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First responders deliver baby on NY expressway

PoliceOne - Sat, 07/29/2017 - 06:30

Associated Press

ISLANDIA, N.Y. — A New York woman who went into labor on an expressway exit ramp is thanking a group of emergency responders for delivering her baby.

Newsday reports 27-year-old Jessica Ramos was being driven to the hospital Thursday evening by her brother-in-law when her water broke. Her brother-in-law pulled the car over on the Long Island Expressway before Suffolk County Highway Patrol Officer Joseph Goss came to help.

Goss placed a blanket under Ramos and adjusted her seat when he noticed the baby's head crowning. The patrolman was joined by six EMTs who responded to the call and carried her to an ambulance on a back board.

Ramos gave birth to her son, Noah, and the Brentwood woman and her newborn were taken to a hospital. Both are in good condition.


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Police chief says slain Ind. officer had no reason to expect danger

PoliceOne - Sat, 07/29/2017 - 06:00

By Tom Davies Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — A police officer had no reason to suspect he was in danger before he was fatally shot while trying to help two people inside an overturned car in a yard along a busy Indianapolis street, his chief said Friday.

Police arrested 28-year-old Jason Brown, of Indianapolis, on a preliminary murder charge for the Thursday afternoon killing of Southport police Lt. Aaron Allan. Authorities haven't disclosed a possible motive for the attack.

Court documents say Allan sustained 14 gunshot wounds, WISH-TV reported. They say Homecroft Police Maj. C.T. Bowman, who also responded to the crash, says Brown was upside-down in the vehicle and being held in by his seat belt. He says Brown was "hysterical" and Allan told Brown to be calm.

Bowman says Allan climbed into the car, then Bowman turned to speak to a female witness when shots rang out, the documents say. Bowman said he heard 10 or 12 gunshots followed by a lull, then two or three additional gunshots.

Indianapolis police said two other officers, including one who was off-duty, returned fire and shot one of the people in the car, but they didn't specify whether it was Brown. Both people in the car suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police spokesman Sgt. Kendale Adams said Friday.

Southport Police Chief Thomas Vaughn said Allan would have been in "medic mode instead of police mode" as he approached the crash scene, which was in a largely residential area.

The car wasn't stolen and no arrest warrants were pending for Brown, Vaughn said.

"I think that's the hard part some of the officers and our community are dealing with now — they don't understand why you would shoot someone who was there to help you. He wasn't there to arrest you," Vaughn said.

Allan, 38, was married and the father of a teenage son and a 5-year-old son, Vaughn said.

A judge on Friday ordered Brown to remain in custody without bond until a Tuesday court hearing, said Peg McLeish, a spokeswoman for the Marion County prosecutor's office. The office expects to decide on filing formal charges in the shooting early next week, she said.

Brown, who was still hospitalized Friday, also faces a preliminary charge of marijuana possession, according to police.

The person who was in the car with Brown was interviewed by detectives and released, the police said in a Friday news release.

Allan's patrol SUV was parked Friday outside the Southport police station and was covered with flower bouquets and other mementoes left by residents.

Vaughn said he hired Allan in January to join him as Southport's only full-time officers after about five years as a volunteer on the department while also working as an officer for the Franklin Township school district in suburban Indianapolis.

"He knew everybody's name. He got out of the car. He would go into every business every day and say 'Hey, how are you doing?'" Vaughn said. "... He had that switch, where to him it was going out talking to friends all day. And when he had to, he would put them in jail, write them a ticket or do what he needed to do."


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Fumes force Austin police to pull Ford Explorers off patrol

PoliceOne - Sat, 07/29/2017 - 06:00

By Jim Vertuno Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Police Department on Friday pulled nearly 400 Ford Explorer SUVs from its patrol fleet over worries about exhaust fumes inside the vehicles.

Ford Motor Co. responded by promising to repair the vehicles, even as it continues to investigate the cause of the problem.

The move comes as U.S. auto safety regulators investigate complaints of exhaust fume problems in more than 1.3 million Explorers from the 2011 through 2017 model years. In Austin, more than 60 officers have reported health problems since February and more than 20 were found to have measurable carbon monoxide in their systems, city officials said Friday.

"We need to remove these vehicles immediately," interim City Manager Elaine Hart said "We need to keep (officers) safe as well as our community."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found more than 2,700 complaints of exhaust odors in the passenger compartment and fears of carbon monoxide in an investigation started a year ago. Among the complaints were three crashes and 41 injuries, mostly loss of consciousness, nausea and headaches.

Many of the complaints came from police departments, which use the Police Interceptor version of the Explorer in patrol fleets. Police complaints included two crashes with injuries and one injury allegation due to carbon monoxide exposure.

While several large police departments have been aware of the issue and installed carbon monoxide detectors in their vehicles, Austin appears to be first major city to pull large numbers of police Explorers off the road.

