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    Police are unfairly criticized as heavy-handed and long prison sentences are reserved for hardened criminals, says a new book that takes aim at liberal calls to empty prisons and defund the police. Author Rafael Mangual says his study, Criminal (In)Justice, debunks ‘dominant narratives’ that ‘black and brown men’ unduly suffer at the hands of police and a criminal justice system that is stacked against them. It runs counter to dozens of studies that have found that black people disproportionately suffer from police stops, searches and deaths in custody. A recent opinion poll found that 89 percent of Americans wanted police reforms. Mangual, however, says he has crunched the numbers and found a ‘glaring incongruity between what the harshest critics of law enforcement were saying — about imprisonment and police use of force — and reality’. ‘A sober examination of the data on who goes to prison reveals that lengthy terms of incarceration are reserved for chronic, violent offenders who’ve already been given multiple “second chances”,’ said Mangual. Crime researcher Rafael Mangual says police use force and fire weapons during arrests...
    ANTIOCH — In what police and city officials called a key event in making the city of Antioch safer, authorities rounded up 23 of what they called “extremely violent” people over a five-day period in July. Mayor Lamar Thorpe and Interim Police Chief Dr. Steve Ford announced the arrests Monday in a press conference at police headquarters. All of the suspects remained in custody Thursday, according to police. Police worked with branches from the Department of Justice to serve the warrants. The U.S. Marshals Service-Pacific Regional Fugitive Task Force conducted the warrant sweep. Members of the FBI and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Department of Homeland Security and the Contra Costa County Probation Office also were involved. The sweep targeted people with ties in some way to Antioch, authorities said. “We were able to get some extremely violent people off the streets,” Antioch police Lt. John Fortner said. “These people either were living in Antioch or committing most of their crimes in Antioch. The city is safer because of this.” Many of the suspects had ties...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a former eastern Indiana police officer with civil rights violations, alleging that he used excessive force during three arrests, including by kicking a man in the head and shooting another with beanbags from close range. The U.S. Attorney’s office announced Friday that former New Castle police officer Aaron J. Strong has been indicted on three counts of “deprivation (of civil rights) under color of law” and a single count of witness tampering. According to the charging documents, Strong, 44, kicked a man “in and about the head” during an arrest on July 12, 2017, The (Muncie) Star Press reported. On the same day, he used a beanbag shotgun to shoot another man “at close range” in the back during an arrest, prosecutors allege. The federal grand jury that indicted Strong found that both of those incidents took place “without legal justification” and resulted in injuries to both men. The third incident Strong was indicted for stemmed from a 2019 arrest in which he allegedly used an expandable baton to repeatedly strike a man...
    A fugitive from the Washington DC area was one of 1,500 individuals arrested in a recent and notable US Marshals operation. Robert Bakersville, 28, who was arrested by the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force for homicide on June 16 as part of  Operation North Star, the agency announced.  The 30-day operation targeted the most dangerous criminals in communities with high levels of violence. The initiative was aimed at combating violent crime in 10 different cities including Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City and more. The arrests consisted of fugitives, violent criminals, sex offenders, and self-identified gang members within the communities. Authorities found ammunition and firearm parts consistent with building a “ghost gun” at the hoe where Bakersville was found, they said. "Operation North Star was focused on areas where local law enforcement has seen a large number of homicides and shootings. By partnering with our local and state partners, we are able to hone in on the most dangerous criminals who cause the most harm", said U.S. Marshals Service Director Ronald Davis.
    Drug arrests in Virginia 2021 decreased 46.7 percent in 2021 from 2020, according to the Crime in Virginia 2021 report released Wednesday by the state police. The number of total incidents reported was also down: 324,558 in 2021 versus 338,784 in 2020, and 375,639 in 2019. Violent crime was up in 2021 with 16,823 incidents compared to 15,713 in 2020, and 17,993 in 2019. “Drug arrests decreased by nearly half (46.7%) with the largest percentage decrease in arrestees under age 25 (67.6%). The number of reports of drugs seized decreased for nearly all drug types, especially marijuana (67%), due in part to decriminalization of possessing less than 1 ounce of the drug effective July 1, 2020 and Code of Virginia §18.2-250.1 being repealed July 1, 2021,” reported a Virginia State Police release. In 2020, the then-Democrat-controlled legislature passed a number of criminal justice reform bills, and in 2021, the General Assembly legalized personal possession of marijuana. Republicans took control of Virginia’s House of Delegates, and elected Republican governor, attorney general, and lieutenant governor on an education and economy message, but...
