Narcotics Cop Who Ruined Countless Lives For Weed Possession, Busted With $2 Million In Marijuana

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pot-copBy John Vibes

A California police officer was recently busted after driving 247 pounds of marijuana all the way across the country. Yuba County Deputy Christopher M. Heath was caught in York, Pennsylvania with a shipment of marijuana that was worth over $2 million. Heath was reportedly on vacation from his job at the Yuba County Police Department at the time of his arrest.

The York County Police Department has been cautiously silent about the investigation, and they have refused to comment on the details of the arrest, and how they became aware of the shipment.

York County District Attorney Tom Kearney admitted at a recent press conference that this arrest was a part of a large investigation that included various different police departments. Penn Township Police, West Manheim Township Police, Hanover Police, Northern York County Regional Police, York Area Regional Police, Springettsbury Township Police and the York barracks of Pennsylvania State Police were all involved in the arrest and present at the press conference.

“One has to be both saddened and angry that a law-enforcement officer was allegedly involved,”Kearney said, adding that “This was a very sophisticated operation, and obviously a large one.”

Investigators also had no idea that Heath was a cop until after the bust.

“I will tell you prior to the stop we were unaware that this individual was law enforcement,” Kearney said. “We did not become aware of that until we made the stop.”

Heath, along with two other men, Tyler N. Long, and Ryan J. Falsone traveled across the country in two pickup trucks where the marijuana was stashed in vacuum-sealed bags.

Chief deputy prosecutor David Sunday said that while marijuana is not the department’s main focus, they are still targeting marijuana dealers in their investigations.

“We spend a majority of our time focusing on heroin and cocaine (dealers),” Sunday said. However, he defended the arrest by saying that the men were caught with “a startling amount of marijuana.”

Undersheriff Jerry Read.of Yuba County said that Heath was an “adequate” officer.

“He was assigned to a narcotics task force … (for) almost three years. Conditions are very good in Yuba County for the growing of marijuana. We take down high-poundage dealers with some frequency, and take down growing operations sometimes with as many as a thousand plants,” Read said

This case is especially interesting because Heath was an officer on a narcotics task force, meaning that he was responsible for putting nonviolent people in prison for using and selling drugs. Meanwhile, he himself was selling drugs and taking part in the same actions that he was locking people up for.

Of course, it is the view of the Free Thought Project (and Activist Post – Ed.)that anyone should be able to possess marijuana, as it is an incredibly beneficial plant. While those who would lock up morally innocent people for possessing a plant are bad enough, it takes a uniquely vile individual to ruin the lives of countless individuals while at the same time committing equivalent acts.

This hypocrite is currently on paid vacation from the department in Yuba despite admitting to transporting the marijuana from California to Pennsylvania. Heath is free on a $1 million bond.

John Vibes is an author and researcher who organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference. He also has a publishing company where he offers a censorship free platform for both fiction and non-fiction writers. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can purchase his books, or get your own book published at his website www.JohnVibes.com.

Police Officers And Their Unions Should Face The Same Scrutiny As Teachers

Police Officers and their Unions should Face the Same Scrutiny as Teachers

Police Officers and their Unions should Face the Same Scrutiny as Teachers
Be sure to read this excellent story on yet another reason why Police are out of control in America. HERE

More info on Police Unions
How Police Unions and Arbitrators Keep Abusive Cops on the Street
Officers fired for misconduct often appeal the decision and get reinstated by obscure judges in secretive proceedings.

Why We Can’t Support Police Unions
A labor movement that seeks to fight oppression has no room for police unions.

Pros and Cons of Police Unions
1. Police Unions Protect Bad Cops
2. Unions Worsen Police Race Relations

The Bad Kind of Unionism
When police unions have widened their gaze beyond issues like compensation and working conditions, it’s been almost exclusively to conservative ends.

Police Unions’ Defense of ‘Bad Cops’ Draws Criticism in Brutality Debate
The Baltimore police union representing the six officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death drew criticism this week when it began collecting donations for the officers’ living and legal expenses

Our Police Union Problem
FOR decades now, conservatives have pressed the case that public sector unions do not serve the common good.

Police unions, organized labor have rarely seen eye to eye
Unionized police officers have never sat comfortably within the broader labor movement, according to historians

Recent events suggest Republicans have given them a pass for far too long
South Carolina Cops Not Entitled To Workers’ Comp If They Are Traumatized By Killing Someone
Ugly Facebook Post From The Police Union In Columbia, Missouri
Undue Influence: the power of Police and Prison Guards’ Unions

Why We Need Independent Prosecutors

Imagine a person is “Against Killing people” and because that killer happens to be a police officer the unions support them. This is exactly the message Police Unions are sending out to Americans. Imagine that Police Unions boycott a person for speaking out about Murder? Now that’s what Police Unions are all about, police officers who run these unions who can’t accept wrong and help killers and criminals get away. Just because they have a badge….

More money from Carson City taxpayers to support the local “police state”

nevada is a police stateCity vehicles, including a decision to purchase new police cars for the Sheriff’s Office, will concern Carson City’s Board of Supervisors next week.

The board’s agenda for the first meeting in November on Thursday will include action to purchase six police vehicles through the Nevada state government competitive bid list for a not to exceed cost of $238,700. If that full amount was used, each vehicle on average would cost $39,783. The board last May signaled in the capital improvement budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 it would make replacement purchases, so approval was anticipated.

