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SP Clarence- Centennial Open House open to the public on September 23, 2017

State - NY Police - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:41
Celebration of the NYSP 100 Year Centennial, we will be holding an Open House on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 11AM to 3PM at the NEW CLARENCE STATION.

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SP Waterloo - Woman gets arrested for DWI.

State - NY Police - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:26
On September 21, 2017, Troopers arrested Marie A. Spitz, 30, of Rochester, New York for driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC greater than .08%, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway and unsafe backing.
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Deputy Resigns After Shooting Himself In The Chest

Law Officer - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:18

A Harrison County (MS) deputy that authorities say shot himself is resigning.

At the time, it was reported that the deputy was shot by a man in a white pickup who had stopped and approached him while he was writing reports. The bullet did not pierce his ballistic vest, but the impact gave him a large bruise.

Authorities spent several days on a massive manhunt.  Later, an investigation revealed no one else was at the scene at the time of the shooting and the deputy was shot with his own weapon.

Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson says the deputy, who has not been identified, was not forced to resign.

No charges are being filed against him.

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Masschusetts Police Officer Cycles for Fallen - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:17
Every year for the past three years Brookline Police Officer Oscar Santos has set out on his bicycle and ridden 275 miles in four days from Boston to New York City, in the annual Tour De Force.
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Buffalo Cop Suspended Second Time For Online Videos

Law Officer - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 09:10

A Buffalo Police officer known as a “jokester” long before he joined the city’s police force in 2012 has been suspended for a month  after continuing to post videos online.

Officer Richard Hy first drew wide attention in February 2016 after he was suspended from the force for making outrageous and sometimes crude social media videos — known as “Angry Cops” — and posting them online.

The Buffalo News reported that at the time of that suspension, for violating the department’s social media policy,  Hy had put up more than 100 of his own videos on the former video-sharing site, Vine.

Many of the videos featured topics that police leaders deemed as objectionable, such as Hy pretending to snort cocaine, then screeching and laughing;  recording a fake police shooting in which Hy tells the victim to be quiet since he was only grazed, as well as one featuring Hy, who is white, dancing around with a black officer to promote racial harmony.

Hy stopped wearing his department uniform in his videos after he was ordered to by Internal Affairs in 2015 and started wearing a costume uniform and a prop badge.

We reviewed the YouTube Page of “Angry Cops” and saw several parody videos.  Hy is never in uniform, never mentions the Buffalo Police Department and we saw nothing remotely close to offensive.

Then again, we live in an era where that really doesn’t matter.

The leadership at the Buffalo Police Department have not specifically said why they suspended Hy for a month and they should because based on what we are seeing, he has done nothing wrong but publish parody videos online and off duty without ever mentioning where he works.




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Williamsville, NY man arrested for Felony Aggravated DWI with a B.A.C. more than 2 times the legal limit.

State - NY Police - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:59
State Police report the arrest of Joseph J. Lops, age 49, of Williamsville, NY, for Felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.
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FBI warns to watch those social media posts — or face the consequences

Police One - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:46

By Elvia Malagon Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — It only took a few seconds for Jabari Dean to realize he had made a mistake.

In a moment of anger in late 2015, the then-21-year-old threatened a mass shooting at the University of Chicago in the comments section of a popular website. Dean quickly deleted the comment, but not before a New York teenager took a screenshot and notified police. The threat was taken so seriously that the U. of C. canceled classes and other campus activities.

Within days, the FBI traced the threat to Dean and arrested him on a federal charge of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. The FBI found no weapons in the South Side home he shared with his mother and determined Dean never intended to carry out the threat.

In the FBI’s Chicago headquarters Thursday, Dean sat next to special agent in charge Michael Anderson as he spoke for the first time about what happened and warned others not to make the same mistake.

The FBI has seen an increase in similar online threats across the country and worked with Dean to release a 30-second public service announcement in hopes it will deter others.

“I search my name on the web almost every day and look at the stuff,” Dean said in the video. “It’s not going away. Think before you post.”

Dean wrote the online threat about a week after the court-ordered release of a video showing a Chicago police officer shooting black teen Laquan McDonald 16 times sparked citywide protests and escalated tensions between the Police Department and the African-American community.

“This is my only warning. At 10 a.m. on Monday mourning, I am going to the campus quad of the University of Chicago. I will be armed with an M-4 Carbine and 2 Desert Eagles all fully loaded. I will execute approximately 16 white males students and or staff, which is the same number of time McDonald was killed,” the threat stated, according to court records. “I then will die killing any number of white policemen in the process. This is not a joke. I am to do my part to rid the world of white devils. I expect you to do the same.”

Last summer, prosecutors agreed to drop the charge against Dean if he completed 100 hours of community service, including speaking out about his experience, and stayed out of trouble.

