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Video captures a Pasco County deputy using a Taser Wednesday night to stop a drug suspect fleeing a traffic stop. Crews for the Spike TV show “Cops” were filming a segment as a deputy’s body camera documented the arrest, which occurred around 11:50 p.m. Cameron Ajax Jones, 34, of Hudson, is charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell, and possession of methamphetamine. The deputy had pulled over a Toyota Prius after it ran a stop sign and saw that there were hypodermic needles in the car.

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The Tulsa Police Department released dashcam footage of the pursuit of most wanted suspect Madison Dickson. Police spent days looking for her, saying she’d been involved in several shootings, including shooting a man in the head. The video shows a woman who was determined not to be taken into custody, even when she was surrounded and there was no hope of escape. Police said her family had even warned them she would not be taken alive. Police said Dickson immediately took off running when the short pursuit came to an end on March 18 near 89th and South Harvard. The video shows she turned not once but three times and pointed a gun at the officers.

They fired shots but did not hit her, so the officer closest to her in his patrol car, ran into her to stop the threat. Dickson later died. Police said Dickson had shot a man in the head just two days before, after she asked him for a ride, then pulled a gun on him and tried to steal his car. Police said he’s recovering. Before that, they say she’d fired shots at a Walgreens and a Best Buy plus pointed a gun at movie theater employees. Police said they believe Dickson got connected to the Irish Mob gang and started a crime spree. Her family and friends said this was not the girl they grew up with. They said she got hooked on drugs, tried to get clean but that failed and things went downhill for her. Three police officers remain on routine leave until the criminal and internal investigations are complete. The district attorney will determine whether the use of force was justified. Via Police Activity.

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A couple of Indiana brothers are in jail after they allegedly attacked a Michigan State Police trooper along the side of US-31 Monday morning in Berrien County. Michigan State Police say the trooper tried to pull over an unlicensed motorcyclist near Matthew Road in Berrien Township when the motorcyclist took off at a high speed. That resulted in a three mile chase which ended when the 21-year-old lost control of the bike. He then attacked the trooper. During that struggle, the motorcyclist’s brother pulled over and also started fighting with the trooper. Two passersby then stopped and stepped in, making it possible for the trooper to arrest the brothers. Police say the motorcycle was stolen out of Van Buren County, and the brothers may have been involved in several recent break-ins

The 2 Brother were arrest for attacking Trooper Garry Guild. Michael Scott Barber, 21, was arrested Monday, Feb. 20 on multiple felony charges , including assault and resisting an officer.Travis Wise, 19, was arrested Monday, Feb. 20 on multiple felony charges.

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A 21-year-old pregnant woman was killed during a Sunday morning shootout amid a SWAT raid at Florida home.

Police were targeting Alteria Woods’ boyfriend and his father during the raid that left Woods dead and a deputy wounded.

Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said Woods was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire, but also said her boyfriend, 23-year-old Andrew Coffee IV, used her as a shield during the shootout.

“Andrew Coffee IV cowardly was using her as protection,” Loar said. The raid targeted Coffee IV and his father, Andrew Coffee III. Loar said it was in connection with a series of recent shootings, including a February incident in which a deputy was killed by a stray bullet.

However, Woods’ family says they’ve received few answers as they seek to learn how Woods was shot.

“We don’t know what to do, no closure,” said Arlene Cooper, Alteria’s aunt.

The father and son appeared in court Monday morning. A judge set bond for the elder Coffee at $93,000. The younger Coffee is being held on a $307,000 bond.

