Murder by Stockton Police Department

Last July 16th three men walked into a Bank of the West Branch in Stockton California , tied up a security guard and robbed a vault at gunpoint. The men then took three women hostage including the bank’s manager.

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What unfolded next was a police chase by 34 officers for an hour who had full knowledge that that one of the women left after two escaped was being used a a human shield by the bank robbers.

One of the robbers saw an officer outside the bank and went back inside. The robber and his two accomplices then emerged with three hostages, including Holt-Singh. They stole a bank employee’s car and drove off.

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Over the next hour, officers with the California Highway Patrol and Stockton police (by 34 officers) gave chase across three counties. Two hostages were wounded and ejected from the vehicle but Holt-Singh stayed until the chase reached its violent conclusion.

Stockton police fired more than 600 rounds at the car during the chase and struck Holt-Singh 10 times. All ten rounds fired at Singh that killed her came from rounds from the police. Authorities even stated that that Holt-Singh was used as a human shield during the ensuing shootout, which left two of the three bank robbers also dead. 

The department’s protocol requires only two or three cars to give chase and that officers are supposed to go into bank robbery situations “with stealth” so the robbers aren’t alerted and take hostages but officers confronted the robbers immediately after they exited the bank and a slew of cars gave chase when they fled.

It was the exact conduct these policies and procedures are made to prevent. It created a hostage situation. In California and elsewhere, there is POST. Police Officers Standards and Training. For guidelines for deadly force and pursuits

34 officers discharged their weapons. The Police Chief of Stockton in a press conference flatly stated “The city has refused to accept responsibility for their actions…”that he would not take any responsibility nor accountability to the events.

Nevertheless, he defended the officers’ actions that day. He said it was already a hostage situation when the first officers were spotted by the robbers, “who were intent on violence, firing hundreds of rounds from automatic weapons and showing every potential for taking their rampage to any number of locations.”

Another bank employee was also shot, Kelly Huber, an employee at the bank.

Huber said than an officer negligently interrupted the bank robbery and caused the subsequent kidnapping and shooting. Police weren’t prepared to contain the robbers before confronting them and didn’t wait until she and the other two hostages were free before trying to capture the suspects, which only made the situation more dangerous, Huber said. Huber was shot in both legs and broke a bone in the incident.

The police has options during a pursuit, ramming or what is known as a pit maneuver, spike strips, road blocks or blowing out a tire or two to slow down the pursuit.  As per POST training and my training, you do not need a sea of vehicles to conduct a vehicle pursuit while there is air support.

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Aircraft Rules; Departments have or should have specific rules governing departmental aircraft in pursuit.

These identical rules, which follow:

When an aircraft is available to assist and has advised ground officers that the suspect vehicle is in view, the following guidelines will be used:

  • Officers in primary vehicles will turn off their emergency lights and slow to a safe operating speed.
  • The aircraft will continue to advise of the suspect vehicle’s location and approximate speed.
  • Support units should attempt to be in a position to apprehend the suspect when the suspect vehicle stops.
  • The aircraft will maintain a safe height to allow the operator to observe the suspect vehicle.

When the officer making this pursuit has knowledge that a hostage is in the vehicle in pursuit, they must take any reasonable methods not to harm the hostage or the general public during that pursuit especially with full knowledge that the perps was using that hostage was a human shield and had taken other hostages with them.

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It is the duty of the supervisory on duty to make that call. In that regard, that supervisor is directly responsible and the training of these officers was not met.  Once there is air support, you must terminate that pursuit. Plain and simple.  Once the robbers think they are longer being pursued, they will lower their speed and get to the planned location and the police will have full knowledge and then move in.  No one has an unlimited supply of gasoline.

At that time, a carefully and orchestrated tactical apprehension could be made with limited or no casualties to the assailants, hostage or officers.

