Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes — yet another look (Originally posted June 9, 2014; Edited with a few additional comments on January 14, 2015 including new P.S.) by BARRY LEVINSON


Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes — another look (Originally posted June 9, 2014; Edited with a few additional comments on January 14, 2015 including new P.S.) BY BARRY LEVINSON

FPD'S DAN HUGHES

FPD’S DAN HUGHES

I REPORT, YOU DECIDE.-by Barry Levinson

 I attended the Fullerton Republican Women’s Federated meeting on May 28, 2014. The guest speaker was our Police Chief Dan Hughes. He gave an interesting if somewhat disjointed  speech. He indicated that it was good for his department to acknowledge when they do not live up to the highest standards. Yet, he then referred to activists and complained that whatever the FPD actually does, these activists are going to complain about his department.

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Dan, either you want legitimate criticism or you want to complain whenever a member of the public has a legitimate beef with the FPD. Your speech certainly sent out mixed messages.

 

He also handed out the 2013 FPD Annual Report, which he indicated was the first one published since way back in 1967.  In it I noted that for 2013, the FPD Supervisor of the Year as chosen by the Fullerton Police Association was none other than Sergeant Kevin Craig, the highest-ranking officer present during the brutal beating death of Kelly Thomas. Craig, you may recall, testified in late 2013 or January 2014 for the defense of Ramos and Cincinelli, claiming that none of the actions taken by any of his fellow officers, including himself that night were indeed against FPD policy.

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Why, Dan, did you fire Ramos, Cincinelli and Wolfe, when the Fullerton Police Association’s 2013 Supervisor of the Year testified that they did nothing wrong as did your FPD training officer, Corporal Rubio?  I report, you decide.

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I want to hear from all those people by name (real name) who look at the picture below and tell me that those officers were not guilty of at least excessive use of force against an unarmed 135 pound man.

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Those pesky activists — you know, the protestors — Dan Hughes seems intent to make darn sure that they spend some time behind bars. The city of Bell has nothing over us. After all, they just stole money, not a life!

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I forgot to tell all of you, that our police chief kept on repeating one point over and over again during his presentation. That point was that Dan Hughes just does not pay any attention to the politics within Fullerton. If that were true why did his department send 6 police officers, including 2 supervisors as well as several police vehicles to Pasadena for half a day to arrest AJ Redkey for a misdemeanor failure to disperse?  The only way that action makes any sense if you view their actions in the form of a political vendetta by the FPD.  Where is the reform Dan?

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I now have learned from Jean Thaxton’s public comments that Dan Hughes put together a police committee to review the tape of the Ramos, Cincinelli not guilty protest that took place on January 18, 2014. Based on that review, FPD filed that non-violent misdemeanor charge against peaceful protester and live streamer, AJ Redkey for failure to disperse (failure I guess to not disperse quickly enough for Dan Hughes because others have alleged that the same tape shows Mr. Redkey running from the protest area at the time the police asked the protestors to disperse). We all know that had to be the highest priority for our FPD that day. Clearly, if AJ Redkey was the most dangerous “suspect” that needed to be arrested that day 40 miles away in Pasadena, and you could afford to send 6 officers to make that arrest, then I would humbly point out that the FPD is greatly overstaffed!  (Now we learn that the FPD wants to add 10 new officers to its ranks.)

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By the way, it is my understanding that the most common way and probably the cheapest way to make that arrest was to call the Pasadena Police Department and ask them to make that arrest.  I guess the next question is why did that simple and easy solution never cross the mind of those FPD officers?

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Or maybe it was personal to you Dan Hughes, like a game of political payback! (You know that game that you desperately played on me last summer and fall, when you lead the charge to try to have me thrown into jail on baseless misdemeanor charges.)  You remember Councilmember Whitaker recalling vividly at council that you stated to him that you hate Barry Levinson and then you recounted that you lead the police investigation against me.

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Remember Police Chief Hughes, it was reported that those 10 arrested protestors complained that their very lives were threatened by at least one Fullerton police officer before the FPD transported them to jail. These protestors alleged that a FPD officer threatened them that when they arrived at the Orange County jail all their faces (including both men and women) would be smashed in by 12 waiting OC Sheriff Deputies. Yet when Dan Hughes was asked whether he had reviewed the DAR’s (Digital Audio Recorder’s) of those officers to investigate those extremely serious charges, our open and honest police chief remained totally silent.

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P.S.  It is now a full year after the arrests were made at the Kelly Thomas protest march on January 18, 2014.  Yet the DAR (Digital Audio Recording) that Danny Hughes said was sent to the OC District Attorney as evidence has apparently not resulted in any official action by the DA’s office.  Why?  If they decided not to press charges should not the DAR have been released at that time by the FPD?  If the case is still under review after an entire year one must ask the question what is causing this unexplainable delay?  Did someone suggest dirty politics?

 

 

Therefore, at this time, I urge all people of good will and integrity to attend the January 20, 2015 Fullerton City Council meeting at 6:30 pm.  Please demand answers from Police Chief Hughes on the below subjects he has for far too long failed to speak about.

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  1. Demand that the January 18, 2014 DAR (Digital Audio Recording) be released to the public.

 

  1. Demand the status of that investigation of the FPD police officer for allegedly threatening great bodily harm to all the arrestees that day.

