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Getting Hired with a Criminal Charge

The Effects of Criminal Charges Getting Hired or Finding Work

Ask anyone in a career position or working in a professional capacity, and the idea of what happens if charged with a crime will send shivers through that person. While the American legal process follows the premise of innocent until proven guilty, most people know that just the presence of a criminal charge or indictment is enough to be a scarlet letter on a person’s name.

Immediate Impact

If a person is lucky, the criminal charge that has been filed doesn’t end up in the local newspaper. The press love to run stories on someone being targeted in an investigation, but they also tend to focus on big crimes versus petty issues. However, as soon as it does go to print, a person in a job plays the roll of the dice as to whether anyone has read the local paper that day or not. He will likely hold onto his job until criminal charges get filed, and job visits by the police will evolve into a work suspension. Employers often use “paid-leave” to get a suspected person out of the office until a termination goes through.

Cops Shooting Dogs

Cops Shooting Dogs: Do the Facts Justify the Action?

 This post is an updated version from an original blog entry on this site

Cases where police officers feel “forced” to shoot a dog are scattered across the United States. Within the last year, there have been a number of instances in the state of California where a police officer shot and killed or severely injured dogs while in the course of an investigation or in response to a call. The recent killing of a small sized puppy in Cleburne Texas has raised a wave of outrage from the public.

In recent investigations concerning officer involved shootings, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suggests that over 50% of involve the shooting or killing of animals. The figure is shocking.

What is most disturbing is that virtually no police departments or sheriff’s departments in the country have any training whatsoever for their officers in handling dog encounters. That means that over half the time an officer pulls their trigger, it’s to shoot or kill an animal (something their target practice does not prepare them for).

Dog killings by officers are growing rapidly. Here are just a few of the more controversial ones.

Police Brutality Facts

This article post is intended to put some misguided perceptions of police brutality to the test. Many videos that are posted on the Internet, high profile and disturbing cases on TV, as well as personal experiences of people we know can distort the truth. Extreme experiences will often propel extreme viewpoints—especially to those who had preconceived notions to begin with. Here are some important points to consider. Overkill: The Use of Force and Excessive Force   Gather a group of people together who have experienced some form of brutality and they will most likely say something was “too much.” ...

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Can you Sue the Police Department?

When someone has reached the height of their fury and anger from an arrest or search by officers, they desire all kinds of retribution. One of the most common ideas that come to mind is bringing a lawsuit against the department that employs the officers where the fury is directed towards. Sometimes it’s the right idea. Many times it’s the wrong idea. Few people know what their rights truly are—and this can complicate things in a very serious way.

What is Disorderly Conduct?

With most criminal charges, it doesn’t take much to figure out that the lion’s share come from activities that take place during the night. When it comes to disorderly conduct, this is no exception.

Take alcohol, a crowd, music, and the additional element of the opposite sex, people will sometimes come across trouble whether or not they are looking for it.

What Ever Happened to the Occupy Movement?

Occupy Wall Street Aftermath

When the protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street began, the demonstrators gathered in New York City’s financial district to voice their displeasure with what they perceived as unequal economics and social corruption. Proclaiming themselves to be the 99 percent, a term coined for the group’s image as the American majority, the protestors congregated in Zuccotti Park on September 17, 2011. This was the first of several similar demonstrations held in financial districts, public parks, and college campuses across the nation.

Ex-Lions Receiver Arrested in San Clemente

What appears to be a tragic downward spiral, Titus Young (formerly of the Lions) was arrested in San Clemente for Burglary, Resisting Arrest, and Assault on an Officer -- his third arrest in single week. Orange County Sheriff's Department responded late Friday night to a suspect supposedly inside a residence. When deputies arrived to the scene they had eventually found Young outside the residence attempting to flee on foot. After a brief struggle Young was finally detained. He was later booked on $75,000 bail on the charges mentioned above....

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How Racial Profiling Leads to Civil Rights Violations

“I’m a scholar, not a criminal”–reads the UsChangeMovement

Many students and citizens are enraged by what has occurred at the USC campus on friday where 79 police officers responded to a racially diverse house party of USC students. What resulted was a handful of arrests as well as allegations of excessive force (some of which was prudently recorded by witnesses). What appears most shocking of the entire event, however, is that a predominantly white house party was going on just across the street–with little or no disturbance. Reports have suggested that the manner in which the two houses were treated was shameful.

High Ranking OC Officer Destroys Evidence After Learning of Man’s Suicide in Jail

It is with deep regret that a bad apple has once again tainted the honor and integrity of the hardworking men and women within the Fullerton Police Department.

On November 1, a former Fullerton corporal plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of destroying evidence and another misdemeanor for vandalism. He was charged for smashing the only audio recording of his arrest of a man for suspicion of DUI–only to have that man tragically take his own life in jail after he was booked.