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Video shows Idaho police kill armed suspect in shootout

1 hour 11 min ago

By Ruth Brown The Idaho Statesman

BOISE, Idaho — The Boise Police officers involved in the March 17 fatal shooting of a man in Hulls Gulch were ‘completely justified’ in their actions, according to Blaine County Prosecutor Jim J. Thomas.

Thomas also reported that the six officers involved acted in conformity with their training and experience when Benjamin Barnes was shot by officers in the Boise Foothills.

Barnes, 42, was shot after police say Barnes threatened several people and their dogs and shot and killed one family’s dog.

“The officers utilized lawful legal force in reaction to a deadly threat when Benjamin Barnes pointed a semi-automatic handgun at them and discharged several rounds towards the officers after officers gave verbal commands to come out of the bushes and show his hands,” said Thomas in a news release from Boise PD. “The video and photography evidence depict the crime scene area at the time of the incident as being on an open hillside with sage brush, small trees and ground vegetation. The officers were essentially without protective cover when Barnes began shooting at them while being approximately 50 yards away.

“The actions of the Boise police officers in shooting Benjamin C. Barnes were completely justified in order to neutralize the lethal threat that he (Barnes) presented to not only the police officers but to citizens who may have unwittingly come upon the scene.”

©2017 The Idaho Statesman (Boise, Idaho)


Categories: Law Enforcement

Authorities: Va. deputy, suspect shot at traffic stop

4 hours 23 min ago

Associated Press

MONROE, Va. — Authorities in central Virginia say a deputy was shot in the head during a traffic stop and a suspect was injured when another deputy returned fire.

The Amherst County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Saturday that deputies initiated a traffic stop Friday night at a post office in Monroe.

The sheriff's office says a passenger in the vehicle produced a handgun and shot a deputy in the head.

The sheriff's office says the deputy was treated and released. The suspect is still being treated.

The department has asked Virginia State Police to investigate.

No further details were immediately released.


Categories: Law Enforcement

London ends Uber, cites 'greyballing' of law enforcement

10 hours 2 min ago

By Andrea Fox

LONDON — Transport for London (TfL) will not renew Uber London Limited's license to operate when its current license expires on September 30th, citing the company's approaches to pubic safety. At issue for TfL is how Uber reports serious criminal offenses by drivers, obtains medical certificates and manages background disclosure checks. And, for greyballing its law enforcement officers. While some of these issues are not new to most cities, London's noting that the company's use of software to target and block law enforcement and government regulators was a factor in the decision, according to the press release, is a new twist in the tenuous relationship Uber has with cities:

.@TfL says #Uber "can continue to operate until any appeal processes have been exhausted."https://t.co/cjHZwaUXBj pic.twitter.com/tN0lPgyc9l

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) September 22, 2017 Greyballing the Bobbies

The software can figure out if a device containing the hailing app is used by law enforcement or used often near government buildings via geolocation tools, and analysed if the credit card associated with an account had ties to a police union. Once the software greyballs a user, the user's Uber app will show fake cars or no cars on the app, according to the Independent.

If the user did manage to book an Uber before being greyballed, the company would call the driver and cancel the ride.

The greyball tool is part of a Violation of Terms of Service software Uber created to root out users targeting the service — such as law enforcement looking to trap drivers in cities where its not authorized to operate -- according to the New York Times report that uncovered Uber's use of the software.

However, Uber's legal team approved operational use of the tool, and it's been used in cities like Boston, Las Vegas and Paris and in countries like Australia, China and South Korea. So, the company has prepared for municipal reaction.

It's already appealed London's decision, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and mobilized on social media with a #SaveYourUber and an online petition that's gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures already. London has nearly 40,000 Uber drivers and 3.5 million people use the app once every 90 days.

But it's not the only company that was ready. MyTaxi, an app used by London's famous black cabs, owned by Daimler, is offering 50 percent off fares:

50% off fares now, we are undercutting UberX on the news that they are not fit and proper to operate. Discount applied automatically.

— mytaxi uk (@mytaxiuk) September 22, 2017

MyTaxi lets you users save their black cab drivers, who undergo background checks and more.


