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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”

Former Rome police officer charged with drug possession, theft

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A former Rome police officer fired in 2011 for having a relationship with a known felon was charged with drug possession and theft for stealing drugs from a local pharmacy, according to Rome Police and Floyd County Jail reports.

Ambar Monica Velasquez, 32, of 216 Park Ave., Lindale, is accused of stealing 500 Xanax pills from Rome Pharmacy, 501 E. Second Ave., on Jan. 28.

She is charged with felony possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor theft by taking.

Velasquez is on probation for another misdemeanor theft.

She was charged and convicted of theft after she failed to turn in her police uniforms and citation book.

10 metro police officers face corruption charges

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ten metro Atlanta law officers are in police custody, accused of using their guns, badges and authority to facilitate drug deals under orders of a street gang.
An FBI SWAT team arrested the current and former cops Tuesday for taking payoffs — some as low as $700 — to protect cocaine deals taking place in crowded shopping centers and school parking lots. Five alleged accomplices also were arrested.
“Obviously the breadth of the corruption is very troubling,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Yates. “It is certainly the most (officers) this office has charged in a long time.
“These are people they are supposed to be arresting, not taking money from,” she said.
The arrested officers came from wide swath of law agencies: Atlanta, Stone Mountain, Forest Park and the DeKalb County police and Sheriff’s Office. Officers from MARTA and a contract agent for the Federal Protective Service also were arrested.
Some were long-term veterans. Senior Atlanta police Officer Kelvin Allen had been with the department for 20 years. APD announced shortly after Allen’s arrest that he had been suspended.
DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown and Atlanta Police Chief George Turner joined Yates as she announced the arrests.
“The department has been and will continue to be cooperative with federal authorities to ensure that Atlanta police officers involved in any illegal activity are brought to justice,” the APD said in a statement.
At least some officers appeared willing to kill to protect their gang employers — although no violence was reported. Just before a deal with a new buyer Jan. 30, DeKalb police Officer Dorian Williams told confederate Shannon Bass that wounding was not an option. “I gotta (expletive) kill him, I just can’t shoot him,” Williams said in a secretly recorded conversation, according to the federal affidavit. Bass was among the accused accomplices arrested.
Williams recommended using a high school parking lot for the afternoon transactions because the activity and backpacks wouldn’t look suspicious, the affidavit said.
A former DeKalb County Jail officer, Monyette McLaurin, lied to his criminal colleagues by claiming he was an active duty deputy, the affidavit said, and he discussed with Gregory Lee Harvey, who also was arrested, the need to possibly kill someone.
Attempts to reach Allen, Williams and McLaurin for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.
Authorities haven’t released a lot of details but Yates said the investigation is ongoing. The accused officers were arrested quickly and without warning, FBI Special Agent in Charge Mark Giulano said. Some of the alleged illegal transactions took place last month, Giulano said.
The case began in August 2011 as a street gang investigation by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, whose undercover agents learned the gang had officers on the payroll for protection, Yates said. The FBI took over the police corruption aspects of the case.
The cops were recruited by individuals who offered to provide police protection for a street gang’s drug deals — from both honest cops who might arrest them and crooks who would rob them. The officer and the broker divided payments that ranged as high $7,000 and as low as $2,200 — sometimes with the broker with getting a sweeter share, according to federal affidavits. A broker reported one officer received only a $700 share.
The officers were in full uniform and often driving patrol vehicles, and would stand stand guard as informants and drug traffickers swapped backpacks containing cash and what was supposed to be cocaine, the affidavit said. A DeKalb officer charged $800 extra for the use of the patrol car, the affidavit said.
The FBI and ATF set up a sting by having an informant tell gang members and their associates that he needed police protection for upcoming drug deals. Three people — Shannon Bass, 38, and Elizabeth Coss, 35, both of Atlanta, and Jeffry B. Mannery Jr, 38, of Tucker — provided the informant with names of officers who wanted to provide security, the affidavit said. Coss and Mannery also were among those arrested. The authorities used counterfeit cocaine in the sting.
The officers were engaged in repeated transactions that trafficked enough kilos of cocaine to be eligible for a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison, Yates said. Williams, for instance, is accused of splitting $18,000, although his exact share wasn’t clear.
At least one man allegedly attempted to get in on the protection racket by falsely claiming to be a Clayton County police officer, federal authorities said. They charged Alexander B. Hill, 22, in the drug trafficking case for playing a role in what he thought were three cocaine deals involving multiple kilograms.
ATF Special Agent in Charge Scott Sweetow would not name the street gang involved, but he suggested the public corruption aspects would be far ranging.
“I can say this is probably not the last you will be hearing of this case,” he said

