More Proof British Cops Don’t Care About Rape

It is barely a crime in the UK. If you gauge by how often it is prosecuted. Britain’s most dangerous rapist Joseph McCann who went on a sickening cocaine-fuelled rampage after being wrongly released from jail TWICE and was found by police in a tree is guilty of sex attacks on 11 victims including boy, 11, and woman, 71.

In this case, the bit of proof that British cops don’t give a damn about rape:

He’d been twice released from jail, the second time without parole board hearing

The Mail is “charitable,” and says that the cops were not evil, just stupid. They can be both.

When the cops initiated the high speed chase, they had interrupted his attack on two 14-year-olds.

He will probably face a “life sentence.” But in the United Kingdom, “Life” is not life. Not usually. So while the judge can decide he will die in prison, that doesn’t usually happen, and he will likely be eligible for parole eventually. (Keeping dangerous criminals off the street is “uncivilized,” or something.)

Accountability in the Chicago PD?

Who’d a thunk it? Chicago police commander who had underlings babysit son is demoted by interim Superintendent Charlie Beck.

Superintendent Eddie “Special Ed” Johnson was fired for lying to Da Mayor (and the people) about an incident where he passed out behind the wheel of his SUV. And just like that, the dominoes start to fall.

Grand Central District Cmdr. Anthony Escamilla, whom the city’s inspector general accused of misleading investigators about directing on-duty officers under him to babysit his son with special needs, was stripped of his position.

And with that “incentive” About 20 Top-Ranking CPD Officers Plan To Retire In Wake Of Former Supt. Eddie Johnson’s Firing.

According to Second City Cop (who gets the Hat tip on that 2nd link) there is more to come.

  • There was ZERO reason to go from six Deputy Chiefs to eighteen
  • There is no need to have commanders in charge of units of less than two-hundred-fifty officers
  • Homan Square needs to be subjected to an efficiency review and about five-hundred bodies reassigned to District patrol

The Chicago PD has its problems. But like most organizations problems start with management. And certainly there are bad cops. I’ve documented any number of them both here and at the archives. But Chicago needs the police to solve crime, get criminals off the street and hopefully restore some semblance of civilization. And that wasn’t happening under Special Ed.

Cops NEVER Use Drop Guns to Justify a Shooting

No that would never happen, especially in a place like Chicago, where the cops have Never crossed any lines. Never ever. </sarcasm> Gun from Chicago buy-back program found near dead gang member in police shooting.

According to an AGG report, William Stewart Boyd traded his father’s old .38 caliber Smith & Wesson snub nose for less than $100 in a gun buyback in 2004. It was supposed to be destroyed, but somehow the same handgun with serial number J515268 was found next to a dead body involved in a police shooting eight years later.

William Stewart Boyd isn’t just an average man-off-the-street. He’s a judge in Cook County. In his quote he seems genuinely shocked to discover that Chicago PD appears to be up to No Good. Maybe he hasn’t been in Cook County very long. (Or he might have heard of Jon Burge and his midnight crew, the Special Operations Section of Chicago PD, the shaking-down of tow-truck-drivers, etc.) Hat tip to Bacon Time, who says This May Be The Worst Gun Story Of The Decade.

Hialeah Cop Gets Pass on Sexual Battery

JusticeCops and prosecutors protecting their own. (Justice? What’s that?) Women and girls said a Hialeah cop sexually assaulted them. The chief gave him a raise.. (For those of you who are challenged by the subject of Florida geography, Hialeah is a suburb of Miami.)

Starting in 2015, internal affairs investigators gathered evidence that Menocal had committed “unlawful sexual activity” with minors, a second-degree felony, and had broken more than 20 departmental rules and policies. The evidence was handed to Velázquez and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office — but neither the police chief nor prosecutors acted to punish him.

Far from disciplining Menocal, whose well-connected family has held high-ranking positions in South Florida law enforcement, Velázquez gave him a raise — and moved him back onto the SWAT team as a coordinator.

Rules apply to the little people, not the cops. And especially not if his family is “well-connected.” (Hat tip to Wirecutter.)

“Some animals are more equal than others.”

A sure sign that you live in a police state is the existence of two sets of rules: one for the cops, and one for the little people. Police Officers Accused of Domestic Violence Can Plead Down Charges — and Keep Their Guns.

A VOSD review of domestic violence-related cases involving police officers in San Diego County over the last decade found that prosecutors often find themselves on the opposing end of orders allowing cops to go back to work with their guns. Sometimes, though, prosecutors put up no fight at all.

