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A Florida man is claiming his First Amendment rights were violated after he was arrested Sunday for sporting an “I Eat Ass” sticker on his truck, which is apparently a violation of the state’s obscenity law.

According to the Lake City Reporter, 23-year-old Dillon Shane Webb was pulled over on Highway 90 after an officer with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office spotted his “I Eat Ass” sticker on the back of his Chevrolet truck.

A former Ormond Beach police officer was arrested after Flagler County deputies said he was involved in a crash while allegedly driving drunk Sunday afternoon, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Brenton Hodge, 55, is facing charges of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana, jail records show.

According to FCSO, deputies responded to the crash on U.S. 1 at Seminole Woods Boulevard. Hodge was sitting in the driver’s seat of a blue Nissan with severe damage to the rear, deputies said.

Deputies said they could smell alcohol on his breath, that his eyes were bloodshot and there were several beer cans scattered on the floor of his car.

Deputies said when they questioned Hodge, he flashed his wallet and badge and told deputies he was a retired Ormond Beach police officer.

After paramedics arrived, deputies said they saw Hodge try to conceal a clear plastic bag down the front of his blue jeans, which contained several smaller bags of marijuana.

“As a former law enforcement officer, he should be well aware of the dangers of drinking and driving,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in a statement.

The driver of the other car involved in the crash was taken to the hospital, deputies said.

Hodge is being held at the Flagler County Jail in lieu of $3,500 bail.

Washington, DC Attorney General Karl Racine says his office is reviewing the district’s policies on how police interact with juveniles after a video surfaced this week of a police officer forcibly handcuffing a 9-year-old boy. The video, which aired on WTTG, shows an officer chasing after a small boy who was leaning against a car and apparently talked back to the officer. Racine called the video “obviously concerning.” It depicts the boy “being horse-collared by the officer,” DC Councilman Charles Allen told CNN. He said the video would cause “distrust and damage,” for the whole community’s relationship with law enforcement. A spokeswoman for DC’s Metropolitan Police Department confirmed to CNN that “MPD officers were in the vicinity during their normal patrol, making contact with residents when the incident occurred. The nine year-old boy was not charged with any crimes. As with all use of force incidents, this is currently under internal investigation.”

Broward Public Defender’s Office is accusing a deputy of using excessive force on a handcuffed suspect.

Broward Sheriff’s Office units were called to a domestic disturbance at a Pompano Beach Walmart back in Jan. 1.

Deputy Jorge Sobrino investigated and subsequently arrested David O’Connell for resisting without violence.

Before being taken to jail, O’Connell was transported to North Broward Medical Center to be evaluated.

That’s where things took a violent turn.

In an arrest report, Sobrino claimed that O’Connell pushed him first, and in turn, he felt forced to strike.

The video, however, appears to show differently.

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Authorities in Florida were getting ready to crack down on speeding drivers last week when they discovered they couldn’t catch any because someone tipped off drivers.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post that officers were initially set up to conduct a speed enforcement operation in the Golden State Estates neighborhood after requests from residents.

“After a significant amount of time had passed they were puzzled,” police said Wednesday. “Traffic was steady, so why had they identified just one driver who was traveling over the speed limit?”

An Oregon woman called 911 to report a stranger was in her bathroom & had locked the door locked. With guns drawn, officers found only a Roomba and a very clean floor.

Body camera footage has emerged showing heavily armed police and a K-9 storming into an Oregon home looking for a suspected intruder that turned out to be just a Roomba.

Roombas almost never get convicted, they always clean up the crime scene.

A new surveillance video shows Chicago police officers push and drag a student down a set of stairs in February at Marshall High School on the West Side before punching her and shocking her with a stun gun multiple times.

The video, obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, appears to contradict the officers’ statements that the student initiated the violent encounter after the incident to justify their use of force — again raising questions of the oversight, training and stationing of police officers in Chicago Public Schools.

A former Mississippi Gulf Coast police officer has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the death of her three-year-old daughter, who was left in a patrol car while her mother had sex with a supervisor.

Cassie Barker, 29, received the maximum sentence for manslaughter on Monday in Harrison County court after having pleaded guilty last month in the September 2016 death of her daughter Cheyenne Hyer.

