Posts Tagged ‘Ohio’

WATCH: Ohio Cops Taser Two Men for not Sitting Down

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Recently released body cam video shows two Ohio cops using their tasers to punish two brothers for not sitting down in their own home, even though neither of them were under arrest for committing a crime.
One of them suffered a collapsed lung, according to Cincinnati.com.
The incident left both men, who had clean records, with criminal convictions.
Cincinnati police officers Richard Sullivan and Lawrence Johnson responded to a call from Angela Brown, who called police to have her sons, Richard Coleman and James Crawley, removed from her apartment.
Their mother never specified why she wanted her sons out of her house, but Coleman says in the video that his mother is drunk.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer:

The men told city investigators they were at their mother’s apartment to help her grocery shop, with one saying Brown previously invited him to live there.
 
One of the experts said that the videos show the two officers actively escalating the situation instead of calming things down and eventually “using the Tasers as a form of torture to get them to do what they wanted them to do.”
 
“Anyone with any common sense can see the officers never give the kids a chance … and they immediately turned to a weapon that is one step below using lethal force,” said Gary A. Rini, a longtime police officer and commander from suburban Cleveland who now works as a police consultant and expert witness.
 
Following the incident, one of the brothers made a complaint to the Citizen Complaint Authority, which was created as part of the 2001 Collaborative Agreement to investigate allegations against police. Fraternal Order of Police President Hils requested that city investigators hold off on interviewing the officers until after the two men were fully prosecuted.

Officers Sullivan and Johnson arrived around 3:30 p.m. on August 8 to find Coleman, 24, sitting on the couch

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Ohio Deputy Shoots Photojournalist Trying to Photograph Traffic Stop

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Fearing for his life over a video camera, an Ohio sheriffs deputy shot a photojournalist Monday night who was setting up his camera on a tripod.
New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm was struck on the side and was rushed to the hospital where he is expected to survive.
Clark County sheriff’s deputy Jake Shaw apparently confused the camera for a gun.
Grimm, who says he knows Shaw through his job, said he had pulled into a parking lot to photograph the deputy making a traffic stop.
According to the New Carlisle News:
He had his camera and tripod in his hands and Deputy Jake Shaw apparently mistook it for a weapon and fired, striking Andy in the side.
He was rushed to Miami Valley Hospital for surgery. He is expected to recover from his wounds.
“I was going out to take pictures and I saw the traffic stop and I thought, ‘hey, cool. I’ll get some pictures here.’” He said he pulled into Studebaker’s parking lot in full view of the deputy, got out of his Jeep in full view of the deputy and started setting up his tripod and camera. “I turned around toward the cars and then ‘pop, pop,’”
Andy said the deputy gave him no warning. “I was just doing my job,” he said.
“I know Jake. I like Jake. I don’t want him to lose his job over this.”
Grimm told Fox 45 that if only he had “said something” to the deputy beforehand, he may have not been shot.
 “I was on my way to identify myself to the deputy so he didn’t think that I was sneaking up on him. I am not mad at the deputy. I just wish I would have said something before he pulled the trigger.”
Grimm’s father, Dale Grimm, owns the newspaper that serves the community of just over 5,000

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WATCH: OHIO COP SHOOTS AND KILLS FRIENDLY DOG, THAT HE LURED TO HIM

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Alliance Ohio Police Officer Josh Tenney actions were captured on his Body Worn Camera when he summoned the friendly dog to him only to shoot it dead.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ7nZ-Nwano?feature=oembed&w=620&h=465] A few minutes before the dogs’ owners had noticed his dogs were not in the yard and began searching for them only to find his dog China laying on the ground mortally wounded and dying, from shots fired from Tenney who claims the dogs were going to attack him.
The video starts with Tenney in his vehicle approaching a local auto parts store, the Body Worn Camera only captures the video and no audio of a brief exchange between Tenney and an unknown civilian, a few seconds later the audio is activated. Tenney can be heard calling the dogs with here puppy, puppy and he also whistles and claps. The dogs want nothing to do with him and move away from him in the direction of a do it yourself carwash.
Tenney continues to summon the dogs when China the largest of the three comes running towards him tail wagging in direct response to him calling her. This is when the smaller of the three dogs then attempts to slow China down to be the first dog to get whatever Tenney has for them.
This behavior is normal for this breed as well many others and is by no means a display of aggression towards a human, it is simply dog play.
Not know this or simply not caring Tenney can then be seen raising his pistol and killing China, for coming when he called her and for no other reason.
Local media reports that the spokesperson for the Alliance police claim that there were reports of the dog biting someone, yet no official report nor the imaginary victim has been presented.
This is simply another cases of a

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WATCH: Ohio Police Officer Shoots Man in The Dark After Claiming He Saw Gun.

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Canton, Ohio police officers responding to a report of suspicious individuals, shot a teenager he claims that he saw a gun in the dark, the body camera video starts with the officer running in the dark after someone with no light or warning and then he starts yelling “get down” and then the shooting starts. The video continues to document a foot pursuit that lasts a few more seconds when the shooting victim is trapped against a wooden fence. The accused, Jashaun Malik Nickol can be seen lying on the ground writhing in pain grabbing his leg, where he was shot by the officer claiming he a saw gun.
 
