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HAIX® USA Releases Black Eagle® Tactical 2.0 GTX High Side Zip

Officer.com - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 09:33
HAIX® North America is excited to announce the release of their newest boot, the Black Eagle® Tactical 2.0 GTX High Side Zip.
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Ill. K-9 sniffs out $9K worth of cannabis during traffic stop

Police One - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 09:25

By Tony Reid Herald & Review

DECATUR, Ill. — A Decatur traffic stop and a police dog’s nose led to a man’s arrest and the seizure of cannabis valued at more than $9,000, police said.

A sworn affidavit said the drugs — more than 2 pounds of cannabis — was found in a van the Macon County Sheriff’s Office had pulled over Wednesday afternoon on Illinois 48 at North Brush College Road.

A sworn affidavit from detective Jonathan Roseman, assigned to the Decatur Police Street Crimes Unit, said detective Chad Larner deployed his K-9 partner Leeroy Jenkins after the van had been stopped for running a stop sign.

“Leeroy Jenkins conducted a free air sniff ... and alerted to the presence of illegal drug odors ...” Roseman said in the affidavit.

He said the drugs were found inside the van and the 54-year-old driver was arrested on a preliminary charge of the manufacture/delivery of cannabis. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office.

Roseman said the driver told police the drugs belonged to him. Roseman said the man has previous charges out of Kankakee County relating to drug trafficking and possession.

The man remained held in the Macon County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $75,000 bond. He is due to be arraigned Oct. 4.


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Fillmore man arrested in Caneadea for DWI

State - NY Police - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 09:21

On September 27, 2018, SP Amity Troopers arrested Kristofer T. Hubbard, 35, of Fillmore, NY for Driving While Intoxicated.

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Ill. cop claims PD discriminated against her while she was pregnant

Police One - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 09:15

By Susan Demar Lafferty The Daily Southtown

FRANKFORT, Ill. — For a second time, a patrol officer accused the Frankfort police department of discriminating against her while she was pregnant, according to an amended complaint filed by the ACLU of Illinois.

The Sept. 13 complaint claims the department refused to allow officer Jennifer Panattoni to modify her duties and provide her with properly-fitting protective gear while on patrol. The claims also were made in her lawsuit in September, 2017.

“Unfortunately, the village seems to have doubled down on its policy of not accommodating pregnant officers,” and continued “its pattern of discrimination and retaliation” against Panattoni, who is currently on maternity leave, Amy Meek, staff attorney for the ACLU, said.

Village Administrator Rob Piscia responded in a statement: “The village of Frankfort and the Frankfort Police Department are strongly committed to a discrimination free workplace and to providing reasonable accommodations to employees who need them to perform their jobs. Both the village and the department have long maintained and enforced comprehensive equal employment opportunity policies and strictly prohibit retaliation against employees who engage in protected conduct under those policies.”

While saying the village can’t comment on the pending lawsuits and claims, Piscia said in the statement that the village has complied with state and federal law as well as the terms of the collective bargaining agreement and intends to defend these allegations.

But the police department failed to provide her with a properly fitted bullet-proof vest that is required of patrol officers, refused to modify her duties, and forced Panattoni off the job and onto leave simply because she was pregnant, according to the complaint.

“It’s shocking to experience the exact same discriminatory treatment all over again. Yet again, I’ve been forced to choose between a job I love and carrying my pregnancy safely to term. They accommodate other officers who need temporary modified duties, but because I am pregnant, I have been forced off the job. It’s very sad that my department doesn’t respect pregnant officers enough to treat me like any other police officer,” Panattoni said in a statement.

Panattoni was told there were no light duties, then when she listed several, they imposed other conditions, such as taking a pay cut, or performing some patrol duties, which required the body armor, Meek said.

Male officers who needed similar job modifications because of injury have not been forced to take a pay cut, Meek said.

Panettoni has been “subject to scrutiny, threatened with discipline, denied promotions and training,” which has “damaged” her 15-year career, according to the lawsuit.

Her attorney said the first complaint has yet to be resolved, but they are trying to work it out with the department.

The officer’s goal is to have the department establish a policy for pregnant officers, Meek said.

