Showing posts with label Police Corruption. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Police Corruption. Show all posts

January 26, 2018

Baltimore Police Officer Indicted of Fabricating Evidence, Corruption

Body camera footage appears to show Officer Richard Pinheiro placing a can with drugs in a trash pile and returning later to seemingly discover it. A grand jury indicted him Tuesday.
Baltimore Police Department via AP
A grand jury in Baltimore has indicted a police officer who was caught on video appearing to leave drugs in a spot and then come back to recover them. 
video released by the Baltimore public defender's office in July showed Officer Richard Pinheiro in January 2017 holding a can with a plastic bag in it and placing it in a pile of trash in a backyard. He then goes to a sidewalk, activates his body camera and quickly returns to "find" the can with a plastic bag of capsules in it. 
He may not have been aware that the camera would record 30 seconds of video prior to its activation. 
The Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City said Wednesday that a Baltimore City grand jury indicted Pinheiro on charges of "tampering with or fabricating physical evidence" and misconduct in office — committing a "wrongful and improper act in the performance of his official duties."
The evidence tampering charge is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine; the second charge is a "common law offense," the office says, which enables the court to impose any sentence that is not cruel and unusual punishment.
After the video surfaced in July, a man who was arrested and jailed for months on charges related to that incident was released and the public defender's office said it was questioning 53 cases Pinheiro was involved in. Pinheiro was suspended with pay, and two other officers at the scene were put on administrative duty.  
Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis had suggested it was also possible that officers were simply re-creating the finding of drugs that "they had already discovered, in order to document their discovery with their body-worn cameras on." 
Davis was fired last week, as Baltimore's mayor criticized him for failing to reduce the city's homicide rate.
Another video that emerged over the summer showed Baltimore police swiftly finding bags of drugs in a second search of a car. 
Taken together, hundreds of criminal cases could be tossed as a result of the videos, NPR's Eric Westervelt reported last year:
" 'I would say there are hundreds and hundreds of cases directly affected between the two cases,' Debbie Katz Levi, director of special litigation for Baltimore's Office of the Public Defender, tells NPR. 'I think it's safe to say if you included all of the officers, you're probably at around 500 cases.' 
"The Baltimore police internal affairs office is investigating."


June 21, 2016

FBI Arrests High Ranking NYC Cops


 Two high-ranking New York Police Department officers were arrested Monday on charges accusing them of taking $100,000 worth of free flights, prostitutes, expensive meals and other bribes in exchange for providing a "private police force" for local businessmen.
Deputy Chief Michael Harrington, Deputy Inspector James Grant and a third defendant, Brooklyn businessman Jeremy Reichberg, were charged with conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud — the latest development in a series of overlapping public corruption investigations coordinated by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. David Villanueva, an NYPD sergeant assigned to the gun license bureau, was arrested on charges of conspiring to commit bribery.
In exchange for the bribes, Reichberg and others "got a private police force for themselves and their friends," Bharara said at a news conference. "Effectively, they got 'cops on call.'"
The four arrests follow months of revelations that have embarrassed the nation's largest police department and put Mayor Bill de Blasio on the spot about his campaign financing. Both Reichberg and another businessman who has already pleaded guilty in the case contributed heavily to de Blasio's campaign
Below are visualizations regarding NYPD misconduct complaints by year and New York county.

October 15, 2014

Another Corrupt Fl Deputy Lets Drug Offender go After BJ

Broward Sheriff's Office arrested its own Deputy Ted Arboleda Monday after a year-long probe into corruption allegations. Investigators said the three-year force veteran failed to arrest a woman who was driving without a license and possessed marijuana after she offered him oral sex.

A Florida deputy let a suspected drug offender walk away scot-free — but only after she gave him oral sex, officials said.
Broward Sheriff's Office arrested its own Deputy Ted Arboleda Monday for allegedly accepting sexual favors from a would-be arrestee. The three-year force veteran faces felony charges for unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior, Florida's Local 10 reported.
The arrest comes after a year-long investigation into Arboleda. He was placed on administrative leave in August, deputies said.
Investigators said the 32-year-old deputy pulled into a Dania Beach gas station on July 13, 2013, and started chatting with another customer.
While talking to the woman, he learned she had marijuana and an unlabeled bottle of prescription pills on her. She also didn't have a driver's license on her, even though she drove to the station.
Officials said Arboleda met a woman at a gas station last July when he learned she was carrying drugs and didn’t have a driver’s license.LOCAL10.COMOfficials said Arboleda met a woman at a gas station last July when he learned she was carrying drugs and didn’t have a driver’s license.
The woman begged Arboleda not to arrest her: she was already on prohibition, she said. She offered him money — which the deputy declined.
Instead, he gave her back the drugs and offered to drive her home. When the two got back to her home, she offered him oral sex, investigators said.
Arboleda accepted.
Afterward Arboleda said he "could not believe he agreed to the sex act and told the victim not to tell anyone," Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told WSVN.
BSO Deputy Arrested, Charged For Accepting Sexual Favors
CBS Miami
Arboleda left without arresting the woman.
But police later got a call reporting the incident — the woman's boyfriend told police he believed his girlfriend had inappropriate contact with a deputy.
The suspended cop was released from jail Monday night on bond, shortly after he turned himself in, police said.
"It's discouraging and it's demoralizing to the 99.9% of the men and women that work so hard and so diligently," Israel said.

