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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”

Wichita cop sentenced to probation for trying to bribe witness

A former Wichita police officer was sentenced Monday to one year probation for trying to bribe a witness.
Joletta Vallejo, 35, had previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release.
Prosecutors said Vallejo didn’t properly report alleged crimes against two people in October 2011. She and Patrick Melendrez tried to bribe a witness to change his statements to the police department’s professional standards bureau.
Vallejo was a Wichita officer from January 2006 to August 2012.
Melendrez was sentenced to two years probation on Nov. 18. Courtney Foster, another co-defendant, is awaiting trial.

Beaverton police internal affairs supervisor on leave amid investigation

The supervisor of the Beaverton Police Department's Internal Affairs Division is on leave amid an investigation that began two months after he was appointed to the division.
Sgt. Arthur "Art" Morton was placed on administrative leave in September and went on personal leave Nov. 22, said Officer Mike Rowe, a Beaverton police spokesman. Rowe said he could not discuss details of the ongoing internal investigation.
Morton joined Beaverton police in January 2010 as an officer and was promoted to sergeant in August 2011, Rowe said. He previously worked for the Tigard Police Department.
Morton made about $112,800 in 2012-13 fiscal year including overtime pay. His base salary was a little more than $80,100.

Washington County jail deputy accused of slashing truck's tires, breaking vehicle's antenna

A Washington County jail deputy has been arrested and accused of breaking the antenna of a truck at his apartment complex and slashing the vehicle’s tires with a knife, according to the Hillsboro Police Department.
Anthony C. Parker, 44, was arrested on one count of first-degree criminal mischief, a felony, said Lt. Mike Rouches, a Hillsboro police spokesman. A Washington County grand jury indicted Parker on the charge. He is scheduled to be arraigned next month.
Rouches said damage to the truck is estimated at $1,000. 
Sgt. Bob Ray, a sheriff's office spokesman, said Parker was placed on paid administrative leave on Aug. 29 after the sheriff's office caught wind of Hillsboro's investigation. Parker, a 13-year veteran of the agency, turned himself in to authorities at the jail, Ray said, after he learned he was indicted. 
Hillsboro police on Aug. 25 responded to an apartment complex in the 300 block of Northeast Autumn Rose Way, Rouches said. Parker lived in the complex at the time.
A man told police someone had vandalized his pickup truck. Police determined the incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 24. A second vehicle in the parking lot, Rouches said, had one of its mirrors pushed in, but it was not damaged.
Officers found that three tires on the man’s truck were slashed and the antenna was broken. A witness told police he observed a man, who appeared intoxicated, in the parking lot the night of Aug. 24, Rouches said. 
The witness, who watched the incident from an apartment window, told police he saw a man arrive at the complex with a woman, go to an apartment, and then come back to the parking lot, where he was wandering around, Rouches said. The man reportedly matched Parker’s description, and the witness said the man was near an apartment, which police identified as Parker’s.
Police talked to Parker, who denied being involved, Rouches said. Investigators recovered a knife from the scene, Rouches said, and collected the weapon and fingerprints as evidence to be forensically analyzed.
The knife was analyzed for DNA, Rouches said, and the DNA matched Parker. Ray, the sheriff's office spokesman, said the evidence was touch DNA.
"It is a critical piece of evidence that ties Mr. Parker to the crime," Ray said. 
Rouches said investigators aren’t sure what sparked the incident. Parker and the victim did not know one another.
“There was nothing that precipitated the event,” Rouches said, referring to Parker and the victim. “No words between them.”
Rouches said Hillsboro police have not had problems with Parker at the apartment complex before.
Parker was arrested Tuesday afternoon, after turning himself in, authorities said. He was booked into the jail and then released. He has a court appearance scheduled for Dec. 13.
The sheriff's office has started an internal investigation into Parker, Ray said, and the agency expects to finish it in the coming days. He said internal investigators were waiting for the criminal inquiry to wrap up.
Sheriff Pat Garrett released a statement about the matter through Ray.
"The sheriff's office does not compromise on the high standards of integrity that the public has a right to expect," Garrett said. "When those standards are compromised, the employee is held accountable for their actions." 

