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Police Post "Mug" of Found Pug on Facebook to Find Dog's Owners

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 15:17

Cape May (NJ) police decided to use social media to find the owner of a lost dog they discovered on Sunday.

"This is what happens when you run away from home. This guy was captured sneaking through yards on the 1300 block on New Jersey Avenue," the Facebook post said.

The department added the "hashtag" #pugmug.

The dog's owners collected their pet, paying "bail" in cookies as had been asked.

 

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FOP President: Portland a "Cesspool" Amid "Failed" Homeless Policies

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 15:09

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The president of the Portland Police Association and, posted a lengthy statement on Facebook on Monday in which he slammed the city's mayor for his response to the homelessness crisis, saying Oregon's largest city has "become a cesspool."

Officer Daryl Turner — who has been a police officer for 27 years — wrote, "Aggressive panhandlers block the sidewalks, storefronts, and landmarks like Pioneer Square, discouraging people from enjoying our City. Garbage-filled RVs and vehicles are strewn throughout our neighborhoods. Used needles, drug paraphernalia, and trash are common sights lining the streets and sidewalks of the downtown core area, under our bridges, and freeway overpasses. That’s not what our families, business owners, and tourists deserve."

Turner said further that Mayor Ted Wheeler is "rhetoric to smokescreen his own failed policies" referring to Wheeler's comment that, when told of the high number of arrests of homeless people, the police have "some sort of implicit bias."

"The Portland Police Bureau has not been given nearly enough resources to fulfill its small piece in addressing the homelessness crisis," Turner wrote. "We are understaffed. Officers are unable to spend the time needed to connect our homeless to necessary services, whether it be housing, mental health services, drug rehabilitation, or other resources. It’s a recipe for failure to put the burden of the homelessness solution on the Police Bureau’s shoulders and then give us insufficient resources to do the work."

 

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Video: Nevada Police Exchange Gunfire with Fleeing Vehicle in Pursuit

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:32

VIDEO: Nevada Police Exchange Gunfire with Fleeing Vehicle in Pursuit

Las Vegas Metro Police released body camera footage of a police pursuit of two suspects who allegedly fled after a July 11 traffic stop conducted by cops investigating the murder of a man near a car wash, according to Fox News.

During the pursuit, the suspects appeared to open fire, with pursuing officers calling over the radio, "Shots fired! Shots fired!"

Police say that more than 60 shots were exchanged — suspects fired 34 rounds at the officers and officers fired 31 shots at the fleeing subjects.

 

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California Supreme Court to Rule on Collisions in Police Pursuits

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:32

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The California Supreme Court will soon decide whether a lawsuit against the Gardena (CA) Police Department can go forward, and the outcome of that decision could affect whether or not "people hurt and families of those killed during police pursuits will be more likely to win compensation from cities and counties," according to the Los Angeles Times.

The case involves a pursuit in which a Gardena patrol vehicle performed a PIT maneuver on a pickup truck being driven by a man suspected of armed robbery. A 19-year-old passenger — Mark Gamar — was killed, and his mother, Irma Ramirez, sued the Gardena Police Department.

It was found that "about 10% of Gardena’s officers had not certified that they read and understood the pursuit policy in the year prior to the deadly chase," the LA Times said.

Last year, a lower court decided that 100% officer certification was not necessary for a police department to retain immunity in police pursuit incidents resulting in injury or death, setting up a conflict that the California Supreme Court now must resolve.

 

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3 Men Convicted of Florida Deputy's Murder Avoid Death Penalty

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:32

Three men convicted in the fatal shooting of Broward County (FL) Deputy Brian Tephford won't receive the death penalty, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Eloyn Ingraham, Bernard Forbes and Andre Delancy were sentenced to life in prison Monday after 12 jurors didn't unanimously vote for execution.

Deputy Tephford had pulled over a vehicle in which Ingraham was a passenger. Prosecutors say Ingraham used his mobile phone to call Forbes and Delancy, who went to the scene of the traffic stop and opened fire on Tephford.

