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Wired: On Friday afternoon, the Israeli forensics firm and law enforcement contractor Cellebrite publicly announced a new version of its product known as a Universal Forensic Extraction Device or UFED, one that it's calling UFED Premium. In marketing that update, it says that the tool can now unlock any iOS device cops can lay their hands on, including those running iOS 12.3, released just a month ago. Cellebrite claims UFED Premium can extract files from many recent Android phones as well, including the Samsung Galaxy S9.
New Video: Lansing State Journal: LANSING - A day after a Lansing police officer was videotaped punching a teenage girl seated in the back of a patrol car, the department's top official told protesters it's not the behavior he expects from his officers.
Video: PHOENIX (AP) -- A $10 million legal claim was filed against the city of Phoenix that says police officers committed civil rights violations by pointing guns and profanely yelling commands at the father and pregnant mother of two young daughters because one of the children, unbeknownst to the parents, had shoplifted a doll at a store.
USA Today: The deaths in New York are part of a national problem. Last year, for the third straight year, cops who died by suicide outnumbered line-of-duty deaths.
Axios: Local police are increasing their use of body cameras, which often puts them at odds with the federal agents they work with — who "never wear body cameras," the Washington Post reports.
The big picture: A 2018 Justice Department survey found that 47% general-purpose law enforcement agencies had acquired body cameras by 2016. 80% of the largest local police departments, which employ 500 or more full-time sworn officers, had acquired body cameras by that time.
What's happening: Local police departments tell the Post the DOJ "has helped fund and train local police departments in body-camera use while ignoring federal use." When local officers work with federal agents on joint task forces, they are prohibited from wearing body cameras.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque’s FBI Division says crime in the city has gotten so bad, they have decided to step in with a brand new Violent Crimes Task Force.
PAUL, MINN. (AP) — Chief Todd Axtell announced the firings at an emotional news conference, calling the officers' actions "a violation of trust." But Axtell gave almost no details except to say the assault happened at a business a year earlier and did not involve violence by an officer.
Detroit Free Press: A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the convictions and prison sentences of two Detroit narcotics officers, concluding they schemed with drug dealers to line their own pockets — just as the jury concluded.
(CNSNews.com) - According to an investigative summary released by the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice, a senior Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official took actions “to have his son work as a DEA contractor in his chain of command,” took actions “to hire two former DEA colleagues as contractors in his chain of command” and “lacked candor by making false entries about alcohol counseling on a Questionnaire for National Security Position, in violation of the DEA Standards of Conduct and potentially in violation of criminal statutes.”
Fox News: Oakland police officers logged more than $30 million in overtime pay last year despite more than 80 percent of cases missing proper documentation thanks to a system that has virtually no oversight.
According to an audit, 217 Oakland Police Department officers – around 30 percent of the total force – each accumulated about 520 hours of overtime last year, amounting to more than $30 million in total overtime pay.
Link to audit report by Oakland City Auditor: https://www.oaklandauditor.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/20190610_Performance-Audit_OPD-Overtime_Report.pdf
ABC News: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 132 making it illegal for employers to rebuff job applicants based on the results of a marijuana test. The law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
The law, however, will not apply to people up for jobs as firefighters and public safety positions, including emergency medical technicians, according to the legislation.
SF Chronicle: led by a lieutenant whose similar suit 16 years ago netted a $1.6 million settlement. A 13th plaintiff, now retired, says she was denied promotion because she is a white lesbian.
CNBC: It took the state roughly three and a half years to reach the $500 million mark in total state revenue from marijuana sales, and just under two years to double the revenue source
Fox news: BALTIMORE – Baltimore police believe they've solved a rape case that had investigators pull more than 100 police cars off the streets to search for evidence.
A woman alleged that a uniformed officer ordered her into a patrol car and later raped her. Commissioner Michael Harrison announced Tuesday night that an exhaustive investigation led them instead to arrest a security guard for a hospital trauma center on charges of rape and impersonating a police officer.
ABC: The Phoenix Police Department has opened an investigation into how officers treated two shoplifting suspects, after a witness provided cellphone video showing one of the officers sweeping the leg of a handcuffed man as another points his gun at a car with two children inside.
Tallahassee.com Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo's almost 6-year tenure, pockmarked by a consistent battle with crime and its public perception, came to an ..
Dallas News: One of Dallas' officer associations on Wednesday called for Police Chief U. Renee Hall's resignation, citing a vote of no confidence by its members.
