Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Why America Needs One Police Force

The argument to have a civilian review board to oversea investigations involving alleged bad actions of police officers has already been stated with proven validation. However, another conversation needs to be centered around creating a unified police force for America. Having smaller police departments with their own values, which conflict with the general public has created a aristocratic society.

Not just in treatment but also in the expectation of police department moral code of conduct. Time and time again we see certain city townships or governments across America, performing acts of disgrace in the justice system and in the service department in law enforcement. Below is yet another example as to why America needs to unify it;s police department under one banner of ethics, conduct, use of force, commitment to service, internal affairs investigation and prosecution review. I present to you The Jeter Conspiracy

  • Was this traffic stop lawful. 
No! Their was no victim of a domestic assault or incident. The video shows no intent of probable cause to enact a traffic violation. The Use of Force policy in all police department requires reasonable suspicion to approach a vehicle with guns drawled "only upon a felony traffic stop". That wasn't established on the police cam. 

  • Was their a resisting of an arrest!
No! The stop was invalid! 

  • After the stop did Jeter become physical with the officers?
No! The officer yelled don't touch my gun, while the video clearly shows the Jeter hands were up. This what we as officers call a " pre-determined statement of to "establish fact" a practice performed by cops who want to justify an act.

  • Did the third officer pose a danger or threat to do harm with his vehicle?
Yes! Driving across the median and hitting the already stopped vehicle in an assault with a deadly weapon and is not a authorized control stop upon a moving vehicle. IE The Pit Maneuver or spike strips. Jeter vehicle was already stopped. 

  • Did the second officer use excessive force?
Yes! The punch to the face while entering the car to remove Jeter for an unknown crime was a wrongful act. The punch to the back of the head on a already subdued suspect is a violation of the Use of Force Policy. 

I know everybody want to stand up for the police, but we can't be  blind to simply say the steps that were taken to cover up the evidence, the false statements and traffic stop is valid. The discovery was held up by the Prosecutors office supported by the Internal Affairs division.

Department, Prosecutors and bad cops like these guys has tainted all the good work myself and other active or retired cops have done to make a difference in our profession. Please don't support stupidity with blind devotion.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Berkeley Shooting:Pre-Investigative Analysis Report

The Mayor of the City of Berkeley, located in Saint Louis North County held a press conference regarding the most recent incident involving the shooting death of a suspect/victim with a Berkeley Police Officer.

The report indicated that the officer responded to the local gas mart station on a business check. The Saint Louis County Police Chief, confirmed a dispatch call was regarding unknown suspects stealing. However, their hasn't been confirmation whether the two individuals standing in front of the business, were the suspect involved in the stealing.

A video was released that reveals two individuals, one later identified as the suspect/victim shot by the police, appeared to be waiting for something or someone. Across the video screen in the front parking lot; their are two unidentified women, one pushing a baby stroller. They appear to be walking in the direction towards the two male subjects in the front of the store.

The women and one of the subjects met in the middle of parking lot and began walking away from the video camera as the second subject began walking parallel to the store on the sidewalk of the parking lot. The suspect/victim then veered toward the now three other people and then returned back to the sidewalk as the police car approached and the officer stopped the vehicle. The officer appears to be speaking to three of the people and then shined a flashlight at that forth person walking on the sidewalk of the business parking lot. The two women began to walk around the end of the vehicle as the officer continues to engage verbally with the first male subject.

The video indicates the suspect/victim walked to the front of the police vehicle and the officer. All of the sudden that same suspect, later identified as the suspect, pulled out what appears to be a handgun and pointed it at the head of the police officer.

The Berkeley Police stated, the officer fell back in movement, pulled his department weapon and fired three times. One of the three rounds fatally struck the suspect, whom was later pronounced dead at the scene. The Berkeley PD confirmed, that a handgun was located at the scene and the officer has been placed on mandatory administrative leave with pay.

Investigation Analysis

  1. Was the 'Terry Stop' valid? Yes, the stop was valid in checking out the business and any patron/citizen under Missouri Law. Regardless if a call for a possible larceny/stealing was dispatched or not.
  2. Did the police officer properly disperse the appropriate 'Use of Force'. Yes, this police officer absolutely did everything correctly. If an armed subject pulls out a weapon and points it at  the police officer, that officer must take immediate and direct action to STOP the immediate threat. That includes deadly force without hesitation! The officer used controlled burst in a pattern of three and verified the target was done and took cover to access any other threats.
The Possible Shame on the Suspect 

The video indicated that the suspect pulled a gun, out on a person with the intent to shoot that person. If the video and the evidence match the incident, then shame on the suspect. You cannot expect people to sit back and allow some other person to pull out a weapon and not react or respond, especially in the field of law enforcement. In the end, the suspect wasn't killed by the police. The suspect, if the incident has been confirmed, was killed by HIMSELF.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday Discussions

We start this bi-monthly Sunday week with Senator Ted Cruz that stated, the Obama/Clinton policies aren't working. We discuss The prisoner exchange of a POW held in the past five years and does it send a bad message to other quasi-military organizations for negotiations. We have the firing of the VA administrator over the veteran affairs scandal of health coverage benefits to Veterans. 

