When a police officer in Staten Island was caught by his own body camera in the apparent act of planting marijuana in the car of a group of young men, the video evidence against him was strong enough to prompt prosecutors in the resulting case to throw out the marijuana charge in the middle of a pretrial hearing. A judge cut short his testimony, and prosecutors recommended he get a lawyer. But an internal review by the New York Police Department found that no misconduct had occurred.
Now a new video — published exclusively by The Intercept — shows the same officer again seemingly planting marijuana during a different traffic stop just a few weeks after the first. On both occasions, two officers — Kyle Erickson and Elmer Pastran, of the 120th Precinct — stopped cars for minor traffic infractions, then claimed the vehicles smelled like marijuana. In both instances, body camera footage shows the officers extensively searching the cars for several minutes and finding nothing. In the first incident, in February 2018, Erickson’s body camera is then suddenly switched off and then back on just as he discovers a marijuana cigarette that did not appear to be there when his partner was first searching the car.
The new video raises questions about the credibility of internal review processes and highlights the lack of transparency in cases of police misconduct. The video, which didn’t emerge for nearly two years, also underscores the limited information available not just to the public but also defendants, and validates criticism by police accountability advocates that body cameras are of no use if the evidence they capture remains inaccessible.
Newly released body cam footage shows Orlando police officer, Dennis Turner, arrested two 6-year-olds in a one-week period in September, among them the girl in the video. He was fired within days of the arrest of the girl shown on the body-camera video.
In the police report from the incident, authorities say Turner was responding to a report that the 6-year-old “battered three staff members by kicking and punching them” at her school, the Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy in Orlando.
The child’s grandmother has previously told local press in Florida that her granddaughter suffers from a sleep disorder the family was working to resolve, which was why she was experiencing some behavioral issues.
The girl was charged with battery, but those charges were not pursued, according to NBC Orlando-affiliate WESH.
It started off as a typical DWI stop but it turned into a violent struggle between a New Mexico State Police officer and the suspect, back at the jail. All of it was caught on camera and now the suspect is suing. The suspect has filed a lawsuit against the officer and State Police claiming he used excessive force and was not trained properly.
A Peekskill police officer was arrested Saturday for alleged sexual abuse, stalking and burglary of a woman he was investigating.
His accuser, whom News 12 is not identifying, spoke exclusively with News 12’s Samantha Crawford. She apparently recorded an encounter with 33-year-old Officer Michael Agovino.
The audio of the recording includes what she says is Officer Agovino demanding sexual favors. She also says Agovino sexually assaulted her twice and stopped by her home unannounced four times since last summer.
She told News 12 that he was in uniform and on-duty during those alleged encounters.
According to a felony complaint, Officer Agovino was investigating a larceny “allegedly perpetrated by the victim.”
Officer Michael Agovino was arraigned Saturday at Peekskill City Court. He’s being held at the Westchester County Jail on $100,000 bond.
The Peekskill Police Department says it is fully cooperating with the investigation into the allegations by the Westchester County DA’s Office, and says Agovino has been placed on administrative leave until further notice.
Well, watch the entire video before you pass judgment the kid was throwing punches at his mom and at the guards… They did their job and subdued the kid… They did nothing wrong in my opinion!
A North Carolina mother has blasted hospital security guards and police for tackling her 16-year-old son to the ground, punching him and Tasing him after she brought him to doctors during a ‘mental health episode’.
Talk about abuse of power and being unable to put a cap on your emotions..
Can’t threaten to shoot kids yo
An Orlando police officer has been relieved of duty and is facing charges after body camera footage showed him pushing a man to the ground prior to his arrest near Lake Ivanhoe last September.
The officer, Frank Sikos, wrote in an arrest report that he responded to the area of Alden Road and Virginia Drive after two people said they saw a man, identified as Bennett Robinson, trying to get into a construction site across the street.
The arrest report says Robinson told officers he was a contractor inspecting the construction site on his walk home, around 4:15 a.m.
A Hispanic police captain in Miami has been suspended for claiming he was a “black male” during a city commission meeting, department officials said.
Javier Ortiz was “relieved of duty with pay” on Wednesday pending an investigation, a police department spokesman confirmed to The Post.
Ortiz, who previously oversaw the department’s SWAT operations, is expected to be off the force indefinitely, Deputy Police Chief Ronald Papier told the Miami Herald.
Papier refused to indicate why Ortiz is being investigated, but the development follows Ortiz’s comments on Friday at a city commission meeting during which he claimed he was black instead of Hispanic while addressing allegations of discrimination within the police department.