Star Press: Parks was arrested in September 2017 after he agreed to hold 12 pounds of marijuana for his nephew, convicted drug dealer Danny Dewayne Terry Jr. He resigned from his job as a sheriff’s deputy a few days after his arrest,.
NPR: Thirty-six Memphis Police Department officers and sheriff's deputies were injured during a large protest Wednesday night, the police department said Thursday. The violence erupted after officers of the U.S. Marshals Service shot and killed Brandon Webber, 20. When the officers tried to stop Webber, "he reportedly rammed his vehicle into the officers' vehicles multiple times before exiting with a weapon," the TBI says.
This video is worth watching to see what some street officers have to put up with. Lt. Dan
Inside Edition’s Chief Investigative Correspondent Lisa Guerrero asked tough questions of the man who called an officer "piggy." Tyrone Eddy, 52, calls himself a First Amendment auditor, one of a group of online activists who say they shoot video footage of public officials to see if they violate people's rights.
The Verge: The district attorney’s office is calling it a ‘first-in-the-nation’ use. The tool will not only strip out descriptions of race, but also descriptors like eye color and hair color, according to the SF district attorney’s office. The names of people, locations, and neighborhoods that might all consciously or unconsciously tip off a prosecutor that a suspect is of a certain racial background are also removed.
The tool will remove details about police officers, too, including their badge number, in case the prosecutor happens to know them and might be biased toward or against their report.
STAMFORD — A scheme that has resulted in larceny and conspiracy charges against four now-retired police officers unraveled with a review of the department’s extra-duty program, according to arrest warrants released Tuesday.
The former officers are charged with submitting a total of 643 false payroll vouchers that amount to $187,618, nearly all of it paid by the natural-gas affiliate of Eversource, the utility company that regularly hires a large number of extra-duty officers.
For a reason that so far is unclear, someone — whether in the police department or City Hall — began an audit of the process by which off-duty officers are assigned jobs directing traffic around construction sites or providing security for events.
Dallas police officials on Monday said the city is on pace to end the year with about 228 homicides — a total that would surpass any year in the past decade. That amount, in fact, would nearly double the 116 homicides the city recorded in 2014.
Members of the City Council’s Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee on Monday pressed the Police Department’s top brass for more information on strategies to combat the increase in violent crime this year. At times, committee members expressed dissatisfaction and frustration with commanders' answers.
NY Post: Police also discovered a small bag of powder cocaine concealed on Jimenez — as well as a backpack holding 250 grams of marijuana and 13 Xanax pills, cops said.
ABC 5, News Video: The Minneapolis Police Department is considering placing limits on when officers can chase fleeing suspects after a series of chases that ended in tragedy in the region.
The new approach to police pursuits comes after 5 INVESTIGATES found the majority of police chases in the state start over minor traffic violations like speeding, or petty crime like shoplifting.
In an effort to cut down on the number of high-speed pursuits, Minneapolis police may shift to a violent-only chase policy, where officers would only pursue suspects who are wanted for certain violent offenses. Minneapolis police could not provide an interview on the issue Monday.
Police One: From deep dives on controversial topics to profiles of officers on the force, the LAPD harnesses the power of the podcast to connect with the public
First time I have seen one like this. Lt. Dan
WLWT5: News Video: According to federal investigators, Savard is accused of “shaking down" a sergeant in the department for a promotion before retirement.
"In a nutshell, the basic allegation is that Savard tried to shake down a sergeant for cash in exchange for guaranteeing that sergeant's promotion to lieutenant through the timing of Savard's retirement," U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman said at a press conference Friday. "We just can't look the other way."
Savard allegedly asked for and received $5,000 from a sergeant within the Police Department. In exchange, Savard allegedly promised to retire from the Cincinnati Police Department so that the sergeant could be promoted to the rank of lieutenant, according to an affidavit.
The sergeant was next in line on a promotion eligibility list that was due to expire in June.
IBERVILLE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - A deputy with the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office was fired following his arrest in connection to the rape of a one-year-old child.
St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau said Shadrick Jones, 33, the now fired deputy, is accused of filming the rape of the child. Jones worked as a deputy for the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office. Before that, he was a deputy for the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. Dan, I think the Chief summed it up pretty well with his comment, “I’ve never seen anything so sickening and disgusting in my life,"
Baltimore Fishbowl: Two Department of Transportation employees were fired after the Office of the Inspector General found they spent a good chunk of the workday chilling at home.