    TRACY (CBS13) — Two arrests were made this week in connection to two separate violent assaults that occurred just weeks apart at the same Tracy park. Aaron James Mears, 28, was arrested Tuesday as the suspect in a June 2 assault at El Pescadero Park that left a man in critical condition, the Tracy Police Department said. The victim in that assault was a 43-year-old Tracy resident who was hospitalized for several days but has since been released. READ MORE: Placerville Father Accused Of Killing 11-Year-Old Son Roman Lopez Now Faces Child Porn ChargesMears was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on an attempted murder charge. On Wednesday, Tracy police announced the arrest of Deandre Goodman, 27, in connection to an assault that happened Monday at the same park that left a 32-year-old Tracy resident in critical condition. That victim remains hospitalized. READ MORE: Crews Battling Growing Fire Near Winters; Evacuations Underway As Several Structures In DangerGoodman was also booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on an attempted murder charge. He was located at a Motel 6 in...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Increased gun violence, carjackings and assaults on Minneapolis streets are the focus of a Safe Summer initiative led by the Minneapolis Police Department. Operation Safe Summer Greater Minneapolis Violent Crime Initiative began on May. But for the past week, a number of law enforcement agencies collaborated to get some of the most violent criminals, as well as their guns and drugs, off the street. READ MORE: Mosquitoes Return In Force To The Twin CitiesWCCO’s Reg Chapman has exclusive access to the detail. MPD Sgt. Andrew Schroeder leads roll call, making sure officers and deputies from multiple departments know what they are up against. “In 2021, you see 47 percent of our gunshot victims are in north Minneapolis, followed by the 3rd Precinct with 28 percent,” Schroeder said. An increasing number of victims are being killed by automatic gunfire, created by a switch or auto sears, illegally sold to alter semi-automatic weapons — like the one used in a homicide on North 18th and Sheridan avenues. “It’s unbelievable, and unacceptable,” Schroeder said. Committed to stopping this...
    In fact, the Philadelphia Inquirer discovered last year that Philadelphia police are setting records with the number of arrests for citizens illegally carrying firearms. But convictions for such crimes have fallen to extreme lows, and Outlaw pointed out that conviction rates for individuals caught with illegal guns began dropping after Krasner became district attorney in 2018. "If there’s nothing to deter folks, if there’s no consequence where people believe, 'If I do this, this is going to happen,' [then] there’s no incentive to not carry a gun illegally, quite frankly," Outlaw said last year. The Philadelphia's district attorney's office has even said, "We do not believe that arresting people and convicting them for illegal gun possession is a viable strategy to reduce shootings."What did the NRA say?The NRA responded late Sunday, charging that Krasner's lenient policies, all in the name of "criminal justice reform," are contributing to out-of-control violent crime. "Philadelphia has been awash in crime for years as a result of your ineptitude and loyalty to your benefactor, @GeorgeSoros, who supports weak DAs who pledge not to prosecute violent...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco Police Chief William Scott is giving an update Saturday after multiple arrests made in connection with two homicides and recent violent crimes in San Francisco.Increasing crime, staffing shortages, and lagging police response times are some of the issues facing San Francisco, with each one getting worse.Many living here ask -- what will it take for the city to change?San Francisco POA President Lt. Tracy McCray shares what she says is the reality."To be honest with your viewers, people watching this, this is going to take years to correct this," said McCray. "If, we even can.""Are you tired of it?" ABC7's Stephanie Sierra asked."Girl, I've been tired of it," said McCray.Rise in crimeThere's been a 32-percent increase in car break-ins so far in 2022 -- where property was stolen inside, according to data from the San Francisco Police Dept.Call it the price of parking in San Francisco. It can happen to any of us - even Lt. McCray.RELATED: 65% of Bay Area residents say fear of crime keeps them from visiting big city downtownsIn the...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Mayor Sam Liccardo unveiled a comprehensive crime fighting plan Thursday, including a crackdown on “frequent flyers” who are fueling San Jose’s troubling rise in violent crime, shutting down online fencing of stolen property and ending the pandemic era bail and release policies. While property crimes have been declining, Liccardo says violent crimes have actually been on the rise. READ MORE: 1 Dead, 2 Injured Including Pregnant Woman In Separate Richmond ShootingsSan Jose police report that “a troubling 10.4% increase in violent crime–felony assaults, robberies, and sexual assaults–in 2021, and an equally worrying acceleration in early 2022.” Those impacts appeared most acute in San Jose’s most vulnerable, underserved neighborhoods. “Some routinely point to SJPD’s thin staffing, and on the pandemic,” the mayor points out in a news release. “While we would all prefer to see more officers in the chronically understaffed SJPD, that factor does not explain this recent upswing in violence.” The main culprit, according to Liccardo, is the relatively small number of individuals who commit the vast majority of violent crime. “It would not...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Police say they have arrested several people tied to a violent home invasion robbery in Tarzana that occurred on March 6, and two of the suspects may be tied to other crimes.Savion Jefferson, 32, Terry McGee, 27, and Deja Childress, 34, have all been charged in the Tarzana home invasion robbery case. Detectives are still looking for a fourth suspect.The incident happened in the 4300 block of Gayle Drive at about 3:25 a.m. on March 6. Police say the victims were sleeping when the four suspects entered the home through the rear door, woke up the victims demanding their high-value jewelry, and severely beat one of the victims during the invasion.The men took off with jewelry and other valuable property, according to officials.Police say that two of the men are also linked to armed robberies in North Hollywood and Atwater Village.In the North Hollywood case, the victim was confronted by two suspects after being dropped off on Case Avenue and Burbank Boulevard following an evening at a nightclub in Hollywood, officials said. The victim ran away...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Following a weekend of “brazen, despicable acts” of violence, Mayor Brandon Scott and Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison pledged to hold the perpetrators accountable and asked Baltimoreans for their full support to curb violent crime. Between Friday and Sunday, there were six homicides, seven non-fatal shootings and 25 robberies, officials said in a joint release. READ MORE: Man Killed In Northeast Baltimore Shooting, Police SayDuring that same period, there were including 10 handgun arrests, four robbery arrests and three carjacking arrests. Sixty-four warrants were also issued, officials said. “Baltimore, we must be better,” said Scott. “The level of senseless violence occurring across our city is sickening. I met with police leadership Monday evening to ensure that we continue to focus and further our coordinated efforts on those who continue to carry out acts of violence in our city to reduce violent crime.” The mayor said the city will continue to work with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to fight crime. But both he and the commissioner called on Baltimoreans to work toward curbing the violence....
