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US to expand pool of people targeted for deportation
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:10:03 GMT
Drunken driver gets 12 years plus in death of Pa. police officer
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:52:45 GMT
Justices reject appeal from death row inmate who killed off-duty cop
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:15:02 GMT
Police: Pair killed landlord, lived with her body 2 weeks
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:09:17 GMT

Associated Press

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Police say a man and a woman are accused of killing their landlord in Florida and living with the body for two weeks while trying to decide how to dispose of it.

Clearwater police said in a news release that 42-year-old Lawrence Edward Cannon faces a first-degree murder charge after 69-year-old Mary Ring was fatally shot after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Officers went to the home on Monday to conduct a welfare check on Ring.

Authorities have charged 44-year-old Jennifer Elam with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. Cannon and Elam were booked into jail Monday afternoon.

It wasn't clear how long the two had lived in Ring's house.

Jail records didn't list attorneys for Cannon and Elam.

Mass. police end 'High Five Friday' at schools after complaints
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:36:17 GMT
Idaho lawmaker reintroduces bill banning sanctuary cities
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:00:00 GMT

Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho — A Republican lawmaker has revised a proposal seeking to ban so-called "sanctuary cities" in Idaho after receiving feedback from the state's influential agricultural and dairy industries.

Rep. Greg Chaney of Caldwell said Monday that his new bill would remove just half of the state sales tax from Idaho cities and counties if local law enforcement officials curtailed enforcing federal immigration laws — the original bill would have removed all sales tax funding. Furthermore, the new bill no longer requires police officers to check the immigration status of anyone they arrest for a misdemeanor or felony charge.

There is no legal definition of sanctuary policies, but they involve local municipalities curtailing their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. While several big cities, such as New York and Chicago, have formal sanctuary policies in place, Idaho has none.

The House State Affairs Committee agreed to introduce the new bill, clearing it for a full legislative hearing.

Congressman intends to sue over removal of anti-cop painting
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:00:00 GMT
Police say newly freed gang member killed Calif. officer
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 02:30:00 GMT

By Robert Jablon Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A gang member who was recently freed from jail killed his cousin and stole his car Monday then shot and killed a California police officer and wounded his partner before being wounded himself, authorities said.

Whittier Officer Keith Lane Boyer died and Officer Patrick Hazel was wounded when they answered a report of a traffic accident in the eastern Los Angeles County suburb.

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With a sad and heavy heart, we regret to inform you that Officer Keith Boyer, a 27 year veteran of the Whittier Police...

Posted by Whittier Police Department on 20hb Februari 2017

A motorist pointed out the location of the car that had rear-ended his vehicle, and the officers approached the driver.

"When they get him out of the car, they go to pat him down for weapons, they can see he's got tattoos all over his face and all over his neck," county sheriff's Lt. John Corina said.

The man then pulled a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and opened fire at the officers, who were wearing bulletproof vests and shot back, Corina said.

"They walked up on the vehicle believing the motorist was in need of medical help and then they ended up in a gunfight for their lives," Sheriff Jim McDonnell said.

Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper wept as he described Boyer as a friend of more than 25 years.

"All of us have been grieving," the chief said. "And I didn't think I had any tears left."

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement of condolence. Capitol flags were ordered to be flown at half-staff in his honor.

The suspect, a 26-year-old gang member, had a history of serious crimes and had been granted early release from Los Angeles County jail about a week ago, Corina said. He didn't know the nature of his offense.

His name wasn't immediately released.

Earlier Monday, he shot and killed his cousin in East Los Angeles and took his car, which later rear-ended another car in the neighboring city of Whittier, Corina said.

He got out and asked those he had hit to help push his stolen car from the intersection.

Boyer and Hazel didn't know any of those details when they answered the report of a car accident, Corina said.

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Update: The body of a Whittier Police Department officer killed in a shootout Monday has been accompanied by a procession of fellow law enforcement. Sky5 was overhead in foggy conditions. The officer's body was taken from UC Irvine Medical Center to the Orange County coroner's office.

Опубліковано KTLA 5 News 20 лютого 2017 р.

Boyer was pronounced dead at a hospital. Hazel, a three-year veteran, and the suspect were hospitalized in stable condition and were expected to live.

After the shooting, a long line of police cars escorted the slain officer's body from a hospital in Irvine to the coroner's office. Mourners placed candles and flowers outside police headquarters.

Boyer joined the force as a dispatcher in 1989 and became a full-time officer in 1990. A divorced father who played the drums, he was "the best of the best" who was sought for advice by his colleagues and superiors, the chief said.

Boyer recently talked to the chief about retiring.

The Whittier Police Department has about 125 sworn officers who patrol Whittier and Santa Fe Springs.

The department has had two other officers killed in the line of duty — a detective in 1979 and a corporal in 1977.

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The Whittier Police Chief was brought to tears as he spoke about Officer Keith Boyer, a 25-year veteran of the Whittier Police Department. Full Story: http://bit.ly/2kRJPmE

Posted by Fox 11 Los Angeles on Monday, February 20, 2017

Bystander helps officer under attack by jumping on suspect's back
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:21:42 GMT

By Grace Toohey The Advocate

BATON ROUGE — Vickie Williams-Tillman was on her way to Sam's Club and Walmart early Sunday morning, listening to gospel music, when she noticed a police officer struggling with a man on the side of Harry Drive.

She rolled down her window to ask if the officer needed help, but she couldn't hear him respond. She did, however, lock eyes with him.

