Friday, September 23, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The closing, reopening, closing and reopening of the PCSO criminal case on the attempted murder of Deputy Puroll
Background for my brief information below: I wrote the material below in 2011 as some observations of PCSO's handling of the Puroll case. The "Uniform Crime Reporting" rules mandated for all law enforcement agencies by the FBI are basic and should not be difficult to comply with. Except for Mr. Babeu. LE statistics for Arizona are compiled and submitted to the FBI by the Arizona DPS.
"Crime in Arizona Report 2009" (attached) was compiled and put out by DPS according to federal requirements. Babeu, he being a new rogue sheriff, followed whatever rules he found convenient or useful. "Closing" (or clearing) the criminal case for the Puroll incident can't be done by accepted LE standards - but he did it. The standards are explained in "Clearances" below (taken from the UCR guidelines in effect when the incident happened in April 2010).
Babeu cleared the case. It remained closed until Puroll's bloody T-shirt being kept in property needed to be sent (months after the incident) to the DPS laboratory for forensic testing. A case number was needed for submission. Simple. Use the same case number, just reopen the case. Experts still disagree on the laboratory findings about the shirt. The T-shirt was eventually returned to PCSO after the analysis and again, the case was closed by PCSO.
Read the actual state and federal guidelines that LE agencies are to follow. Basic and understandable. Thus comes my subject for this email, discussing the closing, reopening, closing and reopening of this criminal case. It should have never been closed. How was the case "cleared?" It wasn't and the criminal case should still be open - but it isn't. Rules seem to be for the other guys.
I attached the Uniform Crime Reporting guidelines that were in effect when the shooting incident happened. Reportedly, this was the attempted murder of a police officer, Puroll. Fleeing armed suspects, yet to be identified or arrested.
I do request anonymity as your source in this matter. I am a retired Arizona police officer and I am submitting this information to you based on a series of facts and on common regulations in published guidelines in effect for LE at the time of the incident. No hearsay. No rumors. Just pointing out a matter of poor case tracking that is against contemporary police agency practices.
If you need further information, please feel free to contact me.
For the real (non)answers, you might just ...
End of my trivial background. Now on to the questions about the improper case handling by PCSO---------------------
The question remaining on the Puroll shooting incident is “how can a case be closed where no suspects have been identified or arrested?”
The Arizona Department of Public Safety follows the strict FBI guidelines for Uniform Crime Reporting purposes. Attached is the 2009 “Crime in Arizona” report by DPS. Below is the DPS standard on closing cases:
Clearances (page 11 of DPS "Crime in Arizona")
Clearances (page 11 of DPS "Crime in Arizona")
An offense is considered cleared (solved) when at least one offender is arrested for a crime, even though several may have been involved. Offenses may also be cleared by exceptional means when the offender: Commits suicide; makes a dying declaration; confesses while in custody or serving time for another crime; is prosecuted in another jurisdiction for the same offense; is a juvenile who is handled by notifying the parents; when the victim refuses to prosecute; or another jurisdiction refuses to extradite the offender.
Clearances are counted as “adult” or “juvenile.” A “juvenile” clearance is counted only when juveniles are exclusively involved in the commission and clearance of an offense. If the arrest of both adults and juveniles results in a clearance, it is counted as an “adult” clearance only.
Glossary of terms (page 134)
Glossary of terms (page 134)
Cleared by Arrest - An offense that is cleared (solved) when at least one person is (1) arrested, (2) charged with the commission of the offense, and (3) turned over to the court for prosecution.
Cleared by Exceptional Means - For UCR purposes, an offense is considered exceptionally cleared when law enforcement has: (1) definitely established the identity of the offender, (2) there is enough information to support an arrest, charge, and turning over to the court for prosecution, (3) the exact location of the offender is known so the subject could be taken into custody, and yet (4) some reason outside law enforcement control prevents bringing the offender to court.
By DPS and FBI standards, how can this case be closed by any means? No suspects have been identified. As the county law enforcement head, you would want to keep the case open and active until the suspect(s) who tried to murder the deputy is found. The suspect(s) is a danger to law enforcement and to the public.
Final thought: Babeu followed his own rules. Henry followed Babeu.
