Police, sheriff accepting applications for 2018 Citizens Police Academy
Douglas County residents wanting a behind-the-scenes peek into law enforcement officers’ day-to-day life will once again have an opportunity to peel back the curtain.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Roseburg Police Department, in cooperation with Umpqua Community College, are hosting this year’s Citizen Police Academy.
The 11-week class will show how local law enforcement agencies are organized and the challenges they face protecting the community.
The goal of the workshop is to address common misconceptions and increase cooperation between the community and law enforcement.
The Latest: State to track changes by San Francisco Police
SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on California’s attorney general overseeing reforms at the San Francisco Police Department (all times local):
The San Francisco police chief says his department will be the first in the nation to get voluntary state oversight after the federal government ended a police reform program from the Obama era.
San Francisco was among at least 15 departments nationwide that sought help from the U.S. Department of Justice after deadly police shootings or other problems.
However, the agency opted last year to no longer provide resources or guidance for the Community Oriented Policing Services program.
Herald editorial: Why is Utah County afraid to talk about sexual assault?
The scandal surrounding former Provo Police Chief John King is now approaching one year old.
And yet, it seems the community is just now seeing the tip of the iceberg of his misconduct.
In the last week, it was reported that multiple victims alleged claims on Jan. 18 against King and Provo city for misconduct that supposedly took place during King’s time employed by the city as police chief. To be clear, King has not yet been determined guilty of misconduct by any local court.
In the last year, we have had access to documents from various investigations and agencies that show repeated, inappropriate behavior exhibited by someone who should have upheld the highest morals, integrity and character in our community.
King has been accused of actions including sexual harassment, rape, battery and assault that demand se
Pasadena church to host sheriff's Citizens' Police Academy
By news and staff reports Published 8:57 am, Monday, February 5, 2018
Richmond police officer to spend life in prison for sex acts with child
Feb 2, 2018
A Richmond police officer was sentenced Friday to life in prison for sexually assaulting a child.
Charles Church, 41, of the 1400 block of West Marshall Street, was convicted in July of two sex crimes — object sexual penetration of a child under 13 years and indecent exposure — that occurred in November 2015 when Church was off duty. He was acquitted of sodomy and a second count of object sexual penetration.
A conviction of object sexual penetration carries a mandatory life sentence in Virginia, which the jury recommended in July and Richmond Circuit Court Judge Walter W. Stout III confirmed Friday. Stout also suspended a one-year term for the indecent exposure.
Seattle pays company $150K to remove unused surveillance cameras
The City of Seattle has budgeted $150,000 to remove surveillance cameras placed around the city. The company hired to remove the cameras have removed more than half the cameras.
Published: 8:19 PM PST February 2, 2018
More than two dozen surveillance cameras positioned around Seattle are retiring without a single day of work experience.
The Seattle Police Department installed the cameras back in 2013 but were never put into operation after a community outcry.
February 3, 2018
Other Secrets of the FBI
Former FBI agent Rep. Michael Grimm gets sweet deal to pay off enormous debt owed to major lobbying firm
BY GREG B. SMITH
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Friday, February 2, 2018, 12:04 AM
Battling treacherous office chairs and aching backs, aging cops and firefighters miss years of work and collect twice the pay
When Capt. Tia Morris turned 50, after about three decades in the Los Angeles Police Department, she became eligible to retire with nearly 90% of her salary.
But like many cops and firefighters in her position, the decision to keep working was a financial no-brainer, thanks to a program that allowed her to nearly double her pay by keeping her salary while also collecting her pension.
A month after Morris entered the program, her husband, a detective, joined too. Their combined income for four years in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan was just shy of $2 million, city payroll records show.
But the city didn’t benefit much from the Morrises’ experience: They both filed claims for carpal tunnel syndrome and other cumulative ailments about halfway through the program. She spent nearly two years on disability and sick leave; he missed more than two years, according to a Times analysis of city payroll data.
