It’s a standard move in a cop thriller — switching the gun with live ammo for the one with plastic rounds — but in this case, it was just the product of boneheaded negligence. It cost Officer Dan De Kraai (pictured) his life and made Jason Strong lead stooge of Police Blunders of the Week…
5. Charles Derosalia
Thrills are cheap and easy come by as a New York Police Department Narcotics Detective. For Charles Derosalia they were a fringe benefit of any narcotics bust, known as the strip-search. Though NYPD regulations prohibit male officers from performing strip searches on females suspects that’s just what 18 women allege after an Internal Affairs investigation. (We don’t need no stinking badges!)
One woman complained that Derosalia strip searched her in a NYPD bathroom then made her take off her clothes again so he could take a picture of a below-the-navel tattoo with his cell phone camera. When the picture didn’t come out right, he took her back to the bathroom for another session. (He’d confused COPS for America’s Top Model.)
As a result of her complaint Internal Affairs questioned dozens of women arrested in drug sweeps by Derosalia’s narcotics team and found 17 more women who claim to have been strip searched. They were ogled but none of them were touched, though Derosalia allegedly did assist in the removal of their clothing. If found guilty, the 31-year old, married Derosalia will likely be fired.
It seems less like lusty behavior than an act of control and humiliation, given the vast fleshy delights readily available on the inpornet.
4. Salt Lake City SWAT Team
An anonymous tip is all the Salt Lake City SWAT team needs to destroy everything in your home. In January they shot 10 canisters of tear gas into Guillermo Miramonte’s house, suspecting his cousin, Roberto Miramonte Roman was hiding out there. (They couldn’t have knocked first? They had a warrant.)
Roman, wanted for the suspected murder of a sheriff’s deputy, wasn’t there. Indeed, he was a few houses down at a friend’s house, and officers evacuated him and his friend from their house without recognizing him. He was apprehended the next morning in a trailer park, sleeping in someone’s shed.
Unfortunately, his cousin’s house was trashed by the tear gas. All the furniture and carpeting had to be replaced, the walls repainted, and most of their clothing was destroyed. The Miramontes are asking for $25,000 for the expenses the money they had to spend before they could even move back in, as well as to reimburse their lodging while the house was being decontaminated. The city’s offered them a $7867 settlement. The family of five hasn’t decided yet whether to take the money or continue to press the case in court.
3. Tracie Denise Bell
Houston Police officer Traci Denise Bell claimed to offer some much needed recreation to kids displaced by hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Sadly, her basketball leagues and camps were just for play-play. Only the money she got from the Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) was for real-real. Almost $167,000 of it.
The 41-year old, 12-year HPD vet pretended with a rookie cop to offer a camp for 330 kids, securing money from HAUL that they got in a million dollar grant from the Red Cross. Both were fired when their fraud was discovered in 2008. While her co-conspirator, Kirshondra Richardson, has yet to go to trial, Bell received 16 years in prison, where she’ll have plenty of time to organize inmate basketball leagues.
2. Abbegayle Dorn
Don’t let her good looks fool you, Abbe Dorn is a world-class bodybuilder and former American Gladiator. Get your head caught between those tree-trunk thighs and she’ll pop it like a pimple. What’s even scarier is that she’s a member of the Denver police force, who make Buford Pusser seem like a candy striper.
According to a lawsuit filed against Dorn and two unnamed male officers, Rohit Mukherjee was celebrating a going away party. He was returning to India to gain some international business experience before returning to the states to finish his graduate studies in business administration.
Two people came to their door, complaining about the noise, and Mukherjee obliged by turning down the stereo. But that wasn’t good enough for them, apparently. A half-hour later the cops showed up. Despite the lack of any loud music, one of the male officers asked Mukherjee to come outside. When he declined, the officer violently pushed the door open, and Dorn allegedly pinned Mukherjee against the wall with her forearm.
When he complained that he couldn’t breathe, Dorn and another officer threw him to the floor face first. Dorn and another officer bend his arms behind his back with a baton, and bent one of his legs back while another officer stood on his ankle and rocked back and forth. They pushed him face first across the floor like a wheelbarrow scraping his face. When guests tried to record these actions with their phones, Dorn grabbed them from them and took them into the kitchen, dropping them into a bowl of water.
The took him down the corridor, twisting his fingers, smashing his head into the walls, and finally slamming him face first into the elevator wall. When the cops left the elevator, another cop asked one of the arresting officers why the man was screaming so loudly, to which the cop proudly exclaimed, “I was trying to break his fucking face.” At the county jail one of the cops was overheard to describe him as “some fucking Arab.” I guess foreigners all look alike to Denver cops.
Those crazy Denver cops all think they’re Tony Danza, starring in an episode of Who’s the Boss? (And it ain’t Bruce Springsteen.)
1. Jason Strong
Saint Joseph, Missouri police officers Jason Strong and Dan De Kraai were taking part in a training exercise at the unoccupied Neely Elementary School to prepare for hostage situations and school shootings. The two took advantage of a break in the training to go to a convenience store to get a drink. On their way, they switched from their regular weapons, because, you know, there’s so much crime at a convenience stores, they needed to be ready.
Well, needless to say, Strong forgot to switch back to the training weapon loaded with plastic-tipped bullets. Tragedy struck when De Kraai asked Strong to shoot him with one of the Simunition bullets so he could know what to expect during the training exercise. Though only training rounds, they are still painful. However, it wasn’t a training round, and De Kraai died at the hospital. Strong, who was awarded a Medal of Valor earlier this year, is on administrative leave while Internal Affairs investigates.
leaves behind a wife and a young daughter. His is one of only two officer deaths nationally this year by accidental gunfire. Many police departments use training weapons that are painted bright colors. We have to assume St. Josephs isn’t one of them.
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