Should we trust police officers?

Are police officers allowed to lie to you? Yes the Supreme Court has ruled that police officers can lie to the American people. Police officers are trained at lying, twisting words and being manipulative. Police officers and other law enforcement agents are very skilled at getting information from people. So don’t try to “out smart” a police officer and don’t try being a “smooth talker” because you will lose! If you can keep your mouth shut, you just might come out ahead more than you expected.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Calif. police took 1 hour to respond, 1 minute to fatally shoot refugee

By Hidden CBSNews


EL CAJON, Calif. -- It took more than an hour for police to arrive at the shopping center in a San Diego suburb where a distressed black man had been wandering into traffic. It took about a minute for him to be shot and killed.

Alfred Olango pulled a large electronic cigarette, known as a vape pen, from his pocket and pointed at the police officer who fired, while a second officer stood nearby trying to subdue him with a stun gun, El Cajon police said.

The details emerged Wednesday in the shooting of Olango, who was having an emotional breakdown over the recent death of his best friend, an attorney said.

The investigation centered on a video of Tuesday’s shooting taken by a bystander. Police have produced a single frame from the cellphone video to support their account, saying it shows Olango in a“shooting stance.”

The photo shows Olango’s hands clasped together and pointed directly at an officer who had assumed a similar posture with his gun a few feet away.

The vaping device in his hands had two components, a box about the size of a cellphone and a metallic cylinder that was 3 inches long and 1 inch wide. Police said the cylinder was pointed right at the officer.

Olango’s relatives demanded the full video be released, according to Dan Gilleon, a lawyer who says he is representing the family.

“They’re cherry-picking part of the video,” Gilleon said. “This is exactly what police have said is unfair when only portions of video are released against them.”

Mayor Bill Wells said he had seen the video and that it was not “tremendously complicated to figure out what happened.”

Wells was asked how he would feel if it was his child that had been shot.

“I saw a man who was distraught, and a man acting like he was in great pain,” Wells said. “And I saw him get gunned down and killed. If he was my son, I would be devastated.”

Olango, 38, arrived in the U.S. years ago as a refugee from Uganda. Since then he ran afoul of the law several times: selling cocaine, driving drunk, and illegally possessing a 9mm semi-automatic handgun when he was arrested in Colorado in 2005 with pot and ecstasy in his car, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in federal court and was sentenced to nearly four years for being a felon in possession of a gun.

U.S. authorities tried twice to deport Olango but his native Uganda refused to take him.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press that Olango stopped reporting to officers in February 2015. Spokeswoman Virginia Kice didn’t know if officers tried to find him after that.

The family eventually moved to Southern California, and Olango attended San Diego High School for a time before dropping out, though he later earned a GED, reports CBS San Diego affiliate KFMB-TV. According to his Facebook page, he also studied at San Diego Mesa College and worked as a cook at a Hooters restaurant.

The fatal shooting happened less than two weeks after black men were shot and killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte​, North Carolina, where violent protests broke out.

Protests in El Cajon Wednesday night had heated moments, but remained mostly peaceful.

Scores of people gathered quietly around candles lining a curb in front of bloodstained pavement at the strip mall where Olango was shot.

More than 200 people marched in the streets near the site, yelling “no justice, no peace, no racist police!”

Police in riot gear, some of them with dogs, faced off with protesters occasionally, bringing some tense moments, but mostly kept their distance.

Experts said it was too early to conclude whether the California shooting was justified or could have been prevented.

Chuck Drago, a former Florida police chief who consults about police use of force, said that once Olango struck the shooting pose, officers would have had to react quickly if he drew an unknown object from his pocket.

“An officer doesn’t have enough time to wait to determine if that’s a gun in his hand,” Drago said. “If a person is pointing something at an officer and he believes it’s a gun and it is a gun and that officer doesn’t have his gun out, that officer will lose that gunfight.”

Police have not named the officers involved, though Wells said both were 21-year veterans and one was Officer Richard Gonsalves.

