Category: #GoodCops

State Review Board Says Death Of Inmate India Cummings Was A Homicide

BUFFALO, NY – The attorney for the family of woman who died after being held at the Erie County Holding Center in 2016 says he is not surprised by the official findings of the incident, which offer a scathing rebuke of the conduct of her jailers.

The report was prepared by the New York State Commission of Correction, which has oversight over jails and prisons throughout the state.

“It validates everything that we set forth in our complaint and everything I’ve alleged from the very beginning,” said Matthew Albert, who represents survivors of India Cummings. “Disturbing doesn’t even come close to doing justice to what happened to India…which was heartbreaking,” Albert told 2 On Your Side.

Though heavily redacted in parts, the report still paints a picture of the treatment, or lack thereof, offered to Cummings while in custody, which goes beyond “scathing” or “damning,” according to Albert

“The one adjective that needs to be used here, is ‘criminal’, because that’s what this was,” Albert said.

The report concludes, among other things, Cumming’s “manner of death was homicide by medical neglect.”

Cummings was arrested in Lackawanna after committing a carjacking, leading police on a chase which resulted in collisions with three other vehicles, and fighting with officers after she was finally stopped in February 2016.

Taking her to the Erie County Holding Center with a broken arm was the first of several errors noted by the review panel, which contends, “a mental health referral for ECMC would have been appropriate.”

Cummings spent 17 days in the jail, during which time the report says she was combative with officers, destroyed her cell, refused medical treatment, or food at times, and babbled while urinating and defecating on the floor.

However, despite observing this, the report says her jailors made no immediate referrals to the jail physician or reports to jail administration.

Dr. F. Scott LaPoint, who performed the autopsy on Cummings has said he could not determine cause of death without more information, but said he believed an untreated broken arm was a contributing to the death of Cummings. He noted he could not certain whether Cummings broke her arm in a car crash, or when arrested by police, or in later clashes with jail deputies. So he could not say if the break was accidental or inflicted by others. But the pathologist said muscle and tissue damage released chemicals that led to kidney failure through a condition called rhabdomyolysis. Further, high levels of ketones in her body – ketoacidosis – existed before she arrived at the jail and probably explained her ongoing confusion and erratic behavior, he wrote.

Only when she went into cardiac arrest was Cummings taken to Buffalo General where she died, with the review panel stating: “had she received appropriate medical care, her death would have been prevented.”

“An analogy would be a mother just allowing her baby, who is sick or something like that, to just sit there until her baby passes away. That’s what we have here, is a depraved indifference to India’s wellbeing by those who were in custody of her,” Albert said.

Albert noted especially a passage in the 33 page report in which the review panel states, “The medical and mental health care provided to Cummings by Erie County during the course of incarceration, and her care, custody and safekeeping by Erie County sheriff deputies was so grossly incompetent and inadequate as to shock the conscience.”

Through a spokesperson, Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard declined comment on the report, due to ongoing litigation.

Meanwhile, Albert is calling on Erie County District Attorney John Flynn to launch a criminal investigation into Cumming’s treatment and death, and to bring charges against those in whose care and custody she had been.

A spokesperson for Flynn told 2 on Your Side that his office has yet to receive a copy of the report, but will review it and make a determination once they do.

“They could throw us ‘x-amount’ of millions of dollars today, and justice would not be served,” said Albert. “Justice is only served if the individuals that caused her death are on the other side of the bars at the holding center.”

Former Police Chief Caught Telling Officers To Frame Black People

A former police chief of Biscayne Park and two officers are charged with falsely pinning four burglaries on a teenager just to impress village leaders with a perfect crime-solving record.

But the accusations revealed in federal court last month left out far uglier details of past policing practices in tranquil Biscayne Park, a leafy wedge of suburbia just north of Miami Shores.

Records obtained by the Miami Herald suggest that during the tenure of former chief Raimundo Atesiano, the command staff pressured some officers into targeting random black people to clear cases.

“If they have burglaries that are open cases that are not solved yet, if you see anybody black walking through our streets and they have somewhat of a record, arrest them so we can pin them for all the burglaries,” one cop, Anthony De La Torre, said in an internal probe ordered in 2014. “They were basically doing this to have a 100% clearance rate for the city.”

