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20 basic ASL signs all cops should know
Sat, 29 Jul 2017 01:05:27 GMT

By PoliceOne Staff

At some point in your law enforcement career, you may need to communicate with a deaf or hard of hearing person during the course of your duties. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, about 2 percent of adults between 45 and 54 have disabling hearing loss. The rate increases to 8.5 percent in adults between 55 and 64, nearly 25 percent for those between 65 and 74, and 50 percent for those who are 75 and older. The same report notes that about 28.8 million Americans could benefit from using hearing aids.

These video clips are intended to help you communicate with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing while you wait for an interpreter to arrive on the scene. All of these come from the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. If you’d like to learn additional ASL signs after you’ve mastered the ones below, you can find more on their website. For more tips and resources for contacts with deaf subjects, click here.

1. Yes 2. No 3. Stop 4. Do You Need Help? 5. Do You Need An Ambulance? 6. Are You Hurt? 7. An Interpreter Will Be Arriving Shortly 8. I Don't Understand You 9. Get Back In The Car 10. Please Step Out Of The Car 11. License And Registration 12. Show Your Hands 13. You Were Speeding 14. Do You Have Guns, Knives Or Sharp Objects On You? 15. Have You Been Drinking? 16. Have You Been Taking Drugs? 17. I Am Giving You A Ticket 18. I Am Giving You A Warning 19. I Am Placing You Under Arrest 20. You Are Free to Go

Top 25 things cops do on graveyard shift
Sat, 29 Jul 2017 00:16:54 GMT
Audio: P1 Editor at Large Doug Wyllie talks body cams, UOF in Justine Damond OIS
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 22:02:50 GMT

By PoliceOne Staff

PoliceOne Editor at Large Doug Wyllie went on an Australian radio show to talk about the fatal Minneapolis officer-involved shooting of Justine Damond. Damond was fatally shot by Officer Mohamed Noor after she called 911 to report a possible assault behind her home on July 15, the Associated Press reported.

A police report said a woman “slapped” the back of the patrol car before Damond was shot. No body cameras or dash cameras recorded the incident. Since the shooting, Acting Police Chief Medaria Arradondo tightened the department’s body camera policy. Officers will be now be required to have their body cameras on when they respond to calls and make traffic stops, the Associated Press reported.

Listen to the interview below.

Trump to LE: 'Don't be too nice' to people in police custody
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 21:39:55 GMT

By PoliceOne Staff

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — President Donald Trump sparked controversy Friday over comments he made while speaking about illegal immigration and the MS-13 gang.

According to the Associated Press, Trump said law enforcement is removing the gang members from the country “but we’d like to get them out a lot faster and when you see ... these thugs being thrown into the back of the paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in rough, I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.’”

Trump called on Congress to find money to pay for an additional 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers “so that we can eliminate MS-13.”

The president dismissed officers who protect heads of people they’re arresting, stating police were “too nice.”

“I said, ’You could take the hand away, OK,’” he said.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police issued a statement about Trump’s comments saying managing use of force is “one of the most difficult challenges faced by law enforcement agencies.”

“The ability of law enforcement officers to enforce the law, protect the public and guard their own safety, the safety of innocent bystanders, and even those suspected or apprehended for criminal activity is very challenging,” the statement reads. “For these reasons, law enforcement agencies develop policies and procedures, as well as conduct extensive training, to ensure that any use of force is carefully applied and objectively reasonable considering the situation confronted by the officers.”

IACP went on to say LEOs are “trained to treat individuals, whether they are a complainant, suspect or defendant, with dignity and respect. This is the bedrock principle behind the concepts of procedural justice and police legitimacy.”

The SCPD has strict rules & procedures relating to the handling of prisoners. Violations of those rules are treated extremely seriously.

— Suffolk County PD (@SCPDHq) July 28, 2017

As a department, we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.

— Suffolk County PD (@SCPDHq) July 28, 2017

Video shows man facing off with deputy before being apprehended by K-9, TASERed
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 20:24:10 GMT

By Fernando Alfonso III Houston Chronicle

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A video allegedly showing a black man being questioned by a white Harris County deputy has angered thousands of people on Facebook and forced police to speak out about it.

