations.

Guandolo visits the Heartland on the invitation of the Omaha-based anti-Muslim Global Faith Institute (GFI) and Tactical 88, an “elite training organization” with firearm range sand readiness training centers in both Nebraska and Ohio. Guandolo and his partner Chris Gaubatz head the anti-Muslim group Understanding the Threat (UTT) and will be presenting on the Muslim Brotherhood’s “secret strategies for the USA.”

Guandolo promotes himself as a former FBI agent and an expert on terrorism who can help law enforcement and others uncover the “secret” terrorist cells in their area, but in reality Guandolo’s trainings are little more than anti-Muslim witch-hunts. What he doesn’t tell you is that he left the Bureau in disgrace for a number of ethical breaches and bizarre conduct which included admitting to having affairs with female FBI agents and a confidential source he was assigned to protect during the corruption case of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.); he also solicited that witness for a $75,000 donation for an anti-terrorism group. Since his departure, Guandolo has devoted himself to a rabid brand of anti-Muslim activism, working closely with some of the most powerful and influential anti-Muslim groups in the U.S., on a flurry of accusations against government officials Guandolo says have ties to terrori


Law Enforcement Arrested for Trading in Child Rape


Making sense of the rape allegation against King County’s top cop

Sep 30th, 2017 6:00amNEWS

When the King County Ombudsman’s Office released a critical review of Sheriff John Urquhart’s handling of a sexual-assault charge made against him in 2016, it came with a recommendation. The office had concluded that the sheriff mishandled the case and recommended, among other things, that the sheriff’s office require “the appointment of an external, independent official to investigate serious complaints against the Sheriff or other senior command staff.”

The review included Urquhart’s extensive rebuttal to the report. In it, Urquhart questions the practicality of an outside entity investigating him. Since he is an elected official, he reasoned, it’s up to voters, not an investigator, to determine whether to “discipline” him. “Specifically, even if there would be ‘finding’ that the Sheriff committed misconduct by an internal or external entity, it would ultimately be the voter’s decision whether to retain that Sheriff,” he wrote.

As it happens, voters will make that very decision on Nov. 7, when Urquhart faces off against Mitzi Johanknecht, a precinct captain within the sheriff’s office, in the general election. Urquhart, a Mercer Island resident and sheriff’s office veteran, was first elected in a special election in 2012, defeating Steve Strachan, who had been appointed to the position after Sheriff Sue Rohr stepped down. The next year Urquhart faced no challenger, handing him a full four-year term. Thus, this fall will be the first time since 2012 that voters will be allowed to determine whether Urquhart should be retained.

Given the determinations by the Ombudsman, as well as by a Seattle police oversight body, that the rape allegation against Urquhart was not properly handled by law enforcement, it’s important for voters to understand to the fullest extent possible what has been accused and how it’s been handled—or mishandled—over the past 18 months, and what these facts say about Urquhart and the office he has managed for five years.


The accusation dates back to Nov. 7, 2002.

The alleged victim was a 28-year-old sheriff’s deputy working in SeaTac, where Urquhart was her commanding officer. On the night of the 7th, the alleged victim says, she was drinking with co-workers at McCoy’s Firehouse, a Pioneer Square bar. Amid the festivities, Urquhart arrived and began buying her drinks.

“John was feeding me a bunch of Cosmos,” says the alleged victim, who is not being named per Sound Publishing policy regarding crime victims.

She says she does not remember how she and Urquhart got back to her Belltown apartment that night, but says she does remember having sex with him. She says she was too intoxicated to give consent, and the next morning went to the hospital because she was vomiting and had diarrhea; she says she told Urquhart she was going to the hospital, and he dissuaded her from doing so. She says she did not report the rape to anyone at the hospital and did not ask for a rape kit.

Prior to that night, she says, she liked working for Urquhart and “trusted his bullsh**.” Afterward, she says, she tried to forget what happened. “I just deteriorated from there,” she says.

Prior to the alleged assault, she says, she suffered from bipolar disorder. Shortly after, she transferred up to Shoreline, she says, and began suffering from more acute symptoms that she believes stemmed from the trauma of that night. She says she sought the help of a psychiatrist and was managing her mental health, but began receiving “random complaints” and started getting written up by her supervisors. In 2004, she says, she was fired.

After being fired, the woman says she left Seattle, moving to Southern California, then Mexico and Massachusetts. She says Urquhart stayed in touch with her, asking her for a campaign contribution in 2012, when he first ran for office. She agreed to contribute. Campaign paperwork shows she gave Urquhart $100 in 2012; the paperwork lists her employer as a nonprofit whose mission is “ending sexual and domestic violence.”


The woman first contacted law enforcement about the alleged rape in mid-June 2016. By that time, she was living in Seattle again, and says that she was motivated to contact law enforcement for fear that Urquhart wanted to harm her to keep her from telling anyone about the rape. The details of these perceived threats presented several law-enforcement agents with serious questions about the woman’s credibility.

The first agency she contacted was the FBI. As detailed in the subsequent King County Ombudsman report about the allegations and the response to them, an FBI agent contacted the sheriff’s office in mid-June 2016 about the woman’s claims.

Sgt. Michael Mullinax with the sheriff’s office’s Internal Investigations Unit would later tell the Ombudsman that the FBI agent — identified in the report only as Agent “Ryan”—was calling to confirm the woman had indeed been a sheriff’s deputy; according to Mullinax, Ryan expressed doubt about the veracity of the woman’s claims. “The FBI believed that the complainant’s motivations and credibility were suspect, and something was not right about her accusation,” according to the Ombudsman report, which was released on Aug. 8 of this year. “Ryan indicated that he was completing a report about the complaint, and thought that would be the end of it.”

The FBI did not approach Urquhart directly about the allegation, and indeed did not want him to know about their inquiries. During the conversation with the Ombudsman, Mullinax told Agent Ryan that he felt compelled to tell Urquhart about the allegation against him. “Ryan asked Sergeant Mullinax not to tell Sheriff Urquhart until Sergeant Mullinax spoke with Ryan’s supervisor, who then called Sergeant Mullinax,” the report reads. “The FBI supervisor asked Sergeant Mullinax not to tell Sheriff Urquhart, but Sergeant Mullinax said he felt he had to. Ultimately, the supervisor and Sergeant Mullinax came to an understanding that Sergeant Mullinax could tell Sheriff Urquhart, but the supervisor warned that the FBI might open formal investigation if Sheriff Urquhart were to contact the complainant.”

On June 21, 2016, Mullinax and his supervisor Captain Jesse Anderson met with Urquhart to tell him about the allegation. Anderson would later say they were uncomfortable bringing the information to Urquhart, but “felt they had no choice,” according to the report. During the meeting, Anderson told Urquhart “he thought maybe someone put the complainant up to making the accusation.”

In an interview with Sound Publishing’s the Seattle Weekly, Urquhart says he was baffled by the accusation. He says he and the woman were friends when she was a deputy, and had stayed on friendly terms after she left the department. He says he was at McCoy’s on the night in question, and had given the woman a ride to her apartment. But they did not have sex, he says. “No sex, no affair, no rape,” he says.

Urquhart campaigned on a platform of police accountability, and has made high-profile disciplining of sheriff’s office staff a hallmark of his management. However, in this case, he and Anderson agreed that no investigation was necessary, according to the Ombudsman report, and he told Anderson to not document the accusation in an internal database used for tracking complaints.

Five months later, in November, the woman again called law enforcement to report the rape — this time reaching out to the Seattle Police Department. Two officers, both men, were sent to her Capitol Hill apartment to take a statement.

According to police records, she told the officers that she and Urquhart had sex and that she was “too intoxicated and never gave consent.” However, like the FBI agents, the police officers were skeptical of the woman’s claims.

The woman “explained she was almost ran [sic] over by Urquart [sic] while running in the middle of the street while living in Massachusetts and had surveillance place on her by Urquart [sic] as she moved to various locations across Seattle and the United States. [The woman] also described various emails and texts exchanges she had with Urquart [sic] over the years that were deleted from her accounts. [The woman] believes Urquart [sic] ‘hacked’ into her computer and deleted the message[s],” the report reads.

At one point, she told the officers, “she returned home to her gas stove running. [She] believed Urquart sent ‘a lackey’ to turn on her stove possibly to create an explosion,” the report reads. “When Officers attempted to speak about crisis resources [she] would get upset and state to Officers ‘I’m not crazy.’ ”

In an interview with Seattle Weekly, the woman stands by these assertions. “100 percent true,” she says.

Following the interview with officers, the woman’s complaint was filed as a “crisis,” not a “sexual assault,” which meant she would not be contacted by a member of the sexual-assault investigation unit.

That may have been the end of the case, but for a lawsuit filed by several former sheriff’s office employees accusing Urquhart of discrimination based on gender, which was working its way through the courts in 2016. Lawyers for the employees deposed Mullinax and Anderson for the suit, during which time the rape allegation was mentioned. (As it happened, lawyers representing the former employees, Lincoln Beauregard and Julie Kays, are the same lawyers representing Delvonn Heckard, the man whose rape allegation against former Mayor Ed Murray ultimately led to Murray’s resignation.)

In December, The Seattle Times reported on the rape allegation, based on paperwork filed in the unrelated lawsuit; shortly afterward, Seattle Police Department Detective Susanna Monroe, with the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit, contacted the woman to conduct a follow-up interview. According to emails obtained through a public disclosure request, the woman was circumspect. “I just read the case report and I am sick,” she wrote Monroe in an email, referring to the report prepared by the two officers who met with her at her apartment. “I remember this from when I was a Deputy, the facts being misconstrued and misrepresented to make victims look ‘crazy’ and not credible. This is the exact reason I initially went to the FBI.”

The woman ultimately did sit down with Monroe and King County Prosecuting Attorney Corinn Bohn in early January. According to a memo later prepared by Monroe, the woman reiterated claims that Urquhart had hired people to follow her, hired someone to turn on her apartment stove to cause an explosion, and that someone tried to run her down in Massachusetts. Monroe wrote that the woman “could not produce any evidence of her allegations.”

Regarding the rape, Bohn told the woman at the end of the interview that the statute of limitations on a rape allegation had expired. Bohn added that even if she “had reported this incident in 2002, it would not have resulted in charges being filed for rape, because [she] recalled all aspects of the sex, which indicates she was not incapacitated at the time of the event,” according to Monroe’s memo; as we’ve previously reported, this is a common response given to women who say they were too intoxicated to give consent (“The Double Bind,” Dec. 7, 2016).

The memo does lend credence to the contention that something happened that night, though. The woman gave Monroe the name of two sheriff’s office employees who had been out drinking with her at the Firehouse. One of the employees said the woman “informed him the day after the incident that she had sex with Urquhart. This deputy was of the opinion the sex was consensual because [she] described the sex in great detail to him and she never stated it was rape.” (Again, Urquhart denies the two had sex.) The witness went on to tell Monroe that the woman’s “mental state has deteriorated in the last year. He stated [she] has been increasingly paranoid and only mentioned the incident as rape approximately a year ago.”

The other sheriff’s office employee declined to be interviewed for Monroe’s investigation.

On May 1 of this year, Monroe closed the case.


In the past couple of months, two oversight reports have been issued that are highly critical of the way both the sheriff’s office and Seattle PD handled the case.

The King County Ombudsman’s Office review, released on Aug. 8, found that the sheriff’s office did not follow written policy regarding complaints against sheriff’s office staff when the FBI informed them of the rape allegation. According to Anderson, the captain in charge of internal investigations, “the nature of the allegation would normally be … investigated, because if true, it would be conduct that is criminal in nature.” However, according to Anderson, he asked Urquhart whether the accusation should be documented in the database used for complaints against sheriff’s office personal; Urquhart said it wouldn’t be necessary.

In his response to the findings, Urquhart argues that on account of the FBI’s own doubts about the allegation, and the fact that the complaint was not made directly to the sheriff’s office, it did not qualify as a complaint that should be catalogued; for instance, were the office to open files on every complaint they caught wind of, they would have to start opening files on comments made online, he argues. He also argues that, once in the internal computer system, the complaint could have been accessed by people who would use the accusation against him unfairly.

The Ombudsman disagreed and stated that Urquhart’s handling of the complaint was marred by conflict of interest. “Because Sheriff Urquhart was the accused, he could not impartially decide whether the need to follow Sheriff’s Office rules was outweighed by his accuser’s possible credibility problems, and by any hypothetical harm that disclosure might to do to the Sheriff’s Office,” the report says.

In an interview, Urquhart emphasizes that he and Anderson agreed that the incident would not need to be investigated; they disagreed on whether it should be entered into the computer. Urquhart says due to the salacious nature of the claim, he didn’t want it put into a database where others could see it. “With an election coming up, I didn’t want anyone using that,” he says. He says now that he understands why that decision gave the wrong impression, and is working on policies to address it in the office.

“I see that now,” he says.

On Aug. 24, the Office of Professional Accountability at the Seattle Police Department, which investigates police conduct, also determined that officers had mishandled the case. Specifically, by labeling the report a “crisis” and not a “sexual assault,” “the [sexual-assault unit] investigation of this report was delayed. In addition, the complainant/victim experienced distress at not having her report taken seriously and lost trust in the Seattle Police Department,” the OPA report says. Later it adds: “It is critically important that officers not dismiss reported crimes merely because the person reporting the crime happens to be in crisis or has a mental-health challenge. In fact, with certain crimes, including sexual assault, the vulnerability sometimes attendant to being in crisis can increase the probability a perpetrator will target a person as his or her victim.”

A written reprimand was issued to the officers.


To Urquhart’s critics, the allegation and its fallout are indicative of his so-called leadership style: dismissive, sexist and self-serving.

His office’s handling of the complaint, and his response to the Ombudsman’s report, played a central role in the Times’ recent endorsement of his opponent Johanknecht. “Urquhart’s handling of the case smacks of entitlement, especially because Urquhart champions himself as a tough internal policer of misconduct,” the paper wrote.

In an interview, Johanknecht agrees that the sheriff’s decision not to document the complaint shows that he thinks he plays by a different set of rules than everyone else. That, she says, undercuts Urquhart’s self-styled reputation as a leader who’s tough on bad cops. “He’s an emotional, vindictive guy. He talks under the guise of holding people accountable but then doesn’t follow the rules himself,” she says.

Johanknecht is running on a platform of improving morale within the sheriff’s office—morale she says has been strained by Urquhart’s management, as evidenced by a series of wrongful-termination and discrimination lawsuits that have led to million-dollar settlements in recent years, including the suit that led to the rape allegation coming to light.

Johanknecht also argues that Urquhart has been too aggressive in highlighting his accusers’ mental-health issues when defending himself against the charges. Urquhart, conversely, has argued that Johanknecht and others are taking advantage of the woman’s situation for their own gains. “I feel very sorry for this woman, because she’s been exploited by The Seattle Times, by Lincoln Beauregard, and by my opponent, and I’m very disappointed that this route my opponent has taken because it’s not true and it shouldn’t be here at all,” he told the 45th Legislative District Democrats during their endorsement meeting earlier this year, after reciting the litany of accusations she’s made, including his trying to run her over and blow up her apartment. The group ultimately gave Urquhart their endorsement.

Indeed, beyond the Times endorsement, there are few signs that the saga has damaged Urquhart’s re-election efforts. He enjoys a sizable fundraising lead over Johanknecht and an impressive slate of endorsements, including all nine King County Councilmembers and most major Democratic organizations in the county.

His accuser today still lives in Seattle, working well outside of law enforcement. She says that, despite her frustrations with the investigation, she’s glad she’s speaking out about what she says happened.

“It’s astounding to me how just telling the truth is freeing,” she says.

that Urquhart’s handling of the complaint was marred by conflict of interest. “Because Sheriff Urquhart was the accused, he could not impartially decide whether the need to follow Sheriff’s Office rules was outweighed by his accuser’s possible credibility problems, and by any hypothetical harm that disclosure might to do to the Sheriff’s Office,” the report says.

In an interview, Urquhart emphasizes that he and Anderson agreed that the incident would not need to be investigated; they disagreed on whether it should be entered into the computer. Urquhart says due to the salacious nature of the claim, he didn’t want it put into a database where others could see it. “With an election coming up, I didn’t want anyone using that,” he says. He says now that he understands why that decision gave the wrong impression, and is working on policies to address it in the office.

“I see that now,” he says.

On Aug. 24, the Office of Professional Accountability at the Seattle Police Department, which investigates police conduct, also determined that officers had mishandled the case. Specifically, by labeling the report a “crisis” and not a “sexual assault,” “the [sexual-assault unit] investigation of this report was delayed. In addition, the complainant/victim experienced distress at not having her report taken seriously and lost trust in the Seattle Police Department,” the OPA report says. Later it adds: “It is critically important that officers not dismiss reported crimes merely because the person reporting the crime happens to be in crisis or has a mental-health challenge. In fact, with certain crimes, including sexual assault, the vulnerability sometimes attendant to being in crisis can increase the probability a perpetrator will target a person as his or her victim.”

A written reprimand was issued to the officers.


To Urquhart’s critics, the allegation and its fallout are indicative of his so-called leadership style: dismissive, sexist and self-serving.

His office’s handling of the complaint, and his response to the Ombudsman’s report, played a central role in the Times’ recent endorsement of his opponent Johanknecht. “Urquhart’s handling of the case smacks of entitlement, especially because Urquhart champions himself as a tough internal policer of misconduct,” the paper wrote.

In an interview, Johanknecht agrees that the sheriff’s decision not to document the complaint shows that he thinks he plays by a different set of rules than everyone else. That, she says, undercuts Urquhart’s self-styled reputation as a leader who’s tough on bad cops. “He’s an emotional, vindictive guy. He talks under the guise of holding people accountable but then doesn’t follow the rules himself,” she says.

Johanknecht is running on a platform of improving morale within the sheriff’s office—morale she says has been strained by Urquhart’s management, as evidenced by a series of wrongful-termination and discrimination lawsuits that have led to million-dollar settlements in recent years, including the suit that led to the rape allegation coming to light.

Indeed, beyond the Times endorsement, there are few signs that the saga has damaged Urquhart’s re-election efforts. He enjoys a sizable fundraising lead over Johanknecht and an impressive slate of endorsements, including all nine King County Councilmembers and most major Democratic organizations in the county.

His accuser today still lives in Seattle, working well outside of law enforcement. She says that, despite her frustrations with the investigation, she’s glad she’s speaking out about what she says happened.

“It’s astounding to me how just telling the truth is freeing,” she says.

AP: Hundreds of officers lose licenses over sex misconduct

Nov. 01, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY Flashing lights pierced the black of night, and the big white letters made clear it was the police. The woman pulled over was a daycare worker in her 50s headed home after playing dominoes with friends. She felt she had nothing to hide, so when the Oklahoma City officer accused her of erratic driving, she did as directed.

