Top 5 Police Blunders of the Week

 Darren Johnson and William Jennings — the Indiana cops recently suspended for tasering and slapping an unruly 10-year-old — would have made the Top 5 Police Blunders Of The Week had their stupidity not landed them their very own entry. Also, today we have bigger fish to fry, like Anthony Orban and Jeff Jelenek, two California cops recently arrested for kidnapping and rape…

5. Lashaud Welcome and Ruffus Stewart  In February 2009, Welcome and Stewart pulled over three men in front of a Detroit gas station. They found an ounce of weed on Sherrod Redd as well as a gun hiding under the hood of the car. Redd was cuffed, along with his two friends, but he was soon turned loose. Had the police ran a record check, they would have seen that Redd was wanted for violating his parole after he attacked a police officer. But they didn’t.  Instead, Welcome and Stewart pinned the marijuana and the gun on Redd’s nephew, Megale Redd, who had done little but earn a seat belt violation. While we’d like to accuse Welcome and Stewart of simple laziness, we can’t, seeing as busting Sherrod — the real criminal — would have been just as easy.  When Megale’s mother got wind of what the police officers did, she wasn’t pleased. Along with her son’s defense attorney, she obtained a copy of the gas station’s security video, which contradicted the report that the police filed against Megale.  After an internal investigation was conducted, both officers were suspended without pay and charged with official misconduct. Stewart has already pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.  Last Tuesday, Welcome appeared before a Wayne County judge who could only say, “Why? I don’t know.”

4. Shane Sampson  may have only landed himself the number four spot on this week’s list, but, believe us when we say that, if there was a number one spot for biggest pussy cop, he’d most certainly be in the running.  Sampson happens to work for the Camden Police Department, a department so full of corrupt and inept cops that it has graced this list more than once. While Sampson hasn’t planted drugs on innocent suspects or sexually assaulted any women, he has still managed to prove himself a douche-bag of the highest order. Apparently, Sampson has been engaged in a protracted custody battle with his ex-wife. But rather than take this unfortunate situation like a man, Sampson had to get his buddies to do his dirty work for him — and waste valuable police resources in the process. In December, Sampson filed a custody complaint against his ex-wife, who had received permission from the court to take their toddler daughter to Florida for vacation until December 24. While she was there, Sampson’s wife hurt her arm and was ordered by a doctor not to travel home before December 28. But it was too late. Sampson had already thrown a hissy fit — one so big that state troopers were at the airport to greet his ex-wife, whom they then took into custody, detained her for four hours, and then handed her over to Camden cops, who then kept her for another four hours. Of course, the charges against her were ultimately dismissed. First off, she had committed no crime. Secondly, Camden police — Sampson’s buddies — had no jurisdiction over her or her case. Also, Sampson had hastily filed his complaint a day before she was even originally due home. Now, it’s Sampson who finds himself in trouble with the law. On Wednesday morning, he turned himself in and was charged with official misconduct and harassment, and has been ordered to stay away from his ex-wife.

​3. John Lewis The last time we caught up with John Lewis was in January, when he appeared on this here list at number 5. Unfortunately, while he’s moved up on Police Blunders, we can’t say the same for his standing in the real world. Lewis is no stranger to the law — not just because he is a 15-year veteran Schenectady cop, but also because he’s been arrested on a half-dozen domestic violence and drunk-driving charges. In December 2009, he added another 10 more charges to his name, thanks to stalking his wife and fighting with his ex-girlfriend. Then, in January, he was busted yet again for drunk driving. Finally, the judge set his bail at $25,000, hoping that keeping him in jail for a while just might do the trick.  But that wasn’t the case. This month, Lewis faces another slew of charges for breaking a window inside the Schenectady County Jail. He has been charged with reckless endangerment of property and has since been moved to the Schoharie County Jail. Oddly enough, Lewis has still not been officially fired by the Schenectady Police Department. He’s been on unpaid suspension since 2008.

