LAPD Officer accused of sex with 15-yr-old now charged with weapons crimes

Uphold the law. Break the law. Whatever. LAPD officer accused of having sex with teen cadet is charged with weapons crimes – LA Times

Investigators seized more than 100 firearms, including assault rifles and inert grenades, sources with knowledge of the investigation have said. Sources said many of the weapons had been illegally modified and are not legal to own under California law.

The original arrest was part of an investigation into “teen cadets” that apparently stole police cars, radios, tasers and other such things. (I wonder what the stated goals are of that program for teens – probably not achieving those goals.)

A search of the house turned up the weapons. And while I’m sure that the California laws are crazy, the police are supposed to uphold the law, not consider themselves above the law.

Convict Someone – even if it isn’t the right person

22 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Thanks to police who didn’t care about the truth. Lawsuit: Police Used Coercion and Hid Evidence to Wrongfully Convict Seven of Murder

This story from Tulsa, Oklahoma is worthy of shenanigans in Chicago.

[Detective Mike] Huff visited the actual killer, Michael Lee Wilson, one day after the Summers shooting. The cop found Wilson with the murder weapon and getaway vehicle used to kill Summers—yet Huff did not consider Wilson a main suspect.

Actually I don’t know how to interpret this. A homicide detective finds a guy with the murder weapon and the getaway vehicle and he isn’t tagged as a prime suspect. My initial guess is that he is just too lazy to change his theory based on the evidence – or too in love with his theory – to change it.

The Criminal Justice System, whatever else it is, is a system that is concerned about winning and losing and other percentages. It is less interested in justice. (Cops and lawyers don’t have their reviews based on the amount of Justice they’ve been a part of.)

At a 2016 evidentiary hearing, Price was asked whether he ever saw anyone in the vehicle during the drive-by.

“No, I didn’t, which is what I was trying to tell the police all along, you know, and they pretty much coerced us into saying [Scott and Carpenter were in the vehicle]… tell us to say we seen it even if we didn’t see it,” Price testified.

“Heavily prompting” a witness to tell the story you want doesn’t seem like good police work.

The article goes on to detail several cases where evidence was misplaced, witnesses who disagree with the primary theory of a case were ignored (why clutter the issue with facts?) and other examples of a sort of Truth-be-damned approach to getting convictions. Pressure was high to get convictions. (Gotta make the people FEEL safe. Whether or not they actually are is irrelevant.)

“The Federal Bureau of Incompetence.”

So an FBI agent (unnamed) left his vehicle running while he pumped gas. What could go wrong? Second City Cop: Four More Guns on West Side

About 12:10 a.m., a 32-year-old man left his vehicle “momentarily unattended with the engine running” in the 300 block of South Morgan, according to Chicago Police

Seriously? I have to guess he was a suburbanite who had never been in the big city. Any big city. (I guess he thought he was in Mayberry, or perhaps he thought the FBI aura prevented crimes.)

thanks to a dumb-ass FBI agent, the offender now has a Chevy Equinox, a M4, a Glock 17, a Glock 22, a Glock 27, 2 vests, full tank of gas…

That last is from 2nd City Cop. He knows more about the FBI than I do, and the papers aren’t mentioning the guns. Wouldn’t want to scare the citizens, or make it a question when they call for more gun control. (The title of the post is borrowed from one of the comments.)

(Update: They have recovered the vehicle and some of the equipment, but still no mention of the guns. Second City Cop: No Word on the Guns)

Oakland Cop  Was ‘Like a Pimp’

Only 1 trial. One cop committed suicide. 11 were “disciplined” and 4 were fired. Judge Orders Oakland Cop to Trial; Says He Was ‘Like a Pimp’ to Exploited Teen – Hit & Run : Reason.com

On the “Cops Behaving Badly” scale, this one is pretty bad. (The entire litany of who did what is after the break.)

Known as Celeste Guap in initial media reports, the girl was just 17 years old when Oakland cops started passing her between them—a few paying customers, most extorting sex in exchange for helping her avoid arrest—according to her testimony and a good deal of corroborating evidence

These cops in Greater Oakland, California figured that the law didn’t apply to them. A couple plead to misdemeanors and one guy killed himself after all this came to light. So if a dozen or so cops were involved with this one girl, exactly how often does stuff like this happen?

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LAPD Paid Out About $81 Million in Fiscal Year 2017

If you live in LA, this is your tax dollar at work. LAPD Reported to Have Paid Nearly $81 Million in Legal Settlements Over Fiscal Year 2017 – westsidetoday.com

I won’t repeat the list – click through and see. It was the headline that caught my attention. That is a lot of money, no matter how you slice it.

I looked but I couldn’t find any info on Chicago’s payouts. You know me and Chicago.

Self-defense Shooting Leads Cops to Seize Guns

Cops in Cleveland apparently don’t want lawful gun owners to have guns. Ohio Burglary Victim Says Cops Won’t Return Seized Guns

He went through the trauma of having to fire on a pair of home invaders. Then the cops seized all his guns, and now won’t return those guns.

Bridges claims Cleveland police unlawfully seized his property, “including a Glock 21 semiautomatic handgun, ammunition, holsters and a redcherry piccolo,” to be used as evidence in Akins-Daniels’ case.

Despite the fact that the criminal proceedings against Akins-Daniels are over, police have not returned Bridges’ guns, he says.

The suit wants compensatory and punitive damages as well as an injunction keeping the Cleveland police from infringing on anyone’s 2nd Amendment rights. He also mentions the 4th Amendment but the War on (Some) Drugs™ has killed that.)

News Flash: Chicago Cops Can Be Out of Control. (So says the DOJ)

JusticeFrom Jon Burge, to the Special Operations Section, the Chicago PD has had its share of problems. To treat it like it is breaking news, is laughable. US Department of Justice report says CPD engages in pattern of using excessive force | abc7chicago.com

The investigation portrayed a police force corroded by the use of unreasonable force – many times prompted by a factor of racism – and protected by a code of silence. The deadly force and racism issue went uncontrolled because of a lack of training, according to the DOJ report.

The article lists an abbreviated time-line of some of the issues that came to light in the past. It isn’t comprehensive.

I have a somewhat regular feature on this blog of “Cops Behaving Badly.” Here and in the archives, this designation is heavily concentrated on Chicago – because it was and is so easy. 10s of millions of dollars of settlements paid, the occasional gaffe by the Chicago’s finest, and the incidents caught on video.