US ends private prison contracts

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Goodbye Corrections Corp of America

Deinstitutionalisation is the process of doing away with long term psychiatric hospitals and replacing them with less isolating community services such as mental health treatment on an outpatient basis.

The idea was that it would work in a couple of ways first by focusing on reducing the number of patients that were housed in mental institutions by releasing them of course, for some it meant shortening stays, in turn it would reduce both admissions and readmission rates.

The second focused on reforming mental a hospital’s institutional processes, the image it would create of the patient in the mind of the patient. It was the hope that ending the processes it would reduce or eliminate the concepts of patient dependency, the feelings of being hopeless once out of the institution and unable to cope with that, learned helplessness which the institutions drilled into the heads of patients and loved one’s of the patients, and other behaviors that institutions reinforced into the minds of patients and the families of patients.

Not to mention, wide scale patterns of patient neglect, care and unimaginable abuse were occurring in the facilities.  

The idea sounded great, on paper and in presentations.

The idea failed, miserably.  

These days it’s difficult to find a long term psychiatric hospital that cares for the mentally ill.

Today over half of the mentally ill population are left to self manage, mental holds in hospitals are short lived, some patients are released when they truly shouldn’t be, but the hospital psych ward needs the bed space.  

Patients are asked to get continued therapy, over half of which don’t because of cost, the inability to get to and from the therapy or simply because they don’t want it or are too mentally ill to realize they really do need it in order to live through each and every day.

Once in therapy, they are a number in the system and aren’t really always receiving the right kind of therapy.

Patients that are on medications don’t take them or worse mix them with other medications, illegal drugs or they drink with them.

This creates a problem for police because when they are heading to a call they don’t know what the individual was diagnosed with, are they on meds, off meds, mixing alcohol with the meds, etc.

A lot of mentally ill individuals struggle with keeping a job and they struggle to obtain housing so that leaves a good chunk of them living on the streets or couch surfing with friends who may or may not be aware the individual is struggling with mental issues until something happens.

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When we made the move to private prison contracts…

Back in the 1980’s not only was the hair and clothing bad, the public was frustrated over a ‘perceived’ failure of the penal system to rehabilitate offenders and in turn the public was reluctant to provide more funding for correctional institutions, to top it off the penal system was facing a demand for more jail space.

This created a ‘perceived’ issue that needed a very fast solution.

So one proposed solution was the privatizing of prisons and jails by contracting out, in part or in whole, the entire operation.

And now, we want to end the privatization of our penal system and go backwards instead of forward. We are not really looking for a solution to the ‘perceived’ issues.

It’s a reaction, one that I believe is normal for all of us once we realize that privatization of prisons really never was more cost effective.

Some are suggesting that the Department of Justice was maybe misguided on some of the information pertaining to why we need to begin the process of parting ways with private prison contracts.

One group says that private prisons show a savings of between 3-12% on annual per capita costs. Yet the report came with a caution that said they really could not honestly compare the costs between private and non-private prisons because of inmate population differences and programs offered.

The report found that as of January 2014 over half of the prison population housed in private prisons were non-us citizens.

That really isn’t the full picture because that particular report did not truly look at or study the actual demographics of those that were in prison at the time they conducted the study.

The report did study to see how the two compared to 8 measures of safety and security. The study found that private prisons did a poor job when it came to things like contraband, lockdowns, inmate discipline, grievances, phone monitoring and reports of incidents.

It’s easy to conduct a controlled study in order to obtain the outcome one wants. I can do it and so can you. I’m fairly certain a 5 year old can do it as well.

The issue here is, what happens when we or if we truly part ways with private prison contracts?

But let’s back up and look at the situation again…

Severing ties with private prisons will affect maybe 15-20% of Federal Inmates. That’s right, Federal inmates. States can still keep what contracts they have in place for state contracted private prisons.

They can also choose to part ways with private prison contracts if they wish. This decision would not affect states that use private run prisons on the state level.

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I worked for this really great company once, the owner Troy Widgery was a really good owner, and an even better manager/trainer.  

He always pushed me to not focus on a ‘perceived’ problem. He was right, because our focus on the ‘perceived’ problem clouds our abilities to come up with a solution that will provide the outcome we truly want.

It also clouds our ability to figure out if we truly have a problem or if the problem might be something we never even considered as the culprit. 

Just remember, when we decided on Deinstitutionalisation in psychiatric facilities, we saw a ‘perceived’ problem, ran to create a solution and never planned for the outcome that eventually followed.

In the 1980’s, we saw a ‘perceived’ problem with the penal system and today, we are not liking the solution that created the outcome we are now hearing about.

“The problem is not the problem, the problem is your attitude about the problem.”

Cristal M Clark

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Police unions holding police reform hostage 

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At least that’s how it’s being sold

While they say they support reform, in many cities the police unions which represent the officers in those cities are holding reform hostage until they can gain monetarily from the reform.

This this month in Cincinnati, a local Police Union attorney sent a “cease and desist” letter to the city that said that officers should only use body cameras if the city was willing to pay them more.

Basically, unions are using the reform as a bargaining chip and are holding it hostage which is so very wrong. I can see something like, well the department needs more funds in order to purchase the body camera’s but, the unions are blatantly using reform as a way to increase police paychecks.

They are asking for money for officers from taxpayers to ensure officers are doing an effective and fair job.