Olmos Park officer shot man in fight over switching sex partners

SAN ANTONIO -- An Olmos Park police officer has been suspended and faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after authorities said he shot a man at least three times inside his east-side home Saturday.
Frankie Salazar, 29, was arrested inside a home near the intersection of Palmetto Street and the I-35 frontage road around 3:30 a.m.
A background check on Salazar indicates he lives at the home.
The victim, 33-year-old Jesus Guitron, was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center in critical condition.
A preliminary report released by SAPD indicates Guitron was stabilized after arriving at the hospital.
A spokeswoman for SAMMC did not return KENS 5's calls for an update on his condition Monday.
Olmos Park Police Chief Fritz Bohne said Salazar has been suspended while the department reviews the facts of the incident.
Salazar has been an officer with Olmos Park since January.
Constable Ruben Tejeda confirmed Monday that Salazar was a reserve deputy constable for precinct 1 from August 2010 to January 2013.
The police report indicates Guitron and Officer Salazar got into a physical altercation after a woman inside the home was uncomfortable with the men's plan of "switching partners sexually."
According to the report, another woman handed Salazar a .45 caliber handgun.
Police said he then shot Guitron in the chest, hand and possibly his pinkie finger.

Police found Guitron lying in the street when they arrived on scene.

Cop dies in prison custody


In mid-November, Durham murder suspect Timothy Burns was moved to the state’s Central Prison complex in Raleigh under a safekeeping order.

On Saturday, the former Durham police officer died at a Rex Medical Center in Raleigh.
It’s not clear yet whether Burns, who reportedly tried to commit suicide after police say he stabbed his wife, Maxine, to death, succumbed to those injuries or if something else caused his death.
“There’s very little I’m able to release,” said Pamela Walker, communications director for the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
She noted that safekeeping orders can be issued for medical or mental health reasons. Burns, 51, was at the prison until Nov. 26, she said, at which time he was transferred to Rex Healthcare. He died on Nov. 30.
Deputy Paul Sherwin of the Durham County Sheriff’s Office said that Burns was taken to Central Prison shortly after booking in the Durham jail “because he required medical care that we could not accommodate.”
Burns had been charged with killing his 50-year-old wife on Nov. 8 in their home on Cedarwood Drive in Forestview Heights. No motive or further details about that crime have been publicly released.
Records indicate that he was hired by the police department in 1984 and retired on May 1, 2000.

Hearing re-set for Birmingham police officer charged with arson; 'highly technical' evidence has prolonged case, attorney says

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A hearing for a former Birmingham police officer facing arson charges has been rescheduled, and the case has stretched on because of complex, exhaustive evidence that attorneys must review.
Jason Arnold faces four counts of second-degree arson for his alleged role in setting a series of fire in abandoned buildings throughout western Birmingham.
A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Monday morning before Jefferson County Circuit Judge Clyde Jones, but the hearing was re-set to Jan. 13 at 9 a.m.
Arnold's attorneys Brett Bloomston and Joe Basgier anticipated that Arnold would be indicted on new charges, but nothing was filed Monday.
At a co-defendant's change of plea hearing in October, Deputy Jefferson County District Attorney John Geer had told the judge that other cases involving Arnold were being brought before a grand jury.
The "highly technical" discovery and evidence involved, including GPS technology, have prolonged the case and prevented it from going to trial sooner, Basgier said after the hearing. He added that Arnold has maintained his innocence since he was charged.
"Jason Arnold is adamant that he is innocent," Basgier said. "At the end of the day we had a rogue police officer named Curtis Thornton who practically tried to burn the city down."
Arnold, Thornton - also a former police officer - and a homeless man named Anthony Weaver were charged in the fires.
In July, Thornton was convicted of six counts of second-degree arson from fires in Ensley and Warrior, and he was sentenced to 100 years in prison.
In October, Weaver, 50, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree arson, one count of conspiracy to commit second-degree arson and one count of third-degree burglary.  The arson charges against Weaver are in connection with a fire at an abandoned house at 2929 Avenue W. He allegedly conspired with Arnold in that fire.
Weaver earlier this year filed a federal lawsuit against Arnold and Thornton, claiming that he burned down seven to 10 houses at the direction of Arnold in May 2012. Weaver claims Arnold told him he and other officers were responsible for burning down one structure. He states that Arnold threatened him if he didn't comply with his request to burn down houses.

