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February 12, 2017

Paris Protests Turn Violent Over Police Rape of Young Black Man






Sporadic clashes broke out Saturday in the Paris suburb of Bobigny, where some 2,000 people had gathered to protest against police brutality and the alleged rape of a 22-year-old man by an officer wielding a truncheon.

Demonstrators held placards reading “police rapes” and “police kills innocents” as they rallied outside the Bobigny courthouse, north-east of the French capital, surrounded by a large contingent of riot police.

While the rally was mostly peaceful, reporters at the scene said clashes broke out after a handful of protesters hurled projectiles at police and several vehicles were set alight, including a van belonging to RTL radio station. Officers responded with tear gas.

Earlier in the day, four people were arrested in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille on the sidelines of another march against police violence, officials said. Similar protests took place in other French cities, including Toulouse and Orléans.


The unrest in Bobigny follows several nights of violence in Paris' northern outskirts, triggered by the brutal arrest last week of a black man identified only as Theo, in the nearby suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois.

The youth worker suffered such severe injuries to his rectum during the arrest that he needed major emergency surgery and remains in hospital.

One policeman has been placed under investigation for rape, suspected of deliberately shoving a truncheon into the young man’s rectum.

Three other officers have been charged with “deliberate violence in a group”.

On Thursday, police sources said their own investigation into the incident had concluded that the injuries were not inflicted intentionally.

The case has revived past controversies over the relationship between police and immigrant communities in France’s rundown suburbs, where police are regularly accused of discrimination and brutality.

In 2005, the death of two teenagers who were electrocuted while hiding from police in an electricity substation sparked weeks of riots in France. Around 10,000 cars were burned and 6,000 people were arrested.

The latest case comes in the midst of a presidential election campaign and follows the death of 24-year-old Adama Traore in police custody in another Parisian suburb last year.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

February 9, 2017

Thousands Demonstrate in Paris After Black Man Raped, Beaten by Cops



 One officer has been charged over the alleged rape while three others have been charged over use of excessive force




Demonstrators have taken to the streets in and around Paris to protest the alleged beating and rape of a black man by French police.
The unrest has gone on nearly a week, and "rioters have clashed with police and have set fire to trash cans, cars and a nursery school," reported Jake Cigainero for NPR's Newscast unit.
Four police officers have been suspended and charged in connection with the incident, according to a statement by the French Interior Ministry. Three face assault charges and one faces a charge of rape.
The victim, referred to by officials as “Theo," gave the BBC a graphic account of what he says happened to him.
The BBC reported Theo said he left his house last Thursday evening and found himself in the middle of a police operation targeting drug dealers:
"Theo said he was sodomized with a truncheon, as well as racially abused, spat at and beaten around his genitals," the broadcaster reported. "He has undergone emergency surgery for severe anal injuries, and has been declared unfit for work for 60 days.
" 'I fell on to my stomach, I had no strength left,' he said.
“He was then sprayed with tear gas around the head and in the mouth and hit over the head." 




 On Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande visited Theo in the hospital, and later praising his dignity in a tweet, which included a photo of Hollande by his bedside.
CNN reported that police arrested 26 people on Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for the local prefecture in the suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis northeast of Paris, where the incident occurred.
Those arrests followed two previous nights of demonstrations in the region, CNN reported:
"A few miles away, near Paris' Ménilmontant metro station, several hundred demonstrators gathered to protest police violence. Authorities say 17 people were arrested in Aulnay-sous-Bois on Tuesday night, after protesters torched garbage bins and vehicles.
"Videos shared on social media showed clashes between riot police and youths as fires burned in the streets. Police fired warning shots into the air to disperse the crowd, according to French reports.
"On Monday, hundreds of peaceful protesters marched in the same northern suburb. Demonstrators carried banners reading 'Justice for Theo' past a nearby building that had 'police, rapists' written on it in graffiti."

