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    OAKLAND — Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff presented a plan Friday that could ultimately unleash 76 additional police officers to fight a deadly surge of gun violence that has wracked the city and contributed to a homicide count of 129 this year as of Friday afternoon. “Our staffing levels are at a crisis point right now,” Schaaf said during a press conference. Her administration’s plan would increase the number of officers from the current 676 to a total of 752 by filling 60 vacant positions and unfreezing 20 other positions. Two police academies would be added to the five already budgeted through the summer of 2023 under the proposal. The City Council on Tuesday will consider Schaaf’s proposal as well as one unveiled by Councilmember Sheng Thao on Thursday. Thao’s plan aims to fill the vacant positions in part by offering officers from other departments $50,000 signing bonuses to come to Oakland and by providing $20,000 bonuses to city residents who enter and graduate from police academies that train them to become cops. Schaaf estimated the academies will run about $5.8...
    It’s been a violent year in America. More than 1,000 people have been murdered in Illinois’ Cook County, a nearly 50% increase since 2019. In Philadelphia, over 500 were murdered, a 12% increase from 2020. Baltimore also saw an increase in murders — 311 so far in 2021 compared to 302 at this point a year earlier. The city’s police commissioner, Michael Harrison, blamed gun violence. “Whether it’s young people, whether it’s older people, people solving their conflict with violence, namely gun violence,” Harrison told CBS News. Another factor, Harrison said, is the rise of ghost guns — firearms that lack commercial serial numbers and can be assembled at home. His officers have seized more than 300 ghost guns this year. “People can order them online in parts, have the parts delivered to the home, assemble the gun in a home within an hour and have a fully functional gun that cannot be traced,” Harrison said. There are also fewer police officers on the streets. After steady growth for decades, local police lost about 1% of its workforce from 2019 to...
    Oakland, California's top cop asked for more police officers Tuesday to bolster his force amid staffing shortages as authorities seek to address the growing number of homicides and to disrupt large groups of looters targeting retail stores.  While speaking to reporters, Chief LeRonne Armstrong began with a moment of silence for the city's 127 murder victims — one second for each — including a retired San Jose officer who died over the weekend after he was shot while protecting a San Francisco television news crew. A former Oakland police officer who once led the department's gun and gang intervention program is recovering from injuries after he was shot during a gas station robbery in October.  After the tribute, Armstrong then discussed his department's need for more officers.  RAMPANT SMASH-AND-GRAB THEFT PART OF FAILURE TO PROSECUTE CRIMINALS, TOLERATED BY OFFICIALS, EXPERTS SAY Nishita, a retired police officer and armed guard who provided security for many reporters in the region, was shot in the abdomen during an attempted robbery of KRON-TV's camera equipment in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021....
    Authorities in New York City have released footage of a harrowing home invasion that unfolded earlier this month as detectives search for two suspects who posed as armed NYPD officers and tied up the homeowners before making off with more than $100,000 in cash and jewelry. The NYPD released new video on Monday of the suspects barging into the home on Country Club Road near Polo Place in the Bronx just after 8 a.m. on Nov. 9. NYC SUSPECT NABBED MONTHS AFTER ATTEMPTED SUBWAY ROBBERY THAT LEFT ASIAN WOMAN DEAD The two men are seen wearing sweatshirts with the NYPD logo on them, what appears to be a police badge and an NYPD hat.  The suspects were described as White males in their 50s who wore surgical masks and sweatshirts with the NYPD logo on them, police said. (NYPD) The suspects, who have yet to be identified, were also wearing surgical face masks and described as White males in their 50s. The men stole $30,000 in cash and $100,000 worth of jewelry before fleeing in a white BMW...
    Taliban forces in Afghanistan are responsible for the death or disappearance of more than 100 former police and intelligence officers, according to a report from Human Rights Watch. The report, released on Tuesday, documents the killing or vanishing of 45 former Afghan National Security Forces soldiers who had surrendered to or were apprehended by the Taliban between Aug. 15, when they rose to power, and Oct. 31. In all, the group “gathered credible information on more than 100 killings from” four provinces, according to a statement. PENTAGON MAKING SPACE ASSETS APPEAR 'LESS JUICY' FOLLOWING RUSSIA MISSILE TEST These incidents occurred in Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, and Kunduz provinces. “The Taliban leadership’s promised amnesty has not stopped local commanders from summarily executing or disappearing former Afghan security force members,” said Patricia Gossman, associate Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The burden is on the Taliban to prevent further killings, hold those responsible to account, and compensate the victims’ families.” “The Taliban’s unsupported claims that they will act to prevent abuses and hold abusers to account appears, so far, to be nothing...
    The National Police Association is calling for bystanders to step in and help if they see an officer being assaulted rather than film it for 'likes and attention,' as more than 50,000 officers have been attacked this year alone. 'This year, over 50,000 law enforcement officers have been assaulted while on duty,' Mark Solan, a National Law Enforcement Expert, says in a video. 'The vast number of these attacks were filmed and uploaded to social media in the pursuit of likes and attention.'  Just this week in New York City, a police officer was seen being attacked by a man who tried to choke him while the two tussled on the floor in a Brooklyn Target store - while an looker filmed it and then posted it online. The association is now offering three 'simple steps' for bystanders to follow to help officers in distress.  The first step is to 'call 911 and give the officers your exact location.'  After that, bystanders are instructed to offer the officer help. If accepted, bystanders are to 'do whatever you can to safely...
