March 6, 2017
P-45: The Studly Mountain Lion King of Malibu
Here's a really interesting New Yorker article about the mountain lions of the Santa Monica Mountains which run from Malibu to Griffith Park. The highways have isolated this area, in terms of mountain lions traveling. P-45, however, was able to cross a highway to get into this genetic island and sow his genes. The article describes the isolation of the mountain lions which may result in their extinction (in the Santa Monica Mountains) within 50 years...which is why a land bridge is going to be built in Agoura Hills.
On this map you can see the underpass at Liberty Canyon that they believe P-45 may have used to get across the 101 and into the Santa Monica Mountains. You can see there are gaps in the residential developments there that would allow a mountain lion to pass through without having to deal directly with humans. This is where the land bridge will be built.
February 6, 2017
Carjacked 1,200 Pounds Of Marijuana
In Pomona! They were caught when they were spotted from the police helicopter unloading the weed in the "700 block of Washington." So I went to Google maps to look at the aerial view to see if possibly there were other indications.
February 3, 2017
Finnish Motorcycle Chase
Here’s a rare video. It's a police chase (ho hum) but it's motorcycle chasing motorcycle in Finland! With no cuts, this video is almost 34 minutes long, but the first 8 minutes and 15 seconds is nothing but what the cop happened to be doing for the 8 minutes and 15 seconds before he leaped into action. I assume it was a radio call that got him going. I can't see any motorcyclist breaking any obvious traffic rules that would have triggered him. So this video starts at the 8:15 point.
I wish I knew why this guy was being chased. The chase pushes him to make a lot of dangerous maneuvers and the chasing cop copies him in almost every move. Obviously, other people on the road were endangered. But there doesn't seem to be the sort of congestion I'm used to seeing in an American city - neither people nor traffic.
In the video you won't hear the cop relaying his location and direction to dispatch, as you would in America. I don't know of any maneuvers that can be performed by a chasing motorcycle cop to force the other one to stop. Can't do a pit maneuver. So it would seem his only hopes of catching this guy were either he'd run out of gasoline, or he'd make a mistake and crash, or the chased would simply give up, or other police would get ahead of the chase to try to block him off. But help never arrives. At least three times a police van appears ahead of him, sitting in the road. Once it looks like that cop is there only to control traffic while the chase goes through. In the other two appearances, the cops with the vans appear to be doing nothing, but if the chased man wanted to surrender and get a nice ride back to jail, they were there to serve.
Notice the one surprising scene where our cop gets well ahead of the chased, who had stopped in order to avoid an accident. The chased hurriedly gets back into his usual position, even though he had the opportunity there to turn right and go the wrong way on the entrance ramp. That might have given him enough head start to get away.
This is the cop who did the chasing. We don't see him until seconds before the video ends.
I don't want to spoil the ending, but I'll tell you I was surprised at how fast the chased person could run on two legs! He did way better than Americans who try to run from the cops.
August 10, 2016
August 10, 2016
Cpl. Christopher Saucier
760-329-2904 x 382 firstname.lastname@example.org
Burglary Suspect Arrested After Pursuit
On 08/10/2016 at approximately 0825 hours, DHSPD officers responded to the area of Hacienda Avenue and Tamar Drive in Desert Hot Springs regarding a reported vehicle burglary. The caller reported that he caught a subject burglarizing his vehicle and the suspect then fled the area on foot with the victim in pursuit before losing sight of the suspect. Officers arrived in the area and located the suspect running in the 12800 Block of Miracle Hill Road. The suspect continued running from officers and subsequently forced his way into a nearby residence. Officers then surrounded the home. At that time the suspect exited a side window from the home and attempted to flee again and was apprehended by officers in the back yard. Gabriel Gallegos (21) was arrested and later booked into the Riverside County Jail in Banning for charges including Penal Code 459 - Burglary 1st Degree, Penal Code 488 - Petty Theft, Penal Code 148 - Resisting Arrest.
