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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

San Jose: Crackdown on Vietnamese gang leads to cop's arrest, drugs, weapons, alligator

By Robert Salonga The Mercury News

SAN JOSE -- A crackdown on Vietnamese organized crime in San Jose spurred police raids stretching from the Bay Area to the Deep South, yielding nearly two dozen arrests -- including a San Jose police officer -- and a cache of drugs, weapons, gambling machines, and one alligator.
They were among the results of a six-month investigation spearheaded by the SJPD gang investigations unit targeting a sophisticated gambling, extortion and drug trafficking ring run out of some of the myriad Vietnamese cafes that dot the city. San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia, joined by officials with the FBI and DEA, detailed the operation in a news conference Wednesday.

Police announced 23 people have been arrested and booked on charges ranging from extortion, public corruption, narcotic trafficking, assault, illegal gun possession and conspiracy. Two of them were arrested in Anaheim by Orange County sheriff's deputies. Six more suspects remain at large and are being sought on conspiracy, accessory after the fact, narcotics and gambling charges.

"Operation: Gang of Thrones" was described as a "criminal-conspiracy investigation" that began in March and culminated Tuesday with officers and federal agents serving search and arrest warrants at locations in San Jose, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Fremont, Anaheim and an undisclosed site in Louisiana.

To carry out the wide-reaching mission -- entailing at least 34 search warrants -- SJPD tapped an array of personnel from the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, District Attorney's Office, Santa Clara and Milpitas police, the Orange County Sheriff's Department, and Louisiana State police. They targeted locations ranging from homes and businesses to the signature cafes popular and prevalent in the city's East Side.

Perhaps the most startling revelation was the arrest of SJPD Officer Derrick Antonio, a nine-year department veteran, on allegations he leaked sensitive police intelligence to Vietnamese gang members implicated in the current case. Antonio, 34, whose last listed address was in Morgan Hill, is free on bail after being booked on five counts of unauthorized computer access and one count of being an accessory after the fact.
In June, in the middle of the investigation, Antonio was placed on paid administrative leave. He was arrested Tuesday after prosecutors decided there was enough evidence for criminal charges against him.

City councilman Manh Nguyen voiced gratitude that police continue to tackle a problem that has long plagued his community.

"We've been hearing about the Vietnamese gangs and illegal activities in coffee shops for a long time, and I'm glad they arrested these people," he said. "I'm calling for Vietnamese residents to fully cooperate with the police to fight crime."

Fellow councilman Tam Nguyen echoed the sentiment while lamenting that possible involvement of a police officer.

"It's a great relief for the city and Vietnamese community overall," he said. "We are sad to hear that an officer was involved. But we don't have any details yet and can't conclude anything until it's been proven, but it was shocking."

The other arrested suspects in the case were booked on suspicion of offenses including extortion, public corruption, narcotic trafficking, assault, illegal gun possession, and conspiracy. Six more people are being sought on suspicion of similar offenses.

Police also are investigating three people with gang affiliations on allegations they "conspired to bribe a uniformed member of the San Jose Police Department." A source familiar with the investigation contends that the officer refused the bribe.

During the searches Tuesday, authorities seized the following:

Five handguns

  • 69 gambling machines

  • Over $200,000 cash

  • Body armor

  • Jewelry, cell phones, computers and financial records

  • 4,000 Ecstasy pills

  • 300 Xanax pills

  • Over 600 pounds of marijuana, including 420 pounds that were intercepted in Louisiana en route from San Jose

  • Several vehicles, including a vehicle with a hidden compartment containing $100,000 cash

  • Undisclosed amount of illegal steroids

  • One alligator between four and five feet long

  • Like Manh Nguyen alluded, "Gang of Thrones" is just one of an array of periodic enforcement sweeps that federal agents and local police have conducted targeting what has appeared at times as a Hydra-like operation that methodically recovers from each blow.
    In March 2015, the SJPD vice unit led "Operation Omni," a multi-agency crackdown on 11 cafes hosting illegal electronic gambling machines -- some hidden in a backroom and some out in the open -- where more than 100 machines were confiscated.

    The machines are the centerpiece of many of the extortion rackets alleged against Vietnamese organized crime, which have spurred territorial struggles over cash flow and control over whose machines are operated at which cafes. That's not to mention the quality-of-life problems -- addiction, drugs and possible prostitution -- the illegal gambling attracts.

    Those conflicts have been known to turn violent, with police making a public push last month for tips in four unsolved homicides in which the victims were ambushed and shot dead, with the unknown shooters suspected of being affiliated with Vietnamese gangs.

