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Mass. lawmakers wrestle with 'sanctuary' bill

PoliceOne - Sat, 06/10/2017 - 03:30

By Bob Salsberg and Steve LeBlanc Associated Press

BOSTON — Lawmakers wrestled Friday with a proposal to sharply limit cooperation between federal immigration officials and state and local law enforcement agencies.

While some say the bill would make Massachusetts a so-called sanctuary state, backers including the American Civil Liberties Union argue the measure dubbed the Safe Communities Act would not violate federal law nor prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials from doing their jobs.

Hundreds of supporters and opponents of the measure crowded a public hearing, amid heightened concerns in some immigrant communities about Republican President Donald Trump's deportation policies.

An executive order issued by Trump to cut funding to sanctuary cities has been blocked, at least temporarily, by a federal judge.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker called for lawmakers to defeat the bill and not make Massachusetts a sanctuary state.

"The legislation would "prevent the Massachusetts State Police from upholding our policy to detain individuals for federal authorities that have been convicted of heinous crimes, like murder and rape," Baker said in a written statement.

Supporters of the bill said it would improve public safety by reassuring those in the state illegally that they can communicate to local police — either as victims of crime or as witnesses — without fearing deportation.

"We know that when police act as immigration agents, immigrant victims and witnesses become afraid to talk to them," Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, said during the hearing.

Ronnie Millar, head of the Irish International Immigrant Center, said some Irish immigrants are also particularly concerned about calls for a Muslim registry, given the long, and sometimes troubled, history of Irish immigration in Boston.

"As Catholic immigrants since the late 1800's, we remember well that the 'No Irish Need Apply' signs hung in the windows of Boston businesses," he said. "We Irish know what it's like to be treated as a threat and to be dehumanized and to be kept under special surveillance."

Opponents say the bill could harm public safety.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, who has offered to send inmates to the U.S.-Mexico border to help Trump fulfill his Republican campaign promise to build a wall, said it makes no sense to restrict the ability of Massachusetts to work with federal law enforcement agencies.

"Why should we share less information," he said. "Why is ICE cherry-picked as the one law enforcement agency that we can't partner with particularly given the escalating terrorist attacks, human and sex trafficking, gang violence and drug smuggling that's going on?"

Maureen Maloney, whose son Matthew Denice was killed in 2011 after being struck and dragged by a driver in the country illegally, also testified against the measure.

Maloney said her 23-year-old son survived an initial crash.

"Tragically, the unlicensed drunk criminal alien made the fatal decision to flee. He ran over Matthew and knowingly dragged him a quarter mile to his death," she said. "My son is dead because our lawmakers have put illegal aliens ahead of Americans."

Although dozens of legislators signed on as cosponsors of the bill, passage is far from assured. Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo, like Baker, has indicated a preference to leave sanctuary status up to individual cities and towns.

The proposed law would also bar creation of a Muslim registry; prohibit state and local agencies from entering into agreements with the federal government that call for "deputizing" employees to act as immigration officers; and require that anyone in detention be informed of their right to decline an interview with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

The House recently put off action on a more narrowly-focused bill that would prevent state funds from being used to implement agreements between ICE and county sheriffs to provide training for correctional officers in immigration law enforcement. Bristol and Plymouth counties have entered into such partnerships.

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Australian K-9 rejected from police academy gets job with governor

PoliceOne - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:18

By PoliceOne Staff

QUEENSLAND, Australia — A K-9 deemed too sociable for the police force has found a job with the governor.

Police said Gavel “did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line,” the BBC reported.

Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey began fostering Gavel at six weeks old and decided to give him the job of official dog of the governor’s residence.

He welcomes guests and tour groups to the grounds and participates in special ceremonial occasions, complete with a uniform featuring Queensland state emblems.

"He has outgrown four ceremonial coats, undergone a career change (his official title is now Gavel VRD, 'Vice-Regal Dog'), and brought untold joy to the lives of the governor, Mrs. de Jersey, Government House staff, and the thousands of Queenslanders who have since visited the estate," the governor's office said. “We hope Gavel’s with us for a long, long time.”

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Man dies after jumping in river to evade police, video released

PoliceOne - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:16

By PoliceOne Staff

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Police released video of a May 22 foot pursuit that ended with the drowning of the suspect.

