Got Fraud? Arizona State University Police Does: this time it’s State Government Grants and M.A.D.D. Misappropriation.

 

Story made possible by the contributions of an anonymous source through the comments section who gave us permission to use the information, but not to publish the comment. 

The command at the Arizona State University Police Department take nothing more seriously than acquiring more additional money for themselves and what the troops have come to call their minions, the cadre of supplicants, “the clique”.  The quickest way to get more money at the Arizona State University Police Department is to ingratiate yourself with those in charge. It doesn’t require experience or competency in the job you’re sworn to do, everywhere else it usually does, but not in the ASUPD. There are Sergeants running around clueless with only one year of university only patrol experience managing officers with 2, 5, 10, 20, and 30 years of patrol experience. Some of these officers even tested against these Sergeants, beat them until it came to the “oral boards” where all other testing scores and resume experience no longer mattered and they lost out on the position. Some of these applicants were highly decorated officers from city departments who put their lives on the line for many years before coming to a whore house masquerading as a state police department.

We are not critics of state support for law enforcement. We are critics of those who undermine the efforts and image of the noble uniformed police officer for their own enrichment at the cost of safety for the communities they are sworn to serve. The Arizona State University Police Department has a sizable budget in the double digits for millions of dollars. It’s further acerbated by the fact the police department’s command seems unable to stop officers (the ones who really work as actual cops) from wanting to leave the department, but receive funding to hire as many officers as possible and convert the line money they receive for the officers they don’t have to what they term as “salary savings”. 

We received some information in the comments section from a anonymous source who did not wish to be published, but said we could use the information provided. We learned that ASU Police Commander Louis Scichilone managed ASU Police overtime for the DUI Taskforce for many years that other police departments co-participate in. While managing the overtime Commander Louis Scichilone would hand pick who worked that overtime detail. In doing so he selected his friends like ASU Police Sergeant Mark Aston, ASU Police Sergeant Pamela Osborne, ASU Sergeant/Commander Christopher Speranza, and others to receive the additional money for these events.

After selecting trusted friends for the DUI Taskforce events, ASU Police Commander Louis Scichilone and these other three officers would ride 4 to a patrol vehicle, make some token stops for stats, but lacked in custody DUI arrests before collecting time and a half overtime pay at the Sergeant rank. Sometimes other officers were included in this scheme, but no other names were given to us. What we don’t know is how many times this scheme was carried out or the dollar amount essentially stolen from government grants and payments from families who lost relatives to drunk drivers. M.A.D.D. We were also told that the Arizona State Police Department was uninvited to participate in D.U.I. Enforcement overtime due to a lack of performance. This grant make sense as a way for the state of Arizona to bolster the tarnished image of the Arizona State University Police Department, but it’s more good money after bad results for the tax payer and the public who could be better served if the troops had adequate leadership with a resemblance of integrity, at least average intelligence, and a modicum of people skills.

The partnership of the ASU Police Department patrolling with the Tempe Police Department in the Safe and Sober program, an effort designed to decrease rowdy off-campus behavior, often saw ASUPD Officers being diverted to assist or take primary on regular ASU Police calls, due to the shortages in staffing that have plagued the department for many years. The off-campus Safe and Sober program succeeded in cleaning up Tempe, but drove the crime back on to the Arizona State University Campus where the lack of patrol units is an open invitation for criminals to shop-without-a-cop in the Arizona State University Crime Spree Zone.

 

Here’s the ASU State Press article on the grants:

http://www.statepress.com/article/2017/02/sppolitics-asu-police-granted-nearly-by-the-governors-office-of-highway-safety

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety granted the ASU Police Department more than $68,000 for DUI, youth alcohol and selective traffic enforcement.

The grant is split into two parts: $60,000 for DUI and youth alcohol enforcement, which primarily covers overtime pay for officers a part of the task force, and $5,000 to be spent on Portable Breath Test Instruments. 

The department was also awarded $3,080 for Selective Traffic Enforcement, a program focused on adding police to monitor pedestrians and cyclists in the area, according to a press release issued by ASU police on Feb. 10. (AKA Extra money for doing what a police department is supposed to do.)

Commander John Thompson, who oversees Tempe campus patrol operations for the ASU police, said the GOHS has given out grants to local police departments for as long as he’s been an officer.

“This year – in 2016 – we applied for another grant and we were awarded monies that we will use,” Thompson said. “We began utilizing that money over the Christmas holiday season so during pretty much the entire month of December … every weekend and the week leading up to Christmas and the week after Christmas there are ongoing task force efforts almost on a nightly basis.”

Thompson said the department does not ask for a specific amount of money, but simply applies for a grant and the GOHS determines the amount. 

The money allows the department to put more officers on duty during bigger campus events, such as football games.

“This money allows us to bring in officers on overtime and go out and specifically spend their efforts looking for DUIs, people violating DUI laws, and then as well as any other traffic related issues that we might encounter,” Thompson said. “When we have … Devilpalooza in a couple of weekends here we’ll have a couple of officers in.”

Thompson said the grant will help pay for around 11 PBT breathalyzers the department bought recently. (So the money can be spent on lunches for command meetings and special trips for command and their friends in “training”.)

“We already have multiple of those machines that most of our officers do carry, this is just more that we can put in the hands of even more of our officers,” Thompson said.

This year’s grant was approximately $15,000-20,000 more than last year, Thompson said, mainly because the University and department have both grown.

GOHS Director Alberto Gutier said the office is glad to grant this money to several departments and organizations across Arizona. 

