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a species that hires mercenaries to protect them looses the ability
to protect themselves, especially against their bodyguards,
and are doomed to extinction

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Monday, August 19, 2013Last Update: 9:42 AM PT
Judge Claims NYPD Crushed His Larynx

     BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CN) - New York City police crushed the larynx of a Queens County Supreme Court judge with a karate chop and then conspired to cover up the attack, the judge claims in Federal Court.
     Queens County Supreme Court Judge Thomas D. Raffaele, 70, claims in a $300,000 lawsuit that the New York City Police Department and Queens District Attorney's office conspired to cover up the June 1, 2012 attack on him in Jackson Heights.
     In the 43-page lawsuit, Raffaele claims he went to help a homeless man in the neighborhood who was being attacked by police.
     Raffaele says he heard the handcuffed homeless man pleading with unknown officers, "I beg you please stop, I beg you please stop," while police assaulted him in front of a swelling crowd.
     Raffaele says he called police and urged the crowd to move away from the man being assaulted.
     He claims police arrived and threatened many in the crowd who were filming the attack with cell phones. He says police threatened local shop owners not to provide security footage of the incident.
     An unknown officer "charged up" to the judge, shoved him and then "using a karate chop-like" hit him in the neck, Raffaele says in the complaint.
     He claims police refused to take an official statement from him that he had been attacked, and then tried to hide the unknown officer's identity.
     The judge says he went to the hospital that night and was diagnosed with a crushed larynx.
     One month later, Raffaele says, he met with the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, Queens County Assistant District Attorney Daniel O'Leary and the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau. He says assistant District Attorney Peter A. Crusco told him, "There was not enough evidence to prosecute," though the entire incident was caught on security cameras.
     Raffaele says the DA's office was told that he had aggressively charged into the perimeter of a crime scene, that an officer merely touched him once on the chest and that the reason his throat hurt was because he was yelling during the incident.
     The Queens District Attorney's Office issued a statement in August 2012 that Raffaele had entered the "safety perimeter that police officers attempted to establish around the incident" and merely tried to separate him from the growing crowd, according to the lawsuit.
     Raffaele claims Commissioner Ray Kelly failed to investigate the incident "after stating to the press that he would 'check into it.'"
     Although Kelly was quoted in The New York Times as saying that an investigation was ongoing, Raffaele claims Kelly never contacted him.
     He seeks $300,000 for conspiracy, unreasonable force, battery and violations of his constitutional rights.

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How is that bodyguard thing working out for you?

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Secret Service Agent Found Guilty in SC Plot
September 3, 2013

A former Secret Service has been sentenced to five years in prison for plotting to kidnap a retired South Carolina judge.

A judge handed down the sentence Tuesday after an Oconee County jury found 55-year-old James Bartee guilty of solicitation to commit a felony. Bartee was also sentenced to five years of probation.

Bartee was arrested during a May 2012 hearing while he was running for Oconee County sheriff. Authorities said he was worried a hearing would reveal he didn't have the qualifications to be sheriff and paid an informant to kidnap a former judge who was going to testify against him.

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You deserve the best serial killing mercenary returning from Iraq that your tax dime can buy,eh?

a species that hires serial killing mercenaries to protect them looses the ability to protect itself and is doomed to extinction
especially when the serial killers turn on them, wink , nod, know what I mean?

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Friday, September 06, 2013Last Update: 3:08 PM PT
Where Curiosity Tased the Cat, Immunity Denied

Police may be liable for using a Taser on a man who asked, "What are you doing to Jack," as he watched officers wrestle with his suicidal neighbor, the 9th Circuit ruled Friday.
     Donald and Kristi Gravelet-Blondin stepped outside in slippers one May night in 2008 in Snohomish, Wash., to find out what was going on at their neighbor Jack's house. The police were trying to get Jack out of his car, which, in an apparent suicide attempt, had a hose running from the exhaust pipe into one of its windows. Jack reportedly had a gun, and when he refused to show his hands after turning off the car, officers moved to put him in handcuffs, Tasing him twice.
     The Blondins got within about 37 feet of the scene, heard Jack moaning and saw him pinned on the ground. Donald Blondin said, "What are you doing to Jack?" and faced a barrage of orders to get back. When he didn't move, or didn't move enough, Sgt. Jeff Shelton rushed him with Taser drawn.
     A witness said that Blondin seemed to be "frozen with fear." Shelton warned Blondin that he was about to be Tased, but fired before he finished saying it, according to the ruling.
     "Sgt. Shelton tased Blondin in dart mode, knocking him down and causing excruciating pain, paralysis, and loss of muscle control," the ruling states. "Blondin, disoriented and weak, began to hyperventilate. Sgt. Shelton asked Blondin if he 'want[ed] it again' before turning to Ms. Blondin and warning, 'You're next.'"
     Blondin was later charged with obstructing a police officer, but the case was dropped. The Blondins then sued the city of Snohomish and Shelton for excessive force, unlawful arrest and various violations of state law, including common-law outrage for causing a wife to watch her husband being shot with a Taser

