A York, South Carolina woman is grieving the loss of her beloved dog after a York County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed the leashed 9-year-old Labrador retriever because it charged at him.
Alice Renee McGlone says she’s outraged that the officer killed her dog, but the sheriff’s office is defending the deputy’s actions, saying he was left with no other choice.
“He hated to have done what he did but we teach our officers that they need to protect themselves in all situations,” said Captain Allen Brandon. “It’s regrettable what happened.”
The incident occurred earlier this week when McGlone’s daughter, who lives in Virginia, called police because she hadn’t heard from her mother since the end of February. McGlone later explained that she was sick and her phone had died when her daughter attempted to call.
When officers arrived at McGlone’s home, they saw that nobody was there, but did notice that there was a broken window screen on a side window. Deputy Jonathan Reed decided to knock on a back window because there was no answer at the front door, and when he made his way to the back of the house, McGlone’s dog Scarlett, who was in the backyard, charged at him.
Reed claims that the dog was “snarling” at him and that in the moment, even though it was on a leash, he knew he couldn’t outrun it, so he had no choice but to fire his weapon. Reed has been with the York County Sheriff’s Department for five years and, according to reports, has had no prior incidents like this.
McGlone says she regrets not taking Scarlett inside before leaving the house.
“Something told me to just bring Scarlett in and I didn’t,” said McGlone. “And I beat myself up for that.”
As of right now, it doesn’t appear that McGlone is filing charges against the deputy, and the department continues to defend his choice.
East Lansing Unanimously Approves $35,000 Settlement In Excessive Force Suit Against Officer (Video)
A settlement has been reached in the East Lansing, Michigan lawsuit filed by a man who claimed a police officer used excessive force while restraining him. That man will now receive $35,000 from the city.
The East Lansing City Council voted unanimously to approve the settlement.
"We have to be transparent in everything we do," said George Lahanas, East Lansing's City Manager. "Our citizens deserve that; they deserve an account of what a public employee does and how we spend our money. This is one of those situations where we made a mistake and we come out and fix it.”
The incident occurred in January of last year when two Michigan State University students were being arrested for disorderly conduct. Officer Thomas Burtch tackled 21-year-old Brian Park to the ground before arresting him.
"We found that Officer Burtch's actions weren't with malice," said Julie Liebler, East Lansing Police Chief. "However, it was not appropriate force. We don't discuss specific matters in terms of what the consequences were but corrective action was taken."
The city released dashboard camera video of the incident because, as Lahanas explains, "it shows what occurred and rather than have it come out three months from now, it's better that we show it all and explain what happened."
“He had to make a split-second decision,” said Liebler of Burtch’s actions “I think it was an honest mistake.”
The lawsuit was filed by Park in May of last year and has finally just reached a settlement. Liebler says that Burtch is still working for the East Lansing Police Department.
"I can assure you that we take these matters very seriously," said Liebler. "It's not something that happens very often and I'm sure Officer Burtch will have a fine career with the East Lansing Police Department going forward."
As for Park and his friend, they are still facing the original charges of disorderly conduct and hindering or obstructing police.
A disturbing video showing a man being arrested in the Bronx has gone viral.
The video shows a man sitting down after exiting a bus on Pelham Parkway. Two officers are restraining him while the man questions why. He keeps saying that he gave them his identification and ticket so there should be no reason why they are restraining him. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, reports say that the officers may have accused the man of not paying his bus fare, but witnesses say that he showed them his receipt.
The man becomes agitated as the officers refuse to stop holding him, so as he tries to stand up, a struggle ensues. The two officers are then joined by four other officers who all struggle to arrest the man, eventually pulling him to the ground.
"Oh my God," yells the man. "Please don't do this to me!"
Eventually, with six officers all on top of the man, he is cuffed. As the officers get up, one clearly kicks him in the head for no reason at all.
After the video was posted on Facebook by Dariel Reyes, it quickly went viral. The NYPD says they are aware of the video and are investigating the incident. According to the Daily News, the petition has already gotten over 100 signatures.
The Times of India is reporting that a 17-year-old girl has escaped from her parents and fled to police, claiming that her parents have forced her to marry older men six different times in the last two years.
The teenager, from Hafeezbabanagar, told police that in the course of two years, her parents have married her off to random men in exchange for large sums of money. The sixth and latest forced marriage was to a 50-year-old Sudanese man just last month.
According to the report, the girl’s parents were trying to send her to a hotel with her new husband this week when she finally had enough and escaped. She first stayed with a relative but immediately went to police the next day.
“Akbar [victim’s father] has four wives and the victim is his first wife's daughter,” said Rein Bazaar police inspector G Ramesh. “The victim has alleged that Akbar had forcibly married off the two daughters of his second wife recently in a similar manner. We are verifying that complaint.”
Police say that they raided the home of the victim’s aunt and discovered that the woman was operating a prostitution ring there.
