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Dallas Cop Breaks Rank, Says Blacks Wrongly Arrested to Fill Quotas, Warns National Guard May Be Next

Following the murders of five officers in Dallas, the media and public alike lamented that the attack had ironically been perpetrated against ‘one of the most progressive police departments in the nation,’ thanks to Chief David Brown at the helm — but a current Dallas officer has now come forward with allegations much to the contrary.

Officer Nick Novello serves in the Dallas Police Department, and has for 34 years, but the leadership of Chief Brown, the officer says, has been anything but the rosy portrait of unity he paints in public.

In fact, even before the fatal shootings earlier this month, bitterness and animosity over Brown’s leadership decisions have marred morale in the department. Novello accuses Brown of making sweeping choices concerning schedules and more without consulting anyone — and, as a consequence, officers are overworked and underpaid.

But a rather striking accusation tears apart Brown’s supposed outreach to the black community: Novello says distrust of the department by African-Americans has been fueled by a number of wrongful arrests to fill drug and public intoxication quotas.

Brown extended an invitation to black protesters angered over police shootings, saying, “We’re hiring. We’ll give you an application. We’ll help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about.

“And we’ll put you in your neighborhood …”

But, as Novello noted in an interview with the Daily Mail, “If he wants them to sign up, he had better stop criminalizing them for things like having small amounts of marijuana.

“Some officers fit people up by arresting them for being intoxicated when they refuse to show their IDs and that leads to a criminal record and difficulties finding a job

“Officers are under pressure to reach targets. There has to be an end to the arrest and ticket quota that exists within the Dallas Police Department.”

He added sharply, “I am sick and tired of the public face of togetherness the chief puts on when he knows there’s a lot of bad feeling behind the scenes.”

Policing for revenue, Novello explained, has rendered the department ineffectual in dealing with issues of greater importance — worse, he feels filling quotas contributes to predatory policing by emboldening officers with power over the people they should be protecting.

“There is a lot of anger out there that we have an inability to police ourselves and we will protect a rogue cop as a police department,” Novello said.

“A lot of the black community are supportive of the police, and that is wonderful, but a large number say police can’t police themselves,” Novello continued. “Not only can’t we police ourselves, we go out of our way to protect the predator cop.

“In my estimation, the quota system is corrupt. You are telling the officer who has a great deal of power that he is required to exercise that and generate funds for the city. Arrests generate money.

“As a beat cop, I see the computer, I see the calls holding, I see the inability to dispatch and deal with real-time needs.”

Beyond ticket and arrest quotas, officers already furious over long hours, low pay, and understaffing became enraged and protested when Brown made sweeping shift changes. Those changes to hundreds of officers’ shifts prompted four police associations — the Black Police Association of Dallas, the Dallas Fraternal Order of Police, the National Latino Law Enforcement Organization’s Dallas chapter, and the Dallas Police Association — to call for Brown’s resignation.

But the chief’s refusal to give up his job only caused resentment among the force to fester.

“We are vastly understaffed,” Novello said. “Last month we lost 48-50 officers, which is unheard of. One officer left to go drive a Coca-Cola truck. Another who was 43 years old retired after 14 years saying, ‘I’m out, I’m out.’ Morale is very low.”

Officers left in droves, in part, due to trauma over the slaughter of five of Novello’s colleagues. Keeping the DPD sufficiently staffed, Novello warned, has become a matter of grave importance — without enough cops in the department, “the only viable solution would be that we embrace the assistance of the National Guard or some federal agency to help police the streets of Dallas,” though, obviously, that “would be very unpalatable because it would mean the loss of state, city sovereignty.

“As a police officer, I can look you in the eye and say, ‘We have got your back, we are out there patrolling’ … but no, we are not. I can recall a number of days when I went to detail in the morning and there might have been seven of us there and after they put officers on special assignment, there was one or two police officers for the whole district.”

Despite the veteran cop’s criticisms of his chief, he emphasized he doesn’t want to “besmirch the man and I have nothing personal against him. I harbor no anger at him […] But I have no confidence in the man at all. He is very dictatorial. He is not open to questions. It is his show.”

Brown, as the Daily Mail noted, has boasted about lowered rates of homicide and violent crime in Dallas in recent years — in fact, 2015 marked the 12th consecutive reduction in crime and a low homicide rate not seen since 1930. But Novello said Brown was just “grandstanding. He knows it is all about public perception.”

