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Chicago Mayor Refuses To Take Position On Shooting

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:44

According to WLS, Mayor Emanuel is not taking a position on whether the shooting on Saturday of an armed man grabbing a gun was justified.

Rahm says it’s “not time to characterize anything.”

“There’s a lot of questions,” the mayor added, “My view is as the mayor, COPA’s gonna do their job. All the questions you have are gonna get answered. You’re also gonna see it for yourself. I don’t think at this point while they’re doing that my energy is gonna be on characterizing something as much as helping all of us learn from this and learn for the future and hear each other.”

Interesting that the Mayor suddenly wants to be quiet in the aftermath of a police shooting considering he hasn’t hesitated in the past to cast blame on law enforcement.

In the midst of riots and uproar, it’s probably too much to ask the leader of the city to actually tell the public what the body camera shows.  A man pulls away from law enforcement, reaches for a gun and is then shot.

We are thinking if the body camera didn’t exist, Rahm wouldn’t have a problem giving his opinion but it would be to defend criminals rather than the only ones in Chicago trying to stop them.

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Portland Police: ‘Our City Has Become a Cesspool’

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:36

The Portland Police Association issued a critique Monday of Mayor Ted Wheeler’s approach to handling the city’s homelessness crisis.

The letter, penned by association president Daryl Turner, is in response to a recent article by The Oregonian where Mayor Wheeler “acknowledged it’s a problem” that half of the people arrested in Portland last year were homeless. In the article, Wheeler is cited as asking “Is there some sort of profiling or implicit bias by the cops?”

In the letter (below) Turner said he feels Wheeler has “thrown Portland Police officers under the bus” to divert from his own failed policies.

“The Portland Police Bureau have not been given nearly enough resources to fulfill its small piece in addressing the homelessness crisis. 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,” Turner said.

 

The Portland Police Association is echoing that call on city leaders to put forward new policy solutions to the homelessness crisis.

Letter from Daryl Turner, President of the Portland Police Association:

More Failed Policies

Our City has become a cesspool. Livability that once made Portland a unique and vibrant city is now replaced with human feces in businesses doorways, in our parks, and on our streets. 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.

Mayor Wheeler’s public policies have failed. Record tax revenues are being brought into the City; yet what do we have to show for it? I am incensed that once again the Mayor has thrown Portland Police Officers under the bus instead of saying what we all know to be true: that his proposed solutions to our homelessness crisis have failed. What we need is for our City and County leaders to take responsibility for this crisis getting out of hand. They need to put forth actual solutions with actual results and stop throwing hard-earned taxpayer dollars down a black hole.

True to form, instead of standing up and leading, Mayor Wheeler has reverted to the, “Is there some sort of profiling or implicit bias by the cops” rhetoric to smokescreen his own failed policies. Will investigating our officers result in more housing for the homeless? Will it provide more mental health or addiction resources for those in need? Will it resolve the livability issues that Portland residents and business owners face daily? Of course not! It’s more of the same from the Mayor; failed policies and blaming others for his failures.

The Portland Police Bureau have not been given nearly enough resources to fulfill its small piece in addressing the homelessness crisis. 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.

The rank and file of the Portland Police Bureau are working tirelessly to improve livability in our City, preserve public safety, and connect our vulnerable communities to social services. We are the first line resource on the streets serving the public—including the homeless—every day with care and professionalism. The fact that our officers have become the scapegoats for Mayor Wheeler’s failed public policies aimed at solving our homelessness crisis is insulting.

Portland Police Officers deserve better. Our families and communities deserve better. Our businesses deserve better. Our City deserves better!

Daryl Turner, President
Portland Police Association

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Baltimore Officer Under Investigation For Refusing To Respond To ‘Gun’ Call

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 15:54

An internal investigation is underway after Baltimore police said an officer declined to respond to a report of someone tossing a gun into some bushes downtown, saying “This is not my district.”

Baltimore Police Department showed video of the alleged offense in a press conference Monday, which was captured on the dashcam of two firefighters, said interim police commissioner Gary Tuggle.