     "His momentary failure to move farther than thirty-seven feet away from officers arresting his neighbor, after merely inquiring into what those officers were doing, can hardly be considered resistance," Judge Michael Daly Hawkins wrote for the three-judge panel. "This is especially so given evidence that Blondin was visibly frozen with fear."
     The Seattle-based panel noted that, in 2008, when the "Tenth Circuit and a number of district courts had found taser use unconstitutionally excessive in some circumstances," the Snohomish Police Department viewed the employment of a Taser as a very light use of force, lighter even then a "firm grip." While this is no longer the department's policy, the city cannot escape the Blondins' claims that it may have played a part in the incident.
     "The city's policy told Sgt. Shelton that tasing nonresisting individuals in circumstances like this one was acceptable," Hawkins wrote. "It informed him that even a firm grip entails more force than a taser and deputized him with the power to tase an individual who presents no threat at all."
     The ruling also states that, about year after the incident with Blondin, Shelton was "reprimanded" on a performance evaluation for "being 'too quick to apply the taser when basic hands on defensive tactics would have brought the subject into compliance.'"
     Writing in dissent, Judge Jacqueline Nguyen argued that the majority had failed to look at the incident from Shelton's point of view.
     "Blondin interjected himself into a rapidly-evolving, highly volatile scene: officers struggling to restrain a combative, armed man in the process of trying to take his own life," Nguyen wrote. "At the time Blondin was tased, two loaded firearms were unsecured. Yet, at every turn, the majority attempts to minimize the precariousness of the situation, thinly splicing the facts to assess Blondin's conduct-and the reasonableness of the officers' response-in a vacuum. It is one thing to resolve disputed facts and inferences in Blondin's favor. But the majority goes well beyond this by choosing to ignore undisputed facts which do not favor Blondin's case. By discounting the danger and abstracting the qualified immunity inquiry, the majority's approach fails to accord appropriate deference to an officer's reasonable judgment exercised under exigent circumstances."
     Timothy Ford of MacDonald Hoague & Bayless in Seattle represented the Blondins. He did not immediately return a request for comment on Friday. Neither did the defendants' attorney, Richard Jolley of Adam Rosenberg, Keating, Bucklin & McCormack in Seattle.

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Beaten and Tasered at School for the Deaf, Parents Claim

     BRIDGEPORT, Conn. Staff members at the American School for the Deaf chased a student into a construction site where police Tasered the boy without warning, his parents claim in Federal Court.
     A.M. is a "profoundly deaf" 12-year-old resident of Bronx, N.Y., who also has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to the complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
     His parents, Audley and Judith Muschette, sued the American School for the Deaf, the town of West Hartford, Conn., two West Hartford police officers and two school employees.

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Embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Weighs in on New Orleans Police Monitor: Submitted to HP and CST

By G. Flint Taylor


During a week in which Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s disapproval rate on two racially charged local issues skyrocketed, he found time to write a glowing letter to Federal District Judge Susie Morgan in support of former Chicago Police Superintendent Terry Hillard’s bid to become the monitor of the sweeping consent decree that the Department of Justice has obtained to oversee the New Orleans Police Department.

The 122 page decree comprehensively deals with issues of police use of deadly force; supervision, training and discipline; gender bias, domestic violence and sexual assault; arrests, searches and custodial interrogations; crisis intervention; and secondary employment. The decree also provides for transparency, oversight, and community involvement in the form of an interdisciplinary Criminal Justice Coordination Group, a Police-Community Advisory Board, a community based Restorative Justice Project, comprehensive audits, data collection and analysis, and an independent monitor, jointly selected by the parties and approved by the court. Judge Morgan entered the decree this January, and has set a fifth public hearing on the contested question of the monitor for the Superdome on May 28th.

After unsuccessfully trying to back out of the decree, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu proposed Hillard as the City’s choice for monitor. New Orleans civil rights attorney Mary Howell contacted me to investigate Hillard’s qualifications for the job. In response, I wrote a letter that attorney Howell, who has been courageously fighting against police brutality in New Orleans for more than 35 years, presented with her public comment. The letter set forth Hillard’s role in the continuing cover-up of the Chicago police torture scandal:

When Hillard became the Superintendent in 1998, the Chicago Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards (OPS), after more than a decade of police cover-up and denial, had made an official determination that there was systematic police torture of African American suspects that was led by Police Commander Jon Burge which included the use of electric shock, suffocation, and mock executions; Burge had been fired; and OPS investigators had made specific disciplinary findings that Burge’s “right hand men” had tortured a number of suspects. Hillard’s top aide, rather than acting on these disciplinary findings, summarily overturned them, an act that Hillard expressly ratified. When more than 50 community groups and civic leaders asked him to reverse his decision and mandate an independent investigation, Hillard refused to do so. This conduct led to a continuation of the cover-up and wrongful imprisonment of numerous African-American men for another decade. These actions also provided the basis for Hillard and his aide’s inclusion as defendants in no fewer than five federal court torture/wrongful conviction cases, three of which have been settled for a total of approximately $17,000,000, while the other two are still pending.

The letter also recounted Hillard’s role in two other Chicago high profile cases where he approved the wrongful arrests of two young boys for the murder and rape of 11 year old Ryan Harris and the subsequent arrest of 800 demonstrators who were peacefully protesting the start of the Iraq war.

