Posts Tagged ‘New York’

As Broward sheriff shops for inmate healthcare, jail deaths haunt controversial contractor

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
For 14 years, the Broward Sheriff’s Office has paid Miami’s Armor Correctional Health Services hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to provide healthcare services for Broward‘s jail inmates. The money flowed despite accusations of substandard care, political intrigue and disturbing disclosures about at least 15 shocking, needless deaths. Today, BSO is again soliciting bids for a new multi-year contract and Armor wants the job.
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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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New York Man Arrested for Posing as Cop to Get Discount at Starbucks

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

All he wanted was a law enforcement discount.
A New York man is in hot water after being arrested for impersonating a police officer in order to get a discount on his coffee on December 8.
Mark Setter, 48, flashed a fake badge and a BB gun, demanding a discount at a Buffalo Starbucks around 11 p.m. according to, FOX5NY.
Mark Stetter, 48, of Buffalo, New York
Sporting a gun inside of a holster attached to his belt, and his fake police badge, Stetter claimed he was a detective in order to gain access into the business after it was closed.
According to Buffalo police, Stetter then left Starbucks and attempted to buy a cup of Joe at Spot Coffee after closing time.
It was all fun and games until a coffee shop employee called the fuzz on Stetter.
After police arrested Setter and charged him with menacing, criminal trespassing and impersonating an officer, they determined his sidepiece was actually a BB gun.
This isn’t the first time a civilian was arrested for trying to flex phony blue privilege.
In 2013, authorities arrested Charles “Chuck” Barry after he made two stops flashing a fake badge at Dunkin Donuts in Florida.
Pasco County police said Barry made two stops at a store in Trinity before he was busted and his cover was blown.
After the first stop, a Dunkin Donuts workers told cops Barry was a regular customer who “comes through the drive through and demands a police discount for his order.”
Barry claimed to be a United States Marshal.
Michelle Hoeltk, a Dunkin Donuts employee, told deputies Barry had been “abusing his discount by coming in on the weekends with his family and demanding the discount.”
Hoeltk said Dunkin told Pasco County deputies managers decided to “no longer offer him the discount because of his continuous abuse.”
Eventually, his license plate number was captured on surveillance

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It is not Illegal for NYPD Cops to have Sex with Handcuffed Women they Arrest. One Politician is Trying to Change that

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

A New York City politician is trying to make it illegal for cops to have sex with citizens they arrest, insisting that a citizen in custody is incapable of consenting.
Currently, it is only a violation of departmental policy, which means if a cop rapes a woman in handcuffs, then claims it was consensual, he may end up suspended with pay.
Or at worst, charged with a misdemeanor of official misconduct, which can mean anything and everything.
Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn) is drafting the legislation after two NYPD cops were accused of raping a handcuffed 18-year-old woman last month, then claiming it was consensual.
New York City police officers Edward Martins and Richard Hall have been stripped of their badges and guns, but they are still getting paid for working desk duty.
While that might seem like a slap on the wrist, cops tend to view it as prison, according to a 2008 New York Times article.

Some monitor surveillance cameras in housing projects. Others escort prisoners to court or check in patrol cars. And some, true to the police lingo, really do sit behind a desk, shuffling papers and answering phones.
 
These jobs are known as desk duty, a generic phrase in the Police Department for a range of jobs to which hundreds of officers have been reassigned over the years.
 
Pulled off the streets, stripped of guns and badges, kept inside four walls and away — as much as possible — from the public, officers who are put on desk duty because their conduct is under investigation find themselves far from the enforcement activities they signed up to do.
 
“We like to call it the ‘cellblock’ because it is like you are in prison,” said an officer who spent more than 18 months watching surveillance video while authorities investigated an accusation that he had struck a suspect.

Treyger,

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NYPD Cop Arrested for Raping Girl Younger than 16 Years Old

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Less than a month after two NYPD cops were accused of raping a handcuffed teenager, claiming it was consensual, another NYPD cop was arrested for raping another teenage female.
But this cop video recorded his acts, which is why he is now facing 15 years in prison.
And this girl is under 16 years old while last month’s female victim is 18.
In fact, Raul Olmeda created so much evidence against himself that prosecutors are charging him with 67 counts of sex-related crimes.
Olmeda, 40, had already been stripped of his badge and gun and placed on desk duty six months ago while internal affairs investigated him for tax fraud, according to the New York Daily News,  who reported the girl was a prostitute.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Olmeda has a 32-year-old fiance who has a brain tumor.
 
Neither she nor his family were in court as he pleaded not guilty.
 
Olmeda is due back in court Monday for a hearing because a man who offered to bail him out was identified as a co-conspirator in the tax investigation.
 