The video apparently shows the suspect throwing an alleged gun into bushes in the area of Lexington and St. Paul streets. When the firefighters call for police, no one immediately responded, said Tuggle.

A nearby officer, however, wouldn’t look into the incident. She is seen saying, “This is not my district,” confirmed Tuggle in the press conference.

Police clarified after the press conference that the gun was actually recovered after an area canvass during the day.

Tuggle also said police don’t know how long an officer actually took to respond to the 911 call, but explained the officer’s alleged activity, as seen in the video, is not acceptable.

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Watch Wild Las Vegas Police Pursuit and Shootout

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 20:39

A murder suspect is dead and another wounded is in custody following a fatal shooting and subsequent gun battle with police in downtown Las Vegas on July 11, 2018.

Here is the full press conference with LVMPD Asst. Sheriff Tim Kelly.

“You are about to see some video that will show the incident and will paint the picture of the dangers that the officers dealt with that day.”

 

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Force Science Assesses “Necessary” Deadly Force Standard

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 16:47

As noted in Force Science News #363, a bill is working its way through the California Assembly that would significantly change the grounds on which LEOs in that state can justify their use of deadly force.

Rejecting the US Supreme Court’s long-standing “reasonableness” standard, this bill (No. 931) mandates that “a peace officer may use deadly force only when such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury to the officer or to another person….” (emphasis added)

“Reasonable alternatives may include…verbal communications, warnings, deescalation, and tactical repositioning, along with other tactics and techniques intended to stabilize the situation and reduce the immediacy of the threat so that more time, options, and resources can be called upon to resolve the situation without the use of deadly force.”

This measure was introduced after two Sacramento officers, responding one night last winter to a 911 complaint about someone breaking car windows, confronted a young black man with what they thought was a gun in his hand as he headed toward his grandmother’s backyard nearby. “Fearing for their lives,” they shot and killed him.

No gun was found, but his cell phone was recovered near his body.

Bill No. 931, drafted after days of turbulent street demonstrations to protest police shootings, is avidly supported by the usual panoply of activist groups, including Black Lives Matter and the ACLU. It is vigorously opposed by law enforcement organizations such as the California Peace Officers Assn., the Peace Officers Research Assn. of California (PORAC), and the policy-advisory firm Lexipol as a dangerous and ill-conceived action with the potential for establishing an unrealistic and worrisome precedent.

The Force Science Institute joins the police organizations in their concern.

Meanwhile, the Force Science Institute issues this position statement in opposition to California Assembly Bill 931, which seeks to establish a “necessity” standard for the legal use of deadly force by peace officers:

This proposed legislation appears to be a well-intentioned effort to stop “mistake-of-fact” shootings. These are incidents where an officer fires, allegedly in defense against a perceived deadly threat, but when the smoke clears the subject turns out to be unarmed or wielding some nonlethal object like a cell phone.

In attempting to solve that tragic problem, however, this bill creates others that are equally serious because it fails to reflect an understanding of deadly force realities.”

ERRONEOUS SHOOTINGS. Typically, mistake-of-fact shootings occur during a confluence of adverse factors largely beyond an officer’s control:

• Often, the scene is dark or poorly lit. Distinction of detail may be difficult or impossible—considerably less clear, in fact, than a body cam recording may appear later because of the camera’s superior light-enhancing capability.

• Decisions are tremendously time-pressured. Once a potential deadly threat is perceived, the officer must decide within a fraction of a second what to do about it to stay ahead of the reactionary curve, leaving little if any time for reflective analysis. By necessity, the decision will usually be based on fragmentary information; only later may the officer learn the full circumstances he was dealing with.

• Most critical is the subject’s behavior. A refusal to comply with an officer’s lawful commands adds urgency and a sense of peril to any encounter. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of mistake-of-fact shootings on record—and other high-profile, controversial police shootings as well—would not have occurred had the subjects chosen to cooperate with officers from the outset.

