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Justified Utah Police Shooting Sparks Outrage

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 17:51

The Salt Lake County District Attorney declined to file charges against a police officer who fatally shot a 20-year-old man killed as he pulled a screwdriver from his pocket after police told him to put his hands up.

Prosecutor Sim Gill said Friday that West Valley City Police Officer Nicholaus Green fired three times at Elijah Smith.

Gill said that the shooting would be considered legally justified in court because Green may have reasonably feared Smith was holding a weapon.

The April 8 shooting of Smith, who was black, has triggered protests by his family and anti-police brutality groups. Smith ran from officers after stealing a cell phone and entered an occupied residence.

On the video, officers can be heard telling Smith to get his hands up.  He raises his left arm and then quickly raises his right arm, utilizing a shooting motion.

Three children — ages 9, 10 and 13 — were inside the house when Smith entered.

Following the shooting, West Valley Police Chief Colleen Jacobs said that she believed the officers followed protocol.”It’s not that the other hand did not come up, it’s that it came up in a rapid draw stroke motion……They perceived that as a threat.”

The chief’s quick opinion was likely a contributing factor on why the national media has downplayed this incident but on the local level, a group called “Utah Against Police Brutality” have been vocal about this and other incidents.

 

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Abandoned Dog Tied To a Tree Made An Honorary K9 Officer

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 17:16

A scared, abandoned dog that was found tied to a tree was made an honorary K9 by the Solano (CA) County Sheriff’s Office.

The dog was found by animal control officers Sunday night at an undisclosed location.

Deputies say the dog was scared and cold when she was found. So, to warm her up, the deputy lent her a K9 vest.

Not only did the vest warm her up, it also seemed to lift the dog’s spirits.

The dog will be put up for adoption once being evaluated.

 

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Deputy Is Paralyzed Following Shooting

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 17:11

Scott County (KY) deputy Jamie Morales is 90 percent paralyzed after being shot in the back last week according to officials.

Morales is off the ventilator and hoping to be discharged from the hospital later this week. Sheriff Tony Hampton says the investigation into the shooting is ongoing, but they are also putting an emphasis on making sure Morales has everything he needs.

The community in Scott County is rallying around the deputy and trying to raise as much money as possible so he’ll have money to pay bills and for new necessities he’ll need, like a wheelchair and an accessible vehicle.

Jessica Gardner is married to a police officer. She’s making t-shirts; the proceeds will go to Morales and his family.  You can purchase those shirts here.

 

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15 Cleveland Police Recruits Fired After Cheating Investigation

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 09:06

Fifteen Cleveland police recruits were fired Friday after an internal investigation found the group cheated during their police academy training.

Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia confirmed the firings on Monday. The city and police department have not yet addressed the investigation or firings.

The cheating accusations are related to notebooks the recruits are required to keep as part of their Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certification training. The 15 recruits were accused of sharing and copying notes.

The notebooks are inspected, and recruits are required to take detailed notes. They are judged on content, neatness and formatting.

A lawsuit filed by nine of the 15 says the recruits are encouraged to copy, verbatim, wording that is used in class presentations. They are also encouraged to work together, and help under-performing recruits, including by sharing notes, the lawsuit says.

The 66-recruit class began its courses Feb. 5. The investigation began in July, when a recruit “accessed and copied from another student’s electronic notes without permission,” the lawsuit says.

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It’s All About Me

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 09:01

Accountability – the actions, attitude, and effort necessary to merge expectations with performance.

As we move forward with our discussion about leadership accountability, I must address two common myths that often send leaders down incorrect paths, or worse, make them appear to be hypocrites.

MYTH #1: Accountability is a team thing.

When I read books or listen to someone speak about leadership, I notice the theme of building positive, supportive, and unified teams is everywhere. Heck, I often write about the power of teams here on the TBLL Blog and fully endorse the benefits of building strong teams. However, when it comes to accountability, especially leadership accountability, it is not a team concept. The idea of “you hold me accountable and I, the leader, will hold you accountable” sounds great on paper or when said aloud, but there is one significant flaw in this logic. There is a complete lack of internal accountability being demonstrated where I recognize that I have the power to control both my expectations and my performance at all times. If I am relying on someone else to hold me accountable, am I really being accountable at all? The team accountability concept is based upon others controlling or setting my expectations for me. It means I am turning over the power of controlling my actions, attitude, and effort to say I need you to watch me and make sure I stay on the right path or do the right thing. Ultimately, the most significant issue with leadership accountability under this model becomes who is really leading, forging ahead, and setting the example?

