Law Enforcement

Orange County Man arrested for scamming elderly couple in Baldwinsville

State - NY Police - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 19:54
State Police in Lysander arrested Saidapet R. Sridhar, age 46, from Washingtonville, NY for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd degree (D-felony).

 

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NYSP Clifton Park Investigating Serious Injury Motor Vehicle Accident

State - NY Police - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 15:41
Clifton Park man arrested for Vehicular Assault 1st and felony DWAI-Drugs
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Hope Valley Barracks

State - RI Police - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 13:30
MEDIA CONTACT: Acting Captain Christopher J. Schram 1-401-444-1202 At 12:58 PM, Troopers arrested Alisa Robinson, age 23, of 127 Potter Hill Road, Westerly RI for a Third District Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for Arraignment on the original charge of Driving with a Suspended...
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Multi Law Enforcment Agency Detail Leads To Numerous Arrests

State - NY Police - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:40

On April 20th, 2018, the New York State Police participated in a multi-agency 4/20 enforcement detail, which is considered the unofficial marijuana holiday. 

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Miller County Sheriff's Office (MO)

Law Enforcement LODD - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 08:08
Deputy Sheriff Casey Shoemate was killed in a vehicle crash on Route Y, just north of Rabbit Hill Road, while responding to an emergency call. He was attempting to pass a...

Detective Bureau

State - RI Police - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 08:00
MEDIA CONTACT: Major Dennis B. Fleming, Detective Commander (#401-444-1005) Captain Gerald M. McKinney, Assistant Detective Commander (#401-444-1011) On April 20, 2018, members of the Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Aaron Moul, age 26, of 164 Whitehall Street, Providence, Rhode Island,...
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Aggravated DWI Charged in Kingsbury

State - NY Police - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 07:39

Vaughn Road Traffic Stop Leads to Charges

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Lincoln Woods Barracks

State - RI Police - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 07:00
On Friday, April 20, 2018, at 11:24 PM, Troopers arrested Gino Disano, age 42, of 38 Black Street, Warwick, Rhode Island on a Providence Superior Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for Cost Review on the original charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance originating out of the...
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Wickford Barracks

State - RI Police - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 06:45
**MEDIA CONTACT: Acting Captain Christopher J. Schram 1-401-444-1202** At 10:44 PM, Troopers arrested Bailey Workman, age 26, of 68 2nd Avenue, Cranston RI for a Third Division District Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for Payment Review on the original charge of Driving Without/Expired...
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Scituate Barracks

State - RI Police - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 06:45
On April 21, 2018 at 1:52 AM, Troopers arrested Maximo Berroa, age 23, of 5 Bodell Ave, Apartment 5, Providence, for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor 2nd Offense- BAC .15 or Greater (Phase 1: .191 / Phase 2: .191) The arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop on Hartford...
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Civil rights prosecutors urge charges against LEO in Eric Garner case

Police One - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 06:00

By Sadie Gurman Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Federal civil rights prosecutors have recommended charging a New York police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, but it's unclear if top Justice Department officials will be willing to move forward with a case, a person familiar with the matter said Friday.

Prosecutors recently made the recommendation to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to the person, who wasn't authorized to discuss the pending case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The New York Times first reported the development, which marks the latest legal turn in a case that became in a flashpoint in a national conversation about police use of force. Video shot by a bystander shows 43-year-old Garner, after being stopped by officers for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, telling the officers to leave him alone and refusing to be handcuffed. Officer Daniel Pantaleo responds by putting Garner in an apparent chokehold, and Garner, who had asthma, is heard gasping, "I can't breathe."

The case has been in legal limbo for years. Mayor Bill de Blasio urged the Justice Department to "show some level of decency to the Garner family and make its decision."

"Our city has waited long enough," he said.

Civil rights prosecutors under former Deputy Attorney General Loretta Lynch felt confident forging ahead with charges against Pantaleo but faced resistance from federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, who were not sure there was enough evidence to bring a case they could win. A state grand jury refused to indict Pantaleo in 2014.

Civil rights activists and other observers have been closely watching how Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a vocal supporter of local law enforcement, will handle the racially charged case. Because of its high-profile nature, Rosenstein must recommend whether to allow prosecutors to move forward with an indictment, the person familiar with the case said. Sessions can also weigh in but has given no indication publicly about where he stands.

The Justice Department did not immediately comment.

