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Agents with expired vests vented, prepared for 'misfortune'

Police One - 6 hours 40 min ago

By Julie Carr Smyth Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents and supervisors raised repeated concerns about expired body armor for more than a year before a union grievance was filed this May, public records show.

Emails released by Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine's office shed new light on behind-the-scenes anxiety surrounding more than 50 bulletproof vests that had passed the five-year expiration date set by the National Institute of Justice.

"I WILL NOT ALLOW MY FOLKS TO GO THROUGH A SINGLE DOOR!!!," a BCI supervisor declared in one of the emails obtained by The Associated Press.

All vests are now on order, said DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney, following a report on the grievance by The Associated Press.

As he gathered statistics on the number of expired vests, one employee emailed he was "afraid to ask" how old one officer's vest was.

Another employee said the vest situation could "seriously limit personnel that are able to participate in search warrants and other law enforcement functions."

One law enforcement agent described a practice he'd started that he urged colleagues to follow: submitting a monthly photograph of his vest to management.

"This will create an e-mail paper trail that can be recovered by your spouse in case of any misfortune! (May the good Lord forbid this!)," he wrote.

As agents' concerns burgeoned, DeWine was scheduled to be fitted for a vest of his own. Tierney said the attorney general did not ask for — nor did he ever receive — that body armor.

"The attorney general did not request a vest, to our knowledge," he said. "The best we can tell, this was staff members being proactive." Tierney said two staff members who scheduled DeWine's fitting are no longer with the office and couldn't be asked how the appointment came about.

Body armor has become common in law enforcement, and special agent Larry McCoy told the Ohio Labor Council in his May 3 grievance that 53 of 99 special agents, investigators and personnel transport workers were assigned Kevlar vests that had expired.

Ballistic panels woven into the vests are designed to stop bullets for five years, even with heavy wear and tear. After that, though, manufacturers no longer guarantee their effectiveness in attacks.

Tierney said 95 special agents, two evidence security transport officers and two other bureau investigators are among 115 sworn attorney general employees assigned protective vests.

DeWine's office has said fittings for the expired vests already were underway when the grievance was filed, but DeWine, a candidate for governor, has faced intense pushback over the situation in his race against Democrat Richard Cordray.

Last week, DeWine announced he would partner with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to make available safety grant funding to help local police agencies pay for bulletproof vests.

The Fraternal Order of Police said it was grateful for the added financial help but "dismayed" that DeWine appeared to be politicizing a police safety issue.

"DeWine has had seven years to take law enforcement officers' safety seriously, and he's waited until it's politically necessary and expedient to do so," FOP President Gary Wolske said last week, on a phone call coordinated by the Cordray campaign.

"As members of the FOP, we put our lives on the line every day to keep Ohioans and their families safe and we deserve to be treated with respect, not as political props."

Tierney said DeWine has acknowledged the vest issue and is working through the union grievance process to address it.

"To our knowledge, every individual who is not on a leave right now has been fitted and their vest has been fitted and the manufacturing process has begun," he said.


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Newark woman gets arrested for UPM.

State - NY Police - 6 hours 44 min ago
On August 20, 2018, Troopers out of SP Lyons arrested Samantha T. Labar, 22, of Newark, New York for unlawful possession of marijuana, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and obstructed view.
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1,600 attend funeral for Detroit LEO hit by speeding SUV

Police One - 6 hours 45 min ago

Associated Press

UTICA, Mich. — More than 1,600 people attended the funeral for a newlywed police officer who was struck and killed by a speeding SUV outside a Detroit nightclub.

A requiem Mass was held Monday for 30-year-old Fadi Shukur at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church in Utica. He died Aug. 15 from injuries he suffered 11 days earlier while helping with crowd control near the club on the city's west side.

Shukur got married June 29.

The Detroit News reports that Detroit Police Chief James Craig described Shukur as a "true American hero."

