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15 people injured after 2 men detonate IED in Canada restaurant
Fri, 25 May 2018 07:12:16 GMT

By PoliceOne Staff

MISSISSAUGA, Canada – Police are searching for two suspects in the bombing of a restaurant that left 15 people injured.

According to the BBC, the suspects entered the eatery late Thursday and detonated the improvised explosive device.

Police are searching for the men, who fled the scene immediately after the blast.

Three of the victims reportedly have “critical blast injuries.”

2 suspects attended the scene, detonated an Improvised Explosive Device within the restaurant. Several injured were taken to local hospital and 3 in critical condition were taken to a Toronto Trauma Centre. pic.twitter.com/yzCT59UVN6

— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPoliceMedia) May 25, 2018

Police described the suspects as around 5’10” in height with light or fair skin. One was described as having a “stocky” build and in his mid-20s. The other suspect was described as having a thin build. Both wore hoodies that covered their faces.

No motive has been released.

Classical music used to deter loitering in San Francisco
Thu, 24 May 2018 17:59:02 GMT

By PoliceOne Staff

SAN FRANCISCO — An owner of a Burger King in San Francisco is using classical music as a way to combat loitering and panhandling.

KRON reported that the owner asked his landlord for permission to blast classical music after a sign posted on a window that stated loitering and panhandling weren’t allowed didn’t work. The owner said loitering has been a big problem at the eatery’s location.

Another business owner on the same street of the Burger King said the homeless population in the area can be a problem.

"They make a lot of mess on the sidewalk they bring a lot of garbage and sometimes they scream, they scare children, they scare women, so it's really scary for people who are tourists," said one person.

The executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness said the owner’s tactic is noise pollution and that the city needs real solutions to combat the problem.

The restaurant started playing the music around the same time a nearby entrance to Civic Center BART, another area riddled with loitering, was sealed off last year.

Officer pays veterinary bill for homeless man's dog
Thu, 24 May 2018 17:57:53 GMT
San Francisco officer's shots at moving vehicle rekindle tense debate
Thu, 24 May 2018 17:16:13 GMT

By Evan Sernoffsky San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — It stands as one of the most visible and contested policy changes in an era of reform for San Francisco’s police force: Officers are now barred in most circumstances from shooting at suspects in moving vehicles.

But this month, it happened again. A rookie officer, officials said, is under investigation after firing two shots at a fleeing auto burglary suspect, a man who was allegedly driving a car toward a fellow cop in the Western Addition.

No one was shot or seriously injured in the May 11 incident, but details of the early-morning encounter — released this week — have rekindled debate over a use-of-force policy passed in December 2016 after a series of controversial police shootings in the city.

The policy prohibits officers from shooting at people in moving vehicles unless they pose an “immediate threat” with a weapon like a gun. In general, an officer cannot claim fear of a vehicle running down another officer or a pedestrian as justification for opening fire.

Complicating this month’s shooting is a lack of video footage. Officials revealed at a town hall meeting Monday night that the officer who fired at the vehicle had not activated his body-worn camera, another possible breach of policy.

There is already tension over the incident, which is under investigation by police inspectors, the Internal Affairs Bureau, the independent Office of Police Accountability and the district attorney’s office.

“If in fact what was told to me happened, I believe that was a circumstance where the officer did the right thing,” said Tony Montoya, who recently became president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, the union for rank-and-file officers. “We’re sworn to protect the public and uphold the law. Just because we wear a uniform doesn’t mean we should not be able to defend ourselves.”

Police-reform advocates, though, argue the new policy is necessary, that shooting at moving cars — often driven by people whose goal is to get away — is a bad idea in nearly any situation.

A car with a wounded driver could barrel into a bystander, they say. And officers permitted to shoot at vehicles could put themselves in perilous situations, such as stepping in the way of the vehicle, where they have to shoot their way out.

