A thread about police brutality continued

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

  1. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    “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
  2. 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
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    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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    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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    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
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    Jury decisions Start at 6:30. Each shot a separate charge and 16 counts takes a long time.
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    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.

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  9. 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.
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    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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    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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  14. 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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  16. The Moth Member

    This is horrible horrible. We give them the laws and guns to protect us. Attacking citizens should be grounds for dismissal and court cases. Police are more powerful and so help to a higher standard.
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    NYPD's former Chief of Department says he'll take the 5th if called to the stand in corruption trial

    By Stephen Rex Brown, New York Daily News, November 1, 2018


    As recently as 2014, Philip Banks was the city’s top uniformed police officer and in the running for the position of commissioner.

    On Thursday, the former Chief of Department’s attorney wrote that he’ll plead the Fifth Amendment if called to the stand in an NYPD corruption trial beginning next week.

    The revelation came the same day the city submitted papers indicating they will oppose a subpoena demanding Mayor de Blasio testify in the trial of Deputy Inspector James Grant and Brooklyn businessman Jeremy Reichberg.

    Banks was eyed by authorities in connection with a sprawling corruption probe that rocked the upper ranks of the NYPD, the conviction of jails union boss Norman Seabrook and an investigation of de Blasio’s fundraising practices.

    Banks’ decision to take the fifth was revealed in a letter included in filings in Manhattan Federal Court by attorney John Meringolo, who is representing Grant.

    “Mr. Banks would on the advice of counsel refuse to testify and invoke his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination,” Brafman wrote.

    Meringolo is asking a judge to order Banks to take the stand. The attorney offered the assurance he will not question Banks about “certain potential tax liabilities.”

    Prior to the filing of Brafman’s letter, the prominent attorney denied that Banks would take the fifth.

    “You have bad info. He is not being called by either side. People trying to make trouble for a guy who was never charged with any criminal conduct. Please leave him alone. He has gotten enough bad press already,” Brafman wrote.

    Court papers show that in 2014 the feds suspected that Banks and a de Blasio donor, Jona Rechnitz, were funding a liquor-wholesaling scheme with a Harlem restaurateur, Hamlet Peralta.

    Banks earned as much as $500,000 in investment income through JSR Capital, Rechnitz's firm, records show.

    Peralta is serving five years in prison for running a $12 million Ponzi scheme.

    Rechnitz has flipped and will be the government’s star witness in the case against Grant and Reichberg.

    Rechnitz has said he and Reichberg bribed top cops and other officials to boost their own status as New York City powerplayers.

    Reichberg is charged with showering Grant with gifts, including the services of a prostitute on a raunchy private flight to Las Vegas. Grant is accused of using his authority to do special favors for Reichberg.

    Banks was among the other top cops Rechnitz says he and Reichberg cultivated. Prosecutors consider him an “unindicted co-conspirator.”

    Meringolo has served 42 subpoenas on current and former NYPD officers. He has recently argued that Grant is being charged with bribery though many other high-ranking officers engaged in similar conduct.

    Meanwhile, city attorneys filed papers seeking to squash a subpoena Meringolo served on de Blasio. Meringolo hoped to grill the mayor about Rechnitz’s credibility.

    De Blasio has previously called Rechnitz “a liar and a felon.”

    “Mayor de Blasio does not possess any knowledge relevant to Defendant Grant's actions or asserted defenses, nor is the Mayor alleged to possess such knowledge,” city attorney Thomas Roberts wrote.


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  18. Ron Helus, Sheriff’s Deputy Who Ran Straight Into Thousand Oaks Shooting, ‘Died a Hero’

    Not waiting for backup, he charged into a storm of bullets, risking his own life to try and save dozens of others.

    11.08.18 7:25 AM ET


    [COLOR=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)]A California sheriff’s deputy, who was planning to retire from the force in the next year, raced directly into the mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks club on Wednesday night to try to stop the slaughter of a young crowd at a country-music dance.