Sources said Olmeda is believed to have filed a number of bogus tax returns and pocketed more than $200,000. The hearing is to determine if the bail money was not earned illegally.
The other two cops accused of raping a handcuffed woman whom they detained for drugs have also been placed on desk duty as they stick to their story that it was all consensual.
But it is impossible for a handcuffed woman to consent to sex with two cops in exchange for them not arresting her.
That is coercion. Intimidation. And rape. Even if they did not video record the act where it is now their word against her word.
But the New York City Police Department claims it is still “investigating” the incident, even though it’s been nearly a month.
The

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NYPD Cops Accused of Raping Handcuffed Woman Claim it was Consensual

Friday, September 29th, 2017

An 18-year-old woman said a pair of New York City cops handcuffed her before raping her, including forcing her to perform oral sex on them.
But the cops claim she consented to the sexual acts.
However, it seems highly unlikely that a handcuffed woman can consent to sex with two authority figures threatening to jail her for drugs, which possibly include prescription drugs and/or marijuana.
“There was zero consent,” the woman’s attorney Michael David told the New York Post. “The cops were over 6 feet tall. She’s very petite, like 5-2 and maybe 100 pounds. There’s nothing she could do.”
The incident took place on September 15 in the parking lot of a Chipotle on Coney Island in Brooklyn after two plainclothes detectives pulled a car over.
The Daily Mail says the cops pulled the car over after spotting the woman smoking Marijuana. The New York Post said the cops found prescription drugs in the car.
Inside the car with the woman were two men, but police let them drive away after taking the woman into custody for the drugs.
The cops then ordered her to undress to search for more drugs but did not find any.
However, they then placed her inside an unmarked police van where one cop raped her. They then both forced her to perform oral sex on them in exchange for not jailing her, according to her lawyer.
“You’ll spend three hours in the precinct,” they allegedly told her, according to the lawyer “This is what you’re going to do for us, and we’ll let you go.”
The woman then sought help from NYU Langone Hospital and spoke to a friend about the incident. She also reported the incident to the cops, who are now investigating the allegations. Also investigating is the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
 
Her lawyer has filed a notice of claim, which must be done before

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WATCH: $1.25 Million Settlement For Body Slam Caught on Video Surveillance System

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

March 3, 2007 at the La Fonda Resturant in Yonkers, New York, Irma Marquez suffered injuries when Yonkers police officer Wayne Simoes picked her up in a restaurant and appeared to slam her face-first into the restaurant’s floor.
As reported by News 12 :
“A decade after the incident, the city, and the victim have agreed to settle a related lawsuit.
Video of the encounter made national headlines. It showed officer Wayne Simoes slam Irma Marquez to the ground — knocking her out outside what was then the La Fonda Restaurant at 57 Palisades Ave. Marquez has maintained that she was trying to break up a fight involving her niece, but police were already there when she stepped in.
Simoes faced federal charges of violating her civil rights. Marquez faced local charges of disorderly conduct and interfering with police. Both of them were acquitted.
In May 2008, Marquez filed an $11.3 million lawsuit against Simoes and the Yonkers Police Department. Sources say the settlement was for $1 million, but officials would not comment on the record until City Council has a chance to evaluate the settlement. That will likely happen in August, according to Michael Curti, a lawyer for the city.”
The local version of the USA Today reported :
“Yonkers’ attorney Michael Curti said the city admitted no wrongdoing by the police officer. Curti said the settlement was less than the $11 million initially sought by Marquez.
“The final amount of the settlement, which is the culmination of close to a decade of litigation, is similar to an amount the city’s legal team was prepared to recommend many years ago to avoid the uncertainties of trial and the substantial cost of litigation,” Curti wrote in an email.
Marquez filed her civil lawsuit against the city and Simoes in 2008 and the case was closed on July 10 because of the settlement, according to

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New York boots Armor Correctional; In Florida, Armor boss named to powerful commission

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The company that provides health-care services to thousands of jail inmates across Florida, including Broward and Palm Beach counties, has been kicked out of New York for allegedly “placing inmates’ health in jeopardy.”
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New York Cops Profile Man for “Looking Back,” then Demand ID on Front Porch of his House

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

A New York cop racially profiled a man, approaching the front door of his house and insisting the man identify himself because he “looked back” at the officer as he drove past his house.
Rochester cop Jonathan Laureano insisted Nishean Napier provide him with identification after Napier walked outside to move his mother’s car to the other side of the street so she wouldn’t get a ticket.
As Napier walked outside to move the car while in the middle of making an Instagram post Laureano crept down his street in a police cruiser.
Napier looked back at Laureano, which the cop deemed as suspicious activity,
Laureano turned his car around, parked in front of Napier’s home, got out of his patrol car and approached Napier’s front porch  holding a pen and notepad and began demanding he provide his name, date of birth and phone number.
Napier presses the officer about what prompted him to approach his house to request his ID.
“What’d you just turn around for?” he asks.
“Because I’ve got dreads? Because I’m a black man with dreads?”
Laureano begins fumbling his notepad, contemplating how to explain what he was up to without outright admitting he just racially profiled Napier.
“You better get outta here,” Napier says with a chuckle.
“You got ID, man?” ask Laureano. “Did you say it was inside?”
“It’s in my house.”
“Alright.”
“What’s your name man?” Laureano asks, opening his notepad, signaling to Napier he’s ready to write.
“It’s in my house.”
“That’s fine.”
“I don’t have to tell you my name.”
Laureano continues to fumble around with the notepad, indicating he’s still ready.
“What do you want my name for?” Napier wisely asks the cop.
The cop stands silent for a moment.
“Why do you want my name?” Napier ask Laureano slowly, so maybe he’ll answer this time.
“What did you stop for? Did you just profile me, though?”
“No one’s profiling,” Laureano replies, fumbling again

