Michael Bessigano of New Chicago, Ind., charged with bestiality. March 9, 2013. Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 21, 2013 2:02AM
The attorney for a man charged with bestiality, killing a domestic animal, torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal and theft is seeking evaluations by mental health professionals to determine the man’s competency to stand trial.
Defense attorney Casey McCloskey filed the request on behalf of Michael Charles Bessigano, 42, who was charged March 8 after authorities discovered a mutilated Guinea hen on Nov. 14 at Buckley Homestead County Park in Lowell. Several animals had disappeared from the county park since July 2012.
Meanwhile, deputy prosecutor Mark Watson filed a request for a DNA sample, which was set for hearing on March 27 before Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell.
On Nov. 14, the dead fowl was found in a trash can with damage to its anus. A search warrant served at Bessigano’s apartment in the 1600 block of Crestwood Drive resulted in the discovery of feathers from the dead bird and bloody blue jeans Bessigano was wearing.
Police found a significant amount of bestiality pornography, a large rubber wolf head mask and a “ritual room” with an altar, candles and long staffs, one of which contained a large feather on one end and a trident on the other end.
Bessigano has pleaded not guilty to the crimes, which are class D felonies and punishable by a sentence of six months to three years. He is being held without bond until March 26, when he can post $5,000 cash, or $50,000 surety.
Bessigano has served prison time for killing a chicken while having sex with it at the Valparaiso Motel in 2001. While on parole in August 2007 and living in a psychiatric facility in Gary, authorities confiscated thousands of pages of writings, journals, photos, magazines and drawings describing or depicting sexual contact between humans and animals.
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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Letters written from prison by the man shot and killed by Albuquerque police Tuesday reveal the man’s violent history and ties to white supremacy gangs.
The letters penned by Parrish Dennison during his time in prison in the late 90s were intercepted by guards and on Thursday City Hall gave KRQE News 13 a stack of those letters.
Dennison holds to the White Supremacy Doctrine and in his letters discussed beating up inmates of other ethnicities and even starting a race war.
He signs the letters “Happy Holidays -SS” and “Stay White.”
Denison was shot and killed by APD after a chase and SWAT standoff where officers say he refused to drop his gun.
APD Chief Ray Schultz would not release the full names of the officers who shot Denison because of his ties to the White Supremacy gangs.
These letters paint a better picture of those ties.
In one letter he talks about starting a “little war with the majority Hispanics and letting his soldiers handle the after effects.”
He also brags about the tattoos he got while in prison – a hooded reaper, nine swastikas, razor wire and lightening bolts.
In another letter he talks about being solitary confinement after a his “best fight yet” where he beat up a Hispanic man.
Denison was a wanted man when he ran from police Tuesday night. He is well known in San Juan County where deputies say a lot of his New Mexico crimes were committed.
London Community News by Sean Meyer
Ward 14 Councillor Sandy White used the steps of city hall to issue what she called her “final comment” on the controversy around her use of a racial slur during this week’s council meeting.
White invited local media to the steps of city hall on Thursday (March 6) to issue an apology for using the racially inappropriate word. Standing beside White during her brief media conference were Deeq Abdi, executive director of the African Community Council and a small group of supporters.
White began her statement saying she was “truly sorry” for using the derogatory word, but said it stemmed from her “overly passionate defence” of her decision to resign from the London Transit Commission (LTC).
“Be assured that I am not defending the use of this language and I clearly made a mistake,” White said. “We politicians sometimes do that; make mistakes.”
It wasn’t enough of an apology for one person. Ken Johnson, who described himself as a “six generations Canadian black,” heckled White throughout her media conference, calling for the councillor to resign.
“She is a professional; she shouldn’t use those derogatory terms in a professional setting,” said Johnson, who added he has lived in London all his life. “It is my belief that if her personal baggage becomes professional, she needs to step down. I would take 100 Joe Fontanas over one of her.”
Johnson said he has heard the same racial slur throughout his life and that “in a multicultural city like London, as diverse as London is,” White’s comments were unacceptable.
White did admit her use of the racial slur was obscuring the message she was trying to get across.
“This mistake was never directed from a place of promoting hate, racism, aggression or hurt,” White said. “Rather to compare the likes of what is socially accepted and what is not. Unfortunately my original message got lost.”
That message, White said, was that the racial slur shouldn’t be any more inappropriate than the derogatory imagery of women she maintains were represented through the Katy Perry ad campaign.
“Young women deserve a city where we respectfully emulate them in science, technology, medicine, engineering, and any trade,” White said. “Instead we hoist huge pictures of female celebrities with little to no clothes, with whipped cream cans distastefully placed I might add, wrapped around a bus.”
After saying she had made her “final comment” on the issue, White was pushed by the media to further explain her use of such an offensive word.
When asked why she resigned only after the ads had been removed London Transit buses, White said she had made her decision before that point. And as she wasn’t given assurance she advertising wouldn’t happen again in the future, she chose to resign.
White also said any suggestion the word was directed at Ward 12 Councillor Harold Usher is “absolutely incorrect.”
In a Toronto Star article from March 6, Usher — who was born in Belize and is, according to his website, “the first and only person of African/Caribbean ancestry” to be elected to London council — said he felt the racial slur was directed at him.
Moments before White used the racial slur, she angrily said “someone on the commission” had told her that children like the ad. That someone, White later said, was Usher.
In speaking to the Toronto Star, Usher said, “That put it in a specific context, that it was me that she wanted to shock.”
Pressed by local media during the media conference to respond to Usher’s assertion, White again said the remark was not directed at him. And while she thought she had already made peace with Usher, White said she was still looking for an apology of her own.