2. Melissa and Darin Smith In the case of the 11-year-old son of Melissa and Darin Smith there is no good cop/bad cop sort of situation. The poor kid has simply been stuck with two really bad cops. Literally. Someone might want to inform the Smiths that disciplining their son is not supposed to be akin to arresting a violent suspect. Unfortunately, court affidavits are claiming that the couple — both officers with the Allen Police Department in Texas — did just that. In February, the boy’s mother hit him in the head with a spoon, slapped him across the face, and then beat him with a belt after the boy says he didn’t get out of bed fast enough. Her punishment left several deep bruises on the boy’s body, including a gash on his scalp. And that’s not all. The boy’s stepfather, Darin Smith, with the help of his mother, threw him to the ground, strangled him, cuffed him, and then threw him in the car, acting as though he had been arrested and was going to jail. The Smiths have not denied using unusual disciplinary methods. They just don’t consider them abuse. Darin says he was just trying to scare the kid, while Melissa claims that it would only be abuse if she “used a baseball bat” and “broke his bones.” Melissa has been charged with child abuse, while Darin has been charged with official oppression.

1. Anthony Orban and Jeff Jelenek This last item just completely blows our minds and has honestly left us in such shock, we alas have no witty quips or snide remarks — just utter disgust. On Saturday afternoon, in broad daylight, Anthony Orban, a 30-year-old officer with the Westminster Police Department, and Jeff Jelenek, a 30-year-old California corrections officer, where driving around Ontario, California when they spotted a 24-year-old waitress just getting off of work. As the woman walked to her car, Orban approached her with his gun and ordered her to start driving as Jelenek followed them to a nearby town where Orban told her to stop the car and then raped her while Jelenek stood watch. After Orban had his way with the victim, the two men sped off in Jelenek’s car before Orban realized he made a fatal error — he’d left his gun in the girl’s car. Orban quickly called his wife and told her his gun was missing and he thought it might be stolen. Meanwhile, the victim had made her way to a nearby business, where she called Fontina police and handed over Orban’s weapon. By late that evening, both men were arrested and taken in for questioning. Fortunately, their stories were as sloppy as their handling of evidence. Orban was booked on suspicion of rape, while Jelenek was held for being an accessory. Orban has also since been relieved of his duty while police continue to investigate. (TrueCrimeReport)

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5 Strange Ways Wives have Killed Their Husbands

Getting out of a marriage can be as simple as filing for divorce or it can be as creative as those who didn’t only want to stand by their man, but they also didn’t want to leave their man standing.

1. Agrippina’s Story

Claudius the fourth Roman Emperor also known as Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus was in the midst of big marriage problems with wife number five Agrippina. He was heard publicly to complain about his bad luck in marrying so many disagreeable women. This might have spurred Agrippina into action not so much out of a need for vengeance as a fear from losing out on the position. She saw herself and her son trying to occupy when Claudius was out of the picture. He was also making statements regarding reconciliation with son Britannicus which would have knocked Agrippina’s son Nero out of the running for ruler of Rome. She needed her husband out-of-the-way, but it couldn’t have been just logic that drove her since the poison, that was administered to him, was slow and painful. When it seemed the old man wouldn’t die quickly enough Agrippina sent in a slave with a feather to induce vomiting, claiming it would cure him. Of course, vomiting might in fact have helped Claudius if the feather hadn’t been dipped in yet more poison.

2. Ruth Snyder

In 1925 Ruth Snyder a housewife from Queens New York decided to have her husband killed by his would-be replacement, her boyfriend, Henry Judd Gray, a corset salesman. Together the pair planned her husband’s, Albert’s death, but not before Ruth talked her husband into signing a life insurance policy that would pay off extra if he were attacked and died by an act of violence. Ruth and Henry, neither of whom were exactly well read, tried various methods of disposing of poor Albert, but finally gave up when he began to become difficult to handle. The couple garroted Albert and when they failed to kill him quickly enough they stuffed rags soaked in chloroform up his nose. After Albert died in agonizing death, the couple tried to make the place seem as if it had been broken into, but the cops didn’t buy it. Cornered, the pair told on one another and both received the death penalty. Ruth Snyder was among few women to have ever been put on the death by electrocution, a far more merciful death than Albert Snyder experienced.

3. Pamela Smart

Like Ruth the pretty 23 year-old Pamela Smart tried to use her boyfriend to kill her husband. Her boyfriend and lover was only 15 at the time, but he, along with an accomplice, managed to surprise and shoot Gregory Smart as he entered his own home. Police might not have pieced together the entire murder plot if Pamela hadn’t made the mistake of forgetting that teens are notoriously bad at keeping secrets. She’s currently serving time for taking part in the murder scheme.

