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Some More Cops Who Need to Be Fired

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So they say. Of course in actual experience, the part of my view that was "obstructed" was non-traffic-related periphery. I bet they just hate fuzzy dice.

If u got fuzzy dice in your mirror u get what u get dude

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Apparently, a video is going to come out tomorrow that's going to shed the light on Police violence and profiling more than ever.  A Chicago cop was charged today for first degree murder for the death of 17 year old LaQuan McDonald last year.  McDonald was shot at least 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke.  It is being reported that Van Dyke got out of his car, and not even 30 seconds later shot McDonald 3 times, before he hit the ground, and then shot him another 13 times execution style, including 3 shots to his back.  The family of LaQuan received $5 Million settlement even before a lawsuit could be filed.  Some speculate that the City of Chicago immediately gave the family $5 Million just off the strength of the video alone.  The city of Chicago is on high alert this evening, since the Judge ruling the case ordered the video to be released by Midnight Wednesday.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/US/chicago-cop-allegedly-shot-teen-laquan-mcdonald-16/story?id=35391346

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http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/11/24/chicago-police-release-video-of-police-shooting.html?utm_content=nobylines&utm_campaign=ajam&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=SocialFlow

Chicago police release video of deadly police shooting, urge calm

 

Chicago police on Tuesday released video footage of a police shooting that killed a black teenager in October 2014, with the release coming hours after the white officer who fired the shots was charged with first-degree murder. The officer’s prosecution was apparently expedited in hopes of staving off a fresh burst of the turmoil over race and police use of deadly force that has shaken the United States for more than a year.

 

Officer Jason Van Dyke, 37, was denied bail at a hearing in Chicago's main criminal courthouse earlier Tuesday, hours after top Cook County prosecutor Anita Alvarez announced charges of first-degree murder. If convicted, Van Dyke could face 20 years to life in prison.

 

At the brief court hearing, prosecutor Bill Delaney told Cook County Circuit Court Associate Judge Donald Panarese that the video of the Oct. 20, 2014 shooting doesn’t show 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was allegedly armed with a knife, advancing on Van Dyke. He said witnesses also concur on that point.

 

McDonald was shot 16 times by Van Dyke, who emptied his gun and prepared to reload, prosecutors said. Van Dyke has said through his lawyer and the police union that the shooting was justified because he felt threatened by McDonald.

 

"Clearly, this officer went overboard and he abused his authority, and I don't think use of force was necessary," prosecutor Alvarez said at a news conference after the hearing.

 

The judge scheduled another hearing for Monday and asked to see the video then in order to reconsider the issue of bond.

 

Twenty misconduct complaints were made against Van Dyke in the past four and a half years — but none has led to disciplinary action from the Chicago Police Department, according to research by Craig Futterman, a University of Chicago law professor and expert on police accountability issues.

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I want to know what's being done about the deleted burger kind surveillance video in that Chicago case. If you're going to pretend obvious corruption isn't corruption, the at least pretend to investigate people destroying evidence.

They tried to hide the video, a judge ended that plan, and the officer is charged a year later. In VA they tried to keep the media out and wait for thing to blow over, for over a year, before charging a cop for shooting a guy with his hands up. It's nice that they are finally charging cops after trying for so long to avoid it.... but I'd like to see the people dragging their feet fired and the people destroying or hiding evidence jailed.

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Just curious as to what it would take for a dept to do the right thing from the jump in situations like this....

Probably a cop beating someone to death then snearing the blood all over themselves and running into a store saying "I did it, and I liked it"

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Just curious as to what it would take for a dept to do the right thing from the jump in situations like this....

Probably a cop beating someone to death then snearing the blood all over themselves and running into a store saying "I did it, and I liked it"

Bet if a cop got caught trying to record his partners misdeeds without approval and a warrant, they'd be all over it from the word go.

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Just curious as to what it would take for a dept to do the right thing from the jump in situations like this....

Probably a cop beating someone to death then snearing the blood all over themselves and running into a store saying "I did it, and I liked it"

Pretty sure that's only enough for paid administrative leave.

It would have to be a cop killing another cop for them to do something.

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It's kind of hard to take the rioting in Chicago serious when there's like 5 murders per day there that no one seems to care about.

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Yeah, 1st degree murder seems like a given here. Though after watching the video, it appeared the kid wanted to provoke an incident. Cops have to know the kid can't really hurt them and use non-lethal intervention.

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Yeah, 1st degree murder seems like a given here. Though after watching the video, it appeared the kid wanted to provoke an incident. Cops have to know the kid can't really hurt them and use non-lethal intervention.