    THE loss of 27 lives in the freezing waters of the English Channel is a deeply upsetting tragedy. With so many flimsy dinghies crossing one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, it is a miracle this has not happened before. 5The sad truth, I believe, is that we now have mass fatalities as a consequence of how France is failing to police its coastlineCredit: AP 5Tim Loughton is the Tory MP for East Worthing & Shoreham, Member of Home Affairs Select CommitteeCredit: PA The sad truth, I believe, is that we now have mass fatalities as a consequence of how France is failing to police its coastline. The picture on the front page of The Sun yesterday illustrated what is going on. It showed dozens of migrants lugging another huge dinghy down the beach, under the noses of French police. Sitting in a truck on the sand, gendarmes made no effort to stop them — just hours before the disaster that left so many dead. It gives the lie to the idea that French police are working flat out...
    LINTHICUM, Md. (WJZ) — More than 31,000 people flew out of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, marking a new high point for departing passenger traffic during the pandemic, an airport official said. Yesterday, Nov 24 was a new high point for departing passenger traffic at #BWI Marshall Airport since the start of the pandemic. @TSA officers screened 31,178 departing passengers on Wednesday, surpassing the previous high of 28,849 from July 16. #HolidaysAtBWI #Open4BizMD https://t.co/EfV8ZqC8iO — BWI Marshall Airport (@BWI_Airport) November 25, 2021 Transportation Security Administration officers at BWI screened 31,178 departing passengers on Wednesday, surpassing the airport’s previous pandemic-era high of 28,849 passengers on July 16. TSA reported 2,311,978 people passed through airport security checkpoints across the country yesterday, about 88% of the volume on the day before Thanksgiving in 2019, before the existence of COVID-19 was widely known. BREAKING NEWS: Yesterday, @TSA officers screened 2,311,978 individuals at checkpoints around the country. The figure represents 88% versus pre-pandemic volume screened in 2019 for that same day of the week. pic.twitter.com/yMO1hcTub2 — TSA (@TSA) November 25,...
    California Highway Patrol officers are ramping up operations on highways and roads across Southern California to catch possible DUI drivers.The agency's "maximum enforcement period" for the Thanksgiving weekend will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday and conclude at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.During that period, all available CHP officers will be on patrol, looking for unsafe driving practices, including seat belt violations, speeding, distracted driving and signs of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs."Wherever you choose to celebrate this Thanksgiving, drive safely," CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said in a statement. "When getting behind the wheel, make certain you and all your passengers buckle up before heading out, and remember to always avoid distractions."Thanksgiving weekend is considered one of the busiest travel times of the year, warranting the MEP, according to the CHP.During the 2020 Thanksgiving weekend MEP, CHP officers statewide arrested 868 motorists on suspicion of driving under the influence. Thirty-three people died on roadways throughout California during the Thanksgiving weekend period, 14 of whom weren't wearing seatbelts.City News Service contributed to this report.
    BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– The University of Colorado Boulder Police Department is above average for hiring female officers. Now, they’re paving the way for other schools to do the same. (credit: University Of Colorado) Women make up 15% of CUPD. Earlier this year, CUPD’s chief signed a pledge committing to increase that percentage to 30% by 2030. She urged other PAC-12 police departments to do the same. Since then, all PAC-12 universities with permanent police chiefs have signed the 30 by 30 pledge.
    BURLINGTON, N.J. (CBS) — The City of Burlington is remembering patrolmen who died more than 100 years ago in the unveiling of a new memorial to fallen officers. The memorial was unveiled outside Burlington City Hall on Monday morning. The department recognized the department’s first fallen patrolman, George Gusrang. He died 114 years ago. The ceremony also recognized patrolman Thomas Rogan, who was killed in the line of duty in 1994.
    Five Georgia cops have been indicted for murder after they 'tased a concertgoer more than a dozen times' while he was held down on the ground handcuffed and he later died of asphyxiation.  The officers are accused of the death of Fernando Rodriguez, 24, who was walking along a road naked after he had attended the Imagine Concert Music Festival at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 20, 2019.  Rodriguez was tased with a stun gun and held down and handcuffed as officers applied pressure to his body, according to the Henry County Attorney's Office.  One of the officers is also heard threatening to kick his teeth as he lies on the ground in footage from an edited body cam video.  Rodriguez is also heard groaning while sprawled on the ground. Officers used stun-guns as Rodriguez did not respond to orders straight away, including a command for him to lie on his stomach, according to NBC News.  Fernando Rodriguez, 24, (pictured) was walking along the Atlanta Motor Speedway naked on September 20, 2019 after the Imagine Concert Music Festival when...
    A new law drafted by a Maryland congressman focuses on improving access to mental health services and privacy for the nation’s first responders who seek help. The federal Confidentiality Opportunities for Peer Support Counseling Act, or the COPS Counseling Act, was signed into law by President Joe Biden last week. More Local News More Government News It improves privacy standards for first responders and expands their overall access to mental health care. Democrat David Trone, who represents Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, created the legislation after Montgomery County Police Officer Thomas Bomba died by suicide in 2019. Trone highlighted the need to provide a safe space for those on the front lines, and his hope is that the act will also lead to better policing and safer communities. In a statement, Trone called it “a victory in the fight to end the stigma surrounding mental health.”
