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Update: Las Vegas Cop Charged With Arson And Fraud Not Prosecuted Because Video Evidence “Somehow” Became Corrupted

Officer Jeffrey Harper LVMPD K-9 Fired Arson Evidence Destroyed

LVMPD K9 Officer Jeffrey Harper was not prosecuted on arson and insurance fraud charges after video evidence was “corrupted.” Instead, he was fired for burning a trailer in January 2016.

In April of 2016 I wrote about LVMPD K-9 Officer Jeffrey Lynn Harper, who was facing charges of arson and fraud after he was caught intentionally  burning a “four-wheeler” and a trailer used to haul it in an attempt to collect money from the insurance policies covering the vehicles.

In spite of Officer Harper’s claims that the fire was started by a flat tire he  got while driving on a highway just outside of Las Vegas, firefighters determined that gasoline had been poured on the trailer and rolls of paper had been used as a makeshift wick. Also, as they were fighting the fire Harper returned to the scene of the crime and made some incriminating comments.

One of those statements was, “I’ll bring it up. It’s the elephant in the room. Yeah, I’m upside-down on my trailer,” according to an arrest report. A reference to being behind on the payments for the trailer, which is a pretty good motive for burning it. Those statements were made to a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper and recorded on his dash-cam video.

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So, obviously, this should be a fairly cut and dry case for prosecutors. Except, that video never made it to court. At least not the part where he incriminates himself on camera. Somehow, that one portion of the video ended up getting “corrupted” and is now unviewable. By some luck of the draw however, everything up to and after that point is perfectly fine.

Just for good measure, lead investigator Denell Hoggard violated evidentiary rules by failing to turn in any of the video evidence, not even the portions that weren’t damaged. As a result, a mistrial was declared and prosecutors have stated that they have no intentions of refiling charges against Officer Harper.

Via Adam Herbets at Fox5Vegas.com:

The NHP trooper’s dash camera footage was given to CCFD and LVMPD. At that point, investigators learned that the segment of the video in which Harper arrives went “missing.”

“It wouldn’t play and (Trooper McElroy) didn’t know why,” investigator Michael Doughty testified.

As a result, the lead investigator on the case decided not to turn over the evidence because a portion of it was “corrupted.”

“I did not feel like it had any evidentiary value,” lead investigator Denell Hoggard testified.

“Okay, and why? Why is that?” asked defense attorney Andrew Leavitt.

Hoggard stumbled with her words.

“I don’t — have an answer for it really. I — I — uh — me not turning it over? It was an error. I did not do it intentionally,” she said.

“So if you had to do it over again?” Leavitt asked.

“Absolutely. I would totally turn it over,” Hoggard replied. “It wasn’t anything nefarious. It wasn’t anything calculated. It was just an error.”

“You indicated that you wanted to make sure that you dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s,” Leavitt asked.

“Yes,” Hoggard said. “It was an oversight, sir.”

“I can’t think of a piece of evidence in this whole case that would have more evidentiary value,” Leavitt later argued.

Prosecutors with the Attorney General’s office took the stand and said they were blinded by Hoggard and that they were told there was absolutely nothing on video.

Judge Douglas Herndon said he was “dumbfounded” by Hoggard’s ignorance.

“I just can’t fathom how that can happen to somebody trained to do these kinds of investigations,” Herndon said. “I’ve never had a case before, either as an attorney or a judge, that’s involved multiple agencies that seemed to have dropped the ball.”

“It was intentionally withheld, in my opinion, there’s just no excuse for it,” Leavitt argued. “It’s not a misrepresentation. It’s not a mistake. Somebody is flat out lying in this case.”

Officer Harper was fired earlier this month. So, he’ll have to go work for another department in a couple months. Conveniently, Hoggard retired right after “investigating” Harper’s case and now works in real estate. She’s facing no repercussions whatsoever.

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In South Dakota, Yet Another Former “Officer of the Year” Caught Stealing

In  November, South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Brian William Biehl was arrested for stealing just under $70,000 from evidence that was originally stolen by way of drug seizures. As part of a plea deal (embedded below) earlier this month, Trooper Biehl pled guilty to those charges and admitted that he had taken the cash out of evidence bags and had been doing so for at least four years. Biehl used the excuse that he needed the money to pay bills and stated “I know I screwed up,” while maintaining that he planned to eventually pay it back.

Via the Capital Journal:

Biehl’s arrest was based on an investigation conducted by the state Division of Criminal Investigation. It began in October, according to an affidavit written by DCI Special Agent Guy Di Benedetto, who conducted the investigation.

On Oct. 21, Di Benedetto said in the affidavit, Assistant Attorney General Michael Sharp went to the Highway Patrol’s Chamberlain squad office to review evidence for a trial with two troopers, one of whom was Biehl. During the review, $3,850 worth of cash came up missing from an evidence bag that was supposed to contain $7,590 that had been seized in the case.