She would later tell a judge she was splayed outside the patrol car for a pat-down, made to lift her shirt to prove she wasn’t hiding anything, then to pull down her pants when the officer still wasn’t convinced. He shined his flashlight between her legs, she said, then ordered her to sit in the squad car and face him as he towered above. His gun in sight, she said she pleaded “No, sir” as he unzipped his fly and exposed himself with a hurried directive.

“Come on,” the woman, identified in police reports as J.L., said she was told before she began giving him oral sex. “I don’t have all night.”

The accusations are undoubtedly jolting, and yet they reflect a betrayal of the badge that has been repeated time and again across the country.

In a yearlong investigation of sexual misconduct by U.S. law enforcement, The Associated Press uncovered about 1,000 officers who lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sodomy and other sexual assault; sex crimes that included possession of child pornography; or sexual misconduct such as propositioning citizens or having consensual but prohibited on-duty intercourse.

The number is unquestionably an undercount because it represents only those officers whose licenses to work in law enforcement were revoked, and not all states take such action. California and New York — with several of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies — offered no records because they have no statewide system to decertify officers for misconduct. And even among states that provided records, some reported no officers removed for sexual misdeeds even though cases were identified via news stories or court records.

“It’s happening probably in every law enforcement agency across the country,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino of the Sarasota Police Department in Florida, who helped study the problem for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. “It’s so underreported and people are scared that if they call and complain about a police officer, they think every other police officer is going to be then out to get them.”

Even as cases around the country have sparked a national conversation about excessive force by police, sexual misconduct by officers has largely escaped widespread notice due to a patchwork of laws, piecemeal reporting and victims frequently reluctant to come forward because of their vulnerabilities — they often are young, poor, struggling with addiction or plagued by their own checkered pasts.

In interviews, lawyers and even police chiefs told the AP that some departments also stay quiet about improprieties to limit liability, allowing bad officers to quietly resign, keep their certification and sometimes jump to other jobs.

The officers involved in such wrongdoing represent a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands whose jobs are to serve and protect. But their actions have an outsized impact — miring departments in litigation that leads to costly settlements, crippling relationships with an already wary public and scarring victims with a special brand of fear.

“My God,” J.L. said she thought as she eyed the officer’s holstered gun, “he’s going to kill me.”

The AP does not name alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent, and J.L. declined to be interviewed. She was let go after the traffic stop without any charges. She reported her accusations immediately, but it was months before the investigation was done and the breadth of the allegations known.

She is one of 13 women who say they were victimized by the officer, a former college football standout named Daniel Holtzclaw. The fired cop, 28, has pleaded not guilty to a host of charges, and his family posted online that “the truth of his innocence will be shown in court.” Each of his accusers is expected to testify in the trial that begins Monday, including one who was 17 when she said the officer pulled down her pink cotton shorts and raped her on her mother’s front porch.

But on a June night last year, it was J.L.’s story that unleashed a larger search for clues.

A nurse swabbed her mouth. A captain made a report. And a detective got to work.


On a checkerboard of sessions on everything from electronic surveillance to speed enforcement, police chiefs who gathered for an annual meeting in 2007 saw a discussion on sex offenses by officers added to the agenda. More than 70 chiefs packed into a room, and when asked if they had dealt with an officer accused of sexual misdeeds, nearly every attendee raised a hand. A task force was formed and federal dollars were pumped into training.

Eight years later, a simple question — how many law enforcement officers are accused of sexual misconduct — has no definitive answer. The federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, which collects police data from around the country, doesn’t track officer arrests, and states aren’t required to collect or share that information.

To measure the problem, the AP obtained records from 41 states on police decertification, an administrative process in which an officer’s law enforcement license is revoked. Cases from 2009 through 2014 were then reviewed to determine whether they stemmed from misconduct meeting the Department of Justice standard for sexual assault — sexual contact that happens without consent, including intercourse, sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling and attempted rape.

Nine states and the District of Columbia said they either did not decertify officers for misconduct or declined to provide information.

Of those that did release records, the AP determined that some 550 officers were decertified for sexual assault, including rape and sodomy, sexual shakedowns in which citizens were extorted into performing favors to avoid arrest, or gratuitous pat-downs. Some 440 officers lost their badges for other sex offenses, such as possessing child pornography, or for sexual misconduct that included being a peeping Tom, sexting juveniles or having on-duty intercourse.

The law enforcement officials in these records included state and local police, sheriff’s deputies, prison guards and school resource officers; no federal officers were included because the records reviewed came from state police standards commissions. About one-third of the officers decertified were accused of incidents involving juveniles. Because of gaps in the information provided by the states, it was impossible to discern any other distinct patterns, other than a propensity for officers to use the power of their badge to prey on the vulnerable. Some but not all of the decertified officers faced criminal charges; some offenders were able to avoid prosecution by agreeing to surrender their certifications.

Victims included unsuspecting motorists, schoolchildren ordered to raise their shirts in a supposed search for drugs, police interns taken advantage of, women with legal troubles who succumbed to performing sex acts for promised help, and prison inmates forced to have sex with guards.

The AP’s findings, coupled with other research and interviews with experts, suggest that sexual misconduct is among the most prevalent type of complaint against law officers. Phil Stinson, a researcher at Bowling Green State University, analyzed news articles between 2005 and 2011 and found 6,724 arrests involving more than 5,500 officers. Sex-related cases were the third-most common, behind violence and profit-motivated crimes. Cato Institute reports released in 2009 and 2010 found sex misconduct the No. 2 complaint against officers, behind excessive force.

Cases from across the country in just the past year demonstrate how such incidents can occur, and the devastation they leave behind.

In Connecticut, William Ruscoe of the Trumbull Police began a 30-month prison term in January after pleading guilty to the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl he met through a program for teens interested in law enforcement. Case records detailed advances that began with explicit texts and attempts to kiss and grope the girl. Then one night Ruscoe brought her back to his home, put his gun on the kitchen counter and asked her to go upstairs to his bedroom. The victim told investigators that despite telling him no “what felt like 1,000 times,” he removed her clothes, fondled her and forced her to touch him — at one point cuffing her hands.

In Florida, Jonathan Bleiweiss of the Broward Sheriff’s Office was sentenced to a five-year prison term in February for bullying about 20 immigrant men into sex acts. Because the victims wouldn’t testify, Bleiwess’ plea deal revolved around false imprisonment charges, allowing him to escape sex offender status. Prosecutors said he used implied threats of deportation to intimidate the men.

And in New Mexico, Michael Garcia of the Las Cruces Police was sentenced last November to nine years in federal prison for sexually assaulting a high school police intern. At the time, he was in a unit investigating child abuse and sex crimes. The victim, Diana Guerrero, said in court that the assault left her feeling “like a piece of trash,” dashed her dreams of becoming an officer, and triggered depression, nightmares and flashbacks.

“It had never occurred to me that a person who had earned a badge would do this to me or anybody else,” said Guerrero, who is now 21 and agreed to her name being published. “I lost my faith in everything, everyone, even in myself.”

A 2011 International Association of Chiefs of Police report on sex misconduct questioned whether some conditions of the job may create opportunities for such incidents. Officers’ power, independence, off-hours and engagement with those perceived as less credible combine to give cover to predators, it said, and otherwise admirable bonds of loyalty can lead colleagues to shield offenders.

“You see officers throughout your career that deal with that power really well, and you see officers over your career that don’t,” said Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty, who fired Holtzclaw just months after the allegations surfaced and called the case a troubling reminder that police chiefs need to be careful about how they hire and train officers.

The best chance at preventing such incidents is to robustly screen applicants, said Sheriff Russell Martin in Delaware County, Ohio, who served on an IACP committee on sex misconduct. Those seeking to join Martin’s agency are questioned about everything from pornography use to public sex acts. Investigators run background checks, administer polygraph exams and interview former employers and neighbors. Social media activity is reviewed for clues about what a candidate deems appropriate, or red flags such as objectification of women.

Still, screening procedures vary among departments, and even the most stringent standards only go so far.

“We’re hiring from the human race,” Martin said, “and once in a while, the human race is going to let us down.”


In the predawn hours of June 18, 2014, J.L.’s report made its way to Oklahoma City sex crimes detective Kim Davis. By that afternoon, Miranda rights were being read to the suspect, an officer who had arrived out of the academy nearly three years earlier, a seemingly natural move for the son of a career policeman but one borne of deep disappointment.

Holtzclaw was a high school football star in Enid, Oklahoma, and a standout on a middling squad at Eastern Michigan University. He was a 6-foot-1, 246-pound leader to teammates who called him “Claw,” and constantly focused on his ultimate goal of the NFL.

“He trained that way. He talked that way,” said fellow linebacker Cortland Selman.

But the collegiate record for tackles Holtzclaw chased went unbroken, and the draft came and went.

He found traces of life on the field in his life on the beat, telling a reporter for his hometown paper that he enjoyed high-speed chases and once charged through two fences while pursuing a suspect on foot on a snow-slicked winter day. He hoped to eventually join the police gang squad.

The Oklahoma City Police Department said Holtzclaw had not received any prior discipline that resulted in a demotion or docked paycheck, but both the department and the state declined to release his full personnel record, citing state law making it confidential.

J.L.’s accusations made Davis and a fellow detective curious about an unsolved report filed five weeks earlier in which an unidentified officer was accused of stopping a woman and coercing her into oral sex.

According to pretrial testimony, the detectives reviewed the names of women Holtzclaw had come into contact with on his 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift and interviewed each one, saying they had a tip she may have been assaulted by an officer. Most said they had not been victimized but, among those who said they were, other links to Holtzclaw were found, Davis said in court. The GPS device on his patrol car put him at the scene of the alleged incidents, and department records showed he called in to check all but one of the women for warrants, the detective testified.

By the time the investigation concluded, the detectives had assembled a six-month narrative of alleged sex crimes they said started Dec. 20, 2013, with a woman taken into custody and hospitalized while high on angel dust. Dressed in a hospital gown, her right wrist handcuffed to the bedrail, the woman said Holtzclaw coerced her into performing oral sex, suggesting her cooperation would lead to dropped charges.

“I didn’t think that no one would believe me,” she testified at a pretrial hearing. “I feel like all police will work together.”

All told, Holtzclaw faces 36 counts including rape, sexual battery and forcible oral sodomy.

One additional accuser who came forward after Holtzclaw’s arrest later was charged with making a false report. Supporters of the former officer who congregate on social media express hope that others’ claims will be proven false, too, and friends wear T-shirts that say “Free the Claw.”

Earlier this year, while out on bond, Holtzclaw answered the door of his parents’ Enid home, saying of the allegations: “I’m not going to make any comment about it.” His attorney, Scott Adams, canceled an interview and did not respond to calls, emails and a letter.

Adams’ line of questioning at the pretrial hearing suggests he will raise doubts about the accusers’ credibility and portray investigators as having coaxed the women into saying they were attacked. Many of the women had struggled with drugs. Some had been prostitutes or have criminal records. Most lived in the same rundown swath of the city in sight of the state Capitol dome, and they all are women of color.

Many of their allegations are similar, with the women saying they were accused of hiding drugs, then told to lift their shirts or pull down their pants. Some claim to have been groped; others said they were forced into intercourse or oral sex.

The youngest accuser said Holtzclaw first approached her when she was with two friends who were arguing and he learned she had an outstanding warrant for trespassing. He let her go but found her again later that day, walking to her mother’s house. She said he offered her a ride and then followed her to the front porch, reminding her of her warrant, accusing her of hiding drugs and warning her not to make things more difficult than they needed to be. She claims he touched her breasts and slid his hand into her panties before pulling off her shorts and raping her.

When it was over, the teen said he told her he might be back to see her again.

“I didn’t know what to do,” she testified at the pretrial hearing. “Like, what am I going to do? Call the cops? He was a cop.”


Victims of sexual violence at the hands of officers know the power their attackers have, and so the trauma can carry an especially crippling fear.

Jackie Simmons said she found it too daunting to bring her accusation to another police officer after being raped by a cop in 1998 while visiting Kansas for a wedding. So, like most victims of rape, she never filed a report. Her notions of good and evil challenged, she became enraged whenever she saw patrol cars marked “Protect and Serve.”

“You feel really powerless,” said Simmons, an elementary school principal in Bridgeport, Connecticut, who works with Pandora’s Project, a support group for rape survivors.

Diane Wetendorf, a retired counselor who started a support group in Chicago for victims of officers, said most of the women she counseled never reported their crimes — and many who did regretted it. She saw women whose homes came under surveillance and whose children were intimidated by police. Fellow officers, she said, refused to turn on one another when questioned.

“It starts with the officer denying the allegations — ‘she’s crazy,’ ’she’s lying,’” Wetendorf said. “And the other officers say they didn’t see anything, they didn’t hear anything.”

In its 2011 report, the IACP recommended that agencies institute policies specifically addressing sexual misconduct, saying “tolerance at any level will invite more of the same conduct.” The report also urged stringent screening of hires. But the agency does not know how widely such recommendations have been implemented.

John Firman, the IACP’s research director, said the organization also is encouraging its chiefs to hire more women and minorities as a way to improve the environment inside departments.

“What you want is a culture that’s dominated by a bunch of people that reflect the community,” he said.

Experts said it isn’t just threats of retaliation that deter victims from reporting the crimes, but also skepticism about the ability of officers and prosecutors to investigate their colleagues.

Milwaukee Police Officer Ladmarald Cates was sentenced to 24 years in prison in 2012 for raping a woman he was dispatched to help. Despite screaming “He raped me!” repeatedly to other officers present, she was accused of assaulting an officer and jailed for four days, her lawyer said. The district attorney, citing a lack of evidence, declined to prosecute Cates. Only after a federal investigation was he tried and convicted.

It’s a story that doesn’t surprise Penny Harrington, a former police chief in Portland, Oregon, who co-founded the National Center for Women in Policing and has served as an expert witness in officer misconduct cases. She said officers sometimes avoid charges or can beat a conviction because they are so steeped in the system.

“They knew the DAs. They knew the judges. They knew the safe houses. They knew how to testify in court. They knew how to make her look like a nut,” she said. “How are you going to get anything to happen when he’s part of the system and when he threatens you and when you know he has a gun and ... you know he can find you wherever you go?”



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Cambridge Police release full list of professors arrested at Harvard’s DACA protest yesterday
Two dozen affiliates of the University and area schools were arrested in a shutdown of Massachusetts Ave in Cambridge yesterday
Written by Beryl Lipton
Edited by JPat Brown
In a protest against the removal of protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), over two dozen professors and affiliates of Harvard - as well as Babson College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Boston College - were arrested in Harvard Square yesterday after creating a human chain across Massachusetts Avenue that blocked traffic through the busy Cambridge junction.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday the Trump administration decision to rescind the policy, which provides a legal avenue for undocumented residents that have lived in the United States despite illegal entries by their guardians.

A list of individuals provided by the Cambridge Police Department includes among those arrested were the Minister of Harvard’s Memorial Church Jonathan L. Walton, 80-year-old Professor Emeritus of Latin American History and Economics John Womack Jr., and members of the school’s history and humanities departments. Arrest logs and reports are among those records that become public record during protests and demonstrations.

According to student newspaper The Harvard Crimson, dozens of students at the University are DACA beneficiaries. The arrested parties will appear before a judge on Friday morning.


Just why is the FBI doing the NCAA's dirty work? What are they guilty of?

When exactly did the FBI decide that NCAA regulations were the law of the land? When did it conclude that, in addition to hunting down terrorists and investigating insider trading, its mandate also included protecting amateurism in college sports?

For years, athletic shoe companies like Nike and Adidas paid coaches to have their team wear their brand of sneaker. Were coaches like Rick Pitino, John Thompson and Jim Valvano being bribed by the shoe company representatives? You certainly could frame it that way. But nobody did. Neither law enforcement nor the NCAA ever protested.

In 2006 — to pick just one among the many, many NCAA scandals over the years — two less-than-reputable agents gave the family of the University of Southern California’s star running back, Reggie Bush, gifts and benefits, including the free use of a house, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

They did so in the expectation that Bush would sign with them when he decided to turn pro. (He didn’t.) Although the university was severely punished by the NCAA, the FBI chose not to look into the matter. Why would it? Giving a star athlete’s family the use of a house may be unseemly, and it may violate NCAA’s rules regarding amateurism, but it doesn’t violate the laws on the United States. Not even close.

Why this?

And yet on Tuesday, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — that’s Preet Bharara’s old jurisdiction, before the president fired him — announced with great fanfare that it had cracked a college basketball bribery scandal. According to the complaints, four assistant basketball coaches from big-time sports schools — Auburn, the University of South Carolina, the University of Arizona and the University of Southern California — accepted bribes to steer top prospects to certain agents and financial advisers. (An agent was also indicted.)

In addition, James Gatto, the director of global marketing for Adidas Basketball, was charged with bribing top high school players and their families to go to schools like the University of Louisville with which Adidas has a contract to supply shoes and uniforms. In one case he is said to have paid a high schooler $100,000.

I ask again: What law is being violated? The Gatto indictment is particularly perplexing. Last month, Adidas agreed to pay $160 million over 10 years for the University of Louisville to wear its apparel. That’s called a “deal.” But if the company then pays a high school athlete to attend the school, that’s called a “bribe”?

Just another bribe?

If that’s really the criteria, why isn’t a college scholarship a bribe? The college is trying to lure a student by offering money. Is it all that much different from what Adidas’s executive is charged with doing? The only “wrongdoing,” if you can call it that, is that the athlete has violated the NCAA’s amateurism rules.

As for what the assistant coaches have been charged with doing, there is also another word for it: “finder’s fee.” Agents paying assistant coaches to steer top athletes to them is hardly a new phenomenon. Coaches who are caught doing it are invariably punished by the NCAA, and lose their livelihood. But never before has it been considered a criminal matter. Because it’s not.

It is true that the actions for which the coaches and others have been indicted take place in the shadows. And one would hardly call it an example of “best practices” in college coaching. But that’s an issue for the NCAA, not law enforcement.

The NCAA has real power to enforce its rules, because it can destroy the careers of both players and coaches who cross it. And despite the obvious fact that college basketball and football are multi-billion-dollar businesses, with coaches and others being paid millions of dollars, the NCAA remains adamant that no money ever touch a player’s hand. That’s really the crux of the issue here.

What’s a deal?

But imagine if players had, say, the rights to their own likeness and image, or the right to sign autographs, or the right to be paid by a university or an agent directly. Imagine, that is, that the money was finally out of the shadows. If that were to happen, then “bribes” would suddenly be transformed into “deals.” The absurd conflating of NCAA rules and federal law would end. The FBI really shouldn’t be doing the NCAA’s dirty work.

The bureau on Tuesday made the exchange of money that took place between the coaches and other sound truly nefarious. But its incentive is to make those involved appear as guilty as possible.

As this case makes its way through the courts, keep in mind one question: Guilty of what?

Joe Nocera is a Bloomberg View columnist. He has written business columns for Esquire, GQ and the New York Times, and is the former editorial director of Fortune. He is the co-author of “Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA.”


