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Update: Details Revealed About Evidence, Previous Arrests of Las Vegas Ex-Cop Finally Charged in 1997 Rape and Murder

Previous Charges Arthur Lee Sewall Former LVMPD Officer Murder

At a preliminary hearing, court documents revealed LVMPD Officer Arthur Lee Sewall already had a criminal history before the 1997 rape and murder he was finally charged with in January.

Last week, I wrote about former Metro Police Officer Arthur Lee Sewall Jr., who was charged with murder and rape for the 1997 killing of a woman named Nadia Iverson. The original story was that a “lack of funding” prevented the testing of the Iverson’s rape kit and other DNA evidence from the crime scene. Presumably, that made it impossible to prosecute him at the time from a lack of evidence.

After receiving a grant from the New York District Attorney’s Office, the rape kit was finally sent for testing in 2016. Then, in February of 2017, Sewall’s DNA was positively matched to that rape kit. As a result, Officer Sewall was finally charged with rape and murder earlier this month (Jan. 10th).

A sample of Sewall’s DNA had actually been available since 1999, when he was sentenced to (just) probation for a separate arrest on multiple on duty sex crimes, and he was accused by prosecutors of Iverson’s murder the very same day her body was found. Once again though, since they couldn’t scrape together the cash to test that one rape kit, Sewall was able to avoid prosecution for twenty-plus years.

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When he was eventually arrested  last month Sewall essentially confessed to the murder of Iverson in a statement to Metro detectives. Although, in a quote published by Mike Shoro of the Las Vegas Review Journal it does sound like he is looking to claim it was an accident:

“During the interview, he admitted to engaging Iverson in sex for money,” Sewall’s arrest warrant said. “During their sexual encounter, Iverson was shot. Sewall couldn’t account for why his gun was out or pointed at Iverson. He knew she was shot in the head and he immediately fled the scene.”

A Previous History of Violence Against Women

However, like most cases of crimes and misconduct committed by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers, it has now come out after the fact that the real story is quite a bit different than what was originally reported. Not only did court documents reveal even more details about his arrest history that predated the murder, but it also raises serious questions about why he couldn’t have been prosecuted even without the DNA evidence.

Rape Murder Charges Las Vegas Police Officer Arthur Lee Sewall

Former LVMPD Officer Arthur Lee Sewall Jr.

Those documents, which were made public at a preliminary hearing last week, also show that Metro police officers had responded to a domestic violence call at Sewall’s house in 1995, two years prior to the murder. Although he (not surprisingly) was never charged with a crime as a result, a .357 revolver was confiscated from Sewall by those officers.

As I mentioned in the original post, Officer Sewall was also arrested earlier in 1997 in a video sting operation for forcing prostitutes to perform sex acts. He was on duty and used the threat of arrest in those sexual assaults. That arrest led to his resignation from the LVMPD.

In addition, although he was only sentenced to probation for those rapes, that sentence is what required him to submit a DNA sample in 1999. As was once again mentioned in the previous post, Sewall also was arrested while he was awaiting sentencing in 1999 for propositioning an undercover cop who was posing as a prostitute in San Diego.

Sufficient Evidence Twenty Years Ago?

Based on those court documents, that .357 revolver and those previous arrests would have represented a pretty significant piece of evidence in the 1997 case for which Sewall currently faces charges. In fact, had it been pursued that alone probably would have been more than enough to tie him to the murder and secure a conviction.

Las Vegas Police Officer Arthur Sewall Murder Rape Victim Nadia Iverson

An Undated Photo of Nadia Iverson.

Back then, before Clark County’s “Blue Card” law was overturned, all handguns had to be registered with Metro. As a result, Sewall’s was officially listed as an owner of such a weapon. Obviously, there was also a record of that from when he had it impounded during his domestic violence incident as well.

According to the current arrest warrant detectives at the time determined a bullet “consistent with a .357 revolver Sewall previously registered with Metro” was used to kill Iverson. In spite of that, Las Vegas police seemingly did not even attempt to match the bullet to the gun they knew Sewall had at the time.

Not only that, but when Sewall was arrested for soliciting a prostitute in San Diego while he was already awaiting sentencing for raping prostitutes, he had that same revolver in his possession. Meanwhile, neither the LVMPD or Clark County prosecutors mad any effort to acquire the gun they obviously suspected he had used to murder someone after it was confiscated by San Diego police.

