Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: College student Michaella Surat was found guilty of two misdemeanors in an incident during which she was body-slammed to the ground by a police officer. But her attorney says the cop will be the one on trial next, as part of an excessive force lawsuit — one of three he plans to file against the department. Westword has the story.
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Reading from the Voice Media empire: Sheriff Terry Maketa may finally be off the hook with regard to a years-long scandal described in our previous coverage, on view below. The jury in his latest trial on corruption allegations found him not guilty of two misdemeanor charges but deadlocked on a pair of felonies. As such, the judge in the case declared a partial mistrial. Here’s why. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Police officer Ryan Burke was arrested after allegedly harassing his former girlfriend so persistently at an area hotel that representatives from the business called his fellow cops on him. But this is hardly the first time he’s been in trouble with either his employer or local officials. He’s been suspended twice during the past four years with the PD, and the local city council paid thousands to settle an excessive-force lawsuit that named him. Westword has the story.
Michael Mabe and his mom, Linda, first met former Texas City police officer Linnard R. Crouch at the emergency room the night their father and husband, James, died of heart failure.
He had something for them, a little clear plastic baggie full of James’s belongings that Crouch found at the scene where Mabe’s heart went out behind the wheel of his pickup truck, on the side of a busy road in Texas City. Crouch had brought James’s cellphone, his wallet and a stack of money with a single $100 bill on top.
Mrs. Mabe and I thanked Officer Crouch for helping our loved one,” Michael wrote in a letter to Texas City Police Chief Robert Burby in February — before launching into the rest of the narrative: Later that night, when Linda opened the bag, she discovered that the $2,400 she had just given him at her office one hour earlier was missing, and that instead, the money had been replaced with single dollar bills. Turns out, Officer Crouch is now under investigation for stealing it and has been sued by the Mabe family.
It had to be one no good very bad day for the Houston police officer who got arrested by members of his own police force earlier this month.
James D. Norman, who has been with the Houston Police Department just over three years, was arrested and charged with possession of between four and 400 grams of meth on April 4. He was immediately relieved of duty, with pay, pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation, said HPD spokesman John Cannon.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The victims of these crimes have not been publicly identified, but Yachik made a statement in court that he is “very open to treatment, and very remorseful of past decisions that have affected my family…. I’m definitely not a threat to anyone.” The judge didn’t buy it. Westword has the story.
Miami-Dade’s top prosecutor, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, has recently faced a tidal wave of criticism from police-reform activists for her reluctance to prosecute cops who kill on the job. Today, Rundle did something she’s never done in her 24 years in office: charged an officer for an on-duty shooting.
Corey Jones almost certainly died without knowing that the man who fired the six shots at him October 18, 2015, was an on-duty cop. In the hours to come, Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Nouman Raja would insist that he had identified himself as law enforcement, that Jones had been pointing a gun at him when he fired the fatal shots, that he had no choice but to shoot to kill.
Investigators and prosecutors likely would have believed him — except the AT&T Roadside Assistance call captured what really happened. With that rare, independent record of a fatal police shooting, Palm Beach County prosecutors did the extraordinary: They criminally charged an officer for killing someone in the line of duty.