4. Larissa Schuster

Larissa Schuster had a boyfriend too, but being a biochemist she also had her own chemical lab. This was a bad combination for her husband Timothy, who was fighting her tooth and nail in their divorce. In 2003 the 47-year-old Larissa had enough so she rented a storage unit. She and her boyfriend then kidnapped the luckless Timothy using a stun gun and chloroform to subdue him. While barely conscious, he was still very much alive but incapacitated so they stuffed his body into a barrel. Then Larissa began pouring the hydrochloric acid into the container. When the police found Timothy Schuster, all that was left of him was the lower part of his body from the belt buckle down. Larissa got sentenced to a life in prison for her heinous crime.

5. Clara Harris

 Clara Harris didn’t have a boyfriend, but she was sure her husband had a girlfriend. She hired a private detective and not only did he confirm her worst fear,  he invited her down to a hotel her husband, David Harris, was using for the affair. This turned into a fatal confrontation and when David headed toward his girlfriend’s car Clara snapped. She got behind the wheel of her Mercedes and ran over her husband. Then she followed the curve of the drive and hit him again as he lay on the ground. She tried to tell police that her foot had slipped and she’d lost control of the car, but the couple’s daughter who’d also been in the vehicle with her mother testified against her. Clara is serving life in prison for running over her man.(WORM)

Lesbian Discharged From Military After Police Tell Her Orientation

Jene Newsome, an Air Force sergeant who kept her sexual orientation private and the American Civil Liberties Union claim South Dakota police officers violated her privacy by “outing” her to the military.

The 28-year-old’s honorable discharge under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy came only after police officers in Rapid City, S.D., saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her home and told the nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base.

Newsome and the ACLU filed a complaint against the western South Dakota police department, claiming the officers violated her privacy when they informed the military about her sexual orientation. The case also highlights concerns over the ability of third parties to “out” service members, especially as the Pentagon has started reviewing the 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” law.

“I played by ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,'” Newsome told The Associated Press by telephone.

“I just don’t agree with what the Rapid City police department did. … They violated a lot of internal policies on their end, and I feel like my privacy was violated.”

The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has come under renewed debate after Defense Secretary Robert Gates called for a sweeping internal study on the law earlier this year.

As the review is under way, officials were also expected to suggest ways to relax enforcement that may include minimizing cases of third-party outings. In particular, Gates has suggested that the military might not have to expel someone whose sexual orientation was revealed by a third-party out of vindictiveness or suspect motives.

The Rapid City Police Department says Newsome, an aircraft armament system craftsman who spent nine years in the Air Force, was not cooperative when they showed up at her home in November with an arrest warrant for her partner, who was wanted on theft charges in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Newsome was at work at the base at the time and refused to immediately come home and assist the officers in finding her partner, whom she married in Iowa — where gay marriage is legal — in October.

Police officers, who said they spotted the marriage license on the kitchen table through a window of Newsome’s home, alerted the base, police Chief Steve Allender said in a statement sent to the AP. The license was relevant to the investigation because it showed both the relationship and residency of the two women, he said. (Source)

OUCH!!!! Grill Ripped Out Of Man’s Mouth While In Jail

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When a Tennessee jailer ripped the gold grill from a new inmate’s teeth two days before Thanksgiving last year, it left the 31-year-old man in excruciating pain and left taxpayers on the hook for nearly $100,000 in damages.

It happened Nov. 24, a day after McCoy was admitted to the Metro Jail on charges of contempt of court for failure to pay child support, two counts of violation of an order of protection and harassment. When a guard asked McCoy to remove his grill while he was being processed in the jail, he said it was permanently cemented to his teeth years earlier.

Anthony McCoy spat out blood and teeth in a trash can and was in agony for more than a week after Davidson County Sheriff’s Lt. Tanya Mayhew reached into his mouth and yanked out the grill, along with the cement attached to his teeth, said his lawyer, David Raybin. The forced extraction pulled the enamel off McCoy’s front teeth and left him with a damaged mouth that still isn’t fixed, Raybin said.

