MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis police arrested a man on Thursday who they say has fled police on at least three occasions.
Tyrone Lott was arrested and charged with Possession of a Handgun, Theft of Property $ 10,000 or Less, Drag Racing, Driving with a Suspended / Canceled / Revoked License, Willful Escape from a arrest in a car (3x) and reckless driving.
On Thursday evening, officers observed a black 2014 Infiniti Q50 with an Arkansas license plate moving westbound on Mt. Road to Moria. The MPD said officers had known the vehicle from “previous interactions and attempts to stop traffic.”
Officers also saw the black Infiniti collide with oncoming traffic at the intersection of Lamar Avenue and Knight Arnold Road. They said the driver then accelerated to over 100 mph.
A traffic stop has been initiated in the 5500 block of Fair Cove. Police said the driver got out of the car and tried to hide from officers.
The driver was arrested and identified as Tyrone Lott, 25, “a driver who has repeatedly fled officers”.
MPD listed three incidents in which they triggered a traffic stop on the black Infiniti and said officers observed a black man matching Tyrone Lott’s description driving the vehicle on each traffic stop attempt.
July 13, 2021 at 2:33 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Road and I-240. The vehicle refused to stop and fled.
July 19, 2021, 2:04 p.m., at Kirby Parkway and Messick Road. The vehicle refused to stop and fled.
July 19, 2021 at 2:44 p.m. at S. White Station Road and Quince Road. The vehicle refused to stop and fled. Officers said the car began to drag into a drag race against another vehicle as the two of them headed east on Quince Road exceeding around 90mph in a 40mph zone.
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Undercover police following a group of suspected armed robbers deny knowledge of a plan for the men to commit a felony if they could not be safely arrested first, the Victorian coroner’s court has heard.
Coroner Jacqui Hawkins is leading an inquest into the death of Troy Van Den Bemt, who was killed in 2018 by an officer monitoring the armed robber and his associates as part of an operation in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
The State Surveillance Unit agent, known as 129, walked into a suburban bottle store in January 2018 before Van Den Bemt attempted an armed robbery with a shotgun saw.
Constable 129 shot Van Den Bemt over fears the armed robber could injure a store worker, according to a statement he provided to the coroner.
Attorney assisting coroner Paul Lawrie said on Friday that a critical incident review report from Victoria Police indicated that an SSU team leader, Constable 145, claimed he was unaware of an arrest and disruption plan created by the Armed Criminal Squad, saying it was not told to “let it run” if the group committed a crime.
The plan of the armed criminal squad was based on Van Den Bemt or his associates being inside a stolen car which had been linked to several other offenses.
The first option was for the Special Operations Group (SOG), a heavily armed tactical unit, to be called in to arrest the suspects in the car.
The second option, if the first failed, was for the Armed Criminal Squad agents to attempt to disrupt the theft before it happened by intercepting the car.
The final option was for the SSU to allow the crime to happen and monitor offenders as they leave the scene so that an arrest can take place later.
In a statement given to Hawkins, Det Snr Constable Kevin Squires said he spoke to Agent 145 about this plan.
In evidence in court on Friday, Squires said he did not read the plan “verbatim” when discussing it with Officer 145.
But when Lawrie asked why there appeared to be a gap between his memory and that of Agent 145, given the evidence provided by the agent as part of the review of the critical incident, Squires said: ” I have been very forthright in discussing these options with my members and the SSU. . “
Two former Army Criminal Squad detectives, Detective Sergeant Simon Polson and Acting Superintendent Mark Ward, also told the coroner they disagreed with some aspects of the critical incident review.
The review, they said, contained inferences that a risk assessment had not been carried out, that it was not possible for the Armed Criminal Squad to arrest Van Den Bemt as specified in the plan because that his detectives were not close enough to the SSU, and that there was no proper briefing given to the SSU.
The coroner learned on Friday that a senior Victoria police officer had prepared a document outlining several factual inaccuracies included in the critical incident review report, but Ward said he was unsure who – if any – had asked the officer to do so.
Polson said several procedural changes had been made since the incident, but plans that allowed offenders to commit crimes while being monitored by the SSU were still in use by Victoria Police.
He said that following the shooting, the Armed Criminal Squad was now required to include plans for arrest and disruption as part of its initial requests for SSU assistance.