MYTH #2: Accountability is something I, the leader, bestow upon other people.

The second myth of accountability is that accountability is only something I do to other people. Specifically, the people that work on my squad or unit. If my view is that accountability is an external process of me holding others to my expectations or those of the department, then I am creating a culture of “them” and “they.” With this idea of accountability, I believe I must hold them accountable at all times and attempt to control their performance towards my expectations. This often comes across as micromanaging to those being led and to me it feels as if my entire job has become running around putting out fires all day. To those I am holding accountable, their perspective becomes one of contempt and I have now become part of the infamous “they.” The generic pronoun used to describe those higher in power within an organization when we feel there is not a choice in whatever matter is at hand. Ultimately, this style of accountability is only sustainable for as long as the leader can manage the energy to keep it up and they are physically present around those they are “leading” to enforce their expectations. Once the leader become too tired to keep it up, they retract to the confines of their office to hide because they just cannot manage the level of effort required to constantly hold six to eight people constantly accountable. Worst of all is that none of those on the squad or unit have ever learned how to hold themselves accountable to these expectations because the boss has always done it for them.

TRUTH: Accountability, especially leadership accountability, it is all about me.

The truth about leadership accountability is that it is all about ME. It start with ME. It sustains with ME. It grows with ME. It can be ended by ME. The concept of anything in leadership being “all about me” is a colossal departure from 99.9% of what I read and hear about good leadership, but when it comes to leadership accountability it truly is MY actions, attitude, and effort that dictate my application of accountability. Leadership accountability is an inside out process. It is through internal accountability that I set the proverbial bar or expectations. Those I am leading see what I am doing, how I am doing it, and most importantly I explain why I am doing what I am doing. As the example is set, then I have earned the right to set external expectations of those I am leading because they know that I am not and never would ask them to do something I am not doing or willing to do myself. In other words, I must exemplify accountability before I can ever expect it from those I lead – that is leadership accountability.

Once the example of leadership accountability is set, then it begins to grow. In the next TBLL Blog, we will discuss how accountability grows through the leader’s example.

Questions to ponder . . .

  • In my current leadership position, did I set the expectations first or set the example first?
  • What are the benefits to be gained from exemplifying a solid foundation of leadership accountability?
  • As a leader, do I control those I am leading or do I influence them?

The mission at Thin Blue Line of Leadership is to inspire law enforcement supervisors to be the best leaders they can be by providing positive leadership tactics and ideas. Positive leadership and creating a positive squad culture are on-going commitments that must be nurtured and developed over time. Thin Blue Line of Leadership is here to help.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have ideas to share or suggestions for improvement. Your thoughts or comments on this blog are always appreciated either below or on our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter at @tbl_leadership.

Continue saving the world one call at a time and as always, LEAD ON!

*** Parts of this blog are paraphrased from the excellent book, QBQ: The Questions Behind the Question by John G. Miller.

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Kansas Deputy, Suspect Killed At 911 Call

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 19:55

A Sedgwick County (KS) Sheriff’s Office deputy has died following an officer-involved shooting Sunday afternoon.

The Harper Police Department reports the deputy was responding to a “suspicious character call”.

Police say the second officer arrived on the scene and found both the deputy and the suspect down and found both the deputy and a suspect unresponsive, both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The identity of the deputy has not yet been released.  We are awaiting a 10 pm press conference for additional details.

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T-Shirt Sales Go To Family of Fallen Officer

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 14:11

All the money raised from t-shirt sales will go to Roberts’ family. He died in the line of duty on September 7, after his patrol car was washed away in flash flooding.

Greek Corner is providing the shirts and the printing.

You can order shirts from September 17 through October 8. The t-shirts will be printed and distributed on October 15-16.

