Bad Cop - Bad Cop

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A civil so­ci­ety needs laws and it needs those laws en­forced fairly and justly. We need ef­fec­tive law en­force­ment, but an in­creas­ing num­ber of cops are en­gag­ing in crim­i­nal be­hav­ior and prey­ing upon the peo­ple they are sup­posed to serve.

In his elec­tion cam­paign, Trump promised that he would em­power police to com­bat crime. But since he has taken of­fice as un­elected Pres­i­dent, crime by cops has in­creased and some of it is even be­ing re­warded.

A re­cent ex­am­ple of cop crime be­ing re­warded is the case of Christo­pher Radtke, for­mer chief deputy sher­iff of Pima County, Arizona. He ad­mit­ted that he stole seized cash and as­sets from sus­pects for many years. The seized as­sets were sup­posed to have been do­nated to a sher­iff’s aux­il­iary fund, but weren't.

Radtke was charged with mul­ti­ple felony counts of em­bez­zle­ment and there was no doubt as to his guilt.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion re­warded Radtke's crimes by drop­ping all felony charges and sen­tenc­ing him to only a year of pro­ba­tion with no jail time and giv­ing him im­mu­nity for pros­e­cu­tion for other crimes. In ad­di­tion, he will re­ceive an $82,800 an­nual pen­sion from the state Pub­lic Safety Per­son­nel Re­tire­ment Sys­tem plus a one-time $505,000 pay­ment from the sys­tem’s De­ferred Re­tire­ment Op­tion Plan. Within six years, tax­pay­ers will re­ward Radtke's crimes with more than $1 mil­lion in state re­tire­ment ben­e­fits.

The de­ci­sion was made by Trump's De­part­ment of Jus­tice un­der Jeff Ses­sions, a ly­ing racist guilty of per­jury.

It seems that if you are a crim­i­nal cop un­der the Trump regime, crime does in­deed pay and pays very well.

Since Trump was given power, the num­ber of peo­ple killed by cops has con­tin­ued to climb to record lev­els. In Fe­bru­ary alone of 2017 there were 113 police killings re­ported in the pub­lic me­dia avail­able through ma­jor search en­gines. Ad­di­tional deaths were not re­ported by me­dia ac­ces­si­ble on­line or re­ported but not in­dexed by ma­jor search en­gines.

The U.S. has no sys­tem in place to ac­cu­rately track police killings from gov­ern­ment sources but start­ing in 2003, the Bureau of Jus­tice Sta­tis­tics (BJS) started track­ing the num­ber from of­fi­cial sources and me­dia to pro­duce a more ac­cu­rate fig­ure than from of­fi­cial sources alone. How­ever, cur­rent data is not avail­able from BJS and un­der Trump it is likely to be in­ac­cu­rate may stop be­ing avail­able to the pub­lic.

One of the most se­ri­ous is­sues that Amer­i­cans face with cops are the un­con­sti­tu­tional and there­fore il­le­gal civil as­set for­fei­ture laws. Th­ese laws give cops the abil­ity to steal your prop­erty by claim­ing that your prop­erty is sus­pected of wrong-do­ing. You don't have to ac­tu­ally do any­thing wrong or be charged or be con­victed of any crime.

Civil for­fei­ture cases pro­ceed un­der the le­gal fic­tion that cash, cars or homes can be “guilty” of some crime and the owner has to prove their in­no­cence to get them back. How­ever, prop­erty own­ers are usu­ally blocked or dis­ad­van­taged in their at­tempts to re­cover their prop­erty.

In many states cops steal pri­vate prop­erty through civil for­fei­ture laws as an on­go­ing racket and pull over driv­ers of ex­pen­sive cars so just so they can take the car. In Philadel­phia, the city has stolen more 1,100 houses, sold them and kept the cash.

In Kansas and Ok­la­homa, cops rou­tinely pull peo­ple over and take all of the money from any pre­paid debit or credit cards they have by claim­ing that the funds were used for drug traf­fick­ing, with zero ev­i­dence for the claim.

There are cer­tainly many good cops and fu­ture is­sues of Trav­el­ing Minds will high­light some of them. How­ever, the steady in­crease of police bru­tal­ity and crimes com­mit­ted by cops is an ur­gent is­sue that needs to be ad­dressed.

Fol­low­ing are a few of the bad cops who have been caught and their crimes pub­li­cized in just the last two weeks. This is just the tip of the ice­berg. Many more con­tinue to en­gage in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity and ei­ther haven't been caught or if they were caught it hasn't been made pub­lic.

In­di­ana: Kokomo cop Heath Evans was charged on a felony count for ob­tain­ing a con­trolled sub­stance by fraud or de­ceit; felony count for pos­ses­sion of a nar­cotic drug; and mis­de­meanor theft.

Texas: A Forth Worth cop who was pre­vi­ously fired for writ­ing fake tick­ets to col­lect over­time was re­in­stated by a la­bor ar­bi­tra­tor and may get up to $400,000 in back pay as well as pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions.

