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Posted 05 February 2020 - 02:50 PM

 JackD, on 05 February 2020 - 02:31 PM, said:

Usually the cops, not the prosecutor, can be sued or prosecuted for such acts.

Lately, not even. "Qualified immunity" seems to be pretty absolute in practice.
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Posted 05 February 2020 - 03:32 PM

Qualified immunity isn't stopping prosecutions in Chicago. They don't always succeed but they do happen and they sometimes do succeed. Also that's a federal doctrine applied under the Civil Rights Act. Ordinary criminal law violations (such as assault, homicide, wrongful charging, and the like) are prosecuted under state law.

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 06:03 PM

A conservative South Carolina prosecutor tweeted her real feeling anonymously for years. It illustrates how f***ed up our justice system can get. BTW she's a graduate of Liberty Law School.

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Brown had been tweeting anonymously as @TheLillyLawyer for several years. Unfortunately for her, she continued doing so after she passed the South Carolina bar exam and became a prosecutor in late 2017. When she had something to say about anyone at work—including magistrates, crime survivors, witnesses, cops and defense lawyers—she made sure to tweet it for the world to see.
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No one really noticed until she said in late January, “It bothers me so much that the defense bar is given every deference in the world, but an officer’s case will be dismissed if he or she is five minutes late to court. Unreal.”

In 2020, especially on Twitter, you mess with defense attorneys at your own risk. Someone saw Brown’s tweet, then told a friend who told a friend. A defense attorney who did not want to be named contacted Filter, explaining how he figured out her identity. It turns out that some local lawyers found out about Brown’s account and spread the word that it was her, after seeing she was going lawyer-viral.

In no time, dozens of defense attorneys and criminal justice reform allies were taking her to task for saying something that the vast majority of lawyers know to be false.

But the rest of her tweet history, which I copied, provides a unique snapshot into the attitudes of a rank-and-file member of a conservative prosecutor’s office: It is worse and more paradoxical than you might imagine.

For example, Brown, a white woman, frequently used Black people’s reactions as GIFs to describe her emotions about various things, like how little she thinks of the public defenders she works with. For example, a GIF of a Black person looking extremely skeptical was her reaction to a defendant telling a judge he will “get a public defender.” She also used African-American Vernacular English when recounting conversations with defendants, witnesses and victims. At one point, the Liberty Law School grad mocked a defendant for living with his romantic partner while not being married.

Apparently, Brown also went to work drunk on occasion. One tweet on August 14, 2018 read, “I woke up still drunk. Today should be fun.” Ironically, she named drunk driving cases as her favorite part of the docket.

Additionally, she publicly called the veracity of her cases into question. She wrote on April 9, 2018, “Literally all of my witnesses are perjuring themselves.” If a prosecutor believes a witness for the state has lied on the stand, not correcting that on the record is a violation of the South Carolina ethics code for practicing law.

Assistant Solicitor Brown even mocked victims. On June 2, 2019, she recounted how she yelled “I CANNOT GIVE A SUBPOENA TO ‘CORNBREAD,” at a victim, when they offered a witness’s nickname instead of a legal name. In December 2018, she had said, “Sometimes my victims don’t answer my initial calls because it’s a number they don’t recognize. Unless my victim is a low key drug dealer. Then they always answer.” (She added a laughing emoji.)


There's plenty more about this vile "Christian" alumni of Liberty University.
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Posted 11 February 2020 - 10:49 AM

The NYC Police Sergeant's Union is rising up against Bill de Blasio. Rampant corruption, racial profiling, violence, and cover-ups have been coming to light more and more. Instead of agreeing to any level of accountability they're going to full on attack mode. This is the problem with the corrupt police culture we have in too many places. Protecting their own no matter what comes 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Trying to clean up the bad apples? "YOU HATE US!"

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A union representing thousands of active and retired New York City police sergeants said Sunday that it was “declaring war” on the city’s mayor Bill de Blasio.

The shocking statement came in a tweet from the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association, after a gunman allegedly shot and wounded two police officers over two days in New York — and despite de Blasio’s sharp denunciation of the attacks.

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Mayor DeBlasio, the members of the NYPD are declaring war on you! We do not respect you, DO NOT visit us in hospitals. You sold the NYPD to the vile creatures, the 1% who hate cops but vote for you. NYPD cops have been assassinated because of you. This isn’t over, Game on!

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This was a premeditated assassination attempt against New York’s Finest. It was also an attack on ALL New Yorkers and everything we believe in. This MUST be a city where everyone can live in peace and respect. This individual attempted to destroy that. We will not let him win.

De Blasio spokesperson Freddi Goldstein told TPM, referring to the tweet: “[SBA President] Ed Mullins’ comments are absolutely reprehensible. He clearly has forgotten his oath to protect and serve. While he threatens violence, the mayor remains focused on the safety of our officers and communities.”

The tweet is part of a larger effort from police unions to tie de Blasio’s lefty politics to explicitly anti-cop protest movements.

“We talk about the protesters that are yelling ‘We want dead cops!’” New York City Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said Sunday. “Those words meant something and people listen and they try to kill cops.”

“But who’s leading them? Some of the elected officials that stand here today nodding their heads when we speak are the ones that’s leading those crowds, leading those demonstrators, putting the words in those protesters’ mouths!” he said. “Well, now it’s real.”

The tension between de Blasio and the police unions goes back years to his time as a social justice-minded city councilman and public advocate. Police anger spiked after Officer Daniel Pantaleo, on July 17, 2014, put Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold. Garner’s death rocked the city, not least when De Blasio invited Rev. Al Sharpton to speak at a meeting at City Hall, where the civil rights leader called for consequences for the police officers involved as then-Police Commissioner Bill Bratton stared on two seats away.

Months later, when two police officers were killed in an ambush shooting, NYPD officers publicly turned their backs to de Blasio as he arrived at the hospital, and again a few days later when the mayor spoke at one of the officers’ funerals. The SBA said at the time that the slain officers’ blood was on the mayor’s hands.

Since then, the police union campaign against New York’s mayor has linked with the national movement to quell criticism of police — articulated in public displays like the #BlueLivesMatter hashtag and President Donald Trump’s 2017 suggestion to New York police officers to “take the hand away” from arrestees’ heads as they enter police cars while handcuffed. “Please don’t be too nice,” Trump told the officers seated behind him during a speech in Brentwood, New York.

On Sunday, Trump commented on the recent attacks against police officers in New York, tweeting that “because of weak leadership at Governor & Mayor,” New York’s police were “under assault.”

“Send in the Feds,” the SBA tweeted in response.

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