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A dashcam captured the terrifying moment two state troopers, helping an elderly couple change their flat tire, narrowly missed being crushed to death by an out of control box truck.

Authorities say Probationary Trooper Pflaum and his Field Training Officer, Trooper Zimmerman, were assisting Fairfield couple Peggy and Wilbur ‘Bud’ Vaught with a flat tire on November 12 on Interstate 64 at milepost 101 near Wayne City.

People who annoy an officer in one upstate New York county could find themselves facing jail time under a measure recently approved by a county legislature.

Under the Monroe County proposal, a person who annoys, alarms or threatens the personal safety of an officer could be punished with up to a year behind bars and up to a $5,000 fine.

Jamie Anthony, chief of staff for the Monroe County Legislature majority office, said county lawmakers passed the measure on Tuesday in a 17-10 vote. The county executive will hold a public hearing on the legislation and decide whether to approve it, she said.

The legislation also applies to first responders.
Some called the measure unconstitutional.

Iman Abid with the New York Civil Liberties Union said it will have a chilling effect on complaints against police. Abid said she is also concerned over what the legislation could mean for communities of color.

“Members of the community have every right to challenge police officers, particularly those that engage in unnecessary behavior,” she said in a statement. “At a time when more accountability of police departments is needed, this law takes us incredibly backward.”

In a statement last month, County Legislator Kara Halstead said she was proud to support legislation that “looks after those who look out for us.”

“This local law aims to crack down on behaviors of disrespect and incivility toward law enforcement and first responders in the hopes that these smaller incidents do not escalate,” she said in the statement.

A news release on the legislation also gave a mention to people dousing uniformed New York Police Department officers with water.

Delores Jones-Brown, professor emerita at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said courts have found that the use of the words annoying or alarming in statue is overbroad and unconstitutionally vague.

The legislation, she said, could create a situation where people are scared to exercise their First Amendment rights. An officer could be annoyed by a person who asks them their badge number or who records them with a cellphone while on the job, Jones-Brown said.

“This statue definitely has the capacity to make people afraid to do that,” she said.

Jones-Brown added that a portion of the measure could survive a legal challenge — a section tied to conduct that threatens the personal safety of a police officer. Courts have found threats easier to define, she said, but they are not completely beyond interpretation.

Under the legislation, a prosecutor would have to prove that it was a person’s intent to threaten an officer’s personal safety, she said.

Jacob deGrom of New York Mets wins second straight NL Cy Young Award.

Las Vegas, Nevada The 7-year-old boy called the Henderson Police Department saying his mother was attacking him with a knife. When police arrived to the home, the boy, who was covered in blood, stumbled out of the door. An officer entered the apartment and began struggling with the mother who was incoherent and armed with a knife. The mother, who was later identified as 37-year-old Claudia Rodriguez, somehow got a hold of the officer’s gun and fired a shot. At least three gunshots were fired, and at least one of the bullets hit Rodriguez, killing her. The 7-year-old was taken to the trauma center where he underwent emergency surgery.

A Boulder County woman got an unfortunate lesson in police brutality recently and the video of it looks like something out of 1930s Germany. After attempting to exercise her rights not to incriminate herself, she found out the hard way police will not only taser you when you’re in handcuffs, but they’ll taser you when you’re completely restrained.

Lauren Gotthelf filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Tuesday against several officers and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

San Mateo Police Department released more information regarding an officer-involved shooting that occurred on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 5:19 P.M. SMPD officers were involved in a shooting in a cul de sac at the end of East Hillsdale Court following a short pursuit. San Mateo Police detectives investigating the criminal activity of the suspects leading up to the critical incident determined both suspects flew to Los Angeles from Philadelphia on the afternoon of September 26, 2019. They then drove to Northern California in a rented white Chevrolet Malibu after stealing a license plate registered to a Honda in Anaheim. Over the course of 48 hours after landing in Los Angeles, leading up to the officer-involved incident, the suspects committed a series of theft-related crimes in at least 11 locations in Southern California and the Bay Area, of which at least 9 were shopping malls and/or retail stores. Information obtained during the investigation indicates the suspects were shoplifting in Daly City on September 27 before spending the night in Walnut Creek. The suspects then stole a paper temporary license plate from a vehicle in Walnut Creek and on September 28 are suspected of committing multiple thefts in San Jose and Palo Alto before arriving at Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo that afternoon.