Instead, Sewall was sentenced to probation and that revolver was later destroyed by the SDPD, eliminating any chance it could be tested for a ballistics match. Officer Sewall proceeded to violate that probation numerous times over the course of the next five years with relatively little consequences for those violations. Also, as can be evidenced by his Facebook profile, Sewall was living a pretty comfortable life during the twenty years Iverson’s rape and murder went unpunished.

Incompetence or an Intentional Lack of Effort?

As has already been pointed out in previous posts, the excuse that there was a lack of funds is a ridiculous excuse for not testing the thousands of rape kits that have sat untouched in evidence rooms from as long ago as the mid-eighties. Las Vegas area city governments and police departments have had no problem coming up with well over a billion dollars in total for new government buildings, publicly funded NFL stadiums, and faulty radio systems.

They even came up with $400,000 to pay off the police chief and deputy chief at the Henderson Police Department after they were forced to resign for sexual harassment. The idea that they couldn’t somehow come up with enough money to test that one rape kit that would positively identify the person they suspected in the case literally from day one should be considered an insult to everyone’s intelligence.

But even if you disregard the DNA evidence altogether, they shouldn’t have had a very difficult time charging and even convicting Sewall. Detectives investigating the crime scene had already determined she was killed by a gun matching one they knew for a fact he owned.

The fact he had it impounded by the San Diego police during his 1999 arrest obviously means he still had it in 1997 after the murder. They very easily could have gotten a warrant to have it tested right after the murder or while it was in the possession of the San Diego police.

Regardless of any other evidence (which I’m sure there was), matching the gun to crime would by itself be pretty damning. A prostitute being raped and then killed using a gun owned by someone with a history of sexual assault and violence against women (and in particular prostitutes) would be pretty hard to explain away.

Instead of presenting (or apparently even seeking) that evidence however, investigators just filed it away along with the rape kit that they don’t seem to have had any interest in ever having processed. At best, this would have to be classified as a huge case of incompetence by the Las Vegas police and prosecutors.

In fact, it’s almost like they intentionally tried to avoid prosecuting one of their own by making sure the evidence didn’t get found. Almost exactly like that.

Original Local News Report

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Body Cam Video: Alabama Mother Unlawfully Arrested After Saying “F The Police”

Arrested by Alabama Cop For Saying Fuck The Police

Body camera video (embedded below) shows a mother and domestic violence victim in Alabama being arrested for saying, “Fuck The Police,” even though it is a legal exercise of free speech that is protected under the First Amendment.

**Scroll down to about the halfway point for the video**
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Date of Incident: Ongoing
Officer Involved: Cpl. (now Sgt.) Youngblood
Department Involved: Millbrook Alabama Police
Chief of Police: P.K. Johnson – (334) 285-5603
Assistant Chief: Johnny Montgomery – (334) 285-5603
Facebook: City of Millbrook on FB

The video submitted for this post is fairly self explanatory and even predictable: two cops from a tiny Alabama town show up presumably to mediate a dispute over childcare issues between a husband and wife. One of the cops begins to feel his authoritah isn’t being properly respected, so he decides to escalate the situation into a confrontation. The mother, who also says she is a domestic violence victim, gets frustrated and decides to legally exercise her freedom of speech by yelling “Fuck The Police.” Cpl. Youngblood responds by making an unlawful arrest based on speech that clearly (and according to the Supreme Court) is protected by the First Amendment.

Beyond that singular incident, Nicole, who submitted the post, details the many abusive acts she says her husband has carried out against her and her children. She also discusses the numerous ways in which he has used his influence with the police, courts, and CPS workers to cover up those abuses and further victimize her.

Hello,

I’m in need of help. When this video (embedded below) took place, I was devastated. The police took no actions. Then my 17 yr. old son was handcuffed and beaten by the police of Millbrook, Alabama while non combative for being a hot head. One officer involved in the act spoke up and told what happened. I was incarcerated at the time and watched as four officers beat my son.

After that horrific incident, my son and I were subjected to judicial abuse. This was so bad that, when my son’s charges were dropped, the juvenile judge made threats to our lives. All of this stems from domestic violence within our living situation, for which I was denied help in Alabama by police countless times. Also the nearest local domestic violence center is “Family Sunshine Center” in Montgomery, Alabama. So, I was forced to stay and deal with it, as the Millbrook police suggested after arriving at my home previously.

I took my arrest to trial, however,  because I was making the case a Black Lives Matter issue, the lawyer I paid refused to represent me in court, quitting with only two days remaining before court. So, I was forced to represent myself at trail with no jury, in which I lost when I told the judge he misunderstood the facts. After spending six months on bail bond hold, I could not escape the escalating abuse.

