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NYSP seeks assistance in locating people who threw dogs out of moving vehicle along Interstate

State - NY Police - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 11:12
New York State Police at Homer is seeking the public’s assistance locating the people responsible for throwing two dogs out of a moving vehicle in Cortland County on Wednesday. 

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Officer demoted after giving retired K-9 to animal shelter

Police One - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:37

By PoliceOne Staff

JACKSON, Miss. — A K-9 officer has been demoted after he gave his retired K-9 to an animal shelter, KCCI reports.

The dog, Ringo, was retired in November after serving as a narcotics K-9 for almost 10 years.

According to Randy Hare of the Alpha Canine Training Center, officers were expected to take care of Ringo after he retired from the force, but what happened to him isn’t uncommon.

“A lot of times they're treated like equipment, and when they're treated like equipment, sometimes they're disposed of like equipment," Hare said.

Hare, who originally trained Ringo, ended up adopting him after he found out he was at the animal shelter.


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Death Row Executions Remain Near Historic Lows in 2018

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:25
NewsThree states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday.Contributed Author: Jessica Gresko, Associated PressTopics: Death Penalty
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5 Convicted in Meningitis Outbreak Case; 1 Acquitted

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:22
NewsFour former employees and an owner of the Massachusetts facility responsible for a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed more than 100 people and sickened hundreds were convicted Thursday of fraud and other offenses.Contributed Author: Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated PressTopics: Crime Lab
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Schenectady man arrested for Grand Larceny 3rd

State - NY Police - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:17

49 year old Schenectady man arrested in for falsifying records to unlawfully obtain $3,975 in unemployment benefits.

 

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Serial Killer Pleads Guilty in Texas Woman's 1994 Death

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:15
NewsA 78-year-old prisoner who says he killed about 90 people over nearly four decades as he moved around the country pleaded guilty to murder Thursday in the 1994 strangulation of a Texas woman.Contributed Author: David Warren, Associated Press
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SP Clifton Park Arrest

State - NY Police - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:14

Michael J. Edinger

Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child  

 

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Life Expectancy for Blacks in US Driven Down by Guns

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:12
NewsYoung black Americans are two times more likely to die from firearms than whites, according to a new study published in BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine.Contributed Author: Columbia University's Mailman School of Public HealthTopics: Firearms
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DeKalb County Police Department (GA)

Law Enforcement LODD - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 10:06
Police Officer Edgar Flores was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Candler Road, near I-20, at approximately 5:00 pm. During the course of the traffic stop, the suspect fled...

Death Sentences Plummet Across California

Officer.com - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:57
So far this year, no one in Riverside County has been sentenced to death, reflecting a trend seen in California and across the country, according to a new report.
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New York's Top Court Rules Police Disciplinary Records Can Remain Secret

Officer.com - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:47
New York's top court has reaffirmed the scope of a law that keeps disciplinary decisions of police officers confidential and shields the records from public scrutiny.
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Florida Supreme Court: 'Stand Your Ground' Protects Law Enforcement Officers In Line of Duty

Officer.com - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:35
Law enforcement officers who use deadly force in the line of duty can now invoke the state’s ‘stand your ground’ law to protect themselves from prosecution, Florida's high court ruled.
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The GL06 40 mm Launcher

Officer.com - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 09:30
The B&T GL06 launcher and SIR less lethal ammunition family is the state of the art in point-of-aim/ point-of-impact less lethal system for public order, law enforcement and peacekeeping operations. The system will secure the human rights of protesters...
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Auburn man gets arrested for DWAI and AUO.

State - NY Police - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 08:57
On December 13, 2018, Troopers out of SP Auburn arrested Sean M. Helmick, 32, of Auburn, New York for driving with ability impaired by alcohol, rent/lease a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, possession of an open container, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and inadequate plate light.
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Paris police bracing for more violent protests

Police One - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 08:34

by Associated Press

PARIS — Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, Paris' police chief said Friday that armored vehicles and thousands of officers will be deployed again in the French capital this weekend.