    [COLOR=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)]As he burst into the Borderline Bar & Grill, Sgt. Ron Helus reportedly was faced with a barrage of gunfire. He was said to be hit multiple times by a gunman dressed all in black.[/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)]The 29-year Ventura County Sheriff’s Office veteran made it as far as the local hospital, but did not survive his injuries.[/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)]Sheriff Geoff Dean, who was a close friend of Helus, broke down as he explained what had just unfolded at an early-morning press conference outside Los Angeles.[/COLOR]
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    [COLOR=rgba(2, 20, 31, 0.85)]“Ron was a hardworking, dedicated sheriff's sergeant. He was totally committed, he gave his all and tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero; he went into save lives, to save other people,” he said. “There’s just no way to describe this. It saddens us all and it tears at our hearts.”[/COLOR]
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    One reason this is interesting...the procedure used to be to wait for backup. But because of the speed at which automatic weapons can kill people, police now respond without waiting. If only we didn’t allow automatic weapons.
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  20. Fallen Officer Made 'Ultimate Sacrifice' In Confronting Thousand Oaks Shooter

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    Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran, was killed during the deadly shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

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    November 8, 201812:10 PM ETSgt. Ron Helus was on the phone with his wife when the reports of gunfire started streaming into the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. It was around 11:20 p.m. PT Wednesday, and a gunman had opened fire at the Borderline Bar & Grill.

    He told his wife he had to handle the call, told her he loved her and hung up the phone. Within minutes, together with a California Highway Patrol officer, he arrived at the hellish scene in sleepy Thousand Oaks, Calif.
    That phone call would be the last words Helus said to his family.
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    Van Dyke was convicted of 16 counts of aggravated battery, one for each bullet he shot into a 17 year old. Although the convicted policeman supports his lawyer, the police union thinks the case wasn’t well handled. Like shooting a 17 year old kid from 10 feet away when he didn’t put down a knife. 10 feet away and 16 shots.
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  22. Deputy Told Wife 'I Love You. I'll Talk to You Later' Before He Was Killed in Thousand Oaks Bar Shooting

    Updated: November 8, 2018 10:51 AM ET

    The Ventura County sheriff’s deputy killed in the mass shooting at a California bar was on the phone with his wife when he got the call about the incident.

    Sgt. Ron Helus, who spoke to his wife multiple times during every shift, told her “I’ve got to go handle a call. I love you. I’ll talk to you later,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said Thursday.

    Helus, a 29-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, arrived at Borderline Bar & Grill within two minutes of the first 911 Wednesday night. When he entered the bar and confront the gunman, he was shot multiple times.

    A California Highway Patrol officer rescued him from the gunfire, but Helus later died at the hospital.

    Helus, 54, is survived by a son and his wife.
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    You’ve posted about this 3 times
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    Helus rushed toward the shooting and immediately exchanged fire with the shooter inside the bar, Dean said. He was hit multiple times and died at a hospital.
    Sgt. Eric Buschow, who said Helus was a friend, described him as a "cop's cop."
    "The fact that he was the first in the door doesn't surprise me at all," he told the Associated Press. "He's just one of those guys that wouldn't hesitate in a situation."

    Helus took up fly fishing a few years ago and loved pursuing the hobby in the Sierra Nevada mountains with his grown son, Buschow said.
    "He was just a great guy, a gentle soul," he said. "Patient. Calm no matter what. When you call 911, he's one of the guys you want showing up."
    Helus was on the SWAT team for much of his career and worked in narcotics and investigations, he said.
    According to his Facebook page, Helus owned and operated Gun Control: Firearms Training and CCW Instruction, a private business that trained civilians on how to safely own and operate a weapon. On his "about" page, Helus wrote that he'd been a firearms instructor for more than 25 years, and had previously worked with the basic and advanced SWAT schools.
    "If you were a victim of a crime, you want him investigating the case," Buschow said. "He would go to the ends of the Earth to find a suspect."
    Thousands of people lined streets and many others pulled over to honor the fallen officer during a somber 25-mile procession that took Helus' body from a hospital to a coroner's office.
    Dean choked back tears talking about Helus and called him a hero.
    "He went in there to save people and paid the ultimate price," he said.
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  27. Chicago hospital shooting: Police officer, 2 employees and gunman dead

    CHICAGO — Police said an officer and three others, including the gunman, are dead after a shooting at Chicago's Mercy Hospital. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said a doctor and a pharmaceutical assistant were the other victims.
    Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago police spokesman, identified the slain officer as Officer Samuel Jimenez.
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    Biscayne Park, FL police told to frame black people, probe found | Miami Herald

    The chief wanted perfect stats, so cops were told to pin crimes on black people, probe found


    The indictment was damning enough: A former police chief of Biscayne Park and two officers charged with falsely pinning four burglaries on a teenager just to impress village leaders with a perfect crime-solving record.

    But the accusations revealed in federal court last month left out far uglier details of past policing practices in tranquil Biscayne Park, a leafy wedge of suburbia just north of Miami Shores.

    Records obtained by the Miami Herald suggest that during the tenure of former chief Raimundo Atesiano, the command staff pressured some officers into targeting random black people to clear cases.