In a statement released late Friday, Ford said it has discovered holes and unsealed spaces in the back of some Police Interceptors that had equipment installed after leaving Ford's factory. Ford said police and fire departments routinely drill holes in the backs of vehicles to add customized lighting, radios and other equipment.

Ford said it will cover the cost of repairs to any Police Interceptor that may have this concern, regardless of age, mileage or modifications.

The company said it will check for holes and seal them, recalibrate the air conditioning to bring in more fresh air during heavy acceleration and check engine codes to see if the vehicles have a damaged exhaust manifold.

"There is nothing we take more seriously than providing you with the safest and most reliable vehicles," said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's executive vice president of product development.

Non-police customers should take their Explorers to a Ford dealer to address the issue, the company said.

The decision by Austin police left the city scrambling to find replacement cars for more than half of its patrol fleet.

The Police Department said it will move equipment from the Explorers to about 200 Ford Taurus and Crown Victoria models, many of which will be unmarked, and have them ready for patrol ready by Monday. Interim Police Chief Brian Manley said Austin will have just as many officers on patrol, but that they will ride in pairs. The city will closely track response time to emergency calls.

"There will be a concern there will be a spike in crime," Manley said. "But for those criminals who think they can take advantage of the circumstances, remember we now have a whole fleet of unmarked vehicles on patrol."

The city installed carbon monoxide alarms after officers began reporting getting sick while in the vehicles, and parked 60 of them when the alarms activated. Of the 20 officers found to have elevated levels of carbon monoxide, three have not been able to return to work.

The NHTSA has said nearly 800 people have complained to the government about fumes, while Ford has received more than 2,000 complaints and warranty claims. The agency tested multiple vehicles at its Ohio research center, and made field inspections of police vehicles involved in crashes. As of Thursday, the agency had found no evidence or data to support claims that injuries or crash allegations were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. The agency said it had early tests that suggest carbon monoxide levels may be higher in certain driving conditions, but the significance and effect of those levels remain under investigation.

The NHTSA says its investigation suggests the Police Interceptor is experiencing exhaust manifold cracks that are hard to detect and may explain exhaust odors. Investigators are evaluating the cause, frequency and safety consequences of the cracks, and whether Explorers used by civilians are experiencing cracked manifolds, the agency said.

"There have been a number of police departments that have looked at this problem. Most have not had (Austin's) experience and those that have had issues have been able to resolve them," said Darrel Stephens, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. "I have not heard of any other department having the number of problems that Austin is experiencing."

Sean Kane, president of Safety Research and Strategies Inc., a Massachusetts firm that does auto testing for plaintiffs' lawyers and other clients, said he expects other law enforcement agencies will now check their patrol fleets and may face the same dilemma as Austin about how to maintain patrols.

"It's not an easy decision whether you're a large city or small town," he said.


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In shooting simulator, fairgoers aim from police perspective

PoliceOne - Sat, 07/29/2017 - 05:00

By Kantele Franko Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — When the gunman showed up at the hospital, Mike McDorman raised his handgun, took aim and shot the guy. He did the same when an impaired driver stepped out of a vehicle and aimed his way.

Then, having dealt with a handful of these tense scenarios in just a few minutes, he handed the gun back to a sheriff's deputy and walked out of the police shooting simulator with a relieved smile.

"I'm a mess. Sweaty!" said McDorman, the local chamber of commerce president, who acknowledged he shot an innocent person in one scene. "I'm not quitting my day job."

McDorman was among dozens of people who took aim in a firearms training simulator placed at a county fair by a sheriff who hoped to help citizens better understand how quickly police must make life-or-death decisions. Some participants saw value in the exercise as police around the country face increased scrutiny for shootings, especially those involving unarmed black men.

That's the educational effect that Sheriff Deborah Burchett hoped for when she rented the simulator to offer as a free exhibit at this week's Clark County Fair. Her staff built a darkened room for it, right between booths for a golf cart raffle, an anti-abortion group, a cellphone company and the National Guard.

The operators estimate that at least a couple hundred people tried the simulator in the first three days, plus deputies, local officials and fair officials who took turns before the fair opening each day.

Participants see realistic scenes such as school shootings and domestic disputes projected onto a screen from an officer's perspective. Participants hold a modified gun that shoots air, and a computer tracks their shots at the suspect on the screen, showing splatters of red when one is hit.

Seeing a kill shot in her second try on the simulator left 30-year-old Melissa Tuttle wondering how she'd react if the situation were real.

"I don't know if I could walk home that night and be OK," said Tuttle, a former defense attorney and now county clerk whose father was a sheriff's deputy. For civilians, she said, the simulator seems to be a deterrent to after-the-fact armchair policing in real life.

