Off-duty police officer accidentally shoots roommate
DC police accidentally shoot man in barber shop
Iowa Cop Shoots at Dog, but Misses, Killing Woman Instead
Undercover APD detective shot by another officer
Off-duty police officer accidentally shoots roommate
Kate Royals, The Clarion-Ledger
A 28-year-old Brandon resident accidentally shot his roommate in the head with a new gun Wednesday night at their home, authorities say.
Zachary Jacob Creel is a Madison police officer who was not on duty at the time of the shooting.
The Rankin County Sheriff's Department responded to the incident in the Barnett Bend III subdivision in Brandon. When officials arrived at Creel's home, roommate Michael Hunter Flynt was alert and Creel was holding a towel to the wound, according to the incident report.
Creel told sheriff's deputies the weapon discharged while he was pulling it from the holster to show Flynt, striking him on the right side of his head.
Flynt was transported by American Medical Response to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he was conscious and alert when interviewed by sheriff's deputies, Chief Investigator Raymond Duke said.
Flynt is in stable condition and still at the hospital.
Duke said no charges are expected.
Iowa Cop Shoots at Dog, but Misses, Killing Woman Instead
Posted by: Carlos Miller in Cop kills dog, PINAC News,
An Iowa police officer trying to kill a dog, ended up killing a woman instead.
Not much information is available at the moment, but we have a PINAC correspondent on the ground in Burlington, trying to obtain more details.
According to Opposing Views:
A woman in Burlington, Iowa, was reportedly shot and killed by a police officer outside of her home right in front of her four-year-old son.
According to reports, 34-year-old Autumn Steele was arrested Monday night for domestic abuse. After being released from jail, Steele was told she could not return to her home without an officer to escort her. When she returned to her home to retrieve her things, she reportedly got into a dispute with her husband Gabriel as he was loading their four-year-old son into the car.
The officer who escorted Steele to her home reportedly tried to break up the altercation, and while he was attempting to intervene, the family’s dog reportedly approached. The officer allegedly felt threatened by the dog and pulled out his gun to shoot it. As he fired shots at the dog, one of them reportedly hit the 34-year-old mother in the chest.
“The dog startled the officer. The officer began shooting at the dog. The officer was still shooting when he fell down in the snow,” an eyewitness told The Hawk Eye.
It is not clear at this point if the dog followed through on the perceived attack on the officer, seizing on the opportunity that the cop had fallen in the snow.
DC police accidentally shoot man in barber shop
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. police say they accidentally shot a man in a Southeast barber shop while pursuing three robbery suspects.
It happened in the 2300 block of Martin Luther King Avenue around noon Wednesday.
Police say the suspects got out of a car and one displayed a handgun. That's when an officer opened fire and one of the bullets went through the door of the barber shop, hitting a patron. That victim, an adult male, is expected to be okay.
"I can't believe this neighborhood is going down like this. They should be more careful especially police shouldn't shoot into a crowd," said a nearby resident.
Kicia Brown was picking up her two small children at a nearby school.
"That could've been one of our children or parent walking to go to get their kids. I'm glad my kids are okay. It's ridiculous so close to a school zone," Brown said.
The suspects are in custody and a weapon was recovered. Police are checking to see if the suspect fired his gun.
Undercover APD detective shot by another officer
By Nicole Perez And Robert Browman
Police say the officer – an undercover detective – was shot by another officer in an undercover drug operation. The officer, whose name has not been released, underwent surgery and was in critical condition Friday afternoon, according to APD Chief Gorden Eden. Another officer was injured, according to APD spokeswoman Celina Espinoza, but the injuries were minor and the officer was released from the hospital. Police didn’t say how the second officer was injured. Two suspects from the narcotics operation were in custody, Eden said.
The cop crime wave in America continues SAPD officer arrested on theft charge had served previous suspension
Dillon Collier & Bailey McGowan
A seven-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department was arrested Thursday night on a theft by public servant charge, a third-degree felony.
