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Texas police chief asked to leave doctor's office for carrying gun

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

By PoliceOne Staff

CONROE, Texas — A police chief said he was told to leave a doctor’s office because he was carrying his gun.

Police Chief Philip Dupuis told The Courier that he went to see the ENT specialist Tuesday while wearing his badge on his belt next to his gun and his ID on a lanyard around his neck.

He was checking in when the receptionist asked him about his firearm. She requested he store his firearm in his car, but Dupuis refused. He reiterated that he was an officer and he carried his weapon for his safety and the safety of others. He said he was then asked to leave.

Texas law allows licensed police officers to legally open carry anywhere in the state. But private business or property owners can create “weapons-free zones.” According to the Courier, the owner must post a sign referring to the penal code, prohibiting open and concealed carry.

"It's just bad," Dupuis said. "My badge is clearly displayed. I have my lanyard on with 'police' on my ID card hanging around my neck. I had handcuffs. The lobby was full of people, and they asked me to leave because of who I am."

Office Manager Ryan Johnson called Dupuis to apologize and said the office has the same signs posted as other doctors’ offices regarding firearms. It’s unclear whether the signs prohibit both open and concealed carry.

"This was a mistake," Johnson said. "All we can do is sincerely apologize for it and will use it to teach our employees how to better handle these situations when they arise."

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I will be looking for a new ENT, just asked to leave Dr Burkes office because I am wearing my gun, badge, and ID. I have...

Posted by Philip Dupuis on Tuesday, August 8, 2017


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Texas firefighter helps detain man struggling with officer

PoliceOne - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:09

By PoliceOne Staff

SAN ANTONIO — A firefighter helped detain a man who began fighting with an officer in the department headquarters last week.

The department wrote on Facebook that a man came into the lobby seeking assistance. At some point, for an unknown reason, the officer and man began struggling.

Firefighter Justin Hill witnessed the confrontation and ran down from the second floor to help the officer subdue the man.

The San Antonio Police Department presented Hill with a merit award Wednesday for helping the officer detain the subject.

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An SAPD Officer answered a call in the lobby from a citizen. The officer and the person who had called began to struggle...

Posted by San Antonio Fire Department on Wednesday, August 9, 2017


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'War on cops' author: Oakland police bias study 'conjuring disrespect'

PoliceOne - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:54

By PoliceOne Staff

OAKLAND, Calif. — Researchers are now employing cutting-edge tools, algorithms and tests in the “desperate hunt for crippling white racism” in law enforcement, says “War on Cops” author Heather Mac Donald.

Mac Donald recently published a scathing and lengthy critique of a Stanford study of the Oakland Police Department which received heavy media attention shortly after it was published in June.

The study claims to have found that officers used less respectful language when speaking with black drivers versus other drivers. But Mac Donald argues that the study’s findings are misleading and that researchers were determined to find racism.

Researchers analyzed body camera footage from 981 traffic stops from April 2014 involving 299 white drivers and 682 black drivers. Officers were recorded making a total of 36,738 utterances during the traffic stops.

After having college students rate the utterances based on respect, linguisticians determined which categories of speech might have generated the students’ ratings and created a sliding scale of respect based on 22 specific categories.

Using a computer algorithm, researchers then determined that white drivers received more respect from police. They also found the officer’s race didn’t matter in the level of respect toward black drivers.

Mac Donald writes in her analysis published by City Journal that she was surprised by what fell into the “disrespectful” category. She writes that researchers found no cursing or use of derogatory terms.

Language that fell into the positive scale included apologies, surname use, filled pauses such as “um,” “uh” and “just” and statements that give agency such as “you can” or “you may.”

The negative scale included asking a question, phrases that ask for agency like “do me a favor” or “may I,” informal titles like “bro” or “man,” first name useage, and “hands on the wheel.”

Apologies scored at the top of the respect scale and “hands on the wheel” scored at the bottom. Mac Donald notes that there were no categories for swear words or unsoftened commands.

Among her critiques of the study and its methodology, Mac Donald argues that the study leaves out “critical components of officer-civilian interactions.”

“If ‘can I see that driver’s license?’ is now deemed racially disrespectful, it’s hard to see how police officers can do their jobs,” Mac Donald argues.

Read Mac Donald’s full analysis here.


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NJ officer killed in wreck while driving home from work

PoliceOne - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 08:30

By PoliceOne Staff

WAYNE, N.J. — An officer was killed while on his way home from work when his motorcycle collided with a deer.

Peter J. Kamper, 40, had just finished a fill-in shift at the department Wednesday when he struck the deer and was thrown from his motorcycle, NJ.com reported. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.

Kamper, a 13-year veteran of the department, was the lead firearms instructor and helped the department stay compliant with state guidelines. The 6-foot 7-inch sergeant was known for his kindness and passion for the New Jersey Special Olympics, where he participated as a volunteer for years.

