Charles Smith Fatally Shot by Police Officer After Arrest in West Savannah

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Charles Smith Fatally Shot by Police Officer After Arrest in West Savannah (Photo credit: Twitter via @WTOCConnyCooper)

Charles Smith, 29, was killed in a police officer-involved shooting in west Savannah Thursday morning. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the case after the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Chief Julie Tolbert made the request. Officer David Jannot placed on administrative leave.

There are reports that a rally is underway in Savannah to protest the shooting death of Charles Smith.

Here’s the press release from the GBI on Charles Smith’s shooting death:

The initial investigation shows that officers arrested Charles Smith, 29, on outstanding warrants.  When the officers placed Smith under arrest he was handcuffed behind his back.  The arrest encounter is captured on video.  After being placed in the patrol car, Smith was able to move his hands to the front of his body and kick out the window of the patrol car.  The officers said as Smith attempted to exit the patrol car they saw that he had a firearm.  This encounter resulted in Smith being shot and killed at the scene. During the crime scene examination, a firearm was found under Smith’s body.  This information is based on the GBI’s preliminary investigation. The GBI will continue to thoroughly investigate this incident to determine exactly what occurred. When the investigation is completed, the findings will be turned over to the Eastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.

An autopsy on Smith’s body will be done at the GBI Crime Lab in Savannah tomorrow.

Mayor Edna Jackson issued the following statement on the Charles Smith shooting:

“I am distressed at today’s shooting in West Savannah that left one man dead, a family grieving, and a community with many questions. I share many of those questions. There will be answers, but for the moment I ask for patience.
Chief Tolbert immediately brought in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into this shooting. That is proper. We must now give authorities time to do their job.

I met today with the victim’s family, and I grieved with them. I spoke with West Savannah residents, and I listened to them. I talked with Police leaders, and relayed our citizens’ concerns while offering support for our officers and the difficult public service they perform every day.

When the answers come, we will be open, transparent and forthcoming. We will remain in continuous communication with the family. For now, I hope the citizens of Savannah will join me in remaining calm and patient as authorities gather the facts.”

Baltimore City Cop Vincent Cosom on Leave Following Abuse Claim by Kollin Truss

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Baltimore City Cop Vincent Cosom on Leave Following Abuse Claim by Kollin Truss (Photo credit: Video Screengrab)

Baltimore City police officer Vincent Cosom has been placed on administrative leave one day after Kollin Truss accused him of police brutality that was captured on a police surveillance camera.

Kollin Truss was arrested following a June 15 assault of his then-girlfriend, Stephanie Coleman, which led to an altercation with Officer Vincent Cosom. Truss, 32, was charged with assaulting both Cosom and Coleman.

ABC News:  Cosom, a six-year veteran of the department, noted in his police report that Truss was loitering outside of a liquor store in the 500 block of E. North Ave. at about 1:40 a.m. Cosom wrote that he asked Truss to leave. Truss then walked into the store and shouted an obscenity and a threat at the police officer, according to Cosom’s account of the incident.

Truss and Coleman left the liquor store and started walking across the street to a bus stop. Cosom said he observed Truss push her three times, according to the report.

“When they got to the corner of Greenmount and North Ave they began to argue again drawing a large crowd around them,” Cosom wrote. “While I was crossing the street at 500 E North Ave. to stop [the] argument I observed the unknown black male pushed [sic] the female with open hands three times.

“At this time I went to place the male under arrest he got into a fighting stance and clenched his first. Me and the male got into a physical altercation due to me [sic] in fear for my safety and I received a punch to the body,” Cosom continued in the report, transcribed verbatim.

Truss was arrested, although his assault and resisting arrest charges were later dropped.

Kollin Truss is seeking $35 million in damages, $5 million for each of the seven charges his attorneys have filed against Cosom on his behalf, as well as punitive damages.

Shell Casings at Eric Frein’s Home Match Those Found at Police Barracks Shooting Scene

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Shell Casings at Eric Frein’s Home Match Those Found at Police Barracks Shooting Scene

#BREAKING: Police say shell casings found at Eric Frein’s home in Canadensis, Pa., match those found at scene of Pennsylvania State Police barracks shooting in Blooming Grove  last Friday.

Police have launched a massive manhunt for Eric Frein in the state police barracks shooting. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was fatally shot, while Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded.

Police say Pennsylvania State Police barracks shooting suspect Eric Frein “has been described as a survivalist. He has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also about wanting to commit mass acts of murder.”

Megan Doto ID’d as Pregnant Woman Killed in Frankford Shooting, Baby Critical

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Megan Doto ID’d as Pregnant Woman Killed in Frankford Shooting, Baby Critical (Screengrab from 6ABC.com video)

HORROR:  A pregnant woman, Megan Doto, 26, was shot and killed in  Philadelphia on Sunday and her baby is in critical condition.

Police say the shooting occurred shortly before 11 a.m. in the 1500 block of Adams Avenue in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.

Megan Doto was reportedly sitting on the side walk near her home while she watched her neighbor’s two young kids when she was shot in the face.

Witnesses reportedly told police the suspected gunman was shooting at a vehicle on Griscom Street when Megan Doto was hit. She is considered an innocent bystander.

