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Man charged with capital murder in Ark. officer's death

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:00

Author: Ed Flosi

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An 18-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a decorated Arkansas police officer.

Arkansas State Police said Tyler Calamese shot Newport Police Lt. Patrick Weatherford Monday as he investigated a vehicle break-in in Newport, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock. Weatherford died at a hospital that night.

Police said Calamese fled the scene when officers arrived, who then pursued him on foot. Calamese allegedly turned and fired shots during the pursuit, striking Weatherford.

Calamese appeared in Newport district court Wednesday morning. His family maintains that he is innocent. His grandmother, Janet Reynolds, told KATV-TV Tuesday that her grandson turned himself in to police to clear his name.

"Tyler is an easy-going person," Reynolds told KATV. "He didn't meddle with people, he didn't start fights, and for them to say that he did this is just not — that's not true. That's not Tyler."

Calamese's next court appearance is scheduled for June 20 and he has been assigned two public defenders. Attorney Gina Reynolds declined to comment on the case.

Weatherford, 41, had served with the Newport Police Department for 15 years and was honored last year as the Jackson County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said at a Wednesday news conference that he has asked for $10,000 to be allocated to a fund for fallen officers, so Weatherford's family may get $5,000 in immediate relief.

Weatherford is the second Arkansas police officer to be killed in the line of duty this year.

Last month, Yell County Lt. Kevin Mainhart was fatally shot while making a traffic stop in rural western Arkansas, and a suspect was arrested after an hourslong standoff.

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Can Black Lives Matter be sued? Federal judge to decide

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 13:00
Author: Ed Flosi

Michael Kunzelman Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. — Black Lives Matter is a movement, not an organization that can be sued by a Louisiana police officer who was injured at a protest after a deadly police shooting, a prominent activist's attorney claims.

A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday about whether to dismiss a Baton Rouge police officer's lawsuit against Black Lives Matter and DeRay Mckesson, a Baltimore-based activist. Mckesson was one of nearly 200 protesters arrested after the July 2016 shooting death of Alton Sterling, a black man shot and killed by a white officer during a struggle outside a convenience store.

Mckesson's attorney, William Gibbens, said in a court filing that Black Lives Matter doesn't have a governing body, dues-paying members, bylaws, "or even a central location." At best, the lawyer argued, it's a "community of interest."

"However, even as a community of interest, it would be nearly impossible to ascribe a single common purpose or interest to the hundreds of thousands of different people, many with different goals and motives, who have protested, posted online, or acted under the 'Black Lives Matter' banner," Gibbens wrote.

The unidentified officer claims a piece of concrete or "rock like substance" struck him in the face during a July 9 protest over Sterling's death. The officer's lawsuit says he lost teeth and received injuries to his jaw and brain.

The suit doesn't accuse Mckesson of throwing anything, but it claims he "incited the violence" on behalf of Black Lives Matter. The suit also claims Mckesson "was in charge of the protests" and he was seen and heard giving orders.

The officer's attorneys sued Mckesson individually but also served him and others with the suit as alleged "agents" of Black Lives Matter.

Donna Grodner, an attorney for the officer, is urging U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson to deny Mckesson's requests to dismiss the case. Grodner describes Black Lives Matter as a "thriving, if not very wealthy, unincorporated association" that solicits donations and sells T-shirts for profit.

"If Black Lives Matter does not exist, it should not be raising money or collecting millions in donations," she wrote in a court filing.

Mckesson, who declined to be interviewed Wednesday, has described himself as a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement.

"No organization started the movement," he said during an interview last year.

The officer suing Mckesson is identified only as "Officer John Doe" in the suit, saying the anonymity is "for his protection." A court filing last year cited the July 2016 sniper attack that killed five Dallas police officers and a shooting 10 days later that killed three law-enforcement officers in Baton Rouge as reasons for concealing the officer's identity.

Mckesson was arrested near Baton Rouge police headquarters on a charge of obstructing a highway. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said his office wouldn't prosecute roughly 100 protesters who were arrested on that same charge, including Mckesson.

