Saturday, August 27, 2016

NOPD officer killed in off-duty crash

MARRERO, La. Aug 27 2016- An off-duty NOPD officer was killed when at least one car struck him, throwing him over the elevated West Bank Expressway to the road below.
The officer who died was identified by the NOPD as Tony Mitchell, 45, who was a 19-year veteran of the police department. He was currently assigned to the Eighth District.
NOPD Supt. Michael Harrison spent the morning with Mitchell's family. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.
"It's the hardest thing I have to do, to knock on a family's door and tell them that their loved one has died," Harrison said.
The fatal crash occurred near the westbound expressway near the Barataria exit on Friday morning around 7:30 a.m.
According to Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, the officer's vehicle stalled on the expressway and he got out of the car. Two other vehicles then struck his car and he was knocked over the railing.
"I don't know if he was working on it," Cvitanovich said. "I'm not sure what the sequence was, there was a several-car collision that ultimately struck him and threw him over the side."
The Ames exit to the expressway was closed and westbound traffic was being diverted off at Barataria Boulevard.
The identity of the officer was not made public pending family notification.

Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene and will update the story as more information becomes available.

Single mother gets law changed that barred felons from becoming nurses

Springfield IL Aug 27 2016
When Lisa Creason was a 19-year-old single mom, she robbed a Subway shop. Or, at least, she tried to. One evening in 1993, she walked in without a plan, without an ultimatum, and demanded money from the cash register. When she was denied, she took off.
That spontaneous decision, which she said she made out of desperation to provide for her baby girl, would cost her for the next two decades.
But it never defined her.
On Thursday, Creason, now a 43-year-old mother of three and a nursing school graduate, stood tearfully beside Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. She watched as he signed a law that would give her the second chance she’d been working toward since she left prison.
Creason served just a year on a felony charge for attempted robbery, but in ways she couldn’t have known at the time, it turned out to be closer to a life sentence. The conviction would be on her permanent record, and by state law, it would bar her from work requiring a professional license.
It didn’t matter that after leaving jail, Creason volunteered to talk to at-risk youths, warning them about the repercussions of their actions. Or that she started a nonprofit to help kids who lost parents to gun violence after her fiance was killed by a stray bullet while sitting on their front stoop in 2002. Or that she did those things while holding down restaurant and cashier jobs to support her family.
After her fiance’s death, she wanted to find a stable career to move her children out of their dangerous neighborhood and to get off government assistance, she said. So, in 2005, she decided to become a nurse. She first received a nursing assistant certificate. She took a job in a local nursing home while going to school part time to take the prerequisite classes to get into a nursing program. It wasn’t until 2012 that she was able to enroll in a community college nursing program.
When she passed her last final two years later, she called her mother crying. Finally, she thought, she would be able to give her children a better life. She even drove through better neighborhoods, fantasizing about their new life.
But she didn’t know that in 2011, Illinois had passed a law that added felonies, including attempted robbery, to the list of crimes that barred people from obtaining health-care licenses. After she sent in her forms to take the state-mandated board tests, she received a letter that she was ineligible.
“I was devastated. I was absolutely devastated,” Creason said in an interview. “And then I got mad. I did everything the right way. I worked the measly jobs. I don’t want to be on government assistance. But at the same time, I knew that my feeling [angry] wasn’t an action move; it wasn’t going to get me to the next level. I couldn’t stay in that mind frame for too long.”
She started doing some research on the statute — while in prison, she had taken paralegal courses — and called the state department that deals with professional regulations. She asked what she could do.
The woman on the phone told her that she could get her record cleared or get the law changed and then chuckled, Creason said.
The next week, Creason visited the state capitol.
She had no idea how to lobby politicians, but she knew she had to get her story in front of lawmakers.
“The law they passed in 2011 had a tremendous amount of unintended consequences, and they had to realize that,” she said. “No one wants to keep people on government assistance.”
In Illinois, about a quarter of all jobs require an occupational license, yet at least 118 of those licenses can be denied to people with a felony record, said Bryant Jackson-Green of the Illinois Policy Institute. That includes not only health-care work but also jobs in cosmetology and geology. Also on the list: lottery ticket agent, bingo conductor, dance hall operator and athletic trainer.
More than 300,000 people are released from Illinois prisons in a given year. Nationally, close to 75 percent remain unemployed a year after they’re released. Nearly 50 percent return to prison within three years, Jackson-Green said.
“It’s hard enough to find work with a criminal record without the state and local government basically blocking you from doing a job,” Jackson-Green said. “You can’t keep them out of the job market and keep crime down. This is a no-brainer. We need to encourage more work and more employment after incarceration, not discourage it.”
It was the last week of the legislative session in May, and the bill that would give her a second chance had yet to be called to the floor for a vote. Creason had driven to Springfield nearly every day. She’d work the overnight shift at the nursing home, be home in the morning to see her kids off to school and then drive the 45 minutes from Decatur to Springfield. Once, she said, she didn’t sleep for 36 hours.
On the very last day, she decided not to go.
“I was growing extremely frustrated; my spirit was just defeated,” she said. “I told my mom, ‘They’re not going to pass it. I’m going to have to do a whole other year of this.’ ”
She was at work at the nursing home on May 26 when she got a text to turn on the live-stream of the State House proceedings. She watched, surrounded by her co-workers, as her bill passed 71 to 40. Then she broke down in tears.
She cried again Thursday as she watched the governor put pen to paper and make that bill law, a law that will allow her to take her board exams and find a job as a nurse. The signing was held at Richland Community College, where she earned her nursing degree.
“It was surreal to have felt such a joyous emotion at that school when I graduated and to again be at the same school feeling the same emotion now that I’ll finally be able to practice as a nurse,” she said.
The law specifically addresses health-care licenses.  To be eligible, more than five years must have passed since an ex-offender’s conviction or more than three years since his or her release from prison, whichever is greater. The law does not apply to sex offenders. The state will still have discretion to deny an application.
The licensing board will review the “seriousness of the offense, whether the applicant has a history of criminal behavior, whether restitution was made to a victim, and signs of rehabilitation before deciding whether to grant the application,” according to the Illinois Policy Institute’s summary. Earlier in the week, the governor also signed a different bill into law that allows former offenders to get licenses in barbering, cosmetology, aesthetics, hair braiding, nail technology, roofing and funeral service.
What made the old laws so unjust, Creason said, is that her children were being punished for something she did as a teenager more than 20 years ago. “It’s the kids who suffer when parents are limited, and they didn’t do anything wrong,” Creason said.
She’s not celebrating quite yet. She said she’ll save that for when she passes her state exam. But she is finally hopeful for the future.
“When people tell you that you can’t do something, you can’t take that at face value and give up,” she said. “I’ve always taught my kids that anything is possible with hard work and determination.”

