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Austrian Bundeskriminalamt arrests a Most Wanted fugitive sought by Sweden

EUROPOL - 5 hours 45 min ago
A 39-year-old Somali national,  who was wanted by the Swedish authorities, was arrested in Vienna on 19 September 2017 as a result of the excellent cooperation among the members of the  European Network of Fugitive Active Search Teams (ENFAST). The suspect was charged in Sweden for attempted murder against his wife. He was on the run since 2016 and featured on “Europe’s Most Wanted” website, run by ENFAST with the support of Europol.
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Mich. trooper dies in motorcycle crash

PoliceOne - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 18:03

By Ann Zaniewski Detroit Free Press

KENT COUNTY, Mich. — The Michigan State Police are mourning the loss of a trooper who died this morning in a motorcycle crash.

Tpr. Timothy O’Neill, 28, was on patrol at 7:45 a.m. when the crash occurred near the intersection of Wolverine Boulevard NE and Belding Road NE in Plainfield Township, according to state police officials.

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Posted by Michigan State Police on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Another vehicle was involved, said Michigan State Police First Lt. Michael Shaw. No one else was injured. The crash is under investigation.

O’Neill joined the state police in January 2014. He served his entire career at the Rockford Post.

O'Neill was to be married Oct. 7. He is survived by his mother, father, brother, sister and fiancée.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I confirm the death of one of our own, Tpr. Timothy O’Neill,” Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, said this afternoon. “I ask that you please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the difficult days ahead.”

Gov. Rick Snyder tweeted this: "His loss will be felt throughout our state & my thoughts & prayers are with Tpr. O’Neill’s family, friends & the @MichStatePolice community."

In a news release, state police officials thanked the law enforcement officers and emergency responders who went to the scene, as well as staff at Spectrum Health Butterworth.

©2017 the Detroit Free Press

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First responders reunite with baby they helped deliver during Irma

PoliceOne - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:18

By PoliceOne Staff

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — A group of first responders who delivered a baby during the chaos of Hurricane Irma recently reunited with the baby and her family.

CNN reported that baby April was already on her way when a dispatcher picked up the 911 call. Police and fire crews drove through the city in an armored vehicle to reach the mother.

The baby was “pretty much all the way out” when the first responders got there, but officials cut the umbilical cord and transported the mother and baby to the hospital.

The Coral Spring Police Department tweeted photos of the reunion on Sept. 19 between April and the first responders. April’s brother even got a close-up look at a fire truck.

First Responders paid a visit to Baby April, born at home during Hurricane Irma. Congrats to the Templeton Family!

— Coral Springs Police (@CoralSpringsPD) September 19, 2017

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Video shows officer detain autistic teen

PoliceOne - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:15

By PoliceOne Staff

BUCKEYE, Ariz. — Police released body camera footage of a confrontation between an officer and an autistic teenager.

Officer Grossman, a state-certified trainer in drug use recognition, observed Connor alone in a park on July 19, a news release obtained by CBS 5 said. He said he saw Connor move his hand to his face “consistent with inhaling, and then observed the teenager’s body react accordingly after that movement."

Grossman then approached Connor to ask what he was doing. An incident report said Connor appeared to have something inside his closed fist and was “sweating profusely.”

On video, Connor, who has autism, can be heard attempting to explain that he was “stimming,” which is a repetitive behavior autistic people do to calm themselves. Connor’s family said he holds a piece of yarn close to his face.

When Connor turned to walk away from Grossman, the officer grabbed his wrist to detain him. Connor can be heard struggling and screaming.

'It just happened so fast that the officer had to make a split-second decision when the subject began to walk away from him," Det. Tamela Skaggs said in a news conference.

Connor’s aunt and caretaker arrived to the scene and asked the officer what was happening and explained that Connor was autistic. She then told Grossman that he was stimming. Officials said after a second officer arrived, Connor was released to his caretaker.

