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Drunk Kansas Police Chief Arrested For Pointing Gun in Man’s Face

Friday, January 26th, 2018

It is unusual for a police chief to get arrested and tased, because they are the head of the department.
But the police chief of the Drexel Police Department in Missouri got drunk, started an argument with a man, pointed a gun in the man’s face, and then was arrested for it; not to mention the police chief was tasered in the process. Drexel is about an hour south of Kansas City.
KMBC reports that Police Chief Jonathan R.G. Carpenter, 39, was arrested early Wednesday morning and booked into the Cass County jail. Carpenter was off duty at the time of his arrest.
Cass County deputies were called to a convenience store to meet with the victim. The call was for a domestic disturbance.
The 911 caller stated that a man had pointed a gun at another man. Upon deputies’ arrival the male victim said that Carpenter started a verbal argument with him, pulled out a gun and pointed it at his face. Additionally the victim stated Carpenter was intoxicated when the argument occurred.
The victim is the son of Carpenter’s longtime girlfriend.
Deputies then arrived at the home of Carpenter on East Hickory Street in Drexel at 3 a.m. As deputies moved in to make the arrest, Carpenter began to resist so much that a deputy had to shoot Carpenter with a Tazer.
Deputies were finally able to arrest Carpenter on scene and charged him with unlawful use of a weapon while intoxicated and resisting or interfering with arrest. Carpenter is being held in jail on a $7,500 bond.
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Award-Winning New York Deputy Charged with First-Degree Rape

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

An award-winning New York sheriff’s deputy is facing 25 years in prison for a rape he is accused of committing in 2013.
Tompkins County sheriff’s deputy Scott Walters, 32, was indicted Friday on first-degree rape  and sexual abuse charges along with another man named Matthew Pinney, who is 30.
The two men are accused of engaging in “sexual intercourse with a person who was incapable of consent of reason by being physically helpless,” according to the indictment, which you can read here.
Both men appeared in court on Friday but were granted the Blue Privilege of remaining free throughout the weekend as long as they turn themselves in by 5 p.m. Monday.
At this time, there has been no official word on whether they turned themselves in.
According to The Ithaca Voice:
The men appeared in front of Judge John Rowley as their indictments were unsealed Friday, but were not taken into custody. They have until 5 p.m. Monday to post a $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond.
 
Mugshots are not available of the men because they are not in custody at this time. But warrants for their arrest were issued on Dec. 7.
 
In a statement released by the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department, Lt. Dan Donahue said, “Walters’ employment status is a personnel matter, which cannot be discussed by this office. As this is not a Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office case, the Sheriff’s Office has been advised to refer all inquiries to Schuyler County District Attorney Joseph Fazzary, the prosecuting attorney in this case.”
 
He and Sheriff Kenneth Lansing were unable to be reached by phone for comment.
The incident took place more than four years ago on February 2, 2013 at a house owned by Walters. Details of the incident are scarce at this time.
Not even the sex of the victim is mentioned in the indictment, much less why

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WATCH: Surveillance Video of Florida Cop Shooting Retired Librarian during “Shoot/Don’t Shoot” Training Exercise Released

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

The surveillance video showing Punta Gorda police officer Lee Coel shooting and killing a retired librarian during a “shoot/don’t shoot” citizen’s academy training exercise last year was obtained by a local television news station, showing the cop dressed in a hoodie and playing the role of a thug before pulling the trigger.
But it was obvious Coel was a thug long before he shot and killed Mary Knowlton, a 73-year-old retired librarian who joined the academy to show her support for police at a time when cops were receiving negative press for killing unarmed citizens.
However, these signs were ignored by Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis despite receiving strong warnings from a local attorney after Coel was recorded on dash cam video allowing his police dog to maul a man for riding a bicycle with no lights.
“Two months ago, I was yelling like Chicken Little that the sky was falling but nobody did anything about it,” said attorney Scott Weinberg last year after the Knowlton shooting, who represented the man on the bicycle.
“Nobody in government had the stones to do what was right. If they had fired him back then, this woman would still be alive.”
Now both Coel and Lewis have been criminally charged for their negligence during the August 9, 2016 shooting.
However, Coel, who was supposed to be shooting blanks during the training exercise, ended up using real bullets for reasons that are not clear other than the fact he was the last person who should have been leading a gun safety training exercise.
According to WINK, which obtained the video:
Newly released surveillance footage shows the moment former Punta Gorda Police Officer Lee Coel shot and killed 73-year-old retired librarian Mary Knowlton in August during a “shoot-don’t shoot” training exercise at a citizens police academy.
Knowlton is seen striding to the front of

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North Miami Cop Charged with Felony Attempted Manslaughter for Shooting Autistic Man’s Caretaker

