lonely cop on the beat

Re: lonely cop on the beat

Postby joeb on Fri Oct 03, 2008 2:01 am

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Re: lonely cop on the beat

Postby joeb on Sat Oct 04, 2008 4:43 pm

a species that hires bodyguards to protect them looses the ability to protect itself and is doomed to extinction

Cops disrupt work sites
‘Bullies’ protest lost road detail perk
By Edward Mason and Jessica Fargen
Saturday, October 4, 2008

Police union members scattered MWRA crews from work sites in Everett and Revere yesterday, sparking fears that out-of-control cops are using intimidation to preserve their pricey traffic detail perk.

Barbara Anderson of Citizens for Limited Taxation called police “bullies” for taking after a pair of Massachusetts Water Resources Authority workers at a site without a police officer or civilian flagger.

“It’s scary,” Anderson said. “When cops become the criminals, who do you call?”

The confrontation came on the first day for new Patrick administration rules allowing construction and utility work sites to be staffed without costly cops.

Angry off-duty officers yesterday blocked routine manhole maintenance in Everett, then followed the MWRA crew to Revere. Off-duty officers ordered 10 pizzas and chomped on slices while they milled about in a private driveway on Fenno Street waiting for the MWRA crew to arrive.

Revere Capt. James Guido, president of the Revere police union, called the MWRA safety plan “half-assed.”

“Your plan is faulty, and we’re not going to allow you to work,” Guido told MWRA Chief Operating Officer Mike Hornbrook, who was at the site.

Ria Convery, an MWRA spokeswoman, said the MWRA crew traveled to Winchester without incident.

Anderson encouraged Patrick not to back down under police pressure.

“He has to send (MWRA workers) out again and protect them,” Anderson said. “He can use State Police. And if that doesn’t work, bring in the National Guard.”

Patrick aides declined to say specifically how they would handle unruly local and state police if they interfered with next week’s roll-out of civilian flagmen at work sites overseen by the state Highway Department.

“We’re confident we can implement (the rules) successfully and the Commonwealth will realize significant savings,” said Kyle Sullivan, a Patrick spokesman.

The new rules instruct the state to use civilian flaggers or electronic signs on roads with a 45 mile per hour speed limit or less. The regulations also affect roads with higher speed limits but light traffic patterns.

Patrick’s highway department has trained more than 100 employees in flagging and certified 14 trainers. It plans to use flaggers for highway maintenance work across the state.

Cops say they are better prepared to handle safety emergencies at road sites. Patrick estimated the state could save $5 million a year by curbing details.

The State Police Association of Massachusetts, whose members patrol the state highways where flaggers will appear next week, did not return a call.
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Re: lonely cop on the beat

Postby joeb on Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:47 pm

for more on CIA agents bringing drugs into our communities and laundering the money on Wall Street see


SLED agent says former policewoman tipped off drug dealers

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By Jamie Rogers
Morning News Reporter
Published: October 16, 2008

FLORENCE — Former Lake City police officer Shanita McKnight told investigators she called her grandmother’s residence 10 to 20 times to tip drug dealers off about police activity, a State Law Enforcement Division agent testified Thursday.

Federal authorities allege McKnight’s grandmother, Mamie Lou McFadden, and aunt, Abergail McFadden, owned and operated a nightclub in Lake City where they sold drugs to patrons.

McKnight, 35, and McFadden, 52, both of Lake City, were indicted June 26, 2007, on drug trafficking charges. McKnight also is charged with extortion for using her position as a police officer to “wrongfully obtain monies from other people.

The indictments were the result of a large-scale corruption investigation in Lake City.

McKnight and McFadden face a maximum penalty of 10 years to life in prison and fines ranging from $4 million to $8 million.

McKnight faces a maximum penalty of a $250,000 fine and/or 20 years in prison for the extortion charge.

McFadden has entered a guilty plea and is awaiting sentencing. She is expected to testify against her niece during the trial.

SLED Criminal Investigator John Bartell told the court he and FBI Special Agent Vince Flamini interviewed McKnight during the large-scale corruption investigation in Lake City.

During that interview, McKnight told them she had never made a drug arrest during her tenure at the police department and that the agency had a policy that didn’t allow officers to make drug arrests alone.