In response, Hillard solicited a number of letters including from Mayor Emanuel, longtime powerful Chicago Alderman Ed Burke, and former CPD Deputy Superintendent Charles Ramsey. Emanuel, who wrote “as Mayor, a publicly elected official, and as a private citizen,” highlighted his recent appointment of Hillard as chair of the public safety committee in charge of facilitating the highly unpopular closing of 54 Chicago Public Schools. Emanuel also touted Hillard’s “personal integrity and high professional standards” and his confidence that, that, as monitor, Hillard would “play a crucial leadership role” in “helping the people of New Orleans begin to regain trust in their Police Department and the new practices of constitutional policing that will ultimately transform it.”

These letters did not sit well with two longtime veterans of the battles against police brutality and corruption in Chicago. In his public comment, Howard Saffold, a founding member and past president of the African American Police League who acted as the Coordinator of Security for Mayor Harold Washington, recounted how he was compelled to remove Hillard from his security staff, and shined a light on Hillard’s powerful advocates:

Unfortunately, there is absolutely no track record of Hillard, or those who have written in his support, advocating public policy changes in Chicago. It is a sad fact that retaliation from the desk of some of those powerful letter writers still rules here and silences voices of change. In fact, the all-powerful Ed Burke was one of the leaders of the 29 white aldermen who unsuccessfully sought to drive Mayor Harold Washington from power during his first term, and Charles Ramsey was Deputy Superintendent during a period where his direct supervisor, Superintendent Leroy Martin, was actively covering up findings of “systematic” police torture.

In her public comment, Mary Powers, longtime coordinator of Citizens Alert, a Chicago organization which has fought for police accountability for more than four decades, raised Citizen Alert’s “most serious concern” which arose from “Mr. Hillard’s consistent stonewalling of community requests that he employ the authority of his office to reopen investigations of systematic torture by Jon Burge and CPD officers under his command” and “substantially contributed to the continuation of a decades long police torture scandal.”

Historically, New Orleans has been a sister city to Chicago when it comes to a long standing tradition of racially motivated police torture, deadly brutality, and systemic cover-up. In a certain sense then, it should not surprising that New Orleans would seek a kindred spirit from Chicago to “monitor” its Department. Unfortunately, it is also not be surprising that the City’s Mayor and most powerful Alderman would attempt to swing some good old fashioned Chicago clout to help their sister city in police crime. Like their very unpopular move to close 54 Chicago public schools, their war with the Chicago Teacher’s Union, their refusal to apologize to the African American community on behalf of the City for decades of police torture, and their continued funding of Jon Burge’s defense, Emanuel and Burke’s advocacy for Terry Hillard is yet another galling manifestation of their abiding lack of respect for Chicago’s African American community.


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Tampa Police fire former DUI supervisor at center of tainted DUI arrest


TAMPA — Tampa police Sgt. Ray Fernandez may not have known the Jan. 23 DUI arrest outside Malio's steak house was a setup. He may indeed only have been a pawn in lawyers' schemes, used by a close family friend.

But Fernandez lied, the Tampa Police Department announced Friday. And he likely destroyed evidence.

Because of that, the agency fired its former DUI supervisor Friday.

Police Chief Jane Castor, who has faced criticism for her slow start to action, announced his termination at a news conference. "Sgt. Fernandez lost his impartiality and professionalism in dealing with this case," she said.

Fernandez worked for the agency about 19 years. He had been DUI supervisor for seven years and was making a salary of about $92,500, according to the city. He was informed at noon.

According to an internal investigation, Fernandez violated five regulations, including the agency's policy on truthfulness, which is a fireable offense. The FBI is still investigating the events of Jan. 23, and Fernandez does not face criminal charges. He will likely receive his pension, which is $73,196 a year.


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October 18 2013

State Department of Justice fires whistleblower


Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Dan Bethards, who is a federally licensed gun manufacturer, holds an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle that he made. Bethards alerted his superiors at DCI and law enforcement that he believed his direct supervisor, Jay Smith, was manufacturing and selling rifles and handguns without a license and had possession of a stolen machine gun. DOJ fired Bethards last week.

The state Department of Justice has fired the agent who alleged his supervisor was illegally selling and manufacturing guns without a license and possessed a stolen machine gun.

In an Oct. 10 letter from Deputy Attorney General Kevin St. John, Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Dan Bethards was accused of numerous rule and policy violations, many of them related to his allegations of misconduct against his former boss, Jay Smith.

Bethards’ allegations sparked an investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In August, authorities declined to press charges against Smith, whom Bethards had accused of making customized weapons without a license for fellow law enforcement agents, including Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.


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Monday, 21 October 2013 15:43

Police in Florida suburb make millions from drug sting operations, report finds


Off the World News Desk:

Police in Florida suburb make millions from drug sting operations, report finds

“Police in Florida have been luring big-money drug buyers to a small suburban town from across the United States and as far north as Canada, negotiating sales of cocaine in popular restaurants and then arresting the buyers and confiscating their cash and cars.

