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Maine Cop Facing 20 Sexual Assault Charges, Including Against Six Year Old, Gets Misdemeanor Plea Deal, $1000 Fine

Sexual Assault Charges Misdemeanor Plea Deal Deputy Kenneth Hatch

Maine Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Hatch facing 20 charges of sexual assault of a minor, including one who was six years old at the time was given a misdemeanor plea deal and a $1,000 fine.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth L. Hatch III was facing 20 charges of sexual assault against three minors, including one who was just six years old at the time. However, instead of refiling charges after his first trial ended in a hung jury, the Maine Attorney General’s Office offered him a plea bargain. And, boy, what a bargain it was!

As part of the plea deal Hatch agreed to plead guilty to the Class D misdemeanor (almost the lowest level of crime someone can be charged with) of “furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol.” In exchange for that, the prosecutor has agreed that his “punishment” will consist of a $1,000 fine. No jail time, no probation, no sex offender registry, not even a series of overpriced classes to sit through. It’s slightly worse than if he had received a traffic citation.

At this point, it’s hard to be surprised when cops sit back and cover for their “Brothas” no matter how heinous the crime might be. Nor is it particularly shocking anymore when prosecutors give them their “Policeman’s Discount” and they get just a slap on the wrist or the crimes committed by “Police Heroes” are overlooked altogether. This takes the cake, though.

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Lincoln County Sheriffs Deputy Kenneth Hatch

Former Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year Kenneth L. Hatch III

Obviously, one would think that someone facing charges of sexually abusing multiple underage children, including one who was only six years old at the time, would get several books thrown at them.

Via the PressHerald.com:

On and off for the last 16 years, prosecutors allege, Hatch preyed on teenage girls, all the while moving through the ranks of law enforcement in central Maine.

An indictment handed up in August accused Hatch, 46, of 22 felonies, including 11 counts of sexual abuse of a minor, eight counts of aggravated furnishing of marijuana to a minor, and two counts of unlawful sexual contact. In many of the incidents, Hatch was on duty when the alleged abuse occurred.

Via the Bangor Daily News:

The drug counts allege that Hatch gave marijuana from a bag marked “EVIDENCE” to two of his three alleged victims, two of whom were 14 or 15 at the time of the alleged assaults.

The alleged sexual assaults against the third victim, which resulted in Hatch’s arrest in June, reportedly first occurred in 2004 when she was 6, Assistant Attorney General John Risler, who is prosecuting the case, told the grand jury in August. The indictments allege that Hatch then sexually assaulted the same girl and provided her marijuana in 2013 and 2014, when she was 14 and 15.

One would obviously be very wrong, though. Apparently, in Maine the Magical Uniforms they issue to cops are especially potent at rendering them impervious to any sort of meaningful consequences for their actions. Of course, one of his victims spoke of her fears in relation to that and how it made her reluctant to come forward. (Via the PressHerald.com, again.)

One of the alleged victims who spoke with the Maine Sunday Telegram said Hatch used his power as a police officer to sexually abuse her over a period of years. She was afraid to speak up, she said, because it would be her word against his.

“He’s a cop,” she said. “Who’s going to believe me?”

Finally in June, she spoke up and told a family member, triggering the investigation and Hatch’s arrest.

Her fear of speaking out is common among victims of police sexual violence. For every victim who comes forward to accuse an officer, five more remain silent, said Philip M. Stinson, a professor of criminal justice at Bowling Green State University and a leading researcher on police misconduct.

“There’s something about that power dynamic,” Stinson said. “Police officers are used to being in charge, of telling people what to do, and of people obeying them – or there are consequences.”

I’m sure that this sentence will alleviate those fears:

“Hatch will appear before Stokes in Knox County Superior Court on Friday morning, agree to pay a $1,000 fine, and will serve no jail time.”

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New Years on the Las Vegas Strip: LVMPD Vice Detective Already Under FBI Investigation Accidentally Shot Tourist

Las Vegas Strip New Years Negligent Discharge LVMPD Det Al Beas

LVMPD Vice Detective Al Beas, who is already being investigated as part of an FBI corruption probe, was responsible for a negligent discharge that injured a man on the Las Vegas Strip during New Years.

