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Update: NHP Dash Cam Audio Doesn’t Match Boulder City Police Version; Evidentiary Hearing Ordered Over Discrepancies

Nevada Police Sgt John Glenn Motion to Dismiss Dash Cam Audio

Boulder City Judge Victor Miller has scheduled an evidentiary hearing for Dec. 20th in relation to discrepancies with audio recordings that BCPD Sgt John Glenn provided in support of charges, including obstruction and resisting arrest, against John Hunt.

Earlier this week, Stephen Stubbs, a lawyer for John Hunt, presented in court even more proof of evidence tampering by Boulder City Police and/or prosecutors. Stubbs indicated that just prior to a Dec. 5th hearing on a motion he had filed to dismiss charges against Hunt, he had received a new dash cam video from the Nevada Highway Patrol.

The audio on that video did not match the audio on a dash cam video previously received from the Boulder City Police Department, even though the two videos had been recording simultaneously during Hunt’s arrest. In fact, the motion to dismiss had itself been based on allegations that the original audio from the BCPD’s version had been altered to justify filing retaliatory charges of resisting arrest against Hunt.

As has been detailed here previously (see related links below), Hunt is currently facing several charges related to a June 2016 incident in which he was arrested. At the time, members of the BCPD were conducting a “pedestrian sting operation” where they would step into a crosswalk, then ticket drivers who did not stop early enough.

Believing that their true motivation was to generate money for the city government by writing tickets, Hunt began walking back and forth into the crosswalk himself. According to Hunt, this was done as a protest of that monetary incentive and also to demonstrate his belief that they were purposely not giving motorists sufficient time to stop in order to issue citations.

Not long after, Hunt was arrested by Sgt. John Glenn and charged with “Failing to Yield as a Pedestrian” and “Resisting Arrest.” Initially, the charges were dismissed by the prosecutor after surveillance footage from a nearby business contradicted Glenn’s account of Hunt’s behavior. However, just one day after Hunt filed a civil rights lawsuit, the charges were refiled, along with an additional charge of “Obstructing an Officer.”

Hunt has maintained since shortly after he was arrested that things he remembered saying at the time weren’t included on the dash cam video. Subsequently, analyses conducted by two separate audio experts concluded that the video had been edited after the fact. (A PDF containing the full Forensic Audio Authentication reports can be found here.) Based on who had access to do so, that would have to have been done by either someone within the police department or the city attorney’s office.

Unlike that first video, the audio on the NHP video includes statements made by Hunt that support his own version of what happened that day. As a matter of fact, the audio that is not included on Sgt. Glenn’s version consists of two key exchanges that contradict his previous testimony and information he wrote within the arrest reports.

Via the Boulder City Review: 

During Tuesday’s hearing, Stubbs told Miller that there were two microphones together at the same place capturing the same event. One was Glenn’s and the other was this officer’s.

“There is a part of the video that should be the same, but it’s not,” he said.

In the subpoenaed NHP video that was provided to the Boulder City Review, there are two questions Hunt asks officers that are not present in the other dash-cam video when he is detained by Glenn.

In Glenn’s dash-cam video, the first time Hunt speaks to officers after being detained he says “No.”

According to the NHP video, after Hunt is handcuffed by officers he asks them if he is being detained. Then he said, “No,” and asks again if he is being detained.

After that he is told that he is not being detained but rather being arrested. He then asks officers what he is being arrested for and is told for obstructing a pedestrian in the roadway, obstructing traffic and resisting arrest. This portion is present in both Glenn’s dash-cam video and the NHP one.

The NHP one, however, includes the question, “How can I resist something that I’m not aware of?” that Hunt asks officers after being told why he is being arrested.

Glenn’s dash-cam video has no dialogue from Hunt during that time.

According to Stubbs, the Nevada Highway Patrol had located and downloaded this video with the full, unaltered audio all the way back in 2016. However, it wasn’t until Tuesday, just hours before the motion hearing, that they finally provided the video to Hunt’s defense team. (Almost as if they were trying to hide something.)

Based on this new evidence, Boulder City Municipal Court Judge Victor Miller scheduled an evidentiary hearing over the authenticity of the audio on dash cam footage provided by the Boulder City Police. After that hearing, which is scheduled for Dec. 20th, Judge Miller could rule to exclude the dash cam evidence or even dismiss the entire case, if he finds in favor of the defense’s claims that evidence has been tampered with.