In establishing in Graham v. Connor that police use of force must be “reasonable” under the circumstances, the Supreme Court wisely recognized that real-life encounters tend to be “tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving,” with unfortunate errors sometimes resulting. That is in keeping with the scientific reality of human performance.

In contrast, by requiring that police use deadly force only when “necessary,” the crafters of Bill No. 931 are presuming a level of officer influence over circumstances that doesn’t exist and are striving to create a level of perfection that can’t possibly be attained.

What we believe the bill will create is far greater hazards for officers and their agencies.

ADVERSE PREDICTIONS. Force Science predicts these major adverse consequences if Bill 931 becomes law:

1) While Graham cautions against judging officers’ actions with 20/20 hindsight, trying to determine after the fact whether a given use of deadly force was truly ‘necessary’ invites Monday-morning quarterbacking. Likewise the term ‘imminent’ is open to varied interpretation, as well. In the calm vacuum after a shooting, every aspect of the event can and likely will be parsed and alternative scenarios constructed ad infinitum.

2) As plaintiffs’ attorneys exploit the nebulous terms ‘necessary’ and ‘imminent,’ the volume of civil suits—already at a national high in California—will skyrocket. Officers will likely be at greater risk of facing criminal charges for alleged improper force, too. The legislator who instigated the bill has told reporters she wants to “encourage prosecutors to consider whether officers could have deescalated a situation with verbal warnings or used nonlethal force” rather than resorting to gunfire.

3) Decisions take time and hesitation adds even more time. Frequently and alarmingly, a perceived assailant, while non-complying, acts in a fashion that creates a direct and immediate perceived threat for the officer. If that threat were real and the officer didn’t respond, he could be seriously injured or killed.

ASSENT & DISSENT. There are aspects of Bill No. 931 that Force Science supports. .

We do favor—and we teach—deescalation tactics and calming techniques for defusing volatile situations—when they are practical and safe and when subjects are willing to cooperate with them.

We also favor a section of the bill that prohibits deadly force against an individual who poses a danger only to himself and not to a peace officer or another person.

And, of course, we actively support and promote expanded training to enhance an officer’s ability to tactically contain and control a situation and we also support more training on officer decision-making in situations where lives are at stake.

But Force Science strongly opposes deviating from the reasonableness standard of Graham v. Connor as Bill No. 931 requires.

JUSTIFIED PRIDE. Although the narrative fostered by anti-police activists and some mainstream and social media is of cops out of control, the Force Science Institute believes law enforcement can take justifiable pride in its remarkable use-of-force record.

Only 0.086 per cent of police/citizen contacts result in the police use of any force and only a slight fraction of a per cent of any force escalates to deadly force. Only a mere fraction of that mere fraction is deemed to be unjustified under the legal standard that now prevails.

That is the hard-won reality that politicians should be honoring.

Law Officer is a proud partner with the Force Science Institute.  

Visit www.forcescience.org to learn more about the research FSI conducts and the training they provide.

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How To Eat Healthy and Workout On The Road

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 09:31

The first thing that probably comes to mind when you’re planning a vacation is “Time to relax…finally!”  Followed up by “Do they have a gym? What am I going to eat?” As much fun it is to relax the reigns, when the novelty of going rogue is over, some of us are itching to get back into our routines.

It’s quite easy to do – just change your mindset.

I’ve found that most places I’ve traveled to, I can easily stay in my fitness/nutrition zone for cheap. So here are my top tips for you.

Fitness

Most hotels that advertise “gym” have a teensy gym crammed full of cardio machines with a pile of dusty weights in the corner. But you can do a lot of damage armed with these sparse tools. Circuit training, intense focus and a pre-planned workout are THE formula to a great workout when equipment is minimal. Try higher reps per set or all out sprinting drills on the treadmill. Even a long stretching session with some warm-up exercises like air squats and jumping jacks can make you feel like a million bucks.  And anyone who’s used a resistance band knows how sneaky evil they can be. Bodybuilding.com has a ton of resistant band exercises to choose from.

