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Episode #37 – CopTalk Podcast

    • In the News
    • Cameras and the Police – More coming in the next show….
    • NY Protests

    In The News:

    http://www.azcentral.com/video/1150177012001
    Phoenix Az brothel poses as church

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/weird-news/ci_18884594
    Courts–Man sues white castle over booth size

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/weird-news/ci_18883879
    burglar tries to claim reward money

    http://policelink.monster.com/news/articles/155535-off-duty-cop-dressed-as-clown-kills-teen-robber

    http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/jail-inmate-lack-of-porn-violates-u-s-constitution-1.223893

    http://policelink.monster.com/news/articles/155485-didnt-expect-to-lose-finger-says-man-who-shot-off-wart

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/12/man-who-exposed-himself-t_n_958955.html#s359950&title=Daphne_Melin

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/15/gumby-theif-boss-joe-clokey-robbery-video_n_963507.html
    Gumby Robbery

    NJ police chief: Double-parking wife not above law
    The Associated Press
    Posted: 09/29/2011 10:14:13 AM PDT

    LODI, N.J.—A New Jersey police chief says no one is above the law—not even his wife.
    Lodi (LOH’-deye) Police Chief Vincent Caruso ordered an officer to ticket his wife after she double parked while dropping off their 5-year-old son at school.

    Caruso told The Record newspaper ( http://bit.ly/pksv9y) he didn’t want her to get any special treatment because of who she is. The chief paid the $54 ticket. It’s not the first time for Paula Caruso. The chief ordered another officer to ticket her two years ago after she forgot to move their vehicle for street cleaning. The chief told the newspaper he loves his wife and she’s very busy driving their four sons around. His wife couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday. The Carusos’ phone number is unlisted.

    Associated Press Posted: 10/03/2011 08:27:37 AM PDT Updated: 10/03/2011 08:29:33 AM PDT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An Oakland officer’s city-issued video camera shows the shooting death of an armed suspect during a struggle with police. The Police Department won’t release details on what is depicted in the video of the Sept. 25 incident. The San Francisco Chronicle says the city of Oakland paid $540,000 for 350 wearable cameras last year from Vievu of Seattle. The cameras are worn on the chest of officers. Investigators say two officers pulled over a car and the passenger, who had a gun and drugs, fled on foot. One of the officers caught the suspect and shot him during a struggle. The name of the suspect and the officers has been withheld.

    A pair of Alabama conservation enforcement officers think they’ve come up with the perfect way for avid hunters to honor their loved ones for eternity. Officers Thad Holmes and Clem Parnell have launched Holy Smoke LLC, a company that will, for a price, load cremated human ash into shotgun shells, and rifle and pistol cartridges.

    It’s the perfect life celebration for someone who loves the outdoors or shooting sports, Parnell says.
    “This isn’t a joke. It’s a job that we take very seriously,” he said. “This is a reverent business. We take the utmost care in what we do and show the greatest respect for the remains.”

    The company, launched in July, shipped out its first two orders on Sept. 16 – one from Florida and one from Kentucky – Holmes says. It has established www.myholysmoke.com to promote the service and traffic on it has been growing , Holmes says.

    For $850, one pound of ash will be loaded into 250 shotgun shells. The ash is mixed in the cups that hold the shot, not the powder. The same amount of ash will fill the bullets of 100 standard caliber center-fire rifle rounds or 250 pistol rounds. For the rifle and pistol ammunition, the ash is put into the tips of hollow-point bullets with the cavity sealed with wax. Any remaining ash is shipped back to the customer, along with the loaded ammunition.
    “Some people have been concerned that a small amount of ash will remain in the animal that is shot with the ammunition, Holmes said. “But it’s just carbon, and a small amount at that. You don’t have anything to worry about.” The process takes about 48 hours from the time the ashes are received, Holmes said. “The people we use are all experienced reloaders and know exactly what we want them to do, he said. “Only one bag of ash will be opened at a time, and the equipment will be thoroughly cleaned before the next set of remains is loaded.