That same day, Biehl and another trooper met with their lieutenant and captain. Another $1,540 was found to be missing from an evidence bag that was supposed to contain $4,262 of cash seized following an arrest Biehl had made, according to Di Benedetto’s affidavit.

Biehl’s captain asked the DCI to conduct an investigation after the second discovery was made. After the DCI was called in, Biehl asked to meet with his sergeant. According to the affidavit, they met along Interstate 90 near White Lake and Biehl admitted to taking the missing cash.

It was then, Di Benedetto said, that he went to Chamberlain to speak with Biehl. During the interview, Di Benedetto said, Biehl waived his Miranda rights and said being “short on money” was one of the reasons he started pilfering cash from evidence bags.

Initially, Biehl told Di Benedetto that he had taken about $20,000 over the course of four or five years. Biehl said he still had evidence bags from which he’d taken money. Eventually, Biehl would tell Di Benedetto that he had planned to pay all of the money back, the affidavit said.

Di Benedetto’s affidavit also said Biehl denied taking money from suspects before it had been seized as evidence, that he never took money from someone and “kicked them loose” and that he denied seizing drugs and selling those for money.

By the end of Di Benedetto’s interview, Biehl admitted that he’d probably taken more than $53,000 of cash seized from suspects in his cases. Biehl could not recall all the details from each case but told Di Benedetto that he had, at one point, taken all $20,000 he’d seized in one case about three years ago. Biehl said the money sat in his evidence locker for a year before he started slipping cash from the evidence bag.

Di Benedetto also asked Biehl if he remembered when he started taking money. Biehl said the first instance occurred in 2012 but he couldn’t recall the exact details of the case. The last time Biehl said he took seized cash from a case was Oct. 19, 2016, according to the affidavit.

Through the course of his investigation, Di Benedetto wrote, he found that Biehl had taken money from a total of 15 different cases between May 5, 2015 and Oct. 19, 2016 for a total of $69,668.

In addition to being named “Officer of the Year” in 2012 (the same year his crime spree began), Trooper Biehl is also currently the school board president for an area school district. For some reason, even after he has pled guilty to a felony involving stealing public money, there’s some confusion currently about his status in that position. Logic would dictate that he probably should be in the process of being removed, but logic doesn’t always apply to the treatment of Police Heroes and other public employees. Platte-Geddes School Superintendent Joel Bailey has refused to comment based on it being a “personnel matter.”

(NOTE: Trooper Biehl’s K-9 was also named “Service Dog of the Year” in 2012. However, there is no evidence that I am aware of currently that the as yet unnamed dog was in any way involved or even aware of Biehl’s thefts.)

Meanwhile, Trooper Biehl is facing  up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, on top of $42,000 he has already been ordered to pay as fees and restitution. He is due back in court for sentencing in March. I will make sure to update you on how long his probation will be then.

Collier County Sgt. Kasey Wingo Caught on Hidden Camera Beating and Falsely Arresting Man for Second Time

The following post and accompanying video were shared with the CopBlock Network anonymously, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. The post consists of a video of a man named Robert Harris being assaulted, tased, and then arrested by Sgt. Kasey Wingo, a Collier County Sheriff’s deputy, during a traffic stop.

However, rather than a singular instance, the arrest depicted in this video is actually an update of sorts. Two years prior, Harris was arrested in an incident, which I also posted about on the CopBlock Network. In that instance, Harris was beaten, tased, assaulted by a police K-9, and eventually arrested after being stopped outside of a storage unit, all of which was recorded by the dash cams on multiple police vehicles. In September, Harris filed a notice to sue against the department and officers involved.

The officer who initiated that previous stop was, in fact, Sgt. Wingo. Harris’ attorney, Dawn Drellos-Thompson, maintains that since filing the notice of intent to sue he has been targeted by Wingo and other CCSO deputies for harassment in retaliation:

“There has been this pattern of relentless sort of, I believe, intimidation. Following him, they’ve stopped him several times, driving by his home, and I believe it is in retaliation for the notice to sue.”

As a result, Drellos-Thompson advised Harris to place a GoPro camera within his vehicle to record any time he is stopped or in any other way harassed by local police. That turned out to be a very fortunate thing for Harris. In the arrest report filed by Sgt. Wingo, he characterizes Harris as being the aggressor who initiated the physical confrontation that followed and even accuses him of taking his taser away and attempting to use it against him.

Via WinkNews.com:

Harris was stopped by Wingo on Friday for having the wrong license plate on his vehicle.

When Wingo walked up to Harris, who was sitting inside a Ford Escort, Harris said he wanted to contact his attorney, but Wingo then pulled out his Taser and threatened to kill him, Drellos-Thompson said.

In an arrest report, Harris said “I am not doing anything until I contact my lawyer” after Harris asked for his driver’s license and registration.

