Resisting Arrest: Pittsburg woman drives off with officer partially inside car, CHP says

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SAN FRANCISCO — A Pittsburg woman was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder last week after she drove intoxicated with a child inside while an officer was hanging onto her car, according to the California Highway Patrol. The officer was injured but released from the hospital shortly after the incident, police said. Nicole Wade, 33, was arrested around 5 p.m. April 27 in the wake of a traffic stop on the Bay Bridge that started when she handed over an ID card that wasn’t hers, then began to walk back to her car when a CHP officer asked her for more information about her identity, police said. The officer — identified by police only as “K. Spears” — tried to keep Wade from driving off, but she did so anyway as he was leaning inside the driver’s window. She reached speeds of 35 to 40 mph with the officer hanging on and also sideswiped a vehicle, police said. After driving a quarter-mile, Wade rear-ended another car and Spears managed to force her steering wheel to turn into the Bay Bridge’s rail barrier, disabling the car in the process. Wade was arrested shortly thereafter and booked on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment, reckless evading, giving false information to a police officer, DUI with injuries, and resisting arrest. It was later discovered that Wade had three active arrest warrants in Contra Costa County. The child in the car was turned over to Child Protective Services and two adult passengers were released, police said. In 2015, Wade was arrested in Antioch after she and another man were interrupted attempting to steal a car. In that incident, police said Wade sped off onto Highway 4, crashed her car, and was arrested on suspicion of felony auto theft, evading police and probation violations. Spears was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the San Francisco General Hospital. Wade remains in San Francisco County jail.

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Jimmie Alfred Walker: 5 Fast Facts About White Officer that opened fire on a Black father at Walmart

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A white California police officer who opened fire on a car in a Walmart parking lot along with three other officers, killing a black man, was charged with a hate crime after an off-duty bar fight in 2010. Barstow Police Officer Jimmie Alfred Walker was fired after being convicted of charges related to that incident, but an arbitrator later ruled that the department had to rehire him.

Walker, 38, was one of four officers to fire upon a Ford Mustang being driven by Diante Yarber, a 26-year-old father of three, who was killed by the gunfire, The Guardian reports. Three passengers were also in the car and one woman, Mariana Tafoya, was wounded, but all survived the incident. The April 5 shooting remains under investigation by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The shooting sparked outrage in the community and nationally and attorneys representing Yarber’s family plan to file a civil rights lawsuit against Walker, the other officers and the Barstow Police Department.

Walker, of Victorville, could not be reached for comment about the shooting and the past hate crime accusations and criminal convictions against him. It is not clear if he has hired an attorney. His name was first released by attorneys representing Yarber’s family and The Guardian confirmed his involvement in the shooting on April 30 with a spokesperson from the Barstow Police Department. Police had previously refused to identify the officers who shot Yarber and said in a statement it was “precluded by state law from providing or sharing any information related to the personnel records of the involved officers.”

Attorneys representing Yarber’s family and the passengers in the Mustang plan to file a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming the shooting was excessive and possibly racially motivated. “We believe the police officers had many other options at their disposal,” attorney Sharon Brunner told the Victorville Daily Press.

Merritt told the newspaper video shows the officers were not in danger. He also a passenger inside the vehicle claims one of the passengers heard the officers yelling racial slurs. “‘N*gger, we’re going to kill you.’ That’s what was being shouted by the officers before the shooting. They scared him so much he jumped out of the vehicle before the shooting occurred. He knew they had deadly intent. … We don’t want this to be another quick lawsuit. We want criminal accountability for these officers. That’s murder charges, that’s attempted murder charges, that’s a vigorous prosecution, conviction, and ultimately, a place behind bars.”

Here’s what you need to know about Jimmie Alfred Walker and the shooting:


1. Walker Pleaded Guilty After the Bar Fight, but Had the Conviction Dismissed When He Completed Probation, Which Included Making a $200 Donation to the NAACP & Attending Narcotics Anonymous Meetings

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Barstow Police Officer Jimmie Alfred Walker.

Jimmie Alfred Walker was arrested in November 2010 by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on hate crime and battery charges, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.According to the Times, Walker, then 30, was accused of using racial slurs against a man and assaulting him and a woman during a late night alercation outside a bar in Hesperia. Deputies responded to a disturbance call in the 11200 block of Fifth Avenue shortly after midnight on August 26. Walker was accused of assaulting the 32-year-old man and 31-year-old woman and deputies aid when they arrived they witnessed him using racial epithets toward the man. The Times reported that the race of the victims was not immediately available.

He was charged with violating the man’s civil rights by force or threat of force, disturbing the peace and two counts of misdemeanor battery, all misdemeanors, police told the Times. “The officer was charged under a hate crime statute that makes it unlawful to use force, threats or intimidation to interfere with another person’s rights because of disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation,” the newspaper reported. He was released on $50,000 bail and the Barstow Police Department assigned him to stay home pending the outcome of the case.

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Officer Jimmie Alfred Walker, pictured fourth from left, with other members of the Barstow Police Department

According to a 2010 report in the San Bernardino Sun, Deputy District Attorney Lisa Crane said Walker could have faced two years and three months in prison if convicted of all the charges against him. “Authorities have not disclosed what spurred the attack. Crane said she could not comment on the facts of the case,” The Sun reported. Those details have never been made public.

The case remained open until March 2014. It is not clear if Walker remained on home duty or if he was returned to the streets during that period of time. On March 26, 2014, Walker pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and inciting a fight. The other charges, including battery and the hate crime, were dropped, the Victorville Daily Press reported at the time. Walker was sentenced to 36 months of probation and was ordered to pay $285 in court fees and to make a $200 donation to the NAACP. He was also required to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings 24 times.

Attorney Lee Merritt said that the media and police have brought up Diante Yarber’s criminal record, but he said that is not what is relevant to the case. “The relevant criminal record is the criminal record of the shooter. That has been absent from the discussion,” Merritt told The Guardian.

Another attorney, Sharon Brunner, told the newspaper Walker’s history backs up their claims the shooting was unjustified and shows he was racially prejudiced to shoot the four people in the Mustang, “We believe that it shows his improper motive and his bias and hatred of African Americans. We believe that the only reason that he would believe the car was suspicious is because it contained African Americans.”

Marlon Hawkins, who was in the car, told The Guardian he thinks the officers targeted them because they were black, “It’s really disheartening that we have these demonic people out there claiming to protect and serve … What they did was nothing short of evil.”


2. Walker, Who Spent 4 Years With the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Before Being Hired in Barstow in 2009, Was Rehired by the Department With $169,000 in Back Pay After An Arbitrator’s Ruling

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Barstow Officer Jimmie Walker.

After his conviction, Barstow Police Department Lieutenant Mike Hunter told the Victorville Daily Press that Jimmie Walker had been fired from the department. He also added that Walker had the right to appeal his dismissal through an arbitration hearing, according to police department and city policies and state law. In 2015, that arbitration process was completed and an arbitrator ruled that he must be rehired by the Barstow Police Department and given back pay, according to a November 2015 article in the Victorville Daily Press.

The newspaper reported that Walker was fired in October 2013 and an internal investigation. But the arbitrator decided that Walker’s off-duty actions during the 2010 incident that led to his arrest and conviction were not worthy of termination. The city had to pay more than $82,000 in attorney’s fees and more than $10,000 in arbitrator fees. They were also ordered to pay $163,403 in back pay to Walker. Not long after Walker returned to the force, Captain Andy Espinoza tweeted out a photo praising the officer for an “exceptional display of service” for giving a disabled man a ride to the bank. Espinoza added, “Proud to work with you!”

Along with getting his job back and the check for lost wages, Walker also had the conviction wiped from his record, against the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office’s objections, spokesman Chris Lee told the Daily Press. Lee told the newspaper in 2015, “The defendant pleaded guilty to fighting in a public place and being drunk in public. He was sentenced to three years’ probation with conditions.” Lee said the judged ordered Walker to not violate any law other than minor traffic violations, pay court fees and fines and to complete NA meetings, which he did.

“In all misdemeanor cases, the law allows any defendant to come back to court after they have fulfilled the terms of their probation,” Lee told the newspaper. “It also allows the defendant to ask the court to terminate probation early and to have their charges dismissed. Over our office’s objection in this particular case, the court granted the defense motions.”

Barstow Chief Albert Ramirez, who still runs the department today, declined to comment at the time, and a spokesperson said, “We are bound by confidentiality laws and cannot discuss the specifics of the case in detail.”

Walker was originally hired by the Barstow Police Department in 2009 after spending four years working for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office. According to Transparent California, Walker was paid $59,213 in “regular pay” in 2016, the latest year in which salary data is available. He also received $9,216 in overtime pay and $28,972 in “other pay,” along with $21,544 in benefits, for a total compensation of $118,945.


3. Video Captured Dozens of Shots Ringing Out in the Walmart Parking Lot & Police Say All 4 Officers Opened Fire on the Ford Mustang Diante Yarber Was Driving

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Jimmie Alfred Walker.

