A veteran sergeant from the Fort Worth Police Department was fired following an arrest in which he used excessive force on a woman. According to the Star-Telegram, 22-year veteran Sgt. Kenneth Pierce was terminated after it was found that he arrested a woman in August and prompted the use of a taser. During the process, he was described as “impatient, initiated an unnecessary physical confrontation and then ordered a rookie police officer to tase the woman,” per to a statement from authorities.
The incident in question occurred in August when the woman, who is black, called authorites for a domestic disturbance. According to Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, the woman was cooperating with police. He says that it’s senseless why Pierce, who is white, demanded the need for such force. “I’m confident that everyone who sees this video, including members of this department, will agree this supervisor’s response and subsequent behaviors are absolutely unacceptable.”
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Retired Army Capt. Julia Jacobson and her Wheaten terrier, Boogie, went missing on September 2. Her ex-husband, Dalen Ware, was arrested in connection with their disappearance shortly thereafer. Now, police believe they have discovered the bodies of Jacobson and Boogie in a shallow grave in Riverside, California.
According to The Huffington Post, the grave was discovered by a search dog on Friday. Official identification of the body is pending and an autopsy has not yet been completed.
Jacobson’s SUV had been found near her home with the keys inside shortly after she vanished. Evidence found inside the car led police to believe she had been killed.
Jacobson had previously served two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Bosnia as a finance officer, according to her obituary. She had been awarded the Bronze Star for her service.
A motive for the killing remains unclear. She had divorced Ware last year, citing “irreconcilable
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A homeless Navy veteran was charged Wednesday with kidnapping a teen girl who was found dead in September. The body of 19-year-old Ashanti Billie was discovered days after she was reported missing from her job on a Norfolk, Virginia naval base.
Eric Brian Brown, 45, has been charged with kidnapping Billie. According to CBS News, prosecutors claim Brown attempted to flirt with the teen on the naval base. She was reported missing after she didn’t show up to her fast-food restaurant job on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek. Days later, her remains were found behind a church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“He preyed on her,” Ashanti Billie’s father, Meltony Billie, said on Thursday, according to NBC Washington.
According to a criminal complaint, Brown worked as a day laborer. As a veteran and retired officer, he had access to the base. He lived in buildings on and around it. Prosecutors claim
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Forty years after failing to report for duty, an Air Force deserter was found living under an assumed name in Florida.
Sixty-four-year-old Jeffrey Michels was arrested October 12 by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and charged with military desertion before being handed over to the U.S. Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations, according to the Miami Herald. Police say under the alias Jeffrey Lantz he opened a construction business and raised a family.
Michels was born in East Liverpool, Ohio and was 24 when he went missing from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota on July 6, 1977. That was the last anyone who knew him under that name ever heard from him presumably.
Though it’s currently unknown when he made his way to Florida and assumed the surname Lantz, he used it in 1998 to obtain a license for his construction business, the Atlantic Development Corporation. He later bought
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The prime suspect in the disappearance and death of U.S. Army veteran, Chase Massner, has been caught.
According to Crime Online, authorities in Dekalb County caught Brad Clement in a grocery store parking lot yesterday in the pouring rain.
Clement was caught by a U-Haul van he reportedly rented under a fake name. When he failed to turn the truck in, the Fugitive Unit followed the lead. They apprehended the suspect barefoot.
Earlier this month, human remains were found behind the house shared by Massner and Clement. Massner went missing over three years ago.
Clement claimed he consoled Massner the night he disappeared, after the veteran had an argument with his wife. He denied any involvement in the disappearance, and claimed that somebody planted the body in the backyard. “I wasn’t there half the time! Everybody f******* knew that I had the whole house to myself and f****** all the media and everything was all on me
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A veteran New York Police Department police officer was shot and killed while on her Fourth of July shift. Miosotis Familia, 48, was killed assassination-style when a man walked up to her vehicle and fired.
According to NYDailyNews, Familia’s partner called in the shooting. “Shots fired!” the officer screamed. “I need a f-cking bus! 10-85 10-85! My partner’s shot! My partner’s shot! My partner’s shot! Hurry up central!”
The suspect, Alexander Bonds, was pursued by authorities. He opened fire on two officers and then was shot dead. Bonds was on parole through May 2018 due to a robbery case in Syracuse. According to The New York Times, he railed against prison conditions in a Facebook post last year. “I got broken ribs for a reason, son, we gonna shake. We gonna do something,” he said. “We can’t be dying for free, getting raped for free, just for them to give you hush
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