Posts Tagged ‘Bad Cop, No Donut’

Rohnert Park Cop Acted “Reasonable” When He Pulled Gun on Man With Camera

Friday, October 30th, 2015

After an almost three-month investigation, Rohnert Park officials determined the cop who pulled a gun on a man recording him acted “reasonable” and therefore will not be disciplined.
After all, they said, the cop was doing his due diligence in keeping the neighborhood safe, investigating culprits violating city parking codes, when he came across the man with the camera.
And that, of course, made Rohnert Park police officer Dave Rodriguez fear for his life.
According to the just released statement from the Northern California city:
The Officer was in the neighborhood in response to complaints that someone in the neighborhood was violating City parking codes. While checking registration on cars he noticed a man standing on the sidewalk by a truck. The officer saw the resident quickly duck behind the truck after his patrol car came into view.
The officer considered this suspicious behavior, and decided to investigate further. After the Officer got out of his patrol car, he also noticed other unusual behavior, including the resident’s agitated demeanor and his initial refusal to comply with the officer’s instruction to remove his hand from his pocket, which had a bulge in it.
The video does not  show Don McComas duck behind any vehicle but facts mean nothing when police investigate themselves, even if they do so under the pretense of hiring a “third-party investigator” consisting of former internal affairs investigators as they did in this case.
In fact, the video shows McComas standing in front of his home, narrating for viewers how the cop is cruising slowly through his neighborhood when Rodriguez parks his car in the middle of the street, steps out and pulls his gun out, ordering him to take his hand out of his pocket.
As McComas tells him to put his gun away, you can see one hand lay a phone on his car while

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Canadian Cops Intimidate Videographer by Crowding His Personal Space, Claiming it is Their Right

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Americans tend to think of Canadian cops as the kinder, gentler version of the short-tempered, trigger-happy, civil rights violating officers that make up much of the police departments in the United States.
But every once in a while, we are reminded that they can be just as bad.
Just over a week ago, we saw a video of a Canadian cop running over a dog several times before stepping out and shooting it to death in his attempt to keep the neighborhood safe from coyotes.
But that dog was somebody’s pet, a deaf, blind German Shepard/Australian cattle dog that had slipped through an open gate from its owner’s yard.
Now we are seeing a pair of Toronto cops doing their best to intimidate a man from recording a pair of youths for marijuana.
Marijuana? Many of us were under the impression that Canadian cops didn’t really care about marijuana.
But they not only do care about marijuana, they also care when a citizen tries to record them making an arrest.
The cops, Shawn Gill and Brian Smith, were from the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy unit, which they call TAVIS, an irony considering there was no hint of violence from anybody until they pulled up on the scene and began crowding the videographer, getting into his personal space, sticking their hands in front of his lens, saying they had every right to do all that.
We’ve seen American cops do that on so many occasions and the reason is obvious. They are hoping for the man with the camera to push them off – which would be a natural reaction for most people – where they would then have the right to beat and kill the videographer.
“You can record, you’re in public, right,” Smith said, his face inches from the camera, whose name is Mike Miller.
“No reasonable expectation of privacy

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Salt Lake City Police Sued Over Shooting Death of Dillon Taylor, 20-Year-Old Unarmed Man Wearing Headphones

Friday, October 30th, 2015

The family of Dillon Taylor is suing the Salt Lake City Police Department for fatally shooting their unarmed son.
Officer Bron Cruz shot Taylor on August 11, 2014 outside a convenience store at the intersection of 2100 South and State Street. The shooting was captured on body cam.
Prosecutors never filed charges against the officer, citing the shooting as justified with Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill saying that “given the facts of the the case and the body-cam video, the officer made the right decision to use deadly force.”
A 911 call was made claiming Taylor, his brother and his cousin were suspicious and flashing a gun. Reportedly, officers on scene ordered Taylor to stop and put his hands up but Taylor ignored the commands, walking away.
Dillon Taylor, 20, was unarmed when he was shot and killed by Salt Lake City police.
Seconds later, Taylor turns around and attempts to show his hands, that was when Officer Cruz fired his service weapon, hitting Taylor twice. On the officer body-cam video, posted below, Cruz can be heard saying, “what the hell were you reaching for man.”
The investigation determined that Taylor was not carrying a gun. Instead he was wearing headphones and had a cell phone on him.
“I was 100 percent, 100 percent convinced when I saw him turn around it was gonna be a gunfight. I knew he had that gun, that he’d be trying to kill us,” said Officer Cruz during the investigation.
He further stated that “I was scared to death. The last thought I had go through my mind when I pulled the trigger, and I’ll never forget this … was that I was too late. I was too late. And because of that, I was gonna get killed. Worse, my (partner) was gonna get killed.”
The shooting has sparked outrage among the community and

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Alabama Man Records Himself Getting Stopped and Frisked for Walking Down Street

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Dressed in his Subway uniform, Deonte Lynn had just gotten off work and was walking down the street on his way to return a Redbox movie when he was confronted by an Alabama cop who didn’t like the way he was walking.
At least that’s what the cop said, but Lynn believes he was stopped because he is black.
And it certainly seems that way because the cop was unable to articulate a reasonable suspicion that he had committed a crime.
Not that the cop would let that minor detail stop him from detaining Lynn for 30 minutes after frisking him and threatening to take him to jail.
The cop was from the Pleasant Grove Police Department, which patrols a city of about 10,000 whose motto is “The Good Neighbor City,” but city mottos, many times, are not put into practice.
The video starts out with the cop pulling out his notepad and pen, telling Lynn, “you either give me your ID or you give me your information, one of the two.”
Lynn is complaining about being stopped, telling the cop that he just got off work, that he was only walking across the street.
The cop, meanwhile, is calling for backup.
“I’m going to give you just a little bit before you go to jail,” the cop tells him twice.
“You stopped and told me, ‘don’t walk like that’ and I said, ‘ok,’” Lynn tells the cop.
“No, I said, get on across the road,” the cop responds. “You’re about to enter a (standstill?).”
“When you told me that, I was already at the gas station,” Lynn says.
The cop then says he was walking along side the edge of the road. Lynn says he was doing so because there is no sidewalk.
“Why you stop me?” Lynn asks.
“I can come out and talk to you anytime I want to,” the cop says.
“You’re

