Category Archives: Police

San Jose Police Using Head Cam’s.

San Jose Police Photo AP Of Officer with Head Cam


San Jose Police have begun a pilot program “head cams” in which video cameras are being placed on the heads of Police Officers to record their actions. 

More and more we are observing news media, bloggers and amateur video’s of police interaction with civilians. Usually it’s the controversial incidents that wind up on YOUTUBE such as Police using force against a person or group of people. Recently one such video posted on YOUTUBE stirred strong emotions   Police Officer displayed his gun where a large crowd had gathered and were throwing snowballs. 

Most Police Agencies now have vehicle dashboard mounted cameras to record incidents. The are material evidence which can bolster the police narrative of events. If  police misconduct occurs it will also be documented and both departmental and criminal discipline may result.  Digital plate readers are now being used, as well as all types of recording devices in what Jeremy Bentham described as invisible omniscience. 

Is it logical technological progression for Officers paid by the public to record their daily performance. Is it overly intrusive. If Police are recorded 24/7 should teachers, pilots, judges, elected officials also be required to wear such a device?


Police Line Of Duty Deaths Inrease In 2009

AP Photo Of Oakland Police Officers Killed In Line of Duty In 2009

One of the conventional thoughts of wisdom has been that as the economy headed south, crime would rise throughout the nation. The so called economic – crime correlation. In many parts of the nation the opposite is true crime has not increased dramatically.

However Police Officer’s deaths in the performance of duty has increased compared to last year. USA Today reports that for the first half of 2009 there has been a 20% increase in Police Officer line of duty deaths. You have to keep things in perspective as the totlal number of Officers slain or killed on duty is the lowest since 1965.

Bart Police Actions Are Not Indicative of Police Brutality

Police Critics Cry "brutality" in Bart Officer's Removal of Man From Train.

A video has been taken in which a uniformed “BART” Police Officer uses physical force to remove a disorderly man from a subway train. ( for the video see$49478 )

The Officer responded to multiple 911 calls of an intoxicated man eschewing racial profanity on board a public train. Armed with those facts he went to the assistance of the public who had called him for help. And the Officer did just that by himself he removed a disorderly persons who  now drinks on the train most likely  because his previous venue for being an A-HOLE  was taken away as legitimate bar owners,  bouncers and bartenders  banned him from their establishments because of his uncivil behavior.  ( Lawyers never sue those places just the government in hopes they settle out of court )

Officer’s are permitted under the law to use physical force to restrain a person.  Just as an emergency physician makes decisions based upon training and experience, so do police officers.   While verbal communications are frequently used to command an individual they are only used where feasible. Here the Officer makes a decision to remove the man rapidly and thus protect the citizens from potential harm.  

Police misconduct which is now labeled “brutality” ( defined as ruthless, cruel or harsh see  is over and misused by those who are anti police.  In this video nothing ruthless, cruel or harsh intentionally took place.  The Officer correctly took physical charge of an apparent emotionally charged individual. The Officer doesn’t know if he is high on a controlled substance, armed with a weapon or in need of medical treatment.  Removing him from the train protects citizens from a possible dangerous man and the Officer places himself at physical risk in a possible mano e mano encounter.

If the window was made out of shatter proof glass such as plexi- glass I doubt this video would have raised an eye. It is standard police procedure to “brace” a person against a wall. This allows a Police Officer to protect himself and the subject from injury. Here the Officer used the lowest level of force “physical” to control the subject but for the glass shattering no one would have been injured.

Police supervisors and elected officials have an affirmative obligation to support the police when they act properly. I see nothing in this video which displays aggressive misconduct. In fact the Officer himself was injured the video recording has witnesses stating the police acted properly and the officer quickly handcuffed the man to prevent further injury.

If San Francisco as a city is opposed to this encounter they will chill officers from doing their duty. They will not proactively engage criminals nor put themselves at risk for fear of civil lawsuits, personal injury and loss of employment.

This was an unforeseeable accident in which glass shattered.  This is not police misconduct and far from police brutality.  For the local tv coverage see

Peru Police Catch “fat” Murder Incorporated

Peru Police Arrest Homicidal Crew Which Sold Human Fat

The BBC announced that Peru Police have arrested an apparent killing organized syndicate which killed innocent persons to obtain the fat from their bodies to sell to cosmetic companies. See

Over 60 person may have been murdered solely for the “fat” content of their bodies. The poor folk were lured by the prospect of employment and then slaughtered so the killers could extract their fat. They than sold it to European nations for use in the cosmetic industry.  The motive for this crime is money as human fat reportedly sells for$15,000.00 a gallon.

