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New Army Models Predict Number of Cyberattacks That Pierce Company Networks

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:04
NewsA new study from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory presents evidence that the number of cyber intrusions can be predicted, particularly when analysts are already observing activities on a company or government organization's computer network.Contributed Author: U.S. Army Research LaboratoryTopics: Cybersecurity
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Court Asked to Dismiss Cases Tied to Former Drug Lab Chemist

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:01
NewsA petition submitted Wednesday to the state’s highest court seeks the dismissal of every case connected to a convicted former state chemist who authorities say was high almost every day she went to work at a state drug lab for eight years.Contributed Author: Associated PressTopics: Crime Lab
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Calif. governor overturns parole in 1984 cop killing

Police One - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 11:06

By PoliceOne Staff

LOS ANGELES — Gov. Jerry Brown overturned a parole board’s recommendation to release an inmate who was involved in a 1984 shootout that killed an LAPD officer.

Hau Chan is serving a life sentence for murder after organizing an armed robbery of a jewelry store, the Associated Press reported.

The robbery led to a shootout that killed Officer Duane Johnson and left another officer injured. Two suspects were also killed amid the gunfire.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League strongly opposed Chan’s release. Brown said he overturned the recommendation because there’s evidence Chan “still poses an unreasonable danger to society.”


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Police: Drunken driver tried to bribe trooper, spit on him

Police One - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 11:05

By PoliceOne Staff

ELKHART, Ind. — Police said a woman attempted to bribe a trooper then spit on him when he didn’t accept.

A trooper pulled over Carrie Lynn Kooi, 41, Monday after receiving a complaint of an erratic driver, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Kooi was allegedly “swerving from lane to lane before pulling into a service plaza,” officials said.

The trooper caught up with Kooi later and found the car parked near a gas pump with the motor still running and Kooi apparently sleeping inside.

The trooper knocked on Kooi’s window and began to speak to her but she “was slow to respond and uncooperative.”

A warrant was issued for a blood draw and Kooi was transported to the hospital. During the transport, Kooi allegedly offered the trooper money to let her go and spit on him several times when he refused.

She is charged with bribery, battery by bodily waste, resisting law enforcement and operating while intoxicated.


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Michigan Trooper Killed in Motorcycle Crash Mourned

Officer.com - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 11:00
Michigan State Police Trooper Timothy O'Neill died from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash near Rockford while on duty Wednesday.
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Louisiana Lieutenant Killed in Off-Duty Motorcycle Crash

Police Magazine - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:57

An off-duty Slidell, LA, police officer died of injuries he suffered Wednesday evening in a motorcycle accident, the Slidell Police Department said Thursday morning.

The Slidell Police Department announcement did not include details, but said Lt. Ray Dupuy was killed in the accident. The announcement said Louisiana State Police is the lead agency handling the matter and would release any details, NOLA.com reports.

"Lt. Ray Dupuy was a dedicated public servant who served and protected the citizens of Slidell for over two decades,'' Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said. "Please keep Lieutenant Dupuy's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. This is going to be a very difficult time for our Slidell Police family."

 

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Man charged in shooting death of off-duty Mo. cop

Police One - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:55

By Glenn E. Rice and Aaron Randle The Kansas City Star

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old man with second-degree murder in the Aug. 20 shooting death of Lee’s Summit police officer Thomas Alvin Orr III.

Sean D. Steward of Kansas City also faces armed criminal action charges in the Orr’s death.

Orr, 30, was off duty on Aug. 20 when he was fatally shot at a day party at Californos restaurant in Westport. Police said Orr, who also was a middle school resource officer, was not the intended target. He was an innocent bystander.

According to court records, a witness told investigators that they saw Steward fire a handgun. The shooting happened after one man struck another man in the face, causing him to fall to the floor. Steward allegedly fired into the crowd. Another witness told police that several people at the party told her that Steward fired the shots that killed Orr and struck the woman.

Police found on social media sites photos from the party with names that witnesses said were identified with Steward, according to court records.

Prosecutors have requested a bond of $500,000 cash.

Police said there were more than 200 people at the party but only three had stepped forward to speak to investigators right after the shooting.

Orr had been with the Lee’s Summit Police Department since March 2015 and began assignment as a middle school resource officer on Aug. 14. Before that, he had worked for the Marshall, Mo., Police Department.

