BACKING THE BLUE: In impassioned speech, Trump calls for death penalty for cop killers; respect for law enforcement

ORLANDO, Fla. — President Donald Trump on Monday renewed his call for those convicted of killing police officers to be put to death.

Speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Convention in Orlando, Trump said the war on police that has raged on for the past several years must come to an end.

“Reducing crime begins with respecting law enforcement,” Trump said. “We believe that criminals who kill our police officers should immediately, with trial, but rapidly as possible, not 15 years later, 20 years later—get the death penalty.”

According to statistics, 43 police officers have been fatally shot this year alone, approaching the 2017 total of 45 gunfire-related deaths.

In his speech, the president also addressed the ongoing issue of gun violence in Chicago and said he’s sending Attorney General Jeff Sessions “immediately” to address the “shooting wave” in the city.

“The crime spree [in Chicago] is a terrible blight on that city, and we’ll do everything possible to get it done,” Trump said. “Law enforcement people in Chicago … they would solve the problem if they were simply allowed to do their job and do their job properly.”

The president then called out Democrat politicians and anti-police groups who he said often attempt to restrain police officers from doing their jobs.

“We strongly oppose efforts from politicians who try to shackle local law enforcement. Let’s see whether Chicago accepts help. They need it,” he said. “We’ll straighten it out fast. They want to straighten it out. … Sometimes I think maybe it is possible that they don’t.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, 2,346 people have been shot in the city this year alone.

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HANDCUFFING THE POLICE: California moves to limit use of force by law enforcement

Sacramento, CA (Sacratmento Bee) — Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal that would restrict the circumstances under which California police officers could use deadly force.

Assembly Bill 931, which would raise the standard for lethal use of force from “reasonable” to “necessary,” passed the Senate Public Safety Committee on an initial vote of 5-1.

It was the first hearing for the controversial measure, which has raised sharp objections from law enforcement groups that contend it would put officers’ lives in danger. Under the bill, deadly force could be justified only if there were no reasonable alternatives.

“We ask officers to run toward danger and sacrifice their safety,” Cory Salzillo of the California State Sheriffs’ Association said. It would be “unfair” to ask them to do so when an after-the-fact analysis might undermine their actions in the field, he added.

Supporters filled the committee room, many of them carrying pictures of friends and family members who had been killed by police. Several lawmakers expressed that the bill was necessary to address a deeper problem of racism in policing.

“It always blows me away that law enforcement only fear for their life when they are facing black and brown people,” Sen. Steve Bradford, D-Gardena, said.

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, introduced AB 931 in April, after the death of Stephon Clark in south Sacramento. Clark was shot 20 times in his backyard by police officers who said they thought the cellphone in his hand was a gun.

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WAR ON COPS: Four teens nabbed in killing of Baltimore County police officer after all-night manhunt

Baltimore, Md. (Fox News) — An intense manhunt involving aircraft and trained dogs came to an end Tuesday after a female officer was killed in a Baltimore suburb and four teenage suspects who were involved in burglaries in the area were arrested in connection with the slaying, officials said.

The nearly four-year veteran of the force, identified by authorities as Amy Caprio, was responding to a suspicious vehicle call Monday in the community of Perry Hall when Baltimore County Police Cpl. Shawn Vinson said she encountered suspects and was “critically injured.”

Baltimore County Police and Fire announced on Twitter that all four of the suspects were teenage males.

“Detective(s) have verified that the group were involved in burglaries in the area,” the agency said. “Officers will be in the area today to canvass for property stolen during these burglaries.”

One of the teenagers involved in the killing was identified by authorities as Dawnta Anthony Harris from Baltimore, who admitted in court documents obtained by FOX45 that he “drove at the officer” when she told him to get out of the vehicle while three others burglarized a house.

Harris has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder and is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections, according to police. The 16-year-old appeared before a judge on on Wednesday, where prosecutors said he on house arrest with an ankle bracelet when officer was killed. The 16-year-old has been involved with 4 other cases involving theft of a motor vehicle.

“I’m the last 6 months, no offense, but your client is a one man crime wave,” Judge Sally Chester said.The other teenagers have not been identified.

Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan said at a news conference the fallen officer was wearing body camera, and the footage will be reviewed later as part of the investigation.

