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Update: Florida Cop Who Tried to Murder 79 Year Old Woman Worked as Male Prostitute While On Duty

Last week, I posted on the CopBlock Network about Frankie Bybee, a Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputy who extorted cash from an elderly woman then tried to murder her in a staged suicide attempt once she filed a complaint against him. In the process, he also sold her dog on Craigslist, after charging her $1,000 to care for it while she was in the hospital.

Yesterday, an Internal Affairs report in the case was released. Not only did it contain new details concerning the original charges, including surveillance video of Bybee using the victim’s ATM card to withdraw money, but it also included some new revelations about “business deals” he was involved in.

Along with ten additional charges related to his use of the debit card and fraudulent online purchases Bybee made, Deputy Bybee is also facing new accusations that he acted as a male prostitute while on duty. The latter claim involves him having been paid to have sex with a woman, as well as to record videos of himself masturbating in his patrol car. The woman came forward after seeing media coverage of his charges for the murder attempt.

Via ABC Action News in Tampa:

According to the report, a woman, Elinor Jarvis, came forward and told detectives that they were “involved in an ongoing ‘business deal” for several years that included Dep. Bybee being financially compensated for engaging in sexual acts with her.”

The report said he met her years ago in a hotel room near Boston, Massachusetts and was paid $5,000 for their “initial sexual encounter.”

The report also said that Bybee would record himself in a sex act in his patrol vehicle while on duty and send the video to her via an app called “Tango” and then she would transfer $500 into his PayPal account.

The total payout, according to law enforcement, for these acts was more than $100,000.

The sheriff said Bybee’s actions were first brought to their attention on Jan. 9. That is when Marcia Sohl filed a complaint against then deputy Bybee.

Bybee, according to Knight, responded to a call for service at Sohl’s home on Oct. 21. He befriended Sohl and began to take advantage of her. Investigators released video they say shows Bybee withdrawing money from ATM’s across Sarasota using Sohl’s stolen debit card. In one transaction, Bybe is in uniform.

On Tuesday, Bybee was charged with ten new counts of Criminal Use of Information that involves several unauthorized uses of the victim’s credit card.

Also, according to the report, just prior to the murder attempt Bybee had used the original victim, email account to send a message to her doctor pretending to be her and expressing “suicidal implications.” As a result, the victim was involuntarily committed for a mental health evaluation (commonly referred to as a “Baker Act” hold). It was later determined that Deputy Bybee’s IP address was used to send the email as part of his plot to make it appear she had committed suicide.

In spite of all that, Bybee’s bail amount was dropped from $1,030,000 to $365,620

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FL Cop Stole $65K From 79 Y.O. Woman, Sold Her Dog, Then Tried to Stage Suicide When She Filed Complaint

A deputy with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is facing charges after exploiting and extorting an elderly woman over the course of a month. He also faces a charge of attempted murder after he tried to force sleeping pills down her throat in order to make it appear she had committed suicide after she filed a harassment complaint against him.

The unnamed victim stated that she originally met Deputy Frankie Eugene Bybee after he responded to her house on a service call in October. He then continued visiting her both on and off duty, acting as if he was a friend and wanted to help her in order to gain her trust. Shortly after, the victim was hospitalized.

Bybee then convinced her to pay him $1,000 to watch her dog during the time she was in the hospital. Instead, he sold the dog on Craigslist on December 20th. Later that month, he gained access to her check book and wrote checks in her name to himself and three of his children. The victim filed a complaint with the sheriff’s office when she discovered the checks, which totaled $65,000, on January 9th.

Three days later, Deputy Bybee broke into her house and attacked her. During that attack, he attempted to force her to swallow sleeping pills, then propped her garage open with her car running in order to allow the house to fill with carbon monoxide after she passed out. Fortunately, she regained consciousness in time to thwart his attempt to make it appear that she had committed suicide.

Via the Miami Herald:

While the woman was hospitalized, Bybee took the woman’s dog and a check for more than $1,000 in case the dog needed care. Knight said Bybee deposited the check and “rehomed” the dog on Craigslist.

On Jan. 9, four checks from the woman in an envelope addressed to Bybee were written out to him and his three children for a total of $65,000. When the sheriff’s office found his fingerprint on the checks after the victim said she didn’t fill them out, Bybee was placed on administrative leave.

