Woman Arrested By Mesquite Texas Police For Posting Undercover Police Officer’s Picture On Facebook And Identifying Him – The Dumbass Already Had A Facebook Profile

October 14, 2012

DALLAS, TEXAS – A North Texas woman has been charged with retaliation for allegedly posting an undercover police officer’s photo on Facebook and identifying him by his job.

Mesquite police arrested Melissa Walthall, 30, for allegedly posting the photo of the officer, who authorities say recently testified in a drug case against her friend. Her Facebook post identified the person as an undercover officer, according to a federal affidavit.

After a caller tipped off Mesquite police to Walthall’s Facebook post about a week ago, an investigator found that it posed a “viable threat to that officer’s safety,” the affidavit said.

The Dallas Morning News reports (http://dallasne.ws/X3x5IS ) that her friend, George Pickens, 34, was upset about the officer’s testimony and found his photograph on Facebook while researching him online.

Pickens’ brother, Bobby Stedham, used the photo to make fliers, and the two men planned to display them like garage sale signs, according to the affidavit. Police reported finding them while searching Pickens’ Dallas-area house.

Stedham, 26, has been charged with retaliation, and Pickens faces federal drug and weapons charges, based on items police reported finding during the search of his house.

Mitch Landry, deputy executive director of the Texas Municipal Police Association in Austin, said his organization has discussed with its members the perils of social media — particularly for those involved in undercover work.

“Our best advice is — if you don’t want that information out there, don’t have those accounts,” Landry told the newspaper. “There’s no way to be truly anonymous if you have a Facebook page.”

Many police departments have not yet developed social media policies and guidelines for their officers. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, for example, has an electronic etiquette policy that prohibits such things as vulgar language or sending obscene messages. It does not address the use of social media.

Lt. Bill Hedgpeth, Mesquite police’s spokesman, said his department does not have a set policy but periodically reminds officers to check their social media privacy settings so they allow only friends to view personal information on Facebook.

“The Internet can be a dangerous place,” said Hedgpeth, who added that he got rid of his Facebook account.

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Savage Brown Beast Who Beat And Glued Her Daughter To Wall Sentenced To Just 99 Years In Texas Prison

October 13, 2012

DALLAS, TEXAS – The North Texas mom who pled guilty to gluing her toddler daughter’s hands to a wall, kicking her in the stomach and beating her over “potty training” issues has been sentenced to 99 years in prison.

It was up to State District Judge Larry Mitchell to decide how long Elizabeth Escalona would spend behind bars. For days the judge heard from medical experts, police, family members and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office showed dozens of pictures of little Jocelynn Cedillo. The photos, taken at the hospital, showed bruises from the child’s head down to her feet. The injuries included hair torn from her scalp, bruising on her forehead, nose and cheek and what appeared to be bite marks on her body.

In handing down the stiff sentence, Mitchell told Escalona that in spite of the ‘heartbreaking’ and ‘compelling’ evidence presented on both sides, “to me, it comes down to a single, salient fact: you savagely beat your child to the edge of death… for this you must be punished.”

Pleading for leniency Escalona took to the stand Thursday where she admitted that she’d behaved “like a monster” but also said she deserved to be given “a second chance.”

While on the stand Escalona explained how on September 7, 2011, one day after a major fight with her then boyfriend, she broke down and attacked her 2-year-old daughter, Jocelynn. “I hit her, I kicked her constantly,” Escalona said through tears.

Escalona pled guilty to first-degree Injury to a Child back in July.

When asked about gluing the little girl’s hands to a wall Escalona offered no explanation. “I don’t really recall what happened afterwards,” she said. “Everything happened so fast.”

Previous testimony from Dallas doctors detailed how in addition to having pieces of skin torn from her hands from the wall gluing, Escalona’s daughter’s eyes had also been glued shut. Though severely beaten and even falling into a coma for two days, Jocelynn Cedillo miraculously recovered from her injuries.

Escalona’s defense attorney had tried to detail how her client had faced emotionally psychological bondage all her life.