    Tim Godwin, a Montgomery landscaping company owner and avid hunter, says he sees no problem with the practice.

    “People have had their ashes sprinkled in rivers and the ocean, there have been ashes spread out of airplanes,” he said. “If you love hunting or the outdoors, this really isn’t much different.”

    People should take care in with how the meat that is shot with this ammunition is handled, cautions Robert Chapin, a toxicologist who worked for 18 years at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
    The animal should be killed quickly by the shot, to prevent any possibility of spreading the ashes in the animal’s blood, he says. The area around where the animal was struck should not be consumed.

    “I would expect that the ashes would pose less of a problem than any lead pellets historically used,” Chapin says.

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    Serious crimes to warn people about http://www.contracostatimes.com/crime-courts/ci_18884334
    SJSU sexual assault  (Don’t walk alone, don’t take risk)

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    And a recent local robbery where 2 suspects used a ruse to get an elderly couple in their 70’s to open their door at 0130 hrs, tied up the woman and beat the man until he opened a safe.

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    Subject: New California law bans warrantless cell phone searches

    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/09/20/tech/mobile/california-phone-search-law/

    New law bans warrantless cell phone searches

    Editor’s note: Amy Gahran writes about mobile tech for CNN.com. She is a San Francisco Bay Area writer and media consultant whose blog, Contentious.com, explores how people communicate in the online age.

Episode #37 – CopTalk Podcast

    • In the News
    • Cameras and the Police – More coming in the next show….
    • NY Protests

    In The News:

    http://www.azcentral.com/video/1150177012001
    Phoenix Az brothel poses as church

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/weird-news/ci_18884594
    Courts–Man sues white castle over booth size

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/weird-news/ci_18883879
    burglar tries to claim reward money

    http://policelink.monster.com/news/articles/155535-off-duty-cop-dressed-as-clown-kills-teen-robber

    http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/jail-inmate-lack-of-porn-violates-u-s-constitution-1.223893

    http://policelink.monster.com/news/articles/155485-didnt-expect-to-lose-finger-says-man-who-shot-off-wart

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/12/man-who-exposed-himself-t_n_958955.html#s359950&title=Daphne_Melin

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/15/gumby-theif-boss-joe-clokey-robbery-video_n_963507.html
    Gumby Robbery

    NJ police chief: Double-parking wife not above law
    The Associated Press
    Posted: 09/29/2011 10:14:13 AM PDT

    LODI, N.J.—A New Jersey police chief says no one is above the law—not even his wife.
    Lodi (LOH’-deye) Police Chief Vincent Caruso ordered an officer to ticket his wife after she double parked while dropping off their 5-year-old son at school.

    Caruso told The Record newspaper ( http://bit.ly/pksv9y) he didn’t want her to get any special treatment because of who she is. The chief paid the $54 ticket. It’s not the first time for Paula Caruso. The chief ordered another officer to ticket her two years ago after she forgot to move their vehicle for street cleaning. The chief told the newspaper he loves his wife and she’s very busy driving their four sons around. His wife couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday. The Carusos’ phone number is unlisted.

    Associated Press Posted: 10/03/2011 08:27:37 AM PDT Updated: 10/03/2011 08:29:33 AM PDT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An Oakland officer’s city-issued video camera shows the shooting death of an armed suspect during a struggle with police. The Police Department won’t release details on what is depicted in the video of the Sept. 25 incident. The San Francisco Chronicle says the city of Oakland paid $540,000 for 350 wearable cameras last year from Vievu of Seattle. The cameras are worn on the chest of officers. Investigators say two officers pulled over a car and the passenger, who had a gun and drugs, fled on foot. One of the officers caught the suspect and shot him during a struggle. The name of the suspect and the officers has been withheld.

    A pair of Alabama conservation enforcement officers think they’ve come up with the perfect way for avid hunters to honor their loved ones for eternity. Officers Thad Holmes and Clem Parnell have launched Holy Smoke LLC, a company that will, for a price, load cremated human ash into shotgun shells, and rifle and pistol cartridges.

