California man dies in freak car wash accident after becoming trapped
A California man is dead after a freak accident inside an automatic car wash in California. The Escondido, California, Police Department said in a news release that it had received a report of an “unresponsive man inside of a self-service car wash” on Friday night, April 15. “Officers arrived to find a 56-year-old man trapped between a 2014 Scion XB and a part of the car wash machinery. The preliminary investigation indicated that the man drove into the car wash and for an unknown reason, tried to exit his vehicle. It does not appear the car wash had been activated at the time of the collision.”CBS News reported that the car wash is automated in that the driver stays inside the car while it is pulled through the system.mlive.com
Chicago Police Department slow to make reform progress since the shooting of Laquan McDonald and still in need of a cultural change, experts say
The shooting of Laquan McDonald triggered a momentous police reform effort in Chicago , but the hoped-for results have been slow in coming.chicagotribune.com
Woman dies, 3 children in critical condition after car crashes into river in Port Huron
PORT HURON, MI -- A 26-year-old woman has died and three children remain in critical condition after the woman’s vehicle crashed into the Black River in Port Huron Tuesday, Nov. 30. Port Huron Central Dispatch received a call reporting a passenger vehicle drove through the parking lot west of 10th Street, off of Glenwood Avenue, into the Black River just before 4 p.m., according to a Port Huron Police Department news release. The driver, a Port Huron resident, and three children ages 3, 5, and 7, were recovered from the water by Port Huron Fire Department rapid divers. Corey Michelle Pratto, a female driver of the vehicle, died at McLaren Port Huron Hospital, according to police. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Port Huron Police Department at 810-984-8415 or CAPTURE at 810-987-6688.mlive.com
2 men injured in Port Huron after shots fired into multiple vehicles, police say
PORT HURON, MI -- Two men who suffered gunshot wounds arrived at separate hospitals after bullets were fired into multiple vehicles over the weekend in Port Huron, according to police. Port Huron police responded just after 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 to multiple reports of a shooting in the area of the East Quay Lot. Officers discovered multiple cars had been shot at and several people and vehicles fled the scene in multiple directions, according to a Port Huron Police Department news release. McLaren Port Huron Hospital then reported a 23-year-old Clyde Township man was being treated for a gunshot wound to his legs. Port Huron Police officers, detectives and the Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene.mlive.com
Did police violate Black teens rights by finger-printing them despite no charges? Michigan Supreme Court hears case
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids police violated two Black teens’ constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure by taking their photographs and fingerprints despite no charges being filed, an ACLU attorney told the state Supreme Court. An attorney for the Police Department said officers had reasonable suspicion to stop and identify the teens – in separate instances – who carried no identification. Related: Police accused of targeting minorities for photos, fingerprints cleared in courtDan Korobkin, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, said that taking fingerprints is supposed to happen during the booking process at jail, after an arrest. Related: Case against Grand Rapids police for targeting Black youth heads to Michigan Supreme CourtAttorney Elizabeth Fossel, representing the Police Department, said police had reasonable suspicion to act and were investigating possible crimes. Police only asked for prints and photos of the teens because they had no other way to identify them, she said.mlive.com
Former Michigan Police Officer Sentenced to Three Years for Using Unreasonable Excessive Force During an Arrest
A former Hamtramck, Michigan, Police Department officer was sentenced today in federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan for using unjustified and unreasonable excessive force during an arrest of a civilian and violating that civilian’s civil rights. Ryan McInerney, 45, of Grosse Ile Township, Michigan, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gershwin A. McInerney pleaded guilty on Jan. 8 to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law. As part of the plea agreement, McInerney also voluntarily relinquished his law enforcement license. “The defendant abused the trust given to him as a law enforcement officer when he pistol-whipped two arrestees on two separate occasions,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Civil Rights Division.justice.gov
