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COPS-ATTORNEY'S-LAW..LINKS-RESOURCES April 11, 2007 7:04 AM

American Civil Liberties Union:
I wish they had the funding and attitude to fight harder, but they do accomplish a lot of good.

America's toughest Sheriff?
The truth about nutty Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Bad Cop News:
A dang fine ongoing overview of cop corruption and abuse of authority in the news.

Bad Cop, No Donut:
A regular feature on The Bitter End radio show.

Black Robed Hooliganism: Does for judges what 'Stinky Badges' does for cops -- good coverage of the bad news.

Cops Suck!:
Another fine collection of not-so-fine cops.

CopWatch:
This is the big, national group that fights police abuse, brutality, and corruption, with lots of local chapters. It started with
Berkeley Copwatch, and that's probably still their best local group. "Policing the police."

The Copwatch Database:
A permanent, searchable repository of complaints filed against police officers.

Flex Your Rights:
Protect your rights during police encounters

The Innocence Project:
Last chance after a guilty verdict.

More Bad Cop News:
Perhaps the most comprehensive collection of cop crimes

Meet up with others who care about police misconduct

Michaelbradford.com keeps a sharp, skeptical eye on the cops in California's Santa Clara county.

National Lawyers Guild: Lawyers with consciences.

PoliceAbuse.org: Well-funded organization runs video stings of police operations.

PoliceCrimes.com: News and information on police brutality and criminality.

Roadblocks:
What to expect and how to handle the situation

Truth in Justice, an educational non-profit organized to educate the public regarding the vulnerabilities in the U. S. criminal justice system that make the criminal conviction of wholly innocent persons possible

When the police don't take no for an answer
by Claire Wolfe, Backwoods Home Magazine  [ send green star]
 
 April 11, 2007 7:05 AM

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What's going on in your community? Check the latest headlines.

http://www.pursuitwatch.org/

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 April 11, 2007 7:06 AM

SOME MORE INTERNET RESOURCES


ACLU Fighting Police Abuse
A Page Devoted to Police Ethics
CopCrimes Database
Law Enforcement Ethics

Human Rights Watch
OICJ's Ethics Online

Police Ethics Network

Police Integrity: New Orleans-style
Stop American Police Corruption

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 April 12, 2007 7:16 AM

Never go alone to file a police complaint, have a witness, preferably an attorney...  or contact the Dept. or Justice.

United States Department of Justice

http://www.usdoj.gov/

Doing Business with DOJ

http://www.usdoj.gov/07business/

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 April 12, 2007 7:21 AM

Are You Fed-Up with corrupt, crooked and
I'm God and Superman
rolled into one cops, who feel they are above the law!!
It's time we do something about it!
I propose the Get Tough on Police Corruption!
Double The Sentence Law.

If a police officer breaks the law he/she has sworn to
 uphold while on duty and we as Tax Payers are
 Paying their Salary not only have they wasted
our money, Broken the law they were sworn
to uphold but tarnished the reputation
 of the few good cops that are still out their!

This should also apply to any officer
that helps to cover up another officer.
Break the Code of S
ilence!


Get Tough on Police Corruption!

Double The Sentence Law:
Maximum sentence x 2

 How Can I Help?
You can help by making your voice heard.

Make your voice heard! Contact State Legislators
 and tell them you want this NEW LAW PASSED.

  (Or you can contact City Council members and
tell them you want this NEW LAW PASSED.

  (Or you can contact your US Senate (below) and
tell them you want this NEW LAW PASSED.

Florida US Senate:

Bob Graham - E-mail Bob

Nelson, Bill -   E-mail Bill

Click here to find contacts for all US Senate's

Get Tough on Police Corruption!

Double The Sentence Law:
Maximum sentence x 2

Send Your Letters to:

Print Letter Here

Find your Senators address below;
http://www.senate.gov/

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 April 12, 2007 7:23 AM

 

Their use to be a time when you could trust Cop's.