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Fueled by Donald Trump opponents, Rachel Maddow’s popularity rises

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Rachel Maddow can trace the mood of her audience by looking at the ratings.
Her MSNBC show’s viewership sank like a stone in the weeks following Donald Trump‘s election, as depressed liberals avoided politics, and bottomed out over the holidays. Slowly, they re-emerged, becoming active and interested again. Maddow’s audience has grown to the point where February was her show’s most-watched month since its 2008 launch.
Maddow has emerged as the favorite cable news host for presidential resistors in the opening days of the Trump administration, just as Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity is one for supporters or Keith Olbermann was the go-to television host for liberals in George W. Bush‘s second term. Trump fascination has helped cable news programs across the political spectrum defy the traditional post-presidential election slump, few as dramatically as Maddow’s.
Her show’s average audience of 2.3 million in February doubled its viewership over February 2016, in the midst of the presidential primaries, the Nielsen company said.
“I’m grateful for it,” Maddow said one recent afternoon. “It is nice for me that it is happening at a time when I feel we are doing some of our best work.”
Those two things — ratings success and Maddow’s pride in the work — don’t always intersect.
“We’re making aggressive editorial decisions in terms of how far we’re willing to get off of everyone else’s news cycle,” she said, “but it’s paying off because the news cycle more often than not is catching up with us after we do something.”
Maddow has decided to cover the Trump administration like a silent movie, so the show could pay more attention to what is being done rather than what is being said. The central focus is on connect-the-dots reporting about Trump’s business interests and dealings with Russia.
Her show is a news cousin to HBO host John Oliver‘s

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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.
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WATCH: NYPD Cops Taser Pregnant Teenager After She Demands Warrant to Enter Home

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

New York City police officers tasered a pregnant 17-year-old girl after she refused to let them inside her apartment without a warrant Friday night.
NYPD cops were already in the building when they made their way upstairs to the fourth floor in response to a fight between the girl’s boyfriend and her sister’s boyfriend over a video game.
The girl’s boyfriend had already left the apartment, but the girl, Dailene Rosario, who is 14 weeks pregnant, remained inside, arguing with her sister’s boyfriend when several cops banged on the apartment door.
Rosario refused to let them inside without a warrant, so they called for backup.
At one point, she told the cops she needed to step outside for fresh air, which was when they grabbed her arms and tried to arrest her.
A video recorded by a witness shows more than a dozen cops grabbing her, twisting her arms behind her as she tells them to “get off me.”
At one point, it sounds as if she tells them she is pregnant.
A plainclothes cop wearing a New York Jets ski cap tasers her seconds later.
The cops then broke the door down to her apartment and arrested her sister’s boyfriend, according to local News 12.
Rosario was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct, which are all common contempt-of-cop charges in New York.
Rosario appears visibly pregnant in the News 12 segment. The witness video also shows her midriff was exposed when they tasered her.
Police told the news station that they arrested Rosario for fighting.
Her family says they are considering a lawsuit.
 
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The new civics course in schools: How to avoid fake news

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Teachers from elementary school through college are telling students how to distinguish between factual and fictional news — and why they should care that there’s a difference.
As Facebook works with The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and other organizations to curb the spread of fake and misleading news on its influential network, teachers say classroom instruction can play a role in deflating the kind of “Pope endorses Trump” headlines that muddied the waters during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“I think only education can solve this problem,” said Pat Winters Lauro, a professor at Kean University in New Jersey who began teaching a course on news literacy this semester.
Like others, Lauro has found discussions of fake news can lead to politically sensitive territory. Some critics believe fake stories targeting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton helped Donald Trump overcome a large deficit in public opinion polls, and President Trump himself has attached the label to various media outlets and unfavorable reports and polls in the first weeks of his presidency.
“It hasn’t been a difficult topic to teach in terms of material because there’s so much going on out there,” Lauro said, “but it’s difficult in terms of politics because we have such a divided country and the students are divided, too, on their beliefs. I’m afraid sometimes that they think I’m being political when really I’m just talking about journalistic standards for facts and verification, and they look at it like ‘Oh, you’re anti-this or -that.’”
Judging what to trust was easier when the sources were clearer — magazines, newspapers or something else, said Kean senior Mike Roche, who is taking Lauro’s class. Now “it all comes through the same medium of your cellphone or your computer, so it’s very easy to blur the lines and not have a clear distinction of what’s real and what’s

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For Donald Trump, a solitary start to life in the White House

