Former Michigan Police Officer Sentenced to Three Years for Using Unreasonable Excessive Force During an Arrest
A former Hamtramck, Michigan, Police Department officer was sentenced today in federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan for using unjustified and unreasonable excessive force during an arrest of a civilian and violating that civilian’s civil rights. Ryan McInerney, 45, of Grosse Ile Township, Michigan, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gershwin A. McInerney pleaded guilty on Jan. 8 to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law. As part of the plea agreement, McInerney also voluntarily relinquished his law enforcement license. “The defendant abused the trust given to him as a law enforcement officer when he pistol-whipped two arrestees on two separate occasions,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Civil Rights Division.justice.gov
Lawsuit: Man killed by Chicago police in Pilsen last year was shot while running away, unarmed
The family of Miguel Vega, who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer in Pilsen last year, have filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against the city claiming he was unarmed and running away from officers when he was killed.chicagotribune.com
Violent arrest in Colorado reignites anger over policing
A video showing a police officer pistol-whipping and choking a Black man during an arrest in a Denver suburb has reignited anger over policing in the community, with activists on Wednesday decrying what they say is just the latest example of the mistreatment of people of color. Aurora Officer John Haubert was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault and felony menacing charges, after officers responded Friday to a trespassing report where they found Kyle Vinson, who is biracial and identifies as Black. Haubert's lawyer, Reid Elkus, has vowed to “zealously defend” him.news.yahoo.com
Former Police Detective and FBI Task Force Officer Convicted of Bribery and Other Offenses
A federal jury convicted a veteran detective for the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Police Department, who was also a task force officer with the FBI and a member of the Cumberland County Drug Task Force, today of bribery, drug distribution and making false statements. He also lied in November 2015 on a federal form he completed during the process of becoming an FBI task force officer, and he made multiple false statements in an interview with federal agents in May 2018. Collare was convicted of federal program bribery, bribery by a federal official, distribution of heroin, and six counts of false statements. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for federal program bribery, 15 years in prison for bribery by a federal official, 20 years in prison for distribution of heroin and five years in prison for false statements. The FBI and the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General investigated the case.justice.gov
Chicago police officer fired for 2017 pursuit crash that killed off-duty cop, 27-year-old woman
A Chicago police officer was fired Thursday for using her police vehicle in a chase of a Jeep driven by an off-duty cop, right before he and another motorist were killed in a traffic crash.chicagotribune.com
'No Vaccine for Racism': Asian New Yorkers Still Live in Fear of Attacks
NEW YORK — The surveillance video captures a brutal scene: A woman is thrown down a flight of stairs and smacks into the subway platform violently enough to fracture a bone in her face. It was May 28, and the woman, in her 60s, was among dozens of people attacked during a spate of anti-Asian violence this year. It may not even have been the first such attack by the suspect, John Chappell, a law enforcement official said. Two months earlier, Chappell, who had dozens of prior arrests, had been susnews.yahoo.com
Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveils long-awaited civilian police oversight plan, retains power for hiring and firing superintendents with City Hall: ‘The buck stops with me’
Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday unveiled her long-awaited plan for civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department, saying “the buck stops with me” in an ordinance that would keep authority for hiring and firing the superintendent and other key Police Department decisions with the mayor. That sets up a showdown in the City Council between Lightfoot’s proposal and one that would potentially give an elected board much more power over police personnel, policy and budget.chicagotribune.com
Chicago aldermen consider civilian police oversight plan while awaiting Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s alternative proposal
As aldermen wait for Mayor Lori Lightfoot to finally unveil her own civilian police oversight plan, discussion Friday over a grassroots proposal she opposes presaged a likely knockdown, drag-out fight over control of the Chicago Police Department. The City Council Public Safety Committee took testimony but no vote on the compromise ordinance pushed by two organizations that want an elected board to have broad powers to dictate the Police Department’s policies, leadership and budget.chicagotribune.com
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Community members remember Adam Toledo; leaders demand an end to criminalization of Black and brown youth
Members of the Little Village Community Council have been standing by the fence of Farragut Career Academy near the alleyway where 13-year-old Adam Toledo was killed by Chicago police.chicagotribune.com
Chicago sees another spike in shootings, with most killings in first 3 months of year since 2017
With a quarter of 2021 already over, it has so far been the deadliest year in Chicago in four years as the city saw another spike in gun violence even before the warmer-weather months arrived.chicagotribune.com
Chicago police find SUV believed used in shooting of off-duty officer, release video of suspects
One of the video clips shows a suspect in a dark sweatshirt with a black-white reproduction of a woodcut from a German Bible, after a drawing by Gustave Dore, “The angel of the Lord destroys the army of the Assyrians,” on the back. On the front is a biblical verse from the Book of Isaiah, in a translation from the New International Version of the Bible: “But now, this is what the Lord says — he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” That suspect also is shown wearing orange, yellow and black Balenciaga Track.2 gym shoes.chicagotribune.com
Announcement on future of HPD leadership coming later this week, Turner says
HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he will announce the future of leadership at the city’s Police Department later this week. Turner spoke at City Hall on Monday morning after news broke Sunday night that Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo is leaving to take the same job in Miami. “I hate to see him leave the city of Houston,” Turner said as he congratulated Acevedo on his next chapter. Turner said Acevedo, who took the job as chief of the Houston Police Department in 2016, is leaving the department in better shape than he found it. Ad“Art was the right person at the right time,” Turner said.
