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Calif. LEO weighs lawsuit after altercation with Toronto Raptors’ president
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:39:21 GMT

By PoliceOne Staff

OAKLAND, Calif. — A sheriff’s deputy is considering filing a lawsuit after claiming he was seriously injured by Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri last week.

According to CBS San Francisco, Ujiri allegedly hit the deputy with his arm on the side of his face and shoved him while trying to get to the court after the Raptors won the NBA Finals.

The deputy told investigators that he was trying to stop Ujiri because he didn’t know who he was and wasn’t wearing proper credentials. That’s when Ujiri gave “an unprovoked significant hit to the jaw” to the deputy.

The 20-year veteran suffered a serious concussion and jaw injury and hasn’t been able to return to work.

The Almeda County sheriff says he supports the deputy and is recommending the case move forward to the district attorney for criminal charges against Ujiri.

Ind. mayor cancels presidential campaign events after fatal OIS
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:31:08 GMT

By PoliceOne Staff

WASHINGTON — An Indiana mayor who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination canceled his campaign events to return to his city after a fatal officer-involved shooting occurred.

According to Reuters, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg canceled his Monday campaign events after the fatal officer-involved shooting of 53-year-old Eric Jack Logan on Sunday. The mayor had been scheduled to appear at events in New York.

Buttigieg held a late night news conference Sunday explaining next steps in the investigation of the shooting. The mayor told reporters that he learned from criticism he received after previous use of force incidents and that it was important for leaders to get in front of the cameras even if there’s not much information to give.

Police say Logan approached an officer with a knife, prompting the LEO to shoot him. Logan was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

The unidentified officer is on administrative leave, per policy.

A separate internal affairs investigation at the police department is underway to determine if its policies and procedures were followed.

Silent no more: Officers need a lifeline, too
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:56:07 GMT
St. Louis LEO sues city after being shot by colleague
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:13:51 GMT

Erin Heffernan St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis police officer who was shot while off duty by a fellow cop in 2017 filed a federal lawsuit Monday, alleging abuse by his own department and offering new details of the controversial shooting.

Officer Milton Green filed suit in U.S. District Court in St. Louis two years after he was shot on June 21, 2017, outside his home in the city's North Pointe neighborhood while officers were searching for suspects. The shooter, identified as Officer Christopher Tanner, and the city of St. Louis are named as defendants.

Court documents lay out Green's account of the shooting and, according to the suit, a lack of support from the department in the two years since. Police declined to comment.

In an exclusive interview with Post-Dispatch metro columnist Tony Messenger, Green said that if he were a white officer, he believes the department would have handled things differently. Green is black and the shooter, Tanner, is white.

“I wouldn't have gotten shot,” Green said. “How did he not see my badge in my hand? My gun was pointed down, and the other officers were calm. The detective told them who I was and told them not to shoot.”

According to the lawsuit, Green was working on his neighbor's car in their shared driveway when he heard a vehicle crash into another car at the nearby intersection of Park Lane and Astra Avenue.

Police said they were chasing a stolen white sedan. Occupants inside had shot at officers, striking police vehicles. When the car crashed, the occupants fled, police said.

Green says one of the suspects ran next to his house and dropped to the ground when police shot at him. The man then pointed his gun at Green and Green's neighbor. Green pulled out his department-issued gun and yelled: 'Police! Drop your gun!" the suit says.

The suit says the suspect ran off, and an officer told Green to drop his weapon and get to the ground; Green complied. Green alleges he told officers he was a police officer and a detective told Green to stand up and approach him.

When he stood up, the suit alleges, Tanner walked up and shouted for him to drop the weapon while simultaneously shooting Green.

"The racial implications of how Officer Green has been treated cannot be ignored," the suit states.

Green was shot in the arm and is still on medical leave. The suit says he cannot grip with the arm that was shot.

The suit also says Green faced a lack of support from the department and his fellow officers after the shooting.

"Had he been shot by the perps everyone would have considered him a hero," Green's attorney Javad Khazaeli said Monday. "It happened while he was trying to stop a criminal and now he's permanently disabled."

Since the shooting, Green has been disappointed by the department's handling of the situation.

“If I was white, I feel like I would have been taken care of,” he told Messenger. “That's how I feel.”

The suit asserts the department "has not handled its investigation of Officer Green's shooting with any solemnity."

