Landry Thompson’s mother had signed notarized papers giving dance instructor Emmanuel Hurd full guardianship over her during a trip from Oklahoma to Houston for training, according to KHOU.
“We were on the GPS trying to figure out where the hotel was,” Hurd recalled. “They just pulled us out of the car and put our hands behind our backs like we were criminals.”
“The officer asked me ‘who’s the girl?’ and I said ‘she’s my student,’” Hurd continued. “I told him I had a notarized letter from her parents stating that we have full guardianship over her while we’re here.”
All three told the police the same story, but the officers apparently weren’t buying it.
Thompson’s mother, Destiny, was shocked when she found out that her daughter had been placed in the care of Child Protective Services.
“She was with the people I wanted her to be with,” the mother remarked. “She was with people I trusted. And now she was taken away from those people and in a shelter with people I didn’t know.”
At first officials reportedly demanded that the mother fly to Houston to get her daughter, but 11 hours later, the girl was released back into the custody of Hurd.
Destiny Thompson insisted that the police owed her and her daughter an apology. However, the department refused to comment for KHOU’s report.
A 12-year-old girl got a series of text messages this summer from her mother's boyfriend, Woodstock police Sgt. Charles "Chip" Amati, according to copies of the messages obtained by the Tribune.
One message, punctuated with a text emoticon shaped like a heart, read, "Send me some sexy pictures!"
The girl's mother said she alerted authorities, and Illinois State Police investigators discovered something else — that Amati had used a taxpayer-funded law enforcement database to research his girlfriend's criminal record, a police report shows. Officers who use the database for personal reasons can be charged with official misconduct, a felony, state police said.
But McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi has not charged Amati. After a departmental inquiry, Amati, a 24-year veteran and one of the city's highest-paid employees, was suspended without pay for 30 days, though he can take them one at a time at the department's discretion within a year, police Chief Robert Lowen said.
Initial evidence indicates that Trooper Travis Beebe, who destroyed his State Patrol car in a multivehicle crash Friday afternoon east of Port Angeles, caused the wreck, a patrol spokesman said Monday.
“The initial indications from the scene are that Trooper Beebe was the causing driver in the collision while attempting to overtake a speeding vehicle, and lost control of his vehicle,” Sgt. Jason Hicks said.
Beebe, 39, who works out of the State Patrol's Port Angeles station, will be back on duty Wednesday while agency officials continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collision, Hicks said.
The second highest in Ohio decided on Wednesday that police have no business searching a motorist during a routine traffic stop for being too polite. The Court of Appeals suppressed the evidence that allowed police to seize a .40 caliber Sig Sauer and a small bag of marijuana from Joshua A. Fontaine at 2:27 am on December 12, 2012.
On that day, Ohio State Highway patrolman Jared Haslar was running a speed trap on Pearl Road in Strongsville, where the speed limit is 35 MPH. Patrolman Haslar claims his radar gun clocked Fontaine at 45 MPH, so he pulled him over. In the course of the stop, Fontaine cheerfully handed over his license, proof of insurance, and registration. This caused the officer to suspect criminal activity.
"While speaking to Mr. Fontaine I felt that his body language and his behavior was a little bit unusual," Patrolman Haslar testified. "He was extremely -- like almost overly polite, and he was breathing heavily at times while I was talking to him."
Patrolman Derek Feierabend was called in to bring a drug dog to sniff Fontaine's car while Patrolman Haslar wrote out a warning for speeding. Fontaine was ordered out of his car and searched for weapons.
"It's an officer's safety issue for the canine handler as he's walking the dog around because his attention is focused on running the dog around the vehicle, conducting a sniff, and it's difficult to be watching a person inside the vehicle and do the job with the canine as well," Patrolman Haslar testified.
The dog identified the small bag of marijuana in Fontaine's glove compartment. The three-judge appellate panel considered only the question of whether the initial search of Fontaine's car violated the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches. The court found that as soon as Patrolman Haslar finished writing the warning, he could not justify the search for drugs without some evidence that criminal activity was afoot.
"And here, we find that no such evidence exists," Judge Mary J. Boyle concluded. "We agree with the trial court that 'overly polite' and 'heavy breathing' are not sufficient indicators that give rise to a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. These factors considered collectively simply do not support such a finding. Since Patrolman Haslar did not have a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity to warrant the canine sniff, the prolonged detention to do so violated Fontaine's constitutional Fourth Amendment rights."
In his part of the courtroom theater, Cicinelli defense lawyer Michael Schwartz admitted cops used force on Thomas but, despite him falling silent during the attack and lying in a huge pool of his own blood, he was medically fine when EMT's put him into an ambulance.
Schwartz also argued that gruesome hospital photographs of Thomas have given the false impression that police were brutal when, he insists, most of the external damage was simply superficial bruising.
But, like the defense line in the Haidl Gang Rape that the victim asked to be raped to start a **** career, Schwartz is asking jurors to declare that Thomas killed himself and police, his close companions during his final minutes alive, neither contributed to the death nor committed any criminal acts.
His line--delivered without cracking a smile--was that an "overexerting," 37-year-old Thomas beat himself to death by struggling with concerned, compassionate officers.
Yeah, I worked at a private facility and one of the things that brings in a LOT of money is holding PC (protective custody) inmates. The facility I worked at did this and had to ship off a bunch of regular inmates. That left our total population lower, but the PC brought in more money, so it wasn't that big of a deal. If some of those private facilities can't accept PC and they are not full of regular, then they won't be turning as big a profit. That is why they sued, in my opinion.