Frank Robinette noted he'd have ended up dead after reacting too slowly in one scenario. The 50-year-old gun owner from Springfield called it a big eye-opener.

"I'm glad I didn't become a police officer," he said.

The sheriff's office says participants' responses to the exhibit have been almost unanimously supportive, aside from a few teenagers' complaints about not being allowed to try it. Burchett limited it to adults out of concern about how it might affect youngsters.

Burchett said she thinks it's worth every penny of the $3,000-plus she paid to rent the equipment from Tactical Edge Protective Services, a Warsaw, Indiana, business run by an officer who mostly rents the high-tech equipment for law enforcement training.

Participant Scott Greene, a 30-year-old Springfield insurance agent, saw value in it, too, in the context of police shootings making headlines around the country.

He said officers sometimes make mistakes, "but it's very easy for people to say this is how I would have acted." Going through the simulator, he said, shows it might not be that simple.


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20 basic ASL signs all cops should know

PoliceOne - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 18:05

By PoliceOne Staff

At some point in your law enforcement career, you may need to communicate with a deaf or hard of hearing person during the course of your duties. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, about 2 percent of adults between 45 and 54 have disabling hearing loss. The rate increases to 8.5 percent in adults between 55 and 64, nearly 25 percent for those between 65 and 74, and 50 percent for those who are 75 and older. The same report notes that about 28.8 million Americans could benefit from using hearing aids.

These video clips are intended to help you communicate with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing while you wait for an interpreter to arrive on the scene. All of these come from the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. If you’d like to learn additional ASL signs after you’ve mastered the ones below, you can find more on their website. For more tips and resources for contacts with deaf subjects, click here.

1. Yes 2. No 3. Stop 4. Do You Need Help? 5. Do You Need An Ambulance? 6. Are You Hurt? 7. An Interpreter Will Be Arriving Shortly 8. I Don't Understand You 9. Get Back In The Car 10. Please Step Out Of The Car 11. License And Registration 12. Show Your Hands 13. You Were Speeding 14. Do You Have Guns, Knives Or Sharp Objects On You? 15. Have You Been Drinking? 16. Have You Been Taking Drugs? 17. I Am Giving You A Ticket 18. I Am Giving You A Warning 19. I Am Placing You Under Arrest 20. You Are Free to Go


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Top 25 things cops do on graveyard shift

PoliceOne - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 17:16

Graveyard. Dogwatch. Night shift. Vampire ops. Whatever you call it, patrolling the streets while most of the world is in dreamland can be quite the endurance test. We asked the brave, bored P1 readers who work zombie shift what they do to get through it, and we’ve gathered up the 25 best answers for your enjoyment. Be sure to visit the comments section and share your own survival tips for all those unfortunate souls out there.

1. I would park in front of the bars at 2 a.m. during last call. For fun I would turn on my take down lights and rear lights, then I would place cones on each side of my cruiser and I'd stand in front of it. I shit you not - no one would want to come out! Best 20 minutes of my life. – Carlosspicywiener Pagan

2. I end up in the strangest parts of the internet ... usually around 0300-0400. – Mike DesRosiers

3. I worked the midnight shift for over 15 years. The summer nights were the best and I made a lot of DUI arrests. The winter months were the worst. Some nights I'd get out of my car to scrape ice off windshields to check for city stickers just to stay awake. – John O'Sullivan

4. Pokemon Go. – Donut Operator

5. Sometimes I would get so bored that I would rattle the doors on local businesses just to make sure they were secure. Yes, I set off a couple of alarms. Oops. – Troy Smith

6. Forget what the sun looks like. – Evan Crisafulli

7. I worked it while pregnant. I would barf, brush my teeth, wash my face, fix my makeup, and go on with my shift. – Bobbi Diers

8. I would park in the sugarcane fields waiting for the drug planes to land or crash. Having 300 square miles for each of the four sheriff's patrol cars made it difficult to pick which field. – Ken Cramer

9. Study the wildlife at Satan's Playground (Walmart). – Jenny Vensel

10. Keep moving, the more times you drive by a place when all is normal, the more chance you will spot anything abnormal. Many times I would park between cars in a used car lot, just watching who and what went by on foot and in cars. Amazing what you see sometimes. – William Cronin

11. I have actually clocked a dog on radar! – Mark Greene

12. I’m in dispatch: Safety check officers (wake them up) every thirty minutes. – Monge Ibarra Swanson

13. When I was a reserve deputy I would often ride with the graveyard deputies. One of them in particular would have us go around to schools in the county and "break in" We would clear the buildings and then let the schools know the next day that we had been there and that they should be better about locking their doors, windows, etc. – Jason Spencer