Social Media Prostitution and Sex Trafficking: BACKPAGE.com and CRAIGSLIST

Is BACKPAGE.COM a bigger PIMP than CRAIGSLIST? Which is the leader in SEX TRAFFICKING and online prostitution across the world? From my research and being a leading authority in the investigation, recovery of missing children and human trafficking, Craigslist certainly rivals back page here in the United States but CRAIGSLIST certainly beats out BACKPAGE.COM. It is not so much a rivalry but a criminal enterprise in open view tolerated by our criminal justice system. handovermouth Adult classifieds site Backpage.com is profiting from one of the ugliest crimes on the planet: sex trafficking. They are facilitating sex slavery and why to this date they have not shut the site down is beyond comprehension. Backpage says that they are doing more to fight sexual exploitation than any other classified ad site on the web and have no plans to shut the site down. The owners of the site, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin also owners of the Village Voice Media not too long ago ditched all of its editorial properties, taking pressure off Village Voice Media’s brand advertisers and investors to distance themselves from the Backpage controversy, and leaving the beleaguered (but very profitable) classifieds site as a stand alone ad Platform as part of their cover my ass program. So, let’s look at the facts and not just the jargon even though we all know all facts and statistics are not all exact. ● Backpage.com accounts for about 70% of America’s prostitution advertising ● Earns more than $22 million annually from prostitution ads – NY Times ● 80% of online prostitution advertising revenue – Reuters ● Continues to get rich off of human suffering to the tune of $24 million a year” – The Daily Beast There are ridiculous statistics out there to explain the procedures that Backpage and Craigslist to disseminate their removal process for spam and fraud on posts outside of sex or personal posts. Backpage and Craigslist posts approximately 7.5 million ads a month in dozens of countries and hundreds of categories. Of those ads approximately 20% of those ads are listed in the adult category. You do the math. These pimps want you to believe that they do everything within their power sand with the aid of the National Center for Missing Exploited Children (NCMEC) try to keep up by removing posts by examining credentials against phone numbers, email and IP addresses of ad posters Backpage has already flagged. They claim to scan ads for links to viruses, MK_logomalware and URLs that NCMEC has blacklisted as being associated with child pornography. This effectiveness is about (.01 percent) of its monthly ad volume. If you do not know that these sites are available to our children, you are ignorant. This is the root of the problem and it is a cancer but there is a solution. Backpage and Craigslist do NOT even oblige or abide as they say by their own TERMS AND CONDITIONS such as illegal activities, like “offers of sex for any kind of compensation(including suspected code words), sex acts in images, nudity, potential harm or violence” but are more concerned about flagging, removing deleting or blacklisting legitimate businesses . #1 Pimp in the Nation One of the questions is how does Backpage and Craigslist know how to monitor the age of the person entering their sites? Would one think, that a simple process of entering a credit

Jim Larkin - Founder of Backpage.com and 2nd largest pimp in the nation

Jim Larkin – Founder of Backpage.com and 2nd largest pimp in the nation

card for verification purposes would help to eliminate this cancer help with a call back to the card holder to verify? However, these methods like credit cards and drivers licenses, cannot be used to identify minors, because the absence of those things does not necessarily mean the person is a child or the child would have access to those items. Even more fuel to shut down all adult advertising. Does these scam sites even bother to offer up a solution to alleviate the problem? Because the main criteria the ad review team uses is to guess whether the advertiser is a minor is by looking at the photo attached to the ad and making a judgement call as to whether they appear over or under 21. How inane is that? Eyeballing a photo and guessing the age of the person in it is criminally stupid at best. What training do the people running this company have? Did they attend the FBI criminal behavioral unit to determine that the person is clearly over the age of 18 or 21? Who posted the photo, how old the photo is, and whether the photo in the ad is actually of the person advertising adult services. Backpage and Craigslist Terms of Use don’t

