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Police say killed gang member out on parole is suspect in Sacramento home ... - Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Police say killed gang member out on parole is suspect in Sacramento home ...Minneapolis Star TribunePolice say a paroled gang member is the suspect in a late-night weekend assault that killed four people in a Sacramento home, including the gunman.
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Teen accidentally killed by L.A. Sheriff's deputies while trying to stop pit bull attack on officers

Teen accidentally killed by L.A. Sheriff's deputies while trying to stop pit bull attack on officers | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A teenager fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in Palmdale early Thursday was accidentally killed as he tried to stop his aggressive dog from attacking the officers, according to an internal sheriff's department memo. 
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If Law Enforcement Were a Private Company ... - Calibre Press

If Law Enforcement Were a Private Company ... - Calibre Press | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
When I first became a supervisor I attended a course where the instructor spoke about private businesses compared to government organizations. And I tuned him right out.

“We aren’t private industry,” I said to myself. “Apples and Oranges. So move on, no point in this discussion.”

And I was stupid. It took me years of being a boss and a degree in higher education to understand the point he was trying to make. Which is: Private companies are focused on producing a product or providing a service while government focuses on avoiding overt failures.
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He makes an excellent point.  The fire service has done a much better job at adapting: 1. they do more than respond to fires (prevention, medical aids, etc.); 2. when they do respond, it's all about p.r. and service; 3. they've done a better job justifying why they need to have equipment and personnel available as contingencies (i.e, they move equipment to backfill a station on a call, they stage equipment that might be needed, they respond more than is needed, but document the response in order to better justify the need); and, 4. they do a better job showing that their service is value added in terms of mitigating losses, but that also keeps fire insurance low (i.e., through the I.S.O. rating system so that you have lower rates if your department is a higher ISO rating).  We have similar opportunities with traffic and home owner's insurance, but we fail to take advantage.
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john's comment, Today, 5:53 PM
This article was a great read. The author makes a good point of how police departments scratch or invest little in training. Private businesses look at the economy and people when they make decisions and the author was correlating how the lack of training produces civil lawsuits against the police department. The stress that officers had affected their performances and Glennon was arguing that every police department needs to commit and have their officers understand stress at every level. He also stated that officers need excellent communication skills to understand the wants and needs and what actions should they take. Glennon stated that these two were the most common errors that officer should receive training at. What I learned was that when police departments do not invest a lot of time in training, they simply maintain their skills mandated by the law.
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Basketball Cop Foundation

A 501c3 non-profit organization on a mission to improve Police/Youth/Community relations nationwide.
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This is the first thing (or something like it) that we should be doing in every community. Basketball may not be right for your town, but skatepark or baseball or whatever your kids like to do....it creates relationships and builds up soft power...or smart power...which is available to power the community through times when you were forced to use hard power.
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Officer Found Not Guilty in Milwaukee Police Shooting That Sparked Unrest

Officer Found Not Guilty in Milwaukee Police Shooting That Sparked Unrest | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Dominique Heaggan-Brown, the former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Sylville Smith during an August 2016 foot chase, was found not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide on Wednesday. Members of Smith's family could be heard crying in court as the verdict was read.
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The attorney for the family is going to build a civil case against this officer because of 16 use of force incidents?  That was a couple month's work when I was working the street in San Berdoo County....
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NFL's Kaepernick Compares Cops to Fugitive Slave Patrols

NFL's Kaepernick Compares Cops to Fugitive Slave Patrols | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick compared police officers to fugitive slave patrolmen after a Minnesota officer was acquitted in the shooting death of a black motorist.
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We just read the history--is this a fair statement?
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Police: Mother of 4 killed by officers was wielding knife

Police: Mother of 4 killed by officers was wielding knife | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A pregnant mother of four was shot and killed by Seattle police after she confronted officers with a knife, authorities said Sunday.
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Parisian police targeted again in suspected terror attack

Parisian police targeted again in suspected terror attack | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Paris was hit Monday by yet another suspected terror attack — this time involving a motorist who was killed after he plowed his car into a police convoy heading down the Champs-Elysees.