This is one of the most appalling crimes I can imagine treating a fellow human as nothing more than lard. It is sickening and the world must see if this is being replicated in other third world nations.

For years I have heard rumours that Police would be called to a location and would find a body covered in ice and cotton gauze which were to stabilize a person whose vital organ ( kidney) were criminally removed by human traffickers. See Some say this is false and an “urban legend” see Yet this incident in Peru makes you think twice as evil is omnipresent in society. We already know that in third world nations , poor and indigenous folks are exploited and sell their organs in order to survive and the monies they receive for such

Here are some links for this horrific crime.



South African Police Kill 3 Year Old Child.

south african police

A recent shooting of a  three year old toddler  Atlegang Phalane wielding a pipe who was shot and killed and other shootings of young persons have made the public and authorities question the justification and authority of South African Police. See  and see 

Rightfully so the public is outraged at the incident and are justifiably questioning when police may discharge their guns in the performance of their duty.  The father of the child is quoted from the latter article stating ” the cop just stood bye sucking a lollipop as if nothing happened.”  To hear that account makes is chilling, and assuming such an account to be true  would be evidence of a gross indifference to human life. If such non verbal communication was displayed it is evidence of a cold, mean, wanton and dangerous agency not accountable to the public they serve and it’s leaders should be removed.


The most difficult decision that a Police Officer may have to make is whether to shoot or not to shoot. In the NYPD and most other cities and state we have strict guidelines which supercede the N.Y.S. and Federal Constitutional laws governing justification in shooting an individual. ( N.Y.S. Justification law see )

In South Africa the police may shoot at fleeing persons,  ( see )which is not permissable in New York. 

In 2008 107 South African Police Officers were murdered during the performance of duty. This is an extremely high number of fatalities and directly correlates with the violence the nation is experiencing. ( see ) In 2008 in all of the United States 138 Officer’s died in the line of duty ( see ).

In 2008 South African Police encounters( custody and actions ) resulted in the death of 912 persons.The murder rate in South Africa is 5 times that of our nation. ( See ) South Africa has seen an unbridled increase in violence which is reeking havoc and as a result the economic well-being of the nation is eroding.  For if folks don’t feel safe they won’t live or work in a city, state of nation. 

Symbolic of the terrible crimes in South Africa a female lesbian national soccer player Eudy Simelane  ( see )was the victim of a “corrective rape” she was stabbed over 12 times gang raped and thrown in a river. see

Nothing good can come from the death of a three-year old. However, it appears that as a nation this death, and that of the soccer star reflect a national anomie which if goes unchecked will be a fatal carcinogen to the nation. In the Christian Science link below even the Ambassador to the U.S. was stalked coming home from the airport and gunfire was exchanged with his attackers.

Topical Sites to Visit:

One website displays graphic images of farmers who in the post apartheid decades were murdered. See 

Human Rights Watch

African National Congress

Christian Science monitor on crime in South Africa and the dreams of post apartheid not realized

Madoff’s Big Pimpin Intimidated SEC Cops


I see it every day in my precinct. Young and some not so young Officer’s  responding to investigate a crime. They arrive and access the situation and are Impressed, Intimated and than Ignore facts which indicate ” bad guys”. The conduct is unprofessional and borderline malfeasance. It encourages more bad conduct as bad guys get brasher, bolder and bad-er, making it tougher for those Officer’s who do their jobs.

For example pulling up to a 911 call of drugs being sold at a specific  address with a detailed description and a call back number of a witness.  They observe a car and man fitting the description and he has a fancy car ” big pimp-in”, he has fancy jewelry, and a big loud mouth voice demanding to know why he is being ‘singled out” , harassed”.

A professional good cop will make common law Rights of inquiry asking him a series and observing his oral and physical response to the challenging questions.
Are you in possession of any drugs,  Hey, how did you make out in that old drug case we have against you,  when were you last arrested, why would someone call up and state you are dealing drugs,  do you have drugs in the car.?  This is good police work, but the Professor Gates incident is an example of how professional police work is skewed by the press and pundits.