During cross examination by McKnight’s lawyer, Joseph Henry of Columbia, Bartell said he didn’t document the Lake City policy in his notes.

Bartell also testified that the beer and wine license for Mamie Lou’s was in McKnight’s husband’s name.

On Wednesday, former Lake City police Lt. William Webb, who worked with McKnight during her tenure at the department, testified that Mamie Lou’s awas a known haven for drug activity and prostitution.

Webb is serving more than 13 years in a prison on drug conspiracy charges. His 2005 arrest was one of the first made in the investigation into corruption and drug activity in Lake City.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Debbie Barbier of the Columbia office is prosecuting the case with Assistant U.S. Attorney Alfred W. Bethea Jr. of the Florence office before U.S. District Court Judge Terry Wooten. The jury consists of six men and six women, and the trial is expected to last as many as five days.
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Re: lonely cop on the beat

Postby joeb on Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:53 pm

2 reads

1st read

Hollywood police under fire for corruption in FBI agent's book
By John Holland | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 16, 2008
He brought down Mafia killers in New York, drug dealers in Los Angeles and crooked politicians in Atlantic City.

But in more than two decades as one of the FBI's top undercover operatives, no case confounded and angered Jack Garcia in quite the same way as his investigation of corruption at the Hollywood Police Department.

"What was amazing to me is that it was so easy to get cops to look the other way, to guard trucks for us, no questions asked. I'd never seen anything like it," Garcia said this week about an investigation that helped convict four Hollywood officers of trafficking large shipments of heroin.

Garcia recounts the Hollywood case and his 26-year career as one of the most prolific undercover agents in FBI history in Making Jack Falcone, a new book about the more than 100 cases in which he posed as a mobster or other criminal. The FBI says he had the most undercover assignments in its history.

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"The corruption is systemic throughout the whole [Hollywood] police department. We've heard from numerous sources just how corrupt these guys are," Garcia wrote. He railed against what he called transgressions ranging from officers turning a blind eye to blatant criminal activity to automatically deducting 20 percent off their checks at local restaurants.

Posing as a Gambino crime family captain, Garcia effected the February 2007 arrest of Hollywood Police Sgt. Kevin Companion, Sgt. Jeff Courtney, Detective Thomas Simcox and Officer Stephen Harris on drug charges. The men, who pleaded guilty and received lengthy prison sentences, also were recorded on video dealing in what they thought to be stolen diamonds and art and protecting crooked card games, according to court records.

Companion even talked about becoming a "made" Mafia member and recruiting more officers to form a criminal crew, Garcia wrote.

Hollywood Lt. Manny Marino said the allegations are old and the department is being unfairly tarnished because of a few crooked officers.

"There are more than 300 police officers who go to work every day doing their job, and they have to keep hearing about this more than a year later," Marino said. "Anyone can say what they want in a book, and we're going to have to deal with this a long time. But all we can do is keep moving forward."

Making Jack Falcone is a look at Garcia's dual life inside the FBI and the Mafia, including the agency's makeshift "Mob School," where the 6-foot-4, 400-pound, Cuban-born agent learned how to act like a mobster. Unlike most agents, he juggled four or five fake identities at a time, careful not to answer the wrong cell phone or burst into Spanish when he should be whispering Italian to his mob buddies.

Garcia's greatest work came as Jack Falcone, a money launderer and hoodlum who ingratiated himself to notorious Gambino strongman Greg DePalma. Garcia was two weeks away from becoming a made member of the Mafia in 2004 when the FBI pulled the plug on the operation, citing safety and what Garcia calls "bureaucratic" infighting that still rankles him.

FBI agent Joe Pistone, whose undercover persona "Donnie Brasco" led to book and movie deals, is the only other agent ever proposed for mob membership.

Garcia came back to Broward earlier this year, as "Big Tony," to arrest Broward Sheriff's deputies Richard Tauber, of Boca Raton, and Kevin D. Frankel, of Lake Worth, who have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial on drug-trafficking charges. He used the same technique on the deputies that he had used in the much-publicized Hollywood sting.

"If Kevin and [Tauber] had stopped gambling and fooling around long enough to buy a newspaper, they never would have gotten caught," Garcia said, laughing, in an interview Tuesday.

