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&lt;title&gt;Officer arrested, charged with murder after shooting a man who was trying to run over police officers&lt;/title&gt;
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&lt;description&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;AUSTIN, TX – &amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;A Texas police officer has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Michael Ramos in Austin last year. The Travis County District Attorney’s Officer announce the charge Thursday morning.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;A murder warrant was issued Wednesday for the arrest of the Austin police officer who shot and killed Michael Ramos last year, according to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/8Oots01Ne3″&amp;gt;https://t.co/8Oots01Ne3&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/TexasTribune/status/1370125132182720514?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;March 11, 2021&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;A grand jury issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for Austin Police Officer Christopher Taylor for the death of Ramos, who was shot on April 24, 2020, when police responded to a 911 call reporting a man and woman sitting in a vehicle appearing to use narcotics.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;According to audio of the 911 call released by police, the caller &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9NPpWePa7Q” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;told&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; police:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“It’s a gold Prius. It’s a gold Prius with a Hispanic man and a Hispanic woman. They got toilet paper in the front- toilet paper in the front dash window. And I seen (sic) him with a gun, he had a gun, too.”&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;🚨BREAKING🚨: An arrest warrant on a MURDER charge has been issued for Austin police officer Christopher Taylor in the death of Michael Ramos, authorities confirm. &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/WyqbNynxqJ”&amp;gt;pic.twitter.com/WyqbNynxqJ&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/tplohetski/status/1369801703353184261?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;March 11, 2021&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;The caller said that the male was holding the gun up to the female inside the vehicle, and that both occupants were smoking crack cocaine and “cooking meth.”&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Several officers arrived at the apartment complex parking lot and contacted Ramos.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Officers determined the Prius had been reported stolen previously.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;Austin Officer Christopher Taylor has been indicted for murder in the 2020 shooting death of Mike Ramos, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/Ho0NteuUT3″&amp;gt;https://t.co/Ho0NteuUT3&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;— KIII 3 News (@kiii3news) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/kiii3news/status/1370167656435884038?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;March 12, 2021&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Police said Ramos refused to follow police orders, and an officer shot him with “less-lethal” bean bag ammunition. Ramos reacted to the bean bag strike by re-entering his car.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Officers started ordering Ramos to exit the vehicle, telling him repeatedly, “Michael, don’t do it.”&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;He refused police pleas to stop and began to drive the vehicle forward. As Ramos drove forward, Officer Taylor fired three rounds from a patrol rifle, killing Ramos.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash&amp;amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;#BREAKING&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;: APD officer Christopher Taylor has been indicted in connection with the April 2020 shooting death of Mike Ramos. &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;The Travis County Sheriff’s Office says that an arrest warrant has been issued for Taylor.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;READ MORE: &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/gywhuuLtLx”&amp;gt;https://t.co/gywhuuLtLx&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;— FOX 7 Austin (@fox7austin) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/fox7austin/status/1369812236663918594?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;March 11, 2021&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Dashcam footage shows officers scrambling to get out of the way of the fleeing vehicle.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;iframe loading=”lazy” src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/i9NPpWePa7Q” width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”&amp;gt;[embedded content]&amp;lt;/iframe&amp;gt;&amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;The police report &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Custodial_Death_Report_4_24_20.pdf” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;stated&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“Fearing the male subject intended to use the Toyota Prius as a deadly weapon, one patrol officer fired his patrol rifle, striking the male driver.”&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;The shooting of 42-year-old Ramos sparked anti-police protests throughout Austin. Just weeks after Ramos’ shooting, the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis ignited nationwide protests and riots.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;Texas cop charged with murder in shooting released on bond: &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/AmKJJyrdvA”&amp;gt;https://t.co/AmKJJyrdvA&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; (AP) – Authorities say a Texas police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting last year of an unarmed Austin man was booked into jail and released on bond. An arrest warrant was issu…&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;— KTBB Radio (@KTBBRadio) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/KTBBRadio/status/1370416977697775622?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;March 12, 2021&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Taylor &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.ksat.com/news/texas/2021/03/12/texas-cop-charged-with-murder-in-shooting-released-on-bond/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;turned&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; himself in to authorities and was booked early Thursday. He was released on $100,000 bond about one-half hour later. Conditions placed on Taylor included that he does not possess a firearm.