Police Corruption

“Save a Life, Kill A Cop” Read Flyers

Derogatory police flyers inserted into copies of newspapers

Albuquerque police are investigating how flyers that encourage the killing of officers found their way into copies of the Albuquerque Journal.

A spokesperson with APD said the flyers were stuck into newspapers, and a wife of an APD officer said one was even delivered to her doorstep.

The spokesperson said attacks and threats against police have been overwhelming at times. People have been calling in with death threats, their property has been vandalized multiple times, their social media sites have been inundated with various hate messages, and now these flyers.

We may look at this and condemn it. New Mexico’s KOB4 did exactly that, labelling the flyers “derogatory.”

The real question: why would people spare the expense, take the time and risk their freedom (and potentially their lives) to distribute these flyers? We don’t have to agree with the message or the tactic. But we are forced to recognize that individuals have become so alienated by law enforcement that they are willing to advocate violence. This indicates a structural problem. It is a problem that society will have to examine beyond the superficial. Beyond a simple “get the bad guys.”

Save A Life Kill A Cop

Cop Sexually Assaults Mother, Breaks Son’s Leg

Cops break a 10-year-old boy’s leg with a kick then sexually assault mother by flicking pierced nipple, a shocking new lawsuit claims.

Silvera’s 61-year-old mother, who is suffering from brain and lung cancer, answered the door but had difficulty understanding the cops’ reason for being there, the suit said.

The curious child went to see what was going on, grabbed his mother’s cell phone and began recording the commotion.

“The police had come to our house before (due to the domestic violence complaint) and he’s fascinated by the police, he looks up to them,” Silvera, 30, a nursing student at Long Island University, told the Daily News.

But the cop apparently didn’t like being recorded and began assaulting the child, the suit said.

“I heard my son screaming, ‘You can’t do that! You’re hurting me! Don’t hit me!’ ” she said.

The mother had been upstairs getting her 5-year-old daughter ready for school. She bolted downstairs into the fray, dressed in her underclothes, and was grabbed by a cop who pulled her outside in the freezing cold, the suit alleges.

While Silvera was being restrained, her breast popped out of her bra revealing a pierced nipple, according to the suit.

“The officer flicked the piercing, he flicked the ring up with his finger on my right breast,” she said. “He said, ‘Is this what mothers look like these days?’

Cop Shoots Dead an Unarmed, Tased and Subdued Teen

Cop Shoots Dead an Unarmed, Tased and Subdued Teen, “We don’t have time for this” Bang!

Police responded to his house after Vidal, who according to parents, is schizophrenic, picked up a screw driver and refused to put it down.

Mark Wilsey Sr., Kieth’s father, told reporters, two responding officers were able to calm Vidal before another officer walked into the family’s home.

It was when the third officer walked in that the 90-pound teen was stunned with a Tazer and fell to the floor.

According to Antohony Owens, a family friend, Vidal Collapsed backwards on to the floor the two officers jumped on top of the 5ft 3 100 lb Vidal to restrain him.

As Vidal’s Father tried to step in and grab the screw driver the Southport Police Officer that had instructed the other officers to use their tasers, moved between the father and the pile of people on the floor and said “We don’t have time for this” and shot Vidal Once in the chest as the other two Officers held him on the floor.

Vidal’s father then grabbed the officer as he was lining himself up for another shot.

And this from WECT:

BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WECT) – For the first time since an officer shot and killed a teenager in Boiling Spring Lakes over the weekend, we are getting the perspective from the officers’ point of view. The information comes from the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association, which is representing two of the officers.

The NCPBA says it has assigned local counsel for both Boiling Spring Lakes Officer John Thomas and Detective Bryon Vassey from the Southport Police Department after Sunday’s incident. Vassey is currently on paid administrative leave with Southport.

On Sunday, Keith Vidal’s parents called police for help after they say the 18-year-old was suffering from a schizophrenic episode and was carrying a screwdriver in his hand. At the scene, Vidal’s stepfather Mark Wilsey said an officer shot and killed his son after a confrontation at their home on President Drive.

This is how police unions and fraternal organizations manipulate the law in favour of the law enforcement class. Not only are law enforcement officers rarely investigated as a criminal suspect would be, but they are given the benefit of the doubt and put on paid leave.

