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Mich. House committee passes anti-sanctuary city legislation

PoliceOne - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 02:00

Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan House committee is looking to stop local governments from becoming "sanctuary cities" that don't cooperate with immigration authorities.

The House Local Government Committee approved two bills that would ban local units of government from calling themselves sanctuary cities. It would also prohibit local governments from enacting laws that limit cooperation with federal officials.

Tense testimony was given in opposition, with concerns that the bills would lead to racial profiling and lawsuits against police. Republican state Rep. James Lower of Cedar Lake is chairman of the committee. He counters that many attorneys have looked at the bills and found that would not happen. Several amendments from Democrats on the committee were defeated.

The bills were approved 7-4 along party lines and now go to the full House.

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Deputy uses police training, instincts in MMA cage

PoliceOne - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 02:00

By Rick Wright Albuquerque Journal

CLOVIS N.M. — When Harvey Park reports to his job each morning as a Curry County Sheriff’s deputy, he has no idea how his day might unfold.

Catching bad guys? Ticketing speeders? Lending aid at the scene of a car crash? Helping change a flat tire? Assisting the elderly in crossing a street? All the above?

“You’re there to help,” Park said in a recent phone interview. “It feels good to help people.”

As an MMA fighter, Park wants to present the same unpredictability to an opponent that he faces in his job.

Well, except he’s not trying to help.

Fists? Feet? Elbows? Knees? Stand-up? Ground-and-pound? Submission holds?

“I can do it all,” said Park (7-1). “Not one (phase) more than the other.”

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Posted by Harvey Park on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Saturday at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Pojoaque, Park is scheduled for what likely will be his sternest test thus far in the form of Brazil’s Robert “Corvo” Amorim (7-2). The lightweight (155-pound) fight is the main event of Jackson’s MMA Series XXII.

“I know he’s a jiujitsu black belt,” Park said of Amorim, who trains in Albuquerque at Jackson-Wink MMA. “But I’ve seen he says he wants to strike and likes to strike. … He’s well-rounded as well, so it’s gonna be a good fight.”

Park’s professional fight-by-fight record does, in fact, suggest he’s a versatile fighter: three wins by submission, two by knockout, two by TKO. His only loss, by second-round knockout, came against an opponent who outweighed him by 30 pounds.

Fans who saw Park land devastating leg kicks in defeating Albuquerque’s Brandon Trujillo by TKO in February, on a Fresquez-Winkeljohn card at Isleta Resort & Casino, might have come away thinking Park specializes as a kickboxer.

Not so. It was, he said, simply a matter of choosing the right weapon.

“Don’t fight your opponent at their strongest, but at their weakest,” he said. “(Trujillo) was a wrestler, and I thought he’d want to wrestle. So I decided to strike with him.

“That’s what’s good about being well-rounded is, that you can kind of pick how you’re going to fight.”

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Weigh ins at 1. Clovis civic center. #forceofone #clovisnm #clovisnm #fo1 #fo1fc @jl.visuals_ @force_of_one.martial.arts

Posted by Harvey Park on Friday, November 18, 2016

Unlike many MMA fighters, Park came to the sport with no background in the martial arts. Growing up in Melrose, some 25 miles west of Clovis, he played football and basketball for the Melrose Buffaloes.

During a four-year stint in the U.S. Navy, Park began his career in law enforcement in a program called Master at Arms. After his discharge at age 23, he came home to Curry County and signed on as a sheriff’s deputy. He lives and trains in Clovis.

At approximately the same time, he began training toward an MMA career.

Not having a specialty in the martial arts, he believes, has been far more a blessing than a curse.

“When mixed martial arts first started,” he said, “People would (come from) 15 years of wrestling or 15 years of boxing and say, ‘Now I’m gonna learn how to do these other things and fight.”

In starting with a blank slate, he said, “you learn them all. … They’ve all kind of developed at the same speed.”

At age 31, Park continues to develop as an MMA fighter. But law enforcement pays the bills for him and his family, and he has no plans to compete and train full time.

“I love MMA and I love being a cop,” he said. “The good thing about what I’m doing is I don’t have to fight. … I have a career.”

