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Ohio police union casts no-confidence vote against mayor

PoliceOne - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 04:00

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The union representing police officers in Ohio's biggest city said Friday the organization has lost faith in city leaders as officers wrestle with a spiking homicide rate, a record number of fatal drug overdoses and large numbers of guns on the street.

The July firing of an officer seen kicking a subdued suspect in the head spurred union concerns but is only one of the issues that led to Thursday night's no confidence vote, said Jason Pappas, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9.

Pappas said the percentage of the city budget dedicated to public safety — which includes fire fighters — has fallen from 2011 even as the city's population grows. Pappas said the number of police officers has stayed about the same during the same time, with 1,904 sworn officers. He'd like to see an additional 100 officers hired immediately.

"This isn't about one issue, this is about a lot of issues coming together. And we see this thing starting to collapse," Pappas said at a Friday afternoon news conference. "We're losing our community, we're losing our neighborhoods to crimes and drugs, and we have to stop it now."

Thursday's vote went against Mayor Andrew Ginther, City Council President Zach Klein and Public Safety Director Ned Pettus.

Public safety is the city's biggest budget item annually, said Ginther, who says he's committed to strengthening the department and hiring new officers.

"We will continue to invest in the tools, technology and training needed to keep every resident in every neighborhood safe," Ginther said.

Klein, also a Democrat, said his support for officers is unwavering but he also expects them to perform their duties responsibly.

Last month, Pettus fired officer Zachary Rosen, overriding a recommendation by Columbus police Chief Kim Jacobs that Rosen be suspended for 24 hours, amounting to three shifts.

A video taken April 8 shows a Columbus officer restraining a prone man and preparing to handcuff him when a second officer — identified as Rosen — arrives and appears to kick him in the head.

"The strike/stomp was an untrained technique and was found to be unreasonable," police said in May following a report by a deputy chief.

Since the city began collecting higher income taxes in 2010, spending on public safety — including police and fire — dropped from 69 percent of the budget in 2011 to 66 percent of the budget in 2017, the Columbus Dispatch reported Friday.

Columbus saw its 80th homicide Thursday. The city had 106 homicides last year and 99 in 2015.

Columbus police confiscated 69 guns last week, up from a weekly average of about 50, Pappas said.

The Franklin County coroner says the county in central Ohio saw 173 overdose deaths through April of this year. That's a 66 percent jump from the same period a year ago.


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Ohio man charged with cyberstalking sheriff for decades

PoliceOne - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 04:00

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Federal authorities have charged an Ohio man with repeatedly harassing a county sheriff for nearly two decades via letters, emails and websites, with the alleged harassment apparently dating to the man's arrest by the sheriff in 1999.

Charging documents filed in federal court in Columbus charged William Young, of Columbus, with one count of cyberstalking.

Over the years, Young has falsely accused Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin of pedophilia and filed numerous lawsuits against him, another officer and the Delaware Police Department accusing them of fraud and corruption, according to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court in support of the indictment.

Martin was with the Delaware Police Department at the time Young was arrested.

Young also barraged the sheriff and others with harassing letters, including letters sent to the sheriff's wife, doctor, barber and numerous other individuals in Delaware, the affidavit said.

"I'll force his hand if the powers that be make the mistake of coming after me again," Young said in a 62-page letter sent to Martin's wife in 2015, according to the affidavit. "Then I'll take everyone down who had a hand in what was done to me one by one."

The sheriff is not named in the affidavit or indictment but he confirmed in a statement he's the victim being referred to.

"The man the FBI arrested has threatened and harassed me and my family for years, and while I signed up for this job, my family didn't. We deserve to be safeguarded from danger — just as any other citizen," Martin said.

Federal Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Preston Deavers ordered Young detained on Friday. Young's attorney, Andrew Sanderson, declined to comment.

Martin told investigators the harassment has caused him considerable distress over the years and required him to change his routines, along with always having a gun hand free as he leaves his house or walks to his car after leaving work.

The sheriff has installed security cameras at his house and reviews the footage before he gets home, the affidavit said. The harassment has also taken a toll on the sheriff's wife.

She "is always concerned about staying alone in her residence and will often ask her adult son to come home when" the sheriff is not at home, according to the affidavit.

Young, 54, was sentenced to 30 days in jail for stalking a woman in 1999, with all but five days of the sentence suspended, the FBI affidavit said.

The following year a judge ordered Young to complete the rest of his sentence after he disobeyed orders to stay away from the woman and failed three times to report to probation, the report said.


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Reserve deputy dies after collapsing at World Police and Fire Games

PoliceOne - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 18:16

By PoliceOne Staff

CASTAIC, CALIF. – An LA County reserve deputy died Friday after suffering a heart attack during a mountain biking race at the World Police and Fire Games.

According to the Associated Press, 68-year-old Jacob Castroll was competing in the race when he collapsed. He was found unresponsive by another participant.