Categories: Law Enforcement

Tier Talk Podcast: Arguments during traffic stops

10 hours 48 min ago
Author: Tier Talk

In this episode of Tier Talk, Anthony Gangi sits down with civil rights attorney Matthew Peluso, Esq. and traffic stops defense attorney Michael Palumbo to discuss traffic stops. Lately, there seems to be an uptick in conflict between the police and the public in regards to the do's and don'ts of a traffic stop. Here are two opposing views that are meant to inform and educate all parties about the conflict that presents itself during traffic stops.


Categories: Law Enforcement

After nurse arrest, Utah lawmakers to clarify blood draw law

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:18

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers say they're working on a law to clarify when police can draw blood without a driver's consent after a Salt Lake City police officer was caught on video dragging a nurse from a hospital and arresting her.

West Valley City Republican Rep. Craig Hall said in a Twitter message Thursday that he doesn't have details yet on the legislation he's planning.

Detective Jeff Payne arrested University of Utah nurse Alex Wubbels in July after she refused to allow Payne to draw blood from an unconscious patient without a warrant.

Wubbels' attorney Karra Porter told the Salt Lake Tribune that the law already makes it clear that the officer couldn't draw the blood.

Payne's attorney Greg Skordas says the patient had given implied consent to the blood draw because he had a commercial driver license.


Categories: Law Enforcement

Leadership symposium will focus on common sense police officer safety

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:40

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — On November 8-9, Below 100 will present a national symposium on Implementing a Culture of Common Sense Officer Safety, hosted by the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas at its facility in The Woodlands, Texas (Houston area).

Below 100 offers a commonsense approach to officer safety, targeting areas of improvement that are under an officer’s control. The training has proved both popular and effective, with many agencies reporting reductions in injuries, crashes and claims, as well as an overall uptick in safety awareness.

This symposium is designed for command level officers and agency administrators. Agency leaders play a critical role in the safety of their personnel. If you’re truly committed to officer safety, you should make plans to attend this workshop – it will inspire and empower you to make needed changes.

Risk management expert Gordon Graham will deliver the keynote session; the leaders of three agencies that won national awards for comprehensive safety programs built on Below 100 will share their lessons learned; and, on the morning of November 9, a workshop will provide every attendee with an action plan for effectively rolling out a program in their agency. The workshop will be facilitated by John Bostain, the co-owner of Command Presence and the 2011 Trainer of the Year (International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association).

Registration is only $99 and hotel rooms will be available for $95.

The event is made possible with funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those who might have difficulty with department budget restrictions should consider checking with their state traffic safety office. Some have already indicated a willingness to help send personnel to this event.

More information and registration information can be found at www.lemitonline.org.


Categories: Law Enforcement

Next-gen 911 matching grant rules open for comment

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:29

By Colin Wood Statescoop

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) took a small step toward providing states and localities new funding for next generation upgrades to the national 911 call center infrastructure.

A notice of proposed rulemaking was published Thursday for the 911 Grant Program — a $110 million federal matching grant program jointly run by the DOC, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Department of Transportation (DOT). The rule proposal opens the grant's implementation regulations to public comment until early November and puts the federal government one step closer to providing new funding to a federated effort already underway in many states and localities.

“Today’s notice is an important step for the 911 Grant Program that will modernize antiquated 911 services across the country,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement Thursday. “Next Generation 911 will save lives by being faster and more reliable, and by better connecting first responders to key health and government services in the event of an emergency.”

Full story: Next-gen 911 matching grant rules open for comment


Categories: Law Enforcement

P1 Photo of the Week: Sunset in Santa Rosa

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:07
Author: PoliceOne Members

Officer Jordon Tolliver of the Santa Rosa County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office snapped this incredible photo of one of the best times of day. Nice shot!

Calling all police photographers! PoliceOne needs pictures of you in action or training. Submit a photo — it could be selected as our Photo of the Week! Be sure to include your name, department information and address (including city, state and ZIP code) where we can reach you — Photo of the Week winners have a chance to win a PoliceOne.com T-shirt!


Categories: Law Enforcement

Policing Matters Podcast: Should the cash-bail system be discontinued?

