A Riverside County sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized Wednesday after accidentally shooting himself in the leg when a large dog approached him at a Riverside home.
A Riverside County sheriff’s spokesperson said the deputy was serving court documents to a resident in the 3000 block of Eucalyptus Avenue at about 2 p.m. when a dog came at him aggressively.
The deputy, who has not been named, feared for his safety and pulled out his gun but ended up shooting himself in the process, according to the spokesperson.
An investigation is underway into the finances of the Chandler Law Enforcement Association after the union discovered thousands of dollars of unauthorized charges on one of its credit cards.
CBS 5 News confirmed that someone racked up $19,000 in unauthorized charges on a credit card belonging to the Chandler Law Enforcement Association.
The card in question was in the control of union secretary and Chandler police Detective Jennifer Rome. The union represents dozens of Chandler officers and accepts donations and dues from its members.
A union representative told CBS 5 News that when the credit card discrepancies were discovered, Rome repaid the money in full and resigned her position as secretary.
The union’s attorney said an independent forensic CPA had been hired to do an audit and conduct an investigation into any possible wrongdoing or a cover-up.
A day after CBS 5 News started asking questions, the president of the union met with a Chandler police commander. The department then opened a formal inquiry to find out if there was misconduct that would warrant a full blown internal investigation.
A Monroe County sheriff’s deputy is facing charges for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.
The Roane County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded on April 5 to a home on Loudon Highway in Kingston, west of Knoxville, for a domestic disturbance.
Jacob Summers, 21, was arrested for the alleged assault.
The victim told officials that Summers punched her in the jaw and choked her.
A former prosecuting attorney in Pocahontas County found herself on the wrong side of the courtroom Friday.Donna Price served as the county’s prosecuting attorney from 2008 until 2012 when she was not re-elected for a second term.On April first of this year, Price was indicted by a grand jury on an embezzlement charge.According to the indictment, Price left her office on December 31, 2012 and took with her a number of items that belonged to the county.Some of those items include Ipad’s, law books, furniture, and computer accessories… the total value is estimated more than $3,800.People in Marlinton said they’re happy to see her being prosecuted."I’m glad to see that the law reaches out to all and just because you’re in a position of authority doesn’t mean the law doesn’t reach out and get you too," said Della Fleury.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) announced last week that it would improve safety in highway work zones by startling drivers with an ear-piercing noise. At an event in the Kansas City district headquarters, the agency showed off a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), which is capable of producing an ear-piercing shriek or siren at 153 decibels, which is beyond the threshold of pain and into the territory that causes permanent hearing damage for the driver and any passengers or nearby vehicles.
"The sound easily penetrates the windshield and well-insulated cab of a car, even overriding the vehicle’s engine sounds and a radio turned up loud enough to jam to tunes at highway speeds," MoDOT’s Michele Compton explained in a newsletter.
LRAD Corporation, maker of the product, claims it can broadcast a loud message in a 15 degree arc over a distance of 1.9 miles. The system was developed for the military for use against terrorists and has been used by law enforcement to disperse crowds of protesters. MoDOT has used the system both mounted on a moving truck and in a stationary position on the side of the road. One test last year had the LRAD truck set off an ear-piercing siren while repeating the phrase, “Slow vehicles ahead” over and over.
A Collings Lakes man has settled a police brutality lawsuit against Hammonton for $70,000, over a 2009 incident involving two police officers he said directed a police dog to attack and repeatedly bite him, according to court documents.
Robert Keeler stated in a 10-count 2011 Atlantic County Superior Court action against the town, its police department, officers Richard Jones and Tom Percodani and unnamed others that he was repeatedly bitten by a police dog on April 8, 2009. He also claimed that the officers involved did not have a lawful or reasonable basis to detain or arrest him, or to search and seize him.
Keeler claimed to have suffered severe and permanent physical and psychological injury from the incident.
Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold contends an off-duty deputy who was pulled over for speeding and suspicion of drunken driving but not ticketed was just being shown professional courtesy, but the Tennessee Highway Patrol disagreed.
The Daily News Journal reports that Deputy Daniel Thomas was clocked going 99 mph in a 70 mph zone Sept. 28.
At the time of the stop, Deputy Thomas can be heard on the dash cam video telling the trooper he’s a member of law enforcement. “Yes sir, I’m a school resource officer. I used to work third shift for like three years.”
The trooper conducting the stop also initially said he suspected Thomas was driving under the influence.
"You know as well as I do, you’re intoxicated," Trooper Inman said.
However, Thomas wasn’t given a field sobriety test or a ticket.
His vehicle was towed and his father, a sheriff’s detective, went to the scene and drove Thomas and a female passenger home.
State Trooper D’Angelo Inman, who stopped Thomas, was later fired.
Arnold said he did not see a problem because “everybody that works with somebody in the same profession … they help each other out.” The sheriff said “doctors help doctors, painters help painters and movers help movers.”
Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott wrote in a memo recommending the firing that Inman “has obviously given preferential treatment by not arresting [Thomas] for DUI.”
An off-duty Denver police officer is on leave after he was discovered with an alleged prostitute during a sting in Lakewood.
