Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Three Security Officers Die in Separate Incidents

Charlotte NC. Sept 20 2017 A western Illinois security officer has died just hours after struggling with a man who police say was breaking into a car.
The man fled the apartment complex and shortly afterwards the guard began having trouble breathing and called 911.
Police say the security guard was 59 and the man breaking into the car could face charges in his death.
Another security officer who was also a reserve officer with the Gary Police Department was found dead inside his vehicle Sunday night in northwest Indiana while on duty.
Willie Smith Jr., 30, was found unresponsive in his personal vehicle in the 100 block of North Clark Road, according to Gary Police Lt. Dawn Westerfield and the Lake County coroner’s office.
He was pronounced dead at 9:09 p.m., according to the coroner’s office.
Smith was a reserve officer with the department, but was not working a police assignment when he died, Westerfield said. He was working a security detail for a business in the area.
There were no signs of trauma and no foul play is suspected, Westerfield said.
A New York City security officer also lost his life as the bus that he was riding struck a charter bus in Queens killing him and two other riders and injured 15 other passengars.
55-year-old Gregory Liljefors had just left work and commuting home when the accident occurred.

Mentally ill Bronx man killed by police Taser ignites wrongful death lawsuit against cop and NYPD

Ariel Galarza was killed after a police officer used a Taser to subdue him.

Bronx NY Sept 20 2017 The family of a mentally ill Bronx man who died after a cop subdued him with a stun gun will file a wrongful death suit against the NYPD and the officer who used the device.
The state attorney general’s office has already indicated that it would not prosecute Sgt. William Melrose for his role in the Nov. 2 incident that led to Ariel Galarza’s death.
But the victim’s sister Mildred Galarza said the ruling doesn’t make the cop any less responsible for her brother’s death.
“It’s been very terrible,” Galarza said. “Too many families are going through this. Every time another mentally ill person is killed by the police it is a constant reminder of what happened to my brother.”
Ariel Galarza, who suffered from a learning disability, died after Melrose zapped him with a Taser three times in less than a minute.
Police were called to the Mayflower Ave. building, where Galarza lived with his family, by a neighbor who mistakenly thought he was holding a knife while acting erratically.
The suspected knife was actually a 12-ounce glass bottle of hot sauce. The neighbor apologized to the Galarza family for the deadly error.
When Melrose let off the first shock, Ariel Galarza dropped the bottle. The unarmed man was then handcuffed and struck two more times by Melrose.
The electric shocks put the 49-year-old man into cardiac arrest and he died, according to the lawsuit being filed Monday in Bronx Supreme Court.
 “Sgt. William Melrose was in violation of police guidelines and protocol relating to the use or discharge of a Taser and/or another conductive energy device,” the lawsuit says.
Last month, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office notified the Galarza family that it will not prosecute Melrose.
Under a 2015 executive order by Gov. Cuomo, the attorney general’s office investigates cases where an unarmed citizen is killed by a police officer.
 “The fact that the attorney general’s office did not pursue a criminal prosecution regarding the killing of Ariel Galarza does not mean that civil liability for his wrongful death does not exist,” said Sanford Rubenstein, the family’s attorney.
Rubenstein is also calling on the department to train all of their officers on the proper use of Tasers, not just supervisors.
“We will review the papers when they are filed and served,” said a spokeswoman with the city’s Law Department.
Mildred Galarza said she hopes the lawsuit will prevent similar tragedies.
Activists set to protest police violence toward mentally ill

“People are scared to call 911 for help,” she said. “There needs to be better training and a better system in place.”
NY Daily News