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:57
Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

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In 2013, researchers from the Arnold Foundation studied 153,000 bookings into Kentucky jails over a two year period and found that the longer low-risk defendants were held in jail the more likely they were to engage in criminal activity. Now, we have to separate correlation from causation — we cannot go leaping to the conclusion that if-this-then-that. However, there has been some criticism that the cash-bail system disproportionately affects lower-income individuals, and that it makes no sense to decide whether someone should be held in jail awaiting trial based solely on how much money they have. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the movement in recent years to discontinue the cash-bail system at least for offenders who are evaluated to be low-risk of flight or reoffending.


Categories: Law Enforcement

2 reasons cops should not respond to non-violent mental health calls

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:38

Author: Booker Hodges

In July 2016, former Dallas Police Chief David Brown said, “We’re asking cops to do too much in this country. We are. Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve. Not enough mental health funding, let the cops handle it.”

I could not agree more with former Chief Brown’s statement that we are asking cops to do too much, especially in the area of mental health response.

I have been a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) coach for over a decade and believe the current push for more mental health care training for police officers is a good thing in part. I say in part because after years of experience and research, I do not believe that law enforcement should be responsible for responding to non-violent mental health calls.

As a profession, we are problem solvers. The public and elected officials know this, so they keep heaping societal problems on us with the expectation that we solve them. It is time we start saying no.

There are two reasons why I believe society should stop having police officers respond to non-violent mental health calls:

1. Cops lack adequate mental health care response training

The average psychologist has between 10-12 years of college education in addition to 3,000 hours of supervised training. A licensed mental health care professional has between 7-8 years of college education in addition to hundreds of hours of supervised training.

By comparison, a police officer who attends a CIT course receives 40 hours of formalized training. Most police officers receive far less than 40 hours training afforded to those who attend CIT training.

Yet despite this gap in training, society expects police officers to show up and handle mental health calls with the same precision and expertise of a mental health care professional. This is an unrealistic expectation.

We are setting police officers up for failure by continuing to send them on calls that, in spite of our best efforts, we can never train them well enough to handle.

2. Law enforcement brings the tail of the criminal justice system

There is a consensus within society that the criminal justice system is not the appropriate place to handle those who suffer from mental illness.

In light of this, it makes no sense to send police officers – who bring the tail of the criminal justice system with them – on calls involving non-violent mentally ill individuals.

The chance of a non-violent mentally ill person being interjected into the criminal justice system increases when they come into contact with police. Our jails are full of people suffering from mental illness who have no business being there, yet society keeps sending them because there is no other place for them to go.

We have taken away the places where those who suffer from mental illness can get access to the mental health care they need. Instead, they have been fast-tracked into the criminal justice system. We are not serving the best interest of those who consume mental health services or society by continuing to have police officers handle calls involving non-violent mentally ill people.

I propose two solutions to this problem:

1. Develop mental health care response teams

We need teams of trained mental health care professions and social workers who can respond to all calls involving non-violent mentally ill individuals.

These teams should be available 24 hours a day just like police officers. By having these teams in place, we would not expose consumers of mental health care services to the criminal justice system at the same rates as we currently do.

These teams would be responsible for taking care of placing those individuals who experience a violent mental health episode after law enforcement officers secure them.

Establishing these teams would go a great way toward removing law enforcement from encountering non-violent mental health sufferers in an enforcement capacity.

2. Focus on de-escalation training

The current push for mental health response is good, but we should focus more on de-escalation training, which is different from CIT training.

Although we often intertwine these terms, de-escalation training focuses on giving police officers the tools to defuse potentially volatile situations involving agitated individuals.

Police officers can use de-escalation techniques to defuse situations involving individuals suffering from a mental health crisis, but dealing with someone who is just angry is different from dealing with someone who is mentally ill.

It is time to start having the conversation about what mental health response looks like without police involvement. This discussion may spur much needed progress toward coming up with a logical and practical solution to this ever-growing problem.


Categories: Law Enforcement

Court rules against officers who sued over Seattle PD's UOF policy

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:08

By PoliceOne Staff

SEATTLE — A federal appeals court unanimously voted Tuesday to uphold the Seattle Police Department’s use-of-force policy.

