Friday, December 30, 2005

 

Sex Offender Watch: New Orleans Evacuees

Outside of exposing widespread corruption and a horrible levee system, it seems that we now have the job of locating 2,000+ escaped sex offenders who slithered out of New Orleans after the water began to rise.
Governors in states that accepted Katrina evacuees are being urged to locate about 2,000 registered sex offenders who fled the Gulf region during the hurricane's mayhem and may have vanished from legally required tracking.

"When sex offenders know they're being watched, when they know they're being monitored, they are less likely to offend again," said Wade Horn, assistant secretary for children and families at the Department of Health and Human Services. "When they no longer believe they are being monitored or watched, they can be tempted to offend again."

The Administration for Children and Families estimated that about 30 states are affected. In November, agency officials matched the names of sex offender registries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama with the names of evacuees who applied for disaster assistance
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If you ask me, the US Marshals Service should hire about 1,000 more Deputies and setup an entire division to go after the escapees. Sex offenders being on the run isn't anything new, and if I remember correctly, there's a 93% chance that a sex offender will reoffend if given the slightest chance.

 

The Double Life

You know that you're headed for dark days when your own son, who happens to be a police officers, realizes that he see's his dad on a surveillance cam video robbing a bank.
A judge on Thursday sentenced a bank robber turned in to authorities by his sons to 40 years in prison.

Alfred "Al" Ginglen, 64, pleaded guilty in July to seven counts of armed bank robbery and two counts of carrying and using a firearm during a crime of violence. He was accused of stealing nearly $60,000 (€50,000) from five small banks during a a nine-month robbery spree between November 2003 and July 2004.

Judge Jeanne Scott doled out the minimum sentence allowed.

"It's very, very sad but it's where we are," Scott said.

Ginglen's double life - which authorities allege included a girlfriend, drugs and prostitutes - started to unravel in August 2004, when one of his sons, Peoria police Officer Jared Ginglen, recognized his father on surveillance videos posted on a law enforcement Web site.

"There are no winners here today, the whole thing has been a tragedy for my family," Jared Ginglen said after his father's sentencing.

Alfred Ginglen's three sons have said they have no regrets about turning in their father.

Ginglen's attorney, Ron Hamm, has said Ginglen was a devoted family man and a good employee with a strong history of community service and no prior criminal record.
Sure - a devoted "family man" with a "strong history of community service." Would that be under moniker one, two, or three ... maybe even four? As far as I'm concerned, he's getting what he deserved. The real victims here, outside of the bank corporation and employees who had to stand there with a gun pointed at their collective heads, are his family members. This guy successfully sold-out his family be turning to a life of crime and tearing the entire structure apart.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

 

Back to Work


Well, after my longest break from the workforce since I was 13 (when my father put me to work as a slave-laborer for his company), it's time for me to shave and get back to work.

Sorry, for the lack of posting during my break, but for some reason I had no great desire to write about work.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

 

Dealing With The public

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Monday, December 12, 2005

 

December 13, 2005: Stanley "Tookie" Williams will die (part 7 of a series)

Tonight, the founder of the Crips, and four-time murderer, Stanley "Tookie" Williams will meet his maker.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to block the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams, rejecting the notion that the founder of the murderous Crips gang had atoned for his crimes and found redemption on death row.

With the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting his final appeal, Williams, 51, was set to die by injection at San Quentin Prison early Tuesday for murdering four people during two 1979 holdups.

Williams' case became one of the nation's biggest death-row cause celebres in decades. It set off a nationwide debate over the possibility of redemption on death row, with Hollywood stars and capital punishment foes arguing that Williams had made amends by writing children's books about the dangers of gangs.

But Schwarzenegger suggested Monday that Williams' supposed change of heart was not genuine, noting that the inmate had not owned up to his crimes or shown any real remorse for the countless killings committed by the Crips.