The common story of officers claiming to see dangerous things in immediately fear for their life and how they respond by shooting. In this case, the victim survived and has been charged. I have not read anywhere that a firearm has been recovered or even discussed by the Canton Police Department.
Jashaun Malik Nickol
 
This is likely another case where the citizens will have to foot the bill while on enforcement continues to act as if every citizen is out to kill them.
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Ohio Cop Sexually Assaults Women with Sex Toy during Traffic Stop

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

East Cleveland police officer Kenneth Bolton Jr. had no reason to pull the women over because they had already been cited by another officer 30 minutes earlier.
But he probably heard they were attractive, both of them in their early 20s. And he may have even heard they had a sex toy in the back seat.
Cops tend to get off on these things, so word spreads fast.
The 16-year police veteran then used the sex toy to grope both women between their legs during the February 23 traffic stop.
Now he is not only out of a job, but is facing ten years in prison.
Bolton, who is either 39 or 49 depending on which news source you believe, admitted to the infractions, something cops rarely do.
According to Cleveland.com:
A grand jury has filed charges against an East Cleveland police officer fired last month after he admitted to violating “numerous misdemeanor and felony laws” during a February traffic stop, records say.
Kenneth Bolton Jr., 39, is charged with two counts each of gross sexual imposition, abduction and interfering with civil rights charges tied to the Feb. 23 traffic stop, according to court records.
Bolton is accused of groping two women between their legs under threat of force during the stop, according to a copy of the indictment.
Bolton is set for an April 27 arraignment in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
Bolton, a 16-year veteran of the force, was fired March 3 after an internal investigation.
A letter of termination from East Cleveland Police Chief Michael Cardilli to Bolton says Bolton made a statement to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office “admitting to numerous misdemeanor and felony laws that you have recently violated.”
East Cleveland, a suburb of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, has a population of less than 20,000 people, so its police department is not very large, especially considering it is

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Ohio Cop “Accidentally” Deleted 100,000 Dash Cam Videos Dating Back to 2015

Friday, March 24th, 2017

An Ohio cop deleted an estimate 100,000 dash cam videos of Columbus Police Division traffic stops and call responses after a sworn officer working in the Technical Services Bureau made a few errant key strokes on March 8.
The mass deletion has caused skepticism and distrust among many community members and activists who don’t believe the vanishment of 100,000 videos was an accident.
Police officials didn’t even realize the files disappeared until March 13, which prompted an internal affairs investigation to look into whether or not it was actually an accident.
The officer, who so far has not been named, deleted all videos from 2015 and about 500 videos from last year. It’s not clear whether the deletions were made as an honest mistake or if a the cop deleted the videos in an attempt to hide evidence of wrongdoing.
“We have taken a number of other steps. And there are more to come. That includes finding out what the employee did know, or should have known, whether or not this would occur,” said Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs during a press conference, calling the deletions a “significant loss.”
“We don’t believe the system informed our employee that this would the result of the change process of the system he was using,” the chief said. “(We also want to) find out if that deletion was not accidental, as we believe, but instead was purposeful.”
The chief stated she was coming clean about the blunder in front of the media in order to be transparent.
“While we don’t think it’s going to have a big impact on prosecutions, we did believe it was important to say this now rather than waiting for somebody else to discover it,” the chief said at a press conference.
“We believe that transparency means acknowledging our mistakes.”
The deletions were made on March 8 after the officer attempted to simplify the classification of thousands of cruiser video files,

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WATCH: Ohio Cops Shoot and Kill Unarmed Man in Front of his Children

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Ohio cops shot and killed an unarmed man in front of his girlfriend and three kids last week after he refused to pull over for a traffic violation.
Roy Evans Jr., who had a suspended drivers’ license, led police on high speed chase for 14-minutes on March 7.
When Strongville cops spun out his van with spike strips, Evans Jr. reached down, attempting to light a cigarette.
That was the last thing he’d ever do.
“Let me see your hands! Let me see your hands!” an officer screams seconds before blasting Evans in the chest point blank with two rounds.
Meanwhile, Evans’ children in the van looked on as a Strongville cop cuffed their dead dad, dragging his limp body to the pavement.
A state trooper on the scene cuffed Amanda Pauley, Evans’ girlfriend, and placed her in a patrol cruiser after sitting her next to Evans’ body.
Amanda Pauley and Roy Evans Jr.
“Please don’t let him die,” she pleaded with officers.
An officer can be seen approaching the drivers’ side window and screaming at the children inside.
“Don’t look at it! Don’t look at it! Don’t look a it! Don’t look at it!”
“That’s my dad, dog,” one of Evans’ kid cries to the cop. “That’s my dad!”
“Don’t look at it!”
“What the fuck is wrong with you?” the kid sobs. “Why the fuck would you shoot him like that?”
“I got it, man. Don’t look at it.”
“That’s my dad, please bro. C’mon, bro., please. That’s my dad.”
Officers can be seen going through the motions, attempting CPR, but they obviously weren’t concerned about his life when they dragged him onto the pavement face-first with two fresh bullet holes in his chest and cuffed him.
“I got blood all over my hands,” one cop can be heard whining to the others.
Evans girlfriend of 10 years, Amanda Pauley, told Fox 8 that she and the children were

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WATCH: Three Ohio Cops Suspended for Brutal Arrest of Timid Man Standing on Sidewalk at Hospital

