A former high-ranking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
agent who had worked in Nogales, Ariz., and had a residence in Green
Valley has been arrested on suspicion of cocaine smuggling charges.
The suspected criminal activity that Richard Padilla Cramer has
been charged with occurred in 2007 while he was working as an
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Guadalajara, Mexico,
according to a criminal complaint issued on Aug. 28 by the U.S.
Attorney's Office in Miami.
A Tohono O'odham police lieutenant has been placed on paid leave after he struck and killed a woman with his patrol vehicle.
The lieutenant, whose name was not released, was patrolling on
West San Xavier Loop Road about 2:30 a.m. Friday when the incident
occurred, said Tohono O'odham police Chief Joseph Delgado.
In May of this year, Weiner was arrested by five FBI agents. The charge? Violating the federal Mann Act—a
century-old law banning the transport of women across state lines for
“immoral purposes.” Specifically, federal agents had posed as
prostitutes on a chat room for a Memphis-based website called sugardaddyforme.com, a site aimed at pairing older wealthy men with young women.
Chattanooga city government’s police force surrounding Heyward, by pointing guns at him, by hollering orders, and
then — when he didn’t snap to and immediately obey their bellowed
commands — by tasering him down to the ground. And then lighting him up with 59 shots after he’d already been knocked to the ground when he moved to get up.
Three years ago, Los Angeles School Police Officer Ian
Mitchell King walked into a high school ceramics class at University
Senior High School in West L.A. and asked an attractive blonde senior to take a “stroll” with him to his on-campus security
office. There, he told her to sit on his couch and declared, “This is
about us. I’ve taken a personal interest in you.”
But what was supposed to be a day of fun at an
end-of-summer festival ended abruptly when police shot Grose with a
Taser in a dispute about where to end the parade route.
incident nearly incited a riot as outraged neighbors rushed to his
defense. Now residents of this tight-knit town of 2,400 are seething
over what they see as police brutality, and town officials are
scrambling to ease the tension.
in Georgia, where church pastor Jonathan Ayers was shot and killed by
undercover narcotics officers during a botched drug sting on Tuesday
afternoon. Ayers was not the target of the investigation.
Police were apparently after a woman Ayers had dropped off just
prior to stopping at the convenience store where police confronted him.
Surveillance video shows
a black SUV pulling up to the store, and plain-clothes officers jumping
out with their guns drawn before the vehicle has stopped. Ayers’ car
then backs into the picture, and the officers fire into his car as he
drives off. Ayers was shot in the liver, crashed his car a short
distance later, and died at the hospital the bullet wound.
some point during the time frame the travelers were being detained by
Border Patrol agents at secondary, Arizona DPS officer M. Anguiano,
badge #05915, approached the vehicle and ticketed the driver for not
wearing a seatbelt. It's unclear why
Nappi says he was Tased because he refused to stop filming. The
officer says he was Tased because Nappi swung at him, hitting him in
the chest with a closed fist (but also holding a bottle of water) that
left the officer “momentarily disoriented.”
But the officer also acknowledges that the reason he approached
Nappi in the first place was because he refused to hand over his camera.
Since this week seems to be dedicated to The “Learning” Channel’s
apparent attempt to promote police brutality through their advertising
campaign for the “Police Women of Broward County” series, I figured it
would be interesting to see how TLC would apply their pro-brutality
advertising campaign, which includes gems like “Taser Time!“, “Cavity Search Anyone?” and “It’s always a good time to taser someone!” to other acts of police misconduct elsewhere.
Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers doles out cash for tipsters who turn in criminals.
But one of their own -- a Miami officer taking tips -- used the inside
information to rip off thousands of dollars in reward money,
Officer Wayne Fortella, an 11-year Miami
police veteran, was charged Wednesday with wire fraud and conspiracy in
Miami federal court. Two of his friends, who allegedly collected the
Crime Stoppers payments at Wachovia banks, were also charged. One is at
A routine traffic stop in St. Charles County two weeks ago has set federal agents on the trail of some kind of international intrigue they do not yet fully understand.