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Ohio Police Assault Man for Recording, Who Then Tells Them, “Say Hello to YouTube, Motherfuckers”

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Police in Ohio arrested a man in July, claiming he rolled up on them on his bicycle as they were conducting an investigation and began yelling profanities at them.
But now that they’ve released his camera, we can see they lied.
The video shows he only yelled profanities at them after they assaulted him for recording.
We can also see they also lied to him when they told him it was illegal to record a juvenile without parental permission.
Parma police ended up charging Deo Odolecki of Cleveland Cop Block with disorderly conduct and obstruction, charges that are still pending.
But charges that should be dismissed if the prosecutor has any integrity (one can only wish).
The incident took place on July 29 as Odolecki was riding his bicycle and came across several Parma police officers conducting an investigation involving a family.
The juvenile in question, appearing to be a teenager, was sitting on a rail surrounded by cops. He was not handcuffed. Other family members, including a woman and children, were standing off to the side.
At the time, Odolecki thought the teen was getting arrested, but he later learned the teen was threatening to jump off a bridge and police were trying to talk him out of it.
But all the cops would tell him when he began recording was that he needs to go away because the teen was having “a real bad day.”
When Odolecki refused to go away, Parma Police Sergeant Ken Gillissie stormed up to him and assaulted him.
“First of all, he’s a juvenile so you can’t film him without his parent’s permission,” Gillissie said, taking a swipe at the camera.
“Take a walk!” Gillissie ordered as Odolecki told him, “don’t touch my shit again.”
“Take a walk or you’re going to jail,” Gillissie continued.
“For what?” Odolecki asked.
“For obstructing,” Gillissie responded.
“For obstructing what, I’m on public

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Los Angeles to Pay $2.5 Million Settlement to Children of Mentally Ill Woman Killed in LAPD Custody

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

Battling drug addiction and mental illness, Alesia Thomas dropped her two children off at a Los Angeles police station in July 2012, telling them to walk inside and ask for help because she was no longer able to support them.
The two children, ages 12 and 3, wandered into the building at 2 a.m., surprising an officer who was on-duty, telling him that their mother did not want them anymore and that they had not eaten for two days.
LAPD tracked Thomas down to her home and arrested her for child abandonment; cuffing her hands and shackling her legs; beating, punching and kicking her while shoving her into the back of a police car as Thomas pleaded, “I can’t breathe.”
The 35-year-old woman never made it out alive.
And the cop who beat her, Mary O’Callaghan, is now in prison, serving a 16-month sentence for assault because even though the cause of Thomas’ death was “undetermined,” video footage from that night clearly shows the cop abusing her authority.
And the two kids she abandoned in a moment of helplessness and desperation?
They are in line to receive a $2.5 million settlement approved Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council, so hopefully they won’t be missing anymore meals.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
The video captured by two patrol car cameras, which was played during O’Callaghan’s criminal trial this summer, showed the veteran officer telling Thomas to “knock it off” as she flailed inside the patrol car. The officer, using profanity, threatened to break her arms and “punt” her in the groin.
The officer then jabbed at Thomas’ throat with an open hand. Later, O’Callaghan repeatedly jammed her boot into the woman’s crotch.
Throughout the recording, Thomas breathes heavily and repeatedly says, “I can’t.”
“I can’t move,” Thomas said at one point. “I can’t breathe.”
O’Callaghan was also captured on video laughing and smoking

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Texas Man Plays “Fuck the Police” for Cops Who Pulled Him Over for Retaliatory Purposes While Remaining Silent

Friday, October 16th, 2015

It was after midnight when Phillip Turner spotted a group of cops surrounding a shirtless man sitting on a sidewalk in Arlington last month.
As he usually does, the Texas man pulled over, stepped out and stood across the street video recording; not saying a word, not interfering, not doing anything illegal.
That prompted one Arlington police officer to cross the street and inform Turner that he did not appreciate him being there because the man they were speaking to had mental health issues and it was a private matter, even though he was sitting on a public sidewalk.
“You can go back to the corner where you were, you can videotape from down there, but you’re not allowed to be here,” the cop told him.
Turner, who maintains the YouTube channel, The Battousai, asserted his right to stand there recording.
“I just wanted to make sure nothing happened to the guy,” said Phillips, a 25-year-old college student studying computer science.
After all, Arlington police have a history of killing men showing signs of mental illness, including Christian Taylor and Jonathan Paul.
Turner remained calm while asserting his rights, but the cop became agitated, telling him he was going to stand there and block him from recording.
And when Turner asked for his name and badge number, the cop refused to say it, inviting Turner to read it on his name tag.
“I don’t have to identify myself to you,” the cop, whose name is August Klinkenberg said.
“You’re accredited by CALEA. Yes, you are,” Turner responded, referring to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, which refers to itself as the “gold standard in public safety.”
Eventually, they moved the mentally ill man to another location and Turner tried to follow, but was again, stopped by police, even though he had every right to record from a respectable distance.
One cop even resorted

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Arkansas Family Tasered and Beaten While Walking Dog Settles for $225,000

