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Racist Carmel, Indiana Police Department Sergeant Refers to Crime Victim as “Dumb Nigger”

Sgt Sean Brady Racist Carmel IN Police Officer

According to a reader submission, after failing to properly hang up the phone Carmel Police Sgt Sean Brady was overheard calling a man who had reported having his house broken into a “Dumb Nigger.”

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As stated in the submission, someone vandalized and stole property belonging to this resident of Carmel, Indiana, as well as several of his neighbors. He maintains that even though he received no response after reporting it, those neighbors informed him that they had. Being that he was the only non-white victim and also the only one that hadn’t been contacted by police, he suspected that the reason was race-based. As a result, he placed a follow up call to the Carmel Police Department to ask for an explanation.

According to the submission, rather than being helpful, Sgt. Sean Brady, who answered the call, was rude and dismissive of him. In addition, he says that Sgt. Brady confirmed his suspicions that the lack of response was racial in nature after he inadvertently failed to hang up the phone at the end of the conversation. Sgt. Brady could be heard discussing the phone call with another, unidentified man, and referring to the man as a “Dumb Nigger.”

Incidentally, Sgt. Sean Brady is also one of the many, many, many “Bad Apples” who have received awards from their department. In 2014, he was the recipient of a merit award for “Distinguished Service.” (To be fair, technically he did distinguish himself with his “service” during this phone call and his unintentionally overheard recap of it.)

Date of Incident: October 03, 2017
Officer Involved: Sgt. Sean Brady
Dept. Involved: Carmel Police Department
Dept. Facebook Page: CarmelPD
Dept. Twitter Account: @Carmel_Police
Dept. YouTube Channel: Carmel Police Dept.
Administrative Contact: Lieutenant Charlie Driver
Dept. Complaints Email: [email protected]
Dept. Phone No.: (317) 571-2500
Dept. Address: 3 Civic Square Carmel, IN 46032
Let Them Know What You Think: Community Feedback – Police

In this day and age, there is no excuse for anyone, let alone a law enforcement officer to use racial slurs. I am a Carmel resident and tax payer who had the misfortune of having to refer to the CarmeI Police Department after my family and I were made victims of crime. I followed the process after our property was vandalized and stolen by calling the police and having a report filed. Weeks went by and we heard nothing and were never contacted by anyone with the department.

I would under any other circumstances have the patience to wait, understanding that maybe there were more serious crimes or pressing matters that the Carmel Police Department was tending to, but I found that wasn’t the case. Several neighbors fell victim to the same crime and all had reported their incidents to the department. The neighbors that I spoke with afterwards all stated that they had at least received a follow-up phone call from a detective to confirm that their incident was being investigated.

Again, trying to give the department the benefit of the doubt, I reached out to the criminal investigations unit myself. You should also know that all of my other neighbors are white and my family is the only black family on our street. Our white neighbors received notice from the Carmel Police Department, while ours was excluded.

Sgt Sean Brady Carmel PoliceWhen I called the Carmel police for follow-up, I spoke with Sgt. Sean Brady with the criminal investigations unit. Sgt. Brady was rude, even hostile and made it seem like my complaint and the property that had been stolen or vandalized was unimportant to his department and that he had no desire to provide the service which my tax dollars pay for.

I asked for an explanation as to why my “white” neighbors were receiving police assistance and why their complaints were being investigated, but my family, who were victims as well, were excluded. Sgt. Brady stated “I don’t have time for this” and ended the phone call before providing an explanation.

Sgt. Brady may have thought that he terminated the call, but the phone didn’t disconnect on his end and I could still hear what was happening in the background of the office and what was being said. I could very clearly hear Sgt. Brady saying to another person (it’s unknown if the male voice in the background was another officer) ” I don’t know what that dumb nigger expects for me to do for him.”

I’ve made calls and have sent messages to complain on this racist officer with his own department, but naturally they have gone unanswered. Here is a word of advice for anyone of color who deals with this department or anyone of their officers. This is a racist department that needs to be investigated for the hate crimes that they commit on tax payers, citizens, and the good people who happen to be of color who have the misfortune of having any sort of contact with them.

Sgt. Sean Brady referred to me as a “dumb nigger” and I can only imagine how many others have also been subjected to this man’s hateful and racist outlook. He made it very clear that he lacks the ability to see victims of crime as just that, but rather, he can only see the color of a person’s skin.

Sgt. Sean Brady, racist Carmel, Indiana police officer, needs to be investigated for his racist comments, unprofessionalism, and the prejudice and hate that he has shown.

– More Than the “N Word”

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If You Really Want to Eliminate Crime, Start By Abolishing The Police

This post was written by and originally published at the Libertarian Institute under the title “Want Crime to Go Down? Abolish the Local Police.” Posts and other content you think are worth sharing with the CopBlock Network can be sent in to us via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. Some tips to make it more likely that your submission will get posted to the CopBlock Network can be found here.

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In the post below, Will Grigg discusses the unnecessary, redundant and wasteful local police departments in tiny towns throughout the country. Examples such as the recent resignation of the entire police force in Bunker Hill, Indiana show that these departments serve no real purpose in relation to protecting those communities from the very few real crimes committed there. And as the ill-fated “police strike” that the NYPD engaged in when people failed to bow and scrape properly to their local Heroes showed, it’s not just limited to small, rural communities, either. In fact, Louisiana’s Evangeline Parish, whose sheriff successfully petitioned to limit their police force’s “service” to revenue generation, illustrates what the real intentions (and historical origins) of the police are.

Want Crime to Go Down? Abolish the Local Police

Bunker Hill, Indiana, is a village of 900 people. It has not been consumed by the maelstrom of criminal violence that – we are told – would descend on any community even briefly deprived of the divine protection offered by a police department. The village obviously didn’t need the department it had until December 12, when the Town Marshal and his four reserve deputies walked off the job to protest decisions by the town board.

