SSCC Corpus Christi

Officer Norman Morton seen in video recorded at the Corpus Christi City Detention Center was handed a two week suspension for using excessive force on a prisoner already in handcuffs and lying to internal affairs about what happened.
We learned this week that Morton retired, effective last Friday. However, the department isn’t saying what led to his retirement or whether there were any other active internal affairs investigations going on.

Here’s the video:

Think about that for a second… Beat a handcuffed man, then lied about it, and then goes into retirement.  The fact that last year 22 officers were disciplined internally last year.  As I’ve said before rarely does a single incident stand alone but usually is indicative of a systemic problem.

State Sponsored Criminal: Norman Morton

Because when you assault a man without actual cause, don’t worry about your job we’ll make sure you make retirement.

SSCC Lakeland

Authorities are investigating a widespread sex scandal involving nearly a dozen police officers in one Florida city after a civilian crime analyst detailed trysts with the men in police and fire stations, patrol cars, motels and even in a parking lot after a memorial service for a slain officer.

Sue Eberle, 37, has told officials that she had consensual and sometimes coerced sex with the officers and a firefighter, and that she once was propositioned by a city worker in Lakeland.

It happened both on and off duty and most disturbingly she was pressured by some supervisors.  Go read the story, to the end, there’s a reason it’s on the count and my blood pressure is through the roof.

State Sponsored Criminal: The Lakeland Florida Police Department

Because a sign of morality and character is taking advantage of a previously abused woman.

via OldNFO

SSCC Hancock

A prosecutor from Hancock County admitted Monday morning to a state supreme court justice that she violated rules of the Maine Bar when she prosecuted a former Gouldsboro man on gross sexual assault and misdemeanor assault charges.

Mary Kellett, assistant district attorney for Hancock County, appeared Monday before Justice Ellen Gorman after the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar recommended late last year that she be suspended. A board grievance panel met in Bangor last fall to consider a misconduct complaint filed against Kellett by Vladek Filler and determined that Kellett had violated seven bar rules in handling Filler’s assault case. The board’s recommendation that Kellett be suspended is the only such recommendation that board staff can recall for a prosecutor in Maine, according to Jacqueline Rogers, executive director of the board.

What is the cost to this woman for committing this misconduct and ruining a mans life?

Fisher said the Attorney General’s Office and the bar’s attorney agreed that Kellett could face a 30-day license suspension, but it would be suspended with a requirement that she complete six hours of training in prosecutorial ethics, in addition to training she is already required to complete.

Here’s a listing of the findings by the panel:

After last fall’s grievance hearing, the panel determined that Kellett violated bar rules by:

• Engaging in conduct unworthy of an attorney.

• Engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

• Failing to employ reasonable skill and care.

• Failing to make timely disclosure of the existence of evidence that tends to negate the guilt of the accused, mitigate the degree of the offense or reduce the punishment.

• Suppressing evidence that she had a legal obligation to produce.

• Assisting the state to violate the Maine Rules of Criminal Procedure and the court’s order.

• Employing means that were inconsistent with truth and seeking to mislead the jury.

Ends up the guy was still convicted at his second trial but what if he hadn’t been?  6 hours in a class for a case that he has spent 3 years in prison for already?  They may claim it isn’t the norm, but honestly doing it the first time is the hardest, after that you know you can get away with it.  You either work ethically, do your job and due diligence, or you don’t.  You don’t magically get a pass because, “Well this was the first time.”  Well sorry but that’s someone’s life you’re messing with and if you can’t be responsible enough to do the job right, you have no business wielding that power.

I wonder if there would be such leniency if these acts had been committed by a defense attorney and not a prosecutor.

State Sponsored Criminal: Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett

Because the rules of the Bar are for everyone else.  Just because a prosecutor who’s unethical can ruin a mans life doesn’t mean they should be held accountable when they’re caught being.

h/t Rob Halvorson

SSCC Quincy

Via JayG comes this wonderful tale.

QUINCY, Mass. —The attorney for a Quincy police captain charged with domestic assault and battery against his estranged, pregnant wife said Capt. Michael J. Miller "blanket denies" the allegation.

According to the Patriot Ledger, Quincy defense attorney Jack McGlone also said Miller’s wife declined to press charges when she first contacted police in Plymouth, where she now lives.

Had that been anyone else on this earth they would have crucified him but this one’s “anointed” so we can’t have the law being used against our special people now can we.  I think Jay put it best:

Right, it wouldn’t have been an issue at all. Because the cops would have come to the house, taken him out at gunpoint, confiscated any weapons he had, and he would stand a very good chance of never seeing them again. Instead, he gets paid administrative leave and a pretty good chance of them dropping the charges.

Now, what about that Lautenberg Amendment? Granted, the Captain would have to be convicted, which at this point looks about as likely as an actual conservative ever getting elected to office again, but if he is convicted, he will have to give up his right to possess firearms forever. Going to be tough to be a cop that way, isn’t it?

I have no additional comments.

State Sponsored Criminal Michael J. Miller

Because when it comes to spousal abuse, cops aren’t a problem like everyone else.  (Except you know they really are more of a problem.)

SSCC San Antonio

A San Antonio police officer has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of deadly conduct.
Daniel Lopez, 42, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. He has been an officer for eleven years.