Konrad Chatys, 32, was arrested after a New Year's Eve incident in which he is accused of taking several thousand dollars, a rifle and marijuana from a couple after a domestic disturbance call.
Eyewitness News has now learned that Chatys served a 15-day suspension from late December 2013 to January 2014 for improper use of city property, according to suspension paperwork for Chatys.
An Internal Affairs investigation found in July 2013 that Chatys used his patrol vehicle's computer to run background checks on three people for non-police purposes.
At the time, Chatys also had a woman in his patrol vehicle whom he had picked up during a service call in the 7900 block of Pipers Creek, according to the paperwork. Chatys later lied while being questioned by Internal Affairs investigators in October 2013.
The cop crime wave in America continues Bradenton police officer involved in shooting placed on administrative leave
By KATE IRBY
BRADENTON -- The police officer who shot a man who was trying to run her down with his car has been placed on administrative leave, according to the Bradenton Police Department.
Suspect Jarques Randall, 23, trespassed at Casa Mora Rehabilitation and Nursing Care, 1902 59th St. W., at about 3:10 p.m. Thursday and Sgt. Anthony Ramdath tried to arrest him. Randall ran from Ramdath and jumped in a car, according to police.
Officer Nasheka Craddock arrived on scene and commanded Randall to get out of the vehicle and he refused, hitting her as he pulled out of a parking space, according to reports. Craddock then fired multiple shots, which struck the suspect in his vehicle, but he continued driving.
Randall caused a string of crashes as he fled from police, driving south on 59th Street West and ending when his car was disabled by a final crash at the intersection of Cortez Road and 37th Street West. Bradenton police officers and Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies were then able to apprehend him.
Craddock was treated for injuries to her leg at Blake Medical Center and was released Thursday night. She was placed on administrative leave as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the incident, which is department protocol when an officer is involved in a shooting.
Craddock has worked for Bradenton since December 2004. She was hired by the Bradenton Police Department in 2006.
In that time, she has been suspended 10 times for attendance-related issues, at-fault traffic crashes, unsatisfactory performance and one issue of unbecoming conduct in September 2010, when she was suspended for three weeks stemming from an arrest for domestic battery.
Craddock has never been disciplined for behavior involving weapons or excessive use of force, according to police records.
The cop crime wave in America continues OKC officer accused of rape receives letter of dismissal Thursday
OKLAHOMA CITY – A police officer accused of rape while on duty is without a job as of Thursday. Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw received notice by letter, delivered to his home, that he was without a job. Holtzclaw is currently on house arrest and was on paid leave during the department’s investigation. Police say he was fired for numerous policy violations. Holtzclaw will be facing 36 charges altogether at his court date set for the end of the month.
The cop crime wave in America continues Affidavit: SAPD officer arrested for stealing pot, cash and a gun
By Mark D. Wilson : January 9, 2015
SAN ANTONIIO — A San Antonio Police Department officer was arrested Thursday night after allegedly stealing money, drugs and a gun from a man and woman while on duty last week.
Konrad Chatys, 32, faces a charge of theft by a public servant.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Chatys was dispatched to a Dec. 31 disturbance in a parking lot at 7999 Potranco Road where Maxine Flores, 23, and Scott Galindo, 22, had been arguing inside their vehicle.
The affidavit said Chatys separated the pair and placed Galindo in the back of his marked patrol car.
The officer asked Galindo if he had anything illegal inside his car and was told that there was a quarter of a pound of marijuana and a newly purchased rifle, the document said.
Upon searching the car, Chatys located the marijuana and rifle, along with several thousand dollars wrapped in a rubber band, authorities said.
Galindo told authorities that Chatys told him he could be in a lot of trouble for the gun, drugs and money, but that he would “give him a break” because it was the holidays.
The officer then took all the property and put it into his patrol vehicle, the document said.
When Flores pleaded with him to be allowed to keep some of the money because she needed to pay rent, Chatys gave back several hundred dollars, estimated to be about $1,500, according to the report.
