Yes, I still keep track of the police. But, there not that impotant as soon there all going to be federal anyways. That is when your freedoms will be restricted!
Eleven officers and deputies from Yuba and Sutter counties have been placed on paid administrative leave in connection with Wednesday’s deadly officer-involved shooting in Yuba City.
Shawna Pavey, a Yuba City police spokeswoman, said Friday that the fact an officer or deputy was placed on leave does not necessarily mean that officer fired a weapon when Daniel Lee Lucha Jr. was shot and killed.
Four deputies from the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department, four California Highway Patrol officers, two Yuba City police officers and one Wheatland police officer were placed on paid leave pending investigation, Pavey said.
The names of the officers and deputies were not released.
Six agencies – the Yuba City, Marysville and Wheatland police departments, the Sutter and Yuba counties sheriff’s department, and the CHP – each had officers on scene.
No officers were placed on leave from the Marysville Police Department or the Sutter County Sheriff’s Department, Pavey said.
Investigators have yet to fully say Lucha was the same man who robbed two fast food restaurants in as many days in Yuba City and Marysville.
“But that’s definitely what our investigators believe at this point in the investigation,” Pavey said.
The number of officers who fired and the number of shots have not been released.
Witnesses reported up to 50 rounds fired. Amateur cellphone video captured on scene shows multiple shots fired for about 7 seconds.
The Sutter County District Attorney’s Office is conducting the officers-involved shooting investigation.
District Attorney Carl Adams said Thursday the investigation, which involves nearly a dozen officers, six agencies and dozens of shots fired, will take time to complete.
Arrested for Setting Home on Fire with his Family Inside OK Officer;
Authorities arrested a Webbers Falls man for intentionally setting fire to his house while his family was inside. The man is identified as Charles Shamblin, 45 years old.
According to an affidavit, Shamblin caused a domestic disturbance on Sunday by bringing a can of gas into his house and telling his wife and stepdaughter that “he was going to burn the house down.” Shamblin used a cigarette lighter to set fire to a shirt and a pillowcase on the bed, the affidavit says.
Webbers Falls Police Chief Aaron Gage stated in the affidavit that Shamblin had already set one fire inside the home when he made the threat.
Cherokee Nation Marshals arrested Shamblin Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Sequoyah County. Shamblin was booked into the Muskogee County jail on a first-degree arson charge.
Gore Town Administrator Horace Lindey confirmed Shamblin was a reserve police officer for the community and was suspended pending an investigation.
Shamblin has a court appearance set for April 17 in Muskogee County.
The Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office said today it will be filing a motion for a competency evaluation of Shamblin.
As U.S. economy flails, debtors’ prisons thrive
Thousands of Americans are sent to jail not for committing a crime, but because they can’t afford to pay for traffic tickets, medical bills and court fees.
If that sounds like a debtors’ prison, a legal relic which was abolished in this country in the 1830s, that’s because it is. And courts and judges in states across the land are violating the Constitution by incarcerating people for being unable to pay such debts.
Ask Jack Dawley, 55, an unemployed man in Ohio who between 2007 and 2012 spent a total of 16 days in jail in a Huron County lock-up for failing to pay roughly $1,500 in legal fines he’d incurred in the 1990s. The fines stemmed from Dawley’s convictions for driving under the influence and other offenses. After his release from a Wisconsin correctional facility, Dawley, who admits he had struggled with drugs and alcohol, got clean. But if he put his substance problems behind him, Dawley’s couldn’t outrun his debts.
Struggling to find a job and dealing with the effects of a back injury, he fell behind on repayments to the municipal court in Norwalk, Ohio. He was arrested six years ago and sent to jail for not paying his original court fines. Although Dawley was put on a monthly payment plan, during his latest stint behind bars in 2012 the court ordered him to pay off his entire remaining debt.
” I called my brother, and they told him I have to pay off the whole fine in order for me to get out,” he said. “That was $900. So I sat my whole 10 days [in jail.]”
Such stories are by no means unusual. Rather, they reflect a justice system that in effect criminalizes poverty. ”It’s a growing problem nationally, particularly because of the economic crisis,” said Inimai Chettiar, director of the justice program at New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice.
Roughly a third of U.S. states today jail people for not paying off their debts, from court-related fines and fees to credit card and car loans, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Such practices contravene a 1983 United States Supreme Court ruling that they violate the Constitutions’s Equal Protection Clause.
