Officer Michael Williams was upset that his girlfriend, whom he had a child with, was breaking up with him over his infidelity, police sources said. He shot at her when she came to collect some of her clothes Friday night and then turned the gun on himself.
A 24-year-old off-duty NYPD cop shot at his girlfriend Friday in their Long Island home, grazing her in the ankle, sources said, before fatally turning the gun on himself .
Officer Michael Williams, who joined the NYPD in July, was distraught that his girlfriend, whom he had a child with, was breaking up with him over his infidelity, police sources said
He texted her threatening to commit suicide Friday, the sources said, then texted her a chilling photo of a gun. She came over to their basement apartment in Hempstead on Friday night to remove some belongings.
As the girlfriend, who was not identified, left with some of her clothes, Williams, who was part of the NYPD’s recruit training unit, shot at her with his .9-mm Smith & Wesson about 7:35 p.m.
She fled and called 911. Cops found Williams dead of a gunshot wound to the head, facedown on his bedroom floor, sources said.
FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas — A former Fayetteville police officer has a January court date to face rape charges.
Fayetteville police say former officer Jamison Stiles was arrested Friday for an alleged attack in November against a woman at an apartment complex where he also worked as a security guard.
Stiles was fired from the department on Dec. 16 for refusing to cooperate in the rape investigation and for other infractions. A day later, a former Fayetteville police dispatcher told investigators that Stiles raped her at her home while he was on duty.
Fayetteville television station KHOG reports (http://is.gd/zStiQK) that Stiles bonded out of the Washington County Jail on Sunday and that he has a Jan. 24 court appearance
BETHANY BEACH, Delaware — A Bethany Beach police officer plans to appeal a disciplinary decision that determined he used excessive force on a drunken driving suspect and falsified two police reports.
Officer Leon Outwater sent 20 messages from a Village of Kobuk cell phone, state troopers say. The child's mother caught on and called police.
BY DOYLE MURPHY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A small town Alaska cop sexted a 12-year-old girl repeatedly during a drunken, on-duty bender, authorities say.
Leon Outwater, 21, sent 20 messages from his work cell phone before the girl’s mother caught on and called Alaska state police, troopers said.
“He was sending the text messages to her, and then deleting them,” state police spokeswoman Beth Ipsen told the Daily News.
The calls took place over a 24-hour period in November in the tiny village of Kobuk in northwestern Alaska, authorities said.
“I was drunk,” Outwater, 21, told troopers, according to court documents obtained by the Anchorage Daily News.
Outwater was never able to arrange an illicit meeting, and his overtures were apparently confined to the cell phone screen, authorities said.
“It’s solicitation only, so there was no physical contact,” Ipsen said.
Troopers arrested Outwater on Dec. 19 on felony charges of tampering with evidence and sexual assault of a minor — solicitation. He’s now in custody at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome.
He had been working as a Kobuk Village police officer, a low-level patrol job on the bottom rung of Alaska’s law enforcement hierarchy.
The job didn’t require him to be certified through a state police academy, and he wasn’t allowed to carry a firearm as he policed the villages’ 150 residents, Ipsen said.
Village officials refused to say whether Outwater was still employed, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
Troopers and the Kotzebue District Attorney are still investigating, but authorities don’t believe Outwater was contacting any other girls.
It’s not clear how he would have gotten the 12-year-old’s phone number, but authorities don’t think it would have been difficult.
“It’s a very small village,” Ipsen said.
Nicholas Santo of North Coventry was placed on administrative leave from the Norristown Police Department and now no longer works for them.
Nicholas Santo, a then-police officer charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in his North Coventry home on Sept. 13, has pled ‘not guilty’ and is no longer employed as a Norristown police officer.
Through his attorney, Santo, 47, waived his Dec. 12 arraignment and pled ‘not guilty, said Michael G. Noone, the First Assistant District Attorney at the Office of the Chester County District Attorney. Noone’s office is prosecuting the case.