Mckesson and other protesters sued the city of Baton Rouge and local law enforcement officials over their arrests, accusing police of using excessive force and violating their constitutional rights. Last month, a federal judge preliminarily approved a proposed settlement of the class action. Mckesson is one of nearly 80 arrested protesters who are eligible for cash payments ranging from $500 to $1,000 if the settlement gets the court's final approval.

Mckesson and Black Lives Matter also were named as defendants in a federal lawsuit that Larry Klayman — founder of the conservative group Freedom Watch — filed last year in Texas after the sniper attack on Dallas police officers. Klayman also sued former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other political figures, accusing the defendants of inciting a "race war" against police officers.

Mckesson's lawyers argued Klayman should have known his claims were frivolous. A judge's ruling on June 2 said the plaintiffs didn't provide the court with any support for their "proposition" that Black Lives Matter is an entity capable of being sued. All of Klayman's claims against Mckesson and Black Lives Matter have been dismissed or withdrawn.

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Police: 4 NC officers injured by explosive device in targeted attack

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:55
Author: Ed Flosi

By PoliceOne Staff

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Investigators said four officers were injured after a blast went off while they were on foot patrol.

The officers were patrolling an apartment building Saturday when they noticed sudden movement, WLOS reported.

Investigators said a blast followed and went off nearly a foot away from the officers. They were taken to the hospital to have metal shrapnel removed from their skin, the news station reported.

Officials said they believe the attack was intentional.

"This is concerning, however it will not deter us from continuing that foot patrol in that community," Sgt. Brien Griffin said.

Two officers said they initially drew their guns because they thought the blast might’ve been gunshots. Griffin said police are searching for one suspect and the explosion was likely from a commercial-grade firework.

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Church hands out opioid reversal drug at family festival

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 09:16
Author: Ed Flosi

Associated Press

CINCINNATI — Some people have questioned an Ohio church's decision to hand out the opioid reversal drug naloxone at a family festival.

WLWT-TV reports Holy Family Catholic Church in Cincinnati's East Price Hill neighborhood partnered with the Ohio attorney general's office to distribute nearly 70 overdose kits last weekend.

Parish operations manager Jeremy Bouer said providing the kits was the right thing to do because people need to be equipped to save lives when someone overdoses.

Not everyone agrees. One woman at the festival said it was an inappropriate setting and sends the wrong message to drug users. Another woman said the church should help those in need.

Naloxone has become widely available in recent years as the opioid epidemic has taken root in Ohio, killing thousands of people.

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Gang smuggling migrants between Greece and Western Europe hit by Polish law enforcement

EUROPOL - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 07:32
With the support of Europol's European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC), the Polish Border Guard delivered a serious blow to an organised criminal network involved in smuggling Middle Eastern natives from Greece to Poland and onwards to Western Europe.
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Police: 12 dead, at least 74 injured in London high-rise blaze

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 07:04

Author: Ed Flosi

By Gregory Katz and Danica Kirka Associated Press

LONDON — With smoke still swirling around the charred remains of Grenfell Tower in west London, residents and community leaders demanded to know Wednesday how a ferocious fire could have swept through the high-rise apartment block with such speed that it killed at least 12 people.

The anger was particularly strong since activists had warned just seven months ago that fire safety procedures were so lax that only a catastrophic blaze would bring the scrutiny needed to make the building safe.


Fire and police officials have not specified what went wrong, but extensive video footage shows the flames climbing the exterior of the building at a remarkable pace.

"I've never seen a fire like that in my life," said Joe Ruane, the former deputy chief fire officer for U.S. Air Force bases in Britain. "I've never seen that in a residential block."

The 24-story public housing complex is owned by the local government council in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea and was completed in the 1970s. It is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization, which spent 10 million pounds ($12.8 million) refurbishing the building over the last two years.

The renovation project included installation of insulated exterior cladding, double-glazed windows and a communal heating system. Investigators need to look at what materials were used in the project and who approved their use, Ruane said. But he said the speed with which the fire spread suggests that more than one fire protection safeguard failed.

"It's not just one thing," Ruane said. "It's multiple issues."