14. Coast-to-coast radio and Dunkin' Donuts. After 3 a.m.? Try not to go insane. – Bamie Junavicz

15. When the calls would stop there was nothing like a game of squad car spotlight tag! – Dan Adams

16. I learned to play guitar and write songs, finished the old handwritten reports, BSed with partners, drank coffee and ate ... a lot. – E E Greene III

17. More before midnight than day shift does all week. – Eric Johnson

18. I spent years as a patrolman for a security company on graveyard shift. We had a lots of apartment complexes we patrolled. By about 2 or 3 it would quiet down after the drunks passed out. By about 4 or 5 I'd be praying for a call just to break the boredom. Sometimes that would backfire. Oh, and no smart phones back then to pass the time or even an AM/FM radio in the cruiser. – James Miller

19. Play solitaire on the MDC. – Mike De La Cruz

20. Look for drunks on all the county roads. Look for drunks on the interstate. Look for drunks period! – Orlando Plow

21. Get sprayed by skunks. – Kerry Furniss

22. Played pranks on fellow officers - no brass around most of the time! This, of course, is after it gets slow. – Sandra Dee Stewart

23. Working a small town, the worst time was between 0300-0500; even the bad guys were asleep. Lots of foot patrols... – John Zaleski

24. Go sleep at the fire station and wait for a call. – Cory Green

25. Hate every second of it. – David Damato


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Audio: P1 Editor at Large Doug Wyllie talks body cams, UOF in Justine Damond OIS

PoliceOne - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 15:02

By PoliceOne Staff

PoliceOne Editor at Large Doug Wyllie went on an Australian radio show to talk about the fatal Minneapolis officer-involved shooting of Justine Damond. Damond was fatally shot by Officer Mohamed Noor after she called 911 to report a possible assault behind her home on July 15, the Associated Press reported.

A police report said a woman “slapped” the back of the patrol car before Damond was shot. No body cameras or dash cameras recorded the incident. Since the shooting, Acting Police Chief Medaria Arradondo tightened the department’s body camera policy. Officers will be now be required to have their body cameras on when they respond to calls and make traffic stops, the Associated Press reported.

Listen to the interview below.


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Trump to LE: 'Don't be too nice' to people in police custody

PoliceOne - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 14:39

By PoliceOne Staff

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — President Donald Trump sparked controversy Friday over comments he made while speaking about illegal immigration and the MS-13 gang.

According to the Associated Press, Trump said law enforcement is removing the gang members from the country “but we’d like to get them out a lot faster and when you see ... these thugs being thrown into the back of the paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in rough, I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.’”

Trump called on Congress to find money to pay for an additional 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers “so that we can eliminate MS-13.”

The president dismissed officers who protect heads of people they’re arresting, stating police were “too nice.”

“I said, ’You could take the hand away, OK,’” he said.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police issued a statement about Trump’s comments saying managing use of force is “one of the most difficult challenges faced by law enforcement agencies.”

“The ability of law enforcement officers to enforce the law, protect the public and guard their own safety, the safety of innocent bystanders, and even those suspected or apprehended for criminal activity is very challenging,” the statement reads. “For these reasons, law enforcement agencies develop policies and procedures, as well as conduct extensive training, to ensure that any use of force is carefully applied and objectively reasonable considering the situation confronted by the officers.”

IACP went on to say LEOs are “trained to treat individuals, whether they are a complainant, suspect or defendant, with dignity and respect. This is the bedrock principle behind the concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy.”

The SCPD has strict rules & procedures relating to the handling of prisoners. Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously.

— Suffolk County PD (@SCPDHq) July 28, 2017

As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.

— Suffolk County PD (@SCPDHq) July 28, 2017


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Video shows man facing off with deputy before being apprehended by K-9, TASERed

PoliceOne - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 13:24

By Fernando Alfonso III Houston Chronicle

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A video allegedly showing a black man being questioned by a white Harris County deputy has angered thousands of people on Facebook and forced police to speak out about it.

The 4-minute long edited video, which has been viewed more than 3 million times since Tuesday morning shows 21-year-old Marlin Gipson being questioned by an officer from Harris County Constable Precinct 1 about what he's doing in the Willow Spring subdivision, an unincorporated area of North Harris County.

Gipson claims he was putting business cards in neighbors doors for his lawn care business and at numerous points holds a card up to the camera. The precinct has responded to roughly 20 property crimes in the neighborhood over the past two months, Rosen said.

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The video shows the deputy asking for Gipson's ID, which he said he did not have. When the deputy asked for his birthday, he provided the wrong date, Rosen said. As the deputy then reached for his handcuffs and told Gipson to turn around and place his hands on his head, the 21-year-old began to walk away while asking the deputy for his business card.

"I was scared of what might happen next so I backed up slowly and started heading home," Gipson wrote on youcaring.com, where he's raising money for his business.

Other people with Gipson in the video can be heard saying, "you can't just cause he's black."

