Why Do Cops Think Killing Dogs Is Just Fine?

When I first saw this story I thought it was that the dog was running free. It was not. Detroit cop fatally shoots fenced-in dog in its own yard, disturbing video shows

The dog was in a fenced in yard and was not free. While it was in conflict with a K-9, all the cop needed to do to end the conflict was pull the K-9 away from the fence.

The Detroit Police Department has defended the cop, saying she was only trying to protect the K9 officer.

I wonder. Do you suppose it is against the law in Detroit to lose control of YOUR DOG? The cops don’t have to follow the rules that everyone else does.

Now in the grand scheme of things, this story is really not that important. But the idea that cops don’t have to act reasonably is a really bad idea.

Idiot Cop STILL Hasn’t Figured Out He Is on Video

So he does something idiotic. Deputy shoves handcuffed teen against wall, threatening to show him what ‘freedom of speech is’

Charles Rhoads, a white deputy, is seen in the cellphone video this weekend arresting Kevin Wygant, a Black 19-year-old from Wellington. The teen asserts his First Amendment right, asking the deputy, “I don’t have the freedom of speech to you?”

That’s when Rhoads replied, “not to us you don’t,” and forces him, face first, against a wall. “I’m going to show you what [expletive] freedom of speech is.”

The deputy is on “administrative leave.” Doesn’t say if it is paid or unpaid.

Now he arrested this kid over a fight. But that doesn’t mean he gets a pass on being stupid. And as I’ve noted before, felony stupidity, is not a crime in Florida, though it still might cost him his job. Hard to feel sorry for him if it does.

Fingerprints? That Takes Effort

Forget all that stuff you saw on CSI, or NCIS or NYPD Blue, the Chicago PD can’t be bothered. A gun stolen, a clean set of fingerprints, and a police department won’t collect the evidence.

Police dispatch records show the officer who handled the man’s call made three attempts over an hour to get an evidence technician assigned.

“The prints are still visible,” the cop said at one point. “I thought they’d try?”

Because it is just that a firearm has been stolen. Nothing important.

Second City Cop gets the Hat tip. He notes… Fingerprints?

Here’s a dirty secret that not many people outside of the Department seem to know about:

  • 95 times out of 100, an ET will not come out unless there is someone in custody

So even if they pick this guy up tomorrow, they can’t charge him because there is literally no evidence.

It’s All About the Ratings

Justice? Safety? We are talking about LIVE Television. Sit down and shut up and let the cops be heroes on TV. Or something. They could’ve arrested him at the courthouse. Instead, deputies waited till the cameras were rolling and busted down his door..

The highly weaponized arrest came just 3½ hours after Watsky sat peacefully in a courtroom where deputies had ample opportunity to take him into custody without fanfare.

Watsky, whose alleged offense was ending an argument by hitting his roommate with a shovel, had strolled in and out of the Williamson County Justice Complex for a routine pretrial appearance that afternoon as he had done for months. He had passed through metal detectors under the watchful eyes of armed sheriff’s deputies.

But arresting him under those circumstances wouldn’t have made for good TV. Or any TV, since the cameras weren’t there. The Warrant was entered into the system as “Inactive” so that there was no chance one of the non-TV deputies would have taken him into custody. There would have been no kicking in of doors. Where is the excitement in that?

Anyway go read the whole disgusting thing. Oh, and there are probably lawsuits involved.

Former Chicago Cop Sentenced to 71 Months

He apparently didn’t think the law applied to him. Former Chicago cop sentenced to almost 6 years after stealing cash, drugs with fraudulently obtained search warrants.

David Salgado and his partner would falsify info to get a search warrant and the steal from the places they searched, and doctor the reports accordingly.

A jury found them both guilty of charges brought against them in October 2019, including conspiracy to commit theft, deprivation of civil rights, embezzlement, and obstruction of justice, officials said.

Salgado also was convicted of making false statements to the FBI.

Fruit of the War on (Some) Drugs™. (Hat tip to Second City Cop, who says “Another asshole catching serious time.”)

Two Cops That Need Reform

Do you have any faith in the “reformative nature” of the penal system? Corrupt Chicago police sergeant sentenced to more than 7 years in federal prison for falsifying search warrants, stealing drugs.

[Chicago Police Sgt. Xavier] Elizondo and his former partner, Officer David Salgado, were each found guilty by a jury last year of conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges. Elizondo was also convicted on one count of attempting to destroy evidence, while Salgado was also found guilty of one count of lying to the FBI.