Three days later, according to the probable cause affidavit, the woman, who was not identified, was sitting in her living room when she said Bybee broke into her house wearing dark clothes and blue latex gloves. He was “agitated and angry” that her complaint put him on administrative leave.

According to the affidavit, Bybee grabbed the woman’s face, forced an unknown pill in her mouth and tried to force her prescription sleeping pills down her throat.

The woman passed out and woke up to find her garage door open and her car engine running.

“Our investigation revealed that Bybee attempted to kill the victim and make it appear to be a suicide,” Knight said.

Knight said the sheriff’s office initiated the paperwork for his termination.

Bybee faces charges of larceny, exploitation of the elderly of $50,000 or more, forgery, burglary of an occupied dwelling, battery on a person 65 or older and attempted murder.

In response to the allegations, Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight stated:
“It is beyond unacceptable that an individual who works in a position of trust and guardianship to their community, is capable of such heinous crimes. His actions are a disgrace not only to our agency. but to law enforcement professionals everywhere. I hope he gets prosecuted a little bit more exceptionally than a normal criminal because he used the uniform for public trust.”
I wouldn’t hold your breath on that, though. Like most “Bad Apples,” there were already plenty of previous red flags and opportunities to remove him from the barrel that instead resulted in a slap on the wrist or no consequences at all. Prior to this, Deputy Bybee was the subject of five internal investigations. Only two of those resulted in any discipline at all and he ended up with a one week suspension in each of those two cases.



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Video of Massachusetts Detective Threatening to Kill; Plant Drugs on Teens Released (Update)

Last month, I blogged about the case of a Springfield, MA detective who threatened to beat and murder two teens. In addition, Detective Gregg Bigda stated that he would plant drugs on their bodies, in order to justify his actions. As point out in that first article, Det. Bigda has a history of misconduct and violent behavior, as well.

From that original post:

The threat to crush their skulls and then place cocaine in their pocket took place during an interrogation and was recorded by a video surveillance camera. The video has not been released publicly, supposedly to protect the identity of the teens he threatened to violently kill.

In spite of being caught red handed issuing these threats, Det. Bigda is not being charged with a crime, nor will he even be fired from the police department and forced to go work for a different department in another area of the state. Instead, he just received a suspension and will be back on the streets protecting and serving the shit out of the citizens of Springfield in 60 short days.

The two teens and another teen were accused of stealing an unmarked police car that another detective had left idling (and probably illegally parked) outside a pizza shop. As they were being arrested for that offense, an unnamed Springfield police officer kicked one of the teens in the face after he was already handcuffed and lying on the ground. There’s no indication that this officer received  any punishment at all for his assault on a defenseless teenager.

Now that video has been released by The Republican a Springfield area newspaper. And according to a post at Photography Is Not a Crime, they are as bad, if not worse than advertised:

During the videos, Detective Gregg Bigda makes a number of threats against the teens — neither of whom had an attorney or legal guardian present, or were read their rights.

The interrogations were conducted at the Palmer Police Station. Bigda tells both teens that he is eventually taking them back to the Springfield Police Station, which he stresses does not have cameras.

In the first video, he tells a 16-year-old boy in a red shirt: “See that camera up there? It don’t fucking exist [at the Springfield Police Station]. So anything happens to you at my place never happened. If I don’t write it in my report, it never happened.”

He later tells the teen: “You know I’m gonna beat the fuck out of you when you get back to Springfield right now, ’cause you just lied to my face … When we get back, I’m gonna tune you the fuck up, because you just lied to me. And I’m telling you in advance, and I’m being nice to you.”

In the second video, a teen wearing a gray-shirt says that his face hurts. Bigda responds: “You think it hurts now? You know where we’re going after this? We’re going back to fucking Springfield.”

He then explains how the Springfield Police Station doesn’t have cameras. He makes another threat to injure the teen’s face later in the video, even telling him it will require a trip to the hospital.

The threats continue: “I could fucking crush your skull and fucking get away with it.” Bigda then threatens to “fucking bring the dog back, let him fucking go after ya.”

And: “Don’t even fucking speak if you’re gonna lie to me, ’cause I’ll fucking kill you in the parking lot.”

