Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown has fired or disciplined 27 officers and employees in the last year. And every time he brings down the hammer, he announces it on Facebook and Twitter, specifying exactly who the men and women are and what they did. On Dec. 30, it was five officers and a 911 call operator.
I have terminated 911 Call Taker Moises Limon today for driving while under the influence and not reporting his arrest to his supervisor.
DEC 30, 2013 17:45 UTC@DPDCHIEF
I have terminated SC Frank Della for public intoxication, damaging a person's property, and making offensive contact with a person.
DEC 30, 2013 17:48 UTC@DPDCHIEF
I have terminated SC William Wesley for his involvement in a domestic disturbance which resulted in a police response.
DEC 30, 2013 17:54 UTC@DPDCHIEF
I have terminated Sgt. Rafael Rodriguez for his involvement in a domestic disturbance which resulted in a police response.
DEC 30, 2013 18:12 UTC@DPDCHIEF
I have demoted SC Reynolds for failing to aid a fellow officer who was nearby requesting help with a combative prisoner.
DEC 30, 2013 18:48 UTC@DPDCHIEF
I have terminated SC Amy Wilburn today for firing her weapon upon an unarmed person without fear or justification.
Back in September of 2011, a dash cam video captured what Precinct 4 Harris County Deputy Constable Jimmy Drummond would have never wanted the public to see. During a traffic stop, Drummond can be seen beating a man, as well as the man’s family who attempted to intervene. Following the scuffle, the man’s ribs were broken, his father's face was bruised and his mother was dragged.
This week, a grand jury has indicted Jimmy Drummond on one count of official oppression, which could result in one year in jail and a $4,000 fine if convicted.
Eighty retired New York City police officers and firefighters were charged on Tuesday in one of the largest Social Security disability frauds ever, a sprawling decades-long scheme in which false mental disability claims by as many as 1,000 people cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, according to court papers.
"Do you know what the speed limit is here, Germany Boy?"
"Why are driving in my country"
"You know what happens to nice boys like you in jail? *** will be hurting for a month"
"I suggest you slow down, or you will get violated"
Baca's decision comes a month after federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against 18 current and former sheriff's deputies accused of beating jail inmates and visitors, trying to obstruct the FBI and other crimes following an investigation of corruption inside the nation's largest jail system.
Take a look at the photograph above. It shows a former police officer in an orange jumpsuit making a court appearance to face a felony charge of evidence tampering, as well as misdemeanor obstruction and theft. I hope that police around the nation will see this image (which comes from here) and realize that this is what can happen when they try to seize and destroy photographs or video taken by others.
The charges arise from an incident—now subject of a lawsuit by the ACLU of Nebraska—that started when a man, Octavius Johnson, questioned why his family’s cars were being towed, and ended up with excessive force, a warrantless search and seizure, and the charges mentioned above. Although two of Johnson’s brothers filmed the incident, it may well have never come to light had not a third person, filming from an upper window in a house across the street, also recorded the incident (YouTube video here).