Police block a street as people gather to protest police on Feb. 8.
Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images
Stephane Troussel, the president of the General Council of the Seine-Saint-Denis region, said the incident brought up "numerous questions," reported German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
"Although thousands of police are doing their work properly...too many arrests end in nightmares for some young people. The image of the Republic is being tarnished,” Troussel said.
npr.org

November 28, 2016

Police Homophobia in Manchester, London May Have Caused Many Young Gay Lives






In 2001, when I joined the police, homophobia was rife. In the Greater Manchester force I heard the word “queer” often, mainly from sergeants about prisoners. And when I came out to my senior officer, he told me he couldn’t condone what I did “as a homosexual”. In a secret document my chief superintendent wrote that he had considered moving me because of “concerns over victimisation resulting from PC Maxwell’s sexual orientation”.
For many straight cops, being gay was seen as unnatural. I moved stations and continued to police other gay men under outdated laws, with me and my colleagues often looking for gay men on the canal towpath we could punish for sex acts. Seniors officers directed us to do this because, they said, these men were causing a public nuisance. 
So when I think about the case of Stephen Port – who was last week convicted of murdering four young gay men, whose killings detectives failed to link despite obvious clues – the notion of institutionalised homophobia is at the forefront of my mind. How much were officers’ judgments blinded by the so-called “lifestyle choice” of the victims?
Friends of Port’s victims have spoken about their experiences of being brushed off by the police. Many LGBT people don’t report incidents or hate crimes to the force for this very reason.
When I transferred from Manchester to London as a detective after seven years I thought lessons had been learned about diversity following the Stephen Lawrence inquiry. However, though people knew they could no longer outwardly use homophobic language in the workplace, they found other ways to express their disdain and prejudice.
I recently received a message from a gay officer who told me he was suffering homophobia within Scotland Yard. After giving him advice, I then saw him publicly praise the force for its gay tolerance. This is why any call for a public inquiry into the Port investigation will fail miserably, because LGBT people in the police will undermine it.
I became unwell with depression because of homophobia and racism in the police. I took the difficult decision of taking the police commissioner to an employment tribunal, but the force were furious with me. The court ruled I had been subjected to discrimination, harassment and victimisation based on my sexuality and race. The police then appealed against the judgment. I lost my job. An appeal judge upheld my complaints.
Only this month a gay man, David Cary, won compensation from the Met after a nine-year battle over its failure to investigate homophobic abuse claims against him. In response to this, citing my own case against the force, the Met said: “The way the organisation deals with homophobic crime and our internal practices and policies have changed dramatically since 2013.” After the Port case, can they really say that?
Members of the public told officers that the bodies of two young men being found in the same place was crucial, yet they were dismissed as not being important to the investigation – Port then went on to kill his fourth victim. If the bodies of two straight people were found in exactly the same place, weeks apart, would that not raise concerns that a pattern was emerging? How many deaths and attacks could have been avoided? 
The police didn’t create the monster that is Port, but they did have a responsibility to investigate his crimes properly. The system, riddled with institutional homophobia as it is, needs to be dealt with.
When I challenged homophobia in the Met, not a single gay officer or LGBT organisation stood alongside me. Afterwards, I watched as the police commissioner mingled with gay celebrities and charities at an awards ceremony. A picture of inclusiveness was presented, to refute the notion that the force was homophobic. I recognize the game, but imagine how it feels to watch this, for those who have been mistreated by the force because of their sexuality. 

September 20, 2016

Tulsa Police Officer Kills Unarmed Motorist with Hands Up(Graphic Warning)





Dash cam footage shows the fatal police shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. WARNING: Video contains graphic footage. Viewer discretion is advised. Video by Mic

Terence Crutcher, a Tulsa, Oklahoma, man who was fatally shot by a police officer last week, was not armed, nor was a weapon found in his SUV, the city’s police chief said Monday.

Police Chief Chuck Jordan said no weapon was recovered from the scene of the shooting, after a white officer shot and killed the 40-year-old black man. Jordan didn’t volunteer more details about the shooting.

Following Monday’s news conference, the Tulsa Police Department released the dash cam video of the confrontation, Tulsa World reported(WARNING: Video above contains graphic footage.)

Responding to reports of a stalled vehicle Friday night, two officers found Crutcher nearby his vehicle, police spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie said at a news conference Saturday. MacKenzie said Crutcher failed to follow repeated commands from the officers.