That feeling of security, though, vanishes when he steps into the cage. He wants to win, he said, as much as someone who’s fighting for his rent money or his next meal.

“I’m very competitive,” he said. “I don’t want to lose at anything.

“Fighting for me is about ‘I trained hard, I put in the work. Let’s see how much work you put in, and let’s see who’s better and who wants it more.'”

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Pa. PD receives first K-9 unit

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 15:27

By Nicole Hymovitz National Police Dog Foundation

SNYDER COUNTY, Pa. — Snyder County Sheriff’s Office, PA was proud to welcome K-9 Leo, a 1.5-year-old German Shepherd, on April 17, 2017. Leo was purchased in February, and he underwent 10 weeks of extensive training in narcotics detection and human tracking before he was joined by Chief Deputy Lucas Bingman in handler school.

Chief Deputy Lucas Bingman, Leo’s handler, says that training with Leo was “definitely a learning experience. As a dog owner, you think you know a lot about how dogs work. After taking a handler’s course, you find out that you didn’t know as much as what you thought you did.”

Now that he has completed training, Leo has spent his first month in the newly enacted K-9 Unit successfully assisting officers in the field with drug detection. “Leo has a very high work drive,” says Bingman. “He definitely knows when it’s time to go to work.”

Full story: Snyder County’s First K-9 Unit

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Why the British 'Run, Hide, Tell' terror attack response is flawed

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 13:29

Author: Mike Wood

As a result of the reporting on the London Bridge terror attack, we've become aware of the British public awareness campaign to "Run, Hide, Tell" in the wake of an active killer event.

Tell? Tell who, the unarmed policeman?

Certainly, in this modern age of terrorism, we need to rethink this strategy.

Limitations of citizen response models

These public awareness campaigns are not as influential as we might think or want them to be. However, if we're going to spend the money, time and resources to promote them, then we owe the public the best that we can give them. I don't think "Run, Hide, Tell" is adequate.

I've previously discussed my reservations about the "Run, Hide, Fight" model that is popular in the United States. It suffers from several flaws, one of which is that it doesn't give the user permission to choose to fight early in the decision cycle, when the tactical circumstances demand it.

Run and hide are frequently the best options for unarmed and untrained people, but the grim reality is that sometimes they are the worst options and only an immediate fight response is appropriate.

While I have issues with the way that the fight option is prioritized and timed in the "Run, Hide, Fight" model, at least it's in there. I advocate for "Move! Escape or Attack!", but would greatly prefer "Run, Hide, Fight" to the British model. In that model, a fight or attack option is completely absent, and that's unacceptable.

Cultural differences in the use of force

If you subscribe to the theories of Natural Rights and Natural Law, then you believe that life is precious and every man is justified in using force to defend his life against unwarranted aggression. Our Founding Fathers were heavily influenced by these classic, liberal philosophies and enshrined them in the documents which created and govern our nation, discussing "unalienable rights" such as "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness," and recognizing a right to keep and bear arms to achieve these ends.

While we sometimes struggle with these concepts in America today, our culture predominantly recognizes a right to self-defense, including armed self-defense. Sadly, these values are not held in the same esteem in contemporary English society.

The average British citizen has long since been disarmed by his government and the use of force in self-defense is treated with such hostility by the legal system that even legitimate and moral uses of force are immediately suspect. In recent years, numerous high-visibility cases have demonstrated that the British legal system is biased against those citizens who would take up arms in their own defense, including improvised arms, even under justifiable circumstances.

This extends to British law enforcement, as well. The majority of British police officers are not trusted with lethal force tools and the officers who are actually equipped with firearms operate in a culture where their use is highly discouraged by authorities. In comparison to the discretion that American police are given to use lethal force, the British police seem handcuffed.

The nation which gave us men like Hobbes and Locke, the English philosophers most responsible for promoting the theories of Natural Rights and Natural Law, has turned its back on the notion of armed defense. The result is that even in a model that's intended to promote survival in the wake of a violent, armed attack, the British government and police still can't quite bring themselves to use the word fight.

Winston Churchill, in a 1940 address "We Shall Fight on the Beaches", told the House of Commons, "We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."