Stubbs maintains that the charges should be dismissed outright on the basis of prosecutorial misconduct. That misconduct has cast sufficient doubt upon the authenticity of the entirety of the evidence against Hunt. As a result, he will not be able to receive a fair trial in light of that uncertainty.


Original Video Concerning the Perjury Committed by Sgt. John Glenn

Surveillance Video of John Hunt Crossing Street

Sgt. Glenn’s Dashcam Video

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  5. Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs: “Stand Up and Tell the Truth” – Why #PoliceLiesMatter
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Update: Nevada Court to Rule on Evidence Tampering in Arrest for Obstruction of Police Revenue Generation

Nevada Police Sgt John Glenn Motion to Dismiss Dash Cam Audio

A Boulder City judge will rule Dec. 5th on a motion to dismiss in the case of John Hunt, who was arrested by Sgt John Glenn in retaliation for interfering with their revenue generation scheme.

On December 5th, a judge in Boulder City, Nevada (located just outside of Las Vegas) will issue a ruling on a case involving a revenue-based enforcement exercise by local police, as well as allegations of a false arrest, perjury by a police supervisor, and the manufacturing of evidence that stem from an impromptu protest that day. Based on those improprieties, Judge Victor Miller has been asked to dismiss charges brought against John Hunt in a motion filed by Hunt’s attorney Stephen Stubbs.

In June of 2016, officers with the Boulder City Police Department were out early in the morning generating revenue for the city. Their scheme consisted of stepping into a crosswalk and then ticketing drivers who didn’t stop quick enough. One of the Boulder City residents that drove by that day was John Hunt, who has stated that he believes the police were intentionally stepping into traffic at a point where the cars did not have enough time to react and therefore would end up being ticketed and fined.

Hunt decided to protest what he deemed to be an unfair issuing of citations by going out and repeatedly walking into the cross walk himself. The intent was to show that the cars would stop if they were given the proper amount of time and thereby expose the true nature of Sgt. John Glenn and his cohorts. The Boulder City police have a bureaucracy to feed though, so obviously they weren’t happy about Hunt getting in the way of their morning fundraiser.

As I previously wrote here at NVCopBlock.org, Hunt was arrested and charged with “Failing to Yield as a Pedestrian” and “Resisting Arrest.” However, at his first hearing the charges were dismissed by the prosecutor even before it began. According to Stubbs, the reason for that quick dismissal was that Sgt. Glenn had lied on his police report in order to justify the arrest. Those lies (also known as perjury when included on a sworn police report) would have been exposed in court due to Hunt’s actions having been captured on a nearby business’ security cameras.

Not only did the surveillance video contradict Sgt. Glenn’s written arrest report, discrepancies soon surfaced involving the dash cam evidence that had been provided as part of the discovery process. As detailed in a follow up post I wrote here at Nevada Cop Block in October of 2016, Hunt questioned the authenticity of the audio included on the video that had been produced by the city. Subsequently, two different forensic audio experts testified that the audio had indeed been altered from that of the original video. (A PDF containing the full Forensic Audio Authentication Report can be found here.)

Citing the false testimony within the police report and the evidence tampering involving the dash cam footage, Stubbs filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in May of this year on Hunt’s behalf. In retaliation for that lawsuit, the Boulder City prosecutor refiled the original charges, plus an additional charge of “Obstructing an Officer,” the next month. In fact, rather than even try to mask the true nature behind refiling the charges, they were actually submitted by the city just one day after the lawsuit was reported by local news.

“I’m in awe of how stupid this is,” said defense lawyer Stephen Stubbs. “It screams of retaliation.”

Included in the motion to dismiss are several new details regarding the inconsistencies on the dash cam video’s audio track and some less than convincing excuses for them by Sgt. Glenn and city attorney’s office and police department of Boulder City:

The alleged false evidence mentioned in Tuesday’s motion to dismiss includes dash-cam video of the June 8 incident that Glenn said did not match what he had seen in the system from that day.

It was given to the defense by the city on July 5 and is different than the dash-cam footage that Stubbs received in 2016.

Two forensic experts who analyzed the 2016 dash-cam video determined that the recording had been altered.

“Two separate audio forensic experts have confirmed that the video contains the wrong unit number … proving that, at a minimum the metadata was altered …. The defense does not know how much of the video was altered or if an authentic video even exists anymore,” Stubbs wrote in his motion.”

That newer dash cam video and questions surrounding the erroneous unit number, as well as what appears to be an alteration of the text overlay on the video after the fact to replace the incorrect unit number has cast even more doubt on the authenticity of the video evidence the city has provided.

