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NO CHOICE: Police Justified Shooting Knife-Wielding NJ Man, Grand Jury Finds NO CHOICE: Police Justified Shooting Knife-Wielding NJ Man, Grand Jury Finds
NO Choice: Police Justified Shooting Knife-Wielding NJ Man, Grand Jury Finds UPDATE: Police were justified in shooting a New Jersey man seen on bodycam video charging at an officer with a knife, a grand jury investigation required by state law found. Luke Mendez, 26, had his wrapped around the knife handle as he barreled down the steps of an Old Bridge home last April 24. Mendez was only two steps from the landing -- less than three feet from an Old Bridge officer -- when he left police no choice. Mendez was pronounced dead at a local hospital about 90 minutes later. Grand jurors reviewed various evidence but didn't really need any more than the bodycam video…
Officer Put On Restricted Duty After Investigation Into Use Of Force In Yonkers: Police Officer Put On Restricted Duty After Investigation Into Use Of Force In Yonkers: Police
Officer Put On Restricted Duty After Investigation Into Use Of Force In Yonkers: Police A police officer in Westchester was put on restricted duty following an investigation into his use of force while apprehending a suspect who led authorities on a pursuit.  In an announcement on Friday, March 29, the Yonkers Police Department revealed that one of their officers was placed on restricted duty in connection with their conduct during an incident on Thursday, March 14. According to the department, just after 9:45 p.m. on the day of the incident, a victim went up to Yonkers officers in the area of McLean and Van Cortlandt Park Avenues and told them his vehicle had just b…
Officers 'Justified' In Fatal Shooting Of Felon, Shippensburg Alum In Carlisle, DA Officers 'Justified' In Fatal Shooting Of Felon, Shippensburg Alum In Carlisle, DA
Officers 'Justified' In Fatal Shooting Of Felon, Shippensburg Alum In Carlisle, DA After reviewing events leading up to the fatal shooting of a 33-year-old man, Cumberland County District Attorney Seán M. McCormack ruled the police were justified in the killing.  Nathaniel Lawrence Liberator, of Carlisle, was shot dead after police attempted to detain him for questioning following a disturbance in the area of the 300 block of C Street at 1:59 p.m. on Jan. 13, as Daily Voice previously reported. The officers were seen on body camera calmly asking him to stop walking away from them, the DA explained. The officers had no information about his mental healt…
UPDATE: Paterson Police Officer Indicted For Shooting Unarmed Man In Back As He Ran UPDATE: Paterson Police Officer Indicted For Shooting Unarmed Man In Back As He Ran
Update: Paterson Police Officer Indicted For Shooting Unarmed Man In Back As He Ran "Drop the gun!" a Paterson police officer shouts several times as he chases a fleeing man down a city street. Suddenly, two shots ring out and Khalif Cooper falls face down in the street. Officer Jerry Moravek, who fired the shots, handcuffs Cooper, 28, who is heard on a bodycam video telling him, "I don't got no gun." A grand jury agreed. Moravek was indicted in Trenton on criminal charges this week for shooting the unarmed Cooper, who was left paralyzed, in June 2022, state Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced on Thursday, Dec. 7. “Deadly force against a fleeing suspect must be u…
'Improper, Unlawful': Trooper Punched Handcuffed Drunk Woman In Face, NJ Attorney General Says 'Improper, Unlawful': Trooper Punched Handcuffed Drunk Woman In Face, NJ Attorney General Says
'Improper, Unlawful': Trooper Punched Handcuffed Drunk Woman In Face, NJ Attorney General Says A New Jersey State Police trooper was charged with punching a handcuffed woman in the face as she sat in the back of a cruiser awaiting a medical evaluation. Nicolas J. Hogan, 28, of Gibbstown, was among a group of troopers who responded to a report of a trespasser at a home in Cumberland County’s Upper Deerfield Township around 1:30 a.m. Sept. 7, 2022. Two troopers found the victim walking in the middle of the road drunk. She needed a medical evaluation, so the troopers kept her detained -- but not under arrest -- and called for a medical unit, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platk…