“It might go to trial and it might not,” said Noone.
Earlier, Santo had been placed on administrative leave from his duties.
But according to Norristown police chief Mark E. Talbot, Santo is no longer a Norristown Police Department employee. Because Santo is a former employee, Talbot indicated that it was not appropriate to comment further.
Bethlehem officials have recommended that police officer Richard M. Hoffman, charged in August with drunken driving, be removed from his job, according to city spokesman Joseph Kelly.
Hoffman, 35, was off duty when he rolled a sport utility vehicle 3 a.m. Aug. 8 at East Broad and High streets, court records say. Hoffman's blood-alcohol content at the time of the crash was 0.16 — twice the limit at which penalties begin for most drivers, according to police.
Kelly said the city administration's internal investigation into the incident has wrapped up and a written recommendation calling for Hoffman's termination was forwarded to Bethlehem City Council.
The city must hold a hearing in order to act on the recommendation, Kelly said. Council would be in charge of scheduling a date for the hearing.
Hoffman, who remains on paid administrative leave, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Aug. 22, when he was arraigned on charges of DUI, DUI at the highest rate and careless driving.
Nuria DiLuzio, Hoffman's attorney for the criminal charges, said he's been accepted into the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program, or ARD, for first-time offenders. If successfully completed, the program would ensure the charges in the case would be erased from Hoffman's record.
DiLuzio said Hoffman will be formally sworn in for the program, which is slated to last between six months and one year, on Jan. 27.
"There was nothing unusual from his particular criminal case that would preclude him from being accepted," she said.
DiLuzio emphasized that her only involvement in the case was to guide Hoffman through what she termed a routine procedure for first-time offenders. DiLuzio is married to Mark DiLuzio, who was selected as the new police chief under incoming Mayor-elect Robert Donchez.
Wade Haubert, president of the Bethlehem police union, said he was disappointed word of the recommendation had made it to the media.
"Rick's due-process rights have been violated," Haubert said. "He's already being convicted in the public eye without being given the opportunity to provide any type of defense."
Quintes Taglioli, the attorney representing the Bethlehem Fraternal Order of Police, said the union will support Hoffman and fight any attempt to have him terminated.
"At this point, we're waiting on city council," Taglioli said. "They haven't taken any action yet."
Taglioli said word of the recommendation reached Hoffman on Dec. 20, but the city cannot fire the officer without a hearing and a final decision by council.
Haubert said Hoffman does not plan on stepping down.
"Rick Hoffman is not going to resign, so I guess the termination process is going to move forward," Haubert said. "We take issue with the investigation, the scope of it, and some of the allegations that are made within it."
Haubert said he was doubly disappointed that Chief Craig Finnerty made the recommendation for termination, but was not present to deliver the news to Hoffman.
"Have the decency to look the guy in the eye," Haubert said. "That appalled me."
Finnerty did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
Bethlehem City Councilman J. William Reynolds said he'd have to reserve judgment in the case until a hearing is complete, something he said he hopes gets underway as soon as possible. But Reynolds said the recommendation itself is concerning.
"Several things over several years have led the administration to come to this recommendation," Reynolds said. "City council does not tolerate behavior we believe is below the high standards set by the police department."
By Eric W. Dolan
Police officers are heroes. They voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way to serve and protect every citizen, and society grants them powers above and beyond the average citizen to achieve their mission.
Unfortunately, this power can be abused, turning the heroes into villains. Extra power, in a free society, must be coupled with extra responsibility, and exposing misconduct is key to holding those with power accountable.
Black men arrested for being with white girl
Landry Thompson, 13, was visiting Houston, Texas to attend dance classes this month. Her mother had given dance instructor Emmanuel Hurd full guardianship over her during the trip.
But police began questioning Thompson, Hurd and another dance instructor while they were at a gas station. The police later decided to handcuff the dance instructors and trainee. Thompson was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services, but she was released back into the custody of Hurd about 11 hours later.