According to a six-month investigation by the Sun Sentinel, undercover detectives in Sunrise, Fla., seized millions of dollars from the drug stings, offering cash rewards for the confidential informants who help police attract faraway buyers, including paying one informant more than $800,000 over the past five years.

The paper’s investigation has led the police department to stop the cocaine stings, with Mayor Michael Ryan, who supports the police work, blaming the Sun Sentinel for exposing the department’s strategies and compromising the undercover work.

In announcing the end to the program, Ryan did not address the huge overtime payments the police earned, or the expensive incentives rewarding a network of secret informants, the paper reported. In one instance, a sergeant running the stings collected more than $240,000 in overtime during a three-and-a-half year period.”


A great example of how the "war on drugs" has become a corruption-inducing War on the People. - Wes


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Assassinated DEA Agent Kiki Camarena Fell in a CIA Operation Gone Awry, Say Law Enforcement Sources

He Was Killed, They Say, Because "He Knew Too Much" About Official Corruption in the Drug War


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  Baltimore Police Officer Admits to Protecting a Heroin Dealer and Illegally Accessing Police Databases in Fraudulent Tax Refund Scheme

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Police stun stepdad trying to save son from fire

Updated 9:14 pm, Thursday, November 7, 2013


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DeKalb County corrections officer arrested for stealing $325 from detainee

Posted: Nov 20, 2013  SEE LINK FOR FULL STORY

John Weston Culpepper John Weston Culpepper

A former corrections officer at the DeKalb County Detention Center has been arrested for allegedly stealing cash from a detainee, Sheriff Jimmy Harris said.

John Weston Culpepper, 28, of Dawson, was arrested on count of third-degree theft of property and terminated from his position with the county after authorities determined he stole $325 from a detainee in September.


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The NYPD stuck a mop handle up the rectum of Abner Louima, then the taxpayer paid to settle the lawsuit.
three   reads about the NYPD  start here with the bonus read   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Serpico

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Abner Louima (b. 1966 in Thomassin, Haiti) is a Haitian who was assaulted, brutalized and forcibly sodomized with the handle of a plunger by New York City police officers after being arrested outside a Brooklyn nightclub in 1997.

Background and incident
Photo of Abner Louima taken after his beating. Used in the criminal trial as Government Exhibit #82.

In 1997, 30-year-old Abner Louima was married, had one child, and had been living in Brooklyn for the previous six years. Although he had trained as an electrical engineer in Haiti, Louima worked as a security guard in a water-and-sewage plant in Flatlands, Brooklyn.[1]

On August 9, 1997, Louima visited Club Rendez-Vous, a popular nightclub in East Flatbush. Late in the night, he and several other men interceded in a fight between two women. The police were called and several officers from the 70th Precinct were dispatched to the scene. There was a confrontation between the police, patrons and bystanders involved in the scuffle outside the club. The responding patrol officers included Justin Volpe, Charles Schwarz, Thomas Bruder, and Thomas Wiese, among others. In the ensuing scuffle, Volpe was struck by a "sucker-punch" and identified Louima as his assailant. Volpe arrested Louima on charges of disorderly conduct, obstructing government administration, and resisting arrest. Volpe later admitted he was mistaken about Louima being his assailant.[2]

The arresting officers beat Louima with their fists, nightsticks, and hand-held police radios on the ride to the station.[3] On arriving at the station house, he was strip-searched and put in a holding cell. The beating continued later, culminating with Louima being sexually assaulted in a bathroom at the 70th Precinct station house in Brooklyn. Volpe kicked Louima in the testicles, then, while Louima's hands were cuffed behind his back, he first grabbed onto and squeezed his testicles and then sodomized him with a plunger. According to trial testimony, Volpe then walked through the precinct holding the bloody, excrement-stained instrument in his hand, bragging to a police sergeant that he "took a man down tonight."[4]

Louima's teeth were also badly damaged in the attack by having the plunger handle jammed into his mouth.[5] He testified to the presence of a second officer in the bathroom helping Volpe in the assault but he could not positively identify him. The identity of the second attacker became a point of serious contention during the trial and appeals. Louima also initially claimed that the officers involved in the attack called him a racial slur and shouted, "This is Giuliani-time" during the beating.[6] Louima later recanted this claim, and the reversal was used by defense lawyers to cast doubt on the entirety of his testimony.[7]

The day after the incident, Louima was taken to the emergency room at Coney Island Hospital. Escorting officers explained away his serious injuries being a result of "abnormal homosexual activities". An emergency room nurse, Magalie Laurent, suspecting the nature of Louima's extreme injuries were not the result of gay sex, notified Louima's family and the Police Department's Internal Affairs Bureau of the likelihood of sexual assault and battery.[3] The attack left Louima with severe internal damage to his colon and bladder that required three major operations to repair. He was hospitalized for two months after the incident.[2][7]
Public reaction

The incident provoked outrage among the Haitian and other minority communities in New York City, as well as nationally. On August 29, 1997, an estimated 7,000 demonstrators marched on to the New York City Hall and the 70th Precinct station house where the attack took place. The march was dubbed "Day of Outrage Against Police Brutality and Harassment."[8]