Their two-week trial in October laid bare the shady world of anonymous Chicago police informants who were paid by Elizondo and Salgado to lie on search warrant affidavits presented before Cook County judges.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes Elizondo was a Chicago PD “Merit” promotion. Because only promoting based on test scores/time in grade is unfair or something. Second City Cop: Seven Years Plus

And once again, a “merit” promotion. Is it about time to see who these imprisoned “merit” picks were kicking upstairs to when they got their promotions? Because “merit” promotions are jailed at a far higher rate than their counterparts and it’s almost like they’re picked solely for their ability to be corrupt.

Another Cop Kneeling on Someone’s Neck

It seems he really was that stupid. Or that arrogant. Miami Gardens police officer arrested after video shows him with knee on woman’s neck.

That he is facing any repercussions is somewhat amazing. I guess that’s a part of the times. It’s clear he didn’t expect to have to answer for his actions.

The arrest of Safiya Satchell might have gone down as another anonymous case — were it not for the bystander video that showed a Miami Gardens police officer reach into her SUV, drag her out, press his knee on her neck and stun her twice with a Taser.

There was video, which indicates that his arrest report contained a “slew of false statements.” All charges against the woman have been dismissed. He has been charged with battery and official misconduct for the false statements. Felony Stupidity is not a crime in Florida, though he is certainly guilty of that, at least.

Cops are slow learners, apparently. 20 years (or more) gone by and they STILL haven’t figured out that they are on video. So be it. This guy will be hung out to dry, and frankly, he deserves to be. No one this boneheaded should be carrying loaded weapons around in the name of “Law Enforcement.”

Here’s a friendly tip to all LEOs everywhere. If you want to keep your pension, and your job, and avoid a few years in solitary confinement, don’t kneel on necks. You are on video. Repeat after me… You. Are. On. Video.

The War on (Some) Drugs™ and the Problems with Policing

Because the War on Drugs has been going on so long that is has become (yet another version of) Forever War. Breonna Taylor and the Moral Bankruptcy of Drug Prohibition.

First, the Quote of the Day.

She would still be alive if politicians did not insist on using violence to enforce their pharmacological prejudices.

And so now the cop who fired blindly into her apartment has lost his job. What a penalty! (I used to say, “I was looking for a job, when I found this one…” Oh, and the union will be appealing in 3, 2, …)

In the most ridiculous bit if propaganda I’ve heard in a long time, the cops say that despite the fact they had a no-knock warrant, they knocked and announced their presence. Right.

Although Hankison and his colleagues were serving a no-knock search warrant, they say they nevertheless announced themselves before breaking in the door with a battering ram—a claim that Walker and neighbors disputed. Even if the cops did identify themselves, that information could easily have been missed by terrified people awakened in the middle of the night

But nothing can stand in the way of the War on Drugs, or the War on (Some) Drugs™ because reasons. Freedom? That’s been gone for a very long time.

Historic Moments in Chicago Policing

With all the talk of Disbanding the Police (or defund or dismantle or whatever verb is popular today) there has been some reexamination of the past. In an article about the former Police Chief of Atlanta, Erika Shields, Chicago’s Garry McCarthy was mentioned. During and after the Laquan McDonald shooting McCarthy was the Police Superintendent who was basically stonewalling over releasing the video. He left shortly after the video was released to the public.

But that is only recent memory, and political. Chicago has many examples that are just bad cops, operating in packs, never expecting the law to apply to them, or that they will be called to account for their actions. So over the top, that no one wants to defend their actions. No one sane, anyway.

The most famous example is probably Jon Burge et al. Chicago inquiry: Police tortured blacks from NBC News published in 2006.

Special prosecutors investigating allegations that police tortured nearly 150 black suspects in the 1970s and ’80s said Wednesday they found evidence of abuse, but any crimes are now too old to prosecute.

In three of the cases, the prosecutors said the evidence was strong enough to have warranted indictments and convictions.

A group of cops, under the Command of Jon Burge, and known as The Midnight Crew from Area Two conducted a long-standing campaign of torturing confessions out of “suspects.” This was in the late 1970s and 1980s. Richard Brzeczek, one-time Superintendent of Police in Chicago was canned in 1983 for “dereliction of duty.” He basically ignored what Jon Burge was doing at the time, even when there was an “investigation.” (Cops investigating cops? What could go wrong?)

In the end it was SO awful, that a Republican governor commuted all the death sentences in Illinois, because some of the people who “confessed” had ended up on death row. DNA took care of some of it, but there wasn’t always DNA to compare.

The State’s Attorney’s office in Cook County has always maintained they never knew what was going on, but few people believe them.