He was rushed to a hospital, where he died.

Castroll had been a reserve deputy since 2010. He is survived by his wife and three children, according to The Signal.


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Deadly force: Lessons from Kyle Dinkheller, Ferguson and 4 years without a fatal OIS

PoliceOne - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 15:39

By PoliceOne Staff

A recently published series of informative, objective long-form articles exploring the use of deadly force contain some great takeaways for street cops and police leaders alike.

It may come as a surprise to some, but the series “The trigger and the choice” was published by STATE, the digital magazine from CNN Politics. Before you click away, we have broken down the series below, which is worth reading in full (promise). Editor Steven Sloan notes that the writer “interviewed dozens of officers and law enforcement experts to better understand what goes through a cop’s mind when they’re weighing whether to shoot."

Part 1

In “The Endless Death of Kyle Dinkheller,” journalist Thomas Lake takes an in-depth look at the circumstances and ripple effects of a line-of-duty death that most, if not all, cops are already painfully aware of: the murder of Deputy Kyle Dinkheller. Some key points from the analysis:

How high-profile police-involved scandals in the early ‘90s – like the Ruby Ridge, Waco and Rodney King incidents – as well as added internal pressure from Dinkheller’s department may have played a factor in his deadly hesitation to use lethal force. How the footage, captured on a dash camera the department had only recently acquired, affected Dinkheller’s colleagues and his father. The effect the infamous footage has had on law enforcement training in the decades following the shooting. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

Two decades later, a traffic stop on a country road is still teaching police officers about deadly force – and the cost of hesitation. http://cnn.it/2feRSx6

Posted by CNN Politics on Friday, August 4, 2017 Part 2

In “Ferguson, Affected,” Lake explores issues tied to the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on a local and national level. Some key points from the analysis:

The effect high-profile use-of-force incidents have on a community’s willingness to call 911 in times of trouble, and what that means for a city’s crime rate. The department’s struggle to rebuild their force – which lost a third of its cops in the months following the shooting – and troubling issues police recruiters are seeing in some applicants. The potential impact “de-policing” has on crime rates, with particular attention paid to traffic stops. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

After the 2014 killing of Michael Brown, Ferguson confronts a policing dilemma | STATE magazine: http://cnn.it/2uhNOia

Posted by CNN Politics on Monday, August 7, 2017 Part 3

The final part, “City of Good Neighbors,” may be of the most interest to cops and law enforcement leaders. It’s a profile of the police department in Buffalo, New York, a city which, despite averaging about 50 homicides a year, didn’t have a single fatal officer-involved shooting between December 2012 and May 2017 (albeit with some close calls, and some incidents that put officers at considerable risk of harm). Lake dives into the PD’s policing strategy, which includes:

Partnerships with community members to reduce violence. Keeping recruits local. Applicants can’t even take the police exam unless they live in Buffalo, and officers are required to reside in the city at least seven years after being hired. Leadership that hasn’t been behind a desk their whole career. The department’s top cop started his career on the streets, which has helped earn him credibility with his officers.

While the department’s “streak” is difficult to pin to any one thing (luck, of course, could be a factor), and some of the incidents and tactics described read as downright dangerous, there’s plenty in the profile worth exploring and potentially adopting in your agency.

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The officers of the Buffalo Police Department went more than four years and 2 million calls with a fatal shooting. What did they do right? The latest from STATE magazine: http://cnn.it/2vxLJCt

Posted by CNN Politics on Monday, August 7, 2017

Take a look at the series and tell us what you think in the comments below.


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How to become a border patrol or ICE agent

PoliceOne - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 15:05

By PoliceOne Staff

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are on a hiring spree. President Donald Trump has called for adding 10,000 ICE agents and 5,000 Border Patrol agents as part of his immigration plan. Here’s a breakdown of the process to become a border or ICE agent, the job responsibilities and how much these positions pay.

How do you become a border patrol agent?

The basic requirements for eligibility to work for Customs and Border Patrol are:

Be a U.S. citizen. Have a valid driver's license. Resided in the U.S. for at least three of the last five years (with exception to those in the military). Eligible to carry a firearm. Referred for selection prior to your 40th birthday (this can be waived for veterans or those who have previously served in a federal civilian law enforcement position). Willing to travel.

From there, the employment process is:

Submit an application. Take an entrance exam. Take a medical exam. Take a basic physical fitness test (CBP offers reciprocity to veterans who have recently completed a military medical or fitness test). Undergo a scenario-based panel interview. Take a polygraph (per the National Defense Authorization Act, this can be waived if you’re a veteran who already has an active TS/SCI security clearance). Pass a background check. Pass a random drug test.

It’s a 160-day process, and CBP has "hiring hubs" where the majority of the steps are taken in one location during a weekend. Common disqualifiers are the use of illegal drugs and criminal convictions.

