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California Cop Arrested for Inappropriate Contact with Minor

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

A California cop was arrested over super bowl weekend for sexual crimes involving a minor.
The Sacremento Bee reports that on Saturday, Officer Matthew Huff of the Stockton Police Department was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges, including contacting a minor to commit a felony, sending harmful matter to seduce a minor and annoying or molesting a child under 18.
“These actions are a major departure from the values and professionalism of the Stockton Police Department. Accountability is critical to maintaining public trust,” said Joe Silva, public information officer with the department.
The department said that the charges reveal intent, but that Huff never acted on the intent.
No details have been released pertaining to the nature of the crimes, nor have police released information on how they became aware of the officer’s actions.
Officer Huff’s father is a detective with the police department. Officer Huff also has a brother that happens to be an officer with the department. They are the first family to have three members sworn into the Stockton Police Department.
Huff is married with a young child. 
Huff was released on a 253,000 bond and has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation. 
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California Cop Steals $100,000 from Department by Falsifying Overtime

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Simi Valley Police Officer Robert Longdon, 44, was arrested for stealing more than $100,000 in public funds by lying on his time sheet about overtime, police say.
The California cop has been with the Simi Valley Police Department since 2008 and was once officer of the year. Prior to the aforementioned Longdon was a officer with the LAPD.
Longdon was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing more than $100,000 from the department by allegedly lying on his time sheet about his overtime hours worked.
Longdon turned himself in to authorities at the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and was subsequently arrested then booked into jail, Simi Valley Police say.
KCLU reports that from March 2014 to September 2017 Longdon put in overtime hours that he didn’t actually work. In total Longdon falsely claimed to have worked 61 ten-hour shifts, police say.
The department discovered inconsistencies on his time sheet and in August asked the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office to look into it further. Longdon has been on paid administrative leave since the investigation began. But, on Tuesday the investigation concluded and the decision was made to arrest Longdon.
Simi Valley Police Chief David Livingstone said this regarding the matter:
“This is embarrassing. No chief of police or no police officer wants to be in the position I’m in right now. We’re being transparent about it, we’re communicating about it and we’re letting the due process of the law take its course.”
Longdon is charged with four counts of felony grand theft and one count of felony attempted grand theft. There is no word on any termination plans for Longdon.
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California Cop Steals $100,000 from Department by Falsifying Overtime

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Simi Valley Police Officer Robert Longdon, 44, was arrested for stealing more than $100,000 in public funds by lying on his time sheet about overtime, police say.
The California cop has been with the Simi Valley Police Department since 2008 and was once officer of the year. Prior to the aforementioned Longdon was a officer with the LAPD.
Longdon was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing more than $100,000 from the department by allegedly lying on his time sheet about his overtime hours worked.
Longdon turned himself in to authorities at the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and was subsequently arrested then booked into jail, Simi Valley Police say.
KCLU reports that from March 2014 to September 2017 Longdon put in overtime hours that he didn’t actually work. In total Longdon falsely claimed to have worked 61 ten-hour shifts, police say.
The department discovered inconsistencies on his time sheet and in August asked the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office to look into it further. Longdon has been on paid administrative leave since the investigation began. But, on Tuesday the investigation concluded and the decision was made to arrest Longdon.
Simi Valley Police Chief David Livingstone said this regarding the matter:
“This is embarrassing. No chief of police or no police officer wants to be in the position I’m in right now. We’re being transparent about it, we’re communicating about it and we’re letting the due process of the law take its course.”
Longdon is charged with four counts of felony grand theft and one count of felony attempted grand theft. There is no word on any termination plans for Longdon.
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California Cop Arrested for Inappropriate Contact with Minor

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

A California cop was arrested over super bowl weekend for sexual crimes involving a minor.
The Sacremento Bee reports that on Saturday, Officer Matthew Huff of the Stockton Police Department was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges, including contacting a minor to commit a felony, sending harmful matter to seduce a minor and annoying or molesting a child under 18.
“These actions are a major departure from the values and professionalism of the Stockton Police Department. Accountability is critical to maintaining public trust,” said Joe Silva, public information officer with the department.
The department said that the charges reveal intent, but that Huff never acted on the intent.
No details have been released pertaining to the nature of the crimes, nor have police released information on how they became aware of the officer’s actions.
Officer Huff’s father is a detective with the police department. Officer Huff also has a brother that happens to be an officer with the department. They are the first family to have three members sworn into the Stockton Police Department.
Huff is married with a young child. 
Huff was released on a 253,000 bond and has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation. 
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California Woman Posts to Facebook about Two Lost Dogs; Cop Arrives and Kills them

Monday, November 13th, 2017

A California woman posted to a Facebook group about two lost St. Bernard dogs in her cul-de-sac.
Ten minutes later, a Red Bluff police officer showed up and shot them dead.
The officer claims the dogs were acting aggressively.
However, a witness at the scene gave a different story.
“There was two large St. Bernard dogs in my cul-de-sac. I posted on 530 (the area’s zip code) needs hoping somebody would recognize the dogs I feared they would be killed because of their large size. 10 minutes later a cop shows up corners them in front of a house and kills them!! I am beyond loosing my mind. One dog is still in the front yard suffering as we speak,” Amy Diane Ball posted to her Facebook page. 
It turns out, the dogs belonged to her neighbor, Kevin Hutchison, who also posted to his Facebook page about the loss of his dogs, a mother and daughter pair, along with some photos of the two pooches.

“We were the best of friends and I can’t believe I wake up one day to you being gone! Just feels like a crazy nightmare! Rest easy big sis!”