Horrible, unspeakable things were escalating and the children and I were falling into despair. I was isolated and didnot have a way out. So, I continued to deal with it until my husband came home angry and drew back his fist to hurt our three year old.

I cried out, “Don’t you hit her!” Instead of a punch to the belly, he violently threw her four feet across the room. I rushed to her. Thankfully, she was unharmed and had landed in a U shape on her bum. This was a blessing of the fact she could do cartwheels from age two and now, at age four, has mastered a one handed cartwheel, as well as other flips and jumps. If not for her god given talents, she would have ended up in serious condition.

Afraid to call the Millbrook police, for good reason, I called the Montgomery police, who advised me to call the state troopers. Once I had called the state troopers, I was nicely told by the officer that I was crazy and that the Millbrook police are not out to get me. That they will help you. Cpl. Youngblood, who is the policeman seen arresting me in the video, answered the phone.

I said, “No thank you, I do not need help.” The state trooper then asked if Youngblood would be coming out. He replied, “No, I will send some others. I replied, “Still, no thank you.” After several hours had passed, there was a knock on the door. It was the Millbrook police. I looked out the window and said, “No thank you, go away.”

Instead, they broke into my front door. I screamed and ran, asking them to leave. They refused to go and did not say even one word the whole time. Confused, I tried to calm myself down and speak to the officers. So I sat in the living room on a wing-backed chair. One of the officers moved so close to me that the ring on his belt hung in my face. He also wore a very menacing look on his face.

Then, I turned my face towards the door, scared of what they were going to do to me. I saw Cpl. Youngblood walking into the door and I became even more afraid. At this time, I saw my cell phone sitting nearby and picked it up to record their actions. The close officer backed off a bit and they all stood silently with their hands folded as I cried and begged Cpl. Youngblood to leave. (I still have that video.)

See the video below for the rest of what happened…

After that was over, I knew I needed to get out of there before one of us ended a life. So I called my local home town news station, who gave me the number of the domestic violence shelter. So I called and spoke to a wonderful counselor, who got busy to help me stay alive.

She advised me to call the local child protective services, so I did. She also advised me to tell the truth, so I did. John Holmes, who answered the call, listened to my plea for help. Then he advised me that he would not be coming out to make a report and that I would be held responsible for any abuse found, also.

Devastated that my family was once again in grave danger, I again turned to the Willow Domestic Violence Center in New York. The counselor was shocked at the news of what had happened, but she also had bad news for me again. There was no D.V. shelter for me to go to and they refused to help me escape with five kids.

My husband had returned with the police and gotten the car keys. So I could not leave, being in a very country place. There was no way out and he could kill us at any time. No one would help. The Willow Domestic Violence Shelter counselor said that I must get a police report, at least.

Together, we called the police, the mayor, and a host of other city officials in Millbrook, Alabama. Finally, they sent officers out to take the report without Youngblood. However, when they came to do the report, the male officer put words in my mouth. Afraid to dispute it, I held my tongue. I also have video of this event.

Once I had confirmation that the report was written, the captain of the police department stated that that was all they would do for me and that no investigation or arrest would be made. I was then advised by the New York domestic violence shelter that they could not find any help in the state of Alabama for my family.

If I had a way to get to my hometown of N.Y., they said they could help. With nowhere to go and our lives in danger, my oldest son called a friend. We made plans for him to come back in the AM to make two trips to Montgomery, Alabama to board a Greyhound to New York and that is what we did. There was a rainbow on the day that we left.

Confused, sad, and bewildered with five kids and only 600 dollars, I went to a DV shelter. He went to court and filed for a divorce. I was never made aware of this and he won by default all things and custody of our children. He came to their school in NY and removed them. When the domestic violence shelter found out, moves were made to protect the children. Also, a Child Protective Services investigation was done and he was indicted on all claims.

Court procedures to protect the children were started in New York. The children were assigned a legal guardian, who also agreed that there had been neglect and abuse by their father. I thought we were safe, but due to UCJA laws, the case was moved back to Alabama with safety precautions for the children to return. The children were given a legal guardian and I was to contact her and also the local Child Protective Services, so I did.

When speaking to the legal guardian, she informed me that she was only put on the case to satisfy the court in NY. Also, she said that she had been told by Judge Sibley Reynolds to go speak to my husband and to make a written statement, which she had already written. I then called Child Protective Services, as ordered, and they proceeded to tell me that they have not gotten the judges orders and will not open the case to investigate that Steuben, NY had already investigated. In addition, they said it is up to the Millbrook police to file criminal charges and they will in no way protect our children.

