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Charged CSPD officer to keep pension
A state association governing pensions for police officers and firefighters said that a Colorado Springs sergeant James Butierres charged with crimes on the job won't lose his pension. Butierres retired from the police department Friday, a day after being formally charged with forgery and theft. He's accused of falsifying his time sheet and misusing grant money related to a car theft enforcement program.

worst of the month

The worst case is from Bolivia, North Carolina. According to the complaint filed by a minor’s guardian ad litem, a police officer, Jaymin Lenwood Murphy, came to a home to investigate allegations that an adult had sent inappropriate photos via cell phone to a minor child. The officer said he needed to question the minor in private. Once in private, the officer had the minor remove her clothing so he could take photos for his ‘investigative file.’ It gets worse. The officer later returned on minor’s fourteenth birthday and raped her.

The runner-up story comes from Bakersfield, California. A 21-year-old woman called the police to report a burglary. Two deputies arrived and one led her into a room where she was then sexually assaulted under the pretense of a ‘pat-down’ search by the deputy. The authorities did move promptly against this deputy–so good for them.

Hey kids...guess what time it is

It’s time for ….

Gerry (With a G) Hyland’s

anal…sorry....ANNUAL steam bath with cops!!!!

   Hi Folks, I'm Gerry Hyland. I give away your money and I mostly give it to cops who don't even live here in the county. 

   Sure, the high schools are jammed packed with too many kids and not enough teachers and okay, so we don't have enough roads. 

  That's not important. (to me)

  What's important (to me) is that the cops get  Drones to watch you with, money for their navy and air force and new police stations that are built to suit royalty and replace perfectly fine existing buildings..and let's not forget those retirement packages lined with gold. 

     A new meal tax introduced by me will solve everything.

     To make sure the cops continue to get my support, I am once again having my anal steam bath with cops......

in the end, I'll get my way.  

Again, every other cop is a common thief

Lee County, Florida: A deputy was arrested and charged with robbery. The victim accepted a ride back to his residence from the officer, but the officer didn’t drive the victim home, instead he drove to a nearby location. Once they arrived there, the victim was battered and robbed by the officer. In a statement, the Sheriff said, “words simply can’t express my disgust and disbelief. Mike Ronga has been arrested and jailed like a criminal should be and his betrayal of our office and the public trust is unforgiveable.” ow.ly/kKecn

Another drunk cop

St. Petersburg officer suspended after crashing his patrol car

ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg police officer who crashed his cruiser while speeding to join a police chase has been suspended for five days.
Officer Timothy Reyes, 29, was driving 110 mph in a 40 mph zone during an authorized chase March 24, St. Petersburg police said.
Reyes told other officers he was going east on 54th Avenue S near the 1900 block when a car pulled out in front of him. He swerved to avoid hitting it.

Investigators said Reyes' cruiser hit the median, slid and flipped. It hit a wooden pole, a metal fence and a tree before stopping. Debris from the pole damaged two parked cars.
All told, the crash caused $30,754 in damage.
Witnesses told officers they didn't see another car pull in front of Reyes. One witness reported seeing a car nearby but didn't know if it prompted Reyes to swerve.
Reyes, who was wearing his seat belt, was pulled from his cruiser and treated for his injuries.
Reyes previously was disciplined for causing a crash on Sept. 26, 2011, a fact officials considered when determining his current discipline.
Police spokesman Bill Proffitt said Reyes was suspended for carelessness, inefficiency and not taking due care to avoid an accident.
St. Petersburg police policy states officers in a chase can "exceed the posted speed limit by up to 25 mph, taking into account traffic, road and weather conditions," according to a department report. Reyes exceeded the speed limit by 70 mph.
The misconduct report stated the crash was "preventable."
The chain of events began about 12:40 a.m. March 24 when a 2002 Cadillac Deville was stolen from a gas station. About 20 minutes later, a man in a Kia intentionally, police say, swerved into oncoming traffic and rammed one of the officers searching for the Cadillac. That officer was not hurt.
Saying the driver had committed aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, the St. Petersburg Police Department authorized pursuit of the Kia.
Before the guidelines were loosened in 2010, St. Petersburg had a policy that allowed officers to chase only people suspected in violent crimes. Police can now chase suspects in lesser crimes like burglary and auto theft.

Williamson police officer charged with DUI found dead in KY

A police officer who was charged with driving under the influence has died, according to Williamson Police Chief Dave Rockel.
Mingo County officials confirm that Williamson police officer Jefferson Taylor III, 27, was discovered dead on Monday.
Taylor's body was found near Hardy in Pike County, Ky., where his mother is believed to live, according to sources within the West Virginia State Police.
The Kentucky State Police Dept. is handling the investigation at this time.
Rockel said he cannot comment on the cause of death at this time.
"We're hurt another one of our officers has passed," Rockel said.
Taylor was suspended without pay after Kentucky State Police charged him with driving under the influence.
Jefferson Taylor III, 27, was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident after troopers in Pike County, Kentucky said he crashed his cruiser last week, according to court documents.
Rockel said his department was conducting an internal investigation into the DUI incident, which will coincide with the Kentucky State Police investigation

