» Cleveland police officer Luis Rivera gets caught trolling Copblock during work hours from IP belonging to city court system.

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Anonymity on the internet continues to be a thing of the past after a Cleveland cop was exposed as most likely being the same person leaving hate-filled comments to a writer of Cop Block then following it up with a hate-filled email.

While the comments are not threatening, therefore not illegal, they can easily become grounds for termination under the conduct unbecoming of an officer policy, which is enforced every once in a while.

Especially if it is determined that Cleveland police officer Luis M. Rivera made those comments while on duty.

Davy Vara, the recipient of the comments, has already been in contact with the Cleveland Police Department, who confirmed that Rivera works the graveyard shift from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The initial comment regarding the suicide of Vara’s father was left at 1:12 a.m.

The woman who took Vara’s call today recommended he call Rivera’s commander as well as Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath on Monday, which Vara plans to do.

It started on November 14 when a commenter named BuckNut left a comment on an article Vara wrote on Cop Block stating the following:

 
Vara, whose father killed himself in 1993, has frequently posted that his heart has never healed from the suicide and that it is the driving force behind his activism as he explains on his blogtoday.

The comment wasn’t too hard to trace. All it took was plugging in the commenter’s email address, buckeyes838@yahoo.com, into Facebook’s search engine, which lead to a man named Luis M. Rivera, who describes himself as a “Garbage Collector” for the City of Cleveland, a man with a plethora of friends who happen to be police officers.

And a quick search on his IP address, 12.202.84.226, was traced to  “City of Cleveland Municipal Courts.”

Once Vara found Rivera’s Facebook page, he sent him a message in Spanish stating, “eres un cabron,” which is essentially calling him an asshole even though the word translates to goat.

Within minutes, Vara received an email from somebody using an anonymous proxy server stating the following:

The First Amendment protects us all, including police officers, but it does not protect us from being exposed for making anonymous offensive comments on the internet.

And it does not protect us from losing our jobs either…
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Will The Police Protect You?

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Wendy McElroy



For years, I have declared a preference for taking my chances with criminals rather than with the police.

Criminals usually want my property, not to control my life or to cage me like an animal. With criminals, I can pull a gun in self-defense. Until lately, however, the average person has scowled my way whenever I voiced that preference.

The situation is changing. A tipping point in the public attitude toward law enforcement is under way… finally! A significant number of people have realized that America is either currently a police state or it is teetering on the crumbling edge to one.

Part of the sea change comes from the deliberate militarization of police departments, where tanks, drones, and SWAT teams have become standard. A military-style training, in which civilians are viewed as combatants, has deepened the antagonism of the police toward the public so that violent incidents are commonplace. Many police officers no longer bother to disguise their savagery.

Police at the University of California, Davis who pepper-sprayed peaceful, seated Occupy protesters a year ago come to mind. Why should they be subtle? Their anti-terrorism mandate has erased the restraints of civil liberties.

Meanwhile, there is no oversight. The police define their own rules of conduct, police departments investigate their own misdeeds behind closed doors, and district attorneys and police unions aggressively shield the criminal acts of cops. Victims who complain are often charged with elastic crimes, such as “obstructing law enforcement,” which are later dropped in exchange for their silence.

Part of the sea change also comes from the increased use of law enforcement against children in public schools. Last May, New Mexico police officer Chris Webb was visiting a school for career day when he asked a group of young boys to wash his police car. A 10-year-old refused. According to an ensuing lawsuit against Webb and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, the officer told the youngster, “Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.” Webb then used a Taser on him, sending 50,000 volts of electricity into the 100-pound boy’s chest. He lost consciousness. Instead of seeking medical care, however, Webb merely carried him into the principal’s office. The officer claims it was all an accident and points to his punishment — a three-day suspension — as proof the police department believes him.

The incident is not isolated. Last month, a federal civil rights lawsuit was filed against a Mississippi school district that arrests students, handcuffs them, and ships them off to youth court for minor infractions like breaking the dress code.

Among the defendants are judges of the county’s youth court and the Mississippi Division of Youth Services. They are accused of violating the children’s constitutional rights through such practices as incarcerating them for days without a probable cause hearing.

The backlash goes on and on. The raw money grabs being made by police in the name of civil forfeiture have also sparked fury. Under civil forfeiture, property that was involved in a crime can be confiscated and sold by police departments. It doesn’t matter if the victims of the forfeiture have committed no crime or have never been charged with one.