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) -- An investigation into the trafficking and distribution of weapons led to a multi-law enforcement agency takedown of a San Bernardino gang with a history of violence and crime throughout the Inland Empire."The people of San Bernardino can go to bed tonight knowing that their communities are safer," said California Attorney General Rob Bonta during a press conference on Thursday.On Wednesday, state and local authorities arrested members and associates of the Westside Verdugo criminal street gang.In June, the San Bernardino Police Department requested assistance from the California Department of Justice's Special Operations Unit to investigate the gang's activities.READ ALSO | Operation targeting Verdugo Street Gang results in 86 arrests in San BernardinoEMBED More News Videos For the second time in less than a week, another big takedown of an Inland Empire street gang took place in San Bernardino on Friday. "Based on intercepted communications, law enforcement recorded and identified multi-criminal conspiracies to include the organized carjackings of Amazon delivery vehicles in numerous felony assaults," said Chief David Green with the San Bernardino Police Department.The Special Operations...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – As crime and and violence in the Bay Area continues to make national headlines, police in San Francisco said they continue to make arrests, and investigate armed robberies and car burglaries. The department explained it takes time to track and locate suspects given the organization behind these crimes. READ MORE: California Drought: Big October Storm's Deluge Draining Out Of Lake Sonoma“We’re out here doing these operations, conducting these investigations, we’re putting together good cases, we’re making good arrests, and we’re going to keep doing that,” said Officer Adam Lobsinger, a public information officer for the San Francisco Police Department. “We’re going to keep making arrest and presenting cases to the D.A.’s offices.” Police say these crimes need to be treated seriously because the charge of stolen property only begins to describe the attributes of these cases. Suspects have been found with weapons and can be a danger to the public. The department’s investigations into these crimes recovered ghost guns and suspect vehicles they were following well before making arrests. Last week, five suspects...
    Violent crime in New York City soared this past year, despite a growing number of police officers nearly doubling their annual salaries by working hundreds of hours in overtime. Officers are boosting their $42,500 starting salary to $100,000 a year by making petty arrests at the end of their shifts to bump up their overtime, rather than tackling the crime epidemic which has gripped the city, according to Bloomberg.  Last year, overtime costs alone hit a record-breaking $837 million as New York City police officers logged more overtime hours in the 2020 fiscal year than cops in any other major U.S. city. One single precinct in Brooklyn paid out a whopping $7.8 million in overtime. In the same period, violent crime soared by 5.6 per cent. Overspending for the NYPD is nothing new; the department has overspent on its budget every years for at least the past 20 years. But last year's historic spending amid a hike in crime has sparked concerns and calls for an overhaul of the NYPD's overtime system as critics claim it encourages 'collars for dollars' - petty arrests...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — More than a dozen people have been arrested, including several teens, in a spate of shootings, carjackings and robberies that terrorized the Bronx. As CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported Thursday, prosecutors said the takedown is connected to two murders in July. One of the victims was just 13. Prosecutors said guns that were shown are tied to at least nine incidents of gun violence this past summer, including the gang-related deaths of 13-year-old Jaryan Elliott, who was seen walking on East 187th Street moments before he was fatally shot, and 16-year-old Raymon Gil-Medrano, who was gunned down while in a cab on a way to a recording studio by suspects on scooters. “Our young people have no problems getting a gun in their hands and our kids are killing and shooting each other. Where is the outrage?” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said. READ MORE: ‘How Many Kids Died Already?’; Bronx Residents Call On City Leaders To Do More To Stop Spike In Gun Violence The guns are part of an investigation that led to the arrests of...