    As far as the future of New York City, 79% said that they don't think New York will be safer in two years. "New York City police officers are well past our breaking point, and Mayor de Blasio and the outgoing City Council are still piling on with policies that punish cops and erode public safety," said Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch. "The intolerable environment and our substandard pay has every cop looking to get out as soon as they can." One of the places that New York's Finest are fleeing to is Florida. Lakeland started a social media campaign appealing to New York City earlier this year, and even dispatched a team of recruiters to Times Square. The result was 14 NYPD officers ditched the Big Apple to head to the small community outside of Tampa, according to the Post. During a press conference with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former NYPD cop Matthew Spoto said, "It was almost like I was ashamed to be a law enforcement officer" in New York. He added that Florida offered him...
    Police video shows former Wilson police officers Brandon Dingman and Joshua Taylor using their Tasers to murder Jared Lakey on July 4, 2019. An attorney representing the family of a man murdered when police used their Tasers on him more than 50 times in 2019 is making an important call of federal investigators investigating police brutality, and that is not to overlook rural America. Former Oklahoma police officers Brandon Dingman and Joshua Taylor were convicted on Nov. 8 of murdering Jared Lakey, 28, in the second degree when they used their Tasers in a manner the court determined was both "dangerous and unnecessary," according to The Washington Post. The officers targeted Lakey in Wilson, Oklahoma, a city about 100 miles south of Oklahoma City with a population of 1,399, according to U.S. Census results from 2020. ”These officers didn’t violate their policy or training, they tortured Jared precisely because that’s how Wilson, Oklahoma, decided to police the community,” Spencer Bryan, the Lakey family’s attorney, told The Washington Post. In calling for justice in rural America, he referenced the high-profile police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, whose deaths...
    OAKLAND (KPIX) — Following the freeway shooting death of 23-month-old Jasper Wu in Oakland last weekend, on Friday some community leaders are demanding more police patrols and the introduction of freeway cameras. The CHP is leading the investigation in the toddler shooting with assistance from the Oakland Police Department. A CHP spokesman said no arrests have been made in the Wu killing. READ MORE: Bay Area Health Departments Expand COVID Booster Eligibility Following State DirectiveALSO READ: ‘Find The Killers;’ Jasper Wu’s Mother Makes Desperate Plea After Toddler Killed By Stray Bullet On I-880 The Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce at a press conference on Friday announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. The money comes from the Crimes Against Asians Reward Fund (CAARF), created through a partnership between Burma Love and Superstar restaurants, the San Francisco Police Officers Association, and the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. Since Jasper Wu was killed in crossfire on Interstate 880 last Saturday, Oakland police have responded to multiple shootings that injured more innocent people. ALSO READ: Oakland Residents, Motorists...
    OAKLAND (KPIX) — Following the freeway shooting death of 23-month-old Jasper Wu in Oakland last weekend, on Friday some community leaders are demanding more police patrols and the introduction of freeway cameras. The CHP is leading the investigation in the toddler shooting with assistance from the Oakland Police Department. A CHP spokesman said no arrests have been made in the Wu killing. READ MORE: Bay Area Health Departments Expand COVID Booster Eligibility Following State DirectiveALSO READ: ‘Find The Killers;’ Jasper Wu’s Mother Makes Desperate Plea After Toddler Killed By Stray Bullet On I-880 The Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce at a press conference on Friday announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. The money comes from the Crimes Against Asians Reward Fund (CAARF), created through a partnership between Burma Love and Superstar restaurants, the San Francisco Police Officers Association, and the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. Since Jasper Wu was killed in crossfire on Interstate 880 last Saturday, Oakland police have responded to multiple shootings that injured more innocent people. ALSO READ: Oakland Residents, Motorists...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A New Jersey gym owner who punched a police officer during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in prison, a likely benchmark for dozens of other rioters who engaged in violence that day.Scott Fairlamb, 44, was the first person to be sentenced for assaulting a law enforcement officer during the Capitol riot. His 41-month prison term is the longest among 32 riot-related sentences handed down so far.Fairlamb's punishment likely will guide other judges who sentence rioters who clashed with police at the Capitol. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said it was significant that his sentencing of Fairlamb was the first for assaulting an officer, with more guilty pleas likely in the coming months.Lamberth said Fairlamb's actions struck at "the heart of our democracy." He had pleaded guilty, avoiding a trial."Had you gone to trial, I don't think there's any jury that could have acquitted you or would have acquitted you," the judge said.Fairlamb, a boxing coach and former mixed martial arts fighter, apologized and expressed remorse for...
    Seattle's incoming mayor shared his disapproval of a plan to remove funding to the city’s police on Tuesday, citing the election results to back him up. Bruce Harrell, a Democrat, criticized the Seattle City Council's plan to cut $10 million to the Seattle Police Department, saying his vision for a safer city could not be achieved if the city went through with it. The cut was included in a proposed balanced budget bill and was suggested to offset decreasing revenue, according to the Seattle Times. “Last Tuesday, the voters of Seattle resoundingly and unambiguously rejected defunding the police,” Harrell said. “Our campaign expressed a clear message and commitment: We must deliver true community safety, ensure unbiased policing, and decrease length of response times by improving training, hiring more and better officers, creating unarmed and alternative responses, and changing the culture within SPD." SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED FRIDAY DUE TO STAFFING SHORTAGES Harrell won the mayoral election on Nov. 2 against Lorena Gonzales. Collecting nearly two-thirds of the votes, Harrell called the desire for safety a...
