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Monday, June 24, 2019

Missouri officer shot, killed while investigating bad check complaint near St. Louis

A Missouri police officer has died after he was shot while responding to a bad check complaint at a food market near St. Louis. FOX2 reports the officer, identified as Mike Langsdorf was shot inside Clay's Food Market located in the 6200 block of Page Avenue in Wellston, about 9 miles northwest of St. Louis. A call for an officer in need of aid was sent from the store shortly after Langsdorf arrived just after 4:30 p.m. Officers and EMS crews arriving on the scene were met by people in the store assisting the officer. EMS crews aided the officer and transport him to Barnes-Jewish Hospital for treatment. The North County Police Cooperative Chief of Police John Buchannan said Langsdorf had been with the department for three months and was at the store investigating a bad check complaint. The North County Police Cooperative serves seven communities in the northern St. Louis county. Buchannan also stated that a suspect was in custody and that a gun had been recovered at the scene. St. Louis County Police tell FOX2 that they are assisting the North County Police Cooperative with the investigation.
FOX 4 Kansas City

Jury Awards $585K To Minneapolis Cop Over License Lookups

A federal jury in Minnesota has awarded $585,000 to a police officer who alleged that 58 fellow officers from the Minneapolis Police Department broke a federal privacy law by searching for her driver’s license data without a lawful purpose. The jury returned its verdict Wednesday in St. Paul in favor of Amy Krekelberg. Her attorneys said other officers improperly searched for her private data 87 times from 2009 to 2013 — accessing information including her photograph, address, age, height, and weight — inflicting emotional distress in the process. The city is considering an appeal. Human Rights Watch said in a statement Friday that the case was one of 14 federal lawsuits across the country making similar claims, and that it highlights the need for stronger data protections. It was also one of many such cases filed in Minnesota in recent years, most of which resulted in settlements.

Georgia cops pose as utility workers to catch distracted drivers

Marietta police used an interesting tactic Wednesday to catch more than 100 drivers violating the Hands Free Georgia Act that prohibits texting or holding cell phones while driving. Three Marietta officers dressed as city utility workers fanned out across the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Roswell Road near the Big Chicken and watched for motorists violating the hands-free law or not wearing their seat belts. When they spotted violators, the undercover cops radioed the vehicle descriptions to uniformed officers waiting in nearby parking lots, who then pulled over the vehicles. The operation was coordinated by Marietta police with the help of the Cobb County Police Department and Georgia State Patrol. Marietta officer Jake Rakestraw said Wednesday’s operation began around 9:30 a.m. and ran until around 11:45 a.m.
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Man injures 5 TSA agents while rushing through security at Phoenix airport, authorities say

A man tried to rush through a security checkpoint at the Phoenix airport, attacking security officers and injuring five TSA agents, authorities say. One transportation security officer was taken to a hospital and four to urgent care clinics, said Lorie Dankers, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration. All were treated and released. The incident occurred around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at a security checkpoint in Terminal 4 of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Dankers said. Other transportation security officers and members of the Phoenix Police Department subdued the man, she said. The suspect, identified as Tyrese Garner, was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, which are felonies, as well as five counts of misdemeanor assault, Phoenix Police Det. Luis A. Samudio said. The suspect is due in court Tuesday. He is being held in the Maricopa County Jail on $1,500 bond. He has not yet been assigned an attorney, according to court documents.

The tortoise and the deputy: cop saves run-away reptiles in Oregon

Whoever says tortoises are slow hasn’t worked for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. A resident called dispatch for assistance Sunday after her two hard-shelled pets sped away while grazing in a pasture in Redland. She told deputies she was driving on the east side of Clackamas County on Eaden Road with her pets when she pulled over to let them snack quickly, according to a Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post. The tortoises “found an unexpected burst of speed” at split off, “leaving their owner in the dust.” A deputy wrangled the atypical Wild West creatures and brought them back to their owner. So, what did the sheriff’s office learn from this call? “This truly demonstrates two things: 1) a deputy sheriff truly never knows what their day will consist of and 2) in the tale of “The Tortoise and the Hare”, it was actually the deputy sheriff who won the race,” the post reads.
Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon

Friday, June 21, 2019

Nebraska State Patrol trooper killed in crash is first line-of-duty death in two decades

A trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol was killed in a crash Thursday morning while on duty in Morrill County, according to a news release from the agency. At about 7:45 a.m. local time, Trooper Jerry Smith was traveling on U.S. 26 about 2 miles west of Bridgeport when the driver of a 2004 Dodge pickup crossed the center line and struck his patrol car head-on, according to Morrill County Sheriff Milo Cardenas. Smith, 51, and the driver of the pickup, who hadn't been identified as of Thursday evening, were both pronounced dead at the scene. Cardenas said the driver of the pickup had swerved to avoid a third car that was stopped in the highway, waiting to turn left. The crash remains under investigation by the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office and the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office. Smith, of Scottsbluff, joined the state patrol in 2014 after serving in the Army from 1986 to 2011.
Lincoln Journal Star

Missouri police officer shot last week meets good Samaritans who helped her

The Trenton, Missouri, police officer shot in Winston, Missouri, last week said in a Facebook post she was able to meet two good Samaritans who helped her during the shooting. Jasmine Diab posted a photo of herself, Rick Shannon and Jason Gamm to the Facebook group “Helping Jasmine Diab” Tuesday evening. Diab was shot during a struggle with a prisoner, 38-year-old Jamey Griffin, who was trying to grab Diab’s handgun. Diab was transporting Griffin to St. Joseph, Missouri, for a mental evaluation. She said Shannon and Gamm helped get her attacker off her, and that she may had died from blood loss if they had not stepped in. “I was lost for words and overly emotional as these two gentlemen entered the room,” Diab wrote in the post. “I may be a hero but these two will always be my heroes,” she said.
KSHB 41 Kansas City

A Day After Sacramento Officer’s Death, 56 Officers Get Badges in Emotional Ceremony

If Officer Tara O’Sullivan’s funeral will take place sometime next week, Thursday’s Sacramento Police Academy graduation felt like a celebration of the last year of her life. Fifty-six newly commissioned police officers walked the stage at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, just six months after O’Sullivan did so and a mere 24 hours after she was fatally shot while responding to a domestic violence call in north Sacramento. O’Sullivan’s life and death hung over the ceremony well beyond the opening moment of silence in her name. In his first public comments since O’Sullivan’s death, Chief Daniel Hahn asked attendees to celebrate the recruits while also remembering the fallen officer. He recalled how O’Sullivan had volunteered to run five miles uphill with the recruits just a few weeks ago, and how she paid the ultimate price for helping a woman in need Wednesday.

Texas police officer killed in Thursday shooting

A Mission police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty Thursday night after being waved down regarding an armed person, leaving a community devastated and authorities investigating the circumstances that led to the deadly incident. The officer, who has not been identified, was hospitalized at McAllen Medical Center after being shot in the vicinity of Stewart Road and Business 83 in Mission. He died later that night, according to Lt. Art Flores, spokesman for the Mission Police Department. According to a statement from the city of Mission, the officer had been waved down “for a suspect with a weapon” and “gave his life protecting us.” The suspected shooter, who has also not been identified, was arrested, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Texas Rangers are currently investigating. Before the officer’s death was confirmed, the city addressed the shooting early Thursday evening, stating “with a heavy heart” that the officer was shot “while protecting our community.”
The Monitor

Former NYPD cop in hospice; testified to Congress at 9/11 victim fund hearing

A retired NYPD detective who joined comedian/activist Jon Stewart last week to plead with Congress to extend the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund, is now in the care of a Rockville Centre hospice. In a Facebook post, Luis Alvarez, 53, who contracted cancer from his work at Ground Zero after the 2001 terrorist attacks, wrote that he entered the hospice shortly after appearing with Stewart June 11 at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing. “I’m still here and still fighting … I’m now in hospice, because [there] is nothing else the doctors can do to fight the cancer,” wrote Alvarez, who has advanced liver cancer. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who co-sponsored the legislation extending the fund along with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan), said Alvarez is at Good Shepherd Hospice in Rockville Centre.
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