Imagine what Winston Churchill, who exhausted the use of the word fight, would think of a government that was afraid to say it now.

Fighting back allowed others to run, tell

With "Run, Hide, Tell," the British government and police have withheld their approval for the public to consider the use of force in their own defense. They have tacitly declared that the government maintains a monopoly on the use of force and that only government personnel should be allowed to use force to stop an attack. Additionally, they have promoted the fiction that they can respond quickly enough to stop an attack, if only they are notified by the public.

Yet, in the end, there may be no other alternative for the public but to fight. Running and hiding may work, depending on the circumstances and a person's proximity to the epicenter of an attack, but for some people, there will be no suitable alternative but fighting. Telling the police may eventually result in a suitably-armed response, but in the intervening minutes, approximately eight, in the most recent London Bridge attack, the unopposed threat will continue to murder and maim.

Individual police officers and citizens figured this out in the opening moments of the latest London Bridge attack. A policeman armed only with a club confronted the three knife-armed killers and was badly injured. Another unarmed, off-duty officer tackled an attacker and was also badly injured in the process.

Many courageous citizens threw objects or grappled with the attackers, using all the tools at their disposal to stop the killers. Some of these brave defenders were also badly injured by the attackers with their superior arms.

Yet, despite the fact that these defenders were unable to completely stop the attackers, they bought precious time for others to escape, barricade and summon help. Because some people fought, others had the opportunity to run, hide and tell. Why won't the British acknowledge this in their public safety model?

Words have consequences

The recent attack at the London Bridge is the latest in a string of terror attacks that have plagued the United Kingdom. Less than two weeks ago, an attacker detonated a bomb outside a concert in Manchester, killing 22 and injuring 119. Just ten weeks prior, an attacker used a vehicle to run over pedestrians at London Bridge, and then stabbed an unarmed policeman outside Parliament. This latest trio of attackers must have taken notes on that previous London Bridge attack and improved the plan with the addition of more personnel and fake bomb vests to enhance their chances of success.

In the wake of these events, the British need to ask themselves if adopting a public policy and safety model that openly displays their aversion to the use of force in self-defense is a wise move. Is it possible that "Run, Hide, Tell" is not only inadequate as a safety model, but also an encouragement to evil people looking to harm innocents? Is it possible that the British are emboldening these attackers by failing to demonstrate their resolve and their commitment to confronting evil with force?

I know what Churchill would say.

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4 ways LeadsOnline is helping departments do more with less

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 13:23

Author: Mike Wood

The following is paid content sponsored by LeadsOnline

By PolceOne BrandFocus Staff

Few in public safety haven’t heard the dreaded words “do more with less.” As departments face smaller budgets and greater responsibilities, it has become a fact of life that officers must maximize their resources in order to do their jobs. Part of that is looking for inventive ways to use the resources that are available.

LeadsOnline, for example, is an online investigation system used by departments across the country to track transactions from secondhand dealers, pawnshops and gold buyers, as well as scrap metal dealers.

In addition to tracking stolen property, the departments that use LeadsOnline have found creative ways to leverage the information. Here are the top four ways LeadsOnline is being used to amplify its users’ reach.

1. Build LE relationships nationwide

Subscribing to a nationwide service like LeadsOnline connects your department with many other agencies, both in your state and across the country.

Detective Wilbur O’Neil of the Raleigh, North Carolina, Police Department observed that through working with officers from other departments on cases that had crossed jurisdictional lines, he was able to build relationships within those departments, as well as in federal agencies. This improved future collaborations and aided all parties in clamping down on property crimes.

2. Build relationships with community business owners

Community policing is a hot topic in law enforcement these days. Having the cooperation and support of local business owners is an undeniable asset when investigating crime

O’Neil said that business owners were much more willing to help out in investigations when they could put a face and name to the police department, particularly the unit tasked with investigating property crimes.

Having citizens who can support your investigations or tip you off to suspected illegal activity can be priceless.

