Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Internal Affairs Complaint VS Ramsey Co.'s Randall Gustafson - Contemptuous Attitude?

Updated: 05-23-13

Updated: 02-28-13

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Lion News: Internal Affairs Complaint VS Ramsey Co.'s Randall Gustafson's Contemptuous Attitude?

Aggressiveness: The Tantrum Trap

… aggressive people are insistent on standing up for their own rights while ignoring and violating the rights of others.
Contacts: Communicating Interpersonally, by Teri Kwal Gamble & Michael Gamble, page 351.

The dash cameras, for example, cost $6,000 each, while the head cams are less than $2,000 apiece. The cameras will cut down on officers working overtime to testify in court because the video will speak for them in many cases. And there will be a lot fewer personnel hours spent investigating complaints from the public against officers. Body cameras: The new eyes of the law, Article by: HERÓN MÁRQUEZ ESTRADA , Star Tribune, Updated: December 8, 2010 - 8:47 AM. 

But the Code is not the only road block to justice in IA. Part of the problem comes from the way Internal Affairs is viewed by most cops. If you are looking to move up the ranks, then an assignment to IA is seen as a ticket punch on your promotion card. You do your time, try not to hurt anyone, then get out as soon as you can. You will be investigating former partners, future bosses, past supervisors, and friends – the same people who covered for you when you made mistakes. You know and they know that a thorough investigation often means breaking the Code of Silence, and most cops are not going to do that.

The other problem is that it is very difficult to prosecute cops unless there is overwhelming evidence that includes the testimony of other cops, video/audio recordings, or other physical evidence. It comes down to the accused cop's story vs. the complainant's story, the cop will usually be found not guilty. This can be true even when there is physical evidence to support a claim of misconduct. When the Code of Silence is invoked, the cops stick together on their story, there is little hope of justice being served. Walking With the Devil: The Police Code of Silence by Michael W. Quinn [Mpls. Police Sgt (ret)], page 77-78.

Now, here's the interesting part. Langer found that she could get almost everyone to agree to let another person cut in front of them at the copy machine by adding one detail to the request – a reason for why the machine was needed. This makes sense. It takes a cold heart to deny someone, perhaps panic-stricken with an urgent need, the simple use of a copy machine. The odd thing about Langer's study is that although some of the reasons made no sense at all, nearly everyone let the person cut in. For example, on some occasions Langer's collaborators would say “Excuse me: May I use the Xerox machine, because I have to make copies.” When you think about it this is a pretty silly thing to say: Why would you need a copy machine if you were not planning to make copies? It is the same as no reason at all. But that is the point. Most people in the study did not think about it and mindlessly complied with the request. Any reason will do! Pratkanis, Anthony and Aronson, Elliot.“Age of Propaganda": The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion” (New York: 2001) Page 34.

INTERNAL AFFAIRS What can I say about IA? If they had gone forward and proven the complaint, which should not have been too difficult, the department would have been looking at another national scandal. On the heels of a finding of “deliberate indifference” by the courts. Who knows what that would have cost the city? Was that a factor in IA's decision to not pursue the case? Maybe. It doesn't really matter The cops on the street knew what really happened, and the message to them was very clear – IA and the Chief do not want the truth any more than cops want to tell it to them! Walking With the Devil: The Police Code of Silence by Michael W. Quinn [Mpls. Police Sgt (ret)], page 73.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16 (King James Version)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lion News: Exclusive - Suppressed Video Of Malicious Inciting Riot Charge At Sherburne Co. Jail?

Updated 03-14-13

Lawless Elk River, Mn Is Lurking & Skulking On 03-13-13, Aren't They?

Lawless Elk River, Mn Is Still Lurking & Skulking On 03-13-13, Aren't They?

Lawless Elk River, Mn Is Back For More Lurking & Skulking On 03-14-13, Aren't They?

Lion News: Exclusive -- Suppressed Video Of Malicious Inciting Riot Charge At Sherburne Co. Jail? 

How did I win?  I cheated, didn't I? I called on Jesus to be the guardian of my mouth, didn't I?

Luke 21:14-15

King James Version (KJV)

14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:

15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

Trumped Up Charges!

My video is an application of Resisting the Reid Technique, isn't it?

Resisting Reid technique

The Reid technique works to the extent that the suspect aligns himself with the interrogator and accepts his explanations for the suspects motivations and actions.

To be successful the interrogator must:

1. Establish and maintain control over the source and the interrogation.
2. Establish and maintain rapport between the interrogator and the source.
3. Manipulate the suspect's emotions and weaknesses to gain his willing cooperation.

Resistance therefore requires denying the interrogator control of the interrogation, preventing the interrogator from building rapport, and preventing any attempts at emotional manipulation. The suspect must maintain an attitude of detached hostility and skepticism at all times.

The Reid Technique has three main places of weakness. The initial announcement of guilt, the use of leading questions to obtain incremental agreement, and the assumptive close. Each of these can be challenged individually and all of them rely on the assumption that the interrogator is a credible source of information.