Initially, the OIG was tipped off that a traffic maintenance worker within the division would work part of his shift and then take a city-issued truck to his house, where he would stay for hours.
After investigating, inspectors established this was a pattern for two traffic maintenance workers in the Signs and Markings Section; they were often assigned together because one had lost his driving privileges after failing to show up for a mandated re-certification course.
“On multiple occasions, the OIG observed one employee drop the other off near his home, then proceed to his own home, where he would remain for hours at a time,” the report said. “He would then return to pick up the first employee before the end of their workday.”
KOKOMO, Ind. (WTHR) — An Indiana State Police trooper is facing charges after being arrested last week. Edward Titus, 28, has been charged with one count of intimidation and one count of harassment after allegedly threatening to kill his ex-wife's current boyfriend. Titus is a trooper covering Grant County.
NY Post: Richard Cornejo, 37, was arrested Thursday on sexual assault and official oppression charges for a July 2018 incident while he was working and driving a marked patrol vehicle, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.
June 8: Jewelry store manager no longer employed after denying deputy service while in full uniform
Greensboro News & Record: Kay Jewelers has issued an apology to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office after denying service to a deputy because he was wearing his service ...
BALTIMORE (WJZ) New Video— Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison announced the arrest of BPD Sgt. Ethan Newberg for assault, false arrest, false imprisonment and misconduct. Body camera footage shows, a 24-year veteran, was doing a warrant check on the 2300 block of Ashton Street when a passerby offered an opinion.
Newberg claimed the man was being aggressive, but Harrison said that body camera footage showed a different story. He said it showed the man speaking to Newberg and walking calmly away after offering his opinion. According to Harrison, the footage shows Newberg chasing the man, grabbing him and with the help of another officer, taking him to the ground and arresting him.
A veteran NYPD homicide detective was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday — one day after a police chief fatally shot himself, sources said.
A rare public report by a grand jury shows how dysfunction in the Colorado mountain community led to over a dozen inmates being wrongly billed thousands of dollars.
NPR: GEDmatch soon updated its policy to establish that law enforcement only gets matches from the DNA profiles of users who have given permission. That closed off more than a million profiles. More than 50,000 users agreed to share their information — a figure that the company says is growing.
The 95% reduction in GEDmatch profiles available to police will dramatically reduce the number of hits detectives get and make it more difficult to solve crimes, said David Foran, a forensics biology professor at Michigan State University.
NBC - Video: It is former Chief Joel Fitzgerald against Fort Worth. On Friday, the former top cop’s attorney announced plans to sue the city over his firing, claiming it was retaliation.
Washington Post: New Bureau of Justice Statistics data reveal that jails held 745,200 inmates in 2017, virtually identical to the 747,500 they held in 2005, and significantly higher than the 584,400 they held in 1998. How does the correctional system keep jails full when there just aren’t as many crimes as there used to be? By locking up an increasing number of people who are awaiting trial and could well be innocent.
PHOENIX (KPNX) — Declaring her “shock” at Phoenix police officers’ inflammatory posts on Facebook, Police Chief Jeri Williams said Tuesday she was assigning an undisclosed number of officers to desk jobs while they’re investigated for possible misconduct.
Conservative City Councilman Sal DiCiccio ripped the report as an attack on free speech:
“To smear our entire department for the words…of a handful of officers is, at best, disingenuous, and is truly insulting to the literally thousands of men and women who put their lives on the line for us every single day and do so with honor. This is an attempt to shut down free speech, nothing more, nothing less.” DiCiccio added: “Much of this only rises to the level of ‘hate’ if you’re a liberal snowflake.”
June 6: IACP Magazine on Use of Force
The IACP June Issue has articles on UOF Reporting you may find interesting. Lt. Dan
Based on a need voiced by law enforcement leaders, the FBI developed the National Use-of-Force Data Collection to create a clearer picture of the use of force across the United States. Participation is voluntary, but all agencies are needed to tell the complete story.
The Arlington, Texas, Police Department has established a methodology for how it approaches, reports, and responds to use of force, as well as officer training. Their strategy includes a new Force and Tactics Assessment Unit, formed to help identify use-of-force trends within the agency.