Friday, October 16th, 2015

On the evening of September 13, 2011, Eva Robinson and her 16-year-old son, Matthew Robinson, were walking their dog outside their Arkansas home in Dover when a police officer drove past them.
Thinking he may have known the cop, Matthew waved at Dover Deputy Marshall Steven Payton in an iconic small-town gesture expected in a town of less than 1,500.
In response to the polite wave, Payton turned on his patrol lights and confronted Matthew, accusing him of being on drugs, finding it suspicious that he would keep one hand in is pocket while waving with the other.
Feeling “outnumbered,” Payton would then order the mother, son and schnauzer into the backseat of his patrol car to wait for more cops.
Once those cops arrived, Matthew ended up getting choked, beaten and tasered several times. And his mother ended up getting dragged on the ground and thrown against a patrol car.
Hearing his wife screaming, Ron Robinson ran out the house, but was immediately ordered drop to his knees and place his hands over his head.
The cops then told Ron, a volunteer firefighter in that same town for more than 30 years, that his son had been caught with drugs and drug paraphernalia.
But that was a complete lie.
It turned into a hellish nightmare for the Sunday school teacher and her son, who was not even allowed to be on social media because it was considered a bad influence.
This month, Eva and Matthew received a $225,000 settlement in the hopes to put the ordeal behind them.
The ACLU of Arkansas filed the lawsuit on their behalf, which can be read here, naming the Dover Police Department, the Pope County Sheriff’s Department and the Arkansas State Police as defendants because the latter two agencies were the ones who responded to the scene once Payton placed them in the back of the car.
When

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San Bernardino Deputies Once Again Caught on News Copter Video Beating Non-Resisting Man

Friday, October 16th, 2015

For the second time this year, a hovering news copter captured San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies beating and punching a man on the ground who already had his hands behind his back.
The incident took place earlier today at around 11:30 a.m. after a stolen vehicle chase led deputies into Los Angeles County as a KTLA Sky5 helicopter captured the moments leading up to the arrest of a man named Donovan Gardner.
One deputy was pointing a gun at him while a second deputy approaches the man to place him in handcuffs.
But not without getting a few punches in first.
Once the deputies are on top of the man, one deputy can be seen placing his knee on the man’s face while the other continues to punch him.
The beating continues as the deputies grab the man’s arms and he ends up on his back. It was not until a third deputy arrives, do they stop beating him to place him in handcuffs. The man was placed on a stretcher with a neck brace and taken away in an ambulance.
The deputies could have placed Gardner in handcuffs and been done with the arrest but is obvious that they wanted to take their frustrations out on him, having chased him into Pasadena from Rancho Cucamonga, which is about 35 miles away.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
Two use-of-force experts who viewed the video said the blows seemed excessive. Another said the deputy appeared to be using reasonable force.
Geoffrey Alpert, a University of South Carolina professor of criminology who has studied use of force and pursuits, called the encounter “an example of what happens to officers when they’re so angry at the suspect and they lose perspective, and get what we call an adrenaline dump.”
“There is no justification for those blows,” Alpert said.
But Ed Obayashi, a use-of-force expert and attorney who works

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Study: Tasers Are Not Nearly as Safe for Community as Police Proclaim

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

As the Berkeley City Council in California toys around with the idea of allowing cops to carry tasers, a new study published by Stanford Law School earlier this week questions the effectiveness of tasers and other electronic control weapons.
The Berkeley Police Department is pushing the use of tasers in its department, but cannot move forward without the green light from the city council.
The new study questions if the use of tasers actually reduces the use of lethal force by cops.
Or do they just allow cops to torture suspects, whether they end up killing them or not?
The law school’s Justice Center examined 150 studies conducted on tasers, and other similar weapons, and came to the conclusion that the safety measures and effectiveness of taser use among police officials is not as clear as it has been portrayed to be in past years when cops would claim tasers reduced lethal force.
First, the study found that tasers are mostly used in the wrong situations, such as when subjects are on drugs and alcohol, or have mental illnesses and physical disabilities. While the study says tasers have been found effective in minimizing danger for cops, the same cannot be said for the suspects.
The study highlights how taser prongs usually have to be medically removed – a finding most police departments overlook.
“Our own conclusion is that, while the literature suggests that [electronic control weapons] may have benefits, these benefits are easily overstated,” the authors of the study told Vice News.
“Moreover, realizing those potential benefits – such as reducing the rate of injuries to officers and possibly suspects – may require accepting the possibility that vulnerable populations are more likely to be exposed to the painful effects of [electronic control weapons.]”
Back in 2005, another study conducted by The Stanford Criminal Justice Center had similar findings.
“Tasers pose

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NYPD Confiscates Cell Phone Video of Fatal Encounter with Emotionally Disturbed Man, Refusing to Release It

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

On June 8th of this year, Mario Ocasio died during an encounter with New York City police in his own apartment.
The NYPD story and witness accounts of what happened differed in the immediate aftermath.
However, there likely would have been little room for discrepancies if the NYPD had not unlawfully confiscated cell phone video of the entire incident and refused to release it to the victim’s family and the public.
(Petition: Demand the NYPD release the video of their fatal encounter with Mario Ocasio)
What is not disputed is that ten NYPD officers went to Ocasio’s apartment responding to a call about an emotionally disturbed person. The call was placed by Ocasio’s girlfriend, Geneice Lloyd, who said that he was having a bad reaction to smoking marijuana and staring out a window, saying, “I see God.”
Ocasio’s 27-year-old nephew, Nathan Cruz, was also in the apartment. When police arrived, Cruz began recording with his cell phone. During the encounter, Cruz gave the phone to Lloyd.
Also undisputed is that NYPD procedures prohibit the use of force against an emotionally disturbed person except in cases of “immediate danger.”
Both Lloyd and Cruz stated that Ocasio posed no danger. They claim that Ocasio was on the floor when the NYPD arrived, but one officer “challenged” Ocasio and then immediately began beating him with his baton. Ultimately, one of the officers used a taser stun gun on Ocasio.
Ocasio went into cardiac arrest and died.
Immediately after the incident, the NYPD told the press that Ocasio was on heroin and lunged at the NYPD officers with a pair of scissors. This narrative was reported in almost every local news outlet, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Below are the scissors with which the NYPD said Ocasio lunged at them.