“We have had issues with the town board, and there are some activities there where I felt like they were serving their own agenda,” former Marshal Michael Thomison explained. Most of his complaints had to do with proposed budget cut-backs, and a refusal on the part of the council to purchase body armor for all five members of the department.

“I did not want to send someone out there with bad body armor,” grouses Thomison. “I told them we have to provide this…. They were just not receptive to having a police department.”

It’s just no fun to play dress-up and swagger around the village unless the kids get the full costume and all of the accessories. The historical resonance of the village’s name notwithstanding, Thomison and his buddies were not under siege by heavily armed adversaries, nor was there any realistic expectation that they ever would be.

Crime is practically non-existent in Bunker Hill – the most recent report lists one violent and ten property crimes – and the village is fifteen minutes away from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office in the county seat of Peru (a deranged cartographer was apparently responsible for assigning city and county names). It’s therefore reasonable to consider the police department as an unnecessary expense, and a potential source of avoidable trouble. That latter consideration, ironically, was underscored by the disgruntled officers themselves, who have accused town councilors of asking them to conduct unlawful background checks on each other.  The municipal officials stoutly deny ever making such requests.

What is the purpose of inflicting a police department on a minuscule settlement where crimes against persons and property are practically unknown? The obvious answer is that while such towns might be welcome havens from private criminal violence, there can be no sanctuary from revenue collection – and this is the core function of government law enforcement agencies, as Sheriff Eddie Soileau of Louisiana’s Evangeline Parish has recently reminded us.

Soileau’s office is dealing with budget cuts, layoffs, and a Justice Department civil rights investigation, and is thus determined to pare operations down to the basics. To that end, he asked for, and received, an advisory opinion from the state’s Attorney General regarding the following question: Can he legally operate “without having law enforcement duties,” and simply carrying out the role of a tax collector?

The Louisiana State Constitution, replied the Attorney General’s office, specifies that he is to be “the collector of state and parish ad valorem taxes and such other taxes and license fees as provided by law.” Where law enforcement is concerned, the sheriff’s duties are a matter of discretion. He is required to “keep the peace and make arrests,” but is not required to appoint a specific number of deputies to carry out that function. “Should a sheriff choose not to appoint deputies to assist in his law enforcement role, we could cite no statute that would forbid such a choice,” concluded the AG’s opinion.

Odd as this might seem to people who were suckled on resilient myths about sheriffs and police officers as valiant defenders of the public and protectors of private property, Sheriff Soileau’s arrangement actually restores his office to its primordial purpose.

Following the Norman conquest of England, the existing kinship-based system for defense of property and settlement of disputes was supplanted by a feudal order enforced through royal appointees called shire-reeves or shire-riffs – antecedents of the modern sheriff. Their duty was to maintain the “king’s peace” by collecting taxes and preventing private efforts at restitution for injuries. It was impermissible for subjects to settle disputes among themselves, since this would deprive the royal treasury of the fees imposed through the embryonic state’s “justice” system.

This is the disreputable origin of the venerable office of the local sheriff, the only lawman whose occupation is even remotely compatible with the American constitutional tradition. A spare handful of contemporary sheriffs, at most, see their role as protecting property rights, rather than serving the privileged elite that preys on the public, and they can expect to be harassed and driven from office.

Everything the State says is a lie, everything it claims to own it has stolen, and every act undertaken to enforce the State’s edicts is a crime. The disappearance of a law enforcement agency enhances the personal security of those residing in any community where such a blessed development occurs.

DHS Officer Tries to Intimidate Man Open Carrying/Filming and Threatens his Nine Year Old Son

The video and content within this post were shared with the CopBlock Network by Joshua Elliott, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Within the post, Joshua can be seen walking around near the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. Initially, he is filming their vehicles that are parked in a no parking zone and one that is also on a sidewalk. Soon after, he starts walking past the front of the building. At that point, one of the DHS officers standing nearby stops him and begins demanding his ID.

Joshua asks if he is being detained and what crime he has committed to justify that detention. In addition, Joshua asks for the officer’s name and badge number, which the officer refuses to give him. The unidentified officer states that the sidewalk Joshua is on is actually federal property and that he is not allowed to have a firearm (Joshua is open carrying at the time) on federal property. After some back and forth about whether the sidewalk is federal property and where it is stated that firearms are prohibited, Joshua leaves the area.

Not long after, Joshua returns, having put his firearm away in his car. At that time, Joshua asks for the name and badge numbers of the three DHS officers present and also asks to speak to their supervisor. All three refuse to identify themselves (one eventually does) and Joshua is told that a supervisor is on the way. However, later he is told the supervisor is busy and cannot come outside right now.

In the meantime, Joshua points out that the sign (which can’t actually be read without stepping onto federal property) actually says you cannot enter the building with a firearm, not that you can’t walk on the sidewalk with one. The DHS officer who originally stopped Joshua continues acting hostile and demanding ID from him while stating that he doesn’t have to identify himself unless Joshua does first. In spite of being told that citizens are not required to ID themselves unless they are lawfully detained and that DHS policy requires the officers to do so when asked, they continue to refuse to identify themselves.

Once again, the original officer who approached Joshua continues acting hostile, insisting he stop filming and provide his ID. Eventually, that officer threatens Joshua’s nine year old son, who is also filming with a cell phone. After confronting the officer about threatening a young child, Joshua asks the other officers what they think of the behavior of that officer. Both of those Good Cops pretend that they didn’t see it happen even though they were standing within a few feet at the time.

Joshua then decides to leave, which is not the worst idea when you and your children are being threatened by angry thugs who have been known to resort to violence.

