A Detroit police officer has been charged with assaulting a woman acquaintance while he was off-duty, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced today.
Detroit Police Officer Johnny Ray Bridges, 47, was charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, domestic violence and reckless discharge of a firearm and is expected to be arraigned today, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Prosecutors said the incident occurred about 1:45 a.m. Monday when Bridges was off duty. According to the prosecutor’s office, he and a 31-year-old woman were drinking and began arguing and at some point, Bridges fired a handgun into the air. Prosecutors said he punched and kicked the woman in the face and the body.
“The victim was clothed in only a t-shirt when she managed to escape from the location by breaking out a front window,” according to the prosecutor’s office. “She ran to a nearby restaurant where the employees immediately assisted her by providing clothing and calling 911. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is in stable condition.”
DCI won't release records in Taser case Assistant attorney general interprets law to mean info can stay private after investigation ends →
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is refusing to release records in a Worth County case in which a man died after being tased at least four times by law enforcement officers.
All officers involved in the Sept. 22 tasings were cleared of wrongdoing in December by Worth County Attorney Jeffrey Greve.
But Greve told the Register in December that he neither reviewed any records nor conducted any interviews before concluding that the officers were justified in tasing Michael Zubrod.
The DCI initially denied the Register’s request to view specific records in the case — including Taser records that show the length of time the 50,000-volt jolts are deployed — saying the records were part of an ongoing investigation.
Iowa law has frequently been interpreted to mean that public records used as part of an investigation are released at its conclusion.
The Register repeated its request for the Zubrod records Dec. 16, after the investigation had concluded, when Greve determined that the actions of three Worth County deputies at the scene were justified. The Register also made the same public records request to Worth County Sheriff Jay Langenbau, who has not responded to the request or to requests for an interview about the case.
Jeff Peterzalek, an assistant attorney general who advises the DCI, said Monday that his interpretation of the law is that public records may continue to be kept secret after an investigation ends.
Peterzalek denied the DCI or attorney general’s office has a blanket policy to keep public records secret that were in some way used in the process of an investigation.
Peterzalek said that releasing documents could be burdensome for agencies like the DCI because of the hundreds of requests the agency receives every year and that “you have to treat everyone the same.” He also indicated other law enforcement agencies would be less likely to work with the DCI if it made records available to the public.
The rift between the Bloomfield Police Department and town politicians is widening.
The town’s new mayor has requested all investigations by the Bloomfield police’s Internal Affairs division halted as controversies have ensnared the police department.
Mayor Michael Venezia sent a memo to Town Administrator Ted Ehrenburg on Tuesday recommending that the town “suspend all Internal Affairs investigations and refer them to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for appropriate action,” according to town spokesman Keith Furlong.
Investigators in the Internal Affairs division “would be reassigned to other duties until the prosecutor’s office provides the township with further action,” Furlong said, citing the memo. A copy of the memo was also sent to Capt. Glenn Wiegand, the police department’s officer in charge, and town attorney Brian Aloia, Furlong said.
Earlier this week, a police union leader slammed the mayor.
Joseph Krentz, president of the Bloomfield Superior Officers Association, blasted Venezia for earlier comments alleging “a police cover up” after reports of police dashboard camera videos showedOfficers Orlando Trinidad and Sean Courter hitting a town resident who was arrested and later cleared of charges.
Krentz accused the mayor of choosing “to publicly attack” the Bloomfield Police Department by making “improper and inappropriate” comments on social media about a police matter that’s under review by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Julio M. Cerpa, 44, was charged after a $49 supplement was stolen from Bailey’s Gym at 7001 Merrill Road on Feb. 12.
A Texas cop who works as a personal trainer was arrested after a client used a hidden camera to find the man allegedly breaking into his truck during workouts at the gym.
Reginald Wilson — a police officer with the city of Whitehouse, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas — was busted after the victim, David Spivey, showed video of the burglary to local cops, KLTV reported.
“Who would have thought that somebody would go into my locker, get a key out and go in my truck?” Spivey told the news station. “Especially my trainer.”