According to the Steamboat Today, police responded to disturbance at a bar and found Arman “Jack” Qureshi, 22, intoxicated in an alley. A woman told police Qureshi was inside the bar and took a woman’s jacket with her belongings inside. His roommate and parents said Qureshi could have thought the jacket was his.

When the woman approached him, he grabbed the jacket and fled to the alley where two men confronted him. Bar employees called police when they saw the disturbance behind the building, the publication reported.

Police were attempting to arrest Qureshi and decided he needed to be medically cleared. As he walked toward the ambulance, he then broke into a sprint and fled police.

Officer Jeff Malchow pursued him and discovered Qureshi had crawled into a river. He noticed him making noises clinging to rocks and told him “you’re going to kill yourself for a misdemeanor. Come on. Take my hand.”

Malchow took off his gear and entered the river in an attempt to save Qureshi. He briefly had a hold of him until Qureshi pushed back into the river.

Qureshi was discovered further down the river face down without a shirt. Firefighters attempted to grab him, but were unsuccessful. His body was recovered the following day near a local golf club.

His roommates said he would drink up to 1.75 liters of vodka a day and had used drugs. They had spoken to him about getting help, but he was unresponsive, the publication reported.

An investigation is ongoing.

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Video shows police fatally shooting London Bridge attackers

PoliceOne - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:13

By PoliceOne Staff

LONDON — Surveillance footage shows London police arrive on the scene shortly after the attackers stabbed a man and fatally shooting the three suspects.

The suspects are seen on video attacking a pedestrian in Borough Market Saturday night, the BBC reported. The suspects mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge, killing eight, before heading to the markets with knives and fake suicide vests. Twenty-nine people remain hospitalized, 10 in critical condition, hospital officials said.

When police arrived on the scene seven seconds after the stabbing, the attackers charged at police and were fatally shot, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Independent Police Complaints Commissions told the BBC that 46 shots were fired at the suspects.

The suspects were identified as Youssef Zaghbam, 22; Khuram Butt, 27; and Rachid Redouane, 30. A total of 17 people were arrested in connection with the attack, five remain in custody, the BBC reported.

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Use-of-force expert: Cop who fatally shot Philando Castile justified in shooting

PoliceOne - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:06

By Steve Karnowski Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A use-of-force expert testified Friday that a Minnesota police officer was justified in the fatal shooting of a black motorist moments after the man told him he was carrying a gun, and said his tests found the motorist could have pulled the weapon in a fraction of a second.

Emanuel Kapelsohn was the second such expert in two days called by attorneys for Officer Jeronimo Yanez. He's charged with manslaughter for shooting Philando Castile during a traffic stop last July that drew widespread attention because Castile's girlfriend streamed the aftermath on Facebook.

Prosecutors say Yanez's actions were unreasonable. Castile, a 32-year-old cafeteria worker, had a permit for the weapon and prosecutors have sought to portray him as being cooperative when he volunteered to Yanez early during the stop, "Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me." Yanez's attorneys say the St. Anthony police officer made a reasonable split-second decision in the presence of a gun and fearing for his life.

Yanez, who is Latino, was expected to take the stand later Friday. The defense's case is expected to stretch into next week.

A key issue in the trial is what Yanez saw before he fired seven shots into Castile's car. Squad-car video recorded him telling a supervisor afterward that he didn't know where Castile's gun was, but also that he told Castile to take his hand off it. Yanez's partner testified that Yanez told him later he saw the gun. Witnesses have testified that the gun was in a pocket of Castile's shorts when paramedics removed him from his vehicle.

Kapelsohn says if Yanez believed he saw a gun, he was justified to shoot.

"He's trained to do so. He's justified in doing so. He'd be remiss in not doing so," Kapelsohn said.

Prosecutors have sought to show Yanez could have taken lesser steps, such as asking to see Castile's hands or asking where the gun was. After Castile told the officer he had the gun, Yanez told Castile, "OK, don't reach for it then," and, "Don't pull it out" — a response Kapelsohn described as "moderate."

Kapelsohn, a firearms instructor to police for 37 years, said the situation escalated when Castile reached for something. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was a passenger in the car, has said he was reaching for his wallet or seat belt.

On squad-car video, Castile can be heard saying, "I'm not pulling it out," as Yanez opened fire. Castile's last words were, "I wasn't reaching for it."

