Fort Worth, Texas Police Officers, Strangers Buy 95-year-old Man New Air Conditioner

Julius Hatley is a 95-year-old World War II vet.

With temperatures topping 90 degrees in Fort Worth, Texas, last week, residents without air conditioning certainly had a lot to complain about, especially 95-year-old Julius Hatley.

But Hatley made the best of his situation, sitting on his porch in the shade to keep cool. He even continued his yard work, despite the unbearable heat.

On Thursday, the 95-year-old’s luck took a turn.

Drenched in sweat, the man called the Fort Worth Police Department to report his broken air conditioner.

“This wasn’t a regular 911 call,” Fort Worth Officer William Margolis told CBS News. “It was what you’d label ‘low priority’ because we’re not AC techs.”

After responding to a few other calls first, Margolis and his partner, Christopher Weir, made their way to Hatley’s home, where they discovered both his central air conditioning and window unit were broken.

“When we got there around 8:30 a.m. his house was 85 to 90 degrees already,” Margolis said. “In Texas, it gets hot.”

After talking over the situation with his partner, Margolis promised the man he’d find a solution. In the meantime, Hatley tried his best to keep from overheating.

“It went out last night… so I had to sit on my porch,” Hatley told CBS Dallas/Fort Worth. “My porch is cool.”

Margolis couldn’t shake the image of the elderly man sitting in his home in the sweltering heat, so he decided to make a pit stop at Home Depot and Weir agreed.

The officers asked employees for help finding a good air conditioning unit, explaining Hatley’s situation in the process.  The Home Depot workers were so touched by the officers’ kind gesture, they offered to pitch in their own money, too.

“While there, Home Depot managers and employees decided to contribute $150 of their own money to help with the cause,” Weir’s wife, Jennifer, wrote on Facebook. “This is what being an officer is about.”

Weir, along with another co-worker, Officer Steven Rebrovich, helped Margolis install the air conditioning unit inside Hatley’s home later that day. CBSNews

Looking Out For Others

“He was actually really excited,” Margolis said. “He said he knew if he needed help to call 911 and we actually were able to help him, so he was really excited about it.” SpringFieldNews

Jennifer Weir (Officer Weir’s wife) told CBS News. “We are also currently working on getting his windows replaced, his house repainted and groceries every week.”

President Trump: White House Will Be Lit Blue Tonight To Honor Law Enforcement

Today is Police Officers Memorial Day and the beginning of Police Week, which is commemorated May 14-20.

President Trump announced:

During Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we honor the men and women of law enforcement who have been killed or disabled in the course of serving our communities.  Police officers are the thin blue line whose sacrifices protect and serve us every day, and we pledge to support them as they risk their lives to safeguard ours…

Our liberties depend on the rule of law, and that means supporting the incredible men and women of law enforcement…

In humble appreciation of our hard-working law enforcement officers, Melania and I will light the White House in blue on May 15.  I call upon all Americans to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  I also call on the Governors of the States and Territories and officials of other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day.  I further encourage all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and businesses on that day. WhiteHouse

 

Man Accused Of Beating Police Officers, Slammed Female Officer’s Into Pavement Was In Court That Same Day For Similar Incident

Update to Chicago Police Officer Hesitates To Shot Suspect, Is Almost Beaten To Death

Parta Huff | Chicago Police mugshot
Parta Huff | Chicago Police mugshot

The man who’s accused of severely beating two Chicago police officers Wednesday had appeared in court earlier that same day on strikingly similar charges involving an attack on a suburban cop earlier this year, the Tribune has learned.

The latest alleged attack by Parta Huff drew added attention after police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said a female officer who was severely injured told him she didn’t use her gun to defend herself for fear of public backlash.

Huff, 28, of Maywood, was ordered held without bail Friday after Cook County prosecutors detailed how he left two officers with concussions and other injuries. The second officer had twice used a Taser on Huff, prosecutors said.

Court records show that Huff was out on bail Wednesday after appearing in court for an alleged attack in April on a Forest Park officer who had stopped him for running a stop sign. Huff allegedly drove off, crashed into a car and tried to flee on foot. When the officer caught him, Huff pushed him to the ground, injuring the officer’s shoulder and right knee, said Forest Park Police Chief Tom Aftanas.

In court Friday for the latest alleged attack, prosecutors said Huff repeatedly slammed the female officer’s head onto concrete pavement until she lost consciousness and pulled chunks of hair from her head. The officer, a 17-year veteran, also suffered bone chips to the shoulder and wrist, a neck injury, and bruises and abrasions, prosecutors said.

The second officer also suffered a concussion, a broken right thumb, a torn quadriceps muscle, cuts and bruises, according to prosecutors.