 

“There was no urgency at all,” Raybin said of the Metro Jail officials and Correct Care Solutions, the company that Nashville contracts with to provide inmate medical care. “This guy was in agony for over a week and a half.” The inmate’s claim is based on pain and suffering, as well as the dental damage. CCS has agreed to pay $20,000 because of the “unwarranted delay” in receiving treatment, the Metro Council’s legal analysis says. It also says Mayhew broke sheriff’s office policy by reaching into the inmate’s mouth. The paperwork also acknowledges that McCoy waited 10 days before ever receiving medical treatment beyond Tylenol, in spite of repeated pleas for help. Nashville Metro Council on Tuesday approved a $95,000 settlement to avoid a lawsuit.

The lieutenant who pulled out the grill was demoted and received five days suspension. McCoy was later convicted on the harassment charges and released from jail on Feb. 2. (Huffington Post)

‘Jihad Jane’ ?

 The blonde middle-aged woman apparently raised no concerns with her boyfriend or her neighbours on Main Street, Pennsburg, near Philadelphia. But online she had allegedly agreed to kill in the name of holy war, believing her European looks would allow her to blend in among Swedes as she homed in on her target.

Colleen LaRose, according to a US court indictment, posted messages online under the name Jihad Jane, expressing her desire to participate in jihad, or holy war. Arrested in October 2009, Ms LaRose had exchanged emails over 15 months to recruit fighters for “violent jihad”.

Her activities apparently came as a surprise to her boyfriend Kurt Gorman, whom she met in 2005. Mr Gorman said: “She was a good-hearted person. She pretty much stayed around the house.” She looked after his father until his death in August 2009, but left their residence a day after the father’s funeral, taking Mr Gorman’s passport with her, allegedly to give to a contact in South Asia she had agreed to marry. “I came home and she was gone. It doesn’t make any sense,” he said.

Having left the US in August, by the end of September, she had allegedly written online that it would be “an honour & great pleasure to die or kill for” her intended spouse, the indictment said. “Only death will stop me here that I am so close to the target!” she is accused of writing.

A Department of Justice statement said Ms LaRose and five others “recruited men on the internet to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe, and recruited women on the internet who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad”.

Ms LaRose, a US citizen born in 1963, is charged with “conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements to a government official and attempted identity theft.” She was apparently approached by others after she posted a video on YouTube in June 2008, saying she was “desperate to do something somehow to help” ease the suffering of Muslims, the indictment said.

Web images show her wearing a Muslim headscarf, but Mr Gorman said he never saw anything like that at their home, nor did she attend any religious services. Unknown to him, she had allegedly agreed to travel to Sweden and kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks.

Lars Vilks’s cartoons of the prophet Muhammad were originally created for an art exhibition.

Four men and three women, all Muslim immigrants, were also arrested as part of the international investigation into a plot to kill Lars Vilks. The Swedish cartoonist drew the Prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog in 2007.

Demonstration: The scene outside the Danish Embassy in London in 2006 following the publication of cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammed

She denies soliciting funds for terrorist groups and of being the Jihad Jane of online postings, the indictment said. Very few women have been charged with terrorism in the US, the Justice Department said.

LaRose, 46, who also used the online name Fatima Rose, was arrested in October by the FBI terrorism unit at her home in Pennsylvania. Since her arrest Irish police have had her co-conspirators under surveillance. Details of LaRose’s arrest were only revealed following the terror raids in the Irish republic.  (BBC)

NJ Father Beats & Impregnates his children

Aswad Ayinde, aka Charles McGill, is brought before Passaic County court in October on charges he repeatedly raped his daughters and had several children with them.

PATERSON, N.J. An award-winning video director was unmasked Thursday as a brutal, bizarre serial breeder who repeatedly raped his daughters to create a “pure” bloodline.

Aswad Ayinde, who won an MTV award for directing The Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly,” fathered six kids with his daughters from the mid-1980s to 2002 – and delivered the babies himself, New Jersey prosecutors said.

Ayinde, 51, who most recently lived in Paterson, N.J., also had nine kids with his ex-wife, Beverly, and at least three more with two other women in Brooklyn, court records show.Aswad Ayinde will stand trial five times, once for each daughter police he say raped, beat and sometimes impregnated.

The ex-wife of the 51-year-old man appeared in court and testified against him in a pre-trial saying that he wanted to create “pure” family bloodlines by impregnating several of his teenage daughters.
“He said the world was going to end and it was just going to be him and his offspring and that he was chosen.”

