In a new proposed law out of Chicago, IL – Cook County lawmakers have unveiled proposed legislation that would require law enforcement officers to provide suspects with three phone calls within one hour of their arrest.Failure to do so could result in police officers being charged with a felony official misconduct offense, punishable by up to five years in prison, WBEZ reported.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said that being arrested is “disruptive to a person’s life,” and that they should quickly be provided with the opportunity to “notify [their] emergency contact,” according to WBEZ.
Under the current law, arrestees must be allowed to contact their attorney “within a reasonable time after arrival at the first place of custody,” Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli said, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
According to a survey conducted by the public defender’s office, less than 30 percent of arrestees said that they were given the opportunity to make a phone call before they were questioned by police, Campanelli said.
“The vagueness around what is reasonable should not be left to the interpretation by the police, especially when we know that their interpretation of the law, for decades, has not been reasonable at all,” Campanelli said.
A man has been arrested after the Kentucky State Police said he made a post on social media threatening his old high school on Wednesday.
The incident took place around 5 p.m. when Kentucky State Police was alerted by a Fort Mitchell firefighter who noticed the social media post and immediately contacted the department, police said.
Police said the post was made by James Michael Harris, 22, who lives in Crittenden. Police said the post referenced a threat to the high school he attended.
After investigating, police located Harris and charged him with terroristic threatening.
He was taken to Grant County Detention Center.
GREENBELT, Md. — Kyle Stephen Thompson, 33, of Burtonsville, Md., was sentenced to 420 years in federal prison and lifetime supervised release for his conviction on 18 counts of production of child pornography involving videos documenting Thompson's sexual abuse of three young girls, aged 2 to 4-years-old.
The federal jury who heard evidence during his three-day trial in September 2018 found him guilty on each of the 18 counts after less than 30 minutes of deliberation.
By day, Kyle Stephen Thompson was a commercial HVAC technician out of Sterling, Virginia.
But for years in a wooded area near his apartment in Burtonsville, Maryland, court documents outline
Thompson's alleged rampant sexual abuse of three young girls dating back to May 2015.
Thompson showed videos he'd recorded of the abuse to another person who then reported it to
Montgomery County police, the documents said. One of the videos shows Thompson raping a 4-year-old girl "who was crying and yelled, 'I want my mommy,'" the documents said. The court document says
Thompson's voice could be heard saying: "Your mommy can't save you." "Investigators believe that Kyle Thompson may have befriended women who have young girls in order to gain access to those girls," the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Police served a search warrant at the home March 17 2017 to find computers and storage devices that contained photos and videos of child pornography.
Chicago Police bravely save a man and dog from a freezing lake. Video posted above
The man who wishes to remain Anonymous became trapped in a freezing lake in Michigan after he jumped in to try to save his dog. Shortly after he found himself along with his dog trapped.
Chicago Police responded and saved the man and his pup from Succumbing to the cold waters.
In this letter to the department he expresses his gratitude
“I first want to extend my gratitude the Chicago Police officers and first responders who came to my aid. They absolutely saved my life and I will be forever grateful to them. I took my recently adopted dog, Pika, to Lincoln Park by Foster beach Saturday afternoon. I’ve been visiting that beach and park in all weathers for years with my recently deceased dog, Bowser. This was Pika’s first visit to the park, he is a 9 month old American Eskimo mix. He was very excited and got away from me, ran down to the beach, and then to the edge of the large ice ridges that form during cold winters. I saw him disappear over the ridge. I ran up and looked down six feet to see him paddling in freezing cold water. He is a 19 pound dog and I knew that he would soon die from cold or drowning. I jumped in after him. The water was only to my waist and I lifted him onto my shoulder. Ice walls that rose two feet above my head stretched across the entire shore, trapping us in the water. I looked for a possible exit but could not find one. I trudged through the icy water for maybe 20 feet and came upon a portion of the ice wall that was lower. From where I stood in the water it was the height of my head. I placed Pika above me on the ice and tried to climb out. The ice walls were bulbous and smooth with no ridge I could place a foot on. I realized I would not be able to get myself out. My hands were numb and flipper-like at this point. It took me about 20 tries to get my phone out of my pocket. Thankfully, it was water resistant and I was able to call 911. Unbeknownst to me, a passerby had seen me jump in and alerted nearby police officers who heroically pulled me out with the passerby’s dog leash. I have no doubt that I would have died without help, I am forever grateful to them. The first responders treated me and my dog in the ambulance and the emergency room. They allowed Pika to stay with me under the warming blanket in the ER. My core body temperature had dropped to 93 degrees. Pika and I are both fully recovered and in debt to our gracious and heroic first responders. This incident happened at Foster beach, but I’m sure the conditions at nearby Montrose dog beach are the same and I would caution all dog owners to keep their dogs away from the lake in these conditions. I’ve seen many ice formations in my nearly 7 years of visiting these beaches in the winter, but these ice walls are the tallest and most shear I’ve ever seen. There is a terrible danger of a dog falling behind these ice walls. Please stay away until they have melted.
SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — A sheriff's office in South Carolina say a Sumter teen faked his own kidnapping and led his mother to believe he'd be killed if she didn't pay $130.
The Sumter County Sheriff's Office tells news outlets that 19-year-old Emmanuel Franklin was arrested
Sunday and charged with blackmail. Deputies say
Franklin led his mother to believe he had been abducted this month and would be killed unless $130 was placed in a neighborhood mailbox. An incident report says the mailbox belonged to Franklin's father. Franklin's mother told deputies she received a call from Franklin and an unknown man from a private number and the unknown man demanded the cash or Franklin would be hurt. Deputies say Franklin later told authorities he made up the story to get money from his mother.
A 17- year old girl went missing back in December 2017. After a search, her remains were found burned in her home that same night.
Just over a year later, investigators from Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) –are still searching for the suspects involved in Long’s death. the Park County Sheriff’s Office released new updates on the case with Sheriff Tom McGraw revealing that Long was “purposely set on fire and burned alive.”
atleats 3 suspects are still at large
Update on the Houston shooting.
In reference to a shooting that took place yesterday in Houston during a drug raid where 5 police officers were shot. The department has made this Statement in references
UPDATE on our 5 injured officers: 2 are in serious condition. One of them is 54 years old, a 32-yr HPD veteran. The other officer, 40, is a 9-year veteran. Both officers were shot in the neck. 1/4
Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Tuesday that prosecutors will no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases.
"Prosecuting these cases has no public safety value, disproportionately impacts communities of color and erodes public trust, and is a costly and counterproductive use of limited resources," a statement from Mosby's office said.
Mosby said the policy change is a major shift and that families have been destroyed by what she calls the so-called "War on Drugs." She said there's no violent crime associated with marijuana possession.
"For far too long, we have sat back and watched certain communities and families destroyed by failed policies of the so-called 'War on Drugs.' The effects of these failed policies have been especially dire for cities like Baltimore, where for decades, we've criminalized what is now nationally considered a public health crisis. The statistics are damning when it comes to the disproportionate impact that the war on drugs has had on communities of color," Mobsy said.
Mosby said she will vacate almost 5,000 cases involving marijuana possession dating back to 2011, but will prosecute intent to deliver cases.
The State's Attorney's Office is making the following changes to its marijuana policy:
Mosby is also calling on Baltimore's law enforcement community to join her in support of her vision of safety for the city.
"I'm calling on my partners in law enforcement to join my office in this effort," Mosby said in a statement. "We need leaders here in Baltimore who are actively working toward a vision of safety that makes all of us more secure in our great city -- that can't happen when we're focused on marijuana possession cases instead of solving and prosecuting more murders."
"Obviously, it's the state's attorney's prerogative to do that. I'm not going to order our officers not to make those arrests. We see the impact -- the negative impact -- that marijuana has in our communities," Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said. "At the end of the day, the last thing that we need in Baltimore is another illegal substance, and I think that until the Legislature decides to change the law, we're going to continue to enforce it."
Mosby said she will also propose legislation that would give prosecutors the power to vacate convictions.
"I do (see marijuana as a link to violent crime), almost every day. You can ask any one of my commanders about that. It shows itself every single day in Baltimore," Tuggle said.
A 20-year-old Virginia man has been caught after he allegedly robbed a series of pizza delivery drivers.
Arlington Police said William Engelking-Scott of Arlington is connected to the robberies that occurred in late December and earlier this month. He has been charged with robbery and other offenses. He is being held without bond at the county jail.
One of the incidents happened just before 10 p.m. on Dec. 21 in the 300 block of South Taylor Street near South George Mason Drive.
When a pizza delivery driver got out of his car to deliver the pie to a home, police said, Engelking-Scott came up to him with a gun and demanded cash. The driver was not injured.
Another incident happened just before 1 a.m. on Jan. 6 in the same area of South Taylor Street, officials said. In that incident, Engelking-Scott allegedly pulled a gun on a pizza delivery driver, demanded money and assaulted the driver. The driver was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.
In both incidents, the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
5 Houston police officer have been shot in the line of duty today. More updates will be provided as they come in
.Current Reports are that “HPD officers are responding to a scene at 7800 Harding where officers have been struck with gunfire following an encounter with a suspect," the tweet said. "Officers are en route to the hospital. Please avoid the area and yield for emergency vehicles. Further updates will be provided as available."