Sessions has long said that he won't pursue the kinds of wide-ranging federal investigations of entire police departments that were hallmarks of the Obama administration's approach to reforming troubled local agencies. He maintains the approach diminishes officer morale and can lead to spikes in crime.

But he has also said he will hold individual officers accountable for breaking the law.

Bringing civil rights charges against police officers is rare and challenging in any administration because prosecutors must reach a difficult standard of proof. It requires them to establish that an officer not only acted with excessive force but also willfully violated someone's constitutional rights. Even some career prosecutors familiar with the details of the Garner case acknowledge it would be challenging to secure a conviction, a federal law enforcement official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a pending case.

Jonathan Moore, an attorney for the Garner family, said he had not been informed that charges were recommended but was cautiously optimistic.

"We welcome this if it's true, obviously, but it's long overdue," he said.

But Pantaleo's attorney, Stuart London, said he has not been contacted by Justice Department officials in the last few months. He reiterated that his client maintains he did not violate Garner's rights.

"It has always and continues to be a simple street encounter," London said.


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Pa. detective dies during physical training exercise

Police One - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 06:00

By Brian C. Rittmeyer The Valley News-Dispatch, Tarentum, Pa.

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — A New Castle police detective died during a physical training exercise Thursday, the police department announced.

Detective Sgt. Brian S. Cuscino, 44, had been with the New Castle department since 2001. The physical training was required for officers serving on its special response team.

He suffered an apparent heart attack, according to the New Castle News.

Cuscino had worked as a patrol officer for about 10 years before being promoted to a detective in the criminal investigative division. He was the department's lead homicide investigator and "did establish himself as an expert in that field," the department said.

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"Detective Cuscino had an amazing 100 percent clearance rate on homicide cases in which he was the lead detective," the department said.

The law enforcement community was extending its sympathies and condolences to the New Castle Police and honors to Cuscino.

Cuscino and his wife, Heather, have two sons, Brandon and Dustin.

The William F. & Roger M. DeCarbo Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, 926 Cunningham Ave.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Vitus Church . Burial will be at St. Vitus Cemetery.

©2018 The Valley News-Dispatch (Tarentum, Pa.)


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Police: MS-13 threatens to 'take out a cop' in NY

Police One - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 06:00

By Craig Schneider, Stefanie Dazio and Mark Morales Newsday

NASSAU COUNTY, N.Y. — Nassau and Hempstead Village police officers are on high alert and stepping up enforcement after MS-13 twice threatened cops, pledging in one case to “take the streets back” in retaliation for arrests of gang members.

“If MS-13 wants to threaten a cop in this county, MS-13 is gonna get an answer,” Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said Thursday night at a news conference with Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “We will answer that threat and answer it strongly.”

In the second threat, which Ryder said came after neighborhood sweeps Wednesday led to several arrests, an MS-13 gang member vowed to “execute” an officer the commissioner did not name.

“There was a threat that an individual that was planning to execute a cop and did have weapons in his vehicle and a mask but . . . by the grace of God that didn’t happen that night,” Ryder said.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers also is offering a $25,000 reward “for information that leads to an arrest in connection with threats to harm police officers,” the department said Friday morning in a news release.

The department said it “has taken necessary precautions to protect our officers.”

“While the Suffolk County Police Department takes this threat seriously, we will not be deterred in our mission by threats by gang members,” police said in a statement. “Our commitment in bringing gang members and their associates who commit crimes to justice continues to be a top priority.”

Suffolk police acting Commissioner Geraldine Hart encouraged citizens with information about MS-13 threats come forward.

“It is the department’s hope that anyone with information about these threats will do what is right and provide details to thwart acts of violence,” Hart said in a statement.

On Wednesday afternoon, an informant told Hempstead Village police of the first threat: An MS-13 gang member had urged other members to “take out a cop” in the Hempstead area. That information prompted a flood of law enforcement officers to make the arrests where they also learned of the second threat.

Hempstead Village Police Chief Michael McGowan couldn’t be reached for comment.

Ryder also announced a $25,000 Crime Stoppers reward Thursday night for information leading to an arrest of anyone who threatens the life of a police officer.

Nassau police had initially circulated an internal memo Wednesday, which goes to officers departmentwide, detailing the first threat made by a gang member to a “credible” informant.

The memo prompted the NYPD to alert its 36,500 officers of the threat and cautioned them to be vigilant.

