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Are police officers allowed to lie to you? Yes the Supreme Court has ruled that police officers can lie to the American people. Police officers are trained at lying, twisting words and being manipulative. Police officers and other law enforcement agents are very skilled at getting information from people. So don’t try to “out smart” a police officer and don’t try being a “smooth talker” because you will lose! If you can keep your mouth shut, you just might come out ahead more than you expected.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fatal Police Shooting Prompts Third Day of Bitter Protest in El Cajon

By


Boisterous crowds gathered at El Cajon police headquarters and marched through the East County city today for a second round of protests over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed and mentally unstable black man at a downtown strip mall.

Angry demonstrations stemming from the death of 30-year-old Uganda native Alfred Olango began Tuesday afternoon, shortly after he was mortally wounded during a confrontation with officers outside a fast-food restaurant near the intersection of Interstate 8 and state Route 67.


Protesters contend that the officer who shot Olango was unduly quick to open fire and that the decision was racially motivated. One man told reporters the victim had suffered a seizure just prior to the shooting, and another said Olango had his hands raised at the moment the shots rang out.

“These senseless killings have to stop — not just in El Cajon but in the entire country,” community activist Estela De Los Rios said.

For their part, police officials stated that Olango was uncooperative when contacted by patrol personnel, repeatedly refused to remove one of his hands from a pants pocket, assumed “what appeared to be a shooting stance,” produced some type of object and pointed it toward one of the officers.


Early this afternoon, the demonstrators noisily paraded through town to the area where the deadly encounter had played out less than 24 hours earlier. For a time, the throng blocked the intersection of Broadway and Mollison Avenue and faced off with a row of officers in riot gear.

Later in the afternoon, El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells told reporters he was “begging that El Cajon stay a peaceful, harmonious place.”

“That is, stay safe for our citizens, safe for our children — and (I ask) that everybody be patient and calm and let the process do what the process has to do,” he said.

In response to a reporter’s question, Wells acknowledged being concerned about the potential for the protests to turn violent.


“I see what’s happening all over the country,” the mayor said. “Of course I’m worried. … I don’t expect anything bad to happen, but I certainly don’t want to be caught unaware.”

The events that led to the fatal confrontation began when officers were dispatched to investigate a report of a mentally ill pedestrian behaving erratically and walking in traffic in a downtown district a few blocks north of El Cajon Valley High School.

Patrol personnel contacted the man, later identified as Olango, behind a fast-food restaurant in the 700 block of Broadway, police Capt. Frank LaHaye said.

Moments later, one of the officers shot Olango with an electric stun gun, and the other opened fire with his service gun. Witnesses reported hearing about five gunshots.

Medics took Olango to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Hours later, police released a still image lifted from citizen video taken at the shooting scene. It showed a man in a crouching stance, holding something up in front of him with two officers apparently training weapons on him.

Authorities have declined to make public the rest of the footage or disclose what Olango was holding, though they acknowledged it was not a gun. Some news agencies reported that he may have been clutching an electronic smoking device.

Protesters criticized the release of only one photo, instead of the entire video.

El Cajon police Chief Jeff Davis told reporters the officers involved in the shooting, each with more than 20 years of service, were placed on administrative leave for at least three days, as per protocol. He promised a thorough and transparent multi-agency investigation.

Some protesters questioned why personnel with special training to deal with the mentally ill were not dispatched to deal with Olango, who had been identified as troubled. They also called for a federal law enforcement investigation into the shooting.

A distraught woman who said she was Olango’s sister could be heard at the shooting scene asking why officers shot her brother after she called for help and identified him as mentally ill.

Some purported witnesses alleged that cellphones had been confiscated from bystanders at the scene. LaHaye countered that only one was impounded, and that it had been voluntarily turned over by an employee at a nearby restaurant.

“This was the only phone provided to officers in this investigation,” the captain said. “No other phones were taken from witnesses.”

Despite that claim, Norma Chavez-Peterson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego & Imperial Counties, noted that seizing witnesses’ recording devices violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

“The public has the right to film police in public places, and police officers may not confiscate or demand to view your digital photos or video without a warrant,” Chavez-Peterson said. “Under no circumstances may police officers delete your photos or videos.”

