Law Enforcement

Florida Sheriff: 'What Do You Expect Happens When You Demonize Law Enforcement?' - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:42
Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz suggested that the demonization of law enforcement may be partially to blame for the deaths of Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey.
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Law Enforcement’s Role in the Opioid Epidemic - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:45
Partnerships through task forces, using policing tools in new ways, field testing technology and equipping officers with what they need will go a long way in fighting the deadly opioid crisis.
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Illinois Judge Accused of Lying to Police - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:15
A circuit judge lied to detectives about his contact with an ex-roommate charged with murdering a man in east Belleville, a state judicial board says.
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California Police Bust Suspected Beer Truck Bandit - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 11:10
A 46-year-old transient man wearing little more than a pair of American flag shorts stole a Coors beer truck late Thursday morning.
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Woman Suspected in Minnesota, Florida Deaths Caught in Texas

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:46
NewsA tip-off led to the arrest in Texas of a woman who investigators believe killed her husband in Minnesota then fled to Florida, where she fatally shot her doppelganger with the intention of assuming her identity, an official said Friday.Contributed Author: Associated Press
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Alabama Mail-bomber the Oldest Executed in US Modern Times

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:40
NewsAn Alabama man convicted of sending mail bombs during a wave of Southern terror has been executed for killing a federal judge, becoming the oldest prisoner put to death in the U.S. in modern times.Contributed Author: Kim Chandler, Associated PressTopics: Death Penalty
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Police Say Teen Who Searched for Missing Pal Was His Killer

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:35
NewsA 16-year-old who was part of a search party looking for a missing high school sports star led the group to discover the boy's body but investigators suspect he was the person who fatally stabbed his longtime friend and left his body in bushes near a riverbed, Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives said Thursday.Contributed Author: Michael Balsamo, Associated PressTopics: Crime Scene
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Arkansas Agency Catches Criminals with Cryptocurrency - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:32
In 2017, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office cyber crimes unit came across a problem when, during a vice operation, the need came up to use Bitcoin, a type of cryptocurrency.
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Missing Adult

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:29
She has not been seen since April 11.
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Chicago cop faces potential firing over fatal OIS of bat-wielding teen

Police One - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:21

By Jeremy Gorner and Dan Hinkel Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — A Chicago Police Board member has ruled that Officer Robert Rialmo will face potential firing by the full board for the fatal 2015 shooting of a teenager carrying a baseball bat and an innocent bystander.

The decision by Eva-Dina Delgado comes after police Superintendent Eddie Johnson disagreed with the finding by the city’s police disciplinary agency, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, that the shooting was unjustified and that Rialmo should be fired.

She could have sided with Johnson and ended the disciplinary case against Rialmo.

Delgado, who works in government and community relations for Peoples Gas and was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the Police Board in 2016, announced her decision shortly after the board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting began Thursday night at police headquarters.

In keeping with city ordinance, Delgado was the Police Board member randomly chosen to assess if Johnson had met “his burden of overcoming” COPA’s recommendation to fire Rialmo. Delgado determined that Johnson did not clear that bar.

“This finding does not mean that the conclusions reached by (COPA) are correct and that the superintendent’s conclusions are incorrect,” Delgado said in announcing her decision.

Her ruling means that the Police Board — a nine-member panel that includes eight Emanuel appointees — will take on a divisive case that has stirred strong emotions among both police reform advocates and the department’s rank-and-file. Activists have called for Rialmo’s firing, while his defenders, including police union leaders, have said he was justified in shooting an armed assailant.

After the Police Board meeting Thursday night, Johnson spoke of the emotions that the fatal shootings of Quintonio LeGrier, 19, and bystander Bettie Jones, 55, have stirred.

“You know that doesn’t escape me,” the superintendent told reporters. “I’m a black man (who) grew up in this city. I raised my family here. … But at the end of the day, I have to leave emotions from myself, the community and elected officials out of it.”

Johnson said he respected the city’s disciplinary process and acknowledged that he and COPA sometimes disagree over individual cases.

“But the important thing is there’s a process in place to resolve disagreements,” he told reporters. “I honor the process.”

Martin Preib, second vice president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, addressed the board following Delgado’s announcement, blasting her ruling as “despicable and false.”

“What you have done tonight has paralyzed the police,” Preib said.

Larry Rogers Jr., a lawyer representing Jones’ family in a pending lawsuit, praised Delgado’s decision while slamming Johnson for his recommendation.

“COPA was created because officers protect officers,” Rogers told the Police Board. “What Superintendent Johnson did is no different than what we’ve seen” before.

After the meeting, LeGrier’s mother, Janet Cooksey, told reporters that Jones wasn’t the only innocent person shot by Rialmo.

“My son called the police three times!” she said. “You don’t call somebody three times to try to attack them!”

Cooksey said she felt relieved by Delgado’s decision to send the case to the full board.

“Rialmo has to be fired,” she said. “I don’t have a child. I’ll never be a grandmother. I have to live with this every day.”

Neither Rialmo nor his lawyer attended the meeting.

The shooting of LeGrier and Jones on the day after Christmas 2015 has attracted intense attention. Not only was a bystander killed, but it also marked Chicago’s first fatal police shooting since the court-ordered release a month earlier of video of a white officer shooting black teen Laquan McDonald 16 times. The video, released in November 2015, outraged black and Latino Chicagoans who aired long-standing objections about their treatment by police. Efforts to overhaul the department and curb uses of force continue more than two years later.

Rialmo, who also faces a separate disciplinary investigation and misdemeanor criminal charges over a December 2017 bar fight captured on security cameras, has been stripped of his police powers and placed on paid desk duty.

About 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 26, 2015, Rialmo and his partner responded to 911 calls about a domestic disturbance at an apartment in the 4700 block of West Erie Street, where LeGrier was staying with his father. LeGrier, apparently suffering from mental health problems, had behaved strangely as a student at Northern Illinois University and had run-ins with police and other students, records show.

Jones, who lived downstairs, pointed police to the second floor. Then LeGrier came down the stairs with a baseball bat, according to an analysis released last year by Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office, which declined to bring criminal charges against Rialmo. As Rialmo backed down the stairs, he fired eight times, hitting LeGrier six times, prosecutors found. Jones, who stood behind the teen during the incident, was shot once in the chest.

COPA investigators raised doubts about Rialmo's accounts of the shooting, determining that the evidence suggested LeGrier likely did not swing the bat at Rialmo, as the officer contended. COPA's ruling also found that Rialmo was probably farther from LeGrier when he fired the shots than the officer contended.

But Johnson sided with Rialmo's contention that LeGrier swung the bat at him. He also voiced doubts about witness accounts placing the officer a significant distance from the teen and rejected other potential evidence as irrelevant. Johnson concluded that Rialmo faced immediate danger and that his actions were reasonable.

©2018 the Chicago Tribune

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State Police investigate a homicide in the town of Duane

State - NY Police - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:17
New York State Police arrested two suspects in connection with a homicide investigation. 
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Prince's Death: Superstar Didn't Know He Was Taking Fentanyl, No One Charged With a Crime

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:04
NewsMusic superstar Prince died two years ago because he thought he was taking the common painkiller Vicodin when, unbeknownst to him, it was laced with deadly fentanyl, authorities said Thursday. Just short of two years after Prince's death, authorities announced that no one will be charged with a crime in connection with his death because there's no evidence showing how he got fake Vicodin laced with fentanyl.Contributed Author: Maria Puente, USA TodayTopics: Toxicology
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Detectives Request the Public’s Help to Identify a Suspect

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 09:55
The woman kicked the bottom window of the door of a bus carrying special needs students.
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