Two Dallas police officers charged with family violence

Two Dallas police officers have been arrested on family violence charges in separate incidents, the department announced on Monday.
Officer Edgar Garcia-Martinez, 26, a Kennedale resident who works in the South Central Patrol Division, was arrested by Dallas police on Monday.
Dallas Officer Rashad Allen was arrested by DeSoto police on Saturday. He also works in the South Central Patrol Division.

Both men were off-duty at the time of the alleged offenses and both have been placed on administrative leave pending internal affairs investigations

DC Officer Arrested for Child Porn

A D.C. police officer was arrested and charged with production of child pornography while on duty, the Metropolitan Police Department announced Tuesday.

Officer Marc Washington is accused of taking digital photographs of a 15-year-old girl after ordering her to remove her clothes.
Washington -- an officer with MPD since 2006 -- was arrested Monday, shortly after the victim's mother called police, authorities said.
According to charging documents, Washington first made contact with the family when the girl's mother called police to report her missing. Washington went to the family's home to take a missing persons report.
The girl returned home Sunday afternoon, but later that night, according to authorities, Washington went back to the apartment and asked to speak to the girl privately. He entered her bedroom and ordered her to remove her clothing, telling her he needed to take photographs of any injuries she'd sustained while missing, say charging documents.
The girl said she wasn't hurt, but he told her it was part of the procedure and she complied, the documents say.
After he left, the victim told her mother, who called police.
Washington was pulled over while still on duty. Authorities recovered a dozen images of the girl from his camera, including nine that had been deleted but were recoverable, authorities said.
Authorities also found other photos -- including nude images -- of unidentified people on Washington's camera.
They said at least two of the subjects appear to be minors.
"We invest a great amount of time and effort to ensure that we are hiring the right people and we continue to proactively monitor integrity across the department," said Police Chief Cathy Lanier. "But to learn of an allegation of this kind against a person who is sworn to protect our children, it is both shocking and disturbing. We are fortunate that someone came forward to alert us of this behavior to ensure that we prevent future victims."
Police are working to learn whether there may be additional victims, they said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities at 202-727-9099 or Youth Investigations Division at 202-576-6768. Those wishing to remain anonymous can submit tips by text messaging 50411.