Once hired, border patrol agents undergo 58 days of law courses, a 40-day Spanish program, physical training, and driving and firearms instruction.

You can find open positions and submit an application here.

How do you become an ICE agent?

This varies depending on the position, but the general requirements and hiring process for a career in ICE are:

Must be younger than 37 (with an exception made to military veterans and those in other government law enforcement positions). Have at least a bachelor’s degree. Take an entrance exam. Take a physical exam. Take a medical exam. Pass a drug test. Pass a background check.

According to CNN Money, past drug use or financial problems could cause an issue, but don’t automatically disqualify a candidate.

The entire process takes two to four months, but the process for some positions may take longer due to a backlog of candidates or a deeper security check requirement.

Once you’ve gone through these steps, you will undergo a 16-week basic training program, including a five-week Spanish course, seven written tests and a second physical assessment.

You can find open positions here.

What are the job responsibilities?

Border Patrol agents (you guessed it) patrol the border. Primary responsibilities are protecting the U.S. from illegal immigration, terrorism, and drug and human trafficking through methods like surveillance, tracking, patrols and vehicle stops.

During your career, you may have the opportunity to join a specialized unit. These include mounted patrol, bike patrol, the K-9 unit, off-road vehicle units, rapid response teams, peer support, chaplaincy, and honor guard.

ICE agents perform a variety of tasks depending on the area of focus and the position. The two primary divisions are immigration enforcement and removal operations as well as homeland security operations. For the former, responsibilities related to immigrant detention and deportation (investigations, arrests, prosecution) are the primary focus. The latter handles investigations involving terrorism and other threats to national security, drug and human trafficking, illegal arms export, financial crimes, and more.

How much does it pay?

Around $63,000 a year for an entry-level ICE agent. Border Patrol agents start at around $52,000 a year.


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Judge approves search warrant for phones of cops involved in Justine Damond OIS

PoliceOne - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 12:24

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — A judge has approved a search warrant for investigators to examine the smartphones of two Minneapolis police officers in the fatal shooting of an Australian woman who had called police for help.

The search warrant application was filed Thursday by an agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The agent requested permission to download data from the iPhones issued by the Minneapolis Police Department.

The application states that the information "may more clearly define" the officers' actions before and after Justine Damond was killed on July 15. Investigators have said Officer Mohamed Noor shot the 40-year-old woman after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home.

Noor's partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, told investigators a noise startled him just before Damond approached their police SUV. Noor was in the passenger seat and shot Damond through the open driver-side window. Noor has declined to be interviewed by investigators and cannot be compelled to do so.

The two officers had not activated their body cameras. Minneapolis police officers are now required to have those cameras on when they respond to calls or make traffic stops.

A memorial service for Damond is scheduled for Friday night near her home in southwest Minneapolis. Her fiancé, Don Damond, and her father, John Ruszczyk, are among those scheduled to speak at the memorial at Lake Harriet. A Native American spiritual burning of sage will precede the service, and attendees have been encouraged to wear blue, one of her favorite colors. The memorial will end with a silent walk around the lake.

Her family also has set up the Justine Damond Social Justice Fund, which will support causes important to her, including those promoting equal treatment for all.

Damond's death led to a shake-up at the top of the Minneapolis Police Department. Police Chief Janee Harteau resigned at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges, who said the department needed new leadership. Hodges nominated Medaria Arradondo, who had been assistant chief, to become chief.

This week a Minneapolis City Council committee unanimously endorsed Arradondo's nomination.


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Officer helps raise over $17K for mom in need

PoliceOne - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:46

By PoliceOne Staff

AUSTIN, Texas — A chance encounter between an officer and a struggling mother turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Officer Jason Borne received a call Tuesday of a person walking in the road, KXAN reported. He drove up and discovered Lisa Medinnus pushing her 2-year-old daughter in a stroller along a highway frontage road.

“I saw her from behind walking down the frontage road and my first thought was, ‘oh my God, what are you doing,'” Borne said.

Medinnus told Borne her car broke down, she was unemployed and couldn’t afford day care. She was running errands on foot.

“Many years ago I was at a point in my life where I thought really there was no point in me being here and I actually did attempt suicide and I genuinely thought no one cares,” Medinnus said.

Borne offered to drive her to the store and gave her his family’s off-road stroller so she could walk in the grass rather than the streets. But he wanted to do more for Medinnus, who had moved to Austin looking for a tech job.

Borne posted a video on his Facebook of the story asking people to help the hardworking mom out. He created an email where people could send job inquiries and set up a GoFundMe to help her get back on her feet. At the time of publication, the GoFundMe has raised over $17,000.

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Borne said he believes her will and work ethic will help her succeed. All she needed was a helping hand.