March 8, 2014

Scotland Yard in the Mist of an Investigation for Having Officers Lying to The Courts

New Scotland Yard: The Met Police's Special Demonstration Squad routinely lied to courts about the actions of its undercover agents, a review has found
Imagine if we had such an inquiry on most 
New Scotland Yard: The Met Police's Special Demonstration Squad routinely lied to courts about the actions of its undercover agents, a review has foundmajors cities.  Most jail cells would go empty or replaced with  officers. There is a feeling among citizens particularly does that do not live in big cities that they police don’t like. 
When you have two conflicting versions between
the officer and accused the officer versions top.
“ Why would this law office have to gain to lie
about you, someone he does not even know”
On that they win the case 99.8% of cases
 like this one.
Now Scotland yard is going through it. Things are
changing a little by having cams and mikes
and the occasional rookie who has not been
corrupted yet by his police force.
This happens when there are no bodies 
of outsides to look in and examine procedures
and investigate cases.


                        Dozens of historic police investigations involving undercover officers are to be re-opened over potential miscarriages of justice.
A review has found that the Metropolitan Police’s Special Demonstrations Squad routinely lied to the courts and failed to reveal the involvement of its undercover officers to defence lawyers.
The revelations raise the prospect of decades- old cases being revisited. 
Hundreds of political activists could have their convictions quashed, with animal rights campaigners and protesters from the far Left and Right among those whose charges will now be re-examined.
Anyone wrongly jailed could mount a civil compensation claim against the Met. 
The SDS came under scrutiny over its alleged involvement in smearing the family of Stephen Lawrence – but a review by Mark Ellison QC revealed even more worrying allegations in other cases.
He said the nature of undercover work placed serving officers inside groups of activists who came into conflict with the police and faced arrest and prosecution.
He added that a system where this activity was ‘shrouded in almost total secrecy’ and the roles of undercover officers and the intelligence they gathered ‘was not considered in relation to the prosecution’s duty of disclosure in criminal proceedings’ produced ‘the potential for there to have been unfairness in some of those proceedings’.
The Ellison review also found ‘inevitable potential for SDS officers to have been viewed by those they infiltrated as encouraging, and participating in, criminal behaviour.’ 
As a result ‘there is a real potential for miscarriages of justice to have occurred’, Home Secretary Theresa May said.
Mr Ellison will now review cases involving the unit, which could then be referred to the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve.


Mrs May told the Commons that the SDS, which was set up by the Home Office in 1968, had operated ‘as if exempt from the proper rules of disclosure in criminal cases’, and used an ‘extraordinary level of secrecy’ to protect undercover officers’ identities. 
This included failing to reveal their true identities in court.
In Stephen’s murder investigation, an undercover officer, referred to as N81, was found to have held a meeting with acting detective inspector Richard Walton, who had been seconded to the team making submissions to the Macpherson Inquiry.
Mr Ellison branded this meeting ‘a completely improper use’ of intelligence, adding: ‘We find the opening of such a channel of communication at that time to have been wrong-headed and inappropriate.’ 
He continued: ‘The mere presence of an undercover Metropolitan Police officer in the wider Lawrence family camp in such circumstances is highly questionable in terms of the appearance it creates of the [Met] having a spy in the family’s camp.’


