Missouri Officer was Badly Beaten Before Shooting Michael Brown

August 21, 2014

From http://www.foxnews.com by Hollie McKay, August 20, 2014

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries  and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department’s top brass told FoxNews.com.

“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.” 

According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown and his friend Dorain Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the road because they were obstructing traffic. However, the confrontation quickly escalated into physical violence, the source said.

“They ignored him and the officer started to get out of the car to tell them to move,” the source said. “They shoved him right back in, that’s when Michael Brown leans in and starts beating Officer Wilson in the head and the face.”

The source claims that there is “solid proof” that there was a struggle between Brown and Wilson for the policeman’s firearm, resulting in the gun going off – although it still remains unclear at this stage who pulled the trigger. Brown started to walk away according to the account, prompting Wilson to draw his gun and order him to freeze. Brown, the source said, raised his hands in the air, and turned around saying, “What, you’re going to shoot me?”

At that point, the source told FoxNews.com, the 6-foot-4, 292-pound Brown charged Wilson, prompting the officer to fire at least six shots at him, including the fatal bullet that penetrated the top of Brown’s skull, according to an independent autopsy conducted at the request of Brown’s family.

Wilson was left dazed by the initial confrontation, the source said. He is now “traumatized, scared for his life and his family, injured and terrified” that a grand jury, which began hearing evidence on Wednesday, will “make some kind of example out of him,” the source said.

The source also said the dashboard and body cameras, which might have recorded crucial evidence, had been ordered by Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, but had only recently arrived and had not yet been deployed.

A spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, citing the ongoing investigation, declined late Wednesday to say whether Wilson required medical treatment following the altercation.

Edward Magee, spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCullough, said the office will not disclose the nature of the evidence it will reveal to a grand jury.

“We’ll present every piece of evidence we have, witness statements, et cetera, to the grand jury, and we do not release any evidence or talk about evidence on the case.”

Nabil Khattar, CEO of 7Star Industries – which specializes in firearms training for law enforcement and special operations personnel – confirmed that police are typically instructed to use deadly force if in imminent danger of being killed or suffering great bodily injury.

“You may engage a threat with enough force that is reasonably necessary to defend against that danger,” he said.

Wilson is a six-year veteran of the Ferguson police force department, and has no prior disciplinary infringements.

Massive protests have since taken over the St. Louis community, prompting Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon last Thursday to place Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson at the helm of security operations in an effort to calm ongoing tensions. The federal government is also investigating the death, and Attorney General Eric Holder has taken the lead – calling “the selective release of sensitive information” in the case “troubling.”

On Friday, Ferguson police released surveillance video showing Brown stealing cigars from a convenience store just before his death. Jackson came under intense criticism for disclosing the tape and a related police report as he also insisted that the alleged robbery and the encounter with Wilson were unrelated matters. Brown’s family, through their attorney, suggested the tape’s release was a strategic form of “character assassination.”

However, FoxNews.com’s source insisted that there was absolutely no spin agenda behind the tape’s release and that there were a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) media requests filed by media outlets seeking it. Tom Jackson is said to have waited on publicly releasing it, and did not want it shown until Brown’s grieving mother first had the chance to see it.

“He defied the FOIAs as long as he could,” noted the insider. “A powerful, ugly spin has completely ruined public discourse on this whole situation.”

More Than a Dozen Witnesses Have Corroborated Officer Darren Wilson’s Version of Ferguson Shooting

August 21, 2014

From http://www.theblaze.com by Jay Howerton, August 18, 2014

More than a dozen witnesses have backed up the account of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the controversial shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, police sources reportedly told St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Christine Byers.

Byers also reported on Monday that Brown’s body was transported from the county medical examiner to a funeral home and then back to the medical examiner for three autopsies.

Protests continued on Monday night, more than a week after Brown was fatally shot by Wilson.

Though Wilson has not spoken publicly about his side of the story, an alleged friend of the officer, identified only as Josie, shared what she claimed to be Wilson’s recollection of events. CNN later confirmed that the woman’s account matches Wilson’s account of the shooting, according to their law enforcement sources.

