A thread about police brutality continued

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Anonymous, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. Two police officers from Westerville, Ohio, were fatally shot Saturday in the line of duty while responding to a potential domestic violence call, officials said.

    Shortly after noon Saturday, police dispatched officers to an apartment complex after receiving a 911 call from someone who hung up, authorities said.

    “As they went into the apartment, they were immediately met with gunfire and both officers were shot,” an emotional Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said at a news conference.
  2. One Pomona police officer killed, another wounded; standoff with gunman continues

    The suspect remained holed up inside an apartment Saturday. Around 7 a.m., a loud bang was heard, and an officer called for the suspect to come out with his hands up. Officials said SWAT officers have made contact with the man, who has so far not surrendered. Police said they didn't know how many weapons he has with him.

    At a news conference Saturday morning, authorities said the incident began as a police pursuit that ended near the apartment complex when the suspect's car crashed. The suspect ran from his vehicle and was followed by officers on foot.

    He went into the apartment complex and barricaded himself inside one of the units. When officers arrived, authorities said, he fired through a door, hitting the two officers.

    A law enforcement source said about 75 officers from several agencies converged on the scene but were unable to move the wounded officers to safety at first because of gunfire.
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  3. Justine Damond shooting: US policeman charged with murder


    US prosecutors have laid a murder charge against a policeman who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman.

    Officer Mohamed Noor, 32, turned himself in over the death of Justine Damond in Minneapolis, prosecutors said. He is accused of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

    Ms Damond died in July last year after calling police to report a possible sexual assault outside her home.

    A lawyer for Mr Noor said his client had acted in line with police training.
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    Sgt. Noel Ramirez (l.), 29, and deputy Taylor Lindsey (r.), 25, were killed by a gunman in a Chinese restaurant on April 19, 2018.

    Gunman entered Chinese restaurant to fatally shoot Florida deputies before killing self

    Highnote had no prior history with the Gilchrist Sheriff's Office, authorities said.

    "It appears he just walked up and shot them, then went to his car and shot himself. It's inexplicable," said State Attorney Bill Cervon, according to News 4 Jax. "People will want to know why, and we may never have an answer for them," he added.

    Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz blamed the killings on hatred toward law enforcement.
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    A Dallas police officer has died and another remains in critical condition after a shooting at a Home Depot on Tuesday. A civilian guard was also critically injured, according to authorities.

    Officer Rogelio Santander, 27, died Wednesday morning, the Dallas Police Department told multiple media outlets. The other officer, 26-year-old Crystal Almeida, remains in critical condition. The wounded civilian, a Home Depot loss prevention officer, has not been identified.
  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    The Mounting Legal Fight Over How Portland Cops Manage Protests

    As more protesters push back, will PPB change its ways?

    By Alex Zielinski, The Portland Mercury


    Jeremy Ibarra wasn’t planning on suing the Portland Police Bureau. But after the 35-year-old man was arrested during a chaotic June 2017 protest—shortly after officers corralled him and at least 200 others in a group and announced they were all being detained—he and his lawyers are prepared to hold the bureau accountable. In doing so, they could accelerate a growing legal fight to ban this type of mass detention at protests.

    Ibarra went to downtown Portland’s Chapman Square on June 4 as a counter-protester, hoping to speak out against the pro-Trump rally taking place across the street at Terry Schrunk Plaza. In what’s increasingly becoming the standard for Portland protests, police showed up in head-to-toe tactical gear. According to PPB, counter-protesters threw a bottle of soda and a brick at the officers. In response, PPB formed a human lasso around some 200 protesters and announced via loudspeaker that everyone inside the circle was being detained. Officers shot paintball-style bullets filled with pepper and flash bangs at the crowd while others directed protesters to disperse, according to protester testimony. When Ibarra tried to leave the crowd, he was arrested for disorderly conduct.

    Instead of taking a plea deal from the Multnomah County District Attorney, Ibarra opted for a trial by jury—an unusual path for a misdemeanor charge. The decision worked in his favor: By the end of the week-long trial, the jury sided with Ibarra and issued a not guilty verdict. But Ibarra wasn’t going to leave it at that.

    Days after the ruling, Ibarra’s attorneys filed a tort claim against PPB, arguing that the entire premise of Ibarra’s arrest—being held along with hundreds of people for the actions of a select few—was unconstitutional.

