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  • Mother of 9 dies of heroin overdose; police lend helping hand this Christmas

    12/15/2017 7:33:51 AM PST · by Morgana · 89 replies
    wltw ^ | Dec. 15, 2017 | wltw staff
    MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — A Middletown mother of nine has died of a heroin overdose, and police want to give her young children a better Christmas. Police were called to a house on Yankee Road on Wednesday and found Jimeta Sanders, 31, unresponsive on the kitchen floor. Authorities said she was shooting heroin with her “supposed ‘friends,’ who then in turn left her to die in front of her nine kids.” Police said the “friends” – described as two males -- then stole her money and left the home, telling the children they were leaving to buy a 2-liter of soda....
  • Scared Cops Are Scary

    12/13/2017 4:42:22 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 118 replies ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Jacob Sullum
    The jurors who acquitted Philip Brailsford of second-degree murder last week were told to judge him based on "how a reasonable officer would act, versus a regular person with no police training," as The Arizona Republic put it. That distinction was crucial, because a "regular person" would never get away with shooting an unarmed man who was crawling on the floor, sobbing and begging for his life. Like other recent cases in which jurors failed to hold police officers accountable for the unnecessary use of deadly force, Brailsford's acquittal shows that cops benefit from a double standard. Unlike ordinary citizens,...
  • 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...
  • Graphic Video of Daniel Shaver begging for his life before being Shot by Police

    12/12/2017 8:13:21 AM PST · by w1n1 · 67 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/12/2017 | J Hines
    A judge on Dec. 8 released graphic video showing Daniel Shaver crawling on his hands and knees and begging for his life before he was shot and killed. The shooting, by Philip “Mitch” Brailsford, then an officer with the Mesa Police Department, occurred after officers responded to a call about a man allegedly pointing a rifle out of a fifth-floor window at a La Quinta Inn. The graphic video, which was released after a jury on Thursday acquitted the officer of murder and manslaughter charges, stoked outrage on social media and renewed calls for reforms in law enforcement. See the...
  • Buck Sexton: If police can execute an innocent man on video, none of us are safe

    12/11/2017 1:02:58 PM PST · by JP1201 · 239 replies
    The Shaver case is well beyond politics. There is nothing conservative, liberal or constitutional about an agent of the state killing an American without just cause. It is deeply wrong regardless of party or ideology. Bernie Sanders voters and the most ardent Trump supporters all should be united in outrage over the death of Daniel Shaver. Maricopa County District Attorney Bill Montgomery got it right by charging Brailsford with second degree murder. The jury got it very wrong. Shaver should be alive, and his death must be taken as a call to action. Police departments should establish that a suspect...
  • Autopsy Doctor Resigns, Says Sheriff Overrode Death Findings to Protect Officers (CTE Doctor)

    12/11/2017 10:16:12 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    KQED ^ | DECEMBER 4, 2017 | Julie Small
    San Joaquin County’s chief forensic pathologist resigned Tuesday, one day after the release of memos alleging Sheriff-Coroner Steve Moore interfered with death investigations to protect law enforcement officers. Dr. Bennet Omalu, and his colleague Dr. Susan Parson, who perform autopsies for the county, have accused Moore of trying to influence their medical findings, especially in cases where officers were involved in a person’s death. Omalu, a Nigerian-born neuropathologist, rose to national prominence in 2005 after he published his discovery in football players of a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. His discovery was documented in the 2015...
  • Mesa Police Shooting: Daniel Shaver Seen Crawling, Degging in Disturbing Video

    12/08/2017 5:58:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 168 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/8
    Brailsford orders Shaver, 26, to lay face-down in a hallway and refrain from making sudden movements - or risk being shot. He also orders a woman in the hallway to lie on the ground. Shaver is seen complying with the officer's order to put his hands on top of his head and cross his left foot over his right foot. "Young man, you are not to move. You are to put your eyes down look down at the carpet you are to keep your fingers interlaced behind your head you are to keep your feet crossed," Brailsford says. "If you...
  • Video Shows Daniel Shaver Pleading for His Life Before Being Shot by Officer

    12/10/2017 7:45:49 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 133 replies
    New York Times ^ | Dec. 9 2018 | Vivian Wang
    Newly released body camera footage shows a police officer shooting an unarmed man in an Arizona hotel after the man sobbed and pleaded with officers not to shoot him. The graphic video, which was released after a jury on Thursday acquitted the officer of murder and manslaughter charges, stoked outrage on social media and renewed calls for reforms in law enforcement.
  • The Police Murder of Daniel Shaver

    12/10/2017 7:10:13 AM PST · by JP1201 · 149 replies
    If you have the stomach for it, I want you to watch one of the most outrageous and infuriating videos I’ve ever seen. It shows the police shooting of Daniel Shaver in Mesa, Arizona. He was crawling on his hands and knees, crying, and begging police not to shoot him. An officer shot him anyway: The Washington Post’s account is decent, but you have to watch the video truly grasp the strangeness of the requests: In fact, the Post actually sugarcoats the encounter. At one point an officer tells him “do not put your hands down for any reason,” even...
  • Video shows man being shot to death after dragging cop by the leg

    12/08/2017 8:21:56 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    miami hurled ^ | 12.8.17 | MONIQUE O. MADAN
    ellphone footage showing a man being fatally shot after attacking a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy at a Lauderdale Lakes apartment complex went viral Friday. The video — taken from an apartment complex balcony Wednesday— shows 42-year-old Jean Pedro Pierre dragging Deputy Sean Youngward by his left leg. At the time, Youngward was responding to a report of a disturbance at Sunset Hills Condominium, 3610 NW 21st St.
  • Hero Cop From Pulse Nightclub Massacre Is Losing His Job

