LA Sheriff’s Patrol Vehicle Involved in Fatal Crash That Killed 2 Boys Didn’t Have Its Siren on


Last November in Boyle Heights, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sport-utility vehicle was responding to a radio call of a shooting when it smashed into a car at a busy intersection and jumped the sidewalk, hitting pedestrians and killing two boys.

Since then, questions have lingered about how fast the sheriff’s vehicle was going and whether the emergency lights and siren were on at the time.

The investigation into the fatal crash of Nov. 16 is ongoing, but detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Multi-Discipline Collision Investigation Team have provided more details about the deadly accident.

In a recent phone interview, LAPD Det. Chris Rodriguez said the sheriff’s patrol vehicle was traveling less than 25 mph when it crossed the intersection of Indiana Street and Whittier Boulevard. The vehicle had its lights on but not its siren.

“No audible sounds were made by the emergency equipment of the police car,” Rodriguez said.

As it headed south on Indiana Street, the sheriff’s patrol vehicle crashed into a 1998 Honda Accord going east on Whittier Boulevard. The impact caused the Accord to hit a 2002 Honda Odyssey van that was carrying two women and five children. The van was stopped at a red light on the northbound lanes of Indiana Street.

Simultaneously, the sheriff’s SUV drove up a curb ramp, careened off the wall of a bank building and struck pedestrians on the sidewalk, including a woman and her two sons.

Video footage taken by a security camera at the Green Mill Liquor store showed what happened after the SUV struck the pedestrians. The short clip showed the front of the SUV — with its emergency lights on — hitting a trash can. A person rolled into the frame on the sidewalk.

Seven-year-old Jose Luis Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene. His older brother, 9-year-old Marcos Antonio Hernandez, was declared dead at L.A. County-USC Medical Center, according to Rodriguez.

The mother and relatives of the two boys could not be reached for comment for this story.

In a statement placed on the family’s page on the GoFund me website, Jessa Ramos said her brothers were eager learners. They loved reading and drawing.

“They were both great students and used to fight for who was getting dropped off first at school,” she wrote.

She said the accident had left her mother in critical condition with a broken pelvic bone, head injury, fractured neck, leg and a broken nose.

In all, 17 people were involved in the three-vehicle accident.

At least one woman, who was a month pregnant at the time, was hit by both the Honda Accord and the sheriff’s SUV as she was crossing the intersection. Her unborn child was not harmed from the accident, according to Rodriguez.

Attorneys for some of the victims declined to comment or could not be reached for comment. Family of the two boys who were killed also could not be reached for comment.

Rodriguez said at the time of the crash, the sheriff’s patrol vehicle was being driven by a 30-year-old female trainee deputy, and her 39-year-old field training officer was in the passenger seat.

“She was on the job for two or three years and was starting the patrol aspect of her career,” he said.

Rodriguez said it would be up to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to release the name of the deputies. The agency has not responded to the Los Angeles Times’ public records request seeking their names.

A day after the fatal crash, the Sheriff’s Department released a statement and expressed its condolences to the families of the crash victims.

For full story visit: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-sheriff-crash-boyle-heights-update-20180104-story.html

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Despite Trump’s push the US Border Patrol is losing more agents than it can hire

ICE Director Thomas Homan CBP acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello

    

The Homeland Security Department is making some progress in fulfilling President Trump’s mandated hiring spree, according to a year-end report, but is still failing to bring on more border agents than it loses through attrition.

Customs and Border Protection hired a total of 1,477 frontline personnel in fiscal 2017, the agency announced on Tuesday, a 14 percent increase over the number it brought on the previous year. Most of those hires were for CBP officer positions, which saw a 21 percent spike in new people.

Trump’s request for 5,000 new CBP employees, however, focused on Border Patrol agents. The agency saw just a 4 percent increase in new employees for those positions. While the numbers demonstrate some progress at CBP, which has for years struggled to keep pace with a congressionally mandated floor of employees, they reflect only new hires without accounting for net losses. Ronald Vitiello, CBP’s acting deputy commissioner, said even the increased hiring in fiscal 2017 has failed to keep pace with the losses sustained at the agency.