“As big as he was, that’s how big his heart was,” Police Chief Moises Agosto said. "He was a jack-of-all-trades. He's going to be missed dearly."

Kamper is survived by his wife, parents and brother.

The crash is still under investigation.

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It is with great sorrow that the Pompton Lakes Police Department announces the untimely passing of Sgt. Peter Kamper. ...

Posted by Pompton Lakes Police on Wednesday, August 9, 2017


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Acquitted ex-Tulsa officer to work for sheriff's office

PoliceOne - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 07:06

Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. — A white former Tulsa police officer who resigned after being acquitted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man is going to work for the sheriff's office in a neighboring county.

Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton told the Tulsa World that Betty Shelby will work for his office. He did not say what her duties will be.

Shelby was found not guilty in May of manslaughter in the September shooting death of Terence Crutcher as he stood near his SUV, which was stopped in the middle of a Tulsa street.

Shelby returned to the Tulsa Police Department in an administrative position, but resigned in July, saying she felt isolated from other officers.

Walton is a former Tulsa police officer who supported Shelby as she awaited trial.


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How a PD's homeless outreach program reunited a family

PoliceOne - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 13:06

By Abram Yap & Bradley D. Futak

On March 16, 2016, Police Officer Brad Futak and Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Psychiatric Technician Tom Kirk were assigned to the Long Beach (Calif.) Police Department’s Quality of Life program.

The program pairs a police officer and a mental health clinician to help utilize city resources and provide services to those experiencing homelessness, eventually placing them in permanent housing.

As part of this detail, Futak and Kirk were asked to address issues for people experiencing homelessness within certain areas of the city of Long Beach.

Request for Service

Futak and Kirk received a request from the Long Beach Health Department Multi-Service Center to respond to a person sitting on a bus bench at a busy intersection. The Multi-Service Center employee told them the person was very dirty and that he normally lived in or around the Los Angeles riverbed.

Futak and Kirk quickly found the person on a bus bench drinking coffee. When they spoke to him he identified himself as George Milligan. George presented himself to Futak and Kirk as very intelligent with a precise memory.

When they asked him when he became homeless, George said, “January 17, 1992.”

When they asked him when he last took a shower, George said, “Mid-April 1993 at the Long Beach Rescue Mission.”

After further questioning, Futak and Kirk discovered George had family. They got additional background information from George and then took him to the hospital and placed him under a 72-hour observation hold.

After transporting George to the hospital, Futak returned to the station and began attempts to locate George’s family members.

Reunited

Futak was unable to confirm George’s identity, but was able to locate information on a David, Martin, Paul and Michael Milligan who had the same address. Through further research, Futak contacted a possible family member (a sister, Rebecca) who lived in Northern California.

When Futak and Rebecca first spoke she said she did not have a family member named George. Futak asked her if she had any family members who were missing, and she said she lost her brother over 25 years ago. She said her missing brother was named David. Futak sent his recent photo of George to Rebecca over a smart phone. A short time later, Rebecca called Futak in tears. She was overjoyed that George was her missing brother David.

Rebecca then called her other relatives in Southern California. Those relatives were able to visit David in the hospital the same day. David’s family told Futak this was their long, lost brother. In 1995, approximately three years after David went missing, his family hired a private investigator to locate him. After no news, they gave up hope and thought he had passed away.

Futak and Kirk visited David in the hospital. They learned he had life-threatening medical issues that were promptly treated. After those medical issues were resolved, David was placed on psychiatric medication, which really helped him. David told them he left home in 1992 because his father wanted to place him on disability income. David did not want any government assistance, left home and never returned.

After approximately one month in the hospital, David was discharged and started living with family members in Southern California.

Futak and Kirk went above and beyond their duties to reunite this family after over 25 years apart. Futak has said this was one of his most successful calls during his four years with the Quality of Life detail. This story shows what a little time and a lot of determination can accomplish.

Lost and found

It has been well over a year since David was reunited with his family. One year in housing is considered a bench mark with helping people end homelessness. Futak and David’s family still keep in touch. They even send him photos of David and his family out to dinner on special celebrations.

About the Program

The Quality of Life Program was founded in 2007 by the Long Beach Police Department in an effort to impact vagrancy-related crimes, reduce the number of calls for service related to the homeless population and seek long term solutions for these issues.

The Quality of Life team serves as a liaison to connect homeless individuals to non-government agency services, community support groups, housing resources, transportation and mental health services.

The team also provides training to police officers and outside agencies on alternative methods for addressing homeless-related issues. The program is primarily funded through grants and individual contributions.

Here are some program statistics from 2016:

Field interviews 1306 Calls for service 501 Bus tickets purchased 39 Motel rooms purchased 211 Rehab/sober living placements/housing 87 Shelter placements 102 Mental crisis evaluations 112 Hospital calls for assistance 210 LB Rescue Mission calls for assistance 125 Multi-service center calls for assistance 832 Clothing/meals 329 Mental health aid via “The Village” 45 Veterans resources 24

Follow the Long Beach Police Department on Twitter and Facebook.