“As [the officers] got closer to the vehicle, [Crutcher] reached inside the vehicle and at that time there was a Taser deployment and a short time later there was one shot fired,” she told reporters.
Crutcher later died that night at a local hospital.

On Sunday, police identified Betty Shelby as the officer who shot her weapon, Tulsa World reported. Officer Tyler Turnbough deployed his Taser.

In one of the videos released today, Crutcher can be seen with his hands up as he walks toward his SUV as several officers approach him. However, once Crutcher appears to put his hands on the vehicle, it’s difficult to make out what is happening as the officers surround him.
At one point, Crutcher can be seen collapsing to the ground. Overheard in the video is police radio chatter that says, “I think he may have just been Tasered.” Shortly after, someone is heard saying “Shots fired,” a statement that’s repeated on the police radio as well.

In another video from Tulsa police’s helicopter camera, someone is heard saying that Crutcher looked like a “bad dude.”
WARNING: Video contains graphic footage. Viewer discretion is advised. Video by Tulsa World
The Justice Department said today it has opened a civil rights probe into the shooting, after the Tulsa police chief contacted the agency over the weekend to help with the investigation.

Tulsa police released the video footage of the shooting to select community leaders and family members prior to its release to the public.

Crutcher’s sister, Tiffany, has demanded that criminal charges by filed against the officer who took her brother’s life. Tiffany has also asked for peaceful protests following Crutcher’s death, the Associated Press reported.

Damario Solomon-Simmons, the family’s lawyer, said the footage showed that Crutcher didn’t make any sudden movements. Solomon-Simmons also questioned some of the claims made in police statements about the timing of Crutcher’s death.

 On Sunday, Rodney Goss, a pastor in north Tulsa who was able to view the footage beforehand, told Tulsa World that Crutcher’s “hands were in the air from all views.”
After an officer shot Crutcher, “a couple minutes it appears, but it seemed like a lifetime, went by before anyone actually checked with him as far as pulse — as far as whatever the case may be,” he added.

 
pbs.org/newshour/rundown/tulsa-police




July 30, 2016

NYPD Det. Picked Up Ranting on FB as a Hobby and Hits the Mayors Wife with Rants


Det. Gregory Gordon is third from L at Center Commissioner Bill Bratton 
 This officer has forgotten way back at the academy that a cop is always a cop.  He cannot take off what he is and what he represents which is the police Dept of this City and even the City itself as it stands for law and order. In this case we will highlight order! He has call many women many names including Hillary Clinton but this case he forgot that the mayor is his boss’s boss making him his boss also and he wont be please when you start calling his wife names. 

Ranting seems to run in the family.
The sister of a NYPD detective who posted racist Facebook messages came to his defense via the same social media network that got the officer in trouble.
Detective Gregory Gordon’s conduct is currently under review by the NYPD after the Daily News first reported he had - among other things - called Mayor de Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray a “former crack addict.”
“What’s sad is ‘he’ spoke the truth on his private forum and some sad individual is trying to bring a good cop down,” Marissa Carbonara wrote on the Staten Island Advance’s Facebook page Thursday night. “Don’t people have anything better to do?!”

Carbonara also insisted Gordon, 33, was just exercising his First Ammendment rights and making “factual statements.”
When another Facebook user called the person who informed The News of the posts a “lurking rat,” Carbonara agreed and described the person as a “trolling c---.”
At her home on Friday, a woman denied knowing Carbonara - but seemed well aware of the ongoing Facebook controversy.
“You should be ashamed of yourself for all the dirty media you put in your paper. These people protect your rights,” she said. A former high-ranking police official said Gordon clearly crossed the line when posting those comments.
“It shows issues of judgment,” he said. “Being a police officer, you walk a very thin line. You are supposed to be above that. If you sink to that level, you are demeaning the department standards you have sworn to uphold.”
In August 2014, Gordon griped about a woman who told a TV reporter it was hard growing up black.
“Are you f------ kidding me? Stop acting like anyone owes you anything. Slavery ended 149 years ago,” he wrote. The NYPD quickly distanced itself from the comments Thursday.
Department policy advises cops to “exercise good judgment and demonstrate the same level of professionalism expected of them while performing their official duties.”
And Gordon’s Facebook page, which had been set to private, was deactivated Thursday afternoon after The News called him for comment.
In a statement Friday night, Michael Palladino, President of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, said he understands that “some may be offended by (Gordon’s) remarks.”
“Cops have become the targets of intentional violence which makes their job even harder and solves nothing but to perpetuate hate.
“If the press were to scrutinize the Facebook pages of the anti-cop hate groups they would find comments much worse and more inflammatory but that never appears in the news.” 