NYE Negligent Discharge

It turns out that some of the fireworks on the Las Vegas Strip happened after New Years this year. An officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department managed to fire his rifle while moving barriers after the annual party on the Strip ended.

That round from his personal AR-15 (which Metro officers are allowed to carry while on duty) even managed to hit a bystander. Reportedly, two other people in the other thought they had been hit as well, but had no “visible injuries.”

Presumably, the injuries the unidentified man who was shot suffered were minor and resulted from the bullet bouncing off the pavement, rather than a direct impact. However, there are several interesting things about the negligent discharge involving Vegas’ local “Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight” (but does shoot early and often anyway). Prominently, among these is the lack of actual information that has been provided about it.

As mentioned in the video (by “What Happened in Vegas,” director Ramsey Denison) embedded below, the coverage of the incident itself initially received very little coverage locally. The post-NYE press release from the LVMPD didn’t mention it at all and it wasn’t reported by local news until two days later.

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Even then, what coverage was provided didn’t even discuss the nature of the injury beyond describing it as “minor.” Early reports also failed to identify the officer involved. It wasn’t until that information was leaked and subsequently reported by independent media sources that some of those blanks started getting filled in.

An obvious reason for this is that attracting tourists to Las Vegas for New Years is one of the biggest cash cows for the casinos located on the Strip. The LVMPD, those casinos, and the city government all go to great lengths to prevent anything getting out that might make people feel unsafe or question whether they should come to Vegas.

That’s especially true after the shooting at the Route 91 Festival on October 1st. As also mentioned in the video below and illustrated within “What Happened in Vegas,” by and large the local media is more than happy to play along with and facilitate that, as well. (The fact that the award winning documentary about corruption and police brutality in Las Vegas has been kept out of theaters within the city is itself an example of that.)

The LVMPD’s Corrupt Vice Squad and the FBI Probe

Beyond that, there might be another reason for the silent treatment. The officer responsible for the negligent discharge is one of the many poster boys (and girls) for corruption in and around the police departments patrolling the Las Vegas area. That officer, Detective Al Beas, is already being investigated by the FBI as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe into the LVMPD Vice Squad.

Several years ago Beas, along with Detective Chris Baughman, Detective Warren Gray, and Lt. Karen Hughes, were praised locally and portrayed in media as a group of crusading heroes that were saving women who had been forced into prostitution. In reality, they themselves were victimizing women and participating in sex trafficking.

Eventually, it was exposed that they were working on the behalf of certain pimps, including record producer and hip-hop artist Mally Mall, to eliminate their competition. Not only were they arresting the rivals of their “clients” they were also sleeping with prostitutes and then coaching those women to act as witnesses against the pimps at trial.

Lt. Hughes and Deputy District Attorney Liz Mercer, the lead prosecutor who convicted those pimps, reportedly were also sexually involved with the detectives and even the prostitutes. Mercer is now married to Det. Baughman, which has been characterized as a tactic to avoid having to testify against him, via spousal privilege.

Several of those pimps, including Arman IzadiOcean FlemingRaymond Sharpe, and Micah Duncan (aka Wheelchair Mike) are seeking new trials based on the revelations from the FBI’s corruption investigation.  So, yet again, due to who is involved this unrelated incident carried the potential to shine a light on a much larger issue that the LVMPD would much rather keep quiet about.

BTW, in spite of stating, “Officers guarding a crowd without intending to use their weapon should not have a round in the chamber,” Metro spokesman Jay Rivera has indicated that Detective Beas is not expected to be disciplined for his negligent discharge. In addition, Las Vegas Police Protective Association President Steve Grammas said he is unaware of anyone ever being fired for an unintentional discharge.

I wonder how that would go if someone without one of those Magic Uniforms that renders its wearer impervious to meaningful consequences for their actions (upto and including murder) had fired off a round (and hit someone), unintentionally or otherwise, on the Strip during New Years.

What Happened in Vegas

As has been detailed numerous times here at NVCopBlock.org, What Happened in Vegas explores the extremely controversial killings of Trevon Cole, Erik Scott, Stanley Gibson, and Tashii Farmer-Brown by Las Vegas police and the cover ups that followed. Several other instances of violent, racist, and/or outright criminal acts by members of the LVMPD are also featured to illustrate the overall systemic corruption within the department.