    Violent crime has continued to escalate in New York City, with assaults climbing 18.5 percent and robberies up 6 percent in September as the NYPD revealed it has made more than 3,400 gun arrests so far this year.  Stark data released by the NYPD Wednesday shows crime rose 2.6 percent overall in September 2021 compared to the same month in 2020, with an extra 243 incidents reported.  It comes as Mayor Bill de Blasio tries to lure tourists and office workers back to the COVID-ravaged Big Apple, with the data likely to deter many over personal safety concerns.  The biggest increase was for felonious assault - or assault with a dangerous weapon - which surged by a shocking 18.5 percent from 1,802 in September 2020 to 2,135 in September 2021, as New Yorkers have been plagued by random attacks in the streets of the city.  The data also reveals a concerning trend in other criminal activity, with robberies up 6 percent, car theft up 4.1 percent and grand larceny up .7 percent within the same timeframe.   Over the last year,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — City leaders say violent crime in Philadelphia is leveling off despite some high-profile homicides. Some of those notable cases have resulted in arrests, which authorities say are on the rise. The Wednesday update on anti-violence efforts came as the city’s number of homicides sits at 374, a 17% increase from this time in 2020. That number doesn’t include the death of a 15-year-old who was fatally shot in North Philadelphia Monday. READ MORE: Investigators Release Age-Progressed Image Of Missing Dulce Maria Alavez Nearing 2 Years After Her Disappearance Officials said arrests are up for those using illegal guns, called “ghost guns.” READ MORE: School Bus Involved In Crash With Car In Pennsauken These are all signs of progress, they said, but Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said crimes can’t go unpunished – especially those against children. “These are kids with their entire lives in front of them,” she said, adding, “And our children shouldn’t be experiencing the continued and sustained trauma.” MORE NEWS: Unvaccinated Philadelphians Account For Nearly All COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Deaths In City, Officials Say The...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Members of the Caucus of African American Leaders and other civil rights organizers on Monday announced plans to protest along the route to Ocean City ahead of Labor Day weekend to call attention to the violent arrests of Black teenagers on the boardwalk earlier this summer. Civil rights activist Carl Snowden, from the Caucus of African American Leaders, said protesters would be out on Thursday “to raise the consciousness of those who are traveling to Ocean City” about the arrests. READ MORE: Frederick Sheriffs Office Seeking Missing 6-Year-Old Middletown Twins In one incident, on June 12, officers were shown on video repeatedly kneeling on 19-year-old, Brian Anderson, after he and his three other friends were confronted about the vaping ban. “They wouldn’t tell me what they were arresting me for or why I was being detained,” said Anderson.  In the other incident, on June 6, police used a stun gun on 18-year-old Taizier Griffin after confronting him about vaping. “I’m upset about getting tased but I”m just glad it wasn’t a gun,” Griffin said. “Honestly, it all started out as a normal...
    SAN JOSE — Three men have been arrested in connection with a series of violent crimes in a five-month span that investigators believe are gang related, according to San Jose police. The allegations include at least 10 crimes between February and May encompassing shootings, carjackings, auto thefts and burglaries in the city linked to a street gang, police said. At least one person was injured in the shootings. On Aug. 3, police arrested three men they linked to the crimes: San Jose residents Christopher Rosales, 19; Omar Harris Tabora, 22; and Nelson Vargas, 23. Pictured are weapons and other items seized on Aug. 3, 2021 in connection with the arrests of three San Jose men in connection with a string of violent crimes between February and July in the city. (San Jose Police Dept.)  According to police, search warrants carried out at the time of the arrests led to the seizure of several illegal firearms including a rifle and three pistols, illegal high-capacity magazines, a ballistic vest, illegal drugs and property suspected of being stolen. At least one of the...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio proudly boasted that his 'Safe Summer' program has driven down murder and gun attacks in New York City despite continued violent attacks that have plagued the streets on a daily basis.  In April, de Blasio unveiled his 'Safe Summer' program, a plan aimed at ending gun violence that focused on creating disincentives for young people looking to turn to guns by offering them positive alternatives.    During his daily briefing on Thursday, de Blasio proudly proclaimed that the program has been effective and said in the month of July the NYPD saw 'extraordinary successes' to curve violent crime.  Listing statistics from July, de Blasio noted that murders decreased by 49.1 percent and shootings were down by 35 percent across the New York City.  The NYPD made 383 gun arrests in July alone, up 133.5 percent compared to last July, the mayor said, while gun arrests in general have gone up 44.5 percent in 2021. While de Blasio touted the success of his program he failed to mention an ongoing string of violent incidents in the streets of the Big Apple this...
    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Five Florida police officers have been charged with battery connected to the violent arrests of two Black men last week, prosecutors announced Monday. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle held a news conference to announce the first-degree misdemeanor charges against Miami Beach police Sgt. Jose Perez, Officer Kevin Perez, Officer Robert Sabater, Officer David Rivas and Officer Steven Serrano. The officers had previously been suspended, and Fernandez Rundle said additional charges might follow. All five officers turned themselves in earlier Monday. Surveillance video shows an officer chase Dalonta Crudup, 24, into the lobby of the Royal Palm Hotel in South Beach in the early morning hours of July 26. The officer orders Crudup onto the ground at gunpoint, and Crudup complies. Moments later, more than a dozen other officers run into the lobby and surround Crudup, who can be seen on the ground with his hands behind his back. Fernandez Rundle said body camera footage shows Sgt. Jose Perez kick a handcuffed Crudup three times, while Officer Kevin Perez kicked Crudup at least four times....
