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Police Dept Gone Bad: Protecting Sexual Predators, Serving Cover-ups

The transcripts stem from the remaining civil lawsuit against the city of San Diego for the actions former officer Anthony Arevalos, who was convicted on multiple counts of sexual battery.

Lawyers for Arevalos’ 13th victim, who is only known as Jane Doe, address a 1997 incident where Arevalos detained a mentally unstable woman and took pictures as she preformed sex acts on herself with his police baton.

Arevalos’ former partner alerted police supervisors of the incident. However, court records show it was never reported to internal affairs. Arevalos would go on to assault 13 women while on duty until his conviction in 2011.

“This all could have been stopped years ago,” Arevalos’ former partner Francisco Torres said under oath in 2012. “He has his Polaroid out and when I got there the female was in the backseat again naked with her handcuffs in front of her and she had the baton.”

A court transcript revealed Lansdowne and his deputy, Ramirez, responded when the incident was reported in the media.

“When the reporters … get it in the news, we have a problem,” Ramirez said to Lansdowne, according to the transcript.

Court records show Lansdowne replied, “I want to do one thing and one thing only — find that documentation.”

…”Chief Ramirez testified under oath that he and chief Lansdowne … get together to try and figure out not if it really happened, not if there are any witnesses left, only to take documentation that is going to come around and bite them in the bottom,” Joe Dicks, Doe’s attorney, said.

Lansdowne retired weeks after Team 10 broke the story about former officer Christopher Hays, who is accused of sexual harassment while on duty.

Team 10 obtains court records suggesting San Diego Police Department cover-up. 10News.com, 4/10/2014.

Who is Christopher Hays? Possibly worse than Arevalos:

One of those sources willing to openly talk about the case is attorney Dan Gilleon. He represented some of the women Arevalos assaulted.

“I don’t know of any women who came forward and said they have had sex with Arevalos, but that’s what I’m hearing on this one,” Gilleon said. “This was Arevalos-squared.”

Team 10 broke the news Thursday that four women had come forward to say they were abused by Hays.

When Team 10 asked SDPD Chief William Lansdowne if this case was like the Arevalos case, he answered, “It’s not.”

Lansdowne later elaborated the case involved pat downs, adding, “This is not skin-to-skin touching, these are improper searches.”

Hays has not been charged, and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case.

Hays’ father-in-law, Mark Jones, is an assistant police chief.

Sources: New sex assault scandal involving SDPD Officer Chris Hays worse than Anthony Arevalos case. 10News.com, 2/7/2014.

Officer Gone Bad: Rape Was “a moral mistake,” Wants His Job Back

In a transcript obtained by WDRB, former Kentucky State Trooper Jerry Clanton asserted to the Kentucky State Police Trial Board that he was under the false impression that the 15-year-old girl was 18 years old when he started having sex with her.

“I made a moral mistake. And, I’ve gotten right with my family,” the married former trooper insisted. “I recognize that it is an embarrassment to the State Police. But I have not compromised myself in the fact that, in my mind, all I was doing was making a moral mistake.”

… KSP Commander of Legal Services Capt. Matt Feltner, however, felt that the incident was more serious.

“You can’t put a 15-year-old girl in a car, drive her up in the middle of nowhere and have sex with her,” Feltner said. “I mean that doesn’t have to be written out somewhere to know it’s completely wrong and outside the lines.”

During the hearing, Clanton explained that State Trooper Stratford Young had sex with the girl first, which he said resulted in his inappropriate relationship.

Clanton admitted to having sex with the girl on at least four separate occasions, once on the trunk of his police cruiser while it was pulled over on the side of the road.

… In the end, the trial board declined to give Clanton his job back.

Investigators believe that a Brandenburg officer and a Breckinridge County Sheriff’s deputy also had sex with the girl.

None of the four men had been charged as of Wednesday. According to WDRB, the girl is angry that no one is in jail. Her father has also called on prosecutors to take action, but it would be up to a grand jury to decide if anyone will be charged.

Kentucky trooper wants job back because raping that girl was just a ‘moral mistake.’ The Raw Story, 2/13/2014.

Officer Gone Bad: “[W]e don’t have time for this”: Schizophrenic Teen Shot to Death by Police in His Home

Unit 104 from Southport arrived on the scene at 12:48:41, fourteen minutes after the first officer had already been on scene.

Seventy seconds later, Unit 104 radioed out that he had to fire shots at the subject in order to defend himself.

…Wilsey said his family called the police to help with his schizophrenic son Keith Vidal who had a small screwdriver in his hand. Officers used a Taser on Vidal and then shot him, according to Wilsey.

Wilsey said officers came into their home after they called for backup help when Vidal was having a schizophrenic incident.

Wilsey said officers had his son down on the ground after the teen was tased a few times and an officer said, “we don’t have time for this.” That’s when Wilsey says the officer shot in between the officers holding the teen down, killing his son.

“There was no reason to shoot this kid,” Wilsey said. “They killed my son in cold blood. We called for help and they killed my son.”

The family said police shot Vidal because he had a screwdriver in his hand. They said it was a tiny screwdriver, though, that would not have hurt anyone.

