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Opa-Locka trying to fire South Florida cop who's already been fired 8 times by 3 departments (VIDEO)

Opa-Locka trying to fire South Florida cop who's already been fired 8 times by 3 departments (VIDEO) | BloodandButter | Scoop.it

MIAMI (CBS4) – Police Lt. Alexander Hernandez pulled back the chambering lever on the AR-15 assault weapon and it slapped forward with a loud clack, reverberating around the conference room.   The menacing-looking weapon was exhibit A at a hearing Wednesday as the Opa-Locka Police Department argued Sgt. German Bosque should be fired for leaving the rifle with his girlfriend’s father while out on leave last year.

 

It’s not every day a rapid-fire assault weapon is put on loud display in a city hall conference room, but Bosque is not your everyday cop.  He’s the most disciplined, fined, fired, arrested police officer in the state.  He has been fired eight times by three departments.  Opa-locka is now trying to fire him – for the sixth time – with none of its previous efforts succeeding.

 

Bosque has successfully beaten back allegations over the years including:

 

- Having busted the skull of a handcuffed suspect.

- Beating Juveniles

- Having dope and booze in his squad car

- Ripping off suspects

- Falsifying reports

- Participating in an unauthorized chase where four people were killed

- And calling in sick…from Cancun

 

The system has given Bosque more chances than nine cats have lives.  Like many law enforcement officers, he enjoys civil service and union protections...

 

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Florida Man Takes Out Penis Trying to Pick Up Woman in Front of Her Kids

Florida Man Takes Out Penis Trying to Pick Up Woman in Front of Her Kids | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Adam Justin Griffith spotted himself a gorgeous lady playing with her kids in the playground at the Anderson Snow...
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Florida man strips naked in 7-Eleven, tells cops: "I am a monkey"

Florida man strips naked in 7-Eleven, tells cops: "I am a monkey" | BloodandButter | Scoop.it

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A 20-year-old man stripped naked inside a Daytona Beach convenience store and told officers that he was a monkey, according to police.

 

Daylen Holloman, of Palm Coast, was arrested on a charge of indecent exposure after the incident, which occurred Wednesday at 12:30 a.m. at the 7-Eleven at 623 N. Oleander Ave.

 

A Daytona Beach police officer later arrived at the store and asked Holloman what he did know, and Holloman said, "I know I am a monkey," police said.

 

The officer told Holloman that monkeys don't wear clothes and Holloman said, "Oh, really?" and started stripping, Daytona Beach police said, adding that he exposed himself to a female store clerk and customers...

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Boston Bomber Investigation Going Viral: Reddit and 4Chan Are on the Case

Boston Bomber Investigation Going Viral: Reddit and 4Chan Are on the Case | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
The Boston Marathon bombing is easily the most crowdsourced terror investigation in American history, with the FBI soliciting videos, cellphone pictures, and anything that could lead to the capture of whoever set off those pressure cooker bombs.

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Federal law enforcement is crowdsourcing in an attempt to identify a suspect in the Boston bomber case. Interestingly, social media websites like Reddit and 4Chan are answering that call with a number of theories about suspects in the recent tragedy. (Check this out: http://imgur.com/a/sUrnA) On one hand, I am intrigued by the interesting and fascinating interplay of social media and the legal system. I think an example like this says so much about how social media has changed both the speed and ease of how we get our information. (But could it also shed light on the evergrowing problem of misinformation on the Internet?) On the other hand, I am skeptical as to the soundness of internet investigations carried out by laypersons and what that could potentially mean for an innocent person singled out in a viral Internet posting. In the end, it seems that the input of the masses will at least speed up the process and encourage law enforcement to focus it's investigation even further to identify a suspect(s). Here's hoping that's the case!