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Strongsville, OH, 7 March, 2017 – Speeds reached 100 miles per hour during a police chase that ended with a Strongsville police officer shooting and killing a suspect on I-71 in Medina County Tuesday morning. Relatives identified the suspect as Roy Evans, Jr., 37, and said he was driving a van with his girlfriend and three children inside. According to a Strongsville Police Department call log, an officer tried to stop the van on I-71 Northbound near the turnpike at 2:26 a.m. when the driver fled, exiting at Pearl Road before immediately re-entering the highway in the southbound direction. Officers reported the van’s engine was smoking and that Evans rammed a police cruiser at mile marker 228. The Ohio State Highway Patrol deployed spike strips at 2:36 a.m. According to the log, the van slowed and an officer reported that Evans was reaching around in the van, lighting a cigarette. A minute later, at 2:40 a.m., shots were fired near mile marker 220, about 16 miles from where the chase began. Investigators from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation said a Strongsville officer shot Evans at least once, killing him. His girlfriend and three children were unharmed, and no officers were injured. BCI investigators were looking into what prompted the officer to shoot and whether or not the suspect was armed, according to a spokesperson. BCI said two Strongsville Police cruisers were damaged in the chase, and investigators planned to process the van Wednesday. Evans has a lengthy criminal record that includes running from police in the past. He was released from prison in September, following a nearly two year term following a 2014 arrest for attempted murder and felonious assault in Lorain County. Court records show Evans struck a plea deal, pleading guilty to two counts of felonious assault, with the attempted murder charge being dismissed. In 2004, Evans was sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, failure to comply and criminal damaging, following an incident in which he bailed out of a moving van and ran from police. In 2003, Evans pleaded guilty for attempted failure to comply, DUI, vehicular assault and reckless operation and was sentenced to two years in prison. Other previous charges include breaking and entering, grand theft, receiving stolen property, attempted felonious assault, obstructing official business, and driving with a suspended license.

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Body worn camera footage from a Parker police officer in Colorado shows the incredible events in which a cop responded to, and then ended, an armed suspect’s shooting rampage with a headshot from his patrol carbine on Sept 2, 2016.

The suspect Randy Rodick, 40, was armed with an AK-47 style 7.62x39mm rifle, loaded with a 75-round drum magazine, as well as a pistol. Rodick was said to have been shooting wildly and had already shot one officer, Detective Dan Brite, leaving him in critical condition.

In the video, the cop can be seen getting in a fellow officer’s squad car and rushing toward the suspect’s location. As he gets out of the vehicle, he is given the critical information that the suspect is in the driver’s seat of a crashed RV.

The officer runs up, taking cover behind the open door of an SUV, just 30 yards from the suspect. He raises his rifle, takes careful aim, and with a single shot, ends the dramatic and dangerous situation. Some of the other officer’s didn’t even know what happened at that point, and thought the gunmen had shot himself.

It’s unfortunate that this officer had to take a man’s life, but due to the man’s actions, there was no other alternative. That single headshot most likely saved the lives of other officers and innocent bystanders.

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A Louisiana man livestreamed his own fatal shooting by a police officer on Facebook during a traffic stop on Thursday as his fiancee watched helplessly. Rodney James Hess, 36, was acting erratically and had attempted to hit cops with his car ‘at least twice’ before he was killed at around 2:15pm, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told NBC News. In the video streamed on Facebook Live from a roadside in Alamo, Tennessee, Hess can be heard saying he wants to speak to ‘the higher commands’ before leaving his car. He then appears to make some kind of movement and is shot several times through his windshield.

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A kidnapping and robbery overnight in Avondale left one woman with minor injuries. According to Sgt. Bryan Shelton, the 25-year-old victim was taken by a suspect outside of her apartment on 4th Avenue South and 38th Street in Birmingham’s Avondale neighborhood around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the suspect pointed a gun at her and demanded money. When the victim said she didn’t have any money, the suspect forced her into her black Nissan Altima. Later, he made her move to the trunk of the car.

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SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE: Police have released the bank surveillance footage of the security guard who shot and killed an attempted armed robbery suspect on Jan. 20. The State’s Attorney’s Office says they will not be pressing charges and that the security guard was acting in his own self-defense and the defense of others.