Gutier said overall the ASU police does a good job utilizing their grants, which is why they are happy to provide them with money yearly. (So how was this “good job” verified? The state says the state is doing a fine job, not surprising.)

“PBTs are about $500 apiece and that includes mouth pieces that PBTs use,” Gutier said. “We probably provided a thousand plus PBTs the last couple years for agencies around the state. You can buy a very good PBT for $350-400, you add to that shipping and mouthpieces – it’s about $500 so if we give $5,000 it means they can order 10 PBTS.”

The Selective Traffic Enforcement is an effort to educate and inform students on campus the laws of being a pedestrian or a bicyclist, Gutier said. He said new students often don’t know the laws, which can lead to traffic accidents, so the education and warning is better than just giving a ticket.

Gutier said the department gladly provides funding for programs protecting pedestrians and bicyclists because of the rate of pedestrian fatalities in Arizona. 

Daniel Roman, a civil engineering junior, said he has had every experience as a pedestrian that one can imagine.

“I’ve been hit by a long boarder, and I’ve been hit by a car while long boarding,” Roman said. “I was going across the cross walk and the car just didn’t see me.” (You were riding through a crosswalk on a long board instead of dismounting.)

Roman said he thinks education for pedestrians would be good, since many students on campus don’t have any knowledge of the laws of being a pedestrian. (Stop, Caution, Go, Walk, Don’t Walk, Right of Way, simple.)

“I always just figure pedestrians have right of way,” Roman said. “I think it could be valuable to educate students on what they can and can’t do.” (Cars can kill people when they crash into pedestrians.)


Reach the reporter at maatenci@asu.edu or follow @mitchellatencio on Twitter.

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Pay No Attention To Our Actual Record on Sexual Assaults & Sex Crimes Against Students…Talkin’ Bobblehead Arizona State University Police Chief Mike Thompson Gets Fauxtastic Award.

A little more honesty and integrity please. This void is what we’ve come to expect with the command of the Arizona State University Police Department. ASUPD Mike Thompson gets a phony award for copying a police patch from another police department, changing a color. He’s also posturing on a record of “OTHER EFFORTS” What the hell does that even mean? It means we didn’t really do anything, but it’s high time we acted like we took positive real action on an issue for the sake of publicity.

Teal patches, teal ribbon pins, wrist bands, T-shirts, RAD classes, and a steaming pile of literature won’t patrol the campus and dorms making life safer for the students of the largest university in the nation. Instead, officers are running away from the department as fast as possible to avoid a dead end job, dare we say career, at the ASUPD Crony Club for Friends First Experience Irrelevant. 

Here is the propaganda article written by the State Press promoting this latest smoke and mirrors illusion of safety in the crime spree zone of ASU Tempe Arizona or the ASU satellite campuses with skeleton crews where one officer is alone on shifts and a smattering of police aides inadequately supplements the lack of officers.

https://asunow.asu.edu/20170412-asu-police-chief-honored-sexual-assault-awareness

ASU Police chief honored for sexual assault awareness (but the actual record is ignored)


April 12, 2017Michael Thompson has had quite the month. (Making a patch and “other efforts”, whew, tuckered out.)

Not only did the Arizona State University police chief come up with the idea of having his officers wear teal-colored patches to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but he was recently named the inaugural Champion of Change by EVAW International. The group, which campaigns to end violence against women, created the new award to honor individuals who work to improve responses to victims of sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence.ASU Police Chief Michael Thompson wears the teal patch that officers are wearing throughout April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Police aides and support staff will wear other teal emblems, taking place in conjuction with other efforts to raise awareness about sexual assault and enhance support for survivors.Download Full Image

“Chief Thompson has led this department through a series of critical reforms to create a safe, victim-centered culture on ASU campuses,” said ASU Police information officer Katy Harris. “We felt it was so important to let students, faculty, staff and the surrounding ASU communities know that we’re here to help.”

Thompson has been helping the cause in all sorts of ways. 

The police department started its campaign in earnest in 2014, when ASU became the first university to declare its commitment to the Start by Believing cause. Not long after, Thompson led his agency in creating a Special Victims Unit, making ASU one of just four universities in the nation with an SVU dedicated to addressing sexual assault on campus. 

“It is not easy to identify the need for change and set about implementing reforms,” wrote EVAW International in a press release. “Making progress is hard work, and it can feel like it is often two steps forward, one step back. Communities will always need leaders like Chief Thompson to keep us moving forward.”

One of Thompson’s most recent intiatives was the creation of his department’s teal-colored patches, a first-of-its-kind effort. 

All ASU Police Department officers and aides are wearing the limited-edition patches throughout the month of April, taking place in conjuction with other efforts to raise awareness about sexual assault and enhance support for survivors. The innovative initiative is the first time the department has created a visible sign for its employees to wear. 

The patches are just one of the ways the department is showing their support this month.

According to Harris, officers, police aides and support staff are also wearing teal bracelets and lapel pins. In addition, squad cars on four of ASU’s campuses are adorned with teal ribbon decals for the remainder of April. 

A limited number of the teal-colored patches are available at the ASU PD Tempe campus location for a $5 donation, the proceeds of which will be given to the Winged Hope Family Advocacy Foundation

 
 
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Are YOU good, no, NEW enough for a SECRET PAY RAISE from Arizona State University Police Chief Michael Thompson?

Story written by a guest writer.
 
