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Miami Officer Arrested for Running Ponzi Scheme on Other Cops

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

A Miami cop was arrested by the FBI this week at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as he tried to board a flight to Costa Rica– skipping town to avoid prosecution for his Ponzi scheme loan company.
Miami Police Department Officer Dermis Hernandez, 41, ran a Ponzi scheme that targeted active and retired cops. But it was one of Hernandez’s colleagues who tipped off investigators that something wasn’t right about the officer’s investment practices.
Hernandez is the second Miami police officer arrested in 2018 so far. Officer Adrian Santos was arrested in January for doing cocaine at popular Miami nightclub E11even.
The Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office reports that Hernandez owned and operated a Costa Rican loan company that deceived clients into expecting returns of over 20 percent.
But federal prosecutors said his company was a scam. He used the proceeds from his company to enhance his personal lifestyle and payback early investors.
FBI Agent Sarah Halleran said,
“In truth, Hernandez and his co-conspirators used the investor funds for personal enrichment and to pay the returns of other investors.”
Hernandez lured clients to invest in his company; he claimed the investments carried little to no risk. Hernandez’s company purportedly provided high-interest loans to property owners in Costa Rica.  But Hernandez showed potential clients fake papers that depicted that his company had property rights in Costa Rica.
Clients would then invest in Hernandez’s company under the guise that they were going to be repaid.
One of Hernandez’s clients paid him $10,000 from a personal police retirement fund; the client expected a 20% return on the investment per year, but of course that investment return never came.
Another victim told FBI agents he was guaranteed a 24 percent return on his personal investment of $125,000, but only received $17,000 back in interest payments.
An officer that invested with Hernandez didn’t get his expected return and then went

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Miami Officer Arrested for Running Ponzi Scheme on Other Cops

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

A Miami cop was arrested by the FBI this week at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as he tried to board a flight to Costa Rica– skipping town to avoid prosecution for his Ponzi scheme loan company.
Miami Police Department Officer Dermis Hernandez, 41, ran a Ponzi scheme that targeted active and retired cops. But it was one of Hernandez’s colleagues who tipped off investigators that something wasn’t right about the officer’s investment practices.
Hernandez is the second Miami police officer arrested in 2018 so far. Officer Adrian Santos was arrested in January for doing cocaine at popular Miami nightclub E11even.
The Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office reports that Hernandez owned and operated a Costa Rican loan company that deceived clients into expecting returns of over 20 percent.
But federal prosecutors said his company was a scam. He used the proceeds from his company to enhance his personal lifestyle and payback early investors.
FBI Agent Sarah Halleran said,
“In truth, Hernandez and his co-conspirators used the investor funds for personal enrichment and to pay the returns of other investors.”
Hernandez lured clients to invest in his company; he claimed the investments carried little to no risk. Hernandez’s company purportedly provided high-interest loans to property owners in Costa Rica.  But Hernandez showed potential clients fake papers that depicted that his company had property rights in Costa Rica.
Clients would then invest in Hernandez’s company under the guise that they were going to be repaid.
One of Hernandez’s clients paid him $10,000 from a personal police retirement fund; the client expected a 20% return on the investment per year, but of course that investment return never came.
Another victim told FBI agents he was guaranteed a 24 percent return on his personal investment of $125,000, but only received $17,000 back in interest payments.
An officer that invested with Hernandez didn’t get his expected return and then went

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Motel 6 Chain Sued For Releasing Guest Information to Feds

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Motel 6 is known for being a cheap motel.
But now the national chain is being sued by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson for handing over thousands of motel guest’s information to federal officials.
Several Motel 6 locations in Washington routinely provided U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with confidential guest information, some of which occured on a daily basis. Some guest were even arrested based on the information provided.
PINAC News obtained the lawsuit which was filed on Wednesday in Seattle. The lawsuit details how since 2015 Motel 6 gave 9,000 guest’s information to ICE without any search warrants being issued for the information.
Motel 6 responded to the lawsuit saying: “[The information released was limited to] the local level without the knowledge of senior management. Motel 6 takes this matter very seriously, and we have and will continue to fully cooperate with the Office of the State Attorney General.”
Initial allegations from The Phoenix New Times pointed to Motel 6 locations in Arizona that were giving information to ICE. When Ferguson heard of the allegations in Arizona, he launched his own investigation into Washington Motel 6 locations that engaged in the same practice.
In fact, Motel 6 employees from Washington locations told Ferguson that “ICE agents circled any Latino or Latina-sounding names on the guest registry, and returned to their vehicles.” The agents would then run background checks on the circled names without any reasonable suspicion or probable cause.
“Washingtonians have a right to privacy, and protection from discrimination. I will hold Motel 6 accountable and uncover the whole story of their disturbing conduct,” Ferguson said.
The attorney general noted in the lawsuit that Motel 6 used unfair and deceptive business practices and violated Washington state privacy laws, while also noting that Motel 6 engaged in discrimination based on nationality. The Washington State Supreme Court considers guest information

