Lake County deputy fired for ‘reckless behavior’ in ‘Training Day’ incident

Colleagues say he waved weapon around in public

By Louis Bolden – Investigative Reporter

Posted: 11:02 PM, May 03, 2017 Updated: 6:46 AM, May 04, 2017

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LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A Lake County deputy was fired for “reckless behavior” for waving his gun around in public.

A supervisor said the deputy posed a “serious safety concern to citizens and other deputies,” according to an internal affairs investigative report obtained by News 6.

Deputy Dean Zipes had his department issued handgun in one hand  and a Taser in the other, according to colleagues who witnessed the incident.

He also recited lines and re-enacted a scene from the movie “Training Day,” starring Denzel Washington, according to the report.

In the movie, Washington plays a crooked LAPD officer.

In one scene, Washington confronts a suspected rapist and points two guns back and forth from his chest to straight out in front of him, then rubs the weapons together.

News 6 uncovered video from a Lake County deputy’s patrol car that shows Zipes re-enacting the scene using his Taser and department-issued weapon.

The incident happened in the parking lot of the Sheriff’s Office substation in Minneola, according to the report.

A deputy in training who witnessed it reported “Deputy Tammy Peshek was upset that Deputy Zipes would act in an unsafe manner.”

“And in public where a civilian could drive by and witness it,” Peshek said during an interview with a supervisor after the incident.

It happened in February, and News 6 has learned Zipes was already under investigation “for pulling his firearm out of his holster twice in an office setting and using racial slurs,” according to the internal affairs report.

In another incident, a deputy reported being in the break room when Zipes “pulled his weapon out of his holster, pointed it at the glass
windows and stated he never got to shoot the gun,” according to the report.

Zipes was terminated April 21st for harassment, on duty use of a firearm, and other violations, according to the report.

 

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Cop fakes body cam footage, prosecutors drop drug charges

Officer said he searched car, then turned on body cam to recreate it for “the courts.”

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Prosecutors in Pueblo, Colorado are dropping felony drug and weapon-possession charges after an officer involved in the case said he staged body cam footage so he could walk “the courts through” the vehicle search that led to the arrest.

The development means that defendant Joseph Cajar, 36, won’t be prosecuted on allegations of heroin possession and of unlawful possession of a handgun. The evidence of the contraband was allegedly found during a search of Cajar’s vehicle, which was towed after he couldn’t provide an officer registration or insurance during a traffic stop. Officer Seth Jensen said he found about seven grams of heroin and a .357 Magnum in the vehicle at the tow yard. But the actual footage of the search that he produced in court was a reenactment of the search, the officer told prosecutors.

“Everyone who looked at the video believed it was in-time documentation of what actually happened,” lawyer Joe Koncilja told Ars. The video, he said, shows the officer is “surprised by the fact that he found the gun. It’s tampering with evidence.” The video was shown in court during a March preliminary hearing where a judge found sufficient evidence to prosecute Cajar.

The Pueblo Police Department has opened an internal investigation into the body cam incident.

The alleged police misconduct surfaced after the local prosecutor texted Jensen to make sure his report matched the body cam footage.

According to the Pueblo Chieftan:

Jensen replied back, saying, “For the search, the body cam shows different than the report because it was. Prior to turning my body cam on I conducted the search. Once I found the (expletive referring to evidence), I stepped back, called (a fellow officer), then activated my body cam and walked the courts through it.”

 

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Deputy placed on leave following dismissed drug case against ex-Hawks player

by: Nicole Carr Updated: May 5, 2017 – 10:53 AM

BANKS COUNTY, Ga. – Channel 2 Action News has learned one of the deputies involved in the 2015 arrest of an ex-Atlanta Hawks player has been placed on administrative leave, while the department seeks funding for dash cameras.

The Banks County Sheriff confirmed the move to Channel 2’s Nicole Carr on Thursday, less than a day after the state dismissed a felony drug case against NBA player Mike Scott. The dismissal was based on a lack of probable cause and a determination of racial profiling.