Some residents suggested that Grenfell Tower's policies were to blame for the disaster.

A newsletter put out by the building's tenant organization told tenants to follow a "stay put" policy and remain in their apartments during a fire unless the blaze was inside their apartment or in their hallway or until they were told to evacuate by officials.

This policy is in place "because Grenfell was designed according to rigorous fire-safety standards," according to the 2014 newsletter about the renovation project. New front doors in each apartment could withstand a fire for up to 30 minutes, "which gives plenty of time for the fire brigade to arrive," the newsletter said.

That policy, often followed in high-rise hotels, may be effective in lesser fires. In this case, however, the fire seemed to climb the exterior of the tower so quickly that it overwhelmed protective systems like fire doors. People who initially remained in place may have been unable to escape later because the hallways and fire escapes were filled with heavy smoke and flames.

The London Fire Brigade said crews were on the scene within six minutes of the first reports of the fire, but they were unable to reach people on higher floors to prevent fatalities.


While investigations are underway to determine what went wrong, tenants said repeated complaints were ignored. Survivor Edward Daffarn said the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization, or KCTMO, which manages the Grenfell Tower as well as other buildings in the area, is responsible because it ignored numerous warnings.

The management organization's annual accounts for the year ending March 31, 2016, indicate that the company has been cited for fire-safety issues in the past.

Following an October 2015 arson fire at one of the buildings it manages, the 14-story Adair Tower, the London Fire Brigade issued an enforcement notice to install self-closing devices on the front doors of all 78 apartments and to improve fire safety in staircases used for escape, the organization said in the report.

The Fire Brigade issued a similar notice for another KCTMO-managed building, Hazelwood Tower. The upgrades were scheduled to be completed by 2016, the report said.

The Grenfell Tower disaster is uncomfortably similar to a fast-moving blaze at another London-area public housing project, Lakanal House, that killed six people, including three children, eight years ago. In that July 2009 fire, smoke and flames quickly engulfed the 14-story building. A coroner's inquest found that a series of failures contributed to the loss of life and made a number of recommendations to help prevent future disasters.

Investigators probing the Grenfell Tower fire will have to look at which of those recommendations were implemented in the building and which were not, said Jim Fitzpatrick, a former firefighter who now serves in the House of Commons.

"These will be matters for the scientists and the engineers ... to find out exactly how the fire started, why it spread so quickly and what could have been done to prevent it," Fitzpatrick told Sky News.

A local community organization, the Grenfell Action Group, had warned about fire dangers at the building since 2013. In a series of blog posts, the group raised concerns about testing and maintenance of fire-fighting equipment and blocked emergency access to the site.

"All our warnings fell on deaf ears, and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time," the group said in a blog post Wednesday.

KCTMO said it is cooperating with investigators and that it was aware of tenant complaints. "We always take all concerns seriously and these will form part of our forthcoming investigations," it said in a statement.

The Kensington and Chelsea Council promised a full investigation into Wednesday's tragedy and a public accounting. The UK government also ordered checks at tower blocks that have had or are going through similar renovations as those at Grenfell Tower.

This man has lost everything in the London fire. He was on 7th floor & says he's lucky to be alive #GrenfellTower

— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 14, 2017

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NYC police officer uses lifeguard skills to save 2 people

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 04:00
Author: Ed Flosi

Associated Press

NEW YORK — A New York city police officer who once worked as a lifeguard put the training from his former career to work, saving two people who were struggling in water off a boardwalk in Queens.

Twenty-three-year-old Officer William Lauria used to work at a swimming pool lifeguard. He answered a radio call Monday night to rescue a woman who was in distress about 50 feet (15 meters) from the shore at Rockaway Beach.

The Daily News reports another man who jumped into the water to try to save the woman also ended up in distress.

Lauria saved them both, directing a nearby surfer to pick up the man while he guided the 25-year-old woman to shore.

He says his training just "kicked in" when he needed it.