 

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2 Georgia Officers Investigated for Using "Coin Flip" to Decide Arrest

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:32

Two Roswell (GA) police officers are now the targets of an internal investigation into allegations that they used a "coin flip app" to decide whether to arrest a motorist during an April traffic stop or issue a citation instead.

Roswell Mayor Lori Henry said that she was "shocked and offended by their actions," according to the Charlotte Observer.

Roswell police Chief Rusty Grant said in a Facebook post, "This behavior is not indicative of the hardworking officers of the Roswell Police Department. I have much higher expectations of our police officers, and I am appalled that any law enforcement officer would trivialize the decision-making process of something as important as the arrest of a person.

The two officers — who have been identified as Courtney Brown and Kristee Wilson according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution — now on paid administrative leave.

The motorist — identified as Sarah Webb — was initially cited for reckless driving, too fast for conditions and speeding, but the charges were later dismissed.

 

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Officer Applies Tourniquet to Himself After Shooting, Killing Gunman

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:32

An officer was shot in the leg and a suspected gunman was killed during a gunfight in Albuquerque early Sunday morning, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

The incident began as a traffic stop. The officer — who has not yet been identified — had asked the driver to exit the vehicle and spoke to the driver near his patrol car.

"The officer then returned to the vehicle and began speaking to the passenger in the vehicle," the Albuquerque Journal said. "The passenger lunged at the officer and a struggle ensued. The passenger fired at the officer, hitting him in his left leg. The officer then shot the suspect."

The officer then went to his vehicle, applied a tourniquet to his injured leg, and successfully detained the driver.

The officer was to a nearby hospital and later released.

New Mexico State Police Deputy Chief Robert Eshom said that the incident "is a stark reminder of the dangers officers face when they put on their uniforms – never knowing what each traffic stop will bring."

 

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FOP: "Activist, One-Sided" Media Unfairly Reporting on Chicago OIS

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:32

Chicago FOP President Kevin Graham said in a blog post that “activist, one-sided” news media is “ramping up every angle they could muster to paint” the police shooting of Harith Augustus as “unjustified,” according to the Chicago Sun Times.

"This shooting by the police was entirely justified," Graham reportedly wrote. "The offender refused to obey the lawful commands of the police."

Graham wrote further, "Media bias, the intense apathy toward the police, makes policing almost impossible in Chicago. Every officer knows that even when he or she acts appropriately, there is a band of reporters aching to destroy their reputations and denigrate their actions."

In an unprecedented move, CPD released a portion of body camera footage that recorded the fatal police shooting of the 37-year-old man less than a day after the incident occurred.

The footage appears to show Augustus move his hand toward his waistband, where there appears to be a gun and magazine are tucked into his pants.

The shooting sparked protests and clashes with police in the South Side of Chicago over the weekend.

 

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Details Emerge in Grizzly Beheading of 13-Year-Old Alabama Girl

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:32

During a preliminary hearing for Yoni Martinez Aguilar — who is suspected to have murdered a49-year-old Mariah Lopez and her legal guardian, 13-year-old Oralia Mendoza — details began to emerge about the killings.

Aguilar — who was Mendoza’s live-in boyfriend — reportedly "told detectives that Mendoza was involved with the Sinaloa drug cartel," According to WSB-TV.

Along with 26-uear-old Aguilar, a 34-year-old associate named Israel Gonzalez Palomino is also charged with two counts of capital murder.

According to AL.com, "Palomino, Aguilar, Mendoza, and a woman named Leticia Garcia went to pick up a quarter kilo of meth in Norcross, Georgia."

An argument ensued, and Aguilar told police Palomino killed Mendoza.

Because the teenage girl was a witness, the suspects took the girl to a secluded area nearby, and reportedly killed her.

 

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Baltimore Police Investigating Officer Who Didn't Respond to Armed Man

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 13:32

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Police are investigating an officer who reportedly failed to respond to a man-with-a-gun call.

