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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.

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A chaotic scene broke out at a Nissan dealership in Texas when two bounty hunters discovered the fugitive they were tracking inside, according to news reports. A brief scuffle inside a glass office between the hunters and the fugitive led to a shootout. The fugitive, Minnesota resident Ramon Hutchinson, had an outstanding warrant for failing to appeal in court on a drug charge and had been wanted on other felony charges for assaulting a police officer. All three reportedly died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds. No one else was injured in the altercation

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It was the longest suspension of an officer in Garland Police history. But the man who that officer was caught on video beating says it’s still not enough. Surveillance video from the Garland Detention Center and obtained by CBS11 News shows Officer Donald Fernandez delivering blows to the head and a knee to the face of Noah Lofquist after removing the suspect’s handcuffs.

“It kind of seemed a little surreal at the time,” says Lofquist.

The 37-year-old suspect admits to mouthing off at the officer after he was arrested at a hotel.

“On the way to the jail I was kind of taunting the officer little bit,” says Lofquist.

Lofquist says while he was intoxicated, he even challenged the officer to a fight, if his handcuffs were off. But when they arrived at the jail, the officer had apparently heard enough and when he removed the cuffs, he went after Lofquist.

“I was sober enough at that point to know not to do anything because I didn’t want my situation to get any worse,” says Lofquist.

In the internal affairs investigation that followed, Fernandez and his partner were recorded saying to each other: “I got him solid,” and “Yea I (expletive) clocked his ass good didn’t I?”

Fernandez received a 56 day suspension, the longest the department can remember giving any officer. But Lofquist thought he deserved criminal charges.

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Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said the shooting of Malik Carey by Grand Rapids police was justified. Carey, 18, was fatally wounded after police say he fired upon them in the 1300 block of Dickinson Street SE about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3. Becker said that Carey fired four shots at police before officers had a chance to reach their weapons and return fire.

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A man who got into an argument with his estranged wife and her family over his children was arrested Sunday in a house-to-house shooting rampage in rural Mississippi that left eight people dead, including his mother-in-law and a sheriff’s deputy. The gunfire erupted on Saturday night at Godbolt’s in-laws’ home in Bogue Chitto after the deputy arrived in response to a domestic disturbance call, and spread to two houses in nearby Brookhaven, about 70 miles south of Jackson.

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Footage showing a Texas police officer repeatedly punching a 14-year-old girl in the face as her distraught mother screams in the background.

The grainy footage was shot by a bystander outside a traditional Hispanic birthday party in San Antonio late on Saturday after police were called when several men started fighting.
The teenage girl, who was in the crowd with her mother and brother, was arrested for allegedly assaulting an officer.

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A Downriver police chief says her department will investigate the arrest of a man who was pulled from his car after an officer shattered a window. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan posted dash cam video of the April 2016 traffic stop and sent a letter Tuesday to the Taylor police department. Chief Mary Sclabassi said that her department will conduct a “thorough and diligent investigation.” Taylor officers stopped a car driven by Calvin Jones, who traveling with his wife and a boy, and things got tense when Jones apparently declined to provide identification.

In the video, Jones is heard saying, “You gotta let me know what’s going on, man,” to which an officer replies, “You’re going to jail is what’s going on.” As another officer puts on gloves, Jones asks, “For what?…On what charges?” That’s when the cop in the gloves pulls on the driver’s side window, breaking it. There is some yelling as Jones is dragged out of the car onto the ground and arrested. The officer who broke the window claims Jones was reaching for something between seats. Jones said he was just trying to unlock his seat belt.

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An officer with the Baytown Police Department near Houston has been accused of offering to dismiss two traffic tickets for an 18-year-old driver if she sent him nude photos.

Officer Michael Coppock, 33, told the woman he would change two traffic tickets for speeding and an expired registration to warnings in exchange for pictures, according to affidavits obtained by KHOU-TV.

The woman told KHOU that Coppock contacted her on social media about an hour after he pulled her over.

Police said they viewed screenshots of the conversations and described them as “clearly coercive in nature,” according to KHOU.