Provoke them or not, the cop went way overboard. The kid didn't deserve to be shot. And no, I'm not saying that's what you said because you clearly didn't.

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Provoke them or not, the cop went way overboard. The kid didn't deserve to be shot. And no, I'm not saying that's what you said because you clearly didn't.

No doubt. He should spend every day of the rest of his life in jail. Easily could have used non-lethal means to subdue. Or at least taken more than 30 seconds to assess since there was no threat to anyone other than the "suspect" walking down the street.

 

Also, reading that WaPost story on ChicagoPD it seems like the new man in charge is doing things the right way. Complaints down by 50% and more of them having action taken on them. Good for the city.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/11/25/chicago-cop-charged-in-deadly-shooting-has-a-history-of-misconduct-complaints/

Jeez. This story just gets worse and worse. And people wonder why trust in LEOs is at an all-time low.

You would think that all the complaints would be enough to cut him loose. He was clearly a liabilty and ticking timebomb. It was only a matter of time. The police union would've stepped in, I guess, if he kept beating the rap. But on any other job, if you were constantly getting complaints, you'd be looking for another gig, just for the headache factor.

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Click to read the rest http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/laquan-mcdonald-burger-king-video_5655c5abe4b072e9d1c1469b?xd730udi http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/laquan-mcdonald-burger-king-video_5655c5abe4b072e9d1c1469b?xd730udi

Police Have No Idea How Laquan McDonald Footage Vanished Right After They Watched It

 

 

Hours before the public saw the graphic footage, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez charged Van Dyke with first-degree murder for the killing. Authorities have characterized the video as the only piece of evidence that shows how McDonald's life ended on the night of Oct. 20, 2014.

 

But there's reportedly another video that could have provided insight into the events leading up to and following the shooting -- if only it hadn't been mysteriously deleted.

 

Jay Darshane is district manager for a number of Chicago-area Burger King restaurants, including the one on Pulaski Road, the street McDonald was walking down when he was killed. Officers had pursued McDonald through the parking lot of Darshane's Burger King on the night of Oct. 20 to investigate reports that the teen had been breaking into trucks.

 

According to Darshane, that location is equipped with surveillance cameras that would have likely recorded parts of the brief pursuit, though not the actual shooting itself. In May, however, he told NBC Chicago that police had deleted the footage before he got a chance to see it.

 

On the night of the shooting, a handful of officers came to the restaurant and asked to view the recordings, Darshane said. Employees gave them the password to the equipment, and three hours later, the officers left, he said.

 

When an investigator for Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority showed up the next day asking for the same thing, the IPRA investigator found that nearly an hour and a half of footage recorded around the time of McDonald's death had gone missing. Darshane said the police must have been to blame.

 

"We had no idea they were going to sit there and delete files," Darshane told NBC Chicago. "I mean, we were just trying to help the police officers."

 

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Is there internal surveillance footage of which officers went into that Burger King that night?

 

That group should probably be charged with obstruction of justice, seeing as the deleting of the tape directly interferes with a 1st degree murder investigation.

 

From Illinois compiled statutes:

 


(720 ILCS 5/31-4) (from Ch. 38, par. 31-4) 
    Sec. 31-4. Obstructing justice. 
    (a) A person obstructs justice when, with intent to prevent the apprehension or obstruct the prosecution or defense of any person, he or she knowingly commits any of the following acts: 
        (1) Destroys, alters, conceals or disguises physical
 
evidence, plants false evidence, furnishes false information; or

 

I'd say there's probable cause to hit those officers with this.

 

And it'd send the right message nationally.  If you're part of the conspiracy to protect a crooked cop, they WILL drag you down too.  For too long the accomplices have mostly gotten off free and clear.

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Is there internal surveillance footage of which officers went into that Burger King that night?

I would certainly hope that they aren't stupid/arrogant enough to delete footage related to a shooting, but leave footage of them doing it.

But that is just an assumption.

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I would certainly hope that they aren't stupid/arrogant enough to delete footage related to a shooting, but leave footage of them doing it.

But that is just an assumption.

 

I imagine that the review room probably doesn't have cameras, so specific deed is likely off camera, but if it's like most fast food places there are probably 4-6 cameras in the whole place.  Just need to see who went into the Burger King.  Can probably find out through other means (cross reference dispatch records with employees who were there that night), but a camera showing several officers walking inside would suffice, even if that's all it shows.

 

Unless the BK manager suddenly switches course and says there's an automatic delete policy, that video didn't delete itself.

 

Heck, it'd be even more suspicious if there was no tape of them walking in.  I mean, how many of big chain fast food place don't have cameras trained on the doors and area right in front of the register?  If there's a gap during the shooting AND for them walking inside, ESPECIALLY if there are no gaps or staggered gaps for other cameras, that'd be even more suspicious.

