Wednesday, January 18, 2012

CA - Victim of rape by deputy in LA Jails

Ask anybody who has been in jail and/or prison, and they will tell you, this is the average way police act. Not the rape, but the ego and brutality. All these shows that are suppose to show how it is in prisons will NEVER be able to see how it REALLY is. Cops clean up their acts when they know someone will be filming.

Video Description:
Frank Mendoza: I remember being arrested for being publicly drunk and being terrified because I was in jail and I had to let them know that I was gay and different. One of the officers made a threat against me and said that he was going to come get me later on. And I remember telling his supervisor the threat this officer just made on me. He said "Mr. Mendoza, you are in LA County Jail. You are in one of the safest facilities around. You have nothing to fear."

Everybody's pod was shut except my pod. And I remember it seemed eerily quiet, and then as I'm looking around I see all the guards dispersing, just leaving. And my pod is still open and i'm wondering what's going on and from of the corner of my eye i see the gentleman, the officer that threatened me earlier, coming towards my cage -- coming towards me. and I just frantically started, I started screaming and yelling, to no avail -- nobody came to my rescue. and he just came in there and manhandled me and stripped me butt naked and sexually assaulted me.

He left me naked, bloodied, and terrified. I remember just being left in the corner, shivering. And when there was a guard change the guard came and he noticed there was something wrong with me. And he even knew my name and he was like "Mendoza, what happened to you?" The moment I told him, he suddenly changed his demeanor and said, "Well, it doesn't look like anything happened to you. You look okay."

There was no forensic evidence taken, no -- it was not treated as a crime at all.

CHINA - Rape - The Video Game?

NY - City of Canandaigua looks to void sex offender law

Original Article


By Scott Pukos

Canandaigua - The City of Canandaigua ordinance committee voted Tuesday night to rescind a local law that restricts where a sex offender can reside. The potential change stems from a conflicting state law that pre-empts the city’s current restrictions for sex offenders.

The change won’t be finalized until there is a city council vote.

We’re not doing this because we feel any differently about how we treat sex offenders,” said Mayor Ellen Polimeni. She added that the city could find itself in a difficult legal predicament if no changes are made — a situation that could cost the city money.

According to New York state law, if the offender is under parole or probation supervision, he or she is limited from living within 1,000 feet of a school or facility frequented by children such as a playground or park. The city’s local law was adopted March 16, 2006 and states that a sex offender can not reside within 1,000 feet of a school or 500 feet of a park, playground or day-care center. The primary difference is that state residency restrictions only apply to offenders who are also subject to a sentence of probation or parole, while the city’s law doesn’t have that requirement.

The problems caused by this discrepancy in restrictions was recently exemplified in the City of Geneva — which, according to Canandaigua attorney Michele Smith, modeled its local law after Canandaigua’s sex offender residency restrictions.

Over the summer, a level-three sex offender challenged the Geneva local law in court and it was ruled that the state’s Sex Offender Registration Act pre-empts the local law of a municipality. That particular case spurred the need to make a change for Canandaigua officials; however, it’s not a move they’re thrilled with.

Each community is different, I think the community should be able to have a say in what’s going on,” Councilmember Cindy Wade said. “We’d like to have our own legislation.”

NE - Citing miscalculation, patrol removes 59 from sex offender registry

Original Article



In December, [name withheld] got a letter at his Lincoln apartment that he hopes will change his life.

[name withheld], 41, is no longer required to be listed on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry.

"The first thing that popped in my head was I can get a job now," said [name withheld], who was convicted of a sex offense in Minnesota in 1989.

Then he wondered why he got the letter, dated Dec. 23, from the Nebraska State Patrol. He called a phone number on it and spoke with a patrol attorney, who told him he should have been removed from the registry in January 2010, and that 58 other offenders recently had received similar news.

Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said she could not talk about [name withheld] or any other specific individual, but confirmed 59 people were listed on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry longer than they should have been. Their mugshots, addresses and convictions have been removed.

"The patrol discovered we had misapplied a state law when it came to applying periods of time that registrants were non-compliant," Collins said. "Once we discovered it had been misapplied, we took steps to correct it, and we corrected it."

The Legislature passed the Nebraska Sex Offender Registration Act in 1996. It requires people convicted of various sex-related crimes to register their whereabouts with local law enforcement agencies after being released from prison. It also sets penalties for those sex offenders who do not comply with the notification requirement.

Under the original law, offenders had to register for 10 years or life. The law was amended in 2010 and now requires offenders to register for 15 years, 25 years or life.

State law says the patrol's sex offender registration and community notification division is required to recalculate the amount of time an offender must remain on the registry after the offender has failed to comply with registration requirements.

Collins said the patrol first looked into the matter after a registered sex offender requested an administrative hearing in January 2011 in an effort to be removed from the registry.

She said the patrol's legal division determined there had been a miscalculation, and the offender no longer belonged on the registry. A subsequent review of all 3,811 sex offenders on the registry at the time found 59 should be removed, Collins said.

"It's been so much of a part of my life," [name withheld] said. "Everyone views me as a sex offender. Others view me as a child molester, because they don't know the difference."

In 1989, he said, he was 19 and living in an apartment in Minnesota with his cousin and another friend. One weekend, they met three girls who came to their place to party, he said.

"All three of them said they were 17," he said. "We believed them. They looked it."

[name withheld] had sex that weekend and later learned the girls were underage runaways. He was arrested and convicted of criminal sexual misconduct and spent 180 days in jail and was placed on 15 years probation. He violated the probation in the mid-'90s and spent a year in a Minnesota prison, he said. He was released in 1995 and moved to Lincoln in 1997.

He has had run-ins with Lincoln police since moving here, but none due to alleged sex offenses.

In September, an officer who responded to an argument [name withheld] was having with an ex-girlfriend asked him where he worked. The information he gave the officer was different than what was on file with the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry, and [name withheld] was arrested on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender, a felony.

He pleaded no contest in October to attempted failure to register as a sex offender, a misdemeanor, and was fined $500.

To prospective employers, [name withheld] said, that still counts as a sex offense and has disqualified him from all but menial jobs.

[name withheld] said he has hired an attorney and is trying to vacate that conviction, because he should not have had to register in September.

"I paid my debt to society," [name withheld] said. "I did my time."