The document added that Chatys told the pair he was “letting them get away with too much already.” He told them he intended to confiscate the marijuana but he would tell his supervisors he had simply found it and gun, they later told authorities.
Chatys, a seven-year veteran of SAPD, put the remaining cash in his car and left the scene, the affidavit said.
After leaving, however, Chatys went to his residence in the 1300 block of Range Field before returning to a separate call.
The document said he never placed any of the confiscated items into the SAPD property room.
Flores made a complaint to patrol supervisors against Chatys on Jan. 7.
Concurrent investigations were opened by the department's internal affairs and intelligence units.
Officers executed a search warrant at Chatys’ residence, resulting in a warrant being issued for his arrest.
Chatys has been placed on administrative leave, as is department protocol. Officers are still investigating the incident.
"Actions like this have no place in the SAPD,” said Anthony Treviño, SAPD’s interim chief. “That is why swift and decisive action was taken on this case when we became aware of it. Although the case reflects badly on one individual, it is not a reflection of the over 2000 officers of the SAPD who come to work day in and day out to do the job with pride and integrity."
Chatys was booked into the Bexar County Jail late Thursday night. By 8:30 a.m. Friday, he had been released.
By Todd L. Davis
A Plano police officer is facing charges of possession of child pornography, police officials say. Plano Police Department spokesman David Tilley said Collin County sheriffs arrested 55-year-old Richard S. Bradford Thursday. Tilley said that Bradford is a patrol officer who has been with the department for nearly 15 years. Authorities said Bradford was released on bond and was placed on administrative leave while Collin County and Plano authorities investigate.
The cop crime wave in America continues Dallas officer charged with sexual assault found dead in Little Elm
A Dallas officer who was charged with sexual assault last month was found dead Friday morning at his home in Little Elm.
David Wayne Kattner, 47, had been on administrative leave pending an investigation. He was scheduled to go to the internal affairs division Friday morning with his attorney.
Dallas police officials confirmed he died Friday in a statement: “The Dallas Police Department wishes to express its condolences to the family of Senior Corporal David Kattner, who passed away this morning.”
His wife reportedly found him dead in the home this morning. Kattner’s cause of death hasn’t been confirmed.
Police had arrested Kattner for sexual assault, a second-degree felony, after a prostitute told them he forced her to perform a sex act on him while he was on duty. She told police that he had forced her to do so twice before. He also allegedly told the woman that he knew where her daughter lived. Investigators were trying to determine if there were other women who may have been victims.
Kattner, a 26-year veteran of the department, was a northeast patrol division officer.
Jeffrey A. Morris
WELCH, W.Va. – The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office said a Welch police officer faces charges after he allegedly pulled a woman over and asked her for sex.
Patrick Sherman McKinney, 51, is charged with stalking and harassing, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office said a female victim came into the office and filed a complaint, stating that she has been pulled over and asked for sexual intercourse. She said this has been occurring over a period of the last couple of months.
McKinney was charged and arraigned before McDowell County Magistrate Daniel Mitchell and a bond was set at $1,000. McKinney made bond and is awaiting trial.
The cop crime wave in America continues NO, Settlements Over Police Brutality DON’T Bring Accountability to Cops or Prevent Future Police Brutality
shocking story of police abuse from New Jersey, via NJ.com:
In the suit filed in Superior Court in Newton, Raul Sanchez had said he was on his property in Wantage in the early morning hours of Nov. 21, 2009 when he saw "four people with flashlights heading toward him."
The troopers threw him on the ground, handcuffed him and asked, "Where's the gun?" according to the suit. Sanchez said he told the troopers he had no gun.
Nonetheless, the troopers kicked him on his back and sides and beat him with their flashlights, he said. They continued to beat him after he was handcuffed on the ground and not resisting arrest, according to the suit.
Sanchez suffered three broken ribs and a bruised spleen as a result of the attack, according to his attorney, Jeffrey Patti.