Rank-and-file officers, Novello explained, do a fantastic job and aren’t part of his critique of the department, but as for the problems directly affecting the force,

“I believe the public has a right to know. A real right to know and not just receive managed information.”

As for whether he had concerns about whistleblowing, Novello said being honest about what’s actually going on behind the scenes has greater importance than even his keeping the job. Were he to be terminated for speaking out, Novello said,

“I believe it would give me a platform to speak. Anything I speak about … I can prove everything I say.”

Quotas of varying types — whether by race, as what another whistleblower cop from the NYPD alleged and caught on tape, or by type of offense, as described by Novello — undoubtedly drive the issues of police violence and systemic racism through profiling. As The Free Thought Project reported previously, Philando Castile — the black man shot by an officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota — had been pulled over a whopping 52 times by officers prior to his killing. As the Washington Post noted, these stops — all non-violent, non-criminal ‘offenses’ — had generated $6,588 in fines and fees for the city from one man.

Policing in the U.S. now revolves around revenue-generation, and until that changes — and these official and unofficial quota systems with it — the cycle of violence and resentment will inevitably continue.

Officer’s Act Of Kindness For Homeless Man Goes Viral

With all the negative headlines surrounding police officers these days, it’s so refreshing to see something like this.

Last week, a woman named TiAnna witnessed an Ocala, FL police officer do what many deem the unthinkable. OPD Officer Sergeant Erica Hay took time out of her morning to buy breakfast for a homeless man — then she sat down to eat her meal with him as she engaged the man in conversation. TiAnna was so touched by the interaction that she snapped a few pictures and posted them on Facebook. “Although I was the only person blessed to witness less than two minutes of her kindness that definitely came from the heart, it truly made my morning,” TiAnna wrote.

This incredible act of kindness quickly spread online, and people began sending their messages of gratitude. After all, the officer could have bought the man food and then continue on her way, but to also sit down and eat with him? Sharing a meal with someone is intimate and personal, yet this officer didn’t think twice.

When she was reached for comment, Sgt. Hay was hesitant to speak with the media. Humbled, she did not seek attention for her kind gesture. “I was heading to Dunkin’ Donuts to get breakfast when I saw this man sitting by himself, so, I decided to buy him breakfast. I then went over, sat down, and ate breakfast with him.”

To this officer, it was simply her duty as an officer and human being. Hay went on to say, “He turned out to be a very nice man who just has a sad story. He is a person.”

Last week, an Ocala, FL woman named TiAnna witnessed the police officer (below) do what many deem the unthinkable. Now, her story is going viral — and for the best reason!

Last week, an Ocala, FL woman named TiAnna witnessed the police officer (below) do what many deem the unthinkable. Now, her story is going viral -- and for the best reason!

TiAnna was across the street from a Dunkin’ Donuts when she noticed a police officer had parked her squad car in the lot. She was sitting on the curb at a gas station beside a homeless man.

TiAnna was across the street from a Dunkin' Donuts when she noticed a police officer had parked her squad car in the lot. She was sitting on the curb at a gas station beside a homeless man.

As it turned out, PD Officer Sergeant Erica Hay took time out of her morning to buy breakfast for a homeless man — then she sat down to eat her meal with him as she engaged the man in conversation.

As it turned out, PD Officer Sergeant Erica Hay took time out of her morning to buy breakfast for a homeless man -- then she sat down to eat her meal with him as she engaged the man in conversation.

TiAnna was so touched by the interaction that she snapped a few pictures and posted them on Facebook. “Although I was the only person blessed to witness less than two minutes of her kindness that definitely came from the heart, it truly made my morning,” TiAnna wrote.

TiAnna was so touched by the interaction that she snapped a few pictures and posted them on Facebook. “Although I was the only person blessed to witness less than two minutes of her kindness that definitely came from the heart, it truly made my morning,” TiAnna wrote.

The police department noticed TiAnna’s Facebook post, then posted the photos on their Instagram profile. Within a day the story had gone viral, but humble Sgt. Hay never expected any media attention.

The police department noticed TiAnna's Facebook post, then posted the photos on their Instagram profile. Within a day the story had gone viral, but humble Sgt. Hay never expected any media attention.

Not only is she an incredible Sergeant, but she’s also the leader of the K-9 unit in her department. In 2013, the Ocala Police Department’s K-9 Unit was recognized and thanked by Chief Isaacs of the Fruitland Park Police Department..