Jim Pasco, executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police, said each police chief or union determines a department’s policies regarding pregnant officers since there is no national standard.

“Generically speaking, efforts are made to accommodate women in law enforcement,” he said. Light duty is always an option, and a department ought to make suitable body armor available, but he said, “it’s not cheap.”

Discrimination against pregnant workers was a “job issue” that is gone in most work places, he said. “But there are little anomalies, like fitted body armor and physical activity,” he said.

“There are plenty of things that can be done to accommodate officers who are older, temporarily disabled or pregnant,” Pasco said. “An enlightened police chief with a good union will address those issues.”

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission previously dismissed Panattoni’s charge of discrimination and retaliation finding that it was unable to conclude that the information obtained during its investigation established violations of any employment statute, Piscia said in a statement.

Meek said the EEOC complaint, filed in July 2016, was the first step Panettoni had to take before filing her lawsuit.

“Its finding is not binding,” she said.


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Clarksville man arrested for endangering the welfare of a child

State - NY Police - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 09:12

On September 26, 2018, SP Amity Troopers arrested Justin M. Chapman, 28, of Clarksville, New York for three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

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Florida man arrested in Allegany for weapons, drug charges

State - NY Police - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 08:57

On September 26, 2018, SP Olean Troopers arrested Kevin A. Potter, 26, of Tampa, Florida for Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.

 

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Video released in OIS of SC man who started standoff with cops

Police One - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 08:55

By Teddy Kulmala The State

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — The man deputies shot dead after a chase and standoff on Interstate 26 in March was involved in another chase months earlier, after which he told a family member “he was going to make the police shoot him” if he was pulled over again, according to a recently-released investigative report.

Robert B. Shaw, 29, was killed in a burst of gunshots on March 28, ending a standoff that shut down I-26 for hours and was punctuated by deployments of flash bangs, tear gas and whimpers from a puppy inside the truck, according to records from the State Law Enforcement Division obtained through an open-records request. SLED investigated the shooting at the request of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and has closed the investigation.

The report shows that Shaw was shot after eventually raising a gun toward officers.

Months before the deadly shooting, Shaw was involved in another police pursuit and, after getting out of jail, said “he was going to make the police shoot him” if he was ever pulled over again, according to Nelda Reaves, a family friend who spoke with investigators at the hospital after Shaw died.

“He did this on purpose and I believe it was suicide by cop,” Reaves told investigators, according to the report. Reaves said Shaw had dated her sister for about eight years, and that she thought of Shaw as a brother even though they weren’t related.

Toxicology testing showed that Shaw’s blood contained methamphetamine, amphetamine and Alprazolam when he died, according to the SLED report. Alprazolam also is known as Xanax and is used to treat panic and anxiety disorders, according to WebMD.

No charges were filed against the officers involved.

“After we reviewed all of the facts and evidence in this case, we determined that law enforcement used lawful force,” said Robert Kittle, spokesman for the S.C. Attorney General’s Office, which reviewed the case at the request of the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

All the officers involved were placed on administrative leave after the shooting but have since returned to their normal duties, said Capt. Adam Myrick, spokesman for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. The department declined to comment beyond the final SLED report and the statement from the Attorney General’s Office.

The pursuit

The series of events began when a Lexington County deputy tried to stop a Chevrolet S-10 pickup on Pine Plain Road the morning of March 28, SLED agents wrote in the report.

.mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%} The truck had been spray painted black, which authorities say is a common practice to conceal the true color of a stolen vehicle, and was traveling left of the center line and had a paper license tag that was partially obstructed, the report states. Before trying to stop the pickup, a dispatcher told the deputy to be on the lookout for a white male suspect in camouflage who fled from a state trooper who was investigating a disabled vehicle with an improper tag on Pine Plain Road.

The driver of the pickup, later identified as Shaw, matched that description but did not stop for the deputy, the report states. Agents wrote that the suspect who fled from the state trooper was later determined to be another man, not Shaw.

The chase went through Richland and Lexington counties, eventually ending when the pickup crashed in the eastbound lanes of I-26 near mile marker 114 after officers used stop sticks, rolling road blocks and pursuit intervention techniques, also known as PIT maneuvers. Deputies told SLED agents that right after the crash, they saw Shaw in the pickup’s cab, holding a gun to his head.