    “If they have burglaries that are open cases that are not solved yet, if you see anybody black walking through our streets and they have somewhat of a record, arrest them so we can pin them for all the burglaries,” one cop, Anthony De La Torre, said in an internal probe ordered in 2014. “They were basically doing this to have a 100% clearance rate for the city.”

    In a report from that probe, four officers — a third of the small force — told an outside investigator they were under marching orders to file the bogus charges to improve the department’s crime stats. Only De La Torre specifically mentioned targeting blacks, but former Biscayne Park village manager Heidi Shafran, who ordered the investigation after receiving a string of letters from disgruntled officers, said the message seemed clear for cops on the street.

    “The letters said police were doing a lot of bad things,” Shafran told the Herald. “It said police officers were directed to pick up people of color and blame the crimes on them.”

    Beyond the apparent race targeting, the report — never reviewed in village commission meetings — described a department run like a dysfunctional frat house. It outlines allegations that the brass openly drank on duty, engaged in a host of financial shenanigans and that the No. 2 in command during the period, Capt. Lawrence Churchman, routinely spouted racist and sexist insults.

    Amid the probe, Atesiano abruptly resigned in 2014. Afterward, there was a stark change in village crime-busting statistics.

    During his roughly two-year tenure as chief, 29 of 30 burglary cases were solved, including all 19 in 2013. In 2015, the year after he left, records show village cops did not clear a single one of 19 burglary cases.

    Village leaders say they have since overhauled the department, calling the ousted police chief’s actions “appalling.”

    Atesiano, 52, has strongly denied the allegations. He pleaded not guilty in the federal case and is now awaiting trial on charges of civil-rights violations. Two of his former officers, Raul Fernandez and Charlie Dayoub, also have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial. Sources say they are cooperating against their one-time boss.

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    Ex-Florida police chief gets three years in plan to frame black people | Associated Press


    The former police chief of a small Florida city will serve three years in prison for a conspiracy in his department to frame black people for crimes they did not commit.

    A federal judge in Miami imposed the sentence Tuesday on ex-Biscayne Park chief Raimundo Atesiano, who had faced a maximum 10-year sentence. Three other former officers have also pleaded guilty in the case, which centered around efforts by Atesiano to improve his department's crime-solving rate.

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    Laquan McDonald: 3 Chicago Cops Charged With Covering Up For Jason Van Dyke | NPR


    Just hours after he shot and killed Laquan McDonald in 2014, Jason Van Dyke met in a Chicago police station with other officers who were on the shooting scene and with detectives tasked with investigating the incident.

    Prosecutors say they discussed the shooting and watched a now-infamous dashcam video that shows Van Dyke opening fire within seconds of arriving.

    Last month, Van Dyke was convicted of murder. Now, three other officers who were at that station are scheduled to go on trial Tuesday on charges they tried to cover up for him.

    The charges against Officer Thomas Gaffney, former Officer Joseph Walsh, and ex-Detective David March include obstruction of justice, official misconduct, and conspiracy to commit those offenses.

    The trial will focus on "consistently false information that could not have been submitted except for an agreement to write consistently false information," Assistant Special Prosecutor Brian Watson said at a hearing in the case last month.

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    Three Police Officers Allegedly Wanted To “Whoop Some Ass” At A Protest But Beat Up An Undercover Cop Instead

    The alleged officer-on-officer brutality took place at a 2017 protest against police brutality.

    By Claudia Koerner, BuzzFeed News


    A group of St. Louis police officers is accused of beating and arresting a man at a protest who turned out to be an undercover detective, and then attempting to cover up their actions.

    A grand jury on Thursday indicted four St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officers in connection with the Sept. 17, 2017, protest, accusing them of felony charges related to excessive force and lying to the FBI. Officers Dustin Boone, 35, Randy Hays, 31, and Christopher Myers, 27, were charged for their role in the violent arrest. Bailey Colletta, 25, was charged for allegedly helping to cover it up. All of them have been suspended without pay while the case proceeds.

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    Sources: Fired cop Amber Guyger indicted on a murder charge in Botham Jean killing |

    "Guyger was arrested on a manslaughter charge on Sept. 9, three days after the shooting. But after a week of hearing evidence in the case, a grand jury on Friday indicted Guyger on a charge of murder."

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    Federal Court Rules You Have the Right to Record the Cops — Even in Secret

    The Massachusetts police must stop arresting civilians who dare to film them covertly.

