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This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #724)
Drug War Issues

Bad cops pay out big in New York, a sheriff cleans house in Florida, a sticky-fingered cop gets in trouble in North Carolina, and a California cop gets caught with his fingers in the dope jar. Let's get to it:

In Clearwater, Florida, the new Pinellas County sheriff is investigating his narcotics division, which Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said had become "too loose an operation." The unit has been criticized for conducting surveillance of customers at hydroponic grow stores and for one of its members donning a utility company uniform to seek warrantless entry to a suspected marijuana grow. Nine deputies have been investigated so far, with five disciplined, two with complaints found unfounded, and two still under investigation. In one case, a detective sought reimbursement for a $200 payment to a snitch, but "he never paid the informant." In another, a deputy back-dated a snitch payment receipt for another deputy who had failed to have the payment witnessed, as required by department policy. In another case, a deputy put department GPS devices on vehicles of his family members. In yet another case, a deputy erased a DVR hard drive seized in a marijuana bust because, he claimed, it might reveal the faces of undercover officers. But a local defense attorney said the tape would have shown deputies trespassing without a warrant. Gualtieri said he was "appalled" when shown court documents about the deputy wearing a utility company uniform, and that marijuana grow houses should not be the department's highest priority. Gualtieri has referred his findings to local prosecutors. Stay tuned.

In New York City, two Brooklyn undercover officers have been hit with a huge judgment for falsely arresting two brothers for selling cocaine. Brothers Jose and Maximo Colon were at a nightclub in Elmhurst in 2008 when plainclothes Officers Henry Tavarez, Steven Anderson and Alan Figueroa arrived. They were shortly joined by Det. Miguel Caraval, who told the Colon brothers they were under arrest. But security video footage from the club showed that the brothers had never talked to any of the police, and the charges were dismissed. Attorneys for the city suggested that one of the officers had planted cocaine on the pair. The brothers filed a civil rights lawsuit, which the city settled by paying them $150,000 each. Figueroa paid a nominal payment to the brothers for their settlements and charges were dismissed against Caraval. But Officers Tavarez and Anderson did not respond to their complaints, and were slapped last week with default judgments of roughly $210,000 each.

In Carlsbad, California, a Carlsbad police detective has been charged with two felony counts after being arrested in January. Detective Michael Koch, an 18-year-veteran, got caught stealing drugs from the evidence room by coworkers. He had heroin in his pocket when he got busted. He faces one count of felony burglary and one count of felony drug possession at his March 16 arrangement and is looking at up to 3 ½ years in jail. But he's still on paid leave, and still drawing his $72,000 a year salary.

In Smithfield, North Carolina, a former Benson police officer pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he'd stolen $850 cash that was evidence in a drug investigation. Randall William "Randy" Beasley, 43, was charged in January with obstructing justice and altering, destroying or stealing evidence of criminal conduct. As part of a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor larceny and obstructing justice, and the other charge was dropped. Beasley got sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation and ordered to perform 24 hours of community service. He also received two 45-day suspended jail sentences, so he won't serve time unless he violates probation.

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Rwolf (not verified)

FCC is Considering Granting Police Authority to Shutdown Cell Phone Networks

Didn’t Iran shut down cell phone networks which cutoff protestors reporting to the world Iran police and military were beating and killing protestors?

Now U.S. Police want the power to shutdown cell phone communications. What could American protestors and other U.S. Citizens expect after U.S. police…are permitted by the FCC to shutdown their cell phone communications? Can you trust the Police? Every week the press reports corrupt police selling drugs, robbing and shaking down drug dealers, filing false reports, planting evidence; committing perjury to send innocent Americans to prison. A Citizen’s Cell phone can be their only hope of communicating and proving evidence of police brutality. That is why despot governments increasingly shut down cell phone networks when crushing political dissent. There may be rare circumstances that Government can justify suspending cell phone communications, for instance to stymie terrorists phone communications in a given area. Otherwise it may be time for lawful-demonstrations, protest and written articles against the FCC and any arm of government that supports giving (police arbitrary power) to shutdown Americans’ cell phones.

See: FCC Considering Granting Police Authority to Shut Down Cell Phone Networks at:

Thu, 03/08/2012 - 3:50pm Permalink
cookie (not verified)

So why not ask if we can control there cell phones. After all most cell phones have video taping on them. Then we (cops) don't have to worry what the courts say Joe public can do to us. ABOVE THE LAW... Why give them that much more power over the people. Dam they are ready have the right to take a life. What more do they want....YES SIR BOSS.... 

Fri, 03/09/2012 - 8:04pm Permalink

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