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WATCH: FBI Agents Seize Cameras from PINAC Reporter Citing “Safety” Issues

Monday, April 24th, 2017

FBI agents in Texas ripped two cameras out of the hands of a PINAC reporter who was standing in front of a federal building legally recording from a public sidewalk Thursday, claiming they were in fear for their safety.
“I don’t want to be struck in the face,” said Keith A. Byers, an Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the El Paso FBI office at 660 South Mesa Hills Drive.
However, David Worden made no indication he would strike the agents in the face with his cameras.
In fact, Worden had been standing on the public sidewalk in front of the FBI building for more than 15 minutes, debating with a pair of other FBI agents about whether or not they had the right to tell him to stop recording, including one agent who made it clear he was not threatened by the cameras.
But Byers stormed up and swiped his camera anyway, a hulking man claiming to be terrified of cameras.
Keith Byers during a previous interview with mainstream media, apparently not fearing the cameras could be used as weapons.
Byers then had the two other agents grab Worden’s wrists to snatch his iPhone, which was live streaming, claiming that it could also be used as a weapon.
“When you don’t put the camera down and you tense up and I’m afraid you’re going to strike me or one of my agents, that’s why I physically took it away from you,” Byers said.
Worden said he was actually trying to call 911 for El Paso police to report the agent for ripping his other camera out of his hands.
“Am I being detained,” Worden demanded to know as they continued twisting his wrist.
“Yes, absolutely, because you’re being noncompliant and noncooperative,” one said, referring to the fact that he did not stop recording when they had “asked” him to do so.
Once

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WATCH: Texas TSA Agent Conducts Intrusive and Invasive Search on Young Boy

Monday, March 27th, 2017

A TSA agent in Texas was captured on camera by the mother of a young boy conducting a pat-down that many on social media say amounts to an inappropriate search during a detainment that lasted more than an hour, resulting in the family missing their flight.
Grapevine resident Jennifer Williams posted the two-minute video taken at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Facebook Sunday.
“We were treated like dogs,” Williams posted on Facebook saying she was “livid” over the ordeal.
Video shows the Transportation Security Administration agent running his hand up the boy’s crotch several times while standing behind the boy, then moving to the front and searching the same area he’d already searched.
Williams explained on Facebook that her son, Aaron, suffers from Sensory Processing Disorder, so she requested an alternative screening.
That apparently resulted in a rather intensive and intrusive pat down on the boy, who they detained for over an hour after her request as two Dallas/Fort Worth cops stood by to observe the search.
The mother explained that her son went through the detector at the airport just fine and set off no alarms.
Williams wrote she and her son were forced to miss their flight as a result of the detainment, which she said lasted well over an hour while two DFW airport cops stood by to observe.
We have been through hell this morning. They detained Aaron for well over an hour at DFW. (And deliberately kept us from our flight… we are now on an alternate) We were treated like dogs because I requested they attempt to screen him in other ways per TSA rules. He has SPD and I didn’t want my child given a pat down like this. Let me make something else crystal clear. He set off NO alarms. He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just

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Florida Judge Rules Against Trump’s Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

President Donald Trump’s executive order to crack down on sanctuary cities is cracking after a Florida judge issued a 15-page ruling Friday stating that it is unconstitutional for local jails to hold undocumented immigrants for federal deportation after they have been cleared of local charges.
The petition of habeas corpus, which you can read here and below, stems from a case involving a Haitian man living in Miami who had been arrested for driving with a suspended license, spending several weeks in jail before he was ordered released for time served.
But Miami-Dade County jailers kept James Lacroix for an additional 28 hours, which was unconstitutional, according to today’s ruling.
Miami-Dade County Judge Milton Hirsch ruled that the Constitution’s plain delegation of immigration authority to be the sole province of federal authorities was known all the way back to the very first congress – per a detailed precedent written by deceased Justice Antonin Scalia – and that it explicitly precludes both the president from making spending decisions by executive order.
His eloquent ruling is a lesson in the value of America’s system of checks and balances:
No doubt the limitations imposed by the Tenth Amendment, like so many limitations imposed by the Constitution, are a source of frustration to those who dream of wielding power in unprecedented ways or to unprecedented degrees.
But America was not made for those who dream of power. America was made for those with the power to dream. Miami is not, and has never been, a sanctuary city.
But America is, and has always been, a sanctuary country.
As I have written elsewhere, “America, perhaps more than any other nation, was made great not by its leaders but by its people: by the refugees who were called to begin life anew; by the pioneers who were called to build a nation; by ‘the homeless, tempest-tossed’ who

