Because the Rules Aren’t Supposed to Apply to Cops. Or Something

Rules are only supposed to apply to the Little People. Scathing grand jury report says police union head allowed to hinder investigations.

The grand jury said in its 46-page report that Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1 President Robert Swartzwelder acted with “deliberate malfeasance” and “utter disregard” for the policies and ethical standards of the Police Bureau following the Jan. 22, 2017, fatal police shooting of a Larimer homeowner, as well as after a non-fatal officer-involved shooting in East Liberty in April 2017.

Rules? Policies? Ethics? These are not going to stop a cop – and a union official – from protecting his own!


The Fallout from the Laquan McDonald Shooting Is Still Falling

Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald, but the crime didn’t stop with the shooting. (Or so it is alleged.) 3 cops accused in conspiracy to cover up McDonald shooting head to trial.

Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of Second Degree Murder. “The first time a Chicago Police officer had been convicted of murder in an on-duty shooting in more than 50 years.” But then there is the Blue Wall of Silence.

The indictment alleges the three men filed false reports that said McDonald assaulted Gaffney, Walsh and Van Dyke and which portrayed the 17-year-old McDonald as moving aggressively at the officers before he was shot — an account that contradicts dashboard-camera video of the shooting.

The case is an indictment of the way the department has handled accusations of misconduct, large and small, for decades, said activist and independent journalist Jamie Kalven, who sued the city to get access to the dashcam footage.

This is more than a rouge cop. This is more than one cop having a bad day. This is a group of cops wanting to make sure that a “brother in blue” didn’t have to face the consequences of his actions. Allegedly. The trial starts Tuesday.

That’s Quite a Retirement Package

Or it would have been if he didn’t get caught. Ex-Chicago police commander charged with stealing $360,000 from Social Security.

A one-page criminal information filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court accused Kenneth Johnson of bilking the Social Security Administration out of $363,064 from about June 1994 to November 2017.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who did the math.

If we’re reading this correctly, this asshole was crooked for at least 24 of his 32 years on the job – 75% of his career:

Not a cop having a bad day, if he was stealing for 24 years.

Because Some Cops Think They Can Get Away With Anything

Do you think this is the only woman he attacked? Maryland police officer accused of sexually assaulting woman during traffic stop.

The driver claimed that the officer was on duty, in uniform and in a marked cruiser when he sexually assaulted her around 1 a.m. Thursday, Prince George’s County Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said at a Monday news conference.

He’ll have his day in court. (That’s what due process is all about.) He was arrested and charged. And the department is looking into the possibility that this isn’t his first offense.

Department of Justice Boondoggles and the Smell of Corruption

I’m shocked – Shocked! – to discover corruption in the DOJ. Junket justice: How special interests pay to schmooze DOJ and FBI officials. (OK, I’m not that Shocked.)

But, in fact, there is a systemic system of gratuities invading the ranks of the DOJ, one that is sanctioned at the highest levels of the department and that involves some its most sensitive personnel.

Hundreds of pages of rarely reviewed Office of Government Ethics (OGE) filings reveal that over the past three years, DOJ under both Democratic and Republican presidents has allowed hundreds of its employees to accept free travel, lodging and food from special interests across the globe.

Special interests that may or may not be under investigation by the Justice Department.

Watch the video, it isn’t long, and it covers some history of .gov shenanigans outside of the DOJ.

He Disrespected Their Authority

They couldn’t accept that. 2 Detroit cops charged with home invasion.

2 cops are charged with home invasion, because they kicked in a door of a house without a search warrant. They also weren’t in “pursuit of a subject.” The homeowner refused them entry, and they couldn’t have that! Not OBEY the police – even illegal orders? What kind of a police state is this? </sarcasm>

“A couple cops came to the house looking for a suspect,” [the homeowner, 28-year-old Tashar] Cornelius said. “I told them the man they were looking for wasn’t here, but they refused to listen to what I was saying. They wanted to come in my house, and I told them ‘without a search warrant, you have no right to be here.’

“I guess that teed them off,” he said. “I shut the door on them, but they didn’t leave my property. They seemed convinced their suspect was here. So they kicked in the door and came in with their weapons drawn. Then they put me in handcuffs and searched the property.”

Cornelius spent 36 hours in custody, supposedly for owning an “illegal taser.” No charges were filed against him, because disrespecting the cops isn’t a real law, just the one they enforce. He is considering a suit over the violation of his rights.

The 2 are on “administrative leave.” Or as most people call it – paid vacation.

Leave Your Front Door Open. Get Shot By Police.

Cops decided that because the guy left his front door open, they were entitled to go in – no warrant – and shoot him. Why? Ask them Prosecutor: Warrantless entry that led to police shooting ‘unconstitutional’.

Two of the five officers are facing trial. (They are on administrative leave, which is bureaucratic weasel-wording for paid vacation.)

“‘The mere discovery of an ‘open door’ of a residence – absent some other reason for concern – is not, in and of itself, a circumstance that could give rise to a reasonable belief that entry is necessary to prevent harm to persons or property,’” he quoted from the court opinion.

The guy who lived there got shot, had his leg shattered and suffered a permanent, partial loss of vision. His crime? He left his front door open and then fell asleep in front of the television.