On Nov. 5, for example, a pivotal civil forfeiture case commenced in Boston. Over a 20-year period, a handful of drug crimes were committed in a motel owned by Russ Caswell and his wife; the “crime scenes” represented about 0.05% of their total rentals. Nevertheless, the federal government and the local police department are attempting to take the Caswells’ $1 million motel and split the proceeds. Ironically, the money grab arose because the Caswells themselves reported suspicious activity.

These and other factors, including the rise of YouTube videos that capture police brutality, contribute to the discomfort with which average people are beginning to view the police.

The importance of this change cannot be overstated.

Years ago, I interviewed several dozen sex workers and surveyed about 200 more for the purpose of writing a book about the realities of the “profession.” The women expressed one political attitude over and over: They did not trust the police, the courts, or any aspect of law enforcement. They recognized the legal system for what it is — an enemy. From visceral experience, the women knew law enforcement as a corrupt system that brutalizes harmless people and criminalizes peaceful acts.

Their attitude was refreshing. The single greatest obstacle over which I used to stumble in arguing for fundamental legal change was the inculcated belief that the police were there “to serve and protect.”

I argued in vain that the police have no duty whatsoever to protect people from criminals; that’s not their job description. The courts have been clear on this point for over a century. In 1856, the U.S. Supreme Court (South v. Maryland) found that law enforcement officers had no responsibility to protect anyone. Their duty was to enforce the law in general. More recently, in 1982 (Bowers v. DeVito), the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals held that “there is no constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen.” Later court decisions concur.

Police vehicles often sport slogans like “Proud to serve!” If they aren’t there to protect you, the question becomes who are they serving? The courts have answered: Police departments exist to enforce the law. The police serve the government, not the people. They uphold the law with total disregard for whether their actions create or prevent violence. If government decides that certain forms of consent between adults must not be tolerated, then the police will draw their guns and barge into otherwise peaceful situations. To uphold an unjust law, they will create violence and victims.

To understand the reality that the police are not there for you is an extremely valuable piece of information. If you are depending on them to protect you, to guard you against real crime, to stop intruders or muggers and to prosecute after the fact, you have been sorely misled.

Every citizen who wants to be free must prepare for his or her own defense against violence. The market is there to assist with security services, alarm systems, property monitoring devices, ever more sophisticated locks, and, of course, guns of all sorts. In the end, we are responsible for our own security. The state will not come to your rescue. On the contrary, it is the market that provides the means by which we are rescued from the state.
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Wendy McElroy is Author, lecturer, and freelance writer, and a senior associate of the Laissez Faire Club.

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It’s a shame it tooks the recent bouts of violence from cops to bring attention to an issue blacks have been struggling with for decades

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Heavily Armed Cop (M-16s) at New York Comic Con Violates Rights to Photo in Public
 


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» Two Texan police officers are being sued for using a Taser to shock a man who was having a seizure, causing the 50-year-old to suffer a heart attack and permanent brain damage.

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Scott Sheeley filed a federal complaint last week in Austin, TX, requesting a jury trial against two police officer who shocked him with a Taser. In May, Sheeley unsuccessfully asked for a settlement of at least $1.5 million to cover the costs of medical fees, attorneys and emotional damages.

The case involves a police response to a 911 phone call last November. Police responded to a request for medical assistance for Sheeley, who was suffering a seizure at his home in Austin. When officers Chard Norman and Kevin Sederquest arrived at the man’s house, they allegedly used violence to restrict him from movement, constrained his ability to breathe and repeatedly shocked him with a Taser gun.

The officers controlled the man by “pushing a knee on his back while he was in handcuffs, causing his head to be pressed against the back cushion of the chair, all while he was still convulsing,” the brother of the victim, Dustin Sheeley wrote in a complaint against the state.

Police continued to Taser the man, even after the brother told them not to, and even after the convulsing man was handcuffed. The 50-year-old was left with wounds on his shoulder, back and under his left armpit.

When paramedics arrived, Sheeley was injected with Haldol and Ativan – drugs which are used to control psychotic disorders and anxiety and which can also cause seizures and sudden death, the plaintiff said. The victim then had a heart attack.

“As a result of being improperly restrained, in particular after concurrently having received Ativan and Haldol, the plaintiff suffered respiratory arrest and ceased breathing… As a result of the respiratory arrest, plaintiff suffered cardiac arrest,” reads the formal complaint against the officers.

It took paramedics 11 minutes to revive the man and bring back his pulse.