“I was horrified,” her mother, Destiny Thompson, said. “She was with the people I wanted her to be with. She was with people I trusted. And now she was taken away from those people and in a shelter with people I didn’t know.”
Police officers humiliate mentally disabled man
Police officers in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan allegedly forced a mentally-challenged black man to sing songs and “dance like a chimp.”
Video of the incident was published in November, leading to the suspension of five officers. The entire department will now receive sensitivity training.
“An officer has stepped forward to take responsibility for the video and for interacting with Mr. Scipio in that fashion. The officer has been removed from patrol duty pending the conclusion of our investigation,” Grosse Pointe Park police spokesman Greg Bowens told the Detroit Free Press.
Texas police officer handcuffs and rapes teen during traffic stop
Also in November, a police officer in San Antonio, Texas was accused of raping a 19-year-old woman during a traffic stop. Officer Jackie Len Neal pulled over the teen and said that her car was reported stolen. Even though the victim was able to produce evidence that she had purchased the car, Neal reportedly handcuffed her and placed her behind his police cruiser, where he allegedly raped her.
The woman contacted police and Neal was arrested.
“I am angry. I am outraged. It’s a punch in the eye to the police department, this kind of conduct,” San Antonio police Chief William McManus told a local media outlet.
California cop calls transgender woman a ‘nasty shemale’ before raping her
A similar incident allegedly occurred in California. In October, a transgender woman accused an El Monte police officer of raping her.
The victim said she was walking to her friends house when the officer stopped her to ask if she was “a nasty shemale.” The officer allegedly took her to an empty parking lot, groped her and ordered her to have sex with him. The woman’s lawyer said she complied with the officer’s demands out of fear.
Racially-abusive stop-and-frisks caught on camera
In both Philadelphia and New York City, police officers were caught berating young African-American men who they had stopped to search.
A 16-minute video uploaded to YouTube in October showed Philadelphia police officer Philip Nace telling two black pedestrians that they “weaken the f*cking country” because they were “freeloaders.” The two men were stopped and searched after saying hello to another pedestrian. Nace was assigned to a disciplinary unit and is under investigation.
Another video uploaded to YouTube in October showed a NYPD officer threatening to arrest a black man for being a “f*cking mutt” during a stop-and-frisk. Another officer added: “Dude, I’m gonna break your f*ckin’ arm, then I’m gonna punch you in the f*ckin’ face.”
Police accuse woman of making up rape claim about serial rapist
In June, a woman sued several police and city officials in Lynnwood, Washington after she was accused of lying about being raped.
The woman told police in 2008 that she had been tied up and sexually assaulted by Marc Patrick O’Leary. Though doctors found abrasions on her wrists and vagina, detectives accused the young woman of fabricating the incident. They charged her with filing a false report, but the charge was later dropped.
In 2011, O’Leary was sentenced to more than 300 years in prison for raping three women and attempting to rape a fourth. Federal agents uncovered hundreds of photos of his victims, including the woman accused of filing a false report.
Louisiana cops arrest men for agreeing to gay sex
The Baton Rouge Advocate revealed in July that a sheriff’s office task force in Louisiana had arrested at least a dozen gay men under the state’s defunct sodomy law.
Louisiana’s criminalization of sex between two people of the same gender was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2003 Lawrence v. Texas ruling, but the law remains on the books.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office used the law to set up sting operations targeting gay men. Undercover police officers arrested men who agreed to have private, unpaid sex with them. The sheriff’s office later apologized for the anti-gay sting operations and said it would “consult with others in the legislative and judicial branches to see what can be done to remove this law from the criminal code.”
Support marijuana legalization? You might be a criminal, says police chief
A South Carolina police chief in November threatened to arrest a person who criticized drug prohibition on Facebook.