His arrest prompted a probe by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services to determine how the suspect allegedly turned his daughters into sex slaves without their knowing. Some of the crimes allegedly occurred while the family was under scrutiny by the agency – and after the dad admitted to a 2000 attempt to snatch his children from a hospital while the state had temporary custody. Prosecutors said Ayinde kept the kids from blabbing by beating them with wooden boards or kicking them with steel-toed boots.

As the first case nears trial, questions have been raised about whether state authorities could have put a stop to the abuse sooner. Some of the crimes are alleged to have occurred while the family was under scrutiny by the state child welfare agency, and after the father had been arrested and pleaded guilty to assault and child endangerment.

The three daughters he impregnated gave birth to a total of six children.

It was also reported that the mother testified in court that some of the babies were delivered at home and never received birth certificates. She also said there were at least two instances where the babies who died in the home were buried without authorities being notified.

When asked why she didn’t try to stop him, the wife said,

“I was afraid to ever accuse him of being demented, or being a pedophile. I knew the word but I wouldn’t dare use it because it would result in a beating.”


Having been ruled competent to stand trial earlier this year, Ayinde, held on $1 million bond, was hit with 27 charges including aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, lewdness, child endangerment, aggravated criminal sexual contact and criminal sexual contact.

He was originally arrested in 2006 for the crimes (Hip-Hop Wired)

Instead of allowing an 18-year-old lesbian to don a tuxedo and bring her girlfriend as her date, a Mississippi school has opted to cancel prom.

JACKSON, Miss. — An 18-year-old Mississippi lesbian student whose school district canceled her senior prom rather than allow her to escort her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo said she got some unfriendly looks from classmates when she reluctantly returned to campus Thursday.

After Ms. McMillen, an 18-year-old senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Mississippi, announced she’d be wearing a tuxedo and bringing a female date, a sophomore, to the school’s April 2 dance, the school district said no way. Officials then circulated a flier saying students could not bring same-sex dates.

When McMillen and a lawyer from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) gave the school district a deadline to rescind the ruling, the school board on Wednesday voted to cancel the prom rather than abide by McMillen’s wish. On Thursday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in US district court, charging that school officials violated McMillen’s free speech rights when they told her they would enforce the district’s policy requiring prom dates to be of the opposite sex.Fearing recrimination, McMillen didn’t want to return to campus Thursday, and said she might have to switch schools.”That’s really messed up because the message they are sending is that if they have to let gay people go to prom that they are not going to have one,” she said after learning of the cancellation. “A bunch of kids at school are really going to hate me for this, so in a way it’s really retaliation.”

McMillen did go to school Thursday, and encountered some hard feelings from classmates, but said she was standing up for herself and others in her situation. “My daddy told me that I needed to show them that I’m still proud of who I am,” McMillen told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “The fact that this will help people later on, that’s what’s helping me to go on.”

Though school officials haven’t commented on Wednesday’s decision, earlier remarks indicate they feared McMillen’s choice of date could become a disruption to the school’s educational process. The controversy touches on the often uneasy tensions that can surround gay dating in high school.

In socially liberal parts of the country, like Los Angeles and Miami, same-sex prom dates are common. In more conservative areas, such as Utah, gay teens sometimes hold separate proms. But in Deep South towns like McMillen’s hometown of Fulton, Mississippi, some school districts simply don’t allow same-sex dating at the prom. A Feb. 5 memo to students laid out the criteria for bringing a date to the prom, and one requirement was that the person must be of the opposite sex. (Bossip)

This is ridiculous…how will this be a distraction? If anything the distraction will be folks who wear ugly azz dresses or hairstyles. Shoot, I was in high school over ten years ago and there was a guy that happily showed up in his gown and heels, weave and make-up to match…no one cared and everyone had a good time

18 year olds can join the military to maybe die for their country (unless they are openly gay).

18 year olds can legally marry (unless they are gay).

18 year olds can attend their HS prom (unless they are gay).

Hey! Let’s deny gays the right to smoke, drink, vote, drive a car, get a job, buy a house.

Let’s just go all the way and deny gays the right to live!! But That still won’t fix the ignorance that runs so freely, these folks will find something else to complain about.

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