Sunday, July 23, 2017


Chauna Thompson, who together with her husband has been indicted for the murder of John Hernandez, has been fired by the Harris County Sheriff’s Department

You may recall that last May a man was choked to death in the parking lot of a Houston area Denny’s because a father took offense to the victim peeing within sight of his two young daughters. Terry Thompson, a MMA fighter confronted the public peer and a physical altercation occurred. Thompson got on top of John Hernandez who was face down and held him in a choke hold. While he was choking Hernandez his wife, an off-duty Harris County deputy, showed up and on a video clip appeared to be helping her husband. Chauna Thompson and Terry Thompson were both indicted for murder last month.

On Friday Sheriff Ed Gonzalez announced that Chauna Thompson had been fired. She had been on administrative leave since the incident occurred.

Sheriff Gonzalez also announced that four other officers had been disciplined in the Hernandez choking death.

• One sergeant has been transferred to a new assignment, ordered to complete additional training, and suspended for five days.

• One sergeant received a letter of documented counseling.

• One sergeant received a letter of reprimand and was ordered to complete additional training.

• One deputy received a one-day suspension and 30 days’ probation.

While the Sheriff would not give any details about the discipline, it appears likely that the four officers were punished for the way they conducted and reported the investigation of this case. They failed to interview any witnesses at the scene and rushed out a report that was obviously designed to cover up fellow deputy Chauna Thompson’s part in Hernandez’s death. Their cover up was uncovered by cellphone videos taken by witnesses at the scene.


Black Woman Bus Driver Is Only One Who Comes to Aid of Brutally Beaten Cop

By Karen Kucher

The San Diego Union-Tribune
July 21, 2017

EL CAJON, California -- After watching in terror as a man violently attacked a police officer in an El Cajon fast-food restaurant, Iesha Booker checked for a pulse on the bloody, unconscious officer and yelled into the radio on his belt.

“I just grabbed it and kept screaming in there that they have an officer down, they have an officer down,” she told reporters Wednesday. “I hoped they heard me because I didn’t know how to work the walkie-talkie.”

Booker said she kept repeating that the officer was down — eventually pulling the radio off his belt — until she heard a dispatcher say they were sending help.

“I did the best I (could) to try to help him,” she said.

The attack Monday morning inside the KFC restaurant on Fletcher Parkway left the officer, a 28-year veteran, hospitalized with significant head trauma. The department has not identified him.

Booker said the attack lasted at least six minutes and that the suspect kept hitting the officer even after he was unconscious.

Daniel Moses Cook, 42, was arrested nearby. Police said they used a Taser on him after he squared off and took a fighting stance toward approaching officers.

Cook was supposed to be arraigned in El Cajon Superior Court Wednesday afternoon but he refused to leave his cell, Deputy District Attorney Jeff Lazar said. The hearing was rescheduled for Thursday.

Cook is charged with assault on a police officer, resisting a police officer with force, robbery, possession of methamphetamine and being under the influence of meth. He also faces added allegations of causing bodily injury to the officer.

State prison records show Cook was released from prison in June after he was convicted of resisting and deterring an officer with threats and violence. Cook also was convicted in 2001 for assault with a deadly weapon and making a terrorist threat and in 2014 for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse.

Booker, 34, who has driven a MTS bus for the past three years, had stopped at the KFC for her lunch break. She didn’t know police were searching for a robbery suspect in the area. She talked briefly with the man, who was seated at a corner table, complaining to him about the floors and tables being untidy.

“He was just like, ‘Yeah,’ ” she said. “I didn’t know he was in trouble or anything.”

When the officer entered the KFC, he went to talk to the man, who didn’t respond, Booker said. Then he stood up, crossed his arms over his chest and pushed the officer backward before hitting him.

The officer seemed surprised by the attack, Booker said. The assailant, who she described as large and strong, seemed to be a trained fighter.

She said the officer tried to fight back, but the man kept up his violent assault. The officer never pulled his gun or Taser, she said.

“I seen the officer stop and think, like, what to do,” she said. “I feel like at that moment he could have done what he needed to protect himself.

“But because we were there, he thought and he just went ahead and tried to struggle him back” instead of pulling his weapon, she said.

Booker said the assailant pushed the officer to the ground and started “slamming on his face, really violently.”

Customers and employees were screaming and running for cover, sending tables and chairs flying. “Everybody was screaming ‘Stop! You’re hitting an officer.’ We all were panicking,” she said.

Booker, who has seven children, has been living in hotels and staying with friends since Memorial Day after the house she was renting was sold.

She told her older kids about what happened Monday and they told her she was a “superhero Mom.”


Overdosing Brooklyn man’s 7-year-old daughter takes the wheel after he falls unconscious

By Ginger Adams Otis

New York Daily News
July 21, 2017

Daddy's little girl turned into a lifesaver.

The 7-year-old daughter of a drug-addled Brooklyn man climbed into his lap and steered their Lexus to safety after his opioid overdose while behind the wheel, police sources said Friday.

Eric Roman, 37, remained hospitalized Friday — one day after two astonished FDNY Emergency Medical Technicians spotted his small child steering the car on Ocean Ave. toward the busy Belt Parkway during rush hour on Thursday.

“We turned with the car and saw this little girl behind the wheel,” said EMT Arlene Garcia, a mother of three, ages 9, 10, and 11. “I’m a mom, so I was freaking out. I started yelling at her to pull over and stop the car.”

The diminutive driver seemed small for her age, Garcia told the Daily News.

“There’s no way her feet could reach the pedals. We were turning with her, telling her to pull over, waving our arms wildly at her, but she wasn’t pulling over.”

As the child kept a snail’s pace, the first responders came up with a plan.

“We said to ourselves, ‘How do you stop her?’ So we pulled right in front of her with the ambulance and that’s how we stopped it,” Garcia explained.

The slow-moving Lexus smacked the truck’s back bumper and came to a stop.

Garcia and her partner EMT Charles Zimring found a disturbing scene in the luxury vehicle.

“When we asked her what happened, she said ‘My dad was sleeping so I was going to finish driving him home,’ ” Garcia explained.

The quick thinking kid told the medics that she was in the back seat when her doped-up dad passed out.

So she unbuckled herself and took the wheel.

“She wasn’t scared at all. She was so great,” Garcia said. “All she was worried about was getting grounded for driving without permission.”

Police sources said first responders brought Roman back with a life-saving dose of the opioid antidote Naloxone.

He was taken to a Brooklyn hospital for treatment.

A relative who answered the door at the Roman home Friday declined to comment on the bizarre case. “I’ve got nothing to say,” the man said before closing the door.

Roman was due for arraignment in Brooklyn court Friday on charges of reckless endangerment, acting in a manner injurious to a child and driving while impaired by drugs.

Neighbors said the 7-year-old is the older of Roman’s two daughters, and expressed surprise about his alleged drug use.

“He seems very family-oriented. He’s a very nice guy,” said Brian Zheng, 39. He said Roman was complaining of tennis elbow, and his arm was in a sling last month.

“Probably he hurts very much,” Zheng said.

EMTs Garcia and Zimring were heralded for their efforts by their peers.

“Our members situational awareness training works, and this is a perfect example. They placed themselves at risk to prevent others from getting injured,” said EMS Local 2507 president Oren Barzilay.


Teen and grandfather say monkey attacked them in South Houston

By Kevin Quinn

July 20, 2017

SOUTH HOUSTON, Texas -- Authorities are looking for a monkey on the loose in the city of South Houston after it allegedly attacked a teenager.

The incident happened Tuesday near Austin Street and Iowa Street, according to Mariah Schliesing.

The 16-year-old was in the passenger seat of her grandfather's truck as they spotted the monkey in the street.

"I wanted her to take a picture of it, but we never thought it would jump in the window," said Michael Schliesing, Mariah's grandfather.

Michael says moments after he rolled down her window, the monkey jumped into the cab.

"It hops onto the window of our truck and it does that thing that it does. I'm scared. It jumps on me," said Mariah.

She showed us scratches on her shoulder, neck and head which she says were caused by the monkey.

The attack only ceased when her grandfather hit the monkey.

"I hollered at it and I hit it right in the head right in the face and knocked it out the window," said Michael Schliesing.

Just like that, the monkey was gone. They don't know where it came from or where it went.

The monkey did not bite Mariah, so she didn't have to get a rabies shot. Her doctor did give her antibiotics for the scratches.

The city of South Houston's Humane Department is trying to locate the monkey.


New York Times reporter Greg Howard accuses white women of being racist because they won’t give him room on New York sidewalks

What a schmuck! Greg Howard, a black reporter for The New York Times, accuses white women of being racist because they won’t give him room on New York sidewalks. Howard needs to get a life because that’s just the way New York women are – they won’t move aside for anybody, black, white, green or whatever color.

I’ve spent a number of years in New York and found that women walking down the sidewalk just don’t move over to let somebody pass by. When I found myself having to step off the sidewalk into the gutter to get by, I certainly did not think it was because those broads were anti-Semitic.

Here is Howard’s absurd attack on white women:


By Greg Howard

The New York Times
July 19, 2017

In New York, so much of my life consists of walking in and through crowds. I am, I think, a good walker. I don’t dawdle, and even when walking at high speeds, I’m courteous — always willing to sway to one side, change speed in traffic or even take wide berths around large, lost, child-toting or otherwise compromised gaggles of pedestrians.

