WATCH: Tulsa Police Sergeant Takes Plea Deal After Fight With Another Officer

Dedlorn Sanders Jr

A Tulsa police sergeant who pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor related to a physical altercation with another officer said Monday that he wants to return to work because he still believes he can contribute positively to the department.

Dedlorn Sanders Jr., 51, was charged July 10 with a felony count of assault and battery against a police officer, but he entered a plea Monday to an amended charge of outraging public decency. Special Judge James Keeley deferred sentencing for 90 days and ordered that he pay a fine and court costs.

Sanders has been on administrative leave with pay since being charged but told the Tulsa World in an interview that he hopes he can rejoin the Tulsa Police Department because he has received assistance with his physical and mental health.

“We as police officers, just like regular citizens, need to take responsibility for our actions, and that’s what I’m doing,” he said of the plea agreement.

Sanders, who was off-duty at the time, is accused of punching Tulsa Police Officer Heath Brownell in the face on June 30. Sanders was not arrested that day following a decision by police command staff, according to court records.

The Tulsa World’s police salaries database shows that Sanders has been with the TPD since Jan. 16, 1996. Brownell joined the department in 2016.

Sanders’ attorney, Thomas Mortensen, said his client has a “stellar” record with the department and had never been in trouble before his arrest. He said he appreciated the decision by the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office to amend the charge to a misdemeanor, as it was clear that the state believed there was “great value” in having Sanders remain eligible for duty.

“I believe that proves even more that this was an isolated event,” Mortensen said, calling the altercation the culmination of a “perfect storm” of negative events in Sanders’ life.

Dash cam videos of the incident show other officers crowding around Sanders to physically restrain him after he hit Brownell. Sgt. Dave Walker said in an affidavit that Sanders went to the scene — a child’s birthday party near Fourth Street and Sheridan Road— after receiving a call from his daughter, who wanted help mediating a disagreement between her and other relatives of her baby at the party.

While there, Walker reported, Sanders got into a fight with Brownell after being told he could not legally leave with the child. Brownell drew his Taser at one point and grabbed Sanders’ arm when he tried to get in his vehicle.

At that point, Sanders hit Brownell with his right hand, the dash cam recording shows. He told the World he could not fully recall what led up to the punch and needed to watch the video, which prompted him to request medical leave so he could improve his health.

However, he maintained that he didn’t believe he committed a felony, saying he and Brownell were able to speak calmly with each other soon afterward. Sanders said he was upset that day because he thought his granddaughter’s safety was at risk and he wanted to protect her.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think that this was going to end up in the courthouse,” Sanders said. “I thought this was gonna be handled within the department. I ain’t never in my wildest dreams thought this was gonna end up being a charge against me. A felony. I never thought that would happen.”

TPD spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie said now that Sanders has agreed to the plea deal, the department will start an internal investigation into the matter.

Keeley told Sanders to return to court Jan. 8, at which time his case will be expunged if he pays his fine and costs, maintains his medication regimen and does not pick up a new criminal case.

“Now I’m able to recognize that type of feeling, and I’m able to calm myself down,” Sanders said.

Source: http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/crimewatch/tulsa-police-sergeant-takes-plea-deal-after-fight-with-another/article_626fd442-c3b9-5fb5-86ea-e111341ac504.html

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Whistleblowing Sergeant Sues Clackamas County Sheriff For Retaliation, Harassment


Oregon – A Clackamas County sheriff’s sergeant who blew the whistle on the poor performance of a veteran detective has filed a $1.6 million lawsuit alleging that his supervisors created a hostile work environment after he complained.

Sgt. Matt Swanson filed the lawsuit this week in state court and named the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Craig Roberts and Undersheriff Matt Ellington. He alleges he was subject to retaliation and harassment after trying in 2015 to initiate an internal affairs investigation into Detective Jeff Green.

Roberts said he had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment. Ellington did not immediately respond Friday to a request for comment.

Green pleaded guilty last summer to two misdemeanors for failing to investigate reports of child abuse. He retired in 2015.