According to a report at the Huffington Post, Daniel Hils, who is the president of one of Cincinnati’s Fraternal Order of Police lodges had this to say with regards to suggesting that police be paid more for the reforms:

“We recognize [body cameras are] the direction we’re going, but I believe this is a game changer, as far as complexity of the job. And this level of monitoring will result in positives and negatives about what it’s like to be a policeman. Because of that, I think it does require some additional compensation or at least bargaining for that.”

The argument is being presented in such a way by the unions that they are suggesting that adding the camera’s adds additional expectations, responsibilities and/or enhances the job of the officers.

Those have to be some of the weakest reason’s to be asking for an increase in police pay that I have ever seen.

Many police departments, not the unions that represent them are for the camera’s, from the top brass to the rookies. They want them, they support them and are willing to wear them. It’s the unions who are pushing back.

Boston just went down this road when the Patrolman’s Association fought the use of body cameras on a voluntary basis. The police in Boston are not being forced to wear them, so now the volunteers were selected by some third party, and the now forced volunteers are wearing the cameras for some time then an evaluation will be done by said third party who I assume is not associated with the department itself or the Patrolman’s Association.

Understanding

Who wants to be under constant surveillance while at work, anyone? The answer is that none of us want that, you may say you don’t care but when push comes to shove, no one really wants that. The idea is uncomfortable for most us, we don’t want it and don’t like the idea of it.

Some think that police have been granted this enormous, great power to be above and over us, they have authority over us, they can abuse us, use unnecessary force against us, be unfair, racist, biased, kill us without reason etc.

The assumption is that police have been give this great power over all of us little people and it needs to be monitored, seen and it has to have this check and balance process.

I agree with that to an extent however…

I personally do not believe that all police departments or police believe that they have been granted this great power over us.

Sure, the ones for instance that we see splashed all over the news have this power and control issue. Except for the Commerce City, Colorado Police Department, those guys are just playing Pokémon Go while on the job. By the way does anyone know how many Pokémon they captured before they were busted?

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I do know several police departments who don’t feel that way at all.

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Both the Denver, Colorado Police Department and the Arvada, Colorado Police Department just to name a couple feel a sense of responsibility to the communities they serve and protect.

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Sure they may have had at one time or another a bad apple or two, many of the officers that work for those departments do not truly feel that they have been handed this enormous power over the people.

I’ve had the privilege to work with many of them and to also know some on a personal level. They don’t feel over us in anyway, they feel a greater sense of responsibility the each citizen and the communities that they serve.

The sense of power over someone and the sense of responsibility to someone are two vastly different things.

All people are asking for are transparency and accountability, this requires nothing more out of police than what they should already be doing today.

Until the Fed’s can think of a way to prevent unions from holding reform hostage, this will continue to be a problem. I don’t know it feels like the unions are now pimping out the police.

The unions need to carefully consider that having the ability to see what it’s like being a cop just might clear up a lot of misconceptions the general public has about police and what they do while on duty… not all of them are playing Pokémon Go while on the clock.

Cristal M Clark

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An end to mass incarceration in the United States

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When the call for an end to mass incarceration doesn’t make sense.

As of right now Chicago has experienced, 489 shootings for the month of August, 84 have been ruled homicides.

This brings the number of shootings in Chicago this year to 2,858.

This weekend just so happens to be a holiday weekend which tend to prove pretty deadly in Chicago. Chicago is 142 shootings away from hitting 3,000 shootings this year.

That’s not a lot when you look at the first 10 days of the year, Chicago experienced 120 shootings. That was winter and this is summer, more people and guns are out.

Dwyane Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge was gunned down in cold blood on Friday afternoon while pushing her baby in a stroller. Dwyane Wade happens to be a guard for the Chicago Bulls, his dream come true was to play for the Chicago Bulls, he is from Chicago.

Now a beloved member of his family was murdered because she ended up in the crossfire of gang members who wanted to shoot someone else.

So forget gun laws, they are not working in Chicago, gang members don’t purchase guns legally anyway. What about the existing criminal laws on the books that are clearly not enforced?

Laws that could have prevented Nykea’s murder.

The two men arrested for Nykea’s murder were according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, out on parole, not probation, parole, one of the two was out on parole on an existing gun charge.

Darwin and Darren Sorrells have multiple priors and don’t really seem to give a shit about things like the law, life, women, children, nothing.

Had Chicago’s judicial system actually enforced the current laws and sentenced each according to the crimes they had committed prior, neither of these men would have been out of prison and would never have had the opportunity to murder Nykea or anyone for that matter.

In a day and age where I hear non-stop talk about mass incarceration, I have to wonder are we honestly seeing the whole picture? Yes, great we get some stories where a petty marijuana dealer who received a rather long sentence, but is that the entire story?  Are we asking for the right thing clearly or is it to generalized?

In truth we do not truly have a mass incarceration issue within the prison system. Our prison systems are not loaded with your typical stoner, hippies or petty shoplifters, the mentally ill, and pretty much basically non-violent drug offenders.

Darwin Sorrells had been sentenced to 6 years in prison in back in January 2013 on a gun charge and he was released early on parole.

Derren Sorrells is a known gang member who also happens to be on parole for motor vehicle theft and escape. He absconded from justice, hence the escape charge?!?!?

Early release and parole for two men who more than showed the legal system they had absolutely no intention of abiding by the law let alone the rules of parole.

When are we going to learn that the while the judicial system is unfair to some, to others it is too lenient.

Repeat offenders and violent offenders should have no early release and no good time. In fact they should be sentenced more accordingly to the crimes they have committed. Violent offenders should never be afforded any graces.

