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Legal claim alleges Arizona failed to protect foster child
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A $15 million legal claim alleges the state of Arizona failed to protect a foster child who spent 12 years in the home of a man later convicted of child sex crimes.
The Arizona Daily Star reports the claim was filed Wednesday against the Department of Child Safety and Department of Economic Security.
The claim — a precursor to a possible lawsuit — alleged the Department of Child Safety failed to investigate reports of abuse and neglect inside the home of David Frodsham.
In December 2016, Frodsham was sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of child sexual abuse and pornography.
The foster child who filed the claim was one of the victims in the case.
The boy, who recently turned 18, went to live with Frodsham and his wife during 2004 and remained in their care until 2016.
The Department of Child Safety was created after a scandal involving thousands of uninvestigated reports of abuse and neglect.
The state worked for several years to erase its backlog of cases and also faces a lawsuit over the funding of its foster care system, which child welfare advocates describe as woefully inadequate
In an internal agency document obtained by the Daily Star, a case worker noted in March 2007 that the Frodshams acknowledged handcuffing the victim one night, after he had gotten out of his room.
The agency had access to more than 38 police reports from the Frodsham house between 2002 and 2016 — all before Frodsham was arrested for child abuse.
"The state should have reviewed these as part of their licensing of the foster/adoptive parent program," the claim said, adding that the victim complained to the agency more than 16 times and nothing was done.
Darren DaRonco, a spokesman for the Department of Child Safety, declined a request Monday by The Associated Press to comment on the claim.
The Department of Economic Security didn't immediately respond to a phone call and email from the AP seeking comment.
The Department of Child Safety, when it was known as Child Protective Services, was under the control of the Department of Economic Security.
Man To Walk From California To Massachusetts For Abuse Victims
He had a vision to build a house for abuse victims & their pets and needs 25 million... pennies. Watch a man walk from Dana Point to Fenway.
by Ashley Ludwig, Patch Staff
DANA POINT, CA — A Sedona, Arizona man is walking from California to Boston, asking no more from you than a penny to help build a safe house for abused children and their pets. Michael "Cappi" Capozzoli is trekking across America to draw attention to his "Just A Penny Please" foundation.
Cappi's journey will take him through 10 states, from Dana Point on the golden coast of California to Boston, Mass. straight to the gates of Fenway Park. If his calculations are correct, he'll get there just in time for his 67th birthday, in late September of 2018. Cappi even tossed his hat in the ring to throw the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game. A man can dream, but Cappi just might have the chops to make his dreams a reality.
39 years ago Cappi volunteered at a safe house and witnessed a 2-year-old child who had suffered abuse at the hands of someone who should have protected her. Having never witnessed abuse himself, either as a child or a parent, he was immediately moved.
"I made a commitment to my maker that I would do something about it if I could," Cappi told those present at the Jan. 31 Dana Point Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Breakfast. "I've had a blessed life and it's time to pay it back."
A former race walker who participated in the 2013 senior Olympics, Cappi is stepping up to raise $250,000 to build the safe house he is planning. That's a total of 25-million pennies he's hoping for, and he's already received 2-million pennies to start his journey.
Cappi isn't interested in asking for specific donation amounts. At his sunrise rotary breakfast in Dana Point on Groundhog Day, his Just A Penny Please Nonprofit organization raised more than $210 dollars.
Cappi started his journey on Feb. 1, leaving Dana Point through Coto De Caza. The first stretch of his hike took him along the Ortega Highway. "I kept thinking I'd reached the summit," he said on social media. "Lake Elsinore at the bottom was a welcome sight."
He hopes to cover about 13 to 16 miles a day. He'll sleep in his camper trailer, driven by a friend along the way, and is seeking assistance with overnight parking, daily. He has started with one pair of running shoes, but expects he'll need more somewhere along the line.
"People are most benevolent, I've found," Cappi said. A GoFundMe campaign he is running has already raised $22,000 of the $250,000 goal.
By Sunday, Feb. 4, he made it 16 miles, to Banning, Calif.