“If the only thing creating the threat is the vehicle, you do not shoot, period,” said John Crew, a police practices expert and former lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union. “Bullets do not stop cars. It is insanely reckless and dangerous to shoot at moving vehicles. In the vast majority of incidents, you will miss the driver.”

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President and mayoral candidate London Breed, who represents the district where the shooting happened, said at the town hall meeting that the shooting was “outside policy.”

It was the shooting of a fleeing auto theft suspect, 29-year-old Jessica Williams, that prompted the resignation of former Police Chief Greg Suhr in May 2016. Prosecutors later cleared the officer of potential charges, saying evidence showed she had driven in his direction.

Seven months later, the Police Commission passed the policy barring officers from shooting at vehicles. The policy change was one of 272 reforms recommended by the U.S. Department of Justice following the 2015 fatal police shooting of Mario Woods.

The police union fought the policy and filed a lawsuit saying the commission violated its collective bargaining rights. A San Francisco judge later rejected the suit.

The new policy states: “An officer shall not discharge a firearm at the operator or occupant of a moving vehicle unless the operator or occupant poses an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury to the public or an officer by means other than the vehicle.”

There was no indication that the fleeing suspect in this month’s shooting, identified as 21-year-old Antioch resident Hershel Hale, was armed.

The policy, though, contains ambiguity. Police commissioners, in a nod to union concerns, included language stating that “no policy can anticipate every conceivable situation or exceptional circumstance.” The Police Department is to review shootings “on a case-by-case basis.”

This presumably would allow officers to shoot at an attacker who purposefully plowed through crowds of bystanders — a theoretical situation often raised by the union.

According to police, the Western Addition incident began around 1 a.m. May 11, when two officers spotted Hale and 23-year-old Brentwood resident Maurice Jones walking away from a car with a broken window at Steiner Street and Geary Boulevard. Jones was detained at the scene, but Hale allegedly ran, prompting the second officer to chase him on foot.

Hale got into a Hyundai Sonata four blocks away at Webster and O’Farrell streets, struck a parked car and began driving away, police said. As he was fleeing, authorities said a second police unit arrived at the scene and the passenger officer got out.

“Hale then drove his vehicle towards the stopped police vehicle, striking the right front of the police vehicle,” Sgt. Michael Andraychak, a police spokesman, wrote in a statement. “Hale then drove his vehicle past the marked police vehicle and in the direction of where the passenger in the police vehicle was now standing.”

Police said the officer in harm’s way dived for cover while the officer who had been chasing on foot fired at the Hyundai. Hale then struck another police cruiser as he fled the scene, officials said. He was captured a short distance away.

The officer who fired his weapon was identified as William Reininger, who was assigned to field operations with less than a year of experience on the force. New city officers are on probation for their first year after completing a minimum 16 months with a training officer. During probation, the department can fire them without Police Commission review.

“This is exactly what we feared,” said Gary Delagnes, a former president of the police union, who consults with the organization. “Every time a cop shoots at a moving vehicle, they’re going to go after him. That’s why we wanted language in the policy to say there are times when you can shoot at a moving vehicle, and this is one of those times.”

The police union also raised questions when a fleeing auto burglary suspect ran over and injured a plainclothes officer near Alamo Square in February. His fellow officers ran to his aid, but didn’t shoot the driver, who fled the scene and was captured after crashing a few blocks away.

Crew, though, said both recent incidents highlight why the policy was changed. In both cases the suspects were later apprehended, and no one died.

“The policy was based on many other circumstances in San Francisco where the SFPD has fired their weapons needlessly at suspects who are trying to get away,” he said. “Arrest them. Prosecute them for their crimes, and even for their recklessness creating risk. But it does not give you the right to shoot them, because shooting at moving vehicles doesn’t stop the car.”

