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Mike The Cop.

We first came upon the YouTube channel from “Mike the Cop” about a year ago.

One of the things that we like about this guy is that he not only is law enforcement and brings that perspective into issues, he is not afraid of saying “these cops screwed up.” Many of the videos he has not only explain what cops should be doing or not doing, but such things as what citizens should and should not be doing such as how to deal with a cop when you have a concealed weapon permit and how not to handle that situation. Or how to talk yourself into a traffic ticket. Or even the imaginary world of “sovereign citizens.”

He often communicates or makes his point through little skits and video shorts.

Here are some of the best of his work.

“Will you learn to drive?”

That’s just funny stuff.



“It Isn’t Clearly Established….” That Stealing Is Theft.

The Institute for Justices puts out a weekly newsletter called “Short Circuit” which is a review of some of the more “interesting” cases Federal Circuit Courts hand down. It literally is one of the highlights of our Friday afternoons when Short Circuit hits our mailbox. We highly recommend that you sign up for it.
One of the cases that Short Circuit focused on several weeks ago is “MICAH JESSOP; BRITTAN ASHJIAN v. CITY OF FRESNO; DERIK KUMAGAI; CURT CHASTAIN; TOMAS CANTU

Officers Kumagai, Chastain and Cantu of the Fresno Police Department executed a search warrant on three properties owned by Jessop and Ashjian as part of an investigation into illegal gambling machines. The warrant allowed for the:

…seiz[ure] [of] all monies, negotiable instruments, securities, or things of value furnished or intended to be furnished by any person in connection to illegal gambling or money laundering that may be found on the premises … [and] [m]onies and records of said monies derived from the sale and or control of said machines.

It is here the fun begins. According to the opinion of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals:
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Cops Behaving Badly. This Is Depressing.

Back on July 5, 2018, journalist and editor of the Colorado Independent observed a naked black man sitting handcuffed on the sidewalk surrounded by the Denver police.

She stopped her car and started to try and film the incident. She was then approached by Denver Police Officer James Brooks who told her to stop filming.

Below is body cam footage of the incident. Greene first appears in the shot at around the 0:11 second mark. Notice how far she is away from the man and the officers. She is in no way interfering with their dealings with the man.

[Brooks] continues to block her as she tries to keep shooting, at one point raising the camera high above Brooks’s head.

Brooks is quickly joined by Officer Adam Paulsen, and the two advise her that she can not take photographs because doing so violates the HIPAA rights of the nearly naked man they have cuffed. HIPAA or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act outlines an individual’s rights to medical privacy.

“There’s also a First Amendment,” Greene responds. “Have you heard of it?”

“That doesn’t supersede HIPAA,” Paulsen says.
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New Meaning For “Protect And Serve” In New York.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is not a condemnation of all police. It is a commentary on bad cops, the power they wield contrary to the public trust, and those both in outside the ranks that support police blindly.

New York police in at least four precincts are either under arrest, suspended or being investigated for protecting a prostitution and gambling ring. For their services, the police allegedly received massages and sex for the officers’ complicity in the illegal activities.

Three sergeants, two detectives and two police officers were arrested and stripped of their guns and shields after they were taken in for questioning by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

Two other detectives were not criminally charged, but were placed on modified duty and forced to turn in their weapons and badges. They are expected to face departmental charges.

More than a dozen other cops are being investigated and could face internal charges later.

Sources said a large chunk of the investigation centered around the Brooklyn South Narcotics Squad.

The article states that the officers were brought into the crime ring by a retired NYPD Detective with ties to organized crime.

The officers allegedly provided a shady safety net for prostitution and gambling rings, which sources described as not being “high end.”

As part of the protection, the officers allegedly tipped off the honchos about investigations into their illegal business.

When we first read the article, we thought “New York has thousands of officers. Seven bad apples in the Big Apple is too many, but it is not like this was well known.”

That was before we read this line:
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The Sterling Brown Video.

Yesterday we mentioned two incidents that are in the news. The saddest is the death of a young female police officer by the name of Amy Caprio who was run over by a 16 year old who was part of a gang robbing homes in Baltimore County. Caprio will never return home due to the stupidity and selfish acts of the teens who will probably spend much of their adult life behind bars (if not all of it.)

The other incident is the tazing / use of a stun gun by the Milwaukee Police on NBA guard Sterling Brown.

The police department released the video and it is, to say the least, disturbing.

The incident starts when an officer approaches Brown who is illegally parked in a Walgreens parking lot. Brown is park perpendicular and across three parking spaces, including several spaces reserved for the handicapped.

The parking is ridiculous on Brown’s part. While it is raining, late and the lot is does not have many cars in it, there is no need to park the way he did.

