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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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Wisconsin Cops Claim 14-Year-Old Boy they Killed had a Knife; Grandfather Claims it was a Cellphone

Friday, November 10th, 2017

A Wisconsin deputy fatally shot an eighth-grader on an Indian reservation Wednesday, claiming he 14-year-old boy was holding a knife.
But the boy’s grandfather says he was only holding a cellphone and “never had one mean bone in his body.”
Jason Pero, 14, (bottom) was fatally shot on November 8 by an Ashland County Deputy who claims he had a knife.
The Ashland County sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot Jason Pero on the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s reservation has not yet been identified, according to KBJR6.
And the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, which provides law enforcement services to the reservation along with the tribal police department, has offered few details to the public, only stating the deputy shot the “suspect” and that he was “struck by gunfire” several times before he was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Dispatchers received a call around 11:48 a.m. about a male subject armed with a knife walking down the street.
A deputy who responded to the call fired multiple shots, striking Pero.
According to the state Justice Department, a knife was found at the scene, but it’s not uncommon for police to plant a weapon after botching a shooting to relieve themselves from criminal and civil liability.
Holly Gauthier described her son as kind, loving and a “big teddy bear” and has many questions as the Ahsland County Sheriff’s department remains silent on the matter.
“There is no reason you can justify shooting a 14-year-old boy,” she said.
Pero had gone home sick from school on Wednesday and was staying at his grandparents house.
“This is a tragedy that should not have happened,”  Bad River Band Chairman Robert Blanchard told the Associated Press.
“There’s other ways to do things than to pull out a gun and shoot him.”
The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on their Facebook page

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Wisconsin SWAT Team Attacks 65-Year-old Man with Parkinson’s Disease After he Called for Help

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

A 65-year-old Wisconsin man with Parkinson’s Disease dialed 911 for a medical emergency Friday, only for a SWAT team to arrive at his home and slam him to the ground,  hospitalizing him for days.
Thomas Smith’s family is outraged, saying their relative is unable to physically speak, so he had to resort to pushing buttons on the telephone to communicate with the dispatcher.
And somehow, the dispatcher understood he was being held hostage by a man with guns and explosives, which is why Oneida County sheriff’s officials say they were only trying to keep the neighborhood safe.
Plus, they added, he was not following directions, so he had to be “de-centralized,” which apparently is the police version of  “re-accommodated,” the term used by United Airlines to describe how they have passengers yanked from their seats and dragged down the aisle to make room for airline employees.
But Smith’s family is not buying it.
According to News Watch 12:

“When a person cannot communicate, and he’s short of breath, you’re going to press every button on the phone to get help,” said Alan.

The dispatch call ended abruptly. So when Smith exited his home, the Oneida County Special Response team detained him.

The family says Smith was treated roughly.

“He did say he was forced down, he was slammed to the ground,” said Alan.

Hook says Smith was not following directions, so Smith was then “decentralized.”
“We acted on the information that we had,” Hook said. “We couldn’t have acted any other way.”
“We needed to keep the community safe as well as our officers safe, and we just did the best we could with the information that we had,” said Hook.

Smith is currently in the hospital receiving the medical care he needed in addition to the care he needed after he was body slammed.
Captain Hook suggests citizens with medical issues make prior arrangements

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Wisconsin Deputy Slams 15 Shots of Vodka, Steals Man’s Sweatshirt, Passes Out in Patrol Car, Blames Bartender