“I am a black male,” Ortiz said, according to the Herald. “Yes, I am. And I am not Hispanic.”
Ortiz, the former president of the city’s police union, claimed he had black ancestry while citing the “one-drop rule,” insinuating that anyone with a single black ancestor is a person of color.
A former Gwinnett County sheriff’s deputy Aaron S. Masters, 27, has been indicted on federal charges after authorities said he used excessive force against a female inmate and lied about it in an incident report.
Claims filed say he repeatedly punched the inmate in the head in 2018 and then tried to justify the assault when he reported it. “We recognize that corrections officers have a difficult job as they maintain order and protect inmates in our district’s prisons and county jails,” Pak said. “However, this deputy sheriff must be held accountable for allegedly abusing his authority by committing a violent and unnecessary assault on an inmate, and then writing a false report to cover up the incident.”
WTH kind of deep state garbage is this!
The man behind the camera eloquently said everything I’ve ever wanted to say to these oath breakers! Rightfully so as well. I love how he sent that one cop off his property too! Someone answer me this… Is this minority report? Did we somehow teleport to the future? Why are these cops questioning him as if he already committed a crime?
Footage: Kay Williams Wagner
Original Video: https://www.facebook.com/kay.w.wagner/videos/10219164103686753/
A police officer, Erin Zilka, 35, has been charged with DUI after she slammed into a truck, and her police colleague sitting in the passenger seat was killed.
She was allegedly driving while drunk when the car struck a box truck that had been involved in a separate accident on the I-55 highway in Plainfield, Illinois.
The passenger, Charles Schauer, 33, died The 10-year veteran of the Berwyn Police Department was pronounced dead at the scene.
Zilka, a six-year-veteran Joliet Police Department, was taken to hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. She was then arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
A Kansas police officer has resigned after admitting that he wrote ‘f**king pig’ on his own McDonald’s coffee cup and blamed a drive-thru employee, before his chief shared it on social media in a viral post.
The Herington police chief Brian Hornaday posted the image of the order ticket on Saturday and outraged locals called for a public apology from the fast food chain and for the employee to be fired.
But the restaurant branch said Monday they thoroughly reviewed security video ‘from every angle, which clearly shows the words were not written by one of our employees’.
Now the 23-year-old officer – who has not been named – said the stunt was ‘meant to be a joke’ according to Hornaday who made the announcement Monday.
A fairly worrisome video has been shared with the Free Thought Project this week purporting to show a man being arrested after police stopped him for riding a bike without a bell.
The video, posted to Facebook by user A Dot Norwood, shows officers from the Seaside Heights police department temporarily detaining a man who was riding his bike.
In the first brief video, the officers appear to stop the man and then let him go. However, in the second video, we see them stopping him again.
According to Norwood and the man being arrested, police stopped him for riding his bike without a bell on it. As the video shows, however, police quickly escalated charges as the man became agitated after he was stopped for such a ridiculous reason.
Within just a few seconds, the police officers are telling the man that he will be arrested for obstruction of justice because he is upset that he is currently facing harassment for lack of a bell on his bike.
“Under arrest for what?” the man asks.
To which the police reply, “obstruction.”
“Obstruction of what?” the man asks, “You’re telling me I need a bell on my bike.”
“That’s illegal,” says the officer. Moments later, police move in and place the man in handcuffs
“You see this, right?” the man asks Norwood. “They’re arresting me for not having a bell on my bike.”
If everything the arrested man said was true, police were indeed just doing their jobs. According to the ridiculous New Jersey state law, bikes have to have a bell.
According to a police report obtained by New Times, Officer Adrian Jesus Valle of the Miami Police Department (MPD) was arrested for a DUI at 8 a.m. yesterday after other officers say they watched him leave a strip club in a white Dodge Charger. The report says Valle blew through a red light, needlessly switched on his police emergency lights, and refused to take a breathalyzer test once stopped.
Via email, an MPD spokesperson said Valle has been suspended without pay. According to MPD’s most recent union contract, refusing to submit to a drug or alcohol screening is “grounds for termination” and cops who do so are suspended without pay as the department determines whether they should be fired.
It was by chance that two brothers who own a smoke shop in Queens found video footage in a smashed video recorder when they returned to their store after spending more than a month in jail.
At the brothers’ arraignment in late August, prosecutors said in court NYPD cops had recovered 40 pounds of cocaine during a raid and search warrant by the Queens north gang unit. The DA’s office provided no documentation and asked for the two suspects to be held without bail.