Another Sheriff’s Office employee, Deputy Joel Manley, also recently warned the agency of his plans to file a lawsuit for harassment and retaliation.

Manley, a longtime deputy who was most recently assigned to the courthouse, has retired. He alleges that he was harassed by coworkers for refusing to participate in an off-color photoshoot at the courthouse last fall.

Manley also alleges that his frequent complaints to department management about the “boys club” atmosphere in the Civil Division fell on deaf ears.

In Swanson’s case, he alleges three high-ranking Sheriff’s Office supervisors asked him to revise his internal complaint against Green so it “would be less easily tracked.”

He claims Capt. James Rhodes and Capt. Jeff Smith, who was then a lieutenant and a former supervisor of Green, worried the complaint would “make them look bad.”

Swanson, a patrol sergeant, says in the lawsuit that he saw their request as “unethical and illegal” and refused to change the complaint.

He alleges Smith was angry and called it a disloyal thing to do. He claims Rhodes asked to meet him behind a public works shop while Swanson was on patrol and “attempted to bully and coerce” him into covering up problems with Green and Rhodes’ involvement.

Word of Swanson’s internal affairs complaint was spread by agency brass “for the specific purpose of putting pressure” on him to withdraw his complaint “and play ball with the command staff to cover-up Det. Green’s illegal activities,” according to the suit.

Since raising concerns about Green, Swanson says he’s been passed over for promotion and received a poor evaluation based on “false information.” He claims he was the subject of a “sham” internal affairs investigation that “intentionally damaged” his reputation.

Swanson also alleges that five months after Green retired, a detective assigned to investigate cases Green had ignored was told not to disclose to victims that their complaints hadn’t been investigated.

Green was not interviewed regarding Swanson’s complaints, Swanson alleges.

Ellington took Green to lunch and a party was held in his honor at the Sheriff’s Office when he retired.

Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2018/04/whistleblowing_sergeant_sues_c.html

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Bypassed Police Sergeant Alleges Cheating on 2015 Lieutenant’s Exam


Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson could not substantiate allegations of cheating on a 2015 police lieutenants exam that allegedly benefited three women, one of whom is now married to Police Supt. Eddie Johnson.

But that’s apparently not good enough to satisfy Sgt. Hosea Word, who claims he was bypassed because of the cheating that benefited Johnson’s wife, Lt. Nakia Fenner, along with Lt. Maryet Hall, the wife of former First Deputy Supt. Al Wysinger, and Lt. Davina Ward, who was allegedly involved with then-Deputy Superintendent Eugene Williams.

Word filed a lawsuit in federal court this week, alleging that Johnson, Wysinger and Williams “shared the answers” to the 2015 exam “with certain female officers that they were dating or had married.”

The goal was to “manipulate the examination process and to ensure that their wives and girlfriends would score well on the lieutenant’s exam,” the suit alleges. The alleged cheating “enabled persons to be promoted who had not fairly and honestly earned that right.”

The episode is “part of a pattern and practice that includes rigging hiring and promotion examinations” that the city was aware of and chose not to remediate, the lawsuit states.

Word took the 2015 exam and ranked 280 out of 700.

His lawsuit names four defendants: the city of Chicago, Johnson, Williams and Wysinger.

It seeks a preliminary injunction “ordering removal of the promotion list tainted by the fraudulent testing” and the appointment of an “independent and impartial special master or third-party to oversee the testing process” at the police department.

If granted, such an injunction would also prohibit the city from retaliating against Word, reimburse him for attorney’s fees and expert costs, and award him “all relief to which plaintiff may be entitled.”

The Law Department refused to comment on the lawsuit.

Williams was a subject matter expert who helped develop the exam and was the “final reviewer of potential exam content.” He has repeatedly refused to discuss the coaching allegations and has since retired.

The three women were among 26 sergeants promoted after doing well on the test. Hall scored a No. 1 ranking. Fenner finished 17th. Ward was No. 24.