About the authors Abram Yap is a Police Sergeant with the Long Beach (Calif.) Police Department assigned to the Downtown Entertainment District. He is also assigned to supervise the South Division Quality of Life Detail.

Bradley D. Futak is a police officer with the Long Beach (Calif.) Police Department South Division Quality of Life Unit.


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Cops travel from around the world to compete in police, fire games

PoliceOne - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:21

By PoliceOne Staff

LOS ANGELES — The 2017 World Police and Fire Games kicked off Monday in Los Angeles, bringing together nearly 10,000 athletes from police and fire agencies in 70 different countries. The games, held every two years, welcome retired and active individuals to participate in competitions ranging from weightlifting to decathlons. Take a glimpse at some of the competitors:

When he’s not keeping streets safe during the night shift, South Bend (Ind.) Officer David Boutsomsy is lifting weights in the gym.

"It doesn't really matter how strong you are if you don't have a base technique," Boutsomsy told WSBT. "Over time you will either get injured or you just can't grow as far as power and strength goes."

Boutsomsy, who will be competing in the Raw Bench Press competition, said it’s all about self-motivation.

“You can think about doing some things — and that goes for life in general too — but at the same time if you don't have that self-discipline, that self-motivation, and staying focused on the course you will never be able to get there," he said.

Officer Boutsomsy talks about competing in the World Police & Fire Games this weekend. Good luck, Bouts! @sbpdfop36 #southbend pic.twitter.com/W28qEfksoh

— South Bend Police (@southbendpolice) August 8, 2017

Boutsomsy, who won a gold medal with the USA National Powerlifting team, said he’s been weightlifting for years and can lift double his own body weight. He also set an international record in Costa Rica last year and holds the Indiana state bench press record, so he’s pretty confident he’ll do well.

"To be honest I think I am going to take it home," he said. “Not trying to sound over the top but I am confident I can go there and make a splash and bring it home."

Retired Mansfield (Ohio) cop and former Marine John Fuller is taking his fitness journey to a new level in the CrossFit competition.

Initially, Fuller told the Mansfield News Journal that he was trying to earn a spot in the CrossFit Games in February. His numbers apparently stood out among the rest and he qualified for the World Police and Fire Games.

“To tell you the truth, I feel better going out to the World Police and Fire Games as opposed to the CrossFit Games for the reason that CrossFit was originally made for law enforcement,” Fuller said. “I think they get the most respect, law enforcement and military. I’m former Marines, so I’ve done them both.”

Fuller, dubbed “Robo Cop” by his fellow CrossFitters, said he’s not changing his routine specifically for the games.

“Somebody asked me what I was going to do to prepare for it,” he said. “I said, ‘Nothing. I’m as ready as I’m going to get.’ If I start preparing for it now, it isn’t going to happen. That’s why I work out like I do, just to better myself.”

Cpl. Clint Sandusky, who retired in 2016 after a 24-year law enforcement career, doesn’t have to travel very far from Yucaipa to compete in the cycling/cross country event.

Thank you to my CTS Coach Matt Freeman for getting ready to compete (MTB) on Friday at the World Police & Fire Games! Go USA! @LA17WPFG pic.twitter.com/TuZBuxUAq2

— Clint Sandusky (@bikatwk) August 7, 2017

While serving with the Riverside Community College District Police Department, Sandusky was the bike team coordinator for the department and a member of the Honor Guard, the News Mirror reported. He has also taught bicycle patrol courses at different departments across California.

Since 1999, Sandusky has competed and medaled in the cross-country mountain bike events at the games. When the games were held in New York in 2011, he rode to honor those who died on Sept. 11. He looks forward to bringing home another medal.


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Video captures Texas employees fighting off armed robbers

PoliceOne - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:11

By Domingo Ramirez Jr. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

FORT WORTH, Texas — Two armed robbers entered a store to rob it last month, but ran into a pair of feisty employees who fought back, leaving one suspect to flee without a shirt.

The two employees inside Z Comm Communications had only their bare fists to work with, but they still prevailed.

“It was brave of them,” police spokesman Steven Bartolotta said Tuesday in a telephone interview. “But it’s not what we would recommend employees do.”

Police on Tuesday released a store surveillance video of the July 18 fight in hopes someone will recognize the beaten bandits.

WATCH: Business owner in Arlington, Texas fights off armed robber pic.twitter.com/P4tzdjezoJ

— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 9, 2017

Z-Comm manager Khurrum Monga said Tuesday the suspect asked about buying a phone. Before last month, Monga said he had never had a robbery at his store.

“When he pulled out the gun, I thought he was playing a game or it was joke,” Monga said. “He jumped over the counter and that’s when we started pushing and grabbing him.”

