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The LVMPD Gang Task Force is Corrupt and it Extends All the Way to the Top

LVMPD Gang Task Force Corruption Stephen Stubbs

Las Vegas lawyer Stephen Stubbs discusses corruption within the LVMPD Gang Task Force, why it goes all the way to the top, and their retaliation attempts.

The video above was made by Stephen Stubbs, a Las Vegas attorney. Stubbs has been featured many times on Nevada Cop Block (see the first “Related Posts” section below) both for issues involving clients he is representing, as well as several times when he himself has been the target of the LVMPD or other Las Vegas area police departments.

In this video, he discusses corruption within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Gang Task Force and shows how it isn’t just the proverbial “Few Bad Apples” involved, but rather how it extends all the way up to the top of the leadership of the Task Force and Metro itself.

He discusses the case where he first was the subject of a CopBlock post, in which he was illegally arrested by (now) Lt. Yesenia Yatomi after he refused an unconstitutional order to leave while they questioned one of his clients. He also discusses other instances in which he has personally been targeted by the LVMPD, including one where they tried to ruin his reputation and possibly even put him in a position to be harmed physically by starting a rumor that he was a confidential informant.

Personally, I think the corruption is far from limited to the Gang Task Force or even the LVMPD. Las Vegas area police are incredibly corrupt from top to bottom. And just in case you need a refresher on that corruption I’ve included a section below that links to every post on CopBlock.org that involves the LVMPD and/or other Las Vegas area police departments.

While I didn’t go through and do an official, scientific count (because I have to sleep sometime), I have very little doubt that the 150+ posts included in the two “Related Posts” sections below represent the largest number (by far) of posts involving any single metropolitan area in the country on Cop Block. So, if you have a few free days or a holiday weekend coming up, scroll through there sometime and see just how many times Las Vegas area police have been caught red handed in their corruption and abuse.

From the Video Description on Youtube

See how the following LVMPD cops are dirty:

  1. Detective Joe Gagliardi
  2. Detective John Woosnam
  3. Now Lieutenant Yesenia Yatomi
  4. Officer Chris Hall
  5. Deputy Chief James Owens
  6. Former LVMPD Sheriff Doug Gillespie

Original Arrest Video

Lt. Yatomi is Promoted and Put in Charge of Internal Affairs

Related Posts Submitted By or About Stephen Stubbs:

Stephen-Stubbs-CopBlockThose of you that have followed CopBlock.org over the past several years are probably already aware that Stephen Stubbs is a frequent contributor of submissions to Nevada Cop Block. He often represents bikers and motorcycle organizations, whom are frequent targets of harassment from the police. In addition, I have personally worked with Stephen on a somewhat regular basis through Nevada Cop Block on issues or cases within the Las Vegas area.

Therefore, there is a pretty lengthy (and growing) list of posts on Cop Block involving Stephen Stubbs, his clients, and/or people or groups he is associated with. Included below are links to those posts.

  1. Head of LVMPD Internal Affairs Ordered to Answer Perjury/Withholding Evidence Charges in Court
  2. Head of LVMPD Internal Affairs Accused of Perjury; Judge Recused Self Due to “Negative Opinion” of Her
  3. Boulder City (NV) Police “Employee of the Year” Commits Perjury to Arrest Man Interfering With Revenue Generation
  4. Las Vegas Metro Police Illegally Search; Sexually Assault Innocent Man to Justify Bullshit Arrest
  5. Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs: “Stand Up and Tell the Truth” – Why #PoliceLiesMatter
  6. Man Beaten by Las Vegas Police For Not Moving Fast Enough Awarded $31,500 Settlement
  7. Full Waco Twin Peaks Biker Shooting Videos; Witness Statement Made Public
  8. Know Your Rights Seminar At Las Vegas “Rally For Your Rights”
  9. Waco, TX; Twin Peaks Shootings Arrests – June 10th Call Flood
  10. Nevada Police Chief Resigns After Protecting Animal Shelter Supervisor Who Killed Pets
  11. Fired NV Police Chief Ordered to Pay Punitive Damages in Abuse of Authority Lawsuit
  12. Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs Found Not Guilty in 5th Amendment Right to Counsel Case
  13. Game Over for Insert Coins’ and Their Abusive Bouncers
  14. Dance, Dance Revolution Protest at Insert Coins Las Vegas- Feb. 26, 2015
  15. Insert Coin(s) Las Vegas Bouncers Beat Man and Obstruct Witness Trying to Film
  16. Las Vegas Police Promise “Fundamental Policy Changes” after Dominic Gennarino Beating
  17. Las Vegas Police Beat a Man for “Not Moving Fast Enough”
  18. Las Vegas Police Agree That You Should Film Them
  19. Free Know Your Rights Seminar in Las Vegas
  20. Attorney Stephen Stubbs Arrested for Refusing to Leave His Client’s Side

