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Thursday
Dec132012

San Francisco Cop’s 100 MPH Ride Video Probed

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- San Francisco police are investigating a video posted on Facebook by one of its police sergeants showing what could have been the officer and his friends traveling through the city's Broadway Tunnel at 100 mph.

The video, posted in September, was removed  Wednesday along with the Facebook page of a police sergeant whose legal name is Carl T. The video showed a driver stepping on the gas from the Larkin Street stop at the Russian Hill side of the tunnel, zooming through it toward Chinatown at almost 100 miles per hour in an 35 miles per hour zone.

 

San Francisco police were still confirming whether or not Sgt. T was the driver, whether he was on duty at the time, and driving under the influence.

“This case is still under review …  Any time we have a possible violation or any type of misconduct by our staff it is protocol to refer the matter to administrative investigation,” Officer Carlos Manfredi, spokesperson from the San Francisco Police Department told ABC News. “We have no further results on the investigation yet and Sgt. T is still on staff.”

The “SFist” blog carried the news of the video in September and extracted comments from T’s Facebook post which gathered 31 likes and 19 comments. Carl T’s posting read, “Broadway tunnel. 100 Miles per hour in the Lambo.”

Carl T. recently made news for legally changing his last name from Tannenbaum to T so his entire name would not be put on his badge.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Dec032012

WATCH: Grinch Videotaped Stealing Christmas Decorations

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- A Texas man was caught by surveillance cameras stealing the holiday decorations from a front lawn in San Antonio this weekend.

In footage obtained by ABC affiliate KSAT, the man can be seen driving past the house in a white vehicle early on Sunday morning, then brazenly walking up to the house and making off with an inflatable sled and snowman.

 

The culprit then creeps back and snatches an inflatable train set and Santa Claus from the lawn. But that wasn’t all.

“He ran across the street to the other neighbor’s house, taking their inflatable sled, and ran back to his car,” a woman, who only identified herself as Diana, told KSAT. “Her snowman was also missing and they just put theirs out a couple nights ago.”

Diana said that she reported the theft to police, but she is not going to allow the local Grinch to ruin her Christmas. She says she reported the incident to help protect her neighbors.

“This can’t be left like that,” she said. “Other people need to be aware that this guy is out there.”

 

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov202012

Cellphone Video Reveals Florida Teen's Plan to Blow Up School

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Cellphone video just released by prosecutors offers a chilling view into the mind of a Florida teenager who in 2011 was charged with plotting to kill teachers and students with bombs at his Tampa high school.

Jared Cano, then 17, wrote a manifesto that detailed his plans for an attack in August 2011 on the first day of classes at Freedom High School in Tampa, Fla., from which he had been expelled in March 2010.  Police arrived at the home where Cano lived with his mother to arrest him.  In his home, police recovered bomb-making material, including fuses, timers, shrapnel, accelerant and plastic tubing.

In the recently released video, Cano outlines -- to the minute -- his plans to blow up Freedom High School.

"For those of you retards who don't know who I am, I'm the Freedom High School shooter in Tampa, Florida.  Well I will be in a couple months," Cano says on the video.  "My plan is to set a bomb here at point A, here at point B, point C and point D.  Then I got to get to the side entrance of the school by 7:24.  The bombs blow at 7:26."

Cano never got the chance to go through with his deadly plan because a friend tipped off police and he was arrested.  In addition to the bomb-making materials at his home, investigators found a manifesto and illustrations detailing his plans.

"We were probably able to thwart a catastrophic event," Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said.

The newly released cellphone video shows that Cano not only intended to kill as many students as possible, but that he specifically targeted two teachers who Cano said did him wrong.

"[I'll] Come through the door then shoot everybody at the front desk," he says on the video.  "Mr. Costanzo's office is right here, I've got to kill him.  Mrs. Carmody is here I've got to kill her.  Mr. Pears is here, I've got to make sure he doesn't die, because I like him."

At times during his boastful rant, Cano smokes marijuana.  In the clip, he says that he would retrieve a stash of weapons hidden near the school and come back in.