    Two former Oklahoma police officers have been found guilty of murder for using a Taser on an unarmed man 53 times, resulting in his death, during a 2019 arrest. After four hours of deliberations, a Carter County jury on Friday convicted Brandon Dingman, 35, and Joshua Taylor, 27, of second-degree murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, stemming from the killing of 28-year-old Jared Lakey, and recommended a 10-year prison sentence for each defendant. Dingman and Taylor are scheduled to be sentenced on December 2.   Prosecutors argued during the trial that the repeated tasering was 'dangerous and unnecessary.' Scroll down for video  Former Wilson, Oklahoma, police officers Brandon Dingman, 35 (left), and Joshua Taylor, 27 (right), were convicted Friday of second-degree murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon stemming from Jared Lakey's death  Bodycam and dashboard camera videos from the July 4, 2019, arrest, showed the cops Tasering Lakey 53 times  Prosecutors said the repeated tasering, which lasted more than 3 minutes, was 'dangerous and unnecessary' The fired officers' defense lawyers claimed that Lakey died from a neck restraint that...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Cook County judge on Thursday overturned five more convictions in cases tied to corrupt former Chicago Police Sgt. Ronald Watts, who admitted to routinely extorting drug dealers, and has been accused of frequently planting evidence and fabricating charges. During a hearing before Cook County Judge Erica Reddick, Cook County prosecutors brought forward a joint petition from 88 people who say they were wrongfully convicted because of Watts and the officers under his command. Prosecutors asked Reddick to throw out convictions in five of those cases, and are still reviewing the others. READ MORE: Kyle Rittenhouse Trial: Juror Removed Over Joke About Jacob Blake ShootingSince Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx took office in December 2016, her office now has moved to vacate 114 convictions tied to Watts and the officers under his command. “As prosecutors, we know that harm was caused, some of it was done by this office, and it is now our duty to make sure that those harms are addressed and never repeated,” Foxx said in a statement. “Today is a step towards righting the...
    Portland - widely derided as America's most woke city - has become the latest to announce plans to refund its police department, amid a huge crime spike.  The Oregon city's mayor Ted Wheeler announced Wednesday that he is seeking an extra $5million this fall, after Portland recorded more murders than during any previous year in its history, with two months of 2021 still to go.  He joins fellow progressive Lori Lightfoot - the Mayor of Chicago - who earlier this year announced a funding spree for the Windy City's law enforcement having previously backed defunding measures, with a crime spiral ensuing.   The violent city has reported 73 murders so far in 2021 alone - more than its previous record of 66, which was recorded across the whole of 1987 - which the FBI has attributed to the pandemic, economic hardships, hang-related crime and a mental health crisis.  But Portland is also famed for its regular, far-left Antifa protests, with many of its denizens strongly supporting plans to defund or even abolish its police department.  Those calls reached a fever pitch in...
    Voters in Austin, Texas rejected a ballot measure that sought to hire more police officers in the city, a sign that residents are in favor of Austin's restricted policing system. Sixty-eight percent of the more than 155,000 voters who cast ballots on Tuesday opposed the measure, according to the Austin American-Statesman. If approved, the measure would have directed the city to hire hundreds of additional police officers so there were enough on staff to have two individuals on patrol for every 1,000 residents, according to the Texas Tribune. The proposition came amid a spike in homicides in Austin and a number of larger U.S. cities, the Tribune noted. Austin has seen 75 homicides so far this year, the highest number in two decades. Proponents of the measure said it was needed to add more officers to the department to crack down on the rise in homicides, the Tribune noted. Matt Mackowiak, the co-founder of Save Austin Now, the political action committee that backed the measure, wrote in a tweet Tuesday evening that the vote represented a “setback,” but said proponents...
    Police officers are shown trying to detain George Floyd (left) and Eric Garner (right) in what became deadly incidents for both men. A New York Times investigation found that in five years police officers killed more than 400 people who weren't in possession of a gun or knife and weren't suspected of a violent crime, yet only five of the officers have been convicted in connection with the killings. The more likely outcome was a lawsuit, which played out with local governments (i.e. taxpayers) paying at least $125 million in 40 wrongful death suits, the Times reported. Journalists David Kirkpatrick, Steve Eder, Kim Barker, and Julie Tate wrote in the piece that Black drivers were overrepresented in the number of deaths when compared to the population, and they were stopped over minor infractions like red light violations or driving with broken taillights. “In case after case, officers said they had feared for their lives,” the reporting team wrote. “And in case after case, prosecutors declared the killings of unarmed motorists legally justifiable. “But The Times reviewed video and audio recordings, prosecutor...