"I just grabbed her arm and coached her through." NYPD officer saves woman from drowning in Rockaway:

— DNAinfo New York (@DNAinfoNY) June 14, 2017

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Dog-poop dispute ends with 1 man jailed, 1 with wounded hand

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 04:00

Author: Ed Flosi

Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Police in Florida say an argument between two men over dog poop has left one in jail and another with a knife wound to the hand.

The Palm Beach Post reports 33-year-old Ricardo Garcia Sanchez was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. A police report says he's a property maintenance worker at an apartment complex in West Palm Beach and fought with a resident who he believed allowed his dog to defecate without cleaning up afterward.

Garcia Sanchez admitted to confronting the man about the pet but denied having the knife, which police didn't find. He said he didn't know how the man was injured.

He's being held in Palm Beach County Jail. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

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International operation targets customers of counter anti-virus and crypter services: 6 arrested and 36 interviewed

EUROPOL - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 02:21
Between 5 and 9 June, 6 suspects were arrested and 36 were interviewed during an internationally coordinated operation in 6 European countries. The targets are all suspected customers of a counter anti-virus platform and crypter service - two cybercriminal tools used for testing and clouding of malware samples to prevent security software solutions from recognising them as malicious.
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Photos: Taiwan's newest police puppy recruits ready to take bite out of crime

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 17:46
Author: Ed Flosi

By PoliceOne Staff

TAIWAN – Taiwan’s National Police Agency recently added six new cops to its force, and they’re ready to take a bite out of crime.

According to Mashable, these puppies are all around a month old, and will eventually serve in the NPA’s K-9 Anti Bomb and Drug unit.

The mother of the young officers, Yellow, is already a member of the K-9 team.

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"We hope that in the future the puppies can be like their mother Yellow, that they can pass through training successfully and enter the police force," the NPA wrote on Facebook.

The puppies are named Lucky Star, Schumann, Feida, Brother, AJ and Full Moon, according to the report.

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Maine police chief's BWC captures massive propane tank explosion

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 14:40

By Nick McCrea Bangor Daily News

LIMESTONE, Maine — A volunteer firefighter suffered facial burns when a propane tank explosion engulfed him in flames last week.

Limestone police Chief Stacey Mahan posted the dramatic video of the explosion, which was captured on his body camera, Sunday on social media.

Firefighters went to a property on Main Street on Thursday afternoon, where a fire had broken out in a wooded area near propane tanks.

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This is a clip from my body camera at the fire that occurred here in Limestone on 06-08-2017. This video is of when the explosion took place. Those who choose to be a firefighter whether full time or as a volunteer know the hazards of the job. I commend those that want to, "put the wet stuff on the red stuff" and lay their lives on the line each and every time they head out. This incident is a prime example of how things can change in an instant. Limestone Police Chief Stacey J. Mahan You know the old saying, "Why did God make Firefighters?"....."so cops could have heroes."

Posted by Limestone Police Department on Sunday, June 11, 2017

Firefighter Scott Patten was trying to keep the blaze under control when one of the tanks exploded, sending flames shooting toward him. The blast sent Mahan and another firefighter standing next to a nearby firetruck to the ground. Patten was able to walk away from the blast on his own.

Patten was taken to Cary Medical Center in Caribou. He was released the next day, after being treated for first- and second-degree burns to his face, according to the fire department.

©2017 the Bangor Daily News

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'This is war': Fla. sheriff urges citizens to carry guns

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 14:34

By Sandra Nortunen The Palm Beach Post

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida sheriff is calling on citizens to arm themselves in preparation for the next attack.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey posted a four-minute video on Facebook stating his case after a workplace shooting in Orlando on Monday took the lives of five people.

“Folks, now more than ever is the time for our citizens to be prepared to serve as the first line of defense, not only for them, but for their families when the attack happens,” Ivey said in the video.

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Posted by Sheriff Wayne Ivey on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

After calling himself “one of the most politically incorrect sheriffs in the country” he continued urging those who legally can carry a gun to do so. And, he adds, if you’re uncomfortable with a gun, carry a Taser.

The video also shows Ivey criticizing Britain's Run, Hide, and Tell technique that was used in the recent London attacks, according to Fox35 Orlando.

