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Message 1937595 - Posted: 29 May 2018, 9:47:54 UTC
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The US law enforcement are breaking Swedish laws on Swedish soil!
American Drug Enforcement Administration DEA agent sought to recruit pregnant toddler mother in Sweden as an informant
https://www.svt.se/nyheter/inrikes/amerikansk-agent-forsokte-rekrytera-informator-i-sverige
The DEA acted on Swedish soil, without permission, during the major Operation Playa. A DEA agent, together with a Swedish
police, tried to recruit a pregnant toddler mother as an informant. Her task would be to be a spider in the network in a supposed drug gang and secretly give the police information about this - an extremely dangerous mission.

The American agent, named Timothy Moran, was engaged early in the major investigation Operation Playa, an investigation spanning several continents.
He offered her 5,000 Euro in return for her acting as an informant, an offer she was not at all interested in.
"Being an informer is the most dangerous task you can have. It is completely fatal. The person who is revealed as a teller does not survive often, says Nils Erik Schultz, former state prosecutor who worked with cases where people were used by the police in this way.
The fact that a foreign police acts in this way on Swedish soil is completely illegal. It acknowledges the criminal commissioner who was in charge of the Operation Playa.
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Message 1937908 - Posted: 1 Jun 2018, 10:54:17 UTC

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Message 1938257 - Posted: 4 Jun 2018, 18:52:51 UTC

75 years ago, military and police riot (might be a painful read for a white supremacist)
https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2018/06/01/75-years-ago-zoot-suit-riots-marked-a-dark-period-in-southern-california-history/
And 75 years ago this weekend, on June 3, 1943, the zoot suit became forever tied to one of the darkest periods in the region’s history when U.S. military men took the streets of Los Angeles attacking young Mexican-American men, targeting those adorned in the attire.

Experts and scholars say the causes of the ensuing violence, that came to be known as the Zoot Suit Riots, are complex and varied: a growing distrust of immigrants, rampant racism and a perceived lack of patriotism from outsiders, among them.
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In response to the country’s shifting demographics, in 1924 Congress attempted to close the borders of the nation to nearly every country except those in northern and western Europe.
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“A lot of this was precipitated by black cultural expression hitting the white mainstream,” Pagan said. “You have this underground highly sexualized, highly physical, artistic expression and it was like the entire Western civilization was about the collapse.”
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“The notion of patriotism was tied to difference — symbolic difference — and the idea that somehow that recent immigrants are somehow not patriotic and are a threat,” said Professor Brian Levin with Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. “And that’s a narrative that we teach today.”
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The zoot suit and anyone who wore it were vilified in the Los Angeles press, Lara said.

Headlines like “Marijuana Orgies Before Terror Sorties Bared in Gang Roundup” and “BLACK WIDOW GIRLS IN BOY GANGS; WAR ON VANDALS PUSHED” painted young Latinos and Latinas as hoodlums and thugs and the zoot suit as the uniform of their gang.
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“Even before the Zoot Suit Riots, people were tearing the zoot suits off these kids,” Pagan said. “Why would you try to rip clothing off of kids? This was a way of putting working class kids back into their place. As a person of color your obligation was to remain in the background of public places.”

Americans were so incensed and offended by a piece of clothing, they felt the need to tear it off the person, which both Pagan and Levin said has been echoed in recent reported attacks.

“We see it in the ripping of the hijabs off Muslim women’s heads — it’s just a piece of cloth. It’s doing nothing to anyone else,” Pagan said.
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The skirmishes between young Latinos and servicemen intesified on the evening of June 3, 1943, when about 50 sailors, armed with clubs and sticks, from the local U.S. Naval Reserve Armory marched through downtown Los Angeles, attacking anyone in the pachuco garb.

Over the next several days, it was more servicemen, off-duty police officers and civilians joined the racially motivated, riots not only attacking zoot-suiters but also blacks and Filipinos.

It wasn’t until the U.S. military barred personnel from leaving their barracks did the attacks finally die down on June 8. The Los Angeles City Council issued a ban on zoot suits the following day.