June 24, 2016
Here's A Court Transcript For You To Read
The Washington Post gives some background but it protects you from the bounty of obscenities. But if you go to the official transcript you can enjoy the whole show. Here's one page of it for a sample.
June 23, 2016
No Way To Behave
In Ohio, a man being sentenced for breaking and entering, safe-cracking, aggravated robbery, abduction and attempted safe-cracking had concealed bottles of urine and feces in his arm sling. After receiving his sentence of 40 years, the criminal attempted to pull out a bottle and assault the judge with it, but court security moved in quickly while he was fumbling for the first bottle. But the thing to watch in this video, is the lady in the background who calmly (and maddeningly slowly) gets her phone up to take a photo of the violence and then is reminded that no photography is allowed in the court room.
May 19, 2016
Illegal Cultivation Site Discovered
You want to know what stupid is? Here's stupid:
Back in January the City Council approved the Bunch Palms Trail cultivation facility that would be new construction at the corner of Cabot and Two Bunch Palms Trail. It is one of the few cultivation sites that plans to use greenhouses. The owner (or one of the owners maybe) John Van Beek, without putting a shovel in the ground, went down the block and started cultivating at Francisco's Auto Repair on Little Morongo Road completely without ANY permits.
IOW, the guy with complete legal entitlements to cultivate decides to forego that and open an illegal cultivation site in one of the very few cities in California to permit legal cultivation. It's double-stupid. He gets it for the illegal grow, and he ain't gonna make much progress on his legal site after this.
May 11, 2016
Robbers Nailed In DHS
May 11, 2016
Sgt. G. Paiz
On Monday May 09, 2016, at about 1403 hours, Officers were dispatched to the 11900 Block of Palm Drive, regarding a robbery that had just occurred. The victim said two suspects, a male and female, robbed her of her purse and its contents, at gunpoint. The suspects were last seen running north from the location. The victims property along with the weapon were dumped at a nearby trash bin. An area check was conducted but the suspects were not found.
On Tuesday May 10, 2016, at about 1157 hours, the robbery suspects were detained to the front of 7-11, 65971 Pierson Blvd. One of the suspects had the victims stolen property on their possession. The suspects were arrested, booked and transported to RCJ-Banning.
Suspect-Marcus Eugene Benavidez-Downing 38 years old
M, H, 5-7, 250, Bro , Blk,
Desert Hot Springs resident
Suspect-Marlena Contreras 27 years old
F, H, 5-5, 200, Bro, Bro
Desert Hot Springs resident
Marcus Eugene Benavidez-Downing
April 22, 2016
Meanwhile, in Palm Springs
A Palm Springs police advisory (with photo). This guy sounds dangerously aggressive.
On Thursday morning 4/21/16 at approximately 3:30 AM, the PSPD Communications Center received a 911 call from a distraught female reporting that a male subject had broke a window to her home in the 2700 block of E Mesquite Ave in Palm Springs, climbed through the window and physically and sexually assaulted her and her husband. The caller further stated that the suspect was still in the house. While on the phone with dispatchers the female caller began screaming that the suspect was attacking her. The woman's husband was able to pull the male off of her and pin him down until police arrived.
Officers arrived at the location within 6 minutes of the call and detained the male inside the residence. The male was identified as:
Thomas Mabe DOB - 5/10/1971 of Palm Springs.
Neither homeowner required medical attention.
During further investigation, officers learned that Mabe broke a window to the home, entered the residence and sexually assaulted the husband and wife.
The homeowners were able to push the suspect away but he remained in the home trying to get dressed. The homeowners and suspect moved into the living room where the wife called 911. While on the phone with 911, the suspect lunged at the wife and physically grabbed onto her while trying to take the phone from her. The husband grabbed the suspect and pinned him down until police arrived to detain him.
Thomas Mabe was recently arrested by PSPD on 3/1/16 for Child Annoyance where he approached a 16 year old girl on foot who was walking to school, made sexual comments to the girl and attempted to grab her when a passerby witnessed the incident and stepped in and rescued the child. PSPD filed the case with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office on 3/2/16 who subsequently filed one count of 647.6(a)(1) PC – Child Annoyance with victim under 18 years old and 1203.2 PC – Violation of Probation.