 

  1. Demand that we finally learn the name of the officer who should have replaced retired Police Officer Bill Wallis whose only task was to monitor the Fullerton Sex Offender population. No police officer dedicated solely to that task means the FPD is not doing their job properly.

 

  1. Demand that when all FPD officers wear body cameras that it must be on 100% of the time while on duty. Shutting them off should be grounds for firing any Fullerton officer. Without these mandatory rules, the cameras will not do what they are suppose to do, namely provide video evidence of actions taken by both the police and the suspects. The same lame excuses as to why DAR’s are not turned on in too many crucial situations will be used again without the above strict rules.

 

  1. Demand that Police Chief Hughes take a public stand for or against the most damaging law that keeps the public in the dark concerning complaints against Fullerton police officers and the details of police management action or inaction when police misbehavior occurs. This law is called the California Police Officer’s Bill of Rights or POBOR. Police Chief Danny Hughes do you support this law or are you against its impact, which is too keep the public in the dark about police abuse and misbehavior?  I do not see how you can remain silent on the one law that is the antithesis of open, honest and transparent policing.

 

  1. Finally demand that Police Chief Hughes and those so-called leaders of the community display a little bit more love in their hearts and more integrity in their souls. The defaming comments by many in high-level positions currently or formerly in Fullerton City government needs to cease and desist immediately.  By the way ladies and gentlemen, one way or the other either the laws of our land will hold them accountable or if not their maker surely will.

 

As Danny Hughes has been recently honored by the OC Register

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as one of the most influential people in OC in large part because of his transparency (that is what Lou Ponsi* of the Register said folks), we believe he owes us nothing less than complete candor on all the above issues.  I report, you decide.

 

 

  • “Why he’s an influencer: Hughes has been credited for bringing new levels of transparency and trust to a department that became embattled after the 2011 death of transient Kelly Thomas at the hands of officers.”

 

One more comment I would like to make to all of you.  This topic is personally painful to me.  Why because the two finest men I have ever known were my dad and his brother! They were both career NYPD police officers. The public had a friend and an advocate for what was right and just when they were on duty.  I know in my heart there are many fine FPD officers wearing that uniform.  It is sad to me that they do not feel comfortable enough to speak out when they too view or hear about bad behavior by a few members of their own force.

Barry Levinson

 

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  1. #1 by Anonymous on January 16, 2015 - 4:29 pm

    Regarding the blurb on the names of the people who look at the photos of Kelly in the hospital and claim the officers are not guilty, you would need 12 names, one for each member of the jury.

    Barry, I believe others have asked you this but why not put in an FOIA request for the DAR recording of Jan. 18 2014?

    Also, have you considered filing a lawsuit against FPD yourself?

    Anyway, interesting observations. Thanks for sharing.

    • #2 by Mark Powell on January 21, 2015 - 9:25 am

      Barry Levinson,

      You should also know that the depths of corruption in this town extend into the North Orange County courtroom of Scott Steiner, whom I personally watched tried to embarrass and humiliate a young female protester, who was facing charges brought on by the same Fullerton police officers who also supported Judge Steiner’s political candidacy for elected office.

      If you’d like to read more about Judge Scott Steiner, I suggest that you read the accompany article written about him several months ago by the Orange County Weekly magazine…

      http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2014/09/scott_steiner_oc_judge_censured.php

  2. #3 by streets on January 16, 2015 - 5:43 pm

    ! year ago the murderers walked. I guess no one broke the law because the law only applies to us.

  3. #4 by anonymous on January 16, 2015 - 6:45 pm

    “Why he’s an influencer: Hughes has been credited for bringing new levels of transparency and trust to a department that became embattled after the 2011 death of transient Kelly Thomas at the hands of officers.” – See more at: https://thefullertoninformer.com/fullerton-police-chief-dan-hughes-yet-another-look/#comment-133802

    It can’t get more false than that statement.

    • #5 by Infowarrior on January 18, 2015 - 7:15 pm

      That was a murder. Anyone with a brain knows that. Your chief said he saw that video how many times? How can he not fire the officer that got that award?

  4. #6 by Mark Powell on January 17, 2015 - 7:05 am

    Let’s face it Barry, “Disingenuous Dan” wouldn’t know what the truth looked like if it bit him in the culo.

    The only reason that Dan Hughes is drawing over $300,000 a year is to obfuscate for the members of the FPOA who spent over $50,000 of their money that they raised from deceiving the voters into thinking that the money isn’t going into funding political smear campaigns against resident like Bruce Whitaker and Greg Sebourn, simply because they hold them accountable for their actions…as WE elected them to do!
    The dark irony is that the money that the police officers union is raising by bilking the residents of Fullerton, is that they are using these same funds to use against the residents of Fullerton by funding the see no evil, speak no evil, and hear no evil….EVER of our boys in blue political campaigns of Doug Chaffee and Jan Flory and Larry Bennett with tens of thousands of dollars each election cycle to support their candidacy in return for their obfuscation of investigations into their behavior, and the knowledge that when they come knocking at the door for the salary increases and pension funding, that instead of the city council member asking on the residents behalf, ” isn’t the city of Fullerton already on the hook for $500 million dollars in unfunded pension obligations?” that they instead acquiesce to the same people that provided them with the lion’s share of the money to fund their political campaigns……
    THE FULLERTON POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT where (according to the Secretary of the California’s website: transparentcalifornia.com) the top 40 earners within those two departments, were given over 10 MILLION dollars by the residents of Fullerton last year in compensation.

