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Journalists Arrested for Interviewing Portland Police Officers and Local District Attorney

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Portland Oregon where journalists are arrested for attempting to interview Portland Police Officers and District Attorney.  Oregon Journalists Bob West and Eli Richey both have a colorful history as it relates to documenting the employees of Oregon Law Enforcement agencies, both have been arrested multiple times for various phony charges only to later have the charges dropped by the DA’s office sadly this is not the case this time.
As of Friday, July 21, 2017, Eli Richey is in custody with a $250,000.00 bond for six misdemeanors and Bob is free on his own recognizance with a promise to appear on Tuesday next week for a first appearance. I expect that Eli will be released early next week as well because the bail amount is purely punitive and simply a result of the staff at the county jail politicking and plotting revenge against Eli for documenting the Portland Police Bureau employees, a 100% lawful and legal act.

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First responders suffering from PTSD addressed in Vic Torres bill

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

The Pulse nightclub massacre took its toll on at least one Orlando cop who responded that horrible morning and state Sen. Victor Torres said he’s convinced it’s time the state recognized Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a covered disability for Workers Compensation claims.
Torres filed Senate Bill 1088 Wednesday night to make first responders suffering from PTSD and similar afflictions eligible for lost wages while recovering from a mental disability.
The Orlando Democrat said he was moved to do so by the case of Orlando Police Officer Gerry Realin, as pursued by his wife Jessica Realin. After helping remove some of the 49 bodies of people murdered, and assist the 53 people wounded, in the Pulse nightclub on June 12, the officer struggled through a couple of weeks of work before he had to go home and seek attention for mental illness, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Currently first responders must have a corresponding physical injury to qualify for mental injury Workers Comp. Realin was turned down. Friends have opened a GoFundMe.com account to help as he recovers.
Torres, a retired police detective with the New York Transit Authority, said he knows all too well the toll that officers, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders often pay for handling tragedies; how they often try to keep it to themselves; and how, when they do seek help, at least in Florida, they can lose wages for their work-related disability.
“The least we can do for those who put their lives on the line every day to protect the citizens of this state is make sure they have the ability to get the treatment they need and provide for their families while they are recovering from any physical or mental illnesses,” Torres said.
Currently there is no companion bill in the house, though Torres has spoken to Republican state Rep.

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John Mina: ‘Great police work’ led to the capture of murder suspect Markeith Loyd

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Markeith Loyd, suspected in the killing of Master Sergeant Debra Clayton in a shootout last week, was caught after over a week of hunting by the Orlando Police Department Tuesday night. He’ll face multiple charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault.
Loyd has been the subject of a nine-day-long manhunt by the OPD as well as the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and a slew of other agencies. He is suspected to have killed Clayton in a shootout at a Walmart on Princeton Street and John Young Parkway the morning of Jan. 9.
Clayton was pursuing Loyd because he was wanted for the December 2016 murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Sade Dixon.
Before a crowd of reporters at the OPD Headquarters, Police Chief John Mina relayed what had happened.
Around 7 p.m., Orlando Police tracked Loyd to an abandoned house on Lescot Lane in Carver Shores and a SWAT team was notified. Before they could arrive, Loyd allegedly tried to escape, but he ran back inside after being confronted by OPD officers.
Then he allegedly came out the front door clad in body armor, wielding two handguns, one of which had 100 rounds in it. But from there, he was apprehended and taken into custody. He threw the guns on the ground as he went, Mina said.
He did resist arrest as handcuffs were put on him and sustained some minor head injuries.
Mina said the arrest did not come from a tip, but from good old fashioned police work.
“This was great police work,” he said. “It was nine days of officers working nonstop. They were living in their vehicles, going to the bathroom in their vehicles. They talked to every associate who had come in contact with him since December. They tracked every single lead down.”
He said there would be more arrests coming, too, for those who may have

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Bill would subject police, corrections officers to psychological screening

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Legislation filed in the Florida House would mandate that police and corrections officers undergo psychological evaluation upon hiring and every four years subsequently.
HB 37 also would require training academies to seek and maintain accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
Each screening would be done by a licensed “mental health professional.”
“It is my belief that by requiring additional certification and training for our law enforcement professionals, we only increase the credibility of the courageous work they do on behalf of the communities they serve,” bill sponsor Shevrin Jones said.
“The brave women and men who put on the uniform every day in order to protect and serve their fellow Floridians deserve nothing less than access to the best training and mental health care services that can be provided,” the West Park Democrat said.
“This legislation will ensure that we are affording them with all the tools they need to succeed.”
Jones said in a press release that the bill was a response to “ongoing discussions taking place between law enforcement officers and the communities they are sworn to protect.” He referred to town hall and panel discussions, plus news coverage of police-community relations.
The commission was formed in 1979 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives; the National Sheriffs’ Association; and the Police Executive Research Forum.
Its accreditation process, according to its website, seeks to improve public confidence by boosting local agencies’ crime prevention and control capabilities; formalizing management procedures; establishing “fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices;” improving service to the public; and fostering cooperation with other police agencies.
“Our focus is to create a system of accountability that allows law enforcement officers to being in a healthy mental state of mind at all times while serving and protecting its people,” said Jerrick Leonard, Jones’ aide,

