Law Enforcement

Iranian State-sponsored Cyber Theft Stole Science from Hundreds of Universities

Forensic Magazine - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:09
NewsSome 320 universities, and 31 terabytes of documents and data, were the target of a state-sponsored cyber theft operation launched by Iran. Nine men still harbored by Iran, ages 24 to 39, were charged in absentia by the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday for conspiracy of stealing science since at least 2013.Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Cybersecurity
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Alton Sterling: No Charges Against Officers

Law Officer - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:07

The two police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling in 2016 will not be charged by the State of Louisiana because evidence showed they acted properly, a state official said on Tuesday.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said Baton Rouge officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake had good reason to believe Sterling, 37, was armed with a gun and was continuously resisting arrest.

The decision comes 10 months after the DOJ declined to file federal charges and two years after President Obama met with the Sterling family.

Officers were called to the location after a homeless man reported a man had a gun in front of the store.  Upon their arrival, Sterling resisted officers and a fight ensued on the ground where Sterling reached for his weapon.

“Our investigation has concluded that officers Lake and Salamoni attempted to make a lawful arrest of Alton Sterling based upon probable cause,” Landry told a news conference.

Sterling’s death in Baton Rouge helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement and raised questions about racial bias in U.S. policing.

Sterling’s relatives told the media after today’s decision that this is “white America.”

 

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2 Officers in Black Man's Fatal Shooting Won't Be Charged

Forensic Magazine - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:04
NewsLouisiana's attorney general ruled out criminal charges Tuesday against two white Baton Rouge police officers in the fatal shooting of a black man during a struggle outside a convenience store.Contributed Author: Michael Kunzelman and Anthony Izaguirre, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
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Ohio Officer Disciplined Over Search of Teen Who Killed Himself in Patrol Car

Officer.com - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:00
An Akron police officer was disciplined for failing to properly search a 17-year-old boy who fatally shot himself while in police custody.
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AG: No charges against officers in fatal shooting of Alton Sterling

Police One - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:32

By Michael Kunzelman and Anthony Izaguirre Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana's attorney general ruled out criminal charges Tuesday against two white Baton Rouge police officers in the fatal shooting of a black man during a struggle outside a convenience store.

Attorney General Jeff Landry's decision came nearly 11 months after the Justice Department ruled out federal criminal charges in Alton Sterling's July 2016 death.

Landry made the announcement at a news conference after meeting with family members of Sterling.

Veda Washington-Abusaleh, Sterling's aunt, was in tears after meeting with Landry.

"They said they didn't find anything," she said. "They said it was justifiable, what happened to Alton was justifiable."

Landry said his office reviewed all of the evidence compiled by the Justice Department, including opinions issued by independent experts, and also conducted its own interviews of eyewitnesses to the shooting. He said he is "always mindful of the human element" in the case beyond his review of the facts and applicable laws.

"I know the Sterling family is hurting," Landry told reporters. "I know that they may not agree with the decision."

Citing a toxicology report, Landry also said Sterling had illegal drugs in his system at the time of the confrontation. It was "reasonable" to conclude Sterling was under the influence of drugs during the struggle with the officers "and that contributed to his non-compliance," Landry said.

Landry did not take any questions from reporters after his statement. His spokeswoman, Ruth Wisher, would not say if they planned to release the body camera footage and surveillance video that hasn't been made public.

State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, a Baton Rouge Democrat who has been involved with the case since Sterling was killed, said Landry's decision means the family will not get any justice.

"It's a sad day for Baton Rouge," she said after word spread that the officers wouldn't be charged.

Officer Blane Salamoni shot and killed Sterling during a struggle outside a convenience store where the 37-year-old black man was selling homemade CDs. Officer Howie Lake II helped wrestle Sterling to the ground, but Lake didn't fire his gun.

The shooting came amid increased scrutiny of fatal encounters between police and black men. Two cellphone videos of the shooting quickly spread on social media, leading to protests during which nearly 200 people were arrested. The officers' body cameras and a store surveillance camera also recorded the encounter, but those videos have not been released.

Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation immediately after the shooting and released their findings in May 2017. They said Salamoni yelled that Sterling was reaching for a gun in his pocket before shooting him three times, and then fired three more shots into Sterling's back when he began to sit up and move.

The officers recovered a loaded revolver from Sterling's pocket. As a convicted felon, Sterling could not legally carry a gun. Sterling had pleaded guilty in 2011 to being a felon in possession of a firearm and illegally carrying a weapon and was arrested in May 2009 after an officer confronted him outside another store where he was selling CDs, court records show.