Some states apply “poverty penalties,” such as late fees, payment plan fees and interest, when people are unable to pay all their debts at once. Alabama charges a 30 percent collection fee, for instance, while Florida allows private debt collectors to add a 40 percent surcharge on the original debt. Some Florida counties also use so-called collection courts, where debtors can be jailed but have no right to a public defender. In North Carolina, people are charged for using a public defender, so poor defendants who can’t afford such costs may be forced to forgo legal counsel.
The high rates of unemployment and government fiscal shortfalls that followed the housing crash have increased the use of debtors’ prisons, as states look for ways to replenish their coffers. Said Chettiar, “It’s like drawing blood from a stone. States are trying to increase their revenue on the backs of the poor.”
In Dawley’s home state of Ohio, the local chapter of the ACLU announced today that it had found conclusive evidence of such polices in 7 of 11 counties in the state that it examined over the course of a year-long investigation. Although debtors’ prisons are unconstitutional and prohibited by Ohio law, poor defendants are routinely jailed for failing to pay court fines, the group said in a report.
Municipal and so-called mayors’ courts — Ohio is one of two states in the U.S. where mayors can administer the law, even if they aren’t licensed attorneys — also commonly do not give defendants like Dawley a hearing or inform them of their rights to counsel, as required by law.
“They didn’t give you the opportunity to say you couldn’t pay,” Dawley said of his time in court. “They just gave out 10 day sentences…. There was nothing about your finances. Either you plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. They give you a jail date and put you on a payment plan, and if you don’t make the payment plan you’re going to jail.”
In so doing, courts fail to make a crucial distinction between defendants who have the means to pay their debts but refuse to do so, and those who are too poor to repay. That failure derives in large part from the lack of a consistent legal standard for determining willful nonpayment of such debts. As a result, while a judge in one state may take into account that a person on food stamps is financially unable to pay court costs, a judge across the state line might sentence that same individual to 10 days in the clink.
“If you don’t have resources for an attorney or can’t afford other fees associated with court, you get a different brand of justice,” said Mike Brickner, director of communications and public policy at the ACLU of Ohio, noting that such practices are “rampant” in the state. “And with the economic downturn over the last 10 years, we’ve seen an increase and resurgence in debtors’ prisons.”
In another case the group uncovered in Ohio, a mother of three was imprisoned for 10 days for failing to pay $540 in fines and costs related to a conviction for driving with a suspended license. And as in other cases where the indigent are jailed, taxpayers ended up footing part of the bill. The total cost of arresting and incarcerating her amounted to nearly $1,000. (For more details on the case, see the following interview of the woman, Megan Sharp, by the ACLU of Ohio.)
The final tab for the county? A loss of some $930, ACLU of Ohio found. “If someone who can’t pay is incarcerated, it ends up costing the state more because it costs more to put them in prison than what they originally owed,” Chettiar said.
Jail time can also accelerate a downward spiral for the debtor, because additional court costs are piled on top of their previous debts. That makes repayment even harder, and the cycle continues.
Some cities, meanwhile, have joined states in reviving the use of debtors’ prisons. Philadelphia courts in 2011 sought to collect on court-related debt from 320,000 people, involving obligations they owed dating back to the 1970s.
Some judges have had enough. An Alabama circuit court judge last year rebuked a municipal court and private probation company for incarcerating people over their criminal justice debt, calling the arrangement a “judicially sanctioned extortion racket.”
Yet such critiques are insufficient to finally lock the gates on debtors’ prisons, according to experts. Perhaps most important, poor defendants should be exempt from court fees and fines, while repayment plans should be set according to people’s ability to repay a debt, the Brennan Center said in a recent report. States also must have clear written standards for determining a person’s ability to pay. Fees for public defenders should be eliminated.
As for Dawley, who said the local court has relented in recent months in locking up people like him as public scrutiny of the issue has grown, he doesn’t expect to return to jail. He is now looking for a job. “I’d like to get some retail work,” he sai
woman was shot and killed after officers responded to a domestic dispute.
HUMBOLDT TOWNSHIP – The Michigan State Police say a 50-year-old Humboldt Township woman was shot and killed after officers responded to a domestic dispute.
