Archive for May, 2014
Lincoln Park Police Department Initiate Investigation After Two Embarrassing Incidents With 6-month Pregnant Women Go Viral
Dingess who is 6-months pregnant was allegedly hit by a Lincoln Park police officer during a stop and then when she attempted to file a complaint, a police supervisor failed to take it and believed it never happened.
By H. Nelson Goodson
May 31, 2014
Lincoln Park, Michigan – On Wednesday, Andrea Dingess received a letter from a Lincoln Park police lieutenant advising her that the department has initiated an internal investigation into several incidents that went viral on the internet after she posted a YouTube video and reported it on her Facebook (FB) account. Dingess who is 6-months pregnant claims that she was stopped by several Lincoln Park police officers and one of them hit her in the face after citing her for not having an ID (License).
She told the officer that she had an ID, but for some reason the officer cited her for not having one and then got mad, threw the ticket at her and hit Dingess in the face. The officer told her, to bad about the ticket, which he had already wrote it and that she didn’t tell him soon enough about the ID on her possession. Dingess had several people with her who witnessed the officer hit her.
Later when she went to the Lincoln Park Police Department to file a citizen’s complaint against the officer for an assault, a supervisor refused to take the complaint and believed the incident never happened without even attempting to investigating. The incident with the supervisor at the police station was recorded and posted on Facebook and in YouTube. In the background, one of the people with Dingess can be heard saying how corrupt the Lincoln Park Police Department is. The video has gone viral.
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) sent an e-mail to Brian Hawk, the Lincoln Park Police Chief on early Wednesday asking about the supervisor’s failure to take a citizen complaint against an officer, according to the video footage and what are the proper procedures dealing with a citizen complaint regarding an officer? Chief Hawk has not responded to the HNNUSA inquiry regarding the failure of a police supervisor to take a citizen’s complaint.
Dingess posted on Wednesday, “Lincoln Park police sent me a letter and said they are investigating the matter. I’m still waiting on a return call from the lieutenant. I’m trying to allow them to rectify this before I give any statements to media.” She will meet with the lieutenant on Tuesday, according to Dingess FB posting.
Dingess and Lincoln Park police supervisor video at link: http://youtu.be/jVws0aaPj0g
Milwaukee Police Department facing major retirement of officers and supervisors in the next several years.
By H. Nelson Goodson
May 31, 2014
Milwaukee, WI – Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has learned that the Milwaukee Police Department is facing a major retirement turnover by 2015 and 2016. Between 400 to 600 police officers and supervisors (more than 1/3 of the sworn officers) are expected to retire.
The vacancies expected within the next few years will provide opportunities and promotions to Afro-American and Hispanic officers among the ranks of the department. Minorities rank and file will exceed by 30% from the present disproportionate rank and file in the department, depending on promotions of officers seeking to advance within the department.
In 2011, the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) personnel statistics showed that the highest Hispanic ranking police supervisor was Assistant Chief James Harpole (to present), next in line was Deputy Inspector Ramon Galaviz who retired in 2013, and Captain Kurt R. Liebold was the only Latino ranking captain in the department. At least four Lieutenants were named as ranking officers, they are Ruben Burgos (Lt. of Detectives) who retired in 2013, Alfonso Morales who was appointed to Captain in 2013, Alexander Ramirez and David Salazar.
There were only 14 Latino Sergeants, including three women, Lisa M. Gagliano, Vickie Gagliano and Elizabeth I. Ibarra, 17 Detectives, and three Latino Identification Technicians, which two were Latinas, Yvette P. Benitez and Sylvia M. Castro.
There were about 146 Hispanic officers in the department, including 24 Latinas, and at least 37 ranking and officers, including two Latinas serving in the military.
The high ranking Latino officer positions in 2011 were disproportionate compared to more than 2,000 sworn police officers, including high ranking in the entire department, also more than 700 non-sworn personnel, according to the MPD 2011 statistics.
Brief history, in the early 1970’s only one Latino Police Officer was in the Milwaukee Police Department. The officer was Procopio Sandoval who retired as a Detective in 1993. The height requirement of 5′ 7″ (est. 1885) and 5′ 9″ for hiring a police officer under police Chief Harold A. Breier kept many Hispanics from being appointed as police officers by the Fire and Police Commission.