Fullerton Police Lawyers: Kelly Thomas Killed Himself

Day One of the prosecution's case against two Fullerton cops accused of using excessive force in 2011 to kill an unarmed homeless man had an eerie resemblance to another trial that landed Orange County in embarrassing international headlines a decade ago.
In Corona del Mar, three young men--including the son of a wealthy, corrupt assistant sheriff--got a 16-year-old girl highly intoxicated and, after she'd fallen unconscious, stripped her before videotaping themselves sexual assaulting her vagina and rectum with a Tree Top Apple Juice can, pool cue, Snapple bottle and lit cigarette.
Defense lawyers put Jane Doe, that victim, on trial and brought in so-called expert witnesses who opined that the girl faked her stupor for the Sony camcorder after asking her assailants to film her in a necrophilia sex scene she could presumably use to enter the Los Angeles porn world.
Today, inside Judge William R. Froeberg's 10th floor courtroom--just beneath the location of the infamous Haidl Gang Rape trial, acclaimed defense lawyers for ex-officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli offered jurors similarly ludicrous stories.
Ramos attorney John Barnett, who also served as a losing defense lawyer in the Haidl case, portrayed victim Kelly Thomas as a menacing physical specimen who scared a large group of towering, fully-armed, veteran cops that chased, surrounded, punched, kicked, restrained, clubbed and shot Taser blasts into the homeless man's relatively small frame for five minutes. In his part of the courtroom theater, Cicinelli defense lawyer Michael Schwartz admitted cops used force on Thomas but, despite him falling silent during the attack and lying in a huge pool of his own blood, he was medically fine when EMT's put him into an ambulance.
Schwartz also argued that gruesome hospital photographs of Thomas have given the false impression that police were brutal when, he insists, most of the external damage was simply superficial bruising.
But, like the defense line in the Haidl Gang Rape that the victim asked to be raped to start a porn career, Schwartz is asking jurors to declare that Thomas killed himself and police, his close companions during his final minutes alive, neither contributed to the death nor committed any criminal acts.
His line--delivered without cracking a smile--was that an "overexerting," 37-year-old Thomas beat himself to death by struggling with concerned, compassionate officers.
"His heart couldn't take it," said Schwartz.
He later added, "A tragedy? Yes. A crime? No. Sometimes tragedies happen in this world."
Before he finished, Schwartz accused District Attorney Tony Rackauckas of personally manufacturing a case by tampering with key witnesses to alter their stories to fit his prosecution theory of police brutality.
(Both Barnett and Schwartz specialize in representing law enforcement officers accused of committing crimes and are known in Southern California courthouses for their intensity, creativity and steep legal rates.)
At the beginning of the day, Rackauckas--a former superior court judge and Republican activist who has a lengthy track record of defending cops in suspicious shooting cases over the years--told the jury these warped officers took what should have been a minor encounter with Thomas, who wasn't wanted for any serious crime, and unnecessarily killed him.
The trial, which has drawn dozens of journalists and members of the public--many of whom are visibly outraged by the defense tactics, resumes tomorrow in Santa Ana and is expected to last several weeks. Joseph Wolfe, a third charged Fullerton cop in the Thomas case, will face trial at a later date.
Protesters stood outside of the courthouse holding handmade signs against police brutality.

Dalton police officers suspended for cursing at bus of children


Two Dalton police officers were suspended for cursing at a bus full of children. The bus driver requested police saying the students were being too unruly for her to safely drive. Channel 3 obtained video of the whole incident.

Dalton Public Schools contracts out for bus service with the company First Student. The company informed us that the bus driver is no longer employed there. In the video you can hear her reprimand the students multiple times before pulling over, and requesting police response. It's how the officers handled it next that rubbed parents the wrong way.

It happened on November 11th. The bus was full of dozens of rowdy middle school students and a frustrated driver. The driver pulled over and warned students she would call police if they didn't quiet down. The arguing continued. The driver requested that the bus dispatcher call police. Two Dalton police officers responded.

"You want to act like a bunch of hellions and she can't f****** focus on what she's doing," Officer John Gurrieri said to the students.

"I was really surprised to find the officers used that language. It's certainly not something that we advocate or support," Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker said.

"You want to act like crazy a**holes, do it at home," Gurrieri said on the video.

Officer Steven Collins talked to one student off the bus, using one swear word.  Officer John Gurrieri talked to the rest of the kids, cursing multiple times.

"You think it's f****** funny when you're all hurt or someone else is hurt," he said.

It didn't take long for an angry parent to complain to the police department.

"Both are good officers however they made a serious mistake of judgement here," Chief Parker said.

Chief Parker says neither officer has ever had a complaint against him before. Collins has been on the force seven years and Gurrieri for one.