He added that that Americans are “seeing something in this country we’ve never seen before.”

“Officers who have died at the hands of gunshots is up,” Sheridan said. “This is a bad time in the United States for law enforcement.”

A man who said his son witnessed the deadly incident told FOX45 the officer tried to pull over the Jeep.

After the officer raised her gun at the people in the vehicle, the Jeep accelerated and “ran right over her, and raced out of the neighborhood,” Tony Kurek told FOX45.

Logan Kurek, who is a volunteer firefighter, told the Associated Press he heard his younger brother “frantically screaming,” and ran to perform CPR on the officer who was bleeding from her injuries.

Kurek’s neighbor, Dahle Amendt, said he had just settled into his recliner for a rest when he heard a woman’s voice outside his house.

“I heard, ‘Get out of the car!’ ‘Get out of the car!’ Get out of the car!’ at least three times, and then a pop,” Amendt said.

The officer was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Authorities recovered an abandoned Jeep that was used in the killing, police confirmed to Fox News. The slaying marked the first time a female police officer was killed in the line of duty in the 148-year history of the Baltimore County Police Department.

“What exactly happened, we are not sure yet until an autopsy is performed,” Vinson said at a news conference Monday. It was not immediately clear whether the officer fired her weapon in the incident.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement that Caprio “bravely made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and security of our citizens.”

Investigators had urged residents in a sizable swath of Perry Hall to stay hunkered down inside their homes and lock all doors and windows as officers search the community fringed with woodlands.

Three elementary schools were kept on alert status for hours, with students and teachers told to stay in their school buildings as police continued a search for the suspects. But by Monday evening, parents were allowed to come to the schools to pick up their youngsters.

Since the start of 2018, at least 36 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have died while on duty — with 24 of the deaths caused by gunfire.

Roughly 135 cops died in 2016, making it the deadliest year for police officers in at least five years, Fox News has found. While there were fewer deaths in 2017, the numbers weren’t much better: A total of 129 officers died last year. And 46 of those were caused by gunfire.

Fox News’ Griff Jenkins, Madeline Farber, Nicole Darrah and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Manhunt underway for suspect accused of killing Kentucky police officer; Authorities warn suspect should be considered armed and dangerous

Hopkinsville, KY– (Fox News) – Police in Kentucky were on the hunt Thursday night for an “armed and dangerous” man accused of posing as a cop and pulling over an off-duty police officer — before shooting and killing him.

Gov. Matt Bevin confirmed in a tweet the Hopkinsville officer had died.

The suspect, on the run, was identified as 35-year-old James Decoursey, Christian County Emergency Management told Fox Nashville. Decoursey is white with brown eyes and black hair who weighs 260 lbs and is 6’1″ tall, according to the news outlet.

Authorities reported to the scene on Paulette Court after 5 p.m., WKRN reported. Hopkinsville is about 75 miles north of Nashville.

According to a Hopkinsville Police news release obtained by WSMV, the off-duty officer was pulled over in his own car by someone “pretending to be a police officer.” Not long after, the officer reportedly was shot by the suspect.

Authorities said the suspect took off in a stolen white Chevrolet pickup truck with Kentucky plates, according to WSMV. Decoursey “is considered armed and dangerous,” they said.

In a followup tweet, Bevin said “There is no greater sacrifice than that of a person willing to lay down their life for another…Thank God for the #ThinBlueLine.”

STORY DEVELOPING…See more at http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/29/manhunt-for-suspect-accused-posing-as-police-officer-killing-kentucky-cop.html

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‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!’: Two officers killed in less than 24 hours as war on police continues

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD. — An officer shot and killed on Wednesday became the second American policeman to die in the line of duty in less than 24 hours.

The officer, who died while attempting to intervene in a domestic violence dispute, has not yet been identified. The suspect police say responsible for the officer’s death was shot and killed after police returned fire.

“With broken hearts, we are announcing that one of our officers was shot and killed today,” the Prince George’s Police Department wrote on Twitter (https://tinyurl.com/y7f8gmxj). “The brave officer was shot while stepping in to protect a woman threatened in a domestic situation. Please keep his family and our department in your prayers.”

“The suspect who killed our officer was shot and killed by responding law enforcement. More details later,” the department wrote in a follow-up tweet.

The Maryland shooting came less than 24 hours after another officer was shot and killed in the line of duty in Alabama.

