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Mich. deputy killed during police pursuit

PoliceOne - 11 hours 41 min ago

Associated Press

BRANDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — An Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy has been killed when he was struck by a vehicle that was being pursued by police.

Authorities say that the deputy was outside his squad car shortly after midnight on Thursday preparing to deploy what are called “stop sticks” designed to deflate vehicles’ tires at an intersection in Brandon Township when he was struck by the fleeing suspect’s vehicle. The suspect’s vehicle rolled over and the driver was taken into custody at the scene.

The deputy’s name has not been released but the sheriff’s office says he had been with the department for 22 years.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard says the deputy “had a great career here and touched a lot of lives.”

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Police: Slain Baltimore detective shot day before grand jury testimony

PoliceOne - 12 hours 26 min ago

By David McFadden Associated Press

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore detective killed by a gunman last week was slain a day before he was set to testify in a corruption probe into activities of indicted officers, the city's police commissioner confirmed Wednesday.

Commissioner Kevin Davis announced the news to reporters a week after the detective was shot in the head in a West Baltimore vacant lot. Rumors have been running rampant about the unsolved slaying of Detective Sean Suiter.

The police commissioner's latest revelation will do little to quell speculation. Davis emphasized that Suiter was not the target of any criminal investigation, but he was scheduled to testify before a grand jury "the day after he was murdered."

The Baltimore police and the FBI do not have any evidence to suggest that Suiter's slaying is "part of any conspiracy," according to Davis. But he added "there's nothing we won't consider" and said he understands why there is speculation.

"It certainly makes for great theater," Davis said.

The federal grand jury is investigating a group of Baltimore officers who worked together on a firearms crime task force and have been charged with stealing money, property and narcotics from people over two years. An indictment has described the members of the Gun Trace Task Force, a small unit dedicated to getting illegal guns off Baltimore's streets, as using their position to allegedly threaten the innocent, detain people on false pretenses and steal their money. They are also accused of faking police reports, lying to investigators and defrauding their department.

Davis emphasized that the evidence collected in Suiter's unsolved killing points to a "spontaneous encounter" the homicide detective had with a suspicious man he observed while working in a high-crime neighborhood with his partner. Evidence indicates a violent struggle, Davis said, including a roughly three-second-long radio transmission in which what seem to be gunshots are heard and Suiter appears to be in distress.

Investigators have recovered the detective's gun from the gritty lot where he was shot and have determined that the 18-year veteran of the department was shot with his own weapon. Ballistic tests show that recovered shell casings were matched to the recovered firearm.

An autopsy conducted four days after the attack showed that the gunshot was fired in "close contact" to Suiter's head, Davis said.

Davis knocked down speculation that Suiter's partner might have somehow been involved.

"The fact that we have not yet made an arrest creates an environment for rumors to flourish," he said, adding that "many people" have been interviewed and interrogated.

A reward of $215,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed Suiter.


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NM sheriff says body cam video unfair to officers

PoliceOne - 15 hours 46 min ago

Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The sheriff of New Mexico's most populous county will not require his deputies to use body cameras because he said the media would use the footage to unfairly criticize the officers.

Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales told KOAT-TV in a story Tuesday that the video "gives a lopsided, one-sided story, which I think is a disservice to the whole community."

His stance has drawn criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union and the New Mexico Foundation of Open Government.

Bernalillo deputies have been involved in nine shootings in the last four months. In the most recent, 50-year-old Matthew Scudero was fatally shot after authorities said he opened fire on deputies on Nov. 10.

A family member of Scudero has questioned the sheriff's office for why it doesn't have video of the encounter.

People want to know what happened and are not trying to unfairly paint the police a certain way, said Greg Williams, president of the open government foundation.

"It often justifies their position because it shows that they were doing their job in a correct way," Williams said. "And in those situations where maybe they were not, or mistakes were made, or things that they could learn from, the video helps that process."

Deputies do record audio during their interactions with people. The sheriff's office has not yet released the audio related to the shooting form earlier this month.


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Thousands pay respects to Pa. officer slain during traffic stop

PoliceOne - 16 hours 35 sec ago

Associated Press

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — Thousands of police officers from around the country turned out to pay respects Wednesday to a rookie Pennsylvania police officer who was fatally shot during a traffic stop last week.

Law enforcement officers from as far away as Colorado and Rhode Island joined students and residents lining the roads as Officer Brian Shaw's funeral procession moved through the streets of New Kensington. Some held handmade signs, such as one that read, "God Bless Officer Shaw." The mile-long line of police cruisers followed the hearse from the funeral home to Mount Saint Peter Church.

The 25-year-old officer was shot and killed Friday night when he tried to pull over an SUV for a routine traffic violation.

Mourners remembered Shaw for his smile, twinkling eyes and devotion to his job.

Frazer Police Chief Terry Kuhns, who was Shaw's boss before he joined the New Kensington department, said the officer once told him he wanted to make a difference in the world.