Another agenda item will finalize a contract struck earlier with Geney/Gassiot, Inc., regarding the city government’s fleet facility expansion project.

Among other things, the project added office space and two maintenance bays in the existing fleet facility at 3303 Butti Way.

In another item dealing with public safety, the board is expected to accept a U.S. Justice Department grant from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services for $375,000 for the formation of an official School Resource Officer Program in Carson City. Another grant for the Sheriff’s Office is for $41,000 from state government to be used regarding traffic enforcement.

Other grants expected to be accepted by the board include one involving the Hospital Preparedness Program for Ebola preparedness and response activities and another from the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office on behalf of the National Parks Service to provide for historic structures reports involving the Nevada State Prison. The latter grant is for $29,000 for historic structures reports at the decommissioned prison in Carson City.

In addition, the board will be asked to accept recommendations from the Redevelopment Authority Citizens Committee on city redevelopment objectives, programs and project priorities for future uncommitted redevelopment funds.

As usual, the board meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Carson City Community Center’s Sierra Room. Once again, the agenda includes no break for lunch and so the meeting is anticipated to end by mid-day.

POLICE ARREST MAN FOR GOING OVER 3 MINUTES TALK TIME AT COUNCIL MEETING

UPDATE: After speaking to Hanson’s family, Alex Jones was told Hanson is being charged with “disrupting a public meeting or procession” and resisting arrest.

Footage shot at a City Council meeting in Gonzales, Texas shows a man being immediately arrested by police after he goes over his three minute talking limit while complaining about federal authorities taking over the local police force.

Mike Hanson, who used to work alongside Alex Jones during the radio host’s cable access days, began his talk by saying he would hold Mayor Bobby Logan “personally responsible” for the Gonzales Police Department being “taken over by the ATF, the DEA and God knows what else.”

Hanson then turns his frustration to the local media, accusing two newspapers of refusing to cover the issue because they are afraid of reprisals from the feds.
“We’ve got unannounced people coming into town, secret police….you’ve got black ski-mask thugs running around who will not identify themselves….they’re stealing people’s personal property, their money, their cars, they call it asset forfeiture seizure….we need to stop this,” states Hanson.

Hanson goes on to draw attention to other police brutality issues, before telling the Council members that he should be allowed the equivalent speaking time of eight people.

A Council member then tells Hanson his time is up before signaling to a police officer who approaches Hanson and begins to arrest him within ten seconds.

“They do not want this out in this town!” asserts Hanson as he is being handcuffed. Hanson threatens to sue to the cop for false arrest before one of the Council members claims that each individual is restricted to three minutes talking time.

“The feds are taking over our county, you better wake up!” Hanson yells as he is led out of the building.

“Where are you taking me? You’re kidnapping me for freedom of speech,” Hanson tells the cops as he asserts that he should have been given the combined talking time of eight people.

“You’re being taken over and you know it, you’re being taken over by the feds,” states Hanson as he is led to a police cruiser.

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Nevada AG and law enforcement begin sorting out rules for body cameras on corrupt Nevada pigs

body camFaced with a new statute that mandates Nevada Highway Patrol officers begin wearing body cameras, agency officials and the Attorney General’s Office are working on regulations for not only NHP but statewide.

To do so, they have to wade through what Greg Zunino of the Attorney General’s Office said is a long list of issues ranging from when the cameras must be on, when they should be off, who has access to the video records and how long must they be kept.

The cameras were required by this year’s Nevada Legislature. Lawmakers passed Senate Bill 111, which Capt. Natasha Koch, manager of the NHP program, said also included $1.2 million to pay for them.

“They present different challenges than dash-mounted cameras,” Zunino said. “But probably every law enforcement agency in the state will, at some point in the future, consider deploying body-worn cameras.”

He said the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department “is really on the cutting edge of this in Nevada.”

Metro has had a pilot program in place with 200 body cameras on the street for 18 months now and Metro Sgt. Peter
Ferranti said they had collected a huge amount of data on the cameras, their use and the policies that need to be in place.

Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong

Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said he too is keeping a close eye on Metro because he believes body cameras for law enforcement “are inevitable.”

Ferranti said solid policies are critical.

“You can’t just jump in, buy cameras and put them on the street,” he said.

Ferranti said so far, those cameras have exonerated claims of officer wrong-doing in 58 cases. But he said in one case, the video resulted in an officer being terminated a week ago “because what happened was so egregious.”

“We’re getting better plea bargains, better convictions,” Ferranti said. “It enhances officer reports and testimony.”

He said Metro is preparing to put another 535 cameras on its officers and planning to buy an additional 500 this budget cycle.

Zunino said one thorny issue is when those videos are public record and when they are confidential and, if confidential for investigative or other reasons, how long until they become public. He said Nevada’s existing public records law weighs heavily toward making them public so if an agency wants a video kept confidential, it has the burden of showing why.

He said some states like Illinois have basically mandated the cameras be on all the time and what they record be open to the public. Texas, he said, gives the agency more flexibility in making those decisions.

Zunino said he believes Nevada’s agencies need to be involved in developing those kinds of policies and need some flexibility. Zunino said there are many times when, even if the video is released, private personal information must be deleted and faces, for example a non-involved juvenile in the background, blurred.