I dated a former violent offender once, I didn’t know it at the time but I can tell you this firsthand, they are great at manipulating and telling counselors, therapists, parole officers, prison guards and family members just what they need too, so that they can fly right under the radar yet continue to commit crimes without the benefit of getting caught.

Don’t ever kid yourself into thinking the majority of these guys will reform, they won’t, they do not want to change. Given the opportunity to continue with the behavior that landed them in prison, they will continue to break the law.

For most violent offenders they have no regard for any law whatsoever.

Confusion comes into play when looking at the numbers for the so called mass incarcerated because people more often than not don’t truly understand the difference between jail and prison.

They are in fact, believe it or not different by definition. The two biggest differences are, length of stay and jail’s are typically run by local law enforcement agencies.

So you can have misdemeanor offenders, felons and federal prisoners all housed in the same jail at the same time for different types of charges. They can be already sentenced or awaiting bail or a court date.

Some states will keep a felon in jail rather than transport the prisoner to prison if the felon’s sentence is a year or less. Some might keep the them longer or for less time. It depends on the state.

In quite a few cases a prisoner in jail will be charged with a felony then the DA will bargain the charges down so someone just lost his job, his home etc while awaiting a court date because he couldn’t bond out. Which by the way happens to be a judicial system problem.

Because of the confusion of where a prisoner is housed and the type of crime committed, I believe that many individuals including the media are vastly confused over the idea of mass incarceration. I too often hear the media refer to jail as prison. It’s not and the media should not refer to a jail as a prison.

According to Fordham University School of Law, professor John Pfaff, who studied the 1980’s-2000’s, he learned that more than half of the extra or added prisoners were in fact violent offenders.

He says that of that “only about a 5th of prison inmates are incarcerated for drug offenses, only a sliver of those are in for marijuana. While many of these incarcerated drug offenders have prior convictions for violent crimes. The median state prisoner serves roughly 2 years before being released; 3 quarters are released within roughly 6 years.”

The other key issue is repeat offenders, sometimes while out on bail an offender will be charged with another crime and if the court does not see the newer crime they simply cannot sentence someone accordingly.

Sometimes a court will know about it and choose not to “deal” with it hoping another judge will see it and do something about, sometimes they don’t even care if the other judge will “deal” with it.

Mass incarceration though, the numbers that everyone continues to toss out, the stories, none of that speaks the truth.

When we talk about things like mass incarceration, we have to draw a distinctly clear line for our elected leaders so that they can understand what we are talking about.

Are we saying that we feel too many people are arrested for laws on the books that no longer make sense like laws with regards to marijuana or are we talking about crimes that are violent in nature?

Are we talking about Betty who didn’t pay her traffic fine, court costs or the like who was arrested and thrown in jail for a week or two and ended up losing her job and still can’t pay the fines?

Are we talking about someone who was arrested for the 4th time on a DUI charge in a state that doesn’t charge a 4th time offender as a felon and couldn’t post bail?

Are we talking about someone who was picked up for being a public nuisance while intoxicated, jailed for a few days because they couldn’t post bond then fined beyond their means, and sentenced to classes they really don’t need?

The point is, we need to clear up what it is we are asking for and expect in return, you can’t just toss something out like “end mass incarceration” and expect a result, it doesn’t work that way.

When I look at cases like the Sorrells brother’s who murdered an innocent bystander, her murder was absolutely preventable if they had been appropriately sentenced and not out on parole.

Mass incarceration means different things to different people, it means different things for different reasons and on different levels.

We must be clear about what it is we want from our Government.

Mass incarceration is not the bigger issue, judicial reform is. Holding non-violent offenders without bond for a charge that will be plea bargained down anyway is cruel and punishment enough.

Allowing two violent offenders out early without having had half a chance to pay for the crimes they committed is a call for Judicial Reform at all levels.

Cristal M Clark

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8 year old girl found tortured and murdered

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Malaysia

 

8 year old Nurin Jazlin’s body was found by a shop owner, naked, stuffed into a gym bag in the fetal position. She had been dead for over 6 hours before she was found.

A cucumber and brinjal (eggplant) were found stuffed inside of her which caused her rectum to rupture. A bacterial infection contributed to her death but ultimately her small body just could not take any more.

Nurin had gone to a wet market near her house in Section 1, Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur to buy a hair clip on the night of August 20,  2007. A wet market is a market that sells fresh meat and produce.

Nurin’s badly tortured body was found 26 days after she went missing.

Nurin’s parents did not initially identify the body of their daughter because of the changes the torture and death had caused to her physical appearance. Because her parents did not initially identify her the authorities thought that the child might have been a foreigner because she did not appear to have a scar that all children in Malaysia typically have. The scar would have been caused by the country’s mandatory vaccine to ward off tuberculosis.

That left Nurin’s parent’s to hope that their daughter was still alive however, after a DNA test was given the results confirmed that the dead child was in in fact Nurin Jazlin.

Back in 2007, the murder of Nurin was considered one of the most horrific murders in Malaysian history because the child had endured cruel and horrific acts of sexual torture. This killer wasn’t turned on so much by the the fact that Nurin was a child, it had more to do with the fact that she was helpless, she was unable to stop the torture.

The killer derived great pleasure through Nurin’s pain, if she cried or screamed, struggled, it gave this killer the pleasure he sought until she died.

On September 28th of that year federal agents descended upon a shop which they subsequently raided in Section 7, Shah Alam. They ended up arresting 4 men and 1 woman in connection with Nurin’s murder.

