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Mike Williams' 05.01.06 local cop news

Florida: Chris Penley's last day at Milwee Middle School. Two officers — a negotiator and a marksman — had sharply differing views on the risk the boy posed before he was killed. (As you know, I am the first to leap on a story that I think is biased or inflammatory for the sake of stirring up controversy but I think this is a fair and balanced story. The reporter, Mr. Taylor called me and asked me to evaluate the statement of Lt. Weippert who was the shooter in this incident. I think the Lt. AND the negotiator Sgt. Brubaker did an outstanding job under extremely bad circumstances and I am glad I was not in their shoes that day. Taylor quoted me accurately and in context toward the end of the article which is all one can ask.)

California: Chaplain who defused SWAT team talks about counseling.

Miami: SWAT Standoff Ends When Police Stun Gunman. Police Say An argument About Drug Money Led To The An Attack and Standoff. (Another Samurai Hostage Taker with a machete!!!)

Indiana: There are questions following the violent ending of an Amber Alert. A man was shot and killed by police Thursday as his two-year-old was just inches away.

Florida: Cop on receiving end of Taser. a police officer mistook his colleague for a criminal, then shocked him with a blast from a Taser gun. The stunned officer fell to the ground and suffered a slight scrape.

Dallas: The family of a man who died Monday shortly after Dallas police stunned him with a Taser gun says the device shouldn't have been used repeatedly on him.

Texas: Rural Police Departments Say There Is a Need for Tasers.

Pennsylvania: A Pittsburgh psychiatrist believes that Kermith Sonnier Jr. was suicidal when he allegedly drove his truck toward four police officers and was shot and killed in 2004.

Nova Scotia: The Crown is appealing last month’s acquittals of two Halifax police officers accused of assaulting a former exotic dancer and unlawfully using a Taser to subdue her while she was in police custody.

Florida: A detective with the Orange County sheriff's office robbery unit is on paid leave, this after he shot and killed a man while off-duty overnight. It's unclear whether Johnson was armed. The only weapon recovered from the incident was the deputy's Glock .45-caliber handgun. Since the incident, McQuitter has refused to answer investigators' questions.

Utah: The Utah branches of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People this week have called for reviews in the death of a Salt Lake City man after he was repeatedly shocked by police with a Taser.

Texas: The American Civil Liberties Union says someone needs to show some accountability after a Taser contributed to the death of a Lubbock man.

Maryland: Doctors rule heart problem, cocaine caused man's death.

Utah: A 45-minute SWAT stand off ended this morning after West Jordan and Sandy police officers entered a house and found the man they were attempting to make contact with was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Chicago: Man charged Thursday evening with multiple offenses, including attempted murder of a police officer, in connection with a shooting that left an officer slightly wounded and resulted in an hours-long standoff.

Pennsylvania: Mayor queried on gun incident. Callahan says police officer who aimed at other had good record.

Oklahoma: Law enforcement agencies from all across Oklahoma gathered today for their fourth day of S.W.A.T. training.

Arizona: Questions surface in shooting by Mesa cop.

About the author

Mike Williams is the Assistant Chief of the Chattanooga TN police department and a 33 year law enforcement veteran. He was a SWAT officer for more than 25 years and teaches Tactical Team Commanders Courses for Team One Network www.teamonenetwork.com  Asst. Chief Williams is a member of the IALEFI Board of Directors (www.ialefi.com ) and is chairman of the editorial committee. He also produces the daily Police Related News electronic newsletter which goes out to over 2,000 police officers in the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa on a daily basis and the weekly IALEFI newsletter.
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