    An Austin, Texas, convenience store owner is urging voters to pass a pro-police initiative after the city's police department refused to send officers to help stop a burglar in his shop, even though "you can hear him yelling at me while I'm on the phone." The Austin Police Department issued a policy on Oct. 1, in part to help alleviate its staffing challenges, that would reroute callers away from 911 if it didn't consider the incident an emergency. Linh Tu said his shop has been burglarized repeatedly and that the police would only tell him to call 311 to file a complaint. "We need more police officers," Tu told Fox News. "We need to change the policy … to get an officer in any kind of crime." "I was born and raised here, and what I've seen in the last two or three years, it's horrible," he continued. "It's a nightmare." AUSTIN, TEXAS, DEFUNDED ITS POLICE DEPARTMENT. NOW VOTERS WILL DECIDE IF CITY NEEDS MORE OFFICERS The Convenience Store's smashed windows after recent burglary (Fox) Tu, as a result,...
    During nationwide protests regarding police reforms last year, the Austin, Texas, city council moved to cut approximately one third of its police budget, which was the largest cut of any big city in America. But since the cut, Austin has increasingly become less safe, Fox News reported Sunday. A protester confronts police in Austin, Texas, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) “According to statistics compiled by the data analysis firm AH Datalytics, the city has seen a nearly 71% increase in homicides over the past year. While homicides have increased nationwide since 2020, Austin’s increase is one of the largest the firm has tracked,” the outlet said: The funding cuts brought with them a series of changes to the Austin Police Department. Cadet classes were canceled, making it more difficult to bring more officers onto the force. Certain specialized units were cut back. Attrition soared. By May 2021, police staffing shortages led to a 30% increase in 911 response times. Anti-police protesters gather near the state Capitol in Austin, Texas, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) In August, the council, feeling pressure from an increase...
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized more than $48 million worth of methamphetamine Oct. 22 at the Veterans International Bridge in Texas. The shipment of roughly 2,445 pounds of meth was found when a 60-year-old Mexican citizen driving a 1997 Freightliner truck applied for entry, according to a CBP media release. Mother lode: #CBP officers seize $48M in methamphetamine, more than a ton, within a tractor trailer at #Brownsville Port of Entry’s Veterans International Bridge. Driver arrested. Read more: https://t.co/QbWrxEotGV pic.twitter.com/nxBlljWgxn — CBP South Texas (@CBPSouthTexas) October 28, 2021 “This substantial seizure illustrates the importance of remaining vigilant and our CBP officers used their experience and enforcement tools available in keeping these dangerous narcotics from entering our country,” Brownsville Port Director Tater Ortiz said in the news release. The truck was stopped at the Veterans International Bridge and referred to CBP secondary for a deeper inspection, according to the agency. Officers then found 62 buckets filled with meth. (EXCLUSIVE: Local DEA Chief Says Drug Cartels Are Doing ‘Anything And Everything’ To Smuggle Drugs Across The Southern Border) Officials...
    Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas expanded the list of 'sensitive locations' where immigration officers are banned from making arrests.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have long been banned from making arrests in hospital and school settings, but now they will be asked to refrain from doing so at places of worship, places where children gather such as playgrounds, rec centers and bus stops and social service buildings such as domestic violence and homeless shelters. Officers are also to avoid arrests at public demonstrations such as protests or parades, and during religious or civil ceremonies such as weddings or funerals.  The guidance also asks agents to reconsider enforcement actions 'near' such protected locations.  'We need to consider the fact that an enforcement action taken near – and not necessarily in – the protected area can have the same restraining impact on an individual's access to the protected area itself,' the new guidance says. If indeed that would be the case, then, to the fullest extent possible, we should not take the enforcement action near the protected area.'  Department...
    CROTONA PARK, Bronx (WABC) -- The use of metal detectors and other security measures are being boosted at NYC schools after a rash of guns being found in schools last week.On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said unannounced scanning and additional officers will soon be implemented at some schools that are considered high-risk.Just last week, school safety officers recovered five guns at city schools, including at IS 98 where Hector Pagan's son is a freshman."The kids need to be safe, they come to school to learn and be safe and not worry about what is going on around them," Pagan said."Scanning at some of the sites throughout the city I think is going to help students traveling back and forth to school make that process a lot safer," said NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison.There are currently 3,200 safety agents working in public schools across the five boroughs, which is down from a high of roughly 5,000 agents.The additional personnel will come from the NYPD's ranks of neighborhood coordination officers and youth coordination officers.They will be on site during student...
    LAREDO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers seized narcotics in a single enforcement action that totaled more than $590,000 in street value. A bag containing a portion of nearly 30 pounds of methamphetamine seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge. (credit: Customs & Border Patrol) READ MORE: Gardening 101: Seed Bombs“Methamphetamine is a powerful and highly addictive chemical substance that gravely affects its consumers,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “Officers at the Laredo Port of Entry utilize their enforcement tactics to target high-risk commodities and intercept these deadly narcotics before they can harm our communities.” READ MORE: Anna Police Investigating Crash That Killed 22-Year-Old ManThe bust happened on Oct. 21, 2021, at the World Trade Bridge, after CBP officers encountered a daily express consignment truck manifesting one mini split air conditioning unit arriving from Mexico. The 2019 Freightliner truck was referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 29.93 pounds of methamphetamine. MORE NEWS: Texas Joins Oklahoma's Effort To Overturn...