Ladies and gents, are you tired of working for ASUPD for years without a pay raise? Of course you are, it sucks! Are you tired of hearing your former academy classmates handling real police work, while you take a break from being a mall cop to dirty dick  a college student with a felony for 0.5 grams of medical marijuana pot? Of course you are!
If you’re too new for ASUPD admin and their pets to single you out and mercilessly attack your law enforcement career OR you sold your soul to the dark side of cronyism, threw fellow officers under the bus in department politics, and are part of the team of one, me, me, me mentality, then listen up!
 
Join a high profile, much advertised, ASUPD specialty detail, all you do is pretend to test for it and if you are liked the oral board counts for 100% of your grade. And once you’re in………………threaten to leave, meet ASU Police Chief Michael Thompson and get your special secret raise! ASU Police Sergeant Nate Deveny did it first and then coached his new bike squad to do the same.
 
If you’ve been a part of the Arizona State University Police Department longer than 5 minutes, are a person of average intelligence, then you’ll see what type of den of moral inequity, brothel, and disorganized clown show you signed up for. Seriously, some of these people would sell their mom to human traffickers to get ahead.
 
Be sure to ask Deveney, Casanno, Wang, & Zorich about their special raises and maybe you too can get tips on living a little larger than a check to check pauper with empty upturned pockets as command gives themselves another pay raise, yet another do nothing useless command position. Nothing quite says, “FUCK YOU” to other ASU Police Officers like a secret pay raise to a band of rookies for riding a bicycle.

Good Job Chief Thompson and the other dildos who had a hand in this gaff! 

For the love of god, save your dignity, save your career, and go work for a real police department with a record of adhering to some sort of integrity code and get the respect you deserve. At the time of this article,  half a dozen officers are in processes with other departments.

 
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Thank you for your contributions in the past and keep them coming! Contact Us, Mentions, and Other Things in Our Fight to Clean Up the Arizona State University Police Department Mismanagement & Leadership Void

Hello, as you know, the comments section was down for quite a bit of time. We apologize, even the best setups have technical difficulty now and then.

For those that don’t know,  the only way to contact us is through the comments section, you can use any made up email, nickname, but please be sure to let us know if you want your comment posted or if you are just passing along information to be incorporated into an article. If you would like to write an article yourself, then send us what you have.

Thank you for your contributions in the past and keep them coming!

Help us prosecute white collar criminals in police command uniforms in a public forum.

This site does not keep or log IP addresses, so the Golden Goose that Elmer Fud and friends have been looking for since 2013 is still going strong in 2017.

Ever since we…fixed the glitch…on the comments section we have had a deluge of information come through the comments section. This will make for many good articles and we will get to it as time allows. One of our associates very close to them has told us some good information that will remain confidential until we have permission to release it. We were also informed about the gaggle of nervous people on the 3rd floor who are obsessed with this blog and tripping over one another worse than the three stooges. Seriously? That’s quite hilarious to hear, some things never change over there. Thank you for the information, it has inspired us to open the flood gates on these corrupt sleazeballs once more. Put your seat belts on, we’re not done by a long shot, we haven’t even started.

After seeing what these white collar criminal scum have done to good men, women, and their families in law enforcement we will not sit by and let it continue without a fight! No way in hell, not a chance bucko.

 

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You Can’t Polish A Turd! The Arizona State University Police Dept’s Innexcusable Record of Failure on Sexual Crimes, The latest feint from the Arizona State University Michael Crow Administration!

What prompted the Arizona State University administration to goad it’s Police Department to start a public relations campaign aimed at making it appear it cares about Sexual Assault Crimes? Maybe the fact it’s been under investigation by the federal government for doing such a lousy job on the issue since 2012?

The most ironic thing was on a Monday recently when a 261 (police code for sexual assault case) walked into the Arizona State University Police Department lobby located at 325 E Apache Ave and was turned away by an officer wearing this same patch! A sexual assault victim was turned away during Sex Assault Awareness Month. Way to go ASUPD! 

Think about this for a moment, how many universities have sizable groups organized against them because of how poorly they have handled sexual assaults for years and years? The Arizona State University has Sun Devils Against Sexual Assault, but we can’t seem to find another university where another group exists. That’s a big fat clue about how bad the problem is at the Arizona State University!

https://sundevilsagainstsexualassault.wordpress.com/

Even CNN has featured the ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY RAPE FRIENDLY CULTURE in a CNN film titled THE HUNTING GROUND

https://youtu.be/GBNHGi36nlM

“I thought if I told [ASU administrators] they would take action, but the only action they took was against me.” – SDASA founder Jasmine Lester, The Hunting Ground

Here are some questions you should be asking yourself if you or a family member is planning on attending the Arizona State University. How would you feel if your child is sexually assaulted and…