An omnibus spending bill for fiscal 2017 actually cut CBP workforce spending by $200 million, as the agency indicated to Congress it would hire 3,000 fewer agents than it initially projected. The DHS inspector general has estimated that based on current hiring and attrition rates, CBP would need 750,000 applicants to fill Trump’s order. It is, however, adjusting its polygraph exam, changing its physical fitness test and reforming its training process, factors that would affect the hiring rate. Agency leaders have said the average application processing time has decreased from 400 days in 2014 to 160 days today.

Vitiello said changes in testing and investment in support staff have led to improvements.

“We have more people in the pipeline and they are doing better in getting through the hiring process,” he said.

In September, the House approved a fiscal 2018 spending bill that would provide $100 million for the Border Patrol to hire 500 new agents and $186.5 million for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to boost its ranks by 1,000 officers next year. It also backed the 2017 Border Security for America Act (H.R. 3548), which would authorize CBP to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and an additional 5,000 customs officers. The former mandate is one Trump required through executive order in January. Trump’s executive order did not address customs officers.

A Senate appropriations bill did not provide funding for any new hires for the customs positions, nor did it propose any spending for new ICE agents.

ICE acting Director Thomas Homan reiterated on Tuesday the agency’s need for the 10,000 new agents Trump has mandated. He said ICE would need more resources, including both personnel and detention beds, to continue to make progress on Trump’s campaign promise to rid the country of all undocumented immigrants.

Homan and other administration officials touted the progress they have made on that front already. ICE removed more than 81,000 individuals as a result of arrests from Jan. 20 through Sept. 30, a 25 percent increase from the same period in fiscal 2016. Overall ICE removals were down 6 percent in the fiscal year since Trump took office, but that was due to a dramatic decline in border deportations. The ratio of removals resulting from ICE arrests increased from 27 percent to 36 percent.

“ICE is hitting on all cylinders,” Homan said. He attributed the boosted figures to new policies under Trump that enable his agents to remove any undocumented immigrant for any reason, rather than just those who have committed serious violent crimes.

ICE arrested 143,000 individuals for violating immigration laws in fiscal 2017, up 30 percent from the previous year. In the time since Trump took office compared to the same period in 2016, arrests jumped 42 percent. About 11 percent of immigrants ICE arrested had no known criminal charges or convictions, while an additional 16 percent were facing pending charges but had not yet been convicted.

The Border Patrol apprehended 311,000 individuals in fiscal 2017 and CBP officers rejected 216,000 inadmissible cases, totalling nearly a 24 percent decline from the previous year. To justify the ongoing need for more agents and Trump’s proposed wall along segments of the U.S.-Mexico border, CBP noted an uptick in the second half of the fiscal year in family-unit and unaccompanied children apprehensions. The agency also cited its ongoing work preventing gang and drug-trafficking activity.

Assaults against CBP law enforcement personnel spiked to 847 incidents in fiscal 2017, a 45 percent increase. Vitiello could not offer an explanation for the increase. CBP’s use of force incidents dropped by 23 percent to 459, which Vitiello attributed to the use of review boards and enhanced training.

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Trump Wants More Money for Corrupt Border Patrol


President Donald Trump doesn’t just want to build a wall along the southern border, he also wants Congress to hire 5,000 additional Border agents—a 25% increase—to patrol it. However, Border Patrol suffers from worse discipline, performance, and corruption problems than any other federal law enforcement agency, my study for the Cato Institute found.

Congress should fix those problems before even considering any new request for more agents.

Stories of Border Patrol misconduct and corruption have dribbled into the press for years. They range from ordinary corruption to brutal crimes. On the ordinary side, Border Patrol agents Raul and Fidel Villarreal were convicted of smuggling in around 1,000 illegal immigrants in exchange for $1 million. On the brutal side, Border Patrol agent Esteban Manzanares kidnapped, assaulted, and raped three illegal immigrant women he apprehended while on the job in 2014.