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Despite the usual twisting of the truth from the Police PR Spin Machine, the North Miami cop who opened fire on an unarmed man with his hands in the air last year was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony attempted manslaughter.
North Miami police officer Jonathan Aledda was also charged with a misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence.
Although it should have been an obvious decision to charge the cop, especially since he was told to hold his fire before he fired his gun, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has never charged a cop for an on-duty shooting in the 24 years she’s been running the prosecutor’s office.
But by now, everybody is catching on to her police apologist ways, especially after the Miami New Times called her “a disgrace” last month when she refused to charge four prison guards for scalding a man to death in a hot shower.
Apparently, even she could not claim the toy truck held by the autistic man could be perceived as a gun.
Not after North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene admitted to investigators that another sergeant on the scene had already confirmed through binoculars that it was a toy, not a gun, ordering the other cops not to fire.
The rest of the cops held their fire, but not Aledda, who was hired in 2012 despite the fact police had determined he possessed a “lack of tolerance” as was described as “judgmental, argumentative, critical, challenging, rigid, stubborn.”
According to the Miami Herald:
A North Miami police officer will face criminal charges for shooting the unarmed caretaker of an autistic man last summer — one of a string of questionable police shootings of black men nationwide that sparked protests.
Officer Jonathan Aledda was arrested and charged Wednesday with a felony count of attempted manslaughter, and a misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence.
The arrest

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North Miami Police Chief Reveals Coverup and Lies in Last Year’s Controversial Shooting of Unarmed Caretaker

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

The award-winning Florida cop who made international headlines last year after shooting an unarmed caretaker who had his arms in the air, then claiming he had feared for his life after confusing a toy truck for a loaded gun, was informed by another cop seconds before the shooting that the object was not a gun, but a toy.
But North Miami police officer Jonathan Aledda fired anyway, not even striking the autistic man with the truck that he had confused for a gun, but his caretaker who had already told officers it was not a gun; the man they later claimed they were trying to protect from the toy-wielding autistic man they believed had a gun.
However, not only did caretaker Charles Kinsey tell the cops it was not a gun before the shooting, but a North Miami police sergeant who viewed the object through binoculars also confirmed it was a toy truck, telling the other officers to hold their fire.
And the officers did hold their fire, except for Aledda, who seconds earlier, had told fellow officers he had a clear shot on the subject, so apparently was not going to let that moment pass, even if had received a direct order not to shoot.
What else can we expect from a cop who was hired by North Miami police in 2012, despite several warning signs that he could become a problem cop because he possesses a “lack of tolerance” and was also described as being “judgmental; argumentative; critical; challenging; rigid; stubborn”?
Fortunately, Kinsey survived the shooting, and is now suing.
The stunning but not surprising revelations surfaced this week after the Miami New Times obtained an audio recording of North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene being interviewed by Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigators ten days after the July 18, 2016 shooting. The recording

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Florida Sheriff Tells PINAC Reporter he has no Right to Protest Participation Award Ceremony for Deputies

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

A Florida sheriff violated PINAC reporter Jeff Gray’s right to record public officials in a public setting during his silent protest at the department’s annual awards banquet, which was held at the tax-funded St. Johns Convention Center in St. Augustine last month.
But St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar insisted it was “private property.”
“You go outside. And hold your sign,” Shoar told Gray, threatening him with arrest. “But you’re not going to stand in here and hold your sign. This is our party. This is our special night.”
“I’m standing here quietly holding a sign,” Gray responded, referring to his sign protesting against two shooting deaths committed by St. Johns County deputies.
Gray was quietly standing in the lobby of the convention outside the door to their award ceremony on March 24, where they were planning on using tax dollars to hand out participation awards to their deputies. He was not planning on stepping inside the ceremony.
Although the longtime PINAC reporter gave the sheriff several opportunities to opt out of violating his right to protest and record in public, Shoar insisted on violating his rights anyway.
And even though Gray remained completely calm and reasonable during the interaction, the sheriff kept stepping closer to Gray, apparently attempting to intimidate him into walking out on his own.
Gray captured video, as usual, showing Shoar telling Gray he should leave on his own.
Gray chose to flex his rights instead.
The video begins with Gray shooting video of the sign he was holding to support justice for Michell O’Connel and Andrea Shel, two police shooting-victims who lost their lives at the hands St. John’s deputies.
“I’m going to be peaceful, polite and quiet,” he says as he walks in.
The begins showing the first level of resistance, a convention center employee who concedes the building is owned and open to the public,

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Two NYPD Cops Indicted Twice in Two Months for Falsely Jailing Two Innocent Men

