Archive for May, 2015

Prosecutors and officers caught in brazen scheme to manipulate evidence

Prosecutors and officers caught in brazen scheme to manipulate evidence

Prosecutorial and police misconduct are often dismissed as just a few bad apples doing a few bad apple-ish things. But what happens when it’s entrenched and systemic and goes unchecked for years? That looks to be the case in Orange County, California, where the situation got so completely out of hand this spring that Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals issued […]

May 29, 2015 · Police
In Just 10 Cities, Over $1.1 Billion Dollars Have Been Awarded In Police Misconduct Cases

In Just 10 Cities, Over $1.1 Billion Dollars Have Been Awarded In Police Misconduct Cases

  Here’s what police misconduct cases are costing taxpayers in big cities across the nation: Boston $36 million between 2005 and 2015. A report by the Boston Globe published in May found that the city had paid $36 million to resolve more than 2,000 legal claims and lawsuits against the Boston Police Department over the past decade. The payouts went […]

May 29, 2015 · Police
Two police dogs found dead in officer’s vehicle

Two police dogs found dead in officer’s vehicle

New details were released Thursday about two Hialeah police dogs who died after being left in an officer’s police-issued SUV outside his home in Davie.  During a news conference, Hialeah Police Sgt. Carl Zogby said Nelson Enriquez left his two K-9s in the SUV after working a midnight shift Wednesday. Police said after his shift, Enriquez helped assist in a […]

May 28, 2015 · Police
DA prosecutes the man who recorded Eric Garner murder, but not the cop who killed him

DA prosecutes the man who recorded Eric Garner murder, but not the cop who killed him

Family members and friends of Ramsey Orta believe the police are trying to frame and punish him. Why? Orta is the now-famous videographer that captured the murder of Eric Garner at the hands of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo. In a phone conversation last year with reporters, Orta, denied police allegations that he slipped a gun into the waistband of a 17-year-old girl Saturday […]

May 28, 2015 · Caught On Tape, Police
Arrest Video Played in Trial of LAPD Officer Accused in Woman’s Death

Arrest Video Played in Trial of LAPD Officer Accused in Woman’s Death

Video played in court for jurors Wednesday showed a Los Angeles police officer strike a handcuffed woman in the throat and use a foot to kick or shove her in the groin moments before the woman lost consciousness in the back of a patrol car. The recording, captured by a squad car camera, showed Officer Mary O’Callaghan telling Alesia Thomas to […]

May 28, 2015 · Caught On Tape, Police
Angry traffic cop threatens to smash man’s phone for filming him

Angry traffic cop threatens to smash man’s phone for filming him

HARTFORD — A Hartford police officer has been reprimanded and retrained after telling a man he would “smash” his cellphone unless he stopped videotaping him while he was on duty. A video on social media shows Officer Kevin Nesta of the traffic division being videotaped by a man on Brainard Road last month as Nesta radioed to other officers to […]

May 28, 2015 · Caught On Tape, Police
CPD cops posed for photo standing over black man dressed in antlers

CPD cops posed for photo standing over black man dressed in antlers

It’s a racially charged photo the Chicago Police Department didn’t want the public to see: two white cops posing with rifles as they stand over a black man lying on his belly with deer antlers on his head. But a Cook County judge has refused to keep secret the shocking image of former Officers Timothy McDermott and Jerome Finnigan kneeling with what […]

May 27, 2015 · Police
Pregnant Woman Wrestled To Ground By Officer, Despite Her Pleas

Pregnant Woman Wrestled To Ground By Officer, Despite Her Pleas

The ACLU released video — posted on YouTube — of a Barstow Police Officer wrestling an 8-months-pregnant woman to the ground. On Sunday, the Barstow Police Department issued the following statement: “The City of Barstow has reviewed the video link regarding Charlena (Michelle) Cook’s arrest. It is apparent that Ms. Cook actively resisted arrest. The Barstow Police Department continues to be proactive […]

May 27, 2015 · Caught On Tape, Police
Deputy fired after reportedly passing out in boat, leaving gun on dock

Deputy fired after reportedly passing out in boat, leaving gun on dock

SEATTLE (AP) — A King County sheriff’s deputy has been fired after he reportedly passed out drunk while boating in the Tacoma Narrows and left his holstered gun behind on the dock, where it was found by teenagers. Deputy Christopher Dearth, assigned to the SeaTac Police Department, was terminated May 1, according to personnel records provided to The Associated Press under […]

May 27, 2015 · Police
Miami Springs Police Officer Arrested by FBI for Corruption Charges

Miami Springs Police Officer Arrested by FBI for Corruption Charges

The FBI arrested Miami Springs Police Sgt. Andres Quintanilla, a 16-year veteran of the force, on Tuesday on a federal corruption charge. Quintanilla, 33, was charged Tuesday with “attempting to affect commerce by extortion under color of official right,’’ according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. According to the federal complaint, a confidential FBI source said […]

May 27, 2015 · Police