A gang member told the informant “it’s time to take the streets back and take out a cop like we do in El Salvador,” according to the memo. The informant told police the gang member, whom he described as thin with tattoos of three dots next to an eye, said MS-13 “needs to make a statement.”

Any gang member, according to the memo, has permission to carry out the attack.

Officers should take the threat seriously, the memo said, advising them not to wear their uniforms off duty, to carry their firearms at all times, and to consider different routes from those they normally travel.

The threats came as MS-13’s alleged East Coast kingpin came to court in Nassau to face charges that his four-state network plotted killings and trafficked in drugs in the region.

In the past two years, authorities have increased their enforcement of MS-13, which officials say is responsible for more than two dozen killings on Long Island.

Nassau County and Hempstead Village departments are also requiring that officers double up on their response to calls, officials said.

Michael McGowan, chief of police for Hempstead Village, said the department is speaking to all officers about the threat. “We believe it to be a credible threat...were are investigating it vigorously.”

Because of the initial threat, the Hempstead department is now requiring two officers respond to every call, according to Hempstead Village Officer Christopher Giardino, who leads the department’s Police Benevolent Association. Usually, only one officer responds to calls, such as a request for an ambulance, because of manpower and budget costs, he said.

“Any kind of call — it could be a dog loose — two men to each call, no matter what,” he said. “It could be a setup, we don’t know.”

Both officers must stay at the scene until the call is completed, Giardino said.

Hempstead Village officers are nervous and have reached out to him, he said.

“They’re worried about their safety,” he said.

Nassau Police Benevolent Association president James McDermott said on Friday morning he wants more security measures, including more patrols in addition to having two cars.

“Do whatever we need to do,” McDermott said at a news conference. “Pull out all the stops.”

Local officials expressed their support for area law enforcement.

“We are doing everything we can to make sure that our police officers and first responders are protected,” Curran said at the news conference.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen said in a statement, “We stand in solidarity with the entire law enforcement community against these heinous and disturbing threats.”

MS-13 gang members have killed at least 25 people in Nassau and Suffolk counties since 2016, authorities have said. Hempstead Village has the largest population of MS-13 members in the county, according to Giardino. Federal officials count some 2,000 members of the brutal street gang on Long Island.

President Donald Trump, who has blamed gang violence and other crime on illegal immigration, came to Brentwood in July and described some Long Island towns as “bloodstained killing fields” that are “under siege” and need to be liberated from MS-13.

With Anthony M. DeStefano and Nicole Fuller

By Craig Schneider, Stefanie Dazio and Mark Morales craig.schneider@newsday.com @Scraigo

Craig Schneider is a Long Island native and Stony Brook University alumnus. He joined Newsday as a general assignment reporter in January 2018 after 20 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

©2018 Newsday


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Lawyer: Man accused of nearly killing Pa. trooper unlikely to argue mental health

Police One - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 06:00

By Riley Yates The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A Monroe County man accused of opening fire on two Pennsylvania State Police troopers, critically injuring one of them, is unlikely to offer a mental-health defense at trial, his defense lawyer said Friday.

Daniel K. Clary, 22, faces two counts of attempted murder of a police officer and other charges in the roadside shooting on Route 33 in Plainfield Township that nearly killed Cpl. Seth Kelly.

In February, Clary lawyer Janet Jackson raised the possibility of an insanity or diminished-capacity defense, saying experts needed to evaluate whether her client has mental conditions, and also whether he is competent to face trial.

Those evaluations have been conducted and the defense does not plan to contest Clary’s competency, Jackson said Friday after a pretrial hearing before Northampton County President Judge Stephen Baratta.

Jackson said she also does not anticipate offering a mental-heath defense at trial.

“At this point, I don’t intend raising those issues,” Jackson said.

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Scene of emergency personal responding to the shooting of Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Seth Kelly at Routes 191 with 33 in Northampton County.

Scene of emergency personal responding to the shooting of Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Seth Kelly at Routes 191 with 33 in Northampton County. (APRIL GAMIZ / THE MORNING CALL)

The Nov. 7 shooting left Kelly critically wounded, injuries for which he was hospitalized for nearly a month. Authorities say Kelly suffered gunshot wounds to his neck, shoulder and thigh, and may have saved his own life by applying a tourniquet on his wounded leg before paramedics arrived.

First Deputy District Attorney Terence Houck has said he will be seeking a conviction and sentence under which Clary remains in prison for the rest of his life. Houck has said he believes Clary’s mental health was immaterial to his alleged actions.