The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief has cleared his officers of any wrong doing at the scene. Chief Brad Shirley says an internal review shows his officers did not break any laws. They responded to help Vidal’s family, during what they called a schizophrenic episode.

And there you have it. Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley has declared that his officers did no wrong. Thus, they did no wrong. There will be no charges filed, no criminal trial and no accountability. There is now a class of individuals who are effectively above the law.

Witness: Kentucky Deputy Tyler Brockman Jumped On Car, Shot Woman Through Windshield (Plus Cruiser Video)

Witness: Kentucky Cop Jumped On Hood of Car, Shot, Killed Teen Girl Through Windshield – Dashcam Footage Released

Chelsey Pendleton, 20, who was in the back seat of Ramsey’s car told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Brockman wasn’t hit and instead, he jumped onto the car and opened fire.

“The cop was in the wrong. I was there. I was in the back seat,” she said. “That was unnecessary force. He had no right to do that.”

Pendleton also said Brockman shot first, striking Ramsey thus causing her to speed up. “That was dead body weight on the gas pedal after she was shot.”

Ramsey’s family and friends are outraged and others have accused Brockman of using excessive force.

“Any other human would have been put in jail for that,” friend Gunnar Buemi said at an emotionally charged vigil held in Ramsey’s honor at the shooting site Sunday.

The Cincinnati Enquirer gave an update that appears to vindicate Ramsey and bring the policeman’s story into question. Although you cannot see the shooting on video, the officer is clearly on the side of the vehicle and not in front of it as he claimed. He may have placed himself in front of the vehicle in an attempt to stop Ramsey, which would explain witness Chelsey Pendleton’s account of the officer jumping onto the hood of the car and opening fire.

Tyler Brockman has been placed on administrative leave. If anyone who was not a police officer did this, or the recent police shooting of an unarmed man in the back, they would be charged with murder.

This is beyond mere corruption. It is a symptom of law enforcement as a distinct social class within society. We tend to think of class as economic and, in the regular state, class is largely economic. However, in the police state a form of social currency develops around institutionalized power. And just as the corporatist exploits the state for financial privilege, the enforcement class is also able to manipulate the system for legal privilege.

FBI Agent Threatens: “You Might Get Hit By A Car.”

“You Might Get Hit by a Car”: On Secret Tape, FBI Threatens American Muslim Refusing to be Informant

FBI AGENT: If you did have any kind of business going on today or any kind of things like that, you’re going to find how miniscule and worthless it was compared to this fork in the road that you’re about to—that you’re about to take.

NAJI MANSOUR: What are you talking about? No, why don’t you come out and say it?

FBI AGENT: OK.

NAJI MANSOUR: Why don’t you come out and say? What fork in the road are you talking about?

FBI AGENT: Dude, it’s—whatever. Honestly, I don’t care. I’m getting out of here. I don’t care. OK? And it’s—you know, when I tell somebody, “Hey, you know what? If you cross the street without looking, you’re going to get run over,” that’s not a threat, [bleep]; that’s advice [bleep], OK? You’re about to cross the street without looking both ways, and I’m telling you, “You know what? You might get hit by a car.” That is not a threat. That is a solid piece of the advice. So you don’t want to take it.

Police Shoot, Kill Fleeing Unarmed Man (Video)

Video Surfaces of Unarmed Man Being Shot in the Back and Killed By Long Beach Police

Long Beach police were pursuing a man fleeing from a Target Store security guard for a “a crime allegedly committed at the store,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said late Sunday.

When deputies arrived to help security officers locked in a struggle with the man, he pulled out a large pair of scissors, according to a department statement.

The man then fled to his vehicle and led the police on a chase which ended at the 1800 block of East Ocean Boulevard.

The department claimed that he was refusing commands to exit his vehicle and allegedly got out of his car with a “large wooden stick.”

When the man began to flea police they initially fired a stun bag at him, which showed to have no effect.

At this point the Long Beach Police claim to have “encountered the man” and shot him. However the video shows no such encounter. The man is completely isolated and it appears that he was shot in cold blood, in the back.

