Monday, January 18, 2010

Hearing Set for Officer Raymond Ramos Accused of Sexually Assaulting Woman

A hearing is set today for former San Antonio policeman Raymond Ramos. The 30-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting a woman he detained more than two years ago in a park.

According to investigators, the alleged incident happened in November 2007 just after 4 a.m. Police said Ramos who was on-duty and in uniform sexually assaulted the victim at Golden Park in the 7800 block of Somerset Road. He was indicted in the case in June 2008 for civil rights violation of a person in custody and sexual assault.

Ramos worked overnight at SAPD's south patrol office. He had been with the department for two years. His indictment came on the same day as two fellow officers in an unrelated incident. However, both cases involved women who claimed sexual misconduct against on duty policemen.

Ramos' hearing is set to heard before Judge Cathy Torres Stahl in district court 144 Tuesday morning. If convicted, the former officer faces more than 20 years in prison for both charges.

He is also being sued by the alleged victim. She filed suit against the Ramos, the City of San Antonio, SAPD and police Chief William McManus last month.
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Inspector Marvetia Richardson Fired for Lying

The San Francisco Police Department has quietly fired a veteran inspector - the first officer to be dismissed from the force in more than four years - for a litany of misconduct that included lying about an incident in which Antioch police fired a Taser at her.

Inspector Marvetia "Lynn" Richardson, 42, was fired after a closed-door hearing of the Police Commission last month, but the panel made no announcement at the time. City officials confirmed Richardson's firing in response to inquiries from The Chronicle.

Richardson worked for the department for 15 years, most recently in the fraud unit. She had been suspended without pay since 2008, when then-Chief Heather Fong accused her of 11 disciplinary infractions.

Three of the counts stemmed from a June 2007 incident in which an Antioch police officer used a Taser to subdue her in her home on the city's Mokelumne Drive.

Officers were answering a call about someone making threats at Richardson's home. When they arrived, Richardson allegedly ordered them to leave, became belligerent and refused commands to show her hands, prompting the officers to use the Taser, according to the department's charges. She also refused to sign a citation for allegedly resisting arrest.

In November 2008, Richardson sued the Antioch police chief, the officers involved and the city, saying they had violated her civil rights by using the Taser wrongfully. The case is scheduled to go to trial in federal court in San Francisco this fall.

Before she filed her suit, however, San Francisco police officials concluded Richardson had lied about the incident in explaining it to the department's internal affairs unit.

Richardson, they said, told internal investigators that Antioch officers had never warned her they were intending to fire the Taser. They said an audio recording made by officers on the scene contradicted her story.

The department also accused her of misusing the police records system in 2007 to track down and send a letter to a woman, telling her that her husband was cheating on her. Richardson apparently was interested romantically in the woman with whom the husband was having the affair, according to the disciplinary charges.

The husband intercepted the letter and filed a complaint with the city.

Other charges alleged that Richardson had negligently cashed several stolen checks given to her by her tenant as rent, amounting to a total of nearly $26,000. The tenant stole the checks from his parents, according to the charges.

Richardson said she did not know the checks were stolen, but the department maintained that as a fraud investigator she should not have accepted checks from a third party.

Richardson was also accused of sick time abuse. She allegedly called in sick 29 times over the course of a year but failed to file paperwork that would ensure the time off was recorded as sick leave.

Quinton Cutlip, an attorney for Richardson, has argued that some of the charges were unfounded and others were lodged too late to comply with the one-year statute of limitations for disciplinary cases. He did not return calls last week seeking comment.

Richardson also did not return calls seeking comment. She is the first San Francisco police officer to be fired since Officer Anthony Nelson was dismissed in October 2005, after he was found to have lied about his use of force on an anti-war demonstrator whose arm he broke during a 2003 demonstration.

Officer Mary Hernandez Arrested for Assaulting Her Son

The police officer arrested Friday for assaulting her son was placed on paid administrative leave, the Santa Rosa police chief said.

Santa Rosa police officer Mary Hernandez will be placed on leave until the investigation into the case closes, Chief Xavier Martinez said.

He added it should conclude by midweek. Following its conclusion, Martinez will give his recommendation to the Santa Rosa city manager.

Once there, the city manager will decide whether Hernandez stays with the police department or not.

Action 4 News also spoke to Hernandez’ family, they said the Friday night incident did not happen the way police report it.

However, they refused to go into specifics, saying they were advised not to comment on the case.

San Benito Police responded to Hernandez’ home on the 1000 block of Chapman Street, at around 9:30 p.m. on Friday night.

Officers arrested Hernandez for allegedly punching her 15 year old son throughout his entire body.

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Officer Hamlett Almendarez in Trouble for Having Sex While on Duty

Boys, keep your thingy in your pants until you get home. Or try whacking off before you cum to work. Damn! Such a dumb thing to lose your job over.

Another officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is in trouble for allegedly committing a sex act while on the job.

Hamlett Almendarez is the second CMPD officer assigned to the Eastway Division within a matter of weeks to lose his job over an alleged sex act.

Several police sources say Almendarez was working on Saturday at 3 a.m. when he took a break at the Fuel Pizza restaurant located on Central Avenue.

According to the CMPD, witnesses reported that Almendarez followed a woman out of the restroom after they allegedly engaged in a sexual act.

A witness called 311 and told a CMPD Sergeant about the alleged incident. The police department was able to pinpoint Almendarez to the accusation by using the GPS locator on his police car. Almendarez reportedly later resigned from the police department.

Almendarez is not charged with a crime. However, his former Eastway Division co-worker, Marcus Jackson, does face several sex assault charges. Jackson was fired after several women say he pulled them over and sexually assaulted them.

CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe says Jackson should have never been hired, but the department failed to do a proper background check.

News of the latest incident has made some East Charlotte residents nervous.

"Especially being a female, if I'm driving by myself, and getting pulled over or something like that," said Makeda Johnson. "It's something to worry about, it really is."

But folks we talked to also said it's important not to judge all police by the allegations against these two officers.

"It's not a reflection on all of them, because some of them out here really do a good job," said Twana Wortham.