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  1. Las Vegas Cops Demand ID, Attempt to Intimidate, Then Issue Threat When Refused
  2. LVMPD Public Police Fatality Review for Thomas McEniry to be Held Monday September 19th
  3. Las Vegas Mom of Autistic Man Paints Giant Message to Cops on Her Garage After Previous Assault
  4. Wife of Henderson Police Lieutenant Arrested For Forgery, Stealing From Las Vegas College, and Drug Charges
  5. Las Vegas Judge Continues Bizarre, Out of Control Behavior; Throws Family of Murder Victims Out of Court; Threatens to Arrest Reporter
  6. Family of Abel Correa Files Federal Lawsuit Against Las Vegas Police Over 2015 Fatal Shooting
  7. Las Vegas School Cop Accused of Assaulting Student and Staff Looked “a Little Bit Crazy-Like” While Swinging Baton
  8. R.I.P. Sean Gruber – Yet Another Victim of the LVMPD
  9. Photos Show Abuse of Dog by Las Vegas Corrections Officer Brian Emil
  10. Contempt Charge Against Defense Attorney Who was Handcuffed in Court by Las Vegas Judge Dismissed
  11. LVMPD Police Arrive 90 Minutes After Home Invasion 911 Call; Cite Homeowner Instead of Attackers
  12. Handcuffed Woman Brutalized By Vegas Cop Receives $200K Settlement
  13. LVMPD Officer Charged with Driving Drunk And Hit and Run After Causing Several Accidents on Freeway
  14. Until Cops Stop Killing “Civilians,” Every Uniformed Police Officer in America is in Danger
  15. Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Who Sent Dick Pics to Dispatcher Denied Reinstatement
  16. Nevada Cop Filmed Kicking Man In Diabetic Shock In Head Five Times Promoted
  17. Four Days in a Las Vegas Jail for Protesting Government Murder by Drones
  18. Las Vegas Judge Who Handcuffed Defense Attorney During Trial Taught Lesson by Voters
  19. Head of Las Vegas School Police Internal Affairs Under Investigation for Misconduct, Suppressing Evidence
  20. Las Vegas Corrections Officer Arrested on “Prostitution Related Crime” Once Again (Update)
  21. Las Vegas Police Jailed Paraplegic for Two Weeks; Accused of Robbery Where Suspect Ran Away
  22. Las Vegas School Cop Charged With Assaulting Student and Staff Member With Baton Enters Plea
  23. Update: Shooting Nevada Inmates With Birdshot Banned by New NDOC Director (For Now)
  24. An Open Letter to Las Vegas Judge Who Handcuffed A Defense Attorney in Court
  25. Las Vegas Protesters “De-Arrest” Innocent Bicyclist After LVMPD Harassment on May Day
  26. Las Vegas Judge Has Defense Attorney Handcuffed During Trial to “Teach Her a Lesson”
  27. “Decorated” Las Vegas Cop Charged With Arson And Fraud After Burning His Own Vehicles
  28. Nevada Prison Guard Charged With Manslaughter in Fatal Shooting of Inmates
  29. Former Boulder City NV Police Chief Takes Plea Deal on Charges Related to Animal Cruelty Scandal
  30. Former Boulder City Nevada Police Chief Charged Over Animal Cruelty Cover-Up
  31. Official Report: Nevada Prison Guards Blamed For Fatal Shooting of Inmates
  32. Within Scope Of Their Duties: Las Vegas School Police Got Teens Drunk, Covered It Up After Deadly DUI
  33. Update: Woman Beaten by LVMPD Officer For Littering Has Filed Civil Rights Lawsuit
  34. LVMPD Sued By Man Shown on Video Being Attacked by Police at Hard Rock Casino
  35. Update: Details Released in Latest Incident Involving James Burt, LVMPD’s Serial Woman Abuser
  36. Talking to People Being Extorted/Harassed by Police No Longer Arrestable Offense in Las Vegas
  37. Masturbating Janitor Case Exposes Cover-Up of Las Vegas School Cop’s Sex Crimes
  38. LVMPD Officer James Burt Charged With Domestic Battery And Kidnapping (Again)
  39. Nevada Police Chief Resigns After Protecting Animal Shelter Supervisor Who Killed Pets
  40. Las Vegas Cop Faces Federal Civil Rights Charges Over Beating of Woman For Littering
  41. Henderson NV Police Allowed K9 to Bite One Year Old After Detaining Wrong Man
  42. Off Duty Las Vegas Cops “Accidentally” Shoot at Relative 27 Times
  43. LVMPD Corrections Officer Robert Moore Arrested on “Prostitution Related Crime”
  44. LVMPD Claims Thomas McEniry Pointed a Gun at Officers; Their Own Video Shows Otherwise
  45. Former Las Vegas County Commissioner Tom Collins Arrested for DUI
  46. Witnesses Dispute Official Story in Latest Shooting by LVMPD
  47. Lawsuit: Henderson, NV Police Unlawfully Jailed Woman For Six Months
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Washington Cop Indicted on Child Porn Charges for Sexting Thirteen Year Old Girl

Oak Harbor (WA) Police Officer John Little was indicted by a federal grand jury early this month on charges of receiving Child porn. Officer Little, a former high school resource officer, used the KIK cell phone messenger app to “sext” with a thirteen year old girl in another state between March and July of this year.