"I'm going to come in and advance on the courtyard where there'll probably be at least sixty people," he says.

While he lays out the details of his master plan, Cano also offers a solution to stopping him and others like him.

"If you don't like it," he says, "just find a way to find people like me and just line us up and shoot us."

Cano has been charged with threatening to throw, project, place or discharge a destructive device.  He also faces charges for possession of bomb-making materials, cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Having been jailed since August 2011, Cano will be sentenced on Dec. 5, after he pled no contest to two charges.  His defense attorney has said he plans to call the teen's family as character references, ABC News affiliate WFTS-TV reported.  He has hopes of getting time served.

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Wednesday
Nov142012

Baltimore Bus Brawl Between Driver and Juvenile Passenger Caught on Tape

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- A Baltimore bus driver has been suspended following a brawl with a female student who the driver accused of "being disrespectful." The tussle was caught on tape and posted to YouTube.

When the video begins, the female bus driver is standing over the passenger and struggling with her as the teenager kicks and punches the bus driver. When the passenger stands up, the two wrestle their way to the back of the vehicle with the bus driver holding the girl by her arm and by her hair. The two struggled to the back of the bus with the girl throwing several punches at the driver's head and shoulder. The driver eventually pushes the girl into a corner seat.

The driver seems to be shouting, "You want to fight somebody?" The passenger answers, "No."

The passenger can also be heard saying, "Get off of me." Other passengers were shouting, videotaping and some laughter can be heard.

It is unclear what initiated the fight.

 

When the fighting stopped, the two women had an inaudible tense exchange before the bus driver returned to the front of the bus. "You shouldn't have jumped in my face," the passenger said.

Moments later, the driver can be heard saying, "It wasn't about that. It's about being disrespectful."

The incident occurred on Monday at around 2 p.m. and the video was posted to YouTube on Tuesday. It has been viewed over 106,000 times.

"The bus operator reported that an incident had occurred on her bus and then we got calls from media informing us that it has been posted on YouTube," Maryland Transit Administration spokesman Terry Owens told ABC News. "The report included some details, but I'm not going to discuss the content of that report."

Neither the bus driver nor the passenger have been identified. Owens said the the driver has been with the agency since 2003 and that the passenger involved was a student and a juvenile. He said no one was seriously injured.

The driver has been suspended without pay, pending the results of an investigation, according to Owens.

"We hold the safety of our passengers and employees as our highest priority at the MTA," he said. "Our employees are expected to respect this policy and passengers are expected to abide by the rules and policies of the agency when using our systems."

The incident is being investigated by the Maryland Transit Administration Police.

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Monday
Oct082012

Kony 2012 Filmmaker Jason Russell Opens Up About Nude Public Meltdown

Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire(SAN DIEGO) -- Seven months ago, Kony 2012 filmmaker Jason Russell was moving at a frenetic pace, crisscrossing the country doing interviews and making appearances, trying to keep up with the viral success of his campaign.

And then came the naked public meltdown on a San Diego street that was captured on video.

He addressed the bizarre incident in a new video he hopes will bring interest and action back to Kony 2012, a campaign that calls for the arrest of alleged Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony.

"My mind betrayed me and I was hospitalized," Russell said in the new video. "If you're put in the position to give answers to every question a dozen times over, your mind starts to lose track of where you are, if you've slept, who's for you, who's against you."

Attempts to reach Russell for comment were unsuccessful.

Supporters, many of whom learned about alleged Ugandan war lord Joseph Kony for the first time through the video, which was uploaded to YouTube on March 5, purchased t-shirts and action kits to help fund Invisible Children's quest to bring Kony to justice.

The film garnered one million views in 36 hours and has been seen over 100 million times, far exceeding the group's wildest dreams.

However, with the intense interest came scrutiny.

"We didn't see the tsunami coming. We just turned around and we were all under water," Russell said in the video.

Ten days after the original video was released, a naked and screaming Russell was held down near a San Diego intersection until police arrived. No charges were filed.

Following the meltdown, Russell told the Los Angeles Times he spent six weeks in care facilities before he returned home and kept a low profile.