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Around 6:30 each evening, Secret Service agents gather in the dim hallways of the West Wing to escort Donald Trump home.
For some presidents, the short walk between the Oval Office and the White House residence upstairs is a lifeline to family and a semblance of normal life. Others have used the grand residence for late night entertaining and deal-making with lawmakers.
For Trump, life in the White House residence is so far a largely solitary existence. With his wife and youngest son living in New York, and his grown children busy with their young families, Trump’s first evenings have been spent largely alone, tethered to the outside world only by his phone and his television. The dramatic change of scenery has left the 70-year-old president, a known creature of habit, a little adrift in the evenings, according to one person who spoke with him recently.
Another regular contact described the president as still adjusting to this new digs and his somewhat more confined schedule. His advisers initially said they expected him to spend his evenings holding working dinners, like one scheduled Thursday with Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.
While Trump has marveled at the history and beauty of his new home, “it’s still government housing,” said Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a friend of the president’s.
A half-dozen other friends, advisers and associates of the president spoke about his first weeks in the White House on the condition of anonymity in order to detail private conversations.
The interviews underscore the relatively large circle of people who have spoken with the new president, despite the busy schedule and enormous pressures of the job. Trump has been spending his nights making and taking calls to an expanding network of old friends, lawmakers and others.
Calls often come in to Trump’s personal cellphone, which he fought staff and

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NYPD Cop Convicted of Raping 13-Year-old Girl and Forcing her to Perform Oral Sex on him

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

A New York City police officer was convicted Monday of raping his girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter as well as forcing her to perform oral sex on him in his car after he drove her to a father/daughter breakfast at her eighth-grade class.
Vladimir Krull, who will be sentenced on March 6, is facing up to 21 years in prison.
The 39-year-old man, who has since been fired from the NYPD, was ordered jailed without bail until his sentencing.
Krull had dated the girl’s mother for two years when he kissed her on the mouth in September 2013, according to DNA Info.
That progressed to him having sex with her on two occasions, including once inside her home, another time inside his car.
Then in June 2014, he ordered her to perform oral sex on him after he drove her to the father/daughter breakfast at her school.
Krull’s lawyer, Roger Blank, said he was disappointed in the verdict because there was no physical evidence linking him to the crime, including DNA and text messages.
The girl also testified he had an apple-sized heart tattoo with a ribbon around it, but his attorney said he had no such tattoo.
Nevertheless, after deliberating for five days, the jury convicted him of second-degree rape, second-degree criminal sexual act, sexual abuse and child endangerment.
Krull was arrested in February 2015 after the girl’s mother reported him to police, sparking an internal affairs investigation.
Two months before his arrest, he was hailed as a hero for catching a bank robber.
 

Great arrest by Officers Joaquin Navarro and Mike Ball and Sgt Vladimir Krull catching a bank robber in the act on Madison Avenue today.
— NYPD Midtown North (@NYPDMTN) December 9, 2014
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A visit to Franklin D. Roosevelt Hyde Park home gives insight, solace

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

HYDE PARK, N.Y. — Finding ourselves in the neighborhood, we made a point of visiting a most famous site Friday to pay our respects to a First Couple who truly did make America great again.
No matter what anyone else pretends, the nation is still great. Whether we can remain so is in some doubt. Sad.
For a chilly, gray January day, there were more than the usual number of pilgrims to the home and grave site of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt.
“It’s a little busier today. People are seeking solace,” the ticket-taker said.
Springwood — the actual though little-known name of the tasteful mansion — was a place to find that solace, to forget for a little while that FDR’s office now belongs to a man who could not possibly be more unlike him in education, temperament, intelligence, and — what matters most — character.
Compare their inaugural addresses — easily found on the web — and you’ll see what I mean.
The contemporary problems that Donald J. Trump delights in rubbing in, like salt into a wound, are nothing compared to what FDR faced on his first day in office in March 1933. Nearly one in every four Americans were unemployed, almost 13 percent of the workforce, and many of the rest weren’t earning enough and lived in daily fear of losing their jobs. There was no safety net.
Americans knew, as FDR reminded them, that misconduct in high financial circles had contributed to their misery. But that was not the point he wanted to stress, that he wanted them to most remember. He began his inaugural address on an uplifting note.
“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is … fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert

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WATCH: New York Cops Detain and Threaten Animal Rights Activists with Arrest for Flying Drone Over Animal Research Farm

Monday, January 9th, 2017

New York cops were caught on camera detaining animal rights activists from the animal rights activist group SHARK for more than an hour, threatening them with arrest if they did not identify themselves, after the group legally flew a drone over a farm that raises beagles, ferrets and other animals for research.
The incident took place on November 13, 2016, but was published to YouTube on January 8, 2017. The video of the detainment was edited for time purposes.
A New York State Police trooper, along with Wayne County Sheriff deputies, claimed to have received a call from someone complaining about a drone hovering over private property when they pulled over a carload of members from the group, which included Steve Hindi, a former hunter and fisherman who founded SHARK, which stands for Showing Animals Respect and Kindness.
“The nonsense we’ll show you in this video is among the most unprofessional police over reach I’ve ever experienced,” Hindi explains during the introduction of the video.
After being pulled over, a New York State police cop approaches their vehicle.
“Good morning folks. New York State Police. Just trying to–some people were asking questions. Why are you flying a drone over their property?”
“Why am I being stopped?” the driver asks the trooper.
“Uh, you’re being stopped because the people identified your vehicle as flying a drone over the top of their property,” the trooper explains.
The driver and other members of the group refuse to identify after the trooper and deputies fail to explain the reason for pulling them over.
Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy Larry Linder arrives and attempts to explain why he thinks probable cause of a crime was committed by the group.
“You don’t take a drone and fly it over private property and not think something is gonna happen.”
“I don’t think you know–I know you don’t know what you’re talking