He also pointed out the situation may be much different at NHP than for local police agencies “because most of what they do is out in the open.” That wouldn’t be the case for a lot of criminal investigations by local police agencies investigating criminal activity where he said there may be strong reasons not to release video of an interaction between an officer and a suspect or witness.

Furlong said his department has “a few” cameras that are worn in specific situations. He said he’s concerned about the eventual cost to the city when it has to buy a system.

He said his department’s situation like Metro’s is different than the situation at NHP, where lawmakers mandated body cameras and set rules for them including that they are on in all encounters with the public.

Zunino said because Metro started its program on its own, it isn’t restricted by the NHP mandates in SB111. Nor, he said, are other law enforcement agencies in the state.

Attorney General Adam Laxalt said the goal will be to form a working group who will come up with a model set of rules and policies for body cameras. He asked for volunteers among the agency leaders in the room to help with that effort.

If a Thin Blue Line Pop Up On a Curb In Your Neighborhood, here’s What It Means

2015-09-17, 04:25:52  PLACERVILLE CA

South Lake Tahoe PoliceThe term “thin blue line” typically refers to police officers being the difference between ordered society and anarchy.

It’s honestly quite a shame that our nation has devolved to the point where many have turned their backs on those who voluntarily risk their lives to serve and protect our communities. However, it’s becoming quite clear that many people here in America couldn’t feel any more differently and have began to show signs of support to let police know that people still do care and respect them.  Now, a San Antonio man is taking the “thin blue line” and starting a movement.

Small business owner Anthony Welichko appears to be keying in on the recent execution of a police officer in Texas to start what he calls the “Safe Harbor” initiative. He floated the idea on Facebook, and more than 65,000 people have shared it:

His post reads:

The Safe Harbor Initiative:

To all law enforcement who see this line, know that the residents of this home appreciate your service and dedication to keeping the peace. Know that when you enter the neighborhood and see these lines that you are not alone or without “back-up”. We do not need the media to make our voices of support for our police and emergency services heard ( though it would be nice). Lastly, if you are in my neighborhood and mean to harm a member of law enforcement, know that decision may be hazardous to you health as someone has that officers back!south lake tahoe police department

Please share.

The post has been cheered on by blogs. Even the urban legend hunter website Snopes has written about the post.  San Antonio TV stations KSAT and KENS told IJ that Welichko’s idea is legit, and that it is catching on at homes in Texas and even in New York.

“Now, I don’t have a curb so I can’t really participate in this particular display but I encourage any of you that do have curbs to consider painting the little blue line” wrote Robert Rich at Mad World News.

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Judge rules man’s arrest for writing profanity on speeding ticket was unconstitutional

fuck_the_police_infant_bodysuitJudge backs man who wrote f-word on ticket

A federal judge has ruled that an upstate New York town violated a Connecticut man’s First Amendment rights when he was arrested on a charge of aggravated harassment for writing profanities on a $175 speeding ticket three years ago.

In ruling issued last week, U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel allowed Willian Barboza’s lawsuit against the village of Liberty, N.Y. to proceed on claims the town of approximately 10,000 people 100 miles northwest of New York City failed to properly train police officers about free speech.

The New York Civil Liberties Union, which represented Barboza, publicized a transcript of the trial Tuesday.

Barboza, who was 22 at the time of his initial arrest, was stopped for speeding on Route 17 in May 2012, according to The New York Times. On his payment form, Barboza crossed out the name of the town and wrote “Tyranny” in its place. He then wrote the phrase “F— your s—-y town b—-es.”

When the form arrived at the Liberty town clerk’s office, one of the workers, all of whom are women, told a local judge Barboza’s profane phrase upset and alarmed them, according to court records. The judge referred Barboza’s speeding payment form to a prosecutor and ordered Barboza to appear in court.

When Barboza showed up, the local judge reprimanded him for his comments on the form and told him he would be arrested, Seibel said in her ruling. Barboza was handcuffed and taken away before his release on $200 bail.

Seibel’s ruling noted the criminal charge eventually was dismissed in 2013 on First Amendment grounds. She said Barboza’s phrase was crude and offensive to some but “did not convey an imminent threat and was made in the context of complaining about government activity.”

“That the court clerks who received plaintiff’s message were apparently alarmed by it does not alter the analysis,” the judge added.

In an NYCLU release, Barboza was quoted as saying he was treated as a criminal for a “few harmless words.”

“Instead of protecting freedom of speech, government officers in Liberty handcuffed me, arrested me for a crime and almost sent me to jail because I harmlessly expressed my frustration with a speeding ticket,” he said.

Barboza’s case is not unique in Liberty. Seibel said that between 2003 and 2012 as many as 63 arrests by police officers in the village had occurred “because of the use of vulgar words in what may be perceived as a threatening context.” She said one arrest occurred when a defendant called someone a slut, another resulted from someone talking about sexual acts on a police department phone line and another came after a defendant threatened to kill someone’s dog.

Seibel added the trial would include a damages phase for a prosecutor who is not protected by immunity because his actions were unreasonable.

Barboza’s lawsuit had sought unspecified damages.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

VIDEO: COP REPEATEDLY SMASHES STUDENT WITH BATON FOR ‘REFUSING TO COMPLY’ Officer lied on police report, now arrested and fired

A police officer in Georgia has been arrested and fired after video emerged of him hitting a non-threatening, unarmed student repeatedly, including in the head, with a baton because he refused to comply with demands.