During a deposition for the lawsuit on November 20th, Glenn testified about those questions:

In that deposition, Hunt’s other attorney, David T. Blake, showed Glenn the earlier dash-cam video of the event. The video, (from) June 8, 2016, said that it was from Unit 277. The text of those items was in red print.

“As far as I know, our text is not in red,” he told Blake when asked if he’d seen that type of text overlay before. “It’s in white … It looks similar to the format that we use, but I don’t recall ever seeing any in red.”

Blake also asked him about the unit number.

In the deposition, Glenn said that his unit number the day of the activity on June 8 was 277. He also said that he had been assigned to that unit number since the vehicle was brand-new, approximately two and a half years.

Later in the deposition and in an email provided to the defense, Glenn said that although his unit number was 277, the camera in his vehicle was actually from unit 281.

“My vehicle number is 277 …. And the camera in unit 277 failed,” he said in the deposition. “It had to be sent back. There was another vehicle that wasn’t being used, which was unit 281. The camera out of that vehicle was taken out of that vehicle, placed in my vehicle and the device name was not changed when it was changed over. So my vehicle was being broadcast as 281.”

In the email Glenn added that the unit identifier was “mistakenly not changed” until around Aug. 4, 2016.

So, between the original retaliatory nature of the charges (without even getting into the exploitative financial motive for the “safety exercise” Hunt had interrupted), the inconsistencies in Sgt. Glenn’s police reports, and the evidentiary issues, logic should dictate that Judge Miller will have an easy decision to do the right thing and grant the motion for dismissal.

Stephen Stubbs certainly seems to think so:

“By manufacturing false and fraudulent evidence, the city attorney’s office, the Boulder City Police Department, or both have tipped the scales of justice so far that the scales themselves have fallen into a bog of eternal stench,” said Stubbs about Tuesday’s motion…

“We filed this because the evidence is clear that the city attorney’s office, the Boulder City Police Department or both manufactured false evidence and gave it to defense as discovery,” Stubbs said. “They cheated …. Justice requires all these ridiculous charges be dropped.”

However, we are dealing with the government and their police enforcers, so logic might not be the standard by which things are decided. Nor is there any lack of precedence for cops to get away with or even be rewarded for committing blatant acts of perjury and evidence tampering. That’s especially the case in Las Vegas area police departments.

Original Video Concerning the Perjury Committed by Sgt. John Glenn

Surveillance Video of John Hunt Crossing Street

Sgt. Glenn’s Dashcam Video

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  2. Fired NV Police Chief Ordered to Pay Punitive Damages in Abuse of Authority Lawsuit
  3. Former Boulder City Nevada Police Chief Charged Over Animal Cruelty Cover-Up
  4. Former Boulder City NV Police Chief Takes Plea Deal on Charges Related to Animal Cruelty Scandal
  5. Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs: “Stand Up and Tell the Truth” – Why #PoliceLiesMatter
  6. Boulder City (NV) Police “Employee of the Year” Commits Perjury to Arrest Man Interfering With Revenue Generation
  7. Boulder City Police Doctored Audio in Arrest Video Where They Were Already Caught Committing Perjury

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Drops Drug Charges Against Texas Man After “Meth” Turns Out to be Cat Litter

A sock full of cat litter ended up leading to a Texas man being publicly branded as a drug dealer, when deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office managed to mistake it for meth. In yet another case of faulty field tests that have repeatedly been exposed as wildly inaccurate, police issued a press release and bragged on Facebook about how their “big drug bust” had kept everyone’s children save from the scourge of methamphetamines.

Meanwhile, Ross Lebeau was taken to jail on charges of drug possession with the intent to distribute, based on the “meth” weighing in at over half a pound. As a result, he lost work and will be forced to go through the process of having his record expunged, even though the charges were dropped, to avoid the stigma of having been identified, very publicly, as a drug dealer.

In spite of that, Lebeau is surprisingly unwilling to place any blame on the deputies who used notoriously innacurate equipment to declare the cat litter was an illegal substance. For their part, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office released a second press release, in which they had no problem whatsoever placing the blame squarely on Lebeau’s shoulders saying that the deputies did everything right and that his statement that he didn’t know what the “unknown substance” was is what was responsible for the mix-up.

Via ABC13.com (in Houston):

Lebeau and his attorney do not blame the deputies for the ordeal, rather the field tests.

“Ultimately it might be bad budget-cutting testing equipment they need to re-evaluate,” said George Reul, who added prosecutors practically laughed when he told them it was cat litter.

