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Lincoln Woods Barracks

State - RI Police - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 07:15
At 8:26 am, Troopers arrested Juan Otero, age 54, of 80 Curtis Street, Providence, Rhode Island for a Providence Superior Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for Restitution review on the original charge of Entry of Building or Ship with Felonious Intent originating out of the Providence...
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Wickford Barracks

State - RI Police - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 06:45
MEDIA CONTACT: Acting Captain Christopher Schram, District "B" Commander, (401) 444-1202 At 2:33 PM, Troopers arrested Sydney K. Stedman, age 22, of 166 Rodman Street, Peacedale, RI, for 1.) Possession of schedule I-V narcotics (Cocaine). This arrest was the result of a 911 call to the Lincoln...
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Trump administration steps in to kill Chicago police-reform plan

Police One - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 01:00

Associated Press

CHICAGO — The Trump administration informed a federal judge in Chicago on Friday that it's seeking to scuttle a plan negotiated between the nation's third-largest city and the state of Illinois that envisions far-reaching reforms of Chicago's 12,000-officer police force under close federal court supervision.

In a statement announcing the intervention, Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasted the roughly 200-page plan, also known as a consent decree, because of the court oversite. And he offered a full-throated defense of Chicago police, saying they must take the lead in stemming city violence.

"There is a misperception that police are the problem and that their failures, their lack of training, and their abuses create crime," Sessions said. "But the truth is the police are the solution to crime, and criminals are the problem."

An 11-page Justice Department statement of interest — filed with Judge Robert M. Dow Jr., who must grant the proposal final approval — says the reform plan, as it is, would deprive police of flexibility to do their jobs right. And it criticizes criteria in the plan meant to assess police compliance as vague.

It asks Dow "to allow state and local officials — and Chicago's brave front-line police officers — to engage in flexible and localized efforts to advance the goal of safe, effective, and constitutional policing in Chicago."

The filing and Sessions' comments came a week after jurors convicted Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder for shooting teen Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014 as he walked away from police with a knife.

A video of the shooting, released about a year later, sparked outage nationwide and led to an Obama administration investigation of Chicago police, which was followed months later by a damning report that found widespread police abuses.

The Department of Justice Friday simultaneously announced the creation of a "Gun Crimes Prosecution Team" at Chicago's U.S. attorney's office focused on gun crimes. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will assign five violent-crime coordinators to work with federal prosecutors.

Responding to the announcements, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Matt McGrath, said the city appreciated the additional resources, "but we don't appreciate efforts ... to impede our public safety reforms or inhibit our efforts to rebuild the bonds of trust between officers and residents."

Illinois Attorney Lisa Madigan — without objection from Emanuel — sued the city last year to ensure any police reforms would be overseen by a judge. That killed a draft plan negotiated with Trump's administration that didn't envision a court role in reforming the department and led to the ultimately successful talks to create the current plan.

The reform plan now on the table foresees far stricter rules on the use of force by officers. One provision requires officers to file paperwork each time they point their weapons, even if they don't fire.

Sessions again echoed President Donald Trump, who told officers at a convention in Orlando on Monday that a three-year-old agreement between Chicago and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois to curb stop-and-frisk procedures by police prevented officers from doing their jobs.

"When police are restrained from using lawfully established policies ... when arrests went down, and when their work and character were disrespected, crime surged," Sessions said. "There must never be another consent decree that continues the folly of the ACLU settlement."

Chicago officials and the ACLU have said those and similar claims by Trump administration officials are exaggerated, get the data on crime in Chicago wrong and misstate the underlying causes of crime.

Karen Sheley, the director of the police practices project at the ACLU of Illinois, said the move Friday by the Trump administration to sink a plan in the works for over a year was "a last-minute political play at the expense of real people in our city."

"The Trump Administration and Sessions' Department of Justice have never attempted to learn about the problems in Chicago or what reform is necessary," Sheley said in a Friday statement.


