America's Dumbest Cops
By Christopher R Rice
#1 The Money Laundering Sting that was all Money and No Sting
By Michael Sallah Miami Herald
Miami — After years of rampant abuses by undercover Bal Harbour police, the U.S. Justice Department is investigating the millions taken in by the officers who allegedly turned a money-laundering sting into a major cash enterprise, spending lavishly on travel and luxury hotels without making a single arrest.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago and the Internal Revenue Service last week carted away hundreds of confidential files of the Tri-County Task Force, including records that show the officers regularly withdrew large amounts of cash from the bank with no receipts to show where it went, according to people familiar with the investigation.
“They keep talking about this sting. They stung no one,” said Michael McDonald, a former Internal Revenue Service criminal agent who took part in Operation Greenback, one of the most famous laundering task forces ever created. “Their intent was not to arrest or prosecute. It was a gravy train for these guys.”
“Follow the money. That’s what they’re doing,” said Dennis Fitzgerald, a lawyer and former Drug Enforcement Administration agent who examined the task force’s data for the Herald. “This was a task force whose objective was to make money. The objective was not to make arrests. They were not even writing police reports.”
Fitzgerald, the former DEA agent who once worked in Miami, said the task force was driven by the deals, not government rules. “They did whatever they wanted to do,” said Fitzgerald, who wrote the book “Informants, Confidential Informants and Undercover Operations.” “No one was watching them. They were given a long leash and no one pulled the choke chain.”
#7 Man Dies in Police Raid on Wrong House
By Vicki Brown ABC
A 61-year-old man was shot to death by police while his wife was handcuffed in another room during a drug raid on the wrong house.
Police admitted their mistake, saying faulty information from a drug informant contributed to the death of John Adams Wednesday night. They intended to raid the home next door.
The two officers, 25-year-old Kyle Shedran and 24-year-old Greg Day, were placed on administrative leave with pay.
“They need to get rid of those men, boys with toys,” said Adams’ 70-year-old widow, Loraine.
John Adams was watching television when his wife heard pounding on the door. Police claim they identified themselves and wore police jackets. Loraine Adams said she had no indication the men were police.
“I thought it was a home invasion. I said ‘Baby, get your gun!,” she said, sitting amid friends and relatives gathered at her home to cook and prepare for Sunday’s funeral.
Police say her husband fired first with a sawed-off shotgun and they responded. He was shot at least three times and died later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
#8 Cops Raid Wrong House, Shoot Beloved 15-Year-Old Dog
By David Lohr The Huffington Post
Authorities who went to the wrong house in search of a wanted fugitive and shot a beloved family pet are refusing to take responsibility for their actions, according to a Michigan attorney who has filed a lawsuit against them.
“These officers came into the wrong house, shot this dog, told the owners they would take care of it and then never returned their calls,” Royal Oak attorney Chris Olson told The Huffington Post.
Olson is representing Erica Moreno and Katti Putnam. The couple’s 15-year-old mixed breed dog, Clohe, was shot in the face during the mistaken police raid, Olson said.
#6 Ohio trooper advertised 'traffic stop sex' on Craigslist
(AP) —A state trooper accused of forcing female motorists into sexual acts in exchange for dropping traffic charges used Craigslist to offer "traffic stop sex," according to records released Monday that highlight the women's fear of reporting him.
Trooper Bryan Lee also sent multiple Facebook messages to a female passenger he photographed without her shirt on, including one that let her know he'd been keeping an eye on her, a detail included in hundreds of pages of records the Ohio State Highway Patrol released in response to media requests.
After determining the driver wasn't drunk, Lee let her leave but kept the passenger in his cruiser. He drove to a street by her house, told her his camera was shut off, made comments about her legs and breasts, then reminded her he could still give the driver of the car a ticket, the records show.
When the passenger asked Lee what he wanted, "he said he wanted to take a picture with his hand on her chest," according to a patrol summary of the case.
As the investigation continued, the patrol found two postings Lee made on Craigslist.
"I am in Law Enforcement so if the idea of traffic stop sex sounds good let me know," one posting said.
Another woman who performed a sexual act on Lee told investigators: "He told me to do this, he told me to do that and I basically complied. What else am I going to do in that situation, he's a cop. He has more authority," according to the records.
Lee, 31, was sentenced to five years in federal prison in April for violating the women's civil rights. He pleaded guilty to four counts of violating the civil rights of female motorists and one count of cyberstalking involving threatening messages sent to the passenger.
#3 West Sacramento Police Officer Guilty Of Sexual Assaults In Uniform
By Ron Jones CBS
The ex-cop, husband and father of three will spend the rest of his life behind bars, sentenced to 205 years on 18 counts of kidnapping and sexually assaulting women while patrolling the graveyard shift. A Yolo County jury in February found former West Sacramento Police officer Sergio Alvarez guilty on the 18 counts but deadlocked on 10 others.
The prosecutor questioned Alvarez's claims that the sex was consensual. When he asked him why not wait until he was off duty, Alvarez answered, "I don't know." The prosecutor responded to Alvarez - suggesting while Alvarez was on duty and in uniform, he had the most power over the women in the backseat of his squad car. Alvarez denied the charge.