That era brought about what was probably the first attempt at reform in Chicago. Fred Rice Jr. became the first African American to be Superintendent of Police in Chicago in 1983. He was Brzeczek’s replacement. Rice held that job for a little more than 4 years, and mostly seems to have done a decent job. He was one of the very few in recent memory to retire from that position and not to leave in the midst of some scandal. It doesn’t seem to have helped much.

While Jon Burge & Co. got some national attention, The Special Operations Section didn’t get much national coverage. (Or at least I don’t think it did.) Scandals Bring Down Chicago’s Elite Police Unit. That article is from NPR, published in 2007.

The Chicago Police Department is disbanding its elite Special Operations Section. Seven officers have been charged with robbery and kidnapping.

Because some things are Over the Top, even in Chicago.

One S.O.S. officer allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill a fellow S.O.S. officer who was cooperating with an investigation into the unit.

Because the rats deserve to die. Or something. You don’t think the law is supposed to apply to the Cops, do you? They certainly don’t think it should.

While I remember that the charges were brought and the unit disbanded, I honestly don’t know who was convicted of what, or if anyone was convicted of anything. It did result in another Superintendent of Police, Phil Cline, leaving office. Well okay, he wasn’t fired; he retired in the middle of a scandal. Big difference? You be the judge on that.

The debate (I hesitate to call it that) about police reform has devolved into a shouting match, as these things usually do, between the “tear it down” camp, and “support the police” camp. Nuance is a 20th Century concept, or maybe 19th Century. Some cops deserve to be supported. Cops like Jon Burge not so much.

So what is the answer? I don’t know. As I mentioned Chicago has been trying to “reform” the police in one way or another since 1983. And they have gotten somewhere. Look at the number of police shootings this year (or last year) compared to 10 years ago. I don’t think they will ever drop to zero. Two guys were shot this month while trying to run over a cop, with a car. Before that the most recent police shooting in Chicago was in March. So that is progress, though crime is worse than it was over that period as well. So no, I don’t have the answers. But the city has been under the control of the Democratic party for nearly 90 years. (The last Republican to be mayor, “Big Bill” Thompson, left office in 1931), so I’m reasonably sure that the Democrats don’t know what to do, either.

Now I write about Chicago politics, and Chicago police and the state of Chicago pensions, probably more than I should. But I loved that city. The architecture is amazing, and the energy used be great. I loved that city, and would spend my free time at the clubs, at the museums, at the theaters. But it is gone far downhill.

[The hat tip goes to Beachwood Reporter, though I can’t really recommend the post. It rambles a bit, though it has a lot more on the History of Police Superintendents in Chicago, and even a bit of The Scorpions playing at 1979’s Chicagofest music festival. (Audio quality is not the greatest, even if you like The Scorpions.) Still, it does ramble on as well.]

Why Are Cops So Well Protected?

Between Qualified Immunity and the Unions and their bosses, they generally face no repercussions. Fort Lauderdale cop who shoved demonstrator has 79 complaints for excessive force. Why is he still on the streets? | Editorial.

Two incidents, one you may have seen on video, from Ft Lauderdale, Florida.

First the one you may have seen.

As Steven Pohorence waded through demonstrators kneeling on the ground Sunday, a black female teenager was blocking his path. He allegedly brusquely shoved her onto the pavement. All hell then broke loose in the crowd, …. We commend a fellow officer, a black woman named Krystle Smith, for getting in Pohorence’s face and removing him from the scene.

There was no investigation, even though it is clear people knew who he was. There is now an investigation because of the outcry on social media. That cop, Steven Pohorence, went out of his way to create an incident, and only one cop thought that was a problem.

After that the cops shot teargas at the crowd, of what had been peaceful protestors, and LaToya Ratlieff was shot in the face with a rubber bullet while she was running away. (Cops lied about that at first as well.)

Ratlieff, 34 and a grant writer, had been on her knees, demonstrating peacefully and urging others around her to stay calm. That’s when police launched tear gas into the crowd. By all accounts, she was making her escape when she was targeted and shot by an officer who has neither been identified nor relieved of duty.

Expecting anything to come of either incident is wishful thinking. Cops are almost never called to account for their actions.

For some info on qualified immunity, see this link.

Qualified Immunity – The Disaster Imposed by SCOTUS

JusticeUsually nothing happens to cops when they behave badly; that is because of “qualified immunity.” Cops Kill Because We Gave Them The Legal Framework to Do It.

Get rid of that, and they would stop doing a lot of things.