“I would like an apology,” said Lebeau.

He says the accusation has caused him to lose work, not to mention the embarrassment. He will work to expunge his record.

“I was wrongly accused and I’m going to do everything in my power, with my family’s backing, to clear my name,” he said.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Statement:
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped Mr. LeBeau for a traffic offense on December 5, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. During that initial stop the deputies detected a strong odor of Marijuana emitting from his vehicle. Mr. LeBeau was question and admitted to having marijuana in the console of his vehicle.

The drugs were recovered and in the process of inventorying his vehicle a substance was found wrapped in one sock in his vehicle. Mr. LeBeau was questioned about the contents at which time he indicated that he had no idea what it was. The deputies followed proper procedures and field tested the substance on two separate occasions which field tested positive for methamphetamines, notified the District Attorney’s Office who accepted charges for possession of controlled substance of 200 grams and Mr. LeBeau posted bond and was released.

During the investigation Mr. LeBeau failed to identify the substance and later, after being released indicated on social media that the substance was cat litter that he kept in a sock in his vehicle.

Regarding this incident all indication shows that the deputies followed basic procedures and followed established protocol related to this incident. Because of the established procedures in place and this contraband was submitted to the Institute of Forensic Science it was determined not to be methamphetamine and charges were dismissed.

It doesn’t look like he’s going to get that apology. At least the prosecutors were able to get a good laugh out of it.

Police Heroes in New York Rescue “Frozen Woman” That Was Really Just a CPR Mannequin

Police in Hudson, New York sprang into action after they received reports that an elderly woman had frozen to death in a car parked on a city street. When she failed to move or respond in any way to their efforts to make contact with her, a “quick-acting” officer broke out one of the back windows and opened the door. At that point, they realized that they were actually taking part in an elaborate and unintentional version of the “mannequin challenge.”

In reality, their “victim” was just a CPR dummy that was designed to look extremely lifelike (for some bizarre reason) and its owner was none too happy about them breaking his window when he eventually arrived.

Via Fox6Now.com:

The Times Union of Albany reports (http://bit.ly/2hELLPL ) that a caller told police there was an elderly woman “frozen to death” in a parked car.

Officers rushed to the scene and found what appeared to be a woman sitting in a car’s front passenger seat wearing an oxygen mask.

A sergeant busted a rear window, opened the door and discovered that the woman was a realistic mannequin.

The car owner arrived and said he uses the dummy for his job selling medical training aids.

The Hudson police chief, who described the owner as “quite vocal and vulgar” toward the quick-acting sergeant, also issued this warning in a press release:

“It is my understanding that the owner was incredulous that we took action in this matter,” Chief L. Edward Moore said. “He apparently was quite vocal and vulgar to my Sergeant. Just to clear the record, all citizens of Hudson should be put on notice that if you park your locked vehicle on the street on a sub-zero night with a life size realistic mannequin seated in it… we will break your window. I commend everyone who responded with the intentions to help an elderly woman.”

Investigators from the department also for some reason felt it necessary to announce that no charges would be filed against the owner for the non-crime of leaving a really creepy old lady doll in his car overnight and freaking people the fuck out.

To be fair, as you can see by the photo, the mannequin is pretty real looking and most old people do die if the temperature drops below 70 degrees (or rises above 90). So, I don’t blame the cops for making a genuine effort to help an elderly person. In fact, I’d rather have them break someone’s window in an attempt to save someone instead of just piling parking tickets on a car with a dead man inside it for four days or shooting a 73 year old man nine times because they thought his crucifix was a gun.

Customs Officer Convicted of Stealing Over $65,000 Worth of Checks From International Mail

Carlos Canjura, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the International Mail Facility in Torrance, California, was convicted of nine counts related to a mail theft ring he had set up. Canjura’s  job consisted of inspecting incoming mail from outside the country for contraband, counterfeit goods, and possible fraudulent financial checks or credit cards. Instead, he used that access to steal checks and money orders from the mail. He then had accomplices launder the money by depositing them using forged signatures.

He was initially arrested on suspicion of stealing three checks totaling $15,000. However, during the ensuing investigation it was determined that he had actually stolen more than a hundred checks with a cumulative value exceeding $65,000. He was convicted on all charges, which included multiple counts each of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and possession of stolen mail.