“I hope that I come across her in five years and she’s driving a BMW,” he said. “I hope that 3-year-old is now eight and in the back seat beaming in new clothes and everything else. That would be awesome.”

Borne is known for his acts of kindness. Earlier this year, he created a GoFundMe and bought new tires for a struggling teen. Just weeks after buying the tires, he surprised the teen with a new car.


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ShotStop's light, thin rifle insert plate does not disappoint

PoliceOne - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:41

Author: Lindsey J. Bertomen

How I tested ShotStop’s Advanced Body Armor Plate was a bit unusual: they sent one to me and told me to shoot it.

Body armor manufacturers typically want you to see the product perform under controlled circumstances. They invite you to their range facility to shoot carefully selected rounds using carefully selected equipment.

In my 20 or so years of doing product reviews, no one has ever let me test armor on my own range.

About Body Armor Plates

There are generally three choices in the body armor plate business: ceramic, steel and polyethylene. Each has its merits.

Steel is the heaviest, but it is much more durable.

Materials like ceramic are effective bullet stoppers, but they are subject to cracking, and multiple hits can be a problem.

Poly plates are usually lighter, but they are often rated for a narrower range of projectiles. Unlike the other materials, the spin of the bullet – which partially melts the plate and causes the bullet to stop – is required for them to work correctly. The good thing about poly plates is they are lightweight and can take multiple hits in the same place.

Armor plates with the correct NIJ rating have to be able to stop the rated projectile on its own. A recent innovation in plates called “in conjunction” means the plate is designed to stop the threat when combined with the vest worn under it.

ShotStop’s Advanced Body Armor Plate Specs

ShotStop’s Advanced Body Armor Plate is a stand-alone, lightweight plate made with ShotStop’s patented (and patent pending) duritium technology.

The plate weighs 2.1 pounds and is .6 inches thick. It is 8.75” x 11.75” and buoyancy positive (it floats).

Independent testing from Chesapeake Testing Labs has certified that this plate will stop 7.62 x 39 MSC rounds.

The Testing Process

I ran two Federal TRU .308 rounds – one of the best LE cartridges out there – through a 20-inch Noveske barrel. I put these bullets side by side. ShotStop’s Advanced Body Armor Plate stopped them.

I did not approach my testing unscientifically. I placed the plate in front of a block of Clear Ballistics gelatin and shot it at 25 yards. I used Federal 165 Grain TRU rounds, which generally have a muzzle velocity of 2670fps. I used this cartridge because I shoot it often, and putting two rounds on top of each other is a cinch. In fact, I do this regularly at 100 yards with TRU.

The bullet pierced multiple layers of material and bulged the “this side toward officer” side, but did not make it through. This is tremendous bullet resistance.

I held on to this article for a couple of weeks until I could validate some information from an original source. This product hasn’t been around long, but it has had its first confirmed save.

All of the law enforcement officers on the range that day said exactly what I was thinking. ShotStop trusts its product so much the company sent one to me and said “shoot it” without any restrictions. ShotStop trusts this product. I do too.


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High-ranking official tells Fla. troopers to write 2 tickets an hour

PoliceOne - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:15
Author: Lindsey J. Bertomen

By PoliceOne Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A high-ranking police official recently told troopers under his command to write at least two tickets an hour.

According to The Tampa Bay Times, Maj. Mark Welch told troopers in an email that the “patrol wants to see two citations an hour.” He specified that it was not a quota, but a chance to support the Statewide Overtime Action Response (SOAR). The initiative, paid for by taxpayers, allows Florida State Troopers to make extra money patrolling high-traffic areas.

The email allegedly thanked the government for the troopers’ 5 percent raise, which also increased overtime rates. Welch wrote that North Florida troopers are writing an average of 1.3 tickets per hour, but “that’s not good enough … so we have a goal to reach.” The order only applies to North Florida.

Sen. Jeff Brandes, who oversees the FHP budget, said state law prohibits ticket quotas.

"That goes against everything the Florida Highway Patrol should be doing," Brandes said. "FHP is about safety. It's not about meeting quotas."

Lt. Col. Mike Thomas said Welch’s word choice was off and he was not imposing a quota.

"It's like a want," Thomas said. "We're just trying to promote our guys getting out, making the stops, having contact with the public, educating them, and we do have discretion. No one has ever taken discretion away from a patrol officer."

In Miami-Dade, troopers who met their ticket-writing goals for March were given a weekend off, the publication reported.

The FHP later reviewed the Miami-Dade memo and found no wrongdoing, but they withdrew the practice.

Next week, Gov. Rick Scott and the cabinet will look over a plan to boost trooper salaries an additional 10 percent. The annual starting salary would rise from $38,000 to $42,000 in a year.


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Houston police to stop using Whataburger tents as crime scene markers

PoliceOne - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 09:37
Author: Lindsey J. Bertomen

By Eline de Bruijn The Dallas Morning News

HOUSTON — When Texans grab an order number at Whataburger, some are pocketed to add to a collection or kept as a rite of passage. But a few numbers that left the restaurant ended up as evidence markers at crime scenes.

