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FOURTH AMENDMENT CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST “TONY SOTO” JAILED IN PHILADELPHIA ON $900,000.00 BOND

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“IF YOU DON’T STAND FOR SOMETHING YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING” [UPDATE 5/22/16] The jail is now reporting the Bond is $900,000.00 again but can not explain why the Court Documents explicitely state $300,000.00. [UPDATE 5/23/16] Credible sources say THE GoFundME page started by Soto’s family has been removed at the direction of the Philadelphia

Fairfax County Sends Its Killer Cops Packing…Heat

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Updates on Police Accountability in Fairfax, Virginia On May 10th, Fairfax County held its second public safety committee meeting of the year, where the Board of Supervisors discussed recommendations from the Police Executive Research Forum regarding the release of public information and also general use of force recommendations. Members of the ad hoc committee who

Plea Deal for Fairfax Killer Cop Adam Torres

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On August 29, 2013, Fairfax County police officer Adam Torres shot and killed John Geer as he stood in his own doorway, speaking calmly with Officer Rodney Barnes and the other officers who had responded to Geer’s townhouse 40 minutes earlier. Geer’s partner, Maura Harrington, had called 911 because Geer was distraught over her announcement

Scenes from an Execution — India Kager Video Released

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After 6 months of pressure and an emotional plea from a grieving mother that became a viral video, the Virginia Beach Police Department has finally released the video of their lethal assault on India Kager. The surveillance footage comes from the 7-Eleven where Kager and her boyfriend, Angelo Perry, were shot and killed. The blurry

FOURTH AMENDMENT CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST “TONY SOTO” JAILED IN PHILADELPHIA ON $900,000.00 BOND

Tony-Soto

“IF YOU DON’T STAND FOR SOMETHING YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING”

[UPDATE 5/22/16] The jail is now reporting the Bond is $900,000.00 again but can not explain why the Court Documents explicitely state $300,000.00.

[UPDATE 5/23/16] Credible sources say THE GoFundME page started by Soto’s family has been removed at the direction of the Philadelphia Police Department.  Further updates on crowdfunding will be updated on the Tony Soto Facebook page.

FIRST: Soto’s family vehemently asserts the allegations by the Philadelphia Police Department(hereinafter “PPD”) saying that they are a “complete fabrication” and another attempt to set him up.  It should be noted that this is not the first time that the PPD has attempted to advance illegitimate charges against Soto to shut the outspoken civil rights activists mouth with trumped up criminal charges.

Have you ever met someone that can never get their [a]ct together because “The Man has got them down”; And your first thought is “this person won’t take responsibility for their actions?” Well, this isn’t one of those situations, so get some coffee and get ready to take a journey into the City of Philadelphia where  it appears “The Man” does have them down and moreoever, Soto with a $300,000.00 bond and incarceration after an incident outside his home on May 18,2016.

Before you read the Philadelphia NBC10 article, as stated above, Soto and his family contest the absurdity in these allegations. His mother witnessed the incident in question and after reaching out to her, it became very clear that NBC10 omitted the other side of this story and further, printed verbatim the entirety of the PPD’s allegations via a press release by the public information officer.  You may think this to be irrelevant but, as you will see, there is no love lost between the PPD and Tony Soto even though Soto has reached out with proverbial olive branches on many ocassions.

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Fairfax County Sends Its Killer Cops Packing…Heat

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Updates on Police Accountability in Fairfax, Virginia

On May 10th, Fairfax County held its second public safety committee meeting of the year, where the Board of Supervisors discussed recommendations from the Police Executive Research Forum regarding the release of public information and also general use of force recommendations. Members of the ad hoc committee who served on the communications and use of force subcommittees again provided input on the same recommendations they provided six months ago. An audio recording of the meeting is available here: https://soundcloud.com/fairfaxcounty/may-10-2016-public-safety-committee-meeting.