Police said the encounter on the side of the highway started with a routine traffic stop and a driver who acted strangely. But when Trooper Ryan Seiple and Kelly tried to arrest Clary on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana, police said matters quickly took a violent turn.

Clary was also wounded in the melee, when Kelly and Seiple returned fire after the shooting erupted, authorities said.

After fleeing, Clary drove himself to Easton Hospital, authorities said, and was hospitalized for five days. But the Chestnuthill Township man is now jailed under $1 million bail.

A trial date has yet to be scheduled, according to the attorneys.

©2018 The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)


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South Fallsburg man charged with DWI and drug possession.

State - NY Police - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 02:46

On April 20th, 2018, New York State Police out of the Wurtsboro barracks charged James T. Paterson of South Fallsburg, NY with misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th.

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State Troopers conduct sobriety checkpoint.

State - NY Police - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 02:19
State Police conduct a successful sobriety checkpoint resulting in arrests.
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Police: NYPD officer dies by suicide

Police One - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 17:20

By Thomas Tracy New York Daily News

NEW YORK — An on-duty NYPD cop fatally shot himself Friday while parked outside a department facility in the Bronx, authorities said.

He’s the fourth NYPD officer to take his own life in as many months, police said.

First responders rushed to an NYPD Auto Crime and Narcotics Division facility in Wakefield about 10:50 a.m., where the mortally wounded officer was found sitting in his personal vehicle in the parking lot.

Officers rushed him to Jacobi Medical Center, but he could not be saved. His name was not immediately disclosed.

Police sources said the cop worked in the Bronx, but it was not immediately clear if he was assigned to the Auto Crime and Narcotics Division.

Cops were first alerted to the incident by Mount Vernon police who had received a 911 call from a panicked relative, who said the cop was planning to harm himself, police sources said.

On Feb. 26, Police Officer Rachel Bocatija, 26, killed herself in her Bushwick home. Her younger sister found her body in a locked room of the family home, a neighbor said.

On Jan. 13, Sgt. Joseph Pizzarro, 35, fatally shot himself in a room at the Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island. Then, on Jan. 28, Detective Nicholas Budney killed himself at a restaurant overlooking the Hudson River in Orange County.

Following Bocatija’s death, Police Commissioner James O’Neill recorded a YouTube video describing the services available to cops in distress.

“Your job requires that you spend your day helping others. But before you can take care of anyone else, you must first take care of yourself, so please, remember, if you need it, help is here, and help is available,” O’Neill said.

The NYPD offers a variety of programs, and in 2014 launched an “Are You OK?” campaign aimed at promoting mental health awareness.

The department also works with POPPA, or Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance, a volunteer support network for officers and retirees that offers help for post traumatic stress disorder, marital problems, substance abuse and suicide.

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(Chelsia Rose Marcius contributed to this story.)

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©2018 New York Daily News


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A New Apology For Baltimore

Law Officer - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:58

The recent apology by Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa to an audience at a rap conference was nothing new from law enforcement leadership.

“I want to take about 20 seconds to apologize for all the things that the police have done dating back 200 years,” De Sousa said.

“Two hundred years ago, all the way to civil rights. All the way to the ’80s where crack was prevalent in the cities and it affected disproportionately African-American men. All the way to the ’90s. All the way to the 2000’s when we had zero tolerance,” he said.

De Sousa promised changes to policing but oddly enough he never mentioned the countless changes that have occurred to policing in the last 200 years.

De Sousa was greeted with loud boos and profanity for his two century apology and it got me thinking that everyone in law enforcement, including the public is tired of our so called leaders blindly apologizing and nothing changing.

Don’t get me wrong.  An apology is not the problem.  I thought it was just fine that the IACP President apologized a few years ago and chiefs around the country have followed but when will it be enough?

Is it not time to discuss real, current issues that are facing Americans and especially Americans that are being hyper-victimized in their own communities?

So with that said, in order to help De Sousa out next time he decides to apologize, I came up with another apology that may bring cheers rather than boos.

Here it is:

As your Police Commissioner, I take the safety of your communities very seriously and I am heartbroken that some of you fear letting your kids out of your sight.  I am sorry that last year, under my command, that Baltimore had a record homicide rate with 347.  We were the most violent city in the country.  I am especially sorry that violence has affected African Americans at a higher rate than other races.  288 of those homicide victims were African Americans while almost all of them were men.  In fact, almost every violent crime category has been increasing in the last few years and predominantly blacks have been affected in a disproportional way, not only as victims but also suspects.

