1. September 06, 2012 9:05 am.
A woman who was groped by an off-duty DPS officer at a Flagstaff bar last summer says that comments to her by the judge during Wednesday’s sen… After being convicted by a jury earlier this summer of sexual abuse for groping a woman in a bar, ex-DPS Officer Robb Gary Evans walked out of a Coconino County Superior Courtroom on Wednesday morning having been sentenced to two years of probation.
Evans received credit for the four days of jail time he served in Coconino County jail. Prosecutors contended that he drank eight beers and then drove himself to the Green Room, where he flashed his badge in an attempt to get into a concert for free. While inside, he walked up behind the victim, who was a friend of a friend, put his hand up her skirt and then ran his fingers across her genitals.
When bouncers threw him out, Evans told them he was a cop and they would be arrested. The 43-year-old former Arizona Department of Public Safety officer was facing between six months and 2 1/2 years in prison, but the crime was eligible for probation. He will not be required to register as a sex offender, according to the sentence. The judge said she considered the defendant’s lack of a criminal record and strong community support in her sentencing. She also advised the victim to be more vigilant.
2. Ozark Police Chief Jim Noggle says one of his officers used a Taser on a 10-year-old girl who was combative when the officer tried to get the girl into a patrol car to be taken to a youth shelter. Noggle said Tuesday that officer Dustin Bradshaw went to the girl’s home after her mother called police woman called police. According to a report filed by Bradshaw on Thursday, the officer found the girl on the floor of the house screaming and crying. She refused to follow her mother’s instructions and the mother told Bradshaw to use his Taser.
Bradshaw carried the girl to the living room and told her she was going to jail, according to the report. The girl was violently kicking, the report said, and struck Bradshaw in the groin with her legs and feet. The report said Bradshaw administered a “very, very brief” stun with the Taser, put the girl in handcuffs and carried her to his patrol car. She was taken to the Western Arkansas Youth Shelter in Cecil.
3. NOBLE, Okla. — A police officer shooting at a snake apparently killed a 5-year-old boy who was fishing at a nearby pond, officials said.
Austin Haley was fishing with his grandfather, Jack Tracy, when Tracy said he heard a shot and saw something hit the water just a few feet in front of the boat dock where he was standing. Moments later, a second shot hit Austin in the head.
A Noble police officer who had responded to a report of a snake in a tree apparently fired the deadly shot while trying to kill the snake on Friday, City Manager Bob Wade said.
“I was told that they tried several ways to get the snake down, but it was still hissing at them and firmly lodged,” Wade said. “What I was told is that the owner of the home either suggested or agreed that they should go ahead and shoot the snake, and then everything happened from there.”
“Then two officers came out of the brush over there,” he told The Oklahoman. “They didn’t tell us they were the ones who had been shooting or that they had shot him. They didn’t admit a doggone thing.” The boy was pronounced dead at an Oklahoma City hospital, about 25 miles north of Noble. Wade refused to identify the officer but said the person had been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
4. Connecticut State Police announced Monday they will be holding all crimes scenes connected to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting for the foreseeable future, while they investigate the horrific mass murder. Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt.J.Paul Vance told reporters at a midmorning news briefing it could take months for investigators to complete their examination of the crime scene at the school. [You, the reader, take this delay in your stride. “Oh, well, if they think they need it, then then then they need it.”
5.Fredricktown MO police captain pleads guilty to sexual exploitation and sodomy of child……Fond du Lac WI cop throws cuffed mentally challenged man into table, cutting his head open……Vian OK asst police chief caught for public intoxication, beating girlfriend, threatening to shoot bouncers……….Monroe County NY sheriff’s captain indicted on three rape charges……….Philadelphia PA cop pleads guilty to forcing female prisoner into sex acts in jail cell……….Pawtucket RI cop caught masturbating and exposing himself to motorists/urinating……….Abbeville LA police officer sued for tasering elderly man who called police to report DV incident………Mentor OH cop caught headbutting & beating little league coach at game………..Seattle WA undercover police officer on leave for kicking 17 yr-old on video……………YOU MAY NOT REMEMBER A POST IN WHICH I POINTED OUT THE HIGHEST COURT HAS RULED POLICE HAVE NO LEGAL DUTY TO RESCUE THOSE IN DISTRESS. What , then, is there job? (a) Catch bad guys after the fact; (b) be a deterrent presence.