Friday, January 20th, 2017

How many shots does it take for a cop to pass out in their patrol vehicle while in uniform and on-duty as a police dog helplessly sits in the backseat?
It took 15 shots of vodka for a Wisconsin deputy to do just that.
St. Croix County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Fowler ended up having a .23 blood alcohol content – nearly three times the legal limit.
In fact, Fowler still had the squad car in drive with his foot on the brake when responding officers found him passed out from his drunken stupor.
But he later blamed the bartender at the Comfort Inn for getting him drunk.
The incident took place in October 2016 but reports of the incident were only released until recently.
Deputy Fowler was in North Dakota as extra security reinforcement for the pipeline standoff. He was one of five deputies that were called from the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department in Wisconsin.
A few hours before Deputy Fowler was suppose to report to duty, he downed at least 15 premium Vodka shots at the Comfort Inn hotel where he and his colleagues were staying.
Additionally, Fowler had taken some sort of prescription medication.
Twincities reports that on October 12 around 11:30 p.m., after downing the shots, Fowler walked to his patrol car with his k-9 dog in an attempt to drive to the pipeline.
But he was too drunk to make it out of the parking lot.
He then became cold and offered to pay $5 for a random man’s sweatshirt. The man identified as Daylan Chasinghawk gave Fowler the sweatshirt but Fowler never coughed up the money.
That was when Chasinghawk called police to report that a deputy stole his sweatshirt.
Once police arrived at the hotel, they found Fowler in his patrol car drunk with the transmission in drive, his foot on the brake, and the doors locked. Officers had to

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Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke Detains Man for Looking at Him the Wrong Way on Airplane

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke had a man detained for looking at him the wrong way on an airplane Sunday.  Or for mocking him over a football game.
Or, if you believe the sheriff, for making him fear for his life.
“Next time he or anyone else pulls this stunt on a plane they may get knocked out,” the sheriff said in a statement. “I do not have to wait for some goof to assault me.”
Either way, Dan Black, 24, has filed an internal affairs complaint against the sheriff.
Black said the incident took place as he boarded a plane in Dallas to Milwaukee and spotted the sheriff sitting in first class decked out in Dallas Cowboy attire, according to WISN. Law enforcement sources told the news station that they were told to detain Black because he had mocked the sheriff.
The Cowboys had just lost a playoff game against the Green Bay Packers and Black was surprised that the Wisconsin sheriff was a Cowboys fan.
So Black asked the sheriff if he was the famous David Clarke. Sheriff Clarke responded with a yes.
Black, apparently frustrated that a Milwaukee resident was cheering for the Cowboys instead of the local Packers, shook his head in disapproval as he walked pass the sheriff on the plane.
He also said he is not a fan of the sheriff anyway, who made headlines as one of the few black Americans that spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention in support of Donald Trump
Black continued walking down the aisle to his seat in commercial class when the sheriff asked, “Is there a problem?”. Black said no, shook his head, and continued to walk away.
But the sheriff was infuriated that someone had the audacity to shake their head at him, so he had his deputies meet Black at the terminal after the plane landed in Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee Cop Charged with Homicide Two Months After he was Charged with Raping Two Men

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

A Milwaukee cop arrested for raping two men in October was charged with homicide today in the shooting death of another man during the summer, which sparked two days of riots and protests in the Wisconsin city.
Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who was fired after the sexual assault arrest, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide for shooting and killing Sylville Smith on August 13.
The shooting was captured on Heaggan-Brown’s body camera, which is what led to the charges.
Also captured on video were the sexual assaults, which is what led to that arrest.
None of the videos have been been released, but prosecutors saw a different chain of events from the shooting than initially described by Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, who claimed the video showed Smith turning towards the officer with a gun in his hand, making him fear for his life.
According to USA Today:
The criminal complaint says Heaggan-Brown’s first shot hit Smith in the arm while Smith was throwing a gun over a fence.
The second shot, which hit Smith in the chest, was fired after Smith tossed the gun and fell to the ground with his hands near his head.
The criminal complaint details what investigators saw on body-camera footage:
Heaggan-Brown and another officer ran after Smith. Smith slipped to the ground before standing with a gun in his hand and turning his upper body toward the officers. Smith then threw the gun over a fence into a nearby yard as the first shot was fired.
According to preliminary information provided by city officials, Smith, 23, was shot when he ran from a traffic stop Aug. 13. Police Chief Edward Flynn has said body camera footage shows Smith was armed and turning toward Heaggan-Brown, 24, who then opened fire.
One day after the shooting, Heaggan-Brown was sitting in a bar when news of the shooting came on

