Law Enforcement

California Lawmakers Move to Cap Prison Time for Felons

Officer.com - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 12:40
California’s approach to crime and punishment is complicated enough that a state watchdog agency once referred to it as a “chaotic labyrinth of laws with no cohesive philosophy or strategy.”
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Texas Deputy Accused of Sexual Assault Found Dead in Jail Cell

Officer.com - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 12:31
A Bexar County Sheriff's Office Deputy accused in June of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl and blackmailing her undocumented mother was found dead Monday in his jail cell in Karnes County.
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Police Officer-Lateral Entry - Newton Police Department

Officer.com - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 12:25
The City of Newton, Iowa is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer (lateral entry). Newton is a progressive community with a population of 15,250 located east of the Des Moines metro on Interstate 80 and is the home of the Iowa...
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Fallen Detroit Police Officer Laid to Rest

Officer.com - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 12:09
Detroit Police Officer Fadi M. Shukur was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver around 2:40 a.m. on Aug. 4 while dispersing a large crowd after a party at a banquet hall on McNichols Road.
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Colo. city's 'youngest officer' celebrates end of chemo with family, fellow cops

Police One - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:46

By Stephanie Earls The Gazette

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Joshua Salmoiraghi, 4, was at Children’s Hospital Colorado for his final round of chemotherapy on Saturday and Sunday in Aurora. Salmoiraghi was diagnosed with Stage IV kidney cancer in 2017, and it returned in early 2018.

Joshua Salmoiraghi was 3 when he was diagnosed with Wilms tumor, the most common type of childhood kidney cancer. After surgery to remove a tumor and one of his kidneys last year, Joshua underwent what initially was thought to have been a successful round of chemotherapy and radiation.

But in January, a month after they were told that the youngest of their three sons was in remission, Amanda and Joseph Salmoiraghi learned that Joshua’s cancer was not only still there, but also was at stage 4. He would need more treatment, with stronger drugs.

Days before his second, six-month round of chemotherapy was set to begin at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, 4-year-old Joshua was sworn in as an honorary officer at a special mid-April ceremony at the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Some of the officers who attended that event were on hand Sunday for another special gathering honoring Joshua, who celebrated his final chemotherapy session amid family, friends and hospital staff with a 1 p.m. ringing of the “Warrior Bell” at Children’s Hospital.

Joshua is scheduled to undergo a course of radiation treatment in the coming weeks, after which the family will learn whether the cancer is in remission.

“We’re hoping it never comes back. Never, ever, ever,” said Joseph Salmoiraghi.

Update on Officer Joshua. Great news! Joshua completed his last round of chemo for liver cancer and got to ring the bell Sunday afternoon at Children’s Hospital in Denver! #cancersucks #StayPositive #staystrong #thoughtsandprayers #thinkingofyou #childhoodcancerawareness pic.twitter.com/4OOm7brvtq

— Springs Police (@CSPDPIO) August 19, 2018

The Gazette has been following the Salmoiraghi family’s journey since April.

The photo essay and story chronicling their experiences will be published in December.

©2018 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)


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APD Seeking Assistance in Aggravated Assault

Austin (TX) Police - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:44

Case #:      18-2251948
                       
Date:         Monday, August 13th, 2018
 
Time:         Approximately 11:35 p.m.
 
Location:   11316 Farmhaven Rd.
        
On Monday, August 13th, 2018 at approximately 11:35 p.m., APD officers responded to a call for service at 11316 Farmhaven RD. A 911 caller said someone had been shot. The caller was not able to tell the call taker the exact location and was only able to give the general vicinity. The location of the shots fired was an elementary school, but no one was present and the school was not picked as a target location.
 
With the assistance of Travis County Deputies, Austin Police Officers searched the Harris Branch Neighborhood for the victim. Within minutes the juvenile victim was located in the 1100 block of Barns Trail, nearly a half-mile from where the assault occurred. The victim was transported to Dell Seton Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
 
The initial investigation revealed the juvenile victim was at this location with another person when shot by several individuals. The other person was not injured. 
 
Officers and detectives are currently working on leads and gathering information. 

