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“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.

The Normalization of Police Cruelty

A phenomenon I have oft noticed is the shock Europeans express upon their first experience of American policing. This is not police brutality, which describes the excess use of force by law enforcement, but what I would term police cruelty. Police cruelty is the harsh, dismissive or cruel nature of interactions between police officers and the public when no force is used. For example, this viral video of an American police officer interacting with a German tourist for a road violation is police cruelty:

Brutality did not occur — nobody was beat, shot or arrested — but cruelty did occur. Upon stopping the suspect the police officer immediately takes an unprofessional, dismissive and quasi-racist tone; “Do you know what the speed limit is here, Germany boy?” The police officer, clearly attempting to intimidate the tourist, follows up with; “Why are you driving in my country?” But — and this is a serious issue — the worst is when the police officer, in his intimidation attempt, says; “Do you know what happens to nice little boys like you who have to go to jail for reckless driving? Ass will be hurting for a month. I suggest you slow down and do 70. Or you will get violated.”

What?

Ass will be hurting for a month?!

You will get violated?!

This law enforcement officer has just communicated to a German tourist that it is normal for people to be arrested for speeding and anally raped while in custody. Anal rape in police custody! This is, if not police brutality, police cruelty.

However, many Americans would say that the German tourist got off lucky. A quick glimpse at the comments on the video confirm this. Why? Because he was not cited. Despite the fact that he was threatened with anal rape the tourist is perceived, by Americans, to be fortunate it was not worse. This is the normalization of police cruelty in the United States. You are lucky if all that happens to you is a form of sexual intimidation.

Most Americans do not own a passport. Of those who do, few have traveled overseas and fewer have lived in a foreign country. As a result, many Americans believe this type of behavior is the norm for policing worldwide. (Hint: it is not.) When I have shown the American version of COPS, or this very YouTube video, to my European colleagues many are in disbelief. Not disbelief that police officers behave so badly. Disbelief that it is even real. They assume that it is a fictional reality-type show, in the case of COPS. Or they assume that it is a parody. Many do not initially realize that American police officers actually behave this way. They are incredulous. I have to convince them that the videos are real and that American law enforcement does behave this way.

I ran across a recent blog, Le Bon Mot, where a young tourist in France had an experience with pickpockets and French law enforcement. Here is what happened, from her article, titled “That Time I Punched A Cop”:

“OH NO! My wallet is gone!”
“OK. You have been pick-pocketed. Come with me. We must get off the train.”

I had no idea what was happening at this point or who this man was and for all I knew he was in on the whole thing. My mom was in disbelief as I got up to follow the man. We went into the walkway between cars and there, on the ground, was my wallet. Everything was thrown on the floor, but with the exception of the cash, it was all there. I reached down to pick it up, but he snapped it away from me.

“I must keep this.”
“Um, no. Why? That’s mine. Give it back, please.”
“It is evidence.”
“Give it back.”

Then I did what any rational person would do…. I lunged after him to get my wallet.

Before I could get to him, a new man rushed up between us, grabbing me to block my arm. I freaked.

Then, in a moment of absolute clarity, I punched him in the chest…. And then I threw him on the ground.

“I’M A COP! I’M A COP!”

Oh fuck.
“Oh fuck.”

I helped him up and apologized in every English and French way you can think of. It finally sunk in that those two weren’t part of the initial pick-pocketing and might actually be who they said they were. My mom was sitting there, wide-eyed at everything that had just transpired. The cops eventually started laughing and explained they were part of a network to catch pickpockets on trains. Mortification doesn’t even begin to cover how we felt, so we behaved like good tourists and got off the train when they said to (with EVERYONE watching).

Long story short, the police did not brutalize her. They did not respond to her with violence, despite the fact that she punched and tackled a French police officer. Instead, they acted like normal human beings. Everyone laughed it off, the pickpockets were eventually caught and no one had their life ruined as a result.

Imagine the United States of America version. While I can’t prove what would have happened, let’s just say I think it safe to assume that our young tourist in France would have had a very different experience.

Here is another viral video of Australian law enforcement handling the uncooperative suspect of a drunk driving accident:

Contrast the professionalism of the law enforcement officer in this situation with the American officer in the previous video. The suspect is largely uncooperative and refusing to comply. He seems to have crashed into a curb or a park. His car is visibly damaged. And he has a bottle or case of Wild Turkey in the vehicle. The police officer uses a bit of humor, remains calm, stays professional and does all in his power to diffuse the situation.