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Milwaukee Cop Charged with Homicide Two Months After he was Charged with Raping Two Men

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

A Milwaukee cop arrested for raping two men in October was charged with homicide today in the shooting death of another man during the summer, which sparked two days of riots and protests in the Wisconsin city.
Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who was fired after the sexual assault arrest, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide for shooting and killing Sylville Smith on August 13.
The shooting was captured on Heaggan-Brown’s body camera, which is what led to the charges.
Also captured on video were the sexual assaults, which is what led to that arrest.
None of the videos have been been released, but prosecutors saw a different chain of events from the shooting than initially described by Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, who claimed the video showed Smith turning towards the officer with a gun in his hand, making him fear for his life.
According to USA Today:
The criminal complaint says Heaggan-Brown’s first shot hit Smith in the arm while Smith was throwing a gun over a fence.
The second shot, which hit Smith in the chest, was fired after Smith tossed the gun and fell to the ground with his hands near his head.
The criminal complaint details what investigators saw on body-camera footage:
Heaggan-Brown and another officer ran after Smith. Smith slipped to the ground before standing with a gun in his hand and turning his upper body toward the officers. Smith then threw the gun over a fence into a nearby yard as the first shot was fired.
According to preliminary information provided by city officials, Smith, 23, was shot when he ran from a traffic stop Aug. 13. Police Chief Edward Flynn has said body camera footage shows Smith was armed and turning toward Heaggan-Brown, 24, who then opened fire.
One day after the shooting, Heaggan-Brown was sitting in a bar when news of the shooting came on

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Milwaukee Cop Charged with Homicide Two Months After he was Charged with Raping Two Men

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

A Milwaukee cop arrested for raping two men in October was charged with homicide today in the shooting death of another man during the summer, which sparked two days of riots and protests in the Wisconsin city.
Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who was fired after the sexual assault arrest, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide for shooting and killing Sylville Smith on August 13.
The shooting was captured on Heaggan-Brown’s body camera, which is what led to the charges.
Also captured on video were the sexual assaults, which is what led to that arrest.
None of the videos have been been released, but prosecutors saw a different chain of events from the shooting than initially described by Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, who claimed the video showed Smith turning towards the officer with a gun in his hand, making him fear for his life.
According to USA Today:
The criminal complaint says Heaggan-Brown’s first shot hit Smith in the arm while Smith was throwing a gun over a fence.
The second shot, which hit Smith in the chest, was fired after Smith tossed the gun and fell to the ground with his hands near his head.
The criminal complaint details what investigators saw on body-camera footage:
Heaggan-Brown and another officer ran after Smith. Smith slipped to the ground before standing with a gun in his hand and turning his upper body toward the officers. Smith then threw the gun over a fence into a nearby yard as the first shot was fired.
According to preliminary information provided by city officials, Smith, 23, was shot when he ran from a traffic stop Aug. 13. Police Chief Edward Flynn has said body camera footage shows Smith was armed and turning toward Heaggan-Brown, 24, who then opened fire.
One day after the shooting, Heaggan-Brown was sitting in a bar when news of the shooting came on

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Clinton team sees recount effort as waste of resources