And: “I’ll charge you with killing Kennedy and fucking make it stick … I’m not hampered by the fucking truth, ’cause I don’t give a fuck … I’ll stick a fucking kilo of coke in your pocket and put you away for fucking 15 years.”

In the third video, Bigda threatens the red-shirted teen again: [W]hen we get back to Springfield — I’m not even waiting for Springfield. When we get that fucking lying, I’m gonna bloody your body.”

In all three videos, Detective Luke Cournoyer is with Bigda and does not seem bothered by his threats and coercive interrogation techniques.

BTW, Det Bigda even had the nerve to complain about the measly 60 day suspension he received as “punishment” for his actions on those videos.

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Winslow Police Officer Austin Shipley, Who Shot Native American Woman Loreal Tsingine, Has Resigned

Winslow Police Shooting Loreal Tsingine Austin Shipley

On March 27th, Winslow Police Officer Austin Shipley shot Loreal Tsingine after he and his partner responded to a shoplifting complaint in the Arizona city. Officer Shipley testified that he was “forced” to shoot Tsingine five times after she attacked him with a pair of scissors.

In April, CopBlock Network contributor Brian Sumner posted about the shooting and the many questions members of Tsingine’s Navajo tribe and other indigenous tribes, as well as other activists had about the necessity of shooting her. Also, in July, I posted the body camera video (embedded below) of the shooting, which only raised more questions when it indicated that she was only “armed” with very small medical scissors and hadn’t actually raised her arms prior to being shot.

Although, the Maricopa County Prosecutor indicated upon releasing the body cam video that they would not be charging Officer Austin Shipley with a crime in relation to Tsingine’s shooting, it has now been reported that he has “decided to resign.”

Via 12News.com, the local NBC affiliate:

Winslow police officer Austin Shipley resigned from his position Monday, according to the Winslow Police Department.

Shipley shot 27-year-old Loreal Tsingine five times near a shop in Winslow in March, killing her.

An internal affairs investigation on the shooting performed by the Mesa Police Department was concluded last week.

According to Winslow PD, the results were reviewed by the department’s interim director, Christopher Vasquez, who met with Shipley Monday.

Shipley then decided to resign.

Documents from the investigation have not yet been made public.

This obviously raises even more questions about the shooting and whether it was necessary for two police officers to shoot a small woman. Not the least of which is whether Shipley will simply go to another police department and get hired as a cop once again after the attention dies down. Although Shipley has a well documented history of complaints, including excessive force complaints, it has been shown quite clearly that the Good Cops running police departments around the country have no trouble overlooking such behavior by Bad Apples and rehiring them, regardless of previous misconduct.

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Boulder City Police Doctored Audio in Arrest Video Where They Were Already Caught Committing Perjury

In June, I posted about John Hunt, a resident of Boulder City a small town just outside of Las Vegas. In June, Hunt had been arrested by Sergeant John Glenn of the Boulder City Police Department on charges of  “Failing to Yield as a Pedestrian” and “Resisting Arrest.” He subsequently spent a day in jail, as a result of that arrest.

As you can see in the original post and the Youtube video embedded below by his lawyer, Stephen Stubbs, when his trial date came the prosecutor dropped the charges because Sgt. Glenn was actually caught contradicting his sworn testimony (I.E. committing the crime of perjury) on the dash camera video.

That’s not the only dishonesty by Sgt. Glenn in this case, however. Recently, John Hunt contacted me and told me that he had evidence showing that not only did Glenn lie to justify the charges against him, but he in fact also edited the audio on that dash cam video to support his false version of the events during the arrest.

Within the video included in this post Hunt explains how and why that evidence was tampered with and why it also shows that Sgt. Glenn was involved or at the very least aware of that tampering. He also includes a report from a forensic audio expert that conclusively shows the audio was altered. A PDF containing the full Forensic Audio Authentication Report can be found here.

In addition, John included this text description:

After I crossed across the road for the third time, a police car pulled into the parking lot directly in front of me, maybe about 40 feet away. The officer inside, Sgt. John Glenn said, “Come over here. Come over here. Come over here!”

I asked, “why?”

He said, “because I told you to.”

