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Thursday, April 2, 2020

New York Man Attempts ‘Suicide by Cop’ After Purported Coronavirus Diagnosis

A man claiming to have both the coronavirus and other underlying health issues pulled a weapon on police Wednesday morning hoping to commit "suicide by cop," the NYPD said. According to the NYPD, after the man called 911 they encountered the 55-year-old in his Bronx neighborhood with a knife and what turned out to be a black powder pistol. Officers fired nine times, hitting the man in the hip and back, after he advanced on them with the gun and defied orders to drop his weapon and stop moving. The man survived the shooting. Once at the hospital, he told police he was diagnosed with coronavirus (though it's not clear if he actually has it) and wanted them to shoot him. “We spoke to the individual as to his motivations and his statement to us was that he had just been diagnosed with COVID last night. He is overweight, has diabetes, he thought he was gonna die so he wanted the cops to shoot and kill him. So this was apparently attempted suicide by police officer," NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan told News 4.
NBC New York

US Marshals arrest fugitive, rescue missing child in downtown Idaho city

U.S. Marshals and the Coeur d’Alene Police Community Action Team arrested a fugitive and rescued a missing child in Coeur d’Alene late Tuesday night. Ronald Whitted, 47, allegedly fled his home in Fort Worth, Texas, with his six-year-old son on March 17. Authorities say they believed the child was in danger, and that Whitted was believed to have tried to flee the country, then drove north toward Idaho. The North Texas Fugitive Task Force contacted the U.S. Marshals Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force, comprised of members of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department Community Action Team. Task force members tracked Whitted and his son to an apartment in downtown Coeur d’Alene, where they arrested Whitted on charges of interference with a child custody court order, and rescued the boy.
KXLY-TV ABC 4 Coeur d'Alene

Philadelphia shootings continue to surge despite stay-at-home order

Shootings continue to surge across the Philadelphia even while the city is under a stay-at-home order. There have been 106 shootings in the city since the beginning of March, and just this weekend five people were killed and others were wounded in shootings across the city. Police have counted 93 homicide victims since the beginning of the year — a 21% increase over the same date last year. “We are constantly analyzing and evaluating the causes of, and conditions that contribute to, violent crime,” said Staff Inspector Sekou Kinebrew, “and we are committed to employing every available resource to combat violent crime and disrupt criminal activity. “That state, the ‘stay at home’ order is not a panacea for eliminating violent crime, as persons who are inclined to commit violent acts are not likely to abide by the ‘stay at home’ order.”
The Philadelphia Tribune

Sheriff requests retroactive pay for more than 200 Los Angeles Co. Sheriff’s employees quarantined amid coronavirus outbreak

Since last month, the Sheriff’s Department has sent 209 employees home to quarantine because of exposure to the coronavirus, and issues over their pay have caused another squabble between Sheriff Alex Villanueva and county leaders. In a letter Wednesday, Villanueva requested that the county’s chief executive secure retroactive pay for quarantined employees who he said have had to dip into their personal sick leave prior to Wednesday, when federal benefits for workers impacted by the virus took effect. Villanueva said there was at least one employee exposed to the virus on patrol who had not accrued enough sick time to stay compensated through the quarantine period. It’s unclear if that person lost out on any pay, and if so, how much. “The first responders from the Sheriff’s Department sacrifice their lives for the residents of Los Angeles County every day,” he wrote. “The least we can do is fully compensate these men and women for their daily sacrifices by covering their COVID-19 related absence from work.”
KTLA 5 News Los Angeles

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

California police officer dies from coronavirus; second death in the county

A veteran Santa Rosa police officer died Tuesday of complications caused by the coronavirus, marking the first death from the fast-moving disease in a Sonoma County law enforcement agency. Detective Marylou Armer was 43 and lived in American Canyon, in Napa County. She had served in the Santa Rosa Police Department for more than 20 years, Santa Rosa Police Chief Ray Navarro said in a statement. She was one of the first employees to test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. “Tragic news out of Santa Rosa today that one of its police officers passed away from COVID-19,” said Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, in a tweet. “Jan and I are thinking of her family, her brothers and sisters on the force and everyone in our community impacted by this news.”
The Press Democrat

A doctor got pulled over for speeding; Instead of a ticket, the Minnesota officer gave her masks

A cardiologist who was pulled over for speeding on a Minnesota interstate said she was deeply touched when the trooper gave her face masks instead of a ticket. Sarosh Ashraf Janjua wrote in a Facebook post Friday that when a Minnesota state trooper pulled her over and looked at her Massachusetts license, he asked her what she was doing so far from home. She told him that she travels to the state every month to work as a fill-in cardiologist. Janjua, 37, wrote that the trooper went to his car to scan her license plate number and firmly told her that "it was very irresponsible of me to be speeding, especially since I would not only take up resources if I got into an accident, but would also not be in a position to help patients."
NBC News

Patchwork of COVID-19 laws challenge Florida police

With the rules of public engagement in constant change, police across Florida are beginning to step up enforcement of a rapidly expanding array of directives to combat coronavirus. The only thing consistent so far is that nothing is consistent. The sheriff in Hillsborough County drew a hard line in the sand on Monday, ordering the arrest of a pastor who defied a 10-person gathering limit and promoted services at his Tampa Bay megachurch on Sunday. But in South Florida, full parking lots Sunday at places of worship like the Miami Shores Christian Church and the Haitian Emanuel Baptist Church in Little Haiti drew some social media criticism but no public warnings from law enforcement — despite similar crowd limits imposed in Miami-Dade County. In Miami Beach, meanwhile, where throngs of partying spring breakers amid a growing pandemic became a national symbol of what not to do, the city last week ordered places of worship shuttered all together.
Police One

California: Nearly $30M in Drugs Seized From ‘Sophisticated’ Tunnel That Connects Otay Mesa, Tijuana Warehouses

Nearly $30 million worth of drugs were seized after federal authorities discovered a “sophisticated drug-smuggling tunnel” that connected an Otay Mesa warehouse to a warehouse in Tijuana earlier this month. Federal officials said in a statement on Tuesday that the tunnel was discovered on March 19 as a result of an ongoing investigation by the San Diego Tunnel Task Force (SDTTF). Agents believe the tunnel had existed for months because of its sophisticated features in some of its portions, such as an underground rail system, ventilation, lighting and reinforced walls. The tunnel had an average depth of 31 feet and is three feet wide throughout most of the passageway, officials said. It extends for more than 2,000 feet between the two warehouses.
KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego

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