As Brown exits the Walgreens, an officer approaches him in what we believe is a confrontational manner.

Instead of just talking to Brown, explaining that he can’t be parked like he was and writing a ticket, the officer wants to know Brown’s name, what he is doing there, etc. The officer steps closer to Brown and then claims that Brown is “all up in [his] face,” and demands that Brown step back.

If the officer had just written a ticket, none of what follows would have happened.

The officer makes a call on his radio and within moments, there are seven (7) police cars and eight (8) officers on the scene.

Must have been a really slow night for that much show of force.

(Just write the daggone ticket!)
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The Cautionary Tale Of The Baltimore City Police Department.

They were the best of the best. Often cited as a shining star in law enforcement in the City of Baltimore, the members of the elite Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF) were in fact criminals – selling drugs, robbing victims, and assaulting people at will.

The BBC has a lengthy investigative story on this task force and it is worth the read not because of the salaciousness of the accusations, the cases and the trial of these officers.

Here’s what the public was led to believe about the Gun Trace Task Force, before the FBI arrested almost every member of the squad:

That in a city still reeling from the civil unrest that followed the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody, the GTTF was a bright spot in a department under a dark cloud. The 25-year-old African-American man’s death after a ride in a police transport ignited a build up of decades of tension between Baltimore’s black residents and the police, touching off days of demonstrations, including looting and violence.

That while the homicide rate was on a historic rise, this elite, eight-officer team was getting guns off the streets at an astonishing rate – their supervising lieutenant praised “a work ethic that is beyond reproach” that resulted in 110 arrests and 132 guns confiscated in a 10-month period.

That the GTTF’s leader, a former Marine and amateur MMA fighter named Sergeant Wayne Jenkins, was a hero who’d plunged into a violent crowd during the unrest to rescue injured officers, an act of bravery that earned him a departmental Bronze Star.

But when the sun came up on 1 March 2017, the city awoke to a vastly different reality.

Seven officers were arrested and indicted for racketeering, extortion and fraud: Sergeant Jenkins; Detective Daniel Hersl, a 17-year veteran of the force; longtime partners Detectives Momodu Gondo and Jemell Rayam; and Detectives Maurice Ward, Evodio Hendrix and Marcus Taylor. Only one member – oddly enough, John Clewell, the man whose name triggered the entire investigation – escaped indictment. The FBI found he was never a part of the criminal enterprise.

“They were involved in a pernicious conspiracy scheme that included abuse of power,” the US Attorney for Maryland told reporters that day. Police commissioner Kevin Davis, who’d once praised the men’s work, now likened them to 1930s-style gangsters.

“It’s disgusting,” he said.

The public soon learned that the GTTF stole from drug dealers, but also from a homeless man, a car salesman, a construction worker and many others. The victims were overwhelmingly African-American.

However, there is a theme in the entire narrative:
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SWAT-ing And The Death Of Andrew Finch.

The two young children of 28 year old Andrew Finch of Wichita, Kansas are starting the year out by having to bury their father.

Finch was killed after he was “SWAT-ted” by a person by the name of Tyler Barriss who made a false 911 to the police, who rushed to the address of Finch and then shot Finch.

Police have arrested Barriss but and the cop that shot the unarmed Finch is on leave.

Tyler Raj Barriss

This whole thing started when two gamers were playing Call of Duty and got mad at each other. One threatened the other and because you can be really brave on a game counsel, dared the first guy to come over to his house and he would “kick his a**.”

The first guy said “what’s your address?” and the second guy gave him the address of Finch, whom he did not know or never had contact with. It appears the guy just pulled an address out of the air.

The first guy then contacted Barriss who “swatted” the address of the home of Finch. Barriss was known to have done this type of thing before to people which is how the gamer knew him.

“Swatting” is making up a false call to the police. It usually involves some sort of horrific crime which causes the police to respond with overwhelming force and weapons.

In this case, Barriss claimed he was living at the address and his parents had gotten into a fight. The caller (Barriss) claimed he had shot his father in the head and the father wasn’t breathing. The caller said he was going to hold his mother and younger brother as hostages. He also threatened to pour gasoline all over the house and light it on fire.

This is the 911 call that Barriss made:
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Worth County Sheriff Goes Where No Parent Wants Him To Go.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Before we dive into this story, we want to say that being a cop is a difficult job. There are times when you get thrust into difficult situations and even situations that require a split second decision that may involve someones life. Communities and groups often turn on police officers for absolutely no reason. Then again, there are times when officers are their own worst enemies. This is one of those times.

Worth County, Georgia is a rather small county of 21,000 residents located just outside of Albany. The Sheriff of the county is one Jeff Hobby.