Gonsalves was demoted last year after allegations that he sexually harassed a lesbian colleague. The City Council had to defend the move to angry citizens who had called for him to be fired.

Christopher Rice-Wilson, associate director of the civil rights group Alliance San Diego, questioned why one officer felt non-lethal force was appropriate while the other did not. Both officers have been put on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, per department policy. Officials have not revealed which officer fired the shots.

El Cajon, a city of 100,000 people about 15 miles northeast of San Diego, has become home for many refugees fleeing Iraq and, more recently, Syria.

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CLEVELAND - Carl Kannenberg, a former police officer for the Montville Township Police Department, has been indicted for rape, gross sexual imposition, and kidnapping of a young girl on two separate occasions, according to court documents.

According to a Cleveland police report, while at University Hospitals on Feb. 2, Kannenberg sexually abused a 7-year-old girl.

The indictment stated another incident of sexual abuse between Kannenberg and the 7-year-old girl occurred at his home in Medina between Sept. 1, 2015 and Jan. 31, 2016.

According to the indictment, Kannenberg was charged with two counts each of rape, gross sexual imposition and kidnapping in relation to the two incidents. 

Kannenberg, 34, was arrested by Cleveland police on July 12. He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at 8:30 a.m in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, but the defense filed a motion for continuance. Carl was released, no bail.

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Wife of officer charged in shooting details threats, bills

By MARY HUDETZ Associated Press 
                 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The telephone death threats to the home of Officer Dominique Perez began soon after he and an Albuquerque police detective ended a hillside standoff by opening fire on a homeless man who died after being hit in the arms and back.

It was March 2014, and police video from the fatal shooting sparked massive protests in New Mexico's largest city.

It also marked the first time Perez and Detective Keith Sandy, the other officer who shot homeless camper James Boyd, had fired their weapons while on duty since joining the Albuquerque Police Department nearly a decade earlier.

Last year, they joined 16 other law enforcement officers across the country who were charged in 2015 in on-duty shooting deaths.

"I never thought we'd ever be in a situation like this," Perez's wife, Tiffanie, told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "We feel like we're upstanding citizens, and when the shooting happened, it was like what do we do? What next?"

The uncertainty has only deepened for Perez, who has lost his job and income, dealt with ongoing threats and faced mounting legal bills since the shooting.

"We've had conversation after conversation and the thing is our lives cannot move on until this is over," Tiffanie Perez said.

Dominique Perez and Sandy are standing trial on second-degree murder charges in Albuquerque, where attorneys for Perez began laying out their case Wednesday after saying he was obligated to shoot to protect the life of a K-9 handler.

Sandy's bullets struck Boyd in each arm. A round from Perez struck Boyd in the back.

Since 2005, more than 75 law enforcement officers in the U.S. have been charged with murder or manslaughter in cases stemming from on-duty shootings, with 26 convicted, said Philip Stinson, a criminologist at Bowling Green State University who tracks shootings by police.

His data also showed only half of those officers were convicted by a jury - a figure that points to how difficult it can be for a prosecutor to win a conviction in an officer-involved shooting.

Tiffanie Perez told the AP that she and her husband try to avoid discussing court proceedings in front of their three children, and that she started working at a salon after he lost his job.

Both are 35 and met in high school in Albuquerque before he enlisted in the Marines. They got married in 2002, and he deployed to Iraq. On his second tour, his unit encountered a roadside bomb that killed his sergeant and wounded Perez, who was honorably discharged after returning to the U.S.

His scars from the blast remain, including one across the bridge of his nose that was prominent in a mugshot taken last year when he and Sandy were booked.

"That was the hardest part, going to the detention center," said Tiffanie Perez.

"That was my low, and I hate to use the term surreal, but it was, with his photo all over TV constantly."

For Dominique Perez, the outrage directed at his household and his derailed career show the damage that can be done when charges are filed against law enforcement officers.

He is more than $250,000 in debt due to legal fees, his wife said, and they don't watch news at home so their children don't see him on television.