Both parents said they had to watch their son die in front of them. They said Vidal had just turned 18 years old and only weighed about 90 pounds.

…The family said they recently lost their daughter in a car accident and this is the second child they will have to bury.

Neighbors said Vidal played with their children and he never was violent. They said he had a history of depression and schizophrenia, but he was never harmful to others.

Vidal’s mother said she had tried multiple times to get Vidal help for his mental illness. Emergency services treated her for a breakdown at the scene.

NEW DETAILS: 911 report shows officer shot teen seconds after arriving. WECT.com, 1/7/2014.

Campus Cop Gone Bad: Kills Unarmed Student Who Said “Oh, you’re gonna shoot me?”

“I heard (a man) say, ‘Oh, you’re gonna shoot me?’ like sarcastic almost,” said Mohammad Haidarasl, 22, who was on his couch in his ground-floor unit at the Treehouse Apartments in Alamo Heights at about 2 a.m.

Less than a minute later, Haidarasl heard four to six gunshots.

“I jumped up and hid in my closet,” he said.

Haidarasl didn’t look out the window until he heard emergency vehicles converging on the quiet apartment complex. It wasn’t until later that he realized the person shot was his upstairs neighbor, whom he described as “the nicest guy.”

[Robert Cameron] Redus, 23, would have graduated from UIW in May, university officials said. He was on the dean’s list in fall 2012 and spring 2013, the university’s website noted.

…He launched into his story again, explaining that he heard the officer say more than once, “Stop resisting, stop resisting.”

He thought he heard a struggle, he said.

“Then the cop said, ‘I’m going to shoot,’” Haidarasl said.

And that, Haidarasl added, was what garnered the off-handed, sarcastic comment from their neighbor.

Then the silence, followed by gunfire.

UIW police officer involved in fatal shooting. San Antonio Express-News, 12/6/2013.

Officers Gone Bad: 2 Bad Officers off the Streets [Update]

Police officer who made mentally ill black man ‘dance like a chimp’ removed from duty. The Raw Story, 11/24/2013.

The video, which the unnamed officer posted on various social media sites, allegedly shows the officer demanding a mentally challenged black man to “dance like a chimp.”

It is unclear whether the unnamed officer is solely responsible for the video, or if other officers were involved. The Grosse Pointe Park Police Department did inform its officers that they are prohibited from posting videos from personal cell phones on social media while on duty.

City officials declined to comment on the investigation until it concluded, but a public relations expert hired by the police department apologized on its behalf late last week.

Texas cop arrested for handcuffing and raping 19-year-old at traffic stop. The Raw Story, 11/24/2013.

According to an arrested warrant obtained by the San Antonio Express-News, Officer Jackie Len Neal pulled over the [19-year-old woman], telling her that her car was reported stolen.

Even though the woman produced a sales slip for the vehicle, Neal insisted on patting her down. The woman told him she felt uncomfortable with the pat down and asked for a female officer, but he ignored her, the warrant said. The woman was allegedly groped, placed in handcuffs and then taken to the back of his patrol car.

Neal was accused of raping the woman and instructing her to keep it a secret.

At the time of the alleged assault, video cameras mounted in Neal’s cruiser were not functioning because a hard drive was missing. However, a GPS tracking system did corroborate that the police cruiser was parked for 18 minutes on Betty Street as the woman had claimed.

At a press conference on Saturday, Police Chief William McManus said that Neal would have known the video recording system was not functioning in his cruiser.

…McManus confirmed that Neal had been suspended in September for dating an 18-year-old, who had joined the Police Explorer program in preparation for a law enforcement career. He had also been accused of sexual assault while on duty several years earlier, but the woman refused to cooperate with a police investigation and the charges were dropped.

UPDATE, 11/27/2013: Jackie Len Neal, Cop Who Allegedly Raped Handcuffed Teen, Went Looking For Her After Assault: Cops. HuffPo Crime.

A police report released Tuesday says the woman initially called 911 to report that she was being assaulted by another woman. According to the report, the woman told a responding officer that she “lied” — that she wanted to actually report a rape Friday by a San Antonio officer wearing a badge that said “R. Neal.”

Police eventually arrested Officer Jackie Len Neal, who is now accused of sexual assault. Police say Neal was found looking for the woman, having identified himself as “Jack.”

PT Officer “acting erratically” Takes Colleague Hostage, Finally Shoots Self to Death

David Midas, 33, worked part-time for the Lansford, Pa. police department. He’d been with them for 11 years. Late Friday, another officer described Midas as “acting erratically,” according to the Morning Call. He said Midas came into the police station and left with ammunition and a car. He took another officer, identified as Chris Ondrus, hostage and went on a wild car ride.

Midas drove from Lansford, which is about 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia into Jim Thorpe, which is about ten miles away in Carbon County.

State police say Midas was driving along Broadway in the middle of downtown Jim Thorpe, when the two officers got into a struggle.

During that fight, Midas shot himself in the head, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Initially, police had said Midas was shot by Ondrus.

Officer Kills Himself After Taking Another Officer Hostage. NBC 10 Philadelphia, 10/26/2013.