The shooting that left Diante “Butchie” Yarber dead and Mariana Tafoya wounded occurred on April 5, 2018, in the parking lot of the Walmart store at 301 Montara Road in Barstow, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department said in a press release. The shooting and the incident surrounding it were recorded on dashboard cameras, officer body cameras and Walmart surveillance video systems, according to police and attorneys for Yarber’s family. That video has not been released, but a grainy video filmed by a witness has been released by Lee Merritt, one of the attorneys representing Yarber’s family. The civil rights attorney posted the video, which you can watch below, on Facebook.

The video does not show much of the incident, but dozens of shots can be heard, with lawyers saying the officers fired at least 30 shots into the black Ford Mustang that Yarber was driving. Tafoya, who was one of three passengers in the car, was struck by gunfire along with Yarber, but survived. Two other passengers, Yarber’s friend, Marlon Hawkins, and his cousin, Weslie Yarber, were not wounded. Police said the entire incident was captured on their videos, but have refused requests to release it. “The body worn cameras captured different angles of the incident and the Barstow Police Department has turned those videos over to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as part of their criminal investigation. The Barstow Police Department’s procedure is not to release any videos that are part of an on-going investigation,” police said in a statement. You can watch the witness’s video here:

Police accounts of what happened differ from those released by Merritt and other attorneys for Yarber’s family, along with the statements made to the media by Hawkins and Weslie Yarber. It was several days before police released any information about the shooting, as frustrated protesters took to the streets near the Walmart demanding information. On April 11, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on its “Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer/Officer Involved Shooting,” investigation, calling Yarber, who was killed, a “suspect,” and the officers as “victims,” while the other three passengers were described as “involved parties.”

The sheriff’s department said in its statement, “On Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 10:53 a.m. Barstow Police Officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle, a black Mustang, in the parking lot of the Walmart store. Officers arrived and located the vehicle in the parking lot. Officers believed the driver was a subject wanted for questioning in a recent crime involving a stolen vehicle. Officers attempted a traffic stop of the Mustang when the driver suddenly reversed the vehicle and struck one of the patrol cars. When the driver again accelerated toward the officers and struck a second patrol car, the officer involved shooting occurred. Two of the four occupants were struck by gunfire. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. A female passenger suffered gunshot wounds and was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. The two male passengers exited the vehicle during the incident and one of them sustained minor injuries to his lower extremities in the process. Both injured passengers are expected to recover from their injuries.”

No other details were released. On April 24, Barstow Police released its first in-depth statement on the shooting. In that statement, police said Diante Yarber was wanted in connection to an incident that occurred the morning of March 18. Police said a Barstow officer tried to stop a Hyundai during a “reckless driver call,” on East Main Street. According to police, the Hyundai’s driver “failed to yield to the officers’ red light and siren and fled in the vehicle at a high rate of speed.” The driver then got out of the vehicle on Yucca Avenue and ran from the officer. Police said they identified the driver as Diante Yarber and said the vehicle’s owner reported that Yarber stole the Hyundai on March 16, 2018. Police obtained probable cause to arrest Yarber on charges of unlawful taking of a vehicle and evading police, according to the press release.

The Barstow Police Department said in its statement that they were called to the Walmart parking lot on April 5 for a report of a “suspicious vehicle,” which was described as a black Mustang. Police did not say why the vehicle was believed to be suspicious. According to the statement, officers checkted the license plate “of the vehicle and learned that the vehicle was registered to a person with the last name of Yarber. The information regarding the registered owner was broadcast to the officers responding to the call.” Diante Yarber’s family says the Mustang was owned by his cousin. “Information that Diante Yarber was seen in a black mustang vehicle the day prior was also reported to the officers responding to the call,” police said. This is what police say happened next, according to the press release:

Barstow Police Officers responded to the location and when they arrived at Walmart they observed the black Mustang matching the description as provided to them by the dispatch center. One of the officers conducted a traffic stop on the black mustang by activating his patrol unit’s red light. The Mustang pulled into a parking stall and the driver opened his door.

The officer recognized the driver of the black Mustang as Diante Yarber and ordered him out of the vehicle. Yarber failed to follow the officer’s order, closed his door, and accelerated his vehicle in reverse striking the patrol vehicle. Yarber continued to accelerate his vehicle forward and in reverse towards the officers, almost hitting one officer before colliding with the rear of another patrol vehicle occupied by an officer.

The officers feared for their safety and the safety of others and an officer involved shooting occurred. Four (4) officers fired rounds from their duty sidearms during the incident. All four (4) officers were wearing their department issued body worn cameras and had them activated and recording at the time of the incident.

The Barstow Police Department has not said what role Jimmie Alfred Walker played in the incident, other than being one of the officers to shoot at Yarber, and have not detailed what the other officers roles were. Photos taken at the scene show the bullet-riddled Mustang:

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Photos show the bullet holes left in the Ford Mustang driven by Diante Yarber.

Attorneys representing Yarber’s family and the other passengers in the Mustang have disputed parts of the police version of events. They told The Guardian that the car Yarber was driving o the store was not stolen and he was unarmed and not a threat to the police officers. They say it violates “basic law enforcement standards to fire into a packed vehicle,” according to The Guardian. While police have called it an “assault” on officers, Dale Galipo, an attorney representing Tafoya, Yarber’s friend who was wounded, told The Guardian that Yarber was unarmed and the officers were not in the path of the Mustang when they opened fire. Merritt and the other attorneys have said they have video showing that the officers lives were not at risk.

Hawkins, who was one of the passengers, told The New York Times that everything happened quickly. He said they had just pulled in to the Walmart parking lot when several police cars arrived, boxing in the Mustang. He said there was then a lot of yelling and gunfire. Hawkins said he jumped out of the car and got on the ground.

Merritt said at a press conference on April 23, “Video evidence shows the black Ford Mustang Yarber was operating backing slowly away from police when they opened fire.” In a statement on Facebook, Merritt wrote:

Diante Yarber was profiled, stalked and murdered by Barstow PD officers. While waiting for one of his passengers to return from shopping at Walmart, Diante and his passengers were labeled ‘suspicious’ and targeted for harassment by the BPD. When officers, lacking reasonable suspicion for stopping Yarber in the first place, attempted to box his vehicle in, Yarber maneuvered his car around the police vehicles. Video footage of his car reversing slowly away from law enforcement was captured by a a pedestrian, just before officers began to shoot into the vehicle. Barstow PD confronted a vehicle full of people, suspected of nothing more than ‘looking suspicious’ with an amount force that would have been deemed excessive in a war zone. Near 10 a.m. in a crowded parking lot, police officers decided to halt Yarber’s vehicle by unleashing over 30 rifle rounds in the windshield and driver side door. Training and policy dictates that police should never fire at moving vehicles because it only increases the danger to others if they successfully disable the driver. The investigation has revealed Yarber was unarmed and that officers were not in the path of his vehicle when they opened fire. Yarber was struck an estimated two dozen times in the barrage of bullets. His back seat passenger, Marian Tafoya, was struck in her abdomen and leg and had to be airlifted to emergency treatment. This is the worse case of excessive and unnecessary force I have seen in my career. The Yarber family deserves answers in the form of transparency by the BPD. Body, dash and surveillance video must be turned over to my office immediately. The San Bernardino County district attorney must thoroughly investigate and zealously prosecute the gunman involved.

Merritt told The Guardian that Yarber did not pose any threat to officers and it was reckless for them to spray the car full of bullets with four people inside and bystanders nearby. “They saw a car full of black people sitting in front of a Walmart, and they decided that was suspicious. They just began pouring bullets … It’s irresponsible. It’s dangerous. It’s mind-boggling, the use of force,” Merritt told the newspaper.

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Merritt also told reporters that the four officers did not provide medical aid to Yarber as he was bleeding to death in the parking lot. He said it appeared Yarber was shot 10 times. Yarber, whose funeral was April 27, was a father of three and worked at a warehouse. Several protests and gatherings have been held in Barstow since the shooting to raise awareness and call for answers.

“More than I’ve ever seen before, law enforcement is being really, really closelipped about this investigation. A lot of people talked about the need for ongoing protests and marches — a lot more than I would expect at a funeral,” Merritt told the New York Times after Yarber was laid to rest.

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Diante Yarber.

“The police took him away for no reason,” Brittany Chandler, the mother of Yarber’s 19-month-old daughter, Leilani, told The Guardian. “The police should be held accountable for this … They are sick people for them to be able to shoot someone down in broad daylight.”

Samantha Robledo, the mother of Yarber’s 7-year-old daughter, told the newspaper, “He would always make you smile, no matter what. ou couldn’t be angry around him. He was so loving and friendly, and that’s what we’re going to miss the most.”


4. Walker Was Part of a Barstow Police Department Team That Took Part in a Shooting Competition Last Year

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Officer Jimmie Alfred Walker, far left, with other members of the Barstow Police Department shooting competition team and the department’s chief.

Officer Jimmie Walker was part of a Barstow Police Department team that took part in a shooting competition hosted at the department’s gun range in April 2017, according to a post on Barstow PD’s Facebook page.

