Maui Police Officer Facing Federal Charges For Robbing a Citizen During Traffic Stop

Anthony Maldonado

A former Maui Police Department officer is facing federal charges alleging he stole money from a man during a traffic stop two years ago and conspired with others to bribe the victim to withdraw his theft complaint.

Anthony Maldonado, 28, of Pukalani was arrested Thursday morning on an indictment handed down Nov. 9 by a federal grand jury.

During his arraignment Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Honolulu, Maldonado pleaded not guilty to deprivation of rights under color of law, conspiracy to commit witness tampering and engaging in misleading conduct.

He was released on a $50,000 bond.

Maldonado, who is also known as Ikaika, was working as a Lahaina patrol officer when he made the traffic stop Sept. 30, 2015, and stole about $1,800 from the driver, according to court documents.

The indictment alleges that from Oct. 10 to 15, 2015, Maldonado and others, including two other police officers, participated in trying to bribe the driver so he would falsely report to the Police Department that he had found his missing money and would withdraw his theft complaint against Maldonado.

Maldonado’s wife obtained $4,500 in cash from a relative and provided some of the money to Maldonado to use for a bribe, according to the indictment.

The indictment alleges that Maldonado communicated with officer Chase Keliipaakaua about the bribery plan on Oct. 13, 2015, and later that night met with police Sgt. Walter “Kepa” Ahuna and Damien Kaina Jr. to discuss the plan. Ahuna reportedly agreed to pick up his cousin Kaina after he offered the bribe to the victim on behalf of Maldonado on Oct. 13, 2015.

The next day, while he was working at the Lahaina police station, Keliipaakaua repeatedly texted Maldonado to say that the victim hadn’t shown up at the police station to withdraw his complaint, according to the indictment. At Maldonado’s request, Keliipaakaua called the victim and told him “to go to the police station soon,” according to the indictment.

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European integration: Every fourth prostitute in Europe is a citizen of Ukraine


The international organization for migration published official data, from which it follows that every fourth prostitute in Europe is a citizen of Ukraine. Don’t be frightened, friends, at these figures – the Ukrainian reality is even more terrible.

Here is only one small example. At a school in the city of Nikolaev representatives of a public organization distributed brochures to girls [on the sly after the announced lecture about AIDS – ed] – a guide on how to live in the new “European reality”. Specifically, the Ukrainian labor market is being formed and is growing. Even if there is no other work and none is expected, girls should know that Europe will take care of them. The younger generation of Ukrainian schoolgirls will find out how to apply themselves.

“If you are involved in the sex business, then this brochure is for you,” it is said in the introduction. “You have chosen a very dangerous profession, but if you always follow these simple rules, then you will get a chance to live a long life”.


That’s right: if, going to become a prostitute since school, you don’t follow the “European rules”, then you may not last even a couple of years. Life is harsh, it is necessary to prepare for it from the school desk.


The rules are stated intelligibly, clearly: “You shouldn’t serve several clients alone, you should avoid drunk clients, and also always to take payment in advance. And when you go to the client’s apartment, try to learn in what district of the city it is located, give preference to hotels”.


And advice: when you will read this brochure, don’t throw it out, but give it to your female friend.

Ukraine should know: this is what Maidan stood for! The country was ruined, thousands of citizens were shot down, Russia was labelled as the “aggressor”, the time now comes for Ukraine to make regular its supply of prostitutes for Europe, or “workers of the sex business” – as the carriers of European values teach.

Notable gift for the fourth anniversary of Maidan! Forward, Ukraine!

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Body Cam Study Shows No Effect On Police Use Of Force Or Citizen Complaints

Having police officers wear little cameras seems to have no discernible impact on citizen complaints or officers’ use of force, at least in the nation’s capital.

That’s the conclusion of a study performed as Washington, D.C., rolled out its huge camera program. The city has one of the largest forces in the country, with some 2,600 officers now wearing cameras on their collars or shirts.

“We found essentially that we could not detect any statistically significant effect of the body-worn cameras,” says Anita Ravishankar, a researcher with the Metropolitan Police Department and a group in the city government called the Lab @ DC.