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;District Attorney José Garza, who was elected on a platform of police accountability, &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.texastribune.org/2021/03/10/Austin-police-mike-ramos-murder/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;commented&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; about Taylor’s arrest Thursday:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“Today we have taken a significant step towards justice for the Ramos family and for our community. My heart continues to break for the Ramos family and we still have much work ahead of us, but we know that holding law enforcement accountable when they break the law is critical to restoring the trust of our community and to ensuring its safety.”&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;Protests held in Austin over Mike Ramos, George Floyd’s deaths | FOX 7 Austin &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/DPgcBSGmO0″&amp;gt;https://t.co/DPgcBSGmO0&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;— Chance Heston / Pastor Lindholm (@mzw007) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/mzw007/status/1270277744681799684?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;June 9, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Taylor’s attorneys released a statement accusing newly-elected Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza of using the case for political points. Defense Attorneys Ken Ervin and Doug O’Connell issued a joint statement saying:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“We are disappointed but sadly not surprised at this indictment,” the statement read. “As early as July of last year, then-DA candidate Jose Garza had made up his mind that Officer Taylor committed a crime and went so far as to offer an implied promise to indict him several months before being elected District Attorney or having access to any case evidence.&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“We would remind Mr. Garza that his sworn duty is not to be an advocate for one party months before knowing the facts. It is to see that justice is done. Today’s indictment is not justice; it is the fulfillment of a campaign talking point and yet more evidence of anti-police bias.”&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;HAPPENING NOW: Protests continue in &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Austin?src=hash&amp;amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;#Austin&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; over the deaths of &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/GeorgeFloyd?src=hash&amp;amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;#GeorgeFloyd&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; and Mike Ramos. A rally began earlier in the day at &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/HustonTillotson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;@HustonTillotson&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; and now protesters are marching towards the &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Texas?src=hash&amp;amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;#Texas&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; capitol. &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;WATCH: &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/s57wdXsPlM”&amp;gt;https://t.co/s57wdXsPlM&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;— FOX 7 Austin (@fox7austin) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/fox7austin/status/1269717630304256000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;June 7, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Taylor is on leave from the police department and has not faced a disciplinary hearing to date.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
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&amp;lt;h2&amp;gt;&amp;lt;img loading=”lazy” src=”https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Screen-Shot-2019-06-16-at-6.35.32-AM-1024×471.png” alt=”LET Unity” width=”1024″ height=”471″&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br&amp;gt;Austin PD Chief won’t release potentially exonerating body cam footage: ‘Complete nonsense’ say officers&amp;lt;/h2&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;August 17, 2020&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;AUSTIN, TX – Several Austin police officers and attorneys have criticized Austin Police Department Chief, Brian Manley, for what appears to be cherry-picking when it comes to the public release of police video.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;Manley, along with other Austin authorities, had previously agreed to the swift public release of videos regarding an officer-involved shooting in April. However, he reportedly &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/apd-officers-call-out-chief-manley-say-refusing-to-release-video-of-protests-is-complete-nonsense/amp/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;span class=”s1″&amp;gt;will not agree&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; to the release of videos of officer activity during anti-police protests, prior to a grand jury review.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
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&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;The Austin Police Department said today their release depends on whether or not the cases will be brought to a grand jury. &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/zidkixVfbW”&amp;gt;https://t.co/zidkixVfbW&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/KXAN_News/status/1294491553101230081?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;August 15, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;The officer-involved shooting&amp;amp;nbsp;in April occurred after officers were &amp;lt;a href=”https://news.yahoo.com/austin-officer-involved-shooting-case-030411590.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;span class=”s1″&amp;gt;called to the scene&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; of a man who a caller reported was brandishing a gun, and taking drugs with a woman in his vehicle.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;The man, identified as Michael Ramos, exited the vehicle with hands raised, but then &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2020/04/officer-involved-shooting-in-southeast-austin-spurs-investigation-and-protests/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;span class=”s1″&amp;gt;did not comply&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; with officers’ commands, and he was shot with less-lethal rounds. Ramos then entered his vehicle and drove off, at which time APD officer Christopher Taylor fired his rifle at the vehicle, causing it to crash. Ramos later died at the hospital.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;Protests soon followed, with area residents &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/Ariana_noGrande/status/1254205988477063169″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;span class=”s1″&amp;gt;accusing&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; APD of murder.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