Now, people are taking to Facebook to warn others not to call police about stray dogs. One poster, John Gregory, apparently created a meme and public service announcement of sorts and posted it to Amy Diane Balls’ Facebook page.

 
The Red Bluff Police Department along with the Tehoma County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting that initially killed one of the dogs and injured the other, according to KRCRTV.
However, Ball posted to her Facebook page that the injured dog died at the animal clinic. Red Bluff police said at approximately 9:30 a.m., the department received a 911 call about two large dogs running loose on Nelson Drive.
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LAPD to Pay $1.9 Million for Fatal Shooting of Wheelchair Bound Man who “Lunged” at them with a Knife

Friday, October 13th, 2017

The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to pay $1.9 million after LAPD officers shot and killed a mentally ill, wheelchair-bound man.
After his death on April 21, 2015, the police department claimed Luis Molina Martinez, 35, lunged at them with a knife, which made them fear for their lives, prompting them to shoot him four times.
An autopsy would reveal three of those shots were fired into his back, according to LATimes.
“One officer then kicked Mr. Martinez twice and none of the officers made any attempt at providing medical attention,” the lawsuit that prompted the settlement stated.
Arnold Casillas, the attorney representing Martinez’s wife and children, disputed the account of the incident, saying Martinez’s injuries were so serious that he would have been physically unable to stand up after falling from a balcony, which left him wheelchair bound and unable to move towards the officers.
Casillas maintained Martinez was unarmed and argued the shooting was  “unreasonable, unnecessary, excessive and unjustified under the law” and noted the LAPD police chief along with the commission faulted the officers for not bringing their Tasers into Martinez’s apartment even though they knew they were responding to a report of a suicidal man who stabbed himself.

“This is a classic example of Keystone Kops-type antics,” Casillas said.

According to his wife, Monica Ramirez, Martinez became depressed from not being able to return to work.
Luis Molina Martinez
It was Martinez’s wife who called 911 on April 21, 2015, reporting her husband had become suicidal and was bloody after cutting himself with a knife, but that he was no longer armed.
When officers responded, they claim Martinez was sitting in a wheel chair with his shirt covered in blood.
According to the report, when they attempted to speak with him, Martinez pull a knife from under his leg and ignored officers’ commands to drop it.
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Street Vendor Raises $60,000 After Viral Video Showing California Cop Taking his $60 in Cash for Selling Hot Dogs without Permit

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

A hot dog vendor seen in a viral video this weekend having $60 in cash seized by a California cop for trying to make some extra money selling hot dogs is getting support from online donors who’ve now contributed to over $60,000 to crowdfunding efforts set up on his behalf.
A petition to fire University of California police officer S. Aranas badge #76 has received over 33,000 signatures.
“I wasn’t stealing or drinking, I was just working to sustain my family,” said Beto Matias, who was being issued a ticket outside a football game at Memorial Stadium when University California at Berkeley alum Martin Flores noticed and began recording from his cell phone.
That’s not right, man,” Flores, 44, says in the video after the campus cop is seen grabbing Matias’ money.
“That’s not right.” Flores can be heard saying repeatedly in the video.
“You’re going to take his hard-earned money?” Flores asks in the video, which can be seen below.  “People can drink on campus at football games and no tickets, but a hard-working man selling hot dogs, earning a living, gets his money taken away and a ticket.”
“Yep, this is law and order in action,” the cop replies.
“He doesn’t have a permit.”
“Law and order? No it’s not. Like I see people drinking in public, on campus….”
“Did you call us?” the cop asks.
“Walk 200 ft. to your left and you’ll see drinking in public. But a hard-working man gets his money taken away and ticket. That’s not right. That aint right man. That aint right. Law and order for the few….”
Aranas then appears to take Matias’ money in order to anger Flores and other standing nearby making sarcastic comments such as, “thanks for protecting us.”
After posting the video to Facebook, Flores set up a GoFundMe account to support Matias.
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California Cops Throw Shirtless Man on 167 Degree Asphalt Causing 3rd Degree Burns

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Police in Citrus Heights, California threw a shirtless man to the ground on 167° F  asphalt. Human skin is instantly destroyed at 162 degrees.  Now James Nelson is in the hospital with serious burns all over his torso and face.
It all happened on June 23, 2017, in a KFC parking lot. The 28-year-old Nelson was having a schizophrenic episode when he began acting erratically inside a KFC restaurant. The video shows him jumping on counters and assaulting restaurant staff. 911 was called and Citrus Heights police officers arrived on scene to find Nelson in the KFC parking lot shirtless. Immediately the officers grabbed Nelson throwing him to the hot parking lot asphalt surface.
Once officers finally recognized that Nelson was being burned by the 167° F asphalt they poured water on him and called paramedics. But, Nelson had already sustained both 2nd and 3rd-degree burns.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nelson lay in the hospital unconscious for three days, and when he finally did come to consciousness he still was in the hospital for weeks.
The department’s internal review of the case is ongoing, but Citrus Heights Police Chief Ron Lawrence did have this to say:
“Using force to make an arrest or overcome resistance is something police officers try and avoid, but it is necessary at times, particularly when suspects are violent or resist a lawful arrest. In this circumstance, I am glad James Nelson was taken into custody without anyone being injured as a result of his violent and erratic behavior.”
According to family, Nelson had gone two weeks without his schizophrenic medicine at the time of his arrest.
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WATCH: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Walker Interferes with Freedom of The Press Again

