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    His death became a spark, setting off anger that spread quickly, extending into big cities and small towns, red states and blue. Protests and unrest — mostly peaceful, sometimes violent and destructive — expanded into dozens of cities, taking aim at not just policing tactics but also broader racial inequities embedded in American life.

    Floyd’s death was “one event in a continuous system of oppression,” said the Rev. Graylan Hagler of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in the District. “We know some names now, but there are thousands of those we do not know.”

    Hagler, who has been organizing protests and talking to activists, said the emergence of video footage showing controversial police encounters has been pivotal in transforming the national conversation.

    Recordings from across the country showing some of these moments have gone viral again and again since 2015, documenting deadly encounters on city streets and during traffic stops filmed by police cameras and bystanders alike.

    “White Americans generally thought police to [be] friendly protectors and . . . generally looked at stories of police misconduct cynically, and all of a sudden they have to come face-to-face with the myth that they have been living with,” Hagler said.

    'The past-due notice for unpaid debts'

    The nationwide frustration with police has exploded amid a pandemic that has taken a particularly brutal toll on black Americans. It also has emerged following a spate of incidents again highlighting issues involving race and justice in America — including the death of Breonna Taylor, an aspiring nurse in Louisville killed by police serving a no-knock warrant who shot her eight times in her home; the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a black jogger chased down and shot to death in Georgia; and the viral video of a white woman wielding the police as a threat against a black birdwatcher during a confrontation in Central Park.

    After Floyd’s death, these incidents and other tensions already enveloping America unleashed pent-up anger, fear and pain.

    “This is generational, what we’re seeing on the streets of America,” said Phillip Atiba Goff, co-founder and CEO of the Center for Policing Equity and a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “This is the past-due notice for the unpaid debts this country owes black America. And as always, law enforcement is just the spark, right?”

    Fatal police shootings are relatively rare events in a country where nearly 40,000 people die from firearms each year. Hundreds of thousands of police officers work in America, most of whom will never fire their guns on duty.

    When fatal shootings occur, police officials often contend that officers, facing mortal threats, had to make split-second decisions to protect themselves and others. Police patrol a country with almost as many guns as people, and they never know if the next traffic stop, 911 call, or search warrant will be the one in which someone comes out shooting.

    Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said he would rather his officers never have to use deadly force.

    “But last year, I had officers in eight instances that were shot at,” he said. “So those are difficult circumstances in which to ask an officer to not defend himself. In fact, they’re not difficult. They’re impossible.”

    Since 2015, 70 percent of the 5,400 people fatally shot by police were armed with a knife or a gun, according to The Post’s database. More than 3,000 of them had guns.

    White people, who account for 60 percent of the American population, made up 45 percent of those shot and killed by police. Black people make up 13 percent of the population but account for 23 percent of those shot and killed by police. Hispanic people, who account for about 18 percent of the population, make up 16 percent of the people killed. For 9 percent of people, The Post was unable to determine their race.

    The Post started tracking fatal shootings by on-duty police officers after a Ferguson police officer killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, during an altercation after a convenience store reported a robbery in August 2014. That shooting set off demonstrations and sparked calls for reform.

    Amid the turmoil, nobody could answer a simple question: How often do police shoot and kill someone? No one knew for sure, because no government agency kept a comprehensive count.

    When The Post began tracking these shootings, it became clear that police were shooting and killing people about twice as often as numbers reported by the FBI, which collected voluntary reports from police departments. The Post’s database, which is regularly updated, relies on a collection of news media accounts, social media posts and police reports.
    In 2015, the first year The Post tallied these numbers, officers killed 94 unarmed people, the largest group among them black men: 38.

    The following year saw a large drop in the number of unarmed shootings, declining to 51, with 22 of those killed being white and 19 black. The number has remained relatively steady each year since. In 2019, 55 unarmed people were shot and killed by police, with white people accounting for 25 of them, while 14 of them were black.

    Some numbers in the Post database have increased recently after additional research was conducted into shootings where categorization data had been unknown. For example, shootings of unarmed black people in 2019 increased from nine to 14.

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    Part 3

    'This is without question a murder'

    The cycle kept repeating. A shooting or other deadly encounter with police would propel the issue back into the news. Graphic video of it would go viral. People would mobilize and march. Again and again, activists called for the justice system to punish those involved.

    Sometimes the flash points for demonstrations have not involved police officers — such as the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager shot to death in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer who had followed him, an incident that helped fuel the Black Lives Matter movement.

    In most cases, the protests, marches, pleas and painful moments followed an incident involving a person with a badge captured on video.

    Five years after Eric Garner died, resolution remained elusive

    It happened in November 2014 in Cleveland, where a police officer shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice. A 911 caller reported a boy playing with a gun that was presumed fake — information that never made it to the officers who responded. A grand jury declined to charge the officer.

    Two days before that shooting, a grand jury made the same decision about Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.

    After Ferguson, some prosecutors moved quickly to charge officers, though those have been the exceptions.

    Michael Slager, a white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was recorded in 2015 firing bullets into the back of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man fleeing after a traffic stop.

    The officer said he feared for his life. He was charged with murder. The jury deadlocked. Slager wound up pleading guilty later to a federal civil rights charge.

    Not long after Slager was arrested, another video came out. This one showed Ray Tensing, a white University of Cincinnati police officer, shooting Samuel DuBose, an unarmed man black man, during a traffic stop.

    Joe Deters, the Hamilton County prosecutor, said his office had reviewed more than 100 shootings by police and it was the first where staff members concluded, “This is without question a murder.”

    Juries deadlocked twice. Deters decided against seeking a third trial.

    Even when officers are prosecuted, convictions are difficult to obtain, according to Philip M. Stinson, a criminologist at Bowling Green State University in Ohio who tracks such cases.

    Since 2005, 110 nonfederal law enforcement officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter for shooting someone on duty, Stinson’s records show. From those ranks, 42 officers were convicted of a crime — often a lesser offense — while 50 were not, their cases usually ending with acquittals or dismissals. More than a dozen cases are pending, according to Stinson.

    One of the convictions happened in Chicago in 2018. Officer Jason Van Dyke had shot and killed Laquan McDonald, a black 17-year-old, four years earlier. When video footage eventually came out, it showed the teenager moving away when the officer started shooting. The day the video became public, Van Dyke was arrested and charged with murder. Demonstrators took to the streets.

    The Chicago police superintendent was forced out, the prosecutor who waited to charge the officer lost her reelection bid, and the Justice Department investigated and assailed the police department for its use of excessive force. Van Dyke was sentenced last year to more than six years behind bars.

    The more typical outcome is what happened in Minnesota and Louisiana after two police shootings on back-to-back days in 2016.

    On July 5, 2016, police in Baton Rouge shot and killed Alton Sterling, who had a loaded gun in his pocket. The next day, a police officer in the suburbs outside St. Paul and Minneapolis shot and killed Philando Castile, who was licensed to carry a gun and told the officer he had one in the car.

    Local and federal authorities later declined to charge the Baton Rouge officers. Prosecutors in Minnesota charged Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who killed Castile. He was acquitted.

    Video footage from both cases quickly spread online and sent shock waves across the country. Marches and rallies spread from city to city, presaging the demonstrations that followed Floyd’s death.

    In Dallas, one of the peaceful protests was suddenly riven by bloodshed: A gunman, who police said was angry about the recent police shootings, opened fire on officers, killing five. Less than two weeks later, a man who had called for violence against police killed three more officers in Baton Rouge. Police killed both attackers.

    Policing has gotten safer in recent decades, with line-of-duty deaths dropping, records show. But police patrol a country with nearly one gun for every person, and recent studies from professors at Harvard and Carnegie Mellon universities have found that areas with higher rates of gun ownership have higher rates of police shootings.

    “The overwhelming majority of those shooting situations are . . . both lawful and within policy and are situations that we hope that we can minimize and avoid,” said Stephens, the former Charlotte police chief, who also used to lead the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

    'No national standards'

    The outcries and criticism have led to reforms.

    Some departments have issued new use-of-force policies, vowed to outfit officers with body cameras and added training to address implicit bias. After Stephon Clark was shot and killed by Sacramento officers in 2018, California adopted stricter rules for use of force.

    But the momentum stalled. Some departments decided to drop or postpone their body-camera programs, concluding it was too costly to store the data.

    The thousands of police departments nationwide each have their own policies covering everything from how officers use force to whether they can wear nose rings on duty.

    Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, which works with law enforcement officials, said there are “no national standards” regarding training or use of force.

