Judge: California Police Targeted Gays in Sting Operations, Dismisses Charges Against Gay Man

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    Apr 30, 2016 8:08 PM GMT
    A judge who said police improperly targeted gay men in sting operations has dismissed charges of lewd conduct and indecent exposure against a man who was arrested in a public bathroom.

    During the trial, police indicated that they had arrested about 55 men for lewd conduct in the past two years.

    Police said they based lewd-conduct operations on complaints, but the judge said there was little evidence of such complaints at the men's restrooms where most stings took place.

    "The presence and tactics of the decoy officers actually caused the crimes to occur," [Judge] Dhanidina ruled.

    "The arbitrary enforcement of the law as seen in this case undermines the credibility of our legal system, eroding public confidence in our ability to achieve just results," the judge said in his closing remarks.

    "This judge knows discrimination when he sees it," said Bruce Nickerson, one of Moroney's defense lawyers. "His ruling is powerful because it sends a message far beyond this case. It sends a message to police departments throughout the state who do these decoy operations for lewd-conduct cases."

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/judge-california-police-targeted-gays-sting-operations-38788402
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    May 01, 2016 2:19 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidA judge who said police improperly targeted gay men in sting operations has dismissed charges of lewd conduct and indecent exposure against a man who was arrested in a public bathroom.

    During the trial, police indicated that they had arrested about 55 men for lewd conduct in the past two years.

    Police said they based lewd-conduct operations on complaints, but the judge said there was little evidence of such complaints at the men's restrooms where most stings took place.

    "The presence and tactics of the decoy officers actually caused the crimes to occur," [Judge] Dhanidina ruled.

    "The arbitrary enforcement of the law as seen in this case undermines the credibility of our legal system, eroding public confidence in our ability to achieve just results," the judge said in his closing remarks.

    "This judge knows discrimination when he sees it," said Bruce Nickerson, one of Moroney's defense lawyers. "His ruling is powerful because it sends a message far beyond this case. It sends a message to police departments throughout the state who do these decoy operations for lewd-conduct cases."

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/judge-california-police-targeted-gays-sting-operations-38788402
    This supposedly occurred in Long Beach, a major city with an openly gay mayor. Unbelievable to say the least.
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    May 01, 2016 2:27 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    This supposedly occurred in Long Beach, a major city with an openly gay mayor. Unbelievable to say the least.

    Depends on their form of government. Most larger US cities have City Managers. The Mayor and the City Council establish policy, set goals and make the budget, but the City Manager actually has operational control, to include overseeing the police, fire department, emergency services, public utilities, and so forth. I would begin by asking the SD City Manager what's going on with the SDPD.

    BTW, our veteran RJ member paulflexes is in the SD area right now, on a contract assignment. Maybe he has some insights about this.
  • Wendigo9

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    May 01, 2016 11:00 PM GMT
    Targeting gay men for no apparent reason is dumb as racism, why should people like that even be on the police force?
  • davfit

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    May 02, 2016 3:14 AM GMT
    Wow!!! what a Great Judge... spot on ...in comment
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    May 02, 2016 4:30 AM GMT
    I feel so bad for all those straight cops playing the part of a gay decoy showing their dicks off to all those unsuspecting gay men to get an arrest....LOL! They showed off their dicks for no good reason and came away without a single conviction for the show! LOL!...nice...icon_lol.gif