Four southern California officers are facing felony charges of physically and abusing 13 youths at a police-run boot camp on the central coast, the local sheriff’s office announced Wednesday.
The officers are accused of assaulting 13 boys and girls ages 12 to 17 who were attending a one-week Leadership Empowerment and Discipline Boot Camp sponsored by the Huntington Park and South Gate police departments, the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office said. The program, for at-risk youths, was held May 17-24 at Camp San Luis Obispo, a California Army National Guard base.
Search and arrest warrants were issued Tuesday and Wednesday for the four Los Angeles-area drill instructors: Det. Marissa Elizabeth Larios, 36, and Officer Patrick Marvin Nijland, 47, both from Huntington Park; and Officers Carlos Manuel Gomez-Marquez, 31, and Edgar Yovany Gomez, 35, from South Gate.
All four posted bond on $20,000 bail.
Gomez and Gomez-Marquez face five charges: felony counts of willful cruelty to a child, criminal threats and criminal conspiracy. Plus misdemeanor counts of battery and abuse under color of authority.
Larios was arrested for willful cruelty to a child, criminal conspiracy, criminal battery and abuse of authority.
Nijland is accused of willful cruelty to a child, battery and abuse of authority.
The FBI Computer Analysis Response Team aided in the two-month investigation, the sheriff said.
The officers allegedly slammed some children against walls, stepped on their fingers while they did push-ups and beat some in a dark room, a lawyer representing some alleged victims told the San Luis Obispo New Times.
Attorney Greg Owen said some kids suffered bruises and scrapes, and at least one had broken one or more fingers.
The one-week program for children with minor behavioral problems cost parents $400, he said.
OK OK I know there is more to this story as there usually is. To tell you the truth I bet there was some parent that did not like someone telling their lil darlin what to do, especially since they won’t.
And it caught my eye because of two days ago I posted this article about that same city:
In June, police raided a marijuana dispensary and were caught on a surveillance camera stealing the merchandise and playing darts. Police entered the “Sky High” dispensary in riot gear with guns drawn and were extremely disrespectful to the owners of the property.
One of the occupants was handicapped and blind, and the officers were making jokes about her disability, and suggesting to one another that they should have assaulted her.
“Did you punch that one-legged old Benita,” a male officer asks a female officer.
“I was about to kick her in her f—ing nub,” the female officer replies after the police were in the building alone.
The cameras captured the officers making profane jokes to one another while they played darts and tested out the merchandise in the store. In one part of the video, an officer can be seen taking a big bite out of what appears to be a marijuana edible, before he shakes his head in satisfaction and gives the other officers a “thumbs up.”
After this video was released, it went super viral and exposed these abusive and corrupt officers for the criminals they are. Following the video’s release, the Santa Ana police department launched an internal investigation. Not that much was expected to result from the officers investigating themselves, however, in light of a recent and asinine lawsuit by the officers in the video, it’s possible that nothing will happen to them.
According to the OC Register,
A lawsuit, filed last week in Orange County Superior Court by three unidentified police officers and the Santa Ana Police Officers Association, seeks to prevent Santa Ana Police Department internal affairs investigators from using the video as they sort out what happened during the May 26 raid of Sky High Collective.
Lawyers for police and the dispensary said the video – which has been widely seen on television and several online news sites, including ocregister.com – could play a key role in the ongoing investigation into the officers’ actions.
There is nothing illegal about setting up surveillance cameras in your own place of business on your own property. These officers are merely throwing a temper tantrum after being caught red-handed.
“It’s pretty pathetic for police to say if we don’t like something that it can’t be used as evidence,” Matthew Pappas, a lawyer for Sky High, pointed out.
In the video released by the dispensary, cops, in an effort to conceal their acts were seen dismantling all the cameras they could see prior stealing property and insulting disabled people. Their lawyer is now claiming that because the officers failed to destroy the other camera, it is inadmissible as the dispensary did not have consent to film them. Seriously.
“All police personnel present had a reasonable expectation that their conversations were no longer being recorded and the undercover officers, feeling that they were safe to do so, removed their masks,” says the suit.
Ironically, the suit goes on to say how the video evidence is the only piece of evidence linking the corrupt cops to their crimes.
