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  • Court: Cobb woman who faked being cop for Chick-fil-A discount indicted

    02/20/2018 7:28:09 AM PST · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    WSB-TV ^ | Feb 19, 2018 | Ben Brasch
    OBB COUNTY, Ga. - A Cobb County woman was indicted Thursday for allegedly claiming to be a federal law enforcement agent to get a discount for her Chick-fil-A meal. Tara Marie Solem, of Marietta, faces two felony counts of impersonating an officer, according to court documents. Police said the incident happened July 5 at the Macland Cross Circle location. She initially tried to convince a worker at the eatery’s drive-through window that that she was a federal agent. It didn’t work, so she went inside. Solem walked up to the counter of the chicken joint, argued with two managers and...
  • Fat Cops Are Weighing Down the NYPD

    02/18/2018 9:38:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 18, 2018 | Shawn Cohen, Aaron Feis and Bruce Golding
    The NYPD is being dragged down by overweight cops — and the brass isn’t doing anything about the ballooning problem, police sources told The Post. “We really are the world’s largest police department,” said one veteran cop who’s worked in Manhattan, Brooklyn and The Bronx. “We’re the fattest police department in the country … because we have no requirement to stay in shape.”
  • Deputies called to suspected shooter’s home 39 times over seven years

    02/16/2018 7:49:28 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 145 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 16, 2018 | Yaron Steinbuch
    Before Nikolas Cruz carried out his mass killing at a Florida high school this week, police responded to his home 39 times over a seven-year period, according to disturbing new documents. Details about the calls to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office — obtained from police records by CNN — were not immediately available and it was impossible to determine if all involved Cruz. But the nature of the emergencies at his Parkland home included “mentally ill person,” “child/elderly abuse,” “domestic disturbance” and “missing person,” KTLA reported. And a schoolmate, Brody Speno, told the network that cops were called to Cruz’s...
  • Baltimore trial of police officers uncovers stunning levels of corruption

    02/14/2018 9:49:07 AM PST · by rktman · 21 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 2/13/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    As we’ve discussed here previously, a series of trials have been underway in Baltimore, Maryland alleging widespread corruption among members of the city’s Gun Trace Task Force. This week, the trial of two detectives associated with that unit, Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, ended in convictions on serious charges which could lead to lengthy prison sentences. The details of the robberies they pulled off and the shocking abuse of police authority were stunning even to those who have seen some of the worst incidents of official corruption. (Baltimore Sun)
  • Boston police apologize after tweeting a Black History Month tribute to a white man

    02/12/2018 4:04:03 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 23 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 2/12/18 | J.D. Capelouto
    The Boston Police Department apologized early Monday after tweeting a Black History Month tribute post that honored a white man. The tweet, which was deleted less than an hour after it went up Sunday night, was posted on the department’s official account “in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth.” However, the tweet celebrated the accomplishments of former Boston Celtics coach and president Red Auerbach, who was white. Police officials responded to mounting criticism Monday on Twitter.
  • Police officer killed, 2 deputies critically wounded in Georgia shooting

    02/09/2018 12:29:38 PM PST · by Strac6 · 27 replies
    <p>LOCUST GROVE, Ga. - Authorities say one officer has died and two deputies were critically wounded in a shooting that also left a suspect dead south of Atlanta.</p> <p>Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer made the announcement Friday afternoon at a news conference.</p>
  • NYPD Is Getting iPhones To Fight Crime, But Black Lives Matter Has Some Concerns

    02/06/2018 4:37:20 AM PST · by kevcol · 6 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | February 5, 2018 | Amber Randall
    The Black Lives Matter chapter of Greater New York expressed some concerns over New York Police Department officers receiving iPhones to better crack down on crime, the chapter president told The Daily Caller News Foundation. . . . Newsome would also prefer to see the money be invested in different programs, like racial sensitivity training, de-escalation methods, and training where the biggest criticizers of police can offer advice to the department.
  • Deputy dead, 3 other officers injured in shooting in east Colorado Springs

    02/05/2018 7:06:06 PM PST · by Linda Frances · 92 replies
    KDRO News Channel 13 ^ | 02/04/2018 | Andrew McMillan, Holly Morrison
    Deputy dead, 3 other officers injured in shooting in east Colorado Springs
  • Baltimore Cops Carried Toy Guns to Plant on People They Shot, Trial Reveals

    02/05/2018 10:38:25 AM PST · by Theoria · 45 replies
    Vice ^ | 31 Jan 2018 | Drew Schwartz
    One officer involved in the city's massive corruption scandal said officers kept the replicas "in case we accidentally hit somebody or got into a shootout, so we could plant them." Last week, the beginning of an explosive corruption trial involving eight members of Baltimore's elite Gun Trace Task Force revealed that a handful of Baltimore cops allegedly kept fake guns in their patrol cars to plant on innocent people—a failsafe they could use if they happened to shoot an unarmed suspect, the Baltimore Sun reports.Detective Maurice Ward, who's already pleaded guilty to corruption charges, testified that he and his partners...
  • Police: Maryland officer arrested after he stole opioids from a bedridden citizen