T he Morrises are far from alone. In fact, they’re among hundreds of Los Angeles police and firefighters who have turned the DROP program — which has doled out more than $1.6 billion in extra pension payments since its inception in 2002 — into an extended leave at nearly twice the pay, a Times investigation has found.
Former Police Capt. Daryl Russell, who collected $1.5 million over five years in the program, missed nearly three of those years because of pain from a bad knee, carpal tunnel and multiple injuries he claimed he suffered after falling out of an office chair.
“It was defective,” Russell said of the chair during a recent interview. “I believe the screws underneath came out.”
The Best Book on Immigration You Will Read This Year Comes From a Former Border Patrol Agent
Francisco Cantú’s “The Line Becomes a River” is honest, gripping, and wonderfully written.
IAN GORDONFEB. 3, 2018
Baltimore Police disciplinary records remain shielded despite revelations of misconduct
Another detective allowed to retire and collect pension
before being arrested.She waives hearing in false reports, tampering case
A recently retired Pittsburgh homicide detective has waived her right to a preliminary hearing on charges of filing false police reports and tampering with evidence.
Fifty-one-year-old Margaret Sherwood waived all charges including false swearing, obstruction, hindering apprehension and other offenses before a hearing scheduled last week.
Her attorney told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that “We’re going to be ready for trial.” He said earlier that his client didn’t do anything wrong.
An indictment unsealed last month by the state attorney general’s office accuses her of giving false information to prosecutors in two 2014 slayings and trying to scuttle a domestic violence prosecution of a jailhouse informant,
'Serpico-like situation' inside Jersey City police department, ex-cop ...
JERSEY CITY — As Jersey City's police department reels from the guilty pleas of 11 cops who have admitted taking corrupt payments related to off-duty jobs, a former cop says in a new lawsuit that he was ostracized and eventually fired after reporting an illegal off-duty detail 10 years ago. Juan Luis ...
Juan Luis Ramos, 44, alleges in the seven-count lawsuit, filed in December in Hudson County Superior Court, that because he was "accused of being a rat," he was reprimanded and ostracized over the course a decade, targeted with at least two internal affairs probes and eventually fired in 2016.
Ramos' lawyer, Lou Zayas, called the atmosphere inside the police department a "Serpico-like situation," referring to Frank Serpico, the New York cop who exposed widespread corruption inside the NYPD starting in the 1960s.
"The allegations make clear that there's a culture of silence within the police department that discourages police officers from reporting misconduct by other police officers," Zayas told The Jersey Journal.
Cop Found Guilty In Scandal Was Called Out By Local Rapper ...
CBS Baltimore / WJZ-
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Former Baltimore Police detective Daniel Hersl is awaiting sentencing for robbery and other crimes that a jury found him guilty of as part of his role in the Gun Trace Task Force corruption scandal. RELATED: More stories on the Gun Trace Task Force/Baltimore Police corruption ...
Williamsburg PD to host 'Coffee with a Cop'
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily-
The Williamsburg Police Department will hold a meet and greet called “Coffee with a Cop” at Mama Steve's House of Pancakes on Tuesday, according to a Williamsburg Police Department news release. Residents can stop by between 8 and 10 a.m. for coffee and conversation with local law enforcement.
Report: Overweight cops making NYPD 'the fattest police department'
"We really are the world's largest police department," one veteran copcomplained to the publication. "We're the fattest police department in the country ... because we have no requirement to stay in shape." Former copJose Vega told the Post that he filed a lawsuit for a job-related disability pension, ...
Cop is arrested by his own colleagues as he's suspected of trying to ...
Cop is arrested by his own colleagues as he's suspected of trying to blackmail a man who was sleeping with a prostitute. This is the moment a police officer, based in Luton, is arrested by his own colleagues on suspicion of blackmail. Share; Comments. By. Jane Lavender. 12:18, 19 FEB 2018. News ...
A Schaumburg cop was accused of helping run a drug ring. Why the case fell apart the day of his trial remains a mystery
Publicly, the state’s attorney’s office has remained tight-lipped about why the case against ex-cop John Cichy fell apart last week on the day he was to go to trial, despite evidence that they’d said included surveillance footage of him stealing $20,000 of planted cash from a storage locker.
