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Georgia Police K-9 Dies Chasing Suspect

Officer.com - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:37
Gwinnett County Police K-9 Eli racked a suspect in Grayson for about 30 minutes on Thursday when he began to show signs of distress believed to be related to the heat.
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N Carolina Man Released After Serving More Than 40 Years

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:32
NewsA North Carolina man who once was on death row and then served more than 40 years in prison for a shopkeeper's slaying in a failed robbery attempt was headed home Thursday. In January, an appeals court ruled that evidence casts doubt on 81-year-old Charles Ray Finch's murder conviction.Contributed Author: Associated Press
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Forensic Examiners Are in Danger of Missing Evidence in Low-light Environments, According to New Research

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:27
NewsForensic examiners are in danger of missing evidence in low-light environments if their vision has not fully adapted to the dark, a new study has found.Contributed Author: Loughborough UniversityTopics: Evidence Collection
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Local college student arrested for rape

State - NY Police - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:23
Twenty-two-year-old Angelo N. Sciortino of Bethpage, N.Y., arrested for several felonies charges including Rape 1st degree, Aggravated Sexual Abuse 2nd degree, Strangulation 2nd degree, Unlawful Imprisonment 1st degree, and the class A misdemeanor of Assault 3rd degree.
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US Charges WikiLeaks Founder With Publishing Classified Info

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:22
NewsIn a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. filed new charges Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources.Contributed Author: Eric Tucker, Associated PressTopics: Cybersecurity
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Of Nearly 1,000 Rape Kits Tested in San Diego DA Project, 60 Percent Have No Male DNA

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:17
NewsMore than a year into a highly touted effort to test backlogged San Diego County rape kits, a Virginia lab has found less than half could ever lead to prosecutions.Contributed Author: Ken Stone, Times of San DiegoTopics: Sexual Assault Investigations
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"American Taliban" John Walker Lindh Is Released From Prison

Forensic Magazine - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 09:08
NewsJohn Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban and was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, got out of prison Thursday after more than 17 years, released under tight restrictions that reflected government fears he still harbors radical views.Contributed Author: Matthew Barakat, Associated Press
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Bungling Felon Shoots Testicles With Drugs Hidden in Butt

Law Officer - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 08:49

CASHMERE, Wash. – A bungling felon from Washington state made a series of blunders when he shot himself in the testicles and tried to hide the weapon — all while storing drugs up his butt, a report said Wednesday.

Cameron Jeffrey Wilson, 27, was carrying a handgun in his front pocket while in his Cashmere, Wash., apartment on April 5 when the firearm accidentally discharged and went through his testicles and into his thigh, according to the Wenatchee World News.

Wilson, who is a 13-time convicted felon, told his girlfriend to dispose of the weapon before heading to the hospital, the news organization reported.

When the ex-con finally went to the hospital, a balloon of marijuana slipped out of his anus while a doctor was operating on the gunshot wound, court records show.

Jeffrey Wilson is a 13-time convicted felon. (Chelan County Department of Corrections)

Officers also arrived at the hospital when alerted of the gunshot wound. As a result, they searched Wilson’s car where they discovered a bag of meth in the bloodstained jeans he was wearing when he shot himself.

Consequently, police obtained an arrest warrant for Wilson and he turned himself in April 18.

As he was being processed at the Chelan County Regional Justice Center, Wilson was strip-searched and another balloon of marijuana slipped from his anus, the paper said.

While in jail, Wilson made a number of calls to his girlfriend and asked her not to cooperate with investigators working on his case. Authorities were listening in on the calls.

The bungling felon was charged with possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility, and four counts of tampering with a witness.

Wilson pleaded not guilty on all counts. He was being held on $110,000 bail and is due to return to court June 18.

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Man found guilty in officer's 2010 fatal shooting

Police One - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 08:35

Associated Press

CHICAGO — A man who bragged about killing an off-duty Chicago police officer during an armed robbery was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder.

