Officials Gone Bad

Cops Gone Bad: NYPD Officers Smash 14-Year Old’s Head Through Window

When EMS paramedics arrived at the scene they found the color draining from Payne’s face, his clothes soaked in blood and his hands cuffed behind his back. A witness described the police officers on the scene as “nonchalant” about the emergency unfolding in front of them.

…An argument ensued between the paramedics and police about removing the teenager’s handcuffs so they could treat his injuries. Initially, the police refused, but eventually relented, witnesses said.

One of the paramedics had to hold the boys chest wound closed while they rushed him to Jacobi Medical Center. Medical experts said it may have saved Payne’s life.

As he was wheeled into the emergency room Payne was shrieking: “They threw me through a glass window and now I’m going to die, I’m going to die.”

Initially, EMS did not rush to the scene because when the officers put the call over they did not indicate that there was a pediatric emergency, a source familiar with the incident said. Instead they used a protocol normally used for drunks.

…Saturday night, Payne was apprehended and placed under arrest by two patrol officers in the Little Italy section of the Bronx on a mixed residential and commercial stretch of Arthur Avenue. During the arrest, and after he was handcuffed one of the officers smashed his face through the plate glass window of the Hookah Shop at 2491 Ave., cutting his face and slicing open his chest and puncturing his lung, family and sources said.

…[Javier’s mother, Cherita Payne, 50] said police officers informed her that she would need to go to the 48th precinct and get a letter of approval signed every day that she wants to visit her son [in the hospital] again.

[Nageib Aldaylam, 47, Hookah Shop Plus owner] said he recognized Payne but does not know him well. He said Payne and another teenager had walked into his shop before the violent confrontation with the police. Aldaylam said he came from behind his slightly elevated section behind the counter to greet the customers as his practice. He said they didn’t buy anything, but they didn’t cause any trouble.

“The kids came in normal, and they left normal,” he said. “They did zero, nothing. All the action happened outside.”

As soon as Payne and his friend stepped out of the store and back on to Arthur Avenue the police officers stopped them. He said he heard the boys and the officers arguing and that heated words were exchanged. He said they went back and forth for several minutes when he was jolted by the sound of the glass exploding.

…He said the officers questioned him while Payne sat and bled. They asked Aldaylam if he had any security footage. He told them no. And then they asked if Payne and his friend had done anything when they came into his store. Again, Aldaylam replied no.

Cops Smash Boy Through Window in the Bronx. Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, 5/19/2014.

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.

World Gone Bad: 74-Year-Old Politician Says Fatal Gang Rape Was Just a “Mistake”

During a rally in the state of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, Mulayam Singh Yadav said his Samajwadi Party would try to change the law on punishments for rapists after India’s ongoing elections as he spoke out in defence of three men who have been sentenced to death for repeat sexual assaults.

“Three poor fellows have been sentenced to death. Should rape cases lead to hanging?” said the 74-year-old Yadav, whose party governs the electorally crucial state of Uttar Pradesh.

Yes. Rape should also not have to be fatal to be prosecuted or result in a strong penalty. If you treated someone’s house or pet like these gang rapists treated their victim, you’d be happy to get a few decades of prison time.

They are boys, they make mistakes,” he added in reference to the three who were sentenced to death by a court in Mumbai last week after they were convicted of taking part in two gang-rapes at the same place.

Rape is not a “mistake.” A person cannot be “accidentally” raped. No one can be or is an “accidental” gang rapist. Rape is an intentional crime of violation and humiliation and is a purposeful, terroristic proclamation to that specific woman and all women that at any time they can be, if they step out of “line,” degraded personally, politically, legally, morally.

Yadav’s remarks sparked a backlash on social media where #backingrapists and ‘Mulayam Singh’ were top trending topics on Twitter.

Good. But then he digs his disgusting hole deeper:

That anger was fuelled by rambling comments from the party’s leader in the state of Maharashtra who appeared to call for rape victims to be hanged along with their attackers on the grounds that they had extra-marital sex.

World. Gone. Bad.

Indian party leader expresses sympathy for three men who gang-raped student to death. The Raw Story, 4/11/2014.

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.