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DEA Sex Scandal Not Sufficient Reason to Dismiss Deadly Drug Conspiracy Case

A DEA sex scandal was not a sufficient reason to dismiss a St. Louis drug case, a federal judge ruled.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Shirley Padmore Mensah rejected defense lawyers’ claims on Jn. 12 that a deadly drug conspiracy case was compromised by an undisclosed affair between a DEA supervisor and a confidential informer, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.


Maine deputy cuts deal to have 20 sexual assault charges dismissed

January 25, 2018 12:20 pm
Updated: January 25, 2018 3:11 pm

Twenty sexual assault charges against former Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy Kenneth L. Hatch III will be dismissed as part of a plea agreement that calls for Hatch to plead guilty to providing a place for minors to consume alcohol.

The Maine Attorney General’s office on Thursday filed the latter charge, a Class D misdemeanor, in Lincoln County Superior Court, according to Assistant Attorney General John Risler, who prosecuted a November case against Hatch.

Risler declined to comment further on the case.

But Hatch’s attorney, Richard Elliott, confirmed the plea agreement on Thursday.

In November, jurors in Kennebec County found Hatch, 47, not guilty of two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and furnishing marijuana to a minor, but said they were hung on the other 20 charges of sexual crimes involving three teenagers, some in his cruiser while on duty.

Superior Court Justice William R. Stokes declared a mistrial on the remaining charges, which included sexually abusing three women when they were younger than 16, and one when she was 6, and providing marijuana to them.

Hatch, a former deputy of the year, will plead guilty to the new misdemeanor charge, according to Elliott, in exchange for the outstanding charges being dismissed with prejudice, meaning he cannot be tried on the charges again.

Hatch will appear before Stokes in Knox County Superior Court on Friday morning, agree to pay a $1,000 fine, and will serve no jail time, Elliott said


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Massachusetts man who says he was wrongfully convicted sues police, FBI

A Massachusetts man who spent three decades in prison for a rape he said he did not commit has sued law enforcement officers and agencies he alleges conspired to frame him.

Lawyers for George Perrot on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit suit against the city of Springfield, several city police officers, a prosecutor and FBI agents. Perrot’s attorneys say the law enforcement agents “deliberately planted gloves, hair and other phony evidence, and hid and destroyed exculpatory evidence, in order to secure Perrot’s wrongful conviction.”

Perrot was 17 in 1985 when he was arrested and charged with raping a 78-year-old woman in Springfield.

A judge released Perrot in February 2016. Prosecutors dropped the charges in October.


Judge rips city for concealing evidence in trial of woman allegedly choked by cop
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, January 25, 2018, 8:34 PM
A Brooklyn federal judge blasted the city Wednesday for withholding key evidence in the trial of a woman who claims police choked and hit her during a drug arrest.

Magistrate judge Cheryl Pollak criticized city lawyers’ “truly outrageous conduct” and recommended officials pay legal bills for Rosie Martinez — who claims police attacked her a Queens stationhouse — and that the case go straight to a damages trial.

There’s been “a pattern of willful noncompliance with the court’s orders and basic discovery obligations over almost two years despite 14 court orders,” Pollak wrote.

Martinez claims police attacked her in January 2015, when she was arrested for a drug deal and denied any involvement.

City lawyers provided documents last month that showed there were three NYPD investigations into the incident. The paperwork was handed over as the case’s statute of limitations and period for discovery were ending.


Alleged teen molester Roy Moore asks supporters for money to battle accuser in court
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Retired FBI Agent: The Ongoing Attempt to Denigrate the Unabomber TV Series and My Role in the Investigation

James R. Fitzgerald spent 31 years in law enforcement – 11 years as a Bensalem (PA) police officer/detective/sergeant and 20 years in the FBI as an agent/supervisor/profiler/forensic linguist – before retiring in 2007. He is now a consultant and an author.

By James R. Fitzgerald, FBI (Ret.)

If you watched the eight-hour Discovery Channel scripted limited-series, Manhunt: Unabomber, which aired during the summer of 2017, and is presently available on DVD, Netflix, and other streaming services, you may recall the protagonist of the series.

His name was Jim Fitzgerald, aka, “Fitz.” He was portrayed by actor Sam Worthington. Well, it’s the “real” Fitz (as opposed to the “reel” Fitz) who is the author of the article you are presently reading. I’m the now-retired FBI agent/supervisor/criminal profiler/forensic linguist who was directly involved in the actual Unabom case and helped finally bring the 17-year- long investigation to its conclusion with the arrest of Theodore J. Kaczynski in 1996.

James Fitzgerald

I chose to submit this article to ticklethewire.com to address numerous false allegations made about me and my role in the Unabom investigation in two separate articles previously published on this site. They were each written by an individual named Greg Stejskal.

In both of these articles (dated August 10, 2017 and January 05, 2018) he presented opinions regarding Manhunt which were very negative regarding its plotline, its supposed historical inaccuracy and other related issues. At the same time, he alleged certain “facts” which were very negative regarding me. Upon reading Stejskal’s second article, I decided to take this opportunity to provide a public retort to both of them and his continued grossly inaccurate statements about me, the “real” Fitz, which are contained therein.

Before proceeding any further, let me clearly state that I have no problem whatsoever with Stejskal expressing his negativity toward the “Based on True Events” Manhunt: Unabomber series.

If he sincerely didn’t like it for whatever reasons, he certainly has a right to express his opinions including in forums such as ticklethewire.com – even if he only watched one episode of Manhunt before writing and submitting his first highly deleterious critique, in which it is evident that he doesn’t seem to quite comprehend that the series was not a documentary, that he has little, if any, concept of the concept of what is a “composite character,” and that he apparently lacks an understanding of what the phrase “Based on…” means in Hollywood parlance.

That being said, when I read in Stejskal’s second article the repeated and demonstrably erroneous accounts of the Real Fitz’smy role, or alleged non-role, while assigned to the Unabom Task Force (UTF) in ’95 and ’96, despite my well-documented contributions to the eventual identification, arrest, and successful prosecution of Kaczynski, I knew it was time to respond to Stejskal and his repeated “fake news,” certainly as it pertained to me.

By the way, if you haven’t read his second article, Stejskal, also a retired FBI agent, cites a recent letter ostensibly written by Ted Kaczynski, a.k.a., the Unabomber, in a bizarre attempt to somehow bolster his (Stejskal’s) negative opinion of Manhunt. (Spoiler alert: the Unabomber didn’t like the series either – even though, like Stejskal, he never actually watched it.)

I’ll withhold the behavioral implications of this peculiar dynamic for perhaps a subsequent article. However, I will state here that if another FBI agent has ever quoted an imprisoned convicted serial killer to enhance his or her own personal image, reputation, opinion, and/or agenda, to somehow prove he or she was “right” about something outside of law enforcement circles (in this case, doubts about the accuracy of a television show), I’m not aware of it. Stejskal may be a true trailblazer in this regard.

Theodore Kaczynski (FBI photo)

Before getting into the facts regarding my real role in the Unabom case, a brief summary is in order regarding the genesis of Manhunt: Unabomber. How it made its way from the sloping hills of Lincoln, Montana, to the rolling streets of San Francisco to the Atlanta area (where it was filmed), to the Discovery Channel and other media is an interesting story in and of itself.

After Retiring

The making of Manhunt began in earnest when I first retired from the FBI in 2007. That’s when my good friend Jim Clemente (a fellow FBI profiler; ret. 2009) and I got together and decided that telling the story of the Unabom investigation in a television limited-series format would be a highly worthwhile undertaking.

We wanted to showcase to the world how our agency, the FBI, initially struggled but then finally succeeded in resolving this 17-year-long investigation of an unknown serial bomber who had killed three, seriously injured dozens, and almost brought down a commercial airliner.

While committing these crimes, this nameless offender was also taunting the FBI and the


Actor who played Barney is now tantric sex guru charging $350 per session
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Scribbling for environmental, social and economic justice
Arctic Sea Ice Extent at Record Lows as Winter Temperatures Soar
Five point five degrees Celsius above average.
That’s how much warmer than ‘normal’ the entire region of the Arctic above the 66 degree North Latitude Line was earlier today. Areas within this large warm pool saw temperatures spike to a range of 15 to 25 C warmer than the already warmer than normal 1981-2010 base period. And broad regions saw temperature between 10 and 20 C above that 30-year average.


What’s the Real U.S. Weather Story for Fall and Winter of 2017-2018? Abnormally Warm,
https://robertscribbler.com/2018/02/07/whats-the-real-u-s-weather-story-for-fall-and-winter-of-2017-2018-abnormally-warm-abnormally-dry/ Abnormally Dry.
It seems that every time a snow storm or burst of cold weather roars out of a less stable and warming Arctic, the news media is all a-buzz. Perhaps this is due to the fact that these events are abnormal in their own right. Perhaps because they are more and more the extreme punctuations and back-blasts of a larger warming climate. Perhaps it is due to the fact that cold events are steadily becoming more of a nostalgic novelty even if, when they do arrive, they can come on with a fierce intensity.

Baltimore police corruption inspires state bills for stiffer punishment for officers, payouts for victims

officers, payouts for victims

As the trial of two former Gun Trace Task Force members unfolded in Baltimore last week, Ivan Potts was telling state lawmakers in Annapolis how the rogue unit ruined his life.
“I just spent two and a half years in prison for something I didn't do, at all,” Potts told the House Judiciary Committee. Lawmakers are now weighing reforms in the wake of the scandal — including whether and how to compensate the task force’s wrongly imprisoned victims.
Potts’ gun crime conviction relied on testimony from the now-disgraced unit, whose indictments and prosecution have captivated the city for months. A judge vacated Potts’ conviction after the indictments last year, but Potts said he has not been made whole.
“I was found guilty because they testified against me, and they just painted a picture that I couldn't fight,” he said. “I really lost everything.”


Robert Mueller and the 'up or out' management policy that damaged the FBI


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In one of the texts messages released in a report of the FBI's handling of the Clinton emails by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., FBI lawyer Lisa Page told Peter Strzok, an FBI agent with whom she was romantically involved, that Obama wanted "to know everything we're doing," on Sept. 1, 2016. The unspecified subject Obama ...


Attorney General Sessions faces accusations of racism after honoring ‘Anglo-American heritage’ of policing 
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Washington (CNN) The White House is proposing to spend more than $2 billion in funding for a new FBI headquarters, infusing cash into a stalled effort to ... In a statement Monday, the FBI said it had submitted a report to the Senate on a "nationally focused consolidation strategy for FBI headquarters" that ...


police chief doing time for murder charged with 1997 rape

Hardin pleaded guilty last fall to the February 2017 murder of a man in northern Benton County. He was accused of shooting and killing James Appleton on the side of Gann Ridge Road. It was during this process that Hardin’s DNA was taken.
The rape case involved a teacher who was raped at Frank Tillery Elementary School on Sunday, November 9, 1997.
The teacher went into her classroom that morning to clean up and complete lesson plans. That Sunday, there was a church service being held in the school cafeteria. About 250 people were in attendance.
The teacher told police she left her classroom to use the restroom when she was approached by a man disguised with a knit stocking and sunglasses and carrying a pistol. The man raped her and he quickly fled the scene.
The teacher was able to give a description of the suspect, and a police sketch was made. For the next 20 years, the case was unsolved. Rogers Police asked for the public’s help finding the suspect, and the TNT series Cold Justice: Sex Crimes featured a 2015 episode on the case.
Grant Hardin was an officer with the Eureka Springs Police Department in 1997. He was fired from the department that year, the current chief told 40/29. Hardin also served as chief for the Gateway Police Department before it was shut down in May 2016, according to the Democrat-Gazette. The Gateway Police Department existed for four months.
The police report for the arrest on the 1997 rape lists the following previous charges for Hardin:
* Charged with Indecent Exposure in Rogers on August 21, 1998.
* Charged with Fleeing in Eureka Springs on September 24, 2005. Found not guilty.
* Charged with Domestic Battery III in Bentonville on May 29, 2007. Case dismissed.


Former dominatrix loses fight to keep job as LEO
A New Jersey sheriff's officer who appeared in bondage films as a dominatrix was fired after fighting to keep her job


Police: 42 year old Man pointing gun at his own head killed by officers including one
who has shot and killed two other people
in the last 6 months

WILLISTON, Vt. — A distraught man who was pointing a pistol at his own head was shot by police as he walked toward two officers next to a busy interstate and refused repeated commands to drop the weapon, state police said Monday.
The man died at a hospital shortly after the Sunday shooting in the breakdown lane of Interstate 89 in Bolton, said state police Col. Matthew Birmingham.
Benjamin Gregware, 42, of Sheldon, did not point his weapon at police before he was shot three times, Birmingham said. State police Trooper Christopher Brown and an officer from the nearby Richmond Police Department fired 12 shots total at him.
It was the third fatal shooting involving Brown in the last six months. He also was involved in a nonfatal shooting several years ago, Birmingham


4 black men wrongfully convicted of murder sue city of Chicago

CHICAGO — Four black Chicago men wrongfully imprisoned for their alleged involvement in a 1995 double murder during a robbery have filed a federal lawsuit accusing police and Cook County prosecutors of coercion and withholding evidence.
The convictions of Charles Johnson, Larod Styles, LaShawn Ezell and Troshawn McCoy were overturned in 2017. That was seven years after new fingerprint evidence implicated a man known to have argued with the two victims shortly before their deaths.

The lawsuits name 13 former Chicago police detectives as defendants. Among those named are James Cassidy and Kenneth Boudreau. The two had obtained confessions in multiple cases where other evidence would eventually show the suspects were innocent.
The lawsuits allege the city’s failure to identify and track officers who committed misconduct, including obtaining coerced and false confessions, amounted to a de facto policy that led officers “to believe they could act with impunity.”


Number of dishonorably discharged military members in FBI gun ...
KOAT Albuquerque-
That month happens to be when the Air Force said it failed to report Kelley's past to the FBI database. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in December about the findings. "It was clear very early that Mr. Kelley's criminal


Police: Florida officers fatally shoot 84-year-old man


Authorities say Florida police officers fatally shot an elderly man who had been threatening to kill himself.
A Miami-Dade Police Department news release says officers responded to a Homestead-area apartment complex Monday afternoon after a report of an 84-year-old who was armed and threatening to take his own life.
Police say four officers opened fire on the armed man and rescue workers determined he died at the scene.


2 Baltimore detectives convicted of racketeering, robbery

BALTIMORE Two Baltimore police detectives were convicted of robbery, racketeering, and conspiracy Monday in a trial that’s part of an ongoing federal investigation into corruption among rogue members of the city’s beleaguered police force.
After the jury foreman read the verdict following two days of deliberations, Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor were shackled and led out of U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Some of Hersl’s relatives burst into tears, while one of his victims called out: “Justice.”

The two detectives were each convicted of racketeering conspiracy, racketeering and robbery under the federal Hobbs Act, which prohibits interference with interstate commerce. They face up to 20 years on each count, for a total of 60 years.
On Monday evening, acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Schenning said he was hopeful that the police corruption case “will begin a long difficult process of examining how” the Baltimore force polices its own.
“We hope that police officers live up to the honor and privilege of the badge,” Schenning said on the courthouse steps.
The trial was dominated by four ex-detectives who testified that the police department’s elite Gun Trace Task Force was actually made up of thugs with badges who stole cash, resold looted narcotics and lied under oath to cover their tracks. They detailed acts of astonishing police criminality, including armed home invasions, stretching back to 2008.
Acting Police Commissioner Darryl DeSousa said in a statement immediately after the verdict that the department will move to fire Hersl and Taylor, who have been suspended without pay since being indicted and arrested in March.
“We recognize that this indictment and subsequent trial uncovered some of the most egregious and despicable acts ever perpetrated in law enforcement,” DeSousa said.
William Purpura, Hersl’s lead attorney, said the family was disappointed in the verdict but noted that the jury “did acquit him of one of the more serious crimes.” He said a decision about a possible appeal would be made later.
Both men were cleared of possessing a firearm in pursuance of a violent crime.
Taylor’s defense team and his relatives did not immediately speak to reporters after the Monday evening verdict.
Much of the testimony during the trial focused on Gun Trace Task Force members who pleaded guilty, including the out-of-control unit’s onetime supervisor, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins. He was portrayed as a wildly corrupt officer leading his unit on a tireless quest to shake down civilians and find “monsters” — bigtime drug dealers with lots of loot to steal.

His subordinates testified that the onetime amateur mixed martial arts fighter told his officers to carry BB guns in case they ever needed to plant weapons and occasionally posed as a federal agent when shaking down targets.
Former colleagues said Jenkins’ sledgehammer approach to policing extended to having actual sledgehammers — along with crowbars, grappling hooks, black masks and even a machete — stored in his police-issued car to ramp up illegal activities.
It’s not clear when Jenkins and the other ex-detectives who pleaded guilty will be sentenced by a federal judge. Four disgraced ex-officers testified for the government in hopes of shaving years off their sentences.
The defense teams for Hersl and Taylor had asked jurors to distrust the motivations of the government’s witnesses, including a number of convicted drug dealers who received immunity for their testimony in the case.
Schenning said he was thankful the jurors saw through that.
“That was the business model for this organization: They thought if you rob drug dealers they have no place to go,” he said.
Purpura did not deny that his 48-year-old client took money but said the thefts didn’t rise to the more serious charges of robbery or extortion. The two defense teams also attacked the veracity of the four disgraced detectives, noting that they’ve admitted to lying for years to juries, judges, colleagues and their families.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Wise reminded jurors that the central question in the trial was the actions of the rogue police unit, and whether some of their robbery victims made money “selling drugs or Girl Scout cookies” was irrelevant.
Public defenders say there could be a few thousand tainted cases stretching back to 2008 involving the jailed members of the disbanded Gun Trace Task Force. So far, roughly 125 cases involving the eight indicted Baltimore law enforcers have been dropped.
“Beyond the sheer credibility issues that should have been raised at the time, given how embedded their crimes were in their police work, all cases involving these officers are tainted,” said Debbie Katz Levi, head of special litigation for Baltimore’s Office of the Public Defender.

Committee blocks bill shielding law enforcement officers

A legislative committee on Sunday tabled a bill that could have extended greater legal immunity to law enforcement officers accused of wrongdoing, snubbing a proposal touted by Gov. Susana Martinez amid heightened scrutiny of police misconduct in Albuquerque and beyond.
Critics of House Bill 279 pointed to what the Department of Justice has called a pattern of excessive force by officers at the Albuquerque Police Department and the death just last year of a 6-year-old boy in a car crash involving an officer at the agency, contending there is plenty of reason to be wary of legislation that could make law enforcement less accountable.
In an interview with The Albuquerque Journal before the legislative session, the governor said lawsuit settlements were being awarded to what she characterized as “crooks and thieves who are hurt or injured by police officers who are doing their job.”

