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Judge, Director of Public Safety, and Deputy Constable in Pennsylvania Arrested Laundering Drug Money

In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, John I. Waltman, a district judge from Trevose, Robert P. Hoopes the Director of Public Safety for Lower Southampton, and Bernard T. Rafferty a Bucks County Deputy Constable were scooped up in a sting that involved laundering $400,000 they believed was derived from drug sales and fraud. In return, they had kept $80,000 out of the laundered money.

Via the Philadelphia Inquirer:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that in his position, Hoopes has authority over all police, fire, and emergency operations in Lower Southampton and previously operated a legal practice in Doylestown.

Besides being a deputy constable, Rafferty controls Raff’s Consulting LLC, a corporation registered with the state in 2011, the office said.

The sting operation was conducted by undercover officers and a confidential witness.

From June 2015 through November of this year, the defendants allegedly conducted three money-laundering transactions.

At one of those meetings, Hoopes’ badge was visible on his belt, according to the indictment.

As part of the scheme, Hoopes, Rafferty, and Waltman obtained bogus legal and business documents that provided the cover for money laundering, prosecutors said.

During one transaction described in the indictment, Hoopes drove an unmarked Lower Southampton police car to an office building in Feasterville-Trevose carrying a check from Rafferty’s consulting business in the amount of 80 percent of the cash, according to the indictment. The other two men waited outside in the unmarked police car.

In exchange for the check, undercover officers gave Hoopes a duffel bag filled with at least $100,000 in cash, prosecutors said.

Afterward, the men split their cuts and then deposited the remaining funds back into the Philadelphia bank account for Rafferty’s business, prosecutors said.

As part of the conspiracy, the men allegedly attempted to broker the sale to the undercover officers of a bar in Feasterville-Trevose to be used to launder money. They asked for a broker’s fee of at least 10 percent of the bar’s sale price, according to the indictment.

The men also allegedly planned to obtain a sham default judgment in Bucks County court and fraudulently enforce the judgment to provide funds to launder bank-fraud proceeds from an overseas account.

The full indictment can be viewed here: Bucks County Money Laundering Indictment.

Tamir Rice’s Mother Releases Statement on Non-Indictment; Appeals to Feds for Justice

As was already reported by CopBlock Network Contributor Dylan Donnelly, it was announced yesterday that a Cleveland grand jury had failed to indict Officer Timothy Loehman or Officer Frank Garmback for the murder of 12 year old Tamir Rice on November 22, 2014. Nothing about that should actually be surprising since the inherent bias of grand juries and the secrecy that is built into them, which obscures and facilitates that bias, are overwhelmingly used to ensure that police and other government officials are NOT indicted for their crimes. The true purpose is to protect, not prosecute those within that system.

Equally unsurprisingly, Tamir Rice’s mother was not happy or satisfied with the grand jury announcement. Later in the day, Samaria Rice released this statement addressing the non-indictment:

My family and I are in pain and devastated by the non-indictment of officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback for the murder of our beloved Tamir. After this investigation—which took over a year to unfold—and Prosecutor McGinty’s mishandling of this case, we no longer trust the local criminal-justice system, which we view as corrupt.

Prosecutor Thomas McGinty

Prosecutor Timothy McGinty

Prosecutor McGinty deliberately sabotaged the case, never advocating for my son, and acting instead like the police officers’ defense attorney. In a time in which a non-indictment for two police officers who have killed an unarmed black child is business as usual, we mourn for Tamir, and for all of the black people who have been killed by the police without justice. In our view, this process demonstrates that race is still an extremely troubling and serious problem in our country and the criminal-justice system.

I don’t want my child to have died for nothing and I refuse to let his legacy or his name be ignored. We will continue to fight for justice for him, and for all families who must live with the pain that we live with.

As the video shows, Officer Loehmann shot my son in less than a second. All I wanted was someone to be held accountable. But this entire process was a charade.

I pray and hope that the federal government will investigate this case.”

Samaria Rice is very much correct in her understanding of the corruption within the “justice” system itself. She also pretty accurately describes the aforementioned nature and flawed process of the grand jury. However and regrettably, she seemingly fails to realize that the Federal Government, if they even bother to investigate, will give her no less of a charade. While it’s understandable why she would hold out hope for a better result, the end will be both predictable and similar.