There are many times in a day when a person is walking toward me and in my path. In these situations, we both generally make minor adjustments upon our approach. Sometimes, and especially with pedestrians who are black, as I am, there’s eye contact or even a nod. Almost always, we shift our bodyweight or otherwise detour to make the pass easier for the other. Walking courteously doesn’t take much, just soup├žons of spatial awareness, foresight and empathy. In seven years of living and walking here, I’ve found that most people walk courteously — but that white women, at least when I’m in their path, do not.

Sometimes they’re buried in their phones. Other times, they’re in pairs and groups, and in conversation. But often, they’re looking ahead, through me, if not quite at me. When white women are in my path, they almost always continue straight, forcing me to one side without changing their course. This happens several times a day; and a couple of times a week, white women force me off the sidewalk completely. In these instances, when I’m standing in the street or in the dirt as a white woman strides past, broad-shouldered and blissful, I turn furious.

I turn furious because in these instances I feel small. I always get out of the way, because I was taught at a young age not to bodycheck random people. But I also get out of the way because, as a black man, I’ve learned that bodychecking, bumping or even rubbing against a random white woman can be personally hazardous. So I acknowledge other pedestrians, and reroute. White men and all people of color do the same to me. They offer some form of acknowledgment that we are in each other’s path, that I am there at all.

After these encounters, I’m always left with questions. Why only and specifically white women? Do they refuse to acknowledge me because they’ve been taught that they should fear black men, and that any acknowledgment of black men can invite danger? Do they refuse to acknowledge me because to alter their route would be to show their fear? Do they not see me? Can they not see me?

I wonder, too, why I always get out of the way. Why haven’t I ever just walked headlong into a rude white woman? What lessons tug at me, force me off the sidewalk, tell me that my personal space is not necessarily mine? Because explicit in every white woman’s decision not to get out of my way is the expectation that I’ll get out of theirs.

There have always been white women in my life, and I’ve counted them as friends and sisters, mothers and lovers. Whenever I ask white women I know why they don’t reroute for black men, they invariably express ignorance. Whenever that happens, another question always arises: Wait, am I crazy? But then I ask black men. Invariably, they know what I’m talking about.

A couple of weeks ago, I asked an Asian friend if he had the same experience of white women not getting out of his way. He said no. For whatever reason, white women see him just fine. The people who don’t, he said, are white men.


An elderly couple had just learned how to send text messages on their mobile phones.

The wife was a romantic type and the husband was more of a no-nonsense guy.

One afternoon the wife went out to meet a friend for coffee.

She decided to send her husband a romantic text message and she wrote:

"If you are sleeping, send me your dreams. If you are laughing, send me your smile. If you are eating, send me a bite. If you are drinking, send me a sip. If you are crying, send me your tears…….. I love you."

The husband texted back to her:

"I'm on the crapper. Please advise."

Saturday, July 22, 2017


What kind of parole supervision is O.J. likely to receive? Superficial at best

Because I am convinced beyond a scintilla of doubt that O.J. butchered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, I believe that this double murderer should have been sentenced to death and, barring that, he should have spent the remaining years of his life behind bars where the sun don’t shine.

I do agree that Simpson’s robbery and kidnapping conviction and sentence in Nevada were payback for his acquittal in California on the double murder charge. I always thought charging the piece of celebrity shit with robbery and kidnapping was a stretch.

The Nevada parole board really had no choice but to grant Simpson his release from prison because Simpson met all the requirements for parole. And that is why I did not object to Simpson being paroled.

My only concern is about what kind of parole supervision is O.J. likely to receive?

As my readers know, I contacted the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners and requested they issue a special condition of parole that requires Simpson to make payments to the Goldmans who were awarded a $33.5 million judgement against the double murderer in a California court for the butchering of their daughter. Will the parole board issue such a special condition? I seriously doubt it.

What he’ll get is the usual behavioral conditions: He shall not drink alcohol to excess. He shall not use drugs. He shall obey all laws. He shall not associate with any convicted felons. He shall not possess or own any firearms. He must agree to having his person or property searched without a search warrant. He shall submit to random drug testing. He shall obey the orders of his parole officer. He cannot leave the county of his residence without permission of the parole authorities.

Simpson will not be required to obtain gainful employment like other parolees because he has declared himself to be retired, which is plausible since he is 70 and receives some lucrative pensions.

Simpson wants to be paroled to Florida. The Nevada parole board is almost certain to grant his wish. However, that cannot happen unless Florida parole authorities agree to accept him for parole supervision. Will Florida do that? I’m pretty sure they will.

My experience as a California parole agent with out of state parolees was that they did not receive as much supervision as did the California parolees. And when they violated their parole conditions, often the sending state would not take them back – good riddance. That meant we were stuck with them on parole unless they were convicted of a new felony and sentenced to serve time in a California prison.

If Florida accepts Simpson for parole supervision, his Florida parole officer will be expected to enforce the parole conditions imposed on him by the state of Nevada even if those conditions differ from those imposed on Florida parolees.

Florida parole authorities will have to subject Simpson to close supervision since his will be a high interest parole case. But what does close supervision amount to?

Simpson will no doubt have to make periodic visits to the parole office. His parole officer will have to make periodic field visits to his home. But what kind of field visits will they be? Will they be surprise visits? I doubt it. They’ll probably be by appointment. Will they be conducted during the hours of darkness and on weekends. Not if Florida parole officers work Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

So even if Simpson has to report to the parole office twice a month and his parole officer has to see him in the field twice a month, his supervision will be superficial at best. Those appointments will leave Simpson free to clean up his act before he has any contact with his parole officer and he doesn’t have to worry about the nighttime and weekends.

So this piece of celebrity shit who is believed to have accumulated around $600,000 from his pensions and investments while imprisoned will be free to enjoy the Florida sunshine, play golf and party with his buddies while Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman lie buried in their graves.


O.J. Simpson Granted Parole By State of Nevada

By Sean Pendergast

Houston Press
July 21, 2017

Back in the summer of 1995, anytime there was an awkward pause or a need to strike up casual conversation with a stranger, we all had O.J. to talk about. It was the summer of the O.J. double murder trial, in which dozens and dozens of witnesses spent months being questioned by lawyers clocking millions of dollars.

In the end, the nation gathered around our TV's that fateful October morning to hear those two controversial words from that California jury — not guilty.

Simpson's acquittal on the June 1994 double murder of his ex-wife and her male friend triggered a racial divide in which the country is still wallowing to this day. Depending on whose side you were on, that day was one of either extreme exhilaration or extreme anger, but one thing was certain — it was riveting television.

Thursday afternoon in Nevada, nine years into a 33-year sentence for trying to steal memorabilia items he claims were his back in 2007, and fresh off his 70th birthday, O.J. Simpson faced a parole board who would ultimately grant him his freedom, like that jury in 1995, unanimously (4-0 this time). That televised spectacle had tinges of 1995 in it, a cheap imitation with the exact same ending as the double murder trial two decades ago — O.J. mouthing the words "thank you" to those who voted for him to be a free man, an eerie moment of deja vu.

Again, if you think Simpson killed two people back in 1994, it was kind of a sad day all over again, and if you think O.J. has been a victim all these years, well, these must have been a rough near-decade for you, but fear not, Simpson Apologist — O.J. Simpson will soon be free (by October 1, at the earliest), like he was in 1995. Sadly, though, we learned yesterday that 2017 Simpson is just as delusional and self-absorbed as 1995 Simpson. He hasn't changed a bit.

With that said, here are my four takeaways from the parole board hearing today:

1. O.J. Simpson seemed to be TRYING to talk his way back into prison.
Each of the parole board members had a chance to ask Simpson questions before they made their determination, and the very first one asked a simple question — "What were you thinking the night of the robbery?" Rather than give a contrite, concise, apologetic answer, Simpson instead attempted, for the next ten minutes, to re-litigate the case nine years after the fact, peppering the parole board with a barrage of excuses, half truths, and conflicting statements.

He even, at one point, got testy when the board questioned whether the items he was trying to rob were actually his. (Simpson insisted they were. Loudly.) The legal experts commenting on the hearing on ABC (Dan Abrams, George Stephanopolous) couldn't believe what they were watching. Honestly, if ever a convict were fearful of being placed back into society, a la Brooks in Shawshank Redemption, Simpson seemed to be giving him a blueprint for holding onto a life sentence. It was fascinating to watch — same ol' "Juice." My favorite Simpson line...

"I'm no danger to pull a gun on anybody," Simpson told the board. "I've never been accused of it in my life. I've never done it in my life."

Ok, but what about cutlery, Juice?

2. OJ's lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, is a boob.
If we need a measuring stick to just how far Simpson's star (and income) has fallen, look no further than his legal representation. In 1995, he had the "Dream Team" of attorneys, a million dollar group with names like Cochran, Bailey and Shapiro. This time around, Simpson was accompanied by some clod named Malcolm LaVergne, who let Simpson ramble for those ten minutes without jumping in, cutting him off, or kicking him underneath the table. At one point, LaVergne spent what felt like an eternity reading letters that Simpson had written to state legislators containing recommendations Simpson made for making prison a better place, and LaVergne praised Simpson for not asking these state leaders to let him out of prison early. Hopefully, O.J. won't need lawyers anymore.

3. The threshold for the quality of performance required by a prisoner at a parole board hearing must be really low.
Even with all of Simpson's floundering, rambling, and general delusion, the board was still pretty firm in not just their vote, but their subjective assessment of Simpson as a positive force while in prison. They made it feel like a "no brainer" that he be released into society, which I'm sure the families of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman are thrilled about. By the way, be prepared for LOTS of Fred Goldman on your TV screens over the next few days.