The Tea Party Senator, Mr. Ted Cruz, started this week by calling the GOP leaders a bunch of grey beards, bowing their heads, too afraid to take a stand and draw a line. The Republican Senator, stated that Secretary Clinton policies for the economy won't help the people that need help the most. He spoke that Hispanics, blacks, poor and single women are suffering over Obama Medical Care Act referred to as Obama Care. Cruz reference to a young lady of an unknown race, coming to him with a big hug, stating that the medical act is hurting her family. She explained to Cruz, she is separated from her husband and have six children. The women said she is working par time in five jobs to make end meet. Cruz referenced that this is what this country should be focusing on helping, to obtain that American dream.

PEANUT OPINION REPLY: Senator Cruz, one could argue that the American dream to get married and have a family and a sustainable future is ideal to the average person. In reality, it cost over five hundred thousand dollars, to have and raise one child in America. The numbers if calculated by (17) years or 204 months divided by 500 Grand, one child will cost $2450 a month for a household, health care, food, utilities, car and gas, education and clothing. A person would have to make at least make over $30,000 a year after taxes to afford one child. Ideally, this women whom decided to have six children at her unknown income level, wasn't prepared for the unexpected life circumstances. To blame politics on a person own decision is just uneconomic and unrealistic. Remember, the debate for taxes was for people whom made over 500 Grand in salary per year; should pay a little more in taxes to compensate society. So, this women's income should be ideally around $ 204,480 after taxes, still underneath the cap for Obama Care and to receive that affordable tax relief.

A prisoner exchange was conducted between the militant army called the Taliban and an American soldier captured during the war in Afghanistan. Republican have moaned but not cry out the President for making the exchange. Mostly they are calling for a Constitutional balk made by the President for not seeking a consensus with Congress for the prisoner exchange. The POTUS has to confer with congress for 30 days in advance before an exchange of prisoners between warring nations; unless circumstances of the prisoner release is detrimental to the health of the POW. The POTUS, can make the exchange without the notification of Congress. President Obama, sought out the Department of Defense and Justice Department, before making the deal. Senator,Ted Cruz says it sends a wrong message to other militant organizations of the price to exchange prisoners from terrorist organization. What do you think?

PEANUT OPINION REPLY: War is war and in today's world, the concept of a singular country declaring war isn't ideal nor the luxury of identifying the enemy. Weapon technology and personal conflict has allowed groups of people to declare personal war against the United States and its Allies. The Taliban is one of many of those well armed groups, that utilize guerrilla warfare tactics to impose their issues and declare war. Regardless of the country these organizations may fortify or hold position, to ignore a group whose attacks has caused for a military response; they should be perceived as a military organization and treated as such. In that regard, in the history of the tradition of the United States, to leave a soldier behind would've been unacceptable. As all military agreements in the past war conflicts rather it is Germany of WWII or the Taliban of 911. The exchange of POW has always been a mutual benefit to both sides of the warring parties, in the efforts to bring their country men/women home.
The President accepted the resignation of the VA top Administrator over the health care coverage/uproar for wounded or ill veterans waiting for treatment. It stems from a veteran, whom was delayed coverage, that passed away awaiting to receive that medical care in Arizona. After the investigation it was revealed, cover ups, corruption and systematic management integrity, were the backbone to some of the problems. The retired multiple Army Star General with the three bronze star medalist and wounded war veteran stepped down. The republican cheered as they were able to force the resignation of yet another Obama select.

PEANUT OPINION: The problems of the VA Hospitals and its medical system, has long been a not so spoken problem for every Senator, in every State. As long as they were receiving the allocated funding from the federal government to operate. The shortage of medical staff, patient post war/service care from physical wounds to mental illness, as in post traumatic stress disorders or PTSD, all have been swept under the rug for generations, both on the Democratic and Republican aisle of Congress. As a veteran, myself, the problem isn't to simply swap out the head of the administration, as to a band-aid to a open sucking chest wound. The problem must be uprooted and treated from the trenches of the organization itself. It may require a revamping of the complete process and the removal of people, whom go along to get along instead of performing their job. Why not allow the military, itself to treat its own as if they were still active in the military. Every approved applicant veteran to receive a military health care identification card, along with the military to acquisition the VA medical facilities in the community as military grounds.

Final Thought: Politicians and political columnist can debate all day long about the release of a prisoner, but one fact remains some obviously clear. If it was their son or daughter being held in captivity with a sword to their throats, the outcry for a response to do anything would be enormous. I am surprised the debate of gun control, hence the California college shooting have gone on deaf ears for gun activist. Of course the debate for mental disease regulations are forever climbing. The question I ask: How do you know when the human brain has had enough conflict in its life to snap or be declared mental. I mentioned in a story last year, regarding the human emotional button. Every person has that button and once its pushed too many times, its might be hard to unstick the button from the chaos. The trance of seeing red and only blood in the wake of countless victims being injured or even killed. We as a people must try to protect each other and treat each other as we would want to be treated. Perhaps in time, even if we become disappointed about a situation, a person can say, at least they heard my voice and addressed my concerns to the utmost of their ability. Treatment of peace toward others always diffuses the reaction of pain and hurt.

Written by J-S 

Graph and pics as they appear

Economic graph by wikipedia, Picture of POW by VOA, Picture of VA Secretary and the Gun Laws by State by The Guardian 

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