KKK Attorney General Sessions loses the first round…
KKK Attorney General Sessions loses the first round…
“Blue Lives Matter”? How about children? I imagine this guy got away with a lot of crimes because he was a cop. Police are not immune to any of the foibles of the human condition – including the most evil and dastardly. Which is why there needs to be a fair and open system of accountability.
A former police officer who in 2011 was the “Officer of the Year” in his department was sentenced Monday to life in prison for producing and distributing child pornography, reports CBS Miami.
Michael Harding pleaded guilty in February to three counts of possession and distribution of material involving sexual exploitation of minors, attempting to coerce and enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity and production of child pornography.
Harding, who won the “Officer of the Year” award for his work as a Port St. Lucie Police Department officer, posted pictures and videos to a chat room depicting children engaging in sexually explicit acts on multiple occasions in 2015, according to court documents.
On Sept. 22, homeland security agents executed a federal search warrant at Harding’s home and seized his computer, cell phone and a thumb drive. An analysis found they contained hundreds of pictures and videos of children engaged in sex acts with adults.
Harding, 28, also attempted to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity over the internet. Chat messages stored on his phone show a conversation he had with another person in which both people claimed to have custody of children who they would trade for sexual activity, documents say.
According to court records, Harding used his cellphone to shoot a video depicting his sexual contact with a child under the age of 12. Chat messages also located on the phone corroborated that the image on the phone depicted the abuse of the minor child.
No big surprise here.
The Chicago Police Department is failing to hold officers accountable and not doing enough to combat a “justified” lack of trust from the community, according to a sweeping report released Wednesday by a task force assembled by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The task force’s report was unsparing when it came to the department’s problems with race, saying that its members “heard over and over again from a range of voices” who feel that the Chicago police are racist.
In the 22-page report, the task force pointed to data from the Chicago police that it said “gives validity to the widely held belief the police have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color.”
The task force looked at more than 400 shootings in Chicago from 2008 to 2015 and found that about three-quarters of the people wounded or killed in police shootings were black. Hispanic people accounted for 14 percent of those shot, while white people made up 8 percent of them.
Similar proportions were found among people hit with Tasers in recent years. Census data show that black, Hispanic and white people make up nearly equal slices of the city’s population.
“Residents of Chicago spoke of random police stops in which they are treated with disdain, and fearful that any interaction with police could lead to violence against them,” Victor Dickson, member of the task force and head of a non-profit that helps people with criminal records, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, our research supports those perceptions.”
The task force’s report said that some people in the community “do not feel safe in any encounter with the police.”
The report said that evidence showed that “people of color— particularly African-Americans—have had disproportionately negative experiences with the police over an extended period of time,” something that the task force’s members said continues today “the use of force, foot and traffic stops and bias in the police oversight system itself.”
Before the report was released, Emanuel (D) said he would be open to any recommendations from the group about how to help the country’s second-largest local law enforcement agency.
“I don’t really think you need a task force to know that we have racism in America, we have racism in Illinois or that there is racism that exists in the city of Chicago and obviously can be in our departments,” Emanuel said Wednesday, before he received a copy of the report.
Emanuel said he felt the city was taking positive steps forward, including pushing to diversify the ranks of its police force and the department’s leadership.
“The question isn’t, ‘Do we have racism?’ We do,” Emanuel said. “The question is, ‘what are you going to do about it?’”
Last December, Emanuel announced that he was creating the task force amid protests prompted by video footage of a white Chicago police officer firing 16 shots at Laquan McDonald, a black teenager.
Since the McDonald video was released — over the objections of city officials — Emanuel and the Chicago police force have been under a national microscope, even as the city faces a surge in violence….Read More Here…
The goal here being to point responsibility anywhere except at their Massa’s.
Here is Uncle Charles Payne, and Uncle Rod Wheeler.
The issue here is the protesting police violence isn’t “ridiculing”, as Uncle Charles bleats. The “Ferguson Effect” has been well discredited, and systemically and completely blown up as a false canard. Supporting the Police, and holding them responsible to competently do their jobs are not incongruous. Why exactly do conservatives believe that competence is not necessary for only Police to do their jobs? Here we have the standard, conservative racist false equivalency arguments spewed by their reliable Lawn Jockeys.
What I believe needs to happen here is a lot less marching and whimpering in the streets and a lot more lawsuits in the courthouse. At least to my admittedly limited understanding, it seems a case can be made that the systematic failure to enforce accountability is a violation of citizen Civil Rights, and a dereliction of legal and Constitutional duty by the Courts and local prosecutors. Can’t win that one in today’s Supreme Court ruled by the Scumbag 5 – but with any luck in the 4-5 years it takes to wind through the lower courts, one or more of the Scumbag 5 will die of natural causes and be replaced by a Democrat President shifting the balance towards a legitimate court ruling by the Law instead of political affiliation.
The way the Old Jim Crow was disassembled was though continuous and well thought out pressure and repeated demands in the Courts. Perhaps I am uninformed – but I am not seeing that yet.
Uncle Tom Lackey Supported of the Week Award.
About freakin’ time. Now all you have to do is a complete flush of the 2nd level commanders and captains…
The Chicago Police Department’s top cop has been fired.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday that he had formally asked for the resignation of Superintendent Garry McCarthy, whom he hand-picked to lead the department in 2011.
Emanuel praised McCarthy Tuesday as an “excellent leader” throughout his tenure, but said his appointee was now “a distraction” as the department grapples internally with misconduct and externally with mistrust from the community. The mayor said the department’s leadership had been “shaken.”
“I have a lot support and confidence in the work and results he has done,” Emanuel said of McCarthy. “But our goal is to build the trust and confidence with the public.”
“At this point — in this juncture in the city — he has become an issue rather than dealing with the issue,” he said.
Chief John Escalante, McCarthy’s deputy, will lead the department until a new superintendent is appointed.
Kangaroo court, anyone? Looks like the “justice system” in Oklahoma is rigged to let this cop get away with rape.
The trial of the former Oklahoma City police officer accused of a string of sexual assaults against black women began this week with an all-white jury.
Daniel Holtzclaw is alleged to have sexually assaulted 12 women and a 17-year-old girl while on duty. Prosecutors have said he targeted middle-aged black women of limited means who had cause to want to avoid the police, such as outstanding warrants.
Though African Americans make up 16% of the population of Oklahoma County there are no black people among the eight men and four women on the jury.
“We’re very disappointed that we don’t have any minorities on there … We’re not saying justice can’t prevail but we can be suspicious of it being [run] in a manner,” Oklahoma City National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) president Garland Pruitt told KOCO local news, which reported that three black men were not picked from a pool of 24 potential jurors.
The racial composition of juries is attracting national scrutiny. On Monday the supreme court heard a case about alleged racial bias in jury selection during a 1987 murder trial that could impact the way jurors are picked in future; last month a judge in Kentucky dismissed an entire jury because he felt it was not representative of the community.
All-white juries in Oklahoma are “relatively uncommon but certainly not unheard of”, especially outside large urban areas, said Brady Henderson, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oklahoma.
In addition to exclusionary tactics such as peremptory challenges, Henderson said systemic factors risk making Oklahoma juries unrepresentative, especially in federal court where jurors’ names are taken from voter registration lists and a disproportionate number of black people are not registered. In state court, where Holtzclaw is being tried, names are culled from drivers’ licences and ID cards.
Holtzclaw faces 36 charges, including rape, forcible oral sodomy and sexual battery, and could be sentenced to life imprisonment. He has pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors contend that Holtzclaw began committing sex crimes in December 2013, when he coerced a hospitalised woman who was high on drugs and handcuffed to a bedrail into performing oral sex, with the promise that the charges would be dropped.
His youngest accuser said she was 17 when he raped her on her mother’s porch after groping her, ostensibly to search for drugs.
A college football standout who became an officer after failing to reach the NFL, Holtzclaw worked a 4pm to 2am shift in northeast Oklahoma City. Detectives used GPS records from his patrol car to place him at the scene of the alleged crimes.
Chicago cops beating people up is no big surprise,. The department has a long reputation of questionable tactics. Beating up one of their fellow Government employees? No Problem!
The dash-cam went dark as soon as officers saw his ID. Then an officer allegedly taunted him, “What are you going to tell me next? You can’t breathe?”
CHICAGO — A man who investigates the Chicago Police Department for a living was beaten by officers once they discovered what he did, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.
George Roberts is a supervisor at the Independent Police Review Authority, the agency responsible for investigating claims of police misconduct and officer-involved shootings. On New Year’s Day 2015, Roberts was pulled over after he left a bar. One of six officers who stopped Roberts found his IPRA identification badge.
Immediately afterwards, the police dashcam recording the traffic stop cuts to black; Roberts alleges in his federal lawsuit against the police this is because another officer intentionally turned off the camera. Roberts’s attorney claims police paperwork did not even note any footage existed. In fact, police only admitted to its existence when Roberts’s criminal counsel discovered it during his trial for driving under the influence.
With no footage to contest their account of the incident, police told the media that Roberts was drunk and swerving his vehicle and that he refused to answer questions or to take a field-sobriety test. They arrested him for minor traffic violations and DUI. Police said he fell asleep in the back of the squad car and he soiled himself.
