- New York, New York: A police officer was suspended after a video that showed him repeatedly striking a 16-year-old in custody went viral. http://ow.ly/GfVie
- Sierra Vista, Arizona: An officer was fired after causing a chain-reaction traffic accident under the influence of alcohol. Two other vehicles were damaged but no injuries were reported after the 7 A.M. fracas. http://ow.ly/GfVPb
- Update: Atlanta, Georgia: A now-former police officer was sentenced to five years in prison, with another five suspended, after being found guilty on four of five counts related to excessive force allegations.http://ow.ly/GfWNw
- New York, New York: An officer was arrested for allegedly stealing and then pawning her boyfriend’s mother’s jewelry. She faces charges of possession of stolen property and petty larceny. http://ow.ly/GfX7
- San Francisco County, California: A deputy was charged with assaulting a hospital patient and filing a false report to cover it up. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the victim had been sleeping in a chair when the deputy approached him and began to question him. When the victim attempted to walk away with the help of a cane, the deputy grabbed the man’s throat and choked him. Authorities say they have video of the incident. http://ow.ly/GfXws
- Denver, Colorado: A sheriff’s deputy was arrested and accused of assaulting her wife in a dispute over lost car keys. http://ow.ly/GiFCM
- Dallas, Texas: A 26-year veteran officer was arrested and accused of coercing prostitutes to perform sexual acts. http://ow.ly/GiR8S
- Derry Township, Pennsylvania: A now-former police officer was charged with stealing prescription drugs from the evidence room at the police station. He admitted to taking and consuming the drugs as a result of a substance abuse problem. http://ow.ly/GiRDe
- Update: Milwaukee, Wisconsin: A now-former police officer will not face charges in fatal shooting of mentally ill black man he encountered in a park. The officer was fired after the incident for initiating a pat-down of the victim against policy that preceded the shooting. http://ow.ly/GiUeo
PLACER COUNTY, Calif. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Skogen was arrested yesterday by investigators from the Placer County District Attorney’s Office. Skogen was charged with four felony counts stemming from a 2011 relationship the deputy had with a 17 year-old victim who, at the time, was a volunteer with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, according to a press release sent by Placer County District Attorney R. Scott Owens.
The investigation took place after the Placer County Sheriff’s Office received information from another Deputy that Skogen had allegedly been involved in an inappropriate relationship with the victim. Given that Deputy Skogen, the reporting Deputy, and the victim all worked at the Sheriff’s Office at the time of the alleged offense, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office requested that the District Attorney’s Office conduct an investigation into allegations made against Skogen.
Skogen’s bail was set at $100,000 which he posted. The investigation is still ongoing, but Skogen is scheduled for arraignment August 4, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 31 of the Placer County Superior Court.
RENO — A rural Northern Nevada sheriff’s deputy is accused of stopping travelers on a lonely stretch of Interstate 80 and confiscating tens of thousands of dollars for the county without bringing charges, according to two federal lawsuits.
Two men who were traveling alone through the high desert last year offer strikingly similar accounts of their stops by the same Humboldt County deputy near the town of Winnemucca, about 165 miles east of Reno.
Neither search produced drugs or an arrest, but in one case Deputy Lee Dove took a briefcase filled with $50,000 and in the other he seized $13,800 and a handgun, according to the lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Reno.
Both men said they were told they’d be released with their vehicles only if they forfeited their cash.
“It’s like Jesse James or Black Bart,” said longtime Reno defense lawyer John Ohlson, who filed suit on behalf of Tan Nguyen, 37, of Newport, Calif.
The lawsuits say the cash seizures are part of a pattern of stopping drivers for speeding as a pretext for drug busts, which violates the U.S. Constitution. They maintain Dove, Sheriff Ed Kilgore, Humboldt County and its prosecutors condone the practice of seizing assets regardless of criminal prosecution.