Oakland will dramatically scale back a city surveillance center after members of the City Council said early Wednesday that there were too many unanswered questions for them to approve the full plan. The center was originally designed to pull in footage from surveillance and traffic cameras and license-plate readers around the city, along with data from gunshot detectors and police records. Linda Lye, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California who has been critical of the project, called the decision a “significant win for privacy.” Quan and police and fire officials have said the center would be used by rescue and emergency personnel during emergencies such as fires, earthquakes, terrorist incidents or hazardous material spills. “All I see is failure after failure after failure to ensure that the civil liberties of Oakland residents are protected,” said Nadia Kayyali of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Councilman Larry Reid often dropped his head to his hands in frustration, while the booing of city staff got so loud at one point that Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney plugged her ears. Some in the gallery posted to Twitter that they could see Quan sorting through a stack of mail and leafing through catalogs during public comment.
Two of the figures most responsible for the spread of red light cameras in the Lone Star State lost their jobs Tuesday. Texas state Senator John Carona (R-Dallas) and state Representative Linda Harper-Brown (R-Irving) were both defeated in Republican primary elections. Rodney Anderson, a one-term state representative, took out Harper-Brown with 53 percent of the vote. Tea Party candidate Don Huffines ousted Carona by 636 votes.
Harper-Brown’s service to the photo enforcement industry is legendary. Over the course of eight years, the Texas House had consistently and overwhelmingly rejected bills to authorize red light cameras. Harper-Brown came up with a solution. When a bill dealing with commercial motor vehicle standards was on the floor in 2003, she snuck in a one-sentence provision allowing municipalities to issue “civil” citations for traffic crimes. Most House members did not notice the provision until it after it became law. They were furious at what they saw as an underhanded move, and the vote to strip Harper-Brown’s language passed by a three-to-one margin. The state Senate blocked its repeal.
A Saratoga County sheriff’s deputy was charged with cocaine trafficking on Friday after an FBI sting in which an undercover informant allegedly paid the deputy thousands of dollars in cash to drive him from Albany to Warren County to make drug deliveries.
Deputy Charles E. Fuller, 46, of Corinth, who is president of the Saratoga County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association, was charged with attempting to aid the possession and distribution of more than 500 grams of cocaine in a federal complaint unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court. Fuller appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge on Friday afternoon and is being held in federal custody pending a detention hearing on Monday.
Fuller has been employed by the sheriff’s department since May 1988, records show.
The complaint states that Fuller, while off duty, agreed to drive an undercover FBI informant from Albany to Warren County on Feb. 19. The undercover informant was carrying 250 grams of “imitation” cocaine and $1,000 in marked currency that the FBI alleges was paid to Fuller.
The Feb. 19 delivery was arranged at a Jan. 24 meeting when Fuller and the informant set up the deal, according to the FBI.
At the Jan. 24 meeting, which was recorded by the FBI, the informant told Fuller “the amount of money you make … would be substantial,” the complaint states. “It would be like a once a week thing. I would be in the car holding the (drugs). You are just there to ensure my safety. … Then, it comes up here and gets distributed.”
Later on during that meeting, according to the FBI, the informant told Fuller “if I moved a kilo, at that point you’d get four grand.”
Just before 5 p.m. on Feb. 19, Fuller arrived at an undisclosed location in Albany County driving a 2008 Infiniti. The informant got into Fuller’s car and they drove north on Interstate 87 toward Warren County.
"You get four dollars a gram so we got like a quarter a key here so you got hooked up," the informant said, according to the federal complaint. "Here it is so where do you want it?"
"In my greedy little hand," Fuller answered, according to the complaint.
Edward G. Bullock, 84, is charged with six counts of sexual assault dating to the late 1980s, New Jersey Superior Court records show. He was not in custody as of this morning.
A Warren County grand jury returned the indictment against Bullock on Feb. 26. The county prosecutor’s office announced the charges today.
Bullock is charged with three counts each of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and second-degree sexual assault.
He allegedly assaulted a boy on dates ranging from December 1986 to January 1988, starting when the boy was 10. McDonald said the acts are alleged to have taken place while the victim was in Bullock’s custody and control as sheriff.
A U.S. Army and Navy veteran says he was told he had to leave a west Houston restaurant because of his service dog.
Aryeh Ohayon says it happened Tuesday at the Thai Spice Buffet II restaurant in the 2500 block of South Voss Road.
Ohayon called Houston Police and waited inside the restaurant.
He claims the officer who responded made him feel even worse.
