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FOCUS: Robert Parry | NYT's Belated Admission on Contra-Cocaine
Robert Parry, Consortium News

Parry writes: "Nearly three decades since the stories of
Nicaraguan Contra-cocaine trafficking first appeared in
1985, the New York Times has finally, forthrightly admitted
the allegations were true, although this belated
acknowledgement comes in a movie review buried deep inside
Sunday’s paper."

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Missouri plan for possible riots if cop is not indicted

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2014

Missouri authorities are drawing up contingency plans and seeking intelligence from US police departments on out-of-state agitators, fearing that fresh riots could erupt if a grand jury does not indict a white officer for killing a black teen.

The plans are being thrashed out in meetings being held two to three times a week, according to people who have attended them. The FBI said it was also involved in the discussions.

Details of the meetings and intelligence sharing by Missouri police agencies and their counterparts in other parts of the country have not been reported before.

The grand jury is expected to decide next month whether to bring criminal charges against police officer Darren Wilson, who shot dead Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.

In differing accounts, police have said Brown struggled with Wilson before the fatal shots were fired. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.

If charges are not brought against Wilson, police fear an outbreak of violence not just in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, but across the greater metropolitan area and even in other US cities, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar and others involved in the planning meetings.

James Knowles, the Ferguson mayor who has been attending the meetings, told Reuters the fear is that if violence is triggered by the grand jury decision, “the unrest is going to be far beyond the city of Ferguson.”

Brown’s killing sparked days of protests in Ferguson in August and looting that caused millions of dollars of property damage. Police were sharply criticised for what was seen as a heavy handed response to the protests, firing tear gas and arresting hundreds of people.

Protesters and civil rights groups say Brown’s death is part of a national epidemic in which a disproportionately high number of unarmed black men are fatally shot by white police officers, an allegation police deny.

Missouri law enforcement officials have been in contact with police chiefs in Los Angeles, New York, Florida and Cincinnati, Ohio as they prepare for the grand jury decision, Belmar said.

Of the 227 people arrested between Aug. 10 and Sept. 9 in connection with protests over Brown’s death, 36 were from outside Missouri, including seven from New York, 12 from Illinois and five from California, according to arrest records provided by the St. Louis county police.

“We know outside groups visited us in August. We are expecting that different people will come in from outside the St. Louis area,” if the grand jury decides not to indict Wilson, Belmar said.

One focus of the meetings has been on how to respond in the event of riots, the police chief said. Police faced a public backlash when they initially deployed armored carriers and carried military-style assault rifles after Brown’s shooting.

Representatives of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, St. Louis County Police, St. Louis city police and Ferguson police have been attending the meetings, Belmar said. The top FBI official in St Louis, Agent William Woods, attended a strategy meeting last week, said St Louis FBI spokeswoman Rebecca Wu.

Plans have not been finalised. It was announced last week that the St. Louis County Police will take the lead from the tiny Ferguson force in patrolling the city’s streets.

The contingency planning comes as black and white residents of Ferguson, a city fraught with racial tensions and simmering anger after Brown’s death, brace for the grand jury decision.

The nine white and three black jurors have heard evidence from dozens of witnesses, including Wilson, who has been under police protection at an undisclosed location since the shooting, said Bob McCulloch, the chief St. Louis county prosecutor overseeing the grand jury proceedings.

Police and elected officials are meeting regularly with multi-racial citizen groups in a bid to improve community relations, tackle concerns about police discrimination, and avoid the turmoil that followed Brown’s shooting. Civil unrest is still the “worst case scenario”, Knowles said.
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http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/blogs/news_blog/kristin-nyunt-ex-wife-of-former-p-g-cop-charged/article_5af088e8-565c-11e4-984a-0017a43b2370.html



Kristin Nyunt, ex-wife of former P.G. cop, charged in federal wiretapping case.


John Nyunt NIC COURY
Former Pacific Grove Cmdr. John Nyunt was implicated in his ex-wife's identity theft scheme.
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 5:30 pm

In July, Kristin Nyunt—he ex-wife of former Pacific Grove Police Cmdr. John Nyunt—pleaded guilty to five counts of identity theft, two counts of computer network fraud, one count of residential burglary and two counts of forgery.
Now there's more. The Monterey County District Attorney's Office had been partnering with the FBI on this investigation, and on Friday, FBI Special Agency David J. Johnson and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag announced Nyunt is facing two additional county of illegal wiretapping and the possession of illegal spyware tools.
Nyunt allegedly utilized spy software from 2010-12, which was installed secretly on a police officer's phone. (Court documents filed to date don't specify which officer, or how many.)
Nyunt is alleged to have possessed software including including Mobisteal
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Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Retiring justice didn't have the typical resume


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Seamus P. McCaffery, who retired abruptly on Monday after nearly seven years as a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice, took an unusual path to the state's highest court.
A former Philadelphia homicide detective, he never clerked for a high-profile judge, never edited a law journal and never did a stint as a prosecutor. In fact, he hardly even practiced law before his first judgeship, getting elected to the Philadelphia municipal court just four years after earning a law degree by going to night school while he was a policeman.
When he got elected to the Supreme Court 14 years later, he was a celebrity of sorts, thanks largely to his time meting out justice to unruly football fans at the Eagles Court at Veterans Stadium, at the invitation of the Philadelphia Eagles' owner.
On the Philadelphia court, he was known as a gruff, perp-scolding judge and, to some, a self-promoter. Some viewed him as a cop in black robes.