Two Reno lawyers representing the county did not immediately respond to telephone or email messages seeking comment, nor did Kilgore or Dove.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Kevin Pasquale said the district attorney’s office would not discuss the lawsuits. “As a matter of policy, we never comment on pending litigation,” he said.
County officials were not shy in the past about discussing their cash seizures. The day after Nguyen had his money taken, the sheriff issued a news release with a photograph of Dove pictured with a K-9 and $50,000 in seized cash “after a traffic stop for speeding.”
“This cash would have been used to purchase illegal drugs and now will benefit Humboldt County with training and equipment. Great job,” the statement said. Dove’s report said he had the money counted at a bank, then gave it to the district attorney’s office “for asset/seizure/forfeiture.”
Nguyen’s suit said Dove stopped him Sept. 23 for driving 78 mph in a 75 zone in what his lawyers described as a “profile stop” based on suspicion he was transporting drugs in a rental car picked up at the Denver airport.
Dove wrote in his report Nguyen agreed to a search before opening the briefcase with the $50,000 in cash. Nguyen denies that he consented.
Nguyen told Dove he won the money at a casino on the way to visit his cousins in California, according to Dove’s report, but Dove told Nguyen he suspected the money was obtained illegally. Dove reported he smelled marijuana but didn’t find any.
Nguyen was given a written warning for speeding but wasn’t cited.
As a condition of release, Nguyen signed a “property for safekeeping receipt,” which indicated the money was abandoned or seized and not returnable. But the lawsuit says he did so only because Dove threatened to seize his vehicle unless he “got in his car and drove off and forgot this ever happened.”
Winnemucca, with a population of about 8,000, is one of just a few towns spread across a 250-mile stretch of I-80 in Northern Nevada.
Ken Smith, who lives near Denver, tells a similar story about his speeding stop Dec. 16.
“It’s pretty scary to be out in the middle of nowhere on the side of the road and be told all your stuff is going to be taken away,” said attorney Jeff Dickerson, who filed a suit last month on Smith’s behalf.
Dove detained Smith on a warrant for another man named Smith, even though Dove had information showing the wanted Smith was black and had a different birth date, the lawsuit said. Ken Smith is white.
Smith eventually was allowed to leave and signed the waiver surrendering $13,800 and his pistol. Besides emotional distress and humiliation, the lawsuit says he now suffers from “fear of law enforcement” and the loss of his .40 caliber Ruger handgun.
Kilgore, a gun rights advocate, was in the spotlight last year when he put the Obama administration on notice that he would refuse to enforce any new gun control laws he viewed as unconstitutional.
Dove was at the center of a civil rights fight when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2004 that the deputy acted properly when he arrested a man who refused to provide his name during a domestic dispute investigation.
Kilgore said in a March 2013 news release that in the previous two years, a task force made up of Dove, two other officers and three K-9s seized more than 800 pounds of pot, 2 pounds of meth, 3 ounces of cocaine, a half ounce of heroin, and about $180,000 in cash.
Ohlson acknowledged Nguyen had some “minor problems in the past” with law enforcement.
“But when the car gets stopped, this cop knew nothing about that,” Ohlson said. He declined to elaborate.
NEVADA COUNTY SETTLES SUITS ON I-80 CASH SEIZURES
By SCOTT SONNER
— Mar. 14, 2014 11:06 PM EDT
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A rural Nevada county has settled lawsuits with two men who said a sheriff’s deputy violated their civil rights when they were stopped for speeding on Interstate 80, searched for drugs and forced to forfeit tens of thousands of dollars even though no drugs were found and no charges filed in either case.
The Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office also confirmed in a statement late Friday that it has launched an internal review of the county’s “forfeiture program” but that there is no indication there have been any illegal stops or any wrongdoing on the party of Sheriff Ed Kilgore or his deputies.
Tan Nguyen of Newport, Calif., and Michael Lee of Denver said in lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Reno they were stopped last year on U.S. Interstate 80 near Winnemucca about 165 miles east of Reno under the pretext of speeding. They said they were subjected to illegal searches and told they wouldn’t be released with their vehicles unless they forfeited their cash.
