Two Officers Are Fired for Dragging Doctor Off a United Flight


Three of the Chicago law enforcement officers involved in dragging a Louisville doctor off a United Airlines’ flight in April are no longer on the job, officials revealed Tuesday.

Chicago’s Inspector General Joseph Ferguson said an officer and an Aviation Security sergeant were fired, a third officer resigned and another received a five-day suspension — which was shorted to two days on appeal — for their involvement in the “violent forcible removal” of Dr. David Dao.

The report did not reveal the identities of the officers.

Ferguson’s report says that the use of “excessive force” caused Dao to break his nose, lose two teeth and sustain a concussion, and noted that the security officer who pulled Dao from the flight broke department policy when he “escalated a nonthreatening situation into a physically violent one.”

Dao refused to leave his Chicago-to-Louisville flight after he was told by United Airlines officials that his seat was needed for a crew member working a connecting route. Security officers surrounded his seat shortly thereafter.

A cellphone video that captured the bloody ordeal went viral, as the 69-year-old doctor can be seen being dragged along the narrow aisle floor by a security officer. Other passengers can be heard expressing their horror.

Passenger David Dao is dragged out of a United Airlines plane at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on Monday, April 10, 2017.

The distressing situation caused United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz to issue a public apology and open an investigation into the matter, amid a growing public relations nightmare for the airline giant.

Dao and United Airlines reached an “amicable settlement” in late April.

In Tuesday’s report, Ferguson also revealed that two security officers tried to cover for each other. He said one officer “made misleading statements in two reports” and the other “made material omissions in a report.”

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Assistant Police Chief Charged With Official Misconduct Related to Middle School Teachers Child Porn Case


On Monday, Kentucky State Police arrested a western Kentucky Assistant Police Chief after he allegedly failed to perform is official duties as a police officer in a child porn case.

Police arrested 51-year-old Providence Assistant Police Chief Larry “Alan” King, 51, on an official misconduct charge. Authorities determined that during an investigation regarding a Webster County Middle School teacher, King failed to relate to investigators, or act on the knowledge, that the teacher, who King was dating, had deviant sexual fantasies about young boys and was a regular user of illegal narcotics.

Kentucky State Police identified the teacher as 48-year-old Lucia Jenkins, of Madisonville.

She was arrested on October 2 and charged with four counts of child pornography, after her cell phone was examined and found to contain child porn images, and 11 counts of complicity to traffic in a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

King was transported to the Webster County Detention Center but has since bonded out of custody.

Source: http://www.k105.com/2017/10/17/assistant-police-chief-charged-with-official-misconduct-related-to-middle-school-teachers-child-porn-case/

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Florida Deputy’s Son Steals Patrol Car, Pulls Ex-Girlfriend Over, Orders her New Boyfriend Out of Car, then Robs him


One day after a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy shot his ex-girlfriend in the back before turning the gun on himself, the son of another deputy stole his father’s patrol car and pulled his ex-girlfriend over.

Christopher Combs, 22, who is a paid cadet with the sheriff’s office, then ordered her new boyfriend to step out of the car via intercom, directing him to lay on the ground and empty his pockets.

The victim, who said he felt a metal object pressed against his head, said he robbed of his personal belongings, according to WPTV.

He also said Combs was laughing.

Combs, the son of Palm Beach Sheriff’s Lieutenant David Combs, was arrested nine hours later after the department tracked the car down through its GPS and notified Broward County sheriff’s deputies.

Combs was initially jailed on a $300,000 bond on four felony charges, but was released on a $120,000 bond.

Combs said “he became upset and that was why he started messing with (the couple),” according to the arrest report.

The victim was under the impression that a passenger was in the unmarked patrol car, who pressed the metal object against his head, but deputies have not mentioned anything about another suspect.

According to Jose Lambiet of Gossip Extra, who broke the story this afternoon:

The younger Combs allegedly got in his father’s squad car Friday night near the family’s Boynton Beach home and decided to drive south.

Allegedly, Combs tailed a car where his old girlfriend was riding alongside her new boyfriend, and eventually pulled the couple over.