Bitten by a Drunk Chicago Cop, Woman Says

CHICAGO (CN) - A drunk, off-duty Chicago cop bit a woman's thigh so fiercely she required medical treatment - yet his cronies charged her with disorderly conduct, she claims in court.
Lisa Murata sued Chicago and 11 police officers, in Federal Court.
"On the early morning of May 4, 2012, the plaintiff, Lisa Murata, who was approximately 5'1'' tall and weighed approximately 115 pounds, was walking outside in the vicinity of 3478 North Clark Street in Chicago, Illinois, when, without any provocation on her part, she was struck and knocked to the ground by the defendant [Nicholas] Pocius, a man nearly twice the size of the plaintiff who, at the time, was off duty but intoxicated and acting in an unruly, abusive, profane and threatening manner toward other bystanders and who, apparently, had already been involved in some physical alteration with one or more persons within the same vicinity," Murata says in the complaint.
"After being knocked to the ground, the plaintiff, Lisa Murata, fell upon her back with the defendant Pocius on top of her. When the plaintiff attempted to free herself from the defendant, the defendant Pocius bit the plaintiff on her left thigh."
Murata was taken to a hospital and treated for a human bite wound, she says.
When Murata went to file a complaint against Pocius at the police station, she was "placed under arrest by the defendant [W.A.] Seski and the defendant [Kevin] Leahy for the alleged offense of battery upon the defendant Pocius, which had been approved by defendant [J.A.] Hoffman, whereupon the plaintiff was handcuffed to a bench and left in the interview room. Thereafter, plaintiff was transferred to a holding cell and after having remained in custody for several hours the plaintiff was released under a $1,500.00 Recognizance Bond with directions that she appear before Branch 29-2 of the Circuit Court of Cook County on May 30,2012 to answer to this criminal charge filed against her," according to the complaint.
Murata says she collected evidence by placing another police officer, Nick Prazuch, at the scene of the alleged assault, and found inconsistencies between the paramedics' and police reports.
"While defendant Pocius admitted at the scene of the incident to paramedics from the Chicago Fire Department that he had been 'drinking all night' and exhibited the odor of alcohol and while defendant Pocius exhibited the odor of alcohol as well as an inability to walk straight to the triage nurse at St. Joseph Hospital, the Original Case Incident Report of the defendant responding officers described defendant Pocius as being 'sober' without any mention of alcohol intake on his part," the complaint states.
It adds: "That while the defendant Pocius had admitted to the triage nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital to being in an altercation at a bar, the Original Case Report of the defendant responding officers made no mention of a bar and, instead, reported that defendant Pocius as having been assaulted while 'standing on the sidewalk and attempting to smoke a cigarette."
Prosecutors dropped charges against Murata in April when she informed them whom she intended to call as witnesses, she says in the complaint. She claims that Pocius was never disciplined for assaulting her.
She seeks punitive damages for violation of due process, conspiracy, assault and battery, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.
She is represented by Timothy Okal.
Also named as defendants are Officers Joseph Siska, Edwin Dantes, S. Romanski, A. Warda, Paul Santangelo, and Ed Hurt.

another drunk cop

Internal investigation continues at Hazel Park Police Department

HAZEL PARK — A Hazel Park police officer who crashed his vehicle while drinking and driving back in March has been convicted and sentenced.
Matthew Viviano, a 17-year veteran with the Hazel Park Police Department, was charged with operating a vehicle with a high blood alcohol content, which carries a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail or $200 to $700 in fines. He pled guilty to impaired driving, a 93-day misdemeanor.
During his sentencing in Lapeer County 71-A District Court, Judge Laura Barnard sentenced him to jail time but said he can do community service in lieu of jail time.
Viviano was also sentenced to a term of probation, which includes no alcohol, as well as outpatient counseling, random screenings, and attending three Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.
His fines and costs totaled $1,025.
The original incident occurred around midnight March 14. Viviano was off-duty, driving around Lapeer County while intoxicated.
Upon crashing, Viviano’s pickup truck flipped on its side, coming to a stop on Baldwin Road in the area of Lippincott Road.
The vehicle was still flipped when police arrived after witnesses called in about the accident. No one was injured, and Viviano was able to walk away.
He was taken into custody by Lapeer police and booked at Lapeer County Jail around 1:40 a.m. He was released around 3:30 p.m., on a ticket to appear in court.
While Viviano has now been sentenced, the HPPD continues to conduct an internal investigation. At press time, he remained suspended without pay.
“It’s an extremely serious situation,” said Hazel Park Police Chief Martin Barner. “Any conduct by my officers, on duty or off-duty, will reflect either positively or negatively, not only on the department, but the city, as well.
“At no time has the city of Hazel Park, nor the HPPD, intervened in any way with his court proceedings,” Barner said. “And as far as the court proceedings are concerned, he was treated as any other citizen would have been treated.”