    That’s why we have the mess we’re in now is because the residents of Fullerton have become complacent and enamored with glossy pamphlets that promise that if you support a candidate that supports the Fullerton police and fire department than YOU are a good citizen…I propose that the opposite is true.

    • #7 by Anonymous on January 17, 2015 - 7:12 pm

      Agreed

  5. #8 by Barry Levinson on January 17, 2015 - 11:34 am

    Yes Mark you are 100% right. Unfortunately, if you are a student of history you know that it usually takes great suffering by the majority of the people before they wake up and decide enough is enough. One only has to look at the German and Japanese people who only got the message after terrible civilian suffering in both countries in 1944 and 1945. Human nature is generally selfish, self-centered and apathetic. Sad but very true. A few brave souls speak the truth “in order to form a more perfect union” but are mostly ignored by the public and harassed and worse by our enemies. Like most good deeds, the majority does not appreciate or recognize those efforts.

  6. #9 by citizen on January 17, 2015 - 4:09 pm

    The question that must be asked of Chief Hughes is whether or not he is in complete control of the department. The subsequent course of action the citizens of Fullerton must take shall be entirely predicated upon his response.

  7. #10 by Anonymous on January 17, 2015 - 6:10 pm

    Oh please!
    Before we start being all self righteous, let’s go back a few years to another smear campaign, this being the recall of three councilmen who were supposedly targeted for some perceived lack of an appropriate reaction to the death if Kelly Thomas.
    The sad and shameful truth is that the recall had absolutely nothing to do with Kelly’s death. No. the homeless man’s death was politicized and used to further the personal agenda of one man. Sorry, but the benchmark for dirty politics in this town wasn’t established by the FPOA. It was set years earlier.

    • #11 by Mark Powell on January 18, 2015 - 6:16 am

      Anonymous,
      The recall occurred because the three city councilman’s funding for their political campaigns was derived from none other than the Fullerton Police Officer’s Association dues deducted from their paycheck and “fundraising efforts” of sending out mailers to unsuspecting residents boasting about how that money is plowed back into the community, and is instead used to smear the any Fullerton resident who doesn’t comply with their wishes.

      The voters of Fullerton may have also been influenced by the fact that two of the former city councilman who were recalled from office were also ex- Chief of Police for the Fullerton Police Department, and that one of them actually bragged to voters that he had hired then all.

      Hope this helps to clarify the issues regarding the reason we recalled those three city councilman from elected office. They weren’t representing the voters of Fullerton, they were representing the public employees unions who funded their campaigns.

      • #12 by Anonymous on January 18, 2015 - 7:06 pm

        Uh huh, yeah. Like Travis Kiger was representing the residents of Fullerton. Votes against a accepting a DUI grant.

        • #13 by Joe Imbriano on January 19, 2015 - 6:54 am

          Lets get this straight. The city opens the fire hydrants full blast downtown with hard liquor, beer, and wine flowing like Gadaffi’s eighth wonder of the world while the scantily clad work the poles and get hunted down by the IE patrons and frat boys and you wonder why we have baseball players and blondes getting crushed to death and mutilated by people wasted out of their minds while sitting at intersections ironically who were barhopping themselves?

          I remember watching the tribute to the fallen Angel’s pitcher on the tron at the big A and the whole thing was surrounded by the huge Budweiser logos and adds for liquor as the moment of silence took place. Will we ever learn?

          Why do we need checkpoints on the roads? You don’t need probable cause because you can set up the damn check points right there at the exits to the structures and the Soco exits. Just pull over everyone that leaves the bar parking lots between 10:30 pm and 2 am. Oh but that wouldn’t be good for business for your buddies that make a living off of ruining peoples lives, young and old alike, drenching them in booze and dimethyl siloxane drenched slop. All the rape, drug overdose, defecation, urination, brawling, car accidents, vandalism, close calls in the sidewalks and all the rest of the red bull yaeger induced bad decisions are good for revenue and in the strictest Hegelian sense, good for more police power. Let’s face it, the broader the scope and the more immoral the climate, the sky will be the limit for the abuses as we are now witnessing on community activists and elected officials that don’t tow the thug party line.

          Then we have the Detective from FPD internal affairs teaching a room full of south Fullerton soccer kids about his real “bute”, yes Mr. bong totin’ Schoen who took almost three weeks to get me a copy of the DUI checkpoint overtime orgy grant until the vote had already passed.

          And you wonder why we even need to push the Constitutional envelope as far as possible interfering with individuals’ rights to freely travel and to be secure in their effects to shake down law abiding citizens to remedy the problem that the corrupt, moronic council members’ restaurant overlay district caused that still hands out liquor licenses like candy on Halloween.

          What a bunch of thugs.

  8. #14 by Mark Powell on January 17, 2015 - 7:15 pm

    One needs to look no further than the video found when one “Googles”the words ” honk Fullerton ” and watch as the Fullerton Police Officer’s Association’s President, Barry Coffman and Vice-President , Robert Kirk, issue a ticket for honking immediately after Disingenuous Dan swore that the FPD wouldn’t?