Sheeley says he suffers and continues to suffer from respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, loss of heartbeat, loss of oxygen, Taser wounds to the torso, abrasions to knees and elbows, brain injury, loss of vision, headaches, broken ribs, physical pain, continued seizure and severe emotional anguish.

The man claims the police violated his Constitutional rights under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.

“Mr. Sheely’s injuries were severe and impact him daily,” defense attorney Leslie Lienemann wrote in the complaint. “He is still receiving medical care for a number of medical symptoms and will continue to do so.”

 

» Four officers were charged with crimes as a result of conducting illegal rectal searches for drugs on the street, according to a criminal complaint.

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Four Milwaukee police officers were charged Tuesday with felonies related to illegal rectal searches of suspects on the street and in police district stations over the past two years.

In one case, an officer held a gun to a man’s head as two others held his arms and a third put him in a choke hold while jamming a hand into his anus, purportedly searching for evidence, according to the criminal complaint. Another man bled from his rectum for several days after his encounter with police, the complaint says.

The complaint lays out in graphic detail how the primary suspect, Officer Michael Vagnini, conducted searches of men’s anal and scrotal areas, often inserting his fingers into their rectums. Vagnini acknowledged performing one of the searches. At least one suspect said Vagnini planted drugs on him.

State law and police procedures prohibit officers from conducting cavity searches. Only medical personnel are allowed to perform them, and police must first obtain a search warrant.

The charges are the latest blow to Chief Edward Flynn and his department, already under fire over the in-custody death of Derek Williams, detaining the mother of a slain boy and reporting inaccurate crime statistics to the FBI and the public.

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FBI begins installation of $1 billion face recognition system across USSeptember 8, 2012
Birthmarks, be damned: the FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reached a milestone in the development of their Next Generation Identification (NGI) program and is now implementing the intelligence database in unidentified locales across the country, New Scientist reports in an article this week. The FBI first outlined the project back in 2005, explaining to the Justice Department in an August 2006 document (.pdf) that their new system will eventually serve as an upgrade to the current Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) that keeps track of citizens with criminal records across America .
“The NGI Program is a compilation of initiatives that will either improve or expand existing biometric identification services,” its administrator explained to the Department of Justice at the time, adding that  the project, “will accommodate increased information processing and sharing demands in support of anti-terrorism.”
“The NGI Program Office mission is to reduce terrorist and criminal activities by improving and expanding biometric identification and criminal history information services through research, evaluation and implementation of advanced technology within the IAFIS environment.”
The agency insists, “As a result of the NGI initiatives, the FBI will be able to provide services to enhance interoperability between stakeholders at all levels of government, including local, state, federal, and international partners.” In doing as such, though, the government is now going ahead with linking a database of images and personally identifiable information of anyone in their records with departments around the world thanks to technology that makes fingerprint tracking seem like kids’ stuff.
According to their 2006 report, the NGI program utilizes “specialized requirements in the Latent Services, Facial Recognition and Multi-modal Biometrics areas” that “will allow the FnewBI to establish a terrorist fingerprint identification system that is compatible with other systems; increase the accessibility and number of the IAFIS terrorist fingerprint records; and provide latent palm print search capabilities.”
Is that just all, though? During a 2010 presentation (.pdf) made by the FBI’s Biometric Center of Intelligence, the agency identified why facial recognition technology needs to be embraced. Specifically, the FBI said that the technology could be used for “Identifying subjects in public datasets,” as well as “conducting automated surveillance at lookout locations” and “tracking subject movements,” meaning NGI is more than just a database of mug shots mixed up with fingerprints — the FBI has admitted that this their intent with the technology surpasses just searching for criminals but includes spectacular surveillance capabilities. Together, it’s a system unheard of outside of science fiction.
New Scientist reports that a 2010 study found technology used by NGI to be accurate in picking out suspects from a pool of 1.6 million mug shots 92 percent of the time. The system was tested on a trial basis in the state of Michigan earlier this year, and has already been cleared for pilot runs in Washington, Florida and North Carolina. Now according to this week’s New Scientist report, the full rollout of the program has begun and the FBI expects its intelligence infrastructure to be in place across the United States by 2014.
In 2008, the FBI announced that it awarded Lockheed Martin Transportation and Security Solutions, one of the Defense Department’s most favored contractors, with the authorization to design, develop, test and deploy the NGI System. Thomas E. Bush III, the former FBI agent who helped develop the NGI’s system requirements, tells NextGov.com, “The idea was to be able to plug and play with these identifiers and biometrics.” With those items being collected without much oversight being admitted, though, putting the personal facts pertaining to millions of Americans into the hands of some playful Pentagon staffers only begins to open up civil liberties issues.
Jim Harper, director of information policy at the Cato Institute, adds to NextGov that investigators pair facial recognition technology with publically available social networks in order to build bigger profiles. Facial recognition “is more accurate with a Google or a Facebook, because they will have anywhere from a half-dozen to a dozen pictures of an individual, whereas I imagine the FBI has one or two mug shots,” he says. When these files are then fed to law enforcement agencies on local, federal and international levels, intelligence databases that include everything from close-ups of eyeballs and irises to online interests could be shared among offices.
The FBI expects the NGI system to include as many as 14 million photographs by the time the project is in full swing in only two years, but the pace of technology and the new connections constantly created by law enforcement agencies could allow for a database that dwarfs that estimate. As RT reported earlier this week, the city of Los Angeles now considers photography in public space “suspicious,” and authorizes LAPD officers to file reports if they have reason to believe a suspect is up to no good. Those reports, which may not necessarily involve any arrests, crimes, charges or even interviews with the suspect, can then be filed, analyzed, stored and shared with federal and local agencies connected across the country to massive data fusion centers. Similarly, live video transmissions from thousands of surveillance cameras across the country are believed to be sent to the same fusion centers as part of TrapWire, a global eye-in-the-sky endeavor that RT first exposed earlier this year.
“Facial recognition creates acute privacy concerns that fingerprints do not,” US Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) told the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on privacy, technology and the law earlier this year. “Once someone has your faceprint, they can get your name, they can find your social networking account and they can find and track you in the street, in the stores you visit, the government buildings you enter, and the photos your friends post online.”
In his own testimony, Carnegie Mellon University Professor Alessandro Acquisti said to Sen. Franken, “the convergence of face recognition, online social networks and data mining has made it possible to use publicly available data and inexpensive technologies to produce sensitive inferences merely starting from an anonymous face.”
“Face recognition, like other information technologies, can be source of both benefits and costs to society and its individual members,” Prof. Acquisti added. “However, the combination of face recognition, social networks data and data mining can significant undermine our current notions and expectations of privacy and anonymity.”
With the latest report suggesting the NGI program is now a reality in America, though, it might be too late to try and keep the FBI from interfering with seemingly every aspect of life in the US, both private and public. As of July 18, 2012, the FBI reports, “The NGI program … is on scope, on schedule, on cost, and 60 percent deployed.”
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The surveillance state is here, full throttle.