“It was the worst day of my life,” said one of the brothers, who asked not to be identified by name. “We never had drugs in the store,” he added.
When police lab tests for cocaine came back negative, prosecutors dismissed the felony drug charges. What was never brought up at the arraignment is that the gang unit members left field drug test kits at the scene which also tested negative for cocaine.
What cops also left: that destroyed recorder. The brothers took it to a friend who is a computer engineer and he recovered footage from two cameras. The video shows two different angles, one from an external camera and the other an internal camera. Officers are seen handcuffing the two owners. A few minutes later, a captain gestures to the location where the camera is located. He gets a step ladder and pulls the cords. Eventually, the camera goes blank.
Attorney Marvyn Kornberg, a criminal attorney who represents the brothers, said, “It’s a unit gone wild, that’s what it says to me. They think they’re above the law. They’re ripping out cameras. What are they afraid of the public seeing?”
A mother is accused of helping herself to thousands of dollars meant for her special needs daughter, allegedly using those funds for everything from vacations to breast enhancement
The daughter, now 20, was hit by a car in 2005, a collision that left the bright and active 6-year-old unable to communicate and with the mental functioning of a toddler. She was awarded a settlement of $1.6 million five years later, which was placed into a trust with mother Apryll Sardinha named as executor. Sardinha was the only person with access to the money, all of which was supposed to go towards caring for her daughter.
The family moved from Massachusetts to the Colorado Springs area the following year.
In 2017, Sardinha was charged with misdemeanor neglect for allegedly leaving her daughter all alone in a home without heat to travel out of state. According to an arrest affidavit, a family member discovered the heat had to been cut off due to an unpaid bill. Though the case was later dismissed, the El Paso County Department of Adult Protective Services was notified and began an investigation into the family’s finances.
They discovered the $1.6 million was not only gone, but the account was overdrawn by $60.
In October of this year, an arrest warrant was issued for Sardinha on charges of theft and theft from an at-risk person. The arrest affidavit alleges Sardinha spent hundreds of thousands from her daughter’s trust on a variety of personal purchases including:
– $99,000 at a Land Rover dealership
– $19,200 at a Mercedes dealership
– $18,400 at a Cabo San Lucas resort
– $5,000 at a liquor store
– $1,200 at Victoria Secret
– $940 at Pikes Peak Harley
– $360 at Center for Plastic Surgery
Investigators say Sardinha also dipped into the trust to pay bills, including nearly $14,000 for DirecTV and more than $20,000 for Mountain View Electric.
According to the affidavit, Sardinha was removed as a trustee in 2018 and has since moved back to Massachusetts. She is currently out on bond.
“He’s a little intoxicated,” are revealing words spoken on a body camera by Aurora Police Officer Eugene VanDyk, in reference to fellow officer Nathan Meier.
VanDyk was one of four officers whose bodycam footage was released to the FOX31 Problem Solvers Monday morning following a public records request by investigative reporter Rob Low.
Even though nine officers responded to the scene March 29, when Officer Nathan Meier was found passed out in his car, Aurora Police insist only four officers were equipped with body cameras that had been turned on.
Deputy Chief Paul O’Keefe was the first responding officer, but because he had just gotten off duty and was heading home, he was not wearing his assigned body camera. He can be seen saying on one bodycam that he removed Officer Meier’s gun and taser and placed both in his personal car.
Police reports would later show O’Keefe admitted he smelled a faint odor of alcohol at the time but not enough in his opinion to seek a warrant for a blood draw. Meier would later share his hospital records with Internal Affairs knowing the blood alcohol results could not be used against him in a criminal case.
O’Keefe was one of three Aurora Police officers who admitted smelling alcohol on Meier, yet Meier was never investigated for a possible DUI. That decision has drawn outrage across the metro area with accusations police protected one of their own from possible criminal charges.
18th Judicial District Attorney George Braucher told FOX31 he will now take a look at the evidence in a case that was never brought to him nearly nine months ago when it happened. “We reached out to the Aurora Police Department. They’ve been very cooperative and forthcoming in providing us the information that they had generated based on their contact with officer Meier,” Braucher said.
A Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy is accused of scouring online obituaries to break into the homes of grieving families while they attended funerals.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Janelle Gericke, 29, was charged with felony burglary after she attempted to gain access to the homes ‘without consent’, the sheriff’s office said.
According to a news release, sheriff’s office personnel discovered evidence that led officials to suspect Gericke, 29, may have been involved in illegal conduct while off-duty. Specifically, “evidence showed she may have attempted to gain access to a house without consent.”