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&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;Protesters chant “APD are murderers” at an apartment complex on S Pleasant Valley Rd. in Southeast Austin. Police shot and killed a man in his 40s at the complex last night. &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/IhAsPczLrc”&amp;gt;pic.twitter.com/IhAsPczLrc&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;— Ariana Garcia 🇵🇷 (@Ariana_noGrande) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/Ariana_noGrande/status/1254205988477063169?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;April 26, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;At a &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.fox7austin.com/news/austin-police-identify-man-killed-in-officer-involved-shooting-in-southeast-austin” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;span class=”s1″&amp;gt;press conference&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; shortly after the shooting, APD Chief Manley discussed plans to release body-worn camera footage in short order.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;He said that APD:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;&amp;lt;b&amp;gt;“Will seek to release those body-worn videos at our earliest opportunity throughout this investigation. Once we’ve reached the point where the impact of the video will not impact the integrity of the investigation.”&amp;lt;/b&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;District Attorney Margaret Moore also was in favor of releasing video from the OIS quickly.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;In a &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.fox7austin.com/news/austin-police-identify-man-killed-in-officer-involved-shooting-in-southeast-austin” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;span class=”s1″&amp;gt;statement&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; to Fox7 News, she remarked:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;&amp;lt;b&amp;gt;“Collection and preservation of evidence is critical, and every effort must be made to protect the integrity of the investigation. &amp;lt;/b&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;&amp;lt;b&amp;gt;“For example, we would not approve the release of certain facts before witnesses are interviewed.”&amp;lt;/b&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;However, she went on to say:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;&amp;lt;b&amp;gt;“I will approve Chief Manley’s release of body camera videos collected by police officers, as soon as is practicable. &amp;lt;/b&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;&amp;lt;b&amp;gt;“In this instance, I do not see how the release of these videos would compromise the investigation or any subsequent prosecution.”&amp;lt;/b&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;In a &amp;lt;a href=”http://www.mayoradler.com/mayors-statement-on-officer-involved-shooting-of-mike-ramos/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;span class=”s1″&amp;gt;statement&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; on his website, Mayor Steve Adler called for:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;&amp;lt;b&amp;gt;“A quick and complete assessment of this shooting and then an immediate sharing of all relevant information with the community.”&amp;lt;/b&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;The APD body cam footage of the shooting was &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/austin-police-to-release-mike-ramos-dashcam-video-this-week/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;released to the public&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; in July.&amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;It should be noted that &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.kxan.com/news/local/travis-county-da-continues-deadly-use-of-force-investigations-despite-grand-jury-delay/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;span class=”s1″&amp;gt;District Attorney Moore&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; has stated that she will not be presenting this case to the grand jury, because she was defeated in the June Democratic primary runoff. The soonest the case might come to the grand jury would be in January 2021, after the new District Attorney takes office.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;Calls for swiftness in releasing potentially exonerating body cam footage of police officers at Austin protests, however, have been noticeably absent.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
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&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;Several Austin Police Department officers say videos from the protests should be released to show that ‘zero crimes’ were committed by law enforcement.&amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/CZDb4S0Fgq”&amp;gt;https://t.co/CZDb4S0Fgq&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/KXAN_News/status/1295071653601390593?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;August 16, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;

&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;In June, multiple Austin residents complained that police acted inappropriately at protests.&amp;lt;span class=”Apple-converted-space”&amp;gt;&amp;amp;nbsp; &amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=”https://www.kxan.com/austin-george-floyd-mike-ramos-protests/travis-co-da-says-protesters-who-believe-rights-were-violated-should-file-a-complaint/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;span class=”s1″&amp;gt;82 complaints&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; were forwarded to Internal Affairs.&amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;The APD will reportedly &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/apd-officers-call-out-chief-manley-say-refusing-to-release-video-of-protests-is-complete-nonsense/?utm_source=t.co&amp;amp;amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;amp;amp;utm_campaign=socialflow” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;span class=”s1″&amp;gt;not be releasing&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; associated body cam videos, pending word on whether a grand jury will be convened for the matter.