But that comment came against the backdrop of ongoing controversy surrounding misconduct at the Albuquerque Police Department, which is in the midst of an ongoing reform process overseen by the federal government.
Meanwhile, the city government there has paid millions of dollars over the last several years to settle lawsuits, including $5 million for the family of James Boyd, a homeless man killed by police during a standoff in 2014.
And more broadly, the state has in recent years had among the highest rates of people killed by police.
“This bill would move us in the wrong direction,” Steven Robert Allen, director of public policy for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, told the committee.
NM SAFE, a coalition of criminal justice reform organizations including the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops and the American Civil Liberties Union, gave the bill an F in its ratings of public safety legislation this session.
The group said House Bill 279 would have made it much more difficult to hold officers accountable for negligent behavior that injures other people. And trial lawyers contend the state’s caps on the money that can be won through suing the police already are draconian.
The House State Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee tabled the bill, sponsored by Rep. Greg Nibert, R-Roswell, on a party line vote of 4-2.

But backers countered the measure would not have protected police who were negligent or ignored their own policies and training, instead arguing it would merely bring the state in line with federal law while avoiding the second-guessing of law enforcement that some argue has hindered officers.
“At its most basic level, this protects against unrealistic second-guessing of police judgments in the field,” Laura White-Davis, director of the General Services Department’s Risk Management Division, told lawmakers.
The bill mirrored some of the federal standards for bringing a


Low police complaints mask discontent with Dallas department

DALLAS — At a time of high tensions between police and the public, the Dallas Police Department would seem to be a success story: While some other big-city departments draw thousands of citizen complaints every year, the nation’s eighth-largest gets only a fraction of that number.
In fact, the department received a mere 221 complaints in 2016 and 183 for the first 11 months of 2017 — stunningly low numbers for a metropolis of 1.3 million people patrolled by about 3,300 officers.
But a closer look suggests that the apparent success may stem from the complaint system itself, which makes it so hard for people to complain that many do not try or give up. Those who persist confront a host of built-in obstacles, including vague or nonexistent instructions, confusion about complaint forms, incorrect phone numbers and a mysterious investigation process where decisions often go unannounced and are difficult to appeal.
“The process doesn’t seem to be clear or open,” said Sam Walker, a professor emeritus in criminal justice at the University of Nebraska who has written several books on police accountability. He concluded that Dallas’ suspiciously low complaint rate is “unacceptable” but not surprising.
Providing “open and accessible” police complaint systems has been standard since the early 1980s, Walker said.
“To me, being able to file a complaint is a First Amendment right, to tell someone their perception of what happened,” he said.
Many of the complaints happened before Police Chief U. Renee Hall took over in September, but Hall’s chief of staff says she has developed a strategic plan that will be released in the next few weeks that will address some of the accountability concerns.
Frustration with the complaint system intensified in recent months, and the police chief met publicly with citizens who described being blocked from filing complaints and having their grievances dismissed without being notified. Some reported that they did not bother to file complaints because the system seemed so stacked against them.
In 2014, Maria De Jesus Garza tried to file a complaint against an officer who ticketed her for having trash cans that obstructed traffic. The officer came back weekly for three months, she said, and knocked her cans over with his car to make a point.
“I realized this wasn’t extreme,” she said. “But I decided that I needed to report it.”
Other officers attempted to dissuade her. One said the allegations were not enough to pursue a complaint. “He told me, ‘I don’t think you understand what you are doing.’”
Over the span of three hours, three officers tried to talk her out of the complaint before telling her the office was out of complaint forms, Garza said.
The Dallas department has no complaint forms. The department’s internal affairs division confirmed to The Associated Press in January that it instead asks people to write their account on a blank sheet of paper and sign it.
Neither the department’s website nor a pamphlet that is supposed to be available to the public offer instructions on the complaint process. Nowhere do they explain that signed complaints can be filed by mail, email or fax to the internal affairs department.
Changa Higgins filed a complaint several years ago but never learned the outcome. He was not surprised, given the lack of direction he had from police.
“There’s nothing to talk you through it or guide you through. It comes down to how well you can write, what you can remember. What if you leave out a piece of critical information because you didn’t know it would be important for an investigation?”
Walker said the process should be outlined on the department’s home page, with directions for filing a complaint and information on possible outcomes and the ability to appeal.
The AP obtained six years of complaint data from the department, which shows 60 percent or more of complaints are referred to division commanders after being deemed minor complaints, including a handful alleging excessive use of force. In 2017, 15 percent of complaints were labeled “no investigation” and closed.
Lorraine Birabil filed a use-of-force complaint against officers in 2013, after her father called police about a trespasser and was arrested during the investigation — an arrest that, she said, resulted in injuries.
Only after filing a lawsuit in the matter did she learn that the use-of-force complaint had been dismissed.
The Dallas department says its policy is to send written notifications if its internal affairs division conducts the investigations. For lesser violations referred to division commanders, commanders are required to notify people of the outcome.
The low complaint numbers could indicate a problem in the community’s relationship with officers, said Ron Davis, former director of community oriented policing services at the Justice Department. The federal government has reformed the complaint systems in the almost two dozen police departments it has supervised after various legal or community troubles.
“It could easily be apathy because it doesn’t look like the department responds to complaints,” Davis said.
The number of complaints against police has been dropping at most U.S. departments because of wider use of body cameras and the abandonment or reduction of practices such as New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy. But the complaint numbers in Dallas are still two to five times lower than at similar-sized police departments around the country.
Other Texas cities provide explicit instructions and online complaint forms, sometimes in multiple languages. Those communities have received more complaints than Dallas.
The Dallas department’s website does note that a decision can be appealed to the city’s Citizens Police Review Board, but a phone number on the website is incorrect, and a city worker who answered said it had been changed nearly two years ago. Neither the department nor the city website explains how to file an appeal.
Hall took the reins just about a year after the departure of her predecessor, David Brown, who led the department through perhaps its most painful chapter since the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who was slain in Dallas.
In July 2016, a peaceful demonstration against police brutality turned deadly when a sniper opened fire downtown on a large group of police, killing four Dallas officers and one transit officer and wounding nine others. It was the largest death toll among law enforcement from a single event since 9/11.
Since then, the department has struggled with low morale and a wave of retirements, including Brown, who had sought to change the culture among rank-and-file cops by firing 70 officers during his tenure.
When Brown started firing officers, “it was clear to people that the culture we had of doing whatever you want and not being held accountable was about to change,” said Senior Cpl. Frederick Frazier, vice president of the Dallas Police Association, the city’s largest police union. “And that accountability is what a lot of us wanted.”
In 2015, Brown touted the dramatic drop in use-of-force complaints as a result of intensified training and stepped-up community policing and accountability. Law enforcement experts and former union officials said the assertion was hard to prove, explaining that apathy or slow 911 response times could have played a larger role.
Hall plans to seek more reforms, including allowing complaints to be filed at the city’s seven substations instead of only at headquarters and putting a 90-day cap on the time an

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Sheriff who took money meant to feed inmates buys $740G beach house

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Rookie San Francisco cop who fatally shot carjacking suspect fired

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Mississippi officer sentenced on marijuana charge


Interna documents shed light on police discipline as NYPD faces criticism over secrecy behind penalties given to cops 

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Black police officers sue Little Rock citing discrimination


Female cop  settles suit with state police


Tanisha Anderson's mother says punishment of Cleveland officers 'unfair,' union to challenge discipline


Ex-hooker who allegedly provided sex to retired NYPD cop may testify in corruption trial

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NYPD sergeant, in multi-million dollar lawsuit, charges hostile workplace and racist boss in Staten Island precinct


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Dr. Frederic Whitehurst
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst is a former FBI scientist who “blew the whistle” on misconduct within the FBI crime lab, resulting in extensive reforms being made. He was America’s first successful FBI whistleblower. His case exposed forensic fraud in the FBI crime lab and subjected it to outside oversight for the first time. In 1997, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto won a landmark victory and was responsible for a historic Presidential Executive Order ensuring whistleblower protection Rights for FBI Agents who expose misconduct. They also obtained an extraordinary settlement of $1,166,000 plus $258,580 in attorney’s fees.
Dr. Whitehurst is the Executive Director of the NWC’s Forensic Justice Project, a member of the Board of Directors and an Honorary member of the Whistleblower Leadership Council.
For detail background information on Dr. Whitehurst, please click here.


August 2, 2019
Join us in Richmond, Virginia for a FOIA workshop and other community events in memory of the Community Justice Network’s Lillie A. Estes
Tomorrow, MuckRock will join the CJN and others to explore how transparency can help bring communities together
Written by Tom Nash
Edited by Michael Morisy, JPat Brown
In the Richmond, Virginia area? Join MuckRock, the Community Justice Network, and the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for a public records workshop, book reading, and other events to celebrate the life of Lillie A. Estes.
Estes, who passed away suddenly in January, called Richmond, Virginia home, but her role as a community strategist and cofounder of the Community Justice Network resonated across the country. You can read more about her life and work here.

This weekend and next week, the Community Justice Network marks her 60th birthday with a book talk by another Bostonian friend, author Jean Trounstine; a bridge walk and resource fair featuring a public records workshop; and a commemoration at the Charles S. Gilpin Community Farm.
On Saturday, author/activist Jenise Justice Brown will host Trounstine and community leader Tobias Estes for a discussion of Trounstine’s book, Boy With A Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner’s Fight for Justice. This is the culmination of an idea that Lillie had before she died, after her son, John, Tobias’s brother, was murdered. Boy With a Knife invites a discussion on restorative justice, a discussion Lillie hoped to take place in Richmond and across the country.
On Sunday, in collaboration with the Houston Institute, we will gather at 1100 E. Leigh St. for a brief program overviewing the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge and its role in the city. We will then walk across the bridge to Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, where we will hold a resource fair featuring speakers from the Virginia Poverty Law Center, Richmond Transparency and Accountability Project, Richmond for All, Legal Aid Justice Center, Advocates for Youth and more. This resource fair will also include a Richmond-specific overview of public records through a MuckRock lens.
Some recent MuckRock in Richmond examples:
* The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s continues to thwart transparency as it makes moves that will displace public housing residents.
* The Richmond Police Department has a previously undisclosed incentive program with the Ring home surveillance cameras.
* Richmond Public Schools released its full budget, but not before taking action on it.
Read more about more information about CJN’s upcoming events, email info@communityjusticenetwork.com.


August 1, 2019
Did John Steinbeck spy for the CIA?
Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Michael Morisy
Did “A Russian Journal” author John Steinbeck offer to pass on information to the Central Intelligence Agency? According to a 1952 letter in the Agency archives from former Director of Central Intelligence Walter Bedell Smith, yes.



Anchorage police officer arrested over accusations of sexually abusing teenage girl
n Anchorage police officer was arrested Friday night over accusations he sexually abused a 14-year-old relative of his girlfriend in May.
Officer Andres Ornelas, 28, is.


After a successful trial, Burbank officials OK body-worn cameras for police


Teenager who read constitution in front of Moscow police becomes a symbol of Russian resistance
Peaceful protest in the face of Putin.
03 August, 2019


Woman says she was permanently disfigured by Portland police at protest
Michelle Fawcett filed lawsuit after receiving severe chemical burns when police fired ‘flash bang’ rounds at a crowd last August


August 5, 2019
Huntington Park’s new “RoboCop” stores pedestrians’ faces, scans license plates, and costs $8,000 a month to run
California police department highlights ability of the “automated” cop to blacklist flagged individuals
Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Michael Morisy
Back in June, the Huntington Park Police Department in California announced the newest addition to the force: A 400 pound security robot dubbed “HP RoboCop


San Diego police sergeant accused of soliciting minor for sex found dead after failing to show for arraignment


AUG 06, 2019 | 8:43 AM


Judge bars release of video of deadly shooting at Costco by off-duty LAPD officer


Galveston police apologize after photo surfaces of horse-mounted officers leading black handcuffed suspect

2 hours ago · Galveston police are apologizing after a dramatic photo circulated online showing horse-mounted officers leading a handcuffed man of color by what appears to be a rope. Police issued a ...


Law Enforcement
‘You Guys Are Brutes!’ St. Albans Cop Punches Handcuffed Woman
by Sasha Goldstein
August 05, 2019


A cop killed a man. But the victim's priors, not the cop’s 'bad acts,' admissible in court

Kirsten Fiscus, Montgomery Advertiser Published 12:06 p.m. CT Aug. 6, 2019 | Updated


Why smartphones’ “cop mode” might not keep cops out for much longer
The debate over “compelled decryption” is likely headed for the US Supreme Court.
by Patrick Howell O'Neill
Aug 6, 2019


Likud’s Gal Hirsch, who was nominated for top cop, accused of massive tax fraud
Four-year investigation into former IDF general, long panned by him as politically motivated, clears him of bribery suspicions in Georgia business deals
5 August 2019, 2:13


The Greensboro, Maryland police officer Daniel Webster, who was involved in the death of an African-American teen, has been decertified by a state agency that sets training standards for law enforcement.
Webster resigned following his decertification.
A spokesman for the Maryland Division of Corrections confirmed the decertification occurred during a meeting of the Police Training and Standards Commission on July 26. However, he could not reveal details about what prompted the board’s decision, citing laws which preclude discussing personnel matters.
Previously it was reported that at least 26 incidents of use of force from Webster’s former job in Delaware were omitted from his application to work in Maryland.


Queens Woman Strip-Searched After Beef With Cop Neighbor: Suit
NYPD cops came after the woman after she reported threats from her state trooper neighbor to the NY State Police, a new lawsuit says.
By Noah Manskar, Patch Staff
Aug 6, 2019 7:30 am ET | Updated Aug 6, 2019 7:32 am ET
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Valley family wants answers in FBI shooting
Posted: 10:38 PM, Aug 05, 2019


Feds: FBI 'exercised remarkable caution' in CIA worker probe


FBI agents are reluctant to pursue white nationalist extremists because they don't want to target Trump's base, former counterterrorism official says


Agent fired over anti-Trump text messages sues FBI, Justice
1:04 pm 

August 6, 2019


Gun Stolen From FBI Agent’s Car In Oakland Last Month Recovered

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Poetic problem solver
Former mathematics professor Dr. Scott Williams fills life with prose, artistic subsets


Cleveland police officer charged with trying to kidnap 12-year-old girl, then urinating on her
Prosecutors say the 34-year-old officer recorded the alleged assault on his cellphone.


‘So f---ed up’: Cardi B blasts NYPD cops she claims helped stop friend’s school supply giveaway


AUG 21, 2019 | 10:01 AM


TSA agent at OIA confessed to having 20-year addiction to child pornography
By: Daralene Jones
Updated: Aug 20, 2019 - 6:41 PM


August 21, 2019
Controversial Obama-era counterrorism program continues uninterrupted in Colorado
New documents from the Denver Police Department show that “Countering Violent Extremism” is expanding its surveillance of immigrant and refugee communities
Written by Ava Sasani
Edited by Beryl Lipton, JPat Brown
Last month, the Denver Police Department completed two years of indirectly monitoring migrants and youth for the Department of Homeland Security
Since the early days of the Trump Administration, one centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s counterror policy has remained mostly untouched.
Countering Violent Extremism, or CVE, is an Obama-era program that was pitched as a community driven approach to national security. The thesis of CVE, that law enforcement can prevent extremist violence by strengthening relationships with community leaders, hinges on the widely discredited assumption that there is some way to predict who does or does not become a terrorist.


Five people intend to sue over injuries they suffered in melee with police


AUG 21, 2019 | 8:11 PM


State Police union chief, lobbyist arrested by FBI; alleged bribery plot uncovered

By Gal Tziperman Lotan, Travis Andersen and Andrea Estes Globe Staff,August 21, 2019, 8:09 a.m.


A Killer Cop Gets Fired, and Somehow the Cops Are Angry
Daniel Pantaleo suffered the absolute minimal consequence for killing Eric Garner. The fact that the police union is throwing a tantrum is sick and outrageous.
By Elie Mystal


Bridgeport cop Steven Figueroa fired

Tara O'Neill | August 21, 2019
— Bridgeport Police Officer Steven Figueroa, who has been arrested six times in less than two years, was fired from the Bridgeport Police Department on Wednesday.


Being a black female cop is hard enough without also being sexually harassed by your male colleagues | Jenice Armstrong
Updated: August 21, 2019 - 5:50 PM


They were supposed to protect me:” Former cop sues department over sexual harassment, retaliation


Alleged Philadelphia Cop Shooter Was FBI Federal Informant
Summer Eldemire
Cheat Sheet Intern
Updated 08.21.19 11:18AM ET / 
Published 08.21.19 11:16AM E


Chester City cop allegedly gave stolen Taser to convict accused of posing as journalist



Twice the vice: 2 cops from same New Jersey township hit with DWI charges on same day in 2 different towns


AUG 21, 2019 | 9:51 PM


Behind the story: Mike Denering, veteran painter of Hollywood backdrops


August 21, 2019
CIA instructed its historians to omit “embarrassing” details from the record
In a formerly SECRET “Dos and Don’ts” regulation for historical officers, Agency suggested “unflattering statements” be avoided
Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Michael Morisy
An undated regulation uncovered in the Central Intelligence Agency archives, formerly classified SECRET, appears to outline the “Dos and Don’ts” for Agency historians. While most of the consideration goes into avoiding exposing the identities of undercover agents …


A public project led by Michael Rothschild

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Man, 75, tells Belton officer to close bathroom door then gets fined $257

Mike Ellis, Anderson Independent Mail Published 10:39 a.m. ET Aug. 22, 2019 | Updated 8:58 p.m. ET Aug. 22, 2019


Hong Kong riot police beat protesters at anti-surveillance rally
Teargas thrown at masked demonstrators angry over lamp posts equipped with CCTV


2 N.J. cops from embattled police department sued again for excessive force
Updated 12:21 PM; Today 10:18 AM


Texas Police Chief Kills Himself After Being Served Warrant
August 23, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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California Teen Seeks Justice in Court After Being Beaten by Police While at a Family Birthday Party

Dara Sharif
Yesterday 10:30pmFiled to: POLICE USE OF FORCE

A California teen who ended up being pummeled by a police officer when cops raided a relative’s birthday party earlier this year is now suing, charging excessive force.
The beating of 17-ye


Montebello Police Lieutenant Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

By City News Service
Published 2 hours ago


Landmark US case to expose rampant racial bias behind the death penalty


Aaron Burr, vice-president who killed Hamilton, had children of color
Philadelphia ceremony honors John Pierre Burr, prominent member of black society now recognised as son of founding father


'Our dad is dead': the families left behind after police shootings


When Kamala Was a Top Cop
If elected, can the candidate be trusted to hold government officials accountable and oversee a progressive criminal justice system? Her past says no.
6:00 AM ET

Conor Friedersdorf
Staff writer at The Atlantic


Deputy Resigns after Slamming K9 to the Ground Several Times, Fracturing its Leg


Former NYC Public Advocate Goes Toe-to-Toe with Ex-FBI Agent Who Criticized Pantaleo’s Firing In Eric Garner Case
By Tanasia Kenney -
August 23, 2019



Other Worlds:
The Universe of Soap Bubbles



Epstein docs a Florida ‘deep dive’
By Daniel Hopsicker -
August 23, 2019
‘What we know so far is far less than what we don’t.’