Unpossible!  He’s anointed and one of the few that is trained, qualified, and responsible enough to carry a firearm.  Best part is, he was already on administrative leave for another incident in June.

State Sponsored Criminal: Daniel Lopez

Because when you’re a cop, they wont even arrest you for threating a gun against your own (both family and other officers).

SSCC King County and WA DOC

“Officers entered his residence without permission (and without knocking on his door), as he slept in his bed,” the statement said. “They went into his room with their guns drawn.”

Some initial reports indicated one officer claimed he thought Theoharis had reached for a gun, but according to a review by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office the only item found in Theoharis’ bed was a black metal flashlight, 5 inches long and 1 inch wide.

Next to the bed, within reaching distance, was an end table filled with aluminum cans and a variety of objects, including two black remote controls, the statement said. The gunshots were directed to that side of the bed, a forensic examination showed.

Prosecutors ultimately declined to file criminal charges against Deputy Aaron Thompson or DOC Specialist Kristopher Rongen, both of whom invoked their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent during the investigation.

I want to write-up something coherent but there’s so much negligence in this mess it isn’t even funny.  It’s already costing the Washington Taxpayer 3 million, plus the eventual settlement from the Department of Corrections.  Yet neither of the men responsible for the decisions that led up to that situation are on trial…

There is no correlation between the law and justice and the purpose of the law is to keep those who have the money and the power with the money and the power.  A police officer will kill you and go home and sleep like a baby.  Just ask Officer Harless.

State Sponsored Criminal: Aaron Thompson

State Sponsored Criminal: Kristopher Rogen

Because an unarmed man sleeping in his own room who you don’t have cause or warrant to disturb needs ventilating always.

July 4th, 2013, The Day Lady Liberty took her last breath…

Today saw many nails in the coffin of liberty, the worst of which involved TJIC. 

Well, TJIC got his Massachusetts FID* reissued, and has reapplied for an MA LTC**.

Now the local po-po*** is surrounding his crib, wanting to inspect the premises. Without a warrant. In the suburbs of Boston. On Independence Day.

The closing comments from TJIC is they have a lawyer, Jennifer’s firearms were illegally confiscated, and they took his FID without cause or warrant.

Go read the comment thread if you want the full details, suffice it to say there’s nothing about that situation that seem right or legal.

Moving forward, the third Amendment was dealt a blow as well.  (It happened yesterday but I just discovered it).

Henderson police arrested a family for refusing to let officers use their homes as lookouts for a domestic violence investigation of their neighbors, the family claims in court.

Anthony Mitchell and his parents Michael and Linda Mitchell sued the City of Henderson, its Police Chief Jutta Chambers, Officers Garret Poiner, Ronald Feola, Ramona Walls, Angela Walker, and Christopher Worley, and City of North Las Vegas and its Police Chief Joseph Chronister, in Federal Court.

See that, that’s agents of the government declaring the 3rd amendment no longer necessary and dead.  I figured that one would get a few more years but at this point we’re screwed.

No one in the government is trying to stop these abuses or otherwise reign in the problem.  It has become us vs them.  The best example of this was the cop from the TJIC incident on the 4th.

At the end, some of the cops who ransacked the house tried to shake hands with me. "No hard feelings".

I refused and said "Gentlemen, please think about what you’re doing. On the fourth of July, the day we celebrate freedom, you stole legally owned firearms from a women who is engaged to a guy who made a joke you don’t like. You are not the good guys. You are ‘just doing your jobs’. Look in the mirror. You’re the bad guys."

Response: "I’m sorry you feel that way. Have a good Fourth."

I am at a loss for words and frankly, I’m needing to sit down with the brain trust and see what, if anything can be done.  There’s three options to instill political change, the soap box, ballot box, and cartridge box.  It appears the first two aren’t working in protecting freedom and liberty and our would be masters want to disarm us because they know what’s coming.

If you’re the preying type, I highly suggest you start because I’m afraid, quite soon, shit’s going to go hot in this cold war.  There’s only so much abuse that can be taken, especially when the person doing the abuse is protected from all repercussions and consequences.

I leave you with this lesson from the 20th century:

If a bureaucrat, or a soldier sent by a bureaucrat, comes to knock down your door and confiscate your firearms– kill him. The disarmament of law-abiding citizens is the required precursor to genocide.

Now is the time to make your plans and if they mean to have a war, let them have one.  No warrant, no cause, you have every right to resist.

SSCC Chicago

As Taylor was being taken the police lockup, he told detectives that the confession was false and that he was in jail at the time of the murders after being arrested in a nearby park for fighting. Following up on Taylor’s claim that he was in jail at the time of the murders, police found jail records showing that Taylor had indeed been arrested at 6:45 p.m. on November 16, 1992.  A bond slip with Taylor’s signature was time-stamped at 10 p.m.—more than an hour after the murders.

On December 12—less than two weeks later, two police officers filed a belated report saying that on the night of the murders, they saw Taylor in an alley near the shooting at about 9:30 p.m.

Go read it, it’s a long story.  Suffice it to say in the end a man spent 20 years in prison and finally was released after the feds started exposing all the corruption.  Then all the sudden they were willing to do their jobs.

State Sponsored Criminals: All of the Chicago PD

Because why do your job when you can coerce a confession out of someone.  Who cares if you catch the real criminal, the bottom line is someone’s behind bars right?