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This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #722)

More asset forfeiture problems in Texas, plus a typical weekly rogues' gallery of dirty cops. Let's get to it:

In Austin, Texas, a former Brooks County sheriff is being investigated by the state attorney general's office over his lavish use of forfeited assets seized from drug and weapons suspects. The Corpus Christi Times details the allegations against former Sheriff Balde Lozano as well as a broader investigation into asset forfeiture in Texas in a series of reports. A state auditor has questioned Lozano's spending on new cedar paneling for his office, 18 vehicle purchases and sales, and $80,000 in credit card transactions.

In Los Angeles, a jailer at the LA County Jail was arrested last Monday on charges he was smuggling cocaine into the jail. Jailer Remington Orr, 24, was caught carrying the drugs when he went to work at the Men's Central Jail. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, transportation with intent to sell, and bribery. He was jailed on $1 million bail. Three sheriff's guards have been convicted and a fourth fired in recent years for smuggling or attempting to smuggle narcotics into jail for inmates.

In Athens, Ohio, a local police chief was arrested last Wednesday for peddling pain pills. Buchtel Chief of Police Kelsey Lanning went down after Athens County sheriff's deputies did a controlled buy at his home. Lanning is accused of buying the prescription medication to give to someone who was working with the sheriff's Narcotics Enforcement Team.

In Oklahoma City, an Oklahoma City police officer was charged last Friday with tipping off a drug suspect of an impending raid. Sgt. Mari Christina Cervantes is charged with a misdemeanor count of obstructing police officers. In November 2010, police raided two locations, including the home of one of Cervantes' snitches. Police found text messages from Cervantes on his cell phone, including one telling the informant to "stay away," another hoping police wouldn't find anything, and a third saying, "They are supposed to be kicking in the door, but you didn't hear it from me."

In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a Miramar police officer was sentenced last Friday to two years' probation for searching the apartment of a drug suspect without a warrant and lying about it. Officer Jean Paul Jacobi, 39, was found guilty in December of official misconduct, falsifying records, and criminal mischief and could have gotten up to five years behind bars. The state asked for two years, but the judge gave him probation, and if he keeps his nose clean, with deferred adjudication, his felony record will be wiped clean. The search in question occurred after police arrested a drug suspect in a traffic stop and seized his vehicle. The keys ended up with another Miramar police officer, who gave them to Jacobi, who used them to enter the apartment without a warrant.

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Neil Scott (not verified)

Neil scott was convicted on Falsified blood says police witnesses at a Crown Court case and Dropped 5judges,16 witnesses for the prosecution,forensics,jurors,right in it,when they stated at court Two Samples were taken 72 hours after the crime,4 Miles away from the crime scene when police stated un categorically that blood Was found at the scene calling their OWN witnesses LIARS and it was followed on by all involved which is conspiracy to defraud in a public office traitors at the bAR,NOthing to hide,Cleveland Police Middlesbrough,Teeside,Council,Mayor of Middlesbrough ZERO tolerance HOMEland Security,Tony blair,Ray Mallon,Courts,Crime,burglar,
Tue, 02/21/2012 - 9:26pm Permalink
Neil Scott (not verified)

MIDDLESBROUGH POLICE FALSIFY EVIDENCE.of Blood in the burglary case this is what I know to date,With 3 or more police officers arrested in opration sacristy +Teal,there is a growing sence that police really do get away with murder,three people in the forces authority are dead investigating Ray Mallon including a british MP,but noone sees it as Murder,or an attempt to concele a murder,two of those police officers may have signed my arrest warrent or had some part of my 23 arrests over ten years,whilst ray mallon is mayor,if that is zero tolerance procedures to murder their own how would Bill bratton feel if he knew that his favoured Mayor had something to do with it,he started zero tolerance in hartlepool england,this government was run by tony blair,as prime minister gold went missing,he moved on to kuwaite as an envoy,whatevver that means,the gold at the twin towers went missing too,did blair have something to do with that too,bush and blair invented the war in iraq,next to kuwaite,maybe the two are connected,in the bank heist,anyhow Julian assange knew something about ENRON an american company,tony blair was part of government,and ray mallon was Mayor in 2002,I worked their too was offered a position as a supervisor their at ICI teeside,england,Assange said something about Enron that caused him to be extradited,or they tried to,and still are with the allegations of some sort,made up probably,asange still evades captivity,and still has not been chsrged with aNY offences,maybe they just want to scare him,zero tolerance allows that approach,"data abuses" is the key to it,like my cases,all 23 arrests went on my CRB disclosures for ten years and I was not convicted for any of the offences,unfair/discriminate data disclosures,it rife here and noone is stopping them or are they?
Sat, 09/01/2012 - 11:07am Permalink
Rwolf (not verified)

The Canadian (Commons recent Bill C-30) would—give any Canadian police officer without a warrant—the power to request Internet service providers turn over customer information (see section 17 of C-30) cause the same loss of electronic privacy and civil liberties that British Government recently proposed—to spy on Brits’ electronic communications. Is it coincidence the British and Canadian proposals appear to mirror legislation U.S. Government said it wanted passed in 2011 to spy on U.S. Citizens?