The suspects were also seen on camera committing numerous thefts there, including the theft of a woman’s wallet and subsequent use of her credit card to purchase gift cards at Macy’s. While the suspects were inside the Hillsdale Shopping Center, an SMPD officer observed the suspects’ rented Chevrolet Malibu illegally parked in a handicapped stall without a placard. The SMPD officer identified the vehicle as suspicious due to it being parked unoccupied with the engine running, having a covered VIN, and a license plate belonging to a Honda out of Anaheim. The officer requested additional officers to help with the investigation just before the suspects returned to their vehicle. The Chevrolet exited Hillsdale Shopping Center as it was being monitored and officers attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspects failed to stop and led officers on a pursuit, during which the occupants threw credit cards out of the vehicle along S El Camino Real at 31stAvenue. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle hit a parked car on the 400 block of E Hillsdale Boulevard and continued to flee toward E Hillsdale Court. At 5:19 P.M., the suspect vehicle entered a cul de sac as officers closely followed.

Seconds later, the suspect vehicle drove toward an oncoming police vehicle and then reversed toward an officer on foot. The officer on foot discharged his service weapon striking the two occupants in the vehicle. Officers immediately called for paramedics and began rendering medical aid until San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department personnel arrived to take over medical care. The suspects were transported to the hospital and treated for their injuries. The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting and is the point of contact for media inquiries about the shooting. Following protocol in all officer critical incidents, the involved officer was placed on administrative leave and remains on leave while the District Attorney’s Office conducts its investigation. San Mateo Police Department is also conducting an administrative review of the shooting as it relates to department policy and procedure. This investigation is also ongoing.

An investigation by the Bossier City Police Department and a subsequent review by the Bossier Parish District Attorney’s Office have determined a shooting involving a Bossier City police officer on October 25, 2019, was justified.

At 5:45 a.m. on October 25, 2019, Bossier City Police officer Patrick Edmonds, Jr., responded to a complaint of a disorderly person at 309 Preston Boulevard, the LaQuinta Inn.

Edmonds encountered 45-year-old Shannon Rupert of Shreveport who brandished a pair of scissors while on a phone in the lobby of the hotel.

“The officer gave multiple verbal commands to Rupert to put down the weapon,” a BCPD release says. “Rupert then aggressively approached the officer with scissors in hand.”

Authorities say the officer fired two rounds from his department-issued handgun striking Rupert in the upper torso. Rupert was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

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The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has released the body camera footage from the October 14th Officer-Involved Shooting on Chalfont Drive with Bonny Thomas and Senior Police Officer (SPO) Lamar Glenn.

At approximately 10:15 am on October 14th, ACCPD was dispatched to the 100 block of Chalfont Drive for a suspicious person call involving a female who was said to be armed with a gun and a knife.

As the video begins, SPO Glenn (53 YOA) arrives at the scene and notices Thomas (54 YOA) appearing to flag him down. As Glenn is preparing to exit his vehicle, he sees that Thomas has a butcher knife in one hand.

After Glenn exits his vehicle, Thomas continues towards him with a knife in one hand while her other hand is concealed under her shirt. Glenn retreats towards the rear of his vehicle while issuing verbal commands for Thomas to drop the knife. Thomas ignores these commands and continues to walk towards Glenn with the knife raised above her head saying, “I have a gun and a knife.”

The video shows that Glenn continues to retreat. He refrains from using force against Thomas until she runs towards him with the knife raised above her head in a threatening manner. Glenn fires one shot striking Thomas in the torso. After additional officers arrived, ACCPD administered first aid to Thomas until EMS arrived. Thomas was transported to a local hospital where she later died.