Officer Justin Billa of the Mobile Police Department was gunned down after a murder suspect barricaded himself in his Alabama home at around 12:30 a.m. The suspect, in Billa’s murder, identified as Robert Hollie, was also pronounced dead at the scene.

It is not yet known whether Billa shot himself or if he was killed by police.

Billa, who had been named Officer of the Month in 2016, spoke of the dangers of the job during an interview with FOX 10 (https://tinyurl.com/ya7ckktl).

“She tells me she loves me every day before I leave for work. And I make sure I do the same,” Billa said of his wife.

He leaves behind a one-year-old son.

Chuck Canterbury, president of the National Fraternal Order of Police, says something must be done.

“When will our nation wake up and face that the steady increase of attacks on law enforcement is making all of us less safe,” Canterbury said earlier this month in the wake of an officer shooting in Ohio. “Enough is enough!”

To date, 15 officers have been killed in the line of duty in 2018 (https://tinyurl.com/y8s8gv6m). A total of 129 officers died last year.

Funeral arrangements for the officers are currently pending.

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WAR ON COPS CONTINUES: DELAWARE STATE TROOPER SHOT; MANHUNT UNDERWAY FOR SUSPECT

SALEM, DE — A Delaware State Trooper was shot multiple times on Wednesday and police say they are closing in on a suspect who they believe was responsible.

The shooting unfolded at around noon, local time, at a Wawa convenience store near Salem. The trooper, who has not yet been identified, was confirmed dead shortly after being rushed to the hospital.

Officials say the slain trooper spotted a suspicious vehicle that was occupied by two suspects in the Wawa parking lot.

Shortly after the trooper made contact, officials say one of the two suspects got out of the vehicle and fired several rounds, hitting the trooper.

Other troopers responding to the scene took one of the suspects into custody without incident. The other suspect fled on foot and has barricaded himself inside his residence in the nearby town of Middletown. Law enforcement sources say the suspect, who has not yet been named, is refusing orders to surrender and has fired several shots at officers who are surrounding his house.

SWAT team officers are currently on the scene.

“This is a sad day for our state and our Delaware State Police family. We ask that you keep the trooper’s family, and the Delaware State Police family, in your thoughts and prayers,” said Delaware State Police Superintendent Nathaniel McQueen.

Several residents in the area have been evacuated due to the gunfire. The Appoquinimink School District in the Middletown, Delaware, area was also placed on lock down.

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WAR ON POLICE CONTINUES: OKLAHOMA OFFICER DIES AFTER TRAFFIC STOP TURNS DEADLY

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — A rookie police officer is dead after being shot by a suspect during a routine traffic stop, say police.

Officer Justin Terney, 22, died Monday morning after being rushed into emergency surgery overnight, Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said.

According to investigators, Terney pulled over a vehicle during a routine traffic stop in Tecumseh, a town located 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, at around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday.

During the stop, one of the passengers in the car exited the vehicle as Terney checked with dispatchers to see if he had any outstanding warrants.

Police say Terney used a stun gun on the man but it was ineffective and the suspect, who was armed with a weapon, opened fire. Terney returned fire but not before being hit by bullets three times.

Terney had just recently graduated from police academy last summer, Kidney said.

“He was a very young officer, just getting a start,” he said. “He was taken way too soon.”

Kidney says Terney had just bought a new puppy and hoped to work the department’s K-9 unit.

Monday afternoon, about a dozen law enforcement vehicles lined Tecumseh street where the shooting took place. About a half-mile south, Delbert Roller, owner of Roller Dirt Farm and Mini Storage, lowered his flag to half-staff in honor of the rookie officer.

“Whenever I heard the officer passed, I put her down,” Roller, a retired firefighter, told News OK (http://newsok.com/article/5543159).

“It hits home,” he said. Whether it’s tribal or city police or firefighters “we’re all one big family.”

“One thing about Justin, he was always smiling,” said City Manager Jimmy Stokes of Terney. “I never knew if he was mad or not, because he always had a smile.”

The suspect, who has not yet been identified, was also shot and remains in intensive care. “If it is who we think this person is, there’s a possibility that he has some warrants,” Kidney said. “That could be the reason that he ran.”

Funeral arrangements for officer Terney are pending.

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