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Chicago police question people of interest in judge slaying

PoliceOne - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 06:41

Associated Press

CHICAGO — Chicago police say they're questioning multiple people of interest in the fatal shooting of a judge who oversaw criminal cases in Cook County, Illinois.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in an email Wednesday that investigators are "questioning individuals" in the case who are "people of interest." He declined to specify how many.

Police said in a statement Tuesday that they're making "considerable progress" on the investigation into the slaying of Associate Circuit Court Judge Raymond Myles, who was shot to death Monday outside his home on the South Side of Chicago.

A woman he knew also was shot and wounded.

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward.

Investigators are considering whether the shooting was an attempted robbery gone wrong, although police don't believe anything was stolen in the pre-dawn attack.

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US halts weekly local police immigration cooperation report

PoliceOne - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 02:00

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A widely criticized weekly report publicized by President Donald Trump's administration to showcase local police seen as uncooperative with immigration enforcement was suspended Tuesday after the administration acknowledged the report contained flawed data.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement identified computer coding problems and mix-ups where jurisdictions were incorrectly placed on the report, said David Lapan, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Several local law enforcement agencies had complained that information in the reports was inaccurate and unfairly targeted them — including some jurisdictions supportive of Trump's immigration enforcement efforts.

The administration started publishing the report weekly last month after Trump issued an executive order aimed at encouraging local police to help federal immigration agents trying to carry out deportations. It listed jurisdictions that had been deemed uncooperative.

Kern County, a vast rural agricultural expanse north of Los Angeles, ended up on one of the lists.

But Sheriff Donny Youngblood said targeting his law enforcement agency was wrong because federal agents have access to his county's jail and its data.

Being placed on the federal list prompted calls from angry residents of the largely conservative area, Youngblood said. So he complained to federal immigration officials.

"I explained to them this can be devastating for an elected official when you have to refute this," Youngblood said. "I am really pleased they're going to stop until they get this corrected. Correct information is what people should be getting, not a rush to be first to send it out, whether it is factual or not."

Many local police and sheriff's agencies across the U.S. have publicly proclaimed they will not cooperate with Trump's immigration crackdown.

Tension over whether U.S. local law enforcement agencies should assist federal deportation efforts dates back years.

But it has grown significantly amid the Trump administration's efforts to boost immigration enforcement and build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Some local law enforcement agencies fear immigrants will not report crime or trust officers if they believe local police will help get them deported.

Others have said immigrants who commit crimes must be released from jail once they serve their sentences, and won't keep them in custody longer for immigration agents to pick them up.

Also, some state and local laws have prohibitions on when immigrants can be transferred to the agents for deportation.

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Talk by pro-police author disrupted at Calif. college

PoliceOne - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 02:00

By Howard Blume Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Administrators expressed disappointment and threatened discipline in the wake of a demonstration that disrupted a planned public event last week featuring conservative commentator and author Heather MacDonald at Claremont McKenna College.

The campus demonstration was among the latest nationwide to impede the appearance of a conservative speaker.

Perhaps the most notable occurred two months ago at the University of California, Berkeley, where violent protesters prevented then-Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking. Those protests were condemned by both UC administrators and President Donald Trump.

At Claremont McKenna, east of Los Angeles, about 250 protesters on Thursday blocked the entrance to the Athenaeum, where MacDonald was scheduled to appear. Many chanted “black lives matter” and “black lives — they matter here.”

Campus officials and security decided not to force entry into the venue on behalf of those who came to hear MacDonald speak.

“Based on the judgment of the Claremont Police Department, we jointly concluded that any forced interventions or arrests would have created unsafe conditions for students, faculty, staff and guests,” Claremont McKenna College President Hiram E. Chodosh said in a statement. “I take full responsibility for the decision to err on the side of these overriding safety considerations.”

Instead, MacDonald spoke before a handful of observers while the college live-streamed the event to a viewing audience that Chodosh estimated at 250 — about the same number as those protesting outside, according to authorities.

Her 30-minute talk also was made available for later viewing.