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Athens-Clarke County police fired officer Jonathan Fraser, and arrested him, after body cam footage revealed he used excessive force for no good reason against 19-year-old University of Georgia student Michael Roquet.

The body cam footage shows that Roquet was drunk, but posed no threat to Fraser, nor did he resist arrest.

Fraser had claimed in his report that Roquet “struck [him] with his left elbow in [his] chest,” and then “hit [him] again with his elbow.] The cop claimed that he responded by “striking [the man with a baton] in the leg and upper body” and then handcuffed him.

The video shows, however, that Fraser struck the student nine times, including once in the head and twice in the back while he was on the ground.

The officer omitted the fact that he had hit Roquet in the head, then when investigators confronted him on it, Fraser “denied striking [him] in the head with the baton” and tried to “mislead investigators” regarding the incident.

Striking anyone in the head with a baton is considered to be potentially deadly force, and the officer also failed to notify any medical personnel that he had hit the suspect in the head – a violation of Athens-Clarke County police policy.

“[Roquet was] not resisting at that point [when] he is on the ground,” Police Chief Scott Freeman said. “That is unauthorized use of force, absolutely. And that is something that is completely intolerable, and something we’re not going to put up with, and we dealt with it appropriately.”

“Fraser had several opportunities to de-escalate his encounter with the drunk 19 year old, but instead he escalated it needlessly.” Freeman added.

Investigators also found that Fraser “used hard control strikes from an impact weapon… on an individual who was actively resistant, but was not assaultive… more force than necessary.”

“[What he did] does damage to the reputation of law officers, not only in this community, but across the nation,” the police chief added, noting “We see it time and time again.”

Fraser has been charged with aggravated assault and violation of oath by a public officer. He was released from jail on a $30,000 bond last week.

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Snowden Revelation Confirms Existence of ECHELON Surveillance System Government has lied about its indiscriminate surveillance program for years

snowdenAnother Edward Snowden revelation reveals that the United States government has lied about the existence of ECHELON, a global system for the interception of private and commercial communications.

ECHELON was reportedly first planned with the establishment of the national security state in 1947 and codified in a treaty signed by the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

“Until Snowden placed the full capacities of the NSA and other government spying agencies in plain sight, ECHELON was largely just another codename in the conspiracy-theorist’s notebook,” writes Lucas Matney for TechCrunch.

In 1988 the British investigative journalist Duncan Campbell wrote an article titled “Somebody’s listening” for the Statesman that revealed the existence ECHELON.

The massive and indiscriminate surveillance program was later confirmed during an investigation conducted by the the European Parliament and also by the author James Bamford in his books on the NSA.

“In December 2014, I asked fellow Scottish journalist and Intercept reporter Ryan Gallagher to check Snowden’s documents. Was there evidence of ECHELON?” Campbell writes for The Intercept.

Campbell discovered a number of NSA and GCHQ (the British Government Communications Headquarters) documents confirming what a whistleblower discovered 27 years previously.

“In 1966, NSA established the FROSTING program, an umbrella program for the collection and processing of all communications emanating from communication satellites,” a January 2011 newsletter published by the NSA’s Yakima Research Station states. “FROSTING’s two sub-programs were TRANSIENT, for all efforts against Soviet satellite targets, and ECHELON, for the collection and processing of INTELSAT communications.”

The NSA published a report in its “SID Today” newsletter that also confirmed there is indeed an ECHELON surveillance system.

“Even today, neither GCHQ nor NSA will comment on ECHELON or other specific issues raised in the Snowden documents,” Campbell writes.
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In Under A Minute, This Cop Shows Exactly Why People Are Losing Faith In Police

police-stateWichita, KS — A deputy has been suspended after he was captured on video, in a sickening display of authoritarianism. Deputy Vance Williams is now apologizing to the community after this video was posted to YouTube.

According to KSN news, the deputy was called out to the town of Harper to investigate a dispute over property, between several people.

Jeff Jacobs, who recorded the video, simply tried to ask Williams a question, when Williams completely blew a fuse. Upon being asked a question the deputy begins a full on assault.

“I don’t need anything from you. This is not my f**king jurisdiction. You understand that,” said Williams.

Jacobs responds, “No, I don’t. I don’t have a clue. I don’t know what is going on.”

At this point, the public servant begins flexing his “authoritie” and demands Jacobs give him his ID. He then tells him to take off his sunglasses, his hat, and demands he sit down.

“Say something else to me, and we will see where this goes. Open your f**king mouth and say something else. This is not my, take your f**king sunglasses off now. Hat off. Give me your identification,” said Williams.

“You want to spend your night in the f**king poke (jail) because you can’t shut your f**king mouth. Walk! Enjoy your walk,” barks this tyrant cop.

Both Jacobs and Williams say that this video does not show the entire picture, however, Williams admits that Jacobs never antagonized him.

“All I did was ask him a simple question. I expected an answer, or a ‘hey man, it’s really none of your business,’” said Jacobs.

The department is standing by their officer in regards to his mistreatment of Jacobs, but they are upset about Williams’ choice of words.

