To Protect and Perve – California Cops Share Nude Photos Stolen From Citizens' Cellphones

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

The new court documents describe a second incident involving a 19-year-old woman who was in a DUI crash in Livermore on Aug. 7. On Harrington’s phone, Holcombe located two photos of that DUI suspect in a bikini accompanied by a text message from the day of the arrest from Harrington to Hazelwood: “Taken from the phone of my 10-15x while she’s in X-rays. Enjoy buddy!!!”

 

A “10-15x” is CHP code for a woman in custody. The woman may have been at a hospital to have X-rays taken after the crash

 

Hazelwood replies: “No f—— nudes?”

 

– From the San Jose Mercury News article: CHP officer says stealing nude photos from female arrestees ‘game’ for cops

The worst thing about the government’s reckless response to the financial crisis of 2008, even worse than the trillions in taxpayer bailouts and backstops granted to the financial criminals that created the disaster, is the primary lesson that it sent to American society as a whole. Some people like to call it “moral hazard,” but in more pedestrian terms it really just boils down to: The Bad Guys Got Away with It.

That statement may seem childish and simplistic to many, but it’s very true and very destructive. When people with corrupt intentions and questionable moral standards see themselves as having won the day, they become energized and more encouraged, while decent people who want to do the right thing and believe in meritocracy, become demoralized and disenfranchised. This is how a civil society dies, and unfortunately, this is largely what has happened over the past six years.

While this result can be witnessed throughout all aspects of American life, it becomes most dangerous when it takes firm hold within institutions that wield considerable authority, whether that be banks, the IRS, or police departments. While I have spent countless hours documenting the impact within all of the above (and many more), this article focuses on the latest example of the abuse of authority from a domestic police force.

The San Jose Mercury News reported the following:

The California Highway Patrol officer accused of stealing nude photos from a DUI suspect’s phone told investigators that he and his fellow officers have been trading such images for years, in a practice that stretches from its Los Angeles office to his own Dublin station, according to court documents obtained by this newspaper Friday.

 

CHP Officer Sean Harrington, 35, of Martinez, also confessed to stealing explicit photos from the cellphone of a second Contra Costa County DUI suspect in August and forwarding those images to at least two CHP colleagues. The five-year CHP veteran called it a “game” among officers, according to an Oct. 14 search warrant affidavit.

Yes, a “game.”

Harrington told investigators he had done the same thing to female arrestees a “half dozen times in the last several years,” according to the court records, which included leering text messages between Harrington and his Dublin CHP colleague, Officer Robert Hazelwood.

 

“The callousness and depravity with which these officers communicated about my client is dehumanizing, horribly offensive and degrading to all women,” he said. “It’s going to lead to another level of mistrust and skepticism to the motive of law enforcement in general.”

 

As this newspaper first reported earlier this week, the investigation began with a single incident: Harrington’s conduct during the Aug. 29 arrest of the San Ramon woman. The woman discovered that photos had been stolen from her phone five days after her release, when she noticed on her iPad that the photos had been sent to an unknown number. A record of the messages had been deleted from her iPhone, but the phone had been synced to the iPad.

Think about this for a moment. The officer went out of his way to cover his tracks, and it was only by chance that she discovered the privacy violation. How many other women across the country have been abused in a similar manner and didn’t happen to discover the theft?

The new court documents describe a second incident involving a 19-year-old woman who was in a DUI crash in Livermore on Aug. 7. On Harrington’s phone, Holcombe located two photos of that DUI suspect in a bikini accompanied by a text message from the day of the arrest from Harrington to Hazelwood: “Taken from the phone of my 10-15x while she’s in X-rays. Enjoy buddy!!!”

 

A “10-15x” is CHP code for a woman in custody. The woman may have been at a hospital to have X-rays taken after the crash.

 

Hazelwood replies: “No f—— nudes?”

While there will always be bad people abusing authority within any society, the worst part about this incident is the fact that the cops are likely to barely receive any punishment at all despite the fact the “behavior constitutes felony computer theft” according to the Contra Costa district attorney’s affidavit.

In contrast, if it was a child prodigy who was trying to do some good for society, like Aaron Swartz, he would be hunted down like a rabid dog and threatened with a century in jail until he committed suicide. As a society, we are incentivizing evil, theft and corruption, while criminalizing honor, civil disobedience and decency.

R.I.P.

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jiggerjuice's picture

Geez... keep the nudes on your hard drive at home girls.

ForTheWorld's picture

Doesn't matter where you keep them, someone is always able to steal them.

"Land of the Freaks and Home of Depraved"

boattrash's picture

Hence the reason for shooting thieves, no matter what clothes they wear to work.

Richard Chesler's picture

Generation XXX.