Roberts was acquitted on the DUI charge in a bench trial and he says police are lying about what really happened after the dashcam went dark—that he was thrown to the ground before he was handcuffed and put in the back of a squad car.
At 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, Roberts’s wrists were too large for the single pair of handcuffs police slapped on him, his lawyer says. When Roberts complained that even the slightest movement caused the cuffs to cut into his wrists Officer “R. Adams” allegedly taunted him with Eric Garner’s last words.
“What are you going to tell me next, you can’t breathe?”
Roberts, who is black, claims he was pulled out of the car and thrown to the ground again—a collision so violent that it made him lose control of his bowels. From there Roberts was taken to the lock-up, where he stayed overnight in his soiled clothes.
The only visit from an officer that night was borne not of concern but jubilation, according to Roberts. A white-shirt officer, which denotes high rank, peered in on Roberts as he sat defeated on the cell floor, then pointed and laughed.
IPRA is used to getting beat up by Chicago’s cops.
Lorenzo Davis, who along with Roberts was one of just two black supervisors at IPRA, is also suing the city. Davis says he was fired after refusing to whitewash investigations of three fatal shootings carried out by Chicago police officers. While Davis remains unsure whether police targeted Roberts, he is sure that telling the truth about cops gets punished.
“Some people seem to think that someone saw him and recognized him, saw him in a bar and saw him drinking,” Davis says of Roberts. “That was a theory initially—that this would be a way to get back at someone who worked at IPRA.”
The only time IPRA had the balls to suggest terminating a cop was after the state’s attorney already charged him in a homicide, which hadn’t happened to any other cops in IPRA’s lifetime.
In 2012, Detective Dante Servin fired his unregistered handgun from his car, killing Rekia Boyd. (Servin has maintained he saw a man with a gun near Boyd, but investigators revealed the man was holding only a cell phone.) Servin was charged with involuntary manslaughter but was acquitted by a Cook County judge in April on the novel basis that Servin should’ve been charged with first-degree murder…More…
After a string of questionable decision by Grand Juries leading to non-indictments of Policemen being tried for Murder, at least one state has said “Enough” to a corrupt system which illegitimately favors the Police over finding truth.
The Ferguson Grand Jury leading to the release of Officer Wilson even drew the ire of Arch-conservative Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia.
The System needs to be re-evaluated for accountability…And in at leat one State that has happened.
California will no longer use grand juries in cases involving police shootings of civilians after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Tuesday banning the secret deliberations.
SB 227, authored by state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), makes California the first state to ban the use of grand juries to decide whether law enforcement should face criminal charges in use-of-force cases. The ban, which will go into effect next year, comes after grand juries failed to indict police officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, last year, heightening scrutiny of the process.
Mitchell argues that the grand jury process, during which evidence is presented to a panel of civilians in secret, fosters a lack of trust in the system.
“One doesn’t have to be a lawyer to understand why SB227 makes sense,” Mitchell said in a statement, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “The use of the criminal grand jury process, and the refusal to indict as occurred in Ferguson and other communities of color, has fostered an atmosphere of suspicion that threatens to compromise our justice system.”
Under the new rules, prosecutors must decide whether police officers should face criminal charges for killing someone in the line of duty.
Brown also signed the Right to Record Act Tuesday, which clarifies civilians’ right to record police officers.
Another ambush interview by the resident Lawn Jockey on CNN, Don Lemon.
Erica Garner, the daughter of murder victim Eric Garner really lays it out with grace and humility.
Torture is torture – and “it cost hundreds if not thousands of American lives.”
Jesse Venture rips the Rethugs a new rectal orifice! Cutting through the Pelosi BS, Ventura points out that waterboarding is torture – the very same sort of torture we, as a country decried during the Vietnam War when it was done to our soldiers.
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To be honest, Pelosi has been a lousy Democrat leader. If the Rethugs are sucessful in pulling her down – a lot of oflks on her side of the isle will cheer. I find it utterly amazing the Rethugs could impeach Clinton for a blow job, and the Dems couldn’t, and wouldn’t impeach the Dick for treason, and the Bushsquat for lying not only to Congress…
But the whole damn country.
With Rummy’s inclusion of bibilical quotes on the covers of Pentagon Briefings, it’s fairly plain that this country was in the thrall of our very own American Taliban. An American Taliban who sunk our country to the lowest levels in persuit of a self inflicted Jihad in Iraq, and who fractured or broke every law that inconvienced their immoral and brutal tactics.
The country is not going to push past this by covering it up. There needs to be a full and public accounting, complete with long jail terms for the guilty, and the purgatory of American Public Opinion for the abettors.