However, both claims proved to be entirely false.
After the press cycle passed, the NYPD admitted

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Arlington Police Attack Man with Camera for Recording Complaint Process, Now Refuse to Provide Surveillance Video

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

On Wednesday, September 30th, Phillip Turner walked into the lobby of the Arlington Police Department in Texas to file a complaint regarding a confrontation with two police officers from the night before.
The process took an unexpected turn when a simple exercise in processing paperwork led to a physical altercation and trip to the hospital for Turner.
In the video, shot by Turner and uploaded to Youtube, Turner can be seen calmly requesting information on the officers, their badge numbers and requesting the paperwork to file a complaint. The desk officer directs Turner to the records office to submit a video of the incident along with his complaint. Turner then stops the recording to save the video, and then restarts the video as he enters the records room.
Turner said that after about 10 minutes, Arlington police officer Thomas Green entered the room and demanded he turn off his video camera.
Turner agreed to shut off the camera if Green could provide him with a written policy stating that video recording was not allowed in the facility.
But that made Green angry, prompting him to reach for the camera. When Turner picked up his camera before Green could reach it, Green grabbed Turner’s wrist, causing him to drop the camera. Green then twisted Turner’s arm behind his back. The video from this incident was corrupted, possibly due to camera hitting the ground.
Turner said that as more officers arrived, Green accused Turner of assaulting him.
The officers then escorted Turner into the lobby area, and Green left the scene. Paramedics were called, and they assisted Turner in completing his paperwork before he was transported to the hospital for treatment of a shoulder injury sustained in the altercation. No charges have been filed against Turner, and although he suffered a strained ligament, he is expected recover.
Turner then returned

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South Carolina Cops Caught on Video Kicking and Punching Man

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Two South Carolina police officers are coming under fire after a video surfaced of them kicking and punching a man severely, prompting an internal investigation.
According to an incident report from the Spartanburg Police Department, law enforcement officials got a call Sunday of an alleged domestic spat between a man, the mother of his child and several other members of her family.
Terrell, 29, was arrested  and charged with two counts of simple assault and trespassing after he refused to be patted down for weapons. Both officers are seen restraining Terrell and knocking him down to the ground.
Terrell told local daily Goupstate.com that he had no problems with the officers questioning him but felt they had no right to touch him.
“I’m very cooperative until they asked could they search me, which I used my Fourth Amendment right and said ‘No’ and that’s when they grab me,” said Terrell .
The video, uploaded on Facebook by a bystander who appears to be Terrell’s cousin, has already garnered nearly 19,000 views since Tuesday. Terrell, a resident of Washington D.C., said the case is now being privately investigated within the Spartanburg Police Department. Both officers involved remain on duty.
The incident report paints another picture of what took place on Tuesday.
The report states that the officers allegedly saw a bulge in Terrell’s pocket and decided to pat him down in case he had weapons on him. One of the officers pulled on Terrell’s right arm, as he was yelling his knowledge of his rights. The report state that both officers told him to calm down, but he refused.
It was then when the cops tried to trip him to get Terrell on the ground but failed.
The report states one of the cops then decided to use his knee and struck Terrell in the chest multiple times and then

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Michigan Family of Teen Shot to Death by Cop After Flashing High Beams Files Lawsuit

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

On the night of February 28, 2015, a 17-year-old male named Deven Guilford flashed his high beams at a Michigan law enforcement officer, claiming the cop was blinding him with his own high beams.
That prompted Eaton County Sheriff’s Sergeant Jonathan Frost to pull the teenager over, who informed Guilford that he was the third person he had pulled over that night for the same thing, even though it is not illegal to momentarily flash high beams at another car, even if it  happens to be a cop.
Frost informed Guilford that he was driving a new patrol car with high-intensity headlights, so he not driving with his high beams on.
However, within six minutes of the traffic stop, Guilford would be dead, shot seven times by Frost, who later claimed he was in fear for his life after fighting with the teen in the snow.
The incident was mostly recorded on video, including Frost’s bodycam and Guilford’s cell phone, but both cameras have gone black when the shots were fired.
And although Frost was proudly driving a brand new patrol car with high-intensity headlights, the car was not equipped with a dashcam, which would show us what really took place that night.
However, the department had already purchased the dashcams, but claimed they were having issues with the necessary software that would allow them to work.
But the two available videos show that Guilford was shot after he was already laying on his stomach.
And he was shot after he had already been tased, which Frost later claimed, he had to do because the teen was looking back at him with an expression that he was going to suddenly jump up and attack him.
These are things they apparently teach officers in the academy; how to predict a person’s violent intentions from a single glance backwards as they lie

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Washington D.C. Cop Attack Teen, Then His Friend Recording the Altercation

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

In what is turning out to be a daily occurrence, a pair of cops were caught on video abusing a teenager for some unverified crime before turning to his friend recording the abuse and pouncing on him, forcing the camera off.
But the video survived and shows an infuriating scene of two white Washington D.C. cops on top of a black teen, ordering him to stop resisting as they twist his arms behind his neck and press his face into the sidewalk as the teen screams in pain, telling him he did not do anything illegal and that he is not resisting.
A third cop runs up and orders the teen with a camera to back off – which he does – but that did not stop that cop from going after him anyway where the camera is quickly turned off.
The entire video is 32 seconds, but it has now sparked an investigation and protests.
The investigation, as usual, will consist of police circling the wagons for a few weeks before they announce that the cops were only watching out for the safety of everybody involved, including the two teens they battered.
The protests, as we have seen, have the potential to last much longer than any watered-down investigation in which the primary goal is to protect the officers at all costs.
The incident took place Monday in Washington D.C. as Jason Goolsby, 18, was attempting to withdraw money from an ATM with his friend, Mike, standing by.
Then two Washington D.C. cops came charging at them, prompting Goolsby to run away, which was when they gave chase. The third cop came and shoved the videographer and the camera turns off.
Police later said they were responding to a call of three suspicious black people trying to rob people at the ATM, but neither of the two Howard

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Ohio Cops Obtained Warrants to Rob Drug Dealers of More Than $100,000