Testimony during the week-long sentencing hearing often focused on Escalona’s hard life– one that the defense attorney called a ‘train wreck’ in closing arguments.

According to court testimony, Escalona was repeatedly molested by her father, was abusing drugs before she was a teenager, had her first child at 14 and couldn’t seem to stay away from men who beat her. But, it appeared that Escalona’s punishment would not be mitigated by that troubled past.

Elizabeth Escalona’s mother, Ofelia, pleaded that her daughter be sentenced to probation, saying that Elizabeth made “a mistake” and “needed help.”

Prosecutors had offered a 45-year-sentence as part of a plea deal. But, during closing arguments Asst. District Attorney Eren Price asked the judge for a life sentence– saying Escalona refuses to accept responsibility for the abuse that left her child in a coma. Price called the 99-year-sentence “absolutely the right thing to do,” saying Escalona’s five children will be better off without her.
“They have a chance for the rest of their lives, not to look over their shoulder,” said Price. “Because of what Judge Mitchell did, they have a chance to live a productive and happy life.”

Escalona showed no reaction to the verdict and was led away in handcuffs. Family members in the packed courtroom buried their faces in their hands and sobbed. Defense attorney Angie N’Duka says she was “shocked” at the sentence and plans to appeal.

N’Duka insists that she was not asking for “pass”, but for the judge to consider that Escalona was herself, a victim. “In my closing, you heard me say: ‘this was inexcusable’– all I’m saying, take her circumstance into consideration, that’s all I was asking for, not max her out,” said N’Duka, “and that’s what the judge did– he maxed her out.”

According to Price, Escalona’s 99 year prison sentence means she will spend a minimum of 30 years behind bars before becoming eligible for parole.

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Texas Parks And Wildlife Department Has Nothing Better To Do Than Investigate Man Who Cooked And Ate Dove That Died In His Yard – Say He Should Have Turned It Over To A Game Warden

October 11, 2012

DALLAS, TEXAS – A Texas man is in hot water with the law after cooking and eating a dove that had flown against the side of his home, broke its neck and died.

Being dove hunting season in Texas, Ryan Adams thought it was a stroke of luck when he discovered the Texas white-winged dove right next to his home in Pflugerville.

“This is the same bird that hunter’s pay just buckets of money to go out and shoot,” he said. “They take their time… and I just got one for free?”

Adams decided to do what he thought any aficionado of wild game would do in his shoes — cook the dove for dinner.

“I have never had such fresh meat before. I had meat that had come to me that was fairly fresh that had slaughtered the week before but never like that day,” Adams recalled.

But according to Texas Parks and Wildlife spokesman Steven Lightfoot, that was the wrong thing to do.

“It is illegal to possess any wildlife resource that has not been taken legally,” Lightfoot explained. “By legal I mean there are certain means and methods… you have to have a hunting license and you have to have the appropriate weapon and ammunition.”

Lightfoot says Adams would have had the right to eat the bird if he had legally hunted it and since those weren’t the circumstances he should have turned it over to a game warden.

The state agency is now investigating Adams. While the evidence in the case has been eaten, Adams made the ‘mistake’ of posting step-by-step pictures of his “epicurean dove cook-out” on his blog.

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Dumbass Cops Conduct Live Fire “Active Shooter” Training At Irving Texas College Campus – Without Notifying Anyone

October 11, 2012

IRVING, TEXAS — Dozens of students at North Lake College in Irving feared for their lives on Friday. They heard gunfire and saw police inside the nursing building.

While their panic was real, the situation was anything but — and now school leaders are reviewing what happened.

Erin Culton is studying to be a nurse at North Lake College. Her biggest concern on Friday was passing a big test.

“It was a really hard test, and most of the people failed,” she said.

But minutes after she finished the exam, her relief turned to fear.

“We heard two gunshots and women screaming loudly,” Culton said.

The sound of gunfire just feet outside her classroom sent students scrambling.

“I pulled a chair over me and was grabbing bags and building a fort over it,” she said. “One student checked and said there was a shooter in the hall … there was a woman around me crying.”