Michel Delpuech told RTL radio that security services intend to deploy the same numbers and strength as last weekend, with about 8,000 officers and 14 armored vehicles again in Paris.

Delpuech said the biggest difference will be the deployment of more groups of patrol officers to catch vandals, who last weekend roamed streets around the Champs Elysees, causing damage and looting. Police arrested more than 1,000 people in Paris last weekend and 135 people were injured, including 17 police officers

A sixth "yellow vest" protester was killed this week, hit by a truck at a protest roadblock. Despite calls from authorities urging protesters — who wear the fluorescent safety vests that France requires drivers to keep in their cars — to stop the protests, the movement rocking the country has showed no signs of abating.

"Last week, we pretty much handled the yellow vests but we also witnessed scenes of breakage and looting by criminals," Delpuech said. "Our goal will be to better control this aspect."

In an effort to defuse the tensions sweeping the country, French President Emmanuel Macron has acknowledged he's partially responsible for the anger behind the anti-government protests. He has announced a series of measures aimed at improving French workers' spending power but has refused to reinstate a wealth tax.

Many protesters have expressed disappointment at the measures and some trade unions are now calling for rolling strikes across the country.

"The best action is to go on strike," said Philippe Martinez, the head of leftist trade union CGT. "There are inequalities in this country and we need to make big company bosses pay."

French Interior minister Christophe Castaner urged protesters to express themselves peacefully in the wake of a two-day manhunt for a man suspected of killing three people in the eastern city of Strasbourg that mobilized hundreds of police.

"I can't stand the idea that today people applaud police forces and that tomorrow some people will think it makes sense to throw stones at us," Castaner said from Strasbourg, where the suspect was killed on Thursday.

Among the various calls for demonstrations, one group of yellow vests called for a non-violent protest on the Place de la Republique in Paris under the slogan "Je Suis Strasbourg" (I am Strasbourg), a reference to the "Je Suis Charlie" motto used by supporters of freedom of speech after a 2015 attack in which 12 people were killed at the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo.


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Sodus man gets arrested for UPM.

State - NY Police - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 08:34
On December 13, 2018, Troopers out of SP Wolcott arrested Adam C. Demorest, 24, of Sodus, New York for unlawful possession of marijuana and operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection certificate.
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Ga. officer killed during traffic stop ID'd

Police One - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 08:27

By Associated Press

DECATUR, Ga. — A Georgia police officer and a suspect died Thursday night after a traffic stop led to a foot chase and shooting just east of Atlanta, authorities said.

DeKalb County police Chief James Conroy said at a news conference that Officer Edgar Isidro Flores and the suspect died at an Atlanta hospital from injuries sustained during the Thursday evening shooting, according to news outlets.

"Tonight, a DeKalb County Police officer died in the line of duty serving its citizens of DeKalb County," Conroy said.

A police dog was also shot and was listed in critical condition.

Conroy said the shooting followed a traffic stop. Conroy said the suspect fled, shot Flores and hid behind a business. The suspect then shot a police K-9, prompting officers to shoot the suspect, Conroy said.

"I am very proud of the men and women of the police department. They responded to the scene, were able to track the suspect, they did their job," Conroy said, according to WSB-TV .

Conroy said Flores had been with the department for less than two years. The suspect was described as a man in his 20s to 30s.

Flores was the fifth Georgia officer killed in the line of duty this year, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution .

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

The shooting caused a nearby portion of Interstate 20 to be briefly shut down, leading to rush-hour traffic jams.

Governor-elect Brian Kemp tweeted his condolences for the officer.

"We are forever grateful for his service and sacrifice," he wrote. "Our prayers are with those who mourn."


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Ga. officer, suspect killed after traffic stop; K-9 injured

Police One - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 08:27

By Associated Press

DECATUR, Ga. — A Georgia police officer and a suspect died Thursday night after a traffic stop led to a foot chase and shooting just east of Atlanta, authorities said.

DeKalb County police Chief James Conroy said at a news conference that the unidentified officer and suspect died at an Atlanta hospital from injuries sustained during the Thursday evening shooting, according to news outlets.