Check out the local community center. From FREE to a few dollars, most community centers have gyms and classes. For example, my local community center has high-end equipment that rivals most commercial gyms. Seattle’s community centers are free to the public, which is probably true in most metropolis areas.

Bodyweight workouts – Yes, I love my weights too. But a bodyweight workout can be that epic workout that left you crying. Don’t believe me? Watch Tee Major run through 44 old-school exercises – no weight required. For the rest of us, here are some simple bodyweight templates you can use (hotel/park friendly!):

  • Reps and Sets – ex. pick 4 exercises you can do like squats with a pulse at the bottom, pushups, Bulgarian split squats with a hop, etc. Do 25 reps each for 4 rounds. Kinda like Crossfit, it only takes 10 minutes to kick your ass if you do it with intensity.

  • Tabata – Discovered by a Japanese scientist, Tabata has been making people cry for over 20 years. It’s 8 rounds of 20 seconds on (actively working) and 10 seconds off (rest). Yes, this is 4 minutes. Do 2 cycles and you’ll be sorry for the giant eye roll you just had.

Want to make it harder? Use your “rest” time to hold your position. For example, doing air squats for 20 seconds then holding in a parallel squat position for 10 seconds. Bye Bye legs.

Don’t forget, there are tons of free apps to use if you need workout ideas for both Android and iPhone.

FACT: HIIT training was based off of this.

  • The Best Bodyweight App EVER – “You are Your Own Gym” by Military Trainer Mark Lauren. Bought his book and quickly donated it after I downloaded this app for $5. Step-by-Step videos and customizable – https://marklauren.com/en/home

*If you’re traveling for 3+ weeks in the same spot, just get a 30-day gym membership already! GROUPON is saturated with these and I routinely find gyms better than my home gym for under $30 (with childcare!).

Nutrition

I DO NOT like eating out unless it’s for social or a “new experience” reason.  It’s just too expensive and really not that much fun with a wiggly 6-year-old. Anyone with me on this? So just like at home, this one takes a little bit of planning…but not much.

First step – check to see how much more a hotel room is with a kitchenette. Usually it’s just $10-15 more and comes with an even bigger room! If I score one with a kitchenette, problem solved because I can do some light grocery shopping and just cook at usual.

No kitchenette? No problem. Most hotels have a refrigerator that works well for daily meals.  Plan a trip to the grocery store. Follow the healthy FAT+PROTEIN+CARB rule. For example, all stores sell hardboiled eggs, avocado and berries.  So, breakfast can be 3 hardboiled eggs, an avocado and some berries. Sound silly? It won’t when your wallet stays sane, you hunger is tamed, and you feel fantastic.  

Here’s another example. Prewashed greens in a plastic container are commonly sold in the produce section by the salads. Grab one, a small bottle of olive oil (fantastic cheap/nutritious fuel), some canned salmon and some nuts of choice. Suddenly you have all the makings of a HUGE salad. Other examples are grass-fed beef jerky plus guacamole as a snack. Rotisserie chicken with a side of baby carrots, sliced cucumbers and Greek yogurt on the side. Get creative and make it happen.

I once had a conference in Vegas with the standard conference meals included. I always passed on these and followed the steps above. Without fail, after lunch everyone was red-eyed, head-bobbin and I felt energized enough to workout afterwards. Anyone relate to that post-lunch, “Oh my God I’m so tired – why can’t they just stop talking and let us go early” feeling? I hate that feeling.

Remember, we’re shooting for economical, healthy and easy. This isn’t 5-star restaurant meals. It’s you – staying healthy on the road for cheap. Restaurants and fast food choices are always there as a fallback if this doesn’t work for you.

Need help with your nutrition goals? Contact me for a free 15 chat. Let’s see if we’re a good fit. Janine@OnPointNutrition.org or www.JanineHenkel.com

 

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Police Officer Shares Passion For Paragliding

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 09:22

An Arkansas police officer is sharing his passion for paragliding and encouraging others to give it a shot.

Captain Jeff O’Brien with the Prairie Grove (AR) Police Department said taking to the sky has become his hobby.