Wolcott Man With Self-Inflicted Wounds Dies While In Custody: Inspector General Investigating Wolcott Man With Self-Inflicted Wounds Dies While In Custody: Inspector General Investigating
Wolcott Man With Self-Inflicted Wounds Dies While In Custody: Inspector General Investigating The death of a man who was placed into custody after experiencing a mental health crisis and severely injuring himself has prompted an investigation by the Connecticut Office of the Inspector General into the incident. The investigation will look into an incident that happened in New Haven County on Tuesday, Oct. 31 around 3:45 a.m., when Wolcott Police officers responded to a home on Tyrell Drive where a man was suffering from a mental health crisis. According to the Inspector General's Office, officers were directed to a bedroom in the house, where 52-year-old Wolcott resident Robert…
South Jersey Man Killed Himself, Officer Who Fired Weapon Only Grazed Him, Grand Jury Finds South Jersey Man Killed Himself, Officer Who Fired Weapon Only Grazed Him, Grand Jury Finds
South Jersey Man Killed Himself, Officer Who Fired Weapon Only Grazed Him, Grand Jury Finds UPDATE: A Cherry Hill police officer who fired his service weapon at a man who’d just shot himself in a private home last year did nothing wrong, a state grand jury has found. The single shot fired by Officer Jared Fox only grazed Joseph S. Bestic Jr., 63, on Oct. 11, 2022, according to New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin. Officers had been called to conduct a welfare check at the home on Chapel Avenue West, the attorney general said. Bestic allowed them in and soon after grabbed a gun and shot himself, Platkin said. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. Platkin’s Office …
Jersey City Man Shot By Police Charged At Them Wielding Large Knife, Videos Show Jersey City Man Shot By Police Charged At Them Wielding Large Knife, Videos Show
Jersey City Man Shot By Police Charged At Them Wielding Large Knife, Videos Show UPDATE: Less than a month after Jersey City police shot and killed a disturbed resident, state authorities publicly released videos that show him charging at tactical officers with a knife. Family members, friends and others have spent the time since the Aug. 27 incident calling city police murderers, accusing authorities of withholding information and demanding what they say is accountability for Andrew Washington’s death. During a protest outside City Hall on Wednesday, Sept.,20, they claimed that they were deliberately being kept in the dark. What some may not have known is that an inve…
Knife-Wielding Man Fatally Shot By Jersey City Police: Authorities (UPDATED) Knife-Wielding Man Fatally Shot By Jersey City Police: Authorities (UPDATED)
Knife-Wielding Man Fatally Shot By Jersey City Police: Authorities (Updated) This story has been updated following a press conference conducted by Jersey City officials Jersey City police's decision to shoot 52-year-old Andrew Washington Sunday, August 27 was justified, city officials said in a press conference. While the shooting remains under investigation by the State Attorney General's Office, Mayor Steven Fulop and Public Safety Director James Shea called on the office to release the bodycam footage as soon as possible at a press conference on Monday morning, August 28.  Washington was shot and tased by officers after he charged at them with a 6 x 8 inch …
Officer, Suspect Exchange Gunfire In 'Unprovoked' Shooting In Northeast DC (DEVELOPING) Officer, Suspect Exchange Gunfire In 'Unprovoked' Shooting In Northeast DC (DEVELOPING)
Officer, Suspect Exchange Gunfire In 'Unprovoked' Shooting In Northeast DC (Developing) Officers exchanged gunfire with a wanted suspect on Tuesday morning before the man was apprehended inside a nearby building, police say. Shortly before 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1, Metropolitan Police Assistant Chief Leslie Parsons said that officers responded to the 1700 block of Benning Road NE, where there were sounds of gunshots that rang out in the area. Upon arrival, while investigating the incident, Parsons said that they encountered a man outside, and while attempting to investigate and make further contact with him, he “totally unprovoked, produced a firearm and began firing guns…
Judge Clears Burlington Officer In 2022 Shooting Of Man Armed With Knife Judge Clears Burlington Officer In 2022 Shooting Of Man Armed With Knife