The woman called into TheBlaze TV host Dana Loesch’s radio show on Friday, claiming that Brown “bum-rushed” Wilson moments after pushing him into his squad car, punching him in the face and trying to grab the cop’s gun.

“Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him… And then all the sudden he just started bumrushing him. He just started coming at him full speed. And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something,” the caller added. “The final shot was in the forehead, and then he fell about two or three feet in front of the officer.”

Ferguson: Another False Narrative Meant to Divide?

August 21, 2014


Holder’s ‘vigilante justice’ on full display says ex-Secret Service agent

From http://www.wnd.com by Leo Hohmann, August 20, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday to head up a federal investigation that is becoming unprecedented in American law enforcement, legal experts say.


With an army of FBI agents on the ground and the governor of Missouri calling for a “vigorous prosecution” of the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, many are questioning if the case isn’t already tainted before any arrest has been made.

Gov. Jay Nixon’s comments, along with the arrival of Holder and his statements in a local newspaper, are creating a toxic environment for any future trial that may be conducted for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, says one former cop and member of the White House Secret Service team.

Dan Bongino sees the hallmarks of a political psychological operation rather than an honest criminal investigation.

“Everything to them is political,” he said, and Ferguson has proved no exception.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an “open letter” by Holder to the city of Ferguson Wednesday that seemed to play on already raw emotions in the city and the nation, noted Bongino, the former Obama Secret Service agent now running for Congress in Maryland.

Holder’s letter said law enforcement “priorities and arrest patterns must not lead to disparate treatment under the law, even if such treatment is unintended. And police forces should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.”

Bongino said it was “almost unprecedented” to have the chief law enforcement officer in the nation taking such an active role in a criminal investigation before any arrests have been made and the local investigation is still not concluded.

He called Holder a “phony” and a “complete fraud.”

“There’s nothing done on Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious, yet here you have a case where nothing’s been determined, where he (Wilson) may be guilty, he may not be, and Holder’s got a contingent of 40 agents out there,” Bongino said. “It’s strictly for political reasons, to stoke the flames of fury in America.”

Bongino called the efforts to convict Wilson in the media before he is charged with any crime a form of “vigilante justice.”

“I think the important question to ask ourselves is do we believe in vigilante justice or do we believe in law and order? Having been a former cop, I can tell you the facts aren’t even out yet and there’s still an investigation being done, and while we can have a sensible conversation about military equipment and the use of it, there’s just no sensible conversation right now about the officer’s actions or those of Michael Brown,” he said. “These facts just haven’t been released yet.”

Bongino said he finds it disturbing that anyone, on the right or on the left, at this point would rush to judge Wilson, one way or the other.

“They don’t know what happened yet, and you have effectively the firing squad going after this cop,” he said. “Why anyone would want to be a police officer today in America is beyond me.”

Savage: Fact-free conclusions

Radio host and political author Michael Savage also has been hitting hard this week on what he sees as twisted justice in Ferguson.

On Tuesday he called out Amnesty International, other “leftists,” the media and the federal government for jumping to conclusions about what happened in the Aug. 9 shooting before any facts were known.

“Why is Amnesty International on the scene in Ferguson while an international genocide is going on in Iraq?” Savage asked. “Social justice? These are social vandals; they are trying to burn Ferguson to the ground. Multiple witnesses say the unarmed teen attacked the cop. You don’t want to hear that the poor, unarmed teen rushed the cop, smashed his head in, broke his eye socket and was trying to wrest his gun away from him. You don’t want to hear that.”

If it had been the opposite scenario, things would have played out differently, Savage said. There would have been no media circus.

“If the teen, the poor unarmed teen, who everyone is mourning for, the martyr of the day, had managed to get the gun away from the cop and kill the cop, tell me what would be going on today? Nothing,” he said. “All of the rioters in the streets would be doing what they normally do – selling drugs, cashing their welfare checks. … But now they have a social cause because Al Sharpton told them what their cause is.”

Manufactured ‘crisis’?

Bongino said the level to which the Democrats are willing to sink in using the Ferguson crisis to their political advantage was on full display when they set up a voter registration booth 50 feet away from where Brown was killed.