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City ordered to pay Ore. cop fired for controversial Facebook posts

Police One - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 01:00

By Everton Bailey Jr. The Oregonian

WEST LINN, Ore. — An arbitrator denied the city of West Linn's appeal of his ruling ordering the city to pay lost wages to a police officer fired last year for posts on Facebook.

The city was ordered in July to pay at least $100,000 in back pay to former officer Tom Newberry. The arbitrator, Portland-based attorney Eric Lindauer, concluded that Newberry's firing in February 2017 was justified. But he also ruled that the city should bear some financial burden because Newberry's social media use was common knowledge in the police department. The then-police chief and several other high-ranking officers did nothing to address the behavior until it was reported by the media in July 2016.

The inaction violated the city's own policies, Lindauer determined in his initial ruling.

The city appealed his decision in August. Lindauer upheld his ruling in an Oct. 1 memo and said the payment shouldn't include Newberry's retirement contributions and other benefits.

Newberry, 65, earned an annual salary of $82,480 when he was fired, according to the city. He was ordered to receive back pay from February 2017 to July 2018. At 17 months, that works out to Newberry being owed nearly $116,850 in salary alone.

West Linn City Manager Eileen Stein said Friday the city is still trying to get clarification from the Public Employees Retirement System and hoped to know more next week.

"At this point, we are still trying to understand what the decision means for the city of West Linn," she said.

The city could appeal the latest ruling to the Oregon Employment Relations Board and then up to the Court of Appeals. It was not clear Friday if the city plans to appeal again.

In its August motion for reconsideration, the city of West Linn claimed the arbitrator didn't have the authority to award back wages because the parties hadn't agreed to the possibility of an award if Newberry's firing was found to be justified.

In the October memo, Lindauer said past cases have established that an arbitrator has discretion to impose a wide range of remedies in cases.

"This is particularly true when, as in this case, the city failed to take appropriate disciplinary action when it was clearly aware of (Newberry's) misconduct," Lindauer wrote. He said he could have used that as a basis to order the city to reinstate Newberry, but didn't think it would be appropriate.

Lindauer did side with the city's stance that it shouldn't have to provide retirement contributions and other fringe benefits. The city contended that Newberry wasn't entitled to benefits because he wasn't a West Linn officer at the time.

"Awarding benefits as part of back-pay is a make-whole remedy, and there is no precedent or rationale for making whole an employee like Mr. Newberry who was terminated for just cause," the city's motion for reconsideration said.

The Clackamas County Peace Officers' Association, the police union that filed a grievance over Newberry's firing in March 2017, said Newberry's award should include PERS contributions and other benefits because those funds are typically understood to be part of back pay awards.

Lindauer wrote that while employees who are reinstated would earn benefits accrued on leave, Newberry was fired, and his termination was upheld.

Lindauer also denied a union request to be reimbursed for attorney fees, saying the city had a legitimate basis to file its appeal.

Before making his July ruling, the arbitrator reviewed 131 Facebook posts made by Newberry while on and off duty from February to July 2016. Lindauer found that some posts showed racial bias against African Americans and hostility toward the Black Lives Matter movement, and reinforced public perception that police officers are biased against black people. Some of the posts included references to African Americans and Black Lives Matter supporters as "ghetto rats," "cockroaches," "morons," and other insults.

Newberry once commented that he considered it a "badge of honor" to be called a racist by someone "in the hood." Lindauer wrote. On the day before being placed on leave in July 2016, Newberry posted a story about a potential Black Lives Matter protest and wrote, "So day of target practice?"

Newberry, who is white, admitted that he posted the content and denied to investigators that he is racist. The postings violated the police department's social media policy, which banned speech or expression that damaged the agency's reputation, Lindauer wrote in July. The police department's rules required Newberry to remove the comments from his Facebook page.

But the arbitrator found that Newberry's immediate supervisor, Sgt. Dave Kempas, expressed approval of some of Newberry's posts and didn't tell him to delete them. Then-Chief Terry Timeus, Capt. Neil Hennelly and Sgt. Mike Francis "liked" or replied to some of the posts.