Judge Clears Burlington Officer In 2022 Shooting Of Man Armed With Knife A Middlesex County judge ruled on Friday, June 23, that a Burlington police officer used appropriate force when she shot and killed a 42-year-old man last year,  Burlington Police Officer Robert Reyes and his partner Aurise Miedico were dispatched to the home of Paul Courtemanche, 42, on Jan. 23, 2022, after he called 911 to say he "didn't know how he was feeling." He also gave an ominous warning during the call that he had a knife and didn't know how he would react when police arrived at his home.  When the officers arrived at his Baron Park Lane apartment, Courtem…
'Use Of Force' Video Leads To Internal Affairs Investigation: York PD 'Use Of Force' Video Leads To Internal Affairs Investigation: York PD
'Use Of Force' Video Leads To Internal Affairs Investigation: York PD A viral showing police "use force" in York has lead to an internal Affairs investigation, York City Police Department announced around 6 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2023.  The video supposedly shows "two York City police officers using force on a member of the York City community," as the police stated.  The police became aware of the video around 3:45 p.m. but the incident depicted had happened three and a half hours earlier, at approximately 12:15 pm, according to the release. York City police officers were interviewing a witness you who identified as Anthony Balbi-Reyes as m…
Bucks 20-Year-Old Pointed Fake Gun At Cops Before They Shot Him, DA Claims Bucks 20-Year-Old Pointed Fake Gun At Cops Before They Shot Him, DA Claims
Bucks 20-Year-Old Pointed Fake Gun At Cops Before They Shot Him, DA Claims The shooting of a 20-year-old man by Falls Township police nearly two months ago was a "justified" use of force, says the Bucks County District Attorney's Office.  On March 28, DA Matthew Weintraub said his office was investigating an "officer-involved shooting" during an early morning traffic stop in Levittown. A driver was accused of pointing a gun at police twice before allegedly "fleeing from police in his vehicle," prosecutors said at the time.  Now, in a statement from First Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Schorn, the DA's Office said the policemen acted in accorda…
Body-Cam Footage Released Of Police-Involved Shooting Of Teen In Baltimore Body-Cam Footage Released Of Police-Involved Shooting Of Teen In Baltimore
Body-Cam Footage Released Of Police-Involved Shooting Of Teen In Baltimore The Baltimore Police Department released new body-cam footage worn by an officer who shot a 17-year-old teen last week in the notorious Shipley Hill neighborhood. On Thursday, May 11, police say that Det. Cedric Elleby and his partner approached two teens at approximately 1:30 p.m. stopping to talk with one, later identified as 17-year-old Mekhi Franklin, though as he walked away, the officer spotted a bulge in the teen’s waistband, according to officials. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and Deputy Commissioner Brian Nadeau release body worn camera video from an... Posted by Balt…
Detective Found Justified In Shooting Trenton Man Now Paralyzed For Life Detective Found Justified In Shooting Trenton Man Now Paralyzed For Life
Detective Found Justified In Shooting Trenton Man Now Paralyzed For Life A Mercer County Grand Jury found that police use of force was justified in the February 2022 shooting of a 29-year-old Trenton man that left him paralyzed, authorities announced. Jajuan Henderson had been accused of ramming a police car and other vehicles in an alleged attempt to flee from police on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, before Trenton Det. Michael Gettler opened fire, according to a release from the Union County Prosecutor's Office. The UCPO handled the investigation due to a conflict between Trenton police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. The incident unfolded on Centre Str…
'No Safety Without Trust': AG Takes Over Paterson PD, Pledges Changes In Mental Crisis Policing 'No Safety Without Trust': AG Takes Over Paterson PD, Pledges Changes In Mental Crisis Policing