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Reminiscent of the Denzel Washington movie ‘Training Day’, three Ohio police officers have been federally indicted for lying to judges to obtain search warrants against drug dealers.
Only to rob them in return.
In a case of greed and corruption, East Cleveland Police Sergeant Torris Moore along with detectives Antonio Malone and Eric Jones obtained warrants on false pretenses in order to rob known drug dealers upwards to $100,000 in cash.
All three officers were assigned to the street crimes unit between 2012 and June 2014. Apparently the officers saw their new job opportunity as a “get rich quick scheme.” The officers lied to judges to obtain drug raid search warrants.
Once the officers obtained the search warrants, they would go to stash houses of known drug dealers to apprehend the cash.
Instead of turning all of the cash into the evidence room, the officers kept portions of the cash for themselves after each drug raid.
The officers reportedly met in public parks after each raid to divide the stolen drug money. Sergeant Moore was the ring leader of the extortion plot, as she was in charge of the East Cleveland Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit.
In a September 2012 raid, the officers submitted a false affidavit based on information from a nonexistent informer to obtain a search warrant for a drug house. The judge who was oblivious to the false information, granted the search warrant.
The three officers found $20,000 inside the home but turned in just over $11,000, pocketing $3000 in cash each.
In June 2013, the three officers went to the home of a suspect without a search warrant. A relative of the suspect allowed the officers to search the suspect’s bedroom, which had a padlock on the door.
Detective Malone forced his way into the room and seized $100,000 in cash. The money was split three ways with each officer

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NYPD Arrests Shawn Randall Thomas Again Before Abusing and Forcing Him into Psych Ward

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

For the maybe the 12th time in recent years, he has long lost count, Shawn Randall Thomas ended up in jail again for questioning the authority of New York’s finest.
This time, he he was thrown in jail for three days and dragged on a jailhouse floor while handcuffed and leg-shackled, then placed in a psych ward after he was accused by two NYPD cops of entering a subway station in Brooklyn without paying the fare.
He did pay the fare. Even had the receipt to prove it. But he has long stop trying to prove his innocence to the New York City Police Department.
“It’s pointless to do that,” he said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime. “To do that is to assume they give a shit whether you did the crime or not. And even if I showed them the receipt, they could still arrest me and destroy the receipt.”
And he does have a point. Look how many times cops have stolen or destroyed cameras that would have proven a person’s innocence. Look how many times they have lied on police reports to justify their arrests.
In fact, earlier today, Gothamist reported that NYPD officers destroyed birth certificates, identifications and medical prescriptions during an early morning raid on a homeless encampment.
And last month, a group of NYPD cops sued the police department, claiming they were required to maintain an “illegal quota system” by making unlawful arrests on minorities.
Thomas, who has been written about on PINAC numerous times, is black, but tends not to claim racial discrimination when arrested because many times, the arrests come from black or Hispanic officers (who incidentally, are the ones suing the NYPD).
But he did note that the only reason he was harassed last Friday was because he opened an service entry gate at the Nevins Street

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Pittsburgh Cop Body Slams Chicago Cubs Fan, While Pirates Staffer Assaults Photographer Recording Scene

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Just because the home team is losing an important playoff game, doesn’t give anyone the right to abuse visiting fans, especially not staffers for the hometown team, and certainly not the police.
Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Pirates organization’s security acted shamefully, assisting a Pittsburgh police officer body slam a Chicago Cubs fan for no reason.
The Pirates employee assaulted an innocent citizen recording the violent assault and battery of his friend in a video you can see below.
This isn’t the first time Pittsburgh police have used force in PNC Park either.
It all started when the man identified only as “Dimitri” got on TV with his sign and elaborate costume, and a Pirates fan responded by hitting him with a tobacco spit cup and “having words.”
A Pirates usher then decided to kick out the fan from the other team for being harassed.
Obviously, Dimitri’s a die-hard Cubs fan to make a road trip for a playoff game with tickets selling at $180 a seat and up on Craigslist, also bearing a sign and costume.
Little did he know Pittsburgh cop would play hardball with him at the MLB Wild Card Playoff game at PNC Park, but they didn’t make an arrest, since Dimitri had done nothing wrong.
“You have to go, you have to go now,” said the Pittsburgh Police officer echoed by Pittsburgh Pirates staffers.
“Can we talk?” replies Dimitri.
Immediately, the officer made physical contact and asked Dimitri to “Put your hands behind your back,” as he started walking the man towards an exit.
It’s difficult to tell exactly what happened next, but the officer appears to place his arm around Dimitri’s neck, prompting him to yell, “Stop it!  Seriously.”
The friend recording the incident tried to follow the action when a Pirates staffer smashed the cellphone prompting the photographer to say, “What the fuck,” loudly and the staffer yells to, “put the

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NBA Player Acquitted of False Charges After NYPD Maliciously Broke His Leg; Sports Media Largely Silent

Friday, October 9th, 2015

The New York Police Department is out of control, and the New York City prosecutors are right there with them.
In a case of unbelievable police and prosecutorial abuse of power, the NYPD broke an NBA player’s leg last April for “contempt of cop,” and prosecutors decided to ignore the evidence and slap Thabo Sefolosha with three criminal charges anyway.
Today, Sefolosha was acquitted of the charges against him in a trial that shows what a mockery the New York City police and justice departments have become.
On April 8, 2015, Sefolosha and his then-teammate with the Atlanta Hawks, Pero Antić, were leaving a nightclub in New York City after another NBA player, Chris Copeland of the Indiana Pacers was stabbed in the abdomen after an argument at the club.
Police claimed that Sefolosha refused to leave the crime scene and lunged at an officer. Video evidence, and the facts of the story, showed that Sefolosha was leaving the club, already around the corner and 80 feet away from a crime scene that had already been established for half-an-hour when the altercation with an NYPD officer began.
According to Sefolosha, the officer told him “Get off my block, it’s my fucking block…I’ll mess you up.”
Sefolosha answered,”You couldn’t, you’re a midget. Without that badge and gun you’re nothing.”
The video shows Sefolosha heading to his car.
As Sefolosha’s moves to give money to a homeless man, he is mobbed by police and taken to the ground.
Bystanders yelled, “Why are you doing this? You are hurting him!” as police swung a baton at Sefolosha’s legs.
Sefolosha was limping after the police handcuffed him and hauled him to his feet. Police later made a wild claim that Sefolosha told them he broke his leg earlier during a basketball game. Right.
Sefolosha needed surgery after this incident to repair a broken right fibula and torn ligaments. The injuries sidelined him