Kapelsohn said tests he conducted showed it would take less than three-tenths of a second to draw a gun like Castile's from a holster in the pocket of shorts like Castile was wearing. Kapelsohn said that's faster than an officer could react.

Prosecutor Jeff Paulsen, on cross-examination, asserted that "the ultimate question" in the case was whether Yanez saw a gun. Kapelsohn disagreed, saying the central question to him was whether Yanez "reasonably believed that Castile was pulling out a firearm."

Paulsen also displayed autopsy photos that showed a graze wound to Castile's trigger finger. Paulsen noted the absence of a bullet hole in Castile's shorts or bullet damage to his gun — evidence, the prosecutor said, that showed he wasn't reaching for the gun when shot.

Kapelsohn said it was possible Castile didn't have his hand in or near his pocket at that point.

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Ariz. officers cleared in shooting case, video released

PoliceOne - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:59

Associated Press

BUCKEYE, Ariz. — A review board of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office has cleared two Buckeye police officers in a shooting case last year.

Buckeye police on Thursday released body camera footage of the June 25 shootout with a heavily armed man who eventually killed himself.

The footage had been withheld until the county attorney's office completed its independent review of the shooting.

Two police officers went to a Buckeye home after family members said 30-year-old William Ferguson had fatally shot his wife.

Police say Ferguson began shooting at the officers with an assault rifle with bullets breaking a window of the patrol vehicle.

Authorities say Ferguson suffered a shoulder wound in the shootout and took his own life.

Police entered the home and found 36-year-old Breanne Ferguson dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

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10 new objects uploaded, continue to help stop child abuse

EUROPOL - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 08:36
Launched just over a week ago, Europol’s public appeal as part of the campaign ‘Stop Child Abuse’ was a resounding success:  over 10 000 contributions were received from the general public via the dedicated webpage.
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9 cyberattacks that threatened officer safety and obstructed justice

PoliceOne - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 08:16

By Chris Meyer, PoliceOne Contributor

Cyberattacks directed at law enforcement have a breadth of negative implications. From lost evidence needed to protect communities, to more personalized attacks which put the safety of our officers and their families at risk - these attacks need to be addressed.

Look to these notable cyberattacks to find ways technology can leave you and your department vulnerable.

Doxxing after the Ferguson shooting

Cyberattacks, particularly doxxing—when personal information is made public—puts the safety of our officers and their families at risk.

In the wake of the Ferguson shooting, the international collective of hackers, Anonymous, released personal details about police Chief Jon Belmar. The group also posted photos of his family, his home address, and phone number.

When considered in the context of a substantial rise in police killings from 2015 to 2016, doxxing presents a serious threat to our officers’ safety. NBC News, in an article published at the end of 2016, reported that there had been “an increase in total officers shot and killed — a 56 percent spike since last year — and a 250 percent rise in ambush fatalities.” Nearly one-third of the 64 officers shot in the line of duty in 2016 were victims of ambush attacks.

As the personal information of our police officers becomes more widely available to the public, it becomes easier for agitators to take violent action for perceived injustices. It also becomes more important for LEOs to protect themselves.

Doxxing and DDoS attacks following Occupy Wall Street

Cyberattacks are nothing new, but as technology evolves, the threat intensifies, becoming more sophisticated and harder to prevent. Compare the doxxing that occurred after Occupy Wall Street protests (2011) to the doxxing after Ferguson (2014).

As a response to the Occupy Wall Street movement and the arrests from its protests, a DDoS attack was launched against the International Association of Chiefs of Police. (A DDoS attack aims to knock an online service offline. This is accomplished by sending a massive amount of traffic to the online service which overwhelms the system.)

The goal of this particular DDoS attack against IACP was an effort to deliberately knock down communications leading up to their annual conference held in Chicago.

Just as in Ferguson, Anonymous was behind this attack. They claimed to be protesting perceived police brutality with their cyber attacks after the Occupy Wall Street protests.

DDoS attacks hit Denver, Albuquerque and San Jose

DDoS attacks are often used as a form of protest. After officer-involved shootings in Denver and Albuquerque, divisions of Anonymous launched DDoS attacks to shut down the online service of both police departments.

The motives behind these attacks, however, are not always clear. With DDoS attacks costing $50 to $400 or more, virtually anyone with a bone to pick can present a cyber threat. San Jose was hit with a DDoS attack that kept its system offline for several days. There was no obvious motive for that attack.