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s aides and supporters are urging dispirited Democrats to channel their frustrations about the election results into political causes — just not into efforts to recount ballots in three battleground states.
The former Democratic presidential candidate and her close aides see the recount drive largely as a waste of resources, according to people close to Clinton. The effort is being fueled by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who’s formed an organization to try to force recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
“Believe me if there was anything I could do to make Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States I would,” said former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a longtime Clinton supporter. “But this is a big waste of time.”
Aides say Clinton is focused on moving past her unexpected defeat and has devoted little attention to the recount or thinking about her political future. She’s been spending time with her grandchildren and going for walks near her Westchester home. Sightings of Clinton hiking with her dogs and shopping at a Rhode Island bookstore went viral on social media.
“There have been a few times this past week where all I wanted to do was curl up with a good book and our dogs and never leave the house again,” Clinton said in an emotional speech at a gala for the Children’s Defense Fund, her one public appearance since her loss.
Former President Bill Clinton, meanwhile, has been poring over the election results, second-guessing decisions by top campaign aides and intensely trying to figure out how his wife lost the white working-class voters who were the base of his electoral coalition, say people familiar with the campaign.
Clinton’s team was aware of possible discrepancies soon after the election, telling top donors on a conference call four days after the election that they were looking

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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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Experts ask Hillary Clinton to seek recount in 3 battleground states

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

A group of election lawyers and data experts have asked Hillary Clinton‘s campaign to call for a recount of the vote totals in three battleground states — Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — to ensure that a cyberattack was not committed to manipulate the totals.
There is no evidence that the results were hacked or that electronic voting machines were compromised. The Clinton campaign on Wednesday did not respond to a request for comment as to whether it would petition for a recount before the three states’ fast-approaching deadlines to ask for one.
President-elect Donald Trump won Wisconsin and Pennsylvania by razor-thin margins and has a small lead in Michigan. All three states had been reliably Democratic in recent presidential elections.
The group, led by voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, contacted the Clinton campaign this week. That call, which was first reported by New York Magazine, raised the possibility that Clinton may have received fewer votes than expected in some counties that rely on electronic voting machines.
But Halderman, in an article posted on Medium on Wednesday, stressed that the group has no evidence of a cyberattack or voting irregularities. He urged that a recount be ordered just to eliminate the possibility.
“The only way to know whether a cyberattack changed the result is to closely examine the available physical evidence?_?paper ballots and voting equipment in critical states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania,” Halderman wrote.
Recounts, which are often costly and time-intensive efforts, would likely only be initiated if the Clinton camp pushed for one, though Wisconsin independently announced that it would conduct an audit of its vote. A call for a recount, particularly coming on the heels of a fiercely contested and sharply partisan election, would likely be cheered by

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Milwaukee Jailers Mock and Ignore Pregnant Inmate Going into Labor, Resulting in Baby’s Death, Lawsuit Claims

Friday, November 18th, 2016

A mentally ill inmate whose baby died after jailers laughed at her and ignored her requests for medical attention when her water broke is suing the Milwaukee County Jail where three other people have died since April.
Shade Swayzer is suing for $8.5 million, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who is reportedly being considered to head the Department of Homeland Security in President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration, supervises the jail.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office released a statement just days after the baby’s death denying responsibility, saying Swayzer’s baby was stillborn and that she never told jail staff she was even going into labor.
But Swayzer says her child was “born alive, cried profusely and was breastfed.”
Jason Jankowski, an attorney for Swayzer, said his client was eight-and-a-half months pregnant when she was taken into custody for a probation violation and that she was taken for a medical examination prior to being book into the jail.
After the examination, Swayzer was placed in the special needs unit at the jail, given prenatal vitamins just one time, and neglected medical attention for several days.
Jankowski filed a notice on behalf of Swayzer claiming that in the early morning of July 14, she informed an unnamed jailer that her water had broke and that she was going into labor.
But the jailer laughed at and ignored her calls for medical attention.
A jailer making a routine unit inspection in the Special Needs section found Swayzer holding her baby
Records show Swayzer gave birth at around 4 a.m. and wasn’t seen by medical staff until around 6 a.m.
Her baby reportedly died later that day.
The death of her baby comes just after medical examiners ruled inmate Terrill Thomas’ death a homicide after he was denied water and died of dehydration in his jail cell.
Federal and state prosecutors are reviewing Thomas’ death, which is being investigated as a criminal matter by the Milwaukee

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Milwaukee Cop who Killed Sylville Smith Arrested for Raping Men