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Los Angeles Man Shot in Face by LAPD After Asking for Help Makes First Public Appearance

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Nearly four months after Los Angeles police officers shot a man in the face who had been asking for their help, handcuffing him as his brains spilled out of his head, the man has come forward and spoken to the media.
Walter DeLeon was left permanently brain-damaged. Blind in one eye. Deaf in one ear. Unable to feed, dress or go to the bathroom by himself.
But he is still able to think for himself, telling reporters that all he had in his hands that day was a bottle of water and a towel.
However, in the eyes of LAPD, it looked as if he was carrying a gun, so officers stepped out of their car and ordered him to drop the gun.
When DeLeon did not drop the gun he did not have, he was shot in the face.
A witness recorded a video in the immediate aftermath, showing a pair of cops handcuffing him as his brains spilled out.
Police said they were in fear for their lives because he came up to them in an “aggressive manner with his hands, or hand, wrapped in a piece of cloth,” obviously not even bothering to get their story straight about how many hands he had wrapped in the towel.
According to ABC 7:
DeLeon is alive after being in a two-week coma and undergoing four surgeries. Now he has a permanent disability. His mother wants the public to see images of her son’s disturbing head wounds, but what he wants exposed is a message.
“It’s that my words are not said in vain. That something does happen. That there is some type of change in the police force,” he said.
DeLeon now has a team mounting a legal challenge. Lawyers and the LAPD are at polar opposites over what exactly triggered the gunfire on June 19. The 49-year-old handyman was

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Florida Cops Arrest Woman for Recording, Refusing to Return Her Phone, Claiming They Never Had It

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Jacksonville sheriff’s officers arrested a woman who was video recording them while standing in front of a convenience store, confiscating her phone and refusing to give it back, even after she was released from jail – claiming they never had it in their possession.
But they probably were not expecting her attorney to obtain a surveillance video of the arrest, showing officers pouncing on her, even though she was not physically interfering.
However, that is exactly what they accused her of doing when they arrested her last summer.
On July 15, 2015, Kelli Wilson, 28, had pulled up to a convenience store after discovering her husband was getting arrested.
Police said she began interfering with their investigation by “interrupting the officers” as they were arresting her husband.
Wilson said she was only recording from the sidewalk when the cops demanded her phone.
She refused to hand the phone over, which was when they began punching and kneeing her.
The arrest report states that they had probable cause to shake her down because there was a “no loitering” sign in front of the store.
The report also states that she not only refused to provide identification, but attempted to make a phone call, which evidently made them fear for their lives.
According to the arrest report:
I asked the suspect who she was and she refused to answer. I asked her for her identification since she was continuing to interrupt the other officers investigation and was loitering in front of the store. She stated she did not have it with her. I asked for her name again and she picked up her phone and began to call someone. I told her to put the phone down and gave her another lawful order to identify herself and she did not. She put the phone back up to her ear and ignored me

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South Carolina Police Agrees to $6.5 Million Settlement to Family of Man Shot in Back

Friday, October 9th, 2015

In what is being called the largest settlement of its kind in South Carolina, the family of Walter Scott will receive a $6.5 million settlement after an approval by the North Charleston City Council Thursday night.
Scott, of course, was the man shot in the back in April while running away from a traffic stop after being pulled over for a broken taillight.
He had a warrant out for his arrest for failure to pay child support and did not want to go to jail.
Now his four children should have enough money to last them well into adulthood.
According to CNN:
Scott had four children who will benefit from the settlement, attorneys for the family said. “He was a good father,” said his brother Anthony Scott. “People say how was he a good father and behind on child support? The system needs to be changed. There needs to be some things changed in the system so there is a balance. His children loved him and he loved his children,” he said.
Scott said his family will donate a portion of the settlement to Red Cross disaster relief efforts. Parts of South Carolina have been in dire straits in recent days after torrential rains and deadly flooding.
Scott also praised the local government for the settlement.
“The city of Charleston’s actions have ensured that Walter did not die in vain,” he said. “The city sent a message, loud and clear, that this type of reckless behavior will not be tolerated.”
Attorney Chris Stewart, who represented the Scott family in the settlement, said it’s a “blueprint” of how police shootings should be handled.
Meanwhile, the North Charleston cop who shot and killed him, Michael Slager, remains in jail on murder charges.
A video recorded by witness Feidin Santana shows Slager shooting Scott in the back, then walking up to the body and

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Louisiana Cops Shoot Man in Back, then Confiscate Video Witness Says Contradicts Police Version

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

In the early evening hours of September 12, Tevin Lewis and Robert Stewart were standing outside of a home on Sonny Street with several other men in the Best Subdivision in North Lafayette.
Witnesses to the incident say police rolled up on the two and jumped out of their patrol units with guns drawn.  Lewis began running and police, who were serving an arrest warrant on Stewart, gave chase.
Lewis is said to have ran through several back yards and jumped at least one fence before police opened fire on the fleeing man and shot him in the back.  They said he had a gun tied to his hand and that they feared for their lives.
Witnesses say it was cold-blooded murder and at least one video, which would confirm this, has been confiscated by police and has yet to be released despite protests.
Stewart, who was being served the warrant, was immediately taken into custody along with four other men who were not charged with a crime but were witnesses to the incident.
Three days after the shooting, Lafayette community leaders along with the local chapter of the NAACP held a press conference where several eye witnesses came forward to give their account of the incident, according to the Acadiana Advocate.
All of the witnesses present say they had yet to be interviewed by police.
Ronald Boute, a 15-year resident of the neighborhood and an eyewitness to the shooting, says Lewis did run from police and continued to run after the first of two shots were fired.  Boute says he saw Lewis fall to the ground and into a ditch after the he heard the second shot fired.  He also says he didn’t see a gun in Lewis hand but says it did appear he was running for his life.
Tommy Morovant, another resident in the neighborhood, says he saw police arrive