The video then cuts to what appears to be Gipson in a home yelling at the deputy to leave.

"You up to no good. Why you here," Gipson said, while also demanding the name of the deputy.

"We need to talk to you," the deputy responded from outside.

The video eventually cuts out as the deputy approaches the door while telling Gipson they need to talk.

Eventually the deputy and a K-9 unit enter the house and ask Gipson at least 10 times to turn himself over, Rosen said. Gipson didn't comply and the K-9 ended up attacking him, Rosen said. Gipson was also tasered.

The end of the Facebook video has photos showing Gipson's injuries. Those photos were shared on Facebook by Lee Merritt, an attorney in Philadelphia who has flown to Houston to meet with Gipson.

VIDEO: Texas man arrested while driving a motorized Walmart scooter down the street

Gipson was arrested and charged with evading arrest and failure to identify himself, Rosen said. Gipson is also a fugitive of justice as it relates to an Oct. 2015 charge of assault threat to cause injury, Rosen added. Gipson also has two pending cases in Washington County for resisting arrest and giving false information to police in April, Rosen said.

"I do a tremendous amount of training with my officers and with the community. Whenever I see anything like this, or an allegation of somebody from my office targeting someone because of their race, I'm going to look very deeply into that case," Rosen told Chron.com. "I feel as though the officer acted with great restraint and tried to get Mr. Gipson to comply with him and he would not comply. There is another side to these stories. As far as I can tell, our officers did nothing wrong and followed procedure. I am sensitive to the relationship with law enforcement and community."

A youcaring.com campaign has been established to raise money and expand Gipson's lawn care business. He's raised more than $6,500 so far.

Chron.com has reached out to the attorney who met with Gipson and will update the story with his comments.

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Ex-con sentenced to 25 years in fatal 2015 shooting of Tenn. officer

PoliceOne - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 09:00

By Adrian Sainz Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Tennessee man has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison on charges connected to the fatal shooting of a police officer in 2015.

U.S. District Judge Sheryl Lipman sentenced Tremaine Wilbourn on Friday in federal court in Memphis.

Authorities said Wilbourn shot and killed Memphis Police Officer Sean Bolton while the officer tried to detain him in August 2015.

Prosecutors said Wilbourn committed a carjacking as he tried to escape after the shooting. He pleaded guilty in April to carjacking, possessing a firearm during and in relation to the carjacking and felony possession of ammunition.

Wilbourn was on federal probation after serving prison time for armed bank robbery. He faces a first-degree murder charge in state court.


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Policing Matters Podcast: Why mentoring is critical to cultivating great cops

PoliceOne - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 08:48
Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

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Some of the most important people in policing are the teachers, trainers, and mentors. Whether those are assignments (the academy, FTO, and other roles that focus on teaching) or informal relationships that develop organically, the police mentor is vital in helping officers to be safer and more successful on the streets. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the role of the mentor in law enforcement.


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Video released in fatal OIS of mentally-ill NM man

PoliceOne - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 06:43
Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

By Justin Horwath The Santa Fe New Mexican

SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe police SWAT team officers smashed the window of an apartment where a young man with schizophrenia was barricaded inside and shouted commands at him. Seconds later, an officer began shooting, firing 16 shots through the window with a handgun. Another fired a single, final shot, according to lapel camera video the city department released Wednesday.

Neither the Santa Fe Police Department nor New Mexico State Police, which is investigating the shooting, has said whether the officers’ gunfire caused the death of 24-year-old Anthony Benavidez at a hospital later July 19. But video footage shows the man, who police knew was suffering from mental illness, lying on the floor of his apartment immediately after the shooting.

The department did not release lapel camera video from Officer Jeremy Bisagna, who fired the 16 shots. And video footage the department released does not show what, exactly, prompted officers to fire.

After the shooting, one officer can be heard in a video saying that Benavidez had “something” in his hands.

The videos and other records released Wednesday raise questions about the last hours of a young man in a mental health crisis. Benavidez had been evicted from the apartment by Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputies a day earlier for failing to make a rent payment. The two deputies, concerned about his behavior and the condition of his home, took him to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for a “mental hold,” according to a police report released Wednesday and the deputies’ reports, made public last week.

But hospital staff quickly released Benavidez. Police believe he then returned to the midtown apartment the evening of July 18, breaking a window to gain entry. When city officers arrived with a mental health caseworker the morning of July 19 to remove him from the apartment a second time, police say, he stabbed the caseworker and barricaded himself inside the home.

Videos show officers speaking about previous interactions with Benavidez and saying they wanted to get him help.

“Oh man, we’ve dealt with this guy before,” one officer can be heard telling a colleague before the shooting.

“Yeah, we’ve been called out to do welfare checks on him,” the officer said. “What he does, he does the same thing: He barricades himself inside. He doesn’t answer.”

