Top 10 reasons for
moving your business or family to Cookeville, Tennessee
not just the pornographic police chief anymore
to the Police State
other crimes by police go unreported and unpunished, study finds
to the recently released Stolen Lives book
the fall of 1996, a friend who was organizing for the first National Day
of Protest to Stop Police Brutality asked me to help out. In the course
of attending meetings, I met some of the relatives of victims of police
killings. When I heard their stories of how their loved ones were killed,
I was horrified.
force by law enforcement officers killed at least 498
persons between Oct. 1, 1997 and Oct. 1, 1998, according to research conducted
by Karen Saari and Project Censored at California's Sonoma State University
-- a number much higher than the 'official' FBI statistics allege, researchers
brutality database here
More than five dozen persons were murdered by police, former police or
security guards between 1982 and 1998.
deaths: At least 125 prisoners died in U.S. jails from suicides or
other unusual circumstances between 1988 and 1998.
police force takes the field in Clinton's 4th quarter
you, Jimbo Shipley,
making Cookeville a police state
Los Angeles Police Department's Web site, the Rampart area image evokes
a colorful, tropical neighborhood close to downtown. But when you click
your way through the site, what you get are stories
of a former officer entering a plea agreement for stealing cocaine, questionable
shootings, officers advised to plant weapons on unarmed victims they shoot
and other criminal actions. What are the signs that officials should have
noticed before it got to this?
would you think if
City Mismanager Jim Shipley forgave such actions
in Cookeville because he knows the cop and "he didn't mean any harm?"
did Shipley pick
Bob Terry, the man with the least education and whose self-approved
overtime payments nearly broke the Drug Task Force, to lead a troubled
about justice, gentlemen
City Mismanager Jimbo Shipley
records are the fingerprints of government
are the microscope you can look through to see the disease eating away
at civil rights
Michael O'Mara: His bad advice has served him well. He collects fees sorting
out strategies to avoid prosecution for his cowardly advice.
the Shipley regime, Cookeville has paid these men tens of thousands of
dollars to fight having to make public records public. This is your
government. This is your money.
lawyer John Duffy. Represents Tennessee municipalities when they are sued
for civil rights violations
Dozen Officers Under Fire
officer has been fired and 11 others, mostly members of Rampart’s anti-gang
unit, have been relieved of duty with pay as a result of the scandal.
district attorney’s office has notified defense lawyers that hundreds of
cases Perez worked on may have been tainted, and judges have lifted two
injunctions against gang activity because they were imposed based on declarations
by some officers now caught up in the corruption case.
Words From Jailed
who was convicted of stealing $1 million worth of cocaine from an
evidence locker, has told investigators that Rampart officers framed people
for crimes they didn't commit, lied in court to obtain convictions and,
in at least one instance, shot a man in the head, put a gun in his hand
and arrested him for assaulting a police officer.
Francisco Ovando, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison for assault,
was released last week as a result Perez’s information. He was paralyzed
from the waist down.
Corruption Probe Grows to 7 Shootings, New Allegations: Moreover, investigators
believe that a sergeant with the station's anti-gang unit instructed officers
under his command to plant guns on unarmed suspects.
Dozen Officers Under Fire: One officer has been fired and 11 others, mostly
members of Rampart’s anti-gang unit, have been relieved of duty with pay
as a result of the scandal.
Ovando Released from Salinas Valley State Prison
Former LAPD Officer Perez Enters Into Plea Agreement
Area Distributes Christmas Cheer to Needy Residents During Their 8th Annual
Christmas Food and Toy Basket Giveaway
Officers Involved in Shooting
Fito de la Parra's recently published book claims crooked cops in
Denver turned the good-times Canned Heat blues band into outlaws
the pinche cops, man
A Police Department official
said he could not find any internal record of a complaint by former Police
Officer Bill Drossman that Police Chief Bob Terry had an inappropriately
close relationship with Mike Gaw, target of a federal probe into ticket
there's the case of Byron Looper
Coomer calls cops on lawyer, editor, demanding to inspect altered indictment
O'Mara's efforts to hide information cost Cookeville taxpayers $100,000
to defend -- much of it flowing back to O'Mara,
paid informant John Dedmon rebuffed by city council as he describes framing
innocent citizens for DA Gibson
can any jury convict anyone of anything remotely connected with DA Bill
Gibson or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. There is a reasonable
doubt that the defendant was framed in every case Gibson prosecutes.
