This Week’s Corrupt Cops Stories

A Georgia narc gets in trouble for his sticky fingers, a Philadelphia narc uses a confiscated Porsche for his stepdaughter’s prom pictures, and more. Let’s get to it:

In Lawrenceville, Georgia, a former Gwinnett County deputy was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly using his position on a federal narcotics task force to steal cocaine and methamphetamine. Antoine Riggins faces federal charges of stealing cocaine and methamphetamine, as well as multiple counts of making false statements to cover up his thefts. Riggins was assigned to transport seized drugs to the evidence vault but would repeatedly take some for himself.

In Philadelphia, a Philadelphia police narcotics officer was arrested last Thursday for using a 2018 Porsche he confiscated during a drug investigation to drive his stepdaughter to take photos for her school prom. James Coolen Jr., 45, is charged with unauthorized use of an automobile and misapplication of entrusted property, both second-class misdemeanors. He resigned from the department last Wednesday to avoid being fired.

In Senath, Missouri, a Senath police officer was arrested last Friday after a traffic stop turned up meth, drug paraphernalia, and a bunch of guns. Officer Freddie Williams, 38, faces one count of class C felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and nine counts of class E felony unlawful use of a weapon. Williams is also the former police chief in Cardwell, Missouri.

In Springville, Alabama, a St. Clair Correctional Facility guard was arrested Tuesday after a work vehicle search found 138 grams of methamphetamine and 16 grams of heroin in his car as he came to work. Ivan Caldwell, 26, is charged with two counts of trafficking in controlled substances, promoting prison contraband, and violation of license to carry a pistol. He has resigned as a correctional officer.

via Criminal Justice

October 9, 2019 at 04:51PM

EFF to First Circuit: First Amendment Protects Right to Secretly Audio Record Police

The First Amendment protects the public’s right to use electronic devices to secretly audio record police officers performing their official duties in public. This is according to an amicus brief EFF filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. The case, Martin v. Rollins, was brought by the ACLU of Massachusetts on behalf of plaintiffs who are challenging the constitutionality of the Massachusetts anti-eavesdropping statute, which prohibits the secret audio recording of all conversations, even those that are not private.

The First Circuit had previously held in Glik v. Cunniffe (2011) that Glik had a First Amendment right to record police officers arresting another man in Boston Common. He had used his cell phone to openly record both audio and video of the incident. The court also held that this did not violate the Massachusetts anti-eavesdropping statute.

EFF’s amicus brief argues that people frequently use modern electronic devices to record and share audio and video recordings, especially on social media. These often include newsworthy recordings of fatal police shootings and other police misconduct. Such recordings facilitate police accountability and enhance the public discussion about police use of force and racial disparities in our criminal justice system.

EFF’s amicus brief also argues that audio recordings can be particularly helpful in chronicling police misconduct, providing more context beyond the video images, such as when a bystander audio recorded Eric Garner screaming, “I can’t breathe.” Additionally, being able to secretly audio record police officers performing their official duties in public is critical given that many officers retaliate against civilians who openly record them.

In addition to the First Circuit’s Glik decision, five other federal appellate jurisdictions have upheld a First Amendment right to record police officers performing their official duties in public: the Third, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits. EFF wrote an amicus brief in the Third Circuit case, as well as in a pending case in the Tenth Circuit and a case in the Northern District of Texas that focused on the First Amendment right to record emergency medical personnel and other first responders.

The First Circuit reached the right decision in Glik, and we hope the appellate court will take this opportunity to further strengthen the right to record police officers performing their official duties in public by holding that secret audio recording is also protected by the First Amendment.

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October 7, 2019 at 03:02PM

Miami Police officer accused of crossing the line during DUI arrest

(WSVN) – A Miami Police detective sworn to enforce the law is caught on tape trying to be above the law. Just one station has the dramatic police bodycam videos showing what happened after the detective was pulled over for a suspected DUI. 7’s Kevin Ozebek investigates.

An off-duty City of Miami Police detective in handcuffs, and hoping to catch a break from the law.

Miami Police Detective Danny Hebra: “Sarge, please.”

