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Two Detroit police officers were injured in a shooting Wednesday night on the city's west side, officials confirmed.

The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Tillman and Ash streets near the I-96 service drive.

UPDATE: Man in custody after 2 Detroit police officers shot on city's west side

A 60-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting.

Detroit police Chief James Craig said two officers were near the area where Sgt. Collin Rose was fatally shot when they saw a man fidgeting near a narcotics location.

When the officers approached the man, he reached into his pocket, pulled out a gun and fired shots at both officers.

One of the officers was shot in the ankle and twice in the upper torso. He was wearing protective body armor that police believe saved his life, Craig said. He is expected to be OK.

The other officer was shot in the neck. He is also expected to be OK, Craig said.

The officers returned fire, but it's not known if the man was hit.

Both officers were taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital by police. One is a 20-year veteran at the Detroit Police Department and the other is a four-year veteran, Craig said. -Derick Hutchinson, ClickOnDetroit.com

Two Seattle police officers remain in the hospital after exchanging gunfire with robbery suspects on Thursday at a 7-Eleven convenience store.

One suspect is dead and two others were arrested, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement.
The incident unfolded Thursday afternoon with a reported armed robbery at the convenience store. As officers responded, a female suspect hit one of the officers on the head with a bottle and another suspect ran into a building, barricading himself inside, Seattle Police spokeswoman Carmen Best said at a news conference.
While barricading himself, the suspect shot at police, Best said. It is unclear if he was the only shooter. Two officers, one male and one female, were shot and a third officer sustained a hand injury during the incident.
The female officer's bulletproof vest protected her and she suffered minor injuries and is listed in satisfactory condition; the male officer was hit in the face and is in serious but stable condition at Harborview Medical Center, Best said.
Officers discovered the body of a male suspect from the robbery after the shooting, according to a police statement. Although the Seattle Police Department confirmed that officers fired their weapons during the incident, the cause of the male suspect's death will be determined and released by the King County Medical Examiner.
The officers have not been named but the female officer is 42 years old and the male officer is 30.
"We are very grateful that our officers are in as good of condition as they are. We've been able to speak to both of them," Best said. -Tony Marco, CNN

WASHINGTON — New video found on Twitter appears to show the shooting involving two officers in the nation's capital late Thursday night.

Two District of Columbia police officers were wounded and a suspect was killed in a shooting in the northeast part of the city, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

The officers were shot around 10:40 p.m. ET, less than two miles from the U.S. Capitol.

In the video from Twitter user @black5883, identified only as Darren, the sound of gunshots can be heard. Two officers are in the middle of the street with an officer on the ground. Several officers are then seen running toward the scene. Police have yet to confirm whether the video is of the shooting.

The two officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Chief Peter Newsham said in a late-night news conference.

Both officers were conscious and taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center. One officer was shot in the leg and the other officer was shot in the torso, police said.

Police said Friday morning that both officers were stable and remain in the hospital.

The suspect's gun was recovered at this scene, police said. It was unclear who shot first.officers are then seen running toward the scene. Police have yet to confirm whether the video is of the shooting. -Ellison Barber, WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C

A California resident was tossed to the ground by a police officer and then struck in the face multiple times by the officer ... apparently for jaywalking.

According to the Associated Press, authorities say the Sacramento officer was trying to stop the man he saw illegally crossing a street Monday afternoon. The officer got out of his patrol car and attempted to detain the man, but the man just walked away.

The two men began to argue, and that was when, according to police, the pedestrian apparently challenged the officer to a fight.
At no point in the brief video of the incident did the man appear to raise his hands at the officer. However, the officer is seen charging the man before tossing him to the ground. “The officer threw the pedestrian to the ground and began striking him in the face with his hand multiple times,” authorities acknowledged.

The department said that the officer’s actions appear to show unacceptable conduct, according to the newswire.

Witness Naomi Montaie recorded the brief clip that is making rounds and posted it on Facebook, shaken up by what she witnessed. “I never witnessed anything like that. He just kept hitting him, and kept hitting him, and I was like, ‘Oh my God ... why you hitting him like that? Why you hitting him like that? You need to stop hitting him.’ And he kept hitting him,” she said, Fox40 reports.