    “The City clearly based their mass detention not on probable cause,” the tort reads. “The overbreadth of the detention caused the illegal arrest of Mr. Ibarra.”

    The police tactic in question, often called “kettling,” isn’t new. New York officers kettled protesters during the 2004 Republican National Convention, DC Metropolitan Police kettled hundreds who participated in the January 2016 Inauguration Day protests, and St. Louis police were recently accused of kettling protesters following the acquittal of an officer who fatally shot a civilian. In 2014, 70 or so people were kettled by Portland police during a protest over the non-indictment of Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson. (Included in that kettle was then-Mercury News Editor Denis C. Theriault, who was reporting on the protest.) A new wave of protests spurred by the election of Donald Trump, however, has renewed the public’s pushback on kettling tactics.

    “They’re not doing anything new, there’s just new people participating in protests,” says Juan C. Chavez, Ibarra’s attorney. “We’re seeing scrutiny where there should have been for a while.”

    That scrutiny is also coming from the ACLU of Oregon, who filed a class action lawsuit against PPB after the June 4 protest, specifically for the kettle-style mass detention.

    “Kettling protesters without probable cause and/or individualized suspicion violates the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution,” reads the ACLU’s complaint, filed last November, that names five people who were caught in the kettle as plaintiffs.

    Chavez says these mounting lawsuits against the city and its police force will hopefully encourage the PPB to reconsider how it handles large crowds. Another thing that could help: Having more protesters like Ibarra taking their misdemeanor protest charges to court—and winning. The cost of sending county prosecutors to fight petty charges in court adds up, as does pulling officers off the clock to testify against protesters.

    “So often, district attorneys file these cases because they know they won’t get sued,” says Chavez. “But they have to answer to us now. Mr. Ibarra wants to show others that they also have rights, that they can fight back.”

    They can, that is, if those cases even make it as far as the district attorney’s office. In April 2017, the Mercury found that the majority of protest-related arrests in Portland since Trump’s election had been rejected by the office of Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill—a signal that these arrests were more symbolic than they were lawful.

    Between unnecessary arrests, the PPB’s tactical armor, and kettling, some civil rights lawyers say Portland police are increasingly using scare tactics to keep people from attending protests.

    Lisa Pardini, a Portland defense attorney who’s represented protesters, calls PPB’s militarized gear “bizarrely unnecessary” and believes the look provokes some of the violent action that takes place at protests. “When you’re dressed in that battle gear, it’s hard not to [be provoked],” Pardini says.

    That only adds to the slippery slope of unconstitutional allegations. If kettling qualifies as protest deterrence, then the PPB could also be accused of violating Portlanders’ First Amendment rights.

    Chavez says it shouldn’t be that difficult for the PPB to follow rules upheld by Oregon and the US Constitution.

    “We want this practice to stop. We want people to be able to go to a protest without getting tear-gassed and without being arrested because one person allegedly threw something,” he says. “It’s as simple as that.”

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    A mourner is comforted by a Weymouth police officer during a procession held outside of the Boston Medical Examiner's office after a Weymouth police officer was killed in the line of duty.
    By Jeremy C. Fox, John Hilliard and Lucas Phillips GLOBE CORRESPONDENTS JULY 15, 2018
    Officer Michael Chesna.
    WEYMOUTH — A police officer and a local woman were shot and killed in a quiet residential neighborhood Sunday morning after a 20-year-old man allegedly crashed a car, attacked the officer, stole his gun, and used it to shoot both victims, according to the Norfolk district attorney’s office.
    Weymouth Officer Michael Chesna, 42, died in the line of duty, and a nearby resident was shot and killed in her home, allegedly by Emanuel “Manny” Lopes, 20, officials said.
    “This is an awful day for Weymouth and for Massachusetts,” District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said in a statement. “Our hearts are very much with the surviving families of these victims.”
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  9. 3 police officers shot in Kansas City, rifle-wielding suspect killed: Officials

    A man wanted for questioning in the murder of a college student shot three police officers in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday during a series of firefights that began at a motel and ended with his death when he bolted from a house with his rifle blazing, authorities said.

    Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith said detectives had been conducting surveillance on Mack as a person of interest in the July 6 murder and had followed him to the Sky-Vue Motel on Highway 40 on the east side of the city.