Lawsuit: Man killed by Chicago police in Pilsen last year was shot while running away, unarmed
The family of Miguel Vega, who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer in Pilsen last year, have filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against the city claiming he was unarmed and running away from officers when he was killed.chicagotribune.com
Violent arrest in Colorado reignites anger over policing
A video showing a police officer pistol-whipping and choking a Black man during an arrest in a Denver suburb has reignited anger over policing in the community, with activists on Wednesday decrying what they say is just the latest example of the mistreatment of people of color. Aurora Officer John Haubert was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault and felony menacing charges, after officers responded Friday to a trespassing report where they found Kyle Vinson, who is biracial and identifies as Black. Haubert's lawyer, Reid Elkus, has vowed to “zealously defend” him.news.yahoo.com
Former Police Detective and FBI Task Force Officer Convicted of Bribery and Other Offenses
A federal jury convicted a veteran detective for the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Police Department, who was also a task force officer with the FBI and a member of the Cumberland County Drug Task Force, today of bribery, drug distribution and making false statements. He also lied in November 2015 on a federal form he completed during the process of becoming an FBI task force officer, and he made multiple false statements in an interview with federal agents in May 2018. Collare was convicted of federal program bribery, bribery by a federal official, distribution of heroin, and six counts of false statements. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for federal program bribery, 15 years in prison for bribery by a federal official, 20 years in prison for distribution of heroin and five years in prison for false statements. The FBI and the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General investigated the case.justice.gov
Chicago police officer fired for 2017 pursuit crash that killed off-duty cop, 27-year-old woman
A Chicago police officer was fired Thursday for using her police vehicle in a chase of a Jeep driven by an off-duty cop, right before he and another motorist were killed in a traffic crash.chicagotribune.com
'No Vaccine for Racism': Asian New Yorkers Still Live in Fear of Attacks
NEW YORK — The surveillance video captures a brutal scene: A woman is thrown down a flight of stairs and smacks into the subway platform violently enough to fracture a bone in her face. It was May 28, and the woman, in her 60s, was among dozens of people attacked during a spate of anti-Asian violence this year. It may not even have been the first such attack by the suspect, John Chappell, a law enforcement official said. Two months earlier, Chappell, who had dozens of prior arrests, had been susnews.yahoo.com
Police ID Port Huron woman found dead in home, boyfriend arraigned on murder charge
PORT HURON, MI -- A man has been arraigned on charges of murder, arson and imprisonment after the charred remains of his girlfriend were found in a residence in Port Huron. Dustin David Tucker, 27 year of Port Huron Township, was arraigned Tuesday, June 1, on charges of open murder, second-degree arson and unlawful imprisonment in the murder of Danielle Grace Smith, 28, of Port Huron, according to a Port Huron Police Department news release. Port Huron police and fire departments were called at 8:16 a.m. Saturday, May 29 to a report of smoke and a charred body at a residence on the 1800 block of Division Street, according to police. Related: Man arrested for murder in death of Port Huron residentOfficers found Smith’s body in the home. You can also submit anonymous tips by calling 810-987-6688, emailing the department through its website, texting CAPTURE and the tip to 847411, or downloading the Port Huron PD app.mlive.com
Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveils long-awaited civilian police oversight plan, retains power for hiring and firing superintendents with City Hall: ‘The buck stops with me’
Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday unveiled her long-awaited plan for civilian oversight of the Chicago Police Department, saying “the buck stops with me” in an ordinance that would keep authority for hiring and firing the superintendent and other key Police Department decisions with the mayor. That sets up a showdown in the City Council between Lightfoot’s proposal and one that would potentially give an elected board much more power over police personnel, policy and budget.chicagotribune.com