Monday, September 19, 2016
By M. Catharine Evans
If the Obama administration is out to make heroin the #1 drug of choice in the United States, it couldn't be doing a better job. How? By ignoring its open borders policy and placing the majority of blame for the opioid "epidemic" on the nation's physicians.
Designating September 18-23 as National Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness week, Attorney General Loretta Lynch told USA Today the DOJ will enlist federal prosecutors to share information on overprescribing doctors in order to curb the use of painkillers.
This is a twofer for the regime. First, much as the war on cops has led to increased federal involvement in local law enforcement matters, demonizing all doctors for a few bad apples means more government control over our health care.
Second, emphasizing prescription drug abuse distracts the public from our unsecured borders and the free flow of illegals and drugs into the country.
The transport and distribution of heroin is a lot easier when border patrol and local law enforcement personnel are told essentially to ignore the drug mules, gang members, and illegals walking into our country.
Open borders means more heroin. Naturally, prices drop, and the market expands. In this way, Lynch and the Department of Justice have been instrumental in fueling the heroin "epidemic." According to the CDC, "in 2013, an estimated 517,000 persons reported past-year heroin abuse or dependence, a nearly 150 percent increase since 2007."
Lynch, speaking at a Massachusetts Medical Society summit a year ago, focused solely on prescription drugs, doctor shopping, and disrupting online "pill mills." A.G. Lynch boasted about using "every civil, criminal, and administrative tool to dismantle illegal traffic in pharmaceutical controlled substances." She assured her audience of medical professionals she will prosecute those physicians who over-prescribe opioids.
We won a conviction in a 49-count case against a former heart surgeon in Georgia who aggressively prescribed controlled narcotics to patients who were addicted to them and who, at one point, received more Oxycodone pills than any other doctor in the state.
If only Lynch's DOJ, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency would be as tenacious and resolute when it comes to stopping drug traffickers at the border.
Not one time in her address did Lynch mention securing our southern border. It's quite an omission, considering that most heroin is smuggled into our country from Mexico, according to the DEA.
The president of the Laredo, Texas chapter of the National Border Patrol Council stated that "every single illegal alien that comes into the country goes through the hands of a drug cartel." The U.S Drug Enforcement Administration, an agency under Lynch's supervision, wrote in its 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary that seven Mexican drug cartels control nearly all of the U.S. heroin market.
Lynch is expected to announce a new strategy memo to combat the opioid and heroin problem in the U.S. As her boss cuts prison sentences for known drug dealers, and as she refuses to stop illegals from crossing the border with backpacks full of heroin, we can safely assume that doctors seem to be the only ones in Lynch's crosshairs.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Saturday, September 3, 2016
By Andrew McKenna and Matthew Smith-Meck, contributors
To date, the sole exercise of executive privilege by President Obama has not been on the IRS scandal, the Veterans’ Administration scandal nor Benghazi. Rather, it has been invoked one time and one time only: Operation Fast and Furious. Almost four years on now, the question remains: Why?
The above, never before published journal pages are a sampling of what Kent Terry, brother of murdered Border Patrol Agent and former Marine Brian Terry, found shortly after Brian’s death on December 14, 2010. These notes are both confirmed to be those of Agent Terry and according to his family are completely consistent with his handwriting. Brian, apparently concerned about protecting them, hid these notes in a pair of his work boots. His brother Kent discovered the notes when going through Brian’s effects following his murder. Following Brian’s death and directly after his dad had discussed with U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke the three emails Brian had sent to the National Border Patrol Council, fourth amendment search and seizure violations ensued. The government ransacked Brian Terry’s residence without a warrant and removed all electronic media devices. The family received the devices back after approximately one year. The devices were thoroughly and completely wiped clean by the government. Again the persistent question remains: Why?
Before his murder, Brian had on several occasions stopped vehicles en route to Mexico, vehicles laden with AK-47 rifles in their Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) crates. Each time he had stopped and searched the vehicles he radioed his superiors. He was told to “Let ‘em through.” Brian had also come across multiple caches of ammunition buried in the desert. Was it finding these weapons and ammunition, coupled with superiors seemingly turning a blind eye to what was occurring, that so alarmed Brian Terry? After all, he uncharacteristically voiced to his mom over coffee at her house two months before his murder how concerned he was about “something bad was going to happen?” Or was it the “two bad agents,” as Brian described them to his mom on that same visit home, who “aggressively confronted him” that so concerned Brian; a concern so genuine that he purposely hid journal notes in his work boots to ensure they would be protected? Protected from whom?