In response to an update posted on the Columbia Police Department’s Facebook page, a man complained that authorities appeared to be more concerned with arresting harmless “stoners” than violent criminals.
“Thank you for sharing your views and giving us reasonable suspicion to believe you might be a criminal, we will work on finding you,” the Columbia Police Department said in response. Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago later admitted to posting the reply.
Standing while black
Everyone has heard of “driving while black,” but 2013 brought us a new racially-infused crime: standing (or waiting) while black.
Police in Rochester, New York arrested three black teenagers this month as they were waiting for a school bus to pick them up. Their high school basketball coach, Jacob Scott, had arranged for them to be picked up to take them to a scrimmage.
Police said the three teens were blocking “pedestrian traffic while standing on a public sidewalk.” They refused to disperse and attempted to explain to police why they were idling on the sidewalk, only to be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
“These young men were doing nothing wrong, nothing wrong. They did exactly what they were supposed to do and still they get arrested,” Scott remarked.
Police officer shoots up minivan full of kids
A New Mexico state police officer opened fire on a minivan loaded with children in October.
Officer Elias Montoya had stopped a woman, Oriana Ferrell, for speeding near the town of Taos. The woman attempted avoid the speeding ticket by driving away, but was pulled over by Montoya yet again. But Ferrell again tried to flee after a brief scuffle with the officers. Montoya then fired three shots at the minivan, which was carrying five children. No one was injured.
Montoya was placed on administrative leave and later fired. Ferrell was also arrested and charged with child abuse, fleeing an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Forced repeated and humiliating cavity searches
At least four people accused law enforcement authorities of conducting warrantless and intrusive cavity searches in 2013.
Two women sued Texas officials in July for what they described as “disgusting” cavity searches. Texas state trooper Nathaniel Turner allegedly used a single glove to perform cavity searches on both women after he claimed to smell the scent of marijuana in their car.
In November, a man sued New Mexico officials alleging that he was forced him to undergo several invasive medical procedures in a futile search for drugs. Police forced David Eckert to receive an X-ray of his abdominal area, multiple anal probes, an enema and stool examination, and a colonoscopy under sedation.
Another New Mexico man later said he was subjected to similar medical procedures by the same police department.
Earlier this month, a woman from New Mexico sued Texas and U.S. officials for allegedly subjecting her to “multiple, redundant and increasingly intrusive searches.” The woman said she was subjected to vaginal and anal cavity searches, along with X-ray and CT scans. No drugs were found, but the woman later received a $5,000 bill from the University Medical Center of El Paso.
By CHARLES M. BLOW
Let me get this straight: A young man is stopped by police, who find $10 worth of drugs on him; he had twice been searched by officers and then double handcuffed behind his back and placed in the back of a police car; yet, somehow, he retrieves a gun that both searches failed to find and uses it shoot himself in the right temple?
That is what police in Jonesboro, Ark., say happened on the evening of Sunday, July 29, to Chavis Carter, a 21-year-old African-American man from Southaven, Miss., a suburb of Memphis. They say he committed suicide with a hidden gun while handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser. According to a local CBS News report, his mother was told that he shot himself in the right temple, but she claims that Chavis was left-handed.
The strange circumstances of this case, which even the Jonesboro police chief, Michael Yates, called “bizarre” and said “defies logic at first glance,” have raised questions that sorely need answering.
First, some background on how Carter came into contact with police that Sunday night.
According to a statement released Friday by the Jonesboro Police Department, Chavis was a passenger in a “suspicious vehicle” mentioned in a 911 call because it was “observed driving down the street with its lights off” at 9:50 p.m. Three people were in the vehicle: the driver, Carter and another passenger.
According to the statement, Carter, who originally gave a false name — Laryan Bowman — was “ ‘frisked’ or ‘patted down,’ not necessarily a full search at this point” because the officers on the scene “did not know what they had nor if any arrests were to be made.” During that first search, “a small amount of marijuana and some small plastic bags commonly used to package drugs were discovered in Carter’s pocket.” According to the police report, the estimated value of it was $10.