3. Recognize predictable patterns of criminal behavior

Detective O’Neil uses the LeadsOnline database to determine what he calls “predictive retail behavior.” If he suspects, based on investigation, that a certain person is a suspect in a theft and likely to sell the merchandise, he can use the system to determine where and when they’re likely to try selling the illicit goods.

“They know they can get the best deal from this clerk and this pawn shop, so they’ll likely go there when that person is on shift, making it easy for us to just wait and pick up the suspect,” he said.

4. Use investigative resources consistently across many types of cases

Perhaps the most important way to maximize your department’s use of resources is also the simplest: Be consistent. The Raleigh Police Department used the data collected by LeadsOnline not just for preventing property theft, but on a whole litany of crimes.

While it may be difficult to identify suspects in robberies and violent crimes if the victim did not get a good look, remember that the suspects are likely to sell the stolen merchandise from the crime, leaving a trail. O’Neil has had success using the database to locate these suspects. With the timeline and the general location, investigators can get a list of people who have sold similar items to pawn shops in the area. Cross-referencing that list with jail records, looking for those who have committed similar crimes in the past, might yield a match. The same is true for identity theft, embezzlement and organized retail theft.

The key to maximizing resources is to use them in as many ways as possible. By taking advantage of the ability to build relationships within and outside your community and analyzing available data to yield new insights, investigators can multiply the effects of their efforts, getting more from their time and effort and saving the department money.

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Fla. agriculture officer killed in fiery crash

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:25
Author: Mike Wood

By PoliceOne Staff

TAYLOR COUNTY, Fla. — An agriculture officer who was driving on duty died after his car caught fire.

Joshua Montaad, 25, was driving Tuesday when his car veered off the road, struck a tree and caught fire, WTXL reported. Montaad was pronounced dead on the scene.

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam said in a statement that “with heavy hearts we mourn the loss of such a dedicated and vibrant man who chose to make selflessly serving others his life’s work.”

“I pray for Officer Montaad’s family, loved ones and colleagues during this time of sorrow, and may God be with us all as we grieve.”

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Posted by Leila Grace Montaad on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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Police: Cocaine found in restaurant toy vending machine

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 11:34

Author: Mike Wood

By PoliceOne Staff

BELL GARDENS, Calif. — A boy who won a toy from a restaurant vending machine discovered cocaine inside of it.

The boy purchased the putty toy from the 25 cent vending machine Monday when it ruptured and a white powder came out, KABC reported.

The boy’s mom called the police, who tested the powder. Tests determined it was cocaine.The boy was not harmed by the powder.

Police discovered 136 grams of cocaine from 17 toys in the vending machine, the news station reported.

Authorities have not located the company, Snack Time Vending, yet. Police are asking any restaurants that have the machine in their buildings to remove it and call authorities.

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Baltimore officer finalist in PETA's 'Sexiest Vegan' contest

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 11:31

Author: Mike Wood

By PoliceOne Staff

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore police officer could soon have a new title to add to his resume: sexiest vegan.

Coppin State University Officer Michael Baysmore is one of the 10 male finalists in the running for a free vacation to Hawaii, WJZ reported.

In his bio, Baysmore wrote that he became a vegan to make the “world a kinder, safer place for all, including animals.” He believes that with so much violence in the world, “eating vegan is one easy way to help protect ourselves, animals and the planet.”

The winner is chosen based on several factors, including the vote count. The male and female winners will be announced on June 21.

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Ann Coulter calls NYPD 'little girls,' praises Paris police after Notre Dame attack

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 11:28
Author: Mike Wood

By PoliceOne Staff

Conservative media personality Ann Coulter is facing backlash on social media after calling the NYPD “little girls” on Twitter following the terror attack in Paris.

Coulter tweeted that Paris police were “very macho, unlike the little girls on NYPD,” after a man attacked an officer with a hammer outside Notre Dame Tuesday. The officer is recovering and the suspect is being treated at a hospital while under police surveillance.

Paris police very macho, unlike the little girls on NYPD: Only 2 shots fired, one hit the Muslim in the thorax.

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) June 6, 2017

She followed up by tweeting “Why can’t we be like the French on hiring large, strong men as cops?”

We're hectored to be like the French on adultery & global warming. Why can't we be like the French on hiring large, strong men as cops?