Timeus, Hennelly and Kempas have all since retired from the West Linn Police Department. Francis now works as an officer with the Portland Police Bureau.

Newberry was hired by West Linn police in November 2008. He was there for eight years before he was fired after a seven-month internal investigation that reviewed the same Facebook posts as the arbitrator that upheld his firing.


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Ohio police help motorcyclist with disabilities get moving

Police One - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 01:00

By Nancy Molnar The Times-Reporter

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — A Dover man is expressing his thanks to four New Philadelphia police officers who helped him get moving after his motorcycle got stuck on Tuesday.

Brad Shepherd, 59, was especially appreciative of the help because he has been a tetraplegic since a 2011 diving accident left him with only the use of his hands, arms and shoulders. As he describes it, nothing from his chest down works.

When the cycle got stuck around 2 p.m., he had no one to call for help.

"I was really in a jam," Shepherd said. "During the day, everybody is at work."

When the mishap occurred, Shepherd was riding in his modified motorcycle. The vehicle has an unusual appearance on the road because Shepherd rides in the sidecar, which is equipped with a steering wheel and hand controls. There's no one sitting on the motorcycle seat.

Shepherd finds the modified motorcycle more maneuverable than his van.

He said he tries to do things that he did before his accident, as much as he can.

"I try to do the best that I can with the limitations that I have," Shepherd said.

He was on his way to show his rental property on Beaver Avenue NE when he hit a road hazard.

"There was a pothole and the chain hit the pothole," Shepherd said. "It knocked the chain off the sprocket."

Shepherd, whose wheelchair sits inside the sidecar, left the disabled vehicle on to meet the prospective tenants.

Police Capt. Paul Rossi found the abandoned motorcycle on Ray Avenue NE, and after some checking, found Shepherd.

"He said you've got to get it off the road there," Shepherd said. "By the time we got back down there, there were four or five cop cars down there already."

Among the responding officers was Capt. Rocky Dusenberry, who was able to get the chain back onto the sprocket on the rear wheel.

"It took some work to get it back on," Shepherd said.

Rossi, Dusenberry and patrolmen Jeff DeMattio and James Miller pushed the vehicle until the chain wrapped around the sprocket.

"I was really impressed by the way they handled things," Shepherd said. "In the news these days, it's just unfortunate that police get such a bad rap. It's a job I wouldn't want."

He said his experience with the police reminded him of a billboard from the 1960s, which said that if you have a problem with the police, the next time you're in trouble, yell for a hippie.

An updated version of the billboard, posted n Muncie, Ind. in 2016, said, "Hate cops? The next time you need help call a crackhead."


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Man arrested for DWI

State - NY Police - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 22:39
On October 13, 2018 at approximately 4:41am, Troopers out of SP Machias arrested Mark C. Houghton 40 of Franklinville NY for DWI.
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Man Claims ‘Ghost’ Planted Meth At His Home

Law Officer - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 18:28

A Louisiana man who claimed that a ghost planted drugs on him after he was hit in the head with an ax — despite having no visible wounds — is under arrest.

Michael Auttonberry, 59, reported to sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday that there had been a stabbing at his home in West Monroe, according to arrest records from the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies arrived, Auttonberry shouted at them, and at people “who were obviously not there,” the arrest records said. Officials noticed that the man had not been stabbed in the head with an ax as he’d claimed.

Auttonberry told deputies that intruders were in his home — police determined that this wasn’t the case.  He allegedly told authorities that the suspected crystal meth deputies claim to have found on his nightstand was planted by a “ghost or intruders” who happened to be climbing out a nearby window — which police also determined to be false.

Auttonberry was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and giving a false police report.

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Two Men Charged With Raping 9-Month-Old Baby

Law Officer - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 18:14

Two Tennessee men accused of raping a 9-month-old girl and filming the attack were indicted Tuesday on multiple charges.