Antwon Carter, flanked by sheriff's deputies, shuffled calmly out of Cook County Circuit Court after he was convicted of the 2010 murder of Officer Michael Bailey.

Bailey, 62, was wiping down an automobile he purchased ahead of a planned retirement, when he was shot three times during a shootout with Carter. Bailey was wearing a baseball jersey over his uniform at the time. He had just finished a shift on then-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's security detail.

In closing arguments Thursday, Assistant State's Attorney Natosha Toller held up the blood-stained uniform shirt Bailey was wearing the morning he was killed.

"The wounds show that the gunshots pierced through his uniform shirt above the jersey" that Bailey wore over his blue top after finishing his shift.

Carter, 32, was arrested a year later, based largely on statements he made to friends and prison inmates, bragging about killing Bailey. The informants testified Carter confessed to them in separate conversations after he was sent to prison on a parole violation about two months after the shooting.

One of the informants, Floyd Payne, testified he heard Carter bragging in December 2010 when both were in a lockup at a suburban courthouse.

"The dark-skinned skinny guy said something like he killed a police officer," said Payne, who went on to allege Carter also mentioned the shooting occurred early in the morning.

Assistant Public Defender Ed Koziboski, told the jury the incriminating boasts of Carter didn't match with the facts of the crime.

"Antwon Carter is telling these stories because that's how you build your cred on the street, making you bigger than you are, making you more than just a stick-up kid," Koziboski said to the jury. "How do you get respect? By being the crazy guy who killed that officer."

Carter wasn't charged with the murder until a year after Bailey's death. His trial was delayed by the prosecutors' trying him first on carjacking charges, for which Carter was convicted.

Bailey was among five Chicago police officers killed in 2010, one of the department's deadliest in its 164-year history. Prosecutors also obtained convictions in the other slayings.


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Ga. K-9 dies tracking suspect in 90-degree weather

Police One - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 08:07

Associated Press

SNELLVILLE, Ga. — A police K9 in Georgia suddenly fell ill while chasing a suspect and died.

News outlets report the Gwinnett County police dog named Eli was working with his handler in Snellville on Thursday when he began to show symptoms believed to be heat-related. A police statement says the eight-year department veteran had been tracking the suspect for about 30 minutes in 90-degree weather.

It says the 9-year-old dog was quickly taken to a local veterinarian for treatment but didn't recover.

Details surrounding the chase and suspect are unclear.


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Police won't fight Calif. use-of-force bill

Police One - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 07:55

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Major law enforcement organizations dropped their opposition Thursday to California legislation that strengthens standards for when officers can use deadly force, a shift that followed changes to the measure.

The measure would bar police from using lethal force unless it is "necessary" to defend against an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to officers or bystanders. It was prompted by public outrage over fatal police shootings, including the killing of unarmed vandalism suspect Stephon Clark in Sacramento last year.

The current standard lets officers kill if they have "reasonable" fear they or others are in imminent danger, a threshold that makes it rare for officers to be charged following a shooting and rarer still for them to be convicted.

"With so many unnecessary deaths, I think everyone agrees that we need to change how deadly force is used in California," said Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber of San Diego, who wrote the measure. "We can now move a policy forward that will save lives and change the culture of policing in California."

The issue has spawned emotional testimony from those who have lost loved ones in confrontations with police and from officers who have been involved in shootings on the job.

Law enforcement officials did not explain their decision. But a revised version of the bill filed Thursday drops an explicit definition of "necessary" that was in the original. The deleted language said officers could open fire when there is "no reasonable alternative."

The amended measure also makes clear that officers are not required to retreat or back down in the face of a suspect's resistance and officers don't lose their right to self-defense if they use "objectively reasonable force."

Amendments also strip out a specific requirement that officers try to de-escalate confrontations before using deadly force but allow the courts to consider officers' actions leading up to fatal shootings, said Peter Bibring, police practices director for the American Civil Liberties Union of California, which proposed the bill and negotiated the changes.