Chicago aldermen consider civilian police oversight plan while awaiting Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s alternative proposal
As aldermen wait for Mayor Lori Lightfoot to finally unveil her own civilian police oversight plan, discussion Friday over a grassroots proposal she opposes presaged a likely knockdown, drag-out fight over control of the Chicago Police Department. The City Council Public Safety Committee took testimony but no vote on the compromise ordinance pushed by two organizations that want an elected board to have broad powers to dictate the Police Department’s policies, leadership and budget.chicagotribune.com
Community members remember Adam Toledo; leaders demand an end to criminalization of Black and brown youth
Members of the Little Village Community Council have been standing by the fence of Farragut Career Academy near the alleyway where 13-year-old Adam Toledo was killed by Chicago police.chicagotribune.com
Chicago sees another spike in shootings, with most killings in first 3 months of year since 2017
With a quarter of 2021 already over, it has so far been the deadliest year in Chicago in four years as the city saw another spike in gun violence even before the warmer-weather months arrived.chicagotribune.com
Canton Police Department receives approval for embedded social worker program
DETROIT – The Canton Township Board of Trustees approved the police department for a service contract with Hegira Health for their Embedded Social Worker Program. The embedded social worker program is one of the multiple programs the police department has originated. “The embedded social worker program is another step in providing better service to our community. Over the past few years, the police department has been monitoring the successes in portions of our country with similar embedded social worker programs. During the same timeframe, locally, the Canton Police Department has started a diversion program for Canton area youth with Growth Works’ assistance,” the statement continues.
Chicago police find SUV believed used in shooting of off-duty officer, release video of suspects
One of the video clips shows a suspect in a dark sweatshirt with a black-white reproduction of a woodcut from a German Bible, after a drawing by Gustave Dore, “The angel of the Lord destroys the army of the Assyrians,” on the back. On the front is a biblical verse from the Book of Isaiah, in a translation from the New International Version of the Bible: “But now, this is what the Lord says — he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” That suspect also is shown wearing orange, yellow and black Balenciaga Track.2 gym shoes.chicagotribune.com
Ride-share driver beaten, carjacked in Englewood after asking passengers not to eat in vehicle
Through March 2, there were 348 carjackings in Chicago, more than double the tally at the same time last year and by far the most the city has seen during the same period since at least 2001, city crime statistics show. The Police Department also created a new section on its website where users can submit tips about carjackings, and created a carjacking task force in conjunction with Illinois State Police and the Cook County sheriff’s office, Brown said.chicagotribune.com
Police investigate pepper spraying of mother near toddler
A Rochester police officer has been placed on administrative duty after using pepper spray on the woman, authorities said Friday. Ad“Both incidents involved Black mothers. Both involved Black children. Both involved Black people obviously in crisis. Both involved officers using pepper spray on or around a Black child,” PAB Chair Shani Wilson said during a video news conference Friday.
Sterling Heights cop resigns after mocking George Floyd in racist social media post
click to enlarge ShutterstockA Sterling Heights cop who was placed on leave for mocking George Floyd in a racist Facebook post has resigned.Sterling Heights Police Lt. Mario Bastianelli said the city won't tolerate hate.“During the course of the Police Department’s internal investigation, and prior to disciplinary action, the police officer in question resigned,” Bastianelli said in a statement Monday. “This incident is confirmation that the City must remain vigilant in identifying and rooting out such behavior, which has no place in a municipal organization that serves an incredibly diverse population. This incident further shows the City’s commitment to making sure each and every resident, business owner, and visitor feels welcome and safe in Sterling Heights. Sterling Heights placed the officer on leave after WXYZ-TV exposed the Facebook post.In a previous statement , the city of Sterling Heights said it “disavows the abhorrent imagery and messaging that appears in the post.”“The Police Department is committed to completing the investigation and disciplinary process as quickly as possible,” the post stated. “It must be clear that there is no place for hateful and offensive content like that within our community.”In nearby Shelby Township, police Chief Robert Shelide was suspended but ultimately kept his job for tweets that advocated police brutality against Black Lives Matter protesters.metrotimes.com