Connor’s attorney Timothy Scott said that Connor wants an apology and wants Grossman to perform community service with the autistic community. The attorney is also asking that all Buckeye police officers receive autistic training.

"If Buckeye PD does those 3 things, we will be flexible in resolving the boy's financial damages, but those 3 issues are mandatory," Scott tweeted.

If Buckeye PD does those 3 things, we will be flexible in resolving the boy's financial damages, but those 3 issues are mandatory.

— Timothy Allen Scott (@ScottTrialLaw) September 18, 2017

"Had an officer received any kind of meaningful training on autism or people with developmental disabilities, he would have known exactly what Connor meant," Scott said. "He couldn't have put it in plainer language precisely what he was doing and yet the officer ended up grabbing him and putting him on the ground."

Skaggs said the police department has a program where any person with any disability can register with the department so officers who come in contact with them can adjust their behavior accordingly. She said they’ll use Grossman’s body camera video to train other officers.

"We are going to learn from this and hopefully deal with these situations differently," she said. "We learned a lot from this video .... We will take any type of training that we can get from again, from this incident, any other incident and we can learn from, we can better ourselves from."

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Inmate escapes cuffs, attempts to strangle Ind. CO in transport car

PoliceOne - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:13

By PoliceOne Staff

BUNKER HILL, Ind. — Officials say an inmate attempted to strangle a deputy during transport back to the prison.

Joshua Stam, 26, was being transported back to prison after a court appearance on Aug. 30 when he escaped from his handcuffs, the Kokomo Tribune reported. He then attacked Officer David Weakley and attempted to strangle him. He also tried to grab the officer’s gun.

A passerby witnessed the attack and told two DOC employees who were working nearby. The employees stopped the attack and prevented Stam from escaping.

Weakley was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He has since been released.

Stam was charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery, attempted escape and battery resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer. He was initially sentenced to two years after pleading guilty to resisting law enforcement while drawing or using a weapon.

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Responding to the opioid crisis: An overview of strategies and resources for law enforcement

PoliceOne - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:00

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Calif. officer stabbed, suspect killed

PoliceOne - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:48

By PoliceOne Staff

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — An officer is recovering after he was stabbed multiple times while responding to a fight between neighbors.

Police were called Tuesday night by a man who said he was hit by a piece of concrete that his neighbor had thrown over the fence, NBC San Diego reported.

Two officers were invited inside the neighbor’s home by the suspect’s mother. When they entered, the suspect attacked one of the officers. The officer fired his weapon in self-defense.

The injured officer was stabbed four to six times in the head and arm. He was transported to the hospital where he received stitches. Police confirmed the suspect died Wednesday morning.

Lt. Dan Peak said this incident “shows how dangerous the job can be.”

“Showing up to a residence to handle a dispute between neighbors and a suspect running at you and stabbing you. Obviously, a danger officers have when they go to these type of calls,” he said.

An investigation is ongoing.

#breaking: Chula Vista police officer stabbed in head 5 times, shoots & kills suspect. Officer expected to recover. @fox5sandiego

— Aric Richards (@AricFOX5) September 20, 2017

LA News Chula Vista Officer Stabbed After Call to Neighbor Fight

— Los Angeles News (@LosAngeles_NC) September 20, 2017

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Why we need to humanize law enforcement (and how to do it)

PoliceOne - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:57

By Rich Emberlin, P1 Contributor

I joined the Dallas Police Department in 1987 long before the term “community policing” was invented.

As rookie luck would have it, I was assigned to the West Dallas projects, one of the most violent, crime-ridden areas in the city at the time. It was so dangerous that a two-man response was mandatory on every call for service; no officer was allowed to go into the projects alone.

During a routine neighborhood patrol with my field training officer, we turned onto a street and our jaws dropped in surprise. A fellow Dallas officer, Carl Breidenich, was flat on his back on a bench press in someone’s garage, in full uniform, doing reps with a 225-pound barbell.

