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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.

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.