Handcuffed police officers, while removing bail, and releasing even the most dangerous criminals from prison
They have made the job of police officer impossibly stressful and far more dangerous than ever before.
Enough is enough!- APN.com
Across the country, police forces are scrambling to keep their roll call numbers at full staff, but officials said they’ve been hit with challenges.
Burnout, low morale, and dejection have caused many cops, both long-time veterans and newcomers, to quit and change careers and recent public backlash against excessive police force has resulted in a drop in new applications, according to police officials.
In Philadelphia, the police force is facing a shortage of 600 officers, roughly 10% of its full force.
“It’s critical now,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw told ABC News of her force’s staffing levels. “It’s already critical, was critical a year ago.”
A handcuffed suspect shot an officer in the neck as he exited a police vehicle to enter a detention center, Denver police said.
Officers pursued the suspect, believing he was driving a stolen vehicle. The suspect was able to elude officers for a bit, and began walking away from the vehicle when he was detained.
When officers confirmed the vehicle was stolen, they recovered a handgun and “large quantity of suspected narcotics” while taking him into custody.
During attempted removal of the suspect from the police vehicle at the downtown detention center, police say the suspect accessed another weapon that must have been concealed on him, and fired one round, striking an officer in the neck.
Officers returned fire, striking the suspect multiple times.
Both the suspect and officer were taken to the hospital. The suspect was listed in critical condition, while the officer is expected to make a recovery.
A Virginia law enforcement worker has been killed in a shootout with deputies in California after he allegedly murdered the mother and grandparents of a teenage girl he catfished online, before trying to escape with the teen, police said on Sunday.
Officers were initially called to the La Sierra South neighborhood in Riverside, California, on Friday just after 11 a.m. to check on the welfare of a girl who appeared distressed while getting into a Red Kia Soul with a man, the Riverside Police Department said in a news release.
While officers were responding, police began to receive calls about a structural fire just a few houses away from where the welfare call was reported, they said.
The Riverside Fire Department arrived at the residence to find a fire on the first floor. When they made entry they discovered three adult victims lying on the ground, police said.
“Their bodies were pulled outside where it was determined they were victims of an apparent homicide,” the Riverside Police Department said, adding that firefighters were able to put the fire out.
During a preliminary investigation, detectives found out that the girl described in the initial welfare call had lived at the house where the three people were found dead, police said.
Authorities were also able to identify the man she was seen with as 28-year-old Austin Lee Edwards of North Chesterfield, Virginia, who detectives learned had worked for the Virginia State Police until being recently employed at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in the state of Virginia.
Milwaukee, WI – Police are looking for an alleged dating app predator who was see with a woman in a bar in South Milwaukee shortly before she lost consciousness and died.
South Milwaukee police said that 55-year-old Raina Reighns was seen in Scotty’s Bar and Pizza several times on Nov. 17 with 52-year-old Timothy Olson, WDJT reported.
“I was shocked because I saw her hours before and I knew it was out of the ordinary because she was here at my starting of the shift, which was at one and not at nighttime,” Scotty’s bartender, Nicole Fabian, recalled.
Later that night, Reighns and Olson went together to another bar, Powers on 10th, WISN reported.
Police said that shortly after they arrived, Reighns suffered a medical emergency.
Sam Anderson, the bartender at Powers on 10th, said Reighns and Olson were only in the bar for a couple of minutes and hadn’t even taken the first sip from their drinks when the woman lost consciousness, WISN reported.
“As soon as she was down, I called 911,” Anderson said. “The man she was with yelled that he was going to go get an inhaler.”
He said Olson left the bar as if to obtain medication for his date but never returned, WISN reported.
South Milwaukee police said Reighns was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where she later died.
A man who had threatened his mother while holding an ax was shot dead by a McKinney police officer during a chase Friday afternoon, the department says.
In a statement Friday evening, the McKinney Police Department said officers were called at about 4 p.m. Friday to a report of a domestic disturbance at the Magnolia Ranch Apartments, located on the 3100 block of Medical Center Drive in McKinney.
According to police, a woman reported that she had been confronted by her 30-year-old son, who was holding an ax and threatening her. She was able to get away safely while police responded.
The man tried to run away from officers when at some point, shots were fired by one of the officers who was chasing him. The man, who has not yet been named, was wounded and “immediately taken to Medical City McKinney where he was pronounced deceased,” the police statement read.
The statement noted the investigation was in the early stages. Police did not say if the man was armed at the time of the shooting or how many shots were fired by the officer.