The officer states; “I request you to accompany me to a police station.” This is important, because as the narrator stated: now that the officer knew who the suspect was the suspect was no longer under arrest. The suspect was not required to return to the police station to give an additional sample for analysis. The suspect had every right to get up and walk away. The police officer states to the suspect; “I need you to make a definitive decision.” He has given the suspect multiple opportunities to opt out of returning to the police station for further analysis. Nonetheless, the suspect does comply.

And here is the kicker: the driver, convicted of this drunk driving accident, was fined $600 dollars, sentenced to four months of community service and had his license revoked (his license had previously been revoked for drunk driving as well – he is a multiple offender) for three years. A penalty far less punitive than a first time DUI/DWI offender in the United States.

These are just a few examples to compare and contrast. In the context of law enforcement, the United States has gone too far. The average DUI/DWI cost in the United States costs between five and six thousand USD, a minimum of one year probation or 45 days in jail. This is for a first time offense. In some states, a second DUI/DWI is a felony. Our Australian suspect, instead of paying a fine and moving on with his life, might be sitting in prison. And our tourist in France may have racked up a felony charge for assaulting a police officer. At the very least, it is not a stretch to assume she would have been detained and held overnight.

This is why I warn potential tourists: be careful if you visit the United States of America, or pick a new holiday destination.

When Should You Shoot A Cop?

When Should You Shoot A Cop? (Video & Comments from CopBlock.org)

 

When Should You Shoot A Cop? (Original Essay by Larken Rose)

To be blunt, if you have the right to do “A,” it means that if someone tries to STOP you from doing “A”–even if he has a badge and a politician’s scribble (“law”) on his side–you have the right to use whatever amount of force is necessary to resist that person. That’s what it means to have an unalienable right. If you have the unalienable right to speak your mind (a la the First Amendment), then you have the right to KILL “government” agents who try to shut you up. If you have the unalienable right to be armed, then you have the right to KILL ”government” agents who try to disarm you. If you have the right to not be subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures, then you have the right to KILL “government” agents who try to inflict those on you.

Nearly Half Of All Young Americans Have Been Arrested: Study

If someone calls you a duck they might be insane. If everyone starts calling you a duck then you might want to start checking for feathers.

Research published in the journal Crime & Delinquency found that almost a full half of all young, male Americans have been arrested.

The study’s key findings include:

  • By age 18, 30 percent of black males, 26 percent of Hispanic males and 22 percent of white males have been arrested.

  • By age 23, 49 percent of black males, 44 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of white males have been arrested.

  • While the prevalence of arrest increased for females from age 18 to 23, the variation between races was slight. At age 18, arrest rates were 12 percent for white females and 11.8 percent and 11.9 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively. By age 23, arrest rates were 20 percent for white females and 18 percent and 16 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively.

It is easy to dismiss a few people as criminals, malcontents who cannot abide by the law. However, when a substantial number of people fall on the wrong side of the law it is not an indictment of them as individuals. It is an indictment of the law itself. It tells us that something is fundamentally wrong with law enforcement, the criminal justice system, the legislation in place or all of the above.

Bad Cop, Bad Cop

 

Ex J’can Cop Indicted [Devon Campbell aka Wilmott Alvin Livingston]

A United States website, the Atlanta-Constitution, is reporting that a former Jamaican police officer who was in the United States illegally and who had managed to obtain citizenship and get a job in the College Park Police Department has been indicted.

Dallas County Judge Arrested For Assault [Carlos Raul Cortez]

The victim says Cortez walked up behind her while she sat on the couch and grabbed her by the hair and throat with both hands, choking her for about 15 minutes.  Police say the woman then told police that Cortez dragged her by the hair to the balcony of their apartment, leaned her over the balcony and continued to choke her.  Investigators say Cortez also told the woman that he was going to kill her.

New Straitsville, Ohio Police Chief Charged with Seven Felonies [Kevin Groves]

Groves has been accused of tampering with records and providing false address information when registering vehicles on two separate occasions, as well as improperly accessing the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway four separate times. OLEG, as the system is commonly called by law enforcement, is used to track criminal history, evidence, missing children, gangs, protection orders and a myriad of other topics to solve and prevent crime. Groves is accused of improperly seeking the background information of four individuals, including Wallace.

MILWAUKEE, WI Officer Sentenced to 2 Years for Forcing Anal Cavity Searches [Michael Vagnini, Jeffrey Dollhopf, Jacob Knight, Brian Kozelek]

Vagnini put his bare hand down the man’s pants, touched his scrotum and inserted fingers into his anus, the complaint says.