Those day's are gone!

Unfortunately when some cops put on their uniform and their badge they think they are above the Law. They are some how transformed into SUPERMAN and GOD all rolled into one!

How Can I Help?
You can help by making your voice heard.

Make your voice heard! Contact State Legislators (below)
 and tell them you want this NEW LAW PASSED.

  (Or you can contact City Council members (below) and
tell them you want this NEW LAW PASSED.

  (Or you can contact your US Senate (below) and
tell them you want this NEW LAW PASSED.
Click here to find contacts for all US Senate's

Print this letter and send it to your Senator

Print letter in Microsoft Word Open here

Send your Letters to
Click Here

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 April 12, 2007 8:06 AM

Judicial/Attorney Misconduct
for All States

At the request of many persons from other states who have contacted Citizens to have their judicial and legal misconduct information published on this web-site, Citizens has now added pages to assist them.

The information posted here will come from those people harmed by the legal/judicial system. All information must be documented, just as was done on the Illinois site. Citizens wants people who inquire about the misconduct of lawyers and judges to have confidence that the misconduct information on these pages is substantiated, not just allegations of misconduct.

List your misconduct information here for maximum exposure.

Since your state attorney disciplinary commission will not inform you if an attorney has been disciplined in another state, Citizens suggest that you check the listing in neighboring states or in retirement states (Florida, California, Arizona, etc.) to see if your attorney has been disciplined elsewhere.
Please note that, in the area of discipline, the names of the attorneys and judges listed in all states, except Illinois, are generally for those who received public discipline. Each state also issues private discipline, but the names of the attorneys and judges who received the private discipline are generally not released.

Contact Citizens for more information.

http://www.clr.org/ostates.html

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 April 12, 2007 8:14 AM


Department of Justice SealU.S. Department of Justice


Civil Rights Division
Special Litigation Section

Conduct of Law Enforcement Agencies

The Section's police misconduct authority is based on the

The Section has already obtained significant relief under its police misconduct authority.  For example, in 1997, the Section obtained two consent decrees to remedy systemic misconduct in municipal police departments in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Steubenville, Ohio. The decrees require the police departments to implement widespread reforms, including training, supervising, and disciplining officers and implementing systems to receive, investigate, and respond to civilian complaints of misconduct. The decrees have had a widespread impact and are being used as models by other police departments. The Section also has used its police misconduct authority to reform restraint practices in a Louisiana jail and to obtain systemic relief in juvenile correctional facilities. The Section is investigating other systemic problems in law enforcement agencies, including excessive force; false arrest; discriminatory harassment, stops, searches or arrests; and retaliation against persons alleging misconduct.

Section staff investigate police departments by interviewing police officials and witnesses of alleged wrongdoing, reviewing numerous records, and evaluating departmental practices. As with the Section's CRIPA work, staff work with nationally renowned experts who assist with evaluating investigative material and developing and monitoring remedies to address deficiencies.

The Special Litigation Section is an integral part of the Division's Police Misconduct Initiative, along with representatives from various sections in the Division, the Office of Justice Programs, and the FBI. This Initiative was created at the Attorney General's request to coordinate Department-wide enforcement efforts to combat police misconduct.  The Chief of the Special Litigation Section serves as the Co-Chair for Civil Enforcement of the Initiative.

For further information, follow the links below:

police misconduct provision of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which authorizes the Attorney General to file lawsuits seeking court orders to reform p  [ send green star]
 
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reform police departments engaging in a pattern or practice of violating citizens' federal rights, as well as the anti-discrimination provisions of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which together prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin by police departments receiving federal funds.  [ send green star]
 
 April 12, 2007 8:24 AM

http://www.einfoworld.com/legalethics.html

Concerned about legal ethics? 

Are You Tired of ETHICAL MISCONDUCT in the LEGAL PROFESSION?

Are You Tired of  LAWYERS WHO LIE? 