The woman was released immediately after questioning, but the men remained in police custody for a total of 7 days. They were eventually released because the police never had anything they could use to tie them to Nurin’s murder.

The police thought they had a break in the case on October 2nd after having arrested an Indonesian woman at a market in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan because when they confronted her she tried to swallow a SIM card she had with her. But the woman was set free and whatever was on the SIM card was lost.

The police had CCTV footage of the area where the gym bag with Nurin’s body had been found. They sent the footage to the FBI to enhance it and try to identify a suspect. They saw footage of a motorcyclist on September 16th around 1pm carrying a gym bag, presumably the same bag Nurin was found in. The rider left the bag in the exact same shop lot Nurin was found in.

What was odd however, is that investigators also saw footage from an hour later which showed a woman who seemed to be loitering around the the same lot, she was picked up by 3 men.

The enhanced footage still failed to reveal the face of the rider and his license plates.

The case has never been solved. During the 26 days she was missing, Nurin suffered insurmountable acts of sexual torture.

This is one of the most disturbing types of killers because you could be friends with an individual like this. They are charming, nice, they can hold down a job, they might be very attractive, they are intelligent. The point is, someone like this has desires so dark, they don’t normally share them with others, not even the slightest hint of those dark desires. So you would never know it.

But perhaps even more disturbing than merely being friends with an individual such as the the one who tortured and killed little Nurin is that, there is a market for this type of sexual torture against a child. A market that is also quite lucrative.

Children are taken and sought out for acts of sexual torture and some of those acts are so horrendous that the child dies which makes the video worth even more. Some in this world like that, they get off on it and so the market is a lucrative one.

More than likely, Nurin was abducted by an individual who was part of a bigger group. A group that makes video’s of children being sexually abused and tortured. Somewhere, there is a video of this little girl’s abuse and subsequent death.

It’s no wonder that investigators did not solve this case. Cases like this are at best difficult to crack, particularly if her abductor is part of a larger group.

What we do know is that this child endured some pretty severe sexual torture and someone recorded video of her torture and death.

Cristal M Clark

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CIA contracted psychologists getting sued, in turn they sue the CIA

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The United States Central Intelligence Agency

The program was called the “enhanced interrogation program.” James Elmer Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen are considered the architects of the program because they created it.

As you all may be very well aware, earlier this year a Federal Judge cleared the way for victims of the CIA’s torture program to sue the CIA.

As a matter of fact, this was the first time in US history that a Judge has ruled that anyone can file this type of civil lawsuit against the CIA.

So, as you can imagine the CIA decided it was time to blame someone because why would they take accountability for a program they didn’t create but simply approved of….and used?

That someone ended up being 2 contracted-psychologists who worked for them for having devised such ways to torture an individual in an effort to gain intel.

And now the 2, contracted CIA psychologists are in turn, suing the CIA so that they can prove that the torture program was in fact, not their fault after all.

On Monday a motion to compel the documents, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It alleged that the CIA and Justice Department had been uncooperative in supplying James Elmer Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen with “documents critical to their defense.”

So what basically happened was, these two guys asked the CIA for the needed documents and the CIA denied the request, they did however offer to have an anonymous witness answer questions in writing. Actually, I believe the motion said that the Government offered to provide “alternative and creative options,” rather than hand over documents.

How it all started?

Well, James and Bruce were hired by the Central Intelligence Agency back in 2002 in all, they walked away with a cool $81 million for the work that they did for and with the CIA.

They were hired to devise a very horrific torture program for the CIA to utilize so as to get intelligence information from suspects.

The CIA at the time was scrambling to round up anyone that they could who might have had ties with or to al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Both James and Bruce personally feel that they should have immunity from prosecution over the program because it was authorized by the executive branch during a time of war.

The tricky part about that is, should they really be granted immunity as contractors of the Government? Typically, contractors are not afforded that luxury so why would anyone consider making that exception now?

The former contracted psychologists, James and Bruce have tried to have the lawsuit against them thrown out by arguing that the CIA was legally responsible for the program. Technically speaking, that is true of course.

The CIA hired these guys to come up with the program specifics and well, in the real world when you hire someone to come up with specifics for a program it is up to the contractor to ensure all applicable laws will be followed and the hiring agency is aware of anything that might cause a small issue such as, inhumane human torture.

And to the dismay of both James and Bruce Senior Judge Justin L. Quackenbush of the Eastern District of Washington ruled in April that the case would continue and ordered both sides to begin discovery, which is the process of exchanging evidence before trial.

This is where James and Bruce started having issues with the CIA. James and Bruce said in their motion that the subpoenas they submitted to the CIA and DOJ in June requested approximately 30 categories of documents.

The  government has been less than cooperative with the request. James and Bruce alleged through the motion they filed, that basically the government said that they’d love to help the defendants and give them the requested documents but they are “unsure how they can provide such information or when.”

The Department of Justice and CIA shot back that the “psychologists’ request is overly vague and burdensome, ostensibly because of classification issues in the documents related to the CIA’s now defunct torture program.”

Instead the government offered James and Bruce some alternative and creative options. One which was that the CIA would provide an anonymous witness who could answer questions in writing that could be used in court about the team’s role in the torture program.

Seriously that is what the motion alleged. The not so funny part about that, it’s a witness who may or may not have had direct contact with James or Bruce, and the testimony may end up being tossed because it could be viewed as hearsay which would be true in this case.

I agree that maybe the program did go a little too far in some cases, I mean one person froze to death while being held and interrogated.