"Is Williams' redemption complete and sincere, or is it just a hollow promise?" Schwarzenegger wrote less than 12 hours before the execution. "Without an apology and atonement for these senseless and brutal killings, there can be no redemption."
Finally, the families and friends of the victims will have a tad bit of redemption coming their way. KFI 640 AM will be broadcasting live from San Quentin, so tune-in on your radio or online around the world for up to the minute details.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

 

Steve Lopez: Wrong, Again

Steve Lopez believes that putting mentally-ill offenders in jail is a crime against humanity. As usual, following his logic is like navigating a cavern with a tea candle.
"I run the biggest mental hospital in the country," Sheriff Lee Baca often says.

That's a bit misleading, since only a small percentage of inmates actually need inpatient hospital services. But with roughly 2,000 inmates who've been identified by the jail as having mental issues, about two-thirds of whom are in for nonviolent crimes, Baca has a point.

People are locked up for being mentally ill, essentially, because there's nowhere else to put them. The jail is a dumping bin, teeming with inmates the jailers are ill-equipped and too understaffed to help, and sometimes can't even protect.

On Nov. 16, 35-year-old Chadwick Shane Cochran's mental problems cost him his life.

A drifter whose friends said he suffered from paranoia and delusions, Cochran was brought in out of the rain in October by an elderly Covina woman who let him stay in a trailer behind her house. When he said he was afraid that people were out to get him, she gave him a revolver, in the misguided belief that it would make him feel safe. Instead, it got him arrested for being a felon in possession of a gun.

Cochran's mental history landed him in the Twin Towers, along with other sick inmates. But he wasn't as sick as some of the others, and since there's just not room to segregate every mentally ill prisoner, Cochran got transferred over to the hard-core Men's Central facility, which resembles a dungeon.

There, deputies had the bright idea of stashing Cochran in a windowless holding room with 30 other prisoners and no supervision. Apparently thinking Cochran was a snitch, two gang members tortured him for up to 30 minutes, then stomped and beat him to death. One of the alleged killers was awaiting trial on murder charges and the other on kidnap and carjacking charges.

Cochran was the eighth person killed in Los Angeles County jails over the last two years.
The reason we have jails is to keep offenders from hurting anyone else before their court date, or while en route to a state or Federal prison. As you can read in the above text, Cochran was arrested on valid grounds. However, that isn't good enough for Lopez, who has been under the belief for as long as he's been writing that society owes a debt to any and all criminals. There is no difference, as there should not be, as to whether an offender is mentally-ill or not. It's common knowledge in jail that if you can fake a mental illness and get sent to Patton for four years, you'll be let off the hook because there's a good chance that the DA will not be able to file charges against you if you're a 5150. The irony of this entire situation with Lopez makes itself apparent with the article that is set right across from it in the LA Times, describing the problems at Patton, and how they worry about not being able to pass a Federal inspection due to the problem with homicides at the facility.
On the eve of a long-scheduled federal inspection, the state's largest mental hospital is contending with a recent surge in violence — two patient homicides in the last three months.

Dwight Wenholz, a 43-year-old long-term patient at Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino was found dead on a bathroom floor late Wednesday, just days before the inspectors' visit, which is set to begin Monday. He had been choked and slammed to the floor, police said.

Samuel Gomez Galindo, 33, a paranoid schizophrenic patient, was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder. He later tried to commit suicide in jail, his family said.

In September, Robert Lucas, 50, was choked and stabbed in the neck. Two patients, 32-year-old Jason Porter and 43-year-old Tom Smith, have been charged with his murder.
Quick! Someone better tell Steve Lopez to write a letter to the inspectors about how these guys are merely victims of society and the evil jailer, Lee Baca.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

 

Federal Air Marshals: Questioned By Naysayers


Leave it up to the 20/20 hindsight crowd to question that training of the Air Marshals, who demonstrated yesterday that they are amongst the best in the world in handling emergency situations.
Few security experts question the actions of the air marshals who fired on Rigoberto Alpizar after he behaved erratically and reportedly said he had a bomb in his backpack. Within the context of their training, they say, the marshals acted appropriately.

But many question the training itself - as well as the way the federal government has handled the Federal Air Marshals Service (FAMS) since 9/11, when the small security agency with fewer than three dozen marshals was ramped up to several thousand in a matter of months.