Here's your chance to take action. 
Citizens of California have proposed legislation to
hold attorneys accountable for lying and
misrepresentation in the practice of law.

California resident or not, you can help turn the tide
of change in the deteriorating American legal system
by supporting this legislation.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Question: How can we possibly change a legal system
that is powerful and resistant to change?

Answer: Many drastic changes have been made in our
country with the active participation of citizens who
care. Remember civil rights? Fair employment laws? All
had a small start by concerned, ordinary citizens.

San Francisco legal ethics professors and attorneys
Richard Zitrin and Carol Langford tell us:

"If our legal system is to be saved, members of the
society it serves must play a major role in its
salvation. This requires that lawyers and legal
organizations open their doors to the public, and that
the public have the necessary interest and fortitude
to walk in." Zitrin, Richard, and Langford, Carol,
The Moral
Compass of the American Lawyer: Truth, Power, Justice
and Greed)

Question: What Can I Do?

Answer: Send an email to Assemblyman Joe Simitian and
the
Governor of California and tell them you are
behind this proposed legislation. Cut and paste or
write your own!

Subject: Ethics and Lawyers

Message Body: I am a citizen becoming involved against
unethical legal conduct. I support the proposed ethics
legislation in Representative Joe Simitian's  (D-Palo
Alto) "THERE OUGHT TO BE A LAW CONTEST" prohibiting
lawyers from misrepresenting facts and lying in the
practice of law.

Question: I don't live in California, how can this
help?

Answer: This proposed legislation needs your support -
no matter where you live! We want EVERYONE to tell
California what they think.

Question: How can we possibly influence the powerful
State Bar?

Answer:  There are many attorneys and
judges who are frustrated with the greed and lack of
morality in their own profession. However, in order to
overcome inertia, they need citizens like us to take
the initiative and insist on enforced, ethical
conduct.

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TW this is a good one sending e-mail thanks Jo Ann  [ send green star]
 
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Massachusetts (220) Michigan (158) Minnesota (67) Mississippi (32) Missouri (93) Montana (12) Nebraska (59) Nevada (32) New Hampshire (73) New Jersey (182) New Mexico (20) New York (228) North Carolina (134) North Dakota (16) Ohio (251) Oklahoma (74) Oregon (88) Pennsylvania (204) Rhode Island (26) South Carolina (90) South Dakota (13) Tennessee (93) Texas (337) Utah (32) Vermont (28) Virginia (137) Washington (107) West Virginia (10) Wisconsin (117) Wyoming (23)

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 April 12, 2007 1:13 PM

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Joann I'm so glad you like it!  A little better organization within the Resource's, so hopefully everyone will find it easier to access the info. they need? 

God Bless  ~Tamme~

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 April 14, 2007 8:13 AM

Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission http://www.clr.org/ardc.html
Some say the ARDC stands for the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission - others say it stands for the Attorneys' Right to Defraud their Clients.

Which do you believe it stands for?

Many of you have filed charges of ethical misconduct against an attorney with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission ("ARDC"), but have not been successful in having the ARDC file a formal complaint against that attorney.

When you file a charge against an attorney, the ARDC is limited by law to consider only those ethical misconduct charges over which they have been given authority to act. The area of their jurisdiction can be found in the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.

As the ARDC is there to protect the attorney and not to protect your rights, the ARDC does NOT send a copy of the "Rule Book" unless a person specifically requests one. That is why copies of the "Rule Book" are brought to each of our monthly meetings for members to take with them.

There are over 6000 charges filed each year against attorneys by their clients, yet approximately only 2% of those attorneys are formally charged by the ARDC. Most of the filed charges do not allege a violation of a Rule, or refer to the substance abuse by an attorney which, under Supreme Court Rules, cannot be disclosed to the public.

When you file an ethical misconduct charge against an attorney, phrase your charge against a violation of a specific Rule or Rules that have been violated.