Date Of Incident: July 5, 2016
Department Involved: Department of Homeland Security (Indianapolis, IN)
Officers Involved: Refused to Identify Themselves
Phone Number: (317) 233-4280
Address: Indiana Department of Homeland Security
Indiana Government Center South
302 W. Washington St., Room E208
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

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Sorry this video is broken up into parts. It’s my first video shot on a knock off GoPro.In the first half of this, I was walking on a public sidewalk open carrying my .40 handgun when I was stopped and harassed by a DHS police officer. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment as, after securing the firearm in my vehicle, I went back to attempt to get the officers’ names and badge numbers. That’s when the bald idiot threatened my nine year old son.

I filed a complaint against this officer, for which I had limited info to do so. However, nothing has arisen out of it. So enjoy the video and I’m sure there will be many more to come.

– Joshua Elliott

Noblesville PD Ignores Alcoholic Lieutenant, Investigates Identity of Person Who Exposed Her

The following post was shared with the Copblock Network by Jeremy Sipes, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. This submission is a follow up to a previous submission from June.

According to Jeremy, the Noblesville Police Department is much more interested in finding out who sent a previous submission exposing the drinking problems of one of their Lieutenants than they are in addressing the fact that a high ranking officer in their department has such severe a drinking problem.

Date of Incident: August 1, 2016
Officer Involved: Lt. Shannon Trump
Department Involved: Noblesville (IN) Police Department
Department Address: 135 S 9th St. Noblesville, IN 46060

Poor, poor Lieutenant Trump of the Noblesville Police Department is suffering from a severely chapped ass because of the Copblock post exposing her drunken adventures. Since she experienced her 15 minutes of social media fame, Lt. Trump has sworn vengeance on all of those responsible for bringing her binge drinking endeavors to the public’s eye.

In between coating Lt. Trump’s burned bottom with ointment, Noblesville detectives have been working feverishly to find the source of this post. Rather than focusing their attention on their officer’s obvious problem with booze, the department has initiated an “official” police investigation.

In Hamilton County, Indiana, law enforcement officers aren’t trained on the state’s law and the U.S. Constitution. Rather, they are taught how to get around those rights, how to violate them and get away with it. In Hamilton County, when an officer see’s his or her name in/on a Copblock post, it’s grounds for the issuance of subpoenas for IP addresses, Facebook accounts and probable cause for search warrants so that these patriots can be brought to justice! You know what they say; “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the time.

Lt. Trump seems to think that her embarrassment over a submission exposing her misconduct and obvious issues with alcohol, “Trumps” that of a concerned citizen’s right to free speech. So fellow Copblocker’s beware; In Hamilton Co., IN., if you expose police corruption or utilize your  First Amendment rights, your personal accounts could be compromised by these thugs with badges and you could be charged criminally for hurting a police officer’s feelings.

– Jeremy Sipes

 

South Bend Indiana Police Wrongfully Arrest Man; Allow His House to be Robbed

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Robin Peppers, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Robin states that a woman had called and falsely reported that he assaulted her. He was subsequently arrested for domestic battery related to that, although he says he was in jail the day the assault supposedly took place. Also Robin states that while he was in jail the police allowed the “victim” to steal all of his prescription pills and a wedding ring out of his house.

Date of Incident: August 01, 2014
Officer Involved: Officer Joseph Mitchell
Department Involved: South Bend (IN) Police Department
Department Phone No.: (574) 235-9201

On September 14th, I was wrongfully convicted of domestic battery even though I was in jail on August 3rd, 2014, when it supposedly happened. The prosecution was allowed to commit perjury and slander my name, calling me things such as “this criminal” and saying that I was a deadbeat that didn’t work and that Anastasia Troup had all the utilities in her name and had paid them. They also filled the jury’s heads with lies about Elizabeth Holloway, saying that she had only been in my home one day prior.

My public pretender told me to shut up more than once to my objections even though I hold in my hand my electric bills from August 10th and well into July in Elizabeth Holloway’s name as she was my live in girlfriend at the time. I also have the water bill records showing that my home had only ever been in my name and my name alone. I have pay stubs from the company I was working for until my unlawful arrest, which was Bestway Towing in South Bend, as a tow-truck driver.

100% of this case was a lie. The female prosecutors fueled and added on and onto Anastasia’s ever changing and expanding story. From the 911 call of “I was just slapped” to the court room testimony of  “I was slapped, strangled, pick up and throw, drug around by my ankles, picked up one handed by my throat and thrown, slapped some more, choked until I couldn’t breath, had my wrists grabbed and thrown around, had my forearms grabbed and thrown around, and smashed my phone beyond repair only to factory reset it and call the police…”

But she doesn’t remember where or when or what time, not a day besides August 3rd, which she was fed by the state. Literally, this is the ridiculous story that was allowed to be fed to jury members and wrongfully convict me while I was told to shut up by the public pretender I have filed to have replaced more than once.

Where is justice? Where is the law? The police once again in court admit to wrongfully arresting me. Stating that I was automatically guilty because I am male and live in the ghetto, and a female called accusing me. I have been robbed, imprisoned, slandered, and discriminated against because of my gender and class.

I work for you people. I tow your cars, I fix your stuff when it breaks, I help you when you need help the most. I am always there no matter how much money you have, no matter the time of day. I am the one women call when they need help. I have opened my home and my kitchen to so many when my community has needed me.

Well…I need you. I need your help now, your support. Please share this petition, spread the word that prosecution is allowed to cover up crimes, slander good people, and convict innocent Americans for crimes they can prove they didn’t commit. If we as a people don’t stand up for each other then we as a people will fall to the tyranny of a corrupt and biased government.

I have been a victim for far too long. I am tired of fearing answering my door to the home I worked so hard to earn. I have struggled daily just to be in a state of mind that can function. Where is my justice? Where are all the laws at? Not one thing about my case has been legal. Hell they convicted me by telling the jury “exact times, dates, areas, and stuff like that don’t matter, he’s a criminal” they convicted me of a crime on a day that I couldn’t have done anything because I was in jail. And sold lies to the jury.