Lawsuit filed against the City of Springfield for shredding Police Misconduct Files

A lawsuit was filed in Sangamon County Circuit Court today alleging that the City of Springfield, Illinois violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The lawsuit states that the Springfield Police Department shredded 73 Police Misconduct Files after Calvin Christian III sent a Freedom of Information request for those files.
The Lawsuit was filed by Attorneys: Don Craven, Esther Seitz, John Myers and Barbara Myers on behalf of their Client Calvin Christian, who has been in constant court battles with the City of Springfield to seek Police Misconduct files.
The lawsuit is also seeking a $5,000 penalty for each one of the 73 police misconduct files that were destroyed. That penalty could amount to a total of $365,000. The lawsuit is also seeking a re-creation of the improperly destroyed documents.
In the wake of this lawsuit, the City of Springfield sent the plaintiff’s attorney a copy of their authority to destroy records granted by the Illinois State Archivist. The City of Springfield does have the authority to destroy internal affairs files that are only 5 years old, which means they do not have the authority from the Memorandum of Understanding to destroy the 73 files which were less than 5 years old.

Yet another drunk cop

SC police officer on leave after DUI crash in patrol car, cops say
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - A North Charleston police officer is facing charges of driving under the influence, after the Highway Patrol says she wrecked an NCPD cruiser.
According to Sgt. Bob Beres, 29-year-old Christina Mask lost control of the vehicle on McMakin Road in Jedburg around 1:00 a.m. Monday, ran off the roadway and struck a driveway culvert.
Mask was off-duty at the time of the wreck, and was not injured. She is being held at the Dorchester County Detention Center in Summerville.
Court papers say her blood alcohol level was 0.17 which is over twice the legal limit. 
North Charleston Police officials say Mask has been put on leave without pay pending an investigation. 
She was released from the Dorchester County Detention Center Monday morning on a $2,265 PR bond. She will appear in court again in Dorcherter County the afternoon of May 

Colorado Springs cop arrest for forgery, theft

A Colorado Springs police officer arrested on suspicion of theft and forgery last month had a 30-year career that was filled with commendations and stellar job performance reviews, according to his personnel file.
James 'Angelo' Butierres, who joined the force in February 1983, was also honored at the department's 27th Annual Medal of Valor Luncheon in November 2012.
Butierres was one of three Colorado Springs police officers given the Distinguished Service Award at the event. Butierres earned it for his participation in a Feb. 28, 2012 standoff at Urological Associates on Printers Parkway in central Colorado Springs.
During the standoff, a man took several people hostage and four women hid in the building. Police were able to save the hostages and shoot the gunman, who later died from his wounds at Memorial Hospital Central.
A letter from police Cmdr. Brian Grady announcing the award said Butierres 'immediately confronted an armed gunman ... preventing the suspect from finding innocent people hiding in a file room just feet away from him. '
Butierres also received several performance reviews that ranked him as 'superior ' in almost every aspect of his job, according to documents obtained by The Gazette under Colorado's Open Records Act. The file had letters of thanks from many organizations around the Colorado Springs area, including the 4th Judicial District Attorney's office.
He achieved the rank of sergeant in April 2004.
Butierres was placed on administrative leave on April 25 after his arrest. Court documents showed that the sergeant admitted on April 23 that he had 'submitted time worked for hours that he had not actually worked. '
The court records say that Butierres falsely logged almost $2,500 worth of working hours and grant-funded hours. A GPS tracker in his work vehicle showed segments of several hours when the vehicle it didn't move and was sometimes parked in Butierres' driveway, court papers said.
The accusations are being investigated by the DA's office.
Butierres has been on paid administrative leave since April 25. He was provided an attorney by the Police Protective Association and had an advisement hearing Wednesday. His next appearance in 4th Judicial District Court is scheduled for May 9

Yet another drunk cop...............

Farmington Hills police officer suspended without pay after drinking and driving arrest
A Farmington Hills police officer has been suspended without pay after investigators say he was drinking and driving.
Officer Kristopher Landis has been with the Farmington Hills police department for 7 years.
On the night of March 10, police in South Lyon say Landis crashed his Buick into an unoccupied parked car on South Parkwood Drive.
The owner of the car that was hit tells 7 Action News that his car was totaled.
According to the police report, Landis told investigators he was driving home when he hit the other car. The report says Landis' "speech was greatly slurred" and there was a "very strong odor of intoxicants on his breath".
The 7 Action News team obtained police documents that show Officer Landis had a blood alcohol content of .17 which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.
A second test showed he had a blood alcohol content of .15. Officer Landis says he plead guilty to drinking and driving.

The national problem of drugged up and drunk cops

Officer charged with DUI after crash is suspended
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — A Williamson police officer charged with DUI after crashing his cruiser in Kentucky has been suspended without pay. Kentucky State Police arrested 27-year-old Jefferson Taylor III of McCarr, Ky., early Tuesday morning in Hardy.
Taylor, who was off duty at the time of the crash, is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and leaving the scene of an accident. Troopers found him at his parents' house after the crash. Williamson Police Chief Dave Rockel tells WSAZ.com that Taylor has been with the department nearly two years, and the charges come as shock. 