A group of African-American kids, ranging from 5-15 years old, laughed and cheered him on. My rookie mind – fresh from an academy curriculum steeped in laws, weapons and arrest techniques – absorbed that powerful image and immediately encoded it as the “people side” of policing. I immediately knew Carl was on to something. He wasn’t showing off; he was showing up.

Three decades later, community policing has become one of law enforcement’s preferred strategies for combating both crime and intense anti-police sentiment. In its various incarnations throughout the country, community policing has been a political buzzword, a Hail Mary, a halfhearted endeavor and a verifiable success. Is it truly the magic solution that can reduce crime and consequently, increase officer safety?

What is successful community policing?

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics website, community policing is defined as, “A philosophy that promotes organizational strategies which support the systematic use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques between the police and the community; these strategies proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder and fear of crime.”

While comprehensive in scope, this definition fails to capture a piece of the puzzle. The success or failure of community policing hinges on our ability to humanize both the law enforcement profession and the people we serve.

Anti-police extremists have effectively dumped all officers into a wastebasket labeled “blue.” They have the opposite strategy: the dehumanization of the men and women in uniform, regardless of their race, color, age, ethnicity, religion or personal values. It’s much easier to attack, criticize and condemn badge-wearing automatons who don’t have hopes, dreams or families they expect to go home to at night.

It now falls on our shoulders to combat this narrative by declaring the humanity of our profession every single day. When photos and videos are posted of officers fixing an air conditioner for a senior citizen, playing hopscotch with kids at the park, buying a coat for a homeless person and, most recently, wading through waist-deep water carrying Hurricane Harvey victims, the American public connects with us on a human level. It allows people to recognize that beyond our primary job of fighting crime, police officers are an indispensable part of their communities in many other ways.

When my FTO was off duty, Carl Breidenich often filled in as my trainer. We would go to the track at Pinkston High School in our uniforms and footrace the neighborhood kids. Ten of us just lined up and took off running. If we showed up at one of their houses the next week to arrest their dads or uncles, at least the kids would have had some experience with us as good, regular guys. We were winning hearts and minds with every lap around that track, and I didn’t even know it.

What does it mean to humanize law enforcement?

Humanization is a two-way street. Any officer who’s been on the beat long enough knows there’s no strict line of demarcation with police on one side and criminals on the other; if only our jobs were that black and white.

Ninety-nine percent of the time, police officers show up because people are in crisis, which is defined as an emotionally significant event, radical change of status in a person’s life, or unstable state of affairs. It’s no surprise that people who behave abnormally are usually in crisis; something is going on in their lives to make them act a certain way. We just happen to show up after every other resolution has failed and the only option is to dial 9-1-1.

A crisis is a crisis, even if it’s not yours. A willingness to accept this fact made me an infinitely better police officer. Without excusing whatever behavior I found when I arrived, I was still dealing with mothers, fathers, husbands and wives; sometimes it was just a couple of kids trying to get by in a tough neighborhood. When we do respond to a crisis situation, a little bit of empathy and compassion can go a long way. The best police officers have the ability to put themselves in other people’s shoes.

Community policing and the humanization of police officers can forge connections that have a lasting impact. In my experience, the Dallas Police Department has always done a great job with this, and it began with a chief who, like Carl many years before, truly got it.

Leadership is key for successful community policing

Dallas Police Chief David Brown was one of the first law enforcement leaders who believed strongly in community policing and put the necessary resources behind it. It wasn’t just lip service; he was fully invested.

Our department had a variety of programs, such as Chief on the Beat, Kids and Cops, Coffee with Cops and Neighborhood Police Officers (NPOs).

Chief on the Beat was a grand production. We brought the entire cavalry to visit local high schools – from police helicopters, patrol cars, horses, K-9s and dive teams to booths stocked with information on police resources available to the community. Officers chatted up students and parents, and you’d often find Chief Brown line dancing with the crowd.