The department's Force Investigative Unit investigated, but, according to the suit, placed the father of Tanner's police partner in charge of the review. The suit says Green has not been interviewed by the department as part of the investigation.

In 2017, the shooting prompted then-acting Chief Lawrence O’Toole to form a committee to decide how best to train officers for similar situations. St. Louis police did not immediately say the committee produced results.

The Ethical Society of Police, which represents many St. Louis minority officers, has routinely criticized the department's response to the shooting. The group suggested more racial bias training was needed instead of friendly-fire training.

Green also says he's suffered financially. His pension claim has not been resolved, while other claims from injured officers are quickly granted, the suit alleges.

Court documents claim the St. Louis Police Officer's Association raised $2,000 for Tanner, the shooter, but held no fundraisers for Green. Jeff Roorda, business manager for the union, denied Monday that the association had hosted a fundraiser for Tanner and said that the union's charitable foundation donated money to Green.

Green, who has been a police officer since 2005, is now "drowning in bills," close to losing his home, and struggling to support himself and his four children, Khazaeli said.

Tanner was placed on administrative leave after the shooting and is no longer employed by the department.

Police took into custody two of the suspects who allegedly fled the car at the shooting scene. They were charged with a combined 31 felonies in 2017, but all charges were dropped by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office earlier this month.

The circuit attorney's office has not explained why the charges were dropped.

A third person who had been in the stolen car escaped, police said in 2017.


©2019 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

New Orleans officer, 2 suspects wounded in drugstore shootout
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:18:49 GMT

Ramon Antonio Vargas The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

NEW ORLEANS — A usually tranquil stretch of Prytania Street in Uptown awoke to gunfire Monday morning after New Orleans police got into a shootout with two men robbing a drugstore, leaving one officer and both suspects wounded, authorities said.

While one of the suspects was quickly arrested, the second ran into a nearby residential neighborhood, sparking an hours-long manhunt through Uptown backyards and alleyways until heavily armed officers captured him.

Police brought their injured colleague to University Medical Center for treatment, and paramedics took the arrested suspects to the hospital. None of the wounded were immediately identified, but all were believed to be in stable condition, authorities said.

“I am just grateful (the officers) are OK,” New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said. “I am grateful no one sustained, that we know of, any serious injuries.”

According to police, a 26-year-old man and an 18-year-old man barged into the 24-hour CVS in the 4900 block of Prytania just after 6:05 a.m. and demanded property from the store at gunpoint. Three officers were at the store within a few minutes to investigate a call. They encountered a pair of armed men inside the store and exchanged fire with them, Ferguson said.

Police didn’t immediately say how many bystanders were inside the store during the shootout, but at least two people wearing CVS shirts could be seen talking to investigators in the parking lot later in the morning.

The wounded officer was hit in the upper left shoulder, police said. Ferguson said he didn’t know where the suspect who was detained at the store had been hit.

Meanwhile, the second suspect, despite being hit, managed to run out of the store toward the Mississippi River on Upperline Street, police said. On a radio channel, police described the man as “limping” and wielding “a black submachine gun.”

Officers cordoned off a large area generally bounded by Prytania, Boudeaux, Coliseum and Robert streets. Pedestrians and motorists were turned away at the edges of the perimeter while police dogs and the NOPD SWAT team combed the area’s yards and alleyways.

By 9 a.m., officers found the second suspect hiding near a home close to the corner of Upperline and Chestnut streets, within the zone that had been cordoned off, according to several neighborhood residents.

Andrea Lockwood, who lives in the area, recorded a cellphone video of that man being loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher. At least three NOPD officers and three Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents gathered at the ambulance as paramedics brought the suspect in.

Some residents said they thought they were hearing an early test run of 4th of July fireworks before they realized the situation was much more serious.

One resident, who asked to not be named, recounted how the second suspect hid in between his and his neighbor’s homes. The resident said he looked out his front window because he heard a tarp rustling, and he spotted an officer pointing a gun up an alleyway while shouting into his radio, “I need K-9 backup!”

“I went to the safest room that I could find and laid down. I stayed there for like an hour,” said the resident, who described later seeing blood in the alleyway.

Closer to the CVS, Robert Conner, who identified himself as the pharmacy manager’s father, said he was having coffee at a McDonald’s restaurant when he saw on the television that there had been gunfire at the store.

Conner drove to the CVS and waited across the street, worrying about what had happened as the minutes ticked by. Finally, he received a call from his daughter, who said she was safe.

