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Two Lawrence police department employees suspended, pending investigation

February 14, 2012


Two Lawrence Police Department employees have been suspended pending an investigation of alleged inappropriate conduct, Police Chief Tarik Khatib said Monday evening.

Khatib said he could not disclose the nature of the allegations because it was a personnel matter.

“We conduct personnel investigations all the time,” he said. “When we do, sometimes — depending on what the allegations are — we put people on suspension.”

Khatib did not specify whether the employees were commissioned officers or civilian employees. He said the employees had not been arrested on any criminal charges.


RoeDapple 5 years, 6 months ago

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somedude20 5 years, 6 months ago

I wonder if these "suspended police department employees" had anything to do with the mysterious death of Whitney Houston? I have some intell that might link them to death of Bea Arthur

verity 5 years, 6 months ago

I noticed that too.

Beatrice, let us know that you're still alive and well or else we'll have to send a patrol out after you. And who even knows where Arizona is.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 6 months ago

The role of the LPD in the Permian Extinction has never been fully investigated.

garyr 5 years, 6 months ago

I heard the suspension was in regards to the recently released pictures of an emaciated Macaulay Culkin.

Hong_Kong_Phooey 5 years, 6 months ago

Dude, what in the holy hell does that have to do with the suspension of two LPD employees?

parrothead 5 years, 6 months ago

Smitty, you do realize that anyone can say anything in a complaint and that does not make it true. Seems I heard a news story recently where the folks involved with the whole Yellow House criminal enterprise had their appeal thrown out. Sort of makes me think this Det. Riner did his job correctly. But as you have so often shown here you hate all cops and assume they are all crooked so I am SURE you will conclude that the fix was in.

Better make sure that tin foil is covering all your windows so those brain scanning waves don't make it through!

Beth Ennis 5 years, 6 months ago

wow, everyone here must have taken a negative pill this morning. Seriously? Have you ever been a cop or worked for a PD? I have, twice. They do things that you couldn't pay me enough money for. I'm sure there are some corrupt officers out there. They draw from an imperfect society, hence, they will have imperfect employees. However, I'm sure that the majority of the employees are very good people. This could be a lot of different things and everyone's speculation on it is only spreading rumors. I realize a lot of this was tongue in cheek, and I did get a chuckle out of some of these posts. I'm just amazed that everyone's comments are so negative (the ones not tongue in cheek)

MarcoPogo 5 years, 6 months ago

"I'm just amazed that everyone's comments are so negative"

You ain't from around here, are ya, boy?

pace 5 years, 6 months ago

Nice of you for believing positive things when hearing the news that some of the force is suspended and being investigated. The employees trying to do their job with honor deserve a internal culture that supports that. I am not as sure as you that all the other employees are supportive of a clean and open work force . We have watched several decades of increasing insular behavior between the community and the police force. It has devolved into a closed off entity rather than one who serves. I know some of the force thinks their job is to keep populations in check, preemptive and oppressive and selective enforcement. Cover ups and social policing is expensive and not conductive to peace. The police force and the community have needed a citizen's review board for a long time. Too much has been kept hidden and swept away in honor of protecting the idea of how the police works. It has not served the officers who do their job with honor. It has not served the community. Secrets and lies. I am not saying the force is corrupt, it has just developed a defensive posture and needs to be open and clear with the community.

jaywalker 5 years, 6 months ago

"I know some of the force thinks their job is to keep populations in check, "


Jean Robart 5 years, 6 months ago

stop with printing this. we can go to legal notices if we want.

Hong_Kong_Phooey 5 years, 6 months ago

Written like a true armchair attorney. Well done, Smitty... ROTFLMAO

acg 5 years, 6 months ago

I think they were all just joking, except Smitty, who has a Boehner for Carrie Neighbors. Lighten up, no one is saying they don't appreciate what cops do.

Random56 5 years, 6 months ago

Crooked cops? Where in the article does it say they were "crooked". Some peolpe watch too many movies. Maybe you should stick to riddles, rather than facts.

kernal 5 years, 6 months ago

I love it when people post links to sites that have the same stories over and over again that have little, if anything, to do with facts.