"Luckily, there was no permanent damage to the spleen and the broken ribs have healed," Patti said, noting that Sanchez, now 61, was 56 at the time of the attack.
No criminal charges were ever filed against Sanchez as a result of the incident, Patti said.
He added that to the best of his knowledge, the troopers have all kept their jobs and none have been disciplined.
Even being accused of owning a gun in New Jersey can be dangerous to your health. Sanchez’s lawyer claims police targeted Sanchez because he complained about patrons of the next door bar throwing garbage on his property.
The settlement, negotiated by a deputy attorney general on behalf of the four troopers, protects the state from having to admit any wrong-doing in the incident by offering money in exchange for Sanchez dropping the lawsuit. So taxpayers are paying not just for the settlement but for the thug cops’ representation. The State Police won’t comment, so it’s impossible to find out if they even pretended to run an investigation into the serious allegations of corruption made in the lawsuit.
I’m not going to deny anyone their right to extract as much money from the government as they can when they’ve been brutalized by government employees but the process of obtaining a settlement over claims of police brutality does NOTHING to bring accountability to police. Yet that claim is often floated. Sanchez’s attorney says he hoped that by “holding those four troopers accountable, future victims of police brutality can be spared.”
Similarly, a police brutality case settled in Philadelphia had one columnist suggesting the settlement, which also led to no discipline of the officers involved in the brutality or the cover-up, meant “not every cop who behaves badly gets a pass.” Much later in the piece the columnist admitted that “considering that taxpayers are the ones indirectly footing the bill and, as far as I know - police declined to comment - the officers aren't facing any disciplinary action, I'm not sure it's a lesson learned.” She finished by calling on Philadelphia police chief Charles Ramsey to investigate the cops’ behavior. And he should. But as Ramsey himself has stressed before, his options for disciplining and even terminating cops are severely limited by the police contract, something not mentioned by that columnist nor many of the others who touch on the issue of police brutality at all.
BY JASON TASHEA
The grand jury tasked with deciding whether to indict the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown heard 70 hours of testimony. The 60 witnesses and three medical examiners gave conflicting accounts about Brown’s last minutes. Ultimately, the grand jury opted not to indict. Their decision left many asking: What if there was a video? What if there was better oversight of police misconduct? Was Michael Brown a unique tragedy or part of a larger trend? The ACLU’s Mobile Justice App and Five-0 are technologies that will hopefully help answer these questions and protect communities from police misconduct.
Launched in November, ACLU Missouri’s Mobile Justice App is a civil rights attorney, evidence collector and homing beacon in one. Jeffrey Mittman, director of ACLU Missouri, says that the Mobile Justice App will empower communities that often feel a sense of resignation and defeat when it comes to interaction with the police. “Too often we see complaints of misconduct against the police fall apart in court because it’s the alleged victim’s word versus the police officer’s.”
While Congress debates funding for police body cameras, Mittman hopes the Mobile Justice App will improve citizens’ recourse with police now. Under the “Know Your Rights” tab, a user can access a simple list of rights and decisions one can make during a police confrontation. Users can record videos of their interactions with police, which are then immediately uploaded to the ACLU Missouri’s server for review and possible legal action. Already over 500 videos have been uploaded. The upload is to safeguard against illegal confiscation of phones or deletion of videos. Finally, the “Witness” feature informs others using the app that someone in their vicinity is witnessing or involved in a confrontation, thus drawing more eyewitnesses. Both the video and eyewitness feature are meant to bolster claims of misconduct in court.
There are concerns, however, about the real world limitations of this app. “There’s no clear training about [the app]; pulling a phone out around a cop could get people shot,” says Shauna Dillavou executive director of Community Red, a group promoting free speech and activism through technology. Mittman was quick to acknowledge the safety concern for users, which ACLU Missouri explains to their protest monitors.