– Robin Peppers

Indiana Man Extorted by Revenue Generator Then Illegally Arrested for Flipping Police Off

The above video and the following content included in this post were shared with the CopBlock Network, via a Facebook post by Northwest Indiana CopBlock. (See the post embedded below.) The incident depicted in the video originally took place on August 15, 2015.

If you wish to share your own police related content such as videos, a description of an incident involving police misconduct or abuse, etc. with the CopBlock Network, you can do so using the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Initially, the video uploaded to the NWI CopBlock YouTube channel shows a man from Lake Station (IN), being extorted by a group of  local Road Pirates, including Officer Andres Verduzco. (Based on the conversation in the video, there are three Revenue Generators in total, although two are not identified in the video.) The traffic stop apparently takes place within the driver’s own driveway.

The man being forced to pay a ransom for tailgating grows impatient with the amount of time that is being taken to write the citation and questions Officer Verduzco about why it has taken so long to do so. He also mentions a U.S. Supreme Court ruling which found that police could only detain people for a “reasonable amount of time” to issue a traffic ticket.

Officer Verduzco Lake County PoliceVerduzco reacts in a hostile manner to having been questioned. First he states that he could have written him three tickets, but only extorted money from him twice. Then (once the Supreme Court ruling is mentioned) Verduzco begins inquiring about where the driver went to law school, implying that you have to be a lawyer in order to know the basic laws (that many police in fact do not know). Officer Verduzco finally states that the driver’s attitude sucks and tells him to “go on your way” as he walks back to his own car.

Shortly after, although it’s not shown on the video, the driver then flips off the cops. In response to that, Verduzco returns to the car, accosts the driver, and then illegally arrests him for a Constitutionally protected act of Free Speech. The false charges used to make the arrest consisted of “harassment” (ironically) and “disorderly conduct.” Officer Verduzco, at least on the video, never says what college he got his law degree at, but needless to say both charges were eventually dropped.

In addition to assaulting and kidnapping this driver during the video, Officer Verduzco purportedly attempted to delete the video and made verbal threats that there “would be problems” if the video got released.

Ofc. Verduzco is, of course, not expected to be punished in any way for his actions and threats against a citizen by the Good Cops working at the Lake Station Police Department. At best, the taxpayers will be extorted out of money to pay for his illegal acts in a legal settlement.

Via the description posted along with the video on YouTube:

Lake Station Police employees stop and detain an area man for routine revenue generation and detain him for over twenty minutes. After showing complete disregard for the citizen’s time the citizen expressed his grievance with a “one finger salute”. Police employee andres verduzco, whose feelings were hurt by the citizen violated the citizen’s rights by arresting him on his property on trumped up charges based on a false report.

Andres needs to put down the baby bottle and put on his big boy pants. Some people are going to say things he does not like, and they will hurt his hurt. That does not mean that he gets to abuse his claim of authority and kidnap and cage someone, fabricate false charges, and lie on the report.

After Recent Shootings of Police, Cops Prepare to Double Down on the Police State

Police State Militarization Cop Block

The following post was originally published at TheAntiMedia.org under the original title “Here Are the New Tactics Police Are Preparing to Roll out in Your Communityand was written by Darius Shahtahmasebi.

In the post, Shahtahmasebi discusses how the police plan to respond to the recent shootings of police by citizens in several cities (this was written prior to the incident in San Diego) across the country. Not surprisingly, instead of stepping back and saying, “maybe all those times we unnecessarily shot people and/or refused to hold each other accountable for it or even essentially celebrated it had something to do with this” police nationwide are preparing to become even more militarized and violent toward the citizens they claim to protect and serve.

Here Are the New Tactics Police Are Preparing to Roll out in Your Community

Following the recent events in the United States, which have resulted in armed civilians taking on police officers—namely in DallasBaton Rouge, and most recently in Kansas City, Kansas —  police forces across the country are set to adjust their strategies and tactics.

An interesting detail to note is that on July 11, 2016 — following the first deadly attacks on police officers that occurred in Dallas — Reuters reported police were set to rethink their tactics in nearly half of America’s 30 largest cities. They evidently didn’t act swiftly enough (a number of deadly attacks followed shortly after). It’s either that or the suggested police tactics were never going to address the root causes of the problem we are facing.

So what kind of changes can we expect to see?

The most prominent change to occur is the pairing up of police officers. However, some more drastic suggestions are also in the pipeline. For example, the Indianapolis police force has said it will consider the use of robots to “deliberately deliver lethal force.” Denver’s police union has called for officers to be able to wear riot gear for local protests, and to be armed with AR-15 assault rifles while on patrol at the Denver International Airport.

In the wake of the Baton Rouge shooting, other changes likely to occur include: requiring that two cars respond to all calls, shifting officers to serve as extra backup, imposing increased security and surveillance, increasing the number of helicopter patrols, and suspending solo patrols.

It seems as if the police are considering all options — anything, that is, but refraining from summarily executing unarmed civilians in broad daylight. At the very least, they could start by prosecuting those responsible for such incidents. Apparently, however, that is too much to ask of those who are sworn to protect and serve.

America’s current president, elected on promises of hope and change, has told police officers across the country that “we have your back.” This is noteworthy because to date, there has been no concrete effort on the part of the president to address the underlying issues that have resulted in the uprising starting to unfold. To date, he has insisted on ploys that are nothing but politically acceptable attempts at pleasing all parties involved. I would go so far as to argue Donald Trump’s racist tirades do more for minority groups — by empowering and uniting them against his demagoguery — than Barack Obama has done his whole time in office, which has reflected his unwillingness to actually represent them on issues that grossly affect them.