    A drive-by shooting in Louisiana in which more than 25 shots were fired killed a 3-year-old boy Wednesday night, authorities said.  A home was targeted in the deadly attack, which occurred around 11:20 p.m. in Minden, located 35 miles east of Shreveport, KSLA-TV reported. Authorities said more than 25 rounds were shot during the attack.  The boy was struck and a parent rushed him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, the news report said. No description of the vehicle or suspects were released.  The station said investigators have identified two people of interest but no arrests have been made.  Fox News reached out to the police department but was told no one could speak about the case at the time. In a Thursday Facebook post, the Minden Police Association said the police department is short-staffed while commenting on the spate of violence occurring on local streets.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "The sound of gunfire in Minden is becoming so common that people are not reporting it," the group wrote. "This all changed tonight when...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s been another violent weekend in Philadelphia with more than 30 shooting victims, including nine after 2:30 p.m. Sunday. This comes after the city surpassed 300 homicides Friday. A series of shootings on Sunday has left nine people injured, including three teenagers. READ MORE: For Cuban Americans In Philadelphia, Watching Protests From Afar Emotional Experience On the 1600 block of West Seltzer Street in North Philadelphia around 5:30 p.m., police said a 34-year-old man was shot several times throughout his body. He was taken to Temple University Hospital and placed in critical condition, according to police. There have been no arrests. A 33-year-old man is in stable condition at the hospital after police said he was shot once in the lower back in the 500 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard just after 5:30 p.m. No arrests have been made. In Southwest Philadelphia’s Kingsessing section, a 15-year-old boy was shot once in each leg in a triple shooting shortly after 2:45 p.m. on the 5500 block of Malcolm Street. A 29-year-old man was also injured in the shooting...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police officials will give details Saturday on arrests made in the recent Humboldt Park ambush murders caught on video, where a man and woman are dragged from their car and executed on the street, law enforcement sources told the ABC 7 Chicago I-Team.Yasmin Perez and Gyovanni Arzuaga fell in love at first sight and were inseparable. They died together during a brazen attack last month.The parents of two young children, Perez and Arzuaga were gunned down June 19 amid Puerto Rican Day festivities in Humboldt Park. Arzuaga, 24, died that night and Perez, 25, June 22.The deadly attack has drawn national attention and has emerged as another flash point during a particularly violent year in Chicago.Police have said the couple were driving in the 3200-block of West Division when they were involved in a minor crash and were ambushed.RELATED: 'Stop the finger pointing': South Side rally calls for peace following violent weekendSeveral people beat Perez and then shot her, Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said at the time. When Arzuaga came to her aid, he was...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Prominent Baltimore civil rights attorney Billy Murphy is now representing two of the teenagers whose violent arrests in Ocean City earlier this month went viral. Ocean City police say they were aware of the press conference this morning regarding the Boardwalk arrests earlier this month; “Due to the ongoing investigations, we cannot comment.” Brian Anderson who was kneed by police says “I honestly felt like I was going to die.” @wjz pic.twitter.com/hMGOlnUfvF READ MORE: Concerns Mount Over Use Of Force In ‘Deeply Disturbing’ Video Of Ocean City Police Arresting 4 Teens — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) June 29, 2021 At a news conference in Baltimore Tuesday, Murphy said he notified Ocean City he intends to file a civil lawsuit in the case. “This is a situation that should’ve been descalated, and instead, they escalated the situation,“ Murphy said. Nineteen-year-old Brian Anderson was repeatedly kneed by Ocean City police during his arrest two and a half weeks ago. Brian Anderson says he was choked by Ocean City officers and kicked multiple times. “I don’t know how me and...
    Police in Ocean City, Md., released a statement Sunday saying its officers "are permitted to use force" on subjects resisting arrest following the circulation of social media videos showing an officer driving his knee into a man and another officer deploying a Taser during an incident with multiple arrests. Several videos appear to show the incident that erupted on the boardwalk around 8:30 p.m. Saturday after officers approached a large group vaping in a prohibited area. LAW ENFORCEMENT'S FEARS ARE CHANGING AMID ANTI-POLICE RHETORIC "We are aware of the social media videos circulating regarding this incident. Our officers are permitted to use force, per their training, to overcome exhibited resistance," the statement said. "All uses of force go through a detailed review process. The uses of force from these arrests will go through a multi-level examination by the Assistant Patrol Commander, the Division Commander and then by the Office of Professional Standards." One video shows a man with his hands up as a group of officers stands in front of him. The officers can be heard ordering him to the...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The FBI, Dallas Police Department and other law enforcement agencies on Thursday announced a large-scale operation in the Fair Park area of Dallas that led to multiple arrests in an effort to address rising violent crime. Authorities said over 400 law enforcement officers from the police department, FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were involved in the operation. READ MORE: Denton Man Noah Burch Faces Multiple Charges In Shooting On Evers Way The operation targeted gangs, drugs and violent crime. “I think this case really highlights very direct coordination at the investigative level, DPD detective, FBI agent level to work to identify the most or one of the most violent parts of the city,” Matthew DeSarno, Dallas FBI special agent in charge, said. Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said in the area where the operation happened, aggravated assaults increased from 315 in 2018 to 485 in 2020. Murders increased from 10 in 2018 to 23 in 2020, according to the chief. The chief said 10% of the city’s murders in 2020...