Private prison sued by female visitors claiming they were stripped to prove menstruation

NASHVILLE TN Aug 27 2016—Private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America is trying to seal from public view documents in a lawsuit that claim female visitors to a Tennessee prison were forced to undergo strip searches to prove they were menstruating.
Three women have accused the company of violating their rights by forcing them to expose their genitals to guards after they tried to bring sanitary pads or tampons into South Central Correctional Facility, about 135 kilometres southwest of Nashville. One woman said her three children had to witness the search.
Protective orders in the case allow documents that could pose a security risk to the prison to be filed under seal. Each side is accusing the other of violating those orders.
Attorneys for the women accuse the private prison company of sealing documents where no genuine security concern exists in order to protect itself from embarrassment, violating the public’s right to access court proceedings.
The Nashville-based company said the plaintiffs, who have been allowed to proceed anonymously, are trying to “inflame the public” and expose confidential prison information.
The controversy began last month after the plaintiffs publicly filed a motion for partial summary judgment, asking a judge to rule on some issues where the facts are not in dispute. Two supporting documents were also filed publicly but the exhibits were filed under seal, with plaintiffs asking the judge to let them file a redacted public copy in 10 days.
The company objected and asked that all of the documents be placed under seal.
The plaintiffs shot back, asking the judge to reject the company’s request and instead order it to publicly refile its motion for summary judgment and supporting documents, which it had previously filed under seal.
“Under defendants’ broad reading of the protective order, any filing even mentioning prison conditions at a CCA-run state prison (as SCCF is) would be locked away, effectively immunizing CCA prisons from public scrutiny on an issue of obvious public import,” the plaintiffs said.
The company counters that the plaintiffs “believe the procedures and practices of visitation staff of a prison should be open for the world to see, but fail to realize that such information can have devastating effects to a prison’s ability to keep its inmates, staff and visitors safe.”
Ed Yarbrough, a former U.S. attorney now in private practice, said the blanket sealing of court filings would be unusual, and the law generally doesn’t favour it.
“The reason for it is probably to keep it out of the public press,” he said. “That can sometimes be legitimate and can sometimes be because the company doesn’t want their dirty laundry aired.”
Alex Friedmann is the managing editor of Prison Legal News and was once a prisoner at South Central Correctional Facility himself. He took the company to court in 2008 after the company claimed it was not subject to Tennessee’s open records law. The company eventually lost but did not give up easily.
Friedmann said it took him five years to get the answer to his public records request. Even after the ruling, CCA has continued to fight subsequent information requests, he said.
“They disclose as little information as they can get away with,” he said.
CCA spokesman Steve Owen defended the way the company discloses prison information.
“Safety and security — for the staff and inmates in our facilities and for the public — is our top priority,” he said in an emailed statement. “To that end, we have a responsibility to ensure that any release of information does not undermine safety and security.”