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Once again Daniel Saulman aka “Tom Zebra” known for his web page “Mistaken Bacon”  delivers as he exposes the now notorious Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Walker (524706) who on March 15, 2017, arrested citizen journalist  of the former YouTube Channel +POETIC  claiming he violated California P.C. § 402(a) when he was far outside of the established perimeter, so much so there was no yellow barrier tape or any semblance of a barrier.
Mind You, +POETIC was not out COP WATCHING, COP BLOCKING or even performing a FIRST AMENDMENT AUDIT, he was walking towards his home after finishing a long day at work, when he came upon several Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department vehicles and started documenting his surroundings.
A 100% Lawful and Protected Activity as the State of California Legislature determined when it changed the law with the passing of California P. C. § 148 (g) as well as determined by the 9th Circut Court of Appeals in the written opinion regarding Fordyce vs City of Seattle. Yet somehow LASD Deputy Ryan Walker assigned to the South Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station either fails to understand the Law or simply does not care to follow it.
Which should come at no surprise when one examines the past and recent history of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, with Former long time Sheriff Lee Baca and his cronies are either in or are going to spend some time in a federal prison, not the typical model citizens many a Law Enforcement Agency claim they employ. Yet individuals like Walker are gainfully employed and granted the authority to throw citizens in a cage and kill a citizen if they fail to comply.
The Video starts with Daniel riding up on a traffic stop where an LASD Deputy can be seen searching the interior of the stopped car for anything to arrest and charge the

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California Cop Shot and Killed Partner, Now Faces Felony Charges

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Update to: California Deputy Kills Fellow Deputy in Negligent Discharge while Discussing Gun Safety
Last October Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy Rod Lucas was shot dead, not by some accused felon but by his partner Detective Jared Mullis, in what the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office calls an unfortunate tragedy.  As a result of an extended and extensive investigation, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office filed on July 14, 2017, a Felony Complaint charging Mullis with ” INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER BY LAWFUL ACT IN AN UNLAWFUL MANNER”.
 

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This action by the DA has left many in the local Law Enforcement Community perplexed and stunned and as the Fresno County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office Offical Response reads:
 

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This case and the DA’s decision to file charges is quite rare as I can find only a  few cases where this has occurred in California.
I am by no means disagreeing with the decision to file charges, I would like to see charges filed far more often when cops kill.
We will update as the case progresses through the Courts as it is Jared Mullis is currently a free and collecting a check while sitting at home on the taxpayers dollar.
071417 Response to Criminal Charge Filed Against Deputy Sheriff (PDF) 071417 Response to Criminal Charge Filed Against Deputy Sheriff (Text)
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Hermosa Beach Police Officer David Elliott’s Version of Excellent Customer Service On Display (UPDATED)

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

What could have been a normal Saturday night in Hermosa Beach, California chasing calls for KATMAN of ONUS News Service, almost turned into a chest bumping and tough guy contest? When what would have been a simple call to investigate suspicious activity (individual checking doors) turned into a perfect display of how exactly not to conduct yourself as a uniformed police officer.
David Elliott who pulled in over $112,000.00 of the City of Hermosa Beach Taxpayer’s monies in 2016, simply does not understand that interfering with the rights of the citizen is not part of the job description and that he should simply smile and wave unless asked a question.
That did not happen at all, he started by blinding the camera with his flashlight and then when KATMAN repositioned David Elliott redirected the beam to continue to obstruct and deny any attempt to document the incident.
(L) DAVID ELLIOTT
Would David Elliott have done the same thing if it was any of the Big Local Media Outlets like KCAL, KNBC, ABC7, KTLA or the National Outlets such as CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, likely not and if he did, I can promise you someone would be on the phone with David Elliott’s bosses immediately. Not saying that won’t occur, because it will, I will be calling and so should you.
The video continues, the suspicious character was found to be not so suspicious because he was sent on his merry way and this is where the incident takes a turn to the bizarre and surreal when David Elliott loses his cool and charges over to CATMAN and chest bumps him and behaves as if he is somewhere other than standing on the sidewalk in Hermosa Beach and working as a Police Officer.
I will venture to guess that this display will not be making anyone within David Elliott’s

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Hermosa Beach Police Officer David Elliot’s Version of Excellent Customer Service On Display

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

What could have been a normal Saturday night in Hermosa Beach, California chasing calls for CATMAN of ONUS News Service, almost turned into a chest bumping and tough guy contest? When what would have a simple call to investigate suspicious activity (individual checking doors) turned into a perfect display of how exactly not to conduct yourself as a uniformed police officer.
David Elliot who pulled in over $112,000.00 of the City of Hermosa Beach Taxpayer’s monies in 2016, simply does not understand that interfering with the rights of the citizen is not part of the job description and that he should simply smile and wave unless asked a question.
That did not happen at all, he started by blinding the camera with his flashlight and then when CATMAN repositioned David Elliott redirected the beam to continue to obstruct and deny any attempt to document the incident.
(L) DAVID ELLIOTT
Would David Elliot have done the same thing if it was any of the Big Local Media Outlets like KCAL, KNBC, ABC7, KTLA or the National Outlets such as CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, likely not and if he did, I can promise you someone would be on the phone with David Elliott’s bosses immediately. Not saying that won’t occur, because it will, I will be calling and so should you.
The video continues, the suspicious character was found to be not so suspicious because he was sent on his merry way and this is where the incident takes a turn to the bizarre and surreal when David Elliott loses his cool and charges over to CATMAN and chest bumps him and behaves as if he is somewhere other than standing on the sidewalk in Hermosa Beach and working as a Police Officer.
I will venture to guess that this display will not be making anyone within David Elliott’s

