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An upstate New York cop has been placed on paid leave after he punched a woman in the throat when she tried to bite him during a fight at Walmart.

Officer Rory Spain is under investigation for excessive use of force and has been placed on leave, according to the DeWitt Police Department.

Officer Spain and his partner responded to a report of a disturbance at the Walmart in East Syracuse, NY on July 4.

Walmart employees called police after they were threatened and pepper-sprayed in the face by two women. Customers were also allegedly pepper-sprayed by the women.

The two women are identified as Tyreana Edmonds and Tajenik Byrd.

Officer Spain is accused of punching Edmonds in the throat when she tried to bite him while he attempted to detain her. Cellphone footage of the melee went viral online over the weekend.

The DeWitt PD posted 15-minute video that showed the officers arriving and taking Edmonds and Boyd into custody.

The video was posted in response to inquiries received regarding a Use of Force Incident.

Edmonds was charged with second-degree attempted assault of a police officer, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree harassment, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and obstruction.

Byrd was charged with third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a noxious material, resisting arrest, and obstruction, according to DailyMail.com.

Both women were released on desk appearance tickets. About 25 people protested outside the DeWitt Police Department, shouting "Black Lives Matter" and other slogans.

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Former Colorado police officers Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali were arrested Thursday and charged with abusing a 73-year-old dementia sufferer.

Hopp, 26, and Jalali, 27, turned themselves in on Thursday and are currently behind bars in the Larimer County Jail.

Hopp and Jalali are accused of using excessive force to arrest Karen Garner, a dementia sufferer who forgot to pay for $13.88 worth of merchandise from an Aurora Walmart.

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Viral video of the brutal arrest sparked public outrage. The Loveland Police Department initially claimed they were unaware of the violent arrest.

CCTV video from inside the jail showed Hopp, Jalali and another officer cracking jokes while watching body cam footage of the brutal arrest.

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"Ready for the pop?" said Hopp, referring to Garner's dislocated shoulder. "What did you pop?" the other officer asked.

"I think it was her shoulder," Hopp replied.

The Daily Mail revealed Hopp and Jalali were lovers during the time of Garner's arrest on June 26, 2020.

Hopp, who was married to another woman, reportedly moved into Jalali's new home in Windsor, Colorado, where they loved together until he abruptly moved out in February.
 

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A Virginia man who was shot 10 times by a deputy reportedly told a 911 dispatcher he planned to kill his brother.

Isaiah Brown was shot multiple times by Spotsylvania County sheriff's deputy who mistook the 32-year-old's cordless house phone for a gun on Wednesday night.

The same deputy gave Brown a ride home after his car broke down at a gas station earlier that night.

The deputy assured Brown's brother that he was not in any trouble with the law.

A few hours later, Brown called 911 to report a domestic disturbance at his home.

"I'm about to kill my brother," Brown told the 911 dispatcher.

"Don't kill your brother," the dispatcher responded, to which Brown said: "Alright."

"Somebody needs to come here real quick," Brown said. He told the dispatcher that he did not have a gun. It is unclear if the dispatcher relayed that information to the deputy.

The Spotsylvania County sheriff's office released police body camera footage on Friday night following pressure from the news media.

The footage shows Brown walking toward the deputy, who is unidentified.

"Show me your hands," the cop shouted. "Show me your hands. Show me your hands, now. Show me your hands. Drop the gun. He's got a gun to his head. Drop the gun now. Stop walking towards me. Stop walking towards me. Stop. Stop," the deputy said.

Brown was actually talking on the phone with the dispatcher, who asked him how he was able to talk on his house phone outside his home. "Because I can," Brown responded.

Moments later he was gunned down by the deputy.

Brown is currently in a hospital ICU recovering from non-life-threatening wounds.

The deputy was placed on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing.

Attorney David Haynes of The Cochran Firm in Washington, D.C, who is representing the Brown family, said Brown "clearly told dispatch that he did not have a weapon more than 90 seconds before the deputy arrived."

"The deputy in question made multiple, basic policing errors and violated established protocols. The deputy was situated nearly 50 feet from Isaiah, was never threatened and should not have discharged his weapon. The family is also requesting the release of the dispatch audio with the deputy leading up to the shooting. There was obviously a failure of communication between dispatch and the officer which led to this tragic event," Haynes added.

"Isaiah is now fighting for his life as a result of these completely avoidable errors by the deputy and dispatch," Haynes said.

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Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant publicly named the Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies and L.A. County Fire Department employees who sent Kobe's death scene photos to friends via text messages.