    "Our officers then engaged with the person that they were trying to surveil and there was gunfire," Smith told reporters. "At that point two of our officers were shot."

    The suspected gunman, armed with a high-powered semiautomatic rifle, fled the scene in a vehicle with a second individual, police said. Officers chased the vehicle to a residential neighborhood near the intersection of 30th Street and Topping Avenue and arrested one of the men who had sped from the motel, police said.

    Mack allegedly ran from the vehicle, barricaded himself in a home in the area and fired on officers as they approached the residence, Smith said. A third detective was wounded in the firefight, hit in the forearm by a bullet, Smith said.
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    FALMOUTH -- Barnstable police Officer Anson Moore got the call Friday evening that every parent dreads.
    His son, Officer Ryan Moore, called from a house on Ashley Drive in Falmouth, where he’d been shot in a confrontation with a 21-year-old man. Gunfire also struck his fellow Falmouth officer, Donald DeMiranda, who was likely saved by his vest after being hit in the chest and clavicle.
    Friday, said Anson Moore, “could have been the worst night of my life.”
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    You want good cops you have to pay for them.
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  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    A Texas Cop Who Shot And Killed A 15-Year-Old Boy Has Been Found Guilty Of Murder

    Roy Oliver told jurors he was afraid a car filled with teens would hit his partner, but video showed it was driving away from the two officers when he began to fire.


    A former Texas police officer who shot and killed an unarmed 15-year-old boy as he was leaving a house party was found guilty of murder Tuesday.

    Roy Oliver, 38, was fired from the Balch Springs Police Department shortly after the April 29, 2017, incident, when he fired five times into a car filled with teenagers leaving a house party, killing Jordan Edwards, who was a passenger.

    Police originally said the car had been backing toward officers in “an aggressive manner,” but later reversed their account, citing dashcam footage showing the car driving away from officers when Oliver began to fire with a rifle.

    Prosecutors said they supported police, but that officers like Oliver had to be held accountable. Jurors deliberated for about 12 hours over two days before reaching the verdict.

    “They have to follow the law just like everybody else,” prosecutor George Lewis told the Dallas Morning News.

    Oliver, who now faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced, was also found not guilty of two counts of aggravated assault connected to the shooting.

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    “DEVELOPING: Search warrant: Marijuana found in Botham Jean’s apartment after deadly shooting

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    “Not found in Botham Jean’s apartment: a reason for shooting Botham Jean in his own apartment.”

    “Oddly, bananas were also found in Mr Jean’s home, as were a quart of milk, neatly folded towels, a briefcase, a photo of his mom and a couple old concert ticket stubs.
    None of these items found in his home had anything to do with the fact that he was murdered in his home.”
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  15. “Police officer who fatally shot man in wrong apartment should be fired, family lawyer says“
    Wait. She still has a job?!
  16. The Wrong Guy Member

    Dallas Police Department fires Amber Guyger after manslaughter charges | NBC News


    The Dallas Police Department on Monday fired an officer who barged into the wrong apartment in her building and killed a man who was inside.

    The dismissal of Amber Guyger was announced by Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall on Twitter.

    Guyger, who was hired in November 2013, was fired after an Internal Affairs investigation concluded that the officer "engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter," the chief's Tweet read.

    Hall's tweet shed no new light on the death of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old native of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. But it came on the same day that family and friends gathered at a church in his homeland for his funeral.


    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said firing Guyger was the "right decision."

    "The swift termination of any officer who engages in misconduct that leads to the loss of innocent life is essential is the Dallas Police Department is to gain and maintain the public trust," Rawlngs said in a statement.

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    “An internal investigation revealed Guyger “engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for manslaughter’’ three days after the Sept. 6 shooting of Jean, who lived in the fourth-floor apartment right above her, the statement said.” So she was fired for behaving badly when they arrested her 3 days later, but not for killing Botham
  18. 1 law enforcement officer killed in Florence, South Carolina, 6 others wounded

    By Hollie Silverman and Darran Simon, CNN

    Updated 12:46 AM ET, Thu October 4, 2018

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    Jason Van Dyke Verdict: Chicago officer found guilty of 2nd-degree murder in Laquan McDonald shooting | ABC7 Chicago


    Jason Van Dyke, a Chicago police officer who killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald nearly four years ago, has been found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery. Van Dyke was found not guilty of official misconduct.

    Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder, 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm - one for each shot - and police misconduct.

    First-degree murder carries a sentence of 20 years to life. The jury was able to consider second-degree murder, a sentence which varies widely from probation up to 20 years. Second-degree murder is considered to be a first-degree murder with a mitigating factor, the judge explained before the foreman read the jury's verdict.

    Aggravated battery with a firearm carries a sentence of six to 30 years per charge.

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    Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke convicted of second-degree murder for killing Laquan McDonald | The Washington Post


    Jason Van Dyke, a white Chicago police officer, was found guilty of second-degree murder on Friday, nearly four years after he shot and killed Laquan McDonald, a black 17-year-old holding a knife.

    The violent encounter sparked intense demonstrations across the city after authorities released a video recording showing Van Dyke firing 16 shots at McDonald, which eventually led to a sprawling federal investigation and helped force top officials from their jobs. The closely-watched trial again highlighted the fraught relationship between this city’s police force and its residents, particularly people of color, as well as questions here and nationwide surrounding how officers use deadly force.

    Van Dyke — who was also found guilty on 16 charges of aggravated battery, one for each shot fired at McDonald — has said he feared for his life. His attorneys said that McDonald, 17, would be alive if he had dropped the weapon. Prosecutors argued that McDonald’s death was not justified and accused Van Dyke of “exaggerating the threat.” Jurors found Van Dyke not guilty of official misconduct.

    This verdict marks the latest in the seemingly endless string of shockwaves stemming from McDonald’s death and the subsequent release of the video, which continues to reverberate across the the city and dominated the second term of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D).

    After the footage was released in November 2015, Emanuel ousted his police superintendent, Garry McCarthy, who later said he was a fall guy and is now running for mayor. Voters then dismissed the prosecutor in the case, who waited a year to charge Van Dyke. The Justice Department launched an investigation, concluding in a scathing report last year that the department violates the constitutional rights of residents. A week before Van Dyke’s trial began, Emanuel announced he would not run for a third term.

    This trial has drawn particular scrutiny in part because of how rarely officers are charged for fatally shooting people on duty. Convictions are even less likely to follow, as officers have wide latitude under the law to use deadly force. In recent years, fatal shootings of civilians by police officers in Cincinnati, Milwaukee, North Charleston, S.C., and the Minneapolis area have spurred intense protests, given way to criminal charges and then ended with the officers acquitted or the juries deadlocked.

    McDonald’s death in October 2014 — just weeks after a black teenager was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. — did not draw nationwide attention until, 13 months later, the court-ordered release of the police dashcam video. Authorities had initially said McDonald lunged at police officers, but the footage showed McDonald slowly walking down the middle of Pulaski Road before hitting the ground from Van Dyke’s bullets. The police department has recommended firing officers for lying about McDonald’s death, and three current or former officers were indicted last year on charges of conspiring to cover up what happened.

    After the video’s released in November 2015 — on the same day Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder — protesters marched throughout Emanuel’s term in downtown Chicago streets. They gathered in front of the mayor’s home, on Lake Shore Drive and even on two lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway to call attention to police reform and what they charged was a cover-up from city hall.

    City officials had fought releasing the tape in court and it was only released until after Emanuel safely won reelection to a second term and after Chicago’s City Council approved a $5 million settlement with the McDonald family.

    Last year, the city borrowed $225 million on police-related settlements and judgments, bringing the total to $709 million between 2010 and 2017, according to a report by the Action Center on Race and the Economy. The organization estimates that the borrowing will eventually cost Chicago taxpayers more than $1 billion in interest for the life of the bonds.

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    Shooting of Laquan McDonald | Wikipedia
  20. The Wrong Guy Member

    Police Department That Killed Walter Scott Used Flashlight With Nazi Symbol To Beat Black Suspects, Suit Says

    The heavy flashlight was found in the car of an officer charged with beating a handcuffed black suspect.


    A Nazi symbol was found etched into the handle of a flashlight that white police officers from the North Charleston police department used to beat black suspects, a new lawsuit claims.

    The South Carolina police department has been under fire since a white officer shot suspect Walter Scott in the back, killing him. Video showed an officer shooting the unarmed Scott as he ran away, then appearing to plant a weapon on him. While that officer was on trial, fellow North Charleston cop Leroy Hair was arrested and charged with hitting a handcuffed black man.