The texts included sexually explicit pictures, videos, and text messages. According to an FBI report, at least one of those explicit texts were sent while he was at work “protecting and serving” Oak Harbor residents. He also apparently was sexting with so many underage girls that he says he couldn’t specifically remember talking to the victim.

Via the Whidbey News-Times:

Little is accused of exchanging sexually explicit images, videos and messages with a 13-year-old girl in another state through a KIK messenger app on a cell phone. The FBI’s report states that he sent her images of his penis and face.

According to text conversations included in the report, Little also allegedly made lewd suggestions to the child regarding objects and urged her to send him photos.

Little told the child that he was “at work” during one of their explicit conversations, the report states. The girl wrote that she was at school in another of their conversations.

The charging documents indicate that the crime occurred “in or about March 2016 and continuing until at least in or about July 2016.”

The FBI report also states that Little may have also been communicating with other children.

During an interview with the FBI, Little allegedly admitted that he “had sexually explicit conversations with individuals he knew or had reason to know were minors,” though he did not specifically recall conversations with the victim.

Special agents from the Bellingham office of the FBI took Little, a 27-year veteran of the Oak Harbor police force, into custody after questioning him and serving a search warrant at his home.

Little was the school resource officer from 1998 to 2004 and filled in on a temporary basis in 2008, according to Oak Harbor police records.

According to Oak Harbor Police Administrator Terry Gallagher, Officer Little was immediately given a paid vacation after he was arrested by FBI agents at the Oak Hill Police Department headquarters. That should give him plenty of free time to sext young teen girls.

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Las Vegas School Cop Accused of Assaulting Student and Staff Looked “a Little Bit Crazy-Like” While Swinging Baton

Officer James Lescinsky, who I reported on in June, has begun his trial for assault against a student and a member of the school staff after a fight between two students in the lunch room in May of 2015. He’s also been accused of falsifying his reports to cover up the assaults.

Earlier this week, the federal prosecutors rested their case against the Clark County School District police officer. Witnesses testified that Lescinsky used excess force against the student to break up the fight and then broke the hand of a female staff member with his baton after she tried to intercede on behalf of the student. That testimony added some interesting details to the previous descriptions of the incident.

Via the Las Vegas Review Journal:

Earlier Tuesday, school staffers testified that they saw Lescinsky come into the lunchroom about noon on May 21, 2015, with his baton in the air looking to break up a disturbance.

Monique Hawkins-Wells, an office assistant, said she screamed when she saw Lescinsky swinging the baton, as she was trying to usher students out of the cafeteria.

She testified that she saw the officer push the teenage girl out the cafeteria face first into a concrete wall in the hallway.

Hiding Those Crazy Eyes

Hiding Those Crazy Eyes

Another staffer, food service supervisor Gloria Henyard-Hall, testified that Lescinsky looked “a little bit crazy-like” after he stumbled while entering the lunchroom.

On Monday, the school maintenance worker, Tarika Rushing, told Dorsey from the witness stand that Lescinsky without warning struck her left hand with the baton as she was trying to calm the student, who had been pulled away from a lunchroom fight with another girl. Rushing said the baton broke one of her fingers.

Federal prosecutors contend that Lescinsky’s actions were inconsistent with his training and that he knew what he was doing was wrong.

(Defense lawyer Jack) Campbell maintained that Rushing and the girl were in a heated altercation and that three separate police supervisors later found Lescinsky’s conduct “reasonable” under department policy.
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It shouldn’t exactly be shocking that police supervisors found Officer Lescinsky’s behavior “reasonable” since police supervisors routinely find anything, up to and including videotaped murder, “reasonable.” That’s especially true in Las Vegas area police departments, where District Attorney Steve Wolfson once justified the kicking of a motorist suffering from diabetic shock in the head because the Henderson police train them to do that in the academy. Even more specifically, the CCSD police supervisors recently determined that when a group of school police got a bunch of teens drunk then allowed one of them to drive home, resulting in a fatal DUI accident, and covered it up afterwards, it was  “within the scope of their duties.”

According to his lawyer, Officer Lescinsky won’t be testifying on his own behalf, but he already has a stacked deck in his favor. Lescinsky “waived” his right to a jury trial and instead will have his case decided by U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey. I wonder how long it will take for her to announce her decision that her co-worker’s conduct was “reasonable.”
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Supreme Court’s Curtailing of the Fourth Amendment is Admissible Evidence of Police State

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This post was written by  and originally published at the Center For a Stateless Society (C4SS) under the title “Supreme Court Ruling is Admissible Evidence of Police State.” Posts and other content you think are worth sharing with the Nevada Cop Block can be sent in to us via the NVCopBlock.org Submissions Page.

(Note: This has been posted in its original form and no edits to the original text were made. Some links may have been added within the text and images have been added. In addition, the conclusions expressed within this initial introductory summary represent my own interpretation of what is being stated within Kelly Vee’s own writings.)

