Archive for April, 2014
April 27th, 2014 at 2:54 pm
Naperville Police Accuse man of DUI, Urination and Resisting Arrest. Interestingly, no one saw the person driving a car so this could be a tough case for the Naperville DUI Prosecutors. And the car was locked with the keys in the car. As reported in the Naperville Sun by Bill Bird:
“First, the 23-year-old Lisle man allegedly drove while drunk. Then, he supposedly stopped to relieve himself on the exterior wall of a home on Naperville’s northeast side. Then, he allegedly discovered he had locked himself out of his car. And, finally, he reportedly scuffled with the Naperville police officers who had been sent to investigate a complaint from a homeowner about someone making a nuisance of himself outside his house.”
“Further investigation revealed (Giannini) had relieved himself on the caller’s residence, and then found that he had locked himself out of his vehicle,” a black, 2010 Infiniti G7, Davis said.
“Giannini was found to be highly intoxicated, and was arrested for DUI,” Davis said. “While being placed under arrest, Giannini actively resisted arrest and tried to pull away from the officers, to prevent being placed into handcuffs.”
April 15th, 2014 at 6:07 pm
Why do police fake reports? It happens far too often and perhaps is a product of peer pressure – they do not want to be seen as ‘losers’ of a defendant is found not guilty of DUI.
Here is a story that edifies the problem. A cop who faked reports and overtime for DUI in Utah as reported in the Desert News:
“In 2012, Hall reported to his supervisors that he had made 27 DUI arrests, issued 398 citations and impounded 27 vehicles while working shifts funded by the state as part of a DUI grant. The grant allowed officers to work overtime hours to conduct DUI patrol, and the state would later reimburse the department for those hours.
But Unified Police Department supervisors discovered that their own records did not match Hall’s grant sheets.
According to department records, Hall made just one DUI arrest in 2012 and issued only four citations, according to charging documents. He also fabricated as many as 50 cases, the charges stated.”
The information didn’t match and he was caught. The story continues:
“Further investigation and comparison of various timecards dating back to January 2010 showed that Hall reported he was working his regular Unified police shift or at his part-time job doing security at a local hospital or state liquor store at the same time he claimed to be working a DUI shift, the charges state. In some cases, he was “clocked-in” at three jobs at once, according to prosecutors.
Because of that, prosecutors say from 2010 to 2013, he was “double paid” approximately $14,000 for overlapping shifts.
Hall was placed on administrative leave in January 2013. The 20-year veteran eventually retired in May as the investigation was ongoing.
Sentencing in the case has been set for June 2.”
April 15th, 2014 at 5:10 pm
What happens when Illinois drug cops get caught lying? usually nothing. But every once in a while ajudge stands up and does something about it. That’s what happened here. And so Tribune reporter Steve Shmadeke reports as follows:
Cook County Circuit Judge Catherine Haberkorn suppressed the search and arrest, leading prosecutors to quickly dismiss the felony charges. All five officers were later stripped of their police powers and put on desk duty pending internal investigations. And the state’s attorney’s office is looking into possible criminal violations, according to spokeswoman Sally Daly.
“Obviously, this is very outrageous conduct,” a transcript of the March 31 hearing quoted the judge, a former county prosecutor, as saying. “All officers lied on the stand today. … All their testimony was a lie. So there’s strong evidence it was conspiracy to lie in this case, for everyone to come up with the same lie. … Many, many, many, many times they all lied.”
All five are veteran officers. Glenview Officer Jim Horn declined to comment Monday, while the other four — Sgt. James Padar and Officers Vince Morgan and William Pruente, all assigned to narcotics for Chicago police, and Glenview Sgt. Theresa Urbanowski — could not be reached for comment.
Legal experts in Cook County differ on how much of a problem perjury by police officers represents.
“Police officers are just like anybody — just because they’re wearing a badge and carrying a gun does not give them more credibility,” said Cook County Public Defender Abishi Cunningham Jr., a former Chicago prosecutor, defense attorney and judge. “Some officers approach it as a game of cops and robbers,” he said. “This is anything but a game.”
“I’ve heard some police officers say in a social setting, ‘If (the defendant’s) going to lie to beat the case, why can’t I lie too?'” Cunningham said.
So when it boils down to it, a law requiring the police to have a video in their squad cars seems like a good idea. Too bad Illinois legislators haven’t passed one yet.
As the story continues in the Tribune:
In the Glenview arrest in June, the Chicago narcotics officers had Sperling, a restaurant worker, under surveillance and asked for help from local police in making a traffic stop with a marked squad car, according to testimony at the hearing.
The five officers testified that Sperling was caught with up to a pound of marijuana in a black backpack lying openly on the back seat of his car after he failed to use his turn signal and was pulled over at East Lake Avenue and Tall Tree Road, a few blocks from his home.
In his testimony, Sperling admitted he had the marijuana but contended he had hidden the backpack under a seat. He also disputed that he hadn’t used his turn signal.