“If the Republican Party had done that, there would be a media outrage, and rightfully so, but because it’s Democrats all is forgiven,” he said.

The Democratic Party of John F. Kennedy is now dead, he said, with today’s party leaders focused on dividing and distraction politics.

“They have nothing to run on, nothing. They can’t run on Obamacare. They can’t run on helping vets, on immigration policy. They can’t run on President Obama’s popularity, so what do they do? They cordon off America into groups,” Bongino said.

“It’s Muslim versus Jew, black versus white, woman versus men, rich versus poor. It’s immigrant versus native-born, young versus old. It’s nearly endless, and they are doing it for a strategic reason, not an ethical or moral reason, because once they can get these groups to look at each other with a sense of vitriol, they can blame the other party for causing all of that one group’s problems,” he said.

“They don’t say vote for me – they have nothing to run on – they say don’t vote for these other guys because they did this to you, they’re against you. That’s all they have, and the sycophantic media refuses to do its job and is part and parcel to the shredding of America, fiber by fiber.”

No data to support racially based shootings

While Holder implies in his letter that arrests and shootings are “uneven” across racial lines, the data does not bear that out, says one of the nation’s top academic researchers on police use of lethal force.

David Klinger, an associate professor in the department of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri in St. Louis and a former officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, said there are two permissible circumstances in which an officer can use lethal force.

An officer can shoot a suspect who is threatening his life or the life of a fellow officer or a member of the public, said Klinger. This would be squarely within the bounds of the Constitution under a legal concept known as the “defense of life” standard.

An officer can also shoot a fleeing suspect if the officer believes the suspect has committed a violent felony and his or her escape would pose a significant and serious threat, he said.

At best, the data is incomplete when it comes to whether police unfairly target blacks with lethal force, Klinger said.

“The problem is that the data we have nationally is not good,” he said. “So it’s difficult to say who is more likely to be shot in one group as opposed to another group.”

This is because the FBI does not require police agencies to report all officer-involved shootings. Even the reporting of “justifiable” shootings is voluntary and, therefore, vastly under-reported, Klinger said.

“What we can say is, those who have done studies find that young, black males are disproportionately involved in these police shootings,” he said. “However, if you take into account the disproportionate involvement of young black males in criminal activity, yes, they are more likely to be shot. But if you look at the types of crime, they tend to be involved in those types of crimes that are more likely to result in a shooting. So the disparity is not as great as it might first appear.”

Klinger said he presented a paper on this issue to the American Society of Criminology in November 2013 with several of his colleagues, which is now up for peer review before publication in an academic journal.

“We found that, yes, young black men are more involved, but once you take into account the crime rates in those communities, the racial factor basically washes out,” he said. “And this question of differential black involvement has been around since the social scientific community started studying it in late ’60s and early ’70s.”

He said an older study of black police officers in New York City found that these officers fired their weapons more often than white officers in the city, but that was only because they tended to live and work in areas with the highest crime rates.

Stoking the flames based on ‘emotion’

Bongino said the Holder-led Justice Department found a way in Ferguson to avoid honoring its oath of office to follow the rule of law and extend due process of law to all suspects in a crime.

“It allows them to jump to vigilante justice, to stoke the flames of division instead of doing an actual criminal investigation,” he said. “This officer is not entitled to due process and, if you subscribe to that theory, how do you know you are not next? What about probable cause? Should they have probable cause to arrest you, or should they be able to arrest you just because you are part of a politically disfavored group?”

Bongino noted that even some legal scholars not associated with the political right are noticing the dangerous shift from equal justice to selective justice.

“You have Jonathan Turley (law professor at George Washington University) coming out and saying Obama is the president Nixon always wanted to be. People across the political spectrum are really starting to get disturbed that we have entered an era of discretionary government,” he said. “Remember, the government has a monopoly on force, and when the boxer hits one group, what’s to stop him from turning and hitting someone down the road who is of a different stripe?

“That’s why I’m so disturbed by vigilante justice in this case,” he continued. “Everyone deserves constitutional due process, not emotional due process.”