The incident happened around 3:45 p.m. local time and police smashed the windows of the vehicle to drag the motorist out and used fire extinguishers to douse the flames.
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Toms River Police Cleared In 'Suicide By Cop' Attempt: Prosecutor

Toms River Police Cleared In 'Suicide By Cop' Attempt: Prosecutor | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The state attorney general's office says Toms River police officers were justified when they shot a man in the dark in October after he first called 911 to report a man with a gun to draw their response and then pointed a television remote them pretending it was a firearm.
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john's comment, June 18, 8:49 AM
Looks like the defendant was at an all time low. He traveled to meet his girlfriend and became homeless once things did not work out. I havent heard any solid arguments that this was not a justified shooting given the circumstances. I think if he was younger like in that police shooting involving the young teen with the bb gun it could of been a similar story. I thought an interesting piece to add is how often does suicide by cop occur? Has it been increasing over the last few years or what?
Joe Dugan's comment, June 18, 6:36 PM
This truly has to be the situation every officer dreads. I also wonder if this is an increasing theme that we are going to see. As the media increases their stance on officers being trigger happy, I wonder if this will drive more people in tough situations that see no other way out to go this route. This not only hurts the suspect, but in many cases can have a detrimental effect on the police officer as well.
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Minnesota officer fired from police force after acquittal in Philando Castile shooting

Minnesota officer fired from police force after acquittal in Philando Castile shooting | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A Minnesota police officer accused of fatally shooting a black man last summer has been fired after he was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter.

Philando Castile, 32, was shot several times by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is Latino, last July after Castile was pulled over with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and Reynolds' 4-year-old daughter in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, a suburb of Saint Paul.

The city of St. Anthony said in a statement that the "public will be best served if Officer Yanez is no longer a police officer in our city." The city will offer Yanez a "voluntary separation agreement" to help him transition to another career, it said.

After the verdict was announced, Castile's family addressed the media, applauding the efforts of Special Prosecutor Don Lewis and his team.

"I don't know what more could have been done," said Castile family attorney Glenda Hatchett. "I am disappointed. My heart breaks for this family. My heart breaks for this nation."

Philando Castile's mother, Valerie Castile, said she was "mad as hell" with the verdict and called Yanez a "murderer."

"The system continues to fail all black people," she said.
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3 Teen Cadets Suspected of Stealing LAPD Patrol Vehicles May Have Also Impersonated Officers: Chief

3 Teen Cadets Suspected of Stealing LAPD Patrol Vehicles May Have Also Impersonated Officers: Chief | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Three teen police cadets are in custody on suspicion of having stolen LAPD black-and-white patrol vehicles and they may have also impersonated police officers, Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday.


One of two pursuits involving stolen police cruisers is seen on June 14, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)
Investigators realized two cruisers were missing about 5 p.m. Wednesday, and immediately focused their suspicions on a 16-year-old female cadet assigned to 77th Street Division, Beck said.

At 9:30 p.m., the two missing vehicles were located, being driven in tandem within the station’s patrol area. The drivers refused to pull over for police, Beck said.

A chase began, with the vehicles ultimately going different directions. Both vehicles crashed and the occupants were taken into custody – the two drivers and a passenger.
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john's comment, June 18, 8:36 AM
What an interesting article to read. Id like to know how long this program has been in place and how many agencies are using a similar programs for youths in other cities. I read that the program will be reviewed in the near future and would like to know the findings once it has been reviewed. I also thought I found some Internal controls here because whenever an officer uses a vehicle it is tracked and the cadets were able to dismantle the tracking system and used another officers name. I think this can be a weakness but this was not a common occurrence.
Phillip Hill's curator insight, June 19, 1:03 AM
I am a little bit confused and shocked with this blog, at the same time. As a former ex-military police officer, I do not foresee how a 15, 16, and 17-year-old are cadets at the Los Angeles Police Department. In my time of service to our United States military, people had to be minimum of 18 years of age to be enlisted and accepted into all military branch services. Now with this said, an individual can be 17 in their junior or senior year in high school while applying for military services, and having the services initiated upon their 18th birthday. These cadets were apparently able to use an off-duty police officer's credentials to check out the Los Angeles police vehicles and use them for joyriding purposes. The officers that were assigned to the police cruisers were initially on vacation. Some new judicial rules are written every year in which each initial state does change its judicial laws set forth. Apparently LAPD is allowing minors at the age of 15, to potentially joined the LAPD police force as a training in cadet. This surprises me for the minimum age of even acceptance into any military or law enforcement agency, should be 18 at all times.
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Manhunt: Georgia inmates kill 2 guards, carjack to freedom