Now attorneys for two other ex-officers who pleaded guilty in the scheme — and are serving long prison sentences — want answers. State’s Attorney Robert Berlin’s office said it will respond “in a prompt and appropriate manner” but did not specify what evidence might be shared, or when. Berlin said in a statement last week that his office had “insufficient admissible evidence” to convict Cichy, citing “recent developments.”
Getting to know your neighborhood cop: Master Police Officer Jamie ...
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
Editor's note: This is the first installment of a five-part question and answer series with James City County's five Community Services Unit officers. These officers are assigned to certain areas of the county and work directly with citizens to provide business and home inspections, as well as other servi
Compassionate Cop? Taking a Hard Look at Lupe Valdez’s Record as Dallas Sheriff
At best, Lupe Valdez embraced reforms that years of scandal had forced upon the Dallas County jail. At worst, she downplayed problems and withheld information on jail deaths in the post-Sandra Bland era.
by Michael Barajas
@michaelsbarajasFebruary 19, 2018
A cop per school? Minn. Senate leader raises that idea
Minnesota Public Radio News (blog)-
Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, left, and House Speaker Kurt Daudt speak at a January 2017 Capitol news conference. Tim Pugmire|MPR News. The Minnesota Senate's top Republican said Monday that the state should consider paying for a police presence in every public school. Appearing on an ...
Law Enforcement Arrested for Trading in Child Rape
The following summary of 103 law enforcement officers (LEOs) arrested for trading in child rape updates earlier research. In November 2014, I profiled seventy local and state police officers arrested on child pornography related charges — Police Trading in Child Rape & Torture. My research was out of date almost as soon as I hit publish. A year later I posted When Law Enforcement is the Perpetrator reviewing one month, November 2015, when more than two LEOs per week were in the news for trafficking in child sex abuse. This research is not comprehensive but rather a small sample of LEOs arrested and does not include federal law enforcement. Without institutional support, conducting a complete study of all local, state and federal law enforcement has not been possible.
As for the weak argument someone always seems to make, “there is a certain number of pedophiles in the population and the number within law enforcement is perfectly normal” — let me respond. No pedophile should ever wear a badge, carry a gun and swear an oath to serve and protect. Not one person trading in child rape should ever be employed in law enforcement. Ever. Period. If we cannot keep pedophiles out of law enforcement, what kind of country have we become? If law enforcement cannot keep child rapists out of their ranks — what kind of “protection” are we paying for with our tax money?
Imagine, as you read these arrests, you are a parent reporting to police your child has been raped, or is missing or trafficked. How do you think the police here might have handled your complaint? How well do you think your children are being protected? These are real children being raped and tortured in the videos and images. American children. Every time an image/video is shared that child is trafficked again. Far too many police are involved in the trafficking.
For further information, please see the National Police Misconduct Reporting Project (NPMRP) at Cato Institute and the Associated Press (AP) year long investigation, 2015, into police misconduct.
Fire the FBI Chief
By KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON
February 18, 2018 4:00 AM
Political Economy of Fascism Mini-Course
Posted by Mike Isaacson
This mini-course is designed for popular education and to operate as either a series or as individual stand-alone workshops. The course begins with a review of my zine “You Can’t Punch Every Nazi” as a participatory workshop. The following four classes elaborate on the four layers of fascist doctrine I introduce in the first class. The last class takes account of fascist ideology to build a holistic antifascist theory highlighting existing antifascist praxis. I had originally designed this course for open library courses such as those the NYPL holds regularly.
Crunch time for ex-NYPD cop
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired McCarthy in December 2015 after a court ordered the release of a video that showed a white Chicago cop, Jason Van Dyke, had shot 16 times into Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African American, in October 2014. Emanuel had held up the release of the video until ...
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Police apologise to former Clash roadie over arrest
West Midlands Police has apologised to a man who was assaulted and racially abused during his arrest in Birmingham more than 10 years ago. Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said she was sorry about the "unsatisfactory conclusion" to Don Lorenzo's complaint after he was thrown down stairs during his arrest.