Williamson, Washington: A police officer has been suspended without pay after troopers say he was under the influence when he crashed his cruiser. He is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident. ow.ly/kBXqC

Update: Schaumburg, Illinois (First reported 01-18-13): A civil lawsuit filed against two of the three now-former narcotics officers accused of stealing and selling illegal drugs is moving to federal court. They are being sued by a man who says he was arrested and sentenced to prison after the officers planted drugs and other paraphernalia on his person during an illegal search. ow.ly/kC7SA

Former Valley Cop Sentenced To Five Years In Prison

Five years in prison for a former Valley police officer who helped smuggle high-powered rifles into Mexico. That's the punishment for Armando Duenez, a former cop in Rio Hondo who federal prosecutors said was part of an illegal gun-buying scheme. The 31-year-old Duenez eventually admitted to purchasing more than a dozen semi-automatic rifles with the intent to sell them for profit to weapons smugglers. Duenez was arrested back in 2008, was released on bond, and then fled to Mexico where he lived until late last year, when he turned himself in to officers at the B-and-M International Bridge.

Fantastic deal, cop shoots women in the face six times gets 3 years. He'll probably serve 12 months

Daniel Harmon Wright sentenced to 36 months in prison, with reduced sentencing guidelines he'll do about 11 months.

CULPEPER, Va. (WUSA9) -- The former Culpeper police officer convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of a housewife, was finally sentenced today. 
Judge Susan Whitlock imposed the sentenced recommended by the jury, which adds up to 3 years behind bars.
It was crime that rocked the small historic town of Culpeper, a police officer shoots and killed an unarmed housewife. Today, the case ended with Daniel Harmon wright asking the family of Patricia cook for forgiveness and the judge for leniency.
One last time, Daniel Harmon Wright was escorted in handcuffs to the Culpeper Courthouse. His first sentencing was postponed because of last minutes motions filed by his lawyer. Daniel Hawes argued today that killing of Patricia Cook, who was shot six times as she fled in her jeep wrangle was lawful because his client was just doing his job.
"He was doing his duty as a police officer, to protect the public. Here was someone who had just tried to kill him," said Hawes.
Special prosecutor Jim Fisher told the judge that Harmon Wright betrayed the fraternity of police officers by acting in a callous, reckless and indifferent way and he said, he treated the victim like a video game and took her like. 
The judge denied all defense motions, and imposed the jury's sentence of 36 months, 12 months for each count (manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and shooting into an occupied vehicle resulting in death), plus three years probation and ten years of good behavior. 
Now that the criminal case is over, the civil case begins. The family of Patricia Cook has filed a $5.3 million dollar wrongful death lawsuit against Wright, the Culpeper Police Department, Former Police Chief Dan Boring, who hired Harmon-Wright in 2006, and Current Police Chief Chief Scott Jenkins.

Rhode Island Police Officer Charged with DUI

Rock Island, RI- A Rock Island police officer is hot water after crashing his car into a tree and a house while intoxicated.
Officer Chris Halberg, 25, a three year veteran of the force, was driving south on 30th Street on April 22nd when lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a tree then into a house. Halberg was the only person in the vehicle and was not injured, the Quad City Times reported.
Rock Island Assistant Chief declined to say whether Halberg submitted to field sobriety tests or his status within the department, saying only that an internal investigation has been launched.
Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense which can lead to accidental injuries and death; the NHTSA estimates that roughly one-third of all nationwide fatal traffic collisions.
Rhode Island recognizes the dangers of intoxicated driving and has tough laws regarding this offense. A conviction for a first DUI with a blood-alcohol level of .08 can result in one year in jail, suspension of your driver’s license for up to six months and costly fines. Driving with a blood alcohol level of .10 to 015 has even heavier penalties—you could lose your license for up to one year– and fines.
Because studies have shown that at least 50 percent of people who are arrested for DUI will repeat the offense so the penalties for a second DUI is more severe, carrying a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail and a two year suspension of their driver’s license.
Some drivers mistakenly believe that if they refuse to submit a breathalyzer test the state won’t be able to secure a conviction, this is not true. Rhode Island has what is called and “Implied Consent” law which basically means that you as a motorist has given the state permission to conduct a breathalyzer. Refusing to submit to a breathalyzer in the automatically results in a suspension of your driver’s license; this happens before you ever even appear in court. Even if you refuse to submit to the test, you can still be charged with a DUI.
Aside from a possible jail sentence and loss of your license, a DUI conviction will appear on your record for several years. For a police officer or a person whose profession requires they drive, a drunken driving conviction can cause them to lose their jobs and jeopardize their future job prospects.
There are number or reasons a driver should try to avoid a conviction, which is possible with the help of Rhode Island DUI attorney. Many people are charged with a DUI make the mistake believing they can handle their case without legal representation, mostly because of financial reasons, but they don’t have the knowledge necessary to prevent a conviction or negotiate for a lesser charge. An attorney will know if you have the opportunity to plea down your charges and appeal to the court for leniency so don’t try to deal with a DUI alone.

Charges dropped in drug case involving tainted Schaumburg police officer

Cook County prosecutors dropped drug charges today against a 28-year-old Elk Grove Village man following a judge’s ruling that his guilty plea was based on the testimony of a Schaumburg police officer now under indictment for drug conspiracy charges.
Victor Alvarado was freed from prison last month following Judge Kay Hanlon’s ruling that his plea to drug possession charges was tainted by the testimony of Matthew Hudak. 