“It released the burden of my heart,” a visibly relieved Conner told reporters. “God … spared her life.”

Monday was only one of several times that police in New Orleans have been drawn into gun battles this year.

In separate incidents between January and May, three men were fatally shot after video footage showed that they each first fired on police.

Additionally, in July 2017, roughly a half-mile from Monday’s clash, a police officer working a paid detail for an Uptown neighborhood organization was shot in the leg by someone in a passing vehicle.

As is police protocol in deadly police shootings involving NOPD, Monday’s melee is being investigated by the Police Department’s Force Investigation Team, a special unit set up under the agency’s seven-year-old reform agreement with the federal government.

Independent federal and municipal monitors are also reviewing the case, police said.


©2019 The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La.

Texas motorcycle LEO struck, dragged by truck
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:01:26 GMT

Jay R. Jordan Houston Chronicle

ROMAN FOREST, Texas — A Roman Forest police officer hit and dragged by a pickup truck along North Loop 610 on Monday morning is in good condition.

Veteran officer Greg Sammon and a Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office deputy were escorting a large load along the highway around 9:50 a.m. when a pickup truck involved in a crash rear-ended Sammon, Roman Forest Police Chief Stephen Carlisle said. Both the officer and his motorcycle were dragged for an unknown distance before the truck came to a stop near Kirkpatrick.

The officer was rushed by police escort to Memorial Hermann Hospital in an unknown condition, but his injuries are not life-threatening, according to Houston police. He was conscious and breathing as he was loaded into an ambulance, constable's office spokesperson Kevin Quinn said.

Sammon has been in law enforcement for 33 years, the last four of which he's spent in Roman Forest after retiring from the Humble Police Department.

"Officer Sammon appears to be in good condition and under great care at Memorial Hermann," Carlisle said. "He is with family and friends."

The pickup truck driver remained on scene and is speaking with crash investigators, Quinn said. It is unclear if the driver will face any charges.

Earlier this morning, Officer Greg Sammon was involved in a crash while escorting a large truck while on his motorcycle....

Posted by Roman Forest Police Department on Monday, June 17, 2019


©2019 the Houston Chronicle

Off-duty Wis. LEO fatally shot while intervening in robbery
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:41:59 GMT
4 shot, 2 in custody after gunfire at Toronto Raptors parade
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:31:18 GMT

By Theresa Braine New York Daily News

TORONTO — Four people were reportedly shot Monday in Toronto near where 1.5 million people were reveling in the Raptors’ NBA title victory.

The victims have serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police told Global News. Initially police said that two people had been shot, but later upgraded to four.

“We know that there are four victims right now that have gunshot wounds,” Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters at the scene, according to Global News. “None of them are life-threatening at this point in time, but I’m grateful that the resolve to this situation was as quick as it was.”

The incident happened around 4 p.m. at the southeast corner of Nathan Phillips Square. Police took two people into custody and recovered two firearms.

It was the first time the Raptors had ever reached the NBA finals in the team’s 24-season history, CNN reported. Elation at the team’s 114-110 win against the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals sent throngs into the streets of downtown Toronto.

When gunshots rang out, panicked revelers fled in all directions, according to Global News, and others ran in response as authorities urged everyone to remain calm.

Among those on hand were Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the mayor of Toronto and the Raptors themselves, according to The Associated Press. They stayed onstage while the ceremony was briefly interrupted, AP said.

The parade began at 10 a.m. and ended at Nathan Phillips Square, where a stage was set up, The Washington Post reported. Raptors players arrived after 2. The victory ceremony wrapped up fairly soon after the shooting incident.

The shooting highlighted an increase in gun violence in the Canadian city, and Trudeau’s government has pledged about $5.2 million to quell gun crime. The incident is bound to put gun control on the national agenda as a campaign issue in the upcoming federal elections this October, the Post noted.

©2019 New York Daily News

SHOOTING: Nathan Phillip's Square -Bay St and Albert St -Police have located 2 victims -Injuries serious but not life threatening -2 people in custody -2 firearms recovered -Investigating ^dh

— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) June 17, 2019

Shots fired at Nathan Phillips Square. This is shot at the north side of city hall. pic.twitter.com/KhGb5xag02

— Francine Kopun (@KopunF) June 17, 2019

Fla. SRO suffers fatal heart attack
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 22:19:56 GMT
10 lessons from the Fairchild AFB shooting
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:07:59 GMT
Mike Wood