The Chicago, Illinois, Police Department has established a Force Review Unit to review use-of-force incidents for the primary purpose of enhancing the skills of police officers to keep civilians and officers safe, as well as to reduce civil liability.
ABC 15: The review did conclude the department improperly recorded crime statistics, and several police officials were disciplined.
LA Times: The Orange County Grand Jury issued a report faulting the Sheriff’s Department for not checking the vital signs of every inmate admitted to its jails to reduce deaths related to hypertension, but Sheriff Don Barnes fired back, saying that’s not his job.
US News: Some legal experts are questioning the arrest of a Florida sheriff's deputy for not confronting the gunman in the Parkland school massacre
The vote makes the investigation and arrest of adults who grow, possess, use or distribute entheogenic plants one of the lowest priorities for police.
U.S. NEWS: “Our traditional secrecy and lack of transparency has probably come back to haunt us,” the president of the National Police Foundation said.
Post-Gazette: Slippery Rock University’s former police chief was charged Monday with stealing nearly $24,000 from the university by creating fake invoices for equipment, according to a criminal complaint.
COPS: This report from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) addresses the charge from Congress to identify successful officer mental health and wellness programs using a case study format as directed by the legislation.
Twin Cities.com: A sergeant with the Ramsey County (Minnesota) sheriff’s office stole cash and a phone charger while executing a search warrant in March at a Payne-Phalen home, authorities say. A motion-activated surveillance camera in a bedroom in the 600 block of Geranium Street caught Jason Degerstrom stuffing a phone charger into his pocket, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court.
City of Fort Worth: The City of Fort Worth has terminated its Automated Red Light Camera Enforcement Program. The Transportation and Public Works Department had ...
Los Angeles Times: The 11-year-old's older sister dialed 911 and was put on hold by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, her relatives said. The next four times her ..
CNA / Police Foundation: This report provides an in-depth look at the strategies and innovations participating police departments have put into place and examines if, how and why they have been effective in reducing violent crime, homelessness and substance abuse.
What are your department’s social media policies? Lt. Dan
NY Times: Emily Baker-White’s systemic look at officers on social media found thousands of racist, Islamophobic or otherwise offensive posts. Here’s how (and why) she did it.
Link to the plain view project report: https://www.plainviewproject.org/
NBC: Official says "this family deserves better" than the shocking footage becoming public.
NIJ: Police body-worn cameras (BWCs) are designed to improve policing and the perceived legitimacy of the police and legal institutions. The program is rated No Effects. There were no statistically significant differences in police use of force, number of citizen complaints, or number of arrests for disorderly conduct for police officers who wore BWCs, compared with officers who did not wear BWCs.
Police One: Police will no longer partner with task forces because the federal agencies won't allow LEOs to wear body cameras
USA Today: First came Denver. And now possibly Oakland, California, will help set the stage for other cities to consider decriminalizing hallucinogenic fungi, or “magic mushrooms.”
Tuesday, Oakland’s City Council will vote on whether to direct law enforcement to stop investigating and prosecuting individuals for using or possessing drugs sourced from plants, cacti and – most commonly – mushrooms that contain the hallucinogen psilocybin.
NIJ: This is a procedural justice training program designed to “slow down” police officers’ thought processes during encounters with citizens.
The program is rated No Effects. There were no statistically significant differences between the treatment group and the control group on the fraction of incidents that resulted in an arrest, the number of times an officer was involved in an incident in which physical force was used, or the number of citizen complaints filed against the officer.
KRON 4: The officer was arrested Dec. 19 on suspicion of robbing a bank in the Sunset District on Nov. 29. Two weeks later, the officer is believed to have robbed another bank on Clement Street in San Francisco.
Following his arrest in December, the officer was suspended from the San Francisco Police Department without pay.
NBC: Sixteen women this week filed a lawsuit against the FBI with detailed allegations of gender discrimination while they were trainees at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
The civil suit, filed Wednesday, alleges that what it calls a so-called 'Good Old Boy Network' at the academy resulted in female trainees being written up and dismissed at higher rates than male trainees.
"Through passive tolerance, the FBI has intentionally allowed the Good Old Boy Network to flourish unrestrained at the FBI Academy," the lawsuit alleged.
Fox 31 News: (Video) Sylvia Montoya, 46, faces four counts related to possession with intent to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.