Hudak and two fellow narcotics officers are charged with stealing money and drugs from dealers.
In an April hearing, Hanlon said prosecutors could elect to re-try Alvarado on charges of possession of cocaine, but today prosecutors declined to reinstate the charges.
Victor Ciardelli, Alvarado’s attorney, told Hanlon he and his client were ready for trial. But Assistant State’s Attorney Celeste Stack told the judge the state was dropping the case.
“They were looking at a can of worms,” Ciardelli said after the hearing. “They’ll be looking at the same thing with other cases.”
Prosecutors have dismissed about 20 other pending cases involving the three officers, but this appears to be the first known case of a defendant having his conviction overturned.
Last June, Alvarado pleaded guilty to possession of 15 to 100 grams of cocaine. His plea came after Hanlon denied his motion to suppress testimony by Hudak. In the motion, Alvarado said Hudak made up statements about the arrest.
Hudak, along with Schaumburg officers Terrance O’Brien and John Cichy, were arrested in January and charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and criminal drug conspiracy. All three men have resigned from the force and are awaiting trial
Ciardelli said he has been contacted by the families of two other defendants who are seeking to have their cases overturned due to the indictments of the officers. He said he is reviewing the cases to see if there are grounds to file a motion to vacate their convictions.
Another former Schaumburg drug defendant who had his case dropped by prosecutors, Chris Nelson, of Beloit, Wis., filed suit last month against the village, Cichy and O’Brien. He claimed that they falsely arrested him and planted drugs on him.
The defendants filed a petition Tuesday to move the case from Cook County Circuit Court to U.S. District Court in Chicago, arguing that because Nelson claims violations of his federal rights, the federal court has jurisdiction. The village already faces four other lawsuits in federal court from former defendants.

Watertown police officer charged in domestic dispute

A Watertown city police officer faces charges following a domestic dispute involving his ex-girlfriend that allegedly happened in December.
State police arrested Jonathan M. Pitts, 31, LaFargeville, on one count each of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment, a violation.
The arrest stems from an incident that allegedly occurred in December involving his estranged girlfriend and a 4-year-old child. Mr. Pitts was arraigned in Orleans Town Court and released. He is scheduled to reappear in court June 20.
Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham said he was informed about the arrest Wednesday by City Manager Sharon A. Addison. Although he did not have specifics about the allegations, Mr. Graham said the police officer was placed on “administrative leave.”
“Obviously, we take these things seriously, but there is a presumption of innocence,” the mayor said.
Capt. Cheryl A. Clark declined to comment about the incident and what will happen with the officer.
State police Senior Investigator Patrick A, Hathaway said the incident was referred to state police Tuesday and they proceeded with the case “expeditiously and judicially” after it was reported to them.
Investigator Hathaway declined to comment more on the case.

Washington Township cop who arrested assemblyman for DWI indicted for falsifying records, official misconduct

Washington Township Police Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura was indicted on 14 criminal charges, including three counts of tampering with records, three counts of falsifying records, three counts of false swearing and five counts of official misconduct, by a grand jury Wednesday afternoon, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
The charges stem from July 31 of last year, when he arrested Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-4 of Washington Township) on charges of driving while intoxicated. Moriarty has insisted on his innocence, saying DiBuonaventura targeted him, lied about the reason for the motor vehicle stop and falsly arrested him. Moriaty filed 27 criminal complaints against the officer last fall, 13 of which were found by a judge in Bridgeton, where it was sent to avoid a conflict of interest, to have probable cause and forwarded to the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Officer.
DiBuonaventura, who earned a salary in the mid-$90,000s, is currently suspended from the department without pay, and will remain so until the charges are resolved, Captain Richard Leonard said Wednesday.
Each fourth-degree false swearing and fourth-degree falsifying records count could carry an 18 month jail sentence, and the third-degree tampering with records count could result in up to 5 years in jail. The most serious charges, the five counts of official misconduct, could carry a sentence of 5 to 10 years for each count, according to a release from Moriarty.
"I've said from the very first day that I did nothing wrong, this was an abuse of power, that I was hunted down, targeted and deprived of my civil rights, and I think that today the grand jury has validated what I've been saying all along," Moriarty said Thursday afternoon. "I want to really thank the grand jurors, men and women from across a wide spectrum of Gloucester County citizens who sat in judgement, listened to the evidence and said 'Yes, we believe these are criminal acts.'"
Moriarty said dashboard camera recording of DiBuonaventura's pursuit and subsequent stop of him was key to proving the officer lied and proving his innocence.
"I think in New Jersey we need to move toward a system where all police cars that are used for traffic stops need to have these motor vehicle recorders. All of them. That's the only thing that was able to show I did nothing wrong that day," Moriarty said. "That was what allowed us to prove the lies of this police officer."
Washington Township Business Administrator Bob Smith confirmed Tuesday that DiBuonaventura still owes the township $15,000 in unemployment pay. He collected the unemployment while he was suspended and then terminated from the department three years ago for allegedly lying during an internal affairs investigation. A judge court-ordered his reinstatement and ordered the township pay back-pay on the condition he returned the collected unemployment funds.
Smith discovered earlier this year DiBuonaventura had yet to reimburse the township, and the township’s legal counsel is directed to be “forceful and aggressive” with collecting the debt.
Paul Moriarty TapeVideo from police car camera of Assemblyman Paul Moriarty being stopped by Washington Township Ptl. Joseph DiBuonaventura.
What triggered the July 31 stop that resulted in Moriarty’s arrest, according to follow-up reports released to the media in January, was a phone call made by an employee at the Nissan dealership where Moriarty had been prior to the arrest.
Detective Martin Calvello, who was in the police department at the time, said he received a call from his cousin at Nissan. The cousin said his boss asked him to call Calvello after Moriarty had made the manager uncomfortable. The detective said his cousin called back shortly after to say Moriarty left without incident.
Moriarty admitted that, while he was there to discuss the end of his car lease at Nissan, he confronted the general manager about the dealership employees' support for an independent political candidate that had previously opposed Moriarty.
Information about Moriarty's confrontation at the dealership was overheard by Detective Lisa Fratalli who then told DiBuonaventura she "overheard Detective Calvello talking to someone on the phone about Moriarty being drunk at Nissan,"Fratalli wrote.
Fratalli said in her report that she called DiBuonaventura back moments later, telling him she had "limited information" and did not instruct him to investigate.
One week after the incident, according to Fratalli, DiBuonaventura asked her to write a report stating she had sent him to Nissan that day. She declined his request.
Reports authored by DiBuonaventura give conflicting information on the reason for the stop and contradict statements he made to Moriarty during the stop, which was recorded by his dashboard camera.
As the case against DiBuonaventura moves forward, Moriarty said he's just looking forward to seeing the case completed and justice resolved.
"I just want to see that justice is truly served, that this is adjudicated properly and my good name is restored, because I did nothing that day," Moriarty said. "On behalf of anyone that's ever been falsely accused, abused or harassed, we're going to keep fighting