The program ran over the course of 5 years. 119 men were abused using the techniques devised by James and Bruce. The 3 plaintiffs in the suit were among the 39 subjected to the what many consider as the most harsh torture and scientific experimentation.

Anal penetration, mock execution, being doused with ice cold water, and enduring something a lot like waterboarding and much more.

In 2012, the DOJ announced that CIA officials responsible for the torture regime would not be facing any criminal charges.

This news upset a lot of people and rightfully so. Just because they didn’t come up with the program, they knew it was wrong, they knew it was inhumane to do what they were doing to another human being.

It’s been proven so many times that victims of extreme torture will in fact lie just to make it stop, so did it really get anyone any closer to what it was they were looking for?

Some might argue that flying planes into the Twin Towers was inhumane and wrong and I agree but being the monster in order to fight the monster doesn’t work.

I know that first hand.

At the end of the day, James and Bruce will most likely if the case isn’t eventually thrown out, be the one’s paying the most for the CIA’s ill fated torture program regardless of who actually committed the acts of torture.

The program in and of itself, that was devised by James and Bruce tends to read a lot like many of the cold cases I pour through each week, the torture of the victims, the many ways they died.

James and Bruce each have the mind of a predator who tortures, maims, and kills it’s prey much like being in the head of a killer or rapist.

Cristal M Clark

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Police Caught Playing Pokémon Go while working

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But walking is good for your mental and physical health…right?

Earlier this week news broke that two Commerce City, Colorado police officers are now facing discipline for well, playing Pokémon Go instead of actually working.

The officers were caught by one of their supervisors in unusual places and it was quickly determined they were chasing cartoon characters and not any actual criminals.

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This announcement comes just after last week’s announcement that the Department of Justice has agreed to look at the departments police practices. The department decided to participate in the DOJ’s new program aimed at police reform.

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The Commerce City, Colorado police department has faced years of complaints from the union, officers and citizens. They have recently dealt with officer misconduct and in 2011 the police union for the department presented the department with some concerns, two of which were poor management and cover-ups.

The city brought in an investigator to look into the union’s claims but that didn’t go so well because as it turned out that particular investigator was accused of having a conflict of interest and long story short is, since then the city has face several lawsuits, which of course they settled them rather than go to court.

It’s also worth a mention that  union chief Tom Boskovich says turnover among officers in Commerce City is pretty much off the charts.

The Justice Department’s Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance which is volunteer by the way, works to analyze a police department’s policies, training and practices.

The DOJ claims that the program keeps an eye toward finding the specific problems that are causing it trouble in the community.

Quite frankly, since the program is new, only time will tell so we’ll have to wait and see if the DOJ can handle what’s coming for them with the recent findings in Boston, Oakland is still a mess, Cleveland, Portland is trying to take a step in the right direction but who knows.

Then look at Chicago, which granted has a huge number of shootings, they also have an equally large number of issues with regards to police misconduct, New York had a cop who was also a pimp, in Texas a cop was also a member of the Mexican Mafia in uniform…that’s just the tip of the iceberg considering stories are becoming more readily available. Daily.

In looking at some of the DOJ’s past history with investigating some of these departments and the outcome of those investigations, not only were some of the departments (like Oakland) still a problem, the investigations took forever but it also, ended up costing taxpayers a lot of money.

I just have this one nagging question…

Will the Justice Department’s Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance prevent cops from playing Playing Pokémon Go while on duty or does that not fall within the scope of “problems that are trouble in the community?”

Cristal M Clark

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Cop caught pimping out hookers while on duty

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NYPD’s Finest

Meet Eduardo Cornejo, the former 11 year veteran of the NYPD who got caught pimping out hookers while on duty.

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Which also happens to include a 16 year old girl, who of course he say’s he “thought” was 17 at the time.

Regardless, Eduardo happened to be a pimp while on duty and in uniform. He would arrange gig’s it seems for his girls and sometimes even drive them to the appointment himself, while on duty.

He faces Federal charges and up to 10 years in prison for human trafficking if he is found guilty.

He did admit to being a pimp, yet while he was being questioned, he attempted to also delete text messages from his phone.

OF course the investigators seized the phone and were able to see the sexually explicit pictures, messages and information that pretty much confirmed his involvement in the illegal prostitution ring.

Eduardo also had a small run in with police previously, it turns out that he was arrested back in 2012 after some altercation/argument over a seat at a Mets game, he was arguing with police.

He was sentenced for that to, 3 days of community service and he was banned from Citi Field Stadium for a year.

He was fired from the NYPD about 3 weeks prior to his arrest by the feds. Shockingly, he was fired for testing positive for a little cannabis habit that I guess he had.

News of his arrest broke back in February of this year.

Recently, I guess the whole being jobless and living off of mom and dad idea was not working out for him.

What’s a player to do?

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While out on bail, Eduardo opted to go back to making money the only way he knows how to…that’s right he was arrested again this month for pimping out hookers.

And prosecutors summed up just what this player was up to…

In a letter written to Judge Brian Cogan from US District Attorney’s Kevin Trowel and Alexander Solmon, “the ex cop was recently tracked by his GPS monitor in the vicinity of 5 different hot sheets motels in Staten Island, Queens and Long Island.”

They continued “There is no legitimate reason for the defendant to have been at area hotels on the 10 listed occasions other than to promote or patronize prostitutes.”

Not to mention that on 7/25/16 he was spotted in a vehicle by NYPD Internal Affairs, with a known prostitute, whom he had the pleasure of working with before.