Dean did not want to detail why he posted the comment online. He said he was at home and angry, but he quickly realized he had made a mistake. Even though the agreement with prosecutors would mean Dean won’t have a conviction on his record, he said the fallout from the incident has cost him friends and his education and caused tensions within his family.

“I have a pretty bleak future,” said Dean, who apologized for his conduct. “I can’t pass background checks. I’ve been expelled from school. Yeah, it sucks.”

Anderson said the FBI has seen an uptick in online threats similar to the one Dean wrote. Some of the people do it as a joke while others are empowered by what Anderson described as “keyboard courage.” Whatever the motive, Anderson said, it could cost the public hundreds of thousands of dollars because multiple task forces are brought in to investigate every threat.

“We are seeing more threats and we are seeing more actions being taken,” Anderson said. “If you look at the school shooting in Rockford, Wash., just last week, so that is what’s in people’s minds when they read these posts. So we have enough real incidents that it is resulting in even more terror being associated with these threats.”

Bastiaan Vanacker, an associate professor and program director for the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago, said threats made to schools are now usually done through social media.

“It’s not uncommon to see this type of case pop up given how easy it is to make a threat because of the ubiquitous nature of social media,” he said. “Where as beforehand, people might think twice before making a phone call or mailing that letter. It’s much easier to do something rash and stupid.”

More social media education about how even anonymous posts can be traced can eventually result in less online threats, Vanacker said.

Anderson said that after it was determined Dean never had plans to carry through with his threat, the FBI saw the incident as an opportunity to bring awareness about the severity of online threats.

“We are able to use this as a platform to warn others so history doesn’t continue to repeat itself,” Anderson said. “Or if anything, we can cut down on the number of these threats because we have to share these cautionary tales, and we appreciate his cooperation in doing so. So I think it’s a good, proper compromise for him legally and then allows us to get his message out.”

For Dean, the ordeal has left him thinking twice about how he spends his time online.

“I’m done with social media,” he said.


©2017 the Chicago Tribune

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Chicago police beef up training efforts

Police One - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:42

By Jeremy Gorner Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Beginning next year, every Chicago cop will undergo hours of training each year, the first regular training for many since graduating from the police academy as new recruits.

The ambitious plan laid out by the Police Department on Thursday calls for the training to expand to 40 hours a year for every officer beginning in 2021, up from 16 hours next year. It comes as the department also attempts to add nearly 1,000 officers to its force by the end of next year — recruits who all must undergo months of training before hitting the street.

Meanwhile, the department said it expects the vast majority of officers to have completed a four-hour course on its revised use-of-force policy by Oct. 15, when those changes are scheduled to take effect.

The department has moved to beef up its training efforts in the aftermath of the court-ordered release in late 2015 of police dashboard camera video showing a Chicago police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times.

A scathing U.S. Department of Justice report in January described the Police Department as a broken institution and singled out negligent training as among its many deficiencies.

Besides checking each year on officers’ proper use of weapons, the department generally did not require cops to return to the police academy for retraining, the Justice Department noted. Instead, the department provided only sporadic in-service training, refresher training through videos or new directives for officers to learn about during their roll calls.

The department has already started requiring officers to take classes on Taser use, crisis intervention and training geared toward de-escalating incidents.

But in announcing the new training guidelines on Thursday, First Deputy Superintendent Kevin Navarro told reporters even he had not gone through such a comprehensive regimen since he attended the police academy more than 30 years ago.

“That’s something that we definitely need to change,” Navarro said. “It’s a win for Chicago police officers, and it’s a win also for Chicagoans.”

Beginning next year, officers will be required to undergo 16 hours of mandatory training, half dedicated to new scenario-based training for the department’s revamped use-of-force policy.

The hours of training will increase in each of the following three years — to 24 in 2019, 32 in 2020 and 40 in 2021. After that, officers will continue to undergo 40 hours of training each year.

Navarro gave no estimate for the cost of the increased training regimen for the 12,000-strong department.

The commander overseeing the police academy acknowledged Thursday the challenge faced by the department — requiring all of its veteran officers to go through mandatory training while the police academy staff will also be training waves of new recruits as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s goal to add nearly 1,000 new cops by the end of 2018.

“The academy, and the department as a whole, is committed to making this happen,” Cmdr. Daniel Godsel told reporters at police headquarters.

“We’re hopeful that this annual training will allow CPD officers to keep themselves safe, while making Chicago and its residents safer in the process,” he said.

For the 16-hour requirement next year, officers will be required to undergo eight hours of scenario-based training on the department’s revamped use-of-force policy. The other eight hours will focus on topics such as de-escalating tense encounters, dealing with people with mental health issues, training on counterterrorism measures and refreshers on state and federal laws. As officers complete more hours of training through 2021, they also must take courses on procedural justice, police report writing, vehicle pursuits and firearms training.

