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CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a video that shows a trooper going the wrong way on a highway while attempting to stop street racers, WBTV reports. A group of people were blocking traffic to race along U.S. 321 around 4:30 p.m. in Newton Sunday. Troopers said they were creating hazardous conditions for other drivers. The video, which was shot by Carisa Lynn, has been widely shared on social media. “Just freaked out,” Lynn told WSOC. “It was crazy.
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It was very dangerous.” Lynn said she believes the trooper put more people at risk by the way he responded to the reported street racing. “Street racing isn’t what you should be doing, but it was more reckless in my opinion of the police officer to be driving the way he was driving, in general, to pull over some people racing,” Lynn said. As many as 10 BMWs were involved in the street racing bust, WSOC reports. Highway Patrol has impounded five of those vehicles. Multiple people face charges that include prearranged speed racing, careless and reckless driving and impeding traffic.

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A man suspected in an attempted carjacking was fatally shot by a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer Tuesday afternoon in the northwest Las Vegas valley. The Clark County Coroner’s Office identified the suspect as 27-year-old Caleb Edward Blaylock of Las Vegas. The shooting occurred just before 1:10 p.m. on the 4100 block of North Rancho Drive, near Jones and Alexander. The officer was not injured. Police say one officer responded to an attempted carjacking.

The officer William “Chris” Pollock attempted to stop the suspect, but police say he lunged at the officer with a knife. The suspect was shot several times at close range. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. Detectives wish to speak with the occupants of the maroon truck bearing Oklahoma license plate 353 FDI. They are believed to have information crucial to the investigation. This is the 11th officer involved shooting of 2017. Per LVMPD policy.

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SAN DIEGO — A video has emerged of a San Diego police dog with its jaws clamped onto a handcuffed suspect’s arm.

The video was filmed by passerby Angel Nunez on Sunday. He posted it to Facebook and said something definitely seemed wrong with the picture.

It took more than 30 seconds for the dog to eventually release the man’s arm from its grip.

According to the San Diego Police Department, the officers responded to 911 calls about a man behaving erratically, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The cops said witnesses reported the man was running in and out of traffic, jumping on cars and challenging passersby to duke it out with him.

When the cops arrived, the man allegedly tried to throw down with them. He was warned the dog would be released if he didn’t quit the tomfoolery.

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Hundreds of New York Police Department (NYPD) police officers reportedly turned their backs on Bill de Blasio during the liberal mayor’s speech at a funeral for slain Officer Miosotis Familia.

According to Breitbart, thousands of mourners gathered in Brooklyn today to pay their respects to Familia, who was shot and killed last week by a gunman with a history of violence against police officers.

The very next day, Breitbart reports, de Blasio flew out to Hamburg so he could attend the G20 protests there – a move that prompted considerable anger from police officers and members of the public mourning Familia’s death.

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A Texas teenager was suspended from his cookie store job after a customer became upset when he paid for a police officer’s order.
Zachary Randolph, 18, was suspended from his job at a Great American Cookies mall after he bought a police officer a brownie out of his own wages on Sunday.

The teen from Katy, Texas, said upper management put him on temporary leave for a week because another family complained that he didn’t buy their cookies as well.

Randolph said the customers in line who overheard the interaction became upset and threatened to beat him up because he was racist and promised to get him fired

Surveillance video captured the moment a cop-hating gunman walked up to a police van and assassinated an officer in the Bronx.
Officer Miosotis Familia, 48, was sitting in her marked vehicle when 34-year-old Alexander Bonds shot at her through the passenger side window near the intersection of 183rd Street and Grand Concourse in the Bronx.
Chilling video shows the gunman approach the parked NYPD command post vehicle and walks up before firing through the side window.

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It’s a video sparking outrage in a Tampa Bay area community, an arrest caught on camera involving a taser, handcuffs and a K-9.

It began when Bartow police were looking for a young man wanted for violating his probation. During their visit to his home on Magnolia Street, the older brother got involved. How? We’re not quite sure. Bartow police have not yet released the details.

But, from cell phone video recorded during the scuffle, we can confirm there was a physical struggle between officers and a young man.

We’re told he is the older brother to the person they were looking for. The video also shows a K-9 biting the young man on the ground.

