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Ayers was shot by undercover police in Georgia

Reader “Rukiddnme” responds to “Why Can’t Police Get Their Stories Straight in Rev. Jonathan Ayers Shooting?”

“Do you people honestly believe the Agents involved do not feel remorse
for this incident? I am sure they are loved by their families,
brothers, sisters,and their own Church also. There are eyewitness
accounts of the Agents identifying themselves to Ayer’s, and also they
had neck badges.

“You people need to realize that when Ayer’s hit the
one agent with his car, that was assault with a deadly weapon upon an
Officer of the Law, they were well within their rights to take whatever
precautions necessary. For those making excuses for Ayer’s being
“scared”, well do you not think the Agents were not scared also??? He
did throw his car in reverse and run one down,has it ever crossed any
of your minds that when he did so the Agents were scared for their
lives? And by Ayer’s acting in such a way he appeared to be running
from them? and guilty of something!

“And all these redneck comments about “bling” mobiles and calling the
agents “thugs” is bullshit, Narcotics agents do not wear identifiable
“police” uniforms and more than likely will be driving their own
vehicles,thats why its called”undercover”!
And if we reversed the race of the agents and Ayer’s, say the two
Agents were white and Ayer’s was black, there would not be all this
crap going back and forth. And thats a fact, not to mention its in
Georgia, the South where racism and prejudice still runs rabid like a
Talk lawsuits and murder all you want to, these agents are guilty of
nothing, its just a tragedy for all parties involved, shit happens and
that is the case here.”

Last week, we told you about egged houses and Texas deputies who allowed barmaids to play with their shotguns. But this week, America’s Finest got into a little more serious trouble. So with out further delay, we bring you our regular Thursday edition of This Week in Police Blundering Countdown:

Richard Padilla Cramer

No. 5: Richard Padilla Cramer: It seems Cramer wasn’t very good at his job as head of the U.S. Customs office in Nogales, Arizona. When he wasn’t stopping illegals from entering the U.S., he was investing in large cocaine shipments, says the DEA. Before he retired in 2007, agents say he provided confidential info to smugglers and invested $400,000 in one 300-pound shipment. Where does a public servant get that kind of money? We can’t tell you. But he may just have a very prosperous paper route.

William Powell

No. 4: William Powell: While there’s nothing wrong with hoisting a beer or 12 at a biker bar, you might just want to avoid bringing a loaded gun along. That’s lesson we can learn today from this New York City officer, who spent the night getting wasted at a Brooklyn biker joint, then decided to blow a hole in his buddy’s car after his gun accidentally discharged. When police responded, Powell attempted to diffuse the situation with modesty and regret. “Don’t f— with me!” he yelled, according to the New York Daily News. “I’m on the job.” Okay, so maybe he has some work to do on that whole regret thing. But he’ll have plenty of time to practice now that he’s been suspended.

Paris Hilton demonstrates how marijuana is ingested

​For the aspiring criminal looking to launch a drug smuggling venture, there’s no finer role model than the  Jimenez-Acevedo ring of Houston, our featured entrepreneurs in this week’s edition of The Savvy Criminal.

According to U.S. Customs, 26 people — most of them related — began running a pot smuggling ring from Mexico in 1986. With a few well-placed bribes to Mexican inspectors, they imported tractor-trailer loads to America with the weed hidden in secret apartments. Investigators say this was no small-time enterprise. Confiscated books indicate the Jimenez-Acevedo gang brought at least 250,000 pounds into Houston over 23 years, enough to get a reggae band high for more than a week.

But the key to its longevity was tight-knit relationships. Four Jimenez brothers were charged with running the operation, along with two Acevedo brothers. And when they were arrested, it proved to be a family reunion in jail, as aunts, nephews and cousins arrived in handcuffs. Moreover, the group steadfastly avoided bling and worked simple jobs that didn’t arouse suspicions. Among those nabbed were a truck driver, a
mason, a construction worker, a firefighter, and an auto mechanic.

Rev. Jonathan Ayers, right

​Reader “Numquamubisububi” responding to “Comment of the Day: Rev. Jonathan Ayers Thought He Was Being Robbed“:

“I’ll use some of your twisted logic and smears and innuendo to ask
questions that insinuate guilt, just as you did:
1) Why are the police refusing to talk about the incident? Are they
getting their stories straight? Are they doing damage control?

“2) Why
have they arrested and not released the woman’s NAME who was allegedly
with Ayers? Are they leaning on her to give evidence favorable to the
cops and damaging to Ayers in exchange for a lenient sentence?

“3) Why
haven’t the police released the names of the officers involved in the
shooting? Why are they hiding behind a wall of silence? Do they have
something to HIDE?
See, anyone can do it…and it still proves NOTHING…”

Also see: “Sympathy for Police in the Rev. Jonathan Ayers Shooting.”

Rev. Danny Barnes with wife Dena

​A 14-month-old girl in Wheaton, Minnesota is dead. And it’s all because a pastor gave someone a washer and dryer.