The video shows two men with backpacks entering the store about 4:30 p.m. July 18 in the 3400 block of South Cooper Street. One suspect pulls a small handgun and jumps over a counter, and the fight is on.

The two employees punch, pull and grab at the armed suspect behind the counter. The second suspect grabs his handgun from his backpack and brandishes it.

The employees manage to push the armed suspect from behind the counter and he heads to the door, but the employees hold on to him. The second suspect punches at the employees in an effort to help his accomplice.

The suspect who is entangled with the employees manages to pull away, but loses his shirt.

“It was all so sudden,” Monga said. “I hope it doesn’t happen again.”

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information about the incident should call police at 817-459-53011.

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©2017 the Fort Worth Star-Telegram


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Public pushes back against LAPD's use of drones

PoliceOne - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:05

By Kate Mather Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — For more than three years, a pair of drones donated to the Los Angeles Police Department were locked away, collecting dust after a public outcry over the idea of police using the controversial technology.

Seattle police saw a similar backlash when they wanted to use the devices, grounding their drone program before it even took off. And recently, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s use of a drone has been criticized by activists as well as civilian oversight commissioners who want the agency to stop.

On Tuesday, the LAPD again waded into the heated debate, as department brass proposed testing an “unmanned aerial system” during a one-year pilot program.

Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala told the Police Commission that the idea was to use a small drone to help officers during certain types of incidents, such as standoffs with hostage-takers or barricaded suspects and reports of potential bombs or active shooters. The devices, she said, could help gather crucial information as such situations unfold, without putting officers at risk.

The LAPD would draw up clear guidelines before using the drone and each use would require the approval of a high-ranking department official, she said.

Before the meeting, roughly three dozen activists from various groups — including the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Black Lives Matter and Los Angeles Community Action Network — stood outside the LAPD’s downtown headquarters, denouncing the use of drones by police.

The Police Commission should “completely reject LAPD’s latest attempt to revive its drone program,” said Hamid Khan, founder of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, an anti-surveillance group that frequently criticizes the LAPD.

“L.A. does not need further militarization by the LAPD,” said Paula Minor, an activist with Black Lives Matter.

Drones have been hailed by law enforcement across the country as a crucial technology that can help find missing hikers or monitor armed suspects without jeopardizing the safety of officers. But efforts to adopt the unmanned aircraft have frequently drawn fierce criticism from privacy advocates for whom the devices stir Orwellian visions of inappropriate — or illegal — surveillance or fears of military-grade, weaponized drones patrolling the skies.

“People are concerned because they associate the drones that police might be using with the drones that are being used by the military,” said Dan Gettinger, co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College. “The word ‘drone’ just has that implication.”

Almost 350 public safety departments in the U.S. have acquired drones, nearly half of them last year, according to a study Gettinger’s center published earlier this year. Many of those drones are no more advanced than those used by hobbyists, he said.

Some agencies have adopted the technology without much public reaction. Still, Gettinger said, skeptics have expressed apprehension not just about how police use drones today, but how they might use the technology in the future.

“We’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg,” he said. “The systems are going to evolve, and that’s going to bring with them questions about how they’re going to be used.”

In an attempt to strike a balance between privacy and public safety, more than a dozen states have adopted rules requiring law enforcement agencies to obtain warrants before using drones to conduct surveillance or searches, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. A similar proposal by the California Legislature was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014.

The LAPD’s dance with drones began in 2014, when the department received two Draganflyer X6 drones from police in Seattle — drones the Washington agency unloaded after heavy criticism from the public. Although the LAPD said it would deploy the drones for “narrow and prescribed uses,” civil liberties advocates questioned their use in even a limited fashion.

Less than a week after getting the drones, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said he would not fly the unmanned aircraft until the department had sought public feedback as well as approval from the Police Commission.

“I will not sacrifice public support for a piece of police equipment,” Beck said at the time.

The drones were then locked away in the office of the LAPD’s inspector general. Department officials said the move was a response to public perception and federal laws limiting use of the unmanned aircraft.

Earlier this year, L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell announced his agency’s plans to use a $10,000 drone to help deputies responding to arson scenes, suspected bombs and hostage situations. McDonnell said the drone would not be used in surveillance but could provide critical information from previously inaccessible vantage points.

Civil liberties advocates expressed concern over privacy as well as what they described as a lack of public input in the sheriff’s abrupt announcement. The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition staged a protest blasting the department’s use of drones.

On July 27, the majority of the Civilian Oversight Commission also expressed their desire for McDonnell to stop flying the drone, citing concerns over surveillance and safety.

The Sheriff’s Department still plans to use its drone, a spokeswoman said Monday. Deputies flew the device last week, she said, during an East L.A. standoff with a gunman who shot two people and refused to surrender.

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©2017 Los Angeles Times


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$3M in fentanyl, heroin seized from alleged NY 'packaging mill'

PoliceOne - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 09:58

By PoliceOne Staff

NEW YORK — The NYPD discovered $3 million worth of drugs, packaging materials and a loaded gun during a bust.