There are many other cases just like those, but the full extent of the problem is very unclear. Are these just a few bad apples? Or is it “conservative to estimate” that 5 percent of the Border Patrol force, adding up to about 1,000 agents, is corrupt, as James Tomsheck said after he was removed as head of one of the internal affairs departments that oversaw Border Patrol in 2014.

Government reports offer confusing, contradictory, and incomplete answers. According to evidence released under the Freedom of Information Act, 158 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees were convicted or charged with corruption from 2005 to 2016. The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General found 358 corruption or misconduct convictions, but it doesn’t distinguish between government employees and civilians who conspired with them. CBP further complicates this mess by distinguishing between “mission-compromising” convictions, which include drug and immigrant smuggling, and “non-mission-compromising” ones, which include sexually assaulting detainees and murder.

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NBC Moves On from Border Patrol Death, ABC Gives More Time to Black Friday

Over the weekend, tragic news broke in Texas just miles from the U.S./Mexico border of an apparent attack that left one Border Patrol agent dead and another one seriously injured. According to reports as of Monday, it seemed to indicate that the agents may have been beaten with rocks by attackers in an ambush. Coverage of the death varied widely among the Big Three Networks on Monday evening. CBS Evening News led with the incident while NBC Nightly News omitted completely.

What made NBC’s lack of coverage on Monday more notable was the fact that they managed to cover the story earlier that morning on Today. But even there, they didn’t seem too concerned because they only gave the alleged stoning a news brief lasting only 31 seconds. So, to recap, this story went from a news brief to nothing in less than a day. But they did find time to hype Black Friday deals and report how the turkeys President Trump would pardon were staying in a fancy hotel room.

During ABC’s World News Tonight, sensationalist Anchor David Muir paid little mind to the death of a Border Patrol agent, only giving the story a 27-seconds long brief where he brushed over the details. “The agents were, quote, ‘responding to activity’ when one of them called for help, saying they were injured,” Muir claimed. But that was false.

 

 

According to the CBS report, Agent Rogelio Martinez was investigating a triggered ground sensor and called for backup when he figured out it was set off by people. By the time backup arrived, the other agent found Martinez unconscious. The agent who found him was also apparently ambushed and was in serious condition, suffering from memory loss. Both sustained traumatic head injuries.

The details of the heinous ambush were omitted from Muir’s news brief. Instead of reporting the details, he opted to whine about Trump pushing his border wall. “President Trump says it was an attack that showed the need for his border wall, but authorities tonight said they are now investigating whether it was an accident,” Muir lamented.

To add insult to injury, ABC actually spent more time reporting on Black Friday deals. For the dead Border Patrol agent, they only allowed 27 seconds. Yet, they dedicated a full report (one minute and 27 seconds) to hyping deals on TVs and computers.

In sharp contrast, CBS Evening News started off the program with full report dedicated to the attack. The report ran for two minutes and 10 seconds.

In this instance, the twisted priorities of the liberal media were on full display.

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World News Tonight
November 20, 2017
6:38:29 – 6:38:56 PM Eastern [27 seconds]

DAVID MUIR: We turn next here to a mysterious and deadly incident in southwest Texas involving two Border Patrol agents. The incident in a remote spot east of El Paso and 30 miles from the Mexican border. The agents were, quote, “responding to activity” when one of them called for help, saying they were injured. President Trump says it was an attack that showed the need for his border wall, but authorities tonight said they are now investigating whether it was an accident. Agent Rogelio Martinez did not survive. His partner is in serious condition tonight.

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Monterey County California Highway Patrol Officer Faces Child Sex Charges – Again


A former Monterey County California Highway Patrol officer has again been charged with sex crimes involving children, this time out of Washington state. 

Jacob Duenas, 36, has been charged with four counts of first-degree child rape that allegedly took place in 2000, according to a Wednesday article in the News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash.

Duenas previously served as a CHP officer based in Salinas, where in 2008 he later pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of molesting two girls, 13 and 14. 