Mayor Mike Duggan said officers like Shukur are helping Detroit in its turnaround by reducing crime and making it a "great, safe city."

A 19-year-old man is charged with reckless driving causing death and second-degree murder in Shukur's death.


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NYPD Chief Defends Detective Who Used Chokehold on Man

Officer.com - 6 hours 46 min ago
NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan did not specifically address Detective Fabio Nunez’s use of the chokehold in his July 14 arrest of Tomas Medina, but said in an internal video for officers that the cop's handling of the incident was appropriate.
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Clyde woman gets arrested for DWI and multiple violations.

State - NY Police - 6 hours 52 min ago
On August 19, 2018, Troopers out of SP Wolcott arrested Trena L. Cook, 58, of Clyde, New York for driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC greater than .08, refusal to submit to a breath test, unsafe backing and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.
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Cold Case Tuesday: Troop A continues to investigate the 1991 discovery of skeletal remains in Niagara County

State - NY Police - 6 hours 54 min ago
New York State Police in Niagara continue to investigate the discovery of skeletal remains of an unidentified man 27 years ago in Niagara County.
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Marion man gets arrested for aggravated DWI.

State - NY Police - 6 hours 59 min ago
On August 19, 2018, Troopers out of SP Williamson arrested Travis E. Kolstad, 44, of Marion, New York for driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving while intoxicated.
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Cato man gets arrested for DWI and multiple violations.

State - NY Police - 7 hours 6 min ago
On August 19, 2018, Troopers out of SP Auburn arrested Christopher M. Saxe, 36, of Cato, New York for driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC greater than .08%, operating a motor vehicle without a valid inspection certificate, driving to the left of a no passing zone, failure to dim head lights and speeding.
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3 Philly Officers Injured, Suspect Killed During Warrant Operation

Police Magazine - 7 hours 11 min ago

Three Philadelphia officers were injured and a suspect killed during a warrant operation Monday afternoon in the city's Tacony section. The suspect allegedly struck an undercover officer with a car. The suspect was killed when one of the officers opened fire.

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. All three officers were in stable condition at a local hospital, Philly.com reported Monday evening.

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

 

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Video: Kentucky Troopers Perform with Oak Ridge Boys at State Fair

Police Magazine - 7 hours 11 min ago

VIDEO: Kentucky Troopers Perform with Oak Ridge Boys at State Fair

When troopers at the Kentucky State Fair posted a video lobbying to perform with the Oak Ridge Boys at their concert, they probably didn't expect to be taken seriously.

Trooper Robert Purdy and Trooper Corey King posted a video of the two of them singing the hook from the band's famous song "Elvira" and joked about joining the group onstage.

The video made its way to the band, who not only appeared in one of the duo's daily State Fair videos but also invited the Troopers to come up on stage, Lex18 reports.

 

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Colorado Officer Shot Responding to Home Invasion, 4 Suspects at Large

Police Magazine - 7 hours 11 min ago

A search is ongoing for at least four suspects after a Cherry Hills Village, CO, police officer was shot and wounded while responding to a home invasion robbery.

Officer Cory Sack was shot in the ankle and leg in a confrontation with the robbery suspects. He is recovering at the hospital. He went into surgery early Tuesday morning and is expected to make a full recovery, CBS Denver reports.

Officers responded to a 911 hang-up call at the home at 11 p.m. Sack responded and when he entered the home, he came across two intruders. Gunfire was exchanged and Sack was wounded but was able to get out of the line of fire. No residents of the home were hurt, although they were in the home at the time.

The suspects escaped. A manhunt is under way.

 

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Video: Family Expected to Sue Charlotte Police Over 2016 Fatal OIS That Sparked Riots

Police Magazine - 7 hours 11 min ago

VIDEO: Family Expected to Sue Charlotte Police Over 2016 Fatal OIS That Sparked Riots

The family of Keith Lamont Scott, who was shot and killed by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer in September 2016 in an incident that sparked days of rioting and protests in the city, plans to file a lawsuit against the city and the police department, according to sources.

