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Friday, April 19, 2019

Minneapolis to ban ’warrior’ training for police, Mayor Jacob Frey says

Minneapolis police officers will no longer be permitted to participate in “warrior-style” training, even off duty. Mayor Jacob Frey announced he will ban this popular training style as he presented his State of the City address Thursday, a speech that also introduced a new local fund to combat climate change and emphasized investing in minority-owned businesses, creating more affordable housing and aiding the effort to legalize marijuana in Minnesota. To a roomful of applauding city leaders at Bio-Techne, a lab in northeast Minneapolis, Frey said he believes Minneapolis will be the first city in the country to eliminate “fear-based training” and said the new policy will take effect immediately. The warrior style of policing teaches officers to adopt a mind-set that threats are ever present in their daily work.
Star Tribune

Bill would require Oregon law enforcement agencies to psychologically evaluate applicants

Oregon does not require law enforcement agencies to psychologically evaluate job applicants before they become officers. But new legislation would change that. A new bill would require all agencies in the state to psychologically evaluate officer candidates, and another aims to address the mental health of officers already wearing a badge. Most law enforcement agencies conduct the screenings anyway. Researchers say around 14 percent in the state do not. They're mostly in rural or remote areas. Troy Clausen, the undersheriff of Marion County, said reform is needed. "People in our career field, they are burning out and blowing out," he told a KATU reporter Thursday. "When you see infants die in motor vehicle accidents, when you're exposed to home fires where people die and you have to sift through evidence that way, when you deal with explicit, graphic rape cases or sexual trauma to juveniles, to youth, those things, they live with you. They wear with you basically."
KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

DOJ Reports Focus on Improving Safety, Wellness of Law Enforcement Officers

The Department of Justice this week released two complementary reports that focus on the mental health and safety of the nation’s federal, state, local and tribal police officers. The reports, Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Report to Congress and Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs: Eleven Case Studies, were published by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) as required by the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) of 2017. The LEMHWA passed both chambers unanimously and without amendment and was signed by the President shortly thereafter. These actions show that its purpose and intended effects are uncontroversial among policymakers – law enforcement agencies need and deserve support in their ongoing efforts to protect the mental health and well-being of their employees.

Man accused of hitting Pennsylvania state trooper with car before leading police on chase

A Uniontown man is accused of hitting a Pennsylvania state trooper with his car. Investigators said they tried to pull over Pete Lancaster around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday but he took off, leading police on a chase going more than 100 mph on Route 40 in Farmington. "Before they even pulled him over, he pulled into a random driveway," said Trooper Robert Broadwater, with the Pennsylvania State Police. "The operator of the vehicle put it in reverse at a high rate of speed, striking one of our troopers in the leg." Lancaster got away but troopers caught up with him a short time later and a second high-speed chase began on Kentuck Road. According to police, Lancaster eventually ran into the woods. Inside his car, officers found drugs and counterfeit money, police said. Channel 11 looked into his record and found there was also a warrant out for his arrest on forgery charges.

Missouri sheriff’s deputy shoots man during confrontation in abandoned nursing home

A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy shot a suspected thief who lunged at the deputy after being confronted in an abandoned nursing home Wednesday morning south of Festus. The man was shot in the shoulder about 8 a.m., apparently as he and the deputy struggled over the deputy’s gun. The man, 30, was in critical condition but is expected to survive. Sheriff Dave Marshak said the deputy suffered minor injuries as the two struggled. The shooting was at Benchmark Healthcare of Festus, at 12827 Highway TT. The building is vacant and under renovation. The deputy was there to check on a reported trespasser. Neighbors keep an eye on the building and routinely report trespassers or suspicious activity, police said.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Thursday, April 18, 2019

NYPD officer dies of 9/11-related illness

Another NYPD officer has died of a 9/11-related illness, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea tweeted Tuesday. Detective Lisa Rosado, who was recently retired from the NYPD's Real Time Crime Center, died nearly 18 years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center that claimed thousands of lives. Her death is the latest in an alarming trend, as more cancer and other illnesses related to the toxic cloud are being reported. Since last September there have been 104 deaths, 10 just since April 1. As the death rate among first responders and people who lived and worked near ground zero continues to rise, Congress continues to debate whether to restore funds in the victim compensation fund. 25,000 people have already received benefits, depleting the fund from 7 to 2 billion dollars. With 20,000 applications still pending, and another 20,000 anticipated, Congress cut the benefits in half.

Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper rescues human trafficking victim during traffic stop

A regular traffic stop turned into a rescue mission for one Ohio State Highway Patrol officer. Trooper Mitch Ross from the Swanton Post stopped a 2013 Nissan Sentra for a failure to move over violation on the Ohio Turnpike. During the stop, OSHP says the officer noticed a young female riding with an older male. Neither the girl or the man had identification on them or spoke English. Once they were determined to be of El Salvadoran decent, an OSHP translator was called to the scene to assist with the stop. It was determined that the girl was 15 years old and the man was 35 years old. Police say it was also confirmed that the man had forced the girl to perform acts on him and that the girl was being taken to Chicago from New Jersey. Further investigation revealed she had been entered into police databases as a missing juvenile from New Jersey.

Police departments across the US challenge each other to random acts of kindness

Police departments across the U.S. are challenging one another to surprise people with random acts of kindness in a campaign coined "#OperationPayItForward." It started when a stranger surprised two LAPD officers by paying for their food at a restaurant. The two officers wanted to pay it forward, so they filmed a video of themselves paying for three cars behind them at a fast food drive thru window. LAPD posted the video on its Twitter account, challenging the New York Police Department to perform a similar act of kindness. NYPD followed through, posting a video of two of its officers treating customers to free pizza, "because everybody knows we got the best pizza," one of the officers said. NYPD then challenged Chicago Police Department, which upped the ante by surprising a single mother of four children with tickets to the Chicago White Sox's opening day from police chief Eddie Johnson.
KFMB-TV CBS 8 San Diego

Jury finds former Michigan State Police trooper guilty in death of Detroit teen

A jury has found Mark Bessner, the former Michigan State Police trooper charged in the death of a Detroit teen, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. His sentencing is scheduled for May 2 and he was taken into custody after the trial. There were at least 10 Wayne County Sheriff's deputies in the courtroom as a jury reached a verdict. The jury in this trial begin deliberations around 3 p.m. on Tuesday. This is the second trial in the case of Bessner, after a jury failed to reach a verdict in his first trial and a judge declared a mistrial. Michigan State Police released this statement: "Today, former trooper Mark Bessner was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Damon Grimes of Detroit. The Michigan State Police appreciates the careful deliberation of the men and women of the jury and we are grateful to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for their dedication to justice. We send our sincere condolences to the family, friends and supporters of Damon Grimes."
WXYZ-TV ABC 7 Detroit

Columbine-obsessed teen, who threatened local schools, found dead Colorado police say

An armed teenager allegedly obsessed with the Columbine shooting was found dead in Colorado from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said Wednesday, bringing an end to a massive manhunt. The 18-year-old woman, Sol Pais, had allegedly made threats to schools in the Denver area, putting them into lockout and sparking a search for her on Tuesday. Pais flew on Monday from Miami -- where she attended high school -- to Colorado, where she immediately bought a shotgun and ammunition, said Dean Phillips, special agent in charge of the Denver FBI. It appears she bought the gun legally, officials said. Pais had allegedly expressed an infatuation with the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Because of her "troubling" comments and actions -- including buying three one-way tickets to Denver in consecutive days -- she was considered a credible threat to the community, Phillips said. The threat wasn't isolated to one school or individual, police said.
ABC News

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