U.S. District Magistrate Judge E. Clifton Knowles has temporarily placed the plaintiff’s documents under seal but has not made a final ruling. He also has not yet ruled on whether the company must unseal its filings.

Former GA PTO treasurer pleads guilty to $15,000 theft

Coweta County woman charged with stealing from elementary school PTO

Coweta County GA Aug 27 2016 A Coweta County woman pleaded guilty to stealing $15,000 from a parent-teacher organization, Coweta Assistant District Attorney Robert Creech said Friday.
Jennifer Reynolds Kee, who is the wife of a city councilman, was sentenced this week to 10 years on probation with six months in jail, Creech said. She will also pay a $1,000 fine and complete 1,000 hours of community service.
Kee, who is married to Grantville City Councilman Willie Kee, stole the money from the Glanton Elementary School PTO where she had served as treasurer. The money was to be used for new playground equipment, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.
Creech said Kee paid the money back when she was initially arrested Feb. 8.
Because Kee is married to a city council member, the Grantville police asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to get involved, but officials said they did not think Willie Kee knew about the alleged thefts.

Security Officer Attacked With Hammer-Firearm Taken

GARY IN Aug 27 2016— A security officer at the Family and Social Services building in the city’s Glen Park section was beaten with a hammer early Thursday and robbed of a bag containing his handgun, police said.
The security officer was opening the building at 110 W. Ridge Road about 6:30 a.m. when someone approached him from behind and hit him in the head with a hammer, Gary police Lt. Dawn Westerfield said.
The security officer fell to his knees and was struck again, she said. The assailant took the man’s bag, which contained his firearm, and left.
The security officer was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. His injuries were serious but did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (219) 881-1210. To remain anonymous, call (866) CRIME-GP.

Three years in prison for ‘wanton, unprovoked’ attack on Walmart security agent

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Kamloops BC Canada Aug 27 2016 

A 19-year-old who stabbed a Walmart security guard five times — narrowly missing his heart — is a “danger to society” who must serve time in federal prison, a B.C. Supreme Court justice ruled Thursday.
Connor Dufresne pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and theft following an incident at the Kamloops Walmart on Nov. 9 last year. He was seen by security officials via camera acting suspiciously.
A loss prevention officer, Robert Burt, began to tail him on the floor. Dufresne bolted out a side door with a pack stuffed with about $500 worth of goods, followed by Burt for about 10 feet — the limit according to company policy.
Burt told police he doesn’t remember what happened next. Medical evidence showed he was stabbed five times in the neck, chest and back.
Justice Robert Sewell called the violent attack “wanton and unprovoked.”
Dufresne is now 20 years old. He has adult convictions for fraud, possession of break and enter tools, theft of mail and breaches of court-ordered conditions. He had an extensive record as a youth.
He has served equivalent of a year awaiting sentence. Sewell sentenced Dufresne to another 27 months in jail — time that will be spent in a federal institution.
“Mr. Dufresne remains a danger to society and it is necessary to separate him from society,” Sewell said, opting for the Crown’s submission of a three- to four-year sentence.
Dufresne told a probation official that he wasn’t at fault because he warned Burt not to touch him.
His victim, Robert Burt, was in court for the sentence hearing. In a statement, he told the court he suffers post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety from the attack. He can no longer work in loss prevention and now earns less money with the company.
Outside the courtroom, he called the sentence “a slap in the face.”
His girlfriend, Kristin Sherwood, called the attack “life-changing” for him.
“He [Dufresne] gets three years and he [Burt] gets a lifetime of trauma,” she said.
Dufresne is also banned from owning firearms for 10 years.

