Posts Tagged ‘Police’
John Kioko Muthini, a high school student, was playing pool with his friends a little more than two weeks ago in a slum on this city’s fringe when two police officers walked in, looking for a thief. They ordered everyone to their knees, and then, numerous witnesses said, they shot Mr. Muthini in the head.
His friends said that his last words, as he begged for his life, were “It’s not me.”
Last weekend, in a remote valley in northern Kenya, several dozen rookie police officers were sent to chase down an especially tough gang of cattle rustlers. It was dark, about 4 a.m., and the rustlers knew the officers were coming. As soon as the officers marched in, single file, they were mowed down by automatic weapons. Police officials said that at least 30 officers, maybe more, were killed, with their bodies left to fester in the sun for several days.
The two episodes were hundreds of miles apart and technically had nothing to do with each other. But beneath them was the same rotten root: a spectacularly dysfunctional national police force.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give our police a 2,” said Macharia Njeru, the chairman of Kenya’s new police oversight board, citing corruption allegations, human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings, failed inquiries and lost public trust.
In the grittier parts of this city, where people inhabit tiny tin shacks and bloated dead animals float along garbage-strewn rivers, police officers are not known as heroes. Instead, many residents see them as a menace, prowling around in dark trench coats with AK-47s slung over their shoulders, extorting money from slum dwellers and killing alleged suspects—and sometimes not even suspects but simply poor people they come across.
“They kill for free,” said one young man in the Mukuru Kayaba slum, where Mr. Muthini was shot.
Young men in the Mukuru slum said the same two police officers who killed Mr. Muthini routinely shook them down for bribes, threatening to lock them up if they did not hand over the equivalent of 10 or 20 dollars, a week’s wage for most around here.
Mr. Muthini’s mother, Rose, said the police had been harassing them for months, demanding a $250 bribe, an impossible sum for a family who lives in three iron-sided rooms in a muddy slum where there are so few latrines that people relieve themselves in plastic bags and then hurl them as far away as possible—“flying toilets,” they’re called.
She acknowledged, with downcast eyes and quiet words, that er oldest son, Charles, was a petty thief whom the police were looking for the day her other son, John, was killed.
When she refused to pay off the police, she said, the officers walked away, laughing, and told her to start digging Charles’s grave.
“Police in Kenya frequently execute individuals,” reads a United Nations report from 2009t hat looked into the issue of extrajudicial killings. “Most troubling is the existence of police death squads.”
In just one five-month period in 2007, the report said, the police were suspected of killing hundreds of people.
The Kenyan government announced on Wednesday that it was sending the army to fight the cattle rustlers. With a major election scheduled for March, many are worried about whether the police force will be able to handle the political and ethnic tensions that often explode at election time. Riots erupted along Kenya’s coast in August after a Muslim cleric was gunned down; many of his followers were convinced it was the police.Share on Facebook
There’s been a total of four robberies in the past couple weeks near the campus.
Eighteen-year-old Odessa Richmond was booked at Hennepin County Jail last weekend.
The other girl’s name isn’t being released because she’s not eighteen.
“They were going after iPhones and they would approach students and ask to use their phone, and when the students refuse, they would up the issue and eventually assault them and steal their phones,” said Deputy Chief Chuck Miner of the U of M Police Department.
Police say the robbers went as far as grabbing a plastic chair to hit the victim. A week later, police think the girls were at it again.
“It occurred in a very populated area, near a bus stop, in fact,” Deputy Miner said. “A bunch of citizens got off the bus, saw what was happening, intervened, helped stop the assault and the robbery.”
The two were caught by police a few buildings away.
Richmond was also arrested a couple weeks ago for a robbery in Bloomington.Share on Facebook
William Byrd, 60, said he and his wife, Bernice, who are both black, traveled to the race track at about 9:30 p.m. Friday night and discovered the racist vandalism at about 2:30 a.m. after returning home.
Journal photo by Edward Marshall
One of multiple swastikas written on 60-year-old William Byrd’s car is pictured in this photograph. The letters ‘KKK’ and ‘Watch your back’ were also written on the Martinsburg’s man vehicle this weekend while he was away from home.
The car was parked outside of the victim’s home on Studebaker Court.
“This is a hate crime. This is a direct, personal attack on me. I’d like to know where it’s coming from, and I’d like to have it fully investigated, not a minimum amount, because this a threat. It’s not the things that I see that (I’m afraid of), it’s what I don’t see that I have fear of,” Byrd said.
Byrd, who is originally from Richmond, Va., said he has lived at his home in Martinsburg for the past 11 years and said that it’s the first time anything like what occurred has happened to him. His wife, who has lived in Martinsburg all her life, now says she and her husband are fearful because of the incident.
“This morning I came out and I’m looking around to see if anybody is out here or if anything is on my car. You know, I fear for my life. I definitely fear for my husband’s life with all this stuff put on his car,” Bernice Byrd said.
Both said they have never had any problems with any of their neighbors and don’t believe any of them are responsible for the vandalism.
“I have good neighbors and we respect one another, so I know it didn’t come from them,” William Byrd said.
“We all get along wonderfully, wonderfully. Our neighbors bring us plants to put in our yard and stuff like that. We just get along,” Bernice Byrd said.
Gary Leuck, one of the couple’s neighbors, said he was also upset about the incident.