She said the agency would be “paying close attention as the details of this situation unfold.”

“What I’d like to do is promise that I’m going to do everything in my power to heal the situation as quickly and as thoroughly as I possibly can,” he said. “That means being completely honest and being completely truthful with (the public) at all times.”

Wells told news crews he understood that those who were protesting the shooting “don’t feel heard.”

“I understand that they feel frustrated by a system that they sometimes feel is not working in their favor,” he said. “I understand that they are wanting more information, (and) that they are wanting it quickly.”

During the afternoon news conference, county Supervisor Dianne Jacob, whose district includes El Cajon, echoed the mayor’s pleas for peace in the wake of the traumatic event.

“I would encourage all citizens to remain calm, to remain patient, to let the authorities complete their investigation and not to jump to conclusions, not to judge prematurely on what maybe somebody thinks happened,” Jacob said.

Wells said he himself was holding off on any judgments, even though he has seen the full witness video of the shooting and was deeply affected by it.

“I saw a man who was distraught, a man who was acting in ways that looked like he was in great pain,” the mayor said. “And I saw him get gunned down and killed, and it broke my heart.”

According to friends, Olango was born in Kampala, Uganda, as one of nine children. His mother and siblings emigrated to New York as refugees in 1991, apparently because his father — who worked for the Ugandan president — made threats of violence against them.

The family eventually moved to Southern California, and Olango attended San Diego High School for a time before dropping out, though he later earned a GED. According to his Facebook page, he also studied at San Diego Mesa College and worked as a cook at a Hooters restaurant.

The mayor pledged to fully disclose the facts of the case as promptly as possibly.

Olango’s death spurred expressions of suspicion and censure from many civil rights activists and watchdog agencies.

Christopher Rice-Wilson of Alliance San Diego said every death of a black man at the hands of police sends a message to the community to “stay in line.” He attributed what befell Olango to “three strikes” — being black, being mentally ill and not following orders.


“Black lives matter,” Rice-Wilson said. “And if a black life doesn’t matter, then no life matters.”

Ginger Jacobs, chairwoman of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, said it was “impossible for our communities to rely on police officers for help when they shoot first and ask questions later.”

“Communities of color and immigrant communities need to know that law enforcement agencies are here to serve and protect all people,” she said. “We demand that an independent investigation be conducted by an agency outside of the El Cajon Police Department or sheriff’s department.”

Mallory Webb of the NAACP’s Youth & College Division said police shootings of black people had made her “scared to walk the streets every single day.”

“That could be my little brother,” Webb said of Olango. “That could be my twin sister at any time, and I don’t know what to do.”

San Diego city attorney candidate Mara Elliott, a Democrat, called for release of video of the Olango shooting “without delay so that concerned citizens can understand what happened.”

She said prompt release would send a message that San Diego law enforcement is “committed to transparency, accountability and justice for every community. … I have full faith that our law enforcement agencies will investigate this tragedy fully and as swiftly as possible.

“I also believe that this tragic shooting underscores the importance of building trust between police and the community. We need greater understanding on both sides.”

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Calif. police took 1 hour to respond, 1 minute to fatally shoot refugee

By Hidden CBSNews


EL CAJON, Calif. -- It took more than an hour for police to arrive at the shopping center in a San Diego suburb where a distressed black man had been wandering into traffic. It took about a minute for him to be shot and killed.

Alfred Olango pulled a large electronic cigarette, known as a vape pen, from his pocket and pointed at the police officer who fired, while a second officer stood nearby trying to subdue him with a stun gun, El Cajon police said.

The details emerged Wednesday in the shooting of Olango, who was having an emotional breakdown over the recent death of his best friend, an attorney said.

The investigation centered on a video of Tuesday’s shooting taken by a bystander. Police have produced a single frame from the cellphone video to support their account, saying it shows Olango in a“shooting stance.”

The photo shows Olango’s hands clasped together and pointed directly at an officer who had assumed a similar posture with his gun a few feet away.

