Thursday, May 25, 2017

Copping Out: West Coast Swing


"Activists asking if police will be charged in sex scandal" Associated Press  August 25, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. — Activists and relatives of a teenage woman at the center of a San Francisco Bay Area police sex scandal say they want to know if any of the more than two dozen law enforcement officials implicated earlier this year will face criminal charges.

The woman, who turned 19 on Thursday and says she works as a prostitute, said she informed internal affairs investigators months ago that she had sex with three Oakland police officers and a Contra Costa County deputy before her 18th birthday.

In all, she said she has had sex with about 30 law enforcement officials, mostly during the past year. She said she received money during a few encounters and often traded sex for protection from arrest and tips on prostitution stings.

The woman has retained text messages that appear to discuss sexual encounters with officers and has shared them with investigators and the media. Her allegations were widely reported more than three months ago.

I wonder if Todashev's killer nailed her or not.

The teen lives with her mother, an Oakland police dispatcher. The teen said she is enrolling Friday in an in-patient drug treatment program in Miami.

The Alameda County district attorney’s office is leading the criminal investigation.

The activists want officers charged with statutory rape, human trafficking, and pandering....

They will still get off (no pun intended).



California Bill Aims for Harsher Penalties for Sexual Assault

Girls team with female police officers for hoops, life skills

Your prayers have been answered:

"Four Oakland police officers fired, seven suspended after sex investigation" by Mark Berman Washington Post   September 09, 2016

Authorities in Oakland, Caliif., moved to fire four police officers in the city and suspended seven others after a sexual misconduct investigation found that some had attempted sexual assault and aided prostitution, according to the office of Mayor Libby Schaaf.

The investigation focused on allegations involving police officers and a woman who has identified herself as a sex worker and said she was underage when she had sex with some officers.

‘‘I am deeply sorry for the harm that this scandal has caused, particularly to community trust, which for many was already so tenuous,’’ Schaaf said at a news conference Wednesday night.

Schaaf’s announcement does not mark an end to the scandal, which is also the subject of a criminal probe and comes at a time of intense scrutiny of law enforcement nationwide.

The woman told the CBS affiliate in San Francisco that she had sex with more than a dozen Oakland police officers as well as nine others from other departments.  In the interview, the woman also said that she would exchange sex with officers when they tipped her off about undercover operations.

Around the same time as that interview, Oakland authorities said Sean Whent, the city’s police chief, would be stepping down. Although officials did not directly link it to the misconduct scandal, they also acknowledged ‘‘the importance of public trust in the outcome of ongoing misconduct investigations.’’

An interim police chief was named and — just five days later — was removed from the position after Schaaf said she ‘‘received information that has caused me to lose confidence’’ in his ability to lead the police ‘‘at this particular moment in time.’’

That chief, Ben Fairow, was loaned to the department by the Bay Area Rapid Transit system’s police force; the BART police chief welcomed Fairow back to his position as deputy chief and said Fairow had admitted to an affair years earlier....

Thank God that's all, 'eh?

I mean, when it comes to trust in public officials and all.


"Calif. prosecutor to charge 7 officers in sex scandal" by Paul Elias Associated Press  September 10, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. — Seven current and former San Francisco Bay Area police officers will be charged in a sexual misconduct scandal involving a teenager who was later arrested in Florida in an unrelated assault case, a prosecutor said.

The wide-ranging scandal surfaced in June when the teenager, who described herself as a prostitute, said she had sex with law enforcement officials in Oakland and elsewhere in the region.

Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said Friday she was waiting until she’s certain the teen can be returned to California before filing charges against the officers. The teen was jailed in Florida on suspicion of assaulting a guard at a drug treatment center where she was living.

O’Malley criticized the Richmond Police Department for helping arrange for the teen, now 19, to stay at the center on the other side of the country, saying her unavailability could hurt the prosecution if she is unable to testify.

