Ramiro Villegas Raped and Murdered Angelica Ramirez in Visalia in 1994, Tulare Cops Say

The suspect was identified through genealogical DNA sleuthing—eight years after he died.
— Read on www.thedailybeast.com/ramiro-villegas-raped-and-murdered-angelica-ramirez-in-visalia-in-1994-tulare-cops-say


Police chief admits shooting practice targets are images of Black men, asks for forgiveness

The chief of police in a suburb of Detroit has admitted that his department used only paper targets of Black […] The post Police chief admits shooting practice targets are images of Black men, asks for forgiveness appeared first on TheGrio.
— Read on news.yahoo.com/police-chief-admits-shooting-practice-140000166.html

Right. Because the police are always so forgiving .


FOIA Tricks in Texas

Seems the City of Uvalde, Texas has thought of a few FOIA tricks even Michigan has not yet employed. It has outsourced its FOIA duties to a private law firm, who is wholesale denying every FOIA request and using a request for a state attorney general opinion for additional delay.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/88q95p/uvalde-contracts-private-law-firm-to-argue-it-doesnt-have-to-release-school-shooting-public-records

Last time I checked, the fact that information is “highly embarrassing” is not grounds for withholding it. The city has lumped all 148 FOIA requests into one and asked for a broad ruling from the Texas AG that all requested material is exempt from disclosure. Unclear what will be done with the “extreme emotional distress” argument.

A FOIA request for the actual contract between the city and the law firm for the FOIA babysitting job was denied because the law firm, after an allegedly diligent search, could not find any material responsive to this request. Case closed. https://twitter.com/foianate/status/1542164013068550145?s=10&t=cL-KqzTbZ-ZIwF3Py_jt7A.

Furthermore, body camera footage was designed to keep police accountable to the public. Instead, it seems to be released only if it allows them to regain the narrative and delay is always the name of the game. Legislators in all states should address this issue.

Thanks to a reader.


Predator R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in sex trafficking case

Predator R. Kelly was sentenced Wednesday on charges he sexually abused multiple women and underage girls.
— Read on nypost.com/2022/06/29/predator-r-kelly-sentenced-in-sex-trafficking-case/


“The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.”

I guess it is never too late for crimes to be examined, even those committed by a Chicago cop on the SOS (Special Operations Section) (Sacks Of Shit):

https://www.wbez.org/stories/tom-sherry-faces-discipline-hearing-after-police-corruption-scandal/8f499a22-4bd9-43c0-8669-f06e22e0458f


Ghislaine Maxwell, Associate of Jeffrey Epstein, Sentenced to 20 Years for Sex Trafficking – WSJ

British socialite tells federal court that meeting Epstein was ‘the greatest regret of my life’
— Read on www.wsj.com/articles/ghislaine-maxwell-associate-of-jeffrey-epstein-sentenced-to-20-years-for-sex-trafficking-11656441282


This contract will cost the Michigan State Police $3,293,000.

And they claim they can’t pay for DNA testing by a third-party lab in the OCCK case.

https://theintercept.com/2021/09/21/surveillance-social-media-police-microsoft-shadowdragon-kaseware/

*This is an article from The Intercept from last fall. You may have to enter an email to read the article, but it is not a paywall. I guess if the MSP is already following you on ShadowDragon, they already know your email, where you get your coffee, who your mom and dad are, what you write about Garry Gray, so you might as well get access to this article. Comforting, huh?


HAYSTACK.

It is no surprise that photos of suspects, cops and other players CIRCA 1976/77 are very helpful for jogging memories. As a civilian, these can be hard to come by, but very enlightening. Thank you to a reader:

Lest you think we are picking on poor Haystack, I have written before about my attempts, via FOIA, to obtain the reports and DVDs resulting from the October 2009 interviews and polygraphs concerning suspect John Hastings, as referenced very directly in the MSP documents. These documents, included below, demonstrate a belief on the part of some law enforcement that this man’s “knowledge” of the OCCK cases was not merely crafted and spouted to an old woman for entertainment and free food/coffee. He is described by the MSP in FOIA documents my dad obtained over a decade ago as “still considered a suspect.”

I first started with Georgia Highway Patrol:

The shut down was as follows:

Next, I tried my old, transparent and helpful pals at the MSP:

Their shut down/denial was a little different:

If you are new to this discussion, there is a fuller explanation of all of this at: https://catherinebroad.blog/2021/04/28/john-hastings-2/; however the most important documents leading up to my own FOIA requests, were provided in response to my dad’s FOIA request to the MSP over a decade ago:

Of course it would basically be a fluke that we would obtain this photo of Haystack as he looked back in the day and the find was quite recent. Did any cop ever show us this photo or ask if we knew or had crossed paths with Hastings, who lived less than three miles from our family home? No. Not in 1977, not in 1992, not in 2009.

I am also in search of a photo of retired Berkley PD officer, Jim Cox, circa 1970s. He is kind of a ghost. Don’t worry, Jim, I’m just curious. Anybody??


Peter Lamborn Wilson/Hakim Bey

Dead at age 76.

You can read this flowery obituary for yourself about this “eccentric.” Online it is but a footnote that as “Hakim Bey,” his pseudonym, he endorsed adults having sex with children. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Lamborn_Wilson:

“Some writers have been troubled by Bey’s endorsement of adults having sex with children.[24] Michael Muhammad Knight, a novelist and former friend of Wilson, stated that “writing for NAMBLA amounts to activism in real life. As Hakim Bey, Peter creates a child molester’s liberation theology and then publishes it for an audience of potential offenders”[25] and disavowed his former mentor.[26]

I have heard from a number of readers over the years about Peter Lamborn Wilson/Hakim Bey and what they wrote would not fit well into the flowery obituary or even the Wikipedia version of this “eccentric,” or certainly into the idea that this man’s sexual practices were “imaginal only.” Nice try.


California jury finds Bill Cosby sexually assaulted 16-year-old in 1975

California jury finds Bill Cosby sexually assaulted 16-year-old in 1975
— Read on theweek.com/crime/1014563/california-jury-finds-bill-cosby-sexually-assaulted-16-year-old-in-1975

Fuck you, old man.