The Lakewood Police Special Enforcement Team watched a 49-year-old woman, who was known to engage in prostitution, enter a vehicle on West Colfax Avenue and Ingalls Street April 10.
Officers saw that the vehicle was stopped and the occupants were contacted.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as a Denver Police Officer Michael Ryan. He was not on duty at the time.
Today, the ACLU and ACLU of Utah filed an amicus brief in support of a Utah paramedic whose Fourth Amendment rights were violated when police swept up his confidential prescription records in a dragnet search. Law enforcement’s disregard for basic legal protections in the case is shocking.
The United Fire Authority (UFA) is Utah’s largest fire agency, with 26 fire stations in communities surrounding Salt Lake City. Last year, some UFA employees discovered that several vials of morphine in ambulances based at three fire stations had been emptied of medication. Suspecting theft, they called the police. At this point, one would expect police to interview firefighters and paramedics with access to ambulances at those three stations and try to draw up a reasonable list of suspects. But one detective had a different idea.
Within a day or two of receiving the theft report, a detective with the Cottonwood Heights Police Department logged into the Utah Controlled Substances Database and downloaded the prescription histories of all 480 UFA employees. The database tracks patients’ prescriptions for medications used to treat a long list of common medical conditions, and the records can reveal extremely sensitive health information. But unlike some other states, Utah doesn’t require police to get a warrant before accessing this private data. The detective took advantage of this loophole and obtained a great deal of confidential information without going to a judge or demonstrating any individualized suspicion.
A former Unified police officer charged with faking DUI reports and illegally collecting thousands of dollars in overtime entered guilty pleas Monday.
Stephen F. Hall, 44, pleaded guilty to theft by deception, a second-degree felony, and one count of falsifying a government record, a class B misdemeanor. Two additional misdemeanor counts of falsifying a government record were dismissed in exchange for Hall’s plea.
In 2012, Hall reported to his supervisors that he had made 27 DUI arrests, issued 398 citations and impounded 27 vehicles while working shifts funded by the state as part of a DUI grant. The grant allowed officers to work overtime hours to conduct DUI patrol, and the state would later reimburse the department for those hours.
But Unified Police Department supervisors discovered that their own records did not match Hall’s grant sheets.
Rather than face the prospect of a jury trial, Baltimore’s spending board is expected to approve two settlements, totaling $110,000, over charges that police used excessive force.
John Bonkowski filed a suit against Baltimore Police Det. Mike McSpadden and Sgt. Harvey Martini, claiming they pulled him out of his car and repeatedly assaulted him after they observed him drive out of a downtown parking garage without paying.
The incident last May 13 resulted in Bonkowski’s treatment for undisclosed injuries at Mercy Medical Center.
The city Law Department has negotiated a $75,000 settlement in return for Bonkowski dropping his $2.3 million lawsuit. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Board of Estimates are expected to approve the settlement at their Wednesday meeting.
The city also plans to pay $35,000 to Elizabeth Murphy who charged that a Baltimore Public School police officer assaulted her juvenile son while making an arrest at the REACH Partnership School in northeast Baltimore on May 8, 2012.
For nearly four years, the dashcam video of a County police cruiser striking a wheelchair pedestrian in a crosswalk in broad daylight was the most shocking aspect of the case. Now, a new court filing drops additional bombshells– including one that may explain how it happened.
New information revealed in the course of the victim’s civil lawsuit indicates that immediately before the incident, the Albemarle officer, Gregory C. Davis, was involved in “excessive texting.” Furthermore, according to the document, Officer Davis may, under oath, have intentionally downplayed his texting.
"Members of the public who have seen this video probably wondered how in the world this officer could have missed this person in a wheelchair," says attorney Richard Armstrong. "This finally explains."
Messages left with Davis, his attorney, and the chief of police were not returned; and police spokesperson Darrell Byers says the ongoing litigation prevents comment.
The November 5, 2007 accident created widespread outrage, particularly after release of the dashcam video showing clear conditions at the intersection of West Main and Fourth Streets.
Feelings were already running high since the officer went uncharged while the injured man in the wheelchair, Gerry Mitchell, was served with a ticket in his UVA hospital bed. In the months following the accident, Mitchell– a longtime AIDS sufferer– alleged that he was hit not only by a police car but by a cascade of additional health woes.
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On Monday afternoon police revealed the officer who fatally shot a family dog while police were searching for a trespassing suspect near Murphy High School on Friday is the same officer who was involved in a February shooting.
Officer Kevin Kelly, a six-year veteran of the department, was found justified in the shooting of 23-year-old Shawn Ephisian Taylor, who suffered a single wound to his buttocks following a confrontation with Kelly.
On Friday, Kelly walked into the backyard of a home on Clearmont Street in an attempt to find suspects who were accused of trespassing and running from police, said Mobile Police Department spokeswoman Ashley Rains.
Confronted by two dogs, Kelly fatally shot one dog and injured another while their owners, Lynn and Mark Yeager, watched from inside the house. The Yeager family, who has lived in their home on Clearmont Street for 22 years, had recently finished renovations to their home necessitated by the 2012 Christmas Day tornado.