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Off-duty Penn. cop who throttled attacking coyote is Carnegie Hero
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 14:04:48 GMT
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Teen charged with making racist threats in Charlottesville
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 13:53:07 GMT
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Police: ATV motorist who dragged Tenn. officer arrested
Sat, 23 Mar 2019 13:48:27 GMT

By PoliceOne Staff

NASHVILLE — The suspect who dragged an officer while riding an ATV last Saturday has been arrested.

Walter Moss, 30, was driving his four-wheeler down a downtown street when Officer John Bourque attempted to stop him, WKRN reports. The officer was dragged by the ATV then thrown into a metal barrier along the road.

“It's kind of makes me angry that these guys say, we don’t care what the law is, we don't care about anyone else but ourselves,” says Bourque.

Last Saturday, a Nashville street was illegally filled with about 100 ATVs, motorcycles and dirt bikes. It was the second day in a row that the off-road vehicles drove on major roads throughout the city.

Originally, Bourque said he was going after another ATV motorist, but Moss struck him and sent him flying into a barricade.

“I don’t think they're out there to hurt an officer, it seems like they just want to take over the streets because they can, because they're a large group," he says.

Moss faces six charges including aggravated assault on a police officer, reckless endangerment and evading arrest.

What kind of cop annoys most police officers?
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 21:26:24 GMT
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Cops weigh in: LEOSA Reform Act
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 20:38:17 GMT
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Photo of the Week: Fresh Air and Fond Memories
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 20:17:40 GMT
Author: PoliceOne Members

This week's photo comes from Patrol Deputy Steve King of the Montezuma County Sheriff's Office in beautiful Colorado. Pictured is his department's Tahoe parked in what could be a Bob Ross painting. There's even a hidden cottage! Thank you for your service!

Calling all police photographers! PoliceOne needs pictures of you in action or training. Submit a photo — it could be selected as our Photo of the Week! Be sure to include your name, department information and address (including city, state and ZIP code) where we can reach you — Photo of the Week winners have a chance to win a PoliceOne.com T-shirt!

5 things to know about the LEOSA Reform Act
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 20:16:40 GMT
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Texas deputy critical after being shot in head during traffic stop
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:03:34 GMT
Author: PoliceOne Members

By PoliceOne Staff

EL PASO, Texas - A sheriff’s deputy was shot in the head during a traffic stop.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Peter Herrera pulled over a vehicle Friday morning when one of the people in the vehicle got out and opened fire, the El Paso Times reports.

Herrera was struck several times, including the back of the head, and rushed to a local hospital where he is in critical, but stable condition.

Two suspects in the vehicle were found about two blocks away from the shooting and were arrested. Investigators also found the gun allegedly used in the shooting.

The officer did not fire any shots.

The shooting is currently under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers and the sheriff’s office.

On the way https://t.co/qvFjpcgQm6

— EL PASO POLICE DEPT (@EPPOLICE) March 22, 2019

Retired COs can now patrol NJ schools as armed police
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 18:11:18 GMT
Author: PoliceOne Members

By News Staff

TRENTON, NJ — Lifting previous limitations, a new state law will let most retired law enforcement officers, including COs, become armed school officers.

According to NJ.com, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Monday that will allow retired New Jersey transit cops, corrections officers and others to become part-time school officers under the direction of local police chiefs.

The decision comes amid a push for armed school security following the Parkland mass shooting last year.

“They are job-tested and proven in high-pressure situations," said Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, R-Morris, a sponsor of the bill. "Their presence in schools will make the halls, cafeterias and playgrounds safer.”

While some support this new law, others expressed concern about how well COs can transition from prisons to schools.

Although he supports the plan, retired police chief Christopher Wagner is among those worried about how COs would transition from working with hardened criminals to kids.

“I am not ecstatic,” he said before the law was passed. “We have worked really hard with the public to say we don’t want our schools to be a prison."

But, supporters believe that COs are not much different from local police. They already deploy as police officers for large-scale events and have full arrest power in the state.

School districts can already hire anyone to be an armed school officer as long as they have a license to carry a gun and hold an Armed Security Officer credential. Private security comes cheap, but they aren’t actual police officers and have no law enforcement authority or radio communication with local police. School resource officers are recommended, but they can cost more than $100,000 a year with additional benefits.

The retired officers will work part-time with no benefits, working exclusively with schools.

Should police be allowed to seize guns from the mentally ill?
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 17:54:33 GMT
Author: Jim Dudley and Doug Wyllie

Download this week's episode on iTunes, SoundCloud or via RSS feed

Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a great deal of attention was paid to the fact that the gunman had exhibited myriad signs of mental instability—hurting animals, threatening and/or fighting with other students, previous mental health treatment—that may have been enough for relatives or school authorities to ask law enforcement to keep him from possessing firearms. As of February 2019, more than a dozen states have laws on the books that allow local law enforcement to seize firearms from people diagnosed as mentally ill. In this podcast episode, Jim and Doug discuss the Constitutionality of such laws, and what they might mean in the larger context of the gun-control debate.

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