Florida: A now-for­mer deputy, Tra­maine Mccray, pleaded no con­test in De­cem­ber to stalk­ing, ex­pos­ing him­self and bribery. He was placed on 5 years pro­ba­tion.

Colorado: A now-for­mer deputy, Daniel Sul­li­van, passed him­self off to co-work­ers as a part-time in­vest­ment man­ager but pock­eted most of the cash he took to in­vest. He was sen­tenced to 6 years in prison and 5 years of pa­role af­ter his guilty plea to se­cu­ri­ties fraud.

Ok­la­homa: Dash­cam video showed Of­fi­cer Mike Den­ton re­peat­edly strik­ing a sus­pect who had just been tasered with the butt of his shot-gun, yet jurors re­cently found him not guilty of as­sault and bat­tery with a deadly weapon and reck­less con­duct with a firearm. Den­ton was pre­vi­ously fired for us­ing ex­ces­sive force in 2011, but the Ok­la­homa Court of Civil Ap­peals or­dered the City to re­in­state him. It seems that Ok­la­homans want their cops to be bru­tal.

North Carolina: James Blair pleaded guilty of im­preg­nat­ing a 14-year-old girl while a police of­fi­cer. He will spend at least 12 years in prison. When re­leased he will have to wear an an­kle mon­i­tor for the rest of his life as a sex of­fender.

Hawaii: David Weis pleaded no con­test to three counts each of false re­port­ing to law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties, false swear­ing in of­fi­cial mat­ters, unsworn fal­si­fi­ca­tion to au­thor­i­ties and tam­per­ing with a gov­ern­ment record. Weiss had been is­su­ing false park­ing and speed­ing tick­ets. His pun­ish­ment is merely pro­ba­tion. As an ex­tra bonus the record of his 12 mis­de­meanors will be re­moved from his record af­ter pro­ba­tion.

Texas: James Pa­trick, re­tired police of­fi­cer, and for­mer school re­source of­fi­cer and a preacher, has ad­mit­ting to mo­lest­ing a 10 year-old girl while he was a cop.

Texas: Fort Worth police of­fi­cer David Brint­nell has been ar­rested and faces a charge of sex­ual as­sault of a child un­der the age of 17.

North Carolina: Two cops have been ar­rested for par­tic­i­pat­ing in a bur­glary ring that stole lawn equip­ment and John Deere Ga­tor util­ity ve­hi­cles.

Ohio: A police of­fi­cer has been sus­pended for pulling over two women and rub­bing a sex toy on their bod­ies.

Texas: Six­teen Arlington cops ac­cused of fal­si­fy­ing traf­fic stops have re­signed rather than face in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Some of the ac­cused claimed they were un­der pres­sure to meet quo­tas im­posed by the city.

Wash­ing­ton DC: A Se­cret Ser­vice of­fi­cer un­der the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has pleaded guilty for sex­ting with un­der­age girls while on duty at the White House and at­tempt­ing to lure un­der­age girls into sex.

Wash­ing­ton: Seat­tle police of­fi­cer Robert Mar­low, pleaded guilty to so­lic­i­ta­tion to pos­sess the drug MDMA and sec­ond-de­gree com­puter tres­pass­ing. Mar­low took drugs and shared them with a strip­per and gave con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion on crime sus­pects to a news re­porter. He was placed on paid leave and given 30 days on an of­fender work crew.

Maryland: Seven cops were fed­er­ally in­dicted for rob­bery, ex­tor­tion, and rack­e­teer­ing for rob­bing peo­ple dur­ing il­le­gal traf­fic stops, skim­ming ev­i­dence, ex­tort­ing drug deal­ers, fil­ing false re­ports and claim­ing fraud­u­lent over­time. One of the cops ad­mit­ted to sell­ing drugs.

New York: Two of­fi­cers were charged for ly­ing to make a bo­gus co­caine ar­rest that put an in­no­cent man in no­to­ri­ous Rik­ers prison. This is the sec­ond such case against th­ese of­fi­cers.

Ten­nessee: David Goins has been charged with of­fi­cial mis­con­duct and sale and de­liv­ery of sched­ule II drugs in a drugfree zone while a Gatlin­burg police of­fi­cer.

Arizona: Flagstaff cop Jeff Bonar has been in­dicted on ag­gra­vated as­sault charges for punch­ing a woman in the face.

Con­necti­cut: Two state troop­ers have been charged with first-de­gree kid­nap­ping, de­pri­va­tion of rights by force or threat and sec­ond-de­gree as­sault.

Ten­nessee: Of­fi­cer Michael Mcin­tosh has pleaded guilty to 15 counts of ag­gra­vated child abuse. He and his wife sadis­ti­cally tor­tured and beat their chil­dren. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the tor­ture in­cluded sadis­tic hu­mil­i­a­tion and pain, freez­ing the chil­dren in ice baths, forced star­va­tion, burn­ing their flesh, blud­geon­ing them, and forc­ing them to hold their arms above their heads for hours.


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