©2018 the San Francisco Chronicle

Ariz. chief calls bond for man accused of shooting at LEOs 'outrageous'
Thu, 24 May 2018 14:51:17 GMT

By Caitlin Schmidt The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson police chief Chris Magnus took to Twitter Tuesday night, calling the bond amount for a suspect accused at shooting at two police officers — striking one in his utility belt — "outrageous."

Roy King was arrested May 18, after he shot at the officers responding to a domestic call. King had allegedly threatened his stepson and his stepson’s friend with a gun prior to the officers' arrival at his home, according to a Tucson Police Officers Association news release posted to Facebook.

The incident was captured on body-worn camera footage, the release said.

King was booked into jail on four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and during his initial appearance, the Pima County Attorney's Office requested his bond be set at $100,000, according to the release.

Instead, Judge Michael Pollard set King’s bail at $7,500, requiring King to post $750 to be released from jail, the release said, adding that TPOA is "extremely disappointed" with the low bail amount.

I agree with the TPOA that a bail amount of $7,500 (actually 10% or $750 could be posted) is outrageous for this type and number of violent assaults. An officer was almost killed! The judge is a great man, but this was a very poor decision. https://t.co/DLaegi4Cpw

— Chris Magnus (@ChiefCMagnus) May 23, 2018

"This shockingly low amount of money allowed King to walk out of jail before either officer was allowed to return to work," the release said. "To allow the suspect of this incident to walk free while the officers are still trying to cope with the severity of the incident is a complete travesty of justice."

On Twitter Monday night, Magnus shared TPOA's post, saying he agreed that the bond amount was too low for "this type and number of violent assaults."

"An officer was almost killed!" Magnus said. "The judge is a great man, but this was a very poor decision."

An officer's duty belt struck by gunfire last night as TPD officers responded to domestic violence o incident at an east side residence. Officers returned fire. Suspect arrested. Thankfully, no injuries. Way, way, way too close a call. This takes "high risk"to a whole other level pic.twitter.com/RRCAmSj1zc

— Chris Magnus (@ChiefCMagnus) May 19, 2018

©2018 The Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Ariz.)

Feds charge Calif. man, 2 others in deadly 'swatting' call
Thu, 24 May 2018 14:24:14 GMT
Authorities arrest man on murder charge in death of NC trooper
Thu, 24 May 2018 14:13:25 GMT
Chaos of Las Vegas shooting promoted fears of wider attack
Thu, 24 May 2018 14:05:03 GMT
Police union protests, takes stand against Chicago mayor
Thu, 24 May 2018 14:01:46 GMT

By Bill Ruthhart, John Byrne and Gregory Pratt Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Leaders of Chicago’s police union kicked off an emotionally charged City Council meeting Wednesday by telling Mayor Rahm Emanuel he had turned his back on them.

Just outside the chamber, another 40 off-duty police officers stood with their backs turned to more than 100 protesters who opposed the construction of a new police academy. The demonstrators shouted in unison: “We need freedom, freedom! All these racist-a-- cops, we don’t need them, need them!”

A few minutes later, some of the dozens of activists gathered in the council chamber’s balcony began pounding on a protective window, shouting for a vote on the Barack Obama Presidential Center to be stopped because their demands for more housing and economic development benefits tied to the project have not been met.

And downstairs in the City Hall lobby and on the surrounding sidewalks, more than 100 off-duty officers and Fraternal Order of Police members marched during much of the meeting, calling for Emanuel to be removed from office. “Rahm must go! Back the blue!” they chanted, while carrying “Blue Lives Matter” signs.

In a building that long has been ground zero for public demonstrations in Chicago, the City Hall protests on Wednesday stood out for both their wide spectrum of views and raw vitriol.

Several hundred Chicago police protest outside City Hall after telling Mayor Rahm Emanuel: “You have turned your back on police.” pic.twitter.com/H0STn9czxH

— Mark Brown (@MarkBrownCST) May 23, 2018

For some, like Ald. Ricardo Munoz, 22nd, it was simply “messy” democracy in action. For others, like Ald. Matt O’Shea, 19th, it was emblematic of how far Chicago’s public discourse has devolved.