Attacking and denying the interrogators credibility serves several purposes. It reduces the interrogators ability to communicate, it disrupts the interrogation process, it creates a healthy state of opposition in the suspect that prevents internalization of the interrogators ideas, and it allows the suspect an outlet for anxiety and fear.

The initial opener can be challenged by denying guilt and forcing the interrogator to explain and justify his beliefs. Making personal questioning attacks on the interrogator's honesty and sincere intentions can quickly create a hostile atmosphere that is not conducive to successful interrogation.

Leading questions can be challenged on the premise that things that did not occur, and are speculative in nature. Consistently pointing out the speculative nature of statements/nature made by the interrogator and refusing to give personal opinions, prevents incremental agreement. Again creating opportunities to express skepticism and hostility to the interrogation process.

The assumptive close can be neutralised by preventing the creation of a "compliant atmosphere" and by pointing out that both forks of the question are invalid.

Creative Report Writing!

Creative report writing” and “testi-lying” in court have become a commonplace practice as a means of ensuring that drug dealers are convicted and incarcerated. I know that most don't start their careers believing the ends justify the means – so how do they get that way?
Walking With the Devil: The Police Code of Silence by Michael W. Quinn [Mpls. Police Sgt (ret)], page xiii-xiv.

When the evidence isn't perfect, you just use a little creative report writing and this guy will never harm another person again. Illegal searches, physical abuse, or even perjury, you know you will be in the company of many good cops who have done the same. But are they really good cops?
And is it worth losing your honor, integrity, and possibly your job? What about your family? Are you willing to sacrifice them, too? Because when the world finds out in the local news what you did, will you be able to explain to them why you were willing to be a criminal just to lock up another criminal? Can you do that?
Walking With the Devil: The Police Code of Silence by Michael W. Quinn [Mpls. Police Sgt (ret)], page 6.

And the Code, the Almighty Code, which pays no heed to constitutional limits, gives us the power to incarcerate and punish at will the subhuman trash responsible for these statistics; and it feels good. In our out-of-control world on the street, it gives us a sense of control. Omissions, lies and deception in reports and testimony – when carefully mixed with the truth – become the weapons of choice in the war on crime.
Walking With the Devil: The Police Code of Silence by Michael W. Quinn [Mpls. Police Sgt (ret)], page 7.

But, no matter how we feel or what we believe, we are judged by our actions, not our intentions, and the costs can be horrendous. When confronted with video camera footage or audio recordings, the Code become a trap, and the first cop to tell the truth is usually the on who escape permanent damage.
This isn't always true, but it is often true enough that everyone caught up in the discovered lies is thinking about it. Good cops who go along with the Code, even when they see no way out and are determined to not let it happen again, are usually the last to come forward with the truth.
But cops accustomed to using the Code are quick to recognize an out for themselves by being the first to approach the investigators about their role in the incident. They will step forward as if they want to come clean and then lie to protect themselves. Some are expert at mixing the truth with lies and sometimes they get away with it. I saw it over and over again while working in Internal Affairs and testifying at Civilian Review hearings.
Walking With the Devil: The Police Code of Silence by Michael W. Quinn [Mpls. Police Sgt (ret)], page 19. 

When we commit that indefensible act while fighting for our own life or defending another's, it seems justifiable to revert to the Code. And, if it is all right to use it for those acts, why not use it for the smallest transgressions? After a while it becomes very easy to minimize the importance of the truth in the paperwork because the truth becomes whatever we write down and swear to. When the lie works, which it usually does, some cops see it as an affirmation of the Code.
Walking With the Devil: The Police Code of Silence by Michael W. Quinn [Mpls. Police Sgt (ret)], page 26.

The Code of Silence is a zero-sum game. You can't have integrity and play the Code of Silence game because every time you use it to win the game of “convict and incarcerate” you lose honor and integrity. Sadly, a lot of the cops succumb to the Code. It becomes a way of doing business for them.
Walking With the Devil: The Police Code of Silence by Michael W. Quinn [Mpls. Police Sgt (ret)], page 69-70.

We found that police corruption cases were often closed prematurely, minimized, and fragmented into separate parts, which insured that the nature and extent of corruption uncovered would be minimal. The difficult issue was to determine whether this reflected a knowing cover up, simple incompetence or both. (Mollen 1994, 59)
Walking With the Devil: The Police Code of Silence by Michael W. Quinn [Mpls. Police Sgt (ret)], page 72. 

These are not cops who take bribes or commit other crimes. Other than routinely lying, they are law-abiding and dedicated. They don't feel lying under oath is wrong because politicians tell them they are engaged in a "holy war" fighting evil. Then, too, the "enemy" these mostly white cops are testifying against are poor blacks and Latinos. ( Joseph D. McNamara, “LAW ENFORCEMENT : Has the Drug War Created an Officer Liars' Club?” Los Angeles Times, February 11, 1996)
You could argue lying about this drug dealer was expedient and justified given the circumstances.
Walking With the Devil: The Police Code of Silence by Michael W. Quinn [Mpls. Police Sgt (ret)], page 92.

Sunday, February 3, 2013