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) June 6, 2017

Twitter users responded with support for the NYPD, criticizing Coulter for her statements.

One user tweeted: “I wear my badge and do my job like any strong man does & at times do it better.”

I wear my badge and do my job like any strong man does & at times do it better.. walk in my shoes before you talk this B.S. talk!

— Amabile_uno (@amabile_uno) June 6, 2017

Another said: “Sympathies for the French, and glad they got their guy. Ours do well too! No competition.”

The NYPD has not commented on the tweets.

Conservative, Ann Coulter, describing our very own. Sympathies for the French, and glad the got their guy. Our's do well too! No competition

— eastvillagetwt (@eastvillagetwt) June 6, 2017

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Police: Woman fed toddler meth at local park

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 11:03

Author: Mike Wood

By George Kelly East Bay Times

BERKELEY, Calif. — A woman was in county jail after her interaction with a toddler at a Berkeley park led to her arrest on suspicion of attempted homicide this week, UC Berkeley police said.

Just after 3:30 p.m. Monday, a woman approached a 2-year-old boy at a People’s Park play structure with his nanny, police said.

When the woman reached out and put something in the boy’s mouth, the nanny immediately went to check his mouth but found nothing. The nanny called UC Berkeley police, and officers and paramedics responded within minutes.

After officers took the woman into custody for a psychiatric evaluation, she told paramedics she had given the boy methamphetamine. The boy was immediately taken to a hospital, where tests revealed the drug’s presence in the boy’s system. The boy was recovering at a hospital Tuesday, police said.

The woman, identified as Sayyadina Thomas, 36, was arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide, as well as additional charges related to assaulting officers and resisting arrest, and was eventually booked into Santa Rita Jail. Thomas is expected to be arraigned 9 a.m. Wednesday for the attempted homicide charge and Thursday for charges related to the assault on an officer, at René C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland.

Police said anyone with information about the case should call UC Berkeley police’s criminal investigations bureau at 510-642-0472 during business hours and 510-642-6760 at other times.

Campus members who feel unsafe in public situations should call 510-642-3333 on a cellphone or use any of several nearby Blue Light emergency phone on campus to call 911, police said.


©2017 the Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.)

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Calif. police kill suspected gang member who fired 75 rounds at them

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 09:42
Author: Mike Wood

Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. — Central California police say a suspected gang member was shot and killed after he fired a least 75 rounds at officers with a high-powered rifle.

The Fresno Bee reports that the incident occurred in Fresno early Wednesday. No police officers or civilians were hit or injured.

Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the man, who he described as a 21-year-old gang member, didn't appear to be targeting anyone. His name was not released.

BREAKING: Dakota in Central Fresno to be shut down for several hours. PD investigating poss shooting. Neighbor says he heard 30shots. @ABC30

— Vanessa Vasconcelos (@VanessaABC30) June 7, 2017

Police recovered between 75 and 100 casings at the scene.

Dyer described the shooting as an isolated incident.

The violence comes nearly two months after another Fresno random shooting.

Authorities say three white men were killed April 18 in a racially motivated attack. Prosecutors have charged Kori Ali Muhammad, who's black, in the attacks and with killing a fourth white man.

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LIVE: Officer involved shooting in NW Fresno. Chief Jerry Dyer set to give more information:

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If he only had a driver: Tin Man actor charged with DWI

PoliceOne - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 09:33

Author: Mike Wood

Associated Press

SULLIVAN, N.Y. — A man hired to portray the Tin Man in "Wizard of Oz" author L. Frank Baum's upstate New York hometown was still in his character's makeup when his mug shot was taken after a drunken driving arrest.

State police say troopers responded Sunday to a report of an intoxicated man on private property in the Madison County town of Sullivan, just east of Syracuse. The homeowner says a man had driven to the home with another person and was asked to leave.

Police say the 31-year-old driver Nicholas Sherman told troopers he had just left a business in the nearby village of Chittenango, where he was hired to portray the Tin Man character from "The Wizard of Oz" during last weekend's Oz-Stravaganza event.