“If you were here today, you would think the circus just arrived. We’re laughing, but there’s nothing funny about it. There were teenagers down there yelling, ‘F--- the police,’ flipping the bird to police officers. Teens. It’s embarrassing,” said O’Shea, whose Southwest Side ward is home to many police officers and city employees. “That was not a visual anyone needed to see — that ugliness on the first floor and the second floor. I’m sure on some level the FOP is frustrated, but that wasn’t the display we should have seen. We need to bring people together.”

The fiery picketing comes as the race for Chicago mayor has heated up. Emanuel has racked up more than $7 million toward his re-election bid, while nine challengers have announced they will run against him.

Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, said he believes a lot of the protest groups are seeking to capitalize on election-season politics. He said all the opposition doesn’t necessarily spell political trouble in the February 2019 election for Emanuel, but does signal the mayor has made plenty of difficult and controversial decisions, particularly on policing.

“Today, we experienced democratic soup, a lot of different interest groups converging on City Hall at the same time,” Reilly said. “There is a lot going on in the city of Chicago, and this administration is having to sort through a lot of divergent interests, highly controversial, and that’s why days like today happen.”

Right now: members of Fraternal Order of Police march around City Hall. They’re about to enter the council chambers to voice concerns... saying Mayor Rahm Emanuel has turned his back on police. @nbcchicago pic.twitter.com/zqJxyesF1Y

— Sandra Torres (@SandraTorresNBC) May 23, 2018

The meeting started with three FOP officials reading statements, followed by a standing ovation from a crowd of several dozen officers seated in the council chambers. With Emanuel standing at the dais at the front of chambers, union Vice President Patrick Murray said police officers think the mayor has cast their interests aside by endorsing a federal consent decree overseeing police reform and not yet agreeing to a new contract nearly a year after the union’s last one expired.

“You are more concerned with consent decrees, settlements, pandering to police-hating groups than negotiating a contract with us,” Murray said. “Our members are starting to believe you have no intention of negotiating a contract with us until after the next election.”

Murray then asked all the FOP members in the gallery to stand. He reiterated that they think Emanuel has turned his back on them and announced: “We are leaving, thank you.” The officers then filed out of chambers and went downstairs to demonstrate.

Reilly said the city needs to support the officers because they have difficult jobs, but he said the FOP’s approach was off.

“Name-calling and making accusations isn’t really going to move the ball down the field or improve the dialogue. I look at this as venting,” he said of the officers. “Hopefully, now we can sit down and work out some meaningful compromise with our partners in the FOP.”

Some of the cops chanted, “Justice for Rialmo!” a reference to Officer Robert Rialmo, who is on desk duty as oversight officials weigh whether he should be fired following a 2015 shooting that killed a bat-wielding teenager and a bystander.

All of it put off Ald. Carrie Austin, Emanuel’s City Council budget chairwoman.

“They’re upset about a ruling. What about so many rulings where they’ve covered up stuff? How come they weren’t upset about that?” Austin said of the Rialmo case. “I support the police 100 percent, the good, the bad and the ugly, because there’s bad apples everywhere. But for them to pull that garbage they pulled today? I thought it was just ridiculous.”

#ChicagoPolice outside City Hall today for the #bluewednesday protest. #JOUR542 pic.twitter.com/BrtYujpySJ

— Stacey Sheridan (@StaceyPSheridan) May 23, 2018

Emanuel’s floor leader, Ald. Patrick O’Connor, was more measured. The Far North Side alderman said all the anger toward Emanuel is almost inevitable, particularly on policing, where the mayor has attempted to chart a course between competing interests — the cops and reform advocates.

“Other than doing nothing, which is not an acceptable alternative, you know some people are going to be upset no matter what,” said O’Connor, 40th. “I think it’s almost one of those things where sometimes in government it’s not pleasing everybody, it’s keeping them equally dissatisfied, and that might be where we’re at.”