"It is not how officers die that make them heroes, it is how they lived," Kuhns said during the funeral Mass. "Clearly Brian tried to make a difference — and did make a difference — and lived his life as a hero."

The Mass was broadcast to the hundreds of mourners outside and could be heard all throughout the block.

Afterward, the vehicle procession wound its way to the cemetery for a private burial. In front of the hearse was Shaw's cruiser, draped in black ribbon with bouquets of flowers strewn about the hood.

Authorities have charged 29-year-old Rahmael Holt with fatally shooting Shaw.

Officials have said Shaw stopped a vehicle that Holt was riding in, and Holt fled on foot. Shaw, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, pursued Holt and was shot several times. It doesn't appear that Shaw returned fire.

Holt was arrested Tuesday after a multiday manhunt.

Among those watching the funeral procession was a group of about 60 Valley High School students and faculty gathered near the church.

Senior Ian Henry told the Tribune-Review he was there to show support to Shaw's family and other officers.

"We hope that they'll see how important they are to us," Henry said. "Our cause is to make sure Officer Shaw won't be forgotten."


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City settles with dispatcher who slept through a 911 call

PoliceOne - 16 hours 46 sec ago

Associated Press

PEABODY, Mass. — A Massachusetts city has reached a settlement with a former fire dispatcher who slept through a 911 call.

Terms of the settlement between Peabody and John Brophy have not been disclosed. The Salem News reports that Brophy was fired after he fell asleep during a 2005 call concerning a 6-month-old infant who had stopped breathing.

Police and an ambulance crew heard the call and were able to reach the home in time to save the baby's life.

An arbitrator later ruled the city needed to rehire Brophy — but he never returned to work, as then-Mayor Mike Bonfanti fired him again for failing to submit to a drug test. His lawyers contended he did not have to submit to the examination.

Neither Brophy nor the city returned requests for comment.


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Police: Fla. man crashes car on purpose to highlight dangerous intersection

PoliceOne - 16 hours 48 sec ago

Associated Press

CLERMONT, Fla. — Authorities say a man angered over people driving dangerously through a busy intersection appeared to intentionally cause a crash there to highlight the problem.

The Daily Commercial reports 61-year-old Bruce John Homer told Lake County Sheriff's Office deputies who responded to the Sunday afternoon accident that he was frustrated law enforcement wouldn't crack down on people running through a stop sign at the intersection.

The driver of the SUV that was hit says Homer pulled out in front of him as he was going through the intersection. The driver says Homer approached him after the crash, telling him he'd run the stop sign and law enforcement "won't do anything until someone dies."

Homer is charged with aggravated battery and reckless driving. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.


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In terror-wary NYC, security tight for Thanksgiving parade

PoliceOne - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 15:05

By Colleen Long Associated Press

NEW YORK — Sand-filled sanitation trucks and police sharpshooters will mix with glittering floats and giant balloons at a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that comes in a year of terrible mass shootings and not even a month after a deadly truck attack in lower Manhattan.

New York City's mayor and police brass have repeatedly stressed that layers of security, along with hundreds of officers, will be in place for one of the nation's biggest outdoor holiday gatherings, and that visitors should not be deterred.

"We had a couple of tough months as a nation," Police Commissioner James O'Neill said. "We won't ever accept such acts of hate and cowardice as inevitable in our society."

A posting last year in an English-language magazine of the Islamic State group, which took credit for the Oct. 31 truck attack that killed eight people, mentioned the Thanksgiving parade as "an excellent target." Authorities say there is no confirmation of a credible threat.

"I want to assure the people that we swore to protect that anytime something happens anywhere in the world, the NYPD works with our law enforcement partners and studies it and we learn from it and it informs our decision making going forward," O'Neill said.

This year's security plan includes dozens of city sanitation trucks, which weigh about 16 tons empty and up to twice that with sand, that will be lined up as imposing barriers to traffic at every cross street along the 2 ½-mile parade route stretching from Central Park to Macy's flagship store on 34th Street.

In addition, officers with assault weapons and portable radiation detectors will walk among the crowds, and sharpshooters on rooftops will scan building windows and balconies for anything unusual.

New York officials are also asking the tens of thousands of spectators to be alert for anything suspicious.

"There will be a cop on every block," said NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan. "Go to that cop and say something."

The 91st annual parade begins at 9 a.m. and will be broadcast live on NBC. Smokey Robinson, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Flo Rida and Wyclef Jean will be among the stars celebrating, along with performances from the casts of Broadway's "Anastasia," ''Dear Evan Hansen" and "SpongeBob SquarePants."

New balloons added this year include Dr. Seuss' Grinch, Olaf from the smash movie "Frozen," and a puppy called Chase from Nickelodeon's "Paw Patrol."