COP (nounplural policemen) = Beaten physically by football players and intellectually by geeks in High School.

DeadFred's picture

They should be ashamed! Only the NSA gets to do this.

CrazyCooter's picture

I can encrypt both my phone and my sim on my BB Z30. Ten bad attempts to unlock it and its a brick.

Not that I keep nude selfies ... no one wants to see that ...

Regards,

Cooter

AldousHuxley's picture

base pay for a California Highway Patrol officer starts at $67,764 a year, with 5 percent annual increases until reaching $84,036. 

 

more than 5,000 California troopers made at least $100,000 in 2011

 

Connie and Vincent Lambres, who were husband-and-wife highway patrol sergeants in Sacramento County, collected $745,947 in overtime.

 

The kicker...pension of 3% at 50 for each year served. 

 

oh and they have a union bargaining for every benefit.

 

What overtime/pension/job guarantee/sicktime cashout/low educational requirements/"company" car do you get?

FreedomGuy's picture

They are part of the government privelaged class. I have distant relatives retiring from the Feds at 100% full pay and no contributions.

I honestly, cannot hang out around government people any more. Part of it is this raping of the public treasury and part of it that they are the ones who spend their days making us miserable and enabling the creeping autocracy. As a former sort of neocon I really cannot stand to be around cops, now. They are egotistical tools of the State.

NoPension's picture

They have evolved into the new privileged class now, haven't they?

Sort of like being being in the "Party" in the old Soviet or Commy China.

The real privileged class. Making rules for us, that they need not follow. Feeding at the trough, in amounts that should embarrass. All tax monies, fees taken from small business for the "privilege" of conducting business, and raping of the common man on our roadways.

And keep this in mind. No matter who is elected into office, these buerocratic administrators remain in the " back office" , running the show and raping the system for all they can.

Between .gov and the FSA, we are fucked.

Bananamerican's picture

"Sort of like being being in the "Party" in the old Soviet or Commy China."

further back...the The Praetorian Guard of Rome.

FreedomGuy's picture

I went to a lecture by Soviet defector Yuri Maltsev. It was very interesting. He had friends in the old USSR and when he told them they could come here and earn more money and a better life they told him they preferred being in the privilaged class in Russia. Sort of the big fish in the small pond thing.

It is real and it is happening here. I am sure someone is still searching for Lois Lerner's hard drive like O.J. is still looking for his wife's murderer, right?

Binko's picture

When economic reality reasserts itself this will become a huge issue. Right now it's all papered over with government borrowing. 

For over twenty years the average worker's income has been declining in real terms while benefits have been eroding away. Meanwhile government workers have seen their salaries and benefits continuously march higher and higher. When I was a young man it was considered somewhat demeaning to take a government job rather than carving out a career in the private sector. And government jobs paid less than the readily available private jobs. 

But now it's flip-flopped. Scoring a job with the goverment is practically the only road to a middle-class life left for non-professionals. But the big question remains, once private workers are beat down to where they average $30k a year with minimal benefits, where do you find the tax base to support the massive load of government drones making $80k or more with golden benefits and lush early retirement?

How do you ask the citizenry to live lives of near poverty while millions of government employees live like minor potentates?

Pumpkin's picture

It is a wonder they can get anyone to do extortion for this cheap.  The mob pays a lot more.

FreedomGuy's picture

This is a subset of the larger problem of the surveillance state. While NSA peers into everything your local cop confiscates a phone while pulling you over for some extra revenue.

At some point we as a society are going to have to decide whether or not we want this. For example, marijuana would never have been legalized in Colorado or Washington state, at least not for a long time. Put on a referendum it suprisingly passed. I think it was a general statement of "Well, maybe it is not so great for you but we want to legalize it anyway." When people do this they are saying that they actually own themselves and government should serve them. As a libertarian this gives me hope.

Once we realize that we are NOT here to be ruled and serve the purposes of another we will start taking away the power of government. It will work its way all the way down to this cop who will actually get punished just like you would for stealing a phone and it's private information. Until then, he is part of the privelaged government class.

Urban Redneck's picture

Others have Bindar & Dundat...

But the solution can be costly, and not just for those on the inside who see the light.

The locals need to hit Hitlery's the Rinse, Repeat button, and the rest of the world needs to wise up.

(In case one of those "roadmaps" that Demoncunts & Republitards always yap about would help in your quest...)

RafterManFMJ's picture

Take my nudes, please; just keep your fingers out of my ass and don't shoot my dogs.

Skateboarder's picture

This one time, a motorcycle CHP motorcycle cop yelled at me to slow down (was going 80). Thankfully he was a "nice guy,' I had my windows down, and blasting classic rock while wearing a button up for work. Otherwise I would've gotten a ticket. :-)

CHPs see a lot more shit go down compared to the local PDs (in most areas). They always tended to be a bit better than local. Don't know if that holds true anymore.