A group of nearly 125 officers filed suit claiming the policy violated their Second Amendment rights to use their service weapons for self-defense, the Hill reported. The policy, adopted in 2012 as a part of a DOJ reform agreement, required officers to use "objectively reasonable force, proportional to the threat or urgency of the situation." They were pushed to use de-escalation techniques when possible.

The officers, who filed suit without the support of the police guild, stated the policy elevated the rights of criminal suspects over police, KOMO reported.

The court disagreed with the officers’ argument, stating that the policy was constitutional under the Second Amendment “because there is a reasonable fit between the [Use of Force] Policy and the City of Seattle’s important government interest in ensuring the safety of both the public and its police officers."

"The City of Seattle has a significant interest in regulating the use of department-issued firearms by its police officers, and the [Use of Force] Policy does not impose a substantial burden on the Second Amendment right to use a firearm for the core lawful purpose of self-defense," Judge William Hayes wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel in Mahoney vs. City of Seattle.

The city said the new use of force policy “has been a critical component in transforming policing for the residents of Seattle."

The officers argued that input from the police department was refused during the drafting of the new policy.


Categories: Law Enforcement

Wis. senator calls for investigation after student releases video portraying cop being beheaded

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:06

By PoliceOne Staff

MADISON, Wis. — A state senator is calling for an investigation and disciplinary action after a University of Wisconsin-Madison student released a video portraying a beheading of an officer dressed as a pig.

Eneale Pickett released the video to promote his social justice clothing line, WISC reported. The video, combined with sounds of President Donald Trump’s speeches and protests, shows a cop dressed as a pig being beheaded. One of the sweatshirts displayed in the video says “I would ask for justice, but she’s helping the cops burn my body.”

Sen. Steve Nass said in an email obtained by WISN that the video is “vile [and] anti-police” and he wants a full investigation into the video.

"Is this free speech? This is not free speech when you're inciting violence. This is like yelling fire in a crowded theater," Nass said.

Pickett said it was meant to start a conversation of police brutality. University officials have spoken to Pickett, but it was regarding the posting of the video on a university server. They said it violated a policy governing commercial activities.

University officials told WISC that while they may not agree with the message, they “appreciate and respect people’s opinions and their right to free speech.” They said no investigation has been launched because “no crimes have been committed.”


Categories: Law Enforcement

Body camera captures officer's rescue of suicidal man dangling from window

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:05

By PoliceOne Staff

TRENTON, N.J. — Body camera captured the harrowing moment an officer rescued a man dangling from a highrise window.

Police were called to investigate a woman’s death earlier this week, ABC 6 reported. Investigators said the woman died of natural causes. Officer Freddy Jimenez heard her husband distraught, talking to himself in the next room.

When he entered the room, he found the man dangling from the eighth floor window.

"I'm here to help you, grab my leg," Jimenez can be heard saying. "I got you, my friend. I don't want you to die."

Jimenez said the man seemed to change his mind when the officer offered help, saying he didn’t want to die. Police Director Ernie Parrey said Jimenez’s quick-thinking saved the man’s life.

"With everything that's going on in the world, especially in respect to policing, doing what's right or wrong in the world, that's what the Trenton Police Department is about," he said.

The man is recovering in the hospital.


Categories: Law Enforcement

Video shows crash that led to fatal OIS of deaf man armed with metal pipe

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:45
Author: Booker Hodges

By PoliceOne Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY — Surveillance footage released Wednesday shows the events leading up to the fatal shooting of a deaf, nonverbal man armed with a metal pipe.

Video obtained by KOCO shows a green truck being hit from the side, tipping over and landing back on its wheels. The driver who caused the accident drove off and the truck followed.

Police received calls of a hit-and-run accident and discovered the truck involved parked in front of a home.

Magdiel Sanchez, who is deaf and nonverbal, exited the residence with a metal pipe, police said. He confronted police before one officer shot him and another deployed a TASER. Sanchez died at the scene. Investigators said his father was involved in the accident.

Witnesses told KOCO they believe Sanchez was confused because he couldn’t hear the officers. Neighbor Julio Rayos said he and his daughter were yelling that Sanchez couldn’t hear them because he was deaf.

Police Chief Bill Citty told the Associated Press that the shooting raised “a lot of concerns” about officer training for interaction with people with hearing or speech problems. He plans to meet with advocates to work toward better training.