  
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


An NYPD cop from Staten Island is under review after posting racist diatribes on social media including one that called Mayor de Blasio’s wife a “former crack addict,” sources said.
Detective Gregory Gordon, who works at the 121st Precinct, is under fire after making a series of racist and anti-Muslim remarks on Facebook, according to law enforcement sources.
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Photo: Facebook
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In one screed from Nov. 2014, Gordon was furious about a story reported by The Post that said the city’s first lady Chirlane McCray did not trust NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.
“Who cares what this former crack addict says!” Gordon wrote, according to a source.
McCray vehemently denied that she made the remarks.
Gordon, who has removed the entire Facebook page from the Internet, is being looked at by the NYPD who has told cops to “exercise good judgement” when using social media.

“The comments made by Gregory Gordon do not in any way represent the views of the New York City Police Department,” read a statement from the NYPD.
 NY Post

May 30, 2016

This Seductive Cop is Looking to Destroy a Man’s Life


Sitting in cars along the edge of the park, four Long Beach police officers waited for the right time to pounce.
The innocuous signal that spurred them to action came when they saw a middle-aged man close his laptop and head toward a public restroom known in the area as a place where men have sex with each other. One of the undercover officers followed him inside.
Within moments, police were leading the man away in handcuffs. His crime: exposing himself to the officer.
The 2014 arrest in Recreation Park marked another successful sting for the city’s vice squad. But the undercover operation, which was sharply criticized recently by a judge, also exemplifies a controversial, age-old police tactic that many of California’s largest law enforcement agencies have quietly abandoned in recent years amid mounting criticism and changing sexual attitudes.
In Los Angeles, Long Beach and other areas where undercover lewd conduct stings endure, police defend them as an important tool for catching people who are violating the law and for deterring others from trying to have sex in parks and other public areas used by families and children.
Gay-rights activists do not condone public sex but have long condemned the busts as a form of entrapment, saying they unfairly single out gay men, with sometimes devastating consequences. The issue has been debated for decades. But in recent years, critics of the stings have gained traction as public attitudes about homosexuality and gay rights have shifted.
Undercover officers, critics contend, often exchange flirtatious signals and make arrests of men who think their advances are welcome, when no one else is nearby to be offended. They say that the stings can ensnare men who hadn't otherwise been seeking sex and that they rarely, if ever, target straight people.
Under state law, people who are convicted of indecent exposure must register as sex offenders and face possible jail time. Some have lost their jobs or committed suicide.
“Nobody is going to defend lewd conduct, but there is a qualitative difference between sexual predators and people who engage in boorish behavior,” said Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang, who is gay and a former special assistant in the Sheriff's Department who worked with its LGBT advisory council. “Criminalizing them isn’t really justice. You just want them to stop.”
Courts also have raised questions about the stings, invalidating a number of prosecutions in various parts of the state. In some cases, judges found no crime had occurred because the undercover officer conveyed sexual interest to the target and no one else was present to be offended by the lewd conduct. Last month, a Los Angeles County judge threw out the charges in one case stemming from Long Beach's 2014 operation, saying police were discriminating against gay men.
Many law enforcement agencies have stopped in response to lawsuits or after political backlash. The Times contacted police officials in San Jose, Anaheim, Glendale, San Francisco, Bakersfield, Beverly Hills and Laguna Beach, among other agencies. Representatives for each said their departments had not used such undercover stings in years.
These officials said they came to view the stings as ineffective or unnecessary after noticing a sharp drop-off in complaints about public sex during an age when men can easily find sexual partners through the Internet and dating apps such as Grindr.
Some cities have found alternative ways to tackle the problem of cruising — the act of searching for anonymous public sex. Departments will now post uniformed officers near cruising hotspots or improve lighting and trim trees and bushes in areas known for public sex.
“Bottom line is, there were much better things that the vice ... bureau should have been engaged in, namely sex trafficking and sexual exploitation,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Merrill Ladenheim, who heads the agency’s human trafficking task force. “We really refocused our efforts on those other crimes where we have a victim.”
LAPD officials say they have made a point of carrying out undercover operations less frequently in recent years. In 2007, the agency revamped its lewd conduct policy to tell officers that stings should be used only “as a last resort.”
But when alternative tactics fail, the department has no choice but to deploy decoy officers, said Capt. Andy Neiman, the LAPD’s chief spokesman. While lewd conduct complaints have dropped dramatically in recent years, Neiman said stings have been used to shut down persistent hotspots for gay cruising and lewd acts 11 times since 2014.