“Just Doing Their Job” – A Selection of April’s Bad Cops

In the war on Jolly Ranchers, a New York Police Officer arrested a man for being in possession Jolly Ranchers candy, claiming that it was methamphetamine based on his “professional training in the identification of methamphetamine.” He also seemingly lied about doing a field test – he claimed that a chemical-based field test demonstrated that the candy was, in fact, methamphetamine. The NYPD is being sued.

Meanwhile, a Russell County Sheriff’s Deputy, Brandon Williams, has been arrested for trafficking synthetic marijuana. He was allegedly found with 1.5 pounds of the “spice” drug in his home.

A former police officer with the Bloomfield and Genoa City Police Department, Aaron E. Henson, was arrested for stealing cash from the bond box at the Geona City Police Department. And Assistant Sheriff Rick Marshall, a candidate for Sheriff in Nye County, Nevada, has been arrested for stealing campaign signs. The campaign signs, opposing Marshall’s candidacy, bore the slogan, “Anybody But Rick Marshall.” Assistant Sheriff Rick Marshall was charged with conspiracy, theft and resisting arrest. And despite the dishonesty and mud slinging in politics, it turns out that “Anybody But Rick Marshall” may go down in history as the most honest campaign slogan ever.

In a classic example of testilying, a criminal justice colloquialism for institutionalized police perjury, five Illinois police officers have been caught lying on the stand when a video was produced proving their testimony to be false. This is not rare nor an isolated incident. In the words of former New York judge Lorin Duckman; “cops lie all the time.” The case was dismissed. Officer Jim Horn, Officer Vince Morgan, Officer William Pruente, Sgt. James Padar, and Sgt. Theresa Urbanowski have all been named in a lawsuit by the falsely accused. They are all officers with the Chicago narcotics unit.

In Rankin County, Mississippi, Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Smith and his wife were found dead. It is being investigated as a potential murder-suicide. Ten days previous, police officers were called to Smith’s residence for a domestic dispute. Meanwhile, in Toronto, Officer James Forcillo, who was previously charged with second-degree murder, is back on the job.

Officer Nicholas Hogan, from Tukwila, Washington, quit his police job after being targeted in an internal investigation over the use of excessive force, only to be immediately hired by the Snoqualmie Police Department. Hogan, former Tukwila Police Chief David Haynes and a third unnamed officer are all still defendants in an excessive force civil suit. Lesson learned: the door is always open for a bad cop.

In Houston, Texas, officer Marcos Carrion was suspended and faces federal charges for his role in providing a police escort to Mexican drug cartels. He is free on bail. And former Detective Stevie Billups, from Columbus, Ohio, was charged with attempted distribution of heroin, carrying a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime and money laundering. He plead guilty to attempted distribution of heroin and the rest of the charges were dropped. He was formerly a police officer for 22 years.

A former Major of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Eric Spicer, of Beavercreek, Ohio, has been charged with forging documents to obtain an illegal machine gun. He allegedly claimed that the machine gun would be used for “official law enforcement purposes.” Spicer has a sordid history with the Green County Sheriff’s Office. He was terminated after an internal investigation of a dispute where then-Sheriff’s Major Spicer shot and killed a man.

In a case that shuttered the entire Berthoud Police Department, Officer Jeremy Yachik pleaded guilty to abuse of a 15-year-old girl. Court records state that the abuse — nothing short of torture — was severe and occurred for many years, including choking her to unconsciousness, sealing her in a dark room and force-feeding her the notoriously hot peppers known as “ghost peppers.” Despite the severity of the crime, the defence is seeking no jail time and the prosecution has refused to recommend a jail sentence. Meanwhile, in West Sacramento, California, former police officer Sergio Alvarez was found guilty of 18 counts of rape, kidnapping and forced oral sex. Many of these attacks occurred while he was on duty, in uniform and in the back of his own police cruiser.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy John Kamphaus, of Kenton County, Kentucky, has been arrested in a Catch A Predator style sting where he believed he was meeting a 15-year-old girl for sex. He has been a part of the Sheriff’s Office for approximately 15 years. And in Atlanta, Georgia, DeKalb County Sheriff Deputy Keenan Notae was arrested for the rape and aggravated sodomy of a 19-year-old girl.

