by Chris Patterson
MILWAUKEE -- A woman is filing a federal lawsuit after a Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputy allegedly arrested her for drunk driving to cover up his fault in a car accident.
According to federal documents, Tanya Weyker was traveling south on Howell Ave. when Deputy Joseph Quiles drove through a stop sign resulting in an accident. Weyker's car spun out of control, and struck a tree in a median barrier.
The lawsuit filed in federal court claims three other Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputies, Scott Griffin, Byron Terry, and Sergeant Matthew Paradise, responded to this accident the night of February 20, 2013. The lawsuit alleges all officers conspired to cover up Quiles' role in the accident by having Weyker falsely arrested for driving while intoxicated.
The federal lawsuit says Griffin, Terry and Paradise failed to intervene or prevent Weyker's arrest. The lawsuit also says they all willfully "ignored or disregarded" evidence indicating Quiles was at fault for this accident. Attorneys say all responding deputies filed false and inaccurate information saying Weyker was driving drunk.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is also mentioned in this lawsuit. It says Sheriff Clarke became aware of the video that proved Quiles was at fault in the February 20th accident. The video was made available to Sheriff Clarke within one week of the incident.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office declined to issue any charges against Weyker after blood tests showed she was completely sober. Assistant DA Ron Dauge noted, "A MCSO squad t-bones the driver's car as she is heading south on Howell Avenue. The squad failed to stop/yield to an auto in the active traffic lane. Although the defendant admits that she was driving 45 in a 35 (mph) zone, that speed isn't excessive, just a violation of the speed limit. Defendant was cooperative with police and consented to blood test. Blood test shows no alcohol, no drugs at all. So no evidence of impairment. Ticket was also written for 'imprudent speed.' 45 in 35 might be in excess of posted limit, but doesn't appear to be "imprudent." Further, driver's car suffered significant damage, both driver and passenger suffered injuries and were admitted into Froedtert as a consequence of the collision."
Written by Kevin Robison
CEDAR CITY – Jed Prisbrey Imlay, 32, appeared for his initial hearing at the 5th District Court in Cedar City on Tuesday. Imlay resigned from the Cedar City Police Department June 16 after being charged with driving under the influence while off duty – allegedly with a child in the vehicle – and leaving the scene of an accident after crashing in the parking lot of a little league baseball complex.
Imlay entered not guilty pleas through his attorney, Douglas Terry, to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol with a minor in the vehicle, a class-A misdemeanor, and leaving the scene of an accident that involved property damage, a class-B misdemeanor.
Prosecution is being handled by the Beaver County Attorney’s Office in order to avoid a conflict of interest with Iron County.
A review hearing is set for Aug. 12 at 9 a.m.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
By RACHAEL MYERS LOWE
CHARLESTON, SC — A former Isle of Palms police officer was arrested Tuesday and charged with misconduct in office and breach of trust, the State Law Enforcement Division announced in a news release.
Dawn Caldwell, 45, worked in the evidence room at the Isle Of Palms Police Department. Between 2009 and 2013, the SLED warrant charges, Capt. Caldwell took items from the evidence room worth more than $2,000 and pawned them at a local pawn shop. She was also charged with pawning her department issued Glock pistol on two occasions.
The SC Law Enforcement Division investigated the case at the request of the Isle of Palms Police Department.
Caldwell was being held at the Charleston County Detention Center on Tuesday.
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Newly released records show that a former Wisconsin police officer charged with dumping two bodies stuffed into suitcases along a highway had a lengthy disciplinary record, including three suspensions and four reprimands.
Fifty-two-year-old Steven Zelich is charged with two counts of hiding a corpse in Walworth County. Authorities say he's also a suspect in the women's deaths, although no homicide charges have been filed.
Zelich worked for the West Allis Police Department from February 1989 until he resigned in August 2001.
Records obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press show he was suspended twice in 2001 for lying - for 20 days in May and two days in April.
He also received a one-day suspension in 1996 for failing to report an accident in which he was involved while on duty.
Highway workers discovered two suitcases containing female remains June 5 in the Town of Geneva, some 50 miles southwest of Milwaukee. Police identified one woman as Laura Simonson, 37, of Farmington, Minnesota. The second woman was identified through dental records as Jenny Gamez from Cottage Grove, Oregon.
By Paula Mejia
Truthout revealed last week that there is no organization keeping good data on sexual violence perpetrated by police. Universities are being pressured by students, alumni and human rights groups for more transparency regarding sexual assault cases on campuses, but sexual misconduct committed by on-duty police officers goes vastly underreported. Truthout also says that when police-perpetrated sexual violence is reported, shorter sentences or dismissed cases are more common.
Cases of police-perpetrated molestation, harassment sexual assault, rape and molestation have been all over the headlines recently. A former Washington, D.C., officer admitted that he forced teenagers to work as escorts out of his apartment, while a former Wisconsin police officer was arrested for murdering two women and stuffing them into suitcases. An officer in Texas was arrested on domestic violence charges and was recorded saying that his wife would benefit from being “cut by a razor, set on fire, beat half to death and left to die.” A former Georgia officer was sentenced to 35 years on child molestation charges after he forced himself on two girls and a woman while on duty.
Jennifer Marsh, vice president of victims services at the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, told Truthout that her organization receives multiple reports of police-perpetrated sexual crimes each month via its anonymous hotline. Marsh is unsure how many of these cases result in an arrest, and how many times charges are dismissed because the officer’s word is taken over the victim’s, partly because of the power dynamics in such situations and partly because of how the rapists select their targets.