STORY HERE

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A suspect armed with a knife was fatally shot by police following a violent scuffle that stemmed from a traffic stop early Monday morning in Orange. Officers pulled over a suspect who parked the white van he was driving at a shopping center in the 100 block of Katella Avenue at about 12:30 a.m., according to Orange police.

The traffic stop then escalated when the suspect produced a gas can inside the van and lit a cigarette. Officers were concerned he was going to light himself on fire or produce more combustibles that could cause a hazardous blaze.

After talking to him outside the driver’s side window, one officer snuck up to the passenger’s side, busted out the window and used a hose to spray the suspect. Police said instead of forcing him out of the vehicle, the suspect moved to the back of the van.

The video shows that after the suspect eventually comes out of the driver’s side door, a scuffle begins and people are heard yelling the word “knife” before two shots are fired. Authorities later confirmed the suspect was armed with a knife when the shooting occurred. The suspect, described only as a 30-year-old man, was shot by police. Orange police said the man was transported to a nearby hospital, where he later died. No officers were injured in the shooting.

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A little more than three years to the date, the dashcam video of Airman Michael Edwards being shot by Opelika police officer Phillip Hancock on Interstate 85 has now been released to the public. A call came into the Opelika Police Department on the night of March 6, 2014 about an erratic driver on Interstate 85. Officer Phillip Hancock responded to the call. Davidson got into a minor accident with a tractor trailer where Davidson swiped the back of the tractor trailer. The tractor trailer and Davidson pulled over on the side of the road to exchange information. Officer Hancock arrives on the scene and pulled up behind Davidson’s car and had his headlights and spotlight on the vehicle and exits his vehicle. One of Davidson’s attorney’s, Brian Mosholder said that his client was parked on a downslope, which made it difficult for him to get the door open.

Mosholder said that Davidson’s wallet was in his left hand while pushing against the door to get it open, and then he reached back with his right hand. Soon after, Ofc. Hancock asks Davidson to show him his hands. Davidson brings his right hand through and up to his left hand, turned and got out of the vehicle as quickly as he could and put his hands out in front of him with his wallet in both hands and began to raise his hands. Soon after, the first shot is fired, which hits the ground. Then, Mosholder said Davidson’s hands went up and the second shot was fired, which hit Davidson. “It’s very obvious from that part of the video that Officer Hancock is creating a situation that he wished had happened that would have justified this shooting,” Mosholder said. “When you look at the video, none of that happened. When you look at the video, in less than six seconds, from the time Michael Davidson opens his door, Officer Hancock shoots him, and he shoots him for absolutely no reason.”

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A Wilmington police sergeant is shown on video instructing a citizen who was pulled over for a traffic stop that he is not allowed to record the interaction due to a new state law prohibiting the recording of police interactions.

Shortly after that, a New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy agrees with the officer that there is a new state law. There is no such law in North Carolina.

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Irondequoit/Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) – The Irondequoit police officer accused of stalking and harassing his ex-girlfriend for several months was denied bail Friday morning in court.

The judge in charge of the detention hearing said William Rosica, 50, waged a “campaign of abuse and terror committed over a year.”
Rosica “harassed and tormented” an ex-girlfriend who ended a three-year-long relationship with him in February 2016, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in federal court.

In addition, the prosecution said it had additional potential victims come forward in the last 24 hours.
Covered by a jacket, Rosica was escorted into federal court, perhaps not even knowing his own brother, a Catholic priest, reportedly contacted the FBI over the allegations and encouraged them not to allow Rosica to have bail.

Prosecutors said between March 2016 and February 28, 2017, Rosica continually sent the victim and the victim’s ex-husband a barrage of harassing text messages, phone calls, and emails.

Rosica also allegedly tried to hack into the victim’s work email account and online medical records.
Rosica served as a police officer for 13 years; he was also a volunteer firefighter.

The Irondequoit Police Department placed Rosica on unpaid administrative leave indefinitely. Prosecutors said the department has started the process to fire him.
Some of Rosica’s alleged actions against the victim were revealed in court as the hearing in front of Judge Jonathan Feldman went on. During the Super Bowl this year, Rosica allegedly went to the victim’s ex-husband’s home and cut the cable to his cable box as the game went into overtime.

