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post #76 of 6095
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Originally Posted by globetrotter View Post

I have a rabbit. I really don't like it very much.

post #77 of 6095
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Originally Posted by globetrotter View Post

I have a rabbit. I really don't like it very much.

Rabbits are not pets. They are large vermin with cute whiskers that need to be exterminated before they grow to gigantic proportions and try to take over the world.
post #78 of 6095
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I have a rabbit. I really don't like it very much.

Be careful. Rabbits can be dangerous!
post #79 of 6095
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Former Philadelphia police officer Richard DeCoatsworth, once honored by President Barack Obama for his heroism, remains in jail on $60 million bail for allegedly raping two women -- forcing one into prostitution.

Now, NBC10 has learned the City of Philadelphia is spending more than $1.5 million defending itself against DeCoatsworth's checkered past on the force.

Law enforcement sources say DeCoatsworth had nine citizen complaints against him over his nearly five year stint with the department. The complains, sources say, included allegations of assault, abuse and misconduct.

Issues with the 27-year-old began to arise in 2005 when he was in the Philadelphia Police Academy. DeCoatsworth allegedly injured a Girard Avenue business owner during a fight. However, he was allowed to remain a recruit despite the allegations.

In 2007 as a rookie officer, DeCoatsworth was severely injured after being shot in the face. After being shot, he managed to chase down the suspect for several blocks before collapsing. He called in enough information by radio that police were able to track down and arrest the suspect later the same day.

His actions earned him an invitation from Vice President Joe Biden to attend President Obama’s first congressional address at the U.S. Capital in February 2009. The officer sat in the gallery with First Lady Michelle Obama during the speech. He was also honored by his peers as a 2008 Top Cop.

Soon after, though, he was involved in two more dramatic incidents.

In April 2009, police say DeCoatsworth was jumped and attacked by a man when he tried to disperse a crowd at the Logan section of the city. During the struggle, sources say DeCoatsworth’s gun went off and hit the suspect who took off running. Another officer responding to the scene shot the suspect dead, according to sources.

In September 2009, DeCoatsworth and another officer stopped a man on a motorcycle in the Kensington section of the city. While they were questioning him, a second man allegedly jumped on the motorcycle and drove at the officers. Police say DeCoatsworth shot at the suspect, who sped off. The suspect was found later at the hospital where his mother had taken him to be treated for a shotgun wound.

During the incident, local witnesses claimed the two suspects did nothing wrong and that DeCoatsworth and the other officer acted recklessly -- shooting while children were nearby.

In November 2011, Internal Affairs investigated an alleged scuffle between DeCoatsworth and another officer, according to Philly.com.

DeCoatsworth retired from the police force on disability back in December 2011.

In February of 2012, an arrest warrant was issued for DeCoatsworth after he allegedly threatened a woman in Port Richmond.

The most recent incident began two weeks ago after DeCoatsworth allegedly met a woman at a bar on North Front Street. Police say the former officer forced the woman into prostitution at a Days Inn hotel along Roosevelt Boulevard in the Lawncrest section of the city.

Then, between 2 a.m. Thursday and Friday evening, DeCoatsworth went to the woman’s home along North Howard Street in the Fishtown-Kensington area, according to a law enforcement source close to the investigation.

Once he arrived, DeCoatsworth allegedly forced that woman and a second woman, both in their 20s, to use drugs and perform oral sex on him at gunpoint. The alleged victims reported the assault Friday only after DeCoatsworth went home, according to police.


Police raided DeCoatsworth’s house on the 2700 block of Salmon Street in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday.

He was arraigned and charged with rape, sexual assault, terroristic threats and other related offenses. Police also confiscated drugs and guns from the home, according to a source. No word yet on what kind of drugs were removed from the home.

According to court documents, bail was set at $25 million for each of the alleged victims. Another $10 million bail was set in a separate domestic violence case DeCoatsworth is now being charged with, according to investigators.

Police say he assaulted his live-in girlfriend on May 9. The $60 million bail is reportedly one of the highest set in Philadelphia history.

DeCoatsworth faces more than 32 crimes in all three cases. He is scheduled for another court appearance on June 17.

“I am scared to be saying this now but I hope he stays where he is at, he has been a thorn in the side of this neighborhood for so long,” said the woman who did not want to be identified.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter's Office says of the nine complaints lodged against DeCoatsworth -- one resulted in a lawsuit. The suit alleged DeCoatsworth used aggressive behavior while on the job.

The city settled that suit for $1.5 million. However, officials say Philadelphia has accrued other legal costs related to DeCoatsworth.