“I told him what my disabilities were. That’s when he said, you’re not blind,” recalled Ohayon. “[He said] I don’t see why you need the dog.”
Ohayon served this country for 23 years.
He says the memories from his more than two decades of service have led to depression and PTSD, both of which his service dog Bandit is there for.
“He’s the alert if I start to have a panic attack or start to go into a flashback mode,” said Ohayon.
A new law passed less than year ago by Governor Rick Perry protects people with service dogs from being refused entry into public places.
It makes it a misdemeanor to refuse entry to service dogs.
According to Houston Police, the officer who responded called the Harris County District Attorney’s Office after responding to the restaurant.
The officer claims he was told Thai Spice Buffet II has the right to refuse service because it is a private entity.
A Milwaukee County jail guard raped a pregnant detainee, sexually assaulting her three times “within days of giving birth” and twice more after she had her baby while shackled, she claims in Federal Court.
Officer Xavier D. Thicklen’s “abuse of his authority went wholly unchecked” by co-defendant Sheriff David A. Clarke, even though at least one of the assaults was caught on camera, Jane Doe claims in the lawsuit.
Thicklen is charged with five counts of second-degree sexual assault by correctional staff, according to Milwaukee media. He could be sent to prison for 40 years on each county.
Doe, 22, claims she was in the early stages of her first pregnancy when Thicklen raped and sexually assaulted her in the jail. Days after she gave birth, in shackles, Thicklen sexually assaulted her two more times, Doe says in the 15-page complaint.
She was housed in the general population of the jail and Thicklen was assigned to be her medical clinic officer, in charge of transporting her to and from her doctor’s appointments, she claims. On the way to her first appointment, she was isolated from two other inmates who were also being taken to the clinic. She says Thicklen put her in a separate cell and told her “he could make her stay at the jail better.” Thicklen then began touching her genitals and put his fingers inside her vagina without her consent, Doe says. During all his assaults, Thicklen was “cloaked in his uniform and carrying his jail-issued weapon,” according to the lawsuit.
The second time she was assaulted, Doe says, she was called into the sixth floor control area for an “attorney visit.” Thicklen was waiting for her there, she says, with the intent of having sex.
”Thicklen then committed anal rape of plaintiff without her consent,” according to the lawsuit. “Concerned about contracting a disease, plaintiff asked Thicklen to at least use a condom, but Thicklen did not.”
The fact that the United States leads the world in prison population is becoming common knowledge. Somewhat lesser known is the direct connection between corporate prisons and incarceration rates. There is no starker example of this than Louisiana which leads the world in for-profit prisons and, just coincidentally, happens to have the world’s highest prison population per capita.
The U.S. prison business has become the essence of predatory corporatism: it privatizes profits and socializes losses. This combination has led to a situation where correctional facilities have very little incentive to correct the behavior of those who reside within their walls, but every incentive to ensure that new bodies arrive as fast as possible, and keep them in a state of indentured servitude. This is even happening with the return ofdebtors’ prisons in some states - once thought to be intelligently left behind as a brutal chapter of Medieval Europe or Victorian England.
However, something even worse has taken place in the area of so-called juvenile delinquency.
Luzerne County Pennsylvania Judge, Mark Ciavarella Jr., exposed the darkest underbelly of a predatory system with his role in what has come to be known as "kids for cash." Ciavarella thankfully was caught and sentenced to 28 years in prison for taking more than $2 million in bribes from the builder of two detention centers. The centers were literally built and filled off of the incarceration of 3,000 juveniles (some as young as 10 years old) the vast majority of whom would later would have their convictions overturned by the Pennsylvania supreme court. A new documentary delves deeper….
The documentary illustrates the case of Judge Ciavarella as the worst yet brought to light, but looks also at the overall structure that has been set up to enable this type of abuse. As pointed out by Kids For Cash, two million children are arrested every year - 95% for non-violent crimes; and the United States incarcerates 5 times more children than anywhere else on earth.
Sean McLinden was sitting in the back of a police vehicle, waiting for a ride home from a drunken driving checkpoint, when he decided to take pictures and the officers took offense. Mr. McLinden had admitted to officers at the Emsworth checkpoint that he had a few glasses of wine, and they had ordered him out of his car, according to his attorney, Timothy O’Brien, who filed a federal lawsuit over the incident late Friday. The officers wanted Mr. McLinden to take a blood test in a trailer at the Route 65 stop, but he said they should take him to a hospital for that, he claimed. They told him they could not transport him, but that he could have a relative come to get him and his car. When officers saw him snapping pictures with his cell phone, according to the lawsuit, they “approached the police van, and forcibly removed [Mr. McLinden] from the van, throwing him to the ground, handcuffing him.”