The victims were identified as Christopher Monica, 42, and Curtis Billue, 58. Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told reporters: "I saw two brutally murdered corrections officers."
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Warrant: Teen Austin Holzer Told Deputy He Killed, "You're Gonna Get F*ckin' Shot"

Warrant: Teen Austin Holzer Told Deputy He Killed, "You're Gonna Get F*ckin' Shot" | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
authorities have released arrest documents issued in Holzer's name; they're also shared here. The report reveals that Holzer had an active warrant in his name for an unspecified sex offense, and was listed as a runaway.

The account describes him as a meth-using gangster wannabe and quotes him as saying he wanted Geer to kill him and was disappointed that he used a Taser instead.

While speaking to authorities, the teen insisted that his first instinct was to shoot himself — but when that didn't work, he chose to fire at Geer instead, striking him three times in the face.
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The Deputy in this case (Colorado) tried to talk the teen down and was killed.
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Joe Dugan's comment, June 18, 6:46 PM
What was this officer to do? Should he have used lethal force right away? We can always "Monday night quarterback" these situations, however, at that moment we will never know what the real situation was. Sad turn of events, instead of just wasting his life, this kid turns around and ruins this officers life, and the life of his kids. We all know that every officer is ready to lay down their life to protect us citizens, still is sad to here these kids now have to grow up w/o a father, because of some wanna be punk who wanted to live the gangsta life but was too scared to go to prison.
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Taser lawsuit against deputies is thrown out

Taser lawsuit against deputies is thrown out | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
A federal judge has thrown out an excessive force lawsuit brought by a Cedar Rapids man who was Tasered while trying to flee sheriff’s deputies during a burglary at the county landfill in 2014.

Jason John Hall, 39, took Black Hawk County and four deputies to court alleging the Taser shock caused him to fall several feet onto a concrete floor and resulted in permanent physical damage.

Attorneys for the sheriff’s office said in court records Hall was on a storage cabinet and was shocked when he jumped at a deputy while holding a mini crowbar.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids last year. On Tuesday, Judge Linda Reade sided with the county and deputies after Hall’s attorney declined to resist a motion to dismiss the case as a matter of law.

“In sum, the record, even when viewed in the light most favorable to the plaintiff, fails to establish a genuine issue of material fact with regard to all of the plaintiff’s claims,” Reade wrote in dismissing the suit.
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Video Shows Minnesota Police Beating Driver

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The Minnesota branch of the ACLU on Thursday released a police dashcam video showing what they termed "a textbook case of excessive force" and called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the 2016 arrest.
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john's comment, Today, 4:54 PM
Excessive force is when an officer uses more power than reasonably necessary. Agent Joswiak claims that Promvongsa refused his commands and had to take him out of the driver seat. Promvongsa is well known to the police department because he has previous run ins with the police. In this incident the officers did not tolerate his behavior when he tailgated an off duty officer and made some threats to them. It is Promvongsa fault for taking his anger at them and paid the price. The ACLU of Minnesota states the police department, sheriffs office and drug unit have a history of racial profiling and brutality. In communities where there is no respect for police officers than they are more than likely to make an arrest. Promvonsga is one of them and the officers have zero tolerance here.
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Jury acquits Erie patrolman of assault charge

Jury acquits Erie patrolman of assault charge | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it

Justin W. Griffith was accused of kicking handcuffed, prone suspect. Jurors found him not guilty after deliberating less than 30 minutes.