Via a U.S. Department of Justice press release:

During the three-day trial, federal prosecutors proved that the defendant stole personal checks, traveler’s checks and money orders from international mail. Canjura then informed his co-conspirator about the stolen checks using messages with coded language like “centurions,” “troops,” “projects” and “cases” to refer to the checks. Canjura gave the stolen checks to his co-conspirator, who fraudulently endorsed the checks or altered them before depositing the checks at ATMs or through mobile phone applications. Canjura stole well over 100 checks with a cumulative value of at least $65,000.

“The public is entitled to use the mail system without fear that officials charged with safeguarding the mail are abusing it for their own benefit,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “This defendant not only abused his position as a federal officer by stealing international mail, he also used the stolen mail in an elaborate scheme to defraud banks. In so doing, he violated the public trust he swore to serve.”

Canjura is scheduled to be sentenced on March 6 by United States District Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell. At sentencing, Canjura will face a statutory maximum sentence of 145 years.

That does sound like quite the elaborate code. Incidentally, I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for him to be sentenced to 145 years. My money’s on a really hurtful period of probation and a very sore wrist.

Dash Camera Video of Native American Kheyanev Littledog Shot By Midland Texas Police Released

On Monday (October 10th), police in Midland Texas shot and killed Native American Kheyanev Littledog, who had been stopped along with another unnamed man, whose presence had not been mentioned in previous coverage of the shooting, while they were walking down the road. Now dash camera video of that shooting has been released.

While the video doesn’t clearly show Littledog in possession of a gun, it does pretty clearly show him reaching toward his waist. However, the second man was reportedly released later without any charges, which brings into question why they were stopped in the first place.

Via the Youtube description of the video:

The Midland Police Department has released video taken from the dashboard camera of one of the officers involved in Monday night’s deadly shooting. In a statement, the Midland Police Department said they released the video because they understand “the importance of community relations in regard to officer-involved shootings.” The released video shows Kheyanev Littledog, 19, on the right in a gray shirt, as well as an acquaintance of his in a blue shirt. The acquaintance was not found to have committed any crime and was released from the scene.

Back on Monday night, officers were called out to the intersection of Terrell St. and Industrial Ave. in Midland in reference to a check person. That’s when, police said, they saw Littledog, 19, with a handgun in his waistband. Police said the footage and witness statements during the investigation revealed that Littledog was reaching for the gun when he was shot by two officers. Littledog was taken to the hospital where he later died. We’re told that Littledog was also in possession of a second firearm in his backpack at the time of the shooting and he wasn’t licensed to carry a firearm.

Via the Midland Reporter-Telegram:

The city of Midland has delivered a video account of the police-involved shooting that took place Monday evening…

Midlander Kheyanev Littledog, 19, was shot by two officers after he reached for a gun in his waistband when confronted by the officers, according to a press release from the city.

During the investigation, officers found that Littledog had a second firearm in his backpack at the time of the shooting. He was not licensed to carry a firearm, according to the release.

The officers, Aaron Renz, 26, and Aaron Trevino, 31, have been placed on administrative leave pending an internal review. Renz is a patrol officer with one year and 10 months at MPD, and Trevino is a K-9 officer who has served the department for seven years and 10 months.

The Department of Justice has (Finally) Decided to Start Keeping Track of How Many People the Police Kill

As everyone knows, the FBI and Department of Justice keep track of everything from how many people die sticking a fork in the toaster to how many times I stubbed my toe last year. So, of course, their is data and statistics on every crime committed in every city and state, no matter how minor they might be.

Similarly, you can easily look up how many and in what manner everybody who died in any given year met their ultimate fate. Except the one giant, glaring exception to that is the complete lack of any information related to the use of force and killings of citizens by police. It’s almost like they don’t want you to know just how bad it is or to realize that it is progressively getting worse every year.

This obviously has led to some people questioning why they would compile statistics on every  minor crime reported in the entire country but would not keep track of fatalities caused by police at all. One thing that does have to be pointed out is that this is a bit of a trick question because for some time the FBI has been mandated to include police related deaths. Local police departments across the nation have simply refused to comply (which for anyone not wearing a Magical Suit will often get you killed) by providing those numbers. Meanwhile, instead of requiring them to do so the FBI instead just threw their hands up and declared it an impossible task.

Now, however, after much criticism the DOJ has announced that they will begin actively compiling stats related to police killings and other types of violence.

Via the Hampton Patch (NH):

Until now, there has been no official nationwide effort to monitor the rates of police violence and killings in the United States.

“Accurate and comprehensive data on the use of force by law enforcement is essential to an informed and productive discussion about community-police relations,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a press release.