    A secret panel has opened an investigation into a Louisiana State Police unit for potentially targeting black drivers in violent and sometimes deadly arrests, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The anonymous panel was formed after Louisiana state troopers stunned and hit Ronald Greene during a 2019 arrest that led to his death, according to the AP. The panel will look into multiple incidents, including one where officers hit, stunned and pulled a black man by his braids. Other incidents being reviewed include when officers beat a man who was handcuffed and another scenario when a man was hit 18 times with a flashlight. “Every time I told him to stop he’d hit me again,” Aaron Bowman said, the AP reported. He sustained a broken jaw, three broken ribs, a broken wrist and needed six staples for a cut on his head. “I don’t want to see this happen to nobody — not to my worst enemy,” Bowman said, according to the AP. Trooper Charged in Use of Force Investigation Monroe, LA – This afternoon, a Trooper with Louisiana State Police...
    MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- A 29-year-old Jewish man was attacked in a gang assault in Midtown that is now being investigated as a hate crime, as pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian protesters clashed in Times Square Thursday night, resulting in about two dozen arrests.One person is in custody, and up to six more are being sought.The suspect, also 23, was taken into custody in Greenwich Village, and charges against him are pending.ALSO READ | 14-year-old gives birth and hands baby to customer at restaurantEMBED More News Videos A teenager walked into a restaurant in Jersey City on Wednesday afternoon with a newborn, handed the baby to a customer and then left. The victim was wearing a yarmulke and walking to the pro-Israel protest when he was jumped outside 1604 Broadway around 6:30 p.m.The group punched, kicked, pepper sprayed, and beat him with crutches. Some made anti-Semitic statements including "(expletive) Jews" and "(expletive) Israel."EMBED More News VideosMore than a dozen people were arrested after fireworks were thrown during a clash between dozens of Israeli and Palestinian protestors in Manhattan Thursday. The victim was...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. federal agents have arrested more than 430 people in connection with the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, a senior Justice Department official said Thursday, adding that the number of arrests continues to grow. The 430 arrests represent more than half of an estimated 800 supporters of former President Donald Trump who breached the Capitol to try to prevent Congress from declaring Joe Biden winner of the November presidential election. The attack, which left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer, and resulted in more than 100 other officers being injured, triggered one of the largest criminal investigations in U.S. history. “The investigations span almost the entire country,” Brad Wiegmann, deputy assistant attorney general for national security, testified before a panel of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. Those arrested so far include several dozen members of far-right groups, as well as current and former military and law enforcement personnel, but also hundreds of others with no known ties to extremist organizations. FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, smoke...
    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh on Sunday arrested an influential leader of an Islamist group that led violent protests against last month’s visit by India’s prime minister to the Muslim-majority nation, officials said. Mamunul Haque of the group Hefazat-e-Islam faces charges of instigating violence, but police did not provide details on specific cases or whether the charges stem from Narendra Modi’s visit. Harunur Rashid, a senior Dhaka Metropolitan Police official, said in a short briefing that Haque was arrested from a madrassa, or Islamic school, in the capital of Dhaka’s Mohammadpur area. Haque, 47, is a leading figure in the Hefazat-e-Islam group, which has a strong network of Islamic schools across Bangladesh. The group says it is not a political party, but its leaders in their sermons regularly talk about the country’s politics, advocating an Islamic revolution in the nation of 160 million people. Its leaders often challenge the basics of the country’s constitution and its legal system, which is based on based on British common law. The group criticized Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for...
    A startling trend in violent crimes and carjackings being committed by juveniles has raised the alarm among some officials who say the problem has arisen, in part, out of a lack of supervision for out-of-school kids and a laissez-faire attitude toward offenders during the coronavirus pandemic. "You know, idle minds are the devil's playground. And a lot of these kids, they've been idle for a year and a half now without going to school. And that's been a big problem," Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo told Fox News on Wednesday. Acevedo also serves as president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and was previously chief of the Houston Police Department. Just Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department (CPD) announced first-degree murder and armed vehicular hijacking charges against a 16-year-old boy for allegedly killing a man, 53, and committing a string of robberies in February.  EX-NFL PLAYER PHILLIP ADAMS' FATHER ON SOUTH CAROLINA SHOOTING: 'I THINK THE FOOTBALL MESSED HIM UP' And early Thursday, Chicago police said two boys, ages 16 and 17, were arrested. The youngest of the pair was charged with armed...