Investigators were watching the suspects as a part of an ongoing drug investigation when they saw David Rodriguez walk out of an apartment with a large shopping bag on Friday, NBC New York reported.

Officials followed Rodriguez after he got into an Uber. When they pulled him over, they discovered Rodriguez in the backseat with an open box containing packaged powder.

(Photo/NYPD)

Police raided the apartment and discovered more packages of suspected fentanyl and heroin, along with 1,100 baggies of powder stamped with “Uber.” The bust uncovered stamps used for branding packaging, including “Walking Dead,” the McDonald’s “M” and “Time Bomb.” A loaded pistol between two couch cushions, $30,000 cash, IDs, ledgers and cellphones were recovered as well.

“This seizure alone contains enough potency to kill half of the population of New York City, if lab analysis proves it is all fentanyl,” DEA Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt said in a statement. “I commend the brave men and women in law enforcement who are risking their lives tracking down this toxin before it contributes to more fatal overdoses.”

Jesus Perez-Cabral, Johnny Beltrez, David Rodriguez and Richard Rodriguez were taken into custody and are awaiting trial.

Partnership btwn NYPD, @snpnyc, & @DEANEWYORKDiv leads to 20lbs of deadly fentanyl taken off the street, 4 indicted https://t.co/6HSAFTkm3I pic.twitter.com/VeRSpRKSxh

— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) August 8, 2017


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SC cop cleared in fatal OIS, video of gun grab attempt released

PoliceOne - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 09:56

By PoliceOne Staff

PENDLETON, S.C. — Police released body camera footage Monday of a fatal April 3 shooting.

Cpl. John Marano was responding to a domestic violence call when he was flagged down by a female jogger, unrelated to the initial call, who told him a man in his underwear chased her, according to a city press release.

As Marano approached an intersection, he saw Jose Antonio Hernandez coming toward him. Video shows Marano exit his patrol vehicle and command Hernandez to show his hands. Hernandez refuses and continues toward Marano.

Marano told Hernandez to get on the ground, but when he refused and attempted to steal his patrol car, Marano deployed his TASER. Hernandez tried twice to grab Marano’s patrol rifle before Marano fatally shot him.

A toxicology report showed Hernandez had marijuana, methamphetamine, amphetamine, cocaine and methadone in his system.Marano was found justified in the shooting Monday, The Independent Mail reported. He could return to work as soon as this week.


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Police defend officer who drew gun in viral video of traffic stop

PoliceOne - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 09:29

By Jason Green and Robert Salonga The Mercury News

CAMPBELL, Calif. — The Campbell Police Department is defending an officer’s decision to draw his gun during a recent car stop on Highway 101 — an incident recorded by a motorist and posted on Facebook, where it has been watched over a million times and evoked scores of viewer criticisms.

Captured on cell phone video by the driver, the approximately nine-minute video shows the unidentified officer pointing his pistol at a male passenger, who tells the officer several times to stop while holding up his hands. But Campbell police Capt. Gary Berg contends the recording is incomplete and doesn’t show what led up to the interaction or how it ended.

“We are in a position to provide the context because we have reviewed the officer’s body-worn camera, which recorded the encounter in its entirety,” Berg said in a lengthy statement about the encounter issued Monday.

Officials are reviewing whether to release the body-camera footage, in its entirety or through excerpts, but no decision has been made, Berg said Tuesday.

On July 28, the motorcycle officer was northbound on Highway 101 south of Bailey Avenue between San Jose and Morgan Hill when a vehicle reportedly passed him in the far-right lane at about 85 mph. Berg noted that all California police officers have the authority to enforce the vehicle code regardless of their jurisdiction, and that the officer stopped the car for “safety concerns.”

Berg said the first few minutes of the encounter, which did not make it into the now-viral video, included a “cordial conversation” between the occupants of the vehicle and the officer, who explained why he stopped them and asked for the license of the female driver and the car’s registration and proof of insurance.

The occupants spent several minutes looking for those documents, and at one point the officer told them to stay in the vehicle as he prepared to walk back to his motorcycle to write a ticket. Berg said it was around that time the passenger started to reach under his seat.

“Unfortunately, the passenger’s unexpected movement toward the bottom of the seat caused the officer to perceive a threat and draw his handgun,” Berg said.

In the video, the passenger explains that he was simply looking for the requested items and holds his hands up. The officer tells him he understands, but also not to move.

“Why are you still pointing the gun at me, bro?” the passenger asks. “My hands are right here.”

Many of the comments on the video are critical of the officer’s decision draw his gun.

“He needs to be fired,” wrote one Facebook user.

“A little excessive I think but who keeps their registration under the seat?” wrote another.

Berg said the officer’s actions were in line with his training.

“Our officers receive a tremendous amount of training on a consistent basis and that training is what dictates our response,” he said. “This is intended to protect our officers as well as those they come in contact with.”