The Inquiry, Hearing, and Review Boards are incestuous. They are either composed of only attorneys or two-thirds attorneys. An attorney on the Board may be an attorney who is secretly involved in the same misconduct that he is hearing - he will certainly not find another attorney in violation of an ethical violation if he is involved in the same misconduct.

If you believe that your charge is a valid charge, have it posted on the Citizens Web-site on the Internet for all to see. Prior to this time, no person saw your charge and the attorney could continue as if no charge had been filed against him, since no current client or potential new client had access to that information.

Under the Rules, the ARDC can not disclose whether a charge of misconduct had been filed against the attorney you were inquiring about. We understand that this restriction applies only to the ARDC and does not apply to anyone else.

As a service to its members, Citizens is available to review your charge of ethical misconduct against your attorney and make suggestions before you submit it to the ARDC.


Contact Citizens if you have been represented by, or had any contact with:

        Attorney Marshall J. Auerbach         Collins & Bargione         Attorney Robert K. Blain         U.S. Attorney James B. Burns         Attorney Stephen J. Connelly         Connolly Ekl & Williams, P.C.         Attorney Ron Darosa         Attorney Michael J. Dioguardi         Attorney Gino Divito         Attorney Terry A. Ekl         Attorney Paul Feinstein         Attorney Lawrence Fisher         Attorney Allen S. Gabe         Attorney Caryl Jacobs Gabe         Gabe, Gabe & Associates, P.C.         Attorney Mel Gaines         Gardner Carton & Douglas  [ send green star]
 
 April 14, 2007 8:29 AM

Attorney Discipline and Malpractice 

If you have a complaint against a lawyer and all efforts to resolve it informally have failed, you have two options:  a disciplinary complaint and a malpractice suit.  It’s important to note that you can use both options.  Using one does not prevent you from also using the other, but keep in mind that your state will have a statute of limitations for malpractice suits and some states have one for filing a disciplinary complaint, too.

 (Both options are distinct from fee arbitration, which you can use to resolve a fee dispute with your lawyer.  Fee arbitration panels are created and run by state or local bar associations and usually are composed mostly of lawyers.  Despite this, if you have a fee dispute you cannot resolve on your own, we recommend fee arbitration because it is inexpensive and quicker than litigation.  We have found no evidence that a consumer is more likely to receive better treatment from a court than from an arbitration panel.)

If you have a problem with your lawyer, you can file a grievance with the state bar association or you can file a lawsuit, either in small claims court or in regular civil court.  The major difference between a complaint and a lawsuit is that the courts can award you money and the state bar usually can’t.  The bar’s authority is disciplinary.  The goal of a malpractice case in court, on the other hand, is to be paid for damages that resulted from your lawyer’s misconduct.

Attorney Discipline

Your state or local bar association can only take action on certain types of wrongdoing by lawyers.  Most of the rules are set down in your state’s “Code of Professional Conduct” or a similarly named document, probably based on model rules put together by the lawyers who work with the American Bar Association.  You can get a copy of the rules by writing your bar association.

Your state or local bar association can tell you how to file a complaint.  Often, all that is required is a letter to the bar’s attorney discipline committee or filling out a simple form.  It bears repeating, however, that these committees almost always have no authority to award monetary relief, so determine your goals first.  If your only goal is to get money back, the state bar disciplinary committee is probably not the place for you.

When you file a complaint, be detailed but brief.  Include all the relevant data and copies of any documents that support your claim.  More than half of all complaints are dismissed after the bar committee merely reads the complaint letter and the lawyer’s answering letter.  You want to give the committee your best evidence and description of events at the outset; you may not get another chance.

If your complaint is not dismissed, the panel may ask for more information.  It will also schedule a hearing.  The hearing is usually confidential.  You will be asked to give your side of the story and the lawyer will be asked to respond.  The lawyer is usually permitted to ask you questions, but in some states you are not given the right to question the lawyer.  Sometimes the lawyer also has the right to hear you tell your side of the story, but you can’t hear the lawyer’s version.