The teen has said she had sexual encounters with six Richmond police officers and two dozen other law enforcement officials, including some from Oakland, during the past two years. Richmond Police Chief Allwyn Brown and department spokesman Lieutenant Felix Tan didn’t return phone calls and e-mails seeking comment.

The teen said she had sex with four officers before she turned 18 and sometimes traded sex for protection from arrest or tips about planned prostitution stings. Efforts to reach the officers were not immediately successful, and it’s unclear whether any of them are represented by attorneys.

Barry Donelan, president of the union representing Oakland officers, didn’t return a call or respond to an e-mail seeking comment. The union said in a prepared statement that it was disappointed by the scandal and assured residents the majority of officers are hardworking and upstanding.

The ever-deepening scandal has thrown the Oakland Police Department into crisis and put dozens of officers under suspicion. The saga began last September when Oakland officer Brendan O’Brien killed himself, leaving behind a suicide note discussing the relationships that he and other officers had with the teen.

In March, a federal judge with oversight of the troubled department said he was dissatisfied with the internal affairs investigation and ordered a reexamination of O’Brien’s suicide. In June, the teen told The Associated Press and other media outlets that she had sex with four officers when she was younger than 18.

Maybe. Maybe not.

O’Malley said her investigation was limited to Alameda County but authorities had found evidence that the teen had sex with police officers in other jurisdictions in San Francisco, Contra Costa, and San Joaquin counties.... 



Back to routine patrols:

"Black man fatally shot by police near San Diego" by Julie Watson and Andrew Dalton Associated Press  September 28, 2016

EL CAJON, Calif. — Dozens of demonstrators protested Wednesday outside a suburban San Diego police station after a black man who reportedly was acting erratically at a strip mall was shot and killed by an officer when, according to authorities, he pulled an object from a pocket, pointed it and assumed a ‘‘shooting stance’’

Demonstrators listened to civil rights figures and chanted ‘‘no killer cops’’ and ‘‘black lives matter’’ during the peaceful protest outside the El Cajon Police Department headquarters. The Rev. Shane Harris said the man’s sister had called 911 to report her brother was acting out and made clear he had mental issues.

One officer fired an electronic stun gun and another officer simultaneously fired his firearm several times, El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis told reporters at a news conference late Tuesday night. Davis would not say what the object was, but acknowledged it was not a weapon....


The guy turned out to be a war refugee who didn't understand what was going on. Another tragedy and "unintended" consequence of the wars, and another death to add to the count.

"Los Angeles police shoot, kill man, 18" Associated Press  October 02, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Officers shot and killed an 18-year-old man in south Los Angeles at the end of a car chase, sparking a protest by several dozen people angered by another fatal police shooting of a black man.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office identified the victim Sunday as Carnell Snell Jr. of Los Angeles. The pursuit began around 1 p.m. Saturday when officers tried to pull over a car with paper plates, suspecting the vehicle might have been stolen, and the driver refused to stop, Los Angeles Police Sergeant Barry Montgomery said. The driver and passenger jumped out and police ran after them. The passenger ran into the back of a house, where he was shot. The driver escaped.

So they shot the passenger?

Early Sunday, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement that it found a handgun at the scene of the shooting. The department did not provide any more information about the gun.

Hate to say it, but could have easily been planted.

Snell died on the same street where he lived. 

Bitter irony.

Trenell Snell, 17, said she was outside with friends when she saw her older brother running from police. She said she started running too, and hit the ground when she heard four gunshots. When she got up, her brother was on the ground, handcuffed, she said.

‘‘At the end of the day, the cops came and shot my brother,’’ she told the Los Angeles Times. ‘‘Killed my brother.’’

Snell was the third black man in five days to die in confrontations with police in Southern California.

Last Tuesday, Alfred Olango was fatally shot by an officer in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, triggering three days of angry and sometimes violent protests. Olango was shot when he took a ‘‘shooting stance’’ and pointed at an officer with what turned out to be a 4-inch vape pen — an electronic cigarette device.

