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Final Salute for Fallen Massachusetts Police Officer - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 04:05
Thousands of mourners, including police from across New England and local, state and federal lawmakers, gathered both inside and outside the church and lined the streets of Yarmouth to honor the life of Sgt. Sean Gannon.
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Body Camera Footage Shows Utah Officers Fatally Shoot Suspect - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 04:00
West Valley City police released body camera footage this week showing the fatal officer-involved shooting of a man in a garage.
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Video Shows Texas Police Officer Nearly Caught in Explosion - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 03:55
Hurst Police Officer Travis Hiser is shown being blown back, but he recovers and assists police Cpl. Ryan Tooker in getting a couple out of the home.
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Iraq War Amputee Defies Odds, Becomes Police Officer - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 03:45
Former Marine Christopher Lawrence is working the beat as a rookie Chula Vista police officer, defying the odds facing military amputees who want to stay in uniform.
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Pittsburgh Police Prep for Protests If Trump Fires Special Counsel Mueller - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 03:30
Pittsburgh police have no idea if President Trump plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, but they want to be prepared in case he does.
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Homeland Security Secretary Visits Border - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 03:15
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visited Calexico’s replacement border barrier project on Wednesday after holding a town hall with local Border Patrol agents and officials from other immigration-related agencies.
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San Diego County Fighting California Sanctuary State Laws - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 03:00
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 Tuesday to support the Trump administration’s lawsuit against California over so-called sanctuary laws that the state passed last year to limit its role in immigration enforcement.
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Cochecton man charged with DWAI-Drugs

State - NY Police - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 02:08

On April 18th, 2018, New York State Police out of the Liberty barracks charged Zachary W. McCarthy of Cochecton, NY with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs.

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Video: Texas Officer Nearly Caught in Fiery House Explosion

Police Magazine - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:43

VIDEO: Texas Officer Nearly Caught in Fiery House Explosion

A police officer who drove out to investigate a vehicle collision in Hurst, TX, narrowly avoided being seriously injured in a fiery house explosion at the scene of the crash.

In new dashcam footage from the April 7 incident, Officer Travis Hiser can be seen approaching the home in question when a sudden blast of flames erupts out of it toward him. The house had been hit by a car that reportedly severed its primary gas line, allowing gas to build up inside the residence.

The driver was arrested at the scene, reports Time.

Hiser and the other officer on the scene, Corporal Ryan Tooker, were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. The three people inside the house were injured but are expected to recover.


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Man Fatally Shot After Stabbing GA Deputy in Station, GBI Says

Police Magazine - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:31

A man entered the Douglas County (GA) Sheriff's Office Tuesday night seeking shelter, but several hours later a deputy was forced to shoot him inside the facility, officials said.

According to the sheriff and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, 32-year-old Justin Oakes first entered the lobby of the sheriff's office about 10:25 p.m., where he was offered some water.

At some point, Oakes started making "numerous" 911 calls from the bathroom, according to the GBI. He said someone poisoned him, he gave a false name, and he said “I’m about to be killed,” reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

When two deputies went to check on him about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oakes, authorities said, was barricaded in the restroom. The deputies pushed their way inside, only to discover he had a knife, authorities said.

Deputies deployed a Taser, but Oakes continued moving in their direction with the knife, according to the GBI.

One deputy shot him. Oakes, who had a history of mental illness and was on parole from state prison, died on the scene.

The deputy was stabbed at least twice in the process. The other deputy was also injured during the confrontation. Both were taken to a local hospital and later released.

"The deputy (did) what he was trained to do," Sheriff Tim Pounds said during a morning news conference.


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A Tale Of Two Leaders

Law Officer - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:35

The Starbucks Incident has been an incredible thing to watch. Not only does it highlight the power of misinformation, social media, emotion and race but the leadership styles of all involved have proven what I have been saying as my role within the Courageous Leadership Institute.


Last Thursday, two men walked into a Starbucks in Philadelphia and asked to use the bathroom. The manager told them that the use was for customers only at which time the subjects sat at a table. At one point, the manager advised them that occupying the restaurant (which was quite busy at the time) was for customers. They could purchase an item and stay. The men refused and when the manager told them she would have to call the police they advised her to call the police.

