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Arizona Officers Come to Aid of Hurricane Evacuees

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:19

Last weekend officers of the Avondale (AZ) Police Department came to the assistance of a Florida family that had evacuated west from Hurricane Irma and needed food, gas for their vehicle, and shelter.

The agency reported on Facebook that its officers along with Angels on Patrol, Walmart, and Crisis Response were able to provide the family with the basic needed items and a place to stay for a couple of nights.

 

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Illinois Officer Sues Agency Over Pregnancy Discrimination

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:19

A Frankfort, IL, police officer has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the police department refused to modify her duties when she became pregnant, wouldn't provide a protective vest that covered her growing belly and then forced her to take unpaid leave months before she gave birth.

Jennifer Panattoni, a senior patrol officer and 14-year veteran of the department, sued the village this week in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, who are representing Panattoni, argue that the village violated the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy.

Panattoni said she asked to be assigned to a non-patrol position, but police Chief John Burica denied the request. She continued to work patrol, wearing a too-tight vest and a 25-pound duty belt that she said pressed against her abdomen, until she was five months pregnant.

Rob Piscia, Frankfort’s administrator, told the Associated Press in an email that the village and its police department "are strongly committed to a discrimination free workplace and to providing reasonable accommodations to employees who need them to perform their jobs." He said the village believes it complied with state and federal law and that it intends to fight the lawsuit.

 

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Governor Thanks Florida First Responders with Free Fishing Licenses

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:19

Starting Thursday, Florida's law enforcement officers and first responders will be able to go saltwater and freshwater fishing without a license until June 30, 2018, Gov. Rick Scott announced.

In a news release, the governor's office said the license-free period is in recognition of their lifesaving work preparing for and responding to Hurricane Irma, which struck Florida last week.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will accept official first responder identification in lieu of a state fishing license during this period, JAX4 TV reports.

 

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New Policy Restricts Las Vegas Officers’ Use of Neck Restraints

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:19

Las Vegas Metro Police announced today they are further limiting the use of a neck restraint that has proven deadly for it and other law enforcement agencies in the past.

Metro also changed its policy on shooting at or from a moving vehicle and is supplying a new 40mm less-lethal weapon to patrol officers. Changes in the department’s use of force policy went into effect on Friday.

As part of the most recent update, the lateral vascular neck restraint is no longer being categorized as a “low-level option” and is now classified as an “intermediate or deadly use of force,” officials said.

To use the restraint, an officer must be able to demonstrate that the subject had the intent to harm officers or others, officials said.

The use of neck holds came under scrutiny this year when a subject died in May after a Metro officer placed him in a neck restraint, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

The change in Metro policy regarding shooting at moving vehicles was partially prompted as the result of terrorist attacks around the world in which attackers have used vehicles to ram pedestrians. Metro says it is now department policy that “officers will not discharge a firearm at/from a moving vehicle unless it is absolutely necessary to preserve human life.”

 

 

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Video: TX Officer Awarded Badge of Bravery for Stopping Active Shooter in Austin Hotel

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:19

VIDEO: TX Officer Awarded Badge of Bravery for Stopping Active Shooter in Austin Hotel

An Austin police officer who helped stop a shooter at a downtown Austin hotel in 2015 was honored with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Friday morning.

On July 5, 2015, Officer Carlos Lopez’s quick actions stopped the gunman, Michael Holt, from killing any more people after he had already shot and killed an innocent bystander in the lobby of the Omni Hotel. 

When Lopez arrived at the hotel that day, he saw Holt, 35, carrying a rifle. Police say Holt came outside and started firing shots at Lopez, who returned fire as he “entered the hotel in hot pursuit of the gunman.” The exchange of gunfire continued inside the lobby. When Lopez was able to find the gunman inside the lobby, he shot and killed him, KXAN TV reports.

 

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Suspended John Jay Professor Has Long History of Cop-Hating Tweets

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:19

Suspended John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Michael Isaacson’s tweet about teaching “future dead cops” was no isolated incident.