The 4-minute long edited video, which has been viewed more than 3 million times since Tuesday morning shows 21-year-old Marlin Gipson being questioned by an officer from Harris County Constable Precinct 1 about what he's doing in the Willow Spring subdivision, an unincorporated area of North Harris County.

Gipson claims he was putting business cards in neighbors doors for his lawn care business and at numerous points holds a card up to the camera. The precinct has responded to roughly 20 property crimes in the neighborhood over the past two months, Rosen said.

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Black teen in Houston Texas out cutting grass and passing out business cards, gets harassed by cops. They later broke into his home and attacked him with dogs. 7-18-2017

Posted by Beyond The Industry on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The video shows the deputy asking for Gipson's ID, which he said he did not have. When the deputy asked for his birthday, he provided the wrong date, Rosen said. As the deputy then reached for his handcuffs and told Gipson to turn around and place his hands on his head, the 21-year-old began to walk away while asking the deputy for his business card.

"I was scared of what might happen next so I backed up slowly and started heading home," Gipson wrote on youcaring.com, where he's raising money for his business.

Other people with Gipson in the video can be heard saying, "you can't just cause he's black."

The video then cuts to what appears to be Gipson in a home yelling at the deputy to leave.

"You up to no good. Why you here," Gipson said, while also demanding the name of the deputy.

"We need to talk to you," the deputy responded from outside.

The video eventually cuts out as the deputy approaches the door while telling Gipson they need to talk.

Eventually the deputy and a K-9 unit enter the house and ask Gipson at least 10 times to turn himself over, Rosen said. Gipson didn't comply and the K-9 ended up attacking him, Rosen said. Gipson was also tasered.

The end of the Facebook video has photos showing Gipson's injuries. Those photos were shared on Facebook by Lee Merritt, an attorney in Philadelphia who has flown to Houston to meet with Gipson.

VIDEO: Texas man arrested while driving a motorized Walmart scooter down the street

Gipson was arrested and charged with evading arrest and failure to identify himself, Rosen said. Gipson is also a fugitive of justice as it relates to an Oct. 2015 charge of assault threat to cause injury, Rosen added. Gipson also has two pending cases in Washington County for resisting arrest and giving false information to police in April, Rosen said.

"I do a tremendous amount of training with my officers and with the community. Whenever I see anything like this, or an allegation of somebody from my office targeting someone because of their race, I'm going to look very deeply into that case," Rosen told Chron.com. "I feel as though the officer acted with great restraint and tried to get Mr. Gipson to comply with him and he would not comply. There is another side to these stories. As far as I can tell, our officers did nothing wrong and followed procedure. I am sensitive to the relationship with law enforcement and community."

A youcaring.com campaign has been established to raise money and expand Gipson's lawn care business. He's raised more than $6,500 so far.

Chron.com has reached out to the attorney who met with Gipson and will update the story with his comments.


©2017 the Houston Chronicle

Trump vows to eliminate MS-13 gang
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 20:03:39 GMT
5 things to know about MS-13
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:42:25 GMT
Police give naloxone to dog that got into owner's oxycodone
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:06:40 GMT

Associated Press

LYMAN, Maine — Police in Maine say a dog that got into its owner's oxycodone perked right up after police administered the opioid-overdose antidote naloxone.

York County Sheriff William King says the dog's owner flagged down a passing officer in Lyman on Thursday. The owner said she was unable to get help from a veterinarian and asked Sgt. David Chauvette to help the 3-year-old yellow Labrador named Addie. King says the dog was drowsy and the owner feared an overdose.

King says Chauvette administered naloxone and the dog "seemed to perk up."

King said the dog seemed fine Thursday night.

The oxycodone had been legally prescribed to the dog's owner.

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This morning, a woman flagged down Sergeant David Chauvette in Lyman because she was fearful that her dog, Addie, had “...

Posted by York County Sheriff's Office - Maine on Thursday, July 27, 2017

3 reasons cops should check out LaserLyte's V-Mag Grip Laser
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 17:27:10 GMT
Author: Lindsey J. Bertomen

I recently tested LaserLyte’s V-Mag Grip Laser, an aiming device for North American Arms (NAA) Magnum Mini Revolvers.

The V-Mag Grip Laser is a two-piece, glass-filled nylon grip with an emitter that fires near the top strap of the revolver. Since the beam is close to the bore, it keeps the aiming point near the bullet strike throughout the useable range of the cartridge.

