BAD COPS OF LAPD

FAQ: What started all of this:

On Oct 7, 1995, I was assaulted on a public beach in Venice. I made a Citizens-Arrest. When Pacific-Division, Los Angeles Police Department officers arrived at the scene, I told the officer in charge, Lisa Ippolito, I wanted to charge this woman for the Assault and Battery. The officer refused to take custody, she then "kicked" me off the public beach against my wishes, then falsely detained and arrested me on accusations from the same woman whom had just assaulted me! Accusations that were false on their face, such as "Attempted Breaking and Entering!" I complained heavily to her commanding Officer, Captain Doan, and Internal Affairs, by means of the telephone and mail. Internal Affairs opened an investigation. In the mean time, I sued the woman for the assault in Civil Court. She admitted committing the assault. She called the officer who had let her go to testify in her defense...they lost. Ok, so now there is NO DOUBT THAT I WAS ASSAULTED ON THE BEACH. Lets continue...

 

What happened next?

After the first I.A. investigation came back as unfounded, I contacted her Captain [Doan] again and he reopened another Internal Affairs investigation. This second "investigation" was headed by a Sgt. Felix. When Sgt. Felix interviewed me, Sgt. Felix not only saw fit to write down my allegations but to tape-record them as well. Sgt. Felix's investigation concluded the same as the first; that is, that Officer Lisa Ippolito had done nothing wrong! I called the Captain again but this time he would not speak to me, instead I got a Lt. Manion who refused to answer my basic questions, then concluded our conversation with an implied threat. This was also recorded on an audiotape, only this was my audiotape. Alas, the case and evidence was given to a Lt. Twohy. More on Twohy below...

 

What happened next?

2/16/1996 I went to the Police Commissioner's Office at 150 N. LA Street, in downtown LA. There I met a man by the name of Carl Paneno, a civilian member of the Police Commissioner's office. Carl Paneno said that it sounded to him like some very basic questions were not being answered, or asked, and took me upstairs to meet two detectives from IA to reopen, for the third time, an investigation. One man by the name of Det. Ed Silvera took all my evidence; they then took another statement from me as well as my audiotape. I "assumed" that the matter would be resolved.

 

What happened next?

3/22/1996 Detective Ed Silvera informed me, that a "Lt. Twohy" (Pronounced like 2-E) had been assigned the case. I called Lt. Twohy and he informed me he had not received my file yet, but when it arrived, he would look into it. That was the last I heard from anyone from IA. regarding this incident in 1995. I assumed Ippolito and her partner had been dealt with by Internal Affairs officer Twohy. He was kinda busy that year and never got around to dealing with my case.

 

What happened next?

A year later, on 3/2/1997, I see a man making jewelry on the boardwalk of Venice Beach. While visiting with him, two officers approach him and proceed to take his jewelry away, while yelling at him. While one is writing him a ticket and the other is putting this man's stuff in the rear of the patrol car I ask the officer giving the ticket what Penal Code this man had violated as I was standing 2 feet from him and could see nothing in his behavior which would indicate he had done anything against the law. The officer says to wait off to the side until she finished writing her ticket. I go where she directs me and wait. After concluding her business I return and again ask and she gives me an angry answer of "If you want to know, go to F@#king Law School." Her name tag reads Utley. In the interim her partner leaves the back of their vehicle and approaches me. I see by her name tag that it is Ippolito. When she recognizes me she say's "It's you! Get the F@#k off this beach now!" When I refuse, she attempts to arrest me, while her own partner Utley yells out "No Lisa, just let it go." The officer says, "No, don't you know who this is, this is the F@#king As#hole from 1 1/2 years ago who gave me all those problems with IA. She then arrested me and charged me with Interfering with an officer. I inform her commander at the station, as well as Sgt. Felix of this new "situation" while I was being booked. I go home, write the details of the day, then mail it to myself. (See enclosure) I hire an investigator to locate two witnesses who were present during the arrest. One was named "Tony" AKA "Tony Harris" AKA "Sean (Shaun) Anthony Ritchie, who I later found out to really be named Richard Armijo. He was the man making the jewelry mentioned above. The other was "Stephen Sinclair" whose whereabouts are unknown at this time. No mention of these witnesses in the official police report, of course....