Some of Emanuel’s critics, though, saw the City Hall chaos as a reflection of what they contend is the mayor’s deep unpopularity.

Northwest Side Ald. Scott Waguespack said both sides in the police reform debate think the Emanuel administration hasn’t been straight with them, a lack of trust he said has been a recurring problem for the mayor.

“I haven’t seen so much dysfunction in the way that they’ve approached a lot of these issues. You pile on secrecy and lack of transparency and backroom dealing, and it makes everybody equally mad, then you’ve got a problem,” said Waguespack, 32nd. “It’s a style of governing that I think is causing a lot more conflict than normal.”

Progressive Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th, said the disparate factions of anti-Emanuel protesters speak to how widespread the dissatisfaction is with his administration.

“This is a mayor who has done a very poor job of governing in the best interests of our neighborhoods,” he said, “And I think Chicagoans from all different political sides, Chicagoans from all neighborhoods — whether it be the West Side, South Side or Northwest Side — are fed up with business as usual at City Hall.”

For his part, Emanuel mostly shrugged off all the controversy. Presenting himself as an arbitrator of sorts, Emanuel said the fact that people on various sides of all these issues are upset with him is proof he’s playing them “down the middle of the fairway.”

“The issue of reform can be contentious. I get that. It can be loud, but it doesn’t deter us from making the necessary changes, necessary investments to achieve both the public safety and the reforms we need,” Emanuel said on policing. “If you don’t do the reforms right, you don’t want to see public safety becoming the first casualty. On the other hand, you cannot go to a period of time where there is no oversight, no transparency, no accountability. We’re going to make the changes.”

CHICAGO P.D. at City Hall@RahmEmanuel , demand C.O.P.A. release the findings of the INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATOR they hired for the Rialmo shooting! Why did @ChicagoCOPA try to hide it?#transparency pic.twitter.com/aXyKsKJYiM

— Second City Cop (@SecondCityCop) May 23, 2018

The more than 100 FOP members may not have been quite the show of force the union had in mind when it organized buses to pick up off-duty and retired officers from various police districts. In 2009, as many as 3,000 off-duty Chicago police officers encircled City Hall over labor negotiations with then-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration.

Back then, officers sought to embarass Daley on the day that International Olympic Committee officials visited the city as Chicago was bidding for the 2016 Summer Games. “No contract, no Olympics,” they chanted that day as they picketed City Hall.

Ald. Ed Burke, a 49-year City Council veteran and a former Chicago police officer, said he didn’t see anything wrong with the FOP’s actions Wednesday.

“I think it was hoped that all interested parties would take a role in the public debate, and that’s what we’re all about here,” said Burke, 14th, who fancies himself a historical authority on all things Chicago City Hall.

Asked if he’d ever seen police officers call for the mayor to be removed from office, Burke responded, “Oh sure. I doubt there are very few things I haven’t seen here.”

When did that happen? Burke offered a contemplative pause and then just walked away without answering.

©2018 the Chicago Tribune

Milwaukee chief apologizes for arrest of NBA's Sterling Brown, video released
Wed, 23 May 2018 23:20:53 GMT

By PoliceOne Staff

MILWAUKEE – A police chief has apologized for the arrest of an NBA player, and video of the incident has been released.

According to the Associated Press, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said on Wednesday that officers acted inappropriately during the January arrest of Bucks guard Sterling Brown.

The NBA player was arrested in a Walgreens parking lot by officers who had been checking on a car parked in two handicap spaces, according to the report. During the encounter, officers used a TASER.

Brown was initially charged with resisting arrest, but those charges were later dropped.

Here is today’s press release from @MilwaukeePolice: pic.twitter.com/K530zghv4t

— Ashley Luthern (@aluthern) May 23, 2018

Morales said the officers were disciplined after an investigation into the incident.