    “There is a need for some kind of national approach to retraining police,” Wexler said.

    In Minneapolis, the police had been making reforms long before Floyd’s killing in the custody of its officers.

    The city was one of the program sites for an initiative meant to tackle mistrust of police in minority communities. Officers underwent training and education aimed at addressing implicit bias.

    “Minneapolis put in a lot of work,” said Jesse Jannetta, a senior policy fellow at the Urban Institute, which evaluated the work. “They did the intervention. They did, and that was not sufficient to prevent George Floyd from losing his life.”

    Minneapolis police shot and killed Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man, in November 2015. An officer said Clark was grabbing his gun. His death prompted demonstrators to occupy the area near the department’s 4th Precinct for 18 days. Some witnesses had said Clark was handcuffed when shot, which authorities denied. Prosecutors cleared the officers involved.

    The extended demonstration near the police precinct was itself targeted by gunfire. Five protesters were shot by a white man authorities later said was fueled by racial animosity. He was sentenced to 15 years behind bars.

    In 2017, the Minneapolis police were the subject of international criticism for another shooting. An Australian woman named Justine Damond, who was white, had called the Minneapolis police to report a possible sexual assault near her home. When police responded and she approached their car, one of the officers fired through the open car window, killing her.

    The officer, Mohamed Noor, was charged with murder. He was convicted last year and sentenced to more than 12 years in prison. That case spurred additional unease among critics of the criminal justice system.

    “Many saw that as kind of a mixed bag in terms of what it implied about the potential of the legal system of Minneapolis to create justice of accountability,” said Michelle Phelps, an associate sociology professor at the University of Minnesota. “Here’s the first officer who gets a real conviction in recent memory and it’s a Somali officer and a white victim.”

    Fatal shootings by police drifted out of the public spotlight after President Trump’s election in 2016. What had dominated headlines day after day now took a back seat to other news.

    The Post’s database relies significantly on reporting from local media outlets on shootings in their own communities. The amount of reporting done on individual shootings has declined, probably a victim of the continued cuts by local media outlets.

    But fatal shootings by police have not slowed — even though the pandemic closed businesses, shuttered schools and effectively shut down much of American life for weeks on end. In May 2019, police shot and killed 74 people. In May of this year, police shot and killed 109 people.

    Another consistent statistic from The Post’s examination is the number of people killed by police while in mental distress. About 1 in 4 had some mental-health issues.

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    One explanation for the overall consistency in the number of fatal shootings — and the inability of reforms in individual departments to make much of a dent — comes from probability theory, which suggests that the number of rare events in huge populations will achieve stability absent larger societal changes.

    Moore, the Los Angeles police chief, said police need to hear the public’s frustrations about shootings. His department has had more fatal shootings than any other in The Post’s database — 79 overall. Moore said significant time and money has been invested in training officers to de-escalate standoffs and emphasizing the sanctity of life in public interactions.

    The number of fatal shootings by his department has declined annually, from 21 in 2015 to 11 in 2019, according to The Post’s data.

    “It makes me frustrated because there will be a tendency to think nothing has changed, when I know so many instances of police chiefs that have told me that six months ago we would have shot that guy, and we didn’t because of the training that they’ve received,” Wexler said.

    Advocates of police reform said part of the problem is the lack of a full, nationwide accounting of police use of force.

    Government officials pledged years ago to start collecting more data on the use of force, but that effort has not produced any better awareness.

    After The Post demonstrated a dramatic undercount by the FBI of fatal police shootings, the bureau’s then-director, James B. Comey, called the lack of federal data “embarrassing and ridiculous.”

    An FBI policy board recommended that the agency track fatal and nonfatal shootings. The new effort was soon widened to catalogue all use-of-force incidents that result in serious bodily harm or death.

    That data collection only began in earnest in January 2019. The program also suffers from some of the same shortfalls as the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program — chiefly that participation is voluntary. So far, only 40 percent of the 18,000 police departments nationwide submit data on police use-of-force incidents, according to the FBI.

    No nationwide data on use of force

    Fatal shootings by police are a limited metric for answering larger questions about how police use their powers, experts said. Whether a shooting is fatal may depend entirely on a few centimeters in the trajectory of a bullet.

    No nationwide data exists on how often police shoot and wound someone, or how often they fire and miss. And no comprehensive national data exists on how other kinds of force — such as chokeholds or the use of batons or stun guns — are used.

    “The fatalities is a very good measure of some things, but doesn’t include the kinds of events and activities that we’re seeing all over the country that normally don’t lead to death,” said Alpert, the criminology professor. “Unless there’s an injury or unless there’s a complaint that gets traction, either we don’t know, or it doesn’t matter.”

    Floyd’s death is a prime example of that, Alpert said.

    “If this were to happen and he hadn’t died, you’d read the report: ‘He was resisting, we had to control him,’ ” Alpert said. “ ‘We use our trained tactic . . . and he was taken to jail.’ End of story, no one would know, no one would care.”

    Jane? Harteau, the ex-Minneapolis police chief ousted after Damond’s death, said watching the Floyd footage “makes me question what could we have missed” in other instances involving police that were not captured on video.

    During the current wave of protests, police have been filmed again and again using force against people.

    “We’re in the middle of an international pandemic,” said Goff, the professor. “People are risking their lives to have their voice heard.”

    Dominic Archibald, a retired Army colonel whose son was killed by a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy in Barstow, Calif., said she hopes the outcome of the current wave of demonstrations will be different.

    “What bothers a lot of families . . . unless something is sensationalized, perhaps in the media largely, we’re just fighting the battle alone,” Archibald said.

    Her son, 29-year-old Nathaniel Harris Pickett Jr., was shot and killed in 2015 after an altercation with the deputy. He was unarmed. In 2018, a jury in a federal civil rights trial awarded his family $33.5 million over the killing. Authorities concluded the shooting was justified. The deputy faced no charges. The sheriff’s department did not respond to a request for comment.

    “No action has been taken,” she said. “They haven’t even pretended as if they are considering action. Have I given that up? No. I have not given up pressing this. But I shouldn’t have to.”

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    The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office has filed a single felony charge against a Los Angeles Police Department officer accused of repeatedly punching a man.

    LAPD Officer Frank A. Hernandez was recorded on cellphone and body camera video repeatedly punching the 28-year-old man in an April incident.

    Hernandez is accused of one count of "assault by a public officer."

    Hernandez and his partner responded to a vacant lot April 27 after a report of a trespasser.

    While detaining the unarmed man, Hernandez was accused of repeatedly punching him in the head, neck and body, according to a statement from the LA County District Attorney's office.

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    He faces a maximum possible sentence of three years in county jail if convicted as charged. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

    "This is a disturbing case of the illegal use of force at the hands of a police officer," District Attorney Lacey said. "In this case, we believe the force was neither legally necessary nor reasonable."

    The man who was punched, Richard Castillo, has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles, alleging he was the victim of excessive force.

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    Discussing nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, a white Tulsa Police Department major said Monday systemic racism in policing "just doesn't exist."

    Speaking to talk radio host Pat Campbell on his podcast, TPD Maj. Travis Yates also suggested that, according to his interpretation of crime data, police should actually be shooting black Americans more frequently.

    "You get this meme of, 'Blacks are shot two times, two and a half times more,' and everybody just goes, 'Oh, yeah,'" Yates said. "They're not making sense here. You have to come into contact with law enforcement for that to occur.

    "If a certain group is committing more crimes, more violent crimes, and law enforcement's having to come into more contact with them, that number is going to be higher. Who in the world in their right mind would think that our shootings should be right along the U.S. Census lines? That's insanity.

    "All of the research says we're shooting African-Americans about 24% less than we probably ought to be, based on the crimes being committed."

    Yates expressed displeasure with the largely peaceful protests that have been taking place in big cities and small towns all over the country since Floyd's killing on May 25.

    "The officer was arrested the next day. They were prosecuted, they were fired. What are you doing? What do you mean, 'justice?' Justice at this point has been done," Yates said. "Well, then it turned into systematic racism, systematic police brutality.

    "This is what they're trying to say that all these changes need to come from: this is why we're protesting, this is why we're rioting. Because of systematic abuse of power and racism. That just doesn't exist."

    Without evidence, Yates alleged that journalists and a group he declined to name have financial interests in lying about policing.

    "Because of this money, because of the marketing, because of the slick steps they've done, they've made regular Americans believe that cops are just hunting blacks down the street and killing them," he said. "It is so mind-boggling to me, that it is so over-the-top. It's not happening, but everyone believes that it is happening."

