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  • Police union slashes number of ‘get out of jail free’ cards issued

    01/22/2018 6:42:02 AM PST · by JP1201 · 20 replies
    The city’s police-officers union is cracking down on the number of “get out of jail free” courtesy cards distributed to cops to give to family and friends. Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association boss Pat Lynch slashed the maximum number of cards that could be issued to current cops from 30 to 20, and to retirees from 20 to 10, sources told The Post. The cards are often used to wiggle out of minor trouble such as speeding tickets, the theory being that presenting one suggests you know someone in the NYPD. The rank and file is livid.
  • Long Beach Police Shoot ‘Suspicious’ Person on Bike

    01/21/2018 10:24:57 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 90 replies
    “I don’t have information that he was actually wanted for anything at this time, all I have at this point is that he was a suspicious person on a bike,” Johnson said. After the two-person police unit attempted to stop them, the person allegedly fled on foot. The foot chase led officers into an alley between Adriatic and Baltic avenues. Once one of the officers caught up with the person, that officer fired and shot the person, Johnson said. The person was struck once in the lower torso and transported to the hospital in stable condition. It was unknown if...
  • Texas Man, Convicted of Sex Crime, Gets Reversal of Fortune—From His Phone

    01/17/2018 1:58:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Forensic Magazine ^ | Seth Augenstein
    A police detective who never followed all the leads, a conflicted defense attorney who cried so uncontrollably she did not discuss appeal options after the “midnight verdict” of guilt, and a jury who convicted without any physical evidence at all. Greg Kelley, a young man in Texas convicted of sexually molesting a toddler in 2014, had a lot of things going against him that led to his spending more than three years in prison for a crime he did not commit. But Kelley had one thing to start his reversal of fortune that led to his release from prison last...
  • Experts discuss officer's use of force in 'swatting' video

    01/17/2018 10:09:31 AM PST · by JP1201 · 14 replies
    Based on the approximate eight seconds of body cam video released by Wichita police, Eyewitness News asked several experts around the country if they could answer those questions. Their perspectives didn't necessarily align. Dr. Delores Jones-Brown is a former prosecutor and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "It appears that all the police officers had taken cover and there are no civilians on the street," she says. "So there would not have been a necessity to fire his weapon at the time that he fired." Jeff Noble, a former Irvine, Calif. police officer now works as a police...
  • Officer Shot at Dog in Room Full of Children, Wounding 9-Year-Old and Alarming Mom

    01/13/2018 10:03:30 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 84 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | January 12, 2018 | Tim Potter
    On the evening of Dec. 30, Danielle Maples was making nail polishes with her children. The atmosphere in her home changed when her husband threatened to hurt himself. Maples called 911 to get help. Then after police arrived – as she and her husband stood outside their home unarmed – she heard two gunshots from inside. A Wichita police officer fired at her dog – in a small living room occupied by her four children, ages 6 to 10. Suddenly, the already stressful evening turned into a nightmare. When the officer shot at the family dog in the same room...
  • udge blasts lawyers in upholding $15M police shooting award

    01/13/2018 8:01:22 AM PST · by RideForever · 8 replies
    The Daily News (Longview) ^ | 1/13/18 | Sean Robinson Tacoma News Tribune
    SEATTLE — A federal judge has upheld a $15 million verdict against police in a small Washington state city who shot and killed an unarmed black man, in a ruling that blistered the city’s lawyers for suggesting jurors ruled against law enforcement only because they didn’t want to be known for siding with white officers. The ruling Thursday from U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein found that the jury had plenty of reasons to conclude that the shooting of Leonard Thomas during a 2013 SWAT operation in the Tacoma suburb of Lakewood was outrageous, The Seattle Times reported. Thomas was unarmed,...
  • Law enforcement talks hows, whys of traffic stops

    01/11/2018 5:11:45 AM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Terri Jo Neff
    SIERRA VISTA — It’s a sight dreaded by drivers — red and blue lights flashing in the rearview mirror. But a traffic stop may not just be bad for the driver, sometimes they are downright dangerous for the officer. A report by the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund shows 128 federal, state and local law enforcers were killed in the line of duty in 2017. Of those, 18 died after being shot or being struck by vehicles while conducting traffic enforcement. Many more officers are injured each year during traffic stops, making it one of the most dangerous activities...
  • For Cops Handing Out Bogus Pedestrian Tickets, Ignorance Of The Law Is The Most Profitable Excuse