“I’m upset by it, very much so. We’ve only been here 3 1/2 years, but Bernice and William are nice neighbors and would do anything for you. I’m disgusted by it. There’s no need for it today. There never was. I don’t know what we can do. We’ll just have to keep our eyes open more,” Leuck said.
William Byrd said he doesn’t know why he was targeted, but said he hopes authorities will do more to investigate the incident. He said he immediately called police after discovering his car had been vandalized and a patrolman from the Martinsburg Police Department arrived to take pictures of the vehicle and a report. However, he said he hasn’t seen more police patrols in the area.
“I’d like to see some more involvement with the authorities with situations like this. You can’t treat this just as a small crime. This is a big thing. This is a hate crime, and I’d like to see something done about it. I don’t know what else I can say. I don’t know how much they can do, but it should be more involvement with the authorities in situations like this,” William Byrd said.
Detective Cpl. S.F. Doyle of the Martinsburg Police Department said Monday that police are aware of the incident and do take such incidents seriously.
“Absolutely, we take it seriously. Any type of threats like ‘watch your back’ or anything like that we definitely take seriously. We always take note of that. If we have anything where we can notice a trend or common ground to link up something, we’ll do what we can with it,” Doyle said.
None of Byrd’s neighbors witnessed the incident. The only thing Byrd said he has to go on is a neighbor who told him that she heard his dog barking between midnight and 1 a.m. the night of the incident.
Doyle said officers will likely check the surrounding area for any similar incidents and will try to link them together if they occur or have occurred. With no witnesses to the incident, officers so far have had limited options.
“There were no witnesses with it. Like I said, they went out and they took the report there. I’m sure they’ll probably check in the area for anything else like that, and if we have anything else like that they’ll try to link it up. As of right now, that’s pretty much where it’s at,” Doyle said.
Doyle said the writing appeared to have been done with a type of marker similar to those commonly used by students to write on their cars.
“We got a report, we have photographs of the vehicle, what was written on it and, like I said, if we are able to develop a suspect we’ll definitely pursue charges,” Doyle said.Share on Facebook
In the midst of a violent drug war, President Felipe Calderon fired crooked cops by the hundreds, and hired new ones—rigorously vetted and college educated—by the thousands. Salaries were doubled, new standards imposed and officers were subjected to extensive background checks.
A trustworthy federal police force was to be one of the most important legacies of Calderon’s six-year term. And yet, just months before he is to leave office in December, the president found himself apologizing “profoundly” this week for an incident in which federal police allegedly opened fire on an SUV with diplomatic plates, injuring two Americans.
A dozen federal police officers are being detained while the Mexican attorney general’s office investigates the incident. Many of the details remain unclear, including what may have motivated officers to open fire on the vehicle, which was traveling through dangerous countryside south of Mexico City.
But since the incident, which occurred just two months after a shootout involving crooked federal officers that left three dead at the Mexico City airport, the denunciations of the police have been withering. For many here, whether the attackers turned out to be corrupt or just bumbling, Calderon’s new and improved federal police force is just more of the same.
In Chapultepec Park, a 19-year-old peanut vendor laughed when asked whether the force had changed for the better.
He laughed again when asked to give his name, as though anyone would be foolish enough to do so when the police were so crooked.
“Here, everything runs on money,” he said. “The drug cartels have enough money to give to the federal police, and everybody else, to control everything they do.”
Mexicans have long been wary of police at all levels. Officers are notorious not only for soliciting the little bribes known as mordidas, but for shaking down innocents, running kidnapping rings, and serving as security forces and death squads for the drug gangs. One 2010 poll found that only 8% of respondents felt strong confidence in the police.Share on Facebook
Youths fired buckshot at police in clashes in the French city of Amiens overnight on Tuesday, torching cars and a nursery school in a resurgence of urban unrest that President Francois Hollande said he would do everything to confront.
Officials said 16 police officers were hurt in the disturbances, some struck by buckshot others hit by a hail of missiles thrown by around 100 youths who gathered in northern districts of Amiens.
Speaking during a visit to southeastern France, Hollande said the state would “mobilise all its resources to combat this violence”, which has shaken depressed quarters of major French cities at regular intervals.
During a night of disturbances, rioters set fire to a number of vehicles, in some cases hauling the drivers out of their cars before burning them, mayor Demailly said.
Gutted buildings, including a nursery school, and burnt out cars were still smouldering early on Tuesday, though the streets were otherwise calm. No-one has been arrested so far.
Tensions remain high in many French suburbs, where poor job prospects, racial discrimination, a widespread sense of alienation from mainstream society and perceived hostile policing have periodically touched off violence.
The repeat bouts of violence have provoked agonized debate over the state of the grim housing estates that ring many French cities and the integration of millions of poor whites, blacks and North African immigrants into mainstream society.Share on Facebook
The five men were caught by police and handed to the UK Border Agency after fleeing the lorry shortly before 8am on Tuesday. The driver of the lorry, which was delivering parts to Ricoh in Priorslee, alerted security at the depot who had their CCTV cameras trained on the vehicle as it was parked up.
When the men realised the lorry was stationary for a long time they escaped from the vehicle and walked off. It is believed the men may have cut the side curtain of the lorry’s trailer to escape.
Chris Ammonds, spokesman for Telford police, said: “On Tuesday between 7.45am and 8am, five men were arrested in Priorslee Avenue on suspicion of being in the country illegally.
“They have since been passed on to immigration who will take it from here.”