  1. …the Arizona State University police department never even bothered to submit her case to the county attorney for prosecution?
  2. …you discover the DNA collected sat in an evidence locker for years and was never submitted to the state police lab for processing?
  3. …the University fails to discipline or hold accountable people who are guilty of the crime or an accessory to the crime?
  4. …the University administration takes action, but against the victim, to keep them from getting information on their case, to keep them quiet.
  5. …because the criminal who committed the crime is a faculty member or a part of athletics, they are protected by the University administration and the neutered ASUPD does nothing for them but make excuses.
  6. …you find out the Federal Government has been investigating the Arizona State University since 2012 on the issue that they are putting a huge public relations effort into.
  7. …you find out that the detectives have had no formal detective training on sexual assaults and were “winging” it without doing many of the professional standard investigative practices common throughout the country.
  8. …you go to the Arizona State University Title IX Coordinator only to discover they are not there for you, they are an agent whose sole purpose is to protect the university from liability by making you go away and covering for the institution. Example: Kamala Green, the Title IX Coordinator who mishandled sexual violence complaints against Barrett professors, was replaced by Jodi Preudhomme, who previously served on ASU’s legal team defending ASU against rape victims in at least three Title IX lawsuits.
  9. …you discover that the Arizona State University Police Department hires a former city detective, a specialist on sexual assaults and another officer with significant experience on the subject only to exclude them from detectives for political favorites who have virtually no experience with the subject and some experience sexually harassing other police employees as a junior supervisor.
  10. …you discover a rape victim came into the lobby of the Arizona State University Police Department, the people managing your case, and they were turned away. Can you imagine how they felt? Just in case you were wondering…a police officer has jurisdiction, the ability to do their job, throughout the state and isn’t limited by arbitrary boundaries with the exception of tribal lands. We continually receive correspondence from people still witnessing the helter skelter headlong disorderly haste of day to night staffing crisis of ASUPD. Every shift involves officers depleting satellite campuses in order to appear fully staffed in Tempe, the largest campus. What a fucking joke.
  11. …how can a police department who cannot cover minimum staffing for simple patrol year after year be expected to handle your sexual assault case with any competence?
  12. …you discover your rights as a victim pale in comparison to ASU public relations and image because every administrator who works at the university becomes another line of defense for the criminal because they want victims to go away and not affect the false crime statistical record propped up by the administration and it’s lapdog police department heads?
  13. …maybe having Satan as a mascot for the university isn’t such a great thing afterall?

But of course the president of the Arizona State University cares about sexual assaults right? Wrong.

Dr. Crow on Title IX & rape culture…

As evidenced by the following transcript, Dr. Crow is not familiar with Title IX, nor does he know what specific options/”pathways” students have if they are sexually harassed or raped at ASU.

On December 2, Sun Devils Against Sexual Assault attended the “Changing the Face of Higher Education” town hall conversation with Arizona State University President Dr. Michael Crow. SDASA founder/survivor Jasmine Lester asked Dr. Crow about ASU’s violations of Title IX and the administration’s enabling of professors who sexually harass and assault students on Study Abroad trips.

Under Title IX, “schools are required to adopt and publish a grievance procedure outlining the complaint, investigation, and disciplinary process for addressing sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence occurring within educational programs. This process should address discrimination perpetrated by students, employees, or third parties” (Know Your IX).

As evidenced by the following transcript, Dr. Crow is not familiar with Title IX, nor does he know what specific options/”pathways” students have if they are sexually harassed or raped at ASU. All he knows is that when a victim comes forward, there’s another side of the story; questioning a rape victim’s credibility is rape culture.

Transcript:

Jasmine Lester: Why didn’t you answer my question about Title IX?
Michael Crow: Because I didn’t read the question. There were about 35 questions. So, what’s the question?
JL: ASU has a history of violating Title IX, right? You know about that?
MC: Well, I mean, that’s your opinion.
JL: My opinion? It’s documented. You guys have had lawsuits filed against you, you’ve had lots of complaints about how you violated [Title IX], I have lived experience of my rights being violated by the administration at ASU, so I’m wondering what you’re doing, or if you even care about students.
MC: Well, I wouldn’t ask questions where you make presumptive statements like that.
JL: I’m asking you a question, not for your analysis of my question.
MC: I can answer however I want.
JL: So, you don’t care?
MC: I can answer you however I wish.
JL: I know you can, but I’m wondering if you will answer a question and talk, straight-forward, about students who are suffering under your administration.
MC: Yeah, so students who are suffering have various pathways to remedy.
JL: What is one such pathway?
MC: There are multiple pathways. You can make a charge against another person.
JL: What happens when the university investigates that [charge] and the university is biased?
MC: Then you can ask for another judgement.
JL: Are you telling me to file a lawsuit?
MC: No, no. But you have other remedy pathways, and so the remedy pathways that you have access to are multiple.
JL: Okay.
MC: And they are, uh, at various levels of engagement.
JL: Okay, and can we talk about a system that creates bad experiences for students, and faculty who tend to blame victims more than support them? Is there anything that you, your university, your people, are doing to combat that? It’s a problem across all universities, not just ASU–
MC: Every faculty member that has been involved–
JL: –so I’m just wondering. There is a problem. You can say that’s just my opinion, but there is a problem. I have a lived experience and you’re telling me that that’s my opinion. It’s not. And you, as the president of the university, have a responsibility to me as an alum, as a staff, as a human being, to protect my rights and not to violate them.
MC: Yeah, and you have multiple ways to protect your rights.
JL: But you’re not saying what those are. And you’re not saying what you, as someone in power, is doing to help people like me and people who are too afraid to speak out.
MC: Well, I mean, you have a point relative to people who won’t speak out.
JL: Okay.
MC: And so, uh, it’s important that people do speak out and avail themselves of the rights that they have.
JL: But what does that mean, though? I filed a complaint, ASU treated me like shit. I continue to speak out, you keep treating me like shit. So what else can I do other than attack the university that raised me? I’m trying to find a way–I would rather work with you guys than against you, you know? I should not, as an alum, have to work against my university not to attack me and not to attack students like me.
MC: I don’t know of anyone that’s attacking you.
JL: You don’t? I could send you a lot of emails. We could have a meeting. You know my dad [former administrator]…
MC: What I do know, is that where we know that there has been misbehavior by a faculty member, those faculty members have been sanctioned or dismissed.
JL: What about the ones who are leading Study Abroad trips this summer? I know there are those leading Study Abroad trips this coming summer.
MC: Then you should make charges against those people.
JL: But I’ve been told by your Title IX Coordinator that I’m not allowed.
MC: You’re allowed to do anything you want.
JL: Can you tell your Title IX Coordinator to actually know what Title IX is? Instead of running me and other students through crap?
MC: I’m not really big on sarcasm, so…
JL: This isn’t sarcasm, this is serious.
MC: So you can detail each of the points.
JL: Alright.
MC: And you can identify each of those points, and there’s multiple levels of engagement, if you don’t find satisfaction with Officer A or Officer B, then make sure that ultimately…you have to seek remedy.
JL: Yeah, and I’ve been doing that for the past four years and it’s been terrible because the university wont work with me, it only attacks me and protects its faculty.
MC: Well, I actually know the list of faculty that don’t work at ASU any longer for whatever misbehavior.
JL: Ok. Do you want a list of the ones that do work here still? Because I’ll give you that list.
MC: Yes, and then you have to be able to stand behind that list.
JL: I will stand behind that list, like I have been standing behind [it] and you’ve been ignoring it. The only way that I’ve been able to talk to you is to confront you like this.
MC: You’re talking about me, personally? I’ve been ignoring you?
JL: I’ve emailed you before because we have been at another forum [Feb 2012 – click for transcript] addressing these issues with you, where you said you wanted people like me to email you. I did and I never got a response. I was just sent back to the same faculty member, the Title IX Coordinator, who had [also] been harassing me. So, whatever you’re trying to do, it’s not working, and I want to know what you’re trying to do to make it work.
MC: So, I don’t know that this is the forum to talk about your specific case and I don’t know that much about your particular case, but the point here is that if you have beliefs that there are multiple individuals involved in inappropriate behavior, well it’s, that’s the way that it works…
JL: Then what?