It includes para-motor, which is essentially a harness attached to a large propeller with a para-glider wing on top.

In the Northwest Arkansas area, O’Brien said the activity has slowly been picking up steam recently among people looking for an adventure.

“When you look to the sky and see a large wing and a motor, that’s what that is, it’s called power paragliding and it’s a great, safe, fun way to spend your time,” said O’Brien.

O’Brien has racked up about 100 flights since he took to paragliding last year.

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North Carolina Deputy Shot Below Vest, Suspect Escapes

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 09:16

A deputy was shot and injured during a traffic stop in Caldwell County Sunday night.

The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. on Cheraw Road near Pisgah Church Road. Deputies say the deputy was wearing a protective vest when he was shot. He was hit just below the vest.

The deputy was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment. The suspect vehicle is described as a blue Toyota sedan.

Caldwell County is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Colorado Springs Mourns The Loss Of K9 Remme

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 09:12

The Colorado Springs Police K9 unit is mourning the loss of one its K9s according to a Facebook post from the agency.

Canine Remme suffered some type of sudden and severe medical issue while on duty in the early morning hours of July 13, the agency said. He was rushed to an emergency veterinarian hospital, but could not be saved according to the Facebook post.

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Texas Deputy To Donate Kidney To Citizen

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 15:08

A sheriff’s deputy in Texas plans to donate one of his kidneys to a man who has been having difficulty finding a match.

Sgt. Jay Jones with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office decided to donate his kidney to Clayton Bolt after the Abilene, Texas man was unable to find someone in his family that fit certain transplant criteria, such as blood typing, tissue typing and cross-matching.

Jones, who was informed of Bolt’s situation because his wife is friends with Bolt’s sister, according to the sheriff’s office, “selflessly volunteered to donate a kidney to him if he was a match,” the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.

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Milwaukee Police Pay $3.4 Million After Stop-And-Frisk Lawsuit

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 09:05

The city of Milwaukee has approved a $3.4 million settlement over its police department’s alleged stop-and-frisk practices, more than a year after a lawsuit accused Milwaukee officers of targeting black and Latino people through racial profiling.

Milwaukee police made more than 350,000 unlawful stops between 2010 and 2017, according to the American Civil Liberties Union and its Wisconsin chapter. The ACLU sued on behalf of six African-American or Latino plaintiffs who had been stopped – in some cases, multiple times — without reasonable suspicion.

The federal class-action lawsuit claimed the plaintiffs were the victims of a “vast and unconstitutional stop-and-frisk program,” according to ACLU press releases.

Former Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has denied the use of stop-and-frisk practices, but acknowledged his department’s policy of traffic stops in areas with high crime rates.

Along with the cash payout, the settlement will require police officers to release data about all their stops to the public. Officers will also be trained on racial profiling issues, and law enforcement will be subject to oversight from an independent consultant.

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Watch PIT Maneuver Take Down Bank Robbery Suspect

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 09:01

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Tulsa police chased down a man suspected of robbing the Commerce Bank in Utica Square. The body cam video shows an officer pursuing the suspect and the officer getting out of his vehicle with his weapon drawn as he approaches the suspect, who rolled his vehicle after a trooper executed a pit maneuver. The suspect, 36-year-old Mark Jones, was taken to the hospital and later booked into jail. He was booked on complaints of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

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Watch: Tulsa Police Sergeant Shot Deploying Less Lethal

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 20:50

Body camera footage was released and charges were filed against John Chatman who is accused of shooting at police in a QuikTrip parking lot last Tuesday in Tulsa (OK).

Tulsa Police Officers originally saw Chatman in a parking lot and when they asked what his name is, he refused and asked if he was free to leave.  The officers said that he was free to leave and even asked if he needed a “jump” when his vehicle had trouble starting.

As the vehicle left, officers discovered that the car had an improper tag.

The vehicle was located at a QuikTrip parking lot.  Upon making contact, Chatman refused to give his name and then refused to exit the vehicle.

A Sergeant responded (17:10) to the scene with less lethal technology in an effort to remove the subject from the vehicle.