  9. #15 by Watch Tony's 300 grand go down the drain. on January 17, 2015 - 9:01 pm

  10. #17 by I remember on January 18, 2015 - 8:07 am

    Aside from idiots blocking traffic, vandalizing buildings, homking horns for hours and disturbing neighbors, overturning patio furniture at SlideBar and robbing a store, last years protests were quite peaceful.

    • #18 by Mark Powell on January 18, 2015 - 11:54 am

      …which store was robbed during the peaceful protest that the citizens staged in front of the Fullerton Police department after six of their officers were accused of beating a 137 pound homeless man to death??

      • #19 by Anonymous on January 18, 2015 - 6:10 pm

        Stater Brothers. Some jerk-off from the protest went to nearby Star Brothers and stole a bunch of stuff. When the female clerk tried to stop him, he shoved her out of the way. Real bad-ass!!!

        • #20 by Anonymous on January 18, 2015 - 6:45 pm

          Yeah like the thug that smashed Kellys face to hell.

    • #21 by Joe Imbriano on January 18, 2015 - 12:13 pm

      I remember too. I have footage of almost the entire peaceful protest. With the exception of a few agent provocateurs, I think the outraged masses handled themselves much better than the LA residents did.

      • #22 by Anonymous on January 18, 2015 - 6:01 pm

        Agent provocateurs??

      • #23 by Anonymous on January 18, 2015 - 6:16 pm

        Joe, don’t you also have footage of the incident after the council meeting a few months back, when a man was accused of yelling and blocking the path of a woman? Man, you should make that public. If it didn’t happen the way the cops said it did, I would think the man has a heck of a lawsuit at the very least and the cops could even be prosecuted for civil rights violations, falsifying reports, malicious prosecution and God knows what else. For the good of the citizens of Fullerton, please, make that video public!

        • #24 by Joe Imbriano on January 18, 2015 - 7:26 pm

          You are absolutely correct on many fronts yet you appear to not understand the grave nature of what we face. You want free public footage? You have free footage right here, watch it, analyze them side by side and please-send it to a forensics expert like I did.

          https://thefullertoninformer.com/the-lynching/

          Then read the report and ask yourself how a police chief after 30 years in the same building doesn’t know north from south and how some 2 bit park and rec admin can see through travertine and an elevator shaft.

          Yes sadly it appears altered but that is what the new transparency of the FPD looks like. You know the cameras and DAR’S that go on and off all the time, or like the DAR that got smashed up in the jail when the dui suspect supposedly killed himself. Like Kelly dead men tell no tales. Tell you what, Tuesday night, ask the guy that works the public comment card table and ask him what he saw.

        • #25 by Mark Powell on January 18, 2015 - 7:50 pm

          Joe,

          Do you also remember the parade (more like a charade) of Fullerton police officers coming out of the woodwork dressed up in duplicatedblue tee shirts and business suits to maliciously accuse the only city councilman that had the audacity to stand up to them of serious allegations in their futile attempts to sully their good reputations “conveniently” right before the election in 2012?

          http://www.fullertonsfuture.org/2012/the-idiot/

          …I do.

    • #26 by King beating on January 18, 2015 - 7:01 pm

      Those protesters were like bambi compared to the LA protesters after the Rodney King verdict. Rodney King survived.

  11. #27 by mom on January 18, 2015 - 7:36 pm

    This whole thing makes me sick. I would not trust any of these FPD around my family.

  12. #28 by Anonymous on January 18, 2015 - 9:24 pm

    A majority of the City of Fullerton hierarchy continue to act like a criminal enterprise. Anyone who dares to speak the truth will be defamed, harassed and possibly even framed by our 300,000 dollar police chief and his accomplishes.
    No Dan Hughes never plays politics maybe because he is too, too busy directing criminal conspiracies. Anybody wish for the good old days with former Chief Sellers.
    FPD becoming more and more like the KGB every day.

  13. #29 by The ghost of integrity, decency and honesty on January 18, 2015 - 9:40 pm

    Maybe Pope Francis can stop at Fullerton CIty Hall and the Fullerton Police Department on his way back from Manila. He could say a blessing to rid us of the evil that lurks throughout both buildings.

  14. #31 by Anonymous on January 18, 2015 - 9:49 pm

    Joe, please make your video of the city council incident public. We need people to see the truth

    • #32 by Mark Powell on January 19, 2015 - 5:19 am

      Anonymous,
      Maybe you can placate yourself watching this video as Denial Hughes reportedly did almost 400 times and still tell me that these officers acted professionally….

      http://www.ocregister.com/articles/fullerton-353158-thomas-unedited.html

      • #33 by Anonymous2 on January 19, 2015 - 10:42 am

        Mark, it really doesn’t matter what Anonymous thinks of the video or even the chief for that matter. The opinions that mattered were those of the 12 jurors. Maybe folks should be directing their outrage in front Superior Court in Santa Ana, or the DA’s office or the capital in Sacramento. A pool of hundreds of prospective jurors were selected for the trial and both the prosecution and defense teams vetted them before deciding on the final 12.
        Frankly, all this protesting in Fullerton seems to be a waste of time and energy. These men were fired by the department, charged with murder and manslaughter and brought to trial. Two were found not guilty and charges were dropped against a third by the DA. And this is Fullerton’s fault??