"The officers are very remorseful. They understand what impact this has had on their reputation. They understand what impact this has on the credibility of the agency," Chief Parker said.

Both officers were suspended without pay for two days, received written reprimands, are required to do 40 hours of community service in support of local youth programs, and must go through additional training on verbal communication.

Again, the company Dalton Schools outsources for transportation says the driver is no longer employed there.


By Mary Tuma

On Friday, November 22, San Antonio Police Officer Jackie Len Neal handcuffed a young woman, allegedly placed his hand inside her blouse and began groping her breasts, according to a police report. After pulling the woman over for suspected auto theft (although SAPD has yet to confirm the car was stolen, the San Antonio Express-Newsreported) the 40-year-old white male then took the woman to the back of his police car and raped her, instructing her not to tell anyone.
This isn’t the first sexual assault accusation Neal has faced—a woman made a similar sexual violation complaint against Neal a few years ago. Because the woman didn’t cooperate in the police investigation, it was dropped and Neal saw no penalty. Along the lines of sexual misconduct, Neal dated an 18-year-old member of the department’s Police Explorer program two years ago. He received a three-day suspension in September but was reportedly transferred to the night shift following the incident. Neal was arrested on charges of felony sexual assault for his latest offense, and eventually released on $20,000 bond.
As an isolated incident, Neal’s case is worrisome but moreover, his dismal track record of alleged and documented sexual misconduct reflects a troubling systemic pattern within SAPD culture. As the Current extensively reported back in 2010, SAPD has received a disturbingly high number of sexual misconduct complaints within a system that is said to be unfriendly to alleged victims and equipped with vague tracking for this type of misconduct and thus, accountability, of these violations—making the accusations against Neal not only a heinous act if proven guilty, but a solemn reminder these widespread, institutional problems likely persist.
SAPD public information officers could not comment on further details of the accusation, as the criminal investigation was ongoing as of press time. In an e-mailed statement, Police Chief William McManus said, “This conduct is unthinkable and I’m absolutely outraged. Once we became aware of the allegation, we took prompt action. A high standard of conduct is a priority of the SAPD. I praise the victim for having the courage to come forward and having the confidence in the SAPD to handle the case effectively.”
However, a community-based evaluation of SAPD policies and practice by the Police Executive Research Forum, released in May 2008, detailed several procedural obstacles for these complainants, including accessibility and transparency. The PERF recommended a series of departmental reforms, including an independent review of SAPD.
“At the time, we were dealing with what I would call, an internal affairs department that was out of control,” University of Texas at San Antonio Professor Mario Salas, part of the San Antonio Coalition for Civil and Human Rights and former PERF member, told the Current. Salas pointed to intimidating complaint report practices, such as a provision stating the alleged victim could be liable for felony perjury when giving a statement of the offense, not receiving a copy of the complaint itself and not being able to bring anyone to the advisory action board hearing with them—for either legal reasons or moral support—one of Salas’ “biggest points of contention,” while studying the issue.
While they can now be accompanied by someone (at the approval of the chairman of the advisory action board), the complainants are still not given a copy of their complaint and the aggravated perjury warning remains on formal complaint acceptance forms, said SAPD spokesperson Sandy Gutierrez.
The department, and Deputy City Manager Erik Walsh (who oversees SAPD), did not respond to further questions about the PERF recommendations and other efforts to reform SAPD’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations.