In a report from that probe, four officers — a third of the small force — told an outside investigator they were under orders to file the bogus charges to improve the department’s crime stats. Only De La Torre specifically mentioned targeting blacks, but former Biscayne Park village manager Heidi Shafran, who ordered the investigation after receiving a string of letters from disgruntled officers, said the message seemed clear for cops on the street.

“The letters said police were doing a lot of bad things,” Shafran told the Herald. “It said police officers were directed to pick up people of color and blame the crimes on them.”

Beyond the apparent race targeting, the report — never reviewed in village commission meetings — described a department run like a dysfunctional frat house. It outlines allegations that the brass openly drank on duty, engaged in a host of financial shenanigans and that the No. 2 in command during the period, Capt. Lawrence Churchman, routinely spouted racist and sexist insults.

Amid the probe, Atesiano abruptly resigned in 2014. Afterward, there was a stark change in village crime-busting statistics.

During his roughly two-year tenure as chief, 29 of 30 burglary cases were solved, including all 19 in 2013. In 2015, the year after he left, records show village cops did not clear a single one of 19 burglary cases.

Village leaders say they have since overhauled the department, calling the ousted police chief’s actions “appalling.”

Atesiano, 52, has strongly denied the allegations. He pleaded not guilty in the federal case and is now awaiting trial on charges of civil-rights violations. Two of his former officers, Raul Fernandez and Charlie Dayoub, also have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial. Sources say they are cooperating against their one-time boss.

The federal case doesn’t raise allegations of racial profiling, but records show the false charges were filed against a black Haitian-American teen identified only as T.D. in the indictment. Whether or how many other blacks might have been targets is unclear. State and local arrest records differ somewhat, but of the 30 burglary arrests documented in 2013 and 2014, nearly all were of black males.

But at least one other case is under review in an ongoing investigation: the arrest of a black transient man, Erasmus Banmah, 35, who was charged with five vehicle burglaries on the same day in February 2014. Each was dropped immediately by prosecutors when Biscayne Park cops failed to cooperate, records show.

The former chief argues he demanded diligence from his officers, not illegal actions, His attorney pointed blame at Atesiano’s former underlings for any resulting problematic arrests.

“Encouraging, or even demanding, that public employees raise their performance levels to meet the citizens’ expectations is not an invitation for those public employees to cut corners or falsify documents,” his defense attorney, Richard Docobo, said.

Over the last decade, the department has also seen an officer arrested on charges of holding his wife hostage, a troubled officer sued for excessive force and another officer charged with beating a suspect.

At the helm was Atesiano, a burly and mustachioed officer who was hired in 2008 and worked his way through the ranks while penning a column in the village newsletter warning residents to beware of trespassers and to report people crossing the railroad track.

Atesiano had come to the village after an earlier case involving a doctored arrest record. In 2006, Atesiano, then a sergeant in Sunny Isles Beach, agreed to leave there after investigators discovered he’d forged a man’s name on a notice to appear in court after police arrested him for marijuana. Prosecutors told him to resign or face arrest.

Atesiano left but landed with Biscayne Park two years later and rebuilt his reputation. The village named him officer of the year in 2011. Two years later, he was promoted to replace the retiring chief and he immediately began touting impressive progress in solving home break-ins and property crimes, always a priority issue in otherwise quiet suburbs.

“This year, as we stand, we have a 100 percent clearance rate on burglary cases in the Village of Biscayne Park,” Atesiano declared to hearty applause during a commission meeting in July 2013. “This is the first time I’ve ever known that to happen in any department that I’ve ever been in.”

Many of the officers’ other complaints focused on Churchman, a former Sweetwater cop who was second in command in the village. Like his boss, Churchman also had a history with altered records. Sweetwater had demoted him for allegations of falsifying education records to earn an extra $40 a week. Biscayne Park hired him in 2008.

In the report, seven fellow officers described the captain as Atesiano’s enforcer, belittling cops, threatening them with firing, and bullying them into paying cash fees for working off-duty security gigs and into paying insurance deductibles with cash when they got into an accident in their police cruisers. His disdain for minorities also was “common knowledge,” Officer Harrison told the investigator. The report quotes officers saying Churchman used racial, homophobic and gender slurs.