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Orlando Eye shines blue in remembrance of fallen police sergeant

Monday, January 9th, 2017

The Orlando Eye, always a sort of emotional thermometer for the city, shone a bright shade of blue Monday night in remembrance of the death of Orlando Police Master Sergeant Debra Clayton, shot to death Monday morning.
In the past, the Eye has shone rainbow colors for the Pulse nightclub shooting and other colors to honor the victims of the Paris attack in November 2015 and the Brussels airport bombing in March 2016, as well as various shades for the holidays, such as peppermint red-and-green for Christmas.
Clayton died Monday morning after being shot while pursuing murder suspect Markeith Loyd at a Walmart on Princeton Street and John Young Parkway.
A manhunt for Loyd was underway for the remainder of the day, and law enforcement are offering a $60,000 reward for any information that could lead to his capture.
An Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Norman Lewis, was also killed in a car crash Monday morning.
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John Mina ready to go ‘to the ends of the Earth’ to catch shooting suspect Markeith Loyd

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Orlando Police Chief John Mina was sure of himself standing before a crowd Monday afternoon – they were going to catch Markeith Loyd, the suspect in the killing of Master Sergeant Debra Clayton by firearm earlier in the day.
“It doesn’t matter where he goes,” Mina said. “We’ll track him to the ends of the Earth.”
Mina said they were currently searching for Loyd in the Brookside Apartments area, located at 3997 Rosewood Way in Orlando. He advised anyone who didn’t absolutely need to be there to leave the area, as there was a high police presence there as of the late afternoon.
He also disclosed more details about Clayton’s final hours.
According to Mina, Clayton had been on patrol when she was approached early Monday morning by a civilian who tipped her off about Loyd’s presence in the area.
As Loyd was wanted for the December killing of a pregnant woman, Clayton responded by going to the Walmart at the corner of Princeton Street and John Young Parkway where Loyd had been reportedly seen. She saw him and a short foot chase ensued.
It was when she yelled out “stop” that Loyd allegedly turned and fired at her. She was hit, but returned fire – although Mina said they don’t currently believe he was hit.
Loyd also hit another officer, Joe Castro, and wounded him as he fled.
From there, Loyd escaped and a manhunt ensued, which has been going on most of the day Monday.
Mina said the department’s current belief was that people had absolutely been helping Loyd evade capture – he was still wanted on the murder from December, after all.
“I believe people have been helping him all along,” he said. “If we find out who they are, we will criminally charge them.”
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer called the day “incredibly difficult” for everyone and assured

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Buddy Dyer calls for ‘day of mourning’ after officer deaths

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Two law enforcement officials were killed on Monday morning – Orlando Police Department Master Sergeant Debra Clayton as well as an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy in a motorcycle crash while pursuing Loyd in a chase afterwards.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has said today shall be a “day of mourning.”
In what’s being called a “tragic irony,” the shooting of both officers Monday morning occurred on what is known as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
Clayton was shot near a Walmart earlier on Monday.
The man suspected in the shooting, Markeith Loyd, is also wanted for the murder of a pregnant woman last December, according to the OPD on Twitter.
Loyd was still at large late Monday morning.
Police Chief John Mina called Clayton “deeply committed to the community,” and said they were helping her family – a husband and two children – with everything they needed.
“I worked with her for 17 years,” he said. “She was deeply committed to this community. She gave her life protecting the community she loved.”
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said the community’s collective hearts broke for the loss of Clayton and the deputy.
“The death of any law enforcement officer is an utter tragedy and a blow to the entire community,” she said. “We will stand with all of Central Florida and the nation in paying tribute to the service and courage of this dedicated officer.”
Sen. Randolph Bracy said the killings, as well as that of the pregnant woman last December, had only strengthened his resolve to work hard for criminal justice reform and gun control in the Senate.
“I condemn this violence and I will work hard as the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman to reform our laws, to make it harder for criminals to have access to high powered and illegal weapons in our communities,” he said. “The alleged shooter in this case is linked to another murder

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Marco Rubio mourns Orlando officers killed, calls for law enforcement respect ‘every day’