Complaints often come from people concerned about sex acts in public places, namely libraries and residential streets, where children could stumble upon people engaged in a lewd act, Neiman said. 
“You still have to enforce the law when you get complaints,” he said.
The use of undercover cops to target gay men in Southern California stretches back to the early 20th century, when gay sex was illegal, said Lillian Faderman, a historian and author of “Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians.”
The pioneers were W.H. Warren and B.C. Brown, “vice specialists” who loitered in public restrooms and other areas while carrying out so-called “purity campaigns” aimed at gay men in Long Beach and Los Angeles, Faderman wrote, adding that their methods served as a model for stings throughout Southern California.
The pair had no prior police training but were given police badges in both cities. They were paid for each arrest and offered their services to other major cities, she said.
In 1914, The Times reported on an operation in which the two helped arrest 31 men accused of engaging in gay sex at private clubs in Long Beach. Long Beach’s mayor and police chief awarded Warren and Brown a proclamation that said their work “rid the city of a dangerous class which threatened the morals of the youth of the community.”
Soon after the arrests, one of the men, a prominent banker and church officer, committed suicide by ingesting cyanide. The fear that other men would follow suit led the city to temporarily ban the sale of toxic substances, The Times reported.
In more recent decades, police agencies that employed the stings defended them as an effective way of responding to complaints about areas well-known for public hook-ups. Decoy operations are necessary to make arrests, officials said, because the crime of lewd conduct is a misdemeanor that requires officers to witness the conduct to justify an arrest.
“These are public parks, and public parks attract kids and families,” said Bakersfield Sgt. Gary Carruesco, whose department stopped conducting stings after a judge found the practice to be discriminatory in 2005. “Obviously, they can walk into a bathroom and witness things.”
West Hollywood Councilman John Duran, an attorney who has represented men in cruising cases for 30 years, said a typical client was a “deeply closeted gay or bisexual man who had hidden rendezvous in public places.” Many, he said, had low self-esteem and turned to cruising because they thought they were undeserving of intimacy.
But the LGBT movement, said Duran, who is gay, “has produced new generations of out and proud people who believe they can have healthy sexual encounters.” Growing public support of gay rights and the presence of openly gay officers in police departments has put pressure on agencies to stop using stings, he said.
Recent decoy operations have drawn fierce criticism.
Palm Springs police sparked outrage in 2009 when officers arrested 19 men in an undercover sting in a neighborhood known for gay resorts. Audio recordings of the operation caught a detective and the police chief making derogatory comments about the men who were arrested. The chief later resigned, and the department has not employed the tactic again, a police spokesman said.
In 2012, Manhattan Beach police were blasted for releasing the mugshots of men swept up in a lewd conduct sting. Police said at the time that local lifeguards had found graffiti of graphic sexual images on restroom walls, and holes drilled through stall partitions.
One man sued the city, alleging that he was falsely arrested and that his photograph and name were released to the media. The department stopped using decoys soon afterward, said Sgt. Paul Ford, supervisor of the agency’s detective bureau.
In Long Beach, gay-rights activists said they were troubled — and surprised — to see stings still being deployed in a city with a vibrant LGBT community and an openly gay mayor.
Long Beach police took more than two dozen men into custody during decoy operations from 2012 to 2014, according to Bruce Nickerson, a civil rights attorney.
One of those men was Rory Moroney, who was arrested in the Recreation Park sting in 2014.
On the day he was arrested, Moroney said he was using his laptop in the park to search for jobs. He knew the reputation of the men’s room, but he hadn’t gone there to cruise, he said. Moroney, 50, said he was washing his hands when he saw a man standing in a stall, thumbs hooked over his belt, smiling and nodding. He believed the undercover officer was flirting.
“They were targeting. That’s not right,” Moroney said. “They baited me. They trapped me.”
On April 29, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Halim Dhanidina sided with Moroney and tossed out the charges. The judge noted that the Long Beach police vice unit had conducted a series of stings spanning two years that used only male officers to arrest male suspects seeking sex with other men.
Dhanidina found that the stings were “indicative of animus toward homosexuals.” The judge also ruled that “the presence and tactics of the decoy officers actually caused the crimes to occur.”
 Long Beach police said they conduct decoy operations only in response to public complaints. Cmdr. Paul Lebaron, who oversees the city’s detective division, including the vice unit, said the department exhausts other tactics first before using stings as a last resort. Lebaron, who was not running vice operations when Moroney was arrested, said the agency has conducted only one lewd conduct sting since January 2015.
