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Border Patrol agent killed in apparent Texas attack
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:19:33 GMT

Associated Press

VAN HORN, Texas — Authorities were scouring West Texas on Monday for those behind an apparent attack that killed one U.S. border agent and injured another.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a statement Sunday that was thin on details about what happened, saying the two agents "were responding to activity" while on patrol near Interstate 10 in the area of Van Horn, which is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the border with Mexico and about 110 miles (175 kilometers) southeast of El Paso.

CBP spokesman Douglas Mosier said 36-year-old agent Rogelio Martinez and his partner were transported to a hospital, where Martinez died. Martinez's partner, whose name hasn't been released, is in serious condition.

Elected officials referred to it as an attack, with Gov. Greg Abbott tweeting that "resources must be increased to prevent these attacks in the future." And Republican Sen. Ted Cruz also referred to it as such, saying in a news release: "We are grateful for the courage and sacrifice of our border agents who have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe."

At a Cabinet meeting Monday, President Donald Trump offered his condolences to Martinez's family and said the wall he has promised to build along the border between the U.S. and Mexico is on the agenda.

Trump said the injured agent was "brutally beaten and badly, badly hurt" but "looks like he'll make it."

Authorities haven't said whether they have any suspects or whether they think smugglers or people who were in the country illegally were involved.

Kevin McAleenan, acting commissioner of CBP, said in a letter sent to border agents that Martinez was unconscious when agents found him, with "multiple injuries" to his head and body.

Jeanette Harper, FBI spokeswoman for the El Paso field office, told the San Antonio Express-News only that Martinez and his partner were "not fired upon." The FBI has taken over the investigation.

Border Patrol records show that the agency's Big Bend sector, which includes the area where Sunday's attack took place, accounted for about 1 percent of the more than 61,000 apprehensions its agents made along the Southwest border between October 2016 and May 2017. The region's mountains make it a difficult area for people to cross illegally into the U.S. from Mexico.

The Border Patrol website lists 38 agents, not including Martinez, who have died since late 2003 — some attacked while working along the border and others killed in traffic accidents. Martinez is the second agent to have died this year.

Video of Ala. K-9 doing pushups alongside officers goes viral
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:56:08 GMT

By PoliceOne Staff

GULF SHORES, Ala. — A seven-second video featuring a K-9 doing pushups in sync with two police officers has gone viral.

AL.com reports that two-year-old K-9 Nitro, who joined the Gulf Shores PD in February, joined Officers William Cowan and Ben Hancock as they did push-ups. The video has gained more than 60,000 views since it was posted on Saturday.

The video was made to promote an anti-car theft campaign called the “9 p.m. routine” - reminding people to remove their valuables from their cars at night to prevent theft. The campaign was started by the Paso County, Florida, Sheriff’s Department and has reportedly reduced the number of thefts there.

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Posted by Gulf Shores Police Department on Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ford unveils first plug-in hybrid police car
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:46:58 GMT

By PoliceOne Staff

NEW YORK — The Ford Motor Company recently unveiled its first plug-in hybrid patrol vehicle.

CNET reports that the Ford Special Service Plug-in Hybrid Sedan will have a 7.6 kWh battery and is capable of driving up to 21 miles on battery alone at speeds up to 85 miles per hour.

The battery will take an estimated 2.5 hours to charge on a Level 2 charger.

The interior features “anti-stab plates” in the seats. Agencies can also add additional features such as spot lamps and the ability to turn off interior lighting for surveillance purposes.

Orders for the vehicle will open in December, and delivery is expected to start next summer.

Our very first plug-in #hybrid police vehicle, the Special Service Sedan, gives officers, fire chiefs, detectives & other government personnel alike the chance to get through entire shifts both gas and emissions free. #EV pic.twitter.com/IdZ1TZxdJ5

— Ford Motor Company (@Ford) November 20, 2017

How to build a diverse police force: Lessons from the corporate world
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:08:37 GMT
Chicago passes 600 homicides for only third time since 2003
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:31:28 GMT
Crash sends Calif. police car off road, killing 2 boys
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:59:17 GMT
Texas deputy helps native Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:37:27 GMT

By Brooke A. Lewis Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON — Armando Aviles Jr. fondly recalls the soothing sounds of "coquis" or frogs during the summers he spent as a boy in Puerto Rico. The memory of those sounds was a call to arms for the Harris County Sheriff's deputy after Hurricane Maria devastated his native island.

Just weeks earlier, the deputy with the Harris County Sheriff's Office had rescued flooded victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. "They needed help, (and) I could get to them," said Aviles, who felt fortunate to only suffer some minor damage at the home he shares with his wife and five stepchildren.

When Maria hit, he said: "My family needed help, and I couldn't get to them."

Aviles' cousins and grandparents live in Aguas Buenas, but he had no way of immediately getting to the mountain town thousands of miles away. Worry paralyzed the deputy as he sat at home trying to figure out a way to help his isolated relatives.

"I'm not rich," he said. "I don't have the hook up with big organizations. I can't call somebody and say, 'Hey give me a plane.' "

Aviles grew up in New Jersey but spent summers in Puerto Rico, where he was born. He couldn't stop thinking about his family running out of food and living without electricity and water.

The 35-year-old deputy decided to hold a two-day relief drive at Kroger on Highway 6 in northwest Houston, an area he now patrols. He's worked six years for the sheriff's office.

As Aviles started putting plans into place, he asked the area Kroger manager if he could use the store to keep donations and hold the drive.

The manager broke down in tears, confiding to Aviles that she, too, was Puerto Rican.

The plan started to come together.

Aviles spread the word on social media. He also partnered with another deputy who is an executive for United Sikhs, an organization that has been active in hurricane relief.

In a moment of panic, he remembers asking his wife, "What if nobody shows up?"

Instead, he watched Puerto Ricans from across Houston flood the store to donate whatever they could.

"All these Puerto Ricans came out from different backgrounds, different jobs, even Puerto Ricans who didn't have any money. Puerto Ricans who are unemployed, children," Aviles said. "They came out and wanted to help."

Aviles managed to fill four 18-wheelers with supplies to send to Puerto Rico. They were sent to a warehouse in Miami and are scheduled to arrive by plane in Puerto Rico by early December. However, the deputy still doesn't feel like efforts are enough. He's heard stories of Puerto Ricans burying loved ones in backyards and tales of hospitals with no electricity.

He hears about islanders with diabetes who have run out of insulin.

Plans swim around in the head of Aviles, who set up a GoFundMe to help raise more money for supplies.

He's also searching for families from Puerto Rico who relocated to Houston in the wake of Maria and are in need of food for Thanksgiving. He dreams of holding a local Christmas toy drive for Puerto Rican children.

He wrestles with the reality that there's always more he could do. "You know, you can't get to everybody, as bad as you want to," he said.

©2017 the Houston Chronicle

Off-duty Mo. officer dies in car accident
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:20:21 GMT

Associated Press

POTOSI, Mo. — An eastern Missouri police officer has died following an off-duty accident.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Missouri, reports that 28-year-old Adam King of Potosi died in a one-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Highway 47 in Washington County.

King was an officer with the Terre Du Lac Police Department.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says King was driving a Jeep Wrangler when he went off the left side of the road, over-corrected, and went off the right side of the road. The Jeep overturned and struck a tree.

King was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Our hearts are truly broken. Yesterday after leaving work at Terre du Lac Police Department, Officer Adam King was in a...

Posted by Bismarck Missouri Police Department on Monday, November 20, 2017

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