Last year, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told police he believed he failed DeCoatsworth by letting him go back to work with a stressful unit too soon after he was shot in the face.

"I think I screwed up on that," Ramsey told the Daily News. "I think I should have given him more time. He didn't want more time but I should have done that."

In light of his most recent arrest however, Ramsey had much harsher words for DeCoatsworth on Monday.

"He has to be held accountable," Ramsey said. "Just like anybody else. There should be no special consideration given simply because he once served as a police officer."


If only they had complied with his order to give him head and take drugs they'd be just fine.
post #80 of 6095
That reminds me of this story...

http://articles.philly.com/2013-03-22/news/37940199_1_schiliro-whelan-report-states
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MARCUS HOOK Mayor James "Jay" Schiliro had a bad day.

Then it got worse.

As the clock approached midnight on Feb. 21, a drunken Schiliro embarked on an ill-advised mission to redefine the term "public servant" in his blue-collar refinery town, according to a police report.

Schiliro, 38, allegedly turned the Marcus Hook Police Department into a private escort agency, ordering a cop on the late-night shift to bring a 20-year-old man to his house in a marked police vehicle.

He gave the man wine, then allegedly offered 20 to 30 times to perform oral sex on him, according to the report.

When the man repeatedly refused, Schiliro, who as mayor controls the police department, started to pull out handguns, informed the man that he was "going to be a hostage," fired a 9 mm bullet into the wall and said that he'd ordered police to stay away from the house, the report states.


"The mayor, I believe, has indicated to the press that he has some issues," said Delaware County District Attorney John Whelan.

Schiliro was charged Thursday with unlawful restraint, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment, official oppression and furnishing alcohol to a minor. Whelan described the ordeal as three hours of "intimidation, oppression and coercion."

"He [the victim] was intimidated, and he was in fear, as he portrayed to us, when that gun was fired," Whelan said. "Even before the gun was fired, just the fact that he [Schiliro] was brandishing the weapon recklessly, waving it in front of him and ultimately discharging that weapon."

Schiliro has known the victim, who has no contact with his biological father, for the past eight years and had helped him with work and school, the police report states. Whelan said there is no evidence of prior sexual solicitation or improper contact.

"The young man describes the mayor as a father figure to him, which is particularly disturbing considering the course of conduct over this particular evening," Whelan said.

Schiliro - a burly ex-boilermaker who arrived at district court Thursday morning with a bottle of orange juice in his hand and a fat cigar in his mouth - said that he intends to fight the charges. His attorney, Michael Malloy, said Schiliro sold his guns and began treatment for alcoholism immediately after the booze-fueled escapade. He has a 13-year-old daughter, who was home during the incident.

Malloy said Schiliro admits to some of what occurred, but insists that he never asked the man if he could perform sex acts on him.

"All kinds of stuff came in, and we don't agree with that at all," Malloy said of the criminal complaint. He described the night as a "wake-up call" for his client.

Schiliro, a Republican, was elected mayor in 2009 and challenged state Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland for his seat last year in a contentious, but lopsided, 159th District race. Schiliro raised questions about money that Kirkland had helped steer to organizations close to his family. Kirkland responded by holding a news conference at his Baptist church and, from the altar, calling Schiliro a "demonic opponent."

Schiliro offered to debate Kirkland while they're both hooked up to polygraph machines. Kirkland declined and won the race, 80 percent to 20 percent. The state Ethics Commission is investigating Kirkland.

Despite his legal troubles, Schiliro is not only refusing to relinquish his position, but also seeking re-election in the May mayoral primary against Council President Gene Taylor.

"His intent," Whelan said, "is to run again."

BTW, this mayor is also one of Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
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Edited by erictheobscure - 6/4/13 at 9:25pm
post #82 of 6095
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Drugs are so dangerous police will bust down the wrong door and shoot a dog to stop them from being sold. An Iraq war veteran says that’s what happened to him after he left for work Monday. From local TV station WIVB:

"I got here as fast as I could [after the landlord called about a police raid] and I saw the carnage. I saw what happened. My house was flipped upside down, my dog was gone," he said.

Cindy had been killed and Arroyo looked at where she died in horror.

"It was the blood on the wall and the gunshots and the bullet holes," he said.

Buffalo Police say controlled drug buys are made before raids take place and they believe they had the right address. Detectives on scene say the dog was not chained at the time.

