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Posts Tagged ‘SWAT’
Monday, September 11th, 2017
On Friday, September 8, 2017, SWAT team members and negotiators with the Amarillo Police Department (APD) were called to a home in the 800 block of North Forest just after 4 p.m. They had received a report that a suspect was in possession of a handgun. According to Officer Jeb Hilton, an attempt was made to make contact with the suspect with both a bomb robot and a canine officer with APD. The suspect was hiding in the crawl space inside the home. The sound of muffled gunfire was heard, after which officers removed the canine officer from underneath the house. Police next used a chemical irritant in the crawl space. The suspect came out of hiding at around 7:39 p.m., and he was allegedly pointing a handgun at police officers. The officers opened fire, and the suspect was struck multiple times. Medical attention was immediately given at the scene. The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The K-9 SWAT officer had allegedly been shot by the suspect, and he was transported to the Small Animal Emergency Clinic. The dog was treated and released.
The name of the deceased suspect was withheld so that relatives could be notified.
All of the officers involved in the alleged police shooting were placed on a three-day administrative leave, per department policy. The Special Crimes Unit of the APD is investigating the incident.
As with every post on this website, we are only providing information in this post and do not make any allegation or assertion that anyone acted inappropriately or engaged in misconduct.
Tags: canine officer,Police officer,police shooting,SWAT,Texas
Police Misconduct Attorney Corpus Christi – A Police Commander in North Miami to be Fired in Connection with the Charles Kinsey Shooting
Friday, June 16th, 2017
On July 18, 2016, Charles Kinsey, an African American, was allegedly shot in the leg by police as his hands were raised in the air on a North Miami street. Kinsey was trying to coax Arnaldo Rios, a 27-year-old disabled man, to go back inside his group home when the alleged shooting occurred. Rios was holding a silver tanker truck at the time, and police officers involved in the incident said they mistook the toy for a gun. The police allegedly fired three rounds, one of which struck Kinsey. An internal affairs investigation has been underway since the incident occurred. On Wednesday, June 15, 2017, the police commander in charge of the above-described scene was notified that he is being fired. The investigation concluded that the commander allegedly misled the police chief and hindered an investigation into the shooting.
The investigation concluded that Kinsey, a mental healthcare worker, was lying on his back, had his arms raised in the air, and was begging officers not to shoot when a member of the North Miami SWAT team allegedly fired his rifle and struck Kinsey in the leg. According to the investigation, the commander who has now been fired was in charge when this occurred, and Kinsey was being compliant with police commands.
When the alleged shooting occurred, Kinsey was lying next to Rios, who is severely autistic. Rios had been sitting in the middle of the street, playing with the shiny silver toy. The SWAT team member is among those who say they thought the toy was a weapon. He also said that he was aiming at Rios when Kinsey was allegedly shot. Kinsey survived the injuries sustained in the alleged police shooting.
The internal affairs findings, which were released Wednesday, basically allege that the commander gave false or misleading statements with regards to his whereabouts and involvement at the scene.
The commander claims that he has become a scapegoat in this incident and says that he hopes to be fully exonerated.
This has occurred during public backlash directed at the state attorney over alleged lack of prosecution of violent or corrupt law enforcement officers.
Tags: Broward County,Florida,Police,SWAT
Police Misconduct Lawyer – A Baytown, Texas Police Officer, Now Suspended, is Indicted on a Bribery Charge
Thursday, June 1st, 2017
A 9-year Baytown Police Department veteran and member of its SWAT team was indicted on a second-degree felony charge of bribery on Thursday, May 25, 2017. The officer has been fired and indefinitely suspended for allegedly offering to dismiss traffic tickets in exchange for nude photos of an 18-year-old driver.
According to the teen, approximately an hour after getting a ticket in March 2017, the officer allegedly contacted her through social media. Several screenshots were reviewed by investigators, and it was concluded that the messages were allegedly and clearly coercive. The messages allegedly applied pressure on the 18-year-old to forward him nude pictures of herself so that her tickets would be reduced to warnings.
According to a spokesperson for the Baytown Police, the officer was indefinitely suspended in mid-May, right about the time a news organization was on the verge of exposing the charges against the police officer.
Investigators have stated so far that there appears to be no evidence that the officer’s supervisors were aware of his alleged criminal behavior. They further reported that there is no evidence that indecent proposals of this kind are a common practice among the officers in Baytown.
Lt. Steve Dorris with Baytown police said that officers are held to levels of professional, ethical, and moral standards and integrity of the highest degree and that the confidence and trust of the community are of chief importance.
Part of the investigation is to explore whether the officer who allegedly bribed the 18-year-old bribed others. So far, there is no sign of that, investigators say.
Tags: Assault,Associated Press,Bailiff,Bribery,Chief of police,Facebook,Police officer,SWAT
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
Many in the Balch Springs, Texas, community are devastated by the death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. On Monday night, May 1, 2017, a police officer allegedly fired a shotgun into a car filled with teens, killing Edwards. Public outcry against the alleged police shooting is widespread. Many are relieved to learn that the police officer who allegedly shot Edwards has been fired from his position with the Balch Springs Police Department. What the family and friends of the teen really want, however, is justice for the death.
Edwards was a football player in the Mesquite Independent School District. A statement was released on behalf of the Edwards family, stating that he had a sharing spirit and was a humble, loving child. The bond he shared with siblings was “indescribable,” the family said.
On Monday night, Edwards was in a car filled with other teens. The shooting victim’s 16-year-old brother was driving. Police arrived at the scene, due to a report of under-age drinking at a party. The car Edwards was in was headed away from the police and from the scene when a police officer allegedly fired at the vehicle the teens were in with three shots from a rifle.
The teen driver didn’t realize at first that his brother had been shot. Once he did, he said he flagged down a police car that passed their vehicle. It was about 10 to 15 minutes after being shot that Edwards received medical attention. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was declared to be deceased.
Family members spoke of the incident as “horrific, unexplainable violence.” They also asked that the community refrain from marches and protests as the family prepares for the funeral. They also made it a point to say that they do not condone threats or violence against any law enforcement agencies, including the Balch Springs Police Department.
The death of Edwards was ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner’s office, but no criminal charges have been made in connection with his death. The Dallas Police Department has taken the lead in the investigation of events surrounding Edwards’ death.
Tags: Anonymous (group),Arraignment,Balch Springs,Chief of police,Dallas,Dallas Police Department,Police officer,SWAT