On Friday, Reginald Thomas died after being shot with a Taser by police in Pasadena. He was armed with a knife, and his wife described him as mentally ill. His brother told a 911 dispatcher that Thomas was high and had a history of violence.

Then cops kinda did everyone a favor, huh?

The fatal shooting of Snell immediately prompted a small protest that grew to several dozen people. Protesters blocked an intersection near the house Saturday night and wrote Snell’s name on the road in chalk.

Some people waved signs that read ‘‘Black Lives Matter,’’ and others shouted at officers standing behind yellow police tape and wearing riot helmets.

Snell’s mother, Monique Morgan, appeared at the protest.

‘‘He was just at my house, and we got a phone call that said the police shot him five times in the back,’’ she said.

Police have not said how many times Snell was shot or where.


"Los Angeles chief defends 2 fatal weekend shootings" by Amanda Lee Myers Associated Press  October 03, 2016

LOS ANGELES — The shootings come amid heightened tensions over police actions involving black people and other minorities across the country.

18-year-old Carnell Snell died at the scene and police recovered a fully loaded semiautomatic gun with one round in the chamber within 5 feet of where Snell lay, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said, adding that the weapon had not been fired. The officers were not wearing body cameras, but a surveillance video from a business clearly showed Snell was armed, Beck said.

He was 18.

The shooting occurred in a Los Angeles neighborhood where nearly 450 people have been shot this year, making it the worst in the city for gun violence, Beck said. ‘‘We are doing our absolute best to take guns out of the hands of those that would use them against others, and sometimes that leads to circumstances where Los Angeles police officers are put into peril and have to defend themselves,’’ the chief said.

A group of people protested outside Beck’s news conference, chanting, ‘‘No justice, no peace, no racist police.’’ Three were arrested for unlawful assembly after refusing orders to leave police headquarters and take their demonstration to a public street. ‘‘We’re so tired,’’ said protester Jade Daniels, 24. ‘‘These kids don’t want to die. What black person would point a gun at a group of cops?’’

On Sunday, a man was shot when he pointed what turned out to be a replica handgun at police, Beck said, adding that an orange tip had been colored black to make the replica look real. The man remained unidentified. He was only described as Hispanic. Beck said both officers involved in that shooting were wearing body cameras and the footage supports their accounts while refuting claims that the man was shot on the ground....

Can we trust video "evidence" from authpority anymore?


Also see:

"In the minutes before three Palm Springs officers were shot Saturday, two fatally, the suspected gunman’s father told a neighbor his son was armed, ‘‘acting crazy,’’ and wanted to shoot police. Gang member John Felix, 26, was apprehended early Sunday after a lengthy standoff and will be charged this week with murder. Police said Felix emerged wearing soft body armor and carrying ammunition but no weapon after police shot a chemical agent into the home where he had holed up...."

"Los Angeles police searched Sunday for at least two suspects as they tried to determine the motive for a shooting that left three people dead and 12 wounded, two gravely, at a restaurant operating in a converted home. A preliminary investigation determined an argument preceded the gunfire early Saturday during a birthday celebration attended by more than 100 people in a Jamaican community. ‘‘It may be a narcotics-related dispute,’’ Captain Peter Whittingham told the Los Angeles Times. Police questioned two possible suspects shortly after the incident, but officials said later no one was in custody....."

"A gunman with a high-powered rifle was found dead inside a home in a suburb of Los Angeles on Tuesday after shooting at police officers who responded to a report of gunfire and found one person fatally shot and two others critically injured, the authorities said. It was not clear if the gunman — a man whose identity was not immediately known — died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound or had been shot by the police, Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said at a news conference. “We’re in the process of trying to figure out why this happened and who this person is and what exactly made him snap,” he said...."