In the post below, Kelly Vee discusses the recent Supreme Court ruling in the case of Utah v. Strieff which allowed the inclusion of evidence found during an illegal search to be admitted if it was subsequently found that a warrant existed for someone with the name of the person that had been illegally searched.

Although this has been (rightfully) decried as an invalidation of the Fourth Amendment, essentially encouraging police to profile and illegally detain people in the hopes that they will discover a warrant after the fact. Vee points out why such a decision should not actually be surprising, given the nature and true purpose of the court system.

Supreme Court Ruling is Admissible Evidence of Police State

On Monday, June 20, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that evidence police find during illegal stops is admissible in court. As long as the officer can find some outstanding warrant in your name, the court will excuse the officer’s illegal stop. The Supreme Court’s decision would be disappointing if you expected the Supreme Court to do anything other than serve itself.

Monday’s ruling seems to contradict Mapp v. Ohio, or at least seriously expands the definition of a legal search. In Mapp v. Ohio (1961), the Supreme Court ruled that all evidence obtained through illegal search and seizure in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution was inadmissible in court. In her scathing dissenting opinion, Justice Sotomayor wrote, “This case allows the police to stop you on the street, demand your identification, and check it for outstanding traffic warrants—even if you are doing nothing wrong.”

American schoolchildren are taught that the Supreme Court is the ultimate check on government power. When the other branches of government get out of hand, the Supreme Court – somehow free from perverse incentives and filled with good will – will step in for the common people. This fairytale designed to boost faith in government is overturned as the Supreme Court stands behind the prison state, yet again.

Should we be angry? Absolutely. Should we be shocked? Absolutely not. Americans should not feel reassured or secure by the final arbiter in the U.S. justice system. Americans are not safe from their government. The notion that the government will check its own power is misguided and naive. The Supreme Court is made up of former Solicitor Generals, Attorney Generals, and prosecutors. Regardless of lifetime tenure, their incentives are far from pure. Individuals appointed by and working for the government, with a lifetime of experience in service of the government, will often side with the government.

The scope of this ruling is not limited to some small subset of violent criminals. Millions of Americans have outstanding arrest warrants. That speeding ticket you forgot to pay is enough to excuse an officer that stops you illegally. Anything the officer finds is admissible in court, as long as they can find a valid (unrelated) warrant with your name on it. In a country where cops murder and get away with it, corruption charges rarely follow through, and the justice system runs rampant with racial (and other) discrimination, one of our few remaining defenses against police misconduct has just been whitewashed to the point of emptiness.

It’s not hard to imagine how this newfound police power will be abused. In the country that incarcerates more people per capita than anywhere else in the world, ahead of countries such as Turkmenistan, Cuba, and El Salvador, millions more wait to be thrown behind bars. The Supreme Court’s ruling expedites the process of putting people in cages by making it even easier for cops to search and arrest people without oversight. All it takes is an unpaid traffic ticket, and no probable cause is necessary for the police to search someone, using anything they find in court.

Police, rarely held accountable for misconduct, now have even less motivation to behave. Even if their stop is illegal and without cause, the evidence they find will work in their favor in court.

The Police State, the Prison State, and the Court System are all a part of the same twisted, monopolized justice system run with perverse incentives at the expense of its constituents. Police abuse their power, the Court affirms their mistakes, and people end up behind bars. Rather than express righteous shock at the recent Court’s decision, we should recognize the natural progression of the State and oppose it at its core. Power seeks power, but if more people understand the root of the problem, we can fight back.

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Ohio Deputy Who Assaulted Handcuffed 17 Year Old in Court Fired; No Charges Filed

Deputy Dan Comerford, who was previously placed on paid administrative leave (AKA paid vacation) for assaulting a 17 year old in juvenile court back in April while the teen was handcuffed, has been fired by the Cuyohoga County Sheriff’s Department.

However, it was also announced that the Comerford would not be facing any charges for the attack on a defenseless 17 year old. The assault was reportedly caught on court surveillance cameras, but that video has not been released.

A previous report from Cleveland.com reporter Cory Schaffer details (somewhat) the incident:

The sheriff’s department placed Comerford, a 14-year veteran, on paid administrative leave the day of the April 5 incident, Cuyahoga County spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan said.

Comerford was leading the handcuffed 17-year-old boy from a courtroom in the juvenile justice center back to a detention cell after a hearing when the incident occurred, Madigan said.

The incident was captured on surveillance cameras, but the county refused to release the video when asked in April, citing an exemption in Ohio public records law that covers “security infrastructure.”

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The internal investigation was conducted by the Ohio state Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), who then forwarded the findings of that investigation to the county prosecutor’s office.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office subsequently (and not surprisingly) then concluded that there was not enough evidence to sustain criminal charges against Deputy Comerford. Because, apparently, a video of a cop hitting a teenager just isn’t enough evidence. Even when that teenager is handcuffed at the time.

I wonder why they don’t want to release that video…

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For Third Time in Nine Days An Oakland Police Chief Has Resigned Amid Sex and Corruption Scandals

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For the third time in just over a week, a police chief has either resigned or been fired in Oakland. On Friday, Oakland Police Assistant Chief Paul Figueroa, who had been appointed as acting chief just two days earlier, became the latest to step down.