No suspect description is available at this time.
 
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (512) 974-4919 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.                                                                                                                                    
  

APD offers back to school safety tips for 2018/2019

Austin (TX) Police - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:41

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new school year for Austin area children. One of Austin Police Department’s (APD) top priorities is helping ensure our children get to school safely, whether traveling by bus, foot, bike or car. Our goal is to provide Austin children the safest environment while traveling to and from school.
 
With this in mind, APD will be conducting a Back-to-School Traffic Safety Initiative beginning August 20-31, 2018. This will be the first of multiple School Zone Traffic Safety Initiatives that will continue throughout the school year.
 
Officers will focus enforcement efforts in Austin school zones, looking for drivers committing the following violations:

  • Using wireless communication devices; including the use of any cell phone, with the exception of “hands-free”, for making calls, texting, emailing or messaging
     
  • Speeding in school zones
     
  • Disregarding school crossing guards
     
  • Failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
     
  • Passing school buses while loading and unloading
     
  • Following too closely or aggressive driving behavior that may endanger children or parents

The Austin Police Department would like to remind drivers to:

  • Provide yourself with extra time when leaving to work or coming home in the afternoon. The beginning of the new school year always means more vehicles and pedestrians traveling on our roadways.
     
  • Buckle Up!  Please make sure you and your children wear seat belts when traveling in a vehicle. Remember, child passenger safety seats are required for children under 8 years of age or children less than 4’9” tall. 
     
  • Put down that cell phone! In addition to the City’s Hands-Free Ordinance, the State of Texas prohibits the use of any wireless communication device while in a school zone unless their vehicle is stopped or they’re using a “hands-free” device. 
     
  • Slow down and take the time to look again at intersections or anywhere children and parents are walking to and from school. Whether on foot, bike or bus, we want everyone to arrive alive. 
     
  • Be courteous to other drivers and drive safely.

Tips for pedestrians:

  • Use a crossing guard if one is available and follow their instructions
     
  • Always cross at intersections. Look left, then right, then left again before proceeding
     
  • Look for traffic when stepping off a bus or from behind parked cars
     
  • Passengers should enter/exit a car from the curb side of the street
     
  • Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street
     
  • Walk with children to show them the correct way to cross at a crosswalk

Tips for those riding a bicycle:

  • Wear a helmet and any other safety gear needed
     
  • Use a backpack to carry your books, etc.
     
  • Learn and use hand signals
     
  • Watch for traffic and obey traffic laws

Stranger Danger – Parent/Child Safety Tips:

  • You can help by engaging with your children, discussing personal safety and stranger danger
     
  • Teach your children to watch out for strangers in cars, anyone that follows them in a car or yells out to them
     
  • Children should never approach a stranger in a car or get in a car with a stranger
     
  • They should never accept any kind of gift, candy, etc. from a stranger
     
  • If a stranger approaches them on foot or in a vehicle, teach them to run and tell an adult
     
  • Don’t talk to strangers 
     
  • Don’t go anywhere with someone you don’t know
     
  • Stay more than an arm’s reach from strangers. If you are approached by a stranger, seek help immediately
     
  • Trust your instincts, if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately
     
  • Use the buddy system, avoid walking alone
     
  • Review contact telephone numbers and home safety practices with your children
     
  • When seeking help, always go to a trusted adult – teacher, coach, police officer, other parent or older siblings
     
  • If a stranger grabs you, do everything you can to stop him or her from pulling you away. Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream. Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help you. If someone is dragging you away, scream, “this is not my dad,” or “this is not my mom!”
     

Report any suspicious activity to your local school and police department

Chicago's top cop: 'We cannot be on every street corner'

Police One - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:41

By Hannah Leone, Madeline Buckley and Jeremy Gorner Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Even with 600 more officers on the street, nearly as many people were shot in Chicago over the weekend as earlier this month, when a spike in violence prompted the boost in deployment.

At least 58 people were shot in the city from late Friday afternoon through early Monday, and seven of them were killed.