 

What happened next?

3/6/1997 I contact Internal Affairs Division of the L.A.P.D. once again and speak with a Detective Gutierrez (serial 21617). He assures me Internal Affairs Division of the Pacific Division police station will conduct a thorough investigation. I told Detective Gutierrez all about my last IA investigation with Silvera and Twohy.

 

What happened next?

3/7/1997 Sent a letter to the FBI, Civil Rights Unit. I call their office on 4/71997 and 4/8/1997. I spoke with a woman who would only ID herself as "Crystal" She said she was new there. Getting her name was like pulling teeth. She put the Supervisor of the Civil Rights Department, Louis B. Price on the line with me and he informed me that they had received my letters and were "aware of me." Louis B. Price also informed me they receive 60 letters there a day so it might take several months till they even decide if they have a case. I get the feeling from their tone that if I were to appear there, they would tell me no one named Crystal works here and we never received your letters.

 

What happened next?

3/27/1997 I am arraigned in Municipal Court for "Interfering with a Peace Officer," and the city attorney David Scheieiman adds another charge of Disturbing the Peace. I tell the attorney that I will never plead guilty and that I can prove my statements. They offer to me a "sweet deal." If I paid $150.00, they would let me plead guilty to Disturbing the Peace, and drop the Interfering charge. If I refused, he was going to use the original charge of Interfering, but also the additional charge of Disturbing the Peace to put me in jail for 6 months on each count and fine me $1000.00...on each count. I inform him of the background of the arresting officer Ippolito. I ask him to investigate my recent charges of Illegal Arrest, Perjury, Conspiracy, Organized Crime, Officer Misconduct, and so on, and arrest Ippolito under Penal Code 142, etc. I show him a statement given by the street vendor mentioned above, by the name of Tony Harris. In this statement Mr. Harris implicates the officers and contradicts the officer's testimony. I show him evidence to support this finding, but he refuses to arrest her.

 

What happened next?

4/16/1997 Internal Affairs Division of the L.A.P.D. contacts me via an Investigator named Alora Axeworthy. She asks me what happened, and I tell her. She makes statements to me like "Are you sure she/they said that to you?" Then she tries to get me to relate to the other officer's point of view with statements starting out like "Put your feeling aside for a moment, how would you feel if someone complained about you at you work". This "investigator" then told me I should have waited until after my trial to file an internal complaint against the City's finest. She also said, "Now they really will try to get you because if they don't get you at your trial, it opens the door for you to go after them in Civil Court." She also said she did not believe the officers had done anything wrong. She also said she could do nothing to help me, that I obviously had "issues with the officer." She said I had no recourse until a judge determined I had been falsely arrested. I asked her to arrest the cop for false arrest so a Jury could decide her fate. She told me one could not do that. I told her about the witness to the officer's crime...Tony. She grew silent at that. She said she would look into it...

 

What happened next?

4/26/1997 I received a telephone call from Alora Axeworthy on my answering machine at home. She said she had not been able to get a hold of this ("Tony person.") She said she had tried now for a couple of weeks, but she does not know who he is or where he is and she was hoping I could get a hold of him for her. She then tells me she has tried the "best" she could to get a hold of him but she just cant get a hold of him. If I had any information, she would appreciate it because she can-not find him and she is closing her investigation tonight! (So begins the next cover-up. I find out later on that this IA officer had previously partnered with Officer Ippolito!)

 

What happened next?