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The police chief for the city of Commerce has resigned in the wake of last month’s arrest of the 2016 Miss Black Texas US Ambassador. Chief Kerry Crews was not at Monday evening’s special City Council meeting but announced his resignation in a letter read by the mayor, KDFW-TV (Channel 4) reported. The announcement followed backlash from the May 20 arrest of Carmen Ponder, a 23-year-old pre-law student at Texas A&M University-Commerce, who was detained at a Wal-Mart after an encounter with Commerce ISD school board trustee Michael Beane. Ponder alleged that Beane cut her off on the road and noted that he was teaching his 14-year-old daughter how to drive. She said he called her a “black [expletive]” after she told him it was illegal for a child that age to be driving. In a prepared statement, Ponder’s attorney Lee Merrit alleged that Crews, who was off-duty at the time, approached Ponder in the parking lot and demanded that she apologize to Beane. When she refused, she was detained. Crews wrote in his letter that he intervened at the trustee’s request. He said he felt the dispute was “something I could handle. I was wrong.”

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Baltimore County officers were justified in shooting an armed robbery suspect who was fatally shot during a police shootout that seriously injured an officer and a bystander in Dundalk, prosecutors said. Baltimore County Deputy State’s Attorney Robbin S. Coffin said video footage from police and MTA cameras show officers took proper action during their June 7 confrontation with Blaine Robert Erb, 35, on June 7. Officer 1st Class Slocum, a 13-year veteran assigned to Precinct 12 in Dundalk, was shot twice in a lower extremity during the confrontation. She has been released from the hospital, police said June 13. Police said officers were called around 2:49 p.m. June 7 for an armed robbery in progress on Dundalk Avenue near Avon Beach Road. Officers received information that a man had robbed two people at gunpoint. According to MTA bus video obtained by 11 News, Erb got on a bus — at Belclare Road and Dundalk Avenue near the Logan Village Shopping Center — in Dundalk at 2:53 p.m. Just after that, two police officers stopped the bus and got on to talk to Erb and that’s when he pulled a gun and fired a shot at an officer standing at the rear exit. Erb then told everyone to get off the bus.

Erb is then seen in the video with two guns standing in the rear exit, firing in all directions. That goes on for about a minute and a half, at which point he stopped and reloaded. At one point, he walked to the front of the bus and fired some shots and police fired back. Erb eventually made a run for it. Meanwhile outside, a police body camera captured the tense moments. One officer switched from a shotgun to a pistol. Erb went down on a nearby lawn. The officer runs closer, but Erb did not listen to police. “Drop the gun. Drop the gun,” can be heard in the video. Erb was shot, and the gun battle was over. “I actually had to watch it a couple of times because I was a little bit in disbelief,” Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said. Shellenberger said after reviewing the case, which included social media video, police body-camera video and MTA video there is no doubt the police shooting were justified, and no further action would be taken. “And when you look at all three of those, you get a very complete picture that these officers were justified in using deadly force because not only were their lives in danger, but the lives of many civilians in the area were in danger,” Shellenberger said.

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Sandusky, OH — A mother and father were on their way home with their 2 week old baby when they were stopped by Sandusky police officers.

Andre Stockett, the father and the passenger in the vehicle, and the man who took the video, has a good understanding of his rights when dealing with police.

Despite the police pulling over the vehicle, for an alleged “traffic violation,” they do nothing to the driver. Her license is run and it comes back valid so they have nothing on them, yet like bullies on the playground they begin ganging up on Stockett.

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The American Civil Liberties Union said the incident should be investigated by police after Worthington, Minnesota police officer Joe Joswiak appears to strike the driver, Anthony Promvongsa, as he sits in his car (pictured). But Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel and Commander Nate Grimmius said in a joint statement the video ‘shows only a short segment of the incident’.

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Bodycam Shows Fatal Use Of Force On Man With Knife.
A Las Vegas man who was fatally shot by a police officer Tuesday hid in a bedroom closet before lunging at officers with an 8-inch butcher knife.
Incident occurred on June 20, 2017
Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly briefed reporters on the incident Thursday morning, saying officers responded to a western valley apartment complex after receiving calls about a domestic violence incident.
Kelly played a short clip at the briefing of a neighbor’s 911 call as well as footage from two officers’ body-worn cameras. The Police Department identified the officer who fired his gun as Officer Kyle Prior, 28.
Officers were dispatched to the Bella Vida Apartments complex, on South Cimarron Road and West Charleston Boulevard, at 12:14 a.m. Tuesday.

Kelly said the officers spent nearly 10 minutes knocking on the door of the apartment before a woman and a 4-year-old child answered. The woman told the officers there was no one else in the apartment, but officers suspected there was a man inside based on the 911 call.The officers went inside the apartment to look for the man. Footage from the body-worn cameras shows the officers walking through the dark apartment by flashlight.

“They could tell someone was inside the residence,” Kelly said.

In the master bedroom’s walk-in closet, officers discovered Pedro Ramirez, 28, of Las Vegas, crouched behind some hanging clothes clutching a stainless steel-handled kitchen knife.

