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Thursday, February 27, 2014

California town shaken as police officers arrested

California town shaken as police officers arrested

KING CITY, Calif. (AP) — Residents of a California farming town were grappling Wednesday with the feeling that their trust has been violated after learning the acting police chief and a handful of officers were charged with crimes including selling or giving away the impounded cars of poor Hispanic residents.

The misgivings had been building for some time. Investigators heard people — many unable to speak English — complain that police were taking their cars and money, and there was nothing they could do about it.

"I'm not at all surprised by the arrests, I'm just surprised there weren't more charges," restaurateur Vivian Villa said Wednesday in Spanish while sizzling a pan of beef in preparation for the lunch rush. "Now maybe some of them are going to feel what we feel when they target us."

Later in the day, Villa held a meeting in her little restaurant where about a dozen community members spoke out against police abuse and corruption.

Latinos account for nearly 90 percent of the community of 13,000 people tucked among fields of tomatoes, strawberries and lettuce along the Salinas River, 150 miles southeast of San Francisco.

Farm mechanics Francisco Mendez and Alfonso Perez, stopping at a taco stand before heading into work, both described being stopped frequently by police for having tinted windows or broken tail lights.

"It seems like they just want a reason to pull you over," Mendez said.

Tuesday's arrests, which also included a former police chief, came after a six-month probe of the police department launched in September when a visiting investigator — there to check out a homicide — heard from numerous sources that the community didn't trust its police department.

By this week, authorities said they had enough evidence to arrest a total of six people linked to the department for a variety of crimes ranging from bribery to making criminal threats. They were all quickly released on bail.

"Ordinary citizens, again and again, told us they didn't trust the police," said acting chief assistant Monterey County District Attorney Terry Spitz. "There are more investigations underway."

Tow shop owner Brian Miller; his brother, acting police chief Bruce Miller; and Sgt. Bobby Carillo were scheduled to be arraigned Monday on bribery charges after authorities said vehicles impounded from Hispanic immigrants were funneled to the tow yard then sold or given away.

Prosecutors said an undetermined number of vehicles were sold or given away for free when the owners couldn't pay fees to reclaim them. Two people at Miller's Towing in King City refused comment.

Former Chief Dominic David Baldiviez and Mario Alonso Mottu Sr. were set to be arraigned March 6 for embezzlement of a city-owned Crown Victoria. Officer Jaime Andrade, accused of possession of an assault weapon and illegal storage of a firearm, and officer Mark Allen Baker, accused of making criminal threats, are also slated for a March 6 arraignment.

Bruce Miller said the charges were baseless, and his family had received death threats since prosecutors disclosed details of the case. Messages for Baldiviez and Brian Miller were not immediately returned. A man who answered the phone at a listing for Baker hung up when asked about the case.

Attorney Michael Schwartz of Ontario, Calif., representing Carillo and Andrade, said it's important to hold off judgment until the evidence comes out.

City Manager Michael Powers said all but Mottu had been placed on paid leave during the investigation prior to their arrests, and that he hopes to announce a new, interim police chief on Thursday.

Fixing King City's sense of well-being is a bigger challenge.

"Obviously no one should be targeted because of race, but recent immigrants are at something of a disadvantage," Powers said. "They already fear the police. It makes them easy prey."

Powers said a community meeting would be held in two weeks to try to resolve concerns of angry citizens and those worried about the depleted police force, where 10 of the 17 sworn positions were held by Latinos.

State Sen. Bill Monning, whose district includes King City, said he was "incensed and outraged," and thanked the FBI and local authorities for their ongoing pressure.

"While I hope this is an isolated incident, I fear it is not," he said. "There continues to be situations throughout the state where the immigrant workforce is subjugated to tyranny of those abusing their authority."

County Supervisor Simon Salinas said it's going to take community oriented policing to get the town to trust authorities again.

"It's certainly going to be a black eye for King City," Salinas said.

Complaints of misconduct have been raised during the past few years in this historic, agricultural city where John Steinbeck's father settled in 1890s and met his wife. With wide streets, historic buildings and old oaks, parts of the city haven't changed much since Steinbeck wrote of King City in parts of Mice and Men and To a God Unknown.

But some said they are now afraid in the city.

"I'm not sure who is taking care of the town," said San Lorenzo Liquors store owner Myukng Hong who reopened Wednesday after closing early the night before after learning of the arrests.

At Leyva's Tow Yard, which police often bypassed with impounded cars, George Oliveros said many people in the community were aware of the investigation for months.

"In King City, a lot of people really try to stay away from the police," he said. "Cops aren't really helping the people, they focus on helping themselves."

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Associated Press writers Sudhin Thanawala, Paul Elias, Garance Burke and Channing Joseph in San Francisco also contributed to this story.