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 that the lawyer’s license to practice be taken away temporarily or permanently taken away (disbarment).  This is the most severe sanction available and the least often used.  Alternatively, the committee can suspend the attorney’s license to practice for a specified number of months or years.  The difference between a suspension and a temporary disbarment is that the disbarred lawyer must reapply for a license and the suspended lawyer’s license is automatically reinstated at the end of the suspension.

Instead of disbarment or suspension, the panel can recommend a public or private reprimand of the lawyer.  If the reprimand is public, the lawyer’s name and the facts of the case will be published in the bar’s journal or a local newspaper.  If the reprimand is private, it is never made public, not even to the lawyer’s other clients.

Attorney Malpractice

The other recourse against lawyer misconduct is a malpractice suit.  If you win a malpractice action, you can receive monetary damages, sometimes including any lawyers’ fees you had to pay to bring the suit.  However, don’t bring a malpractice action without first considering several factors. The first of these is the difficulty of winning.  To win a malpractice action, you must first prove your lawyer guilty of misconduct or negligence, then show you were harmed monetarily because of the misconduct or negligence.  Often, this means you have to prove you would have won your original case if not for your lawyer’s error.  Needless to say, this is not an easy task.

Malpractice cases can be brought in small claims court if you ask for an award that is within the small claims court limits.  Taking such a case to small claims court allows you to handle the case yourself and avoid lawyer’s fees.  It is also quick. 

If you do not sue in small claims court, more likely than not you will need a lawyer.  Look for one who specializes in attorney malpractice and who doesn’t have any conflict of interest in representing you against the attorney you’re suing.  Unfortunately, it is often difficult to find lawyers willing to sue their colleagues, so you may need to look outside your area, especially if you live in a small city or town.  Also, just because your new lawyer is outraged about your previous lawyer’s conduct, remember to be careful how you manage your relationship with the second attorney, or you may find yourself complaining about lawyer misconduct again.

A final caution:  Prepare for a long and bitter fight.  You will be fighting on your original lawyer’s own turf, where lawyers are most familiar with the rules and the other players, from the judge on down.  Lawyers do not take kindly when accusations about their professional conduct are placed before their bar and bench colleagues.

SANCTIONS FOR ATTORNEY MISCONDUCT - "The primary purposes of disciplinary proceedings conducted by the State Bar of California and of sanctions imposed . . . are the protection of the public, the courts and the legal profession; the maintenance of high professional standards by attorneys and the preservation of public confidence in the legal profession." (Standard 1.3; see also Garlow v. State Bar (1982) 30 Cal.3d 912, 916.)

"In deciding appropriate discipline, we consider the underlying misconduct and aggravating and mitigating circumstances, if any." (Blair v. State Bar, supra, 49 Cal.3d 762, 776.) "In a disciplinary proceeding, the deputy trial counsel must prove culpability and aggravating circumstances by clear and convincing evidence. (See In the Matter of Respondent H (Review Dept. 1992) 2 Cal.State Bar Ct. Rptr. 234, 239, and cases cited therein; Trans. Rules Proc. of State Bar, div. V, Standards for Atty. Sanctions for Prof. Misconduct ('stds.'), std. 1.2(b).) The attorney acc  [ send green star]

 
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 accused of misconduct must prove mitigating circumstances by clear and convincing evidence. (Std. 1.2(e).)"

To determine the appropriate level of discipline after these facts are established, we must look first to the Standards for guidance. "These guidelines are not binding on us, but they promote the consistent and uniform application of disciplinary measures. Hence, we have said that 'we will not reject a recommendation arising from application of the Standards unless we have grave doubts as to the propriety of the recommended discipline. . . .'" (In re Lamb, supra, 49 Cal.3d 239, 245 quoting Lawhorn v. State Bar (1987) 43 Cal.3d 1357, 1366.)

