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NC officer dies after being hit while investigating crash
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:10:03 GMT

WGHP-TV, Greensboro

LUMBERTON, N.C. — A Lumberton police officer has died after being struck by a car while investigating a crash on I-95 early Saturday morning.

WTVD reported that Officer Jason Quick was responding to a wreck on I-95 Northbound near Exit 22 just after 6 a.m.

Officer Quick was hit by a car shortly before 7 a.m., according to authorities. Quick was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center where he died.

REST IN PEACE: North Carolina Police Officer Jason Quick was hit and killed this morning along I-95 in Lumberton while responding to a crash. Officer Quick, you are a hero. Praying for his wife and children @WRAL pic.twitter.com/Yot3lSN7bP

— Mikaya Thurmond (@WRALMikaya) December 15, 2018

The North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Investigator for the Robeson County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the crash scene.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Officer Jason Quick,” the Lumberton Police Department said on Facebook.

©2018 WGHP-TV, Greensboro

Boy's mother called 911 before Ind. school shooting
Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:05:07 GMT
NY top court finds police disciplinary records can remain secret
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:14:25 GMT

By Robert Gavin Times Union, Albany, N.Y.

ALBANY, N.Y. — The state's top court has reaffirmed the scope of a law that keeps disciplinary decisions of police officers confidential and shields the records from public scrutiny.

In a 5-2 decision that upheld a lower court's conclusion, the Court of Appeals rejected arguments by the New York City Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), which tried to use the state's Freedom of Information Law to obtain disciplinary decisions of New York City police officers.

In August 2011, the NYCLU filed a Freedom of Information Law request to obtain the documents dating back to Jan. 1, 2001. The records related to NYPD disciplinary proceedings that arose from complaints to the city's Civilian Complaint Review Board, an independent agency that investigates complaints against police officers. If the Review Board substantiates a complaint, it refers the matter to the NYPD, which can try to discipline the officer with "charges and specifications."

In a decision authored by Associate Judge Michael Garcia, the Court of Appeals sided with the NYPD, finding its decisions to be "quintessential 'personnel records'" which cannot be disclosed under Civil Rights Law 50-a. The law, the decision noted, was designed to protect officers from being harassed or embarrassed by lawyers in cross-examination during litigation.

"These records are replete with factual details regarding misconduct allegations, hearing judges' impressions and findings, and any punishment imposed on officers — material ripe for degrading, embarrassing, harassing or impeaching the integrity of an officer," Garcia wrote. "The documents are, accordingly, protected from disclosure under Civil Rights Law 50-a."

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Associate Judges Eugene Fahey, Paul Feinman and Leslie Stein all concurred, although Stein wrote an opinion showing some differences of opinion. Associate Judges Jenny Rivera and Rowan Wilson disagreed, each authoring opinions.

Rivera stated the ruling was "an interpretation of our statutes that cloaks government activity in secrecy and undermines our state's public policy of open government."

Robert Freeman, executive director of the state's Committee on Open Government, said the ruling demonstrated a clear need to change the law. He said that, generally speaking, when a record indicates that a government employee engaged in misconduct or violated rules, that record is available to the public under FOIL.

"That would be so with respect to the great majority of public employees — whether they be clerical or administrative, teachers, even judges. But it's not so in the case of police and correction officers," Freeman told the Times Union. "It's ironic that those classes of public employees who have the most power and authority over peoples' lives are the least accountable, and reconsideration of section 50-a of the Civil Rights Law should be a priority in the upcoming legislative session."

In a statement, the Legal Aid Society said the decision "cements a dangerous precedent in a democracy that relies on access of information in order to hold public officials accountable." It said the ruling "will amplify harm to people abused by police, leave Black and Latinx communities vulnerable with even less recourse to hold police accountable, will support impunity by officers who will abuse the reliability of their anonymity, and will cause continued disruption in the justice system."