Kids and Cops was another unique program. In the 1980s, our officers carried football cards. As a rookie, I asked my trainer why kids were always charging up to our cruiser. He said the cards were so popular that kids wanted to collect them all. A local company also donated large supplies of teddy bears; we kept them in our patrol cars and handed them out during calls where we found upset children.

When staffing community policing outreach efforts, it’s important to identify the right people. Not all officers are cut out for community policing. Some are stoic door-kickers; others are a little more warm and fuzzy. You have to know if someone is the right person for the job. Keep rotating your staff until you find out who is good at it, and create a coalition of qualified spokespeople with the appropriate skill sets.

We all have a responsibility to be our own best PR reps. The Public Information Officer (or equivalent) position in any department is critically important, especially in the digital age. Social media and transparency play disproportionately large roles in modern policing and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Police departments have an opportunity to share the good deeds of officers in real time and also let the community know they’re looking into alleged wrongdoing by officers.

Fighting crime is our first priority, but we must also think in terms of public relations, marketing and communications, just like any other business. Staffing and budget limitations do pose challenges in implementing these programs, but they can’t be ignored. Law enforcement’s ability to succeed in fulfilling its two primary missions – public safety and officer safety – depends largely on the perceptions, cooperation and trust of our constituents. Fair or not, the onus is on us to lead the charge in humanizing our profession and remembering the humanity of those we serve.

About the author Rich Emberlin is a 30-year law enforcement veteran who served most notably with the Dallas Police Department’s elite units, including Dallas SWAT, the Criminal Intelligence Unit and the Office of the Chief of Police. During his 15 years in SWAT, Rich participated in thousands of missions, including counter-terrorist operations, hostage rescues, barricaded suspect situations, and arrest and search warrant executions. As a detective in the Criminal Intelligence Unit, he was responsible for investigating protest groups and threats against government officials and police officers. Rich retired from the Dallas Police Department in 2016 and remains active in the industry as a law enforcement expert and instructor. He has appeared on shows including A&E Networks’ Live PD and Dallas SWAT, the Outdoor Channel’s Elite Tactical Unit and NRA-TV. Rich continues to serve his community as a reserve deputy for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department.

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Judge won't overturn conviction in 2005 slaying of RI police officer

PoliceOne - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:14

Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A federal judge says he won't overturn the 2006 murder conviction of a man found guilty of killing a Rhode Island police officer with the cop's service weapon at police headquarters.

The Providence Journal reports that U.S. District Court Judge John McConnell Jr. dismissed the lawsuit on Monday filed by 39-year-old Esteban Carpio seeking a new trial in the 2005 killing of Providence police detective Sgt. James Allen.

Convicted cop killer Esteban Carpio is suing the state asking a fed judge to vacate his sentence @abc6

— Samantha Fenlon (@SFenlonABC6) May 11, 2017

Carpio argued he should have been ruled insane, saying the judge's instructions to the jury to reach a result that satisfied the "community's sense of justice" undermined his case. McConnell rejected those claims in his ruling.

Authorities say that when Carpio was taken to headquarters to be questioned about a stabbing, he shot the 50-year-old Allen. Carpio is serving life in prison.

R.I. asks judge to uphold conviction of cop killer Esteban Carpio. via @kmulvane

— Providence Journal (@projo) June 2, 2017

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Diamond on the highway: Officer comes to driver's rescue

PoliceOne - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:41

Associated Press

PARAMUS, N.J. — A police officer has come to the rescue of a New Jersey woman who lost her diamond engagement ring on a highway while changing a flat tire.

Police in Paramus said Kimberly Garcia realized when she got home on Sunday that she had lost her ring after pulling over to change the tire.

She went back to the highway that day with police, but they couldn't find the ring.

For Officer Jon Henderson, the search wasn't over.

He returned to the highway during his free patrol time on Monday and found the ring.

The department posted a photo of Garcia with Henderson, smiling with the ring back on her finger.