Eventually, PBSO tracked down the car with the GPS installed on its service radio. By then, the younger Combs was driving in Broward County, records show, and got pulled over by a BSO deputy at 10 a.m. Saturday in Pompano Beach.

On top of it, the younger Combs appeared to be drunk although he wasn’t charged with DUI.
Combs was charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer, robbery with a weapon, and two counts of false imprisonment.

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Court Decision Paves Way For Prosecution of DeKalb Cop in Death of Unarmed Vet


A precedent shattering prosecution of a former DeKalb County cop in the fatal shooting an unarmed veteran will resume following a ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court.

At issue: Whether prosecutors violated the principle of grand jury secrecy when they secured indictments against Robert Olsen — the first against a law enforcement officer in Georgia in at least five years.

Olsen’s attorney, Don Samuel, argued that by allowing unauthorized personnel with no connection to the case into the proceedings, then-DeKalb District Attorney Robert James put the former officer at a disadvantage.

But the Supreme Court, in an unanimous decision, found “no unlawful conduct … and no prejudice is demonstrated by the manner in which the prosecutor conducted the evidentiary stage of the grand jury proceedings,” wrote Justice Robert Benham.

It’s been 31 months since Olsen shot Anthony Hill, a veteran of the Afghanistan War who had been medically discharged from the U.S. Air Force after being diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and bi-polar disorder. Hill, according to family and friends, was having trouble adjusting to his medication, which they blame for his actions on March 9, 2015.

Olsen arrived at the Chamblee apartment complex where Hill lived after neighbors called 911 reporting his strange behavior. Hill had climbed down from his second-story apartment nude and was roaming through the complex.

After watching for several moments in a marked police car, Olsen got out of the vehicle when he noticed Hill approaching him. Olsen told him to stop but Hill continued approaching the officer, who claimed he felt his safety was threatened.

Prosecutors say Hill had his hands in the air as he moved toward the officer, who was armed with pepper spray and a Taser. He chose instead to shoot Hill twice in torso from about five feet away.

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Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Jenkins Pleads Guilty to Reckless Homicide


WAVERLY, Ohio – Former Pike County sheriff’s deputy Joel Jenkins will never be a peace officer again or be able to legally own a gun after pleading guilty in the 2015 shooting death of his neighbor.

Jenkins appeared calm Monday as he pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, a third-degree felony, as part of a plea deal that lowered a mandatory prison sentence for a gun specification from three years to one year. Charges of involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence were also dismissed as part of the agreement.

“Joel has always made it clear to us he wanted to take responsibility … It was a stupid tragic mistake,” his attorney Mark Collins said.

A week-long trial had been slated to begin Monday, but the two sides were able to reach an agreement just before 10 a.m. Jenkins will be sentenced in a month or two after the court receives a pre-sentencing investigation report.

Jenkins will be sentenced to at least one year in prison on the gun specification and faces between nine months and three years on the reckless homicide charge.

Few details of the case were discussed on record, but Joel King, a special prosecutor from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, told Pike County Common Pleas Judge Randy Deering Jenkins had been drinking beer and liquor prior to trying to teach 40-year-old Jason Brady how to disarm someone while not ensuring the gun used wasn’t loaded on Dec. 3, 2015. The gun went off and struck Brady in the head, killing him.

According to Collins, Jenkins and Brady, his neighbor, had been longtime friends. He said the two had gone to eat earlier in the day where Jenkins had two beers and then that evening had four shots of liquor. When Jenkins’ blood alcohol content was tested seven hours later, Collins said it showed he wasn’t impaired and he had an expert who would have testified Jenkins wasn’t impaired.

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“Everybody F**king Knew”: Miramax Screenwriter Implicates All of Hollywood in Weinstein Scandal

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(ZH) — The LA Times asks: so who has dared to defend Harvey Weinstein?

The answer?: “Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, actress Lindsay Lohan, actor Tony Denison, fashion designer Donna Karan and director Woody Allen rose to Weinstein’s defense despite a tidal wave of industry condemnation.”

Of course, each of these has subsequently and awkwardly walked back their initial enthusiasm for defending Weinstein as more accusations piled on and were substantiated. But what we should really be talking about is the decades of silence across the entertainment industry which few brave souls tried to warn about years ago.