The school put Isaacson — an adjunct economics professor, antifa leader and self-professed anarchist — on paid leave after his two-week-old tweet declaring it “a privilege to teach future dead cops” was reported.

John Jay’s student body is made up largely of those planning law enforcement careers, including police work.

But while school president Karol Mason condemned the “abhorrent” tweet (though never mentioning Isaacson’s name), she stressed that she was suspending him only to protect students and faculty who had “received threats.”

And since then, searches of Isaacson’s Twitter feed have uncovered more anti-police tweets dating back nearly two years. Like this, from Dec. 5, 2015: “The solution to American gun violence is more dead cops.” Or this, just a week before the tweet that got him suspended: “What’s even the point of a cop that isn’t dead?”

He has also expressed support for convicted cop killer Asata Shakur, who is living in Cuba after escaping American justice, the New York Post reports.

 

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Non-Profits Raising Money to Buy Wounded Colorado Officer Off-Road Wheelchair

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:19

Det. Dan Brite of the Douglas County (CO) Sheriff’s Office was shot last September and seriously wounded. He didn’t wake up from a coma for three months and cannot walk because of his injuries.

Now, an officer who survived similarly life-threatening injuries is reaching out to help Brite.

Officer John Adsit, forced to medically retire from the Denver Police Department after he was hit and dragged by a driver suffering a seizure, formed non-profit charity Adsit Strong to help other officers and first responders badly injured in the line of duty. The charity hopes to raise money to get an off-road wheelchair for Brite, KTTV TV reports.

"We all believe that through prayer and advanced medical procedures, Dan will be able to walk on his own someday," Adsit Strong said in a statement Thursday. "However, in the meantime, the inability to walk is inhibiting his ability to enjoy normal activities and hobbies ... This amazing hero loves hunting, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors with his family and friends."

The charity has teamed up with fellow law enforcement non-profits MC-1 Foundation and Shield 616 to raise money to outfit Brite with an Action TrackChair.

To donate, all you need to do is click here. An orange "Donate" button can be found in the upper-right corner.

 

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Video: Patrol Car Crushed by Stolen Bulldozer in Illinois

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:19

VIDEO: Patrol Car Crushed by Stolen Bulldozer in Illinois

A Kankakee, IL, police officer escaped injury but his patrol vehicle was crushed when a reportedly stolen bulldozer backed over it during a pursuit Aug. 24.

Police say 18-year old Austin White of Bourbonnais had stolen the bulldozer from a Bradley construction site at 3 a.m. and began driving it around streets in nearby Kankakee.

After backing onto the squad car, other police vehicles followed the dozer along 12 city blocks. Video obtained by the I-Team shows officers on foot running next to the bulldozer and at times jumping onto the back in an effort to curb the heavy construction equipment.

Eventually the slow-speed chase came to a stop and officers pulled the driver out. White is being held on at least 6 felony counts including attempted murder and driving under the influence of drugs. Police say he has never had a driver's license. In total, investigators say he drove the construction vehicle for more than four miles on public streets before being arrested.

 

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Off-Duty LAPD Officer Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:02

An off-duty Los Angeles police officer killed in a motorcycle crash in Porter Ranch has been identified as a 34-year-old member of the department.

Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner officials confirmed early Friday the LAPD officer was John Gasparyan.

Gasparyan was on a motorcycle when he was killed shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday on Tampa Avenue near Chatsworth Street.

Investigators told ABC7 it appears the motorcycle was heading southbound as a white sedan was making a U-turn at the intersection. The motorcycle slammed into the back of that car.

 

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ACLU Sues St. Louis Over Police Actions During Stockley Verdict Protests

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:02

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The ACLU has filed suit against the city of St. Louis for what it calls "unlawful and unconstitutional" actions by police during protests of the Stockley verdict.

The lawsuit, announced in a press release, centers on the use of chemical weapons, interference with people filming police activity and violation of due process during a incident Sunday.

