Cop Watch

Monday, October 24, 2005

CopWatch Conference Audio - Panel 1

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CopWatch Conference, focusing on Police Brutality, was held on October 22 at the Hot Monkey Love Cafe in San Diego.

Excerpts from the first panel, "Profiling the Poor and People of Color."

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Bad Cop, No Donut! - October 20/2005

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This week:

Georgia cop pleads guilty, then not, to sex assault

Montreal police videotaped beating woman

Wheelchair-bound woman beaten by Boston cops

Missouri cop get 7 years for child sex assaults

NYPD cop charged for sex with 15 year old boy

Ohio cop pleads not guilty to child sex charges

Virginia cop arrested for assaulting wife

Alaska cop arrested for child pornography

New Florida taser death

and much more!

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Friday, October 14, 2005

Two police officers, 1 deputy arrested by feds

Newport, Cocke County (WVLT) - Two Newport police officers and a Cocke County sheriff's deputy are in federal custody.

Seven-year veteran officer Patrick Sheldon faces a three-county federal civil rights indictment, as does Sergeant James Roach, Jr.

Newport Police would only say the federal investigation is from an isolated incident and not part of a larger investigation into corruption and criminal activity in Cocke County.

Federal agents have also arrested Cocke County sheriff's deputy Chris Smith.

Police have not yet released the charges he faces, that could come Friday.

Former officer indicted in deaths

A former Cincinnati Private Police officer provided the drugs that resulted in the overdose deaths of two teens earlier this year, according to an indictment handed down by a Hamilton County grand jury Thursday.

Willard Wright, 44, of Colerain Township, provided methadone tablets to Justin Wright, Daniel Wright and Anthony Hollin, according to the indictment.

Hamilton County prosecutors say all three overdosed during the Fourth of July weekend.

Hollin, 18, and Justin Wright, 19, both of Norwood, died. Daniel Wright was hospitalized and survived.

The Hamilton County Coroner's Office determined that acute methadone intoxication led to the deaths, prosecutors said.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Videotaped beating in New Orleans—the ugly face of police repression

When New Orleans resident Robert Davis returned to the city last week to check on some homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the devastation inflicted by the storm to his family’s property was not the only shock awaiting him. Davis, a 64-year-old retired school teacher, would become the victim of a brutal beating by New Orleans police officers that was videotaped and broadcast both across the US and worldwide.

Last Saturday evening at about 8 p.m. Davis, who is black, was walking on Bourbon Street in the New Orleans French Quarter. He approached an officer on horseback to inquire about the city’s curfew. “I’m talking in a nice, cordial way to a black officer on a horse,” David told the press on Tuesday. He said another officer on foot then “interfered and I said he shouldn’t.”

As he crossed the street, Davis said, “All of a sudden, the white officer hit me in the eye and dazed me and threw me up against the wall.” A cop yelled, “I’m going to kick your ass,” Davis recounted. He was then hit and pummeled to the ground, face down, suffering fractures to his cheek and eye socket. Two white officers were involved in the beating.

While such behavior may find a particularly sharp manifestation in New Orleans, it is indicative of the repressive and violent response of the ruling elite and its police agencies to the growing social polarization gripping the entire country. Like many of the developments witnessed since Hurricane Katrina made landfall August 29, it has further exposed the rot at the core of American society.

Bad Cop, No Donut! - October 13/2005

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This week:

Out of state cops ordered not to work with Baton Rouge police

Pennsylvania cop videotapes federal witness in bedroom

Connecticut cop fired for keeping human skull fragment

Probation for South Carolina cop convicted of domestic violence

New Orleans cops beat man on videotape

Texas detective suspended for sexual misconduct

Disgraced former Toronto cop finds work in Cayman Islands

Florida deputy disciplined for taser use at party

and much more!

Deputy disciplined for Taser use at party

A Collier County sheriff’s deputy who used his Taser stun device twice on a friend at a party and then placed the stun gun’s laser sights on his ex-wife and another man at the same party has been disciplined, internal affairs reports say.

Cpl. Randy Baum, a 19-year veteran of the agency who works in the bailiff’s bureau, was given a written reprimand and removed from his position as a Taser instructor for conduct unbecoming a deputy for inappropriately using the Taser.

Baum’s former wife took photographs of Baum using the Taser, including a photo of the man who was Tasered leaping forward from the shock.

Tasers send 50,000 volts of electricity through the body and are used to subdue suspects who struggle with officers.

Officer takes skull piece for 'ashtray'

NORWALK, CONN. - The family of a deceased Hopewell Junction man has indicated it intends to sue after a police officer took part of the man's skull from the scene of an automobile accident and bragged he would use it as an ashtray.