Husband Abuse Alabama Wife Police Courts CorruptionSo, afraid of what was going on, I called the Millbrook police and spoke to Capt. Fields, who told me he was not going to protect me or the kids. He also made a remark that he knows exactly who I am; I’m the woman who doesn’t know how to talk to police. He then proceeded to tell me that I can’t make him do it and NY can’t make him do it. I found out later that the New York police and CPS made a request for prosecution that was also denied by the Millbrook police.

Terrified, with no lawyer to take my case, I called Elmore County court and asked about my case. I was informed that there was not a new case of custody modifications in front of a special master as my court documents said. However, some movement was made on a contempt of court charge in the original default divorce. Knowing now that I was not safe to return, I started to read all the divorce documents.

I noticed my maiden name is wrong, the marriage date is wrong, and I found out that the divorce is not fully dissolved due to us being married in India under the Hindu Marriage Act and because I was not present for any of the divorce proceedings. I can have the case heard in a fair forum. I noticed in court that they use having ties to India against me and put a hold on my passport blocking me from help and assets.

I am in hiding, in fear for my life, afraid of being hurt by police or my abusive husband. Several domestic violence shelters, CPS workers, police, and judges in Steuben County have tried to protect my children and I. They can do nothing more than to personally tell me to hide.

The officials in Alabama won’t listen. He has, with the help of an Alabama court had the two indications of abuse sealed and expunged leaving me having to hide in fear, in order to protect myself and my children. I have looked high and low for help. I have proof of all this. Does anyone out there have any ideas? (This account is really just the basic story lines.)

Thank you,

– Nicole

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Asst. Wayne County MI Prosecutor Bob Stevens, Rehired After 2014 Drunken Assault on Wife, Arrested for DUI

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by a reader who goes by the pseudonym “The Poor & Unknown,” via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. (See below for previous submissions.) This post concerns the case of Bob Stevens, a Wayne County (MI) Assistant Prosecutor, who was arrested for driving drunk on Christmas.

As the article quoted below and video embedded within the post detail, Stevens has a history of alcohol abuse and domestic abuse, as well. In spite of the fact his job involves prosecuting people for DUI’s and domestic violence charges, Stevens not only doesn’t seem to have received any sort of meaningful consequences for his previous arrest after drunkenly assaulting his now ex-wife (who can be heard on a 911 call begging the dispatcher to “take him away” in the video), but also was rehired by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office afterwards.

Via Fox2Detroit.com:

Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Bob Stevens was busted for drunk driving as he was driving down I-94 between Gratiot at 21 Mile in Chesterfield Township Michigan.

Macomb county deputies were on the lookout for his vehicle after witnesses claim he side-swiped a vehicle on the expressway.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office claims the assistant prosecutor refused a Breathalyzer – eventually providing a blood sample. He was arrested and posted bond.

But turns out this isn’t the first time Stevens has been in trouble with the law. In 2014 Stevens’ beat his wife and was arrested for domestic violence. His wife dialed 911 from their Macomb County driveway screaming, claiming Stevens, who is a CCW holder, had a gun and attacked her.

She clearly feared what he would do next as heard in 911 recordings from the incident.

“911 What is your emergency?”

Stevens’ wife: “My husband just attacked me he’s either on something or he’s drunk.”

Stevens’ wife: “He’s been getting progressively more and more violent and angry and he’s drinking. He ripped the phone out of my hand and I went to pick it up and he pushed me down on the cement of the garage and started hitting me.”

Stevens was suspended and then fired from the Wayne County Prosecutors Office for the domestic disturbance incident, but eventually they brought him back. YEP BROUGHT HIM BACK. And people wonder why things are the way they are with LEOs and other people in positions of authority.

Stevens was working at the same prosecutor’s office when he was busted again. His wife, who has since been divorced from Stevens, had no idea about his latest arrest. The prosecutor’s office seems to be protecting him. They won’t even say if Stevens has been suspended or not.

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office is handling the case and will make a decision once the results of the blood alcohol test come back. YEAH RIGHT!!! I cannot wait to see how he gets off with no charges again lets watch this one closely

– The Poor & Unknown

I know he is not a cop, but he is buddy’s with several cops and they scratch each others backs. This is sickening and should be exposed…

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NY Cop Deliberately Falsifies Report for Woman, Uses Family Connection to Avoid Investigation

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Robert Lieb, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. This details a conflict Lieb had with an ex-girlfriend and, according to him, inappropriate conduct by the responding officer, as well as a failure to investigate his claims in respect to that conduct by Deputy Sheriff Chris Rolison. It also discusses potential preferential treatment of that officer based on his relationship to the mayor of the city (Poughkeepsie, NY) in which the incident took place.