“Sgt. Wingo informed Robert that he cannot call his attorney now and requested him to step out of the vehicle,” the report said. “Sgt. Wingo began to open the driver door in order to have Robert step out. At that time Robert put his phone down, reached through the open window with both hands and pulled the door shut, obstructing Sgt. Wingo with his investigation.”

Wingo was pulled into the Ford Escort by Harris, where a struggle ensued, the report said.

Wingo tried to use his Taser, but Harris was able to grab it, then attempted to use it on Wingo, the report said.

All of that was contradicted by the footage from the GoPro camera and once again the charges against Harris were dropped once that video became public. Not surprisingly, Sgt. Wingo was not himself charged with any crimes for the assault he very clearly committed or even the perjury he committed within the arrest report. Instead, the taxpayers in Florida will be on the hook for another settlement whenever this lawsuit works its way through the system as a result of Wingo’s actions.

Date of Incident: December 1, 2016
Officer Involved: Sgt. Kasey Wingo
Department Involved: Collier County (FL) Sheriff’s Office
Facebook Page: Collier County Sheriff
Twitter Profile: @CollierSheriff
YouTube Channel: Collier County Sheriff
Department Phone No.: (239) 252-9250
Department Address: 1195 County Rd 858, Naples, FL 34120

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Video contradicts deputy’s version of physical encounter. Naples, Fla. Deputy pulls motorist over. Motorist and deputy get into a physical altercation. Motorist is charged with assaulting deputy. Charges are dropped against motorist – for the second time.

Recently released video of a traffic stop involving Collier County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kasey Wingo and Robert Dale Harris – taken from inside Harris’ vehicle – showed a confrontation different from what Wingo told supervisors. “Prosecutors try to back the officers,” said Lee Hollander, Harris’ defense attorney. “I mean they lean that way, obviously, and for good reason. But, sometimes [they] just can’t do it.”

Wingo was named in a lawsuit Harris filed against the sheriff’s office in Sept. 2016. Deputies claimed Harris assaulted them after he was found behind a storage lot in 2014. State prosecutors later threw out the case.

The two men encountered each other again in Dec. 2016 on Palm Spring Boulevard. Wingo stopped Harris for having another vehicle’s plates on his car. Wingo asked for Harris’ license, registration and insurance, but after Harris said he was contacting his attorney, the situation escalated quickly.

Wingo claimed Harris initiated the escalation. “[Harris] reached through the open window with both hands and pulled the door shut…Robert leaned back in the vehicle pulling me into the vehicle with him,” he said in an official report. But a camera inside Harris’ vehicle told a different story. Footage showed Wingo opening Harris’ door, then entering the vehicle after Harris said he was calling his attorney.

“I believe the officer, in my mind, should have identified why he was stopping Robert and giving Robert an opportunity to respond,” said Dawn Drellos-Thompson, Harris’ civil attorney. “Robert did nothing to escalate that situation.”

Hollander, Harris’ criminal attorney, retrieved the video and showed it to state prosecutors. They dismissed Harris’ charges. “We clued them in about the [2014] case and the six month notice that you have to file prior to suing in federal court and they reviewed it in that light,” Hollander said.

Without the video, it would’ve been Wingo’s word versus Harris’, Hollander said. “It probably would have been a whole different ballgame,” he said.

The sheriff’s office declined to comment on the incident due to the initial lawsuit and an intent to sue letter the department received in relation to the traffic stop altercation. “I can tell you that we believe Sgt. Wingo’s actions were within CCSO policy and the law,” said Karie Partington, media relations manager for the sheriff’s office.

When asked if Wingo will face perjury charges for lying in an official report, the State Attorney’s Office said he was not. “Upon review of the available evidence, we do not have a case against the law enforcement officer at this time. If something else comes to light, we will review it,” they said in a statement.

Wingo remains employed as a deputy in the East Naples patrol district. Meanwhile, Harris spent over a month in jail during the Christmas holiday.

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Deputy at #DAPL Protests Passed Out in Running Police Vehicle After Over 15 Vodka Shots and Prescription Meds

Deputy Ryan Fowler of the St. Croix County (WI) Sheriff’s Office reportedly had consumed between 12 and 26 shots of vodka within a three hour period before he was arrested in October. Further investigation revealed that he had also taken prescription medications prior to drinking that night. He also admitted that it was possible he had drank even more alcohol in his hotel room.

Deputy Fowler and three other St. Croix officers had been assigned to duty as part of the police response to the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation outside of Bismark North Dakota at the time. As a result of the arrest, they were all four sent back to Wisconsin.

Fowler was discovered by Bismark police passed out in his police K-9 vehicle, which was running and in drive at the time. Officers who arrested him were investigating a report that he had been involved in an altercation (possibly with another cop) and subsequently stolen a sweatshirt from a man who had previously woken him up after seeing him asleep in his squad car.