The vaping device in his hands had two components, a box about the size of a cellphone and a metallic cylinder that was 3 inches long and 1 inch wide. Police said the cylinder was pointed right at the officer.

Olango’s relatives demanded the full video be released, according to Dan Gilleon, a lawyer who says he is representing the family.

“They’re cherry-picking part of the video,” Gilleon said. “This is exactly what police have said is unfair when only portions of video are released against them.”

Mayor Bill Wells said he had seen the video and that it was not “tremendously complicated to figure out what happened.”

Wells was asked how he would feel if it was his child that had been shot.

“I saw a man who was distraught, and a man acting like he was in great pain,” Wells said. “And I saw him get gunned down and killed. If he was my son, I would be devastated.”

Olango, 38, arrived in the U.S. years ago as a refugee from Uganda. Since then he ran afoul of the law several times: selling cocaine, driving drunk, and illegally possessing a 9mm semi-automatic handgun when he was arrested in Colorado in 2005 with pot and ecstasy in his car, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in federal court and was sentenced to nearly four years for being a felon in possession of a gun.

U.S. authorities tried twice to deport Olango but his native Uganda refused to take him.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press that Olango stopped reporting to officers in February 2015. Spokeswoman Virginia Kice didn’t know if officers tried to find him after that.

The family eventually moved to Southern California, and Olango attended San Diego High School for a time before dropping out, though he later earned a GED, reports CBS San Diego affiliate KFMB-TV. According to his Facebook page, he also studied at San Diego Mesa College and worked as a cook at a Hooters restaurant.

The fatal shooting happened less than two weeks after black men were shot and killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charlotte​, North Carolina, where violent protests broke out.

Protests in El Cajon Wednesday night had heated moments, but remained mostly peaceful.

Scores of people gathered quietly around candles lining a curb in front of bloodstained pavement at the strip mall where Olango was shot.

More than 200 people marched in the streets near the site, yelling “no justice, no peace, no racist police!”

Police in riot gear, some of them with dogs, faced off with protesters occasionally, bringing some tense moments, but mostly kept their distance.

Experts said it was too early to conclude whether the California shooting was justified or could have been prevented.

Chuck Drago, a former Florida police chief who consults about police use of force, said that once Olango struck the shooting pose, officers would have had to react quickly if he drew an unknown object from his pocket.

“An officer doesn’t have enough time to wait to determine if that’s a gun in his hand,” Drago said. “If a person is pointing something at an officer and he believes it’s a gun and it is a gun and that officer doesn’t have his gun out, that officer will lose that gunfight.”

Police have not named the officers involved, though Wells said both were 21-year veterans and one was Officer Richard Gonsalves.

Gonsalves was demoted last year after allegations that he sexually harassed a lesbian colleague. The City Council had to defend the move to angry citizens who had called for him to be fired.

Christopher Rice-Wilson, associate director of the civil rights group Alliance San Diego, questioned why one officer felt non-lethal force was appropriate while the other did not. Both officers have been put on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, per department policy. Officials have not revealed which officer fired the shots.

El Cajon, a city of 100,000 people about 15 miles northeast of San Diego, has become home for many refugees fleeing Iraq and, more recently, Syria.

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Officer indicted for rape of 7-year-old girl on two separate occasions free on "no bail"

By Faith Boone


CLEVELAND - Carl Kannenberg, a former police officer for the Montville Township Police Department, has been indicted for rape, gross sexual imposition, and kidnapping of a young girl on two separate occasions, according to court documents.

According to a Cleveland police report, while at University Hospitals on Feb. 2, Kannenberg sexually abused a 7-year-old girl.

The indictment stated another incident of sexual abuse between Kannenberg and the 7-year-old girl occurred at his home in Medina between Sept. 1, 2015 and Jan. 31, 2016.

According to the indictment, Kannenberg was charged with two counts each of rape, gross sexual imposition and kidnapping in relation to the two incidents. 

Kannenberg, 34, was arrested by Cleveland police on July 12. He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at 8:30 a.m in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, but the defense filed a motion for continuance. Carl was released, no bail.