Davie Florida police charge security guard with felony impersonation of police

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Davie FL Sept 20 2017 

The Davie Police Department arrested an armed security guard for allegedly falsely impersonating a police officer after a confrontation with a resident.
A Davie officer arrested 31-year-old Antonio Prado and charged him with falsely impersonating an officer, a first-degree felony in Florida, following an incident early Monday.
In a police report, the arresting officer wrote he responded to a call of an off-duty law enforcement officer who said someone attempted to run him over with a vehicle.
When the officer arrived at the scene, Prado, dressed in a security uniform with a belt equipped with a firearm, identified himself as an off-duty Federal Protective Services agent who was working for a security company to help a friend following Hurricane Irma, the report read.
Prado handed to the officer an identification card that said “United States Protective Service” and Prado further said he guarded federal buildings, adding he had the power to arrest, the officer wrote.
The officer then saw the other person involved in the incident, identified as Kristopher Sawczak, inside of a bucket truck at a private property.
Both Prado and Sawczak described the incident to the officer as a verbal argument that occurred when Sawczak drove up to Prado’s parked vehicle.
Prado told the officer Sawczak pulled up to the vehicle and said "I hope you get shot in the face, [explicit]" before driving away, according to the report.
Sawczak told the officer he did pull up next to Prado and did “exchange words with him.”
After the verbal exchange, Prado activated his security vehicle’s emergency lights and followed Sawczak to his residence, the officer wrote. When Sawczak got out of his vehicle to open the property’s locked gate, Prado pulled up and the incident continued.
Sawczak unlocked the gate and tried to enter his property but Prado stood in front of his vehicle, the report read. Prado then pulled out his firearm, which was loaded with live rounds in the chamber.
Prado told the officer he pulled out his gun because he was afraid Sawczak, who was not armed, would run him over. Sawczak pulled into his property after Prado moved out of the way and sat in his vehicle until the officer arrived at the scene.
Upon further investigation, the officer became suspicious that Prado was not in fact a law enforcement officer. The officer asked Prado to clarify whether he was acting as a security guard or as a FPS agent in the incident, and Prado said he was simply attempting to detain Sawczak until officers could arrive to make an arrest.
The officer pressed further and Prado later said that he was not an FPS officer, but instead served as a reserve agent.
After noticing Prado became nervous, the officer then reexamined the alleged FPS security ID and found it did not meet the standards expected with a federal agency, adding it seemed like it was made at home or in a store. The officer noted the card was likely a security company license.
The officer also discovered that Prado and Sawczak were involved in another argument a day earlier. In that incident, Prado filed a police report in which he identified himself as a law enforcement officer.
Following the revelations, responding officers contacted the Department of Homeland Security, which verified Prado was not an employee of the federal agency.
Sawczak told the arresting officer he did want to press firearms aggravated assault charges against Prado.
The officer impounded Prado’s firearm, handcuff keys and phone, which allegedly had video recording of the previous incident.

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Livingstone College campus security officer and student brawl investigated

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SALISBURY, N.C. Sept 20 2017- Livingstone College officials are investigating a disturbing fight that they said broke out between a campus security guard and one of the college's students.
Channel 9 obtained video of the brawl that took place Monday in a school parking lot.
Officials said the student came on campus without the proper decal on her car and the security guard was preparing to put a boot the car, and that’s when the altercation between the two began.
The video shows the security guard following a female student who was walking away and then the guard hits the girl over and over with a baton.
The video goes on to show the two arguing face to face for a short time, then the guard follows the student again and grabs the girl from behind and throws her to the ground.
Officials emailed reporter Tina Terry another video showing a different angle of the fight, saying it shows the student instigating the fight.
School leaders said the security guard was on the phone with campus police when the student grabbed the phone and the officer was trying to get it back.
The student has been suspended, and the security guard was placed on administrative leave while the college police chief investigates.
“We are deeply concerned by this incident and intend to thoroughly gather all the facts and respond accordingly to ensure a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff,” school officials said in a statement.
School leaders said security guards get the same training as campus police. They said they're investigating whether the guard violated protocol during the fight.
Livingstone College's full statement on the matter:

There are multiple versions of a disturbing video being circulated of an incident that occurred on the campus of Livingstone College the morning of Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Livingstone College Police Chief Gloria Blaire is investigating the incident, which involved a student and a security guard. Pending the investigation, the security guard has been placed on administrative leave and the student has been temporarily suspended, in accordance with our judicial policy. We are deeply concerned by this incident and intend to thoroughly gather all the facts and respond accordingly to ensure a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff.