“Her presentation that is posted on our CMC homepage has already been viewed over 1,400 times,” Chodosh said. “In the end, the effort to silence her voice effectively amplified it to a much larger audience.”

Chodosh also threatened disciplinary action against any students from the Claremont colleges who blocked the entrances, calling it a violation of college policy.

The election of Trump as president has sparked a wave of campus activism directed at the appearances of outspoken conservatives, especially those supporting Trump. In February, UC Berkeley authorities canceled Yiannopoulos’ speech. Two hours before he was to speak, more than 1,500 people had gathered in protest. Some smashed windows and set a small fire.

Protests also resulted in the cancellation of a Yiannopoulos speech at UC Davis.

MacDonald’s books include last year’s “The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe.” She has criticized the Black Lives Matter movement, whose supporters have denounced her.

A statement from a group that defined itself as “students of color at the Claremont Colleges” called MacDonald a “notorious white supremacist fascist.”

MacDonald recounted the experience in comments published by “The College Fix,” which describes itself as providing a “daily dose” of student-reported “right-minded news and commentary.”

“I was hustled from my guest suite by several police officers from Claremont PD into the lecture hall,” MacDonald said. “It was decided that I would give the speech for live streaming to a largely empty hall.

“An escape plan through the kitchen into an unmarked police van was devised,” she continued. “I was surrounded by about four cops. Protesters were sitting on the stoop outside the door through which I exited, but we had taken them by surprise and we got through them.”

The day before, protesters also disrupted MacDonald’s appearance at UCLA. There, MacDonald gave her talk and took some questions, including one or more from protesters, with answers that sometimes led to angry reactions, according to accounts of the event.


©2017 Los Angeles Times

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Europol hosts Conference on Online Terrorist Propaganda

EUROPOL - Wed, 04/12/2017 - 00:34
On 10 and 11 April 2017, Europol’s European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) hosted its first high-level Conference on Online Terrorist Propaganda. On this occasion, over 150 participants gathered at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague to discuss a wide variety of topics pertaining to the online terrorist threat. 
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Former NFL player joins Mich. state police

PoliceOne - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:35

By PoliceOne Staff

LANSING, Mich. — A former New England Patriots linebacker is starting a new career and joining the Michigan State Police.

Cam Gordon, 25, told The Detroit News that after he was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs, he realized he wasn’t playing at his full potential.

“I said, ‘What is another career that will allow me to have an impact, have influence on younger kids and also leave behind a positive legacy?’ Instantly, state trooper — law enforcement — jumped into my mind,” Gordon said.

Last week, the agency approached Gordon with a conditional job offer, securing his place in the next recruiting school.

His offer comes as nearly 250 troopers are set to retire between June 2018 and September 2020, the publication reported. Spokeswoman Shanon Banner said the graduates from six large recruiting classes are set to reach the threshold that gives them full state benefits after retirement.

Police officials asked for an additional $9.2 million in 2018 to train 100 new troopers, which would bring the total number of state police to the highest point since 2003.

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Ind. man arrested after stalking officer, telling others to booby trap cops

PoliceOne - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:22


KOKOMO, Ind. — A Russiaville man was arrested after allegedly encouraging Facebook friends to rig traps in their yards to injure Kokomo Police officers, states a press release from the Kokomo Police Department.

Christopher Sutton, 44, was arrested on a warrant for stalking, a level 5 felony, intimidation, a level 6 felony, and harassment, a class B misdemeanor.

On April 6, officers were notified of possible threats being made against them on social media, according to the press release, which went on to say investigation revealed Sutton allegedly made the threats.

On April 4, Sutton allegedly encouraged his friends and followers to “booby trap” their yards to injure officers, and specifically a Kokomo police officer, when they come onto their property. Specifically, the release says, he suggested hiding boards with exposed nails and animal traps in thick grass.

Sutton allegedly asked for videos of officers being injured, the press release says

The officer he directed the threat toward is assigned to the Code Enforcement Division of the Kokomo Police Department. Her duties include, but are not limited to, the enforcement of Kokomo ordinances within city limits, such as tagging and towing vehicles identified as abandoned by city code.