The UK Border Agency said it received a call at about 11.30am from police after five suspected illegal immigrants were arrested.
A UK Border Agency spokesman said: “When suspected illegal immigrants found on lorries are arrested by police, our officers attend quickly.
Christine Petrovic, a spokeswoman for Ricoh, said: “The lorry pulled up at the back gate and the driver alerted our staff he believed there may have been a person, or people, inside.
“We kept our cameras trained on the lorry and had notified the police prior to the men leaving the vehicle.
“When the men got out they walked off quite casually in the direction of the shop.”Share on Facebook
Ten were arrested at the scene, located at 3000 S. Walnut Street, and another suspect was arrested several hours later near a motel in the 1700 block of N. Walnut Street.
Bloomington Police Department drug investigators, detectives and uniform personnel and a Critical Incident Response Team were involved in the operation. Police say the raid was the result of a three month investigation.Share on Facebook
The Corpus Christi, Tex. Police Department has found itself on the business end of a civil rights lawsuit after the Justice Department concluded that a physical ability test used when considering job applications discriminates against women.
As a condition for employment, new applicants must pass a physical ability test (PAT) involving: pullups, a 300-meter run, a 1.5 mile run, and sit-ups. Only 19 percent of female applicants passed this test between 2005 and 2009, compared to 63 percent of men, the DOJ complaint records.
The Justice Department says that the test discriminates against women because “use of the PAT in the screening and selection of applicants for entry-level police officer jobs is not job-related, for the entry-level police officer position,” according to the complaint.
In 2011, the city police modified the benchmarks for the PAT. Thirty-three percent of women passed the test under the new standards, along with 82 percent of men. DOJ says that these results also indicate discrimination.Share on Facebook
State and local police across the country didn’t need the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Arizona’s “show me your papers” immigration law to begin turning people over to the federal government for deportation.
Since late 2007, they have helped identify nearly 20 percent of the nation’s 1.6 million deportations — a trend that will likely accelerate.
The Obama administration plans to expand to every jurisdiction a program in which local police share fingerprints of those accused of breaking the law for federal officials to identify those they want to put into deportation proceedings.
The administration is making clear that federal authorities have always had — and will continue to have — the final say on who gets deported.
As debate has raged over the provision of the 2010 Arizona law, the federal government has been increasingly tapping the vastly superior presence of state and local police to identify illegal immigrants for deportation.
State and local police made about 150,000 arrests that resulted in deportation from late 2007 to late 2011 under a program that empowers specially trained local officers to enforce immigration laws. Deportations under that program peaked in 2009 but are falling sharply as the federal government phases it out.
In the fingerprinting program, state and local agencies are responsible for the vast majority of another roughly 150,000 deportations during that time. ICE scans prints of everyone booked into jails for non-immigration crimes and tells local police when they want someone held for deportation proceedings.
The combined efforts account for 288,997 of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s deportations from October 2007 through September 2011, or 18.7 percent of the total. And the number is growing each year.
In fiscal 2009, they accounted for 59,984 of 389,834, or only 15 percent, of deportations. In 2011, they were 105,849 of 396,906 deportations, or 27 percent.
A few police departments have crafted unique arrangements with the federal government that go even further. They include Escondido, a San Diego suburb of 140,000 people that has nine ICE employees at police headquarters.
Escondido Police Chief Jim Maher said they are targeting illegal immigrants who commit crimes. Those whose only offense is being in the country illegally won’t be bothered by his officers, nor will any crime victims or witnesses.
“If you’re not a criminal, you have nothing to fear,” he said.
For the federal government and many of its law enforcement allies, the numbers reflect a carefully orchestrated policy to deport anyone who breaks laws while living in the U.S. illegally, especially violent criminals.
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Camden, City Of Ruins: Depressing Images of Once-Thriving Metropolis Reduced to Decaying, Crime-Ridden RubbleThursday, June 28th, 2012
These depressing images show how far an American industrial powerhouse has fallen.
The shipyards where 36,000 workers would ply their trade now lie empty, surrounded by thousands of decaying and abandoned homes.
The stench of sewage permeates the run-down streets, which have the second highest crime rates of anywhere across the country.
Of its 70,390 residents, a staggering 40 per cent are out of work, with many having been ‘on the scrapheap’ from the ‘formal economy’ for generations.
The population has plummeted by more than 40 per cent from its 1950 level of 120,000, but there is little hope for those who remain.
City budgets are being slashed, nearly half of the police force has been axed in recent years and the public library system is now almost non-existent.
Deserted streets are now home to prostitutes and drug-pushers, who huddle under the noxious clouds spewed out by a huge rubbish-burning plant.
According to the AroundPhilly blog on Yahoo, one resident said: ‘We don’t have any real policing in Camden. They’re just out here to pick up the bodies.’
But although once a hive for manufacturing and industry, it is perhaps best known for its struggles with crime.
Three Mayors have been jailed for corruption and two out of every five residents live well below the national poverty line.Share on Facebook
A San Diego County judge has sentenced a photographer to life in prison for planting a pipe bomb in his wife’s pickup truck in an attempt to kill her.
Larry Hoagland was sentenced Tuesday after being convicted on premeditated attempted murder and weapons charges for booby-trapping the pickup of his wife, Connie.
Connie Hoagland suffered burns and broken bones in the Sept. 23, 2010, explosion in El Cajon, east of San Diego.
