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RI State Police Investigates Fatal Crash on Route 6 in Johnston; Victim Identified as Cranston Resident

State - RI Police - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:15
Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, states that troopers are investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Route 6 in Johnston. The victim was identified as Kimberly D. Oliveira, age 45, of 191 Pheasant Drive,
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Justices Adopt New Privacy Rules for Cellphone Tracking

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:14
NewsThe Supreme Court says police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects’ movements by collecting information about where they’ve used their cellphones.Contributed Author: Mark Sherman, Associated PressTopics: Mobile Forensics
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Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty in Killing of Catholic Nuns

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:11
NewsA Mississippi man admitted Thursday that he killed two Roman Catholic nuns, pleading guilty to murder in an agreement that avoided the death penalty, which was opposed by the women's families and their religious orders.Contributed Author: Jeff Amy, Associated Press
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Victimology & Bullying Survey

Officer.com - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:11
The end goal is to ascertain if there is any connection between a societal shift toward pacifism and the perception of being the victim of bullying.
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Prop. 47 Lessened Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 10:09
NewsA new study found that ballot measure Prop. 47 reduced felony drug arrests by nearly 75 percent across California, and also helped to alleviate some of the inequality between blacks and whites in how often they got arrested on drug charges.Contributed Author: University of California—San Francisco
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Police organizations urge restraint in judging LEO in fatal OIS of teen

Police One - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:50

By Wes Venteicher The Tribune-Review

EAST PITTSBURGH — The county and state fraternal orders of police are urging people to reserve judgment until the legal process plays out for Michael Rosfeld, the police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose.

The organizations called for restraint as hundreds of people protested outside the Allegheny County Courthouse on Thursday, asking for justice and calling on District Attorney Stephen Zappala to “side with the people” in his investigation of the shooting.

Henry Wiehagen, the Allegheny County FOP president of 20 years, defended Zappala.

“We believe in the legal system,” Wiehagen said. “Let the evidence take us where it takes us. If he's guilty, he's guilty. If he isn't, he isn't; that's up to the legal system.”

The Allegheny County Police Department on Thursday identified the East Pittsburgh officer as Michael Rosfeld. Authorities have said the officer shot Rose when the teenager fled after the officer pulled over the vehicle in which Rose was riding. Officers suspected the vehicle had been involved in a drive-by shooting nearby.

Wiehagen, who was a police officer for 44 years, added that the officer would have to justify his actions, likely within 24 to 48 hours according to most police contracts.

“It's not an easy job,” he said. “I feel bad for everybody involved here.”

Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge President Les Neri echoed Wiehagen's caution.

“Police officers never know when rapidly evolving situations will lead them to the use of deadly force,” Neri said in a statement. “When these encounters occur, everyone must resist a dangerous rush to judgment that only serves to cause more injury, division and heartbreak. … Every citizen, even law enforcement officers, must be given due process and presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

Protestors have SHUT DOWN the parkway. #AntwonRose protest pic.twitter.com/xNIFaDJhqy

— Mike Holden (@WPXIMikeHolden) June 22, 2018

Traffic was stopped in both directions for 5.5 hours on 376 last night as a a group of demonstrators blocked traffic protesting the death of Antwon Rose Jr. #AntwonRose @TribLIVE pic.twitter.com/wfI6FL6PzV

— Andrew Russell (@RussBurgh) June 22, 2018

©2018 The Tribune-Review (Greensburg, Pa.)


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Arrest in 1986 Cold Case Murder of 12-year-old Washington Girl Abducted from Park

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:47
NewsTacoma police have arrested a man suspected of killing a 12-year-old girl more than three decades ago. The News Tribune reports 66-year-old Gary Hartman was booked into Pierce County Jail Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Michella Welch.Contributed Author: CBS/AP
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Police, friends and family bid slain Kan. deputies farewell

Police One - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:29

By Ian Cummings, Glenn E. Rice, Lauren Fox, Katie Bernard and Robert A. Cronkleton The Kansas City Star

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Uniformed officers wheeled two caskets into the middle of Children's Mercy Park on Thursday, surrounded by flags, bouquets of flowers and bagpipe music.

In front of each casket sat a grieving family, collectively mourning slain Wyandotte County sheriff's deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer, who were killed in a shooting last Friday while transporting a prisoner in downtown Kansas City, Kan.

Speaking to the assembled crowd of loved ones, law enforcement officers from around the country and members of the public, Sheriff Don Ash praised the deputies, reminding everyone of the debt owed to them.