[Crow is asked to pose for photos]

JL: Would you like to have a meeting about this? Because I would love to meet with you…
MC: You’re meeting with me right now.
JL: I mean like an official meeting.
MC: This is an official meeting. I don’t have any unofficial identities.
JL: So, are you saying that the next time I want to talk to you I have to come to an event like this?
MC: No, I’m not saying that at all. We’re having a discussion right now.
JL: But it’s being cut short because people are trying to pull you away for pictures.
MC: Yes, but I mean, the point is that you have to pursue things until you get a final adjudication. There are processes, there are procedures, whatever they are.
JL: So, letting you know, the head of a huge university, that there are problems, is not one of those pathways?
MC: By letting me know that there are problems, is a pathway, which means I can go back and ask people what’s going on.
JL: I hope that you do.
MC: I will. But the point you have to understand is that in all of these things, whatever they are, there might be people that don’t agree with your views, and I don’t mean me.
JL: Well, of course there are people who disagree with my views.
MC: No, I mean there might be people that don’t agree with your statements of fact. Because there are their rights to have a statement of fact, also. And so that’s the process, which is very complicated.
JL: I know how complicated.
MC: The adjudication process. It’s a very complicated process, and so when you get into these situations, then you say one thing–not you, personally, but one person says one thing, another person says another thing, another person says another thing, another person says another thing–which of those people is accurate?
JL: And that’s what I brought up earlier with the victim-blaming. I’m aware of the process, I’m also aware of biases in the process and flaws within the system, that don’t really allow this to be an objective process. If you have a student accusing a professor who’s well-renowned, there’s going to be one viewpoint that’s going to be sort of valued more by the university–
MC: No.
JL: But there has been. And I am witness, testimony, that there has been.
MC: Just because you say it [happened] doesn’t make it so.
JL: Just because I say I had an experience, doesn’t make it so?
MC: What I’m saying is that just because you say it–

[Sadly, our recording got cut short because iPhones.]

Transcript of SDASA’s similar conversation with ASU HR Kevin Salcido coming soon.

Clearly there is much work to be done at ASU. Email SunDevilsASA@gmail.com to get involved in our Title IX complaint.

We have had a flurry of comments lately about featuring this issue and we apologize for not getting to this very grave issue sooner. It certainly is one that is close to our hearts and needs to be exposed.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arizona State University President Michael Crow exploits race & political controversy for a public relations stunt that backfires.

“Expecting an institution that has a long-standing systemic means of re-victimizing victims of sexual assault to care about exploiting race for public relations is the right thing to do, but unrealistic.” the Integrity Report on the Arizona State University Police Department

This is a lesson for Michael Crow to leave public relations to professionals. This time he was in such a hurry to piggy back on all the media attention of the executive order banning travel from 7 countries, that he made a complete ass of the university by labeling Arab Americans, graduates of the university, as foreigners. By rushing to exploit the racial and religious tensions of this issue for university public relations, Michael Crow made the classic bigot error of assuming Muslims are non-American. Unbelievable, he should be ashamed of himself.

Expecting an institution that has a long-standing systemic means of re-victimizing victims of sexual assault to care about exploiting race for public relations is the right thing to do, but unrealistic. Nonetheless we are glad others are noticing the troubled management model of Arizona State University. Take a look at how Arizona State University president Michael Crow was in such a hurry to take advantage of a public relations opportunity, but exposed bigotry in the failed attempt.