MCSO deputy: “This is not fun for me, either.”

Danny Hebra: “I know. It’s [expletive] up.”

Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Miami Police Detective Danny Hebra in July on DUI charges.

MCSO deputy: “You know we have a job to do, right?” (takes Hebra’s badge from belt holder)

Danny Hebra: “No, no. Sarge, sarge.”

MCSO deputy: “Come on, just relax.”

It all began with a 911 call.

Yancy Bartlett (in 911 call): “There’s this guy in a black Tahoe. He’s, like, really drunk, driving over the curbs and everything.”

Yancy Bartlett made that call after he says he saw Hebra park his car in a Key Largo shopping plaza.

Yancy Bartlett: “I was watching him walk there, and he was just like wobbling everywhere, so I figured that he was probably drinking. As he went into the liquor store, I called 911 and told them what was going on.”

Bartlett says Detective Hebra then left the store and sat in his car.

Yancy Bartlett: “He took a bottle, I guess, of vodka and threw the bottle out the window, right onto the ground, and then drove off.”

Moments later, a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the Tahoe and followed, watching as Hebra drifted into the bike lane.

After he turned onto a side street into the wrong lane, he pulled him over.

MCSO deputy: “Would you happen to have your registration with you at all?”

Danny Hebra: “Ehh.” (holds his chest)

Hebra seemed to have trouble speaking and told the deputy that he was nervous.

Danny Hebra: “I usually don’t get stopped, so, whew.”

Instead of handing over his registration. he gave his City of Miami Police ID.

Danny Hebra: “Being a police officer, that’s my registration.”

A second deputy arrived and gets filled in on what’s happening.

MCSO deputy: “He does have a firearm on him. When I made contact with him, his eyes are bloodshot. I could smell alcohol coming from the car, and speech is slurred.”

Danny Hebra was ordered to leave his gun in the car and then reluctantly agreed to a roadside sobriety test.

Danny Hebra: “You want to do this?”

MCSO deputy: “I can tell you, from police officer to police officer, Danny, this does not make me feel very comfortable.”

He did start the test, but soon wanted to make a phone call. The police report notes the contact he called was labeled “Sergeant.” In the call, Hebra said he’s “doing roadsides” and asked, “Do I do them?”

Once off the phone, he told the deputy he no longer wanted to continue the test, but he did continue begging to be let off the hook.

Danny Hebra: “There’s nothing you can do? Really?”

MCSO deputy: “I can’t.”

Danny Hebra: “Really? Really?”

MCSO deputy: “Really. If I let you go right now, Danny, you understand I’ll lose my job?”

Danny Hebra: “You won’t.”

MCSO deputy: “One hundred percent.”

The deputies cuffed Hebra and led him into a cruiser. They collected his wallet, police badge and his loaded gun.

MCSO deputy: “Jesus Christ.”

On the way to the police station, Hebra appeared to pass out. Later at the Sheriff’s Office, he refused to take a breathalyzer test and again tried to berate a deputy.

Danny Hebra: “How do you [expletive] arrest an officer? How do you do that?”

MCSO deputy: “We’re not above the law, sir. You know that, right?”

7News sifted through Detective Hebra’s personnel file. In his 12-year career at Miami Police, he has never been given one reprimand.

Danny Hebra: “Sarge, Sarge. Never been stopped before.”

Danny Hebra: “Sarge, I’m going to lose my [expletive] job. Lose it.”

Detective Hebra still has a job, but has been told to stay home while Miami Police conduct an internal investigation.


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September 30, 2019 at 12:16AM

This Week’s Corrupt Cops Stories

A rapey reserve officer is in hot water in Louisiana, an NYPD officer who moonlighted as a bodyguard for El Chapo’s wife gets nailed in a sting, an Indiana hospital cop gets caught with his fingers in the pain pill jar, and more. Let’s get to it:

In New York City, an NYPD officer was arrested last Wednesday in a drug sting. Officer Ishmael Bailey, who recently moonlighted as a bodyguard for the wife of Sinaloa Cartel head Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s wife during his trial, went down after being caught transporting cocaine for an undercover officer posing as a drug dealer. He is charged with selling and possessing cocaine, as well as receiving bribes, conspiracy and official misconduct.