"I could see in his eyes he needed help," said Williams-Tillman. "You don't have time to think about it … I did what God needed me to do."

And what Williams-Tillman did — jumping on the attacker's back until more police arrived — has many in the community, including the mayor, hailing the 56-year-old as a hero.

"Vickie Williams-Tillman epitomizes the true Good Samaritan," Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome said in a statement. "She reached out and offered a courageous and unconditional response to the officer. Ms. Williams-Tillman is a hero and demonstrates the true meaning of loving God and loving your neighbor."

Williams-Tillman said she didn't hesitate to help. "It was something that went through my soul," she said. "You don't think about the risk."

The 44-year-old officer, whose name has not been released, had found the man asleep in his vehicle just before 8 a.m. in the 8400 block of Harry Drive, seeing drug paraphernalia visible, according to the arrest report. As the man, 28-year-old Thomas Bennett, exited from his vehicle, he became aggressive, said Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely. Bennett, of Albany, grabbed the officer's baton and used it to repeatedly hit the officer in the head, McKneely said.

Bennett also grabbed the officer's flashlight and radio, and attempted to take the gun from the officer's holster. McKneely said things might have gone a different way without Williams-Tillman's help.

"She made a big difference," McKneely said.

Bennett was finally detained after he was hit by a stun gun fired by a second officer who arrived at the scene, McKneely said. All three people involved in the fight were taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center with minor injuries and were released by Sunday evening.

Williams-Tillman hurt her wrist, McKneely said.

Bennett was booked into Parish Prison Sunday afternoon on counts of aggravated battery, disarming a police officer, battery on a police officer, resisting an officer with violence, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The officer, who has a total of 21 years of service, nine of those with BRPD, suffered wounds on his head, McKneely said.

Williams-Tillman said she spoke with the officer and gave him a hug after they were both treated. He told her a lot of drivers had driven by and not stopped to help him.

"A lot of people passed him up," Williams-Tillman said, but that's not fair to police officers. "They're human beings, just like us … We're all one family."


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For a special #BRPDSalutes today we want to thank a very special lady. Early this morning one of our officers...

Опубліковано Baton Rouge Police Department 19 лютого 2017 р.

Trooper under investigation for calling ICE to report illegal immigrant
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:14:52 GMT

By Melissa Santos The News Tribune

TACOMA, Wash. — A Tacoma lawmaker wants to know why the Washington State Patrol is reviewing the actions of a trooper who called federal immigration authorities about a man living in the country illegally.

State Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Tacoma, sent a letter to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday “to express serious concerns” that an administrative review is underway after a trooper contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about a man involved a Feb. 9 traffic accident on Interstate 5 in Tacoma.

The man, Armando Chavez Corona, was convicted of a felony drug charge and was deported four times from the United States between 1996 and 2000, ICE officials said.

Chavez Corona didn’t cause the crash on I-5. But when a trooper completed a routine check of Chavez Corona’s driver’s license, a warning popped up from ICE, saying Chavez Corona was a previously deported felon and to contact the federal agency for confirmation, said State Patrol spokesman Kyle Moore.

After the trooper contacted federal officials to confirm details of the warning, federal immigration officials came to the crash scene and took Chavez Corona into custody.

As of Wednesday, he was awaiting deportation, ICE officials said.

The State Patrol is reviewing whether the trooper followed an internal policy that limits how much troopers can do to help federal immigration officials.

In his letter Friday, O’Ban called the review into the trooper’s actions “puzzling, if not deeply concerning.”

“I fear launching an administrative review of this routine and common-sense procedure sends a chilling message to WSP troopers and to other law enforcement personnel that undermines public safety by discouraging officers from gaining potentially vital information from federal authorities,” O’Ban wrote.

Moore said administrative reviews are commonplace at the State Patrol. The trooper involved hasn’t been placed on leave or disciplined in any way, he said.

“This is just a routine review of whether this trooper followed our policies,” Moore said Friday.

According to the agency, “The Washington State Patrol has a policy to not stop, detain or interrogate or place an immigration hold on any person solely for the purpose of ascertaining immigration status or in any other way attempt to enforce federal immigration laws.”

Moore said troopers never arrested Chavez Corona or detained him for longer than it took to clear the scene of the accident. The information the trooper received about Chavez Corona did not constitute a warrant calling for his arrest, Moore added.

The governor’s office confirmed it had received O’Ban’s letter but declined to comment on it.

The letter concludes by asking Inslee whether he ordered the review and what specific circumstances warranted that scrutiny. It also asks the governor if it is appropriate for law enforcement officers to ignore a warrant from federal authorities, and “how does that contribute to the public safety or safety of officers?”

In a phone interview Friday, O’Ban said he worries the governor’s office is seizing upon immigration-related incidents in the state to make a political statement. In recent weeks, Inslee has been a vocal critic of the immigration policies promoted by Republican President Donald Trump.

“I’m concerned that this investigation is motivated at least in part by the governor nationalizing this issue, when it shouldn’t be,” O’Ban said.

Meanwhile, Grace Chavez, the U.S.-born wife of Chavez Corona, said she is considering legal action against the State Patrol.

Reached by phone Friday, she said she was heading to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma to visit her husband. The couple has three children, all of whom are U.S. citizens, she said.

“They violated our rights,” Grace Chavez said. “He was the victim of the accident.”

She said she is waiting to hear more details about when her husband is scheduled for deportation.

“I’m hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst,” she said.


©2017 The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)