Chris Ogle 5 years, 6 months ago

After reading these comments, I wonder why anyone would want to be a cop.

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 6 months ago

Because they're either power hungry, mentally deficient, or both.

jaywalker 5 years, 6 months ago

Better to keep you mouth closed and be thought clever, Larry, rather than open you mouth and..........

irvan moore 5 years, 6 months ago

i think it's better to have a cop and not need one than to need a cop and not have one. it's kind of a thankless job, most of us appreciate you

Flap Doodle 5 years, 6 months ago

Think of all the little bytes wasted by smitty doing what smitty does.

Reader2 5 years, 6 months ago

Wow Smitty! What did Detective Riner ever do to you? Sounds like an awful lot of hate against the man.

lily 5 years, 6 months ago

A woman scorned? Hell hath no fury...

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 6 months ago

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." (a source)

Crazy_Larry 5 years, 6 months ago

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness... LOL! Do what the government tells you or go to jail! The LEOs will see to that! Just following orders! Protecting and serving and such! Doh!

samsnewplace 5 years, 6 months ago

Is there a way to block smitty and his boredom? I really don't want to read all his jibberish. thanks.

Hong_Kong_Phooey 5 years, 6 months ago

Seriously, LJ-World, is there no way you can keep Smitty from posting these endless diatribes that border on defamation? Of course not - you prefer to delete comments that use swear words and such.

Richard Payton 5 years, 6 months ago

Then how do so many smart people end up in jail - asking theriddler.

DillonBarnes 5 years, 6 months ago

I'm not sure how you can make that generalization from two articles that cite the same case from 13 years ago.

BorderRat 5 years, 6 months ago

Wow, I thought you said above that your wife was an officer for 4 years.

LTownJayhawk 5 years, 6 months ago

While I don't like many of his other posts, I'm glad that Smitty posted what he did, even though it was through excessive posts. Most of the LPD cops (not all) are in to bending the law in their favor as it suits them and in my case I'm glad they did. The "evidence" they took from my home to parts unknown actually prevented my case from moving forward and it was ultimately dismissed. Apparently "logging" evidence on an affidavit and then not being able to actually produce it is a big no no, or as my attorney stated, it constituted a "broken chain of evidence" and it eventually served as the grounds for dismissal of the charges. Thanks LPD!

parrothead 5 years, 6 months ago

"Most of the LPD cops (not all) are in to bending the law..." I am pretty sure there are over 100 LPD officers so you personally know and can prove that over 50 of them are bending the law? Please, present your proof forthwith and I will lead the procession to the DA's office to see that they get charged.

Unless, that was nothing more than a lie and you wouldn't bend the truth now would you L-town? And I notice that while they messed up the chain of evidence in your case you did not deny committing whatever crime it was they were searching for in the first place. Interesting, a potential criminal accusing the police of being criminals. Oh the irony!

Flap Doodle 5 years, 6 months ago

Every little mud show needs a geek to caper and gibber and draw in the rubes. That's smitty's job now.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 6 months ago

This is my first smitty-thon of this magnitude. Iz quite the phenomenon. Would you say that was a 4 or 5 on the Richter or what? From where I sit, I don't see much impact.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 6 months ago

It is a tale .... full of sound and fury...signifying nothing.

Oldsoul 5 years, 6 months ago

I have personally witnessed sordid, unconscionable misconduct by KU cops and the resident KY HR hacks during a federal investigation.

Douglas County takes incompetence and conflict-of-interest to record-setting levels, including tampering with evidence, prosecutorial misconduct, and crooked judges.Law enforcement here could easily star in a public service announcement exposing southern-justice, backwards practices. The KU witnesses who tried to smear me were hardly credible, so the case was dropped, but I should not have to live with so many hateful lies and be muzzled upon dishonest threat of legal retaliation.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 6 months ago

Do you know goodie? I bet the two of you could be bestest buds.

parrothead 5 years, 6 months ago

Oldsoul are you taking cop bashing lessons from Smitty? You claim you "...personally witnessed sordid, unconscionable misconduct by KU cops..." without offering proof? Please, do share exactly what this misconduct was, did they arrest you, give you a ticket, what?

