Leaked RPD files indicate illegal drug and weapon buys for gang infiltration, with fund requests

Posted: November 19, 2012 in Uncategorized
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From an anonymous contributor:

After searching through the entirety of the leaked documents using keywords I’m fairly satisfied that I’ve at least scanned through all of the material. A lot of the files turned out to be duplicates or older versions so there wasn’t actually all that much to go through. Most of the documents were pretty short and easy to digest, but I think we’ll still need help getting everything relevant out of the 110 page “Emergency Operations Plan” document which is marked in red as “Exempt from FOIA.” Many of these police general orders aren’t really news, and there is honestly a lot of fairly benign material in here. Though not particularly incriminating, the release of this information is still a victory for advocates of transparency and accountability in our public servants. Knowing their modus operandi and internal rules should help political activists and regular citizens alike deal with the police from a more knowledgeable and therefore empowered position. Despite the banality of the bulk of the leak, documents of likely interest have been set aside for your consideration to save you time if you don’t want to dig through a bunch of bureaucratic language to find them.
The quarterly reports and dispursement documents had a couple of interesting pieces of information in them. There is some less-refined employee input here (in contrast to the general orders) that is very telling. I took a couple of notes looking through these files and was particularly taken back by the nonchalant admission that police regularly interact with gangs supposedly in an attempt to win confidence, gain information, and build profiles on members. And by interact, I mean buy drugs and guns. Taxpayer money from the “Investigative Fund” requested by Captain Marty Harrison IV of the Special Investigations Division (SID) is admitted in correspondence to be intended for firearm and narcotics purchases from gangs, as well as for the paying-off of informants! These are not sting operations. Chief Norwood seems happy to grant the requests for $25,000 and $30,000. Is perpetuating a war on drugs worth this kind of routine expense?
Also noted here are quotes from police procedures for handling complaints from civilians regarding the conduct of officers. It might just be me, but the language seems to have an air of disdain for those making complaints and while I’m sure frivolous complaints are common I get the impression that fulfilling requests for complaint forms is generally discouraged. People in other areas surveying their local police department’s willingness to dispense a complaint form have been met with serious resistance. Perhaps a good test of of a department’s willingness to police itself is in its willingness to hand over a complaint form. It’s something worth trying (and recording)…
Finally, I found language about a database system called “CrimeNTel” and a methodology mentioned as “Problem-Oriented Policing” to be worth noting. Homeland Security apparently works with police to use this software to track criminal complaints and general information about suspects or those with histories. It’s noted that it’s unverifiable and inadmissible as evidence in court, but they’ll still use it to keep an eye on you.
For those attempting to make FOIA requests for information from the police, please see the file named “Public Information Requests” for detailed information about their policy for honoring them.
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-Anon
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QUOTES:
#BUY FUND LETTERS
#REQUESTING MONEY FROM THE POLICE’S INVESTIGATIVE FUND TO BUY DRUGS (NOT FOR STINGS BUT TO WIN FAVOR WITH AND “DOCUMENT” GANGS) AND PAY OFF INFORMANTS
“…SID is requesting $30,000.00 of buy money from the Investigative Fund.  The buy money is utilized to further narcotics and gang investigations which impact violent and property crimes in the city.  The money pays for narcotics and gang investigations, to include the purchase of narcotics, payment of informants for investigative operations, court appearances, information pertinent to arrest and current investigations…”
“…CONCLUSION:
I respectfully request that $30,000.00 from the SID buy fund account be disbursed to SID as soon as possible, that  our investigations may continue without interruption…”