"Thank you just isn't good enough but it's the best we can do," Ash said. "I know some of you will remember our brother and sister but that's not enough. I want you to honor them."

Much of what followed struck a sadly familiar chord for many of those gathered for the public funeral. King and Rohrer were the third and fourth Wyandotte County law enforcement officers to die in the line of duty since 2016. Ceremonies for all four have been held in the soccer stadium and followed procedures — the military honors, the flyover, the motorcade — written by Kansas City, Kan., Police Capt. Robert "Dave" Melton. He was killed in the line of duty shortly after designing the funeral protocols.

Attending the funeral were hundreds of police officers from all over Kansas, Missouri and beyond — including some from Minnesota, Ohio and New York.

They came to honor the two deputies, who were fatally shot about 11:15 a.m. last Friday while transporting prisoners from a court hearing in downtown Kansas City, Kan., back to the jail just across the street.

At the funeral Thursday, friends and family members spoke about the ultimate sacrifices made by King and Rohrer and also about their lives as parents, co-workers and public servants.

King, who often went by "TK," had been about to start a new job in August as a school resource officer in her youngest daughter's school. The 44-year-old single mother of three was a 13-year veteran on the force and was well liked around the courthouse.

King was particularly close to Melton and Detective Brad Lancaster, the two members of the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department killed in the line of duty in 2016.

Deputies Rohrer and King will always be remembered as the heroes they were.@WycoSheriff we stand with you. pic.twitter.com/uBy6QRhDip

— Johnson Co KS Sheriff (@JOCOSHERIFF) June 22, 2018

Speaking to the crowd at Children's Mercy Park, her daughter Bailey King talked about the 80-hour weeks her mother worked to take care of her children.

As a deputy, Theresa King was a "mother hen" to everyone at work — including the inmates, her daughter said.

"Everything you did, you did for us," Bailey King said. "You have always been a hero and now the whole world knows it."

Those speaking of Rohrer, a 35-year-old husband and father of two young children, remembered an imaginative young man who became a dedicated deputy but never lost his sense of fun. They peppered their recollections with Rohrer's favorite "Star Wars" quotes.

If Rohrer were there, one friend remarked, he might say say: "Anger, fear and aggression will only lead us to the dark side." Or: "The Force is always with us."

Mingling with police officers in dress uniform outside the funeral Thursday were some of Rohrer's friends from Comic Con, in costume as Ghostbusters, "Star Wars" storm troopers and Super Girl, among others. Rohrer often visited patients at Children's Mercy Hospital dressed as a superhero.

Aside from his interest in superheroes and sci-fi, Rohrer lived life with a competitive spirit, his friends said. He had been a varsity letterman on the swim team at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. His family's motto became "Keep On Swimming."

"His sense of duty was a torch that burned inside of him and was taken away too soon," said Rob Richardson, a friend from Boy Scouts.

What exactly happened in the shooting that killed King and Rohrer remains under investigation by the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department.

Wanted to share these words from the brother-in-law of Dep. Patrick Rohrer, with his Star Wars figures sitting on the podium.#WeStandWithWyCo pic.twitter.com/8fzDq6dIp8

— Elliot Metz (@thatelliotmetz) June 21, 2018

The deputies were transporting two prisoners from the Wyandotte County Correctional and Court Services building when the shooting broke out in a secured parking area.

Police have said they think one of the prisoners, 30-year-old Antoine Fielder, took a gun from one of the deputies and shot them both. Fielder also was shot and injured. Authorities have said charges against him are forthcoming.

Sheriff Ash spoke about the dangers of law enforcement and the special role of his deputies as peacemakers.

"Theresa and Patrick are true heroes in every sense of the word," he said. "And we are here to not only pay our respects to their surviving family members but we truly honor their public service and sacrifice. Theresa and Patrick put their lives between a cold-blooded killer and the citizens they swore an oath to protect."

Deputy Max Sybrant, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 40, choked up as he recounted the distress call that went out over the radio when King and Rohrer were shot.

It's a call no officer wants to hear, Sybrant said: "Officer down."

"They fought," he said. "And they continued to fight until they could fight no longer, because that is what they were called to do."

