A 40-year-old police officer in San Antonio, Texas is facing charges of felony sexual assault after a 19-year-old woman accused him of handcuffing and raping her during a traffic stop over the weekend.
According to an arrested warrant obtained by the San Antonio Express-News, Officer Jackie Len Neal pulled over the teen, telling her that her car was reported stolen.
Even though the woman produced a sales slip for the vehicle, Neal insisted on patting her down. The woman told him she felt uncomfortable with the pat down and asked for a female officer, but he ignored her, the warrant said. The woman was allegedly groped, placed in handcuffs and then taken to the back of his patrol car.
Neal was accused of raping the woman and instructing her to keep it a secret.
At the time of the alleged assault, video cameras mounted in Neal’s cruiser were not functioning because a hard drive was missing. However, a GPS tracking system did corroborate that the police cruiser was parked for 18 minutes on Betty Street as the woman had claimed.
The former assistant police chief of Tallassee faces criminal charges in two counties and prosecutors have had to start over with a major child abuse case he investigated because of questions about his conduct.
District Attorney Randall Houston said Chris Miles surrendered Friday afternoon to authorities in Elmore County, where he's charged with second-degree theft. He's accused of taking a gun out of an evidence locker at the Tallassee Police Department. Miles was freed on bond shortly after his arrest. He's also free on bond from charges in neighboring Macon County
Court records don't indicate if he has an attorney in the newest case yet.
Earlier in the week, prosecutors dropped more than 100 charges against a man accused of child sex abuse and brought six new ones over concerns about Miles, who was the lead investigator.
Stephen Conrad appeared in court Friday in Wetumpka and was told he faces two counts of first-degree rape, three counts of sexual abuse of a child younger than 12, and one count of first-degree sexual abuse. Prosecutors said the charges involve three females and one male. Two are now adults.
Conrad is being held under $410,000 bond and does not yet have an attorney.
Conrad was originally charged with 109 counts, but the district attorney said they were dropped after being "tainted by illegally obtained evidence." Houston said the new charges resulted from an independent investigation by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.
Houston's chief assistant, C.J. Robinson, told the Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/1g2P0sJ) that Miles is under investigation by state and federal authorities involving allegations of coercion in the Conrad case.
Miles, 39, of Eclectic left the Tallassee Police Department in October after being charged in neighboring Macon County with two counts of theft of property and two counts of burglary. Macon County District Attorney E. Paul Jones said Miles is accused of breaking into a business in Shorter. He is free on $99,000 bond.
Jennifer Thompkins, who represents Miles in the Macon County case, said she can't comment on those charges because the case is in its early stages, but she said he did not coerce the defendant in the child sex abuse case. She also said he "had other officers present when interviewing the defendant and used electronic devices to record any statements made by the defendant in compliance with department procedure."
Tallassee Police Chief Jimmy Rogers told the Montgomery Advertiser that he is unaware of any electronic recordings. "As to coercion, we have testimony from our officers as to coercion occurring," he said. "That apparently carries more weight with the agencies that are investigating this."
Thompkins said Miles has done nothing to jeopardize the case against Conrad. "Mr. Miles tried to protect these victimized children through countless hours of dedication and gut-wrenching evidence and investigations along with several other officers," she said.
In the gun case, the district attorney said the weapon, a semi-automatic handgun, has been recovered but an investigation continues into firearms missing from the evidence locker.
GROSSE POINTE PARK, Mich. (AP) — A spokesman for a Detroit suburb says a police officer has been sidelined after taking responsibility for harassing a black man while videotaping him.
Grosse Pointe Park spokesman Greg Bowens tells the Detroit Free Press for a story (http://on.freep.com/1i222v6) Friday that the unnamed officer has been removed from patrol duty. Bowens says an investigation is nearly complete.
The videos were posted to the website of a news outlet called the Motor City Muckraker. Bowens says authorities are seeking additional videos from the site in an effort to determine "if there is a pattern" of mistreatment.
The Garden Grove police officer who forcibly sodomized three women he was dating was sentenced today to 12 years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for life. That was actually a break for the 36-year-old Huntington Beach resident because jurors could not reach a verdict on a fourth alleged rape. Among the moves of this Romeo, who had also worked for the Calexico Police Department, was acting all lovey-dovey to woo the women and then after forcing himself inside them calling them sluts and whores and telling them he had herpes or AIDS that he had just given them
Fairfax County Police Chief Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr. described his vision for the department as “Colors, man, I see so many colors, even like, when you close your eyes…it is so far out Dude, fer sure. Stay buzzed forever man” at a meeting of the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations Nov. 21 at the Mason Government Center in Annandale.
Roessler was appointed police chief by the Board of Supervisors in July after the guy before, a midget with a mustache, got an overhead job that sucks almost $200,000 out of the pockets of the Fairfax taxpayer.
