Archive for the ‘California’ Category

Newport Beach Police Department versus Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap

April 13, 2007

peppermint-soap.jpg

http://www.drbronner.com/drb_sai_liquids.html

Punk icon Don Bolles is struggling to clear his name after being arrested with what police are convinced is date-rape drug GHB.

The former drummer for The Germs, real name Jimmy Michael Giorsetti, was pulled over in Newport Beach, Calif., for driving with a broken taillight last week, and police searching his van found a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap.

A field test of the liquid indicated it contained GHB and Bolles was arrested on suspicion of felony narcotics possession.

He spent a night in a local police cell and then was transferred to two county jails before his release on Sunday.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=7&entry_id=15341

Police said a toiletry kit containing denture glue, razors and a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap was found inside the vehicle.

A field test of the soap indicated it was GHB, said Sgt. Evan Sailor of the Newport Beach Police Department. Bolles, whose real name is Jimmy Michael Giorsetti, was arrested on suspicion of felony narcotics possession.

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/350/story/12419.html

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another man arrested at a California bank

January 3, 2007

Once again, David Lazarus from the San Francisco Chronicle and radio talk show host Clark Howard are reporting about a bank customer arrested and jailed for trying to cash or deposit [a] check/s.

I heard that Steven Chesser originally took the checks to a Washington Mutual bank branch and the teller did not like the looks of the checks or something, so Steven went across the street to a Wells Fargo bank branch and the checks were accepted there.

Unlike the earlier Bank of America story, Wells Fargo probably will not lose any customers because of this incident.
However, some local criminal justice establishments in California may be slowly losing their credibility because of their seeming lack of organization skills and their arbitrary actions.

I do not think that the stated charges of “check forgery” “commercial burglary” are actually applicable here. I do not think that receiving a check in the mail and then presenting the check to a bank teller should be considered an illegal act. However, the people making the fake checks should be sought out and prosecuted.

Jay Boyarsky, the supervising deputy district attorney, acknowledged that “the criminal justice system does not always deal well with people who have mental disabilities.”

For the time being, however, Chesser remains behind bars. He’s being held in a special wing “for inmates who need mental health treatment,” according to jail spokesman Mark Cursi.

Chesser doesn’t read very well and doesn’t always comprehend what’s going on around him, his father said. He’s worked as a janitor and held other unskilled jobs. He’s easily taken advantage of by others.

“When he’s working, his friends always come around on payday and get him to buy them beer,” William Chesser said. “That sort of thing is common.”

William Chesser said his son went to a Wells Fargo branch in Cupertino with a couple of checks he’d received, ostensibly worth a total of about $2,000. Chesser opened a checking account, deposited the funds and asked for some money.

So Chesser went to the bank yet again with even more checks. And this time, bank officials suspected something was up. They called the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and Chesser was promptly arrested for passing bad checks.

“He was attempting to deposit numerous checks,” said Deputy Serg Palanov, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department.

Chris Hammond, a Wells Fargo spokesman, said, “There is more to the story, but we are not able to disclose it because we must respect the privacy of the customer’s information.”

He added: “Wells Fargo does not make decisions based on a customer or potential customer’s appearance. However, if a team member observes questionable or suspicious actions or behaviors in our banking store, it may be appropriate to contact authorities to ensure the safety of our customers and team members.”

“I asked him if he knew why he was there,” the father continued. “He said it was for opening an account at Wells Fargo.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/12/20/BUGK2N2M051.DTL

police report

December 30, 2006

December 29, 2006 — The fallout from Mel Gibson’s boozy, anti-Semitic tirade continues. The L.A. sheriff’s deputy who busted the star for DUI says his bosses are harassing him over suspicions he leaked his arrest report to the media. Deputy James Mee says that he was transferred to another assignment and grilled for hours and that his home computer and phone records were seized after the arrest six months ago. “His life and career would be a lot different had he not made that arrest,” Mee’s lawyer, Richard Shinee, told The Los Angeles Times, adding that Mee was innocent.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/12292006/gossip/pagesix/mel_cop_probed_pagesix_.htm

I think the problem was not the arrest, but loading the police report with unnecessary information.