What Happened in Vegas also addresses several unanswered questions and issues about the investigation surrounding the shootings from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas by Stephen Paddock during the “Route 91 Festival” on Oct. 1st. What Happened in Vegas is currently available on iTunes as well as on VOD (Video on Demand) or DVD.

 

“What Happened in Vegas” Trailer

“What Happened in Vegas” Filmmaker Intro

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Update: Lt. Brian Filipiak, “Superdrunk” Michigan Cop Who Insisted on Being “Just Let Go,” Let Off With Probation

Video Arrest Super Drunk Michigan Cop Lt. Brian Filipiak

Lt. Brian Filipiak of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office became a bit of a YouTube star after a video surfaced of him being stopped for driving drunk in November and insisting that the Montmorency County deputies “just let him go.” Instead of being hauled out of the car and beaten then handcuffed and shoved into the back of a patrol car, Filipiak was allowed to spend over thirty minutes making his meandering, slurred argument that they should make a “Brotha’s deal” and look the other way while he either continues on or sleeps it off on the side of the road.

Even after he is finally convinced to come out of the truck by the threat of being tazed, Lt. Filipiak is argumentative and even physically resistant once they finally try to put him into the back of a patrol car. He, of course, wasn’t charged with resisting or even obstruction, as any mere mortal without a Magic Uniform would be. And early last month when he went to court for the first time, he was given the customary plea deal for a dramatically reduced charge that cops facing trial should (and obviously do) readily expect.

However, there’s no way the courts would give a minor slap on the wrist to a high ranking cop who was caught on a viral video telling other cops to just let him go and stating matter of factly that he and the other officers in his department would do just that if they stopped another police officer driving drunk. Especially if that cop was not just drunk, but “super drunk” and had a long history of well documented drunken incidents even before this one. There’s obviously no way they would gloss this over and “just let him go,” if for no other reason than for the sake of appearances. This is the one guy they’d have to make an example of, for sure.

Or maybe they would not only just give him a short probation sentence, but also even keep him on the department payroll.

Via MLive.com:

A former Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant was sentenced Friday, March 3, to one year of probation and 40 hours of community service for drunken driving.

A northern Michigan judge also gave Brian Filipiak a 93-day deferred jail sentence, which means he will only serve the time if he violates probation…

Filipiak was arrested in Rust Township with a blood-alcohol level of 0.28 – more than three times the legal limit. A deputy’s body camera footage showed Filipiak trying to talk his way out of the arrest based on his position as a lieutenant in Washtenaw County.

The incident took place for more than half an hour before authorities got the clearly inebriated Filipiak out of his truck and into the back of a patrol car…

Filipiak was initially charged with misdemeanor operating while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 or more – commonly referred to as the “super drunk” law. He later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of operating while intoxicated on Jan. 27, according to court records…

Filipiak has lost the title and pay of a lieutenant, but remains employed at the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. He no longer is a sworn officer, the department said.

He was placed on unpaid administrative leave during the internal investigation and is now employed on a conditional basis working in a support capacity at reduced pay, officials said.

As a lieutenant, he was being paid in the ballpark of $79,000, but is now receiving deputy wages, officials said, which range from around $42,000 and $63,000, according to the county’s salary report.

Lt. Filipiak feels really bad though, much worse than the time he had to be ordered to leave his own house during a drunken domestic dispute with his wife or the time he admitted to driving while drunk to the airport to pick up his daughter and then insisted he was going to drive home when confronted by Wayne County police officers. And he even stated that those cops who insisted on arresting him had done some mighty fine police work that day. Plus, unlike every other person who has ever been arrested, including all the ones he has arrested himself during his 21 year career for driving drunk, this has destroyed Lt. Filipiak’s life. (The guy’s lost at least $15,000 a year from his measly $79,000 salary for God’s sake.)

And he’ll have a lot of time (40 whole hours) to think about it as he’s performing the community service that is pretty much the only tangible punishment he was given for his Super Drunk Country Drive.