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Awarded for Bravery, But Fears a Camera, Officer Assaults Cameraman

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

PINAC Correspondent Felipe Hernandez (highdesert community watch news network) and his then 16-year-old son Elijah were out and about on a beautiful spring afternoon capturing video and stills of the San Bernardino County Government Complex in downtown San Bernardino, California on May 17th, 2016.
This complex covers multiple city blocks and is the home of many of San Bernardino County’s agencies and the local offices of many state and federal agencies. The City, County, and State Courthouses are also found in this area and as one would expect there is also a large law enforcement presence during business hours.
The video starts with the Hernandez duo, walking through a public area where they encounter probation officers walking at least a 100 plus feet away from them speaking loudly and shouting for them to stop so they can talk with them. The Hernandez duo continues walking knowing that have done nothing unlawful or illegal heading in the direction of their car parked off of county property a few blocks from the government center.
The video continues and as the Hernandez duo get close to the edge of the center’s property, they are grabbed, restrained and detained by J. Holmes and L, Jaramillo. Jaramillo held Elijah by the arm applying pressure to pain compliance point and the Holmes held Felipe by the belt loop and then the whole waistband of Felipe’s jeans, Holmes would later pull upwards and backward and Felipe will have to stand on his tip toes to lessen the pain being inflicted to his scrotum and groin area.
PO J. Smith, PO Isabel Jaramillo and Elijah Hernandez
During this Felipe calls his daughter Felicity on the phone and asked her to contact Felipe with PINAC, I get her call and I promptly call Felipe and attempt to intervene with no success and then I begin

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LAPD Lures Journalists into Police Station Only To Threaten Them With Arrest.

Monday, June 26th, 2017

June of 2017 has been one eventful month for Daniel Saulman aka “Tom Zebra” known for his web page “Mistaken Bacon”  he was arrested by the LAPD  while documenting a DUI/DWI checkpoint disguised as a “Traffic Safety Checkpoint” for the charge of being in the LAPD’s “workspace”. After our coverage Mr. Saulman was fortunate to receive help from the ACLU, they were instrumental in bringing this matter to a quick and abrupt end or so the LAPD believes.
Mr. Saulman was also able to have an outstanding legal matter centered around his operating a Quadcopter camera platform in a park, the LAPD then claimed to be a violation of a Los Angeles City ordinance regarding taking off and land remote controlled aircraft. Mr. Saulman’s attorney’s less than adequate representation resulted in a ridiculous ruling and the permanent seizure of his property. Which Mr. Saulman arrest included 5 days in the Los Angeles County Jail and a added penalty of community service hours.
As a result, Mr. Sulman was not only out of the money for the cost of the DJI Phantom, he lost money on videos and images he could not capture and then upload to YouTube or sell to media outlets. Through the ACLU’s efforts, Mr. Saulman’ s charges were negated and the presiding Judge also ordered the return of all his seized property and any outstanding community service hours.
While attempting to recover his property from the LAPD’s 77th street station, Mr. Saulman and his colleague Catman of the Onus News Service,
(L-R) Ricky Munday, Catman, TMFZ
documented the exterior and approached the front entrance where they were greeted by Lt Magee who identified herself as the person in charge of the station and she invited both Daniel and Catman into the station. From their reactions, both Daniel and Catman were kinda surprised,

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LAPD Officer Feared for His Life, When He Committed Statutory Rape

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

The City of Los Angeles Police Department and it’s Chief Charlie Beck have had one troublesome week but not as bad a Police Officer Robert Cain’s. Robert Cain now charged with violating California Penal Code Section 261.5 (a) after it was discovered during the investigation into the week-old incident involving stolen LAPD cruisers and a group of teenage LAPD Cadets.
Robert Cain is reported by local media as the individual who controlled the issuance of equipment and vehicles at the LAPD Devonshire Station. The very same location the LAPD cruisers were reported stolen from.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOztigfCUg4?feature=oembed&w=620&h=349] What is not surprising is that Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacy has taken easy on Cain, simply charging him with a minor offense versus more serious charges with intensifiers attached like she instructs her staff to do with even the most minor of cases. Let’s not even go into the LA DA’s office practice of refusing to drop charges even if there is a mountain of evidence to counter the fictional claims made by the individuals presenting the charges.
This event is not an anomaly, not with the LAPD nor any other Law Enforcement Agency, this is what these individuals do and history shows it.
Chief Charlie Beck is reported as the person who personally arrested Cain, yesterday afternoon, that is an absolute first.
*disclaimer Robert Cain was not in fear for his life as far as we know, just pointing out the ridiculousness of the claim the claim of one fearing for their lives in defense of committing murder.
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Teen Trying to Protect Deputies, Shot and Killed

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office shot and killed a 17-year-old young man in the early hours of Thursday, June 22, 2017, after responding to a noise complaint regarding a house party.  According to local media outlets and the LASD, the deputies had encountered a dog in the yard and one deputy was bitten. The injured deputy then called for his supervisor and the dog’s owner tried to secure the dog by tethering it only to have the dog break free and head in the direction of a group of deputies re-entering the yard only a few minutes later. The teen attempted to grab the dog and was shot dead. The official release describes the incident as “unfortunate”.
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LASD Press Release describing the victim as a “Suspect”, so typical.
DATE:  Thursday, June 22, 2017
TIME:  3:47 a.m.
LOCATION:  38500 blk 10th St East, Palmdale
SUSPECT:  Male
UNIT:  Homicide Bureau, Lieutenant Moore
 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau detectives are responding to the 38500 block of 10th St East, Palmdale, to investigate the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting.
The suspect was struck by gunfire and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
 There is no additional information available at this time.
 