“When people who are different are affirmatively exercising their rights in public, it is frequently deemed a threat,” Levin said. “It’s also presented as a symbol that existing tradition is somehow under attack.”
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“It’s important for people to know that it was a real thing that actually happened and that it’s part of our history,” said Alcaraz.

Seventy-five years later, some historians see similarities in the climate during World War II-era Los Angeles and today.

“I think the fears that existed at that time: international conflict, immigration and even the taking in of refugees, has some reflection today,” Levin said.”The difference today is we actually keep data on these kinds of things.”
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“Those who didn’t fit into the box of Americanization was seen as a threat and that is part of the subtext that we’re seeing today,” he said. “If someone stands out as a religious or racial minority they are a threat of what the American society is.”
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Message 1940681 - Posted: 21 Jun 2018, 20:37:50 UTC

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EAST PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An investigation is underway after 17-year-old Antwon Rose was shot in the back by an East Pittsburgh police officer while Rose was running from a traffic stop.

KDKA-TV has now learned that the officer who is accused of shooting Rose, was only sworn into duty a few hours before the fatal shooting.
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Message 1941074 - Posted: 24 Jun 2018, 16:55:39 UTC

‘You’re going to jail’: Officer fired for abuse of power after pulling over daughter’s boyfriend
On that day in April, John Kovach’s 18-year-old daughter, Katlyn, was dating an 18-year-old her parents didn’t approve of named Makai Coleman.
She wasn’t responding to her father’s attempts to talk, so Kovach tracked his daughter’s computer to a friend’s house on West 34th Street in Lorain, Ohio, he told investigators. Then he sat in his patrol cruiser, waiting.
When Coleman’s silver Pontiac drove past, Kovach flipped on his flashing lights and initiated the traffic stop that would end his two decades with the Lorain Police Department.
“You can get out,” the officer told Coleman, according to a profanity-filled video of the interaction. “You’re going to jail.”

But Kovach’s dealings with his daughter and her boyfriend were not the only issues that investigators say violated department policy that day.
The officer also got into it with Gloria Morales, whose children were riding in Coleman’s car when John Kovach pulled it over. The officer asked to search her home for his daughter and accused Morales of hiding the teen.
Morales accused him of abusing his authority to deal with family strife and using department time and resources to bully people into cooperating.
“You’re obstructing me,” he warned her in return. “This is your last warning.”

While Kovach was dealing with his daughter and her boyfriend, someone else needed his help.
Somewhere in another part of the city, a woman had dialed 911, the video showed. Her boyfriend or husband had threatened her with a weapon, and she wanted officers to come to the scene to defuse the situation.
Kovach was listed as available, so dispatchers summoned him — but he never responded to the call.
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Message 1941159 - Posted: 25 Jun 2018, 11:04:56 UTC

& now for something completely different :-)

When Mexican federal agents arrived in the town on Saturday to detain him, they were stopped by local police officers.
They returned with reinforcements on Sunday morning and arrested the entire force and their boss.
Entire police force arrested

With the current state of police forces, it doesn't bode well for 2026 when Mexico, America & Canada host the world cup. Will Canada end up embarrassing their fellow hosts?
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Message 1941456 - Posted: 27 Jun 2018, 10:54:27 UTC

The way matters are heading here, the police is the least of one's problems!

Josie Appleton from the Manifesto Club, which campaigns for civil liberties, has concerns over how CPNs are issued - and says they are "very hard to appeal".
"A CPN can literally be written on a form, and after that it's a crime for you to do what they say you do.
"I really think that councils are not in the position to be issuing these legal sanctions against people.
"It's a completely arbitrary power. And where you have arbitrary powers you have bad law enforcement."
But, unlike Asbos, the CPN warning letters can be issued by police and councils without proof of the claims being made, and without going through the courts.
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Message 1941678 - Posted: 28 Jun 2018, 17:51:25 UTC

https://www.pe.com/2018/06/27/la-county-sheriffs-deputy-from-riverside-charged-with-illegally-padding-his-paycheck/
Matt Kochaon, 54, has been charged with six counts of removing, destroying or falsifying a public record while an official custodian of records and one count of grand theft, all felonies.

