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Friday, November 15, 2019

2 dead, 4 wounded in California high school shooting; community mourns victims after student suspect opened fire

The deadly shooting Thursday at Saugus High School has rocked the Santa Clarita community to its core while investigators search for a motive for why the student suspect pulled a gun from his backpack on his 16th birthday and opened fire on his fellow classmates before turning the gun on himself. The shooting that killed two teenagers and wounded three others took just 16 seconds and left the attacker, only identified by authorities as a 16-year-old Saugus High student, hospitalized in grave condition with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. Investigators searched the boy's home as they sought a motive for the attack, which seemed to target students at random, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Captain Kent Wegener said. Someone posted a message under a pseudonym on an Instagram account that was reported as possibly belonging to the boy, authorities said. The message said: "Saugus, have fun at school tomorrow."

North Carolina deputy killed in crash while responding to call, sheriff says

A Northampton County deputy who had only been on the job for six months died in a crash while responding to a call on Wednesday night, according to Northampton County Sheriff Jack Smith. Deputy Makeem Brooks, of Gaston, died while responding to a call for service at 11:45 p.m., Smith said. Brooks was traveling in an unmarked car with blue lights flashing when he crashed on U.S. Route 158 outside of Garysburg. Smith said he’s not sure at this time what type of call Brooks was responding to. Brooks was traveling west when he ran off the road to the left, hit a ditch and overturned several times, the sheriff’s office said. Brooks was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Smith, Brooks had been on the job for six months and leaves behind several children. The vehicle had no dash cam.
CBS 17 News

Marine veteran should be executed for killing 2 Florida cops, jury says

Everett Glenn Miller should be executed for killing two Kissimmee police officers, a jury unanimously recommended Wednesday. The 12-member jury deliberated for five-and-a-half hours at the Osceola County Courthouse before deciding the Marine Corps veteran should be sentenced to death for fatally shooting Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard, 36, and Officer Matthew Baxter, 26. Miller showed no visible emotion as the verdict was read, and his family did not comment after the recommendation was announced. The families and friends of Howard and Baxter silently wiped away tears. The same jury found Miller, 48, guilty of first-degree murder on Sept. 11 in the 2017 killings. Outside the courthouse, Baxter’s widow, Sadia Baxter, said “justice was served” with the jury’s decision.
Orlando Sentinel - Metered Site

New Massachusetts State Police Leader Pledges to Win Back Public Trust

The next leader of the Massachusetts State Police shared his vision to regain public trust and reform the department Wednesday as he prepares to take over for Col. Kerry Gilpin. Lt. Col. Christopher Mason promised to see through the ongoing internal investigations into the overtime-abuse scandal to the end, which has embroiled 46 troopers and shaken public confidence in the badge. He spoke of plans to implement additional ethics training in the state police academy, focused on time, attendance and duty to supervise, as a litmus test to ensure troopers in training are morally aligned with the culture of the agency. “Words are hollow. It’s actions that will move the department forward,” Mason said Wednesday. “We will not tolerate theft from the public or conduct inconsistent with our values. We will strive to ensure that the public receives the quality of services that they have paid for and that they rightly expect.”

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Indiana K-9 officer killed during manhunt was first line-of-duty death for department

Fishers police have identified the two suspects in an early-morning incident Wednesday that left a Fishers K-9 officer dead. Richard Garrett and Rashanna Farrow are both 19-years-old and from Indianapolis. Garrett faces nine charges including: striking a law enforcement animal, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, and resisting law enforcement with a vehicle. Farrow, who was wanted on warrants from Indianapolis, is charged with False Informing. Both are held at the Hamilton County Jail. The death of a Fishers Police Department K-9 officer early Wednesday morning was the first line-of-duty death in the department's history. K-9 Harlej, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, was killed during a manhunt for two suspects. The incident began when officers attempted to stop a possible drunken driver just after midnight on I-69. After a brief chase, the suspects stopped in the Saxony neighborhood and fled from their vehicle.
The Indy Channel

NYPD Busts Bronx Woman Who Could Be Responsible for Making 24,000 Bogus 911 Calls

The NYPD says officers arrested a woman for a bogus 911 call that was placed last Friday -- but they are now investigating whether she is behind making more than 24,000 of these types of calls since the summer. The caller allegedly stated to the 911 operator there was a fire and smoke coming from the basement which subsequently caused multiple police and fire units to respond at the time of the call. In the end, officers arrested 38-year-old Yogita Persaud, of the Bronx, shortly after 2 p.m. Friday while investigating what turned out to be a false 911 call. According to police, Persaud was charged with making a false report (fire), making a false report (emergency), obstructing governmental administration and aggravated harassment.
NBC New York

Florida Mayor Jane Castor, once a police chief, calls in a tip that leads to arrest

You can take the mayor out of her police uniform, but you better avoid suspicious activity when she’s around. Mayor Jane Castor was in her city-issued black Chevy Suburban with her driver, Mike Victor, another ex-cop, when they noticed a man with backpacks “front and back” pedaling around North Tampa on Wednesday morning. “It looked like he was casing the neighborhood,” Castor said. “Sure enough, that’s what he was doing.” Castor called in her tip and police officers soon found Jesse Don Hickman riding his bicycle westbound on the 1100 block of West Hiawatha Street. Hickman rode through a stop sign, where officers conducted a traffic stop. Officers remembered a previous alert about a bicyclist riding a white bicycle with orange forks that had been burglarizing residential sheds in the area. A security video of an Oct. 20 burglary matched Hickman and his bicycle, according to a Tampa Police department report.
Tampa Bay Times

FBI Reports Dip In Hate Crimes, But Rise In Violence

While the number of reported hate crimes dipped slightly in 2018, violence against individuals rose to a 16-year high, according to numbers released Tuesday by the FBI. The FBI's annual tally counted 7,120 hate crimes reported last year, 55 fewer than the year before. The main concern for extremism trackers, however, is the rising level of violence — the report showed an increase in the number of "crimes against persons," such as intimidation, assault and homicide. "We're seeing a leaner and meaner type of hate crime going on," said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino. "Homicides were up and crimes against persons were up and that's an important thing to look at." Hate crimes targeting people accounted for 61% of all hate crimes in 2018, according to Levin, who is co-author of a report released Tuesday that analyzes law enforcement data. The FBI recorded 24 murders classified as hate crimes in 2018, up from 15 in 2017.

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