The Sheriff’s site has this mission statement:

‘It is the mission of the Worth County Sheriff’s Office to work in partnership with the citizens of Worth County toward providing a safe environment while enhancing the quality of life consistent with the values, upstanding morals and diversity of the community. We are committed to the enforcement of laws, the protection of life and property, while respecting individual rights, human dignity and community morals and values at all times.’ (emphasis ours)

Well, there are “rights” that everyone recognizes and “rights” that the Sheriff seems to not recognize.

In an attempt to rid the local school of drugs, Hobby and his deputies separated the boys from the girls and then proceeded to search each and every child – all 900 of them.

According to a lawsuit filed against the Sheriff and other deputies from his department, the search is characterized this way:
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Baltimore City Police: To Profit And Steal.

Seven Baltimore City police officers, who were members of the “Gun Task Force” have been arrested and indicted on charges they robbed and extorted Baltimore residents, filed false court documents, and made false overtime claims:

The indictment alleges that Detective Marcus Taylor, for instance, filed for overtime on days when he was in New York City on vacation. It alleges that Sgt. Wayne Jenkins filed for overtime on days when he was in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on vacation. It alleges that Detective Maurice Ward also filed overtime for a day when he was in Myrtle Beach on vacation.

The indictment alleges Detectives Jemell Rayam and Momodu Gondo were recorded discussing being in the poker room at Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County and getting a drink with a friend, respectively, on a day when they claimed to be working overtime.

The indictment does not provide total dollar amounts for the alleged fraudulent overtime payments, but does calculate the total amount of overtime the officers made in fiscal 2016.

Jenkins, whose annual salary was $85,406, made the most of any of the officers, taking in $83,345 in overtime. Gondo, whose annual salary was $71,412, made the least amount of overtime of any of the officers, taking in more than $29,000.

In addition to overtime fraud, the officers are accused of shaking down citizens, filing false court paperwork and making fraudulent overtime claims, all while Justice Department investigators were scrutinizing the department for what they concluded were widespread civil rights violations.

One of the officers was also accused in a separate indictment of participating in an illegal drug organization and tipping its members off to investigations.

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The officers were summoned to internal affairs Wednesday morning and arrested. They were identified as Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, 36, and Detectives Momodu Gondo, 34; Evodio Hendrix, 32; Daniel Hersl, 47; Jemell Rayam, 36; Marcus Taylor, 30; and Maurice Ward, 36.

It appears that these officers were not unknown to be what can charitably described as “bad cops.”

Some of the officers have long been accused of using excessive force or of other wrongdoing. The city has paid out more than $500,000 in settlements in cases involving the officers, according to a review by The Baltimore Sun.

Members of the city’s state legislative delegation called for a federal investigation into Rayam in 2009 after he was involved in three shootings over the course of two years. The city has settled multiple lawsuits involving Hersl.

“The majority of these officers have been known to my attorneys as having significant credibility issues,” Baltimore Deputy Public Defender Natalie Finegar said. “We have aggressively been pursuing personnel records to be able to highlight the issues with their credibility on the force.”

But even with the allegations and use of excessive force, these rogue cops were still on the job and still allowed to shake down citizens, steal from the taxpayers and run illegal operations. If anything, this case shows how horribly difficult it is to get rid of bad cops. Frankly, getting rid of those bad cops should be something every good cop should want to happen. The actions of the bad cops stain the good cops and damages the reputation of the police within the City. (Assuming that it could be damaged more than it is already.)

Indicted Officers.
(image courtesy Baltimore City Police Department)

Six out of the seven officers are being held without bail. U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher cited concerns with the officers’ previous actions while on the job.
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How To (Illegally) Get A Gun And Permit In New York City.

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Alex Lichtenstein had a hot business going.

In New York City, where it is down right impossible to get a permit for a weapon, Lichtenstein had a way to get around that little roadblock of permits being denied to honest citizens.

For $18,000 you could pay Lichtenstein and he would come back to you later on and have a perfectly valid gun permit enabling you to go purchase a gun and keep it in the city. The “illegal” part of “How to Illegally Get A Gun and Permit in New York City” comes into play when one sees how Lichtenstein was obtaining the permits.

A Brooklyn volunteer safety patrol member was charged Monday with bribing cops with $6,000 in cash and other goodies to expedite gun permit requests, and three officers were transferred out of the licensing unit as part of the far-reaching NYPD corruption probe.

Shaya (Alex) Lichtenstein, 44, was so cozy with cops in the License Division that he’d spent nearly every day inside the office in police headquarters since 2014, federal court papers say.

Yep. To get the permits, Lichtenstein was bribing police officers who were in charge of the permitting process.

The amount of bribes to the officers were not too shabby when put together:
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