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Wife of officer charged in shooting details threats, bills

By MARY HUDETZ Associated Press 
                 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The telephone death threats to the home of Officer Dominique Perez began soon after he and an Albuquerque police detective ended a hillside standoff by opening fire on a homeless man who died after being hit in the arms and back.

It was March 2014, and police video from the fatal shooting sparked massive protests in New Mexico's largest city.

It also marked the first time Perez and Detective Keith Sandy, the other officer who shot homeless camper James Boyd, had fired their weapons while on duty since joining the Albuquerque Police Department nearly a decade earlier.

Last year, they joined 16 other law enforcement officers across the country who were charged in 2015 in on-duty shooting deaths.

"I never thought we'd ever be in a situation like this," Perez's wife, Tiffanie, told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "We feel like we're upstanding citizens, and when the shooting happened, it was like what do we do? What next?"

The uncertainty has only deepened for Perez, who has lost his job and income, dealt with ongoing threats and faced mounting legal bills since the shooting.

"We've had conversation after conversation and the thing is our lives cannot move on until this is over," Tiffanie Perez said.

Dominique Perez and Sandy are standing trial on second-degree murder charges in Albuquerque, where attorneys for Perez began laying out their case Wednesday after saying he was obligated to shoot to protect the life of a K-9 handler.

Sandy's bullets struck Boyd in each arm. A round from Perez struck Boyd in the back.

Since 2005, more than 75 law enforcement officers in the U.S. have been charged with murder or manslaughter in cases stemming from on-duty shootings, with 26 convicted, said Philip Stinson, a criminologist at Bowling Green State University who tracks shootings by police.

His data also showed only half of those officers were convicted by a jury - a figure that points to how difficult it can be for a prosecutor to win a conviction in an officer-involved shooting.

Tiffanie Perez told the AP that she and her husband try to avoid discussing court proceedings in front of their three children, and that she started working at a salon after he lost his job.

Both are 35 and met in high school in Albuquerque before he enlisted in the Marines. They got married in 2002, and he deployed to Iraq. On his second tour, his unit encountered a roadside bomb that killed his sergeant and wounded Perez, who was honorably discharged after returning to the U.S.

His scars from the blast remain, including one across the bridge of his nose that was prominent in a mugshot taken last year when he and Sandy were booked.

"That was the hardest part, going to the detention center," said Tiffanie Perez.

"That was my low, and I hate to use the term surreal, but it was, with his photo all over TV constantly."

For Dominique Perez, the outrage directed at his household and his derailed career show the damage that can be done when charges are filed against law enforcement officers.

He is more than $250,000 in debt due to legal fees, his wife said, and they don't watch news at home so their children don't see him on television.

They also disconnected their home telephone after hackers angered by the shooting publicly released Perez's number and other personal information, prompting a flood of phone calls threatening the family.

The trial for Perez and Sandy has unfolded as shootings by police have fanned tension and debate about the use of deadly force by officers and their interactions with minorities. A female police officer has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in a shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The case against Perez and Sandy has also stirred questions over how police handle conflicts with people in crisis and who have mental illness.

Boyd, who was schizophrenic, had been camping illegally for weeks in the Sandia Mountain foothills when a resident reported him. Special prosecutor Randi McGinn said Boyd was holding two pocket knives when he was shot because he feared police would harm him.

Prosecutors have blamed police for escalating the standoff by calling 19 officers to the campsite and deploying a flash-bomb when it appeared Boyd was gathering his belongings and surrendering.

Unlike Perez, Sandy has a steady income after leaving the police force. He previously was a state police officer and collects a pension of more than $3,000 a month even though he is only 41.

James Fox, an Albuquerque SWAT sergeant at the time of the shooting, has testified that he had seen Perez as a future leader of the SWAT unit before his life and career were thrown off track.

"Even if the officers win this case, they lose," said Shawn Willoughby, president of the Albuquerque police union, which supports the officers. "Their professional career is over ... Who's going to hire Dominique Perez?"

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