    It’s the perfect life celebration for someone who loves the outdoors or shooting sports, Parnell says.
    “This isn’t a joke. It’s a job that we take very seriously,” he said. “This is a reverent business. We take the utmost care in what we do and show the greatest respect for the remains.”

    The company, launched in July, shipped out its first two orders on Sept. 16 – one from Florida and one from Kentucky – Holmes says. It has established www.myholysmoke.com to promote the service and traffic on it has been growing , Holmes says.

    For $850, one pound of ash will be loaded into 250 shotgun shells. The ash is mixed in the cups that hold the shot, not the powder. The same amount of ash will fill the bullets of 100 standard caliber center-fire rifle rounds or 250 pistol rounds. For the rifle and pistol ammunition, the ash is put into the tips of hollow-point bullets with the cavity sealed with wax. Any remaining ash is shipped back to the customer, along with the loaded ammunition.
    “Some people have been concerned that a small amount of ash will remain in the animal that is shot with the ammunition, Holmes said. “But it’s just carbon, and a small amount at that. You don’t have anything to worry about.” The process takes about 48 hours from the time the ashes are received, Holmes said. “The people we use are all experienced reloaders and know exactly what we want them to do, he said. “Only one bag of ash will be opened at a time, and the equipment will be thoroughly cleaned before the next set of remains is loaded.

    Tim Godwin, a Montgomery landscaping company owner and avid hunter, says he sees no problem with the practice.

    “People have had their ashes sprinkled in rivers and the ocean, there have been ashes spread out of airplanes,” he said. “If you love hunting or the outdoors, this really isn’t much different.”

    People should take care in with how the meat that is shot with this ammunition is handled, cautions Robert Chapin, a toxicologist who worked for 18 years at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
    The animal should be killed quickly by the shot, to prevent any possibility of spreading the ashes in the animal’s blood, he says. The area around where the animal was struck should not be consumed.

    “I would expect that the ashes would pose less of a problem than any lead pellets historically used,” Chapin says.

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————————

    Serious crimes to warn people about http://www.contracostatimes.com/crime-courts/ci_18884334
    SJSU sexual assault  (Don’t walk alone, don’t take risk)

    ———————————————————————————————————————————————————–

    And a recent local robbery where 2 suspects used a ruse to get an elderly couple in their 70’s to open their door at 0130 hrs, tied up the woman and beat the man until he opened a safe.

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————————

    Subject: New California law bans warrantless cell phone searches

    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/09/20/tech/mobile/california-phone-search-law/

    New law bans warrantless cell phone searches

    Editor’s note: Amy Gahran writes about mobile tech for CNN.com. She is a San Francisco Bay Area writer and media consultant whose blog, Contentious.com, explores how people communicate in the online age.

Episode #36 – CopTalk Podcast

Ask a Cop?

  • If the police break down your door, do they have to pay for it?

  • Can a cop browse my phone if I am arrested?
  • If you are pulled over by a police officer, what is the minimum required level of compliance?
  • Do passengers need to provide ID? Can they search your car? Do you need to answer their questions?
  • How can you verify the identity of someone who claims to be a police officer?

In closing:

STAY SAFE!

Please send in your questions: http://www.coptalk.info/ask-a-cop-ask-us-a-question/

Episode #35 – CopTalk Podcast

  • Ask a Cop? How long can a cop follow me?: Thanks Sarah
    • In colorado, how long can a cop follow you before turning on his lights if he says that your a danger to other people…should’t he pull you over right away?
  • Ask a Cop? How Do You Handle Police Misconduct?
  • Do off-duty police officers have the same authority as working officers?
  • Is it legal for people to take a photo or record video of suspicious activity and send it to the police?
  • If you pull over someone and they start video taping you – how do you handle that?