Other courses available to the officers will include such topics as community policing, cultural competency, civil rights, human rights and a medical rescue training course that teaches officers to use tourniquets and other first aid on crime or traffic crash victims.

On Thursday, Navarro also announced that all officers will have “substantially completed” the four-hour classroom-based training on the new use-of-force policy by Oct. 15.


©2017 the Chicago Tribune

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Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

Jacksonville (FL) Police - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:38
JACKSONVILLE, FL (September 22, 2017) - On Wednesday afternoon we put these photos out to the public to help us identify this armed robbery suspect. Our social media sleuths were on it and within minutes we received tips on who the suspect was and even that he just cut his hair!
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Cops: 8-year-old girl helps drive drunken man

Police One - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:38

Associated Press

DARLINGTON, Pa. — Police say a drunken Pennsylvania man had an 8-year-old girl drive him around until someone saw the car moving recklessly and called 911.

WPXI-TV reports the bizarre incident involving 24-year-old Kevin Cook happened on Sept. 3 in Darlington Township, Beaver County.

That's where township police say in a criminal complaint that someone reported seeing the child driving and almost wrecking the car twice about 7:30 p.m.

Police say the girl stopped the car when another motorist became upset and got out of his car, yelling at her and Cook. That's when the girl told police Cook made her switch seats so he could get behind the wheel before police arrived.

Police say Cook was so drunk he couldn't finish a field sobriety test.

The New Castle man doesn't have an attorney listed in court records.

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Texas asks court to allow its ban on 'sanctuary cities'

Police One - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:36

By Kevin McGill Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — Attorneys for Texas are asking a federal appeals court in New Orleans to let the state's law banning "sanctuary cities" take effect.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia blocked much of the law Aug. 31 — the day before it was to take effect.

On Friday, three judges of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be asked to let the law take effect ahead of a November appeal hearing.

Under the law, Texas police chiefs could face removal from office and criminal charges for not complying with federal immigration officials' requests to detain people jailed on non-immigration offenses.

Various local governments in Texas are fighting the law, which also allows police to inquire about people's immigration status during routine interactions like traffic stops — a provision Garcia didn't block.

Municipal officials from Dallas, Houston, El Paso, San Antonio and Austin are among the opponents. The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting the law on behalf of the city of El Cenizo. The Mexican American Legal Defense fund represents other localities.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has praised the Texas law and the Department of Justice filed arguments in support of it, as did several states' attorneys general.

The law's opponents argue in briefs that the law puts law enforcement officers in violation of the Fourth Amendment by requiring them to detain people suspected of illegal immigration without probable cause. They also argue that it illegally puts local police in the federal role of immigration enforcement officers, and that it is unconstitutionally vague as to exactly when a local law enforcement officer would be in violation of the law.

Supporters of the state law say immigration officials have already determined probable cause when they seek to have local officials detain someone. They also argue that federal and local officials have a long history of cooperation on immigration matters and that the law is clear in its prohibition against local government's policies restricting immigration enforcement.

The law, known as Senate Bill 4, would have taken effect Sept. 1 had Garcia not issued a stay last month.

The measure won passage in the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature and was signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott despite opposition from business groups, which worried that it could cause a labor-force shortage and send a negative economic message.

Judges James Dennis, Leslie Southwick and Stephen Higginson will hear the arguments. Dennis was nominated to the court by Democratic President Bill Clinton; Higginson, by Democratic President Barack Obama; Southwick, by Republican President George W. Bush.

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British police charge 18-year-old over London subway bombing

Police One - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:32

Associated Press

LONDON — British police on Friday charged an 18-year-old man with attempted murder and causing an explosion over last week's bomb attack on the London subway.

The Metropolitan Police force said Ahmed Hassan will appear in court later, accused of planting the bomb at Parsons Green station a week ago.

Hassan is accused of attempting to "murder persons traveling on a District Line train" on Sept. 15, and of using a chemical compound known as TATP to cause an explosion likely to endanger life, police said.

Hassan, who is reported to be from Iraq, was arrested Saturday at the port of Dover, departure point for ferries to France. After his arrest, police searched the suburban home of a couple who had fostered more than 200 children, including refugees from the Middle East.

Thirty people were injured when the homemade bomb — hidden in a plastic bucket that was place in a plastic supermarket bag — partly detonated at the height of the morning rush hour.

The attack sparked a huge hunt for the perpetrators and prompted officials to briefly raise the national terrorism threat to the highest level, "critical."

London police chief Cressida Dick said Friday that the "very dangerous" bomb was packed with shrapnel and the carnage could have been much worse.

Three other male suspects remain in custody over the attack, but haven't been charged.

