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Police wrongdoings Archive



by Edmond Geary

Police officer robbing motorists

Every profession has its bad apples, and the Tulsa Police Department made its contribution last year.  An interesting question was raised in the case concerning the definition of crimes. Marvin Blades was a police officer, patrolling in his police cruiser around town, protecting the citizens of Tulsa.  But while on duty, he had a side…

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by Edmond Geary

Search protection for citizens’ electronic privacy

Whenever police arrest someone, they routinely seize any telephone carried on the person or in the person’s vehicle.  Does the arrested person have a right to privacy in the information stored there?  Should the police be required as a predicate to such a search of establishing probable cause and secure a search warrant.  The United…

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by Edmond Geary

Another wrongful conviction , but this time without DNA proof

Another conviction has been found out to be false, but this time DNA did not prove it false. This time, the proof, after the passage of time and upon closer examination, just fell apart. As usual, the false conviction resulted from corrupt police work.  This was helped along by a prosecutor who turned a blind…

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by Edmond Geary

Another Rape by Police

Another law enforcement has been charged with the commission of rape while on duty.  Patrick Venable, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper until he was forced to resign for this offense, is charged with Rape Second Degree.  The Logan County District Attorney claims this crime took place while Venable was on duty. The fact that Venable…

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by Edmond Geary

Police Officers Convicted in Murders during Hurricane Katrina

A total twenty present or former New Orleans police officers have been charged last year with civil rights violations arising out of police misconduct during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Federal court in New Orleans saw the jury bring verdicts against the first five to go trial last December.  Of those, three were convicted while…

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by Edmond Geary

Rescuers Turn Attackers

“Don’t taze my granny,” Lonnie Tinsley cried.  He was yelling at the police he had called to help his 86-year-old grandmother in his home in El Reno.  Actually, he had called for help for his grandmother, thinking medical personnel would arrive.  The police arrived.  But the police didn’t listen to him.  When the grandmother, Lona…

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by Edmond Geary

Police Charged with Selling Heroin

Angel “Fat Boy” Ortiz had a meeting near the North Philadelphia Amtrak station.  He met with James Venziale to discuss some business. The idea was to steal some heroin from Miguel Santiago with the help of Philadelphia police officers and then sell the heroin to drug dealer.  The problem was that the intended purchaser, the…

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by Edmond Geary

Cop Murders in New Orleans

One of the ghosts of Hurricane Katrina has surfaced – again.  A fifth former police officer has been charged in federal court for covering up the killings of unarmed civilians in the days after Hurricane Katrina.  Ignatius Hills was charged in New Orleans federal court with obstructing justice and misprison of a felony.  Hills resigned…

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by Edmond Geary

Bogus Libel Lawsuit Killed

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed U.S. District Court Judge Ronald A. White’s dismissal in September, 2007, of a pitiful lawsuit brought by former Ada District Attorney Bill Peterson against author John Gresham and others.  The lawsuit was filed in the Muskogee in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of…

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by Edmond Geary

Off-duty Oklahoma City Cops Criminally Charged with Shooting

Two off-duty Oklahoma City Police department sergeants have been charged with “Drive-by Shooting.”  Sgt. Diron Carter and Sgt. Michael McKethan  were arrested, posted $25,000 bond each and were released.  Carter is a eight-year veteran and McKethan is a seven-year veteran of the police force. The law against “drive-by” shootings was the result of gang shootings…

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