The press release states documentation exists indicating Sutton had allegedly been stalking that officer since 2014. In October 2014, the officer conducted a traffic stop on Sutton as he allegedly followed her at the completion of her shift. He was issued multiple traffic citations and plead guilty to the infractions.

Sutton turned himself in at the Howard County Jail on April 7.

Sutton’s attorney did not return a call to comment for this story.


©2017 the Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, Ind.)

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1 suspect arrested, 1 at large after shooting of Ohio cop

PoliceOne - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:12

By PoliceOne Staff

NEWCOMERSTOWN, Ohio — One suspect is in custody and another is still at large after a Newcomerstown officer was shot.

WCPO reported that Chaz Gillilan, 28, and the other unnamed suspect shot Officer Bryan Eubanks twice in the arm Tuesday morning. According to the New Philadelphia Times Reporter, Eubanks was investigating a potential meth lab.

The officer is in good condition.

According to ABC22 Now, the vehicle is described as a black Geo Tracker that is blacked out with dark tinted windows and no plates.

ABC22 Now reported that one man was wearing a lime green shirt while the other was wearing a red sweatshirt, it’s unclear which man was wearing what. One suspect is wearing a tactical vest as well.

The suspect still on the run is considered armed and dangerous.

#BlueAlert Update: Gillilan in custody. A 2nd unknown suspect still at large. Black Geo Tracker still believed to be involved.

— Ohio AG Mike DeWine (@OhioAG) April 11, 2017

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Wis. trooper killed in crash

PoliceOne - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:09

By PoliceOne Staff

SAUK COUNTY, Wis. — A trooper has died after he lost control of his patrol vehicle.

Anthony J. Borostowski was on duty Tuesday when he lost control of his patrol vehicle, fell into a ditch and struck a tree, Baraboo News Republic reported. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Gov. Scott Walker offered condolences in a statement after learning the identity of the fallen officer.

"I had the honor of meeting him in 2015, when he received the Wisconsin State Patrol's lifesaving award for saving a man's life by performing CPR. Tonette and I send our prayers to Anthony’s family,” Walker said.

An investigation into the crash is underway.

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Police union official says comments that angered St. Louis firefighters were misconstrued

PoliceOne - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 10:28

By Ashley Lisenby St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis police union official has issued a clarification after an editorial in a union newspaper angered city firefighters.

Jeff Roorda, St. Louis Police Officers Association business manager, penned a front-page editorial in the April edition of the union paper Gendarme lauding officers for their promptness and bravery, but criticizing city firefighters for the lack thereof.

“Who else dares to brave these neighborhoods? How many times have you or one of the cops you work with, charged into a burning building because even the fire department is slower to answer the call in the ghetto than the cops who are right there, in the trenches, hearing the shrill cry for help?” Roorda wrote in the commentary titled “Do Something Amazing.”

The St. Louis Fire Department posted a scathing response to Roorda’s opinion piece on Facebook on Monday.

“It is unfortunate that an individual such as Mr. Roorda, who is paid to represent an organization comprised of brave professional police, is continually allowed to voice and put into print his uneducated, uninformed and disparate comments without accountability or corrective action,” said Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson in a statement.

He continued, “His baseless comments are an insult to every professional first responder, including firefighters and EMS, in our city.”

Jenkerson said firefighters respond to “incidents across the city in under four minutes,” directly addressing Roorda’s claims about slow response times.

Roorda said Monday night that he wrote the editorial in response to the amount of criticism he believes police receive and to acknowledge the ways they exceed their public duties.

As for his comments about the fire department, he said after reading them over again, he could see how the department would be put off.

He said he spoke with the president of the firefighters union Monday. “I told him that it absolutely wasn’t meant in the way he was describing,” Roorda said.

In addition to planning a clarification next month in the union paper, Roorda took to Facebook on Monday to post a public apology.