According to police, Lori Lee was armed with a rifle when police arrived at the residence on County Road FS in Champion. Lee pointed the rifle at the officers and refused their commands to put the firearm down, according to the Michigan State Police.
A 17-year MSP trooper then fired at Lee, striking her in the chest. The Marquette County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Lee, verifying that she died from a single fatal gunshot wound to the chest.
Court Appearance a ‘Safety Issue’
Guiseppe Tedesco’s defense believes he shouldn’t be present at his sentencing for the murder of Allysa Ruggieri because it may be dangerous for him to be in the courtroom, according to njherald.com.
The defense, along with the prosecution and Ruggieri’s family, was required to submit briefs explaining why Tedesco should not be required to be in court for his sentencing, where he faces potential life imprisonment for killing Ruggieri in March 2010.
In conjunction with Ruggieri’s family, the state argued the convicted murderer should be in court for his sentencing and said it was Tedesco that spurred the previous courtroom violence.
During jury deliberations in January, a fight broke out among the Tedesco and Ruggieri families, and when a guilty verdict was returned, Guiseppe Tedesco threatened Alyssa Ruggieri’s brother, Devin.
That threat led to a courtroom melee in which an officer suffered a broken leg trying to restrain Tedesco.
Tedesco was convicted of murdering Ruggieri in her home after shooting her five times. The defense claimed self-defense in the month-long trial.
The state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from both sides during the April 29-30 court session.
Dog’ Laws Proposed
Animals are cool. People are a-holes. Any bill that prevents people from senselessly harming animals is a good thing.
The natural enemy of the family dog is the local cop. Some of the stories we hear about cops shooting dogs, man, it’s like they don’t even try to deal with the animal reasonably. They shoot first and put the leash on later. I get that some people are just irrationally afraid of dogs, but cops are armed and in stressful situations. And since “dog murder” isn’t really a thing, there’s no incentive for cops to hold their fire.
We’ve reported in the past about how jury awards are going up when cops are found to recklessly kill family pets. But money cannot replace the companionship of a best friend.
Now, one state is trying to take more decisive action by requiring cops to learn how to deal with “short, hairy children”….
The Denver Post (gavel bang: ABA Journal) reports that a bill called the “Don’t Shoot My Dog” law is making its way through the Colorado State Senate.
The bill would require police officers to undergo training on how to deal with dogs. And it has bipartisan support:
“The reason I think it is important is dogs are not just property to most people, they are their short, hairy children,” [said Jennifer Edwards of The Animal Law Center]. “They are a part of the family, and it is absolutely devastating to lose an animal and to lose an animal so wrongfully when it could be solved by better training and better understanding of dog behavior.”
The bill’s sponsors, Democrat Lucia Guzman and Republican David Balmer, point out that “landscaping companies [and] delivery companies” deal with dogs all the time, without shooting them.
Some of the stories about police brutality to dogs are disgusting:
Among those expected to testify in favor of their bill is Gary Branson of Pueblo, whose 4-year-old labrador mix was shot multiple times by a Commerce City police officer after the pet escaped a relative’s home.
In Branson’s case, the 58-year-old left Chloe with a relative while visiting his brother in California last November. The dog got out through an open garage door and was running around the neighborhood.
Commerce City police said the dog was aggressive and continued to behave that way after being restrained with an animal-control noose. Chloe was shocked with a Taser and then shot multiple times.
What kind of sick person Tasers and shoots a family lab that has already been restrained?
Dogs are not people and shouldn’t be treated as such under the law. But they’re not mere property either. We need to carve out a legal space for our furry companions that at least respects our rights to keep them alive.
OKLAHOMA CITY — A former Muskogee County Jail deputy has pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI.
The U.S. Department of Justice says 33-year-old Dennis Frisbie Jr. pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Oklahoma City to one count of making false statements to the FBI.
The DOJ says Frisbie admitted he lied when he told the FBI that he had been shot in the shoulder by an unknown person after he was interviewed by agents investigating allegations of inmate abuse at the Muskogee County Jail.
The FBI suspended its investigation into allegations of inmate abuse at the jail after Frisbie reported being shot.
Frisbie acknowledged Friday that he shot himself and told agents that someone else shot him in an effort to affect the jail abuse investigation. One more lying jack boot off the street, good riddance!