ANTIOCH CALIFORNIA POLICE OFFICERS LEAD CRIME WAVE

Former Antioch, California police officers Norman Wielsch, most recently head of the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), and Christopher Butler, who now has a private detective agency along with San Ramon police officer, Louis Lombardi, were charged with stealing drugs from the CNET safe and selling them to Butler’s clients and to confidential informants. Lombardi was a member of CNET at the time of the thefts. Then Butler, and former Danville Officer Stephen Tanabe, were charged with setting […] Read more »

CALIFORNIA SHERIFF’S DEPUTY ACCUSED OF ACCEPTING A BRIBE

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about two former Antioch, California police officers, Norman Wielsch, who was the head of the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), and Christopher Butler, who now has a private detective agency. Wielsch was accused of providing drugs seized by CNET to Butler who sold them to his clients. They split the profits. Also accused of narcotics and weapons violations was another former Antioch police, officer, Stephen Tanabe, who was working for the […] Read more »

ILLEGAL POLICE SEARCHES VIDEOTAPED IN SAN FRANCISCO

Criminal defense attorneys, and I suspect district attorneys and judges, have long doubted consent searches. In a consent search the police avoid getting a search warrant by obtaining consent of the person being searched or of the person in possession of the house or car. But these searches are easy to fabricate. There are often no witnesses and its the officer’s word against the defendant’s. But there is little we can do. The question at trial is not the truth […] Read more »

CALIFORNIA CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN SHERIFF’S OFFICER BEING ARRESTED

The story started out with two former Antioch, California police officers, Norman Wielsch, who was the head of the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), and Christopher Butler, who now has a private detective agency, being arrested on drug charges. It was alleged that Wielsch stole drugs from CNET and provided them to Butler who sold them and presumably shared the profits. Twenty-eight felony charges are pending against Wielsch and Butler. Dirty cops–big deal. But as the story has […] Read more »

SAN JOSE POLICE OFFICERS ATTACK UNARMED STUDENT WITH BATON AND TASER

Another police officer has been caught on a cell phone camera beating an unarmed person. San Jose officer Kenneth Siegel was called to an apartment where two roommates were fighting. He arrested Phuong Ho on assault charges. The officer claims that Ho resisted arrest but a third roommate photographed the arrest with his cell phone. It shows numerous hits with a metal baton. At least one of the hits occurred after another officer had placed Ho into handcuffs. While Siegel […] Read more »

VIDEO CAMERAS MOUNTED IN POLICE VEHICLES

Chicago mayor Richard Daley told the ABA conference this week that cameras in police cars will reduce the amount the city will have to pay out in damages for police malfeasance. He may be right. But let’s not forget the case of Raymond Bell who was arrested by Chicago police officer Joe D. Baker, a 23 year veteran of the force, for driving under the influence. According to Baker, Parker staggered when he got out of the car and could […] Read more »