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    A high-ranking sergeant of Samoan descent is suing the Santa Clara Police Department and its chief, alleging that the force is plagued by systemic racism that thwarts people of color from rising to leadership positions. In the federal lawsuit — filed Monday against the City of Santa Clara, Police Chief Patrick Nikolai and Captain Todd Cummins — Santa Clara Police Sgt. Jacob Malae alleges that his race and national origin were “substantial motivating reasons” why he was passed over for a promotion and denied overtime pay. He is seeking payment of at least $3 million for lost wages and earning capacity. Malae has been with the Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD) for two decades, including serving the past 10 years as a sergeant. Throughout his career, Malae has “excelled” in every position he has held, earning a handful of accolades, including “Officer of the Year” and the 2009 “Lifesaving Award,”...
    A private memorial mass was held Monday for a Garden Grove Police lieutenant who died from COVID-19.Lt. John Reynolds, 59, died last month after battling coronavirus since November.Reynolds served 26 years with the Garden Grove Police Department. He is survived by his wife, two adult daughters and an 18-month-old son.Another memorial service is planned for late spring/early summer.Garden Grove police lieutenant, 59, dies from COVID-19, department saysEMBED More News Videos A Garden Grove police lieutenant who was on the force for 25 years has died from COVID-19, department officials announced Sunday.
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore City Fire Department is mourning the loss of 28-year veteran Lieutenant William Andre Sheffield. Lieutenant Sheffield passed away on the night of January 27. “We are hurt by the passing of Lieutenant Sheffield. As a dedicated servant of Baltimore, this is a major loss for us all,” Mayor Brandon Scott said. “Although he is no longer with us, I know that his legacy will live forever within the fire department and across the city. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his colleagues at BFCD during this difficult time.” 28-Year Veteran of the Baltimore City Fire Department Dies https://t.co/Mizj4LcL0H pic.twitter.com/bwB5hs2FKh — Baltimore Fire (@BaltimoreFire) January 29, 2021 Upon graduating from the Fire Academy, Lieutenant Sheffield was assigned to Truck 6. Six years later, in 1999, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was stationed at Engine 23 for a short period. He then transferred...
    A Suffolk County police lieutenant died of coronavirus on Wednesday — the department’s first active member to succumb to the illness, officials said. Robert Van Zeyl, 60, tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 3 and was admitted to the hospital a week later, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. Zeyl, who joined the department in 1985, leaves behind his ex-wife Christine Zubrinic, and his children Hailey and Tyler, both 14, the department said. “It is truly heartbreaking to lose a member of our department, doubly so personally given the fact that I have known Bob for my entire career,” Suffolk County Police Chief of Department Stuart Cameron said in a statement. “Thirty-six years ago, we were sworn in together and became Suffolk County Police officers; his entire adult life was dedicated to public safety. Our department grieves his loss along with his family.” Zeyl has worked in the...
    More On: Coronavirus California says batch of Moderna vaccines are safe following reports of illness Isles star put on NHL’s COVID protocol list Sanitizer in chief: Twitter loves the inauguration’s mystery podium cleaner Portugal sets records in one of world’s worst virus surges A Suffolk County police lieutenant died of coronavirus on Wednesday — the department’s first active member to succumb to the illness, officials said. Robert Van Zeyl, 60, tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 3 and was admitted to the hospital a week later, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. Zeyl, who joined the department in 1985, leaves behind his ex-wife Christine Zubrinic, and his children Hailey and Tyler, both 14, the department said. “It is truly heartbreaking to lose a member of our department, doubly so personally given the fact that I have known Bob for my entire career,” Suffolk County Police Chief of Department...
    The Suffolk County Police Department is mourning the loss of active duty member Lt. Robert Van Zeyl who died from COVID-19 on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The death is the first of an active-duty sworn member of the Suffolk County Police Department due to the COVID-19 virus and Van Zeyl, age 60, will be honored with a line of duty funeral, the department said. “It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of an exceptional member of our law enforcement family, Lieutenant Robert Van Zeyl,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said.  Van Zeyl tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, Jan. 3, and was hospitalized a week later. He joined the Suffolk County Police Department in February 1985 and served in the Fifth Precinct upon graduation from the academy.  Van Zeyl was promoted to sergeant in 1994 and then a lieutenant in 2003. He served as the Commanding Officer...
    GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KABC) -- Garden Grove police honored a lieutenant who died from COVID-19, escorting his body to the mortuary on Monday.Lt. John Reynolds, 59, died from complications of the virus Sunday morning. He had been fighting the coronavirus infection since late November.He had worked for the Garden Grove department for 25 years and before that served as a probation officer for Orange County for nine years.Dozens of officers as well as community members watched and saluted as as a caravan escorted Reynolds from the hospital to the mortuary.Reynolds leaves behind his wife Jena, two adult daughters and an 18-month-old son.RELATED: Garden Grove police lieutenant dies from COVID-19EMBED More News Videos A Garden Grove police lieutenant who was on the force for 25 years has died from COVID-19, department officials announced Sunday.
    GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KABC) -- A Garden Grove police lieutenant who was on the force for 25 years has died from COVID-19, department officials announced Sunday.Lt. John Reynolds, 59, died from complications of the virus Sunday morning. He had been fighting the coronavirus infection since late November.He had worked for the Garden Grove department for 25 years and before that served as a probation officer for Orange County for nine years."John was a dedicated public servant who loved his career and loved serving his community," the department said.Reynolds leaves behind his wife Jena, two adult daughters and an 18-month-old son.
    SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (KABC) -- The South Pasadena Police Department is mourning the loss of a police assistant who died of complications related to COVID-19.Police Assistant Bayron Salguero died on Saturday.He had completed his dispatch training program and would have started his new shift next week, the department said."Though he was with us for only a short time, he quickly became a part of our family," the department wrote on Instagram. "He had a great attitude and was admired by everyone for his work ethic and willingness to learn."Salguero is survived by his parents and two sisters.RELATED: Garden Grove police lieutenant, 59, dies from COVID-19EMBED More News Videos A Garden Grove police lieutenant who was on the force for 25 years has died from COVID-19, department officials announced Sunday.
    GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KABC) -- A Garden Grove police lieutenant who was on the force for 25 years has died from COVID-19, department officials announced Sunday.Lt. John Reynolds, 59, died from complications of the virus Sunday morning. He had been fighting the coronavirus infection since late November.He had worked for the Garden Grove department for 25 years and before that served as a probation officer for Orange County for nine years."John was a dedicated public servant who loved his career and loved serving his community," the department said.Reynolds leaves behind his wife Jena, two adult daughters and an 18-month-old son.
    The AllOnGeorgia First Responder Spotlight Series features law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, and other emergency personnel who make it their business to serve our communities, often in ways we never see, each and every day. The series is sponsored by McKeithen’s True Value Hardware in Statesboro. Lieutenant Caleb New has been with the Statesboro Fire Department for six years but his firefighting career dates back nine years. He unexpectedly found himself on the job after getting injured in the military. He has an uncle who works for the Savannah Fire Department but he is otherwise the only first responder in his family, so the job was uncharted territory back then. Now, after a short tenure in a few other places, the Statesboro Fire Department is exactly where he belongs.  New is one of two lieutenants on a shift, alongside two captains,...
    Two teens have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a retired fire lieutenant in Chicago earlier this month — a major break in the case, authorities said, though the gunmen remain at large. Firefighter Dwain Williams, 65, had been gunned down Dec. 3 during an attempted robbery outside a popcorn shop in Chicago. The two teens — Dwain Johnson and a 15-year-old boy — were arrested this week and have been accused of following Williams’ Jeep in a stolen Ford Fusion, prosecutors said in court Friday, according to the Chicago-Sun Times . The Chicago Police Department released surveillance video showing Williams walking to his car as two gunmen approach and begin shooting at him. Williams returns fire, but the gunmen run away and flee in the stolen car, video shows. Cops say the armed suspects who confronted Williams are still on the run. Johnson and...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A 15-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of retired Chicago Fire Department Lt. Dwain Williams, who was killed in a carjacking attempt two weeks ago in Morgan Park. The boy’s name is not being released because he was charged as a juvenile. Cook County prosecutors said he was scheduled to appear in Juvenile Court on Thursday morning. Police have said, around 2 p.m. on Dec 3, Williams, 65, was leaving the Let’s Get Poppin popcorn store at 11758 S. Western Ave. and was walking to his vehicle, when a four-door dark-colored sedan pulled up and four males got out and bum rushed him. Lt. Dwain Williams (Credit: Chicago Fire Department) The carjackers fired at Williams, and Williams returned fire. Williams was shot in the abdomen and was later pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Last week, police...
    CHARLESTOWN (CBS) – The Boston Police Department teamed up with several community organizations Wednesday for the George Collier Annual Holiday Community Give Back Program. George Collier was a lieutenant with the Boston Police Department when he died suddenly in 2018. He was 52 years old. Collier was very active in the Charlestown community and gave back by spending time at the Boys & Girls Club. The Boston Police Department teamed up with several community organizations Wednesday for the George Collier Annual Holiday Community Give Back Program. (WBZ-TV) On Wednesday, with help from the Boston police, 52 families from Charlestown’s Boys & Girls Club got $250 gift cards from Stop & Shop. “One thing was prevalent: That we were all here to make sure their Christmas and holiday season is a memorable one where no one forgets them, no one is left behind,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Gross. The gifts...