        • #34 by The ghost of integrity, decency and honesty on January 19, 2015 - 11:56 am

          Anonymous you sound like another apologist for the police. How ridiculous to suggest that because the jury made a bad decision we should not be outraged by the very brutal and without cause death of Kelly Thomas at the hands of 6 Fullerton police officers.

          As far as your statement about protesting being a waste of time, I suggest you look inward to your poorly thought out comments here on this website. Those comments are indeed a waste of everyone’s time.

        • #35 by back paige on January 19, 2015 - 12:11 pm

          This thing was a total setup and you are a real flipping scumbag. The whole murder was on TV. What happened? How could you have missed the whole thing when Danny Boy watched it 400 times? Why did Hughes fire the officers and award the trainer that said they did nothing wrong?

          This was a totally high profile case flushed like a tampon down a public restroom toilet.

          We have Fullerton cops and the trial was in Santa Ana? WTF?

          How the hell do you expect to get a jury pool that is not tainted?

          Where did TRack go for his pool of jurors? Handpicked right out of his vegetable garden?

          We know for sure jury duty is as random as you can get right? Two of the twelve were attorneys? One became the jury foreman.

          DIDN’T THE JURY FOREMAN, IN THE PAST, WORK FOR THE ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE?

          IS IT TRUE THAT TRACK HIMSELF HADN’T PROSECUTED A CASE IN YEARS?

          DID THE DA RIG THE JURY AND THROW THE CASE?

          PROTESTING IS A WASTE OF TIME?

          DO YOU HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS?

          • #36 by Really? on January 19, 2015 - 1:19 pm

            Back paige,
            Actually, I do have one more question.
            You think it might be a good idea to stop sucking on the crack pipe and get yourself into a rehab ASAP?

            • #37 by back paige on January 19, 2015 - 1:31 pm

              You mean the one that the FPD wants to plant in someone’s car so they can send the person to be prosecuted by Jan Flory’s son so he can be fallaciously defended by a public defender who just so happens to be an underling of Jan Flory’s other son? Is that what they wanted to do to Barry?

              • #38 by Flory, Flory & Flory???? on January 19, 2015 - 1:47 pm

                You can’t get more incestuous than that.

                • #39 by in the know on January 20, 2015 - 12:44 pm

                  Wanna bet? How about the super liberal tag teams over at Troy?

              • #40 by Really? on January 19, 2015 - 1:51 pm

                Back pagie, for the sake of your family, please get help!

                • #41 by Shane on January 19, 2015 - 2:05 pm

                  When facts hit you between the eyes, you start with your crack pipe routine. The facts are laid out here. Infantile arguments don’t change the fact the our local governments and LE agencies have become akin to criminal enterprises.

                  Do you have any children that you want to let inherit this mess? If you do, I feel sorry for them.

                  • #42 by Really? on January 19, 2015 - 3:51 pm

                    Shane,
                    Facts?? What I’m seeing is a lot of conspiracy theories. Cops found not guilty so now its a concerted conspiracy effort involving a councilwoman, her sons, the DA himself and a rigged jury. And lets toss in the judge since the conspiracy couldn’t’ work unless the judge was in on it too.

                    Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it. The DA charges two cops with murder and than conspires to make sure they are found not guilty.

                    I’ve been watching it for years. Something doesn’t go the way people want so it MUST be a conspiracy. And when the inconvenient facts are presented, the conspiracy has to keep growing and expanding because the alternative is to be wrong.

                    And Fullerton is the CAPITAL of conspiracy theories, believe me.

                    • #43 by Mark Powell on January 19, 2015 - 5:16 pm

                      Really,
                      The councilwoman that you refer to, has been the recipient of over $50,000 in political donations, and almost each and every district walked in Fullerton by Fullerton police officer’s asking residents to support her candidacy courtesy of the Fullerton Police Officer’s Association

                      Your proof of that can be found on the Fullerton City Clerk’s website under “City Clerk” and then “document archives” and then go to “archives” and search through the various donor records that can be found for candidates who have run for elected office in Fullerton.

                      You might want to look at the ways that the Fullerton Police Officer’s Association political donation records while your their in order to see the tens of thousands of dollars that the Fullerton police union spends in glossy mailers and robo calls slamming any resident that is running for elected office that doesn’t want to acquiesce to their salary and pension demands each contract negotiation period.
                      I believe that Greg Sebourn was the latest recipient of those same calls and mailers this past election cycle, which were funded by the Fullerton Police Officer’s Association on behalf of councilman Doug Chaffee, and wanna be city councilman, and campaign manager a couple of the ex-Fulerton Police department Chief of Police Pat McKinley and James” Don” Bankhead.

                    • #44 by Anonymous on January 19, 2015 - 7:20 pm

                      The FPD criminal acts were not limited to the brutal beating of a homeless man to death. That, in and of itself, is enough to confirm the corrupt mafia, known as the FPD.

                      The reality is that nothing has changed because the corruption is allowed to continue, and the evidence is the criminal FPD activity that is ON THE RECORD. Even more amazing are the 3 stooges on the Fullerton city council that endorse and support the behavior.

                      Next up is the trial of FPD Ron Bair in Federal court.

                      Will this ever end?

