Sunday, February 26, 2006

Civilian Oversight of Police

Civilian Oversight of Police from the Vera Institute

Civilian Oversight of Police in Democratic Societies PDF

Proposing Civilian Oversight of Police to Elected Officials

How non-whites are put out of business in ‘White Only’ areas

Racism and Assault on Small Businesses of non-connected owners

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I complained to LT Wack of Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs and he threatened me for having lodged complaints and refused to take a complaint regarding Sgt. Sticca who said I ‘confessed’ while being held at Troop C HQ, and then recanted, liar, liar. Wack refused to investigate his ‘friend’. I talked with Carol Amino of Governor Rowlands Officer, now Gov. Rell’s aid and she threatened me with more arrests and more prison if I lodged complaints as it would further piss off former Connecticut State Police Commissioner, Arthur L. Spada, whom I blame for ordering police to threaten me, set me up, and railroad me to prison. More

Why am I posting this? Well, New York State Police Internal Affairs is now investigating Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs, I want to put the NY police investigators on notice that putting a rubber stamp on abuse won’t be tolerated. Serpico, which spawned a movie, couldn’t find a single cop on the NYC force to go regarding bribery and severe police misconduct. Cops cover for cops. Prosecutors cover for all officials and so do judges. Pedophile priests should not be overseen by other pedophile priests.

Anatomy of the Good Ole Boy Network

The text below emailed to:

I wish to propose Civilian Oversight of Police and of the Judiciary.

I had proposed Civilian Oversight of Police and told Connecticut elected officials in the Stafford CT area that I intended to sue police for Civil Rights abuses.

Police had refused to give me protection and service and heroin and crack cocaine dealing went on unabated on and near my rental properties. For being outspoken I faced a false arrests and prison after being threatened by police if I did not leave Connecticut. Police can be rude and unprofessional on the phone and in person.

Police refusal to follow up on lead to teens dying in a high speed rollover involving alcohol and drugs because their illegal behavior was not addressed before the deaths. Another teen almost beat a man to death with a baseball bat after I had named the individuals involved in other strong are robberies involving teens and baseball bats.

Judges and prosecutors act with police to cover up police and judicial misconduct and different Unconstitutional sentencing and court behavior is rampant as there is no civilian oversight of the courts and police.

Police officers feel free to go to a person’s place of employment and get an individual fired based on police vendettas. Evidence is manufactured and police have no fear of punishment blatantly perjuring themselves.

Children are taken away from those that lodge complaints against officials and that are whistleblowers. Federal taxpayers are being defrauded.

I have explained how a Mafia-like town hall is run on Racism and enforcing a “Whites Only” unofficial policy is also described in the post.

Criminal misconduct of police, prosecutors, and judges should no longer be tolerated.

New York State Police Internal Affairs is investigating Connecticut State Police Internal Affairs for inconsistencies and abuse. This is proof positive that legislators need to act. Citizens should not face malicious arrests, prison, loss of jobs, family unity, and all they have ever worked for just for having proposed laws such as Civilian Oversight of Police to elected officials and blowing the whistle on corruption to news reporters.

After I had proposed Civilian Oversight the Police Liaison bragged to elected official’s legislative staff that I would be targeted for arrest and retaliation. Is that American behavior and should the legislature address this across the board abuse of citizens and families in Connecticut?

Thank you,
Steven G. Erickson, PO box 730, Enfield, CT 06083, Cell [snipped]

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From the Sunday Oregonian:

Report: Police need civilian oversight
An outside reviewer finds Portland police have inadequate rules on investigating officer shootings and in-custody deaths

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Outside experts, having now reviewed five years of Portland police shootings and deaths in police custody, are calling on the city again to provide civilian oversight of police use of deadly force.

In its second report in two years, the Los Angeles-based Police Assessment Resource Center found that the Portland Police Bureau's investigations were inadequate in determining whether officers' actions were tactically sound.