An off-duty firefighter and two civilians saw the armed man in the early hours of July 6. They called 911 and, fearing that the man might shoot them, left the area.

They came upon an officer in her squad car shortly thereafter, flagged her down, and told her about the man.

Her response, according to the Baltimore Sun, was, "This is not my district."

"The report comes just days after USA Today published an article that reviewed three years of city dispatch reports and found a decline in the number of reports of criminal activity that were witnessed by officers," the Sun said.

 

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Florida Deputy Posts Funny Video to Facebook — Tortoise Not Amused

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 16:37

Marion County (FL) Sheriff's Office posted a video rant to Facebook in which Deputy Bryan Bowman mocks an unseen subject for "going one mile per hour in a 30-mile-per-hour zone."

"The guy is easily a hundred. He shouldn't be out on the roadway to being with! I tried to talk to him — he snapped at me. I don't know what this guy's deal is!"

Bowman then flips the video camera's lens away from himself and points it out the windscreen of his cruiser, revealing a massive tortoise ambling down the two-lane road.

"Come on grandpa! I got places to be!" Bowman said.

 

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Tennessee Police, Firefighters, "Battle" in Blood Drive

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 16:21

Nashville police, Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Nashville Fire Department, the American Red Cross, the Tennessee Titans football team and Saint Thomas Health are taking part in annual "Music City Battle of the Badges" blood drive in Nashville.

The public was also encouraged to participate in the event being held at Nissan Stadium, home of the Titans, according to a Battle of the Badges Facebook post.

The Tennessee Titans said in a news release that the Battle of the Badges has collected more than 2,385 pints (1,130 liters) of blood in the last 10 years.

 

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Officer in Eric Garner Death to Face Internal Disciplinary Inquiry

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 16:02

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In a letter to the Department of Justice, the NYPD said will has decided to begin its own internal disciplinary inquiry into the 2014 death of Eric Garner in police custody, regardless of whether or not the DOJ's probe into the incident is completed.

Lawrence Byrne the department’s deputy commissioner of legal matters — wrote, “The NYPD has come to the conclusion that given the extraordinary passage of time since the incident without a final decision on the US DOJ’s criminal investigation, any further delay in moving ahead with our own disciplinary proceedings can no longer be justified."

Garner died in a struggle with NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo on the North Shore of Staten Island.

 

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Oregon Man with Over a Pound of MDMA Crashes Into Police Car

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 15:48

An Oregon Man — identified as 25-year-old Toren Paul Flom — was in possession of 458 grams of the psychoactive drug, Molly/MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine) in his vehicle when he crashed his car into an occupied Drugs and Vice Division canine unit vehicle, according to a Portland Police Bureau press release.

"The suspect was arrested without further incident," police said in a statement. "There were no injuries to the suspect, officers or police canine as a result of the crash."

However, discovery of the drugs led to a subsequent search of the suspect's residence, where investigators located and seized an additional 115 grams of MDMA.

The estimated wholesale value of the seized MDMA is $45,000.

Suspect Arrested and Narcotics Seized During Sunday Morning Drugs and Vice Investigation (Photo) https://t.co/FGynIXztX8 pic.twitter.com/L7OdnDNmRB

— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 15, 2018

 

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3 Missouri Officers Wounded, Gunman Killed in Gunfight After Standoff

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 15:29

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An incident at two different locations in Kansas City (MO) left a suspect dead and three officers wounded with not life-threatening injuries, according to Fox News.

The incident began on Saturday night, when Kansas City police officers located a suspect — who had been identified as a "person of interest" in the July 6 murder of Sharath Koppu, a 25-year-old graduate student at the University of Missouri in Kansas City — at local motel.

The gunman opened fire on police, striking two of them. Officers returned fire, but the assailant fled, according to TIME.

Police later located the man barricaded in an unoccupied house, where a standoff ensued. The assailant emerged from the house, opened fire again, reportedly striking a detective.

Officers fired back, fatally wounding the gunman.