Whenever a Deputy-Involved Shooting occurs involving Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies and it results in the fatality of a suspect, multiple independent investigations immediately begin at the scene.  These include separate investigations by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner, Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau.  The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department immediately notifies the Office of the Inspector General who sends a representative to the incident scene and provides independent oversight throughout the investigative process.  Once concluded, every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee.  The Office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney also

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Journalist Arrested for Documenting a LAPD, DUI Checkpoint

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

 
Memorial Day Weekend 2017, starts the beginning of the Summer season for some and for Law Enforcement it is just another opportunity to conduct DUI checkpoints under the guise of traffic safety. On Friday, May 26, 2017 journalist Daniel Saulmon, or as he’s better known as (Tom Zebra) from his YouTube channel, was documenting along with CatMan of the ONUS News Service a DUI checkpoint under control and supervision of the city of Los Angeles Police Department (Pacific Division).

 
The checkpoint was set up in the City of Marina del Rey, at the intersection of W. Washington Blvd. and Yale Avenue and it ran from 8 PM to 1 AM on Saturday morning. Video starts with Daniel Saulmon interacting with a member the LAPD, while standing off the sidewalk, he is being told” that he has to move because he is in their (LAPD) workspace.” All the while a local news team from ABC 7 News, can be seen conducting interviews with police officers, standing in the roadway, standing in the checkpoint area, interviewing drivers in the checkpoint area, and instead of allowing independent journalist the same access, the representatives of the LAPD, block, threatened to arrest, intimidate, coerce and eventually arrest Daniel Saulmon for interference with law enforcement activities, aka “contempt of cop”.
 
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Though some will say that Daniel Saulmon should, simply move along, and complied with the officer’s request, and none of this would have happen. Yet, history shows that it would’ve made no difference where Daniel Saulmon was standing or not standing, the LAPD treats citizen and independent journalists in a manner that conflicts with their official policy and procedure. Why? It’s obvious lack of accountability.
This checkpoint and Daniel’s arrest were supervised by LAPD Sgt. Mark Guardardo, he was also the designated spokesperson (PIO) for this operation, he

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California Deputy Blames Satan in YouTube Apology for Selling Drugs

Monday, May 15th, 2017

A California deputy facing up to five years in prison for selling drugs seized during raids issued an apology in a Youtube video blaming satan for his misdeeds.
“I made that decision based on Satan playing games with me, and making me feel like I was prideful and unable to go to family members for help,” Logan August said sitting next to his wife in a video recorded apology to friends, family, co-workers and the community.
According to court documents, while working for the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, August stole marijuana seized in ten raids in 2014, giving the pot to a confidential informant to sell.
Deputy August gave the informant 25 pounds of marijuana, receiving a $15,000 cut of the sales.
Between June 2014 and October 2014, August colluded with a former deputy, Derrick Penny and his informant, as well as former Bakersfield police detective Patrick Mara – who was sentenced to five years in prison last year – when he stole and sold marijuana taken from a locked evidence storage facility.
Penny made out with $1,200 in profit, according to his signed statement.
According to public records obtained through Transparent California, August and Penny earned near $200,000 a year in pay and benefits during 2014.
Both August and Penny, who both joined the department in 2007, admitted to their involvement in the scheme and are scheduled to plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute today at the federal courthouse in Fresno.
The maximum penalty for their crimes is five years behind bars in federal prison in addition to a $250,000 fine, although prosecutors are expected to recommend a lessor sentence as part of a plea deal.
August and Penney used their keys issued by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office to access the department’s marijuana storage unit then sawed off the

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WATCH: Dash Cam Shows Man was not Jaywalking when Beaten by Sacramento Cop

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Sacramento police released the dash cam video showing the cop stop a man for jaywalking, then proceeding to choke and beat him when the man did not lie flat on the ground to receive his summons.
Or maybe the cop planned to jail him for jaywalking.
Or more likely, the cop just planned to arrest him for the timeworn crime of Walking While Black.
Many will claim that does not happen, but it’s hard to believe the cop would have done the same to a white man crossing the street at an intersection, which is legal under California law as well as Sacramento municipal code.
In fact, as the blog Systemic Failure points out, the cop should have cited a driver who blasted through the intersection despite the fact a pedestrian was walking across it.
After crossing the street at Cypress Street and Grand Avenue, Nandi Cain, 24, continued walking on the sidewalk as pedestrians are expected to do.
That was when the Sacramento cop – whose name still has not been released – pulled up behind him, stepped out of the car and ordered him to take his hands out of his pockets, accusing him of having jaywalked.
Cain complied, placing his hands in the air, but walked forward a few feet, telling the cop that he had looked both ways before crossing.
“Stop right now before I take you to the ground,” the cop threatens.
But Cain accused the cop of harassing him, saying he had broken no law.
The cop kept approaching Cain, but Cain walked back a few feet, obviously fearing the bully cop.
At the point, Cain was standing in the middle of the street, which was the closest time he came to jaywalking, but that wasn’t why he was being harassed.
“Get down on the ground now,” the cop repeatedly ordered, perhaps not realizing a woman was

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WATCH: California Cop Chokes, Beats Man for Jaywalking