Troopers say the man's blood-alcohol content was 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit for driving while intoxicated. Court officials didn't know if he has a lawyer.

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Migrant smuggling organised crime group dismantled in Greece

EUROPOL - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 03:43
An organised crime group involved in smuggling migrants from Greece to other European Union countries has been dismantled in Athens, Greece. The operation was jointly carried out by Attika Aliens Division, Europol and the UK’s National Crime Agency, following several months of investigations.
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No more Ransom receives 2017 SC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award

EUROPOL - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 02:11
On 6 June 2017, the project was awarded with The 2017 SC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award at a ceremony held in London. The award honours the achievements of organizations in making a positive impact on the information security industry.
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Sergeant finds 1-inch bolt in Arby's sandwich

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:42

By PoliceOne Staff

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An officer found a dangerous ingredient inside his roast beef sandwich: a 1-inch bolt.

Sgt. Patrick Cosby told that he was driving his patrol car in uniform when he ordered his meal at Arby’s Thursday. After returning to his police department, he took a bite of the sandwich, right into the metal.

"I pulled back and spit it out and looked into the sandwich,” Cosby said. “There's a massive bolt laying there. I'm kind of in shock."

He took pictures then went back to the restaurant and confronted the manager, the publication reported. She informed the employees and told the officer she would “like to think that it was not intentional, but I don’t know.”

After contacting Arby’s customer complaint line, a regional supervisor called Cosby and told him they believe the bolt’s inclusion resulted from a malfunctioning meat cutter. The company vice president also believes it was an accident.

Cosby has filed a report with the Birmingham police and the health department. The health department was also told the bolt was from a faulty cutter the restaurant has had previous problems with.

"I feel like it was intentional. What are the chances it was an officer that got the 1 -inch bolt in his sandwich?'' Cosby said. "If I were making a sandwich at home, I'd know if a 1-inch bolt was in there. They're not owning up to it."

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Be safe out there brothers and sisters. AD

Posted by Nightshift LEO on Saturday, June 3, 2017

The restaurant is currently investigating the incident.

"We take this matter very seriously and conducted an immediate investigation,” Arby’s said in a statement. “After reviewing video footage from our kitchen speaking with our team members, we are confident no one was targeted in this instance. We have a long-standing tradition of supporting our men and women in uniform, and we are currently working with the guest to resolve the matter."

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NY standoff, OIS captured on Facebook Live

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:40

By PoliceOne Staff

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — A three-hour standoff that ended in gunfire after the suspect pointed an object at police from a second-floor porch was captured on Facebook Live.

Police responded to a domestic disturbance call Monday when Anthony Logan, 23, appeared on the second-story porch with something in his hand, The Daily Gazette reported.

A witness said the object looked like a gun.

Officers opened fire and hid behind patrol cars during the three-hour standoff. The video, captured on Facebook Live by Robert van Outlar, shows police with a loudspeaker demanding Logan drop the object in his hand.

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Posted by Robert van Outlar on Monday, June 5, 2017

Logan made a quick movement with his right arm and was shot and wounded by police. He was taken to the hospital where he is in stable condition, News10 reported.

Records obtained by The Daily Gazette show Logan is on parole in connection with possessing a loaded pistol in 2012. After serving two years in prison for those charges, Logan was released until he was arrested again on a parole warrant and resisting arrest in 2015.

An investigation is ongoing.

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Man attacks 3 cops, bystander in court

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:34

By PoliceOne Staff

KOKOMO, Ind. — A man punched a trooper and attacked two other LEOs and a bystander in court after a judge’s ruling.

Jacob Gallegos, 21, was representing himself on drug-related charges Thursday when the judge ruled he should be handcuffed and held in jail, FOX 59 reported.

“You could see it in his eyes that he was not wanting to go to jail and that he was going to do whatever it took to make sure he did not go,” Trooper Matt Moon said.

Gallegos punched a bailiff in the face and Moon in his eye. He then attacked a DEA agent and a person sitting in the courtroom, the news station reported. It took five people to stop him from attacking others.

All the victims were treated and released. Moon received three stitches under his eye.

Gallegos faces charges for contempt of court, resisting arrest and battery resulting in bodily injury.