    HOLLYWOOD (KABC) -- Over the past five years, parking and traffic enforcement has cost the city $192 million more than it made in fines.That's according to a data analysis by USC junior Cari Spencer. She's been looking into the city's transportation budget and revenue for weeks."Starting in 2017, there's this trend of it costing L.A. millions more dollars to enforce traffic and parking than it's actually bringing back in revenue," said Spencer.The last two fiscal years saw the worst shortfall, with more than $120 million more spent than made through citations.Colin Sweeney, director of information for L.A. Department of Transportation, confirmed the data."I didn't want to draw too many conclusions right away. So, I remember looking at it and being like that's very weird," said Spencer.Though parking tickets are frustrating, officials say they aren't meant to fund the Department of Transportation."It's important to remember that the role of our parking enforcement and traffic control officers goes far beyond just writing tickets. They also support the quality of life and safety of our streets," Sweeney said.But why is this spending outweighing...
    The Chicago Police Department has started placing officers on unpaid leave for failing to report their vaccination status by Friday's deadline.    As of Tuesday, 4,543 officers – a little over one third of the force – have not complied and are being given one last chance to report whether they've been vaccinated or be put on no-pay status.  Meanwhile, the city has started seeking recruits from suburban Illinois to fill the potential staffing shortage.  So far, about 50 officers have been placed on an unpaid status, according to Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara. Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday, however, called the 50 officers a 'very small number' who have had their pay stopped by the city for refusing to cooperate with the mandate.  About one third of the Chicago Police Department, or 4,543 officers, have not complied with the city's demand to report their vaccination status  As of Tuesday, about 50 officers were placed on unpaid status for refusing. Some said that Mayor Lori Lightfoot's mandate violates their collective bargaining rights  Ahead of Friday's deadline, the police department warned...
    As of October 19, 2021, Portland, Oregon, has surpassed the record number of homicides for a given year with 67 homicides year-to-date. Fox News reports that Portland’s record number of homicides for one year was 66, set in 1987, but the city has seen 67 for 2021. The Associated Press notes that there have been “about 1,000 shootings” in Portland and “firearms have accounted for three-quarters of homicides.” While many of the shootings can allegedly be traced to “gangs, fights and retaliation killings,” the violence is so widespread that innocent bystanders are endangered. For example, 34-year-old Jacob Eli Knight Vasquez was struck by a stray bullet and killed in late September while sitting in a popular pizza bar.   Press Release: NW Portland Restaurant Homicide Victim Identified (Photo) Link: https://t.co/bpFN9dgGaC pic.twitter.com/2qrqcQKFjL — Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) September 25, 2021 Vasquez’s family pointed to police budget cuts and other restrictions that tie officers’ hands. Vasquez’s brother-in-law, Don Osborn, said, “Let’s please untie the hands of our law enforcement officers. I believe if the proper tools were in place for our law enforcement...
    (CNN)A total of 43 police staff in the Australian state of Victoria have been stood down from duty and could face being fired after they failed to comply with a Covid-19 vaccine mandate, Victoria Police said.Under Victorian state law, all emergency service workers including police officers were set an October 15 deadline to book a vaccination, and must receive their first dose by Friday.In a statement sent to CNN on Tuesday, Victoria Police said 34 police officers and nine public safety officers who had "not complied with the vaccination direction" had been stood down from active service while they are investigated by the state's Professional Standards Command.Subsequent disciplinary action may include termination, but if a worker was unable to be vaccinated "due to a medical issue" they would be exempt, the statement said.Among other jobs that require vaccination under Victoria's mandate are airport workers, marriage celebrants and funeral attendants. Public bodies in other Australian states have also introduced similar orders, including New South Wales Police.Read MoreAustralias biggest city is starting to live with Covid. Asia will be watchingVictoria is set...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — More than two days after a deadline to notify their bosses of their vaccination status, more than a third of the city’s police force and more than a quarter of the Fire Department have yet to comply with the city’s vaccine mandate, and newly released data shows only a little more than half of Chicago Police Department staff has told City Hall they’re fully vaccinated. Friday night was the deadline for all city workers to officially report their vaccination status, or face the prospect of being placed on “no pay” status. The Lightfoot administration also has threatened to fire employees who repeatedly refuse to comply with the city’s vaccine policy. READ MORE: City Celebrating Chicago Sky WNBA Championship In Millennium Park TuesdayCity officials said, as of Monday, 79% of all city employees have reported their vaccination status, and 84% of those who have done so have confirmed they are fully vaccinated. The city also has received approximately 4,000 requests from city workers seeking medical or religious exemptions to the vaccination requirement. While city officials said they would...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The back and forth between the mayor and the Chicago police union continues, with the city sending out a flurry of emails and memos as its vaccine mandate enters its first full week in effect. CBS 2’s Mugo Odigwe obtained the latest threatening memo sent out to officers. READ MORE: City Celebrating Chicago Sky WNBA Championship In Millennium Park TuesdayAt least two memos have gone out since Friday’s deadline for all city workers to report their vaccination status to the city, but Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara said thousands of officers are still refusing to do so. “The unofficial number we have is about over 3,200; so about of third of the department,” Catanzara said. Catanzara has said the mandate is illegal, because the city didn’t negotiate terms with the union. He said officers who are still refusing to report their vaccination status will be called in by supervisors on Monday, and once again will be asked will be asked to comply with the mandate. “If they refuse, it sounds like they’re going to go...