Scott was shot and killed by police Sept. 20, 2016, outside his apartment in the University area.

The district attorney determined the officer who pulled the trigger was justified in the shooting. CMPD also cleared the officer of any wrongdoing in its internal investigation.

Last year, the Citizens Review Board, which investigates complaints about police conduct, split four to four on the question of whether police acted correctly. 

Sources told Channel 9 the Scott family could file their case against the city and police department as early as Tuesday.

 

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Tucson Police Use Mannequins to Convince Drivers to Slow Down

Police Magazine - 7 hours 11 min ago

Tucson Police's Operation Division South Motor Squad took a different and non-traditional approach to help raise awareness for safe driving last week.

According to the department, mannequins were placed at different intersections around Tucson in an effort to lower collision statistics and urge drivers to pay better attention to their driving and what is around them. 

The mannequins were dressed like officers and placed in and around police vehicles near intersections that are or have been known for vehicle crashes, ABC15 reports.

Tucson police say the campaign will continue this week.

 

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Video: NYPD Officers Verbally Abused on Streets, Not Allowed to Respond

Police Magazine - 7 hours 11 min ago

VIDEO: NYPD Officers Verbally Abused on Streets, Not Allowed to Respond

NYPD officers are increasingly being subjected to vicious verbal abuse on New York City streets — and doing next to nothing about it — because of a hands-off policy that’s being preached from the top, law enforcement sources told The New York Post.

In the latest in a string of caught-on-video examples of brazen disrespect and abuse toward officers, a group of six uniformed officers is subjected to an blue-language tirade hurled by a man who had fit the description of a suspect but turned out not to be their man.

The officers allowed the 20-year-old to videotape himself going on an offensive, foul-mouthed tirade against them for nearly five minutes before one of the officers finally did something despite all but one of his fellow cops walking away, the video shows.

Some law enforcement sources said the incident once again illustrates the ridiculous hands-off approach that officers have been trained in.

“Your hands are tied,’’ a source said.

Disrespect for officers has gotten so bad that Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins sent a letter to Police Commissioner James O’Neill last week blasting him for the “lawlessness and complete lack of respect for police officers that has been so blatant under your tenure.”

 

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Moravia man gets arrested for DWI.

State - NY Police - 7 hours 14 min ago
On August 19, 2018, Troopers out of SP Auburn arrested Paul J. Wells, 22, of Moravia, New York for driving while intoxicated.
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Auburn man gets arrested for UPM.

State - NY Police - 7 hours 24 min ago
On August 19, 2018, Troopers out of SP Auburn arrested Devon C. Thomas, 19, of Auburn, New York for unlawful possession of marijuana and speeding.
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Williamson woman gets arrested for UPM.

State - NY Police - 7 hours 27 min ago
On August 19, 2018, Troopers out of SP Williamson arrested Lyndsey R. Zimmerman, 18, of Williamson, New York for unlawful possession of marijuana.
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Wolcott woman gets arrested for UPM.

State - NY Police - 7 hours 32 min ago
On August 19, 2018, Troopers out of SP Wolcott arrested Kaitlynn N. Wollek, 19, of Wolcott, New York for unlawful possession of marijuana.
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Officials Believe Body of Iowa Student Mollie Tibbetts Found

Forensic Magazine - 7 hours 46 min ago
ArticleInvestigators have recovered a body believed to be that of 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared from her small hometown in central Iowa a month ago, a spokesman for a reward fund said Tuesday.Contributed Author: Ryan Foley, Associated PressTopics: Unsolved
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Methamphetamine arrest in Schuyler Falls

State - NY Police - 8 hours 30 min ago
On August 20, 2018, State Police arrested 56-year-old Kenneth P. Gumlaw of Schuyler Falls for possessing and manufacturing methamphetamine.
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