The Houston Police Department has stopped using Whataburger tents as evidence markers, according to the Houston Chronicle.

A picture shared online after a homicide in March showed a tent marking evidence. A tent was also used in a Nov. 2014 shooting.

Police usually wait for crime scene units with the Houston Forensic Center to place evidence markers, but officers have to improvise in some situations, such as if it’s raining, spokeswoman Jodi Silva told the Chronicle.

“We got a lot of concerns as to whether Whataburger was endorsing us or whether we were endorsing Whataburger and whether they were a sponsor of the police department,” Silva told the newspaper.

Patrol captains ordered officers not to use marked items with visible brand names, Silva said.

“I think somebody was well-intentioned when they did it,” Silva said to the Chronicle. She said it seemed to be a one-time occurrence.

Although police used plastic cups and containers at a shooting over the weekend, the department does not have an evidence marker shortage, according to the Chronicle.

Patrol officers don’t carry evidence markers because they don’t mark and process evidence. That is a task for the crime scene units, but if officers want to protect evidence from being stepped on or washed away in rain, they find what they can, according to the Chronicle.

Some Texans collect the numbers and try to complete a set.

A Denton County police department took photos of the tents they obtained in a February Facebook post. In once incident, 70 tents were recovered in a traffic stop.

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'Tell my family I love them': Video captures near-death shooting of cop

PoliceOne - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:06

Author: Lindsey J. Bertomen

Associated Press

HAMPTON, S.C. — A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 35 years for opening fire at a police officer, striking him four times, in a shooting captured by a camera in the officer's glasses.

Solicitor Duffie Stone announced Wednesday that a jury found 29-year-old Malcolm Orr of Estill guilty of attempted murder and possessing a weapon in a violent crime. Orr received maximum sentences.

Stone says Estill officer Quincy Smith was responding to a call on New Year's Day 2016 about someone trying to snatch groceries from customers. Smith spotted Orr walking from the store and ordered him to stop, but Orr instead fired eight times.

Bullets broke two bones in Smith's arm, severed a vein in his neck, and passed through his upper torso.

Stone says Smith had purchased the camera himself.


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Review agency: Chicago cop's 2012 shooting of teen unwarranted

PoliceOne - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 06:52
Author: Lindsey J. Bertomen

Associated Press

CHICAGO — Chicago's police watchdog agency has determined the 2012 fatal shooting of a 15-year-old by an officer was "unprovoked" and "unwarranted."

The Independent Police Review Authority issued its ruling late Thursday. A little over a year ago, the city of Chicago settled with the Dakota Bright's family for about $1 million.

The teen was shot in the back of his head.

IPRA sustained complaints that the unnamed officer used unreasonable force when he shot the teen, who was fleeing from police and was 50 feet (15 meters) away when he was struck. The officer said he thought the teen was armed and turned toward him. Investigators didn't find a weapon.

IPRA challenged the credibility of the officer's account, noting inconsistencies in his statements. The current status of the officer wasn't revealed.


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2nd man arrested in Mo. officer's death, faces tampering charge

PoliceOne - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 06:39

Author: Lindsey J. Bertomen

Associated Press

CLINTON, Mo. — A man who is charged with supplying the weapon used to kill a western Missouri police officer admitted that he bought the rifle for the suspect and threw it in a creek after the shooting, according to a probable cause statement filed in the case.

William Noble, 35, of Clinton, was charged Thursday with felony tampering with evidence. He is accused of buying the rifle that investigators believe Ian McCarthy, 39, of Clinton, used in the killing of Clinton police Officer Gary Michael on Sunday.

Investigators have said that Michael was killed when the driver of a car he stopped for a traffic violation in Clinton Sunday jumped out and shot him. The suspect drove a few blocks before crashing the car and fleeing on foot. McCarthy was arrested and charged after a two-day manhunt. He was scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

Noble initially told two officers who visited his home on Thursday that he bought the rifle and sold it to McCarthy. He then changed his story and acknowledged that McCarthy asked him to buy the rifle for him. He said he did so because McCarthy was from out of state.

McCarthy served time in prison in New Hampshire for first-degree assault and a parole violation. He also was wanted at the time of his arrest on a warrant out of Johnson County, Missouri, issued in 2015 for unlawful possession of a firearm. As a convicted felon, McCarthy could not legally own a firearm.

Noble told the officers he "panicked" when he returned home on Monday — the day after the shooting — and found the rifle leaning against an inside doorway, the statement said. He said he told his wife he needed to take out the trash and instead drove to a creek about two miles north of Clinton, where he threw it into the water. He took the two officers to the creek Thursday, where they recovered a rifle that "meets the description and appears to me to be the weapon used in the murder," according to the probable cause statement.