“Let’s be mindful that Harold Usher approved, singlehanded, to put this picture up. After the council meeting I went to Harold Usher, I have witnesses, I apologized to him, and in fact, Harold Usher and I hugged and I thought had made up,” White said. “I did ask him to apologize for what he did to me as a woman and ignoring my concerns, he chose not to.”
After saying Usher could continue to suggest the remark was directed at him if he wanted to, White abruptly left.
Abdi left with White, but returned briefly to speak with reporters, saying the issue should remain the “derogatory depiction of women” and not the councillor’s use of the racial slur.
“If you are just talking about the N-word, you aren’t talking about the whole picture.
She never picked anybody in particular. You guys (the media) have distorted the whole information. You are chasing it,” Abdi said. “She didn’t mean it. She is not racist. She did what she is supposed to do (in apologizing) and we understand when someone is sincere. We take her apology.”
Afrikan community calls for justice in alleged trooper and police brutality case | wwltv.com New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS — A cry for justice was the overwhelming message from community members at a town hall meeting held at Southern University of New Orleans on Tuesday night.
Many attending say they are angered by an incident last month in which two teens were the target of what some are now calling unwarranted police brutality.
“I look at this video and see brutal force being used against these young men with no reason at all,” said Hazel Newman, the mother of one of the teens.
Dozens listened as the mother of 17-year-old Sidney Newman spoke about an incident that happened in the 700 block of Conti on Feb. 10. Newman and a friend, 18-year-old Ferdinand Hunt, say they were waiting for Hunt’s mother who was grabbing dinner nearby when the incident unfolded.
Surveillance video from a business captures the teens being approached and then pinned down by plain clothes law enforcement officers that included nine state troopers and one NOPD officer. The incident was broken up by Hunt’s mother, who is also an NOPD officer, who returned to the scene.
“It is extremely saddening and devastating to know that my son and other young African-Americans in New Orleans have to have the same fear of the police in 2013 as they did in 1913,” said Newman.
State lawmakers, led by state Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans, held a special hearing to call for a full investigation and an end to policies that encourage racial profiling. Also asked to testify was the NAACP of New Orleans and the ACLU of Louisiana.
“It sends a mixed message to young men. We’re trying to explain to them in one breath that they’re our most precious commodity, and then in another breath when something happens, we don’t want to talk about it,” said State Senator JP Morrell.
“There’s no sound there. I think we need to fill in that portion of the investigation and that will do it. Unfortunately none of us today — you or I know exactly what happened,” said Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmondson about the surveillance video not having any audio to narrate the incident.
Edmondson fielded a flurry of questions, saying he called for an immediate investigation after the incident. Edmondson also stressed his Department does not tolerate misuse.
“A question that came out of this was racial profiling that here we have these state troopers that purposely and intently identified these two young males, black males that that they grabbed them. There were allegations that there were beatings. I certainly didn’t see that on the tape,” Edmondson said.
State police say their investigation could take 60 to 90 days. According to Edmonson the troopers involved in this incident are still reporting to their regular jobs.
The NOPD says the officer involved in this case hasn’t been reassigned. The police department says it didn’t take part in Tuesday night’s hearing because of its ongoing investigation.
Editor’s Note: Eyewitness News made several attempts & put in official requests to obtain the surveillance video that is circulating on the web. The French Quarter business that captured the video told WWL-TV it could not release it.
A court in Germany has told the police they may not carry out identity checks on people on the basis of their skin color. There’s disagreement among the police as to whether they welcome the ruling.
Back in December 2010, a 25-year-old black German architecture student was sitting in a train from Kassel to Frankfurt when two policemen asked to see his ID. He felt that their request was discriminatory and refused. He told them that he felt their behavior was reminiscent of “Nazi methods.” The police charged him with insulting behavior.
One of the policemen has admitted that it was because the man was black that he wanted to check his papers – he said it was quite usual. When he heard that, the student brought charges of discrimination against the police.
Different courts, different opinions
The first trial, at the administrative court in Koblenz, decided in March that the police behaved correctly. Police could use someone’s appearance as a basis for spot checks, in order to catch illegal immigrants. Now an appeal court has overturned that ruling.
The judges at a higher administrative court in Koblenz ruled that skin color cannot be the decisive factor leading to an identity check. This was a clear violation of the ban on discrimination included in Article 3 of the German constitution, which states, “No person shall be favored or disfavored because of sex, parentage, race, language, homeland and origin, faith, or religious or political opinions.”
Different police unions, different opinions
The police can’t agree on how they see the judgment.
“The courts deal with the law in an esthetically pleasing way, but they don’t make sure their judgments match practical requirements,” said Rainer Wendt, chair of the German Police Union. The ruling will make the work of the police more difficult.
The other main union, the Union of German Police, doesn’t agree. Their spokesman, Josef Scheuring, told DW that he finds Wendt’s position annoying: “It doesn’t represent the view of the majority of the police, and it creates an image which is not fair to the German police.”
Of course, says Scheuring, they accept the court’s ruling, and it won’t at all get in the way of their work. Identity checks are only allowed if there’s a justifiable reason for them, and there wasn’t any such reason in the case of the student. Scheuring says unambiguously, “No one may be checked in Germany merely because of his skin color.”
Human rights activists welcome the ruling
The human rights organization Amnesty International said it was relieved that the higher court had overturned the ruling. Its expert for police and human rights issues, Alexander Bosch, told DW, “We welcome the ruling as an important signal against discrimination in identity checks.” He added that, over the last few years, there had been an increasing number of complaints by people with an immigrant background that they were exposed to discriminatory identity checks.