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January 23, 1991
The trial of a half-dozen Los Angeles County narcotics officers accused of money-skimming and civil rights violations has been set for June 25, according to defense attorneys. Five sheriff's deputies and one Los Angeles Police Department detective face 34 counts alleging they beat drug suspects, skimmed confiscated money and planted drugs on some suspects. Deputies John L. Edner, Roger R. Garcia, Edward D. Jamison, J.C. Miller, Robert S. Tolmaire and Detective Stephen W.
June 27, 1991
One of eight teen-agers arrested in a "gay-bashing" incident involving two men who were attacked hours after a gay pride parade was charged Wednesday with civil rights violations. Walid Ali Fakhreddine, 19, charged with two of the felony counts, was arrested along with the other teen-agers early Monday. The teen-agers allegedly attacked Brie Cooper, 29, and Victor Rawl, 34.
June 1, 1986
A federal grand jury accused a San Diego father and son of driving a black family from their neighborhood through racial harassment that included burning a cross on their lawn. Michael Eugene Maas, 27, and his father, Earl Matthew Maas, 51, were indicted on civil rights violations and tampering with witnesses against them in actions including the cross burning, sending hate mail and setting fire to a truck belonging to a black couple who moved into the neighborhood with their 10-year-old son.
September 17, 1994 | Associated Press
Former Police Chief Richard Hongisto committed civil rights violations in the removal of a newspaper from its racks, a jury found Friday. The panel decided Hongisto and two officers committed the violations by removing from news racks 2,000 copies of a free newspaper that lampooned the chief for ordering mass arrests of demonstrators after the verdict in the first Rodney G. King trial. A cartoon showed the chief in a lewd pose. The U.S.
April 8, 1986 | United Press International
A defendant who was acquitted in a 1984 trial of gang-raping a woman on a pool table is suing the city of New Bedford and a policeman for alleged civil rights violations, his lawyer said today. Virgilio Medeiros, 24, of New Bedford was found innocent in the widely publicized trial of participating in the gang rape of a 22-year-old woman at Big Dan's Tavern in New Bedford on the night of March 6, 1983. Four other men were convicted.
December 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Five Orange, N.J., police officers were found guilty of federal civil rights violations in the beating and pepper-spraying of a man wrongly suspected of fatally shooting another officer. The victim, Earl Faison, 27, of East Orange, was arrested April 11, 1999, and died less than an hour after the attack. The cause of his death was "acute exacerbation of bronchial asthma while in police custody," according to the state medical examiner. A jury found that Lt.
March 30, 2012
Racial profiling by police is notoriously difficult to prove. That's not, as former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton used to insist, because it's uniquely difficult to get inside an officer's head and determine why he pulled over this suspect or that. Analyzing the intent behind offenses is actually fairly commonplace - it undergirds hate-crime prosecutions, many assaults (a murder, for instance, is distinguishable from manslaughter by the intent of the perpetrator) and even civil rights violations, which generally must be committed with the intent to deprive a person of a protected right.
September 6, 1989
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Rickey Ross Tuesday filed a $400-million suit against the city of Los Angeles and Police Chief Daryl F. Gates for alleged civil rights violations stemming from his arrest on murder charges. Ross was held for 82 days earlier this year on suspicion of killing three South-Central Los Angeles prostitutes, largely due to Los Angeles Police Department ballistics tests linking his gun to the murders.
September 11, 1999
A white man pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to shouting racial slurs and turning his Rottweiler on an African American man who was trying to pump gas at a self-serve station in Sun Valley. Rick L. McConnell, 37, faces up to two years in prison and a $200,000 fine when he is sentenced in November for two civil rights violations, both misdemeanors. His intended target, Robert Lee Gable, was not bitten, but prosecutors said the dog came within inches of biting him.
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