“I believe the whole story wasn’t aired for everybody to see,” said Sheriff Tracy Chance. “As far as the language goes, yeah I don’t agree with it and I’ve dealt with that.”

Williams also issued the following canned apology for his actions.

“I unfortunately used language that I should never have used,” said Deputy Williams. “I apologize to our community, to our county, commissioners, and to our sheriff. He would never condone that behavior.”

Had this incident not been captured on video, you can rest assured that the apology and the suspension, would have never existed. This is why people are not happy with police in America today. There is another video at the below link.

Source: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/minute-cop-shows-people-losing-faith-police/#1omaxxxvvzzoobgV.99

House of Representatives Passes Bill in 15 Minutes to Revoke Americans’ Passports without Due Process

Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, by Michael Krieger

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 10.45.00 AMThe “war on terror” is a status quo fraud perpetuated by the oligarch-controlled mainstream media and authoritarian members of Congress as a way to systematically strip the American public of its freedom and civil rights in the name of fighting an outside enemy. This tried and true tactic has been used by statists throughout history, and history is indeed repeating itself here in the “land of the free.”

Of course, I’ve spent innumerable hours writing on this topic for many years, even before I started this website. Here are a few recent examples:

The “War on Terror” Turns Inward – DHS Report Warns of Right Wing Terror Threat

More “War on Terror” Abuses – Spying Powers Are Used for Terrorism Only 0.5% of the Time

How the Department of Homeland Security Monitored and Tracked Peaceful “Black Lives Matter” Protests

Moving along, today’s story is so incredible it’s almost hard to believe. It appears our so-called “representatives” recently took fifteen minutes to pass a bill that allows the Secretary of State to revoke Americans’ passports with no due process. Did you know about this? Well neither did I, and what’s worse, these members of Congress are so cowardly they passed the bill with a voice vote to avoid going on record. Talk about anti-American.

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Indeed, Congress does seem rather obsessed in creating various loopholes by which the government can snatch American citizens’ passports and restrict travel without due process. It makes you wonder if Ron Paul was right in 2011 when he stated: “Border Fence Will Be Used To ‘Keep Us In’”

Read More Here: libertyblitzkrieg.com

Nevada Cops Ripped for Shady ‘Shakedowns’ Judges tore into Nevada authorities in two separate recent cases for elaborate, unconstitutional stings over big money civil forfeiture arrests

nevada is a police stateNevada Cops Ripped for Shady ‘Shakedowns’ Judges tore into Nevada authorities in two separate recent cases for elaborate, unconstitutional stings over big money civil forfeiture arrests. Paul Phua and Straughn Gorman would appear to have little in common.

When last seen Phua was departing Las Vegas in his $48 million Gulfstream. He’s a Malaysian businessman and high-rolling gambler with reputed ties to a Hong Kong criminal triad. Phua has denied any criminal associations, and his defense attorney David Chesnoff calls such assertions “garbage.”

Gorman, meanwhile, presumably left Nevada from behind the wheel of his ransacked recreational vehicle. He lists a Hawaii beach shop as his place of employment, but authorities suspect he also traffics marijuana. All it lacks is evidence.

Against formidable odds, both men managed to beat the House in Nevada in two high-profile federal cases that now have prosecutors and law enforcement feeling a little heat—over searches for drugs and dirty money that judges say never should have happened.

Phua was the alleged ringleader of a World Cup soccer betting operation that in 2014 half-cleverly set up shop in the high-roller villas at Caesars Palace when the FBI and Nevada gaming authorities came calling.

In the ensuing months, the government linked Phua and the betting ring to Wo Hop To gang leader Cheung Chi-tai, whose violent reputation and connection to Macau’s lucrative VIP gambling salons menaces more than one Nevada gaming corporation these days.

Cheung was identified in a 1992 U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations as one of nine Wo Hop To leaders. Cheung was linked to (but not charged with) a vicious beating of a Macau casino dealer in 2011. One of his associates was charged and convicted in the assault.

A passport with Cheung’s name on it was recovered during the search of the high-roller villas.

But as it turns out law enforcement’s investigation of the betting ring was also too clever by half. Cops cut off the Internet service to the Phua group’s villas, then sent in FBI agents disguised as technicians to scout the premises—in effect to gather evidence without a warrant for their case.

What investigators saw resembled a standard sports betting “wire room” replete with eight computers and 20 monitors. Phua’s operation was said to have handled approximately $13 million in illegal bets before the FBI came calling on July 13 of last year.

During the preliminary phase, U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen called the law enforcement investigation strategy “fatally flawed” and questioned whether the government had probable cause before seeking a search warrant. She also determined material statements made by FBI agents in the case were “false and misleading.”

Although six of eight suspects pleaded guilty to dramatically reduced charges and received probation, Phua pressed his bet. Represented by veteran defense attorneys Chesnoff and Tom Goldstein, Phua watched as much of the evidence against him was thrown out by U.S. District Judge Andre Gordon.

“It’s a system where it’s about money and not about justice.”

money-greedy1“Permitting the government to create the need for the occupant to invite a third party into his or her home would effectively allow the government to conduct warrantless searches of the vast majority of residences and hotel rooms in America,” Gordon said during an evidentiary hearing.

On June 1, Gordon dismissed the case. Another month passed before U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said his office disagreed with Gordon’s legal reasoning, but it declined to appeal the case.