Beyond the pageantry, police say they have been working on security for the parade since the moment last year's parade ended. It's a plan that got renewed attention after a terror attack in lower Manhattan Oct. 31, when a man in a rented truck barreled onto a crowded bike path near the World Trade Center, killing eight people.

Authorities said the 29-year-old suspect operated from a playbook put out by the Islamic State group. Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant, was charged with federal terrorism offenses that could qualify him for the death penalty. According to a criminal complaint, he made statements about his allegiance to the Islamic State group.

The first major event since the attack — the New York marathon, which drew tens of thousands of spectators and 50,000 runners from around the world — went off with no problems.

"We said right away New York's response is to remain strong and resilient," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "We do not back down in the face of terror threats. The city is filled with resolve."


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Veteran, 71, writes letter to thank 'angel' Mass. trooper for helping him

PoliceOne - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 14:26

By Melissa Hanson MassLive.com

One night just more than a month ago, a 71-year-old Marine Corps Vietnam-era veteran had to pull over on the side of Interstate 93 with tire trouble.

The Weymouth man had just crossed into Massachusetts from New Hampshire. But he didn't have much cell service and was having a hard time trying to talk with his road service company on the phone.

But his luck changed when State Police Trooper Steven Hanafin came to his rescue.

"I was scared and had not much cell service left on my phone," the man wrote in a letter to the State Police. "Then God sent an Angel, Tpr. Steven Hanafin, to my rescue... He protected me and after a while he even talked to my road service company and told them I was in a bad area and he hoped they could come soon."

State Police shared parts of the letter online Tuesday.

The trooper promised the man he would not leave him alone on the highway until his tire was fixed.

"Then, while there, the Trooper saw my plate and thanked me for my service, and said 'Semper Fi,'" the man wrote.

It turns out that Hanafin, of the Andover Barracks, is also a veteran.

"So there you are: God sent me an Angel, and a former Marine. Amazing. God works in mysterious ways," he wrote.

Once the road service came and helped, Hanafin put the busted tire in the man's trunk for him.

But that wasn't the end of his car troubles.

"I closed up the trunk and then, can you believe it, I went to start my car and the battery was dead from having the flashers on," the letter continued.

Again, Hanafin stayed.

"The Trooper made a phone call, and within five minutes two men showed up and jumped the battery. At last the man was able to continue his ride home," State Police wrote.

Hanafin continued to go the extra mile, following the man as he got on the road to head home.

"He took my number and called me at my house to make sure I got home safe," the man wrote. "Never in my life have I seen this and when I tell somebody they can't believe what I tell them, even my brother who for 28 years (was) a police officer."

Along with the letter, the man sent two Guardian Angel coins, one for Hanafin and one for Troop A Major Pat Russolillo.

"We are proud of the service provided, and compassion shown, by a Trooper to a man in a tough situation who needed his help," State Police wrote. "The motorist's own Guardian Angel truly did send him help that night when he needed it most in the form of MSP Trooper Steven Hanafin."

©2017 MassLive.com


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NY police chief recounts day he was shot during domestic dispute call

PoliceOne - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 14:07

By Amanda Spadaro The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y.

TOWN OF MONTGOMERY, NY — Arnold "Butch" Amthor saw the assailant's arm rise. He heard the gunshot just before he was knocked to the floor.

Anthony Bostick, 28, had barricaded himself in his third-floor Abbey Avenue apartment in the Village of Maybrook when Town of Montgomery and Village of Maybrook police officers tried to arrest him on charges related to a domestic dispute.

Amthor, police chief for both departments, said the situation escalated in seconds after officers breached the barricade.

Bostick, armed with a .45-caliber handgun, shot him.

Amthor's left side went numb. He couldn't get up. An officer grabbed him by the jacket and helped him stumble down the stairs.

He was immediately put into a car and taken to Newburgh, then transferred to an ambulance on Route 52 and taken to St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital.

"Until I saw the wound myself in the car, I initially thought that possibly it had blown my arm off, because I've investigated a lot of shootings, and a round like that certainly is capable of blowing your arm off," Amthor said.

Through the barricade

The confrontation in which Amthor was shot stemmed from an early morning report of a domestic dispute.

At about 3:30 a.m. on May 16, a woman walked into the Town of Montgomery Police Department and reported limited information about property damage at her home on Abbey Avenue, Amthor said.

Although Abbey Avenue is in the Village of Maybrook, the village relies on the town for police services from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Since 2007, Amthor has been the full-time chief for the town police, and he became the part-time chief for the village force in 2010.

Because the town's police department was short-staffed that night, officers decided to wait to respond to the complaint, Amthor said. The woman went to stay somewhere else, and officers drove by the home a few times during the night.

Later that morning, town and village officers headed to 812 Abbey Ave., a three-floor, multi-family home, to question Bostick about the property damage.

At about 8:30 a.m., Amthor was returning phone calls and answering emails, his normal routine, when he learned Bostick was not responding to officers' requests to come to the door.