    A fire crew recently made history in Florida at Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue. A crew comprised entirely of women worked a shift together for the first time in the department's 57-year history.  They all worked together last month, and knew it was a momentous day. "That was captain, driver engineer, firefighter, rescue lieutenant, and paramedic," Krystyna Tesia Krakowski, a rescue lieutenant, told CBS affiliate WPEC. A female captain, driver engineer, firefighter, rescue lieutenant, and paramedic were all scheduled to work the same together – making history at Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue.  Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue The next day, the station went back to a nearly all-male crew – but for one day, girls ruled. "I am completely humbled," Krakowski said. "I think we all are. It's empowering. We're all about women empowerment. It's exciting. It's sad that that's not the norm but it's becoming the norm." Get...
    The Georgia Department of Public Safety has a new Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner. The Board of Public Safety voted on Wednesday to approve Lieutenant Colonel Chris Wright to serve as the next Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and Colonel of the Georgia State Patrol, following Interim Commissioner Gary Vowell’s planned departure, effective September 30, 2020. The Board also named Major William Hitchens to serve as Lieutenant Colonel of the Georgia State Patrol and Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Upon Colonel Wright’s swearing in today, he announced the appointment of Lieutenant Stephanie Stallings to serve as Lieutenant Colonel of the Georgia State Patrol and Director of Support/Administrative Operations, overseeing several divisions of the agency. Other appointments made by Colonel Wright are detailed below, all of which will take effect by October 16, 2020. “I want to...
    ATLANTA (AP) — The deputy commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Public Safety has been tapped to lead the department following the interim commissioner’s departure. The Board of Public Safety on Wednesday voted to approve Chris Wright as the new commissioner of the department and Colonel of the Georgia State Patrol, according to a news release from Gov. Brian Kemp’s office. Wright will take over for Gary Vowell, a former sheriff chosen to head the department on an interim basis in February after the prior chief resigned in the aftermath of a test-cheating scandal involving state troopers. Wright previously served as deputy commissioner and director of field operations under Vowell. He began his career with the Georgia State Patrol as a radio operator in 1994, according to the release. In addition to Wright’s appointment, William Hitchens was named Lieutenant Colonel of the Georgia State Patrol and deputy commissioner of the department....
    These first responders got fired up to unexpectedly work together, as their teamwork marked a first in their department’s 57-year-history – the first all-female fire crew to staff a shift. On Sept. 18, Rescue Lieutenant Krystyna Krakowski, Fire Medic Kelsey Krzywada, Fire Medic Julie Dudley, Lieutenant Monica Marzullo and Driver Engineer Sandi Ladewski were serendipitously scheduled as a crew for the Palm Beach Gardens Fire and Rescue in South Florida, Krakowski recently explained on “Fox & Friends Weekend.” “Two of us were on overtime and the others were assigned to that shift,” she told host Jedediah Bila. “So we just got lucky, and organically it just occurred." AMERICA TOGETHER: UPLIFTING IMAGES FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY “It was really cool,” Krzywada echoed of the special day. “I'm the youngest, so it was really cool to be with all of them that have been here for a while and learn from them.” The women...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Oakland County is also celebrating the promotion of Oakland County Sheriff’s Captain Melissa McClellan. She is the department’s first female Black captain. McClellan began her career in the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in September 1989 where she worked as a clerk in booking. In January 1991, McClellan began as deputy and continued through the ranks from a deputy to road patrol deputy II, to sergeant and lieutenant and then executive lieutenant. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    (CBS DETROIT) – Oakland county is also celebrating the promotion of Oakland County Sheriff’s Captain Melissa McClellan. She is the department’s first female captain and first Black captain. McClellan began her career in the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in September 1989 where she worked as a clerk in booking. In January 1991, McClellan began as deputy and continued through the ranks from a deputy to road patrol deputy II, to sergeant and lieutenant and then executive lieutenant. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The police department in the city that is home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is investigating racist and other problematic tweets from a lieutenant's personal account, authorities said. The Cambridge Police Department is investigating the “deeply disturbing social media statements,” it said in a statement to Boston.com on Tuesday. "While the department recognizes that employees have a right to free speech under the First Amendment, the department will not tolerate statements that are inflammatory, discriminatory and/or disrespectful to any individuals, races or ethnicities that are linked in any way to an officer’s employment as a Cambridge Police Officer.” The lieutenant suspected of using the account hasn’t been on duty since May because of unrelated reasons, the city said. The account, which appeared to included the lieutenant’s badge number, has been deleted. Tweets from the account targeted U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who is...