Members of the Latino community led by Jesus Salas, Marla O. Anderson and others in the early 1970’s protested the height requirement in front of Chief Breier’s office claiming it was discriminatory. The Fire and Police Commission height requirement kept most Hispanics from joining the police and fire department, which Salas and Anderson claimed it discriminated Latinos because of their height. The Hispanic community was being defranchised and unable to have members from the community appointed to the department in order to serve their community, according to the protesters.
After several protests, the Commission lowered the height requirement, thus paving the way for Hispanics to join both the Milwaukee Fire and Police Departments.
Marla O. Anderson passed to eternal peace in 1984.
Torbellino had received death threats before being ambushed at La Red restaurant in Obregón.
Obregón, Sonora, Mexico – On Thursday, Tomás Eduardo Tovar Rascón, 30, stage name “Tito Torbellino,” from Phoenix, Arizona, a popular drug cartel ballad singer was killed as he was having an early afternoon dinner at La Red restaurant in Obregón. He dedicated ballads to the Sinaloa Cartel infuriating rival cartels.
Mexican authorities say, Torbellino was shot inside the restaurant. Ballistic evidence from the crime scene indicated that at least six shots were fired.
An armed group of six men arrived at the restaurant and four stayed outside to prevent anyone from going in or escaping as two suspects went inside and fatally shot Torbellino.
Torbellino had a 14-year singing career and began his career at age 26. He had three children.
By December, all Milwaukee County Courthouse security personnel will be replaced by sheriff deputies.
By H. Nelson Goodson
May 29, 2014
Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) learned that all Milwaukee County Courthouse security personnel will be replaced by sheriff deputies. The county security workers in charge of screening people as they enter the courthouses received a noticed this week that Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputies will replaced them in December.
David A. Clarke Jr., Milwaukee County Sheriff, Milwaukee County Human Resources, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele have not officially announced the change of security.
Five Mexican Posse Gang Members Among 22 Alleged Illegal Aliens Arrested In Wisconsin During ICE Raids
22-people deemed as illegal aliens, including five Posse gang members were arrested by ICE and local police during two operations in Wisconsin.
By H. Nelson Goodson
May 29, 2014
Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, at least 200 people and children rallied and protested outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Milwaukee office on 310 E. Knapp Street. The protest was organized by Voces de la Frontera (VDLF), an immigrant and workers rights non-profit organization.
VDLF claims, that the ICE raids detained multiple members of the undocumented immigrant community who had no criminal records and had been working in the country for years. The protesters were demanding for ICE to release all non-criminal undocumented immigrants that were arrested on Tuesday.
Chicago’s ICE spokeswoman, Gail Montenegro in a released statement says, two raids were executed on Tuesday in Wisconsin. Five alleged members of the Mexican Posse gang were taken into custody along with 17 other illegal aliens, which one was turned over to local authorities for a warrant, another had re-entered the country and the rest are facing deportation proceedings under administrative orders, according to Montenegro.
The ICE raids have continued after President Barack H. Obama ordered ICE officials to cancel a prior review that he requested of their policies in detaining undocumented immigrants. Obama cancelled the review after pressure from multiple groups to halt the review in order to allow the U.S. House of Representatives time to introduce an immigration reform bill.
The New York Times reported that the immigration council for the United States Conference of Bishops, the main Hispanic evangelical Christian coalition and the Service Employees International Union headed by Eliseo Medina urged President Obama to delay an ICE review of policies for several months. Medina who stopped eating and fasted for days was called a “sell out” by other immigration rights groups in social media. The A.F.L.-C.I.O. denounced Obama’s delay.
The House will take its time to deal with immigration reform, despite Obama’s attempt to force the Republican controlled House to introduce a bill. If the House doesn’t act before its August recess, immigration reform for 2014 is considered dead.
In May, VDLF held a march and rally at the Milwaukee County Courthouse to demand for ICE to stop detaining undocumented immigrants when they go pay fines, getting marriage licenses, have court hearings, are seeking restraining orders and other court related legal business. ICE has been present at multiple county courthouses in Wisconsin when Spanish interpreters are requested at hearings and then take suspected undocumented immigrants into custody without a court order.