Former Police Officer Gone Bad: Fires 20+ Shots into Federal Building

Witnesses said Piccard positioned himself in a parking lot across the street from the Federal Building and opened fire.

A Wheeling police officer and a court security officer shot and killed Piccard, the chief said. The Wheeling officer has been placed on administrative leave pending a review of the shooting.

…The Federal Building may not have been Piccard’s only target, as an eyewitness to the shooting said he also may have been targeting the nearby Wheeling YWCA.

Wheeling resident Carla Webb Daniels said she witnessed Piccard fire from the Chase Bank parking lot across Chapline Street from the Federal Building. Daniels said she was in her attorney’s office when she heard loud gun shots. When she looked out she saw a white male standing between a silver or gold SUV and a white vehicle in the parking lot pull out a gun and start shooting at the federal building. She then saw the shooter put down the assault rifle and reload before shooting at the YWCA building.

Updated: Former Wheeling Officer ID’d as Federal Building Shooter. The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register, 10/9/2013.

“I saw my son shot down….It was ‘Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom’”: Police Kill Unarmed Man

When the officers entered the residence, Jack Lamar Roberson started toward them “aggressively armed with two items used as weapons,’’ Tanner said.

The officers retreated and yelled repeatedly for Roberson to stop and drop the weapons, Tanner said.

The officers retreated as Roberson gained ground on them and raised one of the “weapons in a threatening manner,’’ whereupon the officers fired to prevent their being assaulted, Tanner said.

Tanner read from a prepared statements and referred any additional questions to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the shooting.

The family of the 43-year-old Roberson asserted just before noon Monday as they have all along that he was unarmed and would not harm anyone.

“We had no weapons in this house whatsoever,’’ Roberson’s mother, Diane Roberson, said. “My gentle lamb … He kissed me every morning, made me breakfast in bed, and they said he had two weapons.”

… “I saw my son shot down,’’ and it wasn’t just one shot, she said. “It was ‘Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.”

Waycross man advanced with ’2 items used as weapons’ when officers fired fatal shots, police chief says. Jacksonville.com, 10/7/2013.

Black Accident Victim Shot Dead by White Cop, Cop CHARGED

Jonathan A. Ferrell, 24, a former Florida A&M University football player, was killed early Saturday.

He had sought help at a nearby house, according to a statement from Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. A woman answered the door and, when she didn’t recognize the man, called 911.

Officers responding to the breaking and entering call found Ferrell nearby. Ferrell ran toward the officers, who tried to stop him with a Taser. Police said he continued to run toward them when officer Randall Kerrick fired his gun, hitting Ferrell several times. Ferrell died at the scene.

A police statement Saturday said the investigation showed the shooting was excessive and “Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter.”

…In describing the accident, Police Chief Rodney Monroe has said Ferrell was driving a vehicle that crashed into trees off a northeast Charlotte road early Saturday, and the wreck was so severe he would have had to climb out of the back window to escape. Monroe said he did not know what caused the crash and did not say whether Ferrell suffered injuries.

Ferrell apparently walked about a half-mile to the nearest house and was “banging on the door viciously” to attract attention, Monroe said. Thinking it was her husband coming home late from work, the woman who lives there opened the door. When she saw Ferrell, she shut it and called police about 2:30 a.m., Monroe said.

Monroe said he didn’t think the unarmed Ferrell made threats or tried to rob the woman.

“[V]iciously” knocking? What the fuck does that sound like? Is the police chief using the word “vicious” to excuse the [I assume white] woman’s fear? And if his knocking was so “vicious,” why did she think it was her husband first? Why did she not notice injuries? What the fuck is wrong with everyone here, other than the victim?

Randall Kerrick Charged: North Carolina Cop Faces Manslaughter Charge For Allegedly Killing Jonathan Ferrell. HuffPo Crime, 9/16/2013.

5-Year Max for What?: Former Cop a Pimp & Had “contract of slavery” with 19-Yr Old

In an indictment unsealed Friday, Lamin Manneh, 31, was charged with traveling across state lines and using the telephone and Internet to operate a prostitution business. He was arrested in May after officers from a human-trafficking task force found him outside a hotel room where his 19-year-old wife had agreed to have sex for cash with an undercover state police officer. Baltimore police fired him shortly after his arrest, police spokesman Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk said.

According to the indictment, Manneh’s wife had entered into a “contract of slavery” with Manneh who she referred to as her “master.” Between February and May 9, prosecutors say, Manneh ran a call-girl business where his wife and another 19-year-old woman worked as prostitutes. Both women were not identified in the indictment, which referred to them by their initials.

The indictment alleges that Manneh posted more than 50 prostitution advertisements on Internet websites such as backpage.com, rented an apartment and hotel rooms in and around Baltimore where he facilitated sex and drove both women to other customers. Prosecutors said he provided both women with Samsung cell phones and introduced them to voice-over-the-Internet phone services to communicate with prospective clients.

…Manneh faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release.

Manneh, an officer who was assigned to Baltimore Police Department’s Eastern District, already faces the state charges of human trafficking and prostitution.

Former Baltimore police officer indicted on charges of running prostitution service. Baltimore Sun, 8/16/2013.

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