Officials Gone Bad: “Slave” Listed as Occupation in Juror Questionnaire, Removed Hour Later

Court Administrator Cathy McCumber told 11Alive, the questionnaire went online a month ago, but is based off an internal list that’s been used for 13 years.

She says the list is 62 pages long, so she’s not sure if the word slave has always been on it, or if it was added before the questionnaire went online.

11Alive and the court learned about the problem Monday morning, after a potential juror filling out the form hit the letter “s” for sales. He says he got “slave” instead.

…The company that designed the software says the drop down menus in the survey are inputted by the user.

“Hopefully it’s just a glitch and hopefully it will be worked out. It doesn’t make sense, but at the same time people make mistakes,” said Anna Wyatt.

McCumber says the word was removed within an hour of learning about it. But figuring out how it got there, and when will take much longer. [emphasis added]

At the courthouse Monday, residents responded with disbelief.

“So they’re saying it’s a mistake? I don’t think so. Why is that even an option? Wow,” said Bridgette Mathis.

DeKalb County juror form lists “slave” as occupation. 11Alive, 11/26/2013.

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.”

Officials Gone Bad: Social Services Supervisor’s 5 Foster Children Living in Filth; Caught When Boy Handcuffed to Porch with Chicken around His Neck

Stunned North Carolina authorities on Monday described a stomach-churning scene of filth and squalor at the home where a pair of foster parents were charged with handcuffing a child to a porch with a dead chicken hanging on his neck.

The 11-year-old boy was found Friday morning by a Union County sheriff’s deputy responding to an animal services complaint at a nearby farm when he saw the boy handcuffed and shivering.

The boy was living with foster parents Wanda Sue Larson, 57, and Dorian Lee Harper, also 57, on a property with four other adopted children and a gaggle of animals, including dozens of chickens, geese, turkeys, llamas and a horse, NBC station WCNC of Charlotte reported.

…Harper, an emergency room nurse, was arrested after the chance encounter with police, while Larson, who wasn’t home at the time, was arrested later at the sheriff’s office.

Larson was placed on suspension from her job as a supervisor with the Union County Department of Social Services. Because of her connection with the agency, the children — ages 14, 13, 11, 9 and 8 — were placed with social services agencies outside the county.

…Authorities said that the children lived in a single bedroom among dogs and feces. The child found last week was regularly handcuffed to a piece of railroad in the room, where he slept with on the floor, they said.

The low Saturday was about 49°F.

NC couple held on bond after foster child found in sickening squalor. NBC News, 11/18/2013.

Good: Prosecutor Disbarred, Sent to Jail for Withholding Evidence

Former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson did not disclose evidence to the defense in a case 27 years ago, and will spend 10 days in a county jail.

As a consequence of that misconduct, though, Michael Morton spent 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife Christine, a crime he did not commit, for which he was exonerated by DNA evidence last year.

Christine Morton’s actual killer, Mark Alan Norwood, was convicted of her murder earlier this year, and is now indicted for killing another woman in Austin two and a half years after Christine’s death.

Morton’s defenders from the Innocence Project hailed the legal precedent set Friday by Anderson’s plea deal allowing for a contempt charge for failing to disclose exculpatory evidence. “Every state and federal judge can issue such an order tomorrow and deter those few prosecutors who would otherwise deliberately violate their ethical and legal duties,” said Barry Scheck, Co-Director of the Innocence Project, which is affiliated with Cardozo School of Law. After suffering 25 years in prison as an innocent man, Michael Morton has courageously fought to hold Ken Anderson accountable and to prevent anyone from being victimized by similar misconduct. Today was an important first step.”

Anderson refused to disclose that the lead police investigator had learned that Morton’s 3-year-old son witnessed the crime and told his grandmother that Morton wasn’t the perpetrator, that Anderson had learned that a neighbor had reported seeing someone staking out the house, and that someone had tried to use the victim’s credit card in San Antonio after the murder.

Anderson had been facing up to 10 years in prison on a felony and misdemeanor charges of tampering with evidence, which were dropped according to the Austin American Statesman. Anderson will be disbarred for at least five years as well, pending final review by the Texas Supreme Court.

Texas prosecutor will serve 10 days in jail for wrongfully convicting man imprisoned for 25 years. The Raw Story, 11/10/2013.

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