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Three Ohio cops were suspended after a video surfaced on social media showing them brutally arresting a man standing on the sidewalk with his hands in his pockets after leaving a hospital.
The officers were suspended by their employer, Ohio Health Protective Services, while the security company investigates the incident, according to ABC6 in Columbus.
Video footage shows one officer pushing, pepper-spraying and beating 38-year-old Shelton Adams before arresting him for disorderly conduct.
Adams does not appear to be resisting.
Nor does he appear to be acting disorderly.
The incident was captured on camera by Columbus resident Mellena Jackson Monday and already has over 700,000 views on Facebook.
Jackson wants to know why the man who passively stood outside Grant Hospital had to be arrested in the first place and questions the way the officers handled the situation.
“The way they handled that situation, it should not have been handled that way,” Jackson told ABC6.
“It could have been completely different.”
She began recording the altercation after seeing an officer follow Adams out of the hospital and hearing him say to the cop, “leave me alone.”
The video shows the officer shoving Adams between a wall and a nearby pole then whipping out his retractable baton after Adams flicked his cigarette to the ground.
The baton-wielding cop then begins pepper spraying Adams before delivering a single bash with his baton.
Another officer appears to put his hand out in an attempt to calm his partner before he wound up to strike Adams with the baton.
But after the cop’s visibly-angry partner yanked Adams to the concrete by his shirt, that same officer can be seen piling on along with him, trouncing Adams along with the other officers on-scene.
Jackson posted the video to social media because she said she thought it was important for people to see police abusing their power.
“People need to see this,” she said.
“Police abuse their power and it seems like they’re above the law.”
A spokesman for Ohio Health Protective Services, a police agency

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WATCH: Ohio Deputies Pepper Spray Man Strapped in Restraint Chair

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

A Ohio sheriff’s department once again has been exposed on video pepper spraying a detainee strapped in a restraint chair, a disturbing incident that took place a month after an almost identical video surfaced that was written off as an “isolated” incident by the sheriff who runs the jail.
The practice does not seem very isolated considering the victim in the latest attack expressed fear about getting strapped to the chair before he even saw the chair.
“I’m not going in the chair, am I?” asks Charles Wade as soon as he soon as he steps into the Montgomery County Jail after being arrested on drunk driving charges on October 17, 2016.
Sure enough, deputies announce that they will “chair him,” which means strapping him into a full-body 7-point restraint chair, described as providing “the most secure way to restrain violent or combative prisoners while ensuring officer safety.”
“I am not resisting,” Wade says in the video. “I’m not doing anything to fight you guys. If you cause any pain, my lawyer will know about it.”
He also repeatedly pleads that “I can’t breathe” as they pepper spray him multiple times.
Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer
The video was obtained by a local journalist and activist named David Esrati who posted it on his website, showing Wade being processed at Montgomery County Jail on drunk driving charges.
Esrati, a longtime critic of Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, described the video as follows:
Charles Alexander Wade is no choir boy. He’s a 37 year old black man who has had his share of run ins with the law. No stranger to the Montgomery County jail, he’s asking if he’s going to be “chaired” as the deputies are removing him from the back of the State Highway Patrol cruiser, where he is lying face down across the backseat, with his hands cuffed behind

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WATCH: Ohio State Police Release Dash Cam Video Showing Cop Overreacting by Releasing Attack Dog

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

The Ohio State Highway Patrol released dash cam video from Monday’s incident in which they released a police dog on a man trying to record his cousin’s arrest.
The dash cam video shows the cop trying to pull over Samuel Tolbert for driving without a license plate, but Tolbert did not appear to realize he was being pulled over until after he pulled up into the driveway of his cousin’s house.
The video shows the cop was stuck behind another car when he turned on his sirens, but by then, Tolbert had driven off.
But the cop apparently took it personal, so when he pulled up behind Tolbert in his driveway, he threatened to release his dog to attack him.
“I’m sending the dog if you get out of the car,” the cop yelled as Tolbert was stepping out, who appeared surprised that the cop had pulled up behind him.
“Get down on the ground! Get down on the ground! Get down on the ground!” the cop continued to yell.
But Tolbert appeared to be telling the officer that he needed to corral his dog that was in the front yard, so the cop told him to “get the dog.”
However, when Tolbert stepped out of frame to get the dog, the cop apparently started fearing for his life, running after him with his taser drawn, yelling at him to “get down on the ground.”
That was when Tolbert’s cousin, Dannie Oliver, who was outside taking out his garbage, also stepped out of frame with his phone, trying to record.
So now all three are out of frame, including the house dog, who can be heard whining as the sound of a scuffle can be heard.
The cop tells Oliver to go back inside, but Oliver says he is on his own property.
Oliver then steps back into the frame, which is when Tolbert

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WATCH: Ohio State Troopers Allow K9 to Attack Complying Man, Telling Him to “Stop Fighting My Dog”

