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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.

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The situation started after police attempt to pull over a driver for a traffic violation, but he fled the scene. A short chase then ensued which ended after the suspect exited his vehicle and then raised what appeared to be a gun at police.

The suspect then challenged the officers to shoot him, but the K-9 unit managed to tackle the suspect without lethal force. It was later discovered that the suspect didn’t have a weapon and was likely wanted police to shoot him.

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Department of Correction Response Teams and the Delaware State Police are currently responding to a hostage situation at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC) in Smyrna, Delaware. Inmates of the correctional facility have taken over a building and are thought to be holding multiple officers hostage. 3-5 prison guards have been taken hostage and that inmates have secured control of a building.

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Chicago police have released bodycam video showing a wild shootout between police and a suspect who was accused of shooting his girlfriend. Authorities say suspect Richard Grimes initially fired at police after they arrived on scene, forcing them to immediately return fire. More than two dozen shots were then fired as police try to apprehend Richard Grimes, who was later killed at the scene.

Two officers were injured in the shootout including one officer who’s head was grazed by a bullet. This was the fourth police shootout in Chicago within a 10-day period around November 27th.

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Phoenix police released body camera footage Thursday of a man who died after being arrested. The footage was taken at the Maryvale Community Center near 51st Avenue and Indian School Road earlier this month. It shows the arrest of 43-year-old Muhammad Abdul Muhaymin, who struggled with officers as he was escorted out of the facility. The video shows Muhaymin was combative with as many as eight officers during his arrest and continued to act violently after being placed in two pairs of handcuffs. While being restrained by police, he can be heard saying “I can’t breath” as officers urge him to calm down. After he was arrested, Muhaymin showed signs of medical distress — including vomiting — and officers attempted to help him. In the video, several officers can be heard saying, “Call fire,” an instruction to contact the fire department for medical help. Muhaymin was hospitalized but later died.

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Despite refusing to release the body cam footage showing a Texas cop violently arresting a mom and her daughter after they had called him for help, somebody within the department apparently leaked the video to the family’s lawyer, who then released it to the media. Bodycam videos shows Fort Worth police officer William Martin berating, then arresting a woman who had called police because her neighbor had assaulted her seven-year-old son for littering. The incident, which took place December 21, led to Martin receiving a 10-day unpaid suspension, which he has already served, but is appealing in the hopes of getting paid for those days.

Hall, who was legally blind and suffered from schizoaffective disorder – a combination of schizophrenia symptoms and mood disorder – seemed agitated when he entered the store in the early hours of November 22, 2015.

According to a police statement, at the time officers were responding to a 911 call reporting a possible robbery in progress and say that when they arrived they found Hall in front of the store armed with a knife, and holding a large rock in his other hand.

 

 

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(CBS) — The Independent Police Review Authority has released videos from the fatal police shooting of 26-year-old Darius Jones in November.

Police have said officers were on patrol near 69th and Damen on Nov. 18, 2016, when they saw one man shooting at another. They repeatedly ordered the gunman to drop his weapon, and when he didn’t, the officers shot him, according to police.

The videos show two angles of the fight that led up to the fatal shooting.

The first video shows three men spilling out of a business onto 69th Street.

Jones already had a gun in his hand as he was fighting with two other men when officers pulled up.

One of the men fighting with him grabbed Jones, and lifted him off the ground, but before he can body slam Jones, Jones fired a shot, causing the man to let go and run for his life. Then Jones fired at least half a dozen shots at the men striking one in the stomach.

A police SUV was just around the corner and pulled up to Jones as he was firing. Police said officers ordered Jones to drop his weapon, but he didn’t. Both officers opened fire, wounding Jones, who was taken to a hospital where he died less than an hour later.

It was such a hectic scene that the officer at the wheel of the SUV actually forgot to put the vehicle into park, and after the shooting, he had to jump in to stop the vehicle from rolling down the street.

The second video shows the fight in greater detail, but police are not visible during the brief altercation.

One man attempted to punch Jones as the three exited the business, and another man grabbed Jones, and then ran out of the picture, knocking over the first man as Jones fires multiple shots, wounding one of the other men.

Police have said the man Jones shot was taken to the hospital in critical condition at the time, but police have not provided that man’s name or an update on his condition.

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He seems pretty broken up. He should have tried my trusty way of avoiding jail time. I start by not raping people.

His mistake was the 57 year old grandmother that had no warrants, never been arrested, he raped her and made her feel he would kill her. She is the first one who came forward and told the truth. I am sure there are others who were just too afraid to come forward because maybe they had active warrants so they just stayed quiet. Anyway, the sentencing Judge up held the Jury’s recommendation that Daniel Holtzclaw serve 263 years consecutively. He will never get out of prison.

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Lawrence Crosby, a black man and an engineering doctoral candidate at Northwestern University, was fixing his car in a suburb outside Chicago when a woman passing by called police. Crosby was fixing his own car and then got into his own car and pulled off. The woman followed Crosby, giving updates to police. Evanston police arrived on the scene and ordered Crosby out of his vehicle. Dashcam video of Crosby’s arrest was released Wednesday by Evansville police.

The video shows Crosby exiting his vehicle with his hands raised before cops take him down and begin punching him. within 10 seconds of Mr. Crosby getting out of his car with his hands in the air, he was tackled, he was kneed while he was standing up, then he was punched repeatedly by multiple officers, for allegedly stealing his own car. Crosby filed a civil rights lawsuit against the EPD in 2016, and that case is now pending.

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The man being beaten in the video was allegedly arrested at Six Flags New England amusement park after a drunken struggle with security. He was brought to a holding cell at Agawam Police Department. The incident took place sometime in June of 2016.

The officers seen in the video, Sgt. Anthony Grasso, Officer John Moccio, and Officer Edward Connor were subsequently fired by Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen for the alleged use of force. Hampden County District Attorney said they would not be perusing criminal charges against