The suits accused the same veteran deputy, Lee Dove, of taking a briefcase full of $50,000 in cash from Nguyen after stopping him for exceeding the speed limit by 3 mph in September, and seizing $13,800 and a handgun from Lee during a similar stop in December.
“The case has been settled,” Steve Balkenbush, a Reno attorney representing Humboldt County in the case, told The Associated Press on Friday.
The district attorney’s office said the settlement involved both Nyguen and Lee but not disclose how much money was involved. Nguyen’s lawyer told a Reno television station Friday he received a check for the full $50,000 seized as well as $10,000 in attorney fees.
“He wasn’t charged with anything. He had no drugs in his car. The pretext for stopping him was he was doing 78 in a 75,” John Ohlson told KRNV-TV.
“It’s like Jesse James or Black Bart,” he told AP in an interview last week.
Lee’s Reno lawyer, Jeff Dickerson, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The district attorney’s statement said both men were stopped legally and that “every asset that was seized pursuant to those stops was lawfully seized.” But it acknowledged the resolution of their claims didn’t receive priority in the district attorney’s office because of staff shortages.
“The cases involved Mr. Nguyen and Mr. Lee raised procedural issues in the District Attorney’s Office and those issues are being addressed by a review of every submitted case,” the statement said.
It said media reports about the lawsuits had “unfairly criticized” the sheriff’s office, which “was acting in accordance with the law as they understood it and was not responsible for any procedural defects following their seizure of the assets.”
“One thing is certain, even prior to the completion of the review by the District Attorney’s Office, is that the seized assets were not utilized unlawfully,” the DA’s office said. “Following completion of this review, a full accounting of those assets will be available for review.”
The lawsuits claimed the cash seizures were part of a pattern of stopping drivers for speeding as a pretext for drug busts in violation of the Constitution.
Nguyen was given a written warning for speeding but wasn’t cited. As a condition of release, he signed a “property for safekeeping receipt,” which indicated the money was abandoned or seized and not returnable. But the lawsuit says he did so only because Dove threatened to seize his vehicle unless he “got in his car and drove off and forgot this ever happened.”
The day after Nguyen had his money taken, the sheriff issued a news release with a photograph of Dove pictured with a K-9 and $50,000 in seized cash “after a traffic stop for speeding.”
“This cash would have been used to purchase illegal drugs and now will benefit Humboldt County with training and equipment. Great job,” the statement said.
All across America, small town, District Attorney’s like Neil Rombardo of Carson City, NV and idiots like Del Norte County’s unconventional district attorney, a recovered methamphetamine addict named Jon Alexander are ripe with corruption.
In the small north west corner of Del Norte California, at least they have enough sense to disbar one of these “licensed criminals”.
Nevada on the other hand, allows these idiots and criminals to thrive. We’ll be putting pressure on every entity in Nevada including the Nevada State Bar, Supreme Court, Judicial Ethics Commission and Commission on Judicial Discipline to take appropriate actions. However, the said Nevada entities are as corrupt as the State officials they are supposed to protect us against. So, we’re taking our message to the streets and Internet (as we’ve been doings) and we’ll target the Nevada Supreme Court who does nothing to clean up this cesspool they’ve created and let flourish.
The Nevada Supreme Court will try and sell the State Legislature and voters on
expanding this corrupt cesspool with a Nevada appellant court which they say is needed to handle the “backlog” of appeals. We would support an appellant court in Nevada, but the Supreme Court must take action to clean up the rampant, wholesale corruption taking place in this backwater State of Nevada that consistently ranks at the bottom of corruption studies, and his a clear history of corruption and incompetent judges, District Attorneys and law enforcement. An example of this festering cesspool-of-corruption can be found in the State Capital of Carson City Nevada. Overwhelming proof of cover-ups, retaliation, fabrication and other serious crimes of acting under the color of law are rampant and covered up by the incestuous klan.