Amthor decided to stop by the scene.

"It's on a case-by-case basis," he said. "I just felt like on that particular day that I should go over there."

After talking with the officers for about 40 minutes, Bostick stopped responding.

"Officers were concerned that he might be attempting to harm himself," Amthor said. They decided to enter the apartment.

The door had been barricaded, as documented by body camera footage released by Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler.

Bostick was hiding at the end of a hallway, near the bathroom.

"Anthony, step out," one officer said to Bostick, audible on the released footage. "Step out, bro."

Bostick can be heard telling the officers to "stop" multiple times.

"I'm coming either way," an officer said.

It only took seconds for the situation to turn violent.

"One officer started to approach (Bostick), and he just raised his hand up really quick," Amthor said. "He fired one shot."

"It spun me around about 180 degrees and knocked me right on the floor," Amthor said.

While Amthor was helped out of the apartment, Town of Montgomery Police Officer John Hank returned fire.

'Your husband is shot'

Amthor's wife, Lisa Amthor, was on the phone in her office at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut when two police officers showed up.

"They said, 'We're here to tell you that your husband is shot but he's okay, and we're going to take you there,'" she said. "But all I really heard was that he was shot."

With a background as a critical care nurse, Lisa Amthor knew that even if he was alright initially, a gunshot wound could be worse than it looked.

"They didn't know if he was hit in the heart, in the lungs, in an artery, in the throat. We didn't know anything at the time," she said. Halfway through the hour-long drive from Danbury to St. Luke's, she learned he was shot in the shoulder.

Hospital staff stopped the bleeding and dressed the wound. Amthor was held overnight for observation and released the next day.

"I never had the thought that I was going to die," he said. "I knew as long as I got to the hospital, I was confident that I was going to be OK."

In his 31 years as a police officer, it was the first time he had been shot. While he always considered it a possibility, he didn't expect it.

"I say if you gave Alex Rodriguez a 20-pound sledgehammer and told him to hit you, and they braced you against a brick wall so you really couldn't kind of roll with it ... that's about what it feels like," he said.

Today, his left shoulder bears a purple scar the size of a penny.

The bullet missed a major artery by an eighth of an inch. Doctors told him he would have died on the way to the hospital if it had been hit.

The round embedded in his scapula, where it remained until early August, since it wasn't medically necessary to remove it immediately or at all, Amthor said.

"You could feel the bullet coming through my skin," he said.

On Aug. 2, he had the bullet fragment removed. A week before, Amthor had returned to work for both the town and village. But in September, he went back on leave, realizing he had returned to work too soon.

Amthor has been doing physical therapy to improve his range of motion, and hopes to return to work in about two months.

Asked if he ever considered leaving law enforcement, he answered immediately.

"No, not at all."

Now, the family is working on their return to normalcy, Lisa Amthor said.

"People really have no idea of the gravity or the impact," she said. "Even though he's OK and things worked out really as best as can be expected, it still takes something out of you, the officer, or the family.

"Even now that something has happened, this disturbed twist of events, you have to try to weave it back into the fabric of life so to speak and smooth things over."

Shots fired

Although the Orange County District Attorney's Office and Amthor declined to identify the officer who returned fire, Hank identified himself after an award ceremony in September in Maybrook.

Hank, who was the first to enter the apartment and notice it was barricaded, said the situation was frightening in its unpredictability. The 39-year-old has been a police officer for 17 years, including four years with the NYPD.

"Any police officer that says they do not deal with fear is lying," he said. "Any time you're in a stressful or very dangerous situation, there is always that element of fear. But that fear helps us stay focused and stay vigilant to keep us safe."

The danger is real, Hank said, even in a quiet place like Maybrook.

"None of us go into situations like this thinking we're invincible or feeling like there's no chance anything bad can happen," he said. "It doesn't matter how big or how small a department you work for, there's always that threat."

A few seconds after Hank fired back, a muffled shot can be heard on the video. The officers fled the apartment and set up a containment perimeter around it.

Hours later, Bostick was found dead, killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the left temple, according to the Orange County Medical Examiner's Office.

In August, an Orange County grand jury decided not to charge Hank for returning fire, and an independent investigation by the District Attorney's Office determined he was justified in using deadly force. Ballistics evidence was consistent with suicide, and no bullets fired by the police struck Bostick, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Hank declined to talk about Bostick's suicide or the investigation.

"I'd be perfectly happy if this had never happened," Hank said. "I think people think we're excited to be involved in these things, but ... we all wholeheartedly wish we could've ended this peacefully and moved on from there."

Judgment calls

Being a police officer requires one in-the-moment judgment call after another.

The officers decided to enter the apartment out of fear that Bostick might commit suicide, said Amthor, who declined to describe officers' 40-minute conversation with him.

Police knew Bostick had expressed suicidal thoughts, and that he had served five years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree attempted burglary a decade ago.