Ex-shopping center security guard caught burglarizing kiosks at Montgomery Mall

BETHESDA, Md Aug 27 2016 Talk about irony...a former Montgomery Mall security guard was allegedly responsible for a string of overnight burglaries at the popular shopping center.
Jeremiah Lindsay, 19, of the 7700 block of Scotland Drive in Potomac, was facing 14 counts, including second-degree burglary.
On four separate nights, all in early May, Lindsay and a male accomplice, allegedly entered the Montgomery Mall with a stash of crook gear that included a hammer and bolt cutters. Together, police say the men stole cash registrar drawers, safes, and merchandise from kiosks and vendors including, Auntie Anne's, Boba Station, Cold Stone Creamery, Style@Montgomery, Lobster ME, Yum Crepes, Smartfix, Cava Mezze, and Phone Repair Lab.
The incidents, which occurred on May 1, May 6, May 9, and May 16, all occurred while the mall was closed to the public. In total, $3,209 in cash was stolen from various businesses, in addition to $550 in hair straighteners from Boba Station. Damage to vendor storage lockers, cash registers, and safes was estimated at $1,380, police said.
Like most commercial businesses, the Montgomery Mall was equipped with a surveillance system. While reviewing video of the crooks in action, one security officer recognized Lindsay's face and notified police.
The Montgomery County Police Department's undercover surveillance team soon began to follow Lindsay, who lived less than one mile from the Montgomery Mall. On the night of May 16, officers watched as the 19-year-old and his accomplice accessed a mall entrance near the Macy's Home Store. Lindsay was wearing a gray hoodie at the time. When Lindsay exited, officers placed him under arrest and took him to the Second District Station in Bethesda. The accomplice was also taken into custody, but never charged.
Unlike many accused criminals, Lindsay did not exercise his Fifth Amendment rights, but rather essentially told detectives that they'd managed to nab the right guy. The security guard turned self-described thief went so far as to describe how he gained access to certain kiosk safes, in addition to explaining his means for discarding of key evidence.

Lindsay, who lived with his mother, will be sentenced on September 26, in Montgomery County Circuit Court. He faced up to 183 years in prison, though the likelihood of a full sentence was paper thin.

Western Michigan University Public Safety work off campus with city police

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KALAMAZOO, MI Aug 27 2016 – An officer from the Western Michigan University Department of Public Safety has been assigned to two neighborhoods near campus, collaborating with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.
The community policing officer will work the Arcadia and Knollwood neighborhoods, which border the west side of WMU's main campus in the West Michigan Avenue area, according to a news release Thursday. The area has over 12,000 residents, including many WMU students who live in off-campus housing.
The WMU officer will be assigned to the KDPS Community Outreach and Problem Solving Division (C.O.P.S).
The new officer will work to build relationships with the students and residents in the Arcadia and Knollwood neighborhoods and to reduce crime through prevention programs and education, KDPS said in a news release.
"The WMU officer will act as a liaison between the residents, students, and business owners in the neighborhood, as well as between WMU Public Safety and KDPS," it said. "This will improve the coordination of efforts and resources of both police agencies and to help ensure that any identified crime trends, problems, or issues adversely affecting the quality of life are addressed."
The collaboration is the result of discussions that occurred between WMU and KDPS since early 2015, officials said.
"It is our sincere hope that this collaborative agreement will help to ensure a safe and productive school year for WMU students, staff, Knollwood and Arcadia residents," the news release said.

Man arrested at Taunton Home Depot for returning stolen bags of mortar for refund

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TAUNTON MA Aug 27 2016 — A Somerset man was arrested Thursday and charged with shoplifting in the Home Depot in Taunton, but it wasn’t for anything small enough to stick in a pocket.
Police charged Shawn E. Almeida, 38, with a single count of shoplifting, after they say he tried using receipts from other Home Depot stores to refund bags of mortar.
Almeida, police said, apparently conspired with another man to pull the unsuccessful ruse, which was witnessed by the store’s loss-prevention agent.
The 32-year-old store employee told police he watched a different white man at around 1 p.m. first place bags of mortar into a shopping cart and next walk away leaving it unattended.
Almeida allegedly then walked up, pushed the cart to a checkout lane and showed the cashier “multiple receipts” for mortar purchases made at some of the chain store’s other locations.
After the cashier refunded him $147.44, Almeida allegedly exited the Taunton store but was intercepted by the loss-prevention agent and escorted back inside.
Almeida, whose last known address is 358 Washington Ave., was also arrested on two outstanding warrants, the nature of which was not revealed in the police report.