In spite of the fact he was caught in a police vehicle, Deputy Fowler initially lied to the officers, stating his name was “John.” Upon searching the squad car, his real name was discovered once Fowler’s ID, as well as the stolen sweatshirt, was found. Eventually, after a paid vacation of about a month and a half, Fowler was allowed to resign instead of being fired.

Via the Twin Cities Pioneer Press:

According to an internal investigation report completed by St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Cathy Borgschatz:

Bismarck police were dispatched at 11:34 p.m. Oct. 12, after a gas station attendant called on behalf of another man.

That man, identified as Daylan ChasingHawk, reported a fight at the Comfort Inn Hotel, where he claimed he witnessed a deputy drunk inside his squad car. The deputy stole ChasingHawk’s sweatshirt, according to a 911 call.

An officer arrived to find a St. Croix County sheriff’s squad car in the driving lane at the hotel. A look inside revealed a sleeping man in the driver’s seat and a police dog inside. The car was running.

The officer “noticed that the squad was in drive and Deputy Fowler had his foot on the brake,” the report states. She and other officers had to beat on the car’s window for more than a minute before Fowler stirred.

Fowler stepped out of the car and smelled strongly of alcohol. When asked his name by the officer, he told her it was “John.” Officers later learned his actual name after finding his driver’s license inside the car.

A sweatshirt was also found inside the vehicle. Other Bismarck officers were interviewed during the investigation, including one who relayed ChasingHawk’s account: That he encountered Fowler asleep in the squad car, shook him until he woke and received an offer from Fowler to buy his sweatshirt for $5.

“The deputy drove off in his squad car, with Daylan’s sweater and hadn’t paid Daylan the $5,” according to the officer’s statement.

Fowler was then run through field sobriety tests, some of which he failed, some of which he didn’t complete.

Fowler was arrested and taken to the Bismarck Police Department, where a breath test revealed a 0.23 blood-alcohol concentration.

Asked by Bismarck police how much he had to drink that night, Fowler said he had three drinks in the hotel bar and one in his room, prompting the officer to ask if he had more after he got back to his room. “Deputy Fowler stated that it was possible,” the report states…

Borgschatz learned the incident was preceded by an incident in Fowler’s hotel room at about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 12, when a Dane County (Wis.) deputy heard loud sounds coming from inside the room. The deputy later went to the room and told the men inside — a K-9 handler and another officer — to quiet down.

St. Croix County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Kelly, also a member of the four-person assignment, had earlier told Borgschatz that he and Fowler were in the room playing with Fowler’s police dog, Dugan, when they were told to be quiet.

“It seemed likely that Deputy Fowler, Deputy Kelly and the canine were only playing and the disturbance was due to the playful conduct with the dog and not any altercation,” the report states.

The Dane County deputy said as he was going back to his room, he saw one of the room’s occupants heading toward the exit with a dog.

Borgschatz later interviewed Fowler about the incident.

He said he took medication before going to the hotel bar, where he had “four or five” vodka-Red Bull drinks. Fowler said he had set an alarm for 9 p.m. that was going to be his reminder to go to bed, but he hit the snooze button since he had a full drink in front of him. He said he and Kelly stayed for another drink after that.

Fowler said that was the last thing he remembered, but noted that he didn’t feel drunk at the time. He said his first recollection after that was looking at paperwork inside the Bismarck police station. The medication, he later said in the interview, was a mitigating factor in the incident.

“Fowler is excusing his behavior because of a new prescribed medication,” the report states. “He was not able to admit that being a 0.234 affected [sic] his decision-making or memory. He blamed the bartender for getting him intoxicated.”

Borgschatz, who inspected the bar pours — 50/50 mixes, she reported — at the Comfort Inn as part of her investigation, concluded that Fowler had between 12 and 26 shots of vodka in less than three hours.

“It is likely he had more than 15 shots of vodka,” the report states.

The report outlines 12 department violations Fowler committed, ranging from refusal to follow orders to breaking the law.

As part of the internal investigation Deputy Fowler maintained that he should not have been arrested for some unexplained reason:

“Deputy Fowler stated he believes he should have never been arrested but wasn’t able to articulate what made the incident an unwarranted arrest,” the report states. “He only stated the whole situation should have been taken into account.”

Update: St. Paul Officer Who Broke Ribs of Innocent Man During K-9 Attack On Video Fired

Earlier this week, reported on the story of Frank Baker, an innocent man who was simply walking home when he was attacked by officers from the St. Paul Police Department in June. One of those officers, K-9 handler, Brian Ficcadenti, allowed his dog to bite Baker for over a full minute. Another officer, Brett Palkowitsch, then kicked him three times in the ribs, breaking several of them and causing him to suffer a collapsed lung. As a result of his injuries, Baker was confined to the hospital for two weeks during his recovery and now has permanent scars and injuries, as a result.