4. So what now for Simpson?
"What now" is what should have been "what now" two decades ago when the jury in the double murder case handed Simpson a figurative pile of house money — Simpson SHOULD just head to Florida, get out his golf clubs, and disappear forever, living off his NFL pension and other income streams that the Goldmans and Browns cannot touch in trying to extract money in the civil judgment from 1996 that found Simpson liable for the deaths of the pair. According to Darren Rovell of, Simpson's income streams netted him around $600,000 during his eight years behind bars. Lovely. I guess when you have free room and board for nine years, the money piles up.

Simpson left the courtroom the recipient of a stern warning about the consequences of any run-ins with the law, and he nodded his head that he understood exactly what he was being told. Even with all of those reasons to now disappear, somehow I don't think this is the last we've heard from Orenthal James Simpson.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Pendergast pretty well agrees with me that the parole hearing was a farce. And I love the way he referred to Simpson’s attorney as a boob … and a boob indeed he was!


by Bob Walsh

It was truly wonderful to behold. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges held a news conference to announce that she had sacked Police Chief Janee Harteau and appointed Deputy Chief Medaria Arradondo, who is a black male, to be the new chief. The mayor then got turned into a political street pizza by the crowd who completely shouted her down, forcing her to beat feet from her own press conference.

EDITOR'S NOTE: I strongly suspect she fired him because of the police shootings.


by Bob Walsh

Jerry Brown is the governor of the formerly great state of California. He is three or four French fries short of a happy meal. He gave a speech to a legislative committee a week or so ago about climate change that was positively psychotic. He was all but foaming at the mouth. He really BELIEVES that shit.

Jerry just made a deal with the devil (Republicans) that gives his infamous Cap-and-Trade bill another ten years of life. In return it may give the minority party (Republicans) more say-so as to how money is distributed.

Specifically the bribe was to get an item on the ballot that would allow the voters a say as to the future of funding of Jerry's HSR (high-speed rail, AKA Jerry's toy train)

The current plan is to piss away $64 billion on a train that will not be as efficient or as fast as promised and whose basic funding is in clear violation of the parameters of the ballot initiative that created the High-Speed Rail authority in the first place.

Right now the HSR system is under construction. In seven or eight years it will be possible to take a sort-of fast train between Madera and Bakersfield. God damn, the ridership should be AWESOME for that. Maybe they can put on some freight cars and move cattle to auction while they are at it.

Nobody but Jerry and construction unions want the damn train. Nobody but Jerry thinks it can possibly work. I hope that by the time Jerry is gone in two years it will be allowed to die a natural death with only $15 billion or so down the toilet. Then those idiots can worry about cow farts and other threats to civilization as we know it.


by Bob Walsh

The family of Justine Damond, who died in an unfortunate and so far unexplained police shooting in Minneapolis, has hired a lawyer. They picked the guy who got a significant settlement for the family of Philando Castile, who was also shot to death by a Minneapolis area officer under unusual circumstances.

I can see their point, and if I was in their position I might very possibly do the same thing. Clearly they want answers RIGHT NOW and in the real world they are not going to get them that fast. It is frustrating I am sure, but understandable. Especially since, as I understand it, the shooter on the advice of his attorney is being VERY RETICENT about giving up information.

They feel, I suspect, that they need to protect their position (which I understand) and that the cops are slow-dragging the investigation (which they are probably not, at least not on purpose).

Lawyers can get answers sometimes that human beings can't. That's their job.


by Bob Walsh

Three people are under arrest for assisting South Carolina prisoner Jimmy Causey in his July 4 escape.

Robert Williams is believed to have picked up Causey outside the Ridgeville prison and driven him to a motel in Cayce. A second man, Benjamin Bevier, loaned Williams his truck, knowing it would be used in the escape. Lareece Rosier supplied cash knowing it would be used by Causey to remain on the run.

Causey left a dummy in his rack and thereby got an 18 hour head start. A prison employee has been fired in connection with the case, presumably for doing a crappy county or security check.

This was Causey's second escape from a relatively high security prisoner. It is believed that tools were dropped to him from a drone to cut fences. Hopefully they will do a better job of keeping an eye on him in the future.


by Bob Walsh

The U. S. State Department announced on Friday that, effective immediately, travel to North Korea by U. S. Citizens is prohibited.

That is one of those things that should be obvious, like you shouldn't pick up a running law mower with your hands or you shouldn't piss on a live electrical socket. If you have an IQ above that of a dog turd you should KNOW this. There are, however, some people who don't have that level of intelligence. Like Maxine Waters. Now they really have nobody to blame but themselves.


7 Aurora cops sue city over alleged release of personal information to felon, gang associate

By Hannah Leone

The Aurora Beacon-News
July 19, 2017

Seven Aurora police officers and their families are suing the city and a former records manager in federal court over the alleged release of personal information to an imprisoned felon and known gang associate who the officers helped send to prison.

Labeling city employees' conduct "extreme and outrageous," a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court claims the City of Aurora wrongly released private, personal and protected information about the seven officers and investigators, including their names, home addresses, Social Security numbers, phone numbers and details about family members.

The city and former records manager Jo Ann Osberg should have known releasing that information would compromise the safety of the officers and their families, who are dealing with severe emotional distress as a result, according to the lawsuit.

"No reasonable person could be expected to endure the improper release of private and personal information to a convicted violent felon," the lawsuit states.

Chicago-based law firm Malkinson & Halpern filed the suit on behalf of John Munn, Darrell Moore, Marco Gomez, Armando Montemayor, Arturo Montemayor, Michael Nilles and Leonard Casamassimo, who are all officers or investigators with the Aurora Police Department, and their spouses and children. Lead attorney Seth R. Halpern has not returned a message left with his office Wednesday.

City officials responded to questions with an emailed statement Wednesday afternoon, saying no further comment was available.

"The City realizes the seriousness of this matter for all families involved," according to the statement. "While the City generally does not comment on pending litigation, it is important to note the release of information in this case was inadvertent, and the City took immediate corrective action by implementing extensive procedures and employee training to protect against inappropriate release of information in the future. The individual responsible is no longer employed with the City of Aurora."

Neither Osberg nor Aurora's police union leader could immediately be reached for comment. The city has not disclosed information surrounding Osberg's departure.

Through the lawsuit, the officers are seeking compensatory damages, including for emotional distress, stress and mental anguish; punitive damages "to the extent allowable under law;" attorney's fees and costs; and other relief.

The officers' investigation led to the incarceration of a violent felon associated with the upper levels of a street gang, who obtained their information from prison through a Freedom of Information Act request, according to the lawsuit.

"The City and the Police Department have acknowledged that this information should never have been published to a member of the public, let alone a dangerous, convicted felon whose conviction and incarceration can be traced, at least in part, to the exemplary work of the plaintiff officers," the lawsuit states.

In October 2015, the city mailed "largely unredacted" personnel files to the requester at the Menard Correctional Center, where he's serving an 88-year sentence partially due to the officers' work, according to the lawsuit.

"Due to acts and omissions" by the city and Osberg, the lawsuit claims, the officers weren't informed their information had been released until late 2016.

In the meantime, the man in prison continued to possess the information for more than a year, during which he could share and disseminate it with other people, including other gang members, the lawsuit states.

To protect themselves and their families, according to the lawsuit, the officers must contemplate home security systems, relocations, online identity protection, and changes to names, telephones, activities and daily lives, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit claims the city has taken no timely or effective action to remedy the harm caused to all the officers and their families, who remain in a state of compromised safety, according to the lawsuit.


Cops wage psychological warfare against online drug bazaars

By Raphael Satter and Frank Bajak

Associate Press
July 20, 2017

In an innovative blow to illicit internet commerce, cyberpolice shut down the world's leading "darknet" marketplace — then quietly seized a second bazaar to amass intelligence on illicit drug merchants and buyers.

AlphaBay, formerly the internet's largest darknet site, had already gone offline July 5 with the arrest in Thailand of its alleged creator and administrator. But on Thursday, European law enforcement revealed that Dutch cyberpolice had for a month been running Hansa Market. Like AlphaBay, Hansa operated in the darknet, an anonymity-friendly internet netherworld inaccessible to standard browsers.

AlphaBay's users had flocked to Hansa, which is largely based in the Netherlands. The announcements Thursday on both sides of the Atlantic sowed panic among the sites' tech-savvy buyers and vendors.


"The cryptomarket community (is) spooked," said darknet researcher Patrick Shortis, of Brunel University in London. "Reddit boards are filled with users asking questions about their orders."

In Washington, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions deemed the operation "the largest darknet marketplace takedown in history."

Darknet vendors are "pouring fuel on the fire of the national drug epidemic," he said, specifically citing cases of two U.S. teenagers killed this year, one a 13-year-old Utah boy, by overdoses of synthetic opioids purchased on AlphaBay.

More than two-thirds of the quarter million listings on the two sites were for illegal drugs, said Sessions. Other illicit wares for sale included weapons, counterfeit and stolen identification and malware.

The police agency Europol estimates AlphaBay did $1 billion in business after its 2014 creation.


A California indictment named AlphaBay's founder as Alexandre Cazes, a 25-year-old Canadian who died in Thai police custody on July 12. The country's narcotics police chief told reporters Cazes hanged himself in jail just prior to a scheduled court hearing. He'd been arrested with DEA and FBI assistance.