California prisons

December 23, 2006

(I will edit this post and add comments later.)

With males vastly outnumbering females behind bars, prisons are typically designed and managed for violent men.

At a minimum, advocates want more female guards, to protect women’s privacy and dignity; more food for pregnant inmates; easier access to sanitary products; and regulations for visits that enhance, rather than discourage, the preservation of close family ties.

The California Legislative Women’s Caucus has made incarcerated women its top priority this year. In an unusual April fact-finding mission, four lawmakers visited Valley State, and two of them spent the night.

They went through processing as inmates do, minus the strip search, receiving bedrolls and cell assignments. They ate in the dining hall, slept on the thin mattresses and asked women about their problems and personal stories.

Some complaints mirrored those in men’s prison: Many inmates said they were hungry all the time and could not land spots in academic or job-training classes. What differed were complaints about medical care and concerns about children.

Measured on a per-inmate basis, the Corrections Department spends 60% more on healthcare for women than for men. Reproductive issues are cited as one reason, but women also arrive in prison with a greater incidence of HIV and AIDS and have more mental health needs. Some inmates told the legislators that they had not had a mammogram or Pap smear in years.

“The model for women in prison in California is wrongheaded,” said state Sen. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough), who was joined on the sleepover by Assemblywoman Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge). “Most of the inmates we spoke to were in for DUIs and drug offenses…. Why are we spending billions upon billions to house these people in such a high-security environment?”

After years of protest from female inmates and their families, male guards may no longer conduct pat searches of women.

Dawn Davison, who runs one of the four California lockups housing women, called that a key achievement. Because more than half of female inmates have been physically or sexually abused, she said, they were traumatized anew when pat-searched by men.

As for their conduct once imprisoned, officials could find no record of a female prisoner in California killing another. By contrast, 14 male prisoners were killed by fellow convicts last year.

And although assaults and even small-scale riots are common in men’s prisons, fights among women are usually “nothing more than a lovers’ quarrel and a little slapping around,” Davison said. Attacks on staff by women, she added, rarely go beyond a kick delivered by an inmate resisting an order.

Arriving 7 1/2 months pregnant, she worried constantly about her baby’s health. She said she received iron pills and prenatal check-ups but always left the chow hall “starving.” The servings, she said, were too meager for someone eating for two.

Most upsetting, Foster recalled, was “the total lack of privacy from men,” who make up 75% of the correctional officers at Valley State.

Male guards were able to look down on women in the showers from a control room, she said, and mingled near the inmate reception area while female officers conducted strip searches, in which hand mirrors are used to search incoming inmates’ private parts for contraband. That was most humiliating, she said, for women who were menstruating.

“It’s all run by men. The doctors, the officers. There are men everywhere,” said Foster, of Redding. “You just feel violated all the time.”

Afterward, with an ankle fastened to the bed, she was allowed to spend a few days in the hospital bonding with her daughter, Olivia. Then it was back to the cellblock, where the pain of separation was enhanced by pain from breasts engorged with milk.

The prison, Foster said, crying as the memories washed over her, did not provide a pump.

California prison population:

Men: 93%
Women: 7%

Female inmates:
Number in California prisons: 10,800
Average time served: 14 months
Serving time for a nonviolent crime: more than 66%
Have been physically or sexually abused: 57%
Average age: 36 * With minor children: 64%
Babies born to inmates each year: about 300

Sources: California Department of Corrections, Little Hoover Commission

http://www.clientsystem.com/content/view/80/69/

1974 San Francisco police searches

December 11, 2006

Terror gripped the streets of San Francisco in late 1973 and early 1974. Black men affiliated with the Nation of Islam were shooting whites, at random and out in the open. In less than six months, 15 people were killed and seven were injured, including a future mayor of San Francisco.

