Showing posts with label Police Deaths. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Police Deaths. Show all posts

April 21, 2018

Two Florida Deputies Shot Through The Window While They Ate-Shooter Found Shot to Death

Sgt. Noel Ramirez, left, and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey were shot and killed after sitting down to eat at a Chinese restaurant in Gilchrist County, Fla.
Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office
A gunman shot and killed two sheriff's deputies in a restaurant in Gilchrist County, Fla., on Thursday, in an attack that seems to have come with no warning.
Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey, 25. were shot through the window. The gunman was later found dead nearby.
Sheriff Bobby Schultz called the two deputies "the best of the best," adding, "They're men of integrity, they're men of loyalty. They're God-fearing, and they loved what they did. And we're very proud of them."
The deputies were on duty and had sat down to eat at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton around 3 p.m. when a gunman started firing at them from outside, the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office said.
"Both our heroes had simply sat down to eat while on duty," the sheriff's office said. "There was no crime in progress, no disturbance. The suspect appears to have walked to the front of the business and shot both men without warning. Two holes in the window are visible tonight."
Deputies and other who responded to an emergency call about the shooting found the gunman nearby, dead from a gunshot wound. He was identified as 59-year-old John Hubert Highnote, 59, of Bell, Fla. — a nearby town in the northern Florida county.

When a reporter asked Schultz to confirm whether Highnote had committed suicide in his car near the restaurant, the sheriff declined to comment, citing both an ongoing state investigation into the killings and his own perspective.
"I want this to be about those deputy sheriffs, I think that you can respect that," Schultz said at a media gathering late Thursday afternoon. He added, "The world's full of cowards, and the world's full of heroes. We need to highlight those heroes, and what they gave."
Ramirez was a 7-year veteran of law enforcement who had a wife and two young children. Lindsey had worked with the force for a total of more than three years; he had recently returned to working at the sheriff's office.
"It was just surreal" to get the call about the attack on the deputies, Schultz said.
He added, "Whether you're a large agency or a small agency, it hits you like a ton of bricks."
A possible motive for the shooting has not been released. Twice during his media briefing on Thursday, Sheriff Schultz mentioned negative public attitudes about law enforcement officers.
"What do you expect happens when you demonize law enforcement to the extent that it's been demonized?" he asked at one point.
Schultz added, "The only thing these men were guilty of was wanting to protect you and me. They just wanted to go get something to eat. And they just wanted to do their job."
The department has received numerous condolences and messages of support, including from President Trump, who said, "My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the families, friends and colleagues" of the slain deputies.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said, "My wife, Ann, and I are heartbroken by the loss of two law enforcement officers in Trenton," adding that he has committed state resources to help the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office.
Scott added, "It is true evil for anyone to hurt a law enforcement officer, and in Florida, we have zero tolerance for violence, especially against the police."
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February 11, 2018

A Woman Calls 911 'Her husband has Killed Police and Her 1 Yr Old is Still There'

A woman crying in the background of a disconnected 911 call set in motion a string of events Saturday that ended with two veteran Westerville Police Department officers dead and a suspect hospitalized.
Today, Ohioans are mourning Officers Anthony Morelli, 54, and Eric Joering, 39. Westerville's police chief called them "true American heroes."
Morelli and Joering arrived at a residence on Crosswind Drive at 12:10 p.m. and were "immediately met with gunfire," Westerville police Chief Joe Morbitzer said at a news conference Saturday. The officers walked into a "potential domestic" violence situation, authorities said.
Police received the 911 call at 12:02 p.m., officials said. The caller hung up, prompting the police response to the apartment complex on the outskirts of Westerville.
A female voice can be heard crying in a 911 call to dispatchers before the caller disconnects. In subsequent calls with dispatchers, the woman identified Quentin Smith as the man who shot at the officers.
The caller says, "please help, please help" and "my husband shot the police officers" and "my daughter is in there."
The dispatcher then asks the woman where she is and she replies she is hiding in the bushes.
In radio traffic, officers who entered the residence said they found the child on a couch and had a suspect at gunpoint.
Police confirmed to the Associated Press that Smith, 30, is the suspect in the shooting. Many details remain unknown publicly about how the events transpired. Police did say the suspect had injuries and was transported from the scene.
The Crosswind Drive home where the officers were called Saturday had a recent history of domestic violence and disturbances, records show. 
Westerville police had been called as recently as three weeks ago for a reported disturbance. The home's residents, however, told police at the time there was nothing wrong.
Smith was identified as one of the parties during previous calls to the residence.

Morbitzer said Joering, a 17-year police veteran, was pronounced dead at the scene. Morelli was taken to the hospital, where he later died. Morelli was a member of the city's bike patrol unit.
"True American heroes," Morbitzer said. "We will miss both of these officers because they were pillars in our department."
Between sobs, the chief said they both "lived and breathed" the profession.
"They knew how to do policing the right way, both of them," Morbitzer said.
He asked that people keep the families of the officers in their prayers.