While some might feel encouraged by the fact that the public safety committee has already met more times in the past six months than it did in the previous four years (before October, the last meeting had been in June, 2011), it’s obvious that the county is just putting on an extended dog and pony show to give the appearance of taking action, while doing precious little to address long-standing deficiencies with the police department and proper oversight of it by the Board of Supervisors. Read more

Plea Deal for Fairfax Killer Cop Adam Torres

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On August 29, 2013, Fairfax County police officer Adam Torres shot and killed John Geer as he stood in his own doorway, speaking calmly with Officer Rodney Barnes and the other officers who had responded to Geer’s townhouse 40 minutes earlier. Geer’s partner, Maura Harrington, had called 911 because Geer was distraught over her announcement that she was moving out and taking their two teenage daughters with her, and was tossing furniture and personal effects outside onto the lawn.

[Read Tom Jackman’s excellent recap of the John Geer case from beginning to end]

On January 5, 2015, nearly a year and a half later, Fairfax County officials finally released Torres’ name to the public, something they refused to do until forced by a court order. Adam Torres was not charged with second degree murder until August 17, 2015, almost two years to the day after he killed John Geer.

Thanks to a plea deal, Torres will almost certainly be home enjoying his freedom and the love of his family when John Geer’s family marks the third anniversary of their loss this coming August; Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Morrogh has accepted a plea deal for involuntary manslaughter with a sentence of 12 months. Torres has already spent 8 months in county lockup as he has been held without bond since the day he was charged.

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Scenes from an Execution — India Kager Video Released

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After 6 months of pressure and an emotional plea from a grieving mother that became a viral video, the Virginia Beach Police Department has finally released the video of their lethal assault on India Kager. The surveillance footage comes from the 7-Eleven where Kager and her boyfriend, Angelo Perry, were shot and killed. The blurry video was released to the public the same day as the report from the prosecutor’s office declaring no charges would be brought against the SWAT team members involved, officers S. Ferreira, K. Ziemer, J. Thorson, and D. Roys, because the shooting was deemed justified.

Kager’s boyfriend (see update below) Angelo Perry was a homicide suspect who, according to a confidential informant, was going to be in Virginia Beach to carry out a hit on an unidentified person. Despite “watching the location of Perry’s phone as it moved south from Maryland toward Virginia Beach (with what? Stingrays?),” and having “surveillance units deployed at different locations throughout the city in an attempt to spot Perry,” it was up to the confidential informant to tip off the cops that Perry was actually in town. The report also states “it was confirmed that Perry was armed,” but not how they knew this prior to the shooting.

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SB 552: the Dawn of Virginia’s Secret Police

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We’ve been hearing a lot about criminal justice reform, a movement with support from both republicans and democrats who acknowledge the myriad problems with the huge numbers of people we spend to jail and prison each year, why we send them there, and how we send them there. However, this is a movement that has apparently not reached Virginia, a state whose legislative body seems to be intent on doubling down on costly (in financial and human terms), ineffective, and harmful “tough on crime” bills that undercut government accountability and transparency and attack our civil liberties.

One of the worst examples of this is Senate Bill 552, which aims to exempt the “names, positions, job classifications, and other identifying personal information” from being released under Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act. This bill has already been approved by the Virginia Senate, and if the Virginia House of Delegates passes it, it’s likely Governor McAuliffe will happily sign it into law, based on his previous actions regarding law enforcement and release of information.

The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reports that this “Secret Police” law would be the first of its kind in the nation. What an ignoble distinction for a state that so proudly refers to itself as a commonwealth, “a state in which the supreme power is vested in the people,” and boasts “Sic Semper Tyrannis (Thus Always to Tyrants)” for a state motto.
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Tragedy Compounded by Travesty – Stafford Family Prosecuted for Not Euthanizing Beloved Dog “Soon Enough”

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Many of us who have lived with and loved household pets have unfortunately faced the heart-wrenching decision to put a cherished companion down as they get older and fall into poor health. Imagine having to face the pain of losing a furry family member, while also being charged with animal cruelty for not saying goodbye to your pet “soon enough” in the eyes of the state.  That’s exactly the type of inexplicable double whammy that the Evans family of Stafford County, Virginia is dealing with right now.