Only a month ago, Darryl Kennedy was the best man at Claude Hankins’ wedding. But the two recently had a falling out. Rev. Danny Barnes, who ministers to people with addiction problems in this small town near the North Dakota border, had given a washer and dryer to Hankins. For some reason that upset Kennedy’s friend, David Collins. So Collins confronted Hankins, but ended up getting the worst of it with an eye swollen shut.

Two days later, he charged into Thy Kingdom Come Church with a baseball bat. Hankins grabbed a chair in defense. But Collins had been drinking and
swung wildly, connecting with the head of Hankins’ daughter Aundrea. She would die from the blow a few hours later…

Friends describe Ayers as a true follower of Jesus

See update: Rev. Jonathan Ayers, Killed by Cops in Drug Bust Gone Bad, Was Apparently Having an Affair.

When Rev. Jonathan Ayers was gunned down by police in a Toccoa, Georgia drug sting gone very bad, True Crime readers were outraged (see comments here and here). “It is obvious that this was a botched operation, performed by
undertrained, trigger-happy cops,” wrote reader Edwin. “It is also obvious that the cover-up
has already begun.”

By all accounts Ayers, a pastor at tiny Shoal Creek Baptist Church, was a Christian in every sense of the word. He was a devoted husband with a baby due this winter. Friends and parishioners say he was a giving and gracious, the kind of man who would reach out to anyone. And since police haven’t offered any evidence to the contrary, we have no reason to believe Ayers wasn’t the person people claim him to be.

So it remains a mystery what he was doing that day in Toccoa. Police say he’d given a ride to a woman suspected of being a coke dealer. After he dropped her off, Ayers went to a convenience store to use the ATM. Relatives say he was getting money for new tires on his wife’s car. What happened next became the touchstone for the anger. Either Ayers tried to run the undercover cops over, or blundering police killed an innocent pastor.

Ayers was shot after police believed he was trying to run them over

Reader “Framed” has this take on the story “Rev. Jonathan Ayers Shot By Police in Georgia Drug Sting,” arguing that the killing resulted from bad police work:

“If 2 dudes roll up on me in an Escalade wearing tank tops, pulling out
guns, at a convience store I’d run them over too. These cops look like
street thugs and not in uniform. You can get a gun and a badge for $30.
He had no way of knowing they were legit. Bad police work.

“Cops these days are too eager to shoot because real police work is too
hard for them.
Not to bring race into it, but chances are those cops were black and a
young white chunky priest is just instictively trained to run from all
large black men carrying guns…”

Timothy Kissida tried to trade his hit-and-run BMW in in the Cash for Clunkers program

Today we begin our inaugural voyage of the Monday Stupid Criminal Countdown, where we visit those whom self-respecting bad guys would never invite to dinner.

5. The Snoring Fugitive: When probation and parole officers came looking for Chad R. Kortin of King, Wisconsin, he managed to escape out the back door of a rural cabin. A fisherman saw him dive into the Wisconsin River and disappear. Alas, our hero wasn’t meant for a life on the lam. He was captured the next morning when a nearby resident heard a strange noise coming from his wood pile. Police found Kortin there snoring away.

4. Pot Smoking Police: Honolulu cops Shayne Souza and Kevin Fujioka were playing at a police softball tourney in Vegas when they decided to get intimate in their van with Ms. Marijuana. A cop approached to ask them to move their illegally parked vehicle. But the officers panicked and drove off, and were eventually caught after they abandoned the van and fled on foot. Both are expected to be fired…

Scene from a Honolulu Police training video

​It’s hard to blame Honolulu police officers Shayne Souza and Kevin Fujioka. They’re in Vegas for a police softball tourney. And anyone who’s played softball knows about the long delays between games at these things. So they thought to themselves, “Hmm, perhaps we shall repair to our van for some trusty herb?” After all, they’re Honolulu cops. They’re supposed to be laid back.

That’s when Vegas PD approached. The van was parked illegally and the responding officer only intended to ask the cops to repark. Unfortunately, this is when our heroes panicked and drove away. Vegas police followed; Souza and Fujioka jumped from the van, hoping to escape on foot. But apparently they didn’t make the Honolulu PD softball team on he basis of their speed. Both were caught, and Souza — a SWAT team veteran — had to be pepper sprayed to be subdued. 

They were charged with possession of narcotics, resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, and DUI narcotics. Though a Honolulu police spokesman praised both officers for their work on the job, he added that they’ll likely be fired.

Alfonzo Castro, comic book and meth enthusiast

​You might say brothers Aaron and Alfonzo Castro were an enterprising pair. When Colorado officials took down their meth ring, which imported dope from Phoenix to Colorado, 41 people were indicted and 200 cops were needed for the mass roundup.

Police say the brothers used women to distribute the drugs via bodily cavities, which usually isn’t recommended in personal hygiene texts.

But the more interesting part of the case is how the Castros laundered their money. According to the Denver Post, police seized $500,000 worth of rare comic books in the raid. Officers believe the brothers planned to open a comic book company that dealt in first-edition and high-end books.

Now in jail on $1 million bonds, they’ll likely have to settle for work in the prison library.

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