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Colo. cops search for poop-and-run jogger

PoliceOne - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:34

Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Police in Colorado are looking for a jogger they say is repeatedly interrupting her runs to defecate in public in one neighborhood.

Cathy Budde says she was first alerted to the woman she's dubbed "The Mad Pooper" by her children, who caught the jogger in the act weeks ago. Budde tells KKTV-TV the woman apologized after she questioned her. But she says the jogger has left something behind on her runs at least once a week for the past seven weeks.

Police have asked Budde to take pictures of the woman so they can try to identify her. Budde has put up a sign asking the woman to stop. She says there are public restrooms in the area.

Police Sgt. Johnathan Sharketti calls the case "uncharted territory."

Colorado police hunt 'Mad Pooper' jogger

— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) September 19, 2017

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Joint action day targets counterfeiters on the Darknet

EUROPOL - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:12
A joint action day carried out by seven EU Member States and coordinated by Europol has resulted in the arrest of 53 criminals active on the Darknet. The arrestees were involved in buying and/or selling counterfeit euro banknotes on illegal Darknet marketplaces, such as AlphaBay and Hansa Market.
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Intellectual property crime: counterfeit goods increasingly sold on Darknet marketplaces

EUROPOL - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 02:03
Darknet markets are becoming increasingly attractive for both criminals vendors and buyers of intellectual property (IP) infringing material as they allow for anonymity, a poly-criminal environment and high profits.
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How to conduct live fire shoot-house training

PoliceOne - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:03

Author: Dan Danaher

Does your department or team utilize all aspects of firearms training to keep officers tactically and technically sound? You may go to the range to practice your skills, but many ranges are one dimensional and don’t allow for real-world applications. Maybe you utilize force-on-force training with weapon simulators placing your officers in scenarios, but still fall short on the stressors of firing live weapons in dynamic settings.

If you would like to employ your officers in real-life scenarios with actual duty weapons in an environment that allows more than 90-degree angles to engage targets at varying distances, consider the advantages of live fire shoot-house (LFSH) training. Although some LFSH training can be expensive, it can be accomplished using your police training budget.

Preparing for live fire shoot-house training

Before training begins, answer the following:

What type of structure will be used? Do you have certified LFSH instructors available to conduct the training? What protocols will be required to participate in the training?

In regard to structure, you can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars or as little as a few hundred dollars. I am not going to review LFSH construction in this article. There are many companies and resources available that can determine the direction that best suits your needs.

It is important to have certified LFSH instructors conduct the training. Although many of these instructors have the basic firearms instructor certifications, you should use instructors who have successfully completed a course specific to LFSH due to the dangers inherent in this training.

Acclimatize your officers

Take the time to prepare officers rather than throwing them directly into a LFSH scenario using live ammunition.

Conduct range training that is consistent with what officers will experience when entering rooms and hallways inside your structure. Use cones or other training aides to simulate doorways. Have officers perform moving and shooting exercises and stoppage drills. Work on limited penetration once entry is made and have officers use their peripheral vision both laterally and vertically to increase situational awareness.

Practice entry techniques using dry fire, being conscious of muzzle direction as officers move in tandem. Have two to three officers enter the room with limited penetration to observe, orientate, decide and act. Officers should address targets to their side of the room/area to the center and not have cross fire situations.

Prior to making entries with live ammunition, do a dress rehearsal with Simunitions/UTM and address areas of concern.

Now you have completed all the ground work, you can prepare for the actual LFSH training.

Create a sterile environment

Designate a safe room or area that is absent of live ammunition. Search all personnel and equipment prior to allowing anyone (including instructors) to enter the designated safety zone. Once all personnel are present, conduct a range safety brief relative to the facility where training will be conducted.

Once you have a sterile environment and everyone has been briefed, post safety personnel at entry/exit points on the live fire structure that are out of the line of fire to prevent unauthorized personnel from entering once training has commenced.