Once he jumped over the bench to tackle a defendant who was overpowering a sheriff's deputy. Another time, according to an account in The Philadelphia Inquirer, he told a young slouching defendant that his "favorite four-letter word is J-A-I-L."
"He's your blue-collar judge that thinks more about the ordinary person," said Tom Jankiewicz, a retired ironworker and a friend of three decades.
McCaffery, 64, retired a week after being suspended over his involvement in a porn emails scandal. The Supreme Court's chief justice said McCaffery had exchanged emails with sexually explicit material or pornography with a now-retired agent in the state attorney general's office. McCaffery apologized for what he called a "lapse of judgment," but he also said that as an ex-U.S. Marine and policeman, "coarse language and crude jokes" were part of his background.
McCaffery, the second of seven siblings, was born in Belfast, in Northern Ireland, and was raised in Philadelphia by a father who had been a boxer. Two of his sons work for the FBI, another for the Philadelphia police. He is a motorcycle enthusiast who excels at the shooting range and retired as a colonel after 30 years in the reserves.
His relationship with the legal establishment had always been a bit rocky, even before he and Chief Justice Ronald Castille mixed it up, with Castille calling him a "sociopath."
McCaffery had only been out of law school for a year when he ran for the Philadelphia municipal court as a Republican. The Philadelphia Bar Association slapped him with a "not recommended" rating after he refused to participate in its review process. He lost.
Two years later, he got elected as a Democrat — after, the Inquirer reported, he had won party backing by providing free legal service to constituents at the party's direction.
He was on his way. But even after he was named head judge of the Philadelphia municipal bench and won a seat on the Superior Court, he managed only a "recommended" rating from the Pennsylvania Bar Association when he sought a seat on the state's highest court, not the "highly recommended" rating it gave two other candidates.
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Austin: Cop-Watcher Acquitted

October 31, 2014,

Austin, Texas cop-watching activist Antonio Buehler was acquitted Oct. 29 in what the Austin American-Statesman called “likely the most hotly contested misdemeanor trial in Austin’s recent history.”

Buehler, who cofounded the Peaceful Streets Project, had been charged with failure to obey an official order in the wee hours of New Year’s Day, 2012, after he and a friend got into a confrontation with police who were arresting two women on suspicion of drunk driving at a gas station in downtown Austin.

According to the Austin Chronicle alternative weekly:

Like the trial, the incident that brought Buehler to court last Thursday, Oct. 23, played out more madly than a tent-cage tiger act. On Jan. 1, 2012, shortly after 1:30 a.m., Buehler and a friend, Ben Muñoz, stopped into a 7-11 on North Lamar Boulevard to get gas when he noticed two women – pulled over for failing to employ headlights, leading to an investigation for DUI – being arrested by two police officers (Patrick Oborski and Robert Snider) in a manner Buehler and his friend considered excessively aggressive. Buehler and Muñoz used smartphones to snap photos; Buehler, 34 at the time and blessed with a booming voice, questioned the officers about their efforts. He continued asking about each officer’s actions as they carried one of the women to a squad car. After detaining the arrestee, Oborski turned his attention to Buehler; a scuffle ensued. Buehler refused Oborski’s directions to put his hands behind his back, was brought down to the ground, and eventually submitted to Oborski after Snider unholstered his Taser.

Buehler was initially charged with harassment of a public official (for allegedly spitting on Oborski, a felony) and resisting arrest (a misdemeanor), but in April 2013 was no-billed on those charges and indicted instead for failure to obey a lawful order, a Class C misdemeanor punishable with no jail time and a maximum $500 fine.

“This is not about the fine,” his attorney Millie Thompson told the jurors during final arguments Thursday. “And you know it.”

Both sides debated over the fine print that defines reasonable suspicion, probable cause, “Terry stops” (brief, on-street police detentions), and constitutional rights. The state argued throughout the four-day trial that police have an inherent right to engage in temporary detainments; that Oborski acted legally by ordering Buehler to put his hands behind his back, because he deemed the order appropriate for the given situation. The chaos that surrounded that isolated incident didn’t matter, [Prosecutor Matthew] McCabe argued; it wasn’t Buehler’s judgment to make.

Thompson suggested instead, via a string of testimonies, that Oborski infringed on Buehler’s First and Fourth Amendment rights and that Buehler had done nothing to provoke Oborski illegally. She had Buehler testify to his ignorance of the officer’s order, and repeatedly twisted state witnesses around their own sworn testimonies.
The defense attorney, according to the Peaceful Streets Project, argued that “Buehler did not have to obey Oborski’s orders to put his hands behind his back because Oborski’s orders were illegal. They were illegal because the detention, assault and arrest of Norma Pizana [the passenger in the car stopped] were illegal, and because the detention and assault on Buehler in advance of his arrest were also illegal.”

The Peaceful Streets Project depicts what happened in less legalistic language:

As Buehler and his passenger were about to leave, they heard a violent scream. They turned and saw one of the cops (Robert Snider) ripping the female passenger out of the car and throwing her to the ground. The other cop (Patrick Oborski) then ran over and joined in. As they twisted the victim’s arms behind her in what is a torture move, she cried out more. Buehler pulled out his BlackBerry and attempted to take pictures. When the victim saw Buehler, she begged him to please record the incident. Buehler then began yelling at the cops, telling them that she had done nothing wrong and demanded that they stop assaulting her.