He says doing nothing to protect yourself is not going to save your life.

“This is war, and you better be prepared to wage war to protect you, your family and those around you if attacked,” he said.

Most people on Twitter were expressing support of his message.

This isn’t the first time Ivey has made this plea. In December 2015 following a mass shooting in California he did the same. That video ended up with over 4 million views.

©2017 The Palm Beach Post

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Man gets 15 months for Facebook threat to blow up Detroit cop's funeral

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 14:27

By Ann Zaniewski Detroit Free Press

DETROIT — A man was sentenced to 15 months in prison Friday for threatening on Facebook to blow up the funeral of a slain Detroit police sergeant.

Deshawn Maurice Lanton, 21, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to conveying false information and hoaxes, according to the office of Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch.

Lanton posted the threat on a livestream video of Sgt. Kenneth Steil's September funeral that was on the Facebook page of WXYZ (Channel 7), authorities said.

"During the funeral procession at St. Joan of Arc Church in St. Clair Shores, Lanton wrote 'Maybe I should drop a bomb on that building to get rid of the rest of y’all' on the Facebook live page as hundreds of officers marched into the church to pay their respects to the fallen officer," reads a press release from Lemisch's office.

Other Facebook viewers saw the post and contacted police, authorities said.

Lemisch's office said Lanton has several prior felony convictions, including for violent crimes and theft.

According to court records, authorities discovered during the investigation that Lanton posted multiple videos on his Facebook page of police officers getting injured. He then commented that he was pleased they were injured.

The FBI and the Detroit Police Department investigated the case.

Steil was shot Sept. 12 during a manhunt for a suspect in Detroit. He died five days later.

©2017 the Detroit Free Press

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Judge orders DUI defendants to download ride-hailing apps

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 12:58

Associated Press

PAINESVILLE, Ohio — An Ohio judge known for handing down unusual sentences is requiring convicted drunken drivers to download ride-hailing apps on their phones as part of their punishment.

Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti in Painesville in northeastern Ohio also requires defendants to enter a credit card number on the Uber and Lyft apps as a condition of probation.

Cicconetti tells the Willoughby News-Herald it's common sense to take advantage of the technology, which is safer than driving drunk and a cheaper alternative to thousands of dollars spent after a drunk driving arrest.

In the past Cicconetti has told a drunken driver to view crash victims' bodies at a morgue.

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Vegas officer charged with manslaughter in UOF incident

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 09:28

By Ken Ritter Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — A suspended Las Vegas police officer accused of using an unapproved chokehold on an unarmed man he was trying to arrest became the first in the department in 27 years to be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Officer Kenneth Lopera's on-duty actions in the May 14 death of Tashii S. Brown outside a Las Vegas Strip casino amounted to criminal conduct, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Monday. The prosecutor also filed a charge of oppression under color of office against the 31-year-old officer.

"The bottom line is, a police officer who crosses the line and commits crimes should be charged," Wolfson said.

The filing had been expected after police arrested Lopera a week ago. He posted $6,000 bail and was freed pending arraignment Aug. 21.

Lopera remains suspended without pay and could face up to eight years in state prison if he's convicted of both charges.

The Clark County coroner said Brown was intoxicated by methamphetamine and had an enlarged heart. But he died from lack of oxygen, or "asphyxia due to police restraint." His death was ruled a homicide.

Three Las Vegas police officers were indicted on involuntary manslaughter and oppression charges following the July 1990 chokehold death of 39-year-old Charles Bush. Their trial ended when a jury deadlocked, and they were not retried.

Lopera's police union legal representative, Steve Grammas, said Lopera will plead not guilty and fight the charges against him.

Police officials say Lopera violated several departmental policies when he chased Brown out a rear entrance at The Venetian, zapped him with a stun gun seven times, punched him more than 10 times and put him in the chokehold for a minute and 13 seconds.

Lopera is heard on body camera audio describing the arm-around-the-neck restraint as a "rear naked choke."

The chase began when a sweaty and agitated Brown approached Lopera and his patrol partner in a casino coffee shop, said he thought people were after him, and ran down employees-only hallways.