"I'll be stopping at minor league baseball parks along the way, and some professional parks as well," Cappi told an interviewer from the Verde Valley Experience in November. "Baseball is going after domestic violence in a big way."
This journey is one of faith and trust, and has a little bit of "Forest Gump" to it, he has told his fans over social media. Whenever he stops, he shares with those he meets his story, and always picks up the pennies he finds.
"Family in America is broken, it's fractured," Cappi said. "One out of three have abuse in their lives." If he can do something to aid those in crisis, along with their pets, he feels called to do so.
"Most shelters don't accept pets, 40-percent of the abuse situation, an abuser threatens the pets," Cappi said. "As of now, there is not a pet friendly shelter in Northern Arizona."
Of the many miles ahead, Cappi has said he is excited, though a little afraid of the unknown. His first leg has taken him from Dana Point to Banning, near Palm Springs. Next, from Palm Springs to Phoenix. Then, he will cross Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and ultimately Boston, Massachusetts, straight to Fenway Park. By his estimates, it will take him until September to reach New England. The only bad weather he is expecting is Northern Arizona.
Cappi has a pace car towing his high-low travel trailer. One friend is towing the trailer through California, another through Arizona. After that, he plans to stop at police stations, fire stations, he's left the remainder up to the universe.
Follow Cappi at www.JustAPennyPlease.org
AG Becerra To Oversee Reforms At San Francisco Police Department
by CBS SF
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's attorney general announced Monday that his office will oversee reforms at the San Francisco Police Department that were recommended by federal officials after the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to scale back a program that helped departments improve community relations.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the California Department of Justice will evaluate and publicly report how the department is applying the 272 recommendations made by the DOJ under the Obama Administration.
As part of an Obama-era policing program, law enforcement agencies had been receiving advice and technical assistance to improve their practices in areas such as officer use-of-force, racial bias, community policing, accountability, recruitment and hiring.
In September, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, would no longer provide resources or guidance. It also advised San Francisco that it would no longer review the proposed reforms.
“When local law enforcement agencies reach out for support, the last thing our federal government should do is abandon them,” Becerra said.
In 2016, then-San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee called for a federal review of the police department after the disclosure that some officers had exchanged racist and homophobic text messages and the 2015 fatal police shooting of Mario Woods, a black man whose shooting was caught on video and sparked protests that led to the resignation of Police Chief Greg Suhr.
In a report released in October 2016, DOJ found that San Francisco police use force against blacks more often than other racial groups and pull over African-American drivers at a disproportionately high rate. It made 272 non-binding recommendations to help the department improve policies and practices and build community trust.
“In the 16 months since the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office assessment was released, the men and women of the San Francisco Police Department have made substantial progress in implementing reforms, particularly in the areas of increasing transparency and accountability,” San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said Monday.
Use of force has decreased 18 percent year over year and complaints against officers are down 8.5 percent, Scott said.
Deputy deaths spark questions about protection for Colo. LEOs
Two deputies were fatally shot while wearing body armor, prompting questions about whether the area's LEOs have enough protection from powerful ammunition
by Noelle Phillips
DENVER — Two Colorado sheriff's deputies died in separate shootings since Dec. 31 even though they were wearing body armor, prompting questions about whether the area's law enforcement officers have enough protection from the powerful ammunition they face on the streets.
It's a question that law enforcement agencies are asking themselves, too. The average ballistic vest issued to cops on the street is not strong enough to stop rounds fired by assault rifles.
“Those rounds are so high velocity, they go right through those vests,” said Westminster Police Department Cmdr. Gene Boespflug. “If it's a solid-nosed bullet, it goes through a quarter inch of steel like butter.”
Even the strongest ballistic material is not fail-safe, experts said, because bullets can find their way into vulnerable places. Still, police deserve the best protection available to them, experts said.
“Every now and then, the devil will have his due,” said Dan Montgomery, a Colorado-based law enforcement consultant. “They're certainly better than nothing, but they're not an end-all.”
In Boulder County, Sheriff Joe Pelle has asked his staff to research the best equipment available and write a proposal for purchasing ballistic plates that deputies can use to strengthen the body armor they already wear, said Cmdr. Jason Oehlkers, who is leading the project.