Pictured: City Manager Michael Powers conducts interviews outside for the police department on Wednesday, Feb.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cop pleads guilty for showing naked photos of himself

http://corruptionsucks.blogspot.com/2013/08/corrupt-cop-greg-key-sexting-erect.html

I GUESS LITTLE ROCK ISN'T THE ONLY CITY DEALING WITH PENIS WIELDING CORRUPT COPS. AT LEAST THIS ONE IS PAYING FOR HIS CRIMES...

Former Stamford police officer Paul Mabey with his attorney, Eugene Riccio, right, during his arraignment Tuesday morning in state Superior Court in Stamford. Mabey is accused of showing cell phone images of his genitals to women during traffic stops. Riccio said prosecutors moved the case to state Superior Court in Bridgeport and Mabey is due for an appearance there on July 23.
Photo: Contributed Photo\News 12 Connecticut
BRIDGEPORT -- A former Stamford police officer, who police said made sexual comments and showed naked photos of himself to women he pulled over for motor vehicle violations, pleaded no contest to criminal charges Friday.
Paul Mabey, 43, Stamford's Officer of the Year in 2006, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti to a suspended 90-day term with two years of conditional discharge.
Standing beside his lawyer, Eugene Riccio, Mabey told the judge that while he is no longer a police officer he would like to get into security work, such as driving an armored car, and would like to continue being able to carry a gun.
But the judge told Mabey he cannot carry a gun until he passes a psychiatric evaluation.
"My client did many positive things as a police officer in the city of Stamford and it's unfortunate his career ended as it did," Riccio said later.
The plea came after the judge denied a motion by Riccio to give Mabey accelerated rehabilitation, a special form of probation that would leave him without a criminal record.
According to police, on May 21, 2010, Mabey pulled a woman over on Summer Street for having tinted windows.
However, police said Mabey began making sexual remarks to the woman. He then flipped open his cellphone and began to show her naked photos of himself, police said. He eventually allowed the woman to go on her way without giving her a ticket.
On May 26, police said Mabey pulled over a woman on Summer Street for talking on a cellphone. The woman had her child in a car seat.
Police said Mabey told the woman that she needed someone to take care of her and then flipped open his cellphone showing her a naked photo of himself, adding, "Want to see what 40-year-old experience will do to you?" The woman took his business card and was allowed to drive away.
That same day another woman was stopped by Mabey, this time in front of Columbus Park. The woman was searching for her insurance card when Mabey remarked to her, "It looks like you're gonna pop out of that top," police said.
Police said Mabey asked the woman about the type of underwear she was wearing and then flipped open his cellphone to show her a photo of his naked genitals. They said the woman drove off but later began receiving sexually suggestive text messages from someone who signed himself, "DJ Popo." Police said they traced the texts to Mabey's cellphone number.
dtepfer@ctpost.com; 203-330-6308; http:// twitter.com/dantepfer

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Effect of Body-Worn Cameras on Police Use-of-Force


The Effect of Body-Worn Cameras on Police Use-of-Force

Police Foundation Executive Fellow, Chief Tony Farrar, recently completed an extensive year long study to evaluate the effect of body-worn video cameras on police use-of-force. http://www.policefoundation.org/content/chief-tony-farrar

This randomized controlled trail represents the first experimental evaluation of body-worn video cameras used in police patrol practices. Cameras were deployed to all patrol officers in the Rialto (CA) Police Department. Every police patrol shift during the 12-month period was assigned to experimental or control conditions.

Wearing cameras was associated with dramatic reductions in use-of-force and complaints against officers. The authors conclude:
"The findings suggest more than a 50% reduction in the total number of incidents of use-of-force compared to control-conditions, and nearly ten times more citizens’ complaints in the 12-months prior to the experiment."

We applaud Chief Farrar for his commitment to conducting rigorous scientific research on a technology initiative that has broad implications for the field of policing. The full report, coauthored with Dr. Barak Ariel, Cambridge University, can be found at the following link.http://www.policefoundation.org/content/body-worn-camera

See the New York Times report on the study.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/07/business/wearable-video-cameras-for-police-officers.html?_r=1&

Author information:
Barak Ariel, PhD, Jerry Lee Fellow in Experimental Criminology and Teaching Associate in the Police Executive Programme, Cambridge University.
http://www.crim.cam.ac.uk/people/visitors/barak_ariel/

Chief Tony Farrar, Executive Fellow, Police Foundation & Chief of Police, Rialto Police Department
http://www.policefoundation.org/content/chief-tony-farrar

LR Detective Arrested: stealing property room cash

Former Little Rock Police Detective Charles Weaver

A former detective with the Little Rock Police Department is arrested, accused of stealing cash from the department's property room
Charles Weaver turned himself in Monday morning.
Back in February of last year, he allegedly took money from the property room and filled out receipts he claimed were signed by the owners of the money.
Instead police say he was keeping the money.
He resigned from the department in September of 2013.