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Feds: Neo-Nazi plot targeted civilians, nukes and synagogues

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 09:21

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — Federal prosecutors say a neo-Nazi arrested after agents found bomb-making materials in his Florida apartment while investigating the slayings of his two roommates planned to use the explosives to harm civilians, nuclear facilities and synagogues.

Court documents filed Monday say a third roommate arrested in the killings told authorities that 21-year-old Brandon Russell had been targeting the sites.

The murder suspect, Devon Arthurs, was arrested last month after telling police he fatally shot 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman and 18-year-old Andrew Oneschuk because they were neo-Nazis who disrespected his recent conversion to Islam.

Arthurs told police Russell was not involved in the shootings, but that he was planning a bombing.

The documents also state that police found two rifles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a skull mask in Russell's car.

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Cops: Woman at anti-Shariah rally attacked police horse

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 09:16

Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Philadelphia woman is jailed on charges she attacked a police horse during a weekend demonstration against Shariah law in Pennsylvania's capital city.

Twenty-three-year-old Lisa Joy Simon was jailed Tuesday on charges including aggravated assault and taunting a police animal. Harrisburg police say she hit a state trooper's horse in the neck with a flag pole that had a nail protruding from it. Neither the horse nor the trooper was badly injured.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Simon, who faces a preliminary hearing July 6.

Simon was one of several dozen people who gathered for the demonstration Saturday against Islamic law. The event was organized by ACT for America, which staged similar rallies in several other states. Some Muslim groups have said the protesters unfairly distort their beliefs.

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Police: Officer shot while serving warrant in Va.

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 09:14

Associated Press

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — An officer has been shot while serving a search warrant in Virginia but is expected to recover.

Media outlets report that Virginia Beach Police spokeswoman Master Police Officer Tonya Pierce says the officer was shot Tuesday morning while serving a search warrant and someone is barricaded inside the home.

Pierce says authorities announced that they were entering a home and the officer was shot as they entered. She says the officer's injury is not considered life-threatening.

Pierce says police are working to get the person to come out of the home. She says authorities have asked neighbors to stay inside their own homes.

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153 detained for ticket fraud following worldwide law enforcement operation

EUROPOL - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 08:06
153 individuals have been detained following the sixth Global Airport Action Days (GAAD) major international law enforcement operation targeting airline fraudsters. The individuals are suspected of flying using airline tickets purchased with stolen, compromised or fake credit card details.
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Ark. officer fatally shot, suspect arrested

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 07:11

Associated Press

NEWPORT, Ark. — A suspect has been arrested in the killing of a decorated northeast Arkansas police officer who was fatally shot while assisting another officer with a traffic stop, police said.

Arkansas State Police said Newport Police Lt. Patrick Weatherford, 41, died at a hospital Monday night after the shooting in Newport, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock.

Condolences to the Weatherford family, Newport Police Department and each life touched by Lt. Weatherford

— Little Rock Police (@LRpolice) June 13, 2017

Newport police told Jonesboro television station KAIT that a person was in custody, and that more information will be released Tuesday morning. Police said Weatherford had been assisting another officer with a traffic stop when he was shot.

KAIT reported that a dive team is searching for the gun used in the shooting, but did not say where.

"We're in shock," Newport Mayor David Stewart told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette late Monday. "We are trying to put the pieces together right now."

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Weatherford was recognized last year as the Jackson County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. He was a 15-year veteran of the Newport Police Department.

"Lt. Weatherford was known for routinely preventing incidents and altercations from escalating into crisis, and I have no doubt that Lt. Weatherford began his watch today with the same mission to protect and serve the community he loved so much," Rutledge said in a statement Monday night.

Weatherford is the second Arkansas police officer to be killed in the line of duty this year. Last month, Yell County Lt. Kevin Mainhart was fatally shot while making a traffic stop in rural western Arkansas, and a suspect was arrested after an hours-long standoff.

RIP Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford, Newport (AR) Police Department

— NLEOMF (@NLEOMF) June 13, 2017

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