Forced child marriage is unfortunately not uncommon in India, with recent statistics showing that 40 percent of the 57.5 million child brides in the world are found in India.
Former Radio Shack employee Andre Trevor Puskas was arrested on Wednesday after he tried to rob a store where he worked.
The 20-year-old entered the Clearwater store with a ski mask and used pepper spray on an employee. He also attempted to use a stun gun, but ended up shooting himself in the hand.
During the attempted robbery, the employee recalled that Puskas never said a word, as if he didn’t want her to hear his voice. She also noticed his unusual physical description: 6 feet 2 inches tall and 280 pounds.
Later that day, Puskas returned to the store to begin his shift.
Puskas later admitted to the botched robbery, claiming he needed money to pay his phone bill and car insurance. The stun gun and pepper spray were found in his car upon investigation.
Puskas is currently in the Pinellas County Jail on a count of attempted robbery with a $150,000 bail.
A deaf California man is suing police in Hawthorne after he was tasered while attempting to tell them that he couldn’t hear by using sign language.
According to reports, Jonathan Meister was retrieving boxes he left at a friend’s house when a suspicious neighbor thought he was breaking in and called the police.
When officers arrived, they found Meister with the boxes and ordered him to stop loading them into his car. Obviously, Meister was unable to hear what the officers were telling him to do, so when one of them grabbed his hand, he tried to sign to them that he was deaf.
The officers took Meister’s signing as resistance, so they hit him with their fists and kicked him until they were able to force him to the ground. Once they had him on the ground, one of the officers reportedly shot Meister with the taser twice before shooting him with it again in the stomach.
“Because he is deaf, Mr. Meister depends on using his hands while facing a person to communicate,” describes the lawsuit. "The officers’ sudden aggression, which both caused pain and interfered with his ability to communicate, caused Mr. Meister reflexively to pull his hands away, hop back over the fence and step toward the gate to create some space so that he could communicate.”
The officers continued to beat Meister until he was knocked unconscious, and only then was he brought to the hospital. Meister was shockingly charged with assaulting the officers, but after the truth came out later, those charges were dropped.
Now, the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness has filed the lawsuit on behalf of Meister in the wake of the ordeal.
“We’re really concerned about the problem of law enforcement and people who are deaf,” said Paula Pearlman, Meister’s lawyer. “He wasn’t doing anything other than trying to get away from people who were hurting him.”
The charges filed are specifically against the four officers who were involved in the assault. Hawthorne police have not yet commented on the case.
Police in San Francisco Arrest Good Samaritan and Force Him To Spend A Night in Solitary Confinement
A San Francisco man and his friend called 911 after discovering an injured woman who had fallen off her bicycle on the street, but when police arrived, the man was arrested and taken to jail for no reason at all.
Peretz Partensky wrote about his July 2013 incident in which he spent 12 hours in jail, with half of that time in solitary confinement.
“My friend Ben Woosley and I were hanging out at Driftwood Bar on Folsom Street,” wrote Partensky in his post online. “We were talking work; we had three drinks over the course of three hours. We left the bar at 12:45am and walked towards my house, a block away. The accident had happened just seconds before…the bicycle had flipped forward and lay unattended in the street. The girl’s foot was bare and mangled, her chin bleeding. There was blood on her jacket, a puddle of it on the ground.”
Partensky says he then called 911 as Woosley and a bystander tried to help keep the woman’s foot elevated. When police finally arrived, Partensky says he identified himself as the caller. Out of nowhere, Partensky says that the officers grabbed Ben, who was keeping the injured woman’s foot elevated, dragged him across the sidewalk, and threw him against the wall. When Partensky tried to explain to the officers that he and Woosley were heading home and that they discovered the accident, officers handcuffed him. According to Partensky, he was not told why he was being arrested and was never read his rights.
“As I sat cuffed and propped against the wall, another officer came over and reprimanded me for obstructing police work,” wrote Partensky. “If this were indeed the case, I said, I would agree. But I hadn’t interfered with the medical response, nor could I have. I was 15 feet away from Rebecca [the injured woman] and Josh when I was tackled. I had good intentions, I said. I had called 911 and was following the operator’s instructions to remain on the scene until the ambulance arrived. That was all.”
“The small talk continued. They said I had nothing to worry about. I had done the right thing,” continued Partensky in his post. “I’d probably be taken to the police station around the corner and released. I asked whether I should communicate this to Ben or other friends, in case I needed help getting bailed out. They said that this process should be quick, quicker than my friends’ ability to help, and that I’d be out in no time.”
Partensky was soon taken to San Francisco County Jail, put in a cell, and treated harshly for his 12-hour stay there. During that time, he tried to ask officers if he could see a doctor because he was having head pain from police arresting him, and after asking numerous times, the officers escorted him to solitary where they stripped him naked and left him there with little attention for six hours.