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Ohio state troopers were arresting a man while his cousin live streamed on Facebook Live Monday, resulting in troopers releasing a police dog to attack the man with the camera.
Holding the phone was Dannie Oliver, who was explaining to viewers that the cops had just slammed him to the ground, pointing guns and tasers at them.
It is not clear why his cousin was being arrested but it appears as if he had just pulled into the driveway with the cops behind him.
As his cousin was being handcuffed, he yelled out to Oliver to call his mother to inform her of the arrest. The cousin also asked Oliver to retrieve his drivers license from his car and to turn the car off as it was still running with the door wide open.
Oliver obliged, reaching into his cousin’s car, but that made the cop fear for his life.
“Listen, get out of the car!” the cop yelled.
“I’m trying to get his ID for him,” Oliver responded.
“I don’t care, get inside your house,” the trooper responded, running up to him and grabbing him.
“Hey, hold up, you ain’t gotta grab me, dog,” Oliver responded.
“You’re about to go to jail! It’s called obstruction of official business!”
“But you just heard him ask me to get it, so why didn’t you tell me not to get it?” Oliver asked.
But that was when they released the police dog on him – even though he was not threatening the cops or anybody else for that matter.
“The fucking dog is attacking me!” Oliver yelled. “Aghh, aghh, my leg! My fucking leg! Get the dog!”
“Stop fighting my dog!” a cop commanded.
“I’m not fighting your dog!” Oliver responded. “He got my fucking leg! He biting my leg off!
“I was going in the house, so why you released the dog on me?”
The cops started

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Award-Winning Cleveland Cop Arrested for Pistol-Whipping, Raping Girlfriend at Gunpoint

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Angered at finding his girlfriend with another man, an award-winning Cleveland cop attacked her as she slept, pistol-whipping and punching her several times in the face, pointing a gun at her and firing two rounds.
The bullets tore into a mattress inches from her head.
Patrolman Tommie Griffin III then forced her into the basement where he raped her at gunpoint Friday evening.
He then drove off but was arrested at gunpoint the following afternoon after Parma police tracked his phone, finding him at a bar at 1:30 p.m.
Now the 2009 winner of the department’s distinguished service medal is behind bars for rape, felonious assault and kidnapping, according to Cleveland.com.
The police report states that Griffin went though a “rough divorce a while back” and as a result, had taken an extended sick leave, which translates to getting paid for doing nothing.
But now he will be placed on unpaid suspension because he was arrested for a felony.
 
Griffin, 51, who has been a cop since 1994, found his 42-year-old girlfriend with another man on Friday, who informed the cop that woman had invited him over for the weekend.
Griffin allowed the man to leave, then waited for his girlfriend to fall asleep before attacking and raping her.
A relative of the woman became concerned when she would not answer the phone, calling Parma police to conduct a welfare check on her.
When they did, they found the home “in disarray” and noted the woman had suffered “severe” facial injuries.
The woman’s relative told police they had a “volatile relationship.”
The girlfriend reported him missing on December 6 after last seeing him at an Irish pub three days earlier. On December 9, he was hospitalized for unspecified reasons.
 
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Ohio Judge Declares Mistrial in Case Against Cop who Killed Unarmed Man in Car

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Former Ohio Police Officer Ray Tensing is now a free man after shooting and killing Sam DuBose, a unarmed black man in July 2015.
At least for now.
Tensing, 26, was an officer at The University of Cincinnati when he was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter based on evidence from his body camera.
But a judge ordered a mistrial Saturday after a Hamilton County Common Pleas Court jury remained deadlocked with eight jurors voting to convict him of voluntary manslaughter and four wanting to convict him of murder.
There were 10 white and two black jurors.
The trial lasted for two weeks and the jury deliberated for 25 hours.
The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office now has the options of retrying the case, offering a plea deal to Tensing or dropping the charges all together. The prosecutor will announce a decision later this month.
“In my job, you make decisions that affect people’s lives almost every day, and all you can do is what you think is right,” said Joe Deters, the prosecutor in charge of the case.
“I still think it’s murder; I think that we proved it. We’ll look at what we did and make an assessment,”
The DuBose family demands that the case be retried with a new jury. In fact, The University of Cincinnati reached a $5.3 million settlement with the DuBose family.
The DuBose family received $4,850,000 of the settlement and the remaining $500,000 will go towards the college education of DuBose’s 12 children.
Tensing pulled DuBose over for not having a license plate on July 19, 2015. Next, Tensing ordered DuBose out of the vehicle but DuBose refused to exit the vehicle and proceeded to drive off while Tensing was holding on to the vehicle.
It was then that Tensing fired a shot from his department issued weapon, which fatally hit DuBose in the head. Tensing claims he was drug by the

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WATCH: Ohio Trump Supporter Tackles Anti-Trump Protester from Behind on Stairs

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

It’s been six days since Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton in the president election and there have been non-stop protests in cities and universities throughout the United States as well as reported violence between Trump supporters and protesters.
But until today, none of these clashes have been captured so vividly on video.
The video was recorded at Ohio State University Monday while an anti-Trump protester was standing on the stairs speaking to other protesters below through a bullhorn.
That was when a Trump supporter came running down the stairs and striking the protester from behind, sending him sprawling down the stairs.
According to the Lantern:
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During a protest that ended up rolling into the Ohio Union, an anti-Trump protester was tackled while he was delivering a speech. The protester, Tim Joseph, was knocked down from where he was standing on the steps leading to the second floor.
Multiple emails have been sent to students and faculty regarding the disturbances surrounding the election.
“We protect First Amendment rights actively, but we do not under any circumstances tolerate intimidation or threats to students, faculty, staff or visitors to our campus,” said University President Michael Drake in one such email.
The man who tackled Joseph, who has not been identified, was arrested and placed under indefinite suspension from Ohio State, said Gerard Basalla, Undergraduate Student Government president and a fourth-year in political science and strategic communication.
“The assault that occurred — that’s what it was — in the Union tonight is completely unacceptable,” Basalla told The Lantern. “Every person on this campus has the right to feel safe and voice their opinion without fearing harm. We can’t be having this.”
The protesters are not protesting the results of the election, but the inflammatory rhetoric from Trump during the campaign that created

