Sunday, June 25, 2017

Fresno security officer shot multiple times in critical condition

FRESNO, Calif. June 25 2017-- A security officer was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after being shot multiple times outside a Northeast Fresno restaurant Saturday night, according to police.
The shooting happened in the parking lot of Mariscos Costa Azul near Shaw and Sixth Avenues around 7 p.m.
Police say the unarmed security guard saw a man acting suspiciously and asked him to leave.
After an argument between the man and the security officer, the suspect pulled out a gun and began firing. The 29-year-old guard was shot several times in the upper body.
The security guard's identity has not been released.
Police say the suspect fled, and they describe him as being 20 to 25 years old, thin and wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fresno Police Department.

Orlando TSA agent arrested for stealing money from passenger

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. June 25 2017 - A Transportation Security Administration agent has been arrested after he was accused of stealing money from a passenger at Orlando International Airport in Florida, Orlando police said.
Alexander Shae Johnson, 22, was arrested Thursday night.
Passenger Kathleen Duddleston entered the TSA checkpoint and was stopped for additional screening, police said.
While she was patted down, Duddleston told TSA security officer Michelle Metz that she couldn’t see her luggage, so Metz moved her closer.
Duddleston complained again that she couldn’t see her bag, and Johnson moved slightly.
After the pat down, Duddleston reached for her bag and could not find her money, police said. She said she noticed a bulge in Johnson’s left front shirt pocket. Duddleston asked Johnson if that was her money, and he said he got the money from the bank, police said.
The woman complained to Metz that she believed Johnson stole money from her. Metz contacted her supervisor.
Duddleston has been charged with third-degree grand theft.
TSA said in a statement to WFTV:

 TSA has a zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace. The TSA immediately reported the allegation to OPD and we aggressively investigated the incident with our law enforcement partner. TSA officers represent a professional and honorable workforce that is trained to treat passengers and their personal belongings with care and respect. No exceptions will be tolerated. We immediately ended the federal career of this individual.

Akron man arrested for impersonating peace officer charged with 47 additional counts

AKRON, Ohio June 25 2017- New charges have been filed against an Akron man who was arrested for impersonating a peace officer in April.
Christopher Hendon, 26, entered the Summit County Courthouse on April 6 with a child in handcuffs, claiming to be a school resource officer. Hendon also had a firearm.
Additional charges against Hendon stem from incidents between March 29 and April 6 when he went into two schools posing as an Akron Police Officer and placed several children in handcuffs.
Hendon is now charged with the following:
7 counts of kidnapping
7 counts of abduction
16 counts of impersonating a police officer with firearm specifications
13 counts of illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon in school safety zone
4 counts of illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon into a courthouse
7 counts of assault
4 counts of criminal trespass
1 count of impersonating a police officer
1 count of endangering children
The Summit County Sheriff's Office and Akron Police Department executed a search warrant on April 24 at Hendon's residence and seized weapons, handcuffs, law enforcement equipment and police insignias.
Hendon is scheduled to be arraigned on the added charges on Tuesday, July 11.

If you know a child who participated in Hendon's "Scared Straight Program," contact the Summit County Sheriff's Detective Bureau at 330-643-2131.

Pacific View mall trespasser spits in police officer's face

Ventura CA June 25 2017
Police said Friday they arrested a man who refused to leave the Pacific View mall and allegedly spit in a police officer's face.
Officers received a report about 7:45 p.m. of a man, identified as Nathan Journigan, disturbing and refusing to leave the shopping center at 3301 E. Main St., police said.
Authorities said mall security had warned the man many times not to return.
When police arrived, they contacted the man at the request of security and told him to leave the property. He left the area but was seen a few minutes later entering the mall again, officials said.
Officers located Journigan, 23, in the food court and began escorting him out when he allegedly started resisting and spit in one of the officer's faces.
Police said Journigan also made threats to hurt the officers.

Journigan was taken into custody without further incident and booked into county jail on suspicion of felony resisting arrest, misdemeanor battery on a police officer, making criminal threats and trespassing, authorities said.

Suspected Shoplifter Pepper Sprays Security Guard at Kendall Forever 21

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Miami FL June 25 2017 Police released surveillance video Friday of a shoplifter pepper spraying a security guard at a Kendall shopping center.
Miami-Dade police are looking for the woman who attacked the security guard standing in front of the Forever 21 at the Palms at Town and County on June 17.
Footage shows the woman walking around the store with a bag filled with merchandise. She then runs toward the door, before pepper spraying the guard and bolting from the store. The suspect got away.
The guard is seen covering his face and walks away. Paramedics were later seen coming into the store and covering their faces due to the fumes from the pepper spray.