In an increasingly online world, maintaining online systems is integral to helping officers track down and put away criminals. When these systems are down, vulnerabilities in law enforcement are exposed which put our communities at risk.

Ransomware hits Cockrell Hill, Collinsville, and Durham police departments

Ransomware, in contrast with DDoS attacks, is typically the work of sophisticated hackers. And if you followed the WannaCry attack that made headlines worldwide, you know how damaging these attacks can be.

Ransomware usually starts when someone opens a malicious email attachment or link disguised as a regular email. When the link or attachment is opened, the malware is installed and it freezes everything. Then the software demands a ransom in exchange for a key to unlock the frozen files. If the ransom isn’t paid, and even sometimes when it is, the files may be lost forever.

Ransomware attacks are on the rise. In the first three months of 2016 alone there were ten times more ransomware attacks than the entire year of 2015.

Departments in Durham, N.H, Cockrell Hill, TX and Collinsville, AL have all been hit by cyberattacks. The police chiefs heading those departments decided not to pay the ransom demanded when they were hit. All of them lost files. In the case of Cockrell Hill, documents, videos, and photos from the previous 8 years were lost. Ongoing cases and investigations during the time of the attack were at risk of losing essential pieces of evidence.

Our justice system rests on the assumption that a suspect is innocent until proven guilty. That puts the burden of proof on the investigative power of the state to put criminals away. When troves of evidence face elimination from cyberattacks, our entire justice system is compromised.

Ransomware presents a dilemma there are no easy answers to. Paying the ransom encourages more attacks. But failing to do so risks losing evidence that may be essential to keeping hardened criminals off the street. Additionally, evidence that may have been altered in an attack may become inadmissible in an investigation.

Old systems are most vulnerable

As you might imagine, outdated systems generally make the best targets. This puts smaller departments with less budget to allocate towards cyber security at heightened risk. One of the best, most affordable ways to avoid an attack is to just stay vigilant, and use common sense when opening strange emails.

By doing so, you decrease the chance of a cyberattack and help your department stay focused on putting bad guys in jail. The Department of Homeland Security published some simple things you can do to avoid certain cyber attacks.

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Texas grand jury indicts deputy, husband in death of man

PoliceOne - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 08:12

Associated Press

HOUSTON — A Houston-area sheriff's deputy and her husband accused of murder in the killing of a man during a late-night confrontation have been released from custody.

The Harris County sheriff's office said Friday that Chauna and Terry Thompson have posted bail and that they have a court hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

They surrendered to authorities late Thursday after a grand jury that day handed up separate indictments against them.

The Thompsons are accused of causing the May 28 death of 24-year-old John Hernandez outside a Houston-area restaurant.

Authorities say Terry Thompson confronted an intoxicated Hernandez after seeing him urinate in public.

Chauna Thompson, who was off-duty, arrived later to help her husband subdue and restrain Hernandez.

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BREAKING: Deputy Chauna Thompson and her husband Terry Thompson, both indicted for murder in the death of Johnny Hernandez, turned themselves in moments ago. STORY:

Posted by FOX 26 Houston on Thursday, June 8, 2017

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Australia decides to toughen parole laws after fatal siege

PoliceOne - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 08:08

By Rod McGuirk Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia — Australian government leaders on Friday agreed to toughen parole laws in response to a siege this week in which a gunman who once trained with Muslim extremists killed an apartment building receptionist and wounded three police officers months after being released early from prison.

Federal and state government leaders agreed at a summit to change Australia's laws so that extremists were less likely to be freed on bail when charged or on parole after serving a minimum prison sentence.

"There will be a presumption that neither bail nor parole will be granted to those who have demonstrated support for or have links to terrorist activity," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters.

"This presumption is a vital element in keeping these people who are a threat to our safety, and our safety of our families, off the streets," Turnbull said.

Yacqub Khayre, 29, shot and killed the receptionist, a Chinese-born Australian man, Kai Hao, 36, at an apartment building in the Melbourne's suburb of Brighton on Monday. He took a woman hostage in two-hour siege before police shot and killed him.

The hostage was not hurt, but one officer was shot in the neck and ear and two others suffered hand wounds. Two of the officers remained hospitalized Friday, but Victoria state Police Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said their injuries were not life-threatening.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the violence. Police called it a terrorist act but said there was no evidence Khayre had planned the violence or had accomplices.