"A recurrence of biased investigations, as we have now seen from 1997 through 2001, raises the questions as to whether a fair and balanced process and result can be reached without oversight by an outside agency," the report said.

The 76-page report on 14 police shootings from July 2000 to December 2001 also revealed a litany of problems that the Police Assessment Resource Center said placed police and others in unnecessary danger. It cited an absence or inability of sergeants on the scene to supervise officers; officers leaning through windows, or acting alone without backup, to try to remove unarmed drivers from cars; a lack of officers trained in crisis intervention to handle dangerous encounters with the mentally ill; and an unnecessary delay in rendering first aid to wounded suspects. (The report noted a 90-minute delay in one case.)

Mayor Tom Potter, through a spokeswoman, was noncommittal Friday about civilian oversight, saying he had questions that he wanted answered before taking a stand.

City Auditor Gary Blackmer, who released the report Friday, said the City Council would have to provide additional funding to permit the civilian oversight that the Police Assessment Resource Center wants.

The consultants pointed out that the 14 shootings reviewed this time occurred before their first report was released in 2003. The first report included a review of 32 police shootings and two deaths in police custody from January 1997 to June 30, 2000, and a list of 89 recommendations.
Former Chief Mark Kroeker was ousted partly because of his poor response to the first report.

In contrast, the Police Assessment Resource Center applauded Chief Derrick Foxworth for responding to many of the recommendations made two years ago.

The consultants said Foxworth has made "serious good-faith efforts" to make changes. However, they said the chief has not gone far enough, and they identified several policies that could be improved.

Although the chief appropriately revised the bureau's policy on deadly force to stress the sanctity of human life, the consultants said they found it "puzzling" that Foxworth did not state that deadly force should be used only when no alternatives are reasonably available.

Foxworth said that Portland officers generally use deadly force only as a last resort, but to demand a "last resort" standard would be inappropriate and dangerous for officers because it would complicate their thinking during such difficult events. The consultants found the chief's argument unpersuasive.

Guidelines for weapons
Although the bureau now requires officers to file a report when they point their guns at someone, the consultants said the bureau still needs to draft guidelines identifying when police should draw, point and reholster their weapons.

One of the 14 shootings studied was the April 1, 2001, death of Jose Victor Santos Mejia Poot. Police shot Mejia Poot, 29, when he escaped from a room in a psychiatric hospital in Sellwood and threatened staff, who called police. He advanced on officers with a metal rod he had ripped from a door, and they shot him twice.

Four years later, the consultants said police should never respond to routine patient management problems in mental health facilities. They should not have been called to the hospital in 2001 when Mejia Poot walked out of an isolation room with a faulty lock on it.

Foxworth, in response to the report, said, "Not showing up is not an option." He added the bureau is still working with county officials to ensure that mental health staff call police only for crimes in progress, armed individuals or serious assaults.

Police shooting investigations
The consultants are still not satisfied with the bureau's practice of having homicide detectives investigate police shootings, followed by an internal affairs review, with input from training officers, to determine whether policies were violated. The report suggests that criminal and internal investigations proceed at the same time.

Foxworth and Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk said legal concerns made the simultaneous investigations impractical.

Regarding the investigation of police shootings, the Police Assessment Resource Center found detectives had a "strong disinclination" to find an officer ever acted wrongly. In some cases, the consultants said, detectives asked leading or biased questions to civilian witnesses. In others, they failed to examine discrepancies between officer accounts and evidence.

In one case, for example, detectives did not explore a discrepancy between an officer's claim of self-defense and medical evidence that showed a suspect killed was shot in the back and back of his arm.

Foxworth said he has created a Use of Force Review Board of community members and police to evaluate police shootings.

Dan Handelman, of the watchdog group Copwatch, said, "There's a lot of good that comes out of these reports. Many of the ideas are things the community has been saying for years."

Maxine Bernstein: 503-221-8212;


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