The saddest part about this ongoing issue is that the tactics as suggested by satirical newspaper, The Onion, are more honest than any conversation our police departments or politicians are having about police brutality in the United States.

In particular, the outlet suggested the ability to ensure this can all legally be thrown out the window if a cop feels threatened” is something police forces across the country are so apt at implementing, The Onion need not have mentioned it all together.

Noblesville Indiana Police Department Lieutenant’s Drunken Adventures

The following post was shared with Nevada Cop Block anonymously, via the NVCopBlock.org Submissions Page. This post discusses claims about the behavior of a Lieutenant with the Noblesville Police Department and concerns that they have regarding that behavior.

Personally, on a basic level I don’t particularly care if Lt. Trump (or anyone else) gets black-out drunk every night of the week and twice on Sundays (or some other random day). It certainly wouldn’t be the healthiest choice of lifestyles and would probably lead to a lot of embarrassment for them in their private lives. However, so long as they weren’t harming anyone else, that’s something I don’t need to be involved in. I don’t really care about the “higher standards” for cops or how well they are representing the department’s image.

The real issue is the hypocrisy if the claims are true. There’s very little doubt that someone who is a lieutenant has arrested people for drinking related offenses, such as DUI’s, being drunk in public, etc. and in all likelihood still does on a fairly regular basis. So, when they are running around doing those same things that they arrest others for, they shouldn’t have the option of pulling out their Shiny Badge and slurring the names of a couple other cops to get them off the hook.

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Officer Involved: Lt. Shannon Trump
Department Involved: Noblesville (IN) Police Department
Facebook Profile: Noblesville Police Department
Twitter Account: @NoblesvillePD
Department Phone No.: (317) 776-6340
Department Address: 135 S. 9th St. Noblesville, IN.

Flashing Her Shiny Badge And Droppin’ Names

We have become aware of concerning issues of integrity with a supervisor employed with the Noblesville Police Department. Lieutenant Shannon Trump with the Noblesville Police Department maintains the attitude that she is above the law and because she has a badge, the laws that she has sworn to uphold do not apply to her. As you can see in the pictures, Lieutenant Trump is highly intoxicated and passed out in the lawn area of Klipsch Music Center.

banner420Prior to these photos being taken, Lieutenant Trump was approached by security in the parking lot outside of Klipsch Music Center. During this time, security observed Lt. Trump as she was consuming alcoholic beverages in the parking lot and appeared to be in a highly intoxicated state. The security supervisor informed Lieutenant Trump that alcoholic beverages were available for purchase inside of the music center, but for her safety and that of the other patrons that were there to enjoy the concert, consumption of alcoholic beverages in the parking lot was prohibited.

Lieutenant Trump was instructed by security to discard her open container due to the fact that tailgating and the consumption of alcoholic beverages on the outside grounds of the music center was strictly prohibited. Rather than complying with the orders given by security, Lt. Trump became unruly and belligerent. It was during this time that lieutenant Trump displayed her badge and identified herself as an officer with the Noblesville Police Department. She began “name dropping”, identifying additional officers that she believed were working part-time security at this particular venue.

She stated that she was a supervisor with the Noblesville Police Department and that these officers did not have the authority to tell her what to do. When Lt. Trump failed to comply with the instructions given by the security supervisor, he radio’d for additional security officers, as well as law enforcement, to respond to the area for assistance. It was at that time that friends who had accompanied Lt. Trump to the venue stepped in and prevented the matter from escalating any further. The incident was deescalated when Lieutenant Trumps friends suggested that she comply and encouraged her to relocate to the main gates to enjoy the concert as planned.

After entering the main gates, Lieutenant Trump purchased additional alcoholic beverages and continued to consume them at an accelerated rate. At the time that these photographs were taken of Lieutenant Trump, the actual concert that she had purchased tickets for hadn’t even begun. Lieutenant Trump had attracted so much negative attention to herself while in this intoxicated state that the patrons around her began to express concern. She was unable to stand on her own and appeared to have slipped in and out of consciousness while laying on the lawn area outside of the Klipsch

As the concerns of patrons grew for the safety and welfare of Lieutenant Trump, reports were made to security. It was around this time that security officers then re-approached Lieutenant Trump and her significant other who is tending to her at that time. Noting that she was extremely intoxicated, Lt Trumps safety became the priority of the security personnel. Those who had accompanied Lieutenant Trump were ordered by security and law enforcement to remove her from the premises due the fact that she was in a public place in a state of intoxication. Lieutenant Trump’s speech was slurred to the point to where she could not be understood and she was physically unable to walk by herself as she was removed from the property. She was incoherent and her inebriated state and had to be assisted by others due to the fact that her balance was so unsteady.

This is not how a law-enforcement officer should act or represent themselves in a public setting regardless as to whether they are off duty or not. Lieutenant Trump’s behavior was not only embarrassing, but extremely inappropriate and unprofessional towards not only her, but to her own department. Lt Trump failed to realize that law-enforcement officers are held to a higher standard and not only have a responsibility to uphold the laws, but to abide by them as well. While Lt. Trump is an adult who can legally consume alcoholic beverages, she failed to realize that she represents a law-enforcement agency both on and off duty. Lt Trump’s behavior was irresponsible and reckless, as well as extremely unprofessional.

Not Her First Drunken Rodeo

We have confirmed statements from a reliable source that this is not the first time that Lieutenant Trump has become a liability and a danger to herself and others due to her consumption of alcoholic beverages. Our source has informed us that they have knowledge and have witnessed her operating her police vehicle after consuming alcoholic beverages and also while being in an intoxicated state. Another reliable source has provided us with text messages from Lt. Trump stating that she was “still drunk from the night before.” These messages were sent while Lt Trump was assigned to a law enforcement detail where she was responsible for the safety of the participants/spectators at this event and had a responsibility towards the supervision of additional officers who had been assigned this same detail.