What really puts the icing on the cake though, was his rather lovely Instagram image investigators were able to see, and include with the letter to the judge.

Prosecutors wrote: “His boldness is also on display in the attached Instagram post from July in which the defendant flouts his supervision and brags that ‘I got a bag for the lawyers, like..What’s your charges?…Hop out of the courtroom like #WhatCharges? Big P[IMP]in on your court steps.”

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Eduardo’s lawyer Michael Padden insists that the Instagram post is in reference to “I Got The Keys” which was rapped by Jay Z.

Which by the way makes no difference, we all know or at least a lot of cops know, that often times criminals will boast about crimes through social media utilizing lyrics from songs or lines from movies, posing with drugs, guns and sometimes prostitutes.

What amazes me here is that Eduardo doesn’t appear to be the brightest little tool in the shed and yet, he wore a uniform, had a gun and was a cop for 11 years. He flew under the radar for quite some time before the feds caught up with him.

He blatantly flew under the radar, it was right out in the open so how did this guy get missed for so long?

Are we ignoring the fact that sometimes after a cop has been in uniform for a while he figures what the hell, they don’t pay me enough so I might as well start leading a double life?

How are departments finding and resolving these issues before they become problematic and a black eye for the department in question?

Well, the answer is simple. Police departments are not finding the problem children before something like an officer was arrested for human trafficking, killed for being in a gang or committed suicide before the truth came out.

Cristal M Clark

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NSA hack an inside Job

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or is the Russian Government using hackers to breach everything

A newly published article today accuses Russian hackers of breaching the Olympic drug testing agency…

Many assumed that Russia was behind the hack of the DNC.

Headlines last Friday suggest that Russia has hacked The Donald’s campaign.

Everyone assumes that Russia is behind the hack of the NSA and Edward Snowden has reportedly issued a statement that indicates Russia was most likely responsible for the hack at the NSA.

What the hell haven’t they hacked? Wait, they have not hacked Starbuck’s making it so that I have a lifetime supply of coffee.

It could have been Russia who by the way denies any involvement in these hacks.

What was the loot in the NSA hack?

Well as it so happens the hack exposed cyber-weapons intel. That intel reveals just how the NSA hacks suspects and enemies and further details a tracking code that just so happens to reveal the fingerprints of the NSA’s malicious software.

So we really have to wonder what Russia might have to gain if they are truly behind the hack of the NSA? I mean the DNC might have been a just for fun type of thing if Russia was behind it, but what about the NSA? Does Russia feel the NSA had at one time infiltrated them and downloaded some type of malicious software?

To fully understand that, you need to get to know The Equation Group and TAO, two branches of the NSA.

Kaspersky labs describes The Equation Group as “one of the most sophisticated cyber attack groups in the world.” The Equation Group according to Kaspersky labs has operated alongside Stuxnet and Flame.

TAO identifies, monitors and has a nasty little habit of infiltrating and gathering intelligence on computer systems used by foreign entities to the US.

Anyone who has seen the Stuxnet documentary knows that it is widely believed that Stuxnet was created jointly by the US and Israel.

Which makes total sense because Israel is reportedly 15 years ahead of everyone else in terms of Cyber-Defense and Security.

Russia however, was one of the named 42 countries that the Equation Group infiltrated over the course of its 14 year project creating backdoors to foreign Government networks.

Not only did the Equation Group create backdoors, they also seemed to enjoy intercepting hardware from IT companies, globally.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Equation Group has a pretty good reputation for using strong ENCRYPTION methods. They just can’t seem to figure out a way around encryption when folks like Apple create it for consumers to use.

So who kicked in the door at the NSA?

A group called Shadow Brokers took the credit for hacking the NSA. Things got a little crazy when they came out because they boasted rather audaciously and offered to auction off the goods for $576 Bitcoins.

Bidders backed way off and the general consensus has been that those responsible for the breach were not just some run of the mill hackers but a foreign Government, hiding behind the idea the breach was caused by a group of nobody hackers.

From that, another theory sparked a lot of interest and that was, that someone inside of the NSA was in fact responsible for the leaked intel.

Out of all of the theories, this is actually what more than likely happened.

The NSA stores sensitive information on air-gapped networks, which are networks that are not connected to the internet, i.e. the outside world. They also have other security measures, not to mention despite being a pain in the ass to crack, it’s still doable.

They can be cracked through the use of undetected malware, cell phones, as Edward Snowden proved a flash drive, even a sim card can do the trick.

The point is, it’s pretty clear that the responsible party is within the ranks at the NSA.

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Now, I am not saying that I am convinced that Edward Snowden had anything to do with it however…

A strange sequence of events happened shortly before the breach.

On 8/5, Edward Snowden reached out through Twitter, with an odd message to those that knew him or who ever worked with him asking them to contact him followed by 64 characters of code. That message lead many to believe that Edward had been captured or killed and failed to do a check-in prompting his account to send out a dead man’s switch. His account went silent after the odd tweets.

Shortly after that, at least 8 torrent sites had been taken down or slowed. The sites are well known to distribute large files.

News of  the hack and leak at the NSA broke on 8/15

Edward Snowden began tweeting again on 8/15

Edward Snowden seems to think that the Russian Government is behind some of these hacks and has said as much through the media….initially it was almost as if he was handing out the idea like we hand out candy at Halloween.

And I, don’t believe in coincidence.

I also don’t believe that the Russian Government was behind the hacks. It’s too neatly wrapped with the bow neatly tied on top.

Blaming the Russian Government seems too easy, too perfect and too convenient.