At least two instructors should perform a safety sweep of the structure prior to beginning the scenario. During the safety sweep instructors need to ensure there are no personnel inside the structure. The instructors will also verify all targets have been placed in a manner that will not allow any projectiles to leave the containment area, or that no personnel would be placed in jeopardy due to angled fire while entering multiple rooms simultaneously.

Now the structure has been cleared and the safety officers are in place, select your personnel to conduct the scenario training and issue ammunition. Scenario training should be done in a “building block” format with limited personnel and number of rooms being utilized to start. As confidence and skills increase, so can the number of personnel involved and the areas to be cleared. Student to instructor ratio should not exceed 3:1.

Maximize training resources to improve officer safety

Although there are many benefits to conducting LFSH training, it has limitations such as target placement considerations, officer movement restrictions and safety concerns. LFSH should not become the primary firearms training program you utilize, but another facet to enhance your overall training regime.

It is difficult to mimic many of the stressors officers face when they have to enter a structure in a possibly lethal environment and engage lethal and non-lethal combatants. However, if we continue to be creative and maximize all of the resources we have to improve our officer’s abilities and safety on the street, we are on the right track. Range training, firearms training simulators, force-on-force and live fire shoot-houses are all viable options that should be used in conjunction with one another.

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Man on Texas' 10 Most Wanted list arrested in Los Angeles

PoliceOne - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 09:57

Author: Dan Danaher

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A man who was named one of Texas' 10 Most Wanted fugitives and is suspected in a series of violent home invasions has been arrested in California.

The Texas Department of Public Safety's website said Tuesday that Christopher Ricardo Gonzalez was taken into custody in Los Angeles.

The 18-year-old Gonzalez had been named to Texas' Most Wanted list in August. Authorities said he was among a group of suspects wanted for several home invasions in Dallas from October 2016 until February 2017.

Investigators say Gonzalez is affiliated with the Bloods street gang and was wanted by Dallas police on suspicion of aggravated robbery and engaging in organized crime.

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Mass. court: Roadside drunken driving tests not valid for pot

PoliceOne - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 09:55
Author: Dan Danaher

Associated Press

BOSTON — The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that field sobriety tests typically used in drunken driving cases cannot be used as conclusive evidence that a motorist was operating under the influence of marijuana.

The Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday said police officers could testify only to their observations about how a person performed during a roadside test. But they would not be allowed to testify as to whether a person passed or failed such a test or offer their own opinions about whether a driver was too high to drive.

The justices said there is currently no reliable scientific test for marijuana impairment.

Adult use of recreational marijuana is now legal in Massachusetts, though the court noted it's still illegal to drive while high on pot.

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Restaurant worker fired after leaving anti-police note on LEO's receipt

PoliceOne - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 09:06
Author: Dan Danaher

By PoliceOne Staff

TORRANCE, Calif. — A pizzeria employee has been fired after handing a uniformed officer a receipt with an anti-police message printed on it.

The officer went to pick up lunch Thursday from Pieology, The Daily Breeze reported. After paying, the cashier handed him a receipt that had “F*** the cops” printed on it.

Sgt. Ronald Harris said that the officer didn’t bring it up and actually left a tip for the employee.

“He watched her very closely when they packaged his pizza because he wanted to make sure it wasn’t altered,” Harris said. “He was empathetic. He wanted to know “what happened to you to make you do something like this?’”

Later in the day, the officer showed the receipt to other officers. One of the officers’ wives posted a photo on social media to show the “unprovoked hatred that my husband and his partners deal with everyday.”

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“This is not the type of business that I want to see in the city where I live,” she wrote. “My husband’s partner was just trying to get a quick bite to eat in the middle of a busy shift and this is what he received. Needless to say, we will never eat at Pieology ever again. I hope you all will help support our police and share this both near and far. It is NOT ok to treat our officers like this.”

On Monday, Pieology spokeswoman Vanessa Legutko said in a statement that the company is “extremely disappointed in the actions of the employee and apologize on behalf of the entire Pieology family.”