But that is not something that changes how an officer reacts, Amthor said.

"You're not going to treat the person differently because they got arrested before," he said. "If you have somebody who you know has a history of mental illness, or you know somebody has a history of suicidal behavior ... those are all things that you'd like to have knowledge of and take into consideration."

Officers often have to make immediate decisions with limited information, which can be challenging during emotionally charged calls like domestic disputes, Amthor said.

"People are very unpredictable when they're upset, when they're angry, when there's anxiety ... they're very volatile," he said. "It's an emotional situation."

Officers simply try to de-escalate the situation and make what they believe is the best call.

"You try not to make the situation worse. And I think somebody can always go, after the fact, 'Well, you should've tried this or you should've said this,'" Amthor said.

That hindsight can be difficult to deal with, Amthor said, especially when the Abbey Avenue call ended with Bostick's suicide.

"At the end of the day, no police officer wants to feel that they're responsible for somebody taking their life," Amthor said.

©2017 The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y.


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The worst military handgun cartridge of the 20th Century?

PoliceOne - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 13:59
Author: TFB Staff

This article originally appeared on The Firearm Blog.

Mike takes a look at the Swiss 7.5mm M82 cartridge, which served from the 1880s until the 1970s, production ending in the 1960s. You’ll be amazed by the most shocking bit of info about this rather weedy little number!

Guns in this video: Swiss M82 revolver Swiss M82/29 revolver Belgian Bulldog


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Suspect in NY terror attack indicted on murder, terrorism charges

PoliceOne - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 09:32

Larry Neumeister Associated Press

NEW YORK — A 22-count indictment was returned Tuesday against a New Jersey man in the slayings of eight people during a truck attack on a bike path in New York City.

Sayfullo Saipov, 29, of Paterson, was charged in Manhattan federal court with providing material support to the Islamic State group, along with eight counts of murder and 12 counts of attempted murder in aid of racketeering. Numerous counts carry a potential penalty of death.

He was arrested after people were run over by a vehicle Oct. 31 in a midday attack that authorities immediately labeled terrorism.

His lawyer did not return a message seeking comment.

In a release, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the attack a "calculated act of terrorism in the heart of one of our great cities."

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said "scores of videos and images on his cellphone" will be part of the evidence in the case against Saipov.

"Like many terrorists before him, Saipov will now face justice in an American court," Kim said. "And like New York City's response to his alleged attack, we expect that justice in this case will be swift, firm and resolute."

William F. Sweeney Jr., head of New York's FBI office, said the indictment should signal "that the rule of law will always prevail."

"When Sayfullo Saipov carried out his brutal attack last month, his intentions were to inflict significant damage, death and injury to innocent victims and terrorize this city," Sweeney added. "We announce today's indictment with the understanding that nothing can ever reverse the unfortunate events of that day, or alleviate the pain and sorrow of the victims' families."

Saipov, held without bail, was charged with using a rental truck to mow down cyclists and pedestrians on a bike path.

Authorities said he made statements after his arrest about his allegiance to the Islamic State group, which later took credit for the attack. He was shot by a police officer after crashing the truck into a school bus. His injury was minor enough that he was transferred to a prison facility in Manhattan two days later.

Saipov came to the U.S. legally in 2010 from Uzbekistan, where officials say he had no history of trouble with the law. He first lived in Ohio, where he was a commercial truck driver, then in Florida. He most recently lived in New Jersey with his wife and children, and worked as an Uber driver.

Authorities said in court papers that Saipov told investigators he was inspired to carry out the attack after watching a video of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi questioning "what Muslims in the United States and elsewhere were doing to respond to the killing of Muslims in Iraq."

Evidence against him includes what was found on two of his cell phones, according to court documents. Investigators said one phone contained 90 videos and other Islamic State propaganda, including one of a beheading and another of a tank running over a prisoner. The other phone showed a search for truck rental outlets.


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Spotlight: CATI Armor provides a lighter line of body armor

PoliceOne - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 09:23

Author: PoliceOne Sponsors

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5 off-duty safety rules every cop should follow

PoliceOne - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 08:48

Author: Marty Katz

While on duty, police officers are in a constant state of readiness (or they should be), but when off duty, with family and friends, it is easy to drop your guard. But criminals who prey on society work 24/7, so maintaining situational awareness is always important.

Follow these five rules to ensure your safety when off duty.

1. Always be armed.

Never leave your home without your firearm. If you carry your badge and id, you must carry your weapon.

Always carry additional loading devises, magazines or speed loaders. Carry your firearm in the same place, so you will reach for it without thinking about its location on your person.

It is a good idea to carry handcuffs, as you may need to control a suspect while you wait for help to come.

It would also be ideal to have a portable light source such as a flashlight or weapon-mounted light. Taking action means being able to clearly identify the situation and the threat; having a light could be critical for the proceeding investigation that will follow.