Craig Newmark - CEO of Craigslist - #1 Pimp in America with friend Obama

Craig Newmark – CEO of Craigslist – #1 Pimp in America with friend Obama

prohibit users from posting on another’s behalf, or using another’s credit card to post the ad, a glaring omission given all the concern over pimps and traffickers advertising people for sexual services against their will. Nor does Backpage maintain a database of previously flagged images to automatically detect duplicates. Backpage’s critics maintain that a lot of the ads – and sex traffickers – will just go away if Backpage shuts down. Backpage claims that by shutting down their site, there would be no way to identify pimps and predators of which they claim by allowing these posts would not be able to be identified and thus would disappear and go underground. I see Backpage and Craigslist trying to win an argument on allowing their web site to remain active and not shut down purely on greed alone and meagerly not trying more to fix this problem by merely shutting down their personal ads. This is not simply an honorable a dating site but an outright pornography site that promotes trafficking and child porn! One where YOUR child gets allured to a predator and is lost forever and sometimes killed. Of all the victims of sex trafficking Back page and Craigslist account for a considerable amount of the millions that are part of these statistics. Every 5 minutes, a child goes missing. Human/Sex Trafficking is the largest industry next to the drug cartels and about to surpass that. Backpage contains a section for listing “adult entertainment” services even though they lie and say their site officially prohibits illegal services including prostitution but the site still contains listings explicitly for sex and known incidences of child sexual services being sold. The way I see it, if you promote it, any enterprise will only grow. If you do not, the enterprise will decline and hopefully die. If you cut out the cancer or treat it, the greater the chance the cancer will go away or not come back and if it does, you keep trying to fight it. Thou shall not be a victim, thou shall not be a perpetrator and thou shall not be a bystander. If more people got involved, there is also more strength in numbers. Awareness, education and action will prevail. Never let greed and corruption stand in the path of the safety of our children. Craig Newmark, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin are pimps and aiding and abetting crime. Simply put. They are profiteers of criminal enterprise. You cannot sugar coat it enough. If you are looking for a loved one, we can help! We  can profile whether or not your child fell victim to a predator on in the Internet if they wen missing and find them. www.thelost.net

Commercial Bail Bonding

Why commercial Bail & Bounty Hunters play a vital role in the criminal justice system.

 – High Risk Fugitive Apprehension, Child Recovery Expert, Law Enforcement Trainer, Security Consultant, Speaker, Author

This is my take on the article written by Bruce Murphy for Urban Milwaukee. Link listed below.

Murphy’s Law: Bail Bond Bill Will Create Debtor’s Prisons urbanmilwaukee.com

Every research study ever done on pretrial release has shown that commercial bail bonding is the MOST effective form of release.

Defendants that arraigned on bail are based upon the severity on the crime(s) they commit and therefore the comment made that people are languishing away in jail because they cant afford a bail bond is absolutely false. This author needs to be schooled. With bail bonds as we know you only need to post 10% of the bond amount to get out of jail for 10% as opposed to having to pay the whole amount.

The author either seems to gloss over this fact or deliberately ignores it. The bottom line is a bail bond is an insurance policy. Just like any other insurance policy you pay a premium to the insurance agent for that coverage. If you drive a car and don’t have an accident or ticket, does your insurance company refund your premium? Of course not. What a commercial bail bond does is “GUARANTEE” that the defendant shows up for court. If they don’t the bail agent goes and gets them. If they don’t get them, they not the government or the taxpayer pay the full amount to the court.

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When someone is let out through the current system in Wisconsin or Oregon for example, nobody goes and gets them, a warrant is issued and it becomes law enforcement’s job (at taxpayer’s dollar). Most times they are not picked up until they commit another offense and that can be a violent crime like rape or murder. Explain that to the victim of family member about pre-trial release and that they were release because they could not come up with $50.00!Also, if commercial bail is the cause of jail overcrowding than explain why Wisconsin jails are dealing with an overcrowding problem if there is currently no commercial bail allowed.

Here is a link to a story on the ACLU’s website about this problem (http://aclu-wi.org/story/more-money-prison-overcrowding-human-rights-crisis). The author’s [photo is at the end of the article. My response is noted below the end of the article. Remember…no commercial bail in Wisconsin and there is overcrowding. Interesting huh?

Also, in Wisconsin according to this welcome sign, the government wants their citizens to protect crime within their state and promote vigilantism in lieu of public safety. It seems that the shoot first posture applies to this state whether or not their citizens have been properly trained in any fashion at all in police procedure to determine if a crime is being committed and when to use the act of deadly force. “Acts of Criminal Violence” does not necessitate deadly force and will land your citizen is the can or 6 feet under. Where does it say that in the sign? Also, I believe the last time I checked and the first time I learned this in first grade and that Chicago and Illinois are pretty much one and the same.