“Every day, firefighters climb into the same foxholes that cops do. The fact that cops some times get their boots muddy first is a matter of geography not reluctance,” he wrote. “I spent eight years in Jefferson City as the number one supporter of firefighters in the Missouri Legislature. My commitment and admiration for our brothers and sisters who drive the red trucks hasn’t changed, nor will it ever.”

Jenkerson’s critical Facebook post appears to have since been removed.

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Miss. mayor catches suspect after foot pursuit

PoliceOne - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 10:23

Associated Press

PEARL, Miss. — A Mississippi mayor is being credited with catching a fraud suspect who was running away from police.

The Clarion-Ledger reports Pearl Mayor Brad Rogers was riding with the city's police chief Friday when they heard a call for assistance with a foot chase. Both men joined the pursuit when they saw a man matching the suspect's description bolt past Police Chief Tim Sarrett's truck.

Police said Rogers followed the fugitive over an 8-foot privacy fence and the suspect gave up after the unarmed mayor demanded he drop to the ground.

Jermaine Marshall of Chicago was charged with credit card fraud, identity theft and failure to obey a police officer. He had fled from a local bank after the manager reported Marshall to police as a possible fraud suspect.

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UK police receive Porsche patrol car

PoliceOne - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 09:46

By PoliceOne Staff

ATTLEBOROUGH, England — A police department’s new Porsche Cayman GT4 police vehicle is catching the eyes of young drivers.

The vehicle, donated to the Norfolk Constabulary by the Lind Trust, will serve not as a vehicle for everyday law enforcement operations but as a conversation starter about road-safety with young drivers, Jalopnik reported. It comes fully-loaded with police decals, interior blue lights, and even its own hashtag, #Porsche999.

For the past two years, the GT4 has been donated to the Constabulary to help combat fatal and serious crashes involving young drivers, the department said in a press release. In Norfolk, 61 young drivers have died in collisions and 504 have suffered serious injuries over the last five years.

“The GT4 will certainly attract a lot of attention – but that’s the whole idea,” Chief Constable Simon Bailey said in the press release. “We hope the car will act as a conversation starter, which gives us the opportunity to engage with people, but more importantly those hard-to-reach groups like young drivers, and offer practical advice as well as describing what can happen when things go wrong.”

The Porsche will complement existing initiatives including the police’s #Impact campaign and the Young Driver Education Presentation, which they present in local schools.

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1 killed, 2 injured in shooting outside Tenn. automotive plant

PoliceOne - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 09:42

By PoliceOne Staff

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — One person is dead and two others were injured after a shooting outside the Ficosa plant Tuesday morning.

Major Carl Sells told NewsTalk 94.1 radio that one person has died. Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton told News Channel 5 that the alleged shooter was one of the three people shot. It’s unclear if the gunman has been taken into custody, WRCB reported.

Shelton tweeted that the scene was secure and there is no outside threat.

Their conditions are unknown.

Nearly 300 employees work at the automotive plant.

#BREAKING - we've confirmed that three people have been shot outside the FICOSA plant in Cookeville, medical helicopters on scene @NC5

— Chris Conte (@NC5_ChrisConte) April 11, 2017

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Escaped inmate who allegedly attempted to kill Ala. cop might be driving stolen van

PoliceOne - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 07:11

Associated Press

FLORENCE, Ala. — Authorities in Alabama say an inmate accused of trying to kill a police officer and then escaping from jail might be driving a stolen van.

Investigators say 43-year-old Christopher Wayne Kilpatrick might be driving the 2003 maroon Chrysler Town and Country van taken Sunday night from a Florence home.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton says Kilpatrick escaped from the Lauderdale County Detention Center on Saturday night.

The TimesDaily reports Kilpatrick was being held without bail awaiting trial on a number of offenses, including attempted murder of a Florence police officer.

Singleton says Kilpatrick apparently escaped by crawling through the casing around a plumping pipe, then made his way to the roof of the detention center and was able to crawl over the razor wire that surrounds the roof and yard.