Some Philadelphia Police Officers arrived and told the men that they needed to either purchase an item as a customer or they would be trespassing. The men refused. Officers then asked the men to leave three times and they refused. Officers told them they would be arrested if they didn’t leave and they refused to leave. In addition to their refusal to the officers, one of them men told the officers that they had no idea what they were doing because they “are only $45,000 employees.”

This is the point in the story that patrons began to take video and become upset because according to them, these men did nothing wrong. Except of course refuse to leave and follow the simple instructions of a Starbucks Manager and Philadelphia Police Officers and commit the crime of trespassing, that is a law in every city in America.

The men are arrested, handcuffed and taken to a police precinct. Starbucks then refused to prosecute and they were released.

Within 24 hours, the partial video of the incident made international news with story after story saying these men were only arrested because they were black.

“This is what it is like to shop and be black in America” lamented one article.

Leader Responses

Law Enforcement has been here many times. A partial video is recorded, the story is told by someone that knows nothing about the incident and racism is screamed from the rooftops. And that is exactly what was happening here. As the story broke last weekend, the anger and hostility was directed towards the Philadelphia Police Department. “Racial Profiling”, “Biased Policing” and just about any other buzz word out there was being thrown at the agency.

In the past, it would continue and agency leadership would either say nothing or give the proverbial “we are investigating” nonsense. That approach has done more harm to this fine profession than any criminal could ever do.

Then, just as law enforcement was prepared to take blame without anyone standing up with the facts, a leader stood up.

It’s what I call Courageous Leadership not because it’s technical or difficult to do but because it is extremely rare for the leaders in law enforcement to stand up quickly and defend their officers when they are being accused of something they did not do.

This is exactly what Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross did. A few hours after the news broke, Ross recorded a video on the department’s Facebook page and said that the officers “did nothing wrong,” as they were simply doing their jobs when called in by the Starbucks staff. “They did a service that they were called to do,” he said. “And if you think about it logically, that if a business calls and they say that someone is here that I no longer wish to be in my business, (officers) now have a legal obligation to carry out their duties. And they did just that.”

Ross said that the officers asked the men to leave three times and they refused. He said the officers were professional in their conduct toward the two men but “got the opposite back.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney made an immediate statement about the incident saying that it “appears to exemplify what racial discrimination looks like in 2018.”

The Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz calls the arrest of the men “reprehensible…ashamed…” and “embarrassing.” He is making the media rounds, already met with the two men and plans to close all 8000 stores for a day and provide “unconscious bias training” to every employee. It’s a move that will cost the company millions but he has said that the company intends to “fix” the issue.

The Result

The dynamics have certainly changed since the leader of the Philadelphia Police Department and Starbucks talked about the incident. Commissioner Ross gave facts and defended his officers while Schultz has given no facts, riddled his comments with emotion and apologies while the Starbucks employee that called the police has left the company.

The response to both organizations this week has proven what I often say in the Courageous Leadership Seminar. Leaders must stand up for whatever is right, apologize when a wrong has been done but never do either when it is not appropriate.

If your organization is right, you must stand up for that and in the midst of the 24 hour news cycle, it needs to be quick. When the organization is wrong, admitting that and apologizing is also important.

Commissioner Ross did this perfectly and for most of the media and the public, the Philadelphia Police Department has been absolved of wrong-doing. This is a lesson that every law enforcement leader needs to take note of.

In contrast, Schultz could have easily done the same but weak leaders are exposed in times of crisis and this incident has certainly been that for Starbucks. The truth is, Commissioner Ross is correct. These men were disrespectful and were given plenty of chances to not be arrested. That particular Starbucks has been very consistent in this policy, no matter the race, and even refused a Philadelphia Police Sergeant that wanted to use the bathroom because he was not a paying customer. That sergeant quietly left the establishment. If these two men last Thursday would have acted like men, they would have done the same.

On a personal note, I have purchased many items from establishments so I could have the privilege to occupy their space or use the bathroom. Sometimes I did it out of common decency for the business but other times I was asked to do it and I did it. I’ve also been asked to buy something and I left. Never has it crossed my mind to do what these guys did. Then again, they are being hailed as victims and their actions will cost Starbucks millions in lost revenue and have taken a company with one of the best reputations of inclusiveness to the exact opposite.