The city prosecutor’s office has not said if it will appeal the judge’s decision. Nickerson said he plans to argue in court that the charges against the 27 other men caught in the stings in 2013 and 2014 should be invalidated.
Mayor Robert Garcia said he hadn’t been aware of the stings and that the city is now reviewing its policies.
“I view Long Beach as a progressive place that believes in justice and dignity for everybody,” Garcia said. “So when I hear that something occurs that could be contrary to that, I’m alarmed.”
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Long Beach’s morality was in doubt.
So claimed the Los Angeles Times in numerous sensationalist 1914 stories about the arrests of 31 men allegedly tied to two private clubs in the city where gay men were said to cross dress and have sex with each other.
It was a racy scandal, the Times sneered, with details that were “unprintable” — and yet one that the newspaper could not get enough of.
Long Beach police, following the lead of undercover “vice specialists” W.H. Warren and B.C. Brown, arrested the men on so-called social vagrancy charges, collecting steep fines — $5,275 in all — or throwing in jail those who could not pay.
Nov. 19, 1914: Long Beach Recital of Shameless Men.
Nov. 19, 1914: Long Beach Recital of Shameless Men. (Los Angeles Times archive)
The newspaper's account of the "scandal" that enveloped the city offers a window into the virulently homophobic attitudes that prevailed a century ago, when gay sex was illegal and police pioneered the use of undercover stings to identify and prosecute gay people. The stories also underscore the role that The Times and other newspapers played in perpetuating the era's homophobia.
The Times printed the names of the arrested men and mocked its neighboring city over the discovery of underground gay social organizations — the 606 Club and 96 Club. At one point, the newspaper published a story with the dateline, “The Holy City of Long Beach.” 
But amid the sarcasm and public calls for purity, the sweep had devastating effects. One of the arrested men, a prominent Long Beach banker and church officer, killed himself by swallowing cyanide near the beach. In a note to his sister, he said he was innocent but “crazed by reading the paper this morning” in which his name had been published. Long Beach officials temporarily banned the sale of toxic substances afterward, fearful that others might follow suit.
Only one of the men, florist Herbert N. Lowe, fought the charges. His trial, the Times reported, was the talk of the town, with large crowds fighting for seats in the courtroom.
Nov. 15, 1914: Takes His Life Through Shame
Nov. 15, 1914: Takes His Life Through Shame (Los Angeles Times archive)
“Doubting Thomases of Long Beach who refused to believe the existence of a certain class of vice in that city, heard in court yesterday the bald stories of the officers who put in jail thirty-one men on the charge of vagrancy,” the Times wrote of Lowe’s trial, adding that “It was a dramatic and hideous recital, and startled the populace.”
Officers Brown and Warren — reportedly attractive men who had no prior police training but were given badges in Long Beach and Los Angeles to rid the cities of vice – were the star witnesses, saying they got $10 for each captured “social vagrant.”
At one point, according to Times reports on the testimony, Brown rented a cottage from Lowe and arranged for other officers to watch from a peephole and window as he baited Lowe to flirt with him. One evening, Brown lay down on his bed, expecting Lowe to arrive. As officers spied on the room, Lowe tried to become intimate with Brown but was interrupted by a noise: Someone peeking into the room slipped loudly on gravel outside. Several officers then rushed in to arrest Lowe.
But in the end, the jury acquitted Lowe after his attorney said the undercover officers’ hands were “dripping with the blood” of the man who killed himself. The Times’ headline read: “Jury Acquits in Six-O-Six...Stool-pigeons and Police Given No Credence,” referring to the undercover officers.
Dec. 12, 1914: Jury Acquits in Six-O-Six.
Dec. 12, 1914: Jury Acquits in Six-O-Six. (Los Angeles Times archive)
Even in that era, the newspapers were criticized for publishing the names of arrestees, especially after the suicide, by some members of the public and by local officials embarrassed by the arrests.
But the newspapers defended themselves with self-righteous outrage. In November 1914, The Times published an editorial from The Sacramento Bee — titled “An Unprejudiced Observer: Publicity is Needed and Then More Publicity” — saying that despite criticism, newspapers should not suppress “news concerning this most horrible of all filthy crimes.”
Of the man’s death by cyanide, the editorial stated: “His suicide in itself was a confession.”
In 1915, several months after the sting operation, one of the Long Beach vice officers, Warren, and a married woman with whom he was infatuated were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide, The Times reported.
The newspaper described how Warren, who conducted the “now celebrated ‘social vagrant investigations,’” referred to himself as “the master of women.” He shot the victim when she refused his advances and then turned the gun on himself.  
The article mentions that Warren made a good living from arresting so-called social vagrants, sometimes more than $100 a week. Attributed to Warren’s “activity,” the Times said, was the death of a New York City actor he “exposed with a success that resulted in the man’s desperate leap from a window with a trunk strap around his throat.” 
                                                                   LA Times

