The Vallejo police announced at the time that the whole thing had to be a hoax staged by Huskins and her boyfriend. But then a second, abortive home invasion occurred in nearby Dublin last June. This time the victims fought off the attacker, and a cell phone abandoned at the scene led law enforcement to Muller, a Harvard Law School graduate and former immigration attorney with a history of mental health issues.
Muller has pleaded not guilty in the Dublin case, and faces federal kidnapping charges for the Vallejo kidnapping. But a new FBI affidavit filed last month—but not reported until now—reveals that Muller came close to being arrested six years ago, in 2009, for two very similar crimes against women in Silicon Valley, in an investigation that prompted him to briefly leave his wife and go into hiding. In the end, no charges were filed.
This isn't going to change. As long as administrators are civilly liable for failure to train, they will focus on use of force. The key is to mandate and fund extra training for communication, restorative justice, crisis intervention, and cultural sensitivity.
Time should also be made to allow officers to truly engage in community policing (instead of responding from one call to the next).
A grand jury has indicted Portsmouth, Virginia, police Officer Stephen Rankin on a first-degree murder charge related to the shooting of an unarmed teen in a Walmart parking lot, according to public Virginia court records.
As of August, 750 families are caught waiting for a decision from the federal program despite years of audits calling for speeding up processing of the payments to families of fallen public safety officers.
NEW HAVEN — In the same courtroom where a judge in 2007 sentenced him to 38 years in prison for a murder he said he did not commit, Bobby Johnson won his freedom Friday surrounded by the family members and lawyers who always believed he was innocent.
Faced with a series of scandals that have roiled the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department , the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a civilian oversight system to provide greater accountability for the agency.
FRENCH LICK, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2015)-- A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in French Lick. Indiana State Police (ISP) and West Baden police responded to a domestic disturbance Friday in F...
Rob Duke's insight:
In the old days, we carried oak batons and lead filled saps, and we were tough enough to fight this guy and win. But those weapons and the cops who carried them were deemed too violent, so now we train cops to shoot guys with a metal pipe....
p.s. that's an editorial, but it's unfair because I wasn't there and this may have been the only way to resolve this and everyone who was innocent to go home with as few injuries as possible....
"This is an easy call on Kathleen O'Toole's part because the police chief has already received an investigation that recommends the officer should be let go," said KIRO Radio's Tom Tangney. "It doesn't seem like it's such an outrageous decision on her part, and it would cause great upset in the city if she didn't let her go."
Co-host John Curley agreed.
"You throw her out. You have to throw her out," he said.
"It's the slightest little bit of a liability," Curley said. "If a person even gives any indication, the slightest little bit of an indication — even though she might not be a racist and probably isn't a racist — you just can't have that vulnerability."
Rob Duke's insight:
The Paradox of Proximity: close enough to hear the will of the people, but too close and likely to be caught up in the politics....
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