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Can public drinking revitalize downtowns?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

In an attempt to bring tourists and young people back to aging downtown districts, many cities have legalized outdoor drinking — and it has been somewhat successful in revitalizing those areas, according to an article from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
In 2016, cities in Mississippi and Ohio legalized “outdoor refreshment areas,” zones where patrons can carry drinks in the street, often in plastic containers rather than cans or glass bottles.
The new wave of cities follows similar laws passed in Nashville; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Mobile, Alabama, in recent years in an effort to draw in millennials and boomers to turn around lagging downtown districts.
Most of these refreshment areas cover a pre-defined zone with police patrolling the borders to keep alcohol, and the rowdy behavior that sometimes accompanies it, from spreading into other areas of the city.
The move seems to be a success in Canton, Ohio, which opened its public drinking zone this year. After the measure went into effect, the city saw downtown crowds peak at 10,000 people in June, an increase of 3,000 people over 2015’s busiest weekend.
The Canton program charges bar customers an extra $1 to get a drink “to go” in order to pay for the extra police patrolling the district, and bar employees are responsible for picking up the cups littering the streets after the night is through.
Still, public drinking is not without its risks. Mobile had two shootings within its public drinking district last year, causing city councilors to put a midnight curfew on public drinking, two hours before area bars close.
Mobile bar owners say the economic benefits of the public drinking zone far outweigh the handful of troubling incidents since the law passed.
Since the law went into effect, 15 new bars and restaurants opened in the area, with another four on the way over the next few months.
“People

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Red Light Camera Company CEO Sentenced to Prison for Bribing City Officials for Municipal Contracts

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Karen Finley, former CEO of the red light camera company Redflex Traffic Systems, was sentenced to 14 months in prison last week after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges over backroom bribes in Ohio.
Finley offered political campaign contributions to city council members in Cincinnati and Columbus in exchange for municipal contracts with the company.
She faces a separate sentencing in Chicago next month after pleading guilty to charges there.
Karen Finley said she knew bribing city representatives was illegal, but did it anyway in order to obtain municipal contracts.
“I knew of the solicitations and agreed along with Redflex to provide the campaign funds in exchange for the offcials taking action so Redflex could obtain and retain municipal contracts,” read Finley’s letter to US District Judge Michael H. Watson earlier this month, admitting she conspired to pay bribes to city representatives at the request of Redflex lobbyist John P. Raphael.
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“Raphael was used as a pass-through to conceal the nature of the money going to Raphael and, ultimately, the elected officials.”
In addition to her time at the minimum security federal pen in Phoenix, Finley was ordered to pay a $100 assessment fee, spend a year on probation after her release and turn in any firearms.
Prosecutors asked for 30 months, but Finley’s defense team persuaded the judge to hand down 14 months, arguing the culture of corruption at Redflex was to blame.
“Karen walked into a position with the company where fraud was already occurring. And as a result, she put herself in a place where she became a party to it,” Michael D. Kimerer, Finley’s attorney argued.
“Although Karen might not have known at the time the full extent of her criminal conduct, at the very minimum, she acted with willful blindness,” he admitted.
Federal investigators were willing

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Red Light Camera Company CEO Sentenced to Prison for Bribing City Officials for Municipal Contracts

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Karen Finley, former CEO of the red light camera company Redflex Traffic Systems, was sentenced to 14 months in prison last week after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges over backroom bribes in Ohio.
Finley offered political campaign contributions to city council members in Cincinnati and Columbus in exchange for municipal contracts with the company.
She faces a separate sentencing in Chicago next month after pleading guilty to charges there.
Karen Finley said she knew bribing city representatives was illegal, but did it anyway in order to obtain municipal contracts.
“I knew of the solicitations and agreed along with Redflex to provide the campaign funds in exchange for the offcials taking action so Redflex could obtain and retain municipal contracts,” read Finley’s letter to US District Judge Michael H. Watson earlier this month, admitting she conspired to pay bribes to city representatives at the request of Redflex lobbyist John P. Raphael.
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“Raphael was used as a pass-through to conceal the nature of the money going to Raphael and, ultimately, the elected officials.”
In addition to her time at the minimum security federal pen in Phoenix, Finley was ordered to pay a $100 assessment fee, spend a year on probation after her release and turn in any firearms.
Prosecutors asked for 30 months, but Finley’s defense team persuaded the judge to hand down 14 months, arguing the culture of corruption at Redflex was to blame.
“Karen walked into a position with the company where fraud was already occurring. And as a result, she put herself in a place where she became a party to it,” Michael D. Kimerer, Finley’s attorney argued.
“Although Karen might not have known at the time the full extent of her criminal conduct, at the very minimum, she acted with willful blindness,” he admitted.
Federal investigators were willing