“I think we’re surprised by the result. I think a lot of people were suggesting that the body-worn cameras would change behavior,” says Chief of Police Peter Newsham. “There was no indication that the cameras changed behavior at all.”

Perhaps, he says, that is because his officers “were doing the right thing in the first place.”

In the wake of high-profile shootings, many police departments have been rapidly adopting body-worn cameras, despite a dearth of solid research on how the technology can change policing.

“We need science, rather than our speculations about it, to try to answer and understand what impacts the cameras are having,” says David Yokum, director of the Lab @ DC.

His group worked with local police officials to make sure that cameras were handed out in a way that let the researchers carefully compare officers who were randomly assigned to get cameras with those who were not. The study ran from June 2015 to last December.

“This is a very methodologically rigorous study. It is very well done. And that’s not a small issue, because there have been many studies of body-worn cameras that are not rigorous,” says Michael White, a researcher at Arizona State University who has studied body-worn camera programs in Tempe, Ariz., and Spokane, Wash.

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  • There is one problem with police cams, they do stop working or have technical errors that often coincide with when they are useful. As a protestor I was beaten up by police, when I tried to hold them accountable the video was missing, cameras turned off or malfunctioning, SEVERAL CAMERAS. Don’t let the police use this as an excuse to stop using cameras they are still a good defense against abuse even if they are not perfect, make cameras impossible to tamper with or turn off.

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FBI Caught Destroying Citizen Evidence of a Conspiracy-Where Can Americans Go for the Truth?


When the FBI seizes cell phone and laptop evidence from the crime scene in Vegas, where can the American people go for the truth?  The FBI is guilty of supporting an obviously fake narrative that has fallen apart. Youtube and Google have partnered with these rogue elements of the FBI and they are censorting anyone who who even mentions the word "Vegas" anywhere in their video.

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WATCH: Cop Attacks Road Workers So They Take Him Down in Citizen’s Arrest


Louisville, KY — A Kentucky State Trooper on a power trip allegedly got violent with a road construction crew over the weekend. However, as the video of incident shows, unlike most scenarios with cops on power trips, it was the Trooper who got taken down, not the citizens.

According to video and the witness accounts from the road crew, Trooper Anthony Harrison punched a worker and put them all in danger as he drove through a construction site Sunday night.

According to the crew, Harrison drove too fast toward their work zone near Fort Knox about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, adding that he stopped his personal car abruptly, confronted the workers and started arguing.

Two of the workers told WDRB that Harrison was angry about not seeing the crew and their equipment in a closed-off and marked traffic lane.

In the video, Harrison is seen yelling at one of the workers over their disagreement and gets belligerent with the woman who asks him not to yell at her.

“Don’t yell at me,” the woman says.

“I will yell at you!” Harrison barks back as he tries to intimidate her. “Or what!?”

Harrison flashed his badge and let it be known that he was a trooper, however, he still got unnecessarily violent.

When Harrison noticed that he was being recorded, he became even more enraged. He then appears to attack the man filming and at this point, all hell breaks loose.

“Me pulling the phone and filming him, that just sent him over the top,” said Joey Gaddis, who shot the video. “He lunged at me for the phone. I felt like he was trying to grab at my neck.”

At this point, the crew takes Harrison down and disarms him in a citizen’s arrest as they called the police. The crew’s level of force appeared to be entirely justified and kept to a minimum, only using enough force to hold Harrison down. Unlike many police officers would’ve done in this scenario, no head strikes, baton blows, or tasers were used to subdue the officer.

“That badge doesn’t give the right to get in someone’s face like that,” the woman said as they held down Harrison.

The crew then continued to hold Harrison down, without incident, until police officers arrived. However, once police arrived everything changed — they let him go.

Gaddis explained that once the other troopers showed up, they immediately moved to protect their brother in blue by treating the road workers as the criminals.

“It seemed like we were in the wrong. That’s the way we felt,” he said. “They lined us all up in a row to take pictures of us like we jumped out of the car on him.”

