Prison + Profit

It’s almost like arresting junkies 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 fucking stupid that they believe these efforts are effective? Or do our policy makers just pretend to be stupid because the school to prison pipeline is so profitable?

Cadet Steals his Dad’s Police Car, Pulls Over Ex and her New Boyfriend

Christopher Combs

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.
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Florida Man shouts “I am God” and punches a cop in the head

Jacob Bortz

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.”
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Florida delivery man hit by police car and then arrested

Mason Morales

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 »

Florida police fatally shoot woman threatening suicide

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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 »

Quota? Florida troopers told to write 2 citations an hour per shift

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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 »

It is perfectly legal for ex-cops to punch you in the face if they’re having a bad day in Florida

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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…

Fort Lauderdale hotel guest caught on camera punching out valet

No charges were pressed for this assault. We say fuck that. PRESS CHARGES!

Let’s petition the State Attorney’s Office to take action, otherwise people will think Florida a place where you can just assault random people because you’re having a bad day.

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Winter Haven police officer arrested for sex with teenage girl

William Kenna

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — A Winter Haven police officer has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 17-year-old girl.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that 39-year-old Winter Haven police Officer William Kenna was arrested early Saturday after the department received a tip about the relationship.

Winter Haven Police say officers found Kenna and the girl alone in a room. They contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to handle the investigation.

Kenna and the girl told investigators they had consensual sex previously.

Kenna resigned from the force, where he has worked since 2012, instead of being fired. Full Story »

Fort Lauderdale hotel guest caught on camera punching out valet

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Employees identified the puncher as ex-cop John Kiernan of New Smyrna Beach. No charges were pressed for the attack.

Should the State Attorney’s Office press charges against John Kierna for punching a valet in the face out of anger?

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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.

“He was just angry,” said Rodriguez.

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Florida Woman grabs deputy’s crotch, won’t let go

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CRESTVIEW – A woman who grabbed a deputy’s crotch and refused to let go was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and simple assault.

The 35-year-old Crestview woman, whose house was too cluttered to allow officers to enter safely, also armed herself with a hammer before coming out of the house.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies had gone to the home on Sandy Lane after getting a report about a disturbance.

The suspect was in her bedroom, but deputies noted that “excessive clutter” kept them from going in. Full Story »

Pinellas County Deputy boasts online, “Nothing Like Almost Shooting Someone to Set Your Head Right”

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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 »

Jacksonville Cop Threatens Jail Time for Jay Walking

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is reviewing video of an officer’s heated interaction with a man cited for crossing the street illegally.

Action News Jax brought the video to JSO — and spoke with the man who shot the footage.

It happened Tuesday near the intersection of Arlington and Lillian Roads. The man involved crossed the street with the red hand up — which is against the law. Full Story »

Immunity For Cop Who Raided Wrong Home, Shot Man’s Dog As It Ran Away

Wilson Almendarez

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 »

Florida Cop accidentally shoots up wrong house

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 »

Florida Woman purposely defecates in a cop car after being arrested for beating up an old man

Paula Sarkowski

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.

 

 

 

Florida police accused of racial profiling after stopping man 258 times, charging him with trespassing at work

Earl Sampson, 28, has been stopped by Miami Gardens police 258 times in four years, searched more than 100 times, and jailed 56 times at the store where he works for no reason. (CBS Miami)
Earl Sampson, 28, has been stopped by Miami Gardens police 258 times in four years, searched more than 100 times, and jailed 56 times at the store where he works for no reason. (CBS Miami)

A Florida police department is facing racial profiling charges after stopping a man 258 times and repeatedly charging him with trespassing at the convenience store where he works. Full Story »