Fired officer charged in George Floyd's killing tells investigators his job wasn't to check on Floyd, video shows
MINNEAPOLIS — The former Minneapolis police officer who stood by as three officers fatally restrained George Floyd told investigators he was focused on an angry crowd and trusted his colleagues to respond appropriately, according to a video released Friday.Prosecutors filed the video of Tou Thao’s voluntary interview with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in court this week to support their motion to try all four former officers in one trial. The 1-hour, 40-minute interview, recorded eight days after Floyd was killed, showed that Thao did not become visibly emotional while recounti...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Largest NYC police union endorses Trump reelection bid
NEW YORK — New York City’s biggest police union backed President Donald Trump’s bid for reelection Friday, as Trump slammed a “a left wing war on cops.”“We need your strong voice across the country,” said Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch.Lynch and Trump spoke before a crowd at Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J., attended by PBA leaders wearing red MAGA hats.Lynch said it was the first time in his memory that the PBA had endorsed a presidential candidate.“That’s how important this is,” he said to applause from the crowd. “Mr. President, we are fighting for our lives out ...
New York Daily News
NY police, firefighters save annual 9/11 Tribute in Light after cancellation by museum
NEW YORK — The city’s first responders came to the rescue again, saving New York’s annual 9/11 Tribute in Light from a coronavirus cancellation.The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will sponsor this year’s event, in which twin beams of light shine into the nighttime sky in memory of more than 2,600 people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York.“Because Tunnel to Towers is fully committed to the idea that we must never forget, the Foundation is doing everything in its power to make sure that the Towers of Light will once again be illuminated,” the Foundation said in a statement.Fr...
New York Daily News
Jewelry store worker shoots 2 robbers inside Florida mall, police say
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — Pembroke Lakes Mall saw a swarm of police officers after shots rang out Friday afternoon, while a police chopper hovered overhead and at least 10 police cruisers surrounded the area as residents were told to stay away.Around 2:14 p.m., Pembroke Pines police responded to calls of a shooting near the Dillard’s department store in the mall. When officers arrived they found two men with gunshot wounds.An initial police investigation found that the two men had gone into Elite Fine Jewelry, said Pembroke Pines police Capt. Eric Abrahamson. While inside, one of the men smashed ...
2 suspects in custody after shooting at Florida mall, police say
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — Gunfire broke out Friday afternoon in the Pembroke Lakes Mall, and police had two suspects in custody shortly after.Police said they believe no other gunmen were involved in the shooting, but are asking the public to avoid the area on Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines while officers investigate.Pauline Edwards said she was shopping on the second floor of Dillard’s when the employees told customers to stay put for about 10 minutes.“After a while I went downstairs to inquire what was going on and I didn’t know there were gunshots,” she said. “We couldn’t get out through th...
Minneapolis mayor announces plan to leave 100 police jobs unfilled next year
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Friday announced plans for the city to keep some 100 police jobs open next year, bowing to the city’s budget challenges and loud calls to defund the force.“There is no single policy proposal that will, in one fell swoop, undo 400 years of institutionalized racism,” the 39-year-old mayor said in his budget address. “But that doesn’t mean we can’t leverage this moment to do more and go further than those who have tried before us.”Frey has faced withering criticism after the caught-on-video police killing of George Floyd in May. The brutal death of the 46-year-old ...
New York Daily News
Chicago mayor announces beefed-up police plan to track, prevent future looting
CHICAGO — Police will boost their social media monitoring and create rapid response teams who will respond to looting and more quickly shut down areas such as downtown Chicago if needed, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Friday.Under pressure to prevent a third round of widespread looting, Lightfoot said the city will increase monitoring of social media through a specialized 20-person task force and rapidly redeploy teams if they get wind of potential looting.Streets and Sanitation trucks also will be used to help block traffic, and the city will deploy “new and enhanced tactics” to shut down parts...
Sacramento sheriff refuses to share COVID-19 case information with state oversight board
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones is refusing to give COVID-19 testing and case information to an oversight board in charge of monitoring the state’s jails, leaving the public in the dark about how the virus has spread among inmates and staff under his control.Following months of demands from experts, officials and advocates, the Board of State and Community Corrections recently launched an online dashboard tracking COVID-19 in California jails. The website includes data about the number of inmates with active cases, the number of tests conducted, and how many people a...
The Sacramento Bee
This Brazilian immigrant gives cops free lessons in jiujitsu and humility at his studio
PHILADELPHIA — Meet Alexandre Quintella, a fourth-degree black belt in Brazilian jiujitsu from Belém, Brazil, who offers free classes to law enforcement officers.— Altering egos: “Police officers have a lot of ego, so they first need to admit what they don’t know and learn it.”— A river runs through him: “The kids in America play with the PlayStation. When I was a boy, I played in the Amazon River.”———As the dozen law enforcement officers — from borough cops to federal agents — learned the techniques Brazilian jiujitsu instructor Alexandre Quintella taught them in his Folsom studio last month,...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Passions on display during listening session over Seattle police response to protests
SEATTLE — Passions rose and opinion divided sharply at times during a community listening session Thursday about the Seattle Police Department’s response to protests in the city following the police killing of George Floyd.Some people spoke of mistreatment and pain they blamed on police aggression; others suggested the protest movement for Black lives had been co-opted by privileged voices, often white, and also disrupted by violence against police.The Seattle Office of Inspector General held the event, by video conference, to allow people to weigh in on the police response as it conducts a “S...
The Seattle Times