 

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Manhunt Underway in North Carolina for Man Who Shot Deputy

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 15:29

A manhunt is underway in North Carolina after a deputy was seriously injured after being shot during a traffic stop on Sunday night.

According to WSOC-TV, the Caldwell County deputy was struck just below his body armor. He was rushed to a nearby hospital and underwent surgery.

Officials said on Monday that he was out of surgery and in stable condition.

The suspected gunman is a reportedly white man, possibly driving a blue early 1990 model Toyota Corolla with North Carolina plates AFJ-5570. A woman, also white, was reportedly in the passenger seat.

 

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Video: Chicago Police Release Body-Camera Footage of Fatal OIS

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 15:29

VIDEO: Chicago Police Release Body-Camera Footage of Fatal OIS

Less than a day after the fatal police shooting of 37-year-old Harith Augustus — which sparked protests and clashes with police — the Chicago department on Sunday released a portion of body camera footage that recorded the incident.

The video runs less than a minute and does not include sound, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The footage appears to show Harith Augustus move his hand toward his waistband, where what appears to show a gun and magazine are tucked into his pants.

CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson said, "We're not trying to hide anything. We're not trying to fluff anything. The video speaks for itself."

 

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Officer Nominated for HAIX Hero of the Month for Albany, GA, Community Projects

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 15:03

An Albany, GA, police officer has been nominated for July HAIX Hero of the Month honors for his work in the community.

Ptl. Travis Goodson has served Albany for nearly four years and his service has gone far beyond the standard duties of a law enforcement officer.

Goodson's supervisor nominated him for HAIX Hero of the Month. In the nomination he wrote: "Ptl. Travis Goodson is very passionate about the City of Albany becoming one community." Toward that end, Goodson has organized and coordinated a number of community initiatives. For example, Goodson led dozens of citizen volunteers who painted the shutters on the McIntosh Homes housing area, cleaned up the grounds, and cooked food. Goodson also started a #HUGACOP campaign that went viral. His supervisor says Goodson is currently planning another community day cleanup involving a local high school and a "child safety seat education event for low income mothers."

To vote for Ptl. Goodson as HAIX Hero of the Month, give him a "like" on the POLICE Magazine Facebook page.

One more law enforcement officer will be nominated in July for HAIX Hero of the Month. The winner will be the officer receiving the most "likes." The winner will be named on the final Monday of July and will receive a pair of boots from HAIX.

Do you know of a deserving law enforcement hero? Nominate them today for HAIX Hero of the Month! Submit their nomination HERE.

 

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Massachusetts Officer Shot, Killed with Own Gun

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 09:35

A Weymouth, MA, police officer and a bystander were shot to death Sunday morning by a suspect who attacked the officer and grabbed his duty gun, officials said.

Officer Michael Chesna, 42, was killed when a suspect identified as Emanuel Lopes, 20, struck Chesna in the head with a large rock, took his gun and then shot Chesna in the head and chest, the Norfolk District Attorney's Office told the Weymouth Patch.

Lopes also allegedly fired more shots as he fled from police. One of those rounds reportedly entered a home and killed a woman.

Lopes was shot by police in the leg and apprehended.

Chesna was responding to a report of an erratic driver.

Lopes was previously arrested in October and charged with distribute cocaine to a minor, possession to distribute cocaine and resisting arrest, the Patriot Ledger reports.

 

 

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American Revolution Concealable Vest

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 01:28

The American Revolution concealable vest from Armor Express is designed to offer maximum comfort, breathability, and durability. The carrier has low-profile shoulder padding for added comfort and weight disbursement as well as microfiber nylon in the exterior shell and slightly denser material to make it more robust. The American Revolution is also water-repellent and anti-static treated. The relief lines on the loop surfaces combined with patented Easy Grip Side Straps allow the officer to adjust or don/doff the carrier with extreme ease. For added protection, the vest features a 5 x 8 inches and 7 x 10 inches front plate pocket that accommodates hard armor inserts.

 

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