It is clear that Lieutenant Trump has the attitude that she is above the law and that the same laws she has sworn to uphold, don’t apply to her. Lt. Trump has during her career made a number of arrests on the subjects who were intoxicated in a public place and has also made arrests for driving under the influence. Yet, when Lt Trump had violated these same laws, she has flashed her badge, dropped a few names and assumed that just because she’s a police officer, her badge will provide her with extra rights. You would think that law enforcement agencies, and their officers would have learned from the mistakes made from the David Bisard accident. This officer, who had been operating his police vehicle while intoxicated caused and accident that claimed the life of Eric Wells and seriously injured Kurt Weekly and Mary Mills. Clearly, that’s the least of Noblesville PD Lieutenant Shannon Trump’s concerns, that is, so long as she has her badge to hide behind.

We have also obtained additional information and documents confirming that Lieutenant Trump committed fraud during the process of applying for the FBI national Academy. Lieutenant Trump during the application portion of the process was to submit medical/physical information that was to be signed and authorized by a certified medical professional. Lt Trump forged the name of an acquaintance who she knew was not certified to confirm this information to be true or accurate. Adding to this particular case, Lt Trump committed not only a felony, but a federal offense in order to be accepted into the FBI national Academy. This is not how our law enforcement officers are to act or behave. Lt Trump has represented her department in the most unprofessional and embarrassing ways possible. She has not only embarrassed her own department, but she has violated state, as well as federal laws.

This is not a role model that we want for our children, nor is she someone that we would want to respond in the case that we have an emergency that would require police assistance. We could care less what these officers do when they are off duty and it is their right if they choose to consume alcoholic beverages. It becomes an issue for the public though when these law enforcement officers assume that it is their right to endanger the safety of others or expect special treatment when they flash their badges. It is this type of abuse that shows the double standard between the average citizen and a police officer. These law-enforcement officers need to be held accountable for their actions and the crimes that they commit and are not entitled to special treatment for the crimes that they commit.

Roseland (IN) Police Chief Uses Position to Influence Child Custody; Drives Unsafely with Child in Police Vehicle

The following post was shared with the Cop Block Network by Jennifer Szymarek, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

In this submission she details how her ex-boyfriend Aaron Catanzarite, the town marshal (police chief) of  Roseland (IN), has used his position as a police officer to influence custody hearings between him and her. In addition, she maintains he has also used his influence to violate their shared custody agreement and prevent her from seeing their daughter.

Jennifer also discusses an accident that Catanzarite was involved with in which their daughter was injured and now has a scar on her face as a result. (You can see a news report on that accident here.) She accuses Catanzarite of not properly securing her daughter’s child seat and also of driving unsafely, both of which she says contributed to the injuries her daughter suffered in the accident. (Embedded below are two videos Ms. Szymarek provided that show Catanzarite picking up their daughter and placing her in the front seat of his police vehicle.)

Date of Incident: March 15, 2016
Officer Involved: Town Marshal Aaron Catanzarite
Department Involved: Roseland Police Department
Department Phone No.: (574) 272-6241

“Jennifer Szymarek (My Story)”

My ex-boyfriend, Aaron Catanzarite, the town marshal for the Roseland Police Department and who lives in South Bend, Indiana, forced me to sign, through tears and a shaky hand, after I had refused for over a-week-and-a-half, a ‘Custody/Stipulation Agreement Order’ in the kitchen of his residence atop the stove, without any legal counsel present, on February 27, 2011.

In the ‘Stipulation Agreement Order’ the document stated that Mr. Catanzarite had ‘Physical Custody’ of our daughter and that I, Jennifer Szymarek, and him, both, shared “Joint Legal Custody.” However, to this day Mr. Catanzarite has never once exercised that right to include me in any matter of my daughter’s future, which is illegal, along with many other matters which he ignores. I continued to live with Mr. Catanzarite back then until March 10, 2012, after signing this document, which I strongly did not agree with, only for the sake of my daughter, Keira.

Later in the year, I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, an illness which causes muscle weakness, after a horrific fall that led to a massive head injury and also led to my diagnosis in July of 2011. And then, eight months later, Aaron sternly stated, “I can’t take it anymore,” which led to him kicking me out on March 10, 2012, and, of course, not allowing me to take my daughter with me, even though it was my Saturday to take her.

At that point in time, the schedule was set up to where I practically, on paper, had my daughter every night except for Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, to go along with my existing Brown Mackie College schedule. So, even though I was the individual with the muscle illness, and the person who was already fighting to get on disability and changing some things in my life, Mr. Catanzarite thought his life was changing so much more than mine that he would just take my child, even though I knew, for a fact, due to him allowing his ex-wife to ‘kidnap-my-child-several-times-before history,’ that my daughter would just be living at his ex-wife’s house, and would be raised my his ex-wife, as usual.

Every since my daughter, Keira, had been born, I was still always taking care of her on my own 24 hours a-day, while he continued to be gone 24/7, like usual. In fact, the first ten months of Keira’s life I had my own apartment that she and I, both, shared, without Mr. Catanzarite, which he failed to mention in court during our trial ending August 21, 2013.

Our ‘Custody Trial’ was complete perjury committed by Mr. Aaron Catanzarite between him and his seven ‘family’ witnesses, including one witness who was his ‘boss’ from Roseland. I mean, I seriously thought that you were not allowed to have family members testify.

Then, when I tried to put my witnesses on the stand to testify every single one was thrown-out for no ‘good-real reason.’ I had my dad (because I was living with him, but his testimony was thrown-out anyway) and one longtime friend (but her testimony was thrown-out, too). I was told by the probate judge/court, due to Mr. Catanzarite’s attorney (Mr. Vincent Campitti) that we were all talking about the case in the lobby, which, of course, was a flat-out lie.

