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  • Special license plates shield officials from traffic tickets
    state s public safety union in 2001 Meanwhile public access to DMV information was nearly eliminated in 1989 after the death of actress Rebecca Schaeffer A private investigator found Schaeffer s home address through the DMV on behalf of an obsessed fan who gunned down the 21 year old at her Los Angeles apartment Lawmakers responded by making every motorist s information confidential Today addresses for every driver in the state are off limits to the public Some businesses such as insurance companies financial institutions and businesses that contract with police to process citations still maintain limited access through strict agreements with the DMV The level of protection granted to all motorists makes it all but impossible for unauthorized individuals to receive residence address data from the DMV officials told the Legislature in 2004 The DMV said private data now available on the Internet makes it easy to find home addresses Such ready access makes it unnecessary to use DMV as an access point None of the lawmakers or agencies interviewed by The Register was able to point to a case where a person was harmed by information obtained through the DMV in the nearly 20 years since the Schaeffer case changed the law Still police and lawmakers say that increasing access to information on the Internet makes it even more imperative that records are protected The street has become a technological freeway that is being used by everybody so the more layers of confidentiality you can add to those who need it the better said Steve Whitmore spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff s Department Since 1980 lawmakers have passed 19 pieces of legislation adding more groups revising the language or increasing the punishment against people who use the DMV to harm people with confidential plates In 2001 Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza who is now a state senator sponsored legislation that allowed police chiefs to give the plates to non sworn employees in sensitive positions such as those testifying against other law enforcement officers records show Law enforcement came to me and asked me to sponsor it said Oropeza D Carson This year Assemblyman Sandré Swanson D Alameda is sponsoring a bill that would add some zoo veterinarians animal control agency workers and humane society shelter workers to the program After introducing the bill he added firefighters and code enforcement officers as well He said the union that represents those workers the American Federation of County Municipal Employees asked for the protection to stave off retribution from criminals such as people who run criminal dog fighting rings DMV employees must process requests for confidential records manually at a cost of 220 000 a year The workload expands every time lawmakers allow a new group to participate in the program COURTESY TO LAW ENFORCEMENT As the program has grown so have the benefits Some police officers confess that when they pull over someone with a confidential license plate they re more likely to let them off with a warning In

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/special_license_plates.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Angelenos furious over special 'Gold Card' for traffic tickets
    urgent need to resolve any parking citation matter which requires special attention It promises you will be immediately connected to our Gold Card Specialist A report released Thursday by City Controller Wendy Greuel found that about 1 000 Los Angeles city parking citations were dismissed over a two year period some without justification as part of the Gold Card operation The program was started about 20 years ago to permit officials and their staff to expedite constituents appeals of parking tickets and possibly have fines reduced or eliminated I wish they did let us know about it said Donny Legans 55 who arrived at the city s parking enforcement office Thursday to pay an 88 ticket The system is so unfair Sometimes the meters aren t even working and they give us tickets Most of those interviewed said they were angry about the program s existence and will be even more upset if it turns out that elected officials used the program to get special treatment for themselves and their friends John Torres arrived at the parking enforcement office in a fury He said he got his ticket after the enforcement officer accused him of spending 90 minutes at a

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/gold_card.html (2016-02-14)
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  • 2 Miami officers charged in FBI corruption probe
    FBI informant they thought was involved in illegal businesses prosecutors said Nunez and Hernandez were released on bail after appearing briefly in court Nunez s attorney Michael Catalano said the allegedly illegal conduct was staged and not real because it was an FBI sting Catalano also said the officers would fight the charges which carry potential life sentences They are charged with committing crimes that did not exist he said

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/2_miami_officers.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Ex-FBI Agent Gets 30 Years for Home-Invasion Plot
    an accomplice Yu Sung Park Park 36 of Wilmette Ill was also sentenced today in U S District Court in Santa Ana Calif to 30 years in prison Tran worked for the FBI s Chicago Division from 1992 to April 2003 According to the U S Attorney s Office in Los Angeles Tran organized and Park schemed to commit a violent home invasion robbery of a home in the middle class community of Fountain Valley Calif They thought the home was a base for a drug trafficking organization and was flush with drugs and cash prosecutors said But the home was actually vacant Tran repeatedly expressed interest in traveling from New Orleans to Orange County to pull off the robbery authorities said According to undercover FBI tapes played in court Tran said he would provide the necessary equipment namely firearms silencers and bulletproof vests authorities said In 2008 Tran and Park traveled to California and stayed in a hotel in Fountain Valley They met with two men on July 14 to plan the robbery authorities said One of the men was an undercover FBI agent and the other was cooperating with the agency Tran and Park told the two undercover