In Muncie, Indiana, a former Indiana University Ball Memorial Hospital police officer was arrested last Thursday for allegedly stealing pain medications from a hospital safe. Michael Goldsmith, 30, went down after surveillance video implicated him in the theft of 141 opioid pain pills. He is charged with official misconduct, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or deceit, theft and possession of a controlled substance.

In Merryville, Louisiana, a Merryville police reserve officer was arrested Monday on charges he gave drugs to a 16-year-old boy and then sexually assaulted him. Reserve Officer Roland Harrison, 38, faces charges of rape and drug possession. He also faces four counts of unauthorized use of movables, for taking police gear including uniforms without authorization.

In Harvest, Alabama, a state prison guard was arrested Tuesday after he got caught trying to smuggle drugs into the Limestone Correctional Facility. Officer Travis Wales, 39, got caught with a Subutex pill, a bag of methamphetamine, and a bottle of synthetic urine substitute (for passing drug tests). He is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband after a drug dog found the contraband in Wales’ possession.

via Criminal Justice

September 25, 2019 at 05:57PM

Miami Cops Assault and Arrest Man for Recording them from Public Sidewalk

The Miami cops knew the routine, shoving and pushing a man who was recording them before assaulting and arresting him for “putting the camera in my face” as one said.

But the video shows they were the ones in his face. One cop even admits it.

“Why are you in my face,” Emanual David Williams asks as he is recording early Sunday morning in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami.

“Because we can be,” a cop named Allen responds, one of two cops initially confronting David.

A third cop named Gonzalez then swaggers up and gets in David’s face while a cop named Hernandez orders him to cross the street which he complies.

But once he was standing on the sidewalk on the other side of the street, the cop named Hernandez walks up to him and knocks the phone out of his hand.

“Do not put the phone in my face!” Hernandez yells.

The phone lands on the sidewalk and continues recording while pointing skyward showing the cops grabbing him and forcing him to the ground, ordering to “stop resisting” as they are trained to do when beating non-resisting suspects.

“I’m not resisting!” David yells several times

The cops charged him with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, which are the typical contempt of cop charges Florida cops like to fabricate when arresting people for recording them (it happened to me in 2007 in almost the same manner which is what led to the creation of this site).

The Miami New Times obtained the police report.

According to an arrest report obtained by New Times, the three officers arrived on the scene after Williams’ ex-girlfriend asked for assistance with removing some items from their home. The cops do not state in their arrest documents that Williams acted violently toward them — instead, an officer listed as W. Gonzalez stated he arrested Williams simply for getting too close to him with his cell phone.

“The defendant then continued to place his cellphone within very close proximity of my face, once again breaching the distance within my reactionary gap, at which point I advised the defendant that he was under arrest, at which point I grabbed the defendant by the arm and attempted to directed [sic] him to the ground to effect the arrest,” Gonzalez wrote. The officer further alleged that Williams continued to tense his body and that he entered a police vehicle only “after another struggle.”

Reached by phone, Williams tells New Times that when he arrived on the scene, the officers prevented him from entering his apartment without explaining why. After the officers told him to move across the street, he was confused why the trio then followed him to the other side, he says. Once the cops swatted his phone away, he was stunned that his phone wound up catching more of the incident by accident.

“I was shocked my phone even picked up the part after they knocked it out of my hand,” he says. “I only got my phone back after I got out of jail. I didn’t think my phone caught all that.”

If everything went down as reported, then the cops had no legal reason to force Williams across the street because he was not interfering with whatever it was they were doing with his ex-girlfriend.

“I’m more than 50 feet away from her,” Williams tells the cops as one tells him “you better stay back.”

But the video shows he expressed no intention of getting any closer. He was content just standing on the sidewalk recording, which is what got him arrested.

The videos were posted to Williams’ Instagram account. All three cops were wearing body cameras. No word yet on whether those bodycam videos will be released anytime soon. Or if they will somehow disappear.

