Posts Tagged ‘Phoenix Police’

PHOENIX (AP) – A former Phoenix police officer accused of having sex with an underage girl has pleaded guilty to attempted child abuse and sexual conduct with a minor.

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Justin LaClere's booking photo from January 2014

Justin LaClere’s booking photo from January 2014

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Michelle Cusseaux

Michelle Cusseaux killed by Phx PD on Aug 14, 2014 during a mental health call.

The Guardian reports:
Black Americans are more than twice as likely to be unarmed when killed during encounters with police as white people, according to a Guardian investigation which found 102 of 464 people killed so far this year in incidents with law enforcement officers were not carrying weapons.  Read More

Did Michelle Cusseaux have to die by police guns? Michelle Cusseaux

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one of the most violent years for suspects

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This report from AZcentral.com gives a an interactive map of the area with markers denoting the killings at the hands of the police.  View map.

This morning Judge Sherry Stephens set Thursday, December 12th, 2013 when she will hear oral arguments in the motion for a bond hearing to release former officer, Christopher Wilson before his trial. Two young people were alleged to have been involved sexually with Wilson (a man in his mid-forties, claiming he’s not guilty) more than one year and three months ago. The youngest was fourteen years old and the other was seventeen at the time of Wilson’s arrest.

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I wish I kept my towel on, Wilson wishes after the fact.

Wilson was the liaison between the Red squad and the LGBTQ community, representing the Phoenix police department. Young people leading groups to help with social issues associated with coming out and being queer were unsuspectingly interfacing with a member of the Red Squad. What apparently was unknown to the parents of folks in the LGBTQ community was the exploitive nature of the police no matter what situation.

The community relations bureau of the Phoenix police department got its name the Red squad from the anarchist community. A community accustomed to harsh treatment, concocted lies and false arrests at the hands of the Red squad during protests. The Red squad has repeatedly sent under cover officers into the community over the last decade. Once they are discovered the anarchists out them as police and ask them to leave.

Such tactics were used in the 1930’s and 1940’s by the FBI to infiltrate communist organizations. The FBI were the handlers for what became known as the Red squad to round up people for holding unpopular political beliefs.

The seventeen year old is being charged in the case as an adult.  There is contradiction in charging the victim as a perpetrator in the case.  The fourteen year old is in counselling and it was reported that his family is being ostracised for providing victim support.

Is it any wonder the trial is being drawn out so long?  The older the boys become awaiting the trial to begin, the less chance Wilson has to be punished severely.  Had he been given a speedy trial at the time of his arrest, Wilson would have not have seen the light of day for many years.  If he were not formerly a 13-year veteran of the police department, Wilson could not fight every small thing, such as an HIV test, to push back the start date of his trial.

Update to story 4.16.14

Judge Stephens has granted two continuances on the beginning of Wilson’s trial. The next date for another possible continuance is April 29, 2014. This whole thing started with an initial appearance on August 8, 2012.

Update to story 5.5.14

LGBT community was shocked and felt betrayed when they learned of Wilson’s arrest.  A police officer charged with protecting not exploiting them.
Read the article from Phoenix New Times.
“Many believe that Wilson violated not just the trust of the teenage boys who looked up to him but also that of the community he was appointed to represent.”

“The gay community was appalled when it heard the news about Wilson. Community activist Meg Sneed wrote in a 2012 column that appeared in Echo, a local LGBT magazine: “Wilson helped provide security for the [Equality] Walk, and just hours before his arrest, we had laughed and joked with him. When we heard the news, the walkers and I felt a deep sense of betrayal, shock, and sadness.”

Update to story 7.9.15

Wilson appears headed to trial with no word on his acceptance of a plea deal.  The most recent article was published on May 27, 2015 from azcentral.com Read article

“Family members and friends were in the audience during Wednesday’s hearing and Wilson’s stepfather, Brian Lewis, encouraged Wilson to take the plea. He said it would offer Wilson the chance at having a life.

“The future he once planned for himself is lost,” Lewis said. “We’d love to see him come home as soon as possible.”

Despite the imploring of his counsel, Wilson said he didn’t want to pursue the plea deal and did not offer an explanation for his decision.”

Update to story 7.23.16
Ex-Phoenix police officer pleads guilty in sex-crime case January 26, 2016

Agreement included a firm sentence: 23 years in prison and a lifetime of probation.

A former Phoenix police officer accused of sex crimes involving boys he met through the department pleaded guilty just as his trial was about to begin Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court.  Read article

 

The full police report on Christopher Jay Wilson with redactions can be found here.

Sept 6, 2013
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A look back at the case

Man dies after being taken into custody in Phoenix

Video shows abuse at the hands of the Phoenix police.