The 50-year-old man will have to serve at least 20 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
Prosecutors say Hoagland hid the pipe bomb under the dashboard of her truck. The couple has since divorced.
Hoagland maintains his innocence.
Anek Ngernsuwan, 37, a suspect in numerous car smuggling and swindling cases, cut through an iron bar in a visitation room in Udon Thani police station at about 5am while a police officer on duty was sleeping.
A metal file was used to cut through the bottom of a steel bar which was then bent to one side. Mr Anek then slipped through the gap.
Pol Col Kowit Charoenwattasak, the station chief, said a police team has been set up to hunt for the suspect.
He has also set up a disciplinary panel to investigate whether Pol Snr Sgt Maj Rachet Phumjae and Pol Snr Sgt Maj Thongdao Sunarat helped the suspect escape.
They will face disciplinary and criminal charges if they are found to have been involved, Pol Col Kowit said.
Pol Snr Sgt Maj Thongdao said he and Pol Snr Sgt Maj Rachet were on duty guarding the cells overnight. However, Pol Snr Sgt Maj Rachet had gone out leaving him to keep watch alone.
At about midnight, Mr Anek’s wife Patthima Pornkasem arrived at the police station to visit her husband.
Pol Snr Sgt Maj Thongdao said he allowed her to visit Mr Anek for 20 minutes. The two met in a visitation room next to the cell, which is secured with iron bars.
After his wife had left, Mr Anek refused to go back to his cell, claiming it was too hot.
Pol Snr Sgt Maj Thongdao said the suspect asked him if he could sleep in the visitation room, which he allowed.
At about 4.30am, he said, he felt sleepy and took a nap for about 30 minutes. After he woke up, he discovered the bent iron bar in the visitation room and saw Mr Anek had escaped.
The bar had been cut through with a file police believe was brought into the room by Mr Anek’s wife.
Pol Col Kowit said witnesses saw a white Mazda sedan pick up Mr Anek outside the police station moments after he had broken out of the cell.
Immigration checkpoints, particularly those in nearby provinces, have been alerted as police believe Mr Anek might try to flee to Laos.
Police records show Mr Anek was suspected of being a leading figure in a car smuggling ring that had slipped more than 100 cars into neighbouring Laos.
The racket had caused more than 100 million baht in damages.
Mr Anek was caught on Jan 17 and sent to Udon Thani police station for detention pending his trial. He was also suspected of organising illegal group sex parties.Share on Facebook
An illegal immigrant with as many as six aliases, whom authorities are tentatively identifying as Jarol Antonio Santiago, has been arrested for the April 28th murder of his 33-year-old girlfriend Diana Mercado.
Mercado reportedly left for work early that morning and never came home. Worried, her family began looking for her and found her locked car containing her belongings in a parking lot near her workplace. They then contacted police who confirmed with her employer Dunkin Donuts, that Mercado never made it to work that morning.
The day after Mercado’s disappearance, police interviewed Santiago who reportedly gave them a false name and then split town. The next day, police found Mercado’s body in the woods behind her home wrapped in a tarp and covered with wood debris.
Police finally caught up with Santiago this past Wednesday in Orlando and brought him in for interrogation. That is when Santiago produced an incredible story.
According to police reports, Santiago claims the two began arguing over his wanting to drive to work with her that morning. Mercado apparently did not want him to come, but he insisted, so the two set out on the road. That is when Santiago claims Mercado produced a knife that she began stabbing herself with as she drove. According to Santiago, she then got out of the moving vehicle, fell down, and was then run over by the car.
Panicked, Santiago said he then collected the body, drove back to her home where he hid it in the woods, drove out to the parking lot where the car was found—throwing the knife out along the way, then rode a bicycle back to his house.
Autopsy reports indicate Mercado died of multiple stab wounds and also had several broken ribs, a broken pelvis and a fractured left collarbone.Share on Facebook
It’s the same neighborhood where witnesses say a white man was severely beaten by a group of black men.
“These newspapers are wrong,” Marsha Parker, one of the neighbors, said. “This is evil. I called police immediately.”
Neighbors say all they want is peace, and this is an obvious attempt by racists to incite violence.
“This is putting gas on the fire,” Kendric Reese said. “This is just pure hate. It doesn’t make any sense.”
Reese and Parker said the beating was a feud between neighbors, and was not racially motivated. The neighbors said there are no racial tensions between blacks and whites on Delmar Drive.
Local 15 News contacted the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that tracks hate groups. They said last year, a chapter of Neo-Nazis called the American Aryan Reich in Mobile crossed their radars.
Mobile Police say they know the person or group who delivered the newspapers, but would not specify who they were. Police say the newspapers fall under the protection of freedom of speech.Share on Facebook
Six shots were fired into an empty police cruiser early today in the Florida neighborhood where black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as the mayor warned that the town has become a “kindling box.”
No one was injured in the 4:30 a.m. shooting at the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Fla. Police removed the vehicle and have begun an investigation.
The shooting occurred as tensions continue in this small middle class city. One official told ABC News tension could soon reaching a boiling point.
ABC News has learned that the emergency operation centers of three counties have been activated at Level II, the same level of preparedness used ahead of a hurricane.
“Are we a kindling box? Sure,” said Mayor Jeff Triplett. “But we’re working down a path and so far it’s been absolutely peaceful.”
