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“It’s becoming a disturbingly familiar scene in America - mentally unstable cops”

“It’s becoming a disturbingly familiar scene in America - mentally unstable cops”
“It’s becoming a disturbingly familiar scene in America - mentally unstable cops”

And yet the Fairfax County Police don't need oversight

• The King County WA deputy who left an innocent man in a vegetative state after throwing him into a wall in a high profile incident that was caught on video apparently had a long history of questionable use of force incidents and has continued to rack up excessive force complaints including tackling a jaywalker who took pictures of him. [3] http://bit.ly/mfVJyO
• A Columbia County OR deputy was charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse that allegedly occurred while he was a school resource officer. [0] http://bit.ly/jzthXB
• A Wahpeton ND cop is under investigation after a YouTube video showed him arresting a 17yr-old for asking him about alleged illegal searches. [3] http://bit.ly/jf9rlE
• A Chesapeake VA cop sentenced to probation for soliciting sex from investigator he believed was a 16yr-old girl including sending nude text messages of himself. [0] http://bit.ly/j5kICi
• Philadelphia PA police officer sentenced to 42mo prison for role in scheme to rob drug dealer for heroin in a sting operation. [0] http://bit.ly/jHnvSV
• Portsmouth VA police officer indicted on embezzlement charge after unspecified state police investigation [1] http://bit.ly/lUCQBX
• A Maricopa County AZ deputy who starred in a TLC police “reality” show was arrested on domestic violence allegations involving her husband. [0] http://bit.ly/mQqXye
• Dallas TX police officer arrested on a DV-related felony assault charge for allegedly choking an unidentified woman during an argument [0] http://bit.ly/jH579Q
• A Hamilton ON cop faces disciplinary charges for allegedly refusing to investigate a racially motivated road rage case [2] http://bit.ly/keu8XS
• Ball LA police chief, a police officer & 2 police employees have been sentenced to probation for their roles in a FEMA Hurricane fraud scheme. [0] http://bit.ly/lT8IAp
• Granby CT police captain already facing child porn charges now charged w/possession of marijuana after home search [0] http://bit.ly/jHO50B
• Ulster Co NY deputy charged w/official misconduct & drug possession for alleged illegal purchase of oxycodone [0] http://bit.ly/k57AVU
• A Providence RI cop is facing disciplinary action after caught by news crews working out at a private gym while on duty instead of using an expensive taxpayer-funded police gym. [0] http://bit.ly/lCXKrb
• San Diego CA police officer arrested on drunk driving charge after rear-ending BMW while off-duty. The chief is slated to talk to the media about what appears to be a rash of officers facing criminal charges this year. [0] http://bit.ly/iDfxFJ
• Buncombe County NC deputies jailed a Latino man for 4 days on $300k bond after mistaking 91lbs of tortilla dough for cocaine. [0] http://bit.ly/kQNTjY
• Newark NJ subject of federal investigation after ACLU complaint alleging pattern of brutality & coverups. (Remember, Newark’s current police chief was just picked to become Chicago’s new police chief. ) [0] http://bit.ly/kwH44O
• Lakewood WA police review incident where police dog attacked innocent man in park, leaving him hospitalized [1] http://bit.ly/jAnHKI
• Springboro OH police dog that bit 13 in 3.5yrs subject of suit by 2 of those people alleging rights violations [3] http://bit.ly/mlL6wz
• Winter Park FL cop allowed to retire w/benefits after investigation rules tasering college kid was excessive force [0] http://bit.ly/kUMIRs
• Mansfield OH police officer fired & other on unpaid leave for alleged unspecified mistreatment of person in custody [1] http://bit.ly/jaR7o9
• DeSoto Co FL deputy arrested for hitting wife, almost running over responding cops & hit & run crash while fleeing [0] http://bit.ly/lzewbd
• Tulare CA police sued by ex-prison guard claiming he was falsely arrested on terrorism charges based on hoax call [0] http://bit.ly/iGzvA3
• 2 RCMP officers charged w/perjury for their testimony at inquiry over Polish immigrant’s taser death at airport [0] http://is.gd/kpdH9f
• New Jersey state police accused of covering for cop who gave fake undercover ID when he injured motorist in crash [4] http://bit.ly/kiBm4z
• Los Angeles County CA deputy arrested on allegations he had sex w/16yr-old female relative [0] http://bit.ly/jV9Z9f
• Washington Co AR settles sex harassment suit for $395k to 2 employees claiming male deputies watched strip searches [0] http://bit.ly/lRnaHj
• Parker Co TX deputy arrested on felony theft charges for allegedly stealing $20k from memorial fund for cop’s widow [0] http://bit.ly/kF52BI