Arrested at the same time was 36-year-old Timothy Spikes, a known gang member. He faces the same charges, plus possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Governing: The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission leadership is creating a new set of rules for training officers statewide on de-escalation techniques, mandated by a state ballot initiative and legislation that passed by wide margins in the past six months. Those de-escalation techniques can prevent potentially deadly interactions between police and residents. One group this especially will help is people with mental illness.
NBC: The bill would allow police to use deadly force only when it is "necessary" to defend against an imminent threat of death or serious injury to officers or bystanders.
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is pleased to announce the release of the third publication in our justice-involved veterans compendium project, Veteran Response Teams: Law Enforcement Officers Respecting Service, Restoring Honor for Vets in Crisis. The publication features law enforcement programs created to improve practices for handling veterans in crisis, highlighting the key role law enforcement can play in de-escalating situations involving veterans.
To view the document, please click here:
LAist: Seven L.A. County Sheriff's deputies say the department has failed to address the violence, harassment and bullying they formally alleged nearly three months ago by a gang-like clique of their colleagues at the East L.A. Station.
The five deputies and two training officers filed legal claims on March 7 claiming that members of the "Banditos" clique attacked several of them at a September 2018 party, knocking one of them out and sending two of them to the hospital. The claims said the attacks followed months of harassment and bullying of young deputies that included pressure to carry out questionable arrests and work overtime without pay.
If you watch this news video it appears there are a number of issues with this case, lack of good judgement/supervision and poor or lack of policies, to cite just a few. Lt. Dan
CHICAGO (CBS) — A former Hammond, Indiana, police officer is accused of sexual misconduct involving two female students riding in his cop car, and some say the city unnecessarily put those students in harm’s way.
Interesting article regarding the effectiveness of CISM debriefings. LT. Dan
Christian Science Monitor: What’s the best way to help those who regularly expose themselves to stress and trauma to protect others?
Well produced recap of this shooting by LAPD. Lt. Dan
LAPD: While the officers pursued the driver, a second man approached one of the officers and began shooting
Baltimore Sun; Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young on Tuesday announced that the Baltimore Office of Civil Rights will now be a standalone agency, no longer under the city solicitor’s office, amid concerns of potential conflicts of interest between city attorneys and the board that investigates police misconduct.
The move means that the Civilian Review Board, an independent agency that reviews police misconduct complaints, will no longer work under the gaze of the city’s law office. The city’s law office also represents officers in police misconduct cases, creating the potential for conflict or an appearance of conflict.
Report released April 18: Issue; allegations of bias policing regarding traffic stops by the Domestic Highway Enforcement Team. Lt. Dan
At the direction of the Police Commission, the OIG analyzed two specific data-driven policing strategies currently being utilized by the LAPD -- the Los Angeles Strategic Extraction and Restoration (LASER) Program; and PredPol, which is short for "Predictive Policing." Also at the Commission's direction, the OIG conducted a review of a community survey program utilized by the Department called ELUCD.
At the request of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, the OIG completed a review of vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle stops conducted by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers assigned to Gang Enforcement Details (GEDs). This represents the first of two OIG reports that focus on proactive -- or discretionary -- stops by LAPD officers. The duties of officers assigned to GED revolve primarily around crime suppression and other proactive policing strategies, rather than responding to calls for service. The same may be said with regard to officers assigned to Metropolitan Division line platoons, whose discretionary stops of individuals will be the focus of the OIG's forthcoming second report in this series. This review (of GEDs) specifically examined stops that included at least one black, Hispanic, or white male in order to allow for a comparison among these groups. In conducting these reviews, the OIG's goal was to assess -- based on available information -- the extent to which officers had a reasonable basis for the initial detention or contact with each person, as well as for each subsequent search or seizure conducted during a stop, and to evaluate officers' articulation of that reasonable basis.
WBAL Baltimore: Former Baltimore police Gun Trace Task Force Detective Jemell Rayam was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in federal prison. "I put a stain on BPD," ...
NPR: The San Francisco Police Officers' Association is calling on the chief of police to resign for his handling of a raid on a reporter's home. The reporter ...
USA TODAY: JACKSON, Miss. – A Mississippi police officer accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl died Monday morning in an apparent suicide, the ...
Governing: The Texas Senate on Sunday night narrowly approved a bill that would allow Texans to carry their guns for up to a week after a natural disaster.
House Bill 1177 passed by a vote of 16-15 and now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature or veto. If it becomes law, any Texan who can legally own a firearm would be able to carry their handgun, open or concealed, for a full week after a state or natural disaster is declared.