How would you feel if someone said they "personally witnessed sordid, unconscionable misconduct by Oldsoul" but offered no proof? Should we believe them just because they wrote it down?

Oh yea, defines "sordid" as:

  1. morally ignoble or base; vile: sordid methods.
  2. meanly selfish, self-seeking, or mercenary.
  3. dirty or filthy.
  4. squalid; wretchedly poor and run-down: sordid housing.

So please, do tell what these KU cops did that meets any of those definitions. Inquiring minds want to know!

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 6 months ago

One time my jaw literally dropped when a police officer gave sworn testimony in court that was nowhere near what happened. I mean, nothing like that happened at all! I was totally dumbfounded. And throughout all his testimony, he stared straight ahead, spoke in a monotone, and never moved his head at all.

He swore in court that he saw me walking across my yard, detained me, and wrote me a citation.

What actually happened was that I answered a knock on the door, and he was standing there, so I invited him in. And then, he looked at and we discussed my completely restored 1881 Steinway piano, which I was rather proud of. Then, he wrote me a citation which was later thrown out of court.

But, that did not happen in Lawrence, and for very obscure reasons, that officer's employment ended soon after that.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 6 months ago

Correction: It's an 1882 Steinway, Model N upright, completed March 21, 1882.

I couldn't find storage for it, and so I loaned it out a few years ago. Now, the finish is totally trashed. What a bummer, I paid $1,700 to have it done.

been_there 5 years, 6 months ago

Neighbors files motions...Duma accused of ineffective counsel repeatedly

I've followed this case for several years. Duma is only on the case until the sentencing....Neighbors has made multiple claims of ineffective counsel, the most current motion for dismissal of Duma has been filed since the trial. Neighbors is filing pro se motions on his poor representation. By smitty on December 05, 2010 at 10:46 AM

John Duma Review John Duma represented Carrie Neighbors in the Yellow House case. A very difficult Federal case that has drug on for 5 years. He stood by his client, no matter what challenges the client or the case puts to him. He is a tiger when it comes to defending his client in the court room. When the world says give up, hope whispers try one more time. I am proud to have Mr. Duma in my corner of the court room. By Carrie Neighbors on September 04, 2010 at 06:59 PM

been_there 5 years, 6 months ago

During the December 2005 search of Ms. Neighbors' home, officers found sixteen cases of stolen athletic shoes, ten to twelve bicycles, empty bicycle boxes, business records related to the Yellow House, new jeans with tags still attached, shipping boxes, and packaging material. During the July 2006 search of her home, officers found new, in-the-box merchandise, including: an electric toothbrush, an underground electric dog fence, a mechanical bore sight for a firearm, a security camera, and a telephone. All of the items found in July 2006 had eBay auction numbers attached.

During the December 2005 search of the Yellow House in Lawrence, officers discovered stolen merchandise, including a new, in-the-box Sony Cybershot camera, with its pricing label removed.3 The camera and other stolen goods, many of which had eBay auction numbers attached, were found in a "back closet area . . . that had [a] door . . . marked private." R., Vol. 2 at 860. In and around the back closet officers also found, among other items, four electric razors and a perfume set. It was later determined that the razors and perfume set had been stolen from a Dillons. During the July 2006 search of the Yellow House in Lawrence, officers found several new, in-the-box tool sets near the back closet with eBay auction numbers attached.

been_there 5 years, 6 months ago

At trial, numerous coconspirators testified, including Lewis Parsons, Patrick Nieder, James Ludwig, Michael Aldridge, Nicole Beach, Marcus Crawford, James Ludwig, and Stacy Barnes-Catlett. Other witnesses included an employee of Ms. Neighbors, Anthony Reyes, and LPD Officer Rantz.

