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SAN FRANCISCO—Officer Nicholas M. Buckley, who was accused of perjury and later put on desk duty, has since been put back on patrol with the San Francisco Police Department as of Thursday, February 25.

In December 2015 Buckley testified that a man named Brandon Simpson had his hands concealed as he walked away from an illegal dice game, which lead to Simpson’s arrest for allegedly being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Surveillance footage was later produced in court that Buckley’s testimony was false. The video shows that Simpson had his hands exposed and was even holding a water bottle. District Judge Charles Breyer dismissed the gun charge against Simpson.

The perjury case against Buckley was sent to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, but they later closed the case without filing charges. Then in March of 2020, the SFPD transferred Buckley from his non-public contact position to Taraval Station, which the department confirmed Wednesday.

He was later transferred to Bayview Station where he was on patrol making arrests, collecting evidence and taking incident reports since October 2020.

In November 2014 Buckley told investigators with the Department of Police Accountability that he made sure a suspect’s handcuffs weren’t too tight. He also denied hearing the man complain about the handcuffs hurting.

The DPA had suspicions about the truthfulness of Buckley’s claims, and sustained unnecessary force allegations against him in December 2015 for over-tightening the handcuffs.

Investigator J. Wechter says, “There are significant inconsistencies between Officer Buckley’s statements about the handcuffs and whether the suspect complained about them and other, reliable evidence. These inconsistencies raise questions about Officer Buckley’s credibility.”

In June 2020, District Attorney Chesa Boudin enacted a new policy to address the issue of false testimony from police officers by prohibiting his office from filing charges in any case that relies solely on the account of an officer with a known history of dishonesty or other types of misconduct.

Buckley’s testimony in the Simpson case does not appear to have resulted in an investigation by the Department of Police Accountability.

Under California law, agencies like the DPA and SFPD have only one year to seek discipline against an officer from the time alleged misconduct is discovered. That clock is stopped if there is an ongoing criminal investigation or prosecution. Court records from a separate civil lawsuit Simpson filed against the City and County of San Francisco show the limitations period didn’t run for the SFPD pending the outcome of the FBI investigation.

An attorney for the DPA wrote in response to the complaint that the period ended by the time the DPA received a complaint from the Public Defender’s Office about the matter in 2019.

Officer Returns To Patrol After False Testimony was originally published on San Francisco News

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Mob lawyer Mark Pomerantz hired to investigate former president

Mob lawyer Mark Pomerantz hired to investigate former president

Donald Trump might have sailed through his second impeachment trial – but he’s still facing a looming legal nightmare over his murky business dealings.

The 74-year-old made headline after headline following his stunning election defeat and refusal to accept it, followed by the shocking January 6 Capitol riots and his role in inciting it. Now Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance has been quietly…

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SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin filed homicide charges against the perpetrators of the deaths of two local San Francisco men.

Officials noted one of the attack’s transpired against notable San Francisco private investigator Jack Palladio, 76, on January 28 at 4:51 p.m. when two men tried to rob him outside his home.

“Officers responded to Page Street and Masonic Avenue regarding a report of a robbery. Officers arrived on the scene and discovered a 76-year-old male victim lying in the street suffering from injuries. The victim was being treated by personnel from the San Francisco Fire Department. Witnesses reported seeing a suspect in the passenger side of a vehicle in a physical struggle over the victim’s camera. During the struggle, the vehicle sped away causing the victim to fall to the ground,” said the San Francisco Police Department.

The perpetrators were Lawrence Joseph Thomas, 24, and Tyjone Malik Flournoy, 23.

The SFDA’s office said the attack was recorded on a surveillance videotape and that “Mr. Palladino appears to have helped solve the crime committed against him; his own camera had captured photographic evidence of the suspects’ car and license plate.”

Robert Rueca, Public Information Officer for the SFPD told the San Francisco News that on Friday, January 29, “Thomas was taken into custody without incident in the area of Middle Point Road and Hare Street. On Saturday, January 30, 2021, Flournoy was taken into custody without incident on the 2500 block of East 2nd Street in Reno, Nevada.”