“against Michael Vagnini, 25 charges including a sexual assault charge…against Jeffrey Dollhopf, 3 felony counts of misconduct in public office, 1 felony count of false imprisonment, 1 count of being a party to an illegal cavity search, and 1 count of being a party to an illegal strip search…against Jacob Knight, 1 count of misconduct in public office and 1 count of being a party to the crime of an illegal cavity search…against Brian Kozelek, 2 count of misconduct in public office, 1 count of false imprisonment, and 1 count of being a party to the crime of an illegal strip search.”

Ex-Judge in Washington Charged with Child Pornography [John Junke Sr.]

A police report filed in court says child pornography was discovered after Junke took his computer to a store because it was running slowly. Authorities obtained a search warrant for Junke’s home, and the police report says he eventually told officials that he had a long battle with viewing pornography that had spiraled out of control.

Keith Tabron, Former ‘Detective Of The Year,’ Secretly Videotaped Stepdaughter Undressing [Keith Tabron]

A former “Detective of the Year” in Washington D.C. pleaded guilty to secretly taping his adult stepdaughter while she undressed. Metropolitan Police Department detective Keith Tabron, 51, pleaded guilty on Thursday to multiple counts of video surveillance with prurient intent…The victim told investigators she realized she was being spied on when she noticed fresh paint in her bathroom. Upon closer inspection, she found one of the cameras, pointed toward the shower.

Feds Say Ex-Cop Caught On Tape Pondering Who To Kill [Steve Mandell aka Steve Manning]

Mandell — who has done several stretches behind bars since he quit the Chicago Police Department in 1983 and was sentenced to death in 1993 for murder, only to have that conviction eventually overturned on appeal — is due to stand trial in February for a pair of more recent grisly murder plots, including the plot to kill the strip club owner…Mandell, who’s also accused of plotting to extort then kill a businessman in a purpose-built torture chamber in a second but unrelated plot, and of trying to arrange the murder of the feds’ key informant from behind bars since his arrest last year, denies all charges.

Kelly Thomas case: Prosecutors can see private police records [Manuel Ramos, Jay Cicinelli]

Ramos, 39, is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in Thomas’ death. He is the first uniformed officer in Orange County history to be charged with murder for an on-duty incident. Cicinelli, 42, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault under color of authority. Thomas, 37, died July 10, 2011, five days he was tackled to the ground, jolted with a Taser, struck with batons and one of the Tasers and handcuffed and hobbled after a routine questioning became violent.

Denver Police Officer Resigns After Cocaine Allegations [Brian Nevin]

Brian Niven, a member of a Special Crime Attack Team based out of the District 1 station on the northwest side, was suspended in September while internal affairs investigated the allegations. Denver police officials have not provided details about the case, but sources said it involved allegations that Niven used illegal narcotics and was required to take a drug test before he was suspended. Niven’s duties on the SCAT team, an elite group of officers handpicked by their commander to proactively fight crime, often included investigating narcotics activity.

Woman Sues Over Drug Search [Portillo, Herrera]

A New Mexico woman claims in a federal lawsuit that she underwent a brutal and inhumane six-hour full-body cavity search by federal officers that included anal and vaginal probes that made her feel like an “ animal.” The lawsuit names the El Paso County Hospital District’ s Board of Managers, University Medical Center, Drs. Michael Parsa and Christopher Cabanillas, two unknown supervising U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and two other CBP officers only identified by their last names of Portillo and Herrera as defendants. The doctors and the agents could not be reached for comment. According to the lawsuit, the woman was first frisked and strip-searched at the port of entry, where officers stuck their fingers inside her rectum and vagina. When that search came up negative, she was taken to University Medical Center.

New Mexico Woman Sues Correctional Officer for Pepper Spraying Her Genitals [Blanca Zapater]

Marlene Tapia was taken to a detention center in Bernalillo County when corrections officer Blanca Zapater reportedly ‘observed a plastic baggie protruding from Ms. Tapia’s vagina.’ But instead of asking her to remove it, she alleges Zapater began spraying a chemical agent on her that left her with ‘burning, swollen genitals, painful urination, and pain and burning on her face.’

Essex Police officer resigns after crash ‘fraud’ claim [Nick Alston]

A police officer has resigned from the Essex force after allegedly submitting a fraudulent compensation claim for injuries sustained in a road crash.

D.C. Police Officer Accused of Running Prostitution Ring

The unnamed suspect is the second 7th District MPD officer to be charged this week. On Tuesday, Ofc. Mark Washington was charged with producing child pornography on allegations that he took naked photos of a 15-year-old girl who had been reported missing.