You can order t-shirts at this link.

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Courageous Leadership: The Ultimate Advice

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 14:03
In this closing segment of the “Courageous Leadership” Seminar, Major Travis Yates gives the advice that his father gave him almost three decades ago and challenges all law enforcement leaders to lead with courage, conviction and most importantly…..with respect for those that they serve.

Find out more about the Courageous Leadership Seminar here.

What others are saying about this class

“This class is absolutely outstanding.”  Nathan Mendes, California Narcotics Officers Association

“This class should be required for every single police officer in America.” Officer Jason Cummings, Claremore PD

“In my 12 year career, this was the best class I have ever taken on leadership.”  Sergeant Josh Johnson

“The best presentation I have had in over 22 years in law enforcement.”  Sgt. Michael Huber, McMinnville (OR) Police Department

“This is some of the best training I have attended in over 40 years of law enforcement.”
Scott Johnson, Chief of Police – Grand Rapids (MN) Police Department  

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Police Chief Killed In Police Pursuit From Another Agency

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 13:56

Ludowici (GA)  Police Chief Frank McClelland Jr. has died following a police chase Saturday evening.

Chief McClelland was killed on highway 84 after 7 p.m., when Georgia State Troopers in Hinesville tried to stop 23-year-old Daniel Michael Toronto Hill of Savannah.

He took off, hitting speeds of 100 miles an hour through Liberty County and into Long County.

Chief McClelland was reportedly out of his car to stop traffic on 84 in Long County, when Hill hit McClelland and Marvin Pope in front of Flash Foods.

Pope, who was on a motorcycle, and Chief McClelland were both killed. Hill was arrested and faces two counts of murder, vehicular homicide and DUI charges.

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Ft. Worth Police Officer Killed While Apprehending Robbery Suspects

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 09:51

Garrett Hull became the 58th Fort Worth police officer to die in the line of duty when he was pronounced dead Friday night at John Peter Smith Hospital.

“There’s not a dry eye in this house,” police chief Joel Fitzgerald said in a press conference at the hospital that began just before midnight. “Our whole department is hurting right now.”

Samuel Mayfield, 33, was arrested in connection with the death of Fort Worth police officer Garrett Hull.

Hull, who has been called a hero and the cement of his unit by police, was apprehending robbery suspects early Friday morning at a bar in south Fort Worth when one suspect, believed to be Dacion Steptoe, shot him in the forehead.

Steptoe was shot and killed by Hull’s fellow officers. Two other suspects, Samuel Mayfield, 23, and Timothy Huff, 33, are in jail and face charges of attempted murder.

Hull is the first Fort Worth officer to die on the job, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, since Dwayne N. Freeto died after his patrol car was hit by a drunk driver on Dec. 17, 2006.

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San Antonio Officer Receives 30 Day Suspension After Killing Pedestrian

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 22:15

A San Antonio police officer who hit and killed a pedestrian while speeding to respond to an aggravated robbery call was suspended for 30 days without pay.

According to ABC12, Officer Aaron Klopp agreed to the discipline in August, and it was reduced from a proposed 45-day suspension.

According to the agreement, “Officer Klopp was driving in the center turn lane of San Pedro Avenue at a rate of speed of between 70-75 miles per hour. Officer Klopp failed to exercise reasonable care in the operation of his city vehicle, deviated from established driving practices, and was the major cause of the collision and death of the pedestrian who was standing in the center lane of San Pedro Avenue.”

Officer Kloop was drivng “code 3” to the call, with lights and siren activated, which gave him legal authority to speed to the call.

At the time of the accident, police said the impact threw Espinosa into the opposite lanes of traffic, where he was hit by another vehicle. Espinosa died at the scene.

Klopp will not begin serving the suspension term until Jan. 5, 2019. When he returns to work, he will be required to attend training and will be placed on administrative duty until Chief William McManus gives him a permanent assignment, the document said.

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Minnesota Deputy Shot with Arrow

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 22:08

A man was injured in an officer-involved shooting Thursday in Sauk Centre after a Stearns County (MN) sheriff’s deputy was shot in the arm by an arrow.