Cazes amassed a $23 million fortune, much of it in digital currencies, according to court documents. He bought real estate and luxury cars, including a $900,000 Lamborghini, and pursued "economic citizenship" in Liechtenstein, Cyprus and Thailand. A $400,000 villa purchase in February had already bought him and his wife Antiguan passports, a U.S. forfeiture complaint said.

He used what he claimed was a web design company, EBX Technologies, as a front, the indictment said.

Just two other arrests were announced Thursday. Both were of Hansa system administrators in the German town of Siegen, who were taken into custody in June. Europol spokeswoman Claire Georges said they were not named under privacy law.

The U.S. indictment lists several AlphaBay co-conspirators by title but not name. They include a security chief, a public relations manager and moderators. A U.S. attorney handling the case, Grant Rabenn, would not comment on whether additional arrests were expected.


Nicolas Christin, a darknet expert at Carnegie Mellon University, called the one-two takedown punch "psychological warfare."

"It is definitely going to create a bit of chaos," he said, though after takedowns in the past buyers and sellers move to other former second-tier sites after a few weeks of turmoil.

But this time, Dutch police have upped the ante by craftily tracking darknet users, and that's expected to yield future arrests.

They began running the Hansa site on June 20, impersonating its administrators, collecting usernames and passwords, logging data on thousands of drug sales and informing local police in nations where shipments would be arriving. Dutch cybercrime prosecutor Martijn Egberts said Dutch police had scooped up some 10,000 addresses for Hansa buyers outside Holland.

Running the site was a challenge, Egberts said, with police forced to mediate frequent disputes between buyers and sellers. "It turned out to be a lot of work!" he said. "The biggest effort for us was to get the site going on a way that nobody noticed it was us."

Egberts noted with satisfaction that online rumors about other darknet drug marketplaces possibly being compromised were already spreading.

"This is the moment to show the world that you can't trust dark markets anymore, because you never know who is the admin," he said.

But seasoned buyers and sellers aren't likely to get tripped up, and will simply become more cautious, Christin said.


Darknet websites have thrived since the 2011 appearance of the Silk Road bazaar, which was taken down two years later. Merchants and buyers keep their identities secret by using encrypted communications and anonymity-providing tools such as the Tor browser. The darknet itself is only accessible only through such specialized apps.

Cazes' own carelessness apparently tripped him up — not the underlying security technology AlphaBay used.

According to the indictment, he accidentally broadcast his personal Hotmail address in welcome messages sent to new users. And when he was tracked down and arrested in Thailand, Cazes was logged into the AlphaBay website as its administrator, it says.

Cazes also used the same personal email address — "pimp— — on a PayPal account.

The success of this operation may only cause a temporary disturbance in illicit online markets. After a November 2014 takedown called Operation Onymous took down more sites, the illicit markets not only recovered — but grew.

For perspective, Christin said, a slow day for AlphaBay alone — one amounting to roughly $600,000 in transactions — would have been equivalent to a typical late-2014 day for the entire darknet.


Oregon trooper shot 12 times: 'I'm thankful to be alive'

By Everton Bailey Jr.

The Oregonian
July 20, 2017

PORTLAND, Oregon -- A state trooper shot 12 times by a murder suspect was justified in firing back in a furious Christmas Day shootout that ended when the suspect killed himself, the Washington County District Attorney's Office found after an investigation.

Video and audio evidence supports Trooper Nic Cederberg's statements to investigators that he believed his life was in danger, senior prosecutor Bracken McKey wrote in a memo released Wednesday.

Cederberg encountered James Tylka, 30, in Sherwood about a half-hour after Tylka fatally shot his estranged wife, 24-year-old Katelynn Armand-Tylka, outside his parents' house in King City and drove away last Dec. 25.

The District Attorney's Office previously ruled five other police officers were justified in shooting Tylka 20 times when they came to Cederberg's aid. Tylka waited to ambush them as Cederberg lay bleeding outside his patrol car, prosecutors said.

Cederberg was shot in his hip, wrist, tibia, triceps, torso and twice under his arm, the memo said. He was hit five more times in his ballistic vest.

Cederberg had been on patrol in Tigard about 10:15 p.m. on Christmas when dispatchers alerted officers to be on the lookout for Tylka's white Mitsubishi, according to the memo.

The trooper drove through back roads in the area and found Tylka driving toward Oregon 99. Tylka refused to pull over despite Cederberg behind him with his lights flashing and orders to stop, the memo said.

Tylka fired at Cederberg several times as they both drove down Southwest Gimm Lane, a dead-end road, the memo said. After Tylka turned around at the dead end, facing Cederberg's patrol car, he sped toward the trooper from about 30 yards away.

Cederberg parked, got out of his patrol car and fired 16 shots at the speeding Mitsubishi as it rammed the front of the patrol car, according to the memo. Tylka had been hit by at least one of Cederberg's bullets while in his car.

Tylka fired at the trooper six times through his passenger side window and hit Cederberg at least twice, the memo said. Cederberg radioed that he'd been shot.

Tylka then got out of the Mitsubishi and went to the back of his car. Cederberg reloaded his pistol and fired 16 more shots as Tylka ducked behind the Mitsubishi and fired back.

Tylka ran toward Cederberg as the trooper was reloading again and fired three more times at Cederberg, the memo said. Tylka then leaned over the patrol car's hood and fired seven more times at Cederberg at close range.

The time from the ramming to the last time Tylka shot Cederberg unfolded over 50 seconds, according to the memo.

The five other officers -- Hillsboro Officer Anthony Cristofaro, Tualatin Officer Eli Sanders and Sherwood Officers Stan Smith, Joe Twigg and Chris Pierce -- arrived soon after. Tylka shot himself in the head as the officers opened fire, prosecutors said.

Cederberg remained in the hospital until February. He spoke to investigators the next month, according to the memo.

The trooper hasn't returned to active duty. He said this week that he still suffers from severe nerve damage, has had 11 surgeries and will likely have more.

"I am thankful to be alive," Cederberg told The Oregonian/OregonLive. "It's easy to say that every day when you have not been where I have. There is a small group of people solely responsible for me being here. From the officers who went above and beyond to get me out of there, to the OHSU trauma doctors who were amazing."

Friday, July 21, 2017


by Bob Walsh

There is a little more information (very little) now available about the shooting of Ms. Damond by Officer Noor in Minneapolis.

Officer Noor has (allegedly) said he heard a loud noise (presumably a gunshot) that he interpreted as being threatening towards himself and his fellow officer. He therefore draw his pistol while still seated in his patrol car and fired one round across the car, in front of the other officer, hitting Ms. Damond in the gut. She died from that gunshot.

I am still having trouble understanding how, in the absence of anything visible in her hands, Officer Noor could reasonably believe that Ms. Damond was such an immediate threat that it warranted taking the action he took. Based on very limited and incomplete information I am forced to conclude that Officer Noor reacted precipitously and inappropriately. His career and his personal freedom are, I suspect, in significant danger.

Damn shame. If you under-react maybe you and your partner are dead. If you over-react maybe you find yourself fired and on the way to the slammer. Finding that sweet spot in the middle can be hard.


by Bob Walsh

I say "allegedly" because I have long believed that you can't believe a damn thing the Democrap party machine says in Illinois. At any rate on Friday 300 employees of Cook County were layed off after a proposed tax on soda did not kick in. More layoffs are expected.

A TRO prevents the county from collecting the tax on evil, horrible, disgusting sugar-sweetened beverages. The tax gouge was supposed to kick in July first and was supposed to bring in $68 million for the county. (Dream on on that one.) The Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, said that she believed the number of layoffs could reach 1,100.

Each county was told to cut 10% from their budget and all existing vacant positions were eliminated. The majority of the layoffs will, of course, come from the County Sheriff. The proposed cuts are about 17% of the staff of the SO. Much of it will have to be covered by overtime so the actual cost savings may not be as large as one might hope.

County board members who oppose the tax accuse Preckwinkle of deliberately impacting public safety to pressure the judge who is going to make the decision on the tax.

A further hearing on the tax measure will be held on July 21.

Maybe the should tax stupidity. They could clean up on that in Illinois.


by Bob Walsh

To no great surprise O. J. Simpson has been granted parole. He will be released in about 10 weeks. He will then be free to continue his search for the one-armed man, Sasquatch, Yeti and Hillary's emails.

I feel better already.


The new chief is not only a black woman, but she’s a damn Yankee too

Ulysha Renee Hall, 46, has been hired by the city of Dallas to replace retired Police Chief David Brown. She will start September 5.

Hall is currently the Deputy Chief of the Detroit Police Department where she heads the Neighborhood Policing Bureau. She is a 19-year veteran of the department.

Hall’s father was also a Detroit cop. In August 1971, when she was only 6-months-old, he was shot dead while working in a specialized police unit cracking down on prostitution.

Speaking of women in policing, Hall said, “We kind of do it a little different, a little better. We add that special something to law enforcement that truly, truly calms the savage beasts.”

A woman for a police chief, and a black one at that. But if that ain’t bad enough, she’s a damn Yankee too … sumbitch, what this world isn’t coming to!