    Yates is no stranger to racial controversy. In 2016, he faced criticism for an essay in which he declared American police were "at war" and implied Black Lives Matter activists should not be allowed to visit the White House, a move that led TPD's then-chief, Chuck Jordan, to transfer Yates and express vocal disapproval and the group We The People Oklahoma to call for his resignation.

    In another 2016 essay, titled "Follow Commands or Die," he assigned blame for police violence onto its victims, writing, "Would we even know where Ferguson was if Michael Brown would have simply got out of the street like the officer had asked him to do?"

    In 2018, he suggested in an open letter to Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum that any disproportionate policing in Tulsa's black neighborhoods was a result of "fatherless homes" and allegations of racism in policing are "dangerous" and a "great scam."

    TPD Capt. Richard Meulenberg said Tuesday afternoon Chief Wendell Franklin was not yet aware of Yates' remarks on the show, and Franklin would determine whether TPD condones what Yates said.

    "Everybody's got a right to their opinion. Obviously, he being a major with the Tulsa Police Department, it carries some weight that he has his opinion, and we'll have to just kind of go through this. I mean, I can't speak upon the thing that he talked about here because I don't have the data. I can't refute or substantiate what it is that he said here," Meulenberg said.

    Meulenberg said under TPD policy, Yates, a division commander, had latitude to communicate with the public in various forms, including through a radio show or podcast.

    "Is he speaking for himself? Or is he speaking for the department? The way I interpret what he has said is that he is speaking for himself," Meulenberg said.

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    A mix-up on a call for help by police led to a business owner being punched in the face.

    The officers claim they believed the business owner was the suspect, WAFF-TV reported.

    It happened during a reported robbery March 15.

    The owner of the liquor store, Kevin Penn, said he was trying to get help from police.

    Newly released body cam video showed what happened when officers first arrived.

    One of the officers can be seen punching Penn, the TV station reported.

    "It was a mistaken identity they didn't know who the owner was versus the suspect," Police Chief Nate Allen said.

    Part of the issue stemmed from Penn having a gun and reloading a magazine, according to Allen.

    Penn needed surgery on his broken jaw and teeth.

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    Compton city officials on Wednesday called for the removal of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies who beat a 24-year-old resident in a violent caught-on-video arrest.

    The man, Dalvin Price, was lying on the ground as two deputies held him down. One deputy used his knees to restrain the young man while appearing to punch him as another deputy joins and starts kicking him, the viral May 31 video showed.

    One person is heard yelling at Price to get on the ground. He’s heard yelling back that he is on the ground as they pummel him.

    “I was kicked, my head was banged on the floor, nonstop, repeatedly, after I told them that I wasn’t resisting,” Price said. “They treated me like I was type of animal, like I wasn’t a human being.”

    The arrest sparked calls from Compton Mayor Aja Brown for answers from the Sheriff’s Department, which the city contracts for $22 million.

    “Isn’t this America? Don’t black and brown people have the right to due process? This is someone’s loved one. A human being. What if this was your child?”

    The arrest took place amid massive police brutality protests throughout the county that at times were accompanied by looting and clashes with officers. Sheriff Alex Villanueva has said Price was believed to be part of a group looting at a CVS pharmacy, but that the incident remains under investigation.

    “I don’t know where Devon was going or coming from. The fact is, it doesn’t even matter,” Brown said at a news conference. “He has not been charged with a crime. He has not come before a judge, nor has been sentenced for a crime. No officer has the right to render the justice site-on-hand.”

    The mayor also called for equal treatment of Compton residents, nearly 30% of whom are black.

    “We demand the same treatment that deputies provide to the residents of Malibu, Palos Verdes and other communities,” Brown said. “And according to the size of our sheriff’s contract, they have 22 million reasons to do so.”

    The woman who caught Price’s arrest on video said she has been harassed because of it.

    “Since I pressed that record button, it’s like my life has been turned upside down,” Asia Hall said. “I’m getting harassed, my son has been pulled over, me and my family are afraid to leave our home.”

    Civil rights attorney Jamon Hicks demanded that the Sheriff’s Department drop any charges against Price and instead charge and fire the deputies seen beating him on video.

    “Sadly, we’re here again,” he said. “Sadly, we’re dealing with the same discussions that we’ve been dealing with for years about police brutality.”

    Compton City Attorney Damon Brown said the city sent a letter to the Sheriff’s Department, demanding that it removes the involved deputies from the Compton station and replace them with “officers who would treat our residents with self respect and dignity that they deserve.”

    “And to this letter, we have received no response,” he said.

    The Compton City Council is considering the creation of a law enforcement review board to allow residents to lodge complaints against the Sheriff’s Department.

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A teenage couple is taking action against the Lexington police department saying they are victims of police brutality.

    18-year-old Gage Slone says he went to Chase Bank on Richmond Road to redeem savings bonds he received as a graduation gift from his grandmother.

    Lexington police say they were called to the bank because they were investigating another individual cashing fraudulent savings bonds at different branches around town.

    Slone says he was aggressively taken outside and was never given an explanation as to what was happening, despite asking.

    “Police discipline is shrouded in secrecy, you just don’t know what happens. We want to get them to agree to maintain transparency and then obviously, tell us the names of who these people are,” said Attorney Scott White.

    White and his clients are requesting the names of the officers involved and the body camera footage of the incident.

    Lexington police say the department is reviewing the actions of the officers. The department says it will release body camera footage and dispatch audio to the public.

    “Our Public Integrity Unit immediately opened an investigation into this case once the complaint was received. The process of interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence is well underway. Kentucky State Police have been contacted in reference to one of their Troopers being at the scene. There are some unanswered questions, and some issues to resolve. We expect professionalism from all of our police officers. We expect them to follow professional standards. We expect the investigative process to get to the truth.”
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    On Friday, Lexington police released audio of the 911 call from Chase Bank, dispatch audio, and body-worn camera video files have been placed in a folder on the Lexington Police Department’s Google Drive, accessible via this link:

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    A police commander in Oklahoma is "under review" after he said that officers are shooting African Americans "less than we probably ought to be" during a local radio interview.

    The Tulsa Police Department denounced the comments made by Major Travis Yates, who is white, and Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum called Yates' comments "dumb" and demanded an apology in a Facebook statement.

    "Chief Wendell Franklin and the Tulsa Police Department want to make it very clear we do not endorse, condone or support Yates’ comments made on the show," the department said in a Facebook post on Wednesday, adding "This matter has been referred to our Internal Affairs Unit."

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    "He does not speak for my administration, for the Tulsa Police Department, or the City of Tulsa," Bynum said.

    Yates made his comments during a segment called "Behind the Blue Line" on The Pat Campbell Show, which airs on local AM radio station KFAQ. He also contended that systemic racism in policing “just doesn’t exist.”

    During the interview, Yates said advocates against police brutality have "made regular Americans believe that cops are just hunting blacks down in the street and killing them. And it’s completely the opposite of what the research says and what the data says.”

    “All the research said — including Roland Fryer, an African American Harvard professor, Heather MacDonald and the National Academy of Sciences — all of their research says we’re shooting African Americans about 24% less than we probably ought to be based on the crimes being committed," Yates said.

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    Yates also referenced The Washington Post's real-time database, which has tracked fatal shootings by police officers since 2015, and said the data showed that a lesser percentage of police shootings have involved unarmed black Americans than unarmed white Americans.

    While the data shows that white people make up half of the shootings by police, black Americans are killed by police at a disproportionate rate, The Washington Post reported. According to the latest census data, white Americans make up 76.5% of the U.S. population, while black Americans make up 13.4%.

    That means black people are 2.5 times more likely to be shot and killed by police than white people, The Post reported.

    In an interview with Tulsa's ABC affiliate on Wednesday, Yates said he was referencing research and not sharing his opinion.

    When asked if he believed black Americans weren't being shot enough, Yates responded, “That is absolutely nuts. I’m amazed that anybody would even ponder that. That’s crazy. I was citing data, that said they’re underrepresented in that data. And so, I don’t want anybody to be shot. Nobody does, but the data that most people are believing, there is alternative data out there and that’s the data I was citing.”

    He told the TV station he wouldn't apologize "because what I said was accurate based on the data."

    Yates' comments come amid ongoing nationwide demonstrations against racial inequality and police brutality following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day.

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    Lt. Marcus Harper, also president of Tulsa’s Black Officers Coalition, expressed concern with Yates' comments, especially given his position "of power" in the agency.

    "His attitude is going to go downhill to that young, brand-new officer or that officer in field training right now," Harper said at a Wednesday press conference.