Shortened Version Of the DUI Arrest Video

Previous Alcohol Involved Domestic Disturbance Call

Full Body Cam Video of DUI Arrest

Drunken Airport Incident

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Update: Looks Like Michael Slager Found That One Cop Apologist He Needed; Mistrial Pending

Yesterday, I posted about the fact that the murder trial of Officer Michael Slager had been turned over to the jury for deliberation on a verdict. Within that post, I discussed whether Slager would get away with the murder altogether or be given a light sentence via the lesser manslaughter charge.

My bet has been on him walking free via a hung jury, since in order to do so he only needs to have one of the 12 jurors be a cop apologist that refuses to find him guilty. The chances of that happening, regardless of his actual guilt are pretty good and history has born that out in previous trials of police.

Earlier this afternoon, the first signs that he has hit that (rigged) lottery began to be reported. One singular juror has indicated that he is unwilling to convict Slager in spite of the video that very clearly depicts him shooting Walter Scott in the back five times as he runs away from the North Charleston Police Officer.

Via NBCnews.com (emphasis added):

A lone juror said they cannot convict a white former police officer who fatally shot a black man in South Carolina, and the judge asked for clarification from the foreperson as to whether the jury is hopelessly deadlocked.

The juror in a letter to the court said “I cannot in good conscience consider a guilty verdict” against Michael Slager, a former patrolman who pulled over Walter Scott in North Charleston, and ended up shooting him as a bystander recorded the incident on video.

The jury foreperson said in a separate note to the court that it was only one juror who was “having issues,” Circuit Judge Clifton Newman said. The juror opposed to conviction said in the letter, “I cannot and will not change my mind,” Newman said.

Slager was charged with murder in Scott’s killing, although the jury was allowed to consider a lesser charge of manslaughter in addition to murder. Slager’s attorneys requested a mistrial.

The wording is interesting in the two highlighted statements. Note that he doesn’t say, “I don’t believe he is guilty” or “I can’t be convinced of his guilt.” In essence, he says, “I refuse to find him guilty.” And that’s the reality of the situation (and the many, many situations that preceded it). It’s not that they don’t understand they are guilty, they just refuse to render that verdict.

They’ll likely go through the motions for a bit longer before that request for a mistrial is granted. They may even decide to stage another trial to stave off the inevitable riots and protests for a while longer. However, they can only kick that can down the road so far. Michael Slager will walk and he’ll do it with a smirk on his face while discussing in interviews how difficult all of this was for him. Then he’ll file for back-pay and/or reinstatement to the police force through his union. And he’ll win since he wasn’t convicted.

NBC Video: The Jury Says It’s Deadlocked

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Will Michael Slager Get Away With Murder Altogether or Just Get a Slap on the Wrist?

Currently, the jury is in its second day of deliberations (as of December 1st) in the murder trial of Michael Slager. Typically, logic would dictate that someone who was caught on video in broad daylight shooting an unarmed person in the back as they ran away from them would be a pretty easy case for a jury to decide. It’s hard to come up with a scenario where murder is more obvious of a description than that. Even the judge in the case initially (and correctly) described Slager as “an unreasonable danger to the community.”

However, it’s neither unlikely, nor even an unusual idea that the exact opposite will happen at some point in the next few days or so. When Officer Slager murdered Walter Scott, then attempted to plant a taser next to his body to justify those five shots in the back, he was wearing a Magical Uniform that renders those who wear it impervious to meaningful consequences for their actions, up to and including outright murder. One of the obvious examples of that is the simple fact that Slager would have never been charged with any crime whatsoever if not for the fact that a random witness decided to start recording that day.

The fact that Scott was shot five times from behind would have been completely ignored and Slager’s story would have been the one put out publicly by the North Charleston police. We know that because for the two days before the video of the shooting recorded by Feidin Santana surfaced that narrative was already well on its way to being constructed and Slager was poised to become the 210th South Carolina cop to shoot someone without a single one being convicted. In fact, even within the first seconds of murdering Scott, Officer Slager was already feigning the effects of a frenzied struggle while walking calmly toward his body in order to sell his cover story. The fact that it took two days for Santana to overcome his fear of retaliation and produce that video is a statement about where the Good Cops working with Slager (and other Killer Cops) usually stand when one of their own is accused of violence.