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October 1, 2019 at 02:13PM

Suspended Margate cop arrested in undercover drug buy, police say

A Margate cop who was already suspended for testing positive for methamphetamine has been arrested during an undercover drug deal, a Lantana police report and court records show.

Christopher Kanan, 31, was arrested Wednesday, posted $19,500 bond and was freed from the Palm Beach County jail in fewer than five hours, records show.

Lantana police used an informant to nab Kanan for trying to buy an ounce of methamphetamine for $500 and a liter of GHB for $300, according to an arrest report.

Because Kanan already had a container of GHB in his truck when he showed up at an apartment near Lantana Road and Federal Highway to make his purchase, he also was charged with felony possession of the psychoactive depressant better known as the date-rape drug.

The road patrol officer they had suspended with pay on July 16. Kanan’s suspension on Wednesday was converted to unpaid leave and the agency launched a second internal affairs investigation, said Sgt. Michael Druzbik, a spokesman for Margate police.

The agency is restricted from commenting on active criminal and internal investigations, he said.

Kanan was hired on June 6, 2016 and has an annual salary of $61,904.96, Druzbik said.

Kanan’s name was blacked out on an arrest report filed on the Palm Beach County Clerk of Court’s website. The clerk’s online record, however, listed the defendant as Kanan and showed he was facing the exact same charges as the arrestee on the redacted police report.

The police informant had previously been arrested with over 16 ounces of methamphetamine, Lantana police aid.

The informant told police he knew a police officer who was willing to buy methamphetamine and GHB.

GHB has been dubbed the date-rape drug because of its ability, especially when combined with alcohol, to induce unarousable sleep. It gained popularity in the dance club scene because, in small doses, it induces euphoria and sociability and acts as an aphrodisiac.

GHB is comparable to ecstasy. Slang terms for it include liquid ecstasy, lollipops, liquid X or liquid E.

Through an exchange of text messages between the informant and Kanan, a drug deal was negotiated, police said.

Kanan, according to his arrest report, said he was in the market for one ounce of meth for $500 and a liter of GHB for $300 and he would be there in 45 minutes.

When Kanan got there he must have sensed something was amiss.

He was greeted by an undercover cop and told the person he’d negotiated the deal with — the informant — was in the shower.

“[Kanan] examined the water bottle [containing GHB] and the sham methamphetamine several times,” the police report said. “[Kanan] kept saying something doesn’t look right.”

Kanan said he wanted to take a bottle of water to his girlfriend who was outside in his truck, police said.

When he stepped outside, Kanan was arrested.

He carried two bundles of cash, one contained $500 and the other $300, and had a gun in his silver Ford pickup, along with a container of GHB, the report said.

At the police station, Kanan told investigators he “was currently on administrative suspension for testing positive for methamphetamine.”

He denied going to the apartment to buy drugs. Instead, Kanan told police he went there to pick up plastic bins for a friend who was moving into a new apartment.

“[He] stated he did not remember sending any text messages and refused to show me his messages on his phone,” Kanan’s arrest report said.

Kanan was booked into jail at 11:14 p.m. Wednesday, posted bond and was out by 4:08 a.m., records show.

His 29-year-old girlfriend, Zamantha Kluger, was not arrested but might be, Detective Sgt. Jim Eddy, of the Lantana Police Department, told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

“I’m hoping she’s going to be charged,” he said.

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September 27, 2019 at 02:34PM

Officer Who Arrested Florida Six-Year-Olds is Fired

Orlando police officer Dennis Turner, who sparked national outrage after arresting two 6-year-old students at a charter school last week, has been fired, Chief Orlando Rolón said Monday evening, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Rolón said the arrests made him “sick to [his] stomach.” He apologized to the children and their families. “I can only imagine how traumatic this was for everyone involved,” he told a press conference. State Attorney Aramis Ayala confirmed that her office would not prosecute the children and is working to clear their records. “I refuse to knowingly play any role in the school-to-prison pipeline,” Ayala said. “… The criminal process ends here today.”