"All of this was created under tremendous pressure, as fast as they could, and the fact is that there are holes all over it," says Rich Gritta, an aviation expert at the University of Portland in Oregon. "There's a lot of stuff that they really never had the time to think through, so they're always trying to tweak it. When you do that, it can cause confusion, morale problems, and some people to lose faith in the system."

That's just stupid. The job of an Air Marshals is to keep a low profile and handle a situation quickly and effectively. In the shooting yesterday, the Air Marshal responded to the situation and acted in accordance with what the training dictates. In as few words possible, here's what an Air Marshal --- as well as virtually anyone in law enforcement who would be placed in the same situation --- would do:
1. Recognize whether there is a possible threat;
2. Take the proper action to reduce the threat;
3. Invoke life-saving means which could result in taking the life of the assailant.
The job of an Air Marshal is to prevent terrorists from overtaking an airplane. Now, we first must establish the fact that airplanes cruise at a comfortable height of 30,000 - 35,000 feet. Many of the people in the crowd who are blaming the Air Marshals believe that he/she should have invoked psychological means to calm the passenger who was running around and finally claimed that he had a bomb, which resulted in his demise after he reached into his backpack. On the ground when using a SWAT team (or whatever your agency calls them), the threat assessment will examine and establish how many people are within a certain perimeter to the suspected bomber, how powerful and large the blast could and would be, and what means can be taken to take the bomber into custody without resulting to violence. In the case of Air Marshals, a single bomb blast would result in the deaths of hundreds of people, as dropping out of the sky from an airplane that is miles-high would surely result in your death. An Air Marshal is required to fire, and the case is presented very nicely in the situation that formed yesterday.

Now, we're going to cover the fact that the situation yesterday involved a plane that was already grounded, and that a suspect that ran off the plane. The Air Marshal took action and shot the suspect when he reached into his backpack. The naysayers are once again arguing that the Air Marshal could have used psychological methods to dissuade the bomber from detonating, but we once again have to ask the question: How close was the Air Marshal; who else was in the vicinity; what else was in the vicinity; how large could the explosion have been; and why should a bomb be allowed to explode when an Air Marshal has a clean shot and could prevent a explosion from a ballistic and/or biological bomb from occurring?

I believe the case has been made for the effectiveness of the Air Marshal program, as well as a case for armed agents on airplanes. As far as the training, I also believe that the proof of effectiveness in terms of Federal Air Marshal training has been established by a rehash of yesterdays events. All in all, it was a job well done.

UPDATE: I've seen a lot of reports referring to the Air Marshals as Air Marshalls with two L's. The correct spelling is with a single L.

UPDATE: The Federal Air Marshals have no relation to the US Marshals Service, which is a Federal version of County Sheriffs agencies. They also happen to be the oldest Federal law enforcement agency in the United States.

UPDATE: Time Magazine, who believed Yasser Arafat was one of the greatest men who ever lived, is under the impression that the Air Marshal's actions "were a little too quick on the draw[.]"

At least one passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 924 maintains the federal air marshals were a little too quick on the draw when they shot and killed Rigoberto Alpizar as he frantically attempted to run off the airplane shortly before take-off.

"I don't think they needed to use deadly force with the guy," says John McAlhany, a 44-year-old construction worker from Sebastian, Fla. "He was getting off the plane." McAlhany also maintains that Alpizar never mentioned having a bomb.

"I never heard the word 'bomb' on the plane," McAlhany told TIME in a telephone interview. "I never heard the word bomb until the FBI asked me did you hear the word bomb. That is ridiculous." Even the authorities didn't come out and say bomb, McAlhany says. "They asked, 'Did you hear anything about the b-word?'" he says. "That's what they called it."

Typical. The media spin to blame law enforcement has already begun.

UPDATE: I'm going to add these cites I happen to have sitting around. They are US Supreme Court decisions that should do enough to quiet the naysayers.