    Tulsa police are also facing questions about another recent incident.

    The department this week released body-camera video footage of two officers arresting two black teens for jaywalking. The videos show the officers aggressively tackling one of the boys to the ground while the other boy asks: "Why are you putting your hands on him?"

    The nearly 20-minute videos show an officer remaining on top of the teenager who lied on his stomach even after being handcuffed.

    “Get off me! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” the teen shouted.

    “You can breathe just fine,” the officer replied. “You’re fine.”

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    NYPD officer under investigation for an Illegal Chokehold

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An arrest in Queens is causing outrage.

    The NYPD‘s Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating after an officer is seen on video possibly using an illegal chokehold, CBS2’S Cory James reported Sunday.

    Protesters were out in Rockaway Beach not long after that video was released.

    Sources told CBS2 the NYPD got reports of a man allegedly acting disorderly on the boardwalk at 113th Street at around 9 a.m. on Sunday.

    When officers from the 100th Precinct arrived on the scene they say they approached the man and he became combative and then resisted being taken into custody.

    Video shows a chaotic scene unfolding on the boardwalk. Several officers are seen on top of the man and one appears to have his arm wrapped around the man’s neck.

    Richard Talcott watched it unfold after he says officers showed up over loud music.

    “Next thing you know they are over there tackling this kid Ricky that I had just met,” Talcott said. “It’s just crazy, bro. Like, I don’t have no other ways to describe and I wouldn’t want anybody else’s to go through that and you can’t do anything besides record it like when you clearly see that’s wrong.”

    The man, who sources said is 35, has been identified by his attorney, Lori Zeno, as Ricky Bellevue. Zeno said it is clear the officer was performing a chokehold, which has been banned in New York.

    “He’s an idiot. That’s my reaction. He’s an idiot. And he’s a bad cop and he needs to go. He needs to get fired. And not only fired, he needs to get prosecuted,” Zeno said.

    Sources said that officer is David Afanador. Back in 2014, he was charged with assault for allegedly beating a teenaged drug suspect he was trying to arrest. But he was found not guilty at a bench trial in a Brooklyn court in 2016.

    In a statement, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said, “Accountability in policing is essential. After a swift investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau, a police officer involved in a disturbing apparent chokehold incident in Queens has been suspended without pay.

    “While a full investigation is still underway, there is no question in my mind that this immediate action is necessary. We are committed to transparency as this process continues,” he added.

    Bellevue’s attorney said he was taken to St. John’s Hospital, where he was treated for a laceration on his head and released. She also said he is facing two misdemeanors, for resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental justice, and a violation for disorderly conduct.

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    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The director of the Miami-Dade Police Department has announced his “intent to proceed with the termination” of the officer seen on video striking a woman at Miami International Airport.

    Officer Anthony Rodriguez was first relieved of duty while the department reviewed the footage made public by local filmmaker Billy Corben.

    Rodriguez was one of the responding officers called to the American Airlines desk on Tuesday, June 30th, due to a disturbance involving a passenger.

    The woman, identified as Paris S. Anderson, 21, was behind the rebooking counter and had been threatening employees, police said.

    Upon arrival, police said they observed Anderson yelling obscenities at American Airlines employees.

    The arrest report said an officer approached the rebooking counter and contacted Anderson. He then proceeded to walk the defendant away from the ticket counter in order to talk to Anderson.

    The service center supervisor, Jose Roman, advised police that Anderson arrived at the gate late for a flight to Chicago and was denied boarding.

    Anderson became upset when she was told that the next available flight would not be until the following day.

    Roman told police that Anderson went behind the rebooking counter to retrieve her boarding pass and when she was told that she wasn’t allowed to be there she began to threaten and curse the employees.

    Roman then told Anderson that she would not travel with American Airlines and that her fare would be reimbursed.

    The arrest report said Anderson became belligerent when she was told to gather her belongings and began to yell obscenities at which time she said, referring to Roman, “I should go over there and punch him in his face.”

    The report also said that Anderson was told again to gather her belongings so that she could be escorted. That was when Anderson aggressively approached the officer, identified as Rodriguez, “violating this officer’s personal space, bumped this officer with her body and struck this officer with her head on the chin while screaming, ‘What are you going to do.’ The officer immediately took a step back, struck Anderson on her left side of the face with an open hand.”

    Legal documents say Anderson was taken to the floor, where she was taken into custody.

    Police said Anderson was continuously yelling and turning back towards the officers as she was taken to the police car.

    Additionally, police said, that the arresting “officer felt spittle emanating from Ms. Anderson’s mouth. Ms. Anderson was not wearing a face covering as she continued to turn around and yell, additional spittle came into the direction of the officers.”

    The arrest report said the officer needed to forcibly grab her by the hair and keep her face pointing forward, in an effort to control her from continuing to spit in the area of the officers.

    The report goes on to say that Anderson began to spit all over the protective shield and the backseat of the patrol car.

    Miami-Dade Fire Rescue were called after Anderson complained of shortness of breath upon arrival at the police station, but Anderson refused treatment.

    Anderson was transported to the Turner Guilford Correctional Center.

    Now the focus has turned on Officer Rodriguez’s use of force, which Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez apologized for.

    “Look, when I first saw it, obviously it was uncalled for and I need apologize, we need to apologize to the lady that was struck by the officer. Miami-Dade County deeply apologizes for that,” said Mayor Gimenez. “The actions of the officer excessive use of force, cannot be condoned and swift action will be taken against this officer.”

    The president of the South Florida Police Benevolent Association said Rodriguez blames Anderson for being “very aggressive.”

    “Obviously, she was very aggressive. The officer takes a couple of steps back, she walks into him and walks into this face and does a diversionary strike and he takes her into custody. It was an open-handed slap. If it was a punch, I don’t believe she would have been standing,” said Steadman Stahl, president of South Florida Police Benevolent Association.

    Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo Ramirez said he “shocked and angered by a body cam video.” As a result, he ordered an investigation into Officer Rodriguez, while relieving him of duty.

    It took less than a day for Ramirez to decide to terminate Rodriguez’s employment with the department. He released the following statement:

    “As a result of an administrative investigation into the officer’s conduct during this incident; it is my intent to proceed with the termination of the involved officer’s employment with the Miami-Dade Police Department. The administrative process to proceed with termination has been initiated.

    “The MDPD holds itself accountable for its actions, and this is just another example of our commitment to do just that.”

    The state attorney’s office public corruption unit is on the case.

    “I am angered when I see abusive or improper conduct by a police officer,” said Miami-Dade State Attorney Kathy Fernandez Rundle.

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    SEATTLE — A coronavirus outbreak on Greek row at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus continues to grow.

    As of Thursday, at least 62 fraternity residents tested positive for COVID-19, according to the university. Four other students who do not live in the houses but were in close contact with residents also tested positive.

    The Interfraternity Council, which is a student-led governing board for UW fraternities, told UW at least 105 residents in 15 fraternities self-reported that they tested positive for the virus. However, UW says it is still verifying the status of those cases.

    UW first reported the cluster Tuesday saying that at least 38 students in 10 houses were infected.

    "This is concerning and reminds us that outbreaks can quickly spiral," Dr. Geoffrey Gottlieb, chair of the UW Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases, said Tuesday in a statement.

    Leaders from the fraternities told public health officials that students who tested positive were isolating in their rooms, and none were hospitalized.

    There are about 1,000 students living in 25 fraternities north of UW's Seattle campus, according to the university.

    According to Gottlieb, most of the university's Greek houses reduced resident capacity by up to 50% this summer in response to the pandemic, but Gottlieb said those actions weren't sufficient without other measures like wearing masks and social distancing.

    UW Medicine set up a testing facility on campus within walking distance of the Greek houses. Within the first day of the site being open, 430 students were tested, according to Lisa Bradenburg, president of UW Medicine Hospitals and Clinics.

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    ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – The day after State Attorney’s announced they are pressing charges against a former St. Johns County deputy for beating an unarmed man last year during an arrest, the victim’s attorney and his mother are speaking out about what they are calling a pattern of police brutality in St. Johns County.

    Attorney John Phillips points to mug shots of white men in their 20s who he said were each badly beaten during their arrest by St. Johns County deputies.

    Cell phone video recorded by a bystander showed St. Johns County Deputy Anthony Deleo beating and tasing Christopher Butler last December during an arrest along County Road 210. The two videos were recorded by a witness and given to Butler’s family.
    Butler, who was pulled over for driving erratically, was hit with a police baton 19 times and tased 10 times, according to Phillips and mother Teri Morgenstern. According to authorities, Butler would not cooperate during a traffic stop.

