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A Kentucky police officer was let go from the police force on Friday for giving information to a Black Lives Matter organizer during protests last summer.

Officer Jervis Middleton was fired from the Lexington Police Department following a unanimous vote by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council after a nine-hour hearing and two hours of closed deliberations, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Middleton, who is Black, initially denied sharing information via text messages about police movements to his friend, BLM leader Sarah Williams.

The city obtained a search warrant that allowed access to Middleton's cell phone. He admitted his involvement with BLM when he was shown text messages exchanged between himself and Williams.

Middleton's lawyers argued that he shouldn't be fired because the information he shared with Williams didn't put officers in harm's way.

But, according to Lawofficer.com, once an officer is proven to be a liar they are useless as a witness in court.

Middleton claimed he was racially discriminated against by other officers who called him "boy" and "token boy." But the allegations were not investigated by the department because a formal complaint had not been filed.

Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers said that while he understood Middleton's concerns, it didn't justify breaking the department's information-sharing policies.

Weathers, who is also Black, said race was not a factor in the recommendation to fire Middleton.

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Atlanta's mayor reacted to the news that two officers who tased students during last summer's protests were unjustly terminated.

On Monday, the city's Civil Service Board ruled the dismissals of officers Ivory Streeter (pictured right) and Mark Gardner (not pictured) violated both Atlanta Police Department and city policies, according to 11 Alive News.

"Based upon the serious concerns of insufficient adherence to City code and procedures which culminated into a lack of due process, the Board upholds the Appeal of Ivory Streeter and revokes the City's dismissal of him from APD employment," the review from the board said. It reached the same decision in Gardner's appeal case.

Gardner and Streeter were fired following public uproar after they tased two students, Taniya Pilgrim and Messiah Young, who said they were simply driving away from the protests, when they asked police why one of their friends was arrested.

Police body cam video showed the officers tasing the students after dragging them from their car in May.

In a statement Tuesday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms defended the firing of the officers.

"While the Civil Service Board (CSB) has reversed the termination of the officers, given the unrest across our city and nation at the time, and the disturbing video footage before us, I still believe that the right decision was made," she said. "It is also important to note that the CSB did not say that the officers' conduct was lawful."

Meanwhile, attorney Mawuli Davis, who represents Messiah Young, said the family learned through the media that the officers' criminal case was sent from the Fulton County District Attorney's Office to the Georgia Attorney General's Office.

In a statement Tuesday, Davis said:

"The family... was stunned and saddened to learn through the media that two of the officers involved in the attack have been reinstated to the Atlanta Police Department. In two consecutive weeks, they have experienced the pain of the justice system continuing to fail them as victims of police brutality."

 

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A Rochester, NY police union official defended a police officer who pepper sprayed a handcuffed 9-year-old girl who threatened to kill her own mother.

Nine Rochester police officers responded to a 911 call from a parent who feared for her life. The parent said the child threatened to harm herself and ran away from home on Friday.

Body cam footage shows the hysterical girl handcuffed in the back seat of a patrol car.

The video footage shows several officers wrestled the girl to the ground before she is placed kicking and screaming into the squad car.

The child screamed, "I want my dad, I want my dad!" while a female officer tried to calm her down.

"I'm gonna pepper spray you, and I don't want to, so sit back. This is your last chance. Otherwise, pepper spray is going in your eyeballs. Come on, let's go," she said, before spraying the child.

On Monday, following the public uproar, Mike Mazzeo, president of the Locust Club, defended the officers, saying no rules were violated.

Mazzeo said the officer was familiar with the child who had been detained on a previous occasion.

"This is incredible that we're dealing with a 9-year-old girl, but this is not the first time she has been put in handcuffs," he said. "We're dealing with a very, very difficult situation and what police officers are confronted and faced. And the limited [mental health] resources that are out there."

He added: "It was 14 degrees out. At different times, they're talking to her about hypothermia. They're worried about a number of things. There's no ambulance to put her in. When it's determined that she needs help and there's a mental hygiene [issue], they have to be restrained. There was a decision when they couldn't get her into the car despite everything they were trying. ... There was a short blast of capsicum. It worked. It calmed her down. It got her in."

The girl was transported to a mental hospital for a psychological evaluation.
 

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A west Georgia police chief and sergeant are out of work after they were caught making racist statements about minorities on a police body cam.

Chief Gene Almond resigned his position in the Hamilton Police Department after a city official reviewed the body cam video and turned it over to the mayor, WTVM-TV reported.

The video showed Almond and John Brooks, a patrolman, having a conversation in front of the police station. Neither man was aware they were being recorded.

boy gif "I don't own no slaves, my folks didn't own no slaves," said Almond during the Black Lives Matter protests in southeast Georgia last summer.

"For the most part, it seems to me like they furnished them a house to live in. They furnished them clothes to put on their back. They furnished them food to put on their table and all they had to do was (expletive) work," the former police chief said on the body cam video.

The police chief also revealed which Black female politician he would rather sleep with -- Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms or failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

"If I had to **** a (n-word), I'd rather **** the mayor than Stacey Abrams," he said.
 

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Two Florida women are behind bars, accused of impersonating Sarasota police officers.

Police arrested Jymieka McDowell, 28, and 39-year-old Ryshawnna Poole, who are accused of impersonating a police officer more than once.

Police responded to a 911 call about a suspicious traffic stop at 1 a.m. Sunday. The caller told dispatch they believed a Sarasota Police Department officer was in distress.

While searching the area for the distressed officer, police stumbled upon the two women pulling over a vehicle while impersonating police officers.

During the investigation, police learned the women live-streamed their fake traffic stops where they used profanity and ordered occupants out of their vehicles.

