Cops Becoming Robbers – Stealing Property From Innocent People Not Charged With A Crime

June 1, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Something is desperately wrong with our legal system when the government can take property from innocent people who have never been charged with a crime. It’s happening all over the country thanks to the surreal doctrine of civil forfeiture, through which courts hold inanimate objects guilty of crimes, instead of going after the actual owners who – as actual people – would be entitled to the presumption of innocence.

Dispensing with that vital presumption has proved to be highly profitable for law-enforcement agencies, which are allowed to keep some or all of the value of a seized asset. On Wednesday, Minnesota’s state auditor released a comprehensive report on $5 million worth of property grabbed in the state. A regular audit was put into place after a prior investigation revealed a police gang task force allowed seized cash and automobiles to go “missing.” Oregon’s Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee revealed on May 21 that cops had seized $1.8 million in cash and property last year.

After federal law was amended in 1984 to expand the use of asset seizure to combat the drug war, forfeiture cases have exploded. In 2008, the Justice Department’s Asset Forfeiture Fund had more than $1 billion in assets. Where state laws place a limit on the use of seized funds, federal law provides a work-around. Consequently, forfeiture funds now are a significant budgetary source for many agencies, increasing the incentive to seize property.

The system is ripe for abuse, as a recent comprehensive report by the Institute for Justice (IJ) details. In 27 states, the government only needs to make its case with a “preponderance of the evidence” standard, which is far below the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard prosecutors must meet for a criminal conviction. Some states even use the lowest possible standard – “probable cause” – in seizure cases.

That stacks the deck heavily against the property owner. Even though state and federal laws offer an “innocent owner” defense, the owner bears the burden of establishing innocence – a complete reversal of the usual burden of proof. This has resulted in shocking abuses of power.

In Massachusetts, the feds and the local police are acting in concert to seize the motel owned by Russ Caswell because there might have been some drug-dealing in some of the rooms, even though the owners were unaware of it and are cooperating with the police. Perhaps the worst example comes from Wisconsin, where, as detailed by the Huffington Post’s Radley Balko, police seized the bail money of a mother who tried to get her son out of jail. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office did so by alleging the cash she had just withdrawn from ATMs smelled of drugs.

All of this happens because there is little oversight over the process. Civil forfeiture has long since lost its original link to the drug war and money laundering. At a minimum, the time has come to restore fairness by raising the standard of proof for a seizure. Better yet, the laws need to be re-written to entirely eliminate the profit motive from policing.

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Former Columbus Ohio Police Officer Brad E. Hare Charged With Abduction And Robbery

May 27, 2012

COLUMBUS, OHIO – A Columbus man is speaking out about the encounter that lead him to chase down a former Columbus Police Officer now charged with abduction and robbery.

According to police, 39-year-old Brad E. Hare stole a car last Thursday before later having an altercation with a young woman in Iuka Park.

Jess Peacock lives across the street from the park. He says he frequently hears screams around his home but last Thursday, he heard a bone chilling scream that he knew was different.

When he went outside Peacock says he saw several people huddled around a young woman in the park. Brad Hare ran past Peacock. The people in the park indicated the woman was fine but to chase after Hare.

Peacock says acting on instinct he began chasing Hare, while barefoot. Peacock and a few other men eventually cornered Hare and waited until police arrived.

Hare is a former Columbus Police officer who was involved in a shooting back in 2006. No charges were ever filed against Hare or the other officer involved in the shooting.

Peacock says detectives came to interview him after the incident and told him that Hare had struggled in life since the officer involved shooting. Peacock says he has compassion for Hare.

“Not that he shouldn’t be held accountable for anything that he did…he has a sad story and it makes you feel for the guy. Looking at him I guess what I think is I hope he can find some sort of redemption,” Peacock said.

Hare is next scheduled to be in court on June 1st.

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Pack Of Savage Black Beasts Rob 7-11 Store In Baltimore Maryland And Beat Store Manager

May 24, 2012

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – Another mob of juveniles causes problems in downtown Baltimore. This time, it happens inside a 7-Eleven where dozens of kids came for free Slurpees but ended up stealing much more.

The entire incident was caught on video. But city police and managers at the 7-Eleven have refused to let WJZ see that video. But there are plenty of people in that busy area of town who saw it all unfold.

A nationwide 7-Eleven free Slurpee giveaway brought 35 to 40 kids into the Light Street store around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

“It was a lot of kids and they were out of control,” Kesha Chester, who was at the store at the time, said.

While some kids lined up for the free Slurpee, witnesses saw other kids raiding the candy shelves.

“They went in, they started going everywhere in the store, grabbing things and then they just run out. And I knew that they didn’t buy it because they just run out,” Kendra Mellerson said. “They ran that way and they ran that way. And the guy was trying to come out and stop them but they couldn’t because there was so many.”

After some kids ran away, a store manager blocked the door to keep the rest of the kids from leaving. But those kids got so mad that the door was blocked, they started punching the store manager.

“Yes, they really started hitting that guy and he couldn’t keep getting beat on so he eventually let them out. And then they just ran,” Mellerson said.

What happened at the store is the latest example of large groups of young people creating havoc in downtown Baltimore.

On St. Patrick’s Day, police broke up several fights and disturbances as crowds of teens gathered in the Inner Harbor.

That same night, another group beat and robbed a tourist. Cameras have spotted large groups of teens roaming streets in November and caught big fights on July 4, all of it upsetting to downtown workers.

“I’m really appalled at the behavior of these teenagers. When the kids are running rampant, running amok, where are the parents?” asked one person.

The juveniles were all wearing yellow shirts and khaki pants. Police are trying to figure out what school they came from.

Police declined to be interviewed for this story.

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Savage Black Beast Stabbed 2 Canadian Woman To Death During Unprovoked Attack In Atlantic City New Jersey – One Victim Was 80, The Other 47

May 22, 2012

ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY – Two female tourists were stabbed to death in what appears to have been a random and unprovoked attack in Atlantic City Monday.

At about 10 a.m., an officer on patrol in the 1900 block of Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City saw a 44-year-old woman, identified as Antoinette E. Pelzer, stabbing another woman. The officer drew his gun and ordered Pelzer to drop the knife. She complied and was taken into custody.

Police say an 80-year-old woman and a 47-year-old woman, both Canadian residents, were stabbed multiple times in the upper body region and taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center where they succumbed to their injuries.

It is unclear if the victims are related; their names are being withheld pending family notification.

Witnesses say Pelzer was attempting to rob one of the victims of her purse. There is no indication the victims and suspect knew each other, according to investigators.

Pelzer had a driver’s license from Pennsylvania and police are looking into where and how long she has been staying in Atlantic City. Those who knew Pelzer are shocked to hear of the news.

“She’s a very good girl, she’s very upstanding and has been a very good friend of mine,” said one woman who did not wish to be identified.

Pelzer is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and robbery. She was also charged with two counts of aggravated assault, but it is anticipated that there will be additional charges due to the deaths of the victims. Bail was not set as of 6 p.m. Monday.

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Bedford New Hampshire Police Officer Charged With Stealing Vest As Police Motorcycle Club Robbed Store Dead After Committing Suicide At Home

May 19, 2012

BEDFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – A second police officer charged with stealing a vest last May from Brian Blackden’s North State Street pepper spray supply shop died at his home May 11, the day the complaints were filed in court.

Gary Norton, a 48-year-old Bedford police sergeant, had not yet been issued a summons for the misdemeanor theft charge, Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley said yesterday.

O’Malley said he couldn’t comment on Norton’s cause of death, but Assistant Safety Commissioner Earl Sweeney confirmed the sergeant’s death was a suicide, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Sweeney did not return calls for comment yesterday, and neither did Bedford police Chief John Bryfonski. An obituary published in the Union Leader yesterday said Norton, who worked for the Bedford police for 15 years, died at his home May 11.

Norton and Hill police Sgt. Jonathan Evans, 56, were charged with theft by unauthorized taking for allegedly stealing a vest last May from Blackden’s store at 485 N. State St., where Blackden says he was robbed and threatened by five members of a police motorcycle club.

The complaints, which were signed by the Concord police and filed in Concord’s district court, don’t provide any description of the incident beyond the allegations that Norton and Evans took a vest that belonged to Blackden. O’Malley has directed questions to the Cheshire County Attorney’s Office, where he said the case was transferred because of possible conflicts of interest.

The assistant Cheshire County attorney handling the case, John Webb, did not return calls for comment.

Blackden said he was robbed by men who belonged to the Road Dawgs, a motorcycle club for active and retired officers. The men, who were wearing the club’s colors, took the vest because they believed it belonged to them, Blackden said.

Evans said Thursday that he had been a member of the Road Dawgs but resigned from the club last year. He didn’t comment further on the allegations but said he “didn’t break the law doing anything of that nature.”

Evans’s employment status hasn’t changed since he was charged, and Chief David Kranz said he and the selectmen were confident Evans “had no wrongdoing in the incident.” He is due in court June 18.

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US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Robbed Twice In Three Months

May 18, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Less than three months after he was robbed at his vacation home in the Caribbean, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has been targeted again — this time by burglars at his Washington, D.C., house.

Breyer’s property was raided May 4, The Washington Post reported Thursday, with cutlery and candlesticks worth about $3,500 taken.

Unlike the February robbery in Nevis — where Breyer and his house guests were threatened with a machete by a gardener who took $1,000 — no one was home during the Washington robbery. A housekeeper discovered the crime scene.

A Supreme Court spokeswoman said no court documents were taken.

The robbery comes a month after Congress allocated nearly $1 million to hire 12 new Supreme Court police officers, according to The Hill.

Breyer had been among the group pushing for that greater protection after U.S. District Judge John Roll was among six people killed in a gunman’s rampage at a Tucson shopping mall last year, which seriously wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 12 others.

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US Army Soldier Brutally Beaten And Robbed By Savage Black Beasts In Tampa Florida

May 15, 2012

RAMPA, FLORIDA — Police want your help finding four men who teamed up to beat a young U.S. Army soldier in a South Tampa street.

It was an awful welcome to Tampa Bay for a young soldier. Police say the victim of a violent beating caught on camera is 24 years old and has lived in Tampa for less than a month.

Photo Gallery: Soldier beaten and robbed in South Tampa

He’s a U.S. Army soldier assigned to MacDill Air Force Base and lives not far from the base at Dale Mabry Hwy. and Interbay Blvd.

Police say Sunday morning, at around 3 a.m., the soldier’s car broke down a few miles from home along Westshore Blvd.

The attack came when he was walking home and using Iowa St. to get from Westshore to Dale Mabry. At the intersection of Iowa and Renellie Dr., the man came into the view of a neighbor’s motion-activated security camera.

A group of three young men is seen walking ahead of the soldier. Police say one of the men in the group doubled back and asked to soldier to borrow a dollar. When the soldier reached for his wallet, the first punch flew.

The first, tremendous sucker punch laid the victim onto the ground. The other two men joined in, punching and kicking the soldier.

A fourth man comes sprinting into view from the left edge of the video. The new attacker — a man the soldier said he had walked past earlier — joined in the beating.

Tampa Police officers say the crooks stole the soldier’s wallet and cell phone, then took off south on Renellie Dr. When he eventually got to his feet, the victim had to knock on doors to find someone to help him call 911.

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The soldier was taken to Tampa General Hospital with cuts and bruises on his face and head. Police say he is expected to make a full recovery.

Police say they haven’t gotten many useful details about the suspects from the video.

The victim was not able to tell police much more: they’re all in their late teens to early 20’s. Two were black men with an average build, police said. One attacker was possibly Hispanic, also with an average build. The fourth man was also black, but with a heavier build.

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Censored: White Newspapers Ignoring Black On White Crime

May 15, 2012

US – When two white newspaper reporters for the Virginian-Pilot were driving through Norfolk, and were set upon and beaten by a mob of young blacks — beaten so badly that they had to take a week off from work — that might sound like news that should have been reported, at least by their own newspaper. But it wasn’t.

The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel was the first major television program to report this incident. Yet this story is not just a Norfolk story, either in what happened or in how the media and the authorities have tried to sweep it under the rug.

Similar episodes of unprovoked violence by young black gangs against white people chosen at random on beaches, in shopping malls, or in other public places have occurred in Philadelphia, New York, Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, Los Angeles, and other places across the country. Both the authorities and the media tend to try to sweep these episodes under the rug.

In Milwaukee, for example, an attack on whites at a public park a few years ago left many of the victims battered to the ground and bloody. But when the police arrived on the scene, it became clear that the authorities wanted to keep this quiet.

One 22-year-old woman, who had been robbed of her cell phone and debit card, and had blood streaming down her face, said, “About 20 of us stayed to give statements and make sure everyone was accounted for. The police wouldn’t listen to us, they wouldn’t take our names or statements. They told us to leave. It was completely infuriating.”

The police chief seemed determined to head off any suggestion that this was a racially motivated attack by saying that crime is color-blind. Officials elsewhere have said similar things.

A wave of such attacks in Chicago were reported, but not the race of the attackers or victims. Media outlets that do not report the race of people committing crimes nevertheless report racial disparities in imprisonment and write heated editorials blaming the criminal-justice system.

What the authorities and the media seem determined to suppress is that the hoodlum elements in many ghettoes launch coordinated attacks on whites in public places. If there is anything worse than a one-sided race war, it is a two-sided race war, especially when one of the races outnumbers the other several times over.

It may be understandable that some people want to head off such a catastrophe, either by not reporting the attacks in this race war, or by not identifying the race of those attacking, or by insisting that the attacks were not racially motivated — even when the attackers themselves voice anti-white invective as they laugh at their bleeding victims.

Trying to keep the lid on is understandable. But a lot of pressure can build up under that lid. If and when that pressure leads to an explosion of white backlash, things could be a lot worse than if the truth had come out earlier, and steps taken by both black and white leaders to deal with the hoodlums and with those who inflame them.

These latter would include not only race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson but also lesser-known people in the media, in educational institutions, and elsewhere who hype grievances and make all the problems of blacks the fault of whites. Some of these people may think that they are doing blacks a favor. But it is no favor to anyone who lags behind to turn their energies from the task of improving and advancing themselves to the task of lashing out at others.

These others extend beyond whites. Asian-American schoolchildren in New York and Philadelphia have for years been beaten up by their black classmates. But people in the mainstream media who go ballistic if some kid says something unkind on the Internet about a homosexual classmate nevertheless hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil when Asian-American youngsters are victims of violence.

Those who automatically say that the social pathology of the ghetto is due to poverty, discrimination, and the like cannot explain why such pathology was far less prevalent in the 1950s, when poverty and discrimination were worse. But there were not nearly as many grievance mongers and race hustlers then.

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Former Detroit Michigan Police Chief Robbed At Gunpoint While Mowing His Lawn

May 9, 2012

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – On a well kept Detroit block, mowing the lawn on a Tuesday afternoon is nothing out of the ordinary and, sadly, either is what happened next.

“They stopped and asked if that was Curtis down there. I said, ‘Yes.’ And then they started walking back towards me. Then they [sped] up and with a gun in his hand,” said Stanley Knox.

The two young men were getting ready to rob a former Detroit police chief.

“I was never afraid. I don’t know what I was thinking about,” he told us.

Did he feel that there was a chance they might shoot him?

“I thought about it at one point, yes.”

He wasn’t armed, so Knox tried to physically fight the bad guys off and in the process fell back over his lawnmower.

“They pointed the weapon at me and just gently took it off,” he said.

With Knox down on the ground, they took what they could see, his gold necklace and gold bracelet, and then took off running between the houses.

Neighbor Althea Roberts arrived home just as police converged.

“It’s scary. He’s out here cutting his grass. School was still in. They were picking up kids. I guess they went on a field trip. The church parking lot was full of cars, and then you can’t be out here and taking care of your lawn and somebody [pulls] a gun on you?”

Nearly a dozen officers responded to this crime of opportunity. One noticed the thieves left one thing behind. In the middle of the driveway, Knox’s gold Detroit police chief medallion that apparently had fallen off the chain and has now been taken into evidence.

“They got lucky, though, because they caught him off guard,” Roberts said. “I’m pretty sure it could’ve turned out a lot differently, and I wish it would’ve.”

“Hate for things like that to happen in the city, but it does, every city,” said Knox.

Knox was the police chief in the early nineties. He said he got that medallion for his service. At least he’ll be able to get that back.

The suspects are described as black men about six feet tall, 175 pounds, around 19 to 20 years old.

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Pack Of Savage Beasts Robbed And Beat People Leaving Newark New Jersey Concert

May 9, 2012

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – Authorities says a pack of roving teens waged a two-minute crime spree that left five people robbed and beaten following a concert in New Jersey’s largest city.

The wave of violence broke out as nearly 20,000 people left Newark’s Prudential Center after Saturday’s Red Hot Chili Peppers show.

Three teenagers and two adults were targeted, including a 23-year-old Pennsylvania man, who suffered a fractured eye socket.

Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio tells The Star-Ledger of Newark the suspects appeared to be a band of 10 or 15 “thugs.” No arrests have been made.

Prudential Center officials say they wish the victims a speedy recovery, and praised the work of the Newark Police Department

DeMaio tells the newspaper 23 officers were assigned on Saturday, despite the city ordering a recent reduction.

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Moron: Chicago Illinois Savages Attacked And Robbed White Teen Due To Shooting Death Of A Stranger 1200 Miles Away In Florida

April 26, 2012

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – An black 18-year-old suspected of a violent attack on a white teen told Chicago police the beating was motivated by his anger over the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, MyFoxChicago reports.

Alton Hayes III was charged with a hate crime after he and a 15-year-old attacked the 19-year-old man at about 1:00 a.m. on April 17 in Oak Park, a Chicago suburb.

Police say Hayes and his teenage partner, who has not been named since he is a juvenile, picked the man apparently at random and pinned his arms to the side.

Hayes allegedly then picked up a tree branch and demanded the victim give them his belongings, saying, “Empty your pockets, white boy.”

The suspects then rifled through the victim’s pockets, threw him to the ground and punched him numerous times in the head and back. Both suspects are black and the victim is white, according to police.

MyFoxChicago reports Hayes told police he decided to attack his victim because he is angry over the death of Trayvon Martin. Hayes said he chose his victim because he is white.

Hayes was charged with attempted robbery, aggravated battery and a hate crime, all felonies. His teenage comrade was referred to juvenile court.

Trayvon Martin, 17, is the unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot as he walked through a gated community in Sanford, Fla. on Feb. 26. George Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder, went into hiding Monday as he awaits trial.

Emotions have run high across the US over the incident, in large part because six weeks passed before Zimmerman was charged — leading many African-American community leaders to decry what they perceived as racism in the justice system.

On Saturday night, a white man was beaten by a throng of African-Americans in Mobile, Ala., after telling a group of children to stop playing basketball in the middle of a street — with one witness claiming she heard an assailant exclaim, “Now that’s justice for Trayvon,” WKRG -TV reported.

However, the Mobile Police Department said the assault on Matthew Owens, 40, was not being investigated as a hate crime.

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Crimes In New York City Subways Skyrockets 20 To 30 Percent Since January

April 25, 2012

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is reporting a major surge in New York City subway crime.

The agency said pick pockets and other thieves are bumping up the crime rate by more than 20 percent this year compared to last, reports CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

On her guard Wednesday was East Village resident Mariam Figueroa. She said she doesn’t wear any visible jewelry and her electronics are hidden every time she steps into a station and on to a subway train.

“I’m not showing anything, you know, in the train because I really don’t feel safe,” Figueroa said.

Crime is way up in these areas, to the point where straphangers can be left vulnerable and trapped.

There were 232 robberies in the first quarter of 2012, according to the NYPD. That’s a bump of 31.8 percent.

In addition, there were 393 grand larcenies, mostly iPhones and iPads, during that same period, an increase of 23.6 percent.

Almost a third of the victims in these cases were reportedly asleep when they were robbed, the NYPD said.

“I guess it’s up to you to know not to fall asleep. [Some] can’t really help it, though. You fall asleep you fall asleep,” straphanger Freddie Cantillop said.

As the MTA continues with its “stay awake and stay alert” policy of 30-second public service announcements, some MTA board members want more than just increased patrols. They are pushing for a new prosecutor appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to specifically handle subway crimes.

They point to the rap sheet of 69-year-old Thomas Coles, who is heading back to jail for attempting to rob a straphanger. Board members argue his nine-month sentence is too lenient for a repeat offender.

Former NYPD detective and security expert Sal Lifrieri told Carlin no matter what the government does to try and make people safer so much of it is up to the people, themselves.

“Pay attention where your valuables are. Don’t flash money. Don’t show your wallet. Don’t go through your wallet. Don’t make yourself an easier mark,” Lifrieri said.

And it’s not just gadget thieves straphangers have to weary of. On Tuesday, police said they were looking for two suspects in two unrelated crimes on the subway.

One man is wanted for allegedly taking an upskirt picture of a straphanger while the other is wanted for public lewdness, police said.

But at the MTA’s monthly board meeting on Wednesday, Chairman Joseph Lhota insisted crime has decreased month-by-month since January.

“Crime stats are down from March of 2011 to March 2012, so I’m a little bit taken a back by the amount of reports that keep talking about crime increasing on the subways,” he said. “I think the NYPD is doing a very good job monitoring crime.”

Last month, Lhota said he would be meeting with the city’s five district attorneys to discuss the possibility of banning repeat subway crime offenders from the underground system.

Earlier reports Wednesday said NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was set to meet with Lhota to discuss subway crime, but officials said the two regularly hold meetings and that no special discussion was scheduled.

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Baltimore Maryland Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld II Says Attack On White Tourist By Pack Of Savage Black Beasts Wasn’t A Hate Crime

April 11, 2012

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – Baltimore’s police chief today said that the videotaped beating of a white tourist does not appear to be a hate crime, but rather “drunken opportunistic criminality” on the part of a gang of Charm City assailants.

In a radio interview, Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III urged Baltimore residents to “distinguish between criminality and racially motivated crime.” Bealefeld, who is white, warned against “race-baiting” and “fear-mongering” in light of the Trayvon Martin shooting and other recent racially charged incidents.

“There’s no doubt it’s a crime,” Bealefeld said of the March 17 assault. “We need to vigorously hold criminals accountable, and we have to be careful not to be pulled into this race-baiting.”

As Baltimore cops investigate the videotaped beating of a tourist on St. Patrick’s Day, a second clip showing the brutal attack could help police identify members of the mob who knocked the victim to the ground, stole his belongings, and even tore his pants off.

The video, seen above, was shot by an onlooker outside a downtown courthouse, where the tourist was sucker-punched by an attacker. The victim, wearing a Mountain Dew shirt, crumpled to the sidewalk and hit his head.

While on the ground, the man was set upon by about ten attackers, who stole his Tag Heuer watch, money, iPhone, and keys to his Audi, according to police. The dazed and defenseless victim is also punched, kicked, and even hit with a shoe by several assailants. In a final indignity, the man is “teabagged” by a male attacker.

The 1:26 cell phone video–shot by a cameraman who cackled as the beating transpired–was first uploaded to the WorldStar Hip Hop web site on March 30. It was included as part of a 14:22 “fight compilation” of 12 clips showing assorted mayhem.

In a TV news report Friday (which included another view of the Baltimore attack), a detective pledged to hunt down the man’s attackers. “We want to bring these people to justice,” said Det. Nicole Monroe.

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Thin Black Muslim Dressed Bank Robbers Targeting Philadelphia Pennsylvania Banks

April 9, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — The Philadelphia Police Department and the FBI are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspects connected to a bank robbery last month.

At about 12:20 p.m., on March 20th, police say two suspects walked into the Sovereign Bank in the 8000 block of Stenton Avenue. They presented a threatening demand note to the teller, obtained an undisclosed amount of cash, and then fled the area on foot.

Authorities say these suspects are repeat offenders and are responsible for several bank robberies in Philadelphia between December 23, 2011 and April 4, 2012.

The following banks were robbed, according to authorities:

MoreBank in the 400 block of W. Cheltenham Ave. on December 23, 2011 and March 14, 2012

3rd Federal in the 6000 block of Roosevelt Blvd. on January 6, 2012

Sovereign Bank in the 8000 block of Stenton Ave. on March 20, 2012

Wells Fargo in the 700 block of Adams Ave. on April 4, 2012

The suspects are both described as black, having a thin build, 5’10” tall, with black Muslim-like garments covering their heads and bodies.

If you have any information, you are asked to contact police right away.

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Video Catches Pack Of Savage Negro Beasts Beating, Stripping, And Robbing White Tourist In Downtown Baltimore

April 8, 2012

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – Caught on camera– a tourist being beaten in downtown Baltimore and instead of helping him, a crowd laughs and steals his belongings.

Mike Hellgren has the video and the investigation.

Police hope this video will get the attackers off the streets.

The video shows a man being punched in the face in Downtown Baltimore. You can hear his head hit the pavement near the entrance to Courthouse East.

Instead of helping, people laugh.

Then, the crowd strips him naked and takes his car keys, watch, money and iPhone.

It happened St. Patrick’s Day. Police say the victim was out partying and woke up the next day at his hotel, cut and bruised with no idea why.

“He had every right to leave wherever he was and get back to where he needed to be safely. Their behavior was just criminal,” Det. Nicole Monroe of the Baltimore City Police Department said.

“Not only was he relieved of his property after he was assaulted, but there were a lot of other things done to him that are disturbing to look at, and we want to bring these people to justice,” Det. Monroe said.

Those who’ve seen the video are outraged.

“Oh, my god! Where’s the police?” Antonio Richardson of Baltimore said after seeing the video. “It gives us a bad name, Baltimore. And people don’t want to, you know, trust us to come down here.”

“It’s surprising, but it’s dangerous,” another person said.

“It’s awful, obviously. You just have to be really careful on those days. You can’t just be wandering around the streets,” Diego Tapia said.

Police say they’ve gotten leads but made no arrests.

“The public is going to be helpful in this case, and they have been helpful thus far,” Det. Monroe said.

Those who filmed it for fun and posted it for the world to see unwittingly provided cops and prosecutors with the key evidence in this vicious attack.

The victim didn’t even know that such a video existed until a relative watched it online and told him.

After the attack, people bragged about it on camera. Tens of thousands of people have seen the video online.

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Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Armored Car Guard Killed Partner, Split With 2 Million Dollars

March 1, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – A Dravosburg man killed his fellow security guard, stole more than $2 million from their armored vehicle after picking up money at a casino, visited his parents’ home, then took off, authorities said on Wednesday.

“Our belief is that he planned to rob the company, and if he had to kill a guard, he planned to do that,” said Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. “He shot the guy from close range in the back of the head. That’s pretty cold-blooded.”

As the manhunt continued, Pittsburgh police charged Kenneth J. Konias Jr., 22, with homicide, robbery and theft in the heist and killing of armored truck guard Michael Haines, 31, of East McKeesport.

Shortly after the slaying, Konias phoned a friend and admitted he killed someone, saying he had enough money so they could both live the rest of their lives without working, the criminal complaint states.

“Konias made statements such as, ‘My life is over.’… Witness No. 1 then said to Konias, ‘What? Did you kill someone?’ … Konias was silent for several seconds and then he answered, ‘Yes,’ ” according to the complaint.

Konias tried to persuade the friend to run off with him and asked about the extradition laws of Mexico and Canada, the complaint states. The person refused to go with Konias, and the conversation ended.

Detectives pieced together a timeline of the whereabouts of the Garda Cash Logistics truck using video surveillance, Zappala said during a news conference with police. The truck left the Garda facility on 33rd Street in the Strip District at 7:52 a.m. Tuesday and stopped at Rivers Casino on the North Shore to pick up money at 8:47 a.m.

A spokesman for Rivers would not say how much money was transferred.

The truck made several stops before video surveillance put the vehicle at the Home Depot in Ross between 12:51 p.m. and 12:55 p.m.

A witness saw the truck stopped along the mall driveway, heard what appeared to be a gunshot coming from inside and saw the truck speed away toward McKnight Road, the complaint states.

The truck was captured on video near 31st Street about 1:23 p.m. Konias appeared on video at 1:26 p.m., running near the Garda facility, where his Ford Explorer with a Pennsylvania license plate of GZW-4572 was parked.

Because he was empty-handed in the video, police are trying to figure out whether he stopped and stashed the money somewhere. One investigator estimated the money would fill two trash bags.

Police and Garda employees found Haines’ body in the locked truck parked beneath the 31st Street Bridge at 3:44 p.m.

City auto squad detectives were driving along 31st Street on an unrelated investigation and observed several Garda employees near the truck. When they stopped to see if anything was wrong and identified themselves as police officers, a Garda manager asked for help.

The detectives saw blood dripping from a truck door to the ground and found Haines’ body slumped in the cargo area with his duty handgun missing.

Detectives are reviewing the videos to see whether they can determine when Haines was last seen alive, city police Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki said.

The FBI is doing an audit to learn how much money is missing, but investigators put it at more than $2 million.

Police found Konias’ uniform jacket with blood on it hanging on a coat hook when they searched the home he shares with his parents. Kenneth Konias Sr. told police his son walked in, hung up the jacket, went upstairs for about three minutes and then left, the complaint states.

“We don’t know anything,” said Konias’ mother, Renee. She declined further comment.

Police recovered Konias’ cell phone when a “Good Samaritan” heard it ringing while stopped along Route 51 and picked it up with the intention of returning it to police. Detectives were on the other end of the line.

Konias could be armed with three semi-automatic guns, including one he took from Haines, police said.

“Mr. Konias is considered to be armed and dangerous,” Zappala said, adding that this could be a death penalty case.

Police do not believe Haines, who worked for Garda for about three months, was in on the plan, Zappala said.

“All the evidence indicates the deceased is a straight-arrow guy,” he said.

There was no answer at Haines’ home. A neighbor said the victim lived with roommates.

Garda has offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of Konias, who worked for the company for about a year, Zappala said. The company declined comment, and police would not discuss the company’s security procedures.

Industry “best practices” call for crews on the street to report back to headquarters, said Jim McGuffey, an armored car and security management expert in Bluffton, S.C. The frequency can depend on company policy, the amount of money being collected and road distance traveled, he said.

Generally, on a two-man crew, the driver remains inside the vehicle at each stop while the “guard” or “messenger” in the back goes inside to make the pick-up, said McGuffey, who operates A.C.E. Security Consultants.

Nationwide, there were 47 armored car robberies in 2010, and 21 such robberies through June 30, 2011, according to FBI statistics. Both Zappala and Stangrecki said they couldn’t recall a previous armored vehicle heist in Pittsburgh.

“You never know what could happen,” McGuffey said. “But their largest concern is on the street with unknown variables,” not with their partners.

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Pack Of Savage Black Beasts Robs Dallas Texas Exxon Tiger Mart Store, Attacks Pedestrians, And Store Clerk

September 10, 2011

DALLAS, TEXAS – Another Flash Mob strikes now in Dallas Texas. A growing trend among criminal young people is spreading across the country. On August 26th, 2011, gangs of criminals, young people some as young as 11 years old are gathering to attack and beat innocent citizens at random at loot stores. We have posted videos of this riots from the east coast to the mid-west. This time it is in Dallas, Texas. A gang of young criminals attacked and beat other victims in the street before attacking the clerk at the Exxon Tiger Mart store in the video.

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Pack Of Savage Black Beasts Rob Germantown Maryland 7-11 Store

August 15, 2011

GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND – Police are working to identity the people involved in a “flash mob” theft of a 7-Eleven store in Germantown.

Montgomery County police said dozens of young people showed up suddenly at the convenience store in the 13000 block of Wisteria Drive at about 2 a.m. Saturday and started grabbing merchandize off the shelves. People took off with drinks, candy, icre cream and other items without paying.

Police are working to confirm the identity of at least four of the suspects, said Capt. Paul Starks. Investigators are checking social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to see whether any of the participants posted information about the theft and/or pictures of themselves committing the crime.

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Former Montgomery Alabama Police Officer Phillip Moultrie Sentenced To 40 Years In Prison After Robbing Illegal Immigrant Motorist

April 14, 2011

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA – When Leonel De La Cruz Alefo was driving to work one day last March in his 1995 Toyota Corolla, he was carry­ing with him the $1,700 in cash that he planned to put toward a newer car.

That money was taken from him — and has yet to be re­turned — when Montgomery police patrol officer Phillip Moultrie pulled him over under the pretext of a traffic stop. Alefo drove on to work that day with no money and no cita­tion.

When Moultrie pulled him over a week later in the same area, near Troy Highway and Virginia Loop Road, Alefo did not have any cash to take. That day, Alefo, who works in the logging industry, drove on to work with a citation for alle­gedly running a red light.

Alefo was one of three His­panic victims who came forward last year after Moultrie, a third-shift pa­ trol officer, pulled them over in the early morning hours on March 16, 20 and 24. Moul­ trie, who pleaded guilty last month, took a total of $2,562.25 from them.

The fourth victim was a confidential informant for MPD who used $1,500 of the city’s money.
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New Jersey TSA Agent Al Raimi Pleads Guilty After Robbing Airline Passengers

February 25, 2011

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – A New Jersey Transportation Security Administration officer on Thursday pleaded guilty to federal charges that he and his supervisor regularly stole from passengers during screenings at Newark Liberty International Airport, according to federal prosecutors.

Officer Al Raimi, 29, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Newark. He admitted that for nearly a year, he stole between $10,000 and $30,000 in cash from travelers as they passed through a security checkpoint at the airport.

Raimi admitted that he would “kick up” some of that money to a supervisor, who in turn allowed him to keep stealing. The supervisor, Michael Arato, pleaded guilty earlier this month to accepting kickbacks and bribes.

The TSA and the Port Authority Police Department of New York and New Jersey opened an investigation after receiving numerous complaints from passengers who claimed valuables were missing from their carry-on luggage after they passed through the airport security screening devices.

The complaining passengers were predominantly non-English-speaking women of Indian descent and nationality who were returning to India after visiting the United States, according to the original complaint. Authorities launched an investigation, including video surveillance of the checkpoint.

Raimi, who was identified in the original complaint as the “co-schemer” with Arato, began cooperating with authorities in September 2010. Raimi told investigators that Arato not only had accepted kickbacks in stolen cash, the supervisor also regularly stole from passengers himself.

Raimi’s plea agreement states that in August 2010, Raimi was secretly recorded stealing about $5,000 from a female traveler’s handbag during a secondary screening of her belongings.

In one audiotaped conversation, Arato was recorded stating that he didn’t feel bad stealing from foreigners because they were “leaving this county with our money,” the original complaint states.

Raimi could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He and Arato are scheduled to be sentenced later this year.

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Montgomery Alabama Police Officer Phillip T. Moultrie Pleads Guilty After Robbing Motorists

February 24, 2011

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA – A former Montgomery Police Officer pleaded guilty to crimes he committed while behind the steering wheel of his patrol car.

28-year-old Phillip T. Moultrie was arrested back in April for pulling over Hispanic males at traffic stops and robbing them. He was alleged to have committed the crimes at least four time between March 16 and April 28, when he was arrested.

Moultrie pleaded guilty to four counts of theft of property from a person in the first degree. Each count carries a penalty of 2 to 20 years in prison.

The first complaint came on March 16, the last at 4:20am Wednesday. Within hours of the last complaint, Moultrie found himself in handcuffs.

A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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Seattle Washington 911 Operator Denies Help After Calls Reporting Attack On Bus

February 21, 2011

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – Bus riders called for help as a teenager was being attacked aboard a bus.

But dispatch refused to send a deputy. Investigators claim the callers were unclear.

Trouble broke out as the Route 128 Metro bus headed to Seattle from South 122th Street and Military Road. Four large men surrounded 14-year-old Dafarus Coleman and began commenting on his jacket.

“The suspect asked (the victim), ‘What’s up with your Northface (jacket)’ numerous times,” said the police report. The victim did not respond until the man said, “Give me your jacket,” the report said.

When the teen refused, the man “grabbed his jacket, pushed (the victim) back on to the seat, stole the jacket, and ran off the bus,” according to the report. Three others also ran off the bus.

During the incident, Coleman saw one woman dial her cell phone.

“She was calling. I heard her talking to people,” he said. “She was telling them that a kid’s getting robbed on the bus, and she was crying.”

That caller is Kat Gray. She called 911 to report the incident, but she didn’t get any help. KOMO News obtained recordings of the 911 calls.

911 dispatcher: “911, what are you reporting?

Gray: “I’m reporting a theft and robbery on a bus.”

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Philadelphia Police Officers Sean Alivera And Christopher Luciano Arrested After Robbing Undercover Officer Posing As Drug Dealer – 20 Pounds Of Marijuana

October 6, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – Two Philadelphia police officers have been charged with criminal conspiracy, robbery, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, theft, and other related charges, according to officials.

Sean Alivera, 31, and Christopher Luciano, 23, allegedly robbed a supposed drug dealer of 20 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $24,000 as well as $3,000 in cash. It turns out that the man they thought was a drug dealer was actually an undercover officer.

Authorities also believe that the two planned to have the drugs redistributed on the street by an un-named drug dealer.

“These two men are a disgrace to their badges, but they should not reflect on the hard working men and women in the police department,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

At least five Philadelphia officers have been accused or convicted in the past year of trying to rob drug dealers. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey reportedly plans to clean house in the 6,600-member department.

“As far as corrupt cops, if they want to continue to do what they’re doing we will find them, we will arrest them and they will be prosecuted, period,” said Ramsey. “There is no middle ground here. Absolutely none.”

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