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;KXAN &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/KXAN_News/status/1295071653601390593″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;span class=”s1″&amp;gt;reports&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; that officers have taken issue with this decision.&amp;lt;span class=”Apple-converted-space”&amp;gt;&amp;amp;nbsp; &amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;The news outlet notes:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;&amp;lt;b&amp;gt;“Several Austin Police Department officers say videos from the protests should be released to show that ‘zero crimes’ were committed by law enforcement.”&amp;lt;/b&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;The officers, including Officer Taylor, compared this decision to the previous decision to release the body cam footage of Taylor’s OIS.&amp;lt;span class=”Apple-converted-space”&amp;gt;&amp;amp;nbsp; &amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;They called the push for release of footage of the OIS a choice that was “most politically beneficial” and not one grounded in transparency.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;Attorneys Ken Ervin and Doug O’Connell, who are currently representing Officer Taylor and other officers who have been accused in protests, issued a statement calling out Chief Manley.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;They wrote:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;&amp;lt;b&amp;gt;“Chief Manley deciding to release video of the shooting of Mike Ramos prior to grand jury &amp;lt;/b&amp;gt;&amp;lt;b&amp;gt;review, while simultaneously claiming he cannot release video showing officers using force against rioters because there has been no grand jury review, is complete nonsense.”&amp;lt;/b&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;The attorneys went on to say:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;&amp;lt;b&amp;gt;“The Ramos video release was never about transparency, and APD’s ‘policy’ of releasing critical incident video is a sham. &amp;lt;/b&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;&amp;lt;b&amp;gt;“The real policy is to do whatever is most politically beneficial for the Chief and/or District Attorney in that moment, and today’s announcement proves that.&amp;lt;/b&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;&amp;lt;b&amp;gt;“We know from representing Officer Taylor as well as officers involved in the riots that zero crimes were committed by any of these officers.”&amp;lt;/b&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;It does appear to be a head-scratcher, that Austin authorities would push for release of police video in the case of an OIS not scheduled for grand jury attention, yet hold out on releasing potentially exonerating police video, while awaiting a grand jury.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;But the attorneys for the officers have an answer that would remove the confusion.&amp;lt;span class=”Apple-converted-space”&amp;gt;&amp;amp;nbsp; &amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;They assert:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p class=”p1″&amp;gt;&amp;lt;b&amp;gt;“Rather than doing what is right and announcing these findings to the public, they hide behind each other and blame a stunning election defeat to avoid further public criticism.”&amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;lt;/b&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;

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&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;CHICAGO, IL&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt; — A Chicago police officer was recently fired for his alleged involvement in allowing an off-duty officer to leave the scene of an assault over 10 years ago.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;On Dec. 17, the Chicago Police Board voted to fire Officer Jason Burg in an 8-to-1 decision even though a key witness died during the decade it took for the agency to get around to holding a disciplinary hearing, the &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-chicago-police-discipline-jason-burg-20210103-3lshyu5nmrfc3ds5oe64gtguk4-story.html”&amp;gt;Chicago Tribune&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; reported.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;This is an important article.&amp;lt;br&amp;gt;Chicago Police and the Fraternal Order of Police drag out the worst Chicago Police misconduct cases for years and decades.&amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/4iipkh3vVY”&amp;gt;https://t.co/4iipkh3vVY&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/chicago?src=hash&amp;amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;#chicago&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/chicagopolice?src=hash&amp;amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;#chicagopolice&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— Chicago PD Transparency (@TransparencyPd) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/TransparencyPd/status/1346150169067327493?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;January 4, 2021&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Burg is alleged to have allowed a fellow officer, &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20210104/news/301049952/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;Chris Gofron&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, to leave the scene after being suspected of assaulting two people while off duty on &amp;lt;a href=”http://projects.chicagoreporter.com/settlements/case/10-cv-4193/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;June 26, 2010&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;. The incident happened over 10 years ago outside an apartment complex near O’Hare International Airport, according to Chicago Tribune.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Police Board member John O’Malley was the only one who voted against dismissing Burg. He argued there was insufficient evidence to conclude the officer did anything wrong, let alone fire him, and called it “unconscionable” that city officials took so many years to bring disciplinary charges.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=”https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-chicago-police-discipline-jason-burg-20210103-3lshyu5nmrfc3ds5oe64gtguk4-story.html”&amp;gt;Angel De La Rosa&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, a key witness from the 2010 incident, died before he could be called to testify in Burg’s 2020 disciplinary hearing. Still, the board was able to fire Burg, a decision that rested heavily on the officer’s credibility, according to Chicago Tribune.