The Abner Louima case was mentioned in the 1998 Amnesty International report on the United States of America among several other cases of reported police brutality, torture and abuse.[9] Amnesty International also uses the incident as a case study on a treatise in the campaign against torture.[10]

Mike McAlary, a New York Daily News journalist, won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary for his exposé of the brutalization of Louima by NYPD officers.[11]
Criminal trials
Justin Volpe, after his conviction and incarceration, said he was "sorry".[citation needed]

NYPD officer Justin Volpe initially pleaded not guilty to several counts of violating Louima's civil rights, obstruction of justice, and making false statements to police.[12] Midway through the trial, Volpe changed his plea to guilty, confessing to having sodomized Louima. Despite the fact that Louima had several broken teeth, Volpe denied that he ever struck Louima in the mouth with the stick and claimed that he only put it very close to Louima's mouth. Volpe also admitted that he had threatened Louima's life.[13] On December 13, 1999, Volpe was sentenced to 30 years in prison without the possibility of parole, a $525 fine and restitution in the amount of $277,495.[14][15]

Charles Schwarz was convicted on June 27, 2000 for helping Volpe assault Louima in the bathroom and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.[16] At the time of his conviction, there were numerous questions raised about whether he could receive a fair trial in the highly charged atmosphere.[17] Volpe identified Thomas Wiese, not Schwarz, as the second man in a recorded interview on news show 60 Minutes, a fact not brought up in the trial. The conviction was overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which found that Schwarz was denied a fair trial.[18] However, in 2002 he pleaded guilty to a perjury charge for testifying that he did not lead Louima to the bathroom, and was sentenced to five years in prison. His request for leniency was rejected on March 30, 2006. He was released to a halfway house in February 2007 with plans to move to the northern United States to work as a carpenter.[19]

Three other NYPD officers, Thomas Bruder, Michael Bellomo and Thomas Wiese were indicted for their involvement in trying to cover up the assault. On March 9, 2000, Thomas Wiese and Thomas Bruder along with Charles Schwarz were convicted on the charge of conspiracy to obstruct a federal investigation into the assault on Louima, but their conviction was reversed by a federal appeals court in February 2002 on the grounds of insufficient evidence.[20] Michael Bellomo was found not guilty of trying to cover up the beating of Louima and that of another Haitian immigrant by Volpe earlier that evening.[21]

Volpe is currently serving his 30-year sentence at a minimum security facility at the Federal Correctional Complex, Coleman in Florida and is scheduled for release in 2025.[22]

Louima's subsequent civil suit represented by attorney Sanford Rubenstein against the City of New York ended in a settlement of $8.75 million on July 30, 2001, the largest police brutality settlement in New York City history.[23] After legal fees, Louima collected approximately $5.8 million.[24]

In February 2003, Abner Louima visited his family still living in Haiti.[25] There he discussed the setting up of the Abner Louima Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the hopes to raise money to build a community center and much-needed hospital in Haiti. Louima indicated he had plans to use his own money and donations to open community centers in Haiti, New York and Florida for Haitians and others seeking legal, financial or other aid. Louima also paid the school tuition for 14 poor children in Thomassin, a small community where he grew up. During his visit to Haiti, he met with the President of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a former priest who Louima knew from his school days. In a rare interview; Louima said he's convinced he can make a difference in his impoverished homeland: "Maybe God saved my life for a reason, I believe in doing the right thing."[24]

In 2007 Louima was residing in Miami Lakes, Florida,[7][26] owning homes in suburban Miami and Port-au-Prince, with several investment properties in Florida.[24]

Louima has since participated in anti-police brutality protests with Al Sharpton, notably over the shooting death of Sean Bell in 2006, and on August 9, 2007, exactly 10 years after his attack. On the latter date, Louima was honored in New York City by the National Action Network, at the House of Justice, for his courage and perseverance in seeking justice, in addition to his dedication to helping others who have suffered from police brutality.[dead link

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12-year Secret Service Agent Resigns During Obama Administration; Warns American People About 'Life Inside the Bubble'
Nov. 21, 2013 - 8:48 am
hy would a successful, 12-year Secret Service agent resign his elite position in the prime of his career to run for high public office and blow the whistle on what goes on at the highest levels in Washington DC?

Dan Bongino's Life Inside the Bubble: Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away From It All (WND Books, Nov 19) is a look at life inside the presidential "bubble," a haze of staffers, consultants, cronies, acolytes, bureaucrats and lobbyists that creates the "alternate reality" in which monumental policy decisions are made. And it is the story of a dedicated Secret Service professional who, after years inside the "bubble," walked away in favor of sounding a clarion call to the American people in defense of sane government and the U.S. Constitution.

Take the journey with Bongino from the tough streets of New York City where he was raised, and later patrolled as a member of the NYPD, to the White House as a member of the elite Presidential Protective Division, through his ultimate decision to resign from the Secret Service in the prime of his career to run for the United States Senate against the feared Maryland Democratic machine.

Follow his experiences inside the Washington DC matrix and discover why a government filled with some incredibly dedicated people nevertheless continues to make such frequent and tragic mistakes. Indeed, Bongino shows why the "Fast & Furious" scandal, the terror bombings in Boston and the terrorist attacks in Benghazi are merely harbingers of what's to come to America without a bold change in direction.