Several media outlets — The Hearst Corp., which operates the Times Union; Advance Publications; the Associated Press; Daily News; Dow Jones & Company; Gannett Co.; News 12 Networks, Newsday and NYP Holdings — filed a joint brief supporting the NYCLU's appeal. The New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, the union that represents NYPD officers, filed one supporting the department.

Patrick Lynch, the president of the PBA, said in a statement he was grateful the Court of Appeals "reaffirmed the core principles behind the law protecting the confidential personnel records of public safety professionals."

Lynch said the court recognized the "tremendous potential for abusive exploitation of these records and the harassment — or worse — of police officers, firefighters and correction officers."

After the NYPD's initial rejection of the NYCLU's document request, the NYPD responded to the group's administrative appeal by releasing 700 pages of "disposition of charges" forms that contained redactions to conceal the names of the officers and nature of the complaints about them. The NYPD denied disclosure of "final opinions" of the cases.

After the NYCLU sued, a state Supreme Court justice ordered the NYPD to produce five decisions at random, but allowed the department to conceal identities of the officers and told the department to notify the officers. The department complied but argued the request, even with the redactions, violated Civil Rights Law 50-a.

The Appellate Division in Manhattan reversed the justice's ruling and found the court could not order the NYPD to disclose redacted versions of the disciplinary decisions. The Court of Appeals heard arguments on the case last month.


©2018 the Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)

Trooper wounded in 2014 ambush shooting has leg amputated
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:41:43 GMT
Why detection of deception is an essential part of the law enforcement hiring process
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:13:12 GMT
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Miami Beach police detective dies after suffering heart attack at police station
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:49:20 GMT
Author: Ron LaPedis

By Johnny Diaz Sun Sentinel

MIAMI - Services were held Monday for a Miami Beach police officer who died after a medical emergency that has now been classified as a heart attack.

It happened Nov. 28 as Detective Larry Marrero, a 28-year veteran of the Miami Beach Police Department, was working at the police station.

He was rushed to Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he died. On Monday, the office of the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner said Marrero died of a heart attack.

His funeral began with a procession that left downtown Miami along Interstate 395 to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 3716 Garden Ave. in Miami Beach where services were held.

Several fire boats performed a water salute as the procession went over the MacArthur Causeway.

At the time of his death, Marrero, 58, was working as a background investigator. He had previously worked as a marine patrol officer, a school resource officer, an auto theft investigator and homicide detective. He was also a 20-year member of the SWAT unit.

A GoFund me account has been set up to help his family.

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©2018 the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Photo of the Week: Lakeland Honor Guard kicks off Christmas
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:06:16 GMT
Author: PoliceOne Members

This week's photo was submitted by Detective Wayne Marrone of the Lakeland Police Department in Florida. In it, the Lakeland PD's Honor Guard kicks off the 2018 Lakeland Christmas parade. Pictured left to right: Officer Will Long, Detective Wayne Marrone, Officer Cory Suttle, Officer Brian Stafford, and Officer David Brown - all inactive US Marines. Merry Christmas!

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NH police recruit charged for plotting to shoot fellow recruits at graduation
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:37:39 GMT
Author: PoliceOne Members

By Kevin Landrigan The New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester

LACONIA, New Hampshire — A 24-year-old Concord man being groomed to become a Laconia police officer was fired and charged with criminal threatening Wednesday for comments made about an upcoming police academy graduation ceremony a short time before he was to graduate, state police officials said.

State troopers with the special investigations unit and the mobile enforcement team arrested Noah Beaulieu on Interstate 93 in Concord Wednesday.

He will be arraigned on Thursday in Merrimack County Superior Court on one felony charge of criminal threatening.

Trooper First Class Tamara Hester has been investigating this case and the supervisor of the matter has been State Police Capt. Joseph M. Ebert.

Until Wednesday, Beaulieu had been a recruit with the Laconia Police Dept. studying at the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Academy, officials said.

State police officials did not offer further details.


©2018 The New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.)

Sandy Hook school receives threat on shooting anniversary
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:14:09 GMT