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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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  3. The Wrong Guy Member

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

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    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.

    Continued at https://abc7chicago.com/jason-van-d...r-found-guilty-of-2nd-degree-murder-/4417237/

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

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    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.

    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...nd-degree-murder-for-killing-laquan-mcdonald/

    Shooting of Laquan McDonald | Wikipedia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Laquan_McDonald
  4. 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.

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    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.

    Continued at https://www.inquisitr.com/5107343/p...nazi-symbol-to-beat-black-suspects-suit-says/
  5. The Wrong Guy Member

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

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    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.

    Continued at https://abc7ny.com/news/ex-cop-gets-max-sentence-in-deadly-post-strip-club-dwi-crash/2097601/

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

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    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.

    Continued at https://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2018/06/pedro_abad_crash_victims_settle_dram_shop_lawsuit.html
  6. The Wrong Guy Member

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

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york...dwi-crash-license-suspended-article-1.2800836

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

    https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2016/10...illed-si-pedestrian-found-guilty-of-homicide/

    Off-duty cop sentenced to prison for hitting pedestrian while impaired, leaving scene

    https://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/12/off-duty_cop_sentenced_to_1-3.html
  7. The Moth Member

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

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

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    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.

    Source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/16/us/maryland-police-officer-accused-of-rape/
  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.
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    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.
  10. The Wrong Guy Member

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

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    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.

    Source: https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2018...c-stop-remains-behind-bars-until-bail-review/

    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"

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    ...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.

    More at https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/...earning-Her-Immigration-Status-497860611.html
  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    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

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    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.

    Source, with video:
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news...ago-police-officer-shoot-unarmed-autistic-man
  12. 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

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    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.

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/18/us/connecticut-trigger-happy-officer-fired-trnd/

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    More at https://www.google.com/search?q="Stephen Barone" Hartford
  13. The Wrong Guy Member

    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

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    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.

    Continued at https://reason.com/archives/2018/10/19/california-police-transparency-law-brown
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  14. Georgia police officer shot to death

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    OCT 20, 2018 | 6:00 PM
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    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.
  17. The Wrong Guy Member

    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

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    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.

    Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-metro-phil-banks-corruption-trial-20181101-story.html

    More: https://www.google.com/search?q="Philip Banks" NYPD
  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.


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    [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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  19. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    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.
  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.

    https://www.npr.org/2018/11/08/6655...08&utm_campaign=breakingnews&utm_term=nprnews
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    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-daniel-herbert-fop-20181107-story.html
    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.
  22. Deputy Told Wife 'I Love You. I'll Talk to You Later' Before He Was Killed in Thousand Oaks Bar Shooting




    By MAHITA GAJANAN
    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
  24. You good count!!

    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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