Officer In Milwaukee Shooting Joined Force As Teenage Aide

August 18, 2016 bcic_admin 0

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dominique Heaggan attended grade school in Milwaukee and joined the city’s police force as a teenage aide through a program that aims to recruit young people into law enforcement, including minorities.

Heaggan, identified by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as the black officer at the center of a fatal shooting that sparked two nights of violence, has lived near the shooting scene since at least 2012 and was assigned to patrol that area after becoming a sworn officer.

Sylville Smith, 23, was shot Saturday after police said he fled from a traffic stop. Authorities have said Smith turned toward the officer with a gun in his hand. A few hours later, violence erupted on the city’s largely black north side, with protesters hurling rocks at police and burning six businesses.

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An alumni invitation shows Heaggan attended grade school about 10 minutes away from the scene. It’s unclear whether he spent his entire childhood in the area.

Now 24, he joined the Milwaukee Police Department in July 2010 as an aide — essentially an apprentice. As an aide, his responsibilities would have included mostly administrative and clerical duties. Aides are required to complete a college curriculum and a physical fitness program before becoming officers.

Police agencies across the country offer similar programs as a way to recruit future officers and expose minorities to police work in hopes of increasing diversity.

“They may not come into the occupation in the same way people in the majority do,” said Mike Scott, an Arizona State University criminology professor who helped develop the New York City Police Department’s cadet program in the mid-1980s.

MaryNell Regan, executive director of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission, said the program does not specifically seek minorities but has a goal of “diversity in recruitment.” An online recruiting video linked to …read more

Two Shot And Killed, Two Injured At Michigan Courthouse

July 12, 2016 bcic_admin 0

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A jail inmate trying to escape from a western Michigan courthouse wrested a gun from an officer Monday, killing two bailiffs and injuring two more people before he was fatally shot by other officers, a sheriff said.

People scrambled for cover inside the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph in the southwestern corner of Michigan, about 100 miles northeast of Chicago.

“Our hearts are torn apart. … I have known them for over 30 years. It’s a sad day,” Sheriff Paul Bailey said of the bailiffs.

The inmate, locked up on several charges, was being moved from a cell for a courtroom appearance when a fight occurred and he was able to disarm an officer, Bailey said. The sheriff did not say what charges the inmate was facing.

He shot a sheriff’s deputy, killed the bailiffs and then shot a civilian in the arm in a public area, the sheriff said.

The inmate then was fatally shot “by two other bailiffs who came to render aid, along with several other officers,” Bailey said.

“He was trying to escape,” the sheriff said.

The injuries suffered by the deputy and the civilian weren’t considered life-threatening.

The names of the three dead won’t be released until relatives have been notified. Bailey also told reporters that he didn’t yet have certain details on the shooting, including whether the inmate was handcuffed at the time.

Gov. Rick Snyder cut short a visit to Midland and traveled across the state to St. Joseph to meet with investigators and victims’ families.

Snyder called it a “terrible day in a wonderful community.”

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White reported from Detroit.

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Chinatown community members walk out of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation public meeting on the sale and redevelopment of Parcels 25 and 26

July 7, 2016 bcic_admin 0

In the latest of four letters to MassDOT, crafted and signed by over twenty Chinatown organizations and individuals and submitted on June 17, the community called for affordable housing units that are truly affordable for Chinatown residents. The average household earns less than $20,000, less than 30% of area median income (AMI) in the greater Boston area. The community also called for expansion of the Reggie Wong Park to accommodate more basketball/volleyball courts, greater protections for community access on the to-be-privately-owned site, and a temporary replacement during construction. …read more

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver Cleared Of Misusing Money

June 13, 2016 bcic_admin 0

An independent investigation has turned up zero evidence of unethical behavior by Flint, MI Mayor Karen Weaver, who had been accused of misusing money designated to help with the water crisis.

“I know the allegations were just that, allegations and they weren’t true,” Weaver told local news station WNEM.

Attorney Brendon Basiga suggested Weaver did nothing illegal when it came to accepting donations during a fundraiser.

“I was provided bank statements with regards to the Friends of Karen Weaver Fund as well as the Karen for Flint Fund. Neither bank statements indicate any questionable deposits and the donation checks that were made [were] supported by copies of the checks themselves,” Basiga said.

It was an email by former city administrator Natasha Henderson that led to the speculation that Weaver was attempting to funnel contributions for the Flint water crisis into a private account.

However, with the validation of her innocence, Weaver said she is moving on.

“I’m glad the investigation has happened and I’m glad it’s over,” she said.

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UPDATE: Missing Ivy League Student Found Safe, Reunited With Mother

May 17, 2016 bcic_admin 0

Update:

A missing Columbia University student has been reunited with her mother after she was missing for several weeks.

CBS 2 New York reports:

According to Columbia University Public Safety, Nayla Kidd was safe on Monday night.

A source told CBS2 that she had ran away and was renting an apartment in Williamsburg.

Kidd’s family had been searching desperately for her since the 19-year-old went missing earlier this month.

Before being found on Monday, Kidd had last been seen leaving a gathering at a dorm on May 5, it was believed that she had taken the 1 train back towards her Broadway apartment.

Kidd missed all of her final exams after disappearing, something that raised red flags for concerned family members.

“This is not Nayla. She prides herself on doing her very best in school,” Kidd’s mother LaCreis said last week.

Following her disappearance police sources said that all signs of Nayla had halted. Her Facebook was deactivated, credit cards cancelled, and her cell phone was shut off.

A source told CBS2 that she reopened those credit cards with address of her new apartment. She has been reunited with her mother.

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According to the NY Daily News, missing 19-year-old Nayla Kidd may have “fallen off the grid.”

The newspaper reported that Kidd deleted her Facebook page and changed her cellphone and bank account numbers before she disappeared. The police believe that by doing so, it will be very difficult to track her down.

Her family told the press that this behavior is out of character. “This is not Nayla,” her mother La Creis Kidd told Channel 2 news.

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Utah Teacher Punished For Using N-Word In Class

May 5, 2016 bcic_admin 0

A Utah school district made it clear that it’s never OK for teachers to use the N-word in the classroom. That’s why officials at the Weber School District said they took administrative action against a White teacher, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Holly Frye told the Associated Press that her 14-year-old son sat through a class in which history teacher Douglas Barker spent an entire period in April saying the word, while defining its meaning and history.

What was the context? The South Ogden Junior High teacher used the racially offensive word before showing his eighth-grade students the Civil War movie, Glory. The film is about a Union Army company of Black soldiers during the Civil War.

Barker explained to the AP that he wanted his students to understand why they would hear the N-word in the film and stated to them that the offensive word is inappropriate.

“My intent has never been to offend, only to teach for understanding with historical context,” Barker told the AP.

But Frye, who is Black, told the news wire that nothing in the curriculum permits Barker to discuss the racially charged word.

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