    01/09/2018 11:13:05 AM PST · by JP1201 · 19 replies
    Ignorance of the law is no excuse… unless you're a police officer. Then it's a magical world of immunity and good faith exceptions! But it gets even better. In Florida, ignorance of the law is highly-profitable. On its face, Florida’s pedestrian statute 316.130(11) seems straightforward enough: fail to cross a street in a crosswalk where required, and you are liable for a ticket ranging from $51 to $77. The authorities across the state issue hundreds of the tickets every year with the public claim that they were trying to cut down Florida’s outsize number of pedestrian deaths. Good for them....
  • Deadly ‘swatting’ hoaxes and the dangerous conditioning of cops

    01/07/2018 9:32:36 AM PST · by JP1201 · 39 replies
    It’s when police officers mistakenly harm their fellow officers that we really see the problems with law enforcement narratives. Last September, St. Louis police reportedly beat and arrested a fellow police officer who had gone undercover during a series of protests. The police claimed that their fellow officer, who was black, was resisting arrest. That seems implausible. By the time the officer is getting arrested, there would be little reason for him to resist to maintain his cover. He undoubtedly knew how the police operate. He undoubtedly knew that resisting would bring a beating and an arrest. That both happened...
  • Man shot, killed by deputies after 911 call claiming woman was trying to kill family

    Homeowner Mark Parkinson and his wife Diana. (Photo: WALKER COUNTY, Ga. Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Walker County in which a deputy shot and killed a man in his Rossville home. The incident began in the early-morning hours of New Year’s Day when a woman called 911 and said her estranged daughter-in-law threatened to kill her child and then herself. When deputies arrived at the home on Meadowview Drive in Rossville, the family was sleeping. The estranged daughter-in-law was living in the home with her parents while going through a...
  • Training Officers to Shoot First, and He Will Answer Questions Later

    01/05/2018 10:45:05 AM PST · by JP1201 · 102 replies
    WASHINGTON — The shooting looked bad. But that is when the professor is at his best. A black motorist, pulled to the side of the road for a turn-signal violation, had stuffed his hand into his pocket. The white officer yelled for him to take it out. When the driver started to comply, the officer shot him dead. The driver was unarmed. Taking the stand at a public inquest, William J. Lewinski, the psychology professor, explained that the officer had no choice but to act. “In simple terms,” the district attorney in Portland, Ore., asked, “if I see the gun,...
  • 'Swatting' hoaxer has been accused of making false threats before

    12/30/2017 6:42:05 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 100 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 30th, 2017 | Dakota Smith
    Two years ago, Tyler Barriss called in multiple bomb threats to the Glendale offices of KABC-TV Channel 7, prompting a mass evacuation. Barriss was charged and eventually convicted in connection with the hoax, one of several high-profile incidents at the time that focused attention on the act of crank-calling known as "swatting." Now, Barriss, 25, is accused of a much more serious hoax. He was arrested in South Los Angeles on Friday for his suspected role in a deadly prank in Kansas, police said.
  • Police investigate fatal officer-involved shooting in Wichita as possible swatting

    12/29/2017 12:00:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    kxn ^ | December 29, 2017, 1:36 pm
    Deputy Chief Troy Livingston said WPD received a call reporting a shooting at 6:18 p.m. in the 1000 block of West McCormick. He said the caller stated a mother and son got into an argument and, during that, a father was shot in the head. Livingston said the caller said the father died and two hostages were being held. When police arrived, a 28-year-old man came to the front door of the home. Livingston said a WPD officer fired his service weapon. ... “We believe we were given some misinformation on the call,” said Livingston. “That’s why I said we...
  • Texas boy's (6 years old) death in officer shooting 'tragic accident'