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Zimmerman's arrest 'solely to placate the masses,' mother writes on anniversary

Zimmerman's arrest 'solely to placate the masses,' mother writes on anniversary | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
George Zimmerman's mother writes that her son was charged "solely to placate the masses" in the death of Trayvon Martin.
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CYPRESS, Texas: Sheriff: Knife attack at Texas college was random - Nation Wires - MiamiHerald.com

CYPRESS, Texas: Sheriff: Knife attack at Texas college was random - Nation Wires - MiamiHerald.com | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Authorities say the man accused of stabbing more than a dozen people at a Houston-area college randomly attacked his victims with a razor utility knife.
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As more police departments purchase them, Florida Senate proposes partial ban on unmanned drone aircraft spying on citizens

As more police departments purchase them, Florida Senate proposes partial ban on unmanned drone aircraft spying on citizens | BloodandButter | Scoop.it

Trying to blunt police opposition, the sponsor of a bill to ban unmanned drone aircraft use by law enforcement in Florida has agreed to exceptions for use with a search warrant or in certain "exigent" circumstances, such as when it might be needed to find a child in danger.

 

The measure (SB 92) was approved unanimously Tuesday by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee with the new exceptions in it.

  

While representatives of the Florida Sheriff's Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association said they were pleased the sponsor, Sen. Joe Negron, was trying to ease some concerns police have about the possible loss of drones as a law enforcement tool, they stopped short of supporting the bill. The measure already had an exception for uses needed for national security.

 

Drones are currently in use by about a half dozen Florida law enforcement agencies, according to Negron, R-Stuart, who said the bill is his top priority this year.

 

"There's always a delicate balance between freedom and security," Negron said. And the line has to be drawn somewhere on how far police can go in watching people.

 

The amendments added to the bill acknowledge that there may be extraordinary circumstances when unmanned aerial cameras might be acceptable, Negron said after the committee.

 

 

"My goal is that it's not a routine practice," Negron said...

 

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Wrongly convicted man wins settlement 26 years later

Wrongly convicted man wins settlement 26 years later | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
After more than 26 years of fighting, Randy Steidl is ready to put the past behind him.The Contact Patrick Yeagle at pyeagle@illinoistimes.com. ,News
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Florida Keys Sheriff's Deputy Arrested on Drug Charges

Florida Keys Sheriff's Deputy Arrested on Drug Charges | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Deputy bought fake Oxycodone pills while in marked police car: Authorities.
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Miami P.D. defends cop’s punches - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com

Miami P.D. defends cop’s punches - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
While a consultant questioned the actions of a Miami cop who threw a series of punches at a crime scene, the department insisted he did nothing wrong.
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Emotions were running high from all parties at this sad crime scene.

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Rome Court Overturns Acquittal of Amanda Knox

Rome Court Overturns Acquittal of Amanda Knox | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
The implications for Ms. Knox, an American who was an exchange student in 2007 when she was accused of murder, were unclear.
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After 6-year ordeal and nearly 3 years in prison, Joseph Awe is a free man : Wsj

After 6-year ordeal and nearly 3 years in prison, Joseph Awe is a free man : Wsj | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
"I can't believe I'm out," Joey Awe said as he stepped out of the Oregon Correctional Center Monday. "It's over, and I can't believe it's over."
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Preview: Blindsided

Preview: Blindsided | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Brian Banks may yet play in the NFL, but he knows it's a longshot after spending five years in prison on a rape charge for which he was later exonerated. James Brown reports on Sunday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.
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@60Minutes: Tonight on #60Minutes: Has Brian Banks’ dream of an #NFL career been delayed forever by a false charge of rape? 

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Innocence Blog: Arson Conviction Overturned for California Man

Innocence Blog: Arson Conviction Overturned for California Man | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
The Innocence Project is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.
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Woman missing for 11 years, and presumed dead, found in the Keys - Florida Keys - MiamiHerald.com

Woman missing for 11 years, and presumed dead, found in the Keys - Florida Keys - MiamiHerald.com | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
One morning in February 2002, 43-year-old Brenda Heist dropped her two children off at school in a small town in Lancaster County, Pa.
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Boy Scouts Move to Lift Ban on Gay Members

Boy Scouts Move to Lift Ban on Gay Members | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Gay Scout leaders would continue to be excluded under a proposal to be submitted to the group’s National Council.
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Equality for boys.