Montaie identified the man the officer hit as Nandi Cain Jr., someone from her apartment complex. “Any human being don’t deserve that. Nobody deserves that,” she said.

Cain’s girlfriend, Antoinette Stewart, said that she could imagine him cutting across the street on his long walk home from his job, but said she still doesn’t understand how the incident could have escalated the way it did. “I just want some answers. What happened?”she said. -Monique Judge, @the.root

Jocques Clemmons, 31, was shot and killed by Nashville, Tenn., Police Officer Joshua Lippert on Feb. 10, and two months after his death, the investigation into the shooting continues, leading to the Nashville NAACP’s call for more police accountability as well as a citizens review board.

Tennessee NAACP President Gloria Sweet-Love told News Channel 5, “We believe black lives matter, so we think it’s important that the board be in place and that they are not paid so [they’re] not biased.” Outrage in the community after the shooting death of Clemmons prompted the Nashville NAACP chapter to call for the formation of the review board. “We want to see it be a strong board that has investigative powers, that has a budget. We just don’t believe that the police can police the police,” Sweet-Love said.

From The Tennessean:

At 12:55 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 10, Lippert approached Clemmons after a failure to observe a stop sign. Clemmons, driving a gray SUV, pulled into a parking lot on South Sixth Street in front of the James A. Cayce Homes parking lot. Lippert, driving in an unmarked police car, pulled into the parking lot driveway behind the SUV.

Police said the uniformed patrol officer walked up to Clemmons, who was stepping out of his SUV, to talk to him about the traffic violation. Citing MDHA footage, Police initially said Clemmons body-checked officer Lippert but footage released by police on Tuesday shows Clemmons attempting to run past the officer and doubling back and running the other way with Lippert in pursuit.

The new video was not available to police until Monday due to a broken Metro Development and Housing Agency computer server, police said.

Police said Clemmons appeared to be holding something in his waistband during the chase. When the officer caught up with his suspect, the two struggled again, and a fully loaded .357 Magnum dropped onto the concrete. -Monique Judge, The Root

It seems as if you can’t just beat up a man at a traffic stop even as a law-enforcement officer. Two Georgia police officers who authorities say were involved in the assault of a man during a traffic stop—where one punched the man as his hands were raised, and the other stomped the man in the head as he was handcuffed—were fired Thursday.

Yes. Fired.

According to the Associated Press, the Gwinnett County Police Department announced Thursday that Master Police Officer Robert McDonald violated department policy and the law after video surfaced that showed McDonald assaulting his victim—identified as Demetrius Bryan Hollins—while assisting a supervisor who had called for backup during the traffic stop at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Several hours later, authorities announced that the supervisor, Police Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni, had also been fired after another video surfaced of him punching Hollins in the face as Hollins had his hands in the air. “We acknowledge that the actions of these two officers have implications that will be felt for some time,” a Police Department statement read, according to AP. “However, we also believe that our decisive action in terminating both officers speaks volumes about what is expected of each officer that wears a Gwinnett County police badge.” The department has also opened criminal investigations into the behavior of the two officers. Results will be turned over to the county district attorney, who will then decide whether to bring criminal charges in the cases.

It was Bongiovanni who pulled Hollins over in Lawrenceville, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. A video filmed by a witness inside the vehicle behind the encounter shows Bongiovanni punching Hollins as he tries to stand with his hands up after getting out of the car, police confirmed.

The other video shows Bongiovanni yelling at the suspect and handcuffing him, before McDonald shows up and stomps Hollins in the head. -Breanna Edwards, The Root

Interesting Article on @the.root about Police Evidence... Out of the rise of #BlackLivesMatter and the intense media scrutiny of police killings came a narrative about a brand-new, magical tool that could miraculously end police brutality by shining a light on law-enforcement misconduct. Somehow, as the public watched the endless stream of cop killings on video, everyone unquestioningly accepted the theory that more video was the answer. According to this universally endorsed hypothesis, if people could see the dashcam, bodycam and cellphone footage, it would curb police brutality.

But they forgot about one thing: the delete button.

As agencies have implemented these new techniques, stories about individual cops and entire departments erasing camera footage have become routine. Here are five egregious examples of how far cops have gone to destroy video evidence.