By the time the day shift officers arrived, Partensky says, the entire tune changed completely. A psychiatrist arrived to evaluate Partensky and immediately realized that he should not be there. He was transferred to a holding cell and began the process of being released.
Once Partensky retrieved his personal items, an officer informed him that if he showed up to court on Tuesday, all charges against him would be dropped. He recalls the conversation he had before walking out the door.
“The charges will be dropped if you show up on Tuesday. If you don’t show up, there will be a warrant for your arrest,” I was casually informed.
“Deputy, should I have been here in the first place?”
It was almost too good to hear. “Then why did I end up here?”
“You have to consider the source.” This phrase I remember verbatim.
“How do you mean?”
“I mean, there are a lot of young cops on the street, trying to make a name for themselves.”
Now, Partensky has filed complaints with the city, to no avail, and plans to file a lawsuit. It's also being reported that one of the arresting officers was already being sued by another person at the time of this unwarranted arrest.
A sheriff’s deputy in Denver, Colorado is attempting to appeal a decision to suspend him for 30 days after he randomly assaulted an inmate during a court appearance in 2012.
The unprovoked attack, which happened in September of 2012, was caught on the courtroom’s cameras. The court proceeding, known as a first advisement, took place so that the judge could explain to inmate Anthony Waller why he was being held and give him an outline of his legal schedule. It’s clear in the video that Waller, who was handcuffed and shackled by the surrounding officers prior to entering the courtroom, was respectfully listening to the judge’s comments for a brief period of time and wasn’t causing any issues.
As soon as the judge was finished speaking, Waller began to ask a question.
“Ah, yes, ma’am, I’d like to object first,” said Waller to Judge Doris Burd. “If I’m under investigation, I thought the investigation came first and then the arrest came.”
Just as Judge Burd started answering Waller’s question, Sheriff’s Deputy Brady Lovingier suddenly grabbed Waller by the chain around his waist and violently slammed him against a glass window. Waller fell to the ground as Lovingier screamed at him.
“Get on your feet,” Lovingier yelled. “Don’t turn on me. Get on your feet. Get on your feet.”
A year after the incident, Lovingier was finally disciplined by Denver’s safety department, but he was only given 30 days suspension for the attack that they deemed he had “no legitimate reason” to perpetrate.
“If he had killed me, would he have gotten 30 days?” said Waller to The Independent. “I was defenseless. I was addressing the judge, exercising my constitutional rights, and this is what I get? A savage beating?”
Lovingier says he used force against Waller to control him and stop him from being aggressive, but as anybody can see from the video, Waller was behaving normally. According to reports, Lovingier is planning to appeal his suspension next week.
Arizona woman Keri Gonzalez broke her ankle after she was found naked in a 15-year-old boy’s room and jumped from the second story window to escape recognition.
Around 2 a.m. on January 21, the boy’s mother woke up after hearing knocking sounds near her son’s room. When she opened his door, she reportedly saw Gonzalez crouched on the floor naked.
When the boy’s mother yelled at Gonzalez to leave, the 34-year-old quickly dressed and leaped from the window so that the mother would not recognize her.
Half an hour later, Gonzales showed up at the family’s front door and reported that her ankle was broken, revealing her identity.
The 15-year-old-boy told police that Gonzalez was a family acquaintance. She had arrived with alcohol that night and the two had had sex twice before his mother woke up.
After following up on a false address Gonzales had given police, she was interviewed and booked into Pinal County jail for sexual misconduct with a minor and providing false information to an officer.
An Idaho police officer was caught on his dashboard camera fatally shooting a dog in its owner’s yard while responding to a call, and now, the police department is defending the officer’s actions.
Officer Tarek Hassani responded to a complaint that there were loose dogs at the home of Rick Clubb. When he arrived at Clubb’s home, he discovered that there were, in fact, three dogs running around the property. The video shows Hassani walk up to one of the dogs and kick it while yelling at them to get out of the way. He then takes out his gun, points it at Clubb’s service dog, Hooch, and shoots it right in the yard.
“He didn’t have to pull out his .45 and shoot my dog,” said Clubb. “It was right outside my son’s bedroom. What if it had ricocheted through the window?”
Clubb was in the house when the fatal shot was fired because the family was celebrating their 9-year-old son’s birthday. When Clubb answered Hassani’s knock at the door, an argument broke out. Hassani threatened to take Clubb to jail if Clubb refused to cooperate with Hassani.
Through it all, Hassani said he felt bad that he shot the dog but defended his actions because, as he claimed, he thought he was going to get bitten. He says a past experience getting bitten by a dog at a call is why he felt he had to shoot it.
"It got to the point where he felt that the dog was too much of a danger, and it was aggressing him too much, and he decided that he didn't want to get bit, and for his own safety shot the dog and put it down," said Filer Chief of Police Tim Reeves. “The officer does not have to get bit before he could defend himself against the dog.”
Hooch was reportedly a service dog for Clubb, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, and was seven years old.