Last year, Ferguson cleared the three women of allegations that they cheated on the exam with help from Williams, now retired.

That’s even after interviewing 20 individuals, including “the chief who held an invite-only study group,” reviewing 300,000 emails and conducting searches of 600,000 files on the chief’s hard drive to locate relevant documents.

Ferguson did conclude that “historically based perceptions of preferential treatment . . . could be mitigated” with more rigorous controls throughout the promotional process.

The inspector general’s follow-up advisory also highlighted what Ferguson called a “matter of significant concern” that may have impeded his investigation into Johnson’s fiancee and the other two women, all of who recorded high scores on the exam and were subsequently promoted to lieutenant.

Although the inspector general has primary responsibility for investigating misconduct affecting hiring and promotions in the post-Shakman era, Ferguson noted that the police department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs “failed to forward the original complaint” about cheating on the 2015 lieutenants exam to his office in a “timely fashion.”

“The 13-month delay . . . hindered timely inquiry and may have contributed to the widespread failed recollections,” Ferguson wrote then.

Internal Affairs “should have forwarded the original complaint” to the inspector general’s office immediately as the police department hiring plan requires, he said.

In response, the police department “acknowledges limitations” in the process for drafting and administering promotional exams.

In a scathing report on the Chicago Police Department, the U.S. Justice Department discussed Ferguson’s investigation of Johnson’s fiancee and the others, and devoted a section to CPD’s much-criticized promotion process.

“In addition to litigation concerning the tests’ discriminatory impact, promotional exams also have been tainted with allegations of cheating and cronyism in the exam’s preparations or administration,” states the report. The women weren’t identified, but sources said the investigation was looking into allegations that Williams, a former finalist for police superintendent, improperly coached them.

Word’s lawsuit points to the DOJ report.

“When unqualified or under-qualified persons are promoted to higher ranks within the CPD, those persons are more likely to authorize or condone the use of excessive force against civilians and are not as knowledgeable or capable of employing or instructing others on de-escalation,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit claims the “wives and girlfriends” of Johnson, Wysinger and Williams “did not score in the top tier” of the 2006 lieutenant’s exam and that Wysinger’s wife was ranked 280 out of 700.

Source: https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/bypassed-police-sergeant-alleges-cheating-on-2015-lieutenants-exam/

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WATCH: Atlanta Police Sergeant Convicted After Breaking Mans Leg With Baton


ATLANTA, GA — A federal jury convicted a retired Atlanta police officer on Friday of using unreasonable force in 2014 when he beat a man wrongfully suspected of stealing a tomato at a Walmart. Trevor King, of Stockbridge, broke two bones in the victim’s leg with his baton, say federal prosecutors.

The jury also convicted King of writing a false incident report to cover up his wrongdoing, prosecutors said.

King, 49, a former police sergeant, was working in uniform while off-duty in October 2014 at a Walmart store near downtown Atlanta when he saw Tyrone Carnegay, a customer, weigh a tomato and walk toward the store’s exit, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. King accused Carnegay of stealing the tomato; Carnegay said he had a receipt.

King then struck Carnegay seven times with his police baton, breaking two bones in his right leg, say federal prosecutors. King found Carnegay’s receipt, but wrote a false report to cover up his assault, alleging that Carnegay assaulted him.

After emergency surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital, Carnegay was taken to the Fulton County Jail “to be held on King’s bogus charges,” which were later dropped, prosecutors said.

King’s retirement from the Atlanta Police Department took effect in January, and the trial began in July, the AJC reported.

Source: https://patch.com/georgia/atlanta/guilty-ex-cop-who-broke-walmart-shoppers-leg

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Georgia Police Sergeant Arrested For Battery And Child Cruelty


GEORGIA – A Roswell police officer was arrested on Thanksgiving and is facing several different charges.

Chad Harris, a sergeant with the department, was arrested in Cherokee County and has been charged with simple battery, battery and two counts of third degree cruelty to children, reported The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A statement from Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant said Harris is now on paid administrative leave while the department conducts “an administrative investigation into the facts and circumstances” surrounding Harris’ arrest.