Claiming racism is nothing to take lightly and certainly there have been instances where African Americans have been treated horrible just because they were black. Law Enforcement, businesses and every citizen must ensure that racism is removed from every aspect of our society and while the cowardly leadership of Starbucks is being praised by some, it only hurts the real issues of discrimination and racism that plagues us.

Both of these leaders had a choice.

Go with facts or emotions.

Stand up for what is right or kneel for a lie.

Defend an employee for doing their job or throw one down for doing their job.

It is not yet known what the fate of Starbucks or their leadership will be but there is a long history of cowardly leaders ruining the organizations they are over and in my humble opinion, the table has been set at Starbucks and it wasn’t set last Thursday when two men decided to refuse a common sense policy. It was set when the leadership team of Starbucks decided to not lead.


Travis Yates is the Founder of the Courageous Leadership Institute

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Troy woman arrested in for cashing a $900 forged check at a local grocery store.

State - NY Police - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:58
The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) stationed at SP Latham arrested a 22-year-old Troy woman for the Class D Felony of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd and the Class A Misdemeanor of Petit Larceny.    

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Good Samaritan who shot cop's attacker faces lawsuit

Police One - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:49

By PoliceOne Staff

RISING SUN, Ind. — A Good Samaritan who feared for a police officer’s life when she shot and killed his attacker is now being sued by the deceased’s family.

In February 2017, an off-duty conservation officer responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle and encountered 25-year-old Justin Holland, according to Holland then attacked the officer, overpowering him as bystander Kystie Jaehnen rushed to the LEO’s aid.

Jaehnen, who said she feared for the officer’s life, shot Holland in the shoulder. Holland later died from his injuries. Meth, benzodiazepines, marijuana, methadone, and dextromethorphan were later found in his system. Jaehnen was not charged in the shooting.

Holland’s family is now suing Jaehnen, the officer, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, claiming that Jaehnen used unjustified deadly force in the shooting.

“If the officer was truly in harm’s way and he was going to die, she had the right to defend him,” Blake Maislin, the family’s attorney, said. “But over and over what we have is a story of somebody engaging somebody else and claiming self-defense."

A gofundme in support of Jaehnen has been set up to help with her legal fees.

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Cleveland Police Pursuit Policy Called Into Question - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:48
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams addressed growing concerns that the department's policy regarding chasing violent suspects is preventing officers from doing their jobs.
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Ariz. K-9 killed, suspect in custody after pursuit

Police One - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:47

By PoliceOne Staff

PHOENIX – A K-9 died Tuesday during the arrest of a suspect who led officers on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle.

According to AZ Central, officers surrounded a home where the suspect, who had bailed from the carjacked vehicle, was hiding. Officer deployed K-9 Bane, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois who had served with the department for nearly two years, into the home.

When officers entered the residence, they found the suspect, who was not immediately identified, on top of Bane. The suspect was taken into custody and treated for injuries.

Police said Bane was not shot, but it’s unclear how he died. A passenger who was in the stolen vehicle with the suspect was also taken into custody. No other officers were harmed during the incident.

"Bane died heroically helping apprehend a suspect to keep our community safe,'' Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said.

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Video: Thousands Mourn Slain Massachusetts Officer

Police Magazine - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:47

VIDEO: Thousands Mourn Slain Massachusetts Officer

A wake for slain Yarmouth, MA, K-9 handler Officer Sean Gannon was held Tuesday evening at St. Pius X Roman Catholic church in Yarmouth. A funeral Mass was held Wednesday morning at the church, followed by a private burial.

Members of the community, wearing blue, lined Route 28 Tuesday afternoon as police escorted Gannon from the funeral home in Hyannis to the Yarmouth church. Thousands of officers from around the country were there for a walk-by and a moment of silence, reports WBZ-TV.

The 32-year-old Gannon was shot and killed last Thursday while he and other officers were serving an arrest warrant at a home in Barnstable, MA.

Thomas M. Latanowich, 29, has been charged with murder in the shooting. He pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail, reports the Boston Globe.