As less lethal was deployed, Chatman shot at three Tulsa police (19:26) officers and struck a police sergeant. The sergeant was hit in the leg and was released from the hospital later in the day.

Officers returned fire, striking him in the chest. He remained hospitalized Wednesday.

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New 2020 Ford Explorer Revealed In Cop Format

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 19:33

The all-new 2020 Ford Explorer is getting a reveal in cop clothing.  The production model hasn’t been shown yet, but we now basically know what it’ll look like thanks to these photos of the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility hybrid—a renamed Explorer SUV for law enforcement.  While the overall silhouette might fool you into thinking it’s the same old Explorer at first, the new front end and subtly different proportions confirm that this is indeed the new model, which rides on a new platform according to Car and Driver.

This Police Interceptor Utility is fitted with a hybrid drivetrain that supplies power to all four wheels, although Ford isn’t providing any details beyond an estimated EPA combined rating of 24 mpg, a big improvement over the current all-wheel-drive Explorer V-6’s 19 mpg combined. We assume that a version of this gasoline-electric powertrain will make its way into the production Explorer, too, as part of the company’s plan to hybridize most of its trucks and SUVs. The only other detail Ford is giving at this point is that the 2020 model, despite having batteries onboard, actually has slightly more cargo space than the outgoing Police Interceptor Utility, which probably will translate to other versions.

Ford has promised details later in the year.

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Minneapolis Cop Killer Released

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 19:26

The man convicted of killing a Twin Cities police officer nearly 40 years ago walked out of prison Tuesday.

The state released Isaac Brown to a halfway house.

Brown served 37 years behind bars for shooting Minneapolis police officer Richard Miller in 1981.

Miller was just months shy of retirement when he died in the line of duty. The officer’s widow did not want Brown freed.

Nearly four decades later, Miller’s boss, former Minneapolis Police Chief Tony Bouza, remembers the day the officer died clearly.

Bouza supports the release of Brown to a work-release program.

“I’m a great believer in justice, and I’m also a great believer in mercy,” he said.

But to another fellow officer, there’s a different view.

“He murdered a police officer in cold blood, no ifs, ands or buts,” said retired Lt. Mike Sauro.

He says Miller was kind and giving, a devoted father and a volunteer to children’s charities.

“The person who murdered him deserved to spend the rest of his life in prison but with our criminal justice system, I guess that’s not the way it’s gonna be,” he said.

After Miller was killed, the law changed.

Now anyone convicted of killing an officer has no chance at parole.

Brown will be in a halfway house for at least a year, he’ll have another hearing to determine if he will be set free.

Tuesday was a very tough day for Miller’s wife. She says Brown has never offered the family any words of remorse.

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Burglar Breaks Into Escape Room, Calls 911 To Get Out

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 19:19

Police in Washington say a man who broke into an “escape room” on Sunday damaged the room so badly that he couldn’t escape.

Rye Wardlaw allegedly broke into Northwest Escape Experience, in Vancouver, Fox 12 reported, citing the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

An owner of the escape room — a locked room full of puzzles and clues that participants must solve in order to escape — told the news station Wardlaw did so much damage to the business that he couldn’t escape after breaking in.

“He apparently didn’t know how to use the lock on the front door and was stuck,” Tamara Bertrand said.

From inside the room, Wardlaw reportedly called police and told officials he was calling from the escape room because his own home was being burglarized. While trying to escape, Wardlaw allegedly broke the backdoor handle before calling 911 several times.

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Denzel Washington on Fatherless Homes

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 07:28

In a recent, Denzel Washington interview was asked about the criminal justice system and its impact on the black community as of late. Denzel’s response was priceless! “It starts in the home,” he said. Single-parent homes help to determine who will grow up living in poverty, who will engage in criminal activity, and who will do poorly in education. Some state that fatherless homes are the best predictor of many of these negative outcomes.

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Police Department Goes ‘Wayne’s World’ In Viral Video

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 21:49

The Owasso (OK) Police Department took the “lip sync” challenge to new levels this week.  There is nothing we can say to explain it so you just need to watch.