Culton started texting her boyfriend, a state trooper: “Shots at school. Call police.”

What Culton didn’t know was that the gunfire was all part of a planned drill.

“Police said it was an ‘active shooter class’ — meaning they were practicing for scenarios like a shooter on campus,” Culton said.

But Culton said not even the North Lake faculty had been made aware of the drill.

North Lake College told News 8 it sent out two warning e-mails, but is now reviewing its procedure and looking at making public address announcements to alert students and faculty to future exercises — especially after a rash of complaints from panicked students.

“The only thing going through my mind? Try to hide and protect yourself,” Culton said, adding she’s thankful for a classmate who went to the hall to find a way out.

“After seeing the the Aurora [Colorado] shooting in the movie theater, he didn’t want us to be sitting ducks,” Culton said.

The Dallas County Community College District said college administrators call the drills “necessary,” but they will continue to review the process and make changes as they are needed.

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San Antonio Texas School District Punishing Students Who Won’t Wear Microchip ID Cards That Are Used To Track Their Every Move In School

October 9, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – A school district in Texas came under fire earlier this year when it announced that it would require students to wear microchip-embedded ID cards at all times. Now students who refuse to be monitored say they are feeling the repercussions.

Since October 1, students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School in San Antonia, Texas have been asked to attend class clasping onto photo ID cards equipped with radio-frequency identification chips to keep track of each and every pupil’s personal location. Educators insist that the endeavor is being rolled out in Texas to relax the rampant truancy rates devastating the state’s school and the subsequent funding they are failing to receive as a result, and pending the program’s success the RFID chips could soon come to 112 schools in all and affect nearly 100,000 students.

Some pupils say they are already seeing the impact, though, and it’s not one they are very anxious to experience. Students who refuse to walk the schoolhouse halls with a location-sensitive sensor in their pocket or around their neck are being tormented by instructors and being barred from participating in certain school-wide functions, with some saying they are even being turned away from common areas like cafeterias and libraries.

Andrea Hernandez, a sophomore at John Jay, says educators have ignored her pleas to have her privacy respected and have told her she can’t participate in school elections if she doesn’t submit to the tracking program.

To Salon, Hernandez says subjecting herself to constant monitoring by way of wearing a RFID chip is comparable to clothing herself in the “mark of the beast.” When she reached out to WND.com to reveal the school’s response, though, she told them that she was threatened with exclusion from picking a homecoming king and queen for not adhering to the rules.

“I had a teacher tell me I would not be allowed to vote because I did not have the proper voter ID,” Hernandez told WND. “I had my old student ID card which they originally told us would be good for the entire four years we were in school. He said I needed the new ID with the chip in order to vote.”

Even after Hernandez politely refused to wear an RFID chip, Deputy Superintendent Ray Galindo offered a statement that suggests that both the student’s religious and civil liberty-anchored arguments will only allow her some leeway for so long.

“We are simply asking your daughter to wear an ID badge as every other student and adult on the Jay campus is asked to do,” Galindo wrote to the girl’s parents, WND reports. If she is allowed to forego the tracking now, he continued, it could only be a matter of time before the school signs off on making location-monitoring mandatory and the repercussions will be more than just revoking voting rights for homecoming contests.

“I urge you to accept this solution so that your child’s instructional program will not be affected. As we discussed, there will be consequences for refusal to wear an ID card as we begin to move forward with full implementation,” Galindo continued.

The girl’s father, Steve Hernandez, tells WND that the school has been somewhat willing to work with the daughter’s demands, but insists that her family “would have to agree to stop criticizing the program” and start publically supporting it.

“I told him that was unacceptable because it would imply an endorsement of the district’s policy and my daughter and I should not have to give up our constitutional rights to speak out against a program that we feel is wrong,” Mr. Hernandez responded.

By reversing the poor attendance figures, the Northside Independent School District is expected to collect upwards of $2 million in state funding, with the program itself costing around one-quarter of that to roll out and another $136,005 annually to keep it up and running. The savings the school stands to make in the long run won’t necessarily negate the other damages that could arise: Heather Fazio, of Texans for Accountable Government tells WND that for $30 she filed a Freedom of Information Act request and received the names and addresses of every student in the school district.