“The captain has said on several different occasions he doesn’t want any n—–s, f—–s or women b—–s working at Biscayne Park,” Harrison said, according to Scott’s investigative report.
Churchman, through his attorney, denied using such language. In response to questions from the Herald, lawyer Kristi Kassebaum issued a statement quoting her client: “That is a ridiculous lie. That’s just not the way I think and certainly not the kind of language I use in public or in private.”

Cops Suspended After Using Coin Toss App To Determine Traffic Stop Outcome

Two Georgia police officers have been placed on leave after video showed them using a coin-toss app before determining whether to arrest a woman caught speeding in April, and the police chief said he is “appalled” by the move.

“Why am I being arrested?” Sarah Webb is heard saying to Officer Courtney Brown in the bodycam footage posted by NBC affiliate WXIA of Atlanta, which first reported the story.

Webb, who said Friday she was speeding because she was late for her job at a hair salon, was arrested on charges of speeding, reckless driving and driving too fast for conditions, according to police records. On Monday, a prosecutor dismissed the charges, the station reported.

In the video posted by WXIA, Brown and another officer, Kristee Wilson, are heard discussing what they should do with Webb, and the Brown says that she doesn’t have speed detection equipment and Wilson says she doesn’t have any tickets.

The officers used the terms “A” or arrest for heads, and “R” for release for tails, according to the station. The video audio appears to show Wilson say “This is tail right?,” Brown says, “Yeah. So release?” and then Wilson says “23,” or a police code for arrest, WXIA reported.

“These are people who are supposed to protect us, and instead are treating our freedom and our lives like games,” Webb, 24, told NBC News in a phone interview Friday. “It’s disgusting. It’s scary to think police officers do stuff like this.”

Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant said that both officers have been placed on administrative leave and an internal investigation has been launched.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, to be honest,” Grant told NBC News of the video. “It was appalling.”

“This isn’t a police procedure, to bring a coin flip — whether it’s an app or an actual coin toss — that’s not part of that decision making to decide to take someone’s freedom,” Grant said.

Webb said she didn’t know the officers used the coin-toss app before arresting her until she was contacted by WXIA three weeks before her court date.

In a police arrest report, Brown wrote that she was on patrol on April 7 when a vehicle sped past her, and she estimated in the report that the car was traveling around 85 mph in a 45 mph zone before it was pulled over.

Grant told NBC News that the two officers were put on administrative leave within a few days of Grant learning about the video.

In a statement to WXIA, Grant said that the officer’s behavior is not representative of the standards of the Roswell Police Department. “I have much higher expectations of our police officers and I am appalled that any law enforcement officer would trivialize the decision making process of something as important as the arrest of a person,” he said.

Webb said she’s not satisfied with the officers being put on administrative leave, which she called “a paid vacation.”

“I would like to see them fired, because they shouldn’t have been playing with my freedom on a flip of a coin,” she said.

Morning Wine Cellar 7/13/18 – Sherrita Dixon-Cole Will Not Get Justice

Rape Victim, Sherrita Dixon-Cole will have to live in a world where the armed and dangerous rapist that kidnapped  and raped her while in uniform carrying out state sanctioned oppression will still be roaming the streets where he originally found her. 

 

Reversing Climate Change Is A Plastic Straw Away.

They have figured it out, gang.
Fukeshima, Garbage Patches, Sea Level Rise, Climate Change And Weather Extremes…

KISS IT ALL GOODBYE!!!!!

By drinking from a disposable mouthpiece instead of a disposable cup, and thowing that disposable mouthpiece in garbage instead, you can play your part in like less garbage n’ stuff.

Let’s Do It!!!!

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Is it wrong or right to suspend a vote for partisan reasons.?
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Ohio teens given suspended sentence for dropping sandbag off overpass that killed man

The four Ohio teens who pleaded guilty to dropping a sandbag off a freeway overpass that killed a 22-year-old man were given a suspended sentence and ordered to a treatment center on Friday.

Marquis Byrd was the passenger in a vehicle that was hit by the sandbag dropped onto Interstate 75 in Toledo last December. Byrd was left in critical condition and died three days later in the hospital.