Capt. Robert O’Connor of the Sanford Police Department told ABC News, “Law enforcement agencies in the area are monitoring a variety of activities and groups to ensure that conditions remain peaceful.”Share on Facebook
Police are investigating the “racially motivated” beating of a 27-year-old man who was walking home from midtown bars early Saturday when he said he was jumped by five to eight men who shouted “Trayvon” before the attack.
Investigators believe that case was the catalyst for the beating Saturday in Gainesville.
“We do believe that the crime was racially motivated,” Gainesville Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Angelina Valuri said.
The assailants were black, while the victim is white, Valuri said.
She said the victim had been drinking and could not provide a description of the attackers or their vehicle, only that it was a mid-size vehicle.
But Valuri said his injuries were consistent with being jumped by a group.
During what he told police was a five-minute beating, he sustained injuries to the left eye, abrasions to his palms and a cut on his right kneecap, and Valuri said he would likely have “permanent disfigurement to the left side of his face.”
The victim told police that a vehicle was coming east on Southwest 32nd Place when it stopped at 23rd Terrace.
A group of men got out and told him he was walking too slowly, the victim told police.
They then yelled “Trayvon,” according to a GPD report, and proceeded to beat him.Share on Facebook
Fugitive father who threatened to slit two-year-old son’s throat in motorway hostage siege jailed for ten yearsFriday, April 6th, 2012
An armed holidaymaker who went on the run for nine years after holding his toddler son hostage in a motorway siege has been jailed for ten years.
Desperate Paul Muller, 55, used his terrified two-year-old as a ‘human shield’, holding him at knifepoint during the stand-off in 2001 that lasted 36 hours.
He eventually gave himself up wearing just his underpants and was arrested but skipped bail – remaining on the run until December 2010 when he took hostage a second son with another woman.
He had a small black hand gun – later revealed as a fake – and threatened to slit his son’s throat with a kitchen knife before speeding off down the A30 and M4.
A 36-hour siege ensued at the roadside when Muller ran out of fuel and falsely claimed he had a bomb on board.
Muller was arrested and found guilty of making threats to kill and possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence by a jury at Truro Crown Court.
He admitted the bomb hoax at the start of the four day trial, in August last year.
Judge Christopher Harvey Clark jailed Muller for ten years for both incidents, at Truro Crown Court.
The judge, referring to the latest siege, told Muller: ‘According to officers the child seemed terrified.
‘To try to avoid arrest you used your own child as a hostage. You have twice used your own young sons as human shields to keep police at bay.’
He added that Muller caused considerable chaos on the M4 when police were forced to close 17 miles of the motorway during the first ordeal.
Judge Harvey Clark added: ‘The numbers of police officers, including a bomb disposal unit, and members of the emergency services involved and the chaos and inconvenience to the general public was considerable.’
The court was told that in both instances, Muller feared police were going to take his sons away.
In the 2001 siege, Muller, who then lived in Skegness, Lincs., had spent about two weeks in the holiday park before police arrived on October 19, 2001, with a warrant for his arrest.
Paul Rowsell, prosecuting, told the court officers were forced to withdraw when Muller pushed past them and grabbed a kitchen knife.
He brandished it at officers before holding it to his son’s throat, before pulling out a small black ‘handgun’.
Retired sergeant Alistair Cook, from Devon and Cornwall police, previously told the court: ‘He picked up the young lad, reached to the kitchen sink and picked up a short-handled knife.
‘He held it against his son’s throat and said, ‘I got a knife and if you do not get out I will use it’. I thought he might cut his boy’s throat so we left the caravan.’
A couple of minutes later, Muller fled the site in his camper van and told officers he would be driving to Lincolnshire and not to stop him.
His van came to a halt on the hard shoulder of the M4 in Wiltshire after he ran out of petrol and a siege commenced on October 20.
Muller became emotional at 9pm that evening and told a negotiator that he would ‘blow up his van’ with an instant-acting detonator that was inside.
He eventually gave himself up at 9.22am on October 21, wearing just underpants and long socks and handed himself to police – before failing to appear at court in January 2002.
Mitigating, Brian Fitzherbert told the court Muller was a man of good character apart from the two incidents involving his sons.
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For nearly a year before filing their lawsuit in March 2007, the seven black officers charging racial discrimination within the Richmond Police Department worked to undermine police Chief Chris Magnus, all the while documenting comments that they could later twist and claim were bigoted, an attorney for the city told jurors Wednesday.
Never once did the plaintiffs, all of whom are supervisors or managers in the department, come forward to allege offensive conduct, denying the city and the chief the opportunity to resolve any issues outside a courtroom, defense attorney Arthur Hartinger said in his closing statement.
“Lots of these incidents were saved up until they could drop a bomb and hit the chief over the head with a sledgehammer,” Hartinger said. “They weren’t saying anything. They were holding their cards close to the vest so they can get their (lawsuit) right.”
Lts. Michael Booker, Johan Simon, Arnold Threets, Shawn Picket, Cleveland Brown, Sgt. James Jenkins and Capt. Eugene McBride are suing Magnus, now-retired Deputy Chief Lori Ritter and the city of Richmond over claims of a hostile work environment based on racial discrimination. The jury heard three months of testimony and saw hundreds of documents before the plaintiffs’ attorneys gave their closing argument Tuesday.
Those attorneys argued that a pattern of racial discrimination has existed within the city’s Police Department for years, and each of the
plaintiffs has been denied opportunities, subjected to racist conduct and retaliated against for speaking out about racial divisions.