The immediate reason for the firings/resignations is a scandal involving an underage prostitute that numerous members of the Oakland Police Department had sex with and tipped off about details of undercover stings, which was uncovered when one of the officers involved committed suicide and mentioned it in the note he left. (See “related posts” section below for previous coverage of this case on the CopBlock Network.)

Within the past week, it’s been reported that the investigation into that case has spread beyond just the Oakland police. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the Richmond Police Department has also started a review of their own officers’ potential involvement with Celeste Guap, who says she began working as a prostitute at the age of twelve.

“A second police department in the San Francisco Bay Area has launched an internal investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by its officers.

The Richmond and Oakland departments are investigating after an 18-year-old woman said she had sexual relations with two dozen current and former officers in five cities during her stint as a sex worker. She told the East Bay Times recently that she was underage during encounters with three of the officers.

Richmond Assistant Police Chief Bisa French said Tuesday that the department opened an internal affairs inquiry last week after receiving information from Oakland police.

French said several ranking officers are being investigated for criminal contact with the woman or policy violations but she could not confirm the exact number of officers.”

The Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department also announced they had placed one of their deputies on leave as a result of an investigation into the sex scandal. So far, five Oakland cops have been suspended as a result and the San Francisco police Department has acknowledged that they are investigating at least two of their own officers.

Oakland Police Department ProtestOakland and other bay area police departments have faced serious allegations of misconduct and police brutality for years. The latest uptick in the current scandals also involve reports of racist text messages being sent amongst OPD police while on duty. The contents of those texts haven’t been revealed yet, but reportedly involve African American officers. Previously, San Francisco police officers were revealed to have sent similar messages to each other.

During the press conference (see video embedded below) where Assistant Chief Figueroa’s removal was announced, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf compared the conduct of the Oakland Police Department to a frat house and stated that it would not tolerate the misconduct and lack of accountability that has become commonplace within it.

City Administrator Sabrina Landreth has now been placed in charge in order to send a clear message about “how serious we are of not tolerating misconduct, unethical behavior,” and according to Mayor Schaaf, “root out what is clearly a toxic and macho culture.”

Also on Friday, activists held a demonstration in front of the Oakland Police headquarters. As part of that demonstration, participants scaled the flag poles at the entrance and erected a banner between them stating “OPD is guilty of human trafficking and statutory rape.”

Protesters also stated that the Oakland Police Department is rotten to the core, called for federal oversight of the department, and demanded change throughout the department. (See video embedded below.)

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Brock Turner: Stanford Rapist’s Slap On The Wrist Is A Product Of, Not A Flaw In, The System

This post was written by and originally published at the Center For a Stateless Society (C4SS) under the title “Brock Turner’s Lenient Sentence is a Feature, Not a Bug.” Previously, I also personally blogged about the leniency of the sentence and the role favoritism within the judicial system played in that leniency on the CopBlock Network in a post, which can be found here. Posts and other content you think are worth sharing with the CopBlock Network can be sent in to us via the CopBlock.org Submission Page.

(Note: This has been posted in its original form and no edits to the original text were made. Some links may have been added within the text and images have been added. In addition, the conclusions expressed within this initial introductory summary represent my own interpretation of what is being stated within Nick’s own writings.)

In the post below, Nick discusses the mere six month sentence that Brock Turner, a student and prominent athlete at Stanford (his victim was actually not a student, contrary to what is stated below), for the rape of an unconscious woman on campus. It is expected that Turner will actually spend only three months in jail due to receiving credit for “good behavior.”

While this has caused much uproar and commonly been referred to as a “flaw” in the judicial system, nick points out his commentary that the leniency of Turner’s sentence is really a result of the way that system is constructed, not an error within it. Additionally, Nick discusses how the system fails the victims of crime, even when their victimizers receive a more appropriate sentence.

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Brock Turner’s Lenient Sentence is a Feature, Not a Bug

(CW: This article will include discussions of rape and sexual assault)

On January 18th, 2015, Brock Turner was discovered on top of an unconscious woman. The woman had her underwear removed and her dress pulled up and Brock was making sexual advances on her. Brock had been discovered by two students at Stanford, where Turner and the woman also went. The students were able to apprehend Turner before he could get very far.

In early March of this year Turner went on trial and received a 10 year sentence after being found guilty of three separate felonies. These felonies included intent to rape and sexually penetrating someone with a foreign object.

Turner claimed he was drunk and that he had received prior consent and was not aware of the woman being unable to consent. The woman was found with three times the legal limit of alcohol in her body and didn’t recall what happened, while Turner had two times the legal limit and claimed he did recall what happened.

A judge named Aaron Persky has recently decided that Turner’s lack of criminal record, the amount of alcohol involved and Turner’s lack of general threat to society were mitigating factors. Thus, Persky decided that 6 months with probation and registering Turner on the sex offender list was a more just sentence.

This has understandably caused much outrage among people, with many feeling like the punishment doesn’t fit the crime as the judge gave undue leniency to Turner because of their shared background.