"A Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputy was shot twice in the head and killed Sunday while responding to a call about a suspicious car and person, authorities said. The suspect in the killing has been arrested. The suspect, who has been identified as David Machado, 37, abandoned the stolen van and carjacked an escape vehicle in the nearby city of Keyes, it said. Police in Tulare County arrested Machado later Sunday, the department said. Deputy Dennis Wallace, a 20-year-veteran, is the fifth law enforcement officer in California to die in the line of duty in the last five weeks. The slaying comes after a deputy in Modoc County was killed while responding to a call about a disturbance, two Palm Springs police officers were shot to death during a domestic disturbance call, and a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant was shot and killed in the high-desert town of Lancaster while answering a burglary call...."

Calif. officer slain after responding to accident Police returned fire, wounding the suspect. His name was not released, and his condition was not immediately available.

Off-duty officer’s fight with teens sets off protests

He objected to teens walking across his lawn, and I don't blame him!

Off to jail you go....

"Prosecutor says former sheriff led jail-abuse conspiracy" Associated Press  December 19, 2016

LOS ANGELES — The former head of the nation’s largest sheriff’s department was the driving force behind a conspiracy to thwart a federal investigation into abuses within the Los Angeles County jail system, a federal prosecutor told a jury Monday.

‘‘This was Mr. Baca’s conspiracy,’’ Assistant US Attorney Brandon Fox said of former sheriff Lee Baca in his closing argument.


It prevented justice for inmates who were being beaten, allowed deputies to escape accountability, led to the hiding of an FBI jail informant, and drove attempts to intimidate a federal agent, the prosecutor said.

‘‘This is dirty from the beginning,’’ Fox said.

Baca’s defense, which has sought to blame the former sheriff’s top aide and other underlings, also made its closing argument. Attorney Nathan Hochman told the jury there is no evidence that Baca took part in a conspiracy and that the former sheriff had allowed the ACLU to monitor jails.

What started as an investigation into civil rights abuses of inmates by jail guards grew into a broader corruption inquiry targeting top department leaders when deputies found an inmate with a cellphone in 2011.

The FBI had the phone smuggled into the jail for the inmate to gather evidence of abuse.


I'm going to bail, sorry.... 

So what does the mayor have to say about all this?

"Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti claimed a second term, easily trouncing 10 little-known rivals in an election with a tiny turnout but potentially major implications for the nation’s second-largest city. The 46-year-old Democrat, whose campaign benefited from an improved economy, won 81 percent of votes cast. Speaking at his victory party, the mayor made veiled references to President Trump and his policies, saying ‘‘It’s time to stop thinking about the most powerful man in our country and start thinking about the most vulnerable people in our city.’’ Garcetti, who was elected four years ago on a back-to-basics slogan, has touted job growth, helped secure funds for rail lines intended to help unclog freeways and championed a $1 billion program to get control of a homeless crisis....."

Time to get out of L.A.:

"Investigators said they have found no indication the driver of a tour bus that struck a trailer truck Sunday had tried to brake before the crash, which killed the driver and 12 passengers. The gambling jaunt ended in one of the deadliest wrecks in California history...."

Active-duty Navy sailor arrested after 4 killed in San Diego-Coronado Bridge accident “It’s horrible. It’s horrific. We had innocent people down here having a good time and now they’re gone,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Sanchez.

Going to head up the coast:



"The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a father and his young son after a wave swept them to sea from a beach near Cape Blanco. Coast Guard Petty Officer Amanda Norcross said a helicopter crew from the Coast Guard station in North Bend continued the search Monday but was not successful. Jayson Dean Thomas, 31, of Elmira, and his 3-year-old son were walking Sunday on a beach at Boice Cope Park, about 2 miles north of Cape Blanco when the wave struck, officials said. The boy’s mother saw it happen and called authorities. Crews in helicopters and search boats and state troopers in all-terrain vehicles found only the man’s jacket and a child carrier he had been wearing in the surf. State Police spokesman Captain Bill Fugate said the area where they were swept away is steep and the ocean was rough because of an approaching storm. State Police and the Curry County sheriff’s office assisted in the search Monday. Cape Blanco is a small town near Eugene, along the state’s southern coast. It is the westernmost point in the state."