A jury deliberated less than a half an hour Wednesday before finding an Erie police patrolman not guilty of a misdemeanor simple assault charge.

 
After the verdict was read at about 4:20 p.m., a juror approached the patrolman, Justin W. Griffith, outside the Erie County Courthouse.

“I’m sorry you had to go through that,” she said.

The woman, who declined to give her name, said the jurors had agreed on the verdict shortly after starting deliberations late Wednesday afternoon.

Griffith, 36, left the courthouse with family members who had attended the trial since it began Monday. He had been accused of kicking a handcuffed and prone suspect during an Oct. 10 arrest at an apartment in the 2000 block of Wallace Street. Witnesses included fellow officers, some of whom testified they believed Griffith’s actions did not violate departmental policy on use of force.

“The Erie police department has been facing an uphill battle against the gun violence and heroin epidemic that has plagued our community and they have done a great job departmentwide, especially the officers on the street who are subject to those dealings on a daily basis,” Griffith said in a written statement.

“I look forward to getting back in the community to assist with the issues the city has unfortunately been faced with,” the statement said.

Griffith was suspended without pay in December, when the second-degree misdemeanor count of simple assault was held for trial after his preliminary hearing.

Police Chief Donald Dacus said after the verdict that Griffith will remain on unpaid leave....

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john's comment, Today, 5:22 PM
Several officers testified that Griffith kicked the handcuffed guy in the face and was found guilty. Eerie County at the moment is battling gun violence and heroin and I think the jury felt sympathy for the officer. They learned that the defendant had AIDS and was spitting blood at the officer. It was out of force or mistake when he hit the defendants mouth area. The Police Chief seemed satisfied that he would not be losing an officer given the community circumstances but he still needs to go through a lot of paper work.
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Video footage shows Minn. traffic stop that ended with Philando Castile’s death

Video footage shows Minn. traffic stop that ended with Philando Castile’s death | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
New video showed how quickly the deadly encounter unfolded.
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Michael Brown's parents, Ferguson reach settlement deal in lawsuit

Michael Brown's parents, Ferguson reach settlement deal in lawsuit | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The parents of Michael Brown, who fatal shooting by a white officer sparked protests around the country, reached a deal in a civil suit, according to documents.
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Ray Tensing trial: Jury deliberates fate of ex-Ohio officer in fatal traffic stop shooting

Ray Tensing trial: Jury deliberates fate of ex-Ohio officer in fatal traffic stop shooting | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Ray Tensing is charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the 2015 death of Sam Dubose
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The last trial ended in a hung jury last November...
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Fairbanks Police officers shoot, kill armed man

Fairbanks Police officers shoot, kill armed man | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Officers with the Fairbanks Police Department shot and killed a man Monday morning after he allegedly confronted officers with a gun.

FPD spokesperson Yumi McCulloch said in a statement, “Officers encountered an armed gunman that confronted the officers. Officers returned fire. The suspect died at the scene.”

According to McCulloch, the shooting happened in a non-residential part of Fairbanks, shortly before 4 a.m.

The officers involved were not hurt.
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Man Shoots Two Officers with Lighting Speed