The officers immediately issued commands for the man to come out and to drop the knife. Two officers fired their Tasers at the man, but he shrugged it off and ran out of the closet, brandishing the knife. Prior fired three rounds at Ramirez at 12:39 a.m., striking him with each round.

Ramirez died at University Medical Center from multiple gunshot wounds.
Metro said the man’s wife had visible injuries from a fight with her husband. She told officers Ramirez hid in the closet because he did not want to go to jail. Kelly said the department had responded to two previous domestic violence incidents involving Ramirez in 2016 and 2015.

Prior has been placed on routine administrative paid leave as the shooting is investigated. This is the second deadly shooting involving the officer, who joined Metro in 2008 as a civilian employee and became an officer in 2012.

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Officials in Ramsey County, Minnesota, released video on Tuesday that shows the interaction Castile had with St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez before Castile was shot to death during a traffic stop in July. In the video, Yanez tells Castile that he’s being pulled over because he has a brake light out. (Audio later used as evidence in the case against Yanez ― and also released Tuesday ― shows the officer actually thought Castile and his girlfriend “just look like people that were involved in a robbery.”) “Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me,” Castile says in the graphic video, embedded below. “OK, don’t reach for it then,” Yanez says. “Don’t pull it out.” Castile appears to say that he’s not pulling out the gun, and then Yanez shoots him. Yanez can be heard screaming profanities and sobbing after the shooting. He keeps his gun pointed at a dying Castile as he calls for backup and waits for other officers to arrive.

Later in the video, when Yanez is interviewed by another officer, he admits that he didn’t actually see Castile grab for a gun. He notes, however, that he was nervous after he asked to see Castile’s license, and Castile “had his grip a lot wider than a wallet.” Yanez says: “I didn’t know where the gun was, he didn’t tell me where the fuckin’ gun was, and then it was just gettin’ hanky. He was just staring straight ahead, and I was gettin’ fuckin’ nervous and then … I told him to get his fuckin’ hand off his gun … Fuck.” Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter were in the car at the time. Reynolds live-streamed the aftermath of the shooting, which brought worldwide attention to the case. A jury on Friday found Yanez not guilty on a charge of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of reckless discharge of a firearm.

Tuesday’s video release quickly drew more attention to the acquittal, which prompted thousands of protesters to March through Saint Paul over the weekend. “It’s just like, a punch in my stomach, it’s a punch in the gut,” Castile’s friend, John Thompson, told HuffPost Tuesday. “Look what happened to Philando for doing all the right things. It hurts. Every time I talk about it, it hurts. “I’m so tired of being tired, I’m so tired of being sad, I’m so tired of being angry at this system.” Yanez was fired from the police force after the acquittal. “The City of St. Anthony has concluded that the public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city,” the city said on its website Friday. “The city intends to offer Officer Yanez a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career other than being a St. Anthony officer.”

FULL VIDEO HERE:

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Should a former dominatrix who appeared in bondage movies for pay be allowed to work as a Hudson County sheriff’s officer?

That’s a question that is expected to be answered when newly sworn-in sheriff’s officer Kristen Hyman, of Bayonne, attends a disciplinary hearing on June 27.

The county Sheriff’s Office suspended Hyman without pay on May 26, six days before she was scheduled to graduate from the police academy, saying she failed to disclose that she made bondage videos and saw clients privately for money.

The sheriff’s office cited her activities, roughly from 2010 through 2012, as conduct unbecoming a public employee. She was also accused of neglect of duty and other causes for disciplinary action after an internal affairs investigation, which was triggered by allegations about Hyman’s past.

In citing the reasons for her suspension, the sheriff’s office noted “the proliferation of video and audio records … and or the promoting on social media … has resulted in the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office being the subject of inquiry and ridicule among law enforcement.”

Hyman hired attorneys James Lisa and Peter Willis, who successfully argued that that she had done nothing illegal, she had already completed all the requirements to graduate and it was wrong to suspend her prior to a disciplinary hearing, Lisa said. Hyman declined to be interviewed for this story

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Officials released video from a fatal officer-involved shooting in Buckeye that occurred as officers responded to reports that a man had shot his wife. Police were called to a house near Wayland Drive and 238th Avenue in Buckeye, Arizona where 30-year-old William Ferguson had fatally shot his wife.

The officers notice the pickup truck and are talking about the situation when gunfire erupts. Body-camera footage shows Biffin taking cover behind a patrol vehicle and firing back at Ferguson, discharging numerous rounds. Ferguson’s ambush continued with the second round of gunfire that shattered the window of the patrol vehicle. Ferguson had been shot in the shoulder during the standoff and moments later took his own life. A review determined the officers were justified in the shooting.