Bozeman officer’s domestic violence charge dismissed after prosecution deferred
By Whitney Bermes Chronicle Staff Writer Mar 1, 2018
A deferred prosecution agreement means that the state was willing to dismiss the case in return for the defendant agreeing to comply with a number of conditions for a certain time. At the end of that time, if the defendant has complied with the conditions, the state will consider the case closed and not prosecute.
In Gaukler’s case, he agreed to a six-month term in which he is not allowed to drink alcohol or go into bars, must get chemical dependency and counseling evaluations and follow any recommendations, participate in parenting classes, have no contact with the alleged victim or come within 1,500 feet of her, and not commit any new crimes.
Arbitrator reinstates police officer fired over police kick video
showing office kicking man in head while man was handcuffed
head of Cleveland police commission avoids jail time for falsifying records
Updated 2:26 PM; Posted 1:08 PM
Washington becomes 1st state to approve net-neutrality rules
Monday, March 5, 2018, 8:11 P
319 NYPD officers keep jobs despite deceiving or assaulting New Yorkers
BY GRAHAM RAYMAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, March 5, 2018, 6:11 PM
March 5, 2018
The Cold War comes to Cornell: The FBI’s fight to safeguard Hans Bethe’s atomic secrets
The nuclear physicist’s idyllic life in academia became a battleground for international intelligence agencies
Written by Robert Hovden
Edited by Michael Morisy, JPat Brown
After World War II, with the Manhattan Project over and the Cold War heating up, the grandfather of the atomic bomb, Professor Hans Bethe, returned to the quiet college town of Ithaca, New York to resume his research. After years of political intrigue and moral dilemma, it was a welcome return to academia. But even at remote Cornell University, an international game of spy-vs-spy would follow Bethe, complete with Soviet agents, a love triangle, and America’s most dangerous secrets.
Much of Bethe’s legacy is well known - his unstoppable scientific mind helped lead to the atomic bomb, only for him to spend the rest of his life lobbying against its further development. Bethe was dubbed America’s “scientist of conscience” for his legacy of extraordinary breakthroughs and his cognizance of the dangers they brought. But less well known is how the intrigue of the Manhattan Project trailed him no matter where Bethe went, with his secretive work helping shape the modern world order.
Bethe’s records, released publicly through a MuckRock FOIA request and the Central Intelligence Agency’s CREST database, detail how the Soviet Union and the United States deployed spies to follow and befriend the professor as he tried to start a new life after the war.
Failure: FBI violated its own guidelines to obtain Carter Page FISA ...
Nation One News
It is up to one of the judges sitting on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to decide if the evidence meets the standard of probable cause that a surveillance target is acting as an agent of a foreign power. Ron Hosko, a former FBI assistant director for criminal investigations, said that FBI agents working on FISA cases ...
Judicial Watch sues DOJ for Bruce and Nellie Ohr records related to Fusion GPS, anti-Trump dossier
FBI will brief House committees on Parkland shooting failures
McClatchy Washington Bureau-
The FBI will brief a pair of House committee so Tuesday on its admitted failures to follow up on warnings about the alleged Parkland high school shooter. ... The special agent in charge of the Miami Division, Robert Lasky, addresses the media about the FBI not contacting Nikolas Cruz after multiple tips warned Cruz might ...
BY THOMAS TRACY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 6:26 PM
By Emilie Eaton
MAR. 2, 2018 AT 1:05 PM
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Joel Burgess, jburgess@citizen-tim
Baltimore Sun-Mar 1, 2018
Lawyers for state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks say federal authorities deployed an informant who collects a six-figure annual paycheck from the FBI to entrap the Baltimore Democrat. In court papers filed Thursday, Oaks' defense team identified the informant as William Myles. But to Oaks, he was Mike Henley, ...
Deputies sometimes laughed as the man, who had been strapped naked to a chair for 46 hours, writhed on the floor of his cell
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