Speeding Broward County Florida Deputy Sheriff Frank McCurrie Crashed And Killed 14 Year Old Girl And Hurt Two Others – Victim’s Car Torn In Half

January 25, 2010

OAKLAND PARK, FLORIDA — A 14-year-old girl died after a collision with a Broward deputy’s patrol car that was so violent that it tore off the back end of the car in which she was riding.

According to authorities, Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Frank McCurrie did not have his emergency lights or sirens on as he traveled south on Dixie Highway. His patrol car collided with a Honda Civic heading north and turning left at Northeast 56th Street.

Passenger Cara Catlin, 14, was killed. The driver, her stepsister Heather Meyer, 21, and another passenger, Gabriel Alegria, were injured and taken to Broward General Medical Center.

McCurrie was taken to Holy Cross Hospital with minor injuries.

“It’s not OK with us that he didn’t have his [emergency] lights on,” said Catlin’s aunt, Edie Bronder, of Port Saint Lucie. “My niece is dead and we are angry about that.”

Bronder said Catlin, a freshman at Northeast High School in Oakland Park, and Meyer were on their way to grab something to eat when the crash happened just before 10 p.m. Saturday.

“Had his [emergency] lights been on, she would have never have made that turn,” Bronder said.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Officials could not say Sunday whether the deputy was responding to a call or was off duty at the time.

“That will all come out during the investigation,” said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella.

Broward Sheriff’s officials said it was not immediately known how fast the two cars were going or which driver may have been at fault.

Witness Jonathan Vaden, 23, said he was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk when he saw the crash. He said Catlin, a friend of his, was thrown from the car.

“I checked her pulse, but…,” he said, shaking his head. Vaden gave a statement to investigators.

The collision was so violent that the Honda’s back end was torn off and landed several yards away.

Friends left a cross, a teddy bear, and flowers at the crash site Sunday.

Kim Young, a teacher at James S. Rickards Middle School, said Catlin had been a peer counselor while a student there. As a volunteer, she helped students make the transition to high school.

“She was always willing to help,” Young said. “She was an inspiration to everyone.”

Friends said the outgoing teen loved her television production classes and cheerleading and thought about becoming a nurse. She was due to have her braces off in two weeks.

“She was always so sweet,” said classmate Alexis Sanchez, 15. “She didn’t deserve this.”

About 100 students and friends held a vigil Sunday evening at the beach off Anglins Fishing Pier at Commercial Boulevard and A1A. Many wore purple and white, two of Catlin’s favorite colors.

They prayed together and released purple and white balloons.

“We got her party balloons because she liked to party,” said Alison Delegal, 19, her coach for an Oakland Park community cheerleading league. “She would love that we gathered here like this.”

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King County Washington Deputy Sheriff Paul Schene Fired After Being Caught On Video Brutally Beating A 15 Year Old Girl In Jail Cell

January 20, 2010

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – A King County Sheriff’s deputy who was seen on video beating a teenage girl in a holding cell has been fired, officials said Monday.

Sheriff spokesman John Urquhart said Paul Schene was fired for a number of policy violations, including the incident captured on video.

Urquhart said Schene pleaded his case before Sheriff Sue Rahr on September 9, but she found the violations to be supported and agreed with the recommendation that Schene be fired.

The department violations included making false statements, conduct that is criminal in nature, excessive or unnecessary force and discrimination in civility or bigotry, among others, Urquhart said.

The security video shows Schene shoving and kicking a 15-year-old girl in a holding cell after her arrest.

Schene was charged with fourth-degree assault in connection with the Nov. 29 incident in a holding cell at SeaTac City Hall. Schene pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Raw video of the incident

According to court records, Schene and another deputy arrested a pair of 15-year-old girls for investigation of auto theft after they were stopped driving a stolen car.

The girls were taken to the holding facility at SeaTac City Hall for fingerprinting and other processing.

Trouble allegedly began after Schene escorted one of the teens into a holding cell. While trying to take her shoes off, the girl kicked off her left shoe, which struck the deputy in the shin, the document said.

The video shows the girl crossing her arms and kicking off her shoe through the doorway of the cell. The video then shows the deputy’s violent response.

Court records say Schene kicked the teen in the upper thigh area, then pushed her into the back wall before taking her down on the floor and putting her in a handcuffing position. Once on the floor, Schene grabbed the teen’s hair and yanked her head and neck upward, the document said.

With the help of the other deputy, Schene then handcuffed the teen, the document said. While doing so, Schene appeared to strike the teen twice overhead, investigators noted.

The second deputy was a trainee at the time and is not under investigation, officials said.

The teen seen in the video, Malika Calhoun, told the CBS “The Early Show” in March that the attack was “horrible.”

“I was yelling. I was like, `This isn’t – I’m not resisting, I’m not resisting,’ and he said, `Whether you’re resisting or not, that was assault,”‘ Calhoun said. “Then he just kept doing it and kept going and going.”

Schene told investigators through an e-mail conversation with his lawyer that once the girl kicked her shoe at him, he entered the cell to “prevent another assault,” according to court documents. Schene also said the girl refused to comply with instructions in the holding area.

Schene was investigated previously for shooting two people – killing one – in the line of duty in 2002 and 2006. Both times his actions were found to be justified.

Schene is scheduled to go to trial for the assault charge in October.

Urquhart said the state will also review whether Schene should be barred from working as a law enforcement officer elsewhere in the state.

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$30 Million In Stimulus Money Spend By Social Security Administration To Hire 585 Bureaucrats To Certify People For Disability So They Can Be Paid Not To Work

January 19, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The Social Security Administration (SSA) spent $30 million in stimulus money in 2009 to hire 585 new bureaucrats who will be responsible for certifying whether people are eligible for disability so they can be paid by the taxpayers not to work.’

A report from the SSA’s Office of the Inspector General says that the SSA’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) hired 35 new administrative law judges and 550 staffers to determine whether people are eligible to recieve federal disability payments for not working.

The report, titled “The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review’s Staffing Plans Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” says: “The Agency’s staffing plan noted that, ‘Hearing offices will hire 550 support staff as well as 35 additional ALJs (administrative law judges).’”

The report, released the last day of 2009, adds: “However, the Agency’s staffing plan did not provide additional details on the allocation of such staff to States or even regions even though ODAR had management information that clearly indicated which hearing offices and regions required staff.”

The GAO discovered that SSA intends to spend another $93 million hiring more additional staff qualify people for disability payments in 2010. “While not explicitly stated in the staffing plan, in discussions with SSA staff, we learned that another $93 million will be allocated to ODAR in FY 2010,” the report says. The report adds: “We believe this information should have been included in the plan.”
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