After they picked her up, cuffed her and walked her toward the rear squad car, Oborski turned and approached Buehler. Oborski got in Buehler’s face and demanded to know who Buehler thought he was. Buehler said it didn’t matter who he was and that he had a right to take pictures. Oborski kept moving in on Buehler, Buehler took a couple steps back, and as Oborski raised his voice, Buehler raised his. Then Oborski shoved Buehler by hitting him in the chest area. Buehler shouted at him, telling Oborski to stop touching him. Oborski pushed Buehler back until he was trapped between Oborski and the bed of the truck. Oborski continued to push on Buehler, as Buehler leaned back over the bed of the truck, and then Oborski told Buehler that he was under arrest, put him in a chokehold, took him to the ground and cuffed him. Later, Oborski would tell Buehler that “you don’t fuck with the police, you fucked with the wrong cop, and now you’re going to learn your fucking lesson!”
Buehler still faces misdemeanor charges from two other arrests, and the trial in a federal civil-rights lawsuit he filed against Oborski is scheduled for March.

Peaceful Streets, which Buehler cofounded after the arrest, describes itself as “an all-volunteer, grassroots effort uniting people to end the institutional violence taking place on our streets,” which “through community organizing, engaging in nonpolitical and nonviolent direct action tactics, and utilizing new technologies… seeks to bring about a cultural shift where individuals understand their rights and hold law enforcement officials accountable, and communities protect and serve each other.”


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Cop Caught on Video Attacking Defenseless Handcuffed Girl is Suing the City for Lost Pay

Bozeman, MT — An unsettling surveillance video of a Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy assaulting a 17-year-old handcuffed girl was made public Wednesday.

The video was released by order of a Gallatin County District Court Judge, Mike Salvagni, after a local news agency filed a request for it several months ago.

The incident took place in 2011.

The victim in the video is a 17-year-old girl whose identity has not been revealed. The assailant is Deputy Thomas Madsen, who quit his job shortly after this incident.

According to court documents the girl had turned off the lights in the room so she could go to sleep. The footage picks up right after the lights were turned back on.

The video starts out with the pair exchanging a few words.

Right before Madsen assaults the girl, he is heard saying, “…push yourself around, you’re going to find out what a world of hurt really is.”

The video was thrown out of court in this case and the charges dismissed against Madsen by Judge Holly Brown, because the video had been edited.
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Nov. 11 2014 at 9:08 AM




Officer Stephen Maiorino's mug shot has not been released by PBSO.
The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office has been selectively taking names of police officers who get arrested off the booking blotter, effectively giving busted cops special treatment over regular folks who get their names, mug shots, and personal information put online for all to see when they get thrown in jail.
A story published Sunday by the Palm Beach Post revealed the practice, which PBSO officials have since admitted to doing. Their excuse is that their computer program doesn't allow them to scrub officers' home addresses and birth dates, which is not allowed to be released to the public under state law. And since they can't take off that information, they decided to just leave police off the record entirely.
The PBSO has done this for all five officers (that we know of) arrested this year, including the recent arrest of Boynton Beach officer Stephen Maiorino, who is accused of raping a woman at gunpoint on the hood of his patrol car.
See also: Boynton Cop Stephen Maiorino Arrested for Raping Woman at Gunpoint

But as the Post points out, the PBSO was able to scrub addresses and birth dates of officers before -- like how they did for Boynton Beach Police Officer Alex Lindsey in 2011 when he was arrested for falsifying documents.
Interestingly, the PBSO's booking blotter was offline Monday night and the link instea
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/prosecutors-due-in-court-to-explain-details-of-investigation-into-fbi-agent/2014/11/17/6f58aba4-6e52-11e4-893f-86bd390a3340_story.html

November 17 at 1:15 PM
Prosecutors assured a federal judge in the District on Monday that they are providing as much information as possible to defendants in a large-scale narcotics case affected by an FBI agent accused of tampering with drug and gun evidence.

But defense lawyers said they have received more information from the media than the U.S. attorney’s office, and they complained of what one legal advocate described as a virtual “shutdown of information.”

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who is presiding over the drug case that involves 30 defendants, some of whom have pleaded
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#BlackLivesMatter Ferguson Roundup

http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/writer/fergusonnews/












Here are just of some of the stories we've posted in the past week at the Dissent NewsWire:


http://www.defendingdissent.org







http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/ferguson-cops-forcefully-mismanaged-protests-other-cities-did-better/

*Cops in Ferguson Mismanged Protest


http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/ferguson-cops-forcefully-mismanaged-protests-other-cities-did-better/


Alex Vitale writes that political and law enforcement officials in the Ferguson, Missouri area had some difficult decisions to make in the period between the shooting death of Michael Brown Aug. 9 and the Nov. 24 announcement that the officer who killed him, Darren Wilson, would not be indicted. Would they make a concerted effort to win over the hearts and minds of African American residents in St. Louis County by addressing the long history of abuses by local governments, police, and the criminal-justice system, or would they double down on militarizing the police and criminalizing protests? Long before the grand-jury decision was announced, it was clear that they were choosing the latter approach.