The probable cause statement does not address how Noble knew McCarthy and Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Bill Lowe said Thursday the relationship was unclear.

McCarthy apparently did not have many friends in Clinton, according to his neighbors and landlord. They told The Kansas City Star that McCarthy generally stayed inside his home only a few blocks from where McCarthy was killed and seemed to spend his time playing video games and hunting and fishing. He did not appear to have a job since arriving in Clinton about four years ago to visit a friend he met while playing video games on line. He lived off $2,000 a month from a trust fund set up by his deceased grandfather, according to his landlord, Ed Hannah.

"He's an odd duck," Hannah said. "He was such a hermit nobody really knew anything about him."

Hannah said he set up a few job interviews for McCarthy but he never showed up to them. After McCarthy fell behind on his rent about a year and half ago, Hannah arranged to be paid directly by the trust fund managers and never saw McCarthy again.

Next-door neighbors said they mostly saw McCarthy when he let out his dogs — Minion and Nibbler — whom he doted on. One neighbor, Whitney Julian, said McCarthy had a temper, once "going berserk" when heavy machinery woke him up — at about 10 a.m. But neighbors mostly saw McCarthy only when he let out his two dogs.


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Cops and kids: Why the future of American law enforcement is 'child's play'

PoliceOne - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 04:00

Author: Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor at Large

PoliceOne recently posted a heartwarming story about Chester (N.H.) Police Officer Scott Haggert conducting a mock traffic stop on a tiny Ford F-150 driven by two little children.

Amy Lemiuex Garland (the mother to the two children) posted photos of the event to Facebook along with her effusive praise for Officer Haggert, thanking him for taking time to have a positive interaction with her kids.

“Thank you to the coolest Chester police officer for entertaining my kiddos,” Garland wrote. “They will never forget meeting you and getting pulled over for the first time! So cute. Thank you!”

I’m delighted that Ms. Garland saw such value in her kids’ brief “traffic stop” with Officer Haggert. I wish there were more parents out there who would seek out such contacts.

Bringing back ‘Civics Class’ to our schools

Last month, I wrote about the work the San Diego Police Department is doing with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America to better connect cops with the kids in the community.

Many such programs exist across the United States. Cops volunteer countless hours for Explorer and Cadet programs, Police Athletic Leagues, summer jobs programs and a host of other formalized ways in which cops can positively influence kids. There are even programs for cops and kids to go hunting together.

Then, of course, there are thousands of School Resource Officers in the hallways and classrooms of American schools, balancing traditional law enforcement with enforcement of school disciplinary policies and personal mentoring to students. And the fact is that most kids truly appreciate the bond they make with their SROs. Just ask Officer Mitch.

On several occasions, I have said on the Policing Matters podcast that we need to bring back Civics Class to our schools. The idea is to teach kids at an early age how government works, and how part of that government is public safety. We should be teaching kids how to respond to all first responders, but especially how to respond to the lawful orders of police officers.

Earlier this month, we reported on a piece of legislation matriculating through the New Jersey state Assembly that would require schools to teach children how to interact with police “in a manner marked by mutual cooperation and respect.”

The proposed law mandates that school districts teach kids how to talk to law enforcement officers, with education starting in kindergarten and continuing all the way through graduation from high school.

The New Jersey proposal is as close to reviving the concept of Civics Class that I’ve ever seen.

Individual cops and their improvised interactions

These formalized, institutionalized programs are incredibly effective. However, one cannot understate the impact that impromptu and improvised interactions such as the “traffic stop” in New Hampshire have on kids in the community. It’s important to note that these events happen every day in this country.

Back in April, Grand Prairie (Texas) Police Officer Lyle Gensler passed by a little girl playing hopscotch on the sidewalk in front of her home. He stopped briefly to teach her how to play the game with a stone as a marker. The girl’s mother captured video, which went viral on social media.

In June, dozens of police officers descended on a lemonade stand run by a three-year-old aspiring cop in Kansas City, Missouri.

In early July, Asheville (N.C.) police officers were dispatched to a complaint of kids blocking a street at an annual block party and discovered upon arrival that the issue was a large slip-n-slide. Rather than making arrests or issuing warnings, they joined in the fun and played with the kids.

These are merely a handful of such interactions we see on a regular basis. Most cops carry stickers to give to kids. Some have small stuffed animals in the trunk to give to children who witness a violent or unsettling event.

It is my belief that police interaction with kids is the key to reversing the current widespread animosity toward the police. These interactions have a cascading effect. The kids go back home and tell their families about their positive experience with the police. They essentially become advocates as effective (if not more so) as graduates of a Citizen Academy.

Conclusion

With great cops out there on the streets, in the schools, at the basketball courts and on the baseball diamonds, kids of all ages benefit from such interactions. The relationships these kids build with officers also benefit the jurisdiction at large. Young people are mentored and directed toward being more productive members of society. Crimes are prevented.