About Dan Bongino

Starting his career in law enforcement with the NYPD in 1995, Dan Bongino joined the ranks of the Secret Service in 1999 as a special agent where he was assigned to investigate financial crimes. In 2006, he entered into duty with the elite Presidential Protective Division in the administration of President George W. Bush and remained on protective duty during the change in administration to that of President Barack Obama. He resigned from the Secret Service in 2011 to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Maryland.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/11/21/5933777/12-year-secret-service-agent-resigns.html#storylink=cpy

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Indictment: Seattle ATF supervisor lied, stole from agency
Thursday, November 21, 2013

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A former supervisor in the Seattle office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was indicted Thursday following allegations he embezzled from the bureau and faked records to hide the thefts.

James Contreras, formerly a special agent with the ATF, is alleged to have pilfered from an expense account meant to allow agents to buy guns and other products while working undercover, and to pay informants.

Contreras, a 51-year-old Maple Valley resident, was supervising the Seattle ATF office when the thefts are alleged to have occurred. Prosecutors claim the thefts began in March 2010 and continued through April 2012.

According to prosecutors, Contreras took money from the account on 30 occasions. He is alleged to have forged signatures of agents who were supposedly requesting and receiving money from the fund, and to have falsified forms tying the expenses to specific investigations.

On Thursday, a federal grand jury in Seattle indicted Contreras on one embezzlement count and 30 counts of making false statements.

Accused in 30 separate thefts, Contreras is alleged to have stolen $19,700 in ATF money. Court records show most of the money was disguised as "subsistence payments" to ATF informants.

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Secret Service Investigation into Sexual Misconduct Is Bungled by Federal Officials

Investigations into the U.S. Secret Service have been bungled by senators and plagued with nepotism allegations against an inspector general, according to congressional and government sources, the Washington Times reports.

Despite allegations of sexual misconduct against a Secret Service agent, Sen. Claire McCaskill has demanded an end to the investigation, and Deputy Inspector General Charles K. Edwards is accused of abusing agency resources and hiring his wife.

FBI Agent Accused Of Masturbating In Public
May 25, 2007
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.

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Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal Reveals Drug War Corruption

December 4, 2013


There is big money in the drug war for Federal agencies and State and local police forces.

I have told you before that the so-called war on drugs is a sham and a scam, and it corrupts Federal agencies and all police forces. American prisons and cemeteries are overflowing with victims of the faux drug war.

There are more than 2.4 million people in U.S. prisons. That’s more than one out of every 100 Americans, and that number has more than quadrupled since 1980. The most serious charge against 51 percent of those in Federal prisons is a drug offense. In State prisons, one in five prisoners is being incarcerated over a drug offense.

There is now a breaking scandal in Massachusetts that reveals how corrupt the war on drugs actually is. Annie Dookhan, a chemist with the Massachusetts crime lab, has been caught conspiring with prosecutors in that State to falsify drug evidence by tampering with samples and intentionally forging signatures. As many as 40,000 cases may have had their evidence tainted by Dookhan.

Dookhan, who recently pleaded guilty to all 27 counts of altering drug evidence and obstructing justice that prosecutors had filed against her, was a crime lab chemist for nine years. Her tampered evidence has put thousands of innocent people behind bars, and thousands more have had their sentences lengthened based on her fake “evidence.”

The Boston Globe published emails that demonstrated the cozy relationship Dookhan had with prosecutors. In one exchange with Norfolk Assistant District Attorney George Papachristos (who resigned in October after the Globe disclosed his flirtatious friendship with Dookhan), the chemist apparently was more than willing to acquiesce to the prosecutor’s request to inflate the size of a marijuana sample so that its owners could be charged with trafficking. The emails also show Dookhan was prone to fabrications, repeat­edly making up grandiose job titles for herself, such as “special agent of operations” for the FBI and other Federal agencies.

Following Dookhan’s guilty plea, a second Massachusetts crime lab “chemist” has been fired after investigators determined she had fabricated her educational credentials. Kate Corbett worked alongside Dookhan and testified as a “chemistry expert” in dozens of court cases that led to convictions — even though her degree is in sociology. Defense attorneys argue that as many 180,000 Massachusetts drug cases may be tainted by the two women’s actions.

“I screwed up big time. I messed up. I messed up bad. It’s my fault. I don’t want the lab to get in trouble,” Dookhan was reported as saying. Her “screwup” resulted in prosecutors and drug cops getting promotions and glowing headlines for drug convictions and their agencies getting an increasing pile of tax dollars while their wrongly convicted victims lost their families, their livelihoods and years of their lives.


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Drug Seizures Up in Venezuela Since US DEA Booted, Says FANB


Mérida, 12th December 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuelan counter narcotics efforts have yielded more drug seizures per year since the government broke with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2005, according to a high ranking military official.


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Unjust Aftermath: Post-Noriega Panama

Special Report: Twenty-four years ago, the United States invaded Panama to capture Gen. Manuel Noriega on drug charges. Operation Just Cause promised the country a new day free of dictatorship and drug-tainted corruption, but it didn’t work out that way, as Jonathan Marshall describes.