Isiah Dequan Hayes, 19, and Daireus Jumare Ice, 22, are both charged with aggravated rape of a child and aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, FOX13 Memphis reported.

The alleged attack was reported to police in October 2016 after the girl’s mother reported finding a cellphone video allegedly showing Hayes performing a sexual act on the baby.

She was able to identify Hayes through Facebook and turned the information over to police, authorities said.

Prosecutors said Ice filmed the video.

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Cop Killer Votes Thanks To New York Governor

Law Officer - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 18:09

Cop-killer Herman Bell was among the parolees who voted in the Democratic primary between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon, according to the Board of Elections.

It’s not known whom Bell voted for — but records show his election district went with Cuomo by a better than 2-to-1 margin.

Bell filed an absentee ballot on Sept. 12, the day before the primary.

He was able to do so because Cuomo issued an executive order in April providing conditional pardons that restored voting rights to 25,000 parolees.

Bell, a former Black Liberation Army and Black Panthers member, ambushed and killed NYPD Officers Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones in Harlem in May 1971.

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Monroe man arrested for Murder Second Degree

State - NY Police - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 17:28
The New York State Police announce the arrest of Samuel Del Cid Hernandez, age 31, from Monroe, NY. for Murder 2nd Degree.
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State Police will hold a press conference at 5:30 p.m. in reference to the homicide in Monroe, NY

State - NY Police - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 16:31
State Police and the Village of Monroe Police will hold a press conference at 5:30 p.m. today regarding a homicide in Monroe, NY.
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The Apology Of Law Enforcement

Law Officer - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 15:30

Union County (Arkansas) Sheriff Ricky Roberts recently apologized for booking photos emerging of prisoners wearing Nike shirts. He had been accused by journalist Shaun King of using the shirts to mock the protests of Colin Kaepernick. King is no stranger to deception. He recently pushed a story of a Texas Trooper sexually assaulting a woman which was a hoax. The Trooper he named received death threats and King refused to apologize.

But this is not about Shaun King.

This is about another law enforcement leader apologizing for doing nothing wrong. The “gaslighting” of America Law Enforcement must stop and while I don’t expect King or those like him to stop, we certainly should.

Sheriff Roberts explained that the Nike apparel had been used for months along with other shirts and they are utilized when prisoners do not have proper attire for a booking photo.

That is where the explanation should have stopped.

Roberts continued, “we have taken steps to rectify this issue and ensure that this will never happen again. I understand the concern of those who may have found this offensive, and for that, I apologize.”

Law enforcement must get back to law enforcement and King’s only desire here is to gain attention for himself and to have Sheriff Roberts take his eye off of the mission, which should be to enforce the law and put criminals in jail.

I understand we live in strange times where anyone, anywhere can get offended and an apology must come swift and certain or complete destruction of that individual will happen, whether they are innocent or not.

But everyone, including law enforcement, must know this.

If we continue to bow down to anyone that gets offended, when we have done nothing wrong, we are already destroyed and law enforcement is crumbling from the tired and abusive assaults from those that frankly don’t deserve our attention or apology.

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President Trump Plans To Stop Federal Oversight of Chicago Police

Law Officer - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 15:01

The Trump administration informed a federal judge in Chicago on Friday that it’s seeking to scuttle a plan negotiated between the nation’s third-largest city and the state of Illinois that envisions far-reaching reforms of Chicago’s 12,000-officer police force under close federal court supervision.

In a statement announcing the intervention, Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasted the roughly 200-page plan, also known as a consent decree, because of the court oversite. And he offered a full-throated defense of Chicago police, saying they must take the lead in stemming city violence.

“There is a misperception that police are the problem and that their failures, their lack of training, and their abuses create crime,” Sessions said. “But the truth is the police are the solution to crime, and criminals are the problem.”