El Vaquero's picture

Dunno about CHP, but I do know about Albuquerque PD.  You want to hear something shocking about APD?  They put somebody in charge of SWAT who has a conscience and who understands what the problems are.  He damned near lost his job because he expected the unit that he used to command to behave, and most did under his command.  I'm not sure that his career will survive this.  Don't get me wrong, he likes his guns and stuff, but he has more of an Andy Griffith attitude towards policing than, well, just about anybody else in APD.  But he's going to try to put a leash on SWAT, and I'd bet dollars to dogshit that they try to disgrace him.  He's been through the ringer once.  Maybe that experience will help him.

goldsaver's picture

Shit, had not heard about the new SWAT guy at APD but they certainly need some control up there. Shit, they think they are patrolling Sadr City. And is not just APD, seen some of my local NM jack asses at work. We had a pair of winners that arrested a local bum known drug user, and, because he was clenching his butt cheeks did an anal cavity search on him. Then took him to the local hospital for a colonoscopy. The local hospital director, great woman BTW, told them to take a hike, no one at he hospital would do such a thing. They ended up driving the guy up to SIlver City to get the colonoscopy done. Nada, he was clean and is now suing the department. Hope he gets a couple of million from the abusive cock suckers.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

"I hope he gets a couple million from the abusive cocksuckers"
That sounds good in theory, as he no doubt deserves compensation for that kind of abusive thuggery. If they took a couple million from the cops who did it, directly out of their pay and retirement , I would agree. The problem is that he will get a couple million that will be taken from local taxpayers, not the offending officers. They will end up keeping their jobs without punishment, and get their nice retirement benefits in the end

yellowsub's picture

SWAT in Albuquerque, wtf goes on there?!

junction's picture

Aaron Swartz did not commit suicide but, since he didn't drive much, it was hard to arrange him being killed in a one car accident like what happened to Malcolm Wallace, LBJ's hitman and the real shooter in Dealey Plaza. 

goldsaver's picture

Whole Disk Encryption and screen lock password. Mandatory. No excuses. Or might as well post your private files on Facebook.

Bloppy's picture

I worked with a real bastard at one time, his girlfriend worked for a police dept. They passed around crime scene photos for laughs, I wanted to deck that guy for so long.

 

Elsewhere: PC lefties turn against Bill Maher after his Islam comments, want him barred from UC commencement speech:

http://tinyurl.com/nd7nz6w

TeamDepends's picture

It's called "circle-jerking".

TeamDepends's picture

B. L. Zeebub. Huh. And he lives in North Hollywood?!..!?.!.?

JustObserving's picture

Let's not forget the over $2.5 billion liberated from 62,000 unsuspecting motorists in the land of the free. Police have unlimited powers in a fascist, police state:

American shakedown: Police won't charge you, but they'll grab your money


U.S. police are operating a co-ordinated scheme to seize as much of the public’s cash as they can

On its official website, the Canadian government informs its citizens that “there is no limit to the amount of money that you may legally take into or out of the United States.” Nonetheless, it adds, banking in the U.S. can be difficult for non-residents, so Canadians shouldn’t carry large amounts of cash.

 

That last bit is excellent advice, but for an entirely different reason than the one Ottawa cites.

 

There’s a shakedown going on in the U.S., and the perps are in uniform.

 

Across America, law enforcement officers — from federal agents to state troopers right down to sheriffs in one-street backwaters — are operating a vast, co-ordinated scheme to grab as much of the public’s cash as they can; “hand over fist,” to use the words of one police trainer.

The Washington Post this week reported that in the past 13 years, there have been 61,998 cash seizures on roadways and elsewhere without use of search warrants. The total haul: $2.5 billion.'

http://www.cbc.ca/m/touch/news/story/1.2760736

sylviasays's picture

"On its official website, the Canadian government informs its citizens that “there is no limit to the amount of money that you may legally take into or out of the United States.” Nonetheless, it adds, banking in the U.S. can be difficult for non-residents, so Canadians shouldn’t carry large amounts of cash."

There are no travel advisories for the United States on the Canadian Government's website:

http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-states

CrazyCooter's picture

Keep your cash in a safe deposit box at a bank where you have an account. Remove cash, deposit, and get a cashiers check; all in one transaction. You get a SAR, but it works.

Last I checked, it isn't illegal. They just don't like it.

If there is a bank holiday and/or a bail in, odds are pretty good I ain't getting a hair cut.

Regards,

Cooter

Harry Balzak's picture

"there have been 61,998 cash seizures on roadways and elsewhere without use of search warrants. The total haul: $2.5 billion."