Negotiations

Officers told Shaw to put the gun down, and Deputy John Gietz tried to negotiate with Shaw, according to the report.

“One of the first comments Shaw made to Dep. Gietz, without provocation, was ‘I’m not going back to jail,’ ” the report states.

SWAT officers were called to the scene, and Shaw requested to speak with Capt. John Norman of the West Columbia Police Department, according to the report.

Negotiators tried to get Shaw to either throw the gun out the window or place it on the roof of the truck, but each time “he would have a different excuse as to why he would not be able to do it,” the deputies told agents.

Gietz told SLED agents Shaw agreed to roll down the truck’s window halfway but still refused to put down his gun and said “he didn’t know if he was going to kill himself or not.”

‘I’m scared’

Shaw was given a cellphone, which Gietz and Norman used to negotiate with him, according to the report.

In a recording of the 911 call provided by SLED, Norman tries for more than 30 minutes to get Shaw to put the gun in his lap or drop it out of the window.

“I know it’s over. I messed up,” Shaw says.

“Billy, it’s not over,” Norman tells him. “When you were a juvenile, you thought it was over. When you was an adult and turned 17, you thought it was over. When you went back, you thought it was over. It’s not over, man. This is a car chase. This is today, that’s all this is. Tomorrow’s gonna be a better today, the day after that’s gonna be better, the day after that’s gonna be better.”

Later on in the recording, Shaw tells Norman: “I’m scared. I’m scared.”

“I know you’re scared, Billy. I know you’re scared,” Norman said. “How am I supposed to tell your mama that anything bad happened to you? Because we’re not gonna let that happen. I need to you help me with that.”

Suspect had a puppy

A puppy is heard whimpering in the background, and Shaw tells Norman he has a 6-week-old puppy in the truck. Shaw at one point offers to give Norman the puppy instead of the gun in exchange for being able to call his girlfriend.

At one point, Norman tells Shaw that an ambulance transporting a pregnant woman to the hospital has to pass the scene to get to the next exit.

Norman hands to phone to Gietz, who takes over negotiations.

“I don’t want to go through watching anything bad happen to you,” the deputy says. “I want this all to come out peacefully, and tomorrow we start working on a good plan to make this better.”

The pleas for Shaw to get rid of the gun continue for more than an hour. As the puppy continued whimpering in the background, Shaw told Gietz he didn’t think he could get out of jail because of the bench warrants in his name.

“Right now, we’re making a big deal about something that — we can get past this,” Gietz says. “Let’s just get it rolling. Hell, you might be able to make afternoon bond court and be out (of jail) tonight. ... You’re looking at small potatoes right now.”

Nearly two hours into the phone call, Gietz tells Shaw that the heat and traffic situation are becoming hazardous for the motorists backed up for miles in both directions.

“It has got to happen now,” Gietz said. “Interstate 26 is blocked up both ways and there’s ambulances that can’t get through and get people to the hospital. ... The interstate is so congested that nobody can get through, so that gun has got to go out the window now.”

‘We’re running out of time’

About two hours into the phone call, Gietz’s tone grows more urgent.

“We’re running out of time,” Gietz said after one of the tear gas canisters was deployed. “... Toss the gun out the window, because you are risking people’s lives right now. There are moms, there are kids, there are children that can’t get to the hospital because you have the interstate blocked. You own that, Billy.”

Lexington County’s chief deputy decided to escalate force to “peacefully resolve the situation,” deploying two flash bangs outside the truck and two rounds of tear gas into the vehicle when Shaw didn’t follow directions to get rid of the gun, according to the report. The devices had little effect on Shaw.

As the situation escalated, Shaw said in the phone call that he didn’t want to die. He sounds willing to throw the gun out, but the call eventually ends with deputies shouting instructions for Shaw to drop the gun, all of them going unanswered.

A three-man team — deputies Nicholas McMillin, Alex Mountzouros and Nicholas Uveges — was assembled to approach the truck with weapons, according to the investigative report.