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Two NYPD cops thought they had an open-and-shut case when they arrested a man on drug charges, claiming he had seven grams of cocaine in his waistband, which could easily have sent him to prison for several years.
But now they are the ones facing a prison sentence after a surveillance camera proved they made the charges up.
The two New York City police detectives, Kevin Desormeau and Sasha Cordoba, both 33, were indicted Tuesday by the Queens District Attorney after a grand jury found enough evidence that they committed perjury and wrote false reports.
The same two cops – one who is an award winner – were also arrested last month after it was revealed they fabricated charges on another man, which resulted in him remaining in jail for eight months.
Both incidents took place three years ago, so there’s no telling how many other innocent people they arrested over the years.
The first arrest took place on August 28, 2014 after the detectives claimed Roosevelt McCoy, 47, had been standing in front of a restaurant dealing drugs, but the surveillance video shows he was inside the restaurant the entire time playing pool.
The cops transported him to the station where they strip searched him but found nothing.
The video also shows Cordoba taking McCoy’s bag that contained $300, which ended up disappearing.
McCoy ended up spending more than six weeks in Rikers  Island before he was released.
According to the New York Daily News:
Charges against McCoy were ultimately dismissed in March 2016, when his attorney Gabriel Harvis showed the DA’s office a video surveillance feed from inside a restaurant that showed McCoy playing pool the entire time the detectives said he was outside selling drugs.
The surveillance video also showed the two detectives enter the restaurant and bar while McCoy is playing pool and then escort him outside.
“He was

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Florida “Officer of the Year” Arrested for DUI After Swerving into Oncoming Traffic

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

The 2015 Orlando police “Officer of the Year” was drunk and shirtless when he was seen swerving into oncoming traffic and running a red light in front of the Orlando Police Department Saturday, leading to his arrest.
Ben Gauntlett then proceeded to bang his head against the seat in the back of the Orange County sheriff’s patrol car as he was being transported to jail.
The award-winning officer told the arresting deputy he didn’t remember how much he drank, but that he had been at a party, then stopped at a downtown bar for more drinks.
His blood-alcohol content was measured at more than twice the legal limit of .08.
According to Click Orlando:
Gauntlett was shirtless, had a beer bottle cap in his pocket and was wearing a green paper wristband from the Wall Street bars downtown when the deputy approached the truck. The deputy also said two empty beer bottles were found behind the driver’s seat while the vehicle was being towed.
Gauntlett told the deputy he was coming from a birthday party in Maitland and had stopped downtown at a bar on his way home. He could not remember how many drinks he had throughout the night after first saying he had three alcoholic drinks from 9 to 10 p.m.
During his ride to in the back of a patrol car to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office DUI Center Gauntlett banged his head on the back of the seat, the deputy said.
Gauntlett blew a .220, .195 and .213 BR. AC about an hour after his arrest, according to the report.
The Fraternal Order of Police presented Gauntlett with the 2015 Officer of the Year award for two incidents that year, including one where he disarmed an armed man, another where he took his shirt off to save the life of a man whose throat had been

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Texas Cop on Trial After Caught on Video Illegally Searching PINAC Reporter’s Car

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

The criminal trial for a Texas cop who searched the car of a PINAC reporter without a warrant after arresting him for recording in front of a police department begins today.
Galveston Police Sergeant Archie Chapman probably did not realize his unconstitutional actions were being recorded by a dash cam inside Phillip Turner’s car in November 2015, even as Turner sat inside a jail cell.
Phillip Turner
Now Chapman is facing 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine if convicted.
Turner, who was charged with failure to identify after he was confronted for recording a police memorial in front of the Galveston Police Department, had his charges dismissed within a week.
Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady’s office brought charges against the award-winning cop in February 2016.
Turner refused to identify himself when Chapman was unable to articulate a reasonable suspicion that he had committed a crime.
PINAC reporter David Warden recorded the video of Turner getting arrested, but police never made the connection that they were together.
The video shows Turner continued to refuse to identify himself, even after he was placed in handcuffs, informing the officers he would be more than happy to do so – if only they could articulate a reasonable suspicion that he committed a crime.
Turns out, the crime was committed by Chapman who used Turner’s keys to search his car.
Sergeant Chapman is no stranger to being the subject of news stories.
In 2013, Chapman made international news for savagely beating and brutalizing Reginald Deon Davis, 34, after Davis traveled all night to attend a friend’s birthday party.
Exhausted from studying for a college exam after the party, Davis decided to nap near the Galveston seawall.
A Galveston police cruiser’s dash cam captured Chapman kick Davis in the head as two other cops held his head under water.
According to a civil rights lawsuit filed by Davis’

