Officer shot and killed in suburb of Chicago

Fox Lake Officer KilledFrom Breitbart.com:

Police Searching for Suspects After Cop Shot and Killed in Chicago Suburb

by AWR Hawkins

Police in the northern Chicago suburb of Fox Lake are on a manhunt for three suspects after an officer was shot and killed during the morning hours of September 1.

According to CBS Chicago, “Lake County Sheriff’s Det. Chris Covelli said, around 7:50 a.m., the officer radioed he was pursuing three suspects, after looking into their ‘suspicious activity.’ Police lost radio contact with the officer, who was later found with a gunshot wound.”

Police indicate that the trio consists of two white males and one black male. CBS Chicago points to “unconfirmed reports” that the trio may have taken the fallen “officer’s gun and pepper spray.”

“Send everybody you possibly can… officer is down.”

So tell me again, Juan Williams, that Black Lives Matter isn’t a hate group and that their influence is completely insignificant.

BZ

 

LAPD gets body cams today

LAPD Body CamsToday is Monday, August 31st.

That means it’s the last day of the month, 24 days before the first day of Fall, and one week prior to Labor Day.

It’s also the day LAPD implements its body cam program with 860 of its 7,000 officers.

From the LATimes.com:

LAPD’s long-awaited body cameras will hit the streets on Monday

by Kate Mather

Starting Monday, many Los Angeles police officers will hit the streets with new equipment: body cameras.

After nearly two years of fundraising, testing and negotiating policy, Monday’s rollout marks a significant moment for the police department’s long-awaited body camera program. The city plans to purchase and deploy more than 7,000 devices in the coming months, making it the largest in the country to use the cameras on a wide scale.

This is a huge step for LAPD, not known as necessarily the first department in the nation to undertake large LE ventures.

The first batch of cameras — 860 devices purchased with about $1.5 million in private donations — will be given to officers within the next month, the LAPD’s chief information officer told the Police Commission on Tuesday.

Officers working the LAPD’s Mission Division — which covers San Fernando Valley cities including Sylmar and Panorama City — will get their cameras on Monday, Maggie Goodrich told the commission. Officers assigned to South L.A.’s Newton Division will start using the cameras in mid-September, followed by those working specialized units, such as Central Division traffic and SWAT.

One quick aside: the City of Los Angeles consists of 503 square miles with a population of 3.8 million.  There are slightly fewer than 9,000 officers on LAPD, yielding an officer-to-citizen ratio of 1 officer per 447 citizens.

In contrast, the City of New York consists of 304 square miles with a population of 8.4 million.  There are about 34,500 officers on NYPD, yielding an officer-to-citizen ratio of 1 officer per 243 citizens, almost twice as much as LAPD.

The greatest points of contention with police bodycams involve privacy, as in: how and when will they be operating, who can access the take, view the take, and how long will the take be archived.

Concerns continue to linger over the LAPD’s use of the new technology, particularly over who will get to see the videos and when.

The LAPD policy — approved by the Police Commission’s 3-1 vote in April — allows officers to review the footage before writing reports or giving statements to internal investigators. But the LAPD has said it does not plan on publicly releasing the recordings unless they are part of a criminal or civil court proceeding.

This, naturally, pisses off the ACLU.

There are already large issues with mass technology in law enforcement.  Dashcams have been around for a number of years and many departments wired officers for sound from said dashcams, though their sphere of functionality diminishes with distance from the vehicle.

Two subjects come immediately into play, of course: initial purchase price for the systems and server / storage prices as well as issues also involving reliability, expandability, location and uploading.

My department, as did many others, experienced problems with informational uploading of dashcams at EOW (end of watch).  Car were parked in the lot in order to have their drives uploaded only to have their batteries killed due to the lengthy amount of time it took for up to twenty cars to fight for the server simultaneously.  Some vehicles couldn’t be utilized for the next shift as they were still uploading.

Bodycams won’t completely replace dashcams, either.  They have two entirely different perspectives; one locked from the dashboard of a law enforcement vehicle, and the second from a mobile but shaky platform called a human being.

But let there be no doubt whatsoever: whatever the take of a bodycam, it is eminently discoverable and subpoenable by law under court order.

For cops, the questions are: does the bodycam go on the moment I go BOW (beginning of watch)?  Is it on when I urinate, defecate, go to lunch or dinner, talk to children, have a casual encounter with a citizen totally uninvolved in a call for service?  Can I turn it on and off at will?  What if it’s on when I talk to someone who wants to remain anonymous, or if I consult with a CI or confidential informant?

What if, as a citizen, officers come to my house and provide me with advice or information about a problem I have, and I don’t like the outcome?  Can’t I complain about the results and demand access to the bodycam take in order to justify my complaint and demand a different outcome?  If I can do that once, why can’t every citizen do that when they don’t care for the outcomes of their own police encounters?  After all, I know my call, as a citizen complainant, was recorded by at least one police bodycam.

An overall collection of police bodycam articles and policies is here.

A reporters’ interactive map of police bodycam laws and policies is here.

A US DOJ bodycam implementation guide is here.

An ACLU police bodycam article is here.

My department is still considering the purchase of a bodycam / server system.  I suspect it is waiting to see where the inevitable lawsuits will fall and how they will fall.

BZ

 

Sign the petition

Kill WhitesHarris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Darren Goforth was assassinated late Friday night by a 30-year-old black male whose only purpose for doing so was to kill a cop, on the heels of various black groups like #FukYoFlag and #BlackLivesMatter advocating the lyinching and killing of cops and whites.