# DISMANTLE 4 GANGS EXCERPT — POLICE ENGAGING IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITY IN THE NAME OF THE DRUG WAR
“Methodology:  During the first quarter the following organizations were targeted:
1. G-Shyne Bloods – The gang unit is working with the FBI RAVE Task Force to disrupt this gang.  Drug and firearm buys have been made from the group.  Detectives are also documenting the gang members.
2. LPR – This Spanish speaking gang is organizing in the Richmond area and is trying to establish itself in South Richmond (Sector 112).  Several drug buys and a firearm buy have been made from the group.”
#INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS CITIZEN COMPLAINTS AND INTEGRITY TESTS EXCERPT
#GATHERING INTELLIGENCE – WATCH LIST – TERRORISM
“…V. PROCEDURES
A. Officers may view activity or may receive criminal intelligence and/or information regarding organized crime, vice, narcotics or other complaints demanding investigation. Organized crime, vice, narcotic activities and intelligence matters may include any of the below listed crimes.  If an officer or unit is investigating any of these crimes, they may (depending on the complexity and severity of the case) coordinate the investigation with the below identified unit(s):
1. Corruption – Financial Crimes and Public Integrity Unit;
2. Extortion, bribery, child pornography – Financial Crimes and Public Integrity Unit;
3. Illegal sale and distribution of liquor, tobacco, firearms or controlled substances – Special Investigations Division (SID);
4. Prostitution, gambling, theft/fencing rings – SID;
5. Loan-sharking or labor racketeering – Financial Crimes and Public Integrity Unit; and,
6. Terrorism, subversive activities or civil disorders – Homeland Security/Criminal Intelligence Unit (HS/CI).
NOTE:  Any officer that comes in contact with a confirmed or suspected individual on the Terrorism Watch-List, shall immediately contact the HS/CI Unit and must complete a Criminal Intelligence Submission Form (PD-141). Officers may receive the information via an NCIC (National Criminal Information Center) check…”
#HANDLING/ACCEPTING COMPLAINTS EXCERPT
“…IV.  PROCEDURES, ROLES AND ACCOUNTABILITY
A.  General Responsibilities:
1.  Responsibilities of All Officers and Employees in general:
a)  All employees, when made aware that an individual wants to make a
complaint about a police employee, will immediately notify a
supervisor.
b)  All employees will cooperate fully with personnel of the Internal
Affairs Division (IAD) or any other member of the Department
conducting internal investigations.
c)  Employees do not have a “right to remain silent” in an administrative
investigation and are required to fully and truthfully answer all
questions relating to the performance of their official duties or their
fitness for office, provided they are advised that information
contained in their answers cannot be used against them in a
subsequent criminal proceeding (refusal to cooperate in an internal
administrative investigation is grounds for disciplinary action, up to
and including termination).
2.  Responsibilities of Supervisors in general:
a)  All police supervisors will accept any complaint of misconduct
against any Richmond Police officer/employee, regardless of the
circumstances under which the complaint is made or whether it is
made anonymously or how the information is relayed.  Supervisors
are not to direct citizens to another location to file a complaint…”
#CRIMINAL COMPLAINTS AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION
#UNRELEASEABLE, INADMISSABLE AND UNVERIFIABLE DATABASE INFO USED BY POLICE AGAINST “CRIMINALS”
“…E. Data Reporting (CrimeNTel and Problem-Oriented Policing [POP]):
1. The HS/CI Unit shall ensure that information extracted from criminal complaints, intelligence information and supporting documentation is forwarded for entry into the CrimeNTel database to the SID crime analyst and is in compliance with federal regulations (28 C.F.R. – Part 23).
2. Only authorized personnel may access CrimeNTel.
3. The POP module has been developed and shall be used solely for the purpose of tracking specific criminal complaints including citizen complaints involving community issues such drugs, homelessness, environmental blight, etc.
4. Only authorized Department members shall have updating rights to the POP module including assigned crime analysts, systems analysts and the SID sergeant responsible for assigning complaints to officers or detectives in the precincts, Narcotics and/or Focus Management Team. All supervisors shall have view rights.
NOTE:  Officers shall be aware that information stored in the CrimeNTel database may not be verifiable, may not be used in court and may not be released to the public…”
#HOMELAND SECURITY COORDINATES WITH POLICE USING “CrimeNTeL” DATABASE MONITORING THOSE CONSIDERED TO BE INVOLVED IN “TERRORISM, SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES OR CIVIL DISORDER”
“…C.  Homeland Security/Criminal Intelligence Unit shall:
1. Investigate information received on the PD-141 for matters involving terrorism, subversive activities or civil disorder;
2. Disseminate the PD-141 to the appropriate division, when warranted;
3. Advise the Chief of Police of significant operations;
4. Confer with government and law enforcement officials on vice and narcotics activities, when appropriate;
5. Ensure that information extracted from criminal complaints, intelligence and supporting documents is forwarded for entry into CrimeNTel by the SID crime analyst;
6. Ensure that information forwarded for entry into CrimeNTel by the SID crime analyst is in compliance with federal regulations (28 C.F.R. – Part 23); and,
7. Assist other divisions/units in the investigation of cases, when requested….”
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