'No Safety Without Trust': AG Takes Over Paterson PD, Pledges Changes In Mental Crisis Policing “There is no safety without trust,” New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin said in announcing a state takeover of the day-to-day operations of the Paterson Police Department and plans to include mental health professionals in responses to barricaded individuals there and statewide. Experience has shown that both moves are absolutely necessary at the moment, the state’s top law enforcement officer said. “There is a crisis of confidence in law enforcement in this city,” Platkin said, speaking outside the Frank X. Graves Jr. Public Safety Complex on Broadway on March 27. “Under these ci…
UPDATE: Paterson Officer Charged By State Authorities For Shooting Fleeing Man In Back UPDATE: Paterson Officer Charged By State Authorities For Shooting Fleeing Man In Back
Update: Paterson Officer Charged By State Authorities For Shooting Fleeing Man In Back "Drop the gun!" a Paterson police officer shouted several times as he chased a fleeing man down a city street before dawn this past June. Suddenly, two shots rang out and unarmed 28-year-old Khalif Cooper fell face down in the street. Officer Jerry Moravek, who fired the shots, handcuffed Cooper, who is heard on police bodycam video telling him, "I don't got no gun." He didn't have one, said New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin in announcing on Monday, Feb. 6 that his office had charged Moravek with aggravated assault and official misconduct. Moravek, 40, violated the state's …
No Shirt, Some Shoes, No Charges: Baltimore Security Guard Cleared In Fatal Giant Shooting No Shirt, Some Shoes, No Charges: Baltimore Security Guard Cleared In Fatal Giant Shooting
No Shirt, Some Shoes, No Charges: Baltimore Security Guard Cleared In Fatal Giant Shooting No shirt, some shoes, no charges. The Baltimore security guard who shot and killed a disorderly shirtless man who started a massive brawl in the meat section of a Giant grocery store who won't be facing charges, State’s Attorney Ivan Bates announced. NOW: Family members say the altercation started concerning Lee wearing his t-shirt in the store. Loved ones say the fatal shooting could’ve been prevented. @BaltimorePolice say they are investigating the security guard’s actions. No charged have been filed in the case. @wbaltv11 pic.twitter.com/JAzEIEhtuN — Tre Ward ABC 7 (@TreWardTV) July …
Police Use Of Force Justified In Knife Attack, Ocean County Prosecutor Says Police Use Of Force Justified In Knife Attack, Ocean County Prosecutor Says
Police Use Of Force Justified In Knife Attack, Ocean County Prosecutor Says An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office has cleared Berkeley Township police of any wrongdoing in a "use of force" incident. The Attorney General’s Office concurred with Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer’s conclusion to forego presentation of this matter to the Grand Jury. The incident occurred on Aug. 1, 2021 at 10:39 a.m.  Berkeley Township patrol officers responded to a call at a residence on Stanford Drive following a 9-1-1 call.  Dispatch warned responding officers that the subject, Stephen M. Carroccia, hereafter, “Carroccia”, had “pulled a knife o…
Disturbing Footage Shows Officer Shooting Barking Dog Whose NJ Owner Says Is 'Not Dangerous' Disturbing Footage Shows Officer Shooting Barking Dog Whose NJ Owner Says Is 'Not Dangerous'
Disturbing Footage Shows Officer Shooting Barking Dog Whose NJ Owner Says Is 'Not Dangerous' A Monmouth County couple is facing charges after their dog allegedly acted aggressively toward a resident and prompted an officer to shoot the dog, authorities said (scroll for video). Alexyss Ferrara, 29, and Angel Velez Jr, 34, both of Keyport, have been charged with possessing a dangerous dog and multiple violations of local ordinances in regards to an incident Saturday, Oct. 22 involving their dog Blaze, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago. Video footage shows the dog, identified in social media posts as "Blaze," barking and running toward police. An offi…
No Charges For Secret Service Officers Who Killed Teen Outside Ambassador's DC Residence: DOJ No Charges For Secret Service Officers Who Killed Teen Outside Ambassador's DC Residence: DOJ
