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Post by Raven Watch on Sun May 18, 2008 10:09 pm




Officer gets 26 years in trafficking scheme

Sentence closes chapter in drug, corruption case

By Jonathan Saltzman, Globe Staff | May 17, 2008





Roberto "Kiko" Pulido, the rogue Boston police officer who enlisted two fellow motorcycle patrolmen in a brazen scheme to escort and protect cocaine shipments into the city, was sentenced yesterday to 26 years in federal prison by a judge who said he had disgraced his profession.



"The people who wear that badge have a sense of honor," US District Judge William G. Young said, glaring at Pulido, the ringleader of one of the most notorious police corruption scandals in recent Boston history. "You are . . . dead to that sense of honor."



A federal prosecutor, who described Pulido in court yesterday as a "jack of all crimes," requested the 26-year sentence. Pulido's public defender said the former officer's crimes had been fueled by steroid abuse and urged a sentence of no more than 20 years.



Pulido, who abruptly pleaded guilty to drug traf ficking and conspiracy charges in the middle of his trial last November, apologized to both the Boston Police Department and his former force, the MBTA Transit Police Department.



"It was my lifelong goal to be a Boston police officer," said Pulido, 43, clad in a khaki jumpsuit and white sneakers, reading a handwritten statement in a soft voice. "No one is more disappointed than I am in myself."



Relatives and supporters of the former officer filled two rows of seats in the courtroom. Most wore white T-shirts emblazoned with "Kiko We Love You" above a photograph of a smiling Pulido.



Michael K. Loucks, first assistant US attorney in Massachusetts, said later that Pulido "deserves every second of that sentence."



Pulido is the third and final police officer to be punished for the drug trafficking scheme, and he got the longest sentence by far. The case also led to the conviction of another Boston officer on charges of distributing steroids; it also spawned an ongoing federal grand jury investigation into allegations of steroid use by police and illegal after-hour parties purportedly attended by officers. No additional charges have resulted yet from that probe.



"Today's sentencing of Roberto Pulido closes a sad chapter for the Boston Police Department," Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said in a prepared statement. His officers, he said, "find Pulido's actions despicable and the punishment fitting."



Given federal sentencing guidelines, it was almost a foregone conclusion Pulido would be sentenced to at least two decades in federal prison. The focus of the hearing was to determine whether he deserved more because of other circumstances, including the prominence of his role in the conspiracy compared with the roles of his two codefendants, Nelson Carrasquillo and Carlos Pizarro. Carrasquillo received a sentence of 18 years in prison, Pizarro 13 years. All three officers were assigned to a police motorcycle unit.



Assistant US Attorney John T. McNeil argued that Pulido emerged as the organizer of the criminal enterprise in at least two dozen secretly tape-recorded conversations that the defendant had with other officers, a cooperating witness, and FBI agents posing as drug dealers between 2003 and 2006.



On the tapes, some of which were played for jurors in the abbreviated trial, a swaggering, expletive-spewing Pulido is heard arranging transactions involving cocaine, steroids, and fraudulently obtained store gift cards. He is also heard boasting of beating up people and setting up after-hours parties at which officers allegedly consorted with known drug dealers and prostitutes. Pulido was not charged in many of those schemes.



The tapes paint a picture of a man who was so thoroughly corrupt that no crime was too small for him and literally no crime was too big for him, McNeil said. He added that Pulido's misdeeds spread like a cancer on the entire Boston Police Department.



Miriam Conrad, the federal defender who represented Pulido, conceded that the former officer had the biggest role in the plot to bring cocaine to Boston. But, she said, he was nothing more than the hired help of undercover FBI agents conducting a sting.



She urged Young to "look at Mr. Pulido the man, not just his crime." Pulido, she said, is a Marine Corps Reserve veteran and has supported six children. In recent months, he also counseled a fellow detainee at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, R.I., who was despondent about drug and alcohol problems, she said.



Young was unswayed. He said Pulido had sought out a life in crime and had no conception of what it meant to be a police officer.