Gannon is survived by his wife Dara. He was an 8-year veteran of the department and the department's first full-time drug detection K-9 patrol officer. He was remembered in his obituary for his "high moral integrity, infectious humor, and collaborative work with colleagues," reports WBZ-TV.

Gannon was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant by his department Wednesday, reports the Boston Globe.


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Are you a minimalist or a maximalist? What cops need to know about footwear trends

Police One - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:40

By Joseph J. Kolb, MA P1 Contributor

A police officer’s feet endure many stresses, aches and pains associated with prolonged standing and walking as might be seen on a patrol beat, parade duty or traffic accident, as well as the explosive multi-directional bursts of speed required in a suspect foot chase.

Just like athletic shoes, manufacturers have been taking a close look at the demands of public safety, offering a variety of utility shoes and police duty boots in an attempt to make policing a little more comfortable and functional while mitigating acute and chronic lower extremity injuries.

Minimalist and maximalist sound like terms associated with art. In fact, they are associated with a growing trend in footgear that started about a decade ago, and something all patrol officers should consider when selecting a shoe to hit the streets with.

Before buying a minimalist or maximalist shoe or boot, review the following factors in order to choose what is best for you.

How to pick the right fit

After decades of research on running shoes, experts agree that one style of shoe does not fit all. Picking the right fit is dependent on a variety of factors:

Foot type: Are the feet or high arched, rigid or flexible? The foot is comprised of 26 bones that are connected by a vulnerable network of tendons and ligaments. Weight: The heavier one is the more pressure is put on foot structures. Just walking increases forces through the lower extremities and spine that is 2-3 times your body weight. Running increases these forces tenfold. Length of time on feet: “Oh, my aching feet!” is a phrase heard all too often among police officers who walk a beat. Activities associated with policing: Typically short bursts of quick multi-directional speed executed to apprehend a suspect. Minimalist vs. maximalist design differences

Basically speaking the two terms relate to the amount and location of padding and support a shoe possess. As the names imply, one has very little, while the other has more.

Minimalist shoes are designed to be light, thin and flexible, which translates to no motion control, cushioning or stability, but an increase in functionality. For an officer chasing a suspect running in different directions over a short distance this may serve them well. Minimalist shoe manufacturers theorize that by running with less cushioning, your muscles will be strengthened by the impact loading on the foot and lower leg muscles. Buyers must be aware however that these shoes require a gradual break-in period for the feet and lower leg muscles to adjust and develop.

One manufacturer recommends a very gradual transition from regular foot gear to the minimalist brand to allow the calf and foot muscles to adjust and strengthen. It is recommended to wear the minimalist gear for one to two hours per day for a few weeks then gradually increase the time as the lower extremity muscles strengthen.

Janet Simon, a podiatrist based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, says that while this design is light, it does require a breaking-in period.

The maximalist shoe is designed with extra cushioning, especially in the midsole area to mitigate lower extremity and spinal shock that could alleviate leg and back fatigue in prolonged standing. The extra cushioning also adds more than 50 percent shock absorption that a standard utility boot affords. It may appear heavy and clunky, but lightweight material keeps the shoes only a few ounces more than the minimalist shoe. The style design of the maximalist boot also allows for a smooth heel-toe rocker motion, which can improve gait.


The functional differences between minimalist and maximalist shoes can be profound in policing duties and preferences. The maximalist shoe is built for cushioning, especially for officers with pronated or flat feet where stress is generated through the lower extremities and spine during prolonged standing and activity. Conversely, a minimalist shoe has essentially no structural support, but in time can develop feet and leg muscles while increasing functionality.

“The answer as to which shoe to go with is based on specific foot types that function a specific way,” says Simon. “If an individual is biomechanically sound, they should alternate between a minimalist shoe and one with greater support.”

About the Author Joseph J. Kolb, MA, is the executive director for the Southwest Gang Information Center, master instructor for the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and instructor in the Criminal Justice program at Western New Mexico University.

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Watch: Texas Officers Approach Home As It Explodes

Law Officer - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 16:40

The Hurst (TX) Police Department released video footage from an April 7, 2018 call where officers approached a house as it exploded.  The victims are in stable condition.

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