The suspect was taken to St. Cloud Hospital to have his injuries treated. The sheriff’s deputy, identified as Paul Orvis, suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

 

The sheriff said that a stolen truck was driven into Sauk Centre shortly after 10 a.m. before the suspect ran into a residence.

When officers tried to clear the home, the suspect appeared with a compound bow and shot Deputy Orvis through the left arm with a target arrow.

The bow belonged to the homeowner.

The officers fired their weapons, striking the suspect multiple times. The suspect suffered wounds to the shoulder, buttocks and hand.

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Cincinnati Police Recruits Asked About ‘Most Unusual Sex Acts’

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 20:29

Cincinnati police and firefighter recruits are asked to describe their “most unusual sex act” in a questionnaire that can later become accessible to the public.
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The questions are part of the Fire and Police departments’ pre-employment process. They raise concerns for some that new recruits are being asked to divulge private, probing details about their sexual history.
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“This certainly raises eyebrows,” said Mary Turocy, director of public affairs for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

“Have you participated in a sexual act in a public place?” Cincinnati police and fire applicants are asked. “Location(s) and number of times. … Explain each circumstance.”
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Another asks: “Not counting self-masturbation or legal sexual activity with a willing partner, what was your most unusual sex act?”
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Cincinnati isn’t the only jurisdiction in the region asking such questions. West Chester, Delhi and Colerain townships all ask recruits about legal sexual acts or urges, including one about arousal by fire.

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Charles Humes Inducted Into The Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:20

Law Officer Magazine Columnist Charles E. (Chuck) Humes, Jr. was inducted into The Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame, receiving the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. The legendary Chuck Remsburg traveled from Chicago to present the award to Humes.

Sgt. Humes is a  32-year retired veteran of the Toledo, Ohio PD. Independent of his department, he achieved international recognition as one of the pioneers of modern, realistic police defensive tactics training and as a tactical author, whose training articles commenced in 1983 with Police Product News. In all, and now half-way into his fourth decade of training, his columns and articles have been published in six additional US published law enforcement magazines, one French LE magazine, and numerous other websites. In addition to producing the globally utilized training video Dynamic Striking Techniques, he has taught seminars and instructor certification schools as far West as Alaska, and as far East as North Carolina and trained instructors from across the globe at the International Training Conferences of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).

The legendary Chuck Remsberg (photo-left) made the presentation of Humes’ award. Mr. Remsberg is the author of the STREET SURVIVAL series of books, co-founder of the original STREET SURVIVAL Seminar, and the Editor-in-Chief of Force Science News.  The induction ceremony took place in the Toledo suburb of Maumee, Ohio.

Humes has been a tireless advocate for law enforcement training and leadership throughout his career and into retirement.  I cannot name anyone else that has brought the passion, integrity and humbleness to this fine profession more than my friend Chuck Humes.  It is certainly refreshing to see “one of the good guys” receive this incredible honor and prestigious award.

Six other Law Enforcement Officers who have excelled above and beyond in the line of duty were also inducted at the event. They include:

 

Distinguished Service Award

Deputy Director, Retired Earl D. Mack, Jr.

Ohio Dept. of Public Safety

School Resource Officer Of The Year

Officer Sara Shaw

Oregon, Ohio Police Department

Never Forgotten Award

Deputy Sheriff Ethan Collins

Fairfield County, Ohio

Courage in Service Award

Sergeant Matthew Ayers

Toledo, Ohio Police Department

Career Achievement Award

Chief Brad Weis

Genoa, Ohio Police Department

Career Achievement Award

Detective Scott Frank

Bowling Green, Ohio Police Department

 

For more information, contact Megan Stockburger, co-chair of the event, at: mstockburger@gorillas-gazelles.com or visit the LEO Hall of Fame’s website at: https://LEOHOF.COM

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They Were Both Struck By Lightning

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 22:21

Editor’s Note: Last week, in one of the most bizarre incidents we have ever seen, a Dallas Police Officer returning home from a 14 hour shift entered the wrong apartment and shot a man in that apartment because she believed someone was inside her own apartment. She has been arrested for manslaughter and Detective Whitaker weighs in on the issue. There remains much that we do not yet know but among all of the emotion and unfortunate cries of racism, the below commentary is appropriate.