Pelle's son, Douglas County sheriff's Deputy Jeff Pelle, was seriously wounded in the New Year's Eve shooting that killed Deputy Zack Parrish and wounded six other people. Jeff Pelle was struck by bullets fired from high-powered rifles that pierced the vest he was wearing.
But his injuries weren't the sole motivation for the sheriff to beef up protection for Boulder County deputies, Oehlkers said. A couple of local incidents, including a recent attempt to serve a warrant to a man armed with multiple rifles, have concerned the sheriff, Oehlkers said.
“We've had a number of officers that have asked about it,” he said.
In the past year, at least two Front Range police departments — Aurora and Castle Rock — have provided their street cops with ballistic vests and helmets designed to stop high-powered rifles.
“We think it's important to give our officers the best equipment possible,” said Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley. “We felt it was another layer of protection that was important for our officers to have. You never know where you're going to encounter it.”
At other agencies, police officers and sheriff's deputies are spending their own money to buy ballistic helmets and vests that can better protect them from high-velocity ammunition such as the .223-caliber bullets fired from AR-15s and other high-powered, semi-automatic weapons.
In the Douglas and Adams counties shootings, it is not known exactly what type of body armor Parrish and Deputy Heath Gumm were wearing . Parrish's shooter fired an M-16, an M-4, a shotgun and a 9mm at officers during the encounter, although no autopsy or ballistic reports have been issued to show exactly which were fired at Parrish. Gumm's shooter fired a .45-caliber handgun, according to an Adams County Sheriff's Officer arrest affidavit.
Neither Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock nor Adams County Sheriff Mike McIntosh has responded to questions about the type of body armor their deputies were wearing and what was available to them.
On the national level, mass shootings such as those at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas in October, at the Orlando Pulse nightclub in 2016 and in Dallas, where five police officers were killed in 2016 by a man firing an assault rifle, have underscored the dangers police face when they encounter a suspect with a high-power weapon.
Officers interviewed about the issue said they did not believe there were more dangerous weapons on the streets today than in the past.
“We face the same amount of weapons we did 10, 20 years ago,” said Nick Rogers, president of the Denver Police Protective Association. “It seems to me we have more individuals turning the violence on us. It's always been a dangerous job. We accept that's part of what we do every day.”
In the Pulse nightclub shooting, a review found that police responding to the scene were ill-equipped to protect themselves and that first-responders should have access to ballistic helmets and vests to protect themselves.
“Specifically, the body armor issued to patrol officers and others who were not assigned to specialized units did not provide sufficient protection against the .223-caliber rounds fired by the suspect,” said the review conducted by the federal Community Oriented Policing Services and the Police Foundation, a nonprofit that researches technology and tactics to protect officers.
Local governments should invest in the ballistic gear to protect their officers, said Police Foundation president Jim Bueermann, a retired police chief.
“If an agency doesn't do that, then they are not taking advantage of the technological and scientific advances that can be used to protect their officers,” Bueermann said. “They have an obligation to give their officers the best available equipment. And it's up to the officers to use it.”
In Aurora, officers on the front lines have been issued body armor that can stop rifle rounds, much like the gear worn by U.S. military in combat zones, said Officer Bill Hummel, a department spokesman. They also have helmets and gas masks in their cars, and it is up to officers to decide when they need to it.
The gear can be cumbersome and heavy to wear.
“It's not practical to wear every day, all the time,” Hummel said.
Police officers also must be aware of the image they project when wearing the heavier body armor. Showing up at a scene in full military-style gear can escalate some situations, he said.
“There's a delicate balance,” Hummel said. “As police officers, we're constantly making judgments on what the call will be based on our experience. We may not always be right. You may be called out because a car horn is stuck on — and the next thing you know, you're under fire.”
Even when officers wear body armor, there are no guarantees that deaths will be prevented, experts said. Bullets still find their way though gaps around the neckline, waist or armpits. They also can travel along bones in the outer extremities to reach vital organs.