If these questions were asked maybe the suspect would exhibit nervousness, run away, make a move to destroy the drugs. Instead they look around don’t observe anything and drive away, Drug dealers One, Cops 0.

Looks like the SEC investigators did the same thing with Madoff, impressed with his big “pimped crib office”.  They dropped off resumes UNREAL WHIMPY INVESTIGATORS. See


Sadly, the last decade or two has been defined by ” big pimp in” materialistic obsession and employees who perform at a mediocre level.

Who pays when government employees commit malfeasance, we do all the taxpayers who foot the bill from the greedy trial lawyers who reap billions from taxpayers who pay for the negligence of government workers.See

Trust me the lawsuits are lining up against the SEC for the Madoff scandal. See and here is one actual lawsuit.

RIP Omar J. Edwards

Detective Omar Edwards RIP

Detective Omarer Edwards RIP


God Rest Detective Omar J. Edwards, peace to his soul and my condolences to his family. ( )

A sad day today as  the June rain subsided and a human sea of blue took it’s place.  See ( ). There is an unmistakenly  damp funky dirty air taste that hits the pallet after a New York rain storm , and as i breathed deeply it stirred memories of my city.

Sea Of Blue for Omar

Sea Of Blue for Omar

As I took my place in the sea of blue I did not stand with the “bosses” although I am proud and worked hard to be one. I stood with my brother and sister officers from the Bronx.   We were all here l to honor the memory of a young man taken from our beloved city. A father, a husband a son, whose DNA was African Panamanian American. His dad served as the President of the 73 Precinct community council, he dreamed of becoming a cop and his dream came true but the dream ended when a bullet from a brother officer killed him.

Good memories of Brooklyn as a young officer.

 As I took my place walking down Fulton Street, Bedford StuyvesantBrooklyn , N.Y.  Im struck by the strong pungent smell of  rotti that fills  the air, shay soap for sale on the sidewalks and muslim insence burning inside of many stores. I recall eating my first and last “rotti” with an old partner “Chucky”.

 Chucky was  a prince of Bed Sty, tall young handsome African American a ” lady killa”.  While TV had Cagney and Lacey, Starsky and Hutch we were ” called  salt and peppa” by the drug dealers and thugs who loved ” dissin us” ( as salt n peppa were girl rappers, testing our man hood)   but  they knew not to mess with us. But they also knew we were fair. Most of them are dead, and I’m still standin and Chucky, im sure the women still love him. When I was alone all the girls came up to me, not for my phone number but to ask “where is your partner” give him my number, i know U tight with him like that.” I would laugh.

Bad Memories and Nice Folks Murdered.

 I walked this beat for many years in the late 80’s.  The McDonald’s is still at Kingston and Throop Avenues, but the community and business area has changed for the better. When I patrolled here abandoned stores and crack dens once stood, now small business have taken their place, ” good news”.  I recall the faces exiting the subway after a hards days work and mostly folk with brown faces who said ” nice to see you officer”.

 For the good working folks know that we had our hands full during the crack hey day when I patrolled “BED STY”.  I thought about the nice token booth lady burned alive at the Kingston Avenue “A” stop. , She  made brownies for us all the time. I wondered to myself if anyone else remember her, I wonder how her family has done some 15-20 years later, how are her children I would like to tell them there mother was a sweetheart. Death ends so quickly for some, and those who are left behind frequently dont’ know some traits of their loved ones that made them special. 

Those who prejudge a shooting have personal motives and agendas they are not the guardians of justice.

While, The pundits, politicians, media hounds,  reporters, cop bashes, DA’s office, hate mongers will try and manipulate the facts surrounding Omar’s death I cannot and will not.

I will not judge or comment on this shooting until I hear, see and observe all the physical and eye witnesses to this event. Those who pre-judge are neither students of the law or jurisprudence. I have been in three police shooting incidents know enough not to comment.

I will say this :

Every officer knows it’s more dangerous to be a officer of color as opposed to a caucasian officer., especially when a brown skinned man has a gun in his hand.   The Governor and others state ” never again” but friendly fire will occur again. Race may have played a role in this  tragic event, but the “gun” is the catalyst.  I feel horrible for Officer Edwards and his family, I feel empathy for Officer Dunton as he did not go out ” head hunting” or with a vandetta against African Americans, but his split second judgment was incorrect and caused another mans death. That is a terrible thing to live with, and he has been  wounded and his body and soul will pay the price.