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‘Operation Mile High’: Private Jet Exec Busted in NYC for Sex Trafficking Young Girls

A convicted sex offender who was the executive of a private charter jet company has been arrested and charged with child sex trafficking.

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A convicted sex offender who was the senior executive of a private charter jet company has been arrested and charged with child sex trafficking after he was caught in a major sting operation while attempting to sell sex with two underage girls to an undercover officer, according to an announcement Saturday by the New York Attorney General’s Office.

Paul Alexander, 57, had been the subject of a multi-agency, months-long probe known within the NYPD as “Operation Mile High,” a reference to Alexander’s job as the CEO of Central Jet Charter, according to a statement from Attorney General Letitia James’ office.

Since March, the state prosecutor’s office and NYPD Vice Squad have been investigating Alexander for trafficking children across state lines for the purpose of their sexual exploitation.

The investigation was sparked after an underage victim of the executive stepped forward with allegations that Alexander had been pimping her out and abusing her and other child victims.

During their investigations, law enforcement officials uncovered evidence that Alexander, a resident of the Bronx, had been trafficking children across state lines while using Central Jet Charter as a front for his criminal activity.

“(They’re) from the Bronx … the poorest county,” Alexander allegedly told Johns, telling them they could win over the young teens if they drove them around and gave them food and “a couple of dollars,” said prosecutors.

He was already a Level 3 registered sex offender for a 1996 sexual assault conviction against a female of unknown age, while in 2003 he also faced conviction for possession of an obscene performance by a child who was not a stranger to him.

Dan Santiago, a neighbor of Alexander, told the New York Post that the disgraced executive’s apartment had been a hotspot of suspicious and bizarre activity.

“I would always see him with little girls up there,” Santiago claimed. “It was never one person coming out of the apartment, it was always like a group. I found that suspicious. He was doing something up there for sure.”

Last week, an undercover officer who was posing as a John who wanted to buy time with the young teens met with Alexander, who offered him a deal of $300 to sexually abuse the 12- and 14-year-old girls.

Alexander also encouraged the undercover agent to ply the young girls with intoxicants, including alcohol and marijuana, to get them to be more pliant and cooperative, according to the attorney general’s press release.

On Thursday, Alexander was arrested during the sting operation.            

Alexander faces a range of charges including multiple counts of child trafficking, child abuse, and other related charges.

“There is nothing more reprehensible than sexually exploiting a child,” Attorney General James said in a statement announcing the arrest.

 “This individual’s alleged actions jeopardized the health and safety of our children and highlighted the critical need for these new protections that strengthen our ability to hold perpetrators accountable for these gross violations of the law,” James added. “I thank the NYPD for their partnership in this investigation, and I will continue to use all the tools at my office’s disposal to hold accountable those who seek to abuse our children.”

Alexander is the first person to be charged with the newly-enacted crime of Sex Trafficking of a Child, which holds a number of enhancements and gives prosecutors the ability to place far stiffer penalties than on those who traffic adults.

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Cop Who ‘Accidentally’ Killed Daunte Wright Arrested on 2nd-Degree Manslaughter Charges

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The former Minnesota cop who shot and killed Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old unarmed Black man, during a traffic stop will now face charges of second-degree manslaughter, a prosecutor announced on Wednesday.

The brutal killing of Wright, which comes amid the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for last May’s killing of George Floyd, threatens to spark a new round of nationwide protests against police brutality and discriminatory policing.

On Wednesday, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput confirmed that Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, would be charged.

On Wednesday morning, agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested Potter, the bureau announced in a statement.

Potter was taken into custody in St. Paul and will be booked at Hennepin County jail.

On Tuesday, Potter resigned as demands for justice for Wright reverberated nationwide. Her resignation coincided with that of the city’s former police chief, who claims that Potter accidentally grabbed her Glock when she thought she was reaching for her Taser during the Sunday traffic stop.

Wright’s family and attorneys have rejected the claim that Wright’s death was merely the result of an “accident” and are demanding accountability and sweeping reforms of policing in Minnesota.

Potter could face up to 10 years in prison along with a $20,000 fine, per Minnesota law.

