Thursday, October 15, 2015

Michigan OIDV Cases - Archives and Search tool

Search blog by case: 

Blog archive:

Updates on Michigan OIDV Cases - 2015

2015: New Posts added:

RE: [IN] Chesterton Police Officer Joseph Kantowski - Arrested 09/17/2015 for pointing gun at wife

William M. Windsor / Lawless America released from jail pending June 2015 trial for violation of PPO. 
Trying to breathe...

Since Windsor likes to hunt down his victims and expose their confidential information - including that of yours truly - we will keep Windsor up on the top of this list

"If you know a licensed private investigator, William M. Windsor needs someone who will allow him to do some skip tracing.  Bill will purchase special software that the PI may use and keep, if he or she will just let Bill use the PI's number to make the purchase.  If you lnow someone, email and with PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR in all caps in the Subject line." William Michael Windsor. January 01, 2015.

RE: Senator Virgil Smith [Detroit]
Senator Virgil Smith - Detroit - Arrested for shooting at ex-wife & shooting her car 

On May 10th, Senator Virgil Smith [Detroit] was arrested after he shot at his ex-wife, and shot several rounds into her vehicle.
During his May 12th arraignment, Smith's attorney claimed that it was Senator Smith's ex-wife who was "obviously the aggressor". 
Smith is charged with felonious assault; malicious destruction of personal property, $20,000 or more; domestic violence, assault and battery; and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
He was released from jail on a $25,000, 10 percent bond.
Senator Smith's probable cause conference is scheduled for May 22nd. His preliminary examination is scheduled for May 29th.

RE: April 2015 shooting death of Terrance Kellom by Detroit Federal ICE Officer Mitchell Quinn [Fomer Detroit Police Officer who was arrested / criminally charged with OIDV in 2008]:
Family attorney claims that Kellom was shot in the back by Officer Quinn.

"That's one of our demands. (Quinn) needs to go. Period..."Even though he was acquitted, I'm concerned about a person involved in domestic violence situation being anywhere in law enforcement." [Ron Scott.  Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality]

RE: RE: April 2015 shooting death of Terrance Kellom by Detroit Federal ICE Officer Mitchell Quinn [Fomer Detroit Police Officer who was arrested / criminally charged with OIDV in 2008]:
Following the shooting death of unarmed Kellom during an arrest, the Detroit Chief of Police claimed - incorrectly - that Officer Quinn was a DECORATED 12-year veteran of the department.
VIA Michigan OIDV, media and federal officials discovered that 7 years prior to Kellom's death, Officer Quinn had been arrested and criminally charged for holding his loaded duty gun to his ex-wife's head. The media has insured that Officer Quinn's OIDV record is not forgotten - again. 

Senator Virgil Smith arrested for shooting at ex-wife & shooting her car

On May 10, 2015, Senator Virgil Smith [Detroit], was arrested by the Detroit PD for shooting at his ex-wife and shooting her vehicle. Smith's ex-wife was not injured. However, the Senator put approximately 10 rounds into her vehicle. One of the Senator's neighbors reported hearing about 30 rounds being fired from a gun that sounded like an oozie. 

After Senator Virgil Smith's arrest, Detroit Police Chief James Craig refused to name the shooter. He only told the media, that "someone" fired a shotgun at a car parked outside the home of state Senator Virgil Smith. Chief Craig also failed to mention that Senator Smith's ex-wife had been shot at.

Apparently, the Detroit PD doesn't like to talk about OIDV. We all recall the recent shooting death of Terrance Kellom by Detroit ICE officer Mitchell Quinn. Detroit PD claimed that Officer Quinn "was a decorated 12-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department". Detroit PD didn't mention Officer Quinn's 2008 arrest and felony criminal charges when  Quinn pointed his loaded duty gun at his ex-wife's head. The media and government officials / agencies found the Detroit Police Commission minutes for Quinn's 2008 OIDV arrest and charges here on MIOIDV.

 ...originally arrested for assault with intent to commit murder and aggravated assault

Officer Mitchell Quinn - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE]
In 2008, the U.S. Immigration & Customs hired Officer Mitchell Quinn, just months after he was arrested, charged, and suspended from the Detroit PD for an OIDV incident, in which he aimed his loaded duty gun at his wife's head..

April 27, 2015: U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Officer Mitchell Quinn shot and killed fugitive Terrance Kellom, who was reportedly wielding a hammer...  "There was no evidence Kellom had a gun...The agent fired his weapon as he was retreating" [Detroit Police Chief James Craig]
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, Detroit Police and Michigan State Police are investigating the fatal shooting of Kellom.