Miami-Dade detectives are asking anyone with information on the case to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
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Airline Worker Accused of Fighting Security-Police at North Carolina Airport

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. June 25 2017 An indictment says an airline worker directed a racial slur at a security officer, threatened to kill him and got into a fight with police at a North Carolina airport.
The Charlotte Observer reports an indictment unsealed in federal court in Charlotte on Friday said 30-year-old Jordan Lee Moore of Winston-Salem faces two counts of interference with security screening personnel.
The indictment said Moore, who works for American Airlines, tried to go through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on March 30 without a valid boarding pass. After that encounter, the indictment says Moore went to another checkpoint, where Charlotte-Mecklenburg police ordered him to leave the airport.

It took five officers to restrain Moore after they tried to arrest him when he attempted to enter another checkpoint.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Empty guard towers allows federal maximum security prisoners to escape

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WASHINGTON DC June 24 2017 — In a maximum security federal prison in California, convicted carjacker Guaymar Cabrera Hernandez made a run for it. A key to his brazen escape last month: Five guard towers ringing the perimeter of the compound were not staffed.
Turns out, they have been empty for nearly six years.
Instead, prison officials at the U.S. Penitentiary Atwater have been relying on three layers of fencing, including an electrified barrier known as a "lethal fence" — which the 26-year-old Guatemalan inmate easily defeated in a run to freedom that passed directly beneath two of the empty towers, according to two officials who are not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
So alarmed by the breach, the warden staged a video re-enactment of the escape, featuring a correctional officer scaling the same section of the fence. The video demonstrated how to avoid tripping a potentially lethal jolt of electricity, according to one of the officials who has viewed the tape.
The unusual video, recorded shortly after Hernandez was recaptured on May 13, has since been sent to the Bureau of Prisons headquarters in Washington. Yet the towers at Atwater remain unstaffed, and the only visible security change at the complex was the addition of one vehicle to the existing single-car patrol to roam the prison's outside perimeter.
The breach has now drawn the scrutiny of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which is exploring the increased reliance on fencing technology at the nation's most secure prison facilities —  in lieu of tower officers who once represented the last line of defense against escape and other disturbances.
"The committee is looking into the situation at the Atwater prison as well as other prisons around the country,'' panel spokeswoman Brittni Palke told USA TODAY, adding that the lawmakers are coordinating their review with the Justice Department's inspector general.
The Bureau of Prisons did not dispute the account of Hernandez's escape or the dearth of tower officers, saying that the agency "continues to monitor its physical security structures in order to ensure adequate security procedures are in place.''
"For security reasons, we cannot comment on our use of towers and fencing,'' spokeswoman Tovia Knight said.
Yet the breakdown at one of the federal system’s most secure facilities is casting new attention on persistent security concerns and staffing shortages, first disclosed by USA TODAY, that for years have plagued the country’s largest prison system.

In recent years, nurses and other medical staffers have been thrust into guard duty and other security-related shifts to fill the chronic personnel gaps, despite their lack of experience patrolling the corridors and recreation yards inside the overcrowded system.
Despite the problems, the BOP paid more than $2 million in bonuses to top administrators and wardens during the past three years while the agency was confronting security-related staffing shortages, overcrowding, sub-par inmate medical care and a lurid sexual harassment lawsuit that engulfed its largest institution, according to government records and court documents.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is now reviewing the bonus payments. But the Atwater breach is prompting the Senate Homeland Security Committee to launch a "bureau-wide'' investigation into compromised fencing and other security concerns across the prison system.
"Our office is in the process of forming an investigation into bureau-wide issues and would like to use the issues with the fencing at Atwater as a starting point,'' according to committee correspondence obtained by USA TODAY.
A committee investigator, in an email dated June 13, refers to the panel's interest in obtaining the Atwater video and describes the "structural flaws of the fences'' as of "great concern to us.''
DeTekion Security Systems, a New York company which has conducted maintenance on fencing at Atwater as recently as March, did not respond to a request for comment.
he Atwater case is just one high-profile example of how the bureau's emphasis on fencing technology has increasingly supplanted dependence on correctional officers, as a concession to both technology and budget constraints.
Perimeter towers at the bureau's largest penitentiary in Coleman, Fla., have also been unstaffed for years, said Joe Rojas, president of the local prison workers union. The empty towers have long unnerved officers who fear that they represent a glaring security weakness.
"I think everybody would rather have eyes, ears and boots on the ground rather than rely on a fence,'' said Rojas. Members of his union are charged with securing more than 2,600 inmates assigned to maximum security units.
Hernandez, serving a 115-month sentence for carjacking and assault with intent to commit robbery, was transferred to Atwater following his 2016 attempted escape from a medium security federal prison in West Virginia.
At Atwater, federal authorities discovered Hernandez missing about 8:30 p.m., May 12, during checks after the evening meal. According to one official briefed on the incident, the inmate with a slight build climbed a rain spout to the roof of a building, where he went undetected before making his way through the fencing.