In Graham v. Connor (1989) 490 U.S. 386, the United States Supreme Court held that the reasonableness of the force used “requires careful attention to the facts and circumstances” of the particular incident “including the severity of the crime at issue, whether the suspect poses an immediate threat to the safety of the officers or others, and whether he is actively resisting arrest or attempting to evade arrest by flight.” (Id., at 396) Further the Court stated, “[t]he “reasonableness” of a particular use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene rather than with the 20/20 vision of hindsight.” (Id., at 397) Moreover, “[t]he calculus of reasonableness must embody allowance for the fact that police officers areoften forced to make split-second judgments – in circumstances that are tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving – about the amount of force that is necessary in a particular situation.” (Id., at 397-398)

“…Thus, under Graham, we must avoid substituting our personal notions of proper police procedure for the instantaneous decision of the officer at the scene. We must never allow the theoretical, sanitized world of our imagination to replace the dangerous and complex world that policemen face every day. What constitutes “reasonable” action may seem quite different to someone facing a possible assailant than to someone analyzing the question at leisure.” Smith v. Freland (6th Cir. 1992) 954 F.2d 343, 347

Graham’s definition of reasonableness has been described as “comparatively generous to police in cases where potential danger, emergency conditions or other exigent circumstances are present” (Roy v. Inhabitants of the City of Lewiston (1st Cir. 1994) 42 F.3d 691) and also as giving police “… a fairly wide zone of protection in close cases …” Martinez v. County of Los Angeles (1996) 47 Cal.App.4th 334

You can pull the cases from Lexis or WestLaw. I can't link to them unless you have an account.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

 

December 13, 2005: Stanley "Tookie" Williams will die (part 6 of a series)

Here's an interesting comment that was left in the original post that started this series.
TOOKIE WAS NOMINATED BY ACTIVISTS WHO SAID THEY WANTED TO RAISE THE AWARENESS OF THE DEATH PENALTY TO A NEW LEVEL.

EVERY NOMINATION HAS BEEN BY AN ACTIVIST. HE HAS NOT WON. THE NOMINATIONS ARE TO REMAIN SECRET SO THE AWARD IS NOT A POPULARITY CONTEST BUT WILLIAMS GAINS PUBLICITY EACH TIME HE IS NOMINATED.

DURING THE APPEALS, WILLIAMS WAS CLAIMING TO BE BRAIN DAMAGED BUT WHEN ALL THE APPEALS WERE DENIED, HE DECIDED TO TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THE BOOKS THAT HIS GIRLFRIEND BARBARA BECNEL HAD BEEN WRITING TO SEE IF THAT WOULD GET HIM OFF THE PUNISHMENT THAT THE COURTS HAD GIVEN HIM.

HE CLAIMS TO HAVE RENOUNCED THE GANGS BUT YET, HE HAS BEEN RECEIVING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS REGULARLY INTO HIS PRISON ACCOUNT FROM HIS OUTSIDE INTERESTS.

HE HAS RENOUNCED THE GANGS YET THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE "GREEN LIGHT" TO WRECK HAVOC AND KILL AS MANY WHITES AS THEY CAN, ESPECIALLY PRISON GUARDS, IF HE IS EXECUTED.

SEE HOW THE TRUTH DOES NOT LINE UP WITH WHAT WILLIAMS AND HIS SUPPORTORS ARE SAYING?

LORA OWENS, STEPMOTHER OF VICTIM

I'm not sure if Lora Owens really left this comment, but whoever left it did their research and provided indisputable facts. One thing the pro-Tookie crowd fails to realize is that even if Tookie gave up the life of gangbanging, it's not going to bring back the lives of those he murdered. Writing childrens books shouldn't automatically mean that a four-time killer is let of the hook and allowed to live. If that were the case, then I'd suggest that everyone on death row loads up Microsoft Word and starts churning out the tear-jerkers.

 

GO NAVY BEAT ARMY


 

December 13, 2005: Stanley "Tookie" Williams will die (part 5 of a series)

The "Save Tookie" crowd is jumping for joy because the governor has granted a clemency hearing for the convicted felon, hoping there will be an decision to overturn the death penalty and spare his life. What they don't realize is that even though the governor made a horrible decision in even granting the decision to hold a hearing, sheer emotional arguments cannot replace hard fact, those of which point to Stanley "Tookie" Williams brutally murdering four people.
Crips co-founder, Stanley "Tookie" Williams, has been granted a private clemency hearing by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, just weeks after Snoop Dogg and hundreds of others rallied in support of Williams outside the San Quentin State Prison (see "Snoop Dogg, Hundreds Rally For 'Tookie' At San Quentin").

