8 shots, 8 misses: Ethiopian liquor shop owner vs krazy kop/Fed. judge doing strippers,drugs

keystoner, I mean crack head, I mean I'm glad he wasn't a crack shot...whew.


Eight reasons to be thankful deputy isn't a crack shot
Liquor store owner was pointing in the direction two robbers had fled. Then an officer started firing at him.

Ella Schulman checks on liquor store clerk Likun Sahilu after an incindent in which a deputy fired at him eight times, assuming he was a robber. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times / October 3, 2010)

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By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times

October 5, 2010
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When Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies pulled up to Likun Sahilu's liquor store moments after it was robbed at gunpoint Sunday, the slight Ethiopian immigrant was relieved.

That is, until a deputy started shooting at him.

Eight bullets. Eight misses.

"God has sent me his angels to protect me," Sahilu said.

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The deputies, he said, were about 50 feet away with their lights off. He initially thought they were shooting at the robbers, so he continued to point in the direction in which they fled. Sheriff's Department officials said the deputy mistakenly believed the unarmed Sahilu was pointing a gun at him and fired in what he thought was self-defense.

When Sahilu realized the bullets intended for him, he dropped to the ground. A day later he says it's a miracle the deputy missed. He said he was standing still, and within close range.

"I'm lucky he is a new guy," he said of the rookie deputy who shot at him.

He said he has no plans of taking legal action against the department, but is surprised that no one from the agency has offered an apology.

Authorities were called to the liquor store near Crescent Heights and Santa Monica Boulevards in the early morning. Descriptions of the robbers were limited: a black man armed with a handgun, accompanied by a black woman.

Michael Gennaco, who heads the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review, a department watchdog, said the information that the deputies were working with was "not much of a description."

"It's a difficult assessment, but the deputies have to make the correct assessment whether someone is aggressing … or is just trying to point out the departing suspects," he said.

Additionally, Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said, the deputy who fired his gun had responded to another robbery at the same liquor store weeks before.

"Here he is rolling into an armed robbery at a place" that was recently robbed, Parker said. "Already tensions are high."

The street was dark, the limited physical description matched and the man was pointing with a gesture, Parker said.

"We don't want to be critical of somebody when they've gone through this traumatic experience but it's really best if when you call 911 and … you're going to come outside that you keep your hands in plain sight," Parker said. "We don't know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. That's what we're coming to find out."

Parker said that as customary after shootings, the deputy, whose identity was withheld, would probably not be put back on patrol immediately.

As it does with all shootings involving deputies, the department has launched several investigations of the incident.



Federal judge charged with buying drugs from stripperShareThisPrint E-mail .By Steve Visser and Bill Torpy

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A longtime federal judge was freed on a $50,000 bond Monday after his arrest on federal charges that he bought cocaine and other illegal drugs while involved in a sexual relationship with an exotic dancer for the past several months.

Enlarge photo Zachary D. Porter/Daily Report Senior U.S. District Judge Jack T. Camp Jr.

Enlarge photo Phil Skinner, AJC Longtime federal judge Jack T. Camp Jr. allegedly bought drugs from an undercover agent in the parking lot of the Velvet Room in north Atlanta.

Enlarge photo Phil Skinner, AJC U.S. District Judge Jack T. Camp Jr. allegedly got involved with an exotic dancer he met last spring at the Goldrush Showbar in Atlanta. He is accused using drugs with her.

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.Senior U.S. District Judge Jack T. Camp Jr. was arrested late Friday night near Sandy Springs. Camp, 67, is accused of purchasing cocaine and marijuana, along with prescription painkillers, which he shared with an exotic dancer he met last spring at the Goldrush Showbar in Atlanta, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit for his arrest.

Camp met the dancer, identified in the affidavit as CI-1, when he purchased a private dance from her, according to the affidavit by Special Agent Mary Jo Mangrum, a member of a task force investigating public corruption. He returned the next night and purchased another dance and sex from her, the affidavit said. The two then began a relationship that revolved around drug use and sex.

In some cases, he bought drugs from the dancer, while in others the pair purchased them from other parties, according to the affidavit. Camp sometimes took loaded guns to the deals.

Camp’s arrest came after a buy from an undercover agent, authorities said.

Bill Morrison, an attorney for Camp, declined to discuss the specifics of the case, but he portrayed it as more of a private breach of integrity than a case of public corruption.

