Police In Pasco, Washington Shooting Cleared Of Wrongdoing


The Pasco Police Department today released the determination of its internal investigation into the February 10 shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

KEPRTV writes:

“After reviewing the completed Special Investigations Unit file, an internal investigative report prepared by the Department, and the analysis of an outside expert retained by the Department, Pasco Police Chief Robert Metzger determined the responding officers did not violate Department policies and procedures.”

Chief Metzger will return Officer Adam Wright and Officer Adrian Alaniz to duty effective immediately, writes NBC.





White House Staffer, Capitol Police Officer Suspended After Domestic Dispute

Capitol Police have placed a dignitary protection agent on administrative leave after a White House staffer allegedly fired the agent’s own gun at him in Maryland during a domestic dispute.

The publication Roll Call writes that the staffer has also been suspended.

Prince George’s County police were called to the scene of the August 6th shooting sometime after 10:30 p.m. They arrested Barvetta Singletary, who joined the White House’s legislative affairs team in June 2014 after nearly 15 years with Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn, D-S.C. She faces first- and second-degree assault charges, plus one count of reckless endangerment.

Singletary allegedly sent the agent, her boyfriend, a text inviting him to her Upper Marlboro home, where the two got into a fight about another woman he was dating, according to NBC4. Court documents state Singletary reached into the agent’s bag and retrieved two cellphones and his .40 caliber Glock service gun.

The dispute continued and Singletary allegedly fired one round.

Singletary was arrested at the scene without incident. She is charged with first and second degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to NBC News.

She has been placed on unpaid leave from her job pending more information, according to the White House. Her access to the complex has been revoked.

“We will take additional action as needed,” a White House spokesperson said in an email to the publication CQ Roll Call.



Police Union Tries To Get Ray Tensing His Job Back

According to The Huffington Post, the union representing a University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder wants to help him get his job back.

Police Officer Ray Tensing has been charged with shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop.

The Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio filed a grievance on behalf of Officer Tensing on Wednesday, the same day that he was charged with murder and manslaughter in the July 19 killing of Sam DuBose.

Tensing lost his job upon being charged with murder.

Catherine Brockton, the union’s executive director, said, “He hasn’t been convicted of anything.”

However, he has been charged and it will take time to go to trial.

Brockton acknowledged that Tensing getting his job back before the trial verdict isn’t “likely.”  She said to The Huffington Post that the filing of the grievance as a routine maneuver.

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Ironic? Roof’s Defense Lawyer Is Also A Critic Of Injustice Towards African Americans


Dylann Roof, who is accused of shooting and killing 9 people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, ironically got an outspoken proponent for racial justice as his public defender.

Quartz writes that David Bruck was appointed to defend Roof on federal hate crime charges on July 23. Bruck is a prominent capital punishment expert who also worked on the team defending Boston bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death in May.

Bruck was also counsel for several high-profile cases involving racial disparity in the application of the death penalty.

Quartz writes that Roof faces 33 federal counts in addition to state charges, which include nine counts of murder. The federal indictment states that by attacking African-American parishioners, Roof “wanted to increase racial tensions across the nation.” He will face two trials, one local and one federal, with the state likely to go first.

Above is an emotional video of the Dylann Roof bond hearing from Friday, June 19th, 2015.


Charleston Shooting Suspect To Stand Trial Next Year

Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Roof, last month. His trial date has been set for July 11, 2016.

Circuit Judge J.C. Nicholson set a trial date for Dylann Roof, 21, who faces multiple charges stemming from the June 17th shootings at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The trial date is July 11th, 2016.

Roof reportedly sat quietly during the proceedings in a courtroom crowded with about 100 people.

Mr. Roof was presented copies of the indictments, and his public defender Ashley Pennington told the judge he would not seek bond at this time “based on the totality of the circumstances,” writes The Salt Lake Tribune.

The judge allegedly called Roof a flight risk, noting he was arrested in Shelby, N.C., about 250 miles away, on the day after the parishioners were shot to death during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.



Unarmed Man Shot In Baltimore Suburb

Baltimore County police officers shot and killed an unarmed man in Baltimore suburb of Owings Mills early Thursday, writes the Baltimore Sun. The Herald-Standard claimed that the man was going to commit suicide.

The police were responding to a report of domestic violence at a home they had visited more than a dozen times over the past three years.

Spencer Lee McCain, 41, died about 8 a.m. at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, police said.

The Herald-Standard:

“An unarmed black man killed by Baltimore County police told his girlfriend’s mother that he was going to commit suicide as officers were on their way to his home after reports of domestic violence, the mother said Thursday.”

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said officers believed McCain was armed. However, they did not find a weapon on him, writes the Baltimore Sun.

Police received a 911 call about a possible domestic disturbance at the condominium in the 3000 block of Hunting Ridge Drive in Owings Mills shortly after 1 a.m., Johnson said. He said a 10-year-old child who lived at the home called a grandmother, who dialed 911.

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He said the first officer to arrive knew of a history of domestic violence calls at the home. Since 2012, police said, officers responded to 911 calls for the address 17 times, including several reports of fighting.

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Security Guard Fired; Comes Back, Shoots Employee In Back

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According to Raw Story, an Iowa security guard – with a Facebook account loaded with open-carry and right-wing memes and photos of multiple weapons – is under arrest for shooting and killing a fellow mall worker after she filed sexual harassment complaints against him. A later report stated that the man was fired from his job before the shooting took place.

According to The Gazette newspaper, the man, Alex Kozak, was taken into custody after shooting 20-year-old Andrea Farrington three times in the back while she was at work at the Iowa Children’s Museum in the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville, Iowa.

Police say that the 22-year-old Kozak left the mall, retrieved a 9mm Glock handgun from his home, and then returned to shoot Farrington late Friday night, writes Raw Story.