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Award-Winning Michigan Cop Charged with Shooting Teacher in School, then Lying to Cover up for Himself

Monday, January 9th, 2017

An award-winning Michigan school resources officer who fired a gun inside a classroom last year, striking a teacher in the next room – then acting as if somebody else fired the shot, leading to the school being placed on lockdown as they searched for an imaginary gunman, – was criminally charged last week.
Bay County sheriff’s deputy Adam Brown, a former “Officer of the Year,” is now facing up to six years in prison for the negligent shooting and the ensuing coverup.
The incident took place on November 11 while Brown was inside a robotics classroom with a teacher at Bay City Western High School and Middle School, using a force machine to test the trigger pull of Springfield EMP 9mm.
The pair then left the classroom, but Brown returned to use the force machine to test the trigger pull on his backup pistol, a Sig Sauer .380.
However, he neglected to unload the gun, so the experiment caused the gun to fire, sending a bullet through two pieces of drywall into a classroom filled with 30 students.
The bullet then scraped a tile before ricocheting off a cement wall and striking a teacher in the neck.
Fortunately, Brenda Amthor only suffered a small scratch, but when Brown was summoned to investigate the shooting, he did not admit to firing the gun.
Instead, he took the bullet and threw it in a grassy area, then covered it up with leaves. He also took the .380 and placed it inside his car, figuring nobody would notice since he already had his 9 mm.
And he kept the gig up for 90 minutes, contacting his union representative who advised him to keep quiet, according to MLive.com.
“During this incident, Adam did not initially confess to discharging his weapon,” wrote Detective Sgt. William Arndt. “He confessed after being confronted by school administrators. Adam also admitted

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Award-Winning Retired Chicago Cop Charged with Arson for Setting Homeless Man’s Tent Ablaze

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

A retired Chicago cop named James R. Povolo was slapped with felony arson charges and destruction of property for burning a homeless man’s tent and all of his belongings earlier this year.
Everything Scott Huber had left was all he’d managed to keep during his version of a peaceful political protest after the city of Naperville in Illinois evicted him from his home and electronics business.
The fire torched his tent and almost all of his property, including 20-years of documents and records stored on computer discs he’d saved from his battle with the city of Naperville, a Chicago suburb.
Scott Huber, who engaged in a long legal battle with the City of Naperville over losing his home, referred to his tent as “Protest HQ.”
Apparently, the thin blue line doesn’t apply if you’re a retired cop.
Naperville police arrested Povolo, 72, a retired sergeant from the Chicago Police Department’s 18th District who spent more than 35 years on the force.
The incident occurred on July 18, but at first, Chicago police would not confirm if Povolo had been employed with the department.
However, a Freedom of Information Act filed by the Chicago Tribune reveal Povolo had been employed as a law enforcement officer.
Povolo surrendered less than two weeks after setting Huber’s encampment ablaze.
The retired sergeant’s motive is unknown, however, police say he knew Huber would be away from the tent at the time and used a cigarette to start the fire.
About 50 Naperville citizens rallied around Huber, who is known as a local legend among many long-time residents.
Naperville Citizens rallied around Scott Huber after a retired a cop set fire to everything he owned, including his tent and legal records from his battle with the city’s government.
Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall and former city council representative Robert Fiesler got in on the action as well, setting up a Go

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Award-Winning Connecticut Cop Arrested for Domestic Violence Hours After Arresting Man for Domestic Violence for Reality Cop Show

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

An award-winning Connecticut cop who had just arrested a man for domestic violence for an A & E reality television show called Live PD was arrested herself for domestic violence hours later.
As the Connecticut Post phrased it: “Perhaps A&E should have kept the cameras rolling.”
Had they kept the cameras rolling, they would have seen Bridgeport police Sergeant Stacey Lyons breaking into her ex-boyfriends home and assaulting him after finding him with another woman in an incident that took place in October.
The 33-year-old police officer soon found herself in the back of a Trumbull police car charged with disorderly conduct. She was also ordered to turn in her three guns, including her department-issued gun.
It was only hours earlier that Lyons was recorded on camera telling the mann she arrested on accusations that he choked his girlfriend that he must turn in his weapons.
“We have rules that are above me,” she tells him. “This is a domestic situation and I don’t have a choice.”
In the segment, which can be seen below, she talks to the television audience about the dangers of responding to domestic violence calls.
“Domestics are the most dangerous calls a police officer can go on,” she says.
Lyons, who last year won an award for heroism, was sued that same year along with two fellow cops for beating a woman in a restaurant in 2014, according to CT News.
 