Gouged by concertina wire, Hernandez's blood marked the path that he took, up and eventually over the barriers just below the towers. Hernandez managed to scale the electrified fence by using insulators attached to the fence as stair-steps, avoiding the charged wires, the official said.
Hernandez also may have slipped past a motion sensor just outside the fence-line. It is not immediately clear whether security officials were alerted to a tripped sensor at the time.
Beyond the federal prison system, the Hernandez escape raised concerns in the surrounding community of Atwater, where Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said local authorities were not alerted to the breach until hours after the inmate was discovered missing.
Daryl Allen, a spokesman for the sheriff, said that delay prompted a meeting between Warnke and federal prison authorities shortly after Hernandez was recaptured. Allen said the meeting "ironed out" communications problems between the prison and local law enforcement, at least in terms of the delayed notification.

Yet the meeting did not apparently address the staffing of the guard towers. "He (the sheriff) has heard they may have some issues,'' Allen said. "Those are rumors that he has heard.''

Federal grand jury indicts man questioned in armored truck guard's murder, armed robbery

New Orleans LA June 24 2017 A federal grand jury on Thursday (June 22) indicted a man on charges he lied to the FBI during questioning about last month's armed robbery and murder of an armored truck guard outside a Mid-City credit union.
Deltoine Scott on Thursday pleaded not guilty to the two-count indictment charging him with making false statements to the FBI.
Scott was arrested by federal agents June 6. He has not been charged in the May 31 robbery and fatal shooting of James McBride, the guard who was shot more than once about 4:30 p.m. while servicing an ATM outside the Campus Federal Credit Union in the 2200 block of Tulane Avenue.
McBride, 33, died at the hospital.
Scott wore a jail uniform stamped, "St. Bernard Prisoner," during his arraignment hearing in U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Wilkinson Jr.'s court. He answered the judge clearly when asked if he understood the charges against him and penalty he faces.
An affidavit sworn by FBI Special Agent Christopher Bauer filed in Scott's case says the robbers wore masks and hoods. They fled in a 2002 Ford F120 with a black hood and bed and white roof and doors, according to the affidavit.
Deltoine Scott is accused of lying to a federal agent during an interview regarding the May 31 robbery and fatal shooting.
The night of the robbery and murder, NOPD officer stopped a pickup truck matching that description on Chef Menteur Highway. The driver of the car said Scott, who was the driver's grandson, borrowed his truck that day, picking it up that morning and returning it about 10 p.m.
Investigators then reviewed the call history for Scott's cellphone and found he had received a call at 12:44 p.m. May 31 from a cellphone connected to Jerome Kieffer, who the complaint calls a "known associate."
The call lasted about 17 minutes. Based on the duration of the call and the location of cell towers used, investigators determined that Scott had driven from the vicinity of his grandfather's home in New Orleans East to the vicinity of Tulane Avenue and Galvez Street during the call with Kieffer.
The June 6 federal complaint accusing Scott of lying to the FBI said the allegations stemmed from an interview Scott gave to police at the department's homicide office on June 6, an interview Scott requested and attended with his attorney. It says Scott lied about his location and cellphone usage.

Count 1 of the indictment says Scott told FBI agents he lost his cell phone May 29 and had not found it or made any calls on the phone on May 31.
"The statements were false, fictitious, and fraudulent because, as Deltoine Scott then and there knew, he used his phone numerous times on May 31, 2017," the indictment says.
Count 2 of the indictment says Scott lied again that day when he told an FBI agent that the truck he borrowed from his grandfather overheated when he was on his way to a daiquiri shop, and that he let the truck cool by the roadside for a half hour without stopping or visiting anyone before returning the truck to his grandfather.
"The statements were false, fictitious and fraudulent because as Deltoine Scott then and there knew, he went to J.K.'s apartment" in the 2200 block of Tulane Avenue, despite his claims that he did not stop or visit anyone, the indictment says. J.K. stands for Jerome Kiefer, who federal prosecutors previously identified as Scott's "associate." Kiefer's apartment is in the same block as the credit union where McBride was shot and killed during the robbery.

Private defense attorney Benny George Jr., who has been hired by Scott, declined to comment on his client's case outside the courtroom. About a half dozen of Scott's supporters in court on Thursday also declined to comment.