    LONDON (AP) — British police said Sunday that 107 people were arrested in London during demonstrations against government plans to increase police powers. Thousands marched in towns and cities across the country on Saturday to protest the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, defying coronavirus restrictions. Police said the “Kill the Bill” protests were mostly peaceful and most of those taking part observed social distancing. They said a small number of people were intent on causing disruptions, and that those arrested committed alleged offenses including violent disorder, assaulting police officers and breaches of coronavirus legislation. The force said 10 officers had been injured, though none of the injuries was believed to be serious. The proposed legislation would give police in England and Wales more powers to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those deemed too noisy or a nuisance, with those convicted liable to fines or jail terms. A recent protest against the new police legislation in Bristol, southwest England, descended into widespread violence that saw police officers injured, a police station damaged and police vehicles torched. Copyright...
    The reflection of two voters walking up to a Cobb County voting location on January 5, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.Megan Varner/Getty Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.This story was originally published by ProPublica.  On Nov. 30, 2020, as Georgia slogged through the second recount of its presidential election results, a man in Ohio perusing Twitter came across what he later described as a “call for action” to protect polling locations across the country. His response was to drive more than 500 miles to Gwinnett County in the Atlanta suburbs. He began surveilling the Gwinnett County elections office—and livestreaming his vigil on Twitter. At around 11 a.m. on Dec. 1, the Ohio man zeroed in on two workers—both Gwinnett County IT employees—who he decided, absent any evidence, were illegally removing “Chinese servers” used for voting tabulation. He “felt he needed to be a patriot and take action,” according to a Gwinnett County police report of the incident. From his black pickup truck,...
    SAN JOSE — Police said Monday they arrested 13 people, including two minors, who they have linked to a series of armed gang crimes that included a pattern of robbing gardeners of their landscaping equipment. An investigation by San Jose police gang, robbery and special-enforcement units, alongside gang prosecutors in the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, led to arrests between Feb. 17 and 24 on suspicion of crimes encompassing armed robbery, kidnapping, assault, criminal threats and at least one attempted murder. According to investigators, a common victim in the alleged crime spree were landscapers and gardeners who discovered some of the suspects using bolt cutters to pry their power tools away from their pickup trucks, which had been secured with chains. When the victims tried to intervene, they were either assaulted, threatened with guns, or both, police said. At least two of those thefts were partially captured by either eyewitness or security cameras. When search warrants were served last month, police recovered an array of stolen gardening equipment including lawn mowers, leaf blowers and weed trimmers. They also reported...
    A Black Lives Matter protest turned violent Friday night in New York City, resulting in nearly a dozen arrests and injuries among police officers. The New York Police Department says two officers had minor injuries during the Black Lives Matter march in midtown Manhattan, and 11 arrests were made, according to the New York Post. At one point, members of the march attacked a photographer, believing that he was a police officer. “He’s a cop,” someone in the crowd yelled at the photographer, prompting others in the crowd to swarm and attack the man. The photographer reportedly was not seriously injured and did not require hospitalization. The violent incident comes less than a week after a Black Lives Matter demonstration spiraled out of control in Washington, D.C., resulting in a skirmish between protesters and police officers, outdoor diners being harassed, and chants of “burn it down” emanating from the crowd. News Black Lives Matter New York City NYPD Protests Law Enforcement Media
    The mob that attacked the Capitol on January 6 was led by organized right-wing extremists, but the majority of them were ostensibly mainstream Trump supporters radicalized into violence. For people who have been monitoring the growth and spread of right-wing extremism inside the mainstream Republican Party—manifested in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol—the arrests that came in the aftermath of that event provided some revealing numbers. Of particular interest is the fact that the average age of the arrestees was 40 years old. That’s a surprisingly high number, particularly considering that most of the pro-Trump activists involved in violent protests of the past four years (especially the Proud Boys) have been younger men between 20 and 40 years old. Two University of Chicago researchers, Robert Pape and Keven Ruby, led a deeper dive into the statistics arising from the arrests for The Atlantic, and confirmed the implications of that number: Namely, that the resistance to Trump’s election loss represents “a new kind of violent mass movement in which more ‘normal’ Trump supporters—middle-class and, in many cases, middle-aged people...
    Over two dozen people were arrested Monday night after Black Lives Matter protesters sparred with New York City Police Department officers. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter demonstrators began to march through Brooklyn around 8:30 p.m. for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and they eventually made their way to Manhattan, according to NBC New York. Twenty-eight protesters were arrested, and at least 10 officers were injured during a violent confrontation near City Hall Park. One officer, a captain, was reportedly bashed in the helmet with a bottle. Video of the incident shows NYPD forces, some clad in riot gear, grabbing and pushing demonstrators who yelled expletives. Other footage shows a group of police officers bringing one activist to the ground. NYPD attacking protesters at City Hall Park pic.twitter.com/BHtH76kyde— Isabelle Leyva (@isabelle_leyva) January 19, 2021 The NYPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner. New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the department last week for "using excessive, brutal, and unlawful force" against "peaceful protesters" in the boroughs since...