Turner himself is white, a prestigious Stanford student and a once well-respected athlete.

All of these facts are something the media situates this story around constantly. There are multiple articles on The Washington Post and all of them spend ample time discussing how this will affect Turner, but little on what it has done to his victim. Turner’s friends and family have also at times written victim-blaming material for the judge, which evidently helped Turner’s case.

Ken White, a noted blogger, spoke out specifically about empathy, “Judge Persky clearly empathized with Brock Allen Turner. Turner was a championship swimmer and a Stanford student; Judge Persky was a Stanford student and the captain of the lacrosse team.”

Privilege and empathy are also two-way streets as White points out, “Judges might be able to empathize with having to quit their beloved college, but how many can empathize with a defendant who lost a minimum-wage job because they couldn’t make bail?”

But all of the empathy in the world can’t change a fundamentally broken system. White is correct to denote the serious flaws in the current justice system but doesn’t take his critique far enough. This is understandable given that White himself is a criminal defense attorney and thus likely believes, to some extent, that the system can be changed from within.

This hope, while understandable, is misguided and treats the system as something that can be reformed should we have the right combination of policies, judges and laws in place. But obtaining such a mix of circumstances is difficult as those who are harmed the most by it (as White points out) have the least amount of power to change it.

The criminal justice system offers little to no restitution to the victims and promises the punishment of putting rapists in places where rape is a widespread phenomenon. And although the desire for justice on the part of the victim and others is warranted, there should be caution in using prison as the answer for social ills.

Prisons do not teach that rape is an unjustifiable violation of an individual’s autonomy. Instead, they teach people that it is a way of life and survival within a violent and corrupt environment. Prisons reinforce rape culture and entitlement culture because prisons privilege and benefit rapists and would-be rapists.

As many commentators have noted, the own victim’s 12 page letter to Turner has done much more to fight rape culture than locking another rapist in prison. And as legal scholar Dean Spade notes, the prison is the rapist, which makes using prisons as a way to rehabilitate rapists problematic at best.

Other Posts on CopBlock.org by Nick Ford

  1. If You Want True Reform, Abolish The Police!
  2. Prisons Can’t be Exonerated of Their Role in The Police State
  3. Shifting Prisoners to New “State of the Art Facilities” Won’t Eliminate Prison Abuse
  4. Building More Prisons is Not the Solution to Prison Riots
  5. Jails and the “Justice” System Punish the Poor For Being Poor
  6. Proposed British Prison Reforms Don’t Go Far Enough to Address the Real Issues
  7. Crying Over Spilled Milk: Authoritarianism in Schools and the Criminalization of Children
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Crying Over Spilled Milk: Authoritarianism in Schools and the Criminalization of Children

This post was written by and originally published at the Center For a Stateless Society (C4SS) under the title “Authoritarianism Means Never Having to Apologize over Spilled Milk.” Previously, the incident involving Ryan Turk was blogged about on the CopBlock Network in a post by , which can be found here. Posts and other content you think are worth sharing with the CopBlock Network can be sent in to us via the CopBlock.org Submission Page.

(Note: This has been posted in its original form and no edits to the original text were made. Some links may have been added within the text and images have been added. In addition, the conclusions expressed within this initial introductory summary represent my own interpretation of what is being stated within Nick’s own writings.)

In the post below, Nick discusses issues relating to the public school system and the associated authoritarianism employed within it. Also discussed is the effect that has on the children that system and the criminalization of what should be considered normal behavior for school aged children. He also references several alternatives to mandated public schools.

Links to previous posts by Nick Ford that have been shared on the CopBlock Network can be found at the bottom of this post. If you appreciate the things Nick has written, you can support him directly here.

Authoritarianism Means Never Having to Apologize over Spilled Milk

In Virginia a middle school student named Ryan Turk was arrested and then suspended from school for allegedly stealing a $0.65 carton of milk. Officials claim that the student tried to conceal the carton of milk and are also charging him with larceny. This charge could impinge Turk’s record which could also lead to further difficulties down the line.

According to the arresting officer, Turk was acting “erratic” while he arrested the middle school student and Turk claims he “yanked away from him” and told him that the officer wasn’t his father. Turk was later searched for drugs in the principal’s office because of his behavior which involved laughing and fidgeting.

Both of these things contributed to Turk not only being suspended for theft but also for being “disrespectful”.

But there’s a problem: Ryan Turk is on the free lunches program.

So even if we could excuse the way that Turk was treated for “stealing” a milk carton, the reality is that there was no justification for the Graham Park Middle School to keep these charges against him. Instead, the school has decided to reinforce the rough handling of the student by appealing to “cellphone use” and “disrespect”.

Public Schools Programming ChildrenThe latter of these two things was a perfectly normal response to a ridiculous and controlling situation. Students should not have to feel unsafe and micromanaged in places where they are supposed to be learning. The way the officer handled someone who was presumably much younger and weaker than them speaks to the mindset that you are instilled with as a police officer.

