State Authorities Remind #RedForEd Demonstrators to Prepare for the Heat

State Authorities Remind #RedForEd Demonstrators to Prepare for the Heat

With high temperatures forecasted in Metro Phoenix, the Department of Public Safety asks demonstrators to take an active role in their safety
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – 3:45pm
– For Immediate Release –

Phoenix — On Thursday, April 26, 2018, The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) expects thousands of Red for Ed supporters to demonstrate on the grounds of the State Capitol.

 

The temperature is forecasted to be just under 100°F, which is why AZDPS is encouraging participants to take precautions in order to avoid serious health risks associated with heat-related illness or injury.

 

Ideally, participants should already have started to hydrate for the event. In addition, demonstrators should carry sufficient water, food, protective clothing, a hat for sun protection, and sunscreen. Failure to carry these items could lead to serious injury or life threatening illness.

 

Please remain vigilant for health and other safety concerns; report potential dangers to authorities immediately via 9-1-1 or to the closest state trooper.

 

Please arrive early in order to find an approved parking space.

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Former Minneapolis Officer to Plead Not Guilty in Justine Damond Shooting

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor will plead not guilty in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, arguing that he acted in self-defense when he fired the fatal shot from inside his police SUV.

According to a Wednesday court filing signed by his attorneys Thomas Plunkett and Peter Wold, Noor intends to claim that he used “reasonable force” when he shot Damond should the case go to trial, the Star-Tribune reports.

The document did not elaborate further on his defense strategy but mentions that Noor’s attorneys may call private investigator William O’Keefe to testify at trial. Noor’s next hearing is scheduled for May 8.

Noor’s lawyers also filed a motion for discovery, demanding the names of any potential prosecution witnesses and access to all evidence that might be used against him. Plunkett declined to comment Wednesday.

Noor was charged March 20 with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July shooting death of Damond, 40, a spiritual healer from Australia. He was fired from the department on the same day charges were announced.

 

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Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center Gets First Female Director

A woman will lead the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center for the first time in the academy’s 46-year history.

The Nebraska Crime Commission announced Friday that Brenda Urbanek, a 28-year employee of the Grand Island training center, will take over as director next week. Urbanek replaces Bill Muldoon, who led the center for 12 years before being named emergency communications director in Sarpy County earlier this year, Omaha.com reports.

Urbanek had been the interim director of the training center in recent months and served as deputy director since 1995. She previously has worked as an officer and investigator with the Kearney Police Department.

“It’s an honor to have the confidence of the Police Standards Advisory Council,” she said Friday, referring to the group of law enforcement professionals who interviewed candidates and recommended her promotion.

 

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NYPD Sergeant Sues Starbucks Over Assault by Homeless Man

An NYPD sergeant urged a Midtown Starbucks to stop giving free food to the homeless after dozens of disturbance calls at the location.

But the coffeehouse, not far from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, ignored the warning and that same officer wound up being assaulted by a vagrant — who was angry over the quality of his free croissant, the officer charges in a lawsuit.

“I warned that someone would end up getting hurt — it was an unsafe environment. It turned out to be me,” Sgt. Timothy Wall told The Post .

And despite 80 disturbances involving vagrants at the store in 2017 alone, according to Wall’s suit, Starbucks says the officer has no one to blame but himself.

Starbucks lawyers say Wall brought on his injuries through his own “culpable conduct . . . and assumption of risk,” according to response papers filed in February.

 

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