Virginia Roberts Amanda Keller
This is a tale of two worlds.  One is fabulous, and full of opportunity. The other, less so. Guess which world supplies the sex slaves?
The 2000-page release of sealed documents in former sex slave Virginia Roberts’ lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein is a deep dive into the often batshit-crazy rituals of Florida’s lower middle class, as well as those who exploit them.
It’s a treasure chest filled with hidden Easter eggs.
To make sense of what Epstein was doing—and for whom—studying the court docs is a must, especially because the first spate of mainstream news stories picked only low-hanging fruit. The usual suspects.
That sex slaves were being recruited at Mar-a-Lago didn’t seem to register.
Also being mentioned, sotto voce, are several others. Democrats. Ex-governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson. Former Senator George Mitchell.

Wait. George Mitchell? The guy that entered the U.S. Senate from Maine under Truman or Eisenhower? The very same. (He actually became a Senator in 1980.)
He doesn’t look like any kind of smooth operator with the ladies, does he?  So why was he chosen to receive the loan for an evening of one of Epstein’s stable of not-yet-legal sex workers?
As it happens, I learned a few things about George Mitchell while investigating a close associate of his, who “just happens,” as they say, to have been the first world-class mega-wealthy Slavic oligarch to cut a swath along the East Coast.
More about him, and them, later. More about their plane. More about the pilot who flew them around. But first…

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In Secretive Court Hearing, NYPD Cops Who Raped Brooklyn Teen in Custody Get No Jail Time


White Indianapolis Cop Punches Black Teen in the Face


Charge dropped against tow truck driver arrested while repossessing cop’s car
Updated Aug 30, 1:48 PM; Posted Aug 30, 7:00 AM


In 1990s, Philly’s now-interim top cop wore T-shirt: ‘L.A.P.D. We Treat You
Like a Rodney King


Off-duty cop punches woman in face and his gun goes off during Jersey Shore fight, prosecutors say
Updated 12:28 AM; Posted Aug 30, 5:19 PM


Police chief wanted to sleep with my wife and daughter in exchange for a promotion, cop claims
Today 9:26 AM



Internal Watchdog Discovers DOJ Official Viewed Porn on Government Computers


Scientists discover way to ‘grow’ tooth enamel
Experts produce clusters of enamel-like calcium phosphate to crack age-old problem



White supremacists 'swatted' my home to silence me. I will not be silent
Ijeoma Oluo


Black Alabama man who served 36 years of life sentence for $50 robbery to be freed
Alvin Kennard imprisoned without parole for first-degree robbery under ‘three strikes law’


Google says government hackers have put ‘monitoring implants’ in iPhones for years
Visiting hacked sites was enough for server to gather users’ images and contacts


Robert F. Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan stabbed in prison

Dennis Romero
The man convicted of killing Robert F. Kennedy was injured Friday in a stabbing in a California prison


Political sign on display outside Alabama church sparks controversy — ‘A black vote for Trump is mental illness’


AUG 31, 2019 | 11:29 AM


State trooper charged with being impaired while accompanying driver with permit
Daniel Murray, a Maine State Trooper from Mount Vernon, was summoned Tuesday after being stopped by Waterville police while accompanying a 15-year-old permit driver while intoxicated.


Boiling point: in Tucson, not everyone is equal in the face of heat

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Texas Cop Admits to Having Sex with a Teenage Girl


NC Sheriff Indicted for Urging Man to Kill Deputy Threatening to Expose him


Detroit Police Officer Convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Drugs


DEA Agent Accused of Helping Drug Cartel Was Denied Bond Because of ‘Double Life’


*                 NYC CRIME
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NYPD cop arrested for selling drugs, taking bribes: authorities


 Declassified Celebrity FBI Files



I paid $125 for this photo of Angela Merkel
by JPat Brown
September 18, 2019
After five years of trying to get records out of the Harvard University Police Department, I ended up spending $125 on a high-resolution photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This is the story of how and why.
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By Daniel Hopsicker -
September 13, 2019
There are a million angles to the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. It seems highly likely that at this very moment pedophile pedigrees are being constructed which connect Epstein to child sacrifice in ancient Carthage.


Fuck You George W. Bush, Fuck You General Tommy Franks
By Daniel Hopsicker -
September 11, 2019
It’s been six thousand five hundred and seventy-four days since a billion people around the world watched almost three thousand of our number perish in gruesome and horrible ways. And every year on September 11 I think to myself, “This will be the year it doesn’t matter anymore. This will be the year it’s finally all right.”


NYPD cop who ‘provided security’ for El Chapo’s wife busted for dealing cocaine
By Tina Moore, Larry Celona and Ben Cohn
September 18, 2019 | 9:45pm


St. Louis undercover cop claims officers beat him during anti-police protests


Colorado Cops Once Again Caught on Video Shooting Man in Back as he Runs away


Warroad cop enters plea to charges he stalked, kidnapped, sexually assaulted teen


Nassau Cop Defends Sworn Testimony In 2017 DWI Arrest That Led To Dozens Of Deals, Dismissals


White Cop Charged For Punching A Black High Schooler And Lying About It
The assault was captured on video.


Monongahela cop charged with on-duty sexual assault

TOM DAVIDSON | Wednesday, September 18, 2019 12:16 p.


Dallas cop admits in federal court to writing bogus tickets to boost OT pay
Officer Matthew Rushing's traffic tickets went to nonexistent people and cars that weren't operable, according to his plea papers.


Dozens of men have alleged Reynaldo Guevara was a dirty cop. Now a lawyer says he has documents to prove it.


SEP 18, 2019 |


Declassified, but not public. Miami judge asked to release key 9/11 name


Info wipe of laptop did not affect former Arkansas legislator’s conviction in kickbacks trial, brief says
by Doug Thompson | Today at 7:03 a.m.

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Welcome To Waterbury: The City That Holds Secrets That Could Bring Down Trump


20 Medford police officers suspended without pay in probe of details at construction site

By Danny McDonald and Travis Andersen Globe Staff,Updated September 26, 2019, 8:59 p.m.


Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: FBI: Dorothea Lange

To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
A copy of FBI files on Dorothea Lange, well-known Great Depression-era documentary photographer, who died on October 11th of 1965.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
Shaunice Ajiwe
From: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Subject: eFOIA files available
There are eFOIA files available for you to download.
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Top of the class: Labour seeks to emulate Finland's school system


Costco shooting: LAPD officer was 20 feet away when he opened fire, police say


New WMR Report Available: The Fourth Reich of Donald Trump:


McDonald's customer filmed making racist remarks toward Spanish-speaker is fired from job at sheriff's office


The New York TimesWhy Can’t We Get Rid of Bad Sheriffs?


Verdict reached in case against Erie County Sheriff's Office Deputy
Posted: 4:36 PM, Sep 27, 2019 Updated: 7:16 PM, Sep 27, 2019
By: WKBW Staff


NYPD Special Victims detective arrested for molesting 12-year-old girl


SEP 28, 2019 | 9:16 AM


City Commissioner Calls Cop "Rogue" as he Receives Deputy of the Month Award


Cop fired after contacting sexual assault after cas


My Dad Was A Retired Cop Who Died By Suicide. Here’s What I Want You To Know.


Suspended Margate cop arrested in undercover drug buy


‘Your daughter is going to jail,’ cop screams at dad after shocking special needs student with stun gun


The FBI released 750 pages detailing allegations against Trump's infamous lawyer and mentor pedophile Roy Cohn

* The FBI released approximately a trove of documents from its file on detail President Donald Trump's controversial lawyer Roy Cohn.
* The documents detail the agency's investigation into Cohn concerning perjury, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and bribery, adding to Cohn's longtime reputation as a ruthless attorney who had little to no regard to ethical guidelines in his work and consulting of his associates.
* While developing his cutthroat reputation, Cohn met Donald Trump after the Department of Justice brought a 1973 lawsuit against Trump and his father, Fred, for alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act after they had discriminated against black rental applicants.
* Since Trump's emergence on the political stage, Cohn's ties to Trump's associates have co


Hidden in Plain Sight: The Shocking Origins of the Jeffrey Epstein Case
Epstein is only the latest incarnation of a much older, more extensive and sophisticated operation that offers a frightening window into how deeply tied the U.S. government

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NYPD investigators, NYC prosecutors concerned about real world impact of state criminal justice reforms


2 white girls, 10 and 11, accused of hate crime after allegedly assaulting black 10-year-old: ‘I don’t like your people’

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Bordentown Police chief Frank Nucera guilty of lying to feds about attack on Trenton teen

Nucera, who made more than $150,000 as police chief and another $20,000 to share duties as township administrator, also faces the loss of his six-figure pension, which has been frozen since March. He retired in January 2017 amid the FBI probe.
“He’s frankly shocked by it because if you’re the person who was there and know you didn’t do it, it’s disheartening after a 34-year career to be in that position," Cipparone Jr. said. "He took it with grace, but he doesn’t like it.”
The charges stemmed from a police call to the township hotel after a manager mistakenly believed Stroye, then 18, and his 16-year-old girlfriend were swimming in the pool without paying for a room.
Stroye was arrested following a scuffle with Lt. Shawn Mount. Mount described it as the fight for his life. 
Prosecutors said Nucera slammed the handcuffed Stroye's head into a door jamb as he was being escorted from the second-floor hotel stairwell to a police cruiser. The defense denied Nucera ever put his hands on the Trenton teen, and the police chief made no admissions on dozens of secret recordings made by a colleague.
Sgt. Nathan Roohr testified at the three-week trial that he saw the police chief grab and slam Stroye's head "like a basketball" into the metal door jamb. Roohr turned over 81 secret recordings of Nucera using racial slurs, including about Stroye within hours of the alleged attack.
The chief also compared blacks to the terrorist organization ISIS, claimed they had "no value" and remarked that President Donald Trump was the "last hope" for white America.


Evidence from ex-Dallas cop’s murder trial fuels mistrust


A small-town Iowa newspaper brought down a sex fueled cop. His failed lawsuit has now put the paper in financial peril.


Apple Angers China by Approving Cop-Tracking Map App for Hong Kong


Grand jury indicts N.J. cop who authorities say wanted to ‘get naked’ with a teen


Howell cop indicted after he was found with condoms in underage sting operation


Fort Peck tribal cop gets prison time for stealing $40K from youth program


Bar owner says cop threw the first punch


Missouri Cop Busted in Incest Sex Sting, Feds Say
Posted By Doyle Murphy on Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 4:38 pm


Mount Dora cop sues over hostile work environment
St. Francis Smith claims civil rights were violated in forced resignation


Libtards and False Rape Claim: Inside Bizarre Cases Against Two Denver Cops


Suicidal cop was target of internal theft, perjury investigation


Oklahoma Cop Rapes 14-Year-Old Girl After Asking for Sexually Explicit Photos


Jealous former Edinburgh cop used police software to track ex lover after she dumped him


Here's How Chicago Cops Really Covered Up the Murder of Laquan McDonald
At least 16 Chicago police officers worked together to conceal or downplay their colleague’s murder of a black teenager.

Power-crazed white wannabe cop shot unarmed black shopper dead for using disabled parking space

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/10/power-crazed-white-wannabe-cop-shot-unarmed-black-shopper-dead-for-using-disabled-parking-space-10898038/?ito=cbshare
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Cop relieved for allegedly selling ‘hot car’ to fellow officer

Read more: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1176130/cop-relieved-for-allegedly-selling-hot-car-to-fellow-officer#ixzz61yT1FEGH
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Ex-cop Fielded by Sena Claims to Have Spent 2.5 Yrs of Encounter Case Jail Term in Hospital
The 1983-batch state police service officer, who opted for voluntary retirement earlier this year, made this admission while addressing a rally in Nallasopara area of neighbouring Palghar district earlier this week.



Angry ex-NYPD officer, after dodging jail time with his partner for sexual encounter with teen inside police van, rips his accuser as a money-hungry liar

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Fidgety Florida policeman fired after his gun went off in a school cafeteria


OCT 17, 2019 | 4:59 PM


No prison for ex-Florida cop who mistakenly shot and killed Twin Cities retiree during demo
Her husband spoke at sentencing against the plea deal. He was there when his wife of 55 years was shot. 


The cop-hating Bronx Defenders shouldn’t get a dime of public money
By James Gagliano
October 17, 2019 | 7:5


Florida cop who shoved a suspect off of a roof gets penalty: One less vacation day


Mesa Cop Calls People 'Idiots' for Bringing Up Shaver Shooting on Facebook


Miccosukee cop guilty of threatening teens with arrest if they didn’t strip naked and run


NYPD cop found guilty of assaulting handcuffed mentally ill teen


Off-duty cop appears to pull gun on teen during dispute


Former Cop Opens Hemp Shop In Chiefland
By Jake Dima


Richmond cop linked to drug cartel sues federal government, wants 5,000+ pages on FBI investigation into him
Mike Wang was fired, but never charged


Veteran NJ Cop and Police Athletic League Coach Charged With Sexually Abusing Pre-Teen Athletes
Edward Giles allegedly abused the boys starting when they were 11 and 12 years old
Published Oct 16, 2019 at 1:10 PM | Updated at 8:14 PM EDT on Oct 16, 2019


Philly police can implement tattoo policy, inspired by officer’s alleged Nazi ink, without involving union
by Anna Orso, Staff Writer, Updated: October 17, 2019- 10:35 AM


Investigation into Chicago cop’s death ignored evidence possibly implicating his wife, says city watchdog, calling it ‘incompetent and incomplete’.


Waterford Township cop facing rape charges in Genesee County, off-duty when alleged crimes occurred


Police Board Fires Cop Who Killed 2 In 2015

OCTOBER 17, 2019 - 7:54 PM


Cop who returned to job after drunkenly crashing into bar says he was snubbed for promotion


Chicago Cop Who Quit Force After Shooting and Killing Rekia Boyd Wants All Evidence of His Criminal Case Erased

Dara Sharif
Monday 7:45PM

In this April 20, 2015, file photo, Chicago Police Detective Dante Servin listens as a judge reads his decision on the involuntary manslaughter charges Servin faced in the March 2012 shooting death of Rekia Boyd.
Photo: John J. Kim (Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
The then off-duty Chicago cop who fired his gun out of his car window, striking and killing Rekia Boyd, an innocent bystander, now wants all evidence of the criminal case filed against him cleared from the public record.
Even though Dante Servin got off scot-free on charges of involuntary manslaughter when a Chicago j


No-jail, 10-year probation deal given to former Punta Gorda officer who fatally shot librarian

Michael Braun, Fort Myers News-Press Published 4:21 p.m. ET Oct. 16, 2019 | Updated 6:34 p.m. ET Oct. 17, 2019


115 Pct. cop cuffed over bar incident
He allegedly pointed gun at waitresses


Cop filmed using taser on man who asked not to be taken by car on Shabbat
Officer suspended for giving Eliran Zrihan electric shock despite not facing threat, police open probe; victim’s cousin slams ‘criminals in uniform’


City claims ‘illegal alien' mistakenly killed by cops had no constitutional


The mysterious deaths of two Chicago cops demand answers, not fall guys


A Fort Worth police officer urges cops to apologize for Atatiana Jefferson's shooting death
By Scottie Andrew, CNN

Updated 10:11 AM ET, Wed October 16, 2019


Garner's mother: End cops' secrecy
She asks for repeal of law guarding police disciplinary records
Ryan Tarinelli
Oct. 17, 2019
Updated: Oct. 17, 2019 9:30 p.m.


'At your mercy': Behind scenes, ethics prosecutor pleaded with FBI to assist in Andrew Gillum case

Jeff Burlew, Tallahassee Democrat Published 1:52 p.m. ET Oct. 17, 2019 | Updated


Another case is connected to the Jackson County deputy that has been charged
*                 Betsy Webster, Maggie Holmes


The Hidden Costs of High-Tech Surveillance in Schools


Rick Scott pushes for increased oversight of FBI mass violence tips
By: Samantha Manning , Cox Media Group Washington Bureau
Updated: Oct 17, 2019 - 7:29 PM

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Alice Speri
October 22 2019,


Durham's probe into possible FBI misconduct expanded based on new evidence, sources say


Porn star gets special tour of NYPD headquarters, including normally restricted areas


OCT 22, 2019 | 4:00 PM


NYPD cop busted for swiping cellphone from girlfriend during spat


Cop at Johnson County bar flashed badge, threatened to use gun while pursuing woman

Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article236536713.html#storylink=cpy


Hamden Cop Arrested In Officer-Involved Shooting:


Cum Dumpster' Cop Beau Jones Fired, Criminal Investigation Continues
MEG O'CONNOR | OCTOBER 22, 2019 | 11:50AM


Federal jury convicts 2 Chicago cops of stealing cash and drugs with bogus search warrants


Longwood cop pressured teen into false confession
Officer says he wanted to make traffic stop a teachable moment
By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor
Posted: 5:43 PM, October 22, 2019


Disgraced ex-cop's bullshit libel case has nearly destroyed the newspaper that outed him for sexual predation of teen girls


North County cop sued for 1st Amendment violation
ACLU, WUSTL First Amendment Clinic partner on case about videotaping arrest
*                 By Rebecca Rivas Of The St. Louis American Oct 22, 2019 Updated 4


Farmington cop resigns following use of force on 11 year old
Female in middle school


Cops Order Man to Crawl and Lay Down before Beating him for Running Stop Sign


Phoenix police announce firings of two officers
BY MARTY JOHNSON - 10/22/19 08:30 PM EDT


Los Angeles wants to pave its streets with recycled plastic


Many, many peoples' trash ma


Climate havoc wipes out coastal kelp as S.F. Bay’s native fish species die off

Peter Fimrite Oct. 22, 2019


Global impacts of thawing Arctic permafrost may be imminent
By Paul VoosenOct. 21, 2019 , 11:00 AM


Sheriff rehires corruption investigator accused of posing as deputy in bizarre jail incident


5 Months After Viral Arrest Video, Cop Fired
Christopher Meyer was caught on tape pointing a gun at couple who had their kids with them


California Cops Shoot Unarmed 16-year-old Boy in Back of Head


A Cop Pointed a Gun at a Pregnant Woman and Her Family. It Took 5 Months for Him to Get Fired.
In a viral video, you can hear the Phoenix officer yelling, “You’re going to fucking get shot” and “I’m going to put a fucking cap in your fucking head”



Cop resigns after video shows him slamming 11-year-old girl onto ground
By Lee Brown
October 23, 2019 | 10:05


White Detroit cop claims racial, age bias after demotion over viral video

George Hunter, The Detroit News


Chicago police union board votes “no confidence” in top cop

Progreso ex-cop to face federal bond hearing Thursday for rape


New Mexico Cop Won’t Face Criminal Charges After Giving 11-Year-Old Student A Concussion
The incident was captured on video.