Barker admitted to leaving Cheyenne strapped in a car seat in her patrol car for four hours while the mother was with her then-supervisor, Sgt Clark Ladner, at his home in Kiln after wrapping up a 12-hour shift just before 9am.

The car’s air conditioning was turned on, but it wasn’t blowing cold air. Outside the car, temperatures reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit that day.

On 3/24/19, at 10:32 pm, a uniformed officer with the Chico Police Department on-viewed a shoplift-in-progress at the AM/PM mini market at 110 W. 9th Street in downtown Chico. The officer immediately recognized the suspect as 41-year-old Billy Faga, a homeless Chico resident. When the officer approached Faga and told him to stop, Faga charged at the officer. The officer deployed a Taser but it was ineffective. Faga swung at the officer several times, striking him once on the head. Undeterred, the officer successfully got Faga on the ground after a short, but violent, struggle. Assisting officers arrived and Faga was physically detained.

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ACHILLE, Okla. (KXII)- the Achille board of trustees voted to fire police chief Christopher Watson and keep the other two officers. The board voted in favor of keeping assistant chief John choate and officer Candice Connor by a vote of 3-2. No action was taken by the board on reserve officer Bart Alsbrook … because he is an unpaid volunteer. The entire police department, three paid and Alsbrook, were suspended last Wednesday after officers raided trustee Bryan Baker’s home, serving a search warrant for his wife Ashley. She’s a convicted felon accused of possessing a gun. She caught the raid on cell phone video, and after that video and police body cam video were released, the police department was placed on paid suspension last Wednesday. Mayor David Northcutt voted to keep the chief, but one resident we talked to agrees with the other trustees. “I’m still waiting for all the calls to come in to see who we have left tomorrow morning. We’ll get through it,” said Northcutt. “It’s not just one cop, its all of them that need to go bottom line. They’re running around here, they’re bullies. Bottom line, like I just said a while ago and they need to go,” said Toby Nation, an Achille resident. In an emergency meeting following the regularly scheduled board meeting, the board appointed assistant chief Choate as acting police chief if he chooses to take the role. Choate later resigned. Bryan County Sheriff’s deputies say they will continue to patrol the town and help the current Achille police officers. Northcutt says the town will be taking applications starting tomorrow for a new police chief, and will start going over those applications at next Tuesday’s meeting.

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A 19-year-old woman involved in a traffic stop committed suicide after shooting herself through the mouth while her hands were cuffed behind her back, Virginia police said.

Sarah Wilson and her boyfriend were arrested during a stop in Chesapeake in July 2018 after cops allegedly found drugs in the 1996 Lexus the couple were driving. Police said they handcuffed Wilson and, while attempting to apprehend her boyfriend, 27-year-old Holden Medlin, he became combative and ran away from the scene.

Cops then reportedly left Wilson handcuffed with her hands behind her back as they ran to catch Medlin. While unattended, police say, she was able to grab a weapon out of the Lexus, “contorted” her body and shot herself through the mouth. An internal investigation was launched after her death, which has since been concluded, though police have declined to comment on its outcome.

A medical examiner confirmed on Thursday that Wilson died of suicide — but friends and family continue to doubt the official story.

On March 7, 2019 at 10:13am Officer Linda Gutierrez responded to a car accident at the intersection of E. Livingston Ave. & Brookwood Rd. (east Columbus)

What appeared to be a victim of the accident quickly became irate/irrational while Officer Gutierrez was trying to access the situation.

The 27-year-old male berated the officer, threatened suicide by cop and continued to approach her when she asked him to back up.

“She showed amazing restraint in the entire video. Officer Wendell Tolber is first to arrive and uses a taser on the suspect ending the confrontation. She is a superstar to say the least,” said Officer Gutierrez’s supervisor Lt. David Knight.

We’ve blurred the faces of the suspect and the victim of the purse snatching because she chose not to pursue charges.

The suspect was taken to receive mental health help.

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Dashcam video released on Wednesday captures the moments from a deadly deputy-involved shootout in Huger on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

The footage shows the chaotic situation when a man repeatedly fired shots at a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Officials say it all started as the deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop.

It escalated when the deputy pulled into a gravel driveway where the suspect, 51-year-old Joseph Hart, immediately fired shots.

For roughly 30 minutes, the deputy hid behind his patrol car as he tried to de-escalate the situation.

The deputy asked Hart to drop his gun several times, but Hart refused.