    One unsolved killing had particular resonance: the cold-blooded Dec. 4, 2014 shooting of 41-year-old Thach Thiet Dien Duong outside the Golden King Teahouse, captured entirely on surveillance video, and which sowed the seeds of "Operation Omni."

    The last high-profile crackdown before that occurred in November 2013, when federal agents capped a two-year wiretap operation to break up a cafe-based gambling ring in San Jose. That yielded the arrest and eventual conviction of ringleader Lennie Luan Le, who federal prosecutors contended was the ringleader and enforcer for a scheme that pushed specific gambling machines on the cafes.

    Le, who authorities said was a lieutenant for the Viet Nation street gang based out of East San Jose, was convicted by a federal jury and sentenced in June to 33 months in prison.

    Meanwhile in the latest case, Antonio is out of custody. He is the second Santa Clara County law-enforcement officer in the past year to be accused of using protected criminal intelligence for illicit use: In October, Santa Clara County jail deputy Ryan Saunders was arrested on suspicion of eight misdemeanor counts of accessing confidential records from the Criminal Justice Information Control database to get information about "people he had personal relationships with," according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. Court documents from those charges show that investigators suspect Saunders associated with a known member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.

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    Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Video shows LAPD officer kicking and punching in controversial South L.A. arrest

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    "I didn’t think it was a proper action,” Alvarado said. “The victim was already held down.”

    Soon after, a handful of officers came into the factory and asked whether there were any cameras, Alvarado testified.

    Two of the officers laughed as they watched the video, Alvarado said.

    Garcia faced up to three years in jail if convicted of the felony assault charge.

    Earlier this year, prosecutors quietly agreed to a deal that allowed him to plead no contest and avoid jail time if he completes community service, follows all laws, stays away from Alford and donates $500 to a charity by late May 2017.

    Under the agreement, Garcia, 35, could then enter a new plea to a misdemeanor charge that would replace the felony and would be placed on two years of probation. If he doesn’t appear in court, he could be sentenced to jail.

    Some have criticized the move as too lenient, including those who saw the video for the first time Monday. 

    “If this encounter didn’t result in more serious criminal penalties, what would?” said Peter Bibring, a senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. “It raises serious questions whether the D.A. — even in those cases where they file charges — [is] being vigorous enough to hold the officers accountable.”

    Matt Johnson, the president of the Police Commission, the civilian panel that oversees the LAPD, said that what he saw was “not only out of policy, but unlawful and at odds with our mission to build more trust between the LAPD and communities of color.”

    “I am personally disappointed that Mr. Garcia is not going to be serving jail time and will have the opportunity to have his conviction reduced to a misdemeanor,” Johnson said in a statement. 

    Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey declined an interview request through a spokeswoman Monday. She defended the agreement earlier this month, telling The Times that although she didn’t handle Garcia’s case personally, she felt the deal was appropriate given the evidence examined by prosecutors. She declined to detail the reasons for the plea but cautioned that video “doesn’t tell the whole story sometimes.”

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    Lacey also declined to say whether pending criminal charges filed against Alford influenced her office’s decision. Court records show that Alford, 24, was arrested last year and faces charges including pimping, rape and assault with a deadly weapon. He has pleaded not guilty and remains in custody. 

    Assault cases against on-duty law enforcement officers often prove difficult for prosecutors, not least because the law generally gives police wide latitude to use force. In December, a jury acquitted an LAPD officer accused of using excessive force when he repeatedly struck a man with a baton while detaining him near Staples Center in 2012.

    But former LAPD Officer Mary O’Callaghan served about 7 ½ months in jail after a jury convicted her last year of assault under color of authority. Prosecutors accused her of kicking a woman in the crotch during an arrest in South L.A. The victim, whose assault was captured on a patrol car camera, later died.

    Officers charged with felony assault often avoided jail time when they negotiated plea deals with prosecutors rather than risk a trial, according to a Times review of court and district attorney records.

    In 2013, for example, Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew John Funicello was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to undergo counseling after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of assault under color of authority. Funicello, who was originally charged with a felony, had been accused of punching a 19-year-old man several times.

    Since Alford’s arrest, Garcia has been ordered to stay at home, an LAPD spokesman  said. He was relieved of duty without pay in March and is now awaiting what is known as a Board of Rights hearing, in which a three-person panel decides disciplinary cases for officers who usually face termination or lengthy suspensions.

    The spokesman said the three other officers involved are no longer with the department, but did not elaborate. Johnson confirmed that the officers weren’t with the department “as a result of this incident.”