 An 11-page Justice Department statement of interest — filed with Judge Robert M. Dow Jr., who must grant the proposal final approval — says the reform plan, as it is, would deprive police of flexibility to do their jobs right. And it criticizes criteria in the plan meant to assess police compliance as vague. Read More

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State Police Troop L is assisting the Village of Quogue Police Department with a small plane crash

State - NY Police - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 14:19
 State Police Troop L and numerous local agencies are assisting the Village of Quogue Police Department with a small plane crash in the Atlantic Ocean about 1 mile off the beach. 

 

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Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

State - NY Police - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 13:56
On October 13th, 2018, Troopers out of SP Jamestown arrested Ashley Senko, 30, of Mayville, for two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Instrument and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Christopher Hewes, 27, of Ashville, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic Instrument.
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Ind. school board considers app to link teacher, police phones

Police One - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 09:39

By John Kline Goshen News

GOSHEN, Ind. — Goshen school board members will consider a collaboration plan with the Goshen Police Department to improving law enforcement response time to any future school emergencies.

According to Diane Woodworth, superintendent for Goshen Community Schools, her office was recently approached by the Goshen Police Department about collaborating on a new safety and security communication system known as SchoolGuard.

“The county was trying to do a similar system a couple years ago, and it kind of fell apart and never did work out. And so we’re real excited about this one. I think it has a lot of promise,” Woodworth said in introducing the collaborative effort Monday.

Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman, who is helping to spearhead the collaboration, offered a similar sentiment.

“Since I’ve been in office, one thing that I wanted to make sure we were working hard on was safety of the kids. School safety is high on our priority list. So we’ve been looking for a couple years now at different programs, and finally found one,” Stutsman said of the program. “We think it’s going to be an excellent opportunity to get our police officers to schools much quicker if it’s ever needed. And my greatest hope is that every dollar we spend on this is wasted, and that we never have to find out if it works. But we are very interested in it.”

The program is described as an app that can be downloaded onto the cellphones of police officers, teachers and administrators that then serves as a kind of “panic button” in cases of emergency.

With a push of the button, a 911 call is immediately sent and all teachers and staff are notified of the threat. In addition, all federal, state and local law enforcement officers, both on and off duty, who have the software installed and are located within 10 to 20 miles of the incident, are also notified.

“What we’re concerned about most is just the timeliness of officers being able to get to a scenario unfolding quickly. And if you had to ask any officer on our police department what keeps us up at night thinking about this stuff, it’s how quickly we get there, because seconds matter,” said Shawn Turner, assistant police chief with the Goshen Police Department. “This, I think, is not only one of the better programs we’ve been introduced to, but we’ve also had agencies in some of the surrounding counties — Kosciusko County for one — that have gone to this system and are actively trying to get it into more schools. So there will be some uniformity, not only with us, but with some of the surrounding counties. And it actually brings in law enforcement nationwide. So this has been tested, and I believe it’s a working system that everyone can feel comfortable with.”

Goshen Police Chief Jose Miller agreed, noting that he has used the software on his own cellphone for several years.

“I personally have this on my phone and have for a long time. What it does is, we’re able to download it to our phones, and we’re required to show our police IDs and badge credentials before they approve us to be on the system,” Miller said of the program, which is free to police officers. “It reaches out to any law enforcement officer who is on the system — that could be local, state or federal officers. And if the panic button is activated, if you’re within a 10 to 20 mile radius of this incident, it will alert your phone, and it will tell the location where it’s at, it will tell you the time the incident started, it will tell you the address and it will also show you a map of where that activation occurred at on that premises. It also allows us officers the opportunity to say we’re going to respond in uniform or in plain clothes, depending on where we’re at.”

And to prevent accidental activation, Turner noted that the system is anchored around the associated schools with geofencing, meaning the system cannot be activated when a phone with the app is not on school property.

According to Stutsman, he has been working with the city’s budget and anticipates being able to pay for the installation of the software on the cellphones of all teachers within the Goshen Community Schools system as well as the city’s two private schools, Bethany Christian Schools and St. John the Evangelist Catholic School.

“The city of Goshen will pay for the upgrade of the software and for the installation. We’ll just need the schools to commit to paying for the monthly fees,” Stutsman said. “But we truly do think it’s going to be great.”