2. Don’t show your cards.

I tell officers to carry two wallets: one for your police id and badge and the other for your personal identification, credit cards and money. There is no need to open your wallet and display your badge.

Refrain from wearing any items that link you to law enforcement or having any LEO decals on your personal vehicle.

3. Make a plan.

Instruct your family on what to do if you are forced into action. Knowing they are out of harm’s way allows you to concentrate on the task at hand. They need to distance themselves from you and contact 911.

Agree on a phrase that alerts your family you are about to take action. Rehearse your response. Remind your family of the phrase, the action you need them to do, and what you are going to do based on the circumstances.

Understand that it might be better to act as a witness rather than intervene. You are by yourself without a radio, no uniform to identify yourself, you might not see the entire situation and, when seconds count, your backups are minutes away.

4. Prepare for the possibility of being a victim.

You have a legal right and obligation to be armed. If a criminal picks you for their prey, too bad for them. The moment your mind acknowledges the danger, you must respond correctly. If you are not armed, you might find yourself taking partial action without the needed equipment.

5. Train with your off-duty weapon.

Train with your off-duty weapon just like you train with your on-duty weapon. Speed is fine, but accuracy is final. Train to draw and fire from various positions while wearing non-uniform clothing.

The ability to survive is a perishable skill that needs constant training to remain second nature. Off duty, you deal with action vs. reaction with a good chance that you will be the one reacting. You might not have the luxury of time. Action must be spontaneous, within policy and all without stopping to think.

While all the above is taking place, be aware you are not wearing your vest.

The key to survival is to have the proper mindset, be aware of your surroundings, always train, have a plan, and know what you can and cannot do legally. Once the situation unfolds, you must do something. Indecision is fatal. Take action or mentally record the event. Either way, you must switch to the on-duty mindset. Be safe out there.


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Ohio dealer must pay funeral expenses for drug user who overdosed

PoliceOne - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 08:21

Author: Marty Katz

By PoliceOne Staff

CINCINNATI, Ohio — An Ohio drug dealer has been ordered to pay for the funeral expenses of a user who overdosed.

WLWT reports that as part of his sentence for distributing fentanyl, Michael Chandler, 29, will have to pay more than $9,000 in restitution to cover the funeral costs of a juvenile user who died of an overdose. Chandler was also sentenced to 200 months in prison.

Investigators said the user died on April 20, 2016 after ingesting fentanyl that was distributed by Chandler. Authorities were able to trace the drug back to Chandler and searched his home.

They found fentanyl, 28 grams of cocaine, a handgun and other drug paraphernalia inside his home.

Chandler was indicted on six distribution charges in June 2016 and pleaded guilty in May 2017.


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Funeral services planned for slain Baltimore homicide detective

PoliceOne - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 07:37

Author: Marty Katz

By Talia Richman The Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE — The funeral for slain Baltimore homicide Detective Sean Suiter will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 29 at Mt. Pleasant Church, according to a police department death notice.

Suiter died Thursday after he was shot in the head while investigating a homicide in the notoriously violent Harlem Park neighborhood in West Baltimore. The 18-year department veteran was 43 years old, and leaves behind a wife and five children.

After nearly a week, police have not provided a detailed suspect description. Since at least the 1960s, the city has never gone this long without identifying a suspect in the killing of a police officer.

City and state authorities are offering a $215,000 reward for information.

A GoFundMe page set up to support the family has raised more than $41,000.

There will also be a viewing for Suiter held on Nov. 27 and Nov. 28 at Vaughn Greene Funeral Home in Randallstown. The viewing will run from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both days.

©2017 The Baltimore Sun


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Calif. police dept. criticized for dumping water on woman during helicopter fire training

PoliceOne - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 07:30
Author: Marty Katz

By Jordan Graham and Keith Sharon The Orange County Register

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — An Orange County sheriff’s helicopter practicing firefighting techniques in Huntington Beach last month inadvertently dumped water on a woman standing outside a plumbing business, generating questions about whether the department is as yet skilled enough to fight fires.

The errant dumping occurred Oct. 9, the day the Canyon Fire 2 erupted in Anaheim Hills. While the blaze burned more than 9,000 acres and damaged or destroyed nearly 60 structures, the Orange County Fire Authority did not ask the sheriff’s three helicopters for help dumping water — a decision that later sparked criticism from county supervisors and the community.

However, a damage claim filed by the drenched woman suggests more study might be needed on the sheriff’s readiness to engage in firefighting, officials said.

“We want to know if the sheriff’s department is trained up to deal with these situations … We need to understand what their future capabilities are,” said Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who is helping to monitor a fire investigation requested by Supervisor Shawn Nelson.

“I certainly want (the claim) in our investigation,” Spitzer said.

Sheriff’s officials acknowledged the dumping mistake and noted that the incident occurred while training. If the agency had been asked to help fight the Canyon Fire 2, officials said,it has pilots on staff who are more experienced with the equipment.