Police officer who shot at minivan full of children FIRED following internal investigation [Elias Montoya]

The New Mexico State Police officer who fired shots at a minivan full of children during a chaotic October traffic stop has been fired as its revealed that he was a mentor in a nonviolence program.

Drunk sheriff’s officer pulls over and punches driver in road rage incident [William G. McLean]

A sergeant with the Middlesex, MA Sheriff’s office is facing charges after he pulled over, frisked and attacked another driver while off duty and under the influence of alcohol. According to the Lowell Sun, William G. McLean, 54, was charged in Lowell District Court with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, assault and battery and violation of traffic lights.

Judge Weighs Restitution in Inmate Beating Death [Michael Smith, Matthew Davidson, Scottie Glenn, Joseph Sanders]

Friday’s restitution hearing was for former Ventress supervisor Michael Smith and former guards Matthew Davidson and Scottie Glenn. Smith was convicted of violating Mack’s rights by fatally beating him and obstructing justice. He is serving a 30-year sentence and was escorted into court Friday wearing a white prison uniform with his hands shackled to his waist. Davidson pleaded guilty to violating Mack’s rights and obstructing justice. He got a seven-year sentence. Glenn pleaded guilty to violating Mack’s civil rights and conspiracy. He got a five-year sentence. He and Davidson are scheduled to report to prison after Christmas. A fourth former guard, Joseph Sanders, pleaded guilty to obstructing justice by trying to cover up the beating. He was not included in Friday’s hearing because he was not convicted of violating Mack’s rights. Sanders was sentenced to five years.

Sex Accusations Against Two Officers Tarnish Entire Department [Marc L. Washington]

News of the allegation broke publicly as another D.C. police officer was in U.S. District Court facing a federal charge of producing child pornography. Marc L. Washington, 32, was arrested Monday on allegations that he took pictures of a semi-nude 15-year-old who had run away from home. Authorities said it does not appear that the cases are related, but the specter of having two officers from the 7th District station house in Southeast Washington investigated on crimes linked to sexual abuse of minors has shaken the 4,000-member department. D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said the department “is very concerned about the recent allegations of egregious conduct.”

Probation Officer Arrested in Chandler Prostitution Sting [Adam Justin Munoz].

Adam Justin Munoz, 30, was arrested on Wednesday and accused of receiving earnings of a prostitute, control of an illegal enterprise, and maintaining a house of prostitution, according to court records. Police arrested Munoz after they say they used a “confidential informant’’ to arrange two messages in which the informant and police officer “verbally pretended’’ to engage in a sex act, according to the court record. In a third instance, an undercover officer met with a female therapist employed by Munoz. The therapist “got naked’’ and offered the officer a different sex act for $200, the documents said. The therapist was arrested immediately “and confessed to working for Munoz’s illegal massage operation.’’

Ex-Chicago Police Lieutenant Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud [Erroll Davis]

A former Chicago Police lieutenant pleaded guilty to tax fraud Thursday under a deal with prosecutors that likely spells bad news for his two high-profile alleged co-conspirators. Erroll Davis, 52 — who quit his 27-year police career when he was indicted just two weeks ago — choked up in federal court as he admitted he’d failed to pay taxes on a $30,000 payoff he accepted to help a pal get her hands on an illegal property loan.

Ex-Berthoud Cop Yachik Pleads Not Guilty [Jeremy Yachik]

Yachik was originally arrested Oct. 23, and the affidavit for the warrant for his arrest alleges that Yachik is the man in a now semi-viral video of an adult beating a young girl for eating carrots. During two forensic interviews, the girl in the video alleged that she endured daily abuse from Yachik, which she said included choking, beating with ropes, force-feeding of ghost pepper sauce and handcuffing. The affidavit said that Yachik confirmed the allegations were true, and also identified himself as the man in the video.

Chicago Cop Charged in Mortgage-Fraud Scheme [Darius Thompson]

Darius Thompson, 32, of Chicago, was charged with multiple counts of felony theft, loan fraud, money-laundering, wire fraud and forgery for his alleged role in a plot to falsify mortgage applications during his previous employment as a loan processor and originator.

Texas Cop Accused of Handcuffing and Raping Teen at Traffic Stop [Jackie Len Neal]

Jackie Len Neal, 40, was arrested on the charge of felony sexual assault on Saturday, November 23. Neal is accused of tailing a woman while on duty around 2 a.m. on Friday, pulling her over, handcuffing her, and raping her in the back of his police vehicle. “I can’ t express in words how disappointed and angry I am about this,” said Police Chief William McManus to the San Antonio Express-News. “I am at a loss for words. I am outraged. This is a punch in the eye to the Police Department.” McManus added that this isn’t the first time Neal has been accused of sexual misconduct, and a woman made a similar complaint against the officer years ago. She declined to cooperate with police on an investigation, however, and the case did not move forward.

