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Update: Las Vegas Police Officer Previously Caught Committing Perjury Promoted (Again) to Captain

LVMPD Capt. Yesenia Yatomi Promotion After Perjury

Capt. Yasenia Yatomi, who ordered the illegal arrest of Las Vegas attorney Stephen Stubbs in order to question a suspect without his attorney present and then lied about it under oath.

Normally, once you know the actual background of the subject of Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV.com‘s “feel good story” about a female LVMPD officer receiving a promotion, its opening line would be rather ironic:

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s newest captain is beating the odds…”

Of course, in this situation we’re talking about a cop and more specifically a Las Vegas cop. So any sort of amazement or disbelief in relation to their horrible and even outright illegal behavior on the job and lack of any sort of meaningful consequences should always be immediately and completely suspended.

The true fact of the matter is that if newly promoted Captain Yatomi was employed in any other sort of career field just the fact that she wasn’t fired after she was caught in court committing perjury in order to justify ordering the illegal arrest of a lawyer would have huge odds against it.

In fact, it could be argued that, even among the police in most cities outside of the Las Vegas area, being exposed (once again in court) as having falsified an official police report would also carry pretty good odds of landing a police officer in jail.

What’s not mentioned at all within that article is that Capt. Yatomi has a rather large and infamous history of misconduct over the past several years. As can be seen in the video embedded below, in 2013 then Sgt. Yatomi, as part of the LVMPD Gang Task Force, arrived at a traffic stop in which members of a motorcycle club, the “Bikers for Christ,” were being questioned by a group of Metro patrol officers.

In spite of the fact that one of the detained bikers had asked Stephen Stubbs, a local attorney who was present at the time, to represent him during that questioning, Yatomi immediately ordered him to leave. Stubbs refused to do so, explaining that the man had a Fifth Amendment right to counsel. Instead of honoring that request, Yatomi ordered the arrest of Stubbs for “obstruction.”

Stephen Stubbs Arrest Video

That, in and of itself, would be a violation of the Constitution and, based on that, an illegal arrest of an attorney who had every legal right to represent their client during questioning. At the very least, it should have brought into question Yatomi’s knowledge of the law and her (rather important) job requirement to actually be aware of and uphold the Constitutional rights of citizens. The fact she was in a supervisory position as a sergeant only compounds those factors.

However, rather than dismissing the charges and admitting to being in the wrong, Yatomi subsequently created a second police report with a falsified description of the arrest, alleging that Stubbs had actively interfered with the officers’ investigation. Fortunately for Stubbs, a bystander had filmed the entire incident. Otherwise, he likely would have been sentenced to jail and possibly even disbarred as a result of Yatomi’s false report.

Instead, once the video was shown in court, Stubbs was declared innocent by Judge Eric Goodman. That video evidence was convincing enough that Stubbs was not even required to present a defense. It gets even worse, though. Not only did Yatomi lie in the police report she presented to prosecutors, she also withheld the original police report in order to cover for her illegal actions. Since a police report constitutes a sworn statement, both the falsification of the second report and the withholding of the first are criminal acts.

Regardless of this blatant and obvious string of crimes Yatomi had committed, she suffered exactly zero repercussions for her intentional illegal actions. Judge Goodman refused to hold her in contempt for having committed perjury and evidence tampering within his courtroom, ruling that it was up to the LVMPD to file charges against her. And you know that didn’t happen, because Metro is known as the most corrupt police department in the country for a reason.

In fact, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has not only reached new lows in failing to hold Yatomi accountable in any way for her crimes, they’ve rewarded her quite handsomely for them. As shown in the video embedded below, in 2016 Yatomi was promoted to lieutenant. As part of that promotion Lt. Yatomi, who had been publicly exposed as a perjurer that withheld evidence in order to justify an illegal and unconstitutional arrest, was placed in charge of Metro’s internal affairs division (the department that investigates cops accused of misconduct).

And now, just four years after knowingly and intentionally committing multiple felonies in order to justify an illegal arrest, Yasenia Yatomi has “beaten the odds” by being promoted to the rank of captain and put in charge of the Bolden Area Command. That certainly inspires confidence that the LVMPD has cleaned up their act and can now be trusted to hold their officers accountable. I feel safer already.