Here is the original opinion editorial/failed public relations stunt by Michael Crow:

  1. http://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/Breakthroughs-Voices/2017/0217/Why-we-need-international-students

Here are articles in response to Michael Crow’s original editorial:

  1. http://thetab.com/us/arizonastate/2017/02/24/asu-alumni-691

  2. http://www.statepress.com/article/2017/02/sp-campus-alumnae-say-university-racially-profiled-them-with-picture

  3. http://www.azfamily.com/story/34551559/asu-grads-university-racially-profiled-us

An op-ed piece written by ASU President Crow about international students included a picture that had three Americans in it. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)An op-ed piece written by ASU President Crow about international students included a picture that had three Americans in it. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
 The picture was later replaced with this one. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)The picture was later replaced with this one. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) –A trio of ASU graduates and American citizens were offended after the university included a photo of them in an op-ed piece about international students. 

“It was kind of shocking ’cause I was like this can’t be real,” Nshwah Ahmed said.

In the photo, the three friends can be seen snapping a selfie at their graduation last May. Ahmed was wearing a hijab.

“It’s offensive because especially in today’s current political climate, it’s one that is trying to erase the Arab and Muslim identity as Americans,” she said.

The op-ed was written by ASU President Michael Crow and it ran in the Christian Science Monitor. It was about the importance of inviting foreign students to study in the U.S.

He made reference to the current administration’s travel ban saying, “It’s important to recognize how significant the impact may be on international students studying here and the institutions that both educate and depend on them.”

“By trying to seem accepting they went ahead and racially profiled us and it came off as more racist than anything,” said Ahmed.

She shared the article and photo on Facebook. It did catch the attention of President Crow, who responded to her post saying, “Thanks for bringing this to my attention. We apologize for this error and will see that it is corrected as soon as possible.”

ASU sent this statement in response to the error.

“Over the weekend, the ASU media relations team made a mistake related to the international students op-ed that Dr. Crow wrote. In our search for a compelling image on a tight deadline to go along with Dr. Crow’s op-ed we passed along a picture to the publisher without doing enough due diligence on the people featured in it. There is no excuse for the error, and apologies have been issued to the alumnae in the picture.”

The photo was changed shortly after the university was alerted to their mistake.

Ahmed says she appreciated the quick response but feels this only fuels the current and divisive political climate. 

“By implying that, oh, because you look a certain way you’re international or not American, it’s saying you can’t be Muslim and Arab and American at the same time,” Ahmed said.

Ultimately, she says someone should be held accountable and she wants to ensure this never happens again. Right now, she says they are looking at their legal options.

 

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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY POLICE: Detectives Special Victims Unit is little more than a SAD PUBLICITY STUNT

Q: What kind of expertise and professionalism can victims within the Arizona State University community expect from their police department detectives?

A: Rookie expertise & less professionalism than a fraternity during pledge week.

That’s right folks, virtual world training for detectives on computers at ASU Police Department is a reality VERSUS real world training as a police detective through handling criminal cases, interviewing actual victims, suspects, and mentoring with experienced detectives.

If you are investigative reporters and looking for a story, look no further than one of the most important aspects of a police department besides patrol, detectives, the branch that is supposed to follow up on unsolved crimes and close cases.

  • What is the case closure rate of ASUPD Detectives? How is that statistic generated?

  • What kinds of cases are ASUPD Detectives closing?

  • What is the ASUPD Detective record on closing drug trafficking cases?

  • What is the ASUPD Detective record on closing sexual assault cases?

  • What is the ASUPD Detective record on closing property crime cases?

  • Do ASUPD Detectives focus on property crimes over crimes against people?

  • Of the types of cases sent to ASUPD Detectives, how many are left pending indefinitely?

  • Of the types of cases sent to ASUPD Detectives, how many have been “SAT ON” and the officers handling them, at the supervisor level, made the decision whether or not to forward them to prosecution based on their belief in the likeliness of a conviction?

  • Of the types of cases sent to ASUPD Detectives, how many actually get sent to the Maricopa County Attorney for prosecution?

  • Are ASUPD Detectives being directed to do immoral practices and procedures in order to influence crime statistics that portray the Arizona State University in an unrealistically favorable manner?

Since this article came out, nearly everyone in the ASUPD Detectives scattered to the wind and have been replaced? Why?

  • Why have ASUPD Detectives had 4 Supervisor changes in less than four years?

  • What kind of training have ASUPD Detectives received to handle the 1000’s of cases sent to them over the last 10 years? If ASUPD doesn’t pay for detectives to be properly trained, mentored, before being on the job, then where is the money going? More importantly, what type of job are they doing for the Arizona State University community?

  • How come the ASUPD Special Victims Unit was formed to combat the sexual assault crisis at America’s largest college, but former police detectives who came to ASUPD with a wealth of experience were shunned in favor of the same political cronyism appointees we were so used to under the years of John Pickens as chief?

  • One of these political cronies, Jennifer Bryner, had 1 year on patrol, couldn’t qualify with her pistol, was moved into detectives immediately afterwards, and then was promoted to Sergeant, again over officers with 10-20 years experience after camping out in detectives for a short period.

     

ASU School Newspaper Article

ASU Police Department adds Special Victims Unit

Under the new management of Chief Michael Thompson, the ASU Police Department has seen many recent changes including the creation of two new roles within the force for Special Victims detectives.

Sgt. James Short, overseer of the Special Victims Unit, wrote in an email that detectives assigned to the Special Victims Unit will investigate cases involving physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence and crimes against children.