“The actions of this employee do not in any way reflect the thoughts of Pieology, and we are taking swift and serious action to rectify the situation, including terminating the offending employee,” the statement said. “We have the utmost respect and gratitude for the men and women who keep our communities safe, and have no tolerance for hateful language or actions. This location in Torrance is a heartfelt supporter of all men and women in uniform, especially the brave first responders, and shows its support with a discount for all uniformed police, firefighters and military members.”

Harris told The Daily Breeze that the officer has “no hard feelings” against the restaurant and plans to reach out to the establishment.

“Our stance is that this is an unfortunate situation,” Harris said. “We don’t hold any ill feelings toward this business. We will try to get in touch with the manager and handle it internally.”

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Texas officer dies from off-duty crash injuries

PoliceOne - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 09:03

Author: Dan Danaher

By PoliceOne Staff

HOUSTON — An officer has died from injuries he sustained in an off-duty crash 10 days ago.

Officer Elias “Sonny” Martinez was escorting an oversized load on the freeway when a crash occurred, KTRK reported. He was attempting to avoid a collision when his motorcycle struck the back of one of the trucks, leaving him with severe injuries, ODMP reported.

Martinez was airlifted to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Police Chief Vera Bumpers said Martinez was “a very special person who will be missed greatly."

He was a 25-year veteran of the Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Department. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

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Cops: Man who didn't want to drink alone breaks in with beer

PoliceOne - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 09:01
Author: Dan Danaher

Asscoiated Press

STEWARTSTOWN, Pa. — Police say a drunken Pennsylvania man who didn't want to drink alone forced his way into a woman's home and sat down with two 12-packs of beer.

Thirty-nine-year-old Sean Haller, of Stewartstown, faces charges including criminal trespass and remained in the York County jail on Monday.

Southern Regional police say a woman called them on Sept. 12 to report Haller had entered her home and refused to leave. Police say Haller had done the same thing in another woman's home earlier that day.

Police found Haller in the second woman's home and say he refused to leave, even though there were children inside. They say officers had to go inside and get him.

He faces a preliminary hearing Nov. 1.

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Minneapolis chief: Body camera use up after policy change

PoliceOne - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 06:34
Author: Dan Danaher

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police officers are using their body cameras more than they did before the department changed its policy following the July shooting death of an Australian woman, the city's police chief said Monday, but one City Council member says an internal audit shows use of the technology is inconsistent and some officers never turn them on.

Chief Medaria Arradondo changed the policy to require his officers to turn on their body cameras when responding to any call. The change came after an officer fatally shot Justine Ruszczyk Damond. The bride-to-be had called to report a possible sexual assault behind her home, and the responding officers did not turn on their body cameras before the shooting. The department's previous policy gave officers some discretion.

Numbers released by the department Monday show that from July 29 to Aug. 27, officers recorded 55,729 videos with their body cameras. That's up 133 percent from the 23,876 videos recorded from June 15 to July 14. The hours of video recorded jumped nearly 260 percent, from 2,521 in June and July to more than 9,000 hours recorded in the July to August period.

Still, one City Council member who viewed an internal audit on the body camera program says the findings in the report are "damning." The audit is set to be released Tuesday, and Arradondo said he hasn't seen it yet.

"There's some people who never have it on," City Council Member Linea Palmisano told the Star Tribune. "This is a very expensive program and there isn't oversight of this, and there isn't governance."

Palmisano told the newspaper that it shows there's no clear chain of command for discipline for officers who don't turn on their cameras. Palmisano told The Associated Press on Monday that while officers are now required to turn on their body cameras when they are dispatched, some are not keeping them on.

And while the figures released by the police chief show some improvement, the council member said it's not enough.

Arradondo said he welcomes any recommendations from the audit.

"There's still a lot of work to be done, and we are still learning," he said. He added that much like the implementation of squad car cameras or stun guns, it takes time for new technology to become widely accepted.

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