The .75 ounce grip does not add any weight to the gun. It uses three inexpensive watch batteries to fire it.

It’s no secret that I’m an NAA fan. On duty I carried a NAA Mini 22LR. Eventually I graduated to a NAA 22 Magnum. Both guns always shot well for me. I never carried one as a backup; they have always been my “Onion Field” guns.

The 22 WMR cartridge is not up to the performance I recommend for an off-duty cartridge, but modern improvements – especially the Hornady 22 WMR 45 grain FTX cartridge – have upped the odds. In my ballistic gelatin and accuracy tests, the NAA guns favor this cartridge.

NAA has added the Sidewinder to its model line. This is like the original 5-shot design, but it has a swing-out cylinder, a familiar style for any revolver user. The Sidewinder (NAA SW) adds rapid reloading to micro handgun carry. The V-Mag Grip Laser adds the ability to steer the gun quickly and accurately.

Every police officer should own this combo for these three reasons:

1. Extends the usable range of an NAA 22 Magnum

NAA revolvers just don’t have a decent sight radius for reasonable sight alignment. “So what?” many will ask, arguing that this is a last ditch gun where no one will use sights in the fight. While this is partially reasonable, all shots must be aimed and all shooting should be sighted fire.

I sighted mine for 7 yards, which allowed me to shoot reasonably from contact distance to 15 yards. The V-Mag Grip Laser is adjusted for windage and elevation with a micro Allen wrench.

For this combination, use the V-Mag Grip Laser as the primary sight. It is a 5mW red laser that is daylight visible out to about 10 yards. I could see it at 15 yards, but that’s pushing it.

2. Accommodates for cross dominance

If the mini revolver is your third gun, chances are your support hand draws it. If this language is confusing to you, it means that a right-handed shooter will likely carry the mini revolver somewhere that the left hand will draw it in an emergency. If the shooter is right-handed/right-eye dominant, shooting left-handed will naturally yield a cross dominance. Trying to align these tiny sights with a disadvantage is a real disadvantage. Using the V-Mag Grip Laser translates into problem solved.

3. Provides a palm filling grip

Although I would like a grip surface that is a little tackier, it is much better than some of the stock grips you get with a NAA Mini Revolver. They are slightly wider than the ones that came with my gun, and the switch is in the front of the grip. To activate it, one only needs to acquire a good grip. It was fast and very natural for any shooter who tried it out. The NAA revolvers are single-action tools and the laser stays lit when cocking the hammer.

There are some seamless features that show good ole’ engineering on LaserLyte’s part. First, the glass-filled nylon is especially durable, with delicate parts protected. Second, the batteries can be changed using a coin on the outside of the grip, which means the product stays sighted and the grips stay on for a battery change.

Before I wrote about this product, I put it on an extended test. The gun ran and cycled with me for many miles. It was in my chest pack while fishing and in a neck holster when walking around. My NAA Mini Revolver never failed to give me first-hit performance.

I know that LaserLyte says the product will fit any holster, but I have one pocket holster that completely covers the sides of the gun past the cylinder, right where the emitter sits. I was able to quickly modify this holster with a pocketknife. Kydex users may wish to test the holster before purchasing.

The gun has gone with me in places where the general assumption is that “no one is carrying a gun.” Thanks to North American Arms, LaserLyte and Hornady for increasing my survivability.

MSRP is $129.95.

Videos: Captain sees elderly man struggling to mow grass, volunteers to help
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 17:17:42 GMT
Author: Lindsey J. Bertomen

By PoliceOne Staff

LAFOURCHE PARISH, La. — Videos of a police captain mowing a man’s lawn have gone viral after the sheriff’s department shared them on Facebook.

Captain Cortrell Davis was on his way home from work when he noticed an elderly man struggling to cut his grass, the department wrote on Facebook.

“Captain Davis, who is the Warden at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center, said his heart sank when he saw this, and he just had to see if he could help,” the post read.

Larry Johnson happily welcomed Davis’ help. Davis took over and finished mowing Johnson’s entire yard.

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On his way home Wednesday evening, Captain Cortrell Davis passed an elderly man struggling to cut thick grass with a...

Posted by Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office on Thursday, July 27, 2017