[IN] Dustin McCowan - son of Crown Point Police Officer Joseph Elliott McCowan:
Dustin McCowan's conviction for the murder of Amanda Bach, upheld by the Indiana Supreme Court - 03/25/2015
Question from the Peanut Gallery: LE believe that Dustin's father - [IN] Crown Point Police Officer Joseph Elliott McCowan - was involved in destroying evidence in Amanda Bach's murder. Will Dustin McCowan - now with all his appeals behind him and looking at 60 years in prison - turn over evidence to LE, regarding his father / Officer McCowan???

Officer Ronald Dupuis - Video of assault:
An online video surfaced showing Officer Dupuis beating a hancuffed man during an arrest. "Highland Park city attorney Todd Perkins said he's aware of Dupuis' checkered past, although he said he will "draw no conclusions" from it."

UPDATES: Michigan OIDV Cases -2014:

UPDATES: Michigan OIDV Cases -2013:

Why are Michigan legislators not protecting its OIDV victims?

When are Michigan legislators going to wake-up and realize that Michigan's Lautenberg Loophole [MCL 769.4a] is dangerous for OIDV victims? 

Under the Lautenberg Amendment, when anyone - including a police officer - commits the crime of domestic violence, the abuser can never again own, possess, or use a gun.

Instead of understanding the dangers of OIDV and having compassion for the victims, Michigan legislators felt sorry for the abusing officers who [rightfully] lost their LE careers for committing a [very violent] crime.

To protect its officers - and not OIDV victims - legislators widened the scopes of MCL 769.4a - allowing even felony dv convictions to be erased after a year of probation. Not only is the abusing officer's gun[s] returned to him, but he is likely returned to duty. Remember, he has the Michigan legislators and the police union on his side. 
The OIDV victim has no one from the state of Michigan fighting for her.

So who fights for the Michigan OIDV victim? No one. She alone fights for herself.

After her abuser's 'probation' is served, the victim's protective order against him also expires. And now an entirely new battle begins for her: the Brady Act on PPOs- which prevents the abusing officer from owning, possessing, using a gun.

The victim is now in the midst of another war, in an attempt to protect herself and her family. Once again - just as in the criminal OIDV case - to the abuser, it is the victim who is seen as the enemy that keeps the officer away from his gun[s] and his job - not the law.  

It's not supposed to be like this, with the victim fighting for protection under our laws and possibly paying violent consequences at the hands of her abuser for doing so - that was the intention of the Lautenberg Amendment: to protect OIDV victims  and their rights -  that Michigan legislators have done everything in their powers to disban and have been successful at. 

Lautenberg Amendment: "The Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban often called "the Lautenberg Amendment" ("Gun Ban for Individuals Convicted of a Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence", Pub.L. 104–208,[1] 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9)[2]) is an amendment to the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 enacted by the 104th United States Congress in 1996, which bans access to firearms by people convicted of crimes of domestic violence. The act is often referred to as "the Lautenberg Amendment" after its sponsor, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D - NJ)."

Michigan's Lautenberg Loophole [MCL 769.4a] "(5) Upon fulfillment of the terms and conditions, the court shall discharge the person and dismiss the proceedings against the person. Discharge and dismissal under this section shall be without adjudication of guilt and is not a conviction for purposes of this section or for purposes of disqualifications or disabilities imposed by law upon conviction of a crime..."

Thursday, September 17, 2015

[IN] Officer Joseph Kantowski - Chesterton PD

Thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Kantowski.
Officer Kantowski was released from jail on 09/17/2015. Charges have not yet been filed against Officer Kantowski - And, Mrs. Kantowski was only granted a 10-day Order Of Protection.

Officer Joseph Kantowski - Arrested for pointing gun at his wife. 
Kantowski was on leave from the department - for undisclosed reasons - at the time of the incident.

CPD officer facing criminal charge put on administrative leave without pay
Chesterton Tribune
Posted 9/24/2015

The Chesterton Police officer arrested last week on a charge of pointing a firearm at another person has been placed on administrative leave without pay, pending the disposition of the criminal charge.

At a special meeting Wednesday evening, the Police Commission voted 3-0 to act on Police Chief Dave Cincoski’s recommendation: placing Cpl. Joseph Kantowski on administrative leave without pay but granting him all fringe benefits--vacation, comp, and personal time--which he had earned up to the point of his being arrested.