5/3/1997 I went to my local police department and spoke to the Watch Commander, Lt. Kroeber (Who has since gone on to become the Captain) and a Sgt. Abney. I request to effect an Arrest of officer Ippolito. I was told by Lt. Kroeber that because I had taken out four Internal Affairs complaints, (all of which came back as unfounded or lost!), he would not arrest her under California Penal Code 146 and 236. He told me to go see the police where she is employed. I requested he allow me to make a Citizens arrest and assist me. He again refused. I went to Pacific Division Police station and met with the Watch Commander there. While there, I make the same request to arrest Officer Ippolito. He takes me outside and tells me of Penal Code 236. He informs me that because the city prosecutor had brought forth the charge(s) pending against me, that satisfied the requirements of a regular process. I explained to him that I was referring to the later part of the code 146 which refers to "unlawful" authority. He disagreed and told me I would be charged with False Imprisonment if I proceeded further in the quest. I say I will take my chances and he denies my request but suggests I speak with the new I.A. officer in charge of my case. He suggested I speak with Internal Affairs Investigator Axeworthy! She comes out to the front desk; I inform her that I have a statement from "Tony" to the officer's crime. She proceeds to become agitated, saying things like, "Now I have to open this case again!" and "People make up these kind of things all the time." She says "I can't use this or any of your documents, in the future just take them to court with you and give them to the city prosecutor. After they are done with you, then come see us and we'll investigate your complaint, if there's anything to investigate". She says she knows exactly who "Tony" is, and exactly where "Tony" is. Axeworthy tells me Tony's statement does not help her investigation. The reason is that Tony won't talk to her to corroborate the statement. She contradicts herself several times when pressed if she had indeed talked personally with "Tony", as well when asked if she knew the location and whereabouts of him. She then berates me, cuts me off and slams the door in my face. This entire conversation was recorded...I contact Mr. Paneno of the Police Commission over the phone to inform him that I was afraid she would not introduce the statement from Tony into evidence and he instructs me to contact I.A., as well as her Capt., to inform them of our conversation today. I contact I.A. by the phone and her Captain. One of these "people" then runs and tells the Deputy City Attorney about the tape. The Deputy City Attorney decided to steal this tape from me during the next pretrial hearings after I subpoenaed Axeworthy. I also found out through discovery that this I.A investigator Axeworthy was partners with Officer Lisa Ippolito before she arrested me. And I have a a video tape of Axeworthy on TV talking about the L.A.P.D. policy of "Zero Tolerance" on the beaches here in California during 1997. Sounds kinda UN-American to me, kinda like something a nazi state would issue, you know...'Und further, zee state vill no longer tolerate ze blacks and jews, ve now hav ze "Zero Tolerance" public law policy. Gutten Nach! Zleep tight! Velcome to Kalifornia! '

 

What happened next?

6/13/1997 I appear before Commissioner Diane Wheatly. She quashes several of my Subpoenas, including the one of Lt. Twohy! I object to the charges against me being reduced to a single count infraction similar to receiving a traffic ticket in the "Interest of Justice." The charges are reduced to prevent me from having a trial by jury. (Infractions are not entitled to a trial by jury.) The Deputy City Attorney tells the Court that I have this tape of Axeworthy and makes a motion to the court that they want to take it into possession, and the court orders me to give it to them literally at the point the bailiff's gun. The City Attorney then informs the Court that they will be turning the tape over to the L.A.P.D. for further charges.  Another officer sitting off in the side waves "hi" to the judge.

 

What happened next?

6/16/1997 I go to court and ask the clerk to ask the Commissioner for an in-camera (private, "off the record") session. The clerk says to me "She told me to tell you she doesn't give in camera sessions to Pro Per Defendants. I say "oh really". I go home and type a formal request for an In Camera session and return. Again she shoots me down. I then find a real judge (Wheatly was only a Commissioner) and tell him what's happening. He says to request an in camera hearing in advance of my case and speak to her in front of the DA. I do. This is where things take a turn for the worst At 1400 hours, denial of the due-process as required under the Bill of the Rights. I appeared at Div. 92 and made a Motion requesting on the record an in camera session with the Commissioner, Diane Wheatly. I informed the clerk that it was to discuss Constitutional violations, as well as issues dealing with the prosecutor's conduct and evidence, which I believe, had been made in error as well as in violation of contempt of court, at my pre-trial hearing on 6/13/97. Shortly into my presentation on several key issues she interrupted me. When I told her she had just interrupted me, she got an angry look on her face. She then started yelling at me and refused to hear me any more. Then what can only be described as a fit of emotional rage and anger, she raised my case file high over her head, slammed  it on her desk and shrieked at me "This is my court!" and abruptly made a dash for her court chambers, on the verge of tears. I asked the Court reporter to put on the record the demeanor; tone and motions taken by the Commissioner, but she just sat there shaking her head side ways in a motion indicating "no." I asked if this was recorded on audio, and a court officer said it was. The Sheriff had jumped up from his chair; hand on his gun, while everyone else stood there in disbelief at the events which had just taken place. A man in the rear of the court asked if this was going to affect his case because she was so upset. The Prosecutor then insisted he and I go into the hallway to "finish my motion" and have a discussion. Finish my motion outside of the courtroom without a judge with the City Attorney? How's [that] for the Due-Process under the Bill of the Rights?