“We held the 5th Annual Shooting Competition on Friday. There were eight local law enforcement teams who participated in the competition. Each agency selected their best shooter to enter the competition,” the department wrote. “Barstow Police Department’s team consisted of Lieutenant Chris Kirby, Detective Tom Lewis, Detective Nathaniel Arias, and Officer Jimmy Walker. The competition had two obstacles courses that each team had to complete. The team member with the best time in both courses advanced to the top gun competition to represent their agency.”

Walker has been featured on the department’s Facebook page several times, with pictures showing him taking part in charity events, including runs benefiting police organizations. He was also praised for his role in a marijuana bust in 2017 that drew criticism from dozens of commenters on the Facebook page.


5. The Three Other Officers Who Opened Fire After Been Identified as Corporal Jose Barrientos, Officer Mathew Helms & Officer Vincent Carrillo

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Barstow Police Corporal Jose Barrientos, Officer Mathew Helms and Officer Vincent Carrillo.

The other officers who fired their weapons during the shooting have been identified as Corporal Jose Barrientos, Officer Mathew Helms and Officer Vincent Carrillo, the Victorville Daily Press reports. All four officers have been placed on paid administrative leave. The officers were all wearing body cameras that were activated and were recording the incident, police said. They fired their duty sidearms.

Barrientos has worked for the Barstow Police Department for more than 11 years, according to a 2016 Facebook postcelebrating his 10th years of service with the department. It is not clear when Helms joined the department. Carrillo was hired in 2016. Details about their service records, including whether they have faced complaints or been involved in previous use-of-force incidents, were not immediately available.

“After the incident, the Barstow Police Department requested the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Special Investigations Unit to conduct the criminal investigation. The department is continuing to cooperate with their investigation,” Captain Andrew Espinoza said in a statement. “The Barstow Police Department also has a comprehensive internal review process. An investigator from the department responded to the scene to conduct an administrative investigation. The internal affairs investigation is separate and apart from the criminal investigation.”

Espinoza added, “San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information may call Homicide Detective Bruce Southworth at 909-387-3589. Those wishing to remain anonymous may also call the WE-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip website atwww.wetip.com.

Jimmie Alfred Walker: 5 Fast Facts About White Officer that opened fire on a Black father at Walmart

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A white California police officer who opened fire on a car in a Walmart parking lot along with three other officers, killing a black man, was charged with a hate crime after an off-duty bar fight in 2010. Barstow Police Officer Jimmie Alfred Walker was fired after being convicted of charges related to that incident, but an arbitrator later ruled that the department had to rehire him.

Walker, 38, was one of four officers to fire upon a Ford Mustang being driven by Diante Yarber, a 26-year-old father of three, who was killed by the gunfire, The Guardian reports. Three passengers were also in the car and one woman, Mariana Tafoya, was wounded, but all survived the incident. The April 5 shooting remains under investigation by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The shooting sparked outrage in the community and nationally and attorneys representing Yarber’s family plan to file a civil rights lawsuit against Walker, the other officers and the Barstow Police Department.

Walker, of Victorville, could not be reached for comment about the shooting and the past hate crime accusations and criminal convictions against him. It is not clear if he has hired an attorney. His name was first released by attorneys representing Yarber’s family and The Guardian confirmed his involvement in the shooting on April 30 with a spokesperson from the Barstow Police Department. Police had previously refused to identify the officers who shot Yarber and said in a statement it was “precluded by state law from providing or sharing any information related to the personnel records of the involved officers.”

Attorneys representing Yarber’s family and the passengers in the Mustang plan to file a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming the shooting was excessive and possibly racially motivated. “We believe the police officers had many other options at their disposal,” attorney Sharon Brunner told the Victorville Daily Press.

Merritt told the newspaper video shows the officers were not in danger. He also a passenger inside the vehicle claims one of the passengers heard the officers yelling racial slurs. “‘N*gger, we’re going to kill you.’ That’s what was being shouted by the officers before the shooting. They scared him so much he jumped out of the vehicle before the shooting occurred. He knew they had deadly intent. … We don’t want this to be another quick lawsuit. We want criminal accountability for these officers. That’s murder charges, that’s attempted murder charges, that’s a vigorous prosecution, conviction, and ultimately, a place behind bars.”

Here’s what you need to know about Jimmie Alfred Walker and the shooting:


1. Walker Pleaded Guilty After the Bar Fight, but Had the Conviction Dismissed When He Completed Probation, Which Included Making a $200 Donation to the NAACP & Attending Narcotics Anonymous Meetings

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Barstow Police Officer Jimmie Alfred Walker.

Jimmie Alfred Walker was arrested in November 2010 by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on hate crime and battery charges, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.According to the Times, Walker, then 30, was accused of using racial slurs against a man and assaulting him and a woman during a late night alercation outside a bar in Hesperia. Deputies responded to a disturbance call in the 11200 block of Fifth Avenue shortly after midnight on August 26. Walker was accused of assaulting the 32-year-old man and 31-year-old woman and deputies aid when they arrived they witnessed him using racial epithets toward the man. The Times reported that the race of the victims was not immediately available.

He was charged with violating the man’s civil rights by force or threat of force, disturbing the peace and two counts of misdemeanor battery, all misdemeanors, police told the Times. “The officer was charged under a hate crime statute that makes it unlawful to use force, threats or intimidation to interfere with another person’s rights because of disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation,” the newspaper reported. He was released on $50,000 bail and the Barstow Police Department assigned him to stay home pending the outcome of the case.

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Officer Jimmie Alfred Walker, pictured fourth from left, with other members of the Barstow Police Department

According to a 2010 report in the San Bernardino Sun, Deputy District Attorney Lisa Crane said Walker could have faced two years and three months in prison if convicted of all the charges against him. “Authorities have not disclosed what spurred the attack. Crane said she could not comment on the facts of the case,” The Sun reported. Those details have never been made public.

The case remained open until March 2014. It is not clear if Walker remained on home duty or if he was returned to the streets during that period of time. On March 26, 2014, Walker pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and inciting a fight. The other charges, including battery and the hate crime, were dropped, the Victorville Daily Press reported at the time. Walker was sentenced to 36 months of probation and was ordered to pay $285 in court fees and to make a $200 donation to the NAACP. He was also required to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings 24 times.

Attorney Lee Merritt said that the media and police have brought up Diante Yarber’s criminal record, but he said that is not what is relevant to the case. “The relevant criminal record is the criminal record of the shooter. That has been absent from the discussion,” Merritt told The Guardian.

Another attorney, Sharon Brunner, told the newspaper Walker’s history backs up their claims the shooting was unjustified and shows he was racially prejudiced to shoot the four people in the Mustang, “We believe that it shows his improper motive and his bias and hatred of African Americans. We believe that the only reason that he would believe the car was suspicious is because it contained African Americans.”

Marlon Hawkins, who was in the car, told The Guardian he thinks the officers targeted them because they were black, “It’s really disheartening that we have these demonic people out there claiming to protect and serve … What they did was nothing short of evil.”


2. Walker, Who Spent 4 Years With the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Before Being Hired in Barstow in 2009, Was Rehired by the Department With $169,000 in Back Pay After An Arbitrator’s Ruling

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Barstow Officer Jimmie Walker.

After his conviction, Barstow Police Department Lieutenant Mike Hunter told the Victorville Daily Press that Jimmie Walker had been fired from the department. He also added that Walker had the right to appeal his dismissal through an arbitration hearing, according to police department and city policies and state law. In 2015, that arbitration process was completed and an arbitrator ruled that he must be rehired by the Barstow Police Department and given back pay, according to a November 2015 article in the Victorville Daily Press.

The newspaper reported that Walker was fired in October 2013 and an internal investigation. But the arbitrator decided that Walker’s off-duty actions during the 2010 incident that led to his arrest and conviction were not worthy of termination. The city had to pay more than $82,000 in attorney’s fees and more than $10,000 in arbitrator fees. They were also ordered to pay $163,403 in back pay to Walker. Not long after Walker returned to the force, Captain Andy Espinoza tweeted out a photo praising the officer for an “exceptional display of service” for giving a disabled man a ride to the bank. Espinoza added, “Proud to work with you!”

Along with getting his job back and the check for lost wages, Walker also had the conviction wiped from his record, against the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office’s objections, spokesman Chris Lee told the Daily Press. Lee told the newspaper in 2015, “The defendant pleaded guilty to fighting in a public place and being drunk in public. He was sentenced to three years’ probation with conditions.” Lee said the judged ordered Walker to not violate any law other than minor traffic violations, pay court fees and fines and to complete NA meetings, which he did.

“In all misdemeanor cases, the law allows any defendant to come back to court after they have fulfilled the terms of their probation,” Lee told the newspaper. “It also allows the defendant to ask the court to terminate probation early and to have their charges dismissed. Over our office’s objection in this particular case, the court granted the defense motions.”

Barstow Chief Albert Ramirez, who still runs the department today, declined to comment at the time, and a spokesperson said, “We are bound by confidentiality laws and cannot discuss the specifics of the case in detail.”

Walker was originally hired by the Barstow Police Department in 2009 after spending four years working for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office. According to Transparent California, Walker was paid $59,213 in “regular pay” in 2016, the latest year in which salary data is available. He also received $9,216 in overtime pay and $28,972 in “other pay,” along with $21,544 in benefits, for a total compensation of $118,945.


