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    https://www.wlwt.com/article/hamilto...-says/33322662

    A Hamilton County sheriff's deputy was fired Wednesday morning after he was charged with assault for kicking an inmate in the head while in custody.

    Sheriff Jim Neil said Sgt. Jesse Franklin has been terminated from the sheriff's office after an investigation revealed he used excessive force by kicking inmate Nick Ballachino in the head while handcuffed.

    Jesse Franklin finds himself on the other side of the law after 13 years at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

    The former sergeant is captured on camera kicking an inmate who is handcuffed.

    Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said the incident took place June 9 at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

    Deters said Ballachino was arrested by Cincinnati police for disorderly conduct while intoxicated and obstructing official business. He was then taken to the justice center for processing.

    When Ballachino arrived at the justice center, he started to get combative with the officers trying to process him, Deters said. While officers were trying to subdue him, Ballachino bit Franklin’s left foot.

    Franklin then immediately kicked Ballachino one time in the head. Franklin was wearing work boots at the time, Deters said.

    Ballachino's attorney, Fanon Rucker, is thankful there was video evidence.

    "Unless there's video. Unless there's audio. Unless there's a confession by someone involved, most of the time it's either not believed or it doesn't get the same credibility that it would if we do have a camera," Rucker said.

    Ballachino was taken to University Hospital where he was treated and released back to the justice center. He suffered a cut above his left eye which required five stitches.

    Rucker spoke with his client following Franklin's firing.

    "He was satisfied by that outcome, but you know, we have a long way to go. He's in treatment for his injuries," said Rucker.

    Rucker applauded the speedy response from the sheriff's office.

    He related this case to protests across the country against police brutality, saying the work is not done.

    "This is one half of the step that we think is important, but the other half is to ensure that this person, based on what he did very clearly on camera, that he not be allowed to work in law enforcement again," said Rucker.

    Franklin is charged with one count of assault (ORC ?2903.13 (A) Misdemeanor 1). The case will be transferred to the City of Cincinnati as they prosecute all misdemeanors that occur in the city limits. If convicted, Franklin faces up to six months in the justice center.

    “Not everyone has the temperament to be a police officer. In this case, and as I have throughout my career, when I see criminal violations, I will pursue them according to the law. Maintaining a professional, 21st century police force is expensive to society but pays for itself many times over. Actions like this are a harsh reminder that resources must be dedicated to recruiting the right kind of officers and ensuring that they have the proper equipment, knowledge, training and temperament to do the job that citizens want and expect,” Deters said.

    Rucker said he is still waiting to hear from the prosecutor's office about his request to charge Franklin with a civil rights violation.

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    https://ktla.com/news/local-news/lap...2-in-palmdale/

    A Los Angeles Police Department officer has been charged in connection with a 2018 DUI crash that injured two people in Palmdale, officials announced Friday.

    Michael Anthony Keith, 35, faces one count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a .08% blood alcohol content causing injury, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

    The crash occurred on April 26, 2018, when Keith was driving north on the 14 Freeway. He allegedly veered off the road and crashed into a parked SUV with two people inside, officials said.

    The victims were taken to a hospital and treated for unknown injuries.

    Keith was off-duty at the time of the crash and it is unknown if he was injured.

    The case against Keith was filed on Thursday and he is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

    If convicted as charged, he could face a maximum sentence of nine years in prison, according to the DA’s office.

    The case remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

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    https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/tw...-traffic-stop/

    VELDA CITY, Mo. – The St. Louis County Prosecutor announced charges against two Velda City police officers for a February 25 shooting.

    The two officers, Christopher Gage and Matthew Schanz, are charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

    St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell says the officers pulled the vehicle over for expired temporary tags. The traffic stop was at Octavia Avenue and W. Florissant in Flordell Hills.

    Bell says the two officers say they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car. One officer said he intended to search the car without probable cause and would arrest the driver if he found any marijuana.

    Bell said the driver then drove off. One of the officers is accused of falsely reporting over the radio that the driver tried to run him over.

    Bell said the driver turned around at the end of the road because it was a dead end. He explained that as the driver came back down the road, the two officers were not in the road, but standing in a parking lot.

    Bell says one officer walked into the path of the car, yelling down the road for the car to stop and then fired into the vehicle. The other officer is also accused of firing at the vehicle.

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    https://bakersfieldnow.com/news/loca...sexual-offense

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer announced today that charges have been filed against Brian Pardue, an officer with the California Highway Patrol in the Bakersfield area.

    Brian Pardue is charged with two counts:

    Count 1: Penal Code Section 288.3: Attempt to contact a minor with intent to commit sexual offense, a felony
    Count 2: Penal Code Section 288.4(a)(1): Arrangement of meeting with a person believed to be a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense, a misdemeanor.

    The charges are alleged to have occurred on July 3, 2020, and involve digital communications with an undercover law enforcement officer who identified in the communications as an underage minor.

    Pardue was arraigned on the charges on Friday, July 24, where his attorney entered not guilty pleas on his behalf. Pardue has posted bail in the amount of $52,500, and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for September 16, 2020.

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    https://www.kitv.com/story/42379954/...ury-indictment

    A retired police detective from Hilo was arrested Thursday after he was indicted by a grand jury on multiple charges.

    56-year-old Brian Miller turned himself in at the East Hawai'i Detention Facility following a grand jury indictment, which stemmed from a May 14 incident in Hilo.

    The indictment alleges Miller is guilty of intimidating a witness, tampering with a witness, retaliating against a witness, terroristic threatening in the second degree and harassment.

    Miller was released after posting $50,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for next Tuesday in Kona Circuit Court.
    A Hawaii Police officer is accused of Police corruption.

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    https://ktla.com/news/local-news/swa...-deadly-force/

    After assessing the hilly terrain around a Sunland house where a homeless man had holed up one morning in May 2017, the Los Angeles Police Department’s heavily armed SWAT team requested more firepower — and got it in the form of a helicopter equipped for “aerial shooting,” dubbed “Sniper-1.”

    By the time they’d left the scene hours later, the team had fired more than 40 rounds at 29-year-old Anthony Soderberg, including more than a dozen from the helicopter — a first in LAPD history. Many of the rounds were fired from hundreds of feet away, and many came after a bloodied and unarmed Soderberg had exited the home, rolled off the edge of a patio and dropped into a ravine, where he’d later be pronounced dead.

    The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled that the officers had opened fire when they were not in imminent danger or when they were too far away to determine if a threat existed. Of 13 officers investigated, the commission ruled that 12 had used deadly force in a way that “was not objectively reasonable and was out of policy.”

    It was one of three incidents that a SWAT officer reported to LAPD internal affairs early last year as part of a whistleblower complaint about the elite unit.

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