“Absurd,” “ridiculous” and “unfair” were among the adjectives Hartinger used to describe those claims Wednesday.
He told jurors that the plaintiffs were against Magnus before he even moved to California to take the helm of the Police Department in January 2006 because they were threatened by change. The officers never acted in good faith, and some did what they could to hinder Magnus’ efforts to diversify sections of the department.
At the trial, the plaintiffs attacked another black command staff member who sided with Magnus and Ritter, claiming that he didn’t identify himself as an African-American, Hartinger said. The defense introduced a birth certificate and 1973 employment application into evidence to show that the now-retired officer, Enos Johnson, is black and identifies himself as such.
“They can’t handle the fact that the chief promoted an African-American man, and they can’t handle an African-American man is a good friend of Lori Ritter,” Hartinger said.
Since Magnus became chief, violent crimes in Richmond have fallen dramatically and an unprecedented number of women and minorities have been promoted, the attorney said.
“Send a message that this is not right, there was no discrimination,” Hartinger told jurors. “Stand with the community, stand by the chief.”
The trial continues Thursday with the attorneys’ rebuttal arguments, followed by jury deliberations.
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Last weekend in the city of Chicago alone, gangbangers slaughtered ten people and wounded another forty. The youngest fatality is only six years old. The youngest person wounded is only one year old. Many of the victims were pedestrians sprayed with bullets in drive by shootings. The national news has said nothing about this.
So why does one shooting in Florida warrant weeks of national news? Why have there been thousands of articles each day, for the last four days, about one single shooting?
Almost all of the news items about George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin contains a combination of false statements, opinions presented as facts, transparent distortions, and a complete absence of some of the most relevant details. Almost all news items are written solely from the point of view of the grieving family. The media also fills their articles with outdated baby-faced pictures of Trayvon. Very few include that he was a towering 6’2” football player. Is the media really reporting the news, or is this classic agitation/propaganda to advance a political agenda?
Literally thousands of articles contain at least one false statement in the first couple of lines. They usually read “George ZImmerman, a white man,” or “shot by a white man.” Zimmerman is described by family as a multiracial Hispanic. His appearance is clearly that of a Latino/Mestizo individual. However, the media wants him to be white because that better fits the political narrative they are trying to create. Many news articles have also claimed the neighborhood is “mostly white.” This is also a lie. The neighborhood is only 49% white. It is over half non-white.
All the way back on February 27th, the local Orlando Fox station interviewed the witness who dialed 911. Almost none of the thousands of articles since have mentioned any of the details described by the witness. Some, however, have attributed false statements to this witness. On March 16th, the Sanford police department released new details to the Orlando Sentinel. Once again, these details have been ignored or changed by the media.
- The witness reports that George Zimmerman was on the ground and Trayvon is on top of him punching him.
- The witness says that George Zimmerman was screaming and yelling for help.
- Police arrive and find Zimmerman bleeding on his face and the back of his head. He also has had grass stains on his back. All this confirms the story told by Zimmerman and the witness.
- Police play the 911 tape for Trayvon Martin’s father, who tells police that the voice screaming is not the voice of his son.
The neighborhood this took place in has seen a lot of crime. Would you be surprised to learn that there were eight burglaries, nine thefts, and a shooting just in the past year? In fact, the local homeowners’ association reports that George Zimmerman actually caught one thief and aided in the apprehension of other criminals. The Miami Herald wrote about this on March 17th. None of the thousands of articles and cable news segments that came after thought this was important.
In fact the Miami Herald goes on to interview neighbor Ibrahim Rashada, who is black. Rashada confirms that there has been a lot of crime in the neighborhood and indicates to the reporter that the perpetrators are usually black.
The media also characterizes Trayvon as a “model student.” In fact, he was under a five day suspension when the shooting took place. That is why he was staying at a house so far from his school on a school night. A lawyer for Trayvon’s family has blocked access to his school records. However, you have to do something pretty bad to get suspended for five days.Share on Facebook
The man who gunned down a white supremacist in Monrovia in 2009 was convicted of murder last week and faces life in prison. Read on for more.
The following information was provided by theMonrovia Police Department:
During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 412 service events, resulting in 74 investigations.
Attempted Residential Burglary
On February 28 at 3:20 p.m., a 15-year-old male subject that lives in the 200 block of Violet observed a male suspect tampering with the window screen on the backdoor of the apartment where he lives. The suspect eventually left the area. Police were not called until the subject’s stepfather arrived home, a few hours later. The window screen appeared to have been cut, but the suspect did not make entry into the home. The suspect is described as a male, 6’0″, thin build, wearing dark pants and a gray or black hooded sweatshirt, which covered his face and hands. Investigation continuing.
Detective Bureau Case Follow-up
Gang member, Gary Sanchez, was convicted of murder in the Pasadena Superior Court last week. Sanchez was convicted of several gun and gang enhancements, and is facing fifty years to life in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 23, 2012.
This case stems from an incident that occurred on December 15, 2009, at approximately 8:04 p.m. Sanchez shot and killed Jason Gentile near the intersection of Colorado and California in Monrovia. Sanchez also wounded Gentile’s girlfriend, who has completely recovered from her wounds. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detectives investigated this case, but Monrovia Police Department personnel played a major role in the investigation and prosecution.Share on Facebook
Human Rights First calls on the Russian government to promptly investigate the recent attack on Philip Kostenko, an activist who works at the Anti-Discrimination Center “Memorial” in Saint Petersburg. This morning, Kostenko was beaten by two men who followed him through a park, where they pushed him to the ground and started to beat him. One of the attackers called the victim by name before the assault. Kostenko waited for an ambulance at the scene before proceeding to a local hospital.