Capt. Joe Balicki, who heads the sheriff’s aviation unit, said accuracy “would not have been an issue” while fighting a wildfire on a hillside.

“You don’t have to be that accurate in an open area,” Balicki said.

Nelson agreed.

“Is the contest to see who drops the potato in the bucket from the highest height? No,” the supervisor said.

But fire officials noted that stakes are high when fighting any blaze. Fire Authority Battalion Chief Marc Stone said firefighters on the ground could sustain significant injuries if a helicopter missed the target while dropping water.

“Imagine 300 gallons of water at eight pounds per gallon, coming down 100 feet on top of your head,” Stone said. “Do misses happen? Yes. But it’s very important they don’t happen regularly.”

“I can tell you this,” Stone added. “Our carded pilots have not dropped water on civilians.”

For nearly two years, sheriff’s department and fire authority pilots have feuded over whether sheriff’s helicopters should be used in rescue situations and to fight fires, jobs traditionally reserved in Orange County for firefighters. That ongoing dispute has led to numerous confrontations between deputies and fire officials, including tug-of-war style arguments over who would respond to rescue calls. The agencies are in official mediation over the issue.

That argument became public again after news broke on how the fire authority responded to the Canyon Fire 2. That morning, as flames that soon would devour homes started, sheriff’s pilots were practicing water drops at Irvine Lake, less than five miles from the fire’s origin. But the Sheriff’s Department was not invited to help fight the blaze, in part because fire officials believed the sheriff’s equipment wasn’t legally certified for that purpose.

That’s why sheriff pilots moved their training to a patch of dirt behind a Huntington Beach fire training center near Gothard Street.

Kayla Kuvakas, a 28-year-old dispatcher at Crandall’s Plumbing, said she could feel a rumbling generated by the helicopters as she sat at her desk between 10 and 11 that morning.

“It was a really loud sound, and really low,” she said. “My desk was shaking.”

She went outside and saw a sheriff’s helicopter. It had a reddish funnel hanging from the bottom.

And then …

“As soon as I looked up, the water dumped on me,” she said. “I was soaked.”

Kuvakas dropped her phone, which shattered, and ran. She saw the helicopter continue to drop water on a nearby construction crew and on firefighters who were training.

Kuvakas went inside her office and dried her shirt, using a dryer that plumbers use for their tools. She said her supervisor later urged her to leave work, according to her claim.

She is asking the county for $1,079 for damage to her Michael Kors wristwatch and her cellphone and $2,000 for other compensation.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Bart Epley, a helicopter pilot, confirmed the incident, saying he was practicing dumping water that morning using the belly tank that’s been attached to the department’s Huey helicopter.

“I was training with it, and so I released (the water) a little bit early,” Epley said.

“It’s like anything else; as you go on you get better.”

Epley said the helicopter was carrying about 150 gallons that he’d pulled from a nearby reservoir. He said Kuvakas was hit by spray, not a direct blast of water.

“I apologized,” Epley said. “I regret hitting her. It was just a mistake.”

Copyright 2017 The Orange County Register


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FBI: Border Patrol agent's death a 'potential assault '

PoliceOne - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 06:38

Author: Marty Katz

By Claudia Lauer and Emily Schmall Associated Press

DALLAS — An FBI official said Tuesday that the bureau is investigating the death of a border patrol agent and severe injuries to another as "potential assault," but he wouldn't rule out that they could have been hurt in some other way.

Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. said during a news conference in El Paso that investigators are still trying to "gather the facts," but they are currently treating it as an assault on a federal officer.

The couched language comes more than two days after U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent Rogelio Martinez succumbed to traumatic head injuries and broken bones suffered while on duty, and after several politicians portrayed his death as the result of an attack.

Martinez died Sunday and his partner, whose name has not been released, was seriously injured. They were found late Saturday in a culvert near Van Horn, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the border with Mexico and 110 miles (175 kilometers) southeast of El Paso.

At Tuesday's news conference, Buie and U.S. Border Patrol Acting Chief Victor Velazquez did not say why they believed the agents may have been attacked.

Authorities haven't said whether they have any suspects. The state of Texas is offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest or conviction, and the FBI on Tuesday tacked on an additional $25,000.

A U.S. official with knowledge of the investigation told the Associated Press Martinez may have fallen into the culvert. The official said Martinez's partner, who radioed for help, was still recovering in the hospital and has no memory of what happened. The official, who was briefed on the investigation spoke on condition of anonymity and is not authorized to speak publicly, said it happened after dark in an area that's known for drug activity and where agents often look for drugs in culverts.

Rush Carter, a border patrol supervisor for the region that includes the area where the agents were injured, said Monday night that reports it was an attack were "speculation." But several elected officials, including President Donald Trump, referred to it as such.

When asked about the president's remarks Tuesday, Buie said he had not briefed Trump on the investigation.