Russell, 33, is a filmmaker by trade and works full-time as a creative director at his organization, Invisible Children, which he started with two college friends in 2004. He is a married father of two children and resides in San Diego, Calif.

Now that he's feeling healthy, Russell said he's hoping to finish what he started.

Kony 2012 is calling on supporters to march around the White House on Nov. 17 to demand Kony be brought to justice.

"We want to do some epic things because our time on Earth is so short," Russell told ABC News as his first campaign was taking off. "Why not do this? Start here with Kony. Use him as the example of what injustice looks like in the world and then we're going to move to the next one and the next one."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Oct022012

Philadelphia Officer Who Punched Woman 'a Good Cop,' Police Say

WPVI/ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Philadelphia cop under investigation for punching a woman in the face has had 13 previous complaints against him over his 19 years on the force, but co-workers insist he is "a good cop."

A video posted on YouTube shows the officer punching a woman in the face and knocking her to the ground before she is led off bloodied and handcuffed.

The officer has been identified as Lt. Jonathan Josey.

"If I was in a jam, I'd want him backing me up," Lt. Ray Evers told ABC News. "He's a good cop, but the video speaks for itself and the investigation will reveal whatever it reveals."

Josey, 39, has had 13 complaints made against him over his career, but Evers said that it is hard to qualify whether that is a lot, a little or average. He said it is not entirely unusual for officers who have frequent contact with people in rougher neighborhoods to have complaints made against them.

He said the 13 complaints against Josey range from verbal abuse to physical abuse.

"It's hard to decide if that's a lot or a little," Evers said. "Most were unfounded or not sustained."

Evers said documentation regarding whether Josey was ever disciplined was not immediately available to him. Josey could not be reached for comment.

Investigators are looking for more information on the circumstances surrounding the incident. They are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call Internal Affairs.

"We don't see exactly what happened before," Evers said, referring to the video. "It doesn't look good and the naked eye sees that."

The woman was identified as Aida Gusman, 39, a mother of three and domestic worker, according to ABC News Philadelphia station WPVI. She denied throwing anything at police and said she did not know why she was punched.

"I'm 40 years old. I don't have time to play games like that," Gusman told WPVI. In addition to her facial injury, she has cuts and bruises on her arm and hand.

Josey was placed on "restricted status" on Monday, meaning that he is relegated to "administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation," Evers said.

The video was taken at Sunday's Puerto Rican Day Parade, an event that Evers said "usually goes off without a hitch."

"Internal Affairs opened up an investigation in reference to the incident and the actions of that officer," Evers said. "The incident is being fully investigated."

The video shows a crowd of blue-shirted police officers standing in the middle of a street, around a car. Someone on the left appears to throw something resembling silly string or a liquid on the cops. An officer in a white shirt rushes out of the crowd and goes after a woman with long, dark hair and a black T-shirt.

Her back is to the camera so it is unclear if she was saying anything to him. The officer appears to punch her in the face and then hit her in the back of the head. She falls to the ground where two officers apprehend her and lead her off. As she passes the camera, blood can be seen streaming down her face.

"There were people in the crowd throwing items at the officer, water and other things," Evers said.

The woman was taken into custody on a disorderly conduct charge and was later released. Evers said he believed she had a cut lip, but was not seriously injured.

The YouTube video, titled "Philadelphia Police Brutality," was posted on Sept. 30 and has been viewed nearly 840,000 times. Viewers have left thousands of comments.

Some of the comments were in support of the officer, but the majority denounced his behavior.

"Regardless of what was done or provoked, the use of excessive force is apparent in this case. She was pursued and smacked, not restrained," one commenter wrote.

"She is obviously not [sic] threat and can easily be subdued by a man of his size versus her small frame plus there was plenty of back up," another wrote. "His position and authority contradict his actions, I would hope his rank was earned off of better judgement [sic] in the past because this was just shameful."

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Monday
Sep242012

Criminal Charges for Marines in Taliban Urination Video

The video appears to show four men in uniform looking around before urinating on three dead bodies. (http://apacheclips.com)(WASHINGTON) -- Two U.S. Marines have become the first to be criminally charged for allegedly urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters on camera.