Prosecutors referred to Rosica’s actions as “constant 24/7 harassment.”

On Valentine’s Day, he allegedly sent her flowers with a card that read, “Your friends at the mental health clinic say hello.” Disturbing messages detailing ways for the victim to commit suicide were also sent to her phone and email address, according to the prosecution.

Prosecutor Melissa Marangola said a camera set up changed the case from cyber stalking to physical stalking.
Rosica is accused of setting up a “pole camera” near the victim’s house so he could track her when she would leave or come home, then sent her messages about knowing where she had gone. The criminal complaint details the messages sent through texts or fake email addresses, stating that he knew the victim had gotten a haircut, parked her car or left a light on at home.

Marangola added that Robert Kehoe, the former chief of SUNY Brockport Police, agreed to give him permission to say his cousin dated Rosica in 2009 and their relationship was “a carbon of what he read in the criminal complaint.”

“I have no confidence that an ankle bracelet will stop him from driving to her home and doing something to hurt her or her family,” Marangola said in court to Judge Feldman.

Prosecutors said these developments and new information gained in the last 24 hours show just how dangerous Rosica is to the victim.
“She’s absolutely frantic at this point,” Marangola said.
Defense attorney Clark Zimmerman tried to mitigate the actions of his client, stating Rosica did not threaten to kill the victim or physically abuse her.
“As a police officer, he is more aware of what violating a court order would mean,” Zimmerman said, adding that Rosica’s sister is a nun and would be able to help to keep an eye on him if he were granted bail.
While issuing the ruling on bail, Judge Feldman called Rosica’s actions against the victim “a campaign of abuse and terror committed over a year”, calling it “sadistic behavior” and adding that his “actions were unpredictable, irrational and certainly dangerous.”

“You are presumed innocent but as a police officer you were aware you might end up having to answer to your actions,” Judge Feldman added before denying Rosica bail.
Rosica is scheduled to return to court on March 31 at 3:30 p.m. If he is convicted on the charges against him, he faces up to five years in federal prison.

“He was very sophisticated, the judge pointed out, in how he carried out this crime,” Marangola added. “He’s lost his career, his family his friends know about it, I think he has nothing to lose at this point.

“He’s sworn to uphold the laws and protect and serve the community,” she continued. “And when they break the law they need to be treated just like anyone else.”

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Police bodycam video was released Thursday after an officer shot a man Wednesday in the Russell neighborhood. On her bodycam video, Officer Sarah Stumler can be heard shouting, ‘Show me your hands,’ and firing one shot seconds later. Warrick was still behind mattress when he was shot in the abdomen. Warrick was taken to University Hospital, where he had surgery and is still hospitalized. Stumler has been relieved of her police powers, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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Seven Baltimore police officers who served in a high-profile gun unit were indicted Wednesday on federal racketeering charges — allegations that throw into question scores of cases aimed at getting weapons off the streets.

The officers are accused of shaking down citizens, filing false court paperwork and making fraudulent overtime claims, all while Justice Department investigators were scrutinizing the department for what they concluded was widespread civil rights violations.

One of the officers was also accused in a separate indictment of participating in an illegal drug organization and tipping its members off to investigations.

U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein said the Drug Enforcement Administration began looking at the officers about a year ago while investigating the drug organization. The probe eventually involved the FBI and electronic surveillance — including a recording device placed in a Baltimore police vehicle.

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A female police officer has been caught on camera allegedly performing a sex act on her male colleague inside their patrol car. During the video, an operator radios through with information about a robbery, which the randy pair appear to completely ignore.

The unnamed woman can be seen pausing as she pleasures her male colleague and hears the call to attend the crime scene – before getting back to business as he lifts up his shirt.