It was such an “open secret” that Courtney Love could say this back in 2005 at a red carpet appearance, though also worrying, “I’ll get libeled if I say it…”:

And when Hollywood sexual abuse survivor Corey Feldman tried to talk generally about the Hollywood subculture of rampant sexual assault and pedophilia with cameras rolling on “The View” in 2013… well if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s definitely one for the historical record which should never be forgotten. Though Feldman was speaking about his own dark experience involving other powerful film industry predators and not Weinstein in particular, the response he got from one well-known host is certainly indicative of what victims were and are up against.

“Are you saying they are pedophiles and that they are still in this business?” then-host Barbara Walters asked. “Yes,” Feldman replied.

Walters immediately tried to shut Feldman down with, “You’re damaging an entire industry!”

And if it wasn’t already clear by now, screenwriter Scott Rosenberg – who was made a star by Miramax – has just posted a revealing bit of prose in the form of an intense mea culpa to his Facebook page concerning what “everybody-fu*king-knew” for not just years, but for decades concerning Weinstein.

At Miramax Rosenberg wrote the popular movies “Beautiful Girls” and “Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead” and acknowledges that “they gave me my career” as part of that period when Harvey Weinstein was the center of a golden age for the indie film universe.

Excerpts from former Miramax screenwriter Scott Rosenberg’s Facebook post, whose mentor was Weinstein throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s:

So, yeah, I was there.
And let me tell you one thing.
Let’s be perfectly clear about one thing:
Everybody-fucking-knew.
Not that he was raping.
No, that we never heard.

But we were aware of a certain pattern of overly-aggressive behavior that was rather dreadful.

 

We knew about the man’s hunger; his fervor; his appetite.
There was nothing secret about this voracious rapacity; like a gluttonous ogre out of the Brothers Grimm.
All couched in vague promises of potential movie roles.
(and, it should be noted: there were many who actually succumbed to his bulky charms. Willingly. Which surely must have only impelled him to cast his fetid net even wider).
But like I said: everybody-fu*king-knew.

 

And to me, if Harvey’s behavior is the most reprehensible thing one can imagine, a not-so-distant second is the current flood of sanctimonious denial and condemnation that now crashes upon these shores of rectitude in gloppy tides of bullshit righteousness.
Because everybody-fu*king-knew.
And do you know how I am sure this is true?
Because I was there.
And I saw you.
And I talked about it with you.
You, the big producers; you, the big directors; you, the big agents; you, the big financiers.
And you, the big rival studio chiefs; you, the big actors; you, the big actresses; you, the big models.
You, the big journalists; you, the big screenwriters; you, the big rock stars; you, the big restaurateurs; you, the big politicians.
I saw you.
All of you.

And more:

So, yeah, I am sorry.
Sorry and ashamed.
Because, in the end, I was complicit.
I didn’t say shit.
I didn’t do shit.

 

Harvey was nothing but wonderful to me.
So I reaped the rewards and I kept my mouth shut.
And for that, once again, I am sorry.
But you should be sorry, too.
With all these victims speaking up…
To tell their tales.
Shouldn’t those who witnessed it from the sidelines do the same?
Instead of retreating to the cowardly, canopied confines of faux-outrage?
Doesn’t being a bystander bring with it the responsibility of telling the truth, however personally disgraceful it may be?

 

You know who are.
You know that you knew.
And do you know how I know that you knew?
Because I was there with you.
And because everybody-fu*king-knew.

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WATCH: Cop Attacks 60yo Woman, Slams Her to the Ground After She Asked for Milk

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Montgomery, OH — In September of 2015, Marsha Pate-Strickland, 60, was wrongfully accused of assault and jailed as a result. As she sat in jail waiting for the charges to be dropped, however, Pate-Strickland was brutally assaulted by an officer after she simply asked for milk instead of juice. Now, the taxpayers of Montgomery County will be the ones held liable for the attack.

On September 8, 2015, surveillance video showed officer David Stemp and Pate-Strickland exchange a few words after she had asked for milk instead of juice. According to the video and the lawsuit, Stemp ordered Pate-Strickland to then stand up, then he forcefully grabbed her and “violently swung” her around before her right shoulder and arm were slammed to the floor.