                    • #45 by truth on January 20, 2015 - 4:21 pm

                      Fullerton is THE CAPITAL of conspiracies for sure, like the one to acquit the murderers of Kelly Thomas,or the one to frame Barry Levinson. The irrefutable conspiracy that that Mr. Imbriano is referring to however, is the granddaddy of them all which will most definitively ensure that a granddaddy is what people like you will never become. You are all such fools.

            • #46 by ? on January 19, 2015 - 1:46 pm

              Is that the best you’ve got? Accusing the questioner?

          • #47 by Mark Powell on January 19, 2015 - 1:20 pm

            Two of Jan Flory’s sons are employed by the Orange County District Attorney’s office…

            http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/search/?a=orange-county&q=Flory&y=

    • #54 by King beating on January 19, 2015 - 7:51 am

      What video? What incident?

      • #55 by King beating on January 20, 2015 - 11:33 am

        What video are you all talking about?

  15. #56 by Mark Powell on January 19, 2015 - 5:20 pm

    Mark Powell :
    Really,
    The councilwoman that you refer to, has been the recipient of over $50,000 in political donations from the FPOA, and almost each and every district walked in Fullerton by Fullerton police officer’s association members asking residents to support her candidacy courtesy of the Fullerton Police Officer’s Association
    Your proof of that can be found on the Fullerton City Clerk’s website under “City Clerk” and then “document archives” and then go and search through the various donor records that can be found for candidates who have run for elected office in Fullerton.
    You might want to look at the ways that the Fullerton Police Officer’s Association political donation records while your their, in order to see the tens of thousands of dollars that the Fullerton police union spends in glossy mailers and robo calls slamming any resident that is running for elected office that doesn’t want to acquiesce to their salary and pension demands each contract negotiation period.
    I believe that Greg Sebourn was the latest recipient of those same calls and mailers slamming his character this past election cycle, which of course was funded by the Fullerton Police Officer’s Association on behalf of councilman Doug Chaffee, and wanna be city councilman, and campaign manager a couple of the ex-Fulerton Police department Chief of Police Pat McKinley and James” Don” Bankhead…
    Larry Bennett

  16. #57 by Anonymous on January 19, 2015 - 5:30 pm

    Wow, why does everyone on this site hate the police so much? The cops in this town have gone above and beyond for my family on a number of occasions.

    • #58 by Mark Powell on January 19, 2015 - 5:40 pm

      Hate the sin, love the sinner.

    • #59 by Joe Imbriano on January 19, 2015 - 11:40 pm

      No one here hates anyone except for Dan Hughes, He HATES BARRY LEVINSON.

      • #60 by Anonymous on January 20, 2015 - 12:50 pm

        Hmmm … One could argue that the opposite is true.

        • #61 by 33 degrees of separation on January 20, 2015 - 4:01 pm

          One could replay the council feed of a council member stating the facts Anonymous. Dan Hughes is the police chief and should never make these kind of comments, especially to an elected official.

    • #62 by The FPD as a Criminal Enterprise on January 22, 2015 - 10:21 pm

      The real question is why are there so many bad cops on the FPD past and present.
      Why do some of them strike out with totally over the top physical force.
      Therefore, one could rightly ask why are so many Fullerton police officers hostile to the public.

  17. #64 by George Orwell Reborn on January 19, 2015 - 8:20 pm

    The issues surrounding the brutal death of Kelly Thomas is far from over. You do not receive over 50 responses over a holiday weekend, unless there are many, many people still outraged by the gang like behavior of those police officers responsible for his brutal death.

    Remember Dan that very long list of bad deeds by past and a few current police officers that were read by several courageous Fullertonians at a city council meeting last year.

    Unfortunately, that list already needs to be updated, for your department apparently has learned nothing from their sordid past. You know Dan, honesty and integrity cannot be switched on and off, like a Digital Audio Recorder. You will never get good fruit from a diseased tree.

    Dan Hughes and Joe Felz must go…..now!

    • #65 by mom1 on January 20, 2015 - 8:18 am

      I agree, they must go!

    • #66 by Anonymous on January 20, 2015 - 9:45 am

      Hey Joe, keep your acquaintances like Thompson at arms length because some can bite. The three establishment council members, especially that phony Fitzgerald need to go like yesterday. What is really disappointing is how Chris Thompson, who for 15 grand, ran the recall and actually supported her!

      I know you see him at the school board meetings. That must be hard for you to look at him while he ignores the plight of the kids. Come to think of it, he is also pretty chummy with old Danny Boy too.Yikes.

      Fitzgerald is the VP over at Pringle and Associates. That should raise the roof. She is THE direct connection to big money developers who have big plans for this little town. She realized Fullerton was for sale a long, long time ago back when she worked for Royce. She is NO GOOD for Fullerton.

      • #67 by Jennifer Fitzgerald on January 21, 2015 - 7:27 am

        actually, it’s Jennifer FitzPringle

      • #68 by Mark Powell on January 21, 2015 - 7:55 am

        Just in case residents of Fullerton has any delusions of Jennifer Fitzgerald working on their behalves better take a good hard look at the list of business owners, bank presidents,attorneys,and auto dealerships who are looking to expand their client base by creating another Katella Avenue boondoggle and corporate giveaway like Jennifer’s boss, Curt Pringle, managed to foist on the city of Anaheim a few years ago.