The police then determined that Carter “had an active warrant out of Mississippi.” According to The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, a warrant had been issued for Carter’s arrest after he violated his probation. He had pleaded guilty in 2011 to one count of selling marijuana.
He was placed in the back of one of the police cars on the scene without being handcuffed.
The other two people in the car “had no drugs and no active warrants,” so they were released.
Carter was then taken out of the police car, at which point officers “cuffed him behind his back and searched his person again” and placed him back into the police car.
Then things get strange. According to the police statement:
“As the officers then returned to their vehicles to leave, the second officer entered his vehicle and noted the smell of something burning (gun smoke we believe) and noticed Carter slumped over on the passenger side of the police unit. The officer then opened the rear door and noticed Carter unresponsive with a quantity of blood on him. At this point, he ran to the other officer to prevent him from leaving and both officers returned to the second unit, opened both doors and began to attempt to assist Carter (who was still handcuffed behind his back) and summoned an ambulance. The ambulance arrived and transported Carter to the hospital where he died a short time later.”
The statement continues:
“Investigators were called to the scene and began processing the evidence, photographing and securing evidence. A small .380 caliber cobra semi-auto firearm was discovered, as well as an expended case, and a projectile (which was recovered in the rear of the vehicle).”
(The police say that the handgun had been reported stolen from a Jonesboro resident in June.)
Police say that they have interviewed “a number of witnesses” to the incident and that their “statements are consistent with the statements of the officers and the evidence reflected by the dash-cam video of the responding officer, along with audio evidence from the backup officer.”
According to the police, “the statements and video/audio evidence account for the officers’ actions from the beginning of the stop until the arrival of the ambulance and indicate that neither officer removed his weapon, fired a shot or was in a position to enter the vehicle where Carter was detained in a manner that would allow for them to injure Carter.”
Furthermore, “the windows on the patrol unit where Carter was detained were up and intact, indicating no possibility of a bullet penetrating from the outside of the patrol unit while Carter was detained.” Yet, “specifically, how Carter suffered his apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound remains unexplained.”
That is the question, isn’t it? How do police officers search a man twice and find a small amount of marijuana but miss a handgun? And how does that man, who had been handcuffed, use that gun to shoot himself in the head?
The F.B.I. is now monitoring the investigation while a nation waits for answers and wonders about a “suicide” that “defies logic.”
A version of this op-ed appeared in print on August 4, 2012, on page A17 of the New York edition with the headline: The Curious Case of Chavis Carter.
By Nick Valencia, CNN
(CNN) -- A vigil for a teen who died in police custody turned violent in Durham, North Carolina, with riot police using tear gas and batons to disperse the crowd.
At least six people were arrested at the Thursday night march to protest the death of 17-year-old Jesus Huerta, according to police.
"I could not be more proud of the restraint and professionalism demonstrated by our officers," Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said in a statement to the media, adding that injuries to those marching were minimized because of his officers' actions.
"There was a march. The peaceful intent did not exist. We used the best practices in law enforcement," he said at a news conference Friday.
Huerta's sister, Evelin Huerta, said a federal investigation is needed.
"The actions of the Durham Police Department, led by Chief Lopez, last night were a tried-and-true tactic to intimidate and spread fear in our community," she said. "We call on Chief Lopez to resign immediately in light of his leadership that put dozens of armed police on the streets to scare residents and turned a memorial vigil into a war zone last night. We will not be intimidated by Chief Lopez and the Durham Police Department's tactics."
Protesters threw bottles and rocks at police officers and vandalized police property, Lopez said, defending his officers' reaction to the vigil.
The Durham Police Department says Huerta died on November 19 from a self-inflicted gunshot while handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser. The teen was being taken to the police station by Officer Samuel Duncan about 3 a.m. for a second-degree trespassing violation.