Huff’s face appeared swollen and his right eye was black and nearly swollen shut. His arrest records indicate he is a reputed Gangster Disciples gang member, but his attorney said he graduated from cosmetology school and worked full time as a janitor and overnight at a chocolate factory. ChicagoTribune

DOJ: Criminal Background Checks, Citizenship Requirements Barriers to Police-Force Diversity

minority-policeThe DOJ is insane!  Barriers to diversity in police departments are criminal background checks and citizenship requirements.  Nothing to do with the person being a lawbreaker, having a criminal record, non-citizen, illegal criminal alien, lack of education, lack of speaking English, lack of qualifications…  it’s those pesky background checks and citizenship requirements.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a comprehensive report Wednesday examining law enforcement hiring, recruitment, and retention policies with the aim of increasing diversity in police departments.

The report–“Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement”–highlighted barriers to diversity within police departments, such as “the use of criminal background checks” which the researchers found “is likely to disproportionately impact racial minority applicants.”

The report also found that U.S. citizenship requirements “may prevent a considerable number of racial and ethnic minorities – many of whom have valuable foreign language skills – from being hired by law enforcement agencies.”

The report opened with an analysis of EEOC labor force data, which “found that African-American, Latino, and Asian-American police officers were underrepresented relative to the local area population in a significant number of the departments analyzed. Using a statistical test of underrepresentation, the researchers found that within their sample, African Americans were underrepresented in 60 percent of the departments, Latinos were underrepresented in 41 percent, and Asian Americans were underrepresented in 31 percent.”

The use of criminal background checks, the report noted,

“Researchers and practitioners,” the report said, “have also highlighted that the use of criminal background checks, which are a regular part of the screening process for many agencies, is likely to disproportionately impact racial minority applicants since, for a variety of reasons, individuals from those communities are more likely to have contact with the criminal justice system.

“While law enforcement agencies are undeniably justified in carefully vetting and investigating potential hires,” the report said, “excluding applicants regardless of the nature of the underlying offense, or how much time has passed since an offense occurred, or without any consideration of whether the candidate has changed in the intervening period, can be a significant – and unwarranted – barrier.”

The report also argued that residency and citizenship requirements can limit underrepresented communities’ presence in law enforcement.  CNSNews

Chicago Police Officer Hesitates To Shot Suspect, Is Almost Beaten To Death

It happened the other day near Roosevelt Road and Cicero Avenue, in the mid-morning in the West Side’s Austin neighborhood. A 28-year-old man with multiple arrests, including a firearms conviction, was suspected of leaving the scene of an accident.

Police said he began fighting with the officer and her partner, beating her unconscious as her partner hit him repeatedly with a Taser and then pepper spray. ChicagoTribune

The man attacked the officer and smashed her face into the pavement repeatedly as she lost consciousness.

chicago-officer-beatenA person on PCP is a threat to everyone.  Police officers have died second guessing themselves.  The person responsible for what happened is the man who beat the police offiecer but she hesitated to use her gun to defend herself with thoughts of politics, scrutiny, angry activists, the dead turned into a saintly victim.  This second guessing flows from the endorsement by Obama and Hillary of the BLM urban terrorists.

Chicago’s top cop said Thursday one of his officers was seriously beaten at an accident scene because the national focus on police shootings has caused officers to second-guess themselves.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the patrol officer told him she did not use her gun to defend herself for fear of a backlash.  “She didn’t want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news,” he said.

The injured officer, a 17-year Chicago police veteran, got into a struggle with a man who allegedly was high on PCP after she stopped at a crash scene in the Austin community on the West Side on Wednesday morning.

The suspect smashed the officer’s face into the pavement repeatedly until she was unconscious, police said.

“As I was at the hospital last night, visiting with her, she looked at me and said she thought she was gonna die, and she knew that she should shoot this guy, but she chose not to because she didn’t want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news,” Johnson said while attending a public ceremony honoring heroic officers and firefighters.

Traffic Accident – PCP -Three Officers Hospitalized

The 43-year-old Austin District officer was one of three hospitalized after struggling with the man near Roosevelt Road and Cicero Avenue about 10 a.m., according to police. The 28-year-old man had been in a car involved in the crash, police said.

Officers had seen a car crash into a building and saw the man walking east on Roosevelt, away from the crash, according to a statement released by police. When the officers tried to talk to him about the crash, the man began struggling with them, hitting the female officer’s head against the pavement until she lost consciousness, police said.

The officer’s partner hit the man with a Taser and pepper spray, and he was arrested. Two other officers were injured arresting the man. All three officers were taken to Lutheran General. The man arrested was treated at Loretto Hospital.

In his remarks, Johnson said the attack went on “for several minutes.”