“It’s not about Judge Camp being a judge. It is about Judge Camp being a husband and whether he has fulfilled those duties,” Morrison said after the bond hearing before a visiting U.S. magistrate. “This is not a case about judging. ... It is a case about judgment.”

Camp was in court Monday in street clothes and left with U.S. marshals. His wife was in the gallery.

U.S. Attorney’s office spokesman Patrick Crosby referred questions to the Justice Department in Washington, saying the Atlanta office has been recused. Washington federal prosecutors Deborah Mayer and Tracee Plowell declined to comment after the brief bond hearing.

Camp, a Vietnam veteran appointed to the bench by President Reagan, presided over cases in U.S. District Court in Atlanta for more than 20 years and was the chief judge before retiring last year and taking senior status, which essentially is a former of semi-retirement in which he still handles cases.

Atlanta defense attorney Jack Martin said Camp was a well-read man who sometimes quoted Shakespeare from the bench.

“It’s almost like a Shakespearean tragedy,” Martin said of Camp’s arrest.

A 1997 AJC story featured Camp talking about his 19th century farmhouse and 175-acre farm in west Coweta County. Camp, his wife and two children, grew timber, pumpkins, sweet corn and sorghum and tended to their 14 cows. He referred to himself as a “sundowner” farmer -- someone who works a job by day and farms afterwards.

Camp found the chores a break from the daily legal grind.

“It’s regular work,” he said. “It’s something you can’t neglect. ”

Camp hails from a prominent Coweta family, and one Newnan merchant said Monday he was stunned by the news.

“The Camp family goes back a long, long, time,” said Murray Parks, owner of an interior design and art gallery downtown. “I would be very surprised if those charges were true. He’s had some right tough cases to try through the years. I would be surprised that he would allow himself to get in that position. ... I hope there is some explanation.”

As a judge, Camp had a reputation as a tough sentencer. In 2009, he sentenced former doctor Phil Astin to 10 years in prison. Astin had prescribed drugs to Chris Benoit, the professional wrestler who killed his wife, son and then himself in 2007. Camp said that the good works performed by the doctor were outweighed by his indiscriminate prescribing of drugs that caused at least two other people to die from overdoses.

Last year, Camp rejected a plea deal of an indicted pharmaceutical executive, saying the proposed 37-month prison sentence did not “accurately reflects the seriousness of the conduct.” Jared Wheat had earlier pleaded guilty to charges in connection with illegal importation of knockoff prescription drugs from Central America. Wheat later was given a 50-month sentence.

Camp’s relationship with the stripper, who had a federal conviction related to a drug trafficking case, began last spring, according to the affidavit. The two would meet when Camp paid her for sex, and they would smoke marijuana and snort cocaine and take the painkiller Roxicodone together. Camp usually gave the stripper money to buy the drugs although sometimes she provided them on her own, the affidavit said. She secretly recorded Camp discussing the drug transactions.

“In order to snort the [Roxicodone], Camp and CI-1 would use a pill crusher to create a powdered form of the [Roxicodone],” the affidavit said. “In fact Camp gave CI-1 the pill crusher for CI-1’s use.”

The affidavit details a series of drug transaction in which Camp is described as securing Roxicodone and other drugs for his personal use and describes Camp as carrying a semi-automatic handgun to protect the stripper and himself during drug deals. Federal law carries separate charges for carrying a firearm in drug transactions.

Last Friday, in recorded telephone conversation, Camp told the stripper he would try to help her because she was having trouble getting a job with her record. The judge offered to talk to a potential employer if necessary, according to the affidavit. During the conversation, the two of them discussed having a second woman join them but Camp at least initially thought it too risky to do drugs with someone he didn’t trust because he said his “situation was precarious.”

Later Friday, the stripper asked Camp if he could follow her to a drug deal to protect her because she was dealing with a dealer she did not know well. According to the affidavit, Camp responded: “I’ll watch your back anytime … I not only have my little pistol, I’ve got my big pistol so, uh, we’ll take care of any problems that come up.”

That evening, according to the affidavit, Camp and the stripper met in a Publix parking lot on Shallowford Road in DeKalb County and the two drove to the parking lot of the Velvet Room on Chamblee Tucker Road, where they met with an undercover law-enforcement agent posing as a dealer.

Ten minutes after the 7:35 p.m. drug transaction, FBI agents arrested Camp and recovered the drugs and two pistols from Camp’s car, including a .380-caliber Sig Sauer with a full magazine and a round in the chamber.

“The hammer of the gun was cocked,” the affidavit said.