“There's still going to be tragic situations,” Bueermann said. “The bullets will still find that one spot not protected. Still, every community has a moral obligation to give the guardians of the community the best protection available.”
Law Enforcement Officers Discuss How to Improve Community Policing
by Emmy Freedman
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Former Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo is working to improve community policing, and how officers interact with citizens.
He put together a panel at the University of Virginia on Tuesday, February 6, in which law enforcement officials from across the country weighed in on how police should best interact with their communities.
"I've rebranded community policing, and I call it relational policing because it's all about relationships," says Longo. "It's about communication and trust between those who serve the community and the community that is being served."
Longo is in the works of building a master's program at UVA on 21st-century policing, and this panel offered a preview of what can be expected in the classes' curriculum.
People from a diverse array of backgrounds - including law school professors, students, federal and local prosecutors, and members of the community - showed up at Tuesday's event to learn about what policing in communities should look like in the years to come.
The law enforcement officials talked briefly about different approaches they used in their departments that changed them for the better in relation to community policing.
Charles Ramsey, a former police commissioner in Philadelphia, says one of the most important things that must be established is building trust and legitimacy.
“They need to understand what constitutional policing is all about,” says Ramsey. “They need to know the history of policing in America - which has not always been positive, especially when it relates to people of color and other people that have gone through some very rough circumstances.”
Ramsey says it's important for police to understand that so they'll know where to start in terms of building a bridge to move forward. Longo agrees, saying that trust is a crucial aspect in law enforcement's relationship with its community.
"This trust communication, the very foundation of a relationship, is important to begin looking at and thinking about identifying problems in a community and, more importantly, identifying the solutions or strategies to deal with those problems," says Longo.
Tim Longo says this panel is just one in a series he plans to have as he continues building the master's program in public safety. Currently, there's no timeline as to when that program will be voted on and approved.
Deputy becomes 3rd Colo. LEO shot to death since New Year's Eve
by Noelle Phillips
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — For the third time since Dec. 31, a Colorado sheriff's deputy has been killed in a shooting while taking a suspect into custody.
Each time, the shootings have rattled the communities the deputies served and broken the hearts of parents, wives, siblings, children and fellow law enforcement officers.
“The feeling of the sheriffs is the same as the public,” Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said Monday night. “It's absolutely unbelievable.”
On Monday afternoon, El Paso County sheriff's Deputy Micah Flick, 34, became the third to die in 37 days. Two other El Paso County sheriff's deputies, a Colorado Springs Police Department officer and a civilian were wounded in the shootout. The suspect was killed.
Flick, who was a detective, had celebrated his 11th anniversary with the sheriff's department on Monday, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said. Flick is survived by his wife and 7-year-old twins.
“Deputy Flick was an outstanding member of my agency, and he will be missed,” Elder said.
Flick was part of a team of law enforcement officers from the sheriff's office, Colorado Springs police and Colorado State Patrol that confronted a suspected car thief on the 4200 block of Galley Road, police Chief Pete Carey said.
There was a struggle, and the suspect, an adult male, fired at the officers, Carey said.
The police officer wounded in the shooting was in surgery Monday night and in stable condition, Carey said. He did not provide the conditions of the sheriff's deputies and the civilian who were wounded.
“This indeed is a difficult day for our agencies,” Carey said.
Along with the three deputy deaths since Dec. 31, a total of seven officers now have been wounded in the incidents. Three civilians have been hurt after being caught amid the gunfire. Two suspects are dead, and a third is in custody and facing murder charges.
Three women are widows, and four children no longer have fathers.
In a statement, Gov. John Hickenlooper called the shooting a “senseless act of violence.”
“With the recent loss of now three deputies and many others injured, there's no denying the grave impact this sequence of shootings is having on our state,” the governor's statement said. “We will once more come together to provide sympathy and strength for the deputy's loved ones and pray for the recovery of those injured; however, we must also come together and say enough is enough. We want each officer, every deputy, to know we are grateful for their service.”
Hickenlooper ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at public buildings across the state beginning Tuesday and lasting until sunset on the day of Flick's funeral.