ASU defines sexual violence under the ABOR Student Code of Conduct as sexual misconduct, which includes any kind of non-consensual sexual contact attempted or executed without consent or under circumstances in which consent cannot be given, such as when one is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, disabled or a minor.

Sexual misconduct also includes sexual harassment, which is constituted by sexual behavior that creates an environment of intimidation, hostility or offense.

Short said the detectives will be working closely with other agencies such as the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the ASU Office of Equity and Inclusion, the ASU Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Family Advocacy Center Services and the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

Short said Special Victims detectives will investigate all cases in their jurisdiction, which includes the four ASU campuses, regardless of whether students are involved.

Crimes involving sexual and domestic abuse are of an inherently sensitive nature. While ASU seeks to educate its students about these crimes and encourages all victims to report acts of sexual violence, that is not always what happens, Short said.

“It is the responsibility of anyone having knowledge of sexual misconduct to report the information, but ultimately it is the victim’s choice to pursue one or more of these reporting options,” he said. “It is…the victim’s choice as to how the case will be conducted. If the victim chooses not to take police action, the university has other resources…who can assist in an administrative investigation based on the circumstances and the victim’s discretion.”

Short said ASUPD will also direct victims to support services and on-campus clubs if they wish to utilize them, and a complete list of support services and education programs are available online.

Director of ASU Wellness Karen Moses wrote in an email, “The increase in awareness seems to have had a positive impact, as the percentage of female students who reported having experienced attempted and/or completed sexual assault decreased from 4.7 percent to 3.1 percent from 2014 to 2015.”

Moses said she is hopeful that a specialized unit for Special Victims will encourage more victims to report crimes.

Although sexual assault cases are frequent on college campuses, spokesperson Nicole Franks wrote in an email that there has been a general decrease in sexual assault cases across ASU campuses and that crime statistics can be located in the Annual Clery Report.

Statistics aside, Franks said “focusing two of our detectives on these types of crimes is an effective use of personnel and expertise.”

Adding the Special Victims Unit was just one of the many changes that have happened at ASUPD.

Since Chief Michael Thompson took over, ASUPD has hired more personnel, including two new officers this summer and 15 in the past year. The department began training the force in diversity and cultural awareness, as well as implemented the LiveSafe app.

Franks said the app and its various features have proven successful so far, although there are only 3,336 LifeSafe users, with 1,091 using the SafeWalk feature and 10 using the SafeRide feature, which was launched on July 11 to allow students to request Safety Escort services.

There was also a LiveSafe scavenger hunt from August 11 to August 23 designed to raise awareness for the app.

“We are always looking for smarter policing approaches,” Franks said.

Related Links:

We the Police: The relationship between Tempe and its protectors

ASU Police Department battles with uncertain effects of budget cuts

Curious about how your daughter’s potential future sexual assault will be handled? Look at this.

Look at the record from actual Arizona State University students victimized 1st by a criminal, 2nd by how the ASUPD mishandled their cases, and 3rd by how they were victimized again by the ASU Administration. The Arizona State University, like too many colleges in the US, has a disgusting RAPE CULTURE. The university response has been to run a useless publicity campaign.

https://sundevilsagainstsexualassault.wordpress.com/

  

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DISMISSED Arizona State University Police Chief John L Pickens, 2 YEARS ON FAKE JOB @ 155,000 a year of your tax dollars!!! Demand a refund.

The watchdogs in the media are on the trail of the curious case of Mr. John Pickens, the defrocked Chief of the Arizona State University Police Department. They are on to the fact the Arizona State University administration is paying him a 155,000 a year, for two years now, to sit on his fat ass and literally do nothing. It is typical of the systemic waste and corruption waiting to be uncovered at the university. How many other witness protection programs like this are being ran out of the Fulton Center? 

We would like to congratulate Ray Stern from the New Times for staying on the case of this institutional state corruption and be aware, and believe us, there’s more where this is! 

Maybe Arizona governor Doug Ducey should be looking into this avenue of state corruption. Governor Ducey, why are Michael Crow and Morgan Olsen wasting 155,000 a year, for two years ongoing, to keep dismissed ASU Police Chief, John L. Pickens in the silent witness protection program? What corrupt information are they hoping to keep secret?

Many current and former ASUPD alumni know the history of John L. Pickens at ASUPD and the secrets he’s keeping quiet must be significant to employ him at $155,000 to do nothing while students get tuition/fee/inflation increases, while useful staff are reduced, and the Arizona State University Police Department continues to daily struggle to patch holes in shift schedules by routinely offering paid overtime. How many years can the department continue to operate like this?  

The new times exposed this issue initially here two years ago: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/ex-police-chief-john-pickens-cushy-asu-job-provides-security-for-pickens-7688403

The new story is here: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/lack-of-video-of-knife-wielding-hostage-taker-exposes-asus-security-camera-shortage-8903566

Lack of Video of Knife-Wielding Hostage Taker Exposes ASU’s Security-Camera Shortage

 
Lack of Video of Knife-Wielding Hostage Taker Exposes ASU's Security-Camera Shortage

More than two years after Arizona State University’s former police chief took the helm of a new program that promised to increase the use of video cameras on campus, it’s unclear how much expansion has occurred — if any.

The lack of video security around ASU’s Tempe campus was exposed on Wednesday, December 7, when a knife-wielding man held a faculty member in her third-floor office in the Language and Literature building before releasing her unharmed. The suspect remains at large. ASU police spokeswoman Katy Harris confirmed on Monday that no video evidence of the man was captured, either inside or outside of the building.

