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    Just got this in E-mail. I never heard about this case. Anybody from Virginia know what happened here???? I shortened it up a bit, but a good read.



    MD. POLICE OFFICER STEPHANIE MOHR

    Meet Stephanie Mohr, dangerous and hardened criminal, now serving a
    ten year prison sentence at the Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, West
    Virginia, thanks to tenacious federal prosecutors and tough judge.
    Stephanie's crime? Her dog bit a man in the leg.
    This was not just any dog. Valk, a German Shepherd, worked for
    the Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland. Police
    Officer Stephanie Mohr was his K-9 partner.
    The victim? Ricardo Mendez, an illegal alien from El Salvador,
    complete with criminal record, was found with an accomplice by police
    at 1 a.m. atop the roof of a commercial building in the suburb of
    Takoma Park, Maryland.
    Prosecutors were able to convince a jury, that the dog bite
    wasn't necessary, thus violating Ricardo's civil rights. And for
    that, Stephanie Mohr, age 35, ...is spending ten years in the prime of her life in a prison
    cell.
    There's more to this incredible story.
    * Stephanie Mohr wasn't charged with a crime until five years
    later, one day before the statute of limitations
    expired.
    * Neither of the two illegals, including the man that was
    bitten, ever filed a complaint.
    * The case took two trials. In the first, eleven jurors voted
    for acquittal, with one hold-
    out. But the government went after her again, this time gaining a
    conviction.
    * The main prosecution witness faced criminal charges and
    testified in exchange for a deal
    It happened on September 21, 1995. Stephanie had been a cop for
    two years. Her short career — serving and protecting the citizens of
    Prince George's County, Maryland, — had already been dotted with
    deeds resulting in 25 letters of commendation and two awards. In one
    act of heroism, a group of juvenile drug dealers ambushed Stephanie
    and fired 40 shots in an assassination attempt. She survived,
    unharmed. (The shooters were charged with attempted murder on a
    police officer, and received eight years in jail. They were out in
    18 months)
    Inexperienced as a K-9 handler, Stephanie was riding with a
    senior officer, Anthony Delozier, when they received a back-up call
    to the Takoma Park Police Department. Takoma Park cops were on a
    stake-out after a rash of roof top burglaries in the area. It paid
    off. Two suspects were found atop a commercial building. K-9 was
    called to assist, along with the helicopter unit.
    Prosecutors would later say these were just two homeless men
    looking for a place to eat and sleep. Well, of course. Illegal
    aliens often enjoy dining and sleeping on commercial rooftops. The
    pattern of rooftop burglaries in the area and their extensive records
    as criminals was apparently irrelevant.
    When they arrived on the scene, with the police helicopter
    hovering, Officer Delozier conferred with the Takoma Park Sergeant,
    Dennis Bonn, in the staging area to determine the nature of the
    call. In cop lingo, he asked, "Is it a bite case?" Translated, he
    was asking if this was a felony which, if necessary, would justify an
    apprehension by dog — instead of gun. The two
    suspects came down the building on the back side, next to an alley.
    Stephanie, Delozier, Bonn and one other cop waited with guns drawn.
    They ordered the suspects to freeze, hands up. One suspect appeared
    jittery, barely raised his hands to waist level while jabbering in
    Spanish to his cohort. According to Stephanie, Delozier, and the
    other officer, Mendez made a move like he might break for it.
    Stephanie released the dog who then bit the man on the leg.
    Both suspects were sent to jail, and were later deported from
    the U.S. Case closed?
    In the ensuing five years, and for a decade prior, a number of
    questionable incidents occurred within the Prince George's County and
    Takoma Park police departments alleging rampant abuse by police
    officers toward minorities. Law suits had been filed against several
    cops, including those in K-9. Media ran several stories. One of the
    cops under scrutiny for brutality and facing a number of civil rights
    charges, was Sergeant Dennis Bonn, the same Takoma Park supervisor
    who was on the scene of the 1995 apprehension by Stephanie's dog.
    The prosecutors also managed to get support from Takoma Park
    cop, Keith Largent who opined that the dog bite was not really
    necessary. Sergeant Bonn contradicted Delozier's testimony saying
    the question was asked, "Can the dog have a bite?" long after the
    suspects came off the building and were in custody.
    Armed with Bonn's testimony, federal prosecutors charged
    Stephanie Mohr and Anthony Delozier with conspiracy and violating the
    civil rights of the illegal alien under color of law.
    Imagine that, a foreigner with a criminal record breaks the law
    to enter this country, and he's automatically awarded civil rights.
    And it's the cop who goes to jail.
    Also charged, was Takoma Park Officer, Brian Rich, who the
    government said filed false charges against the men. After a hung
    jury, the judge dismissed all charges. Rich later became an FBI
    agent.
    Mohr and Delozier were nearly acquitted in the first trial, but
    for one hold-out on the jury. Normally, a prosecution office will
    not go through the expense and time to retry a case under such
    circumstances. Nor would they defy the spirit of double jeopardy
    protections. But, this "crime" was so detestable, determined
    prosecutors went after the two of them again, this time with a new
    approach. After trial number one, they had the advantage of knowing
    the defense strategy. Weak government witnesses were not called for
    trial number two, including the lead FBI agent in charge, Marc
    Savine. For trial number two, prosecutors unearthed a couple of new
    witnesses — unrelated to the Mendez bite — who would testify that
    Stephanie Mohr was prejudiced toward minorities, as evidenced by
    other incidents, post 1995, when her dog apprehended and/or bit
    minority suspects. They excavated the original illegal alien from a
    jail cell in El Salvador to come and testify against her. The other
    illegal alien was brought back from a prison in Texas.
    Delozier was acquitted of conspiracy in the second trial. He's
    back on the police beat, now a lieutenant. One can only imagine his
    attitude toward the law.
    In August of 2002, Officer Stephanie Mohr was hauled away in
    handcuffs, her life a shambles. The judge sentenced her to ten
    years. The government reveled in victory, claiming justice had
    prevailed. Or did it?
    The loser was not just Stephanie Mohr. In a time when our
    society laments over too many one-parent homes, her son, Adam, age 4,
    will have to spend his formative years growing up without a mom in
    the home.......