They also piled on the charges, according to Mr. O’Brien. Mr. McLinden, 58, of Sewickley was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and destruction of property for breaking a police vehicle door handle.
Law enforcement agencies are occasionally sued for acting against people who record their actions. In 2010, in response to another such lawsuit, the Allegheny County district attorney’s office redistributed a memo reminding police departments that it is not against the law for a civilian to make a video recording of an officer in the course of his or her duty.
DATE: February 28, 2014
TO: All Bureau Employees
SUBJECT: Discipline Guide
As Chief of Police, it is my responsibility to ensure accountability for our individual actions and to
improve employee behavior and performance. In doing so, we reinforce our organization’s values and
maintain our credibility and trust with the community we serve.
Typically, disciplinary action is used as a means to correct unacceptable behavior and as a tool in setting
and enforcing Bureau standards. When making recommendations to the Commissioner-in-Charge for
discipline or imposing discipline, I ask for and receive input from a wide variety of resources, including
the Police Review Board, union representatives, and other management and advisory personnel such as
the RU manager and the Bureau of Human Resources.
My goal is to apply disciplinary standards in a fair and consistent manner. Nationally, many law
enforcement agencies use a discipline matrix when considering the appropriate level of discipline resulting
from administrative or performance investigations.
At my direction, the Professional Standards Division convened a workgroup to develop a Discipline
Guide. The workgroup collaboratively gathered and reviewed historical PPB data, and policies of other
agencies, in order to develop a guide to be used by Portland Police Bureau, RU managers, the Police
Review Board, and the Chief of Police when recommending corrective action.
Workgroup stakeholders invited to attend and participate included representatives from the Operations
Branch, Services Branch executive lieutenants, Training Division, Personnel Division, Independent Police
Review Division (IPR), City Attorney’s Office, PPA, PPCOA, AFSCME, Professional Standards and
The objectives of the workgroup in the development of the guide included: providing a mechanism for
improved timelines within the discipline process; promoting a mechanism for positive change in behaviors
and/or performance; making recommendations to improve the corrective action and discipline process;
providing guidance to supervisors who make disciplinary recommendations; promoting and providing
consistency in disciplinary actions; providing officers with an understanding of possible outcomes; and
1.) You have the bladder capacity of five people combined.
2.) You have restrained someone and it was not a sexual experience.
3.) You believe that 50 percent of people are a waste of good air.
4.) Your idea of a good time is a “man with a gun” call.
5.) You conduct a criminal record check on anyone who seems friendly towards you.
6.) You believe in the aerial spraying of Prozac and birth control pills.
7.) You disbelieve 90 percent of what you hear and 75 percent of what you see.
8.) You have your weekends off planned for a year.
9.) You believe the government should require a permit to reproduce.
10.) You refer to your favorite restaurant by the intersection at which it’s located.
11.) You have ever wanted to hold a seminar entitled: “Suicide: Getting it right the first time.”
12.) You ever had to put the phone on hold before you begin laughing uncontrollably.
13.) You think caffeine should be available in IV form.
14.) You know anyone who says, “I only had two beers” is going to blow at least a .15
15.) You find out a lot about paranoia just by following people around.
16.) Anyone has ever said to you, “There are people killing other people out there and you are here messing with me.”
17.) People flag you down on the street and ask you directions to strange places…and you know where it’s located.
18.) You can discuss where you are going to eat with your partner while standing over a dead body.
19.) You are the only person introduced at social gatherings by profession.
20.) You walk into places and people think it’s high comedy to grab their buddy and shout, “They’ve come to get you, Bill.”
21.) You do not see daylight from November until May.
22.) People shout, “I didn’t do it!” when you walk into a room and think they’re being hugely funny and original.
23.) A week’s worth of laundry consists of five T-shirts, five pairs of socks, and five pairs of underwear.
24.) You’ve ever referred to Tuesday as “my weekend.”
25.) You’ve ever written off guns and ammunition as a business deduction.