    A search of Hair’s car turned up a police-issued flashlight that had a racist Nazi symbol “SS” etched into the side along with the words “The Wig Splitter,” the Post and Courier reported. The Nazi symbol is one popular among white supremacist groups and refers to the Nazi police squad that carried out genocide.

    The North Charleston police department had been criticized by civil rights groups for its aggressive policing of minority areas and violent tactics with suspects, and Hair’s arrest came amid demonstrations from community groups.

    Though it was found in his car, Hair denied owning the flashlight and said he did not know where it came from. He has now filed a new lawsuit claiming that the flashlight was part of the police department’s heavy-handed tactics when addressing minority communities and a plot to blame him for it.

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  21. The Wrong Guy Member

    Former New Jersey police officer gets maximum sentence in deadly DWI crash on Staten Island


    A former New Jersey police officer received a sentence of 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison Wednesday for driving drunk in a wrong-way crash that killed a fellow officer and another man.

    Pedro Abad worked for the Linden Police Department in 2015 when he crashed into a tractor-trailer after a night at a Staten Island strip club with friends.

    "This sentence ensures Mr. Abad is held accountable for the lives he destroyed when he decided to get behind the wheel and drive drunk," District Attorney Michael McMahon said. "My thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of all the victims affected by this tragedy."

    Abad veered onto the other side of the West Shore Expressway and hit an oncoming truck just after 4:30 a.m., killing fellow Linden officer Frank Viggiano and Linden resident Joseph Rodriguez. Another officer in the car, Patrick Kudlac, was seriously injured.

    Abad was convicted in May of aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, manslaughter and other charges.

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    Families, victim got $2M settlement in ex-Linden cop's wrong-way crash


    Three years ago, an intoxicated Linden cop turned the wrong way onto a Staten Island highway, causing a crash that killed two of his companions and critically injured a third.

    The officer, Pedro Abad, is now serving a sentence of 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison after being found guilty of aggravated vehicular homicide.

    The survivor - former Linden police officer Patrik Kudlac - and the families of the two men who died - Linden officer Frank Viggiano and Linden resident Joseph Rodriguez - are still living with the repercussions.

    Kudlac and the estates of Viggiano and Rodriguez in October resolved what may have been the last outstanding legal issue in the case when they settled a lawsuit against Abad and the two bars where he drank before the ill-fated crash, according to Kudlac's attorney, David L. Wikstrom.

    The three parties received a total of $2,085,000, including $1 million from Curves in Staten Island, New York, and $750,000 from Central Park in Roselle, Wikstrom said in a statement.

    He said another $300,000 came from Abad's insurer and an uninsured motorist policy paid $35,000.

    The "dram shop" lawsuit, which was the result of a consolidation of three original lawsuits from the victims, alleged negligence against Abad and that Curves and Central Park had served him while he was visibly drunk.

    Abad's blood-alcohol content was three times the legal limit on March 20, 2015, when he drove the wrong way on the West Shore Expressway and crashed into a tractor-trailer, authorities have said.

    Curves shut down after the fatal crash. Another strip club, called Xcess Gentleman's Club, now stands in its place.

    The former managers of Curves could not be reached for comment on the settlement. Curves' attorney in the lawsuit, Steven J. Weiderhorn, did not respond to a phone call.

    Central Park in recent years has served more than one off-duty police officer who later caused a fatal crash. Elizabeth officer Romulo Meneses-Alvarez this month pleaded guilty to causing a fatal crash with a motorcyclist while driving drunk on Halloween night. He admitted in court that he had been drinking at Central Park beforehand, his lawyer, Joshua McMahon, previously said.

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  22. The Wrong Guy Member

    Brooklyn cop charged in fatal DWI crash pleads not guilty, has license suspended a second time

    Off-Duty NYPD Cop Who Killed SI Pedestrian Found Guilty of Homicide

    Off-duty cop sentenced to prison for hitting pedestrian while impaired, leaving scene
  23. The Moth Member

    Jury decisions Start at 6:30. Each shot a separate charge and 16 counts takes a long time.
  24. The Wrong Guy Member

    Maryland police officer charged with raping woman during traffic stop | CNN


    A Maryland police officer has been arrested and charged with rape after allegedly assaulting a woman during a traffic stop.

    Ryan Macklin, a six-year veteran of the Prince George's County Police Department, was taken into custody Monday evening, according to a news release from the department.