Maskless woman seen in body-cam bank video arrested after incident at another business, officials say
Galveston Bank incidentGalveston police said Terry Wright refused to wear a mask inside of a Bank of America branch. Terry Wright was charged with resisting arrest and criminal trespass last week after refusing to wear a face mask inside a Galveston bank. Woman describes bank incident as ‘absolutely ridiculous’The maskless woman involved in the incident at a bank in Galveston spoke last week..During a phone interview with KPRC 2, Wright said although she has yet to see video of the incident, she wouldn’t do anything differently. Officers recognized Wright from video of the incident that occurred at the Bank of America location is Galveston last week. AdWright was taken into custody and transported to the Galveston County Jail by Texas City Police department for booking and processing.
Ride-share driver beaten, carjacked in Englewood after asking passengers not to eat in vehicle
Through March 2, there were 348 carjackings in Chicago, more than double the tally at the same time last year and by far the most the city has seen during the same period since at least 2001, city crime statistics show. The Police Department also created a new section on its website where users can submit tips about carjackings, and created a carjacking task force in conjunction with Illinois State Police and the Cook County sheriff’s office, Brown said.chicagotribune.com
Police investigate pepper spraying of mother near toddler
A Rochester police officer has been placed on administrative duty after using pepper spray on the woman, authorities said Friday. Ad“Both incidents involved Black mothers. Both involved Black children. Both involved Black people obviously in crisis. Both involved officers using pepper spray on or around a Black child,” PAB Chair Shani Wilson said during a video news conference Friday.
Veteran Chicago police officer found shot to death in apparent suicide at North Side police station
“Make no mistake about it, this pandemic has taken an incalculable toll, particularly on people’s mental health,” Lightfoot said. “We want to make sure people reach out. There’s an array of services that we offer as a city to safeguard your privacy and your security. But if you’re feeling suicidal, please reach out. You are not in this by yourself.”chicagotribune.com
City Council passes Lightfoot COVID-19 spending package despite objections over $281.5 million in federal funds previously spent on police
Though Lightfoot said opposition to the spending on the Police Department was “just dumb,” Burke last week said the enormous amount “would make most observers highly suspicious,” and Lopez said it seemed like the administration was using the federal money to retroactively paper over structural problems in the 2021 city budget.chicagotribune.com
Chicago police official resigns amid investigation of bar party that led to citations for COVID-19 safety violations
News of that gathering came as the Police Department had faced criticism around a lack of precautions taken by some officers during the pandemic. That included a rebuke from a federal judge who in a recent court order pointed to photographs and videos that showed Chicago police on the job without masks, putting them out of compliance with health guidelines and directives.chicagotribune.com
Schiller Park woman rescued after awning collapses, pins her for 10 hours
“It was pretty quick. The Fire Department worked with the Police Department and with the extra hands, the police officers started clearing that ice and that snow right away so the firefighter-paramedics could go through the house and out the back door to actually get to the patient, to her upper body, and were able to speak with her and start stabilizing her,” Cesaretti said Wednesday morning. “The whole thing took about 10 minutes. She was injured and obviously very cold.”chicagotribune.com
Cops fired over photos tied to Elijah McClain not reinstated
The Aurora Civil Service Commission issued a decision Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, upholding the firings of officers Marrero, Dittrich and Jason Rosenblatt over this and similar photos. Police Chief Vanessa Wilson fired the three officers last year over two photos taken at a memorial to McClain two months after his death. AdDittrich texted the photos to two officers who stopped McClain — Rosenblatt and Nathan Woodyard — to try to cheer up Woodyard, authorities said. Besides the neckhold, McClain was injected with the sedative ketamine. Rosenblatt initially tried to put McClain in the neckhold but couldn’t because of his position, so Woodyard did, authorities said.