Then there’s Gorman, who has no criminal record but found himself stopped twice on the same day in January 2013 outside of Elko, a town in northern Nevada. He was pulled over the first time by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper for driving too slowly in the fast lane of Interstate 80. The trooper was suspicious of Gorman, but lacked the probable cause to search his RV. He couldn’t detain Gorman long enough to fetch a drug-sniffing dog.

So he let Gorman go—and radioed ahead to an Elko County sheriff’s deputy. Accompanied by a trained canine, the deputy stopped Gorman a second time. Although Fido supposedly whiffed something, a follow-up found $167,000 in cash hidden in the RV, but not a pinch of sinsemilla.

Once seized, the Nevada U.S. Attorney’s office immediately began the process of civil forfeiture. The two stops were obviously related, but the prosecutors failed to make that distinction in their pleadings before the court. Senior U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks ripped into the government in dismissing the forfeiture action on June 12, and noted that Gorman was entitled to seek his attorney’s fees.

“The court expects and relies upon the United States attorney’s office to be candid and forthcoming with material information uniquely held only in possession of the government and clearly relevant to central issues before the court,” Hicks wrote. “That did not occur here.”
Gorman’s attorney, Vince Savarese, is a veteran of many battles in civil forfeiture cases against the government.

“These guys have a personal financial incentive to shake down as many vehicles as possible,” Savarese said, alluding to the U.S. Department of Justice’s controversial Equitable Sharing Program. “They had no reasonable suspicion to stop my client.”

DOJ statistics report more than $4.5 billion in forfeited assets have been shared with more than 8,000 state and local law enforcement agencies in what it calls “one of the most important provisions of asset forfeiture.” The Washington Post reported in January that law enforcement has made more than 55,000 seizures worth in excess of $3 billion since 2008.

“The U.S. Attorney was not candid with the court on the facts of the case,” Savarese said. “The back end of the decision is devoted to chastising the government as to how they handled this thing in court. We had to go through the process, by the numbers, to prove everything. They weren’t willing to acknowledge anything—even though they knew this was something that could never be hidden.”

Former Nevada ACLU counsel Allen Lichtenstein, who has monitored forfeiture cases in the state for many years, said the judge’s expressed ire ought to send a message to law enforcement and federal prosecutors.

“As far as forfeiture goes, this is nationwide,” Lichtenstein said. “This has been going on for decades. Part of the problem is the law lets you eat what you catch. It’s ripe corruption, and it is ripe for overzealous prosecution. It’s a system where it’s about money and not about justice.”

The pair of recent legal setbacks proved that the house doesn’t always win in the Nevada justice system—as long as the players have the money to fight.

“I guess what I’m most pleased about is that the federal judges, when presented with evidence of law enforcement not telling the straight story, called them on it,” Phua attorney Chesnoff said. “That kind of judicial courage puts teeth in the Constitution.”
Paul Phua and Straughn Gorman would appear to have little in common.

When last seen Phua was departing Las Vegas in his $48 million Gulfstream. He’s a Malaysian businessman and high-rolling gambler with reputed ties to a Hong Kong criminal triad. Phua has denied any criminal associations, and his defense attorney David Chesnoff calls such assertions “garbage.”

Gorman, meanwhile, presumably left Nevada from behind the wheel of his ransacked recreational vehicle. He lists a Hawaii beach shop as his place of employment, but authorities suspect he also traffics marijuana. All it lacks is evidence.

Against formidable odds, both men managed to beat the House in Nevada in two high-profile federal cases that now have prosecutors and law enforcement feeling a little heat—over searches for drugs and dirty money that judges say never should have happened.

Phua was the alleged ringleader of a World Cup soccer betting operation that in 2014 half-cleverly set up shop in the high-roller villas at Caesars Palace when the FBI and Nevada gaming authorities came calling.

In the ensuing months, the government linked Phua and the betting ring to Wo Hop To gang leader Cheung Chi-tai, whose violent reputation and connection to Macau’s lucrative VIP gambling salons menaces more than one Nevada gaming corporation these days.

Cheung was identified in a 1992 U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations as one of nine Wo Hop To leaders. Cheung was linked to (but not charged with) a vicious beating of a Macau casino dealer in 2011. One of his associates was charged and convicted in the assault.

A passport with Cheung’s name on it was recovered during the search of the high-roller villas.

But as it turns out law enforcement’s investigation of the betting ring was also too clever by half. Cops cut off the Internet service to the Phua group’s villas, then sent in FBI agents disguised as technicians to scout the premises—in effect to gather evidence without a warrant for their case.

What investigators saw resembled a standard sports betting “wire room” replete with eight computers and 20 monitors. Phua’s operation was said to have handled approximately $13 million in illegal bets before the FBI came calling on July 13 of last year.

During the preliminary phase, U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen called the law enforcement investigation strategy “fatally flawed” and questioned whether the government had probable cause before seeking a search warrant. She also determined material statements made by FBI agents in the case were “false and misleading.”

Although six of eight suspects pleaded guilty to dramatically reduced charges and received probation, Phua pressed his bet. Represented by veteran defense attorneys Chesnoff and Tom Goldstein, Phua watched as much of the evidence against him was thrown out by U.S. District Judge Andre Gordon.