City leaders got so desperate to stanch the bloodshed that, for a time, cops were told to stop and search every black man they met on the streets at night. Because men would likely be stopped more than once, officers handed out so-called “Zebra cards,” identification for men to show they had already been cleared.

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061119/BOOKS/111190164

real bomb detection possibly hindered?

December 10, 2006

Huntington Beach police have stopped hiding guns in cars of people they pull over — a way to test how rookie officers search a suspect’s vehicle — because “it’s probably not the way we should be operating,” a department spokesman said Tuesday.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-prop6dec06,1,949618.story

It seems like that practice could possibly leave gunpowder residue behind which bomb sniffing dogs or other such detection methods could later pick up on. Maybe there are now dozens or hundreds of vehicles in the Huntington Beach area and other places with gunpowder residue in them or on them.

1992 Los Angeles riots remembered

December 10, 2006

The riots, which followed the acquittal by a white jury of four police officers who were videotaped beating black motorist Rodney King, caused the death of 55 people, thousands of injuries and close to $1 billion in damage.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117955247.html?categoryid=1236&cs=1

Was the jury actually “white”? Was Rodney King actually a “black” motorist? Also the death count and monetary count is somewhat debatable also. I was reading about the LA riot/s and it seems that it/they were about a lot more than just the Rodney King trial.

“Kramer” versus Kyle Doss and Frank McBride

November 21, 2006

(this post was last updated in April 2007)

Watch the video and listen closely to the audience members.
Note that the words printed on the screen sometimes do not exactly match all of the dialogue, and the video seems to be at least two separate segments spliced together:

http://www.tmz.com/2006/11/20/kramers-racist-tirade-caught-on-tape/

The statement by an audience member that Michael Richards was never in any other shows or movies was not technically true, although he is most famous for being on the television show ‘Seinfeld’.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0724245/

Watch the video on this page:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15855423/

Gloria Allred seems slightly ridiculous.

In this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEcz9T3MuL4

alleged audience member Darryl Pitts says some things that are not exactly true either, one example is the apparent confabulation about Michael Richards using the word “tree”.

Michael Richards on Letterman later, note his body language: (link to video that CBS might have removed; when searching for another one, look for the longest version, with Letterman talking to Jerry Seinfeld beforehand)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5eZqtb1hZw

Tyrese Gibson seems to imply in this video that Michael Richards might get punched in the face or something like that:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8443887402331272749

Now watch this old Chris Rock video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q8LxO4wnCQ

word research:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigger

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigga

Some people have implied that the statements that Michael Richards (“Cosmo Kramer”) made when he was talking about a fork where related to lynching:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynching

Richards: Yeah, I was a — I worked for “V” Corps in Europe, and my job was to develop and act in shows dealing with race relations and drug abuse. And so we toured all across Europe performing these plays at the different Army bases.

http://www.fac.org/about.aspx?id=12083

After the Michael Richards incident on November 17, the club decided to ban use of the word and fine comedians $20 for every offense. Wayans took the stage Sunday during a showcase of African-American comedians called “Chocolate Sundaes.” Wayans opened his routine with the line, “Give yourselves a big round of applause for coming down and supporting ‘N***** Night.'” According to the L.A. Times, Wayans used the word 15 more times during his 20-minute appearance.

http://www.tmz.com/2006/12/06/wayans-drops-n-bomb-faces-fallout/

UCLA police officer accused of crime by ACLU attorney

November 19, 2006

Such a threat of the use of force by a law enforcement officer in response to a request for a badge number is an “illegal assault,” Eliasberg said.”

It is absolutely illegal to threaten anyone who asks for a badge; that’s assault,” he said.

http://www.dailybruin.com/news/articles.asp?id=38960

Wear a hijab / turban day: November 13

November 15, 2006

I missed it. I did not wear a hijab or a turban that day. Maybe next year…

http://e-fsr.org/content/view/346/75/