Justice? Serve and Protect? They have to protect their own, before the rest of us come into consideration.

A one time occurrence? Look at the story of Drew Peterson, a cop in suburban Chicago, who was convicted of murdering one of his wives, only after his last wife went missing. Lots of calls to 911 resulted in not a single police report. Gee, I wonder why.

And since I doubt people read Animal Farm anymore, here is some info on where that title comes from.

Cops and Their Shoot-first Policy

Over nothing, or an open door, people are getting killed. ‘Egregious’: Medical alerts, tripped alarms and open doors have all gotten people killed by police at their homes.

You shouldn’t be killed because you left your front door open on a warm evening. But that’s exactly what happened to Atatiana Jefferson.

Dick Tench was shot because the Medical Alert on his mother-in-law’s cellphone went off, by accident, around midnight. When a flashlight was shown in through the window, he assumed someone was up to no-good, and armed himself. He was shot shortly after that. Because of a fucking medical alert.

Tench says the deputy who shot him never announced himself as law enforcement before he opened fire. In Jefferson’s case, the officer failed to identify himself as police and shot her less than a second after screaming, “Put your hands up. Show me your hands,” according to police officials.

More than one cop on the scene? They will be shouting conflicting orders at you. Because training doesn’t include “only one set of instructions.” Training doesn’t include much, it seems.

They “feared for their lives.” Because they never thought being a cop should be dangerous. Or something. And yes, I get it. Cops have a dangerous job. More truck-drivers die on the job every year. And the fact that cops have a dangerous job doesn’t mean they get to shoot at everyone in America who is exercising their Second Amendment rights.

Fort Worth to Review Police Procedures in Wake of Atatiana Jefferson Shooting

Good. Someone needs to stop cops from killing people for the crime of owning guns. Fort Worth City Manager Appoints Outside Panel to Review Police Department.

Mayor Betsy Price called for the review after an officer shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson in her home last month.

I’m sure the cops will be suitably outraged when they are told to not shoot first and ask questions later. Or something.

NYPD Cop Steals Cash from Undercover Officer

Putting the Criminal in “Criminal Justice System.” NYPD officer suspected of stealing from suspects caught taking cash from undercover cop in sting operation, sources say.

Do you think the rules apply to cops? Because he clearly didn’t think so.

A Manhattan cop under investigation for allegedly stealing money from people he’s arrested wound up taking cash from the wrong suspect — an undercover officer posing as a drunken driver, police sources said.

Joseph Stokes, who’s assigned to the 7th Precinct on the Lower East Side, was busted Tuesday after the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau set up a sting, sources said.

That’s Grand Larceny. Not that justice has been served yet, but I don’t think there is 100 percent chance that he won’t get away with a slap on the wrist. Because while internal affairs may have arrested him, I’m fairly certain that a lot of cops don’t think they should have.

Cops Shoot Fleeing Kid in Back of Head

They sat on the video as long as they could, but discovery is a thing in the American legal system. Shooting an unarmed teen in the back of the head was justified, police said. Then video emerged.

Murrietta-Golding, 16, takes eight steps before the officer fires a bullet that shatters the teenager’s head, just above his brain stem.

He died three days later in a hospital.

Cops were searching for his brother when they shot him. Not him.

At the time of the shooting, cops said they “feared for their lives” because he reached for his waistband. He was holding up his pants and running away. He was really executed because he disrespected their authority.

Chandler [an attorney] was denied access to the surveillance video by police and city officials, he said, and received it only as part of the trial’s discovery process.

Former Fort Worth Cop Charged With Murder

JusticeHe resigned on Monday. Former cop who killed black woman in her home charged with murder.

The video released by police shows two officers searching the home from the outside with flashlights before one shouts, “Put your hands up, show me your hands.” One shot is then fired through a window. The officer does not identify himself as police.

I can recommend an opinion piece in the National Review. When Cops Create Their Own Risk, Innocent People Die for Their Mistakes.

The video is puzzling and shocking. After receiving a call to a non-emergency number requesting that police check on a neighbor’s house that had its doors open and its lights on, police approach silently. They look into an open door and into a brightly lit room, but they don’t say anything. They then creep around the house, moving from light to dark. They use a flashlight. They keep moving around the edges of the house.

Suddenly, in a mere moment, one of them spots movement in a window. The officer yells for the shadowy figure to put up her hands and then immediately fires a shot.