Bongino said that while there are certainly bad cops working the streets of almost any town, “the idea that cops go out and shoot people just because they look different is an absolute absurdity.”

“Are there bad cops? Yes,” he said. “But acting like this officer actually went to work looking to do a shooting; if you think this guy thought this was a good thing, that this would benefit his career, what kind of a sick mind would think that?

“Calling for a lynch mob for either one of these guys is just grossly irresponsible. And the death of this kid is tragic. If their version of the story is correct, then let justice be served. But are we entitled even to hear it, or should we just go by emotion and forget due process?”

    Read more at http://mobile.wnd.com/2014/08/ferguson-another-false-narrative-meant-to-divide/#vzhqbU507EwAW04J.99

    Ferguson, Missouri: Rule by Law or Rule by Mobocracy?

    August 21, 2014

    From The New American by Bob Adelmann, August 21, 2014

    With Missouri Governor Jay Nixon concluding that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is guilty of murder and the New York Times concluding that if the grand jury fails to indict Wilson for murder there will be hell to pay in Ferguson, the question has to be asked: What has happened to the rule of law? What has happened to the fundamental understanding that under the rule of law, Wilson is innocent until proven guilty?

    Following a night of relative calm in Ferguson, Missouri (there were only six arrests Wednesday night compared to 47 arrests the night before), focus is now being directed to the start of the investigation by the grand jury into the shooting of Michael Brown on August 9 by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The grand jury of 12 consists of nine white and three black individuals. It will take at least nine of those jurors to bring charges (which could range from murder to manslaughter to negligent homicide) or acquit Wilson. According to St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch, the jury won’t have a final decision before mid-October.

    It’ll take that long to present all the forensic evidence generated by the three separate autopsies performed on Brown, along with testimony by witnesses and perhaps even testimony from Wilson himself.

    Already there’s controversy surrounding McCulloch. An online petition has gathered more than 70,000 signatures demanding that he recuse himself from the case claiming that his background and his family ties prejudice him in favor of the police. In 1964, when McCulloch was 13 years old, his father — then a member of the St. Louis Police Department — was killed by a black suspect during an arrest. His brother, cousin, and uncle were on the police force, and his mother worked as a clerk for the department as well.

    McCulloch, however, has refused to remove himself from the case: “We are going to proceed until I am told by the governor that I can’t,” said the prosecutor in an interview. And the governor is refusing to replace him with a special prosecutor, claiming that it would unnecessarily disrupt normal operating procedures.

    The governor, Jay Nixon, has already decided that Wilson is guilty. In a remarkable overreach, Nixon said in a videotaped statement on Tuesday that “vigorous prosecution must now be pursued” in the shooting death of Brown. Some thought he meant to say “vigorous investigation” but his bias toward guilt was confirmed by his follow-on statement:

    We have a responsibility to … do everything we can to achieve justice for [Brown’s] family.… Justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown must be carried out thoroughly, promptly and correctly.

    Nothing in his statement mentioned justice for Darren Wilson who, under the rule of law, is innocent until proven guilty.

    Nixon’s overstatement was immediately challenged by Missouri’s Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, who told Fox News: “It would be wrong for a prosecutor to say what the governor has said here tonight, and it’s wrong for the governor of Missouri to have said.” He added:

    It’s really heartbreaking to see a man elected to an office that high in our state government … come out with a statement like that, that does prejudge the case.

    Sergeant Kevin Ahlbrand, president of the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police, added that he also was “very disappointed” in Nixon’s rush to judgment. He said, “We welcome a vigorous investigation.… Justice needs to go both ways. Darren’s been vilified in the press and by politicians with minimal facts being made public.”

    It was the Times, however, that warned that if Wilson is found innocent after an eight-week investigation into the true facts of what happened the day of the shooting, there would be trouble in River City: “The community [of Ferguson] will almost certainly reject a decision not to indict Mr. Wilson.”