    A black Hartford Police lieutenant is suing the City of Hartford, Chief of Police, and other city law enforcement officials accusing them of racism and bigotry. On Aug. 19, Hartford Police Lieutenant Paul West, an 18-year police veteran, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the city, Police Chief Jason Thody, Assistant Chief Rafael Medina, Deputy Chief Sonia Watson, Deputy Chief Dustin Rendock, Captain Ian Powell, and Lieutenant Kevin O’Brien. The lawsuit claims that starting in 2018, West’s grievances about the harassment he and other officers had faced within the department were met with retaliation and “racial animus,” according to court documents. West says he was never on a “level playing field” again in his career. West is seeking an undetermined amount in monetary damages for retaliation, discrimination and the creation of a hostile work environment, according to the complaint.  West joined the Hartford Police Department in 2002. He is...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A veteran Las Vegas police officer who for 16 years headed a program supporting families of officers hurt or killed in the line of duty became the first officer to die from complications of COVID-19, department officials said. Lt. Erik Lloyd, 53, died Wednesday at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, according to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department statement that said his death was considered to be in the line of duty. “The LVMPD is a better agency for having Erik,” said Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, the elected head of the department with about 4,000 sworn police and corrections officers and hundreds of civilian employees. The sheriff credited Lloyd, president of the Injured Officers Police Fund, with leaving a legacy of helping people in their greatest time of grief. “I speak for everyone who knew him that this is a profound loss,” Lombardo said....
    LINDEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – It’s a milestone for the fire department in Linden, N.J. At a ceremony Wednesday, firefighter Anthony Holland was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, becoming the first African-American officer in the department’s 104-year- history. His wife and two children were there as he took the oath. Holland says the promotion is an honor. “I grew up in Linden. I went through the entire school system. I grew up in the fourth ward… to be a role model for other young men and women, growing up to see somebody that looks like them, they can do it to. I just look to strive and be a role model for everybody,” he said. Two other members of the department were also promoted. Lieutenant Michael Cassidy became a captain, and firefighter Steven Cuco was promoted to lieutenant.
    Mill Valley police Lt. Lindsay Haynes has been selected to serve as the city’s interim police chief. Mill Valley names Lt. Lindsay Haynes interim chief to step in for former chief Alan Piombo, named city manager this week. (Provided by City of Mill Valley)  Haynes was previously appointed to the role informally in February when police chief Alan Piombo was tapped to step in on an interim basis for retiring city manager Jim McCann. Piombo was elevated to city’s top post this month. City leaders said Haynes has helped lead the city through changing virus health orders that shut down businesses and local protests in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. “Over the past few months, Lt. Haynes has been a strong, steady and responsive leader in the face of extraordinary challenges,” Piombo said. “We are confident in her leadership and ability to...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City An alleged con man wound up in handcuffs for posing as a lieutenant with the FDNY’s EMS division to steal valuables from several Staten Island businesses, the department announced Friday. Robert Schnepf, 45, faces petit larceny, criminal impersonation of a public servant and possession of a forged instrument for his alleged scheme, in which he portrayed an EMS officer named “Lieutenant Hart.” But Schnepf wasn’t in the business of saving lives, according to Fire Commissioner Dan Nigro — he was out for himself. According to the FDNY, the purported Lieutenant Hart was picked up on June 19 in Queens after being spotted acting suspiciously inside a public park. The suspect wore what appeared to be a department-standard, light blue dress shirt with the words FDNY embroidered on his left and the...
    An NYPD lieutenant in Queens has been bombarded with more than 2,000 threatening calls and texts on his department-issued phone following a Black Lives Matter rally Sunday. The cop, whose name is being withheld to prevent further harassment, was hit with the angry barrage of messages shortly after a demonstration in Bayside, during which police made one arrest, sources told The Post. “Messages state ‘Let are (sic) friend go,’ ‘We have all of your personal info,’ ‘Watch your back, we will blast you,’” according to an internal NYPD email Sunday. “Text messages have photos of heads, arms and legs being cut off. Intel notified.” The department is conducting an investigation to determine how the lieutenant’s department phone number got out, the sources said. “We take threats against our officers very seriously,” the NYPD said in a statement Tuesday. “While we won’t comment on the specifics of the threat, it...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In a town known for its charm and everlasting grit, there’s a teenager who captures both, as well as the heart of the city. Baltimore knows him as Mo Gaba, a 14-year-old from Glen Burnie, and a Ravens superfan who is blind and battling cancer. Now, make that Lieutenant Mo Gaba. The Baltimore Police Department recognized Mo as an honorary Lieutenant during a ceremony Friday. Baltimore Police Lt. Col. Kevin Jones was there front and center. “Using the “Mo Strong” model as what we want to be, not only personally, but professionally in this agency,” Jones said. “It was an honor for us at the Baltimore Police Department for this special day, for this kind of acknowledgement.” WJZ was at Gaba’s house in June for his middle school graduation where dozens showed up to congratulate him. Friday, The Northern District Police Department made him honorary lieutenant to show...
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