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WATCH: NYPD Settles Lawsuit in Teenage Brutality Case Where Witness was Pepper Sprayed for Recording

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

NYPD cops brutally beat 19-year-old Jateik Reed for resisting arrest and carrying drugs in 2012. Drugs were never found and the case was dismissed in court. Reed then filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city.
Now New York City has settled the lawsuit with Reed, who is now 24, for the amount of $614,500, his lawyers announced earlier this month.
Reed’s mother and two young brothers were also plaintiffs in the suit. The settlement was approved in July 2016, but the checks were now issued until December, NBC reports.
It all started in January 2012 when New York City police officers from the 42nd Precinct conducted a stop-and-frisk on Reed because they suspected him of possessing cocaine and marijuana.
But Reed began to tussle with officers, attempting to escape.
Using batons, the officers beat Reed while slamming him to the sidewalk. The officers then begin to punch, kick and hit the victim, screaming, “Put your hands behind your back!”
Detective Robert Jaquez then pepper sprayed a witness recording the melee, ordering him to “Move back!” For his reckless tough guy antics, the court made Detective Jaquez pay $500 toward the settlement.
All of the officers involved were disciplined by the NYPD. So much as to the fact that all officers involved in the beat down were stripped of their badges and guns during the initial point of the investigation.
Also, Sergeant Alfonsina Delacruz, who is one of the officers involved in the beating, was court ordered to contribute $5,000 to the settlement.
Why?
Well, once Reed was detained and in handcuffs, the female sergeant calmly approached Reed and kicked him for no apparent reason while he was down on the ground defenseless and imposing no threat as you can see in the second video below.
Also on the day of the incident, Reed’s mother, friend and two young brothers went to police headquarters for answers, but

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NYPD Cops Raid Wrong Home, Posting Photo of Handcuffed Family to Snapchat

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

New York City cops raided a family’s home in Brooklyn at the break of dawn Thursday, handcuffing every family member while searching the apartment unit for three hours before realizing they had the wrong home and leaving.
Next thing the family knew, a photo showing them handcuffed while sitting on the couch appeared on Snapchat with the caption, “Merry Christmas it’s NYPD!”.
Another photo also appeared on Snapchat with the caption “Warrant sweeps Its still a party smh.”
Now internal affairs is investigating, but have refused to release the names of the officers involved.
According to ABC 7, which interviewed the family:
“The worst part was the Snapchats,” Kimberly Santiago said. “That’s what really got to me.”
“The things that he wrote, it’s like, this what you all do?” Santiago said. “If he did that to, picture how many other families he’s done that to. And he was the only one standing there watching us.”
“Ya’ll know that when you came to this house, looking for the wrong person that we don’t even know,” she said.
“We thought he was texting on his phone,” she said. “Because the whole three hours we were sitting here, he was the one standing there. We saw him on his phone, but we didn’t think an officer would do that.”
The photos appeared in the New York Story feed on Snapchat, which is a smartphone app where photos last 24 hours and receives more than a billion views a year, according to Wikipedia, which describes the app as focusing “on the ephemeral nature of fleeting encounters.”
In 2013, Gizmodo reported that Snapchat regularly hands over unopened messages to police to assist them in investigations.
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Retired New York Cop Arrested for Killing Four Men, Burying Them in His Backyard

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

A retired New York cop receiving a $65,000 annual pension was arrested Monday for killing four men in a cocaine deal gone wrong.
Nicholas Taraglione, 49, who retired in 2008 from the Briarcliff Manor Police Department after a scandal-laden career, is accused of killing the men in a bar owned by his brother, then driving the bodies to his home 30 minutes away and burying them in his backyard.
Neighbors became suspicious when they started smelling a strong stench coming from his home a few months back.
They became even more suspicious when the former cop and his girlfriend suddenly moved out of the home in Otisville, less than two hours north of New York City.
And then it all dawned on them when they saw federal agents digging up Taraglione’s backyard with backhoes this week.
“I go to my chicken coop, and I see the backhoe digging, and it scares me because now I know what they’re digging for,” Kerri-Ann Lynch, 45, told the New York Daily News.
Four bodies were discovered on his property, believed to belong to Martin Luna, Urbano Santiago, Miguel Luna and Hector Gutierrez, who were last seen in April, which is when the murders are believed to have taken place over the sale of five kilos of cocaine.
Now Taraglione is charged with four counts of murder in addition to conspiracy to sell cocaine, according to the indictment, which you can read here.
And that will likely affect his chances of being rehired at the Mount Vernon Police Department where he had applied earlier this year.
According to the Journal News:
Tartaglione was a cop in Mount Vernon and Pawling before joining the Briarcliff Manor department in 1996. He receives an annual tax-free pension of $65,000 after retiring on disability in 2008 — but he was planning to give up the pension after applying this year