That also covers other incidents, where people were given conflicting and impossible instructions by cops, and then shot for noncompliance. With impossible instructions.

Another Dead Homeowner, Executed in Her Own Home

Because of an open door, and cop doing a “welfare check.” Texas police officer shoots woman to death inside her home.

A neighbor called about an open door. He shot the homeowner thru the window. They say “a gun was in the house” but they don’t say she was armed when she was executed for the crime of being a black homeowner in her own home.

he officer, who has been with the department since April 2018, was placed on administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation. The department’s major case and internal affairs units and the Tarrant County district attorney’s law-enforcement incident team will conduct the investigation.

I predict that nothing will come of the investigation. Because why would it. All he did was execute one of the Little People.

New York’s Finest? Not Hardly

An NYPD screwup two-fer.

This guy is not the sharpest tool in the shed. NYPD cop points gun at waitress’s head in Queens karaoke lounge: police sources

Two cops go out for drinks after shift.

At one point in the night, one of the lounge’s waitresses noticed Hyun Kim’s gun and asked if he was a “gangster,” according to sources.

“No, I’m a cop and this is my boss,” the cop responded, pulling his gun and racking it, which scattered bullets and his magazine on the ground, according to sources.

“We’re the only ones…” quote goes here. Which in NYC, they actually feel that way.

Then there is this idiot. NYPD officer charged with assault in domestic incident.

The 26-year-old cop, Steve Guerrero, with less than 18 months on the job, was arrested just after 9 a.m. Sunday and charged with assault, according to the NYPD.

Good to see that the selection criteria of NYPD is still strong. Or something.

Police in the UK Failing Victims of Sexual Violence

They couldn’t even be bothered to do the minimum required paperwork in one case. Police officers discouraged child rape victim from reporting attack, investigation finds.

Two police officers called to reports of a 15-year-old girl being raped in a car park questioned the victim’s credibility and discouraged her from reporting the attack, an investigation has found.

She did proceed. The guy was arrested and sent to prison. No thanks to these 2. And the “punishment” they received will ensure that nothing changes. That punishment was written reprimands. Yeah, that will make them sit up and pay attention.

The case was revealed after the proportion of reported rapes prosecuted in England and Wales fell to just 1.5 per cent, sparking legal action against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

More details at the story, including more personal accounts of how the justice system in the UK is broken.

And it’s the UK, so all the women have been disarmed for their own safety. Or something.

FBI Doesn’t Think They Have to Follow the Rules

Justice

Cops never think that the rules apply to them. Newly declassified court documents reveal FBI FISA violations in targeting Americans.

Newly declassified court documents indicate that the FBI failed to comply with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in targeting Americans while searching through NSA records during President Trump’s administration and after James Comey’s tenure as FBI director.

Because the Deep State doesn’t think there is anything they can’t do.

“Lie, Cheat and Steal” – Chicago’s Gang Unit

Carrying on the fine tradition of Special Operations Section, and the fine tradition of putting “Criminal” in Criminal Justice System. Allegedly. 2 gang officers used police powers ‘to lie, cheat and steal,’ prosecutors allege as trial starts in earnest.

A Chicago police sergeant and an officer on his gang team “used their police powers to lie, cheat and steal” by obtaining bogus search warrants to routinely rob drug dealers of cash and narcotics, federal prosecutors said as the officers’ federal corruption trial got underway in earnest Tuesday.

I’m shocked – Shocked! – to discover that Chicago Cops might be up to no good. Okay, so I’m not that shocked.

Hat tip to Second City Cop who has this to say:

This should also be (again) an indictment of the “merit” system and phone call units. But it won’t be.

The merit system being (apparently) a way to reward folks who are on the inside of the political system.

‡ for those of you who don’t remember the Chicago PD’s Special Operation Section, More Pleas in the Chicago PD SOS Case and Chicago PD Shuts Down Special Operations Section and when they created the Gang Unit, Back to the Future – Chicago Style, though the links are busted since that all happened in 2007. (They want you to pay for the Chicago Tribune archive data.)

I Want to Find a Moral In the Story

JusticeBut this is a tragedy of the largest degree, caused by arrogance, and compounded by a stupid mistake. But mostly the result of arrogance. Jury finds Amber Guyger guilty of murder in shooting death of Botham Jean.

Amber Guyger was charged with murder in the September 2018 killing of Botham Jean, but the jury could choose to convict her of murder, manslaughter or choose to acquit.

