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July 12, 2013

Sexual assault investigation officer arrested for sexual improprieties with teenager

San Jose Cop From Sexual Assault Unit Arrested For Online Relationship With Teen
A San Jose police officer has been arrested on suspicion of asking for and possessing sexually explicit photos of a 16-year-old girl he conversed with on Facebook, a Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney said. Officer Tony Fregger, 33, an eight-year veteran, turned himself in this evening to San Jose police who arrested him in connection with possessing sexual photos of a minor and communicating with the purpose of obtaining the photos, Deputy District Attorney David Ezgar said. Fregger was released after posting $75,000 bail and his arraignment will take place July 22 in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose, Ezgar said. Fregger, who joined the San Jose Police Department in 2005 and worked for the Sexual Assault Investigation Unit from March 21, 2010, to this past March 16, has been placed on administrative leave, district attorney’s office spokesman Sean Webby said. “Mr. Fregger was engaged in investigating these crimes against minors and he engaged in one,” Ezgar said.

July 07, 2013

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”

When you militarize the police, a lot of people end up getting shot for no good reason. “Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control - Salon.com
Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his gambling habit. Several months earlier at a local bar, Fairfax County, Virginia, detective David Baucum overheard the thirty-eight-year-old optometrist and some friends wagering on a college football game. “To Sal, betting a few bills on the Redskins was a stress reliever, done among friends,” a friend of Culosi’s told me shortly after his death. “None of us single, successful professionals ever thought that betting fifty bucks or so on the Virginia–Virginia Tech football game was a crime worthy of investigation.” Baucum apparently did. After overhearing the men wagering, Baucum befriended Culosi as a cover to begin investigating him. During the next several months, he talked Culosi into raising the stakes of what Culosi thought were just more fun wagers between friends to make watching sports more interesting. Eventually Culosi and Baucum bet more than $2,000 in a single day. Under Virginia law, that was enough for police to charge Culosi with running a gambling operation. And that’s when they brought in the SWAT team. On the night of January 24, 2006, Baucum called Culosi and arranged a time to drop by to collect his winnings. When Culosi, barefoot and clad in a T-shirt and jeans, stepped out of his house to meet the man he thought was a friend, the SWAT team began to move in. Seconds later, Det. Deval Bullock, who had been on duty since 4:00 AM and hadn’t slept in seventeen hours, fired a bullet that pierced Culosi’s heart. Sal Culosi’s last words were to Baucum, the cop he thought was a friend: “Dude, what are you doing?”

July 05, 2013

Police arrest man for recording them and shoot his dog

The video is pretty graphic guys. This guy literally did nothing wrong. It is 100% legal in California to record the police when they are on duty. These cops didn't like that, so they arrested this guy. And then shot his dog at his feet. Police Taken Off The Streets After Video Captures Them Shooting Man's Dog | ThinkProgress

June 27, 2013

California man faces 13 years in jail for scribbling anti-bank messages in chalk

California man faces 13 years in jail for scribbling anti-bank messages in chalk — RT USA
Jeff Olson, the 40-year-old man who is being prosecuted for scrawling anti-megabank messages on sidewalks in water-soluble chalk last year now faces a 13-year jail sentence. A judge has barred his attorney from mentioning freedom of speech during trial. According to the San Diego Reader, which reported on Tuesday that a judge had opted to prevent Olson’s attorney from "mentioning the First Amendment, free speech, free expression, public forum, expressive conduct, or political speech during the trial,” Olson must now stand trial for on 13 counts of vandalism. In addition to possibly spending years in jail, Olson will also be held liable for fines of up to $13,000 over the anti-big-bank slogans that were left using washable children's chalk on a sidewalk outside of three San Diego, California branches of Bank of America, the massive conglomerate that received $45 billion in interest-free loans from the US government in 2008-2009 in a bid to keep it solvent after bad bets went south.