I believe this exemplifies a clear message why I guess why their platform of bail is not required and their stance that commercial bail creates overcrowded and their solution to it by arming as many of their citizens.  Beware great citizens of Wisconsin that as a Law Enforcement and Security trainer, career criminals are great shots and have killed many trained police officers and federal agents.  I hope that when it comes down to the use of deadly force and your life or your children is on the line, that you are a better and more accurate shooter then a hardened criminal especially one who is on your pre-trial release program.

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In regards to the statement that commercial bail costs the state money…really? How is that math being done? The current system requires tax dollars and lots of them. People have to come up with the full amount of bail (harder to do than just 10%) and sit in jail longer all on the taxpayers dime. With commercial bail, people are released quicker because they only have to come up with 10%. The insurance companies that back each bail bond pay a premium tax to the local jurisdiction (in California that premium tax amount topped $12 Million), and when they don’t perform, bail agents pay the full amount of the bond to the court. Explain to me where the cost is for the county. There is no cost. In fact, bail actually generates revenue. Additionally, in a recent study out of the University of Texas at Dallas, a researcher determined the cost of a failure to appear (when someone does not show up for court). Based on that amount (a little over $1,700 per defendant) the commercial bail industry saved Dallas County over $11 Million. Does that sound like an industry that costs the local jurisdictions money…hardly.

And now something that we can all agree is important, public safety. When people are released on a commercial bail bond, they are being watched and monitored by several people who all have skin in the game. The bail agent has put up his money and promise to the court (along with the insurance company). The family has put up financial assets to secure the defendants release. What this does is create a circle of influence around each defendant that both ensures they show up for court and in the process stay out of trouble. Financially secured release has been proven time and time again but every research study ever done to be the most effective form of release.

Why are Republicans pushing a bill opposed almost unanimously by criminal justice professionals?

  • Scott Bernstein

    High Risk Fugitive Apprehension, Child Recovery Expert, Law Enforcement Trainer, Security Consultant, Speaker, Author

    Wisconsin is not alone in its thinking. Currently, Oregon is also contemplating the return of commercial bail. Why? Because it works. Without someone monitoring defendants with skin in the game…without defendant’s knowing that someone will come after them if they don’t show up for court…without family members tied emotionally and financially to the performance of a defendant…there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY in the system. And without accountability, the system fails. People need to stop believing what they see on television and in the movies. The commercial bail industry is vital to the criminal justice system. In recent surveys among judges, sheriffs and court administrators across the country, it was found that all of the groups (over 90% in every case) believed that commercial bail played an important role in the criminal justice system.

    Next time there is a story put out about they commercial bail bond industry returning to Wisconsin, it would be good to hear both sides of the story. Once the facts are shared, the decision is pretty simple. That would be great journalism.

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Global Challenges

What are the biggest problems facing the world in 21st century?
• Racism
    • Discrimination
    • Global warming
    • Environmental destruction
    • Nuclear weapons
    • Terrorism
    • Violence
    • Murder
    • Torture
    • Toxic waste
    • War
    • Genocide
    • Poverty
    • Starvation
    • Rape, etc.