"I'm confident our staff will take them under their wings," he said.
The suspect in the shooting is in custody, officials said. 
Police are investigating the scene. Residents came to the scene to deliver water and coffee to the officers there.
Westerville sits about 16 miles north of Downtown Columbus.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is a Westerville native. On Saturday, he pledged the full support of the Ohio State Highway Patrol if it is needed.

"I am very saddened to learn of the deaths of two of my hometown police officers today," Kasich tweeted. "We will learn more soon about this tragic incident but please join me in lifting up these officers' families in prayer."
Sen. Sherrod Brown said "we are grateful to all Ohio law enforcement who put themselves in harm's way to keep us safe." President Donald Trump also tweeted that his thoughts and prayers are with the officers.

As of 9:35 a.m. the GoFundMe had raised more than $110,000.
“This is just another grim reminder that police work has the potential for deadly danger every day," McDonald said. "That’s why the Fraternal Order of Police works to build continuous public support for the men and women who risk everything so others can be safe. Please remember these officers – and all officers – in your prayers."

December 30, 2017

"I Can't Breathe" Eric Garner While Dying of Police Choke (2014)His Daughter Erica Now Also dead

 Erica Garner, who became a civil rights activist against police brutality after the death of her father in 2014, has died aged 27.
A video of Eric Garner, in a police chokehold complaining he could not breathe, sparked national protests.
Ms Garner became a prominent member of the Black Lives Matter movement following her father's death.
She had been in a coma since 23 December after suffering a heart attack triggered by an asthma attack.
Her official twitter account, being run by her family, said she had suffered major brain damage from a lack of oxygen. officialERICA GARNER
Erica the world loves you. I love you. I am glad you came into our lives. May you find the peace in the next life that you deserved while you were here. I will always love you my sister. love you9:36 AM - Dec 30, 2017

"When you report this you remember she was human: mother, daughter, sister, aunt. Her heart was bigger than the world. It really really was," a tweet posted to her account said.
"She cared when most people wouldn't have. She was good. She only pursued right, no matter what. No one gave her justice."

Erica Garner pictured lying on the floor, leading a demonstration march and "die in" eventImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionErica Garner, pictured demonstrating in the spot where her father died, in 2014


Father-of-six Eric Garner, 43, was detained by police for allegedly selling loose cigarettes on Staten Island in July 2014. Mr Garner also had asthma, and was filmed telling officers multiple times: "I can't breathe"
His words became a rallying cry for Black Lives Matter protesters, and the video of the arrest made headlines around the world. 
Mr Garner's death was ruled a homicide by medical examiners, but a grand jury did not charge any arresting officers in the case
Ms. Garner was a mother-of-two and had a son in August whom she named after her father.

November 21, 2016

Blue Bloody Sunday

San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi was fatally shot while he was sitting in his patrol car, writing out a ticket. He was a 20-year veteran of the force. USA TODAY NETWORK
A manhunt was underway Monday for the unidentified man who fatally shot a San Antonio police officer at a traffic stop, one of four officers shot across the nation in separate attacks Sunday.

Three police officers were wounded and two suspects killed in shootings in St. Louis and Gladstone, Mo., and Sanibel, Fla. In San Antonio, Police Chief William McManus said Monday that the death of Detective Benjamin Marconi was more than a random act.

"I feel we (police) were targeted," McManus said. "I think the uniform was the target."

He said Marconi, 50, was conducting a traffic stop outside police headquarters just before noon when he was shot in his car while writing a ticket. McManus said a black male with a goatee drove up in a Mitsubishi Galant, walked up to Marconi's car and shot the 20-year department veteran in the head before reaching in and shooting him again.

The shooter then drove off, McManus said.

He said the suspect briefly visited the police station four hours before the shooting, speaking to a desk clerk. McManus did not say what was discussed. He said the dashcam video provided "a lot of information," but he provided no details.

McManus urged anyone with information that might aid the investigation to come forward. A reward of up to $10,000 is available for information leading to an arrest.

"We consider the suspect to be extremely dangerous, both to police and to the public," he said. "If you see him, please don't approach him."

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement asking all Texas to pray for the Marconis' loved ones as they deal with "this unimaginable tragedy." Abbott urged the Legislature to pass his Police Protection Act, which would classify attacks against law enforcement as hate crimes.

"Attacks against law enforcement officers will not be tolerated in Texas and must be met with swift justice," Abbott said.

In St. Louis, a police sergeant who was shot twice in the face Sunday evening was expected to survive, Chief Sam Dotson said. Dotson said the officer was sitting in his cruiser in traffic when he was shot by someone in a nearby car. The officer was listed in critical but stable condition at Barnes Jewish Hospital in the city.

The 46-year-old sergeant is a husband and a father of three children, Dotson said. The 19-year-old suspect was killed hours later in a shootout with officers. Dotson said the teen may have been connected to several robberies, a carjacking and a homicide.

In Gladstone, an officer was shot after a passenger ran from a car stopped for a traffic violation, according to Kansas City police, which handled the investigation. The suspect, described as a white male in his late teens, pulled out a gun and was killed in the ensuing shootout that left one officer wounded.