“Just yesterday, we had an incident where officers responded to a simple traffic accident,” Johnson said during the ceremony. “Traffic accident — now I want you to think about this for a moment. Responded to a traffic accident to render aid wherever they could. A subject who was under the influence of PCP attacked a female officer, viciously pounded her head into the street as her partner tried to get him off of her. And this attack went on for several minutes.”  ChicagoTribune 

Police Chief: ‘Our Phoenix Police Officers Were Targeted’

Marc LaQuon Payne
Marc LaQuon Payne

Update:  Marc LaQuon Payne (44) was arrested and faces three counts of attempted first-degree murder after trying to run over three Phoenix police officers. 12News

3 Phoenix police officers are fortunate to be alive.

It was the first day on the job for the police officer that is flipped head over heels and lands on the car’s hood.

A man accused of striking three police officers with his vehicle at a Phoenix QuikTrip early Tuesday has been identified as 44-year-old Marc LaQuon Payne.

An angry Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner played a video showing a vehicle pulling out of a parking space, circling the parking lot and then accelerating toward the police officers outside the convenience store.

In an early-afternoon press conference, Yahner said two officers were seriously injured and the driver will be booked on three charges of attempted first-degree murder.

“I’m very proud of the men and women of the Phoenix Police Department, and I’m outraged by this incident,” Yahner said.

“Our Phoenix police officers were targeted.”

A 33-year-old police officer who was on his first day of duty suffered a head injury, and a police sergeant, 41, suffered a broken leg. A third officer, 36, managed to jump out of the way but was injured during an extended struggle with the driver, Yahner said.

The video shows the rookie officer thrown several feet in the air and hitting the glass window of the QuikTrip. The officer, whom Yahner would identify only by his first name, Jeremy, then helped take Payne into custody, Yahner said.

The sergeant, who had fallen to the pavement, called for assistance, Yahner said. AZCentral

Harvard Study Debunks Police Bias Shooting Myth

Roland G. Fryer Jr., a professor of economics at Harvard
Roland G. Fryer Jr., a professor of economics at Harvard

The Washington Post followed all officer-involved shootings in 2015.  The Post found the vast majority of police shootings were justified.

This week a new Harvard University study was released that shows there is no evidence that blacks are more likely than whites to be shot by police.

“It is the most surprising result of my career,” said Roland G. Fryer Jr., the author of the study who is an African-American economics professor at Harvard.

The study looked at more than 1,000 shootings in 10 major police departments in Texas, California, and Florida  between 2000 to 2015.  The study did find bias in police use of non-lethal force with higher rates at which police touch and handcuff blacks.  The most lethal form of force — police shootings — the study found no racial bias.

In officer-involved shootings in these 10 cities, officers were more likely to fire their weapons without having first been attacked when the suspects were white. Black and white civilians involved in police shootings were equally likely to have been carrying a weapon. Both of these results undercut the idea that the police wield lethal force with racial bias.

The researchers looked at arrests in Houston, Texas where lethal force would have been justified.

Mr. Fryer defined this group to include encounters with suspects the police subsequently charged with serious offenses like attempting to murder an officer, or evading or resisting arrest. He also considered suspects shocked with Tasers.

Mr. Fryer found that in such situations, officers in Houston were about 20 percent less likely to shoot if the suspects were black. This estimate was not precise, and firmer conclusions would require more data. But in various models controlling for different factors and using different definitions of tense situations, Mr. Fryer found that blacks were either less likely to be shot or there was no difference between blacks and whites. NYTimes

Online:  An Empirical Analysis of Racial Differences in Police Use of Force

NYTimes:  Surprising New Evidence Shows Bias in Police Use of Force but Not in Shootings

Five Police Officers Killed In Dallas Texas

Bret Thompson
Bret Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shot Dead: Police named the first victim as Officer Brent Thompson, 43, who was a six-year veteran of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) police.

Thompson is the first DART officer to ever be killed in the line of duty and had just been married to one of his fellow officer two weeks ago. He was also a grandfather. DailyMail

Patrick Zamarripa
Patrick Zamarripa

Shot dead: Dallas police officer Patrick Zamarripa was a U.S. Navy veteran.   Zamarripa and his girlfriend Kristy are the parents of a young daughter.

 Michael Krol
Michael Krol

Shot dead:   Michael Krol, who is originally from Michigan, but moved to Dallas in 2007 where he started working for the Dallas Police Department.

Krol’s uncle, Jim Ehlke told WDIV that he had a passion for helping people and being a cop was his life dream.

‘He got into law enforcement and worked really hard to be a police officer. He spent some time at the correctional facility,’ Ehlke said. ‘It wasn’t quite what he was looking for, so he worked pretty hard to find a job and got one in Dallas. He was all in, he was all in.’