Missouri Teen in Critical Condition After Being Tased by Cop During Traffic Stop

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Missouri Teen in Critical Condition After Being Tased by Cop During Traffic Stop

A Missouri teen is in critical condition after he was tased by a police officer in Independence, Sunday afternoon. The driver of the car was stopped over an outstanding warrant. The police officer told the driver to get out of the car and he refussed.

There are reports there was a struggle inside the car. The driver was warned by the cop that he would use the stun gun if he did not comply and get out of the car.

The teen  reportedly needed medical attention after being tased, KSHB reports. He was taken to an area-hospital.

Cpl. Bryon Dickson Shot Dead Outside Blooming Grove Police Barracks

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Cpl. Bryon Dickson Shot Dead Outside Blooming Grove Police Barracks

TRAGEDY: Two troopers were ambushed outside the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pa., Friday night. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass is hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Law enforcement have launched a manhunt for the killer(s) in the Pocono Mountain region, on foot and by helicopter.

State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said one trooper was leaving the barracks and another was arriving when shots were fired at 10:50 p.m. Friday.

Gov. Tom Corbett has released the following statement on the shooting:

“Our prayers go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the Pennsylvania State Police trooper who was killed in the line of duty Friday night outside the Blooming Grove, Pike County, state police barracks. We are praying as well, for the full recovery of his colleague who was injured in the incident.

“Every attack on an officer of the law is an attack on our state, our country and civilized society. The incident in Blooming Grove shows, once again, that our first responders face constant danger in order that the rest of us may live in peace and safety.

“At this time, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and Pennsylvania State Police troopers are working with local and other law enforcement agencies to apprehend the person or persons who carried out this cowardly act. We ask the public to be patient as well as vigilant.”

5 Florida Prison Employees Arrested for ‘Takedown’ of Inmate Jeremiah Tatum

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5 Florida Prison Staff Arrested for ‘Takedown’ of Inmate Jeremiah Tatum

The Florida Department of Corrections has fired five of its staff members and arrested them on charges of felony battery on an inmate, who was identified as 31-year-od Jeremiah Tatum.

The arrested officers have been identified as William Finch, Sgt. James Perkins, Sgt. Robert Miller, Sgt. Christopher Christmas and Sgt. Dalton Riley. Captain James Kirkland was also arrested and terminated with official misconduct charges.

The incident occurred at the Northwest Florida Reception Center in Chipley. The arrest report states that one of the officers directed a “takedown” of Tatum during an escort. The incident, which was caught on video, shows Jeremiah Tatum being slammed face first into the concrete by some of the officers, while he was in leg and hand restraints. Another officer reportedly jumped on his legs while he was on the ground.

 

Tim Jones Jr. Arrested After Bodies of 5 Missing Kids Found in Rural Alabama

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Tim Jones Jr. Arrested After Bodies of 5 Missing Kids Found in Rural Alabama (Photo Credit: Smith County Sheriff’s Office)

The bodies of five missing children have been found in rural Alabama and their father, Tim Jones Jr., is in police custody. WISTV reports the bodies were found at about 5:00 p.m. off a dirt road, just outside Camden, in Wilcox County.

The children’s father told authorities in Mississippi that he dumped the bodies on Highway 10 between Camden and Greenville. He was arrested in connection with the disappearance of his five children, ranging in ages from one through eight. They were reported missing last week.

The children’s mother, who is divorced from Tim Jones Jr., reported the children missing on Sept. 3 after being unable to contact him. They were last seen with their father in Lexington County.

The identities of the children were not released.

wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina |

Cee Lo Green Briefly Deletes Twitter Account After Controversial Rape Comment

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Cee Lo Green Deletes Twitter Account After Controversial Rape Comment (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cee Lo Green briefly deleted his Twitter account after tweeting a controversial rape comments. This comes days after Green pleaded no contest to felony rape for slipping a woman ecstasy without her consent.

Green tweeted:  “People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” and then, “If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent.”

Cee Lo Green, a former coach on “The Voice,” admitted deleting the tweets after getting into a heated Twitter-spat with fans. He tweeted:  “yes I did. I will not allow that negative energy to loiter on my time line u still got it so keep it! I’m deleting this too.”

Well, those tweets are still around, having been captured.

CeeLo Green is back on Twitter as of Tuesday night, claiming the comments attributed to him were idiotic and untrue. Sounds like that cancelled show forced the half-ass apology, if you can even call it that.

Jeronta Brown, Briana Brooks Kidnapped in DeKalb, Found Shot in Atlanta

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Jeronta Brown, Briana Brooks ID’d as Couple Abducted in DeKalb, Found Shot in Atlanta

HORROR: Jeronta Brown, 24, and Briana Brooks, 21, have been identified as the Atlanta couple kidnapped at gunpoint froom outside a DeKalb home. They were found hours later lying in Ridge Avenue in northwest Atlanta.

WSB-TV reports Brown died Saturday, but Brooks, who was pregnant, is on life support after giving birth to a baby girl.

Police do not have a motive for the abduction and shooting but police said Jeronta Brown and Briana Brooks were returning to their home on Colleen Court at about 12:30 a.m. when they were abducted by men dressed in black. A witness told police the couple was handcuffed and put in a van before being driven away.

Jeronta Brown and Briana Brooks were both shot in the head. Police do not believe they were shot on the street but at another location.