Judge calls for Del Norte D.A. to be disbarred
Bob Egelko, Sunday, April 7, 2013
Del Norte County’s unconventional district attorney, a recovered methamphetamine addict who was elected in 2010 on a “death to meth” platform, faces disbarment from law practice after a State Bar judge found Friday that he had talked to a defendant without her lawyer’s consent and then lied about it.
District Attorney Jon Alexander‘s unethical and dishonest conduct, his continued insistence that he did nothing wrong, and his long record of previous disciplinary violations have “harmed the public and the administration of justice,” said Lucy Armendariz, a judge on the State Bar Court in San Francisco.
She ordered Alexander suspended from law practice while he appeals the disbarment, first to a review panel of the bar and, if unsuccessful there, to the state Supreme Court. According to published reports, he would be the first district attorney in California to be disbarred. Continue reading
The Las Vegas Tribune writes the following story on a new Las Vegas corruption scandal involving the Las Vegas Sheriff Douglas Gillespie’s organization.
Fifteen members of Sheriff Douglas Gillespie’s organization have been served with a Federal complaint filed in District Court for the State of Nevada that notified them they are being sued in a historical legal precedent against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department by one of their own.The complaint has been filed by Las Vegas Attorney David Otto on behalf of his client, the Plantiff, 34-year veteran with LVMPD, Detective Gordon Martines.The lawsuit specifically names the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Defendants, their agents, officers, servants and/or employees, engaged in unlawful conduct by, inter alia, retaliating against Plaintiff for exercising his First Amendment right to free speech and denying him procedural due process. Continue reading
Anyone following the (former NDOT Director) Susan Martinovich hit-and-run coverup scandal – SEE KRNV mynews4.com Fact Finder story – will see that Carson City District Attorney Neil Rombardo is just a puppet. DA Rombardo’s strings are being pulled by Governor Brian Sandoval and his new “chief of staff” Gerald Gardner. We can safely assume Neil Rombardo is also NAG Catherine Cortez Masto’s bitch too since they were both Nevada Attorney General’s or as we call them (“NAGs”).
Susan Martinovich HIT-AND-RUN – Nevada Laws:
- Stop and exchange info. Sue did not do that.
- Render aid (or at least check to see if there is an injury to the others). Sue did not do that.
- Report to law enforcement. Sue did not do that, she said she was “being stalked/harassed”… Interesting defense for lawyers out there.
- Who needs a defense attorney when the Carson City Sheriff and DA Neil Rombardo will just cover-it-up for you? Just like they did for Susan Martinovich.
Gerald Gardner was DA Rombardo’s assistant until August 17, 2012 when Governor Brian Sandoval named Mr. Gardner as his new “chief of staff” .
“I have known Gerald since he served as my Las Vegas regional chief when I was attorney general,” Sandoval said. “His experience in Southern Nevada combined with his keen intellect and insight will be invaluable as we move into the 2013 Nevada Legislative session. I am pleased that Gerald has agreed to join my administration and serve in this capacity. I look forward to working together again.”
Here’s “Chief” Gardner’s bio – We see he covered up public corruption and fraud cases: “In 2002, Gardner was named the chief of the criminal justice division for the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, focusing on public corruption and fraud cases. In 2004, he was appointed by then-Attorney General Brian Sandoval to serve as his Las Vegas regional chief. He also served on the Attorney General’s Legislative Committee.”
Its convenient timing was exactly when DA Rombardo trumped up the “assault” charge for the process server who tried to serve an evading Susan Martinovich. The week and a half delay from the incident and the trumped up charge is very suspect.
Gov. Brian Sandoval announced Gerald Gardner has been named chief of staff effective September 5. Gardner takes over for Heidi Gansert who has served as the governor’s chief of staff for the past twenty months and who announced her resignation yesterday.
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