"You can even tell by the scene where the shots were and how far the chain reaches because if the dog was out anywhere else, as soon as someone knocks on my door my dog is by the door. So how come there is no blood on the ground?" asked Arroyo.
Arroyo explained he’s always chained his pit bull because she chews up his shoes when he’s not home. Buffalo police say they’ve opened an internal investigation while Arroyo says he’s lawyering up.





They've killed another dog. At the wrong address, no less. Oh how I hate cops.
post #83 of 6095
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From NBC Chicago:

City officials are attempting to settle the case of a store clerk beaten on tape by Chicago Police officers in 2011.

A city finance committee recommended a $156,000 settlement in the civil case brought by two brothers alleging pain and suffering. The recommendation will be voted on by the full City Council on Wednesday.

Michael Ayala, who was 23 at the time, was closing up 7911 Food and Liquor Store in the 4800 block of South Archer when he was beaten by officers. The surveillance video was later posted on Youtube.com.

Ayala said he was punched in the ribs and kicked by the officers to the point of blacking out.

Ayala says he was closing the store early while his 18-year-old brother waited outside on his bike. He noticed officers handcuffing his younger brother on the hood of a car, and when he went outside to clear up the matter, police let the teen go. But after Ayala yelled that he had videotape of the incident, he says a ssergeant "flipped" and put his head into a side window.

A 2011 news report makes it clear that the beating of the older brother was initiated after he intervened on behalf of his brother and told a police officer, "I got you on camera, and I’m not going to let this go." In response, a police sergeant slammed his head against a store window so hard that it "was left cracked in a spider web pattern."

Note that the police officers in the video, posted below, knew they were being recorded. This is how they behave when they're aware that cameras are pointed at them. Then again, none of them appear to have been disciplined after an Independent Police Review Authority investigatiion.


You can watch the video here -

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/City-Seeks-To-Settle-Police-Beating-Caught-On-Tape-209944701.html
post #84 of 6095
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You can watch the video here -

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/City-Seeks-To-Settle-Police-Beating-Caught-On-Tape-209944701.html

Why aren't the "peace" officers in jail?
post #85 of 6095
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Originally Posted by taxgenius View Post

Why aren't the "peace" officers in jail?

They protect their own.
post #86 of 6095
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

They protect their own.

"Sir, I'm gonna have to ask you to step away from the computer. You got any tanks, missiles, bombs, or guns in that keyboard?"
post #87 of 6095
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"Sir, I'm gonna have to ask you to step away from the computer. You got any tanks, missiles, bombs, or guns in that keyboard?"

Lol, as if they'd ask that. "He's got a gun in the shape of a keyboard! Shoot him!"
post #88 of 6095
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Originally Posted by globetrotter View Post

the problem is, we never have videos of the beginnings of these things. I honestly find it hard to believe that a group of cops approach a law abiding citizen and, without warning, start wailing on him. so, if they come up to him and ask him a question and he tries to run, or mouths off, or swings, sure, violence might happen. and that sucks and it isn't excusable. a cop asks me a question, I answer him/her politely, it isn't that painful.

You have little experience with cops for certain.
post #89 of 6095
Because Obstruction of Justice, Assault, Harassment, and Disorderly Conduct just aren't enough laws to protect police officers -

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S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K

AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to aggravated harassment of
peace officers or police officers

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:


Section 1. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 240.33 to
read as follows:

S 240.33 AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT OF A POLICE OFFICER OR PEACE OFFICER.
A PERSON IS GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT OF A POLICE OFFICER OR
PEACE OFFICER WHEN, WITH THE INTENT TO HARASS, ANNOY, THREATEN OR ALARM
A PERSON WHOM HE OR SHE KNOWS OR REASONABLY SHOULD KNOW TO BE A POLICE
OFFICER OR PEACE OFFICER ENGAGED IN THE COURSE OF PERFORMING HIS OR HER
OFFICIAL DUTIES, HE OR SHE STRIKES, SHOVES, KICKS OR OTHERWISE SUBJECTS
SUCH PERSON TO PHYSICAL CONTACT.
AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT OF A POLICE OFFICER OR PEACE OFFICER IS A CLASS
E FELONY.
S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.


Why is it police are protected by more laws than ordinary citizens? They're SUPPOSED to be the ones protecting us. Isn't that what they pretend to do when we pay them?
post #90 of 6095
That law wouldn't be a big deal if it weren't for "OTHERWISE SUBJECTS SUCH PERSON TO PHYSICAL CONTACT." Something tells me that means people are going get arrested for a felony and held on $50,000.00 bond for kicking dirt on a cop's shoes or throwing a plastic cup at him.
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