“Without the illegal recordings, there would have been no internal investigation of any officer,” the suit says.
Of course there wouldn’t be an internal investigation if the video didn’t exist as the video is what shows the cops committing crimes. Also, if there were no video, it would be the owner’s word against the cops’ word, and we all know how that one plays out.
The audacity in this lawsuit is unfathomable, and it speaks to the sheer above the law mentality of police officers. They were caught, on film, breaking the law and now they are attempting to destroy the only piece of evidence which proves they broke the law.
Imagine if the people on video stealing products were regular citizens and not cops. There would be no question as to the “legality” of the surveillance footage, and they would have been arrested. However, cops who raid shops that sell a beneficial plant to willing customers who use it as medicine to treat their illnesses, are brave heroes out there keeping you safe.
To be honest I do not know how some of these guys look themselves in the mirror everyday……..
A federal appeals court has struck down one of the nation’s strictest voter ID laws, siding with the Obama administration’s argument that it would keep hundreds of thousands of eligible voters from casting ballots.
The Wednesday decision was a victory for the president, who has directed the Justice Department to try to beat back a movement in several Republican-led state governments to implement ballot-box restrictions.
Democrats and civil rights advocates have been fighting the Texas law since it was passed in 2011. After early success, opponents of the law had to change tactics when the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 struck down a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act.
That decision invalidated a section of the law that forced certain state and local governments to get clearance from the federal government before it changed voting laws.
Texas was then free to enforce its law, which requires one of seven forms of approved identification, a list that included concealed carry licenses but not a college student’s university ID. Proponents said would reduce ballot fraud.
The Justice Department and its allies then turned to another section of the Voting Rights Act, arguing that the Texas law discriminated against minority voters.
A lower court ruled the Texas law was discriminatory, but the decision came so close to the 2014 mid-term elections that the state was allowed to keep the law in place.
On Wednesday — a day before the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act — the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in New Orleans, agreed with the lower court.
“Today’s ruling is a victory for every Texas voter. Once again, the rule of law agrees with Democrats. The Republican voter ID law is discriminatory,” Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement.
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signaled that the ruling wouldn’t deter the state from fighting to keep the measures in place.
“In light of ongoing voter fraud, it is imperative that Texas has a voter ID law that prevents cheating at the ballot box,” Abbott said. “Texas will continue to fight for its voter ID requirement to ensure the integrity of elections in the Lone Star State.”
Now the 5th circuit is sending the law back to the Corpus Christi court with the question of whether voter ID was enacted with discriminatory intent.
Can someone clarify to me the reason why we cannot confirm the identity of voters and how that discriminates?
Elizabeth Elderli never leaves her Houston home unarmed. So, when the 31-year-old former U.S. Marine visited Manhattan’s September 11 Memorial, two guns were in her backpack when she saw a “no firearms” sign at the security checkpoint.
Elderli told a police officer about the loaded 9-mm. and .380-caliber semi-automatic guns — both covered by her Texas-issued concealed weapons permit, which she believed was valid in New York, her attorney claims. But she quickly learned that the Empire State’s gun control laws bear no resemblance to those in effect back home. Elderli was arrested in the Saturday incident, charged with felony possession of a weapon and left facing 3 ½ to 15 years in prison.
“She did what every responsible gun owner would do,” her attorney, Amy Bellantoni, told FoxNews.com. “If she thought she was doing something wrong, she would have turned around and walked out.
“There’s absolutely no criminal intent here,” the lawyer added.
Elderli’s arrest is the latest in a string of cases involving out-of-state, gun-toting tourists arrested and charged in New York, which has among the nation’s toughest firearms laws. Gun control advocates say it is up to firearms owners to know the laws in jurisdictions they visit, and have little sympathy for people who carry guns in from states with less stringent laws. But the treatment of Elderli and other citizens underscores the serious consequences faced by a gun owner who abides by one state’s laws, but unwittingly breaks another’s.
A 52-year-old woman with a permit to carry a handgun in Florida was arrested last month in Jersey City, N.J., while trying to board a ferry to Ellis Island with her weapon. Elizabeth Griffith, of Daytona Beach, could face up to 10 years in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm. New Jersey also has strict handgun regulations.