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

After a raw demonstration of Pulp Fiction-style, ludicrous behavior, Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was in court Thursday wearing handcuffs and an orange suicide suit as he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Brown – the cop who shot and killed Sylville Smith in August, sparking a weekend of riots – was arrested in mid-October for raping two men as well as soliciting male prostitutes while he was off duty.
Fellow police officers searched Brown’s phone and discovered video of a sexual encounter with a man and text messages with male prostitutes discussing paying for sex.
Brown is charged with two counts of second degree sexual assault, two counts of prostitution, and one count of capturing an intimate representation without consent.
He has pleaded not guilty and remains on paid administrative leave.
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Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown’s arrest photo
According to police and early reports from CBS Brown met up with a unidentified man at a bar in August whom he met on Facebook. The men had two long Island ice teas, three Tequilas and a pink drink.
The two were watching news coverage of Brown from when he shot and killed a man while he was on duty.
While watching the coverage, Brown purportedly was bragging that he could do whatever he wanted as a police officer.
Brown and the man left the bar drunk. The man describes remembering Brown attempting to have sex with him in a room on a bed, but the man told the officer no.
However, Brown continued to penetrate him.
Upon the man blacking out, Brown drove the man to St. Joseph’s Hospital around 4 a.m. As the man regained consciousness, he told hospital staff that Brown raped him.
Later that morning Brown sent a text message to a sergeant in his department who he deemed a mentor saying:
“I have

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Milwaukee Cop who Killed Sylville Smith Arrested for Raping Men

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

After a raw demonstration of Pulp Fiction-style, ludicrous behavior, Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was in court Thursday wearing handcuffs and an orange suicide suit as he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Brown – the cop who shot and killed Sylville Smith in August, sparking a weekend of riots – was arrested in mid-October for raping two men as well as soliciting male prostitutes while he was off duty.
Fellow police officers searched Brown’s phone and discovered video of a sexual encounter with a man and text messages with male prostitutes discussing paying for sex.
Brown is charged with two counts of second degree sexual assault, two counts of prostitution, and one count of capturing an intimate representation without consent.
He has pleaded not guilty and remains on paid administrative leave.
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Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown’s arrest photo
According to police and early reports from CBS Brown met up with a unidentified man at a bar in August whom he met on Facebook. The men had two long Island ice teas, three Tequilas and a pink drink.
The two were watching news coverage of Brown from when he shot and killed a man while he was on duty.
While watching the coverage, Brown purportedly was bragging that he could do whatever he wanted as a police officer.
Brown and the man left the bar drunk. The man describes remembering Brown attempting to have sex with him in a room on a bed, but the man told the officer no.
However, Brown continued to penetrate him.
Upon the man blacking out, Brown drove the man to St. Joseph’s Hospital around 4 a.m. As the man regained consciousness, he told hospital staff that Brown raped him.
Later that morning Brown sent a text message to a sergeant in his department who he deemed a mentor saying:
“I have

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Milwaukee Cop who Killed Sylville Smith Arrested for Raping Men

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

After a raw demonstration of Pulp Fiction-style, ludicrous behavior, Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was in court Thursday wearing handcuffs and an orange suicide suit as he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Brown – the cop who shot and killed Sylville Smith in August, sparking a weekend of riots – was arrested in mid-October for raping two men as well as soliciting male prostitutes while he was off duty.
Fellow police officers searched Brown’s phone and discovered video of a sexual encounter with a man and text messages with male prostitutes discussing paying for sex.
Brown is charged with two counts of second degree sexual assault, two counts of prostitution, and one count of capturing an intimate representation without consent.
He has pleaded not guilty and remains on paid administrative leave.
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Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown’s arrest photo
According to police and early reports from CBS Brown met up with a unidentified man at a bar in August whom he met on Facebook. The men had two long Island ice teas, three Tequilas and a pink drink.
The two were watching news coverage of Brown from when he shot and killed a man while he was on duty.
While watching the coverage, Brown purportedly was bragging that he could do whatever he wanted as a police officer.
Brown and the man left the bar drunk. The man describes remembering Brown attempting to have sex with him in a room on a bed, but the man told the officer no.
However, Brown continued to penetrate him.
Upon the man blacking out, Brown drove the man to St. Joseph’s Hospital around 4 a.m. As the man regained consciousness, he told hospital staff that Brown raped him.
Later that morning Brown sent a text message to a sergeant in his department who he deemed a mentor saying:
“I have