Dillavou also thinks the app falls short in organizing activists. “The [Mobile Justice App] doesn’t collect the data or images to change the message around police misconduct.” The need for messaging and a broader conversation is what drove three Atlanta teens to create Five-0, a national venue for police and civilians to come together and talk. “Our movement is Partnership Policing,” says Asha and Ima Christian, two of the three siblings who created Five-0 last summer. Five-0, as opposed to the Mobile Justice App, accomplishes both community-wide data collection and reporting, and creates a platform for users to have an earnest discussion about police interactions. Asha admits, however, that the reporting component is the most used.
With Five-0, users can access the “Know Your Rights” information and create an incident report like on the ACLU’s app. Five-0 differentiates itself by promoting a conversation about policing. “We want the community to talk to each other, [the app] let’s people in the neighborhood know what’s going on.” This is critical to understand, Ima Christian explains by example, if Eric Garner’s death was an isolated tragedy or related to a chronic problem. By acknowledging trends, Asha Christian argues, activists will be better armed to tackle systemic problems.
For the three siblings, this project is as much communal as it is personal. “We have family members that had negative interactions with police,” Asha Christian continued, “Most of them didn’t want to follow up with the police. The one time they did there was no resolution… We want to empower people.” Now, the siblings say, family and friends that previously shrugged their shoulders at a negative interaction with the police feel as if they have recourse and that their interaction, whether good or bad, will be, at a minimum, a useful data point to show policing trends in their community.
With already 12,000 downloads and 6,000 active users, Five-0 is looking to improve user experience. Similar to the ACLU app, Five-0 plans to create an emergency button, so during an interaction with the police the user can immediately send a text to a list of contacts with GPS coordinates. They also want to improve police involvement on the app. Currently, the police can respond on Five-0’s message boards; however, starting in 2015, Five-0 will launch in eight American cities with police departments as partners to improve dialogue and efficacy in their communities. Asha Christian believes that fostering this dialogue will improve police-community relations. “What we’re doing is less expensive than body-cams, and just as far reaching.”
Jason Tashea is a is a criminal law and legal tech consultant and freelance writer. Follow him on Twitter @jtashea.
He also allegedly took the Uber driver's car.
By Mike Bednarsky (Patch Staff)
A veteran Boston police officer is being accused of physically attacking an Uber driver and taking his car.
Police arrested 40-year-old Michael Doherty, a 16-year department veteran, early Sunday morning, NECN reported.
The driver for the ride-sharing service reported that Doherty, an off-duty passenger, accused him of bringing him to the wrong location. The victim said the passenger physically assaulted him once he stopped the vehicle.
The Uber driver exited the vehicle before the passenger jumped into the front seat and drove off, according to a statement from the Boston Police Department.
The victim, with a passing motorist who assisted him, followed the vehicle to E. 1st Street and Farragut Road where the suspect stopped and exited the victim’s car, Boston.com noted.
Uber spokesman Taylor Bennett issued the following statement regarding the assault on Monday: “Our thoughts are with our valued partner during his recovery and we are supporting him in any way we can during this time. We have a strict policy to remove any rider that exhibits aggressive or abusive behavior from the platform and we have permanently blocked this rider’s access. We stand ready to assist law enforcement in their investigation.”
Doherty was placed on paid administrative leave. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
By James F. McCarty, The Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- City police officer David Anderson had three prior incidents of domestic violence before he was indicted last month on charges of menacing by stalking, aggravated menacing and domestic violence, according to court documents.
Cuyahoga County prosecutors on Monday filed an eight-page motion asking a judge to raise Anderson's bond to $100,000 to more accurately reflect the seriousness of the charges and his three previous violent episodes with women.
Anderson is scheduled to be arraigned on the latest charges on Thursday in Common Pleas Court, at which time a new bond will be set, he will be asked to enter a plea, and a judge will be assigned to the case.
Anderson, 51, a city police officer since 2007, is free on a $10,000 bond posted by Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association president Jeffrey Follmer. He was released from jail Dec. 16 -- the day after his arrest.
Anderson, a Second District patrol officer, is suspended without pay pending the outcome of his case. His lawyer Henry Hilow said he would plead not guilty to the charges at the hearing. He decried the prosecutors' motion.