This past summer, Travis and Aaren Evans learned that their 9-year-old labrador retriever, Buxton, had terminal cancer. Over the July Fourth weekend, Buxton had a seizure related to the cancer. They called their regular veterinarian, who told them to take Buxton to an emergency animal hospital since they were closed for the holiday. However, Buxton’s seizure subsided while they prepared to go, and the dog seemed to recover; They decided to keep him home and monitor his condition. “He was fine for the next two days after the seizure. He was eating ground beef, and he seemed to really be rebounding,” Aaren Evans said.

The Evans family in happier times. " He guarded her crib and slept in her bed. He played dress up. He listened to her stories. He was our companion."

The Evans family in happier times:  “Buxton guarded her crib and slept in her bed. He played dress up. He listened to her stories. He was our companion.”

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An Open Letter to Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Herring

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Dear Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Herring;

It’s clear that you want to build a legacy as gun control trailblazers in Virginia. What’s not clear is why you both seem entirely disinterested in adopting or advocating for meaningful control measures for those who are entrusted with guns and the authority to take lives with near-impunity by the government. You can be counted on to stand with the grieving families of gun homicide victims…so long as they are not the victims of police abuse and overreach. In those cases you are nowhere to be found.  The hypocrisy is galling. And telling.

Furthermore, your recent move to end concealed carry permit reciprocity with 25 states targets a population that is known to be much more law-abiding than the general public, and does nothing to increase public safety. According to the Washington Post, the Attorney General’s office “could not say how many people are suspected of crossing into Virginia with concealed weapons to commit crimes office cannot even say how many people are suspected of crossing into Virginia with concealed weapons to commit crimes.”  The fact that you cannot provide the very information that should have informed your move to restrict CHP holders in the state implies that you either did not bother to research this because you knew it was a non-issue, or you did research it and found no evidence that there was an issue. Read more

Help Bring Yosue Joel Rios Home for the Holidays

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The enduring popularity of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and recent proliferation of programs like National Geographic’s Live Free or Die shows that many people have a deep yearning to escape the consumerist hamster wheel we’re all trapped on by transitioning to living off the land and their own hard work. While watching the show it’s often struck me that, thanks to the state, such a lifestyle is not really possible for most people in this day and age.

Even if you have the formidable skill and character required for this lifestyle, and land of your own to work and live on, you still have to have the means to pay the property taxes each year, and manage not to run afoul of all the state and local restrictions most people aren’t even aware of. You most certainly are not allowed to Rewild on public lands either.

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We grow, raise, scavenge and barter for everything we need, but still have to earn enough money to pay taxes to the state every year for the land we “own.”

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Infamous Manassas D**k Pic Cop Commits Suicide After Being Exposed as Kid Toucher

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Manassas City PD, Special Victimizers Unit

The long and twisted saga involving Detective David Abbott of the Manassas City Police Department came to an explosive end Tuesday morning when he shot and killed himself in front of the police officers who had come to his house to arrest him on two counts of indecent liberties by a custodian and two counts of use of a communication device to solicit a sexual offense. Abbott, a 14 year veteran with the MCPD, also served on the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and takes his place in a long line of cops exposed for being sexual predators.

The Washington Post reports:

Police said they learned that Abbott had sent inappropriate text messages and emails to a 13-year-old boy he met through the hockey program. By phone and social media, Abbott had been asking the boy for sex acts for more than two years, county police said. Detectives then learned of a second potential victim, a boy who was 13 and was also part of the Patriots hockey club in 2008 when Abbott began sending him inappropriate messages, police said.

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Question Authority (but Not the EPA)

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People generally believe that many of the laws politicians pass are harmful and bad, that corporate lobbyists negatively influence policy and regulation for their own gain and at public expense, and that government agencies’ primary objective is to ensure their own continued existence. So then why do people still view certain government entities as sacred cows?

Yesterday I posted an article to the Northern Virginia Cop Block Facebook page with the admittedly inflammatory title of “Nullify the EPA,” and asked page followers merely, “Do you agree or disagree that our state agencies need to assess impact on residents before enforcing federal requirements?” That statement neither supported nor opposed the EPA or any of its edicts, or protecting the environment in general, yet a number of commenters skipped right over the intent of the post, and assumed it was a direct attack on an agency they apparently hold harmless.

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