Cop Watch

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Retired Police Officer Arrested, Accused of Molesting 3 Girls

Team Amber Alert National News(Arizona USA) Associated Press -- A retired Scottsdale police officer has been arrested on suspicion of molesting three girls several years ago, Arizona authorities said.

Nicholas Bultrowicz was taken into custody Thursday at his Ohio home on suspicion of four counts of child molestation, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department.

Manchester Police Officer Arrested for Larceny

(Manchester-WTNH, Oct. 30, 2004 6:45 PM)_ Manchester police have arrested on of their own.

31-year-old Officer Ryan Case has been charged with larceny, possession of narcotics and failure to keep narcotics in original container.

Police say the arrest stemmed from an investigation after a complaint to the Manchester Police Department that Case stole narcotic medication prescribed to another person.

Too much Taser?

Since the Joplin Police Department began using Tasers in the spring of 2003, officers have fired them at suspects 88 times, or an average of about five times a month.

That's comparable with the rate in at least one similar-sized city, but higher than that in some other cities that are Joplin's size or larger. Two Joplin officers are responsible for 41 percent of all Taser firings since the city approved their use.

Capable of delivering 50,000 volts from more than 20 feet away, Tasers can stop a suspect cold. That has made them the weapon of choice for some officers and police departments.

Despite their popularity, the electroshock weapons have come under criticism from groups such as Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union. They argue that Tasers have caused deaths of dozens of people, and that more research is needed on their safety.

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Boston Police Commander Accused Before

BOSTON -- To some, Deputy Superintendent Robert E. O'Toole Jr. is a cop's cop, a 36-year police veteran who commands respect from his troops. To others, he's a rogue cop with a temper.

"There's certainly some kind of impulse-control problem with him," said Howard Friedman, a Boston attorney who represented Rodney Armstrong, the man O'Toole slapped. "A supervisor isn't supposed to jump in and grab someone on his own, and worse is a supervisor who uses excessive force in front of all the officers he's supposed to be supervising."

Armstrong sued O'Toole and won $5,000 in punitive damages, plus $500 in compensatory damages. Friedman said the jury found that although Armstrong was not injured, O'Toole used excessive force. He was demoted, only to be reinstated years later by current police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole, who is of no relation.

Robert O'Toole's lawyer, Timothy Burke, said O'Toole fired four rounds from the compressed-air gun, but did not fire the shot that killed Snelgrove.

Friday, October 29, 2004

Allegations of Police Sexual Abuse Continue

Wednesday, March 03, 2004 -- Wednsday night Newschannel 9 spoke to a woman who has similar allegations of abuse, in fact she wants her name to be added to the second court of inquiry, or the third if it will exist. Judge Richard Roman signed off on the courts of inquiry after listening to alleged victims' claims that they were sexually assaulted by police officers. Meantime, the District Attorney's office and the Police Department say their offices did nothing wrong. In the second court of a inquiry, a judge out of Dallas. Judge Manny Alvarez will be handling the investigation. We are unsure when he will be in El Paso but we will bring you the latest as it becomes available.


"On face value, it looks like it was," he said. "We have a person who was asked to leave, who refused and who attempted to assault the officer."

The Rock Hill Police Department is investigating why an officer used an electric stun gun on a 75-year-old woman who refused to leave a nursing home where she had gone to visit an ailing friend.


PHILADELPHIA -- Lillian Willoughby, a Deptford Quaker who will turn 90 in January, went to jail Wednesday to protest the war in Iraq.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Ex-Miami Narcotics Officer Facing Drug Charges

A veteran Miami police officer -- who was suspected of shady dealings as a narcotics detective more than a decade ago -- was arrested on drug charges following a sting operation in Overtown.

Michael Flynn, 44, a patrol officer since 1982, was charged Tuesday with trafficking heroin and being in possession of cocaine. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.

Boy, 15, Shot to Death by Police

A Minneapolis police officer shot and killed a 15-year-old boy early Sunday morning who police say was armed with a pellet gun.

Within hours of the shooting, Chief William McManus met with community leaders at his own home in an effort to defuse neighborhood criticism. It was two years ago that a police shooting just four blocks away in the Jordan neighborhood prompted a night of rioting.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Police Shoot Pepper Balls at Oregon Demonstrators

On the evening of October 14, demonstrators gathered in Jacksonville, Oregon, where President Bush was eating dinner.