3. Video Captured Dozens of Shots Ringing Out in the Walmart Parking Lot & Police Say All 4 Officers Opened Fire on the Ford Mustang Diante Yarber Was Driving

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Jimmie Alfred Walker.

The shooting that left Diante “Butchie” Yarber dead and Mariana Tafoya wounded occurred on April 5, 2018, in the parking lot of the Walmart store at 301 Montara Road in Barstow, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department said in a press release. The shooting and the incident surrounding it were recorded on dashboard cameras, officer body cameras and Walmart surveillance video systems, according to police and attorneys for Yarber’s family. That video has not been released, but a grainy video filmed by a witness has been released by Lee Merritt, one of the attorneys representing Yarber’s family. The civil rights attorney posted the video, which you can watch below, on Facebook.

The video does not show much of the incident, but dozens of shots can be heard, with lawyers saying the officers fired at least 30 shots into the black Ford Mustang that Yarber was driving. Tafoya, who was one of three passengers in the car, was struck by gunfire along with Yarber, but survived. Two other passengers, Yarber’s friend, Marlon Hawkins, and his cousin, Weslie Yarber, were not wounded. Police said the entire incident was captured on their videos, but have refused requests to release it. “The body worn cameras captured different angles of the incident and the Barstow Police Department has turned those videos over to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as part of their criminal investigation. The Barstow Police Department’s procedure is not to release any videos that are part of an on-going investigation,” police said in a statement. You can watch the witness’s video here:

Police accounts of what happened differ from those released by Merritt and other attorneys for Yarber’s family, along with the statements made to the media by Hawkins and Weslie Yarber. It was several days before police released any information about the shooting, as frustrated protesters took to the streets near the Walmart demanding information. On April 11, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on its “Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer/Officer Involved Shooting,” investigation, calling Yarber, who was killed, a “suspect,” and the officers as “victims,” while the other three passengers were described as “involved parties.”

The sheriff’s department said in its statement, “On Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 10:53 a.m. Barstow Police Officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle, a black Mustang, in the parking lot of the Walmart store. Officers arrived and located the vehicle in the parking lot. Officers believed the driver was a subject wanted for questioning in a recent crime involving a stolen vehicle. Officers attempted a traffic stop of the Mustang when the driver suddenly reversed the vehicle and struck one of the patrol cars. When the driver again accelerated toward the officers and struck a second patrol car, the officer involved shooting occurred. Two of the four occupants were struck by gunfire. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. A female passenger suffered gunshot wounds and was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. The two male passengers exited the vehicle during the incident and one of them sustained minor injuries to his lower extremities in the process. Both injured passengers are expected to recover from their injuries.”

No other details were released. On April 24, Barstow Police released its first in-depth statement on the shooting. In that statement, police said Diante Yarber was wanted in connection to an incident that occurred the morning of March 18. Police said a Barstow officer tried to stop a Hyundai during a “reckless driver call,” on East Main Street. According to police, the Hyundai’s driver “failed to yield to the officers’ red light and siren and fled in the vehicle at a high rate of speed.” The driver then got out of the vehicle on Yucca Avenue and ran from the officer. Police said they identified the driver as Diante Yarber and said the vehicle’s owner reported that Yarber stole the Hyundai on March 16, 2018. Police obtained probable cause to arrest Yarber on charges of unlawful taking of a vehicle and evading police, according to the press release.

The Barstow Police Department said in its statement that they were called to the Walmart parking lot on April 5 for a report of a “suspicious vehicle,” which was described as a black Mustang. Police did not say why the vehicle was believed to be suspicious. According to the statement, officers checkted the license plate “of the vehicle and learned that the vehicle was registered to a person with the last name of Yarber. The information regarding the registered owner was broadcast to the officers responding to the call.” Diante Yarber’s family says the Mustang was owned by his cousin. “Information that Diante Yarber was seen in a black mustang vehicle the day prior was also reported to the officers responding to the call,” police said. This is what police say happened next, according to the press release:

Barstow Police Officers responded to the location and when they arrived at Walmart they observed the black Mustang matching the description as provided to them by the dispatch center. One of the officers conducted a traffic stop on the black mustang by activating his patrol unit’s red light. The Mustang pulled into a parking stall and the driver opened his door.

The officer recognized the driver of the black Mustang as Diante Yarber and ordered him out of the vehicle. Yarber failed to follow the officer’s order, closed his door, and accelerated his vehicle in reverse striking the patrol vehicle. Yarber continued to accelerate his vehicle forward and in reverse towards the officers, almost hitting one officer before colliding with the rear of another patrol vehicle occupied by an officer.

The officers feared for their safety and the safety of others and an officer involved shooting occurred. Four (4) officers fired rounds from their duty sidearms during the incident. All four (4) officers were wearing their department issued body worn cameras and had them activated and recording at the time of the incident.

The Barstow Police Department has not said what role Jimmie Alfred Walker played in the incident, other than being one of the officers to shoot at Yarber, and have not detailed what the other officers roles were. Photos taken at the scene show the bullet-riddled Mustang:

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Photos show the bullet holes left in the Ford Mustang driven by Diante Yarber.

Attorneys representing Yarber’s family and the other passengers in the Mustang have disputed parts of the police version of events. They told The Guardian that the car Yarber was driving o the store was not stolen and he was unarmed and not a threat to the police officers. They say it violates “basic law enforcement standards to fire into a packed vehicle,” according to The Guardian. While police have called it an “assault” on officers, Dale Galipo, an attorney representing Tafoya, Yarber’s friend who was wounded, told The Guardian that Yarber was unarmed and the officers were not in the path of the Mustang when they opened fire. Merritt and the other attorneys have said they have video showing that the officers lives were not at risk.

Hawkins, who was one of the passengers, told The New York Times that everything happened quickly. He said they had just pulled in to the Walmart parking lot when several police cars arrived, boxing in the Mustang. He said there was then a lot of yelling and gunfire. Hawkins said he jumped out of the car and got on the ground.

Merritt said at a press conference on April 23, “Video evidence shows the black Ford Mustang Yarber was operating backing slowly away from police when they opened fire.” In a statement on Facebook, Merritt wrote:

Diante Yarber was profiled, stalked and murdered by Barstow PD officers. While waiting for one of his passengers to return from shopping at Walmart, Diante and his passengers were labeled ‘suspicious’ and targeted for harassment by the BPD. When officers, lacking reasonable suspicion for stopping Yarber in the first place, attempted to box his vehicle in, Yarber maneuvered his car around the police vehicles. Video footage of his car reversing slowly away from law enforcement was captured by a a pedestrian, just before officers began to shoot into the vehicle. Barstow PD confronted a vehicle full of people, suspected of nothing more than ‘looking suspicious’ with an amount force that would have been deemed excessive in a war zone. Near 10 a.m. in a crowded parking lot, police officers decided to halt Yarber’s vehicle by unleashing over 30 rifle rounds in the windshield and driver side door. Training and policy dictates that police should never fire at moving vehicles because it only increases the danger to others if they successfully disable the driver. The investigation has revealed Yarber was unarmed and that officers were not in the path of his vehicle when they opened fire. Yarber was struck an estimated two dozen times in the barrage of bullets. His back seat passenger, Marian Tafoya, was struck in her abdomen and leg and had to be airlifted to emergency treatment. This is the worse case of excessive and unnecessary force I have seen in my career. The Yarber family deserves answers in the form of transparency by the BPD. Body, dash and surveillance video must be turned over to my office immediately. The San Bernardino County district attorney must thoroughly investigate and zealously prosecute the gunman involved.

Merritt told The Guardian that Yarber did not pose any threat to officers and it was reckless for them to spray the car full of bullets with four people inside and bystanders nearby. “They saw a car full of black people sitting in front of a Walmart, and they decided that was suspicious. They just began pouring bullets … It’s irresponsible. It’s dangerous. It’s mind-boggling, the use of force,” Merritt told the newspaper.

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Merritt also told reporters that the four officers did not provide medical aid to Yarber as he was bleeding to death in the parking lot. He said it appeared Yarber was shot 10 times. Yarber, whose funeral was April 27, was a father of three and worked at a warehouse. Several protests and gatherings have been held in Barstow since the shooting to raise awareness and call for answers.

“More than I’ve ever seen before, law enforcement is being really, really closelipped about this investigation. A lot of people talked about the need for ongoing protests and marches — a lot more than I would expect at a funeral,” Merritt told the New York Times after Yarber was laid to rest.

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Diante Yarber.

“The police took him away for no reason,” Brittany Chandler, the mother of Yarber’s 19-month-old daughter, Leilani, told The Guardian. “The police should be held accountable for this … They are sick people for them to be able to shoot someone down in broad daylight.”

Samantha Robledo, the mother of Yarber’s 7-year-old daughter, told the newspaper, “He would always make you smile, no matter what. ou couldn’t be angry around him. He was so loving and friendly, and that’s what we’re going to miss the most.”


4. Walker Was Part of a Barstow Police Department Team That Took Part in a Shooting Competition Last Year

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Officer Jimmie Alfred Walker, far left, with other members of the Barstow Police Department shooting competition team and the department’s chief.