Condolences through social media poured out from Colorado's law enforcement community, politicians and police supporters across the country, including from Colorado's senators, Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Cory Gardner, who offered condolences to Flick's family and well- wishes to those who were injured.
“Speechless. Absolutely speechless,” Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz said on his Twitter account.
“Again we put our shrouds over our badges in honor of murdered EPSO Deputy Flick. Is this going to be a permanent part of our uniform or can we expect better times?” the Colorado State Patrol's troop based in Sterling said in a tweet.
“Enough,” tweeted Douglas County sheriff's Deputy Jeff Pelle, who was seriously wounded in the Dec. 31 shooting that killed his colleague, Deputy Zackari Parrish .
Parrish was killed while trying to take a man into custody on a mental health hold. Three other Douglas County deputies, a Castle Rock Police Department officer and two residents in neighboring apartments were wounded in the shootout that ended when the suspect was killed by a SWAT unit.
Adams County Deputy Heath Gumm died Jan. 24 while chasing a suspect wanted in connection with a fight at an apartment complex. The suspect has been charged with three counts of murder and one count of burglary.
At Gumm's funeral, his widow, Natasha Boettcher, called for an end to the violence in a letter that was read during the service.
“Can we please end these awful, pointless tragedies?” she wrote.
Smith, who just finished a one-year term as president of the County Sheriffs of Colorado, said in 31 years in law enforcement he has never attended so many officer funerals so close together.
“I've never been to back-to-back funerals like that,” Smith said. “The initial thought was it's unbelievable to have two in a 30-day period. To hear there's been a third is sickening.”
Smith believes that, as part of the backlash of the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., more individuals have been willing to become combative toward law enforcement. Still, officers have tried to strike a balance between protecting themselves while being approachable to everyday citizens who need help, he said.
“We're careful. We're cautious,” Smith said. “When deputies, troopers and officers are out in the field, we can't fall into an us-versus-them in the community.”
The shootings send chills through law enforcement families, especially those who have a spouse or partner that leaves home every day to work the streets of their cities and counties, Smith said.
“It's a constant worry,” he said.
The one positive outcome has been the tremendous show of support from the public, who have thanked police officers and deputies by donating to memorial funds, buying meals or simply shaking hands, Smith said.
“In a very bizarre way, these tragedies bring out the best in our communities,” he said.
NYPD to start 'implicit bias' training
The entire force will take eight hours of "implicit bias" training designed to help cops handle interactions with the public more effectively and fairly
by Laura Dimon and Rocco Parascandola
NEW YORK — NYPD officers are being asked to confront their biases and work through them so they can become better cops.
Over the next two years, the entire force will take eight hours of “implicit bias” training designed to help cops handle interactions with the public more effectively and fairly.
“It's a topic that's been widely discussed for decades, and training like this is happening at law enforcement agencies across the nation,” Police Commissioner James O'Neill wrote in an internal memo sent to NYPD members Monday. “The goal of this training is to help us understand our attitudes, and how to best use our judgment, experience, and intelligence to be as effective and safe as possible,”
O'Neill said that while crime is at an all-time low in the city, “historical mistrust of the police remains a reality in some neighborhoods.”
Special training is needed to break down that barrier, he added.
“Only through our absolute commitment to providing fair and impartial police service to all New Yorkers, will we earn and maintain respect and support — in every neighborhood,” O'Neill said.
First Deputy Police Commissioner Benjamin Tucker said that implicit bias is subtle and can be exhibited in ways not even the offender realizes — making it far harder at times to address than explicit bias.
“This is awareness training,” Tucker said. “We want them to understand (their biases) and to give them some sense of why this might occur. Once they're aware of it hopefully that won't influence their decision making...how they treat the people they encounter.”
The training, which will cost $4.5 million, is run by Lorie Fridell, a criminology professor at the University of South Florida.
Working beyond biases can make for a better police force, she said.
“Policing based on bias and stereotypes can make you unsafe, ineffective and unjust,” she said.
The NYPD said that even commanders and executives will take the course, “Fair and Impartial Training,” so they more objectively evaluate rank-and-file officers and make better personnel decisions.