Suit: Officer Demoted After Reporting Supervisor Misconduct

Officer Anthony Hernandez says he was pulled from the street and relegated to a "penalty box" when he reported a sergeant's alleged wrong-doing

A Chicago police officer has filed suit against the department and three of his supervisors, complaining that one of those supervisors, his sergeant, falsified time records as compensation for rehab work he did on the sergeant’s Michigan summer home.
Officer Anthony Hernandez, an undercover narcotics officer, says he took time off to do the work in the summer of 2011. But when a dispute arose over payment, Hernandez says his sergeant, James Padar, told him he had falsified time records to make it appear he had been at work at his police job the entire time.
"He said that he held my slips, meaning that he carried me on the city payroll, while I was actually in Michigan working on his house," Hernandez explained.
In essence, the officer alleges his boss told him the taxpayers would be paying his bill. The officer’s attorney, Patrick Walsh, says he was warned to keep quiet.
"Officer Hernandez alleges that [Padar] said, 'I’ve done this before. I’ve done this for other officers. You better not say anything, because I could get in a lot of trouble for it,'" said Walsh.
Hernandez claims that when he complained about the matter, he was pulled from the street and relegated to an inside job at the police facility at Homan Square.
"Now he sits in the guard shack," Walsh said. "He was a high ranking undercover officer."
Hernandez's lawsuit against the police department, Padar, and two other supervisors, alleges his first amendment rights were violated when he raised the construction matter and was demoted. In the meantime, he says a separate complaint filed with the police department’s own Internal Affairs unit has gone nowhere.
"I was told by internal affairs investigators that I should have expected this to happen," said Hernandez.
Padar did not return a call seeking comment. The City Law Department said they had not been served with the suit and had no comment. Police department spokeswoman Melissa Stratton said the department was aware of the matter, but citing the ongoing internal affairs investigation, she said they had no comment on the latest allegations.

State's Attorney Looking into Police Misconduct Matter

The city of Chicago has quietly turned over to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office a case of alleged misconduct by a police supervisor, NBC Chicago has learned.
Officer Anthony Hernandez filed the suit against the Chicago Police Department and three of his supervisors, alleging that one of his superiors, a sergeant, falsified time records as compensation for rehab work he did on the sergeant's Michigan summer home.
Hernandez claimed that when he complained about the matter, he was pulled from the street and relegated to an inside job at the police facility at Homan Square.
In an effort to bolster his case, Hernandez obtained security video from a Home Depot store in Michigan showing he was there buying supplies for Sgt. James Padar's house and not working at his police job.

Salem Officer Suspended for Drunk Driving

A Salem police officer was suspended without pay on Tuesday after he was charged with driving with more than three times the legal amount of alcohol in his system Sunday in Canfield.

Patrolman Gary A. Poage, 47, was charged with drunk driving Sunday after what he called “a bad date.” He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Mahoning County Canfield Area Court.

Salem Police Chief J.T. Panezott said Tuesday Poage was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal case.

Reports said an officer working with the Mahoning County OVI Task Force spotted Poage’s red 2000 Pontiac swerving and driving over the double-yellow lines at about 2:30 a.m. on Fairgrounds Boulevard.

Officers noted Poage smelled of alcohol and had glassy eyes when they first pulled him over on South Broad Street. Poage told officers he was on his way home from a “bad date,” and had just dropped off his date in Hubbard.

Poage told the officer several times he did not consume alcohol. Reports said officers found two red plastic cups with beer inside and two empty bottles of Miller Hi-Life beer inside his car. When asked about the cup with beer, Poage told officers he didn’t know what the liquid was or how the cup ended up between his feet.