R.I.P. Botham

This is not legal advice of any kind. This is my opinion based on the limited information given from the arrest affidavit.

Texas Penal Code § 8.021 Mistake of Fact

Per the statute’s language, mistake of fact is a defense ONLY if the defendant forms a REASONABLE BELIEF that affects the CULPABLE MENTAL STATE.

IF THE MISTAKEN BELIEF AFFECTS SOMETHING OTHER THAN THE CULPABLE MENTAL STATE, THE DEFENSE DOES NOT APPLY.

In the current situation, Guyger knew she had a gun and she knew that her gun could cause death if she used it. She intentionally and knowingly used her gun. The culpable mental state for murder is intentionally or knowingly. There was no mistake in that fact. Guyger’s mistake applied to the circumstances surrounding her intended act. She believed she was home and had the right to legally shoot an intruder, but she was wrong. To have a justifiable mistake of fact defense, she could not have knowingly or intentionally shot Botham.

The mistaken belief must be related to culpability and not a mistake about whether the defendant knew the conduct was illegal.

In Legere v. State (82 S.W. 3d 105, Texas), the owner of a lounge was convicted of engaging in organized crime through possession of gambling machines. Legere attempted to claim a “mistake of fact” defense. He stated that he received advertisements stating that the machines were legal in Texas, he stated that he knew 20 other businesses w/n 4 miles of his business which operate the same machines, he paid taxes on the machines, he read a newspaper article stating that the machines were legal and law enforcement officers were confused about when and under what circumstances the machines were illegal.

The court stated that all that evidence only showed that he honestly believed his conduct was legal WHEN HE COMMITTED THE OFFENSE. The court denied his mistake of fact defense because it was not a mistake of fact as it relates to his culpable mental state, but of his belief in the legality of his conduct at the time of his actions.

In the current situation, Guyger didn’t believe her conduct to be illegal WHEN SHE SHOT BOTHAM. She thought she parked on the appropriate floor of the parking garage, she thought she put her key in her door, she thought her door was slightly open, she saw a silhouette inside of her residence and she knew that the law allows her to shoot an intruder in her home without asking any questions. All that evidence can show that she honestly believed her conduct was legal WHEN SHE COMMITTED THE OFFENSE. Her argument/evidence shows that she was mistaken in the circumstances surrounding the incident, but not of her intent to shoot her gun at Botham.

In Maupin v. State (930 S.W. 2d 267, 268 Texas), Maupin was roommates with an elderly woman 30 years older than him. They did not get along with each other and were ceasing their arrangement. The elderly lady waited until he left the residence, so she could call her daughter to help her move out of the house. While they were moving, Maupin returned home and accused them of burglary. Maupin threw and pushed the elderly lady on the floor several times, causing bodily injury. He was charged with injury to an elderly person. Maupin attempted to claim a mistake of fact defense because he believed that the two were burglarizing his home.

For his mistake of fact claim to be valid, Maupin had to provide evidence that negated the intent to cause bodily injury to an elderly person. He only provided evidence that he thought he was being burglarized. He should have provided evidence showing that he was mistaken that the amount of force he used would cause the resulting injury.

IF THE MISTAKEN BELIEF AFFECTED SOMETHING OTHER THAN THE CULPABLE MENTAL STATE, THE DEFENSE DOES NOT APPLY.

The Texas Ranger’s affidavit listed several Guyger-friendly evidentiary statements explaining why she reasonably believed she was the victim of burglary. None of that evidence explained that she did not intentionally or knowingly shoot him. She can list 100 reasons why she thought she was doing the right thing, but for the mistake of fact defense to apply, she must prove that she didn’t intentionally or knowingly shoot him or that she didn’t know that shooting him could possibly cause his death. That’s almost impossible under the circumstances given.

IF THE MISTAKEN BELIEF AFFECTED SOMETHING OTHER THAN THE CULPABLE MENTAL STATE, THE MISTAKEN FACT DEFENSE DOES NOT APPLY.