Thomas Mabe plead guilty and was placed on probation for that incident and released from jail on March 19th.
Mabe was also arrested by PSPD on April 17th for being under the influence of a controlled substance and booked into the Riverside County Jail. He was released from custody the following day on April 18th, 2016.
Mabe was arrested on 4/21/16 for the following charges:
459 PC - Residential Burglary
1203.2 PC - Violation of Probation
243.4 (a) PC - Sexual Assault
667.61 (c)(3) PC - Commit Oral Copulation during course of a burglary
288a(f)(1) PC - Oral copulation while victim asleep
290(b) PC - Failure to register as a sex registrant within 30 days
April 20, 2016
Got What He Asked For
Here's an unusual and very satisfying story. In Chicago, a young white heavily-tattooed man taunted an elderly black man on the train for 15 minutes using the N-word and trying to get a reaction. And then he got a reaction:
It's hard to say what the best moment was: kicking the kid in the head with orthopedic shoes or the kid crawling off the train at the first stop or the fact that the kid totally pissed himself while it was going on. There's another video on this page where you can confirm the pissed pants.
The cops were there when the white man crawled out of the train, but they didn't seem to be curious enough to get on the train and find out what had happened, so as far as I can determine, all parties remain nameless.
April 8, 2016
"Stupid" seems to be the word for this
Mr. De-Jesus rolled his red pickup truck up in front of a property on Foxdale, in full view of the security camera facing the street. Then he stole "multiple" televisions from that property, loading them into the rear of his red pickup truck. Then he drove his red pickup truck over to the pawn shop. So when our police went to visit the pawn shop to see if the TVs had shown up there, voila! They were all sitting there in the red pickup truck.
April 6, 2016
Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property Arrests
On 04/06/2016, at approximately 0853 hours, DHSPD Police Officers responded to the 11000 block of Foxdale Dr. regarding a residential burglary where multiple televisions were reported stolen. Officers obtained video surveillance footage of a red Ford pickup truck in front of the location at the time the victim's burglary alarm was activated. Another reporting party advised seeing a suspicious red Ford pickup truck in the area a few minutes later. Officers conducted an area check for the vehicle and located a similar vehicle at a local pawn shop with multiple televisions in the tailgate. Officers contacted Pedro De-Jesus and four other delinquent juveniles.
Investigation and further evidence revealed they were all in possession of the stolen property and connected to the burglary. Pedro De-Jesus and the four other juveniles were arrested and booked into Riverside County Jail and Juvenile Hall. There is some other outstanding property located that did not belong to the victim. If anyone has any further information regarding this case please contact Officer Perez. (DHSPD Case# 1604D-1391)
March 29, 2016
How Many Hands Did They Think This Guy Had?
Math problem: if the man is accused of driving naked, drinking, and masturbating, how many hands does the witness see (allegedly)? The tricky world of press freedom and judicial limits placed on it somewhere in Britain—Thanet, maybe, if that's a place.
Public Indecency Charge
The original mugshot from the DHS Police (left) was so poor, I thought some Dreamscoping was called for. Definite improvement. Mr. Paulsen is accused of standing out in the middle of the street in broad daylight and masturbating. He gets another 5 minutes of infamy for that.
San Diego Police Chief Wants To Get Sued
Or, so it would seem. Video from police-worn body cameras is released to the public on an ad hoc basis as determined by the Chief and Mayor in San Diego. In response to a memo from the city attorney stating that the city council could establish a written policy for those releases, Chief Shelly Zimmerman said no thanks, she'll continue to just make it up in her own head as she goes along. Hello lawsuit.
March 23, 2016
We've all seen videos of cops making the mistake of trying to stop someone from videoing them, even when they are at a distance and not interfering. But I've never seen anything like this! NYC cop actually chases down a motorcyclist for the sole reason of wearing a GoPro camera. That was it. Says you can't have GoPros.
I don't think this is going to end until we see at least one video of cops doing every single possible stupid thing on camera.