Mr. Catanzarite’s family was coached, every time one individual walked in. I believe that the trial should have been, and still should be thrown-out for countless reasons. It was just a way to criticize me and to makeup situations that never occurred. But I never once got the chance to say anything bad about Mr. Aaron Catanzarite.

My daughter will be eight on July 2nd. Ever since she was four, she has suffered emotional abuse from being tossed around constantly, as well as being forced to lie by her father and his ex-wife, Kelly Catanzarite. She gets picked up from school and then usually goes straight to the house belonging to Mr. Catanzarite’s ex-wife. Then maybe to Mr. Catanzarite’s residence later at night.

Since the parenting time schedule was changed in the fall of 2012, I have only every Wednesday and every other weekend with my daughter, so it makes it pretty hard to spend much time with Keira and to really be her mother. In 2014, I actually was allowed to have my daughter for two-weeks at a time for the summer, but I have been unable to ever get that again.

Mr. Catanzarite uses excuse after excuse, I truly feel, with the court system when it comes to getting his way. He signs Keira up for five-plus extracurricular-sports-activities per summer without even asking me, which is against our ‘Signed Sports Agreement’ and expects me to take her to every single event, knowing that I rarely have any time with my child. Last summer, I refused to take her and he tried to see if there was any legal action that he could take against me. He failed, but he thinks he can always overpower me and he still has my child due to the court’s failure to properly hear me out.

On March 15, 2016, Mr. Aaron Catanzarite placed my daughter in the front passenger seat of his Roseland police SUV. (I have taken him to court on this issue, but I have lost the fight.) She was in a child restraint seat but it was not tethered down. He also decided not to wear his seat beat, which he has done repeatedly over the years. He also was apparently going over the speed limit. (I do not know the exact speed, but he also does this repeatedly).

All these irresponsible actions of negligence resulted in a car crash that seriously could have been prevented and also hit two other vehicles, injuring another family. Mr. Catanzarite never put his foot down on the break peddle; the SUV only finally came to a stop when it hit a wall. This is a guy that insurance companies will not even insure, so he does not have his own personal vehicle. And he will never have his own personal vehicle.

Roseland Town Marshal Aaron Catanzarite AccidentI would know, because I knew him, personally. I never have approved of my child riding around in a police vehicle. I have always been a good and decent mother to my child. I am Keira’s mother and I have always been. I own my own vehicle. I always have owned my own vehicle. I have a very good driving record. I always have had a good driving record.

My daughter’s father has used his ‘Cop Thing’ to hurt my child since 2011. This year, when he had his car crash, she ended up with a scar from her forehead down to her left eye, as a reminder of how irresponsible and negligent he will always be. And when the car crash occurred, I was not even allowed to take my own daughter home from the hospital. Mr. Catanzarite’s ex-wife was instead. Aaron wanted her to and the hospital allowed that over me, the mother, even though I am on the hospital records.

Now my daughter has suffered physical abuse. The system needs to get over the badge for my daughter’s sake.

As of right now, my daughter spends most of her time at Mr. Catanzarite’s ex-wife’s house, which is illegal. Mr. Catanzarite has yet to change his legal address, which is also illegal. He does not drive, which clearly leaves an open question mark. I am not aware if he even has a license or not, another open question mark. I am sure he does not have a vehicle, due to the fact that he is unable to afford auto insurance, so irresponsible there.

All these issues need to be addressed, but no one seems to want to address these issues with me. It is even difficult for me to take my daughter on ‘Just One Short Summer Vacation’ without it becoming an issue, due to me not getting the two-weeks that I asked for in ‘Summer Parenting Time,’ which was not asking too much. I did not know that it was legal to ‘Commit Perjury in Court’ and to ‘Share Custody with an Ex-Wife’ when there is a ‘Perfectly Good and Decent Mother in a Child’s Life with All the Time in the World.’

– Jennifer Szymarek

IMPD Officers Cyber-Bully Citizen Over Bumper Sticker; Post Personal Information From Department Background Check

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network anonymously, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. It details an incident where G Philip Rossman,an officer from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, decided to publicly post a photo of a citizen’s car, inviting harassment of that citizen based on a bumper sticker he didn’t like within the post.

Subsequently, Sgt. Matt Morgan, Officer Madeline Lathamer, and Officer Mike Wilson, who all also work for the IMPD, gladly accepted that invitation and began bullying the owner of that vehicle. That bullying included posting information illegally obtained, via an inappropriate police background search.

BTW, Officer Wilson a former “officer of the year” hasn’t limited his bullying to the internets. He recently received quite a bit of attention for an incident in September in which he was caught on video assaulting and then wrongfully arresting a man at an Indianapolis hotel. Of course, that’s the bigger issue when it’s a group of Heroes cyber-bullying people. More so than anyone, they have the ability to take those threats beyond the internets and out into the real world.

(Note: If you ever have an issue involving inappropriate, threatening, and/or harassing conduct by police employees be sure to take screenshots of the posts so they don’t get deleted and be sure to send those screenshots in with your submission. We are more than happy to expose bullies for what they truly are.)

Date of Incident: June 3, 2016
Officers Involved: Officer G Philip Rossman, Sgt. Matt Morgan, Officer Madeline Lathamer, Officer Mike Wilson
Department Involved: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
File A Complaint: Complaints
Facebook Page: IMPD News
Twitter Account: @IMPD_News
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/IMPDMedia
Department Phone No.: 317-327-6600

On June 3rd, 2016, G Phillip Rossman (aka – G Phil Corvette on FB) of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department violated his IDACS user agreement. He also committed a federal violation by posting confidential information, more specifically, a taxpayer’s name and personal information in a very public online post on Facebook. This information was ran through NCIC and posted online by a number of additional officers.