“At this point, he is on leave and we’re in the process of evaluating our policies and procedures,” Sheriff Carlton Speed told Carr. “(We’re) certainly going to work to correct any issues out there.”

Court records show Deputy Brent Register described a chase that never took place when he and another deputy arrested Scott and his younger brother Antonn Scott along Interstate 85 in Banks County in July 2015.

Register testified he went after Antonn Scott for driving too closely behind another car, and alleged Scott led him on a two-mile chase that reached speeds of 98 miles per hour.

But towing and dispatch records indicate there was never a chase. All the vehicles came to a stop within twelve seconds of Register turning on his blue lights. The records also show the brothers’ rental car was towed from mile marker 154, two miles ahead of the place Registered testified the non-existent chase ended.


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“I think they see two black guys in a car and they’re going to pull them out and put them in handcuffs,” said Weiner. “This time, they got called on it.”

The courts also questioned Register’s credibility based on prior issues in previous departments and his recent arrest records. They noted more than 75 percent of his arrests in the past year were of minorities, while Banks County is comprised of a 93 percent white population. Carr pulled Register’s police certification records that classify him as being Hispanic.

“This is the most extreme racial profiling I’ve ever seen,” said Scott’s attorney, Steve Weiner. “It is scary  to think that they could do this and how long they’ve been doing this.”

THE TRAFFIC STOP AND ARREST

Weiner said the Scott brothers were headed home to Virginia in a rental car, and Mike Scott was sleeping during much of the incident. A second deputy met Register to arrest the brothers before searching the car.

“Within 10 seconds, there are two officers one on each side of the car, with weapons drawn, telling them to get out,” said Weiner.

Mike Scott admitted to having marijuana in the car when asked about drugs by deputies. Police said they seized more than an ounce of marijuana and 10.9 grams of the drug known on the street as Molly.

“I understand, and I understand how people feel,” said Weiner. “But the sanctity of being able to drive or be in your house without being stopped or arrested without any probable cause to me is more important to the future of our country and to us as individuals than what they found.”

CHANGES IN BANKS COUNTY

Sheriff Speed told Carr he didn’t get a chance to see the 300-page case file until Wednesday evening, after Superior Court Judge Currie Mingledorff made his ruling. That’s when Register was put on admin leave pending the department’s internal investigation.

On Thursday morning, Speed went to the County Commissioner’s budget meeting and requested $50,000 worth of dash cam equipment for his small department of 65 paid employees. Less than half of them are sworn officers.

“(It’s) So we can have them in the future because they’re being brought into question by the courts,” said Speed.

Speed said all of his officers go through biased-based training, and he does not believe his department has a racial profiling issue. He wants the public’s trust.

“At no time, shape, or fashion are we out to do anything to harm,” said Speed. “We’re here to serve the public. I’m a man of deep convictions, and I’m certainly not going to do anything to discredit this office, or shed a bad light on the people of Banks County.”

Weiner said Scott looks forward to returning to the NBA as a free agent this summer, adding, “And hopefully this won’t happen to anybody ever again.”

 

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DeKalb Sheriff Jeffrey Mann arrested on indecency, obstruction charges

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Jeffrey Mann is accused of exposing himself to a police officer and then running away.

ATLANTA — DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann was arrested in Atlanta Saturday night on charges of indecency and obstruction.

The Atlanta Police incident report states that at about 11 p.m. the reporting officer, identified only as Officer Snell, was in an area of Piedmont Park along 10th Street, NE, known for sexual acts after dark, when he spotted the suspect, later identified as Mann. The officer stated that he saw Mann feeling his penis through his pants, walking toward the officer.

The officer stated in the report that, at this point, Mann exposed himself and began making inappropriate motions. The officer said he hid behind a tree to prevent Mann from seeing the reflective tape on his City of Atlanta police bicycle.

As Mann approached, the officer confronted him by shining his flashlight and Mann fled.  The officer said he identified himself as police and demanded the suspect stop but Mann didn’t. After running across 10th Street to a residential area of Midtown, and then turning down Argonne Street, Mann finally surrendered and was taken into custody on 9th Street, about a quarter of a mile from where the officer says he first encountered Mann.