The criminal complaint against Gericke said these attempts to gain access to homes “occurred while the homeowners were attending the funeral of a family member. In such instances, the deceased person’s online obituary listed the homeowners as surviving relatives along with the date and time of funeral services. If confronted, Gericke would explain that she was there to complete a transaction arising from Facebook.”
As people were mourning the loss of Lake Mills Firefighter Chris Truman in January, who was struck and killed while helping a stranded motorist on New Year’s Eve, a deputy spotted a woman he recognized on Truman’s front porch. Prosecutors said Gericke said she was trying to purchase a baby item from Facebook Marketplace, but the name or address she gave didn’t match any locations in the area. She later texted the deputy, saying she found what she was looking for at the home next door.
There was a problem, because the next door neighbor didn’t sell anyone anything.
Can’t Hit Other People’s Kids: Lady Pulls Up On Daycare Teacher’s Home After Finding Out She Slapped Her 13-Year-Old Daughter!
FULL STORY ON FTP HERE
Dozens of innocent people who were rotting in jail have been freed and their charges erased after the corrupt cop who put them there was caught on his own body camera planting meth on an innocent mother. Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Zachary Wester has since been fired and a slew of lawsuits are now rolling in.
Wester’s fall from law enforcement grace and the 119 people who were exonerated are due largely in part to the diligence of a single person, assistant state attorney at the 14th Judicial Circuit, Christina Pumphrey.
Pumphrey’s job as assistant state attorney included reviewing evidence before moving forward with charges against individuals. When she began reviewing cases, she found something very peculiar.
“This is an exaggeration, but it felt like his (Wester’s) name was on half the cases,” Pumphrey told The Appeal. “It was seriously disproportionate.”
When Pumphrey began watching the body camera footage from Wester’s arrests, she found something even more disturbing. Many times, Wester was seen conducting illegal searches. Also, his written affidavits did not match what she watched in the videos. But that wasn’t the most telling aspect of all these videos.
While it is no question that folks will claim that drugs found on them or in their possession “aren’t their’s” and “they don’t know how that got there,” nearly all of Wester’s cases had this. The videos showed that people were utterly shocked when Wester claimed to have found drugs in their vehicles. While a single person may have been lying, when everyone reacts the exact same way, something is up.
Although she reviewed multiple videos, Pumphrey never saw the actual act of Wester planting drugs or otherwise hiding them. However, all that changed when Wester pulled over Teresa Odom in February of 2018.
In that video, Wester pulls Odom over, claiming her tail lights aren’t working. However, it would later be revealed that her tail lights were, in fact, working fine and Wester had targeted her to frame her.
Police officer arrested his sister two years ago for drugs (story below)
Check the full story out at FTP HERE
What makes these arrests particularly hypocritical is the fact that deputy Baker, himself, was just arrested last week on similar charges. Earlier this year, Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin asked Indiana State Police to investigate after receiving a tip that Deputy Joe Baker and Reserve Officer Phil Thomas were involved in dealing illegal steroids.
“He immediately stepped into action and contacted us,” ISP Sgt. Carey Huls said. “We worked side by side to make sure everything was above board and done properly. And that was one reason Sheriff Goodin contacted our department. He didn’t want anybody thinking they were hiding any information or covering anything up in their department.”
The investigation would find out that Baker and Thomas were, in fact, not only using illegal steroids, but running an operation and conspiracy to sell them.
“Officer Baker was a school resource officer,” Goodin said. “He had been assigned to one of the schools here in the community, and I wanted it done before school opened back up on Monday.”
According to WDRB, Baker, 39, is now charged with three felonies, including conspiracy to deal steroids, official misconduct and possession of a hypodermic needle. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance.
In a Facebook post this week, Baker apologized to the community “with humility and shame running down my face” for the crimes he committed. While everyone deserves to be forgiven for their mistakes, the hypocrisy of taking people’s freedom for similar acts, while committing those same acts, speaks volumes. Nevertheless, the community has rallied around this cop — who betrayed his oath to the constitution and the community he served. People all over Facebook and the media appear to be bending over backward to show their support for this officer.
It is important to point out that TFTP doesn’t think any drug should be illegal, including steroids. If people want to take performance enhancing steroids, who are we to stop them. But deputy Baker hypocritically kidnapped and caged so many other people for these substances while selling and using them at the same time, which means he should most assuredly face accountability. What’s more, although we feel anyone should be able to do any drug they wish, it is not at all a good idea to allow people in law enforcement, with authority to use violence against citizens, to use these drugs as they are associated with rage.