Federal Judge Rules Extreme Texas Prison Heat Is Cruel and Unusual Punishment

By Meagan Flynn

Houston Press
July 20, 2017

For decades of Texas summers, prisoners of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice have lived in heat they described as equivalent to "walking out to your car in the middle of the summertime,” to "getting into a hot box in the sun." They have often slept on the concrete because it is cooler than their mattresses, and away from fans that blow hot air on them. They have sometimes struggled to write letters because their sweat drips over the paper as if it were raining. Twenty-three men have died in these conditions since 1998, including Larry McCollum, who, just days after being booked for writing a hot check, died of a heat stroke while convulsing atop his bed. His internal temperature was found to be 109 degrees.

These are all among the reasons that, on Wednesday, a federal judge in Houston ruled that such conditions violate the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment — that there is a "substantial risk of serious illness or death from the current conditions at the Pack Unit." U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison ordered in a preliminary injunction that TDCJ provide air conditioning, at least below 88 degrees, to heat-sensitive inmates, including the elderly, disabled and those taking medications that complicate the body's ability to regulate heat. For young and healthy inmates, he ordered TDCJ to implement a more robust "respite program," which would allow inmates to access air-conditioned areas at any time of day or night, for as long as needed. (This program exists, but is not adequately offered or operated well, Ellison found.)

"As [Fyodor] Dostoyevsky said more than 150 years ago, 'The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons,'" Ellison wrote. "Prisoners are human beings with spouses and children who worry about them and miss them. Some of them will likely someday be shown to have been innocent of the crimes of which they are accused. But, even those admittedly guilty of the most heinous crimes must not be denied their constitutional rights. We diminish the Constitution for all of us to the extent we deny it to anyone."

In his 100-page order, Ellison recounts evidence pointing not only to incompetence from TDCJ in understanding the grave risks inmates face in extreme heat, but also to deliberate indifference as to whether inmates die or fall seriously ill as a result. The heat index in the prison is, more often than not, above 100 degrees during the summer. During the summer of 2014, when the lawsuit was filed, remarkably, Pack Unit Warden Robert Herrera ordered his staff to stop recording the prison heat index. The plaintiffs hired their own expert to do it, who found the heat index to be above 105 for six days in a single week. Records showed that hundreds of correctional officers have also suffered from heat-related illnesses during the summer.

Yet despite the 23 deaths and often more than 100 cases of heat-related illness every year, TDCJ has never considered providing air-conditioning, and does not even have a written protocol for what to do in the case of a heat wave. The closest thing can be found in its training manual, in which it orders staff to "Take action! A Heat Advisory is issued within 12 hours of the onset of extremely dangerous heat conditions...Take precautions to avoid heat illness. If you do not take precautions, you could become seriously ill or even die.”

But Ellison found that, beyond offering inmates ice water, two cold showers a day and its haphazard "respite program," TDCJ fails to take any precautionary action at all during heat advisories — because TDCJ administration staff fails even to notify the prisons of them. When Ellison asked one official why, he said: "Because [the state operations center] receives these pretty much every day during the summer.”

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced yesterday that Texas will be appealing Ellison's ruling, saying that Ellison "downplays the substantial precautions TDCJ already has in place to protect inmates from the summer heat," which include the water, respite, showers and fans (which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says can be harmful and should not be used when the air is warmer than 95 degrees).

“Texas taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars to pay for expensive prison air conditioning systems, which are unnecessary and not constitutionally mandated," he said.

Plaintiffs' attorney Scott Medlock said they intend to take the case to trial and will fight for greater relief for the inmates — including fully operating air-conditioning for all. While Ellison is not requiring it in the interim, he did find that TDCJ's cost estimates for installing air conditioning — $20 million at the Pack Unit permanently and $1.2 million temporarily — were exaggerated. He instead found that the costs were closer to somewhere above $110,000 to temporarily install a cooling system during the summer.

In closing, Ellison said he anticipated what many among the public would think about his order — that many people in the free world would claim that they, too, had lived in a time without air-conditioning, and that if they could do it, then inmates could. He found those comparisons to be ignorant of the helplessness inmates often face, as they lack the luxuries free people have to cool themselves down. He drew attention to TDCJ's argument that it was okay that prisons today lack air-conditioning because they weren't built with cooling systems 30 years ago. And he rebuked the agency for putting finances above human rights, saying that, even if it really did cost the millions TDCJ claims, if the conditions are cruel and unusual, the money does not matter.

"To deny modern technology to inmates today for the simple reason that it was not available to inmates in past generations is an argument that proves too much. No one suggests that inmates should be denied up-to-date medical and psychiatric care, or that they should be denied access to radio or television, or that construction of prison facilities should not use modern building materials. The treatment of prisoners must necessarily evolve as society evolves."


'I'd rather go back to the war and get shot': Veteran twins, 84, who survived Nazi occupation in Europe before moving to the US to fight in Vietnam are now living on the STREETS after the bank foreclosed their home

By Mary Kekatos

Daily Mail
July 20, 2017

A pair of 84-year-old twins who survived Nazi occupation could soon find themselves homeless.

Clifford and Gary Koekoek moved from their native Netherlands after the Second World War to California and found work in Hollywood.

But after taking out a loan that cost them their house, the brothers are facing the prospect of living on the streets.

'Right now, I'm broke. Sometimes we don't eat,' Clifford told Fox40.

In 2007, the brothers - who are Vietnam War veterans - wanted to fix the roof on the house they bought from their mother in Orangevale, California.

They say it's been in the family since 1984.

'We took a loan thinking that we had a conventional loan,' Gary told Fox40.

But, in fact, it was an adjustable rate loan, meaning their payments got higher over time.

Eventually, the Koekoeks were unable to afford making payments and the bank foreclosed. They had to resort to sleeping in their car.

The brothers say they now spend most of their time just walking. Both log many hours at the Sacramento Public Library in Orangevale. Gary mostly pores over deed records, trying to find a way to get their house back.

Family friend Aaron Hoemer set up a GoFundMe page to try and help the pair, who have no surviving local family, find permanent housing.

So far, $2,765 has been raised out of a $5,000 goal.

'It's easy to walk by and not look at their situation but if you stop and talk to somebody, everybody has a story,' said Hoerner.

The two say they find the situation overwhelming and have described their current predicament to be 'like hell'.

'It's a lot of stress. I'd rather go back to the war and get shot at than this crap,' said Clifford.


'Horror Story': Neighbors Say Thousands of Roaches Crawled Out of Manhole and Invaded Philly Street

By David Chang and Brandon Hudson

NBC 10
July 18, 2017

Residents in a Philadelphia neighborhood are keeping their bug spray on hand after they say thousands of cockroaches crawled out of a manhole and began invading their street.

"When I tell you thousands of them, there were thousands of them," Pat Wall told NBC10 Monday.

Wall and other neighbors say the roaches began crawling out of a manhole at the intersection of Salmon and Plum streets in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia Sunday night and haven't stopped since. At one point, according to Wall, there were so many that she couldn't see the ground.

"When I tell you all the neighbors down this end were out here spraying and stomping, it was a horror story that I couldn't believe I was living," she said. "And they were flying all over. Never had to duck a flying roach."

Wall said it's the worst roach infestation she's ever seen.

"Everybody is out here with spray cans spraying bugs," said Paul Basfort, another resident. "They were stomping them and they were running right out of there."

Three residents called the Philadelphia Water Department asking for help with the issue, spokesman John DiGiulio said.

A crew was dispatched to the street Tuesday morning. They opened the manhole and used a mobile vacuum truck — known as a VACTOR — to clear any debris, trash or discarded food that may have been stuck in the sewer.

DiGiulio said the crew didn't spot any roaches, but inspectors from the Philadelphia Department of Health left bait for the insects.

Why the hoard of roaches swarmed that particular sewer remains a mystery. Heavy rain could have forced the bugs out of the pipe and infestations are more common in hot and humid summer months.

DiGiulio offered a more pragmatic view of the invasion: "Unfortunately, roaches live in sewers."


Rodents Fall From Ceiling of Dallas Chipotle

By Larry Collins

July 20, 2017

Some diners at a Dallas Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant said their lunch was ruined by rodents falling from the ceiling on Tuesday.

Patrons captured cellphone video inside the Chipotle restaurant on North Market Street in the West End area, showing rodents crawling around the floor and one climbing up the wall. Customers claimed the rodents fell from the ceiling.

“If we would have been sitting at the table next to that it definitely would have fell on top of our food because it was literally right there,” Daniela Ornelas, of Dallas, told NBC DFW, adding that she and her boyfriend were eating during the lunch rush at the restaurant.

“I just kept wondering what it was, and I kept looking around until I looked at the floor, and I saw three rats, and I ran,” Ornelas said.

A Chipotle spokesperson issued a statement to NBC DFW Wednesday to help explain how the incident occurred.

“We learned yesterday that mice got into a restaurant," the statement read, "and we immediately contacted professionals who identified a small structural gap in the building as the likely access point. We’re having it repaired. Additionally, we reached out to the customer to make things right. This is an extremely isolated and rare incident and certainly not anything we’d ever want our customers to encounter.”

Ornelas said she was happy with how the employees handled the situation, but would likely not return to Chipotle's West End location.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Chipotle claims they were mice, but I’ve seen pictures taken with a cellphone of the critters and they sure as hell looked like rats to me.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


O.J. Simpson claims there was never any intent to rob anyone. He just wanted to retrieve his personal property and was unaware that a gun had been pointed at anyone

I just got through watching a revolting TV reality show … the O.J. Simpson parole hearing. Instead of asking the hard questions, the four Nevada Parole Commissioners asked him what I would consider sweetheart questions.