        Take a drive south down Harbor Boulevard and make a left hand turn at Katella, and see all the empty businesses that the residents of Anaheim are currently subsidizing, and then get back to me on how much “good” you think that Jennifer Fitzgerald will manage to foist on the residents of Fullerton?
        http://docs.cityoffullerton.com/WebLink8/DocView.aspx?id=482440&dbid=1.

  18. #69 by riders on the storm on January 20, 2015 - 2:56 pm

    Anonymous :
    The FPD criminal acts were not limited to the brutal beating of a homeless man to death. That, in and of itself, is enough to confirm the corrupt mafia, known as the FPD.
    The reality is that nothing has changed because the corruption is allowed to continue, and the evidence is the criminal FPD activity that is ON THE RECORD. Even more amazing are the 3 stooges on the Fullerton city council that endorse and support the behavior.
    Next up is the trial of FPD Ron Bair in Federal court.
    Will this ever end?

    Greg Seaborn blew the whole thing for Fullerton on that hot August night when he caved to the blue shirt pressure. All of Tony’s money went down the drain from that point on.

    • #70 by Mark Powell on January 20, 2015 - 5:07 pm

      I honestly don’t think that Tony Bushala’s efforts on behalf of Fullerton were for naught.

      This one mans focus, brought world-wide attention to a corrupt municipality in need of change.

  19. #71 by Anonymous on January 21, 2015 - 5:55 pm

    Dan Hughes was the perfect man for the job. He’s great at making things go away especially when it comes to him and his boys…….how abt the time when he broke that guys arm in DTF. That went away by one of his boys taking the hit for that and getting a slap on the wrist for that. It’s ok he was promoted to the homeless detail for taking that one for Danny. Oh and a more recent one. One of his Boys who is a Sgt. running around town with his naked gf in a city vehicle. Oh he got promoted too…….Dan is the perfect man for the job!!

  20. #73 by Fullerton police state on February 26, 2015 - 12:05 pm

    Forced Blood Draws, DNA Collection and Biometric Scans: What Country Is This?

    Guest Post by John W. Whitehead

    “The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. The framers would be appalled.”—Herman Schwartz, The Nation

    Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.

    Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases—these are just a few ways in which Americans are being forced to accept that we have no control over what happens to our bodies during an encounter with government officials.

    Worse, on a daily basis, Americans are being made to relinquish the most intimate details of who we are—our biological makeup, our genetic blueprints, and our biometrics (facial characteristics and structure, fingerprints, iris scans, etc.)—in order to clear the nearly insurmountable hurdle that increasingly defines life in the United States: we are all guilty until proven innocent.

    Thus far, the courts have done little to preserve our Fourth Amendment rights, let alone what shreds of bodily integrity remain to us.

    For example, David Eckert was forced to undergo an anal cavity search, three enemas, and a colonoscopy after allegedly failing to yield to a stop sign at a Wal-Mart parking lot. Cops justified the searches on the grounds that they suspected Eckert was carrying drugs because his “posture [was] erect” and “he kept his legs together.” No drugs were found. During a routine traffic stop, Leila Tarantino was subjected to two roadside strip searches in plain view of passing traffic, during which a female officer “forcibly removed” a tampon from Tarantino. Nothing illegal was found. Nevertheless, such searches have been sanctioned by the courts, especially if accompanied by a search warrant (which is easily procured), as justified in the government’s pursuit of drugs and weapons.

    Close to 600 motorists leaving Penn State University one Friday night were stopped by police and, without their knowledge or consent, subjected to a breathalyzer test using flashlights that can detect the presence of alcohol on a person’s breath. These passive alcohol sensors are being hailed as a new weapon in the fight against DUIs. However, because they cannot be used as the basis for arrest, breathalyzer tests are still required. And for those who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer, there are forced blood draws. One such person is Michael Chorosky, who was surrounded by police, strapped to a gurney and then had his blood forcibly drawn after refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test. “What country is this? What country is this?” cried Chorosky during the forced blood draw. Thirty states presently allow police to do forced blood draws on drivers as part of a nationwide “No Refusal” initiative funded by the federal government.

    Not even court rulings declaring such practices to be unconstitutional in the absence of a warrant have slowed down the process. Now the police simply keep a magistrate on call to rubber stamp the procedure over the phone. That’s what is called an end-run around the law, and we’re seeing more and more of these take place under the rubric of “safety.”

    The National Highway Safety Administration, the same government agency that funds the “No Refusal” DUI checkpoints and forcible blood draws, is also funding nationwide roadblocks aimed at getting drivers to “voluntarily” provide police with DNA derived from saliva and blood samples, reportedly to study inebriation patterns. When faced with a request for a DNA sample by police during a mandatory roadblock, most participants understandably fail to appreciate the “voluntary” nature of such a request. Unfortunately, in at least 28 states, there’s nothing voluntary about having one’s DNA collected by police in instances where you’ve been arrested, whether or not you’re actually convicted of a crime. The remaining states collect DNA on conviction. All of this DNA data is being fed to the federal government. Indeed, the United States has the largest DNA database in the world, CODIS, which is managed by the FBI and is growing at an alarming rate.

    Airline passengers, already subjected to virtual strip searches, are now being scrutinized even more closely, with the Customs and Border Protection agency tasking airport officials with monitoring the bowel movements of passengers suspected of ingesting drugs. They even have a special hi-tech toilet designed to filter through a person’s fecal waste.