    .......Under the proverbial microscope, police officers today are no
    longer proactive enforcers of the law, but mere reporting agents who
    are afraid to make one wrong move for fear of Monday morning
    quarterbacks demanding "justice". Stephanie Mohr serves as an
    example why cops don't dare do police work any more, lest they end up
    in prison instead of the criminals.

    ...... Perhaps Stephanie Mohr had been over zealous in her
    approach toward police work. Perhaps she should have shown more
    restraint. Maybe the release of the dog wasn't absolutely
    necessary. I've often heard those grey areas argued by sofa-sitting
    second-guessers over my career, but none of them can know what it
    feels like in that moment requiring a split second decision. Even if
    Stephanie Mohr was completely guilty, she deserved nothing more than
    a reprimand, a suspension or perhaps, a transfer to another unit.
    For certain, she deserves to be home with her son, and on the job
    working with prosecutors, not dodging them. She does not belong in
    prison.
    Stephanie's lawyers are working on an appeal, saying she had
    ineffective counsel and other legal issues. But we all know how
    painfully slow that process goes. It may be another three or four
    years before those legal issues are resolved. Meanwhile, she wallows
    as federal inmate number 36547-037, criminal.
    ........ Police officers are the first line of defense in a nation
    riddled with crime and the fear of terror, yet they stand as prime
    targets for government officials who occasionally need to grease the
    squeaky wheel. Cops must stand up and be counted, and let the nation
    know they are just as entitled to protections from injustice as any
    American.
    The four drug-dealing juveniles who fired forty shots in an
    attempt to kill Officer Stephanie Mohr, served 18 months in jail.
    Compare that to Stephanie Mohr's sentence.
    Willie McJones is a career criminal who has spent his life in
    and out of prison, preying upon the innocent, stealing, robbing and
    breaking into houses. He has proven to be a dangerous man. He was
    arrested for killing a cohort during a drug deal. McJones served
    five years of a seven year manslaughter sentence. Compare that to
    Stephanie Mohr's sentence.
    ............It actually
    frightens me to write this article and see it published. Maybe
    they'll come after me next. How sad, we must fear our own
    government, while we commit 150,000 troops to free the people of
    another country 10,000 miles away.
    Police officers are our first line of protection. A bad cop
    here and there must surely be dismissed and even prosecuted.
    But...for a dog bite? On an illegal alien dope-dealing thief? Ten
    years of a human being's life, wasted?
    This is abominable.