In the summer 2014, John Pickens stepped down unexpectedly from his post as ASU police chief a few weeks after the violent arrest of ASU English professor Ersula Ore by an ASU officer. But Pickens didn’t move far: ASU installed him in a new office, gave him the title of director of University Security Initiatives, and continued paying him his $155,000 annual salary. School records showed that his duties were supposed to include planning for the expansion of ASU’s video-camera system, assisting “appropriate staff” to ensure ASU is prepared for emergencies, and collaborating with staff to review design plans for surveillance cameras in the renovated Sun Devil Stadium.

But with a full year under Pickens’ belt, ASU can offer no list of his accomplishments, nor any timetable for achieving any of University Security Initiatives’ goals. What’s more, the program doesn’t seem to exist on paper aside from documents showing that Pickens was selected to lead it, and ASU has no record of any budget for the “initiatives.”

  

On Monday, in response to New Times‘ request for information about the status of the video-camera expansion, Pickens’ job, and University Security Initiatives, ASU released a statement indicating that there’s room for improvement:

“The safety of the Arizona State University community is something we take very seriously and we continually look for and employ new methods to improve,” reads the statement, provided to New Times by ASU spokesman Gerald Gonzalez. “Because we have 5 open campuses with 25 million square feet of space, we ask all members of the ASU community to immediately notify campus police if they witness suspicious activity or individuals.”

Gonzalez wants students to be aware of the university’s blue-light stations, which allow students who feel threatened to push a button and receive a police response 24 hours a day.

As last Wednesday’s incident demonstrated, the police response can be less than perfect.

A person matching the description of the knife-carrying man was seen an hour before the faculty member’s brief kidnapping, trying faculty office doors on the building’s fourth floor. A professor called police, who responded six minutes later but couldn’t find the man. It isn’t known whether he remained in the building or departed and then returned an hour later, just before 1:30 p.m.

The suspect is believed to be Hispanic or Native American, in his 20s, about 5-foot-9 with a medium build. He was wearing a black-and-white bandanna, a dark sweatshirt, and blue jeans. He had acne on his forehead and bloodshot eyes, ASU police said.

Until the promised camera expansion occurs, ASU encourages students and faculty to download the LiveSafe app that allows users to send ASU police real-time anonymous tips, including video.

Some faculty members and students criticized the decision by authorities not to broadcast a mobile-phone alert about the suspect. Students for Self-Defense at ASU, a group that seeks the repeal of the campus weapons ban, wrote on Facebook over the weekend that the incident “highlights the fact that ASU’s weapons prohibition policies don’t actually work the way they’re meant to.”

ASU policy bans guns and knives with blades longer than five inches but allows consumer-type self-defense sprays.

 

 

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Arizona State University, A Tier One PARTY SCHOOL but now headed towards another title, MOST DANGEROUS COLLEGE CAMPUS IN THE USA.

Arizona State University police armed robbery crime sprees

The Arizona State University has long been known as Tier OnePARTY SCHOOL but now headed towards another title, Most Dangerous College Campus In The USA.

Two separate ARMED ROBBERIES occurred in the past week in and around the Arizona State University campus. One happened on Thursday morning 11-10-16 and the other early Sunday morning 11-13-16. ASU students have been murdered in prior armed robberies around the campus for items they were carrying in public.

The first armed robbery occurred at about 4 a.m. outside of the District on Apache, about a quarter-mile away from Barrett, the Honor’s College.

According to the Tempe Police, the man was held at knife point by the suspects, described as two black males. A third unidentified suspect drove the two men, but no further description of the other man was obtained, Tempe police said. Sources confirm the victim was an ASU student. Meanwhile, the Arizona State University Police were too busy moving officers from one campus to another to appear as if they have staffing. ASU Police have had a STAFFING CRISIS for about 10 years running.

Tempe Police said the suspects were driving a silver or gold Toyota Camry and the victim was not injured.

In a statement to its residents, the District on Apache, known for frequent criminal activity, addressed the robbery.

“Because our goal at the District on Apache is to foster and create a happy, healthy and safe community for every resident, we want to alert you that we have had a report of an alleged robbery in the vicinity of the property,” the statement read. 

The second robbery occurred outside of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication building on the Downtown Phoenix campus at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday.

According to a statement released by ASUPD, two suspects approached the victim while he sat at a table outside of the Cronkite Building. The suspects stole the victim’s bag, threatening to shoot the victim if they resisted, ASU police said.

According to ASUPD, the victim was treated for minor injuries by police and released. We are happy to report this victim survived the encounter, not everyone is so lucky.

“Anytime a crime is committed against a member of the ASU community it concerns all of us within the department,” said ASU Police in an email. The Arizona State University Police have only email fluff to offer because they can’t adequately staff any of their campuses. ASUPD added that the ASU community should remain vigilant, especially when traversing the campus at night. Especially since they will be lucky to ever see police, all the money goes to fat cats who never leave office spaces.

“We ask that everyone in the ASU Community always remain alert and aware of your surroundings, and trust your instincts. If a situation feels unsafe, take appropriate safety precautions,” ASU PD stated in an email.

On a positive note, the inability of the ASU Police Department to staff it’s police department gives the Arizona State University Criminal Justice Department something to study. They can learn more about how to not manage a police department so citizens can get the adequate public safety they deserve.

Arizona state University police now hiring always hiring shitty management

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