They included two boys, 16 and 17, found shot in death in a Far South Side field days after their mothers reported them missing; three men wounded during what witnesses said was a peace picnic at the Near North Side’s Seward Park; a woman and four men hit by gunfire hours after a Sunday afternoon softball game near a South Side grade school; and seven shot Friday evening in West Englewood, including a 3-year-old boy hit in the shin.

Two weekends ago, at least 74 people were shot. On that Sunday, Aug. 5, more people were shot in a single day since at least September 2011, when the Chicago Tribune began tracking every shooting in Chicago. At least 47 were hit by gunfire, 40 of them during a seven-hour period.

The bloodshed brought demands from community leaders for action, and the city responded by sending in more than 600 extra police to neighborhoods hardest hit by the violence.

A clearly frustrated Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson acknowledged Monday that his department “can only do so much.”

“Crime isn’t just about what the police do,” he said at a news conference at police headquarters to talk about the weekend violence. “Crime is about what the criminals do.

“Let’s not forget the police aren’t the ones out there doing it. We can only do so much,” Johnson continued. “We cannot be on every street corner … every moment of the day. We just can’t. That’s an impossibility. It’s unreasonable. There’s no police department in this country that can do that.”

Someone was shot in nearly every police district this past weekend, a Tribune analysis shows.

The hardest hit were on the South Side: at least nine shot in Englewood, another nine in Grand Crossing, five in Calumet and Chicago Lawn, four in Deering.

On the West Side, five were shot in the Harrison District, which has been one of the most violent areas of the city this year, according to Tribune data.

Johnson called the violence tragic, senseless and cowardly, and said he shares the “anger and frustration that many families are having today.”

As he has repeatedly done in the past, Johnson called for tougher punishment for those charged with gun crimes.

“The truth is, and I know you all are tired of hearing me say it, but as long as we fail to create repercussions for carrying and using illegal guns, or more importantly, hold repeat violent offenders accountable for their actions, we’re simply going to continue to have these discussions on Monday mornings,” Johnson said.

©2018 Chicago Tribune


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Assault in Keeseville

State - NY Police - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:34
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Philly police fatally shoot man, 3 officers injured

Police One - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:28

By Robert Moran Philly.com

PHILADELPHIA — Police fatally shot a man who allegedly struck an undercover officer with a car Monday afternoon in the city’s Tacony section, police said.

The suspect, who was not identified, hit the officer with a black Toyota Camry shortly after 4 p.m. in the 7100 block of Hegerman Street, near Princeton Avenue, said Capt. Sekou Kinebrew, a police spokesperson.

Another officer who was not injured during the confrontation fired three shots into the Camry, killing the suspect, said Kinebrew, who briefed reporters a block from the scene.

The officer who was hit by the car suffered an injury to his right knee. Two other officers also were injured at the scene, but how they were hurt was unclear, Kinebrew said. All three officers were in stable condition at a local hospital.

Undercover officers with the Northeast Narcotics Field Unit had been preparing to serve a search warrant at a house in the 7100 block of Cottage Street when they saw the subject of their investigation driving the Camry, Kinebrew said.

The officers followed the Camry in their own vehicle for several blocks until it stopped on Hegerman.

The plainclothes officers exited their vehicle to approach the suspect when the Camry started moving and struck one of the officers, Kinebrew said.

The officer who fired the shots is 53 years old and has been on the force for 10 years, Kinebrew said.

Medics pronounced the suspect dead at 4:18 p.m.

Kinebrew said police knew the suspect from the investigation but were still trying to verify his identity.

Rita Grace, 31, said she was home with her husband, Jim Strahan, 36, when they heard the gunfire.

“Three pops. Three loud ‘pop, pop, pop,’ ” Grace said.

She went outside and saw the suspect slumped over the steering wheel of the car.

“It was pretty scary,” she said.

The couple said the neighborhood has a problem with drugs and prostitution, particularly coming from nearby Torresdale Avenue.

“I just want to move out of here so bad,” Grace said.

