It started with a traffic stop of a vehicle flying through the late-night streets of Newark, NJ. It turned in to a high-speed chase of two career criminals armed with a gun and a load of heroin. But now Officer Jovanny Crespo is facing the possibility of life in prison for protecting himself, his fellow police officers, and the community.
Deputy Mike Holmes was just attempting a traffic stop on a reckless, speeding vehicle. Little did he know that what was about to happen would change his life forever. After a brief pursuit, he wound up looking down the barrel of the suspect’s gun – then nearly run over by the suspect’s car. He would survive and escape physical injury, but now he is facing a manslaughter charge and the possibility of 15 years behind bars.
Two sheriff’s deputies in Boulder, Colorado were transporting a man to a recovery center because he was apparently intoxicated. Little did they know their world was getting ready to be turned upside-down.
Imagine the surprise of a veteran law enforcement officer simply waiting for a traffic light to change, when he finds himself under assault by a hooded man just outside a thin car window. Just seconds to decide on what’s happening, what’s the right response…
Devon Kraemer — Brown Deer Police Department, WI (Mistrial Feb. 28, 2018, Case Dismissed April 9, 2018)
Events just outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in March 2016, show just how perilous policing in America has become in our post-Ferguson world. They give voice to the “Ferguson Effect” where police are avoiding encounters that could deter crime but also result in criminal charges against them.
On October 18, 2016, New York police and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel responded to calls for assistance at a Bronx apartment complex where an emotionally disturbed person (EDP) had become disruptive and aggressive with others in the building. The woman, a 66 year-old African . . .
On July 8, 2015, multiple Ashe County, NC sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call about an intoxicated and agitated resident who had been the subject of dozens of prior police contacts. When the deputies found the 62 year old man, Dallas Shatley, parked in his pickup truck at the end of a shared driveway, . . .
On March 16, 2014 two Albuquerque police officers responded to a complaint about a man camping illegally in the hills just behind a residential neighborhood. The officers encountered the man on a rocky hillside, and when they called him out of his tent and tried to pat him down for weapons, he pulled out . . .