Fortunately, he did the right thing and produced the video, which is why everyone on this planet and several others knows that Michael Slager is a murderer. The question for at least the next couple days though is which planet is the jury on? It’s been well documented that juries are more likely to believe testimony from police and also have a tendency to blame the victim out of sympathy toward their perceived good nature. Even in cases where guilt is obvious, the constant drumbeat of propaganda about the saintly police the general public is subject to from the day they are born tends to sway judgement. It’s not a coincidence that cops are more likely to testify in their own defense when on trial even though that is generally seen as a horrible and desperate idea for everyone else. It also doesn’t hurt (them) that the prosecutors often throw the case and do a halfhearted effort when presenting evidence/questioning witnesses.

Personally, my money is on a hung jury. Finding at least one Cop Lover willing to look the other way out of the twelve members of the jury is a good bet. It also gives the prosecutors the bonus option of pushing things into the lap of the Feds, who have already announced that they too will be putting Slager on trial. Although, as obvious as Slager’s guilt is on that video I think the odds are pretty close that they will be able to come together on a compromise of a manslaughter conviction and give the judge the chance to give him a firm slap on the wrist consisting mostly of probation with the possibility of a light prison sentence to head off the public outcry. I don’t for a second see him being convicted of the actual crime of murder that he committed that day or getting anything close to what a typical citizen would.

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Pennsylvania Man Gets Drunk, Harasses Neighborhood; is Arrested for Impersonating Police

On Saturday, police in Somerset, PA arrested a drunk man, who had set up an impromptu DUI checkpoint in the middle of a road late at night. He was rather quickly charged with impersonating a police officer.

Via the Huffington Post:

Police say a man who set up a drunken-driving checkpoint complete with road flares while pretending to be a Pennsylvania state trooper was drunk.

Troopers say 19-year-old Logan Shaulis, of Somerset, parked his vehicle diagonally across state Route 601 and set up road flares at about 4 a.m. Saturday.

A motorist who stopped says Shaulis claimed he was a trooper and demanded to see a driver’s license, registration and insurance papers.

When real troopers arrived, police say Shaulis tried to hand a BB pistol to the car’s passenger and said, “I can’t get caught with this.”

He faces charges including drunken driving, impersonating a public servant and unlawful restraint. He remained jailed Tuesday. Online court records don’t list an attorney for him.

A preliminary hearing is set for June 9.

King Ron Impersonating the Police

This is probably what the checkpoint looked like.

A spokesman for the Somerset Police Department said, “We had no choice, but to place him under arrest for impersonating the police. Everybody knows that annoying random people late at night with little actual effect is our thing. And can you believe the guy was drunk and trying to arrest people for being drunk? Who does that? I mean really, that’s an actual question. Because I forgot that one guy’s name, but he’s been doing that for years. You know who I’m talking about don’t you Sarge?

“I’m not really sure,” replied a sergeant in the back of the room. “Arresting people for stuff we do ourselves is kinda one of our things, too. So, it could actually be a lot of people in the department and pretty much nationwide.”

Later the chief denied rumors that the SPD had offered Shaulis a spot in the next academy class stating, “The guy had a gun and was wearing a uniform and he didn’t even kill anyone. He’s clearly not ready to be a cop. Anytime you get an excuse to kill someone or their dog, you gotta go for it. You know like those French guys say ‘Carpe Diem’ and YOLO and all that.”

Although this picture seems suspiciously British, it could have gone down like this, too.

Although this picture seems suspiciously British, it could have gone down like this, too.

When it was pointed out that it was actually just a BB gun, he quickly brushed that aside stating, “Oh, well who has the time to spend more than two seconds figuring stuff like that out. Next thing you’ll tell me that you can’t actually shoot bullets at me with a cell phone. Besides, we got IQ standards on the force. If this guy was smart enough to know the difference between a real gun and a toy, he’s obviously going to be way above the cutoff for our IQ regs.

There’s no place out there on the Thin Blue Line for these type of guys with all their book learning. People think you just show up and eat donuts all day, while shooting up steroids. We only do that about 75% of the time we’re on duty most days. You have to be ready to beat or kill innocent people for no good reason when given the chance. Besides, that guy took it upon himself to do something. Obviously, we want people that just do their job.”

(If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a little worried about you. But just in case, the bottom portion of this post is all satire. It is, of course, based on a real incident.)banner-store