It’s not just the complaint process that has spurred criticism—there’s the perceived lack of action taken when alleged (albeit lesser) offenses occur. A 2011Texas Civil Rights Project report concluded that, “SAPD suffers from a systemic lack of supervision and accountability that allows serious incidents of misconduct to arise.” Further, it found that while officers were ultimately indefinitely suspended and, in some cases, faced criminal charges, in most instances they were not first-time offenders. “Rather, it took an egregious incident to get SAPD’s attention,” the report noted. The authors proposed a heavier investment in early intervention systems–by taking proactive steps before an employee gets into serious trouble, at least, fewer citizens will be affected by his or her misconduct, they write.
“The Chief didn’t hold supervisors responsible for identifying early warning signals of officers that might have problems and hold them accountable,” said James Harrington, a human rights attorney and founder/director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, in an interview with the Current. While McManus says that the department took “prompt action” when the allegations arose, Harrington questions why Neal’s past activity didn’t merit increased scrutiny of the officer to begin with.
“When you see these characteristics, these signs of aggression—that might not be as serious, of course, as rape—they should still set off a signal, a flag that there is something wrong with this guy and you got to take him aside and work with him on this stuff or get rid of him … I mean, you don’t out of the clear blue sky go rape somebody.”
When Harrington learned of Neal’s alleged offense, he immediately drew a parallel with the case of Officer Craig Nash. In 2010, Nash allegedly handcuffed and transported a transgendered woman to a secluded area, where he then forced her to give him oral sex and raped her. While SAPD arrested Nash shortly thereafter, the officer exhibited similar early indicators well before the incident, said Harrington. In 2009 Harrington himself co-filed a complaint that Nash demonstrated “rough and inappropriate treatment” of a domestic-violence victim. The department failed to investigate the complaint.
“There was clear conduct that this cop was off balance,” said Harrington, who made the complaint after his son heard the victim’s screams from a hotel room, called Nash and received aggression on the other end. “When I heard about Neal I said, ‘you’ll probably find the same thing—warning signs.’”
An ambiguous complaint classification system exacerbates the early intervention and accountability problems, say advocates of SAPD reform. A 2011 SAPD Internal Affairs Report(the most recent year available), that tracks complaints from citizens against SAPD officers, lists 334 formal cases investigated on 284 officers, an increase in caseload from the 280 cases on 361 officers documented by the department in 2010. But it’s difficult to discern which investigations arise from sexual offenses, as sexual misconduct is not separated into its own category, despite the parsing out of detailed subsection rule violations like “court dress codes.” Instead, it falls under the umbrella of an officer’s “conduct and behavior” which was called into question some 66 times in 2011, surpassing all other alleged violations. (The second highest was application of force at 46 times.)
SAPD’s Gutierrez says sexual misconduct is not limited to this category and depends on what the allegation entails. For instance, it can fall under “consorting with persons of ill repute” meaning a prostitute or felon; this category only received a single complaint in 2011.
As for the punishment, Neal is innocent until proven guilty, but those who have examined SAPD policies argue the continuation of his paid leave salary—which SAPD say “follows procedure”—is not only over-the-top, but sets troubling precedent for future possible offenders.
“I think it ought to depend on the severity of the charge; with something like this you should not be getting paid,” said Salas. “If you curse someone out, OK, it’s a lighter thing, but raping someone? I don’t think he should get a dime until this thing is settled.”
Harrington suggested cutting the officer’s salary in half or allotting back pay if he is eventually vindicated—if his compensation isn’t curbed at all, he said, SAPD signals they don’t take these allegations seriously, regardless of what claims they make publicly.
“It sends the message that it’s OK—‘I won’t have to work and I’ll still get paid’—there has to be some kind of punishment that the other cops can see,” Harrington said. “They just don’t do a very good job of [reprimanding sexual misconduct] and I think part of the reason is that they get away with it.”