The report also does not indicate whether or not police have a video image of Almeida’s alleged accomplice, who apparently slipped away.

Toledo man found guilty of working as unlicensed security guard

COLUMBUS OH Aug 27 2016 — A Toledo man has been found guilty of a felony charge of working unlicensed as an armed security guard at local bars and after-hours clubs.
Providing unlicensed security is typically a misdemeanor offense, but he was charged with a felony because of repeated violations, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
Franklin L. Harris, 46, pleaded no contest Thursday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court and was found guilty of one count of engaging in the security business without a license, a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to a year in prison. Harris is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 11.
According to the Department of Public Safety, Harris continued working without a license as an armed security guard, despite two prior misdemeanor convictions in 14 months for working unlicensed. Harris had been working during two fatal shootings, fights and other disturbances at Toledo bars, the agency said.
“Unlicensed security guards are a serious threat to public safety, especially when they are carrying firearms,” said Geoff Dutton, executive director of ODPS’ Private Investigator Security Guard Services. “They haven’t undergone a criminal background check. They don’t have insurance. They haven’t completed required training. Businesses and organizations should always verify their security guard provider is licensed.”
ODPS investigated Harris in 2014 after receiving complaints about him working at bars where there had been fatal shootings. He declined opportunities to apply for a license. Meanwhile, Harris continued to work at other bars and after-hours clubs targeted by police for illegal activity and for being neighborhood nuisances.

On March 18, 2015, Harris pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in security guard services. On February 11, 2016, after continuing to work without a license, he pleaded guilty to providing security services without a license. ODPS issued a cease-and-desist order on April 21, 2016. Still, Harris continued to work and was charged May 18, 2016, with the two charges elevated to felonies. One of the felonies was dismissed Thursday and he pleaded no contest to the other one.

Police identify man, woman accused of $1K theft from LensCrafters

WILKES-BARRE TWP. PA Aug 27 2016 — Police have identified two suspects accused of stealing approximately $1,000 in merchandise from LensCrafters.
Police said that on August 15, store employees of the store inside the Wyoming Valley Mall reported that a man and a woman stole approximately $1,000 in frames and sunglasses from the store on two separate occasions.

A post on the Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department’s Facebook page indicates the pair has been identified, but their names have not yet been released. Police also say that charges will be filed accordingly.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Line of Duty Death- Police Officer Kenny Moats

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Police Officer Kenny Moats
Maryville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Thursday, August 25, 2016
Bio & Incident Details
Age: 32
Tour: 9 years
Cause: Gunfire
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Arrested

Police Officer Kenny Moats was shot and killed after responding to a domestic violence call at a home near the intersection of Kerrway Lane and Alcoa Trail at approximately 4:00 pm.
Patrol units had responded to the home earlier in the day for a domestic dispute. Patrol units were sent to the address a second time when another call was received by dispatchers stating one of the subjects was now armed.
Officer Moats and a second narcotics detective who happened to be in the area responded to the scene to assist patrol units.
They parked their vehicle approximately 70 yards from the residence and assisted one person from the home before taking cover behind their car.
As they waited for patrol units to arrive the subject opened fire from a garage, striking Officer Moats in the neck.
The other detective as well as a responding Blount County sheriff's deputy were able to return fire before taking the subject into custody.
Officer Moats had served with the Maryville Police Department for nine years and was assigned to the Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Chief of Police Tony Crisp
Maryville Police Department
418 W. Broadway Avenue
Maryville, TN 37801
Phone: (865) 273-3700