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WATCH: Military Police Arrest Man for Silently Recording from Outside Air Force Base

Friday, February 24th, 2017

It was a scene straight out of Nazi Germany.
Except it happened in the land of the free.
A military police officer at Luke Air Force base in Glendale, Arizona was caught on video arresting a peaceful cop watcher who goes by “Silent Citizen” on YouTube.
Because that’s his schtick.
Silent Citizen records police all while never saying a word, refraining from comments, insults or questions solely intended to incriminate the person answering them, which is supposed to be a Constitutionally protected right in the so-called land of the free.
But not in this February 21 video because, ironically, that’s just what Silent Citizen was doing – silently recording from a public crosswalk – when a camera shy, angry Air Force cop approached in a vaguely marked police vehicle, barking orders as if he had broken the law.
“Do you mind putting the camera away?” the Air Force cop asks, glaring at Silent Citizen for daring to have a camera out in public near the Luke Air Force Base, recording various things in plain, public view.
Isn’t the purpose of the military to protect our freedoms, not violate them?
“Do you mind putting the camera away?” the cop asks Silent Citizen, requesting he relinquish his protected freedoms.
His orders are met with silence.
“Do you mind putting the camera away?” the military cop with the name Ledford printed across his uniform repeats.
Silence.
“Do you speak English?”
Silent Citizens remains silent.
“Do you speak English?”
The Air Force cop responds to Silent Citizens silence, radioing in to dispatch.
“B-dog, this is Police 2. Individual is being . . . non-compliant,” he whines to the dispather.
“Sir, I’m gonna ask you again to put the camera away,” the Air Force cop requests.
Silence.
“Alright! I need you to put the camera away,” the obviously angry cop barks.
Apparently feeling threatened at this point, Silent Citizen breaks his silence long enough to

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Jeff Sessions: U.S. to continue use of privately run prisons

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government’s continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stocks of major private prison companies rose at the news.
Sessions issued a memo replacing one issued last August by Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general at the time. That memo directed the federal Bureau of Prisons to begin reducing and ultimately end its reliance on privately run prisons.
It followed a Justice Department audit that said private facilities have more safety and security problems than government-run ones. Yates, in her announcement, said they were less necessary given declines in the overall federal prison population.
But Sessions, in his memo, said Yates’ directive went against longstanding Justice Department policy and practice and “impaired the Bureau’s ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system.” He said he was directing the BOP to “return to its previous approach.”
The federal prison population — now just under 190,000 — has been dropping due in part to changes in federal sentencing policies over the past three years. Private prisons hold about 22,100 of these inmates, or 12 percent of the total population, the Justice Department has said.
The federal government started to rely on private prisons in the late 1990s because of overcrowding. Many of the federal prison inmates in private facilities are foreign nationals who are being held on immigration offenses. The Yates policy did not extend to prisons used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which hold tens of thousands of immigrants awaiting deportation.
Immigration and human rights advocates have long complained about conditions in privately run prisons. An inspector general audit from last August said problems at private prisons in recent years included property damage, injuries and the death of a corrections officer.
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FBI Threatened Broke Stoner at Knifepoint to Buy Bomb Supplies, Leading to Trump’s First Terror Arrest

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The Donald Trump administration’s Department of Justice boasted about its first FBI terror arrest on Tuesday.
After an elaborate undercover sting operation, the FBI arrested 25-year-old Robert Lorenzo Hester of Columbia, Missouri even though the only ties he had to terrorism were the two undercover FBI agents, posing as ISIS terrorists, who paid him to buy terrorism supplies from a hardware store that they convinced him were for a bomb.
The agents came in contact with Hester after becoming alarmed over his comments on Facebook posted under a pseudonym.