NC cop arrested for false second job timesheets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer has been arrested and accused of falsifying time sheets for his second, off-duty job.
Forty-six-year-old Jeffrey T. Taylor is charged with obtaining property by false pretense.
Charlotte police say an investigation revealed that Taylor falsified time sheets between October and January while working at the Arboretum Shopping Center.
He has worked at the police department 24 years.
Taylor was placed on unpaid administrative leave after he turned himself in Wednesday night.
It was not known if he has an attorney.

Osage Officer Suspended After Off Duty Shooting

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- An Osage police officer was put on a three day unpaid suspension after an off-duty shooting.
A release by the Osage police department says officer Brad Evans was off-duty this Saturday when he was visiting with friends. During that visit, officer Evans was showing his off-duty weapon when it fired unexpectedly.
A friend of Evans, Hakkon Rosendahl was shot in the hand. He was taken to the Mitchell County hospital.
While the incident is considered accidental, Evans is serving a three day unpaid suspension, and will be required to receive additional firearms training.
The Mitchell County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation

Cop Fired After 'Jersey Shore' Fight Loses Suit

(CN) - A former police officer whose chief publicly called him a liar over his role in a fight with "Jersey Shore" star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro cannot sue, a federal judge ruled.
Joshua Thomas, a police officer for Monmouth Beach, N.J., had been off-duty and strolling the Seaside Heights boardwalk in August 2009 when he got into an altercation with Ortiz-Magro and was arrested.
Though Thomas was allowed to return to work once the charges were resolved, the department fired him in early 2010 when "Jersey Shore" aired footage of the episode in its pilot season.
Thomas quickly filed two lawsuits, one against the borough of Monmouth Beach and another against MTV. In the suit against the network, Monmouth Beach police chief Drew Winans signed an April 2012 certification describing his review of the "unedited video footage."
"Based on my review, I found Mr. Thomas' prior reports to me regarding the incident were inaccurate," Winans wrote. "Because Mr. Thomas lied to me and others and lost his credibility, I recommended that Mr. Thomas' employment with the department be terminated."
Two months later, Thomas filed a federal complaint against the borough and Winans, claiming that their failure to hold a name-clearing hearing tarnished his reputation in violation of Section 1983 of federal law. Thomas, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, also alleged various state-law violations including breach of contract.
He said 495 Productions, which filmed the 2009 altercation for "Jersey Shore," had security guards restrain him while Ronnie was allowed to flee the scene so that Thomas and his wife could be arrested. The footage of the assault that MTV aired meanwhile was allegedly "edited completely out of context."
U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp dismissed the complaint with prejudice last week.
"Plaintiff concedes that a two-year statute of limitations applies to the case at bar," Shipp wrote. "This suit was initiated on June 28, 2012, more than two years after plaintiff's termination. Thus, plaintiff's liberty interest in a 'name clearing hearing' in the course of being terminated is time barred."
Winans made the allegedly defamatory statement in 2012, but "the certification which is the only allegation of harm to plaintiff's reputation cannot stand on its own," according to the ruling.
"Having dismissed the sole federal claim at issue, the court declines to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over plaintiff's New Jersey state claims," Shipp wrote.  