Duenas was fired by the CHP, sentenced to three years’ probation and required to register as a sex offender. 

In April 2015, he was arrested in Chico on a warrant for molesting a 10-year-old boy and pleaded no contest, receiving a sentence of 180 days in jail and five years probation, according to the Chico Enterprise-Record. 

Duenas also previously testified during his father’s trial for the murder of Duenas’ mother in Shasta County. 

Source: http://www.thecalifornian.com/story/news/2017/11/15/former-salinas-chp-officer-faces-child-sex-charges-again/869156001/

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Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Charged With Four Felony Counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor


WEST PLAINS, Mo. – A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper has been placed on unpaid leave, after being charged with four felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Justin Watson, 46, also umpires high school baseball games for the Mountain View-Birch Tree School District. He faces an additional felony charge of sexual contact with a student. Police arrested him Wednesday night.

According to the probable cause statement used to charge Watson, a Highway Patrol trooper was assigned to investigate accusations that Watson was in a sexual relationship with a male high school student from Mountain View. The trooper says the student told him sexual contact with Watson began after he was 17-years-old. The victim says Watson used the boy’s phone to take pornographic images, then sent them to his own phone. Court documents say that a forensic examination found the pictures were taken at Watson’s home in Mountain View.

A spokesman for the Missouri Highway Patrol in Jefferson City confirms that Watson is a trooper with Troop G based in Willow Springs. He did not immediately know how long Watson had been with the Patrol.

Online court records say a warrant has a been issued for Watson’s arrest.

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California Highway Patrol Officer Possessed Hundreds of Child Porn Images, Shared Some on Social Media


A California Highway Patrol officer has been accused of storing more than 600 pornographic images of children and sharing some of them on social media, officials said Friday.

Robert Tamayo, 37, was charged Thursday with one count each of distribution and possession of child pornography, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

The officer was caught sharing child porn on social media in May, prosecutors said. Hundreds of pornographic images involving children were also allegedly recovered from his computers and cell phones.

Tamayo was a 10-year veteran of the force and worked most recently in the agency’s Antelope Valley division, though he had been stationed in several areas across Southern California, CHP Sgt. Saul Gomez said in a statement.

The 37-year-old has been placed on administrative leave and his status will be reevaluated once the case is resolved, Gomez said.

The CHP is cooperating with investigators and also conducting its own probe of the allegations, he added.

He could be sentenced to up to five years and eight months in state prison if convicted as charged, according to prosecutors.

Tamayo appeared in court Friday but his arraignment was pushed back to Dec. 12, DA’s officials said.

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California Highway Patrol Officer Says Stealing Nude Photos From Female Arrestees is a Game For Cops

MARTINEZ — The California Highway Patrol officer accused of stealing nude photos from a DUI suspect’s phone told investigators that he and his fellow officers have been trading such images for years, in a practice that stretches from its Los Angeles office to his own Dublin station, according to court documents obtained by this newspaper Friday.

CHP Officer Sean Harrington, 35, of Martinez, also confessed to stealing explicit photos from the cellphone of a second Contra Costa County DUI suspect in August and forwarding those images to at least two CHP colleagues. The five-year CHP veteran called it a “game” among officers, according to an Oct. 14 search warrant affidavit.

Harrington told investigators he had done the same thing to female arrestees a “half dozen times in the last several years,” according to the court records, which included leering text messages between Harrington and his Dublin CHP colleague, Officer Robert Hazelwood.

Contra Costa County prosecutors are investigating and say the conduct of the officers — none of whom has been charged so far — could compromise any criminal cases in which they are witnesses. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a statement that his agency too has “active and open investigations” and cited a similar case several years ago in Los Angeles involving a pair of officers.

“The allegations anger and disgust me,” Farrow said. “We expect the highest levels of integrity and moral strength from everyone in the California Highway Patrol, and there is no place in our organization for such behavior.”

Rick Madsen, the Danville attorney for the 23-year-old San Ramon woman who was the first to report Harrington, said the implications of the case are “far-reaching and very damaging.”

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