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

A California cop choked and beat a man for jaywalking Monday in an incident captured on video that is now going viral.
The video was recorded by a woman named Naomi Montaie, who was sitting in her car as the altercation unfolded in front of her, showing a Sacramento police officer grabbing the young man by the neck while shoving him down on the street.
The Sacramento cop then sits on top of the man while throwing several punches to his face.
The man, Nandi Cain Jr, does not appear to be fighting back or resisting, contrary to what police will probably say once they get their story together.
As of now, they are not saying anything other than they “tried to stop a man for a violation,” according to Fox 40.
But they did tell Montaie that they had stopped him for jaywalking, which apparently is a serious crime in Sacramento or more likely, a revenue generator.
She says officers who questioned her after the incident told her they were trying to stop Cain for jaywalking.
She doesn’t understand how jaywalking could have come to what she witnessed.
“I just want some answers. What happened?” said Cain’s live-in girlfriend Antoinette Stewart.
She says she fell in love with his goofy, spirited personality two years ago and can’t imagine why something like this would happen.
She can imagine him cutting across a street in his long walk home from his co-manager job at a TV store, but as far as her knowledge of him breaking any laws?
“Never been to jail. Never been arrested ever,” Stewart said.
When asked, Sacramento police could only tell FOX40 by phone that an officer tried to stop a man for a violation at Cypress and Grand around 5 p.m.
The video does not capture the moments that led to the beatdown, but it begins by showing Cain standing

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California Cops Unveil Roadside Marijuana Test to Target Drivers High on Legalized Weed

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

San Diego cops unveiled their new marijuana test machine over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, which they plan to use to target legal weed users, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
“It’s a huge concern of ours with the legalization of marijuana that we’re going to see an increase in impaired drugged driving,” San Diego Police Chief Shelly Zimmerman said during a press conference after voters in California passed the Adult Use of Marijuana Act into law in November, which legalizes cultivation and use of marijuana for recreational purposes.
San Diego officials are using charged rhetoric indicating they plan to target intoxicated drivers, whether the drugs they’re under are legal or not.
“We want to get these impaired drivers off the streets,” Chief Zimmerman told reporters during a press conference.
“Impairment is impairment,” added Deputy City Attorney Taylor Garrot, who works solely on drugged driving cases as part of a state grant program.
“If your system can’t handle that level, then you shouldn’t be driving.”
There’s just one problem.
The Dräger 5000 doesn’t read the level of intoxication.
Once the machine detects any level of THC, opiates, cocaine, methadone, amphetamine, methamphetamine, or benzodiazapines that gives it a positive reading, it would likely prompt police to seek a blood test to garner a more specific reading.
And that could land you in jail while you await the results.
In California, there is no set limit under state law for an amount of drugs a person would be required to have in their system to be considered legally intoxicated, so the cops, as well as prosecutors, rely on subjective measures to judge a person’s impairment with the machine, which reads a mouth swab then issues a receipt with positive or negative reading.
A positive reading would likely result in the cop sending the driver to a police phlebotomist for more specific drug level tests.

Law enforcement officers trained to look for symptoms

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WATCH: Orange is the New Black Actor Harassed by Cops for Recording Traffic Accident

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Matt McGorry, who plays John Bennett in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, was told by a Beverly Hills police officer that he was not allowed to record them investigating a traffic accident Monday.
When McGorry stood up for his rights, informing the cop he had every right to record, the cop then said he wanted to see his phone for evidence, placing his face inches from the actor’s face.
When McGorry told him he had no evidence of the accident, the cop turned around and walked away, realizing his intimidation tactics had failed.
McGorry asked for his name and badge number. The cop told him his name was Hamilton and his badge number was 883.
When McGorry tried to get the cop to repeat what he had said earlier, that it is against the law to record the accident in public, Hamilton resorted to, “I don’t think you do.”
But it’s obvious he knew McGorry had every right to record because he stopped pushing the matter the moment he realized the actor was not going to back down.
McGorry posted the video to his Facebook page on Monday with the following description:

**PLEASE SHARE** This is intimidation and a violation of my constitutional right to film an on officer that is on duty. As I was driving home, I spotted a few Latinx folks who were on the side of the road with police, so I pulled over to film the encounter. Let me give you some background:
Having spent nearly the last year consistently going to @BLMLA (Black Lives Matter LA) actions, I’ve seen first hand more and more of the corruption that permeates various police departments and primarily targets People of Color. I’ve gotten to know Lisa Hines, the mother of#WakieshaWilson whose death in police custody was ruled a suicide by the LAPD,

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WATCH: California Cops Shoot and Kill Mentally Ill Man After Pulling Him Over for Inoperable Tail Light

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Southern California cops shot and killed a mentally ill man Sunday after he barricaded himself inside his van after being pulled over for an inoperable tail light.
Orange police can be seen flushing the man out of the van with high-powered water hoses – which they say they did for his safety – before shooting  him to death.
They claimed he had a knife, but a video of the incident recorded by OnScene.TV does not show a knife in his hands.
However, the videographer was standing further away from the man than the cops.
Either way, he did not appear to be “lunging” at anybody.
The victim, Michael Anthony Perez, 33, initially refused to stop even though he had “ample opportunity,” Orange Police Lieutenant Fred Lopez told the Los Angeles Times.
After eventually stopping at a strip mall, Perez refused orders to exit the vehicle.
Instead, according to spokesman Lopez, Perez placed some sort of canister next to himself, which officers say smelled of gasoline, then poured some onto a rag and lit a cigarette.
“At this point, the officers were no longer concerned about the traffic ticket,” Lopez told the Times.
“It was, do we have a suicide? Do we have other incendiary devices inside the vehicle? That’s why a plan was devised to get him out of the vehicle.”
After seeing the gas canister, police summoned the Orange City Fire Authority.
Unsure whether Perez was suicidal or in possession of an incendiary device, police devised a non-lethal plan to force him out of the van.
But they were unable to subdue Perez without  using fatal force.
Video taken by an OnScene.TV journalist shows police using batons and hatchets to break the windows to Perez’s van then spraying a high-pressure firehose inside, which ultimately flushed him out the driver’s side window.
Perez, apparently not holding any weapons, falls from the window.