“We call on the authorities in Saint Petersburg to thoroughly investigate this case, including the extent to which it was in retaliation for his activism. They should also hold the perpetrators accountable. The fact that this incident took place one day before the scheduled opposition demonstrations across Russia suggests that the attackers may have wanted to prevent Kostenko’s participation in tomorrow’s protest actions,” said Human Rights First’s Paul LeGendre.
Kostenko has also been subject to persecution and monitoring by the authorities—including by the police unit responsible for combating extremism and hate crime— for his legitimate opposition and human rights activities.
In mid-December 2011, Kostenko was singled out by police during nonviolent post-parliamentary election protests, arrested, and given the maximum 15-day administrative sentence for public disorder. On December 22, his sentence was extended another 15 days—the maximum allowable—at a hearing heavily influenced by a representative from the police’s antiextremism unit. The judge in that hearing refused to allow Kostenko to defend himself before extending the sentence.
Kostenko still faces administrative charges and is due to appear in court in mid-February. His colleagues and lawyers maintain the activist is innocent of these charges and is being persecuted because of his opposition activism and human rights work.
Racism- and nationalism-related issues remain a hot topic in Russia. Just this week, a major court battle ended positively when the Supreme Court upheld the verdict against the members of the Borovikov-Voevodin gang from Saint Petersburg that was responsible for dozens of murders, including the ethnographer Nikolai Girenko, a nine-year-old Tajik girl, and an African student.
“The court case against Philip Kostenko is an example where police monitor and go after peaceful activists, instead of concentrating their full attention on the real ‘extremists’—the violent neo-Nazi gangs who until recently have operated with relative impunity in murderous racist attacks on those perceived to be ‘foreigners,’” concluded LeGendre. “The police must recognize and affirm that violent hate crime is the problem, and not activists like Kostenko who, in fact, work to confront racism in Russia.”Share on Facebook
A citizen calls for assistance just outside the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory downtown. Apparently she bit into some sugar-free taffy and her tooth popped out. Alas, she didn’t know it popped out when she tossed the offending taffy in the garbage, and now the city’s public works department has to come and open the bin up. Was it a gold crown or something? We don’t know, but it should be …
Friday, Jan. 20:
6:25 p.m. Some dude’s Honda has run out of fuel in the 2900 block of S. Coast Hwy., so he’s calling the cops and demanding they give him gratis gas since “the police protect and serve, and that should be part of the service.”
Saturday, Jan. 21:
12:15 a.m. In the 400 block of N. Coast Hwy., somebody, perhaps the female caller’s ex, super-glued both her garage and front doors shut, and now she can’t get inside. So apparently that goop really works …
Sunday, Jan. 22:
12:04 a.m. A case of sexual battery at the Marine Room Tavern? Mmm … not quite. But that’s what the woman calling says. Seems that she had left the MarBar, returned, and was trying to get her purse, but for whatever reason, she was being refused re-entry. Annoyed, the woman then claims the employee at the front door sexually assaulted her by “touch(ing) her inside her clothing on her vagina.” The cops come, where they eventually find out there was no assault, and that the woman “only said that to get officers to the location faster.”
11:43 a.m. Someone at Thousand Steps Beach actually calls 911 to report seeing a guy with a swastika tattoo on his chest. Unfortunately, blatant acts of douchebaggery—as perpetrated by both the Nazi and the caller—aren’t illegal …
4:16 p.m. Busy day today—false crimes, Nazis, and now, sweaty, chanting, peeing dudes! That’s the party going on over in Bluebird Canyon, anyway, where it’s reported that some 25 guys are in a house and gathered in a large circle, holding arms, chanting, and participating in a Native American sweat lodge ceremony, in a real sweat lodge on the property. And the funny thing is, nobody would have known this if one of the perspiring gents hadn’t stepped outside and whizzed on some bushes. The LBPD came out and found the secretive sprinkler, who said it will not happen again.
8:04 p.m. Say what you will about the folks working in the Laguna Beach Police Department, but they do, occasionally, show a wry sense of humor. How else to explain this report of two raccoons fighting over on Coast View Drive: “Both suspects appear to have sustained two black eyes, but neither desired prosecution. They left the scene on foot without further assistance.”Share on Facebook
It is understood some of the foreign nationals felt their human rights were being violated when police searched their flats for illegal weapons, drugs and illegal immigrants.
Police’s Katlego Mogale said nothing was confiscated as the raid was interrupted by the violence.
“Some of the foreign nationals were involved in public violence; therefore the police had to detain some of them. The suspects will be appearing in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court on Monday morning,” she said.
“They came to our place yesterday. They broke down doors and took some of us away. They took our money and food. We are now left with nothing,” he said.Share on Facebook
Vohwinkel. According vocal Nazi slogans have taken care of in the night to Thursday in the area Wrangelallee / Schlieffenstraße for a police operation. 23.35 against the clock police had been alerted by witnesses. Several officers – some in civilian clothes – were drawn to the wrong house. Once there, there was a dispute with a resident (51). Who had threatened the officers with his fist wrapped around a steel chain. During the subsequent scuffle preceded the 51-year-old, a policeman and a shoe rack to the floor. But no one was seriously injured.