In September and October 2016, Kochaon, who was assigned to the Parks Bureau, drove his patrol vehicle to his Riverside home at the end of his shift. He would then log out from his shift at home, which resulted in salary overpayment, prosecutors alleged.

Kochaon also made patrol log entries claiming he responded to calls for back up, when he actually was at home, a news release said.

Kochaon faces a maximum possible sentence of nine years and eight months in custody if convicted as charged.
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Message 1942049 - Posted: 30 Jun 2018, 21:18:10 UTC - in response to Message 1940681.  

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EAST PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An investigation is underway after 17-year-old Antwon Rose was shot in the back by an East Pittsburgh police officer while Rose was running from a traffic stop.

KDKA-TV has now learned that the officer who is accused of shooting Rose, was only sworn into duty a few hours before the fatal shooting.

Followup:
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/27/us/michael-rosfeld-charged-criminal-homicide-antwon-rose-east-pittsburgh/index.html
Prosecutors charged East Pittsburgh police Officer Michael Rosfeld with criminal homicide Wednesday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II, court records show.
New details, included in the criminal complaint against Rosfeld, indicate Antwon was shot in his face, right arm and the middle of his back. It also states that Antwon was in a car suspected in an earlier shooting but did not appear to be the shooter, and that Rosfeld made inconsistent statements about whether he believed Antwon had a gun when the officer opened fire.
Under Pennsylvania law, criminal homicide includes murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. Allegheny County District Attorney Steve Zappala said he believes Rosfeld acted "recklessly and without justification," and thus, the evidence supports charges of manslaughter and third-degree murder, and Zappala said his office has a "right to argue murder in the first," which the state code classifies as an "intentional killing."
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Message 1942231 - Posted: 1 Jul 2018, 17:51:10 UTC

Bent coppers!!!!!!! They're everywhere!

The Met Police said in a statement that they had stopped the poet for not displaying car insurance.
What a crock of shyte!

Doh, I think you twits in blue had better brush up on the law
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Message 1944256 - Posted: 14 Jul 2018, 15:13:25 UTC

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Message 1944282 - Posted: 14 Jul 2018, 19:08:21 UTC

Gang in the police station
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-compton-sheriff-shooting-20180710-story.html
For decades, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has struggled to combat secretive cliques of deputies who bonded over aggressive, often violent police work and branded themselves with matching tattoos.

A federal judge called out the problem nearly 30 years ago, accusing deputies of running a "neo-Nazi, white supremacist gang" named the Vikings within the Lynwood station. Others followed with names such as the Regulators, Grim Reapers, Rattlesnakes and the Jump Out Boys. Inside the county’s central jail, the 2000 Boys and 3000 Boys ran roughshod over the lockup’s toughest floors.

Now, despite past attempts by sheriff’s officials to discourage internal cliques, fresh allegations have arisen of deputies in the department’s Compton station adorned with matching skull tattoos.

One deputy acknowledged in a recent deposition that he and 10 to 20 of his colleagues at the station had the tattoos but denied there was a formal clique.



http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-sheriff-tattoo-compton-investigation-20180713-story.html
Some members of a Los Angeles County watchdog panel are calling on Sheriff Jim McDonnell to launch a thorough investigation into allegations of a secret society of deputies that brands its members with matching skull tattoos.

The revelation this week that a deputy admitted to getting inked two years ago as part of a ritual within the Compton station has raised concerns that deputy cliques, long part of a controversial agency subculture, have persisted despite the department’s reform efforts.

Hernán Vera, who serves on the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission, said the deputy’s admission in a lawsuit over a fatal shooting that he and as many as 20 others have the signature tattoos was “thoroughly disturbing.”
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Message 1944477 - Posted: 15 Jul 2018, 15:37:45 UTC

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-adv-skin-and-contents-20180715-story.html#
After nearly two decades on the force, former LAPD Officer Jonathan Hall ended his career the way many veteran officers do these days, claiming job-related injuries across most of his body.