Earlier this month, a judge dismissed the disorderly conduct charge against Lyons in the altercation involving her ex-boyfriend.
According to the CT Post:
Superior Court Judge Kevin Doyle dismissed the charge of disorderly conduct against Bridgeport Police Sgt. Stacey Lyons after the officer had completed the family violence counseling program.
“She went through a similar process that other people accused of the same offense went through and had the same result,” said Lyons’ lawyer, Christian Young. “Now hopefully she

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Award-Winning Florida Deputy Arrested for Identity Theft

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

For $10,000-a-month, Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy Frantz Felisma would obtain the personal information of luxury car owners through a law enforcement database, then hand it over to another man, who would then use that information to swindle the car owners out of money.
But the scheme caught up to the 42-year-old deputy and he will now spend the Christmas weekend behind bars because he is considered a flight risk.
His attorney, however, said nothing could be further from the truth because his client recently received the Deputy of the Quarter award.
“Deputy Felisma contests the government’s allegations that he is a flight risk and a danger to the community,” Jason Kreiss said.
“To the contrary, Deputy Felisma was awarded Deputy of the Quarter and has been a highly regard member of the Sheriff’s Office and the community.”
But we all know law enforcement awards are nothing but participation awards for adults.
According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel:
An investigation found Felisma worked with a man, identified in documents as K.J., who went around looking for people driving high-end cars, court documents show. K.J. gave Felisma the vehicle’s license plate, make and model on a piece of paper, according to the documents.
Felisma allegedly used his Palm Beach sheriff’s laptop to put that information into a law enforcement database to get a driver’s name, Social Security number and other personal information. He would then give it back to the man, according to court documents.
K.J. created credit cards and bank accounts using that stolen personal information, investigators said. Information from more than a dozen people was used to steal about $197,000 from them, according to the documents.
Investigators also found more than 200 text messages between the deputy and the other man from January 2013 to September 2014, with many of the messages confirming meeting locations, authorities said.
Confronted Wednesday with

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WATCH: Award-Winning Florida Cop Shoots Unarmed 17-Year-old Teen Lying on Stomach

Monday, December 5th, 2016

An award-winning Florida cop who was once named Officer of the Year shot an unarmed 17-year-old boy as he was lying on his stomach with his arms outstretched before him, posing no threat.
Rockledge Police Corporal Nicholas Galluzzi claims he was in fear for his life because the teen was a passenger in a car that tried to strike him.
But the threat, even if there was one, was over by the time Galluzzi fired his gun.
Galluzi was wearing a body camera, but police did not release the footage that took place prior to the shooting. And they blurred out the face of the teen who is accused of breaking into cars with another teen.
The second teen, a 15-year-old boy who was driving the white sedan, only to crash into a patrol car and wind up in a ditch on the side of the road, fled the scene, but was arrested later that night hiding on a porch, according to Florida Today.
The teen who was shot, whose name was not released, was listed in stable condition at a local hospital. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Anthony Pierre.
A county spokesman said the teen was shot in the chest, but the video shows the teen saying he was shot in the arm. And it does not appear likely he was shot in the chest considering he was lying on his chest.
After being struck by the bullet, the teen rolls over in agony, screaming in pain as Galluzzi yells out, “Don’t move! Don’t move! Shots fired! Put your hands out!”
“I’m shot in my arm. I can’t move my arm.  I can’t move it,” the boy replies, obviously in fear he’d be shot again.
“Put your hand out!”
“I can’t! I can’t move it!” the teen responds.
“Ah!” the kid screams attempting to satisfy Galluzzi’s orders.
“I

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Michigan “Officer of the Year” Negligently Fires Gun in Classroom, Striking Teacher in Neck

Friday, November 18th, 2016

A Michigan school resources officer and former “Officer of the Year” negligently fired a shot while toying with his gun inside a classroom Friday, shooting a teacher in the neck while she was teaching class in the next room.
Police say the teacher was not injured because the bullet did not penetrate her skin, but they are not even releasing her name or any other information.
All we know is that Bay County sheriff’s deputy Adam Brown is on paid leave until the “investigation” is complete.
But parents of students at Bay City Western High and Middle School are peeved about being kept in the dark about the shooting – receiving only an automated phone call saying “there was an incident involving a gun being discharged by an officer.”
According to Michigan Live:

(Jenny) LaPlant said she called Principal Judy Cox Monday morning.
“She said she can’t give out any information,” she said. “She didn’t tell me a teacher got hit. What would they say if one of our kids got hit? I don’t believe a gun should be in a school, security or not. If we’re trying to teach our kids not to bring guns to school, then why are (adults)?”
Kevin Cliff, who also has a son in sixth grade at Western Middle School, echoed LaPlant’s sentiments. He received an automated phone call at 10:10 p.m. Friday, informing him that something happened.
“I spoke at the school board meeting last night, expressing my lack of pleasure with their lack of transparency,” said Cliff, who is a science teacher at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Bangor Township and a boys’ basketball coach at Bay City Central High School. “They literally haven’t said a word to anybody. Friday night, I had a discussion with my son about it and he said they didn’t call secure mode for almost