Simpson in effect said he was innocent. There was never any intent to rob anyone. He just wanted to retrieve his personal property consisting mostly of family photographs and photographs of him with other celebrities. He claimed he was unaware that a gun had been pointed at anyone and blamed a security guy for his predicament. At most he said he used bad judgement in letting himself be talked into retrieving his personal belongings which he claimed had been stolen from him.

Simpson found religion behind bars, something all inmates do, telling the commissioners he is now a better Christian.

During the hearing he said, “Nobody ever accused me of pulling any weapon on them. I would never ever pull a weapon on anybody.” Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman must be turning over in their graves with that whopper. And all those who watched his murder trial on TV must have fallen out of their chairs when he gave this statement to the parole commissioners.

Simpson also told the commissioners he had never been a violent person. Oh yea! Tell that to Nicole who was often left black and blue after he used her as his personal punching bag during the time they were together. On one call to the police she frantically pleaded for help while Simpson could be heard screaming at her in the background.

In his closing statement, Simpson said, “I will honor what the jury said.” He was obviously referring to the Nevada jury and not to the California jury that said he must pay the Goldman family $33.5 million. None of the four commissioners made any mention of the California judgement.

After a short recess to deliberate a decision the commissioners returned and made a unanimous decision to grant Simpson his parole.

The parole commissioners have yet to set Simpson’s Conditions of Parole. Will they require him to make payments to the Goldmans as I requested of them in an email? I very seriously doubt it. He will be released to a life of luxury in Florida and the Goldmans will continue to suck air.

I’ve sat in on a number of parole hearings and I never heard anyone subjected to a line of sweetheart questions like the ones asked of Simpson. Several times I was on the verge of puking as I watched the hearing on my TV set.


Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

*Ask the individual to SMILE.

*Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently). i.e. It is sunny out today.

*Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call an emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

NEW: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue. If the tongue is'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this notice sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.


by Bob Walsh

Some time today the parole authority in the Silver State will decide whether or not to release O. J. Simpson on parole. He is 8 years into a 33 year stretch for kidnapping and armed robbery and has been by all accounts a model prisoner. Also he is 70 years old, which is for many "criminals" a tipping point as to their probability of continued offending.

The smart money says he will be paroled. That will leave him free to pursue the REAL killer of his ex-wife and her friend. Maybe when he finds the real killer the Goldman family will vacate the huge civil judgement they have against him. You never know, it COULD happen.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Simpson was successful long ago in his pursuit of the killer. He found him the first time he looked in the mirror after the double murder.


by Bob Walsh

Eric Pauly, 35, of Citrus Heights, CA. is under arrest for violation of probation, cruelty to animals and being an asshole.

The cops responded to a family home on White Pine Way in Elk Grove where Pauly had been staying with the knowledge and consent of the homeowners, who also owned the pet turtle in question. Pauly decided to exercise his assholeishness and stabbed and then barbequed the turtle.

I hope they throw the book at him. Turtles are cool. Assholes are not.


Five-year-old boy and his two-year-old brother take their mom's car on a three-mile joyride with one steering and the other working the pedals before crashing

Associated Press
July 19, 2017

A five-year-old boy and his two-year-old brother took their mother's car for a three-mile ride before crashing it.

The boys took the car from their mother's house Monday in West Virginia without her even realizing.

One child steered the vehicle while the other child pushed the gas and brake pedals.

The ride only ended when the car crashed into a ditch.

Investigators are still trying to figure out how it all happened, saying there are many more questions than answers.

'To be their age, I know my kids couldn't get in the car and make it that far,' said Sharlene Wiseman to WSAZ, who owns the Bronco Junction Apartments where the boys live.

Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese says deputies did not find the children's mother until nearly an hour later.

She claimed that thought the boys were playing in the front yard.

Wiseman told the boy's mother that she was no longer welcome to live there as a tenant.

'We didn't want to take that chance that something might happen again,' she said.

The children were taken to the hospital to be checked out but had no injuries.

No charges have been filed against the mother, but Deweese says authorities are working with the prosecutor's office and Child Protective Services.


Body found in trunk in Ohio ID'd as Texas man's wife

By Lou Whitmire

Mansfield News Journal and WFAA
July 17, 2017

MANSFIELD, OHIO -- The woman found dead in the trunk of a vehicle Saturday has been identified as Tamara R. Harris, Richland County coroner's investigator Tom Stortz said Monday. She is the wife of Dequalan Dejuan Harris, 35, of Texas, who has been arrested in connection with the case.

Tamara and Dequalan were in the process of divorce according to Cedar Hill police. The extent of any previous violent altercations between the couple is still being investigated at this time, however Cedar Hill police says they have a precious non-violent call history involving Dequalan.

A $1 million cash bond was set Monday for Dequalan Harris, charged with abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony, after the body was found in the rear compartment of a vehicle parked in the 400 block of Woodridge Drive.

Mansfield Municipal Magistrate Phil Naumoff ordered the bond be set at $1 million cash, along with a personal recognizance bond and electronic monitoring for Dequalan Harris during his video arraignment from the Richland County Jail.

Mansfield police Det. Lt. Rob Skropits Monday said that Dequalan Harris came to Mansfield on "for love" or "an Internet connection."

Richland County Children Services is assisting police with the care of the child found with Dequalan Harris and is working with Texas officials, Skropits said.

According to the Richland County Prosecutor's Office's statement of fact, Mansfield officers were dispatched to Woodridge Drive in reference to a well-being check on the suspect's wife, Tamara Harris, a missing person.

A sergeant from Cedar Hill, Texas, Police Department told Mansfield police the victim had been missing from their jurisdiction for a few days, according to the court record. The sergeant said the vehicle's On-Star feature indicated the victim's vehicle was in the area of 424 Woodridge Drive.

Prior to towing the victim's vehicle, a 2015 Chevy Traverse, officers checked the back hatch area of the vehicle and found a dead woman, according to the court record.

Demika Rucker, the suspect's girlfriend, who resides at 418 Woodridge Drive, told police that Harris arrived at her residence around 3:30 p.m. Friday, according to the court record.

No one answered the door to the residence Monday.

Also during the arraignment, Naumoff ordered a $10,000 cash bond, personal recognizance bond and electronic monitoring on each of Harris' obstructing official business and resisting arrest charges.

Standing before the video camera in the jail dressed in a red and white jumpsuit, Harris entered a not guilty plea.

According to a Mansfield police news release issued Saturday, when Mansfield police spoke with Dequalan Harris at Woodridge Drive, he told officers he had not seen the missing woman since Thursday, when he picked up a child at her residence in Texas.

When officers attempted to arrest the suspect, he attempted to run away but was later arrested, according to police.

Cedar Hill police say Dequalan remains in custody in Ohio and charges from their agency are pending.


Rosie O'Donnell is under fire after she posts game that encourages users to kill President Trump in four different ways

By Chris Spargo

Daily Mail
July 19, 2017

Rosie O'Donnell has been one of President Trump's most vocal and outspoken critics since long before he even announced he was running for office, but her latest attack on her longtime foe went too far according to some.

Over the weekend, the former talk show host posted a link to a new game that allows users to kill President Trump four different ways: pushing him off a cliff; pushing him into a volcano; pushing him into a manhole; and pushing him into the mouth of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

The games is called 'Push Trump Off A Cliff,' and in addition to O'Donnell it has also been shared by Hollywood stars including John Leguizamo.

O'Donnell is now being criticized by a number of people, including President Trump's biggest cheerleader, Fox News host Sean Hannity.

'On Saturday, the rabid-leftist shared an online video game entitled "Push Trump Off A Cliff Again." As you can guess, the point of the game is fairly simple--to send the president off of a cliff,' wrote Hannity on his blog Tuesday

'This isn't the first time Rosie has taken to social media to share heinous anti-Trump content.'

Hannity then mentioned the comments O'Donnell made late last year about Barron, pointing out that she eventually apologized for her actions.

'We're not holding our breath for an apology this time around,' wrote Hannity.

The Young Conservatives blog also lashed out at O'Donnell following her decision to share the game.

'Sadly, violence has become an acceptable form of dissent for liberals these days,' noted the blog.

The game was created by Justin Hook, a former writer for the critically acclaimed Fox series 'Bob's Burgers'

He wrote on Twitter soon after setting the game live: 'If you've ever felt like pushing Trump off a cliff, then this Zen game I built is for you.'

Many quickly responded by letting him know how much they enjoyed playing the game.

'My fave is pushing President Fart into the mouth of the T-Rex over & over with the B button down so he runs like the baffoon he is,' said one person on Twitter.

'Delightful!' wrote another.

There was the same positive response by many when O'Donnell posted the game on her Twitter, and a number of detractors.

'really? again? are all fantasizing about inflicting violence upon a president?' wrote one.

'You are hateful..You will and should end up like Gag me Griffin,' one man wrote, referencing Kathy Griffin.

'YOU sick twisted old SOW, YOU are the one that should be pushed over a cliff !!! Why are you still in OUR country ??????' said another woman.

O'Donnell responded to that by writing: 'cause its u i want jo jo.'

This is just the latest in the never ending feud between O'Donnell and President Trump.

In May, O'Donnell said during a stand-up performance at Caroline's in New York that things had gotten so bad she could no longer go out in public.

'This is the second time I’ve been in public since he’s been elected because I go to the mall sometimes and Trump people go, "Hey fuck you,"' O'Donnell told the audience.