I am sorry.

I am sorry that under my watch, we have seen a decay in the very things that are increasing this violence.  When a child grows up without a father, they are 400 times more likely to live in poverty and according to former President Obama, they are five times more likely to commit crime. Here in Baltimore, I am responsible for keeping your communities safe but it is clear that means more than just catching criminals.  It also means doing what I can to bring fathers back in the home.  Currently, over 80% of our African American Children are living without a father in the home.

I am sorry that I have ignored this issue and quite frankly been hesitant to speak up but every criminal justice expert will tell you that the the driving force in crime is a lack of family structure and poverty.  We must be part of this solution instead of continuing to reap blame on the very ones that are here to stop the violence, which is the men and women here at the Baltimore Police Department.

I am sorry that in 2016, Baltimore Police enacted a policy that significantly reduced “stop and frisk” a legal form of police work when reasonable suspicion exists that someone has a weapon.  Historically, “stop and frisk” has reduced violence in neighborhoods and I am committed to bringing this sound practice back and I will make sure it is done legally and within the bounds of the Constitution.  

I am sorry that it is highly likely that my policies have discouraged good police officers from doing the very jobs we hired them to do, reduce crime and catch violent criminals.

I am committed to change within the Baltimore Police Department that reduces this violence and will give you and your children a safer Baltimore.

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Calif. churches pledge to stop calling police

Police One - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:28

By PoliceOne Staff

OAKLAND, Calif. — A group of California churches have pledged to stop calling police in the wake of recent controversial incidents involving LEOs.

The Washington Post reports that some churches in Oakland are “divesting” from law enforcement, whether it’s for mental health crises calls or even acts of violence.

Members of the churches said that American policing has become so “problematic” that it’s best for them to abandon it. The pledge comes in wake of controversial incidents involving police, including the arrests of two men at a Philadelphia Starbucks and the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark.

The program was organized by Showing Up for Racial Justice. Four churches in Northern California have joined the pledge, and other churches are being recruited.

“It’s a challenging ask,” said Rev. Anne Dunlap, a minister who leads SURJ’s outreach to faith communities. “It’s a big ask to invite us, as white folks, to think differently about what safety means. Who do we rely on? What is safe? For whom? Should our safety be predicated on violence for other communities? And if not, what do we do if we’re confronted with a situation, because we are, as congregations? . . . How do we handle it if there’s a burglary? How do we handle it if there’s a situation of violence or abuse in the congregation?”

The churches who have committed to the pledge are training their members on alternative responses to danger. Volunteer leader Nichola Torbett said her church has invited experts to train its members on de-escalating mental health crises, as well as on self-defense when it comes to violent situations. Members of the church will not be armed, she added.

SURJ leaders said while members are free to call police outside of church, they hope that they will someday stop relying on police entirely.

Dunlap acknowledged that many churches SURJ tried to recruit to join the pledge were not interested.


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Broward County sheriff to face no-confidence vote

Police One - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 16:25

By PoliceOne Staff

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel will face a no-confidence vote from the union representing his deputies.

Jeff Bell, the president of the Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association, said Friday that union members moved forward with the vote, which begins electronically Friday and closes on April 26, CNN reports. Bell said he informed Israel ahead of the announcement.

"There is a complete failure at the sheriff's office and he doesn't recognize it," Bell said.

While the move is due to dysfunction in the agency that has been going on for years, the sheriff’s response to the Feb. 14 Parkland school shooting has pushed the union over the edge, Bell said. Israel’s criticism of former SRO Scot Peterson was also a factor.

Bell said that while he agrees Peterson should’ve entered the building, Israel should have taken some responsibility as well.

Morale among sergeants and deputies is non-existent, according to the union president, and members say they are tired of mixed messages from leadership. Bell cited the active shooter policy as an example, which states that a deputy “may” go into a building and engage the shooter.

Lawmakers have also criticized Israel for his response to the shooting. Eleven days after the incident, a number of lawmakers asked Gov. Rick Scott to suspend the sheriff for "incompetence and neglect of duty."

Israel later went on CNN and defended himself from criticism from lawmakers, touting his “amazing leadership.”

All deputies and sergeants in the union, which represents more than half of the county’s 2,560 certified deputies, will have the power to vote.


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