“Jack Palladino left a permanent imprint on the San Francisco community through his decades of service as a brilliant, persistent investigator,” said District Attorney Boudin in a press release.  “As someone who dedicated his lengthy career to doggedly pursuing truth and justice, it is fitting that, in the midst of a brutal attack, he managed to help crack the case.  Our hearts ache for his family.”

In addition to homicide charges, jail records at the San Francisco Sherriff’s Office indicate that the two men were also charged with attempted robbery, kidnapping to commit a robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, elder abuse, and false imprisonment.

“There are also numerous enhancements alleged, including ones for great bodily injury and ones related to the victim’s elderly age,” said the SFDA’s Office.

Both Thomas and Flournoy’s next court appearance is February 10 at 9 a.m. and they are being held without bond.

The DA’s Office said they also filed charges against the perpetrators of the death of an elderly man, Vicha Ratanapakdee, 84. They revealed that Ratanapakdee was “violently, abruptly attacked by a man in the Anza Vista neighborhood.”

Antoine Watson, 19, was arrested for Ratanapakdee’s death and jail records indicate that he was booked on January 30 and is being held without bond for the charges of murder and inflicting injury on an elder or dependent adult likely to cause great bodily injury. According to jail records, Watson’s next court date is set for February 3 at 1:30 p.m.

The SFPD indicated both cases are still under investigation and are requesting help from the public. Anyone with information can contact the SFPD on their 24-hour-tip line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the message with “SFPD.”

District Attorney Files Homicide Charges In Jack Palladio’s Death was originally published on San Francisco News

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Trump Names 2 Lawyers To Impeachment Defense Team

Trump Names 2 Lawyers To Impeachment Defense Team

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former president Donald Trump announced a new impeachment legal defense team Sunday, one day after it was revealed that he had parted ways with an earlier set of attorneys with just over a week to go before his Senate trial.

The two representing Trump will be defense lawyer David Schoen, a frequent television legal commentator, and Bruce Castor, a former district attorney in…


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DA: Who are you? 

Y/N: I’m you, but I have to go through 10 times more sh*t.  

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A guy is reluctant to drink but since he's a lightweight, he ends up insanely drunk with drunk friends encouraging him. They dare each other to stupid stunts, one ends up fatal for the lightweight. One friend actually nearly drowns jumping in to save him due to his own drunkeness, the other laughs and drinks throughout then passes out when ambulance (called by bystander) arrive. What are the friends charged with, manslaughter and drunk and disorderly or something?

In some jurisdictions, such as the U.S., there is a crime called intoxication manslaughter, which is a subtype of Involuntary Manslaughter. Involuntary manslaughter is the killing of a human being without intent of doing so, either expressed or implied. Intoxication manslaughter involves causing a death by criminal negligence, or in some jurisdictions, recklessness.

But the fact that a dare was involved muddles the waters, since while the drunk friends did dare the lightweight, the lightweight was not forced to do the fatal stunt but choose to. The district attorney may charge the friends with  Involuntary Manslaughter, but the only proof of the dare is from the drunk friends (and they would invoke the 5th amendment in the US) and the bystander (which would be hearsay). The DA would charge them with Public Intoxication, if not  Involuntary Manslaughter.

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SAN FRANCISCO—Two people were killed by a hit-and-run collision in San Francisco’s South of Market on New Year’s Eve by a paroled robber driving a stolen car. One woman died at the scene, while the other succumbed to her injuries in a local hospital. The victims have been identified as 27-year-old Hana Abe and 60-year-old Elizabeth Platt.

Authorities indicated the two pedestrians were crossing the intersection of Second and Mission Street around 4 p.m. when they were struck by the suspect. The San Francisco Police Department responded to the scene and requested emergency medical technicians (EMTs) for the victims who sustained critical injuries, according to users who documented the incident on the Citizen app, which is used by police and firefighters to inform the public. Emergency responders intervened but one of the two victims succumbed to her injuries at the scene.

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Location of NYE car crash-murder, December 31. Photo courtesy of Citizen App.

In a SFPD press release, updated on January 2, 2021, the suspect was identified as 45-year-old Troy McAllister, of San Francisco on parole for robbery. The investigation also determined that McAllister committed burglary in the area prior to vehicle collision. 