In Louis v. State (393 S.W. 3d. 246, Texas), mom’s boyfriend spanked mom’s young child several times and left for work. After the boyfriend left for work, the mother spanked, kicked and hung the child in the closet for 5 minutes, then put the child in the bed. The next morning, the child was dead. Mom and boyfriend were charged with capital murder. Boyfriend argued that his intent was to spank the child and not to kill the child. His desired result was to discipline the child and provide temporary discomfort, not to beat the child to death. The boyfriend claimed mistake of fact.

Capital murder is a result-of- conduct offense. The crime is defined by one’s objective to produce a specific result, or to have substantial certainty of producing a specific result.

The court agreed with the boyfriend’s claim. The court was not presented with evidence proving the boyfriend’s intent to kill the child. The evidence presented supported that he only wanted to spank the child and nothing showed that the child could die from his specific actions.

In this situation, Guyger intended to shoot Botham and she understood that shooting Botham could cause his death. Her mistake, no matter how genuine it may have been, involved believing she had the right to protect her home, not a mistake in her intent to cause a certain result.

IF THE MISTAKEN BELIEF AFFECTED SOMETHING OTHER THAN THE CULPABLE MENTAL STATE, THE DEFENSE DOES NOT APPLY.

If Guyger would have said that she thought her gun was fake or if she thought it was unloaded, she could have a better argument to claim mistake of fact as a defense because that would provide more evidence that she did not have the culpable mental state to intentionally or knowingly kill him. It still wouldn’t be a likely defense because no one would believe that an officer, in full uniform, would have a gun in her holster that was fake or unloaded. (6 Tex. Prac., Texas Criminal Law § 6.3 (2d ed.)

Texas Penal Code § 19.02 Murder F/1
Intentionally or knowingly causes the death of an individual

Intentionally – conscious objective or desire to engage in the conduct or cause the result (Texas Penal Code § 6.03)
Knowingly – aware of the nature of her conduct or that the circumstances exist/aware that her conduct is reasonably certain to cause the result (Texas Penal Code § 6.03)

Guyger’s conscious objective was to shoot Botham. Guyger was aware of the nature of her conduct and that it was reasonably certain to cause the result.

Texas Penal Code § 19.05 Criminally Negligent Homicide S/J
A person commits the offense if she causes the death of an individual by criminal negligence

Criminal Negligence – she OUGHT TO BE AWARE of a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the circumstances exist or the result will occur. The risk must be of such a nature and degree that the failure to perceive it constitutes a GROSS DEVIATION from the standard of care that an ordinary person would exercise under ALL the circumstances as viewed from the ACTOR’S standpoint (Texas Penal Code §
6.03)

Regardless to how many people feel, I can’t say that her actions were a gross deviation from the standard of care of an ordinary person considering ALL circumstances from her perspective. There is definitely an argument for this one though.

Texas Penal Code § 19.04 Manslaughter F/2
A person commits the offense if she recklessly causes the death of an individual

Recklessly –  AWARE of but CONSCIOUSLY disregards a substantial and UNJUSTIFIABLE risk that the circumstances exist or the result will occur/ the risk must be of such a nature and degree that its disregard constitutes a GROSS DEVIATION from the standard of care that an ordinary person would exercise under ALL the circumstances as viewed from the ACTOR’S standpoint (Texas Penal Code § 6.03)

I don’t think this was manslaughter. No matter how people feel, I don’t think she was aware of the mat, considering how tired she was and etc. Every week, I get off on the wrong floor at work and pass several indicators before I realize what happened. Everyone has been extremely tired, but an extremely tired officer is different. During most jobs, a person’s life doesn’t depend on being alert every second of your work day. When an officer’s work day is extended, the officer typically operates in a space of hyper-awareness and that isn’t normal to maintain a high level of hyper-vigilance for extended periods of time. It is easy to dismiss a tired claim because we have all been there, but it is different for an officer. There could still be an argument for this one.

She allegedly didn’t live there long and if a person’s mind is exhausted and/or preoccupied, it makes sense for someone to miss a door mat. I missed a suspect standing next to my window because I was focusing so hard on trying to locate the proper address. I couldn’t believe it, but it happened. I definitely don’t think she consciously made the decision to engage in this activity. It makes no sense for a uniformed officer to purposely park on the wrong floor, select the exact same door, just on the wrong floor, and murder someone in the same place that she lives, steps away from the police headquarters. It is possible, but it just doesn’t make much sense.