©2018 Philly.com


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Motorcycle crash in Waverly leads to DWI arrest

State - NY Police - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:27
On August 18, 2018, at approximately 7:12 p.m., State Police responded to a report of a motorcycle crash on South River Road in the town of Waverly.
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Cresco, PA man killed in car crash during a pursuit on Interstate 84

State - NY Police - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:27
State Police are investigating a pursuit that started in East Fishkill and ended in Montgomery, NY.
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State Police arrested nine motorists for Driving While Intoxicated

State - NY Police - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:00
State Police Troop F arrested nine motorists for Driving While Intoxicated
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Hannibal man gets arrested for AUO in Venice.

State - NY Police - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 10:58
On August 20, 2018, Troopers out of SP Auburn arrested Keith J. Clark, 52, of Hannibal, New York for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding.
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Family of teen who shot self during pursuit disputes suicide ruling

Police One - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 10:55

By Matthew Walberg Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — More than 120 people gathered to protest the death of 15-year-old Steven Rosenthal, who police say fatally shot himself on the back stairwell of his West Side home after he was briefly chased by officers who allegedly saw him holding a handgun.

Shouting “No justice, no peace,” or “Let us see Steve,” the crowd gathered Sunday at Johnson School of Excellence at 1420 S. Albany Ave. and marched to Mount Sinai Hospital a few blocks away, shutting down both lanes of Ogden Avenue at times.

A brief altercation ensued outside the hospital’s emergency room when a large group chanting “Let us see Steve” tried to force their way into the building and scuffled briefly with security officers blocking the doorway. A few people in the crowd wondered why the protesters went to the hospital rather than the Cook County medical examiner’s office, where the teen’s body was taken for an autopsy.

The protest later moved west down Ogden and continued along 16th Street as Chicago police officers in squad cars closed down streets to allow the marchers to pass unhindered by traffic.

Rosenthal died Friday evening at his home in the 1500 block of South Keeler Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood, and the medical examiner’s office ruled his death a suicide from a gunshot wound to the head.

Police said the teen fled when officers tried to question him after spotting him with a weapon just before 7 p.m. Friday. A short time afterward, Rosenthal shot himself in the head, police said.

But Rosenthal’s family vehemently denies the teen would have ever shot himself and laid the blame on the officers, who they said they believe shot him based on what individuals who claim to have witnessed the incident have said.

“Steven was on the stairwell of his grandmother’s house on the West Side of Chicago when police officers stormed up the stairwell chasing,” the family’s attorney, Andrew Stroth, said at a news conference prior to the march Sunday. “Within moments, these officers, without cause or provocation, shot and killed 15-year old Steven. … Based on several eyewitness accounts, these officers ended the hopes and the dreams of a talented young man with a bright future.”

Rosenthal’s aunt, the teen’s legal guardian, sobbed as she made a public plea to Mayor Rahm Emanuel to order the release of any body camera recordings of the shooting.

“My 15-year old nephew Steven was shot and killed by the Chicago Police Department,” Terinica Thomas-Level, 28, said, weeping and shaking visibly as she stood before the news media. “I need the attention of Mayor Emanuel. I need to see evidence. Body cams. They need to release the video. My nephew would never commit suicide ever. … If he (Emanuel) even had the smallest compassion for our family, he’d get those videotapes released.”

On Sunday, police spokesman Michael Carroll said that the shooting remains under investigation and that the department “has not come to a point where the decision has been made to release the body cam video.”

Carroll said he was not aware of whether any formal complaint had been lodged by the family alleging police misconduct in the death of Rosenthal.

Stroth said that he and the family are demanding a “full, independent and transparent” investigation into Rosenthal’s death. So far, the family has not been able to view his remains, he said.

“The medical examiner has not released Steven’s body,” Stroth said at the news conference. “The family is demanding to see the body, the family is demanding to see the evidence, the family is demanding to see the supposed, alleged weapon that was on the scene. The family deserves justice, and that’s what the family is fighting for.”

©2018 Chicago Tribune


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Wolcott man gets arrested for UPM.

State - NY Police - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 10:52
On August 20, 2018, Troopers out of SP Wolcott arrested Connor T. Pendleton, 20, of Wolcott, New York for unlawful possession of marijuana, improper turn without signalling and failure to stop for stop sign.
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