Citty said the shooting is “something that’s tragic either way,” and offered condolences to the Sanchez family.

The officer who fired the shots is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. The Sanchez family has hired an attorney to represent them.


Categories: Law Enforcement

Video shows accident that led to fatal OIS of deaf man armed with metal pipe

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:45

By PoliceOne Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY — Surveillance footage released Wednesday shows the events leading up to the fatal shooting of a deaf, nonverbal man armed with a metal pipe.

Video obtained by KOCO shows a green truck being hit from the side, tipping over and landing back on its wheels. The driver who caused the accident drove off and the truck followed.

Police received calls of a hit-and-run accident and discovered the truck involved parked in front of a home.

Magdiel Sanchez, who is deaf and nonverbal, exited the residence with a metal pipe, police said. He confronted police before one officer shot him and another deployed a TASER. Sanchez died at the scene. Investigators said his father was involved in the accident.

Witnesses told KOCO they believe Sanchez was confused because he couldn’t hear the officers. Neighbor Julio Rayos said he and his daughter were yelling that Sanchez couldn’t hear them because he was deaf.

Police Chief Bill Citty told the Associated Press that the shooting raised “a lot of concerns” about officer training for interaction with people with hearing or speech problems. He plans to meet with advocates to work toward better training.

Citty said the shooting is “something that’s tragic either way,” and offered condolences to the Sanchez family.

The officer who fired the shots is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. The Sanchez family has hired an attorney to represent them.


Categories: Law Enforcement

FBI warns to watch those social media posts — or face the consequences

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:46

By Elvia Malagon Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — It only took a few seconds for Jabari Dean to realize he had made a mistake.

In a moment of anger in late 2015, the then-21-year-old threatened a mass shooting at the University of Chicago in the comments section of a popular website. Dean quickly deleted the comment, but not before a New York teenager took a screenshot and notified police. The threat was taken so seriously that the U. of C. canceled classes and other campus activities.

Within days, the FBI traced the threat to Dean and arrested him on a federal charge of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. The FBI found no weapons in the South Side home he shared with his mother and determined Dean never intended to carry out the threat.

In the FBI’s Chicago headquarters Thursday, Dean sat next to special agent in charge Michael Anderson as he spoke for the first time about what happened and warned others not to make the same mistake.

The FBI has seen an increase in similar online threats across the country and worked with Dean to release a 30-second public service announcement in hopes it will deter others.

“I search my name on the web almost every day and look at the stuff,” Dean said in the video. “It’s not going away. Think before you post.”

Dean wrote the online threat about a week after the court-ordered release of a video showing a Chicago police officer shooting black teen Laquan McDonald 16 times sparked citywide protests and escalated tensions between the Police Department and the African-American community.

“This is my only warning. At 10 a.m. on Monday mourning, I am going to the campus quad of the University of Chicago. I will be armed with an M-4 Carbine and 2 Desert Eagles all fully loaded. I will execute approximately 16 white males students and or staff, which is the same number of time McDonald was killed,” the threat stated, according to court records. “I then will die killing any number of white policemen in the process. This is not a joke. I am to do my part to rid the world of white devils. I expect you to do the same.”

Last summer, prosecutors agreed to drop the charge against Dean if he completed 100 hours of community service, including speaking out about his experience, and stayed out of trouble.

Dean did not want to detail why he posted the comment online. He said he was at home and angry, but he quickly realized he had made a mistake. Even though the agreement with prosecutors would mean Dean won’t have a conviction on his record, he said the fallout from the incident has cost him friends and his education and caused tensions within his family.

“I have a pretty bleak future,” said Dean, who apologized for his conduct. “I can’t pass background checks. I’ve been expelled from school. Yeah, it sucks.”

Anderson said the FBI has seen an uptick in online threats similar to the one Dean wrote. Some of the people do it as a joke while others are empowered by what Anderson described as “keyboard courage.” Whatever the motive, Anderson said, it could cost the public hundreds of thousands of dollars because multiple task forces are brought in to investigate every threat.

“We are seeing more threats and we are seeing more actions being taken,” Anderson said. “If you look at the school shooting in Rockford, Wash., just last week, so that is what’s in people’s minds when they read these posts. So we have enough real incidents that it is resulting in even more terror being associated with these threats.”