Khayre, a Somali-born refugee, was released from prison in December on parole after serving part of a sentence for violent crimes including aggravated burglary. While those crimes were unrelated to extremism, he had been acquitted in 2010 of plotting a suicide attack at a Sydney army base a year earlier. Turnbull said that during that trial, it was established that Khayre had trained with extremists in Somalia.

"With the changes that we have agreed to implement today, it is inconceivable that he would be given parole," Turnbull said.

The states toughened their laws last year so that prisoners convicted of terrorism offenses who were not rehabilitated could be kept behind bars after serving their sentences.

Earlier on Friday, 150 police and secret service agents raided three Melbourne homes and detained three men suspected of supplying Khayre with two shotguns, including a sawed-off weapon that he fired in Monday's violence.

A 32-year-old man had been arrested but not yet charged, and a 31-year-old man and his 51-year-old father had been detained for questioning, a police statement said.

The men are not suspected of posing a national security threat, Patton said. "We do not have any links between them and terrorism," he told reporters.

The raids aimed to "ensure there is no continued threat to the Victorian public in regards to terrorism," he added.

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2 young boys cry for help, save overdosed parents

PoliceOne - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 06:57

Associated Press

UPPER DARBY, Pa. — Police say 4-year-old and 1-year-old boys saved a Pennsylvania couple who overdosed by yelling out a window for help.

Upper Darby police say the children yelled out the window, crying that their parents were locked in the bathroom and wouldn't come out.

Neighbor Kendra Outen called 911, and she and others cared for the children as police and paramedics arrived to revive the couple from heroin overdoses on Wednesday. Neighbors say the children clutched the leg of one of the responding officers.

The couple, 32-year-old Sean Dolhancryk and 31-year-old Sandra Dicianno (dee-SEE'-ahn-oh), were in a county jail Friday on drug possession and child endangerment charges.

They don't have attorneys listed in court records.

Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says, "This addiction is more powerful than love of your children."

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2 DC officers seriously injured after being struck by truck

PoliceOne - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 06:41

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The driver of a truck that police say hit two police officers and a traffic control aide in a popular Washington nightlife area has been charged with assault with intent to kill, police said Friday.

Police said Brandon Figures-Mormon, 22, of Disputanta, Virginia, also faces a weapons charge. Police initially said 23-year-old passenger Dwayne Taylor of Prince George, Virginia, also faced a weapons charge, but a spokesman for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia says that after reviewing evidence the office elected not to charge Taylor.

One officer is in critical but stable condition, the second could be released soon and the aide was released, Police Chief Peter Newsham said.

When traffic stopped Thursday in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, a truck pulled into the median and hit the trio, Newsham said. Police arrested two men and found an assault rifle inside.

Figures-Mormon was charged in 2014 with assaulting a Prince George County police officer, said county Commonwealth's Attorney Susan Fierro. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery and received a suspended jail sentence of one year, court records show. Fierro said she didn't have further details about the assault.

Figures-Mormon served as a private in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2012 to 2013, a spokesman said in a statement. The Marine Corps said that Figures-Mormon's rank at discharge "is indicative of the fact that the character of his service was incongruent with Marine Corps' expectations and standards," but declined to provide further details.

A woman who answered at a listing for Figures-Mormon declined to comment.

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Zombies help bike officers train for unruly street crowds

PoliceOne - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:54

By Megan Henry The Columbus Dispatch

DELAWARE, Ohio — Arms full of empty water bottles, Courtney Pickett tossed them one by one at police officers on bikes Wednesday as they weaved their way through cones while dodging projectiles — and insults — from the zombie horde.

Smoke had just been set off in the controlled obstacle course to mimic the tear gas that officers might experience out in the streets. In this exercise, the streets were the scene of a zombie apocalypse.

Pickett was among a couple of dozen volunteers dressed as zombies at Delaware County Fairgrounds, part of the crowd-management course of the 27th International Police Mountain Bike Association Conference. The course focused on how to maintain a crowd during events such as festivals and civil disorders, with the zombies serving as the unruly crowd.

In one scenario, the officers used their bikes as a fence to push the crowd back. In another, the zombies pounded on the doorways of buildings, trying to gain access before officers peeled them off the walls.

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It was a great day of training with the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) yesterday. Many thanks to our volunteer "Zombie" crowd!