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Re: lonely cop on the beat

Postby joeb on Sat Oct 18, 2008 4:08 pm

Black alderman fought Depression-level poverty in Milwaukee
By Bryan G. Pfeifer
Milwaukee, Wis.
Published Oct 18, 2008 7:26 AM

Former Milwaukee City Alderman Michael McGee Jr. is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 24. An all-white jury in August convicted him in federal court of nine corruption charges. McGee, an African American, faces six-and-a-half to 10 years on these federal counts; a state trial begins Dec. 1 on yet more charges.

U.S. District Judge Charles Clevert on Oct. 10 denied McGee’s request to delay the sentencing and grant him an additional 20 days to respond to a pre-sentence report.

McGee and his many supporters, almost all from the Black community, who witnessed the federal trial, say that he was entrapped, that prosecution witnesses contradicted themselves during the trial, and that the prosecution was allowed to enter fabricated evidence and attempt to pit Arab witnesses against Black ones.

McGee’s supporters have submitted to the sentencing court numerous letters that describe his strong support of poor and working people, particularly of youth, during his terms as Sixth District alderman from April 2004 to 2008. McGee fought police brutality, questioned the rapid gentrification of working-class neighborhoods, wrote a letter to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez inquiring about heating oil assistance for poor Milwaukeeans, fought to broaden affirmative action in contract bidding and city hiring policies, fought massive tax breaks for corporations in the city, and supported political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, among other progressive activities. (For background, search for Michael McGee at workers.org.)

Many questions surround this case, but the central one is: Why are the state and federal governments willing to spend hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars railroading McGee and locking him up, possibly for years?

Why McGee has wide community support

McGee has been moved to various jails since his arrest on May 28, 2007. He has been denied bail, had his jail phones tapped by local police agencies and the FBI, been subject to racist depictions in the corporate media, and worse. Other white politicians facing similar charges over the past few years have been released on bail and served minor jail or prison terms, if any time at all.

McGee’s progressive activities have received virtually no coverage in the corporate media, although he has been a community activist for decades. Nor has the media investigated the social conditions in Milwaukee that have led to his widespread support in the Black community. It is impossible to analyze McGee’s case without putting it into a social, political and economic context—exactly what is lacking in the racist corporate media.

McGee was one of the very few politicians to actively participate in alleviating the semi-apartheid conditions that exist in Milwaukee, the most segregated city in the United States.

Consider these facts about Milwaukee:

• One in every four residents lives below the poverty level, according to federal statistics. For Black Milwaukee, semi-apartheid conditions are the norm and have gotten even worse in recent years with the dismantling of Aid for Dependent Children and welfare, as well as the introduction of charter schools.

• Infant mortality for Black babies is 21 per 1,000 live births—more than four times the rate for whites. (Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services and the Black Health Coalition of Milwaukee)

• Although Blacks comprise only 5 percent of Wisconsin’s total population of 5 million, they make up more than 50 percent of the prison population. The number of Black and Latina women in prison in the state has skyrocketed since the early 1990s. (The Sentencing Project)

• Unemployment in metro Milwaukee among African-American males ages 16 to 64 increased to 51.1 percent last year from 46.8 percent in 2006. This is probably the highest jobless rate Black men here have ever suffered, according to a just-released report by The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Economic Development. Milwaukee has the biggest gap between Black and white joblessness in the U.S. In the past, many Black Milwaukeeans had union jobs at manufacturing plants in the city. But the majority of living-wage jobs are now in the suburbs and there is inadequate public transportation to get there from the city. Many Black people in Milwaukee are ready and willing to work but don’t have vehicles, due to institutionally racist factors such as racial profiling and the court system.

• Police brutality and murder have been an ongoing fact of life for Black and Latin@ people in Milwaukee. City police and other repressive local, state and federal agencies, often with paramilitary units, occupy whole sections of the Black community. Since 1990 at least 50 Black men have been shot dead by Milwaukee city police. Even after the highly publicized Frank Jude Jr. case—a struggle against naked police brutality that McGee spearheaded—the police feel free to act with virtual impunity.

McGee was attempting to combat these conditions, often in alliance with progressive community organizations.

McGee supporters say that if he has given grounds for suspicion, it is grassroots representatives of the Black community in his district who should have the right to pass judgment, not the enemies of the people.