The chief said at the news conference that gunshot residue tests were conducted on Huerta and the arresting officer, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation "found that Huerta was wearing gloves and that his gloves had a saturation of gunshot residue on it. Officer Duncan's revealed that he had no gunshot residue on his hands," Lopez said.
The gun used was not a police firearm, Lopez has said in the past, but state authorities are still investigating where the weapon came from, according to local media. Duncan is on paid administrative leave pending the investigation's conclusion, local media reported.
Huerta's family, along with local activists, allege police foul play in the death of Huerta, who was affectionately called "Chuy" by his loved ones. Huerta's family has submitted a formal petition to local authorities for archives into the investigation, according to local media.
"People can see that we actually support him and that we need justice for Durham because it's not fair that this is happening, like the police is not giving us answers," Evelin Huerta told CNN affiliate WTVD.
A separate vigil held last month by the family also turned violent and ended in arrests. The family has said it plans to hold a protest on the 19th of every month.
"Personally, I don't believe one word of what the Durham Police Department has stated," local activist Lamont Lilly wrote in an article published shortly after Huerta's death. "It seems to me, and many others throughout the city, Durham police officers are simply covering their tracks with a concocted story that makes no physical or logical sense whatsoever."
Between 150 and 200 Huerta supporters marched Thursday from Durham City Hall to the parking lot of police headquarters. Some carried banners that read, "Fue Matado Por La Policia" or "Murdered By Police."
Others in attendance alleged police brutality and the use of excessive force by officers at the vigil.
"They didn't really look like batons or night sticks, but they were thinner and longer and they were reaching over the banner, whacking people with them," protester David Kaplan told CNN affiliate WTVD. "They were clearly upset with the fact that people were out expressing themselves and upset at the fact that it appears they murdered a 17-year-old child."
At least one demonstrator suffered minor injuries, and no officers were injured, the police chief said.
In a prepared statement, police said, "Permits are required for such events, but police officials extended compassion to the family by allowing the event. Police officers made several efforts to contact event organizers to ensure a peaceful event, but event organizers refused to speak with the police. The march became violent after participants left police headquarters and returned to downtown."
Images from the scene showed smoke billowing as riot police launched tear gas at the crowd. Some demonstrators wore masks to cover their faces.
"WTH Durham police? #racerelations," Monique Vasquez said in a tweet about the clashes. She told CNN her office was near Thursday night's incident.
Responding to Spanish-language reporters at the news conference, Lopez said that as a Hispanic, he had trouble believing the allegations among the Hispanic community that Durham police unfairly target Latinos.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has looked into three deaths in five months involving Durham police officers, and two of those killed were Latinos, according to CNN affiliate WRAL.
A similar case in July stoked skepticism in Jonesboro, Arkansas, when Chavis Carter, 21, died from a close-range gunshot while handcuffed in the back of a police car.
The unnamed detective had recently been reassigned to the 66th Precinct in Borough Park, and shot himself in the head about 7:30 p.m. Thursday outside of the precinct command
An NYPD sergeant shot himself to death Thursday night inside a car parked in front of the 66th Precinct stationhouse in Borough Park, Brooklyn, police sources said.
The sergeant, who was assigned to the precinct and set to become a detective, stunned colleagues when he pulled the trigger at about 7:30 p.m., sources said. He fired at least one round into his head.
Police did not immediately release the cop’s name or provide an account of what transpired.
Late Thursday, the tragic scene at the stationhouse was punctuated by a gray SUV racing up and the driver screaming “That’s my boy! That’s my boy, let me through!”
An officer lifted the tape roping off the scene and let the man in with no questions asked.
Meanwhile, word of the high-visibility suicide of a brother in blue spread quickly through the ranks.
“We’re all a little bit shell-shocked and saddened,” said a high-ranking police source.
Another source said there was no indication that the sergeant was suicidal.