An argument can be made that the true assessment of a police officer is how he or she interacts with juveniles. If police can gain the trust in this young generation, those individuals will carry that trust over to when they become parents and pass that trust down to their kids, creating a generational recycling of trust.

It all starts with small and simple acts like the “traffic stop” in New Hampshire.


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AmeriCorps, P.A.A.R.I. partnership grant will place recovery coaches in Mass. PDs

PoliceOne - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 02:00
Author: Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor at Large

Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) Press Release

GLOUCESTER, Mass. — John Rosenthal, co-founder and chairman, and Allie Hunter McDade, executive director of the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.), are pleased to announce that P.A.A.R.I. will receive a three-year grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance that will place 25 AmeriCorps members into service at law enforcement agencies throughout the commonwealth, assisting in police-led addiction recovery programs.

Through AmeriCorps, P.A.A.R.I. will place 20 part-time recovery coaches and five full-time program coordinators with police departments in Massachusetts, enabling those agencies to dramatically enhance their capacity to reach individuals in need and better support them as they work to access treatment and recovery programs and services. The program is set to launch in October 2017.

P.A.A.R.I. will receive a federal grant of $207,000 per year for three years to carry out this project. As per the grant guidelines, P.A.A.R.I. is also responsible for generating matching funds to cover project costs and welcomes the contributions of individuals and organizations that wish to support its efforts to help those working to overcome addiction.

Full story: P.A.A.R.I. To Partner With AmeriCorps To Build Capacity of Law Enforcement Partners


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Pa. officer injured when suspect hurls Molotov cocktail

PoliceOne - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:47

Associated Press

COLLINGDALE, Pa.— Authorities say a man threw a Molotov cocktail at a sheriff's deputy serving a warrant, causing second-degree burns.

The Delaware County Daily Times reports the deputy's partner and police officers rushed to extinguish the flames when the explosive set the deputy afire around 5 p.m. Wednesday. He's being treated at a local hospital for burns to his left leg.

The suspect barricaded himself inside the house for about an hour but later surrendered to police and was arrested.

Collingdale Police Chief Bob Adams says the house had an "extreme odor of gasoline" and more than five other incendiary devices were found. The unused devices were burned.

The suspect, who wasn't identified, is being held awaiting arraignment.


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Wash. police release video of fatal OIS of knife-wielding man

PoliceOne - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:27

By PoliceOne Staff

SPOKANE, Wash. — Police released body camera footage Wednesday showing the Jan. 5 pursuit and fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man.

Officer Mark Zimmerman approached Dexter M. Dumarce in January because of his suspicious behavior, The Spokesman-Review reported. Initially, Dumarce gave a false name and birthday before telling Zimmerman he had a felony probation violation warrant. Police said Dumarce then drew a knife and fled.

Footage shows a slippery pursuit through icy streets and multiple officers, including Zimmerman, yelled at Dumarce to drop the knife. When Dumarce ignored commands, officers attempted to TASER him, but it did not stop him.

Dumarce is seen walking toward multiple cars with civilians inside stopped at a red light before breaking into a run toward them. Shots are fired, and Dumarce falls to the ground. Video then shows officers handcuffing Dumarce and rendering aid. He died later from his injuries. Zimmerman injured his left hand and wrist after falling on the ice and was treated at a local hospital.

Lt. Steve Wohl told the publication that “both officers’ and citizens’ lives were in danger.” The prosecutor’s office found the shooting justified in April.


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Video shows police rescue man nailed to tree

PoliceOne - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:25

By PoliceOne Staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Video was released Thursday of a bizarre May rescue of a man nailed to a tree.

A city worker found Jose Duran with both hands nailed to a tree after hearing screams for help, KRQE reported.

An officer responded and found Duran conscious and breathing, but in pain. The officer called for rescue and asked how Duran got into the situation. He said two men were sent to threaten and scare him for his involvement in a bad real estate deal.

No arrests have been made and police don’t know whether this was a payback crime or cartel-related.


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Mo. court: Citizens do not have the right to film police in public

PoliceOne - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:23

By PoliceOne Staff

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a court ruling on July 25 that citizens do not have the right to videotape any public official in public.

The case stemmed from a lawsuit by Matthew Akins, who had various run-ins with law enforcement while attempting to videotape them, KRCG reported. Most times, Akins was standing on public property filming on behalf of the group Citizens for Justice.

Lawyer Stephen Wyse said Akins received multiple threats, as did his employer and he was ordered by police to stop filming numerous times. He sued for violations of his First, Second, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

A lower court judge ruled that Akins, and any citizen or member of the press, do not have the right to film public officials on public property. The Eighth Circuit upheld the ruling.