Three convicted felons with ties to organized crime — former Stone Park Police Chiefs Seymour Sapoznik and former Police Chief Harry Testa, as well as former Mayor Robert Natale — will retain their lucrative pensions despite their felony convictions. They will also retain their seats on the pension board, ensuring that corrupt police officers and politicians are protected regardless of any illegal, unjust or immoral behaviour they engage in. This is not uncommon in law enforcement. Even when police officers are convicted of crimes, many continue to receive pensions after they are terminated.

“Just A Few Bad Apples”

From time to time, I browse articles and save acts of law enforcement abuse. However, this is just a small sample. There are entire websites, such as CopBlock, or forums such as Reddit’s Bad_Cop_No_Donut that chronicle just as many abuses on a daily basis. Thus, it is important to realize that it is not “just a few bad apples.” We’ve seen here that police officers are capable of every type of crime imaginable. Many many be involved in impulsive, petty crime, such as the individual accused of stealing money from the bond box. Others may be deeply entrenched in violent drug cartels, such as the Houston officer accused of trafficking. Many are serious sex criminals. A few, murderers. And, perhaps worst of all, some retain powerful political positions despite previous criminal convictions and ties to the Mafia.

“A few bad apples” is a myth. The apples are not bad. The entire tree is bad. The leaves, the branches, the trunk, the roots — even the soil — is bad. This is not the result of individual officers acting out. It is the result of systemic and institutionalized corruption. The laws excuse and favour law enforcement officers, giving them preferential treatment when accused of a crime. If they are convicted the laws favour them with lenient sentencing.

The problem is not corrupt cops, but a rotten criminal justice system from the leaves to the stem: politicians who make the laws, courts that interpret the laws, prosecutors that bring charges and, finally, police officers who enforce the laws. This is what allows a culture of police corruption to thrive.

Many take a superficial view. They consider it a win if a single police officer is jailed, or if a new law is passed under the guise of “reform.” However, reform is not real. Reform is political jargon used to placate the masses. You cannot reform a system that has never worked. The system must be torn down and replaced by a new one. This is the only way we will ever see an end to the pervasive abuse at the hands of violent men in uniforms.

They Protect & Serve You (And The Children, Too)

Philadelphia police officer Edward Sawicki III was charged with assault and making terroristic threats. After backing into a parked vehicle, he brandished a firearm and threatened the occupant of the vehicle. “Nigger, I’ll smoke you,” Sawicki reportedly said, his hand on his weapon. In Henry County, Georgia, a fearful homeowner called the police because a group of young children (approximate age eleven) were building a tree fort. Police officers responded, drawing their weapons and forcing the children to the ground spread eagle. Even the homeowners who made the call were shocked at the use of force and intimidation, showing that awareness of police brutality has begun to cross both class and racial boundaries. The Henry County Police Department has refused to release the name of the officers, but Sgt. Joey Smith has stated that there will be “an investigation.”

In Victoria, British Columbia, four police officers were fired and one resigned after an investigation discovered they were routinely driving drunk, snorting cocaine and having sex with prostitutes. An additional fifty-one officers also faced punishments for misbehavior. Among additional misbehavior included one officer, after being arrested for a separate crime, assaulting the arresting officer in a jail cell, as well as an officer using law enforcement databases to spy on individuals for personal reasons. No names of any of the officers have been released.

In the land of police sex crimes, District Attorney David McDade, of Douglas County, Georgia, has retired. And by retired we mean he was allowed to resign, with pension, after distributing thirty-five copies of videos involving minors having sex. He will be forced to pay a $4,000 fine, has been granted a non-prosecution agreement and the investigation records have been sealed. In Tremonton, Utah, former police officer Jeremy Rose, of the Tremonton Police Department, has been accused of sexually exploiting a minor. He allegedly represented himself as an agent of Brazzers, a popular pornography website, in order to have sex with the child. When Rose was a police officer he was a sexual abuse investigator. Rose now faces multiple sex-crime related felonies.

Former Cleveland Police Officer Gregory Jones has been found guilty of rape and kidnapping. He has yet to be sentenced. Under the pretext of a tour of the city, Jones led the woman to his home and sexually assaulted her. Officer Michael Gerard Stavris II, of Palm Coast, Florida, of the Bunnell Police Department, has been arrested on two counts of child pornography. Starvis is accused of using a fraudulent Facebook page, posing as a 16 year old girl, to acquire pictures of naked male children. Starvis was employed by three other police departments over the course of the past nine years, including as a police officer at the Duval County school system and the Flagler County school system.