"The courts can still consider whether officers needlessly escalated a situation or failed to use de-escalation tactics that could have avoided a shooting," he said.

The ACLU considers the revised measure to still have the strongest language of any in the U.S., though legal experts split on the significance of Thursday's changes.

"This is so watered down," said Ed Obayashi, a use-of-force consultant to law enforcement agencies and a Plumas County deputy sheriff. "The language is virtually legally synonymous with current constitutional standards for use of force. It really is a distinction without a legal difference."

But University of South Carolina law professor and former Tallahassee, Florida, police officer Seth Stoughton called it a significant change to current state law.

The revised bill "does a better job than any law that I'm aware of in defining what is an imminent threat," he said.

"It doesn't do everything the original bill had in it, but it brings California from the lowest tier in the country in to the highest tier in the country and you're left with a feasible, reasonable standard that I think is going to go a long way to protecting officers and community members," Stoughton said.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic leaders in the Legislature backed the revised version, which is set for an Assembly vote next week. Newsom called it "an important bill, one that will help restore community trust in our criminal justice system."

Law enforcement opponents blocked passage of a similar measure introduced last year after police killed Clark, an unarmed black man. The death set off intense protests.

The Peace Officers Research Association of California, which represents rank-and-file officers, and the California Police Chiefs Association both removed their opposition and moved to neutral positions. The groups were the key law enforcement negotiators with Weber's office and the ACLU.

Six other associations representing state, county and local law enforcement officers and the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association all also withdrew their opposition.

Law enforcement organizations are backing a related Senate measure that would require that every officer be trained in ways to avoid opening fire.


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RI State Police Arrests CT Man for Weapons and Narcotics Charges While Responding to Drug Overdose at Twin River

State - RI Police - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 07:15
Colonel James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces that troopers arrested a Connecticut man on weapons and narcotics charges while responding to a reported drug overdose at the Twin River Hotel in Lincoln yesterday.
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Scituate Barracks

State - RI Police - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 07:00
At 2:25 PM, troopers arrested David Bottoms, age, 48 of 440 Iron Mine Hill Road, RI for an Affidavit and Arrest Warrant for 1.) Duty to Stop for Accident – Damage to Attended Vehicle and 2.) Operating with a Suspended License originating out of the Woonsocket Police Department. Arrest was the...
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Wickford Barracks

State - RI Police - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:45
No arrests to report. MEDIA CONTACT: Acting Captain Erik Jones, District-B Commander, 401-764-5615
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Hope Valley Barracks

State - RI Police - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:30
No arrests to report. MEDIA CONTACT: Acting Captain Erik Jones, District-B Commander, 401-764-5615
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Car Burglaries

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:25
Deputies are investigating multiple car burglaries in Hillsborough County.
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Carrollwood Home Invasion Suspect Arrested

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:19
She is facing charges of Grand Theft Third Degree ($300-$5,000), Armed Burglary of a Dwelling, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Robbery Home Invasion.
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Lincoln Woods Barracks

State - RI Police - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:15
Media Contact: Captain Darnell S. Weaver District "A" Commander State Police Headquarters 401-444-1012 At 12:15PM Troopers arrested Henry Lopez, age 38, of (LKA) 22 Cherry Street, Pawtucket, RI., for 1.) Superior Court Full Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for Restitution Review on the...
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Search On for Man Accused pf Striking Miami Officer With Stolen Vehicle

Officer.com - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:14
A City of Miami police officer is hospitalized Thursday after being struck by a car while trying to apprehend a suspect. Police said it happened Thursday afternoon in the area of NW 13th Avenue and 3rd Street near Marlins Park.
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Colorado Police Officers Have Close Call With Drunk Driver

Officer.com - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:01
Colorado police officers narrowly escaped injury when a suspected DUI driver crashed into them.
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