The GBI is continuing its investigation into this Officer Involved Shooting.

A Livingston Parish deputy and his school teacher wife who are accused in a child porn case are scheduled to appear next week at court hearings specifically designed to protect alleged victims of abuse within a family.

Dennis Perkins, 44, and Cynthia Thompson Perkins, 34, were arrested this week on multiple child sex-related counts, including 60 counts each of producing child pornography and two counts of first-degree rape.

Among the evidence seized in the case are photos that show the two suspects nude with an unclothed child, a source familiar with the case said.

Dennis Perkins, known as Denny, was a lieutenant with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit (SWAT) before being terminated the week of Oct. 21. He was hired in 2002 from the Walker Police Department.

He is also charged with obstruction of justice after allegedly tossing his cell phone into a river in north Louisiana after finding out investigators were there to take him into custody, a source familiar with the case said.

His wife resigned Wednesday morning from her position as a teacher at Westside Junior High School in Walker.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry says Denny Perkins is charged with 60 counts of production of pornography involving a juvenile under the age of 13, two counts of first degree rape, three counts of possession of pornography involving a juvenile under the age of 13, two counts of video voyeurism, and two counts of obscenity.

Cynthia Perkins is charged with 60 counts of production of pornography involving a juvenile under the age of 13 and two counts of first degree rape. She’s being held on a $500,000 bond.

Both arrests were the result of a joint investigation with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation (LBI), Louisiana State Police, and the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Landry said. The investigation was initiated following a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding the possible possession and distribution of child pornography.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has released the body camera footage from the Officer Involved Shooting on October 5th. The incident took place at 190 Baxter Drive. In the video, the subject identified as Salvador Salazar, swings a large knife or machete at our officer, resulting in our officer firing his weapon. Officers were called to the complex due to a domestic violence incident involving a 28-year-old man. When officers arrived, they found the man armed with a machete. Officers told the man to drop the machete. The man was taken to a local hospital, where he was in serious condition.

Former Louisville Metro Police Officer Pablo Cano was sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of rape.

Multiple women accused Cano of forcing them to have sex, some times while he was in uniform, armed and on duty.

Cano and his victims agreed on a plea deal that allowed him to plead guilty to lesser charges and avoid a trial.

His victims, in turn, avoided having to testify.

“I would have testified, gotten up there if that’s what it took,” Heather Richards said. “But I’m thrilled that I don’t have to.”

Richards was known as “Jane Doe No. 1” when she became the first of Cano’s victims to come forward in 2017.

In all, five women were listed in the criminal complaint.

Cano pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor. He also pleaded guilty to one count of possessing material portraying the sexual performance of a minor.

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An Ohio woman who led police on a chase and hit cruisers on a highway outside of Cleveland was sentenced on Wednesday.

Imani C. Edwards, 23, was charged with failure to comply and multiple counts of felonious assault. Newburgh Heights police said Edwards claimed she was late for work.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Shaughnessy sentenced Edwards to four years and nine months in prison. Her license will be suspended for 15 years, and she was ordered to pay more than $26,000 in restitution to Newburgh Heights and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A state trooper tried to pull over Edwards during rush hour on March 22 for window tint and fictitious registration, but she refused to stop, according to the patrol. Newburgh Heights police officers attempted to help by boxing in the vehicle. Police said Edwards rammed into two cruisers and a patrol SUV.

The chase ended near East 105th Street and St. Clair Avenue in Cleveland when she was forced off the road and hit a utility pole.

“I don’t know what you were thinking,” Shaughnessy said. “At a time when law enforcement is under such scrutiny, your lawyer is right, they showed incredible restraint. And they should be commended. You jeopardized not only their safety – you almost ran over the officer – but the safety of the community and your own safety.”

The incident was captured on dash camera video, which was played in court on Wednesday.

“That’s one of the most egregious videos I’ve ever seen,” Shaughnessy said.