August 1, 2015

Cops in New York beat up Man while calling him Homophobic names



                                                                          
 Original cops in Berlin. Has anything changed?


Again on the week in which a police officer was indicted for murder in Ohio for the unnecessary shooting of a motorist because he was missing a front license plate and did not cooperate with the officer as he wished. With all the tools in an officer’s tool box which he had on his hands like a radio to have back up, he decided to simplified things and go for the ultimate, use his gun instead.  He decided to shoot him in  the head and end of story! 

Now we have an incident in Staten Island New York City, which occurred 5 weeks ago. Here you have a mother committing the grave mistake in calling 911 to settle a domestic dispute between her two sons. The cops who answered the called (two units, four cops) decided to arrest the brother that stayed behind, because he was not being cooperative; But I believe as many that it was because this particular guy is gay. One of the cops would go further and say what cops use to say in the high days of the AIDS  epidemic: “He spit on me.”  It was usually a lie then and is a lie now.  It was a way toas an excuse to an arrest or to bumped up the charges after the arrest. I was in a situation in which I called the cops for help on a civil matter and found myself being accused of spitting on a homophobic gay cop (Metro Dade).On this case the judge ripped into the cop before dismissing the case. I also started a case with IA.

Even if this was true and I assure you it’s a tactic to arrest you for assault on the officer, the response from these four officers of the peace was completely inexcusable and disproportionate under any standards of police conduct in the city of NewYork or the Western world for that matter. To Beat one guy by four cops while he is down is not only cowardly but it is illegal.

The only reason we are talking about this is because there is a video from across the street, otherwise the cops get the benefit of the doubt. Somebody asked, Are these officers crazy to beat up someone up knowing that they will be held accountable? That is just it, they are not held accountable.* 
Even with the new program of implementing cams on the officers themselves, the cops and its Public hating Union wants to have the cop start the cams when they feel like it (language on the objection: To have the officers turn on the cam when there is evidence a crime is about to or being committed). 

You have to be in kindergarten to not understand that if this rule were to be adopted (I doubt that it will) you will no longer have a need of cams since they will only portray and protect the officer from false claims by the public but it will not protect the public.* Just the fact they have implemented this rule in the testing phase of the cams tells you a story about the mentality of the majority of the season’s cops’ in NYC. They see us the public, as the enemy the “Us vs. them” mentality.