Kantowski--“as a matter of course,” as Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann put it--will continue to be covered under the town’s health insurance, as he remains a municipal employee.

In placing Kantowski on administrative leave, the commission was guided by Indiana Code 36-8-3-4(n), Lukmann noted: “If the member (of the police or fire department) is subject to criminal charges, the board may place the member on administrative leave until the disposition of the criminal charges in the trial court. Any other action by the board is stayed until the disposition of the criminal charges in the trial court. An administrative leave under this subsection may be with or without pay, as determined by the board. If the member is placed on leave without pay, the board, in its discretion, may award back pay if the member is exonerated in the criminal matter.”

Although, Lukmann said, the commission could opt to immediately pursue departmental charges against Kantowski, he specifically advised against doing so. “Sure, you could hold a disciplinary hearing,” he told members. “But the matter of the hearing would be the same as the matter of the criminal charge and Cpl. Kantowski’s attorney might tell him not to testify at a disciplinary hearing, as doing so could jeopardize him in the criminal case. And then the only evidence introduced at the disciplinary hearing would be against him.”

Lukmann called the commission’s vote on Wednesday “an interim action” and said it was the best move under the circumstances, inasmuch as members “have no way of knowing whether Cpl. Kantowski did or didn’t do what he’s accused of.”

The criminal charge could lead to a “full-blown trial,” it might be dismissed, it might be plea-bargained. “You don’t know what form disposition will take and you don’t know how long it will take,” Lukmann added. Should Kantowski be convicted of the charge, the commission will have the opportunity at that time to pursue a departmental charge against him. Should he be exonerated, the commission will also have the opportunity to grant him back-pay. “This interim action protects the department, it protects the public, and its protects Cpl. Kantowski’s rights.”

“This was not an easy decision,” Commission President Alex Rodriguez said after the vote. “I want to wish Officer Kantowski and his family the best.”

Kantowski was arrested early on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 17, following an argument with his wife, who told investigators that she wanted to leave the house and, when she refused to give Kantowski her car keys as he’d demanded, her husband pointed a semi-automatic pistol at her.

Kantowski admitted being angry during the argument but denied pointing a gun.

The case was investigated by the Porter County Sheriff’s Police at Cincoski’s request. 

The charge filed against Kantowski is a Level 6 felony punishable by a term of six to 30 months.

Chesterton cop placed on leave
September 24, 2015 6:00 am  
Stan Maddux Times Correspondent

CHESTERTON | A Chesterton police officer was placed on unpaid leave Wednesday following his arrest on allegations that he pointed a gun at a woman in a domestic dispute.

The Chesterton Metropolitan Police Commission unanimously voted to place Officer Joseph Kantowski on administrative leave without pay.

The commission also decided to give Kantowski any vacation time, personal time and compensatory time he has coming and to keep his health insurance coverage until his permanent status with the department is decided.

The outcome of the criminal case against Kantowski will be taken into account before final action on the officer's future is taken.

''It's still America. We'll just wait and see where it goes,'' said Mike Orlich, a member of the commission.

Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann told the commissioners if Kantowski is found not guilty of the charges they would have the option of awarding back pay for lost wages while on leave.

Lukmann also advised that he would inform them of any issues that might arise while the criminal case moves forward and, if necessary, the commission can schedule a hearing to address the matter.

Kantowski is charged with pointing a firearm, a level 6 felony, during a domestic dispute Sept. 17 at his residence in the 2400 block of Dakota Street.

He allegedly pointed a gun that he drew from his holster at the woman while asking for the keys to her car.

She handed over the keys, then Kantowksi allegedly said he was going to kill a man the woman was alleged to be involved with.

Before driving out of the garage, the woman tried shutting the door to keep him there for responding officers, but he crashed through the door and, soon, drove to the Chesterton Police Department where he was questioned.

Police said he admitted threatening to kill the man, but wasn't serious and strongly denied pointing a weapon at the woman, alleging she was just trying to make him look bad.

Police Chief Dave Cinkoski, who recommended leave without pay, told the commissioners the decision was very difficult, especially when there could be a real hardship if it takes a year or two for the criminal case to be decided.

Police Commission to meet Wednesday to discuss arrest of Cpl. Joe Kantowski
Chesterton Tribune
Posted 9/21/2015

The Chesterton Police Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the town hall, to discuss the arrest last week of Cpl. Joe Kantowski on a charge of pointing a firearm at his wife.

Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann told the Chesterton Tribune today that there are chiefly two actions available to the commission at this time. The first would be to initiate the process for filing a departmental charge or charges against Kantowski.

The second would be to confirm Kantowski’s current status--administrative leave--either with or without pay, pending the disposition of the criminal charge against him. If Kantowski is later exonerated in a court of law, the commission “has the ability to give him back-pay,” Lukmann said. If, on the other hand, Kantowski is found guilty, the commission at that time would be able to purse a departmental charge or charges against him.

Kantowski was taken into custody early on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 17, after the Porter County Sheriff’s Police responded to a domestic disturbance at his home on Dakota Street. Kantowski’s wife later told PCSP officers that, in the course of an argument, Kantowski pointed a semi-automatic pistol at her. Kantowski, for his part, admitted that he “lost it” and “saw red” during the dispute with his wife but he denied pointing a gun at her, the PCSP said.

Pointing a firearm at another person is a Level 6 felony punishable by a term of six to 30 months.

Chesterton officer maintains innocence, 'saw red' during argument with wife
September 18, 2015 1:35 pm
NWI Times

Joseph Kantowski

CHESTERTON | A Chesterton police officer arrested after a domestic disturbance at his home told police he "lost it" and "saw red" during an argument with his wife, but he never pointed a gun at her.

Details of the domestic disturbance were released Friday in a report taken by the Porter County Sheriff's Department, which was called to investigate.

Joseph Kantowski, 40, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with pointing a firearm, a Level 6 felony. He was booked into the Porter County Jail, posted bond and was released later Thursday.

Kantowski's wife called Chesterton police about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the Sheriff's Department report. She told Chesterton police Kantowski had pointed a gun at her during the argument and had driven away before officers arrived. Police said Kantowski drove his vehicle through the garage door of his family's home in the 2400 block of Dakota Street.

Chesterton Police Chief David Cincoski called the Porter County Sheriff's Department at 1:45 a.m. to take over the investigation.

The sheriff's police dispatchers were "pinging" Kantowski's cellphone to learn his location and an alert was issued to other police departments to find him.

Kantowski and his wife were experiencing marital issues, the police report stated.

His wife told police he was diagnosed recently with bipolar disorder and that he had been mentally abusive for the past few years.

She told him she wanted to end their marriage and she had been seeing another man, the report stated. She told police he collected all of his guns and said he was going to kill the other man.

She said he pulled a handgun from his holster on his waist and pointed it at her when she did not know where to find her car key, which he had asked for.

She told police Kantowski went to the garage and started her car. She said she tried to close the garage door to stall him until police arrived, but Kantowski drove through the door.

Police said Kantowski had driven to the home of his father-in-law, who later told officers Kantowski arrived with several guns and said he was going to kill the other man.

His father-in-law said Kantowski eventually calmed down and called Cincoski. His father-in-law then drove Kantowski to the Chesterton police station.

Kantowski told police he "lost it" and "saw red" when he learned his wife wanted to end their marriage and was seeing another man.

He told police he drank beer for the first time in 15 years and had consumed six to eight beers at his brother-in-law's home.

Kantowski told police he gathered up his guns but he never pointed a gun at his wife.

Police said Kantowski said during the interview he wanted to save his marriage, but also said if he wanted to hurt his wife that police "couldn't get there in time."

Kantowski is on leave from the Police Department. Cincoski said the details of the case will be reviewed by the town's attorneys. The town's Police Commission will determine whether any departmental sanctions will be issued.

Chesterton officer taken off duty after arrest
Chesterton Tribune
Posted 9/18/2015

The Porter County Sheriff’s Police this morning released their report of a charge brought against a Chesterton Police officer accusing him of pointing a firearm on Thursday.

After receiving the call about a domestic situation with one of their own officers, Chesterton Police requested that PCSP handle the investigation.

According to police, at approximately 12:30 a.m. Joseph Kantowski, 40, with a listed address of Dakota Street in Chesterton, reportedly, in the course of an altercation with his wife, removed a black semi-automatic handgun from his holster and pointed it at her.

The wife advised she heard her husband’s truck pull up, ran into the bedroom and got into bed, police said. She advised Kantowski came into the bedroom and grabbed “what appeared to be a gun from his sock drawer” before going downstairs.

Police said the wife ran into the bathroom, called for police from her cell phone, and went to the kitchen to try to keep Kantowski there until officers arrived.