 

What happened next?

6/17/1997 I go back to court under "special appearance" to have the DA and the Commissioner held for Contempt of Court! 

 

What happened next?

6/18/1997 I speak to a Judge Groneman again and voice my concerns; he tells me to bring it further up the chain of command to the police. I get home, call, and make an appointment for the next day with Capt. Doan. I then call his supervisor, Mr. Michael Bostic, and attempt to make an appointment with him. A woman named "Mary" asked what this was in reference to, I tell her and she said she would check his calendar. While waiting for "Mary" to check, a Lt. McCarthy comes on the line, grills me, all the while asking me the question "had I mentioned these crimes in Court today?" He then tells me that no one sees or talks to Mr. Bostic, without going through him first. 

 

What happened next?

6/19/1997 I go back to Pacific Div. L.A.P.D. and speak to Capt. Doan. I inform him I still wish to arrest Ippolito, for Penal Code 142. I also inform him I am arresting her for False Arrest. I show him my evidence. He makes the statement "Are you familiar with the Penal Code for false arrest. He says he will arrest me if I arrest her. Sounds like a crime to me was just committed. I reply "I'll take my chances." By the way, you cannot arrest me until "after" I arrest her, right? He says correct. I told him, he can arrest me, then when the cuffs come off I'll arrest him and the other officer outside the door can arrest me and when the cuffs come off I'll arrest him and so on and so on until everyone in the station has had a chance to arrest me and I have arrested everyone under his command. He says "Forget it, it's never going to happen", he refuses to take her into custody. . I leave and go to Chief Bostic's office at 6464 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. I tell his secretary Mary that I would like to make an appointment, a Lt. McCarthy appears and he tells me he knows all about it, yet refuses to look at my physical evidence. He then tells me to forget it; they will never arrest her. He tells me to leave. I again ask for an appointment with Mr. Bostic. This goon then tells me to leave again because "Mr. Bostic ain't taking any appointments, see." I ask is that for everyone, or just me. He says just me. I wish him a good day and leave. I go back to the Police Commissioner's office, downtown LA at 150 N. Los Angeles Street, to try to speak to Mr. Paneno again, he is not in. I speak to an associate of his who writes everything down saying Mr. Paneno will receive it when he returns, I also leave a message for him to call me. I contact his supervisor, Police Commissioner Mader; she is not in either. I leave a message requesting she contact me. I attempt to make an appointment with the new Chief of the L.A.P.D., Bayen Lewis. His office said to send a letter. Police Commissioner Mader never returns my call.

 

What happened next?

6/23/1997 TRIAL DATE:

I go to court and Judge Biderman assigns the case to another Division on Robertson Blvd. We all travel over there and the City Attorney asks the Judge to recuse himself from the case and assign it to another Judge in the building. By chance, it is the same judge who dismissed the traffic infraction back in 1995, so I request he recuse himself. He agrees and transfers the case back to where we started out in the first place and we all drive back. The City attorney finds a Judge favorable to him and lets the games begin. I ask for a public defender, as I now qualify after spending all my time and money defending this case. "Judge" Lisa Hart (Less) Cole {as they affectionately refer to her in the local Public Defenders Office} tells me, "The Public Defenders office won't send anyone over for just an infraction ticket." I am found "Guilty" of the infraction ticket on Utley's testimony alone. Ippolito never appears from day one of all of the pre-trial hearings, as well as today, for any cross-examination. The basis for the disturbing the peace charge/infraction ticket was a felonious police report written by Utley to cover Ippolito's crime. It was dated a day before the arrest took place. That is a crime by itself. It's called Penal code 132 and 134. At my "trial" on the infraction ticket, officer Utley continues to perjure herself by swearing "Under Oath" that the report was truth. Under cross-examination, she admits that she knows that it is a felony to prepare a document in a trial with false testimony. She lies and said I caused a crowd to gather on the beach on 3/2/1997 by yelling, yet she denied that she had yelled out "No Lisa, let him go!" loud enough to attract the same crowd. The Judge (sic) would not allow the witness Tony's statement attesting to that fact. The Judge also refused to allow a written letter, which I had personally written and sent to myself through the U.S Mail on the day after the arrest which she personally opened in the court, to be entered as evidence...but she decided to kept it! I asked for it back in the court, but she refused. I demanded it back. She refused. This letter [evidence] is now missing from the public record. Do you think she broke Penal Code 135? Officer Utley also lets out an interesting bit of information; she was one of the officers present on October 7 1995 with officer Ippolito! Get this...In her lying report, which was ante-dated [in violation of the law] it was signed and authorized by officer Felix, her first I.A. investigator from 1995! Month's later I go back to speak with her and notice her flag.

 

What happened next?

6/24/1997 I appear back in Div. 92 of the Municipal Court and file a new motion to have my tape returned, and file charges against the City Attorney for petty theft. Judge Biderman grants the motion and I am due back in court on July 15, 1997 to be heard.

 

What happened next?

7/10/1997 Today on the CBS news, I see my previous Internal Affairs officer, Lt. Twohy, Remember him from 3/22/1996. Seems this 19-year veteran of the "L.A.P.D. Internal Affairs", had been arrested for having sex with a minor and using police computers illegally. He used the departments computers to access the database of the "D.M.V." to check on the birthdate of an under age minor he was having sex with, before and after work! No wonder he lost my case. In addition, you see Sgt. Alora Axeworthy, my present day, "new and improved"  Internal Affairs investigator, on the same news show talking about "the crack-down on crime at Venice beach" this summer, as well as their "Zero Tolerance Policy". This woman also tells the viewers she used to be a patrol officer just like Utley and Ippolito at Venice Beach. She is now in charge of Internal Affairs for all of the same officers she worked with. Talk about the fox watching the hen house!

 

What happened next?

7/15/1997 I get my hearing on the seized audiotape. The deputy city attorney: David Scheieiman, concedes they acted in vicious haste to maliciously attack me and so Commissioner Debra Wong Yang, grants my motion to return my "stolen" property! I again request some "Equal Protection Under the Law" so that all parties, now including this bushy faced, beady eyed, little man, who "stole" my personal property, be arrested. The City Attorney specifically under Penal Code 490.1, for being a petty thief, but alas my words fall upon deaf ears. The "Court" attempts to defend his actions in front of the on-lookers. "Actually the court took possession of your property Killercop". " Based on what evidence and what authority? " I reply... but my words are only met with a look of revenge...

 

What happened next?

8/18/1997 A Lt. Jacobs of the "Special Bureau of Investigations" within the L.A.P.D. calls me at home. He informs me that he is handling the new investigation, because of my letter to the new Chief of Police, Bernard Parks. This Special Bureau of Investigations are the people who watch the Internal Affairs cops. He says to think of it like this: we are the cops, who watch the cops, who are watching the cops. (Footnote...9/20/1997 I call for an update only to be informed that this "Special Bureau of Investigations" has been disbanded by the new Police Chief Bernard Parks.) 

 

What happened next?

8/20/1997 I receive a letter from Inspector General of the Police Commission, Katherine Mader. She assures me that they have turned my letter and allegations over to the "Internal Affairs Group." She said in this letter that her "staff" would monitor and conduct a review of their investigations and findings upon completion. She is later removed from her post.

 

What happened next?

8/21/1997 I receive a form letter from the Justice Department from a Timothy P. McNally- Fbi, Assistant Director in Charge. Below his name was Louis B. Price, Supervisory Special Agent. The letter had a rubber stamp signature of Price's name. They said they could not investigate because they have established criteria, which must be met first and that I had failed to meet [it]. PART2

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