Police Accountability Report: Episode 98 – LRN.fm

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

Story #1
Cave Spring Police Officer Arrested and Charged with Child Molestation

http://www.examiner.com/article/cave-spring-police-officer-arrested-and-charged-with-child-molestation

A police officer from Cave Spring, Georgia has been arrested and charged with child molestation and other sex related charges.
According to Floyd County jail records, Patrick Edward Earwood, 31, of a Park Street address in Cave Spring was arrested Monday evening at the Cave Spring Police Department.
Earwood was arrested on warrants issued by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office charging him with aggravated child molestation, sexual battery and aggravated sodomy that allegedly occurred in Floyd County.
The charges stem from allegations that Earwood sexually assaulted one 16-year old and one teen under the age of sixteen earlier this year.

Story #2
13 Excessive Force Complaints Against Minneapolis Police Officer Involved in Terrence Franklin Shooting

http://www.startribune.com/213718651.html

A woman claimed a police officer slammed her head against a wall, punched and kicked her in the torso. A man said he was beaten with a flashlight. A woman blamed an officer for restraining her boyfriend so violently that it killed him.
Each of these people allege misconduct by Minneapolis police officer Lucas Peterson, a supposedly “decorated” cop who joined the force in 2000. Since then, he has been named in at least 13 excessive force complaints that so far have cost taxpayers more than $700,000 in settlements.
Since 2006, nine claims have been settled involving Peterson, more than any other officer over the past seven years.
His supervisors and fellow officers praise Peterson as a courageous and exemplary cop. Court records and victims offer a different view — an officer whose aggressive methods frequently cross the line.
He was named the officer of the year for the Fourth Precinct in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
“He’s kind of, in my opinion, what we wish every cop could be,” said John Delmonico, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis. Delmonico said he’s known Peterson since he was a kid growing up in south Minneapolis. Peterson’s grandfather, father and uncle were all police officers. “Clearly it’s in the family blood,” Delmonico said.
The president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis is saying he wishes every cop was a violent thug who frequently injures and even murders people, like Peterson. Why would anyone trust this group of people claiming the ability to protect you and the authority to kill you? If anything, members of the community should start worrying about how to protect themselves from those police officers – especially Mr. Peterson.
As for the city’s payouts, Delmonico said there’s no correlation between the city’s decision to settle a case and the police officer’s guilt. In other words, the claim is that government employees are willing to routinely throw away your hard-earned money, for absolutely no reason, after taking it from you. While the claim that the (so-called) government is willing to waste your money is extremely believable, and accurate – don’t be fooled. For the group of people calling themselves “the city,” there is no incentive to settle if they truly believe the officer is innocent of the claims against him.

I hope you’ll take a moment to consider just what it is that you are paying for via taxation – and speak out against the corruption.
Until next week, stay safe and remember that badges don’t grant extra rights.


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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.