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    The LA Times Adds Credence to the Reality that Far too Many Law Abiding Descendants of Slavery Have Been and Continue to be Punished, or Violated by Government While Elected Black Leaders Remain Silent or Also Oppress U.S. born Blacks!

     

    L.A. County using cameras to combat wrongful jailings, Pilot program has L.A. County sheriff's deputies taking photos of arrestees to help prevent cases of mistaken identity — and the jailings of innocent people — later.

    by Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times, 7:14 PM PDT, September 18, 2012

    Along with his Taser, baton and handgun, Los Angeles County sheriff's Det. David Huelsen has a new tool for meting out justice: a point-and-shoot camera.

    The Malibu traffic detective is among a handful of cops the Sheriff's Department has equipped with digital cameras as part of an effort to reduce the number of innocent people jailed after being mistaken for wanted criminals.

    The reforms come after a Times investigation detailed how authorities in the county had incarcerated people mistaken for wanted criminals more than 1,480 times over five years. Some spent weeks behind bars before the errors were realized. In recent months, other law enforcement agencies around the country have also been confronted with the problem, but the L.A. County Sheriff's Department is emerging as one of the leaders in attempting to solve it.

    Deputies are using the cameras to take photos of people who get cited but don't have ID. If a defendant misses court appearances and becomes the subject of an arrest warrant, officials hope having the photos on file will avoid cases of mistaken identity.

    "I don't want to arrest someone for a crime they really didn't do," said Huelsen, a coordinator for the pilot program, while patrolling Pacific Coast Highway. "All the time you pull someone over, you run their name and it comes back with warrants and it's like 'Am I taking this guy in or not?' "

    Sheriff's officials expect to give cameras to additional deputies in the future and said that having more photographs attached to outstanding warrants will allow judges to quickly realize when innocent people have been picked up on warrants not meant for them. Under the new program, deputies will also be required to fill out a form that compares the newly detained person's identifying features, such as the unique number assigned to a suspect's fingerprints, side by side with those of the person listed on the warrant. A supervisor will have to review the form when the suspect is booked.

    The Times found that many victims of this problem had the misfortune of sharing names with criminals who have outstanding warrants. Others had had their identities stolen by wanted criminals.

    By the end of next year, sheriff's officials said, they hope to provide deputies with devices that take the fingerprints of everyone cited and released in the field, a method of identification even more foolproof than photographs. They're also considering requesting legislation that would revamp the state's warrant database and wipe away warrants that are old and minor or meant for suspects who have since died.

    "Everyone deserves to have this solved," said sheriff's Chief William McSweeney, who headed a task force that reviewed the problem. "Going to jail, if it's not you, is obviously disturbing."

    Sheriff's officials point out that the number of mistaken identifications has been declining and the cases make up just a tiny fraction of the population inside L.A. County lockups, the largest jail system in the nation. They said that many victims were wrongly detained after they were arrested on a separate charge and authorities mistakenly linked them to an outstanding warrant.

    Nevertheless, for those wrongly jailed, the experience can be harrowing.

    In one case reported by The Times, a mechanic held for nine days in 1989 on a warrant meant for someone else was detained again 20 years later on the same warrant. He was jailed for more than a month the second time before the error was discovered. In another case, a former construction worker mistaken for a wanted drug offender said he was assaulted by inmates and ignored by guards.

    The problem is by no means exclusive to Los Angeles County. In recent months, at least two other cities have struggled with the issue. In St. Louis, the mayor launched a task force to stop the incarceration of misidentified people after a news report there detailed several such cases, including two in which the individuals were stuck in jail for months. And in Denver, civil rights attorneys sued authorities, claiming more than 500 people had been wrongly jailed there over seven years, with some even pleading guilty to crimes they didn't commit before authorities realized their mistake. In one reported case, a black man was jailed for nine days on a sex crimes warrant meant for a white man.

    Critics of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department welcomed the reforms but said more could be done.

    Attorney Donald W. Cook, who has represented more than a dozen people mistakenly held on warrants, called the changes "a step in the right direction."

    He said that for years the sheriff's lawyers maintained there was nothing wrong with the system. Cook complained that officials acted only after The Times highlighted the problem in December.

    "Then there was a fallout, and [Sheriff Lee] Baca comes out and does an about-face," he said.

    The Times found that the wrongful jailings occur because of breakdowns not just by sheriff's officials but by police in other jurisdictions who arrest the wrong people, and by the courts, which have issued warrants that did not precisely identify the right suspects.

    Cook agreed, saying judges should take a more active role in solving the problem. In California, people who are arrested are assigned a unique nine-digit number matched to their fingerprints. The courts, he said, should make sure that those numbers are always included on warrants.

    Judge Patricia Schnegg, who supervises the county's criminal courts, said there's nothing more they can do because court clerks already ask for the numbers and include them on warrants whenever they're available.