    12/22/2017 7:43:47 PM PST · by JP1201 · 76 replies
    SCHERTZ, Texas (AP) - The death of a 6-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a stray bullet when deputies near San Antonio opened fire on a woman being sought for crimes is a "tragic accident," a Texas sheriff said Friday. The woman, 30-year-old Amanda Jones, was also fatally shot in the incident Thursday afternoon. Bexar County deputies had pursued her for a car theft and other offenses about two hours before confronting her on the porch of a trailer that she had forced her way into, Sheriff Javier Salazar said. The boy, Kameron Prescott, was inside the trailer,...
  • 6-year-old boy killed after deputies opened fire in Schertz identified (San Antonio)

    12/22/2017 8:55:11 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 57 replies
    MYSA ^ | 12/22/2017 | Caleb Downs
    The 6-year-old boy killed by a stray bullet in a shooting involving Bexar County deputies in Schertz was identified Friday by the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office. Kameron Prescott was shot in the abdomen and taken to University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Sheriff Javier Salazar previously said the boy was 7 years old, but the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office said on Friday that he was actually 6 years old. Kameron was shot while inside his home in the 100 block of Peach Lane. Four Bexar County deputies had been chasing a wanted felon in the area,...
  • Court of inquiry on Twin Peaks perjury allegations dismissed(Waco)

    12/21/2017 7:10:05 PM PST · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    KWTX ^ | `2/21/2017 | John Carroll
    The judge named for a court of inquiry sought by an attorney for a biker charged in the Twin Peaks shootout on the merits of an accusation of perjury involving police and prosecutors has dismissed the inquiry without ever holding a hearing. “My decision (to dismiss the court of inquiry) rests on two separate and independent bases,” Judge David Peeples said in an email obtained Thursday by KWTX. “First, I conclude that the evidence of perjury is insufficient and does not justify continuing the court of inquiry. Second, I continue to have serious prudential concerns about procedure, as was suggested...
  • AG Sessions orders examination of Bundy case after mistrial over prosecution bungling

    12/21/2017 2:05:47 PM PST · by x1stcav · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/21/17 | Valerie Richardson
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped into the Bundy prosecution after Wednesday’s mistrial, ordering a third-party examination of the case in light of the latest government snafu. “The attorney general takes this issue very seriously and has personally directed that an expert in the [Justice Department’s] discovery obligations be deployed to examine the case and advise as to the next steps,” said Ian D. Prior, the department’s principal deputy director of public affairs, in a late Wednesday statement. The decision to intervene came after Chief U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial over the government’s “willful failure to disclose...
  • Damond's Family Expresses Concern About Investigation

    12/20/2017 7:41:51 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies ^ | 12/20/17 | KSTP Staff
    The father of Justine Damond said family members have concerns about the investigation into her death after Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was captured on video last week criticizing investigators in the case. Freeman said he didn't have enough evidence to charge Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor because investigators "haven't done their job." Damond was shot in July when she approached Noor's squad car after calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault. John Ruszczyk said investigators from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension promised the family a thorough investigation after Damond was killed last summer. "We are apprehensive that...
  • Federal Cash Promoted Rhode Island Ticket Quotas

    12/14/2017 10:35:07 PM PST · by Ken H · 6 replies
    theNewspaper ^ | 12/15/2017 | n/a
    Email evidence shows US Department of Transportation grant program inspired an illegal ticket quota system in Rhode Island. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) last month warned Rhode Island police chiefs against the use of ticket quotas that are illegal under state law. The civil rights group began working on the issue after a WJAR television investigative report found evidence that police were ordered to issue a specified number of tickets in response to a federal grant program known in the state as Operation Blue Riptide. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration sends funds for this program to the Rhode...
  • Shaver Shooting a Wake-Up Call for Reforms

    12/13/2017 2:13:42 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 33 replies ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Bob Barr
    Daniel Shaver did not deserve to die. He made an otherwise innocuous mistake, as people often do, especially in high pressure situations and after having consumed alcohol. But he did not deserve to die for it. Shaver could have been any one of our twenty-something children or siblings. The events of the night in which 25-year old Shaver died nearly two years ago, are not in dispute. Shaver was drinking with two companions in a Mesa, Arizona La Quinta Inn. At one point that evening, likely showing off, Shaver pointed a pellet rifle he used for his job in pest...