The historic Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix was purported to be the central location used for the planning and execution of the weapons-running involved in Fast and Furious. These weapons have not only been involved in killings of hundreds in Mexico, but were found at Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s hideout, and could be linked to the Bataclan terrorist attack in France on Nov. 13, 2015. Did Agent Terry unknowingly stumble not only upon Operation Fast and Furious but a larger, international gun-running operation as well? A July 1, 2011 meeting at a Border Patrol office in Las Cruces, New Mexico at which Border Patrol Intelligence personnel from all of the area sectors attended, suggests that might have been the case. Was the underlying reason for this meeting what alarmed Brian Terry? Or perhaps because in all of this there are more questions than answers; more people willing to “Let ‘em through” than to thoroughly investigate and more hollow words than meaningful action. Perhaps this is what truly alarmed Agent Brian Terry, and lead to his prescient action regarding his journal notes.
Witnesses exist who are willing to share their information with government authorities, but currently it seems there’s no one there to listen.
Andrew McKenna is the author of Sheer Madness: From Federal Prosecutor to Federal Prisoner. He is a Market Director for Addiction Campuses. Mr. McKenna’s opinions are his alone and not necessarily those of Addiction Campuses.
Matthew Smith-Meck is a designated Whistleblower and retired Marine Officer.
Friday, September 2, 2016
|Fugitive added to 15 Most Wanted List; reward of up to $25,000 being offered|
Washington – The U.S. Marshals turned up the heat today in the search for alleged murder suspect Anthony Seth Burroughs by adding him to their 15 Most Wanted list and offering a reward for information leading directly to his arrest.
On the lam for more than 16 years, Burroughs is wanted by the Tucson Police Department for first-degree murder. On April 30, 2000, Burroughs allegedly shot and killed 19-year-old Juan Ruben Rodriguez at a house party in Tucson, Arizona. Police believe Burroughs fled the country within 24 hours of the crime. The investigation into his whereabouts led authorities on a trail halfway around the world to the Philippines, where Burroughs was born and has family ties. Even though years have passed, the U.S. Marshals believe that Burroughs will be apprehended with the assistance of the public.
“Burroughs’ senseless crime and disregard for the law have made us more determined to bring him to justice. The U.S. Marshals, along with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners will not rest until he is apprehended and held to account,” said U.S. Marshals Service Deputy Director David Harlow. “The family of the victim deserves justice, and the public at large will be safer when this dangerous fugitive answers for his alleged crime.”
U.S. Marshal David P. Gonzales of the District of Arizona agreed.
“The U.S. Marshals, along with our foreign and domestic law enforcement partners, will leave no stone unturned until Anthony Burroughs is behind bars,” said Gonzales. “This senseless crime not only changed the life of the victim’s mother, Sandra Medina, it also left three children fatherless. This family deserves justice for their loved one.”
Burroughs, who was 21 at the time of the murder, is a white male of Filipino descent with brown eyes and black hair. He stood at 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed approximately 200 pounds at the time of the crime. He is now 37 years old. Burroughs has several tattoos: the name Adriana on his chest, Burroughs on his back, Hate on his left arm, and Love on his right arm. He may be working as a tattoo artist. Burroughs also has an interest in cars.
Based on the nature of his crime, the U.S. marshals believe Burroughs poses a significant threat to the public.
A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading directly to Burroughs’ arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office, the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The Tucson Police Department will not rest in the pursuit of justice,” said the Chief Chris Magnus of the Tucson Police Department.
“The faces of our agency may change over time but our determination to see Anthony Burroughs held accountable for his actions is unwavering. We are thankful for the continued support of our federal partners in this ongoing effort to bring closure to this case and stand ready to assist in any way possible," Magnus said.
Burroughs will be featured on CNN’s The Hunt with John Walsh Sunday, Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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