Officers located the McAllister nearby and, after a brief foot pursuit, were able to detain him. One individual filmed a video of the suspect shirtless while being handcuffed and forced into the police vehicle, and was confirmed detained at 5:33 p.m.

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45-year-old Troy McAllister handcuffed and arrested. Photo courtesy of Citizen App.

McAllister was arrested for: driving a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, running a red light, speeding, hit and run, manslaughter, burglary, resisting arrest, driving under the influence of drugs (DUI), DUI causing injury, possession of methamphetamines, possession of methamphetamines for sales, and possession of a large capacity firearm magazine.

San Francisco Chief of Police William Scott expressed solidarity to community members for those killed by McAllister’s reckless driving. “At the San Francisco Police Department, our hearts go out to the families of the victims in last evening’s fatal hit-and-run incident at Mission and Second Streets. This senseless tragedy shouldn’t have happened.”

Thanking the officers involved in McAllsiter’s arrest Scott tweeted, “I commend the work San Francisco police officers have done to arrest and hold this individual accountable for his criminal conduct, and for the heroic work our members do every day on hundreds of cases like it.”

Speaking of responsibility for crimes of such and defending the public from threats, Scott said: “I’m also proud to lead a department that is unflinching in embracing accountability. At the San Francisco Police Department, we take responsibility whenever we fall short of expectations. That’s an approach every element of our criminal justice system needs to embrace.” 

CBS San Francisco reporter Brian Hackney did a live report outside the site of the crash on Mission and Second Street with candles and flowers. KCBS Radio reported on a GoFundMe campaign for the victims so that care for loved ones may be supported financially. There was a separate GoFundMe campaign established to hire investigative journalists to document misdeeds and lack of action by the San Francisco District Attorney, and it raised $44,034 as of 8:27 p.m. Thursday, January 7. 

Twitter users blamed San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who has a reputation for failing to prosecute criminals, seeing him as responsible for the car crash by the paroled burglar that killed two people. Independent news outlets such as News Break, 48 Hills, California Globe, and Town Hall report cases including child abuse, domestic violence, first-degree burglary, assault, narcotics possession, and so on being dropped or never prosecuted under Boudin, sworn into office on January 8, 2020.

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Chesa Boudin Tweets on NYE car crash-double murder, NYE 2020.
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There are online campaigns, Twitter accounts, and websites dedicated to calling for community members to act to recall Chesa Boudin. The author of one similar campaign, known as “Chesa Must Resign,” Richie Greenburg, said that the call to recall Chesa was impractical, favoring resignation. “A recall is a much more complex, legal, official, voter-involved process.”

Greenburg said that Boudin’s one-year in office is characterized by a failure to prosecute criminals, attributing it to the rising burglaries, car thefts, homicides, and arsons.

“Mr. Boudin has been in office barely a year, and in his disastrous social experiment of criminal justice “reform” and the so-called restorative justice model, he has instead dismantled the criminal justice system,” Greenburg said. “This was not by accident. Mr. Boudin has actually planned to allow mayhem on San Francisco’s streets and in our homes. He schemes to vastly favor criminals over law-abiding citizens.”

“Chesa Must Resign” gained 8,594 signatures as of 2:05 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2020.

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“San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin Must Resign” campaign page on Change.org

The Campaign to Recall Boudin, which is entirely separate, has a website and a Twitter documenting crime in the city, including videos of incidents such as car break-ins and sharing articles on violent crime in the city of San Francisco.

Tony Montoya, president of the city police union, Police Officers Association (POA), said officers believe Boudin has a penchant for dismissing charges and vastly reducing sentences that threatens public safety in an interview with the SF Chronicle. KPIX reported opposition to Boudin’s election to District Attorney. Boudin was quoted being motivated by a desire to end mass incarceration and discrimination in the criminal justice system against people of certain skin color.

“There’s just some people that cannot be rehabilitated,” Montoya said. He said McAlister had been given numerous chances to go straight before last year’s “sweetheart deal.”