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/fbi_30yrs.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty In Hurricane Katrina Killing Probe: 2 Shot, Killed On Danziger Bridge
    others were wounded We are very very happy about the progress that the FBI and the U S Justice Department have made said Romell Madison Ronald s brother The people of New Orleans should be relieved that there is still justice for everybody here Lohman s plea marked the first conviction in the case Seven officers were charged with murder or attempted murder but a state judge threw out all the charges Federal authorities then stepped in to investigate The federal prosecutor said Lohman is cooperating with investigators who want to know more about the police department s actions Dylan Utley Lohman s lawyer said his client did what s right for him and what s right for his situation and hopes to make amends During Wednesday s hearing Lohman 42 answered U S District Judge Ivan Lemelle s questions in a soft voice but didn t interact with the victims relatives He is free on 50 000 bond and the maximum sentence he faces is five years in prison and a 250 000 fine His sentencing is scheduled May 26 Described by fellow officers as a straight shooter and hardworking by the book cop Lohman s cooperation is expected to be helpful as authorities examine a wide range of problems in the police department after Katrina The department s reputation never sterling in a city where violent crime is a daily fact of life was hammered after Katrina with charges that officers were involved with shootings deserted their posts looted shops and made off with cars from a Cadillac dealership It looks like the blue code has been broken former U S Attorney Harry Rosenberg said Remember those officers stood shoulder to shoulder when it was in state court Nobody said anything The blue code is likely to face further tests with Lohman s cooperation as federal prosecutors probe the fatal shooting by police of Danny Brumfield Sr outside the New Orleans convention center the death of Henry Glover whom witnesses claim died in police custody and the fatal police shooting of a Connecticut man Matthew McDonald Police have pointed to the extreme conditions they were operating under after Katrina Communications failed hundreds of police vehicles were destroyed 80 percent of the force lost their homes to the storm and there were several reports of rescuers being fired upon Most of those reports were later discounted The constitution applies 365 days a year said Thomas Perez head of the Justice Department s civil rights division There are no grace periods from the constitution The rule of law does not get suspended In unsealing the case against Lohman prosecutors drew a picture of how the shootings at the Danziger bridge immediately spawned a cover up Lohman went to the scene and saw no weapons near or with the victims of the shooting federal officials said and concluded the shootings were not justified The documents allege Lohman and an unidentified investigator he supervised drafted different versions of false reports Among the

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/katrina_killing.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Police investigating death of Freddie Mac official
    16 years starting out as a financial analyst and auditor Freddie Mac and sibling company Fannie Mae have both come under fire from lawmakers because they plan to pay more than 210 million in bonuses through next year to give workers the incentive to stay in their jobs Kellermann got 170 000 and was to receive another 680 000 over the next year Federal prosecutors in Virginia have been investigating Freddie Mac s business practices But two U S law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the Freddie Mac investigation said Kellermann was neither a target nor a subject of the investigation and had not been under law enforcement scrutiny Police responded to a 911 call at 4 48 a m at the suburban Virginia home Kellermann shared with his wife Donna and 5 year old daughter Grace Paul Unger who lives across the street from the Kellermanns in the Hunter Mill Estates community in Fairfax County called the family a solid salt of the earth kind of family that hosted the neighborhood s Halloween party He was just a nice guy You cannot imagine what kind of pressures he must have been under Unger said Kellermann graduated from the University of Michigan and was such a fan of the school s sports teams that he named his boat the Wolverine Dream 2 He later went to business school at George Washington University and started at Freddie Mac in 1992 Jeffrey Martin a lawyer and high school classmate from Bay City Mich recalled that Kellermann wanted to be Alex P Keaton the television character played by Michael J Fox on the 1980s sitcom Family Ties Kellermann knew he wanted to climb the corporate ladder and he climbed the corporate ladder Martin

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/feddie_mac_suicided.html (2016-02-14)
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  • California officer admits to sexual assault while on duty
    S Attorney Thomas O Brien who heads the office for the Central District Sanchez then of Los Angeles County s Bell Police Department stopped the woman for speeding or weaving down the road said central California U S attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek citing court documents After learning the woman identified as R H in court documents did not have a driver s license with her Sanchez told her he suspected her of drinking and her car would be towed Mrozek said Sanchez offered to drive R H to her job but instead drove her to the parking lot of an auto repair outlet in Bell Mrozek said Sanchez placed his hand on his gun and forced her to perform sex on him in his patrol car Mrozek said Afterward Sanchez drove R H to her work place Mrozek said Officer Sanchez brutalized a person he had sworn to serve O Brien said in the release As a result of his criminal conduct Mr Sanchez now faces a substantial amount of time in federal prison His conduct eroded public confidence in law enforcement and cast a pall over his former colleagues who obey the law proudly working to preserve public safety

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/officer_sex.html (2016-02-14)
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  • TSA employee accused of kidnap, assault
    said The alleged victim said after the assault she was released by her captor who gave her a suicide note and instructions on where to deliver it Union City police alerted Hogansville police about the incident early Thursday Hogansville officers obtained search warrants and found King at his residence with what appeared to be self inflicted wounds Police did not describe the type or extent of his wounds King was

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/tsa_kidnap.html (2016-02-14)
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