The other BLM movement, only with villains this time (been a little gun-shy about it):

You have the right to remain silent. If you give up that right anything you say and do can be used against you in a court of law.

"The leader of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon met briefly with a federal agent Friday, but left because the agent wouldn’t talk with him in front of the media. A crowd of reporters watched the brief exchange, while state troopers and armed federal agents looked on. The FBI did not immediately comment on Friday’s meeting with Bundy, but said in a statement Thursday their ‘‘response has been deliberate and measured as we seek a peaceful resolution.’’ On Wednesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she was angry because federal authorities have not taken action against Bundy’s group, which began occupying the refuge Jan 2. The Democratic governor said the occupation has cost Oregon taxpayers nearly half a million dollars. Brown sent a letter Thursday to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey, urging them ‘‘to end the unlawful occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as safely and as quickly as possible.’’ In a statement Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley said it was ‘‘long past time for this illegal occupation to end and for the people of Harney County to get their lives back.’’ The Democrat said he hope authorities could peacefully resolve the situation and hold Bundy’s group accountable. At community meetings, some local residents have asked Bundy and his group to leave." 

Smells like Waco.

The Bundy Oregon Standoff Psyop: I fought the law and the law won

One person dead as leader of Ore. standoff is arrested

Yup, ‘‘time to move on’’ when the governing gang starts killing people.

Video released by the FBI shows shooting death of Ore. occupier

4 protesters remain at oregon wildlife refuge For weeks, the occupation barely felt like a siege at all: The anti-government militants came and went as they pleased, driving down snow-packed highways to attend community meetings and even going out for dinner. With little sign that law enforcement was about to move beyond surveillance, the occupation of the refuge became more theater than threat. That changed Tuesday night.

Memorial erected at Ore. site where police killed rancher The network said it had additional rallies planned for Monday in Burns and called for like-minded people to gather in the small eastern Oregon town. ‘‘This is a call to action against an armed militarized police force,’’ said B.J. Soper, a network leader. The site is also surrounded by American flags and signs, including one that says ‘‘RIP LaVoy Finicum. A True American hero.’’

"One antigovernment militant stalled, airing a range of grievances and conspiracy theories. “I’m actually feeling suicidal right now,” said David Fry, 27, who lives in of Blanchester, Ohio, the last of the remaining protesters to leave the wildlife sanctuary, during telephone negotiations over his surrender in a conversation streamed live online to tens of thousands of listeners. “It's liberty or death. I will not go another day as a slave to this system.” He asked for pizza and marijuana, railed against taxpayer money being used for criticized a government that condoned abortion and drone strikes in Pakistan, said bankers were to blame for the world wars, complained of being unable to obtain medical marijuana in Ohio, and that the government suppressed breakthrough inventions, concealing UFOs, and was “chemically castrating everybody.” "I declare war against the federal government," he said a few minutes later. "I've peacefully voted and nothing is ever done. One more cookie, one more cigarette,” he said, just before leaving his hide-out....

 “Alrighty then,” I've heard enough from this planted piece of discrediting crap. Can you roll anything else into the truth mingled with absurdities?

His dad said he was just playing shock jock again to send a message, I mean, “How many millennials do you know that stand up and are brave enough to do that?” and he is a good kid, confirming my suspicions of his status.

What is with the f***ing rewrites anyway? 

See: Comparing: Last Occupier in Rural Oregon Is Coaxed Out

After Robert LaVoy Finicum was murdered.

Ammon Bundy, others plead not guilty in Oregon refuge case
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to stay behind bars in Oregon

A man is dead, but he's white and WLDM. 

Just getting back to normal!