Victoria Police are also providing tablets to detectives in the field during some operations, Polson said, which has enabled them to locate undercover agents.
The digital radios often used to communicate between the SSU and detectives were unreliable, the court said on Thursday. The inability to communicate between detectives and officers is being investigated as part of the investigation.
Lawrie urged Polson to find out if the operation was particularly complex and therefore required a more complex plan to account for the unexpected.
Van Den Bemt had been jailed for armed robberies more than a decade earlier, he and his team were suspected of committing armed robberies the previous month and threatening members of the public, and there was suspicion that the men were drug addicts.
“I would say it’s a pretty standard investigation that’s being led by the Armed Criminal Squad,” Polson said. “We would have much more complex investigations than that. I would describe it as a fairly routine investigation.
Polson said he disagreed with Officer 129’s decision to enter the bottle store, but he did not want to question the officer’s decision or “autonomy”. .
“It would be my opinion that it would be dangerous to enter knowing that an armed robbery could occur and that the offender was armed with a firearm, not to mention the fact that there were several offenders, which means he could be outnumbered and be in a shootout, ”Polson said.
“It’s not at all an ideal situation … I don’t think it’s a good idea, but at the same time, I understand that the police have taken an oath to protect the public, so I understand why he may -be behaved in this way, as he did.
Authorities on Tuesday issued arrest warrants for 60 people across Turkey accused of having links to the Gülenist terrorist group (FETÖ) in separate investigations. The latest round of operations caught 34 suspects while operations are underway to capture the others.
In the capital Ankara, the Attorney General’s Office ordered the arrest of 40 suspects as part of an investigation into the terrorist group’s infiltrators within the Land Forces Command and the Turkish Armed Forces Gendarmerie General Command ( TSK). The bureau said in a statement that the suspects were part of a secret group of infiltrators of the terrorist group, who are responsible for the attempted coup of July 15, 2016. The suspects were identified through their contacts with FETÖ members captured via payphones, a method commonly used by the terrorist group to avoid detection. Other suspects have been identified by former FETÖ members who cooperated with authorities to uncover the vast network of infiltrators. Among those arrested and at large were 33 former cadets who were expelled from military schools on suspicion of their possible links to the terrorist group. Five others were military officers expelled earlier from the army and two “secret imams”, a name given to civilian members of FETÖ who act as handlers of military infiltrators. Twenty-six suspects have been arrested to date during operations in the capital and 12 others in the provinces.
Ankara prosecutors have also issued arrest warrants for 10 other suspects, including six non-commissioned officers as part of a separate investigation. Suspects were investigated in a case of fraud in an exam for promotion of military officers in the gendarmerie forces in 2012. They are accused of having provided and received answers and questions on the exam , which helped suspected members of the FETÖ to rise through the ranks of the army. The terrorist group is known for its attempts and successes to infiltrate the military over the past four decades. Previous investigations had shown that the group had taken to stealing questions and answers to military and promotion school exams, as well as police exams, to facilitate infiltration. Operations were underway in eight provinces to capture the suspects.
In another Istanbul-based operation, eight people were arrested in the city and provinces of Malatya, Tokat Çorum. Seven other people wanted in an investigation into the terrorist group are still at large.
RIVERSIDE – Riverside Police are holding a press conference Thursday morning to unveil new details of a shooting involving an officer on Tuesday night where a man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, investigators said.
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The press conference will begin at 10 a.m. News Center 7 will be present and will update this story with new developments as they are announced.
Police said on Wednesday the man who exchanged gunfire with an officer died from a self-inflicted injury and not from shots fired by the officer.
Kevlin Wallace, 39, of Springfield, has been identified as the man who died in the incident, Montgomery County Coroner Dr Kent Harshbarger said in a press release on Wednesday.
The incident began as a report of a burglary or home burglary at a house in the 2500 block of Rondowa Avenue just before 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The first officer at the scene, identified as Sgt. James Vance, found a woman pointing fingers at a potential suspect in the burglary, a spokesperson for Riverside Police said in a press release on Wednesday afternoon. Investigators said Vance drew his gun and approached the suspect, later identified as Wallace, when Wallace began shooting Vance, the spokesperson said in the statement.