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Body camera footage captures the moment a suspect pulls a gun and shoots two Georgia officers.
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This is a good example of why: 1. one officer pat's down for weapons; then, gets the info to run warrants; 2. even when the first officer backs off to run the warrant check, the second officer remains away and (preferably behind cover) watching, but not talking to the suspect.  If you do this, then the guy will have a tough time getting shots off against the officers.
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Joe Dugan's comment, June 18, 6:40 PM
I see what you are saying professor Duke. However, being on different internships, and many ride along's, I have seen this behavior where they go right up to the suspect and make them take their hands out of their pockets. We can see in the background, right before the shooting, the officer in the background was either running information or doing something else, but was not paying close enough attention to his partner.
Phillip Hill's curator insight, June 19, 12:52 AM
After reviewing this blog, I immediately found fault within the officer’s proper protocol and procedure. With this said, every department has different protocol and procedures that law enforcement must obey and follow through. In this instance. The first initial officer ran the vehicle plate number and the vehicle came back reported stolen. Immediately the first officer should have waited for backup to arrive so there are two or three more officers to potentially apprehend a suspect that has stolen a vehicle. The video indicates that the second officer arrived on scene in which the suspect immediately had his hands directly in his pockets. I believe this is a fault of the first officer for the first officer should have never subjected himself to a suspect that has potentially stolen a vehicle, to initially have their hands in their pockets. In this instance, the officer should have waited for backup and then the officers should have approached the vehicle with caution due to the nature that the vehicle was reported stolen. This is not a matter of race upon the suspect, this is a matter of proper procedure and protocol upon approaching a reported stolen vehicle, and successfully detaining the suspect upon investigation.
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Kansas City officer’s death was not ‘planned ambush against police,’ officials say

Kansas City officer’s death was not ‘planned ambush against police,’ officials say | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
The officer became the 31st officer shot and killed by a suspect so far this year.
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Police say cameras installed in at-risk Kansas City neighborhood already paying dividends

Police say cameras installed in at-risk Kansas City neighborhood already paying dividends | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Seeing is believing. Police in Kansas City are using a brand new series of surveillance cameras which have been installed in a neighborhood that's been labeled as being at-risk for a long time. An extra set of eyes are already making a difference.
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The deterrence factor at work.  Interesting that Kansas City is where Kelling & Wilson claimed to have proven that deterrence didn't work--what do you think?  Am I distorting the study?
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Oakland recruiting ex-cons to oversee cops

Oakland recruiting ex-cons to oversee cops | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Former cops need not apply, but former inmates are being encouraged by the city of Oakland to apply for slots on the city’s new police commission.

A notice recently posted on the city’s website for would-be commissioners says, “Must be an Oakland resident. Must be at least 18 years old. Formerly incarcerated individuals encouraged to apply.”

Barry Donelan, head of the Oakland Police Officers Association, said recruiting ex-cons to help select the chief and discipline officers for misconduct was “extremely distasteful.”

And what really bugs the cops is that the voter-approved measure creating the commission bars current and former Oakland cops from serving, as well as police union employees.
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Teen Accused Of Killing Deputy: 'I'd Rather Run Than Get Caught By A Cop'

Teen Accused Of Killing Deputy: 'I'd Rather Run Than Get Caught By A Cop' | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Geer responded to 911 reports of a masked man with a gun near Grand Junction’s city limits around 11 a.m. When Deputy Geer contacted Holzer the teenage suspect allegedly resisted arrest and tried to run. Geer, who responded alone, pinned Holzer to the ground and administered his Taser, according to witness accounts. After being tased, Holzer reached into his pocket and shot Geer at close range. The deputy was struck four times.

In his statement to investigators, Holzer may have been suicidal and tried killing himself before shooting Deputy Geer.

“I’d rather run than get caught by a cop,” said Holzer. “That’s why I wanted him to shoot me. I knew I was going to jail. I was like, ‘Just shoot me, please, just please.’”

Holzer gave several varying but similar accounts of what happened in the shooting. He was a habitual drug offender and says he used meth just days before the incident. The shooter says he tried to kill himself before shooting Geer.

“…he’s like, ‘Yes you are (being detained),’ and that’s when he tased me and then I had my hand on my belt,” Holzer told investigators. “I could not get my hand out of my pants and off my belt and he kept yelling at me and telling me to, so that’s when I decided to shoot myself. It didn’t work and at that point, I tried to pull the gun out and shoot him.”
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Arkansas Police Officer Shot And Killed

Arkansas Police Officer Shot And Killed | Police Problems and Policy | Scoop.it
Newport (AR) police confirm one of their officers has been shot and killed in the line of duty.
Authorities are now searching for a suspect in connection with the shooting.
Arkansas State Police confirmed that 41-year-old Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford was shot and killed near the Remmel Park area in Newport.
Lt. Weatherford was a 15-year veteran of the Newport police force.
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