LAPD officer charged with rape of cadet

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LOS ANGELES CA June 24 2014 A 31-year-old Los Angeles police officer was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old female police cadet, Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday.
The arrest came amid an investigation into the theft of police cruisers and other equipment by juveniles in the department's cadet program.
Beck announced the arrest of Officer Robert Cain for the alleged statutory rape of a 15-year-old cadet in a press conference Thursday.
Beck said the officer has never been assigned to any of the department's youth programs. He has been with the LAPD for 10 years.
Warrants were served Thursday on the officer's residence in Rancho Cucamonga, as well as his social media accounts and personal communication devices, Beck said.
Neighbors say Cain lives at the Rancho Cucamonga residence with his mother. They moved in about two years ago and he hosted a barbecue for the neighborhood at the time.
Beck says he personally made the arrest of the veteran officer around 2 p.m. Thursday, telling the officer, "You're under arrest for unlawful sex with a minor."
"I find the actions of Cain, if they are proven, to be despicable," Beck said. "I find them to be absolutely inconsistent with the ethics and standards of the Los Angeles Police Department and they are criminal."
Detectives have also searched the 15-year-old cadet's cellphone. They have not seen any pictures indicating a relationship, but Beck said he saw text messages that "were sufficient."
The development comes just days after seven arrests were announced in the alleged theft of police cruisers by teen cadets who police say took the vehicles out for joyrides. The alleged victim was among the group of cadets arrested in connection with the vehicle theft, Beck said.
Beck said Cain was in charge of "the mechanism by which" LAPD equipment was checked out from the department.
The initial investigation was sparked after three teen cadets led officers on two separate chases and crashed two of the stolen vehicles in South LA.
The first vehicle crashed in the area of 77th and San Pedro streets, while a second one ended in a crash at Central Avenue and Adams Boulevard. Authorities found two Tasers and two radios as well as a bulletproof vest that one of the suspects was wearing when he was taken into custody.
After interviewing the suspects, officers realized there was a third patrol vehicle that was missing. It was found near 76th Street and Central Avenue, authorities said.

Investigators also uncovered "a couple of occasions" where the cadets involved were believed to have made traffic stops in stolen cruisers, according to Beck.
Beck said the department is conducting an "absolutely top-to-bottom review of the program" as well as equipment check-out procedures.

Despite the investigation, a graduation ceremony for the cadet program is expected to continue as scheduled on Saturday.

AlliedUniversal security guard charged with stealing wallet from hospital patient

FULTON COUNTY, Ga.June 24 2017 - Roswell Police say an Allied Universal hospital security guard stole from a patient, who was undergoing treatment at the hospital.
Tony Jones is charged with ID theft and credit card fraud.
Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik met with the victim, who asked to remain anonymous. He says hospital staff told him he could secure his personal belongings with security while he underwent medical treatment. When he received his wallet, he noticed one of his credit cards was missing.
"It was so stressful that five days later I went back to the hospital," he told Petchenik.
Police say Jones used the card at a nearby QT gas station while the victim was hospitalized. Authorities were able to identify Jones from security footage at the gas station.
"This is a crime and he should pay for it," the victim said.
A spokesperson for Allied Universal sent Channel 2 Action News this statement Thursday:
"We are aware of the alleged theft involving a former security professional, who is no longer employed with our company. First, we want to apologize to the patient impacted, and also share that we perform background checks on every individual prior to hiring. Moreover, this type of behavior is not reflective of core values and standards we set for our thousands of employees. We are cooperating with the police on the investigation and are working to establish some additional policies and procedures to prevent this type of incident from occurring in the future."
Jones worked at the hospital since September of last year. Authorities told Petchenik they worry there could be other victims.
"If you were staying at the hospital during the period that person was employed there, definitely check your credit card statements or accounts and see if there are any questionable charges on there," said Lisa Holland, with the Roswell Police Department.

Vancouver security officer bear sprayed by troublemaker

Vancouver Canada June 24 2017 A Commissionaires security guard was bear-sprayed at the Fairhaven B.C. Housing complex (formerly the Bel-Air Motel) Thursday night.
A witness of the incident tells Castanet at around 11:30 p.m, the guard was confronting a known troublemaker when he was bear sprayed by the suspect in the middle of Skaha Lake Road. The guard was on the phone with the police while he was assaulted.

The Penticton RCMP confirmed that they are investigating the incident, but was not able to offer any further details.

Man caught following, videotaping teens at Chandler Fashion Center

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CHANDLER, AZ June 24 2017 - A man was arrested Friday for trespassing at Chandler Fashion Center and allegedly videotaping teenage girls as they shopped.
Chandler police said they were contacted by mall security around 5:30 p.m. Friday after witnesses reported seeing Roland Slowman following and filming a group of 14-year-old girls.
According to police, Slowman was not allowed on the mall grounds after a trespassing violation in November.
After being detained by mall security, officers interviewed Slowman and found he had an open container of vodka and appeared to be under the influence.
During interviews with police, Slowman admitted to trespassing and alleged the teens had told him to film them. The videos reportedly showed "young girls walking in front of [the suspect] and the focus was on the girls' buttocks."
Chandler police said the victims reported feeling "nervous" and "afraid" by Slowman's actions.

Slowman was arrested on three counts of disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, and having an open container. He was later booked into 4th Avenue Jail.