Turk’s mother, Shamise Turk, summed up the charge of larceny well, “They are charging him with larceny, which I don’t have no understanding as to why he is being charged with larceny when he was entitled to that milk from the beginning,”

But even if Turk hadn’t been entitled to the milk, would charging a student with a crime that could go on their record the best way to handle this? Is the first option that this police officer had to forcefully pull at someone much younger than them? Couldn’t the officer have simply asked Turk if he was entitled to the program or not?

The lack of administrative oversight and unfair treatment of Turk and his family brings to attention the lack of control students and their parents have over state-run school systems. Students are compelled by law to attend these institutions and then are subject to many rules and policies that they never had any say in.

These policies and rules are then enforced by overbearing police officers and administrators who allegedly just want what’s “best” for the students. But the students are the ones who are more likely to know what is best for themselves, not the administrators, police officers or indeed, adults in general.

These facts explain the long-running success of self-directed learning within the Sudbury Valley School (SVS) in Framingham, Massachusetts which has existed for over 40 years. SVS has over these decades dedicated itself to allowing for an environment that encourages students to express themselves as freely as possible without harming others.

There are no grades, homework or bureaucratic and authoritarian administrative regimes to force the students into compliance. Students are encouraged to ask questions and use the time they have at the school in whatever way they want. Sometimes students use this time to just play outside or play video games and other times they use this time to read.

Whatever they decide to do, students often make the most out of these opportunities because they are responsible for them. There are staff members who are there to be helpful facilitators but their role starts and stops there. Students often learn how to read, write and do basic math either through play, direct experience or through the usual learning process, but on their terms.

If we want to build a world where administrators can’t treat students as if they’re their property over a carton of free milk, then we should consider alternatives such as democratic schooling. In addition, unschooling and homeschooling are other alternatives that give much more power and control to youth as opposed to adults, who’ll continue to think that they know what’s best.

Other Posts on CopBlock.org by Nick Ford

  1. If You Want True Reform, Abolish The Police!
  2. Prisons Can’t be Exonerated of Their Role in The Police State
  3. Shifting Prisoners to New “State of the Art Facilities” Won’t Eliminate Prison Abuse
  4. Building More Prisons is Not the Solution to Prison Riots
  5. Jails and the “Justice” System Punish the Poor For Being Poor
  6. Proposed British Prison Reforms Don’t Go Far Enough to Address the Real Issues
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Black Lives Matter Protester Jasmine Abdullah Given Same Sentence For “Lynching” as Stanford Rapist

Yesterday, a protester with the Black Lives Matter movement was sentenced for the charge of “felony lynching” after being convicted last week. The charging of Jasmine Abdullah, whose legal name is Jasmine Richards, with a crime that was originally intended to prevent white vigilantes from murdering black arrestees had already caused an uproar.

Now that she’s been sentenced, the disparity between the penalty handed down to her and that of another recent high profile case involving a well connected white athlete has generated even more outrage. Abdullah was sentenced to three months in jail, while Brock Allen Turner received six months for raping an intoxicated woman. Both of them were sentenced to the identical three year term of probation for their dramatically different offenses.

Abdullah was convicted of attempting to pull another black woman away from the custody of police as they tried to arrest her for not paying her check at a restaurant. Many have maintained that this was really just an opportune use of a law that was intended to protect black people from race based murders to punish someone who was an activist against race based murders by the police.

Via Free Speech Radio News:

Police say they arrested Abdullah after she and other activists rushed officers and a patrol car. Prosecutors argued Abdullah and her friends were trying to free someone from police custody, a felony offense under a law that was initially conceived to protect Black arrestees from seizure by lynch mobs.But Black Lives Matter national communications director Shanelle Matthews says Abdullah wasn’t arrested for what she’d done in the park that day, but rather for her activism. Abdullah is the latest in a string of California-based activists who have been arrested under the same criminal statute.

Jasmine Richards Abdullah“We know that Jasmine was targeted. We know that the Pasadena police harassed Jasmine, they followed her around the neighborhood,” Matthews says. “What we’re seeing is a very thoughtful and nuanced attack from lawmakers on Black Lives Matter organizers.”

And professor of African American studies and Black Lives Matter activist Dr. Angela James says Abdullah’s arrest is symptomatic of widespread state suppression of political dissent.

“That is what it conveys, both for the relationship with the Black community, but actually generally in the community,” Matthews explains. “Black dissent becomes a bell weather, a canary in the mineshaft for the rest of society.”

The crime Abdullah was convicted of was called “attempted lynching” until about a year ago, when California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill amending the name to remove any reference to lynching. He approved the change after Black Lives Matter Sacramento activist Maile Hampton was charged with the crime, amidst similar accusations of political profiling. The felony charge against Hampton was later dropped, which means although Abdullah is not the first Black woman to be accused of the crime, she is likely the first Black woman to be convicted of it.

Matthews says the entire episode is an example of the vicious cycle of mistrust, police impunity and imprisonment that Black Lives Matter activists have been talking about since the movement’s inception. What it means to try to stop the police from arresting someone – the crime Abdullah was convicted of – changes radically when a community feels it can’t trust the police, she says.