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Red Light Camera Company CEO Sentenced to Prison for Bribing City Officials for Municipal Contracts

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Karen Finley, former CEO of the red light camera company Redflex Traffic Systems, was sentenced to 14 months in prison last week after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges over backroom bribes in Ohio.
Finley offered political campaign contributions to city council members in Cincinnati and Columbus in exchange for municipal contracts with the company.
She faces a separate sentencing in Chicago next month after pleading guilty to charges there.
Karen Finley said she knew bribing city representatives was illegal, but did it anyway in order to obtain municipal contracts.
“I knew of the solicitations and agreed along with Redflex to provide the campaign funds in exchange for the offcials taking action so Redflex could obtain and retain municipal contracts,” read Finley’s letter to US District Judge Michael H. Watson earlier this month, admitting she conspired to pay bribes to city representatives at the request of Redflex lobbyist John P. Raphael.
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“Raphael was used as a pass-through to conceal the nature of the money going to Raphael and, ultimately, the elected officials.”
In addition to her time at the minimum security federal pen in Phoenix, Finley was ordered to pay a $100 assessment fee, spend a year on probation after her release and turn in any firearms.
Prosecutors asked for 30 months, but Finley’s defense team persuaded the judge to hand down 14 months, arguing the culture of corruption at Redflex was to blame.
“Karen walked into a position with the company where fraud was already occurring. And as a result, she put herself in a place where she became a party to it,” Michael D. Kimerer, Finley’s attorney argued.
“Although Karen might not have known at the time the full extent of her criminal conduct, at the very minimum, she acted with willful blindness,” he admitted.
Federal investigators were willing

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Red Light Camera Company CEO Sentenced to Prison for Bribing City Officials for Municipal Contracts

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Karen Finley, former CEO of the red light camera company Redflex Traffic Systems, was sentenced to 14 months in prison last week after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges over backroom bribes in Ohio.
Finley offered political campaign contributions to city council members in Cincinnati and Columbus in exchange for municipal contracts with the company.
She faces a separate sentencing in Chicago next month after pleading guilty to charges there.
Karen Finley said she knew bribing city representatives was illegal, but did it anyway in order to obtain municipal contracts.
“I knew of the solicitations and agreed along with Redflex to provide the campaign funds in exchange for the offcials taking action so Redflex could obtain and retain municipal contracts,” read Finley’s letter to US District Judge Michael H. Watson earlier this month, admitting she conspired to pay bribes to city representatives at the request of Redflex lobbyist John P. Raphael.
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“Raphael was used as a pass-through to conceal the nature of the money going to Raphael and, ultimately, the elected officials.”
In addition to her time at the minimum security federal pen in Phoenix, Finley was ordered to pay a $100 assessment fee, spend a year on probation after her release and turn in any firearms.
Prosecutors asked for 30 months, but Finley’s defense team persuaded the judge to hand down 14 months, arguing the culture of corruption at Redflex was to blame.
“Karen walked into a position with the company where fraud was already occurring. And as a result, she put herself in a place where she became a party to it,” Michael D. Kimerer, Finley’s attorney argued.
“Although Karen might not have known at the time the full extent of her criminal conduct, at the very minimum, she acted with willful blindness,” he admitted.
Federal investigators were willing

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Red Light Camera Company CEO Sentenced to Prison for Bribing City Officials for Municipal Contracts

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Karen Finley, former CEO of the red light camera company Redflex Traffic Systems, was sentenced to 14 months in prison last week after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges over backroom bribes in Ohio.
Finley offered political campaign contributions to city council members in Cincinnati and Columbus in exchange for municipal contracts with the company.
She faces a separate sentencing in Chicago next month after pleading guilty to charges there.
Karen Finley said she knew bribing city representatives was illegal, but did it anyway in order to obtain municipal contracts.
“I knew of the solicitations and agreed along with Redflex to provide the campaign funds in exchange for the offcials taking action so Redflex could obtain and retain municipal contracts,” read Finley’s letter to US District Judge Michael H. Watson earlier this month, admitting she conspired to pay bribes to city representatives at the request of Redflex lobbyist John P. Raphael.
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“Raphael was used as a pass-through to conceal the nature of the money going to Raphael and, ultimately, the elected officials.”
In addition to her time at the minimum security federal pen in Phoenix, Finley was ordered to pay a $100 assessment fee, spend a year on probation after her release and turn in any firearms.
Prosecutors asked for 30 months, but Finley’s defense team persuaded the judge to hand down 14 months, arguing the culture of corruption at Redflex was to blame.
“Karen walked into a position with the company where fraud was already occurring. And as a result, she put herself in a place where she became a party to it,” Michael D. Kimerer, Finley’s attorney argued.
“Although Karen might not have known at the time the full extent of her criminal conduct, at the very minimum, she acted with willful blindness,” he admitted.
Federal investigators were willing

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Red Light Camera Company CEO Sentenced to Prison for Bribing City Officials for Municipal Contracts