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Halloween is Pickett's favorite holiday, so she jumped at the opportunity to dress as a zombie in the summertime. Her favorite part of the afternoon was throwing the water bottles at the officers.

"You don't get that opportunity out there (on the streets)," said Pickett, 28, of Delaware.

Founded in 1992, the bike association is a nonprofit group committed to encouraging the use of bikes for public safety, providing network opportunities for cyclists and offering training for public-safety cyclists.

An advantage for a police officer on a bike is the ability to go places not reachable by car.

"If there's a crime occurring in a place where you can't drive, you're going to see it easier and you move tools with you," said Andrew Humes, an IPMBA instructor from Texas.

The Delaware Police Department is hosting the annual event this week. The conference began on Monday and will wrap up Saturday.

Delaware Police Officer Bob Hatcher, who has been a member of the association since 2000, put in a bid for the city to host the conference two years ago.

"It was kind of like the Olympics," Hatcher said.

Between instructors and attendees, nearly 300 people have registered for the conference, which is primarily at Ohio Wesleyan University. This is the first time a college campus has hosted the conference.

The weeklong conference includes a range of training and certification courses as well as a series of workshops, including Bike Handling Skill Development, Street Survival and Technical/Off-Road Skill Building.

This is not the conference's first time in the Buckeye State. Cincinnati and Dayton were hosts in 2001 and 2006, respectively.


©2017 The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio)

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Boy battling brain cancer becomes honorary cop, gets own police motorcycle

PoliceOne - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:04

By PoliceOne Staff

HOWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A 7-year-old boy who has been battling brain cancer since he was two was honored by his local police department in a surprise swearing-in ceremony.

Sgt. Christian Antunez made Jake “The Tank” Honig an honorary Howell Township police officer and even gifted him his own police motorcycle last week, Inside Edition reported.

Jake befriended officers after he visited the police station last year and received a tour of the department and went on a ride-along. This year, the department took time to visit him.

"Jake and his family are role models for everyone and the officers were humbled and honored to be a part of it," Antunez said. "All of the officers involved did this on their own personal time because they wanted to be involved."

Jake is currently cancer-free, but his parents told Inside Edition there’s no treatment for the disease and they expect it to come back.

Although Jake wants to be a basketball player when he’s older, Police Chief Kudrick said “There’s a police officer application set aside” with Jake’s name on it.

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Chief: Calif. man killed by officers had 'death wish'

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

Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. — Police described a dramatic and scary scene as they explained their decision Wednesday to shoot and kill a heavily armed man they said was bent on dying.

The 21-year-old suspected gang member had fired dozens of rounds from three weapons, including an assault rifle, from the backyard of a home with six children and four adults inside, police said.

Some shots striking the home came from within a shed where the man had lived for some time, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said in a news conference.

A neighbor heard the man pacing the backyard saying he "wanted to end it all," and a woman in the home who dialed for help said the gunman announced he wanted to go see his deceased grandmother, Dyer said.

The woman also urged police to hurry, fearing they would all die, said Dyer, who identified the man as 21-year-old Salvadro Lopez.

Officers were first called to the home at 3:30 a.m. after receiving several reports of gunshots. Officers surrounded the home, hearing bullets shoot past them, police said.

The officers escorted everybody inside to safety in an ordeal lasting nearly an hour, the chief said.

Dyer said the man tried to come from a backyard to the street and was blocked by two officers, who shot and killed him. No police officers or civilians were hit or injured.

Police recovered between 75 and 100 casings at the scene. The man was also armed with a handgun and a shotgun, and more ammunition was found in a backyard shed, police said.

Police showed photos of holes from bullets exiting the shed and hitting the home. A video from an officer's body camera showed the man firing toward him as he hunkered behind his patrol car.

Dyer said the man had a "death wish" and may have wanted to kill others. Officers opened fire to protect themselves and others in the neighborhood, Dyer said.

The Fresno County District Attorney's office will investigate the shooting.

The violence came just a day after a gunbattle at a Fresno home left three men dead and another wounded in what may have been a home-invasion robbery or a drug deal gone bad, police said.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office identified the intruders as Xavier Williams, 23, and Elijah Monroe-Mays Sr., 27, both of Sacramento. Mays and Williams are half-brothers. Also killed was Chong Yang, 69, of Fresno. Yang's adult son, who was armed, was also shot in the gunbattle and survived.