Unlicensed TN security guards accused of assault

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. Sept 20 2017 -- A witness claims two security guards took things too far when they subdued a man outside FedExForum Sunday morning.
Jlexis Brown shot video of a man police identify as 20-year-old Zakar Davis exchanging blows with one of the security guards around 2 a.m.
It's not clear from the video who throws the first punch, but pretty soon, a second security guards joins the first one. Together, they drag the man to the ground and hurl blows at him as spectators look on.
"They started punching and fighting and hitting him. Both of those guys," said Brown.
Before the altercation, you can see a shirtless Davis dancing in front of the guards and waving his hands in their faces. But Brown said nothing he did deserved such rough treatment.
"It wasn't even called for for both of them to even hit him. He's not that big, no way. And he wasn't resisting, so why did y'all keep on hitting him?"
Police said things started when security wouldn't allow Davis to enter Beale Street since he's underage. A security guard told police Davis ran up and hit him on the forehead and that he was fighting back.
Brown disputes that account.
"He [Davis] didn't actually touch no one because they touched him. The only thing he did was put his hands in they face."
Davis was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication and assault.
But questions continue to swirl about one of the security guards in the video, whom WREG is not naming since he hasn't been charged with a crime.
The only security guard license we could find for him expired in March, and a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance confirms the security guard is not currently licensed in Tennessee.
We couldn't get ahold of anyone with the Beale Street Merchants Association to learn which company the guards work for.
Whichever company it is, Brown thinks they should lose more than their jobs.
"Think they should be charged," she said.

WREG reached out to Davis, who's out of jail on a $100 bond, but never heard back. He's due in court October 30.

Mom gets 9,375 signatures demanding curfew for teens at Concord Mills mall

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Concord NC Sept 20 2017 A mom’s petition calling for a 6 p.m. curfew on unsupervised teenagers at Concord Mills mall is nearing its goal of 10,000 signatures.
Sanida Sabanija started the petition on after the mall was evacuated on Sept. 9 after a melee erupted in what police said was a large group of juveniles and young adults. About 9,375 people had signed the petition by Monday afternoon.
Sabanija told the (Concord) Independent Tribune that she enjoys going to the mall with her young family, but that lately it has become unbearable.
“The teens push around, run through the mall, use lewd language,” Sabanija told the newspaper. “It has a lot to do with lack of parental supervision. I no longer take my children to the mall.”
Concord Mills is the No. 1 shopping entertainment destination of the Carolinas and among the most popular visitor attractions in the state, according to the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
In last week’s incident, police charged a 14-year-old from Charlotte with two counts of assault on a government official and one count each of inciting a riot and resisting, obstructing or delaying a government official. A 15-year-old from Charlotte was charged with simple affray.
Authorities on Friday searched for 34-year-old William Earl Degrate and 19-year-old Nachell Miaya Berry, both of Charlotte, on simple affray charges. Police would have filed assault charges if a victim came forward, Concord Police Chief Gary Gacek said in a statement Friday.
Concord police received a call of shots fired at the mall on Saturday night, Gacek said on the department’s Facebook page. Concord police officers, Cabarrus County sheriff’s deputies, State Highway Patrol troopers and mall security “quickly restored order and dispersed the crowd,” according to the chief.
 “Aside from the report of shots being fired, there is no evidence of gun violence – no shots fired and no one shot,” Gacek said. “Law enforcement and mall security conducted a thorough on-scene investigation that included a review of surveillance security cameras and witness interviews.
“Absent evidence of gun violence, social media chatter suggesting the disorder was something more than what the evidence shows is irresponsible and needs to stop,” Gacek said.
As far as last weekend’s disturbance at the mall, police are continuing to review “all available video and information posted on social media” to identify anyone who committed a crime during the fights, the chief said. “No one has contacted the department claiming to have been a victim of any crime,” Gacek said.
Police released a photo of a man also suspected of being involved in the disturbance.
He wore a three-lettered red sweatshirt, “and we believe there is a fair probability that someone knows this individual, and we are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying him,” Gacek said.
Anyone with information about the man or the Sept. 9 melee is asked to call the Concord Police Department at 704-920-5000.

