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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

More Drug War Follies and Corrupt Cop Stories

It's amazing how you can find a fascinating website while surfing the internet.I stumbled onto a column called "This Week's Corrupt Cop Stories" on Hawaii News Daily'w website, which led me to StopTheDrugWar.org, and the following is reprinted with permission.The true stories involve drug task force cops stealing narcotics from the evidence locker and selling them, cops ripping off drug dealers, and jail prisoners and trustees having cocaine parties:

A dirty Chicago cop goes to prison, a crooked small-town New York officer faces the same fate, a Florida cop facing trial for peddling meth has gone on the lam, and four suburban Chicago cops are being sued. Let's get to it:

In Chicago, a former Chicago police officer was sentenced September 7 to 12 years in prison for being part of a group of cops in the department's elite Special Operations Section who carried out armed robberies, home invasions, and other crimes across the city. Jerome Finnigan, 48, has already served four years in prison, so he should be a free man again in six or seven years. Finnigan was considered the ringleader in a group of officers who targeted mostly drug dealers for robberies to seize drugs and cash, which the cops then pocketed. The SOS scandal, as it is known in Chicago, has already cost the city more than $2 million in settlements of civil rights lawsuits from people victimized by the rogue cops, and many cases are still pending. Seven other SOS members have already pleaded guilty to state charges, but Finnigan and three others were indicted on federal charges in April. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder another officer prepared to testify against him and to tax charges related to the money he stole.

In Poughkeepsie, New York, a former Poughkeepsie police officer pleaded guilty last Friday to providing information about drug investigations to drug dealers in exchange for cocaine for his personal use. David Palazzolo, 47, a 20-year-veteran, pleaded guilty to three felony counts and is looking at between three and 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in December. Palazzolo admitted using the town police computer system on at least four occasions to keep a drug dealer apprised of investigations and to warn him about the times and locations of drug surveillance operations carried out by town narcotics officers. He is free on $100,000 pending sentencing.

In Joliet, Illinois, four Joliet police officers were named as defendants in a civil rights lawsuit filed by a local man who alleges they falsely arrested and imprisoned him in a drug arrest last year. Patrick Moore's lawsuit claims that Officer Tom Banas made a crack cocaine deal with another man whom Moore accompanied. The videotaped drug deal went down inside a vehicle, while Moore remained standing outside the car, but officers arrested and charged him with delivering crack cocaine anyway, and he spent five months in jail awaiting trial before prosecutors dropped the charges. In addition to Officer Banas, the suit names Sgt. Patrick Cardwell, and Officers Alan Vertin and John Wilson, and alleges they falsified written police reports to bolster their false account of the arrest and hide their misconduct. The suit asks for $5 million in compensation.

In Miami, a Boynton Beach police officer has gone on the lam days before he was scheduled to go on trial for selling more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. Officer David Brito boarded a flight from Miami to Brazil on August 24, the same day he removed his ankle monitor and broke his 11:00pm curfew. Britto was Boynton Beach's "Officer of the Year" in 2010, but faced life in prison if convicted on the meth charges. He was scheduled to go to trial this week.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

U.S./Mexico/Sinaloa Cartel Alliance?

US-Trained Assassin Teams Now Deployed in Drug War
Former CIA Asset Who Revealed Presence of US Special Forces in Mexico Says Hit Squads Targeting Narco Splinter Groups

Bill Conroy reports in NarcoSphere.com:
"A small but growing proxy war is underway in Mexico pitting US-assisted assassin teams composed of elite Mexican special operations soldiers against the leadership of an emerging cadre of independent drug organizations that are far more ruthless than the old-guard Mexican “cartels” that gave birth to them.
These Mexican assassin teams now in the field for at least half a year, sources tell Narco News, are supported by a sophisticated US intelligence network composed of CIA and civilian US military operatives as well as covert special-forces soldiers under Pentagon command — which are helping to identify targets for the Mexican hit teams."
This is how Pablo Escobar was hunted down and killed.Mark Bowden's Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw tells how U.S. military intelligence officers tracked Escobar by his cell phone calls. Some people think that Delta Force or Seals were with the team that killed him, one shot to the head, with him running no less. Good work.

The ironic thing is that to fight the worst of the worst, our government has to make deals with the lesser evil. In Mexico's case, that appears to be the Sinaloa Cartel.

Misbehaving Cops Roundup

A Harris County deputy constable is facing a criminal investigation for allegedly fondling a woman he stopped for a traffic violation earlier this month, department officials confirmed. Pct. 3 Constable deputy Christopher Kerr, 32, was allowed to resign on Aug. 26 in lieu of firing after his superiors received a complaint from the female motorist, said Chief Deputy David Franklin.

From TheEagle.com in Bryan College Station:
A deputy constable was arrested by College Station police Wednesday night on a charge of kidnapping, officials said.

Agustin Rubio, who is one of seven deputies assigned to Precinct 2, was seen by several witnesses when he approached a woman just before 2 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Fraternity Row and Deacon Drive.

Friends of the woman saw the interaction and called her parents after Rubio placed her in handcuffs and into the back of his patrol cruiser.

According to police, the father called local jails attempting to locate his daughter after speaking to her friends, but had no luck.

She called her parents at 5:53 a.m., telling them she woke up in a parking lot in the 1200 block of Wellborn Drive.

College Station detectives met with the woman that same morning and began an investigation.

They were able to locate surveillance footage that shows the 41-year-old Rubio in his patrol cruiser leaving the parking lot that morning.

Kidnapping is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail.