Saturday, July 27, 2013

SC - W.A.R. calls out Governor Nikki Haley, Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew, Anderson Cooper and Other News Media

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Vicki Henry, Director
Women Against Registry
(202) 630-0345

Recently, this country has gone through months of listening to stories about George Zimmerman and the murder of a slain man and his scorned mistress, Jodi Arias . Where is the news coverage of the brutal stabbing murders of the Parkers? Why aren’t the perpetrators faces who forced their way in to Charles and Gretchen Parker’s home, not all over the air waves of ABC, NBC, MSNBC, HLN and other media networks?

Women Against Registry can tell you why. The why is because the Parker’s murders were not considered noteworthy of being publicized? The Parker’s lives do not matter because they were listed on the sex offender registry. Their lives do not matter to our Supreme Court, our judicial system or to the general public. Charles and Gretchen’s lives do not matter to reporters such as Dr. Drew, Anderson Cooper, and Nancy Grace, if they did, we would be hearing more about the horrific murders of Mr. and Mrs. Parker.

In lieu of the recent murders of Charles and Gretchen Parker, Women Against Registry demands that all citizens be afforded the right to privacy and protection. W.A.R. demands Governor Haley and the Governors of all states to remove the registries from public view and make them accessible to law enforcement only.

In 1991 Charles Parker was arrested and convicted of sexual misconduct. Nearly twenty two years later, Mr. Parker and his wife were stabbed to death and brutally murdered in their own home. The Parkers were slain by a man and a woman who went to their home with a story of a broken down vehicle. The couple entered their way into the home with a preconceived notion and intent to cause harm to Charles and Gretchen due to their address listed on a public registry. The couple admitted to law enforcement they found the Parker’s address (on the sex offender registry) and put their plan into motion.

In 2012, less than a year ago in Washington State, Patrick Drum tracked and hunted down two registrants who were listed on the publicized sex offender registry. In the wake of the two homicides, Mr. Drum admitted to slaying both men and was on his way to the third victim when he was apprehended by law enforcement. Mr. Drum premeditated and set out to brutally murder as many victims as possible. In the wake of his self-proclaimed glory, he left behind an elderly father of one victim and a wife and two small toddlers or the second. Mr. Drum’s last statement to the court was, “It had to be done!” Mr. Drum’s printed copy of the public sex offender registry was found on the front seat of his car when apprehended by law enforcement.

In 2005, two men on the Washington state registry were shot and killed by a vigilante who posed as a police officer and was allowed into their homes. Investigators of that horrific murder called it “one of the nation's most serious cases of vigilantism aimed at sex offenders.”

The public registry has been criticized by scholars who have extensive research and studies to prove that public registration does not protect anyone from harm. Thus, goes on to explain the registry causes more harm to innocent victims than it protects. Victims like Mr. and Mrs. Parker, family members, wives and dependent children of registrants who face vigilante crimes, public ostracism and harassment on a consistent basis.

W.A.R. calls for the removal of information on registrant families from public access due to it falling into the hands of individuals choosing to use it as a hit list.

Women Against Registry demands that all citizens in the United States be given the same civil and human rights as any other American.

Finally, W.A.R. asks for acknowledgement from South Carolina Governor Haley, Anderson Cooper, Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew, Pierce Morgan and the major media outlets . How many more children and families have to be slain or put through these types of tragedies to be heard?

Women Against Registry will keep asking WHY until we get an answer.

Vicki Henry
Women Against Registry
(202) 630-0345
Fighting the Destruction of Families
Follow us on Twitter: @WomenAgainstReg
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PA - Lawsuit: SWAT Officers Dragged 10-Year-Old from Bathtub, Made Him Stand Naked Next to 4-Year-Old Sister, Terrorized Family

Masked S.W.A.T. Officers
Original Article

07/26/2013

By Rose Bouboushian

14 police officers with helmets and facemasks and assault rifles stormed in, family says.

Pittsburgh SWAT officers must face claims that they raided a family's home, violently dragged a child from the bathtub, and "terrorized" them at gunpoint, a federal judge ruled.

Georgeia Moreno and her family sued (PDF) Pittsburgh, its police chief and 14 police officers in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

The events unfolded as Georgeia, her husband, William; and her stepfather, Mark Staymates were watching television in their living room as Georgia's sick mother, Darlene, slept upstairs at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2010. They suddenly heard a loud explosion and saw bright lights, "as if grenades were going off," the complaint states.

Pittsburgh Police SWAT officers wearing helmets and facemasks then broke and "stormed through" the front and back doors of the home, according to the complaint.

Those officers allegedly never identified themselves, pointed assault rifles at the family, shouted obscenities and destroyed their property.

Although the team purportedly sought to arrest William for quarreling with a drunk, off-duty police officer at a local veterans club early that morning, the family says that their "terrorization" continued for another 45 minutes after William was apprehended.

The officers threw to the floor, kicked and handcuffed Georgeia, her stepfather and her adult son Billy. They also injured Mark's shoulder and forced Billy to lie face down in broken glass, according to the complaint.

When Georgeia pleaded repeatedly that she had young children in the house, at least one officer allegedly stated, "You think you can get one of ours, and we won't get one of yours?"

The family says the police proceeded to drag Georgeia's 10-year-old son Trentino violently from the bathtub, injuring his ankles. They allegedly then made the boy stand naked at gunpoint next to his 4-year-old sister Briseis.

Officers have continued to harass and threaten the family since the raid, telling them "that's how we do things here" and that they should move out of Pittsburgh, the complaint states.

The family asserts claims for violations of their Fourth and 14th amendment rights and seeks $50,000 in damages.

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer refused (PDF) to dismiss the case Monday, holding that the plaintiffs' claims are not time-barred, and the officers knew or should have known that the action would be brought against them.

She noted discrepancies with claims from the SWAT defendants that they were not notified of the action within 120 days, i.e. by Sept. 9, 2012.

This claims is belied by Officer Michael Reddy's answer, which was filed on July 11, 2012, and "contained specific facts about the Dec. 7, 2010, raid of which defendant Reddy later testified he had no personal knowledge," Fischer wrote (emphasis in original).

Police officer with a baton
"Reddy's answer contains other statements regarding facts that would have been only known to the SWAT team members involved in the initial raid," the judge added. "Yet, his answer also avers that in response to certain SWAT team allegations, 'after reasonable investigation,' he was without sufficient knowledge to answer. Given these details, it appears that defense counsel may have secured information from other sources, likely the SWAT officers involved in the raid, to craft defendant Reddy's answer."

Fischer also tossed aside Officer Carl Morosetti's claim that he solely arrested William and did not participate in the actual raid.

"If the court accepts plaintiffs' factual allegations as true and considers them in their favor, as the court must do at the motion to dismiss stage, then plaintiffs have alleged sufficient facts to support a §1983 claim against Morosetti," Fischer wrote. "Once discovery has concluded, Morosetti can renew his arguments, if appropriate, at the summary judgment stage."

Fact discovery will close on Aug. 5, the judgment states.


NY - They undid my clothes, peered into my underwear: College kid sues NYPD over stop-and-frisk in Williamsburg

Original Article

Diigo Post Excerpt:
Here’s someone who might agree with Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial comment about whites being subjected to stop-and-frisk “too much.”

A white, vegan, 22-year-old Bard College graduate is suing the NYPD after cops allegedly violently stopped her on a Williamsburg street last year — and then frisked her to the point of a semi-strip search.

My face and stomach were on the hood,” environmentalist and animal lover [name withheld] told The Post, who claims in a Brooklyn federal court lawsuit filed this week that she was thrown against an unmarked police car in broad daylight, for no apparent reason, on July 17, 2012.

I don’t think anyone, no matter what color you are, deserves to be treated like that.”


IA - Former Muscatine police officer (Thomas Andrew Tovar) charged with sexual assault

Thomas Andrew Tovar
Thomas Andrew Tovar
Original Article

07/26/2013

By Jens Manuel Krogstad

A former Muscatine police officer has been arrested and charged with sexual assault, state officials said Friday.

Thomas Andrew Tovar, 46, is accused of assaulting a woman in her room at the Clarion Hotel on Feb. 13, 2013, after a car she was riding in was pulled over in an OWI traffic stop.

Sperm found on hotel bedding and the woman’s clothing matched DNA collected from Tovar, according to a court document released Friday by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

The car’s driver, David Faust, was arrested after being pulled over. Tovar drove the woman to the hotel, police said, though the woman said she doesn’t remember how she reached her room after the traffic stop. The woman said she remembers a man with uniform-like clothes consoled her while he laid himself “over the top of her,” police said. A friend, police said, later found her in the bed naked and curled in a fetal position.

Faust, the car’s driver, filed a complaint with the Muscatine police the same day of the alleged assault. A police lieutenant interviewed Faust and the woman at the hotel while Tovar waited outside. The woman identified Tovar as “the man who was on top of her in the hotel room earlier that morning,” according to the court document.

Police then searched the room and gathered the bedding and clothing worn by the woman as evidence.

Tovar is being held in the Louisa County jail.


Message to Humanity

This is an excellent video, but make sure you practice what you are preaching as well.

Video Description:
On my birthday, I asked everyone on my Facebook and Twitter to make a video of themselves saying their one message to the world. To my surprise, I definitely did not expect the over 100 video submissions and large work load ahead. Even though this project was very tedious, it still was very humbling and inspiring being able to hear from people all over the world and their messages to mankind. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for sending in their video submissions and being a part of this project. All of you are amazing and beautiful.

If this project taught me anything, it's that the answers and solutions to the world problems don't come with one messenger, but with all of us. Apologize for the very few submissions I could not use due to audio and video problems. I did my best editing this video and I hope everyone enjoys it.



Sex Crimes and Double Standards

Norman Pattis
Norm Pattis
Original Article

07/27/2013

By Norm Pattis

I've been practicing law just long enough to know that I will never make sense of it all. It’s not that I am stupid, although my shortcomings are certainly an issue. The larger truth is that the law is irrational. It bumps, grinds and gyrates in ways that simply make no sense.

This is especially true in criminal cases alleging sexual misconduct.

Suppose a man is accused of rape. He is, of course, presumed innocent, but the details of his arrest are made public. In the eyes of many, he is condemned by mere accusation. We know the shaming power of a public accusation. Indeed, we know how devastating it is to be an accuser. Hence, in court proceedings, the alleged victim is accorded every courtesy: her name is kept from public view. Even if she testifies, the court engages in elaborate choreography to make sure her name is never mentioned aloud.

Why isn’t the accused accorded the same courtesy? He is presumed innocent, right?

But things often get worse.

There is a general rule against propensity evidence in the law. You can’t show that a person is likely to have committed a crime by demonstrating that he has committed all sorts of other bad acts. A person stands trial for the offense charged. His character is not at issue.

There are exceptions to this rule, of course, as there are to almost every other rule of law. The state can offer evidence of other acts to show intent, motive, absence of mistake, and all sorts of other factors. But in general, the rule against propensity evidence is strictly enforced.

Except, you guessed it, in sexual assault cases.


CANADA - Convicted sex offender now the victim of brutal assault by Jose Louis Flores

Road Rage
Original Article

They also have not published his photo. If it was the other way around where the ex-sex offender attacked the man, their photo would be all over the place.

07/26/2013

By JAMES TURNER

A convicted sex offender who once tricked a woman into thinking he was a cop and then raping her has now himself been victimized in a brutal assault, an attack allegedly sparked by how he treated the girlfriend of the man now suspected of trying to murder him.

The man, 36, is identified in provincial court documents as the victim of a June 3 attempted murder following a confrontation at a Victor Street home on the evening June 3.

He was rushed to hospital in critical condition with "life-threatening" injuries, said police Friday. His medical status stabilized shortly after. Friday, police said they charged Jose Louis Flores, 41, with attempted murder in connection with the attack.

Court records show Flores also goes by the surname Cruz.

Police remained tight-lipped about possible motive, but a police source said Flores is suspected of seeking out the victim after an incident the day before involving his girlfriend. "It wasn't a random act," the source said. Flores and the victim were otherwise strangers, according to the source.

The victim behaved "inappropriately" in some "minor" way towards her the day before the attack on Victor Street, according to the source.

Flores has a lengthy criminal history which includes convictions for robbery, theft, breaking and entering and assault. He's presumed innocent of the latest allegations, which have not been proven in court. Born in El Salvador, Flores came to Canada about as a boy about 30 years ago. He is a Canadian citizen. The victim was handed the equivalent of a 7.5 year sentence in October 2007 after pleading guilty to housebreak-enter to commit sexual assault and impersonating a peace officer. In July 2006, he randomly broke into a Kate Street apartment in search of money for crack cocaine. He tricked the startled occupants — a man and a 35-year-old woman — into believing he was a police officer.

After groping the 35-year-old victim during a purported "search" for weapons, he took from the apartment into a communal bathroom and raped her.

He fled the scene but was caught nearly immediately by police patrolling the area. He was described at sentencing to be a "moderate to high risk to reoffend" and at the time a person who couldn't be managed safely in the community. He also has a youth conviction for attempted sexual assault dating back to 1993. Flores made an initial appearance in court Thursday morning after being arrested and charged that day "without incident," said police. As of Friday morning, he remained in custody.


UK - Woman (Phillipa Alice Costello) sent to prison following false rape claim

Phillipa Alice Costello
Phillipa Alice Costello
Original Article

06/25/2013

Phillipa Alice Costello, aged 28-years, from Ivy House in Dishforth near Thirsk, has been sentenced by Teeside Crown Court to 8-months imprisonment for perverting the course of justice.

On 12 April 2012 Phillipa Costello made a report to the police that she had been raped in Ripon. On 28 May 2012 she admitted to police that she had lied about the incident.

On the 28 May 2013 she pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice through making the false report.

She was bailed until Monday, 24 June 2013 when Teeside Crown Court handed down an 8-month sentence.