The government is spending huge sums on legally lynching McGee. Why aren’t these funds going to alleviate these horrendous social conditions? Aren’t the real criminals the bankers and bosses responsible for these conditions, not those like McGee who fight them? Shouldn’t the rulers be the ones on trial for all the death, misery, destitution and destruction they cause on a daily basis? Shouldn’t they be made to pay reparations?

The government and the ruling class behind it are using McGee’s case—and rabid racism—to strengthen the repressive apparatus against all poor and working people. They are trying to deflect anger away from the rapidly disintegrating capitalist system, the real enemy of poor and working people.
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Re: lonely cop on the beat

Postby joeb on Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:15 pm

Marshal Charged with Providing a Firearm PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 October 2008 15:23
NEWARK – A Deputy United States Marshal was charged in a federal Indictment unsealed today for providing a convicted felon with a handgun, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced. According to the Indictment, which was returned Oct. 16 and unsealed with today’s arrest, Antoine Dobson, 28, of Irvington, a Deputy U.S. Marshal assigned to the Southern District of New York, provided a semi-automatic handgun to Larry Langforddavis, 33, of Hillside, who is a previously convicted felon. Dobson purchased the semi-automatic handgun by certifying on United States Marshals Service letterhead that it was to be used for “official use” only and that he would not transfer it to anyone else.

Langforddavis, a close friend of Dobson, was also charged in the Indictment with the unlawful possession of the weapon. The Indictment alleges Langforddavis is prohibited from possessing firearms due to his past criminal convictions on charges that include aggravated assault, robbery, and unlawful possession of a handgun.

Dobson was arrested this morning by agents of the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General and is scheduled to make an initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Michael A. Shipp at 2:00 p.m. today.

In February, Langforddavis was arrested in the parking lot of an adult entertainment club and charged by criminal Complaint for the possession of Dobson’s handgun after police officers with the Elizabeth Police Department recognized him as an individual who had days earlier misrepresented himself as a law enforcement officer to the police officers by showing them a handgun strapped to his ankle. Currently, Langforddavis is free on a $250,000 secured bond with electronic monitoring.

Dobson is charged in Count One of the Indictment with disposing a firearm, loaded with ten rounds of hollow-point ammunition, to a convicted felon. Count Two charges Dobson with aiding and abetting Langforddavis’ unlawful possession of the firearm and ammunition. Langforddavis is also charged in Count Two for the unlawful possession of the weapon. Both counts carry statutory maximum prison sentences of 10 years and maximum fines of $250,000.
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Re: lonely cop on the beat

Postby joeb on Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:46 am

Feds Charge Ex-Chicago Police Boss In Torture Case

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By JOSH POLTILOVE, The Tampa Tribune

and KRISTA KLAUS, News Channel 8

Published: October 21, 2008

Updated: 05:03 pm

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TAMPA - A former Chicago police commander has been arrested at his Apollo Beach home on federal charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Jon Burge lied about whether he and other officers he supervised participated in torture of one or more people in custody, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Burge, 60, was arrested by FBI agents from Tampa and Chicago and charged with two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of perjury.

"The charges allege that Burge lied and impeded court proceedings in November 2003, when he provided false written answers to questions – known as interrogatories – in a civil lawsuit alleging that he and others tortured and abused people in their custody," a Justice Department news release states.

Burge appeared in Tampa federal court today and will be formally arraigned Monday morning in Chicago.

He was released from jail on $250,000 bond. Prosecutors asked a judge today for Burge to be required to wear an electronic monitoring device; the judge said that wasn't necessary. The judge told Burge to turn over his passport and guns.

Dave Couvertier, an FBI spokesman in Tampa, referred questions to federal investigators in Chicago.

Randall Samborn, an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago, said prosecutors needed to file charges within five years of November 2003 to be within the statute of limitations.

In the release, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, said police stations should not be a place for abuse and that there is no place for perjury in court, either.

"According to these charges, Jon Burge shamed his uniform and shamed his badge," Fitzgerald said this morning in Chicago at a news conference.

Burge hasn't worn a police uniform or badge for 15 years, and people shouldn't assume all officers commit torture, he said.

A Chicago police spokeswoman could not immediately be reached.

The investigation is ongoing.

In 2003, Illinois' governor pardoned four death row inmates he said had been tortured into false confessions in the 1980s. Each of the four had been on death row at least a dozen years. The men said members of a unit Burge ran had tortured them and they confessed to stop the abuse.