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;Chicago Cop Jason Burg Fired, Ten Years After Incident &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/9CYO9iu9V4″&amp;gt;https://t.co/9CYO9iu9V4&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/HAJ3YRz2ic”&amp;gt;pic.twitter.com/HAJ3YRz2ic&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/cbschicago/status/1346222423784493058?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;January 4, 2021&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;The newspaper noted the board allowed into evidence a deposition given by De La Rosa before he died. The deposition was part of a federal lawsuit, which was filed by the alleged victims of the attack.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;The lawsuit against Burg and the off-duty officer ended in 2012 and resulted in a $160,000 payout to the victims, court records show. Gofron also resigned from the Chicago Police Department.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;Somehow she thinks the City of Chicago paying out millions for police misconduct is affecting their behavior…it’s not.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— Anne McCarthy (@AM_McCarthy) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/AM_McCarthy/status/1340095201381998592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;December 19, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;The eight board members who voted in favor of firing Burg found him guilty of violating several Chicago Police Department rules, according to Chicago Tribune’s &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-chicago-police-discipline-jason-burg-20210103-3lshyu5nmrfc3ds5oe64gtguk4-story.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;report&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Board members also said he wrongly allowed Gofron to leave the scene of the assaults without arresting him or taking down his information. They also noted that Burg then made “false representations” to the now-defunct Independent Police Review Authority, which investigated the case.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
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&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;In its 27-page written &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-chicago-police-discipline-jason-burg-20210103-3lshyu5nmrfc3ds5oe64gtguk4-story.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;decision&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, the board also ruled Burg falsely indicated in a police report that the assault suspect was not known.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;According to the board’s report, the 2010 incident began when Burg responded to a disturbance call involving Gofron, who attacked &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.huffpost.com/entry/heather-rzany-luis-codero_n_1630942?utm_hp_ref=tw&amp;amp;amp;guccounter=1″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;Heather Rzany&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; and her then-boyfriend, &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.huffpost.com/entry/heather-rzany-luis-codero_n_1630942?utm_hp_ref=tw&amp;amp;amp;guccounter=1″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;Luis Cordero&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, as they were walking through a picnic area.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Gofron was in a truck with De La Rosa and allegedly yelled at the couple to leave. He stumbled out of the truck while holding a beer bottle, screamed at the couple, took out his badge and then retrieved his gun from inside the vehicle.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Gofron then allegedly attacked the male with the butt of his gun and chased the female and grabbed her by the neck and placed his gun in her mouth. Gofron also struck her hand.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Rzany testified that Burg allowed Gofron to leave the scene, and the board wrote that it found her to be credible and convincing:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“Her demeanor throughout her testimony was singularly serious and self-contained. She did not waiver in her recollection of what was clearly a traumatic experience for her and Mr. Cordero.”&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;It took &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.huffpost.com/entry/heather-rzany-luis-codero_n_1630942?utm_hp_ref=tw&amp;amp;amp;guccounter=1″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;two years&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; before Rzany was able to identify Godon as the officer who assaulted her and Cordero. Rzany had to examine hundreds of officer photos before identifying her alleged attacker.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Burg testified before the board that he did not know Gofron and that the off-duty officer had left the scene before he arrived, however, the board did not find his testimony credible, writing:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“He gave an inconsistent statement about where Ms. Rzany was standing when he arrived at the scene.”&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;In his &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-chicago-police-discipline-jason-burg-20210103-3lshyu5nmrfc3ds5oe64gtguk4-story.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;dissenting opinion&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, O’Malley wrote the scene would have been “too hectic and the environment too chaotic” for Rzany to witness Gofron showing Burg his badge, and hear Burg telling Gofron to leave.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;O’Malley questioned the long delay to bring charges and how that may have impacted the case. He felt De La Rosa’s deposition left some unanswered questions and noted several officers were also on the scene with Burg.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;O’Malley noted on &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-chicago-police-discipline-jason-burg-20210103-3lshyu5nmrfc3ds5oe64gtguk4-story.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;Dec. 17&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; that the incident happened almost 10½ years ago and IPRA’s investigation into the matter was “essentially completed” by February 2014, almost four years after the incident and six years before Burg’s police board hearing took place.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Chicago Tribune &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-chicago-police-discipline-jason-burg-20210103-3lshyu5nmrfc3ds5oe64gtguk4-story.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;reported&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; disciplinary charges were finally brought against Burg in January of 2019, but the officer was already on disability or inactive duty since 2015.