Opa-locka cop fired 6 times wants back on force

In what could be a textbook case on how difficult it can be to fire a police officer, a former Opa-locka police sergeant who has been arrested three times, dismissed and reinstated five times and has a list of complaints against him longer than any other officer in the state is fighting to get his job back — again.
During his 20-year career, former Sgt. German “GB” Bosque has been accused of cracking the head of a handcuffed suspect, beating juveniles, hiding drugs in his police car, stealing from suspects, defying direct orders and lying and falsifying police reports. He once called in sick to take a vacation to CancĂșn.
So far, he has managed to keep his badge, although that may change next month when the Florida Department of Law Enforcement attempts to revoke his police certification.
Bosque, 49, was fired for the sixth time last year for allowing his future father-in-law to handle his department issued high-powered assault rifle.
At an appeals hearing before an arbitrator Wednesday, Opa-locka Lt. Alex Hernandez said Bosque was told to turn in all his weapons last April after being relieved of duty in connection with another unrelated complaint filed against him. Bosque said that all his weapons and equipment were in his police vehicle — except for the assault rifle, an AK-15 with the power to fire 30 rounds at a clip.
“Daddy has it,’’ he allegedly said when asked where it was, explaining that he was referring to his fiancĂ©e Liddy’s father, a security guard who he said lives with him and his wife-to-be in North Miami.
The weapon was assigned to him by the department and, under police policy, Bosque is required to store the weapon in a safe place to protect it from “unauthorized use.’’ In addition, as part of a 2008 settlement allowing him to return to the force, he was warned that any future breach of department policy would be cause for dismissal, records show.
City attorney Joseph Geller said allowing a civilian to handle the department’s most lethal weapon clearly violated policy.
“This is not your buttons aren’t shining. This is not your shoes weren’t polished. This is not you did not snap the salute crisply...This is an assault weapon capable of firing multiple high-velocity rounds,’’ Geller said.
The Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, which has successfully defended Bosque during his career, contends that the officer, for all practical purposes, stored the weapon in the safest place he could have stored it: in a locked warehouse in Opa-locka near the police station.
Andrew Axelrad, attorney for the police union, also argued that the department violated Bosque’s rights, failed to conduct an adequate investigation and used the incident as an excuse to try to fire him because his past had gained him notoriety in the media.
“All the police department has to do is do a thorough and fair investigation, which would have concluded he did nothing wrong,’’ Axelrad said. “The idea that he’s the poster boy is only because the city has conducted lousy upon lousy investigations. There is a reason he has had his job awarded back to him.’’
His future father-in-law, David A. Reynolds, 55, is a security guard employed by Commercial Security Services, a security firm owned by Bosque.
Reynolds is licensed to carry a firearm while on the job but is not authorized to carry a high-powered assault weapon. Court records show he has been arrested twice on charges of theft, in 2004 and 2006. Both times adjudication was withheld. He did not serve jail time.
Bosque told his commanders that he gave the rifle to Reynolds for safekeeping when he became concerned about leaving it in his police car while his car was being serviced in the department’s motor pool.
He also gave Reynolds a bulletproof police vest with the word “POLICE” on the back.
But Axelrad said that Bosque stored the rifle in the locked trunk of Reynolds’ Toyota Corolla sedan, which was parked inside a secure concrete warehouse that Bosque uses to for his business. Only Bosque and Reynolds held keys to the warehouse, Axelrad said.
The arbitrator did not make a decision Wednesday.
Bosque, who was fired in October, is not collecting a salary. But each time he has faced trouble in the past, he has been reinstated with back pay after an arbitrator ruled in his favor. He has served under 15 different police chiefs in a department that has been plagued by scandal.
“I love being a policeman. I love looking in the mirror and the person I see,” he said in an interview with The Herald last year.
He likened the effort to have him fired to a “witch-hunt,” saying that any excessive force he’s used in the past was necessary for the safety of himself and others.
He is currently under criminal investigation, accused of battering a suspect involved in a domestic dispute.
“I don’t want bad cops out there either,’’ Axelrad said. “But if an officer hasn’t done anything wrong and is being railroaded he should have an opportunity to clear his name.’’

The national issue of drugged and drunk cops

Jacksonville, Florida: The assistant police chief has been demoted following a DUI arrest over the weekend. Officers say he rear-ended a tractor trailer that was slowing down for a red light, and then he refused to take a breath test. ow.ly/kzv4X
Sunset Beach, North Carolina: The police chief confirmed that she has placed a police officer on suspension, pending the results of an investigation. The investigation stems from a DWI court case.  http://ow.ly/kBxbk

Assaults by cops on citizens ....they'll get away with it too...

NATO Protester Suing City Over Arrest, Claiming Cops Beat Him
CHICAGO (STMW) – A man arrested during last year’s NATO protests is suing the city, claiming Chicago Police beat and dragged him after he was involuntarily pushed into a line of officers.
Authorities initially charged Philip Devon with reckless conduct, but the charge was dismissed after prosecutors failed to show up to a court date last December, according to a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. A judge later denied the prosecution’s motion to reinstate the case.
Devon claims he and other NATO protesters were in close quarters near State and Madison streets the night of May 19, when police officers formed a line and told the crowd to move back.
He tried to comply, but other protestors and the size of the crowd pushed him toward police, the suit claims.
One officer allegedly pushed Devon facedown to the ground, and hit him with a baton before dragging him 30 to 40 feet down State Street to handcuff him, according to the suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court.
Devon, of Chicago, says he was demonstrating peacefully and that police had no cause to arrest him, the suit said.
The suit claims excessive force, false arrest and malicious prosecution, and names two officers as well as the city as defendants. It seeks an unspecified amount in damages.
A city Law Department spokesman said officials have not yet been served with the suit, and could not comment on it

NYPD Officer Charged With Assault In Brooklyn
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An off-duty New York City police officer was arrested in Brooklyn Monday and charged with assault.
Officer Sony Joseph, 34 , was arrested at 5:09 a.m. Monday in the 76th Precinct, which includes the Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Red Hook sections of Brooklyn.
Police did not provide further details. But a DNAInfo report said the charges followed a domestic dispute at Joseph’s home.
Joseph has been on the force since 2002 and worked in Brooklyn, the publication reported.