Officer Jimmie Walker was part of a Barstow Police Department team that took part in a shooting competition hosted at the department’s gun range in April 2017, according to a post on Barstow PD’s Facebook page.

“We held the 5th Annual Shooting Competition on Friday. There were eight local law enforcement teams who participated in the competition. Each agency selected their best shooter to enter the competition,” the department wrote. “Barstow Police Department’s team consisted of Lieutenant Chris Kirby, Detective Tom Lewis, Detective Nathaniel Arias, and Officer Jimmy Walker. The competition had two obstacles courses that each team had to complete. The team member with the best time in both courses advanced to the top gun competition to represent their agency.”

Walker has been featured on the department’s Facebook page several times, with pictures showing him taking part in charity events, including runs benefiting police organizations. He was also praised for his role in a marijuana bust in 2017 that drew criticism from dozens of commenters on the Facebook page.


5. The Three Other Officers Who Opened Fire After Been Identified as Corporal Jose Barrientos, Officer Mathew Helms & Officer Vincent Carrillo

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Barstow Police Corporal Jose Barrientos, Officer Mathew Helms and Officer Vincent Carrillo.

The other officers who fired their weapons during the shooting have been identified as Corporal Jose Barrientos, Officer Mathew Helms and Officer Vincent Carrillo, the Victorville Daily Press reports. All four officers have been placed on paid administrative leave. The officers were all wearing body cameras that were activated and were recording the incident, police said. They fired their duty sidearms.

Barrientos has worked for the Barstow Police Department for more than 11 years, according to a 2016 Facebook postcelebrating his 10th years of service with the department. It is not clear when Helms joined the department. Carrillo was hired in 2016. Details about their service records, including whether they have faced complaints or been involved in previous use-of-force incidents, were not immediately available.

“After the incident, the Barstow Police Department requested the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Special Investigations Unit to conduct the criminal investigation. The department is continuing to cooperate with their investigation,” Captain Andrew Espinoza said in a statement. “The Barstow Police Department also has a comprehensive internal review process. An investigator from the department responded to the scene to conduct an administrative investigation. The internal affairs investigation is separate and apart from the criminal investigation.”

Espinoza added, “San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information may call Homicide Detective Bruce Southworth at 909-387-3589. Those wishing to remain anonymous may also call the WE-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip website atwww.wetip.com.

Truckers Band Together to Save a Life

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Thirteen semi-truck drivers got a call from the Michigan State Police last Tuesday that they were needed — and immediately rolled out to stop a suicidal man from jumping off a highway overpass. The state police called on truckers driving through the area to line the highway below a Detroit-area overpass after getting the 911 […]

Annual peace officer memorial ceremony to be held Thursday in Chino

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A memorial ceremony to honor San Bernardino County peace officers who died while serving their communities will be held Thursday at the Chino Police Department. Law enforcement personnel and community members from throughout the county are expected to gather for the ceremony at 10 a.m. at the department’s east courtyard, at 5450 Guardian Way, according to a Chino police news release. The ceremony is open to the public. The ceremony will include the reading of names of the officers killed in the line of duty by commanders from San Bernardino County law enforcement agencies, a rose presentation to family members of the fallen, the laying of gloves, a 21-gun salute, a missing man formation flyover and a release of doves.

Annual peace officer memorial ceremony to be held Thursday in Chino

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A memorial ceremony to honor San Bernardino County peace officers who died while serving their communities will be held Thursday at the Chino Police Department. Law enforcement personnel and community members from throughout the county are expected to gather for the ceremony at 10 a.m. at the department’s east courtyard, at 5450 Guardian Way, according to a Chino police news release. The ceremony is open to the public. The ceremony will include the reading of names of the officers killed in the line of duty by commanders from San Bernardino County law enforcement agencies, a rose presentation to family members of the fallen, the laying of gloves, a 21-gun salute, a missing man formation flyover and a release of doves.

Man’s body discovered on banks of River Isla in Keith as cops swoop on scene

Crime, international News

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/?p=2565729. THE body of a man, believed to be in his twenties, has been found near a river in Keith. Cops have confirmed the grim discovery was made at around 7.20pm on April 25 on the banks of the River Isla in Keith. A section of the River Isla near the town centre of Keith Officers are still on the scene but they don’t believe there are any suspicious circumstances

.A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police Scotland can confirm that officers are currently in attendance at a location by the River Isla in Keith following the discovery of the body of a man in his 20’s on the riverbank. “Police were called at 7.20pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018 by a member of the public following the discovery. “The death is currently being treated as unexplained but there are no apparent suspicious circumstances.

“There has been a police presence in the area and police activity will continue.” Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference 3376 of 25 April 2018. We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at scoop@thesun.co.uk or call 0141 420 5200

Governor Wike decorates government house camp Commandant with new rank

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https://wp.me/p9s37f-4yK. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has decorated the Camp Commandant, Government House, Port Harcourt, Mr Irikefe Owen, with his new rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police.

South Carolina Volunteer Officer Shoots Motorist

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A South Carolina volunteer officer has raised concerns about his duty after shooting at a Black motorist during a traffic stop.

According to Post And Courier, an unnamed volunteer police officer fired his gun on Saturday night March 24, during a ride along with an officer of the Florence police department.

In firing his gun he injured the motorist for which investigators have no explanation why.

However, volunteer officers have raised a question of concern in the community.

Volunteer officers or constables do not receive the same law enforcement training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Even so, some of them are allowed to carry guns and make arrests. Even though the state certifies them, the courses they take are offered by technical colleges.

Learning about the incident in his district, caused state representative Terry Alexander to question the role of constables.

“I’m still trying to get an understanding of their authority, their training…and who has oversight over what they’re doing,” explained Alexander. “The city officer wasn’t in harm’s way, so why did the constable shoot?”

That’s the answer that everyone wants to know now. It’s the answer that the State Law Enforcement Division is investigating as well as the Florence Police Department.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where his condition is unknown. Although Thom Berry, a spokesperson from the State Law Enforcement Division, has said the man is expected to live.

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Manhunt for bogus postman in fake Royal Mail van who ‘tried to snatch two girls off the street’ — The Sun

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POLICE have launched a manhunt for a bogus postman in a fake Royal Mail van after claims he tried to snatch two girls off the street. The suspected kidnapper – said to have a distinctive skull and crossbones tattoo – pulled up in his red van in the Essex village of Black Notley and asked…

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POLICE have launched a manhunt for a bogus postman in a fake Royal Mail van after claims he tried to snatch two girls off the street.

The suspected kidnapper – said to have a distinctive skull and crossbones tattoo – pulled up in his red van in the Essex village of Black Notley and asked the girls to get inside.

A man driving a fake Royal Mail van tried to snatch two young girls from Mary Ruck Way in Black Notley, Essex

The girls claim that when they hesitated he tried to drag one of them into the van.

The schoolgirls – both under the age of ten – said they managed to break free from the man, ran off and raised the alarm.

They told police the van had a Royal Mail logo on the side but checks have revealed none of their vehicles were in the area when the attempted snatch in Mary Ruck Way was reported, at 6.15pm on Tuesday evening.

Police searched the village three miles from Braintree but were unable to locate the vehicle.

The suspect is believed to be in his 30s or 40s, and was said to have been wearing a baseball cap under a black hooded jacket and dark glasses.

He is believed to have a skull and crossbones tattoo on his right hand, with a red slash across it.

Detective Inspector Rob Kirby of Braintree CID said: “These incidents are rare, and we understand that this can raise concern in the local community.

“The girls did exactly the right thing by running to a place of safety and letting someone know what had happened to them.

The two girls said the red van had a Royal Mail logo on it

“We are investigating to establish the circumstances of this incident, and are carrying out a number of enquiries to try and trace any vehicles that may have been involved.”

Det Insp Kirby said they were taking the report “very seriously” and urged any witnesses, or anyone with dash cam or CCTV footage to come forward.

Anyone with information should contact Braintree CID on 101, with the reference 935 of 24/04.

You can also contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111, or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

Lagos and the burden of resurgent insecurity -Ngozi Konyebagu

Crime, News

The security situation in Lagos is becoming a source of pain to residents and the earlier the Lagos State Government addressed this “festering wound”, the better for all. Attracting investors to Lagos has been a primary desire of the Government over the years. However, with the current state of insecurity in Lagos, it may be a tall dream.

Cases of kidnapping within Lagos State have reduced commendably in the last few months but traffic robbery has taken on a new dimension especially within the Oshodi area where massive construction is ongoing presently. The police are stationed only on the bridge while these hoodlums move down to carry out their evil trade. The stretch from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport all through Oshodi down to Gbagada Expressway is a major problem now as that route has become a deadly zone. The horrendous traffic situation on that area has actually become helpful to these robbers in recent times. Quite strange is the fact that the Rapid Response Squad vehicles are packed on top of the bridge and it beats one’s imagination what they are doing there taking a full lane to themselves in the unbelievably gruelling Oshodi gridlock. Commuters are also not free from mayhem launched frequently by undesirable elements around this area both at night and in the day time. Cases of robbers dispossessing travellers coming into Lagos from the international airport en route to Oshodi have become frequent in the past few weeks.