She wanted deputies to “check the welfare of her roommate who was suffering a mental health crisis and had a firearm,” ....
“Deputies were able to get the female out of the house safely and confirmed with her that Mr. Mitchell was suicidal, armed with a firearm and barricaded inside the residence. Deputies attempted to talk Mr. Mitchell out, but the attempts were unsuccessful,” ...
Due to the threat posed by Mitchell, nearby homes were evacuated, school buses were diverted and the SWAT team was called in.
In an attempt to communicate with Mitchell, SWAT members sent a robot into the home, but Mitchell shot it, disabling the cameras, Rodriguez said.
SWAT members then shot chemical agents into the home. When Mitchell fired at deputies outside the home, he was shot and killed by Sgt. Derek Tyra, a 14-year veteran of the department, Rodriguez said. Mitchell died sometime before 5:30 p.m.
What about the threat posed by being within firing distance of a SWAT team that has nothing better to do?
I would love to read a much more analytical article about private prisons that isn't so riddled with obvious bias and a specific political agenda. I imagine there is probably some shady **** going on, as with any govt contract, but I bet a fair amount of these minimum occupancy clauses merely state that the facility must be paid a certain amount guaranteed in order to cover its fixed costs regardless of its occupancy. This would be the case for a facility that was state that run as well so it is probably not as crazy as it sounds.
I bet a fair amount of these minimum occupancy clauses merely state that the facility must be paid a certain amount guaranteed in order to cover its fixed costs regardless of its occupancy. This would be the case for a facility that was state that run as well so it is probably not as crazy as it sounds.
When a privately owned prison doesn't have enough inmates to cover overhead, they charge an inflated rate because of the minimum occupancy clause, which prompts local governments to crack down to fill the prison, rather than try to get out of the X year contract with the corrections company with a massive contract termination penalty.
Edit: Just did a quick read through of a CCA contract. Free to terminate within 90 days notice with no penalty. Probably not the same for every district, but curious.
Well I'm just glad all of these maniacs are being punished with the severe penalties of remaining on the job while being investigated, or even worse for them... shorts terms of probation and suspension. WHERE IS THE GODDAMN ACCOUNTABILITY!? That's all I want.
WHERE IS THE GODDAMN ACCOUNTABILITY!? That's all I want.
Everyone is held accountable. A group of cops called Internal Affairs comes in and reviews the situation, and (in order to preserve the thin blue line) finds every situation justified. They then reinstate the officer with pay and everything is hunkey dorey. Then the 'guilty' party (or their family) sues in civil court, who upholds that the taxpayer must pay millions of dollars for a justified bit of police activity.
Now, if a group of, let's say 12, non-police citizens got together to review these "justified incidents" then not all of them would be found to be justified, and that would undermine police power on the public record. And we can't have anyone undermining their authoritah.
Pulled from reddit. I just happened to come across this and it is relevant. Not sure how many people are actually fired but I learned a lot more about the process.
"The myth I see the most of reddit is that when officers get in trouble, they just get "paid vacation."
When an accusation of misconduct comes up, especially criminal misconduct, the officer is placed on Administrative Leave with pay. This is NOT the punishment. This is to get them off the streets while the investigation is being conducted, while at the same time, not punishing them (financially at least) until the accusations are investigated and proven. When an accusation of Police Misconduct is investigated, there are TWO separate investigations. One is an Administrative Investigation, the other is a Criminal Investigation. They have to be separate because of Garrity
Garrity is like the evil twin of Miranda for government employees, mostly police. After the Garrity admonitions are read to us, we MUST answer all questions, and MUST answer them truthfully. If we refuse to answer, or lie, we can be fired just for lying or refusing to answer. That completely violates our 5th Amendment Right against self incrimination. Because of that, nothing said after Garrity can be used against us in criminal court. It can only be used in administrative actions against our employment.
Therefore, two separate investigations are conducted. An Administrative Investigation where they read us Garrity, and a Criminal Investigation where they read us Miranda. Nothing found in the administrative investigation can be used against us in the criminal, but things found in the criminal CAN be used against us in the administrative. So the criminal is usually done first, then the administrative afterwards. Because the administrative is usually done after the criminal, that's why it often takes time for the firing to happen, because the firing won't happen until after the Administrative. While that seem strange to the lamen, if the Administrative was done first, and officer could say "Yeah I stole the money" under Garrity and it couldn't be used against him in court. But if the criminal is done first, and he says "Yeah I stole the money" after miranda, it can be used to prosecute him AND to fire him.
Once the two investigations are complete, THEN the punishment is handed down if the charges are sustained. Media articles don't always follow up on the case, so all people read in papers is "officer got in trouble, is on paid leave." Administrative Leave is just the beginning, not the end of the story. Even then, the Administrative Leave isn't fun. The take your badge and gun and you are basically on house arrest between the hours of 8am and 5pm on weekdays. You cannot leave your home without permission of your superiors, even it its just to go down the street to the bank or grocery store. You must be available to come into the office immediately at any time for questioning, polygraphs, or anything else involved in the investigation. Drink a beer? That's consuming alcohol on duty, you're fired. So even when officers are cleared of the charges and put back on the street, Admin. Leave still isn't "paid vacation.""