No Charges For Secret Service Officers Who Killed Teen Outside Ambassador's DC Residence: DOJ Two US Secret Service offers will not face charges who were involved in the fatal shooting of a teen near an ambassador’s residence in DC earlier this year, federal officials announced. The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced that there is insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights or District of Columbia charges against two officers from the Secret Service Uniformed Division who were involved in the April shooting of 19-year-old Gordon Casey outside an ambassador’s residence in Northwest Washington. Shortly before 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, of…
Use Of Force Justified In South Jersey Police Shooting: Prosecutor Use Of Force Justified In South Jersey Police Shooting: Prosecutor
Use Of Force Justified In South Jersey Police Shooting: Prosecutor Camden County authorities, after an investigation, have concluded that the use of force was justified in a police shooting last year. The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office has completed its investigation into the Aug. 23, 2021, use of force by Officer Vincent Leonetti of the Monroe Township Police Department and Sergeant James Graham of the Deptford Township Police Department. CCPO determined that it is not necessary to present this matter to the Grand Jury because there were no material facts in dispute regarding the lawfulness of the use of force, the prosecutor said. The incident occurr…
Details Released In Hours-Long Lancaster Standoff That Killed Female With Shot To Head: DA Details Released In Hours-Long Lancaster Standoff That Killed Female With Shot To Head: DA
Details Released In Hours-Long Lancaster Standoff That Killed Female With Shot To Head: DA A female was found dead inside of a Lancaster County home where a gunman — who was ultimately arrested — refused to back down in an hours-long standoff with police early Sunday, Sept. 11, authorities said. Police were called to the 2000 block of Swarr Run Road on reports of a shooting involving a domestic violence incident around 1:30 a.m. the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office said. When police arrived, the suspect shot at officers and barricaded himself inside an apartment at the Park City Apartments, the DA said. Lancaster County SERT responded at approximately 2:30 a.…
Anton Black's Family Reaches $5 Million Settlement Anton Black's Family Reaches $5 Million Settlement
Anton Black's Family Reaches $5 Million Settlement Three small towns in Maryland will pay $5 million to the parents of 19-year-old Anton Black, who died during a 2018 police encounter, and must implement new policing policies and use-of-force training, following a two-year legal battle. The suit was filed against the towns of Greensboro, Ridgely and Centreville, along with the state medical examiner's office, two police officers and their two police chiefs. In addition to the $5 million, the settlement requires policing changes to prevent deaths similar to Black's.  The landmark settlement in the suit was filed by Black's parents and …
Body-Cam Footage Showing DC Police Officer With Knee, Elbow Across Suspect's Neck Released Body-Cam Footage Showing DC Police Officer With Knee, Elbow Across Suspect's Neck Released
Body-Cam Footage Showing DC Police Officer With Knee, Elbow Across Suspect's Neck Released Body-cam footage has been released as a part of an ongoing investigation into a DC officer's use of force.  On June 29, an officer, who had just witnessed what looked like a drug transaction, chased after a man on foot and struggled with him to the ground, according to Metropolitan Police.  Officers attempted to handcuff the man as he lay on his stomach and repeatedly asked him to spit out whatever drugs he hid in his mouth, according to the department's footage.  The body-cam footage of the present officers was reviewed in an internal affairs investigation, in which the dep…
Details Released In Police Involved Shooting July 4th In Union City Details Released In Police Involved Shooting July 4th In Union City
Details Released In Police Involved Shooting July 4th In Union City A 58-year-old stabbing suspect was hospitalized after being shot by police responding to the incident in Hudson County July Fourth, police said. Jesus Suazo hurt the victim during an argument before police were flagged down on 23rd Street and Bergenline Avenue in Union City around 7:50 p.m., Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. An officer fired his service weapon during the encounter, striking Suazo, who was hospitalized and in stable condition as of Wednesday, Suarez said. The victim wounded by Suazo suffered non life-threatening injuries, police said. Suazo was charged with …