More than 100 people were arrested Sunday night. Most of the charged were accused of failure to disperse, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"On both Friday and Sunday, protestors and bystanders had chemical weapons used against them without proper protocol. Officers also interfered with people recording police activities in photos and on video. On Sunday, officers unlawfully detained people – violating their due process rights – when St. Louis Police used a tactic called 'kettling' during a protest downtown," the ACLU said in a statement.

 

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Man Charged with Murder in Shooting of Off-Duty MO Officer

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:51

Jackson County (MO) prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old man with second-degree murder in the Aug. 20 shooting death of Lee’s Summit police officer Thomas Alvin Orr III.

Sean D. Steward of Kansas City also faces armed criminal action charges in the Orr’s death.

Orr, 30, was off duty when he was fatally shot at a day party at Californos restaurant in Westport. Police said Orr, who also was a middle school resource officer, was not the intended target. He was an innocent bystander.

According to court records, a witness told investigators that they saw Steward fire a handgun and run down a flight of stairs and out of the bottom lower entrance of the restaurant.

The shooting happened after one man struck another man in the face, causing him to fall to the floor. Steward allegedly fired into the crowd, KansasCity.com reports.

 

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Parole of Man Charged in 1984 Killing of LAPD Officer Overturned by CA Governor

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:51

California's governor has overturned a parole board's recommendation to release a man convicted of masterminding a 1984 armed robbery that led to a shootout with police and killed a Los Angeles officer, according to a copy of the governor's decision obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Hau Chan, 61, is currently serving a life sentence for murder after being convicted of orchestrating the Dec. 19, 1984 robbery at a jewelry store in the city's Chinatown neighborhood.

Los Angeles Police Officer Duane Johnson was shot and killed during an ensuing gunbattle. A second officer, Archie Nagao was shot in the neck and survived.

Earlier this year, a parole board found Chan was suitable for release after 32 years behind bars because he had showed remorse, accepted responsibility and had participated in several prison programs.

But California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a decision Friday reversing the parole board's recommendation and ordered Chan to remain in state prison.

 

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Video: Woman Admits to Shooting Virginia Trooper After Pursuit

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:51

VIDEO: Woman Admits to Shooting Virginia Trooper After Pursuit

The woman charged with shooting a Virginia State Trooper on Tuesday night says she did it.

From inside the Henrico County Jail, Karisa Daniels told 8News reporter, “I was under the influence and I was extremely high and, you know, just sitting in here today I’m like what have I done.".

According to investigators, Senior Trooper C.A. Putnam tried to pull the North Carolina woman over for going 87 miles per hour on Chippenham Parkway. She pulled over but took off when the trooper got out of his car. A pursuit ensued.

The police pursuit ended miles later when Daniels found herself at a dead end in a cul-de-sac. There she says she shot the trooper in an attempt to escape jail.

The trooper was hit in the arm. Daniels, 23, admits she is a convicted felon who was in possession of a firearm and was driving on a suspended license. She now faces a charge of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer.

 

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California Officer Killed in Motorcycle Crash on Way to Work

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:31

An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer was killed when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in San Martin on Tuesday, according to authorities. He was reportedly on his way to work at the time of the crash.

A 47-year-old man driving in a Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling northbound around 5:51 a.m. when he turned into the path of 44-year-old James Branik, who was riding in the opposite direction, according to the CHP. 

Branik, who is from San Jose and was currently working at the commercial scales in Gilroy, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP. Branik previously spent time working at the San Jose CHP office, NBC Bay Area reports.

 

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Louisiana Lieutenant Killed in Off-Duty Motorcycle Crash

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:57

An off-duty Slidell, LA, police officer died of injuries he suffered Wednesday evening in a motorcycle accident, the Slidell Police Department said Thursday morning.

The Slidell Police Department announcement did not include details, but said Lt. Ray Dupuy was killed in the accident. The announcement said Louisiana State Police is the lead agency handling the matter and would release any details, NOLA.com reports.