Alleged caller does not belong to the neo-Nazi scene, according to police
The caller identified the alleged parole officer a little later in an apartment on the Wrangelallee. There, a boozy seven-man party was in progress. The 23-year-old alleged caller was intoxicated, among other things. Police said he is not one of which is under special observation neo-Nazi scene in Vohwinkel. Because of the forbidden slogans of national security has launched an investigation. spaShare on Facebook
Mall of America officials released a statement saying that around 4:20 p.m. 50 juveniles caused a large disturbance in the north food court.
Mall of America security arrested four other people for disorderly conduct as well, Mall officials said.
Police said as many as 200 were involved the fights. A YouTube video, which contains profanity, shows a fight break out and rage before a police officer interrupts it. The fight occurs at roughly 50 seconds in.
As the fights were popping up, the Mall of America inadvertently called for a lock down. But the lock down was called off minutes later, Mall officials said.
There were no reports of serious injuries, Mall official said.
Although the Mall kept its normal hours, some stores within the Mall closed early.
Some witnesses reported being evacuated from the Mall; but police said that shoppers were escorted toward the east exit to make room for the investigation.
According to Stehlik, no weapons were recovered, and there are no reports of burglary. However, there is YouTube video of chairs being thrown.
Video captured police officers walking with their guns drawn; but police said this was in response to rumors of gun shots having been fired.Share on Facebook
ALBANY, GA — Albany police say two jars of money were stolen from the Bio-Buzz on North Slappey Boulevard Saturday afternoon. They say a black male took the money off the counter then fled the scene on foot heading east from the rear of the store.
Police say the suspect has a dark complexion , is approximately 5’8” and weight between 220 and 225 pounds. At the time of the incident he was wearing a white shirt and khaki pants. If you have any information on this suspect you’re asked to call the Albany Police Department or Albany Crime Stoppers.
Also on Christmas Eve at a grocery store on 2301 East Broad Avenue, police say Saul Martinez, 40, told them he was sitting in his car when he was approached by an unknown black male and an unknown black female. They say the male was armed with a knife and demanded money from Martinez; APD says Martinez threw an unknown amount of cash out of the car window and the suspects took off with it.Share on Facebook
Police arrested two men today at a right-wing extremist event in Most, Czech Republic, for wearing suspicious symbols. No charges have yet been filed against them, according to police spokesperson Ludmila Světláková. Police estimate a total of 70 people attended the event. Right-wing radicals have regularly commemorated the memory of their fellow-traveler, Miloš Reho, since his death in 1999.
No other problems occurred during the commemoration and police did not intervene against the gathering, which ended calmly this afternoon. Last year’s commemoration was attended by about 200 extremists.
Both men were arrested at the Most train station before the event began. One man, from Most, was wearing the possibly illegal symbols on his sweatshirt and t-shirt. The other man, from Louny, was arrested because of a tattoo on his arm.
Both detainees are suspected of expressing sympathy for a movement aimed at suppressing human rights and freedoms. The maximum possible sentence for this crime is three years in prison. One of those detained has already been released by police and the other will be released as soon as everything about his case is documented. An expert must now evaluate the symbols. “For now they have not been charged, they are just suspects,” the police spokesperson said.
The extremists gathered before noon today at the Most train station, visited Reho’s grave, then continued on to Litvínov. Police recorded no problems during the event and did not intervene against it. The participants dispersed in the afternoon, but police patrols remained on the streets in both Litvínov and Most to follow the situation.
Right-wing extremists have been commemorating Miloš Reho’s memory since 2000. Reho was a promoter of the ultra-right Patriotic Front, which is not very active today, and was also a violent criminal. In May 1999 he was seriously injured during a brawl with a Roma man seven years his senior and died as a result of his injuries at the age of 19. The incident took place shortly after Reho was released from prison, where he had served 26 months for almost kicking a friend of his to death over a girl.
According to media reports, on the evening in question Reho and two other friends attacked three Roma men who were waiting at around 3 AM for the first morning train to Most in the Jáva restaurant. The protocol of the trial at the North Bohemian Regional Court describes the moments preceding the fatal attack as follows: “While the Roma men were waiting, three skinhead youths in bomber jackets and high-topped boots came into the restaurant, which is open until 5 AM. They started verbally harassing the Roma men with racist remarks. The Roma men, including P. G., decided to wait on the street instead, but the violent skinheads ran after them. The Roma men then fled, but P.G. stumbled and was caught and kicked by the skinheads.” P. G. eventually managed to flee and borrowed a switchblade knife. He and his friends then went after the skinheads. When Miloš Reho, who was physically in better shape, pushed P.G. to the ground once more and started punching his face, P.G. stabbed him in the chest.
“I request the court evaluate this case as one of necessary self-defense. My client originally did his best to prevent any kind of incident, but did not succeed thanks to the aggression of the skinheads,” Jiří Nedvědický, the defense attorney for P.G., told the court. He also submitted medical reports to the panel of judges as proof of the fact that skinheads also attacked the defendant’s mother more than once after the incident. In February 2000, the Regional Court in Ústí nad Labem sent the Roma defendant to prison for 10 years for grievous bodily harm resulting in death.
- Neo-Nazi speech-giver in Czech Republic is a policeman who lectures at schools in Slovakia (dokmz.wordpress.com)
- Sentencing upheld for Czech extremists (dokmz.wordpress.com)