    “He had a broken nose they broke his shoulder his elbows his wrists and he has nerve damage where he can’t feel his thumb or forefinger in his dominant arm,” Morgenstern said

    Not only is Butler’s mother and lawyer asking people to come forward with more information about this case, Phillips said the beating is part of a dangerous pattern.

    ″It’s not just a Black issue, it’s a significant black issue, but some Sheriff’s Offices have gotten away with this and they are doing this to everybody,” Phillips said. “There are a lot of tough questions that we need to ask about why they have so many mugshots on their website and so many people calling us that fit the description of being a white male in their 20s that have significant bruising to their face.”

    Butler’s mother wants the other officers at the scene of her son’s beating charged with a crime as well.

    “Beating a human being with a metal baton 19 times, tasing him 10, kicking him in his face twice and for as long as the beating went on, that wasn’t an officer search trying to arrest someone, that was a beat down,” Morgenstern said.

    St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Chuck Mulligan said once a lawsuit is filed, the agency will respond appropriately.

    He also said all of the officers involved in the handling of Chris Butler’s case had been disciplined.

    DeLeo was fired from the Sheriff’s Office. The charges were sent to the State Attorney’s Office for review, and DeLeo surrendered to authorities Wednesday.
    St. Johns County, Florida Police officers are under investigation for brutality allegations.

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Relatives of a 20-year-old man accused of trying to steal a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office cruiser earlier this week told News4Jax on Friday that Nalory Paul is not a criminal but is mentally ill.

    Paul is in jail, charged with theft of a motor vehicle after investigators said he jumped into a police cruiser as a JSO officer assisted another officer with a traffic stop at Soutel Drive and Moncrief Road.

    That officer chased after Paul and fired a shot from his department-issued handgun, but didn’t hit anything. Paul was taken into custody after crashing the cruiser into some nearby trees.

    RELATED: JSO: Officer fires shot at man who stole his patrol car in Moncrief

    Paul’s aunt and father told News4Jax he was diagnosed last November with catatonia, which has been associated with schizophrenia. They said in the days leading up to this incident, he had been in the hospital due to his mental health condition.

    Photos taken of a younger Nalory Paul offer a glimpse into life before his diagnosis. His family said he graduated from Fletcher High School and described him as kind, reserved, hard-working, and loved by all. His aunt, Angie Paul, is still at a loss for words over his arrest.

    "We were all shocked," Angie Paul said. "For me, it was like a dream/nightmare because I knew he wouldn't do it if he was in his right mind."

    Angie Paul said due to her nephew’s condition, Nalory Paul lives with his parents and younger brothers. She said they make sure he completes simple daily tasks, like eating and taking a shower. But there are times when his condition causes him to act strangely.

    She shared one conversation she had with Paul’s father, who said his son, on at least one occasion, walked from his family’s home in Orange Park to another aunt’s house in San Pablo.

    "Does that sound normal to you? No," Angie Paul said. "Until his feet will just peel out, hurt."

    Angie Paul said the family has no idea what led Nalory Paul to travel to Northwest Jacksonville. They believe he was driving his sister’s black Honda Civic (pictured below). They said they still don’t know where it ended up.

    That officer chased after Paul and fired a shot from his department-issued handgun, but didn’t hit anything. Paul was taken into custody after crashing the cruiser into some nearby trees.

    RELATED: JSO: Officer fires shot at man who stole his patrol car in Moncrief

    Paul’s aunt and father told News4Jax he was diagnosed last November with catatonia, which has been associated with schizophrenia. They said in the days leading up to this incident, he had been in the hospital due to his mental health condition.

    Photos taken of a younger Nalory Paul offer a glimpse into life before his diagnosis. His family said he graduated from Fletcher High School and described him as kind, reserved, hard-working, and loved by all. His aunt, Angie Paul, is still at a loss for words over his arrest.

    "We were all shocked," Angie Paul said. "For me, it was like a dream/nightmare because I knew he wouldn't do it if he was in his right mind."

    Angie Paul said due to her nephew’s condition, Nalory Paul lives with his parents and younger brothers. She said they make sure he completes simple daily tasks, like eating and taking a shower. But there are times when his condition causes him to act strangely.

    She shared one conversation she had with Paul’s father, who said his son, on at least one occasion, walked from his family’s home in Orange Park to another aunt’s house in San Pablo.

    "Does that sound normal to you? No," Angie Paul said. "Until his feet will just peel out, hurt."

    Angie Paul said the family has no idea what led Nalory Paul to travel to Northwest Jacksonville. They believe he was driving his sister’s black Honda Civic (pictured below). They said they still don’t know where it ended up.

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    FREEPORT, N.Y. — The Nassau County district attorney is moving to dismiss charges against a Black man whose arrest in December sparked multiple investigations into alleged excessive force by police.

    District Attorney Madeline Singas announced Tuesday the charges pending against Akbar Rogers related to his Dec. 3 arrest in Freeport would be dropped.

    Bystander video showed Freeport police repeatedly punching Rogers and using a stun gun. They yelled for Rogers to stop resisting arrest. Rogers screamed for help and said he couldn't breathe.

    After viewing the video, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said she requested the district attorney to investigate.

    Singas said on Tuesday that she was “deeply troubled” by the video when she first watched it in December.

    Two separate investigations were launched, one led by an independent expert in police use of force, into whether police officers used excessive force during the arrest.

    “Dr. [Philip] Hayden found that the force used was consistent with the officers’ training, and departmental policies, making criminal charges against the officers unsustainable,” Singas said on Tuesday. “Nonetheless, the abusive language depicted in video of the incident, with an officer responding to Mr. Rogers’ assertion that he could not breathe with ‘f--k you,” and calling him a ‘piece of s--t’ is reprehensible and warrants discipline.”

    The incident has been referred to the Freeport Police Department for departmental disciplinary review, officials said.

    Police were arresting Rodgers on bench warrants related to traffic violations, according to the district attorney’s office. He was also wanted for the alleged physical harassment of a pregnant woman.

    He was initially charged with assault and resisting arrest following his Dec. 3 arrest, according to officials.

    “While an independent expert found the level of force used to be justified by law and policy, Mr. Rogers did not attempt to harm the police and the officer’s injury that formed the basis of the second-degree assault charge was not intentional," Singas said of her decision to dismiss the charges. "While there was probable cause to charge Mr. Rogers with resisting arrest because he dropped between two fences while running from officers, I have concluded based on the totality of the circumstances these charges should not be pursued."

    Rodgers will still be prosecuted for his alleged harassment of a pregnant woman in October, according to the district attorney’s office.

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    The Franklin County traffic ticket that caught the FBI?s attention didn?t exactly go through normal channels.

    After a deputy cited a prominent local businesswoman for leaving the scene of a minor crash, the ticket went to the courthouse as usual. But the woman complained, prompting the Sheriff?s Office to retrieve it pending additional review.

    Prosecutors eventually dismissed the ticket for lack of evidence. But the general public would never know it even existed because it was never entered into the Clerk of Court?s system.

    ?I don?t have anything,? said Clerk of Court Marcia Johnson. ?All I know is before we even stamped it in, one of my clerks said the Sheriff?s Department picked it up. It was never actually filed in my office.?

    The Sheriff's Office's handling of the ticket sparked interest from an FBI agent, who traveled Dec. 20 to Carrabelle to interview the deputy who issued it. The meeting escalated into a roadside confrontation and culminated with the agent handcuffed in the deputy's patrol car.

    Sheriff A.J. Smith and State Attorney Jack Campbell said the ticket wasn?t ?fixed,? though they acknowledged it went outside usual procedures. Campbell said the case should have been as transparent as any other.

    ?When we make mistakes ? if an officer writes a ticket that we later decide we shouldn?t have ? everybody should be able to see that,? Campbell said. ?When somebody?s been charged, we need to document it and explain why we?re changing direction so everyone can understand why we did what we did.?

    Jack Campbell, state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit.
    Campbell spoke with Smith about it, telling him the Sheriff?s Office should have let the ticket go through the courts, with prosecutors dismissing it if that?s what the evidence showed.

    ?That?s my recommendation,? Campbell said. ?After you all have written a ticket or made an arrest, let me know and we can address it. But don?t just do it by yourself.?

    Under Florida law, law enforcement officers must deposit original traffic citations with the court within five days of issuing them. Citations may be disposed of only by trial or other official action by a judge. Disposing of them otherwise, statutes say, ?is unlawful and official misconduct."