According to WDRB, KSP said they’ve started an internal affairs investigation and that what’s on the video does not reflect the image the department strives for with the public.

“Obviously, it is concerning what we see on the video,” said Lt. Michael Webb, a spokesperson for KSP. “However, I would caution any of the viewers who see that video to allow us to conduct our internal investigation to its final stages and follow the facts to where they will take us.”

The most disconcerting aspect of this scenario is that had Harrison been a regular citizen and not a cop the result would’ve played out much differently.

If a regular citizen would’ve just gotten out of their car they would’ve been subject to police force and arrest. However, if that regular citizen then became violent with the crew, like Harrison was seen doing, they most assuredly would’ve been arrested. But not if you are a police officer.

The videos below make two powerful points. The first point is that police officers are not magically protected from citizens they abuse. This cop appeared to be entirely in the wrong and the citizens acted to stop it and did so with minimal force, providing an excellent example of how police should do it.

The second point is that even though there was video evidence of Harrison losing it and assaulting a person for filming, most likely due to the fact that he is a cop, Harrison was not arrested and will likely face no punishment.

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Become a citizen of the Trash Isles to protect our oceans

A sassy campaign wants plastic trash recognized as an actual country, in hopes of getting official attention.

If you’ve ever had the urge to seek citizenship to another country, now is your chance — although you might not be able to visit it, exactly. British media group LADbible has launched a campaign to have the ‘Trash Isles’ recognized by the United Nations as the world’s 196th country. The Trash Isles is exactly what its name describes — a heap of plastic waste the size of France that’s expanding rapidly in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Plastic waste, as we’ve written many times on TreeHugger, is an environmental catastrophe for the planet. Every year, eight million tons of plastic are dumped in waterways and oceans, entangling marine wildlife and breaking down into tiny pieces that are ingested by animals and often eaten by humans. There are concerns about the impact on the human body: “One study carried out in the US found that 93 percent of Americans over the age of six tested positive for BPA (a [hormone-disrupting] chemical found in plastic).”

While the Trash Isles campaign sounds silly and gimmicky, it does serve a purpose:

“What better way is there to get world leaders to take notice of a problem than to stick it in front of their faces? Literally so – our application has to be read by all members of the UN Council.”

Nation status would also offer protection under the UN Environmental Charters, which state:

“All members shall co-operate in a spirit of global partnership to conserve, protect and restore the health and integrity of the Earth’s ecosystem.”

This means that, by becoming a country, other countries would be obliged to clean up the Trash Isles.

There are four criteria for becoming an actual country. These are: (1) a defined territory, (2) a government, (3) capability of interacting with other states, and (4) a population. The LADBible campaign says it meets all of these requirements, although how is not exactly clear.

The defined territory requirement is tricky, since scientists have been saying there’s no such thing as a single Great Pacific Garbage Patch; rather, plastic waste is diffused throughout all ocean waters (a significantly more terrifying prospect) and there are numerous trash vortexes in waterways. A elected government, presumably, would be formed by volunteers, and the capability of interacting with other states would come from the population, which LADbible is currently trying to rally through an online petition. So far, nearly 120,000 people have signed the petition with a goal of 150,000.

trash posters© LADbible

The campaign has some high-profile supporters, including Al Gore, who has been named the country’s first honorary citizen, and British Olympic distance runner Mo Farah.

LADbible’s head of marketing, Stephen Mai, says the Trash Isles will have everything a real country needs, from an official flag and currency called ‘debris’ to passports made of recycled materials, a national anthem, and (of course) a national football team.)

“Come on, fellow Trash Isles countrymen. Let’s put down the plastic, get off our arses and pull together to ensure the world’s first country made of Trash, is its last.”

It’s an amusing idea and it will be intriguing to see how the UN responds — although I can’t help but wonder how the Environmental Charters could possibly work for the Trash Isles if they’ve been unsuccessful at controlling pollution at its source.

Sign the petition here asking the UN to recognize the Trash Isles as an actual country.