“[Officers] tend to choose victims who would lack so-called credibility in the eyes of other law enforcement, whether it was somebody who was engaged in sex work or whether it is somebody who was intoxicated or who was using drugs, and then they use that justification for why that person cannot be believed,” Marsh said.
“Unfortunately, this is more the norm than the exception,” she continues. “It’s hard to do research and find reliable statistics on a topic that nobody wants to speak about.” An unofficial study by the Cato Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project found that sexual misconduct is the second greatest of all civilian complaints nationwide against police officers, at 9.3 percent in 2010. The organization noted that 354 of the 618 officers under investigation for sexual offenses were accused of engaging in nonconsensual sexual acts, and just over half of the 354 cases involved minors.
Within the criminal justice system, sex offenders are difficult to prosecute, but officers accused of sexual crimes are even tougher to convict. According to a U.S. Department of Justice survey, 60 percent of sexual assaults go unreported, only 3 percent of rapists will serve time in prison, and the numbers for cops are nonexistent. The study notes that these cops are typically unsupervised and, if arrested, often have to recount the crime to, well, other cops. The truth is that little accountability exists for law enforcement officials.
Consider the case of Nicole Smith. In a report, she describes in graphic detail the horrible violence she endured when a police officer raped her over 20 years ago. “He just started beating the shit out of me, and he had a gun,” she said. “I remember him telling me, ‘You’re never going home’.... I could feel the gun on my face.” The officer was off duty when the rape happened (the two were briefly dating at the time). But a study conducted by Bowling Green State University finds that more than half of reported police-perpetrated rapes between 2005 and 2007 occurred when an officer was on duty.
Smith isn’t sure if she would have talked to the police at all had a friend not taken her to the hospital after the attack. “My paranoia was beyond belief when I was talking to the police,” she said. When Smith pressed charges, the officer was already standing trial on charges of raping and assaulting another woman. That case was dropped, and Smith’s case ended in a plea bargain for a life sentence. Smith’s rapist was deemed eligible for parole after an initial five years, then again every three years, although she said he has a good chance of getting out as early as September 2015 due to recent changes in the state’s parole board operations.
The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women funded an initiative by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to develop policies and training standards to prevent police-perpetrated sexual misconduct. The American Prospect reports, however, that the organization fails to track progress within its local departments. In 2000, the Department of Justice and the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training unveiled the National Decertification Index, a database compiled to prevent decertified officers from becoming rehired due to misconduct. The most recent version of the index contains reports from only 37 states.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office is pursing incest and child rape charges against an Airport Police officer.
Spokane Airports released a statement Wednesday. It said the officer had been suspended without pay pending the outcome of an investigation.
Airport officials said the part-time reserve commissioned Airport Police officer, had been employed since 2002.
KREM 2 News has not released the suspect’s name in order to protect the identity of the victim.
By Jenny Johnson, Salt Lake City
A Utah police officer who killed his wife, their two children, his mother-in-law and then himself received text messages from his wife just hours earlier threatening to leave him and take their children and confronting him for raping her, documents show.
A Spanish Fork Police report shows Joshua Boren and his wife exchanged heated texts the night and morning before the January killings.
In them, Kelly Boren confronted her husband about raping her and told him their marriage was over. The couple had been separated.
Joshua Boren’s therapist told authorities that Boren drugged his wife and videotaped himself sexually assaulting her on more than one occasion.
Kelly Boren learned of the assaults when she discovered the tapes in 2013, said Spanish Fork Police Lt. Matt Johnson. She did not report the assaults to police because she didn’t want to ruin her husband’s career, the report says.
The night before she was killed, Kelly Boren brought up the alleged sexual assault again, texting the word “rape” to her husband four times, the documents show.
The next morning, Kelly Boren told her husband she would take the children, prompting Joshua Boren to reply by text: “Don’t involve the kids, they are innocent.”
Joshua Boren had worked for the Lindon Police Department for only three months. Before that, he was a Utah County sheriff’s deputy for seven years. He used the service weapon when he killed his family members and himself, authorities said. Toxicology reports show he had no drugs or alcohol in his system.
Police said the state medical examiner confirmed what investigators believed: Joshua Boren shot his wife Kelly Boren, 32, his 55-year-old mother-in-law, Marie King; and his two children, 7-year-old Joshua “Jaden” and 5-year-old Haley, before killing himself.
The shooting happened at the family’s home in Spanish Fork, a city of about 37,000 located 80km south of Salt Lake City.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A New York City policeman has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, assault and drunken driving.
Suspended Officer Brendan Cronin is accused in connection with the apparently random shooting attack on two men in a car at a suburban intersection on April 29. Cronin was off-duty.
The passenger in the car was hit six times. The driver, who was not hit, was at Thursday's arraignment.
He said he wanted Cronin to see his face. He said Cronin saw only the back of his head during the shooting.
A judge signed orders of protection demanding that Cronin stay away from the two men. They have served notice that they plan to sue Cronin and New York City.
Cronin and his lawyer left the courthouse without commenting.
By Brian Amaral | NJ.com
NEW BRUNSWICK – Charlie Kratovil thought he was going to get a scoop about the Police Department.
Instead, the New Brunswick journalist got arrested.
Kratovil, who is the editor of New Brunswick Today, released an audio recording of what he says transpired Tuesday night, after he was accused of violating a temporary restraining order.
Kratovil says he received a phone call Tuesday night from an anonymous tipster. The man, who didn't give his name, told Kratovil he could tell him which police officer threw away a book of traffic tickets, which Kratovil reported on earlier this month. The city is investigating the claim.
Kratovil and the man agreed to meet at Starbucks on George Street. When Kratovil showed up, he was arrested.