    Q: I believe police officers avoiding COVID-19 vaccines have a point: If vaccinated people have immunity, how can they be infected by non-vaccinated people? There are documented stories of vaccinated people who contract COVID. My wife and I were given no option to the shots by the board-and-care facility where she is now living. Either take the shots or move somewhere else. I don’t have a realistic alternative. Jerry Mungai, San Jose A: Appreciate the reduced risk the vaccination provides to her, other residents, and staff. You and your wife might not even be able to see each other if vaccinations were not available now. Q: When COVID first showed up, all anyone knew to do was find a mask and stand far away from others. But cops and other first responders were given nothing to help protect them, at least in Oakland. The department initially provided nothing. At. All. Eventually, it handed out two of those flimsy blue paper masks—one for the officer and one for anyone they took into custody. So now cities want to force vaccines on...
    Wearing his signature aviator sunglasses, President Joe Biden on Saturday paid tribute to fallen law enforcement officers and said being a cop is now 'harder than it's ever been'. Biden spoke on the steps of the US Capitol at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service to remember the 491 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020.  Biden underscored the heavy burden placed on law enforcement officers, and rebuked the 'defund the police' political movement popular within his own party, saying that those gathered before him would get 'more resources, not fewer, so you can do your job.' 'We expect everything of you and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations,' Biden said. 'Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been.' Wearing his signature aviator sunglasses, President Joe Biden on Saturday paid tribute to fallen law enforcement officers at a ceremony in DC Biden and First Lady Jill attended the 40th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service to remember the 491 law...
    A Texas deputy constable was killed and two others injured while working a security job early Saturday morning. One of the injured deputies, who was shot in the back, remains in critical condition at a local hospital, reported KHOU 11. The third officer was shot in the foot. A Texas constable deputy was fatally shot and two other deputies were wounded in what police are calling an “ambush” early outside a Houston nightclub. https://t.co/6UlpXBgLhR — ABC News (@ABC) October 16, 2021 “We believe they were ambushed, shot from behind, with a- a suspect with a rifle,” Executive Assistant Chief of the Houston Police Department James Jones said, according to CBS News. The three deputies were shot while they were arresting an individual for a possible robbery, according to KHOU 11.  (RELATED: Two Killed After Shooting, Wounding Police Officer During Traffic Stop In San Antonio) “My main concern is the families of the three officers involved … I hope for swift and quick justice for that individual because he ambushed my deputies,” Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said,...
    President Joe Biden took a clear shot at the “Defund the Police” movement during a speech at the Capitol in honor of fallen police officers. On Saturday, the president and the First Lady Jill Biden honored the law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020 at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on the West Front of the United States Capitol. Biden delivered impassioned remarks speaking out against the Jan. 6 insurrection, and repeatedly invoking his own grief over the loss of his son Beau Biden as a way to relate to the families of the fallen. But he also made a clear effort to push back on the “Defund the Police” movement — and the false accusations that he supports it — in one portion of the speech. Biden thanked the FOP “for sincerely trying to reach an agreement on meaningful reforms,” but said “They need help to do better.” It’s a hard time to be a police officer in America, so we want to make sure you have...
    From the GBI: On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, Charlotte Ferguson, age 45, of Alamo, GA, was arrested and charged with Hindering the Apprehension or Punishment of a Criminal. Charlotte Ferguson is the sister of Damien Anthony Ferguson, aka Luke Ferguson. On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, Damien Ferguson was also charged with Bias Motivated Intimidation of First Responders, related to the shooting death of Officer Dylan Harrison. Asia Kinsey, age 24, of Alamo, GA, was also arrested and charged with Terroristic Threats and Acts. Kinsey’s arrest is for a threatening social media post she made on October 9 relating to this investigation. Charlotte Ferguson was taken to the Crisp County Jail and Asia Kinsey was taken to the Truetlen County Jail. Damien Ferguson remains in the Laurens County Jail. This investigation is active and ongoing. Additional arrests and charges are expected. Anyone with information regarding this investigation, please contact the GBI Eastman Office at 478-374-6988. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the...