She went on to say that the outbursts were not just directed at her either, but also her teenage daughter Vivienne.

'The boys in public school in New Jersey said to my 14-year-old daughter the next day, "Tell your mom I’m gonna grab your pussy."

'It has affected my entire life and my entire family for a tremendous amount of years - over a decade.'

Later in her set, O'Donnell turned her attention to Ivanka Trump, speaking about how difficult her life must be as her father's favorite child.

'The next time you or I want to make fun of Ivanka, I want you to carefully think — with compassion - about what . . . [she] had to do to survive,' said O'Donnell.

She then described Ivanka as the 'chosen child' of a 'cult leader who has the power to fool a nation' before stating: 'It is not a fun, healthy or recoverable place to be.'


Trump adviser Steve Bannon called Hillary Clinton a 'fucking bull dike' and Paul Ryan a 'limp-dicked mother fucker' new book reveals

By Daniel Bates

Daily Mail
July 18, 2017

Steve Bannon called Hillary Clinton a 'fucking bull dike' during one of his rages about her.

According to new book about Bannon, he constantly insulted the Democratic Presidential candidate during Donald Trump's election campaign.

According to 'Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency', out now on Penguin Press, he attacked Megyn Kelly, Jared Kushner and the media as well.

During other outbursts Bannon, Trump's chief strategist and now one of his most senior White house officials, said Clinton was a 'joke', a 'total phony' and an 'apple-polisher who couldn't pass the DC bar exam'.

Author Joshua Green reveals: 'Clinton, Bannon would insist, was "a resume", "a total phony", "terrible on the stage", "a grinder but not smart", "a joke who hides behind a complacent media", "an apple-polisher who couldn’t pass the DC bar exam", "thinks it’s her turn" but "has never accomplished anything in her life" - and for good measure, was ‘a "fucking bull dike".'

Bannon unloaded on Clinton in front of Trump 'with the passion of a cornerman firing up a boxer for one last grueling round in the ring'.

But Bannon's anger was not just confined to Clinton.

All of this won the favor of Trump who liked him for his outsider style and his 'distinctive vocabulary'.

The book has already revealed how Bannon has a portrait of himself as the French emperor Napoleon - and how Chris Christie blew his place in Trump's inner circle when he arranged for Obama to phone his, not Trump's cellphone on election night, to the disgust of the germophobic election winner.


Border Patrol union chief praises 'miraculous' drop in illegal immigration under Trump

By Anna Giaritelli

Washington Examiner
July 17, 2017

The significant downturn in the number of illegal border crossers between the U.S. and Mexico is "nothing short of miraculous," National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said on C-SPAN Monday.

"As far as the Trump administration's efforts on immigration, this is something they campaigned heavily on," he said. "At six months, where we are on meeting those promises, we are seeing nothing short of miraculous. If you look at the rhetoric that President Trump has given, it has caused a number of illegal border crossings to go down. We have never seen such a drop that we currently have."

"There's a vibe, there's an energy in the Border Patrol that's never been there before in 20 years that I've been in the patrol," Judd added in a separate Fox News interview.

This month, Customs and Border Protection reported a 53 percent decrease in the number of apprehensions at the southwest border since last year. The number also includes those deemed inadmissible. CBP sees apprehensions as a proxy for how many people are trying to cross the border, and says the drop in apprehensions indicates a drop in attempted illegal crossings.

Judd said the Trump administration commanded in two executive orders for border agents to fully carry out related laws, while the Obama administration kept agents from doing their jobs as was intended.

The nonpartisan Border Patrol union endorsed Trump during last year's election, making it the first time it backed a presidential candidate, a move Judd said was done "strictly based upon border security."

The Homeland Security funding bill included $1.6 billion funding for the southern border wall. Judd added that the wall is necessary for select parts of the border, but indicated the entire U.S.-Mexico border does not require a full fence.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners
Dear Members

I am a former California parole agent and retired professor of criminal justice, I am contacting you about tomorrow's parole hearing for O.J. Simpson.

The Goldman family was awarded a $33.5 million judgement against Mr. Simpson for the murder of their daughter Nicole. They have collected very little because Mr. Simpson cleverly. moved to Florida where homestead laws prevent the seizure of his home to satisfy a judgement. With accumulated interest, that judgement now stands at around $60 million.

Mr. Simpson receives an estimated $25,000 a month NFL pension. He also has a Screen Actors Guild pension and a personal pension in which he invested $5 million many years ago. Like his Florida home, these pensions cannot be seized to satisfy a judgement.

Mr.Simpson won’t need $25,000 a month to live on. He can live more comfortable than most Americans with just $5,000 a month

As a former parole officer, I know that a parole board can issue a special condition of parole in addition to all the regular conditions required of a parolee.

Accordingly I hereby request that in the event you grant Mr. Simpson a parole, you issue a special condition of parole which requires him to make payments to the Goldmans in order to satisfy the judgemnt they received.

Mr. Simpson should pay the Goldmans a certain amount each month, as well as a percentage of the assets he has accumulated with his pensions. While his pensions are protected from seizure, such an order would not actually be a seizure of those pension. It would be an order for Mr. Simpson to satisfy a court order by making payments from his assets.

Since Mr. Simpson is getting a reported $25,000 a month from the NFL, I believe it would be appropriate to order him to pay the Goldmans $20,000 a month for starters. And after an audit of his assets, he should be made to pay at least 50 percent of his accumulated wealth to the Goldmans.

If you fail to issue a special condition of parole requiring Mr. Simpson to make payments to the Goldmans, you will be releasing a double murderer to a life of luxury.

I would appreciate your giving serious consideration to my request.

Respectfully submitted


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A Minneapolis cop shoots dead an unarmed woman for yet unexplained reasons

Justine Ruszczyk, who used the last name Damond, called 911 Saturday to report a possible assault only to be shot dead by one of the responding Minneapolis police officers. Officer Mohamed Noor, sitting in the passenger seat of the patrol car, shot the unarmed woman through the car door on the driver’s side for yet unexplained reasons while she was talking to his partner.

While there has been public outrage over the shooting, there have been no riots in Minneapolis. No lootings and no burnings, no smashed-up police cars and no pelting of cops with rocks and bottles, like there have been in other cities where white officers shot black men.

Why are there no riots in Minneapolis? Is it because people in Minnesota are more genteel and sophisticated than people in Missouri and other parts of the country? No, not at all.

The only reason there have been no riots is because in this case it was a black cop that shot an unarmed white woman.


Only two rioters, one from each opposing side, are charged in a riot that left14 injured

by Bob Walsh

After slightly more than one year the Sacramento DA has announced two prosecutions from a riot that left five people stabbed and nine additional people injured at the state capitol.

William Scott Planer, 34, is a member of the Traditionalist Worker's Party, allegedly a neo-Nazi group. He was arrested in Colorado and is being held pending extradition.

Porfirio Gabriel Paz,19, was arrested in SoCal and is likely to be arraigned in Sacramento on Monday. Paz is a member of Antifa (anti-Fascists). So far he is denying even being present at the riot. You might remember most of the Antifa group were wearing masks.

The CHP issued a 2,000 page report and recommended many arrests. However, it proved to be difficult as many of the participants were masked. A total of 101 names were submitted to prosecutors.

The local constabulary was widely criticized for allowing the riot to run pretty much unabated as long as it did not spill off of the grounds of the state capitol.


by Bob Walsh

That is how the cops are describing information given to them after a shooting in Colerain Township, a suburb of Cincinnati. There was a "gender reveal" party (I am assuming this is sort of a baby shower when the mother reveals the gender of her rugrat) when the shots started flying at a private home on July 8. When the dust settled one person was dead and eight people were wounded by the two shooters.

The woman who was the guest of honor at the gender reveal party was shot in the leg. She claimed to have lost the baby as a result of the shooting, but was later found to have not been pregnant in the first place. (Maybe she was gift fishing and was planning a "lost the baby story" all along. Who knows?)

The cops are saying that they are meeting "significant resistance" from the party attendees, who seem to not really want the shooting solved, or at least not by their involvement in the investigation.

Remind me not to attend any gender reveal parties, at least not in Ohio.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Maybe someone just didn't like the gender of the unborn child that never was.


by Bob Walsh

So, this on-duty in-uniform cop in a marked patrol car goes to a McDonalds drive-thru. He orders and pays for his meal. When he drives up to pick up his grub the puke at the window announced "I ain't serving no police" and slams down the food window. The puke then announces to everyone in the establishment that he ain't serving no police.

Eventually one employee delivered the food to the officer, without saying a word.

When McDonalds became aware of the incident, apparently thru a Facebook post, they announced that they are investigating the matter and will take appropriate action. I suspect they probably will.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Here is a fuller account of this incident...


By Scott Wise

July 17, 2017

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- The owner of a McDonald's in Henrico County said "appropriate action" was taken after a customer's wife alleged on social media that her husband -- a Virginia Conservation Police Officer -- was refused service due to his profession.

"At our restaurants, we are dedicated to serving all of our customers, including all authority figures who protect our wildlife and natural resources," McDonald’s Owner/Operator Freda Thornton said. "We regret this situation as it goes against our standards of providing a welcoming experience to everyone, and we have taken the appropriate action to resolve this situation."

Thornton did not disclose what action was taken, but a social media post by the officer's wife indicated the fast food worker was fired.

The incident in question occurred last Thursday night at the McDonald's on Brook Road, near Parham Road, in Henrico County.