 These lovely Orwellian times we live in.
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» Anaheim officers involved in fatal shootings back on the job

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The Anaheim police officers who killed two men in back-to-back shootings in July have returned to their jobs and are no longer on paid administrative leave, a police spokesman confirmed Thursday.

Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn said he did not know exactly when the two officers returned but said it had been “a couple of weeks.” He declined to provide their names but described both as veteran police officers.

One of the officers shot Manuel Diaz, 25, on July 21, Dunn said. The other shot Joel Acevedo, 21, the next day. The shootings lead to days of streets protests and violence in Orange County’s largest city.

PHOTOS: Anaheim police shooting protests

The police union has alleged that Diaz, who was being chased by police, was shot after he reached into his waistband. Protesters gathered at the scene in front of an East Anaheim apartment and began hurling bottles at police, who fired bean bags at the crowd. A police dog broke free and attacked protesters.

A day later, Acevedo was killed. Police said he had fired at officers during a foot chase, and later released a photo of a handgun lying between his legs.

An investigation into both incidents is ongoing, Dunn said.

The shootings rocked the city, igniting long-simmering tensionsbetween police and Anaheim’s Latino community, which makes up about 52% of the city of 336,000. 

Activists also took their fight to City Hall, saying the municipal election system in place discriminates against Latinos. In a divided decision, City Council members rejected a proposed ballot measure that would have created voting districts to increase Latino representation.

» Maryland Cop Shoots Fleeing, Handcuffed Suspect in the Back

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A District Heights police sergeant shot a handcuffed suspect in the back Thursday afternoon, inflicting a serious wound as the man tried to flee, according to authorities, law enforcement officials and family members.

Calvin Kyle, 26, had been pulled over, handcuffed and put in a police cruiser after he was seen riding a stolen motorcycle near County Road and Marlboro Pike in District Heights, law enforcement officials said. But as District Heights Police Sgt. Johnnie Riley attended to other matters, Kyle got out of the cruiser and began to run, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.

That’s when Riley shot Kyle in the back, the officials said.