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Criminal case judge fatally shot outside his Chicago home

PoliceOne - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 07:08

Associated Press

CHICAGO — A judge who oversaw criminal cases in Cook County, Illinois, was shot to death early Monday outside his Chicago home and a woman he knew was shot and wounded, police said.

Investigators are looking at the possibility that the shooting of Associate Circuit Court Judge Raymond Myles and the acquaintance could have been part of an attempted robbery, although police don't believe anything was stolen from the victims or the house. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Myles also "may have been targeted for one reason or another."

"The offender shot him numerous times," Guglielmi said.

No arrests have been made in the shootings that happened around 5 a.m. on Chicago's South Side. Myles was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Since the woman who was shot is a witness to a killing, her name is not expected to be released, Guglielmi said. Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples described the woman as a close associate of Myles and said she was shot once and is expected to survive.

The woman was shot first. Myles heard commotion and a gunshot, exchanged words with the attacker and then was shot himself, Staples said.

Police Deputy Superintendent Kevin Navarro called the shooting "a senseless act of violence."

"Every day civil servants like Judge Myles and those of us in law enforcement work tirelessly to hold criminals accountable and make our streets safer," Navarro said. "That's why, when incidents like this occur, it's not only a reminder of the ever-present challenge we have with illegal guns and the offenders willing to use them, but it's also a direct attack on the criminal justice system that keeps our society safe."

Myles received his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. He was appointed to the court in 1999. Circuit court judges appointed him an associate judge in 2001 and Myles had served in the criminal division since 2009, Chief Judge Timothy Evans said in a statement.

"I join all of the judges today in the Circuit Court of Cook County in expressing our sadness regarding the tragic passing of our colleague and friend," Evans said.

"I have always known Judge Myles to be focused and determined in the pursuit of justice, and his conduct earned him the confidence and respect of the people who appeared before him," Evans added. "All of our colleagues at the Leighton Criminal Court Building will miss Judge Myles, who they came to know for his kindness and his impartial administration of justice."

The FBI is working with Chicago police on the investigation and is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to a suspect in the case.

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Europol 2017 international law enforcement photo competition opens for entries

EUROPOL - Tue, 04/11/2017 - 06:49
Europol has the pleasure to launch its 2017 international law enforcement photo competition. This annual competition, now in its ninth year, recognises outstanding photography from the challenging and rewarding work of police and law enforcement agencies. Last year’s competition attracted entries from all corners of Europe and beyond, with photographs portraying the highs and lows of law enforcement work, across the spectrum of services including police, border and customs guards, SWAT teams, Gendarmerie and more.
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2 adults dead, 2 kids shot at Calif. school

PoliceOne - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:30

By Christopher Weber Associated Press

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — An apparent murder-suicide inside an elementary school classroom in San Bernardino left two adults dead, including a teacher, and two students wounded, police and school officials said.

Investigators believe "the suspect is down" and that North Park School faces no further threat, Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said on Twitter.

Two students were airlifted to a hospital after what was believed to be a domestic dispute, San Bernardino City Unified School District spokeswoman Maria Garcia told news station KNBC-TV. Their conditions were not immediately known, police said.

"We believe the teacher knew who the shooter was," Garcia said, adding that all other students were safe.

We believe this to be a murder suicide. Happened in a class room. Two students have been transported to the hospital.

— Chief Jarrod Burguan (@SBPDChief) April 10, 2017

Students gathered on a field and a blacktop basketball court inside the fenced-in grounds of the campus near a line of school buses. The school has about 600 students in kindergarten through sixth grades.

Frantic parents running up a sidewalk looking for information about their children were not able to learn immediately what happened. Several parents interviewed on TV said their children were too young to carry mobile phones, so they had not been able to contact them to see if they were safe.

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Live coverage of the elementary school shooting in San Bernardino, where multiple people have been injured.

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Marina Ramos told news station KABC-TV that she rushed to the school to try to pick up her grandson after she heard about the shooting. She said she spoke to him, and he told her he was safe but was upset.