In fact, the problem of police steroid use became so bad, in 2004, the DEA intervened to warn of the “possible psychological disturbances” of steroid raging cops.
The DEA said symptoms included:
Mood swings (including manic-like symptoms leading to violence)
Impaired judgment (stemming from feelings of invincibility)
Hostility and aggression
Eventually, a few years later, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, made up of 16,000 members worldwide set a standard that “calls upon state and local law enforcement entities to establish a model policy prohibiting the use of illegally obtained steroids” by officers.
However, this policy never happened.
Not only do cops vehemently resist being drug tested by their departments, claiming it is a violation of their civil rights, as this case illustrates, they are also frequently caught selling steroids.
Stalking is defined as a criminal activity consisting of the repeated following and harassing of another person. Stalking is a distinctive form of criminal activity composed of a series of actions that taken individually might constitute legal behavior, like writing notes or sending flowers. However, when they are compounded to instill fear or intimidation, these actions become illegal. Because of anti-stalking laws, people who are victims of stalking are told to call the police. But what happens when the stalkers are the police?
An Indian River County man is finding out how tough it can be to get justice as a victim of stalking — because his stalkers are cops. This innocent man, who we will refer to as Smokey had committed no crime, had harmed no one, yet he still became the victim of police stalking.
In August of last year, multiple officers showed up at Smokey’s home while he was at work. Having been burglarized the week prior, Smokey had just installed video cameras on his home which captured the most unscrupulous actions of Vero Beach Police Officers.
When police showed up, Smokey was at work. He then got a call from his neighbors to alert him to the fact that police were at his house, so he hurried home. When Smokey arrived home 45 minutes later, he noticed that his video camera on his front porch had been disabled.
When he went back to the video to see what had happened, Smokey realized that it was the cops who took out his camera. Police left no note to say they had been there, no notice that they had tampered with his property, and made no mention of it to their superiors.
Smokey subsequently posted the images and video he took to Facebook and it was then shared with the Free Thought Project. What it shows is nothing short of stalking and is disturbing indeed.
What’s more, once the police department was made aware of the video on Facebook, they condoned the actions of the stalking cops and claimed they destroyed private property at an innocent person’s home—for officer safety.
A veteran Los Angeles police officer is under investigation after his body-worn camera captured him allegedly fondling a dead woman’s breasts.
Genesis Hansen, 21, was stopped by Oregon State Police trooper Kelly Katsikis on October 13 as she was traveling down Northwest 16th Street in Corvallis.
Katsikis stopped Hansen because she was reportedly riding her bike the wrong way. He asked her for her identification and tried to issue her a citation.
Police recently released the body cam footage from the arrest that shows Hansen being arrested on the ground after Katsikis and Corvallis Police Officer Donald Sheldon claimed she wasn’t cooperating.
In the 38-minute video, Hansen is heard asking the trooper questions after he demanded to see her identification.
Cops pull gun on a man and allegedly break his leg for cussing at them.
For the first time we’re seeing the dramatic exchange between Piqua police officer Justin Augustine and a fellow officer, moments after Augustine allegedly crashed his police cruiser while intoxicated. The video from Saturday night at the Piqua police station shows an emotional, tense, and allegedly intoxicated officer Augustine trying to leave and drive home. Earlier in the night the uniformed officer crashed his cruiser into a flatbed trailer; now he was refusing to take a drug and alcohol test. The 9 minute video starts with an unnamed officer entering the station and taking Augustine to the garage. “When you total a vehicle you have to go down to do a drug and alcohol assessment, everyone who wrecks a cruiser has to go down there.” But Augustine refuses. Then this exchange: “I’m done.” “Are you going to go with me to take the test, Augie? You’re refusing it? You don’t want to do that.”
Former Louisville Metro Police Officer Pablo Cano was sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of rape.
Multiple women accused Cano of forcing them to have sex, some times while he was in uniform, armed and on duty.
Cano and his victims agreed on a plea deal that allowed him to plead guilty to lesser charges and avoid a trial.
His victims, in turn, avoided having to testify.
“I would have testified, gotten up there if that’s what it took,” Heather Richards said. “But I’m thrilled that I don’t have to.”
Richards was known as “Jane Doe No. 1” when she became the first of Cano’s victims to come forward in 2017.
In all, five women were listed in the criminal complaint.
Cano pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor. He also pleaded guilty to one count of possessing material portraying the sexual performance of a minor.