"I was on the front line facing the cops," he says. "They were saying, 'Move back.' They had their batons in front of their bodies and started marching on us. I got struck with a baton, which was more like a black painted axe handle. It struck me in the ribs and the biceps."

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Raleigh Police Officer Arrested On DWI Charges

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A Raleigh police officer was arrested on DWI charges early Thursday morning, authorities said.

Officer E.M. Cudmore was stopped at about 3 a.m. near the intersection of Millbrook and Newberry roads by Raleigh police officers on routine patrol.

Police Officer Arrested for Assault

MANCHESTER -- A Manchester police officer is on desk duty this morning after he was arrested by another city's department.

Officer Whitney Epps was arrested by officers in New Haven.

They say Epps hit a woman who is either his girlfriend or ex-girlfriend. He's been charged with breach of peace and third degree assault.

Police Officer Kills Mentally ill Man

MIAMI -- Three Miami-Dade County police officers struggled with a man whom relatives described as mentally ill before one of the officers shot and killed the man.

"I said `I got him! I got him! Don't shoot,' " said Mira Baker, his cousin, who said he was holding the victim when the officer shot him. "If they would have listened to me, he wouldn't be dead."

Police Officer Shot Man in Back

Philadelphia Inquirer, PA - Oct 21, 2004A 22-year-old Hunting Park man killed by police Monday night near his home. Homicide Unit detectives will examine how Baylor received the back wound and the position he was in when shot in relation to McCollum, police said.

Police Torturer John Burge returns to Chicago

Early this month, the Illinois Department of Justice took a long overdue step towards acknowledging wrongs committed over the past three decades by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) against dozens of African-American and Latino men...

Daley Accused Of Ignoring Memo On Police Torture

CHICAGO (CBS 2) Lawyers say he tortured their clients, forcing them to confess to crimes they didn't commit. Now attorneys for several former death row inmates say a memo warning about the alleged actions of former Police Commander Jon Burge had been sent to Mayor Richard M. Daley back when he was a prosecutor, and that memo was simply ignored.

Man Tortured by Burge's Unit Appeals Parole Board

CHICAGO, Oct. 8 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Darrell Cannon, an Illinois inmate who was tortured by officers under John Burge's command, appealed Thursday a decision by state prison officials to enforce his murder sentence even though prosecutors dropped the criminal case against Cannon earlier this year.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Red Sox Celebration Turns Deadly

Victoria Snelgrove died last Thursday after a pepper-spray ball pierced her left eye outside Fenway Park.

The media and police commissioner Kathleen O'Toole acknowledge the officer killed Victoria, but they deflect blame by pointing fingers at the crowd of Red Sox fans. It wasn't a Red Sox fan that shot Victoria in the eye with a pepper spray ball.

From BBC news:

Ms O'Toole said there would be a "thorough and swift investigation of our actions".

However, she also condemned the "punks" who "turned our city's victory into an opportunity for violence, mindless destruction and pointless mayhem".

"These people own a portion of the responsibility for [Ms Snelgrove's] death. We will hold them responsible for those actions to the fullest extent of the law."

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said city officials had met with representatives of Boston's colleges to urge them to take greater measures to control students.

The mayor is considering a ban on alcohol sales around Fenway Park when the World Series gets under way against the St Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

This is typical action by "The State." The government officials do damage, and the remedy is to punish the public.

Victoria's father wraps it up well with the following statement:

Rick Snelgrove, the victim's father, said: "What happened to her should not happen to any American citizen. She went to celebrate with friends, she was a bystander. She was out of the way, but she still got shot."

Seattle Police Officer Arrested for Soliciting Prostitute

By Jennifer Sullivan
Seattle Times staff reporter

A Seattle police officer was arrested early Friday morning for soliciting a police officer posing as a prostitute.

The 38-year-old Seattle man, on the force for six years, identified himself as an officer when Lakewood police stopped him in the 8800 block of South Tacoma Way.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was booked for patronizing a prostitute and paid his $1,000 bail quickly after his arrest, said Lakewood police Lt. Bret Farrar.