Browsing: Police Bungling

A speed trap is typically defined as a hidden stretch of road that police equipped with radar guns use to catch people speeding.

The website CheapCarInsurance states that it recently “analyzed 15 years of driver-reported National Speed Trap Exchange data” to come up with a list of the American cities with the most reported speed traps.

The site’s California list was dominated by SoCal cities.

dui-checkpoints-minority-neighborhoodsEddie Maloney/Flickr

Motorists in South Los Angeles appear to bear the brunt of the Los Angeles Police Department’s crackdowns on drunk driving, according to an L.A. Weekly analysis of LAPD checkpoint information for 2015.

Fine, many will say: Those who put our lives in danger need to see more black-and-whites in their rear-view mirrors, wherever they might be.

But many of these communities are impoverished, minority enclaves, raising questions of racial and socioeconomic justice.

police-public-records-californiaChris Thornock for L.A. Weekly

Mark Arner didn’t know what he was getting into. A veteran reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune, he was working the police beat when an editor told him to check out a case at the county Civil Service Commission.

“It wasn’t something I covered normally,” he says. “We stumbled across it.”

The case involved a rape allegation against Antonio Lee Smith, a Sheriff’s deputy. Smith had been called out on an assault case. The suspect, a 37-year-old woman, was drunk. She later told authorities Smith forced her to have sex and that she was too drunk to stop him.

houston-press-feat_img3_31John Domingues rushed to the corner of Francis and Sampson, in the heart of Houston’s Third Ward, as soon as he heard the call for “shots fired” crackle over his police radio. It was just after midnight when Domingues pulled up near the row of shotgun houses and saw Jason Rosemon, a fellow Houston Police Department officer, standing at the north end of the street. When Domingues stepped out of his cruiser, he could see what Rosemon was staring at: Kenny Releford, 38, was on the ground bleeding from two gunshot wounds.

img_7447Marco Torres

Prosecutors say Shannon Miles walked up to Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth as he gassed up his cruiser, put a pistol to the back of the deputy’s head, and pulled the trigger. When Goforth hit the ground, police say Miles emptied his semi-automatic pistol into the deputy’s back. While officials first blamed the Black Lives Matter movement and its “rhetoric” for encouraging the public assassination of a cop, here’s what we’ve learned since: Miles has a long history of serious mental illness, the murdered deputy was at the scene with his mistress, two other deputies have been fired for sexual relations with that witness, and a third has since been terminated for trying to spark an “inappropriate relationship” with the woman. How the high-profile murder of a sheriff’s deputy morphed into a telenovela.

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