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Update: Half Naked, Drunk Texas Cop Who Fired Gun at Church Let Off With Probation

Deputy William Cox Texas Cop Naked Church Shooting Probation

Somervell County Sheriff’s Deputy William Cox was sentenced to just probation after getting drunk and shooting at a Texas Church.

In August of 2016 I posted about an off-duty Somervell County Sheriff’s Deputy who got sloppy drunk, stripped off most of his clothes and then drove over to a church in Ellis County, Texas and started shooting his gun into it.

Once local police arrived, former Deputy William Lane Cox readily admitted that he was drunk and had fired his gun(s) at the church, hitting the building several times. His confession, recorded on those officer’s body cams, included his admission that he had gotten drunk and decided to “blow off some steam” by shooting up the church, which was located within a residential neighborhood.

He also indicated that the reason for his “stress” was the shooting of several Dallas police officers in an incident that happened just prior to his own shooting spree. Among other racist comments Deputy Cox stated, “cause my boys are getting killed in Dallas” and “the black coon start killing my boys” on the video (embedded below).

Not surprisingly, after his initial arrest Deputy Cox received the typical Policeman’s Discount. The next day he was released without bail and shortly after that it was determined that he would not be facing any charges at all. That was partly due to the fact that the pastor of the church (who also just happens to be a police chaplain) didn’t want to press charges for the property damage caused by several bullets that had penetrated the doors and wall of the church.

Patrick Wilson Ellis County District Attorney Church Statement FavoritismHowever, there are numerous other charges that the police could easily have charged Deputy Cox with based on his own confession and the dangerous nature of his actions. Instead, while he was fired by the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office, Johnny Brown the Sheriff in Ellis County was pretty comfortable with not charging someone who admittedly drove drunk, recklessly discharged a gun while intoxicated, and put innocent people in danger by doing so at a building within a residential neighborhood with any crime whatsoever.

It wasn’t until six months later that Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson launched a separate investigation and eventually charged him with “deadly conduct,” a class three felony. In doing so, Wilson stated the obvious: “it is very, very difficult for me to believe that this man, Mr. Cox, was not afforded some special consideration.

One would tend to think that any special consideration would end. However, as is always the case with police facing trial, that was far from true. In spite of facing a charge where the minimum sentence mandated by law is a two year prison sentence and the added circumstances of having been drinking (and driving) at the time, he still was offered a cushy plea deal based on him having been a “good citizen” prior to his drunken shooting spree. After pleading guilty, Cox was sentenced to just five years of probation a $1,500 fine and ten days in jail. BTW, he gets to serve those ten days on weekends, cuz you it would be a shame if he was inconvenienced.

Once again, I’m sure the average citizen would have gotten the same sort of treatment.

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Update: NYPD Cop Who Got Drunk, Broke Into a Woman’s House, and Repeatedly Assaulted Her Given Probation

Almost exactly a year ago, I posted on the CopBlock Network about Officer Eugene Donnelly of the NYPD. As I reported then, within hours of having received an award for bravery at a June 2014 ceremony (pictured above) presided over by both Mayor De Blasio and former NYPD Commission Bill Bratton, Donnelly went out with a group of fellow officers to celebrate. That victory party culminated in him passing out drunk at a friend’s apartment in the Bronx.

However, that was not the end of the festivities for Officer Donnelly. Sometime during the night, he forced his way into an apartment within the same building, threw the woman who lived there to the ground while yelling about children and guns, and then hit her at least twenty times in the head, because he (apparently) thought she worked for Child Protective Services. After some unspecified amount of time, he then realized he had done some crazy shit and ran out of the apartment in nothing but a pair of black boxers. (See video embedded below.) Before that though, he reportedly added insult to injury by drinking milk out of his victim’s refrigerator – straight from the carton, no less.

He later tried to claim that all of this happened because he was sleep walking.

Via the New York Post:

Eugene Donnelly, who gave the snoozy defense in court last week, is wearing only a pair of black boxers as he tries to flee a Bronx building where, moments earlier, he allegedly pummeled the total stranger.

Donnelly first enters the frame in the lobby at 5:43 a.m. and runs out to the street. He then tries to get back inside but is locked out and leaves again. When a cop car passes by, he goes back to the vestibule where he frantically rings buzzers.

Seconds before the damning footage, his alleged victim is seen running through the lobby in her bathrobe as she desperately tries to get away.

A day earlier, Donnelly had been given a Combat Cross by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for ­arresting a gunman who fired at him in 2012.

Sources said he spent the night drinking before crashing at a fellow cop’s place in the victim’s building.

The 32-year-old woman, who asked not to be identified, shared details of the 2014 nightmare for the first time with The Post.