Here’s the language from the jury charge on each of these terms:

“A person commits the offense of murder if the person 1) intentionally or knowingly causes the death of an individual or 2) intends to cause serious bodily injury and commits and act clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of an individual.

“Our law provides a person commits the offense of manslaughter if she recklessly causes the death of an individual. A person acts recklessly or is reckless with respect to the result of her conduct when she is aware of but consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the result will occur. The risk must be of such a nature and degree that its disregard constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that an ordinary person would exercise under all the circumstances as viewed from the actor’s standpoint.”

She pointed a gun at another human being and pulled the trigger. An act “clearly dangerous to human life.” She wasn’t juggling knives and had one get away from her. The fact that she was not in her apartment as she thought she was, is to my way of thinking, beside the point. If you aim and fire a gun at a human being, you had better be 100% sure that you know what the fuck is going on. And you better be in imminent danger of death or grave bodily harm, not just pissed off because you are not getting your way. All she knew was that he wasn’t following her orders. He was “disrespecting her authority.” Can’t have that.

A bunch of media outlets are asking “will this change the culture of policing?” To which I have to say, “No.” Why would it? Every cop in America is saying, “I would never do that.” By which they mean, “make a mistake,” and not “shoot someone for no reason.”

Of Course the Arrest Was Politically Motivated

And of course the department’s internal investigation found that it wasn’t. City to pay Stormy Daniels $450,000 over strip club arrest.

An internal police review determined Daniels’ arrest was improper but not planned in advance or politically motivated.

Sure it wasn’t. I’ve got some swamp land in Florida that you might be interested in purchasing. Or maybe a bridge in NYC…

So the chief has recommended that some officers be fired, some be suspended and at least one get a “written reprimand.” Whatever that will amount to in the long run. The union is upset that anyone is being held accountable.

Oh and the Vice unit in Columbus? It has been disbanded in the wake of an arrest. One officer apparently thought he was above the law; he’s charged with a bunch of things including pressuring people to cover up his crimes.

Putting the “Criminal” in the criminal justice system.

Cops Don’t Like To Be On Video

And in Miami, the cops will arrest you for video recording, even though that is your right under the law. (How are you going to stop them?) Video Shows Miami Cops Attacking Black Man for Recording Them With Cell Phone.

In the first clip, Gonzalez, standing on a public street, repeatedly tells Williams to stop recording him.

“Sir, if you put that phone in my face again, we’re going to have a problem,” Gonzalez says on camera. The cops then state they are giving Williams a “lawful order” to cross the street and stand on the sidewalk. Williams complies — only for Gonzalez to swat the phone from his hand and handcuff him anyway.

Because they can’t let you record everything they do. How can they be expected to beat up innocent people, take bribes, or any of the rest of it, if they are captured on video? </sarcasm>

Cops STILL Haven’t Realized They Are on Video

This happened at a high school. Where 99.9999% of the population has a cellphone. So his actions got recorded. Indianapolis cop charged with punching teen in face, lying about it.

He did some stuff to a student (who was never charged with a crime) and then he wrote a report and signed it. That makes it “an official action.” There is just one problem.

“These statements are believed to be false and contrary to video evidence, which appears to show Officer Lawson striking the juvenile with a closed fist and continuing to use force, including a knee strike to the juvenile’s abdomen or chest area.”

Because of course there is video. And that video contradicts his official report. So he’s charged with 3 felonies, including perjury, and misdemeanor battery. Felony stupidity is not among the charges filed.

Is it so hard to fathom that video is everywhere? In a place like Indianapolis, in a place like a high school people have cellphones and cellphone cameras, and about 2 seconds after a cop starts “interacting” with someone, people will be taking video of the encounter, and the longer it goes on, the more video there will be. Oh, and if the cops try to confiscate the phones/cameras, there will be video of that as well. This didn’t just happen yesterday, it has been the case for years.

Cops or Criminals

JusticeSometimes it can be hard to tell the difference. Off-Duty Cop Caught Playing Security for Cocaine Dealers in Astoria and Maspeth.

An off-duty NYPD officer was charged Wednesday with selling and possessing cocaine for allegedly moonlighting as security for dealers transporting cocaine in Astoria and Maspeth this month.

So this particular cop was in NYPD for 12 years. No word on how long he was involved in the drug trade. Do you think he is the only one? Are we winning the War on (Some) Drugs™?