On January 5, Boudin tweeted about his interactions with Abe’s mother, and shared about his commitment to meet with Ms. Platt’s family later in the week. “My office and our Victim Services team are committed to supporting both families,” he said on Twitter.

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Hiroko Abe and her son arrive at SFO
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Don Bourque, a San Francisco resident commented on the photo writing, “We need to honor them by removing @chesaboudin from office.”

Jenny G. Shao expressed sorrow to the family members of Hana Abe, “Very sad to hear. Although the vigil may be post-posted or canceled, it sure shouldn’t pause any attempt to rename those streets after Hana & Elizabeth to preserve their memories.”

The District Attorney’s Office has been reviewing what the office and “criminal justice partners” including police officers, and parole members, could have done differently to prevent the double murder car crash. “We will continue to share updates as they are available,” reads the press release.

The “immediate change” the press release noted in District Attorney Policy was: a requirement that prosecutors must always communicate directly with parole when referring cases for violations or in making decisions about them.

During an interview on January 4 with KPIX 5, District Attorney Boudin said parole is for those convicted of “non-violent crime,” which were what McAllister had been charged for twice this year, in the months of November and December, before the car crash on New Years’ Eve. 

“The reality is that none of McAllister’s police contacts [of the prior arrests] involved weapons or any kinds of violence,” Boudin said. “Anywhere in California you look right now if a parolee has a low-level or nonviolent contact, the default is to refer to parole. This is what happened with the initial arrests, and parole did their job of intervening and working with him to supervise him more closely.” 

Joe Vasquez asked Boudin in an opening interview question concerning that no charges were filed for the suspect’s previous crimes, which consequently led to the car crash: “What happened here, because it appears that you had someone who was on parole, two more crimes were committed, no charges were filed, he ends up back on the street, and now two people are dead. I mean, you’re the top law enforcement official in San Francisco. Why did you allow this to happen?”

Boudin opened up with an expression of sympathy and stated first steps he planned to take in addressing the crime, a sentiment also expressed in a press release from the District Attorney’s Office.

“Joe, this is a terrible, terrible tragedy. The pain, heartache, and suffering is irreputable. We cannot undo the loss of those two precious lives. My victims services team has reached out to both families and I am meeting with Ms. Abe from Japan tomorrow. We look forward to doing whatever we can to support victims of both families. Mark my words, we will hold Mr. McAllister accountable for the harm he caused on New Years’ Eve.”

Journalist Vazquez asked about the finger pointing of who bears responsibility, with people mentioning the parole officer, police officers, and the District Attorney’s office. “According to the parole folks, they referred this case to your office. No charges were filed. They can’t just revoke someone’s parole, without you participating in that.”

Boudin said the fact that McAllister was paroled only to commit burglary and kill two people in a car crash, being a result of inaction on his end, was “not quite correct” and was “a little more complicated.” 

Explaining other factors to consider, he mentioned the SFPD’s failure to follow protocols in notifying parole after every arrest of a parolee, something that was not done during McAllister’s prior arrest on December 20, 2020.

“That’s not quite correct, Joe. It’s a little more complicated, but you’re right that there are missed opportunities here, and you’re right that every single law enforcement agency involved in supervising Mr. McAllister or dealing with his arrest is taking a hard look at what happened and what might have happened. I can tell you that the normal procedure is for the San Francisco Police Department to notify parole after every single arrest of a parolee, and on December 20th, when Mr. McAllister was arrested, the San Francisco Police Department, in violation of General Order 6.12, failed to notify parole. Parole had been working with Mr. McAllister in the prior arrests. They had been taking important steps to intervene and supervise him, but they cannot do their job if the police does not notify them.”

Making a reference to the San Francisco Chronicle’s report that pointed out the Daily City Police Department’s awareness that McAllister stole the vehicle he drove in the crash, as well as the fact that he was armed, Boudin said there was inaction on the Daily City PD’s end. 

“Now, the other thing we learned just tonight, that I believe the Chronicle broke this story, is that the Daly City Police Department was aware that McAllister had stolen the vehicle used in this fatal, tragic hit-and-run, and that he had a firearm. They were aware that he was on parole. They had his address and of his phone number as of December 29th, instead of taking steps to arrest him and get him off the streets to get the gun out of his possession and return the car to its rightful owner, they wrote in their report apparently that they were going to wait until January 3rd.”