Governing: Local governments are changing the frequency of performance evaluations, who receives them and what they're assessing.
Research from, Nature and Human Behavior: Causal peer effects in police misconduct: Abstract:
NOVA: According to new research, reassigning police officers with a history of misconduct makes it more likely that their new peers will also misbehave.
May 27: How the NYPD keeps tabs on cops
NYPD’s take on Early Intervention: Lt. Dan
amNY: The NYPD is expanding an extensive electronic database to keep tabs on its officers, giving the department real time feedback about how cops are ...
Lexington Herald Leader: A former Kentucky jail deputy charged with manslaughter in the death of an inmate has pleaded guilty to a lesser count. News outlets report former ...
550 KTSA: SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — A Bexar County sheriff's deputy and a suspected drug dealer were arrested in a drug smuggling scheme Saturday.
Toledo Blade: BRYAN — The death of a Williams County sheriff's deputy announced Friday on Facebook by the Williams County Sheriff's Office has been ruled a ...
NJ.com: Reiman was acquitted on aggravated assault, official misconduct, and falsifying police report charges. The jury took seven hours to deliberate.
Greenville News: A Greenville County deputy discarded evidence in a drug case and has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to court records obtained ...
wgbh.org: A federal judge ordered the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney to notify their officers and prosecutors that people have ...
Governing: Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is partnering with Georgia-based Liberty Defense to test and promote a product that uses 3D imaging and artificial intelligence to detect concealed weapons on people in public spaces.
May 24: Sacramento police release body cam video of controversial arrest of 12-year-old boy
Do people not realize what “spit mask” is and why it is used? Lt. Dan
(KGO) -- Sacramento Police are defending their actions in the latest alleged case of excessive force, this one involving the controversial arrest of a ..
May 24: California's police use-of-force bill gets buy-in from law enforcement after changes
Los Angeles Times
Law enforcement groups opposing a California bill that promises the nation's toughest police use-of-force standard have unexpectedly stood down, ...
Salt Lake Tribune: Police found the suspect's blood on the sill beneath a broken window, but the DNA test resulted in no matches in traditional law enforcement ...
NBCNews.com: OXFORD, Miss. — A Mississippi city has fired a police officer charged in the killing of a woman with whom he was romantically involved. An Oxford ...
I don’t usually post pursuit videos, but this one is unique. If you’ve got a few minutes to kill, here it is. Lt. Dan.
At least six vehicles were reportedly struck during the pursuit, which included a detour through a parking lot.
NBC LA: The Los Angeles County's Civilian Oversight Commission said Tuesday it would request a more formal explanation and documents from Sheriff Alex Villanueva on why dozens of internal affairs cases into allegations of deputy misconduct had been prematurely closed.
At least 45 cases were "inactivated" by Sheriff's executives in January and February, 2019, according to an Inspector General's report, meaning they were shelved before detectives could complete investigations into allegations of child abuse, sexual misconduct, and other law and policy violations.
"In many instances the reasons for those inactivations were not documented," Inspector General Max Huntsman told the Commissioners, even though he said Sheriff's Department policy requires a written explanation of each decision. "I think it's critical that the policies be followed and the documentation be there so that the Sheriff's Department itself can look closely and be consistent in the discipline it provides."
Salt Lake Tribune: Months later, Thacker notified the city that he intended to sue, calling Bradburn’s announcements to the news media nothing more than “melodramatic presentations” intended to cast the mayor as someone fighting against sexual misconduct and for “wives” and “daughters,” according to a notice of claim released Wednesday in response to a records request from The Salt Lake Tribune.
In the notice, Thacker said he had never been warned about complaints of inappropriate touching and that he was put on leave “out of the blue” in April 2018.
Thacker claimed an attorney hired by the city to conduct an investigation told him the probe “did not come from a complaint by any individual claiming inappropriate touching.”
An inspiring video: Lt. Dan
CAMDEN, Ark. (KTVE)- Camden holds claim to the oldest active police officer in Arkansas. Officer Leonard Charles Smith, better known as "L.C. Buckshot", celebrated his 90th birthday May 12.
Officer Smith spent 46 years with the Ouachita County Sheriff's Department. He worked in various roles before retiring in September 2010. Just four months later, he went to work with the Camden Police Department.
