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Law Enforcement

Black Lives Matter, other groups get voice in Chicago police reforms

Police One - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 11:53

By Jeremy Gorner Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Black Lives Matter and a coalition of other community groups have won a seat at the table as the city of Chicago and the state attorney general's office hash out a consent decree that would guide reforms to the troubled Chicago Police Department.

The agreement comes on the heels of three lawsuits filed last year against the city, urging Mayor Rahm Emanuel to allow a federal judge to oversee an overhaul of the Police Department in the wake of a U.S. Department of Justice report that found the department was deficient in training and supervision and prone to excessive force, especially against minorities.

Word of the agreement came Tuesday evening as news organizations devoted their resources to covering the primary election certain to dominate headlines.

The community groups, a coalition of legal firms and the ACLU of Illinois — all plaintiffs in the pending federal lawsuits — hailed the 10-page agreement, filed in federal court, as a major step in the fight for federal oversight of the Police Department.

The agreement will give a prominent role to community groups that have been staunchly critical of police and the city’s oversight and discipline of officers. If precedent holds, Tuesday night’s news will not sit well with police union leaders, who have complained that officers are unfairly portrayed as prone to misconduct.

Under the agreement, the community groups can provide input as the city and the attorney general’s office continue to negotiate the terms of the consent decree. And once the decree is in place, they can object if it is inadequate or push for enforcement if the Police Department fails to follow through on its commitments.

Following the appointment of an independent monitor overseen by a federal judge, the community groups have been promised quarterly meetings with the monitor — outside the presence of city and state officials — to discuss the city’s compliance with the consent decree, according to the agreement.

“It’s really setting up the community groups as watchdogs that will have a role to make sure that reform really continues no matter what happens as politicians come and go,” Kathy Hunt Muse, an ACLU staff attorney, told the Tribune. “The city and the attorney general still need to do the hard work here of hammering out the terms of the consent decree, and we really hope that now that we’ve defined this role for involving the community that they’re going to move quickly to draft that consent decree.”

The agreement reaffirms “our commitment to a transparent process and (supports) our promise that the public will have opportunities to provide input as we take this next step on Chicago's road to reform,” Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for the city's Law Department, said in a statement.

In a statement, the head of the Chicago Police Department’s largest union expressed his concern about the agreement.

“The city of Chicago should be careful where they go with a consent decree,” said Kevin Graham, president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police. “Without the support of the rank and file Chicago Police Officers, their move today will go nowhere. Anyone who thinks it will is sadly mistaken. As I have said before, we will never give up our collective bargaining rights.”

Under the terms of the agreement, the community groups have 60 days to propose what they think should be part of the consent decree.

“An important step in achieving reform is ensuring that communities that have been particularly impacted are engaged in this process,” a spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a statement. “The agreement ensures that community groups have a clear process to provide their input on the consent decree and enforce its terms.”

The community groups agreed to put a hold on their lawsuits for now but could move to revive them if the consent decree hasn’t been filed in federal court before Sept. 1.

The ACLU’s lawsuit in October alleged that Chicago's police reform efforts have neglected how officers are trained to handle people with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities. The suit sought a permanent injunction to block the city from continuing what it calls its current practices "of using unlawful force against black and Latino people and individuals with disabilities."

Earlier in 2017, two separate lawsuits were filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and about 15 civil rights lawyers from Chicago and New York representing African-American plaintiffs who allege they were victims of excessive force and other abuses by Chicago police. That suit, which includes community groups such as Black Lives Matter, was filed days after Emanuel backed away from his pledge to sign a consent decree.

The Justice Department report, made public in January 2017, was prompted by the court-ordered release in November 2015 of video showing Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times a year earlier. The video sparked widespread protests, the firing of Chicago's police superintendent and calls for widespread reforms. Van Dyke is awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges.

After the Justice Department released its findings early last year, Emanuel signed an agreement with then-President Barack Obama's attorney general to enter a consent decree in which a federal judge would enforce reforms. By May, however, Emanuel was trying to reach an out-of-court agreement with President Donald Trump's administration, which had signaled its opposition to court oversight of police departments. Emanuel argued that an out-of-court deal would get the same results as a consent decree.

City attorneys have asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuits, arguing the plaintiffs' claims were moot because the Emanuel administration already had instituted police reforms recommended by the Justice Department and the mayoral-appointed Police Accountability Task Force a year earlier. Then, shortly after the city's lawyers sought that dismissal, Madigan filed her lawsuit in late August seeking to force judicial oversight. With Emanuel appearing with Madigan at a news conference announcing the litigation, the two described the effort as a "partnership."

Chicago Tribune’s Dan Hinkel contributed.

©2018 the Chicago Tribune


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FBI agent dies of cancer linked to 9/11 Pentagon attack

Police One - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 11:28

By Matt Campbell The Kansas City Star

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An FBI agent who was a first responder to the September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon died Thursday of brain cancer.

Special Agent Melissa S. Morrow, 48, served in the Washington Field Office of the FBI prior to being assigned to the Kansas City Field Office. In Washington, Morrow was a member of the Evidence Response Team.

Her death is classified as a line-of-duty death because of her exposure to contaminants at the Pentagon and as a first responder in 2013 to a six-alarm fire in a warehouse fire in Alexandria, Va. The warehouse held evidence from the terrorist plane crash into the Pentagon. In all, Morrow spent 10 weeks sifting through evidence from the attack.