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Karen Finley, former CEO of the red light camera company Redflex Traffic Systems, was sentenced to 14 months in prison last week after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges over backroom bribes in Ohio.
Finley offered political campaign contributions to city council members in Cincinnati and Columbus in exchange for municipal contracts with the company.
She faces a separate sentencing in Chicago next month after pleading guilty to charges there.
Karen Finley said she knew bribing city representatives was illegal, but did it anyway in order to obtain municipal contracts.
“I knew of the solicitations and agreed along with Redflex to provide the campaign funds in exchange for the offcials taking action so Redflex could obtain and retain municipal contracts,” read Finley’s letter to US District Judge Michael H. Watson earlier this month, admitting she conspired to pay bribes to city representatives at the request of Redflex lobbyist John P. Raphael.
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“Raphael was used as a pass-through to conceal the nature of the money going to Raphael and, ultimately, the elected officials.”
In addition to her time at the minimum security federal pen in Phoenix, Finley was ordered to pay a $100 assessment fee, spend a year on probation after her release and turn in any firearms.
Prosecutors asked for 30 months, but Finley’s defense team persuaded the judge to hand down 14 months, arguing the culture of corruption at Redflex was to blame.
“Karen walked into a position with the company where fraud was already occurring. And as a result, she put herself in a place where she became a party to it,” Michael D. Kimerer, Finley’s attorney argued.
“Although Karen might not have known at the time the full extent of her criminal conduct, at the very minimum, she acted with willful blindness,” he admitted.
Federal investigators were willing

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Red Light Camera Company CEO Sentenced to Prison for Bribing City Officials for Municipal Contracts

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Karen Finley, former CEO of the red light camera company Redflex Traffic Systems, was sentenced to 14 months in prison last week after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges over backroom bribes in Ohio.
Finley offered political campaign contributions to city council members in Cincinnati and Columbus in exchange for municipal contracts with the company.
She faces a separate sentencing in Chicago next month after pleading guilty to charges there.
Karen Finley said she knew bribing city representatives was illegal, but did it anyway in order to obtain municipal contracts.
“I knew of the solicitations and agreed along with Redflex to provide the campaign funds in exchange for the offcials taking action so Redflex could obtain and retain municipal contracts,” read Finley’s letter to US District Judge Michael H. Watson earlier this month, admitting she conspired to pay bribes to city representatives at the request of Redflex lobbyist John P. Raphael.
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“Raphael was used as a pass-through to conceal the nature of the money going to Raphael and, ultimately, the elected officials.”
In addition to her time at the minimum security federal pen in Phoenix, Finley was ordered to pay a $100 assessment fee, spend a year on probation after her release and turn in any firearms.
Prosecutors asked for 30 months, but Finley’s defense team persuaded the judge to hand down 14 months, arguing the culture of corruption at Redflex was to blame.
“Karen walked into a position with the company where fraud was already occurring. And as a result, she put herself in a place where she became a party to it,” Michael D. Kimerer, Finley’s attorney argued.
“Although Karen might not have known at the time the full extent of her criminal conduct, at the very minimum, she acted with willful blindness,” he admitted.
Federal investigators were willing

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WATCH: Ohio Cop Fires into Moving Car, Killing Man

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

An Ohio man video recorded a graphic video showing cops shooting into a car as it was driving away after it had struck a police motorcycle.
The man in the car, Frank Sandor, appeared to have gotten away at first, but he ended up crashing his car across the street, which was when he was pronounced dead.
The incident took place at 1 p.m. Thursday in a shopping center in Willoughby.
Willoughby police said Sandor injured a cop who was either on or near the bike, but the video does not start until after the crash.
However, the cop can be seen limping after the car had driven away.
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“Oh my God! Are you OK?” the man with the camera said to the cops after recording an officer shooting three times into the vehicle.
According to Cleveland.com:
A statement released Thursday by Willoughby police said that Sandor gave officers false information before he placed the Pontiac in reverse and struck a police motorcycle.
The involved officer, a department veteran, suffered minor injuries after being struck by the car, Willoughby police Chief Jack Beckwith said. The YouTube video shows the officer walking with a limp after he fired the shots.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is now investigating whether the officer’s actions were criminal, agency spokeswoman Jill Del Greco said.
“We’re conducting the criminal investigation to map out exactly what happened, and we’ll turn the investigation over to the local prosecutor if there was any criminal misconduct,” Del Greco said.
A YouTube video posted shortly after the 1 p.m. shooting showed one officer fire three rounds at the fleeing car. After the shots were fired, the car traveled out of the Lowe’s lot and across Euclid Avenue, where it crashed in front of another shopping center.
Seth Stoughton, a law professor

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Donald Trump belittles accusers as more turn up with sordid stories

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Donald Trump acted out onstage an accuser’s allegations and suggested another wasn’t worthy of his attention the same day two more women came forward with years-old stories of unwanted sexual encounters with the Republican presidential nominee.