As an officer attempts to take him into custody, another officer

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WATCH: Southern California Cop Pulls Out Gun and Fires While Struggling with Unarmed Juvenile

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

A video is going viral on Facebook showing an off-duty Los Angeles police officer pulling out a gun and firing as he struggles to arrest an unarmed boy who appears to be about 14.
The incident took place Tuesday in Anaheim, which is in Orange County, so the cop was completely out of his jurisdiction.
The student being arrested can be heard saying he is not even sure the man is a cop and the students witnessing the arrest are also not sure. Some are even saying they have called police.
At one point, other students begin to defend their classmate by pushing the man off him, which is when he pulls out his gun and fires in what appears to be a negligent discharge.
Luckily, nobody was struck. At no point did the man ever pull out a badge.
Eventually, uniformed cops arrive and handcuff the boy and pat the man down, but he is not arrested.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
Because the police officer used his gun, homicide detectives were assigned to the case and interviewed witnesses at the scene.
The names of the two teens arrested were not released because they are juveniles. One was booked on suspicion of battery and making criminal threats, and the other on suspicion of assault and battery.
It’s unclear what led to the dispute.
Wyatt said the off-duty officer is cooperating with the inquiry and has not been arrested. His name was not released.
The video was posted to the Mediatakeout Facebook page with the following description:
14 Year Old Latino Gets Into ARGUMENT . . . With Off Duty Police Officer . .. And The Cop Pulls Out His Gun . . . And Starts SHOOTING AT THE KIDS!!! (All This . . . Over An ARGUMENT?????)
The video was posted this morning and is quickly approaching a million views.
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WATCH: Southern California Deputy Threatens to “Create Something” to Arrest Man Filing Complaint Against Him

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

A Southern California sheriff’s deputy who threatened to arrest a man for attempting to file a complaint against him was simply having “a bad day,” his supervisors said.
San Bernardino County deputy Michael Bradbury did not have any actual grounds to arrest Duncan Hicks inside the  sheriff’s station in Victorville on January 20.
But he figured he would make that part up.  Or as he described it, “create something.”
That, of course, is nothing new. Cops create stories all the time to justify their arrests. Especially in contempt-of-cop situations as was the case here.
But it’s rare for them to openly admit it on camera as Bradbury did.
“You know what, man? I’m about getting tired of you and you’re about to go to jail,” Bradbury said through a glass partition separating the two after Hicks requested his name and badge number.
“What I’m going to jail for?” Hicks asked.
“I’ll create something, you understand,” Bradbury responded. “You’ll go to jail, you understand that?”
“You can’t say that,” Hicks replied. “How are you going to create something? That’s against the law.”
“Recording me like that, that’s against the law,” Bradbury said, demonstrating his ability to create something out of nothing.
“That’s illegal. Without my knowledge. Want to go to jail for that too?”
“I’m doing this for my protection,” Hicks said.
Bradbury walked away but then the woman behind the woman then started berating Hicks, telling him, “you’re not starting that in my lobby.”
Yes, her lobby.
Hicks had stepped inside the Victorville Station to file a report about a child custody issue he was having with the mother of his baby.
But he said Bradbury blew him off, refusing to take the report, telling Hicks he was only having “baby mama drama,” according to ABC 7.
Hicks started to leave, but then returned to file a complaint against Bradbury. That was when he started recording.
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WATCH: San Francisco Police Show “Great Restraint” Before Shooting Unarmed Mentally Ill Man

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

San Francisco police said they showed “great restraint” before beating an unarmed mentally ill man with a baton, then shooting him inside his home earlier this year.

But San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who is one of the toughest in the nation against cops, said the cops needlessly escalated the situation after vowing to start de-escalating potentially dangerous incidents, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
It was Adachi who released the body cam video after police refused to release it on the basis it would taint the investigation, which only makes sense if they were planning on tainting the investigation themselves.
After all, police claimed the man had charged the cops, punching them, which is why they had to respond by beating and shooting him.
But the video shows the cops charging towards the man up his stairs as he attempts to walk back inside his home.
The victim Sean Moore, survived the shooting, but suffered gunshot wounds to the groin and stomach. The 43-year-old man, who has a history of paranoid schizophrenia, was charged with assaulting a police officer, making criminal threats and resisting arrest.
He is being held on a $2 million bond.
Adachi is hoping the body cam footage, the first that has captured a shooting since the department introduced the cameras last year, will be enough evidence to get the charges dismissed.
The incident took place in the morning of January 6 after San Francisco police officers Kenneth Cha and Colin Patino showed up to Moore’s home at 4:15 a.m. to serve a violation of a restraining order filed by his neighbor, who called them to complain that Moore was banging on their common wall.
Moore is irritated that the cops are there and orders them to leave his property in a loud voice laden with profanities.
The cops say they want to hand him

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WATCH: California Cops Shoot Legally Blind Man, Falsely Claiming he “Advanced” Towards them with Knife