Via Asa’s original post:

According to reports, 52-year-old Frank Baker was mauled by the police dog for more than a minute and was kicked three times by one officer. He suffered severe bites to his leg, multiple broken ribs and collapsed lungs.

Officers had responded to calls about a fight on June 24 and were told that one of the individuals involved had a gun. As Baker matched the description of the suspect, the cops told him to put his hands up after he was spotted in the area.

Police said Baker raised one hand in the air before one of the officers repeated the command and the K-9 was released to apprehend him. Baker then fell to the ground when the dog initiated contact with him.

Officers reportedly told Baker to keep his hands visible but when he was slow to respond, one of the cops began kicking him in the ribs. Baker is heard screaming in pain on video recorded from the scene before being handcuffed.

Of course, it was later determined that Frank Baker had not been involved in the fight or any other illegal activity and was completely unarmed. The assault upon Baker was captured on a dash camera in one of the police cars (see below) and later released to the public.

Initially, the K-9 officer who allowed his dog to maul Baker was suspended for (just) 30 days as “punishment” for his actions. Now, it has also been announced (via a Facebook post) that Officer Palkowitsch has been fired from the St. Paul Police Department.

Via WDAZ.com:

In a Facebook message Friday morning, Police Chief Todd Axtell said he is “disappointed and upset” by what the video shows. The incident happened a day after he took office.

“When I became chief, I promised to do everything possible to ensure that the people we serve have faith in their police department,” Axtell said in his statement. “I want you all to know that the video does not reflect the way we strive to do our jobs — day in, day out. This is not the Saint Paul way.”

During the news conference, Axtell said releasing the video was “the right thing to do.”

“After this incident, I met with the man injured in the video while he was still in the hospital,” Axtell said. “At that time, I assured and promised him a full review was being conducted. I met with him again today in my office and offered my deepest apologies on behalf of the police department.”

Axtell said the K-9 officer, identified as Brian Ficcadenti, was suspended for 30 days even though a civilian review commission recommended 10 days. His suspension went into effect Thursday, Nov. 3.

Photos Show Abuse of Dog by Las Vegas Corrections Officer Brian Emil

Last night, I received a call from another member of Nevada Cop Block, who had in turn received information from a local animal rights advocate about a dog that had been reported as being abused. The original report of that abuse came from a post on Facebook from a neighbor of the abuser.

Screenshots (included) showed that dog within a backyard with its mouth duct-taped shut. Those photos within the post pretty clearly show that the dog is being mistreated and likely being physically endangered by such treatment. However, things became a little complicated based on the identity of the abusive owner, who had used duct tape (presumably) to prevent the dog from barking.

I was informed at the time that that abusive owner was a Las Vegas cop. The neighbor who observed the abuse was reluctant to officially report that abuse out of fear that he would retaliate against them and the not unfounded concern that the fact they are a cop would facilitate any retaliation that might result.

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While I very much appreciate and understand that fear, I personally feel that being public in such situations is actually the safest option, because then if there is retaliation of some sort it is much more obvious and easier to show. However, out of respect for others’ concerns I’ve removed the names and personal images from everyone involved in this story to ensure their anonymity. This includes people who stated they weren’t adverse to reporting the abuse publicly. They obviously are free to identify themselves of their own accord, but I’d rather not inadvertently expose the name of the person who made the original report.

Because of the reluctance of the person who initially reported the abuse to go public, it took until the next morning to establish the cop’s identity. He has since been exposed as Sgt. Brian C. Emil, an LVMPD corrections officer. Like most Las Vegas Metro police officers, Sgt. Emil makes a rather large salary (close to $200,000/yr., including benefits) so there’s obviously no reason for him to resort to abusive methods to (once again, presumably) keep his dog from barking. He surely could hire a trainer or even a dog sitter to prevent that if it is indeed his motivation for this inexcusable act toward an innocent animal.

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Furthermore, the initial report included the statement that the dog is never let inside the house and that this wasn’t the first instance of abuse toward the dog that had been observed. Between the sadistic treatment evidenced by these photos and the apparent lack of time spent interacting with what is supposedly a pet, one would have to question why Sgt. Emil would even own a dog in the first place. Obviously, it’s not to protect his home, since it couldn’t even alert Emil or any other residents to the presence of intruders with its mouth taped closed.

There’s clearly no logical reason for this blatant, unnecessary, and cruel treatment of this dog and potentially any other pets this horrible person might own. In fact, he shouldn’t even have pets and this dog, as well as any other animals that show signs of abuse, should be liberated from his possession immediately, if not sooner.

