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North Carolina Corrections Officer Attacked by Inmate With Taser - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:20
A man in jail on a murder charge is accused of shocking an Onslow County detention officer with a Taser inside the jail.
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Alabama Trooper Kills Dog After It Attacked Him During Foot Pursuit - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:10
Alabama State Trooper Chad Wynne shot and killed a dog after it attacked the officer during a traffic stop turned foot pursuit in Prichard Thursday night.
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ATF Brings New Tool to Fight Gun Crime to Houston - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:05
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Houston Field Division on Thursday plans to announce it will use a mobile ballistics tracing van.
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New Jersey Trooper Allegedly Tried to Pick Up Drivers - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:00
A New Jersey state trooper who gained acclaim for his work with Camden children was indicted Thursday for using his position to harass women.
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Mother-Daughter Real Estate Team Threaten to Murder Florida Deputy After Arrest - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 03:50
On their way to the Okaloosa County Jail, 47-year-old Tracy Bari and her daughter, 24-year-old Julia Bari, both told the deputy they were going to "murder" him and his family for arresting them.
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Policing Matters Podcast: Should drug dealers get the death penalty?

Police One - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 01:47
Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie


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United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently issued a one-page memo calling for death penalty for drug dealers when it is “appropriate.” Sessions asked prosecutors to seek the death penalty for drug-related offenses as part of an effort to combat the opioid crisis. The memo said, in part, “Drug traffickers, transnational criminal organizations, and violent street gangs all contribute substantially to this scourge. To combat this deadly epidemic, federal prosecutors must consider every lawful tool at their disposal.” According to a Quinnipiac University poll taken just days after the release of the memo, 71 percent of Americans queried on the subject oppose such a policy. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss whether or not such a policy targeting “large-scale drug dealers” might become a judicial quagmire.

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Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office (FL)

Law Enforcement LODD - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 22:56
Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey and Sergeant Noel Ramirez were shot and killed from ambush as they took their lunch break in a restaurant at 1122 East Wade Street, in Trenton. At...

Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office (FL)

Law Enforcement LODD - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 22:55
Sergeant Noel Ramirez and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey were shot and killed from ambush as they took their lunch break in a restaurant at 1122 East Wade Street, in Trenton. At...

Woman Now Faces First-Degree Murder in MO Officer's Slaying

Police Magazine - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 19:26

Tammy Dee Widger's charges in the fatal shooting of Clinton, MO, Officer Ryan Morton last month have been amended and now include first-degree murder, the Henry County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday.

Widger also now faces two counts of first-degree assault. She originally faced second-degree murder and drug charges, reports the Kansas City Star.

First-degree murder carries a maximum penalty of the death sentence or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Officers responded to Widger's home in Clinton by mistake in early March after a 911 call was made 20 miles away. James Waters fatally wounded Morton and injured two other officers in a shooting, police said.

"Although it is believed that James Waters actually shot the three police officers," the Henry County Prosecutor's Office said in a release, "Missouri law provides that if an accessory to a crime ... aids another person in planning, committing or attempting to commit the offense, the accessory may be charged with the same offense."

The release added that aiding can occur either before or during an offense.


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MS-13 Directs Members to 'Take Out a Cop'

Police Magazine - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 19:23

MS-13 has directed its members to "take out a cop" in a directive that has police on high alert across the New York area, according to a new memo obtained by the New York Post.

Police are searching for the gang member suspected of putting out the hit order — a tall, light-skinned Hispanic man with a thin build and a tattoo of three dots next to his eye.

Officers in Hempstead, one of the Long Island towns the violent gang has terrorized, were tipped off to the threat Wednesday by a “credible” informant, the NYPD memo said.

The member of the Salvadoran gang told the informant they needed to make a “statement” and specifically wanted to kill an officer in the Hempstead area.


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2 Florida Deputies Killed in Apparent Ambush at Restaurant

Police Magazine - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 19:11

Two sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed Thursday in a restaurant in Trenton, FL, in what appeared to be an ambush, officials said.

The Gilchrist County deputies died "after a suspect walked up" to the Ace China restaurant around 3 p.m. "and shot both deputies through the window," the Alachua County Sheriff's Office said in a statement made on behalf of the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office. "As fellow deputies responded to the scene, they found the shooter deceased outside the business, and both Deputy Sheriffs where they died of their wounds."