The pair and facing a disciplinary probe and termination after the mobile phone footage – which included a recording of the female’s police badge on her arm with details of her force – led to their identification. Via The Mirror

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WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Jessica Boynton, 19, was found lying in a pool of blood in a locked wardrobe in the home she shared with her husband Matthew Boynton in Griffin, Georgia back in April last year. Police and Boynton say the mother of two young boys tried to kill herself, but Jessica had a different story to tell when she miraculously woke after three weeks in a coma. The young woman has claimed she never shot herself and alleges her husband, who works for the Griffin Police Department, staged the ordeal to make it look like she tried to commit suicide.

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At 1:20 the suspect ends the ordeal with officers by turning the gun on himself. Roswell Police released video of a deadly officer-involved shooting. Police publicly identified the man who was shot as Shayne Romero, 30, of Peralta, New Mexico who was also dressed as a security guard. Police released “video of the incident from the body cam of the officer who exchanged gunfire with the suspect.” It happened around 2:00 a.m. Wednesday when a Roswell police officer was checking on a stolen vehicle at a Roswell motel. Officials said Romero told the officer that he owned the vehicle but then tried to run away.

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New York City police officers tasered a pregnant 17-year-old girl after she refused to let them inside her apartment without a warrant Friday night.

NYPD cops were already in the building when they made their way upstairs to the fourth floor in response to a fight between the girl’s boyfriend and her sister’s boyfriend over a video game.

The girl’s boyfriend had already left the apartment, but the girl, Dailene Rosario, who is 14 weeks pregnant, remained inside, arguing with her sister’s boyfriend when several cops banged on the apartment door.

Rosario refused to let them inside without a warrant, so they called for backup.

At one point, she told the cops she needed to step outside for fresh air, which was when they grabbed her arms and tried to arrest her.

A video recorded by a witness shows more than a dozen cops grabbing her, twisting her arms behind her as she tells them to “get off me.”

A plainclothes cop wearing a New York Jets ski cap tasers her seconds later.

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Louisville Metro Police have released new details about an officer-involved shooting that happened in South Louisville on Saturday. William A Young Jr., 32, was shot and killed by officers inside a vacant home on Oleanda Avenue just after 11:30 p.m. Police shot Young after he struck an officer in the chest with an object that resembled a meat skewer, Chief Steve Conrad said. LMPD officer Russell Braun was injured in the incident; he received a gunshot would to the hand and an impact injury to the chest. On Monday, Conrad said Officer Braun appeared to have shot himself in the hand as he was falling backwards.

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After being taken into custody on suspicion that he robbed a store, Ole Miss University student Daniel Stewart Berry made his situation much worse when he decided to head-butt a deputy.

The business major was being taken to court in handcuffs while screaming obscenities at authorities when he slammed his forehead into the deputy’s face. He was immediately pulled away by the officers surrounding him, his bond currently set at $200,000 in light of the assault.

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Alamongordo, NM – Footage of the shooting that killed Alamogordo police Officer Clint Corvinus and wanted fugitive Joseph Moreno last September was released by the New Mexico District Attorney’s Office Thursday afternoon. District Attorney John Sugg said he met with Corvinus’ and Moreno’s family to go over the findings with them as the investigation into the shooting is now complete. Lapel video from Officer Christopher Welch, who was on patrol with Corvinus the day of the incident, was shown during a press conference. “We have determined two things. First, that Officer Clint Corvinus was shot and killed by Joseph Moreno and second, that Officer Christopher Welch was justified in shooting Joseph Moreno,” Sugg said. On Sept. 2 Welch was on the final stages of the field office training. He had been with the Alamogordo Police Department for 10 months, according to police.

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Police are searching for a Florida woman accused of performing oral sex on a man at a courthouse and posting it to social media. Brittney Jones, 26, allegedly performed sexual acts on 35-year-old Jeremiah Robinson on the fourth floor of Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville on Jan. 31, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Jones and Robinson are both wanted on charges of an unnatural and lascivious act.