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New video of controversial Texas arrest released

PoliceOne - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 09:52

By PoliceOne Staff

LAMPASAS, Texas — Police released new video Wednesday of a May 25 traffic stop where a deputy repeatedly punched a man during the arrest.

Deputy Logan Jones received a call of a reckless driver and pulled over a Mustang driven by Quinton Cruce, 18, KCEN reported. Jones said he noticed a “strong odor” of alcohol and marijuana coming from the car and asked the occupants to exit the vehicle.

Cruce refused, stating he would not exit without a search warrant. Jones told him he’d be charged with interference and told passengers Gage Blackwell, 18, and Sydney Joy, 17, to exit the vehicle. They complied, and soon after, Cruce complied as well.

An affidavit obtained by KCEN says Cruce struck Jones in the chest and kicked him several times as he was being arrested, prompting Jones to use force. Video shows Jones attempt to arrest Cruce, then placing him in a chokehold and repeatedly punching him on the ground. Cellphone video was previously the only video the public had seen.

The affidavit claims Blackwell attempted to help Cruce and shoved Officer Joshua Watson when Watson went to remove Blackwell to prevent further injury.

Cruce was arrested for resisting arrest, assault of a public servant, driving while intoxicated and interfering with public duties, KXTX reported. Blackwell was arrested for assault of a public servant, resisting arrest, interfering with public duties and minor in consumption of alcohol. Joy was not arrested.

Per department policy, Jones has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. An outside law enforcement agency has been brought in to investigate.

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Video shows shootout between Ohio police, suspect

PoliceOne - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 09:50

By PoliceOne Staff

CINCINNATI — The Green Township police released body camera and dash cam footage Wednesday of a May 28 shootout between officers and an armed suspect.

A neighbor called 911 after Brendan MacDonald, 51, spoke about “killing demons” and fired a shot into his neighbor’s yard, Fox 19 reported.

When the Green Township Police Department and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office responded, MacDonald opened fire on officers from his porch. Officers returned fire as MacDonald fled into the house.

Video shows officers taking cover as they return fire and negotiating with MacDonald.

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On May 29th Green Township Police Officers and Hamilton County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to Jessup Road for a report of a subject firing a gun into a neighbor’s yard. When responding units arrived on scene, they were met by an armed defendant who pointed a gun at them. The defendant fired several rounds at the responding units who returned fire. After an exchange of gun fire, the defendant went back into his house and units were able to contain the scene and call in the Hamilton County Special Response Team. After an approximately 5 hour stand off the Hamilton County SRT was able to take the suspect into custody without injuries. This was a very dangerous call for the responding officers. The Green Township Officers and Hamilton County Sheriff Deputies that responded to this call should be commended for the courage and professionalism. They relied on their training and kept their composure in an extremely stressful situation. I would also like to thank the members of the Hamilton County Special Response Team for their role in seeing this incident to its successful conclusion. This was a great example of two departments working together in a cooperative manner to achieve a desired result. That result in this case was taking the individual into custody without any loss of life or bodily injury. As a result of this incident, Brendan MacDonald was indicted yesterday by a Hamilton County Grand Jury for multiple counts of Attempted Murder and Felonious Assault. Chief Jim Vetter ***Additional videos from the incident are posted on our page***

Posted by Green Township Police Department on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

After a five-hour standoff, police took MacDonald into custody without injury, Police Chief Jim Vetter wrote on Facebook.

Vetter praised both departments, saying they should be “commended for courage and professionalism.”

MacDonald was charged with two counts of attempted murder and five counts of felonious assault. According to WLWT, he pleaded not guilty.

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Additional body camera video from the incident on 5/28/17 on Jessup Rd.

Posted by Green Township Police Department on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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Police: No cocaine found in restaurant toy vending machine

PoliceOne - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 09:47

By PoliceOne Staff

BELL GARDENS, Calif. — Officials say that a false positive led them to believe that powder found inside a toy was cocaine.

Police were called to a Bell Gardens restaurant Monday after a toy from a vending machine ruptured and white powder came out, KABC reported. Investigators recovered 17 toys with balloons containing the white powder.

Authorities said a false positive showed the powder was cocaine, but follow-up tests showed a resemblance to baking powder or talcum powder, KTVU reported.