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Why I Don’t Like The ‘Lip Sync’ Challenge

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 17:26

By now you have surely seen the “Lip Sync” Challenge that police departments across the country are doing.  We’ve been here before.  From the Ice Bucket Challenge to the Dance Challenge to a number of other ones and in the viral world of the world wide web, this latest craze may be the biggest.

And I don’t like it.

Get your sticky fingers ready to send me some hate mail because I know those are fighting words.

My wife looked at me perplexed a few nights ago when I saw the 20th or so battle going down from yet another agency and she asked me why I didn’t like it.  I asked her this question in response to her usual confusion towards me:

“Would you ever see hundreds of doctors, lawyers or accountants challenging each other to a lip sync battle?”

Of course her answer was “no” which I then said “because it would be stupid.”

We see those professions as…..are you ready for it…..as “professions” with “professionals” and being the dancing bear just isn’t what professionals do.

Now don’t get me wrong.  I understand the importance of humanizing the badge and being vulnerable to our public so they know we are real people but I’m just not sure becoming viral is the way to do it.

I know it’s fun but that is just about all it is.

It is not community policing or community outreach or much of anything but just fun.

So if you are still reading and you didn’t shut down your computer to talk crazy stuff about the old guy on Law Officer, I challenge you with this.  Have your fun, do your challenge but also be committed to the real work of reaching our community.  Having fun is ok as long as the real work is being done.

I thought I could be the only person to believe this and I was just about feeling guilty about being the “no fun” guy until I read what Abilene (TX) Police Chief Stan Standridge wrote to his community:

Abilene,
I hope all of you are well.  Over the weekend, I received countless tags via social media, asking the Police Department to participate in the lip-sync contest that many other departments have taken part in.  I greatly value their contribution to community engagement, but I do not believe your department has enough discretionary time to accomplish this task.  We are currently investigating three homicides, in addition to countless other serious crimes that continue to come in every day.  If we say yes to lip-sync’ing, then we say no to more pressing matters.  Lastly, I am hugely competitive, so I would end up allocating a ton of people and resources to accomplish a quality video that would smoke all others!  Our citizens deserve quality crime responses and investigations, so we will focus our efforts there, in addition to: giving a record amount of life-giving blood last month; an annual Blue Santa that has no rival in this State; members of the Alliance to End Domestic Violence; Citizens Police Academy; University internships; Safe Trading Zone; 1-Kingdom membership; partnership with Connecting Caring Communities; and a host of other activities wherein we hope to engage our citizens.  Singing, then, will have to wait for the shower!    Chief Standridge (Courtesy Abilene Facebook).

Well there you have it and that is basically my point.  Chief Standridge is doing real and meaningful work and it’s hard and it is time consuming and it will make a difference and for every leader doing that, whether you endorse the dancing bear or not, I say keep doing it.

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2 Chicago Police Officers Die At Same Station

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:49

A Chicago police officer has died after collapsing at the same station where another officer fatally shot himself over the weekend.

The police department says the officer was at the Calumet District police station on the city’s far South Side when she collapsed just before 6 a.m. on Tuesday. She was pronounced dead a short time later at a nearby hospital. Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says an autopsy has not yet been done, but it appears the officer died of natural causes.

On Sunday night, another officer fatally shot himself with his service weapon as he sat in his patrol car in the station parking lot. An autopsy determined that 36-year-old Brandon Krueger took his own life.

The Chicago Police Department released the following statement:

“The past few days have been difficult for the Chicago Police Department. This is the second unexpected death of a Chicago Police Officer. Coping with the loss of a department member is never easy; our thoughts and prayers are with all our members and family affected by these losses. The Chicago Police Department is committed to well-being of our officers 24/7. Our Departments Chaplin’s Unit and Employee Assistance Program, which include[s] over a dozen members, [is] available to our police and co-workers that knew both officers. As part of our ongoing reform efforts, we are making significant investments in mental health for our officers. More information will be available in the coming weeks.”

 

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