The NBA legend, 41, died in a fiery helicopter crash in Calabasas, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others on January 26, 2020.

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The mom-of-four was saddened to learn that officers showed photos from the crash site to friends and random acquaintances.

Vanessa filed a lawsuit against the four officers for negligence and invasion of privacy. She posted the lawsuit - naming the officers - on her Instagram page on Wednesday.

The lawsuit alleged one sheriff's deputy showed crash scene photos on his smartphone to a bartender at the Baja California Bar and Grill on Jan. 28, 2020.

The bartender approached a table of four patrons and "excitedly" stated that the sheriff's deputy had shown him graphic photos of Kobe Bryant's charred remains.

The court papers stated the bartender described certain characteristics of Kobe's remains that verified it was him.

The bartender was eager to divulge more graphic information, but the four patrons indicated they didn't want to hear anymore.

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Dallas' former police chief says a killer cop was kept on the police force for over a year so he wouldn't be tipped off that he was under investigation for a double murder.

Former Officer Bryan Riser was arrested Thursday and booked into the Dallas County Jail where he is being held on $5 million bail.

Riser is accused of ordering the kidnapping and murders of two people, 31-year-old Liza Saenz and Albert Douglas, 61, in separate incidents in 2017.

Former Police Chief U. Renee Hall, who resigned from the department in 2020, explained why Riser continued patrolling for more than a year.

"Doing anything different, we may not have been able to bring justice to the families," she said.

Dallas' new police chief, Eddie Garcia, said an informant came forward with a tip that Riser ordered the killings.

Garcia said investigators are still trying to determine the motives.

Three men are charged with the murders. They are currently serving life in prison.

The affidavit, obtained by ABC News, states that Riser told one of the killers that Saenz was a police informant.

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The 29-year-old Wisconsin man who was shot multiple times in the back by a Kenosha police officer may never walk again.

Jacob Blake, who is Black, was shot in the back at least 7 times by a white police officer. The Kenosha Police Department declined to name the officer, even though he has been identified on social media.

Blake's father told the Chicago Sun Times his son is a paraplegic, paralyzed from the waist down and may never walk again.

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"What justified all those shots?" his father said. "What justified doing that in front of my grandsons? What are we doing?"

Cellphone footage shows Blake walking around his SUV as cops with guns drawn order him to stop. One cop pulled Blake's t-shirt and fired his service weapon just as the father-of-three opened his driver side door and leaned inside the vehicle.

Blake's fiancée, Laquisha Booker, watched helplessly as the officer pumped 7 bullets into Blake's back while their children screamed in the back seat of his SUV.

Booker said, "That man just literally grabbed him by his shirt and looked the other way and was just shooting him. With the kids in the back screaming. Screaming."

Another witness described an altercation with police that preceded the shooting. "They start to wrestle. The officer is punching on him. Two officers come to assist. They get him down on the curb behind his vehicle. Somehow he manages to get up. They said he has a knife. All of the officers pull out their guns. ... (One of the officers) tells him, 'Get out of the car!' and he starts shooting.”

The shooting sparked civil unrest and demonstrations in Kenosha and other cities.

Blake's father said he driving from Charlotte, NC to be with his son in the hospital.

"I want to put my hand on my son's cheek and kiss him on his forehead, and then I'll be OK," he said. "I'll kiss him with my mask. The first thing I want to do is touch my son."

The elder Blake criticized people who point out Jacob Blake's criminal record, saying his son didn't deserve to be shot in the back.

Famed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump is representing the family.

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One of the police officers involved in Breonna Taylor's shooting death was fired for "blindly" firing 10 rounds into her apartment.

On Friday, the Louisville Metro Police Department announced the termination of Officer Brett Hankison for displaying "an extreme indifference to the value of human life" when he "wantonly and blindly" opened fire inside Taylor's apartment on March 13, while executing a no-knock warrant in search of a drug dealer who was already in custody.

"You used deadly force by blindly firing ten rounds into Breonna Taylor's apartment without supporting facts that your deadly force was directed at a person (who) posed an immediate threat of danger or serious injury to yourself or others," police chief Robert Schroeder said in a letter advising Hankison of his termination.

“In fact, the ten rounds you fired were into a patio door and window which were covered with material that completely prevented you from verifying any person as an immediate threat or more importantly any innocent persons present," the chief wrote.

"I find your conduct a shock to the conscience. I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion,” the chief added.

The LMPD shared the letter on Twitter.com on Friday.

Taylor, 26, and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker, 27 were asleep in bed when three officers broke down their front door.