“The initiatives we are announcing today are vital efforts toward increasing transparency and building trust between law enforcement and the communities we serve,” she continued. “In the days ahead, the Department of Justice will continue to work alongside our local, state, tribal and federal partners to ensure that we put in place a system to collect data that is comprehensive, useful and responsive to the needs of the communities we serve.”

One of the biggest struggles in creating such a database is bound to be the localized nature of law enforcement, which gives a lot of administrative duties and day-to-day decision-making power to individual departments.

Prior to the Justice Department’s announcement, some news outlets have tried to provide as much data as they could on national police violence. By tracking local reports of police killings around the country, the Guardian, for instance, has found 847 incidents of civilians dying at the hands of cops in this year alone, in its database called “The Counted.”

It remains to be seen if the police will actually bother to report the amount of people they kill or if they will just ignore it again. Plus, the DOJ may once again respond by proclaiming it an impossible task instead of saying pretty please with sugar on top to see if that gets them to do it. Of course, the fact that it is so hard to keep a count of just how many people are killed by the police each year is pretty telling in and of itself.

NYPD Officer Sentenced to Just Three Years in Prison for Repeatedly Molesting Underage Girl

NYPD Officer Jacob Sabbagh repeatedly molested the daughter of a friend beginning when the girl was just 10 years old until she was 13 on a monthly basis when he stayed the night at her family’s house. At the time he was an auxiliary officer, but later was hired on as a full time officer with the New York Police Department.

In spite of being convicted of the egregious and repeated sexual abuse of the young girl, he still received his Policeman’s Discount. Last week, Judge Alan Marrus sentenced Sabbah to just three years in prison, which is just slightly more than the amount of time he molested the girl before she managed to escape his abuse when the family moved to Israel.

Via a press release from Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson:

According to trial testimony, the defendant, Jacob Sabbagh, 34, of Midwood, Brooklyn, was a family friend of the victim and would sleep over at the victim’s home in Flatbush approximately every month. The investigation revealed that on each of these visits, between June 2005, when the victim was 10, and March 2008, when the victim was 13, the defendant repeatedly groped and fondled her and, on occasion, forced her to reciprocate. The defendant went on to join the police force in 2009. He was fired from the force after his conviction this past June.

The victim and her family moved out of the country and, when she was 16, the victim told her mother about the past abuse. The case was reported to authorities in the country where the victim lived and later referred to the District Attorney’s Victim Services Unit.

In addition to the lenient sentence, Officer Sabbah was also released pending an appeal in spite of the nature of his crimes and warnings that he may flee the country to avoid serving any prison time at all.

Via the New York Daily News:

Jacob Sabbagh pleaded for mercy from Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Alan Marrus, insisting he hadn’t done anything wrong — despite the secretly recorded phone conversations that helped put him away.

“I am innocent. These allegations are false. This might have happened, but not with me. I believe in God and don’t know why this is happening to me,” Sabbagh cried.

But his victim, now 21, said Sabbagh’s “disgusting acts changed my life. His sickness changed my life…”

“I trusted him. My family trusted him. He took advantage of me, my vulnerability and trust,” she said.

“At 14, I felt like a terrible person for letting this happen, I beat myself up, he drained me of my life,” she said, asking the judge to think of her younger self when deciding an appropriate sentence…

The judge showed Sabbagh some mercy — sentencing him to less than half the maximum of seven years.

“Child molestation is a serious crime. I can’t ignore this. I’m looking at a total loss for both of you. No sentence is going to be completely justified, but jail is appropriate,” Marrus said.

The judge also granted a request from Sabbagh’s new lawyer Michael Sosnick that his client be allowed to remain free on bail while he appeals the conviction — a process that could take another year.

Prosecutors vigorously objected to the request because Sabbagh may flee and will be a sex offender in limbo out in the community.

“I’m looking at a total loss for both of you.” – In case you missed that bit of wisdom from Judge Marrus within the quoted text. It’s a good thing he ensured that he didn’t cause too much hardship for Sabbah when he sentenced him. He’s surely suffered enough.

Boulder City (NV) Police “Employee of the Year” Commits Perjury to Arrest Man Interfering With Revenue Generation

Boulder City Police Sgt John Glenn Perjury Unlawful Arrest

Yesterday (June 21st), I went down to Boulder City, a small town just south of Las Vegas, to attend a hearing for a man who had been arrested during a Revenue Generation event that the Boulder City police were holding.

John Hunt had been charged with “Failing to Yield as a Pedestrian” and “Resisting Arrest.” However, in reality he was arrested for interfering with their ability to generate revenue by extorting drivers.