NYPD suddenly stops sharing records on cop discipline

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New York NY Aug 26 2016 Citing a clause in a 40-year-old law, the NYPD has suddenly decided to keep records regarding the discipline of officers under lock and key — and will no longer release the information to the public, the Daily News has learned.
Critics say the policy change flies in the face of openness claims by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor de Blasio. Instead, it raises concerns that the outcomes of department trials could be cloaked in secrecy — even proceedings in headline-grabbing cases like the chokehold death of Eric Garner.
“I think it’s part of a larger pattern of secrecy by the NYPD,” said Adam Marshall, a legal fellow with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. “It’s hard to imagine information more in the public interest, and the public interest in determining what has happened in these types of adjudications is incredibly important.”
For decades, reporters have had access to a “Personnel Orders” clipboard hanging in the department’s public information office. It listed administrative cases closed out either by a plea deal or by an internal trial held at 1 Police Plaza. It also listed promotions and retirements.
The clipboard has not been updated since April, when an order dated March 31 was posted. At the time, the NYPD told The News it was saving paper.
This week, the NYPD changed the story, saying a cop’s disciplinary record was protected by section 50-a of the 1976 state Civil Rights Law.
Asked what prompted the shift, Deputy Chief Edward Mullen, a police spokesman, said “somebody” in the department’s Legal Bureau realized that, for years, it had been giving out information it should not have.
It was through the personnel orders that The News learned in March that the NYPD had rescinded the promotion of Lt. Vincent Molinini who was set to become commanding officer of the detective unit in the force investigation division.
Molinini, 44, Detective Christopher Corulla and Detective Frank Muirhead were previously suspended for their involvement in a booze-fueled Feb. 26 debacle, which ended with Corulla crashing his car into a Staten Island hair salon. Molinini lost the promotion on March 11, and the record showing the withdrawal was posted March 18.
In a related development, the NYPD in an Aug. 8 letter to Legal Aid Society lawyer Cynthia Conti-Cook denied her request for personnel orders.
The letter, from Jonathan David, a records access appeals officer, suggested that the Legal Bureau wasn’t aware of the clipboard until Conti-Cook mentioned it.
More crime stats and reports are posted online, precincts routinely use Twitter to provide updates and use-of-force reports will soon be provided to the City Council.
But critics said the NYPD is misinterpreting section 50-a, which protects officers’ personnel records from public release unless there’s an order from a judge.
De Blasio, who has also faced criticism for a lack of transparency, is on vacation. Mayoral spokesman, Eric Phillips, had no comment.
As public advocate, de Blasio released a report that gave the NYPD a failing grade for disclosure of public information. He recommended city agencies be fined for ignoring Freedom of Information Law requests. And he said agencies should be required file monthly reports to the public advocate and City Council. None of those proposals have been implemented.
De Blasio has since been blasted for turning his back on his own calls for open public records and creating the term “agents of the city” to keep correspondence between City Hall and outside political advisors under wraps.
De Blasio’s top lawyer, Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter, would not say whether he weighed in on the NYPD’s decision.
The Civilian Complaint Review Board and current Public Advocate Letitia James also had no comment.
Dick Dadey, the executive director of the government watchdog group Citizens Union, said cops “are a different kind of employee” because they have the power to take a life.
“We need to have trust in their actions,” he said. “We need to balance the rights of officers against the people’s right to know how cases of police misconduct are being handled, especially when their actions are being directed at members of the public.”
Christopher Dunn, associate legal director for the New York Civil Liberties Union, said the change, at a time when the public wants more police accountability, “is a troubling example of the NYPD becoming more secret and thus less accountable.”

"On duty" armed Houston security guard arrested in prostitution sting

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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas Aug 26 2016 - Four men, including a security guard, were arrested during an undercover prostitution operation on Aug. 20.
Community outcry prompted action by Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Office in a portion of the business district of the FM 1960 west corridor.
Undercover investigators posing as street prostitutes were able to build criminal cases on the men trying to purchase sex or sex-related acts.
As a result of the operation, four men were arrested.
One of the men, Ramiro Rivera, was an on-duty armed security guard for Texas Counties Patrol Agency.
Rivera, 48, Thomas Dwayne Woods, 23, Madan Lal, 58, and Jamal Washington, 33, were charged with prostitution.
“The businesses and citizens of north Harris County have made it clear that they refuse to just stand by and allow their communities to deteriorate to the point where street level prostitution is looked upon as a normal part of our local society. These types of illegal activities seem to attract other bad elements such as drug dealers and users, thieves and others who would prey upon our local residents. It will not be overlooked, tolerated or condoned within our local communities where we live and raise our children,” Herman said.
To report illegal prostitution or other unlawful activities, citizens may go to the constable's website here, click on On-Line Services, and then click on Regulatory Violation. Complainants can remain anonymous if they choose.