“The suspect then starts shooting Sgt. Vance who retaliates by trying to ensure the safety of the woman witness. Sgt. Vance exchanges several bullets with the suspect who was shooting him, ”the spokesperson said.
The exchange of gunfire lasts approximately 30 seconds before Wallace fled from the scene to the area of North Pleasant Valley Avenue and Bushnell Avenue. After the gunfire, several officers from surrounding jurisdictions responded to a call for assistance from officers, the spokesperson said.
As police in multiple jurisdictions began searching for Wallace, a second Riverside officer identified as Officer Perfetti reported seeing Wallace behind a house in the 200 block of North Pleasant Valley Avenue.
“Agent Perfetti, while directing the agents to the suspect’s location, hears a single shot and takes cover. This single shot is the only shot reported by an officer, ”the spokesperson said.
Wallace was later found in the garden of the house suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to Miami Valley hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said.
A preliminary autopsy report from the Montgomery County coroner’s office revealed that Wallace died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the spokesperson said. Police did not say whether Wallace was hit by any of the gunfire from Vance, who was the only officer to shoot a gun during the incident.
The police spokesperson said Vance had been a veteran of the department for more than 20 years.
Previously, police said Vance would be put on administrative leave while the incident was investigated. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations was tasked with conducting the investigation.
We will continue to update this story as we learn more.
LOS ANGELES – Three Los Angeles Police Department officers pleaded not guilty on Friday to falsifying records claiming the people they arrested were gang members or associates.
Braxton Shaw, 38, Michael Coblentz, 44, and Nicolas Martinez, 37, were each charged just over a year ago with conspiracy to obstruct justice and several counts of filing a false police report and preparing false documentary evidence.
The three – who were then assigned to the Metropolitan Division – are among six LAPD agents who were charged last year with falsifying records.
Shortly after the charges were announced, the LAPD noted that one of the defendants – without specifying which – had been “relieved of duty” in January 2020 when Moore concluded that the officer’s actions constituted “a serious violation of departmental policy ”. The officer was “referred to an administrative court for deportation,” according to the LAPD, which said the other two officers had been assigned to home service.
The LAPD could not be reached for immediate comment on the current employment status of the three, whose next hearing date is set for October 8.
According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Shaw, Coblentz and Martinez are accused of forging field interview cards used by officers to conduct on-duty interviews and misidentifying dozens of people. as gang members.
Some of the bogus information in the cards was used to falsely enter people into a state gang database, prosecutors said.
In some cases, the three are accused of writing on field interview cards that a person they arrested admitted to being a gang member, even though video from body-worn cameras has showed that the individual had never asked this question. In other cases, defendants are said to have written on field interview cards that an interviewee admitted to being a gang member even though the person denied it.
Shaw could face up to 31 years and eight months in county jail if convicted on 43 counts of preparing false documentary evidence involving field interview cards, as well as eight counts of accusation of false report and one count of conspiracy.
The overt acts included in the conspiracy charge allege that Shaw falsely documented certain people as gang members with gang tattoos and gang nicknames and that he falsely documented a “fictitious person” as a gang member 15 times between March 2018 and January 2019.
Coblentz allegedly falsified seven field maintenance cards. He is charged with seven counts of preparing false documentary evidence, five counts of false reporting and one count of conspiracy, and could face up to seven years and eight months in prison if he is. found guilty.
Martinez – who allegedly forged two field interview cards – is charged with two counts of preparing false documentary evidence and filing a false report and conspiracy count, and could face up to a maximum of four years and four months in prison if convicted, according to the district attorney’s office.
They were released on their own accord shortly after their arrest last July by the LAPD’s Internal Affairs Division.
In a statement posted on Twitter after the arrests were announced, LAPD chief Michel Moore said: “Public trust is the foundation of community policing and these allegations undermine that foundation. The actions of these few tarnish the badge we all wear. The department is committed to continuing this in-depth investigation as part of our efforts to restore the trust of the people we protect and serve. “
The charges against the three stemmed from a “misconduct investigation” conducted by the LAPD’s internal affairs group and monitored by the Office of the Inspector General, according to the department.