    BLACK Lives Matter protesters clashed with cops in violent scenes at a Martin Luther King Jr Day demo leading to 30 arrests. The confrontation took place outside City Hall Park in New York City on Monday night at roughly 8.30pm. 5Dozens of protesters were there on Monday nightCredit: Twitter 5There was a large police presence at the sceneCredit: Twitter The protesters were marching from Barclays Center, over the Brooklyn Bridge and towards the park, the New York Post reported. While on their way they were met by police, leading to a violent clash. At least ten cops were injured, the outlet reported, including a captain who was hit on his helmet with a bottle. One protester swung a stick at an officer before being arrested, according to the Post. 5Cops clashed with protestersCredit: Twitter 5The group was outside of City Hall ParkCredit: Twitter 5At least 30 people were arrestedCredit: Twitter Videos from the incident show cops pushing protesters and ordering them to back up. One member of the crowd is heard shouting "f**k you" at officers, while other people call...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 125 people have been arrested so far on charges related to the violent insurrection led by supporters of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol, where a Capitol police officer and four others were killed. Charges from the Jan. 6 riot range from curfew violations to serious federal felonies related to theft and weapons possession. From a man pictured kicking his feet up on a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office to a far right-wing media personality known as “Baked Alaska” to the bare-chested guy sporting a furry hat with horns, here’s a list in alphabetical order of some of the more notable arrests and allegations made by authorities. ____ Richard Barnett, 60, of Arkansas was photographed sitting with his boots on a desk in Pelosi’s office during the Jan. 6 riot. He was ordered Friday to be brought to Washington, where he faces charges of unlawfully entering a restricted area with a lethal weapon — a stun gun. Barnett is also charged with disorderly conduct and theft of public property. ___...
    The limited arrests after a mob stormed the Capitol has angered many Americans. Climate activists spoke with the New York Times about their frustration with the double standard of how their peaceful protests are treated, versus the violent mob that caused the insurrection on January 6. Source: Democracy Now!/YouTube The Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., a minister, and community activist and leader of Hip Hop Caucus, a civil and human rights group, told the Times, “There’s two worlds,” he said. “And we’ve got to fix that.” Yearwood spoke about the double standard between those fighting for environmental justice and the Capitol mob. “Up until yesterday, I thought, ‘This is how it’s done. You stop business, you’re going to be arrested, you’re going to be treated this way,” he said. Climate scientists and activists also noticed a stark difference in arrests. Jacquelyn Gill, a scientist at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, said on Twitter, “More people were arrested in the nonviolent 2018 climate change protests at the Capitol than were arrested in the violent insurrection at the Capitol in...
    Justice Department officials announced the arrests Saturday of three of the highest-profile accused rioters from last week’s Capitol siege — including the shirtless, fur-wearing, horn-hatted invader who went viral after turning the Senate dais into a personal throne worthy of Conan the Barbarian. Jacob Anthony Chansley called the FBI’s Washington office Thursday and later turned himself in to police, the feds said. “Chansley said that he came as part of a group effort with other ‘patriots’ from Arizona, at the request of the President that all ‘patriots’ come to DC on January 6, 2021, the DOJ said. Chansley, 33, who calls himself the “QAnon Shaman,” was only the most outlandish-looking of the many hundreds of pro-Trump extremists who breached the Capitol on Wednesday, and who are now being rounded up in arrests across the country. The feds also announced the arrests of Adam Christian Johnson, 36, seen in a viral video allegedly carrying off House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern, and of a West Virginian lawmaker who had helpfully — for investigators — livestreamed himself shouting, “Derrick Evans is in...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has arrested the demonstrator who entered the U.S. Capitol and put his feet up on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) desk, according to DOJ officials. Richard Barnett, 60, has been arrested in Arkansas and charged with entering and remaining on restricting grounds, violent entry, and theft of public property. BREAKING: Richard Barnett of Arkansas, who law enforcement identified as the man seen here sitting in House Speaker Pelosis office, was arrested in Little Rock this morning, per fed law enforcement spox. He faces multiple charges, inclg violent entry & disorderly conduct pic.twitter.com/TzIEeA7HFP — John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) January 8, 2021 Barnett faced immediate scrutiny from both sides of the aisle after a photo of him sitting behind Pelosi’s desk with his feet thrown across her desk went viral as demonstrators entered the Capitol. Rioters breached the Capitol Police barricade around the building and forced their way inside, using riot shields and other implements to break windows before climbing in.
    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams condemned the lack of arrests amid the violent riots on the United States Capitol, contrasting the absence of police response to law enforcement’s role during the Black Lives Matter protests. “The Capitol Police and other law enforcement that we can see on hand — it’s still, it’s puzzling, sort of hard to understand why we haven’t seen more arrests and why the protesters have been allowed to persist on the steps and at the doors of the Capitol,” Maddow said on Wednesday night. “And here you see protesters apparently taunting or yelling at the protesters — or yelling at the police. These scenes are — this has been going on for three hours now. It feels like about three years.” The anchor then commented on how hard it’s been for the network to report on events inside the Capitol due to surrounding chaos, before inviting Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) to her program. Maddow asked the representative if any law enforcement was able to secure parts of the building, prompting Houlahan to confirm that some areas have...
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