An errant attorney's ". . . assertion that no discipline should be imposed shows that he does not recognize his problems and that he may not correct them." (Blair v. State Bar, supra, 49 Cal.3d 762, 781-782.)

http://www.lectlaw.com/def2/s116.htm


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 April 14, 2007 8:35 AM

If you wish to report your attorney for misconduct in the practice of law, you should contact the appropriate office in his/her state of practice. Below are a listing of those offices in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. We make every effort to keep this information current. If you discover discrepancies or omissions please contact the web producer or Gwen Coutu with the corrections.

Search for a State: -- Pick a State -- AK AL AR AZ BE CA CO CT DC DE FL GA HI IA ID IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MO MS MT NC ND NE NH NJ NM NV NY OH OK OR PA PR RI SC SD TN TX UT VA VI VT WA WI WV WY (you must go to the website below to access this function).

http://www.nbtanet.org/public/discipline/index.shtml

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 April 14, 2007 10:22 AM

Harmful Error
Report on Prosecutorial Misconduct Released

Study: Thousands of False Convictions

(Editorial Blog)
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anonymous GREAT THREAD April 14, 2007 10:56 AM

May I put these links in my group? I will just use the links....
Thank you
Joanne
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Hello April 14, 2007 11:03 AM

Hello Joanne yes you may use any of the info here on people,are goel is to help as many people as we can,so please use any thing we have that you want to post God bless,lol see you on the beach,you have some great groups Joanne and glad Iam a member of your groups Jo Ann..  [ send green star]
 
 April 14, 2007 12:04 PM

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 April 14, 2007 12:46 PM

http://www.hemp.net/~darral/copslie.html

Are the United States' police officers a bunch of congenital liars?

"Why cops lie about drug evidence" by Joseph D. MacNamara, in the February 13, 1996

Clicke here to read more comments on this article

Not many people took defense attorney Alan M. Dershowitz seriously when he charged that Los Angeles cops are taught to lie at the birth of their careers at the Police Academy. But as someone who spent 35 years wearing a police uniform, I've come to believe that hundreds of thousands of law-enforcement officers commit felony perjury every year testifying about drug arrests.

These are not cops who take bribes or commit other crimes. Other than routinely lying, they are law-abiding and dedicated. They don't feel lying under oath is wrong because politicians tell them they are engaged in a ``holy war'' fighting evil. Then, too, the ``enemy'' these mostly white cops are testifying against are poor blacks and Latinos.

The federal government reports that more than 1.3 million drug arrests were made in 1994, 480,000 of which involved marijuana. About 1 million of the total drug arrests were for possession, not selling.

Despite government drug-war propaganda that big-time dealers are its targets, only 24 percent of the total drug arrests were for selling. Almost all those arrested for selling are small-timers, in large part supporting their own drug use. Often they are inveigled by undercover police to up the ante. Many of the arrests for selling are made without search warrants and almost all the possession arrests are without warrants.

In other words, hundreds of thousands of police officers swear under oath that the drugs were in plain view or that the defendant gave consent to a search. This may happen occasionally, but it defies belief that so many drug users are careless enough to leave illegal drugs where the police can see them or so dumb as to give cops consent to search them when they possess drugs. But without this kind of police testimony, the evidence would be excluded under a 1961 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Mapp vs. Ohio.

I became a New York City policeman five years before the Mapp decision. We were trained to search people who appeared suspicious. I questioned the apparent contradiction posed by the Fourth Amendment, which guaranteed that people would be secure in their person and house from a search without a warrant. The instructor said not to worry. A suspect could sue in a civil action but no jury would find against a cop trying to stop dope from being sold. He went on to say that if the courts really meant it, they wouldn't allow such evidence into a criminal trial.

In its Mapp decision, the Supreme Court cited this police attitude and the routine violations of the Fourth Amendment as reasons enough to establish a national rule to exclude illegally obtained evidence. Gradually, as police professionalization increased, police testimony became more honest.