That the Post knows of.  I'll be there are many more than this that go unreported.  Just like the 50,000 SWAT raids a year--how many are non-SWAT?  How many SWAT raids go unreported when they fuck up?  

As Snowden said, what he's revealed is only the tip of the iceberg.  I'll bet it's five times worse than we all suspect.  

JustObserving's picture

Yes,  one may expect the real number of highway robberies by your friendly cops exceed the reported number by at least 100%.  But has any politician in the land of the free sought to address this problem?

kchrisc's picture

Price inflation and the gun and badge thugs are the most visible elements of the ponzie-empie's slide into the totalitarian toilet.

Time to flush.

An American, not US subject.

 

"Going to be thinking about this tomorrow while I polish out some rust spots on the ol' guillotine blade."

The Fonz...before shark jump's picture

They are just the tip of the spear for establishment...and they have been getting progressively edgier as the years roll forward....you can chart it and correlate that chart with the rise in national debt....

First comes fraud

Then comes force

scattergun's picture

And they wonder why no one respcts the badge?

Catullus's picture

There are no good cops. The good cops know this is happening and do nothing about it. That makes them in turn bad people.

They know their pig union lawyer will protect them. They just have to claim either (1) lack of training [usually about common decency and not being a scumbag fuck] or (2) they feared for their life or safety.

AldousHuxley's picture

In the good old days in the wild wild west....Sheriff works for the richest man in the county to protect his business interests.

 

looks like nothing has changed.

HobbyFarmer's picture

soon they (the cops) will be the richest people in the county.  they'll then be protecting their own.

oh wait.

Hulk's picture

They used HPPT protocol for the transfers. Highway Patrol Porn Transfer...

Skateboarder's picture

That's a classic, Hulk. Kudos.

ebworthen's picture

When you pay testosterone laden 20 something's shit wages to risk their lives and churn them in and out faster than WalMart greeters you can't expect "To Protect and to Serve" to be the reality.

The militarized police forces of the present don't give a shit - it is their perogative.

I feel sorry for the decent Men and Women still there trying to do it right.

seek's picture

Risk their lives? LOL. They're not even in the top 10. They have "I'm coming home tonight" as a training priority, even if that means lighting up the unarmed people they're allegedly protecting.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

No shit. And this already got a down vote. Forbes released a top 10 most dangerous jobs article not too long ago. Notably absent from that list were cops, firemen, and soldiers. It has been established long ago that cops have no duty to put themselves at risk nor are they obligated to help you in any way. Protect and serve is nothing but a joke now.

sylviasays's picture

"Forbes released a top 10 most dangerous jobs article not too long ago. Notably absent from that list were cops, firemen, and soldiers. It has been established long ago that cops have no duty to put themselves at risk nor are they obligated to help you in any way. Protect and serve is nothing but a joke now."

 

The suspect alleged to have shot three northern California sheriff's deputies last Friday, killing two, was an illegal alien who had been deported twice and had a criminal record according to federal officials. The suspected shooter told Sacramento County Sheriff's investigators that he was 34-year-old Marcelo Marquez of Salt Lake City but his fingerprints matched the biometric records of a Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte in a federal database.  Monroy-Bracamonte was first removed from the country in 1997 after being convicted in Arizona for possession of narcotics for sale. Monroy-Bracamonte was arrested and repatriated to Mexico a second time in 2001.

The incident began in the parking lot of a Motel 6 in Sacramento where Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, approached a vehicle considered to be suspicious. Someone inside the car fired multiple rounds at Oliver, who was fatally struck in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento.

After shooting Oliver, Marquez, accompanied by his female associate, carjacked a motorist, shooting him in the head when he resisted, authorities said. The pair then stole a third vehicle, a 2002 red Ford F-150 pickup truck, and are believed to have crossed into neighboring Placer County, shooting two sheriff's deputies there, Davis said. One of the deputies, 42-year-old Michael David Davis Jr., later died, the sheriff's office said.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-sacramento-deputies-m...

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/suspect-deputy-deaths-had-utah-arrest

COSMOS's picture

The most dangerous occupation is being a civillian because most often than not you are not carrying a gun like a cop.  Yeah so sure rare times a cop gets popped.  Do you know how many civillians get popped, its a lot more.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

I wonder who our lone down voter could be? Hmmmm....

CheapBastard's picture

The 58 y.o. cop down the street lives in a $680k house and will retire soon with a generous $1.4 million pension.

 

The 64 y.o. family doc who works 24/7 [almost] across the street lives in a relatively meager $428k house and self funded his pension with a less generous $280k bundle and he may be able to retire … some day.

 

 

It’s an odd world. Kids need to take notice.