Veteran Chicago police officer found shot to death in apparent suicide at North Side police station
“Make no mistake about it, this pandemic has taken an incalculable toll, particularly on people’s mental health,” Lightfoot said. “We want to make sure people reach out. There’s an array of services that we offer as a city to safeguard your privacy and your security. But if you’re feeling suicidal, please reach out. You are not in this by yourself.”chicagotribune.com
City Council passes Lightfoot COVID-19 spending package despite objections over $281.5 million in federal funds previously spent on police
Though Lightfoot said opposition to the spending on the Police Department was “just dumb,” Burke last week said the enormous amount “would make most observers highly suspicious,” and Lopez said it seemed like the administration was using the federal money to retroactively paper over structural problems in the 2021 city budget.chicagotribune.com
Chicago police official resigns amid investigation of bar party that led to citations for COVID-19 safety violations
News of that gathering came as the Police Department had faced criticism around a lack of precautions taken by some officers during the pandemic. That included a rebuke from a federal judge who in a recent court order pointed to photographs and videos that showed Chicago police on the job without masks, putting them out of compliance with health guidelines and directives.chicagotribune.com
Schiller Park woman rescued after awning collapses, pins her for 10 hours
“It was pretty quick. The Fire Department worked with the Police Department and with the extra hands, the police officers started clearing that ice and that snow right away so the firefighter-paramedics could go through the house and out the back door to actually get to the patient, to her upper body, and were able to speak with her and start stabilizing her,” Cesaretti said Wednesday morning. “The whole thing took about 10 minutes. She was injured and obviously very cold.”chicagotribune.com
Cops fired over photos tied to Elijah McClain not reinstated
The Aurora Civil Service Commission issued a decision Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, upholding the firings of officers Marrero, Dittrich and Jason Rosenblatt over this and similar photos. Police Chief Vanessa Wilson fired the three officers last year over two photos taken at a memorial to McClain two months after his death. AdDittrich texted the photos to two officers who stopped McClain — Rosenblatt and Nathan Woodyard — to try to cheer up Woodyard, authorities said. Besides the neckhold, McClain was injected with the sedative ketamine. Rosenblatt initially tried to put McClain in the neckhold but couldn’t because of his position, so Woodyard did, authorities said.
13-year-old boy faces armed carjacking charge in November attack, police say
The boy was arrested about 11:45 a.m. in the 8100 block of South Kingston Avenue in the South Chicago neighborhood by members of the city’s carjacking task force, police said. He was the second person to be arrested in connection with the carjacking, which occurred about 5:15 a.m. Nov. 21 in the 4700 block of South Woodlawn Avenue in the Kenwood neighborhood.chicagotribune.com
Cop fired a decade after letting a fellow officer who allegedly beat pair leave the scene of the incident
After IPRA completed its investigation, city officials said, the Burg case was forwarded to the Police Department for review, which is routine in disciplinary cases against officers. In early 2015, the police had concerns about the case and sent it back to IPRA for an additional investigation, according to the officials, who did not detail those issues.chicagotribune.com
Bomb-sniffing dogs? Check. Times Square crowd? Not this year
A man wears a protective mask during the coronavirus pandemic in Times Square Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in New York. Small groups of revelers, some wearing glittery hats, filmed their distant view of Times Square on their phones and broke out in cheers at midnight. Preparing for the worst, the New York Police Department deployed its bomb-sniffing dogs and sand-filled sanitation trucks intended to guard against explosions. “It’s dead,” said Ali Jameel early Thursday, who owns a store a block from Times Square. “Coming to Times Square is a family tradition for some.