Because chasing down a man with his hands cuffed behind his back is just too easy. Instead, make it easier by escalating the situation and attempt to kill him.

» Getting shot and killed by the police is the price we pay to be protected by the police? I respectfully disagree.

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The Utah Shooting Sports Council board decries the violence perpetrated by killer Jeff Johnson at the Empire State Building on Aug. 24, and we applaud the courage of the police officers who stopped this killer.

Yet the injury of nine civilians by police bullets is unacceptable. That atrocious count could have been reduced or eliminated had the New York Police Department supplied better initial training to its officers and reinforced it on a regular basis.

Admittedly, Monday-morning quarterbacking is easier than dealing with the pressure of a real-life situation. But close evaluation is needed in this and other shootings because public safety is at risk. Law enforcement must look at what worked and what didn’t, and then make appropriate changes.

Many are defending the cops on this shooting, and certainly some of what they did warrants defense. On the other hand, they shot nine times more innocent people than the assailant did. And any one of those rounds could have been fatal. Already, one victim has filed a claim against the city.

Of the 16 rounds fired by the two officers, three were recovered from the assailant’s body and four passed through it — better than NYPD’s average hit ratio, but not great. According to a 2008 Rand Corporation report, about 70 percent of police-fired rounds in that city go somewhere other than expected, sometimes into buildings, cars or (in this case) innocent bystanders a block or more away.

That’s a terrible hit rate compared to other departments. Depending on the report you look at, NYPD has a department-wide hit ratio of around 10-20 percent.

By comparison, the Los Angeles Police Department reported a 36.47 percent hit ratio for 2008, and that number jumps to nearly 50 percent if you exclude shootings with more than 30 rounds fired.

But even the LAPD hit rate isn’t particularly impressive. I’ve seen reports from some departments that have focused on modernizing their firearms training programs with hit rates in the 75-80 percent range.

The officers at the Empire State Building simply engaged beyond their training level, and people got hurt. And the buck must stop with the top brass.

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My belief on this is pretty straight forward: As a cop, if you can’t hit 90%, you don’t get a gun. End of discussion.

» Henry, Tenn. institutes K9 program as revenue generator. Police chief says they can use it at every traffic stop for probable cause when drivers refuse a search. More arrests means more asset forfeitures.

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A reader sends this story about a drug dog as a revenue raiser. The local PD wants to use a drug dog in every traffic stop. WMUF Radio: Henry Board approves K9 program, part time help for office:

Henry, Tenn.- At the Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman meeting on Tuesday, board members decided to allow police chief David Andrews to institute a K9 program for the Henry Police Department.

Andrews told board members that the city is missing out on possible revenues that a K9 would bring. He said when you make traffic stops and the driver refuses to allow a search, their hands are tied. If a drug dog alerts on a vehicle, its gives officers probable cause to search a vehicle for drugs or illegal proceeds from drugs. More drug arrests and drug, cash, and vehicle seizures lead to more revenues coming in for the police department and city.

So, the City states that they will detain every motorist for a drug dog check without any suspicion other than refusing to consent to a search, which the Police Chief equates with wrongdoing. In those states recognizing de minimus detentions within a detention, the people are being subjected to additional seizures without any cause other than asserting a constitutional right to refuse a warrantless search.

 

» Cop charged with shooting kiddie porn in elementary school. He has also been charged with possessing assault weapons, explosives, and controlled substances, as well as embezzlement.

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ANDERSON, Calif. -

Court documents outlining an investigation on a Northstate Highway Patrol Officer have left some Anderson parents outraged.

45 year old Gerald “Gary” Harris pleded not guilty Monday morning to two felony counts of possessing child porn, one felony for unauthorized use of a computer, one misdemeanor count for annoying a child and two special allegations.

He’s already pleaded not guilty to possessing assault weapons, explosives, a controlled substance, and embezzlement.

Parents have been calling CHP since this story broke, complaining that Harris was at Meadow Lane Elementary School in Anderson almost every day and was always taking pictures of the students.

The investigation was launched in January when Harris had to have his work laptop fixed. Another officer tried to fix it and reportedly found porn.

The report from CHP investigators says they found numerous flash drives and computer discs during their investigation at his Anderson home.

On one flash drive was photo of a former student in his wife’s second grade class at Meadow Lane. The camera was focused on her private parts and was date stamped September 2010. Investigators tracked the identity of the student and found she now lives in Roseville. The student said she remembered Harris being in the classroom everyday “after lunch and would leave shortly before school let out.”

Investigators found a second flash drive at Harris’ home. It contained more than 100 pictures of child erotica and nudity that were evidence in another CHP case.