    And of course there’s the inevitable and ubiquitous champion of justice himself, Attorney General Eric Holder, who is conducting his own investigation separately from the grand jury to determine if Wilson violated any federal civil rights statutes in the shooting. Happily the attorney general will have to prove that Wilson deliberately acted with evil intentions to deprive Brown of his civil rights in the shooting. With what evidence the public has seen, that would be a tall hill for Holder to climb.

    But the rush to judgment by Nixon and the troublesome consequences predicted by the Times if the grand jury fails to indict Wilson provide sad commentary on our society: The rule of law, which is designed to protect innocents until they are proven guilty, can still be undone by racism.

    Ferguson may be quieting down, but collective breaths are being held there until the verdict is announced in October.


    Former U.S. Marine Gunner: Ferguson Shot Pattern Vindicates Officer Wilson

    August 20, 2014

    From The New American by Selwyn Duke, August 20, 2014

    Does the unusual shot pattern in the Michael Brown shooting incident tell the tale of whether or not Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson fired in self-defense? Ex-marine and video blogger Michael Wilson (no relation) certainly thinks so. And he has created a presentation explaining the significance of the pattern and why he thinks the Brown family autopsy ultimately will vindicate Officer Wilson.

    Ex-Marine Gunner: Ferguson Shot Pattern Vindicates Officer Wilson

    Relating his background in marksmanship, Michael Wilson says, “In the Marines I was a corporal; I was a squad leader and the gunner on a 60-millimeter mortar. And in that position I had to qualify with a pistol.” He then points out that whether you’re in the military or on a police force (or anytime anyone is trained in the use of handguns, for that matter) you’re taught to aim for center mass, the torso, as it’s the easiest target to hit and is where most vital organs are located. For this reason, Michael Wilson was immediately struck by the Brown family autopsy report. He said:

    The autopsy showed that Officer Wilson was pulling his shots to the left — his left..

    You can see that the shots are going down the right side of Mike Brown’s body, hitting his arm, in fact; if Officer Wilson had pulled his shots any further, he would have missed him altogether. So why was Officer Wilson pulling his shots to the left?

    Note also here that the 6’4”, 290-pound Brown’s torso was a very large target.

    Having said this, it’s harder hitting targets with a handgun than most people think (it’s not like in the movies), and, when under the stress of a life or death situation and facing a moving assailant, hitting your target is more difficult still. Yet if this were the cause of Officer Wilson’s inaccuracy, or were he just a bad shot, his off-target grouping would be random. But this was not the case — again, there was a definite pattern. What does it mean?

    Michael Wilson explains. He mentions “Josie,” the friend of Officer Wilson who called into The Dana Show on NewsTalk 97.1 KTFK, gave the officer’s account of events, and said that Brown had punched Officer Wilson in the face. This certainly explains the injury Officer Wilson suffered, an orbital blowout fracture of the left eye. Michael Wilson then connects the dots further, saying that if Brown was right-handed, and most people are, the left side of the face is precisely where he would have struck the officer. He then gets down to brass tacks:

    So, here’s why his shots went off to the left. They have the fight, he [Officer Wilson] gets punched in the face, and if you’ve ever had a black eye, you know that not only does it hurt, but your vision automatically gets blurry. And you start squinting…. And so in order to see straight, you kind of tilt your head and cock it a little bit to the side. You can’t help it; it’s automatic; it’s just part of being human. And that means that when you’re firing a pistol, it’s automatically going to pull the pistol in the same direction. In this case, to the left.

    Michael Wilson proceeds to fill in the blanks: Officer Wilson, with a painful and blurry left eye, is shooting at a charging Brown. But he’s pulling his shots left and starts hitting Brown in the arm with vertical variation “because when Brown is running … his arm is going up and down, right about in line with the middle of the chest [center mass], where Officer Wilson would have been aiming.” To clarify, the shots are random in terms of height — some higher on the arm and some lower — because the arm is moving up and down, as it does when one runs. So when a given part of the arm passed through chest-height range, where Officer Wilson was aiming, it was in the line of fire. But while the height varied, all the arm shots were virtually the exact same distance left. This is consistent with a shooter with Officer Wilson’s left-eye injury: Left-right aim is affected negatively but uniformly, while up-down aim is unaffected and only varies in accordance with the target’s movement. Conclusion? Officer Wilson was a good, but injured, shot.