The mall issued a statement about last week’s incident that does not say whether the mall will consider a curfew. A mall representative said the statement is all the mall will say.
Some area malls have curfews for teens. Northlake Mall in north Charlotte requires anyone 17 and under to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian after 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. At Eastridge Mall in Gastonia, the same requirement starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays.
The statement issued by Concord Mills says:
“At Concord Mills, the safety of our guests and employees is always our top priority, and we are committed to providing a safe, secure shopping environment. To accomplish this, the center takes many proactive security measures, including maintaining a 24-hour patrol of the mall and surrounding parking lots. Concord Mills also maintains a close working relationship with the Concord Police Department, which has a precinct on property, and we collectively employ a comprehensive public safety program, which includes both visible and behind-the-scenes security measures.
“During their investigation of Saturday’s incident, the Concord Police Department confirmed that there was no evidence of shots fired, and that the noise reported was caused by a large, metal sign holder falling during the incident. It is unfortunate that social media chatter suggested the situation was more serious than the evidence revealed.
“As outlined in the Simon Code of Conduct, Concord Mills has a zero-tolerance policy for individuals who engage in disruptive behavior on our property. Copies of the Code of Conduct are posted at all entrances. To reinforce our commitment to the Code of Conduct, security officers will also be distributing copies to guests. Concord Mills takes the safety and security of our guests and employees very seriously and will not tolerate any kind of violent, disruptive behavior on the property.”

The mall has dealt with other incidents in the past, including last year when a former manager of the RCC Western Store that used to be in the mall was accused of cooking methamphetamine in the store’s bathroom with several friends, 10 to 12 times, Observer news partner WBTV reported. The manager was among 26 suspects arrested in connection with a $4 million methamphetamine ring.
Charlotte Observer 

Police bust multimillion dollar meth lab operation in north Georgia


Lumpkin County GA Sept 20 2017 A routine traffic stop in Lumpkin County led to police finding more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine, and eventually led them to uncover a multimillion dollar methamphetamine trafficking operation out of a home lab in rural Georgia, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
On Friday, Sept. 15, police pulled over Angel Luis Rivera- Santiago and Victor Rafael Aponte during a routine traffic stop. In the vehicle, they uncovered 15 kilograms (about 33 pounds) of methamphetamine.
Further investigation led Lumpkin County authorities and FBI agents to a home on Flanders Road in Dahlonega, GA. A woman, identified by police as Valentine Duarte-Vejar, ran from residence with a gun but was captured by police. Police found $166,000 and some cocaine in the home.
Following other leads eventually led them to find a methamphetamine conversion laboratory in rural Suches, Ga. A conversion lab is used to turn liquid methamphetamine into its crystal form.
Police found a gun and another 15 kilograms of methamphetamine at the lab, along with 300 pounds of environmental waste containing methamphetamine oil. The total street value of the 30 kilograms of methamphetamine is more than $3 million.
Agents said the lab was likely capable of producing a minimum of 25-50 kilograms of methamphetamine at once.
 “This short but effective investigation was a federal, state, and local partnership that disrupted and dismantled a drug distribution network’s attempt to flood our communities with this destructive drug for their own financial gain,” the GBI wrote.

Angel Luis Rivera- Santiago, 42, of Norcross, Victor Rafael Aponte, 30, of Dahlonega and Valentine Duarte-Vejar, 25, of Dahlonega were charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Eleoncio Perez-Pineda, 29, of Dahlonega, and Jose Mario Duarte-Vejar, 25, of Dahlonega were later arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Queen of Apostles Church volunteer charged with theft of money

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Fairfax County VA Sept 20 2017 A 53-year-old woman is facing multiple charges of grand larceny after stealing several thousand dollars from the Queen of Apostles Church, located at 4329 Sano Street in Alexandria.
An employee from the Parish office contacted us on September 7 to report their suspicions that a volunteer was taking money from the weekly collection while she was counting it.
Detectives from the Mason District Station, Criminal Investigation Section set up a surveillance operation and observed the suspect, identified as Sandra Irene Cortes, of Annandale, pocketing money from the church collection during her volunteer duties.
Detectives arrested Cortes and took her to the Adult Detention Center where she was charged with three counts of grand larceny.