The increasing number of hoodlums in Lagos itself is a big worry to Lagos residents and commuters alike. These are mostly young ones within their early 20s and late 30s and they are everywhere looking for innocent victims to rob. In traffic jams, they come to the side of vehicles and after checking out the cars and the people in such vehicles, they go ahead to unleash mayhem on these victims. They normally smash the windows of the cars and take almost everything in the car. Even up to Gbagada and Maryland, it’s always a tale of woe for road users who have become helpless in the hands of these traffic robbers.

Besides, it is a nightmare whenever it rains in Lagos as most of the roads have been taken over by ditches and because road users become more careful during such times so they don’t fall into such ditches, traffic snarls build up in virtually all the major roads within Lagos. These criminals are always happy during the rains as they come out from their “holes” like ants after sugar and show the “stuff” they are made of. Worryingly too, the Lagos State emergency numbers which were very effective during the last dispensation, have become largely ineffective as urgent follow-ups are no longer witnessed by callers. For female drivers, it’s a more challenging period because they are the major focus of these robbers. The Mile 2/Apapa area is also a notorious black spot and due to the endless gridlock on that road, hoodlums have turned that place into their “business centre”.

Apart from collecting valuables like laptops, phones, money and every other thing within sight, most times, these robbers harm their victims especially if they notice any resistance. Most of these hoodlums appear unarmed but finding out if they are armed would be suicidal hence most victims just allow them have their way.

The Yuletide is here again and no doubt it’s a precarious period as this is the time robbery cases abound in Lagos. Therefore, it is imperative that the Lagos State Government ensures the maximum safety of its citizens. An increase of policemen on our roads would go a long way to reduce this growing menace. Notable black spots need to be constantly monitored and traffic on such routes should be pruned by assigning more traffic officers to such areas. Pending the time the Oshodi construction is completed, the policemen on duty in that area should make conscious efforts to parade that area instead of sitting down in their vehicles while “things” are happening around them. They need to be more proactive as they appear to have lost their focus.

SARS stops Senate delegation from seeing Dino Melaye at National Hospital

2019 Elections, APC, News, Politics

Operatives of Special Anti Robbery Squad have stopped the delegation of the Senate from seeing Senator Dino Melaye who is receiving medical attention at the National Trauma Centre unit of the National Hospital, Abuja.

DAILY POST which followed the Senate delegation learnt that Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district was in a state of coma as at Wednesday morning.

Senators on the delegation are the deputy Senate leader, Bala Ibn’Nallah, Francis Alimekhena, Emmanuel Bwacha.

The National Trauma Unit of the hospital was heavily guarded by stern looking operatives of SARS.

The leader of SARS was identified as O. F. Onche who insisted that Senators cannot seeDino Melaye which according to him, was an order from above.

“Senator Bala Na’Allah: We are Senators and we are here to see Senator Dino.”

“SARS leader: I know you. You cannot see him now. It is an instruction.”

“Bala Na’Allah: Instructions from above?”

SARS leader: I said it is an instruction, may be you can see the medical director..”

The delegation left without seeing Dino.

Meanwhile, on their way back to the National Assembly, another senator intervened and they were called back.

 

Details later…..

 

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UPdate: Saraki Visits Dino Melaye at National Hospital

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– Bukola Saraki and some Senators have paid a visit to Senator Dino Melaye in National Hospital, Abuja.                                                                                                             – He said the Kogi senator has not eaten in 24 hours                                                                    – He however denied that Dino Melaye was handcuffed to his bed

Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has confirmed that Senator Dino Melaye has been in intensive unit awitout food for over 24 hours. Saraki said this shortly after vising the Kogi senator at the National Hospital on Wednesday, April 25 in Abuja.

The Senate President, Bukola  Saraki  and some senator were allowed to visit Melaye and  at the trauma centre and the meeting lasted for about one hour. Saraki said: “After the sitting at the Senate today, we resolved to come here because over 24 hours we have not heard or know about the state of senator Dino. “We’ve just seen him and he is in intensive care. He’s stable for now. We know he hasn’t eaten for the last 24 hours, we are trying to resolve that, he’s on fluids and he’s being seen by cardiologists, by all specialists.

“As you know he has other (health) issues, he’s asthmatic. We are a bit concerned but for now we thank God he’s stable. We want to thank the management of the National Hospital, the professional and medical staff for what they’ve been able to do. “As for now, he’s stable, he’s being monitored. We’ll continue to pray for him that he continues to recover.”

On reports that Melaye was being handcuffed to his bed, Saraki said: “He’s not in handcuff.” NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, April 25, ended its plenary session early to enable lawmakers to visit their colleague, Senator Dino Melaye,

Read more: https://www.naija.ng/1165773-dino-melaye-eaten-24-hours-saraki-speaks-visiting-hospital.html?source=notification#1165773

Senator Dino Melaye in handcuffs on hospital bed.

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Senator Dino Melaye

Reports from the local media has it that, the Nigeria Police have handcuffed Senator Dino Melaye to a hospital bed at the National Hospital, Abuja.

To forestall the senators escape, visitors were also not allowed to see at all. You will recall that  he was forcefully evacuated by the police from a private medical facility, Zankli Hospital and taken to the National Hospital, where he was admitted at the Trauma Centre on Tuesday night.

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It was gathered that some senators who visited him on Wednesday (today) were barred by the police from entering the ward where Melaye was being cared for.

Melaye had escaped from police custody on Tuesday while being taken to Lokoja, Kogi State, and was conveyed in an ambulance to Zanklin Hospital, Mabushi, Abuja, after sustaining some injuries from his scuffle with his police escorts.

But the police on Tuesday evening stormed the private hospital and evacuated him to the National Hospital, against his doctors’ advice.

The lawmaker was taken in a police ambulance marked NPF 221 D around 10pm.

Two doctors from the hospital were also reportedly taken away by the police.

The National Hospital spokesman, Dr. Tayo Haastrup, confirmed to the media this evening that Senator Dino Melaye was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday night.

We Raided Magu’s Farm For Money- Dismissed NAF Officer

Corruption, Crime, News, Politics

The police have paraded three suspects for their alleged involvement in the attack on the farmhouse of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

The police have paraded three suspects for their alleged involvement in the attack on the farmhouse of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

The attack on the farmhouse led to the death of a policeman, Sergeant Haruna Sarki, who was on guard duty.

The suspects include a dismissed Nigerian Air Force Officer, Vincent Michael, with number: NAF12/26972L/CPL, Inalegwu Omikpa, and Francis Ochife.

Michael told journalists in Abuja on Monday that they raided the farmhouse because they were informed that Magu was keeping huge sums of money there.

The suspect said they were convinced that money was being kept in the farm because there were only a cow and two sheep, which were being guarded by two policemen.

Michael said, “In November 2017,  a friend of mine told me that his friend, Omikpa, told him that there was money at Magu’s house and that we should go and take it.

“At first, I did not buy the idea but he called me again and told me that we were not going to rob. He said all we needed to do was to go and dig the soakaway and get the money out.

“So, December 12, we went to the place and when we got there with two other soldiers, who were contacted by Omikpa, the captain grabbed the policeman who was on duty, I held his neck and Omikpa tied his hand and leg.”

He added, “After he was tied, I picked up the digger and made my way to the soakaway.  I noticed a ray of torchlight and then I went back and noticed that a boy who kills animals at the farm was also there.”

“They tied him also and the captain came to join me where I was breaking the soakaway.  I broke two soakaways but I did not see any money. I received a phone call later that people had started noticing that we were on the farm, so we left.”

On who was responsible for the death of the policeman,  the dismissed NAF officer said Omikpa killed the cop.

“Omikpa killed the policeman because we left him with the policeman and he later came to join us where we were breaking the soakaway,” he stated.

Speaking during the parade of the suspects at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Monday, the Deputy Force Spokesman, SP Aremu Adeniran, said Michael was handed over to the police by the NAF after he was dismissed from service for his involvement in the attack.

He added that two other NAF personnel who took part in the operation were currently facing disciplinary action with the NAF and would be handed over to the police thereafter.

Items recovered from them included two police AK47 rifles, two mobile phones, two magazines and 60 rounds of AK47 ammunition.

Omikpa explained that they planned to sell the slain policeman’s AK47 rifle for N400,000 because they did not find any money when they raided the farm.

Breaking: Police storm Zanklin Hospital where Dino Melaye is being admitted

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By Joseph Erunke

dibbeABUJA-THE Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force are are currently at the Zanklin Hospital where Senator Dino Melaye is being admitted following injury he sustained while being conveyed to Lokoja this afternoon for a possible parade. Senator Dino Melaye The team of the officers have so far arrested five persons seen at the premises of the hospital who they suspected to have close link with the senator. The operatives mainly from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, have taken over the hospital premises. Some have moved to the amenity ward of the hospital where the hospital is being admitted.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/04/breaking-police-storm-zanklin-hospital-dino-admitted/

Dino Melaye Taken to Lokoja; to be Paraded with other arrested Criminals

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Dino to be paraded with other arrested criminals by Kogi State Police Command today

dibbeSENATOR Dino Melaye, who was arrested Tuesday morning by operatives of the Nigeria Police drawn from its Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, is at present being moved to Lokoja. Senator Dino Melaye the embattled senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District under the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is expected to be paraded later this evening among other hardened criminals who implicated him in the crime that necessitated his arrest.