Former Monroe County cop charged with raping woman stopped for DUI, court records say


OCT 23, 2019 | 7:37 PM


SFO asks for secret tribunal over lawyer 'who swore at FBI agent'
Anti-corruption agency being sued for unfair dismissal by former prosecutor


Man Killed in Police Shooting Was Son of NYPD Cop
The man killed in a violent encounter with police early Wednesday morning was the son of an NYPD police officer, a law enforcement source tells News 4.The incident also resulted in a... See M


N.J. cop and youth coach charged with 7 more sex crimes against children
Updated 5:33 PM; Today 3:47 PM


Cop Charged For Shooting Passenger After Stopping Alleged Armed Robbery Suspects


Officer arrested for DWI resigns from Palisades Park police department

Kristie Cattafi, North Jersey Record Published 2:39 p.m. ET Oct. 23, 2019 | Upda


Rockford cop charged with sexual assault
On Oct 23, 2019


Trial Begins for Veteran Cop Told to ‘Tone Down His Gayness’ if He Ever Wanted a Promotion in the St. Louis PD


What Happens After You Record The Police And Challenge The Law? BET’s ‘Copwatch’ Addresses This Issue
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FBI Events Mark 100 Years Since First African-American Special Agent








Eyes to My Soul: The Rise or Decline of a Black FBI Agent

by Tyrone Powers (Author) 



Former FBI Special Agent Tyrone Powers, a veteran of the Maryland State Police, spent nine years as an FBI agent, with postings in Cincinnati and Detroit. He resigned in August 1994.

The picture of the country's top law enforcement agency that emerges from Powers' eloquent prose reveals an organization beset by the same problems of racism that plague the rest of American society. Powers describes sheet-clad students at the FBI Academy impersonating Ku Klux Klansmen. He reports on FBI Agents in Detroit raising funds for white Detroit policemen charged with (and later convicted of) second degree murder in the death of Black motorist Malice Green. White agents on one occasion substituted the face of an ape on the photo of an African American agent's children, displayed on their Black colleague's desk.

White agents, according to Powers' narrative, urinated on photographs of President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. Powers provides eyewitness evidence of the agency's extralegal harassment of African American mayors Coleman Young (Detroit), Marion Barry (Washington, DC) and Harold Washington (Chicago).

His story parallels similar complaints of harassment voiced in recent years by the Congressional Black Caucus and in the 1960s by Civil Rights workers. The FBI's Counter Intelligence Program of surveillance, disruption and assassinations against the Black movement of the 1960s and 1970s (COINTELPRO), has received wide coverage in recent years.

Former Special Agent Powers grew up in inner city Baltimore and his autobiographical recollections combine the sociologist's insight with the novelist's flair for storytelling. The problems of the inner city are presented in all theirunvarnished starkness. There was drug dealing, violence, gang feuds and incest in the experience of an inner city youth growing to manhood. Some of it was very close to home.








Guilty plea for FBI translator whose voice was intercepted







Cop gets 3 years for sex with a teen











St. Louis cop Randy Hays pleads guilty to beating undercover colleague during protest






Video Shows NYPD Cops Brazenly Ignoring Stop And Frisk Reforms


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AG Won't Charge Burlington Cop in Death That Ignited Political Firestorm









Orlando cop fired after grabbing teen by hair and yanking her head









NYPD cop admits he lied about being struck by suspect’s car during arrest










City sued for not firing Chicago cop later convicted of sex trafficking

The suit says a box containing 46 color Polaroids of nude and scantily clad women was left on the dashboard of William Whitley’s department vehicle.

By Jon Seidel Nov 8, 2019, 12:26pm CST






Allegheny County cop strikes plea deal in connection to overdose death of his 15-year-old niece


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Hey, Chief Chan, Here’s a Cop Who Drives Like a Sociopath!






Trumbull cop gets suspended term in sex assault of teen

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Cop charged with assault after video shows he hit a handcuffed man, SC officials say

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Charges dropped for trooper accused of lewd act at Gillette Stadium








Woman sues ex-Chicago cop who sexually assaulted her when she was 14, accuses city of failing to act on warning signs





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Lucas: Reporters collude with FBI against Trump

The next time you are talking to a Washington reporter, make sure he is not colluding with the FBI. Otherwise you could have big problems, the way Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign manager, did following a meeting four Associated Press reporters had with Andrew Weisman, then chief of the Justice Department’s Criminal Fraud Section, and other FBI agents. It...






French culture ministry official spiked 200 female interviewees’ drinks with diuretics to watch them URINATE

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Crime pays off? Danish city offers convicted criminals CASH AID for moving out of ‘ghettos’

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Several killed, 100+ homes destroyed & koala habitat wiped out in Australia brush fires (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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Bolivian police 'mutiny' in opposition to Evo Morales

Groups of officers in major cities join protests over disputed presidential election result





Coca-Cola is world's biggest plastics polluter – again

Volunteers in 51 countries collected plastic waste and the soft drink manufacturer’s products cropped up the most often







How the art of black power shook off the white gaze





Japanese women demand right to wear glasses at work

Public outcry after TV show exposes businesses imposing ban on female staff







Jeffrey Epstein: FBI ready to strike against paedophile's 'child groomers'

FBI agents are poised to arrest at least four suspects in the Jeffrey Epstein child sex trafficking case, a legal source said last night.


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FBI agent guilty of sex abuse


Was bureau's chief of internal affairs


|  February 18, 2004

WASHINGTON -- The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for what became a two-decade career.

John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week in Tarrant County Court in Fort Worth to 12 years in prison after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.

Conditt sought treatment for sex offenders after his arrest last year, said his attorney, Toby Goldsmith.






Sisters Win  Sex Abuse Civil Lawsuit Against Their FBI Father


FBI agent started sexually molesting his  3 daughters when they

were  2 years old.










FBI covers up child abuse, murder in Nebraska





SOURCES: FBI Civil Rights division probes St Tammany Sheriff’s defamation arrest







FBI, hysterical over EIR expose, plans next phase of coverup







Georgia city settles year-long open records lawsuit

On October 28th, the City of Roswell, Georgia settled a Georgia Open Records Act lawsuit with Appen Media Group. The lawsuit, which had gone on for nearly a year, accused the Roswell Police Department of consistently withholding “vital information about criminal incidents” from release and failing to meet time requirements for supplying records. Initially, Roswell’s attorneys claimed that the city was protected by “the doctrine of sovereign immunity,” which states that the government cannot be sued without its consent. However, Appen launched a GoFundMe, which raised $4,220 and helped sustain the lawsuit.

The settlement agreement, unanimously passed by Roswell’s City Council, involves the city paying Appen $10,500 in attorney’s fees and “a year’s worth of free open records requests.” The settlement also includes the city admitting no liability in the alleged public records wrongdoings.

Blackbox, the site where this story was published, is owned by Appen Media Group.

Read more from Julia Grochowski at Blackbox.

Buzzfeed’s big week: Mueller probe documents and an overturned GLOMAR

This FOIA round-up would not be complete without discussing arguably the largest FOIA story of the week, which one could argue is either of the big FOIA wins from BuzzFeed News this week.

Reporters there obtained a treasure trove of FBI docs in response to five different FOIA lawsuits. The first installment ordered released by a court featured FBI 302 reports from the Mueller investigation, the summaries of interviews with White House and Trump campaign officials.

Through the materials, BuzzFeed News found Paul Manafort was “pushing the conspiracy theory that Ukraine hacked the DNC as early as 2016” and that, according to Rick Gates, then-candidate Donald Trump, following the DNC hack, told Gates that “more leaks were coming.” Many more revelations were reported by BuzzFeed News, and the documents have led to reporting by many other news outlets.

You can join in on the fun. BuzzFeed News says: “We want your help! If you see something in these memos, you can email reporter Jason Leopold at jason.leopold@buzzfeed.com or reach us securely at tips.buzzfeed.com.”

BuzzFeed News reporter Jason Leopold chronicled on Twitter the effort that went into this FOIA release.








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Suffolk County PD lieutenant recounts how ‘The Administration’ of top law enforcers operated outside the law on Long Island





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NYC advocates push for parole reform in the new year





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Sergeant suspended in Detroit cop killing case was once fired for being a coward


Tresa Baldas and Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press Published 2:49 p.m. ET Nov. 26, 2019 | Updated 6:54 p.m. ET Nov. 26, 2019






Arbitrator reinstates Columbus cop fired after city accused him of paying for sex on duty





A Black Cop Says His Boss Called Him A Rat For Exposing Corruption. Here Are His Secret Recordings


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Baltimore's top cop announces new use-of-force policy

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Inside the restaurant serving up second chances for ex-prisoners






Video: After Getting Doored, Cops Tell Cyclist Lying In The Street To Expect A Summons


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Ex-cops probation denied; files grievance against judge






RAM’s revival and the ongoing struggle against MMA's far-right fight clubs








Exclusive: Trump’s top border official broke FBI rules to fund happy hours


Tal Kopan Nov. 26, 2019 Updated: Nov. 26, 2019 9:05 p.





Fog brings poison mercury to Santa Cruz Mountains — mountain lions are suffering


Peter Fimrite Nov. 26, 2019 Updated: Nov. 26, 2019 11:06 a











Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request: Marion Wilson



To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records mentioning or describing Marion Murdock Wilson Jr. (July 29, 1976 – June 20, 2019), who was executed by the state of Georgia for murder.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.






Brunswick producer says her film helped lead to convicted murderer’s parole









Back to square one: NYC Department of Correction website entry destroyed life that ex-con was trying to rebuild, court papers say





NOV 25, 2019 | 12:01 AM






Newspaper sorry for promising kids a holiday photo with ‘Satan’





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Queens D.A. released list of 65 officers with credibility problems, following similar releases in Brooklyn and the Bronx





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British cop guilty of ‘gross misconduct’ after mother-in-law recycles sensitive sex-offender files





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Oklahoma cop indicted for murder after allegedly firing 60 rounds, killing road-rage suspect







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Chicago cop convicted in Laquan McDonald’s death moved again






Seattle Internal Affairs Cop Charged In Hookers Sting!


Randal Woolery agreed to pay prostitute $40 for a 'hand job.'

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State's highest court backs City Hall refusal to defend Buffalo cop in lawsuit









Former Citronelle cop charged with sexual extortion


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White Detroit cop accused of repeatedly using n-word: 'I'm tired of these fuc


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Cop Claims In Lawsuit Philadelphia Police Department Doesn’t Give New Mothers Time, Space They Need To Pump At Work






Cop Says He Was Discriminated Against After Coming Out at Teen Event








New trial for ex-Peoria cop convicted of having child porn








St. Paul cop who kicked innocent man found guilty by federal jury

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Off-duty cop arrested after alleged DUI collision outside police headquarters










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Bay Area university?NEWARK – A Newark cop with what his bosses called an “extremely problematic 

and troubling” record of making dishonest claims in his police ...3 days ago


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90-year-old Florida man arrested for second time in a week after feeding the homeless again





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U.S. Army Worries Humanity is Biased Against Deadly Cyborg Soldiers Because of Movies Like Terminator


The U.S. Army is hard n























Defending Rights & Dissent Opposes Trump Executive Order Equating Support for Palestinian Rights with Anti-Semitic Discrimination

December 11, 2019 by Rights & Dissent











DECEMBER 11, 2019, 1:51 PM ET


Cop Accused Of Forcing Wanted Woman Into Giving Him Oral Sex In Police Cruiser Claims It Was Consensual


Thomas Oliver Jr., an 11-year veteran of the Wilmington (Delaware) Police force at the time of his arrest, faces charges of second-degree rape






Cop Accused Of Asking Minors For Nude Photos

He allegedly victimized at least two teen girls, according to police.

By Eric Heyl, Patch Staff

Dec 11, 2019 1:14 pm ET








Aurora Cop Drives Drunk On Duty: Keeps Job, No Arrest

By Brian Maass

December 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm

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Maryland Cop Arrested For Allegedly Raping Two Women


In one of the alleged assaults, Anthony Michael Westerman is accused of bringing an “extremely intoxicated” woman back to his home against her wishes, putting on a pornographic film, and then raping her. 






Ohio bill would require cops to be trained on interacting with people with dementia

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Justice Department watchdog investigating possible FBI leaks to Giuliani in 2016


By Marshall Cohen


Updated 2:58 PM ET, Wed December 11, 201









Who’s in charge of deadly UPS hijack investigation? The FBI — and there are questions why


DECEMBER 11, 2019 06:00 AM








Plants can 'talk’ under duress, study says





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Donald Trump Jr. killed endangered sheep on NRA-sponsored Mongolia hunting jaunt





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The climate-change secrets of 19th century ship's logs





An eccentric group of citizen-scientists called Old Weather has transcribed millions of observations from long-forgotten logbooks of ships, many from the great era of Arctic exploration. As the polar regions grow ever warmer, the volunteers have amassed a rich repository of climate data in a 21st century rescue mission.




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To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

All available records of complaints submitted to the Department of Investigation, and all available records of actions related to those complaints, from January 1, 2014, to the date this request is filed naming any New York City Marshals or their employees.

Additionally, any and all records of disciplinary actions taken against any New York City Marshals or their employees since January 1, 2014.

Additionally, any and all records of enforcement actions filed against any New York City Marshals or their employees since January 1, 2014.

Additionally, any and all records of investigative memoranda naming any New York City Marshals or their employees since January 1, 2014.

Additionally, any and all records of “unusual incident” reports, memoranda, investigations, or notes, as defined by Section 1-10 of the NYC Marshal’s handbook, including but not limited to arrests, assaults, physical injuries, and/or the discovery of contraband, filed by any New York City Marshals, New York City marshal employees, or by DOI employees, pertaining to New York CIty Marshals, since January 1, 2014.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.











In 2018, a team of private firefighters very publicly saved the home of celebrity millionaires Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in Hidden Hills, CA.

This year, as private firefighters once again protect the property of the wealthy, tens of thousands of rural California homeowners have been left with insurance cancellations and rate increases, forcing them into less comprehensive insurance programs, such as California’s FAIR plan, according to Reuters. This has sparked a debate over the advantages of wealth in a time of extreme weather, and raised questions about what the future of emergency protection will















The Taxi King has fallen. 

In a long magazine article, the New York Times lays out the rise and fall of Evgeny Freidman, who took over the Big Apple’s taxi medallion business, rapaciously securing great riches on the backs of hard working immigrant hacks, only to see it all collapse in a tax fraud prosecution. 

It is all interesting enough in a conventional sort of way — another lousy human being bringing misery upon others because of his greed. 

But it was the second half of paragraph 8 that really caught my eye.

While his business partners lost millions because of his tax fraud, Mr. Freidman avoided prison by cooperating with a federal investigation into one of his partners, Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer. 

The article goes on, and there are a couple of quick mentions of Cohen again, almost parenthetically. 

Which had me wondering: how is it that nobody really looks closely at Cohen himself? Besides what Cohen is best known for — delivering hush money to women on behalf of Trump, and turning on Trump to save his own skin — how much do we really know about the man?

In fact, we know a lot. We









DECEMBER 11, 2019

Who Will Protect Us From an Unpatriotic Patriot Act?



“It is the responsibility of the patriot to protect his country from its government.”

– Thomas Paine

While Congress subjects the nation to its impeachment-flavored brand of bread-and-circus politics, our civil liberties continue to die a slow, painful death by a thousand cuts.

Case in point: while Americans have been fixated on the carefully orchestrated impeachment drama that continues to monopolize headlines, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law legislation extending three key provisions of the USA Patriot Act, which had been set to expire on December 15, 2019.

Once again, to no one’s surprise, the bureaucrats on both sides of the aisle—Democrats and Republicans alike—prioritized political grandstanding over principle and their oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution.

As Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) predicted:

Today, while everyone is distracted by the impeachment drama, Congress will vote to extend warrantless data collection provisions of the #PatriotAct, by hiding this language on page 25 of the Continuing Resolution (CR) that temporarily funds the government. To sneak this through, Congress will first vote to suspend the rule which otherwise gives us (and the people) 72 hours to consider a bill. The scam here is that Democrats are alleging abuse of Presidential power, while simultaneously reauthorizing warrantless power to spy on citizens that no President should have… in a bill that continues to fund EVERYTHING the President does… and waiving their own rules to do it. I predict Democrats will vote on a party line to suspend the 72 hour rule. But after the rule is suspended, I suspect many Republicans will join most Democrats to pass the CR with the Patriot Act extension embedded in it.

Massie was right: Republicans a






Beginning in early 2019, Portland Copwatch has been working with a number of other groups on a campaign to improve the City's contract with the Portland Police Association.

On August 26, PCW cosponsored a forum on the contract organized by the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform.

On September 11, Oregon Action released a letter to City Council outlining demands for the contract which has signatures from roughly 30 organizations. A summary of the letter's main points can be seen below.

Portland Copwatch has posted an annotated version of the letter which points to specific problem areas in the contract.

On September 24, Portland Copwatch, Oregon Action and other groups involved in the campaign released a letter focusing on items which should be negotiated-- but should not be in the contract itself.

PCW also annotated this second letter.

In November/December 2019, the City is collecting information from the community to help them prioritize their negotiations. You can send in your comments at https://portlandoregon.gov/wheeler/80027. The form asks you if you live in Portland and if so, in what neighborhood. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can, but you can also put your name (and organization's name if you have one) in the text field








UCPD allows Ofc. Aranas #76 to RETIRE after overwhelming pressure to have him FIRED


October 25, 2019







Cop Who Baptized Woman Against Her Will Indicted for Sexual Battery and Rape










Jim Bakker: God Told Me He’d Murder an Enemy of the Church… and Then He Did!


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Delhi faces second-coldest December for over a CENTURY: India gripped by ‘bone-chilling’ weather

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Assad plans to sue the US over ‘stealing’ Syria’s oil

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Robert Shetterly: The Role of Education in a Democracy

Thomas College, Waterville, ME

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 3 - 4:30 pm

Join artist Robert Shetterly for a community session open to the public. The community session will pose the following question: What is the role of education in a democracy?


Robert will ask attendees to create personal quotes in response to their concerns and challenges related to this question. He will share why he creates the work that he does and the connection to the people depicted in his work. He will highlight practical examples from his previous workshops for how teachers can explore these questions with their students.


Robert Shetterly is an American artist, best known for his portrait series, "Americans Who Tell the Truth." Shetterly set out to paint Americans who inspired him. He initially intended to paint only 50 portraits, but by 2019 over 240 portraits can be found in the series. Portions of the series tour widely across the United States, being shown in schools, museums, libraries, galleries and other public spaces – including Thomas College.


A book titled "Americans Who Tell the Truth," written and illustrated by Shetterly, won the International Reading Association's Intermediate—Nonfiction award for 2006, and the nonprofit Children's Book Council listed it among the "2006 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People.” Shetterly lives in Brooksville, Maine.