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Newly released video shows five heavily armed California cops storm a convenience store with a police dog  before shooting and killing a mentally ill man who was legally blind.
The store surveillance video, which contains no audio, contradicts the police version of events that claimed James Hall “advanced” towards them with a knife.
Instead, the video shows Hall cowering in the corner of the convenience store after cops had sicced their dog on him.
The video then shows one of the Fontana cops opening fire on him, then about ten cops swarming the body.
The incident took place on November 22, 2015 and Hall’s family filed a lawsuit against the Fontana Police Department last month. The video was released Wednesday by attorney Mark Geragos.
According to the lawsuit, which you can read here, Fontana police were very familiar with Hall, knowing him to be a peaceful man. They also knew him to be mentally ill.
The 47-year-old man was also known in the community as a peaceful man and even won a community award in 2010 for assisting in the rescue of a four-year-old autistic child.
But he also suffered from schizoaffective disorder, which is described as a “combination of schizophrenia symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions, and mood disorder symptoms, such as depression or mania.”
Fontana police claimed they were responding to call of an armed robbery, encountering Hall who had a knife in one hand and a rock in the other hand.
They said they were only trying to keep the store clerk and themselves safe from the armed man.
However, the lawsuit states that Hall never even entered the store until after they arrived, and only because he was in fear for his life.
The lawsuit states that Hall’s family was denied access to his body for weeks after it was placed in the San Bernardino County Coroner’s office.
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Wife of Pulse shooter arrested in California

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Noor Salman, the wife of Pulse shooter Omar Mateen, has been arrested at her home in California for allegedly not being truthful about her knowledge of the Pulse nightclub shooting last year.
Prosecutors had been weighing charges against her since authorities interviewed her after the June 12 massacre last year, The New York Times reports.
Interviews with Salman in the wake of the massacre had her saying she had “no knowledge” of the attack beforehand, but authorities were unsure of how true that was and how much she may or may not have known. Authorities said she had gone with him on at least one trip to Orlando before the attack and that she had accompanied him to buy ammo on at least one occasion.
Some other details about Salman that came out after the Pulse shooting included that Mateen beat her and often threatened her with violence.
Mateen was killed last year in a shootout with police during the attack on the Pulse nightclub.
Salman, who was in seclusion for months after the attack, is expected to appear in court Tuesday in San Francisco.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina said he was glad to see the charges brought forward.
“Federal authorities have been working tirelessly on this case for more than seven months,” he wrote. “And we are grateful that they have seen to it that some measure of justice will be served in this act of terror that has affected our community so deeply. Nothing can erase this pain we all feel about the senseless and brutal murders of 49 of our neighbors, friends, families and loved ones. But today, there is some relief in knowing that someone will be held accountable for this horrific crime.”
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California Men who Spent Seven Months in Jail for Rap Lyrics and Facebook Photos File Lawsuit

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Two California men who spent seven months in jail for conspiracy to commit murder based on rap lyrics and Facebook photos that made no reference to actual murders filed a lawsuit against the San Diego Police Department Tuesday.
Police based their arrests on allegations that Brandon Duncan and Aaron Harvey were Facebook friends with suspected gang members they grew up with, using an obscure law that does not ever appear to have been used in California before the 2014 arrests.
But there was no evidence that either committed any murders or were actual gang members.
Duncan, 35, was an aspiring rapper who went by the moniker “Tiny Doo,” but who was making a living laying tile when he was arrested at his San Diego home, which police searched without a warrant, later informing him he was arrested over the contents of his music lyrics.
Harvey, 28, was studying to become a real estate agent when he was arrested by federal marshals in Las Vegas, who informed him he was wanted for a string of murders, which he knew he did not commit.
He later learned that San Diego police detectives Rudy Castro and Scott Henderson were only basing that belief on Facebook photos showing him posing with suspected gang members he grew up with in San Diego’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Both men spent seven months in the George Bailey Detention Center, known as “Thunderdome” and “Gladiator School” because of its reputation for violence.
A judge threw out the case in 2015 on lack of evidence, allowing the men to proceed with the federal lawsuit, which you can read here.
The law police arrested them on is Penal Code 182.5 which notes gang members with general knowledge of a gang’s criminal activities can be prosecuted for crimes others commit as long as they willfully benefited from, furthered, promoted or assisted in some way.
Duncan was

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California Cops Detain and Assault Man for Video Recording Police Parking Lot from Public Sidewalk

Monday, January 9th, 2017

A man who was video recording from a public sidewalk outside a California police station was confronted by a cop, who “asked” him to sit down on the sidewalk while grabbing his arm, threatening to arrest him for the crime of recording police cars, which is not a crime.
But the man with the camera, whose YouTube username is Robbie Estabrook, remained calm, refusing to sit while telling the cop to stop assaulting him.
Oxnard police officer Thomas Payn claimed he was not assaulting him while maintaining a firm grasp on his arm.
But the definition of assault is exactly what he was doing as specified by California Penal Code 240:

The defendant did something that was likely to result in the use of force against someone else;
The defendant did so willfully;
The defendant was aware of facts that would lead a reasonable person to believe that this act would directly and probably result in force being applied to the other person; and
When the defendant acted, s/he had the ability to apply force to the other person.

Payn also gave the old “please get that out of my face” in regards to the camera, even though it was him who walked up to the man and got into his face.
More cops showed up, each of them trying their own method to get the man to provide his identification.
First, Oxnard police officer Brian Bishop strode up, trying the “nice” approach while trying to get him to sit.
“You’re being detained and I’m not sure why yet,” he said.
“This officer is giving you a lawful command and he is detaining you, so please ….” he said while motioning for the man to sit down.
“I’m asking you politely to please comply.”
“Why am I being forced to comply,” the man with the camera responded. “I’m on a public sidewalk.”
“Do you have any probable cause?”
Bishop then

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