1. Albuquerque’s Quirky Lapel Cameras

For years, lawyers and brutality victims wondered why police footage from this one town always seemed to blur or disappear at the exact wrong second. In a sworn affidavit, Reynaldo Chaves, a former Albuquerque, N.M., cop who was designated the department’s “custodian of public records,” testified that the Police Department routinely altered and deleted lapel-camera footage, including two police shootings. In the nine-page document, Chaves revealed an organized effort by the city to destroy evidence of the police shooting of Mary Hawkes that extended all the way up the ladder to the city attorney and police leadership

21. Specifically, I know that from 2013 to the spring of 2014, the primary person in the Criminal Forensic Unit of the City of Albuquerque Police Department, Frank Pezzano, knew how to encrypt and/or erase Taser lapel camera video with a possible result being lapel camera video would either appear blank, encrypted, altered or corrupted when produced to media and/or attorneys ... When he learned about this, Chaves said he discovered that the Police Department hierarchy even trained other units, including public information officers and command staff, in how to alter or delete the video. -Michael Harrriot, The Root

A Gwinnett County, Ga. police officer has prompted social media outrage after video of him kicking a handcuffed man in the head went viral.

A Gwinnett County police spokesperson called the video “very disturbing,” and said that the officer involved has since been placed on administrative leave, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

The incident, which occurred around 4 p.m. on Wednesday was captured on cellphone video by a driver who had stopped a short distance behind what appears to be a traffic stop. In the two-minute video, an officer pulls the driver from his vehicle and drags him to the ground in the middle of the street. The cop is seen gesturing to the driver, who rolls onto his stomach. The cop then appears to handcuff the man with his hands behind his back.

Shortly after, another cop is seen running onto the scene, stomping the man - who was looking over his shoulder - in the head. Both officers then struggle with the driver, who is still prone on the ground, appearing to search his pockets. The video ends just as officers place the driver on the trunk of his vehicle.

The driver is black, while both officers - who have not been identified - appear to be white.

The driver was identified as 21-year-old Demetrius Bryan Hollins. According to AJC, records show that Hollins was booked in the Gwinnett County jail at around 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday on charges of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, obstruction of a police officer, and several other traffic citations, including driving on a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle with suspended or revoked registration, failure to signal and “brake lights required.” A mug shot of Hollins shows his nose and lips bloodied. As AJC notes, as of Thursday morning he was still in jail in lieu of a $7,502 bond.

Hollins’ treatment brought out the local branch of the NAACP, with Maryln Tillman calling the incident “heinous” and demanding that the names of both officers be released, as well as demanding a “thorough, complete and transparent investigation.” “We ... will not idly stand by while assaults are made against Black folk in Gwinnett County,” Tillman said. -Breanna Edwards, The Root

"I know you might be concerned about Russia, Donald Trump, Syrian chemicals,Underground, Pepsi commercials, the new Kendrick Lamar album or how much of an asshat Tyrese turned out to be. But just in case the schizophrenic news cycle made you forget about the prevalence and urgency of police brutality, this clip of Columbus, Ohio, cop Zachary Rosen is the perfect wake-up call.

The video shows Rosen stomping on the head of Demarco Anderson while Anderson is already handcuffed and under control. Anderson is visibly restrained and does not appear to be agitated or resisting when Rosen charges from the left side of the frame and pounds his foot into the back of the suspect’s head with a force reminiscent of the skinhead sidewalk scene in American History X, or the recurring dream I have about catching a certain orange-colored commander in chief (whom I will not name) in a dark alley.

Anderson’s head hits the pavement so forcefully that it bounces back up. One can only surmise that at this point Rosen is dissatisfied with either the restrained man’s consciousness or ability to still breathe, because the police officer proceeds to kneel onto the hog-tied victim’s neck. Four other police officers do not seem disturbed by Officer Rosen’s actions, and make no effort to stop him.

After viewing the video, the Columbus Police Department issued a statement, saying, “Officer Zachary Rosen is under investigation for his actions that took place involving a suspect under arrest on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Officer Rosen has been reassigned to a non-patrol duty indefinitely.” It continued:

10TV reports that a grand jury declined to criminally charge this same officer last year for the shooting death of Henry Green.The Police Department statement offered no insight into how it would handle the four officers who stood idly by and watched an assault and battery." -Michael Harriot, TheRoot.com

The attorney for a 14-year-old high school student is saying that a Churchill, Pa., police officer assigned to the school beat up the young teen, knocking out one of his front teeth during an arrest.