When Pate-Strickland pulls her arm away, the officer is shown grabbing her by her left arm, pulling her, spinning her and taking her down to the floor.

“There’s just no reason for this kid — well, I call him a kid, the CO — to grab onto this 60-year-old woman and fling her around,” Pate-Strickland’s attorney, Douglas Brannon said.

Prior to being attacked by the officer, Pate-Strickland had been peacefully sitting in the women’s waiting area. However, all that peace would come to a brutal end once Stemp entered the equation, and now, the taxpayers are paying for it.

“The case has been settled. There’s a signed agreement,” Brannon said. “The matter was settled amicably and Ms. Pate-Strickland is going to be moving forward with her life and is glad to have this matter resolved.”

A Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman confirmed that terms have been reached and eventually will be filed in federal court, according to Dayton Daily News.

“A settlement, approved by Sheriff Plummer, between him, Montgomery County, and the plaintiffs has been reached,” said Greg Flannagan. “However, the necessary documents have not been signed by the Sheriff or the plaintiff or filed with the court.”

The lawsuit claimed that Stemp’s actions were  “brutal and excessive force” and “cruel and unusual.”

Because of these brutal and cruel actions, Pate-Strickland suffered a non-displaced fracture in her shoulder and had to seek medical care, according to the lawsuit.

Two years later, Brannon now reports that Pate-Strickland is, fortunately, “doing fine” and made a “good recovery from her non-displaced fracture. It healed.”

For his brutality captured on video, officer Stemp was allowed to resign quietly and quickly hired on with another agency — where he was promoted.

As Dayton Daily News reports,

Stemp resigned May 31, 2016, to take a full-time job with the village of Camden. Village Chief Matt Spurlock said in September that Stemp has been promoted to the department’s senior patrol officer and is in charge of the property room.

Spurlock said Stemp, who started as part-time in late 2014, always has showed professionalism.

There you have it. As you watch the video below, remember that this is the officer who, according to his supervisor, has always shown professionalism.

Apparently, tossing around elderly women like rag dolls who have done nothing to you is professionalism in the land of the free.

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Democrat Doug Jones Raises $1.3 Million In Alabama Senate Race

Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones raised $1.3 million between July and September, an impressive amount for the former U.S. attorney who has so far attracted relatively little support from the national party. 

Jones now has $1 million cash on hand, according to the third-quarter total that was provided to HuffPost. 

“These fundraising numbers are the latest proof that our campaign is continuing to gain incredible momentum with grassroots support from throughout the state of Alabama,” said Sebastian Kitchen, communications director for the Jones campaign. “Alabamians know that Doug cares about kitchen table issues that are important to them and know he will stand up for hardworking families in the Senate.”

More than 22,000 people have donated to the campaign since Jones jumped into the race in May, and more than 3,500 people have signed up to volunteer. 

As a U.S. attorney in 2002, Jones was the lead prosecutor in the case against two of the men responsible for the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

He’s running against Republican Roy Moore in the Dec. 12 special election to replace Jeff Sessions, who vacated the seat when he became President Donald Trump’s attorney general. Moore defeated Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who had the backing of the GOP establishment ― including Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). 

It was a bruising primary, and the Senate Leadership Fund ― a super PAC that is backed by McConnell ― has said it currently has no plans to step in to help Moore defeat Jones. 

On the Democratic side, Jones has so far not received any financial backing from the Democratic National Committee or the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, although the groups have sent out fundraising appeals on his behalf.

He is attracting attention, though ― partly because of his compelling biography, but also because he is running against Moore. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ rights organization, recently endorsed Jones. Former Vice President Joe Biden also went to Alabama and held a rally for him.

There are concerns about whether Jones actually has a shot at beating Moore in the red state ― and whether national support will help or hurt him amongst voters who may be looking for someone without strong establishment ties. 

As chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Moore told state probate judges to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling declaring marriage equality the law of the land. He recently referred to people of color as “reds and yellows,” and once said Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) should not be able to serve in Congress because he’s Muslim. 

Moore’s campaign did not return a request for comment on his fundraising numbers.

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