The women can be heard telling the victims, "driver, exit the vehicle," "put your ******* hands up driver," "I need everyone to exit the ******* car," "do not make a move," "Black lives don't ******* matter," and "anybody move and I will shoot."

Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino advised motorists to call 911 dispatch if they suspect they are being pulled over by someone impersonating a police officer.
 

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A Georgia man who traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the MAGA protests killed himself with a gunshot blast to the chest.

Christopher Stanton Georgia, 53, was found deceased in the basement of his Alpharetta, Georgia home on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Georgia's wife called 911 to report there was "blood everywhere." He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. The Fulton County examiner ruled Georgia died by suicide.

Georgia was arrested on January 6, the day of the riots, for violating the District of Columbia's 6 p.m. curfew.

Georgia also faced misdemeanor charges of attempting to enter the U.S. Capitol grounds, "against the will of the United States Capitol Police."

Family members described him as being depressed and "extremely distressed," according to a police report.

Officers removed two semi-automatic SKS rifles from Georgia's home. Georgia was a regional portfolio manager at BB&T bank.

He faced 180 days in jail and fines up to $1,000 for the misdemeanor charges. Georgia was the second suicide linked to the Capitol riots.

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Howard Liebengood, a US Capitol police officer and son of a former Capitol Hill staffer, took his own life on Saturday, Jan. 9. He is pictured on his wedding day.

Liebengood, 51, was assigned to protect the Senate division in the Capitol building on the day of the riots.

Liebengood, who grew up in Fairfax County, is survived by his wife and siblings.

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A Memphis police officer has been fired and jailed without bond on charges of kidnapping and murdering a man while on duty, FOX13 reports.

Patric Ferguson (left) was arrested Sunday after surveillance footage captured the uniformed officer take 30-year-old Robert Howard (pictured right) out of a home in the 3500 block of Twain Street and force him at gunpoint into his patrol car on Jan. 6.

Ferguson, 29, drove to Frayser Boulevard and Denver Street, where body cam footage captured the cop fatally shoot Howard in the back seat of the patrol car.

Ferguson dropped off the body at an undisclosed location, then returned the next day with an accomplice, Joshua Rogers, who helped him dump the body off a bridge.

Howard's body was fished out of the water by Memphis police on January 10 at Second Street near the Wolf River Bridge, police say.

Howard's girlfriend filed a missing person's report on Wednesday after she used an app to track his cell phone and found the phone at Lamar Avenue and Shelby Drive, according to WKYT.

Evidence on the victim's phone led them to Ferguson who confessed to murdering Howard. Ferguson was immediately terminated and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.

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Rogers, 28, was charged with accessory after the fact for helping dispose of Howard's body, police said. Both men were charged with abuse of a corpse, and fabricating and tampering with evidence, according to an affidavit.

Mayor Jim Strickland spoke exclusively to FOX13, saying he was "horrified" to learn of Ferguson's crimes.

"It was good investigative work," Strickland said. "We've got video of the actual murder and he confessed."

Investigators built their murder case against Ferguson using surveillance footage and police body cam footage. A receipt from a hardware store revealed Ferguson purchased cinder blocks, chains and padlocks to weigh Howard's body down when he threw him in the river.

A search of Ferguson's phone revealed incriminating internet search history, including searches for "cleaning up crime scenes and how to destroy DNA evidence," according to the affidavit.

Strickland told FOX13 he hopes Ferguson spends the rest of his life in prison.

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Renowned attorney Benjamin Crump issued a statement on Kenosha District Attorney Michal Gravely's decision not to file charges against Rusten Sheskey, a white police officer who shot a Black man 7 times in the back.

Jacob Blake, 29, was shot in August when Kenosha police officers attempted to detain him on an outstanding warrant for domestic assault and a sex crime.

Sheskey opened fire when Blake opened his driver-side door and reached inside the vehicle. Blake is paralyzed from the waist down.

"We are immensely disappointed in Kenosha District Attorney Michael Gravely's decision not to charge the officers involved in this horrific shooting," Crump said Tuesday.

"We feel this decision failed not only Jacob and his family, but the community that protested and demanded justice."

Gravely pleaded with residents to remain peaceful in light of his decision.

"Rather than burning things down, can moments of tragedy like this be an opportunity to build things?" he asked.

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Jacob's shooting sparked protests, riots and looting last year. Teenager Kyle Rittenhouse, who is charged with killing two Antifa protesters, pleaded not guilty to all charges at a hearing on Tuesday.

Rittenhouse is currently freed on $2 million bond. A march trial date has been set, but his lawyer said the date is unrealistic.

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A St. Louis police officer is recovering from a concussion after she was beaten with her own baton for telling a female customer to wear a face mask.

Police are still searching for the woman who beat the sheriff's deputy at a Shell station on North Tucker in downtown St. Louis on Christmas Day.

The altercation took place after the woman walked into the gas station with face mask in hand.

The 59-year-old deputy who was moonlighting as security asked the customer to put her mask on. Police say the woman became belligerent, fought with the deputy then beat the law enforcement officer about the head with her own baton.

Bystanders rushed over to help the wounded officer, who then used her baton to pummel the woman in her car before she managed to drive off.

Sheriff Vernon Betts said the deputy "performed admirably while injured and under duress. This incident points to the dangers law enforcement officers face every day."

Some states have mask mandates making it illegal to be in public without face masks or face coverings.
 

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A Rome, Georgia man advised a police officer of his HIV-positive status before leaning in to kiss him.

Marcus Demond Williams, 27, was arrested after he ran from the officer and refused to comply with his commands to stop.

Williams was charged with reckless conduct and three counts of obstruction, the Coosa Valley News reports.

Williams was also charged with marijuana possession after police found weed during a search.

The arrest was part of an ongoing prostitution sting in Floyd County.