Very powerful moment. The motorcades carrying Deputy King and Deputy Rohrer have left Children’s Mercy Park in a funeral procession. Many law enforcement following. @KCTV5 #WeStandWithWyCo pic.twitter.com/u7YenOQjDX

— Abigael Jaymes (@AbigaelKCTV5) June 21, 2018

When the deputies were overcome, help was on the way. Running to the scene, he remembered, were all their fellow officers — their friends or, in a way, their family.

"We're all one big family," Sybrant said.

Among the many lessons remembered at the funeral, one was summed up by Chaplain Therese Bangert, who talked about the shared responsibility between law enforcement and the public.

"Keeping the community safe is not just the job of the sheriff or the deputies," or other law enforcement, she said. "I believe every one of us has a duty to do our part."

Minutes later, dozens of funeral participants stationed around the stadium moved into action to fulfill their roles in the ceremony.

Officers took the flags from the caskets and folded them. The gunners sounded off the 21-gun salute. A bugler played taps.

A helicopter flew over the stadium, the bagpipes played again, and the pallbearers took the caskets out.

As the procession of vehicles headed to one of the funeral homes and passed by onlookers gathered at City Hall, the clouds broke and rain poured down.

The crowed ignored the weather and stood in the rain, watching as the deputies were taken away.

Funeral for Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer will begin shortly. #RIP #OfficerDown #ThinBlueLine #OfficerDown pic.twitter.com/PwbpKRsT60

— Shannon O'Brien (@ShannonOBTV) June 21, 2018

©2018 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.)


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LAPD's Highly-produced Body Camera Video Draws Scrutiny

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:25
NewsIn the city that's home to Hollywood, even releasing police body camera footage is a high-quality production. Los Angeles police made public body camera video under a new policy that requires the public see footage within 45 days of a "critical incident," which includes all fatal shootings and other police encounters that result in serious injury or the death of a civilian.Contributed Author: Michael Balsamo, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
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Motorcycle Theft

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 09:08
There is a "MOTOSYKES" logo on the windscreen of the motorcycle.
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Hope Valley Barracks

State - RI Police - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 08:00
At 8:56 AM, troopers arrested Louis Pacheco, age 40, of 1071 County Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts for 1.) Driving Under the Influence – 1st Offense 2.) Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test. 3.) Possession of a Controlled Substance I-V. The arrest was the result of troopers responding to a BOLO
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Train- pedestrian fatal collision

State - NY Police - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 07:32
On June 22, 2018 at 3:07 a.m., the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) out of SP Warsaw responded to railroad tracks off of Pflaum Road in the town of Middleburry for a deceased body.  Further investigation revealed that on June 21, 2018 around 11:00 p.m. a Norfolk Southern Train was eastbound and believed they struck a deer or bear and called it in.
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Scituate Barracks

State - RI Police - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 07:15
Media Contact: Captain Derek W. Borek, District A Commander, 401-444-1014 No arrests to report.
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Wickford Barracks

State - RI Police - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 07:00
MEDIA CONTACT: Acting Captain Christopher J. Schram, District "B" Commander, 444-1202 At 10:46 AM, Troopers arrested Nilton Pires, age 43, of 117 Laban Street Apartment #1, Providence Rhode Island, on a Wickford Barracks Felony Affidavit Arrest Warrant for the charges of 1.) Threats to a Public...
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Lincoln Woods Barracks

State - RI Police - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 06:30
Media Contact: Captain Derek W. Borek District "A" Commander State Police Headquarters 401-444-1014 At 10:00AM Troopers arrested Danny J. Tager Jr., age 33 of 48 Howarth Avenue, South Attleboro, Massachusetts on 1.) Affidavit Arrest Warrant for Domestic Cyberstalking and Cyber harassment...
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Florida Deputy Shot At During Pursuit Says He's Lucky to Be Alive

Officer.com - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 06:05
An already unbelievable police chase turned even more chaotic when authorities say a suspect opened fire on Martin County Sheriff's Deputy Gavin Werner.
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San Francisco Police Pushing 'De-Escalation' Tactics

Officer.com - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 06:02
San Francisco police are now using de-escalation tactics in some tricky situations. The city recently honored officers who helped bring dangerous confrontations to a peaceful end.
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Photo of the Week: Break from patrol

Police One - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 06:00

Author: PoliceOne Members

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Police Reportedly Closing In On 1970s Serial Killer Known As 'The Doodler'

Officer.com - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 05:59
San Francisco police are reportedly closing in on a serial killer known as "The Doodler." Authorities said he is responsible for the killings of more than a dozen gay men in the 1970s.
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