Berg also acknowledged the unusual length of the incident, noting that backup officers had to fight through rush-hour traffic to reach the scene: “If this same situation would have occurred closer to back-up officers, it would most likely have been resolved much sooner.”

The video also is missing the conclusion of the incident, which purportedly shows the officer explain his actions to the passenger, Berg said.

“The passenger indicated he understood why it happened and actually apologized to the officer,” Berg said.

The motorists were then cited and allowed to continue their travels.

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©2017 the San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.)


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Trump pledges US will beat opioid drug epidemic

PoliceOne - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 09:25

By Catherine Lucey Associated Press

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — President Donald Trump took on the opioid drug epidemic Tuesday, pledging that "we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win."

Trump held a briefing on the matter at his private golf course in central New Jersey, where he is on a 17-day "working vacation." Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser Jared Kushner and first lady Melania Trump were among the attendees.

The president did not announce any new policy, but vowed to work with health professionals and law enforcement on the crisis. He said federal drug prosecutions have dropped but promised he would "be bringing them up rapidly."

He also said, "We're very, very tough on the Southern border, where much of this comes in."

Trump's drug commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, recently called on him to declare a national emergency to deal with the opioid crisis. An initial report from the commission says the approximately 142 deaths each day from drug overdoses mean the death toll is "equal to September 11th every three weeks."

The White House says it is still reviewing the recommendations in the report. Price said after the briefing that the administration can deploy the necessary resources and attention without declaring a national emergency, though he stressed "all things are on the table for the president."

Trump drew criticism recently after transcripts of a call with Mexico's president showed him describing New Hampshire as a "drug-infested den." The transcripts were published in The Washington Post.

This was the first event listed on the president's public schedule since he started his "working vacation" on Friday. Trump has pushed back against any suggestion that he is taking a summer break, tweeting that he is holding meetings and making calls while renovations have vacated the West Wing.

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SC firefighter-paramedic suspended after allegedly posing as police officer

PoliceOne - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 09:16

By PoliceOne Staff

HILTON HEAD, S.C. — A firefighter-paramedic was suspended after being charged with impersonating a police officer.

The State reported that Dominic Socie, with Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue, was arrested after he allegedly walked around a Hilton Head restaurant asking women to show him their identifications.

Police said they responded to the restaurant after receiving a call from Socie, who said he was a bartender and needed help removing underage customers.

The business was closing when a deputy arrived, who said he did not see any underage patrons.

The four security officials on the scene denied placing the call, and did not know of a bartender named Dominic Socie.

The deputy then spotted Socie and recognized him as a firefighter. Socie told the officer that he made the call because he had an issue with his bar tab, which he had corrected. The report said Socie then left the restaurant.

A security guard said Socie had been checking IDs of women on the patio and asked that they give him a trespass notice.

Another security guard said several women reported that Socie told them he was a police officer. When confronted by security, Socie allegedly revealed a badge and said he was undercover.

Socie later contacted police and told them he did not remember telling anyone he was a police officer or asking for identification.

“Socie explained he does not remember the entire evening and only remembered parts of what happened,” the report said. “Socie did not remember anything about his call to a Sheriff’s Office dispatch. Socie advised the only reason he would call about underage customers is if someone asked him to.”

Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue Chief Brad Tadlock said the incident is being investigated.


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How one Florida PD is cutting its fuel consumption

PoliceOne - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 07:42

Sponsored by Derive Systems

By PoliceOne BrandFocus Staff

Located in the center of the Florida peninsula, between Tampa to the west and Orlando to the east, the city of Lakeland comprises about 75 square miles. The city’s roughly 102,000 residents are served by a police force of about 250 sworn officers.

The nearly year-round heat and humidity compel Lakeland’s patrol officers to keep the A/C running in their cruisers at all times, which helps prevent heat illness but significantly increases the fuel burned while the vehicles are idling.

Wanted: A low-impact way to boost fuel efficiency

Gary McLean, the city’s fleet manager, wanted a way to reduce fuel consumption without added labor or equipment costs.

An auto enthusiast in his spare time, McLean had heard about an engine tuning product from Derive Systems that could improve gas mileage for fleet vehicles, including police cruisers.

The Derive Efficiency handheld programmer plugs into a vehicle's OBDII port to customize engine settings, which can reduce fuel consumption at idle without reducing performance of the engine or electrical systems.

It takes about 15 minutes to load the software, and because there are no parts to install and no downtime, you don’t have to take the vehicle out of service. Installation can be accomplished while technicians are doing other routine work on the vehicle.

“You just plug it in and leave it and go off and do other things,” said McLean. “It’s really no impediment to the workload at all.”

Convinced by early results

McLean tested Derive Efficiency on 10 city vehicles, including six police cruisers, for seven months in 2013. The testing yielded an average 12 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, and McLean and his team were quickly convinced.