“Using this information along with an RFID reader means a predator could use this information to determine if the student is at home and then track them wherever they go. These chips are always broadcasting so anyone with a reader can track them anywhere,” she says.

Kirsten Bokenkamp of the ACLU told the San Antonio Express-News earlier this year that her organization was expecting to challenge the board’s decision this to roll out the tracking system, but the school has since gone ahead anyway. Steve Hernandez tells WND that he approached the ACLU for possible representation in his daughter’s case, but Rebecca Robertson of a local branch of the organization said, “the ACLU of Texas will not be able to represent you or your daughter in this matter,” saying his daughter’s case in particular fails to meet the criteria they use to pick and choose civil liberties cases to take on.

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Savage Brown Beast Found Guilty In Dallas County Texas After Beating Her 2 Year Old Daughter And Gluing Her To A Wall While “Potty Training”

October 9, 2012

DALLAS COUNTY, TEXAS – A Texas mother of five is expected to be sentenced Tuesday after admitting to gluing her 2-year-old daughter to a wall and beating her over potty training.

Elizabeth Escalona, 23, was in a Dallas County, Texas, court Monday as witnesses — including her mother and the pediatrician who cared for the toddler — testified in the first day of her sentencing hearing, while prosecutors showed pictures of the little girl’s hands and bruised body and forehead.

“The entire picture was very shocking,” said Dr. Amy Barton, then a child abuse pediatrician at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, choking back tears on the stand. “I see a lot of children, and this was one of the most shocking cases that I have seen.”

Jocelyn Cedillo was less than two months shy of her third birthday in September 2011 when Escalona, her mother, used a powerful adhesive to glue her hands to a wall and beat her.

Three other children of Escalona, who was pregnant at the time, witnessed the abuse, according to Dallas County district attorney’s office spokeswoman Debbie Denmon.
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Former Houston Texas Police Officer Abraham Joseph Sentenced To Double Life In Prison After Raping On-Duty Rapes Of Illegal Immigrants

October 9, 2012

HOUSTON, TEXAS – Abraham Joseph struggled to find anything to say before a judge on Monday affirmed the verdict of two life sentences.

Braced stoicism melted from his face as he started to talk then stopped. The former Houston Police Department officer looked down, shaking his head and began to cry.

He was taken into custody without another chance to hold his 1-year-old daughter, who was often seen offering high fives to strangers outside the courtroom.

Joseph, 28, was convicted Thursday of two counts of aggravated sexual assault for raping a cantina waitress while on duty in January 2011. He’ll be eligible for parole after 30 years.

The waitress, 37, testified that Joseph detained her at 3 a.m. outside the cantina where she worked, put her in his patrol car, took her to a dark park and raped her while she was handcuffed. She alleges that Joseph assaulted her on the trunk of his police cruiser.

Friends and family, who had hoped for leniency, were disappointed by the decision. Joseph told the judge he plans to appeal.

Both the prosecution and the defense say the tipping point for the jury likely was testimony from four other women who say Joseph attacked them over a four-month period in late 2010 and early 2011.

All worked at nightclubs in the southwest Houston neighborhood Joseph patrolled, and all live in the U.S. illegally, making them part of what the prosecution called “the perfect pool of victims.”

Defense attorney Nicole DeBorde, who had asked the jury to consider community supervision, said she was disappointed with the decision.

“I’m not surprised with sentence given the accusations made in the punishment phase,” DeBorde said.

She insisted from the beginning that Joseph’s sexual encounter with his accuser was consensual.

Prosecutor Heyward Carter said the evidence gathered by HPD’s sex crimes unit left Joseph with few options for defense.

“There was only one thing he could say because they were so proactive,” Carter said.

Carter and fellow prosecutor Eric Bily said the city owed thanks to the victim who had the courage to come forward and move ahead with a trial that had her on the stand for three days.

“Without her, who would know the extent of the damage to this city?” Carter said.

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