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An Indiana state trooper had to get stitches after a 21-year-old reportedly punched him in the face inside a court room....

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Man attacks Paris police with tool at Notre Dame 'for Syria'

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:30

By Philippe Sotto and Elaine Ganley Associated Press

PARIS — An assailant wielding a hammer attacked Paris police guarding Notre Dame Cathedral Tuesday, crying "This is for Syria" before being shot and wounded by officers outside one of France's most popular tourist sites, authorities said.

At least 600 people were blocked inside the iconic 12th century church, while others fled in panic from the sprawling esplanade outside as police combed the area in the center of the French capital.

The assault was the latest act of violence targeting security forces at high-profile sites in France, which remains under a state of emergency after a string of Islamic extremist attacks.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters that a police officer in a three-person patrol was lightly wounded in the attack, and the assailant was shot and wounded by a fellow officer. The attacker's condition was being evaluated.

"A person came up behind the police officers, armed with a hammer, and started to hit the police officer," he said.

The man cried "This is for Syria!" but said nothing else indicating a motive or a link to extremist groups, Collomb said. No group immediately claimed responsibility, and Collomb said he appeared to have acted alone.

A hammer and kitchen knives were found on the assailant, as well as documents suggesting he was an Algerian student, Collomb said. He said authorities were working to verify his identity.

"We have passed from a very sophisticated terrorism to a terrorism where any instrument can be used for attacks," he said.

The incident happened around 4:20 p.m. (1420 GMT). A large number of police cars descended on the Ile de Cite island in the Seine River, where the celebrated cathedral is located.

Authorities told people to stay away from the area and some took refuge inside the cathedral. People inside Notre Dame, the nearby Sainte-Chappelle cathedral and area bars and cafes were told to stay inside while the police operation was underway.

Among the several hundred people ordered to remain inside the cathedral was former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nancy Soderberg. She was admiring the church's stained glass windows when a French announcement came on urging those inside to stay calm as police dealt with an incident outside.

The visitors got nervous when they were told soon after that the doors were closing and everyone had to stay inside, Soderberg told The Associated Press from inside Notre Dame.

"It was really scary, we had no idea if there were any accomplices inside," she said.

They were being released Tuesday evening one by one after careful police searches.

Witnesses described a dramatic police operation in the tourist-filled area.

Lawrence Langner, a 73-year-old American visiting the neighborhood just across the Seine River from the cathedral, told The Associated Press that he suddenly heard a commotion and two detonations like gunshots.

Journalist David Metreau, who said his office overlooks the square that fronts Notre Dame, tweeted that there were two blasts that sounded like shots. Looking down from his office, he saw a man inert on the square.

"The police didn't seem interested in him at the beginning," Metreau said. "I thought he was dead."

Notre-Dame: de nombreux effectifs se dirigent vers le lieu

— David Perrotin (@davidperrotin) June 6, 2017

Officers then checked the man's pulse, while medics eventually came and took him away on a stretcher.

Soderberg said those inside the cathedral remained calm and orderly throughout despite not knowing what was happening, though "everyone was very quiet and very scared" when police came in to check the cathedral's pews row by row.

She tweeted a photo from inside the Notre Dame showing those locked inside putting their arms in the air as instructed by police.

"We will remember this for the rest of our lives," she said. "Now everyone just wants to go home."

The attack came the day before new President Emmanuel Macron unveils his first efforts against terrorism, which Collomb called the president's top priority.

Paris remains under high security after a string of Islamic extremist attacks in recent years, including several targeting police officers and security personnel.

In April, an attacker opened fire on a police van on Paris' Champs Elysees, killing one and gravely wounding two others. The attacker was shot dead by police.

The incident recalled two other attacks on soldiers providing security at prominent locations around Paris, one at the Louvre museum in February and one at Orly airport in March.