    02/03/2018 6:11:47 PM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies
    WJLA ^ | 2/3/18 | Brad Bell
    A Hagerstown police officer has been arrested on drug charges after police received a video of him admitting he stole opioids from a disabled resident while he was on duty.Christopher Michael Barnett, a 15-year veteran of the Hagerstown Police Department, was taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police Thursday evening at his home, according to Chief Victor Brito who held a press conference at noon Friday. Barnett is facing a list of charges related to the theft of opiate painkillers from a disabled resident of an apartment building in Hagerstown. Police say Barnett used a phony pretense to enter the...
  • Baltimore PD recruits to hit the streets with poor understanding of law, academy’s legal inst. says

    02/03/2018 2:31:17 PM PST · by JP1201 · 8 replies
    A third of Baltimore Police recruits set to leave the academy and hit the streets lack a basic understanding of the laws governing constitutional policing and are being pushed through by the department nonetheless, according to the academy’s head of legal instruction. “We’re giving them a badge and a gun tomorrow, the right to take someone’s liberty, ultimately the right to take someone’s life if it calls for it, and they have not demonstrated they can meet [basic] constitutional and legal standards,” said Sgt. Josh Rosenblatt Friday. After a gun and badge ceremony at the academy Saturday, the recruits will...
  • South Carolina deputy dies, 3 others remain wounded, after 'ambush' shooting

    01/17/2018 5:53:35 PM PST · by blueyon · 37 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 1/17/18 | Katherine Lam, Nicole Darrah
    A South Carolina sheriff's deputy has died after a man accused of assaulting his wife "ambushed" and shot him and three other officers, officials said Wednesday. York County Detective Michael Doty died Wednesday after he was shot by 47-year-old Christian Thomas McCall during an hours-long manhunt Tuesday morning. "It is with a heavy heart & great sadness that York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson announces the passing of Detective Michael R. Doty," the sheriff's office wrote on Facebook. Doty spent 12 years working in law enforcemen
  • Man Accused Of Murdering Deputies: ‘I Killed F****** Cops’, Warns He’ll Do It Again

    01/17/2018 2:39:14 PM PST · by detective · 18 replies
    CBS ^ | January 16, 2018 | Angela Greenwood
    Shortened title. Full title: Chaos In Courtroom: Man Accused Of Murdering Deputies: ‘I Killed F****** Cops’, Warns He’ll Do It Again An explosive day in the courtroom as opening statements began in the trial of Luis Bracamontes- the undocumented immigrant accused of killing two deputies in 2014. A judge ordered the jury out of the room, during an outburst by the defendant as he admitted to murdering the peace officers. Bracamontes said there’s no need for a trial, but the judge ruled it will still go on. “There was no need to prove all this s***,” Bracamontes said. “Be silent!” the...
  • ‘He shot them both,’ defense lawyer says of illegal immigrant accused of killing two cops

    01/16/2018 5:17:09 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 20 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 16, 2018 | Sam Stanton
    Barely two hours into the first day of trial for accused cop killer Luis Bracamontes, the proceedings devolved Tuesday into a spectacle of the defendant threatening to kill more people, giggling as a prosecutor described his 2014 crime spree and his own lawyers once again questioning his sanity.
  • 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...
  • Kansas 'Swat' Perpetrator Had Already Been To Prison For Fake Bomb Threats

    01/07/2018 9:22:15 AM PST · by Governor Dinwiddie · 12 replies
    Slashdot ^ | January 6, 2017 | EditorDavid
    More details are emerging about an online gamer whose fake call to Kansas police led to a fatal shooting: "After phoning in a false bomb threat to a Glendale, California TV station in 2015, Tyler Barriss threatened to kill his grandmother if she reported him, according to local reports and court documents." -- The Wichita Eagle "The Glendale Police Department confirmed to ABC News that Tyler Barriss made about 20 calls to universities and media outlets
  • 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...
  • Law Enforcement Backs Sessions’s Ending of Hands-Off Approach to Marijuana

    01/07/2018 5:15:44 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 81 replies
    freebeacon ^ | January 7, 2018 | Charles Fain Lehman
    Cite car accidents, opioid epidemic, rule of law as reasons for support Law enforcement and prosecutor organizations gave their support to Attorney General Jeff Sessions's Thursday decision to rescind Obama-era guidance which discouraged prosecutors from enforcing the federal laws against marijuana in states which had legalized the drug. Sessions's guidance most prominently overturned a 2013 memo from then-Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole. Issued in the wake of marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington state, the memo instructed U.S. Attorneys to not enforce marijuana's schedule I status in states where its recreational consumption had been legalized and regulated. In its...
  • Man shot, killed by deputies after 911 call claiming woman was trying to kill family

    Homeowner Mark Parkinson and his wife Diana. (Photo: WSBTV.com) 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,...