Friday, August 26, 2016

Protective Vests

7.05 Safety Equipment
  I. Protective Vests
    3. Protective Vests need not be issued to Correctional Officers whose duties do not normally require Inmate Contract.

Riders any thoughts on this section of the MOU?  Does it suggest that Tower Officers need not wear a stab vest?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Management changes at CIW

Hopefully more Management changes are coming.......

Battle of the Badges - So. Cal. Event

Friday, August 12, 2016

More bad news coming out of CIW

DeEtta Williams (sometimes called "Dee") claims Officer Michael Ewell also had previously sexually assaulted a female correctional officer while he was working at a men's prison. Even after that, according to Williams' complaint, Ewell was transferred to CIW, an all-female prison, where he impregnated an inmate — all before turning his attention to Williams.

"Because of his past and current sexual assaults," Williams alleges in her suit, "an investigation ensued against Officer Ewell. CIW authorities requested Dee participate in the investigation. Dee complied. In March of 2015, Dee was asked to testify in front of the State Personnel Board."
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Bill Sessa confirms that Ewell's employment was terminated on May 26, 2015. He declined to comment on the lawsuit, and says investigation reports are confidential.

See link for the full story......

2016 CCPOA Convention Las Vegas

Table notes from the CCPOA Convention:

CCPOA was instrumental in stopping the Inspector General from becoming the Secretary and the Under Secretary of CDCR.  So things could get a little rocky with the Inspector General’s Office…..

Two CCPOA Chapters are under receivership for giving chapter funds to certain individuals.  That’s why it’s important not to give funds to only certain people, it you do for one you must do for all!  The Chapter finances are very tricky and should not be taken lightly.

CCPOA is currently fighting an initiative to abolish the death penalty.

The budget numbers were released to CDCR and it’s currently set at 10.6 billion.

I’m sure many of you are wondering why no funds are being taken out of the last couple of months pay warrants for the retirement health care fund?  Well, it was announced that starting next month you will start to see the decrease in your checks!  There will be no catch ups for the months they missed, it will just start next month.  Trust me I’m sure they were going to try and re-coup these missed funds, but it was agreed they will just start next month…

The young sons of Manny Gonzalez spoke at the Convention (who are not so young anymore).  The boys represented their late father and the Gonzalez family very well.  There is no doubt in my mind that “Manny” would be proud of the fine young men they have become.

The CCPOA convention keynote speaker was Secretary Scott Kernan and he basically spoke about bridging the gap between CDCR and the Rank and File.  This is long time coming and I’m hopeful that just maybe the Rank and File will be included in CDCR going forward.  He also spoke about the two Wardens who recently retired (CIW/CCWF).

It was also announced that a new “Load Bearing” vest for 4 Institutions will be rolling out as a pilot program.

I know I sound like a broken record, but if you haven’t gone to a CCPOA Convention, you should!  While you’re not on the main floor, you can visit one of the many informative classes that are offered.  As I saw the many chapters post on social media, it appeared that many chapters had a lot of their members attend this year.  I can tell you that at my chapter, we were well represented by the many members that made the trip to VEGAS! 

Have a Safe 8

Thursday, August 11, 2016

"True Story"

What do you think Riders?  True?

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Black August

An urgent bulletin is going out to law enforcement Wednesday, warning of a new threat of attacks against officers on the street and in prisons.

It has to do with what's called Black August.

I-Team Reporter Dan Noyes has a source in law enforcement that leaked the bulletin to him. He wants you to understand the potential dangers officers are facing. In his words, when it hits the fan, you'll know the reason why.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons, Sacramento Intelligence Unit and the FBI's National Gang Intelligence Center have issued a bulletin to law enforcement, warning of increased risk for violence during Black August.

The prison gang Black Guerilla Family or BGF started Black August in the 1970's as a month to honor fallen members.

One of the biggest, Hugo Pinell served 46 years in solitary confinement after a San Francisco rape conviction, after killing a prison guard, and slashing the throats of two other guards who survived during an escape attempt in 1971.

Former San Quentin inmate Jerry Elster remembers Pinell as a freedom fighter. "When I went to prison at 20 years old, there was somebody there to remind me not to compromise my integrity," Former BGF member Jerry Elster said.

Last summer, just 12 days after corrections finally released Pinell from solitary, he was stabbed to death in a riot at state prison Sacramento.

The bulletin says the Black Guerilla Family believes state prisons worked with the Aryan Brotherhood to Kill Pinell.

At the very least, Elster believes the state had a duty to protect Pinell. "I mean, it's only those who are charged with authority and protection, of protecting and housing of Hugo Pinell who have to bear that responsibility," Elster said.

The bulletin warns an inmate source: "Claims the BGF has a 2-for-1 kill policy." That the BGF is "going to kill correctional officers and Aryan Brotherhood gang members to send a firm message. And the attacks will occur across the country, not just in California, and will likely occur during the BGF's memorial celebration of Black August.

The Bureau of Prisons and the FBI declined to comment for this report, so I showed the bulletin to retired FBI special agent Rick Smith. "I think it's serious. They put that bulletin out, they don't want to be caught with something happening with the information they have and not disseminating it," he said.

Also included in the bulletin is the FBI's Baltimore office reports, "BGF members reportedly discussed how they could ambush law enforcement officers who were parked in alleys or side streets."

It also mentions the San Francisco Bay View newspaper for publishing articles, "suggesting California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation responsibility for Pinell's murder, and promoting Black August celebrations as a platform for action."

Bay View editor Mary Ratcliff is surprised her newspaper is named in the bulletin, but is worried about the message. "This statement from the department of justice puts black people in danger," Ratcliff said. "Because it is promoting the idea that there is a war going on between black people and law enforcement."

The bulletin also includes a drawing from the newspaper by a BGF member, showing the logo and a gorilla eating a pig.

Ratcliff downplays the reference to violence against police officers. "A depiction like that is a release, it's yeah, go for it, that's how I feel. Now, I don't have to do it," she said.

Smith from the FBI tells me this bulletin does not come as news to officers, in prison or on the streets. They know how dangerous their jobs have become. This is yet another heads up.
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