Federal authorities concluded there wasn't enough evidence to prove Salamoni or Lake willfully deprived Sterling of his civil rights, or that the officers' use of force was objectively unreasonable.

The officers encountered Sterling after responding to a report of a man with a gun outside the Triple S Food Mart. The officers told Sterling to put his hands on the hood of a car and struggled with him when he didn't comply, the Justice Department said. Lake shocked Sterling with a stun gun before the officers wrestled him to the ground, according to federal investigators.

Attorneys for Sterling's relatives have said federal authorities told them Salamoni pointed a gun at Sterling's head and threatened to kill him before the struggle began. In a summary of its findings, the Justice Department said Salamoni pointed his gun at Sterling's head but didn't mention any verbal threats by the officer.

Salamoni and Lake have remained on paid administrative leave since the July 5, 2016, shooting.

Racial tensions were still simmering in Louisiana's capital when Gavin Long, a 29-year-old black military veteran from Kansas City, Missouri, ambushed police officers near a car wash on July 17, 2016. Long killed three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers and wounded three others before being shot dead.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore recused himself from any state criminal investigation into Sterling's death, citing his professional relationship with Salamoni's parents, who have served as police officers in Baton Rouge. Moore's recusal left Landry's office to review evidence and decide whether any state charges were warranted.

In June 2017, lawyers for Sterling's five children filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Baton Rouge, its police department and former police chief, and the two officers involved. Their suit alleges the shooting fit a pattern of racist behavior and excessive force by the Baton Rouge police. It also claims poor training and inadequate police procedures led to Sterling's death.


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Video shows NC officers fatally shooting armed hospital patient

Police One - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:19

By Jane Wester The Charlotte Observer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Huntersville police ordered a 76-year-old Hurricane Irma evacuee to drop his gun before and after they shot him in a hospital hallway in September, according to video released Monday by the Huntersville Police Department. The gun is not visible in the video before the shooting.

In December, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather ruled two Huntersville police officers were justified in shooting and killing James Charles Cook, who was a patient at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center.

A nurse came to Cook's room around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 and saw him pull a gun out of his suitcase, according to investigation records released with the DA's report. She ran away from the room and was returning with a security guard when she heard a gunshot, the records said.

The security guard, who was unarmed, watched Cook walk out of his room holding a gun, records said.

The Huntersville officers, Michael Joseph and Travis Watts, responded to the hospital after hearing reports that a man had fired shots there.

On the video released Monday, filmed by Joseph's body camera, Watts can be seen with a black shield and a gun.

The video showed the officers looking for Cook in the hospital and riding an elevator before they found him near a nurses' station.

"Sir, show me your hands! Show me your hands! Do it now!" one officer said. Another voice said "got a gun" as shots rang out, creating a breeze that turned the pages of a binder on the nurses' station counter.

In interviews with State Bureau of Investigations officials, Watts and Joseph both said they saw Cook point a gun at Watts before they fired, according to the DA's report. The officers shot Cook just past the two-minute mark of the video, and Cook is not visible in the video before or during the shooting.

Officers continued to point their guns at Cook after shooting him.

"Sir! Put that gun down! Drop the gun ... do not move! Do not move!" an officer said to Cook.

One officer, apparently concerned about the possibility of other attackers, told another to "check our backs and make sure nobody's gonna shoot us."

During the rest of the nine-minute video, the officers talked to colleagues about checking the rest of the hospital and keeping an eye on Cook's gun.

"How in the world did he get a gun in a hospital?" one officer asked near the end of the video.

©2018 The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C.)


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Video shows NC officers shooting armed hospital patient

Police One - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 11:19

By Jane Wester The Charlotte Observer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Huntersville police ordered a 76-year-old Hurricane Irma evacuee to drop his gun before and after they shot him in a hospital hallway in September, according to video released Monday by the Huntersville Police Department. The gun is not visible in the video before the shooting.

In December, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather ruled two Huntersville police officers were justified in shooting and killing James Charles Cook, who was a patient at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center.

A nurse came to Cook's room around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 and saw him pull a gun out of his suitcase, according to investigation records released with the DA's report. She ran away from the room and was returning with a security guard when she heard a gunshot, the records said.

The security guard, who was unarmed, watched Cook walk out of his room holding a gun, records said.

The Huntersville officers, Michael Joseph and Travis Watts, responded to the hospital after hearing reports that a man had fired shots there.