Abe was an immigrant from Fukushima, who left after an earthquake and tsunami, went to college in the United States, and moved to San Francisco to work at a real estate company known as JLL Real Estate. McAllister will appear in court on January 20. He entered a “not guilty” plea on Tuesday, to felony vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence of drugs, gun possession, and vehicular theft charges in connection with the fatal hit-and-run crash.

Frustration At DA Chesa Boudin Follows Crash That Killed Two People was originally published on San Francisco News

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Police Unions Spent Millions To Beat Back Reform In Los Angeles. They Lost Big Time.
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UNITED STATES−On Tuesday, February 23, US District Judge, Drew Tipton placed an injunction on President Biden’s 100-day deportation moratorium, banning it, indefinitely.

At the request from the State of Texas, Judge Tipton cited “financial costs from having to detain immigrants who otherwise would have been deported and from an increase in unaccompanied children requiring public education,” as a reason for the injunction.

Judge Tipton stated in his 105-page decision, “the Court finds Texas has established by a preponderance of the evidence that it could reasonably expect a 100-day pause to lead to a significant number of criminal aliens and unaccompanied children moving freely within and into Texas who would otherwise be removed.”

Attorney General Paxton stated, “It would undermine federal law, irreparably harm our great state, and directly endanger our citizens. Law and order must be upheld,” Paxton continued, “I will continue to defend Texas against those who unlawfully ignore United States law in favor of their own policy preferences.”

On Twitter, AG Paxton praised the court’s decision to ban Biden’s deportation pause.

On January 6, January 20, and February 2, Biden signed many Executive orders affecting immigration and he signed a moratorium to pause all deportations for 100 days.

On Tuesday, January 26, US District Courts placed a temporary restraining order on the January 20 memorandum signed by Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske. The memorandum was a 100-day freeze to begin January 22, to pause deportations of individuals in the country illegally.

There were reportedly imprisoned immigrants due to be released from prison that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  had detainers on. The new moratorium would not allow for those criminally charged illegal immigrants to be deported.

Illegal immigrants serving a sentence in the U.S. prison system are not detained by ICE, they are freed into the community once they serve their sentence.  On their website, ICE cites multiple offenders who did not have detainers on them.

The Biden-Harris administration extended the initial 100-day freeze on arrests and deportations of immigrants in the United States illegally to fully revoke a portion of the immigration policies in place.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made a video at the border that he posted on Twitter to show how Biden revoking President Trump’s immigration policies has already begun to affect Americans.

The Biden Administration has apparently decided to stop construction and plugging this hole in the wall.

I’m going to make sure the Department of Homeland Security tells us why. pic.twitter.com/umNlhWuEjm

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 20, 2021

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Texas Judge Places Injunction On Biden Deportation Freeze was originally published on Canyon News

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((After the disastrous trip to the studio, Abe and the others deal with tensions and try to catch each other up on all that’s happened while you get some much needed rest.

Light swearing and brief mentions of blood.

Links to Part 24: Three Shots Fired and to the masterlist for catching up.))

There was still a good distance between Abe and Jameson, who were bent over the unconscious wolf on the ground, and either of the cars in the parking lot. It was broad daylight in the middle of the afternoon, which meant that while this street wasn’t particularly crowded, there were still too many people out, too many witnesses to what just happened.

Chase was the first to react. Improvising was what he had to do after all, when the camera was still rolling and a trick didn’t quite land the way he wanted it to or the stream started to feel a little lifeless. That, and more than enough experience getting rid of a crowd after a particularly public hunt got a little too much attention.

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The New District Attorney. Harvey Dent, Mayor Borg, & Commissioner Gordon. Bruce Wayne, which is empty (because he is busy working as Batman)

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“WHAT?! HE’S A TERRIBLE PERSON.”

“Did Mark trap me in a mirror? No. So, no.”

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“That was a long time ago!”

“But I’m still stuck in a mirror, huh, bud?”

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