Civilian oversight agency concludes investigation into fatal shooting of man running from Chicago police
The Police Department has 60 days to respond, with a possible 30-day extension, from the day it received the findings, which was the end of November. The department can respond by either agreeing or disagreeing with the findings and recommendations, and then the case may proceed to the Chicago Police Board.chicagotribune.com
Dundee adapts 'shop with a cop' project
Dundee police officers recently got a taste of what it’s like being Santa Claus. Instead of being guided through the aisles by children pointing fingers toward their favorite toys, officers were tasked with making their own selections for Dundee’s nicest children during the department’s annual “Shop with a Cop” event held Thursday at Walmart. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, children were asked to stay home to limit exposure of the coronavirus, rather than shopping alongside officers, as is customary. 1 priority.”The most challenging part of shopping without children’s direct guidance appeared to be locating some of the toys on their lists. Typically, the event is funded by the Dundee Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) organization, but its annual golf outing fundraiser was canceled in light of the pandemic.monroenews.com
Bricks thrown at Evanston police, Northwestern University students pepper-sprayed in off-campus clash as protesters again call on university to defund its police
In the statement, Schapiro said that the organizers of the ongoing protests were intent on provoking university police into retaliation. He said the protesters should be ashamed of themselves. He also implored them to consider how they would feel if their family awoke one night to the kinds of “vile and personal attacks” as those being chanted outside his home in another recent protest.chicagotribune.com
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveils security plan for election-related civil unrest, urges peaceful protests
The Police Department has defended the reallocation of its resources by saying it has made up for the loss of cops assigned to the city’s 22 patrol districts by forming a new citywide unit currently staffed with about 500 officers and tasked with responding to sudden flare-ups in violence in neighborhoods away from downtown. Brown also has said the city’s summer mobile patrol unit, a temporary citywide unit of about 200 cops, would be in place in the residential areas until November.chicagotribune.com
California police recover lizards stolen from reptile store
This undated photo provided by the Long Beach, Calif., Police Department shows one of two unique Australian monitor lizards that were stolen from a reptile shop in November 2019. (Long Beach Police Department via AP)LOS ANGELES – Police in California announced two arrests and the return of a pair of unique lizards that were stolen from a reptile shop last year. The Long Beach Police Department said Friday that the two Australian lace monitor lizards were stolen from JTK Reptiles in Long Beach in November, The Los Angeles Times reports. Three people entered the store, broke into the cages holding the lizards and escaped to a waiting car, authorities said. Animal control handlers were called to recover the lizards before being returned to their owner, Long Beach Police Department spokesman Brandon Fahey said.
City releases information on arrests, attorney visits after legal aid group sues
Attorney visits to arrestees rose between 2013 and 2019, according to First Defense Legal Aid. In 2013, about 1 of every 500 arrestees got a lawyer while in police custody. That grew to 1 in 50 in 2018 and 2019. Every arrestee has the right to an attorney. Data released Tuesday showed that about 1.8% of arrestees availed themselves of that right, Solowiej said.chicagotribune.com
'Home Improvement' actor Zachery Ty Bryan arrested in Oregon
This booking photo released Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, by the Eugene, Ore., Police Department shows suspect Zachery Ty Bryan. Bryan, the actor who played the oldest son on the long-running 1990s sit-com Home Improvement was arrested Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Oregon and faces charges of strangulation and assault. (Eugene Police Department via AP)EUGENE, Ore. – Zachery Ty Bryan, the actor who played the oldest son on the long-running 1990s sit-com “Home Improvement” was arrested in Oregon and faces charges of strangulation and assault. The Eugene Police Department said officers were dispatched to a North Eugene apartment Friday night on a report of a physical dispute. Bryan reportedly assaulted the victim, impeded her breathing, and took her phone away when she tried to call 911, police said.
15-year-old Detroit boy missing for days
DETROIT – Detroit police are looking for a missing 15-year-old named Andrew Tucker. He was last seen around noon Tuesday, Sept. 15 at his home in the 17300 block of Rutherford in Detroit. The uncle left the home and when he returned Tucker was gone. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, gray sweatshirt and khaki pants. Anyone with information on the missing teen is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.
