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December 02, 2012

Panel finds that 87% of undercover cops in Britain had sex with the people they were spying on

Commissioner claim over undercover sexual relationships | Rob Evans | UK news | guardian.co.uk
He was asked by Labour MP David Winnick if it was appropriate for undercover officers to have sexual relationships with the people they had been sent to spy on. Here's the reply in full from Hogan-Howe : "It certainly should not be part of the strategy to do that. The fact that it may sometimes happen, I think, could almost be inevitable, not that I would encourage it obviously. "When you are deploying an officer to live a lifestyle and they are going to get close to a target or group of targets, it is not impossible to imagine that human relationships develop in that way, so we put various things in place to make sure that if it is going to happen or there's a likelihood of it happening, we spot it early and get the UC [undercover officer] out before it happens. But it is not impossible given human relationships." A few points about that reply. Firstly, Hogan-Howe makes it sound as if the relationships are or have been a relatively rare event. This is plainly not true. What has come out so far makes it clear that the relationships were frequent and routine. As we reported here, "eight of the nine undercover officers identified over the past 21 months are believed to have had intimate sexual relationships with protesters they were spying on." The relationships spanned a period from the 1980s until 2010.

November 29, 2012

Oakland is experiencing a rash of burglaries

Especially car burglaries. I actually heard a car window get shattered outside my house last week. I was up at 3am fighting my insomnia when I heard a car pull up and a loud smash. I looked out the window and saw a super fat white dude in his 50s or so climbing into the passenger side of an escalade. The best part about the linked article is how our mayor is off in China for some fucking reason. Fewer police, more burglaries in Oakland - SFGate
Although killings are tragic and make the news - and Oakland has already exceeded its total for all of last year - many more residents are falling victim to auto and home burglaries. Those are up a stunning 43 percent from last year. Police Department figures show that as of Sunday, 11,081 homes, cars or businesses had been reported broken into so far this year. That translates to about 33 burglaries a day, or about one every 43 minutes. The most popular targets are cars. A total of 5,743 have been broken into so far this year - 2,511 more than during the same period last year. "It's horrendous," said City Councilwoman Pat Kernighan, who chairs the council's Public Safety Committee. She suspects there's a direct correlation between the crime spike and the city's steady loss of police officers in recent years. "That's the issue we all should be focusing on," Kernighan said. If the problem is a shortage of patrol cops, things are going to get worse.

California police spent years covering up serial rape at homes for the disabled

I know the Newswire has been a huge downer this week, but when the world keeps being a huge downer what else can we do? CA Police Allegedly Covered Up Serial Rape At Facilities For The Disabled | ThinkProgress
California police tasked with protecting developmentally disabled patients turned a blind eye to a pattern of sexual assault by their caregivers, according to an investigation by the independent journalism group California Watch. While there were 36 accusations of sexual abuse at state-run facilities for the disabled in the past four years, the Office of Protective Services — the specialized police force in charge of the facilities — routinely failed to take the basic steps necessary for a real investigation into the allegations. Most notably, they did not order a single rape kit in any one of the cases in question, even though the kits are “widely regarded as the best way to find evidence of sexual abuse:” Without physical evidence, it can be nearly impossible to solve sex crimes, especially those committed against people with cerebral palsy and profound intellectual disabilities. In the three dozen cases of sexual abuse, documents obtained by California Watch reveal that patients suffered molestation, forced oral sex and vaginal lacerations. But for years, the state-run police force has moved so slowly and ineffectively that predators have stayed a step ahead of law enforcement or abused new victims, records show. Much of the alleged sexual abuse in the California institutions has occurred at the Sonoma Developmental Center, where female patients have been repeatedly assaulted, internal incident records show. In one case, a caregiver was cleared by the police department of assault and went on to molest a second patient.