If this is not clear to you, you now see how people don't see it coming
because you don't see it yourself and IT IS ALREADY HERE.
People like Cookeville
Councilman Harold Jackson are to blame when clear signs are concealed from
is people like Harold
Jackson who prefer that government cover up crimes rather than provide
a decent place to live.
you call this public service?
Did a crime occur? Is
there a cover up? Does Major Fred White have information? Why does the
city deny the allegations brought by an officer who passed a polygraph
test but believe a major who won't take one? Won't a lie detector test
reveal anything purposeful, like, for instance, who's lying? Story
Hiring Falters; Grant Funds Imperiled
Los Angeles Police Department, which never before had to try very hard
to attract new officers, faces an unprecedented hiring crisis, potentially
jeopardizing a critical federal grant and forcing officials to undertake
more aggressive -- and creative -- recruiting methods. From the LA Times
Officer Arrested In Theft Case
veteran suspected of cheating Elvis dealers
to The Putnampit
By Karen Saari
The reasons for including suicides in the data
1. I firmly believe that a great many suicides
of "suspects" in the presence of police are actually killings
by police. One of the reasons I think this
is that it is quite common that after a seige in which a suspect
dies, the first reports state that the suspect
died in a hail of bullets fired by officers. The next set of
press reports state that police are not sure
if the victim was killed by his own firearm or by police. The
final set of press reports state definitively
that the suspect shot himself. I find this highly suspicious and
have felt for a long time it was one of many
ways in which authorities hide the high number of police
2. Some reports of suicides by suspects
are ludicrous and simply not believable. Take, for example,
the case of the young man whose apartment was
stormed by police recently in the San Diego area.
When he did not immediately surrender to police,
he was subdued (i.e. beaten), pepper-sprayed, frisked
for weapons and handcuffed. At this point,
according to police, the young man (pepper-sprayed, beaten
and handcuffed!!!) was apparently able to extract
a gun hidden in his clothes and shoot himself in the
head and kill himself. I feel that it is
irresponsible for a researcher to dignify this kind of police reporting
by classifying such a death as a suicide.
3. Lastly, there is some thinking by some
activists and researchers that any death (suicide, accident,
etc.) in the presence of law enforcement should
be included in the data.
a) There are numerous cases of police chasing
suspects into lakes where the suspects subsequently
drowned, or off buildings or bridges where they
fell to their deaths. It is my intutive feeling that in a great
many of these cases, the police deliberately
chase people to their deaths. I know intimately about one
such case in which the New York City police harrassed
a Parsons Design School student and chased
him into the East River where he drowned.
The NYPD spent years covering up that killing and even
murdered a police commissioner (his car exploded
on the way to an important meeting) planning to
expose the case.The young man who was killed
was the son of an affluent and prominent Virginia
b) In the case of actual suicides [even
I believe there are some], police need to be held accountable in
some measure for these deaths. Police are
charged with protecting people and being able to respond
effectively to stressful, intense situations.
Clearly, they are clearly not able to do this and often a
situation becomes much worse when police arrive
on the scene. As a society we need to ask why
someone would rather die by their own hand than
face being placed in police custody. Also, if a
psychiatric social worker or member of the clergy
were called in cases of distraught persons threatening
suicide, would the outcome be different?
I think so.
4. Cases officially listed as "suicide by
cop" are always listed as shooting deaths in my database. I
suspect that "suicide by cop" cases may not be
reported otthe FBI as police killings - I am not sure