Anyone with additional information on Cortes is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Section at the Mason District Station at 703-256-8035, or the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
You can also submit a tip anonymously through Crime Solvers electronically by visiting or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637). Anonymous Tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100-$1,000 if their information leads to an arrest.
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Florida Resort Hires Ex-Boxing Champ To Fight Off Looters

Duck Key FL Sept 20 2017 A high end 4-star resort in Florida has hired an armed security team to protect the building from looters in the wake of Hurricane Irma ... and one of the officers is ex-boxing champ Michael Moorer.
Moorer was an absolute animal in the ring -- winning light heavyweight and heavyweight titles during his career with notable wins over guys like Evander Holyfield and Francois Botha.
Now, 49-year-old Moorer works for the famous Pinkerton Armed Response Security team -- which has been hired by the Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key.
One source close to Moorer tells us Michael has been a private investigator for years and is also a licensed armed private security officer.
So how's he doing in Florida? We're told his team's undefeated.
TMZ Sports

TX security guard caught masquerading as a police officer

Mission TX Sept 20 2017 While patrolling the border Saturday afternoon, a Mission policeman spotted something odd: a white Chevrolet Tahoe with red-and-blue emergency lights.
The policeman — working a grant-funded border security detail called Operation Stonegarden — stopped the Tahoe near the La Lomita chapel for a traffic infraction.
Border Patrol suspected the Tahoe had arrived to transport people who illegally crossed the Rio Grande near the chapel, according to the criminal complaint. Agents heard the driver might be a firefighter from San Manuel.
Moises Carrizales, 28, of Edinburg initially said “the San Manuel Fire Department” provided him with lights for the Tahoe, according to the criminal complaint. Later, though, he told a Mission Police Department investigator the lights were movie props.
Whether or not Carrizales actually worked for the Linn-San Manuel Volunteer Fire Department remains unclear.
Police contacted the fire department, but never heard back according to the criminal complaint. Volunteer Fire Chief Jaime Guzman said he didn't know Carrizales personally, but heard that Carrizales stopped working for the department roughly five years ago.
Carrizales did work for Valley Metro Security until July 30, according to the company. He's a non-commissioned security officer registered with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
When the policeman searched the Tahoe, he found a law enforcement badge, a two-way radio, ammunition and a t-shirt with a law enforcement union logo, according to the criminal complaint.
Carrizales is charged with false identification as a peace officer, a Class B misdemeanor.
Mission Municipal Judge Horacio Pena set bond at $200,000.

Court records don't list an attorney for Carrizales, who remains at the Hidalgo County jail and couldn't be reached for comment.

Edmonton rolls out robo-parking patrol

Edmonton Canada Sept 20 2017  Be warned. An Edmonton driver’s chances of getting away with illegal parking are set to drop dramatically when city officials roll out their new robo-parking patrol.
Car-mounted cameras will automatically check licence plates against the parking payment records while rolling at 50 km/h on downtown streets. A wall-mounted camera will take a picture every time a car enters or exits a city-owned parking lot to ensure payment and the human patrol no longer tasked with marching downtown streets will redeploy to school zones and other hot-spot areas.
City officials are evaluating product bids now and hope to have a test car on city streets in October. The full rollout would hit Edmonton by spring. “That would be ideal,” said Erin Blaine, parking enforcement coordinator.
“It’s just a way more efficient way to use resources,” Blaine said. The parking rules are there to ensure spots remain open for drop-in customers for local businesses, and the automated enforcement will be more reliable for everyone. “It eliminates officer error.”
Similar to photo radar, scofflaws will get a ticket in the mail rather than under their vehicle’s windshield wiper. It will include a photo of the licence plate, which Blaine hopes will reduce the number of people appealing these tickets in court. She currently has five to 10 officers called to court every week.
It’s a $50 ticket for motorists who do not pay for parking.
An update on the project went to city council last week. It’s a $12-million effort, with $5.2 million already spent on the new digital parking meters. It’s listed as late because the city originally thought it could roll out the whole plan by 2015.
The third phase — having city-owned parkades calculate the number and location of spots left — is still being developed.
The report to council says implementation was delayed while city officials investigated the possibility of partnering with another municipality.
Currently, any one parking spot on a downtown street is checked two times a day, pretty good odds if you’re only stopping for five minutes. Under the new plan, four vehicles will be able to reach each spot four times a day.
The fixed cameras will pick out vehicles for non-payment 100 per cent of the time, Blaine said. There will be signs at the entrances to parkades warning the public. The city owns the City Hall parkade, Canada Place parkade, the library parkade and the parking lot off Whyte Avenue near the Strathcona Farmers Market.

The 25-enforcement staff currently walking those beats will be redeployed to check for cars parked too close to crosswalks near schools, cars parked on restricted residential streets around hospitals and employment centres, and other hot spots where teams get numerous 311 reports, said Blaine. “There are many other areas of the city that need attention.”