 

I hope prosecutors tug at that thread and it's not just left sitting out there unchecked as a favor to the police union.

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Most of those restaurants have cameras in the offices also. They are there to protect the business from robberies, from bad employees, and bad management.

Other cameras are in place to see incoming and outgoing people, others still are on the cash registers and back doors.

 

Whole thing is messed up.

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Central Pa. police chief charged with huffing, AG says

 

The police chief of a central Pennsylvania community is charged with "huffing" while on duty, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday in a news release.

 

Chad D. Thomas, 41, of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, on May 27 in the presence of other officers of the Mahoning Township Police Department in Montour County inhaled contents of a can of compressed air, the attorney general's office said.

 

Inhaling chemicals in aerosol form in search of a high is know as huffing. Compressed air, such as computer dusting products, has such chemicals.

 

Officers present "told investigators they saw Thomas' eyes flutter and he was unresponsive ... One officer reported that he thought Thomas suffered a seizure," the attorney general's office said in the news release, quoting court records.

 

Thomas admitted in writing during an internal review that he was huffing, the attorney general's office said.

 

Click on the link for the full article

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Sooo, anyone remember when twa said that he didn't really care if cops were a part of white supremacist groups as long as it didn't affect their on the job performance? The implication being that such a thing is actually even possible without regard to the fact that infiltrating law enforcement is a tactic white supremacist groups are known to employ. Well, I'm just going to throw this out there as confirmation of the fact that as even twa knows (though he'd never admit it) the idea that racist cops don't let their personal views affect their job performance is total BS.

 

Leaked Documents Reveal Dothan Police Department Planted Drugs on Young Black Men For Years, District Attorney Doug Valeska Complicit

HUNDREDS OF CASES PROSECUTED WITH PLANTED EVIDENCE, MANY WRONGLY CONVICTED STILL IN PRISON

 

The Alabama Justice Project has obtained documents that reveal a Dothan Police Department’s Internal Affairs investigation was covered up by the district attorney. A group of up to a dozen police officers on a specialized narcotics team were found to have planted drugs and weapons on young black men for years. They were supervised at the time by Lt. Steve Parrish, current Dothan Police Chief, and Sgt. Andy Hughes, current Asst. Director of Homeland Security for the State of Alabama. All of the officers reportedly were members of a Neoconfederate organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center labels “racial extremists.” The group has advocated for blacks to “return” to Africa, published that the civil rights movement is really a Jewish conspiracy, and that blacks have lower IQ’s . Both Parrish and Hughes held leadership positions in the group and are pictured above holding a confederate battle flag at one of the club’s secret meetings.

The documents shared reveal that the internal affairs investigation was covered up to protect the aforementioned officers’ law enforcement careers and keep them from being criminally prosecuted.

Several long term Dothan law enforcement officers, all part of an original group that initiated the investigation, believe the public has a right to know that the Dothan Police Department, and District Attorney Doug Valeska, targeted young black men by planting drugs and weapons on them over a decade. Most of the young men were prosecuted, many sentenced to prison, and some are still in prison.  Many of the officers involved were subsequently promoted and are in leadership positions in law enforcement. They hope the mood of the country is one that demands action and that the US Department of Justice will intervene...

 

...In the internal affairs documents, three names worth noting appear repeatedly.

Capt. Carlton “Bubba” Ott, now commander of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division, Steve Parrish, current Chief, and Andy Hughes, former Sheriff and current Director of Homeland Security for the state.

All were aware of the investigation and its outcome. All have been rewarded with careers in law enforcement by those for whom they covered, while those who spoke out were forced out of the department. Disturbingly, Ott and Parrish have both attended the FBI academy. Both were highly recommended by the district attorney and former Police Chief, John White.

However, not one of these officers, or members of the district attorney’s office, had the moral courage to do the right thing and correct the wrongful prosecutions against the young men who had drugs and weapons planted on them.

 

Now in all fairness, I have to point out that a number of White officers in this department filed complaints about this. Yes, those guys deserve to be commended for their actions. However the idea that the problems with law enforcement are due to a very small, very inconsequential minority is crap. It's way bigger than that. Moreover, I think it also shows the hole in the argument that statistics about disparate treatment and profiling by law enforcement mean nothing and that the cops are only "going where the criminals are". Obviously it helps that case if you fabricate the criminals where you want them to be and ignore them elsewhere.

 

Oh, and for you "The confederate flag is only about southern heritage" folks, please see the picture at the link above. Yet another group ruining your claim.  ;)

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