Texas high school football player arrested after assaulting referee during game
FORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas high school football player was escorted out of a stadium by police after he attacked a referee in the middle of a game Thursday night. Edinburg defensive lineman Emmanuel Duron was ejected after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on a hit on the opposing quarterback. Video shows Duron sprinting onto the field from the sideline and knocking over the official after the official announced the penalty and ejection. Teammates and coaches followed Duron onto the field and hurriedly forced him back towards the sideline. According to McAllen newspaper The Monitor, the offi...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A year later, 2 families await answers on deadly police shootout with truck hijackers
MIAMI — A year after two innocent people were killed when police and robbers who hijacked a UPS truck engaged in a shootout on a crowded highway that played out live on South Florida’s television newscasts, the state’s top law enforcement agency reports it largely wrapped up a lengthy investigation into what went wrong during the chaotic incident. Yet the Florida Department of Law Enforcement continues to refuse to share details of its findings. And for family members of the victims, the silence seems like stonewalling that only added to their grief and frustration. “For us, it’s an anniversar...
Lawsuit: Correctional officer trainee fired for wearing 'Black Lives Matter' shirt after others wore 'Police Lives Matter' shirts
SEATTLE — A newly hired correctional officer was fired by the Washington state Department of Corrections after wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shirt to work in response to several other officers wearing “Police Lives Matter” shirts, according to a federal lawsuit. Enow-Tambong Agbor-Baiyee sued the DOC in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington on Saturday, alleging his firing constitutes racial discrimination and retaliation. Agbor-Baiyee, who is Black, was hired in May as an on-call correctional officer at Airway Heights Corrections Center in Spokane County, and started a s...
The Seattle Times
Firings of 2 officers in Laquan McDonald case upheld in Cook County court
CHICAGO — Two Cook County judges have decided not to overturn the firings of two Chicago police officers accused of helping to cover up the fatal shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald. The judges, handling the cases separately, affirmed last month the decisions of the Chicago Police Board to fire Sgt. Stephen Franko and Officer Daphne Sebastian, records show. They were among four cops fired by the police board last year for infractions that included filing or approving false or misleading reports on the Oct. 20, 2014, shooting. The two other cops fired in the shooting case, Officers Ricardo Vir...
Duluth police officer charged with felony after shooting unarmed man in apartment
MINNEAPOLIS — A Duluth police officer was charged Monday with two felony counts after shooting an unarmed man through his apartment door in September.Tyler Leibfried, 28, was responding to a Sept. 12 call about a domestic argument when he heard 23-year-old Jared Fyle kicking the door closed of his West Duluth apartment and mistook the noise for gunshots, according to the criminal complaint filed in St. Louis County Court.Charges said Leibfried fired six shots, one of which hit Fyle in the back. Fyle was taken to the hospital and released from the emergency room that night, but a bullet remains...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Minneapolis mayor, police chief call proposal to cut department funding 'irresponsible and untenable'
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and police Chief Medaria Arradondo on Monday struck back at a proposal by three of City Council members to cut the Minneapolis police budget by nearly $8 million, with Frey calling the plan “irresponsible and untenable” amid a year of rising violent crime and a shrinking police force.Although both said they support some community alternatives and reforms in policing, they said it cannot come at the cost of further cuts to the department already facing historic attrition rates — the department is down 120 officers since the start of the year, with more...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Can Philadelphia transform its police force from 'warriors' to 'guardians'? This deescalation training could help
PHILADELPHIA — On a mild November night in 2015, Camden, New Jersey, police sped to Crown Fried Chicken at Broadway and Mickle, where a distraught man with a knife had just threatened to kill a customer inside.When cops arrived, the 48-year-old man was outside, waving the knife, clearly a potential threat. Repeatedly, he refused police orders to drop his weapon.The encounter could have been his death sentence in many cities in America — or, a few years earlier, in Camden itself.Instead, police officers recognized the man was in the throes of a mental health crisis and backed off. An officer wi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'Sheriff, hurry up please.' Disabled man battles intruder as cops wait down the street
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — He had just stepped from the shower and was settling in for the night when he caught a glimpse of a figure outside his window.Seventy-year-old Bill Norkunas, a childhood polio survivor, headed over to the light and flicked it on hoping to scare away whoever was there. Instead, the light was a beacon drawing a young man to his front door, a door made of glass.And then for the next 15 minutes, Norkunas stood there, barefoot and unclothed, with his crutches, on one side of the glass pane trying to steady a gun in his trembling hand while the stranger stood on the other sid...
Chicago pilot plan for emergency mental health responses does not include police
CHICAGO — City officials said have revised their plans for a new citywide response on emergency mental health calls to include nonpolice responder teams, an idea pushed hard for several months by activists and community leaders.The plan for the so-called mobile crisis teams of clinicians and paramedics — without police — will now be part of a $1.7 million alternate response pilot to launch next year under the newly approved city of Chicago budget, city officials told the Tribune.Activists, however, expressed immediate skepticism about how well thought out the plan is, and how committed officia...
Cuban police quell protest and detain young artists and academics on hunger strike
MIAMI — While Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday night, in Havana Cuban police forcefully ended a hunger strike by young artists, academics, journalists and activists protesting government repression.The protesters are members of the Movimiento San Isidro, a loose collective advocating for freedom of expression on the communist island. Several of them, including artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, started a hunger strike last week to protest the imprisonment of rapper Daniel Solis, who was accused of contempt and sentenced to eight months.On Thursday night, police and what app...