BART busker reflects on 7 years of playing violin for tips at San Francisco stations

By Dianne de Guzman, SFGATE Updated 8:51 am PST, Thursday, December 26, 2019








Mexican police chief arrested in connection to Mormon family killings

Nine women and children of US-Mexican origin were shot dead by suspected drug cartel hitmen last month








New body-cam footage shows California cop yelled ‘I’m gonna f------ kill him’ before shooting and killing man





DEC 27, 2019 | 9:15 PM









Virginia dog owner says off-duty ATF agent shot, killed his mastiff puppy

By Anjali Hemphill, FOX 5 DC

Published May 30, 2018










FBI agent shoots Chihuahua near Waco

An FBI agent who shot and killed a Chihuahua named Sassy in front of his Texas home says he deserves probation.

Amazingly, if a judge approves, that’s the sentence he’ll get.

Lovett Leslie Ledger Jr., 40, who lives near Lorena, pleaded no contest to animal cruelty charges in exchange for a recommendation from prosecutors that he be placed on probation for two years, according to the Waco Tribune.

The 3-pound dog, which belonged to a neighboring 8-year-old girl, was shot in the neck, just above her rhinestone collar, in February of 2008.

A neighbor, who witnessed the shooting when she went to investigate why her dogs were barking, said Ledger shot the dog with a pellet rifle, as one of his children watched.

Ledger initially lied to investigators about the dog’s death but later told deputies he shot the animal, according to court records. Ledger and his attorney both declined









Former FBI agent arrested, ordered to have mental evaluation after threat to ‘kill everyone around her’ at CIA gates: affidavit 










Cases dropped, more in trouble after FBI agent Scott Bowman ...

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more in trouble after FBI agent Scott Bowman arrested on theft charges ... microscope because of Scott Bowman, the former FBI special agent ...






Ex-FBI Agent Arrested In Florence County SC

Joe Younginer charged with assault and battery after being refused access to fast food restaurant


















Former FBI Special Agent Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Bribery And Obstruction Scheme









FBI agent who stole drug money to buy cars and plastic surgery for his wife is sentenced





Dallas FBI agent arrested, accused of planning to kill estranged wife, another agent











The Secret History of the United States: Conspiracies, Cobwebs and Lies

By Peter Kross









Trial To Begin For Ex-FBI Agent Charged In Shooting 


July 24, 20185:03 AM ET

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A retired FBI agent charged with rape and other...




AUGUSTA, Maine -- A retired FBI agent charged with rape and other sex crimes has apparently jumped bail and may be in South America, according to a district attorney.

Retired agent John Kenoyer, 64, of Winthrop






Fired FBI agent who blew whistle over sex trips wins his appeal

By Michael Doyle


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Facing child porn charges, retired FBI agent wants contact with grandkids


Investigators alleged they found digital files of pictures and videos showing pre-pubescent children — some as young as 5 — in sex acts or posing naked with adults and other children.





Utah FBI agent charged with allegedly choking girlfriend

Crime • Police say the woman, who lives with 
the FBI agent in his Avenues home, had marks on her neck and a 
bump on her head.






Did the FBI tamper with a witness in OKC bombing evidence case?


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Thursday, January 09, 2020

Climate Movement Takes Aim at Wall Street, Because 'Money Is Only Language Fossil Fuel Industry Speaks'

"Stop the Money Pipeline" campaign demands that banks, insurers, and asset managers cut ties with planet-destroying companies









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Thursday, January 09, 2020

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In Unprecedented Move, NYC Bar Association Calls for Congress to Probe Attorney General for Partisan Bias

The NYC Bar's letter represents the first time it or any comparable association has called for an investigation into a sitting attorney general.





JAN 09, 2020


The War in Afghanistan Is a Fraud (and Now We Have Proof)





JAN 08,2020

The Fed Protects Gamblers at the Expense of the Economy








TUESDAY, JAN 7, 2020, 6:05 AM

Montana Senators Sponsor Bill to Return National Bison Range to Local Tribes









JANUARY 9, 2020

Cutting Off the Lifelines of North Koreans? That’s Called a Siege, Not “Sanctions”


Last winter, Patrick Cockburn called attention to one of the more disturbing effects of the sanctions against North Korea—their “ghost ships” (in “It’s Time We Saw Economic Sanctions for What They Really Are—War Crimes” . Over the past several years, fishing vessels have been washing up on the western shores of Northeastern Japan in larger and larger numbers. Like a ghost ship from the film the “Pirates of the Caribbean,” some have “skeletonized” remains on board. On others, Japanese find survivors who are desperate for help. A gruesome case of heads found severed from their bodies was discovered the other day.

The problem seems to be getting worse:

2013—80 boats

2017—104 boats

2018—225 boats

2019—at least 156 boats

For what purp





What if Australia Were Its Own Planet?

As the world’s leading coal exporter, Australia is burning down its own house.

By Bill McKibben










High-Tech Police Weapons Do More Harm than Good

Cops with “less lethal” weapons are not a substitute for a functioning mental health system.





JANUARY 8, 2020







Democratic Party Backs ALEC Alumnus Congressman Against Progressive Challenger









Stephen King and Don Winslow pledging $200K to charity if White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham holds 60-minute press briefing





JAN 09, 2020 | 9:55 PM






‘Psychological warfare’: Iran dares Canada & others to show ‘intelligence’ they used to accuse Tehran of downing Ukrainian jet

9 Jan, 2020 21:38 / Updated 12 hours ago








GRAPHIC footage from France’s Rouen shows levels of police violence that enraged protesters nationwide (VIDEOS)

9 Jan, 2020 16:38 / 





High court again contemplates issues of race and policing


By Gal Tziperman Lotan Globe Staff,January 10, 2020, 2 hours 



High court again contemplates issues of race and policing


By Gal Tziperman Lotan Globe Staff,January 10, 2020, 2 hours 








Westfield cop facing murder charge back in court








Award-winning Cop Arrests Musician on "Asshole Charge" for Cursing at him








Off-duty cop hits 91 mph on highway. ‘Concerned citizen’ follows to catch her on high-tech camera.





JAN 09, 2020 |







Detroit cop who punched hospital patient wants new trial


The Detroit Police officer who was convicted and given probation for repeatedly punching a mentally ill woman inside a Detroit hospital is seeking a new trial, his lawyer said Thursday






POLICE SEXUAL ABUSE OF TEENAGE GIRLS: A 2003 Update on “Driving While Female”






Police sexual abuse of women includes a disturbing pattern of police officer exploitation of teenage girls. The majority of these cases, moreover, involve girls who are enrolled in police department-sponsored Explorers programs designed to give teens an understanding of police work.

** A San Bernardino, California sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to 120 days in jail in April, 2003 for the statutory rape of a 16-year-old Explorer scout.

** A Clackamas County, Oregon sheriff’s department lieutenant was demoted in July, 2002 for having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old Explorer scout.

** In June, 2003 an Anaheim, California officer charged with oral copulation with a 17- year old Explorer fled to his native England. California authorities are seeking to have him extradited.

** A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania police officer with the department mounted patrol unit was sentenced to prison in 2003 for over 100 sexual acts with a 13-year old girl enrolled in his riding club.

** In the most high profile case, Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief David Kalish was suspended after being accused having molested a male Explorer in the 1970s. Deputy Chief Kalish has been suspended and the case is being reviewed by the Los Angeles District Attorney.

** Five of the 32 Explorer-related cases (including the Kalish case) involved sexual molestation of boys.

All of the cases are listed in the Appendix to this report.

This report on “Police Sexual Abuse of Teenage Girls” is a 2003 update of a 2002 report on “Driving While Female” by the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The 2002 report identified the problem of police officers using their traffic enforcement powers to stop and then harass or even assault female drivers. In addition to more traffic-related cases, this 2003 update found a large number of cases of police officer sexual abuse of teenage girls.

This report found 72 cases of police officer sexual abuse of teenage girls (and some boys), including over 30 that were reported in the media in the last 12 months alone. (See Table 1). Forty-three percent of the 72 cases involved police officers and girls or boys in police Explorer programs (31 total).

The 2003 report found 123 news cases of police sexual abuse of women since the 2002 report. Some of these cases involved incidents that occurred prior to May, 2002 but were either not reported or not discovered by the authors until recently.

The number of both police officers and victims exceeds the number of 189 cases in the combined 2002 and 2003 reports.







Jacksonville cop charged with sex crimes against kids

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By: Rich Jones @RichJonesJax

Published: January 10, 2020 5:45 AM ES









Samuel Walker1

University of Nebraska at Omaha







FBI employees disciplined for unauthorized disclosures received lighter punishments after internal review, docs show






Why the FBI Fires People for 'Lack of Candor'

FBI employees are required to adhere to an ethical standard that includes an affirmative duty to offer relevant information to internal investigators.


MARCH 22, 2018







Only 4 of 14 FBI Staff Who Misused Classified Info Were Fired



August 6, 2019 Updated: Augu






Findings of Misconduct by an FBI Senior Official for Failing to Report an Intimate Relationship with a Subordinate and for Failing to Avoid Creating the Appearance of Preferential Treatment







FBI Code of Misconduct Reporting FBI Employee Misconduct 0796D Part 01 of 01










United States Congressional Serial Set, Serial No. 14913, House Report No ...






FBI issues report detailing spread of lurid employee misconduct







Retired Memphis police officer Sam Evans confirmed that M L King's 

chauffeur and the manager of the Lorraine Motel were paid police 

informants. It is also known that Marrell McCoullough, one of the 

first to reach King's fallen body, although ostensibly a member 

of the radical black group, the Invaders, was in fact an 

undercover agent of the Memphis Police Department. [15. This was 

not revealed by investigators in 1968 but was acknowledged by the 

HSCA after writers like Mark Lane and Dick Gregory had drawn 

attention to it. See Mark Lane and Dick Gregory, {Codename Zorro: 

The Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.} (New York: Pocketbooks, 



The so-called Intelligence Unit of the Memphis Police Department 

(MPD) had been planting bugs and agents at all the strategy 

meetings of the sanitation workers and the Invaders. 

Nevertheless, they continue to deny having had any source, human 

or electronic, at the heart of the Southern Christian Leadership 

Conference (SCLC) (the group King headed) that day. A senior 

police officer claimed that military intelligence and the U.S. 

Secret Service had also deployed agents throughout Memphis. [16. 

Interview with investigative journalist Wayne Chastin in June 




The Role of the FBI


It is also enlightening to look at FBI actions both prior to and 

after the King assassination. Former Atlanta FBI agent Arthur 

Murtagh has given some indication of the prevailing mood at the 

Bureau in King's home city.


Murtagh related in an interview that "Me and a colleague were 

checking out for the day when the news came over the radio that 

Dr. King had been shot. My colleague leapt up, clapped his hands 

and said `Goddamn, we got him! We finally got him.'" When asked 

if he was sure of this statement Murtagh was adamant that his 

colleague said "we," not "they." [22. Interview with Arthur 

Murtagh, June 1989.]






Who Killed Martin Luther King

Arthur Murtagh


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At least 138 Salvadorans deported from U.S. have been killed since returning; scores more assaulted: report





FEB 05, 2020 | 10:26 PM





Portland renames school for Maine’s first African American legislator

Renaming Riverton Elementary School as the Gerald E. Talbot Community School is expected to take place by the 2020-21 school year.





Two Senators are quietly mounting a serious threat to your free speech and security online. They haven’t introduced it in Congress yet, but the Graham-Blumenthal proposal would give the Attorney General the power to unilaterally write new rules for how online platforms and services must operate in order to rely on Section 230, the most important law protecting free speech online.

It’s easy to predict how AG William Barr would use that power: to break encryption.

Barr has said over and over that he thinks that tech providers should weaken secure messaging systems to give law enforcement access to our private conversations. The Graham-Blumenthal bill would finally give Barr the power to demand that tech companies obey him or face overwhelming liability from lawsuits based on their users’ activities. Such a demand would put encryption providers like WhatsApp and Signal in an awful conundrum: either face the possibility of losing everything in a single lawsuit or knowingly undermine their own users’ security, making all of us more vulnerable to criminals.

We must stop this dangerous proposal before it sees the light of day. Please tell your members of Congress to reject the so-called EARN IT Act.

Stop the Graham-Blumenthal Proposal

Thank you,

Elliot Harmon

Activism Team

Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Republicans Hate Surveillance on Trump but Sound Like They’ll Renew the PATRIOT Act



Judiciary Republicans gave FBI Director Christopher Wray the business over the Trump-Russia probe. But they stopped short of committing to junk expiring parts of the PATRIOT ACT

Updated Feb. 05, 2020 7:09PM ET Published Feb. 05, 2020 2













The Government is Using its Foreign Intelligence Spying Powers for Routine Domestic Investigations

Congress gave the government exceptional surveillance powers to pursue foreign spies. It is abusing those powers to go after Americans in ordinary criminal investigations.







OCTOBER 31, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that it is representing Xiaoxing Xi, a Chinese-American physics professor at Temple University who is suing the government over its dismissed prosecution of him for supposedly sharing sensitive technology with scientists in China. The ACLU and the law firm Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin LLP filed an amended complaint today in federal district court. The complaint challenges the government’s baseless arrest and surveillance methods as well as its discriminatory targeting of Chinese-American scientists like Xi.

In May 2015, FBI agents came into Xi’s house with guns drawn and led him away in handcuffs in front of his wife and daughters. The government accused Xi of sharing information about a superconductor device known as a “pocket heater,” relying on email exchanges between Xi and scientific colleagues in China that the FBI had obtained. The government claimed that those communications violated a legal agreement Xi had signed with the company that owned the pocket heater in which he had agreed not to share the









David Sheen

February 6 2020, 8:00 a.m.







If Iowa Was Bolivia, the US Would Have Already Intervened



We're still waiting for the full results of the Iowa caucus. In Bolivia, the United States backed a violent coup against Evo Morales for even less.











February 5 2020, 9:10 p.m.



AS PREDICTED, THE Republican-controlled Senate voted on Wednesday to find President Donald Trump not guilty on both articles of impeachment brought by the House of Representatives. It was a party-line vote, with one notable exception: Utah Sen. Mitt Romney became the first senator in U.S. history to vote to remove a president of his own party. Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Brian Schatz of Hawaii, who both voted to remove the president, joined Mehdi Hasan by phone shortly after the vote to discuss the implications of Trump’s acquittal for the future of the Senate











Trial of Accused ‘Vault 7’ Leaker Opens in New York

February 4, 2020



MANHATTAN (CN) — Opening the trial of a software developer accused of exposing secret CIA hacking tools, a federal prosecutor told jurors Tuesday that the biggest leak of classified information in the agency’s history was nothing more than the spiteful actions of a disgruntled employee.

Vault 7, as the 2017 WikiLeaks release has come to be known, included thousands of pages of confidential CIA documents that revealed the intelligence agency’s abilities to hack Apple and Android cellphones








More Trainings Are Not the Answer to Police Violence Against Disabled People










Paulo Victor Ribeiro

February 6 2020, 12:01 a.m.









Californians who register to vote would be required to cast ballots under new bill







Billings legislator insists Constitution says it’s OK to shoot socialists


Holly Michels Feb 1, 2020 








When It’s Clear A Cop Has To Shoot Someone: ‘Raw And Terrible And Terrifying’




February 6, 2020







Syracuse taxpayers face $1 million legal bill over cop accused of rape









TV Cop Shows Affect Real-World Policing, Study Says


February 6, 20205:05 AM ET






LAPD officer accused in Pomona murder: ‘I made a mistake’






A Massive Project Sheds Light on California’s Criminal Cops

By Brandon Patterson






Task force to look at Minneapolis cops’ off-duty work

Matt SepicMinneapolis February 6, 2020 5:00 a.m.









Tijuana cops charged in Chula Vista home burglary 






Florida cops who use force keep names secret with Marsy’s Law

Some law enforcement agencies are citing the new constitutional amendment as they withhold the names of officers who use force in the line of duty.










‘Evil, corrupt, dirty cops, leakers, liars’: Trump blasts impeachment ‘witch hunt’



Issued on: 06/02/2020 - 19:17





Female FBI Agent Sues Federal Government Over Peeping-Tom Border Patrol Supervisor


By Steve Neavling


A female FBI agent claims in a lawsuit that the federal government did not respond in a responsible way to a former Border Patrol supervisor who was convicted of secretly taping female colleagues using the re










DOJ. Releases. $500. Million for Police State






Man called largest child porn ‘facilitator’ by the FBI pleads guilty

Nation Feb 6, 2020 1:41 








Man caught in women's bathroom is an FBI employee


And FBI employee is on the other side of the law, facing charges of inappropriate conduct in a woman's bathroom on the University of Arizona Campus.

According to a University Police report, a woman was cleaning the bathroom on May 3, when she saw a stall door open. Inside stood a man with his pants down, masturbating.

"That's actually shocking," says student Meghan Carey. 

The police report states, the witness went to get help. When she returned with an officer she spotted the man, later identified as Ryan Seese, outside the same bathroom.

Seese took off down a hallway and ran out the door. Police chased him into a parking garage wh
Prosecutors move to dismiss charges against former Scout leader





January 3, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. --Federal prosecutors have moved to dismiss charges against a retired FBI agent who was indicted on child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader, in response to the death of his accuser.

William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested in February on charges he enticed a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.


Former Scout leader-FBI agent indicted on child sex charges

NEW HAVEN, Conn. _ A retired FBI agent was indicted Friday on federal child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader.

William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested Friday. The federal grand jury indictment offers few details about the case but accuses Hutton of enticing a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.


FBI agent in charge of FBI Child Abuse program sued by his daughters for incest

THE DENVER POST - Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire
May 17, 1990
Sisters win sex lawsuit vs. dad $2.3 million given for years of abuse
By Howard Prankratz
Denver Post Legal Affairs Writer

Two daughters of former state and federal law enforcement official Edward Rodgers were awarded $2.319,400 yesterday, after a Denver judge and jury found that the women suffered years of abuse at the hands of their father.

The award to Sharon Simone, 45, and Susan Hammond, 44, followed testimony of Rodgers’ four daughters in person or through depositions, describing repeated physical abuse and sexual assaults by their father from 1944 through 1965.

Rodgers, 72, who became a child abuse expert after retiring from the FBI and joining the colorado Springs DA’s office, failed to appear for the trial. But in a deposition taken in March, Rodgers denied ever hitting or sexually abusing his children.

FBI agent in charge of investigating other FBI agents for crimes sentenced to 12 years in prison for pedophilia


Ex-FBI official pleads guilty to child molestation


The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for a two-decade career.

John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last Friday to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court in Fort Worth, Texas, after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.

Conditt headed the internal affairs unit that investigates agent wrongdoing for the Office of Professional Responsibility at FBI headquarters in Washington from 1999 until his retirement in June 2001, the FBI said. He wrote articles in law enforcement journals on how police agencies could effectively investigate their own conduct.