Fairfax supervisors should supervise their cops

By:Barbara Hollingsworth05/10/11 8:05 PM
Local Opinion Editor

Nicholas Beltrante is a former D.C. homicide detective with more than five decades of law enforcement experience. Two years ago, he founded the Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability after Fairfax County cops shot and killed David Masters in Beltrante's Mount Vernon neighborhood.

The 52-year-year old Masters' capital crime was stealing flowers on his way to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Beltrante knew that the Fairfax PD's regulations forbid the use of lethal force to apprehend a person accused of a misdemeanor. He was also troubled that the department refused to release the Nov. 13, 2009, incident report under the Freedom of Information Act.

It took a year -- and the threat of a lawsuit -- before the department finally released the name of Officer David Ziants, who shot Masters in the back of the head while his SUV was stuck in traffic at a Richmond Highway intersection.

So now the cop's cop is spending his golden years trying to force the Fairfax PD to be more transparent and accountable. During the past six years, he says, 13 people have been slain and 13 wounded by Fairfax police officers, some under "highly questionable circumstances."

When challenged on these matters, the department hides behind a wall of silence. Later, taxpayers learn they have to pay millions of dollars to settle cases they knew little about.

In January, for example, the Fairfax Board of Supervisors agreed to a $2 million settlement with the family of Dr. Salvatore Culosi, an unarmed optometrist who was killed by a Fairfax SWAT team during a 2006 gambling raid.

Court documents debunked Officer Deval Bullock's version of events -- that his .45-caliber automatic pistol accidentally discharged after the door of his police car bumped his elbow -- because the spent cartridge was found halfway between the vehicle and Culosi's body.

Did the officer lie, I asked? "Absolutely," Beltrante says.

Another $1.5 million out-of-court settlement was paid to the family of Ashley McIntosh, a 33-year-old teacher who was killed by another Fairfax police officer who ran a red light with no warning lights or sirens on.

"I am pro-police," Beltrante told The Examiner. "I have police blood in me. Ninety-nine percent of police officers are wonderful, but every police department has that 1 percent that taints its image. The era of the police policing the police has ended."

Beltrante wants the county to set up a civilian review board to monitor police activity, but such boards have been used in the past by people with political axes to grind. And Fairfax County already has a civilian review board. It's called the Board of Supervisors.

However, supervisors have not been doing their job, perhaps because the Police Association of Fairfax County is a major campaign donor to both Democrats and Republicans on the board.

And Virginia's FOIA law, which makes release of police reports optional rather than mandatory, needs to be strengthened.

Beltrante says that since 1942, "Fairfax County is the only jurisdiction in the United States in which no police officers have ever been charged with misconduct after a shooting death." How does this happen without ongoing coverups at the top levels of county government?

On March 29, Police Chief David Rohrer and County Attorney Tony Griffith insulted the public's intelligence by suggesting that an auditor who reports directly to them be in charge of reviewing all police misconduct complaints. The board's public safety committee, which meets June 14, should reject this "solution" out of hand.

So should voters. Supervisors who don't supervise don't belong on the board.

Barbara F. Hollingsworth is The Examiner's local opinion editor.