A former Little Rock police officer has been arrested after he removed money from the agency property room but never returned it to its rightful owners, police said.
Little Rock Police Department Lt. Sidney Allen said Charles Weaver was served with warrants and booked into the Pulaski County jail after he turned himself in Monday morning at Little Rock District Court. He faces two counts of forgery.
Weaver, 44, is accused of removing an unspecified amount of money from the Little Rock police property room on Feb. 19, 2013, in order to return it to its owners.
"The money was not returned to the owners, but he turned in receipts alleging the signatures were from the owners of the money," Allen wrote in an email.
Reached by phone, Allen said the money came from different cases Weaver had worked. He didn't know how much money was actually involved.
Allen said the crime was discovered during a routine department audit and he said additional charges could be filed.
"That's part of the investigation," he said. "They're still looking at it internally and criminally."
Weaver resigned from the force on Sept. 9, 2013.
Weaver was not listed as an inmate at the jail early Monday afternoon.
Source: Gavin Lesnick & various media

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Little Rock: WE ARE NOT ALL IN THE SAME BOAT TOGETHER!

WE ARE NOT ALL IN THE SAME BOAT TOGETHER! 
Little Rock Police Department Non-Resident Personnel
"Local Options" DENIED residents of fair city

"Mercenary:
A mercenary is a person who takes part in an armed conflict, who is not a national or a party to the conflict and is


"motivated to take part in the hostilities by the desire for private gain." The term "mercenary" is also used to describe the army itself.

As a result of the assumption that a mercenary is essentially motivated by money, the term mercenary usually carries negative connotations. There is a blur in the distinction between a mercenary and a foreign volunteer, when the primary motive of a soldier in a foreign army is uncertain."

Some LRPD personnel choose to become part of the Little Rock community by actually living here. They choose to live in the city that feeds their family. They have chosen to rear & educate their children amongst those that they have vowed to protect & serve. To pay property taxes, patronize our local vendors, so forth.

They share in the same plights & woes that all Little Rock residents must endure, indeed. They share an equal vote BEYOND some self-serving, non-resident dominated Fraternal Order of Police Union.

They are allowed to directly participate & vote WITHIN our legislative system as a said resident. I have heard many paltry stories as to the reasons and benefits of hiring mercenary non-resident personnel, many anecdotally true on a small scale but surely fail to rise up as the fact as a whole, by far.

Whatever the so-called reason or as I put it, "distracting details" happen to be, it is still quite evident that not all police personnel share the same local interests as this city or it's residents, indeed.

I always hear the Good 'ol Boy bigots of the southern-fried south talk about "local choice", "states rights", "local options" & crap like that when they wanna' avoid being more inclusive or risk losing power because they are a bunch of backward-ass antebellum dinosaurs. We are here in bigot-ass Arkansas & you got to be a fool if you think I would rather trust any out-lying arkansas import cop to one that shares my same street problems day in and out. Not just commuting in like a job on da' plantation or like an open-air state prison. Hell take the car and the whip home with ya' you do anyway. They drive our cars home with them at taxpayer expense to their outlying residences. WE PAY FOR IT!

Now, this is just my personal opinion of course. It is not personal at all though, I know a great many non-resident cops that are awesome cops and people. That's NOT the point. "Local Options" & Local patriotism should come first if you wish to remain consistent in your logic. One thing that I have learned in my life as an irregular soldier is that at the end of the day, they will always label you a "Soldier of Fortune" or more often than not, simply a "mercenary" and they don't mean it in a nice way. Here's your paycheck thank you very much. I expected it and didn't mind at all, in fact I had absolutely no desire to remain a minute longer than I had to.

You don't get to enjoy an extra level of "privacy" because you choose to become a mercenary & live outside your workplace as opposed to those that that sacrifice the same as US, not in my book you don't.

Mercenary LRPD personnel do enjoy different treatment, from those that chose or must live here in our city of Little Rock. I proved that fact long ago when my FOIA requests were appealed to Dustin Mcdaniel's, Arkansas State Attorney. Even the Arkansas Times should remember this one. It is very interesting to know that city personnel that live outside our city limits and decide on our quality of life here, have an additional expectation of privacy than those that have chosen to live in Little Rock do NOT enjoy: Opn. 2011-114
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-MLaIwtu89TbF9IbnZzWm5hRzFoSlhXaUpsQlYxZ0tsNHU0/edit?usp=sharing

List of resident & non-resident Little Rock Police Personnel:
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bx54PxaETQMOUUVvN1NYQmVXd2JPRHg3Nk5QeU1UeHBBb3VJ/edit?pli=1

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