*'Passionate' Immigrant Activist Accused of Dousing NYC's Top Cop

http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/passionate-immigrant-activist-accused-of-dousing-nycs-top-cop/


Diego Ibanez is accused of throwing fake blood on Police Commissioner Bratton. So Bratton told the media he is "a professional agitator, and I hope he'll be a professional resident of Rikers Island." Read more about Ibanez and his "agitation." ;

*NYPD Seeks Intelligence on Ferguson "Agitators"

http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/nypd-seeks-intelligence-on-ferguson-agitators/


Police in NYC are preparing for a possibly explosive grand jury decision of their own... by travelling to Ferguson to get intelligence on "professional agitators." Steven Wishnia writes on why that is a plain dumb idea

http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/nypd-seeks-intelligence-on-ferguson-agitators/

*Two Arrested on Gun Charges in FBI "Sting"
http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/two-arrested-on-gun-charges-in-fbi-sting/

How the FBI worked to stoke fears in an already tense situation. Arun Gupta, who wrote extensively about an FBI "sting" against people involved in Occupy Cleveland sees some worrisome similarities.

*Glimpses of our Power

http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/glimpses-of-our-power/


Are we at the dawn of a new civil rights movement that will forcefully challenge unjust and unfair racially-biased police practices? Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese argue that protests over the past week demonstrate the passion, resolve and political power necessary for real change.







*Darren Wilson Ain't No Ham Sandwich: Prosecutorial Manipulation of a Flawed Grand Jury System

http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/darren-wilson-aint-no-ham-sandwich-prosecutorial-manipulation-of-a-flawed-grand-jury-system/


Kris Hermes has long worked on grand jury resistance, here he shares with us why the system is so problematic.

*Thousands Hit the Streets

http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/ferguson-protests-proliferate-around-the-nation/

As protests erupted around the country after the grand jury decision, police response was uneven.

*Day 2 of Protests

http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/ferguson-protests-around-the-u-s-a/


In 15 tweets.

*A message from George Takei

http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/some-holiday-thoughts-from-uncle-george/


I got an email from George Takei that I wanted to share with you! He is so wise and so empathetic.



*"Take Action! "*Cops Fight to Keep War Toys

http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/cops-fight-to-keep-war-toys/

Unsurprisingly, police unions, the Pentagon and defense contractors are fighting to save the program that gives out free military gear to local police departments. We've lost our initial momentum. But we can gain it back.

http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/cops-fight-to-keep-war-toys/





*Transparency (This week's special agency: the CIA)*







Secrecy or Transparency? The battle over the CIA torture report.

http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/secrecy-or-transparency-the-battle-over-the-cia-torture-report/

Three factions are battling over what can be revealed to the American people about the CIA torture program.

U.N. Human Rights Experts Urge Obama to Support Release of the CIA Torture Report

http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/news/un-human-rights-experts-urge-obama-to-release-cia-torture-report/


"Your decision on this issue will have far-reaching consequences for victims of human rights violations everywhere and for the credibility of the United States," the letter said.

Permission for CIA to Destroy Agency E-Mails is Withdrawn

http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/nara-backs-away-from-cia-email-destruction-proposal/

The National Archives listened to Senators and advocacy groups who protested the initial decision to allow the agency to destroy emails.







*And More... Always More!*
Visit Dissent NewsWire [ http://www.defendingdissent.org ] each day for news, analysis and lots of blogs, including InTheNews [ http://www.defendingdissent.org/now/inthenews/ ], our daily pick of top civil-liberties stories in the mainstream media.













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Missouri police remove Facebook post about Tamir Rice shooting

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/12/missouri_police_remove_faceboo.html
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and elsewhere it claimed that British police, in total, only fired a gun once or twice in all of a year.

Subject: Finnish Police fired a gun only six times in 2013 | Yle Uutiset | yle.fi

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Former Winston County deputy pleads guilty to federal charges of extorting woman to make methmeth



December 22, 2014 at 7:44 PM




BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A former Winston County sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty in federal court to using his authority to extort a woman into manufacturing methamphetamine. His charges also allege he made her cook meth in a home with a child
Grady Keith Concord, 42, of Lynn entered his guilty pleas before U.S. District
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Twelve Former Puerto Rico Police Officers Sentenced to Prison for Running Criminal Organization Out of Police Department
Former Officers Engaged in Armed Racketeering Conspiracy, Committing Robbery, Extortion, and Other Offenses

U.S. Department of Justice
December 22, 2014        

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WASHINGTON—Twelve former Puerto Rico police officers have been sentenced for using their law enforcement affiliation and equipment to commit robbery and extortion, and to sell illegal narcotics and manipulate court records.

The following 12 defendants have been sentenced:

Osvaldo Vazquez-Ruiz was sentenced to 138 months in prison. Vazquez-Ruiz pleaded guilty on Aug. 21, 2014, to conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
Orlando Sierra-Pereira was sentenced to 157 months in prison. Sierra-Pereira pleaded guilty on Aug. 21, 2014, to conspiracy to violate RICO and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
Danny Nieves-Rivera was sentenced to 157 months in prison. Nieves-Rivera pleaded guilty on Aug. 21, 2014, to conspiracy to violate RICO and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
Roberto Ortiz-Cintron was sentenced to 154 months in prison. Ortiz-Cintron pleaded guilty on Aug. 21, 2014, to conspiracy to violate RICO and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
Yovanny Crespo-Candelaria was sentenced to 70 months in prison. Crespo-Candelaria pleaded guilty on Aug. 21, 2014, to conspiracy to violate RICO.
Nadab Arroyo-Rosa was sentenced to 78 months in prison. Arroyo-Rosa pleaded guilty on Aug. 21, 2014, to conspiracy to violate RICO.
Jose Flores-Villalongo was sentenced to 78 months in prison. Flores-Villalongo pleaded guilty on Aug. 21, 2014, to conspiracy to violate RICO.
Eduardo Montañez-Perez was sentenced to 63 months in prison. Montañez-Perez pleaded guilty on Aug. 15, 2014, to conspiracy to violate RICO.
Carlos Candelario-Santiago was sentenced to 63 months in prison. Candelario-Santiago pleaded guilty on Aug. 15, 2014, to conspiracy to violate RICO.
Ruben Casiano-Pietri was sentenced to 78 months in prison. Casiano-Pietri pleaded guilty on Aug. 21, 2014, to attempted Hobbs Act robbery.
Ricardo Rivera-Rodriguez was sentenced to 33 months in prison. Rivera-Rodriguez pleaded guilty on Aug. 25, 2014, to attempted Hobbs Act extortion under color of official right.
Christian Valles-Collazo was sentenced to 78 months in prison. Valles-Collazo pleaded guilty on Aug. 21, 2014, to attempted Hobbs Act robbery.
All 12 of the above defendants were sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Daniel R. Dominguez of the District of Puerto Rico, and the remaining four defendants convicted in this case are scheduled to be sentenced in January 2015. At the time of the crimes, Flores-Villalongo and Candelario-Santiago were sergeants with the Police of Puerto Rico; the others were police officers.

The officers convicted of the RICO conspiracy admitted to being members of a criminal organization that sought to enrich its members through a pattern of illegal conduct. Over the course of the conspiracy, the officers worked together to conduct traffic stops and enter homes or buildings used by persons suspected of being engaged in criminal activity to steal money, property and narcotics. The officers also planted evidence to make false arrests, and then extorted money in exchange for their victims’ release from custody. In exchange for bribe payments, the officers gave false testimony, manipulated court records and failed to appear in court when required so that cases would be dismissed. Additionally, the officers sold and distributed wholesale quantities of narcotics.

As just a few examples of their criminal conduct, in April 2012, Vazquez-Ruiz and Sierra-Pereira conducted a traffic stop in their capacity as police officers and stole approximately $22,000 they believed to be illegal drug proceeds. Vazquez-Ruiz later attempted to extort approximately $8,000 from an individual he believed to be a drug dealer’s accomplice in exchange for promising to release an alleged prisoner.

Further, in November 2012, Sierra-Pereira, Nieves-Rivera, Ortiz-Cintron and Valles-Collazo illegally entered an apartment and stole approximately $30,000, which they believed was illegal lottery proceeds.

The defendants frequently shared the proceeds they illegally obtained and used their power, authority and official positions as police officers to promote and protect their illegal activity. Among other things, the defendants used their police firearms, badges, patrol cars, tools, uniforms and other equipment to commit the crimes and concealed their illegal activity with fraudulently obtained court documents and falsified police paperwork to make it appear that they were engaged in legitimate police work.
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Detective who admitted role in poker protection scheme resigns
Jamie Satterfield
6:23 PM, Jan 6, 2015


http://www.knoxnews.com/news/watchful-eye/detective-who-admitted-role-in-poker-protection-scheme-resigns_83086892
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Police appear to try to tip man out of his wheelchair in video
San Francisco police officer tries to push man in wheelchair into street
A San Francisco police officer was captured on two separate videos apparently trying to push a paralyzed man in a wheelchair off a curb face-first into the street as other officers looked on.

Does police officer try to tip man out of wheelchair? Watch. #SFPD
San Francisco police say they are investigating a video that appears to show a San Francisco police officer trying to tip a man out of his electric wheelchair during a stop

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-francisco-police-wheelchair-20150122-story.html


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'Yet again my privacy has been utterly invaded': Top cop in bugging scandal launches scathing attack at ombudsman as he claims surveillance ruined his life
By Candace Sutton and Sarah Dean for Daily Mail Australia and Aap
02:05 30 Jan 2015, updated 05:56 30 Jan 2015


Deputy police commissioner Nick Kaldas is giving evidence at an inquiry
Kaldas is a counter terrorism expert who has trained Iraqi police
The inquiry is into a illegal police bugging operation of 114 people in 2000
Kaldas is the highest ranking officer secretly bugged by his rival Kath Burn
He has 'explosive' evidence about bugging which has 'denigrated' his career
He has suffered reprisals for speaking out about the bugging scandal
The bugging operation threatens to blow apart NSW police hierarchy
He said independent inquiry into bugging scandal has left him fearful
Claimed Operation Prospect had sided with the officers being complained about and targeted him and other victims
A top policeman who was accused of whistle blowing after he had his home and office bugged by colleagues has told how he's been left him 'humiliated' by an investigation into the scandal.
NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas told a parliamentary inquiry he has been punished for speaking out, including being passed over for promotion, while attacking the way the NSW Ombudsman has handled a two-year investigation into the bugging scandal that reaches to the highest levels of the NSW Police Force.
Mr Kaldas, who has hunted murderers, worked in warzones and faced death threats from terrorists, has revealed there is no one he fears more than NSW Ombudsman Bruce Barbour.
The parliamentary inquiry is the final stage of Operation Prospect, an investigation which begun two
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Third World Resistance: Reclaiming the radical Dr. King to protest police and prisons
February 1 2015

Dr. King devoted his life to struggle. The end of his career was characterized by a devout rejection of militarism, economic inequality, racism and imperialism. Yet state sponsored commemorations on MLK Day have consistently left out this narrative.