"He was crying. He's scared," she said. "It was a typical morning and then chaos broke out."

Students were being taken to local college campus, Garcia said. Police told parents to go to a nearby high school to pick up their kids, but it's not clear when the students would get there.

Firefighters don body armor at North Park Elementary where there's an active shooter

— Rick Sforza (@RickSforza) April 10, 2017

The city of 216,000 was the site of the December 2015 terror attack that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others at a meeting of San Bernardino County employees. Husband-and-wife shooters Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were killed in a gunbattle with authorities later that day.

The city is known for its high rates of violent crime, especially homicides, and has struggled to emerge from bankruptcy.

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Police: Gunman who killed Texas lawman killed himself

PoliceOne - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:26

Associated Press

BAYTOWN, Texas — A man who fatally shot a Houston-area deputy constable outside a county courthouse last week killed himself the next day, police said Monday.

William Kenny, 64, was the man who shot Harris County Precinct 3 Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood on April 3 moments after Greenwood arrived for work, Baytown police Lt. Steve Dorris said at a news conference. The attack prompted a massive manhunt.

Dorris said investigators identified Kenny late Sunday as the gunman and found his body early Monday at a residence in downtown Houston. The gun used in the shooting of Greenwood, 57, was the same one used by Kenny to kill himself, Dorris said.

Dorris declined to reveal a motive for the shooting and said investigators were still working to determine why Greenwood was targeted.

Greenwood was shot by a man who stepped out from behind a dumpster as Greenwood exited his SUV. Greenwood collapsed at the scene and was taken to a Houston hospital, where he died.

Dorris said investigators were able to track a rental car shown on surveillance video to Kenny.

Greenwood, who was a 30-year law enforcement veteran, had also worked with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, the county's sheriff's office and in private practice as a lawyer.

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Who was Chalino Sanchez?

PoliceOne - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 10:13

Author: P1 Community

Subcultures often identify themselves through a particular style of music. Song lyrics are also a way for law enforcement to keep up with current information on dangerous fads in culture. That’s what makes the story of Rosalino “Chalino” Sanchez important to learn from.

Chalino is one of the first and most famous musicians to sing narcocorridos, a style of music strongly tied to Mexican drug and gang culture, and inherently law enforcement.

The man behind the music

Chalino Sanchez was born in the Sinaloa state in Mexico in 1962. His family was impoverished and lived in an isolated village. At the age of 15, Chalino shot and killed one of the several men who had raped his sister four years earlier. After the incident, he left for the United States to stay with an aunt in Los Angeles. Once in California, he worked numerous jobs, including a stint as a “coyote” (someone who smuggles illegal aliens into the US).

In the early 1980s, Chalino was sentenced to serve eight months in La Mesa jail for a variety of petty crimes.

During his time in jail, Chalino practiced music and exchanged stories with other Sinaloans. This experience inspired Chalino to describe these stories through a type of Sinaloan song called a corrido. Historically, this music was composed to tell the stories of heroes from the Mexican Revolution or infamous bandits.

The rise of Chalino’s music

Once released, Chalino quickly established a reputation for writing corridos on commission and his music career took off. There was a massive demand for his music. He wrote stories that resonated with his own background and experiences in Sinaloa.

While he rarely mentioned the drug trade directly in his music, listeners still knew the connection and the meaning of the music. Chalino told the stories of men who overcame impossible poverty to survive and develop power, as valientes, and about the reality of dying from the violence in a corrupt system.

Because of the content and the stories told in the music, this style of song became known as a narcocorrido. While it told a story in the manner of a traditional corrido, these were so tied to the lifestyle of the drug culture, that they took on the term ‘narco’ from narcotics.

The gang culture

The narcocorridos, also called corridos prohibidos, resonated with Sinaloans that moved to L.A. As narcocorridos became more popular in Southern California, it became adopted by other artists but remained largely eschewed by major labels. The root of this was that mainstream culture did not understand the conditions that led to the narco-culture that was predominantly Sinaloan.