Monday, January 9th, 2017

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, in the wake of the deaths of two law enforcement officials in Orlando on Monday, condemned the violence and mourned Orlando Police Department Master Sergeant Debra Clayton and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputy killed.
“Sergeant Clayton leaves behind a husband and two children, and her murderer must be held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he said. “During this heartbreaking time, we honor the memory of these officers and their dedication to public service, and will keep their families and colleagues in our prayers.”
He also spoke of the wider problem of police being killed.
“With so much violence directed at police officers in recent months, including deadly ambush-style attacks, it’s important to support the men and women who serve and protect their fellow citizens. Today happens to be Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and as we honor the Thin Blue Line, let’s always remember that they put on the uniform every day with the realization that they may not come home.”
The selflessness and bravery of those who work in law enforcement, Rubio said, deserves recognition and support “not just today, but every day.”
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Broward grand jury to review death of black man tasered by Coconut Creek police

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward’s grand jury will convene next week to consider whether four Coconut Creek police officers should face criminal charges in the death of a black man who was shot multiple times by police firing Taser stun guns.
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Hillary Clinton: deaths of unarmed blacks ‘unbearable’ and ‘intolerable’

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton decried the two recent police shootings of unarmed black men – and all those that have proceeded it the past two years – as “unbearable” and “intolerable” and vowed to do something about it as president.
In a speech she gave in a predominantly black neighborhood in Orlando Wednesday, Clinton also decried the targeting of police offices, including the incident in Philadelphia Saturday in which a gunman targeting police killed a civilian and wounded two officers.
She praised police as serving with “extraordinary courage, honor and skill” on a daily basis. But she also expressed strong concern for what she called “upsetting incidents,” the most recent shootings of black men, Terrence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., and Keith Lamont Scott in North Carolina. And Clinton then spoke of her conversations with Lesley McSpadden, mother of Trayvon Martin, who was killed just up the road in Sanford in a non-police shooting that started the Black Lives Matter movement.
Clinton’s comments about the shootings and police came at the beginning of her 31-minute speech, and upstaged the primary message of that speech: her plans that she said will help millions of disabled Americans enter the workforce and be productive for fair wages.
“There is still much we don’t know about what happened. But we do know we have two more names to add to a list of African Americans killed by police officers,” Clinton said. “It’s unbearable. And it needs to be intolerable.
“I’ve spoken to many of the police chiefs and other law enforcement leaders who are as deeply concerned as I am and deeply committed as I am to reform. Why? Because they know it’s essential to the safety of our communities and our officers. We are safer when the communities respect the police and the police respect the communities.”

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Yolanda Hood: I don’t control a lot of things – but I can control what I read

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

I found myself facing some epic declarations and accusations recently:
“How do you even have the job that you have?”
“And you have a Ph.D. in English! How? How did that happen?”
“Should you even be a librarian?”
I laughed in the face of everyone’s reactions to my seeming disgrace. I like to laugh.
I had confessed to multiple friends and colleagues that I had never read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and likely would never read it. I also acknowledged that the chances of my reading Go Set a Watchman, touted as the recently released sequel, are slim to none as well. So, now you see what all the commotion was about.
Why should I read it? I actually live it.
I’ve been told that To Kill a Mockingbird is a moving portrayal of racism, social injustice, and the fight to overcome them. Well, I live those experiences every day. And, I am reminded of it every day in one way or another.
There was the time this summer when my 13-year-old daughter asked me questions that I didn’t know how to answer: “Will the police help me if I need help? Will they kill me, mom? Will they kill you?” I didn’t want to answer her because the truth of the matter is that I could have answered each of those questions with, “It’s possible.”
As if that’s not enough, there was the time I was the only African-American at a meeting in which everyone voiced their opinions and participated in the brainstorming session with helpful feedback, but when my turn came and I began to share, I was immediately dismissed with a raised voice, a hand slammed against the table, a face turned red. Even though I pushed through and completed my thoughts, I was reminded by this micro-aggression that my ideas were not wanted.
I

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News Flash: Miami PD Says No New Developments In Koubek Center Bomb Threat

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

A spokesperson for the City of Miami Police Department said that there were “no updates” in the investigation to identity the person or persons responsible for multiple bomb threats targeted at a gathering of journalists and video game enthusiasts last Saturday.
The spokesperson also said that the investigation was being run by the department’s Special Intelligence division and that no outside agencies had been involved so far.
The bomb threat took place on the 2700 block of Southwest 3rd St in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. Local police were tipped off when the Miami Herald sent them an email that contained a threat in it.
Miami fire rescue responds to a bomb threat at the Koubek Center on Saturday August 16th.
Michael Koretzky, the organizer of the event said on Saturday that the threat outlined a specific time when a bomb would go off.
Koretzky also said that the threat reported to police were six bombs total but people were evacuated because the last bomb had a time attached to it, making it a specific threat.
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