Lt. Yatomi is Promoted and Put in Charge of Internal Affairs

Previous Posts on NVCopBlock.org About Capt. Yasenia Yatomi:

  1. The LVMPD Gang Task Force is Corrupt and it Extends All the Way to the Top
  2. Head of LVMPD Internal Affairs Ordered to Answer Perjury/Withholding
  3. Head of LVMPD Internal Affairs Accused of Perjury; Judge Recused Self Due to “Negative Opinion” of Her
  4. Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs: “Stand Up and Tell the Truth” – Why #PoliceLiesMatter
  5. Las Vegas Attorney Stephen Stubbs Found Not Guilty in 5th Amendment Right to Counsel Case
  6. Attorney Stephen Stubbs Arrested for Refusing to Leave His Client’s Side
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LVMPD Police Illegally Detain Then Falsely Arrest Las Vegas Man For Not Telling Them His Birthdate

LVMPD Illegal Detention False Arrest Las Vegas Federal Courthouse

Note: This post was shared with Nevada Cop Block via reader submission. If you have videos, stories, or personal interactions with the police (and/or “justice” system) that you would like to share, send them to us and we will do everything we can to bring it to the attention of the world.

Update: I’ve been told that the name of the officer who is wearing the body camera is Officer J. Deel. Also, the officer who orders that Mr. Martinez be (falsely) arrested is named Officer Jenkins. A third officer, who appears on camera at the end while he is being placed in the car, is named Officer Hernandez. (Other officers, who currently have not been identified, were also present.)

In the body camera footage (which was recorded by Officer J. Deel) embedded below, police officers from the LVMPD​ illegally detain then falsely arrest Joshua Martinez outside of the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas​. Initially they approach and ask him for his birthdate, claiming that he is required to identify himself because they “are assisting the federal marshals within the courthouse.” Their only explanation for why he is supposedly required to identify himself to them is because when he tried to enter the courthouse the marshals asked him for ID, which he did not give them.

However, in order for someone to have to identify themselves to the police, they need to be legally detained first. In order to be legally detained, the police must have a reasonable suspicion that that person has committed a crime, is currently committing a crime, or is about to commit a crime. Even if there is a requirement to show ID in order to enter a building (I’ve personally been to the courthouse many times and can’t recall having ever been required to do so), not having that ID or opting against showing it to them is not a crime. It simply means they won’t allow you inside. So that does not satisfy the requirement for reasonable suspicion of a crime.

In the meantime, during the video, they readily admit several times that they are not accusing him of having committed a crime. In addition, they admit that he is on public property and confirm that he has not been trespassed from the property by the federal marshals. Contrary to what they claim while demanding the information that Martinez is under no legal obligation to provide, they are by their own admission not investigating him for having committed a crime.

Since they in fact never legally detained him, he is not under any obligation to identify himself to them. They also never ordered him to leave the courthouse property. So, he’s not disobeying any lawful orders. Therefore their charge of obstruction and the resulting arrest is false and illegal. Cops lie a lot and try to trick you into giving up your rights, but they also often don’t know the laws they are enforcing. This actually looks like the latter case.

See the original (raw) body cam video here at Joshua Martinez’ YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/riA0TcO7QnE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Via WinkNews.com:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Along with the Video, this description was included:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Columbia MO Police Commit Felony Wiretap to Record Phone Call Between Attorney and Client

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Stephen Wyse, a civil rights attorney from Missouri, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. The accompanying video, embedded below, was posted to the Citizens For Justice YouTube channel. Additional information about Citizens For Justice can be found at their Facebook page.

MEDIA ADVISORY

January 27, 2017

Columbia, Missouri – Civil Rights Attorney Stephen Wyse filed dual criminal and Internal Affairs complaints against a presently unidentified Columbia Police Department officer or officers for felony wiretap act violations of recording the attorney-client phone call between Shayne Healea and his attorney Shane Farrow on October 24, 2014.