In the end, it actually took longer to make the 25 mile trip from Vegas to the Boulder City Municipal Court than the court appearance lasted.

John Hunt’s lawyer, Stephen Stubbs had prepared a motion to have the case dismissed on Constitutional grounds. However, the prosecutor beat him to the punch and filed his own motion to dismiss all of the charges.

The reason for that decision was that Sergeant John Glenn had illegally arrested Hunt and in the process had lied on a sworn statement within the police report to justify the arrest. According to Stubbs, the real reason for the DA’s quick dismissal was because they knew Sgt. Glenn had lied and that his lies were contradicted on video. So the prosecutor did the “smart thing” and dismissed the case to prevent any further liability for the city.

Hunt has since (Wed. morning) filed a criminal perjury complaint against Glenn, based on the lies he wrote in the arrest report. As Stephen Stubbs states in the video, which includes surveillance video from a nearby business, Sgt. Glenn fabricated several statements within the arrest report.

The main substance of the perjury charge is that Sgt. Glenn confronted hunt for interfering with their operation, which was really intended, to generate tickets, not based on safety. Then he arrested him for “resisting arrest” when Hunt didn’t stop to talk to him.

However, after he arrested him for resisting arrest, Glenn had to come up with an initial reason for the arrest that Hunt was accused of resisting. So he made up several details within the arrest report about what Hunt was doing while crossing the street multiple times at the crosswalk. Included in those imaginary details was a claim that Hunt had been hit by one of the cars.

On June 8, 2016, the Boulder City Police Department, along with the Mesquite Police Department, and the Nevada Highway Patrol were doing a crosswalk “sting” operation. This consisted of  having one of their officers step into the crosswalk, then they ticketed drivers who did not stop for them. Meanwhile, Hunt was heading to get his car serviced at a nearby shop and ended up being one of the people stopped.

Feeling that the crosswalk operation was unfair to drivers because the police officer entering the crosswalk was purposely waiting until cars were going the full speed limit (35 mph) and also too close to the crosswalk to stop in time, Hunt decided to contest it.

According to Stubbs, because he objected to the fairness of the crosswalk sting, John Hunt decided to make a political statement by legally crossing the street in the cross walk while the cars were traveling at a slower, reasonable speed. This was a harmless and legal political protest of what Mr. Hunt saw as an unfair law enforcement trap.

In addition, Stubbs points out:

“Please note that, in Officer John Glenn’s Dash Cam video at 14:03-14:12, Officer Glenn admits that he knew that John Hunt was making a political statement by walking across the street in the cross-walk.” (That dash cam video is embedded below.)

In spite of knowing full well that John Hunt was making a political statement, Sgt. John Glenn wrongfully arrested John Hunt for “resisting arrest” to stop him from making this political statement. Then, because it is unlawful to arrest someone for resisting arrest without the person being arrested for some underlying charge, Glenn fabricated a false and fictitious Declaration of Probable Cause (under penalty of perjury) in an attempt to justify his actions.

John Hunt was subsequently wrongfully arrested for “Failing to Yield as a Pedestrian” (NRS 484B.283) and “Resisting Arrest” (NRS 199.280.3). He spent a day in jail, as a result of that arrest.

Fortunately for Hunt, a local business on that street captured Hunt’s crossing of the street on their security cameras and Hunt’s father was able to acquire a copy of it. (Also Embedded below) Instead of it being just Hunt’s word against a Magic Uniform wearing police officer’s version of events, there was now solid and full visual evidence of what exactly happened. And that evidence showed that Sgt. John Glenn was a liar.

In a public statement after Hunt filed the perjury charges, Stubbs detailed those lies:

Upon review of the security footage, it is clear that Officer John Glenn completely lied on his Declaration of Probably Cause (under penalty of perjury). The most-relevant, fictitious portion of John Glenn’s Declaration of Probable Cause is as follows:

  • “As the decoy was waiting to cross from the McDonalds side of the highway, I observed a subject step out into the crosswalk from the McDonalds side without looking to see if there was traffic coming. The vehicle in the #2 lane was able to stop however the vehicle in the #1 lane had to slam on its brakes and skid to a stop before hitting the subject.” Officer Glenn’s Declaration of Probable Cause and Detention, Lines 5-10.

 The security footage clearly shows that the vehicles were moving well under the 35 mph speed limit, and John Hunt legally cross the street in the cross-walk while the vehicles safely yielded to John Hunt. The security footage further shows that the vehicle in the #1 lane did not slam on its brakes, skid to a stop, nor hit John Hunt. Officer John Glenn clearly lied in his report under penalty of perjury.