"A famous man once said that duty is the noblest word in the English language," Young said. "You have no sense of duty."



Pulido and his codefendants plotted an audacious scheme to protect trucks that brought 140 kilograms of cocaine to Boston in two shipments in the spring of 2006. The three officers did not know that the men they were involved with were undercover FBI agents and that the cocaine had previously been seized by the government.



On April 23, 2006, Pulido and Carrasquillo monitored Police Department radio channels to prevent authorities from interfering with a transfer of 40 kilograms of cocaine that took place at a garage on Washington Street, prosecutors said.



Then on June 8, 2006, the three police officers guided a truck containing about 100 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated wholesale value of more than $2 million from Western Massachusetts to Boston, prosecutors said.



The officers were paid a total of $71,000 by FBI agents posing as drug dealers.



The three officers were arrested in Miami in July 2006 by federal agents. Shortly before the arrests, the officers had arranged a deal to protect another shipment of 1,000 kilograms of cocaine and five kilograms of heroin.



Pulido pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and 1 kilogram of heroin, plus two counts of attempting to aid and abet the distribution of the cocaine. He pleaded no contest to a fourth charge of carrying a gun during a drug trafficking crime. He will get credit for the almost two years he has spent in jail.


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Welcome Raven Watch

Post by Admin on Mon May 19, 2008 4:25 pm

Raven, welcome to Swamp-Ass and nice post.

Well, what can you say? I would like to say that this doesn't usually happen, that this is the exception to the rule, that most cops are good and that you can't judge the bushel on one bad apple. But that would be to knowingly lie.

Sites like BadCop.com tell us that this type of thing is routine. It's time to face the facts too that people accept this and even apologize for it.

We've come a long way in 200 or so years. We are definitely not getting any closer to liberty and a free society though. The police state has crept up from behind us, overtaken us and there's been hardly a whimper or a complaint.

Get used to it.
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Oh no...Not Again!

Post by Raven Watch on Tue May 20, 2008 9:19 am

Philly police to fire 4 over videotaped beating

2008-05-19 21:01:31

By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press Writer







PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia's police commissioner said Monday that four officers will be fired and four others disciplined for their roles in the beatings of three shooting suspects, an encounter that was captured on videotape and drew widespread outrage.



Another eight officers who had physical contact with the suspects will undergo additional training on the department's policies concerning the use of force, Commissioner Charles Ramsey said. He said the police department made the disciplinary decisions after reviewing frames from enhanced tape of a video shot by a television news helicopter on May 5.



The video, shot by WTXF-TV, shows the suspects being pulled from their car on the side of the road and groups of officers kicking, punching and beating the men. A total of 19 officers 18 city police and one transit officer were involved.



Two of the officers being fired are relatively new to the force and can be terminated immediately, Ramsey said. Two others are being suspended without pay for 30 days with intent to dismiss.



Three other officers are being suspended and one sergeant is being demoted. A criminal investigation is continuing.



Police said they had been pursuing the car in connection with a triple shooting. The three men Brian Hall, 23, Pete Hopkins, 19, and Dwayne Dyches, 24, all of Philadelphia have been charged with attempted murder and related counts stemming from the shooting. Their attorneys have said they had nothing to do with it.



One of Dyches' attorneys said he suffered a welt on his head the size of a baseball and that one of his legs was seriously injured.



All three of the shooting suspects are black. Ramsey has denied allegations that the beatings were racially motivated and said at least one officer involved is black.



The beating occurred at the same time police were conducting an intense manhunt for a suspect in the slaying two days earlier of Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, but Ramsey said Monday that there was no indication that any of the officers thought the suspect was among the three men in the car.

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Post by Admin on Tue May 20, 2008 3:20 pm

hmmmmmm... all I can say I've already said... sad.... and, do you think people will ever learn from all this? I don't.

Well, what can you say? I would like to say that this doesn't usually happen, that this is the exception to the rule, that most cops are good and that you can't judge the bushel on one bad apple. But that would be to knowingly lie.
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