DOJ SUPPORTS PHOTOJOURNALIST IN CIVIL RIGHTS SUIT

Award winning photojournalist, Mannie Garcia, was arrested in Wheaton, Maryland in 2011 and charged with disorderly conduct after he photographed police officers who appeared to be using excessive force in the arrest of two Hispanic men. Not only was he arrested but his camera was seized in violation of the Fourth Amendment which prevented him from publishing possible malpractice by the police officers. He was found innocent and he is now suing the city for violating his civil rights. He […] Read more »

OXNARD POLICE KILL INNOCENT BYSTANDER

Oxnard police shot and killed an innocent unarmed 21 year old bystander, Alfonso Limon, who was on his way home with his brother, after jogging at a local school, during a shootout with two young men attempting to escape from the police who claimed that the men along with a third were uncooperative during an automobile stop. Oxnard police officers attempted to stop a vehicle with three young Hispanic men, Jose Zepada, Raphael Hernandez, and Justin Villa in it. Initially […] Read more »

FOURTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS DENIAL OF QUALIFIED IMMUNITY

Officer Robert M. Bauer, a Fairfax County Virginia police officer, investigated a complaint that a vehicle later determined to belong to Dr. Rose Merchant had forced another car off the freeway and that Merchant’s vehicle had blue flashing lights. Bauer made plans to meet Merchant and her husband. It was determined that her husband had the car during the time in question but their was no proof the car had blue flashing lights or that such lights had at some […] Read more »

ARRESTS FOR VIDEOTAPING EXCESSIVE FORCE

Simon Glik saw an officer arresting a man in the Boston Common. There was some question as to whether the officer was using excessive force. Glik, being a good Samaritan takes out his cell phone to video the event. Does Glik get rewarded for his efforts. No he gets arrested. The charges are eventually dropped. He sues and on appeal gets compensation. The incident is not particularly unusual. Many jurisdictions have laws against wiretapping and they are being used by […] Read more »

POLICE OFFICER INDICTED FOR BRIBERY

Last spring we wrote about police scandals in Contra Costa County California and Antioch. The head of the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), and the owner of a private detective agency, both former Antioch police officers were accused of stealing drugs from the CNET safe and selling them to the clients of Chistopher Butler’s private detective agency. Butler was further accused of setting up the husbands of his clients who were seeking divorces for DUI arrests by having […] Read more »

NEW YORK POLICE ACCUSED OF FIXING TICKETS

Raymond Kelly has a tough job. He’s the New York City police commissioner and he has to keep explaining why his officers keep showing up in court and I don’t mean as witnesses. Last week eight of them were charged with gun smuggling and Friday sixteen were charged with fixing traffic tickets. There is no evidence that any of the sixteen received any money for any of their actions. Primarily they were getting tickets removed from court files for friends […] Read more »

NEW YORK POLICE OFFICERS ARRESTED FOR INTERSTATE TRANSPORTATION OF ILLEGAL GUNS

This has not been a good week for police officers. Yesterday we discussed the denial of an appeal of an officer in Memphis who was sentenced to life plus 255 years for setting up drug deals. He then pretended to arrest the seller while he stole the drugs and money. Today we learn of the arrest of twelve people including eight active duty and retired New York City police officers who bought illegal weapons in New Jersey and transported them […] Read more »

OFFICER’S SENTENCE T0 LIFE PLUS 255 YEARS UPHELD

Former Memphis police officer Arthur Sease had a scam going. He would arrange for a third party to make a drug deal with a dealer. In the middle of the deal Sease or a cohort would arrest the dealer, steal the drugs and take any money they found. He was fired and convicted on 44 counts in Federal Court. Among the charges were violations of conspiracy to deprive another of their civil rights under the color of law, deprivation of […] Read more »

DENIAL OF SUMMARY JUDGEMENT REVERSED DUE TO USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Wells pulled over Mark Anthony Young, an African-American probation officer, for failure to use his seat belt. He asked Young for his license, proof of insurance and registration. Young was not able to find his registration immediately so Wells asked him to continue looking while he went to his motor cycle to prepare the citation. When Young found the registration he got out of the truck and took the registration over to Wells. Wells […] Read more »

BODY CAMERAS BECOME COMMONPLACE AMONG POLICE

More and more police departments are using body cameras. Body cameras are attached to a police officer’s uniform and allow them to video arrests, searches and confrontations with the public. Over 700 police departments in the United States now use the small cameras which can be attached to the officers’ uniforms or to the dashboard of the police car. If used properly, the body cameras serve many purposes. They help to exonerate the innocent and force guilty pleas from the […] Read more »