Morrow, who joined the FBI in 1995, was certified by the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

Visitation will be 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday at the Country Club Christian Church, 6101 Ward Parkway. The funeral will immediately follow.

©2018 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.)


Categories: Law Enforcement

Jurors convict man of killing New Orleans officer

Police One - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 11:18

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — A man accused of killing a New Orleans police officer in 2015 was convicted Saturday, as jurors rejected his insanity defense.

After a six-day trial, the jury deliberated just 66 minutes before finding 35-year-old Travis Boys guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 46-year-old Daryle Holloway, a 22-year veteran officer. Boys had pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity.

Holloway was shot in a police SUV in June 2015 as he was transporting Boys to jail after an earlier arrest. Boys escaped the vehicle and was caught the next day after an intense manhunt.

The verdict found that Boys was not suffering from a mental disease or defect and understood the difference between right and wrong when he fatally shot Holloway, Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said in a statement.

"I am grateful this jury saw through the facade of this murderer's concocted insanity defense and arrived at the only appropriate verdict," Cannizzaro said. "Travis Boys not only had a clear understanding of his intentions to shoot this officer with a smuggled gun and escape from custody, but he also knew it was wrong. He will now spend the rest of his life in prison contemplating his heinous and unforgivable acts."

Boys will receive a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole when state District Judge Karen Herman sentences him May 3.

"We are thankful for these jurors' hard work and close attention to the law. And we pray that this outcome provides some measure of comfort and relief to Officer Holloway's mother, children, former wife and loving family and friends," Cannizzaro said.

"Today, justice has been served," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a statement. "Nearly three years after his murder, our city continues to mourn his senseless death. While this verdict cannot ease the pain created by losing Officer Holloway, it does send a powerful message that if you attack our police, you will be brought to justice."

In October 2015, a former police officer pleaded guilty to malfeasance and obstruction of justice charges related to Holloway's death. Wardell Johnson is awaiting an April 13 hearing at which Herman will sentence him to up to 40 years in prison. Police said he failed to adequately pat down Boys after his arrest, and tried to cover up his shoddy police work.

Boys had been set for trial in October. But he brought an abrupt end to jury selection in those proceedings by smearing his head and face with feces he had smuggled into the courtroom.

Herman, who ordered a mental evaluation for Boys after the feces-smearing incident, later declared Boys competent for trial and stated that he had "hijacked" the proceedings with his stunt. "He will no longer be allowed to control these proceedings," Herman told the defense at a November hearing.

Holloway's body camera was on when he was shot. Media accounts of Tuesday's testimony say a New Orleans police lieutenant walked jurors through the video recording, pointing out images of Holloway's arm trying to control the handgun used in the shooting. It also captured the sounds of a struggle, Boys yelling "Let me out before you kill yourself," and a gunshot.

Defense attorneys have focused on Boys' mental capacity, eliciting testimony from one expert who testified that an IQ test he took as a teenager indicated "borderline retardation," and a sister who said Boys had trouble remembering basic information.


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Lincoln Woods Barracks

State - RI Police - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 07:00
At 9:05 AM, Troopers arrested Arnaldo Rosario, age 38, of 275 Grove Street, Providence, RI for an Affidavit Arrest Warrant for Malicious Mischief/Damage Property originating out of the Providence Police Department. The arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop on Route 95 in the City of...
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Detective Bureau

State - RI Police - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 06:45
MEDIA CONTACT: Major Dennis B. Fleming, Detective Commander (#401-444-1005) No arrests to report.
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Hope Valley Barracks

State - RI Police - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 06:45
At 5:00 PM, Troopers arrested Nicholas Molloy, age 26, of 124 Seaview Avenue, Swansea, MA, for Possession of Schedule I-V (Cocaine). Arrest was the result of a 911 call to the barracks reporting an erratic operator and a subsequent motor vehicle stop on Route 95 South in the Town of Hopkinton....
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Wickford Barracks

State - RI Police - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 06:30
**MEDIA CONTACT: Acting Captain Christopher J. Schram 1-401-444-1014** At 8:40 AM, Troopers arrested Carmelo Montanez, age 44, of 120 Regent Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island, for a Providence Superior Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for Cost Review on the original charge of...
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Randolph man charged with several crimes following break-in call

State - NY Police - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 05:51
On March 24th, 2018, Troopers out of SP Jamestown arrested Dustin Waite, 26, of Randolph, for Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief 4th Degree, Petit Larceny and Resisting Arrest.
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Gerry woman charged with multiple crimes following traffic stop

State - NY Police - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 05:26
On March 23rd, 2018, Troopers out of SP Jamestown arrested Mary Waechter, 59, of Gerry, for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd Degree, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance in a non-original container and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.
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Bloomingburg Woman Arrested for Driving While Intoxicated

State - NY Police - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 03:40

On March 24th, 2018, State Police at Wurtsboro charged Lea C. Farrell, 43, of Bloomingburg, NY with Driving While Intoxicated.

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SP Liberty Troopers Make Drug Arrest

State - NY Police - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 03:20

On March 24th, 2018, State Police at Liberty charged Glenn Doyle, 55, of Monticello, NY with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th (A Misdemeanor).

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14-Year-Old Juvenile arrested for school violence threat in Oswego County

State - NY Police - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 18:42
State Police arrested a 14-year-old juvenile this afternoon for (1) count of Falsely Reporting an Incident 3rd degree, a class “A” misdemeanor.
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