The report also mentioned an incident from several years ago when pornography was found on the computer in Mrs. Harris’ classroom. The school’s computer technician asked Mrs. Harris about it. She said she didn’t know where it came from, but, according to the report, speculated it may have come from her husband. The tech reported the incident to the school’s Superintendent.

Parents told me Tuesday afternoon that Harris was always on campus; going on every field trip and helping in the classrooms.

“I am disgusted. I’m outraged. I want to know why we were not notified. From what I understand, [Mrs. Harris] is returning to school this next school year. I don’t want my children around her. I don’t even think I want my children at this school because they’re not protecting our children,” Meadow Lane Elementary parent Misti Hernandez tells us.

Another parent, Michelle Rushing said “I’m irate about the whole situation. I think the whole thing is disgusting and that he never should’ve been allowed in the classroom. I don’t feel safe having my kids go here. My oldest has been moved out of the school already and I’m thinking about pulling my youngest.”

The report also says one parent that called CHP told investigators that her daughter attended an after school program at Meadow Lane. The parent said on several occasions, instead of her daughter being in the after school program building, she would be in Mrs. Harris’ classroom. According to the report, there were times that she was even found alone with Gary Harris while Mrs. Harris was making copies. One particular time, the parent said her daughter was found on Harris’ lap with another female child and nobody else in the classroom.

We reached out to the current Superintendent, Harley North, several times. He didn’t call us back, but did email this statement:”the Cascade Union Elementary School District is very concerned about the charges levied against Mr. Harris and his connection with our students. We have cooperated with law enforcement regarding
this case from the beginning of this investigation and continue to cooperate as requested.”

Monday morning, a judge granted the prosecution’s request that Harris have no contact with anyone under 18, with the exception of family members.

Harris is scheduled to be back in court on September 4th.

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» NYPD detective suspended without pay after tied-up kidnap victim found in garage

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A veteran NYPD detective has been suspended without pay after a tied-up kidnap victim was found in his Queens garage, sources told The Post.

Ondre Johnson, a 17-year veteran of the Brooklyn north gang unit, was being questioned along with his cousin and another man suspected of being involved in the incident, and was forced to surrender his gun and badge pending the outcome of the investigation.

The 25-year-old victim was snatched off the street early yesterday morning, taken to the detective’s home and held for $75,000 ransom, sources said.

Cops busted four in the scheme.

Hakeem Clark, 30, who lives in the same building as Johnson, was slapped with kidnapping and weapons charges along with Jason Hutson, 27, and James Gayle, 27.

Alfredo Haughton, 24, was charged with kidnapping.

The sources said the kidnappers called a friend of the victim and demanded the huge cash sum. After several calls were made, the victim’s pal went to cops who were able to trace the location of the phone to the detective’s home.

Cops reached the detective’s home at about 3 p.m. yesterday. The detective answered the door with two handguns visible on his person, and identified himself as NYPD, sources said.

Officers found the victim bound in the garage, law-enforcement sources said.

The detective and his sidekicks were questioned last night at the 113th Precinct in Jamaica by Internal Affairs and Queens detectives, the sources said. No charges had been filed.

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» Federal Judge Glen Conrad rules drug dog's record of being correct only 22 times out of 85 is good enough for government work.

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The nose of a drug-sniffing police dog is not so sharp, but it’s good enough to support cocaine charges against Herbert Green.

That was the opinion of federal Judge Glen Conrad, who denied a motion this week to suppress the drugs found in Green’s sport utility vehicle with the help of a police dog named Bono.

Green’s lawyer had argued that Bono’s track record — drugs were found just 22 times out of 85 “alerts” by the dog — was so poor that police lacked probable cause to search Green’s SUV.

Had Bono failed the legal smell test, Green might have escaped prosecution on charges of having a kilogram of cocaine hidden in the back of his Lincoln Navigator.

Bono “may not be a model of canine accuracy,” Conrad wrote in an opinion filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke.

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» Breaking doors and the Constitution

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D.C. cops without a search warrant ransack veteran’s home in gun hunt

While Army 1st Sgt. Matthew Corrigan slept inside his Northwest Washington home, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) response teams were gathering outside. Dozens of SWAT and explosive-ordnance-disposal officers spent hours preparing a full-scale invasion of the residence in the middle of the snowstorm of the century. It was not an operation to protect the public from a terrorist or to stop a crime in progress. It was to rouse a sleeping man over a secondhand report that he might have an unregistered gun.

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