On Friday, Jan. 16, to kick off the #ReclaimMLK weekend, protesters with Third World Resistance chained themselves to the Oakland Federal Building entrances, shutting it down for four hours and 28 minutes. – Photo: Critical Resistance
On Friday, Jan. 16, to kick off the #ReclaimMLK weekend, protesters with Third World Resistance chained themselves to the Oakland Federal Building entrances, shutting it down for four hours and 28 minutes. – Photo: Critical Resistance
They have chosen instead to construct an image of a harmless saint who dreamt of peace for all, not of a civil rights leader who believed in freedom and the radical transformation of U.S. economic and political power structures or a Black political figure who was harassed and threatened by the FBI. In our first post-Ferguson MLK weekend, people around the country mobilized to stop the fairy tales and to honor Dr. King’s legacy the way he would have wanted it – through massive demonstrations, direct actions and shutdowns.

Communities across the country took up the call from Ferguson to #ReclaimMLK from the “efforts to soften, sanitize and commercialize” Dr. King’s life and struggle. Thousands took to the streets in cities including Philadelphia, NYC, Oakland, LA, Boston and Phoenix.

In the Bay Area, protesters shut down the San Mateo bridge during the evening rush hour, disrupted BART stations in San Francisco, and gave Oakland’s new pro-police mayor a wakeup visit at the break of dawn.

Critical Resistance joined allies in Third World Resistance (TWR), a new formation of various organizations coming together to stand with the heightened Black struggle in the U.S. while connecting it to anti-imperialist movements for self-determination internationally.

To kickoff MLK weekend, activists with TWR chained themselves to the doors of the Federal Building in Oakland, shutting it down for four hours and 28 minutes. The four hours honor the memory of Michael Brown, whose body lay in the streets of Ferguson for more than four hours after he was killed by a police officer. The 28 minutes highlight the startling fact that every 28 hours a Black person is killed by police, security or vigilantes in this country.

In our first post-Ferguson MLK weekend, people around the country mobilized to stop the fairy tales and to honor Dr. King’s legacy the way he would have wanted it – through massive demonstrations, direct actions and shutdowns.

They said they targeted the federal building “because of its role in promoting a war on Black people and people’s struggles for self-determination in the U.S. and around the world. Protecting their imperialist economic interests, the U.S. and its collaborators like Israel and its puppet states like the Philippines are co-developing and deploying military and policing tactics in an attempt to perfect techniques of counter- insurgency, crowd and population control, surveillance and the militarization of local police forces.”

Speaking at a rally outside the federal building, Kamau Walton of CR Oakland stressed the importance of sustaining the growing momentum of anti-policing organizing in the U.S., while connecting it to the fight against imprisonment, global policing and imperialism: “It is really empowering to see our communities rising up against the violent policing of Black people.

“But we must also be just as enraged at the violence that is harder to see, the violence of our people disappearing into cages. This country, which locks up more people than any other, plays a hand in locking up even more beyond its borders by exporting and sharing tactics and models of repression with oppressive governments, from Israel to Haiti and the Philippines.”

Organizers of the march and shutdown represented the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Haiti Action Committee, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Bayan-USA and the Xican@ Moratorium.
Organizers of the march and shutdown represented the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Haiti Action Committee, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Bayan-USA and the Xican@ Moratorium.
The action highlighted Dr. King’s commitment to internationalism and his belief that freedom can only be achieved through confronting “international militarism, racism, imperialism and an unworkable capitalism that makes the rich richer and the poor poorer.” It is these beliefs that people chose to remember and take to the streets for MLK weekend.

With the shutdown of the Federal Building in Oakland and numerous other actions and mobilizations gaining national and international attention, the state and liberals are going to have a difficult time continuing to whitewash Dr. King’s radical legacy as the resistance against policing continues to spread.

“As the state attempts to tamp down the rising fists of dissent, people’s movements in Ferguson, Haiti, Palestine, the Philippines and across the globe are only intensifying. And as an extension, today in the Bay Area, we are organizing together and deepening our collective commitment to the increasingly militant struggle for Black liberation and self-determination. We know that we cannot fight imperialism abroad unless we fight its domestic manifestation – violent racist policing – in our own streets,” the organizers explained.

They quoted Dr. King’s 1967 “Beyond Vietnam” speech delivered at Riverside Church: “Before long they must know that their government has sent them into a struggle among Vietnamese, and the more sophisticated surely realize that we are on the side of the wealthy, and the secure, while we create a hell for the poor. Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now.

“I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken.”

The action highlighted Dr. King’s commitment to internationalism and his belief that freedom can only be achieved through confronting “international militarism, racism, imperialism and an unworkable capitalism that makes the rich richer and the poor poorer.”

And they quoted Malcolm X as well: “It is incorrect to classify the revolt of the Negro as simply a racial conflict of Black against White, or as a purely American problem. Rather, we are today seeing a global rebellion of the oppressed against the oppressor, the exploited against the exploiter.”

Among the principal organizers of the protest were Sanyika Bryant of the Malcom X Grassroots Movement, Ayana Labossiere of the Haiti Action Committee, Lara Kiswani of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Rhonda Ramiro of Bayan-USA and Aurora Lopez of the Xican@ Moratorium.