In graphic testimony, Alvarez explained he sometimes preferred oral sex to intercourse in his squad car because the police gear he was wearing made it more convenient. Asked why he would do this on the job, Alvarez would only admit to bad judgment. He also said the reason he used a spy camera to record some of the acts was because he was curious.
Under oath, Alvarez denied having sex with some of the alleged victims. In other cases, he admitted to having sex with women while on the job, but claimed it was always consensual.
Convicted of numerous kidnap and rape charges while on duty. Some of the women were prostitutes or drug dependent and he forced them to perform sex acts or face arrest or retribution.
Before the sentencing, a letter sent to the court by Alvarez’s estranged wife was read. In it Rachel Alvarez said she was the subject of physical, verbal and mental abuse by her husband of 18 years. She attacked the West Sacramento police department for protecting one of their own when domestic problems cropped up.
“He threw me on the couch, choked me with one arm and beat me on my face with my other arm…he enjoyed it,” said Rachel Alvarez. She left Sergio with their three children two months after he was arrested in February of 2013.
#9 Police officer caught on camera handcuffing a FIREFIGHTER as he was rescuing victims of a rollover crash on the side of a busy highway
By Ryan Gorman DailyMail
Radio communication obtained by ABC 10 showed how shocked firefighters were at the sight of an emergency responder being cuffed and led away from the scene of a serious accident while trying to help the injured.
'I did not move our engine so it's still in the initial spot, and we're just continuing with patient care,' a firefighter told the dispatcher.
'This is ridiculous. We're in the middle of patient care with patients on the [freeway] and we're trying to protect our scene … and they're putting him in handcuffs at this time and walking him away.'
Chula Vista Fire Chief Dave Hanneman agreed.
‘To detain one of our firefighters in the middle of an incident is ridiculous,’ he said in a statement.
Gregoire shouted to the news camera that he was being arrested as the officer searched his coat and pulled out handcuffs.
‘Hey, I just want you to know that he’s arresting me,’ Gregoire said, pointing to the officer.
‘It’s unbelievable you have to do this,’ the officer said while cuffing the 12 year veteran firefighter.
‘It’s unbelievable that you guys have to treat us like this,’ Gregoire replied. ‘We are on the road trying to help people.’
‘We asked you to clear the road and you said no, and you are getting arrested for not moving it,’ said the officer.
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#4 Houston police officer has been arrested on drug possession charges
By Karla Barguiarena ABC
Officer Jasmine Renee Bonner was taken into custody in the 25000 block of the North Freeway. A spokesperson with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says Officer Bonner was involved in a drug transaction that included one kilo of cocaine.
The arrest was part of a federal investigation. Authorities say Bonner and another individual were arrested during the incident. Bonner's six-year-old son was with her at the time of the arrest. She is being held at the Montgomery County jail and faces a $1,000,000 bond.
A spokesperson for the Houston Police Department says Bonner was assigned to the juvenile division and had been an officer for two years. She is now relieved of duties pending the outcome of the investigation.
#5 15-Year-Old Texas Female Inmate Has Video Evidence of Jailer Raping Her
By Cameron Langford Courthouse News
On behalf of their daughter M.S.H., Michelle and Danny Hall sued Harris County; the executive director of its juvenile probation department, Thomas Brooks; and former correctional officer Robert Robinson.
The Halls said that the lack of rules at Harris County juvenile jail allowed Robinson to have unfettered access to their daughter.
"On or about May 23, 2012, on the eve of M.S.H.'s transfer, Robinson's harassment culminated into the rape of a minor," the complaint states. "Robinson, aware of M.S.H.'s pending transfer, told her that he would visit her the night before she was to leave.
"As per the usual and customary practice of the facility, Robinson was allowed to abandon his post on the 5th floor of the boys' unit and enter the girls' unit undisturbed. He was allowed to enter M.S.H.'s room, with the lights out, and rape her. Unknown to Robinson, the rape was captured on video."
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. Related article: 46,000+ American citizens are currently serving time for crimes that they did not commit
#2 Florida cop accused of posing as teen girl to solicit boys on Facebook
By Adrienne Cutway, Orlando Sentinel
A Florida police sergeant has been suspended without pay and faces several criminal charges after an investigation found that he had been posing as a 16-year-old girl on Facebook in order to solicit boys for sex, The Florida Times-Union is reporting.
The investigation into 30-year-old Sgt. Michael Gerard Stavris II of the Bunnell Police Department began in December after an alleged victim complained to the police. Starvis -- who measures in at 6'3" and 400 pounds -- is accused of using the fake profile from November 2012 to November 2013 and on that page he had about 40 males under the age of 18 added as friends, many of whom attend Flagler Palm Coast High School, according to the arrest affidavit.
Investigators say Starvis would send photos of female breasts so the teens would, in return, send nude pictures of themselves. In several cases, police say Starvis would try to bribe the boys with oral sex if they would send pictures of themselves or send pictures of other teen girls naked, according to the affidavit.
Police arrested Starvis on Tuesday and charged him with with two counts of computer pornography and child exploitation prevention act and one count of criminal use of personal identification information.