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Critics of Chicago’s police disciplinary system have said major delays are unfair to both victims of police misconduct and the accused officers. Burg’s firing comes at a time when Mayor Lori Lightfoot has promised to speed up police reform and increase transparency.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she personally apologized to Anjanette Young “on behalf of the city” for how the social worker was treated during a 2019 police raid on her home. &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/3yg5LeYZah”&amp;gt;https://t.co/3yg5LeYZah&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/chicagotribune/status/1346559818077790211?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;January 5, 2021&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;On Thursday, Chicago Police Board President &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-chicago-police-discipline-jason-burg-20210103-3lshyu5nmrfc3ds5oe64gtguk4-story.html”&amp;gt;Ghian Foreman&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; said in a statement that many of the cases the board hears “are five years old or older” and called the delays unacceptable:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“They undermine officers’, complainants’, and the public’s confidence in an equitable, fair, and efficient police-accountability system, which is the underpinning of safety in our communities.&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“We have collected data on approximately 20 cases and one of our top priorities for the upcoming year is to use (that) data to identify trends and opportunities for improvement in each part of the disciplinary process.”&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;Illinois Supreme Court rules Chicago police misconduct records should remain available to the public and not be destroyed after 5 years &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/NykL0COt6B”&amp;gt;https://t.co/NykL0COt6B&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/chicagotribune/status/1273629443706310656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;June 18, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Burg’s lawyer, &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-chicago-police-discipline-jason-burg-20210103-3lshyu5nmrfc3ds5oe64gtguk4-story.html”&amp;gt;Tim Grace&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, said the amount of time that elapsed may have hurt his client because the key witness was dead and important evidence, such as surveillance video footage at the apartment complex, was no longer available:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“Case was 10 years old. Key witness is dead. It’s unfair to the victim, if you believe the victim in the case, to wait 10 years to have her justice. It’s unfair to all the parties.”&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=”https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-chicago-police-discipline-jason-burg-20210103-3lshyu5nmrfc3ds5oe64gtguk4-story.html”&amp;gt;Greg Kulis&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, who represented Cordero and Rzany in their &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.huffpost.com/entry/heather-rzany-luis-codero_n_1630942?utm_hp_ref=tw&amp;amp;amp;guccounter=1″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;lawsuit&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, agreed it took city officials too long to serve Burg with disciplinary charges:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“I have no idea what the hell someone’s been doing. Did they all of a sudden just find his file in a corner somewhere?”&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
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&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;BALTIMORE, MD&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt; – The City of Baltimore paid millions of dollars in an out-of-court settlement to a man who was framed and sent to prison. Now that same man is back in jail, accused of attempted murder in Virginia.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;According to &amp;lt;a href=”https://foxbaltimore.com/features/operation-crime-justice/baltimore-man-city-paid-millions-in-gttf-scandal-arrested-in-virginia”&amp;gt;Fox 5 News&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, Umar H. Burley and Brent Matthews received an out-of-court settlement worth $8 million from the City last month because they served time in prison after being framed by rogue officers from the Gun Trace Task Force who illegally planted “evidence.”&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;New video of Virginia State troopers pursuing a Baltimore man (Umar Burley) in connection to a non-fatal shooting at a local motel Thursday morning. &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Baltimore?src=hash&amp;amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;#Baltimore&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/QYYyyZz8E6″&amp;gt;https://t.co/QYYyyZz8E6&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— FOX Baltimore (@FOXBaltimore) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/FOXBaltimore/status/1337433635004276737?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;December 11, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Now, Burley has been accused of committing a crime.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Police &amp;lt;a href=”https://foxbaltimore.com/features/operation-crime-justice/baltimore-man-city-paid-millions-in-gttf-scandal-arrested-in-virginia”&amp;gt;reports&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; indicate that Burley was arrested on the morning of December 10th after a woman was shot at a Motel 6 in Harrisonburg, Virginia.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;We responded to Motel 6 on S. Main today for a gunshot wound. The alleged suspect, Umar Burley, led a chase into Woodstock, VA where he was arrested. The victim was transported by air to the University of Virginia Medical Center in stable condition with serious injuries.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— Harrisonburg Police Department (@HarrisonburgPD) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/HarrisonburgPD/status/1337181267985649666?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;December 10, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;The Harrisonburg Police Department reported that the victim was transported by air to the University of Virginia Medical Center and is in stable condition with serious injuries.