    JUDGE DEBORAH CHASANOV SENTENCED HER TO 10 YEARS FOR A DOGBITE

    SAME JUDGE SENTENCED JOVADA WELCH TO ONLY 5 YEARS FOR KILLING ON DUTY
    PARK POLICE OFFICER IN A DUI
    WHERE IS THE JUSTICE?
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    i'm still baffled by the fact that illegal aliens can have civil rights. i thought that civil rights were for citizens. stinking liberals screwing up the country. snopes has a statement the says the dogs are for protection of the officers and others. if that is the case one would think that dogs can be used only when deadly force is authorized. if deadly force is authorized then a gun would be a better choice. our dogs fall into 3 types bomb, drugs, and criminal apprehension. this also goes to show that officers lives are valued less.


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    JLK I agree, I dont understand how an Illegal alien can have any civil rights in this country. Not that I'm advocating that they can be beat and such, but how can they file lawsuits or anything else. They dont have the damn right to be here to begin with!
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    Wow... just... wow.

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    I'd be interested in what K9 officer's have to say, but I'd say some of this would not fly with our guys.


    The canine attack on Mendez was not the only instance involving charges of Officer Mohr's unlawfully turning her dog on suspects. She has had four civil lawsuits brought against her by others similarly treated. Three of those lawsuits were settled out of court (with county attorneys agreeing to pay settlements to the injured), and one went to trial, with Mohr being found not liable.

    According to the suits filed by each of those men:
    On 2 August 1998, 24-year-old Jason Tyree was leaving a building after visiting a friend when he heard barking dogs and a police order to come out with his hands up. Tyree initially complied, but he ran back inside when Mohr released her unleashed police dog. He then surrendered and followed orders to lie face-down on the floor. The dog bit Tyree on his legs and arms, causing nerve damage, a lengthy hospitalization and two surgeries.

    On 3 August 1997, 16-year-old Kheenan Sneed was sleeping in a neighbor's hammock when he was bitten on the leg by Mohr's dog and beaten by Mohr and another officer. The officers told Sneed's mother they were looking for a suspect who had tried to break into a nearby store. No charges were filed against Sneed.

    On 26 August 1996, Bryan Diggs ran from police after they approached him concerning a possible stolen car. An officer fired three shots at him, striking him in the thigh. Diggs crawled into a wooded area and called out that he had been shot. Mohr arrived on the scene 15 minutes later, whereupon she ordered her dog to attack Diggs. He was bitten repeatedly on his left arm. He later was convicted of unauthorized use of a vehicle but was acquitted of charges of resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

    On 24 April 1997, 16-year-old David Jones stole a car, then led police on a high-speed chase. After Jones' car ran out of gas, two officers broke the driver's side window, hit Jones in the head with their batons, pepper-sprayed him, and yanked him out of the car. Once Jones was outside the car, the officers reportedly continued to beat him, tried to blast pepper spray into his mouth, and handcuffed the teenager face-down on the street. Mohr arrived and allegedly let loose her dog, which bit Jones once in the upper left arm. Jones said that Mohr told him, "You must want to die" before setting her dog on him.

    At her first trial, Mohr was acquitted of conspiracy charges laid against her, but the jury deadlocked on a deprivation of rights charge. At her second trial, evidence of similar acts she committed while handling a dog was admitted, and she was convicted on the latter charge.
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    It sounds like she might have handled the dog inappropriately, but I can't believe they sentenced her to 10 years in prison over a dog bite that didn't even kill or disable anyone. At most she should have been fired, but I don't think she should have served any prison time, much less 10 years.
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    Perhaps the judge sould have been bitten

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    It sounds like she might have handled the dog inappropriately, but I can't believe they sentenced her to 10 years in prison over a dog bite that didn't even kill or disable anyone. Maybe she should have been fired, but I don't think she should have served any prison time, much less 10 years.
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    Lets say the it was a bad bite (I don't know I wasn't there). 10 years in Prison is morally, ethically, and just all around wrong. To me this is just another example of where the illegals in this country seem to have more rights then the citizens do, or at least the police.

    Wonder if the same judge would give the same sentence to a regular citizen whose dog wandered out of their yard and bit an illegal?
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