NJSP Sergeant Justified In Shooting NY State Man During Furious GS Parkway Struggle Over Gun NJSP Sergeant Justified In Shooting NY State Man During Furious GS Parkway Struggle Over Gun
Njsp Sergeant Justified In Shooting NY State Man During Furious GS Parkway Struggle Over Gun A New Jersey State Police sergeant was justified in fatally shooting a New York State man who jumped him and tried taking his gun during a furious struggle on the shoulder of the Garden State Parkway, a grand jury has found. NJSP Staff Sgt. Randall Wetzel ended what had been a series of interactions between Maurice Gordon, 28, of Poughkeepsie, NY and law enforcers in Brick Township, Waretown, Stafford and, ultimately, Bass River in Burlington County, in an encounter two years ago that was captured on video. New Jersey law required a grand jury review of the incident despite the circumstance…
Newly Released Video Shows Virginia Deputies Tackling 77-Year-Old Man (WATCH) Newly Released Video Shows Virginia Deputies Tackling 77-Year-Old Man (WATCH)
Newly Released Video Shows Virginia Deputies Tackling 77-Year-Old Man (Watch) EDITOR'S NOTE: The above video could be difficult to watch for some audiences.  Newly released police camera body footage captures deputies with the Warren County Sheriff's Office slamming a 77-year-old man to the ground during his arrest. Authorities originally said that Ralph Ennis "fell over" when deputies arrested him for reckless driving in Fort Royal, Virginia in April.  However, the video shows one deputy running up to Ennis and throwing him against Ennis' red pickup truck. Another deputy is seen jumping on top and sending both men to the ground. Ennis died 13 days later …
Virginia Deputies Under Investigation In Connection With 77-Year-Old's Death Virginia Deputies Under Investigation In Connection With 77-Year-Old's Death
Virginia Deputies Under Investigation In Connection With 77-Year-Old's Death Authorities are investigating whether police properly handled a situation after a Virginia man died from his injuries sustained during an arrest last month.  Virginia State Police are investigating the death of 77-year-old Ralph Ennis, of Gainesville, and the response of deputies from the Warren County Sheriff's Office, WTOP reports.  Ennis was arrested in Front Royal after officers chased him down for speeding, driving erratically and refusing to stop on Saturday, April 2, according to Warren County Sheriff's Office.  Ennis also refused to comply with officers dur…
UPDATE: Man Shot By Law Enforcement After Threatening Officers With Blow Torch ID'd UPDATE: Man Shot By Law Enforcement After Threatening Officers With Blow Torch ID'd
Update: Man Shot By Law Enforcement After Threatening Officers With Blow Torch ID'd UPDATE: The man who was shot by law enforcement on Tuesday, following a standoff, has been identified as Zachary Robert Gilbaugh, 38, of Chester County, according to Lancaster Online citing East Earl Township police. Gilbaugh is in critical condition, according to Lancaster County media specialist Sean McBryan. UPDATE: The subject involved in the officer-involved shooting earlier this morning is currently under guard at a local area hospital and believed to be in critical condition. — Sean McBryan (@SeanMcBryanLanc) February 2, 2022 ORIGINAL: A man was shot by law enforcement on Tues…
SEPTA Transit Officer Charged In Taser Assault Of 'Disruptive' Bus Passenger SEPTA Transit Officer Charged In Taser Assault Of 'Disruptive' Bus Passenger
SEPTA Transit Officer Charged In Taser Assault Of 'Disruptive' Bus Passenger A former SEPTA transit officer was charged after he deployed his Taser device on a passenger without giving them the opportunity to comply with his demands to exit the bus, authorities said. Floyd Whitaker, 59, of Laurel Springs, NJ, was charged with simple assault, unlawful use of an incapacitation device, recklessly endangering another person, and official oppression, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. The incident occurred on April 12, 2021, around 4 a.m., at the Frankford Transportation Center, when a driver requested assistance with a disruptive passenger, t…