The incident began when Officer G Phillip Rossman took a photo of this subject’s vehicle, their license plate, and the bumper stickers displayed on the rear bumper. He took this photo while stopped at a red light at the intersection at Sheek Road and Main Street in Greenwood, Indiana. Officer Rossman (who at the time of the photograph was in his personal vehicle) then chose to post this picture to his online Facebook account under the name of G Phil Corvette.

He posted this photo to where any member of the public could view and have access to it. In his post, Officer Rossman comments and encourages other officers to specifically target this tax payer’s vehicle, as well as the individual driving it. In the photo the subjects license plate was clearly visible and once again, this post was made public for anyone to see and have access to.

Along with this post, there were additional inappropriate and slanderous comments made by several IMPD officers. Those officers include Mike “Marine” Wilson and Madeline Diaz Lathamer.

Officer Mike Wilson not only makes inappropriate and unprofessional comments, but he also publicly posts extremely slanderous and defaming comments against the subject, as well. He wrote in a public post identifying information on the driver, even posting personal identifying information for others to share publicly. Officer Wilson’s public posts have since been deleted by him, but sensitive personal information was visible to all.

This is extremely inappropriate and even unlawful behavior. It reflects poorly on the department as a whole when officers engage in such misconduct and abuse of power. Officer Mike Wilson has violated not only his IDACS user agreement, but has committed a federal violation by posting confidential NCIC information online for the public to see. (see sections 6.3/6.4.3 IDACS user agreement and title 28 in regards to NCIC) He has also committed slander and defamation of character on the driver of the vehicle in which Officer Rossman profiled and targeted.

IMPD officer Madeline Diaz Lathamer also made inappropriate comments in this public post. More specifically she wrote “Oh the fun that could be had without one.” The driver of the vehicle targeted was found to be a law-abiding citizen and a retired police officer who displayed bumper stickers that spoke out against government and police corruption. What was displayed on the vehicle was protected by the First Amendment. The vehicle targeted is deemed “personal property” and it is owned by the driver. What the owner of this vehicle chooses to put on their vehicle and what they choose to display is their right as a taxpayer and a US citizen.

Officers Rossman, Wilson, and Lathamer failed to realize that targeting and profiling specifically based upon something that is displayed and that is covered under the First Amendment is highly illegal. As an American, we have the right to express our feelings and concerns towards government corruption and even assemble in peaceful demonstration if we choose to. No one should be targeted by any police officer because of that. And it most certainly does not give any officer the right to post personal identifying information publicly.

Also involved in this incident was supervisor Matt Morgan of IMPD. As a supervisor, Sgt. Morgan has a responsibility to report issues of misconduct involving another officer. Rather than performing this specific duty, he chose to contribute to the online posts. Upon receiving a word that the owner of the vehicle had intentions of filing a formal complaint to IMPD internal affairs, Sergeant Morgan deleted his online comments. Screenshots of his comments were obtained prior to this deletion. Sergeant Morgan through his own words, “prides himself on getting people stirred up on here.” This is not how a supervisor should present himself to other officers or members of the public.

Sergeant Morgan is a representative of IMPD both on and off duty and he knew that the photograph posted by Officer Rossman was inappropriate. He was also aware of the fact that police resources and law enforcement programs were misused in order to run the license plate in the photo. Yet, rather than reporting this type of behavior and misconduct, he chose to condone and be part of it by contributing in the comment section. Sgt. Morgan has neglected his duties as a supervisor and should be held accountable for his actions and misconduct.

Since this inappropriate post has been made by Officer Rosman, the driver/owner of this vehicle has not only received hateful text messages from former coworkers, but family members have also received hateful and threatening messages on their Facebook accounts. These threatening messages sent to family members have expressed that “when you mess with this family, meaning “the police family”, you mess with all of them.” The owner/driver’s mother was also told in an online message that she needs to “watch her back.” Another message said that they “hoped their mother was a good driver.”

There is absolutely no excuse for this. Note that the owner/driver’s mother is an elderly woman, she enjoys her time on social media and Facebook. It is a way for her to communicate with her former classmates, as well as family members. Officer Rossman clearly doesn’t understand the Constitution and that officers can and will be held civilly liable when these rights are violated.

Officer Rossman has placed himself, other officers, and his department; the IMPD in a position of civil liability. This is a matter where disciplinary action absolutely needs to be taken. What Rossman and Wilson and the number of additional officers who unlawfully ran this information have done falls along the lines of conduct unbecoming of an officer, misuse of equipment, and official misconduct.

An investigation into the violations of NCIC and IDACS was requested. On June 8, 2016, the Indiana State police IDACS division was contacted. Consequently, the Indiana State police initiated an audit of the driver’s license plate. The audit will determine which and how many officers have unlawfully run the victim’s plate based upon the photograph that was posted by Rossman online. In regards to exposing this type of misconduct and corruption, Officer Rossman’s victim has also considered contacting media, as well. It is this type of misconduct, inappropriate behavior, and abuse of power that the public needs to be made aware of.

What these officers have done and this type of profiling is yet another reason why the the public does not trust their law-enforcement officers. This will be addressed accordingly and for those who abused their law enforcement powers by running this confidential information and posting it for the public to see online, other complaints and civil litigation will come from this. The Indiana State Police, IDACS/NCIC, and IMPD internal affairs have all been notified and all comments posted have been retained and provided as evidence against the officers involved. (Mike “Marine” Wilson – Facebook name and account)like a coward, chose to delete his comments once word had spread that formal complaints were being filed and an internal audit was being conducted.

Sadly, it’s the good officers and even the family members who feel the strain of other officer’s misconduct. Undoubtedly , these officers need to be disciplined for their misconduct and what should be deemed as a criminal act against a citizen. This is a form of harassment and even profiling. It is important that the public knows and is aware that when they visit the city of Indianapolis, these are the type of officers they may encounter. Never be afraid to report police misconduct. They need to be held accountable for their wrongful acts just like any other citizen would.