Not only is she an incredible Sergeant, but she's also the leader of the K-9 unit in her department. In 2013, the Ocala Police Department's K-9 Unit was recognized and thanked by Chief Isaacs of the Fruitland Park Police Department..

To this officer, she was simply her duty as a human and nothing more — but to so many others, her act of kindness was the workings of a real-life hero. Sgt. Hay said, “He turned out to be a very nice man who just has a sad story. He is a person.”

To this officer, she was simply her duty as a human and nothing more -- but to so many others, her act of kindness was the workings of a real-life hero. Sgt. Hay said, “He turned out to be a very nice man who just has a sad story. He is a person.”

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Police officer does NOT shoot aggressive dogs, puts them in car THIS IS HOW ITS DONE OFFICERS!!!

An Ohio police officer is being praised on social media after body cam footage was released of the cop wrangling two aggressive dogs with care

MERIDIAN, OHIO — An Ohio police officer is being praised on social media after body cam footage was released of the cop wrangling two aggressive dogs with care.

Meridian Patrol Officer David Gomez responded to a complaint about two dogs roaming a neighborhood in Meridian, Ohio. Gomez found two large dogs, one foaming at the mouth, running loose. Where most officers normally panic, Gomez remained calm.

The policeman called the dogs over towards his patrol car, where he was standing. As soon as the dogs arrived at his feet, they begin viciously barking at the officer. That’s when Gomez radioed in for animal control.

Neighbors began emerging from their homes to watch the commotion, but Gomez asked them to go back inside as the dogs weren’t taking a liking to anyone.

With animal control still 15 minutes away, Gomez attempted to calm the dogs by keeping their attention on him.

Eventually the officer opened the door to his patrol car and coaxed both canines into the back seat.

Neither of the dogs nor the officer were harmed.

25 dogs a DAY are killed by police officers, staggering and disturbing numbers, this officer who was properly trained does a AMAZING JOB with patience and perseverance gets these over zealous.scared dogs in the squad car and back to their homes. KUDOS to officer David Gomez thank you sir for caring enough to allow these dogs to get back home.

 

Kansas Cop Gives Bicycle to Homeless Man Commuting Five Hours by Foot

A Kansas police officer says he was just doing his job when gave a bicycle and duffel bag to a homeless man who had been commuting five hours per day by foot to his job as a cashier while he tried to save money for an apartment.

Officer Zach Stamper, 30, of the Roeland Park Police Department told ABC News he first met Samuel Meixueiro last Wednesday when he received a call reporting a suspicious person in a local park.

Stamper found Meixueiro sitting in the park taking a break on his walk to work from the church where he was staying in Kansas City, Missouri, to his job at a liquor store in Mission, Kansas.

“He said, ‘This is the deal. I’m taking a rest,’” Stamper recalled. “I felt for the guy because my commute, I get in my vehicle and drive to work. It’s five minutes.”

“This guy, his job means everything to him,” Stamper said. “He said he was saving up for an apartment and had to have this job so I thought, okay, let’s try to get this guy some help.”

Stamper says he gave Meixueiro a ride to his job that day and, while loading Meixueiro’s possessions in his patrol car, noticed that the zipper on his suitcase was broken.

“I went to my home and got him a duffel bag that I had in my basement and brought it to him at his work,” Stamper said. “I said, ‘You’re trying to make the best out of a bad situation that you’re in and I respect that.’”

Stamper then returned to work and told his boss, Chief of Police Edward Morris, about Meixueiro’s situation.

“I said, ‘He seems like he’s one of those guys who is down on his luck and needs a leg up,’” Stamper said.

A background check on Meixueiro found that he was a registered sex offender but Stamper says the charges were 20-years-old and helping Meixueiro became “more about the future and the present than the past.”

“Obviously we don’t condone, but due to it being 20 years ago and him doing everything to get his life back on track, we decided to help him out,” Stamper said.

Stamper and Morris realized the city has a collection of bicycles that have been either surrendered or abandoned and found a nearly brand-new condition bicycle for Meixueiro to use.

After cleaning the bike and putting air in the tires, Stamper surprised Meixueiro with the bike at his job.

“He was brought to tears and I think he was pretty taken aback by it,” Stamper said. “He wasn’t out begging for money, he was doing everything he could to get ahead.”

Stamper’s actions have garnered him attention online and in the local community, and Stamper says this was not the first nor will it be the last time he helps a citizen in need.

“As an officer, my job is to serve and protect and this is what I’m doing to help my community,” he said. “99 percent of the officers that I’ve ever met would have done the same thing.”