State police, who are investigating the shooting, have said Santa Fe police surrounded the complex, Tuscany at St. Francis, and tried to negotiate with Benavidez for about an hour.

A loud siren and bellowing horn can be heard in lapel camera videos, and one man is heard addressing Benavidez, telling him the apartment is surrounded.

“Anthony Benavidez,” the man says over the loudspeaker. “This is the Santa Fe Police Department. You need to come to the front door with nothing in your hands. You will not be harmed.”

But, state police say, Benavidez responded by throwing two devices out the window that officers thought might be nonfunctioning explosives, endangering officers and the public. “He just threw a bottle out and liquid is pouring out,” one officer said in a video.

Officers moved to make an arrest, but the action turned deadly.

Bisagna, who fired 16 shots, has been with the Santa Fe Police Department since 2007. Officer Luke Wakefield, who has been with the department since 2014, fired the single round.

The videos show officers brought less lethal weapons to the scene, such as stun guns. It’s unclear why they did not use such weapons when moving to arrest Benavidez.

Searches of court and jail records have found no criminal history for Benavidez.

Santa Fe police took a report of a burglary at the apartment complex the evening before Benavidez’s death, when police believe he broke into his old unit. But a Santa Fe police spokesman said in an email Wednesday that officers did not make contact with Benavidez that evening.

Benavidez’s mother, Elizabeth Palma, told The New Mexican last week that she went to visit her son at the hospital July 18, but she learned he had already been released. She said she believes the hospital should have sent her son to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas for “proper treatment” instead of releasing him.

A Christus St. Vincent spokesman would not comment on Benavidez’s swift release, citing patient confidentiality laws.

During the hour July 19 in which an officer with a loudspeaker attempts to persuade Benavidez to come out of his apartment, video shows officers standing around the apartment, speaking about getting him some help.

“We just came here to talk to him — see if he can go to the hospital,” one officer says.

“I don’t think he’s going to come out.”

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©2017 The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, N.M.)


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Texas police, fire departments receive equipment grant

PoliceOne - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 02:00
Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

By Valerie Bustamante The Seguin Gazette

SEGUIN, Texas — The Seguin Police and Fire Departments recently added some new equipment for their responders to use on duty thanks to the help of a local organization.

The Guadalupe County 100 Club awarded a $1,350 grant to the Seguin Fire Department and a $2,500 grant to the Seguin Police Department.

With the grant, the police department purchased 60 sets of combat application tourniquets (CAT) and holders for each officer.

Full story: SPD, FD buys new gear with 100 Club grant


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P1 Photo of the Week: Comforting the injured

PoliceOne - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 02:00
Author: PoliceOne Members

Doug Saunders, a crime reporter with the San Bernardino County Sun, captured this moment while reporting on a rollover crash between two cars on July 20. Officials told the publication that four people and the toddler were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.

San Bernardino Sgt. Mark Aranda is seen comforting a toddler who was in the flipped SUV. Saunders said the sergeant is "one of the greatest guys I know."

Calling all police photographers! PoliceOne needs pictures of you in action or training. Submit a photo — it could be selected as our Photo of the Week! Be sure to include your name, department information and address (including city, state and ZIP code) where we can reach you — Photo of the Week winners have a chance to win a PoliceOne.com T-shirt!


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Feds expand probe into Ford Explorer exhaust fume leaks

PoliceOne - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 02:00
Author: PoliceOne Members

By Tom Krisher AP Auto Writer

DETROIT — The U.S. government's auto safety agency has expanded an investigation into complaints of exhaust fumes inside Ford Explorer SUVs, adding two model years and nearly 400,000 vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday night that the probe now covers more than 1.3 million Explorers from the 2011 through 2017 model years. The agency made the move after finding more than 2,700 complaints of exhaust odors in the passenger compartment and fears of carbon monoxide in an investigation that it started a year ago. Among the complaints were three crashes and 41 injuries, mostly loss of consciousness, nausea and headaches.

Many of the complaints came from police departments, which use the Police Interceptor version of the Explorer in patrol fleets. Police complaints included two crashes with injuries and another injury allegation due to carbon monoxide exposure.

On Thursday night, the agency said it had upgraded the probe from an investigation to an engineering analysis, a step closer to a recall. That could mean high costs for Ford down the road if it has to do a recall.

Company spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said Thursday night that Ford has a team working with police, customers and NHTSA to investigate the reports and solve problems. Customers with concerns can call a dedicated hotline at (888) 260-5575 or visit their local dealer.

NHTSA also said it will examine Explorer Police Interceptors used by the Austin, Texas, Police Department. The Austin American-Statesman reported this week that the city installed carbon monoxide alarms in its 400 Explorers and parked 60 of them when the alarms activated. The alarms were installed after officers reported becoming sick while in the vehicles. The city could end up parking its entire fleet.

