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.
"The officers have lost confidence in Chief Lanier's ability to effectively lead this organization. We are doing things that are just completely frustrating the workforce, like putting them on fixed posts, having a crime occur around the corner and they can't respond for fear of discipline," said D.C. Police Union President Delroy Burton.
Burton said officers are not being allowed to be the police and that has left them frustrated. He said Lanier is giving information to the public that is not true and the officers no longer trust her.
"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....
Daniels, 58, drives a 15-seat van registered in Florida and reported the license plates were stolen on May 5, 2014, according to court papers. He received an "incident information slip" from the 69th Precinct; he also reported the theft to the department of motor vehicles in Florida, and ordered new plates.
Following the instructions of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Daniels placed a sheet of paper in the rear window and hand-wrote the plate number, the letters "FL" for Florida, and "Lost Plate."
"He (Daniels) did everything the law required," the judge wrote.
Rob Duke's insight:
For the general good: I've never heard of a law allowing a person to hand write out their license plates....
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