In the wake of the Civil War, freed southern blacks were terrorized by lynch mobs and other attackers. Congress responded to Ku Klux Klan violence against freed southern blacks by enacting the Civil Rights Act of 1871 to authorize lawsuits against any person acting “under color of” law who causes a “deprivation of any rights… secured by the Constitution and laws.” But in a series of decisions beginning in 1967, the Supreme Court gutted that law by permitting police and other government agents to claim they acted in “good faith” when violating citizens’ rights. In 1982, the Supreme Court granted government officials immunity unless they violated “clearly established statutory or constitutional rights of which a reasonable person would have known.”

Regardless of centuries of court rulings that clearly demarcated citizens’ constitutional rights, the Supreme Court decided government officials deserved “qualified immunity” unless a prior court case had condemned almost exactly the same abusive behavior. Federal judge Don Willett declared in 2018 that “qualified immunity smacks of unqualified impunity, letting public officials duck consequences for bad behavior—no matter how palpably unreasonable—as long as they were the first to behave badly.”

Qualified immunity was a series of bad decisions, but because of Stare Decisis, the legal doctrine which says a bad decision is better than a good law, the Courts created a whole series of protections for cops, doing just about anything they want. It isn’t right, and it isn’t making society a better place. But the legislature can’t fix this. Because the justices on the SCOTUS have appointed themselves our dictatorial rulers.

People always ask, “How do we fix this?” Well one place to start would be with qualified immunity. Anyway, go read the whole thing. You won’t be disappointed.

And while you’re at it, you can consider a case from last year, that you probably didn’t hear about, that has many similarities to the George Floyd case. Police laughed and joked as he lost consciousness in handcuffs. Minutes later, he died.

The evidence unearthed by Vicki Timpa and her lawyers, along with the Morning News and NBC5, has led to an excessive force lawsuit in federal court and an indictment of three of the officers involved, Kevin Mansell, Danny Vasquez and Dustin Dillard. In March, the Dallas County district attorney dismissed the charges against them, and they returned to active duty the next month.

Professionalism in Policing

Facepalm X 2Because between the Breonna Taylor screw up and the George Floyd execution, they don’t already look like a bunch of jackbooted thugs with sub-par intelligence. Some genius needs to add to the mix. Louisville PD apologizes for targeting news crew at protest.

A police officer was seen on camera firing what appeared to be pepper balls at a news crew during a live television broadcast of the second night of Louisville protests, prompting an apology from the Louisville Metro Police Department.

But have no fear. The cops are going to look into it, and “if [they] need to do any investigation for discipline,” it will happen. What could go wrong?

4 Cops Fired in Death of George Floyd

It’s a first step. Must not be the last step. 4 Minneapolis police officers fired following death of George Floyd in police custody.

My only prediction, is that within whatever required time-frame applies, the union will sue to get their jobs back based on the fact that they weren’t given an opportunity to defend themselves. Or something along those lines.

Crime In Chicago Must Be Under Control

Since the Mayor seems to think the best use for cops is to violate the First Amendment. Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Defies President Trump — Sends Armed Police Squad to Shut Down Black Baptist Church in Southside Chicago.

And while I applaud the fact that Trump thinks churches and houses of worship are “essential,” I would be more impressed if Mayor Lightfoot, et al would respect the Constitution, and our Liberty.

On Sunday the Chicago mayor defied President Trump and sent an armed police squad to a Black Baptist Church on the Southside of Chicago.

Anti-Christian bias is OK with the media, I guess, because no one from the MSM seems to care. Though if a white politician did this, I think the press would have a field day.

But then we know that Crime in Chicago is NOT under control. So maybe this is supposed to be a distraction from the failed state that is the Windy City.

And why are cops tearing up the Constitution? Because they are mostly thugs, and they are worried about their pensions. (In Chicago, they need to be worried, since the pension funds are broke.) They are happy to break up Jewish services in New York City. They are happy to stop Christians in Chicago. Cops from all over the country were more than happy to tear up the 2nd Amendment after Hurricane Katrina. (All it took was an order from The Sheriff!) Protect the Constitution? Obey Their Authority!

White Cop Pins a Black Man to the Ground by Putting His Knee on the Man’s Neck

In what world is that correct police procedure? ‘I can’t breathe’: Man dies after pleading with officer during Minneapolis arrest.

Is anyone shocked that kneeling on a man’s throat leads to suffocation and death?

A man appearing to yell “I can’t breathe” as a Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground and put his knee on the man’s neck for about eight minutes died Monday night, prompting the FBI and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to step in and investigate.

This all took place in Bright Blue Minneapolis, in Deep Blue Minnesota. Media will declare this to be Trump’s fault as soon as they figure out how to spin it.

Onlookers outside the Minneapolis deli urge the officer to get off the man.

“You’re stopping his breathing right now, you think that’s cool?” one man says. “His nose is bleeding, look at his nose!” says a woman.

The officer doesn’t budge.