A total of 791 people have complained to the government about the fumes, while Ford has received more than 2,000 complaints and warranty claims.

In the documents, NHTSA said it tested multiple vehicles at its Ohio research center, and it has made field inspections of police vehicles involved in crashes. As of Thursday, the agency has found no evidence or data to support claims that injuries or crash allegations were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. But the agency said it has early tests that suggest carbon monoxide levels may be higher in certain driving conditions "although the significance and effect of those levels remains under evaluation."

The agency also said that through cooperation with police departments, it has learned that the Police Interceptor version of the Explorer is experiencing exhaust manifold cracks that are hard to detect and may explain exhaust odors. Investigators will evaluate the cause, frequency and safety consequences of the cracks, and whether Explorers used by civilians are experiencing cracked manifolds, the agency said.


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Ind. deputy chief dies from injuries sustained in off-duty crash

PoliceOne - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 19:04

Author: PoliceOne Members

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department PR

INDIANAPOLIS — It is with profound sadness that the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announces the passing of Deputy Chief of Investigations James (Jim) Waters. He was 48. Chief Waters passed away this afternoon at approximately 2:20 P.M. at IU Health Methodist Hospital while receiving treatment for injuries sustained from an auto accident that occurred on the interstate on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Chief Waters was off-duty at the time of the accident and in his city-assigned police car.

Chief Waters honorably served the City of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for nearly 30 years, first as a civilian employee and then as a sworn officer. During his career, Chief Waters served in a variety of roles that included Commander of East District (2011-2014), Assistant Chief (2014-2017), and most recently, Deputy Chief of Investigations – an appointment by Chief Bryan Roach in January of this year.

“Jim has served with nobility, dignity, honor, and courage,” said Chief Roach. “Jim comes from a long family lineage of courageous law enforcement leaders. His presence will surely be missed, but his distinguished career and service to this community will be forever remembered.”

Chief Waters’ many accolades include the Medal of Bravery, the Mayor’s Community Service Award, and a Certificate of Commendation from the Red Cross Hall of Fame.

Chief Waters leaves to cherish in his memory his wife, Sherry Waters, and two children, James Waters III and Ashley (Waters) Biddy. Chief Waters also leaves behind his brother Sergeant Timothy (Tim) Waters, who serves in Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Covert Operations, and father, James Waters Sr., who served with the Indianapolis Police Department for nearly 23 years. Chief Waters’ younger brother, Mitchell (Mitch) Waters, served the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for 20 years and proceeded him in death in 2013.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department asks for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult, painful, and heartbreaking time. Chief Waters’ family, as well as his IMPD family, acknowledge and appreciate all the expressions of sympathy and compassion that have been received. As the family begins to make final preparations for the Chief’s funeral services, we ask that members of the media respect the family’s privacy and do not contact them directly; the Media Relations Office will make further announcements when information is available. Anyone who wishes to send cards, flowers, or other expressions of condolences, are asked to please send them to the IMPD Chaplin's Office: 50 N Alabama St, Suite T-120 46204.


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Ind. officer shot and killed responding to car wreck

PoliceOne - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 15:59
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Associated Press

HOMECROFT, Ind. – A police officer died after being shot multiple times while responding to a traffic crash on the south side of Indianapolis, authorities said Thursday.

Lt. Aaron Allen of the Southport Police Department was responding to a crash with entrapment Thursday afternoon when he was shot, Sgt. Kendale Adams of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department told reporters at a news conference. Allen died at Eskenazi Hospital, Adams said.

"Shots were fired by one of the vehicle's occupants, striking the Southport lieutenant," Adams said.

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We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our officers, Lieutenant Aaron Allan. Lt. Allan served as a police officer...

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Two other officers at the scene, including one who was off-duty at the time, returned fire, striking a person inside the vehicle, Adams said. That person and a second person injured in the crash were hospitalized and in custody with non-life-threatening injuries. Their names were not immediately released.

Allen was a six-year veteran of the Southport department and had nearly 20 years of law enforcement experience, Southport Police Chief Thomas Vaughn said.

"Lieutenant Allen was a hard worker, and today was no different. He responded to a crash with urgency to preserve life. Tragically, his was lost," Vaughn said at the news conference.

Neighborhood resident Bryan McGary told WXIN-TV said the shooting was unusual for the area.

"It's just hard to believe that this would happen here. I mean I've lived here since 1976 and we really haven't had much. . We do have a lot of policemen in our area that live here so it's just one of those things," McGary said.

Southport is an enclave within the city limits of Indianapolis.


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Videos: Cop responds to nuisance call, joins in on football game

PoliceOne - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:54
Author: PoliceOne Members

By PoliceOne Staff

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A police officer joined in on the fun instead of sending kids playing in the street home after he responded to a nuisance call.