She said she was in bed when Donnelly kicked in her door wearing nothing but the shorts.

She ran toward the door, screaming, “Help!”

“He came rushing toward me and punched me in the face, hard enough to knock me to the floor,” she recalled.

“It was so sudden.”

He then got on top of her and continued hitting her, she said. “I was lying on the ground and he . . kept punching me, really fast, nonstop, pummeling me.

“He was screaming, ‘Shut the f–k up, you ACS bitch! I know there are kids in here! I know there are guns!’

“I had no idea what he was talking about . . . I thought I was going to die,” she said.

At one point, the fearful woman dialed 911, but was afraid to speak because he was still in the apartment.

When she heard him walk into her kitchen, she put on a bathrobe, ran out of her apartment and knocked on neighbors’ doors for help.

To sweeten the deal a little bit, Officer Donnelly also is facing a DWI charge from May of 2016. In that incident, Donnelly had to be pried out of his own car after it collided with three parked cars and flipped on its side. (See second video embedded below.) He was reportedly, according to witnesses, going 65 to 70 miles per hour on a city street prior to the collision.

These charges would probably tell you that Officer Donnelly has some serious issues with self control and either one of them would probably indicate that he’s a danger to the public when he inevitably loses control. So this is a guy you’d think should more than likely not be working as a cop and should even be given some sort of harsh punishment to discourage him from this type of behavior in the future.

Or not. Instead Donnelly will be sentenced to three years of probation as part of a plea deal and “could” be fired from the NYPD if he is convicted on the DWI charges, which have yet to go to trial. That’ll keep him on the straight and narrow.

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Video Shows Three NYPD Officers Hitting Man in the Face After He’s Pinned on the Ground

Bystander video posted to Youtube on Tuesday of a man being arrested by three NYPD officers shows them repeatedly punching him in the face as he is held down on his stomach on the ground. Alexis Jasmin, who recorded the cellphone video while riding on the bus, also had posted the video to Facebook on the morning of New Year’s Eve, the day that it happened.

Apparently, the man being beat in the video, Heriberto Nunez, wasn’t happy that the officers had given him a ticket and cursed at the cops, while sitting in his car. The unnamed cops, who were already in their own van preparing to leave, then jumped out and began arresting him. It’s of course not illegal to curse at the police, which means their assault upon and arrest of the man was completely unlawful.

Within her Facebook post (embedded below), Jasmin described the attack:

This man was already in his car and the police were in the van getting ready to pull off. Granted the man did stick his head out the window and say a few choice words. But please tell me why the cops got out the van, snatched him out of his car and proceeded to do this to him . Please explain to me why the officer kept bashing his face like that . This is exactly why i hate the police . His hands were already tied and he kept hitting the man in the face until bloody. RIDICULOUS!!

For their part, New York Police Department sources say that Nunez “lashed out” at the officers after receiving the ticket (which, once again, isn’t illegal) and claim that he was resisting their unlawful arrest, even though the video clearly shows him pinned to the ground by the three officers, with his hands already behind his back, being hit in the face for over 40 seconds, prior to them lifting him up and throwing him against their van.

According to the New York Daily News, Nunez was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and obstructing governmental administration. He’s since been released without bail.

Meanwhile, none of the cops involved have been disciplined, although the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is currently conducting an “investigation” prior to making that situation official.

 

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Three Days After Being Sworn in West Virginia Sheriff Arrested for Stealing and Using Meth from Evidence Room

Three days into his new job as Roane County (WV) Sheriff, Matthew “Bo” Williams had a bit of a workplace incident when he was arrested for stealing meth at the police department he worked previously. Although Williams has vowed to fulfill his duties as sheriff “to the best of his abilities,” that’s bound to be no easy task now.

For one thing, he’s been banned from even entering the sheriff’s office by a court order filed by county officials as part of their efforts to have him removed. Then there’s the whole facing jail time (he’ll get probation and a trip to rehab, if even that) for drug-related crimes thing. That can be awkward when you’re briefing the department’s drug task force on their assignment for the day.

 Via the New York Daily News:

He is accused of stealing more than $1,000 in evidence, the majority of which was meth, at his previous job as an officer in Spencer, W.Va.

A criminal complaint against Williams filed Tuesday says that evidence bags with case numbers matching the missing evidence were found in his desk and car.

The Roane County Commission voted Tuesday to remove their new sheriff, citing a law that allows them to do so for drunkenness or drug addiction

A resolution seen by the Charleston Gazette-Mail says that Williams admitted to the theft and having more than a yearlong addiction on Nov. 26, but was still sworn in at the end of the year.