"Lt. Ray Dupuy was a dedicated public servant who served and protected the citizens of Slidell for over two decades,'' Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said. "Please keep Lieutenant Dupuy's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. This is going to be a very difficult time for our Slidell Police family."

 

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Phoenix Officer Wounded, Saved by Armor in Gunfight

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:54

A Phoenix police officer was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with a man who led police on a cross-city pursuit Wednesday night, police said. The man also was shot and wounded by police in the gunfire, said Phoenix police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune.

The incident began about 7:40 p.m. with a traffic stop when police exchanged gunfire at a person inside the vehicle, she said.

From there, police pursued the vehicle east through Phoenix, guided by a police helicopter. The vehicle was disabled with a spike strip, AZCentral reports.

At that point, more gunfire was exchanged between the man and police, who ended up shooting the man, Fortune said. The man also shot one of the Phoenix officers, who was wounded but likely was saved by his protective vest, Fortune said.

The officer's injuries are not considered life-threatening. The suspect was not identified but is in police custody at a hospital, where he is in serious condition, Fortune said.

 

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St. Louis to Equip Officers with Body Cameras

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:37

All St. Louis police officers could be wearing body cameras within 90 days after a contentious and chaotic vote of the St. Louis Board of Estimate and Apportionment on Wednesday.

Although officials said that there were many details that still need to be worked out, the board voted unanimously to immediately implement a free, one-year trial with one company while a longer-term contract is sought, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed said that during the trial period, Axon, formerly known as TASER International, would provide up to 1,300 cameras and all the associated equipment and software and store the data for a year for free.

At the end of the year, it could all be returned at no cost, he said, or the city could pay $1,000 per camera per year to keep using Axon. That would be $1.3 million per year for 1,300 cameras. The city would retain control of the data, he said.

 

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Video: Israel's Prime Minister Walks Streets of New York City, Thanks Police

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:18

VIDEO: Israel's Prime Minister Walks Streets of New York City, Thanks Police

Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu was in New York City this week to speak at the United Nations, and while in town, he chatted with New Yorkers on the street and shook hands with NYPD officers.

Netanyahu can be seen in video posted to the Internet stopping to thank police officers. The former Israel Defense Forces captain and special forces team leader even chatted with an officer about his M4 rifle, IJR.com reports.

 

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IN Inmate Escapes Handcuffs, Attempts to Strangle Deputy

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:15

A 26-year-old inmate at Miami Correctional Facility in Indiana faces a charge of attempted murder after police say he escaped from handcuffs and tried to strangle a Decatur County deputy who was driving him from a court hearing.

Joshua Stam was being transported back to the prison on Aug. 30 after a court appearance in Decatur County, according to an Indiana State Police press release.

Police said as the transport car approached the prison, Stam was able to free himself from the handcuffs he was wearing and attacked Decatur County Sheriff’s Department Transport Officer David Weakley, reports the Kokomo Tribune.

Stam choked the officer and attempted to take his department issued handgun from the holster, police said.

As the inmate was getting the upper hand on the officer, a passerby witnessed the struggle and alerted two Indiana Department of Correction auto maintenance employees, who were working in a nearby building.

Police said the two employees ran to the officer’s aid, stopping the attack and preventing Stam from escaping.

After the altercation, Officer Weakley was transported to a Peru hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police said he has since been released.

 

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Video: St. Louis Officer Accused of Posting Meme Calling BLM 'Domestic Terrorists'

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:11

VIDEO: St. Louis Officer Accused of Posting Meme Calling BLM 'Domestic Terrorists'

The St. Louis Police Department (SLMPD) is investigating one of their own because of a Facebook meme that calls Black Lives Matter protesters "domestic terrorists." The meme also shows the wording "the Klan with a tan."

The officer reportedly posted the meme as a comment on a woman's post explaining why she participated in the past weekend's protests. The comment has since been deleted, reports KMOV.

Lisa Clancy said she saw the comment on her Facebook post about attending a protest for Anthony Smith.

SLMPD have confirmed they are investigating this person, who is indeed an officer, but they will not comment further at this time.

 

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