Cop Watch

Friday, November 19, 2004

Chicago Police Officer Arrested For Counterfeiting CDs

CHICAGO -- A 10th District Chicago police officer was arrested Sunday for counterfeiting CDs.
The Chicago Police Department Internal Affairs Division arrested Neftalie Gonzalez with as many as 25,000 bad CDs at the Swap-O-Rama at 42nd and Ashland Streets.

Gonzalez has been charged with one count of official misconduct and two counts of illegal use of audio and visual recorded materials.

Gonzalez will be arraigned Monday morning.

A police officer since February 2000, Gonzalez, 40, has been relieved of his police powers.

Police Officer Faces Sexual Assault Charges

A Conroe Independent School District police officer turned himself in to the Montgomery County Jail Thursday to face charges of sexual assault of at least one Oak Ridge High School female student.

Additional charges of sexual assault on two more ORHS students are pending, according to prosecutors with the Montgomery County District Attorney's office.

Donald Paul Mauro, 42, of Port Lavaca, a part-time CISD police officer and full-time firefighter with the Houston Fire Department, was accompanied by CISD Police Sgt. Gale Echols and Ruben Garza, an assistant district attorney, when Mauro turned himself in for booking to the Montgomery County Jail around 11 a.m. Thursday. His bond has been set at $250,000 by 9th District Court Judge Fred Edwards, who signed the arrest warrant on the first charge and, on Thursday, said he "signed the search warrant affidavit on the third child."

FBI Arrests Baden Borough Police Officer

BADEN, Pa. -- A Beaver County police officer is charged with arranging a meeting for sex with a boy over the Internet.

Kenneth Jones, a 14-year veteran in Baden Borough, Beaver County, was arrested while on duty Thursday by FBI agents. He was charged with one count of coercion and enticement.

Former Police Officer Arrested in Murder-Conspiracy Case

Pine Bluff (AP) - Authorities say a former Pine Bluff police officer has been arrested on probable cause of conspiracy to commit capital murder.

Officer Arrested for Oppression

An Austin police officer was arrested and charged with official oppression and violation of the civil rights of a person in custody.

Police say the investigation revealed at least half a dozen other incidents involving improper conduct by the officer with females while he was on duty.

Fresno Police Officer Arrested

Officer Frank Dickinson was taken into custody over the weekend near an apartment complex at Cedar and Teague in northeast Fresno.

A neighbor called police after he heard a woman screaming and crying and the sound of something hitting a wall before an apartment window was shattered.

The police report states, "Dickinson proceeded to pick up a chair, which was placed aside the kitchen table, and threw the chair directly at the victim."

Frank Dickinson has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting corporal injury.

He posted a $45,000 bond and was released.

Dickinson is currently on paid leave from the police force.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Police State Targets, Tasers, Arrests and Jails Elementary School Children

The latest police state/child horror story that police tasered a distressed and out-of-control 6-year-old is sadly unsurprising. Why not? They've used tasers on the weak and the elderly, and police across the country remain loyal to their "non-lethal" weapons even after last week's taser death.

Of course we all know that the police state and its out-of-control thugs are targeting children at an accelerated rate, with children being arrested for fighting, and being given jail time for such egregious infractions as throwing a basketball at each other.

Click HERE for more instances of children being targeted and treated like criminals in today's police state.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Police Raid Wrong Home; Couple Sues

When Mont'sho Foluke awoke in the predawn darkness to the noise of a splintering door frame at his Jacksonville apartment, he ran to his living room where more than a dozen armed and yelling police officers were forcing their way inside.

Twenty minutes later, police realized they had gone to the wrong address in response to someone threatening to "kill himself with cocaine."

Police used Taser Gun to Subdue 6-year-old Student

Miami-Dade police tasered a 6-year-old boy who was wielding a piece of glass in a school office and threatening to hurt himself, officials confirmed Thursday.

Police say they followed their own guidelines and only tasered the child because they were afraid he would hurt himself. But the incident has raised calls for the department tighten its policies regarding the use of the stun guns, which shoot 50,000 volts of electric current through a subject.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

50,000 Volts In Just 1 Second: Experience The Taser

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh's police force, like many around the nation, has battled excessive force claims throughout the years.

By the end of the year, Pittsburgh expects to have 160 of its police officers armed with Tasers.

CPR Plea Ignored By Deputies

After deputies subdued a man with pepper spray, a Taser stun gun, handcuffs and physical restraints early Monday, they ignored his family's pleas to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him, the family claimed Tuesday.

Instead, despite warnings that Ricardo Zaragoza, 40, had stopped breathing, the five deputies waited a few minutes until paramedics arrived and had them remove his handcuffs, the dead man's brother said.

The police killed my son," said Arnulfo Zaragoza Sr., the man's father. "Excessive force, excessive. In my home."

Four of the five deputies involved were placed on one week's paid leave pending a psychiatric review, a routine measure after such incidents. Sheriff's officials refused to identify any of the deputies.

Tasers in Schools Trigger Disputes

PALATKA -- The first shock from the officer's Taser knocked Shakell Cox to the pavement at Jenkins Middle School. A busload of students watched as a second and then a third jolt hit the 12-year-old and she was handcuffed.

The officer zapped her with an M26 Taser -- a weapon growing popular with law enforcement on the streets and, more recently, in schools nationwide.