Doreen Lawrence, mother of Stephen Lawrence, leaves the Home Office with her son Stuart Lawrence, after meeting with Theresa May last June. They were spied on by an undercover officer as they fought for justice 
Doreen Lawrence, mother of Stephen Lawrence, leaves the Home Office with her son Stuart Lawrence, after meeting with Theresa May last June. They were spied on by an undercover officer as they fought for justice
Mrs May has now announced that corrupt police officers will face longer jail terms as part of a new misconduct offence. She outlined measures designed to restore trust in the police, which she admitted was ‘damaged’ by the latest revelations. Mrs May told the Commons that the findings of the Ellison review were ‘deeply concerning’ and stressed it was ‘imperative that public trust and confidence in the police is maintained’.
She said: ‘I do not believe corruption and misconduct to be endemic in the police, and it is clear that the majority of policemen and women conduct themselves honestly and with integrity.’ 
However, she admitted: ‘In policing as in other areas, the problems of the past have a danger of infecting the present, and can lay traps for the future. Policing stands damaged today.
‘Trust and confidence in the Metropolitan Police, and policing more generally, is vital. A public inquiry, and the other work I have set out, are part of the process of repairing the damage.’  
In memory: Mark Ellison QC called a  meeting between the officer spying on the Lawrence family and an officer on to the team making submissions to the Macpherson Inquiry 'a completely improper use' of intelligence 
In memory: Mark Ellison QC called a meeting between the officer spying on the Lawrence family and an officer on to the team making submissions to the Macpherson Inquiry 'a completely improper use' of intelligence
  A new offence of police misconduct will replace the existing common law offence of misconduct in public office. This comes with a maximum sentence of life, but is rarely used. The new law will reflect the importance of maintaining trust in the police – and the serious consequences of police corruption.
Mrs May said the current rules are ‘outdated’ and the new offence will be ‘focused clearly on those who hold police powers’. It could become law within months.
The Home Secretary has also ordered a review of police forces’ standards departments, to ensure they are capable of investigating lower-level complaints.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission will be given an extra £15million and the power to probe all serious complaints, instead of leaving forces to investigate their own.  Mrs May said the watchdog was being ‘expanded and emboldened so it will have responsibility for dealing with all serious and sensitive cases’.


January 2, 2014

County Sheriff’s Charged with Sexting Inmates Now Sued with Having Sex with One

A former Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy already charged with sexing up an inmate in a cell and the jail shower now faces a federal lawsuit alleging that he violated the civil rights of that inmate.
The lawsuit alleges that former deputy Duone Clark sexually assaulted Kricket Evans, a transgender inmate identified as a male during her incarceration but now living as a female, beginning in December 2011 and continuing until Jan. 21, 2012 at the Gwinnett County Jail. Evans is suing Clark, Sheriff Butch Conway and Gwinnett County. The lawsuit, filed Nov. 14, asks for a jury trial and damages.
Clark, a seven-year veteran of the department, resigned in February 2012 after Evans came forward with the allegations of being assaulted. Clark was later arrested and charged with felony sexual assault and violating his oath of office. Evans told Project Q Atlanta in August that jailers wouldn't take action until she provided a semen sample that allegedly later linked Clark to the assaults. She repeated that allegation to WSB, which first reported the lawsuit on Sunday.
"Someone should be held responsible. A lot of people should be held responsible," Evans told WSB. "I had no choice. I had no choice in the matter. Because when I did say something about it, the comments that were made were you have to do everything the officer tells you to do."
On Monday, Evans referred questions to her attorney, Jeff Sliz (photo). He could not be immediately reached for comment. But the lawsuit alleges that the Gwinnett jail didn't do enough to protect transgender inmates.
"Defendant Gwinnett County, which knew or should have known that transgender inmates are at greater risk of sexual assault by detention officers, was deliberately indifferent to the risk of harm to Plaintiff by not having policies and procedures in place to address that risk other than State Law penal statutes," according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit contends that the jail offered inadequate policies for its detention officers and failed to properly train and supervise them.
"As a result of the inadequacies of screening, training and supervision, it was highly predictable that Detention Center officers, including defendant Clark, engaged in the care and supervision of pretrial detainees, would sexually assault transgender pretrial detainees as occurred with plaintiff," according to the lawsuit.
Evans was jailed on charges stemming from her November 2011 arrest for financial identity fraud, theft by deception and probation violations. Evans, 38, was paroled from state prison on Nov. 19. She told WSB that the sexual assaults started soon after she was jailed in Gwinnett.
"This was done in my room or in the shower. There was nothing done in from of a lot of inmates," she says.
Sliz told WSB that Clark allegedly ignored Evans' pleas against having sex.
"When the guard confronted him, my client said he wasn't interest in doing what he wanted him to do. He told him that this was his pod and he would do what he told him to do," Sliz said. "He was violated by his protector."
The sheriff's department pointed out to WSB that it arrested Clark, but declined comment about the lawsuit.
[Image via WSB]

October 31, 2013

Police } Serve&Protect Is Become Sleaze Seize and Profit

 How police across the country are using civil asset forfeiture to seize people’s houses, cars and cash to make money for their departments.