“We know that police cannot always be held accountable to return detainees safe and unharmed and alive,” Matthews points out. “So we know the implications of this or that when we’re living in a time in this political climate where we can’t trust the police to be accountable to the people, to protect and serve for our collective safety, then removing a person from police custody can be a matter of life and death.”

Felony “Lynching”

Meanwhile, on the northern end of the state Brock Turner was sentenced for raping an unconscious women behind a dumpster on campus at Stanford University. A judge disregarded the prosecution’s request to sentence Turner to six years in jail for the violent and predatory sex crime. Instead, he is expected to be released after just three months after credit for “good behavior.”

The fact that the judge is a former athlete at Stanford, one of the most prominent universities in the nation, and that both he and Turner are white men from wealthy backgrounds has not gone unnoticed. In fact, the focus on the hardship a rape conviction will create in Turner’s life and disregard for what his victim has gone through and will go through the rest of her life has created a rather large uproar in its own rite.

The sympathy displayed by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky in justifying his lenient sentence and a letter written by his father discussing the “suffering” and future opportunities Turner will lose have both garnered huge amounts of outrage. In particular, the characterization by Dan A. Turner, Brock’s father, of the rape as “twenty minutes of action” and as a non-violent act in a letter he read to the court, has been criticized heavily.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

Critics say the sentence was too lenient, arguing that yet another college athlete’s wrongdoings were treated lightly at the expense of a female sexual assault victim.

Gorin said the sentencing in this case is outside the norm in his decades-long experience as both a  sex crimes prosecutor in L.A. County and as a defense attorney.

“It is very unusual to have probation in a forcible rape case,” Gorin said. “His background and no record was a major factor. I cannot think of a similar local case where a defendant convicted by a jury of such a violent crime avoided prison.”

Brock Turner Stanford RapistTurner faced up 14 years in prison after his conviction in March on three felony counts of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated person, sexually penetration of an intoxicated person with a foreign object and sexually penetration of an unconscious person with a foreign object.

“Those convictions alone should send him to prison,” said Steve Cooley, Los Angeles former district attorney. “It’s an extraordinary sentence. He’ll spend just 90 days in the county jail after being convicted on three sexual assault charges.”

The standard sentence for those crimes is six years, he said.

“That is what I’d expect him to receive,” Cooley said.

Prosecutors, he said, have the right to appeal the sentencing decision, but reversal by an appeals court on the grounds of abuse of discretion is rare.

Anger over Turner’s sentencing escalated after Stanford University School of Law professor Michele Dauber released excerpts online of a letter Turner’s father penned to the court. Dauber has launched a campaign to oust Persky from the bench, saying “we need women judges who understand rape is not ‘a mistake’ and the law applies to athletes.”

Dan A. Turner wrote that his son’s and family’s lives had been completely altered because of the verdict. “That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life,” he wrote.

The near identical sentences for a poor, minority female essentially convicted of inconveniencing the police and a wealthy, white male caught in the act of violently raping an unconscious woman handed down within the same state and less than a week apart certainly doesn’t quell criticisms of the political system’s bias against the former and in favor of the latter.

You don’t exactly have to be a mathematician to put two and two together on this one.

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Las Vegas School Cop Charged With Assaulting Student and Staff Member With Baton Enters Plea

In May, Officer James Lescinsky became the latest in a growing number of Las Vegas school cops to be implicated in a violent crime and/or official misconduct. Lescinsky, while employed by the Clark County School District Police in North Las Vegas, is accused of assaulting both a student and a school staff member with his police baton in May of 2015. He’s also accused of slamming the student into a wall and onto the floor. Additionally, he has been charged with falsifying his report and lying to cover up his actions.

On May 26, Officer Lescinsky made his initial court appearance and pled not guilty to five federal charges. In addition to the assault charges and the charge of falsifying an incident report, he’s also charged with tampering with a witness by asking them to lie and support his story.

Neither the student nor the staff member, both of whom are female, have been identified publicly.

Via the Las Vegas Sun:

A Las Vegas-area school police officer pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges alleging he attacked a student and a school staff member and tried to cover it up.

 James Lescinsky, 45, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen, who let him remain free ahead of a July 26 trial, but ordered him to surrender personal weapons and return his police equipment to the Clark County School District.
Lescinsky has been suspended from his district and police duties, a district spokeswoman said…

An indictment alleges that Lescinsky struck and injured the female staff member with a police baton, and unlawfully assaulted the student by hitting her with the baton and slamming her into a hallway wall and floor.

Lescinsky is accused of lying when he said the student was combative and that the student and staff member were wrestling; of falsifying incident reports; and of trying to persuade a witness to provide a false account of the incident.

Convictions on the five charges could get Lescinsky decades in prison.

Slap On The WristI wouldn’t hold your breath based on the theory that he could get “decades in prison,” though. I can almost guarantee you he’ll get the typical Policeman’s Discount. He isn’t likely to spend even a day in jail once they give him a plea deal for some dramatically lesser charge involving a very hard slap on the wrist and some probation time.

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