“It’s a system where it’s about money and not about justice.”
“Permitting the government to create the need for the occupant to invite a third party into his or her home would effectively allow the government to conduct warrantless searches of the vast majority of residences and hotel rooms in America,” Gordon said during an evidentiary hearing.

On June 1, Gordon dismissed the case. Another month passed before U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said his office disagreed with Gordon’s legal reasoning, but it declined to appeal the case.

Then there’s Gorman, who has no criminal record but found himself stopped twice on the same day in January 2013 outside of Elko, a town in northern Nevada. He was pulled over the first time by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper for driving too slowly in the fast lane of Interstate 80. The trooper was suspicious of Gorman, but lacked the probable cause to search his RV. He couldn’t detain Gorman long enough to fetch a drug-sniffing dog.

So he let Gorman go—and radioed ahead to an Elko County sheriff’s deputy. Accompanied by a trained canine, the deputy stopped Gorman a second time. Although Fido supposedly whiffed something, a follow-up found $167,000 in cash hidden in the RV, but not a pinch of sinsemilla.

Once seized, the Nevada U.S. Attorney’s office immediately began the process of civil forfeiture. The two stops were obviously related, but the prosecutors failed to make that distinction in their pleadings before the court. Senior U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks ripped into the government in dismissing the forfeiture action on June 12, and noted that Gorman was entitled to seek his attorney’s fees.

“The court expects and relies upon the United States attorney’s office to be candid and forthcoming with material information uniquely held only in possession of the government and clearly relevant to central issues before the court,” Hicks wrote. “That did not occur here.”
Gorman’s attorney, Vince Savarese, is a veteran of many battles in civil forfeiture cases against the government.

“These guys have a personal financial incentive to shake down as many vehicles as possible,” Savarese said, alluding to the U.S. Department of Justice’s controversial Equitable Sharing Program. “They had no reasonable suspicion to stop my client.”

DOJ statistics report more than $4.5 billion in forfeited assets have been shared with more than 8,000 state and local law enforcement agencies in what it calls “one of the most important provisions of asset forfeiture.” The Washington Post reported in January that law enforcement has made more than 55,000 seizures worth in excess of $3 billion since 2008.

“The U.S. Attorney was not candid with the court on the facts of the case,” Savarese said. “The back end of the decision is devoted to chastising the government as to how they handled this thing in court. We had to go through the process, by the numbers, to prove everything. They weren’t willing to acknowledge anything—even though they knew this was something that could never be hidden.”

Former Nevada ACLU counsel Allen Lichtenstein, who has monitored forfeiture cases in the state for many years, said the judge’s expressed ire ought to send a message to law enforcement and federal prosecutors.

“As far as forfeiture goes, this is nationwide,” Lichtenstein said. “This has been going on for decades. Part of the problem is the law lets you eat what you catch. It’s ripe corruption, and it is ripe for overzealous prosecution. It’s a system where it’s about money and not about justice.”

The pair of recent legal setbacks proved that the house doesn’t always win in the Nevada justice system—as long as the players have the money to fight.

“I guess what I’m most pleased about is that the federal judges, when presented with evidence of law enforcement not telling the straight story, called them on it,” Phua attorney Chesnoff said. “That kind of judicial courage puts teeth in the Constitution.”

SOURCE: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/23/nevada-cops-ripped-for-shady-shakedowns.html

Battlefield America: The War on the American People

police-brutality-pepper-spray-poster1Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the follow-up to his award-winning book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead paints a terrifying portrait of a nation at war with itself and which is on the verge of undermining the basic freedoms guaranteed to the citizenry in the Constitution. Indeed, police have been transformed into extensions of the military, towns and cities have become battlefields, and the American people have been turned into enemy combatants, to be spied on, tracked, scanned, frisked, searched, subjected to all manner of intrusions, intimidated, invaded, raided, manhandled, censored, silenced, shot at, locked up, and denied due process.

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KIDS ABUSED, CHOKED AND BEATEN IN DARK ROOMS AT POLICE “LEADERSHIP CAMP” Cops gave towels to children “to clean the blood off of themselves” after beatings

Kids Abused, Choked And Beaten In Dark Rooms At Police "Leadership Camp"

by STEVE WATSON | INFOWARS | JUNE 4, 2015


Several children aged 12 to 16 have come forward declaring that they were abused at the hands of cops at at 20 week “leadership camp” in California.

The police training camp claims to teach ‘discipline and leadership’ in order to keep kids out of trouble and reduce family conflict. The program, which costs $400, is sponsored by the Huntington Park Police Department, South Gate Police Department, and the California National Guard.

However, police with San Luis Obispo County have been accused of pulling children into dark rooms and punching, choking and beating them.

A report filed by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services details the abuses, with children claiming that cops “slapped, punched, and stepped on their hands and backs while doing push-ups” and “took them into a dark room where they were beaten if they did not meet the expectations of the camp supervisors.”

The report also notes that children were “given towels to clean the blood off of themselves prior to exiting the room after the beatings.”

Pictures from the camp shows police officers dressed like army drill sergeants, watching over children doing push ups.

An attorney for the families told reporters that two cops in particular, known as the “Gomez Brothers”, would take kids and “put their arms, forearms up against their neck, push them against the wall, and then both brothers would beat them,”

The Attorneys involved in the case also revealed that the police named in the report have not been fired or suspended, and have only been reassigned at this time.

