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Support Campaign Raises Thousands for Slain Officer’s Causes

An Omaha campaign that began as a way to show support for police is now raising thousands of dollars for youth sports and other causes championed by Officer Kerrie Orozco, who was killed in the line of duty last month.

The Omaha Police Department launched the Support Blue campaign in March in the wake of negative public sentiment following a number of highly publicized police-involved shootings around the country.

The profits will go to support organizations that Orozco held dear, like youth sports in north Omaha. Orozco coached a Boys and Girls Club baseball team in north Omaha for four years before her death. The kids she coached knew her simply as “Coach K.” Orozco also volunteered with the Special Olympics and the Latino Peace Officers Association.

Colleagues say Orozco often handed out trinkets, like police pins, to children in an effort to get them to see officers as protectors, not adversaries.

Read more in The Bellingham Herald.

Source: www.bellinghamherald.com

Google Takes Action Against Revenge Porn

Internet giant Google has announced it will take action against revenge porn by accepting, for the first time, complaints from victims and removing images from its search results.

This week, The Advertiser revealed more than 400 Adelaide women and teenagers had been exposed by a US-based website that had made their nude photos – both revenge porn and stolen – online.

Many of those affected, including football legend Graham Cornes’ daughter, Amy, have reported the matter to SA Police, who are investigating.

The user who posted the images claims they “cannot be stopped” because the site is based overseas, but police say Australians who supply images to the site can and will be arrested.

The database of images has since spread to three other websites and expanded to include faked and Photoshopped images of a pornographic nature.

Yesterday, Channel Seven’s Sunrise program apologised for “victim blaming” those affected in a Facebook post that failed to consider the fact the images had been stolen and posted without permission.

Read more in The Advertiser.

Source: www.adelaidenow.com.au

South Utah Organization Vests K-9s Nationwide

If Facebook “likes” really represent popularity, K-9 officer-in-training Tank is no stranger to fame.

Washington City business Tread Armament and Weaponry offered to donate Tank a bullet and stab-proof vest through an organization called Vesting America’s Police K-9s if a photo of him posted on Facebook garnered 1 million “likes.”

Support for Tread Armament and Vesting America’s Police K-9s’ efforts to vest furry officers across the U.S. is contributing to a trend of making sure K-9s are safe on the job, said Kathy Williams, volunteer in the cause.

Williams said she watched coverage of the Zions Bank robbery that happened Sept. 11, 2014, in St. George.

Law enforcement officials sent K-9s to search for the suspect; Williams noticed they wore no protective gear.

“I thought that was really unusual because the dogs were the ones going into the most dangerous part,” she said. “At first I thought, ‘Someone should do something about that. Why not me?’”

But a bit of research showed police departments’ inabilities to fund K-9 knife and bullet-proof vests aren’t rare; Whitney said they’re expensive to begin with.

Read more in The Spectrum.

Source: www.thespectrum.com

BPD Commish: More Officers Likely To Be Arrested, Forced Out As Result of Reforms

More Baltimore police officers likely face arrest as the result of reforms in a scandal-ridden department that requires “wholesale change,” Commissioner Anthony W. Batts wrote in a wide-ranging opinion piece published in The Baltimore Sun.

“Our reform efforts will very likely see more police officers arrested,” Batts wrote. “We will have more officers who are forced out because their outdated, outmoded views of policing do not match the standards the community expects and demands.”

Batts did not address the alleged slowdown in policing but focused on portraying his management of the department as having aggressively reformed an agency that the public viewed as “out of control” when he arrived.

“Many officers will be unhappy reading these words,” Batts wrote. “Many want me to outright defend the department and say nothing is wrong with the way this organization engages in police work. For the overwhelming majority that is true.

“However, when people go on television, wearing masks, allege themselves to be police officers and are cloaked in the shadows espousing their own indifference to violence as children are shot, I am troubled,” he said, referring to anonymous sources who have appeared on TV news shows in recent weeks. “This is not the Baltimore Police Department that I know.”

The police union has denied that there is a work slowdown.


Read more in Baltimore Sun.

Source: www.baltimoresun.com

Ed: keep throwing the babies out with the water. Get a grip, Batts, you are the part of problem, it’s unlikely you’ll win mayoral election – that’s your goal, right?

NYPD Officer Slashed In The Neck With A Knife Remains In Stable Condition

A New York City police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding man on Thursday after the officer was slashed in the neck while trying to stop the man from assaulting an elderly woman, authorities said.

Officer Filippo Gugliara, 24, was hospitalized in stable condition. At a news conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton praised his response. “Thank God this officer came out OK,” De Blasio said.

“He faced quite clearly a life-threatening situation with this individual,” Bratton said. “But for his intercession, the assault on this 78-year-old woman — we don’t know what would have happened.”

The incident unfolded at about 2:15 p.m. near a subway station in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. The 58-year-old suspect was involved in dispute in a shop that spilled out into the street, they said.

Read more in Oneida Daily Dispatch.

Source: www.oneidadispatch.com