By Jonathan Marshall

Operation Just Cause, the invasion of Panama in December 1989, marked a critical turning point in U.S. foreign and military policy. As the first large commitment of U.S. armed forces after the Vietnam debacle, it set the stage for the massive intervention in the Persian Gulf region a year later.[i] It also represented a dramatic escalation in Washington’s “war on drugs,” turning a mostly rhetorical metaphor into bloody reality.[ii]

Many accounts have chronicled the war of nerves leading up to the invasion. Only a handful, on the other hand, have covered the aftermath, particularly with respect to drugs.[iii] Reporters who came to Panama with the troops soon returned home when the brief excitement was over. Attention turned to Noriega’s historic trial and conviction in Miami for conspiring to aid the Medellín Cartel and its criminal allies. For much of the media, and even for most scholars, Panama without Noriega was just another Central American backwater.[iv]

Gen. Manuel Noriega is escorted onto a U.S. Air Force aircraft by agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency after his arrest on Jan. 1, 1990. (U.S. military photo)

Gen. Manuel Noriega is escorted onto a U.S. Air Force aircraft by agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency after his arrest on Jan. 1, 1990. (U.S. military photo)


But a close look at the evolution of Panama’s connection to the drug trade in the immediate years after Noriega sheds light on several important questions. Does the public rationale for the invasion hold up to historical scrutiny? Did the Bush administration’s policies in the aftermath of Noriega’s ouster comport any better than earlier U.S. support for Noriega with its expressed commitment to fighting drugs by any and all means necessary? Finally, does the militant strategy of neutralizing drug “kingpins” appreciably affect the flow of narcotics to the United States?

It will surprise few students of the drug trade that Noriega’s downfall, like that of many bigger traffickers before and after, did nothing to hold back the rising tide of cocaine that flowed north from the Andean nations. What may be more surprising was Washington’s willingness to replace Noriega with civilian leaders who had an unambiguous (if not technically criminal) record of serving Colombia’s biggest drug lords by protecting their secret financial assets in Panamanian banks.

Key members of the new government had in the 1980s worked for dirty banks that Noriega, in a remarkable display of cooperation with U.S. law enforcement, actually closed down or put at risk. Some evidence suggests, in fact, that Washington’s new allies had opposed Noriega as much for his crackdown on drug money laundering as for his violations of democratic and human rights.

Needless to say, this framing is entirely at odds with the official version of events, which served to justify Washington’s reversal of policy toward Noriega. This article suggests that the war on drugs was a secondary policy priority even in the one theater where the United States resorted to a major show of force in its name.

The Noriega Legacy

To better understand the stance of Panama’s post-invasion government toward drug-related crimes, it pays to reexamine some of the widely ignored or forgotten clashes between the Noriega regime and the major Colombian “cartels.”[v] So great was their animosity that some notorious drug traffickers were actually pleased to see Noriega ousted — and likely also pleased by Washington’s choice of his successors.

Noriega played a double game, apparently protecting some favored smugglers while earning Washington’s gratitude for helping the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) target the vital financial infrastructure of the major drug cartels.[vi] This was a matter of the highest importance to U.S. law enforcement.

As the House Committee on Foreign Affairs noted in 1985, “With more than one hundred banks, the U.S. dollar as the national currency, and strict bank secrecy laws, Panama is an ideal haven for laundering narcotics money. Unlimited amounts of money may be brought into and out of the country with no reporting requirements, and money laundering is not a crime.”[vii] A study by the U.S. Treasury estimated that nearly a billion dollars a year in drug cash flowed each year between Miami and Panama.[viii]

In a landmark case in 1985, Noriega permitted the closure of First Interamericas Bank, owned by one of the leaders of the Cali Cartel who was fighting extradition from Spain on drug charges in the United States. The bank laundered tens of millions of dollars for the Medellín Cartel as well.[ix] As we will see, several leading members of the post-Noriega government sat on the bank’s board of directors.

One of the high points of Noriega’s cooperation was Operation Pisces, a three-year undercover probe that Attorney General Edwin Meese called “the largest and most successful undercover investigation in federal drug law enforcement history.” Among those indicted were Medellín Cartel kingpins Pablo Escobar and Fabio Ochoa.[x] Panama contributed 40 arrests and seized $12 million from accounts in 18 local banks.[xi]

These money laundering cases garnered Noriega numerous friends in the DEA, but cost him important allies at home. Indeed, these local antagonists played a critical role in fomenting domestic opposition to Noriega’s rule. The reason was simple: Panama’s financial services sector accounted for about a tenth of the country’s gross domestic product and employed more than 8,000 people. They formed what the Wall Street Journal called “the nucleus of a thriving middle class.”[xii]

Noriega threatened this politically powerful sector when he opened negotiations with Washington in 1984 over a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty that would make it easier for U.S. authorities to request privileged financial information in criminal cases.