Craig Beach, Ohio: A woman and her husband have sued the now-former village police chief and a councilwoman. They allege the police chief used excessive force against them in a traffic stop. They also say that he conspired to destroy evidence of his improper actions. ow.ly/kzjSi
Brooklyn, New York: A city police officer was charged with assault following a domestic dispute at his home.  He has been a member of the NYPD since 2002. ow.ly/kzj9t
Queens, New York: A former Marine says that he was punched and kicked in the face by cops as they ejected him from the stationhouse, where he had gone to retrieve a friend’s personal property. ow.ly/kzg7U
Colorado Springs, Colorado: A former police officer pleaded guilty to a single felony count. She left her job amid allegations that she lied about domestic violence to put an estranged boyfriend in prison. ow.ly/kzayZ
Greenville, North Carolina: A police officer has been charged with assault. The incident is under investigation by the Internal Affairs Division, and his police powers have been suspended. ow.ly/kz6To

Lincoln police officer Cassandra Briggs sentenced to two years

Lincoln police officer Cassandra Briggs was just about eligible for parole, but not any more. Briggs was sentenced Tuesday for up to two years behind bars for falsely reporting her ATM card had been stolen.
It turns out, she had instructed her mother, who lives in Florida, to make the withdrawals all while she was locked up.
"This incident is sort of mind boggling to me because she hadn't even been released from that sentence yet before she again commits another crime of the same sort," Deputy County Attorney Holly Parsley said.
That crime being felony theft.
A little more than one year ago, Briggs was sentenced up to five years for felony theft. She had stolen more than $9,000 from the Santa Cop charity.
Her attorney says both crimes were unfortunate and was hoping the judge would go easy on her this time around.
"This obviously wasn't a violent crime, it's something that she admitted fairly quickly. Obviously not right at the beginning, but fairly quickly. I think it was a poor decision, but it's something she's learning from," Briggs's attorney Elizabeth Elliott said.
In the end, all sides agreed that Briggs, after serving her time, could return to a normal life and be successful.
"There isn't a reason in the world that you cant get back on your feet and be a productive citizen but the only person who can determine that is you," Judge Karen Flowers said.
Briggs's eligibility for parole has been pushed back about a year.


TAMPA — Lax police oversight of a rogue informant during an investigation of the Latin Kings gang stands to cost Tampa taxpayers $260,000.
That's how much the city proposes to pay four men and one woman to settle a federal lawsuit alleging false arrest and violations of their civil rights.
In 2006, after 15 months of investigation, more than 100 officers raided the Caribbean American Club, arresting 52 people on racketeering charges.
The meeting was organized by Luis "Danny" Agosto, a felon turned confidential informant for the FBI and Tampa police. Police called the investigation "Operation Down Crown," a reference to the gang's crown symbol.
Nearly half of those arrested accepted plea deals for probation, and some agreed to testify for the prosecution. (Three later were sent to prison for violating their probation. In one case, the violation consisted of leaving the county to spend a day at the beach.)
But in 2008, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Daniel Sleet threw out charges that 23 more had planned, conspired or committed crimes together. And because simply attending a Latin Kings meeting is not a crime, he threw out the racketeering charges.
Sleet also criticized Agosto's "outrageous" conduct and the "ill-advised" trust that investigators placed in him.
For one thing, the judge determined, the gang had been dormant for several months before law enforcement encouraged Agosto to revive its meetings.
Moreover, Sleet heard testimony that investigators did nothing to stop Agosto from threatening people to attend the meetings, stealing motorcycles, driving without a license, carrying a gun or dealing in counterfeit money. The FBI gave him a cellphone that he ended up using to send photos of stolen motorcycles to prospective black-market buyers. Later the FBI stopped using Agosto, but Tampa police continued.
"Unfortunately, this C.I. was left to his own devices, to scheme of ways to entrap reluctant suspects and to brazenly weave a web of deception in the face of his police handlers," Sleet wrote.
The Tampa City Council is scheduled to consider approving the settlements Thursday, with individual payments ranging from $26,000 to $91,000.
The biggest settlement would go to Mitchell Bernier, who spent 152 days in jail, saw his wife leave him, lost his job as an assistant manager at Walgreens and later sought therapy for depression.
"This isn't what it was made out to be," Bernier told the Times in 2008. "A lot of people's lives were ruined."
City attorneys say the city continues to deny any liability in the case, but they recommend approving the settlements because it is likely the city could lose more if the case went to trial. In court pleadings, Matthew Zalansky, now a Tampa police corporal, has denied allegations that he mishandled the investigation.
In addition to Bernier, the city would pay $26,000 to Carlos Verestin, $35,000 to Reinaldo Arroyo, $35,000 to Jessica Cintron and $73,000 to R.C. Adams III.