Sullivan County courthouse security reduced due to lack of money

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BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. June 24 2017— Sullivan County is struggling to compensate court security officers, and as a result some haven’t worked in several weeks.
Sullivan County Circuit Court Clerk Tommy Kerns said Thursday that revenues from court costs are improving to cover pay for court security officers. But seven part-time employees haven’t worked in six weeks and won’t return until at least the first week of July, when the new fiscal year begins.
All court security officers are Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office deputies. When part-time officers aren’t covering security at the Bristol, Blountville and Kingsport justice centers and Kingsport City Hall, other Sheriff’s Office personnel, mostly process servers, have to cover the shifts.
The county’s court security program is self-funded by revenues from the $25 court fees.
Money has also been tight to cover payroll for part-time and full-time court security officers this year. To cut costs, the county’s Court Security Committee in April approved temporarily laying off the program’s six part-time security officers. The committee didn’t determine on Thursday whether the part-time officers will return to work the first week of July.
The committee approved transferring $12,000 from the program’s $22,000 reserve fund. In April, $5,500 was transferred from the fund to cover payroll. All revenue from June will go back into the reserve fund, which Kerns projected will bring the balance up to between $20,000 and $30,000.
“I think we’re starting to move back in the right direction on collecting fees,” said Kerns, who is also a member of the committee.

More than $38,100 was collected in May.
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Houston security guard charged with taking video of teen in bathroom

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HOUSTON TX June 24 2017 -- A 20-year-old security guard working at a southwest Houston charter school was caught taking cellphone video of an 11-year-old student in the bathroom, investigators say.  Yandry Jimenez Rivero, a Cuban national, has been charged with improper photography.
Harris County prosecutor Patrick Stayton released the disturbing details to the media at a press conference on Thursday.
According to investigators, Rivero worked for a private security company that was employed by the Houston Independent School District.
He was on duty Monday at the Energize for Excellence Charter School in the 6200 block of Bissonet when he got caught recording a boy in the bathroom.
An 11-year-old student was inside one of the stalls in the bathroom when he looked up and saw a cellphone hovering over him from the adjacent stall.
The boy said he got dressed quickly and left, but was able to see through the cracks of the stall someone wearing a gold badge, a uniform and black boots. The boy recognized the person as the security officer.
He immediately ran and alerted a teacher.
The teacher took the boy to the principal to report the incident. The principal contacted the security officer's supervisor, and together, they viewed surveillance video which showed that Rivero was the only officer who entered and exited that particular bathroom during the time period reported by the student.
The principal and supervisor then questioned the officer, who handed over his cellphone. Discovered in a deleted folder on the cellphone were multiple videos of young boys in bathrooms. The suspect then admitted that the boys in the videos were students at the charter school. Police were called and the suspect was arrested, but has since been released on bond.
"When parents send their kids to school they certainly have a right to expect their children will be safe there, particularly from those who are charged with the responsibility of keeping them safe," Stayton said. "The fact that this involves a suspect who had that charge, I can't think of anything more serious than that. All we can charge him with at the moment is the fourth degree felony."
It is not known at this time how many videos were taken, or if videos were taken at any other locations.  More charges could be filed as additional evidence is obtained from the cellphone.
HISD released the following statement:

"Allegations of inappropriate conduct were levied Monday afternoon against a contract security officer employed by Energized for Excellence Academy charter school. Charter school officials immediately notified the Houston Police Department and Houston Independent School District, as well as the parents of students involved. An investigation is underway, and the security company for which the guard worked was terminated, effective immediately. Energized for Excellence Academy takes situations such as this very seriously, as student safety is always the top priority."

Security guard acquitted in 'chokehold' case involving sheriff's detective

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San Diego CA June 24 2017 A security guard who was confronted and restrained by a plainclothes sheriff’s detective on a residential street two years ago was acquitted Friday of all charges related to the 2015 incident.
Robert Branch III, 27, faced felony and misdemeanor charges including resisting an officer by force, attempting to spray the detective with pepper spray and failing to provide his driver’s license and registration.
After deliberating about two days, a San Diego Superior Court jury announced Thursday evening that it had reached decisions in the case.
The verdicts were read Friday morning.
Branch, seated next to his lawyer at the defense table, was visibly relieved when he heard the news. Outside the courtroom, his supporters greeted both him and the jurors with applause.
“It’s been a journey for me, I’ve been going through so much,” he told reporters. “I can still feel my heart pounding.”
He thanked the jury, and his lawyer Marc Kohnen, adding that he planned to go home and hug his 1-year-old daughter.
“I’m just happy the jury saw it the same way we have all along,” Kohnen said.
“I don’t want to take any credit because the facts were the facts, and Mr. Branch had unreasonable force used upon his person,” the attorney continued. “I’m just glad we were able to present it in a format that resonated with the jury.”
The incident occurred May 4, 2015, when both men were driving west on Interstate 8. Branch was driving a gold Infiniti sedan. Detective Paul Ward was in an unmarked Ford Fusion.
According to evidence presented in trial, Branch sped past Ward in the fast lane, even driving onto the shoulder of the road.
The two cars continued driving along I-8, until Ward noticed the Infiniti getting off the freeway at the College Avenue exit. Eventually, both cars ended up on Lambda Drive in the Del Cerro neighborhood.
Ward, who has more than 27 years’ experience in law enforcement, got out of his car and approached Branch. He identified himself as a sheriff’s detective and displayed his badge. (The defense argued that Ward was too far away for Branch to see it clearly.)
The detective could see that Branch was wearing a black tactical vest with the word “security” on it, and decided to do a pat-down search to look for weapons.