Bastiaan Vanacker, an associate professor and program director for the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago, said threats made to schools are now usually done through social media.

“It’s not uncommon to see this type of case pop up given how easy it is to make a threat because of the ubiquitous nature of social media,” he said. “Where as beforehand, people might think twice before making a phone call or mailing that letter. It’s much easier to do something rash and stupid.”

More social media education about how even anonymous posts can be traced can eventually result in less online threats, Vanacker said.

Anderson said that after it was determined Dean never had plans to carry through with his threat, the FBI saw the incident as an opportunity to bring awareness about the severity of online threats.

“We are able to use this as a platform to warn others so history doesn’t continue to repeat itself,” Anderson said. “Or if anything, we can cut down on the number of these threats because we have to share these cautionary tales, and we appreciate his cooperation in doing so. So I think it’s a good, proper compromise for him legally and then allows us to get his message out.”

For Dean, the ordeal has left him thinking twice about how he spends his time online.

“I’m done with social media,” he said.

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©2017 the Chicago Tribune


Categories: Law Enforcement

Chicago police beef up training efforts

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:42

By Jeremy Gorner Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Beginning next year, every Chicago cop will undergo hours of training each year, the first regular training for many since graduating from the police academy as new recruits.

The ambitious plan laid out by the Police Department on Thursday calls for the training to expand to 40 hours a year for every officer beginning in 2021, up from 16 hours next year. It comes as the department also attempts to add nearly 1,000 officers to its force by the end of next year — recruits who all must undergo months of training before hitting the street.

Meanwhile, the department said it expects the vast majority of officers to have completed a four-hour course on its revised use-of-force policy by Oct. 15, when those changes are scheduled to take effect.

The department has moved to beef up its training efforts in the aftermath of the court-ordered release in late 2015 of police dashboard camera video showing a Chicago police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times.

A scathing U.S. Department of Justice report in January described the Police Department as a broken institution and singled out negligent training as among its many deficiencies.

Besides checking each year on officers’ proper use of weapons, the department generally did not require cops to return to the police academy for retraining, the Justice Department noted. Instead, the department provided only sporadic in-service training, refresher training through videos or new directives for officers to learn about during their roll calls.

The department has already started requiring officers to take classes on Taser use, crisis intervention and training geared toward de-escalating incidents.

But in announcing the new training guidelines on Thursday, First Deputy Superintendent Kevin Navarro told reporters even he had not gone through such a comprehensive regimen since he attended the police academy more than 30 years ago.

“That’s something that we definitely need to change,” Navarro said. “It’s a win for Chicago police officers, and it’s a win also for Chicagoans.”

Beginning next year, officers will be required to undergo 16 hours of mandatory training, half dedicated to new scenario-based training for the department’s revamped use-of-force policy.

The hours of training will increase in each of the following three years — to 24 in 2019, 32 in 2020 and 40 in 2021. After that, officers will continue to undergo 40 hours of training each year.

Navarro gave no estimate for the cost of the increased training regimen for the 12,000-strong department.

The commander overseeing the police academy acknowledged Thursday the challenge faced by the department — requiring all of its veteran officers to go through mandatory training while the police academy staff will also be training waves of new recruits as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s goal to add nearly 1,000 new cops by the end of 2018.

“The academy, and the department as a whole, is committed to making this happen,” Cmdr. Daniel Godsel told reporters at police headquarters.

“We’re hopeful that this annual training will allow CPD officers to keep themselves safe, while making Chicago and its residents safer in the process,” he said.

For the 16-hour requirement next year, officers will be required to undergo eight hours of scenario-based training on the department’s revamped use-of-force policy. The other eight hours will focus on topics such as de-escalating tense encounters, dealing with people with mental health issues, training on counterterrorism measures and refreshers on state and federal laws. As officers complete more hours of training through 2021, they also must take courses on procedural justice, police report writing, vehicle pursuits and firearms training.

Other courses available to the officers will include such topics as community policing, cultural competency, civil rights, human rights and a medical rescue training course that teaches officers to use tourniquets and other first aid on crime or traffic crash victims.