Man in U.S. illegally is convicted of killing 2 deputies, tells court: 'I'm going to kill more cops soon'
by the Associated Press
A man in the United States illegally was convicted Friday of killing two Northern California deputies in a case that helped fuel the national immigration debate.
Luis Bracamontes was found guilty of shooting Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver in 2014, then killing Placer County sheriff's Det. Michael Davis Jr. hours later.
"Yay," he said softly after first verdict read, looking at the victims' families and jurors with slight smile.
"I'm going to kill more cops soon," Bracamontes said as he was led away.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Bracamontes, who has repeatedly blurted out in court that he killed the deputies and wished he had killed more. The penalty phase of his trial starts March 5.
Defense attorneys argued that Bracamontes is mentally ill and was high on methamphetamine during the shootings and should be spared. A judge found Bracamontes competent to stand trial and he refused to plea not guilty by reason of insanity.
Bracamontes is a Mexican citizen who repeatedly entered the United States illegally.
President Trump's reelection campaign aired a 30-second ad last month featuring Bracamontes and accusing Democrats of being "complicit" in the slayings of law enforcement officers by people in the U.S. illegally.
It was released on the anniversary of Trump's inauguration amid a government shutdown sparked by Democrats' refusal to support a spending plan unless Republicans agreed to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.
Public defenders Jeffrey Barbour and Norm Dawson argued unsuccessfully that anti-immigrant sentiment prompted by Trump made it unlikely that Bracamontes could get a fair trial.
A separate jury is considering whether Bracamontes' wife, Janelle Monroy, an American citizen, should be convicted of murder. She has contended that she was a victim of her abusive and paranoid husband who frequently used meth, marijuana and alcohol during a meandering journey across several western states, from their home in Utah to Sacramento.
Investigators said he shot Oliver outside a Sacramento motel on Oct. 24, 2014, triggering a manhunt and chase that lasted hours and spanned 30 miles. Authorities say it ended after he shot Davis and surrendered following a lengthy standoff.
Bracamontes has shouted in court that he is guilty and asked to be put to death. He has threatened to kill his defense attorneys and more deputies, and once had to be restrained after the judge ruled that he can't fire his lawyers.
Ga. town mourns loss of officer killed while serving warrant
Officer Chase Maddox was the eighth officer in the United States shot and killed in the line of duty this year
by Leon Stafford, Christian Boone and Alexis Stevens
ATLANTA — Chase Maddox was a natural-born police officer, said a childhood friend. The Georgia newlywed, whose second child is due any day, was the only one of Locust Grove's 23 officers hired straight out of high school, a fulfillment of his desire to protect and serve.
Early Friday afternoon, Maddox, 26, was deployed to back up two Henry County deputies attempting to serve what they assumed would be a routine arrest warrant. But the suspect — who had failed to show for a court date — was recalcitrant and after about 10 minutes it was clear the deputies were going to have to force him out of his home on a nondescript Locust Grove cul-de-sac, Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer told reporters.
Then, as one of the deputies would tell his brother, “it all went south.”
Bullets were exchanged, and all four men were hit. The suspect, who authorities identified late Friday as 39-year-old Tierra Guthrie, was killed. The two deputies, Michael D. Corley and Ralph Sidwell “Sid” Callaway were saved by their bullet-proof vests. Maddox was shot in the head.
He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Atlanta Medical Center, the first Georgia peace officer killed by a gun in 2018. Corley was shot in the side, the bullet piercing through his protective vest, said his brother, Wade Corley. He underwent surgery Friday but his injuries are non-life-threatening. Callaway was treated and released.
Josh Garrison said he and Maddox became friends when they were 9 years old. Maddox was the more outgoing one, “always willing to try anything,” he said. “You wanted to hang around Chase. He was crazy in a good way.”
Maddox's decision to become a police officer came as no shock to Garrison.
“I wasn't surprised when he went straight into the force. I knew he would be perfect for that,” he said. “He wanted to help people, so that made sense why he chose that job.”