During the walk back to the patrol car, with Mann in handcuffs, the officer says Mann asked him to call the officer’s supervisor, and Mann identified the police supervisor as a Major Peek. However the officer countered that Peek was not his supervisor. Mann still wished to speak with a supervisor and, upon reaching the Atlanta Police Precinct at CNN headquarters, downtown, Mann was allowed to do so.

The Atlanta Police Department declined to comment on the arrest, saying that it is an ongoing investigation.  Mann bonded out of the Atlanta city jail.  Both charges against him are misdemeanors.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office released a statement on Sunday that read:
“DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey L. Mann was arrested last night, May 6, 2017, by the City of Atlanta Police Department on charges of indecency and obstruction. He is working with City of Atlanta to clear these charges.”

Mann is DeKalb County’s 49th sheriff, and has served in the department for 10 years, including as chief of staff and as chief deputy.

According to the DeKalbLawyersAssociation.org, Mann was appointed to fill the remaining term of Sheriff Tom Brown, who resigned to run for Congress, in March 2014. In July 2014, Mann won a special run-off election with 76 percent of the vote to fill the remainder of Brown’s term.  Mann won election to a full, four-year term in November, 2016.

Mann also served in the U.S. Air Force from 1981 to 1985.

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More students come forward alleging abuse at Woodland Hills

This screengrab from surveillance videos released Tuesday by attorney Todd Hollis shows an incident involving a Woodland Hills student being subdued in a school office by police and school officials.

An attorney representing two students who claim they were abused by administrators at Woodland Hills High School said Tuesday that two more students have come forward with similar stories.

Todd Hollis, who represented an unidentified student earlier this year after the student recorded high school principal Kevin Murray threatening to “knock his … teeth” down his throat, said his office was contacted last week by federal investigators who are looking into “incidents of abuse” at Woodland Hills High School.

“Four kids have been injured as a result of some conduct by one or more administrators at the high school,” Mr. Hollis said.

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He released surveillance video Tuesday that showed school resource Officer Steve Shaulis and Que’Chawn Wade, 14, step into an office where they got into an altercation that concluded when the officer punched out the student’s front tooth. The student had to be taken by ambulance to a hospital, where his tooth was sewn back into place.

Que’Chawn was charged with resisting arrest, simple assault, aggravated assault and making terroristic threats in the April incident and his case is still pending in juvenile court, Mr. Hollis said.

A second video clip shows a March 2015 incident involving a former Woodland Hills student being grabbed by Officer Shaulis and thrown to the ground. In the video, Mr. Murray is seen helping to hold the boy down while Officer Shaulis shocked him with a Taser. Mr. Hollis said that student was acquitted of resisting arrest, but received probation on a disorderly conduct charge.

“They make you flinch when you see what they did to that young man,” said Tim O’Brien, the attorney representing the fourth student. His client is a 15-year-old girl who alleges similar altercations and “fabricated” criminal charges in two incidents at the school in 2015 and late 2016.

Mr. O’Brien said he and the girl’s family are considering filing a lawsuit.

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s office has been investigating whether Officer Shaulis, an officer with the Churchill Police Department, used excessive force in the April incident. The results of that investigation will be shared with the FBI.

District attorney spokesman Mike Manko said investigators are aw

are of the surveillance videos.

Authorities say Joseph Golden III is shown in surveillance video picking up a 13-year-old student by the neck and carrying him down the hallway on April 12.
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“As we have previously stated, we are working with other agencies, both state and federal, to determine what if any crimes have been committed and which venue best addresses the issues presented,” he said in an email. “The investigation is ongoing and, when appropriate, we will comment further.”

Mr. Murray was placed on paid leave in December while the school district and the district attorney’s office investigated the allegations against him.

He was reinstated in January and the school board appointed him as head high school football coach during a meeting last month.

“Principal Murray has nothing but love and admiration and respect for the over 10,000 children he has seen go through the Woodland Hills School District doors and become productive members of our society,” said Phil DiLucente, his attorney. “However, he will not tolerate misbehavior.”