Former US Marine Elizabeth Elderli faces up to 15 years in prison after declaring her handguns at the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum.
In September 2011, Ryan Jerome, a 28-year-old Marine, was arrested and charged after trying to check his Indiana-registered handgun at the Empire State Building. His attorney, Mark Bederow, got the felony reduced to a misdemeanor, but his client ended up with a criminal record.
“It is true that out-of-state firearm owners should familiarize themselves with New York’s Draconian laws before coming to New York City,” said Bederow, a defense attorney and former Manhattan prosecutor who has represented many people charged with gun crimes in New York. “But district attorneys have a powerful tool — prosecutorial discretion — and need not criminalize honest mistakes by otherwise law-abiding citizens, especially veterans, who acted responsibly by disclosing their possession to appropriate authorities.”
Elderli insists she thought her research had shown her the guns — which she had checked on her flight from Texas to Pennsylvania — did not violate the laws of any state she intended to visit. Both Bellantoni and Bederow note her actions showed she wasn’t knowingly breaking the law.
“If she had known that New York did not recognize her license, she would have left it [the guns] in a safe in the hotel,” Bellantoni said of Elderli, a former private first class with the U.S. Marine Corps who served in Iraq in 2003.
Added Bederow, “Most rational people cannot comprehend that a veteran from Texas who wanted to visit the 9/11 Memorial, but who mistakenly believed that her possession of firearms in New York was lawful, such that she declared them, is being treated like a common criminal and subject to the stigma of a criminal record and the possibility of incarceration hundreds of miles from home.
“Nothing is accomplished by treating people in these circumstances, who obviously lack criminal intent, as criminals,” he said.
But gun control advocates say Elderli’s actions were negligent and her punishment a consequence of the failure to recognize another state’s gun laws.
New York does not honor any other state’s gun permits or licenses. In addition, a New York state pistol license is only valid in the counties outside the five counties of New York City if it is validated by New York City. A New Yorker may not take his or her handguns into the city — a law that includes Self Protection licensees, with a few exceptions.
“We hear a lot of rhetoric from the pro-gun movement about ‘responsible gun ownership,'” said Ladd Everitt, communications director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “Walking into the 9/11 Memorial with two loaded, semiautomatic handguns in a backpack isn’t it.
“We should also contemplate how paranoid someone has to be to think they need two handguns to visit a place of peaceful reflection in the 10th safest major city in the world,” he said.
Leah Barrett, executive director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, described Elderli’s actions as “foolish,” saying New York and Texas couldn’t be more dissimilar when it comes to gun laws.
“New York has very strict concealed carry permits and tough gun laws overall compared to Texas, where you can bring guns onto college campuses,” Barrett said. “It’s a free-for-all down there.”
“New York State is the third most populous state, yet we have the third lowest gun death rate in the country,” she said. “If you’re not sure [of the law], leave your guns at home.”
An Aug. 28 court appearance is scheduled for Elderli, whose Facebook page reads, “little girls dreamed of becoming princesses, I dreamed of becoming a United States Marine.” Her attorney said she is hoping the case gets dismissed.
“There’s no common sense in holding good people and giving them a criminal record,” Bellantoni said.
This is a result of vindictive persecution by anti-gun people. The laws were originally written for behavior modification and educating people. Now it seems the want to have vengeance on people. And of course it is always about revenue.
When the police did a slow down after the Eric Garner riots the city actually said they needed cops writing more tickets again because of the loss of revenue. So they admitted they need more money off of the backs of normally law abiding citizens.
Wanting to put someone in jail for this type of honest mistake tells me that they do not want me to be honest and If I were ever in that position I would have to lie or avoid the police because what difference would it make? And creates a safety issue for everyone around.
“Lately” is a song by American singer Stevie Wonder recorded for his album Hotter than July (1980). The song was covered by R&B group Jodeci and released as a promotional single for the live album Uptown MTV Unplugged in June 1993.
Jason Elias at Allmusic praised the song, believing that unlike some of Wonder’s similar material, “Lately” in particular hit all the perfect emotional and musical notes. Of the song’s emotional power itself Elias stated, “it’s enough to make a listener fall prey to an old-fashioned cry.”