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More than 1,500 people attend vigil for Ill. shooting victims

Police One - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 08:37

Associated Press

AURORA, Ill. — More than 1,500 people braved snow and freezing drizzle to attend a prayer vigil for five slain co-workers Sunday, two days after they were fatally shot at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant by a longtime employee who was fired moments earlier.

The Rev. Dan Haas told those who gathered near five white crosses erected for the shooting victims outside Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora that Friday's "senseless killings" left their families brokenhearted in the city about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Chicago.

"All of these were relatively young people — many of them were very young people. We will never know their gifts and talents. Their lives were snuffed out way too short," he said of the victims, who included a 21-year-old university student on his first day as an intern.

Haas called on God to bring comfort to the families and Aurora. He then read the names and ages of the five shooting victims, prompting waves of sobs and cries from relatives attending the vigil.

The city of Aurora tweeted that about 1,700 people attended the vigil in a snowy lot outside the industrial valve manufacturer where several ministers and a rabbi called for healing.

Authorities said Gary Martin pulled out a gun and began shooting right after hearing that he was being fired from his job of 15 years at the plant for various workplace violations. Martin, 45, was killed in a shootout with officers, ending his deadly rampage. Five police officers and a sixth plant worker were injured in the shooting and are expected to survive.

Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin told the vigil crowd that the city's residents feel for the victims' families "with all our hearts."

"When I thought about the words that I might share with our community and the families of the victims today, I thought to myself that just to simply offer condolences is not enough," he said. "It doesn't measure the amount of pain that we feel, for the loss that we've experienced in this community."


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Colorado Trooper Nearly Killed During Pursuit Riding Bike to Honor Fallen Officers

Officer.com - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 07:09
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NYPD K-9 Sniffs Out Illegal Guns

Officer.com - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 07:04
An NYPD K-9 named Timmy helped find three illegal guns in Brooklyn.
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Wickford Barracks

State - RI Police - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 07:00
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11-Year-Old Becomes Sacramento Police Officer for a Day

Officer.com - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 06:55
A dream come true for an 11-year-old boy in Sacramento who became a police officer for the day. Family and friends were clapped for Miller Greenfield as he tried on his new uniform.
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Chicago Police Investigating Whether Actor Paid Brothers to Stage Attack

Officer.com - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 06:36
Chicago police are investigating whether “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett paid two brothers to stage an attack on the actor in the Streeterville neighborhood late last month, according to a law enforcement source.
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Wife of Jason Van Dyke Speaks After Husband Beaten in Prison

Officer.com - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 06:28
The wife of former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke told reporters how her husband was beaten in his prison cell shortly after being transferred from Illinois custody to a federal prison in Connecticut.
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Judge Overturns $38M Verdict in Maryland Police Shooting

Officer.com - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 06:23
A Baltimore County judge has overturned the decision of a jury that awarded more than $38 million to the family of Korryn Gaines, a woman who was shot and killed by Baltimore County police officers in 2016.
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Second Suspect Charged in 'Friendly Fire' Death of NYPD Detective

Officer.com - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 06:09
A second suspect in the alleged robbery attempt that left NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen dead and another officer injured was charged with felony murder and a dozen other charges Sunday in Queens Criminal Court.
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Survey: Most Baltimore Police Officers 'Afraid' to Initiate Arrests

Officer.com - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 06:00
Most Baltimore Police officers who participated in a recent informal survey feel restricted by the department’s federal consent decree, inadequately trained and unsupported by city leadership.
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4 of 5 Illinois Police Officers Wounded in Mass Shooting Released From Hospital

Officer.com - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 05:47
All but one of the five Aurora police officers who were injured by gunfire in Friday’s mass shooting at a warehouse have been released from area hospitals.
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Law Enforcement Agencies Making Changes to Lure New Recruits

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Report: Baltimore Police Afraid Of Making Arrests, Cite Lack of Support

Law Officer - Sun, 02/17/2019 - 15:52

Most Baltimore Police officers who participated in a recent informal survey feel restricted by the department’s federal consent decree, inadequately trained and unsupported by city leadership.

Some of the officers surveyed said they don’t even feel comfortable intervening in incidents and making arrests without having been called to the scene.

“They’re afraid,” said City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, who conducted the unscientific survey. “In this political environment, you have to justify every move you make.”

About 362 of the department’s nearly 2,300 officers responded to Schleifer’s voluntary survey, which was sent at the end of 2018 via department email to police department leadership, officers and civilian members who responded anonymously. The short questionnaire asked basic biographical information, including respondents’ ages and how long they had served on the force, and questions about overall morale.

The results showed 43 percent said they do not feel “comfortable making self-initiated arrests,” which Schleifer said refers to proactive calls when officers are on patrol and they witness an incident and intervene, as opposed to calls they respond to through 911.

The survey also found that 74 percent said they “feel restricted by the consent decree,” while 44 percent said they don’t “fully understand the consent decree.” Only 60 percent said they feel “adequately trained” while 78 percent said they feel the department has “lowered our hiring standards.”

Two of every three officers who took the survey — 68 percent — also said they do not feel city leadership supports law enforcement.

Sgt. Mike Mancuso, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, the union that represents the rank-and-file officers, said in a statement on Twitter Friday that he hopes city leadership takes notes of the responses.

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Police Officer Leaves $100 Tip With Pregnant Waitress In Act of Kindness

Law Officer - Sun, 02/17/2019 - 15:39

The father of a waitress in Gloucester Township, New Jersey is praising the actions of a police officer from Voorhees Township (NJ). The officer, who has not yet been identified, came in and ate during lunch on Friday.

According to the father, Brian Cadigan, “You always hear about how Bad the Police are, How They treated you like dirt, how they are on a Power Trip, Yes I am sure there are some bad apples, but most of them are just doing their jobs, they deal with the worst of society every day and have to keep going back everyday and deal with it all over again. They risk their lives each day just to do their job, of trying to enforce the laws that they didn’t make.They are human, and do many good things everyday that most people will never know about, like giving the young mother a warning instead of a ticket, because they know she is struggling, or locking up an abusive spouse, and giving the abused information to get out of the relationship safely. Or just being a nice person, in a stressful and upsetting situation. They are people, they have feelings, and they have Jobs to do, sometimes they may not like what they have to do, but they do it without question. Most of the good stuff they do you will never hear about, they don’t do it for glory or recognition, they do it because they are good people.”

Brian, who wrote about this incident on Facebook, wanted to point out that his daughter is 7 months pregnant with her first baby and was working in the Lamp Post Diner when she served the unknown officer.

“….He was pleasant, and had his lunch by himself, and asked for the check. My daughter gave him his check, and moved on to wait other tables, the officer went to the cashier and paid his bill, and left a note on the bill for my Daughter, this officer, who I am sure works his butt off for his paycheck left her a $100 tip on a $9.00 ticket and the note simply said ‘Enjoy your first, You will never forget it’. What a wonderful person to not only leave a VERY generous tip, but a lovely message, I don’t know you Mr Police Officer, but you made my little girl cry, and made her year. Thank you, I always had the utmost respect for Officers, but you went above and beyond not just an officer, but a beautiful human being. God Bless.”

If you know this officer, we would like to feature him in this article and personally thank him for his act of kindness.

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