The hack came from the inside and the NSA just got owned again.

Cristal M Clark

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Who murdered Mary Cawein – Kentucky

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Murdered by a Carbolic Acid Cocktail

 

Married to Dr. Madison Cawein, 39 year old Mary Cawein was found murdered, fully clothed in her upstairs bedroom July 5, 1965. She had been poisoned sometime in those early morning hours.

The homicide investigation into her death is still open, but because so much time has passed since her murder it has become more difficult to solve.

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On July 4th, Mary, her husband a some friends went to the Idle hour Country Club for the evening leaving their child and the Strother’s  two children in the care of babysitter 62-year-old Phoebe Edwards.

Sam Strother who along with his wife was out with Mary and her husband Madison, told investigators that he had at least 5 drinks before dinner and at least 5 after. After looking into it, investigators determined that the entire group drank just as heavily that night.

Sometime between midnight and 1:30 a.m., the four decided to return to the Strothers’ house except for Mary, who decided to return home. She was driven there by Sam Strother, who, decided to call a taxi for the babysitter rather than drive the babysitter home himself.

Mary and Sam ended up in Mary and Madison’s bedroom to polish off the drinks they had gotten after the babysitter left.  According to the Lexington Police Department that was the only room in this house that had an air conditioner.

Sam told police “I don’t remember what we talked about, but we only talked about 10 minutes and I went home, Mary Marrs was still sitting in the chair when I left the room.”

According to police, that happened to be the last time anyone saw her alive or so the suspects say. Sam told police that after waiting for the babysitter’s taxi to arrive, he had been at the Cawein home for around an hour before driving himself home, leaving Cawein in her bedroom while three children two of them Sam’s, slept upstairs.

Sam left the front door unlocked and the porch light on which was common for the time, he returned home where where his wife Betty and Madison were still up drinking. 

The night wrapped up around 3am with everyone sufficiently drunk. Madison ended up staying at Sam and Betty’s because he was so inebriated that according to Sam, he couldn’t even get into bed on his own.

I believe just about all of that, just about all of it because the group was qute drunk so I am sure some details were left out or simply forgotten.

Here’s where the story gets a little sketch.

According to Betty, she tried to call Mary the next morning around 9am and then again around 10am. Per Betty it was odd that Mary wouldn’t have answered either call because she would have been awake by then.

Because Betty could not get Mary on the phone she went over. She says that she found Mary  sitting in the bedroom chair with her head slumped over to the left-hand side, fully clothed and the light on beside the chair.

Betty reported to police that she wasn’t quite sure what was wrong with Mary but she looked dead and when she touched her arm, Mary was very cold.

Rather than phone the police right away Betty called her husband Sam. Sam drove Madison over right away and upon arriving at the scene, Madison did was remove the glass of bourbon and the beer can from the table beside Mary Cawein.

The drinks Mary and Sam enjoyed when he dropped her off at home. The police report account reads “Dr. Cawein turned and handed Mr. Strother the glass, partially filled, and the empty beer can and said, ‘Here, dispose of this.”

The police were notified after Madison called a doctor over to examine his wife and pronounce her dead. The call came into police at 11:30am.

Dr. William Winternitz informed police that the room was fine, the bed was still made so, Mary never actually made it bed and it did not appear that a vicious attack had occurred such as break in, as the room was not tossed about.

Mary died sometime between 2am-6am.

Now oddly, Madison Cawein insisted that Mary’s death was a suicide…strange how he would come to that conclusion.

He did give permission to police to perform an autopsy, I am guessing to better support his theory of suicide.

The final autopsy revealed that Mary’s blood alcohol around .4 and that her cause and manner of death was carbolic acid poisoning. The autopsy also revealed two fresh needle holes in Mary’s thighs.

Not surprisingly once Madison was confronted with the cause of death, he in turn questioned the ability of the pathologist who performed this autopsy.

Despite 4 other doctors at the University of Kentucky Medical Center having witnessed the autopsy, Madison insisted that another professional perform another autopsy.

Madison called Mary’s parents on July 10th and informed that he reviewed Mary’s autopsy report and in it it, the pathologist stated; “had probably just taken too many Alka-Seltzers; that gas had built up in the system and had apparently caused a heart attack.”

Of course that isn’t exactly what the report said at all.  

At any rate according to the death certificate, the coroner ruled her death a homicide.

A marriage of bliss or was it hell?

As investigators looked at the life of the outwardly happy couple, they soon started to realize that the so called happily married couple was anything but that.

Mary’s father described the home life of Mary and Madison as one that was  tethered on the edge of collapse and ruin.

Of course initially, Mary’s father told investigators that couple was the happiest they had ever been. Mary’s father also informed detectives that Madison had been having an affair with another doctor for roughly 2 years.

After that, many said that the idea of such a picturesque marriage between Mary and Madison falls apart utterly and completely.

At this point Mary’s father told detectives everything. The good Dr. Madison Cawein had asked Mary for a divorce, admitted he had been having an affair with Dr. Emma Lappat thus the reason for wanting the divorce.

Alas, Madison however hadn’t had just one affair.

Barbara Leapman, a patient of the good doctor Madison Cawein, reportedly became involved with the doctor after the relationship with Dr. Emma Lappat ended.

Madison told investigators that he had been having an affair with Dr. Emma Lappat, but that it was over and had been since last fall.

Madison Cawein went on to tell investigators that he had met Barbara Leapman about two weeks ago and thought that he had fallen in love with her.