Officials say Hart used multiple weapons, including handguns, a shotgun, and a rifle.

The deputy’s vehicle was riddled with bullet holes, its windshield shattered.

At one point, the deputy said, “Sir, let me get out of here” and Hart replied, “Get ready to die, mother******.”

It took a while for backup to arrive at the scene since the location was situated in a rural neighborhood east of U.S. Highway 41.

The SWAT team eventually arrived in an armored vehicle and tried to get Hart to surrender.

Hart continued shooting at deputies.

The standoff ended after Hart was shot and killed.

No officers were injured in the shootout.

At approx 0100 on Sunday 3-10-19 Officer Jacob Hamblett was attempting to stop a vehicle that made an illegal turn. This was a routine stop for a traffic offense. A rear passenger ran from the vehicle and shot at Officer Hamblett. Hamblett returned fire. There were no injuries in the case, and after a 7 hour manhunt the suspect was caught.

Police have launched an internal investigation after a cellphone video surfaced showing what appears to be one of their officers punching a man in the head and dragging him across the pavement.

The video, which was posted on social media, was recorded by a woman from Pennsylvania who was waiting for a ride outside the Trenton Transit Center at around 10.30pm on Saturday.

It shows a uniformed New Jersey Transit officer roughly picking up a seemingly unresponsive man lying on the ground and slamming his body back down while yelling at him: ‘Get up and get out now!’



A man who called the police to report suspicious activity on Sunday ended up dying in police custody, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the death.

LVMPD reports that 65-year-old Roy Scott called police at 3:09 a.m. on Monday, saying that three suspicious men were outside his apartment — one of whom was armed with a saw.

When officers arrived, they did not find anybody outside the apartment and knocked on Scott’s door. Scott walked outside holding a pipe and a cell phone.

He surrendered the pipe and a knife that he had in possession in response to officers’ commands.

LVMPD reports that the officers attempted to pat-down Scott when a “brief struggle ensued.”

Scott was handcuffed following the struggle. While handcuffed, LVMPD reports that Scott “began to experience medical issues.”

Scott was transported to Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Rochelle says her father suffered from schizophrenia, and she wants answers as to how he died in the hands of officers sworn to protect him.

Port Arthur, Tx – Video Shows body camera video of December 28th officer-involved shooting in which Port Arthur police officer fatally shoots Shayne Lyons,35, a Port Arthur citizen who was armed with a machete.

A video shows Lyons walking toward the officer, refusing to put down the weapon, despite repeated commands from the officer. The officer shoots Lyons eight times.

San Jose State on Friday, March 8, 2019, released records related to a fatal 2014 officer-involved shooting, including body-cam footage, in response to Senate Bill 1421, the state’s new police transparency law. Officers with the University Police Department were cleared in the shooting, which left 38-year-old Antonio Guzman Lopez dead.

Sgt. Mike Santos and Officer Frits Van der Hoek had responded to South Eighth and East San Salvador streets just outside the campus that day and ordered Lopez to drop the knife, but he refused to follow their commands, according to the report.

Based on reports from officers and witnesses, Lopez was “acting strangely, as though he was mentally unstable or intoxicated,” according to prosecutors.

Officer Van der Hoek used his Taser stun gun on Lopez, who was not affected by the shock, police said.

Santos shot Lopez twice in the back and one of the bullets went through his body and into a window at a nearby sorority house, where no one was injured, according to the report.

Lopez was transported to a hospital were he was later pronounced dead, the report said.

San Jose police investigated the shooting because it occurred within their jurisdiction and determined that Lopez was holding a foot-long saw blade that is similar to a jagged-edge tool used for cutting drywall.

An autopsy determined Lopez had methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death, prosecutors said.

Lopez had a criminal history that included domestic violence, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, according to district attorney’s officials.

Police in Muskogee say officers fatally shot a knife-wielding man who was suspected of stabbing two women and attacking a third.
Officer Lincoln Anderson says officers investigating a stabbing Tuesday found the three women inside a home with a man armed with a large knife.

Anderson says the women were taken from the home while the man refused orders to drop the knife and a stun gun was not effective. Anderson says police then surrounded the home and when the man came outside he again would not drop the knife. Anderson says bean bags and a stun grenade did not stop him.

Anderson says the man was shot several times as he charged toward officers.

No names or the condition of the women have been released.