The St. Paul Police Department released the body camera footage Tuesday of the fatal officer-involved shooting of 31-year-old Ronald Davis on Sept. 15. The incident began shortly before 6 p.m., when Davis reportedly rear-ended a St. Paul police squad car near the intersection on Thomas Avenue West and North Griggs Street. According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and St. Paul police, both men exited their vehicles and Davis confronted the officer, identified as Officer Steven Mattson. Davis allegedly ignored repeated commands to drop the knife and at one point during the encounter, Mattson fired his weapon, killing Davis. Mattson, who has been with the police department for less than a year, was uninjured and was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting. He remains on standard administrative leave.

The BCA is still investigating the deadly shooting. Amid growing pressure for transparency, St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell made the decision to release the body camera video—one of the fastest turnarounds of footage in the city’s recent history. Last year, Axtell released body camera video in the officer-involved shooting of Billy Hughes 12 days after it occurred. He made the footage public in an effort to dispel rumors and calm protests. Axtell said last week that he is releasing the video now because part of the BCA’s investigation is complete. The BCA said it has no position regarding police releasing the body camera video. However, once it the video is released, the BCA said its investigators would not be able to ensure the integrity of statements from witnesses who come forward after they have seen the video

A Florida woman is expressing outrage after her 6-year-old granddaughter was handcuffed, arrested and fingerprinted because of a tantrum at school.

Meralyn Kirkland acknowledges that her granddaughter might have been acting out in class last Thursday, but says it was because the child had not been sleeping well because of a medical condition.

In an interview with WKMG News 6 in Orlando, Kirkland said a staff member at an elementary school was kicked while trying to calm the child.

That’s when the school’s resource officer Dennis Turner intervened and sent the first grader to a juvenile detention center for fingerprints and a mugshot

Orlando police say they’ve launched an internal investigation to determine if the resource officer followed proper protocol in arresting the girl on battery charges.

A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy narrowly escaped serious injuries during a deputy-involved shooting in Victorville, which was captured on dramatic video that shows the suspect aiming gunfire at the deputy as she tried to get away. The shooting occurred just before 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday in front of homes in the 13000 block of Cabazon Court, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Cellphone video shows the deputy in a physical altercation with the suspect. During the scuffle, two shots can be heard going off, then the deputy is seen getting off the ground and running away from the suspect. The suspect also stands up armed with a gun, begins walking toward her, and fires at the deputy at least twice. It’s unclear if the gun was taken from the deputy during the altercation or if he already had it. “That’s when a whole army of police came around the corner,” said a man who witnessed the episode, “came into this cul-de-sac right here and opened fire on the suspect.”

The suspect was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The deputy was injured but was not shot; she is expected to be O.K. According to a sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller, a “very upset female” called 911 shortly before 8:30 a.m. and pleaded for help, asking authorities to remove her son from her home. Neighbors said a female deputy arrived at the scene first and tried to arrest the suspect, but the confrontation turned violent.

After the suspect shot at the deputy, witness Fany Contreras said, he held the gun with both hands, extended his arms in front of his body and again pointed the firearm at her. “She was so lucky,” Contreras said. “She was lucky this time.” Meanwhile, there was a second deputy-involved shooting about 6 miles away near Heatherdale Road. Sheriff’s officials said the two were unrelated.

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Police pulled Diiriye Ali-Jamac, 34, from a flight to Ethiopia, moments before the plane was due to take off from Heathrow. He has since been sentenced to six years in prison for having sex with a 14-year-old girl. Bodycam footage shows a Heathrow police officer entering the plane and approaching the stunned 34-year-old. Calmly asking to Ali-Jamac’s passport, the officer then escorts the would-be fugitive off the flight, less than 30 minutes before it was due to leave

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Angel Reinosa fabricated a claim that he was shot Wednesday afternoon while standing in the parking lot of the Lancaster Sheriff’s station, department officials announced Saturday night.

Reinosa confessed to detectives during a follow up interview Saturday, was relieved of duty and will likely face criminal charges