On the video released Monday, filmed by Joseph's body camera, Watts can be seen with a black shield and a gun.

The video showed the officers looking for Cook in the hospital and riding an elevator before they found him near a nurses' station.

"Sir, show me your hands! Show me your hands! Do it now!" one officer said. Another voice said "got a gun" as shots rang out, creating a breeze that turned the pages of a binder on the nurses' station counter.

In interviews with State Bureau of Investigations officials, Watts and Joseph both said they saw Cook point a gun at Watts before they fired, according to the DA's report. The officers shot Cook just past the two-minute mark of the video, and Cook is not visible in the video before or during the shooting.

Officers continued to point their guns at Cook after shooting him.

"Sir! Put that gun down! Drop the gun ... do not move! Do not move!" an officer said to Cook.

One officer, apparently concerned about the possibility of other attackers, told another to "check our backs and make sure nobody's gonna shoot us."

During the rest of the nine-minute video, the officers talked to colleagues about checking the rest of the hospital and keeping an eye on Cook's gun.

"How in the world did he get a gun in a hospital?" one officer asked near the end of the video.

©2018 The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C.)


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Prosecutors: Man arrested with stolen NYPD SWAT gear in Chicago

Police One - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:57

By William Lee Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — A duffel bag left unattended at Union Station led to the arrest of a California man who was in possession of a loaded handgun, body armor and SWAT equipment believed to be stolen from the New York City Police Department, prosecutors said Saturday.

A judge ordered Isaiah Malailua, of Redding, Calif., held on $100,000 bail during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

Amtrak police found the bag at the station in the 200 block of South Canal Street just before 9:30 a.m. Friday, prosecutors said. Canine officers were called in and authorities discovered police SWAT patches inside, as well as a Greyhound ticket with Malailua’s name on it, prosecutors said.

When police found Malailua at a ticket counter, they found he was wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying a loaded 9 mm Taurus-brand handgun, authorities said.

Prosecutors said the gear was believed to have been stolen from NYPD. A NYPD official Saturday afternoon said he had no information on this incident.

Malailua, 21, was later charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon/body armor. State law prohibits possession of body armor by someone who hasn’t been issued a state firearm owner’s identification card. The arrest comes weeks after a veteran Chicago police commander was slain downtown, allegedly by a convicted felon armed with a handgun and wearing body armor.

Judge John F. Lyke Jr. ordered Malailua held and ordered him to remain in Cook County during his case. Malailua returns to court next week.

©2018 the Chicago Tribune


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Suspect Removes Grill From GMC Envoy

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:46
Deputies want to identify suspect from surveillance photos.
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Irondequoit man gets arrested for DWI and numerous violations.

State - NY Police - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:33
On March 27, 2018, Troopers out of SP Williamson arrested Brian J. Castiglione, 28, of Irondequoit, New York for driving while intoxicated, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway, refusal to submit to a breath test, failure to keep right on a two lane road, unauthorized removal of a registration sticker, deposited refuse on a highway and a window tint violation.
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Horseheads Troopers arrest a Gillett man for driving While Intoxicated

State - NY Police - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:28
On March 24, 2018 Horseheads based State Police arrested a Gillett man for Driving While Intoxicated in the Town of Southport.
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Skid Loader Stolen From Construction Site

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:06
The machine has Pepper Construction decals along the sides and rear of the unit.
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Williamson man gets arrested for DWI.

State - NY Police - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:02
On March 26, 2018, Troopers out of SP Wolcott arrested Pablo E. Bartolo De La Cruz, 46, of Williamson, New York for driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a BAC greater than .08% and failure to dim head lights.
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Missing Runaway Juvenile

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:00
She has not been seen since March 24.
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Missing Runaway Juvenile

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:56
He left his residence and has not returned.
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Jamestown man charged with marijuana possession

State - NY Police - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:54
On March 26th, 2018, Troopers out of SP Jamestown arrested Vincent Capizzi, 35, of Jamestown, for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
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Jamestown man charged with marijuana possession

State - NY Police - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:53
On March 26th, 2018, Troopers out of SP Jamestown arrested Vincent Capizzi, 35, of Jamestown, for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
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Missing Runaway Juvenile

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:53
She was last seen wearing a royal blue hoodie.
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Farmington man gets arrested for felony DWI.

State - NY Police - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:50
On March 26, 2018, Troopers out of SP Lyons arrested Kenneth M. Backus, 52, of Farmington, New York for felony driving while intoxicated (previous conviction within ten years) and refusal to submit to a breath test.
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