In late 2013, the city began installing the Derive calibrations on all new vehicles upon delivery, working their way through the police fleet of more than 300 vehicles by attrition.

McLean says he is pleased with the solution. Derive offers additional modifications, such as limiting top speed and adjusting the transmission shifting points, but the sole focus for the Lakeland fleet was better fuel efficiency.

“Our No. 1 thing was to improve miles per gallon, which has definitely been achieved using the Derive product, especially with the idle reduction,” said McLean. “Our police vehicles idle a lot, and the lowered idle gives us the mpg reduction we were hoping to get.”

As an added benefit, the Derive calibrations also erased a slight lag in throttle response on Lakeland’s pursuit vehicles. Officers accustomed to the immediate response of the manual throttle in the old Crown Victoria cruisers had noticed a slight lag from the electric throttles of new cruisers.

It wasn’t a problem so much as a quirk, said McLean, but the Derive installation also maximized the response time of those electronics, which made the officers happy.

The calibrations are reversible, and McLean says it’s important for fleet managers to understand that recalibrating the engine won’t damage the vehicles or void the warranty.

“It’s just re-mapping the computer, and you can bring it back to stock if it’s not what you want to do,” he said.

Ongoing passive savings

McLean says the cost of the Derive solution breaks even in less than two years, and he expects that the savings margin will increase over the life of each vehicle.

“Based on our data from the pilot, we’re reducing fuel cost approximately $200 per year per police vehicle,” he said. “They’re not cosmic numbers, but they are real and easily attained with a quick return on investment.”

Further, he says, the calibrations provide savings without requiring a lot of time and effort or impacting the officers who drive the vehicles.

“This is the easiest way to save a quick buck,” McLean said. “Twelve percent is tangible in a vehicle fleet, especially times 300 police vehicles that are out there idling around.”


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5 things to know about suspected cop killer Ian McCarthy

PoliceOne - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 13:43

By PoliceOne Staff

Police are searching for Ian McCarthy, the suspect in the killing of 37-year-old rookie cop Gary Michael, who was less than a year on the job when he was tragically murdered in Clinton, Missouri. Officer Michael was a husband and a step-father. Here are five things to know about his suspected killer.

1. McCarthy is considered armed and dangerous.

Officer Michael was killed after stopping McCarthy, 39, for a registration violation. McCarthy is believed to have been armed with a rifle at the time of the killing. Investigators found a .233 rifle shell casing inside the suspect’s crashed vehicle a few blocks from the scene, and two shots pierced Officer Michael’s Kevlar vest, according to Fox 4. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

2. Police are ‘fairly certain’ he’s still in the area.

McCarthy is believed to still be in Henry County, Missouri, but he has no close ties to the area, which makes the manhunt more difficult for law enforcement. Officials say he is most likely on foot.

3. He has a violent criminal history.

The suspect has multiple active warrants out for his arrest, which police believe may be what compelled him to fatally shoot Officer Michael. He’s wanted in New Hampshire for failing to show up to sentencing for a disorderly conduct charge, and he’s also wanted in Jackson County, Missouri, for unlawful possession of a firearm. That doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of his long criminal history. According to Fox 4, he was convicted of first degree assault in New Hampshire in 2001 for stabbing a boy multiple times. Between 1997 and 2011, he racked up 20 counts ranging from minor traffic violations to criminal charges. He’s served time in prison at least twice and was paroled in 2008.

4. He may be wounded.

Officer Michael fought until the end and was able to return fire after he was shot. But law enforcement officials are not sure if a bullet struck McCarthy, according to the NY Daily News.

The officer’s brother, Chris, praised his heroism:

"He’s my hero. He’s my big brother," Chris Michael said. "Even though there’s a lot of tears today there was some laughter because we got to remember him and who he was and who he is, because he’s still that person, and he proved it."

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Posted by Clinton Missouri Police Department on Monday, August 7, 2017 5. The search is complicated.

In addition to the issue of few locals knowing McCarthy, the search is even more difficult for police because of its scope – officers are searching neighborhoods, abandoned buildings, empty buses and wooded areas – which calls for different tactics depending on the environment.

“And when you are dealing with someone who is armed and dangerous, it makes it more complex,” Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe told AP. “We have to make sure our officers are safe, while also making sure no one else is hurt.”

Alert: Ian McCarthy is considered armed & dangerous. If you see him Do NOT contact him. Call 911!

— MSHP Troop A (@MSHPTrooperA) August 7, 2017

For tips and tactics on conducting safe and effective manhunts, be sure to check out our articles, “9 considerations for police when requesting public assistance during a manhunt,” “How the fundamentals of tracking can benefit your police department” and “How 'Tactical watch-outs' can help police in woodland manhunts.”

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— FOX 4 News (@fox4kc) August 8, 2017


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$1M bill deposit attempt leads to Iowa man's drug arrest

PoliceOne - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 13:24

Associated Press

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Authorities say a man who tried to deposit what he presented as a $1 million bill has been charged with drug possession in Iowa.

