A new USA Today Network investigation uncovered disturbing patterns of police officers rising through the ranks despite being convicted of crimes and accused of misconduct. The investigation found 32 people who became "police chiefs or sheriffs, despite a finding of serious misconduct, usually at another department." A lot of police departments don't have the money or resources to do thorough background checks on candidates, and police misconduct is often secretive and hard to uncover, reports CBS News' Jeff Pegues. He spoke to an Ohio police chief who said an officer fired twice from his department went on to become the police chief of a nearby town. Michael Goodwin, the police chief of New Philadelphia, Ohio, said there is one word that comes to mind when he hears the name of his department's former officer, David Cimperman: chaos. "He was here for 15 years before he resigned. The city fired him twice. An arbitrator gave him his job back twice," Goodwin said. "He was being wrote up … [Read more...] about How an officer fired twice from one police department became chief of another
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By Mike Moffitt, SFGATE Updated 4:00 am PST, Thursday, February 21, 2019 San Pablo police can fire an adhesive GPS dart at suspect vehicles from an air cannon mounted in their police cruiser's grille. The system is manufactured by StarChase. San Pablo police can fire an adhesive GPS dart at suspect vehicles from an air cannon mounted in their police cruiser's grille. The system is manufactured by StarChase. Photo: Mike Gancasz/San Pablo Police Dept. Photo: Mike Gancasz/San Pablo Police Dept. Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Image 1 of 7 San Pablo police can fire an adhesive GPS dart at suspect vehicles from an air cannon mounted in their police cruiser's grille. The system is manufactured by StarChase. San Pablo police can fire an adhesive GPS dart at suspect … [Read more...] about High-speed police chases often kill innocents. Here’s how San Pablo PD is making them safer.
By Patrick May | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: December 20, 2018 at 12:57 pm | UPDATED: December 21, 2018 at 4:48 am The Bay Area has long been known as a place steeped in weirdness. No, we’re not Miami, which is the Capital of Weird given its hot-blooded, gator-infested, drug-fueled pedigree. But Bay Area residents can still be proud of their off-beat, iconoclastic ways — whether it’s San Francisco’s longtime love affair with public nudity, our local obsession over all-things-animal, or the region’s colorful cannabis cottage industry. And don’t even get us started with the region’s fetish for decadent prix-fixe menus, its wild-west mentality when it comes to electric-scooters, or the mind-boggling stratospheric prices people around here pay for a roof over their heads. Here are some 2018 headlines that prove our point: Jan. 9: Man arrested after 3 mph joyride on Vallejo road Jan. 26: Concord man, … [Read more...] about Stolen pregnant goats, fighting bulls and backhoe joy rides: Most memorable Bay Area headlines of 2018
AN UNWELCOME SURPRISE The WMD was discovered, quite by chance, lying by the side of a Bridgeville road in late July by a Delaware state trooper on an unrelated callout. Jutting out of the ground, the 75mm shell was encrusted in barnacles and pitted with rust; barely recognisable as a munition at all. The trooper called in his find and a military team took the bomb to Dover Air Force Base for disposal. As with most conventional rounds, a small charge was placed on the side of the shell and detonated to trigger the vintage munition’s own explosive. But something went wrong, and the bomb failed to explode. When the two staff sergeants and technician walked over to inspect the failed detonation, they found a strange black liquid seeping out of the cracked mortar. Given that the shell had been under the sea for the better part of fifty years, the men thought little of the foul-smelling substance until hours later, when their skin began to erupt in agonising blisters. All three were … [Read more...] about The Deadliest Catch
PUBLISHED: 23:01 05 November 2018 | UPDATED: 23:03 05 November 2018 Amy Gibbons American Chase Fowler was based in Back Street, Lakenheath Picture: GOOGLE MAPS GOOGLE MAPS An American cheerleading coach based in Suffolk has been jailed for a year after sending indecent images to young girls. Chase Fowler, 27, was visiting the UK for work purposes and volunteered at a Soham gym while living in Lakenheath.He came to police attention after he contacted one of his students, a girl in her early teens, on Snapchat – asking for her to send him a photo, before sending her an indecent image of himself.The victim immediately blocked Fowler from further contacting her and told a friend what had happened.Fowler was arrested and on examination of his mobile phone, police found conversations and photos of a sexual nature between Fowler and a 14-year-old girl in America.In police interview, Fowler claimed he was like a celebrity, or “cheer-lebrity”, on … [Read more...] about Suffolk-based cheerleading coach jailed for sexting teen