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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.’

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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.

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Shocking footage has emerged of Colorado police officers body slamming a 22-year-old sorority girl as they arrested her outside a bar.

Michaella Surat was thrown to the ground outside Bondi Beach Bar in Fort Collins on Thursday night after allegedly hitting one of the officers.

Police had been called to the bar amid reports of a fight involving the Colorado State University student’s boyfriend.

She became involved as she tried to pull him away from the scene.

Michaella Surat, 22, was thrown to the ground on camera by police in Colorado after allegedly striking an officer outside a bar

Another reveler captured the moment Surat was floored by the officers on camera.

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A Metropolitan Police Department officer was arrested on charges he engaged in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl before robbing her earlier this year in Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County police said. A judge denied bond Friday afternoon calling the charges “incredibly disturbing.” Police said the charges stem from an incident on Jan. 9 when Chukwuemeka Ekwonna met a 15-year-old girl on the social media app Tagged. The girl agreed to meet him to engage in sexual activity in exchange for money, police said.

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A Brandenton police officer struggles with a suspect who was attempting to rob a local jewelry store. Surveillance video shows the confrontation which ended after the officer pistol whipped the suspect to subdue him. Now identified as 23-year-old Isaac Hernandez, the suspect has been charged with aggravated battery, theft, and unarmed burglary. He is currently being held on a $12,000 bond.

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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.