It was detailed in a public Facebook post by the Virginia Conservation Police Officer's wife.

"He was in uniform and [in] his police vehicle. He paid for his food and drove forward to the next window," she wrote. "The young man who was working that window looked at him and backed away from the window mouthing something to my husband."

She said her husband could not hear what was said because the drive-thru window was closed.

"The guy finally walked to the window and slid it open," she continued. "The guy said, 'I ain't serving no police' and closed the window. The guy proceeded to tell everyone in McDonald's, including the manager, that he was not going to serve the police."

Eventually another worker gave the officer his meal.

The woman's Facebook post detailing the incident has been shared and commented on thousands of times since her initial post.

"This is such an eye opener for me as to what the people who protect us have to go through on a daily basis," she wrote. "Please pray for the men and women who serve and protect us and put their lives on the line for us each and every day."


Elon Musk says AI is a 'fundamental risk to the existence of civilisation' and warns we must act NOW to stop it from wiping out humanity

By Associated Press and Harry Pettit

Daily Mail
July 17, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has warned that regulation of artificial intelligence is needed because it's a 'fundamental risk to the existence of human civilisation.'

The billionaire said regulations will stop humanity from being outsmarted by computers, or 'deep intelligence in the network', that can start wars by manipulating information.

Governments must have a better understanding of artificial intelligence technology's rapid evolution in order to fully comprehend the risks, he said.

'Once there is awareness, people will be extremely afraid, as they should be...By the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it'll be too late,' he added.

The billionaire made the comments during a question-and-answer session at the summer conference of the National Governors Association in Rhode Island.

'Normally the way regulations are set up is when a bunch of bad things happen, there's a public outcry, and after many years a regulatory agency is set up to regulate that industry,' said Musk.

'It takes forever. That, in the past, has been bad but not something which represented a fundamental risk to the existence of civilisation.'

Pressed for more specific guidance, Musk said the first step is for government to get a better understanding of the fast-moving achievements in developing artificial intelligence technology.

The Tesla and SpaceX founder was reiterating his long-held argument that it is needed soon to protect humanity from intelligent machines.

He has previously compared AI to 'summoning the devil'.

When asked at the 2016 Code Conference in California if the answer to the question of whether we are in a simulated computer game was 'yes', Musk said 'probably.'

Musk believes that computer game technology, particularly virtual reality, is already approaching a point that it is indistinguishable from reality.

'If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, just indistinguishable,' he said.

'Even if the speed of those advancements dropped by 1000,

'We are clearly on a trajectory to have games indistinguishable from reality, and there would be billions of there.

'It would seem to follow that the odds that we're in 'base reality' is one in billions', Musk said.

Musk also spoke broadly about solar energy, space travel, self-driving cars and other emerging technology during the session.

He spoke to officials about state franchise dealership laws that ban the direct sale of his company's electric cars to consumers.

The billionaire met privately with some governors, including Louisiana Democrat John Bel Edwards, who recently signed a law that Musk's Palo Alto, California-based company says blocks it from selling cars there.

Mr Edwards said Tesla asked for the one-on-one meeting with Musk, which was short.

'I just asked him to come down to Louisiana and sit down with us, sit down with the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association and work out some sort of a compromise, which they have successfully done in other states,' Mr Edwards said.

Allowing manufacturer-to-consumer sales also came up in meetings between Musk and two other governors - the conference's host, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Representatives for the two Democrats confirmed they had private meetings with Musk and the topic came up.

EDITOR’S NOTE: It appears as though Elon Musk is to AI as Al Gore is to Global Warming.


Police subdue naked man, accidentally light him on fire

By Patti Zarling

USA Today
July 17, 2017

MANITOWOC, Wis. — Police officers arrested a 32-year-old Manitowoc man Sunday evening for standing in the street without any clothes on.

Officers found Travis L. Tingler in the 1100 block of South 25th Street near Hamilton Street, where he was shouting toward a home at the intersection that he had a knife and was going to gut people in the house.

Tingler told officers he wasn’t doing anything wrong, according to a Manitowoc Police Department report.

“I told him he couldn’t be out in the middle of the street with no clothes on,” the officer said in the report. “I asked him about his condition. I noticed he had a dazed appearance, blank stare and he sweated profusely.”

The officer suspected Tingler, who said other people were messing with him and he was calling them out, was impaired by drugs. He told the officer he could be out on the street with no clothes on, and that he didn’t have a weapon.

Tingler said he wanted to go to a home on 25th Street. Police instead handcuffed him and, finding a pair of pants on the front lawn, tried to put them on Tingler.

Officers later found a pocket knife on the front porch of a nearby home in the 1100 block of 25th Street, along with coins and several cigarette butts.

Police talked to a girl, who was holding a baby, in the home. She said Tingler was dating her mother and they had lived in the home for about two years. She said he started drinking alcohol three hours earlier and started to act weird, making comments such as “Stay in the light and never come into the dark.”

He threw the glass he had been drinking from into the street, breaking it, and took off his clothes and threw them onto the front porch, the girl told police.

Tingler refused to get into a squad car and said he wanted to see his kids. The mother came home from work, and police used stun guns to get the man into the police car.

Police reported Tingler somehow picked up a lighter during the struggle, and when the stun gun probe hit the lighter, a combination of lighter fluid and electricity from the stun gun caused Tingler’s beard and chest hair to catch fire.

An officer tried to pat the fire off his body, and Tingler continued to fight even after the fire was put out. He then punched an officer in the face. An officer used a stun gun on him from about 6 feet away, and he then fell and hit his head hard on the pavement.

Officers called an ambulance. Hospital staff said Tingler tested positive for marijuana and had a blood-alcohol count of 0.177.

Police are recommending charges of resisting a police officer, battery to an officer, disorderly conduct, and lewd and lascivious behavior.


Cancer-Causing Chemical TCP Plagues California Drinking Water

By Ronan Farrow and Rich McHugh

NBC News
July 18, 2017

ARVIN, Calif. — In the Central Valley of California, hundreds of wells that provide water to a million people are tainted with a chemical that some experts say is one of the most powerful cancer-causing agents in the world.

The state is poised to take the first step Tuesday to regulate the substance — called 1,2,3, TCP — but test data compiled by an activist group show it's also been detected by utilities across the country.

Some who live in this lush farmland believe it's to blame for the health problems of their family members and neighbors.

"The word that really captures all of it is 'outrage,'" said Jerry Tinoco, 45, who is from the city of Arvin and says at least three close family members have been diagnosed with cancer. "It's a man-made chemical, so someone is to blame."

There's no research showing the chemical has caused cancer spikes in specific communities, but some residents and experts told NBC News that research simply has yet to be done in towns like Arvin.

How dangerous is TCP? The Environmental Protection Agency has concluded it's "likely to be carcinogenic to humans," and the California water board warns residents not to shower with tainted water because they might inhale the chemical.

Paul Tratnyek, a professor at the Institute of Environmental Health at Oregon Health and Science University who studied TCP for the Defense Department, said few other chemicals match its toxicity.

"Even the slightest amount of TCP in the water would be considered to be a potential health effect," Tratnyek said.

NBC News was in Arvin as the city tested the water for TCP. A state-certified lab found more than six times the amount the state says is acceptable.

"Arvin is poor. But they deserve to live," local resident Maggie Medina said. "They deserve clean water. They didn't create this problem."

TCP is a degreasing agent used in the production of plastic products. Lawyer Todd Robbins says the chemical's presence in water supplies across California's Central Valley is largely attributable to two industrial giants that recycled TCP by packaging it with agricultural pesticides.

"TCP got into drinking water in the Central Valley because Dow Chemical Company and Shell Oil Company saw an opportunity decades ago to take a hazardous waste stream at their chemical plants, put it in barrels and sell it to farmers, who would then inject it into the ground," Robbins said.

"That's how it started."

Robbins represents 30 communities that are suing Dow and Shell to get them to pay for the multi-million dollar filtration process required to clean water supplies.

The companies prevailed in a 2010 lawsuit filed by the city of Redlands, California, but they have settled other suits and recently lost their first, to a Central Valley city two hours north of Arvin. A jury awarded Clovis, California, $22 million to treat contaminated water and remove TCP from its wells.

Among the documents Robbins has collected is an internal memo in which Dow scientists called TCP "garbage," acknowledging that it had little utility in killing pests. Another memo, from Shell, raises concerns about the chemical's toxicity to animals.

"By at least 1970, the companies knew that it posed a direct risk to groundwater, were advised by their own internal engineers and scientists to do something about it, and they failed to do so," he said.

Dow and Shell declined requests for interviews, and Dow declined to comment.

In a statement, Shell said that the product in question has been out of use for years, that it contained only "trace amounts" of TCP and that it was approved by the federal and California governments. The company added that the product was "beneficial" and that TCP was also present in other products, made by other companies.

The companies also point out there have been no studies that prove TCP causes cancer in humans.

But Jenny Rempel of the Community Water Center, an advocacy group, said animal studies are frequently used to set public health standards. In fact, that's what California relied on when it set the level at which water providers must inform residents of contamination.

Now, the state is going beyond that, with the water board scheduled to vote on whether to would require cleanup efforts once TCP reaches a certain threshold.

The precedent set by California on Tuesday could be important nationwide. The Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization, collected data from water utilities nationwide and concluded that TCP has been detected in at least 17 states, serving millions of people. EWG currently lists 13 on its website, but will be updating the list to include four more states.