But the trend reversed in 1972, when President Nixon declared a war against drugs and promised the nation that drug abuse would soon vanish. Succeeding presidents and Congresses repeated this false pledge despite evidence that drug use, drug profits and drug violence increased regardless of expanded enforice perjury is a part of the drug war.

But recently a number of police leaders have conceded that racially disparate arrest rates and illegal police searches and testimony are a problem. Last year, for example, New York Police Commissioner William J. Bratton warned his officers not to lie about how they obtained evidence, saying that he would rather they lose the case than commit perjury. Last month, Baltimore Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier ordered his cops to stop arresting awks pontificate about the immorality of people putting certain kinds of chemicals into their bloodstream.

Joseph D. McNamara, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the former police chief of San Jose, wrote this article for the Los Angeles Times

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 April 15, 2007 7:39 AM

http://da.co.la.ca.us/jsid.htm

Justice System Integrity Division 

No one is above the law, especially those who are sworn to uphold it. Those who are charged with enforcing the laws of the State of California must themselves scrupulously obey the law. They must lead by example, and that example must be based on principles of honesty, integrity, credibility and accountability.

When judges, attorneys, police officers, and others working in the justice system break the law, they must be held accountable for their actions. The District Attorney created the Justice System Integrity Division (JSID), a team of highly experienced prosecutors and investigators, to ensure just that. JSID – with enhanced cooperation from local and federal agencies – provides the resources to detect, investigate, and prosecute criminal misconduct among those sworn to uphold the law.

By doing so, JSID deters criminal wrongdoing and helps raise confidence in law enforcement, the courts, and the justice system in general.

Referral Protocol for Outside Agencies

  • Referral Protocol for DDAs (internal)
  • OIS Protocol

  • Report on The Officer-Involved Shooting of Anthony Dwayne Lee (Acrobat PDF 1.1 M
  • Matters involving the use of force, especially when death or serious bodily injury occurs, are often the most scrutinized matters involving a peace officer. The community has a right to know whether or not an officer lawfully used deadly force in the application of his or her duties. It is incumbent upon the District Attorney’s Office to investigate officer-involved shootings and deaths that occur while a person is in the custody of a peace officer.

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    http://da.co.la.ca.us/jsid.htm

    Attorney’s Office has established the District Attorney Response Team (D.A.R.T.). Whenever a law enforcement shooting within the County of Los Angeles injures or fatally wounds a person, an experienced deputy district attorney and a senior investigator respond to the scene and conduct an independent investigation into the matter. The District Attorney’s Office also conducts independent investigations whenever force has been used against a person who is in the custody of a law enforcement officer and it appears that the force may have been the proximate cause of death.

    Justice System Integrity Division
    Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
    210 West Temple St., Rm. 17-1114
    Los Angeles, CA. 90012
    Phone: (213) 974-3888

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     April 16, 2007 7:19 AM

    If You Are a Victim of Police Brutality You Have Legal Rights

    Many police officers in our own country abuse their power and authority and cause physical and emotional injuries to their victims. Police brutality occurs in routine stops and arrests, after a chase or pursuit, in jails or prisons, and as the result of racial profiling.

    Excessive ForceExcessive Force

    Excessive force is a common type of police brutality. Police brutality was largely ignored in the past, but the realities have been brought into the public eye in recent years due to high profile cases of egregious abuse. Today, police brutality is not tolerated, and many officers have been convicted of criminal assault charges. Sadly, many victims who suffer police brutality did not commit a crime and were not even in the process of being arrested when the assault occured.

    Custodial NegligenceCustodial Negligence

    Custodial negligence occurs when those who are serving sentences in prison are subjected to beatings by guards or assault by other inmates. Other cruel and unusual punishment may involve the denial of proper medical attention, food, and other necessities.

    If you suffered due to police brutality or were injured while incarcerated, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the municipality and be compensated for your emotional and physical injuries.

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