A criminal complaint says Sioux City police officers were called to a Northwest Bank branch Thursday to talk to a man who tried to deposit the bill into his account. The officers asked 33-year-old Dennis Strickland whether he had any more of the bills and that a baggie fell out when he emptied a pocket. The complaint says the baggie contained methamphetamine.

The U.S. Treasury Department says it has never produced a $1 million bill.

Iowa court records say Strickland is scheduled to be back in court Monday. His attorney hasn't returned a call Tuesday from The Associated Press.


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Accused burglar doesn't flush toilet, leaves DNA for police

PoliceOne - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 13:21

Associated Press

VENTURA, Calif. — A man accused of burglarizing a Southern California home took a bathroom break and left DNA evidence in the toilet that led to his arrest, an investigator said Tuesday.

The suspect "did his business and didn't flush it" during the October break-in in the city of Thousand Oaks, said Detective Tim Lohman of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.

That allowed investigators to collect evidence to conduct a DNA profile. It matched another profile in a national database and detectives tracked down the suspect at his home in the nearby city of Ventura.

Andrew David Jensen was arrested July 28 on suspicion of first-degree residential burglary, a felony. His bail was set at $180,000. Lohman did not know if Jensen, 42, has an attorney.

Efforts to reach Jensen for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Lohman said it's the first DNA burglary match case he knows of with fecal evidence collected from a toilet.

"When people think of DNA evidence, they usually think of hair samples or saliva," Lohman said.

Jensen was scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday.


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Baltimore's ceasefire weekend ends in 2 dead

PoliceOne - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:20

By PoliceOne Staff

BALTIMORE — An activist’s call for a city-wide ceasefire over the weekend ended with three shootings and two dead.

Erricka Bridgeford called for the “nobody kill anybody” ceasefire for 72 hours, as the city is on pace to record its highest annual homicide toll, KTLA reported.

“This is about a culture shift,” she said. “It’s about helping people realize they have a choice in their decision-making. Not just about committing violence but about feeling hopeless that there’s nothing we can do about the level of violence in our communities.”

Almost 40 hours into the ceasefire, a 24-year-old was fatally shot. Then a 37-year-old. Both men died at the hospital. Fox 45 reported a man suffered an arm wound in a shootout as well.

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Have you changed your profile picture yet? Have you told EVERYONE you know to commit to peace? #SIXDaysAway #TheWorldIsWatching #WhatchuWaitinFor

Posted by Baltimore Ceasefire 365 on Saturday, July 29, 2017

According to the Baltimore Sun, Saturday’s homicides bring the city’s total to 210 in 2017. In 2016, the total for the year was 318.

Police Spokesman T.J. Smith, whose brother was killed in a homicide last month, said people were too quick to say the ceasefire was a failure after the two deaths.

“The measure of success is the fact that we’re having this conversation,” he told KTLA. “We can’t be successful as a city without the citizens being motivated, and that’s what this is. People are engaged that might not have been engaged before. We need this to spread like an epidemic.”

Tyrone Boyette, a participant in the ceasefire, told the Baltimore Sun that while they wanted to stop the violence, they wanted to unite the city as well.

"This is to let the people in the community know that there’s hope," he said. "We know it's not going to stop the murders, but it's a start."

Enough is Enough @MomsDemand #BaltimoreCeasefire pic.twitter.com/oKW2397rsr

— Mary McCaughey (@Alwaysamc) August 5, 2017

When asked if the #BaltimoreCeasefire was a success, one supporter said "It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness." #WBAL pic.twitter.com/woUGSdZRSS

— Vanessa Herring (@VanessaWBAL) August 7, 2017


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Ex-cop sentenced for using PD helicopter to film couple having sex

PoliceOne - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:17

By PoliceOne Staff

SOUTH YORKSHIRE, England — An ex-officer who used a police helicopter to film a couple having sex was sentenced Friday to a year in prison.

Adrian Pogmore, who was fired in 2015, plead guilty to four counts of misconduct in a public office, Sky News reported. He used the South Yorkshire Police helicopter to film a couple having sex on their patio, a woman sunbathing naked and two naturists sitting outside a caravan.

Judge Peter Kelson QC told Pogmore, 50, that his crimes were “offensive and invasive.”

"In short, you used a £2m helicopter which costs something like $1,000 an hour to run to advance your own sexual curiosities when it should have been detecting crime,” Kelson said. "You, quite literally, considered yourself above the law. Nobody is above the law."

Two other officers and two pilots who were in the helicopter when the video was filmed were cleared of misconduct.

South Yorkshire police are continuing with their internal investigations against all the officers.

'Rogue' police officer jailed for using force helicopter to satisfy his own depraved sex addiction. https://t.co/AD4RzPu0fv pic.twitter.com/rKslq4dfPp

— James Mitchinson (@JayMitchinson) August 8, 2017


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