Friends remembered Maddox's quick smile and easy-going manner. Becca Bonner, who said she's known Maddox since kindergarten, couldn't fathom the reality that her friend wouldn't be going home Friday night to his pregnant wife, Alex.
“I am angry that we live in a world where a police officer can't do the most basic duty and serve an arrest warrant,” Bonner wrote on Facebook. “I am angry that people can be so selfish and cold. I am angry that men and women who live every day protecting even the most unworthy of people have to wonder if they will make it home tonight.”
Michael Corley was still in shock when he talked to his brother on the cellphone, minutes after he was shot in the side.
“Get those boys to me as fast you can,” Michael Corley told his brother. Wade Corley said he was with his brother's sons at the time.
Michael Corley is a 20-year law enforcement veteran, just six years from retirement. Callaway is in his second stint with the Henry County Sheriff's Department.
McBrayer said his deputies had no reason to believe the suspect was dangerous when they arrived, considering the warrant was for failure to appear on unpaid parking fines. An as-yet undetermined number of gunshots were exchanged once the deputies and Maddox made entry into the house on St. Francis Court. There were additional people in the house at the time but no one else was injured, McBrayer said.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident, as they do whenever an officer is involved in a shooting.
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Maddox was the eighth officer in the United States shot and killed in the line of duty this year.
Ohio police officer killed another critically injured while responding to call; suspect in custody, reports say
by Kathleen Joyce
One police officer was killed and another critically injured Saturday while responding to a call in Westerville, Ohio, reports say.
The city of Westerville confirmed on Twitter reports that one of the city's police officers was killed in "the line of duty."
The incident occurred around 1 p.m. local time at Crosswind Drive, 10 TV reported
The Westerville Police Department told Fox News the officers were "responding to a 911 hang-up call" when the shooting occurred. They did not confirm how many people were shot or their conditions.
FOX 28 Columbus reported a suspect is in custody. Reports say the suspect was also shot but their condition was not immediately known.
Westerville is where Ohio Gov. John Kasich resides.
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|'True American Heroes': Two Ohio Officers Killed Responding To Hung-Up 911 Call
Two Ohio police officers were shot and killed Saturday while responding to a hung-up 911 call during a "potential domestic" violence incident, police said. Officers Anthony Morelli, 54, and Eric Joering, 39, arrived at a Westerville, Ohio, apartment on Crosswind Drive at 12:10 p.m. and were "immediately met with gunfire," Westerville (Ohio) Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said at a news conference.
Man In U.S. Illegally Is Convicted Of Killing 2 Deputies, Tells Court: 'I'm Going To Kill More Cops Soon'
A man in the United States illegally was convicted Friday of killing two Northern California deputies in a case that helped fuel the national immigration debate. Luis Bracamontes was found guilty of shooting Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver in 2014, then killing Placer County sheriff's Det. Michael Davis Jr. hours later. "Yay," he said softly after first verdict read, looking at the victims' families and jurors with slight smile. "I'm going to kill more cops soon," Bracamontes said as he was led away.
Los Angeles Times
Public Input Sought In New LAPD Chief Search
The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners announced Friday that members will hold six community meetings to get input on the selection of the next police chief. Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said last month that he will retire June 27, a year and a half before his term ends. He has led the department since 2009. Commission members said they consider the suggestions and concerns when making selections and assessing the qualifications of the candidates being considered.
LAPD Names Suspect And Officer Who Exchanged Gunfire In North Hollywood
Los Angeles police today identified the man suspected of shooting at police at the end of a short pursuit in North Hollywood and the patrolman involved in the officer-involved shooting. The incident began just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 26, when North Hollywood Division officers began a vehicle pursuit of a suspected stolen vehicle in the area of Sherman Way and Fulton Avenue, according to police.
Los Angeles Daily News
Woman Gunned Down In Broad Daylight During South LA Dispute
What investigators believe was an ongoing dispute led a man to shoot a woman in the chest Friday afternoon in South Los Angeles. It was unclear if the woman was the intended target of the shooting, which was reported about 2 p.m. near the intersection of Western Avenue and 58th Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Man Shot To Death Outside His Panorama City Apartment
Police found a 34-year-old man shot dead in the hallway of an apartment complex in Panorama City early Saturday morning. The man had just left his unit when he was shot several times by unknown suspects just before 4 a.m. in the 9000 block of Tobias Avenue, according to Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.