“It’s obviously a concern to us. Anybody in our profession that gets into cases like this and involves a situation such as this, it’s disheartening,” Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Marianne Kelley said.

Deputies were called to a “domestic dispute” involving Harris on Thursday, and they arrested him after the initial investigation.

He is being held without bond at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.

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[WATCH] Sergeant With The Fulton County Correctional Facility Arrested For Terrorist Threats


JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. – Fulton County Sheriff, Richard Giardino reports that Eric Sweet, a sergeant at the Fulton County Correctional Facility was arrested yesterday afternoon after an investigation into comments he made at the correctional facility on Tuesday.

He allegedly said he would go into the control room, get a secured weapon, shoot the control room officer, put the facility on lock down and then shoot a lieutenant. The rest of his potential plans included to then drag a captain through the facility, making the captain watch as he shot at inmates and other correction officers.

The sergeant admitted making the statements said it was a joke and that he was just venting.

Sheriff Giardino immediately placed him on administrative leave and he was arrested on making terrorist threats.

The sheriff said in this day and age just stating such things raises all kinds of red flags. It elevates seriousness when it’s a member of law enforcement.

According to reports, Sweet had had numerous issues with the administration last year. The fact that he was so detailed in his plan shows his intent and goes against the fact that it was just a “joke”. Sheriff Giardino said Sweet is innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

Sweet is scheduled to be back in court next week.

Source: http://news10.com/2017/11/16/sergeant-with-the-fulton-county-correctional-facility-arrested-for-terrorist-threats/

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[WATCH] Pittsburgh Police Sergeant Sentenced To 27 Months In Prison For Use of Excessive Force

PITTSBURGH – A former Pittsburgh police sergeant will spend 27 months in prison for a fight with a fan outside Heinz Field two years ago.

Sgt. Stephen Matakovich was in court Wednesday for sentencing. A jury had previously found him guilty of violating the subject’s civil rights by use of excessive force.

Matakovich must also pay restitution.

The victim’s mother took the stand during the hearing and asked for Matakovich to be sent to prison.

“It’s hard watching your son being beaten like that. We teach our children to respect police officers then this happens and I think it’s just a blemish on the Pittsburgh police, on all police,” Sherry Despres said.

Matakovich asked for leniency saying he wanted to be present for his two daughters.

Matakovich’s defense attorneys had argued against imprisonment, saying he had led an “honorable and lawful life.”

But the pre-sentence report detailed a pattern of questionable arrests involving Matakovich over several years, and states that he “never used the lowest amount of force available.”

In 56 cases of arrests involving some resistance, 20 involved Matakovich using closed fist strikes to the head and face, and of those, 17 resulted in injuries to the subject such as a “broken nose, broken jaw, or being knocked unconscious.”

There were 34 complaints filed against him at the Office of Municipal Investigations. Eleven being complaints by citizens alleging use of excessive force. The substantiated claims involved allegations of excessive force, false arrest and failing to report the use of a Taser.

Source: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2017/11/15/stephen-matakovich-sentenced-excessive-force/amp/

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Georgia Police Sergeant Nathan VanBuren Convicted of Bribery and Fraud


A jury has convicted a former Cumming Police Sergeant of accepting bribes and computer fraud.

Nathan VanBuren, 35, responded to a 911 call to a home where he arrested a citizen. In July and August of 2015, it was discovered that VanBuren had additional communications with the citizen he arrested.

During those communications, VanBuren asked the citizen for a loan under the lie that his wages were being garnished and he had incurred financial debt due to his son’s medical and surgical expenses when in fact none of those things were true.

While cooperating with law enforcement, the citizen provided VanBuren with $5,000 in response to his repeated requests for money. VanBuren also used $1,000 in order to unlawfully access a law enforcement database and provided the results of a search for that citizen, according to the court.

VanBuren resigned before he was terminated.

“VanBuren broke the very laws he swore to uphold and enforce,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.