Branch, who had his driver’s license in his hand, went back into his car to retrieve his cellphone and began recording their interaction. Branch can be heard in the video saying that the detective was “off duty” and Branch didn’t have to comply with his orders.
(Ward was on duty, but would have had the same authority to question or detain him if he was off duty, the prosecutor said.)
About 12 seconds after the video starts, Ward puts Branch in what the prosecutor referred to as a “carotid restraint,” which law enforcement officers are permitted to use to subdue a suspect.
The defense lawyer described it as an illegal “arm-bar chokehold,” noting the position of the detective’s arm around Branch’s neck as shown in the video.
Branch is rendered unconscious for a few seconds and drops the phone, but it continues recording sound.
“Sheriff’s Department, can you call the police please,” Ward says to a bystander.
Branch also speaks to the bystander, telling him: “Call the police right now!”
The two men continue to struggle, with Branch saying: “This is not detained. This is abuse… Get off my neck. You’re choking me right now!”
And later, “I’m going to spray you if you don’t let go.”
The bystander called police, who arrived moments later.
Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon had argued that the situation would not have escalated if Branch had complied with the detective’s orders and immediately handed over his license and registration.
But Kohnen contended the detective did not follow his training when he failed to call for a uniformed officer to respond to the situation after following Branch on the freeway for nearly 10 miles.
When Branch realized what was happening, the attorney said, he feared for his life. That’s why he pulled out his cellphone and started recording.
“If it wasn’t for that video, I’d probably be locked up right now,” Branch said after the verdicts.
Branch still faces a felony stalking charge. According to the prosecution, Branch made repeated phone calls to a young woman in 2013, and sent her dozens of text and voicemail messages.

The defense attorney has said he believes the District Attorney’s Office would not have filed the charge if not for the incident with the sheriff’s detective.
Judge Laura Halgren scheduled a status conference for Thursday, when the attorneys will discuss how to proceed.

Branch filed a federal lawsuit in October 2015 against Ward, who is now retired, and the county alleging excessive force, battery by a peace officer and other claims. The lawsuit is still pending.
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Ottawa airport police officers will now get military-style rifles

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OTTAWA Canada June 24 2017 – City police officers patrolling the airport in the nation’s capital are getting military-style rifles, but officials say the move wasn’t prompted by any specific security threats.
Rather, police say, the issuance of carbine rifles to officers at Ottawa International Airport will simply provide a higher degree of safety for travellers.
The move comes as Ottawa prepares for a colossal Canada Day celebration, with officials predicting upwards of 450,000 people could descend on Parliament Hill and other venues in the capital.
It also comes a day after a Montreal man allegedly stabbed a police officer in the neck at the airport in Flint, Mich., an incident which authorities have labelled a terrorist attack.
Ottawa police say they have ordered every officer not scheduled for annual leave to be on duty July 1.
Officials say that day will see a massive, integrated, security operation — the largest in the city’s history — to protect crowds gathered in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, along with the prime minister and Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
The rifles are a preventive measure, the police said Thursday
“In today’s climate, this additional piece of equipment allows us to continue to be prepared and respond to events that may affect the safety and security of our community and travellers to Ottawa,” Ottawa Police Staff Sergeant Atallah Sadaka said.
“This is a preventive and proactive measure, and not indicative of any intelligence or threat,” Sadaka added.
The semi-automatic rifles are being issued immediately, police said.
Extensive road closures, stretching out several more blocks than usual, are planned for around Parliament Hill beginning June 30.
And although officials aren’t saying what specific security measures they’re taking for the Canada Day, large cement barricades and dump trucks filled with sand are expected to be used to block key intersections to prevent vehicles from ramming into crowds, as has happened recently during festivities in France and the U.K.
RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson has come under heavy criticism, particularly from his own officers, after testifying last week that he didn’t believe carbine rifles would have made a difference in protecting first responders who were gunned down in a deadly shooting rampage in Moncton, N.B. in 2014.
Their killer, Justin Bourque, was armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun, while the responding RCMP officers carried pistols.
Paulson testified at a trial in Moncton where the national police force is charged with violating the Labour Code for allegedly failing to provide its Moncton officers with appropriate use-of-force equipment and training for responding to an active threat or shooting event.
Carbines are short-barrelled, semi-automatic rifles that are more accurate and have a longer range than pistols or shotguns.

The Ottawa Police Service has had carbines in limited use since 2006, but had not until now issued them to officers at the airport.

