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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”

Cleveland police officer charged with aggravated menacing

Dena Greer

CLEVELAND - A Cleveland police officer has been charged with aggravated menacing.
Officers said a citizen made a complaint against Officer Leonard Moore following a July 4, 2013 traffic stop.
Police said the complaint was investigated by the Division's Integrity Control Section and the results were reviewed by the Prosecutor's Office.
Officer Moore was then served Friday with a summons to appear in court.
His arraignment has been scheduled for Jan. 21.
No other information was released.

Yamhill reserve police officer arrested, charged with assaulting 4-year-old in Sheridan

Michael Shane Abo, 34, a reserve police officer for the city of Yamhill and a former Yamhill County Sheriff's deputy, was arrested Saturday morning by McMinnville police for allegedly physically abusing his girlfriend's 4-year-old son.
The boy is listed in critical condition at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, according to police.
Abo is charged with two counts each of first-degree assault and first-degree criminal mischief. The assault charge is a Class A felony and Measure 11 offense, punishable on conviction by a mandatory minimum prison sentence. The criminal mistreatment charge is a Class C felony.
He is lodged in the Washington County Jail in Hillsboro on $1 million bail. Given Abo's local law enforcement connections, he was moved to Washington County from the local facility. He tentatively will be arraigned at 1:20 p.m. Monday in Yamhill County Circuit Court.
Yamhill County Sheriff Jack Crabtree also requested that McMinnville police investigate the alleged abuse.
Crabtree confirmed that Abo was terminated as a deputy with his department.
"His job performance was not up to our standards," Crabtree said. "We tried working with him."
McMinnville police reported Abo was a reserve with the Yamhill department at the time of his arrest.
Police gave this account of the incident:
The sheriff's office responded Tuesday night to a medical call at Abo's residence, 420 N.E. Evans St.. The boy was transported by Life Flight helicopter to OHSU
An Oregon State Police SWAT unit and the U.S. Marshals assisted in taking Abo into custody Saturday.
News-Register records show Abo was awarded a Yamhill County Sheriff's Lifesaving Award in April 2012.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call McMinnville Police Detective Hugo Cerda at 503-434-7307.

Federal court upholds Tulsa police officer's corruption conviction

DENVER -— An appeals court on Friday upheld the conviction of a former Tulsa police officer who was caught in a sting during a federal police corruption investigation.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 against Harold R. Wells' claims that he was unfairly convicted in 2011 in federal court in Tulsa.
Wells, 62, is serving a 10-year term at a federal prison in Minnesota and is not scheduled for release until 2020, Federal Bureau of Prison records show.
The former Tulsa police corporal was among three police officers and a federal agent to be sent to prison in connection with the corruption probe by FBI undercover agents. It began on suspicions that police officers were stealing drugs and money from drug dealers.
"The evidence supporting Wells' convictionswasexceedingly strong," judges of the Denver-based appellate court wrote in Friday's 41-page decision.
The evidence included wiretaps of Wells' telephone calls.
Wells was convicted of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with an intent to distribute it, conspiracy to steal public funds, theft of public funds and using a telephone to facilitate the commission of a drug felony.
The public funds were sting money the FBI planted in 2009 in a motel room that Wells and other officers thought was occupied by a drug dealer they purportedly were investigating.
The supposed dealer was an uncover FBI agent.
Hidden cameras captured images of Wells and other officers taking the planted money.
Wells contended, among other claims, that the FBI obtained evidence against him by unconstitutional means.
"This court has no difficulty concluding there is sufficient evidence to support the jury's finding that Wells was not engaging in legitimate police practices but was, instead, engaging in a criminal conspiracy," Friday's decision states.
"The evidence ... provided the jury a sufficient basis to infer that Wells' and (former office John K.) Gray's motivation in developing a relationship with Joker (the pseudonym for the FBI agent posing as a drug dealer) was to maintain a steady supply of drug dealers from which they could potentially steal cash and drugs," the decision states.
Gray pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing money during the sting. He cooperated with prosecutors, was sentenced to four months in prison and was released in May 2012.
Former officer Jeff Henderson was convicted of civil-rights violations and perjury. He completed a 42-month prison term in October.
Brandon McFadden, a former ATF agent who pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy in the corruption case, was sentenced to 21 months in prison. He was released in July.
The trials of the former law enforcement officers involved allegations of falsifying sworn affidavits for search warrants, perjury, witness-tampering, selling drugs and conspiracy.
Three officers were acquitted of civil-rights violations.
At least 48 people have been freed from prison or had their cases modified because of civil-rights violations or potential problems with their cases stemming from the police corruption scandal.
At least 17 lawsuits have been filed against the city of Tulsa and individual police officers as a result.

Romulus police corruption trial begins Thursday

Romulus— The first in a series of trials into allegations of wide-ranging corruption within the Romulus Police Department begins this week.
On Thursday, Sandra Vlaz-St. Andre, wife of the former Romulus Police Chief Michael St. Andre, goes on trial for allegedly using money belonging to the department on a tanning salon. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office alleges that the money came from the department’s drug forfeiture funds and was embezzled by her husband while he was chief.
A second trial in the case is scheduled for Feb. 24 and involves former Romulus Police Detectives Jeremey Channells and Larry Droege, who are charged with misconduct in office.
The former chief and former Romulus Police Officers Richard Balzer, Richard Landry and Donald Hopkins face trial later in the year for their alleged roles in the case, which involved charges of embezzlement of more than $100,000 in drug forfeiture funds and running a criminal enterprise from 2006 to 2011.
The trials cap a three-year investigation by the Michigan State Police that resulted in dozens of charges, the most serious of which is operating a criminal enterprise, which carries a 20-year prison sentence.
Prosecutors maintain the defendants pretended to be investigating the Landing Strip Bar in Romulus and Subi’s Place in Southgate. The phony investigations, it is alleged, were a ruse for hiring prostitutes from nearby strip clubs and fabricating expenses for which they were later reimbursed.
During one year, the officers allegedly spent $40,000 in forfeiture funds on prostitutes, marijuana and alcohol, prosecutors said. St. Andre is accused of using $75,000 from the funds to pay for trips and to buy his wife the tanning salon.
The former chief faces 10 charges. His wife is charged with acquiring or maintaining a criminal enterprise and conspiracy to maintain a criminal enterprise. Both face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Balzer’s attorney, Mike Rataj, said although he doesn’t expect his client will go to trial until the summer, he is confident he will be cleared of the charges.
“We’re ready to try this case, and we’re confident we’re going to win,” said Rataj, who added there are a few issues to be worked out before Balzer’s trial begins.