Police at first said the victim was shot after arguing with another man. However, further investigation revealed that Orr was an innocent bystander who was not involved in the disturbance.

Witnesses said that Orr took photographs at the party.

No other details were released regarding the arrest made on Wednesday.

Orr was at Californos on Aug. 30 for a monthly “Recovery Sundays” party among black millennials, which started modestly in May and grew to hundreds as the summer went on.

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©2017 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.)


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Phoenix Officer Wounded, Saved by Armor in Gunfight

Police Magazine - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:54

A Phoenix police officer was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with a man who led police on a cross-city pursuit Wednesday night, police said. The man also was shot and wounded by police in the gunfire, said Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune.

The incident began about 7:40 p.m. with a traffic stop when police exchanged gunfire at a person inside the vehicle, she said.

From there, police pursued the vehicle east through Phoenix, guided by a police helicopter. The vehicle was disabled with a spike strip, AZCentral reports.

At that point, more gunfire was exchanged between the man and police, who ended up shooting the man, Fortune said. The man also shot one of the Phoenix officers, who was wounded but likely was saved by his protective vest, Fortune said.

The officer's injuries are not considered life-threatening. The suspect was not identified but is in police custody at a hospital, where he is in serious condition, Fortune said.

 

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Arizona Police Criticized for Incident With Autistic Teen

Officer.com - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:49
The Buckeye Police Department determined that an officer, who attempted to handcuff and detain an autistic 14-year-old boy who he mistook for a drug user, used reasonable judgment and force.
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CHP officer killed in crash while on his way to work

Police One - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:45

By Mark Gomez and Robert Salonga The Mercury News

SAN MARTIN, Calif. — An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer remembered as a mentor to dozens of younger officers died early Tuesday when his motorcycle collided with a truck on his way to work, authorities said.

The Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office identified the motorcyclist as James Branik, 44, of Morgan Hill. Branik worked as a CHP officer in the Bay Area since about 2005, first at the San Jose area office and then at the Gilroy Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility off Highway 101 between Morgan Hill and Gilroy.

“He was dedicated to the job,” said Officer Ross Lee, who worked with Branik in San Jose. “He was a very knowledgeable guy and took the job very seriously.”

The crash was reported at 5:51 a.m. on Monterey Highway south of Chester Avenue in San Martin. According to the CHP, Branik was southbound on his 2005 Suzuki motorcycle when the driver of a northbound Chevrolet pickup truck made a left turn into the motorcycle’s path.

Branik hit the right-front section of the truck and suffered major injuries, the CHP said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The pickup driver, a 47-year-old Gilroy resident, stopped after the collision, and was not immediately arrested or cited. The fatal crash remains under investigation, and the CHP said alcohol or drugs to not appear to be a factor in the case.

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It is with great sadness that the Hollister-Gilroy Area office has to report that CHP Officer James Branik was involved...

Posted by CHP - Hollister-Gilroy on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

CHP investigators spent most of Tuesday examining the crash site on Monterey Highway. At 11 a.m., debris from the crash remained in the street, in front of a mini mart and gas station near Chester Avenue.

Cal Fire personnel responded to the scene with an American flag to pay tribute to the fallen officer.

Lee said Branik’s former colleagues at the San Jose office were shocked by the news of his death, as many officers in the San Jose office received patrol training from Branik. Lee himself saw Branik as a mentor in his early years with the agency.

“He was someone I looked up to,” Lee said.

Tuesday’s collision was similar in nature to a June 2016 crash that killed San Jose police Officer Michael Katherman, who was on duty on a police motorcycle on North 10th Street in San Jose when a van driver turned left onto Horning Street and into Katherman’s path.

Anyone with information about the collision can contact Officer Sean Nichols at the Hollister-Gilroy area CHP office at 408-848-2324.

Rest In Peace Officer James Branik. CHP officers from Gilroy are escorting his body from Coroner's office in San Jose to funeral home???? pic.twitter.com/MsEVe7Q9H6

— Janine De la Vega (@JanineDLV) September 19, 2017

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©2017 the San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.)


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St. Louis to Equip Officers with Body Cameras

Police Magazine - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:37

All St. Louis police officers could be wearing body cameras within 90 days after a contentious and chaotic vote of the St. Louis Board of Estimate and Apportionment on Wednesday.