Former Pawtucket police officer accused of assaulting, raping girlfriend

A former Pawtucket police officer who resigned after allegations of assaulting a girlfriend while on duty has been charged with raping and trying to strangle another girlfriend at his apartment in North Smithfield.
Stephen Ricco, 40, is being held without bail after a Pawtucket woman accused him of attacking, raping and biting her during a violent argument in the early hours of Thanksgiving.
When neighbors at the High Rocks mill building heard the argument and banged on the walls, Ricco told her not to answer the door if the police arrived, according to an affidavit. When he finally drove her home, Ricco ordered her not to call the police, the affidavit said.
She didn’t call — she walked into the North Smithfield police station that day. Ricco was arrested Thursday and arraigned Friday on felony domestic violence charges of rape and strangling, as well as misdemeanor charges of domestic disorderly conduct and simple assault.
North Smithfield police didn’t return a call about the case on Tuesday, but details are revealed in affidavits accompanying search warrants written by Detective Russell Ridge III.
The police seized anabolic steroids, pills and unopened syringes, among other items, from Ricco’s apartment in the building at 1 Tupperware Drive.
The woman told the police that Ricco was her “on-and-off boyfriend.” (The Journal does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.)
The woman told the police that Ricco picked her up from her job in Pawtucket late Wednesday night, brought her to her apartment to change clothes, and then drove them to a tavern in North Smithfield for drinks.
After 1 a.m., they went to Denny’s restaurant in North Smithfield, where she said Ricco started to slam things on the table. That was when she decided she wanted to go home.
She told the police that she asked Ricco numerous times to take her home. Instead, he drove her to his apartment, where they got into an argument that turned violent, the affidavit said. “Ricco began to choke her with his hands around her neck, causing her to be unable to breath(e),” the affidavit said. When the neighbors banged on the walls, Ricco released her and shut off the lights, telling her not to answer the door.
The woman said she went into the upstairs bathroom and called Ricco’s ex-wife, telling her she was scared. She said the ex-wife hung up on her.
The woman said that Ricco overheard the conversation and attacked her again — this time, holding her down in the bedroom, biting her face and raping her, the affidavit said.
The woman said she eventually persuaded Ricco to take her home.
This is the second time this year that Ricco has been accused of domestic violence.
Ricco was suspended from the Pawtucket Police Department in February and later resigned after a girlfriend accused him of violence — including drawing his service weapon and telling her to kill him. She obtained a temporary restraining order against him.
Pawtucket police charged Ricco with domestic assault, which was dismissed. Instead, Ricco pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct and was told to attend anger-management counseling.
Ricco’s lawyer, former House Speaker John B. Harwood, didn’t return a call from The Journal on Tuesday afternoon.

Officer charged in assault on daughter

WAILUKU - Maui police officer Nelson Johnson has been charged with second-degree assault and two counts of physical abuse for allegedly slapping his daughter, police said.
Johnson was recently sought on a warrant, police said after felony charges were filed. Police arrested Johnson on Monday, and he was later released after posting $5,000 bail, police records show.
The 46-year-old officer was originally arrested and charged Nov. 20 for abuse of a family or household member. He posted $1,000 bail and was released.
The incident occurred Nov. 19 when Johnson slapped his daughter following an argument at her Wailuku residence, police said. The 13-year-old girl fell backward, hit her head on a wall-mounted air conditioner and suffered a concussion.
Her mother called police, and the girl was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center. She was later released in good condition, police said.
Johnson is an 18-year veteran of the department. He remains on administrative leave.

Rio Grande City Officer Charged With Child Sexual AssaultTwo counts of child sexual assault are the charges against a former Rio Grande City police officer.  Former police sergeant Rodolfo Hinojosa was arraigned on the charges Monday, stemming from allegations he had sexual contact with two underage girls.  Starr County authorities had been investigating the allegations that had surfaced last month.  Hinojosa resigned last month and turned himself in Monday after learning an arrest warrant had been issued.  The 28-year-old Hinojosa had been an officer with the Rio Grande City police department since 2007.

