Report: One-Fifth Of Warwick Police Force Considering Retirement

WARWICK, RI — The Warwick Police union (FOP Lodge No. 7) has indicated that about 37 police officers (more than 20 percent of the department’s 172 uniformed officers) are considering retirement due to uncertainty regarding a new collective bargaining agreement, and that as many as 18 officers of varying rank have already begun the process to go forward with announcing their retirement. These retirements, according to multiple sources with…

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Five First Responders to the Pulse Massacre. One Diagnosis: PTSD.

This article was produced in partnership with WMFE, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. On the morning of June 12, 2016, police officer Omar Delgado pulled his cruiser up to his two-story townhome in Sanford, Florida, and sat in silence for 15 minutes, trying to process what he had seen during 3 1/2 hours inside the Pulse nightclub. He stripped his bloody uniform and gear…

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Chicago Police Union Asking For A Voice In Consent Decree Negotiations

CHICAGO, IL — As the city and the state attorney general’s office continue to negotiate a consent decree over reforms in the Chicago Police Department, the union representing rank-and-file officers now says it wants a seat at the table. The Fraternal Order of Police filed a motion to intervene Wednesday, arguing that the union should be party to the lawsuit because any agreed upon reforms could go against the…

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Warren Policeman Fired Over Meme Will File Grievance

WARREN, MA — Selectmen fired a town police officer last month after he admitted he posted a meme on the Fire Department’s Facebook page that could be viewed as insensitive. Shawn Morin, who was employed as a police officer by the Warren Police Department for 23 months, admitted to posting a meme as a comment on a Fire Department post on Facebook that said firefighters were going to a…

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Police Officers Sue Gun Maker For Faulty Weapon: Report

Law enforcement officers are suing firearms manufacturer Sig Sauer over a handgun that has been known to fire on its own when dropped, according to a CNN investigation. At least three law enforcement officials say they have suffered gun shot wounds from certain P320 handguns after dropping or rattling the weapons, CNN reported. The company has fought back against one of the lawsuits, which was filed by Stamford, Conn.,…

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Dallas Set To Pay $173M In Settlement For Decades-Old Police, Firefighter Pay Lawsuits

DALLAS, TX — An executive committee representing nearly 8,700 current and former Dallas police officers and firefighters has agreed to a $173.3 million settlement in their decades-old class-action lawsuits against City Hall over years of back pay claims. The figure is currently just an agreed-upon price that comes with caveats because it’s not yet a done deal. But the agreement in such a massive case is a significant milestone…

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Polygamous Town Under Scrutiny Picks Outsider As Chief

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — A polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border has hired an outsider as its new police chief, selecting a retired Salt Lake City area police officer with no ties to the fundamentalist Mormon group that controlled the town for a century until federal government crackdowns. The appointment of Mark Askerlund as town marshal – announced Thursday night in a joint news release from Hildale, Utah,…

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Black Columbus Police Lieutenant Faces Firing Over Racial Comments

COLUMBUS, OH — A black Columbus police lieutenant may lose her job after she reportedly told a black sergeant she did not give him a negative performance evaluation because she did not “believe in black-on-black crime,” and created a hostile work environment for officers, according to an internal affairs investigation released Friday. Administrators accuse Lt. Melissa McFadden of violating equal employment opportunity laws when she was evaluating Sgt. Andre…

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With Eye On Diversity, Elgin May Relax Requirements For Firefighter Applicants

ELGIN, IL — Elgin may revise its requirements for firefighters to attract a more diverse group of applicants. The City Council on Wednesday unanimously moved forward on changing firefighter application requirements. The city requires 60 college credit hours as a prerequisite for hiring but that would become optional if the city follows through on its proposed changes. A final vote is scheduled for June 13. The testing fee will…

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Saving Lives, Losing Themselves

IT’S SPRING IN LAKEWAY, Texas, and the weather’s nice. The 3-year-old runs out of the car to see her dad in his office at the radiology clinic. A delivery truck runs over her. The tire cuts through her pelvis, eviscerating her abdomen. The driver thinks she’s part of the speed bump. Paramedic Timothy Morris gets to the scene and calls for a helicopter, which goes to the wrong location….

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