 

 

 

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Sex Workers Meet in Los Angeles To Draft Statement of Principles

In late June, members and supporters of Desiree Alliance, a sex work advocacy organization, gathered in the Los Angeles office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to begin organizing for the legalization of sex work. The event featured nearly a dozen sex workers, including adult actress and Los Angeles-based sex work activist, Siouxsie Q.

Attendees at the meeting drafted a manifesto called the National Sex Worker Anti-Criminalization Principles, which author and escort Maggie McNeill described as a document designed to “provide a working template for a national platform” for sex-worker rights.

 

Pride in London sorry after anti-trans protest

 

Pride march rainbow flagPride in London organisers have apologised after anti-trans protesters “forced their way to the front of the parade”.

Members of lesbian and feminist group Get The L Out demanded to march behind the rainbow flag, which marks the start of the event, organisers said.

The group argues the trans movement is attacking lesbian rights and said it protested to protect those rights.

Pride said their behaviour on Saturday was “shocking and disgusting”.

It said they could not forcibly remove the small group because their protest was not a criminal offence, adding “we are sorry” but the “actions of eight people did not stop the joy and love”.

 

An Alabama corrections officer has been indicted on charges of rape in metro Atlanta.

Matthew Moore, 49, is accused of raping women in three states, including women in Cobb and Fulton counties.

His indictment only pertains to his alleged crimes in Fulton County, the district attorney’s office there announced Thursday.

He was arrested in April at the prison where he’d worked nearly two decades, which is about 120 miles from Sandy Springs.

Nikki Yovino Gets Pressured Into Changing Her Statement Via Sentencing Coercion. 

Nikki YovinoOn June 5, Nikki Yovino went to jail. She had maintained for the previous 20 months that she was raped by two Sacred Heart University students in the bathroom at a house party. The men she accused said it was consensual, and that’s what prosecutors and police in Bridgeport, Connecticut, believed too.

The state charged Yovino with filing a false report to law enforcement and evidence tampering, based on their allegation that she’d had a rape kit performed while lying about having been raped. Yovino, 19, faced up to six years in prison. She had pleaded not guilty, but on the morning jury selection was to begin, Yovino took a plea deal to spend a year behind bars. She was taken away in handcuffs while her mom dabbed tears from her eyes in the courtroom.

 

Our 4th Of July Super Patriot Freedom Liberty N Rights N Stuff Episode.

Why Did the Rhode Island Democratic Party Endorse an Alt-Right Supporter Over a Progressive Incumbent?

Moira Jayne Walsh, a 27-year-old former waitress and labor organizer, captured a bit of national attention after she won a seat in the

 Rhode Island House in 2016. “I decided that I wasn’t just going to work on legislation, because there has been so much neglect in my neighborhood for so many years that I wanted to make sure that people felt that they had a sense of community,” she told The Atlantic that November

Minneapolis Investigates Police Use Of Ketamine On Suspects

 

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks to Star Tribune reporter Andy Mannix about the investigation into the Minneapolis police and EMTs sedating people in custody.

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Comcast starts throttling mobile video, will charge extra for HD streams

 Jon Brodkin

     Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile service is imposing new speed limits on video watching and personal hotspot usage, and the company will start charging extra for high-definition video over the cellular network.

The short version is that videos will be throttled to 480p (DVD quality) on all Comcast mobile plans unless you pay extra, while Comcast’s “unlimited” plan will limit mobile hotspot speeds to 600kbps. Only customers who pay by the gigabyte will get full-speed tethering, but the cost would add up quickly as Comcast charges $12 for each gigabyte.

Highland Park detective on leave after pastor’s arrest

The Highland Park Police Department has placed a detective on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the arrest of a pastor and gubernatorial campaign manager for Democrat Shri Thanedar.

 

 

 

A South Carolina police union has lodged a protest about a high school’s summer reading list over the school’s inclusion of two novels that discuss the topic of police brutality. The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) union said the award-winning “The Hate U Give” was an “almost indoctrination of distrust of police.”

The freshman class of Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, was asked to read one of eight books over the summer break. One of the novels, “The Hate U Give,” features the story of a young girl who witnessed police shoot her unarmed best friend to death, an experience which leads her to activism. The book, by Angie Thomas, opened at number one on the New York Times’ young adult best-seller list in February 2017.