Numerous rogue ICE agents have been exposed in Wisconsin, California, Illinois and other states for such illegal activities at courthouses. No ICE agent has been ever held accountable or prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice for corruption and illegal activities that include illegal coercing of undocumented immigrants into signing voluntary deportation documents and denying them legal representation. ICE is considered one of the most corrupt agencies within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Every U.S. Citizen and whether legal or not are afforded Constitutional rights to seek due process and protective services from crimes. When ICE detains immigrants at a courthouse, they prevent people or victims of crime from seeking justice and due process, thus aiding criminals.
Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) has noticed that immigration reform pro-rallies, protests, marches and disobedience strategies to bring attention to reform have become stagnant and attracted limited support in the last few years. One economic strategic campaign has not been taken seriously by national immigration rights groups, which is to collaborate on a national campaign to educate undocumented immigrants and their families to save their hard earned money and commit to spend only on necessary items. Immigrants need to realize that they have an economic power to spend and need to learn to manage that empowerment to their advantage as a collective group. They should stop indiscriminate spending until the U.S. House of Representatives and Congress decides to approve an immigration reform bill with a path to citizenship.
Undocumented Immigrants have yet to engage in a national economic attempt to slow down the U.S. economic growth in an effort to show their influence on economic growth.
VDLF and family members want the following undocumented immigrants released from ICE custody.
● Epigmenio Martinez-Ruiz, 29.
● Celsor Juarez Martinez
● Antonio Ayala Gonzalez, was released on bail and is awaiting deportation proceedings.
● Manuel Lopez Hernandez
● Jose de Jesus Gonzalez
● Mario Gonzalez Camacho
● Jose de Jesus Vargas Flores
Police blocked off the 800 block of S. 8th Street during investigation.
By H. Nelson Goodson
May 29, 2014
Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, police responded to a shooting at the 800 block of S. 8th Street around 12:30 p.m. According to a resident, a suspect or suspects stopped on S. 8th and W. Burnham, then shot multiple times at a home facing W. Windlake Ave.
Police are investigating the shooting. No one was reported injured.
Telemundo Wisconsin Facebook Allowed What Could Be Deemed Slanderous Comments To Be Posted Against Raul Espinosa’s Mother
Linda Morenita, an annonymous Facebook user posted what can be deemed as slanderous comments against Aurora Mejia, the mother of Raul Espinosa, 6, who was killed by a Lakeside School bus on Chavez Drive.
By H. Nelson Goodson
May 27, 2014
Milwaukee, WI – On Tuesday, Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) noticed that the Telemundo Wisconsin Facebook page account had added a posting about Raul Espinosa, 6, who was killed on May 21, by a Lakeside School bus on S Cesar E. Chavez Drive. The posting had about 106 comments by Facebook (FB) users, especially some dated May 23, from Linda Morenita, an annonymous user who seemed to personally launch an attack on Espinosa’s mother, Aurora Mejia.
Linda Morenita alleged that Mejia sold drugs, picked up men at a local bar, was a neglectful mother, was receiving food stamps, was unemployed and was getting aid from the government for Espinosa’s autism condition. Mejia is currently married and according to her Facebook account posted multiple photos of Espinosa showing her unconditional love for him and her kids.
Mejia responded to Linda Morenita comments and dismissed her allegations and says she doesn’t know the identity of Linda Morenita.
HNNUSA contacted CBS 58 who manages Telemundo 63 and asked about the Telemundo Wisconsin Facebook page posting about Espinosa’s death news item and its comments. A Spanish speaking sales person for Telemundo said, it was a long weekend and no one had monitored the postings. But someone in the Telemundo 63 production who can’t speak or read Spanish monitors their FB page and would look into it.
Mejia when contacted by HNNUSA on Tuesday said, that she doesn’t know why Telemundo Wisconsin kept the false comments posted by Linda Morenita on their FB page without checking, if it was an anonymous FB user. Mejia is still waiting for her child’s body to be released by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office, so funeral services can take place.
No other comments were made by Telemundo or CBS 58.
Telemundo Wisconsin removed the comment thread that included comments deemed slanderous targeted at Espinosa’s mother, Aurora Mejia shortly after Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) reported on Telemundo Wisconsin Facebook page lack of proper monitoring of comments made by Linda Morenita, an annonymous Facebook user.
Telemundo 63 also after posting a notice that the comment thread was taken off, the news posting was then removed and later reposted. (HNNUSA)