    12/06/2017 10:45:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 6, 2017
    One of the first police officers to respond to the Pulse nightclub massacre is losing his job with only months to go before he’s entitled to full pension benefits. He called on Florida lawmakers to do more to support first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The Eatonville Town Council agreed unanimously Tuesday night to pay Cpl. Omar Delgado some $1,200 in accrued sick time when his job ends at year’s end, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Delgado was lauded as a hero for saving nightclub shooting victim Angel Colon during the June 2016 shooting, which killed 49 people. He...
  • Ex-South Carolina cop Michael Slager sentenced to 20 years for Walter Scott shooting death

    12/07/2017 9:56:42 AM PST · by Coronal · 32 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 7, 2017 | David Boroff
    The white ex-South Carolina cop who shot an unarmed black man in the back as a passerby videotaped the stunning death received a 20-year federal prison term Thursday. Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David Norton, who earlier ruled the cop’s shooting of Walter Scott during a traffic stop was second-degree murder. “This is a tragedy that shouldn’t have happened,” said Norton, who could have thrown the disgraced law enforcer behind bars for 24 years. Slager, 36, was also declared guilty of obstruction of justice for the bogus version of the April 2015 shooting...
  • What we know about the man accused of killing San Marcos officer

    12/05/2017 7:16:45 PM PST · by Joe Dallas · 5 replies
    KXAN ^ | 12/5/17
    AN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — The San Marcos Police Department has identified the man accused of shooting and killing Officer Kenneth Copeland as Stewart Thomas Mettz. Mettz, 51, owns the home at 177 Valero Dr., which is in the El Camino Real subdivision in southern San Marcos, off of Old Bastrop Road, according to the Hays County Appraisal District. The home listing shows Mettz is a disabled veteran.
  • Texas cop shot dead in line of duty while serving warrant

    12/04/2017 6:11:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 4, 2017 | Nicole Darrah
    A police officer in San Marcos, Texas, was shot and killed Monday afternoon when he was serving a warrant, police said. Officer Ken Copeland, a veteran of the San Marcos Police Department since March 1998, was serving a warrant in the El Camino Real subdivison of the city when he was fatally shot, Police Chief Chase Stapp confirmed during a press conference Monday night. Copeland — who was wearing a protective vest — and other officers were shot at by the suspect, "much like in an ambush type of situation." He was taken to the Central Texas Medical Center immediately...
  • Six officers acquitted in Freddie Gray case now back at work

    12/03/2017 2:17:17 AM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    FOX ^ | Dec 1. 2017 | Paulina Dedaj
    The six Baltimore police officers who where charged and then later acquitted in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray were all back at work Thursday. None are patrolling the streets, but are working jobs in other departments, the Baltimore Sun reported.
  • Charlottesville police failed to protect citizens at white nationalist rally, report finds

    12/01/2017 1:04:14 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 31 replies
    The law enforcement response to the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer was marred by a series of major failures that put citizens’ lives at risk, according to an extensive new review. The findings of former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy’s monthslong investigation were unveiled Friday. City officials asked him to conduct the review after facing scathing criticism over the Aug. 12 rally. Several people were injured in the melee surrounding the rally, and 32-year-old Charlottesville resident Heather Heyer was killed when a man drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters. “I talked to no police officers...
  • Police say deputy fatally shot intruder at her Detroit home

    11/29/2017 7:47:21 AM PST · by Simon Green · 17 replies
    WNEM ^ | 11/26/17 | Stephen Borowy
    DETROIT (AP) - Police say an off-duty sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who had broken into her home in southwest Detroit. The Wayne County deputy was inside the home when she heard a door being kicked in about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The deputy told investigators she grabbed her weapon and fired shots at the intruder, who was armed with a pistol and wearing a black ski mask. The man was struck in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities didn't immediately release the names of the deputy or the man who died. The Wayne County sheriff's...
  • Off-Duty Police Officer Shoots and Kills Man Threatening Store

    11/26/2017 2:45:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies ^ | November 26, | Timothy Meads
    The Lenexa, Kansas police department confirmed to KCTV5 today that they are investigating a shooting at a local Costco involving an off-duty police officer and an armed man. On Sunday afternoon, police received emergency calls that a man was threatening the store, pointing a gun at customers. But, when they arrived on the scene, the man was found dead. An off-duty police officer had shot and killed the suspect. The police did not release the name of the officer nor the deceased man. Witnesses described the scene. "You could hear from the front of the store," said one witness. "Was a bunch...
  • Baltimore Detective Sean Suiter killed day before testimony in police corruption case

    11/23/2017 5:50:47 PM PST · by JP1201 · 14 replies
    A Baltimore detective was fatally shot with his own gun just one day before he was set to testify before a federal grand jury in a case involving other officers, the city’s police commissioner said Wednesday. “Detective Suiter was going to offer federal grand jury testimony about an incident that occurred several years ago that included officers who are now federally indicted back in March,” Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said of Sean Suiter. “He was scheduled to offer grand jury testimony the day after he was murdered,” he added.
  • Border Patrol agent appeared to be ambushed by illegal immigrants, bashed with rocks before death

    11/21/2017 1:29:56 PM PST · by Blue House Sue · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/21/17 | Katherine Lam
    Illegal immigrants appeared to have “ambushed” two U.S. Border Patrol agents near the Texas border with Mexico and bashed their heads with blunt objects -- possibly rocks -- killing one agent and sending another to a hospital in serious condition Sunday, a National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) official told Fox News. Rogelio Martinez, 36, was killed and another agent, who has not been identified, was injured while they were patrolling the Big Bend Sector, leading authorities to scour West Texas for the attackers, officials said. Although few details about the incident have been released, Brandon Judd, the president of the...