Lewis Parsons, a truck driver, testified that he primarily sold Ms. Neighbors new, in-the-box DeWalt tool sets he had stolen from Home Depot or Lowe's. When Ms. Neighbors asked him if the tool sets he was selling her were stolen he "said yes." Id. at 1079. Nevertheless, Ms. Neighbors continued to buy tool sets from him. Mr. Parsons also testified that Ms. Neighbors asked him whether he could get "more DeWalt tool sets . . . , and I said yeah, I could. . . . She bought all the DeWalt cordless tool sets that I could bring in, and I brought in, oh, my God, I don't know, a bunch." Id. at 1080-81.

been_there 5 years, 6 months ago

Patrick Nieder, a drug dealer, testified that he traded cocaine for stolen merchandise and then sold the stolen merchandise to Ms. Neighbors. He did this from the late nineties until 2003 or 2004, and dealt with Ms. Neighbors about three times a week. When asked whether he told Ms. Neighbors the items he was selling her were stolen, he answered, "Yes, sir, I did"; indeed, he told her "more than once." Id. at 1204. But this admission did not halt Ms. Neighbors' business with Mr. Nieder. Further, when Mr. Nieder was asked whether he knew what Ms. Neighbors did with the items that he sold to her, he answered: "Yeah, she put em on the internet and soldem, or on eBay or something." Id. at 1206. He elaborated that he frequented her store and "she pretty much told [him] what she was doing" with the stolen merchandise he sold her. Id. at 1207.

been_there 5 years, 6 months ago

James Ludwig testified that he began dealing with Ms. Neighbors in January 2004 and dealt with her on an almost daily basis. He stated that when he told Ms. Neighbors some of the merchandise he would be bringing in was stolen, "[s]he said [I] can live with that." Id. at 1393.

Anthony Reyes, who worked for Ms. Neighbors at the Lawrence Yellow House, also testified. He stated that when Ms. Neighbors bought new, in-the-box items, she moved them to a storage closet where no one could see them. He also testified about the time a police officer from the University of Kansas showed up at the store with a list of bicycles stolen from campus. According to Mr. Reyes, Ms. Neighbors reviewed the list and told the officer she did not recognize any of the stolen bicycles identified. After the officer left, however, Ms. Neighbors remarked that two of the bicycles on the officer's list were "in her possession." Id. at 1272.

been_there 5 years, 6 months ago

Turning to Ms. Neighbors coconspirators' reliance on her to purchase property they could not sell elsewhere, Mr. Bateson testified that he sold stolen property to Ms. Neighbors, instead of going to a pawn shop, because Ms. Neighbors did not require identification that would link him to the stolen property. He also testified that Ms. Neighbors agreed to write checks to him in names other than his own, because he did not "want to write [his] name" on her seller's form stating that the property was not stolen. Id. at 985. Mr. Crawford testified that Ms. Neighbors did not require identification before buying property from him. Rather, identification only came into play "to cash the checks" from the Yellow House. Id. at 1035.

been_there 5 years, 6 months ago

To begin with, the court is aware of the number of allegations in this case that [Ms. Neighbors] was obstructing or attempting to obstruct or did in fact obstruct justice during the course of these proceedings. Over the years, the court has viewed much evidence of [her] alleged activities. . . . [N]early all of [her] activities have been related to the offenses or other closely related offenses. The court is mindful of [her] argument or mentioning of her First Amendment constitutional rights that she believed that she was exercising during the course of these proceedings. . . . In regards to this objection, the court believes what was most persuasive . . . [is] the fact that there does appear to have been attempts made by Miss Neighbors to impede or at least stall the prosecution of her case as well as malign the prosecution. Mindful of the language in . . . Section 3C[1].1, the court . . . find[s] that there was an attempt to obstruct justice, and as such, there is support for a two level adjustment[.]

samsnewplace 5 years, 6 months ago

Please give the rest of us a break and you and smitty go start your own blog somewhere that we don't have to read, deal? NOONE CARES, do you people not get it?

been_there 5 years, 6 months ago

I was hoping it would encourage Alex to not allow smitty to copy and paste all her YH dribble since he cannot take a hint.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 6 months ago

Kill this thread and put it out of its misery. I'll donate a few bucks to 'smitty' so he/she can start a website to memorialize this mess. After it's running we can give the link to the Daily Show.

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