Daniel Prude's death prompts NY attorney general to change policy on police bodycam footage
NEW YORK — State Attorney General Letitia James on Sunday visited Rochester — site of the grim death of Daniel Prude while in police custody — to announce a new policy for releasing law enforcement officers’ body camera footage.The AG’s office will “proactively release footage to the public on our own” instead of following the previous status quo, under which local police departments had power over releasing such video, James said.“Up until now, the release of footage has been up to the discretion of local authorities, but this process has caused confusion, delays and has hampered transparency...
New York Daily News
Patriots running back James White's father, a Miami-Dade police captain, killed in Broward crash
Tyrone White, a captain in the Miami-Dade Police Department and the father of New England Patriots’ running back James White, was killed in a car accident Sunday. James White’s mother, Lisa, was also in the car and is in critical condition.James White was scheduled to play with the Patriots Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks but was inactive. The news was first reported by Fox Sports South Florida radio host Andy Slater.A public information officer for the Miami-Dade Police Department could not be reached for comment, but records indicate White, 59, has been a police officer since 1984....
California may need more fire to fix its wildfire problem
WASHINGTON — California is supposed to burn.Before settlers populated the region in the 1800s, about 5 to 12% of the land that now makes up the Golden State caught fire each year — more than has burned so far in 2020, the most destructive year in modern history. Some of the historic fires were caused by lightning and others were set by Native Americans as a land-management tool, but they mostly burned with low intensity and touched much of the state with great regularity.But after more than a century of aggressive fire suppression, California’s vegetation has grown much denser than the fire-ad...
Fired Parkland cops may be reinstated — because of an omission in paperwork
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The future of the three deputies who were fired for their failures in the Parkland school massacre may come down to a key phrase left off investigative paperwork: “Under penalty of perjury, I declare that I have read the foregoing document and that the facts in it are true.”Under Florida law, internal affairs investigators must swear, among other things, that they’ve read reports about officers in their entirety and that the forms are accurate. But the version of the oath that the Broward Sheriff’s Office used on its forms over the past decade omitted that one line — an...
Ricin poison found in mail package addressed to Trump
A package containing the poison ricin was reportedly sent to President Donald Trump this week but was intercepted by authorities.CNN quoted two law enforcement officials confirming the attempted poison attack, which was discovered at a mail-sorting facility and never came close to Trump.Two tests were done to confirm the presence of ricin. All mail for the White House is sorted and screened at a remote facility, making it a long-shot method for targeting the president or aides.The FBI is investigating the matter, along with postal inspectors.Authorities are taking steps to protect Trump’s rela...
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Fair tax or tax hike? Voters set to decide what could be Illinois' biggest taxation shift in decades
CHICAGO — Before Illinois voters consider any candidate on the Nov. 3 ballot — the presidential contenders, a member of Congress, a state lawmaker or a local judge — they will be asked to cast a simple yes or no vote on what could become the biggest change in state taxation in decades.The question at the top of the ballot is whether the Illinois Constitution should be amended to replace a mandated flat-rate income tax with a graduated-rate tax structure that increases the levy as income rises.More than any candidate being voted on, the proposed graduated-rate tax amendment represents what coul...
Florida corrections department enters controversial immigration agreement with ICE
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Department of Corrections will begin carrying out certain federal immigration enforcement tasks in a new partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, becoming the latest agency to join a controversial program that immigrant advocates have decried as overreaching.FDC Secretary Mark Inch signed a memorandum with ICE last month that will train and deputize certain corrections officers, giving them the authority to investigate and detain inmates for their immigration status, and share that information with federal immigration authorities. Inch called the n...
After prostitution arrest, Seattle police captain got preferential treatment from fellow officers
SEATTLE — Late on a Wednesday last November, a middle-aged man in an Audi sport utility vehicle pulled into a lot off Aurora Avenue North and allegedly agreed to pay $40 for sex to a police decoy posing as a prostitute.The undercover cop silently gave a signal, and a team of Seattle police officers watching from nearby swooped in. They soon realized their vice sting had netted one of their own: an out-of-uniform Seattle police captain named Randal Woolery.Police bodycam videos of Woolery’s arrest that night show that after officers handcuffed him and read him his rights, he turned to a supervi...
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Woman whose severed head found in luggage identified by Illinois coroner's office
CHICAGO — Officials on Friday released the identity of a 31-year-old woman whose remains were stuffed in duffel bags and brought to Chicago aboard a Greyhound bus.Ladawndra Ellington lived in Louisville, Kentucky, according to Carolyn Smith, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County coroner’s office in that state.The man suspected in her killing, Melvin Martin Jr., 30, of Kentucky, has initially been charged with fleeing prosecution. He had been staying with family in Markham, according to police and Markham spokesman Michael Taylor.Martin remains in Cook County Jail, awaiting extradition.He was ...
Deputies: Steakhouse gift cards rewards for officers using force
AUSTIN, Texas — Williamson County, Texas, sheriff’s office leaders rewarded deputies who used force on the job with steakhouse gift cards, according to two former employees, one of whom made the admission to Texas Rangers investigating the agency’s aggressive tactics.Among the deputies who received gift cards to places such as Logan’s Roadhouse were J.J. Johnson and Zach Camden, the officers involved in the March 2019 death of Javier Ambler. Officers used their Tasers on the Black 40-year-old father four times as he gasped that he had a heart condition and could not breathe.In a recorded inter...