Members of the #FYF911 or #FukYoFlag and #BlackLivesMatter movements called for the lynching and hanging of white people and cops. They encouraged others on a radio show Tuesday night to “turn the tide” and kill white people and cops to send a message about the killing of black people in America.

Barack Hussein Obama made it a point to have officials from his administration attend the funeral of black thug MIchael Brown.  Trayvon Martin would have been Obama’s son.

Therefore, in the interest of what Leftists/Progressives/Demorats embrace, fairness and equality, it is only fair and equal that Mr Obama attend himself or send representatives of political significance to the funeral of Deputy Darren Goforth.

Please sign the petition here.

Acknowledge the unprovoked ambush and Capital Murder of Deputy Darren Goforth

On Friday, August 28th, 2015 Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth was ambushed and shot to death while refueling his patrol car at a gas station. The shooter approached from behind, and without provocation shot the Deputy multiple times including after he had fallen to the ground. 

I wish to call on the President of the United States to condemn this brazen, unprovoked attack on law enforcement personally and publicly through a press conference. I call on him to publicly and personally utter the words “Lives Matter” during this press conference without any qualifiers or reservation.

I call on him to send Heather Foster, an adviser in the White House Office of Public Engagement, and at least 2 other White House representatives he deems appropriate to attend Deputy Goforth’s funeral and publicly express support for law enforcement and condemn this cowardly ambush of an innocent law enforcement officer.

I call on him to make it the spoken and written policy of the White House to announce/reaffirm support the nationwide law enforcement community in the lawful performance of their sworn duty, and to publicly and personally announce this policy during this press conference also without qualifiers or reservation.

Again, please sign the petition here.

BZ

 

Suspect arrested in deputy’s assassination

Harris Co Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth EOW 8-29-15Just updated, from CNN.com:

A suspect was arrested Saturday in connection with the execution-style shooting of Deputy Darren H. Goforth at a Houston-area gas station, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said. Shannon J. Miles is charged with capital murder. The motive is unclear.

A handgun has been recovered and tests show it matches the weapon used in the killing, Hickman said.

The Harris County department along with associated media are being very tight-lipped about the ethnicity of the suspect, whom I believe will be proven to be black.

UPDATED:

From Twitchy.  The suspect in the assassination of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth is a 31-year old black male named Shannon J. Miles.

Harris Co Sheriff SUSPECTThis could become a nation-shaking event with serious ramifications, particularly with regard to the “Black Lives Matter” groups.  And it may not be pleasant.

SHANNON MILES SUSPECTA black male has baldly assassinated a Texas deputy sheriff and is in custody.  Breitbart.com indicates:

HOUSTON, Texas – Authorities in Harris County have identified the alleged killer of a Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy as Shannon Juruary Miles, 31. Breitbart Texas has learned that Miles has an extensive history with law enforcement in Harris County.

Miles is the registered owner of the 2002 red Ford Ranger that law enforcement appeared to search on Friday night outside the home where Miles lives. The Ford was being sought after police obtained security video from the gas station where Deputy Darren Goforth was killed. They also had a description of the vehicle from witnesses.

Miles is being charged with capital murder involving the killing of a police officer.

Breitbart Texas has learned that Miles attended Prairie View A&M University, according to what appears to be his Facebook page. This is the school where Sandra Bland was arrested following a traffic stop and alleged assault on a police officer in July. Three days later Bland killed herself in the Waller County jail and became a prominent icon in the #BlackLivesMatter movement. It appears he attended the predominantly black university for one year from August, 2004 to May, 2004. Following that he attended other colleges including Houston Community College and the University of Houston Hilton College.

Harris Co Sheriff KHOU Suspect MilesThis will not go well, I do not believe.

BZ

 

Texas cop assassinated, shot in head from behind

Harris Co Sheriff TX KilledFrom the Associated Press:

Deputy ambushed, fatally shot at gas station near Houston

by Juan Lozano, AP

HOUSTON (AP) — The search for the suspect in the death of a uniformed sheriff’s deputy who was shot several times while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station continued Saturday morning, authorities said.

Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was pumping gas about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ryan Sullivan told The Associated Press.

Goforth was a 10-year veteran of the force, had a wife and two children, according to Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman.

Simply said, the suspect walked up behind the deputy who had just finished pumping gas in a station, shot him in the head and then shot him as he lay dying on the ground.

Question: is this a black suspect?  Is this a white suspect?  There is yet no information about the ethnicity of the suspect himself.  The frame above is certainly not accurate visual information; it only provides a brief overview.

News, as of this writing, indicates there may be a suspect in custody.  This has not yet been fully confirmed.

These are tough times to be a cop.  I know, I’m a cop.  Yes, I retired two months ago after forty-one years in law enforcement.  Most cops do their 20 and leave.  I did over twice the time  That’s how much I enjoyed my job and wanted to serve.  But even though I retired, I’m still a cop inside and out.  My being a Sheepdog, a Silverback, doesn’t just stop at midnight on one specific day.  It doesn’t work that way.

If a black suspect is involved, I’m sure Cornell West will call the situation another “love deficit” as he did with the BGM killing.

Deputy Goforth is now one of 23 law enforcement officers killed this year.

My thoughts and prayers to the Goforth family, friends and relatives, the Harris County Sheriff family, and all of us in law enforcement family.

We could use the help.

BZ