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Connecticut Cops Blast Own Empty Car in Fear For Lives, Face State Firearms Charges

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Two Connecticut cops were hanging out together off-duty when suddenly, they feared for their lives, drew their firearms and hosed down a suspicious car in their driveway.
Too bad the car was empty.
And belonged to one of the officers.
Then the Darien Police Department did something even more shocking.
Darien police asked the Connecticut State Police to investigate the incident, leading to charges against the two officers for second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace and unlawful discharge of a firearm under state law.
It’s no shock that an independent investigation would find probable cause to charge the two officers for these actions.
James Martin and Daniel Ehret fired the live ammunition for unknown reasons on August 1st, 2015, but it took two months before charges were announced just yesterday.
The officers were at Martin’s house and destroyed Martin’s own personal vehicle.
Of course, this means the officers have now been placed on “paid administrative leave” which is the police term of art for a fully paid vacation with salary.
More significant than charges is the rare admission from a police agency that cops must abide the same laws as citizens AND that investigations of a department’s own officers. According to local TV station WTNH:
Darien Police Chief Duane Lovello says that the two officers involved were placed on paid administrative leave after the incident occurred. “The allegations leading to the arrests are disturbing. I cannot conceive of anything that would lead police officers to do something so profoundly dangerous and wholly irresponsible. This conduct is intolerable and does not reflect the professional values or the ethical, responsible, and moral conduct we demand of Darien police officers and their duty to the public we serve,” Chief Lovello said in a statement.
Local outlet Darien Times story released Chief Lovello’s entire statement, which revealed the car’s true owner and the location of

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Minnesota Cop Caught on Video Hitting Teen in Face for Talking on Phone

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

A Minnesota police officer unlawfully pushed and hit a 19-year-old man last Saturday. Now, the community is demanding answers from the Richfield Police Department. Video of the incident can below.
Kamal Gelle, who is Somalian, was pulled over for careless driving, and was given a citation. Gelle drove a short distance away from the incident and proceeded to get out of his vehicle after the initial encounter was over. The video shows him standing on a public sidewalk talking on his cell phone.
The officer, who has not yet been identified, then approaches Gelle and can be heard yelling, “Move along! Move when I tell you to, we’re working right here!!”
“I am on a public sidewalk,” Gelle replies.
The officer then pushes Gelle and slaps him in the face. If that wasn’t excessive enough, the officer then pushes Gelle again.
The Richfield Police Department has placed the officer on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
However, it should be added that with the video, there is not much that needs to be investigated. The officer involved illegally hit Gelle for no good reason.
And because of that, a local Somali civil rights group met with the Richland police chief on Tuesday. Minnesota has the largest Somalian population in the United States with 25,000 Somalis, according to the 2013 U.S. Census.
Richfield is a suburb of Minneapolis. Earlier this year, the Minneapolis Police Department made the pages of PINAC when one of their officers of a Somali teen who had broken no law.
Video The Police
This incident shows how important photography is in America, when you see something, RECORD IT!
Afforded to you by the United States Constitution, it is your First Amendment right to record the police in public. Do not be scared, do not back down.
This officer obviously had no idea he was being audio and video

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Drunk Las Vegas Cop Arrested for Punching Citizen after DUI Crash, Pulling Gun on Witnesses

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Drunk driving and cops don’t mix.
Just ask Sergeant Anthony Russo of the Las Vegas Police Department.
Russo was arrested last month for pulling his gun on a citizen during a car crash that Russo created in his drunken stupor. If that wasn’t bad enough, Russo also punched the citizen victim.
The 20-year veteran is president of the department’s Police Officer’s Association.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that Russo crashed his white SUV into a midsize sedan at the intersection of Sunset Road and the 215 Beltway.
The Nevada Highway Patrol determined that the Las Vegas cop was at fault.
Russo reportedly ran a red light at a speed of 60 mph before slamming into the sedan.
Instead of checking on the victim, Russo decided to punch the victim in the face multiple times. Russo was off-duty and out of uniform. And he punched one of the witnesses trying to stop him from attacking the initial victim.
Then, in an all out drunken rage, Russo pulled out a gun from his pants and pointed it at everybody on the scene.
Once the highway patrol arrived on scene, Russo refused to take any field sobriety tests.
The arrest report shows that four vials of blood were drawn from Russo, and it was determined that he was “officially intoxicated.”
As if his actions had not already indicated that.
A spokesman for the Nevada Highway Patrol said:
“He faces charges that include driving under the influence, failure to obey a traffic signal, possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, drawing a deadly weapon in a threatening manner and two counts of battery.”
Russo was sent to the Clark County Detention Center. Currently Russo is suspended without pay.
Police Captain Ken Young said, “Russo is still employed by the department. Everything is still under investigation at this point”.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The post Drunk Las Vegas Cop Arrested for Punching Citizen after

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Cell Phone Video Clears Canadian Man of Assault Charges Despite Phone Going Missing in Police Custody