    Deputy didn't want to issue ticket
    It all began Dec. 3 when Marilyn Bean, a St. George Island real-estate agent, backed her Mercedes sedan into a Cadillac coupe outside the Dollar General in Eastpoint. After she drove off, the other driver, Byron Rainwater, called the Sheriff?s Office to complain, according to the crash report.

    He told responding Deputy Rolf Gordon a woman got out of her car and asked, ?Did I scratch it?? before driving away. Rainwater also said he wanted to press charges and produced the woman?s tag numbers.

    Bean later told Gordon she ?felt an impact? when she was backing up but ?wasn?t sure if she had hit something,? according to the report.

    ?Ms. Bean said she got out of the car and the other driver did not seem concerned so she left and did not think she was doing anything wrong,? the report says. ?Based on Ms. Bean?s statement to me, I do not believe that she intentionally left the scene of the traffic crash.?

    Gordon noted in his report that he found Bean at fault for the crash. But he didn't cite her for leaving the scene. That changed later in the day, after Lt. Jim Ward, the Sheriff's Office's full-time traffic enforcement officer, told Gordon to issue the ticket, Smith said.

    Bean was cited for leaving the scene, a second-degree misdemeanor requiring a court appearance. She later complained to Smith, an old friend and supporter, who ordered a major to review it. A deputy went to get the ticket pending the review, Smith said.

    At some point after that ? it?s unclear when ? investigators at the Sheriff?s Office contacted prosecutors, who conducted their own review at Campbell?s behest.

    In a Jan. 3 email, John Turner, an investigator with the State Attorney?s Office in Apalachicola, told prosecutors he spoke with Rainwater, who?d already gotten a repair estimate and a check from Bean for $1,600.

    ?Mr. Rainwater said he doesn?t feel Mrs. Bean deserves to be charged (and) he doesn?t want to press any criminal charges,? Turner wrote. ?Mr. Rainwater hasn?t suffered any financial loss from this incident.?

    'People just want a fair shake'
    On Jan. 8, prosecutors filed notice they would not proceed with the ticket because of a lack of probable cause. They noted the investigating officer did not believe Bean left the scene intentionally.

    Smith said Campbell told him the office's handling of the ticket fell into a legal ?grey area."

    "He said it's not a violation, but it is probably a better practice to just let the state attorney (dismiss) the case, which we ultimately did," he said.

    Smith added he hears from constituents daily and has a duty to respond to their concerns.

    "A lot of times it's just discretion," Smith said. "And if somebody feels like they didn't get a fair shake, they're going to call me and ask me to look into it. It's a small town sheriff. It's kind of like what our system is based on. People just want a fair shake."

    A Florida Deputy detains an FBI agent who was investigating corruption allegations.

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    Here is more on the FBI agent detained by Local Police in Florida.

    CARRABELLE — An FBI agent checking out a complaint about police corruption in rural northwest Florida ended up handcuffed in the back seat of a patrol car after running into deputies who doubted his true identity.

    The ordeal unfolded after Special Agent Alexis Hatten traveled from Panama City to the small town of Carrabelle to ask about a citation the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office gave to a prominent businesswoman but later pulled back from the courthouse.

    It escalated into a roadside confrontation — all caught on bodycam video — between Hatten and the deputies. During the six minutes Hatten spent locked in the cruiser, he cried out for cool air and demanded to be released.

    "I can't believe this is happening," the veteran FBI agent said. "You think this is funny, but it won't be funny after today."

    The hour-long incident, now under review by the FBI, happened Dec. 20 in a parking lot off U.S. Highway 98 in the coastal fishing community about 45 miles southwest of Tallahassee.

    Hatten hastily scheduled an interview with Deputy Rolf Gordon to talk about the ticket, which he'd issued a few weeks earlier. But the conversation went sideways after Gordon began to suspect Hatten wasn't really a federal agent.

    The agent’s vehicle tags didn't trace back to the government agency deputies expected. After a check of his driver's license, his name popped up on a terrorist watch list, according to bodycam footage and Sheriff A.J. Smith in a subsequent interview.

    The story, which has been making rounds in Franklin County political circles, came to light after the Tallahassee Democrat obtained the body cam footage, police reports and other documents through a public records request.

    The records exposed normally secretive movements of the FBI, whose recent public corruption investigations in North Florida have led to numerous guilty pleas from government officials, including former Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox.

    They also highlighted the FBI's interest in the Sheriff’s Office, though it’s unclear whether that goes beyond a mere traffic ticket. Smith, who's running for a second term, said his opponents likely complained to the FBI to score political points in an election year.

    "They must have told them there’s some kind of corruption or the sheriff is corrupt," he said. "That’s all I can figure. It’s certainly not true."

    Smith said he’s not aware of any broader federal probe involving his office. The FBI was characteristically tight-lipped, saying it could neither confirm nor deny an investigation.

    Incident raises 'blue on blue' concerns
    The tense standoff could have spiraled even further out of control, potentially putting officers in danger. At one point, after Gordon detained Hatten, the agent held his hands up in surrender and refused to put them down even after the deputy said he could.

    “I don’t want to be shot out here,” Hatten said.

    “I don’t want to be shot either,” Gordon replied.

    James Dooley, a retired New York City police captain and adjunct professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said the incident could have escalated into an unintentional act of "blue on blue" violence.

    “There could have been an emotional, visceral reaction by any of the parties,” he said. “There wasn’t, thank God. But any time you have a confrontation between a uniform officer and a plainclothes officer whose identity is not immediately established, there is a potential for a tragedy.”

    The FBI declined to comment in detail but acknowledged it is reviewing the incident.

    “The FBI remains committed to full coordination with all of our law enforcement partners,” a bureau spokesperson said, “and we will continue to work together with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to strengthen the relationship between our agencies and ensure the safety and security of this community.”

    ‘Something going on in Carrabelle’
    Agent Hatten went to Carrabelle to ask about a traffic ticket Gordon gave to a prominent local businesswoman for leaving the scene of a Dec. 3 crash. And while the FBI isn't known for its interest in traffic matters, the ticket in question wasn't handled ordinarily.

    After the ticketed driver complained to Sheriff Smith, he asked for an internal review. Deputies picked the ticket up from the courthouse before it could be logged into the Clerk of Court's system. The Sheriff's Office eventually handed it off to prosecutors, who dismissed it for lack of evidence.

    On the day of the incident, Hatten rang Gordon on his personal cell — something the deputy found odd — and identified himself as an FBI agent. He wanted to meet with Gordon to talk about “something going on in Carrabelle,” the deputy later wrote.
    At the meeting spot, Hatten flashed his FBI credentials and said he had spent the last 31 years investigating police corruption and civil rights violations. He said he wanted to talk about the traffic ticket.

    Gordon called his supervisor, Sgt. T.J. Carroll, to tell him what was going on. Carroll advised the interview would have to be rescheduled through the Sheriff’s Office.

    “(The agent's) demeanor appeared to change as if this agitated him,” Gordon said. “Mr. Hatten told me he wasn’t going to do that, he said he would have the U.S. attorney contact me directly to take care of this.”

    That’s when the deputy — convinced the mystery man may be a fraud after all — activated his body camera.

    ‘There’s something fishy with this’

    Hatten, visibly perturbed, identified himself again and asked Gordon to turn the camera off. But Gordon declined.

    “I don’t know how legitimate you are at the moment,” the deputy said.

    Gordon asked Hatten for his business card, but the agent said he doesn’t give them out.

    “I don’t believe this,” Gordon said over his radio. “There’s something fishy with this right here.”

    Hatten’s Ford Taurus came back to a business called Advanced Wiring Company in Jacksonville, a dispatcher said. Gordon asked Hatten whether he worked for the company. Hatten said curtly it was "a covert vehicle."

    But the agent wouldn't say how he got the deputy's personal cell phone or answer other questions, prompting the deputy to detain him.

    “I’m not cuffing you,” Gordon said. “But you’re being very uncooperative with me.”

    'You don't need to be a deputy'
    Hatten, outside the car with his hands up, asked Gordon to take his gun but then reversed himself, saying he didn't have permission to disarm him.

    The agent radioed FBI dispatch to report what was happening. Later, on the phone with a supervisor, he explained the situation had “escalated” after he came to talk to Gordon.

    “You’ve got to call the sheriff to let him know that his deputies have me stopped here and are holding me,” the agent said. “He’s going to ask why and you’re not going to be able to tell him.”