It started Aug. 6 on Interstate 70, when St. Charles County sheriff's deputies stopped a black BMW suspected of speeding. The driver, Constatin Puiu, offered a Utah drivers license and told deputies he was returning home from Florida. [The comments are rather interesting]
A 43-year-old man was jailed for six hours – and had his camera and
memory card confiscated by a judge - after filming an FBI building from
across the street in New York City Monday.
Randall Thomas, a professional photographer,
said he was standing on the corner of Duane Street and Broadway in
downtown Manhattan when he used his video camera to pan up and down on
the 42-story building at 26 Federal Plaza.
He was immediately accosted by a security guard in a brown uniform who told him he was not allowed to film the building.
Thomas asserted his legal right to film from a
public street. The guard called a Homeland Security Officer who asked
Thomas what he was filming.
“I said ‘that’s none of your business,’” Thomas said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime Wednesday night.
I was watching Freedom Watch, and I came across this story. This is unbelieveable. The story of a sherrif in Canada, who is an American citizen, finding out his fellow cops are dealing drugs, and he uncovers it, and loses everything.
Before, it would take a high profile incident like a University of
Florida student trying to ask John Kerry some hard questions - only to
end up getting Tased and carted away - to generate any national news coverage.
And that was only because the student’s final words - “Don’t Tase me, bro” - were turned into a national punchline.
But nobody is laughing now.
Americans are beginning to realize that all they have to do is catch
the cop on the wrong day at the wrong time and they can wind up with
50,000 volts of electricity ripping through their body.
A Minn. man is accusing police officers of brutally beating him during
a traffic stop. Police Chief Tim Dolan reviewed the dashcam video of
February's incident and concluded that some of the officers actions
were cause for concern. (Aug. 17)
Snitching Blog is devoted to a part of our criminal system that most
people know little or nothing about: criminal informants, or
At any given moment, thousands of informants are in the
system trying to work off their own criminal liability by giving
information to the government. These informants may be in court, in
prison, on the street, or in the workplace.
Police and prosecutors
often rely heavily on information obtained from snitches. This is
especially true in drug enforcement, but also for investigations of
white collar crime, organized crime, and terrorism.
In fact, it is
impossible to fully understand the U.S. legal system without
understanding snitching. Nevertheless, snitching remains shrouded in
secrecy and confusion.
...but on this day I drove due to the expected late evening dinner.
Driving down K Street toward Highway 66, I ran through a speed trap. I
have a nice, expensive car -- with all the trimmings. Much to my
chagrin, I'm sure I was speeding but not recklessly. More to the point,
I was pulled over."
A former Apache County sheriff who pleaded guilty to a felony charge in
2007 and resigned from office has now been hired as an investigator for
the county prosecutor.
Brian Hounshell pleaded guilty to a charge of soliciting the misuse of public funds
and 10 other public corruption charges were dropped. He was placed on
three years probation and ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution and
perform 1,000 hours community service.
He was hired this week by
Apache County Attorney Michael Whiting, who told the Arizona Republic
that he was the best man for the job.
Whiting also has hired former deputy Hugh Lynch, who was convicted of perjury in the same case.
The introductory text of the bill asserts that it is designed to
improve police accountability, however the actual language of the bill
contains no provisions that would force police departments to
investigate complaints or dictate any type of process that would
improve accountability at all. In essence, it only gives police
officers more rights and communities fewer rights in how they can
police their own police.
'Residents called to complain there was an old scruffy man acting
suspiciously,' said officer Spencer. 'It was an odd request because it
was mid-afternoon. But it's an ethnic Latin area and the residents felt
he didn't fit in.'
A female officer demanded
to see his identification papers.
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He said she was speeding. She denied it and got out of the van. He
told her to get back in. She did, then he ordered her back out.
He yanked her out by the arm, knocked her down with two Taser shots
and charged her with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. His
rationale on the disorderly conduct charge: She obstructed traffic when
she got out of the van. The speeding accusation: going 50 mph in a
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