Incidentally, animal cruelty is a felony in Clark County. However, as evidenced by the photos that were posted, the response to the initial report of this clear abuse was that “even if his mouth is taped shut if he has water it is ‘unfounded.'” Whether they were informed that he was a cop and were preparing to give him the typical Policeman’s Discount (i.e. sweep it under the rug) is unconfirmed at this point. (Animal control services in Southern Nevada don’t have the best track record.)

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I was also told that the dog was not removed after animal control responded and was instead allowed to stay with Sgt. Emil, in spite of the obvious abuse. Additionally, although the person reporting the abuse was told he would be facing charges, a statement from the LVMPD stated that they “had not yet heard from the dog’s owner.” It’s very unlikely that either one of those two things would be the case if this was a regular citizen who had done this to an animal.

It shouldn’t be hard to recognize that this sort of treatment of an animal is abusive. In fact, it’s questionable how well he could drink water, even if it was available. Considering that Las Vegas just had a stretch of record high temperatures that exceeded 120 degrees several times less than a week earlier, this is a concern in-and-of itself.

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has a long and well known history of protecting their own and actively working to prevent Las Vegas area police officers from being held accountable for their actions. Therefore, a large part of the reason this is being posted here is to use the publicity it will generate to place pressure on local animal control officials and the LVMPD to do the right thing, both in regards to removing this poor animal from the abusive environment it is being kept, as well as holding Sgt. Emil accountable for his actions like anyone else would be if such a situation was witnessed.

I’ll be following up on this story until such actions are satisfactorily carried out. You can count on that.

Georgia School Cop Who Left K-9 in Hot Car to Die Also Shot Two Other Dogs Previously

Georgia School Cop Lt Peabody K9 Dog MurderOn June 10th, Lieutenant Daniel Peabody of the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office left his K-9 to die in a hot car, later claiming to have forgotten about him. Inca, the dog who had been assigned to Peabody by the Cherokee Schools police, died from a heat stroke as a result.

The car that the dog had been left in was reportedly not even intended to be used as a K-9 unit. Unlike the cars that typically are used to transport police dogs, this car had no alarm system installed to warn of excessive heat and also didn’t have a kennel installed to contain the dog within the vehicle. Lt. Peabody was subsequently placed under investigation and forced to resign over the incident.

Now it has come to light that during the investigation of Inca’s death it was revealed Peabody had also shot a previous dog, which had been assigned to him in 2012. Apparently, at the time that dog was killed no investigation was made into its cause of death and Peabody’s claim that it had choked on a toy was just accepted.

He has now been arrested in relation to both of the dogs’ deaths on charges of animal cruelty and lying to investigators.

Via AJC.com:

It was the investigation into Inca’s death that produced evidence suggesting Peabody shot and killed the other dog, Cherokee marshal’s officials said Wednesday.

That dog, a yellow lab named named Dale, was assigned to Peabody from 2007 to 2012 when he lived in Paulding County.

“Peabody initially claimed Dale’s death was accidental due to Dale choking on a toy,” the marshal’s office said in a statement. “However, the investigation yielded evidence that Dale was in fact shot and killed.”

On Monday, investigators found remains thought to be those of a dog at Peabody’s former home in Paulding while executing a search warrant. Those remains are being analyzed by a forensic veterinarian to try to identify the breed and cause of death, the marshal’s office said.

Peabody is in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals and making a false statement to investigators in lieu of $22,400 bond.

It’s not real clear from the wording in that quote if the dog remains found at the house are those of the previous K-9, Dale, or if it is yet another dog he potentially killed.

It is also mentioned in that AJC.com article that Peabody’s wife, Tyler Verlander, has been charged with what is reported as “unrelated” charges involving improper running and licensing of boarding and training services, seemingly from within their home.

Cherokee County Marshal Lt. Dan PeabodyThis obviously leaves plenty of questions in regards to the supervision of K-9 officers and the dogs assigned to them by the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office. It shouldn’t be hard to determine the difference between a dog that choked on a toy and one that was shot to death. That would imply that Peabody’s word was taken without question in the previous case and not even a cursory investigation was carried out to confirm the cause of death.

Once Lt. Peabody receives his slap on the wrist for murdering two dogs, there should be some sort of inquiry into whoever is ultimately responsible for the welfare of the dogs, as well.

**Update** It was later revealed that the dog remains found at Lieutenant Peabody’s former home were in fact those of a previous pet he has now been accused of killing also. Peabody has now been implicated in the murders of three dogs, including two police K-9’s.

Multiple Collier County (FL) Sheriff’s Deputies Beat And Tazer Man During Arrest

The following post was shared with Nevada Cop Block by Andrew Sheets of Charlotte County, Fl. CopWatch, via the NVCopBlock.org Submissions Page. The post consists of a video of a man named Robert Harris being arrested, along with a very short description of where the video came from.

The first video is comprised of what appears to be two separate dashcam videos. Harris is initially not in view of the camera and the first portion contains only audio of the interaction between the officers and him.