    Gordon, waiting for his supervisor to show up, told Hatten he never showed him his badge. Gordon pulled it out and asked the deputy to take it.

    “Do you not see a badge?” the agent asked. “Oh good Lord. Well you don’t need to be a deputy.”

    Nearly 20 minutes into the encounter, Gordon’s colleagues arrived at the scene with stunning news: Hatten's name came back "hot" on a terrorist watch list.

    “Seriously?” someone asked.

    “I swear to the Lord Jesus,” Detective Matt Coleman said.

    However, deputies later seemed to express confusion about the watch list. Carroll said one person advised Hatten's name was on the list and for law enforcement to "use extreme caution." But someone else told him "his name was completely different."

    Smith said Hatten's name was linked to the watch list after the Sheriff's Office ran his license through the state's Driver and Vehicle Information Database. He said he couldn't release a document showing Hatten on the list because it's exempt under public record laws.

    'I'm suffering in here'
    Carroll handcuffed Hatten with his hands behind his back and removed a semi-automatic Glock handgun from his hip holster.

    “Right now we’re running your name through multiple federal databases," Gordon said. "Nobody’s coming back with your name. You’re also coming back on a terror watch list. We’re going to secure you for your protection and ours.”

    They put him in the back of Gordon’s cruiser, its dark tinted windows rolled up. The agent started yelling for help a minute or two later.

    “I need air brother,” Hatten said. “I’m suffering in here.”

    "Alright, I'm turning it on now," Gordon said. "I've got the air on full blast."

    "No you don't brother," Hatten cried. "You're burning me up. Brother I need air. God almighty!"

    Moments later, an officer on the radio said he was on the phone with the agent’s supervisor.

    “He is legit," the officer said. "He's down here on official business."

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    'They've had me smoking in the back'
    Once Hatten was released, he repeatedly asked deputies to call 911, saying he needed medical attention. Deputies requested paramedics as he peeled off his sweater and radioed FBI dispatch.

    "Jacksonville, I need 911," he said. "I’ve asked for help. I’ve been in a car. They’ve had me smoking in the back.”

    The agent sank into the driver’s seat of his car and complained about vision problems, a common symptom of heat stroke.

    “I can’t see,” Hatten said. “I’ve lost my vision.”

    Emergency medical workers arrived and loaded him into an ambulance. Hatten asked to be taken to a hospital in Tallahassee. But officers weren't convinced he was hurt.

    “And the nominee for best actor ...” one officer quipped.

    Hatten said Gordon had the heat on in his car, but the deputy denied it. Gordon said he initially had the defroster set on cool but turned the air conditioner on full blast after the agent complained.

    It was 66 degrees outside at the time, Gordon noted in his report. Sheriff Smith, in an interview, said “nothing was wrong” with Hatten when he was discharged from the hospital later that day.

    The FBI, citing privacy concerns, declined to say whether Hatten was physically harmed. But the bureau suggested the sheriff may have overstepped in his assessment of the agent's condition.

    “It’s important to note that only a patient’s condition is known to that patient and the medical provider,” the FBI spokesperson said, “and only a patient can disclose that information.”

    'We need to have some training'
    In the hours after Hatten was released, FBI agents and brass descended on Apalachicola, meeting with Gordon and the sheriff to find out what happened and why. Gordon, in his report, said he answered their questions truthfully.

    Smith, who arrived at the scene moments before Hatten was released, defended the actions of his deputies. He said Gordon "erred on the side of caution."

    "With the information and knowledge that he had, I think he handled it appropriately," Smith said.

    Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith
    Dooley, the former NYPD officer, said he didn't believe deputies did anything wrong at the scene. He said trouble could have been avoided if the FBI agent arranged for an interview in an office setting. But he added he couldn't speak to the agency's investigative techniques in the Carrabelle inquiry.

    Smith said most of his deputies have never seen a name appear on a the terrorist watch list or encountered FBI agents in the field.

    “We don’t see them often in our county,” he said. “That’s one of the things that I talked about with the FBI. We need to have some training, and we need to know who their people are. And they agree."

    Larry Keefe, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Florida, declined to comment.

    The sheriff acknowledged his office didn’t have solid lines of communication with the FBI at the time of the incident. Now they do, he said.

    "We’re going to try to use this," Smith said, "to make both our agencies work together a lot better.”

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    WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — "I think he had a feeling I was with somebody and he just can't handle it," Melissa Khan said about her ex-husband Anwar Khan who is accused of assaulting Melissa and a male friend of hers.

    Anwar Khan, 48, is a 20 year veteran of the Warren Police Department, but he was off-duty at his home in Washington Township on July 4 when his 16-year-old daughter called 911.

    Melissa said she had been staying at her ex-husband's home for several days last week to visit their children.

    She told 7 Action News that Anwar had been granted custody of their three children, ages six, nine, and sixteen because she was in jail on an alcohol-related case and missed court hearings.

    Around 10:45 Saturday morning, Anwar Khan went outside and allegedly confronted his teenage daughter and her boyfriend who were sitting near a creek.

    The teen's boyfriend ran off but investigators said it's alleged that Anwar then began to assault Melissa's male friend who had been napping nearby.

    "He had a mission," Melissa said about her ex, and the moment her friend said he attacked him. "He was sleeping on his back, literally, on his back on the ground and he just started pummeling him in his face."

    Anwar allegedly threatened the man with his firearm before returning to the house where Melissa said she'd been sleeping.

    "(He) just ripped me out of my bed, screaming and told me he (expletive) my N-word boyfriend up," she said.

    That's when the couple's teenage daughter called 911.

    On Friday, Anwar Khan was arraigned on multiple charges including misdemeanor Domestic Violence and felony Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

    He was given a $10,000 personal bond and ordered to stay away from his daughter, his ex-wife and her friend.

    "He's not going anywhere," Khan's defense attorney John Dakmak told the judge during his client's arraignment. "We are fighting these allegations. We have had no discussions of a plea at this point. We're prepared to counter any evidence presented by the people in this case."

    Anwar Khan is now on unpaid leave with the Warren Police Department.

    Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said Officer Khan has an excellent work record and is entitled to due process.

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    After a video emerged over the weekend of a police officer kneeling on a man’s neck in Allentown, Pennsylvania, protesters have come out onto the streets demanding accountability.

    The 26 second video was posted to a local Black Lives Matter Twitter account on Saturday and was quickly shared widely.

    For some viewers, it evoked the footage of the death of George Floyd, who died in May after being restrained by four police officers, one of whom knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

    The Allentown police department had changed its rules earlier in July, in the wake of national protests against Floyd’s death, to disallow chokeholds and kneeling on someone’s neck as forms of restraint.

    In the video from Allentown, the unidentified man is heard shouting after the officer places a knee on his neck. People filming the video are heard to say “look, we don’t matter, bro,” “get off his neck” and “he can’t breathe.”

    A lawyer representing Floyd’s family, Ben Crump, shared the video on Twitter, adding: “This happened yesterday and is exactly what led to George Floyd’s death. We need this officer’s name and badge number NOW.”

    A group of protesters marched on a police precinct in Allentown on Saturday in response to the video, chanting Floyd’s name and “hands up, don’t shoot,” according to the Morning Call, a local newspaper.

    The following day, police released a statement saying an investigation had been opened into the incident.

    They also said the man, who was later released after being treated in the hospital, had been “vomiting and staggering in the street,” leading to police officers to approach him.

    “The observed erratic behavior resulted in the officers and hospital staff interacting with the individual,” the statement read. “The individual began to yell, scream, and spit at the officers and hospital staff. As the officers attempted to restrain the individual, all parties fell to the ground.”

    “The individual continued to be non-compliant which required officers to restrain the individual,” the statement went on.

    Local Black Lives Matter protesters have rejected the police explanation, saying that the use of force seen in the video would never be justified, the Morning Call reported.

    A further protest is planned for 5 p.m. on Monday.
    Allentown, PA facing Police Brutality allegations.

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    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.

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nicole remembers feeling grateful that Officer Morgan McGrew agreed to meet her so early in the morning. The 7:30 a.m. appointment would let her handle the errand — verifying her car’s vehicle identification number — and still make it to work on time.

    But when she met McGrew in the parking lot of the West Valley California Highway Patrol Office in Los Angeles, there seemed to be a problem. McGrew said he was having trouble finding the VIN sticker on her car door. Then, Nicole says, the conversation abruptly shifted.

    “‘I’ll pass this car, and you’ll be able to get your registration, if you go out on a date with me,’” she remembers McGrew saying. “I kind of froze,” she says.