(Note: This post has been edited for spelling, grammar, and paragraph structure, but otherwise is being posted as it was received without any editing of the statements contained within.)

Date of Incident: March 20, 2014
Officer Involved: Deputy Sheriff Chris Rolison
Department Involved: Dutchess County (NY) Sheriff’s Office
Department Phone Number: (845) 486-3800
Department Address: 150 North Hamilton St, Poughkeepsie, NY

Dutchess County NY Deputy Sheriff Chris Rolison, son of recently appointed Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, deliberately falsified his police report because he was attempting to impress the female involved in a domestic assault case.

On March 20, 2014, I entered my apartment, of which I had a current legal lease and of course a key, to collect my belongings after discovering my girlfriend, Nona Pawson, AKA Nona Backer, was sexually abusing her own son and attempting to abuse her own daughter. In the process of carrying my box of CDs etc, out of the room, Nona Pawson blocked the doorway to prevent my passage, knocked the box to the ground, and kicked and punched me and my belongings breaking and smashing many items.

Without reacting to appease her attempt to illicit a physical reaction, so she could call the cops as she had threatened (sic). She instead called her son, Tom North, AKA Thomas Hauptner, an obese boy who had a history of violence, to assault me by punching me in the chest and intimidate me by blocking me physically to prevent me from calling the police.

Nona Pawson then called the police stating, “My ex boyfriend came into the house without my permission and is hitting me and my son.” Having the confidence that the police would listen to the truth, I followed Nona Pawson down the stairs to meet the police outside. On the way I saw Nona Pawson remove her bra from under her shirt and throw it in the closet. It turns out that the stories she had told me about the police helping her win over her exes were for the exact reason she proved this day (sic).

We both met the police arrivals while standing side by side on the front porch. Immediately, Chris Rolison screamed at me to put my hands up and turn around. I responded immediately, “with all due respect just because a female calls doesn’t mean she’s telling the truth, if you search me then search her as an equal.” Chris Rolison stepped back silent to re-evaluate the situation. He began to approach Nona Pawson, and I saw him look directly at her nearly bare breasts and nipples protruding against her transparent t-shirt.

He told her to go inside and wait then proceeded to frisk me. He refused to listen to me until the back up state trooper arrived. While forced to sit in my car, I explained to Chris Rolison what happened. During this time Chris Rolison had to yell at Nona Pawson three times to get back in the house and stop running outside screaming, “whatever he says is a lie!” Chris Rolison then told the state trooper to watch me and proceeded inside.

I had to explain the same story over again in detail to the trooper, who said nothing. The trooper and I waited over an hour listening to Chris Rolison laughing inside with Nona Pawson. When he finally came out of the house, he told me to get a police officer next time to act as witness when I remove my belongings. The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office stated Chris Rolison was incorrect and that, “the officer’s claims to counsel were incorrect and the officer should never have told you that. They do not perform retrievals.”

Details from Chris Rolison’s report: Case #2014-00008326

  • He claimed to have arrived on the scene with Myself on the front porch and found Nona Pawson, AKA Backer, inside and very upset.
  • He stated we had an argument which never occurred.
  • He stated Nona’s son separated both parties. Fact: Her son assaulted me.
    (Nona Pawson’s call to the police dispatcher did not match her written statement on Chris Rolison’s report.)
  • Chris Rolison’s Police report Labeled me as Assaulter/Violator and Nona Pawson as Victim!

I reported this falsified report to IAB – Internal Affairs Bureau twice due to neglect of Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian Anderson to act on it. Both responses from IAB were timely and quick and stated that the case was in the hands of Jurisdiction and belonged to Sheriff Adrian Anderson. Not one response was ever received from Mr. Anderson.

It is a Misdemeanor Class A crime to falsify police records as stated on each and every police form. It is also federally illegal for the sheriff in any state to neglect a police complaint. I found that out recently from the Washington DC Lieutenant of Police at the Pentagon. I understand now that during this incident Sheriff Adrian Anderson and Mayor Rolison, father of Chris Rolison, were both running for their political positions.

It is obvious they both covered up the police Officer’s negligence and criminal action to prevent any negative publicity during their campaign.

– Robert Lieb