    He has been suspended without pay, the department said, and has been charged with first-degree rape, second-degree rape, perverted practice, second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense.

    It was unclear whether Macklin has an attorney. Macklin was expected to appear in court via close circuit television on Wednesday.

    Police said Macklin, 29, pulled the woman over at about 1 a.m. on Thursday.

    The woman told police that the officer allegedly attempted to touch her breast before ordering her to move her car behind a store, according to charging documents. Behind the store, the officer allegedly forced the woman to perform oral sex on him and told her he wanted to have sex with her, the documents said.

    The alleged assault was interrupted by a witness whom the woman had called earlier, the charging documents said. The officer returned to his cruiser and left the scene. The witness later corroborated some of the woman's account of the assault, which was also backed up by video evidence.

    Police said Macklin was on duty and in uniform, and driving a marked police cruiser at the time.

    Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said at a news conference that the woman came forward "several hours" after the incident with the encouragement of friends. Police said they do not know why Macklin allegedly targeted the driver.

    "The charges against this officer are highly troubling," Stawinski said. "Officers take an oath to protect others, not to abuse their authority in order to victimize someone. Those who live and work in Prince George's County deserve the very best from the men and women of this department."

    Stawinski said police have information that suggests "there may be additional people impacted by this officer's conduct." As a result,police ask anyone with information about this incident, Macklin or any related conduct to call 301-772-4795.

    Macklin is assigned to the Bureau of Patrol, police said. According to the department's website, he was honored as patrol officer of the month at least two times in 2014, in March and September.

  25. WHITEVILLE, N.C. -- A driver opened fire on a North Carolina state trooper during a traffic stop early Wednesday, killing the 11-year Highway Patrol veteran, authorities said. The suspect was arrested after a chase. Around 12:15 a.m., the trooper stopped the white pickup truck on suspicion of speeding on a highway in rural Columbus County southwest of Whiteville, said Highway Patrol First Sgt. Michael Baker.
    Baker said the driver shot Trooper Kevin Conner as he approached. "The driver of that vehicle fired several shots, striking the trooper," Baker told reporters.
    This undated photo provided by the North Carolina Highway Patrol shows Trooper Kevin Conner. Authorities say Conner was shot and killed by a driver during a traffic stop early Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 in Columbus County, N.C.
    The suspect fled and Conner was taken to a hospital, where he died.
    Baker said the driver then headed about 20 miles west to Fair Bluff near the South Carolina state line, where authorities pursued him in a chase. The truck became disabled on railroad tracks in the town, and the suspect fled on foot. Authorities said the suspect was arrested around 4 a.m. after an extensive search.
    Baker said the man, whose name wasn't immediately released, was being held in the Columbus County jail pending charges.
    The Highway Patrol said the Columbus County-based trooper was an 11-year veteran of the organization. Patrol commander Col. Glenn McNeill said the organization was "mourning the loss of a hero" as condolences poured in from law enforcement agencies on social media.
  26. The Wrong Guy Member

    Md. Police Officer Accused Of Raping Woman At Traffic Stop Remains Behind Bars Until Bail Review | CBS Baltimore


    A Prince George’s County officer charged with rape after pulling a woman over will stay behind bars for now.

    Officer Ryan Macklin made his first court appearance Wednesday.

    His bail review was postponed until next Friday. He will remain behind bars until then.

    The 6-year-veteran is accused of pulling a woman over on her way to work early Thursday morning, getting into the car and forcing her to perform a sex act.

    Investigators said information leads them to believe there have been problems before. They have not elaborated on these statements as of Wednesday.

    Macklin has already entered a not-guilty plea.


    Woman Says Maryland Officer Raped Her After Learning Her Immigration Status | NBC4 Washington

    "She indicated that after the police officer saw her driver's license and noticed that she was undocumented, that's when the aggression began toward her"


    ...the victim believes Macklin attacked her after after seeing she had a federally non-compliant driver's license, which indicated her immigration status, Lizette Olmos, a spokeswoman for the immigration advocacy and assistance organization CASA de Maryland, said Wednesday.

    "She indicated that after the police officer saw her driver's license and noticed that she was undocumented, that's when the aggression began toward her. That's when she realized she was in trouble," Olmos said.