Although officials said that there were many details that still need to be worked out, the board voted unanimously to immediately implement a free, one-year trial with one company while a longer-term contract is sought, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed said that during the trial period, Axon, formerly known as TASER International, would provide up to 1,300 cameras and all the associated equipment and software and store the data for a year for free.

At the end of the year, it could all be returned at no cost, he said, or the city could pay $1,000 per camera per year to keep using Axon. That would be $1.3 million per year for 1,300 cameras. The city would retain control of the data, he said.

 

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NYC Under Tight Security for UN General Assembly

Officer.com - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:34
New York City is under tight security as leaders from around the world convene for the United Nations General Assembly.
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Video: Israel's Prime Minister Walks Streets of New York City, Thanks Police

Police Magazine - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:18

VIDEO: Israel's Prime Minister Walks Streets of New York City, Thanks Police

Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu was in New York City this week to speak at the United Nations, and while in town, he chatted with New Yorkers on the street and shook hands with NYPD officers.

Netanyahu can be seen in video posted to the Internet stopping to thank police officers. The former Israel Defense Forces captain and special forces team leader even chatted with an officer about his M4 rifle, IJR.com reports.

 

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Real or Fake? Creating Fingers to Protect Identities

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:11
NewsDo you know how safe it is to use your finger as a security login? And have you wondered how your cell phone knows if your finger is real or a fake? Michigan State University biometric expert Anil Jain and his team are working to answer these questions and solve the biggest problems facing fingerprint recognition systems today.Contributed Author: Michigan State UniversityTopics: Biometrics
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SP Cortlandt - Cortlandt man arrested for Menacing and Criminal Possession of a weapon

State - NY Police - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:05
Cortlandt, New York – On September 19, 2017, Troopers from the Cortlandt barracks arrested Douglas L. Hovasapian, age 45, of Cortlandt for Menacing with a Weapon in the 2nd Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor following a domestic incident.
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State Police arrest heroin dealer in Greene County

State - NY Police - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:04
On September 20, 2017, the New York State Police arrested George Higgins, age 53 for Two Counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance.
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Minneapolis Police Chief Receives $183,000 Settlement

Law Officer - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:53

The Minneapolis City Council has unanimously approved a settlement with former Police Chief Janee Harteau, and they’ve also removed a nondisparagement clause that was drawing scrutiny.

Under the proposed settlement, Harteau was to receive nearly $183,000 and 12 months of health benefits. But the deal also included a nondisparagement clause keeping her from saying anything negative about Hodges or other city officials, and vice versa.

The Minneapolis City Council took up Harteau’s settlement on Wednesday, approving it unanimously, while stripping it of the nondisparagement clause. They also unanimously passed a resolution prohibiting such clauses for public employees in the future.

 

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OKC Police Shoot Deaf Man With Metal Pipe

Law Officer - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:43

Police in Oklahoma City  fatally shot a deaf man who they say was advancing toward them with a metal pipe as witnesses yelled that the man was deaf and could not hear them.

The shooting happened Tuesday night. It’s the fifth officer-involved shooting in the city this year, according to the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Officers were responding to a hit-and-run accident around 8:15 p.m., Capt. Bo Mathews, the police department’s public information officer, told reporters Wednesday. A witness of the accident told police a vehicle involved went to a nearby address.

Lt. Matthew Lindsey arrived at the address and encountered 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez, who was on the porch holding a 2-foot metal pipe with a leather loop in his right hand. Lindsey called for backup and Sgt. Christopher Barnes arrived.

Police ordered Sanchez to drop the weapon and get on the ground, Mathews said. Both officers had weapons drawn — Lindsey had a Taser and Barnes a gun. Sanchez came off the porch and was walking toward Barnes.

“The witnesses also were yelling that this person, Mr. Sanchez, was deaf and could not hear. The officers didn’t know this at the time,” Mathews said.

Both officers fired their weapons at the same time when Sanchez was about 15 feet away from them; more than one shot was fired, the police captain said.

Sanchez had “no criminal history that I could locate,” Mathews said. The car involved in the hit-and-run was driven by Sanchez’s father and Magdiel Sanchez was not in the car at the time.

Police were not wearing body cameras at the time and both officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is routine following officer involved shootings.