Three other LAPD officers who had also worked in the metropolitan division of the LAPD – René Braga, 40, Raul Uribe, 35, and Julio Garcia, 37 – were charged last October with falsifying files. They pleaded not guilty in a March 16 hearing and are due to return to court next week, when a date must be set for a hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to force them to stand trial. .
For 84 days this summer, six bikers traveling 22,300 miles across America visit cities and law enforcement departments to honor the men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty.
On Friday, the runners will arrive in Greensboro.
“Not only do they honor the dead, but they also honor families – husbands and wives, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters – as well as the officers left behind to pick up the pieces,” says a press release from the department. from the Guilford County Sheriff promoting the event.
The End of Watch Ride to Remember group is made up of bikers from Washington State who escort a trailer across the country to honor the fallen officers of the previous year.
The “Beyond the Call of Duty – End of Watch Ride to Remember” arrives in Guilford County on Friday July 23 at 8 am. They will be in the parking lot at 502 W. Washington Street in Greensboro in honor of the late Guilford. Rouse County Deputy Sheriff and Master Corporal Daye Jr.
Ride to Remember spokesperson and founder Jagrut Shah is a former deputy sheriff who started the ride to let law enforcement and the families of the fallen police know that they are not alone.
“I wanted to bridge this gap that we have and bring back to the department and let the officers and their families know that their loss has not been forgotten,” Shah said in the press release.
The name of the event comes from the term “End of Watch Call” – a ceremony in which a police dispatcher makes a final call to a deceased officer over the radio, followed by silence. All officers in this department hear the call and remain silent to remember the dead.
In 2020, the End of Watch race honored nearly 150 fallen officers killed in the line of duty.
Anyone who wants to learn more about hiking and see all the cities to visit this year can visit www.endofwatchride.com.
A White House official confirmed that the White House staff member tested positive off campus.
“In accordance with our rigorous COVID-19 protocols, the official remains off campus pending a confirmatory PCR test. The White House medical unit has conducted contact tracing interviews and has not determined any close contact between directors and White House staff. The individual has mild symptoms, “the official said.
“We know there will be groundbreaking cases, but as this example shows, cases in vaccinated people are usually mild,” the official continued. “The White House is prepared for groundbreaking cases with regular testing. This is another reminder of the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against serious illness or hospitalization. We wish our colleague a speedy recovery.”
The White House official has had no recent contact with President Joe Biden, another administration official said.
A second administration official told CNN: “If the vaccines are 90-95% effective, you are going to have 5-10% of the vaccinated population who test positive but are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. you will not have members of the vaccinated population going to hospital with serious illness or dying. “
Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill said in a statement to CNN that the speaker had not had contact with the person in her office who had tested positive since the exposure, which Hammill said , occurred after contact with Texas Democrats last week.
“Yesterday, a fully vaccinated senior spokesperson for the President’s press office tested positive for COVID after contact with members of the Texas state legislature last week,” Hammill said. “This person has had no contact with the president since the exposure. The entire press office is working remotely today, except for people who have not had any exposure to the person or who have had a recent negative test. Our office will continue to follow the guidelines of the Attending Physician’s Office closely. “
White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted there had been cases of earlier breakthroughs among White House staff in addition to the fully vaccinated official first reported on Tuesday.
“There have been. I will say that we, under an agreement we made during the transition to be transparent and make information available, we have committed to proactively release information if it is about commissioned officers, ”Psaki said when asked if there had been other cases of breakthroughs among White House staff.
Psaki then clarified that the White House official who tested positive was not a commissioned officer, but declined to say which office the official worked in, citing confidentiality concerns. None of the other positive cases were commissioned officers either, she said, explaining that the White House would have proactively released this information.
Six Texas lawmakers have tested positive for Covid-19 since Friday evening. Lawmakers are part of the group that left Texas, flying from Austin to Washington to break the State House quorum and prevent Republicans from passing restrictive new voting law. Group officials told CNN that all lawmakers participating in the quorum-breaking trip are fully vaccinated, including those who tested positive for Covid-19.
This story was updated with additional developments on Tuesday.
A woman is in critical condition after being shot and killed by a police officer in Fairfax County, Va., On Monday evening.
A woman is in critical condition after being shot and killed by a police officer in Fairfax County, Va., On Monday evening.
The shooting took place at a group home before 5:30 p.m. in Gosport Lane, near Ravensworth Elementary School in Springfield.