San Diego Union-Tribune: “Keeping the Peace,” a new documentary that recently premiered at the University of San Diego, brings to light the trauma often faced by first responders and encourages police officers, firefighters and others in the field to seek counseling when dealing with emotional issues.
NBC: The suspect weaved through traffic in speeds over 120 mph
Interesting study: Lt. Dan
Science Daily: The expertise of experienced burglars puts them streets ahead of householders, and even well ahead of other criminals, according to a new study. The results could lead to a step-change in how we fight this crime.
In the first re-enactment of a burglary by experienced burglars, other criminals and those with no criminal experience, 160 people were asked to scout a virtual neighborhood, choose a house to burgle and burgle it.
The results revealed a striking degree of knowledge and skill by experienced burglars in choosing which home to target, how to navigate inside and what to take, revealing unprecedented insight into crime prevention.
Fort Worth Star Telegram: Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald has been fired after a culmination of problems including a heated confrontation in Washington, D.C. and failed attempt to get a job in Baltimore, city officials announced on Monday.
FOX 5 DC
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Florida deputy Christopher Krickovich was ordered to surrender his gun and badge after a cellphone video went viral of him ..
SAN DIEGO — A controversial neck hold that many large departments have banned or restricted was used hundreds of times by San Diego police officers over the last five years, a practice the department has no interest in changing despite cries from community members to get rid of it.
The move is called a carotid restraint, also known as a sleeper hold or a blood choke. Officers use an arm to put pressure on the sides of a person’s neck, which — if applied correctly — can cause someone to quickly fall unconscious.
Los Angeles Times
A San Francisco judge has ordered California's attorney general to release police misconduct records predating Jan. 1, when new transparency ...
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald is facing allegations of acting inappropriately at a national police event in Washington, DC. Chief Fitzgerald told ...
Interesting reading: Lt. Dan
KUOW.org: "Hyper-aggressive oversight." "Non-supportive city government." "No backing from city, OPA and community." "An increasingly spineless legal system." These are the parting shots of Seattle police officers explaining why they left in the past year.
In dozens of unredacted exit interviews over the past year, departing Seattle police officers provided their agency with their blunt take on the political climate in Seattle, including the statement, “City Council sucks.” Another officer observed of the Police Department, “everybody seems unhappy.”
DOJ: Devan Edwards, 22, a former correctional officer at the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, one of three officers charged last week in connection with the beating of a handcuffed and compliant inmate, pleaded guilty today, announced Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman for the Western District of Kentucky, and FBI Louisville Special Agent in Charge James Robert Brown Jr.
The Detroit News
Former Michigan State Police trooper Mark Bessner was sentenced Monday to 5-15 years for causing the death of teenage ATV rider Damon Grimes ..
MINNEAPOLIS – Two Twin Cities Metro Transit police officers were placed on leave after a man they arrested set himself on fire in the back of a squad and suffered critical injuries.
On Tuesday, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to approve a ban on the use of facial recognition tech by city agencies, including the police ...
WILMINGTON, Del. — The police chief of Wilmington, Delaware, says the department's adoption of body cameras could cost the city nearly $4.5 ...
U.S. News & World Report
Ex-Police Chief Convicted in Retrial of Misconduct ... A former police chief on Maryland's Eastern Shore has been convicted of misconduct in office.
Citing a history of defiance by Seattle’s rank-and-file police union, a federal judge on Wednesday found that a portion of Seattle’s contract with the union fails to address officer accountability, threatening to undermine public confidence in a seven-year-old reform agreement between the city and the Department of Justice.
A Bexar County jailer was arrested and another fired after an unsupervised inmate experienced a medical episode that led to his death, officials said.
Fox 35 Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - An Orange County sheriff's deputy has been suspended without pay, accused of using excessive force.
Under terms of a side letter signed by both Riverside County and the Riverside Sheriff's Association, it is now easier for deputies to earn overtime,
Anthony Weber was fatally shot by an L.A. County sheriff's deputy Feb. 2, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Juris Productions, Inc.) The L.A. County Board of ...
UPDATED: Fort Worth (WBAP/KLIF) – In reaction to news that The City of Fort Worth is moving ahead on the creation of a police monitor position and community review board, the Fort Worth Police Department released the following statement;
“The Task Force recommendations along with the Police Monitor and involved topics are a City initiative.
Lawmakers want to know why the Justice Department “sharply curtailed” its role in “eradicating civil rights abuses by law enforcement.”