    Nicole says she was suddenly hyper aware of her surroundings — alone in a deserted parking lot with a man who was sitting in the front seat of her car.

    “I was going through my options in my head for a minute or two there trying to figure out: OK, if this gets even more uncomfortable and sketchy what am I going to do next?” she says.

    At first, she tried to laugh off his proposition. She needed him to sign off on her car’s VIN. But McGrew didn’t drop it; he kept asking. Twice more, she says, he offered to pass her car in exchange for a date.

    “At that point I just shut down completely, and just kind of gave him this look like, ‘I’m so uncomfortable,’” she says. “And then he got more awkward and finally just kind of stepped out of my car, handed me paperwork and said I was good to go. And then I drove off.”

    Nicole, who spoke on condition that her full name not be published, was one of 21 women McGrew propositioned and harassed during VIN verification appointments, according to records from a 2016 internal investigation obtained by KQED and the California Reporting Project.

    Four women said McGrew offered to pass their vehicles if they would go on a date or to a nearby motel with him. Two said McGrew sent them text messages soliciting sex after he took down their phone numbers during a VIN appointment. Fifteen described McGrew making comments that ranged from proposing sex to asking intrusive personal questions.

    McGrew resigned in 2017 after being notified he would be fired for a variety of misconduct, including improperly trying to foster relationships with members of the public, making inappropriate sexual comments and propositioning women for sex while on duty, the documents show.

    The records provide details about the type of sexual misconduct by law enforcement that remained secret for decades in California until a landmark transparency law required agencies last year to publicly disclose a variety of documents, including investigations of officers found to have committed sexual assault while on duty.

    The Right to Know Act has exposed repeated instances of abuse, ranging from correctional officers in prison and jail who assaulted women under their guard to an officer fired for soliciting sex from an arrestee and one accused of beating and raping his girlfriend.

    In McGrew’s case, the CHP did not refer him to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to decide if criminal charges were warranted. A CHP spokeswoman wrote in an email that “had there been sufficient evidence that a crime had occurred, it would have been investigated and potentially referred to the district attorney’s office.”

    The district attorney’s office declined to comment on the case. The California Association of Highway Patrolmen, which represented McGrew, also did not respond to requests for comment. Efforts to reach McGrew for comment were unsuccessful.

    The CHP records show he admitted making the comments during VIN inspections but argued that termination was an excessive punishment after his 14 years of service.

    “While I do not dispute that I made inexcusable comments to members of the public, the remarks were never mean spirited,” he wrote in a letter to internal affairs.

    Former U.S. Attorney for Northern California Joseph Russoniello, who reviewed the internal affairs files, described McGrew’s conduct as “a wanton abuse of his badge” and said he was shocked that the CHP did not refer McGrew to the DA.

    “An agency needs to show that it’s serious about rejecting this kind of behavior,” Russoniello says. “And the serious way to do that is a criminal referral.”

    “This is an extraordinary example of how they (police) hide their dirty laundry and protect their own,” says Phil Stinson, criminal justice professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He says the documents contain clear allegations that McGrew repeatedly solicited bribes in the form of sexual favors from women.

    Stinson, who’s studied police crime for 16 years, says officers like McGrew are often dismissed as “bad apples” and terminated, but that departments fail to investigate the systemic issues that allowed the misconduct in the first place.

    As a mass movement over police violence continues across the country, Stinson says the prevalence of police sexual violence is an integral part of the issue. His research has found that behavior like McGrew’s is normalized in many U.S. police departments.

    “Not every police officer, of course, is engaging in this kind of behavior,” Stinson says. “But I can tell you that most police officers across the country could tell you of a colleague who engages in this type of behavior.”

    The number of times the CHP has disciplined an officer for sexual misconduct in the past five years is still unknown. A coalition of news organizations including KQED requested all such records on Jan. 1, 2019, but the agency stalled for over a year before providing a single case file.

    KQED filed a lawsuit in May against the CHP to force disclosure. The internal investigation of McGrew was produced shortly thereafter.

    The agency has also released its investigation into former CHP Officer Timothy Larios, whose romantic relationship with a female confidential informant compromised an interagency narcotics operation and endangered the woman. A third file details the agency’s probe into former Officer John Frizzell, who was fired in 2014 for fondling a woman’s breasts during a traffic stop and asking another female motorist to lift up her shirt.

    Like McGrew, neither of these officers faced criminal charges, according to the documents.

    Records show the CHP began investigating McGrew after a woman made a complaint in 2016. Like Nicole, this woman made an appointment with McGrew to get her VIN verified so she could get her car registered with the DMV. She had her son with her.

    McGrew gave the kid a CHP sticker and looked at the vehicle.

    McGrew then told the woman he would pass her car if she went to a nearby motel with him, according to the documents. The woman, who spoke Spanish, didn’t immediately understand what McGrew was asking. So, McGrew repeated the proposition twice.

    The woman went inside the office to complain about McGrew’s behavior. A sergeant asked her if she misunderstood McGrew due to the language barrier and if she’d been drinking or taking drugs. She said there was no misunderstanding and that she wasn’t under the influence.

    “She could not explain the expression on Officer McGrew’s face, but she said he was smiling when he asked the question about getting a motel room,” the documents say.

    As part of the internal investigation stemming from that incident, the CHP sent three rounds of surveys to about 150 women between 18 and 40 years old who’d made appointments with McGrew during his time as an inspection officer.

    The CHP improperly redacted dates showing the length of the investigation and time span of McGrew’s abuse. But it is clear that the agency’s investigation did not include anything in the officer’s career before he was assigned to vehicle inspections.

    By limiting the scope of the investigation to those over the age of 18, investigators may well have missed more vulnerable victims.

    “What about the 16- or 17-year-old driver that may own a car that he had come into contact with?” Stinson says.

    CHP investigators found multiple women who confirmed that McGrew even made sexual comments to those who were with their partners or children, and he did target young women.

    One woman with a disability due to a back injury said that McGrew questioned her about parking her vehicle in a handicapped parking spot.

    “You don’t look disabled from here,” McGrew said, according to the woman. Later in that same appointment he told her, “You’re young, but not too young for me.”

    Another woman said she felt violated after her experience at the CHP office. According to the documents:

    “Officer McGrew asked her what she was going to do for him if he passed her car. She said she tried to laugh it off, but believed it was inappropriate. She said he then made comments about ‘handcuffing’ her and getting her in the ‘back seat of her car.’ (Victim’s name redacted) also stated he mentioned taking her to a motel at the end or up the street. She said he even mentioned it had been recently remodeled and that it was fairly clean.”

    McGrew admitted to investigators that he had made inappropriate comments to women while on duty, but said he never intended to act on those comments. When asked why he made these propositions to women, McGrew replied: “Just to see if they’ll say yes,” according to interview transcripts in the investigation file.

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    A former Honolulu Police Officer has been convicted for Civil Rights Violations

    A former Honolulu police officer who forced a man to lick a urinal in a public bathroom was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison.

    John Rabago pleaded guilty in December to civil rights violations stemming from the January 2018 incident during which Rabago told the man that, "If you lick the urinal you won’t get arrested."

    Rabago and another officer were responding to a nuisance complaint when they encountered the man, who was homeless, taking shelter in the public restroom.

    U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi said during Rabago's sentencing that the ex-officer had abused his power as a law enforcement official and took advantage of the man.

    "You took from him his only possession: his dignity as a human being," Kobayashi said.

    More on Hawaii case:Officers who allegedly forced homeless man to lick urinal indicted on civil rights violations

    Rabago, 44, expressed remorse and apologized to the victim and his family.

    "Two years ago I made a decision I’m not proud of," he said. "My actions changed the course of life for all of us."

    Reginald Ramones, the other former officer in the case, is to be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to knowing about Rabago's civil rights offense but not informing authorities.

    Prior court documents allege Ramones stood in the doorway during the incident, propping open the door, then closed it so the officers wouldn't be caught on video.

    Kobayashi said Rabago threatened the man, saying he would beat him and push his face into the urinal if he did not lick it. He held his legs down and grabbed his shoulder.

    Rabago later told the other officer to delete text messages about the incident, Kobayashi said.

    In February, Samuel Ingall, the man involved in the incident, sued the Honolulu Police Department and the city.

    Ingall alleged that Rabago followed him out of the bathroom and laughed as he told other officers about Ingall licking the urinal.

    Ingall's attorney, Myles Breiner, said his client was "pleasantly surprised that the court punished him appropriately."

    Contributing: N'dea Yancey-Bragg and The Associated Press

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