Sgt. John Glenn Officer of the Year

Employee of the Year

Incidentally, Sgt. John Glenn isn’t just any run of the mill patrol officer level Hero. He’s the number two officer on the Boulder City Police Department, second only to the police chief. In fact, he’s served as the interim police chief for Boulder City twice after police chiefs Thomas Finn and Bill Conger were fired or forced to resign over misconduct.

In 2013, Sgt. Glenn was even named the “Employee of the Year” for Boulder City. The photo to the right is of his big day when he received that award from David Fraser, the city manager of Boulder City. (Glenn is on the right in the photo.)

In case you’re keeping score at home, that equals the previous two police chiefs in Boulder City being forced out amid (separate) scandals. Plus, the award winning number two cop in the city, who has stepped in both times as the chief of police while their replacements were been sought facing perjury charges.

(See Below Videos for Related Posts)

Stephen Stubbs Explains the Case

Surveillance Video of John Hunt Crossing Street

Sgt. Glenn’s Dashcam Video

Related Posts Submitted By or About Stephen Stubbs:

Stephen-Stubbs-CopBlockThose of you that have followed CopBlock.org over the past several years are probably already aware that Stephen Stubbs has been a frequent subject of posts on the Cop Block Network. He often represents bikers and motorcycle organizations, whom are frequent targets of harassment from the police. In addition, I have personally worked with Stephen in the past on several occasions through Nevada Cop Block on issues or cases involving his clients or on know your rights seminars he has done within the Las Vegas area.

Therefore, there is a pretty lengthy (and growing) list of posts on Cop Block involving Stephen Stubbs, his clients, and/or people or groups he is associated with. Included below are links to those posts.

  1. Las Vegas Metro Police Illegally Search; Sexually Assault Innocent Man to Justify Bullshit Arrest
  2. Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs: “Stand Up and Tell the Truth” – Why #PoliceLiesMatter
  3. Man Beaten by Las Vegas Police For Not Moving Fast Enough Awarded $31,500 Settlement
  4. Full Waco Twin Peaks Biker Shooting Videos; Witness Statement Made Public
  5. Know Your Rights Seminar At Las Vegas “Rally For Your Rights”
  6. Waco, TX; Twin Peaks Shootings Arrests – June 10th Call Flood
  7. Nevada Police Chief Resigns After Protecting Animal Shelter Supervisor Who Killed Pets
  8. Fired NV Police Chief Ordered to Pay Punitive Damages in Abuse of Authority Lawsuit
  9. Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs Found Not Guilty in 5th Amendment Right to Counsel Case
  10. Game Over for Insert Coins’ and Their Abusive Bouncers
  11. Dance, Dance Revolution Protest at Insert Coins Las Vegas- Feb. 26, 2015
  12. Insert Coin(s) Las Vegas Bouncers Beat Man and Obstruct Witness Trying to Film
  13. Las Vegas Police Promise “Fundamental Policy Changes” after Dominic Gennarino Beating
  14. Las Vegas Police Beat a Man for “Not Moving Fast Enough”
  15. Las Vegas Police Agree That You Should Film Them
  16. Free Know Your Rights Seminar in Las Vegas
  17. Attorney Stephen Stubbs Arrested for Refusing to Leave His Client’s Side

A Second New Hampshire Police Chief in Trouble – This Time For Rape

Note: This post was submitted by Ian Freeman, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. It was originally posted by Ian at FreeKeene.com under the title, “Another NH Police Chief in Trouble – This Time For Rape.”

Canterbury Police Chief John Laroche

Canterbury Police Chief John Laroche

If there are only a few bad apples in policing, how do they rise to the top of the ranks? The last case of a corrupt NH police chief reported on the Free Keene blog, less than one year ago, involved New London, NH’s then-chief threatening college girls into stripping so he could photograph them nude in the police department basement.

Now, in the case of Canterbury, NH Police Chief John Laroche, he’s accused of multiple cases of sexual assault (rape) against a teenage girl. To be clear, the girl was of the age of consent, however Laroche was in a position of authority over her, as he was in charge of the Police Explorers program, where teenagers explore whether they would like a career in law enforcement. Apparently, it’s also not uncommon for them to explore their sexuality with the officers.

Laroche was arrested in August, according to this press release from the NH Attorney General. He’s now been indicted on multiple counts, according to NH1.

– Ian Freeman

Please attribute to Free Keene, thanks!