The Washington Post reports that John Geer, the Springfield man who was killed in his home by Fairfax County police was not holding a gun at the time of the shooting and did have a weapon on his person according to Geer’s father, Don Geer.
A cop told him that a holstered gun holstered handgun on a stairway landing that is a “couple of steps” from the front door. So now we know the cop’s cover story.
Geer, who was outside the home when cops demanded his son leave his home with his hand sin the air, has said he watched as his son stood with empty hands resting on top of a screen door at the front door. When John Geer lowered his hands about six inches, he said, a cop opened fire, and John Geer was hit with a bullet and killed.
“If he doesn’t have a weapon in his immediate possession, the officer should not have fired,” Don Geer said. “He would have to have turned around, bent over and then picked up the gun to present a threat. It’s pretty hard to say the shooting was justifiable.”
County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. on the killing of John Geer
“My commitment is that a thorough investigation will be conducted and if the facts don’t support our complete innocence, we will stonewall the investigation until the media forgets about the shooting . Since the Washington Post is the only news outlet following up on the story, that should go off without a hitch. Thank you.
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MEENON | Charges were filed against Waupun Police Lt. Brad Young in Burnett County Tuesday, adding to the charges filed against him in Barron and Green Lake counties.
Young, 43, is charged with burglary of a building or dwelling and misdemeanor theft in Burnett County. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance today.
He is also charged with fleeing or eluding an officer and taking and driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent in Barron County and three counts of burglary of a building or dwelling and one count each of possession of burglarious tools, taking and driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent, obstructing an officer and criminal damage to property over $2,500.
Young turned in his resignation from the police department on Aug. 21. However, the Police and Fire Commission have to accept the resignation at their next meeting on Aug. 29.
Young had been on the Waupun Police Department for 22 years.
According to the criminal complaint, officers responded to a burglary complaint on Aug. 6 at 5:25 p.m. in Burnett County. The homeowner said that someone broke in using the window above the kitchen sink. The only thing missing from the home was a firearm and some ammunition. There was an estimated $1,500 in damage done to patio doors and a garage door. The firearm was found north of the home.
The complaint states that Young told officers that he headed to a family member’s cabin to kill himself, but found that there were no firearms in the cabin.
So instead he took a jar of change, a cell phone charger and a bicycle. According to the complaint he rode the bicycle to another residence, broke in, charged his phone, and took a rifle and one round of ammunition. The complaint states that his mother called and after he spoke with his children he decided not to kill himself and instead turned himself in.Young is currently in custody in the Burnett County Jail.
Internal Probe Triggers Firing of Petaluma Cop
Lt. Dave Sears had been on paid leave since June.
A two-month internal investigation of veteran police Lt. Dave Sears has culminated with the veteran Petaluma cop's firing.
Sears confirmed his dismissal in an interview with the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
“At this point all I can tell you is that we are disappointed it has come to this,” he told the publication.
Sears' firing hasn't been officially announced, the report said. Petaluma's official city website still has Sears listed as a current member of the force.
Sears had been on paid leave since June. It is not clear what led to his dismissal, the report said.
“I have no more knowledge of anything that transpired that led to this than anyone else,” Petaluma Mayor David Glass told the Press Democrat.
Sears was hired by the Petaluma Police Department in 1999 after serving 12 years on the Benecia force. He has worked in patrol, criminal investigations, SWAT, Field Training Program, and Administrative Services.
His current responsibilities as Administrative Services Lieutenant includes supervising the Communication Center and Records Department. He is also responsible for the police budget and evaluating claims and risk management.
Sears was a former captain and a candidate to succeed former Chief Steve Hood after his 2009 retirement. He was demoted to lieutenant in a move that cost him $35,000 in annual salary.
A former Winston-Salem police officer, who pleaded guilty to two felonies earlier this year, was charged Saturday with armed robbery and other crimes, court records show.
Robert Lee Baker Jr., 39, who is unemployed and lives on Thornaby Circle, also was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, impersonating an officer, carrying a concealed gun and communicating a threat, arrest warrants say.
Baker is accused of stealing $70 and a coin bank from Severiano Jimenez Maya. Baker is also accused of threatening Maya with a .40 caliber handgun, according to an arrest warrant.
Officers went to 700 Cole Ridge Court shortly before 9 p.m. Friday after a reported armed robbery, Winston-Salem police said.
Maya told police that a man entered his apartment and identified himself as a police officer. The man displayed a gun in his waistband and stole money. Maya said the robber forced him to go into a bathroom and threatened to harm him if he came out.
When Maya heard the front door shut, he looked outside and saw a blue Ford Explorer driving off, police said. Officers stopped Baker, who was driving a blue Ford Expedition in the area.
Baker worked for six years and four months as a police officer, according to city personnel records. He was fired in August 2012 for unbecoming conduct and unsatisfactory performance, a city official has said. His annual salary was $37,883 at that time.
Baker did off-duty security work for the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem and Development Management Inc., which oversees Northside Shopping Center.
In February, Baker pleaded guilty to two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretense, court records show. He was accused falsifying hours that he worked off-duty as a security guard so he could be paid nearly $2,000.
As part of the plea arrangement, Baker was placed in a deferred prosecution program in which he was on supervised probation for 12 months, and if he complied with the conditions of the deferred prosecution program, the charges would be voluntarily dismissed at a hearing in January 2014, court records show.
He was ordered to pay $1,865 in restitution and complete 50 hours of community service.
Baker was being held Tuesday in the Forsyth County Jail with his bond set at $250,000. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 19.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jury deliberations continue Friday at the trial of a former Danville officer charged with accepting cocaine and a handgun for arresting drunken drivers at the direction of a former Concord private investigator.
Deliberations in the trial of Stephen Tanabe were suspended Thursday morning after U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer excused a juror who spoke English as a second language and was having trouble fully comprehending jury instructions as a result. An alternate juror was substituted in midday, and the panel began anew in its deliberations.
Tanabe, 50, of Alamo, is charged with seven conspiracy and extortion counts for allegedly taking bribes to facilitate three drunken-driving arrests in late 2010 and early 2011. His defense attorney says he never accepted any kind of payment and that he has been set up by Christopher Butler, a now-incarcerated private investigator who set up men for "Dirty DUIs" so that their estranged spouses could have leverage in family law court.
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In 2010, Bisard, 39, was arrested after his police car plowed into two motorcycles stopped at a stoplight, killing one and injuring two others. He faces multiple charges from the crash, including reckless homicide, operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death and criminal recklessness.
While out on bail in that case, Bisard crashed a borrowed truck into a guardrail in the Lawrence area. He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit.
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