Stutsman noted that the purchase of the software would probably come in the form of a two- to three-year agreement, the particulars of which have not yet been solidified given that the school board was only notified of the effort Monday.

“The longer you sign, the cheaper the monthly expenses get. So that would definitely help the schools,” Stutsman said of the plan. “I’ve got a set budget that I know I can use once we know the installation costs. If there is extra money in those lines, I’m going to use it for the first however many months I can of the school expenses. I just don’t know how far that will go until we hear the exact expenses.”

For her part, Woodworth said it is her intention to bring the partnership agreement between GCS and the Goshen Police Department back before the board for consideration at a future meeting.

“We’ve been looking for something like this, and I cannot say enough good things about the positive relationship we have with Goshen City and the Goshen Police Department,” Woodworth said in concluding the presentation Monday. “We greatly appreciate all of you. So it is our intention to move forward with this.”


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U.S. attorney general: Toss Chicago police consent decree

Police One - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 09:21

By Dan Hinkel Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — On the last day to submit written comments on a proposed court order to reform the Chicago Police Department, activist groups sought changes forcing officers to be more accommodating to the families of people they shoot, while U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he opposed the idea of a consent decree, period.

Sessions and his assistants submitted an 11-page statement Friday painting the proposal as an overly restrictive measure that could lead to increased crime. The comment repeated Session’s allegation that the city’s 2015 agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, which forced officers to document street stops more thoroughly, led to a roughly 60 percent jump in homicides in 2016.

The attorney general lauded the steps local officials including Mayor Rahm Emanuel have taken to reform the department and argued that the city and state governments — not a federal judge — should control the force’s future.

“The United States asks the Court not to enter the proposed consent decree but, rather, to allow state and local officials — and Chicago’s brave front-line police officers — to engage in flexible and localized efforts to advance the goal of safe, effective, and constitutional policing in Chicago,” the statement said.

Sessions also said the Department of Justice would send five additional prosecutors to Chicago to establish a “gun crimes prosecution team,” among other anti-crime measures.

Emanuel spokesman Matt McGrath welcomed the extra federal resources but blasted Sessions for trying to “impede our public safety reforms or inhibit our efforts to rebuild the bonds of trust between officers and residents.”

ACLU of Illinois officials accused Sessions of making a “last-minute political play” to undermine the consent decree.

“The Trump administration and Sessions’ Department of Justice have never attempted to learn about the problems in Chicago or what reform is necessary,” ACLU of Illinois attorney Karen Sheley said in a statement.

Sessions’ perspective on the consent decree dovetails with that of the union that represents rank-and-file officers, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police. The union has sought — unsuccessfully, thus far — to have the litigation that gave rise to the consent decree dismissed. On Friday afternoon, attorneys for the union filed a 54-page comment alleging that broad swaths of the consent decree violate the union’s contract or collective bargaining rights and should not be included in the final order.

Meanwhile, lawyers for activist groups including Black Lives Matter Chicago filed a comment stretching some 80 pages that seeks, among other things, protections and services for victims of police misconduct and the families of people killed by police. The activist groups want the consent decree to order police to allow families access to their dead loved ones after shootings and ensure that bodies are removed from scenes promptly. The groups also want the city to provide “trauma-informed psycho-social support services for survivors of police violence and the families of both victims and survivors of police violence.”

The activist groups reinforced their point with statements from family members of people shot by the police, some of whom alleged that officers were unhelpful or rude in the aftermath — with more than one alleging that cops laughed at them.

Martinez Sutton wrote that police gave him little information beyond a hospital address after Officer Dante Servin shot Sutton’s sister, Rekia Boyd, to death in 2012. Servin, who has resigned, was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter.

Sutton briefly described being pulled over by police after the trial and how another passing officer chuckled and said, “That’s the guy whose sister got shot in the head.” Sutton, who said he grew depressed and withdrawn after the shooting, lamented the lack of city services for people struggling with a loved one’s killing by police.