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Award-Winning Arizona Cop Caught on Camera Gunning Down Tiny Native American Woman with Medical Scissors Resigns after Investigation

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

The Arizona cop who shot Loreal Tsingine, a Native American woman holding a tiny pair of scissors, quit after a meeting in which he was confronted about the results of an external investigation regarding the fatal shooting.
Winslow police officer Austin Shipley’s resignation is effective immediately, according to the Arizona Daily Sun.
A pair of medical scissors similar to the pair Loreal Tsingine can be seen holding before she was shot.
On March 27, Shipley responded to a call in which a person matching the description of the 27-year-old Native American mother had shoplifted a case of beer.
Shipley ended up shooting Tsingine five times in the chest.
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Body cam footage shows Shipley approaching Tsingine, making contact with her, although she doesn’t have a case of beer.
Shipley’s report states he attempted to take Tsingine into custody, but that she resisted and threatened him with scissors, causing the 6-foot, 210 pound officer to fear for his life.
But the body cam footage, which can be seen below, actually shows Austin Shipley manhandling then shoving Tsingine before she pulls out a pair of medical scissors, which her family says she used to trim the split ends of her hair.
Tsingine’s purse falls on the ground as she is shoved and her anti-psychotic medication spills.
Tsingine gets up and begins walking towards Shipley with the scissors pointed downward.
Shipley then draws his gun and shoot Tsingine five times in the chest.
An external investigation conducted by the Mesa Police Department concluded last week. Christopher Vasquez, the interim director of the Winslow Police Department, reviewed the results.
On Monday, Vasquez met with Shipley who made the decision to immediately resign.
He won several awards during his three-year tenure at the department, but was also disciplined a couple of times for excessive force and making inappropriate comments

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WATCH: Award-Winning California Cop Flees Scene after Crashing Patrol Car

Friday, October 28th, 2016

An award-winning California cop crashed his patrol vehicle into a parked car and utility pole Thursday, then refused to step out when ordered to do so by responding officers, putting the car in reverse and speeding off with flashing emergency lights, a broken windshield and a dangling passenger side mirror.
The incident was caught on video by shocked bystanders as more than 1,000 homes and businesses were left without power.
Refraining from pulling their guns, the California Highway Patrol officers then tried to chase the state park law enforcement officer on foot as he pulled up to a traffic light, but then he sped away.
Oroville police officers eventually got him to pull over and placed him in handcuffs, handing him over to the CHP who transported him to the hospital and determined he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Daniel Kenney, who is listed as a state park peace officer supervisor, was then handed over to his department, who promptly placed him on paid administrative leave.
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Kenney, a K-9 officer who made more than $95,000 last year,was the recipient of the 2012 Top Dog Award along with his dog Kilo for “demonstrating the best discipline, teamwork, and overall skills.”
It is not clear if Kilo was in the car with him as he made his getaway but the video shows the words “K-9 Unit, Stay Back” on the side of his patrol car.
Meanwhile, a man sitting inside the parked vehicle that was struck by Kenney’s patrol car was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries, according to Action News Now.
The incident took place at 2:30 p.m. when Kenney struck the parked car, causing both cars to strike the utility pole, which snapped in half.
It is not clear why Kenney crashed and

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WATCH: Award-Winning California Cop Flees Scene after Crashing Patrol Car

Friday, October 28th, 2016

An award-winning California cop crashed his patrol vehicle into a parked car and utility pole Thursday, then refused to step out when ordered to do so by responding officers, putting the car in reverse and speeding off with flashing emergency lights, a broken windshield and a dangling passenger side mirror.
The incident was caught on video by shocked bystanders as more than 1,000 homes and businesses were left without power.
Refraining from pulling their guns, the California Highway Patrol officers then tried to chase the state park law enforcement officer on foot as he pulled up to a traffic light, but then he sped away.
Oroville police officers eventually got him to pull over and placed him in handcuffs, handing him over to the CHP who transported him to the hospital and determined he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Daniel Kenney, who is listed as a state park peace officer supervisor, was then handed over to his department, who promptly placed him on paid administrative leave.
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Kenney, a K-9 officer who made more than $95,000 last year,was the recipient of the 2012 Top Dog Award along with his dog Kilo for “demonstrating the best discipline, teamwork, and overall skills.”
It is not clear if Kilo was in the car with him as he made his getaway but the video shows the words “K-9 Unit, Stay Back” on the side of his patrol car.
Meanwhile, a man sitting inside the parked vehicle that was struck by Kenney’s patrol car was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries, according to Action News Now.
The incident took place at 2:30 p.m. when Kenney struck the parked car, causing both cars to strike the utility pole, which snapped in half.
It is not clear why Kenney crashed and