Latin America • harmless saint • imperialism • imperialist economic interests • imprisonment • Israel • Kamau Walton of CR Oakland • killed by a police officer • Lara Kiswani of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center • Malcolm X • Malcolm X Grassroots Movement • massive demonstrations • memory of Michael Brown • militant struggle for Black liberation and self-determination • militarism • militarization of local police forces • military and policing tactics • MLK Day • MLK weekend • Mohamed Shehk • Mohamed Shehk of Critical Resistance • Oakland Federal Building • Oakland’s new pro-police mayor • oppressive governments • people’s movements in Ferguson • people’s struggles for self-determination in the U.S. and around the world • Philippines • poor of America • protesters shut down the San Mateo bridge • racism • radical transformation of U.S. economic and political power structures • resistance against policing • Rhonda Ramiro of Bayan-USA • Riverside Church • Sanyika Bryant of the Malcom X Grassroots Movement • shutdown of the Federal Building in Oakland • shutdowns • state sponsored commemorations on MLK Day • streets of Ferguson • suffering poor of Vietnam • surveillanc
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Head of Interpol Accused of Exploiting His Power to Land Jobs for Relatives, Friends



Warren Lewis, the executive officer at Interpol’s Washington D.C. office, is accused of exploiting his authority to get a job for his job and other relatives and acquaintances, Fox News reports.

The Justice Department’s Inspector General’s Office revealed the findings in a reported released Wednesday. Other high-ranking officials are accused of doing the same thing, contributing to what the report called “a pervasive culture of nepotism and favoritism.”

Interpol serves as a liaison between the American government and the international law enforcement body and is overseen by the Justice Department.

The report says Lewis “earmark a spot” for his son and “provide extra attention to his processing, for obvious reasons.”

His son was even hired as a contractor, according to the inspector general.

“Lewis had no personal knowledge of their professional abilities,” the report says. “After the three individuals all failed to make the certified lists of qualified applicants, Lewis took steps to overcome their exclusion.”

- See more at: http://ticklethewire.com/2015/02/05/head-of-interpol-accused-of-exploiting-his-power-to-land-jobs-for-relatives-friends/#sthash.gG2Jg6DO.dpuf
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A video of a deadly clash between Pasco, Wash., police officers and an unarmed man appears to show the officers shooting the man as he runs away -- infuriating residents and civil liberties leaders.

Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, was shot and killed by Pasco police officers around 5 p.m. Tuesday after, police said, he threw rocks at them.

In a statement released Wednesday, the department said Zambrano-Montes ignored several orders to stop throwing rocks at cars in a parking lot on North 10th Avenue and West Lewis Street.
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Charleston police officer on leave; subject of FBI probe

February 12, 2015 at 8:37PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster confirmed Thursday night a 12-year department veteran was on paid administrative leave and the subject of two investigations.

Sgt. Nick Null was placed on administrative leave Feb. 2.
Webster said Sgt. Nick Null, most recently a patrol supervisor, was placed on paid administrative leave Feb. 2 pending the outcome of an internal investigatw
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100’s of Attorneys Build Tool to Document Bad Cops: Introducing the “Cop Accountability Program”

New York, N.Y. – Defense attorneys have a new tool at their disposal to question the credibility of police officers in court, thanks to the largest organization of public defenders in the nation.

The Legal Aid Society is a New York-based nonprofit with a staff of over 650 attorneys that represents over 230,000 people yearly. They have created the “cop accountability” database as a means of systematically tracking rogue actions by officers.

By creating a database that records accusations of officer misconduct it becomes easier for defense attorneys to identify problem officers. The database allows the defense to bring these credibility issues to light. This subsequently forces judges and juries to take this information into consideration when passing judgment.
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Armed Patriots to Rally in Response to Unlawful Arrest of Gun Rights Activist by Feds
Posted on February 28, 2015 by Ammoland
Protest date February 6, 2015.

Anthony Bosworth
Armed Patriots to Rally in Response to Unlawful Arrest of Gun Rights Activist, Anthony Bosworth by Feds


- Armed patriots will be converging on the Tom Foley federal courthouse at 920 W Riverside Ave, on February 6, 2015 to protest the illegal arrest and detention of a prominent liberty activist.

“Our State, Our Rights: The Patriots Answer'” rally is slated for 11:00 am, and the armed patriots are expecting a large turnout to protest the overreach of federal authorities, who used the Patriot Act to deny the activist his Miranda rights, access to an attorney, and even access to toilet paper while detained.

Anthony Bosworth, part of the Liberty for All leadership, was arrested and detained in a steel cage for five hours by federal agents while attending a 10th Amendment rally in the public courtyard outside the federal courthouse on February 25 2015. The agents, representing Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Marshal Service, claimed that Bosworth was violating federal law by being openly armed.



Open Carry Of Firearms Is Legal In Washington State

During the detention, the FBI subjected Bosworth to a three-hour interrogation regarding his liberty activism, and demanding information about “the movement’s intentions.” They did this in vain.

Bosworth was released due to intervention by the Spokane County Sheriff, who spoke with the federal agents and agreed with witnesses that Bosworth was not in violation of the law. The federal authorities cited Bosworth for “failure to comply,” and did not return his firearms.