During the sting operation, one of the undercover agents pulled a knife on Hester, threatening harm to his family if he reneged on participating in the attacks, according to The Intercept.
Hester didn’t have the $20 he would have needed to buy 9-volt batteries, duct tape and roofing nails to make shrapnel for the bomb his new FBI pals wanted him to buy pieces for.
According to the criminal complain included below, undercover FBI agents gave him the money after they “confirmed that Hester could not get the money.”

Then, after using the money to buy roofing nails, batteries and batteries, an agent came to Hester’s home to collect the needed items, except for copper wire, which Hester was claimed he was unable to find.
The agent opened the trunk, showing him several dummy assault rifles and fake bombs, which were presented to look real.
One agent, who befriended Hester through social media, stated he was planning to carry out a violent terrorist attack for the Islamic State on President’s Day targeting trains, buses and a Kansas City train station, asking Hester if he would take part.
“I’m down,” Hester replied, according to the criminal complaint against him.
For several weeks, Hester kept in contact with the agents saying in messages he was “happy to be a part” of the upcoming attack.
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Trump’s Ban on Muslims Divides America and Creates Havoc at Airports Across the Nation

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Donald Trump has been President for less than 10 days and he has already caused mass chaos in airports across America. His executive order went into effect on Saturday which temporarily bans the entry of people trying to get into the United States coming from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. Trump said during his campaign that in order to combat terrorism he wanted to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
The aforementioned countries are all predominantly Muslim nations.
But included in the new president’s executive order are VISA holders, green card holders, and permanent resident’s of the United States who have a legal right to be here. Refugees and asylum seekers from the mentioned countries are also part of the ban. Even military interpreters can’t get visa’s, they must stay in their countries and face retaliation for working with the American Government.
In fact, no Visa’s are being granted whatsoever for inhabitants of the affected nations.
Airports are in disarray because the order was put into action without notice. So even VISA holders, Green Card holders etc. that were already physically on flights to America were held up at terminals once they arrived if they were coming from one of the affected nations.
On Monday acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates ordered the Department of Justice to not defend Trump’s order according to the NY Times.
Pertaining to her decision, Yates had this to say:
“For as long as I am the acting attorney general, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the executive order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so.
I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right. At present, I am

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Fake Cop Convicted After Securing $100,000 Contract from Texas Jail to Transport Prisoners

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

A Texas man posing as a licensed cop was sentenced to 63 months in prison for transporting prisoners on commercial airlines while carrying guns after a previous conviction for possessing a dangerous concealed weapon prohibited him from possessing firearms.
Jordan Jericho Bautista-Gunter, 26, transported prisoners 21 times as a service to Hays County, according to San Antonio Express-News.
And he wasn’t even a real cop.
He also managed to secure a contract for a $100,000 a year job with the Frio County Jail to help turn it around after the Texas Commissions on Jail Standards shut it down for failing to meet state standards.
Frio County officials gave Bautista-Gunter the contract for the job because they believed he was a licensed police officer.
They were wrong. And they never bothered to do a background check on him.
“He said the right things, checked the right boxes,” Frio County Attorney Joseph Sindon said.
“As much as everyone here feels pretty silly about this, we weren’t the only ones he duped.”
They were right about that.
Bautista-Gunter masqueraded as a cop in Maryland where he was arrested several times.
In August of 2009, Bautista-Gunter and another man was stopped for trespassing.
Gunter raised his arms and allowed a Maryland State Police trooper to search him.
The trooper discovered a walkie-talkie and a collapsible police-style baton.
In 2010, he pleaded guilty to charges of possessing a dangerous concealed weapon and received a two-year suspended sentence
The conditions stipulated in his probation banned him from legally carrying a firearm and a judge ordered Gunter not to wear or carry badges, radios, batons, uniforms or other law-enforcement equipment.
In 2011, he landed back in court for violating probation and received a 45-day sentence after he was seen by police in a restaurant wearing a bullet proof vest, a baton and an empty vest.
At that time, Gunter worked as a bail-bonds

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Federal ATF Agent Punches Man, Pulls Gun on Crowd at Son’s High School Football Game

