Bad Cop - Bad Cop
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.