I then said, “I refuse to comply,” because I did not view “because I told you to” as a valid legal reason to change what I was doing. I had broken no laws and was not causing any problems as I stood on the sidewalk. I was perfectly willing to talk with the officer and was looking forward to that opportunity. I had a very strong desire not to be arrested, but I was not going to follow his commands for the sole reason that he had decided to issue them. I have rights.

Immediately after I said this, Glenn got out of his car and began walking towards me. At the time I thought that he was coming over to talk to me.  Instead he walked directly up to me and grabbed me by the arm. He did not say anything to me as he was doing this. He did not say, “turn around and put your hands behind your back.” He said absolutely nothing.

I was very surprised that I was being illegally and abruptly assaulted for absolutely no reason.
I instructed him to stop assaulting me. I said, “Stop assaulting me! Stop assaulting me! Take your hands off me.”

But Glenn didn’t listen, as he had no interest in obeying the laws of the land.

Now, compare that with what you hear on the tape. To recap, here’s what it should sound like:

  • GLENN: Come over here. Come over here. Come over here!
  • ME: Why?
  • GLENN: Because I told you to.
  • ME: I refuse to comply.
  • *car door opens and closes, silence for a few seconds as Glenn walks over to me
  • ME: Stop assaulting me! Stop assaulting me! Take your hands off me.

After this, the tape plays out mostly the same as it happened in life, except for one small detail. After I had been dragged to the ground and handcuffed, I was leaned up against a cop car and a policeman started asking me a series of yes or no questions. I answered them as I was still dazed from the assault and did not have the werewithal to understand fully what was going on.

audio-manipulation-boulder-city-policeI strongly suspect that it was one of my answers here that was edited out and transposed into an earlier point in the tape to make it appear as though I was interacting with Glenn in a confrontational manner before he “arrested” me. This is the part of the tape where John Glenn supposedly asks me “is there something you don’t understand?” And I say, “No!” This never actually happened. The only things that happened are exactly what I have described.

The recording of these events didn’t match my memory, which was very clear and vivid, and still is. So, with the help of my family, I decided it was worthwhile to hire an expert to investigate it.

I was told that this kind of editing was impossible, but I could not be convinced that my memories were mistaken.

I chose my words very carefully when I said, “I refuse to comply,” and I remember the exact reason and context in which I said them, which is very different from the context in the video.

Even despite having a very strong memory in general and despite having these vivid memories of this specific event, the edited tape made me doubt myself for a time.

When you are confronted with a video recording that does not match your memories, you tend to believe the recording. It’s in a sense like being “gaslighted.”

I believe it’s very possible that if I did not have a very strong faith in my own memory, I could have been convinced that the events on the tape were what actually happened

This may have happened to more than a few people.

The reason I know that John Glenn is aware of this, beyond the obvious, is that he attests to a detail in the report which appears on the edited tape but did not happen in life.

In his sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, he states, “I asked the subject what part he did not understand.”

This didn’t happen, but on the tape, it did.

So Glenn knows about this or is doing it himself. I suspect that there was an event or events some time in the past where Glenn actually said all of the things he said on that tape.

And I suspect that if you could see the reports of all of his arrests, you would see many instances of these exact same phrases being used over and over again.

I would also suspect that there is a computer somewhere nearby, either in John Glenn’s basement, or in a lab somewhere, with some very interesting files on it.

I can’t personally say how deep or how far the corruption goes in this department, but I think it’s reasonable to conclude that the existence of this report casts serious doubt on every single piece of evidence that goes through that courtroom, especially video evidence.

There may be many convictions issued by that court that need a second look. And there may be people in jail right now that shouldn’t be there because of what this person or group of people is doing.

For obvious reasons, having an officer who is willing to both lie under oath and tamper with evidence in order to justify arresting someone is a huge threat to the freedom and rights of citizens. Even more of a threat is a police department that at the very least allows officers to have the access and ability to do so and in reality were probably complicit in helping carry out such illegal actions.

When you consider that this is a case in which Hunt was really arrested out of spite (AKA Contempt of Cop), it casts doubt on every case the Boulder City Police are involved in, especially those involving Sergeant John Glenn.

Original Video Concerning the Perjury Committed by Sgt. John Glenn

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