"Officer Anderson is a good public servant and an outstanding police officer," Hilow said. "He is ready to vigorously defend himself against these charges. The request for a $100,000 bond for a fourth-degree felony is ridiculous."
According to the prosecutors' motion, Anderson already has violated a no-contact order with the victim, his 43-year-old live-in girlfriend, who told police that Anderson called her after his arrest.
"The state is extremely concerned that Anderson will do so again," the motion reads, "and that the mere possibility of any further contact between Anderson and the victim poses an unjustifiable risk that he will harm her."
According to the motion, Anderson attacked his girlfriend three times on consecutive days, beginning Dec. 13, when he shoved her to the ground, causing her head to strike the pavement and knocking her unconscious.
The next day, Anderson again shoved the woman to the ground outside their home on South Hills Avenue in Cleveland. The following day, he kicked in her bedroom door, chased her down the stairs and shoved her to the landing, where her head was bloodied, the motion said.
In 2010, North Royalton police arrested Anderson after he threatened a different girlfriend, knocked out drywall in her home, broke dishes and slashed the tires on her car, the motion said. Anderson later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct.
In 2009, the girlfriend's daughter called police to report that Anderson was on top of her mother and threatening to punch her. But the girlfriend declined to press charges.
In 2005, Cleveland police arrested Anderson after the same woman accused him of threatening to snap her neck. He later called her from jail and told her, "If I could have, I would have snapped your neck. You better fix this," according to the motion. City prosecutors declined to charge Anderson then.
County prosecutors contend that police officers must be held to a higher legal standard than the public, and that Anderson's violent crimes damage the trust essential for officers to properly perform their duty to protect and uphold the laws.
"When a bad officer breaks the law, he makes the job of every good officer less safe," the motion said.
"Because of that heightened legal standard, this court should set bond at a level that is above and beyond what this court would normally set for a serial abuser of women with a history of threats and violence, who has already violated the no-contact order against him," the motion concludes.
The prosecutors said a larger bond is also necessary because Anderson faces the likelihood of a prison sentence, if convicted, providing him a "significant incentive to flee."
By Robert Zullo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh City Council this morning approved a $52,500 payment to settle a lawsuit filed by a teacher who was thrown in jail by a city police officer as he was leaving a community meeting in Homewood on charges that were dropped.
The settlement includes several changes to police policy and procedures, according to an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union who represented Dennis Henderson, 39. The ACLU called the case a racially motivated false arrest and a clear-cut case of police misconduct.
Mr. Henderson, a teacher at the Manchester Academic Charter School, told the Citizens Police Review Board earlier this year that he was leaving a June 2013 meeting at the Community Empowerment Association in Homewood and went to his car to get a business card to give to a journalist. He was arrested after a confrontation that started when Officer Jonathan Gromek sped by and Mr. Henderson exclaimed "Wow."
The Citizens Police Review Board recommended in March that the city fire Officer Gromek. The police department recommended a written reprimand in November 2013, after the Office of Municipal Investigations found he violated departmental policy. He remains a city officer and is assigned to Zone 3, which includes most of South Side.
A Texas police officer was dismissed from the department for abusing an elderly man.
After an internal investigation, Victoria Police Department (VPD) fired Officer Nathanial Robinson for using a taser on 76-year old Pete Vasquez, in an attack that was caught on dashcam.
In a statement released on Monday, VPD said that Robinson violated three department policies, including Conduct and Performance, Use of Force, and Arrest without a Warrant when he stopped Vasquez for driving with an expired inspection sticker in December.
When Vasquez told the officer that he was driving a vehicle with a dealer’s tag, which didn’t require a current sticker, Robinson slammed him onto the hood of the police car, then to the ground and tased him twice.
Vasquez was handcuffed and taken to a hospital but was never cited for any crime.
Officer Robinson was put on administrative leave during the investigation. He may still face criminal charges.