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NYPD Cop Stripped of Badge and Gun After Responding to Drunken Dispute While Drunk

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

An NYPD cop responding to a drunken dispute between neighbors ended up exposed as being drunk on duty.
New York City police officer Richard Evans  was stripped of his badge and gun, and suspended without pay.
According to the New York Post:
“He was clearly inebriated. He was slurring his words,” a police official said.
Ironically, the first whiff of trouble came as Evans, 44, and his rookie partner checked out a report of a drunken dispute between neighbors, law enforcement sources said.
One of the people there accused Evans of being drunk, which he denied, and the officer summoned a supervisor, sources said.
Someone at the scene also shot video of the allegedly drunken cop and made a complaint to 311, a source said.
A sergeant responded, declared Evans fit for duty, and the cops all left without making any arrests, sources said.
Evans stayed in the field until a short time later, when a duty captain summoned him back to the precinct stationhouse near the New York Botanical Garden.
The captain interviewed Evans, declared him unfit for duty.
The Post also reports that Evans has a reputation of a “problem drinker” and was probably drunk when the above photo was taken of him sleeping in the station’s locker room.
The 44-year-old cop made $126,800 last year, including $50,000 in overtime.
But he still griped about living “paycheck to paycheck” when he criticized NYPD police union president Pat Lynch for spending $13,000 in union funds on pricey steak dinners, the Post reports.
So he’s unlikely to get union support in fighting for his job.
 
 
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Donald Trump drama rolls on: Disputes, falsehoods hit transition

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The drama, disputes and falsehoods that permeated Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign are now roiling his transition to the White House, forcing aides to defend his baseless assertions of illegal voting and sending internal fights spilling into public.
On Monday, a recount effort, led by Green Party candidate Jill Stein and joined by Hillary Clinton‘s campaign also marched on in three states, based partly on the Stein campaign’s unsubstantiated assertion that cyberhacking could have interfered with electronic voting machines. Wisconsin officials approved plans to begin a recount as early as Thursday. Stein also asked for a recount in Pennsylvania and was expected to do the same in Michigan, where officials certified Trump’s victory Monday.
Trump has angrily denounced the recounts and now claims without evidence that he, not Clinton, would have won the popular vote if it hadn’t been for “millions of people who voted illegally.” On Twitter, he singled out Virginia, California and New Hampshire.
There has been no indication of widespread election tampering or voter fraud in those states or any others, and Trump aides struggled Monday to back up their boss’ claim.
Spokesman Jason Miller said illegal voting was “an issue of concern.” But the only evidence he raised was a 2014 news report and a study on voting irregularities conducted before the 2016 election.
Trump met Monday with candidates for top Cabinet posts, including retired Gen. David Petraeus, a new contender for secretary of state. Trump is to meet Tuesday with Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, who is also being considered more seriously for the diplomatic post, and Mitt Romney, who has become a symbol of the internal divisions agitating the transition team.
Petraeus said he spent about an hour with Trump, and he praised the president-elect for showing a “great grasp of a variety of the challenges that are out there.”
“Very good conversation

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New York Cop Resigns after Dash Cam Proves he Lied about Probable Cause to Search Man’s Car

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

The New York cop who pulled Philip M. Williams over for an expired license plate sticker last August told the 31-year-old man that he smelled marijuana, which gave him probable cause to bring the police dog over and sniff around the car.
Despite Williams saying he did not consent to a search, the dog ended up finding 17 pounds of marijuana in the trunk, which led to his arrest on felony drug charges.
In his report, Woodstock police officer Eric Schmidtke stated that he had smelled marijuana, which gave him probable cause.
He also repeated the same line to a grand jury in September, who then indicted Williams on felony drug charges, where he was facing 30 years in prison.
Schmidtke and his partner were even recognized at the Woodstock City Council meeting on October 4 for their “exceptional work” in keeping the streets safe from drug suspects.
But then a dash cam video surfaced later that month showing Schmidtke telling his partner that he had never smelled marijuana, proving he never had probable cause to search the car.
As a result, charges were dropped against Williams before he even made it to trial.
Last week, he filed a lawsuit against both Schmidtke and his K9 partner, Sharon Freund, who allowed her dog to search the car even though she had been told he never smelled the marijuana.
And Schmidtke was forced to resign last week, according to the Northwest Herald.
The dash cam video, posted below, shows Schmidtke prolonging the traffic stop to bring the dog over after telling Williams he smelled marijuana.
He then walks around to the back of the car, standing in front of his own car, where he admits to Freund that he did not smell the marijuana but wanted to search the car because Williams had prior drug arrests.
At first, Freund expresses concern about searching the car

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Award-Winning New York Sheriff Refuses to Provide Details on Two Recent Inmate Deaths While Being Sued for Third Death