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

High school football games are generally a time for extra entertainment outside the game. Especially during halftime. Most people enjoy the band or buy a hot dog.
In Texas last week, an off-duty federal agent spent halftime punching a man in the face and pulling a gun on the people that tried to intervene.
Special Agent Marc Delpit of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms faces an aggravated assault charge after punching a man and continuing to beat him up on the ground during the halftime of a game last Friday night at St. Thomas High School in Houston.
When people tried to stop the assault, Delpit pulled a gun on them.
He later said that he felt his life was threatened.
The old-hat excuse of law enforcement that he feared for his life is not working this time as Delpit is facing jail time for beating down the father of another player on his son’s football team. The ATF apparently wants to continue employing a man that assaults people at teenager’s football games, merely handing Delpit a paid vacation for his actions.
“The agent in question has been placed on administrative leave with pay, and has been relieved of his firearms, badge, and credentials,” an ATF Senior Special Agent Nicole Strong told KHOU. “ATF takes these allegations very seriously.”
Delpit told police he thought the other father was going to hit him first, so he needed to beat the other father into the ground.
Delpit’s attorney Brian Benken said his client has “an impeccable record over 22 years in law enforcement,” meaning he has never before been caught punching a man in the face at a high school football game.
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FBI Still Only Counting “Jusifiable Homicides” by Police, Wants More Data on Wounded Cops

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The FBI’s latest Uniform Crime Report for 2014 showed a slight drop in crime, but it still only asks for “justifiable homicides” by police, instead of all fatal shootings by cops.
In fact, the FBI’s “enhanced statistics” would not count the Walter Scott police homicide, which resulted in murder charges in South Carolina.
Only “justifiable homicides” or incidents where police investigate themselves are still reported to the official FBI database.
This NYPD officer who shot himself twice at the department’s range in August could technically be counted twice under expanded criteria to catalog wounded cops shot by citizens, since the officer did report two wounds at the range, the second of unknown origin.
In the AP story entitled “FBI to collect better data on police shootings” it’s not apparent until the bottom of the story what data they plan to improve:
[FBI Director] Comey on Monday encouraged every agency to submit the data to give the public a more complete picture. The FBI intends to collect more information about nonfatal shootings by police of civilians, including the facts and circumstances of each incident and who was involved, Comey said.
Yes, the police are improving collection of data on injured cops.
Submitting police shooting data is still optional.
Guess which one police will rush to report.
FBI Director James Comey
In fact, even the USA’s top cop Director James Comey at the FBI cannot order police from “18,498 city, county, state, university and college, tribal, and federal agencies” to report complete statistics on use of force to give detailed reports.
It’s unclear why police are employing this form self-regulation.
Considering the size of the above standing ranks of police in America, the situation calls for at least one independent, and compulsory report by the taxpayer supported officers to make it possible to spot national trends in law enforcement.
Every day taxpayers are paying police

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United States Department of Justice Awards More Than $23 Million for Police Body Cameras

Monday, September 21st, 2015

The United States Department of Justice today awarded more than $23 million to fund police departments with body cameras in an attempt to establish transparency and regain trust.
The federal grant will go to 73 local and tribal agencies in 32 states, including large departments like the Los Angeles Police Department, the Miami-Dade Police Department, the Detroit Police Department, the San Antonio Police Department, the Chicago Police Department and the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C., all which will receive $1 million each, requiring those agencies to match the grants with local money.
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch made the announcement today at a White House Champions of Change event.
The body-worn camera pilot program announced in May 2015 includes $19.3 million to purchase body-worn cameras, $2 million for training and technical assistance and $1.9 million to examine the impact of their use. The grants, awarded by the department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), build on President Obama’s proposal to purchase 50,000 body-worn cameras for law enforcement agencies within three years.  
Attorney General Lynch mentioned the following:
“This vital pilot program is designed to assist local jurisdictions that are interested in exploring and expanding the use of body-worn cameras in order to enhance transparency, accountability and credibility, the impact of body-worn cameras touches on a range of outcomes that build upon efforts to mend the fabric of trust, respect and common purpose that all communities need to thrive.”
The White House says that each agency awarded a grant is responsible for developing a plan for long-term storage, including the cost of storing data. Before a law enforcement agency purchases cameras, a robust training policy must be laid out and established.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA’s) Smart Policing Initiative will support police departments in Miami, Milwaukee, and Phoenix as they examine the impact of body-worn cameras on citizen complaints,

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Video Contradicts Claims by Homeland Security That Man Tried to Run Them Over When They Shot at Him

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Homeland Security agents said they were in fear for their lives, standing directly in the path of an oncoming vehicle when they opened fire on a man in South Florida last May. But now a surveillance video has surfaced that shows one agent purposely stepping into the street before opening fire as the vehicle sped …
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