Staff Sergeants Joseph W. Chamblin and Edward W. Deptola are allegedly two of the four Marines shown in a video made in July 2011 in southern Afghanistan in which the men urinate on the corpses of three Afghan men while chuckling, according to Marine Corps spokesperson Col. Sean Gibson. A voice can be overheard in the background of the video apparently addressing the killed fighters, saying, "Have a nice day, buddy."

The two staff sergeants were officially charged with "posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties," failing to properly prevent or report misconduct by junior Marines under their command, the indiscriminate firing of a grenade launcher and the indiscriminate firing of an enemy machine gun.

Three other Marines from the same unit previously received non-judicial punishments after pleading guilty in connection with the video. Punishments for those Marines included a reduction in rank, forfeiture of pay, and punitive letters for permanent placement in their personnel records.

In addition to the five Marines already facing punishments, a Marine Corps statement said "there are other pending cases related to this incident" and that further "disciplinary actions regarding other Marines will be announced at a later date."

All of the Marines identified so far were assigned to Third Battalion, Second Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, Commander General of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, referred both staff sergeants to a Special Court Martial. Referring their cases to a Special Court Martial skips the evidentiary hearings needed to proceed to a General Court Martial and also limits their potential punishments.

Gibson, a spokesman for Marine Corps Combat Development Command, said the maximum punishments available under a Special Court Martial is one year of confinement, a two-thirds forfeiture of pay for one year, a reduction in rank to Private and a bad conduct discharge.

The video was recorded during a counterinsurgency operation in Helmand Province on or about July 27, 2011, but it was not posted on the Internet until January 2012. As it spread on the Internet, it drew instant condemnation from top Pentagon officials who feared that it would lead to a backlash against American troops serving in Afghanistan.

Shortly after the video appeared online, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos initiated a criminal investigation to authenticate the video. He also commissioned a command investigation by a three-star general to determine what factors may have led to the recording of the video. Both investigations concluded in March.

Based on the information gleaned from the command investigation, Mills ordered a further inquiry completed in June that looked into possible misconduct by members of the unit involved in the incident beyond those depicted in the video.

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Friday
Aug312012

Parents Want Teacher Fired After Bullying of Son Caught on Tape

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(TACOMA, Wash.) -- The parents of a Washington middle school student who was recorded in what appears to be a bullying incident where he is seen being dragged around the room and has a sock stuffed in his mouth are outraged that the teacher, who they believe joined in, is still on the job.

The video taken by fellow students on their cell phones of Karla Kinney's 13-year-old son being dragged across the classroom is disturbing. But what really outrages Kinney and her husband is that a teacher was there too and they say he joined in.

"When I drop my kids off I'm dropping them off as a parent handing my kids to a school that is going to take care of them," Kinney told ABC News.

The incident happened in a middle school near Tacoma, Wash., in February, but is just now coming to light following a district investigation.

At a time in the video -- which goes on for at least 15 minutes -- it seems as if the boy is playing along. Kinney's son is at one point heard saying, "yeah do that … do what Eric's doing, not my arm."

But in the video a handful of students are also seen writing on her son's feet, holding a pillow over his face and covering him with chairs.

John Rossi, the teacher in the room at the time, had been an educator for 18 years. In the video he is seemingly mugging for the phone cameras. He managed to avoid losing his job by accepting a 10-day suspension, according to memos from the Peninsula school district.

Kinney said that her son was very upset following the incident, and that the other students blamed him.

"He said he wanted to kill himself," she said. "The kids had blamed him for this popular teacher and the suspension he received."

Rossi, who told ABC News he's not allowed to comment, wrote in a letter to investigators.

"I can honestly say that at the time I did not believe that any of the children were at risk of harm during their interactions. Nor did I view the incident as anything more than harmless childhood horseplay," he wrote.

Chuck Cuzzetto, Peninsula school district's superintendent, said that "pretty significant disciplinary action" was taken.