    The events leading up to the assault charge against Garcia began shortly after noon on Oct. 16, 2014. Alford previously told The Times he was riding his bicycle along Avalon Boulevard when a car pulled up and a man yelled at him to stop. Someone grabbed the back of his bike, he said, so he jumped off and ran.

    Authorities later said police were investigating a robbery and that Alford matched the description of the suspect.

    After a short chase, two police officers caught up to Alford. The video shows one officer swinging his baton at Alford, who ducks and moves to the ground. Alford gets on his stomach, spreads his arms out and starts to move them behind his back as the officers grab his hands to cuff them.

    Then a police car rushes up. The video shows Garcia getting out and running directly toward Alford before delivering the blows.

    Garcia and another officer told investigators that Alford refused their orders and resisted after he was on the ground, according to a report from Beck made public last fall. Garcia said he punched and elbowed Alford to “cause Alford discomfort” and later used his knee to hit him because he thought Alford was reaching toward his shorts for a weapon.

    After viewing the video, Beck concluded the officer’s actions were not reasonable “given Alford’s limited and unapparent resistance,” his report said. The chief and Police Commission determined Garcia violated department rules during the arrest. Seven months later, prosecutors charged him with assault.

    At the time, Beck told reporters that he understood the public interest in the video but insisted that releasing the recording could jeopardize the criminal case against Garcia. After the officer agreed to his plea deal with prosecutors, The Times requested a copy of the recording from the LAPD under the California Public Records Act.

    Last week, the LAPD denied that petition, saying it considered the video an investigative record exempt from disclosure. A day later, Superior Court Judge William N. Sterling granted The Times’ request for the video.


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    Trump calls for special prosecutor to investigate Clinton Foundation

    By  Steve Holland Reuters

    AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump urged the Justice Department on Monday to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate if donors to the Clinton Foundation got special treatment from the State Department when it was run by his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
    Trump made the appeal at a rally before thousands of cheering supporters in Akron, Ohio, as he tries to rebound from a slide in national opinion polls with little more than two months to go until the Nov. 8 election.
    Trump accused former President Bill Clinton and his wife of turning the Clinton Foundation charity into a "pay-for-play" scheme in which wealthy donors, foreign and domestic, got favors from the State Department during Hillary Clinton's 2009-2013 tenure as the country's top diplomat.
    Trump faulted both the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation for not indicting Clinton over her use of a private email server as secretary of state. FBI Director James Comey cited her careless handling of classified emails but opted not to prosecutor her.

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    "The Justice Department is required to appoint a special prosecutor because it has proved to be, sadly, a political arm of the White House," Trump said. "Nobody has ever seen anything like it before."
    Trump's appeal came the same day a conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, released 725 pages of State Department documents, including some it said were examples of preferential treatment provided to donors at the request of former Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band.

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    Trump's call for an independent investigation followed an announcement by the Clinton Foundation that it would no longer accept foreign donations should Clinton be elected president.
    The Clinton campaign fired back at Trump, saying the foundation had already laid out "the unprecedented steps the charity will take if Hillary Clinton becomes president."

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    Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said in a statement that Trump "needs to come clean with voters about his complex network" of businesses that are in debt to big banks, including the state-owned Bank of China, after a New York Times report on the subject.
    "Donald Trump should stop hiding behind fake excuses and release his tax returns and immediately disclose the full extent of his business interests," Podesta said.
    While keeping up the attack on Clinton, Trump in his speech also outlined some agenda items, as Republicans have been urging him to do for months. The more disciplined Trump followed a campaign shake-up last week that brought in veteran pollster Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager.
    But in a sign that organizational challenges remain, Trump canceled a rally planned for later this week in Las Vegas and postponed an immigration speech in Denver.

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    Earlier on Monday, Trump insisted he was not "flip-flopping" on immigration, despite a comment by Conway on Sunday that his plan to deport 11 million illegal immigrants was still under review.
    In his Akron remarks, Trump, struggling to broaden his support beyond the white working-class voters who have been his base of support, again urged blacks and Hispanics to give him a chance, saying: "What the hell do you have to lose?" repeating a line he delivered on Friday that was criticized by Clinton as "ignorant."

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    Trump said Democratic politicians had not been able to stem crime and poverty in inner cities despite pledges to do every election year.
    "I say it and I'm going to keep saying it and some people say: 'Wow that makes sense' and some people say: 'That's not very nice,'" Trump said. "And I say it with such a deep-felt feeling, what do you have to lose? We’ll bring jobs back. We’ll bring spirit back. We'll get rid of the crime."
    Some might just say: "Geez Donald how the hell are you going to do all of that". But the answer is quite obvious: Open fascism and jack booted thugs. My fellow Americans don't believe me though because they are too blind to see the writing on the subway walls and the tenement halls.