    The names of more than 700 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since 2019 will be formally dedicated to D.C.’s National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on Thursday. With the addition of 701 names this year, the total number of officers honored at the National Mall memorial wall climbed to 22,611 since its dedication 30 years ago. Their lives and service will be marked with a final roll call of honor on Thursday evening. “The stories behind each of the 701 new names that we officially add to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial tonight are so special,” Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, said in a news release. “To pay them proper tribute, each of their names will be read as a part of the ceremony and will be forever etched on the walls of the memorial and in the hearts of an eternally grateful nation. To them and the families that they represent, and to all law enforcement professionals who serve each day to protect us, thank you.” Among...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey condemned Thursday the behavior of city police officers seen in newly-released body camera footage, which showed them joking about “hunting” protesters during the nights of unrest following George Floyd’s murder. In a social media post, the mayor called the officers’ actions and language “antithetical to the department we are striving to build. Period.” Yet, Frey said he couldn’t offer any other details or comment on the videos as investigations into what happened during those nights last May are still underway. The mayor said that neither he, nor any other elected official, could speak on those cases, as doing so could open the city up to lawsuits and make accountability for any officer in the videos less likely. “I’m just not willing to trade accountability in these cases for a political win, and that is simply the unfortunate choice that this Byzantine set of laws creates,” he said, after outlining the complicated process by which an officer can be investigated for misconduct. RELATED: Body Cam Footage Of Minneapolis Officers During Unrest...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey condemned Thursday the behavior of city police officers seen in newly-released body camera footage, which showed them joking about “hunting” protesters during the nights of unrest following George Floyd’s murder. In a social media post, the mayor called the officers’ actions and language “antithetical to the department we are striving to build. Period.” Yet, Frey said he couldn’t offer any other details or comment on the videos as investigations into what happened during those nights last May are still underway. The mayor said that neither he, nor any other elected official, could speak on those cases, as doing so could open the city up to lawsuits and make accountability for any officer in the videos less likely. “I’m just not willing to trade accountability in these cases for a political win, and that is simply the unfortunate choice that this Byzantine set of laws creates,” he said, after outlining the complicated process by which an officer can be investigated for misconduct. RELATED: Body Cam Footage Of Minneapolis Officers During Unrest...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Parole officers are sounding new alarms about the crisis at Rikers Island. After Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the Less Is More Act last month, people on parole who were being held at Rikers for technical violations were eligible for immediate release. READ MORE: Facing Vaccine Mandate Deadline, Home Health Care Workers Union Hoping New York State Grants More TimeAs CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported Thursday, parole officer warn the law aimed at reducing overcrowding could have dangerous consequences. Hazen Street and 19th Avenue illustrated the widening divide in the fight to address the crisis on Rikers Island and beyond. Parole officers are at odds with inmate advocates over the law that immediately released more than 160 people on parole being held on non-violent technical violations from Rikers. Statewide implementation starts next year. “How is Less Is More passed when it’s an unfunded mandate, meaning there is no money for us to do our jobs,” said Gina Lopez of Public Employees Federation Division. Parole officers argue instead of adding funding for more programming for those on parole to...
    Police officers, neighbors and even a priest are standing under a tree in Queens urging a man to climb down after his mother called the cops on him yesterday afternoon, saying he was 'threatening her.' The man has been holed up in the tree, located near 145th avenue and 226th street in the Brooksville neighborhood of Queens, since Wednesday at 12.45pm.  He was still peeking out from behind the leaves as of 4.50pm Thursday, police told DailyMail.com. The unidentified man already has a warrant out for his arrest for allegedly punching a 50-year-old woman who was in a car with him on September 30, according to WABC. He's shouted down that he doesn't want to go back to jail, saying he was abused there. A man has been avoiding arrest atop a tree in Queens since Wednesday afternoon after his mother called officers saying he had threatened her The road has been closed off as police, neighbors and even a priest try to talk him down An NYPD chaplain told a local station that 'this is something that he does all...
    The gunman who fatally shot his co-worker at a Philadelphia hospital early Monday who fled the scene in a U-Haul truck fired 76 rounds at police officers during a gunfight, according to a report.  The suspect, Stacey Hayes, 55, was wearing scrubs when he shot his co-worker six times on the ninth floor of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital just after midnight, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said at a news conference. Family members identified the victim as 43-year-old Anrae James, who is survived by his wife and three children, FOX 29 Philadelphia reported.  PHILADELPHIA NURSE FATALLY SHOOTS CO-WORKER AT HOSPITAL, WOUNDS 2 OFFICERS IN GUNFIGHT The suspect is accused of firing 76 rounds at police officers following the shooting at a Philadelphia hospital (FOX29 Philadelphia WTXF) "He was a working, making an honest living for his wife and three children and they get a phone call 2 o’clock in the morning that he’s been shot and killed at work," said his father, William James. "Right now I ain’t running on nothing but the strength of God… that’s all I...
    CHICAGO — For the first time, the Police Department has a team solely focused on recruiting officers — but it faces an uphill battle as fewer people see policing as an “attractive job,” Chicago’s top cop told alderpeople Monday. The city hopes to send 60-70 recruits through the academy every six weeks in 2022 and beyond, but it needs thousands more people to sign up to take the police entrance exam to keep pace with the above-normal attrition rate in the department, Supt. David Brown said. “Millennials and Gen Z don’t see it as an attractive job, and the more we beat up our police officers, the more difficult it is to recruit people,” Brown said during a lengthy budget hearing on the department’s $1.9 billion 2022 budget request. The hiring push includes placing Deputy Chief Yolanda Talley in charge of the team that will scour the nation to convince potential recruits to take the exam, which is now available in person and online. “She wants to be in every community, she wants to be in every job fair, military...
    Manila, PhilippinesAn initial investigation by the Philippine government has found 154 police officers could be criminally liable over their conduct in President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs, in a rare admission by the state that abuses may have taken place.The findings, announced by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Sunday, come just a few weeks after the International Criminal Court (ICC) approved a formal investigation into thousands of state killings of alleged drug dealers since Duterte took office in 2016.The government had said it will not cooperate with an international probe because the Philippines has a justice system that is functioning.The popular Duterte, 76, has dared the ICC to put him on trial and publicly said he would happily "rot in jail" for killing people intent on destroying his country.Duterte is stepping down as President in 2022, and political analysts expect him to anoint a successor who could insulate him from potential legal action at home or by the ICC, once he is out of power.Read MoreIn a late night address on Monday, Duterte said he would wait for the...