    By Mark Joseph Stern, Slate, December 11, 2018


    Eric Martin and René Pérez are civil rights activists with a very specific passion: They record the police. When Martin and Pérez see law enforcement officers performing their duties, they take out their phones to capture the scene on camera, ready to film any misconduct that might occur. Officers sometimes retaliate—Pérez says they have even grabbed his phone—so both would like to film in secret. But they have a problem: Massachusetts’ wiretap law prohibits the covert recording of anyone, even government officials doing their jobs in public. Violators can be imprisoned for up to five years.

    But on Monday, U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris blocked the wiretap law’s application to the secret filming of police in public, ruling that it infringes upon freedom of expression. Her ruling is an important step forward for the First Amendment “right to record,” which has become increasingly valuable—and hotly contested—at a time when images of police brutality often go viral.

    Massachusetts has a dark history of punishing civilians who dare to record cops. In 2007, police arrested Simon Glik for filming officers as they punched a man on Boston Common. Prosecutors charged Glik under the wiretap law, known as Section 99, though a trial court dismissed the charges. Aided by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, Glik then filed a lawsuit against the police department, alleging a violation of his civil rights. In 2011’s Glik v. Cunniffe, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the officers had, indeed, infringed on Glik’s freedom of speech. It expressly affirmed the right to record, noting that the First Amendment bars the government “from limiting the stock of information from which members of the public may draw.”

    The police department eventually admitted it was wrong and settled the lawsuit for $170,000. Yet Massachusetts police continued to suppress recordings, arguing that the First Amendment did not protect the secret filming of law enforcement. In 2012, the Shrewsbury Police Department charged Irving Espinosa-Rodriguez under Section 99 for teaching a passenger how to covertly record his interaction with an officer during a traffic stop. In 2014, the Chicopee Police Department charged Karen Dziewit under Section 99 for secretly filming police officers as they arrested her. In 2015, the Hardwick Police Department charged Destiny McKeon as an accessory to illegal wiretapping because she knew about another person’s secret recording of a traffic stop and did not alert the officers.

    This pattern of persecution is deeply disturbing. Although the Supreme Court has never specifically discussed the right to record, the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals have all held that the First Amendment plainly protects the filming of officers and public. And for good reason: A long line of Supreme Court precedents confirms that the government may not “repress speech by silencing certain voices at any of the various points in the speech process.” As the 7th Circuit explained, the “act of making” a recording is “a corollary of the right to disseminate the resulting recording.” The “right to publish or broadcast” the recording “would be insecure, or largely ineffective” if the recording itself were banned. Nobody seriously argues that the government could forbid us from taking notes in public to detail police officers’ behavior. Why should it be permitted to ban audiovisual recordings—whether covert or conspicuous?

    Massachusetts, however, has refused to modernize Section 99 to comply with these legal developments. (It has also been slow to roll out body cameras for cops, which would theoretically create continuous video of their public activities.) So, in 2016, the ACLU of Massachusetts sued again, this time on behalf of Martin and Pérez. It argued that police were working around the landmark Glik decision by targeting secret recordings, when the Glik court made no distinction between open and furtive filmings.

    The evidence is undeniable: Massachusetts officers don’t just continue to arrest individuals who record them. The Boston Police Department’s official training material actually instructs officers that they may arrest and charge people who secretly record them performing their duties in public. The Boston Police Academy even issued a training bulletin informing officers that they can arrest individuals who surreptitiously record them doing their job. It also put out a training video that instructs officers they can “take charges out against” an individual who secretly records them.

    Judge Saris disagreed. As a content-neutral restriction on conduct protected by the First Amendment, she wrote, Section 99 must be “narrowly tailored to serve a significant government interest” to pass constitutional muster. It is not. The “diminished privacy interests of government officials performing their duties in public,” Saris held, “must be balanced by the First Amendment interest in newsgathering and information-dissemination.” Here, the First Amendment wins out: Section 99 is not narrowly tailored to protect privacy, but is rather a blunt instrument that officers can exploit to suppress expression. The Constitution does not permit public officials to limit “the stock of public information” in this way.

    Oddly enough, Saris’ decision consolidated the Massachusetts ACLU’s case with a similar lawsuit—one brought by Project Veritas, James O’Keefe’s undercover troll operation. While the ACLU and Project Veritas didn’t work together closely, their suits took aim at the same statute. Unlike the ACLU’s plaintiffs, who wish to capture potential police misconduct, O’Keefe wants to film progressive public officials, then release heavily edited videos falsely implying that they broke the law. The cause may be less noble, but the First Amendment protects the act of filming these officials all the same.

    Thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and the vigilance of courageous bystanders, police brutality and misconduct are increasingly difficult to cover up. The killings of Eric Garner and Walter Scott are lodged in the public consciousness, vivid reminders of the cruelty, racism, and injustice that still infects American policing. Saris’ decision ensures that Massachusetts cops can’t invoke Section 99 to censor secret videos of their work. Martin and Pérez—and, yes, even O’Keefe—can finally record Massachusetts’ public officials clandestinely without fearing their films will land them in prison.

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    A search is underway for the man (left) that deputies believe shot and killed Newman Police Cpl. Ronil "Ron" Singh (right) on Wednesday in the small Stanislaus County, Calif. town.

    The victim, Corporal Ronil "Ron" Singh, was a K-9 officer with the Newman Police, a small department with just about a dozen sworn officers.

    Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson remembered Singh as an "American patriot" who came to the U.S. from Fiji to become a police officer and loved his wife and 5-month-old son dearly.
  35. Singh was a K-9 officer for the Newman Police Department for seven years. His K-9 partner, Sam, was with him during the shooting and survived. The Newman police chief is retiring Sam so that she can stay with Singh’s wife and 5-month-old son.

    “I will not take another member of that family from them. That was a member of their family,” said Newman police Chief Randy Richardson.

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    This poor family took this amazing Christmas photo last night, unaware it would be their last together. Officer Singh would be shot and killed 5 hours later.

    A Blue Alert is still Active in Calif. As the Suspect is still At-large
  37. [COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.95)]California authorities are asking the public to help find the man who [/COLOR][COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.95)]shot and killed an officer during a traffic stop[/COLOR][COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.95)], and claim the suspect is an undocumented immigrant.[/COLOR]

    The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department released the photo of the man they believe shot and killed Newman Police Department Corporal Ronil Singh, 33, on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in Newman, California.
    Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
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    Ohio Police Chief Charged After $14,000 in Cash for K9 Was Spent on Himself | Photography is Not a Crime


    A police chief in Ohio was suppose to use $14,000 in donation money on a new police dog, but the chief decided to spend the money on new clothes, gas, and expensive cuisine. Now the chief has resigned and been indicted by a grand jury on felony theft of office.

    Former New Vienna Police Chief Clinton Brown was reportedly using the $14,000 raised to get Paige, a Belgian Malinois, for the police department. Brown set up the New Vienna Police Department K-9 Fund in his name after he convinced village officials to allow him to buy a K-9 using donations.

    According to the state auditor’s office, donors gave $14,020 to the fund between Jan. 21, 2017 and June 26, 2017. Brown received the K-9, named Paige, in March 2017.

    However, New Vienna Mayor Kathi Stone, had the state auditor look into how that money was spent.

    Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost relayed that Brown admitted to spending thousands of that donated money on himself for clothes, food, and gas. When Brown resigned in December 2017, unpaid bills related to Paige totaling more than $3,000 were found, WCPO News reports.

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    Texas Cops Point Gun at Woman's Head During Raid, Cops Raided Wrong House | Photography is Not a Crime


    A woman in Leon Valley, Texas is suing police after they mistakenly raided her house with her 5-year-old son inside, while also pointing a gun at her head. The event left the woman traumatized as police raided the home in search for drugs.

    The federal civil rights lawsuit was filed on December 24, 2018 against the Bexar County Sheriff's Office (BCSO), Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS), and DEA. The lawsuit claims the family was targeted based on false and unrealistic information provided by an informant.

    On Nov. 14, 2018 Lucil Basco was on her way to pick up her autistic son from Empower Behavioral Health, which offers clinic-based applied behavior analysis services to learners across the state of Texas. Basco is a registered nurse.

    News 4 San Antonio reports Basco was pulled over by TDPS officers for not using her blinker and having an obstructed license plate. Officers searched Basco's vehicle and wrote her a warning ticket and allowed her to drive away.

    Basco arrived home with her son an hour later. Soon after cops used a battering ram to knock down her front door on a narcotics search warrant. Several officers wearing masks with lights on their heads ran into the home yelling with guns drawn, according to the lawsuit.

    Authorities placed Basco in handcuffs in front of her son while they searched for drugs in her home, breaking down two additional doors inside it. The raid was based on "information from a DEA confidential informant," the suit said.

    Civil Rights Attorney Solomon Radner says:

    “When police make a mistake they never ever own up to it and it's got to stop. What happened to this family is an absolute travesty. It never should have happened, it never should happen again. The police have proven time and time again that they are absolutely 100 percent incapable of policing themselves.”

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