Why PNPA cadets become rogue copsON Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Police Capt. Jason Caparas Aguilar, chief of police of Agoncillo, Batangas, and his subordinate, Patrolman Mark Dimaano, were arrested by fellow cops while on board a Toyota Vios car suspected to be stolen (“carnapped” in police lingo). Upon investigation, Aguilar pointed to P/Capt. John Carlos Ornales, chief of the station drug enforcement unit of Mabalacat, Pampanga, as the source of the stolen car. Aguilar and Ornales, this columnist was told, were classmates at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), the police counterpart of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Now the plot thickens in the Aguilar-Ornales case. The car that was confiscated from Captain Aguilar was owned by Barry Mauhay of Bacolor, Pampanga.Its original color was white with plate number UVV -557. When Aguilar took possession of the stolen vehicle, he changed its color to black and threw the plate away.The car had been forcibly taken at … [Read more...] about Why PNPA cadets become rogue cops
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By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: February 28, 2019 at 12:15 pm | UPDATED: February 28, 2019 at 12:39 pm By Noah Smith | The Washington Post Sam Haberern, 20, was playing Call of Duty on Xbox at his family’s house in Connecticut, and he was on a roll. After several dozen high-scoring rounds, other gamers started to take notice. He began receiving invites from players asking him to play with them. He accepted one and joined in the group’s online conversation through his headset. “It was great,” said Haberern in an interview with The Washington Post. “I was talking [trash], they were talking [trash],” he said, adding that such antics are typical and understood to be part of the culture. Then, Haberern said, the tone of the conversation shifted dramatically. The other gamers started asking him whether he had ever testified in court or murdered anyone. “They said they were from Maryland and that they were going to come and kill me,” he … [Read more...] about Racism, misogyny, death threats: Why can’t the booming video-game industry curb toxicity?
By Robert Salonga | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: January 2, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: January 3, 2019 at 4:33 am SAN JOSE — Violent crime in the Bay Area’s largest city rose 6 percent last year, bucking the broad downward trend in Oakland and San Francisco as well as statewide and nationally, according to the latest figures for 2018. Police Chief Eddie Garcia said he understands that San Jose doesn’t see the volume of crimes experienced by other big Bay Area cities and places such as Los Angeles — which is projecting a 4 percent drop in violent crime in 2018 — but the direction is troubling for a city hailed a decade ago as a metropolitan low-crime haven. The violent crime increase in San Jose — which follows spikes of 14 and 7 percent in 2016 and 2017 — is driven largely by a nearly 19 percent projected rise in robberies and 2 percent in rapes. On the other hand, homicides decreased to 27 in 2018, … [Read more...] about San Jose: Violent crime continues to rise as chief calls for reinforcements
The day after city officials shut down a homeless camp near Cathedral Hill, St. Paul police officer Dean Koehnen is finding the campers again. It’s part of his job. “We took half his stuff to storage,” he tells Bret Byfield, an outreach worker just about everyone on the streets seems to know. The two stand in a Burger King parking lot Friday morning, less than a mile from the old camp. Nearby, a pair of tents sit on a tiny triangle of greenery. They’re talking about one of the tents’ occupants, James, who lost the other half of his stuff during a fight with a woman after they were kicked off the Hill. The belongings — blankets and clothes, mostly — ended up strewn about the street next to some new condos, and police came to clear it away. There are at least five people from the camp in the lot. There’s a little good news: One of the women got some money “from a settlement,” enough to put a group of them in a hotel for the … [Read more...] about For some homeless, this St. Paul cop holds the key to a better life
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Laura Crimaldi and Shelley Murphy Globe Staff September 01, 2018 SPRINGFIELD — As surveillance cameras rolled in a police station holding cell, a Springfield narcotics detective declared he could get away with anything — even murder. “I could crush your [expletive] skull and [expletive] get away with it,” Officer Gregg Bigda told a 15-year-old suspect in the theft of an unmarked police SUV. Questioning another teen suspect, Bigda, the police video shows, raised his soiled boot and claimed it was flecked with the blood of the boy’s friend. He pointed to his other boot — “That’ll be yours on this shoe.” Advertisement It was a shocking assertion from an officer who has long been accused by citizens of pushing the limits of the laws he swore to uphold. Yet, within the Springfield Police Department, Bigda … [Read more...] about Springfield police facing civil rights probe