Police tape

(Shutterstock / Copyright Carl Ballou)

Leon and Mary Adams had been living in their Philadelphia home for nearly five decades. They were eating breakfast one morning last year when armed cops streamed out of a bunch of vans and said the couple had 10 minutes to grab their things and leave. Permanently. As in, Leon and Mary wouldn’t be allowed to come back. The cops then seized the property so they could auction it off, all because the Adams’ grandson allegedly did a few $20 marijuana deals on the porch.
This is just one of the many stories Sarah Stillman told in The New Yorker this summer about a “process” called civil asset forfeiture. And it’s not just happening in Philadelphia; it’s happening nationwide to people’s houses, cars, cash and other property that cops seize and sell to make money for their departments. See how it works in our latest video in the Prison Profiteers series, a partnership between Beyond Bars, the ACLU, and The Nation magazine:
Under many civil asset forfeiture laws around the country, cops can take people’s money and property without proving anyone guilty, or indeed without even making an arrest. The police just have to suspect the assets are tied in some way to illicit activity. Such was the case with Leon and Mary Adams, and it resulted in the loss of their home.
Money that cops generate from such seizures bankroll their departments, and sometimes even fund their own salaries. That gives police a strong incentive to abuse civil asset forfeiture laws, search people unconstitutionally, engage in racial profiling and over-enforce minor offenses, needlessly increasing people’s contact with the criminal justice system. The more they seize, the better off their departments are. Sometimes law enforcement officials seize a car knowing that they’ll be able to drive that very car on the job. Victims often fear being jailed if they don’t hand over their assets. And if they want to challenge the seizure, they rarely have a right to an attorney and often cannot afford one, must navigate complex proceedings and often bear the burden of proving their innocence in order to get their property back.
Something is deeply wrong here. When incentives are this out of whack, abuse ensues—encouraging law enforcement to put profit above public safety. Police in Pittsburgh used asset forfeiture cash to buy nearly $10,000 in Gatorade. In just one month, cops from Bal Harbor, Florida, dropped $23,704 on trips with first-class flights and luxury car rentals. And the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s office used civil asset forfeiture funds to buy nine flat-screen TVs for $8,200, and two Segways for $14,500.
These stories seem almost comical until you consider the people picking up the tab, who are disproportionately racial minorities. Consider the case of an African-American man driving from Virginia Beach to Wilmington, Delaware:
He was stopped by police on June 16, 1998, while driving from Virginia Beach to Wilmington, Delaware. The police officer who stopped him claimed that a taillight was out, which was untrue. Once stopped, the officer subjected him to a search by a drug dog, claiming that he “looked like a drug dealer.” The officers asked him if he was carrying drugs, guns or money. He replied that he had $3,500 in cash. The officer seized the money, claiming that it must be the proceeds of drug dealing…The gentleman was never charged with a crime.
The man never got his money back.
Some states are working to stop this type of abuse. But even where some state laws are stricter, state cops can still take advantage of a loophole called “equitable sharing,” which allows them to seize property under federal law and keep up to 80 percent of the proceeds. That’s a loophole that must be closed if we’re to have a fair criminal justice system. Otherwise, civil asset forfeiture will remain one more way that our system has gotten way too large, intrusive, corrupt and unfair, as the rest of our Prison Profiteers series highlights.
Tell the Department of Justice: Don’t let cops use federal law to ignore stronger state asset forfeiture protections. State and local cops should have to follow state laws if they’re stricter than federal law.

December 24, 2012

The Most Corrupt PD In the Nation MBPD Does Not Turn Their GPS's

It's a logic problem from hell. If GPS trackers are put on cop cars to make sure officers don't go where they don't belong while on duty, but the technology is never actually turned on, does it really exist?
That's exactly what's happened in Miami Beach, where more than 350 city vehicles — including cop cars and fire trucks — have been outfitted with automated vehicle locators (AVLs) at a cost of more than $500,000. But in police cruisers, they haven't been turned on yet because cops worry the devices could put them in danger.
It does if taxpayers have already spent more than a half-million bucks on the program.
The idea for the AVLs began four years ago, when residents complained about a city car "parked under a tree all day long," says Miami Beach Commissioner Ed Tobin. Tobin hoped GPS data would help better allocate resources. When the commission approved the idea in December 2010, there wasn't much debate.
But as the city began installing the devices, MBPD suffered a rash of scandals. On July 2, 2011, Officer Derick Kuilan popped by the Clevelander and then drunkenly ran his department-issued ATV over two beachgoers. Kuilan wasn't the only AWOL cop: His partner was with him at the bar, and their supervisor had headed home early for an off-duty gig.
The incident gave urgency to keeping better track of cops. Days before the accident, city commissioners had approved $268,220 to install the AVLs. Later they green-lighted an additional $193,000. (It's not clear how much the police trackers alone cost; a city spokeswoman didn't respond to questions from Riptide.)
Yet for police, the program has effectively been shelved because cops fear the devices could expose the home addresses of officers with take-home vehicles.
"Anybody could go in and ask for the records," says Sgt. Alex Bello, head of Miami Beach's Fraternal Order of Police. "You could obviously have a subject you charged with a crime finding out where you live and taking action or doing something crazy."
Tobin says he isn't sure why a compromise — like letting cops turn off the AVLs when they are off the clock — hasn't yet been reached. "If I'm trusting them to make decisions that could take someone's liberties away and put somebody in prison for life, I should be able to trust them to do the right thing with a city car.”

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