News of the kids’ Thursday arrests attracted national headlines after the grandmother of one of the children spoke to WKMG-Channel 6. Katherine Puzone, an associate professor at Barry University’s law school who runs a juvenile defense clinic, said she hasn’t seen a child that young arrested in at least a decade. “I would wonder what happened at the school that they even let the police get involved with a six-year-old,” she said. “That was a six-year old acting out.” Christian Minor of the Florida Juvenile Justice Association, which provides pre-delinquent services and juvenile justice advocacy across the state, said outbursts or disciplinary issues happen in schools, but there are de-escalation techniques that officers and educators can use that do not involve the criminal justice system. “The long overarching implications of placing a child in handcuffs in front of their peers can have devastating effects on a child’s development,” he said. “This is a very sad situation that could have been dealt with differently.”

via The Crime Report

September 24, 2019 at 10:28AM

This Week’s Corrupt Cops Stories

A rogue DEA agent cops a plea, a former Detroit cop gets nailed as a dope dealer, and more. Let’s get to it:

[image:1 align:left]In New York City, an NYPD school safety agent was arrested Friday after she was caught with three pounds of marijuana and a stash of cash in her apartment. Agent Iashia Glover, 29, got caught not only with $17,000 in cash, but also $2,390 in counterfeit cash. She is charged with marijuana possession and forgery.

In New York City, a former DEA agent pleaded guilty Monday to participating in a decade long drug conspiracy that smuggled thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York. Fernando Gomez “infiltrated” the DEA in 2011 by lying about his ties to the murderous trafficking ring, then assisted them by, among other things, selling weapons to them and divulging law enforcement information to them. He’s looking at up to 20 years in federal prison when sentenced in November.

In Detroit, a former Detroit police officer was convicted Tuesday of being part of a drug trafficking organization—and was even paid $20,000 for staging a fake arrest. Former officer Christopher Staton, 52, was found to have conspired with traffickers to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances, including cocaine and fentanyl. Staton ran license plates and provided other sensitive law enforcement to the group.

In Mt. Holly, New Jersey, a former state prison guard was sentenced last Friday to seven years in prison after being convicted of smuggling oxycodone, marijuana and tobacco to inmates in exchange for money. Steven Saunders, 51, will be ineligible for parole for five years. He was convicted of conspiracy, official misconduct, bribery in official matters, and acceptance or receipt of unlawful benefit by a public servant for official behavior, as well as possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana, Grewal said.

via Criminal Justice

September 18, 2019 at 04:09PM

Celebrated Cop Was Robbing Drug Dealers

Baltimore police officer Wayne Jenkins was living a double life. He was an admired leader of aggressive street squads and would head the elite Gun Trace Task Force, one of the Baltimore Police Department’s go-to assets in the fight against violent crime. He was also the ringleader of a criminal enterprise of police officers who robbed people and sold drugs, reports the Baltimore Sun. The indictment of Jenkins and six of his officers on federal racketeering charges rocked Baltimore in 2017. A squad of veteran cops stood accused of committing numerous robberies, as well as extortion and overtime fraud. Many Baltimore residents had long distrusted the police, and more so after the death of Freddie Gray. The scope and breadth of these allegations were staggering.

Inside the police department, the Gun Trace Task Force was known for its success in capturing suspected drug dealers, their stashes and their illegal firearms. Jenkins was celebrated as a leader with an uncanny knack for delivering the goods. If his arrest was stunning, the depiction of his crimes wasn’t news to everyone. Some drug dealers told their lawyers that Jenkins made stuff up to arrest them and had kept a good chunk of their money and drugs. A Sun investigation found warning signs that Jenkins wasn’t such a good cop. His supervisors either failed to see the red flags or chose to ignore them. From 2006 to 2009, Jenkins was the subject of at least four lawsuits alleging misconduct. The plaintiffs prevailed in three of them, but they  triggered no internal punishment. Jenkins’ supervisors failed to scrutinize arrests he was making. He was getting suspects off the street, but his cases weren’t holding up in court. Reporter Justin Fenton spent a year investigating Jenkins and his officers. He is writing a book about the case.

via The Crime Report

June 18, 2019 at 11:26AM