Walker grabbed his firearm and shot at the officers, believing they were home invaders. Taylor was shot eight times in the ensuing chaos.

"Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend," a distraught Walker said in a 911 call.

Walker was not injured in the shootout but he was arrested and charged with attempted murder. All charges against him were later dropped and he was released.

Two other officers who discharged their weapons -- Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove -- are still on the police force.

No arrests were announced.

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Rayshard Brooks, the 27-year-old Black man who was shot by an Atlanta police officer, died from 2 gunshot wounds to the back, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.

Brooks was gunned down in a Wendy's parking lot while fleeing from police late Friday night.

The incident began when police responded to a report that a man was asleep in a car in the Wendy's drive-thru lane. His car was blocking other cars in the drive-thru lane.

Police body cam video shows Brooks having a polite conversation with one of the officers. After failing a field sobriety test, he asked if he could park his car and walk to his sister's house a short distance away, but his request was denied.

Police attempted to cuff Brooks but he resisted and a struggle ensued between the three men.

Brooks was able to wrest a taser away from one of the cops and flee on foot. Surveillance video shows Brooks turning and pointing the taser at a pursuing officer who then fired three shots, killing Brooks.

The officer who fired his weapon was fired on Saturday after officials viewed the boy cam footage and determined the use of deadly force was not justifiable.

His partner was assigned to desk duty while the investigation into the officer-involved shooting continues.

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigned and her resignation was accepted by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Saturday.

Protesters demonstrated peacefully outside the Wendy's restaurant on Saturday. But paid agitators in the crowd burned the restaurant to the ground overnight Sunday.

The Atlanta Police Dept. is offering a $10,000 reward for the capture of a Caucasian woman who allegedly set the blaze that torched the restaurant.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard released a statement on Sunday:

"Today, members of my staff had the unfortunate duty of witnessing the autopsy of Mr. Brooks as part of our continued investigation.

Because this is a homicide investigation, there are several technical requirements that must be met before we are able to reach a decision. That includes the confirmation of the ballistics involved and obtaining a preliminary report from the Medical Examiner,” according to the DA’s statement."

So far, no arrests have been made in the murder of Mr. Brooks.
 

 

 

 

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Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant is reportedly "devastated" that LA County deputies shared photos of her family members' mangled bodies on their cell phones.

Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna Bryant, 13, were killed along with seven others in a helicopter crash in the hills of Calabasas in January.

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The helicopter erupted into flames immediately upon impact with the hillside. The nine bodies were crushed and burned beyond recognition.

The Los Angeles Times reported that deputies shared graphic images of the remains at the crash site.

At least nine emergency responders took pictures of the remains on their cell phones. One source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he saw photos on the phone of an LA County official who was not at the crash site on Jan. 26.

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Vanessa's attorney, Gray Robb, released a statement early Sunday morning that said Vanessa was "absolutely devastated" by the allegations.

On the day of the crash, Vanessa went to the sheriff's office to personally request that the area be designated a no-fly zone to protect the scene from airborne paparazzi, according to Robb's statement.

Robb added that Vanessa made the request to protect the dignity of all the victims and their families.

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On Monday, the LA County Sheriff released a statement saying the graphic photos were "deleted" from all cell phones on the sheriff's orders.

An insider source said deputies were told if they come clean and delete the photos from their phones, they would not face discipline.

But other sources within the sheriff's office said the sheriff's decision to destroy all of the photos could amount to the destruction of evidence.

Vanessa will need the photos in case she decides to file a lawsuit against the county and the sheriff's office.

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The mother of Atatiana Jefferson, the woman who was shot and killed by a Fort Worth, Texas cop, has died.

Yolanda Carr died early Thursday at her home following a long illness.

"We just learned Yolanda Carr, the mother of #AtatianaJefferson, passed away in her home early Thursday morning, the family's attorney Lee Merritt tweeted on Thursday.

Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was shot and killed by ex-police officer Aaron Dean who responded to a welfare check at Carr's home on Oct. 12.

Dean, 35, shot Jefferson through a bedroom window when she looked out to investigate a noise in the backyard. Carr was hospitalized and not at home when her daughter was killed.

On Dec. 20, a Grand Jury indicted Dean on a murder charge. He was terminated by the Fort Worth Police Department prior to the indictment.

Carr's death comes two months after her stepfather, Marquis Jefferson, passed away. Marquis filed a lawsuit against the Jefferson family to prevent them from holding Atatiana's funeral without inviting him.

Family spokesman Bruce Carter said Marquis Jefferson died of a broken heart.