Officer Liam Callahan, a nine-year veteran of the city police department in Norwalk, Conn., took the skull fragment after 62-year-old Alfred Caviola of Hopewell Junction died in a May 29 crash in Norwalk.

Callahan found the skull fragment in the street after the medical examiner had left the accident scene. He was fired from his job Friday, Norwalk police Chief Harry Rilling said.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Salem Police Officer Arrested In Massachusetts

LAWRENCE, Mass. -- A Salem, N.H., police officer who was demoted last year for repeatedly being at home while on duty has been arrested in Massachusetts.

Kenneth Mulchahey, 42, was charged with trying to grab a cell phone from a teenager's waist, refusing to cooperate with police and bumping an officer with his car door as he tried to drive away.

Court documents say Mulchahey asked Massachusetts officers not to charge him because it would ruin his career. He was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and two counts of assault.

After arraignment on Tuesday in Lawrence District Court, Mulchahey's lawyer said the officer plans to deny the charges. He is on paid administrative leave.

Onondaga County Sheriff’s deputy arrested

An Onondaga County sheriff's deputy responsible for supervising inmates at the county justice center is charged with sexual abuse and official misconduct. John Geruso is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with two female inmates on four separate occasions.

He is a 21-year veteran of the Sheriff's Custody Division.

An investigation began after a friend of one of the inmates reported the incidents to deputies. Geruso was separated from female inmates during an investigation by the department's Abused Person's Unit.

If he is found guilty of the charges he will be terminated.

Geruso was arraigned Friday and is now suspended for 30 days without pay. His next court date is November 23rd.

Indian River County Deputy Arrested

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. -- An Indian River County sheriff's deputy has been suspended without pay after being charged Monday for allegedly performing a sex act on a child.

Deputy John Teeters was arrested Monday on a warrant issued by Lake County. He is charged with a lewd and lascivious act on a child between 12 and 16 years old.

Details of the alleged crime were not released.

Teeters was released on bond.

Ramsey County Deputy arrested for assault

A Ramsey County Deputy has been arrested on charges of felony assault.

Deputy Dawn Fisher-Nagel, of Roseville, was arrested and booked Monday morning and is in Ramsey County Jail after an apparent ‘domestic situation.’ The case has been handed over to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office to avoid a conflict of interest.

Ramsey County officials say Fisher-Nagel has never been in trouble before, but lately she’s had some family problems. Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher appeared on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS MIDDAY to talk about the case.

"Deputy Nagel has an exemplary record, but had a domestic situation with her spouse," Fletcher told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. "There was alcohol involved and at some point in the conflict a handgun was discharged. Her husband claims it was directed toward him, so consequently she was arrested for assault.

Bad Cop, No Donut! - October 06/2005

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This week:

Las Vegas cop forced woman into oral sex

Cocaine-using Seattle cop to be fired

Wisconsin cop brandishes gun in fight with wife

Indiana cop accused of beating his wife

2 Michigan cops charged with selling drugs

NYC detective forces pregnant woman into bathroom sex

North Carolina cop charged with drunk driving

Florida cop arrested for assaulting a pregnant woman

Texas cop arrested in prostitution sting

and much more!

PLUS and interview with Jeron Maklanron who is suing the city of Hawthorne, California, for shutting down his website which was critical of the city's police.

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Monday, October 10, 2005

Officer arrested for pointing gun at wife

COVINGTON - A Covington police officer was arrested Wednesday night and charged with pointing a gun at his wife.

Covington police arrested fellow Steve Gifford, 43, at his home about 11:45 p.m., according to a police report.

Gifford's wife, Cora, told police her husband pointed a handgun at her and other person while she was sitting in a car.

The report says Steve Gifford was "extremely intoxicated," smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech.

Police found several handguns inside the house, the report states.

Detention officer arrested after pointing gun at inmate

A former detention officer at the Dorchester County jail has been arrested on charges that he pointed a handgun at inmates working outside the jail last month.

Christopher Fralix, 28, resigned after an internal investigation into the Sept. 21 incident began last week.

The officer is accused of pointing a gun at trusty inmates - nonviolent offenders whose good behavior has made them eligible to leave the jail to maintain and clean the grounds, the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office said.

Fralix turned himself in Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance. Officials would not say why Fralix said he pointed the weapon.

Pointing a gun is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

County officer indicted

CAMERON COUNTY -- A grand jury indicted a county officer Thursday on two counts of official oppression. In short, prosecutors believe auto theft taskforce officer Pete Garza pulled over a woman to help a friend repossess her car.

Maria Guadalupe Redding allegedly owed money to the car's owner. Instead of filing a lawsuit, the owner asked Garza to pull her over and take the car.