They also disconnected their home telephone after hackers angered by the shooting publicly released Perez's number and other personal information, prompting a flood of phone calls threatening the family.

The trial for Perez and Sandy has unfolded as shootings by police have fanned tension and debate about the use of deadly force by officers and their interactions with minorities. A female police officer has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in a shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The case against Perez and Sandy has also stirred questions over how police handle conflicts with people in crisis and who have mental illness.

Boyd, who was schizophrenic, had been camping illegally for weeks in the Sandia Mountain foothills when a resident reported him. Special prosecutor Randi McGinn said Boyd was holding two pocket knives when he was shot because he feared police would harm him.

Prosecutors have blamed police for escalating the standoff by calling 19 officers to the campsite and deploying a flash-bomb when it appeared Boyd was gathering his belongings and surrendering.

Unlike Perez, Sandy has a steady income after leaving the police force. He previously was a state police officer and collects a pension of more than $3,000 a month even though he is only 41.

James Fox, an Albuquerque SWAT sergeant at the time of the shooting, has testified that he had seen Perez as a future leader of the SWAT unit before his life and career were thrown off track.

"Even if the officers win this case, they lose," said Shawn Willoughby, president of the Albuquerque police union, which supports the officers. "Their professional career is over ... Who's going to hire Dominique Perez?"

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The Great American Scam

By Christopher R Rice, Underground Newz


What is a scam? A scam is when I sell you a lottery ticket where your chance of winning is so miniscule that you have better odds of becoming the next president of the United States of America. You can't lose if you don't play.

A good scam keeps the sucker or the mark coming back spending his money on absolutely nothing and keeps him/her smiling about it.

People are more than happy to give up their hard earned dollars for a chance, no matter how small to be rich.

America is like the lottery. One big stupid scam. And we the suckers.

America paints itself as "the land of the free" right? As a progressive nation, right?  But compared to other industrialized countries, not some third world hell hole and America looks about as Progressive as our allies in Saudi Arabia. No really, think long and hard for one second. America is very conservative, fanatically conservative.

Extremely militaristic.

America's been in how many wars in the last 50 years? While Russia has been in one or two in that same period. And according to Jimmy Carters Defense Secretary, we provoked one if not both of Russia's aggressions. And the other industrialized nations have only been in wars that America pulled them into.

From the Christian fundamentalist right to the KKK, Americas real history is of extreme conservatism. Even the left has been pulled to the right. And the Right has been pulled to open fascism. Going so far as to have a current presidential candidate openly discussing torturing suspected terrorist families. While the former Vice President has been all over the news bragging about committing war crimes.

That is not a progressive nation.

That is obviously a very backwards nation.

A nation of hillbillies, racist, sexist, homophobic, redneck BDSM freaks.

That is what America really is. And if you need more proof, think about this, America is the only country in the world not using the metric system. Every other nation teaches their children multiple languages. Americans have yet to master the English language.

The truth is that America is a backward nation full of backwards people.

The American people are as dumb as bricks but what is worse is that they are boot lickers and ass kissers too.

I mean who could be so stupid to attack Iraq, the wrong country and instead of saying oops, Americas leader says: "Mission Accomplished." How dumb Americans must be to get scammed out of 40 Billion dollars by Cheney and Halliburton. What, the troops can't peel their own potatoes any more? What a scam.

And Americans just bent over and grabbed their ankles and took it at the pump. They didn't even want any Vaseline.

Exxon Valdez took all of our money and used it to buy Congress, then got a big fat tax break and even a tax rebate check.

And Americans just kept right on smiling, watching as their savings, their 401ks, and pensions shrunk or just disappeared.

That's a scam.

We all grew up believing in this progressive, sure we made some mistakes in the past but we fixed them all bologna. Come to find out America's not progressive at all.

America, Saudi Arabia and China are the few countries that still execute their own citizens. Think about that and most Americans that I know support the death penalty, don't they?

That's some freackin' progress, huh?

How many innocent people have to die before they realize?

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