    Iris scans, an essential part of the U.S. military’s boots-on-the-ground approach to keeping track of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, are becoming a de facto method of building the government’s already mammoth biometrics database. Funded by the Dept. of Justice, along with other federal agencies, the iris scan technology is being incorporated into police precincts, jails, immigration checkpoints, airports and even schools. School officials—from elementary to college—have begun using iris scans in place of traditional ID cards. As for parents wanting to pick their kids up from school, they have to first submit to an iris scan.

    As for those endless pictures everyone so cheerfully uploads to Facebook (which has the largest facial recognition database in the world) or anywhere else on the internet, they’re all being accessed by the police, filtered with facial recognition software, uploaded into the government’s mammoth biometrics database and cross-checked against its criminal files. With good reason, civil libertarians fear these databases could “someday be used for monitoring political rallies, sporting events or even busy downtown areas.”

    As these police practices and data collections become more widespread and routine, there will be no one who is spared from the indignity of DNA sampling, blood draws, and roadside strip and/or rectal or vaginal searches, whether or not they’ve done anything wrong. We’re little more than economic units, branded like cattle, marked for easy identification, and then assured that it’s all for our “benefit,” to weed us out from the “real” criminals, and help the police keep our communities “safe” and secure.

    What a bunch of hokum. As I point out in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, these databases, forced extractions and searches are not for our benefit. They will not keep us safe. What they will do is keep us mapped, trapped, targeted and controlled.

    Moreover, what if you don’t want to be forced to trust the government with your most intimate information? What if you don’t trust the government to look out for your best interests in the first place? How do you protect yourself against having your blood forcibly drawn, your DNA extracted, your biometrics scanned and the most intimate details of who you are—your biological footprint—uploaded into a government database?

    What recourse do you have when that information, taken against your will, is shared, stolen, sold or compromised, as it inevitably will be in this age of hackers? We know that databases can be compromised. We’ve seen it happen to databases kept by health care companies, motor vehicle agencies, financial institutions, retailers and intelligence agencies such as the NSA. In fact, 2014 was dubbed the Year of the Hack in light of the fact that over a billion personal data records were breached, leaving those unlucky enough to have their data stolen vulnerable to identity theft, credit card fraud and all manner of criminal activities carried out in their names.

    Banks now offer services —for a fee—to help you in the event that your credit card information is compromised and stolen. You can also pay for services to protect against identity theft in the likely event that your social security information is compromised and misused. But what happens when your DNA profile is compromised? And how do you defend yourself against charges of criminal wrongdoing in the face of erroneous technological evidence—DNA, biometrics, etc., are not infallible—that place you at the scene of a crime you didn’t commit?

    “Identity theft could lead to the opening of new fraudulent credit accounts, creating false identities for criminal enterprises, or a host of other serious crimes,” said Jason Hart, vice president of cloud services, identity and data protection at the digital security company Gemalto. “As data breaches become more personal, we’re starting to see that the universe of risk exposure for the average person is expanding.”

    It’s not just yourself you have to worry about, either. It’s also anyone related to you—who can be connected by DNA. These genetic fingerprints, as they’re called, do more than just single out a person. They also show who you’re related to and how. As the Associated Press reports, “DNA samples that can help solve robberies and murders could also, in theory, be used to track down our relatives, scan us for susceptibility to disease, or monitor our movements.”

    Capitalizing on this, police in California, Colorado, Virginia and Texas use DNA found at crime scenes to identify and target family members for possible clues to a suspect’s whereabouts. Who will protect your family from being singled out for “special treatment” simply because they’re related to you? As biomedical researcher Yaniv Erlich warns, “If it’s not regulated and the police can do whatever they want … they can use your DNA to infer things about your health, your ancestry, whether your kids are your kids.”

    These are just a few of the questions we should be asking before these technologies and programs become too entrenched and irreversible.

    While the Fourth Amendment was created to prevent government officials from searching an individual’s person or property without a warrant and probable cause—evidence that some kind of criminal activity was afoot—the founders could scarcely have imagined a world in which we needed protection against widespread government breaches of our privacy on a cellular level. Yet that’s exactly what we are lacking.

    Once again, technology has outdistanced both our understanding of it and our ability to adequately manage the consequences of unleashing it on an unsuspecting populace. As for all of those databases being sold to you for your safety and benefit, whether or not they’re actually effective in catching criminals, you can be assured that they will definitely be snatching up innocent citizens, as well.

    In the end, what all of this amounts to is a carefully crafted campaign designed to give the government access to and control over what it really wants: you.

    https://www.theburningplatform.com/2015/02/25/forced-blood-draws-dna-collection-and-biometric-scans-what-country-is-this/

  21. #74 by Anonymous on August 7, 2015 - 1:13 pm

    Based upon both what we already know and the recent facts that we have recently learned from the media, the following statement would be fair.
    The public should be warned to stay away from a relatively high crime area in our city, namely the Fullerton Police Department Headquarters.

    • #75 by streets on August 9, 2015 - 7:11 pm

      Dan Hughes will be exposed for what he really is. Too bad so many didn’t have the guts to expose him before he took over and started the biggest taxpayer funded PR machine in Fullerton’s history.

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