Kinney says that she and her husband feel that the entire matter has been made worse by the fact that Rossi is now back at another school.

"I think that somebody who can allow this to happen and participate has no business being in a classroom," Kinney said.

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Tuesday
Aug212012

Florida Police Officer Slams Woman into Car, Goes to Jail

Thinkstock/Getty Images(PENSACOLA, Fla.) -- A veteran cop was fired and charged with criminal battery after officers reviewed a video of him slamming a woman into her car in Pensacola, Fla.

"We have certain expectations of our police officers, and when I looked at the video, I was disappointed because I felt like that didn't stand up to those expectations," Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons told ABC News. "We determined that what we saw on the video was inconsistent with what our policies allow and what state statute allows."

Dash cam footage from Aug. 2 shows Officer Christopher Geraci telling Abbi Bonds to get back in her car before he grabs her left arm and swings her body into the side of the car, causing her to fall to her knees and bang her chin against the vehicle.

"I'm not fighting you," Bonds, 29, is heard saying as he cuffs her. "Why are you hitting me?"

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Geraci had been responding to a hit-and-run, and a witness identified Bonds as a driver who struck two vehicles with her white Chevrolet before driving away, according to the police report. When Geraci found Bonds, her car was disabled and had red and grey paint on it that matched the other two cars she allegedly hit, according to the report.

"When I made contact with Bonds, she immediately began stating that someone took her car and she was chasing it down the road on foot," Geraci wrote in the report.

He added that he could smell alcohol on her breath, had watery eyes and slurred speech. After the alleged slamming incident, Bonds submitted to field sobriety tests and performed poorly, according to police reports. Geraci arrested her and took her to Escambia County Jail. She also told him, "I was trying to crank the car when I found it."

She was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield, no proof of insurance and driving under the influence.

Complying with department policy, Geraci, 33, filled out a use of force report for the incident. Geraci's supervisor reviewed the dash cam footage to comply with protocol, and officials made their decision about his employment. Bonds did not call in a complaint to the department.

Geraci, who could not be reached for comment, was fired last Friday and charged with battery. He was taken to Escambia County Jail, but was later released on his own recognizance, records show. He does not yet have an arraignment date.

Bonds, who was arrested on Aug. 2, said injuries from her encounter with Geraci include a swollen knee and jaw pain. She said doctors think she may have suffered a concussion as well.

She admitted that she was on the phone when Geraci told her to get back in the car, but said he didn't listen to her when she told him someone had stolen her car.

"He just totally lost control as a police officer and beat the crap out of me using way beyond excessive force to a female," Bonds said.

Bonds had been on parole, she said. Records show she was charged with four felonies for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription in 2010.

Geraci had been a Pensacola police officer since 2004 and was a member of the K-9 unit.

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Tuesday
Aug212012

Day Care Workers Accused of Encouraging Toddlers’ Screaming, Crying Fight

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DOVER, Del.) -- Three day care workers are accused of encouraging a fight between toddlers in their care -- and police say a videotape shows the 3-year-olds punching each other, with one boy screaming, crying and trying in vain to escape.

Tiana Harris, 19, Estefania Myers, 21, and Lisa Parker, 47, were released from a Delaware jail Tuesday after posting $10,000 bond each following their arrest Monday on felony assault and conspiracy charges, along with a number of misdemeanor counts relating to child endangerment, according to a police news release.

The three women were employed by Hands of Our Future LLC Day Care, where, authorities said, they organized a fight between two toddlers while a number of other children were present.

Authorities obtained footage of the March 6 incident, which was taken on one of the accused women’s cellphones. The footage was discovered during an unrelated investigation, according to ABC News station WPVI.

Police have not released the video.

Officials in Delaware suspended the day care center’s license, pending a hearing, after the footage was discovered and the three were arrested.

Authorities held a meeting at the Dover Police Department on Monday for parents of the children who attended the Hands of Our Future Daycare, where officers answered questions relating to the incident.

Police were unavailable Tuesday night to tell ABC News whether or not the three women had attorneys.

A hearing is scheduled for the women Friday.

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