Barbara Leapman was the wife of Dr. Hershell Leapman so not only did Madison get around, he also saw no boundaries when it came to sleeping with a colleagues wife.  

Maddison told investigators that Mary did not know of his latest affair, however Mary’s grandmother Wessley V. Perry, told investigators that Mary did in fact know about the affair with Barbara Leapman. According to Mary’s grandmother Mary told her that Dr. Leapman would try to kill Madison for the affair and that Madison could lose his medical license over the affair on account of the fact that Barbara was a patient of his.

This story gets more like Grey’s Anatomy the more we dig into it.

Barbara told investigators that she was pregnant at the time of Mary’s death and sought an abortion which was sort of an odd detail to reveal to police because she did not come right out and say if she thought the father was Madison or her husband.

Why then would she tell investigators about seeking an abortion? Well because the good Dr. Madison was to have performed it of course.

Moving on to Dr. Emma Lappat, well her story isn’t any less crazy. It seems that Emma would keep tabs on Madison by calling his home, driving by his home and driving by the Leapman’s home. It was also reported that Dr. Emma Lappat would make threats to those she saw as competition for the affection and adoration of Madison.

According to Barbara, Emma told her to stay away from Madison, after the encounter Barbara told investigators that she began to receive odd phone calls.

The police report states that the odd calls would request information about Barbara, where she was or had been, location of her apartment, etc.

At about this same time, Madison told Barbara that he was not happy with Emma’s stalking ways so, he was changing his methods of leaving the office and where he would hang his coat so as to prevent Emma’s intrusions.

But that didn’t stop Emma, she told secretary’s not to put any calls through to Madison from Barbara.

Prior to Mary’s murder, Emma did set up a meeting with Barbara’s husband and told him that his wife had been having an affair with another doctor at the University of Kentucky Medical Center but refused to tell him who that doctor was.

After Mary’s murder Madison and Barbara continued to see one another. They thought it was a secret and did try to keep police and the public from knowing, but you know once the cat is out of the bag…

At one point during a secret meeting Madison told Barbara that the cause of Mary’s death was carbolic acid had been the cause. Barbara asked him point blank if Mary was suicidal, his response was that Mary was not the suicidal type.

That worried Barbara, yet not quite enough to stop seeing Madison. She had lunch with him some weeks later and upon her return home a maid informed her of a rather odd phone call. The caller told the maid that Barbara had better be careful because the company she was keeping happened to be putting her life in danger.

Dr. Hershell Leapman received an odd phone call  during the early morning of July 5, as luck would have it, the same day Mary Cawein was murdered.

The police report says that  he was on duty when he received a phone call some time between 2:30-3 a.m. Relayed to him by the telephone operator, the call was supposedly from Barbara saying  that he was needed at home.

Dr. Leapman felt the call was some attempt to get him to rush home to catch his wife in bed with her lover, but he already knew who that was, so he contacted the Fayette County Police to get some advice and then went home to get the license plate number of any strange vehicles near his home.

Luckily he found some and so  after 4 a.m. Dr. Leapman drove to the Fayette County Police headquarters to have authorities run the license plate numbers. While there, he explained his situation and why he would come running in with some license plate numbers.  

The duty officer noticed that the doctor was not in the best of shape when he came in. His nerves were frayed, his clothing was in disarray and he was a sweating mess.

The officer went on to note that he appeared to be under some sort of heavy mental stress but that his wife’s supposed affair did not seem to be what was causing the stress because during the discussion the doctor revealed that he had known about the affair for some time and had been dealing with it.

It was also reported that Dr. Leapman sideswiped a police car as he left the station that morning.

Too many suspects and no arrests.

No one was ever tried for the murder of Mary because police could never pin it on anyone one individual.

So who killed her?

I have no doubt that her husband wanted to get rid of her and he certainly seems guilty with having insisted that her death was a suicide and the cleaning up of the room before police were called.

He is also the husband so everyone thinks he did it, but he is very much the man who didn’t want the world to know about his affairs, especially the one with Barbara as it could have potentially ended his career. So naturally he wanted to keep the spotlight off of him and easiest way to do that is to insist that his wife committed suicide.

He actually did stand to lose more because of her odd death.

The fact was, he simply did not care how she died, to him that was a blessing in disguise. 

My money would be on Dr. Emma Lappat and Dr. Hershell Leapman. Yes we all look at it and think that Barbara and Madison had more to gain but that isn’t necessarily true.

Hershell didn’t like his wife’s affair with Madison and no doubt wanted it ended by any means necessary. He wouldn’t have realized his wife was implicated and if things had gone to plan she might have possibly ended up in prison.

Emma on the other hand had the most to gain, in her mind at least. She made her moves under the idea that if she could not have Madison, no one could. If Madison and his new lover were let’s say found guilty of Mary’s Murder, Emma would get what she wanted and she would be the one person who Madison would be able to count on, even if he were counting on her from prison.

I believe because Emma is a good manipulator, she was able to convince Hershell to kill Mary because Emma convinced the man that it would end the relationship between Madison and Barbara.

Emma liked to control things and people and when she could not do that with Madison she opted to control the situation using Hershell.

Hershell did not display the mental capacity one would need need to plan and then carry out a murder. Emma directed the entire affair.

Emma didn’t care about Hershell, she told him about the affair to get him to play the cards in her favor and he did just that.

For poor Mary, she was unwanted by her husband, disrespected her own sex and was nothing more than expendable to Dr. Emma Lappat.

The only thing Emma did not end up with was what she wanted. Madison.

Cristal M Clark

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