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WATCH: Award-Winning California Cop Flees Scene after Crashing Patrol Car

Friday, October 28th, 2016

An award-winning California cop crashed his patrol vehicle into a parked car and utility pole Thursday, then refused to step out when ordered to do so by responding officers, putting the car in reverse and speeding off with flashing emergency lights, a broken windshield and a dangling passenger side mirror.
The incident was caught on video by shocked bystanders as more than 1,000 homes and businesses were left without power.
Refraining from pulling their guns, the California Highway Patrol officers then tried to chase the state park law enforcement officer on foot as he pulled up to a traffic light, but then he sped away.
Oroville police officers eventually got him to pull over and placed him in handcuffs, handing him over to the CHP who transported him to the hospital and determined he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Daniel Kenney, who is listed as a state park peace officer supervisor, was then handed over to his department, who promptly placed him on paid administrative leave.
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Kenney, a K-9 officer who made more than $95,000 last year,was the recipient of the 2012 Top Dog Award along with his dog Kilo for “demonstrating the best discipline, teamwork, and overall skills.”
It is not clear if Kilo was in the car with him as he made his getaway but the video shows the words “K-9 Unit, Stay Back” on the side of his patrol car.
Meanwhile, a man sitting inside the parked vehicle that was struck by Kenney’s patrol car was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries, according to Action News Now.
The incident took place at 2:30 p.m. when Kenney struck the parked car, causing both cars to strike the utility pole, which snapped in half.
It is not clear why Kenney crashed and

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WATCH: Award-Winning Pennsylvania Cops Sued for Brutal Arrest Thanks to Video They Tried to Destroy

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Five months after agreeing to pay a $45,000 settlement to a man they arrested for recording them tasering a man on his front porch, the Allentown Police Department is being sued again.
This time, by the man they tasered and tortured that night.
One of the cops mentioned in the lawsuit filed Wednesday, Jason Ammary, is responsible for a $100,000 settlement dished out in February from another lawsuit when he tasered a 14-year-old girl in the groin for walking in the street in an incident captured on video.
Not surprisingly, he is also an award-winning officer.
The incident regarding the latest lawsuit took place in October 2014 when Alexander Aron, a 23-year-old black college student, was returning home from a friend’s house when he was stopped by police, accusing him of matching the description of “an Afro-American wearing sweats” who had held up a nearby grocery, according to The Morning Call.
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When they demanded his identification, he told them he had to walk inside his house to retrieve it, so they followed him inside, even though he told them to wait outside to conduct an illegal search, the lawsuit states.
Aron then stepped back onto the front porch where he handed his identification to one of the cops, who then demanded that he state his name.
Aron told him his name was on his identification, which was when they ordered him to place his hands behind his back. When Aron asked why, the four cops pounced on him, punching him, kneeing him, tasering him, even though he was not resisting.
That was when Eli Heckman, who was walking by, pulled out his phone to start recording, which drew the attention of Ammary, who then ordered him to “get off the block” – even though Heckman had

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Award-Winning Wisconsin Cop Charged with Shooting Man in Back

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

An award-winning Wisconsin police officer was charged with aggravated battery last week for shooting an unarmed man in the back as he lay facedown on the ground.
Brown Deer police officer Devon Kraemer claimed she shot the man “because she feared for her safety and that of her partner,” according to the complaint filed Friday, which was obtained by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
But prosecutors did not buy that story.
The incident took place on March 14, 2016. Kraemer received a “Meritorious Service Award” just a week later for an unrelated incident.
Coincidence?
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We may never know but on the day of the incident, Kraemer and another officer were responding to a call about a man on a city bus arguing with its driver.
Manuel L. Burnley, 26, was not threatening anybody on the bus nor did he claim to have a weapon. He was just “using vulgar language and displaying a belligerent attitude.”
Kraemer and her partner, Michael Leeman, removed the man from the bus and took him to the ground, falling down along with him, continuing to struggle with him.
There is video of the incident that helped prosecutors in their decision, but that does not appear to have been released.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
“Kraemer stated that she was unable to gain control of Burnley’s left arm, and she drew her firearm, and pressed it against Burnley’s back,” the complaint says. “She then drew it back a short distance, to avoid a malfunction, and fired once, striking Burnley in the back, then immediately re-holstered her firearm.”
After he was shot, Burnley asked what happened and heard Leeman respond by saying, “We just shot you” and using a racial slur, according to a document Burnley’s attorney filed as a precursor to a lawsuit. Burnley is African-American; the two

