OLATHE, Kan. — Police officers fatally shot a mentally distressed woman after ignoring SWAT team members' advice and entering a suburban Kansas City home to apprehend her "in direct violation of police policies and protocols," according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the woman's estate. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court alleges the death of Ciara Howard, 26, was the result of a "recklessly executed siege," The Kansas City Star reported . Howard had a history of only minor, nonviolent offenses when authorities went to her boyfriend's Olathe, Kansas, home in August 2017 to arrest her on a warrant for walking away from the county's adult residential center. The newspaper previously sued for body camera footage , which showed that officers in Olathe had been briefed that Howard was acting irrationally and had access to her boyfriend's handgun. She was "obviously agitated and mentally unstable," and officers on the scene received "explicit warnings" from the sheriff … [Read more...] about Family sues over police shooting of distressed Kansas woman
Police attack dogs
By Michelle Robertson, SFGATE Published 1:45 pm PST, Thursday, November 8, 2018 A pit bull mauled a small chihuahua to death in Dolores Park on Monday afternoon, police said. A pit bull mauled a small chihuahua to death in Dolores Park on Monday afternoon, police said. Photo: San Francisco Police Department GALLERY: The most popular dog breeds in San Francisco, according to the American Kennel Club No. 1 in SF: French bulldogs George, a French bulldog, runs around on the beach on Saturday, May 19, 2012. GALLERY: The most popular dog breeds in San Francisco, according to the American Kennel Club No. 1 in SF: French bulldogs George, a French bulldog, runs around on the beach on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Photo: Sean Culligan, The Chronicle No. 2 in SF: Golden retrievers Sierra, a 3-year-old Golden Retriever, … [Read more...] about Police: Small dog mauled to death by pit bull in Dolores Park
News / UK and world by Press Association July 4, 2018, 3:44 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A detective has criticised the glamorisation of knife crime as police released the name of a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in Liverpool. Daniel Gee-Jamieson was found by officers on Belle Vale Road in Gateacre at about 9pm on Tuesday and later pronounced dead in hospital. A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of his murder. Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Green, from Merseyside Police, said the message that carrying a knife was illegal and dangerous was not getting through to all young people. He said: “We can all look across social media and see some people will glamorise knives, through music or through pictures and images, but I want to cut that short. It is absolutely not glamorous. “It is not glamorous for this young 16-year-old. It’s abhorrent. “There is … [Read more...] about Police attack glamorisation of knife crime after teenager stabbed to death
PUBLISHED: 15:15 06 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:40 06 June 2018 Andrew Hirst Bramford Lane in Ipswich is closed from the junction at Wallace Road and there is a large police presence in the area, including a dog unit and the force helicopter Picture: ELLIS BARKER Archant The ongoing murder investigation into an Ipswich teenager’s stabbing has seen up to nine police cars, dog units and a search helicopter descend upon a site in the north of the town. Suffolk police officers were spotted around Bramford Lane allotments this afternoon. One passerby reported seeing nine police cars. Another said there were at least six cars, a dog unit and the police helicopter. A Suffolk police spokesman confirmed the heavy police presence in the Bramford Lane area was related to the ongoing murder investigation. Tavis Spencer-Aitkens died following an attack in Packard Avenue at around 4.50pm on Saturday. The 17-year-old, of Pownhall Road, Ipswich, had been walking back from the shops in … [Read more...] about Murder investigation sees police helicopter, dog unit and cars swarm on site in north Ipswich
“My wife’s death was horrific and pointless,” the elderly plaintiff said outside a court in southern Germany on Tuesday. The man was speaking during a pause in the trial of two people whose dog mauled his wife to death on the street in Baden-Württemberg last May. The 72-year-old woman was walking down a street in the small town of Sigmaringen when the dog broke free from its collar and launched itself at her. The Kangal, a breed considered dangerous in Germany, pulled the pensioner to the ground before repeatedly biting her head and throat. Although a medic arrived at the scene, he was unable to treat the woman, as the dog continued its attack. Only a bullet from the gun of a police officer put an end to the attack - and the dog’s life. But by then it was too late to save the woman. Prosecutors have charged the animal’s owners with negligent manslaughter, arguing that its living conditions were unsatisfactory. Officers who arrived at the house … [Read more...] about Does Germany have a problem with aggressive attack dogs?