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Scituate Barracks

State - RI Police - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:30
On 9/21/2017 at 3:05 PM, Troopers arrested Bernardo Perez, age 44, of 460 Charles Street, Apartment 712, North Providence, Rhode Island for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle and Giving False Document to Public Official. Arrest was the result of an investigation at the Division of Motor...
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Las Vegas Police further limit use of neck holds

Police One - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:23

Las Vegas Sun

LAS VEGAS — Metro Police announced Thursday they are further limiting the use of a neck restraint that has proven deadly for it and other law enforcement agencies in the past.

In an updated use of force policy, Metro says, the lateral vascular neck restraint is no longer categorized as a “low-level option” and is now classified as an “intermediate or deadly use of force.”

To use the restraint, an officer must be able to demonstrate that the subject had the intent to harm officers or others, officials said.

The use of neck holds came under scrutiny this year when an unarmed man died in May after a Metro officer placed him in a neck restraint.

The officer, Kenneth Lopera, 31, was charged with manslaughter in the death of Tashii S. Brown, whom the Clark County Coroner’s Office said died of asphyxiation.

Brown’s death spawned protests and calls for Las Vegas police to quit teaching officers the lateral vascular neck restraint.

Steve Grammas of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association has said Lopera did nothing criminal and was using a department-approved method to restrain Brown.

Metro has said the technique Lopera used was similar to the one officers are trained to perform but not allowed under department policy.

Metro is also updating its policy on firing at or from a moving vehicle and is deploying a new weapon to de-escalate violent situations, officials said.

Metro says it is now department policy that “officers will not discharge a firearm at/from a moving vehicle unless it is absolutely necessary to preserve human life.”

In addition, after finding that low-lethality beanbag rounds have been ineffective in some situations, Metro has deployed a new 40mm specialty impact weapon. It is an “intermediate force option” when fired from five yards or more and a deadly force weapon when discharged at closer range, officials said.


©2017 the Las Vegas Sun (Las Vegas, Nev.)

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Sheriff Announces Staff Appointments and Agency Moves

Jacksonville (FL) Police - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:20

Homeland Security Chief Connor and Patrol East Chief Brown to Retire

JACKSONVILLE, FL (September 22, 2017) - Today Sheriff Mike Williams announces the appointments of Nick Burgos, Joe Cowan, and Mat Nemeth to the rank of Chief. All currently serve as Assistant Chiefs in the agency. Appointed to the rank of Assistant Chief are: Steve Gallaher, Johnny Oldham, Jennifer Short, and Lolita Smith.
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Fla. deputy-involved shooting ends crime spree

Police One - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:11

By Krista Torralva Orlando Sentinel

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — A crime spree by two juveniles and an adult from South Florida came to a halt when an Osceola County deputy shot toward a car which officials said was barreling toward the deputy, the sheriff’s office said.

Osceola County deputies said Dominique Chavoreya Knight-Lewis, 24, a 16-year-old and 17-year-old from Pembroke Pines committed a robbery at Bealls Outlet at 3227 S. John Young Parkway. The Orlando Sentinel typically does not name juveniles accused of crimes.

Deputies and detectives searching for the trio found them at the Speedway Gas Station across the street from the store. Knight-Lewis and the teens tried to drive away but crashed the silver Toyota they drove into a deputy’s vehicle, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Major Jacob Ruiz said.

Officials said when deputies approached the car, the driver of the Toyota then aimed the car toward toward them and started driving, he said. One of the deputies feared injury or death and shot toward the car, Ruiz said.

The sheriff’s office did not identify the deputy. The deputy is on administrative leave, which is standard procedure, he said.

The driver stopped the car and all three inside were detained, Ruiz said. No one was injured.

The Toyota was found to be stolen from Miami, according to police.

Knight-Lewis and the juveniles were charged with robbery by sudden snatching and grand theft auto. They may face additional charges after the investigation is completed, Ruiz said. The relationship between Knight-Lewis and the juveniles is unknown, he said.


©2017 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.)

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Wickford Barracks

State - RI Police - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 07:45
At 3:10 PM, Troopers arrested Christopher LaPrey, age 40, of 28 Highview Drive, Dayville, Connecticut, on an Affidavit & Arrest Warrant for the charge of Driving with a Suspended License originating from the State Police Wickford Barracks. The arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop in...
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Hope Valley Barracks

State - RI Police - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 07:30
Media Contact: Captain Derek Borek, District "B" Commander (401) 444-1014 No arrests to report.
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North Carolina receives international accolades for swift water and flood rescue

State - NC Police - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 07:09
Friday, September 22, 2017

North Carolina has received the international Higgins and Langley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Swift Water Rescue for the coordinated local, state and federal response in October 2016 to Hurricane Matthew.

Shoplifting Suspect Fled In A U-Haul Truck

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 06:48
The suspect was captured on surveillance.
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