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Veteran Cop Falsified New Hire's Background Check

This scandal has recently erupted at one of Rochester, NY police departments. It appears that a police sergeant has been suspended for forging important records. Somehow, it always feels like more of a betrayal when the very protective force we are taught to trust and respect trips up and trips us up with it.

The records this police officer allegedly messed with involve a background check he performed on another officer at the time he applied for an open position at the department. Although he initially got the job due to a "clean" background check, this officer has since been fired and is presently serving time for sexual assault. It is not clear why the 23-year police force veteran would falsify important documentation and jeopardize his position for a rookie with a tarnished past, but he did, thus aiding a criminal to infiltrate the ranks of law enforcement.

When the new hire's criminal conduct and incarceration became common knowledge, the question on everyone's mind was if this was, in fact, his first offense. That's when the matter of his background check report came into the light. Turns out, according to the recently generated new report, the man had previous convictions, edited out by his guardian angel, who is now suspended pending further investigation. He had also previously been fired by two other police departments in the Rochester area.


Schumer's Child Protection Improvement Act: Fast, Cheap and Thorough Background Check for All

This week, the proponents of background checks in New York have received excellent news. A U. S. Senator is determined to change the inadequate laws that have failed to protect children from out-of-state sexual predators. Senator Schumer's Child Protection Improvement Act was born out of dire necessity: just in the last four years, 30 teachers in Suffolk County alone were convicted of sexual abuse against students.

Schumer explains that the problem arises from a loophole in federal law. Currently, the type of a background check used in New York State prevents employers from seeing sexual crimes committed in another state; the state database simply has no access to those records. Furthermore, the often- incomplete criminal screening obtained through private providers can cost up to $100 per person and take over 40 days to complete. The Act will provide children's organizations with the kind of background check that is fast, thorough and inexpensive. Child care employers will have immediate access to FBI's criminal convictions for violent or sexual crimes and pay no more than $25.

Parents greatly support Senator Schumer's background check amendments. Many of them had no idea that the currently available screening means are so inadequate. Their hope is that the Act is passed immediately, and not just in New York. Every child in every state should be protected with an iron-clad employee screening process. There is little doubt that once Schumer's act passes, that other states will follow suit.


NYPD Gave Weapons to Civic Patrol Volunteers with Criminal History - without a Background Check

The following news story could have been an episode right out of The Gangs of New York, were it filmed today ... Except in contemporary New York City, or rather across the bridge in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, the gang is of a slightly unexpected variety, and the story has an unfortunate, if predictable twist.

In April of last year, Andrew Charles, a young black college student was viciously beaten on the streets of Crown Heights, a neighborhood long, if somewhat reluctantly, shared by Orthodox Jews and African Americans. The victim was shocked to learn who was behind the attack that left him incapacitated for months. He also spearheaded a movement that advocates routine background checks for police volunteers.

As it turns out, the beating was the handy work of Shmira, the Jewish neighborhood patrol group that enjoys the blessing of the New York City Police Commissioner. The victim felt rather chagrined by the fact that Shmira is part of NYPD Civilian Observation Patrol launched by the Commissioner specifically to ease racial tensions in the neighborhood. Charles publicly condemned the process of NYPD volunteer selection, stating that every member should undergo a background check.

Brooklyn's District Attorney was looking into the attack, but now the prime suspect, a Shmira member, has fled to Israel before they had a chance to charge him. A NYPD source confirmed that first they were investigating Shmira, then suddenly they were welcomed, equipped and publicly anointed by NYPD without so much as a single background check, whereas it's public knowledge that at least two Shmira members have a criminal record including prior assault and harassment with racially based motives.


A Worldly Man

Yossi Bensadon was quite a multifaceted character. A dark man of slight build, he came across as young and inexperienced, yet he possessed unexpected depth. While in New York, Yossi worked in construction. He was an Israeli national and had served in the Israeli army. For one so young, Yossi was surprisingly religious and observant of Jewish practices and customs. This didn't stop him from thinking of himself as a ladies' man and frequenting nightclubs to meet women. Yossi also enjoyed fishing and camping with friends.

On February 21, 2003, Yossi Bensadon - together with Israel Or, another Israeli national living illegally in the States - robbed a New York City carwash. They heard of the Israeli-owned business through friends, and knew it dealt only in cash. At 7:30 in the morning, two men came into the office of the carwash, posing as florists making a flower delivery. They stuck a gun in the bookkeeper's face and demanded she open the safe; afterwards, they wrapped her in duct tape.

The audacious robbers made off with close to $150,000. Following the robbery, Bensadon and Or left the New York City area and have gone separate ways with their share of the loot. Authorities believe Bensadon may be living in the Hasidic community in Munsey, NY, or may have returned to Israel.

The above account is based on a true story. Background checks protect peaceful citizens from being deceived and/or harmed by a cunning criminal.