#BREAKING: Police officer shoots at attacker near Notre Dame in #Paris; Suspect tried to attack police officer with a hammer

— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) June 6, 2017

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911, lemonade emergency! Officers visit young aspiring cop's stand

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:25

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dozens of thirsty police officers responded to an "emergency" call to visit a lemonade stand run by a 3-year-old aspiring cop in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Kansas City Star reports that Hannah Pasley set up her lemonade stand last Friday and Saturday to raise money to buy her own police uniform. After buying the uniform Saturday morning, Hannah returned to her stand — wearing police coat and hat — that afternoon.

When the flow of customers thinned, Hannah's aunt, Ashly Rooks, and her friend Sierra Moore took to Facebook to encourage officers to visit.

Rooks says the street was soon packed with squad cars. Moore says "50 plus" officers responded, and a police helicopter buzzed overhead.

They gave Hannah a Kansas City Police Department patch and a Clay County Junior Deputy badge.

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Vegas officer arrested on manslaughter charge in in-custody death

PoliceOne - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 07:10

By Ken Ritter Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — A police officer was arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter for placing a neck hold on an unarmed man who died outside a Las Vegas Strip casino, authorities said.

Kenneth Lopera, 31, posted $6,000 bail and was released from jail with an August court date in the May 14 choking death of 40-year-old Tashii S. Brown after a chase through back hallways of a Las Vegas Strip casino.

Lopera will plead not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and a second charge of oppression under color of office, Las Vegas Police Protective Association official Steve Grammas said. He could face up to up to eight years in state prison on the two charges.

"Officer Lopera did nothing criminal," Grammas said. "We prepared him for the worst-case scenario, and it came true."

Lopera's arrest came at the same time county Sheriff Joe Lombardo announced to the media that Lopera had been suspended without pay and would be charged following the county coroner's ruling that Brown's death was a homicide.

Brown also used the name Tashii Farmer. He was intoxicated by methamphetamine and had an enlarged heart, but Coroner John Fudenberg said Brown died of lack of oxygen, or "asphyxia due to police restraint."

Lopera also zapped Brown with a stun gun seven times and punched him in the head and neck several times after the chase through employee-only hallways into a rear driveway to a parking area of The Venetian resort, police have said.

The incident began when Brown, appearing sweaty, agitated and disoriented, approached Lopera and his patrol partner in a casino coffee shop and said he thought people were after him.

Grammas said Lopera, who lost his partner during the chase, emerged alone in the driveway thinking he faced a combative man trying to commit a carjacking.

Lombardo said departmental investigations are continuing, and they could take a couple of months to complete.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson didn't immediately respond to messages.

A lawyer for Brown's mother, Trinita Farmer, said she had hoped the officer would face a murder charge.

Attorney Andre Lagomarsino said family members from Hawaii and Las Vegas mourned Brown at his funeral last Saturday.

"There will be a time for justice. That time is coming soon," Lagomarsino said. "At this time the family wants to absorb the information that is coming out" from the coroner and Las Vegas police.

Lagomarsino said Trinita Farmer also wants The Venetian held responsible for the actions of casino security officers who helped Lopera subdue Brown.

A spokesman for the casino declined to comment.

Clips of video from Lopera's police body-camera and casino security cameras that have been made public show Lopera using a Taser, punches and what a top police official described as an unapproved chokehold for more than a minute.

Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said Lopera continued using the Taser despite policy calling for officers to stop after three bursts if it doesn't have an apparent effect.

Local NAACP leader Roxann McCoy said she wasn't surprised by the coroner's ruling.

"After seeing what we saw on the video, I suspected they would find it was a homicide," McCoy said. "They did choke the man."

Grammas said experts he has consulted believe the officer employed a carotid artery hold that is the same as a lateral vascular neck restraint that Las Vegas police authorize for officers to use.

Lopera, who identifies his racial heritage as Colombian and Puerto Rican, trains in Brazilian jiu jitsu, the police union official said. He is an Army veteran who deployed twice to Afghanistan and worked as a jail guard for three years before becoming a police patrol officer in January 2016.

"The reference of a 'rear naked choke,' which is a mixed martial arts hold that the officer said he used, is identical to the LVNR that Metro practices," Grammas said. "Both are a carotid blood choke that cuts off blood flow to the brain. It's not a windpipe choke that cuts off the air."

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is calling for Las Vegas police to quit the practice.

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