There is no clear motive, reports Fox News.


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Shooter fires through restaurant window, kills 2 Fla. deputies

Police One - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 17:36

Associated Press

TRENTON, Fla. — Authorities say someone fired through the window of a restaurant and fatally shot two Florida deputies.

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office released a statement on behalf of the sheriff in neighboring Gilchrist County saying the two Gilchrist County sheriff's deputies were killed Thursday afternoon in Trenton.

The release says the deputies were at the Ace China restaurant when the shooter walked up to the building and fired at them through a window. Fellow deputies responding to the scene found the shooter dead outside the business.

The release doesn't say how the suspect died. Authorities say there's no apparent motive for the shooting.

The names of the deputies and shooter weren't immediately released.

Trenton is in northern Florida, about 35 miles west of Gainesville.

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Posted by Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, April 19, 2018

Terrible news today from Gilchrist County. Our deepest condolences go out to the two Gilchrist County officers shot and killed in the line of duty this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deputies as well as the GCSO Sheriff’s Office.

— Pasco Sheriff (@PascoSheriff) April 19, 2018

UPDATE:Police say 2 Gilchrist Co. Deputies were eating inside Ace China and were shot, killed through the window. Suspect found dead outside

— Katrina Boonzaier (@katrinaboonz) April 19, 2018

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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Apologizes for Starbucks Arrests

Law Officer - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 17:06

After defending his officers after the arrest of two men that refused to leave a Starbucks last Thursday and discussing the disrespect one of the men showed his officers, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross has now apologized to the two men and said that his comments made the situation worse and “failed miserably” in the messaging around the arrests.

Well, so much for our praise for Ross.

In a hastily arranged news conference at Police Headquarters, Ross said he was unaware that people sit inside Starbucks for hours. “I apologize,” he said in remarks intended for Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, the men arrested for sitting in the store without making a purchase.

“Shame on me” if I have done anything to perpetuate racism, Ross said, adding that no one had told him he should apologize.

Ross said a new policy will be announced on how the Police Department will respond to similar calls. One reason, he said, is  so that officers will not be manipulated by businesses. He said he was not sure if that happened in this instance.

The commissioner said the number of officers responding to the call was not excessive.

Ross said it was the wrong for him to have said in a Facebook Live video on Sunday that the “officers did not do anything wrong.” Still, he said they followed the law.

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Two Florida Deputies Murdered In Restaurant Ambush

Law Officer - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:43

Two deputies in Trenton (FL) were killed in the line of duty on Thursday.

Around 4 p.m., the deputies, with the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office, were shot and killed in a suspected ambush, according to the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting occurred on SR-26 and East Wade Street in Trenton, Florida. Trenton is approximately two hours north of Tampa Bay.

Sources indicate that the deputies were killed in a restaurant. The suspect has also been killed.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said: “My heart breaks with the tragic news of two Gilchrist County deputies that were senselessly killed today while in the line of duty.

“The daily risk that law enforcement officers take to protect our communities is overwhelming. My deepest condolences and prayers are with their families as they mourn the devastating loss of their loved ones.

“May their families, friends and fellow officers find peace and comfort during this very difficult time.”

The identities of the deputies and the suspect has not yet been released.

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Killing of Massachusetts Officer Renews Calls for State Death Penalty

Police Magazine - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:15

The killing of a Massachusetts police officer has some Republicans calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty for the murder of law enforcement officers in the state, reports the Associated Press.

Recent attempts to restore capital punishment in the state have faltered, most recently after the killing of another police officer two years ago and in 2013, after the Boston Marathon bombing.

The death of Officer Sean Gannon, a Yarmouth K-9 handler who was fatally shot in the head while serving an arrest warrant last Thursday, has again raised the issue. Gannon's funeral was Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Republican Party sent out a message on Twitter reaffirming the party's backing of capital punishment for criminals who kill police officers.

An aide to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said he also "supports the death penalty for the offense of killing a police officer." Baker on Friday signed an overhaul of the state's criminal justice system that imposed a new mandatory minimum for assault and battery on a police officer causing serious injury.