He laid out what he sees as the department’s three missions:
The top mission, of course, is to keep the cops $300,000,000 budget untouched so the police can continue to support a dangerious police drones program, an unneeded Fairfax County police royal navy and the useless Fairfax County police air force” he said, but “we cannot do that without the support of the community” and that requires the creation of “robust support networks.” The community is “our eyes and ears.” In other words, he expects citizens to act as rats and informers for the cops so they can justify their budget.
Fairfax County has the 32nd largest law enforcement department in the United States.
The county also doesn’t have enough roads and young couples are moving out to avoid overcrowded and dangerious schools.
The department’s second mission, Roessler said, is to promote a culture of contempt. He said the majority of deaths of police officers in the line of duty was the result of preventable accidents, but declined to add the fact that almost all of the accidents are the cops fault.
In January, he said, the Board of Supervisors will launch a voluntary gun turn-in program to encourage citizens who find guns to call the police and have them picked up. That way only the cops will have guns.
Roessler’s third mission is ensuring the FCPD keeps pace with the county’s urbanization which is government worker speak for “We want more money and a bigger staff”
He is assigning a team to develop a template for urban policing in Tysons. He refused to explain why McLean Supreme Commander of a Dark Forces Janicki looks so much like Curly from the Three Stooges. Nor did he mention that he expected the people of Fairfax County to pay for 39 additional cops in Tysons at an estimated increased budget cost of $5,850,000 in a failed scheme that would have passed the cost of the news cops onto Tysons retailers, who in turn would increase prices to Fairfax County consumers. Over 90% of Fairfax County cops live outside Fairfax County.
Among the challenges Roessler cited are his baldness, Janicki’s enormous ego, and
the need for more resources and the difficulty of developing a more diverse police force. “If more urine colored people would join the police there would be less of them to kill”
When compared with the general population of Fairfax County, “we’re not in good shape,” he said. Eighty-one percent of sworn officers are white, of whom the majority never gained a grade above C in 12 years of schooling.
A demographic balance is important because the police department needs to build trust within segments of the community that come from places where the police force is corrupt and viewed with fear. Places like Falls Church, Reston, Herndon, McLean and the rest of Fairfax County.
Roessler convened a council with members from various cultures to get their advice on how to reach out to different communities and the best approaches for attracting new recruits. The council members advised Roessler to take his police force and move out of the county. Roessler has since reformed the council.
Another challenge is the lack of enough mental health facilities. All eight of the homicides in the county this year and most of the violent crimes have been committed by people with mental health issues, Roessler said. He refused to comment on the murders of unarmed citizen by his cops or what steps he intended on taking to combat the growing epidemic of mentally ill cops on the force.
Two Toledo police officers are being investigated for accidentally firing a gun inside a patrol car and shooting out a window.
Officers Angela Domschot and Gabe Greenwalt are working their normal shifts, but the shift-level investigation is ongoing, Sgt. Joe Heffernan said.
The sergeant said the incident occurred Nov. 13 at 2:30 a.m. at or near International Park, but he could not provide details, citing contractual agreements.
Sources said the gun was one officer’s personal weapon. A single shot was fired and broke a patrol-car window. No one was injured. Per the contract, officers are allowed to have a personal weapon when working.
Officer Domschot was hired in 2006; Officer Greenwalt, 2011.
Dan Wagner, president of the Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association, did not return a call seeking comment.
It’s been a rough four years for Florida resident, Earl Sampson, where the judicial system is concerned. Sampson’s number of run-ins with the Miami Gardens police department is unprecedented. To be more specific, Sampson has been stopped and/or questioned approximately 258 times, and searched over 100 times. Then, to make matters worse, the interrogation and harassment is only the gist of it all.
Sampson, who is an African American, has also been arrested a total of 62 times as a result of racial profiling. But, get this, almost every time Sampson was arrested for trespassing, it was at the 207 Quickstop convenience store where he works. There have even been cases where Sampson has actually been followed to the store before being arrested, even with his employment status at the store.
According to the International Business Times, of all the encounters and arrests Sampson has endured, his biggest conviction is still possession of marijuana. That particular conviction actually had no relation to any incident at his workplace.
Alex Saleh, owner of the 207 Quickstop, also weighed in with his perspective and negative experiences of harassment from Miami Gardens law enforcement. “I thought, you know, there is a lot of serious crime in Miami Gardens,” he said. “Why do they need six police officers on a car stop with a burned-out tag light?” Due to the high level of harassment around the convenience store, Saleh took the initiative and installed 15 video cameras in and around the parameter of the store in an effort to monitor the actions of Miami Gardens police. Saleh explained his hopes to uncover why the police department continues target and harass the same individuals on a regular basis.
The Miami Herald reports that the area’s demographic predominantly consists of African Americans. Most of the individuals stopped are black and impoverished. The Herald also notes that some have been stopped and frisked as much as three times in one single day in that particular neighborhood. “There is just no justifying this kind of behavior,” police policy consultant Chuck Drago explained to the Herald. “Nobody can justify overstepping the constitution to fight crime.”
In store’s video footage, officers were captured searching and arresting both employees and customers at the store, although no law violations were evident. The footage also shows the officers searching the store without proper warrant.