An FBI spokeswoman told the San Antonio Express-News on Sunday that the agents were "not fired upon," but she didn't elaborate.

Martinez's mother, Elvia Martinez, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she and her husband are also awaiting more information. She said she didn't yet know any details about the circumstances surrounding their son's death.

"He was a very accomplished person and loved his work," she said tearfully and in Spanish.

Rogelio Martinez, father to an 11-year-old, joined the Border Patrol in 2013.

Chris Cabrera, a spokesman for a border patrol agents union, the National Border Patrol Council, told The Associated Press that the two agents appeared to have been struck in the head with a rock or rocks. Cabrera said agents who responded to the scene described it as "grisly" and said Martinez and his partner had "extensive injuries."

Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to insist that Martinez's death underscores the need for a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico. The president offered his condolences to Martinez's family. He also said Martinez's partner was "brutally beaten and badly, badly hurt" but that it "looks like he'll make it."

Authorities haven't said whether they think drug smugglers or people who were in the country illegally were involved.

Martinez is the second agent to have died this year.

The Border Patrol website lists 38 agents, not including Martinez, who have died since late 2003. Some were attacked while working along the border and others were killed in traffic accidents.


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Son of officer killed in Dallas ambush dies by suicide

PoliceOne - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 14:25
Author: Marty Katz

By PoliceOne Staff

CORSICANA, Texas — The son of an officer who was killed in the July 2016 ambush in Dallas died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday.

KDFW reports that 19-year-old William Thompson, son of Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson, was found dead by Corsicana police at a park. Police said Thompson called 911 early Monday morning and told them that he was planning to kill himself.

Officers were able to track Thompson down, but he shot himself as police were approaching him, according to the report. No suicide note was found.

Brent Thompson was one of five officers who were killed in a deadly ambush in downtown Dallas on July 7, 2016.

Police said William Thompson’s death is under investigation.


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The 10 best states to make a living as a police officer in 2017

PoliceOne - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 13:46
Author: Marty Katz

By Megan Wells, PoliceOne Contributor

Each year, PoliceOne analyzes 50 states and Washington D.C. to determine which offers the best comprehensive wages for law enforcement officials.

After the 2016 edition was published, we received requests to include a deeper look at income and property taxes. We listened. And this year, we’ve added several new data points.

Criteria

In short, we used a weighted average to compare:

Salary Cost of living Income tax Property taxes

A detailed breakdown of the methodology can be found at the end of this article.

Notable changes from 2016: Only four states from the 2016 list appear in 2017. Six of the 10 states to make this list don’t have an income tax. One state on this list sits below the national average wage for police officers, which is $57,129.

See if your state made the list.

https://readymag.com/912810

Methodology

We used a weighted system to measure the best states for police officers to make a living. The data points we measured are as follows:

Salary (35%) Using Bureau of Labor Statistics data we found the annual mean wage for patrol officers in each state. Cost of living (20%) We used the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center to rank each state’s cost of living. State income tax percentage (30%) We used the Tax Foundation to find max tax rates in each state. Data is valid as of July 2017. States with an * by them indication a flat income rate throughout the state. Property tax (15%) We used the Tax Foundation to find property taxes which are effective tax rates on owner-occupied homes.

The lack of consistent variables makes it difficult to include pension information in our write up. We do acknowledge long-lasting financial security paints a more robust picture of which states allow officers the best living.

Click for the full national ranking.


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Calif. man sentenced in brutal beating of officer in front of cop's daughter

PoliceOne - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:56

Author: Marty Katz

By Luke Money Daily Pilot, Costa Mesa, Calif.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A Huntington Beach man has been sentenced to six years in state prison for beating an on-duty police officer last year, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Darryl Keith Headrick, 60, pleaded guilty Friday to one felony count of aggravated assault on a peace officer and one misdemeanor count of resisting and obstructing an officer.

His son Bryce Headrick, 25, also of Huntington Beach, is serving a seven-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to the same charges last year.

In both cases, the charges carried a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury.

According to authorities, a Huntington Beach police officer stopped Bryce Headrick for a traffic violation while he was riding a bicycle near the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Clay Avenue at about 11:20 p.m. Feb. 9, 2016.

As the two talked, Darryl Headrick approached and hit the officer on the head from behind, according to police.

The father and son knocked the officer to the ground and repeatedly punched and kicked him until he lost consciousness, authorities said.

They then fled on bicycles.

Huntington Beach officers arrested Darryl Headrick near the scene. Bryce Headrick was arrested hours later near his home.

The officer, whose name was not disclosed, was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, including a concussion, authorities said.

At Darryl Headrick’s sentencing Friday, the officer said the crime has had a tremendous effect on him and his family. According to the district attorney’s office, the officer’s daughter was on a ride-along with him that night and saw the attack.

©2017 the Daily Pilot (Costa Mesa, Calif.)


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