13-year-old boy faces armed carjacking charge in November attack, police say
The boy was arrested about 11:45 a.m. in the 8100 block of South Kingston Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood by members of the city’s carjacking task force, police said. He was the second person to be arrested in connection with the carjacking, which occurred about 5:15 a.m. Nov. 21 in the 4700 block of South Woodlawn Avenue in the Kenwood neighborhood.chicagotribune.com
Cop fired a decade after letting a fellow officer who allegedly beat pair leave the scene of the incident
After IPRA completed its investigation, city officials said, the Burg case was forwarded to the Police Department for review, which is routine in disciplinary cases against officers. In early 2015, the police had concerns about the case and sent it back to IPRA for an additional investigation, according to the officials, who did not detail those issues.chicagotribune.com
Bomb-sniffing dogs? Check. Times Square crowd? Not this year
A man wears a protective mask during the coronavirus pandemic in Times Square Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in New York. Small groups of revelers, some wearing glittery hats, filmed their distant view of Times Square on their phones and broke out in cheers at midnight. Preparing for the worst, the New York Police Department deployed its bomb-sniffing dogs and sand-filled sanitation trucks intended to guard against explosions. “It’s dead,” said Ali Jameel early Thursday, who owns a store a block from Times Square. “Coming to Times Square is a family tradition for some.
Civilian oversight agency concludes investigation into fatal shooting of man running from Chicago police
The Police Department has 60 days to respond, with a possible 30-day extension, from the day it received the findings, which was the end of November. The department can respond by either agreeing or disagreeing with the findings and recommendations, and then the case may proceed to the Chicago Police Board.chicagotribune.com
Bricks thrown at Evanston police, Northwestern University students pepper-sprayed in off-campus clash as protesters again call on university to defund its police
In the statement, Schapiro said that the organizers of the ongoing protests were intent on provoking university police into retaliation. He said the protesters should be ashamed of themselves. He also implored them to consider how they would feel if their family awoke one night to the kinds of “vile and personal attacks” as those being chanted outside his home in another recent protest.chicagotribune.com
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveils security plan for election-related civil unrest, urges peaceful protests
The Police Department has defended the reallocation of its resources by saying it has made up for the loss of cops assigned to the city’s 22 patrol districts by forming a new citywide unit currently staffed with about 500 officers and tasked with responding to sudden flare-ups in violence in neighborhoods away from downtown. Brown also has said the city’s summer mobile patrol unit, a temporary citywide unit of about 200 cops, would be in place in the residential areas until November.chicagotribune.com
California police recover lizards stolen from reptile store
This undated photo provided by the Long Beach, Calif., Police Department shows one of two unique Australian monitor lizards that were stolen from a reptile shop in November 2019. (Long Beach Police Department via AP)LOS ANGELES – Police in California announced two arrests and the return of a pair of unique lizards that were stolen from a reptile shop last year. The Long Beach Police Department said Friday that the two Australian lace monitor lizards were stolen from JTK Reptiles in Long Beach in November, The Los Angeles Times reports. Three people entered the store, broke into the cages holding the lizards and escaped to a waiting car, authorities said. Animal control handlers were called to recover the lizards before being returned to their owner, Long Beach Police Department spokesman Brandon Fahey said.
City releases information on arrests, attorney visits after legal aid group sues
Attorney visits to arrestees rose between 2013 and 2019, according to First Defense Legal Aid. In 2013, about 1 of every 500 arrestees got a lawyer while in police custody. That grew to 1 in 50 in 2018 and 2019. Every arrestee has the right to an attorney. Data released Tuesday showed that about 1.8% of arrestees availed themselves of that right, Solowiej said.chicagotribune.com
'Home Improvement' actor Zachery Ty Bryan arrested in Oregon
This booking photo released Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, by the Eugene, Ore., Police Department shows suspect Zachery Ty Bryan. Bryan, the actor who played the oldest son on the long-running 1990s sit-com Home Improvement was arrested Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Oregon and faces charges of strangulation and assault. (Eugene Police Department via AP)EUGENE, Ore. – Zachery Ty Bryan, the actor who played the oldest son on the long-running 1990s sit-com “Home Improvement” was arrested in Oregon and faces charges of strangulation and assault. The Eugene Police Department said officers were dispatched to a North Eugene apartment Friday night on a report of a physical dispute. Bryan reportedly assaulted the victim, impeded her breathing, and took her phone away when she tried to call 911, police said.
