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Friday, February 15, 2019

Dozens Arrested During Raids Targeting 2 Violent Street Gangs in California

Dozens of people were arrested during raids targeting two violent street gangs that operate in eastern San Fernando Valley and South Los Angeles. Federal officials announced indictments against members and associates of the Vineland Boys and Florencia-13 on Wednesday during a news conference. The raids were conducted during the early morning hours by FBI agents and Los Angeles Police Department officers. During "Operation Sunset" on Wednesday, 27 members and associates of the Vineland Boys were arrested. Eleven people listed in the indictments were already in custody while seven remain at large, The defendants are accused of tying to control territories in Sun Valley, North Hollywood and Burbank by shooting and assaulting rival gang members, participating in drug and firearms trafficking and extorting money from drug dealers. The five indictments detail violent incidents involving the gang, including an April 2016 shooting of a rival gang member.
KTLA 5 News

Completed Cleveland community policing plan is ‘much-needed,’ monitor says

The monitor overseeing reforms within the Cleveland police department recommended that a federal judge approve key plans that address how officers are used and how the city will recruit a more diverse police force. Matthew Barge, in three motions he filed in federal court Thursday, said his team approves of a comprehensive community policing plan that the city worked on for the better part of two years. Barge also said U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. should OK plans related to the city’s police recruitment practices and its district policing committees – which is tasked with fostering relationships between police and community leaders. Of the three plans, though, the community policing plan is the one designed to have the biggest impact on how officers do their jobs.

Column: ’I really do owe my life to him,’ Illinois cop says of slain Wisconsin officer

Among the thousands in that sea of blue on Wednesday who showed up from police departments across the country for the funeral of Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner was an Aurora cop who knew first-hand what a hero this man — buried on his 36th birthday — really was. While serving a warrant on a suspect who allegedly manufactured and delivered narcotics, Rittner, a member of Milwaukee’s SWAT team, was fatally struck by several rounds of gunfire. Aurora Police Officer Josh Horton was “shocked” when he heard the news. At the same time, he was not surprised “Matt had been the first through the door,” even knowing the bad guy behind it had a large stockpile of weapons.
Chicago Tribune

Suspect accused of dragging Texas state trooper with vehicle arrested after manhunt

A man accused of dragging a Texas state trooper with his vehicle during a traffic stop Wednesday night has been taken into custody, according to the Montgomery County Police Reporter. Russell Patrick Richards, 35, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail facing charges of aggravated assault against a public servant and evading arrest with a vehicle. Authorities said the Department of Public Safety trooper first stopped a black Infiniti just before 10 p.m. on Interstate 45 southbound near Research Forest Drive. The driver fled after the trooper approached him, but the trooper was stuck on the car, authorities said.
Houston Chronicle

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Suspect charged with murder in NYPD friendly fire death

A robbery suspect with a long rap sheet and a habit of bizarre stunts was charged Wednesday with murder in the death of a New York City police detective struck by friendly fire while responding to a stick-up Tuesday night. Detective Brian Simonsen died after being hit once in the chest by crossfire as he and six other officers fired 42 shots at suspect Christopher Ransom, who charged toward the entrance of a Queens store and mimicked pulling the trigger of a fake handgun, police said. "You have to understand, this happens in seconds," Chief of Department Terence Monahan said. "It goes from 0 to 60. You're investigating a possible crime and all of a sudden someone is charging at you, pointing what you believe to be a firearm, simulating firing at you. It raises everything very quickly." Simonsen's supervisor, Sgt. Matthew Gorman, and Ransom were also wounded. Gorman was hit in the leg. The extent of Ransom's injuries is unclear. Both are listed in stable condition.
Fox News

Alaska officers kill crime spree suspect who pointed gun at them, police say

Officers shot and killed a 28-year-old man Tuesday afternoon when he pointed a handgun at them after a vehicle pursuit on the Elliott Highway, Fairbanks police said. Garrett James Ebenal was the suspect in a spate of crimes between Saturday and Tuesday that included gun theft, an armed carjacking and an armed robbery. Ebenal, driving a stolen vehicle, led officers on a pursuit out of Fairbanks on the Steese Highway onto the Elliott before he turned around at a truck stop and headed back to Fairbanks before 4 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Four officers pulled up behind Ebenal and fired at him after he drove into a ditch trying to avoid a semi tractor trailer partly blocking the road, Fairbanks Police Chief Eric Jewkes said. Detectives helping stop traffic during the chase had asked the semi driver to pull over.
Anchorage Daily News

Iowa sergeant who responded to police ambush sues city over ’abusive treatment,’ says he has PTSD

Urbandale police Sgt. Mark Jorgensen attempted to secure the crime scene after he found one of his officers shot to death in a patrol car in November 2016. Officer Justin Martin, 24, had been assigned to Jorgensen's command weeks earlier. Minutes after the killing, another call came over the radio notifying officers that a Des Moines police sergeant had been ambushed in a fatal shooting two miles away. As squad cars sped to that murder, Jorgensen told assisting firefighters he lacked the manpower to protect them in Urbandale. Jorgensen and three officers investigated in the dark for several hours — the killer at large — after their former chief declined to deploy an emergency response team, Jorgensen alleges in a lawsuit filed against the city of Urbandale.
Des Moines Register

Eighth trooper to plead guilty in Massachusetts State Police OT scandal

Another suspended state trooper is expected to plead guilty in the ongoing investigation of overtime abuse at the Massachusetts State Police, the U.S. attorney’s office said. Heath McAuliffe, 40, of Hopkinton, would be the eighth trooper to plead guilty in the overtime abuse investigation. He is expected to plead guilty to one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds as part of a plea deal, according to the office of United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. The government will recommend a sentence of six to 12 months in prison. Lelling’s office said McAuliffe was paid for overtime shifts that he did not work at all, for which he arrived late and from which he left early. McAuliffe submitted fraudulent citations designed to show he had worked overtime hours that he had not, and falsely claimed he worked the entirety of his overtime shifts. McAuliffe agreed to plead guilty to collecting $7,860 for overtime hours between August 2015 and August 2016.
Boston Herald

Man accused of killing Ohio deputy pleads not guilty

A man accused of killing a Clermont County deputy has pleaded not guilty. Wade Edward Winn, 23, was indicted Tuesday on two counts of aggravated murder and 12 counts of attempted aggravated murder after a 12-hour standoff ended with one deputy shot and killed and another deputy wounded in a Pierce Township apartment. Prosecutors said five other deputies were shot at. Winn appeared in court Wednesday, where he pleaded not guilty. A judge ordered him to be held without bail. Winn allegedly faked his own suicide and ambushed officers who attempted to render aid during a Feb. 2 standoff in Pierce Township. Clermont County deputy Bill Brewer was killed. Lt. Nick DeRose was wounded. DeRose was among the dozens of deputies who attended Wednesday's arraignment to support each other and Brewer's family members, who were also there.

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