“I started losing track of time, days, hours, and I had to drop classes in school because I couldn’t focus. I couldn’t hold a job, I just had to survive on my own,” he wrote.

An eventual consent decree would likely be one of the most significant and lasting effects of the police reform push that coalesced three years ago after the release of video footage in which Officer Jason Van Dyke shot teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times. Van Dyke was convicted this month of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery.

The November 2015 video release spurred furious protests among African-Americans with long-standing complaints about their treatment by police, as well as calls for a federal investigation of the department.

That investigation culminated in January 2017 with a report that described the Chicago police as badly trained, largely unaccountable and prone to needless violence. In the last days of an Obama administration that often intervened in local police forces, Emanuel vowed to work toward a consent decree.

But President Donald Trump appointed Sessions attorney general, and Sessions has repeatedly criticized federal intervention in local law enforcement. Emanuel responded to the lack of federal pressure for court-mandated reform by proposing an out-of-court agreement, but advocates objected.

Last year, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sued the city and Emanuel agreed to work toward a consent decree. The city was also sued by activist groups, and the politicians worked out a deal to allow the groups a role in the litigation.

The proposed decree would mandate comprehensive changes to departmental practices and aim to tighten supervision, improve training and fix the city’s police disciplinary system.

At the end of the month, U.S. District Judge Robert Dow Jr. is slated to hold hearings to take public comments on the proposed decree. Dow holds the authority to eventually enact and enforce the decree.

One crucial unanswered question is who will be appointed to monitor the changes. Madigan’s office plans to announce in coming days the finalists chosen from nine teams that applied to monitor reforms in the coming years.


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Texas deputy saves 2-year-old girl who wasn't breathing

Police One - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 09:10

By Deanna Boyd Fort Worth Star-Telegram

FORT WORTH, Texas — When Diana Lopez got home from work Oct. 1, she found that her 2-year-old daughter Elena’s temperature had spiked.

Elena had suffered febrile seizures twice before, and Lopez was afraid another was coming.

So an alarmed Lopez and her mother, Martha Ramirez, loaded Elena into her car seat and headed to Cook Children’s Urgent Care clinic from their home in north Fort Worth.

They made it as far as Henderson Street, in downtown Fort Worth, when Ramirez who was in the backseat with her granddaughter, saw Elena suddenly start to shake. Her brown eyes rolled back into her head.

Ramirez screamed and Lopez stopped the truck.

“That’s when I turned, and we pulled her out of the car seat and moved her into the front seat,” Lopez said.

Lopez called 911.

“I told them my daughter was having a seizure and that we were in the middle of the road and that I needed help,” Lopez said. “And she couldn’t understand me. I guess I was screaming so much because she kept telling me I needed to calm down in order for me to tell her where I was.”

Lopez’s panic only worsened when Elena’s seizure lasted longer than the ones before — about five minutes. And this time, when it ended, Elena didn’t move or respond.

“I’ve never had her turn colors on me. This time she turned purple,” Lopez said. “Usually after the seizure ends, she starts to cry and she’s kind of lethargic but she’s conscious, and this time she wasn’t. I knew that there was something different. Her seizure had ended and she wasn’t crying or coming back to me or doing anything.”

Tarrant County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Gallardo had been riding his bike south on Henderson Street that evening, headed to the nearby Walgreens to check on the business due to recent thefts. He noticed the Chevy pickup parked awkwardly in the 1000 block of West 10th Street.

Both driver-side doors were open, and he could see two pairs of legs standing just outside the driver’s door, facing into the truck.

An accident, he wondered. Maybe a domestic disturbance?

When the light changed, he and another deputy, H. Greenley, crossed a busy Henderson Street to investigate. As he approached, Ramirez screamed in Spanish, “Ayudarla! Ayudarla!,” which means “Help her!”

Gallardo saw another woman bent over the front seat.