"The First Amendment is a core American value," Wyse said. "The right to free speech and a free press are central to our liberty and our ability to hold our government accountable."

Wyse filed a motion for reconsideration, but if the court refuses, the case will be petitioned to the U.S. Supreme Court for consideration this fall.

Akins appeal of District Court ruling by KRCG 13 on Scribd


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Mass. launches stoned driving prevention strategies

PoliceOne - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:12

By Andrea Fox, EfficentGov Editor in Chief

According to the Associated Press, Massachusetts State Police announced they are increasing the number of drug recognition experts — officers with special training in detecting those under the influence — to combat stoned driving. The agency is currently focusing on detecting motorists under the influence of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.

There are several strategies the state is employing to reduce the incidence of stoned driving because evidence from other states that operating under the influence (OUI) of psychoactive cannabis has public safety impacts is mounting.

Marijuana-Legal States Show Increased Motorist Collisions

Massachusetts recently passed legislation creating its structure for legal sale of recreational marijuana, a process approved by the majority of state voters in the November 2016 election, along with seven other states approving marijuana business expansions. The state police pointed to a recent insurance industry study about increased motorist collisions experienced in other states where pot is legal as a cause for their concern.

In the first study of its kind, the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) found that collision claims in Colorado, Washington and Oregon went up 2.7 percent since recreational marijuana sales became legal. The report indicates the collision experience post marijuana legalization varies from state to state, but HLDI said the results of the combined analysis are significant.

Mass. Law Enforcement Strategies Targeting Stoned Driving

With recreational pot now legal, there is pressure on government leaders in Massachusetts to change perceptions that it is safer to drive stoned than drunk, the Worcester Telegram reported.

This isn’t a Cheech and Chong movie, where everybody is kind of laughing and driving along and everyone is laid back,” said Arthur Kinsman, regional administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Massachusetts State Police Col. Richard McKeon said the agency will increasingly rely on drug recognition experts and officers trained in identifying drug impairment. Currently, there are 33 drug recognition experts in the state police force, and 141 total in local police departments statewide. McKeon indicated there is 2018 funding available to add another 60.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation also announced there will be increased sobriety checkpoints. However, prosecuting stoned driving offenses is still a challenge without an approved test of OUI for THC. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is still deciding a marijuana OUI case, The Commonwealth v. Thomas J. Gerhardt, argued in January. The court’s decision could essentially decide the weight of field sobriety tests in Massachusetts courts going forward. In May the state waived the 130-day rule on the court, and no date is posted for the decision.

State Campaign Seeks to Change Public Perceptions About Stoned Driving

A second effort launched by Mass Highway Safety — the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division — is a new campaign ad for Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over:

Medical Marijuana Industry Supportive of Stoned Driving Awareness

The medical marijuana industry is generally supportive of efforts to reduce stoned driving. Mike Dundas, chief executive of the medical marijuana dispensary Sage Naturals in Cambridge, Mass., said staff is trained in discussing the risks of operating motor vehicles under the influence of pot with customers.

We urge other dispensaries to join us in partnering with the state to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking and driving,” said Dundas.

Medical Marijuana, Inc., which makes a variety of psychoactive and non-psychoactive cannabis products, posted the following safety warning on its website:

“Cannabis users may need to take some precautions because of the euphoric side effects that some marijuana products can elicit. Products containing THC can temporarily cause drowsiness, as well as impaired memory and reaction time. It’s therefore recommended that those using marijuana not operate machinery or drive a vehicle after consuming cannabis.”

In February, Fox25 News Boston conducted a stoned driving experiment and invited Dr. Jordan Tishler of Inhale MD also in Cambridge, who prescribes medical marijuana, to observe.

“What we saw today was that cannabis does affect your driving. That it is dose-dependent, meaning the more they used, the less competent they were,” he concluded.

Candada Proposes Legal THC Limits Governing Stoned Driving

In 2015, Andrew Murie, CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Diving (MADD) Canada, told the Globe and Mail he supported an on-scene saliva test with a legal limit of 5 nanograms/millilitre (ng/ml) THC.

Proposed Canadian legislation updated in April, which the government indicated “takes into account the best available scientific evidence related to cannabis,” offers the following THC limits for OUI offenses:

2 ng but less than 5 ng of THC: Having this amount within two hours of driving could be punishable by a maximum fine of up to $1,000.00 Canadian. 5 ng or more of THC: Having this amount within two hours of driving would be considered a hybrid offence that could be prosecuted either by indictment or summary conviction, depending on case severity, mandatory penalties of $1,000.00 for a first offence with escalating penalties, including imprisonment for repeat offenses. Combined THC and Alcohol: Having a blood alcohol concentration of 50 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, combined with a THC level greater than 2.5 ng/ml within two hours of driving would also be a hybrid offence, as above.

Maximum penalties for higher THC levels related to OUI offenses would mirror existing laws for impaired driving.


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