    Through August of this year, sheriff's officials reported 120 instances of wrongly jailed people, just four fewer than during the same period last year.

    While the reforms address some of the reasons why people are mistakenly arrested on warrants, they do little to deal with criticism from victims who say they made repeated pleas that went ignored by deputies. The Sheriff's Department has a stated policy to launch investigations when inmates protest that they've been misidentified, but records show that investigations were conducted for only a small fraction of the people who courts eventually ruled were not the right suspects.

    McSweeney said jail deputies often overlook such complaints, adding that they are bombarded with inmates making false claims. The department, he said, decided instead to focus on trying to prevent the problem earlier in the process, before arrestees get to jail.

    Phillip Reed, who was arrested in 2009 on a warrant meant for his brother, said he was pleased that the county was taking on the problem but believed the reforms came too late. He said his wrongful jailing caused him to fail background checks for two job opportunities.

    "The damage is pretty much done for me," he said.

    robert.faturechi@latimes.com, jack.leonard@latimes.com

    Copyright © 2012, Los Angeles Times

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    http://www.ceyseau.net/BOClarenceThomas.html

    http://www.ceyseau.net/AClerkJudgmentisUneforceable.html

    The above Los Angeles Times article, "L.A. County using cameras to combat wrongful jailings", adds credence to the reality , and augments the CNN iReport subject matter that I have posted or continue to post, in that far too many law abiding U.S. born descendants of slavery have been and continue to be fined, jailed, punished, or egregiously violated by bad/inept/treasonous government officials, in Los Angeles County and other jurisdictions, while past and present elected black leaders affiliated with both the Democratic and Republican Party remain silent, become co-conspirators in the oppression of law abiding U.S. citizens.

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    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html

    U.S. Constitution,  Article VI:

    "All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.

    This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

    The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."

    U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1:

    President's Oath of Office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

    http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Oath_Office.htm

    U.S. Senate and Congressional Oath of Office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."

    http://vimeo.com/16415367

    Leadership Statement on the 25th Amendment

    "The combined effect of our national disintegration, and the lack of calm, reasonable leadership in our institutions, is in many cases becoming too great a stress for many to carry. We see it most clearly in our babbling president, who is obviously losing it. The reality is, we are destroying ourselves; so the question becomes, how will we deal with that reality?"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TswMeHnh2cA&feature=relmfu

    YouTube: "Black Woman Doesn't like Obama No-more Oprah and Obama! I Oh No... Part 2.. GloZell"Uploaded by glozell1

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-Zv8pOxASs

    YouTube: “Stupid Blacks Who Still Support Obama”Published on Apr 26, 2012 by Whateverhappentocomm.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC3glyPv-XM
    You Tube video: “A conversation between President Obama and the black community” Published on Jun 7, 2012 by drboycewatkins.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1OhUQC-BIE
    YouTube: “Demon-crats, & their Negro slaves” published on Jul 4, 2012 by 5723michael

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzhjB1iL_LQ&feature=related

    YouTube: "Black People are too Ignorant"Uploaded by ForTheRepubl1c on Oct 7, 2011

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jhRkzYe-Tc

    YouTube: "LIAR Eric HOLDER Protects OBAMA from FAST & FURIOUS" Published on Jun 30, 2012 by DEMCAD

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHAM3hRI8_Y&feature=related

    YouTube: "Selective Service" Published on Mar 1, 2012 by TeaPartyPowerHour

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    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-826221

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-808080

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-800575

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-826221

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-788103

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfF9l9hzgx4

    …and quite naturally unethical or criminal individuals or organizations, illegal aliens from around the world, terrorists, and subversive individuals and organizations admire President Barack Obama, because President Barack Obama, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Attorney General Eric Holder, other disgraceful elected officials, and public servants…….

    …….. who fit the description have contempt for the "oath of office", the Constitution, and contempt for the rights of law abiding U.S. citizens, and legal immigrants.

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    Finally……

    Lies Don't Keep Us Safe. Keeping Us Safe Requires Respect for the Rule of Law and the Constitution. The government's argument is untenable. “The government cannot, under any circumstance, affirmatively mislead the court” by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney

    "Insisting on honesty as the only policy, the supreme ruled Wednesday that public employees can be punished for lying, even when they merely deny an accusation that later turns out to be true”.

    “ …….Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. 'An employee who is asked about possible wrongdoing has only two legal choices: Tell the truth or say nothing”. (LA Times, January 22, 1998.)

    ........"Tell the Truth or Say Nothing" also applies to any U.S. President, Congressional office holder, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, U.S. Attorney General, court official, court clerk, Deputy City Attorney, Judge, elected official, lawyer, journalist, etc.

    2016 The Movie – A Look Behind Obama's Anti-American Mask

    Note: All hypertext are a link to actual court documents, signed affidavits, official correspondence, and other reputable sources.

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