FBI agents investigated over shooting during Ore. ranching standoff Authorities said Tuesday results of an independent investigation by Oregon authorities found the troopers were justified in shooting Robert ‘‘LaVoy’’ Finicum because he failed to heed their commands and repeatedly reached for his weapon, Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris said. 

Looks like blaming the victim to me.

"The new charges come as the government cracks down on Bundy, his family, and others for leading armed standoffs in a long-running dispute over management of public lands in the Western United States."

The print headline called them "occupiers."

Also see:

Marshals use stun gun on attorney after Oregon standoff leaders acquitted

Juror defends verdict in Bundy occupation trial

Las Vegas trial starts for 6 in Bundy ranch standoff

What happens in Vegas....



Man, 20, in Custody After Fatal Shooting of 5 People at Mall Outside Seattle

"As investigators tried to piece together information on 20-year-old Arcan Cetin, who was arrested Saturday evening after a nearly 24-hour search, a picture emerged of a troubled young man who said nothing and appeared ‘‘zombie-like’’ when he was taken into custody on a sidewalk outside his apartment complex some 30 miles away in Oak Harbor. He immigrated to the United States from Turkey and is a legal permanent resident, officials said. Crucial questions remained unanswered, including the gunman’s motive. The FBI said early Saturday that there was no indication the shooting was terrorism, but local authorities said later in the day that they were ruling nothing out...."

Another drugged patsy like Holmes? A programmed killer? 

Wash. mall shooting suspect confesses

Dad of Washington shooter gets 2 years on gun charges

He apologized for his son’s actions, and they are tying it to the Minnesota mall incident saying any investigation is crazy.



"Police kill man armed with machete at University of Colorado" AP  October 06, 2016

BOULDER, Colo. — A man armed with a machete was shot and killed by police Wednesday at the University of Colorado in Boulder after officials say he refused to drop the weapon.

The unidentified man brandished the knife in a menacing way during an altercation with another person in the parking lot of the school’s sports complex, then went inside a building, campus police spokesman Scott Pribble said. Police confronted him and asked him to put drop the weapon, Pribble said. ‘‘He refused and it was at that time, for public safety, that shots were fired,’’ he said.

Pribble said he did not know the nature of the altercation in the parking lot, or whether the man was a student. The university sent text alerts to all students, faculty, and staffers telling them to take protective action, but classes continued, school spokesman Ryan Huff said.

Following campus protocol, students weren’t ordered to go on a lockdown since they were in different locations on or off campus. It’s up to students to decide what actions they should take, including hiding or fighting if they confront a suspect, Huff said.


Related: "A 19-year-old man is under arrest in connection with the deaths of two teenagers whose bodies were found on the shoulder of a rural Colorado road. His mug shot shows that Gustavo Marquez has a tattoo across his face that says ‘‘Santa Muerte’’ — ‘‘Holy Death’’ in Spanish — a skeleton folk saint often associated with violence and drug trafficking but also has a following among a variety of people, including the poor, artists, and immigrant small business owners...."

Maybe it's the booze?



"Utah governor says he will approve strictest DUI limit in US" Associated Press  March 23, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s governor announced Thursday that he will sign legislation giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest DUI threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry say will hurt tourism.

Republican Governor Gary Herbert said he plans to approve the measure lowering the blood alcohol limit for most drivers to 0.05 percent from 0.08 percent and that it will save lives.

Should be zero, really.

Opponents had urged him to veto the bill, saying it would punish responsible drinkers and burnish Utah’s reputation as a Mormon-majority state that’s unfriendly for those who drink alcohol.

‘‘People are going to try to say this is a religious issue. And that is just absolutely false. This is a public safety issue,’’ the governor, who is Mormon, said at a news conference.

Proponents say it will send a resounding message that people should not drink and drive — no matter how little somebody has had to drink.

Restaurant groups said they don’t support drunken driving but a 0.05 limit won’t catch drivers who are actually impaired.

Representative Norm Thurston, a Republican who sponsored the measure, says it will make people think twice about drinking and driving.