The wife advised her husband asked her for her car key and when she told him she didn’t know where it was, he pointed his gun at her asking, “Where’s your car key?” police said.

Police said Kantowski followed his wife to the bedroom, took the car key from the night stand and fled the residence in his vehicle before police arrived.

Police said they attempted to located Kantowski by “actively pinging” his cell phone and later Kantowski contacted CPD Chief David Cincoski agreeing to come to CPD to be interviewed.

For his part, Kantowski told officers “he lost it” and “saw red” during the altercation with his wife earlier and that he was “pushed to the edge” and “did some stupid things last night,” police said.

Police said that Kantowski was however “adamant that he never pointed a gun at his wife as she claims” because “there was no need to.”

Kantowski was transported to Porter County Jail where he subsequently posted a cash bond at 6:58 a.m. and was issued a routine 10-day No Contact Order, police said.
The PSCP stated in a news release later Thursday that CPD is handling the internal investigation.

Cincoski issued a statement Friday that at this time, Kantowski is not on active duty. The CPD is completing the investigation into Kantowski’s conduct with the assistance of Town legal counsel.

“Any action or discipline will be determined by the Metropolitan Board of Police Commissioners in accordance with Indiana law,” Cincoski said.

Chesterton cop arrested on charge of pointing gun at wife
September 17, 2015 - 11:48PM
Chicago Tribune

A Chesterton police officer has been arrested on charges of pointing a gun at his wife early Thursday morning, according to the Porter County Sheriff's Department.

The officer, of the 2400 Block of Dakota Street, Chesterton, was arrested on a charge of Level 6 felony pointing a firearm, according to a sheriff's press release.

The Porter County Prosecutor's office did not have formal charges filed against him as of Thursday afternoon. Authorities did not release the officer's name Thursday.

He was booked and released on bail from Porter County Jail at 6:58 a.m., Porter County Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. Jamie Erow said.

There is also a 10-day no contact order forbidding him from contacting the victim.

The Sheriff's Department became involved in the incident about 12:30 a.m. Thursday at the request of the Chesterton Police Department.

Chesterton police said it was a domestic incident involving one of their officers, according to a Sheriff's Department press release.

The Chesterton Police Department will handle the internal investigation, according to the release, but no one from the department was immediately available for comment.

UPDATE: Chesterton police officer arrested on pointing a firearm charge
September 17, 2015 - 6:00 PM

CHESTERTON | A Chesterton police officer was arrested early Thursday morning after a domestic disturbance at his home.

Cpl. Joseph Kantowski, 40, of Chesterton, was charged with pointing a firearm, a Level 6 felony.

Porter County police said they were called to the 2400 block of Dakota Street in Chesterton to investigate the domestic disturbance involving the Chesterton officer.

Porter County police said during the incident, Kantowski was accused of pointing a firearm at his wife.

He was arrested without incident.

He was taken to Porter County Jail, where he was booked in, and posted a cash bond at 6:58 a.m.

He was issued a 10-day no contact order.

Further details about the incident were not available Thursday afternoon. Police said the full report had not been completed Thursday afternoon.

Chesterton Police Chief David Cincoski said he responded to the officer's home after his department was dispatched, and he said he called for the Porter County Sheriff's Department to investigate as soon as he learned of the potential criminal investigation.

Cincoski said Kantowski is an eight-year veteran of the department.

He said Kantowski is on leave for reasons he cannot disclose.

Cincoski said once the sheriff's department report is completed it will be reviewed by the town's attorneys.

He said Kantowski could face sanctions by the department. That would eventually be decided by the town's Board of Metropolitan Police Commission.

Chesterton Police officer arrested today
September 17, 2015
Chesterton Tribune
A Chesterton Police officer was arrested early this morning on a charge of pointing a firearm at another person, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

Cpl. Joseph Kantowski, 40, with a listed address on Dakota Street in Chesterton, was booked into the Porter County Jail on that charge at 5:30 a.m.

PCSP Cpl. Jamie Erow told the Chesterton Tribune that Kantowski was taken into custody by PCSP officers following a disturbance at his home. The PCSP investigated the incident and is preparing a report on it, Erow said, but that report had not been completed by deadline.

Erow referred all other questions to CPD Chief Dave Cincoski. Cincoski, for his part, declined to comment until he’s had a chance to review the report.

Pointing a firearm at another person is a Level 6 felony, punishable by a term of six to 30 months.