  • Answer:
    The biggest challenges are getting the personal and corporate GREED under control, and securing the Internet where more than 90 percent of our business takes place today. Every day human creations produce pollution as a result of the devising and invention of machinery. Humans are responsible for nearly everything in the world that has been created and is the source of pollution. In my opinion the biggest problem facing human in the next 100 years is pollution such as nuclear waste. Atomic power is very good source of energy so humans can save oil. Humans can use water and many other things to make power but there are dangerous threatening things and nuclear waste is one of them because it doesn’t natural to the environment. Meanwhile all countries want to discover new knowledge. I think they don’t think about what might happen in the next century or in future. This is a serious problem, like what to do with the waste because we are no longer allowed to throw them into ocean or bury it underground. This waste can cause the earth to be destroyed, so it is impossible to grow anything in that area.
    The possible solution is we can use that energy just for some special cases. Politicians should not use this energy for war weapons, Atomic bombs or experiment on humans’ body. The devastation caused to Hiroshima and Chernobyl shows that atomic weapon and power can have irreparable results.
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    As people are living longer today and Science is more advanced than ever before, the results of mistakes made now will be visited on the unborn generations to come. Human history has been an expert witness to tragic events from the past. We should do anything we can to prevent such tragic events occurring. Overpopulation! Notwithstanding American “diets”, we grow 1200 cal of food per person (all 6 billion) per day – and half of that is lost, spoilage, insects and other vermin. If the average is 600, and we eat 2400 guess how many people are staving. Poverty and a lack of access to water and sanitation. Both cause massive amounts of disease and death worldwide.The greatest problem facing the people in the world today is our own stubborn and willful refusal to accept responsibilities for our actions. We are the species that introduced the notion of atomic global destruction to the world and all we seem to be able to do about it is point our fingers at faceless governments and assign blame. We shake our heads sadly and sigh: “If only the leaders would lead then the people would surely follow.” The best we seem to be able to muster up in dealing with nuclear weapons or weapons of mass destruction is protest. Protest is fine, but it’s not enough. Demanding stricter controls from governments proven to be incompetent will not handle this problem nor will any mutually assured destruction solve this problem. This particular problem is overwhelmingly complex and requires a people much wiser and stronger than we are today.

    The age we live in today is often called the age of information but if anyone is really paying attention it appears to be more like the age of disinformation. Propaganda abounds across the globe and it is only effective because people are such easy prey to propaganda. It requires a higher level of awareness to discern fact from fiction and truth from talk. That level of awareness will not be accomplished before we learn how to accept responsibility for our actions. Accepting responsibility for our actions requires we become more honest with ourselves and admit we are too lazy and to willing to stagnate on all levels.

    Our marriages fail because we don’t make the effort to keep them working, our children become estranged because we don’t make the time for them, our communities fall into disrepair because we let them crumble, all the while waiting for someone else, some expert or someone wiser than us to fix our problems. We eat to much fast food and then turn to our doctors expecting some sort of little yellow pill that can correct the imbalance we created because we eat garbage for sustenance. We turn to psychiatrists and psychologists asking for medication that will help us ignore the mess we’ve created so we might keep plodding forth making bigger messes. We hide in our churches scolding others because they aren’t as holy as we are ignoring the message that comes with attending church. We blame, and we blame and we blame, never satisfied with the results of blaming and so, astonishingly we blame some more.
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    We are woefully human and to err is human but there is evidence that we are also divine. We build remarkable cities filled with breathtaking edifices and homes, we build dams, superhighway’s and learn the mechanics of rocket science. We care and we love just as deeply as we are indifferent or hate. We discover that our actions and thoughts are caused by synapses in the nervous system and brain but we wonder if that is so, how is it we know about synapses. We are much, much more than we’ve ever been and when we finally figure out how to accept responsibility for each and every one of our actions, we will finally become all that we are and all we are supposed to be. This is quite a problem and solving this problem will not be easy. It appears, however, that life is not easy. Life is hard and it is the struggle we make that defines who we are. All of us are capable of so much more than we have ever accomplished and perhaps one day, the people will face their problems until the only real problems we’re confronted with are in the decisions we face in handling new problems. That will be an epoch to remember.
    Clearly the greatest single problem which faces the world is overpopulation. The rate of increase has to be stopped in no time flat simply because there is going to be an ever increasing energy shortage which will continue to impact lives in ever increasing ways in time to come. This energy shortage will impact the ability of the peoples of this world to feed themselves in time to come. Arable land will be used up in cities and industrial areas. There will be crises which people will not be able to overcome.
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    Any one who has ever flown in an airplane over the vast and wide open spaces of this planet would have to ignore the obvious in order to agree that it is clear that overpopulation is a problem at all let alone the single greatest problem the world faces. How would we stop population rises? Is some form of tyrannical licensing of parentage being advocated? Energy shortage? The single greatest abundance in the universe is hydrogen. We are better served to find ways to harnessing this abundant resource and creating a renewable source of energy than we are in oppressing the individual and demanding that we all stop being so successful at propagation. The world is still very large and the universe even larger.