Patriots are being asked to attend the rally from all over the country. This is a peaceable and non-violent action, but people are asked to come armed, and to carry responsibly.

The facebook event page can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/818764441531542

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Pennsylvania - Philadelphia – On Monday, a protection-from-abuse order was served on officer Stephan Rozniakowski, 32, of the Colwyn Police Department. Upon receiving the order, the enraged Rozniakowski who had a history of harassment, strapped on his bulletproof vest and weapon and went to the home of Valerie Morrow, 40, who had obtained the order against him.

The events that transpired next shock the conscience, and can be described as nothing less than absolutely horrifying. Rozniakowski proceeded to kick in Morrow's front door to her home, then ran up stairs, shooting and killing Morrow.

"He came up the steps with his gun drawn, and as soon as he saw Mrs. Morrow and her daughter in the hallway, he started repeatedly firing at them in their direction, striking Mrs. Morrow and also hitting her 15-year-old daughter," Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said yesterday.

The daughter suffered a gunshot wound to the left bicep, while Morrow was pronounced dead on the scene.

"Bridget fled into her bedroom, while, unfortunately, her mother lie dying in the hallway," Whelan said.

Whelan went on to say that Morrow's husband, Tom, a part-time cop in Morton Borough, returned fire from a revolver he retrieved from the nightstand, hitting Rozniakowski numerous times, potentially stopping what could have been a triple homicide.

Once out of bullets, Tom Morrow, who heard the sound of Rozniakowski reloading the magazine, jumped out of the second story bedroom window and ran to a neighbor's home to call 9-1-1 on a broken ankle.

According to the criminal complaint, as cops were responding to the incident an odd transmission was received from the Delaware County police transmission system known as DELCOM.

Rozniakowski could be heard over DELCOM saying, "I'm unarmed." He had brought along his police radio in the commission of this heinous crime.

"Who's the actor? Tell me about the actor," the dispatcher responded.

"DELCOM, I am the actor," Rozniakowski said.

As the daughter ran from the bedroom she claims to have seen Rozniakowski in the hallway mumbling apologies, as he held a gun to his head. She knocked the gun out of his hand and escaped from the home, according to the complaint.

Rozniakowski resigned from the department on Monday prior to the killing, according to Whelan. He is currently hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
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The Epidemic of Police Misconduct that No One is Talking About

Violent police are increasingly criticized for everything from killing dogs to shooting the homeless and beating the mentally ill. These abuses of power are disturbing and desperately need attention. One under-discussed problem with police accountability (or lack thereof), however, is police irresponsibility while driving.

Stories about drunk officers driving the wrong direction on freeways and hitting civilians or soberly ramming into pedestrians are not uncommon. This week alone, three cops caused mayhem and fatalities on the road.
In New Jersey, a car of off-duty officers (who had posted a picture of whiskey shots to Instagram earlier that evening) drove the wrong direction on a freeway, killing a civilian and one of the officers in the vehicle. Two other officers were critically injured. The driving officer had a previous DUI and 8 prior accidents on record. The Police Chief of Linden, James Schulhafer, was vague in his comments, saying “We were all young once and I’m sure we’ve all done stupid things in our life.”
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FBI whistleblower recounts her experiences



http://www.timberjay.com/stories/FBI-whistleblower-recounts-her-experiences,12283


GREENWOOD—The life of a government whistleblower is often frustrating and lonely. That’s according to Jane Turner, a former FBI agent who endured the wrath of the agency she loved when she exposed wrongdoing on the inside.

Turner, who now lives in the Twin Cities area, spoke to nearly fifty local residents last week as part of a regular meeting of the Greenwood Seniors group, at Greenwood Town Hall.

For Turner, becoming an FBI agent had been a dream since she was a girl growing up in Rapid City. At the time, the FBI didn’t allow female agents, but after the death of J. Edgar Hoover in 1972, the bureau opened up opportunities for women, and Turner, now 64, was eager to sign up. After completing her training at Quantico, she took the oath in 1978, and was one of only about 100 women in the bureau at the time.

Her career took off soon after her first postings in Seattle and New York City. She became a profiler and eventually an advanced police instructor in addition to her regular investigatory beat.

Over the years, she worked on a number of famous cases, and was present at the arrest of Christopher Boyce (Flight of the Falcon), and was involved in investigations that captured the Green River killer, the Central Park Preppie Murderer and abortion clinic bombers.

She voluntarily took an assignment in Minot in 1988, where she became the first female senior resident agent. In North Dakota, she worked primarily on Fort Berthold and Turtle Mountain Indian Reservations, and worked cooperatively with 14 county sheriffs in the northwestern part of the state.

Turner soon learned that FBI agents, as well as local law enforcement, routinely ignored serious, sometimes horrific, crimes with Indian victims and perpetrators.

Turner ran into friction from her Minneapolis-based supervisor when she sought to reopen serious sexual abuse cases, some involving deaths of young children, that other agents had closed as accidental deaths. She said she was told the FBI doesn’t reopen cases because it would be an acknowledgement of error, something the agency is loath to do. But Turner refused to back down, and got the local U.S. attorney to prosecute one of the cases, involving the violent anal rape of a young Indian boy, resulting in the conviction of the boy’s father. The original agent in charge had written up the boy’s serious internal injuries as resulting from a car accident.

Later, Turner found that male agents were being paid more than females, even when their case statistics demonstrated female agents were completing more investigations. When she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission, her supervisor
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