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California Cop Patrick Feaster Guilty of Manslaughter in Shooting Death of DUI Suspect

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Former Paradise police officer Patrick Feaster was found guilty of manslaughter today for the shooting death of a DUI suspect last November in an incident captured on his own dash cam.
Feaster, who won numerous awards for the number of DUI arrests he made, faces five years in prison. He has not yet been sentenced.
It was a karmic decision considering Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey initially announced he would file no charges against the cop because the shooting was an “accident.”
But Ramsey had a change of heart after a huge national outcry.
Today, during closing statements, Ramsey told the jury the shooting was no accident, according to KRCR News.
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District Attorney Mike Ramsey began closing arguments Monday by talking about the victim, Andrew Thomas, calling him the “every man”. Ramsey then delved into Feaster and the kind of officer he was.
“Feaster is the officer that should have known better” Ramsey said, “He made choices that Thanksgiving night”.
Ramsey even held up Feaster’s handgun to show the jury where an officer is supposed to put their finger and the importance of a trigger guard.
“This case is not an accidental shooting. This was a negligent shooting and, as it will show, a criminally negligent shooting.”
The incident took place on November 26, 2015 after Feaster tried to pull over Andrew Thomas, a 26-year-old man who had just left a bar with his wife.
Thomas rolled the van over, ejecting his wife, then stuck his head out the window as Feaster stepped out of his patrol car after pulling up to the scene.
Feaster fired once, striking Thomas, who fell back down into his vehicle.
However, Feaster waited more than ten minutes before informing his supervisor that he had shot Thomas.
Thomas’ wife ended up dying on the scene, but

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South Florida Cop Acquitted of Raping Woman at Gunpoint After Jury Determines She Asked For It

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

A South Florida cop accused of raping a woman at gunpoint while on duty was acquitted today after a jury determined she had asked for it and was merely acting out a fantasy by allowing the cop to penetrate her as she bent over the hood of his car.
After all, defense attorneys argued, the woman had posed for a photo back in high school where she bent over the hood of a car with her hands behind her back in a “strikingly similar position” to how Boynton Beach police officer Stephen Maiorino allegedly raped her.
That photo was taken in 2011. The alleged rape took place in 2014.
At this point, it is not clear how the photo was even admitted as evidence.
According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel:
After 10 hours of deliberations, the panel of four men and two women on Tuesday acquitted Stephen Maiorino, 36, of four charges arising from his Oct. 15, 2014 encounter with the passenger of a friend arrested for DUI.
It was a case that hinged on the credibility of the 21-year-old accuser’s testimony and the defense’s claim that the cop was guilty only of using “bad judgment” to have consensual sex with a woman other than his wife and while he was on duty.
During closing arguments Monday, prosecutors called Maiorino “brazen” enough to think he could get away with his crimes.
But jurors found him not guilty of two counts of sexual battery by a law enforcement officer with a firearm, armed kidnapping, and one count called unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior while armed — using his role as a cop to get what he wanted from the woman.
The incident took place October 15, 2014 when the woman, who was 20 at the time, was riding passenger in a car with a friend who had

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Florida “Officer of the Year” Arrested on Federal Child Pornography Charges

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Police officers across this nation are called to “serve and protect,” but that is not the case with Michael Harding of the Port St. Lucie Police Department, who once was named “Officer of the Year.”
At least not since he was arrested on two counts of child pornography.
It is reported  that in July of 2015,  Harding used the KiK instant message service to post and share the grotesque content. What is even more disappointing is the fact that he was tracked viewing and receiving the content while on duty.
A Department of Homeland Security undercover agent was in the chat room called “#toddlerf**k,” which is where Harding’s sick and illegal activities were discovered. His chat room name was “desthfromabovee.” And the images and videos he possessed were of preteen and preschool age victims. 
Michael Harding is married with three children.
Moreover, at Harding’s home, hundreds of images & videos of sexually exploited children were found on his computer. In addition, Officer Harding used his department issued laptop computer to upload child pornography. Harding is married with three young children.  
Officer Harding was once a decorated police officer; he has even done public safety videos. In hindsight, public safety videos should have been done on how to stay away from predators like Harding.
In 2011, while working for the Fort Pierce Police Department, Harding was named Officer of the Year. And the previous year, he received the “Exceptional Police Service.”  At the time, Harding had issued 76 DUI citations – a key component to him winning Officer of the Year. Police say Harding performed well on all psychological exams and annual evaluations.
Harding is on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation and faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison with a maximum of 20 years if found guilty.
Considering the staggering amount of evidence against Harding, it

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