That's a fallacy; otherwise, people would be thinking about it now.

If drivers are not impaired, they won’t violate the law, Thurston said, because police won’t measure someone’s blood alcohol level until they have seen visible signs of impairment and the person fails a field sobriety test.

He has also pointed out that Utah led the country in 1983 by becoming the first state to lower its blood alcohol limit to 0.08 percent, and since then tourism has flourished.


No, let's not go to Utah....



"An Arizona police officer captured on video punching a woman in the face during her arrest has been placed on administrative leave while the Flagstaff police department investigates the officer’s actions, the department said Thursday. Police Chief Kevin Treadway said the officer reported that Marissa Morris kicked him and kneed him in the groin before he hit her. Video shot from a home where Morris and her boyfriend were being evicted shows Officer Bonar punching Morris. Treadway said Bonar was detaining the woman because he knew about warrants for Morris’ arrest, but police later determined the warrants stemming from DUI cases were no longer active. Bonar ‘‘was thinking the warrants were still in place,’’ the police chief said...."

"A man accused of killing a police officer and holing up in an eastern Arizona cabin with a teenage girl believed to have been a hostage was shot dead Wednesday by officers after he opened fire, authorities said. It was unclear whether Officer Darrin Reed of the Show Low Police Department was shot inside or outside the restaurant in the town of about 10,000 people in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The shooting of Daniel Erickson, 36, came after he fled and was found at the rental cabin in the nearby community of Pinetop-Lakeside, where he barricaded himself inside with the girl, said Chief Deputy James Molesa of the Navajo County sheriff’s office. The girl, who Molesa said was 14, was treated for minor injuries from glass shards. Erickson’s death came after he fired at officers who had surrounded the cabin, and they returned fire, Molesa said...."

Remember that guy in California

So they opened fire into the cabin with the teenage girl (hope she wasn't a runaway prostitute) in there?

"Passing driver kills man who shot Arizona officer in ambush" by Paul Davenport Associated Press  January 12, 2017

PHOENIX — An Arizona state trooper stopped to help at a car wreck along a remote highway Thursday when he was shot and wounded in an ambush by a man who was bashing the officer’s head against the pavement until a passing driver shot the man to death, authorities said.

The drama unfolded at an early morning rollover wreck on Interstate 10 in the desert west of Phoenix where a woman was ejected and killed. Authorities believe the man who shot the officer was driving the car that crashed.

The man was on top of the officer and ‘‘getting the better of him,’’ slamming the trooper’s head against the pavement, said Department of Public Safety director Ralph Milstead. That’s when the passing driver showed up and asked if the trooper needed help.

He said yes, and the passerby went back to his vehicle, got his gun, and told the suspect to stop the attack, Milstead said. When he didn’t, the driver shot him....


"Sheriff leaves mixed legacy in Arizona" Associated Press  January 03, 2017

PHOENIX — The full-throated bravado that made Sheriff Joe Arpaio a household name in debates over illegal immigration and the treatment of jail inmates was missing as he started his last news conference in a law enforcement career that spanned a half-century.

After being booted from office by voters, the 84-year-old Arpaio looked tired and dispirited as he defended his investigation of President Obama’s birth certificate — a debunked controversy that critics say Arpaio exploited to raise funds from his supporters.

The sheriff mispronounced several words as he attacked the birth record of the president he blames for his political demise. The media-savvy lawman ended the news conference by uncharacteristically declining to mix it up with reporters about the credibility of the five-year Obama investigation by his volunteer posse.

He told his 75 supporters in the room that the investigation wasn’t about whether Obama was born in the United States and instead focused on a claim that the birth certificate was fraudulent. The investigation was another questionable tactic in Arpaio’s 24-year tenure as the sheriff of metro Phoenix that ended Sunday and was also marked by traffic patrols and business raids that targeted immigrants.


It's goodbye in more ways than one, readers.