According to the Tribune-Review, the incident occurred inside Woodland Hills High School Monday afternoon. Pittsburgh attorney Todd Hollis said that a medical team had to reattach his client’s tooth and that the child, identified as Queshawn Wade, will need additional oral surgery for other injuries. The teen also suffered a visible cut on his left cheek. “How hard does a person have to hit a child to knock their tooth completely out of their mouth?” Hollis said. “What does a child have to do to justify that response?” Woodland Hills Superintendent Alan Johnson acknowledged that the student was injured as the boy was being taken into custody by a school resource officer. “I do understand that the student was injured. And that’s unfortunate,” Johnson said.

Queshawn has since been suspended from school, with Johnson declining to disclose any other details.

Hollis told the Tribune-Review that the incident started with accusations that the teen had stolen a phone from another student. Police Officer Steve Shaulis started to question the boy, and then the conversation deteriorated after the officer allegedly called Queshawn a homophobic slur.

Shaulis then punched the teen and threw him across the room and into Shaulis’ office at the school, according to the report. School Principal Kevin Murray—who himself was previously placed on leave when a recording showed him apparently threatening a special education student, though he was not charged with a crime—saw at least part of the altercation, according to the attorney. Murray also questioned the teen about the missing phone. “I don’t care if he stole the cellphone; I don’t care if the cellphone comes back missing,” Hollis added. “It does not justify getting his teeth knocked out of his mouth. “He was punched in the teeth, which is where his tooth fell out, and then he was placed on his stomach where he was later arrested and handcuffed,” the attorney said. -Breannnua Edwards, The Root

A recording of an interview between North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene and Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigators reveals that North Miami Police Officer Jonathan Aledda was told by another officer on the scene that there was no weapon, only a toy, when he shot unarmed behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey on July 18, 2016.

The hourlong recording was obtained by the Miami New Times on Tuesday, and it reveals that after the shooting, an assistant chief lied repeatedly to Chief Eugene, and City Manager Larry Spring ignored vital evidence in the shooting.

According to the New Times, the crime scene was mismanaged, and city government and the Police Department were “in disarray and plagued by infighting.” Cellphone video of Kinsey, who was caring for an autistic man, being shot in the leg while he had his hands in the air made the incident part of the national conversation on the Black Lives Matter movement. Kinsey lay prone on the ground, begging officers not to shoot him prior to being hit.

Eight months after the shooting and four months after state investigators have closed their probe, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has yet to file charges against anyone involved.

Ed Griffin, a spokesperson for Rundle’s office, told the New Times, “We are very close to coming to a decision.” Emile Hollant is a North Miami police commander who was suspended after the shooting and is suing the city over his discipline.

Michael Joseph, an attorney representing Hollant, told the New Times, “It’s pretty damning, what’s in that tape. The police chief outlines rogue officers in that department and other rogue officials. Something has to be done about this. The city has to do the right thing here and clean house.” Read the full story on 'TheRoot.com' -Monique Judge, The Root

The University of Pittsburgh Law School is bringing the real life lessons from HBO’s classic series “The Wire” to the classroom.

The 3-credit course, “Crime, Law and Society in ‘The Wire,’” will use the Baltimore-based drama to analyze many of the contemporary issues in the criminal justice system. According to the course description, these include, “drug enforcement, race, confessions, police manipulation of crime statistics, mass incarceration, use of force, gender, criminal organizations, gun violence, and honesty and accountability in law enforcement.” The class, taught by David A. Harris, will lead group discussions on episodes from the first two seasons as well as additional assigned topics. Students are also required to “invest a significant amount of time outside of class watching the series” and to submit two papers focusing on issues “The Wire” tackles. “The Wire,” created by David Simon, first aired in 2002 and lasted for five seasons. The show starred Wendell Pierce, Michael K. Williams, Idris Elba, Mack Wilds, Michael B. Jordan, Andre Royo, Dominic West, among others. It explored riveting themes that are still relevant today, such as the city’s relationship with law enforcement, the drug trade, politics, corruption and the media. -Taryn Finley, Huffington Post
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