But a bill that would reinstitute capital punishment has just two sponsors -- one Democrat and one Republican.


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How Failures During Waco Siege Changed Everything for the FBI, ATF - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:02
The death toll of the Branch Davidian siege outside Waco in 1993 included four agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and more than 75 Branch Davidians.
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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Apologizes for Starbucks Arrests - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:00
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross apologized to the men Thursday and said he had made the situation worse.
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Philly’s top cop apologizes to men in Starbucks arrest

Police One - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:21

By PoliceOne Staff

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia's police commissioner has issued an apology to the two men whose arrest at a Starbucks sparked outcry.

On Thursday, Commissioner Richard Ross apologized to Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson after recently defending the officers who arrested them, NBC Philadelphia reports. Ross said he made the situation worse and “failed miserably” in his message around the arrests.

"I just think that as we work to make this city safer and better we do have to acknowledge that there are still things that we need to work on," Ross said. "It starts at the top and that starts with me. Messaging is important and I failed miserably in this regard."

The commissioner added that he is “flawed” like many people are, but “that is still no excuse.” Ross said the issue of race isn’t lost on him and that he shouldn’t be making things worse.

Ross also apologized for not knowing Starbucks policy and that he was unaware that people don’t have to purchase something to sit in the coffee shop.

Nelson and Robinson were arrested last week when a Starbucks manager called police after the two men refused to leave the coffee shop. The men said they were waiting for a business meeting at the shop, according to the Associated Press.

Video taken by a witness went viral, sparking national outcry. Starbucks apologized for the incident and said it’ll include new policies on discrimination and ejecting customers.

After the incident, Ross defended his officers and said they did nothing wrong. The commissioner later said the arresting officer was mortified and was put in unfortunate circumstances.

The commissioner said the department will now come up with a policy for dealing with similar situations. Ross said one of the reasons for the change is so that officers won’t be manipulated by businesses, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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Horseheads Troopers Arrest Elmira Heights Woman on Drug Charges

State - NY Police - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:25
On April 18, 2018, Troopers out of SP Horseheads arrested Clarice E. Ryan, 40, of Elmira Heights, New York for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.
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Maryland SRO to Receive NASRO National Award of Valor

Police Magazine - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:12

The school resource officer (SRO) who quickly ended a shooting at Maryland’s Great Mills High School last month will receive the National Award of Valor from the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO). The organization announced today that it will present the award to Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office during NASRO’s annual School Safety Conference in Reno, Nevada, June 24–29.

NASRO President Don Bridges of the Baltimore County Police Department and NASRO executive director Mo Canady announced the award today, during the 2018 Maryland Center for School Safety Summit in Annapolis.

“Without hesitation or regard for his own safety, Deputy Gaskill reacted immediately upon hearing a gunshot,” Canady said. “By responding directly to and confronting the threat, he eliminated the potential for far greater loss of life. Deputy Gaskill’s actions exemplified NASRO best practices and our organization will be proud to recognize him at our annual conference.”

According to information published by the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, a 17-year-old male student fired one shot in a school hallway early in the morning of March 20. That shot struck two other students, one of whom eventually died of her injuries. The gunman then moved down a connecting hallway, where Gaskill confronted him. Gaskill fired one shot, striking the gunman’s hand as the gunman simultaneously fatally shot himself.

Gaskill is a nine-year veteran of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office who is in his first year as an SRO. He is also a member of his agency’s emergency services (special weapons and tactics) team.

NASRO bestows its National Award of Valor for a single act of courage and valor through which an SRO or school staff member risked his or her own life to protect others. It is one of several awards NASRO presents at its annual conference.

Last year, more than 900 people attended the annual NASRO school safety conference. It offers attendees an opportunity to complete on-site NASRO training courses at no additional charge; receive in-service training; visit an exhibit hall with the latest in products, technologies and innovations; and interact with SROs, school administrators, sheriffs and chiefs of police from throughout the country and world. Available training includes NASRO’s Basic SRO Course, ideal for law enforcement officers who are newly assigned to work in schools.

More information about the conference, including a complete agenda and online registration, is available at

For more information about NASRO, visit


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