Police Accountability Report: Episode 64 – LRN.fm

This week, a few stories that should cause anyone critically thinking to see that those wearing badges aren’t always operating with the best intentions.

Story #1
One Dead in Police Shooting on Grand Central Parkway
Thursday morning on the Grand Central Parkway in Queens, NY. a 23-year-old driver was shot and killed by an officer assigned to NYPD’s Emergency Service unit apprehension team.
The shooting happened in the eastbound lanes approaching the airport exit just after 5AM. Police described it as a traffic stop gone bad.
Two officers were on their way to serve a search warrant when they noticed a Honda that was allegedly speeding.
The officer pulled the car over, and as they were walking towards the vehicle the driver reached under the seat.
At that point, one of the officers opened fire,
The driver was hit once, in the abdomen, and pronounced dead at New York Hospital Queens in Flushing.
Police did not recover a gun from the vehicle.
There were two female passengers in the car.
The front-seat passenger was an Ice Lounge employee (the establishment the trio had just left from) and the woman in back is an off-duty NYPD officer, law enforcement sources said.
The officer, four years on the job, was asleep and didn’t see the fatal encounter, police said.
This murder was clearly unjustified; the victim could very easily have been reaching for his license or registration, and he certainly did nothing to justify his death.

Story #2
Woman Says Police Knew Cop Was Raping Her
A Harrodsburg police chief in Kentucky knew that a lower-ranking officer was repeatedly raping an underage girl and did nothing to stop, the victim claims in federal court.
From 2007 to 2010, former Harrodsburg police officer Jason Elder engaged in “unwanted sexual conduct” with S.C. while she “was a minor child, attending middle and high school in Mercer County, Kentucky,” according to the complaint.
S.C. did not sue anonymously, but her name has been redacted in the interest of privacy.
Nearly 20 years old currently, S.C. says she could not “provide or give consent to the sexual assault and battery perpetrated upon her by defendant Elder” because of her age and minor status at the time.
Harrodsburg police chief Ernie Kelty knew about Elder’s “inappropriate and illegal conduct,” but he “failed or refused to take any action to discipline” the officer, according to the complaint.
S.C.’s father allegedly informed Kelty about the abuse to no avail, but found more success with state prosecutors.
On May 11, 2011, a grand jury charged Elder “with (1) one count of rape in the first degree, (2) one count of rape in the third degree, (3) 48 counts of sodomy and (4) 96 counts of sexual abuse,” according to the complaint.
A database on state prisoners says Elder began a three-year sentence at Kentucky State Reformatory in April for third-degree rape, third-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse.
S.C. seeks damages for constitutional rights violations, assault and battery, emotional distress, negligence, and failure to report child abuse.
Elder and Kelty are named as defendants along with Harrodsburg and the city’s police department.
Hat tip to Courthouse News Service.

Story #3
Cop Gets Sprinkled With Water, Punches Girl Who Happens to Have a Water Bottle
On September 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, a man threw water at officers in a crowd.
A pissed off cop, Lieutenant Jonathan Josey, turned around and punched the first person he saw – a girl with a water bottle – knocking her to the ground.
A statement issued Wednesday night by the Philadelphia Police Department said Charles Ramsey has decided to take “Commissioner’s Direct Action” against Lt. Josey for his actions.
“Lieutenant Jonathan Josey will be suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.” Ramsey claimed.
The woman who was assaulted, Aida Guzman of Chester, said she wants justice
Commissioner Charles Ramsey says Josey learned Wednesday afternoon he would be terminated.
On Wednesday, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office announced charges would be withdrawn against Guzman.
How sweet of them to dismiss unwarranted charges against an innocent person after a state-sponsored criminal has assaulted her.

That’s this week’s Police Accountability Report.
Until next week, stay safe and remember that badges don’t grant extra rights.

Darryl W. Perry

Darryl has spent most of his adult life as an advocate & activist for peace and liberty. Darryl is an award winning author, publisher & radio/TV host. He is a regular contributor to several weekly and monthly newspapers. He hosts the daily newscast FPPRadioNews, the weekly news podcasts FPP Freedom Minute and Police Accountability Report, hosts the weekly radio show Peace, Love, Liberty Radio, and is a regular co-host on Free Talk Live.   Darryl is a co-founder and co-chair of the NH Liberty Party.   Darryl is the Owner/Managing Editor of Free Press Publications.