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Catanzara countered later: “I’m not running in a personality contest here, so I really don’t care if she likes me or not. I’m here to represent the members of this Police Department and that’s what I’m going to continue to do," Catanzara said. “She has an obligation to work with me just like I have an obligation to work with her, personality interests aside. And she doesn’t want to negotiate in the press but yet she certainly takes every opportunity she could over this summer to throw jabs at the Police Department trying to talk about everything from discipline to obviously funding, now the possibility of not replacing officers as they retire, which is absolutely ridiculous.”chicagotribune.com
Man charged with hate crime over fire set at Missouri mosque
This undated photo provided by the Cape Girardeau, Mo., Police Department shows Nicholas Proffitt. Prosecutors have charged the 42-year-old man accused of setting fire to a Missouri mosque last week with a hate crime and other counts. (Cape Girardeau Police Department via AP)O'FALLON, Mo. – Prosecutors have charged a 42-year-old man accused of setting fire to a Missouri mosque last week with a hate crime and other counts. Proffitt, who is from Cape Girardeau, a city in southeastern Missouri across the border from southern Illinois, does not have a listed attorney.
New police Superintendent David Brown takes key step in attempt to reduce runaway CPD overtime
Our City Hall budget department has worked with a lot of the other agencies and departments including the Police Department to come up with reasonable overtime budgets that they should allocate on a monthly basis, Lightfoot said. I think what the superintendent is doing is wholly consistent with the message that we have sent all city departments, which is we cant continue to spend overtime dollars like drunken soldiers, particularly not when departments like the Police Department have more than enough personnel to be able to get the job done.chicagotribune.com
Bells for Abigail: Celebrating Abigail Arias one year after she was sworn in as an honorary Freeport police officer
FREEPORT, Texas – February 7 will always be a special day for the city of Freeport’s Police Department for Abigail Arias’ family. Exactly one year to the day, the little cancer fighter became an honorary Freeport police officer, inspiring law enforcement and cancer fighters all over the world. Abigail’s life and legacy were honored with a special tribute at the Freeport Police Department on Friday morning. Freeport Police Chief Raymond Garivey honored the brave fight of little Brianna during Friday’s ceremony and thanked Abigail for continuing to inspire other little cancer fighters. “One year later, look around this room, she continues to inspire people all over.”You can upload of your little cancer fighter rining bells below:
Man killed at Maryland Popeyes in fight linked to popular chicken sandwich
A man was stabbed to death outside a Maryland Popeyes in a fight over the chain's popular fried chicken sandwich, police said. A spokeswoman for the Prince George's Police Department said the 28-year-old, who has not been identified, was killed at a restaurant in Oxon Hill, outside Washington D.C.A fight began after someone cut in line, spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said. The fight began inside the restaurant and later moved outside, Donelan said. Popeyes began selling the sandwich on Sunday after a two-month hiatus. This summer, customers angry about the sandwich shortage threatened restaurant workers at a franchise in Texas.cnbc.com
Woman throws pot of scalding hot grease in intruder's face
DECATUR, Alabama -- An Alabama woman fended off an armed intruder by throwing a pot of scalding hot grease at him, resulting in significant burns to his face, authorities said.The incident occurred Aug. 1 in Decatur, according to that city's Police Department, whose officers responded to a report of domestic dispute at a home.There the officers contacted Larondrick Macklin, who was transported to a hospital with facial injuries.An investigation indicated that Macklin was the "primary aggressor" in the altercation, and had entered the victim's home armed with a firearm, police said. The woman defended herself with a pot of hot grease.Authorities later released a booking photo of Macklin, who was charged with first-degree burglary and domestic violence.After receiving medical treatment, he was being held in jail in lieu of $300,000 bond.abc13.com
Shenandoah City Council discusses budget, reserve policy
Shenandoah City Council members reviewed the citys proposed 2019-20 budget during their July 24 regular meeting, which also featured discussions of the citys reserve fund policy and the creation of a local retail research committee. Shenandoahs proposed budget for the coming fiscal year features increases to both city expenditures and revenue over fiscal year 2018-19. In addition to the budget, council also examined establishing a city policy on general fund cash reserves and a committee to examine retail trends at the July 24 meeting. The reserve topic was presented as the city does not currently have a policy in place regarding the use of reserve funds. Council agreed to consider a policy that would require keeping 180 days worth of the citys annual budget as reserve funds that could only be used for a declared emergency situation.communityimpact.com