Texas Hold’s em…if they are bad (Part 5)

02/04/14
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So just who does enjoy “early release” from prison in Texas?

We now all know that since 1996, violent convicts do not.

So why do local politicians continue to tout the “Texas prison reform plan” as essentially the gold standard of prison models.

For example, in a 2011 special report prepared for the state of Nebraska, the Platte Institute (founded by and previously led by a current gubernatorial candidate) pointed to Texas as a “helpful model” for Nebraska prison reform.

The report was entitled “Controlling Costs and Protecting Public Safety in the Cornhusker State”.

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We have a problem…

02/01/14
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A recent report claimed that Omaha has the highest rate of black murder in the nation.

This statistic should come as the latest – and hopefully biggest – bucket of ice cold water dumped onto the collective heads of our community.

A wake up call.

Folks…

..We have a problem.

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I will never forget her name

01/30/14
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 Officer Dennis Sexton

OPOA – Treasurer

I will never forget her name.  And I will never forget the picture of her included in the story linked below.  Because I need that picture to substitute for the memory I have in mybrain, the one where I’m in the ambulance with her, holding her wounded head because the medical personnel can’t find a neck brace big enough for her tiny, 5 year-old body; the memory of her still breathing (her labored, staggered breathing that would be the breaths that would be her last). 

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Judge Dougherty slams repeat offender

01/28/14
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In 2011 James Hiskett was sentenced to a maximum of 1 year for Felony Theft.

Thanks to automatic “good time” early release, he was a free man just 2 days later.

That next year, Hiskett was arrested by Omaha Police for committing 3 armed robberies in West Omaha.

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Texas Hold’s em.. if they are bad. Part 4

01/28/14
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Remember….the “Texas Prison Model” has been touted by local politicians as the gold standard in prison reform.

Recall the imaginary scenario we laid out in part 2.

Imagine two armed robbers.

Both knock over a liquor store.
Both are armed.
Both are convicted.

The only difference being one robbery took place in Houston TX and the other took place in Omaha NE.

The Texas robber gets 10 years.
The Nebraska robber gets 7 to 10 years.

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Child Molester to enjoy automatic “good time” early release

01/27/14
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In 2012, then 25 year old John Gutierrez was arrested for 1st Degree Sexual Assault on a Child.

He was facing 20 years to life in prison.

Court records at the time alleged:

-Gutierrez’s female victim was under age 12.
-Gutierrez sexually penetrated the young girl.

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Texas Hold’s em.. if they are bad. Part 3

01/26/14
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Remember….the “Texas Prison Model” has been touted by local politicians as the gold standard in prison reform.

Recall the imaginary scenario we laid out in part 2.

Imagine two armed robbers.

Both knock over a liquor store.
Both are armed.
Both are convicted.

The only difference being one robbery took place in Houston TX and the other took place in Omaha NE.

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Sacramento “baton death” – the rest of the story

01/26/14
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As we have said many times here at Omahapoa.com:

  • Video rarely tells the whole story
  • Police work is rarely pretty to watch.

In order to illustrate that, we posted a recent “caught on cellphone” video of a use of force incident which occurred in Sacramento last year.

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Video shows man struck by baton. Man dies.

01/25/14
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As we have been discussing for some time, video rarely tells the whole story and police use of force is rarely “pretty” to watch.

Let’s look at a recent “caught on tape” incident involving the Sacramento Police Department last year.

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Texas Hold’s em.. if they are bad. (Part 2)

01/24/14
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So for purposes of easy illustration and explanation we are going to imagine two armed robbers.

Both knock over a liquor store.
Both are armed.
Both are convicted.

The only difference being one robbery took place in Houston TX and the other in Omaha NE.

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Texas Hold’s em… if they are “bad” (part 1)

01/23/14
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Over the past year we have heard an awful lot about about “Texas”.

How Texas avoided $1.5 Billion in prison construction costs.

How Texas avoided $350 Million in operating costs by not having to build a new prison.

How Texas dropped its crime rate.

All because of these magical words..

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Police work, like medicine, rarely a spectator sport.

01/23/14
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“Use of force” happens with regularity.

Police officers use force on combative and resistive suspects just as the surgeon uses the scalpel to slice into human flesh and organs.

And…similar to the use of the surgeon’s scalpel, police use of force is rarely pretty to watch.

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Officer Canterbury Reinstated, Use of Force Never The Issue:

01/22/14
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As reported already by various media outlets, Officer Canterbury has been reinstated.  This ruling is the product of a fair and impartial hearing in which all of the facts of the case were presented.  This case was never about excessive force, as can clearly be seen in the arbitration ruling, as well as from statements previously made by County Attorney Don Kleine.

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Beware the “Grandparent Scam”!

01/18/14
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According to the Omaha Police Department PIO office, the “Grandparent Scam” is again victimizing folks in the Omaha metro area.

Watch and listen to an actual “grandparent scam” go down.

You won’t believe it.

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“The 45th and Bedford 5″

01/18/14
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“A few pesky questions….”

..about the “45th and Bedford – Five”

So here’s what we know, based on news accounts.

5 suspects have been arrested to date in connection with the stolen vehicle used to kill beautiful little Payton Benson.

Some of the suspects have also been charged with Felony weapons offenses.

According to prosecutors, ALL FIVE are known gang members.

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