An unarmed 18-year-old named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer named Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014. This fatal incident was witnessed by several individuals, yet there is still conflicting accounts of what really occurred before Mr. Brown's life was taken. Not only has this tragedy raised issues about the relationship between police departments and their community, but it has also raised the question of whether more technology should be implemented by police officers to better document their encounters with individuals. A White House website petition has already acquired more than 100,000 signatures from people who think the answer to that question is yes.
Cody Dials is charged with first-degree murder in the death of David Rhea, 39, a commercial fisherman who lived in Pinellas Park. Recently, a gun that may have been used in the killing was discovered. The finding of this gun is bittersweet: it gave the prosecution a possible murder weapon, but it gave Cody Dials' attorney a possible conflict of interest.
Federal grand juries have indicted six current and former San Francisco police officers on various charges, including civil rights conspiracy charges. All of the officers were suspended without pay and had their guns taken away. The Police Chief of the San Francisco Police Department, who has worked in the department since 1981, reported that the incident is "as serious as an issue as I can recall in my time in the department."
Large sporting events draw large crowds of people and large amounts of money. They also draw in sex trafficking rings. During this year's Super Bowl, 16 juveniles and 50 adult women were rescued; these individuals were being forced to work as prostitutes.
Raul Ochoa, 52, was arrested in August 2012, after his 27-year-old relative escaped from a shed in his backyard. The relative had been held captive at Ochoa's residence for the past ten years. Ochoa will be formally sentenced to 22 years in state prison February 11.
While the residents of Tampa and the surrounding areas enjoyed Gasparilla, 35 other men looked for enjoyment somewhere else. Websites such as teenchat.com, boyahoy.com, and motherless.com were some of websites these men were using to look for young girls. These men ranged in age from 19 to 65 and were soon apprehended by law enforcement. How did law enforcement know what they were up to in their private time? Because law enforcement was involved with an undercover sex sting, which put them undercover in these websites looking for adults trying to have sex with children.
While our overall crime rate has been declining for decades, it appears the opposite is true for one type of federal crime. Unfortunately, this criminal activity is officially sanctioned during FBI investigations, and it's on the rise. It's called "otherwise illegal activity" -- activity that would be illegal if it weren't committed by an FBI informant.
Two veteran officers with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office were arrested on Friday in unrelated cases. Both are accused of grand theft, and one is also charged with organized fraud. All of the charges are third-degree felonies. Both officers resigned in the wake of the investigations, and a third officer has been put on leave.
In 2009, a 17-year-old Arizona boy paid $330 for a fake ID he ordered from a seller named "Celtic" on a website called Carder.su. The site was essentially an eBay-like forum where anonymous users bought and sold illegal items.
In Davis v. State, 38 Fla. L. Weekly D2247b (Fla. 1st DCA 2013) a prosecutor withheld knowledge of a sitting juror's involvement in the law enforcement investigation of the case being tried although the prosecutor was unquestionably aware of that fact.