Trial begins for former New Orleans officer charged in deadly shooting after Hurricane Katrina

NEW ORLEANS –  Opening statements began Wednesday in the retrial of a former New Orleans policeman who shot and killed a man four days after Hurricane Katrina.
David Warren is charged with violating 31-year-old Henry Glover's civil rights and using a weapon in a violent crime.
Warren was guarding a police substation from a second-floor balcony when he shot Glover in 2005. He previously testified that he thought Glover had a gun. He was convicted of manslaughter in 2010, but a federal appeals court overturned the conviction.
The court ruled he should have been tried separately from officers charged in a cover-up designed to make Glover's shooting appear justified.
In opening statements Wednesday, jurors heard two very different accounts of Glover's death four days after Hurricane Katrina plunged the city into chaos.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Fishman argued that Warren believed looters were "animals who deserved to be shot" — and that he used his personal rifle equipped with a high-powered scope to shoot a man who was running away from him.
Defense attorney Julian Murray countered that Warren was an honorable man who believed Glover had a weapon and believed his own life was in danger.
Warren was serving a prison sentence of nearly 26 years when the appeals court overturned a 2010 manslaughter conviction.
During jury selection for the retrial, Africk emphasized that Warren's case is unrelated to other federal cases, including those alleging police misconduct. He specifically mentioned deadly police shootings on New Orleans' Danziger bridge after Hurricane Katrina.
Warren's attorneys argued in October that some prospective jurors mistakenly believed he was involved in that case.
Warren was among 20 officers charged in a series of federal investigations of alleged police misconduct in New Orleans. Five pleaded guilty; three were acquitted; four convictions were upheld; seven await retrials after their convictions were overturned; and another trial ended in a mistrial because of a prosecutor's remarks.
In 2011, the Justice Department issued a scathing report alleging a pattern of discriminatory and unconstitutional conduct by police. The city and the Justice Department reached an agreement calling for sweeping changes in police policy, though the city has since objected to the potentially expensive agreement.

Texas DPS Officer Charged With Drug Possession

CLEBURNE (December 3, 2013) An off-duty Texas Department of Public Safety officer has been arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.
Jimmy Jay Gillman, 47, of Cleburne was charged with possession of a controlled substance after his arrest Tuesday night after he was observed while under surveillance taking possession of methamphetamine, Lt. Tim Jones said Wednesday.
He was arrested while in the front yard of his home, authorities said.
Gillman's girlfriend was also in the home, but was released after the property was searched.
Gillman’s bond was set at $100,000.
The DPS has suspended Gillman pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Staten Island Police Officer Charged with Extortion

BROOKLYN — A Staten Island police officer was among three charged with extorting a Queens restaurant owner.
Besnik Llakatura, 34, who is assigned to the 120th precinct, was charged with Redinel Dervishaj, 37, and Denis Nikolla, 33, for allegedly demanding monthly payments from the restaurant owner in exchange for "protection," according to the FBI.
"The defendants told their victims they offered 'protection' but, in reality, they peddled fear and intimidation through the Albanian community — their community — of Queens,” said Loretta Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, in a statement.
“When one victim turned to law enforcement for help, he was betrayed again by a corrupt officer on the take, who turned his back on his badge, his oath, and his friend in exchange for extortion money in his pocket."
The three allegedly targeted Albainan businesses owners in Astoria, and used their shared heritage along with violence, fear and intimidation to collect payments from owners, the FBI said.
The scheme began after the victim opened a restaurant in Astoria and was visited by Dervishaj. Dervishaj allegedly told him that he opened a business in their neighborhood and had to pay them, the FBI said.
When the victim went to his friend Llakatura he allegedly discouraged the owner to go to the police and tried to persuade him to make the payments.
The victim resisted, and was allegedly threatened with physical violence and chased down the street at gunpoint by Nikolla, the FBI said.
Over five months, the three allegedly took turns collecting money from the owner, netting $24,000.
Wiretaps on them collected evidence detailing their efforts to control businesses in the neighborhood through violence, fear and intimidation, the FBI said.
The three were charged for extortion conspiracy, attempted extortion and brandishing a firearm at their arraignment in Brooklyn on Tuesday, the FBI said.
Llakatura, who has worked as an NYPD officer in Staten Island since 2006, has been suspended without pay.