Besides the charges of grand larceny he’s facing, all the cases he was involved in as a member of the City of Spencer Police Department prior to being elected are now being scrutinized. Sheriff Williams has since resigned from the SPD and at least two of those cases being reviewed have been thrown out, as a result of his involvement. Williams, however has refused to step down as sheriff and is forcing the Roane County Commissioners to go through the formal process of removing him.

On Wednesday, Sheriff Williams was interviewed by WSAZ NewsChannel3, where he discussed the “personal and professional problem” he’s having right now and his determination to not step down and instead to carry out his duties as sheriff:

“Everything is upside down right now,” Sheriff Matthew “Bo” Williams said.

Takin’ it day by day.

Rather, for Williams, the criminal complaint against him speaks for itself, revealing an elected officer of the law charged with stealing drug evidence from his last job with the city of Spencer Police Department and admitting to using meth for more than a year.

“I’m taking it day by day,” Williams said.

On Wednesday, Williams chatted with WSAZ for his first interview since an investigation was launched into his connection with the missing evidence. With the investigation still active, Williams says he is not able to comment on how any drug problem began.

Instead, he says, he’s still planning on fulfilling his duties as sheriff, even amid calls for his resignation.

“My intentions are to do what’s best for my family,” Williams said. “I understand concerns that might be in the public, but my plan is to do the best job I can do for the citizens who elected me and as things play out, what will be will be.”

Sounds like he’s probably learned his lesson and the public’s concerns are obviously unfounded. Surely, the County of Roane is in the capable hands of a real clear thinker. He couldn’t possibly be delusional from habitual meth use.

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Rikers Island Guard Kept Framed Newspaper Story About Inmate He Murdered in His Bedroom

Correction Officer Brian Coll was so proud of himself after he beat a man to death in 2012 that he kept a framed newspaper article about the murder in his bedroom. The guard at Rikers Island is currently on trial for repeatedly kicking inmate Ronald Spear in the head as Correction Officers Anthony Torres and Byron Taylor held him down. The beating resulted in severe head trauma and caused Spear to suffer a fatal heart attack shortly afterward.

Spear was suffering from end stage renal failure and required daily dialysis. He also had to walk with a cane due to his disability. Officer Coll had prevented Spear from seeing the doctor within the infirmary. This led to a argument between the two during which Coll began assaulting Spear. After punching him several times in the face and stomach Coll began kicking Spear like a “field goal kicker” while the other two guards held him down. At the same time he taunted Spear, yelling for him to “remember who had done that to him.”

His victim didn’t end up having long to remember the vicious assault since he died soon after. In order to cover for Coll, he and the other guards wrote false reports stating that Spear was the aggressor. Officer Torres later received a $10,000 workman’s comp settlement for injuries he suffered while holding Spear down. Torres and Officer Taylor have both since pled guilty to obstruction of justice charges and are testifying against Coll as part of a plea deal.

Officer Coll is facing charges of obstruction and “death resulting from deprivation of rights under color of law.” The latter charge carries a potential life sentence. (Although, I wouldn’t hold your breath on that.) It was during his arrest that the framed news article was discovered displayed in his bedroom as if to commemorate his murderous deed.

Via the New York Daily News:

“Let’s call it what it is: a trophy,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Brooke Cucinella said in her closing argument against Correction Officer Brian Coll.

Prosecutors say Coll repeatedly kicked Ronald Spear in the head and the resulting brain injury he suffered led to a fatal heart attack.

“Brian Coll killed Ronald Spear,” Cucinella told the Manhattan Federal Court jury. “Brian Coll killed Ronald Spear as he lay sick and exhausted, face down on the cold tile floor in the infirmary on Rikers Island.”

In her nearly hourlong argument, Cucinella described Spear’s final moments on Dec. 19, 2012, as terrifying — filled with pain as his life slipped away.

The inmate — who got into an argument with the former correction officer after Coll allegedly denied him a doctor — felt each of the “field goal”-like kick (sic) while groaning.

The death blows were accompanied by taunting, according to Cucinella.

“The last hateful words that Ronald Spear would ever hear — ‘This is what you get for f—ing with me, remember I did this’” she said Coll told the victim.

Cucinella also showed the jury autopsy photos of Spear’s skull with the skin pulled back, as well as his brain, which displayed large purple-red patches indicative of bleeding.

The prosecutor’s push for conviction included a back story on Rikers’ culture which, in her accounting, treated whistleblowers as snitches — and enabled abuse of power.

It’s rather amazing how all these Good Cops managed to create a “culture” in which anyone who reported abuses was treated as a snitch and where two Heroes responded to an inmate being beat to death by a psychotic murderer by holding him down while he kicked him in his head repeatedly, then lied about how he died.

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