Lorne Ahrens with his wife.
Lorne Ahrens

Shot dead: Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, the 48-year-old had been an officer with the Dallas Police Department for 14 years.

Michael J. Smith
Michael J. Smith

Shot dead:  Michael J. Smith a father to two young girls and he served as an Army Ranger.  He is originally from Port Arthur.

 Online DailyMail:  The Snippers Five Victums: 

Dallas Texas: 4 Police Officers Killed

Update:  Five Dallas law enforcement officers were killed in the Dallas attack

At least four Dallas police officers have been killed after being targeted by  ‘two gunmen wearing tactical gear‘ who opened fire during a Black Lives Matters protest.

dallas-pd-blm-shotting

Dallas Police Chief David Brown  confirmed that seven other officers were injured and one civilian was wounded in the shooting. Three of the injured officers were in critical condition and two others were in surgery.

Dallas’ public transit agency, DART, confirmed on Twitter that one of its officers was shot and killed, while three of its officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown told the news conference that police had one suspect “cornered”, but made no mention of a second suspect. FoxNews

Washington Post Study: ‘Vast Majority’ Of Police Shootings Justified

All-Lives-MatterThe Washington Post has published its own findings on police shootings:

  • 95% of fatal police shootings the criminal brandished a weapon and in most cases, shot firsts.
  • 5% of officer-involved shootings the details are unclear to make a precise determination or the facts haven’t been fully determined yet.
  • 1/2 of those shot by police are white and 1/4 are black.

Black Lives Matter radicals are pedaling lies as they roam the country wreaking havoc.

The Washington Post is publishing its own findings that in 95% of fatal police shootings, the criminal brandished a weapon and in most cases, shot first. It is only 5% of officer-involved shootings where the details are unclear to make a precise determination. But it’s that small percentage that leads to all of the second-guessing and public outcry.

If that fact alone doesn’t assuage the narrative that police officers are bloodthirsty homicidal maniacs, this next one should slam the prison cell shut for good. Despite what the media and the #BlackLivesMatter movement would have us all believe, the perpetrators killed by officers are mostly white.

But what’s that you say? You thought police officers were trigger-happy racists? That couldn’t be further from the truth.

The Post has been following all officer-involved shootings in 2015. Of the 800 so far, half of those shot by police are white. Only one-quarter are black and even less are Hispanics. TruthRevolt

Online:  WaPo Amy Brittain covers the stories of four officers who faced weapon-wielding madmen intent on killing them.

Three Citizens Come To Aid of Ambushed Polk County, Florida Deputy

Deputy Walsh
Deputy Walsh

Career criminal Corey Johnson, arrested 7 times in the past, ran a stop sign almost hitting Deputy Walsh. Johnson pulled over and  attracted Deputy Walsh, three good Samaritans, all strangers, came to the aid of the deputy.

Three men, all strangers, couldn’t drive by a Polk County sheriff’s deputy in need of help Sunday morning.

“I saw a motorcycle officer pull over a guy,” recalled George Cooper. Cooper was going to breakfast when Deputy Walsh stopped Corey Johnson.  Johnson had just blown through a stop sign and almost hit the deputy.

Cooper wasn’t expecting what happened next.

“The guy  slammed the door out on the deputy and then jumped at him and just started wailing and hitting him across the head and just beating him,” said Cooper.

The two were in the roadway at Winter Lake Road at Camellia Road in Winter Haven.

Cooper didn’t let a torn ACL stop him from running to help.

“I wasn’t thinking about my safety. I was thinking about helping him. The boy was all over him straddling him beating him, he snatched his radio and took it,” continued Cooper.

Cooper said Johnson continued reaching for the deputy’s gun belt.  He eventually got Johnson off the deputy and he ran off.

“I wasn’t going to let him beat that officer. Because hey, he is a man just like I am. He has children, he has a wife and a family. I want him to go home to his family like I go home to his family,” said Cooper.

Cooper wasn’t the only one who stopped.

“I just stopped my truck in the middle of the road,” said Antonio Velazquez.

Velazquez, Cooper, and a third good Samaritan rushed to stop Johnson and help Deputy Walsh.

“I just knew I had to help him because he was in trouble already,” said Velazquez.

Velazquez caught up to Johnson.

“I kicked him and he fell down and when I tried to grab him I fell down with him,” continued Velazquez.

The three men worked together until other deputies showed up and arrested Johnson.

It is a moment they will never forget, but one they would repeat in a heartbeat.

“It doesn’t matter what your color is, your race, or your creed. He is a police officer.  He is supposed to help us. That is just their job,” said Cooper.

johnson-CoreyJohnson has been arrested seven times in the past.  He is now facing several new charges including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, and driving while license suspended or revoked.

Deputy Walsh is recovering.  He had several cuts and bruises, along with a broken thumb. Fox13News