And since this is 2020 it is all caught on video, including him saying he cannot breath. There is no penalty too severe for that idiot cop and his partner. Though I doubt Minnesota has Capital Punishment. Cold Blooded Murder.

I realize that a lot of cops are thugs, even if they didn’t start out that way, but they should really not be murderers.

Cop Kept “Explicit” Photos of Blackmailed Coed

Nothing says professionalism like voyeurism. The title to this post could include “soon-to-be-dead Coed.” University of Utah police officer showed off explicit photos of Lauren McCluskey to his co-worker. I could also include a pejorative adjective to describe the cop, but I leave that you to fill in.

In case you’re confused, University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey was murdered in October of 2018. Prior to the murder, the guy would later kill her, hacked her files and got some “explicit” photos that she had of herself. The hacker blackmailed her for $1000.

There is a lesson in bad judgement there, and another in computer security.

Scared by the demand, she paid the money and then sent copies of the messages and the pictures to the campus police department as evidence.

When Miguel Deras, one of the officers assigned to her case, received them, he saved the photos on his personal phone. And days before McCluskey was killed by the man who was blackmailing her, Deras showed off at least one of the images to a male co-worker and bragged about getting to look at them whenever he wanted, according to two fellow officers.

Only now has the University admitted this happened and opened an internal-affairs investigation. Cops investigating cops? What could go wrong? I mean it only took 2 years for the incident to come to anyone’s attention. (Hat tip to The Other McCain.)

NYPD Cop Charged with Murder

Could it be that he thought he was somehow above the law? NYPD rookie cop, 26, charged with murder ‘after he shot his best friend dead’

Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said Allen pulled out a gun and shot Curro, a friend since childhood, twice in the head and twice in the neck as they engaged in a struggle.

There is some disagreement about why the shooting. Over a woman? To protect someone? So whether or not this turns out to be justified in the long-run, at least they are trying to present an appearance of even-handedness. (Do you think they would have waited 10 days to make an arrest if the shooter had not been a cop?)

Another Wrinkle in the Death of Breonna Taylor

Cops are pulling out all the stops to say, “It’s not our fault!” on this one. The Journal of Steffanie Rivers: Death By Association.

Cops are saying, that in-spite of the fact that they had obtained a no-knock warrant, they knocked and announced themselves multiple times.

And how did police execute the warrant at Taylor’s apartment? Even though they showed up in plain-clothes with a ‘no-knock’ warrant, Louisville police claimed they knocked several times. Raid squads don’t knock. Witnesses said they never heard police announce themselves. I believe the witnesses.

I have to say, I agree. If they were willing to knock-and-announce, why get a no-knock warrant? Are all warrants in Louisville no-knock by convention these days? (I’m old enough to remember when we were promised that such warrants would only be used in extreme circumstances.)

There isn’t much new in this story other than that tidbit. The guy they were looking for had been arrested hours earlier in another part of town. But they couldn’t let a no-knock warrant go to waste. Or something.

The War on (Some) Drugs&trade is a war, and Truth is the first casualty.

Cops Wouldn’t Lie to Get a Warrant. Would They?

Of course they would. ‘FALSE INFORMATION’ ‘No suspected drug packages to justify warrant’ to raid home of black hero nurse shot dead by police.

This is about the death of Breonna Taylor.

First up we should note that the guy they were looking for was arrested earlier in the day 10 miles away. He had been involved with Ms. Taylor – 2 years ago.

Then there is the evidence used to get the no-knock warrant.

The same detective said he had verified “through a US Postal Inspector” that Glover had been receiving packages at her address.

But a Louisville postal inspector, Tony Gooden, told a local news station that Louisville police did not check with his office about Breonna’s apartment.

He said another law enforcement agency had asked his office in January to investigate for suspicious mail arriving at her home, but they concluded there were none.

“There’s no packages of interest going there,” Gooden told WDRB News on Friday.

Oops. The cops have been in cover-up mode since they killed this innocent woman. Because Lies followed by death don’t look good. To anyone.

Perjury charges. Loss of pension. Jail time. I don’t expect anything to happen to these cops. The are fighting the War on (Some) Drugs™ and there are bound to be problems in war. Truth is the first casualty.

Cops Get Address Wrong on Another Warrant

They kill a resident who thought they were burglars. Woman shot and killed by police who entered wrong home, family says.

A woman was shot and killed in her Louisville, Kentucky, home by police executing a “botched” search warrant who forced their way in, surprising the woman and her boyfriend who thought the officers were burglars, her family says in a lawsuit.

When are cops going to learn to read a map? This isn’t the first time they barged into the wrong home. Probably won’t be the last.