“I thought she was injured so I asked her if she was all right,” Gallardo said. “She gets up and says, ‘Help me. She stopped breathing!’ ”

That’s when he spotted Elena’s lifeless body in the driver’s seat, dressed in a diaper and a pink shirt.

“She’s not coming back to me!,” Lopez told Gallardo.

Gallardo identified himself to the 911 dispatcher still on the line and began chest compressions on Elena.

“Come on, baby. Come on, baby. Wake up, Mama. Wake up,” Gallardo encouraged Elena as he pushed on her chest repeatedly.

As Gallardo worked, Lopez said, Greenley comforted her and gave her updates.

“He was very sweet too, just very calming and he kept talking to (Gallardo) and going back and forth in letting us know everything that was going on,” Lopez said.

Gallardo soon heard sirens and looked up to see a fire engine coming down the street.

“I did another maybe 10 more chest compressions when she opened her eyes and stared at me,” Gallardo said. “They opened really wide and then they went back down.”

Gallardo turned to Lopez with the good news: “She’s fine. She opened her eyes.”

“I felt so relieved and so thankful that he was there,” she said.

As firefighters approached, Gallardo handed Elena to them. He said she never cried.

“She was just kind of freaked out. She had a look of, what happened?” he said.

After Elena was loaded in the ambulance, Gallardo and Greenley pedaled away.

For Gallardo, the call was special but not his first encounter with a near life-and-death experience.

While at a conference in South Padre Island in 2014, he saved a young girl from drowning in the ocean. Another time, when still new to the sheriff’s department, he found an inmate hanging in a holding cell at the courthouse and brought the man back with CPR.

He said he doesn’t feel like a hero but credits Sheriff Bill Waybourn, who started the bike unit so that deputies could partner with Fort Worth’s officers in keeping downtown safe.

“If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have been out here. I would have been at the courthouse or something,” Gallardo said.

Lopez said doctors at Cooks determined that an infection coupled with a recent flu shot had apparently led to Elena’s fever and seizure. She was put on antibiotics.

Tuesday, Elena smiled and gave hugs and kisses freely when visited by a Star-Telegram reporter.

Lopez says she is grateful to Gallardo.

“I don’t think she would have come back to me if he wasn’t there,” she said. “He just showed up at the perfect time in the perfect moment and knew exactly what to do.”

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Arkansas Sheriff Apologizes For Nike Shirt Controversy

Law Officer - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 09:06

An Arkansas sheriff’s office has been accused of putting Nike shirts on inmates for mugshots in a mocking protest of the company’s deal with Colin Kaepernick, KTHV reports.

Union County Sheriff Ricky Roberts says that is is “all a big misunderstanding.”

The sheriff’s office issued the statement after Shaun King, a civil rights activist, tweeted the following:

 

After King’s tweet went viral, the Union County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying they give the Nike shirts to people who don’t have proper attire for a mugshot. The sheriff’s department said they had the shirts several months before the Nike Kaepernick ad release, KTHV reports.

The full statement reads: 

“It has come to my attention that shirts worn by individuals booked into our facility have been deemed offensive by certain individuals. It is not our intent, nor has it ever been our intent, to demean or disparage those who are innocent until proven guilty. I require that my staff treat everyone with the utmost dignity and respect. This being said, there are many times individuals enter our facility that lack proper attire during the booking process. In an attempt to provide individuals with a sense of dignity, along with providing a photograph which is appropriate for public viewing, we provide these individuals with clothing to wear.

It has been brought to my attention that there are those who feel that one of our shirts of choice may be viewed as inappropriate. Please understand, I require that this office treats everyone equally and equitably within the law. We are not, and will not, be influenced by current political and social debates in the media. Also, these shirts were not purchased by the Sheriff’s Office to be used for this purpose but were simply on hand and available. We are charged with one simply duty; uphold the law and keep the peace. This shirt is not only in use now but has also been for several months prior. We have taken steps to rectify this issue and ensure that this will never happen again. I understand the concern of those who may have found this offensive, and for that, I apologize.

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