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Milwaukee Cop who Killed Sylville Smith Arrested for Raping Men

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

After a raw demonstration of Pulp Fiction-style, ludicrous behavior, Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was in court Thursday wearing handcuffs and an orange suicide suit as he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Brown – the cop who shot and killed Sylville Smith in August, sparking a weekend of riots – was arrested in mid-October for raping two men as well as soliciting male prostitutes while he was off duty.
Fellow police officers searched Brown’s phone and discovered video of a sexual encounter with a man and text messages with male prostitutes discussing paying for sex.
Brown is charged with two counts of second degree sexual assault, two counts of prostitution, and one count of capturing an intimate representation without consent.
He has pleaded not guilty and remains on paid administrative leave.
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Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown’s arrest photo
According to police and early reports from CBS Brown met up with a unidentified man at a bar in August whom he met on Facebook. The men had two long Island ice teas, three Tequilas and a pink drink.
The two were watching news coverage of Brown from when he shot and killed a man while he was on duty.
While watching the coverage, Brown purportedly was bragging that he could do whatever he wanted as a police officer.
Brown and the man left the bar drunk. The man describes remembering Brown attempting to have sex with him in a room on a bed, but the man told the officer no.
However, Brown continued to penetrate him.
Upon the man blacking out, Brown drove the man to St. Joseph’s Hospital around 4 a.m. As the man regained consciousness, he told hospital staff that Brown raped him.
Later that morning Brown sent a text message to a sergeant in his department who he deemed a mentor saying:
“I have

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Award-Winning Wisconsin Cop Charged with Shooting Man in Back

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

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

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Bob Sparks: Will Republican Party of Florida force presidential candidates to attend November summit?

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

The second GOP debate is history. In a few days, polls will tell us who did well, or not so well, in the minds of voters. The final debate is set for Florida on March 10, just five days before the Florida Primary (although early voting begins March 5).
It is impossible to predict how many candidates will remain six months from now for that debate. If the Tallahassee leadership of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) has its way, the number of candidates on the primary ballot will be determined by their response to an “invitation.”
The RPOF is considering a requirement that GOP presidential candidates make an appearance at November’s Sunshine State Summit in Orlando. Under the proposal, those failing to at least make an appearance would forfeit their place on the Florida primary ballot.
If approved, Florida’s ballot would have just two names on it: Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Both have accepted invitations to appear in Orlando either November 13 or 14. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is the featured speaker at a dinner on the evening of November 12.
RPOF Chairman and state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, along with Executive Director Brad Herold, are frustrated at the lack of attention being paid to Florida by the 16 remaining candidates. They seek some of the love and attention currently being showered upon other states, especially South Carolina, next year’s first Southern primary state.
Dr. Ben Carson, who now resides in Palm Beach County, sent regrets because he had already committed to an event in South Carolina. The RPOF believes Carson could do a fly-in and fly-out appearance at the summit.
Forcing the candidates to jump through this hoop has trouble written all over it. The proposal has support within the party’s grassroots leadership, while others are concerned.
Politico’s enterprising reporter, Matt Dixon, obtained the

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Ten K9 Officers Killed in Hot Cars Since April

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

A 3-year-old Belgian Malinois from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin became at least the tenth K9 officer to be negligently killed by their partner after being left in a hot vehicle since April. The $17,000 dog, Wix, was on assignment with his human partner and handler Deputy Austin Lemberger, at the PGA Championship golf tournament, when the …
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