Coppock didn’t reply to an email from the station seeking comment on the allegations. He hasn’t been charged.

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An Ohio police officer is recovering after accidentally overdosing on fentanyl following a traffic stop where the powerful drug was believed to have been found. East Liverpool Police pulled over a vehicle officers believed was involved in a drug deal. After arresting two males, police searched the car where they found white powder spread throughout the vehicle. the incident nearly became fatal when Green returned to the police station and discovered some white powder on his uniform.

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Hastings police sergeant says he has been subjected to racial taunts within the department after he took a genetic test through Ancestry.com that showed he was 18 percent black.

Sgt. Cleon Brown said the police chief called him, “Kunte,” a character in Alex Haley’s novel, “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” while officers whispered, “Black Lives Matter” and pumped fists as they walked past.

The mayor, who retired in January, told racial jokes, he said.

At Christmas, the department hung stockings with names of the officers on a Christmas tree. A black Santa Claus figurine – with “18%” written on its white beard – was put in Brown’s stocking.

Brown filed a federal lawsuit alleging state and federal civil-rights violations and violation of the state’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act. He claims intentional infliction of emotional distress.

He has sued the city of Hastings, police Chief Jeff Pratt, City Manager Jeff Mansfield, Deputy Chief Dale Boulter and Sgt. Kris Miller.

The city says Brown is to blame.

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State lawmakers in Lansing, Michigan say the state is the last one that offers police officers immunity from prosecution if they have paid sex with prostitutes while undercover.

LANSING, MI — The Michigan Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to take away immunity for undercover police officers who sexually penetrate prostitutes during the course of an investigation.

Michigan is the last state that allows police to have sex with prostitutes during the course of a police investigation. Michigan law outlaws using prostitutes, but contains an exemption for law enforcement officers in the course of an investigation.

The bill sponsor, Republican Senator Judy Emmons, says she does not think police are using such ‘appalling’ tactics, but thinks that the legislation is ‘long overdue.’

MORE HERE

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So what did we learn today?

When being detained by officer, even if you feel them pulling you over was unwarranted. Never be disrespectful and think pettiness is okay. Say your yes sirs/maams and no sirs/maams. Let em know your not consenting to any random ass searches. Take whatever bullshit fine they give you and fight the shit in court. Go about your day.

This cop will not be fired. He detained this fool and he thinks because of recent events he can be petty and say he doesn’t trust him. Stop acting like children and roll ya windows down.

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Prosecutors on Wednesday charged a police officer in North Miami, Fla., with attempted manslaughter for shooting and wounding a man who was lying in the street with his hands raised in the air.

The shooting in July 2016 was recorded in what became a widely shared viral video, one of many violent encounters between police and black men and boys that have prompted national scrutiny in recent years. This case drew intense widespread attention both due the dramatic footage of the man pleading with officers and what emerged about the other man sitting next to him.

The injured man, Charles Kinsey, who survived the shooting, worked as a behavioral therapist at a group home. The man sitting cross-legged next to him was a resident with autism who had apparently wandered away and sat down on the ground while holding a toy truck; he has been identified in court documents as Arnoldo Soto, 27, and described as nonverbal

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Police said the suspect was fleeing a doctor’s office where she and a friend had gone to get a consultation about plastic surgery. Police said an employee at the office had called them about the suspect because she was trying to use a suspicious credit card and had cheated the business in the past.

In the dramatic and stunning body cam video, you hear both officers yelling, “Stop the car! Stop the car! Stop the car! Get out of the car! Get out of the car!” The video also shows a bullet hole in the woman’s car from a previous incident.

She is also seen putting her hands up as if to surrender, but then she drives away and bumps the officers. The officers are not injured, but police said they were fortunate, adding the officers showed a great deal of restraint in not firing their weapons.

Mass. Sheriff Offers Free Inmate Labor To Build Trump’s US-Mexico Border Wall. A Massachusetts sheriff offered President-elect Donald Trump the help of local prison inmates to build the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said he will create an initiative called Project NICE – National Inmates’ Community Endeavors – which will allow inmates at Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth to volunteer, giving the wall construction as an example, along with clean-up after natural disasters.