Mr. DiLucente, who also represents Officer Shaulis, said the officer remains on duty, but is not currently stationed in the school due to the investigation.

Superintendent Alan Johnson said the district was cooperating with the investigation and said the 2015 case was adjudicated.

“We are disappointed that Mr. Hollis is attempting to take a small number of widely separated incidents and spin them into a conspiracy or a pattern of abuse that simply does not exist,” Mr. Johnson said.

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Madison County Sheriff’s detective arrested for sexual exploitation of minors

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MADISON COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) — A Madison County Sheriff’s Office detective is facing charges relating to the sexual exploitation of minors.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia, 40-year-old Bruce A. Harvey of Reva was arrested Wednesday morning.

He is facing two counts of transporting minors across state lines with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and two counts of interstate travel with minors with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

The release says the alleged criminal activity involved two minor female victims who had contact with Harvey while he worked as a karate instructor at the Virginia Tong Leong School of Karate in Madison sometime between 1998 and 2007.

According to an affidavit supporting the arrest, Harvey previously worked as a school resource officer at Madison County High School but was removed from that position in 2005 after parents complained he had inappropriate relationships with underage female students.

He was then assigned to the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, a federal, state and local task force that investigates child predators.

Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy that concerning.

“That to me is troubling that there wasn’t more aggressive screening before he was given that responsiblity,” said Heaphy.

Heaphy says the fact that so many years passed between the alleged offenses and the charges being filed suggests the victims may not have told anyone before now.

“It suggests that the offenses could have been consensual, but that doesn’t matter under the law,” he said. “An underage person can’t give valid consent to a sexual relationship with an adult.”

Harvey made an initial appearance in the U.S. District Court in Charlottesville on Wednesday afternoon and remains in custody.

The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the FBI and the Virginia State Police.

Anyone with information about these crimes or information about a potential victim is asked to call the FBI at (800) 225-5324.

 

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Sheriff’s deputy accused of stealing cash and drug evidence

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Affidavit: Ex-Arkansas police officer accused of sexually assaulting 9-year-old girl

By Brandon Riddle

This article was originally published May 4, 2017 at 11:16 a.m. Updated May 5, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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A former Hot Springs police officer is accused of molesting a 9-year-old girl on multiple occasions beginning earlier this year.

The Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs reported that Paul Henry Allen, 41, was arrested Wednesday by the Malvern Police Department and transported to Garland County, where he was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies.

Allen resigned Tuesday from the Hot Springs Police Department, one day before his arrest on four counts of second-degree sexual assault, according to the newspaper.

Hot Springs Police Chief Jason Stachey said in a statement that the Garland County sheriff’s office and the Arkansas State Police’s Crimes Against Children division continue to investigate the accusations “to ensure complete objectivity and transparency.”

The reported sexual abuse started Jan. 6 at a location in Garland County, according to the affidavit filed in Garland County District Court.

The girl told authorities that Allen on more than one occasion touched her inappropriately.

The newspaper, citing text messages reviewed by investigators, said Allen admitted to touching the girl’s buttocks “four or five times.” The former police officer also reportedly said he was “f***ing sick” and “sorry for what he did,” adding that he didn’t want to go to prison.

Allen joined the Hot Springs Police Department in May 2005 and had achieved the rank of officer first class, according to the Sentinel-Record.

Garland County jail records show Allen was released on $10,000 bail. He is set to appear May 15 in district court.

 

 

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Utah officer charged with driving drunk on way to police training

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PANGUITCH — An officer with the Utah Department of Public Safety has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk in his unmarked patrol car while headed to a training session at Lake Powell.

Jason James Whitehead, 35, of Ogden, who is also an officer with the State Bureau of Investigation, is charged in Garfield County Justice Court with DUI, a class B misdemeanor, and other charges.

On April 24, Whitehead was pulled over in his Dodge Charger on U.S. 89 after police received reports of a “reckless car with a reckless driver,” according to a search warrant affidavit filed in 6th District Court.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said multiple witnesses called police as Whitehead traveled through Iron and Garfield counties.