With the help of a boutique Van Nuys law firm that specializes in workers’ compensation cases for cops and firefighters, Hall filed claims saying he’d injured his knees, hips, heart (high blood pressure), back, right shoulder — even his right middle finger.

The ailments had existed for months, in some cases years, and had not previously prevented him from working, Hall said in a recent interview. But he was burned out, the target of an internal affairs investigation and desperate to avoid going back to the station.

“I just couldn’t put the uniform back on,” Hall said.

Hall’s timing raised suspicion, and he was soon videotaped leading scuba dives and lifting heavy equipment despite the alleged injuries.
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Another attorney who worked at an L.A. law firm catering to injured cops and firefighters in the mid-2000s, who asked not to be named in order to avoid professional reprisal, put it this way: “An arm used to be worth $30,000, and now it’s $10,000. So let’s throw in heart problems and a bad knee to get it back to up $30,000.”

The strategy is common among veteran cops and firefighters who get up to a year off at their full salary, tax free, for each job-related injury their doctor diagnoses. Their employers also pay the associated medical bills and often a hefty cash settlement based on the extent and severity of the injuries, a cut of which goes to the injured officer’s attorney.

Multiple lawyers and patients involved with the workers’ compensation system described a similar process: An officer nearing the end of his career goes to an attorney’s office complaining about a sore shoulder and is asked how his knees feel, if his back aches or if he is under a lot of stress. He is then referred to a doctor with whom the attorney has a long-standing relationship.

After a few decades on the job, it’s not hard for a client to fill out what industry insiders call a “skin and contents” case, Young said. “I’m 52, and if somebody asked me what hurts I could start from the top and work my way to the bottom.”
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Message 1944695 - Posted: 16 Jul 2018, 8:03:07 UTC - in response to Message 1935848.  

#2 for today ...
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-glendale-indictment-20180515-story.html
As far back as 2015, a Glendale narcotics detective used burner phones to tip off gangsters about upcoming raids, once allowing a top target of federal law enforcement to elude arrest for a month, authorities said Tuesday.

John Saro Balian is also suspected of collaborating with other criminals to steal cars, presumably to sell abroad, and taking bribes to hunt people down.

When confronted by federal agents in four interviews over the last year, authorities say Balian, 45, lied about his ties to the Mexican Mafia and Armenian organized crime in Southern California.

NYT - Judge Orders Los Angeles Times to Delete Part of Published Article
LOS ANGELES — A federal judge ordered The Los Angeles Times to remove information from a published article on Saturday, a step that legal experts said was extremely unusual and conflicted with the First Amendment. The newspaper said it was appealing the order.

The article, published Saturday morning, described a plea agreement between prosecutors and a police narcotics detective in Glendale, Calif., who was accused of colluding with a Mexican crime syndicate.

The detective, John Saro Balian, 45, pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges that he had accepted a bribe, obstructed justice and lied to federal investigators about his involvement with organized crime. Judge John F. Walter of United States District Court for the Central District of California ordered the plea agreement sealed, but a reporter found it posted online on Friday in a public database of federal court documents.
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Message 1945340 - Posted: 19 Jul 2018, 8:35:02 UTC

It's sad that the media only headline issues when the police get it wrong. Hardly any mention of the times they get it right or go that "extra mile".

Police pick up walker...
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Message 1945341 - Posted: 19 Jul 2018, 8:39:53 UTC

That's a lovely article and gives us hope..
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Message 1945580 - Posted: 20 Jul 2018, 16:51:41 UTC
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I don't know where to put this, so I'm putting it in here.

President Macron finally fires security aide

A top security aide to French President Emmanuel Macron was sacked on Friday after it emerged he had beaten a protester during a demonstration in May, the president's office said Friday.
He was allowed to dress up as a policeman, to observe the riot police apparently. And must have felt like... joining in I suppose... a lot.

edit: that is a lovely link, Sirius. Thank you :)
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