“While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back,” said Wright family attorney Ben Crump in a statement.

“This was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate and unlawful use of force,” the statement added.

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Trump “Pretty Likely” to Land in Jail For Many Alleged Crimes, Legal Analyst Says

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Legal experts continue to say that it remains likely that former President Donald Trump could land in jail if convicted on one of the many legal challenges he faces.

Throughout his life, Trump has been involved in a number of lawsuits – both as the subject and instigator of them – but he is currently facing no less than 29 lawsuits and is also the subject of several criminal lawsuits, including one which saw his tax returns opened up to lawyers.

Trump is being investigated for potential bank, tax and insurance fraud by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for what Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office calls “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization,” reports the New York Times.

The former head of state denies any malfeasance and has said that he is “proud” of his tax returns.

However, legal analyst Jay Michaelson told Daily Beast’s The New Abnormal that Trump is “pretty likely” to face jail time if found guilty.

“Trump’s lawyers will always come up with something, but there should be no reason why the grand jury won’t get these financial records tomorrow,” Michaelson said.

“Will he go to jail for, like, the rest of his life? Probably no,” he continued. “Is it possible that this would lead to criminal charges that would carry jail time? I would say that’s pretty likely, and we could have a grand jury indictment fairly soon.”

Last month, the Supreme Court rejected the Trump legal team’s appeal to keep his tax returns closed from prosecutors. The move opens the door to the returns being shown to a grand jury in New York.

Following the ruling, Trump denounced the move as a result of him being a victim of “’the greatest political witch hunt in the history of our country.”

“In the meantime, murders and violent crime are up in New York City by record numbers, and nothing is done about it,” he added. “Our elected officials don’t care. All they focus on is the persecution of President Donald J. Trump.”

“I will fight on, just as I have, for the last five years (even before I was successfully elected), despite all of the election crimes that were committed against me. We will win!”

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Minneapolis Police Lieutenant Calls Chauvin’s Use of Force On George Floyd “Totally Unnecessary”

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The head of the Minneapolis Police Department’s homicide division flatly denounced former officer Derek Chauvin’s use of force against George Floyd as “totally unnecessary.”

Lt. Richard Zimmerman testified on Friday about his over three decades of police training and the lethal dangers of the techniques used on Floyd on May 25, 2020.

Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer, is currently facing trial for his role in the killing of Floyd, 46, a Black man, by pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes as he lay handcuffed on the ground.

“Once you handcuff a person you need to get them out of the prone position as quickly as possible, because it restricts their breathing,” Zimmerman said, adding that being handcuffed “stretches the muscles back through your chest and it makes it more difficult to breathe.”

“That would be the top tier, the deadly force,” he said, noting that escalating to such a degree goes against use-of-force training at MPD. “Because if your knee is on someone’s neck, that can kill them.”

When asked if such force was necessary, Zimmerman responded that it was “totally unnecessary” given that any potential threat from Floyd had been subdued.

“First of all, pulling him down to the ground facedown and putting your knee on the neck for that amount of time is just uncalled for,” Zimmerman said. “I saw no reason why the officers felt they were in danger, if that’s what they felt. And that’s what they would have to feel to use that type of force.”

Continuing, Zimmerman noted that handcuffing a person quickly alters the permissible use of force that can be used in a situation.

“Once a person is cuffed, the threat level goes down all the way to, they’re cuffed, how can they really hurt you?” he said. “That person is handcuffed, and the threat level is just not there.”

At that stage, the use of force quickly declines, he added.

“If they become less combative, you may just have them sit down on the curb,” Zimmerman said. “The idea is to calm the person down and if they are not a threat to you at that point, you try to, you know, to help them so that they’re not as upset as they may have been in the beginning.”

Derek Chauvin has faced at least eighteen complaints during his 19-year career with the Minneapolis police, including six times in which prosecutors claim the former officer used force against arrestees.

However, these incidents – like George Floyd’s own criminal record – won’t be introduced to jurors in the Chauvin trial so that the defendant isn’t punished for prior misconduct, and is instead evaluated on the charges he faces for the death of Floyd: third- and second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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