He then told officers he had two margaritas, and later said his date bought a pitcher of margaritas.

Reports said Poage failed three sobriety tests and tested at a 0.26 blood-alcohol content. The legal limit in Ohio is .08.

Officers immediately placed his driver’s license on administrative suspension, reports said.

Cops step on teenagers face

19 year old Robert Jackson insists he did nothing wrong and can’t understand why police pummeled him to the ground, punched and kicked him on a Flatbush street.
The incident January 8th was captured on cellphone video shown to the media by Jackson’s lawyer. Jacques Leandre says his client was not resisting arrest, as police claim, but trying to move his arm that was pressed under his chest.
“He was pleading for help as poilice were pressing his face against the pavement. He kept screaming, ‘stop, stop.’” Jackson’s cries are clearly audible on the video. A couple of officers are seen holding the teen down. They are joined by others, one kicks him, while another appears to throw a punch.
At a news conference with members of the clergy and community leaders who voiced outrage and demanded answers from police, Jackson asked, “How could they do this to me? I didn’t do anything wrong.” Police have charged Jackson with resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and marijuana possession.
In response to the charge of brutality, a statement from NYPD says, “We are aware of the matter an d have turned it over to the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

The problem of mentally unstable cops in America.

•Springdale, Pennsylvania: A police officer is facing federal charges after he allegedly punched and used a taser on a man who was in handcuffs. http://ow.ly/hCaGX  From Police Misconduct.

•Orange County, California: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested and charged with accepting bribes, including some connected to businesses, from a murderer inmate. He faces a maximum sentence of four years and eight months in state prison if he is convicted on all counts. ow.ly/hBVhC  From Police Misconduct.

•Update: Pasadena, California: A detective will be placed on administrative leave after a judge declared a mistrial in a homicide case because of the detective’s mishandling of evidence. ow.ly/hyCIF From Police Misconduct.

•East Chicago, Illinois: An 18-year veteran was indicted on 12 fraud charges relating to an alleged ghost payrolling scheme, federal court records state. “It is never good to see a police officer’s name on a federal indictment,” said the police chief. http://ow.ly/hCeBc From Police Misconduct.

•Twin Peaks, California: A sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty to a grand-theft charge stemming from a salary-boosting scheme involving seven former department employees. They allegedly falsified department records to increase their pay. ow.ly/hykKA From Police Misconduct.

•Meigs County, Tennessee: An officer was arrested after being indicted by a grand jury on charges stemming from a shooting incident. He allegedly shot at his stepfather twice, although he did not hit him. ow.ly/hxX9a  From Police Misconduct.

•Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer has been ordered to serve six months in federal prison for his role in a multi-state steroid distribution ring orchestrated by a former police colleague. Both men were active-duty officers at the time of the activity but were later fired from the force. ow.ly/hxTE4  From Police Misconduct.

•Hendersonville, North Carolina: An officer was arrested for driving while under the influence. He was on-duty and in his highway patrol cruiser. ow.ly/hxRDU  From Police Misconduct.

•Los Angeles, California: Seven sheriff’s deputies have been notified that the department intends to fire them for belonging to a secret law enforcement clique that allegedly celebrated shootings and branded its members with matching tattoos. ow.ly/hxDPn From Police Misconduct.

•Memphis, Tennessee: A police officer who allegedly threatened a man has now been arrested on a charge of harassment. http://ow.ly/hysG3 From Police Misconduct.
•Mount Joy Borough, Pennsylvania: A police officer was suspended for two days without pay for unspecified misconduct. The discipline is the latest in several involving Mount Joy police. http://ow.ly/hysY0 From Police Misconduct.

•Cincinnati, Ohio: An officer admitted that he deposited money meant to avoid bank-reporting requirements in an alleged marijuana smuggling operation. http://ow.ly/hyuXR From Police Misconduct.

•Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: An officer has been suspended with pay amid a police investigation into an “alleged excessive force incident,” city officials have said. ow.ly/hxYoa From Police Misconduct.

•Hale County, Alabama: A deputy has been indicted on charges accusing him of keeping drugs he acquired during investigations. http://ow.ly/hyEaX From Police Misconduct.