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Nobody at the Broome County Jail in New York is saying much about the two inmates who have died in less than a month.
In fact, the local district attorney’s office said it was not even aware of the latest death this week until contacted by the media.
And even then, Broome County District Attorney’s Chief Investigator Jason T. Ellis didn’t seem to really care.
“It is our understanding (that) the Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation,” Ellis said in the statement to the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.
“We will review the matter to determine if further investigation is warranted.”
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Ellis seems to have a lot of confidence in Broome County Sheriff  David E. Harder, whose department oversees the 536-bed jail in the town of Dickinson, about three-and-a-half hours northwest of Manhattan.
But Sheriff Harder is already being sued for the death of a third inmate from last year, which he describes as a “bunch of crap.”
The lawsuit states that inmate Salladin Barton was regularly abused and starved before he was viciously beaten by guards, then left untreated for a day before he died in his cell on January 15, 2015.
Salladin Barton
So you would think Ellis would take more of an interest in these in-custody deaths.
But then again, Ellis retired as a detective from the Broome County Sheriff’s Office last year after a career spanning more than 20 years, according to his LinkedIn page.
So we can assume he is collecting a pension from the county for his days working for the sheriff’s office while also collecting a salary working for the district attorney’s office. Essentially double-dipping at the taxpayer’s expense.
So he’s not the most credible law enforcement officer to investigate these jailhouse deaths.
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BREAKING: NYPD Cop Daniel Pantaleo to be Charged in Eric Garner Death (Updated)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

More than two years after a New York City police detective was caught on video choking a man to death, the United States Department of Justice said it plans to charge the cop.
At least according to the New York Post, which is quoting an anonymous source within law enforcement.
Washington-based federal prosecutors are planning to charge NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo with civil rights violations in the 2014 death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, a law enforcement source told The Post on Tuesday.
“It’s going to happen sooner than later,” the source said. “Washington wants to indict [Pantaleo],” who was accused of putting Garner in a fatal chokehold banned by the police department.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch approved the plan after federal investigators in Brooklyn were replaced by their D.C. counterparts because they didn’t want to bring charges in the case, the source said.
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Local federal investigators who worked on the case are privately seething. They accused their Beltway colleagues of only trying to “make an example out of Pantaleo” at any cost, said one source familiar with the case.
Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, was furious, blasting the USDOJ for going on a “fishing expedition” after Panateo was cleared by an internal investigation as well as a grand jury.
NYPD union boss Patrick Lynch
“Now, it appears that they are taking a third bite at the apple in an effort to reach a predetermined outcome,” Lynch said in a statement.
The news to indict New York City police detective Daniel Pantaleo has been even been reported by the New York Daily News, the newspaper that first posted the video showing Eric Garner’s final moments of life as he gasped, “I can’t breathe” as the detective had him in an illegal chokehold.
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Day after debate, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton square off again at roast

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Bitter presidential rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have one more face-to-face showdown before Election Day. And they’re supposed to make it funny.
The venue just 24 hours after their third and final debate is the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York, a white-tie gala that every four years becomes a showcase for presidential politics. Tradition dictates that the candidates deliver humorous remarks poking fun at each other and themselves, a jovial custom that seems hard to envision amid such an ugly campaign. Trump regularly calls Clinton, “Crooked Hillary,” mocks her stamina and says he’d put her in jail if he wins the presidency. Clinton says he lives in his own reality, is running a “hateful, divisive campaign” and lacks the temperament to be president.
They will sit just one seat apart for the evening, with New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan acting as the only buffer.
“I certainly expect that the dinner will be what it’s always been: an opportunity for two candidates to put aside partisan politics for the evening,” said Joseph Zwilling, the spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, which hosts the dinner. “I anticipate that we will have good humor and civility that this dinner has been always been known for.”
The unprecedentedly bitter campaign between Clinton and Trump could threaten the ecumenical goodwill that has defined previous roasts. Since 1960, at least one of the major party nominees has appeared at nearly every election year dinner, which is traditionally the last time the nominees share a stage before voters go to the polls.
Four years ago, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney set aside their differences to trade (mostly) warm jokes. Romney, scanning the well-heeled crowd in the gilded Waldorf-Astoria ballroom, joked that the event’s white-tie attire finally gave him a chance to publicly don what

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Day after debate, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton square off again at roast

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Bitter presidential rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have one more face-to-face showdown before Election Day. And they’re supposed to make it funny.
The venue just 24 hours after their third and final debate is the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York, a white-tie gala that every four years becomes a showcase for presidential politics. Tradition dictates that the candidates deliver humorous remarks poking fun at each other and themselves, a jovial custom that seems hard to envision amid such an ugly campaign. Trump regularly calls Clinton, “Crooked Hillary,” mocks her stamina and says he’d put her in jail if he wins the presidency. Clinton says he lives in his own reality, is running a “hateful, divisive campaign” and lacks the temperament to be president.
They will sit just one seat apart for the evening, with New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan acting as the only buffer.
“I certainly expect that the dinner will be what it’s always been: an opportunity for two candidates to put aside partisan politics for the evening,” said Joseph Zwilling, the spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, which hosts the dinner. “I anticipate that we will have good humor and civility that this dinner has been always been known for.”
The unprecedentedly bitter campaign between Clinton and Trump could threaten the ecumenical goodwill that has defined previous roasts. Since 1960, at least one of the major party nominees has appeared at nearly every election year dinner, which is traditionally the last time the nominees share a stage before voters go to the polls.
Four years ago, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney set aside their differences to trade (mostly) warm jokes. Romney, scanning the well-heeled crowd in the gilded Waldorf-Astoria ballroom, joked that the event’s white-tie attire finally gave him a chance to publicly don what