San Jose police officers found to be staying in RV's outside HQ

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SAN JOSE CA Aug 26 2016 At least a dozen officers are living in RV’s in the parking lot right near the San Jose Police Department’s headquarters.
Mandatory overtime forces them to work up to 17-hour days. Combine those long hours with horrendous traffic, and commutes from as far away as Manteca, Stockton, Tracy and even Reno, these officers are staying in an RV during the week and then driving home on their days off.
It turns out the recreational vehicles are legally parked on city property.
“It’s embarrassing for any city,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said.
It turns out city leaders had no idea this was going on, until we brought it up this morning. They’ve just begun scratching their heads about what to do next, like possibly adding more security, including better fencing.
It was Measure B pension reform that voters approved back in 2012 that cut officer pay and benefits, and triggered a mass exodus of officers leaving the department.
Mayor Liccardo said the long term solution is for voters to pass Measure F, which would boost officer pay to hire and retain more cops.
“We need to get some support for Measure F so we can restore this police department so we don’t have officers working multiple overtime shifts in the same day in the same week,” Liccardo said.
Next week, the city will vote to declare a state of emergency to shift 47 detectives back onto regular street patrol.
Council member Johnny Khamis opposes the declaration, saying it’s a short term fix, and that all other options have not been exhausted.
Even after seeing pictures of the RV’s, Khamis stood firm.

“We need to offer our officers more money. There are many things we can do. Declaring an emergency isn’t gonna get the police officers out of their mobile homes, it’s actually going to exacerbate the problem,” Khamis said. KPIX 5

Former Newtown CT police sergeant who ran steroid distribution ring sent to prison

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HARTFORD, Conn. Aug 26 2016   A former police sergeant who ran a steroid distribution ring and used the profits to travel around the world was sentenced on Thursday to 16 months in prison.
A federal judge in Hartford imposed the prison time on former Newtown Sgt. Steven Santucci, who also must serve six months of home confinement and perform 120 hours of community service after his time behind bars. Santucci, 40, also was fined $5,000.
Authorities said Santucci was the leader of the ring from 2011 to late 2014 and manufactured steroids using ingredients he received from China through the mail. They said he then sold the steroids to other people, who resold them. A dozen people were arrested last year in an investigation by federal agents.
Officials seized hundreds of vials of steroids, more than a pound of raw testosterone powders, more than 1,000 oxycodone pills, about three-quarters of a pound of powder cocaine and four long guns during the investigation.
Santucci pleaded guilty in December to charges including conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids. He remains free on bail and must report to prison on Oct. 10.
He told authorities he began using steroids about 10 years ago when he wasn't getting the bodybuilding results he wanted, according to a sentencing memo filed by his attorney. The steroids were expensive, and he discovered he could save money by making them with ingredients he ordered from China, the memo says.
He started making them for himself and then wound up selling them to several people he knew at the gyms where he worked out, his lawyer, Dan LaBelle, wrote in the sentencing memo.
"Part of the explanation certainly lies in the fact that there is a level of steroid acceptance in the body building community and Mr. Santucci was dealing only with like minded persons from that community," LaBelle wrote.
Prosecutors say Santucci charged more than $310,000 on his credit cards between April 2011 and November 2014. Included in those charges were luxury vacations in Europe, South America and Africa and travel to 23 states plus Washington, D.C.

Man Who Shot, Killed Ohio K-9 Officer Jethro Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison

Canton OH Aug 26 2016 The man who shot and killed K-9 Officer Jethro, of the Canton Police Department in Ohio, has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Kelontre Barefield, 23, received the sentence after pleading guilty to charges related to the police dog's death and other charges in an unrelated robbery case, a spokeswoman for the Stark County Clerk of Courts told ABC News today.
Barefield's attorney, Steven Reisch, didn't immediately respond to ABC News' requests for comment.
The man who shot and killed K-9 Officer Jethro, of the Canton Police Department in Ohio, has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Kelontre Barefield, 23, received the sentence after pleading guilty to charges related to the police dog's death and other charges in an unrelated robbery case, a spokeswoman for the Stark County Clerk of Courts told ABC News today.
Barefield's attorney, Steven Reisch, didn't immediately respond to ABC News' requests for comment.
Jethro was killed in January after suffering multiple gunshot wounds while responding to a burglary at a grocery store, according to Officer Eric Stanbro, head trainer of Canton PD's K-9 unit.
The death of the 3-year-old German shepherd devastated Canton PD Officer Ryan Davis, who had been Jethro's partner since he was an 8-week-old puppy.
In March, an 11-year-old girl donated all of her allowance money to help get bulletproof vests for all of the department's dogs.
Officer Davis has received 2,000 letters since Jethro's death, and he was catching up with them over the weekend," Stanbro previously told ABC News. "He came across this girl's letter and donation, and it really touched him."
“In the letter, an 11-year-old girl named Allison tells Davis, "I sorry about Jethro. So here is my allowance for the bulletproof vests. God bless you and the dogs."
On Wednesday, the Canton PD's K-9 Unit shared a video of some its dogs and handlers on Facebook "[i]n honor of Jethro's killer being sentenced to 45 years in prison."

The Canton Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for additional comment.

​Man charged after Bristol supermarket security guard attack

The nearby cycle path was cordoned off for several hours while inquiries were carried out.
Bristol England Aug 26 2016 A 30-year-old man has been charged by police after a supermarket security guard was attacked while attempting to apprehend a shoplifter.
Danny King of no fixed abode, has been charged with wounding with intent, theft, two common assaults and possession of an offensive weapon.
The incident took place on Wednesday morning close to the Morrisons supermarket in Fishponds.
Staff in the store spotted a shoplifter shortly before 8am and chased him out of the store. He was detained on the cycle path behind the store by several members of staff.
One of the supermarket workers was injured during the course of the incident.
The nearby cycle path was cordoned off for several hours while inquiries were carried out.
Speaking after the incident, Inspector Shaun Finn said: "A man suspected of shoplifting was chased from the store by security staff. As one of the staff attempted to detain the man, he was assaulted. His injuries required medical attention.
"We arrived on the scene minutes later to find staff from the store detaining the suspect who was arrested on suspicion of GBH.
"I'd like to thank the brave members of staff for apprehending this man and would ask anybody who witnessed the incident to contact us quoting log number 213 from today."

King was remanded in custody and will shortly appear at Bristol Magistrates Court.

Former patient sues Greenwich Hospital over alleged assault

Greenwich Hospital. Photo: Jason Rearick / Jason Rearick / Stamford Advocate

GREENWICH CT Aug 26 2016— Greenwich Hospital is being sued by a former patient who said he was badly roughed up by a security guard there in March and placed against his will under psychiatric care.
Sean Byrne filed a lawsuit in Superior Court in Stamford claiming he suffered extensive bruising and physical injury as a result of what it called “negligent,” “reckless” and “excessive” actions on behalf of the security guard.
Byrne was at the hospital’s emergency unit in the early morning hours of March 19 for a cortisol imbalance brought on by a previous brain injury, the lawsuit said.
According to the complaint, he and a “younger woman” were in a room within the emergency unit when he heard the woman talk about wanting to be discharged from the hospital over the directives of medical staff. A security guard was placed near the open door of the room, the suit states.
A former captain of a volunteer ambulance company in Westchester County, N.Y., and a former EMT, Byrne said he was going to “privately explain” her options as he understood them. He attempted to close the door, the lawsuit says, when the security guard threw him against the wall, then put his weight on top of him.
“The attack on the plaintiff was unprovoked,” the lawsuit contends.
After that, according to the lawsuit, Byrnes was “involuntarily committed to their psychiatric inpatient unit.” He was later charged with disorderly conduct by Greenwich police. A “not guilty” plea has been entered in that case, and the next court date has been set for Sept. 6. A Greenwich police spokesman, Lt. Kraig Gray, had no comment on the case.
Byrne, 50, works in finance. He did not comment on the case this week.
The suit contends that the hospital is liable because it did not properly train and monitor its security staff, and it retained a guard that was described as “known to be overly aggressive.” Byrne’s suit says the security officer had been observed to act in an overly aggressive manner in the past. His name was not identified in court papers.
No monetary damages are specified.

A Greenwich Hospital spokeswoman, Dana Marnane, said the appropriate legal team at the hospital had not reviewed the litigation. A notice of service was filed by a state marshal on June 20 on the hospital’s director of risk management.
Greenwich Times