23-Year-Old Man Shot In Pacoima Drive-By, Police Say
A 23-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds was found lying in a street in Pacoima on Friday, Feb. 9 after a drive-by shooting, police said. Officers responded around 7:45 p.m. to a call near Ilex Avenue and Pierce Street, where they encountered the man, LAPD spokeswoman Officer Norma Eisenman said.
Los Angeles Daily News
Man Taken To Hospital After Canoga Park Shooting
A 30-year-old man was shot and taken to the hospital early Sunday, Feb. 11 in Canoga Park, authorities said. The shooting was reported around 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the 21600 block of Roscoe Boulevard, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson Norma Eisenman. The man was involved in an altercation at a local restaurant when he was shot, Eisenman said. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital, Eisenman said. She had no additional information.
Los Angeles Daily News
Search Is On For Violent Predator Who Attacked 85-Year-Old Grandmother In Koreatown
Police need your help catching the man who violently attacked an 85-year-old grandmother in Koreatown. Both the LAPD Olympic Community Police Station and her family are desperately looking for witnesses to the horrific beating of this 85-year-old. It happened Saturday February 10th - near the Hannam Market on Olympic and Vermont in Koreatown. And police say, it was a random attack.
How LA Law Enforcement Deals With Mental Health Population Despite Lack Of Resources
Eyewitness News examined the dangers of mental illness on Los Angeles streets and how law enforcement is evolving to deal with it. Security video from two weeks ago showed a large, strong man who suffers from bipolar disorder show up outside of the Lakewood sheriff's substation with what appeared to be a violent intent.
For Legal Cannabis, Some New Wrinkles: Older Users
One unexpected wrinkle in the emerging market for legal cannabis — rising interest among seniors. While legal marijuana is new to California, cannabis is an old companion to Lee. “I've been using since I was a junior in college in, what, 1966?” said the 70-year-old real estate broker, browsing in Torrey Holistics, a Sorrento Valley cannabis dispensary.
San Diego Union Tribune
Chicago Using Los Angeles-Style Predictive Policing Technology To Reduce Murder Rate
Sean Malinowski was torn between two cities last year: chief of staff to Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck and $250-an-hour consultant to the Chicago Police Department, helping create new, high-tech crime-fighting centers. “I used all of my vacation time and days off to do this,” Malinowski says. “My family time suffered. I'm a little worn out by it.” Invited to Chicago by Supt. Eddie Johnson to lend his expertise after the city suffered one of its bloodiest years in decades in 2016, Malinowski was hired under a $1.1 million contract between the city and the University of Chicago Crime Lab.
Guns Stolen From UPS And Other Shipping Companies Are Turning Up At Crime Scenes
It was one of the biggest gun heists in recent memory: A band of thieves broke into several trailers parked at a UPS freight lot in Springfield, Missouri, and hauled away more than 650 firearms. The highly orchestrated October break-in, which resulted in the indictment of five men on federal theft and gun charges, was not an isolated incident.
Local Government News
|L.A. Considers Cutting Through Red Tape To Get Homeless People Housed Faster
As Los Angeles politicians face mounting pressure to combat the homelessness crisis, the City Council is weighing two measures aimed at clearing obstacles to getting more people into housing. But the proposed laws have stirred up concerns among critics who fear they will muzzle neighbors or concentrate homeless housing into specific neighborhoods.
Los Angeles Times
A State Bill Could Boost Housing Near LA Transit. Here's Why One City Leader Is Against It
A state bill that would encourage taller and denser development near public transit stops is facing opposition from one Los Angeles leader. City Councilman David Ryu presented a resolution opposing Senate Bill 827, which would allow the state to override local zoning laws and eliminate restrictions on the number of homes allowed to be built within a half-mile of train stations, bus routes and light-rail stops.
Los Angeles Daily News
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