Former State Department Security Officer Accused of Spying for China

WASHINGTON DC June 24 2017 — A former State Department diplomatic security officer and military contractor was charged with conducting espionage for China after F.B.I. agents found top-secret documents and apparently incriminating messages on a communications device he brought back from Shanghai, the Justice Department said on Thursday.
The man, Kevin Patrick Mallory, 60, of Leesburg, Va., made his initial appearance in Federal District Court in Alexandria, the department said. He is also charged with lying to federal investigators.
“The conduct alleged in this complaint is serious, and these charges should send a message to anyone who would consider violating the public’s trust and compromising our national security by disclosing classified information,” Dana J. Boente, the acting assistant attorney general for national security and United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a statement.
Geremy C. Kamens, a federal public defender identified on the docket as representing Mr. Mallory, did not respond to an email inquiry.
After a stint as a State Department agent from 1987 to 1990, Mr. Mallory worked for the military, defense contractors, and “various government agencies” before leaving government in 2012, according to a complaint filed by an F.B.I. agent.
In April, it said, Mr. Mallory was returning from a trip to Shanghai when a Customs and Border Protection search of his carry-on luggage revealed that he was bringing $16,500 in undeclared cash into the United States.
In a subsequent F.B.I. interview, it said, Mr. Mallory said he had met an unnamed person at Shanghai think tank that the United States government believes acts as a cutout for the Chinese intelligence service
But Mr. Mallory told the F.B.I. he believed that the person and his boss, whom Mr. Mallory also met, might be Chinese intelligence agents, the complaint said, and he showed the bureau a communications device the person had given him.
A subsequent search of the device, the complaint said, recovered several classified documents and messages in which Mr. Mallory had discussed removing classification markings from documents he was transmitting.
“Your object is to gain information, and my object is to be paid for,” he is said to have written in a message sent on May 5.

The complaint did not identify the subject of the documents or which government agency they came from.

Brisbane armored guard guilty in brazen series of robberies

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Brisbane AU June 24 2017 A former armoured cash-car driver who was the mastermind of a brazen series of armed robberies which netted $176,000 – including an “inside job” on a fellow security cash guard — has been jailed.
Bradley Scott Kennedy, 39, was in the District Court in Brisbane where Judge Terry Martin heard that Kennedy used his share of the proceeds to finance a garage-based hydroponic cannabis operation at Eagleby.
Kennedy was sentenced to nine years jail along with his cousin Dean Michael Johnson who was his loyal BMW-driving getaway driver and “lookout” for two of the robberies.
Johnson got five-and-a-half years jail.
The pair were found guilty of armed robbery after a nine-day jury trial.
The first robbery was on June 20, 2011 when Kennedy approached his mate Barry Reid who worked at Secutor Securities and proposed that they should stage a robbery.
Reid agreed and Kennedy got his 16-year-old nephew to rob Reid of $55,000 near the Acacia Ridge Banking Centre on Kerry Rd and Beaudesert Rd at 2pm on June 20, 2011.
Reid was robbed by the 16-year-old as he changed his tyre on his white Toyota Yaris, an “anonymous” looking car used by Secutor to transport cash inconspicuously known in the business as a “soft skin”.
Reid admitted he punctured the tyre himself using a screwdriver in order to aid the ``staged’’ robbery.
Reid was at the banking centre so he could bank the $55,000.
Reid initially told police that his Yaris was stolen after he had an object placed in the back of his neck and he was told to “get on the ground.
In two more robberies, this time of service stations, Kennedy provided security codes to robber Simeon Cassar who went on to rob the BP service station at Eastern Heights at 1.45am on July 31, 2011, as well as the BP service station on Beenleigh-Redland Bay Rd, Cornubia, at 2am on August 11 2012.
Kennedy provided security PIN-codes to Cassar who used them to steal $67,000 and $55,000 from ATM machines within the service stations.
Kennedy knew the PINS because he either got them when he used to fill the ATMs himself when he worked for Eagle Farm and Hamilton-based security company Secutor until June 2011 – three weeks before the first robbery of his mate Reid - or from associates who still worked there, the court was told.
Kennedy worked for Secutor from 2008 until 2011 in an armoured vehicle.
Dean Johnson was involved in the Eastern Heights robbery, acting as a lookout.

The case was cracked after Reid and the 16-year-old confessed to police and agreed to give evidence against Kennedy and Johnson.
Kennedy and Johnson were convicted even though they did not personally commit the offences because they were “enabling, counselling and assisting” the robber Cassar they were found culpable.
Prosecutor Ron Swanwick told the court that police discovered Kennedy was running a hydro cannabis operation when they tapped his phone after the robberies.