    Michael Wilson continues, “As Brown gets closer, the shots start moving in closer to the center of his body.” This is because the closer your target is, the less time the bullet has to go off course (it’s a major reason why it’s easier to hit a golf green from 100 yards than from 200 yards). Then there was the fifth shot, which struck Brown around the right eye, which not only is closer to the center of the body, but, points out Michael Wilson, is consistent with “the way you normally run — you start leaning forward.” Note that the shots moved up even higher, from arm to head, possibly because a shot and increasingly frenzied Brown might have dropped his head even lower into more of a bull-rush posture.

    Then there was the final shot, which hit Brown in the forehead or middle of the head and is “exactly what you would expect,” said Michael Wilson. In other words, after having been shot around the eye, it makes sense that Brown would have started falling forward in the direction he was running, bringing the upper part of his head into the line of fire.

    Michael Wilson’s point is that all the shot-pattern evidence is consistent with the police’s story, with an injured but good marksman firing in self-defense at a charging and aggressive target. Note also that it takes only a couple of seconds to fire six shots with a semi-automatic handgun. It all happened very, very quickly.

    The Brown family’s private autopsy, Michael Wilson concludes, “actually works to Officer Wilson’s advantage. It might be the final piece of evidence he needs to show that he’s vindicated, to show that his story is true, and he should not be charged with anything.”

    Illegal Alien Children Exposed Federal Agents to Lice, Scabies, Tuberculosis and Chicken Pox, Report Says

    August 2, 2014
    From http://www.foxnews.com by Jana Winter, August 1, 2014
    Children detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas.
    Unaccompanied illegal immigrant children with communicable diseases have given or exposed federal agents to lice, scabies, tuberculosis and chicken pox, according to a report issued Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.
    In two cases, the children of a border patrol agent got chicken pox contracted from their parents’ exposure to unaccompanied children with chicken pox, according to the report on conditions of detention centers and border facilities.
    The report, the first in a series, is based on 87 unannounced visits to 63 detention centers being used to house unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in Texas, Arizona and California during July 1-16.
    “Many UAC and family units require treatment for communicable diseases, including respiratory illnesses, tuberculosis, chicken pox, and scabies,” said the memorandum summarizing the report.
    “UAC and family unit illnesses and unfamiliarity with bathroom facilities resulted in unsanitary conditions and exposure to human waste in some holding facilities.
    “DHS employees reported exposure to communicable diseases and becoming sick on duty. For example, during a recent site visit to the Del Rio USBP Station and Del Rio Port of Entry, CBP personnel reported contracting scabies, lice, and chicken pox.
    “Two CBP Officers reported that their children were diagnosed with chicken pox within days of the CBP Officers’ contact with a UAC who had chicken pox. In addition, USBP personnel at the Clint Station and Santa Teresa Station reported that they were potentially exposed to tuberculosis.”
    Sources previously told FoxNews.com of multiple instances in which Border Patrol agents were exposed to tuberculosis—and one instance in which an agent contracted a severe case of tuberculosis from illegal immigrants in his care.
    Other sources told FoxNews.com that swine flu has been found at several detention centers in Texas.
    According to the OIG report, one of the detention centers being used to house unaccompanied children did not have a trained medical tech on site and four did not provide detainees access to prescription medication.
    OIG agents checked the sites for sanitation, availability of medical care, food services and other factors. Sites and their staff were found to be largely in compliance with rules and regulations.
    The memo also reveals that DHS OIG is investigating a June 11 complaint to DHS Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and DHS OIG filed by the ACLU on behalf of 116 unaccompanied alien children.
    The office currently is investigating 16 of those allegations while separate offices are investigating the others.
    During their detention site visits, OIG agents did not observe misconduct or inappropriate conduct by DHS employees nor did they receive new complaints from any of the randomly interviewed unaccompanied children.
    The OIG also found that the data system used by CBP to comply with the required documentation of the arrests and care and release of unaccompanied children was unreliable because of frequent system outages causing inconsistent reporting.
    CBP’s data system is supposed to be used to track compliance with guidelines including meal times per day, phone usage, detainee medical conditions and detainee arrests and releases from CBP custody.
    OIG recommended Immigration and Customs Enforcement  find the resources needed to fix the system.