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Arrest made in ricin mailing investigation

Arrest made in ricin mailing investigation | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
A U.S. official confirms there is an arrest in the investigation of recent mailings of ricin to President Obama and a senator, CBS News has learned
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Maine hermit, suspect in more than 1,000 burglaries, caught after 27 years living in the wild

Maine hermit, suspect in more than 1,000 burglaries, caught after 27 years living in the wild | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Authorities say a man who lived like a hermit for decades in the woods of central Maine and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries has been captured.
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Lee Sheriff's deputy arrested for illegal drug possession

Lee Sheriff's deputy arrested for illegal drug possession | BloodandButter | Scoop.it

Seven-year veteran of the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Deputy First Class John Eaton of Fort Myers, has been arrested and charged with possession of steroids, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

 

On Monday, a deputy met with the girlfriend who explained that the couple had gotten in a physical fight on March 4 inside their home. The report says that Eaton kicked her while she was sitting on the couch, which led to an even bigger fight.

 

When the fight was over, the report states, she took pictures of her injuries and also took photos of Eaton's Lee County Sheriff's Office badge, which was sitting next to a vial of Testosterone Enanthate – a schedule three narcotic and anabolic steroid.

 

But this isn't the first time that Eaton has been accised of steroid and drug use. In a 2008 lawsuit, he was accused of using excessive force as well as using drugs. The case was eventually settled...

 

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Former Florida cop shoots firefighter in road rage incident, charged with attempted murder

Former Florida cop shoots firefighter in road rage incident, charged with attempted murder | BloodandButter | Scoop.it

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. —A Flagler County firefighter was shot by an ex-Flagler Beach police officer in a road rage incident, police said.

 

Deputies said, Nathaniel Juratovac, 40, shot 30-year-old Jared Parkey at least twice Friday night along U.S. 1 in St. Augustine and has been charged with attempted murder.

 

According to police, both Juratovac and Parkey had family members in their vehicles during the incident. One person in Juratovac's car is a member of the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office...

 

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Charges dropped against Florida couple in medical marijuana case (VIDEO)

Charges dropped against Florida couple in medical marijuana case (VIDEO) | BloodandButter | Scoop.it

Manatee County Sheriff's deputies raided the home of 64-year-old Robert Jordan in February and found a number of marijuana plants. Late Tuesday the State Attorney's office in Manatee County decided to drop the charges against Jordan. Robert Jordan says he grows marijuana to help his wife Cathy who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease. Cathy Jordan says marijuana is the only thing that gives her comfort and is keeping her alive. Jordan also says, he would do it all again for his wife. "There is a time, you got to stand up, you've got to stand up and that's the problem, too many people don't stand up today, they just go along and we're losing our rights left and right." Robert and Cathy Jordan are currently in Tallahassee speaking to state legislators about a bill to make the use of marijuana legal in Florida for medical purposes. A spokesperson for the State Attorney's office in Manatee County says the prosecutor in the case decided to drop the charges against Mr. Jordan because his attorney provided evidence about Cathy Jordan's need for marijuana based on medical need... (click pic to watch video)


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Long Prison Term Shortened by Judge’s Regrets

Long Prison Term Shortened by Judge’s Regrets | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
The reversal of a woman’s lengthy prison sentence for selling a few ounces of crack cocaine, and the judge’s apology for imposing it, is a case study on the effects of mandatory sentencing guidelines.
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Anthony Lewis, Who Transformed Coverage of the Supreme Court, Dies at 85

Anthony Lewis, Who Transformed Coverage of the Supreme Court, Dies at 85 | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
Mr. Lewis, a former reporter and columnist for The Times, won two Pulitzer Prizes and altered legal journalism with his authoritative and accessible prose.
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Miami drug dog sniff is unconstitutional search

Miami drug dog sniff is unconstitutional search | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court says police using a dog to sniff outside a Miami-area house being used to grow marijuana violated the homeowner's constitutional rights.
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Troopers Indicted After Roadside Cavity Search Of Two Women - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Troopers Indicted After Roadside Cavity Search Of Two Women - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth | BloodandButter | Scoop.it
CBS-11 has learned two state troopers involved in a controversial roadside cavity search of two North Texas women have been indicted on criminal charges by a Dallas County Grand Jury.
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