On Thursday, Navarro also announced that all officers will have “substantially completed” the four-hour classroom-based training on the new use-of-force policy by Oct. 15.

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©2017 the Chicago Tribune


Categories: Law Enforcement

Cops: 8-year-old girl helps drive drunken man

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:38

Associated Press

DARLINGTON, Pa. — Police say a drunken Pennsylvania man had an 8-year-old girl drive him around until someone saw the car moving recklessly and called 911.

WPXI-TV reports the bizarre incident involving 24-year-old Kevin Cook happened on Sept. 3 in Darlington Township, Beaver County.

That's where township police say in a criminal complaint that someone reported seeing the child driving and almost wrecking the car twice about 7:30 p.m.

Police say the girl stopped the car when another motorist became upset and got out of his car, yelling at her and Cook. That's when the girl told police Cook made her switch seats so he could get behind the wheel before police arrived.

Police say Cook was so drunk he couldn't finish a field sobriety test.

The New Castle man doesn't have an attorney listed in court records.


Categories: Law Enforcement

Texas asks court to allow its ban on 'sanctuary cities'

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:36

By Kevin McGill Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — Attorneys for Texas are asking a federal appeals court in New Orleans to let the state's law banning "sanctuary cities" take effect.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia blocked much of the law Aug. 31 — the day before it was to take effect.

On Friday, three judges of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be asked to let the law take effect ahead of a November appeal hearing.

Under the law, Texas police chiefs could face removal from office and criminal charges for not complying with federal immigration officials' requests to detain people jailed on non-immigration offenses.

Various local governments in Texas are fighting the law, which also allows police to inquire about people's immigration status during routine interactions like traffic stops — a provision Garcia didn't block.

Municipal officials from Dallas, Houston, El Paso, San Antonio and Austin are among the opponents. The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting the law on behalf of the city of El Cenizo. The Mexican American Legal Defense fund represents other localities.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has praised the Texas law and the Department of Justice filed arguments in support of it, as did several states' attorneys general.

The law's opponents argue in briefs that the law puts law enforcement officers in violation of the Fourth Amendment by requiring them to detain people suspected of illegal immigration without probable cause. They also argue that it illegally puts local police in the federal role of immigration enforcement officers, and that it is unconstitutionally vague as to exactly when a local law enforcement officer would be in violation of the law.

Supporters of the state law say immigration officials have already determined probable cause when they seek to have local officials detain someone. They also argue that federal and local officials have a long history of cooperation on immigration matters and that the law is clear in its prohibition against local government's policies restricting immigration enforcement.

The law, known as Senate Bill 4, would have taken effect Sept. 1 had Garcia not issued a stay last month.

The measure won passage in the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature and was signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott despite opposition from business groups, which worried that it could cause a labor-force shortage and send a negative economic message.

Judges James Dennis, Leslie Southwick and Stephen Higginson will hear the arguments. Dennis was nominated to the court by Democratic President Bill Clinton; Higginson, by Democratic President Barack Obama; Southwick, by Republican President George W. Bush.


Categories: Law Enforcement

British police charge 18-year-old over London subway bombing

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:32

Associated Press

LONDON — British police on Friday charged an 18-year-old man with attempted murder and causing an explosion over last week's bomb attack on the London subway.

The Metropolitan Police force said Ahmed Hassan will appear in court later, accused of planting the bomb at Parsons Green station a week ago.

Hassan is accused of attempting to "murder persons traveling on a District Line train" on Sept. 15, and of using a chemical compound known as TATP to cause an explosion likely to endanger life, police said.

Hassan, who is reported to be from Iraq, was arrested Saturday at the port of Dover, departure point for ferries to France. After his arrest, police searched the suburban home of a couple who had fostered more than 200 children, including refugees from the Middle East.

Thirty people were injured when the homemade bomb — hidden in a plastic bucket that was place in a plastic supermarket bag — partly detonated at the height of the morning rush hour.

The attack sparked a huge hunt for the perpetrators and prompted officials to briefly raise the national terrorism threat to the highest level, "critical."

London police chief Cressida Dick said Friday that the "very dangerous" bomb was packed with shrapnel and the carnage could have been much worse.

Three other male suspects remain in custody over the attack, but haven't been charged.


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