Man accused of killing 3 after judge denies ex-wife’s request to have his guns taken away

Man accused of killing 3 after judge denies ex-wife’s request to have his guns taken away

An Alabama man is accused of shooting three people to death after a judge denied his ex-wife’s attempts to order him to surrender his weapons, according to The Decatur Daily.

The news outlet reported on Tuesday that police say Darwin Brazier, 43, of Ardmore, used a semi-automatic SKS rifle with a high-capacity magazine to shoot and kill his ex-wife and two other people before killing himself. 

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Moral Monday – Sex Workers Rights In The Political Process

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Hey gang. 
It’s Moral Monday in The Wine Cellar 7/2/18
We find it moral to support Sex Workers Rights and gosh darn hope Alexandria Ocasio Cortez does as well. 
We’ll lead off with that and get into our Wine Cellar news and comment that you know we’re going to do. 

Thanks for checking us out. 

 

 
 
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#GoodCops In Texas Working To Cover Up Rape Of A Black Woman By One Of Them

The Following Text Is From THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS. 
It will be followed by a link to Essance where we found the story.

 

The Texas 

Department of Public Safety says it has video footage that disproves a woman’s allegations that she was sexually assaulted by a DPS officer in Ellis County early Sunday morning.

The dashcam video has not been released publicly. DPS said Monday it is working to release the video to the public “as soon as possible.”

Lee Merritt, a Dallas attorney representing the woman, said in a statement Monday that his client was pulled over around 1:30 a.m. Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The DPS trooper who pulled over the woman offered to let her go in exchange for sexual favors, according to the statement. Merritt said when his client declined, the officer sexually assaulted her.

The Dallas Morning News does not typically name those reporting sexual assault. 

An Ellis County spokesman said the woman was booked into jail just before 5 a.m. Sunday. She bonded out about 9 p.m. that day.

A DPS spokesman said an officer stopped the woman after a traffic violation, then arrested her when he suspected that she was driving while intoxicated. 

Merritt said the woman was taken to the hospital while in custody, but she refused treatment because she wanted to be with her family and attorney.

Once she was released, Merritt said, she returned to the hospital for medical treatment and to “preserve any remaining evidence of the alleged assault.” She was released from the hospital Monday morning, Merritt said in a statement.

Merritt said the woman filed a formal complaint alleging sexual assault as soon as she was taken into custody. He said he was not sure whether DPS or Ellis County took the complaint.

An afternoon news conference with Merritt and attorney Daryl K. Washington was abruptly canceled. Merritt said DPS was preparing to release the video footage at that time, and he wouldn’t be able to address questions about the situation until after video had been released.

In a statement Sunday night, DPS said it would release the video to the public if the Ellis County District Attorney’s office had no objections.

Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson said the video could be released as long as legally required redactions were made. DPS is working to release the video to the public “as soon as possible.”

“Upon learning of the allegations today, the department immediately took action to review the dash cam video,” a statement from DPS reads. “The video shows absolutely no evidence to support the serious accusations against the Trooper during the DWI arrest of the suspect.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

ESSENCE COVERAGE 
A Black Texas woman recently accused a police officer of sexually assaulting her during a traffic stop and now the Texas Department of Public Safety says it has a video that disproves the woman’s allegations, according to the Dallas Morning News.

FURTHER COVERAGE FROM http://www.kwtx.com

WAXAHACHIE, Texas (AP) New charges won’t be filed against a woman who accused a Texas trooper of sexual assault during a traffic stop.

In a statement Friday, Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson says the woman made her allegations to a jailer and her attorney and not to a sworn peace officer, meaning no false report was filed.

 

 

Rapists Make Great Fertilizer Part 2

News and comment with Phoenix and William 

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Sex Worker Rights, Trans Rights And Black Women Being Loud

A Controversial Greens Candidate Has Backflipped On Sex Worker Rights After Intense Pressure

 A transgender woman has been brutally murdered after an argument over £6

Sen. Lena Taylor called bank teller a ‘house (N-word),’ witnesses tell police

 

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Lena Taylor

 

 

 

 

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