In October 2016, Wyse made repeated calls to Boone County Prosecutor Daniel Knight requesting for him to appoint a special prosecutor to determine if this felony by a Columbia Police Officer(s) was a single incident or part of the pattern and practice of Columbia Police Officers to illegally record attorney-client communications and use them in their investigations and/or turn them over to government prosecutors.

Shayne Healea is presently the Moniteau County Prosecuting Attorney. Before becoming an attorney he was a police officer that worked undercover in a multi-jurisdiction drug task force. He is currently awaiting trial on DUI charges related to a 2014 car accident.

Columbia Police Commit Felony Wiretap

Columbia Police officer(s) recorded a legally privileged phone call between Shayne Healea and his attorney Shane Farrow on October 24, 2014, at the Columbia Police Department. The officer(s) involved have yet to be identified.

Mr. Healea had been arrested on October 24, 2014, after which he had requested to speak with his attorney in private. At first, the yet unidentified officer refused to permit a private and legally privileged attorney-client phone call. But then the officer apparently relented and placed Mr. Healea in holding cell for privacy to talk with his attorney. A legal duty the officer was required to obey as commanded by both Missouri law and the United States Constitution. Unbeknownst to Mr. Healea this Columbia Police officer was using electronic surveillance equipment placed in the holding cell to enable police commit felony wiretap and record the 15 to 20 minute phone call between Healea and his lawyer.

As an attorney who has had what I believed to be legally privileged attorney-client conversations with my clients within the confines of the Columbia Police Department. I was outraged when news reports from the Columbia Tribune and Columbia Missourian revealed that Columbia police officer(s) had committed a felony wiretap and I was concerned that my client(s) rights might also have been violated by similar criminal actions committed by the police.

– Stephen Wyse

Stephen Wyse’s complete blog post on the subject with links to his complaint and a video report from Wyse can be found here:

Columbia Police Commit Felony Wiretap of Attorney-Client Phone Call

 

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LAPD Police Officers Taser Man Who Was Already Stabbed Twice

The following post and accompanying video were shared with the CopBlock Network by “LaurasharkCW,” via the CopBlock.org Submission Page. Her YouTube channel, where she posts videos of the copwatching she has done in Southern California, can be found here.

Date of Incident: January 6, 2017
Officers Involved: Unit #81303 Unit #81148 (Didn’t get names this time)
Department Involved: Los Angeles Police Department – Harbor Division
Department Phone Number: (310)726-7700

When we got to the incident, we were there a little over five minutes before we could finally see what was going on (when the ambulance arrived). We could hear arguing back and forth between someone and the police…Then once we could see, we saw a young man sitting on the ground, handcuffed, and suffering from a stab wound, his white shirt soaked with blood.

Little by little, we could see that not only was he handcuffed, but the LAPD had also hog tied his feet AND one of the officers was standing over him, holding his taser gun, with the leads hanging down…It wasn’t until the young man in this video, found my video and contacted me, that we actually knew what had happened.

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He told me that he was stabbed twice in a bar fight, had managed to call his dad, and that a stranger was offering him a ride to the hospital. Then his dad showed up at the same time as the police arrived. He was scared and losing blood fast. He remembers trying to leave to go to the hospital, but the police would not let him leave.

He began to panic and he says he remembers being yelled at. Then he was tasered and remembers being handcuffed before he blacked out…If you notice in the video, the paramedics didn’t rush in and get him and go. Instead, there was a lot of standing around for over ten minutes before they handcuffed him to the stretcher and took him to the hospital. From first contact by the officers to when he finally was taken, was almost thirty minutes.

I have been recording LAPD Harbor Division for a little over a year now. The things that stand out the most to me, are this division/department has a serious lack of training in DEESCALATING situations. They also have a lack of training in mental illness and they all seem to deal with situations like a bunch of Juveniles – who don’t take anything seriously.

Who tasers a man that is already bleeding out from being stabbed twice? Tasering is not a method of subduing someone WHO IS SUFFERING FROM INJURIES and needs medical attention.

The kid being taken away in hand cuffs in the video (the one not stabbed), was arrested and is being charged with stabbing the victim. However, they are friends and there is no way he was the one who stabbed him.

– Laurashark

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