    Boy with Brain Tumor Made Officer for Day by Bethel Park, PA Police Department

    June 26, 2014

    From The Tribune-Review by Matthew Santoni, June 24, 2014

    Joey Fabus’ parents say he loves police officers. And garbage collectors.

    It was the Bethel Park Police Department who made the 8-year-old, who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, an honorary member on Tuesday.

    When Community Police Officer Tom Rigetti learned of Joey’s situation, he worked with the boy’s family and Chief John Mackey to make Joey an honorary officer for a day. The role was made complete with a uniform, badge and handcuffs.

    “We’re just trying to give him the best life possible right now,” said Joey’s mother, Cindy.

    Family and friends wore camouflage T-shirts for “Little Joey’s Army,” a charity started by his godmother, Jessica Rosser of Dormont, to help the family while Joey’s father, David, stays home from work to care for him and take him to radiation treatments.

    They followed and filmed him throughout the day, along with police officers from Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair. Many were there on their time off to support Joey.

    “I feel safer now that you’re part of our police department,” said Magisterial District Judge Ron Arnoni, who swore Joey in as an officer. Arnoni, a former investigator for the state Office of Attorney General, gave the newest officer a pair of his old handcuffs and a model police car, and later let Joey pose for pictures wearing his judge’s robes.

    After being sworn in, Joey rode in Rigetti’s patrol car with his parents, working the lights and sirens, and pulling over Rigetti’s daughter, Mia, 19, for allegedly running a stop sign in front of the municipal building.

    Joey took Mia’s license and registration, and filled out a traffic citation, then went back to the district judge’s office. He testified, recommending that the citation be dismissed because Mia was polite and apologetic.

    “We saw somebody who ran a stop sign,” Joey said. “We pulled her over, gave her a ticket, but then we let her go.”

    His parents initially were worried about Joey getting too tired to make it through the afternoon of activities, but he grinned through everything and continued onward.

    “He just keeps going, and hopefully he’s going to keep on going,” Rigetti said.

    After a little more riding in the patrol car, he strode through the door of the Bethel Park Community Center to perform a “safety patrol.” He was met with more supporters’ applause, then a proclamation from Bethel Park Mayor Jack Allen that Tuesday was Joey Fabus Day.

    In addition to Tuesday’s activities, Little Joey’s Army arranged for him to ride in the Dormont Memorial Day Parade in a rented Camaro, organized a charity golf outing for the family’s benefit on June 22 and is holding a charity concert with the Justin Fabus Band on July 19 at the Crowne Plaza in Bethel Park.

    “It’s amazing, the amount of support we’ve gotten from the entire (Bethel Park police) department,” said Joseph Fabus, Joey’s uncle and a Pittsburgh police detective. “We talk a great deal about brotherhood, and that’s what this is about today.”

    Fayette County, PA Sheriff’s Son gets Job as Lieutenant at County Prison

    June 26, 2014

    From The Tribune-Review by Liz Zemba, June 26, 2014

    The Fayette County Prison Board on Wednesday hired the son of Sheriff Gary Brownfield, a retired state trooper, to fill a lieutenant’s position.

    James Brownfield of Farmington has more than 20 years’ experience as a trooper, said Dominick Carnicella, human resources director. He was the recommended candidate out of five who were interviewed for the post.

    Brownfield will earn $47,382 annually.

    His father, who chairs the prison board, abstained from voting.

    County commissioners Vincent Zapotosky and Al Ambrosini, along with Acting Controller Jeanine Wrona, voted in favor of the hire. Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink and District Attorney Jack Heneks were absent when the vote was taken, but Heneks said later he would have voted to hire Brownfield.

    Carnicella said of the five applicants who were interviewed, two work at the prison. Brownfield was one of three applicants who did not work at the prison.