Police Chief Kevin Davis said a health care provider called police, describing a woman who “acted violently, acted erratically and threatened to harm herself and other occupants” in the House.
Two policemen responded and as they entered the house they were approached by a 30-year-old woman with a large knife. Moments later, one of the officers shot the woman in the abdomen. One of the officers began to administer first aid.
The woman was taken to hospital in critical condition.
Both officers’ cameras were on at the time of the shooting and will be “key” to the remainder of the investigation, Davis said. According to a preliminary investigation into the footage, the woman could be heard telling the police “I’m going to stab you” and stepped forward before they shot her.
“That’s why we have body worn cameras so that we can be transparent and we definitely intend to do that,” Davis said.
Davis said the department’s major crimes office will continue to investigate the incident as well as the department’s internal affairs office.
The veteran officer, whose identity has not been released, has been placed on modified duty pending an investigation.
Below is a map of where the filming took place.
Juan Herrera of the WTO contributed to this story.
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ROCK HILL, SC – Almost a month after the arrest of two brothers in Rock Hill sparked townwide protests and led to the firing of a police officer, one of the men filed a complaint.
Justin Bamberg, Travis Price’s lawyer, has filed a lawsuit against the town of Rock Hill and US Representative Ralph Norman.
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At a press conference two weeks ago, the notary’s office released two body camera videos of the arrests of Ricky and Travis Price.
[READ THE LAWSUIT HERE]
City officials previously said police investigating drugs on June 23 arrested one of the men after making an illegal turn, and the man called his brother to tell him he had been stopped at a gas station. Police said the driver tried to run away when officers removed his handcuffs so that he could remove jewelry, and his brother hit officers and refused to back up on orders.
However, attorney Kevin Brackett later said an investigation and review of body camera images showed Constable Jonathan Moreno confronted Travis Price, who was standing near the officers to receive the jewelry, and the pushed and eventually forced to the ground as other agents tried to get Moreno’s attention.
Rock Hill Police Chief Chris Watts said Moreno violated department policy by making matters worse and was fired. Moreno is also charged with assault and third degree bodily harm for his interactions with Travis Price during the arrest.
Travis Price’s charge of obstructing police has since been dropped. He told reporters that the incident robbed him of his dignity.
“I accept (Officer Moreno’s) apologies as a man, because everyone makes mistakes, but I’ll never be the same again,” said Travis Price.
The arrests and the viral video led to protests outside the Rock Hill Police Department and more than a dozen arrests in the days that followed.
Travis Price’s attorney released the following statement regarding the lawsuit on Monday:
“Today we filed a lawsuit against the town of Rock Hill for its role in the horrific events that unfolded on June 23 against an innocent man, Travis Price.
“Aside from bogus arrests and malicious prosecutions, the town of Rock Hill, through its police department, has done everything in its power to ruin the reputation of a hardworking father of two without a record. judiciary simply to protect its own interests. following protests across the city.
“By issuing a press release to the media riddled with lies and falsehoods about what happened with Mr. Price on June 23, the Rock Hill Police Department has changed his life in a devastating way. These false statements were reiterated at a press conference on June 24. Although there were several officers at the scene who knew exactly what had happened before disgraced former officer Jonathan Moreno attacked Mr. Price, and despite the fact that the police chief and the mayor from Rock Hill watched the video from the police corps cameras, they did not say or do anything to remedy the situation. These government actors are accomplices of an innocent man who suffered public humiliation and spent 36 hours in prison.
“When Rock Hill Police Chief Watts had the opportunity to take responsibility for the lies told by his service at a press conference, he even refused to acknowledge the press release that the town said. had deliberately sent to the media for public release.
“This is a textbook case of defamation. Travis Price is filing this action today in an effort to ensure that no other innocent person sees his reputation tarnished by a police department so that he can protect the illegal actions of his agents.
“We will dig deep into the discovery and determine who wrote this press release, where the author got the information that formed the basis for the press release and who ultimately approved it.
“As law enforcement across the country strives to rebuild trust with those they have sworn to protect and serve, the Rock Hill Police Department has pushed back those efforts for many years with this ill-conceived plan. to destroy the good reputation of a law-abiding citizen to protect an agent who broke the law.
We must do better.
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