Based on the arrest affidavit, I don’t think this was intentional. I think this was a horrendous tragedy. Both Botham and Guyger were struck by lightning. Botham did absolutely nothing wrong.

If more information comes out, this opinion can change. No matter what she claims, I don’t think there is a legitimate way out of this bizarre situation. I spent a significant amount of time trying to locate a case with similar facts and I could not find one.

According to the Texas Penal Code, I think murder is the most fitting charge and I don’t think she has a mistake of fact defense.

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Albany Police Use BBQ To Connect To The Community

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 09:30

Photo Courtesy: News 10

Albany (NY) Chief of Police Eric Hawkins may have just three days on the job but he isn’t wasting any time.

The Albany Police Department held a pop-up barbeque Friday night.

“This is inspiring to see this,” Hawkins said.

“It gives them the ability to interact with other children safely,” community member Ilona Frenkel said. “If there’s a police department, I’m assuming its safe.”

Kids got to interact with officers through food and games such as kickball.

 

The department plans to have more pop up barbeques throughout the season.

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Arlington Police Release Body Camera Footage From Deadly Shooting

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 09:24

Arlington (TX) police released body camera and dash cam footage Thursday of the officer-involved shooting that killed 24-year-old O’Shae Terry on Saturday.

The video shows a police officer standing on the passenger side of the SUV talking to Terry, who was driving, and the passenger. The officer arrived as backup after the officer who pulled the vehicle over reportedly smelled marijuana.

In the video, the second officer to arrive said, “If you don’t have anymore inside the vehicle, y’all shouldn’t be worried about it. We just have to do what we have to do. So that’s basically it.”

After the officer finishes speaking, someone begins to roll up the windows and starts the car.

The officer said, “Stop,” steps onto the SUV’s running board and grabs the top of the partially-rolled up window, as Terry starts to drive away.

Once the vehicle is in motion, the officer pulls his gun and fires five shots into the SUV, striking Terry.

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Missouri Deputy Dies In Flood

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 09:16

A Missouri sheriff’s deputy has died in the line of duty during a round of flash flooding.

Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott announced the news on social media.

“On September 7, 2018, Deputy Aaron Paul Roberts cleared a 911 call in the 9500 block of Farm Road 2. He was returning to service and moments later radioed that his car was washed off of the road.”

Several agencies assisted in rescue efforts.

A short time later, Deputy Roberts was found near his patrol car deceased.

Nearly five inches of rain fell on eastern Greene County Friday night. The heavy rain led to many flooded low-water crossings in the area.

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Dallas Cop Fatally Shoots Neighbor In Apartment She Mistakes For Her Own

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 17:45

A Dallas police officer returning home from work fatally shot a neighbor on Thursday after she mistook his apartment for her own, police said.

Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall on Friday revealed the department’s intent to charge the officer with manslaughter based on available information.

The officer had arrived at her apartment complex in uniform after working a shift, the Dallas Police Department said in an earlier news release. She called dispatch to report the shooting and told responding officers she believed the victim’s apartment was her own when she entered it.

It was not immediately clear how the officer got inside the apartment or what led to the shooting.

The victim was identified as Botham Shem Jean, 26, FOX 4 News reported. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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K9 Officer Shoots Own Dog After Being Attacked

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 09:46

A Columbus (OH) police officer was injured and forced to shoot his K9 partner, Saturday morning.

According to Columbus police, it happened shortly before 9am Saturday at the Columbus Division of Police K9 office at 2609 McKinley Avenue.

Officer Brian Carter was verbally correcting K9 Benzi’s behavior with verbal commands when the dog attacked Officer Carter. Carter suffered serious bites to his arms before firing on the dog.

Carter was taken to Grant Medical Center in stable condition where he underwent surgery.

K9 Benzi was taken to MedVet where he was humanely euthanized.

Officer Carter has been in CPD’s k9 unit since 2008. Benzi had been with the department for two years.

 

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