The problems with the Police force in New York are not complex and they are similar to any large city force.  First, there is little or no accountability even after all the incidences that have occurred. 
Secondly, the engrained mentality on the older cops of 4 yrs or more is the reason they believe they are cops. They don’t see the protect part of the equation but the enforce part and that enface part includes the stye of mind of the officer at the time anyone challenges their authority. They have been taught (by whom??) they should not allow d people to challenged what they are doing or they will loose control.
We can not have a force believing they can nt be challenged. They have to know that they enforce laws to all including them as offices.  Not feelings of manhood, phobias, racism or political opinions.

Those two problems embodied what needs to be change and until this is changed the public that would need to call a cop for help is at danger of the same people entrusted with theirs, our protection.

Two problems that needs addressing*accountability* and repair their mentality to know the job is to *protect* the public

Adam Gonzalez

A gay Staten Island caterer says cops who were captured on video taking him down in his front yard, beat him while shouting homophobic slurs, the Daily News reported.

Louis Falcone, 31, wasn’t charged as a result of the June 19 takedown, and now plans to sue in federal court for civil rights violations, lawyer Eric Subin said.

“How can you do that - four people on one skinny, scrawny little guy?” Subin asked. “They’re criminals; they belong behind bars.”

A police source familiar with the incident said the mother called 911 about her two sons fighting and “tearing up the house.”

The source said that when officers arrived, Falcone was there, injured and banged up, and that his brother had already left. Falcone was confrontational and uncooperative, the source said, and spit in one officer’s face
before he was taken into custody and brought to Staten Island University North Hospital for evaluation.

Falcone, all of 150 pounds, told the Daily News that the officers pulled him out of the Midland Beach home he shares with his mom while investigating a noise complaint at 5:30 a.m.
He says they roughed him up while calling him a “f**”and a “f****t.”
Anti-homosexual slurs aren’t audible on the video, which was taken from across the street and was viewed by the Daily News. “While I was on the ground, I had mud and blood in my mouth,” he said. “One (of the cops) said, ‘Don’t let it get on you, he probably has AIDS, the f****t.’”
Falcone says his nightmare began around 4:30 a.m. when his brother arrived at the home “obnoxiously drunk” after a night of partying.









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Louis Falcone, 31, wasn’t charged as a result of a June 19 takedown, and now plans to sue in federal court for civil rights violations, lawyer Eric Subin said.

“We had words,” he said. “I was yelling at him; he was yelling at me.”
After the argument, and an hour after his brother left, says Falcone, he was trying to fall back to sleep when four cops showed up at the front door.
The cops told him they were there for a noise complaint, and he described what happened with his brother.
“As I’m talking to them through the screen door, they’re saying to come outside,” Falcone recalled. “I said, ‘For what?”
Then, his dog Looch, part pitbull, began barking.
“The cops said, ‘Get your dog out of here or I’ll f------ kill it!’” Falcone says. “I was like, ‘What do you mean you’re going to kill my dog?’”
He said he was shooing Looch away when an officer yanked Falcone outside.
“They threw me against the concrete in front of my house,” he said. “My first reaction was to try to get up a little bit.”
On the video, one of the officers is seen entering the home. Then, the others try to restrain Falcone on the ground.
Falcone, all of 150 pounds, told the Daily News that the officers pulled him out of the Midland Beach home he shares with his mom while investigating a noise complaint at 5:30 a.m.
  Falcone, all of 150 pounds, told the Daily News that the officers pulled him out of the Midland Beach home he shares with his mom while investigating a noise complaint at 5:30 a.m.
 Falcone, whose 66-year-old mom can be seen yelling from the doorway, said he had recently undergone foot surgery and was wearing a boot.
“Then they’re hitting me for no reason,” he said. “One puts his knee on my neck. They were all piling on top of me.”
He said he was pleading with cops to be careful with his foot.
“I said, ‘Please, I just had surgery on my foot,’” Falcone said. “One of the cops stepped on my foot. Another cop comes and steps on my head.”
Amid the fracas, it is not clear in the video if an officer stepped on Falcone’s foot.
Falcone says he was left with a broken nose, two black eyes, cuts to his face and body, and needed more foot surgery.
The foot injuries have made it difficult to work for the catering company that employs him, he says.


 
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
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