The second portion of the video is dashcam footage from a different police vehicle, which shows multiple officers beating and tazing Harris. Additionally, at one point a K-9 officer arrives and begins telling the other officers to get off of his legs with the apparent intention of having the dog bite Harris.

The second and third videos embedded below consist of those same two videos split into individual videos.

Based on the conversation within the first video, it appears Harris was stopped on suspicion of trespassing because he had come out of a storage area after dark. The officer speaking to him at that time states that there have been robberies there.

Meanwhile, Harris maintains that he had been working for someone within the storage area.

Date of Incident: April 1, 2016
Department Involved: Collier County (FL) Sheriff’s Office
Facebook Page: Collier County Sheriff
Twitter Profile: @CollierSheriff
YouTube Channel: Collier County Sheriff
Department Phone No.: (239) 252-9250
Department Address: 1195 County Rd 858, Naples, FL 34120

“They beat this guy just because he stood up for his rights. I received this video from the victim himself, who is in the process of suing the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. His name is Robert Harris and his personal YouTube channel is located here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX3gl_9OMZMDZmaqIS3nSyA

– Andrew Sheets

“Decorated” Las Vegas Cop Charged With Arson And Fraud After Burning His Own Vehicles

Las Vegas Police Officer Jeffrey Harper Fraud Arson

Officer Jeffrey Lynn Harper, a “decorated officer” with the LVMPD, was charged with arson and fraud after he was caught intentionally burning his trailer in an effort to collect insurance money

Earlier this week, Officer Jeffrey Lynn Harper of Las Vegas was charged with several crimes related to burning a “four-wheeler” and trailer in an attempt to collect money from the insurance policies covering the vehicles.

Officer Harper, who is described as a “decorated veteran” of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, had left the trailer, with the ATV inside, on a state highway outside of Pahrump, which is just outside of Las Vegas.

His lawyer maintains that he didn’t set the fire, but had gotten a flat on the trailer and went into Pahrump to get it repaired. According to the lawyer, he came back to find firefighters extinguishing the trailer.

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However, investigators with the Clark County Fire Department determined that the LVMPD K-9 officer had actually set the fire himself.

Via the Las Vegas Review Journal:

A decorated veteran Metro officer is facing several felonies after authorities said he set fire to a trailer and four-wheeler in order to collect insurance money, according to the Nevada attorney general’s office.

Jeffrey Lynn Harper, 38, was charged with one count of theft, one count of burning of property with intent to defraud an insurer, one count of attempted theft, two counts of insurance fraud, and one count of third-degree arson.

Fire officials determined that Harper set fire to his $45,000 2014 Keystone Fuzion “toy hauler” in January while his $6,000 2015 Razor 90 four-wheeler was inside, according to prosecutors.

“My office is committed to safeguarding the integrity of the insurance system and protecting Nevada’s consumers from increased premiums,” Attorney General Adam Laxalt said in a news release. “This attempt to defraud an insurance company is particularly troubling because it was allegedly committed by a person tasked with enforcing laws and protecting the public.”

That is pretty troubling, even though we all know the part about the police “protecting and serving” is generally a farce anyway. Not particularly surprising or even all that unique, but troubling nonetheless.

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Suspended Deputy With History of Excessive Force Investigations, Named in Two Federal Lawsuits

Broward County Deputy With K9Broward County Sheriff Deputy Gerry Wengert, a K-9 officer, is already suspended for investigation of excessive force has now been named in two federal civil rights lawsuits. He already has a rather long history of excessive force complaints during his career as a police officer, including two fatal shooting of suspects and another of a pet dog. So it should come as no big surprise that the lawsuits also involve allegations of excessive force, including allowing his dog to attack suspects who had already surrendered. Another case involves a man who “aggressively stared” at Wengert, who then found an excuse to pull him over and subsequently beat him.

According to “Local10.com” in Miami:

Robert Arciola InjuriesWengert was suspended in July for his actions in a case involving Robert Arciola, whose face is shown grotesquely swollen in his mug shot after Wengert admittedly struck him repeatedly after a February aggravated assault arrest.

Wengert wrote in reports that when he decided to replace Arciola’s handcuffs, the suspect struck him in the chest, forcing Wengert to punch him twice in the face. But another deputy present later came forward claiming that Wengert was in the wrong, prompting the investigation and the suspension of Wengert and three other deputies who were there when Arciola was injured.

In March, a federal lawsuit was filed against Wengert and Broward Sheriff Scott Israel alleging excessive force was used by deputies, including Wengert. Humberto Pellegrino and Pedro Claveria, both of Miami, say they were mauled by a BSO dog after they surrendered to deputies when they were caught painting train cars in Pompano Beach.