A statement released Monday by South Gate Police Capt. James Teeples said “Recently, we received notification from some participants in the program who made allegations concerning the disciplinary measures and tactics used by members of both organizations. Both agencies believe in complete transparency and take all allegations very seriously.”

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Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

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Nevada man not guilty in deadly shooting involving two unarmed trespassers

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015 FILE POOL PHOTOANDY BARRON/AP

Wayne Burgarello listens as a witness takes the stand at Washoe County District Court in Reno, Nev.

RENO, Nev. — A Nevada man who was accused of murder after confronting two unarmed trespassers with a deadly barrage of gunfire at a vacant duplex he owns was found not guilty Friday of all charges in the latest case to test the boundaries of stand-your-ground self-defense laws.

Wayne Burgarello, 74, a retired Sparks school teacher, insisted he was acting in self-defense in February 2014 when he shot and killed Cody Devine and seriously wounded Janai Wilson.

A jury in Reno deliberated for six hours before finding him not guilty on a charge of attempted murder as well as four alternative charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.

“It’s going to be OK,” Burgarello said as he laughed with family members outside the Washoe County courtroom after hugging his lawyer after the clerk’s reading of the verdicts.

Burgarello would have faced up to life in prison without parole on the charge of first-degree murder.

A friend of the Devine family who now serves as a victims advocate in Minnesota said state lawmakers need to re-examine “how these stand-your-ground laws have led to unjust homicides.”

“Justice was not served today,” said the Rev. Howard Dotson, a former Sparks minister. “Cody Devine did not deserve to die for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Assistant District Attorney Bruce Hahn had argued first-degree murder was warranted because Burgarello acted with premeditation in the February 2014 shooting. He declined to comment on whether he was surprised by the verdicts.

“The Sparks Police Department did a tremendous investigative effort and we’re grateful for the jury’s service,” he told The Associated Press.

Defense attorney Theresa Ristenpart told reporters Burgarello wanted to go home with his loved ones after a long day and had no further comment.

Cody Devine was shot to death by Wayne Burgarello in Reno. Burgarello maintains he was acting in self-defense when he killed Cody Devine and seriously wounded Janai Wilson, who were in a vacant duplex he owns, in 2014.

Cody Devine was shot to death by Wayne Burgarello in Reno. Burgarello maintains he was acting in self-defense when he killed Cody Devine and seriously wounded Janai Wilson, who were in a vacant duplex he owns, in 2014.

“We’d just like to say thank you to the jury for finally seeing what this case was about, which is justified self-defense,” Ristenpart said. “He did what he had to do to protect his own life.”

Hahn said Burgarello wanted to exact revenge for repeated burglaries and vandalism at the rental unit he largely abandoned nine years ago in a working-class neighborhood just east of Reno.

“There was going to be a deadly confrontation,” Hahn said during Friday’s closing arguments. “He was mad. Somebody was going to pay.”

Wilson testified during the two-week trial that she stayed at the duplex off and on for three years. She said Burgarello opened fire without provocation while she and Devine were sleeping in a makeshift bed on the floor.

Neither trespasser had a firearm, but Burgarello told police Devine’s arm “came up like a gun.” Ristenpart said he might have mistaken a black flashlight found at the scene for a gun and had only a split second to respond.

Burgarello did not take the stand, but jurors saw a video of his interrogation by detectives.

“I was trying to protect my own life,” he said. “Since they were there in a threatening manner, I reacted.”

Ristenpart said it was Devine and Wilson, not Burgarello, who “created the dangerous, threatening situation, trespassing, getting high on meth and being where they shouldn’t be, where they had no right to be.”

“The state wants you to find Wayne was the aggressor for going into his own home. That’s not being aggressive. That’s your right,” she said.

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Janai Wilson shows the prosecutor the bullet scars on her arm as she testifies in Washoe County District Court Wednesday in Reno. Janai Wilson testified before prosecutors rested their case against Wayne Burgarello on charges of murder and attempted murder.

Hahn said the trespassers had no business being there, but they did nothing to threaten Burgarello and didn’t deserve to be “shot like fish in a barrel on the floor.”

Devine was shot five times, including once in the head. Wilson was shot in her leg, arm and stomach.

“It wasn’t one or two (shots), then we’ll talk. It was eight rounds,” Hahn said. “It was open season.”

Two neighbors testified Burgarello told them years ago he might arm himself and wait for people responsible for repeated break-ins.

“This had been rolling around in this man’s mind for several years,” Hahn said.

Nevada’s stand-your-ground law allows property owners to use deadly force against attackers who pose an imminent threat, regardless of whether they are armed. But it specifies the shooter cannot be the initial aggressor.

More than 30 states have adopted or strengthened stand-your-ground laws since Florida expanded its law in 2005 to allow deadly force outside the home. Interpretation of those laws has been controversial since a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin’s 2012 shooting death.

Earlier this year, a judge made it clear Montana’s stand-your-ground law has limits when he sentenced Markus Kaarma to 70 years in the 2014 killing of a teenager. Prosecutors argued Kaarma couldn’t claim self-defense because he was intent on setting a trap for a burglar in his garage.

In a similar Minnesota case, Byron Smith was convicted of premeditated murder last year for lying in wait in his basement and killing two teens who broke in.

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