Harper Woods man suspected of killing woman charged with homicide
HARPER WOODS, Mich. – Steven Mark Bratton was charged Tuesday in connection with the death of a 37-year-old Harper Woods woman. According to authorities, police responded to reports of a woman fatally shot in the back yard of a home in the 19100 block of Woodside Street. Police said the body of a 37-year-old woman was found at the scene and, within an hour, Bratton was taken into custody and a handgun believed to have been used in the crime was recovered. Bratton was charged with first degree murder and three charges of felony firearm. Anyone with information is asked to call Harper Woods police at 313-343-2530 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
‘This just doesn’t make sense’ -- Woman’s body found in back yard of Harper Woods home
HARPER WOODS, Mich. – A mother in Harper Woods was found dead Sunday in her own backyard. “They were sweet.”At about 1 a.m., Harper Woods police received a call about a body in a back yard. “Why would you take someone’s mother?” Barnes asked. “She was a mom.”Harper Woods police said the man who called 911 and turned himself in shortly after her body was discovered. At all.”Anyone with information is asked to call Harper Woods police at 313-343-2530 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
‘This just doesn’t make sense’ -- Woman’s body found in back yard of Harper Woods home
‘This just doesn’t make sense’ -- Woman’s body found in back yard of Harper Woods homePublished: September 20, 2020, 11:54 pmA 42-year-old man turned himself into police after a 37-year-old woman was found dead with wounds on her back and chest Sunday in Harper Woods.
42-year-old man turns himself into Harper Woods police after woman is found dead
HARPER WOODS, Mich. – A 42-year-old man turned himself into police after a 37-year-old woman was found dead with wounds on her back and chest Sunday in Harper Woods. Harper Woods police found the woman’s body at around 12:45 a.m. Sunday in the 19100 block of Woodside Street in Harper Woods. Officers went to the area after reports about a dead woman at the location were made. He is being held as the Harper Woods Police Department continues investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Harper Woods police at 313-343-2530 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
37-year-old woman found dead in Harper Woods
HARPER WOODS, Mich. – The body of a 37-year-old woman was found in Harper Woods Sunday, police say. Police found the body at around 12:45 a.m. Sunday in the 19100 block of Woodside Street in Harper Woods. Officers went to the area after reports about a dead woman at the location were made. The Harper Woods Police Department is still investigating the case and will release more information soon. Anyone with information is asked to call Harper Woods police at 313-343-2530 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
Detroit police: Missing 14-year-old girl returned home safely
DETROIT – According to authorities, 14-year-old Deshila Pinkston returned home safely Friday night, just before 11 p.m.Police said Pinkston left home after getting frustrated with homework. She was last spotted walking east toward a vacant lot on Algoquin Street. The teen was wearing a black and white striped shirt with red roses on it, blue jeans, black Nike gym shoes and carrying a cheetah print bag when she disappeared. Anyone with information on the missing teen is asked to call police at 313-596-5540 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up. Read more: Missing in Michigan reports
Brighton police issue warning about Social Security scam call
BRIGHTON, Mich. - Brighton police issued a warning Friday about scam callers attempting to get personal information from residents. According to police, a caller with the number 816-929-6119 says they are from the Social Security Office. The caller tells the victim their Social Security number was stolen and asks for personal information. The Police Department said it has also taken another report about a scam call. Below is a transcribed version of a voicemail a victim received:Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Royal Oak police apologize to black man stopped for allegedly looking at white woman suspiciously
ROYAL OAK, Mich. - Royal Oak police apologized Thursday after a viral video of an officer approaching a black man for allegedly looking at a white woman suspiciously caused outrage. The officer and Myers went back and forth, and Myers asked for a supervisor. The Police Department issued an apology for what happened, saying: "This is not the practice of the Royal Oak Police Department and it is not acceptable. The supervisor has been disciplined and every Royal Oak police supervisor has received additional training in procedural justice." Restaurant manager speaks outThe manager of the Inn Season Cafe, who is seen advocating for Myers in the video, spoke to Local 4.