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

These days, a simple cell phone can make the difference between a conviction and an acquittal.
At least it did for Abdi Sheik-Qasim, who was cleared of assault charges thanks to a video he recorded of the interaction he had last year with two Toronto-based cops.
The best part?
Despite the phone going missing while in police custody, it instantly uploaded a duplicate copy of the 10-second video clip directly to Sheik-Qasim’s email, giving him the proof necessary to clear his name.
“It saved my life, or at least a lot of headaches,” Sheik-Qasim told The Toronto Star, who broke the news last week. “I would have probably been in jail right now.”
The incident took place on Jan. 4, 2014 with officers Piara Dhaliwal and Akin Gul.
Sheik-Qasim, 32, was staying over his uncle’s house in Ontario when law enforcement officials arrived after a noise complaint had been placed by neighbors.  According to The Star, Sheik-Qasim quickly turned down the music’s volume without hesitation and gave the cops his identification.
But when the two police officers insisted on entering his home without a warrant, Sheik-Qasim whipped out his cellphone and began recording the incident, only to have the phone slapped from his hands.
He was then arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer as well as refusal to comply with a court order.
Both officers testified that Sheik-Qasim was the one who initiated the brawl, alleging he reached for Gul’s utility belt, leaving Dhaliwal no choice but to arrest him.
Nevertheless, Ontario Court Justice Edward Kelly disagreed.
But only after he viewed the video.
Kelly cleared Sheik-Qasim of the bogus charges after viewing the clip and stating he found it “extremely troubling” the cellphone went missing while in police custody.
“The absence of the phone is extremely troubling when considered in light of the testimony of the officers, which I regard to

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New Hampshire Cop Caught Slamming Teenager’s Face into Wall Given Special “Capped” Deal

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Mark Richardson was caught on video slamming a nineteen-year-old Michael Bergeron’s face into a wall.
While most people would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for such a brutal act, jailed for at least a year, Richardson luckily had a get-out-of-jail-free card.
He was a Seabrook police officer, after all.
That enabled the New Hampshire cop to receive a “capped” sentence, meaning he will only serve 21 days in jail instead of the maximum five years he was facing.
And he may not even have to serve the 21 days. That will be determined during his sentencing November 12.
The incident took place in 2009 but did not come to light until last year when the surveillance video from the jail was posted online.
The video shows Richardson and two other officers walking the skinny teenager down a jail hallway when Richardson suddenly smashes Bergeron’s face into the wall. All three officers stood over the teenager with smiles on their face after the vicious assault.
Prosecutors argued that the teen had mouthed off to the cops. Richardson testified that he had lost control of his submission move.
After getting his face smashed into the wall, Bergeron has trouble maintaining his balance, so another Seabrook officer, Adam Laurent, walks up to him and pepper sprays him.
Bergeron, who posted the video to Youtube, stated the following:
“Charged with a dwi and tried explaining that I wasn’t drunk and they could be out catching actual criminals. then after being in the cell for a while waitng for a bail bonds man I was taken out and brought in the booking room to call for a ride. after calling a ride I was told I could take my phone that I called from and my wallet. as soon as I grabbed my wallet from the table he officer with the glasses came at me saying

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Wisconsin Police Arrested Man For Facebook Comments, Lawsuit Settlement Costs $43 Per Resident

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Speaking freely on social media is not a crime.
Posting angry Facebook comments on police departments’ official pages isn’t a crime either, it’s protected by the 1st Amendment.
A $35,000 legal settlement will cost residents of Wisconsin’s Village of Arena each $43 per man woman and child.
Because Wisconsin police violated a man’s First Amendment rights to post comments on their public Facebook page – which isn’t customized anymore, but still accepts review and comments.
The Arena Police Department arrested 23 year old Thomas G. Smith three years ago for Disorderly Conduct and other charges because of two FB comments.
It was a callous act of censorship.
One must now wonder what Village of Arena needs protection from, more than protection from it’s own police officers as Popehat postulated, and the Arena Police K9 officer and dog unit. The enclave 800 residents would fit neatly into a single suburban subdivision. The town is 35 miles away from Madison and 8 miles away from its next slightly bigger neighboring town.
Smith probably never expected all of the attention over one Facebook comment about an incident where the mostly white town’s officers arrested several african-american men.
But he didn’t know how thin skinned Wisconsin police can be when you make accusatory remarks.
Mr. Smith was arrested for saying this: “Fuck this fucking cops they ant shit but fucking racist basturds an fucking all of y’all who is racist.” and this (italicized text indicates Smith’s words and spelling as in original) too, “Fuck them nigers bitchs wat you got on us not a dam thing so fuck off dicks.”
As a 2014 article in Huffington post noted, even saying “fucking asshole” in a hushed tone to a police officer’s face even falls under the realm of protected 1st amendment free speech.
After the arrest and subsequent prosecution, an Iowa County Wisconsin Judge and jury initially convicted Smith of using “fighting words” which is Disorderly Conduct over the internet, and

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Four Kentucky Cops Charged With Raping and Sodomizing Same Teenage Girl With One Accepting Plea Deal Guaranteeing No Sex Offender Registration

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Four Kentucky cops, Stratford Young, Todd Matti, Jerry Clanton and Chris Woosley, have all been criminally charged with having sex with the same 15-year-old girl.  All officers involved forcefully resigned or were fired.
Young, the first officer to have sex with the girl before introducing her to the other officers, pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful transactions with a minor last week.
Initially, the former Kentucky state trooper was facing rape and sodomy charges. The deal also ensures that Young will not have to register as a sex offender.
Nor does it appear as if he will serve jail time, although his sentencing will be determined next month, according to WDRB.
Young would make constant visits to the teenage girl’s house. The girl’s parents reportedly had reservations about the visits, but never took action.
Jasmine Lindsey, a close family friend spoke on how the girls mother allowed the officers to come to the girls house to visit:
“She said she didn’t agree with it, but she would still allow him to come over and hang out. Eventually, she let another officer come and hang out and it seemed like a big party house. It caused a lot of hard feelings between the mother and I.”
15-year-old girl who officers and troopers had sexual relations with.
Lindsey continued to say she witnessed sexual acts and fondling between Young and the girl.
 The attorney for Young, Kenton Smith, made the following statement:
“He’s [Trooper Young] made mistakes and he’s paid a heavy price. He’s lost his career and his home. The outcome is bittersweet for everybody. No one is happy with this situation. I think it was the best result for all concerned. A trial would’ve been messy and difficult for all concerned.”
Reports indicate that 148 items of evidence have been submitted against the officers and troopers involved.  Some of the evidence includes

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