The K-9 that attacked them was handled by Detective Davis Acevedo, who claimed they refused to come out from under a train, something both men adamantly dispute. The men say Wengert was the “ringleader” that night, egging on the dog to “eat” them and making sure the dog did as much damage as possible.

Wengert Broward County Leg InjuryPellegrino’s leg was left looking more like the he was the victim of a shark attack than a dog bite. The men’s attorney, David Brill, described the wounds as “tantamount to a knife wound in battle.”

“I was terrified of this guy,” said Claveria, who suffered deep wounds to his arms in the attack. “I could see the look in his eye, he just looked like he was an animal, just stalking prey.”

Their lawsuit is the second active federal case filed against Wengert. The other involves injuries sustained by Kevin Buckler, whose face was fractured during an encounter with Wengert in 2010.

In reports, Wengert claimed Buckler, who was 21 at the time, “aggressively stared” at him at a convenience store before he pulled him over for allegedly playing his radio too loud. Wengert claimed Buckler refused to get out of the vehicle, flicked a cigarette at him and resisted arrest. The lawsuit alleges Wengert yanked Buckler from the car, smashed him against the vehicle, and then beat him severely with his fists.

“I look at that man and think to myself, ‘he’s lucky to be alive,'” said Brill, when he was shown photos of Buckler’s injuries, which left both eyes swollen shut.

Kevin Bucker InjuriesBrill stressed in his federal complaint that Wengert had been the subject of several internal investigations, and has shot and killed two suspects, shootings that have been deemed justified. There were allegations, among others, that Wengert failed to document neck bites inflicted by his K-9 on a suspect, and that he once improperly shot and killed a family’s pet dog while searching for another suspect. He was exonerated in both of those cases.

Wengert refused an interview request, but his attorney Eric Schwartzreich said he is confident that he will be exonerated in the Arciola case. He added that his client stands by his work as a deputy.

“He’s a tough cop and he’s an effective cop,” said Schwartzreich.

And then there was the criminal charges, filed by BSO, that he improperly sicced a dog on a teenager who had a run-in on the road with his girlfriend and then lied about the incident in reports. When he was acquitted by a jury, he was reinstated and put back on the road. A BSO spokeswoman said that without a conviction the agency had no grounds to terminate him.

But Brill alleges in his lawsuit that Israel is culpable for allowing Wengert to remain on the force.

“This man has no right to be wearing that badge,” said Brill. “This man has no right to be calling himself a law enforcement officer and running the streets the way he has. It’s despicable.”

Shockingly enough, he was even turned in by one of the other officers present in the first case. The other three officer, who stood there and watched him attack a handcuffed man, are also currently on suspension. It’s a paid suspension, of course. The attorney who represents the plaintiffs in the lawsuits points out how that and a previous case, in which a police detective was punished with a demotion by Broward County Sheriff after he turned in another police officer had allowed a dog to attack a defenseless suspect, actually encourages cops to use excessive force:

In the lawsuit, he points at the case of Jeffrey Kogan, the BSO detective who was demoted to deputy by Israel’s administration after he told a prosecutor that a Fort Lauderdale police officer had sicced his K-9 on a homicide suspect after he had surrendered. Kogan sued over the demotion and won at trial, though the verdict was thrown out due to juror misconduct and the case is expected to be tried in court again.

Deputy Wengert Excessive Force K9“Nothing tells K-9 officers that they will not be held accountable for the consequences of using excessive force, such as siccing their dogs on detained suspects, more than when (Israel) punishes one of his own homicide detectives for reporting such a heinous incident,” Brill wrote in his lawsuit.

“The message this sheriff is sending … is it’s perfectly OK to sic a dog on a suspect when it’s not justified,” said Brill. “And in fact, if you do so, I’m not only going to applaud it, I’m going to punish anybody who comes to me and reports you. So go at it, I give you free reign — that’s the message that’s being sent here by this sheriff.”

The attorney hired by BSO responded in court documents that the Wengert complaints were “isolated, spread out, or otherwise not sufficient … to put the sheriff on notice.”

It was after Brill filed the complaint that Wengert was suspended in the Arciola case. Wengert is now suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, another practice he claims rewards bad behavior, saying of it, “If I can commit atrocities on people time and time and time again and not only get away with it but keep my job and get paid and sit at home (there is), not much incentive to do the right thing is there?”

So, while Officer Wengert sits home enjoying his paid vacation and waiting for the “investigators” to declare him exonerated as they have so many times in the past (and probably will a couple more times in the future), his victims are still suffering from his criminal actions:

Pellegrino said the ill effects of his severe dog bite injuries linger with nerve damage and anxiety. He said he still has nightmares about Wengert.

“I don’t ever want to run into him again, I don’t even want to go to Broward County,” he said. “I won’t drive through there. It’s very frustrating to deal with that and to deal with the fact that nothing happens to him like he could just take it upon himself to change somebody’s life like that and not be held accountable.”

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