The city spent about $20 million settling those cases.

The Center on Wrongful Convictions, based at Northwestern University, represented Leroy Orange, one of the four men freed from death row.

Orange was convicted in May 1985 of killing two women, a man and a child, and he spent 17 years behind bars before being pardoned, said Rob Warden, the organization's director.

When Orange was arrested in January 1984, Burge and other officers beat him, used a typewriter cover to suffocate him and shocked him with a cattle prod, Warden said.

"Nobody emerges from an experience like this whole," Warden said. "I've met several victims of Burge's torture, and they have all been absolutely profoundly affected by this."

Richard T. Sikes Jr. represented Burge in civil cases but isn't representing him on the new charges. He told The Tampa Tribune today that due to attorney-client privilege, he couldn't discuss conversations he had with Burge regarding torture allegations.

Sikes said he was prepared if the civil cases would have gone to trial.

"But the city made the decision to settle," Sikes said. "It was their money, so it was their right."

According to The Associated Press, a 2006 report by prosecutors appointed by a Cook County, Ill., judge to investigate torture allegations said many alleged cases of police abuse were too old or weak to prosecute.

The report went into graphic detail about the alleged torture of Andrew Wilson, a convicted murderer of two Chicago police officers.

Wilson told investigators that officers kicked and beat him, burned his arm with a cigarette and put a plastic bag over his head. Wilson alleged that an officer then pulled out a black box with a crank on it. He said alligator clips were attached to his left ear and left nostril, and he received a shock when an officer cranked the box. Wilson said Burge also cranked the box to shock him and then put a gun in Wilson's mouth and clicked it.

Burge was a Chicago police officer from 1970 to 1993.

He was a sergeant from 1977 to 1980 and a lieutenant and supervisor of detectives for a violent crimes unit from 1981 to 1986.

He became a Bomb and Arson Unit commander and later led another group of detectives.

The department suspended him in 1991 and fired him in 1993, according to the release.

"The indictment alleges that, on one or more occasions … Burge was present for, or participated in, the torture and physical abuse of persons in police custody," the release states.

If convicted on the federal charges, he faces up to 20 years in prison on each obstruction of justice charge and up to five years in prison for perjury.

Doug Tjapkes, president of Humanity for Prisoners, a Michigan-based group focused on helping with prison advocacy, including the wrongly convicted, said he was heartened by Burge's arrest.

"I think the negative side of this is it paints a picture that cops are brutal, and I'd say a great majority of them are absolutely doing a wonderful job in dealing with a segment of society that many times isn't pleasant to deal with," he said. "That gives no right to that small percentage of officers to treat people, regardless of what they've done, this way."

The ACLU of Illinois, among other organizations, has long pushed for Burge's arrest. It took years, ACLU spokesman Ed Yohnka said, but justice finally was served.

"The system of justice sometimes moves incredibly slowly," he said. "What one hopes for is that it moves in the right direction. We certainly think today was a move in the right direction."

Burge bought his Apollo Beach home in 1994.

Asked about Burge today, Sharon Geth of Apollo Beach said he was a good neighbor.
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Re: lonely cop on the beat

Postby joeb on Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:04 pm

2 L.A. County deputies accused of beating up firefighter
Joshua Titel and Brian Richards have pleaded not guilty to assaulting firefighter Stephen Paige while off duty last year in Pomona. If convicted, the deputies face up to seven years in prison.
By Richard Winton
October 22, 2008
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies face assault charges for allegedly beating up a firefighter while off duty last year in Pomona, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday.

Joshua Titel and Brian Richards, both 31, pleaded not guilty in L.A. County Superior Court and were released without bail. According to prosecutors, the two deputies beat and kicked the victim on June 24, 2007. The firefighter, Stephen Paige, underwent several weeks of medical treatment before he returned to work, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the L.A. County district attorney's office.

The fight took place outside a private residence in Pomona after an altercation between the two off-duty deputies and the victim, authorities said. It is unclear what prompted the dispute.

If convicted, the deputies face up to seven years in state prison.

Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, said the case was investigated by the department's internal affairs unit and presented to the district attorney. Whitmore said Titel and Richards would be suspended without pay.

Neither deputy could be reached for comment.
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