According to published reports, Schwarzenegger agreed on Friday (November 25) that he would meet for a private hearing on December 8th in his office with Williams' lawyers, Los Angeles County prosecutors and others involved.

The governor holds the final decision in Williams' clemency hearing, and has the authority to change Williams' death sentence to life without parole. Although he is not legally obligated to hold a public or private hearing, he can decide on clemency requests on a "case-by-case basis," said his spokeswoman, Margita Thompson to USA Today.

Williams' faces the death sentence for killing four people in 1979 during two separate robberies. He has maintained his innocence throughout his prison sentence and has even asked the California Supreme Court to reopen his case, alleging "shoddy forensics" helped convict him, according to USA Today.

But guess what? On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of California refused to reopen the case, confirming the decision made in Superior Court.
Crips co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams moved one step closer to the death chamber Wednesday when the California Supreme Court refused to reopen his case and halt the state’s highest profile execution since the death penalty was reinstated.

Williams, in a last-ditch legal move, alleged that shoddy forensic testing and other errors may have wrongly sent him to San Quentin State Prison, where he is scheduled die by lethal injection Dec. 13.

His lawyers asked that justices allow the re-examination of evidence that showed a shotgun registered to Williams was used to kill three people during a Pico Rivera motel robbery in 1979. They said the ballistics evidence was based on “junk science.”

State prosecutors argued there was no legal basis to reopen the case. Allegations about the sloppy forensic shotgun evidence were “based upon innuendo, supposition and the patent bias of his purported expert, not upon allegations of fact,” prosecutors said.

The court voted 4-2 without comment to deny Williams’ petition to reopen the case.

Unless Governor Schwarzenegger loses his mind and decides to spare Tookie's life, I see this going no other way that for Tookie to get the big jab. The anti-death penalty activists have grabbed this case and run with it, due to the fact that they believe this could be their big shot to overturn all death penalty cases throughout the nation. What they fail to realize is that their actions are only bringing more pain and frustration to those who lost family members and friends to Tookie and his crew. That doesn't even cover the countless murders brought upon the world by the creation of the Crips gang.

Friday, December 02, 2005

 

You Missed

On July 1st 2005, I was assigned to work the 5F Module from 0800 to 1600 hours, in the Kaw County Adult Detention Center. As I was conducting a welfare check of the module cell, Inmate Macias began to yell profanities at me from his cell. Inmate Mac stated that I was a fucking asshole and wanted to speak with me about the tickets I issued him earlier that today.

I opened Inmate Mac’s cell door to speak with the Inmate. Inmate Mac became very argumentative and belligerent about the tickets he received. Inmate Mac then demanded an Inmate Communication Form, and that I replace items taken during the search of his cell.

I told Inmate Mac that he needed to quiet down and that I would speak with him later. Inmate Mac continued to yell stating he wanted to press battery charges against Deputy Clarkson and me. Inmate Mac’s conduct was disturbing the orderly running of the 5F Module. Several Inmates in the dayroom started to yell at Inmate Mac to quiet down, stating, “Put up or shut the fuck up.”

Inmate Mac then attempted to humiliate and demean me in front of other inmates in the module by yelling, “You’re a pig,” and attempting to strike me in the face. I was able to dodge Inmate Mac’s closed right fist by stepping back. Inmate Mac’s fist made conduct with the cell door jam. Inmate make then clutched his right hand with his left and fell to the cell floor. Inmate Mac began to cry in agony over his hand and began to scream, “Police Brutality.” I then activated an Emergency Medical Code. Inmate Mac was then transported to the hospital due with several broken fingers. Due to Inmate Mac’s action he was issued several more Disciplinary tickets and will be moved to Administrative Segregation upon his return from the hospital.

 

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