SW learnt that the senator who was taken into SARS detention facility, located opposite the old Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN junction along the Area 1 expressway, Abuja, was moved out around 12 noon Yesterday in police vehicle heavily manned by SARS operatives. The detention facility where hardened criminals arrested for theft, murder, cultism and other criminal acts are being kept.

Media sources claimed that the parade of Melaye and other criminal suspects among them the re-arrested suspects who had escaped from prison cell, is to be conducted by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Aremu Adediran, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP. He is to carry out the parade assignment on behalf of his immediate boss, Jimoh Moshood, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP, who is currently in China on a course.

Our source said before being moved out into the waiting vehicle for onward journey to his home state, Melaye was handcuffed to avoid possible escape from the security operatives. Attempts for inquiry from the Force Headquarters’ deputy image maker were not successful as he refused to pick calls made to his known telephone lines. Recall that the men of the Nigeria Police Force reportedly forcefully carried out the arrest of Melaye without arrest warrant or court order in the early hours of Tuesday. Initial attempts were made by the police to arrest the senator after immigration officials disembarked him from a flight to Morocco on Monday morning. Following his release after three hours detention at the immigration office at the airport, the lawmaker’s house was besieged by over 80 armed police men from Monday noon until the early hours of Tuesday.

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Dino did not jump out of any moving vehicle

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"I did not jump out of moving vehicle" - Melaye

Earlier in the morning, Senator Dino Melaye as a law-abiding citizen voluntarily submitted himself to the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who had laid siege to his private residence since around 3.35pm of Monday, April 23, 2018.

He, along with his lawyers and personal aides, was driven in his private car to the SARS office in Guzape district of Abuja, sandwiched among the numerous police vehicles earleir deployed to his house.

For the avoidance of doubt, he had never evaded police invitation before now because there was none extended to him in the first place. Rather, what the Police FPRO, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, had been doing was to summon the Senator through media briefings, a practice which is unconventional.

But given the media hype the whole saga had generated expecially his unwarranted travails in the hands of Immigration officials at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Aiport in Abuja on Monday, April 23 and the attendant but dramatic police siege to his private residence thereafter, where family members and political associates were subjected to traumatic experience for hours, it became necessary for Senator Dino Melaye to end the drama, hence his choice of appearing before the police today.

Later on, they moved to take him to Lokoja in Kogi State. The public will vividly recall that this same case involving Senator Dino Melaye had already been transferred to Abuja by the Chief Justice of the Federal High Court after Senator Melaye expressed worry about his safety in Lokoja. Now, the question is: why will they want to forcefully take him to Lokoja? The Senator believes they are doing the Kogi Governor’s bidding in order to assassinate him.

Contrary to online reports about jumping out of a moving police vehicle, nothing could be farther from the truth as such insinuation is practically impossible for a man saddled between gun-wielding policemen. Today’s incident was a last resort by Senator Dino Melaye in order to foil attempt to kidnap him and kill him by agents of Kogi State governor in connivance with the Police.

Signed:
Gideon Ayodele
Special Adviser (Media) to
Senator Dino Melaye
National Assembly Complex
Abuja.

JUST IN: SARS Operatives Arrest, Detain Dino Melaye

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Senator Dino Melaye, who doubles as the chairman, senate committee on the Federal Capital territory, FCT, representing Kogi West was on Tuesday morning, arrested by operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS.

dibbeMelaye was this morning, taken to the SARS detention facility located just opposite the old Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN junction along the Area 1 expressway. The SARS detention facility is reputed for imprisoning hardened criminals arrested for theft, murder, cultism and other criminal acts.

It was gathered that the Nigeria Police Force forcefully carried out the arrest of Melaye without arrest warrant or court order. In a telephone conversation this morning, Senator Melaye however sounded rattled, as background conversation suggested a struggle between himself and some of the operatives after which his mobile lines were switched off.
Recall that initial attempts were made by the police to arrest Senator Melaye after immigration officials disembarked him from a flight to Morocco on Monday morning.
Following his release after three hours detention at the immigration office at the airport, the lawmaker’s house was besieged by over 80 armed police men from noon yesterday until the early hours of Tuesday.

 

Four dead after naked gunman opens fire at Tennessee restaurant – Zoe Drewett

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Four dead after naked gunman opens fire at Tennessee restaurant Zoe Drewett

At least four people have died and three others are injured after a naked gunman started shooting inside a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee. Nashville police confirmed said the gunman, armed with what was described as an AR-15 style assault rifle, walked into the restaurant in Antioch, just outside of Nashville, shortly before 3.30 am.

Officers say the suspect – described as white, with short hair, who was nude except for a green jacket – has not been found. Metro Nashville Police department tweeted that Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois, is a person of interest in the Waffle House shooting. A spokesman said: ‘The vehicle the gunman arrived in is registered to him. ‘Gunman last seen walking south on Murfreesboro Pike. He shed his coat and is nude. ‘See Reinking? Pls call 615-862-8600 immediately.’

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Police named Travis Reinking, 29, as a person of interest in the shooting (Picture: Twitter/Metro Nashville PD)

 

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Officer Fatally Shoots Himself Outside NYPD Facility

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An on-duty NYPD cop fatally shot himself Friday while parked outside a department facility in the Bronx.

BY THOMAS TRACY  APRIL 23, 2018
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
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An on-duty NYPD cop fatally shot himself Friday while parked outside a department facility in the Bronx.
NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT

NEW YORK — An on-duty NYPD cop fatally shot himself Friday while parked outside a department facility in the Bronx, authorities said.

He’s the fourth NYPD officer to take his own life in as many months, police said.

First responders rushed to an NYPD Auto Crime and Narcotics Division facility in Wakefield about 10:50 a.m., where the mortally wounded officer was found sitting in his personal vehicle in the parking lot.

Officers rushed him to Jacobi Medical Center, but he could not be saved. His name was not immediately disclosed.

Police sources said the cop worked in the Bronx, but it was not immediately clear if he was assigned to the Auto Crime and Narcotics Division.

Cops were first alerted to the incident by Mount Vernon police who had received a 911 call from a panicked relative, who said the cop was planning to harm himself, police sources said.

On Feb. 26, Police Officer Rachel Bocatija, 26, killed herself in her Bushwick home. Her younger sister found her body in a locked room of the family home, a neighbor said.

On Jan. 13, Sgt. Joseph Pizzarro, 35, fatally shot himself in a room at the Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island. Then, on Jan. 28, Detective Nicholas Budney killed himself at a restaurant overlooking the Hudson River in Orange County.

Following Bocatija’s death, Police Commissioner James O’Neill recorded a YouTube video describing the services available to cops in distress.

“Your job requires that you spend your day helping others. But before you can take care of anyone else, you must first take care of yourself, so please, remember, if you need it, help is here, and help is available,” O’Neill said.

The NYPD offers a variety of programs, and in 2014 launched an “Are You OK?” campaign aimed at promoting mental health awareness.

The department also works with POPPA, or Police Organization Providing Peer Assistance, a volunteer support network for officers and retirees that offers help for post traumatic stress disorder, marital problems, substance abuse and suicide.

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Police throw black woman to floor, say they will “break” her arm during arrest at Waffle House — Kopitiam Bot

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(Source: http://www.vox.com) A new viral video shows police at a Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama, throwing a black woman on the ground on Sunday, exposing her breasts and suggesting they might “break” her arm after she didn’t cooperate. According to CBS News, the woman, Chikesia Clemons, was waiting for a waitress to give her the […]

 

According to CBS News, the woman, Chikesia Clemons, was waiting for a waitress to give her the district manager’s phone number after she refused to pay for plastic utensils that she had asked for with her order. Clemons’s waitress canceled the order after Clemons said that she and her friend didn’t have to pay for utensils at the same Waffle House the previous night, Chiquitta Clemons-Howard, Clemons’s mother, told AL.com.

As Clemons waited for the district manager’s card to file a complaint, the officers arrived. The video, filmed by Clemons’s friend Canita Adams, shows the officers grabbing Clemons and throwing her to the floor.

“What are you doing?” Clemons asked.

“I’m about to break your arm — that’s what I’m about to do,” one officer responded.

The officers proceeded to arrest her. She was booked on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to Clemons-Howard.

The Saraland Police Department is investigating the incident. “When the facts of the investigation are gathered, we will have a response,” the department said in a Facebook post on Sunday.

Waffle House is also investigating the incident. Spokesperson Pat Warner said, “there is reason to doubt Clemons’s version of events.”

Video of the incident went viral, drawing comparisons to another incident at a Starbucks in Philadelphia in which an employee called the police on two black men who were reportedly waiting for a business associate. It’s not clear who called the police in the Waffle House case.

Regardless of who called the police, the escalation of the arrest once again puts a spotlight on police use of force in America, particularly against black Americans. There are vast racial disparities in how police use force. And these kinds of incidents, in which a dispute over plastic utensils can escalate into a violent arrest, are a major reason that police have lost so much trust and legitimacy within the black community.