    Charles “Chuck” Campbell, a shop steward for United Mine Workers Local 9113, questioned the decision to hire an outsider over the two employees who have experience working at the jail.

    “I put in an application for lieutenant and was never called for an interview,” said Campbell, who has 19 years’ experience at the county jail. “After all these years, our people have been putting in applications for lieutenant, and we can’t move up. We don’t even get an interview.”

    Carnicella said Campbell was interviewed for a lieutenant’s position in 2013, but he was not the recommended candidate.

    ‘Rocco’s Law’ Awaits PA Governor’s Signature

    June 26, 2014

    From The Tribune-Review by Margaret Harding, June 25, 2014

    Legislation named for a slain Pittsburgh police K-9 that toughens the penalty for anyone convicted of hurting a police dog is awaiting the governor’s signature, state legislators said on Wednesday.

    Pittsburgh Police provided this photo of K-9 officer Rocco. Police said a suspect stabbed Rocco in the back during an incident Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.

    Senate Bill 1261 and House Bill 2026, which make up “Rocco’s Law,” would change the charge against a person convicted of severely injuring or killing a police animal from a third- to a second-degree felony. A second-degree felony carries a fine of $25,000 and up to 10 years in prison. Current law carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.

    The House unanimously passed SB 1261 on Tuesday and the Senate passed HB 2026 last week.

    “It took bipartisan, bicameral cooperation and coordination to get Rocco’s Law to the governor in just five short months,” said state Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, in a statement.

    Rocco, an 8-year-old German shepherd, was stabbed while helping Pittsburgh police track a suspect in the basement of a Lawrenceville building on Jan. 28. He died two days later of his wounds.

    Police charged John Rush, 21, of Stowe with aggravated assault, abusing a police animal, resisting arrest, cruelty to animals and other crimes. He is being held without bail in the Allegheny County Jail as he awaits trial.

    “Rocco’s service to the community continues even after his tragic death by inspiring a fresh look at our anti-cruelty laws,” said state Rep. John Maher, R-Upper St. Clair, who sponsored the House measure.

    Ford City, PA Police Car Up and Running Thanks to Donation

    June 26, 2014

    From The Tribune-Review by Brigid Beatty, June 26, 2014

    Things appear to be looking up for the Ford City police department, with all three patrol cars back on the streets and with possible new hires on the horizon.

    After about four months of car trouble, the department on Tuesday finally got the newest vehicle — a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria — up and running.

    “We’re pretty excited,” said Sgt. John Atherton, officer-in-charge. “The transmission has been fixed, and we put in a new computer system — a Panasonic Toughbook. It’s another tool to combat crime.”

    The computer is designed to help law enforcement officials conduct background searches and can withstand vibrations caused by traveling over western Pennsylvania roads, Atherton said.

    Transmission repairs were paid for by a $1,900 donation from the Ford City Fraternal Order of Eagles.

    Atherton said he and the department are grateful to the organization for helping out.

    He is also glad to have gotten a positive response from council on Monday about possibly filling positions recently vacated by two part-time officers who resigned from the department.

    Atherton and Sgt. Mark Brice are the department’s only full-time policemen. The remainder of the department is made up of 12 part-timers, with only five of those working 32 hours a week.

    “If one of the five gets sick, it would put a strain on the department,” Atherton said. “We’ve been very fortunate that over the past couple of years, we’ve kept overtime to a minimum.”

    Filling the vacated positions would ensure keeping future overtime costs low and would prevent officer fatigue from having to work back-to-back shifts, he said. Atherton recommended that council hire between four and six additional part-time officers.

    Council voted 3-2 to begin the hiring process by conducting interviews with potential candidates. As of Monday, there were seven applicants.

    Councilman Josh Abernathy abstained, and Councilman Jerry Miklos opposed the measure. Councilman Scott Gaiser was absent.

    “It’s hard for me to understand how we can’t run a police department with 14 or 16,” Miklos said.

    But according to Mayor Marc Mantini, having at least 18 officers on board is a matter of public safety because it helps ensure an adequate stream of police coverage.

    “We need this pipeline,” Mantini said. “Once the pipeline ceases, we’ll be in trouble.”


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