Judge Martin told the pair that “neither of you is in any way truly remorseful” for their crimes.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hialeah security guard arrested after pulling over Miami police officer

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MIAMI FL June 22 2017- A Hialeah man who works as a security guard was arrested Wednesday after he pulled over a city of Miami police officer because she was talking on her cellphone, authorities said.
According to an arrest report, Officer Kenia Fallat was driving west on Southwest Seventh Street, approaching 13th Avenue when Milton Morales-Perez, 46, pulled up next to her in a 2010 white Ford Mustang.
Police said Fallat was in her unmarked police-issued Taurus and was in full police uniform.
Authorities said Morales-Perez flashed a silver badge at Fallat and told her to roll down her window and hang up the phone.
Fallat said she heard the suspect tell her in Spanish, "Police. Stop the car."
Fallat immediately used her police radio to call for backup, the report said.
Two officers arrived at the scene and arrested Morales-Perez on a charge of impersonating a police officer.
Police said when asked why he was carrying a badge, Morales-Perez said that he was a security guard.

Police also asked him why he tried to pull over Fallat, to which they said he replied, "She was on the phone and it is very dangerous to be on the phone while driving."

TX security guard found guilty in shooting incident

Granbury TX June 22 2017

Thomas Milford Willis, 39, was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of deadly conduct – discharge of a firearm on Tuesday.
He was sentenced to 5 years probation.
Willis was a supervisor for Huron Security, providing security services to the Indian Harbor gated community.
On May 30, 2015, he tried to pull over a vehicle after seeing the intoxicated driver urinating in public, he testified.
The driver drove his truck towards Willis’s vehicle and Willis fired 11 shots at the truck because he was afraid the driver would attempt to strike his vehicle, Willis testified.
No one was injured. Jury members watched a video of the incident recorded by Willis’s dash camera including audio of his call to 911 dispatchers.

By its guilty verdict, the jury members, including several with concealed handgun licenses, found a reasonable person in the same situation would not have felt the need to use deadly force, said Hood County District Attorney Rob Christian.

Cleveland security officer snatches up car burglar

CLEVELAND OH June 22 2017  - Ohio City residents say they've had enough with the rash of car break-ins that's hit their neighborhood.
Luckily for them, there's one less perpetrator off the streets.
As WKYC spent Tuesday afternoon talking to Ohio City residents about the recent car break-ins, a St. Ignatius High School security guard caught a suspect in the school's parking lot.
Cleveland Police say the suspect is in custody. Now, they're trying to determine if the suspect is responsible for several other car break-ins across the area.

Over the past two weeks, seven cars on Stone Street have been broken into and residents are calling for more police presence in the neighborhood. Several area businesses, including Cleveland Bagel Co. and Jack Flaps, have also been targets of break-ins.

Massive brawl near Cedar Point Apartments; 11 arrested

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SANDUSKY OH June 22 2017 — Police arrested 11 people at Cedar Point after a huge brawl, with people being pepper-sprayed and a man hit with a Taser when he attempted to take an officer’s gun.
A unruly crowd of hundreds believed to have been park patrons and Cedar Point staff encircled officers and combatants about 2 a.m. Monday outside the Cedar Point Commons Apartments in the continuation of an earlier altercation, according to police reports and Sandusky police Detective Sgt. Kevin Youskievicz. Multiple departments responded to disperse the crowd.
According to police reports, Carlos Demetrius Clayton, 19, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio was seen pushing through employees outside the apartments. When security guards tried to intervene, he started to fight them, prompting a Cedar Point police officer to join the fray.
During the struggle, staff and the officer got Mr. Clayton to his knees, when he reached behind him and tried to take the officer’s gun, according to police. At that point, another officer stunned Mr. Clayton in the back with a Taser, and he stopped struggling.
He was charged with assault on a police officer, aggravated robbery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and underage consumption.
A crowd of several hundred people gathered around during the fray and began closing in on officers and yelling at them, causing them to tell the crowd to get back. Some did not, and either tried to intervene or stop officers from arresting members of the crowd, according to police. Multiple other fights broke out in the crowd.
Arrested along with Mr. Clayton were:
● Anthony Freeman, 18, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, charged with four counts of riot, along with failure to disperse and resisting arrest;
● Kainan Kordero-Kendrick Reed, 20, of Clinton Township, Mich., charged with riot and resisting arrest;
● Paula Ann Smith, 19, of Toledo charged with four counts riot, and a count each of failure to disperse, resisting arrest, underage consumption;
● Jakari J. Willis, 19, of Oak Park, Mich., charged with riot, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest;
● Russell Lee Donahue, 22, of Detroit charged with riot;
● Yulani M. Rodgers, 18, of Triangle, Va., charged with four counts riot, and one count each of failure to disperse, resisting arrest, and underage consumption;
● Roshown Baker, 18, of Detroit, charged with riot;
● Brittany Hawkin, 18, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., charged with four counts riot, and one count each of failure to disperse, resisting arrest, underage consumption;
● Angel Barnes, 18, of Harper Woods, Mich., charged with resisting arrest;
● Justin Eddie-Marquez, 21, of Detroit charged with four counts of riot and one count each of failure to disperse, resisting arrest, and underage consumption. His arrest occurred on the eve of his 21st birthday.

Detective Sergeant Youskievicz said police were not sure what prompted the brawl. An officer suffered cuts on her elbow and a finger, while a security guard had a swollen face from being punched.
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