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WATCH: Cops FAIL as They Try to Intimidate an Informed Citizen for ‘Staring at Them’


Loudoun County, VA — Ordinary citizens sometimes complain when police intimidate or harass them, often with damaging emotional outcomes. Knowing what to do when one suspects they are being harassed by police is not always as easy as filing a complaint with the local police department. However, a recently uploaded YouTube video shows citizens just how easy it is to put stalker cops in their place.

An unnamed grocery store employee had worked a full shift and was attempting to enjoy a smoke break when a Loudoun County sheriff’s deputy approached him.

The young officer asked, “How are you doing today? I saw you filming me,” presuming the man was interested in filming only the officer waiting in his cruiser in the Giant parking lot for more than 4 minutes. The stare down ended with the officer making contact with the citizen who promptly told him, “I don’t have to answer any of your questions.”

The officer could have easily turned and walked away and left the man alone. Instead, he continued to press for more information and, in the minds of many who have seen the video, he escalated an unnecessary police contact. “Is there any issue? Are you doing okay?” the officer asked, pretending to care about the man

The seasoned cop watcher calmly and collectively replied, “I’m doing okay.” Again the officer pressed with more interrogatives. “Do you work for Giant?” he asked, to which the man responded, I don’t have to answer any of your questions.

The unrelenting officer, who apparently was paranoid with a citizen’s right to film in public, again asked if the man was a Giant employee. The worker did not have to answer any questions, but gave a few tidbits of information indicating that he worked at the store, he was just having a smoke break, and he did not want to be bothered by any more of the officer’s questions.

As The Free Thought Project has reported, officers will often pretend to care about someone’s mental stability as a legal way of detaining suspects “for their own safety.” In this case, the Virginia cop said he just wanted to see if the man was “okay” or not.

“I’m standing up. I’m standing up. I’m standing straight up. Nothing wrong,” the man said, showing the officer he was not afraid of him, was complying with all of the local laws, and was not going to be intimidated.

The officer replied, “You can do what you want” — that is, apparently, everything but go about one’s day without having to be forced to interact with a seemingly paranoid cop who cannot possibly allow a citizen to film the public servant conducting his public business in the middle of the day.

Adding more comedic value to the encounter, the officer then began to explain the paranoia, by saying he noticed the man “staring” at him so he “circled back around” to investigate. “It kinda made me a bit nervous,” the officer said.

“Yep. I’m sure it did. I’m sure it did (make you nervous). Two people going to get a cigarette probably does make you real suspicious,” the man replied sarcastically.

The man then got the upper hand on the police officer, who had since called for backup. Apparently, the two men smoking outside of Giant raised enough suspicion to invest the time and money into having a second officer arrive on scene.

The man then flipped the script on the officer and explained that he watched the officer stop and wait, then circle around and park and watch them as they got their cigarettes, and again stared them down. He asked the officer, “Why should we be nervous?” indicating the actions of the officer were much more suspicious than a couple of dudes getting some cigs after a long day of work.

The cop then explained that he had the probable cause to investigate the men saying he “absolutely” got a call that the men were being suspicious, but later in the video, he admitted he received no such call. In other words, he lied.

The backup officer arrived and asked if the man had been drinking. The man replied by saying he had been at work since 7 a.m. He demonstrated his discontent with the officers’ line of questioning and inquired as to why the officers “are still talking” to him.

“I knew stuff like this happens. I just watch my back like you watch yours,” the man said, explaining why he was filming the officers.

“We’re not trying to mess with you or anything like that,” the officer says, but suggests it is part of his job to investigate citizens when they are filming him. Nothing could be further from the truth. His job is to make sure no one infringes on the rights of citizens to engage in their First Amendment rights to free speech, which includes being able to film in public.

“Okay. But nobody called you on me though,” the man said. It is at this point that the officer makes himself out to be a liar because he earlier told the man he “absolutely” got a call.

“I don’t want to be recording you just like I don’t want to be standing here talking to you right now,” the man said. And with that, the paranoid cop and his sidekick finally walked away, and let the two men return to work.


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