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Day after debate, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton square off again at roast

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Bitter presidential rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have one more face-to-face showdown before Election Day. And they’re supposed to make it funny.
The venue just 24 hours after their third and final debate is the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York, a white-tie gala that every four years becomes a showcase for presidential politics. Tradition dictates that the candidates deliver humorous remarks poking fun at each other and themselves, a jovial custom that seems hard to envision amid such an ugly campaign. Trump regularly calls Clinton, “Crooked Hillary,” mocks her stamina and says he’d put her in jail if he wins the presidency. Clinton says he lives in his own reality, is running a “hateful, divisive campaign” and lacks the temperament to be president.
They will sit just one seat apart for the evening, with New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan acting as the only buffer.
“I certainly expect that the dinner will be what it’s always been: an opportunity for two candidates to put aside partisan politics for the evening,” said Joseph Zwilling, the spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, which hosts the dinner. “I anticipate that we will have good humor and civility that this dinner has been always been known for.”
The unprecedentedly bitter campaign between Clinton and Trump could threaten the ecumenical goodwill that has defined previous roasts. Since 1960, at least one of the major party nominees has appeared at nearly every election year dinner, which is traditionally the last time the nominees share a stage before voters go to the polls.
Four years ago, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney set aside their differences to trade (mostly) warm jokes. Romney, scanning the well-heeled crowd in the gilded Waldorf-Astoria ballroom, joked that the event’s white-tie attire finally gave him a chance to publicly don what

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How Donald Trump’s ‘Apprentice’ moved from capitalism to sexism

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

In his years as a reality TV boss on “The Apprentice,” Donald Trump repeatedly demeaned women with sexist language, according to show insiders who said he rated female contestants by the size of their breasts and talked about which ones he’d like to have sex with.
The Associated Press interviewed more than 20 people — former crew members, editors and contestants — who described crass behavior by Trump behind the scenes of the long-running hit show, in which aspiring capitalists were given tasks to perform as they competed for jobs working for him.
The staffers and contestants agreed to recount their experiences as Trump’s behavior toward women has become a core issue in the presidential campaign. Interviewed separately, they gave concurring accounts of inappropriate conduct on the set.
Eight former crew members recalled that he repeatedly made lewd comments about a camerawoman he said had a nice rear, comparing her beauty to that of his daughter, Ivanka.
During one season, Trump called for female contestants to wear shorter dresses that also showed more cleavage, according to contestant Gene Folkes. Several cast members said Trump had one female contestant twirl before him so he could ogle her figure.
Randal Pinkett, who won the program in December 2005 and who has recently criticized Trump during his run for president, said he remembered the real estate mogul talking about which female contestants he wanted to sleep with, even though Trump had married former model Melania Knauss earlier that year: “He was like ‘Isn’t she hot, check her out,’ kind of gawking, something to the effect of ‘I’d like to hit that.’ “
The Trump campaign issued a general denial. “These outlandish, unsubstantiated, and totally false claims fabricated by publicity hungry, opportunistic, disgruntled former employees, have no merit whatsoever,” said Hope Hicks, Trump’s campaign spokeswoman. “The Apprentice was one of

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Updates from the 1st presidential debate

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The Latest on the first of three presidential debates between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump (all times EDT):
10:45 p.m.
Both candidates concluded the first presidential debate by saying they will accept the outcome if the other wins.
Hillary Clinton spoke directly to viewers and said, “It’s not about us, it’s about you.”
Donald Trump initially dodged the same question, saying he would make a “seriously troubled” America “great again.” He added: “I’m going to be able to do it. I don’t believe Hillary Clinton will.”
But Trump finished his answer by saying that if Clinton wins, “I will absolutely support her.”
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10:43 p.m.
Hillary Clinton is punching back at Donald Trump’s assertions that she doesn’t have the “stamina” to be president.
Trump has questioned whether Clinton has the physical fitness to be president and he repeated the criticism to her directly during the debate. Clinton’s response? Trump shouldn’t talk about stamina until he’s tried out the busy schedule she kept up as secretary of state.
Trump didn’t answer moderator Lester Holt’s original question about his past comments that Clinton doesn’t have the “presidential look.”
Clinton suggested the remarks were about gender, and she reminded the crowd of Trump’s past comments calling women “pigs” and other derogatory names.
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10:42 p.m.
Donald Trump says NATO needs to “go into the Middle East with us” to combat the Islamic State group. And he is taking credit for NATO focusing resources on combating terrorism.
In fact, the alliance agreed in July to contribute aircraft and conduct training in Iraq and has increased intelligence coordination there. And NATO set up an anti-terrorism program in 2004 — years before Trump criticized them as a presidential candidate.
Earlier this year, Trump criticized NATO for not focusing on terrorism. He said that afterward, he saw an article reporting that NATO was opening a new, major anti-terrorism division.
He said Tuesday

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