NEWS:

Most California’s parolees return to prison within two years
By Phillip Reese preese@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 3, 2011 – 9:46 am Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 3, 2011 – 10:34 am
Five years ago, the state paroled 69,000 prisoners – a normal year. Within two years, about 36,000 were back in prison, according to the latest data from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. About two thirds of parolees released to the Sacramento region were back in prison within two years. Car thieves were the most likely parolees to come back to prison quickly statewide; murderers were the least likely. This chart shows the number of prisoners paroled during 2006, along with percentage who came back to prison one or two years later.
Murder Case Dropped Against Immigrant After Botched Translation of Rights

REYNOLDSBURG, OH – An aggravated murder case against an illegal immigrant in Ohio has been dropped because a judge ruled that a Spanish interpreter botched reading the man his rights during a police interview.

“His statements were the cornerstone of our case,” Wodarcyk told the newspaper. “We were left with insufficient evidence to go forward and have any reasonable chance of succeeding at trial.”

Assistant prosecutor Mark Wodarcyk said there wasn’t sufficient evidence to go to trial after Franklin County Common Pleas Judge John Bessey ruled last month to suppress the statements that Antonio M. Martinez-Nunez made during phone interviews with Reynoldsburg police, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Martinez-Nunez, 31, had been charged with nine counts, including aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse in the death of Armondo Casillas Castanedo, whose body was found in a parked car in the Columbus suburb of Reynoldsburg in August 2009. Police think Castanedo, a 36-year-old illegal immigrant, was killed a few days earlier in a feud over drug territory. An autopsy determined that he was asphyxiated.
Supreme Court orders California to release prisoners
By Michael Doyle mdoyle@mcclatchydc.com Published: Monday, May. 23, 2011 – 7:47 am
WASHINGTON – A closely divided Supreme Court on Monday cited “serious constitutional violations” in California’s overcrowded prisons and ordered the state to abide by aggressive plans to fix the problem. In a decision closely watched by other states, the court by a 5-4 margin concluded the prison overcrowding violated constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. Pointedly, the court rejected California’s bid for more time and leeway.

APNewsBreak: High-risk Calif parolees unsupervised
By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif.

California improperly paroled more than 450 dangerous criminals without supervision last year as part of a program designed to reduce prison crowding and cost, the California prison system’s independent inspector general said Wednesday in a report. A faulty computerized risk-assessment program predicted the offenders could be released under the state’s non-revocable parole law that took effect in January 2010. The inspector general found that about 1,500 offenders were improperly left unsupervised, including 450 who “carry a high risk for violence.” The offenders otherwise would have been released under traditional parole, which requires them to report in regularly and follow specific rules.
Cop Fired For Responding to Officer Down Call
The Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix June 08, 2011 HOUSTON, TX – Law enforcement leaders are stepping up criticism of Rice University’s firing of a police officer who responded to an armed standoff off-campus last month with a man who shot two HPD officers before turning the gun on himself. Rice University terminated the officer, David Sedmak, for dereliction of duty for leaving his post to get to the call near the downtown Greyhound station. Sedmak responded to the scene when he heard the call on his police scanner.

Cops: Conn. man punched self to fake assault
The Associated Press Posted: 06/06/2011 02:00:35 PM PDT Updated: 06/06/2011 02:25:27 PM PDT
FARMINGTON, Conn.—Connecticut police say a man punched himself in the face, tore his shirt and threw his wallet and keys in a river to convince police he had been assaulted. Farmington police said Monday that Daniel Vagnini was arrested after reporting that he has been assaulted, then admitting he made up the story. According to police, the 22-year-old Farmington man sped through a stop sign and nearly crashed into a car. Police say they later found his car and heard Vagnini in the woods. He told police he had been drinking in Hartford and was assaulted and blacked out. Vagnini was charged with reckless driving, evading responsibility and driving under the influence. A woman who returned a message left at Vagnini’s home said the family would have no comment.

In closing:

STAY SAFE!

Please send in your questions: http://www.coptalk.info/ask-a-cop-ask-us-a-question/