"Thanks to all for their prayers and calls of support," the Gladstone Police Department tweeted. "Our officer is out of surgery and is expected to make a full recovery following rehab."

In Florida, an officer was in his patrol car wrapping up a routine traffic stop at about 8 p.m. ET Sunday when he was shot by someone driving by. The city said on its website that the suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting.

In July, five officers were killed by a heavily armed sniper who opened fire at a peaceful protest in Dallas against police-involved shootings. In Baton Rouge less than two weeks later, three officers were ambushed and killed.​​

"This is always difficult, especially in this day and age when police officers are being targeted across the country," McManus said. "It's everyone's worst nightmare. Unfortunately, like Dallas, like Baton Rouge, it has happened here now."

Contributing: KSDK-TV, St. Louis; KENS-TV, San Antonio; The News-Press, Fort Myers, Fla.

November 2, 2016

Law Enforcement Fatalities per Month

September 22, 2016

Charlotte PD Shooting }Don’t Go by Rumors Get the Facts Here and Now

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September 20, 2016

Tulsa Police Officer Kills Unarmed Motorist with Hands Up(Graphic Warning)

Dash cam footage shows the fatal police shooting of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. WARNING: Video contains graphic footage. Viewer discretion is advised. Video by Mic

Terence Crutcher, a Tulsa, Oklahoma, man who was fatally shot by a police officer last week, was not armed, nor was a weapon found in his SUV, the city’s police chief said Monday.

Police Chief Chuck Jordan said no weapon was recovered from the scene of the shooting, after a white officer shot and killed the 40-year-old black man. Jordan didn’t volunteer more details about the shooting.

Following Monday’s news conference, the Tulsa Police Department released the dash cam video of the confrontation, Tulsa World reported(WARNING: Video above contains graphic footage.)

Responding to reports of a stalled vehicle Friday night, two officers found Crutcher nearby his vehicle, police spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie said at a news conference Saturday. MacKenzie said Crutcher failed to follow repeated commands from the officers.

“As [the officers] got closer to the vehicle, [Crutcher] reached inside the vehicle and at that time there was a Taser deployment and a short time later there was one shot fired,” she told reporters.
Crutcher later died that night at a local hospital.

On Sunday, police identified Betty Shelby as the officer who shot her weapon, Tulsa World reported. Officer Tyler Turnbough deployed his Taser.

In one of the videos released today, Crutcher can be seen with his hands up as he walks toward his SUV as several officers approach him. However, once Crutcher appears to put his hands on the vehicle, it’s difficult to make out what is happening as the officers surround him.
At one point, Crutcher can be seen collapsing to the ground. Overheard in the video is police radio chatter that says, “I think he may have just been Tasered.” Shortly after, someone is heard saying “Shots fired,” a statement that’s repeated on the police radio as well.

In another video from Tulsa police’s helicopter camera, someone is heard saying that Crutcher looked like a “bad dude.”
WARNING: Video contains graphic footage. Viewer discretion is advised. Video by Tulsa World
The Justice Department said today it has opened a civil rights probe into the shooting, after the Tulsa police chief contacted the agency over the weekend to help with the investigation.

Tulsa police released the video footage of the shooting to select community leaders and family members prior to its release to the public.

Crutcher’s sister, Tiffany, has demanded that criminal charges by filed against the officer who took her brother’s life. Tiffany has also asked for peaceful protests following Crutcher’s death, the Associated Press reported.

Damario Solomon-Simmons, the family’s lawyer, said the footage showed that Crutcher didn’t make any sudden movements. Solomon-Simmons also questioned some of the claims made in police statements about the timing of Crutcher’s death.

 On Sunday, Rodney Goss, a pastor in north Tulsa who was able to view the footage beforehand, told Tulsa World that Crutcher’s “hands were in the air from all views.”
After an officer shot Crutcher, “a couple minutes it appears, but it seemed like a lifetime, went by before anyone actually checked with him as far as pulse — as far as whatever the case may be,” he added.

September 16, 2016

People Killed by Police in US by Race Since 2015

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Police in Columbus, Ohio, were investigating how a 13-year-old boy wanted for questioning Wednesday night in an armed robbery ended up fatally shot by an officer.

The child — later identified by Columbus police as Tyre King — had "pulled a gun from his waistband" when officers attempted to take him and another male into custody, the Columbus Division of Police said in a statement. As the encounter unfolded, an officer shot King "multiple times."

The weapon recovered from the scene was determined to be a BB gun with an attached laser sight, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said at a news conference Thursday morning. She showed a replica image of that BB gun.

"Our officers carry a gun that looks practically identical to this weapon," said Jacobs, adding, "It turns out not to be a firearm, but as you can see, it looks like a firearm that can kill you."

July 18, 2016

Law Enforcement Deaths Overtime (Latest Baton Rouge)


Two “persons of interest” have been detained near Baton Rouge following the fatal shooting of 3 police officers. The attack comes just 10 days after a gunman killed five police officers in Dallas, and 12 days after a Baton Rouge police officer fatally shot 37-year-old Alton Sterling.
Included below are the following visualizations to contextualize law enforcement fatalities.

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