"Tonight, a DeKalb County Police officer died in the line of duty serving its citizens of DeKalb County," Conroy said.

A police dog was also shot and was listed in critical condition.

Conroy said the shooting followed a traffic stop. Conroy said the suspect fled, shot the pursuing DeKalb County officer and hid behind a business. The suspect then shot a police K-9, prompting officers to shoot the suspect, Conroy said.

"I am very proud of the men and women of the police department. They responded to the scene, were able to track the suspect, they did their job," Conroy said, according to WSB-TV .

Conroy said the slain officer had been with the department for less than two years. The suspect was described as a man in his 20s to 30s.

The DeKalb officer was the fifth Georgia officer killed in the line of duty this year, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution .

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

The shooting caused a nearby portion of Interstate 20 to be briefly shut down, leading to rush-hour traffic jams.

Governor-elect Brian Kemp tweeted his condolences for the officer.

"We are forever grateful for his service and sacrifice," he wrote. "Our prayers are with those who mourn."


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Court: Fla. police can use 'stand your ground' law

Police One - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 08:15

by Curt Anderson Associated Press

MIAMI — Florida law enforcement officers can invoke the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law to protect them from criminal prosecution in some instances of deadly force, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday.

The court issued its 7-0 decision in the case of Peter Peraza, a Broward County sheriff's deputy charged with manslaughter in the 2013 fatal shooting of a man carrying what turned out to be an air rifle.

Peraza's lawyers claimed he was immune from prosecution under the stand your ground law, which permits use of deadly force when a person has a legitimate fear of "imminent death or great bodily harm." The justices agreed with two lower court rulings, which concluded that the law applies to law enforcement officers the same as anyone else.

"Simply put, a law enforcement officer is a 'person' whether on duty or off, and irrespective of whether the officer is making an arrest," Justice Alan Lawson wrote for the court.

"In common understanding, 'person' refers to a 'human being,' which is not occupation-specific and plainly includes human beings serving as law enforcement officers," he added.

Peraza shot 33-year-old Jermaine McBean during a confrontation with deputies at his apartment complex. Several people had called 911 to report a man openly carrying a rifle down a busy street and acting erratically.

"It's a groundbreaking ruling," said Peraza attorney Eric Schwartzreich. "Every law enforcement officer in the state of Florida can go to work and do their job and not worry about being second-guessed."

But David Schoen, an attorney for the McBean family, called the decision a "slap in the face" to honest law enforcement officers and to anyone who might come forward to report police misconduct.

"This is a grave injustice that sends exactly the wrong message to the country at exactly the wrong time," Schoen said in an email.

During an earlier court hearing, Peraza testified that he and others loudly ordered McBean to put down the weapon. Instead, according to Peraza, a white Hispanic, he spun around pointing it toward them and Peraza fired three shots, killing McBean, who was black.

McBean's family has said he was diagnosed as bipolar in 2010 and had recently suffered a breakdown that required hospitalization.

Peraza testified that he was in fear for his life when he fired the shots and sought immunity from prosecution under the stand your ground law. A Broward County judge agreed and that decision was upheld by the 4th District Court of Appeal, but another appeals court had ruled the opposite way in a different case.

The Supreme Court decision resolves the question. Peraza, 40, had faced a maximum 30-year prison sentence if convicted of the manslaughter charge.

The state had argued that the stand your ground law didn't apply to law enforcement officers because they are already protected when using justifiable force during a lawful arrest. On Thursday, the Broward County State Attorney's Office issued a statement saying it had never supported the law and that there was evidence and testimony that contradicted Peraza's account.

"Stand your ground is a bad law and it doesn't allow a trial jury to hear the evidence and make a decision," the statement said.

Schoen said the decision ignores testimony that McBean never pointed the rifle at the deputies and that he didn't hear commands to drop it because he was listening to music through earbuds. Schoen said the family will pursue a federal civil rights lawsuit against Peraza.

"The entire premise of the decision is based on a lie that is absolutely and indisputably a lie," he said.


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