Now, for something more light-hearted:

An intoxicated police officer — Kyle James McCartin, of Tuscon, Arizona — pulled out a handgun and waved at at a service clerk. He was wearing a ballistic vest with no shirt. And he was fired. As per his sentence, he will receive 21 … I mean 14 … no, 5 … Actually, he will serve no time. He was so intoxicated, he claims, that he has no memory of the incident.

In Greenbelt, Maryland, former Prince George’s County police officer Sinisa Simic was sentenced to ten years for trafficking cocaine, firearms and extortion. He was among one of many involved in a 2010 organized crime probe that also resulted in the arrests of three additional police officers.

Jeffrey Holzworth, a police officer at the Santa Rosa Junior College, has been found guilty of stealing $250,000 dollars from college parking machines. And Police Officer Matthew Switzer, of Concord, California, has been charged with multiple felonies in a scheme to burglarize prescription drugs. Switzer has also been charged with elder abuse. He is accused of using his authority as a law enforcement officer to enter the homes of senior citizens and steal their prescription medications.

A final article to leave you with: 3 Edison cops charged with planning to punish North Brunswick cop for arresting an associate. Three police offices of Edison, New Jersey — one who has been brought up on charges of firebombing his supervisor’s home —  have been charged in a plan to retaliate against a fourth officer. Their names are Michael Dotro, Victor Aravena, and William Gesell. The retaliation was in response to the fourth officer, unnamed, arresting a fellow boy-in-blue for driving drunk.

If you were ever uncertain that law enforcement is a “gang,” or considered the suggestion to be hyperbole, well, put those uncertainties to rest. In just the last few weeks of news we have seen major felony theft, extortion, sex crimes, reprisals, a drunken cop pulling a pistol in a liquor store, and more. If this is not gang behavior I do not know what is.

Jerry Bledsoe, Chief of the Kelsoe Police Department, Is A Bad Person & Physically Resembles Saddam Hussein

In 2003, Barbra Streisand sued Kenneth Adelman for taking photographs of her home in California. Before the lawsuit, few people were even aware of her home. Yet, by bringing a lawsuit Streisand inadvertently thrust the photos into the realm of the Internet. They were mirrored worldwide. Here’s one now:

Barbra Streisands California Home

The house Barbra Streisand never wanted you to see.

This has become known as the Streisand effect. In essence, by attempting to censor information you may draw more attention to it.

Such is the case of one Jerry Bledsoe, who is both the chief of the Kelsoe, Police Department as well as a captain within the Scott County Sheriff’s Department. Jerry Bledsoe, incidentally, also resembles Saddam Hussein. The issue arose when Bledsoe demanded that a gentleman relinquish his firearms because was “disturbing the peace.” You can read the ACLU complaint of the incident. Or, if you prefer, you can watch the video of what happened:

Did I mention that Jerry Bledsoe resembles Saddam Hussein? Well, the gentleman who was asked to surrender his firearms noticed this. And he said as much on the Internet, in addition to further criticism of Bledsoe. Bledsoe, according to the ACLU:

In response, Officer Bledsoe sought and obtained an ex parte order of protection that required Klaffer to remove all video, pictures, and text data referencing Officer Bledsoe from the Internet and to refrain from posting any such data in the future. As indented by Officer Bledsoe, the order acted as a prior restraint on Klaffer and forced him to censor his expression critical of Officer Bledsoe’s actions as police officer.

In short, Bledsoe used his position as a police officer and the power of the courts to censor criticism of the event, including criticism of Bledsoe himself. Among that criticism? The claim that Bledose resembled Saddam Hussein. Here is one of the “banned” images:

Jerry Bledsoe Scott County Kelsoe Police

Does he look like Saddam Hussein? Well, kind of.

Now, Klaffer did the right thing. He refused to surrender his firearms. And he was arrested. As Henry David Thoreau wrote in Civil Disobedience, “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” And that day a just man spent the night in prison.

Contact information for Jerry Bledstoe is listed as:

P.O. Box 279
Kelso, MO 63758