It’s almost like arresting drug addicts and spending tax dollars to put them in overpriced storage containers only to release them later with no rehabilitation and with a record that denies them from having a good job doesn’t really work for society.
Are humans actually so ignorant that they believe these efforts are effective? Or do our policy makers just pretend to be stupid because the prison system is so profitable to them and the private companies that orchestrate their decisions?
Christopher Combs is a real “son of a cop.” He’s 22 years old, lives in Boynton Beach, and works as a cadet in the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office… the same office his daddy works at as a lieutenant.
On Saturday, around midnight, Christopher and two of his buddies were driving in a pickup truck on Loxahatchee Road in northwestern Broward County. Full Story »
A Melbourne man was taken into custody early Sunday after police say he punched a Melbourne police officer in the side of the head.
Police arrived at Radnor Drive and Central Boulevard in Melbourne around 10:30 p.m. Saturday and saw 19-year-old Jacob Bortz running around, flailing and shouting a female’s name in the street, according to reports. Bortz began walking toward the officer quickly, fists clenched and “sweating profusely.” Full Story »
A Jimmy John’s delivery cyclist was hit in a downtown crosswalk Thursday afternoon by a Miami police officer driving an unmarked car.
But it was the sandwich deliveryman who went to jail. For 12 hours.
Mason Morales was arrested for criminal mischief after he threw his bike against the car in anger, then handcuffed in the middle of the street and placed in a cell at the Turner Guilford Knight Correction Center until his mother bailed him out at 3 a.m. Friday. Full Story »
Authorities say a Florida police SWAT team shot and killed an armed woman who had been threatening suicide.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office says a Sunrise Police SWAT team went to an apartment Friday where an armed woman had barricaded herself inside and was threatening to kill herself.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said in a press release Saturday the woman stopped communicating with officers, so the SWAT team entered the apartment. She says the officers encountered the woman and shots were fired. She died at the scene. No officers were hurt. Full Story »
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A top official with the Florida Highway Patrol has told troopers they aren’t writing enough speeding tickets.
The Tampa Bay Times reports Maj. Mark Welch of Troop H in Tallahassee told troopers under his command via email that “the patrol wants to see two citations each hour” adding that it’s not a quota. He said it’s “what we are asking you to do to support this important initiative.”
Under the SOAR – Statewide Overtime Action Response – initiative, troopers can make extra money by working the road.
Welch noted the 5 percent pay raise the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott recently gave troopers, noting that it “has also increased your overtime rate.”
State figures show troopers wrote 934,965 citations in 2014 compared to 749,241 last year. Full Story »
Punching random people in the face is a criminal offense… unless you used to be a cop. Here at this Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel, an ex-cop got angry with the fact that valet parking wasn’t free, and punched the valet in the face, knocking him out. No charges were pressed…
Employees identified the puncher as ex-cop John Kiernan of New Smyrna Beach. No charges were pressed for the attack.
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance video captured what appears to be a hotel guest punching and knocking out a valet, and the employee said the physical confrontation sparked over parking costs.
The incident took place Tuesday at the Ocean Sky Hotel, located at 4060 Galt Ocean Drive, on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Surveillance video from the incident shows a man discussing something with valet attendant Rodolfo Rodriguez.
Speaking with 7News about the incident, the valet said the guest decided he did not want to pay to park. “He told me, ‘I’ve got a friend visiting me,’ and I told him, ‘It’s $18 for the parking,’” he said.
Moments later, the guest is seen punching the valet’s face, knocking him out. “Boom! Punched my face,” said Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is seen lying unconscious for about 20 seconds, and while passed out, the guest places the valet’s arms behind his back, in a manner that a police officer would when detaining someone.
The valet then regained consciousness. “I challenged the guy. I asked him, ‘What the hell are you doing?’” he said.
But he would not get an answer from the guest.
According to hotel staff, the man identified himself as a former Atlanta-area police officer. Employees identified him as John Kiernan of New Smyrna Beach.
A Florida sheriff’s deputy is out of a job after a photo surfaced of him boasting about almost shooting someone to “set [his] head right.”
The Snapchat photo, which was posted June 25, shows Deputy Austen Callus, 23, sitting in a vehicle in plain clothes. The caption read, “Nothing like almost shooting someone to set your head right lol. God I gate people with knives.” It is assumed that “gate” was a typo of the word “hate.” The incident he was referring to was a domestic violence call involving a knife.
On Thursday, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fired Callus, a patrol deputy, saying that the photo raised doubts about Callus’ mindset when he’s out on the job. Full Story »
A Florida police officer responsible for killing a man’s dog after he entered the wrong apartment in a botched raid committed no rights violations and is entitled to immunity, a federal court has ruled.
According to a federal lawsuit, Officer Michael McBride was one of six Hollywood police officers and two Broward Sheriff’s deputies that were following up on a tip in January 2015 that a robbery suspect might be hiding in an apartment complex.
Unaware that a man inside, David Jimenez, went by the same nick name as the robbery suspect, the cops asked residents if they knew a man named “Flaco.” The officers never mentioned the real name of the man they were looking for, Francisco Quintana. Full Story »
An award-winning Florida cop who fired into an occupied home after responding to a wrong address, forcing an innocent family out at gunpoint in the middle of the night and ordering them to sit handcuffed on the curb for ten hours, was indicted by a grand jury.
Ocoee police officer Carlos Anglero turned himself in Thursday evening, according to WKMG in Orlando.
There is still no word on whether the other officer who fired into the Central Florida home, Stephanie Roberts, will also be indicted. Both were already under investigation by internal affairs prior to the shooting. Full Story »
Meet Paula Sarkowski, resident of Hernando County, Florida. On November 29, 2015, police showed up at her home on Mitchell Road in Brooksville in response to a domestic disturbance. She said nothing physical happened, but in fact she grabbed a family member by the hair and hit him in the head several times. She dug her nails into his forearm, and also tried to throw him down the stairs.
Paula Sarkowski – Pooper of Pants
This was instigated when she was told to leave (I can’t imagine why, she seems like such a nice person) and she refused to get out until she had her two dogs with her.
The cops had to remove her. While they were escorting her out of the house she uttered a uniquely Floridian threat… “If you take me I am going to s— myself!”
Well she did. While en route to the jail house she literally pooped her pants. Our s— covered hero was charged with assault/battery on a person 65 or older and resisting arrest without violence. She is being held without bond.