The racial disparities in police use of force

Consider the use of deadly force: Based on nationwide data collected by the Guardian, black Americans are more than twice as likely as their white counterparts to be killed by police when accounting for population. In 2016, police killed black Americans at a rate of 6.7 per 1 million people, compared to 2.9 per 1 million for white Americans.

A chart of police shooting rates by race.

There have also been several high-profile police killings since 2014 involving black suspects. In Baltimore, Freddie Gray died while in police custody — leading to protests and riots. In North Charleston, South Carolina, Michael Slager shot Walter Scott, who was fleeing and unarmed at the time. In Ferguson, Missouri, Darren Wilson killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. In New York City, NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo killed Eric Garner by putting the unarmed 43-year-old black man in a chokehold.

One possible explanation for the racial disparities: Police tend to patrol high-crime neighborhoods, which are disproportionately black. That means they’re going to be more likely to initiate a policing action, from traffic stops to more serious arrests, against a black person who lives in these areas. And all of these policing actions carry a chance, however small, to escalate into a violent confrontation.

That’s not to say that higher crime rates in black communities explain the entire racial disparity in police shootings. A 2015 study by researcher Cody Ross found “There is no relationship between county-level racial bias in police shootings and crime rates (even race-specific crime rates), meaning that the racial bias observed in police shootings in this data set is not explainable as a response to local-level crime rates.” That suggests something else — such as, potentially, racial bias — is going on.

One reason to believe racial bias is a factor: Studies show officers are quicker to shoot black suspects in video game simulations. Josh Correll, a University of Colorado Boulder psychology professor who conducted the research, said it’s possible the bias could lead to even more skewed outcomes in the field. “In the very situation in which [officers] most need their training,” he previously told me, “we have some reason to believe that their training will be most likely to fail them.”

Police need to own up to these problems to do their jobs

It’s these type of statistics, along with cases like Clemons’s, that explain the distrust between police and minority communities. But more than simple distrust, these issues also make it more difficult for police to do their jobs and stop crime.

There’s a longstanding criminological concept at play: “legal cynicism.” The idea is that the government will have a much harder time enforcing the law when large segments of the population don’t trust the government, the police, or the laws.

This is a major explanation for why predominantly minority communities tend to have more crime than other communities: After centuries of neglect and abuse, black and brown Americans are simply much less likely to turn to police for help — and that may lead a small but significant segment of these communities to resort to its own means, including violence, to solve interpersonal conflicts.

There’s research to back this up. A 2016 study, from sociologists Matthew Desmond of Harvard, Andrew Papachristos of Yale, and David Kirk of Oxford, looked at 911 calls in Milwaukee after incidents of police brutality hit the news.

They found that after the 2004 police beating of Frank Jude, 17 percent fewer 911 calls were made in the following year compared with the number of calls that would have been made had the Jude beating never happened. More than half of the effect came from fewer calls in black neighborhoods. And the effect persisted for more than a year, even after the officers involved in the beating were punished. Researchers found similar impacts on local 911 calls after other high-profile incidents of police violence.

But crime still happened in these neighborhoods. As 911 calls dropped, researchers also found a rise in homicides. They noted that “the spring and summer that followed Jude’s story were the deadliest in the seven years observed in our study.”

That suggests that people were simply dealing with crime themselves. And although the researchers couldn’t definitively prove it, that might mean civilians took to their own, sometimes violent, means to protect themselves when they couldn’t trust police to stop crime and violence.

“An important implication of this finding is that publicized cases of police violence not only threaten the legitimacy and reputation of law enforcement,” the researchers wrote, but “they also — by driving down 911 calls — thwart the suppression of law breaking, obstruct the application of justice, and ultimately make cities as a whole, and the black community in particular, less safe.”

That’s why, especially in the context of racial disparities in police use of force, experts say it’s important that police own up to their mistakes and take transparent steps to fix them.

“This is what folks who rail against the focus on police violence — and pull up against that, community violence — get wrong,” David Kennedy, a criminologist at John Jay College, previously told me. “What those folks simply don’t understand is that when communities don’t trust the police and are afraid of the police, then they will not and cannot work with police and within the law around issues in their own community. And then those issues within the community become issues the community needs to deal with on their own — and that leads to violence.”

Cases like Clemons’s feed into the distrust — by signaling to black communities that police aren’t there to protect them but are instead likely to harass them and use excessive force. In that way, these cases make it a lot harder for police to achieve the basic roles they’re meant to fulfill.

For more on American policing’s problems and how to fix them, read Vox’s explainer.

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Armenian police arrest more amid ongoing protests — © blogfactory

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Police in Armenia have arrested scores of opposition supporters amid ongoing protests and sit-ins in the capital, Yerevan, against the parliament’s election of former President Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister. Hundreds of opposition supporters took to the streets of Yerevan, waving national flags and carrying placards reading, “Sarkisian is a dictator.” Meanwhile, some demonstrators tried […]

 

Hundreds of opposition supporters took to the streets of Yerevan, waving national flags and carrying placards reading, “Sarkisian is a dictator.”

Meanwhile, some demonstrators tried to block roads in response to repeated calls by the leader of the protests, opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinyan, to paralyze traffic.

According to police, dozens of people were arrested.

There is an ongoing campaign of “civil disobedience” meant to show public opposition to Sargsyan’s efforts to cling to power in a new parliamentary system of government. The former military officer ruled Armenia under a presidential system for 10 years.

The peak of the protests was on Tuesday, when some 40,000 people demonstrated in the capital after the parliament elected Sargsyan as the new prime minister. Under controversial amendments to the constitution passed in 2015, governing powers will be transferred from the presidency to the premier.

The spokesman for Sarkisian’s ruling Republican Party said the newly elected premier would not quit.

“We respect citizens’ right to freedom of assembly but we rule out the possibility of the prime minister resigning,” Eduard Sharmazanov told reporters late Thursday.

Armenian opposition supporters demonstrate during a rally in central Yerevan on April 20, 2018 against the election of former President Serzh Sarkisian’s as prime minister. (Photo by AFP)

Human Rights Watch has denounced the “arbitrary arrests” of protesters.

“One should not underestimate the challenges Armenia’s police are facing in maintaining law and order, but the ongoing protests are no justification to arbitrarily detain people,” the HRW said in a statement.

Armenia’s new President Armen Sarkisian was sworn in last week but he has much less power under the new governance system.

Sargsyan had a relatively difficult time ruling Armenia over the past 10 years due to economic hardships hampering his government’s efforts to improve welfare for Armenia’s 2.9 million people as well as renewed military clashes with Azerbaijan, an ally of the West in the South Caucasus, over the thorny issue of Karabakh.

Sargsyan has faced similar protests in the past. Some 10 people died and hundreds were injured in clashes that erupted after he was elected president in 2008.

 

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BREAKING!!!: Police Arrest Senator Dino Melaye

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The Senator representing Kogi west,  Dino melaye have been reportedly arrested this morning on his way to Morroco. A twit on his Facebook account dated today accused the federal government of Nigeria for his arrest. The Nigeria Police Force has recently declared Senator Melaye wanted for Gun Possession and allied offences. More details later….

Breaking: Police promote Magu, 17 other Officers

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The Police Service Commission (PSC) has reportedly promoted 18 senior officers to their next ranks –

The chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, who was deputy commissioner of police was promoted to the rank of

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commissioner of police – PSC had on Thursday, April 19, promoted 45 police officers who arrested billionaire kidnapper Evans The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Friday, April 20, announced the promotion of 18 senior officers including the acting chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

The new promotion was contained in a statement by Ikechukwu Ani, a spokesperson for the PSC. The statement read: “The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion of eighteen senior police officers. The promotions are one of the high points of the commission’s 27th plenary meeting which ended in Abuja today, Friday, April 20th, 2018. “The meeting was presided over by the commission’s chairman Sir. Dr. Mike Mbama Okiro, a retired Inspector General of the Police. “The commission approved the promotion of AIG Agbola Oshodi-Glover in charge of zone 11, Osogbo, to the next rank of a Deputy Inspector General of Police.

“CP Ghazzali Mohammed, Commissioner of Police, Administration, DLS, Force Headquarters and CP Peace Ibekwe Abdallah, former Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi state command and currently , CP, Force Intelligence Bureau, Force Headquarters were promoted to Assistant Inspector General of Police.

“The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), DCP Ibrahim Mustapha Magu, DCP Ebere C. Onyeagoro, DCP Administration, Kaduna State Command and DCP Moshood O. Gbolarumi, DCP Maritime, Lagos, were promoted to the next rank of Commissioner of Police.

“Other promotions approved by the commission include; one Assistant Commissioner of Police to Deputy Commissioner of Police, Nine Chief Superintendents of Police to Assistant Commissioners of Police, one Deputy Superintendent of Police to Superintendent of Police, one assistant Superintendent of Police to Deputy Superintendent of Police and one Inspector to assistant Superintendent of Police. “Chairman of the commission,

Dr. Mike Okiro congratulated the newly promoted officers and urged them to rededicate themselves to the service of their fatherland. He assured them that the Commission will continue to pay attention to their basic entitlements which include regular promotions.