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    Monday, August 22, 2016

    Hacktivists Send Messages To Police Through Electronic Road Signs


    The messages on the road signs which were relayed by some hacktivists to the police read “F**k the Police” and “No Tears for Dead Cops.”

    This comes as a backlash of reaction from hackivists after numerous cases of police brutality in the country. In the last two weeks, the hacktivists have sent out messages to the police, using road signs in Georgia and in Denver recently.

    The first message was posted in Georgia where, as stated by “Who needs to hack websites when you can hack electronic road signs? Lately, hacktivists have been acquiring new ways of delivering their messages to masses rather than choosing to deface a no good website. One of those new ways includes hacking traffic signs or defacing billboards to leave messages against politicians and government officials. But Cobb County residents witnessed something different when someone hacked into the electronic sign on Johnson Ferry Road near Sewell Mill Road and defaced it with anti-police message ”F**k the police and ”No tears for dead cops.”

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    The second message was posted a few days back in Denver, Colorado and in accordance with “A few days ago we gained access to an electronic road sign on Broadway and Ellsworth, a busy area of this city and one of the main roads going through Denver. In the evening we broke into the control box and changed the message on the sign to say “F**K THE POLICE” so that everyone out that night and everyone driving down Broadway could see it.
    We did this minor action as a showing of resistance to the growing police state and systems of domination everywhere and in revolutionary solidarity with all those who choose to take action against these systems of domination and oppression and the police who uphold them, who choose to fight back, in revolutionary solidarity with all those who choose to take sides and NOT to remain innocent, people fighting in the streets, in the prisons and jails and detention centers: this is for you! From Denver to Milwaukee to the prison cells of Korydallos to the mountains of Rojava: The fight lives on! ”

    This just shows that the society is sick and tired of the police harassing and brutalizing people. The people want a reform in the system and these are messages to remind the authorities that they have got work to do in curbing the issues of police brutality.

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    EDITORS NOTE: Last week the Underground reported:

      Four men in Detroit were arrested over the past week for posts on social media that the police chief called threatening. One tweet that led to an arrest said that Micah Johnson, the man who shot police officers in Dallas last week, was a hero. None of the men have been named, nor have they been charged.

    “I know this is a new issue, but I want these people charged with crimes,”
    said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. “I’ve directed my officers to prepare warrants for these four individuals, and we’ll see which venue is the best to pursue charges,” he added.

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    Wife Beating Police Officer Apoligizes -To Get his Job Back: But Only Apologizes to fellow officers not to his bloody wife

    By Jonathan M. Alexander News&Observer

    A police officer charged with domestic violence last month has been fired, a spokesperson for the Garner Police Department said.

    Silvestre Mendoza, 26, was fired on July 21, after an internal investigation concluded he violated a Town of Garner policy and two department directives, amid allegations he assaulted two women.

    One of the women who alleged the assault was his wife, while the other was his sister-in-law.

    According to his termination letter, the Town policy he violated was “Detrimental Personal Conduct.” The department policy he violated stated that “Officers are to conduct their private and professional lives in a manner becoming the office they hold.”

    Mendoza’s court hearing was Monday. He said said he was sentenced to supervised probation and ordered to take domestic violence classes. If he completes the classes and doesn’t get in any trouble, the charges would be dismissed from his record, he said.

    The arrest warrant claimed Mendoza assaulted Casey Mary Agnes Mendoza by “biting her in the middle of the right side of her back leaving bite marks.”

    Reached by telephone Monday afternoon, Silvestre Mendoza was contrite and said he owned up to his part in the situation. Mendoza said he hated that his situation put negative attention on the police department and apologized.

    “They truly are some amazing men and women who protect that city and they don’t deserve that light,” Mendoza said. “I’ll continue to try to restore what I can restore.”

    He said he hoped to serve the community again one day after he rights his wrongs.

    “That’s one thing, I loved helping people,” Mendoza said. “Maybe I invested too much of my time into it. It’s a learning experience. I’m only human. Humans make mistakes but we also have choices when we make them.”

    Mendoza was a patrol officer for the Garner Police Department. He was hired March 21. As a result of his arrest last month, Mendoza was placed on administrative leave while the Garner Police Department conducted an internal investigation.

    EDITORS NOTE: A big thank you to all Underground readers that showed up at this punks court hearing and for those who wrote the judge on the victims behalf. Lets keep this pond scum off the public doll. Make him get a real job.

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