A UHP trooper pulled over Whitehead and detected a “strong odor of alcohol” while speaking to him, the affidavit states.

The trooper then noticed an open bottle of vodka in the vehicle that was half full, according to the warrant. After the trooper realized Whitehead was a State Bureau of Investigation employee, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was called to take over the investigation.

Sheriff James Perkins responded to the scene himself and observed that Whitehead “had slurred speech (and) red, glassy eyes, and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol,” the warrant states.

After failing a couple of field sobriety tests, Whitehead was “very unsteady on his feet” and needed assistance getting into Perkins’ car, according to the affidavit.

Whitehead has been with the Utah Department of Public Safety for more than four years. He has been placed on administrative leave. Royce said Whitehead is currently assigned to the Major Crimes Unit. He was on his way to train with the department’s dive team when he was pulled over.

Whitehead has had no other major disciplinary action against him during his time with the department, Royce said.

“I’m very disappointed when it’s found that one of our own, who has committed to protect, made a bad choice that could harm others. We were fortunate in this incident that no one was hurt, and we have taken immediate action to address this incident. This is a very rare occurrence that does not represent the conduct of the nearly 1,600 men and women of the Utah Department of Public Safety who have dedicated their careers to providing caring and professional service,” Commissioner Keith Squires said in a prepared statement.

In addition to the DUI charge, Whitehead is also charged with two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence, a class B misdemeanor, and having an open container in his vehicle while on the highway, a class C misdemeanor.

“Our client, like all our law enforcement clients, are entitled to due process under the law like all Utahns and all American citizens,” attorney Bret Rawson, who works with the Fraternal Order of Police and specializes in representing officers, said Wednesday.

Rawson said it was important to remember that Whitehead had served Utah for 12 years.

Prior to being hired as a UHP trooper, Whitehead was a deputy with the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office. He suffered minor injuries in 2013 while investigating a crash on I-15 near 2500 South and another vehicle slid into him while he was inside his car.

 

 

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Jacksonville police officer arrested after gun incident at Bestbet Orange Park


A Jacksonville police officer seen pulling his weapon on a man outside the Bestbet Orange Park during a December poker outing is on leave without pay following his arrest last week, according to authorities.

Officer Tommy Lee Bailey, who turns 63 Thursday, was charged April 26 with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 12:25 a.m. incident on Dec. 29, according to the Orange Park Police Department.

Bailey was off-duty playing poker at the same table as 62-year-old Robert J. Luckett of Jacksonville, according to the original incident report. Luckett said Bailey and others at the table “were making him the butt of all their jokes” and he told them to stop. When Luckett left, he said Bailey followed him into the parking lot and heard someone behind him say “Do you have a … problem with me?”

When he turned around, Luckett said Bailey drew a pistol from his sock or ankle holster, then pointed it at him, the report said. Luckett went back inside and reported the incident to security.

An employee was interviewed by police and said she saw Bailey behind Luckett as he left the building, the report said. She heard Bailey ask “You have a problem with me?” and also saw him pull out the handgun, cock it and point it at Luckett.

Bailey told police that Luckett and others in the game were making critical comments about him. The dealer at the table told police Bailey was “in a bad mood.” When Luckett made a comment about Bailey, the officer called him a “fat —,” the dealer said in the report. Bailey said Luckett also challenged him to a fight, suggesting they go “out into the parking lot.” Another employee said Luckett never challenged anyone to a fight.

Bailey said he decided to leave after repeated requests for the comments about him to stop and that Luckett walked up to him as they left the building, according to the report. Security camera video shows Luckett leaving the building before Bailey, who is then seen reaching down to his right ankle before they go out of view.

The case was submitted to the State Attorney’s Office for review, leading to last week’s arrest.

Reached Wednesday, Luckett said he had “nothing to say.” Bailey could not be reached for comment.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said cannot comment on the incident because it is not its case or investigation. The Times-Union has requested Bailey’s history summary with the Sheriff’s Office.

 

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