With eight women accusing Trump of unwanted kissing, groping or more, the New York businessman maintained his innocence and his denunciation of opponent Hillary Clinton and an international media conspiracy aimed at denying him the White House.
“100 percent fabricated and made-up charges, pushed strongly by the media and the Clinton Campaign, may poison the minds of the American Voter. FIX!” Trump tweeted on Saturday morning.
Clinton maintained a relatively low profile as Trump stormed, but more hacked emails from WikiLeaks raised anew questions about her private versus public pronouncements. Those released Friday showed her campaign had asked former President Bill Clinton to cancel a speech to an investment firm last year because of concerns that the Clintons might appear to be too cozy with Wall Street just as she was about to announce her candidacy.
Such revelations were no match for the sordid new accusations against Trump. Summer Zervos, a former contestant from Trump’s NBC show “The Apprentice,” said the series’ star became sexually aggressive at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2007. He kissed her open-mouthed and touched her breasts in a private room, she said during a news conference.
Late Friday night, the Trump campaign released a statement in which a cousin of Zervos said he was “shocked and bewildered” by her account. John Barry of Mission Viejo, California, said Zervos “wishes she could still be on reality TV, and in an effort to get that back she’s saying all of these negative things about Mr. Trump.”
In response, Summer’s lawyer, Gloria Allred, said in a statement that Barry worked at Zervos’ family restaurant until several months ago,

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Ohio City Council Approves “Error in Judgement” Settlement for Cop who Shot Girl While Trying to Kill her Dog

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

“It hit her pretty much square in the middle of her leg and went through and broke the bone. She had to have a plate and screws to help pin the bone in place,”  Brad Ellis, Ava’s dad told ABC6.
The City Council of Columbus Ohio approved a $780,000 pending settlement that we reported about last week in a case where a cop was trying to kill the family dog as it retreated into its home, but the bullet wound up going through, 4-year-old Ava Ellis’ leg, shattering her bone, ricocheting and then lodged in the cabinet in the families’ kitchen.
Ava, who is 6-years-old now, has been through several surgeries since being shot and has had to miss most of her first grade year.
Ava Ellis stil has nightmares after being shot by Columbus cop Jonathan Thomas who was trying to kill her dog. But her parents hope she’s grows out of it.
Michael Wright, attorney for Ava Ellis family, said the $780,000 settlement approved by the city holds police accountable for their “error in judgment.”
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But the Ellis’ still think officer Thomas should be held accountable, but he is appealing the disciplinary action taken against him by his department and is still on the police force, saying he shot at the dog in self-defense.
But officer Thomas is the only one who remembers it that way.
Several witnesses there that say the 40-pound family said the dog had came out to bark, but was retreating into the house when he shot, missing it and hitting Ava instead.
No criminal charges were filed against him, even though instead of rendering aid and making sure Ava was OK, officer Jonathan Thomas then walked down the driveway, got in his patrol car and left the scene without administering aid or making sure an ambulance was on the way.
On June 19 2015, officer

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Bob Sparks: When likability and the desire for leadership and experience collide

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Fifteen months before the presidential election, New Hampshire and Iowa is where the action is. That is true every four years.
Winning the nomination and the general election requires a strong performance in several key states. In 2016, the next president will have won at least two of a group of three swing states that includes Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. There is no plausible path to 270 electoral votes without two of those states.
Quinnipiac University not only took the temperature of those three states recently, they conducted a full checkup. The results give a clear picture of where the race stands now.
They show that Hillary Clinton is in serious trouble, which will only get worse if Vice President Joe Biden gets into the race. In many areas, the Democrats get their best polling results from Florida, not dependable Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania.
This poll shows people personally like Biden and Dr. Ben Carson. Biden scores well in every category, while Carson comes up short only in “experience.”
The negatives coming Donald Trump’s way show his support comes from a fraction of the Republican Party. Trump polled the highest at 28 percent against the GOP field. Among respondents, 72 percent are looking elsewhere.
Voters might agree with some, or many, of a candidate’s positions, but they want to vote for someone they like. In a close election, too many might stay at home if the nominee does not make them want to get out and vote.
In these vital states, Clinton receives double-digit majorities among voters who hold unfavorable views of her. Biden is viewed favorably by double-digit majorities with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders earning small pluralities on the positive side.
With all that has come out recently, it is no wonder Clinton is distrusted by most respondents, while Biden earns high marks in this category while Sanders earns

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Jac Wilder VerSteeg: John Boehner is latest the GOP has left behind

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Well, the moment I feared has come to pass.
House Speaker John Boehner is throwing in the towel. At the end of October – after he has steered the U.S. House of Representatives away from the government shutdown cliff – Boehner is resigning not just the speakership but his seat in the House.
I am not upset because Boehner is resigning. I am upset because I actually will miss Boehner. A moment I long feared has come to pass. It’s the moment when I know for sure that I will remember John Boehner as a “moderate.”
When Boehner became speaker in January 2011, the Ohio Republican represented the end of Democratic control of the House. The GOP, fat with the midterm elections of 2010 and beholden to the Tea Party, was eager to make life hell for President Barack Obama.
Speaker John Boehner was going to be the leader of that movement.
It was not yet clear, when Boehner accepted the gavel from ex-speaker Nancy Pelosi, that the Tea Party was going to make Boehner’s life a bigger hell than it ever could for Obama.
But Boehner had come into the speakership with some of his conservative credentials already in question by the Tea Party. In the midst of the meltdown that started to smash the U.S. economy in 2008, Boehner voted for the bailouts, including the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program.
But I saw that support, as most people did, as a gut-check moment of ultimately patriotic bipartisanship. At the time, Adam Putnam – now Florida’s agriculture commissioner – was a Boehner lieutenant in the House. During a 2010 interview with The Palm Beach Post, where I was deputy editorial page editor, Putnam recalled that the GOP leadership supported TARP after sensing the intense fear of Bush administration officials who briefed them on the crisis.
“History

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