“Overlooked” by mainstream media is that Britain and Canada signed with the U.S Government an array of (Asset Forfeiture Sharing Agreements) to share with Canadian and British Police/Governments assets seized from Brits, Canadians and Americans that resulted from e.g., evidence or information gleaned from electronic surveillance of Citizens’ communications, e.g., emails, faxes, Internet actively, phone records including GPS tracking.

Compare U.S. Government’s proposal to electronically monitor, spy on Americans without a warrant—with Canada’s recent eavesdropping (Bill C-30) and British Government’s plan to spy on its Citizens’ electronic communications.

U.S. Government wants the power to (introduce as evidence) in criminal prosecutions and government civil trials, any phone call record, email or Internet activity. That would open the door for Police to take out of context any innocent—hastily written email, fax or phone call record to allege a crime or violation was committed to cause a person’s arrest, fines and or civil asset forfeiture of their property. There are more than 350 laws and violations that can subject property to government asset forfeiture. Government civil asset forfeiture requires only a civil preponderance of evidence for police to forfeit property, little more than hearsay. Under U.S. federal civil forfeiture laws, a person or business need not be charged with a crime for government to forfeit their property.

If the U.S. Justice Department has its way, any information the FBI derives from circumventing the Fourth Amendment, i.e. (no warrant searches) of Web Server Records; a Citizen’s Internet Activity, personal emails; fax/phone calls may be used by the FBI for (fishing expeditions) to issue subpoenas in hopes of finding evidence or to prosecute Citizens for any alleged crime or violation. Consider that neither Congress nor the courts—determined what Bush II NSA electronic surveillance, perhaps illegal could be used by police or introduced into court by government to prosecute Americans criminally or civilly. If U.S. Justice Department is permitted (No-Warrant) surveillance of all electronic communications, it is problematic state and local law enforcement agencies and private government contractors will want access to prior Bush II NSA and other government illegally obtained electronic records not limited to—Americans’ Internet activity; private emails, faxes and phone calls to secure evidence to arrest Americans, assess fines and or civilly forfeit their homes, businesses and other assets under Title 18USC and other laws. Of obvious concern, what happens to fair justice in America if police become dependent on “Asset Forfeiture” to help pay their salaries and budget operating costs?

The “Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000” (effectively eliminated) the “five year statue of limitations” for Government Civil Asset Forfeiture: the statute now runs five years (from the date) police allege they “learned” an asset became subject to forfeiture. It is foreseeable should (no warrant) government electronic surveillance be approved; police will relentlessly sift through business and Citizen’s (government retained Internet data), emails and phone communications to discover possible crimes or civil violations.

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 5:07pm Permalink
neil scott (not verified)

Please pledge with me on "what do they know"Sarahs law",and get the public to know about its police force officers Two detectives falsified evidence against me in a burglary case ,evidence that was mistakenly passed on by their own prosecution witnesses against me neil scott at all 15 court appearances,the police still denied it all,solicitor are so afraid to help me,ray mallon is so power full with all his friends,but the fact remains his legacy is failure
Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:53pm Permalink
neil scott (not verified)

Please request you request My MP for Middlesbrough. Andrewmcdonald@­ To order a full investigation into this cleveland Police Corruption,and the circumstance surrounding hgow Cleveland police Got their Blood evidence for the £50,900 burglary in brambles farm middlesbrough,t­he Cleveland Police said I did it 3 times at the same address whilst on house arrest,G4S electronic tagg un-breached,the­ arresting officer dC 1309 alastair Crawford stated( Written) that he handled the forensics blood that convicted me for this once in 46 years this Should be seen as tampering with forensics evidence,before­ forensics tested it this conviction was based on unsafe evidence the written statement was given to 6 top judges.­p2euOV-4. . If I'm wrong then I get jail for waisting police time.
Sun, 04/28/2013 - 11:51am Permalink
Neil Scott (not verified)

The Truth About the UK Cleveland Police Force.
Wed, 05/29/2013 - 9:06am Permalink

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