Video: FL Homeowner Told to Remove Police Support Flag Because It's "Racist"

Video: FL Homeowner Told to Remove Police Support Flag Because It's "Racist"

VIDEO: FL Homeowner Told to Remove Police Support Flag Because It’s “Racist”

A St. Johns County, FL, homeowners association has told a woman she must take down a “Blue Lives Matter” flag that she flies in tribute to the law enforcement service of her father and other members of her family.

Jeff Gaddie told Action News Jax his daughter received a letter asking her to remove the flag, saying it doesn’t fit the rules and regulations of the homeowners association.

“She called to ask why,” Gaddie said. “They told her they had received a complaint that it was considered racist, offensive and anti-black lives matter.”

Gaddie wants neighbors to know the flag is nothing but a show of support. “We’ve got black officers, we’ve got Asian officers, we’re got every race,” Gaddie said. “I mean for them to say it’s racist, blue is not a race, it’s the furthest thing from it.”

The family is planning to appeal the decision.

 

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Forensic Scientists Help Las Vegas Detectives Link Impounded Guns to Unsolved Crimes

Anya Lester and three other Las Vegas (NV) Metropolitan Police Department forensic scientists are working around the clock to help solve crimes in bulk. They work in an office building with a laboratory and a makeshift gun range, connecting cartridge cases from impounded guns to open criminal cases, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal . And at a time when violent crime is climbing in the Las Vegas Valley, they are working more than ever.

The cartridge cases — which are essentially a bullet’s container — are filled with gunpowder, and when they’re fired and ejected, the cases are marked up with a pattern unique to the gun used. The patterns are what Lester is looking for.

“This is the first time since I’ve been here where it’s actually been one of the most popular requests that we’ve had,” said Kim Murga, who heads the Metro laboratory where Lester works. “And DNA has taken kind of a back seat.”

The technology isn’t new. The sheriff’s support is.

“From a strategic perspective, it gives you a more holistic perspective,” said Matt McCarthy, deputy chief of Metro’s investigative services, which oversees homicides and robberies. Instead of isolating an investigation to one street corner, the cartridge cases may connect crimes miles away. “It allows an investigator to ask more questions,” he said.

The main tool scientists like Lester use to make these connections is a federal database, called NIBIN, or National Integrated Ballistic Information Network.

Impounded guns are fired. Ejected cartridge cases are collected, then scientists like Lester input the samples into the database. Cases from crime scenes are compared.

“It’s kind of like Match.com,” Murga said.

Once the system identifies possible hits, the scientists put the cartridge cases under a comparison microscope before officially determining a possible match.

“People are really excited about it because it is actually hooking these smaller crimes to larger crimes and providing leads for the investigators,” Lester said.

 

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At Least 4 Dead in London Terror Attack, Police Officer Fatally Stabbed

An apparent attack outside Parliament plunged London into turmoil on Wednesday, leaving at least four people including a police officer dead and 20 injured, and prompting the hasty evacuation of the prime minister in a confusing swirl of violence that traumatized the seat of British power, reports the New York Times .

The police said they were treating the attack as terrorism, which appeared to make it the most serious such assault in London since the deadly subway bombings more than a decade ago.

The attack unfolded around 2:40 p.m., Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said at a news conference.

The driver of a large vehicle mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, which leads to Parliament, killing two people and injuring others, before crashing into a railing.

After the crash, at least one man left the vehicle and approached Parliament, where he stabbed an armed police officer to death and was fatally shot by the police.

Tobias Ellwood, a minister in the Foreign Office, tried to save the life of the stabbed police officer by giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but the officer died.

“A full counterterrorism investigation is underway,” Cmdr. B. J. Harrington of the Metropolitan Police said at a brief news conference. Commander Harrington said that the police knew of “a number of casualties, including police officers,” but that he could not confirm a precise figure. At least three police officers were among the 20 people injured.

 

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Video: Maryland Agency Uses Drone to Locate Stolen Construction Equipment

Video: Maryland Agency Uses Drone to Locate Stolen Construction Equipment

VIDEO: Maryland Agency Uses Drone to Locate Stolen Construction Equipment

Nearly 20 pieces of construction equipment stolen from Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey were recovered on two Cecil County, Maryland, properties earlier this month.

It was called a landmark arrest, not because of the magnitude of the crime, but because of the method used to crack the case.

The Cecil County Sheriff’s Office used an unmanned aerial vehicle, otherwise known as a drone, to find the missing equipment.

“This was actually our first, outside of training, operation,” Cecil County Sheriff Scott Adams told Deleware Online . “So I’m pleased with the outcome so far.”

 

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Wisconsin Officer, 3 Others Killed in Shooting Spree

An Everest (WI) Metro police officer and three others are dead following a shooting spree Wednesday afternoon.

Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks confirmed the deaths at a press conference shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday. The shooter is in police custody, Sparks said. He declined to release names of those involved pending notification of family members.

The shootings began as part of a “domestic situation,” according to a press release from the Rothschild Police Department. The first report of a disturbance came at 12:27 p.m. when Rothschild officers were called to the Marathon Savings Bank at 1133 E. Grand Ave. Officers found two people shot there, and the suspect gone.

Wausau Police Capt. Todd Baeten said more shots were reported around 1:10 p.m. from the law firm Tlusty, Kennedy and Dirks in Schofield. A third call came at 1:30 p.m. from the Aspen Street Apartments complex in Weston, where the shooting suspect stayed for the remainder of the afternoon. Baeten said officers communicated with him from where he was inside the complex.

It is unclear at what point and location the officer was shot, the Wausau Daily Herald reports.

 

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