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SP Livingston - Livingston man arrested for Strangulation and Criminal Mischief after Domestic Incident

State - NY Police - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:21
Livingston, New York – On September 20, 2017, Troopers from the Livingston barracks arrested Kenneth F. Van Norstrand III, age 36, of Livingston for Strangulation in the 2nd Degree, a Class D Felony, and Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor following a domestic incident.
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All St. Louis police officers to get body cameras

Police One - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 08:49

By Robert Patrick St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS — All St. Louis police officers could be wearing body cameras within 90 days after a contentious and chaotic vote of the St. Louis Board of Estimate and Apportionment Wednesday.

Normally staid affairs, the meeting featured crowd members and board members shouting each other down amid the crowd’s demands for immediate action.

Although officials said that there were many details that still need to be worked out, the board voted unanimously to immediately implement a free, one-year trial with one company while a longer-term contract is sought.

Among those details are privacy concerns and the agreement of the police union, which has historically been opposed to the cameras. St. Louis Police Officers Association business manager Jeff Roorda said Wednesday that the union wanted “to make sure our officers’ due process rights are protected,” as well as the privacy rights of citizens. “And we do want to make sure that guys aren’t singled out for discipline because of the department not liking them.”

Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed said that during the trial period, Axon, formerly known as TASER International, would provide up to 1,300 cameras and all the associated equipment and software and store the data for a year for free.

At the end of the year, it could all be returned at no cost, he said, or the city could pay $1,000 per camera per year to keep using Axon. That would be $1.3 million per year for 1,300 cameras. The city would be retain control of the data, he said.

Frustrated at the years of debate on the camera issue, Reed said 75 percent of major police departments had them, “and we’re still discussing them,” three years after the death of Michael Brown and the resultant protests and demands for police accountability.

Reed said St. Louis was at a “major crossroads” and that it was critical to move forward to benefit residents as well as police. “Body cameras tell you exactly what happened,” he said.

But the other two members of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, Mayor Lyda Krewson and Comptroller Darlene Green, complained that they had been sandbagged by an 11-page contract that was delivered to them just hours before the meeting.

Green said her first copy had sections blank, with information filled in later on a second copy distributed at the meeting.

Many of their concerns and questions about the details of the contract, the lack of police input into the proposal and the speed at which Reed was moving were shouted down by a crowd that was angry, impatient for change and demanding an immediate vote. Among those in the crowd were pastors, activists and friends and relatives of those killed by police.

“Take care of it now. Now!” one man demanded.

“Vote yes and show us you care,” another spectator shouted later.

Green eventually proposed that the board vote to solicit bids for a long-term camera program that would be finalized by the end of the year. After more debate, Reed combined the proposals and the vote was met by cheers and applause.

After the meeting, Green said, “We’ve got our work ahead of us.” She said that she was only seeking a long-term solution during the meeting, and wanted to “knock the politics aside.”

Reed called it a “tough meeting” and said “if the crowd wasn’t here, I would have lost.” He also said that failure would have caused “more turmoil” in streets already roiled by a judge’s decision last week to acquit Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer charged with murder.

He acknowledged there were details to work out, but said that the one-year trial program could be implemented without the approval of the police union, because a smaller trial already has been approved and conducted.

Roorda said the first trial did not need union approval because cameras were placed on sergeants, who did not have a union contract at the time.

But he said the union “will meet our obligation to bargain in good faith.” He did say that camera advocates were using the recent protests “as cover to advance an agenda.”

Krewson said union buy-in would be necessary. She said that Reed forced the issue on the board via a “very unusual process” or putting forth a contract, but called body cameras an “important tool.”

She seemed confident that officials could work out the details. “Many other cities have done this.”

Krewson said of the crowd, “ I appreciate the pain that was being expressed in that meeting.”

She said that she’d already seen tweets from elected officials opposed to the move.

Ward 15 Alderman Megan Green tweeted: “There must be policies in place to protect victims of crimes and witnesses, policy on who can have access to footage,” during the meeting.

Ward 21 Alderman John Collins-Muhammad was among those who tweeted their support.

Earlier this year, members of Privacy Watch STL and the ACLU supported a bill that would require public scrutiny before the board approves new surveillance technology.

A law professor cautioned at a conference in St. Louis in May that body camera footage is not a panacea and can be misinterpreted, particularly in use-of-force cases.

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©2017 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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