“The negotiations, and the publication of the draft treaty in early 1985, caused squeals of indignant protest from the opposition, many of whose most prominent members were bankers,” noted John Dinges, one of Noriega’s biographers. “La Prensa, in banner headlines, said the proposed law put ‘at grave risk’ the secrecy ‘that is considered the pillar on which the International Financial Center of Panama rests.’”[xiii]

The opposition protested even louder when Panama’s legislative assembly finally passed a law to crack down on money laundering in December 1986.[xiv] A few months later Panama’s attorney general ordered the seizure of 52 accounts at 18 Panamanian banks as part of Operation Pisces — and threatened uncooperative bank managers with arrest.[xv] One local banker warned, “this could end the Panamanian banking system, because people will no longer believe they can count on bank secrecy.”[xvi]

Within two months, spooked investors withdrew as much as $4 billion of the country’s $39 billion in bank deposits. Newsday reported that Panama’s cooperation with the DEA in Operation Pisces had “sparked the most serious banking crisis in Panama’s history,” creating the greatest single “threat to military strongman Gen. Manuel A. Noriega.”

A Western diplomat said of Noriega, “The bankers can bring him down. They are complaining in Washington and they’ve got a lot of clout.” Opposition leader Ricardo Arias Calderón (the country’s future vice president) spoke for that powerful lobby when he declared, “I believe the continuation in power of General Noriega is a danger to the Panamanian economy.”[xvii]


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State Police charge cop in Steuben County with stealing $15K from evidence room


Hornell, N.Y. -- A 39-year-old Hornell police officer has been charged with stealing $15,000 in cash from a police evidence room, the New York State Police said Saturday.


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Eartha Kitt: Sex Symbol
Published: 12/25/2013

That one incident took place in 1968. Kitt had been invited to lunch at the White House with First Lady Bird Johnson . Asked her thoughts on the Vietnam War, Kitt famously responded, "You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot."

Kitt immediately found herself blacklisted. Venues canceled her concerts. She was investigated by the FBI and the CIA. She left the country and spent 10 years performing in Europe, until President Jimmy Carter invited her to the White House in 1978. Her career was revived, but Kitt was still angry.
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/news/legends-and-legacies/eartha-kitt-sex-symbol/1815/#sthash.6EiZyesS.dpuf

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Missing! Video of mother killed by police

WND finds surveillance cameras surrounding area where unarmed woman shot

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WASHINGTON – Nearly three months after an unarmed, young, black single mother with a one-year-old daughter in tow was gunned down in broad daylight by police on a crystal-clear autumn afternoon in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, a veil of official silence remains over the case.


Miriam Carey

The Secret Service, the Washington Metro Police and the Capitol Police have withheld virtually all details of the shooting from the family of Miriam Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Connecticut, and the public. Those details include forensics reports that would show how many times Carey was shot, her cause of death, the position of the body at the time of death, video and photos, multiple eyewitness accounts and an explanation as to why police believed deadly force was necessary to subdue her while she had her infant daughter with her.

No one has been charged in the case, which has been handed over to Attorney General Eric Holder for investigation.

A WND investigation shows at least seven security cameras in the immediate vicinity of the fatal police shooting Oct. 3, while a number of police cruiser dash-cams also likely recorded the incident as police surrounded Carey’s car. While cell phone cameras recorded the initial volley of shots fired by police on Carey’s car near the White House, none capturing the fatal shooting near the Capitol have surfaced. Officials won’t even confirm if video of the incident exists.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/12/missing-video-of-mother-killed-by-police/#iMjUhTk0QY640Qqd.99

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Missing! Video of mother killed by police
WND finds surveillance cameras surrounding area where unarmed woman shot
December 29 2013

WASHINGTON – Nearly three months after an unarmed, young, black single mother with a one-year-old daughter in tow was gunned down in broad daylight by police on a crystal-clear autumn afternoon in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, a veil of official silence remains over the case.

The Secret Service, the Washington Metro Police and the Capitol Police have withheld virtually all details of the shooting from the family of Miriam Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Connecticut, and the public. Those details include forensics reports that would show how many times Carey was shot, her cause of death, the position of the body at the time of death, video and photos, multiple eyewitness accounts and an explanation as to why police believed deadly force was necessary to subdue her while she had her infant daughter with her.

No one has been charged in the case, which has been handed over to Attorney General Eric Holder for investigation.

A WND investigation shows at least seven security cameras in the immediate vicinity of the fatal police shooting Oct. 3, while a number of police cruiser dash-cams also likely recorded the incident as police surrounded Carey’s car. While cell phone cameras recorded the initial volley of shots fired by police on Carey’s car near the White House, none capturing the fatal shooting near the Capitol have surfaced. Officials won’t even confirm if video of the incident exists.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/12/missing-video-of-mother-killed-by-police/#iMjUhTk0QY640Qqd.99

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Law enforcement official says he mailed Ray Rice video to NFL director of security, report says

September 25 2014


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Two police officers wounded amid continuing tension in Ferguson
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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


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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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


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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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


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



*Cops in Ferguson Mismanged Protest


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


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"


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


*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


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


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

*Thousands Hit the Streets


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

*Day 2 of Protests


In 15 tweets.

*A message from George Takei


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


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.


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

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


"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


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!*
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Missouri police remove Facebook post about Tamir Rice shooting


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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
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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


JANUARY 23 2015

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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.

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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


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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