FBI officials said Tuesday they had








Monday August 8, 2005 Longtime FBI agent sentenced to prison on child porn count


BOISE, Idaho 


A longtime FBI agent who helped arrest mountain-man Claude Dallas and was involved in a deadly 1984 siege involving white supremacists in Washington state is going to prison for 12 months after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

William Buie, 64, of Boise, most recently worked as an investigator for the Idaho attorney general's office.

He was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to a year in prison on one count of possession of sexually exploitative materials involving minors. He had pleaded guilty in March.

Buie told agents with the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that he learned to access child pornography Web sites while attending a seminar on preventing child exploitation as part of his law enforcement training in 2000 or 2001.

He acknowledged using his bank debit card to gain access to child erotica and child pornography Web sites, including using the card to buy a month of access to a child pornography Internet site entitled ''Eternal Nymphets.''

Buie, a former FBI sniper who worked for about






A former FBI analyst has been sentenced to seven years in prison for having sex with a young girl in Spotsylvania County.
Forty-four-year-old Anthony John Lesko entered an Alford plea yesterday in Spotsylvania County Circuit Court to nine counts of felony indecent liberties upon a child. An Alford plea means Lesko doesn't admit guilt but believes there is enough evidence for a conviction.

Authorities say Lesko engaged in a sex act with her nine times, beginning when she was nine years old.
According to the plea, Lesko said he was a victim in the case. He said the girl initiated the contact.





Judiciary Chairman Nadler Revisits FBI's Kavanaugh Investigation at Oversight Hearing






Attorney investigates how FBI agents pick our Supreme Court Justices



Cloak and Gavel

"Cloak and Gavel" . . . is the product of an eight-year struggle to force the FBI to reveal its Supreme Court

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snooping. [Durham, N.C. attorney Alexander ] Charns got . . . hard evidence that Hoover attempted to monitor the court's private deliberations and manipulate some of the justices." Wall Street Journal, A13, 9/1/92

"The FBI's scandalous techniques ranged from illegal wiretapping, to disinformation campaigns, to using Justice Abe Fortas as a Bureau informant." Harvard Law Review, Vol 106, p. 812.

"[A] bonanza of Supreme Court history, providing depth and perspective to some great cases of our time." St Louis Post-Dispatc


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Wake Forest cop arrested on child-porn charge

Cpl. Sims fired last month after admitting to viewing child porn, officials say


A copy of Sims’ termination notice, provided by the town, claimed Sims admitted to viewing child pornography and images of bestiality online.





Prosecutor says ex-cop convicted of manslaughter wants special treatment





Staten Island cop charged with possessing more than 600 photos of child pornography: feds


The criminal complaint states that some of the photos allegedly contained a young girl, who is believed to be between the ages of 8 and 11 years old, wearing a strap or leash while performing oral sex on an adult man. 







Colorado Cop Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Child Pornography







For former cop on trial, ex-mentor becomes tor-mentor







Cop’s body camera caught his punch on apparently overdosing man who died






Deputy Suspended For Hitting Other Cop In Head With Flashlight At Shooting Scene







Veteran N.J. cop arrested on drunk driving charges after rear-ending another vehicle






Bowdoin College trustee’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein under investigation









Cop’s Strip Club Dancer Plate Search May Test Scope of Hack Law





Officer texted club about undercover cop, then lied





The town of Hope is the latest to rely on solar power








Don’t fall into the ice hole (and other fishing pitfalls to avoid)









Do cop shows like ‘Chicago P.D.’ reinforce misperceptions about race and criminal justice? A new study says yes






Jersey City cop guilty of official misconduct, theft









Mastermind of kickback scheme testifies against ex-Newark cop who feds say defrauded watershed







SJ Homeowner Left With $5K Bill After Standoff, Says Cops Targeted Wrong Home


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The EARN IT Bill Is the Government’s Plan to Scan Every Message Online


MARCH 12, 2020







Oh Well, Vote Fraud in Sarasota County, Again

By Daniel Hopsicker -

March 17, 2020


Bernie Sanders is the closest thing America has to a classic tragic hero. Except for that one flaw… that one defect of nature…


Bernie’s tragic flaw is that he’s an idealist, as well as something of a nerd. Don Quixote pushing his glasses up on his nose, waving a pen around instead of a sword.

Still, I had to get out and vote.

I looked up precincts in Nokomis Florida at the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections webpage. His name is Ron Turner. He must have taken over when Kathy Dent’s name got too hot.

There was one mere blocks away








Caught on bodycam: FBI agent chasing Florida corruption complaint ends up locked in patrol car


Jeff Burlew, Tallahassee Democrat Published 12:03 p.m. ET March 12, 2020 | Updated 1:18 p.m. ET March 14, 2020








Florida police officer tried to obtain sex pictures of teenage girl, FBI says














FBI, DOJ Say Release Of Ex-FBI Atty's Texts Was Warranted








Since The FBI Can't Be Bothered To Do It, Motherboard Has Compiled A Database Of Attempts To Access Encrypted IPhones


from the thanks-for-nothing,-g-men dept

Wed, Mar 18th 2020 3:17am — Tim Cushing









Robert Shetterly/Americans Who Tell The Truth

Ray McGovern

Retired CIA Officer : b. 1939

“Allegations keep cropping up in the press that CIA alumni are undermining the Bush/Cheney administration. In at least one sense, I suppose, this is true. For when an administration embarks on a war justified by little or no intelligence, speaking the truth can be regarded as treachery. The country could use more of that kind of ´treachery.´



Ray McGovern is an activist who writes and lectures about, among other issues, war and the role of CIA. He holds an M.A. in Russian Studies from Fordham University, a certificate in Theological Studies from Georgetown University, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.

In 1996, McGovern caught the attention of the media when he criticized the Pope's position on women priests. It was his analysis of the war in Iraq, and of the CIA's role in bringing the war about, that made McGovern one of the country´s most powerful, anti-war voices.


"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Those words are carved into the marble facade of the entrance to the CIA.  Ray McGovern worked to adhere to this credo during his 27- year career as an analyst at the CIA, understanding the inscription to mean that, "the primary function of the Central Intelligence Agency is to seek the truth…and to be able to report that truth without fear or favor."

His intelligence work, beginning in US Army and continuing at the CIA, spanned seven presidents from President Kennedy to President George H.W. Bush. As an analyst on foreign policy, McGovern would synthesize material given to him on a daily basis and then brief senior White House advisers with his conclusions. Now retired, McGovern is proud of the fact that he reported his findings "without fear or favor" to the politicians and was supported in his work by his superiors.


As a co-founder in 2003 of Veterans Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), McGovern speaks out against what he sees as corruption in the CIA, which allowed the agency´s integrity to bend to the will of President George W. Bush and his White House officials. He asserts that the war in Iraq was manufactured and sold to the United States under false pretenses –- the real reason being oil. In a 2007 letter to former CIA Director George Tenet, McGovern and other former intelligence officers called Tenet onto the carpet for signing documents he knew to be fraudulent (one, for example, that stated that Iraq was buying uranium from Africa), and for testifying that Iraq had links to Al-Qaeda, when actual intelligence reports found no link between Iraq and Osama bin Laden. In short, they accused Tenet of "dovetailing" intelligence to fit with what politicians wanted to hear in the push for an unnecessary war with Iraq.

McGovern sees the damage done to the faith in intelligence work as profound, believing it will take years to correct. He hopes to see the CIA become again an entity independent from political administration.

During both the Bush and Obama years, the White House has eyed an attack on Iran to stop its apparent development of nuclear capabilities. McGovern has raised concerns over why an attack would be necessary, writing, "The very same men who...brought us the war in Iraq are now focusing on Iran, which they view as the only remaining obstacle to American domination of the entire, oil-rich Middle East."

He also called for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, suggesting, "Why not focus on a high crime that the Bush administration has already admitted to, with claims it is above the law and the Constitution: electronic eavesdropping on Americans without the required court warrant." 







FISA: Senate Passes Measure Extending Surveillance Powers, Abuses Not Addressed









Bill to Reform US Government Surveillance Measures Extended by Senate

by Jimmy Aki Mar 18, 2020 @ 4:10 UTC 







Conspiracy of Silence: The Franklin Cover Up











Records of the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation (NCARL), a national political organization founded in 1960 as the National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee by Alexander Meiklejohn, Aubrey Williams, and others to work for the abolition of HUAC and other congressional and state investigating committees and to defend civil liberties from repressive legislation. In 1976, the organization was renamed the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation. The collection contains extensive documentation on the case of (executive director Frank) Wilkinson v. FBI, as well as information on NCARL's interaction with other organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF); NCARL's regional offices; and concerned individuals, including Carl and Anne Braden and Robert Drinan.


In many respects, the story of the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation is that of its leader, Frank Wilkinson. The son of a prominent Methodist layman in Charlevoix, Michigan, Wilkinson received his B.A. degree at UCLA, after which he abandoned his early intention of studying for the ministry and entered the field of public housing in the 1930s as an official in the Los Angeles Housing Authority. In 1952, in the course of a slum housing project hearing, Wilkinson refused to answer political questions put to him. Upon later interrogation by the California Committee on Un-American Activities, he again refused to answer and was dismissed from his job. He then accepted the position of secretary of a newly formed Citizens Committee to Preserve American Freedoms. When subpoenaed by a Los Angeles hearing of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), Wilkinson was asked in 1956 by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to make a constitutional challenge on First Amendment grounds. In 1957, in cooperation with the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee, Wilkinson launched the initial campaign to abolish HUAC, the Senate Internal Security Committee, and state “little HUACs.” In 1958, Wilkinson and Carl Braden challenged HUAC at its Atlanta hearings, and both were convicted for contempt of Congress and served one-year sentences.

The National Committee itself, originally known as the National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee, was created in 1960. Founded by Professor Alexander Meiklejohn and Aubrey Williams, the National Committee relied heavily upon the organizational skills of Frank Wilkinson, executive director, as well as the contributions of Donna Allen, Carl and Anne Braden, Sylvia Crane, Richard Criley, James Imbrie, Clarence Pickett, and others. In its approach to legislative action, the National Committee departed from the traditional by concentrating upon the district-by-district, grass-roots organization of anti-HUAC sentiment to influence congressmen rather than exclusively lobbying. Also, in contradiction to many other civil-liberties organizations, the National Committee refused to screen participants for suspected Communist affiliation or sympathies.

Rising opposition to HUAC, with the National Committee in the forefront, resulted in HUAC changing its name in 1969 to the House Internal Security Committee (HISC). Pressure continued, however, and in 1975, as part of a structural reorganization of the House of Representatives, HUAC/HISC was abolished as a permanent standing committee. As the power of HUAC diminished, the National Committee took on other legislative goals and changed its name to the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation. In 1968, it joined with the Japanese-American Citizens League in a successful three-year campaign to repeal the Emergency Detention Act, Title II of the Internal Security Act of 1950. Two years later, NCARL activity contributed to the abolition of the Subversive Activities Control Board, and in 1974 it won another victory when Congress repealed the “No Knock” statute in narcotics investigations. Since 1973, NCARL's major legislative goal has been the defeat of various versions of the criminal code revision bill, commonly known as Senate Bill 1.










Allard Kenneth Lowenstein (1929-1980) was a white political activist, lawyer, teacher, speaker, author, United States congressman from New York, United States representative to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, and founder and leader of several organizations. The collection includes correspondence, organizational records, political campaign records, congressional files, writings, speeches, press clippings, research materials, scheduling files, financial and administrative records, diaries, scrapbooks, family papers, photographs, sound recordings, videocasette tapes, and other items documenting the life and career of Allard K. Lowenstein. Correspondence, 1940s-1970s, covers Lowenstein's service in World War II; years as a student activist at the University of North Carolina; work with the United States National Student Association, Democratic Party, Coalition for a Democratic Alternative, and other organizations; relations with Eleanor Roosevelt, Frank Porter Graham, Adlai Stevenson, William F. Buckley Jr., Aaron Henry, Eugene J. McCarthy, Norman C. Thomas, and Hubert H. Humphrey; interests in political and social affairs including civil rights, voter registration, and political reform in the United States and relations with other countries, especially Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the Soviet Union; work at Stanford University; anti-Vietnam War activities; the Ditch Johnson campaign; his successful campaign for Congress from the Fifth Congressional District of New York; various unsuccessful political campaigns for United States House and Senate seats from New York; his investigation of the Robert F. Kennedy assassination; his United Nations work; his work on Edward M. Kennedy's 1980 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination; and other matters. Activity files, 1935-1980, document Lowenstein's various United Nations appointments during the Carter Administration; attempts to reopen the investigation of the Robert F. Kennedy assassination; involvement in Americans for Democratic Action; attendance at the University of North Carolina; African travels; and other activities relating to civil rights, international relations, and other topics. Political campaign materials, 1942-1980, relate to campaigns of Lowenstein and others, chiefly Democrats. United States Congress materials, 1969-1970, include personal and constituent correspondence, district files, House committee files, legislation, press files, and administrative files documenting Lowenstein's two-year congressional term. Writings include published and unpublished works by Lowenstein, 1943-1979, on a wide range of topics, and writings about Lowenstein, 1946-1985. Research files, 1940-1980, are on wide-ranging topics and were used by Lowenstein as background materials for writings, speeches, campaign appearances, and interviews. There are also materials relating to public appearances, 1944-1980; personal papers, 1924-1985, including biographical information, family papers, financial materials, diaries and scrapbooks, and other items; pictures, 1929-1980, mostly photographs of Lowenstein with family, friends, and associates; sound recordings, 1950-1982, including speeches by Lowenstein, congressional forums he conducted, interviews by or with Lowenstein, and other recordings; and videotapes and films, 1950-1980. Additions to the collection, 1983-2004, contain materials similar to those in the original deposit, but also include oral history interviews with Lowenstein and with friends and associates after his death; Dump Nixon campaign materials; and materials documenting activities of Lowenstein's assistant, Bancroft "Nick" Littlefield





Voting Rights Groups Call on Election Officials to Act Now To Protect Voting Rights

Defending Rights & Dissent

As Trump Blames China for Virus, White House Aide Makes Racist Joke to Asian Reporter

Robert Mackey, Shadowproof

Responding to The  Coronavirus Requires Transparency, Not Xenophobia

Chip Gibbons, Defending Rights & Dissent

With masks at the ready, ICE agents make arrests on first day of California coronavirus lockdown

Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times

U.S. Sanctions on Iran Are Increasing Coronavirus Deaths. They Need to Be Stopped Now.

Sarah Lazare, In These Time









Japanese flu drug 'clearly effective' in treating coronavirus, says China







L.A. to pay $1.5 million to settle suit by LAPD detective alleging abuse by officer








Cop vs cop: Lawsuit alleges abuse of power in business dispute between NYPD captain and retired Staten Island officer









Forensic report to give details of ex top cop's alleged R84m fraud








Cocky' volunteer cop facing disciplinary action after incident with driver while off-duty









Cops need to come clean on predictive policing of 250,000 people

By Robbie Warin on 18th March, 2020


Avon & Somerset Police are using algorithms to predict how likely someone





Cops suspended for indiscreet announcement


A CorrespondentMarch 18, 2020

GUJRAT: District Police Officer (DPO) Syed Touseef Haider suspended










Does blood type matter when it comes to coronavirus? A Chinese study says yes





MAR 18, 2020 | 1:49 PM









With coronavirus running wild, it’s the exact wrong time to pack more people in jails and prisons





MAR 18, 2020 | 3:27 PM







More than 1 in 10 catch coronavirus from someone not showing symptoms, UT study finds


Todd Ackerman March 17, 2020 Updated: March 18, 2020 12:59 p.m







Law Enforcement Arrested for Trading in Child Rape







Alice Speri

March 18 2020, 2:15 p.m.







Nick Pinto

March 18 2020, 5






Spain still paying bonuses to 115 police given medals by Franco

Pension top-ups criticised as it is revealed one officer has been accused of acts of torture







Former State Representative John Anthony Fired from Dept. of Corrections for Sexual Harassment









New Bangor Maine factory starts making toilet paper just in the nick of time


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ON THE JOB Cop ‘recruited teen girls for porn videos after meeting them while on duty’

  • Danielle Cinone
  • 9 Apr 2020, 21:13Updated: 9 Apr 2020, 22:27








Cop fined for molesting policewoman on 3 separate occasions








N.J. cop crashed car after bar-hopping with 3 colleagues in uniform, prosecutor says








Kelowna cop accused of sexual harassment may have disciplinary record revealed in court

Brian Burkett is accused of abusing his position as a cop to sexually harass women involved in his cases










NT cop suspended for 'disgraceful' actions

A Northern Territory police officer has been suspended following an investigation into the production and distribution of clothing with inappropriate content.








WA country cop serves as 'excessive force' example in CCC report






Newly engaged gay cop is Florida police's first coronavirus fatality

Sheriff’s Deputy Shannon Bennett, 39, died from COVID-19 on April 3 after falling ill March 23. He proposed to his fiancé four months before his death.








Cop in court for gun threats









FBI seeks special agents in Houston: recruitment event on April 10

Tracy Maness April 9, 2020











FBI Omaha encourages students, teachers to join in on the internet challenge while learning remotely








FBI Policy On CBD Use By Agents Is ‘Under Review’








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APRIL 8, 2020

Will Trump and His Enablers Ever Face Accountability for the Coronavirus Massacre?





This week, we've published two new handy resources about COVID-19 and the criminal justice system. And we've logged several updates about what state and local governments are doing to prevent the virus from spreading in jails and prisons. (See sidebar).


Explainer: We can safely release thousands of people from prison right now — history proves it



Most prisons and many jails have done very little to reduce the population density that puts both incarcerated people and staff at grave risk. To justify their lack of action, we’re hearing officials imply that saving the lives of people behind bars is not worth the inevitable public safety cost of releasing them. This talking point is simply out of step with history.

In a new briefing, we show that large-scale releases have been common throughout U.S. and international history for a variety of legal, political and health reasons. We offer a (non-exhaustive) summary of 14 notable examples.

Read more and see the 14 examples at https://www.prisonpolicy.org/blog/2020/04/09/large-scale-releases/.


New spreadsheet: tracking the statements of Departments of Corrections on the COVID-19 virus



We released a 50-state spreadsheet showing what each state Department of Corrections has told the public about its virus response plan. The spreadsheet includes:

•Links to each state’s COVID-19 page or its archive of press releases

•Links to the infection and fatality trackers for each state (about half of all states have this)

•Notes on whether each state is addressing 15 separate topics, including the suspension of visits, increased access to hygiene materials, isolation plans, etc.

Read more and see the full spreadsheet at https://www.prisonpolicy.org/blog/2020/04/08/virus-statements/.








How the Coronavirus Is Testing Putin’s Leadership—and the System He Created

Many of Russia’s official reactions are similar to those in the United States.

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