San Jose Cop Charged With Issuing Phony Tickets Against Lawsuit Foe [George Chavez]

George Chavez, 51, faces three felony counts of false personation exposing the victim to liability, and three felony counts of filing a false police report. The 23-year police veteran surrendered to authorities Tuesday night, and was freed after posting $60,000 bail. Authorities say that on Oct. 28, Chavez used his police computer to look up a Texas man he sued in 2008 after a local car accident, as well as the attorney from the Sacramento-area he hired to file the corresponding civil suit. He then purportedly used that data to write up one traffic ticket and two tickets for illegally parking in a handicapped zone, forging the signatures of the Texas man, the attorney and two other police officers on the citations.

Former Longmont Cop Pleads Guilty in Sex Case [Christopher Martinchick]

A former Longmont police officer pleaded guilty to sex offenses in 8th Judicial District Court on Tuesday. Christopher Martinchick, 43, was arrested in July as part of a Larimer County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a reported sexual assault in Loveland. The adult female victim told police that on two separate occasions, Martinchick engaged in sexual activity with her while she was sleeping and under the influence of a prescribed muscle relaxant, according to court documents.

Georgia Deputy Sheriff Suspended After Dressing In Blackface [Chad Palmer]

Chad Palmer, a 15-year veteran of the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, allegedly told people at the private party that he was dressed as a Camden County inmate, and he was “picking cotton” in the photo, First Coast News reported. Palmer’s face and arms are painted in the photo, and he is wearing “jailbird” stripes. The racist photo was shared thousands of times on social media, where it sparked outrage and led to a disciplinary hearing. Finally, on Wednesday, Palmer was suspended without pay.

Detroit Police Charge Two Of Their Own With Crimes [Devon Payton]

Officer Devon Payton, left, who has been with the department for five years, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to operate a chop shop and a conspiracy charge of receiving and concealing stolen property/motor vehicle, police said. Also facing charges in a separate matter is 56-year-old James Kerns, right, a 10-year employee of the city, who police say tried to make an officer pay for medical records.

Mexican Officials Say Ex-Texas Cop Led Kidnap Gang [Luís Ricardo González García aka Javier Aguirre Cardenas]

Mexican authorities say a U.S. citizen who reportedly once served in the U.S. Navy and was a police officer in Texas has been detained in northern Mexico for allegedly heading a violent kidnapping ring. Nuevo León state security spokesman Jorge Domene said Monday that the man – known as both Luís Ricardo González García and Javier Aguirre Cardenas – and 15 of his alleged accomplices were detained last week. They allegedly kidnapped people in the Mexican states of Nuevo León, Coahuila and Tamaulipas over the past four years.

Cop Accused of Stealing $20k from Elderly Man With Dementia [John Wasilenko]

An Elmwood Park police sergeant has been relieved of his police duties amid allegations he forged a $20,000 check from an elderly man with dementia, the Sun-Times is reporting. Although no criminal charges have been filed, Sgt. John Wasilenko has been put on administrative leave, pending the investigation after being named in a citation to discover assets filed Dec. 20 by Cook County Public Guardian Robert F. Harris. During the investigation, the 85-year-old victim admitted he gave about $2,000 in cash to Wasilenko, but couldn’t remember when. He said Wasilenko “protected” him from “a lot of bad guys and politicians in Elmwood Park.” He said he was giving Wasilenko money for a trip and was supposed to give him $6,000 over the next couple years, the citation said. In an independent medical evaluation conducted in March, a doctor noted the man suffered from dementia with very significant cognitive deficits and was “totally incapable of making person and financial decisions.”

Savannah Deputy Jailed in Wider Molestation Probe [Richard Adam “Rick” Hall]

Prosecutors told a judge on Friday that a 2008 allegation of aggravated child molestation against Chatham County Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Richard Adam “Rick” Hall was just “the tip of the iceberg.” “We are just scratching the surface,” Assistant District Attorney Emily Puhala told Chatham County Superior Court Judge Timothy R. Walmsley during a bond hearing held in chambers. Hall, 52, was arrested at his Wilmington Island home Dec. 20 on a charge of aggravated child molestation of a male, now 17, that allegedly occurred in April/May 2008. The victim was 12 at the time.