“Police officers are afforded respect, and are expected to model integrity and honesty. This former officer undermined the hard work of other officers who serve, as well as the community’s trust and respect for the police.”

“The FBI is charged with the unfortunate but necessary task of investigating police misconduct, to include corruption. That was the case with the allegations received involving then Cumming Police Sgt. VanBuren, which resulted in his federal indictment and today’s convictions via jury trial. The FBI continues to ask the public to do its part by reporting all allegations of public corruption, to include those involving law enforcement, to their nearest FBI field office for prompt action,” said David J. LeValley, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Atlanta Field Office.

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Soldier admits to helping Sergeant kill his Army wife PFC McClaine

    

One of the two Fort Campbell Soldiers on trial in the slaying of Private First Class (PFC) Shadow McClaine. SPC Charles Robinson pleaded guilty Thursday morning saying he was supposed to be paid $10,000 dollars by PFC Shadow McClaine’s ex-husband Sergeant Jamal Williams-McCray to help him kill her and hide the body.

Army SPC Charles Robinson III faced a court-martial Thursday morning at Fort Campbell in the slaying of Private First Class (PFC) Class McClaine, who went missing around Sept. 2, 2016. Her car was found Sept. 13 in Nashville. Her skeletal remains were found off Interstate 24 in Robertson County on Jan. 23.

As the proceeding began, Army SPC Charles Robinson pleaded guilty to unpremeditated murder, conspiracy to commit murder and obstruction of justice.

He told the judge that PFC McClaine’s ex-husband, Sergeant (SGT) Jamal Williams-McCray, agreed to pay him to help kill Private First Class McClaine his ex-wife.

(SGT) Jamal Williams-McCray lured PFC McClaine to Exit 11 of Interstate 24 to take part in a scavenger hunt, SPC Robinson said.

After she arrived, SPC Charles Robinson III cut her throat, stabbed her and broke her neck, he said. Both Soldiers then took her body to Exit 18, in Robertson County and hid her body.

As far back as June 1 2016, Sergeant (SGT) Jamal Williams-McCray talked to SPC Robinson about his decision to help him kill PFC Shadow McClaine. The discussion finalized at SPC Robinson home on Fort Campbell on Aug 15, 2016, when he agreed to kill her for $10,000 thousand dollars.

Sergeant (SGT) Jamal Williams-McCray called his ex-wife about a scavenge hunt game he was playing and needed her assistance she agreed to help him.

PFC Shadow McCray meet her ex-husband and they both began digging a hole around the exit 11 area because she thought it was part of scavenge hunt game, Sergeant (SGT) Jamal Williams-McCray told her about.

SPC Charles Robinson then appeared in dark clothing pretending to be a property owner who was upset they were trespassing and told them to get down on their knees because he was going to search them and hold them until the police arrived.

SPC Robinson then pretend to search Sergeant Jamal McCray and found the gun and the box cutter he knew would be there, he grabbed the weapons and proceed towards PFC Shadow McClaine, he pulled her pony tail back and slashed her neck with the box cutter but he didn’t do a good job. He then stabbed her in her lower back with his own knife, and then he used it again to slash her neck then finally broke her neck.

Both SGT Williams-McCray and SPC Robinson took her lifeless body and loaded in the back of SPC Robinson pickup and drove towards exit 24. He stated during the testimony.

SPC Robinson stated after the murder SGT Williams-McCray only paid him $200 of the agreed $10,000 dollars.

SPC Charles Robinson III could face life without parole.

Both Army Soldiers are with the 101st Airborne Division, they were both charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder, kidnapping, premeditated murder and obstruction of justice.

The husband SGT Williams-McCray also faces charges of rape. At a preliminary hearing in April, a government prosecutor said PFC Shawdow McClaine was killed to silence her after she accused her ex-husband of rape, though at one point she recanted.

SGT Williams-McCray court martial has not yet been scheduled. According to her mother, the two had been divorced for about a year and a half.

This is a developing story.

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