    The woman told police that Macklin — a former officer of the month — pulled her over about 1 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 in Langley Park. Then, she said he forced her to perform a sex act in her car in a nearby parking lot.

    Sources told News4 that Macklin pulled the woman over in front of a furniture store on University Boulevard. Then, he had her go behind a discount store across the street. Police officers often use that store's parking lot as a cut-through to a gas station next door.

    It's unclear why Macklin would have been in Langley Park, in District 1, the night of the crime. He was assigned to District 3, miles away in Palmer Park.

    Macklin pleaded not guilty and learned in court Wednesday that he will remain in jail. His bond hearing was postponed until next week. His lawyers are set to argue that he should be released on bond because he does not pose a threat to the community.

    Macklin's wife, who is pregnant, covered her face as she left court with her husband's defense team.

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    Video shows off-duty Chicago police officer shooting unarmed autistic man | The Guardian

    Sgt Khalil Muhammad shot then-18-year-old Ricardo Hayes in 2017 incident initially described as an armed confrontation


    Video footage released on Tuesday by a civil rights group shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting an unarmed, autistic man during an incident initially described as an armed confrontation.

    Sgt Khalil Muhammad shot then-18-year-old Ricardo Hayes as he walked on the city’s South Side. Hayes had wandered away from his home around 5am on 13 August 2017, according to a lawsuit over the shooting filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). His caretaker called police, informing them he was autistic.

    The grainy home security video released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) shows Hayes running along a sidewalk before stopping. Muhammad then stops the SUV he’s driving and gets out. Hayes takes a few steps toward the vehicle before Muhammad shoots him in the arm and chest.

    The video shows Hayes running off despite his wounds. Now 19, he has recovered from his injuries.

    “As a black teenager with disabilities, Ricky was at a heightened risk for police violence,” said Karen Sheley of the ACLU of Illinois said in a statement. “Thankfully, he survived – but he should never have been shot.”

    At the time, police officials described the incident as an armed confrontation.

    “The video shows both that there was no justification for the officer to shoot him and that initial stories told by CPD officials about the shooting – that the ‘encounter escalated’ – were false,” Sheley said.

    The sergeant’s call to 911 was among the audio files released.

    “The guy, like, he was about to pull a gun. Walked up to the car, and I had to shoot,” Muhammad told a Chicago Fire Department dispatcher. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson later said Hayes had no weapon.

    The initial assertion of a confrontation mirrors statements by police after the 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Jason Van Dyke was convicted earlier this month of second-degree murder and aggravated battery in the slaying. Despite video to the contrary, Van Dyke and other officers on the scene claimed McDonald was acting aggressively before the shooting.

    In a statement, COPA said its delay in releasing the Hayes video and related material was due to concerns about the legality of releasing of information related to wards of the state.

    Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Tuesday that Muhammad is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the COPA investigation.

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  28. The Wrong Guy Member

    Officer fired after video shows him telling young men he's 'trigger happy' so they shouldn't 'do anything stupid' | CNN


    A Hartford, Connecticut, police officer was fired after authorities investigated a video of him telling a group of young men he might shoot them if they fight or run.

    Officer Stephen Barone was answering a suspected trespassing call August 9 when he was recorded questioning a group of young men in the street.

    "If anybody wants to fight or run, I'm a little trigger happy, guys. I'm not gonna lie, and I get paid a ton of money in overtime, if I had to shoot somebody. Don't do anything stupid," Barone says on the video.

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    California Cops Can't Hide Body Cam Footage of Police Shootings Anymore

    The new laws bring us closer to the state of affairs that existed before 2006, when a state Supreme Court decision slammed the door on police accountability.

    By Steven Greenhut, Reason, October 19, 2018


    The wheels of justice turn slowly, but they turn even more slowly when it comes to achieving substantial legislative reform. With little fanfare and no statement, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that allows the public to learn details from investigations of police shootings, major use-of-force incidents and officers who may have falsified reports, planted evidence or committed a sexual assault. This is a no-brainer in a free society, but it took civil libertarians 12 years of work to overcome the scare tactics of police unions, GOP legislators and other members of the Secrecy Lobby.

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  30. Georgia police officer shot to death

    OCT 20, 2018 | 6:00 PM

    Officer Antwan Toney, shot to death Saturday near Snellville, Ga. (AP)

    A Georgia police officer has died after being shot while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a middle school.

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