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Suspect dead, Calif. officer injured; toy gun found

PoliceOne - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 06:50

By Richard Winton and Matt Hamilton Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police officials are investigating how officers killed a man in Wilmington, first shooting him before their cruiser ran over and pinned him, authorities said Wednesday.

The officers had responded about 9 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a man with a handgun, according to a statement released by the Los Angeles Police Department.

A toy gun was found at the scene by investigators, police said in the statement.

When officers arrived, they saw a lone man in his mid-20s and the deadly encounter unfolded — but authorities provided a vague account of what transpired.

“Believing this may be the suspect from the radio call, they directed their attention toward him; at that time there was an officer-involved shooting,” the department said in the statement.

LAPD officials did not say whether officers saw the toy gun before opening fire or whether the man aimed it at police.

Police said several shots were fired and the man fell to the ground. Then the officers’ cruiser “traveled forward” and struck the man, pinning him underneath it, police said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The exact cause of his death — gunshot wounds or the weight of the cruiser — has not been determined.

Ed Winter, a deputy chief of investigations for the L.A. County coroner’s office, said the man has not yet been identified.

During the deadly encounter, one of the officers suffered an injury to his arm and was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Police have not explained how the officer was injured but said he was released Wednesday after treatment.

The incident may have been caught on video as police cruisers in the LAPD’s South Bureau are equipped with dash cameras.

The initial police radio call of an “officer down” overstated the extent of the officer’s injury, and a dispatcher described the officer as having been shot in the arm.

“Shots fired; can you help,” an out-of-breath officer is heard saying into his radio. The officer then advised where to approach the scene from on Wilmington Boulevard.

“Suspect down by vehicle; possible gunfire,” the officer said shortly after to a dispatcher. Another officer’s voice interjected, “We’ve got an officer down.”

A dispatcher then tells officers over the radio that one of the officers at the scene was shot in the arm, and directs all units to Denni Street and Wilmington Boulevard.

Once the LAPD’s specialized shooting investigators arrived, they determined that the officers were not fired at and that the item recovered at the scene was a toy gun.

Initially, a police spokesman had said another suspect was in custody. But as the investigation evolved, LAPD Communications Director Josh Rubenstein said only one suspect — the man who was fatally shot — was involved in the incident.

A multi-agency investigation is underway, which is standard procedure for all LAPD officer-involved shootings. It will be reviewed by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, the Police Commission and its inspector general.

A white shade tent covered the police car’s front end on the sidewalk into early Wednesday morning when coroner’s investigators entered the area to remove the man’s body.

Tuesday night’s shooting is two blocks away from where 17-year-old Fabian Nunez was gunned down earlier that same day.


(Staff writer Joseph Serna contributed to this report.)


©2017 Los Angeles Times

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Maine officer dies from river rescue injuries

PoliceOne - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 06:40

Sun Journal

FRYEBURG, Maine — Fryeburg police officer Nathan M. Desjardins, 20, died Tuesday from injuries sustained when a police boat crashed enroute to rescue canoeists in the Saco River last month, Police Chief Josh Potvin announced in a news release Wednesday.

Desjardins joined the department three months earlier, and it was his first water rescue, Potvin said.

Desjardins had been listed in critical condition at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston after he and a fellow officer, Dale Stout, 51, crashed their patrol boat while responding to help three people whose canoe had overturned May 27.

On May 30, Maine Warden Service divers found the body of 38-year-old Jennifer Bousquet of South Berwick roughly 350 yards downstream from where the canoe flipped. Bousquet, her boyfriend, Brian Day, 54, also of South Berwick, and Wayne Demers, 62, of Somersworth, New Hampshire, had lost control of their canoe. Day and Demers made it to shore.

Stout was also injured and taken to Central Maine Medical Center and released May 29.

“In the course of a police officer’s responsibilities, they expose themselves to very real risks and dangers every day," Potvin said in the written statement. "Members of the Fryeburg Police Department are deeply saddened by the tragic death of our colleague. We offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the family, fellow colleagues and friends of Nathan.

"During this extremely difficult time of mourning the loss of one of my own, I have to find the words and strength to inspire my officers, to motivate them and reassure them that together we will be OK and still have a job to do," Potvin wrote. "I ask that you keep Officer Desjardins' family in your thoughts and prayers as well as our law enforcement and first-responder community during this extremely difficult time.”


©2017 the Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine)

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