March 14, 2016
Total Waste Of Perfectly Good Pepper Spray
We've seen several instances of police misdeeds documented on video because some cops are taking a long time to realize there are cameras EVERYwhere now. You would think, though, that a police officer would know that motorcyclists have more GoPros than any other travelers on the highway. Fort Worth PD Tracey Knight learned that the hard way.
February 4, 2016
Threat: a gun in your face.
Counter-threat: "I've got a pretty big YouTube channel and this is going on it."
Howzabout not being confrontational when you are out-gunned by crazies?
January 28, 2016
Fall River Police
After illegally seizing a man's iPhone after he videoed a cop working a traffic detail, Fall River (Massachusetts) cops inadvertently wiped and reset the iPhone to factory settings by wrongly guessing at the passcode 10 times. It sounds like their forensic team thought it was some kind of malicious magic perpetrated by the Wizard George Thompson. So I guess no one at Fall River Police owns an iPhone. The ten-wrong-passcodes feature is something that comes with iOS and can be turned on or off by the user...and this is the very thing it is designed for.
Another feature on the iPhone which is switched on by default, is automatic background uploading of photos and videos. Either Wizard Thompson had that turned off, or the phone never got a Wi-fi signal for long enough to upload the video.
January 14, 2016
Follow Up On Sungrow
A month ago, allegations were made that the Sungrow dispensary seemed to be violating the law. Tonight, Chief Mondary gave a report to the Public Safety Commission on what was found at Sungrow. He also told us that Detective Larry Essex was going to become the department's marijuana expert.
The police found that the dab bar was not operational when they got there. The rules on that were pointed out to the dispensary's management. There was a slushee machine, but it was also not operational and will not become operational until the county health department issues a permit. The Chief did not say if Sungrow was going to seek a health permit. They found other violations, but it is not yet clear if they are administrative or criminal in nature. The city attorney has written to Sungrow to advise them on what the police found that needs correcting.
The Chief also checked the record of calls for service from the two operating dispensaries. There have been 31 from Sungrow, but it's not always possible to pin every call on Sungrow, since there are other businesses in the shopping center. Four reports have been filed by police:
- An attempted burglary of the dispensary.
- Disturbing the peace. That involved a person who was kicked out of the dispensary (with no medicine) who then created a disturbance in the parking lot.
At Brown Dog there have been 13 calls for service and only two reports filed:
This Is Real, So Godwin's Law May Not Be Invoked
In San Diego County (USA), Cliften Korsch had the usual selection of weapons necessary to protect his home and to fuel whatever his gun fantasy is: "a handgun, shotgun, assault rifle, hunting rifle." Sheriff's deputies arrested him because he allegedly threatened a maintenance worker at his apartment complex with a billy club. As he was being booked he began to speak in his native German. Even though Mr. Korsch is a U.S. veteran, a deputy forced him to watch a YouTube video of speeches by Hitler. "According to the case summary, the deputy told CLERB investigators that because he didn’t understand German, he had no idea what Hitler was saying." For all he knows, Hitler was discussing art, or reminiscing about his mother, or telling the audience where the fire exits, restrooms and childcare could be located there at Nuremberg.
Misconduct/Procedure – Deputy 3 played an internet video of "Adolf Hitler" hate speeches.
Recommended Finding: Sustained
Rationale: The complainant stated that Deputy 3 played video and audio of speeches from Adolf Hitler talking about killing Jews, and other non-Germans, while he was being processed for booking. Deputy 3 reported that the complainant was very agitated and yelling loudly in German while at the Patrol Station, so he elected to play a YouTube video of Adolf Hitler speaking to a large crowd. Deputy 3 said he did not understand German, and therefore did not know the content of the speeches. The act, which served no legitimate purpose, was in violation of Sheriff's Policies and Procedures 2.4, Unbecoming Conduct; 2.22, Courtesy; 2.30, Failure to Meet Standards; 2.36, Use of Department Equipment; 2.48, Treatment of Persons in Custody; and 2.53, Discrimination. The act did occur and was not justified.