Officer Patrick McDonald responded to the scene to find a group of kids playing football in a neighborhood street, The Buffalo News reported.

Videos, posted on Facebook by Tasha Fields, show McDonald running and catching a Hail Mary pass.

He plays for a short while before telling the kids he should write a police report because he “just got robbed.”

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... when the police ?? pulls up due to music nuisance BUT ends up playing street football ?? with the gang! ????

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Weed shop owner to citizens: Bring us trash, we’ll give you weed

PoliceOne - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:52
Author: PoliceOne Members

By PoliceOne Staff

GARDINER, Maine — A marijuana shop owner is beautifying his city, one bag of trash at a time.

Dennis Meehan is offering citizens a free bag of marijuana if they bring him a full bag of trash, KHOU reported. There’s one catch — customers must be 21 to receive their weed.

“[I heard of it in] Colorado — there was a town that did this,” he said. “They had a great response to this. So I was hoping to do the same in Maine.”

Meehan said he believes he’s helping people, even if he loses money because he’s giving his product away for free.

“Something that caregivers do all across Maine that very few people know about is that they make huge sacrifices every week to help others live a better quality of life,” he said.

Meehan and his family said they want to extend the service to the entire state.

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— Lawrence Police (@LawrenceKS_PD) July 25, 2017


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Minneapolis police chief tightens officer body camera policy

PoliceOne - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 14:43

By Steve Karnowski Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police officers will be required to have their body cameras on when they respond to calls and make traffic stops, the acting police chief announced Wednesday, following widespread criticism that two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 911 caller had not activated their cameras.

The stricter requirements will take effect Saturday, Acting Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said at a news conference. Officers who violate them could face discipline ranging from one-day suspensions to firing, he said.

"Many of our officers are using their cameras a lot, and as they're intended to be used," he said. "But there are some officers, quite frankly, that are not using them nearly enough."

Justine Damond, a 40-year-old spiritual teacher and bride-to-be from Australia, was shot by Officer Mohamed Noor after she called 911 on July 15 to report hearing a possible sexual assault behind her Minneapolis home. Noor's partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, told investigators he was startled by a loud noise right before Damond approached their police SUV. Noor, who was in the passenger seat, shot Damond through the driver-side window.

Mayor Betsy Hodges expressed frustration at the news conference that despite all the time, money and energy the city has put into deploying body cameras, "we did not have body camera footage in an incident where it mattered a great deal."

Before she resigned at the mayor's request last week, former police Chief Janee Harteau said the officers' cameras should have been on.

Minneapolis launched a body camera pilot project in November 2014, just months after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Minnesota's largest city began to roll out the technology throughout the department last summer and the cameras have been deployed department-wide for about eight months.

The old policy required officers to turn on their cameras in more than a dozen situations, including for a traffic stop, search of a person or building, any contact involving criminal activity and, if possible, before the use of force.

The amended policy gives officers less leeway. It says they should activate their cameras immediately upon being dispatched to a call, when self-initiating a call such as a traffic stop, before taking any law enforcement action, before making investigatory contacts, when any situation becomes adversarial, and before assisting citizens except for providing basic advice such as directions.

The language requiring officers to activate their cameras when dispatched is "kind of unique," said Michael White, a criminology professor at Arizona State University and a co-director of a Justice Department body camera funding assistance program who has reviewed over 100 policies from law enforcement agencies across the country.

Most agencies don't require officers to activate their cameras until they arrive at the scene, he said. And if the policy had been in place when Damond was killed, it would have been caught on video, he said.

Telling officers to activate their cameras when they're dispatched is consistent with Justice Department best-practice guidelines, said Chuck Wexler, executive director for the Police Executive Research Forum. Since officers don't know what they may face when they arrive at the scene, the last thing they should worry about is turning them on, he said.

Robert Bennett, an attorney for Damond's family, said the new policy seems to be a clarification of what was already in place.

"It eliminates any discretionary thoughts that officers might have had in misconstruing the prior policy," he said. "Their cameras were supposed to have been on when they went into that alley."

The department also has begun installing technology to turn the devices on automatically when the lights on the squad car are activated, Deputy Chief Mike Kjos said. It's similar to how the department's dashboard cameras are activated, he said. But it will probably take at least a couple months before the system enters service because it must be installed in all of the roughly 200 squad cars first, he said.

The department does not expect its data storage costs to increase because its vendor contract provides unlimited storage.

City leaders said the police department had been reviewing its body camera policy before Damond was killed and may make further changes after a planned audit of its program. That report is due Sept. 27.

Data from March released by the Minneapolis Police Department and published by television station KSTP show that officers wearing body cameras there recorded a little less than 20 minutes of footage for every eight-hour shift. Criminal justice experts said that amount of time seemed low.


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