6. Don B. Kates, Jr., eminent civil rights lawyer and criminologist, states:
Even if all 500,000 American police officers were assigned to patrol, they could not protect 240 million citizens from upwards of 10 million criminals who enjoy the luxury of deciding when and where to strike. But we have nothing like 500,000 patrol officers; to determine how many police are actually available for any one shift, we must divide the 500,000 by four (three shifts per day, plus officers who have days off, are on sick leave, etc.). The resulting number must be cut in half to account for officers assigned to investigations, juvenile, records, laboratory, traffic, etc., rather than patrol. It is, therefore, a fact of law and of practical necessity that individuals are responsible for their own personal safety, and that of their loved ones. Police protection must be recognized for what it is: only an auxiliary general deterrent.
7. Some of you may remember a little incident at Kent State in the late 1960s. Oh, the joy that only clubs and water hoses can provide. Each year, police crime approximates civilian crime. The trouble is that police crime is largely unreported or when it come to the surface, it is hushed up. Remember the Knapp Commission (as you do the Alamo)) You don’t? That is precisely the problem.
8. These are only a small handful of crimes committed daily by police. In any case, cops cannot shoot the side of a barrel unless they are aiming elsewhere. Gary Kleck has gathered data that middle aged women who take courses in gun use are far better shots than the average cop. Who needs these goons? Assault and battery of police wives far exceeds the rate among the next worse criminal element in society (whoever that may be). Who needs these guys? Cops routinely steal the drug paraphernalia that they confiscate from the so-called “bad guys.”
9. Every police officer who patrols observes at least one other police officer commit a felony in the course of a day’s work. Not reporting that, – as he most CERTAINLY won’t – is the crime of misprision. It is never proscecuted. Who needs a million goons fiercely walking through the streets, wielding guns, who are immune prosecution?
10. Adam Winkler, law professor at UCLA, author of The Battle over the Right To Bear Arms in America, has shown via hard statistics, that persons who possess legal gun permits commit crimes at a rate lower than the general population.
11. The number of permits to carry concealed weapons – 8 million – is at an all-time high but the number of homicides is the lowest it has been in 40 years.
12. Arrested burglars routinely report , and by a very high margin, that they fear to enter homes they suspect are guarded by legal gun owners far more than they fear the police. In keeping with this, Gary Kleck has has estimated that between 800,000 and 1.2 million would be thieves and robbers are deterred by a citizen’s waving a gun at them. In contrast, the number of people who are victimized because they don’t seem to be a threat to the bad guys is much lower. Deterrence wins. Who needs cops? Trayvon Martin didn’t need any. Rodney King didn’t need them. Neither did the thousands brutalized over the last 100 years by southern gangsters with guns strapped to their hips. How many other cases of cop brutality do you know? If a cop wounds a black kid for “I thought he was reaching for a gun,” who is going to jail? How much more of this are we supposed to bear up with? Plenty now that Obama has joined the blood-hunt and announced we can’t take this any longer? We aleady know he made a campaign point of his assassination of bin Laden. Can you doubt that if a gun battle breaks out between a “lay criminal,” i.e. a non-cop and 50 cops who send 500 bullets into the air, finally killing the “lay criminal,” Obama will heap praise on them? Then he will go off to a rally, defending the rights of hunters to suck blood from deer and squirrels. Who needs cops? Who needs Obama?
13. You, Unfortunate Reader, are addicted to THE FALLACY OF THE DRAMATIC INSTANCE. Few crimes are committed either by “lay criminals” or by professional criminals, i.e. cops by means of assault weapons. Grieve, if you must and as you should, for the kids of Connecticut BUT GET YOUR BRAIN IN GEAR.
For the precious few of you who have not been completely brainwashed by anti-gun propaganda and who yet may have a trace of brain left in your head, I recommend Don Kates’s article The Value of Civilian Arms Possession As Deterrent To Crime Or Defense Against Crime. It is long and you already know it is wrong. Lucky for you. http://www.lawandliberty.org/kates_de.htm
Do not send a five-line comment saying you don’t agree. However, serious analysis is always welcome. And I sure don’t want to hear about your 6-year old cousin who blew his brains out when his dumb father did not know how to keep his rifle safe.