Being very poor in Mexico meant drug smuggling was one of the only ways to find financial security. As organized crime and its influence grew, drug smugglers began to be regarded as heroes at times.

Similar to the way in which ‘gangster rap’ became part of the lifestyle for gang members in urban cities, narcocorridos became very popular with Sinaloan Cowboys. The musical tales of narco heroes glorifies the violence in the drug trade and made this style of music the rallying cry for organized drug-smuggling gangs.

The impact of Narcocorridos

For this reason, narcocorridos remain largely prohibited, and musicians who pursue this type of lifestyle are often in danger. Chalino himself was killed in 1992, after being pulled over at a traffic circle by a group of armed men who flashed state police identification cards. Chalindo was then blindfolded, tied up and shot in the head twice. No motive was established and no suspects were arrested, though there is little doubt the murder was fueled by the drug trade.

Since Chalino’s death, there have been at least a dozen big-name narcocorrido performers that have been murdered, including Valentin Elizalde in 2006 and Sergio Gomez in 2007. In 2013, there were 17 less-famous narcocorrido musicians murdered. For them, the music, drugs, and the culture are all entwined, in life and commonly, in death.

Yet, despite the peril many of these musicians’ face, many are still performing, simply to give voice to a culture and a way of life that the vast majority of people cannot relate to. Chalino Sanchez paved the way for an entire genre of music to fill a void and even today it remains an integral part of Mexican drug cartels and their various gangs.

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[iii] Cobo, L. (2015, April 10). It’s like a horror movie: The grisly details behind Mexico’s narcocorrido murder epidemic. On Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2017 from

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Miss. corporal dies from injuries sustained in off-duty motorcycle crash

PoliceOne - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 09:53
Author: P1 Community

By PoliceOne Staff

JACKSON, Miss. — An officer succumbed to his injuries Friday morning after he was critically injured in an off-duty motorcycle wreck April 1.

Cpl. Allen Harper, 43, died from head trauma, The Clarion-Ledger reported.

Harper was a 22-year veteran of the Jackson Police Department and patrolled downtown. His partner, Detective Colendula Green, told The Clarion-Ledger that Harper was a community man and widely recognized throughout the town.

"He wouldn’t meet a stranger. Everyone that came across him loved him instantly," Green said. "We had so many fun moments that he was always the life of the party. He’s a person that the badge he wears, he exemplified it in his character, his integrity. He was our hero, he helped everybody. He was a hero to me."

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Posted by Jackson Police Department on Friday, April 7, 2017

Police Chief Lee Vance said he can’t remember any time a complaint was filed against Harper and the community is feeling the loss of a great officer.

"When a guy like Allen Harper dies, people in the community feel it because they know they've lost a true servant," Vance told the Clarion-Ledger. "It's a sad thing when we lose one of the good guys."

Harper leaves behind a wife and two sons.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing, but police said it doesn’t appear that any laws were broken.

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Police Chief Lee D. Vance issues statement regarding the death of 22 year JPD veteran, Cpl. Allen Harper, Jr. Harper, 43, died today following injuries he sustained from an off-duty motorcycle accident on 4/1/17.

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Officials back Colo. officer after video of UOF incident goes viral

PoliceOne - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 09:51
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Associated Press

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A video spreading on social media shows a police officer in Colorado throwing a woman face-first onto a sidewalk after a scuffle.

The woman struck the officer in the university town of Fort Collins on Thursday after police detained her boyfriend, police spokeswoman Kate Kimble told the Coloradoan newspaper

The officer used "standard arrest control" to subdue her, Kimble said.

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In a statement Sunday evening, police Chief John Hutto pledged to conduct a fair investigation of the video. The department will review the officer's actions, he said.

But Hutto added that he will not release the video from officers' body cameras. "This is an open investigation and to release evidence, absent a truly compelling reason, would not be proper," he said.

Hutto says the body-camera video will be released once the investigation is over.

Police identified the woman as 22-year-old Michaella Surat, a junior at Colorado State University. She was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault and obstructing a peace officer and released on bond.

No phone number could be found for her.

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