The deputies told SLED agents that as they got within a foot of the pickup, they saw Shaw reach toward his lap with his left hand and pull up the revolver. Each officer said he feared for his life and fired as they backed away from the truck.

Uveges said he saw the barrel of the gun pointed at him, according to the report.

Nine .40-caliber casings at the scene were fired by Mountzouros’ gun, and four .40-caliber casings were fired by McMillin’s gun, agents wrote. Three .223 Remington caliber cartridge cases were fired from Uveges’ rifle.

Shaw had gunshot wounds to the right abdominal area, right hip, right elbow and chest, according to the report. An autopsy showed he died of blood loss from “laceration of organs and blood vessels due to gunshot wounds of the abdomen.”

The revolver Shaw had was not in working order because the hammer was broken and a large portion of it was missing, the report states. Agents also noted that because of the environment where the shooting happened, not all of the shell casings believed to be fired by the officers could be located.

There was no record of any of the three deputies being associated with a prior officer-involved shooting in SLED’s records system.

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Widow of Wisconsin Deputy Forced to Pay Back Pension Payments After Bookkeeping Error

Officer.com - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 08:39
The widow of a Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputy killed in a car crash was ordered to pay back nearly $160,000 to Milwaukee County after they made a mistake.
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Suspected Sexual Predator In L.A. Added To FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List

Officer.com - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 08:35
A 46-year-old man suspected in armed sexual assaults in Los Angeles has been added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list.
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Man Convicted As L.A.'s First DUI -- On A Bird Scooter

Officer.com - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 08:19
Nicholas Kauffroath, 28, pled no contest Thursday to one count of operating a motorized scooter under the influence and one count of hit-and-run.
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Scituate Barracks

State - RI Police - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 07:15
At 5:15 PM, Troopers arrested Crystal L. Zinanni, age 36, of 8 Zanfagna Street, Johnston, RI, for 1) Driving Under the Influence-BAC Unknown-First Offense, and 2) Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test-Second Offense. Arrest was the result of an E-911 call to the State Police Scituate Barracks and a
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Lincoln Woods Barracks

State - RI Police - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 07:00
At 9:23 AM, Troopers arrested Kyle Donnelly, age 19, for 1.) Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor and/or Drugs – First Offense – BAC Unknown, and 2.) Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test. The arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop on Jefferson Boulevard in the City of Warwick.
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Swap Guns For Cash

Sheriff - Hillsboro County (Tampa, FL) - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 06:56
HCSO is offering residents the opportunity to get rid of old unused or unwanted guns in their possession.
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Judge Reverses Order on Courtroom Photos of Accused Homeless Killer

Officer.com - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 05:46
A Los Angeles judge on Thursday reversed his order barring journalists from publishing courtroom photos of a Houston man charged with killing multiple homeless people in recent weeks.
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Two Philadelphia Police Officers Arrested

Officer.com - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 05:41
Two Philadelphia police officers were arrested Wednesday and charged with illegally detaining a man during an April pedestrian stop in East Mount Airy.
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Search and Rescue Teams Rescuing More Hikers Seeking Instagram Fame

Officer.com - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 05:09
A thirst among hikers, often inexperienced and under-prepared, to gobble up “likes” and shares on Instagram and other social media sites has led to a significant increase in rescue missions by first responders.
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Chicago Officer's Defense: Teen Went on 'Wild Rampage'

Officer.com - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 05:04
Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke’s attorneys resumed their efforts Thursday to try to show that Laquan McDonald had embarked on a “wild rampage” in the hours before the patrolman fatally shot him.
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Video: Michigan Patrol Car Hits Suspect During Pursuit

Officer.com - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 04:54
The man being pursued from the Wyoming homicide scene was taken into custody and transferred to a hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive.
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North Carolina Police Chief: 'Not the Ending We Had Hoped For'

Officer.com - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 04:38
Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton struggled to contain his emotions Thursday as he announced an end to the five-day search for 6-year-old Maddox Ritch.
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Nashville Police Officer Charged in Fatal Shooting

Officer.com - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 04:33
Nashville Police Officer Andrew Delke was charged with criminal homicide on Thursday in the fatal shooting of Daniel Hambrick, who was fleeing police on foot over the summer.
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