It’s not just the local system that has created the circumstances resulting in the extra judicial execution of her son, nor are the cover-ups that have enabled such crimes by police to continue and increase in frequency limited to Cleveland or the State of Ohio. Placing faith in another side of the same coin is a recipe for continued disappointment.

Video of Tamir Rice Shooting

Full Surveillance Video of Tamir Rice Shooting

Unite with Nevada Cop Block to Oppose the Cover Up of Stanley Gibson’s Murder by LVMPD

Las Vegas is an increasingly more dangerous place anytime police are in the area.

The first “Police Fatality Public Fact-Finding Review,” regarding the murder of Stanley Gibson by Metro Officer Jesus Arevalo, is scheduled to take place on Thursday February 28th beginning at 9:00 am and will be located at the Clark County Government Center, where the Clark County Board of Commissioners hold their regular meetings.

We’ll be meeting up at 8:00am in order to organize together and go over the specifics of what we will be doing to bring attention to Stanley’s murder. It’s incredibly important for anyone that cares about justice and supports accountability for police that commit crimes against people within the Las Vegas community to be there and make their voice heard for past victims of police violence and to prevent future innocent victims.

In spite of the long-winded name change, the new process that was created by LVMPD’s Sheriff Gillespie and Chris Collins of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association (Police Union) is designed to do anything but allow the public to find facts. The reality is that it is much worse than the original, much maligned, Coroner’s Inquest system that it will be replacing.

Unlike the Coroner’s Inquest, the Police Fatality Review will involve no opportunity for testimony from witnesses and only voluntary testimony by the police involved in the shootings, which the LVPPA has already gone on record as saying that pretty much has no chance of happening. What it amounts to is a choreographed staging of the police department’s version of events with zero representation from a genuine neutral party, the victim’s family, or independent witnesses.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson actually referred to it as a “performance,” while endorsing it, during the Commissioner’s meeting in which it was initially proposed. That’s just how much of a blatant and callous cover up the Police Fatality Review is.

The first case to go before this Police Fatality Review involves the murder of Stanley Gibson, an unarmed man who was shot seven times by Jesus Arevalo in spite of having committed no actual crime and having had his vehicle blocked in by several police cars so that it was unable to move.

Stanley, a disabled veteran, who was lost and suffering a panic attack as a result of PTSD and other ailments he suffered during his time in the Persian Gulf, represented no direct or imminent probability of harming anyone at the time.

There was no reason for any of the dozens of heavily armed police to feel in any way threatened by him. And the fact that of all those cops there, only Jesus Arevalo felt the need to fire the shots that killed Stanley Gibson only supports that conclusion.

Caution Police State ahead

Caution Police State ahead

Instead of holding someone that at best was grossly negligent that night accountable for his actions, D.A. Wolfson, Sheriff Gillespie, LVPPA’s Chris Collins, the Clark County Board of Commissioners, and every other member of the LV Metro Police Department are closing ranks around him in a misguided attempt to cover up yet another officer involved shooting under what could only mildly be called questionable circumstances.

Anyone living in Las Vegas should be well aware that there is a longstanding problem with brutality and outright murder by members of Las Vegas area police departments, especially those of the LVMPD. In several cases, especially those involving Stanley Gibson, Erik Scott, Trevon Cole, Henry Rowe, and Rafael Olivas, the circumstances behind the shooting have been incredibly questionable, if not completely inexcusable.

The obvious reason for the mounting body count by local police is the fact that no Las Vegas area police officer has EVER been held accountable for shooting someone, no matter how questionable that shooting has been.

Replacing what was already a terribly flawed system with one that not only retains those flaws, but incorporates even less transparency and can only be seen as a conscious effort to ensure the police never have to fear being held accountable for deaths they cause not only doesn’t address this problem, but in reality actually makes it harder for the police to do the things they are supposed to do by creating a lack of trust and discouraging any support for police from the people living within the community that they work.

It’s a self-perpetuating downward spiral that only exacerbates an already toxic and often violent relationship. The time to put an end to this has already passed and things can only get worse at this point if the transparency and accountability that Sheriff Gillespie promises so often isn’t actually upheld truthfully and with honest intentions.

As of right now, I have been unable to find any info regarding the specifics of the expected length of the kangaroo court that will begin Thursday or restrictions on public entry into the chambers where it will be held. Although, I suspect this lack of information is intentional, if I do come across that information I will post it here.