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;Umar Burley arrested in Virginia following a shooting Thursday morning. Burley and Brent Matthews received millions from the City of &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Baltimore?src=hash&amp;amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;#Baltimore&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; last month following the GTTF scandal. &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/ijP552Qun4″&amp;gt;https://t.co/ijP552Qun4&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— FOX Baltimore (@FOXBaltimore) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/FOXBaltimore/status/1337417786059075585?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;December 11, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Police pursued Burley who they say left the scene of the shooting in a U-Haul truck. A traffic-monitoring &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.facebook.com/jlepola/videos/575223590012408/”&amp;gt;camera&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; recorded several Virginia State Police cars in pursuit of Burley, according to a Facebook post by &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.facebook.com/watch/jlepola/?tab=home”&amp;gt;Joy Lepola&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; of WBFF Fox 45.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;Umar H. Burley, a Baltimore man who the Associated Press reported in November was one of several settlements stemming from the misconduct of members of the Gun Trace Task Force has been arrested in Virginia after being accused of attempted murder. &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/dsLNhVbLBz”&amp;gt;https://t.co/dsLNhVbLBz&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— WMAR-2 News (@WMAR2News) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/WMAR2News/status/1337236667275546627?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;December 11, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Virginia State Police say Burley shot at the back window of a trooper’s vehicle as he attempted to flee from police and provided more details in a &amp;lt;a href=”https://foxbaltimore.com/features/operation-crime-justice/baltimore-man-city-paid-millions-in-gttf-scandal-arrested-in-virginia?fbclid=IwAR1R2wDUSBQvEHlVmFIhUUxtwoDt4EhUuIc3rEC8ZwufaRlhitDGAiUWFnQ”&amp;gt;statement&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“On Dec. 10, 2020, at approximately 9:53 a.m., the Harrisonburg Police Department issued a “Be on the Lookout” for a suspect involved in a shooting they had responded to in the city.&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;&amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“At approximately 10 a.m., a Virginia State Police trooper observed the suspect vehicle, a rental box truck, traveling north on Interstate 81 at the 254-mile marker in Rockingham County.&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;&amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“Just as the trooper pulled up to the suspect vehicle, the driver of the box truck shot out the back window of the trooper’s patrol vehicle and then sped away.&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;&amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“A pursuit was initiated, during which time the suspect vehicle rammed several police vehicles.&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;&amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“The suspect vehicle also sideswiped a van that was traveling on Route 11. There was no injury reported in that crash.&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;&amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“The pursuit continued north on Route 11 at speeds between 60 mph and 75 mph. State police were able to position their vehicles around the box truck and force it to a stop on the southbound shoulder in the 22,000 block of Old Valley Pike in Shenandoah County.&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;&amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“The pursuit suspect was taken into custody without further incident and turned over to Harrisonburg Police.&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;&amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“A firearm was recovered by state police at the scene.&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;&amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“Fortunately, the trooper whose vehicle was shot was not injured, nor were any other officers whose vehicles were struck.&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;&amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“The incident remains under investigation and state police charges are pending in both Rockingham and Shenandoah counties.”&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
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&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Burley’s attorney, &amp;lt;a href=”https://foxbaltimore.com/features/operation-crime-justice/baltimore-man-city-paid-millions-in-gttf-scandal-arrested-in-virginia”&amp;gt;Steven Silverman&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, issued the following statement:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“I am heartbroken at the news, but at the same time caution that no one should jump to conclusions until we have a better understanding of what transpired. The allegations are not consistent with the man I have come to know.”&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;Burley’s attorney Steven Silverman:&amp;lt;br&amp;gt;”I am heartbroken at the news, but at the same time caution that no one should jump to conclusions until we have a better understanding of what transpired. The allegations are not consistent with the man I have come to know.” &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Baltimore?src=hash&amp;amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;#Baltimore&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/SmIgS2yaxY”&amp;gt;pic.twitter.com/SmIgS2yaxY&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— JoyLepolaStewart (@jlepolastewart) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/jlepolastewart/status/1337222741624238080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;December 11, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;The scandal that resulted in Baltimore’s payout to Burley and Matthews involved several members of the, now disbanded, Gun Trace Task Force. Wearing masks and holding weapons, rogue police officers approached the vehicle Burley and Matthews were in.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;”A Baltimore man recently paid nearly $8 million by the city for the Gun Trace Task Force scandal was arrested Thursday for allegedly shooting a woman in Virginia.” &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/RQ4L2CpNus”&amp;gt;https://t.co/RQ4L2CpNus&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— Rob Romano (@2Aupdates) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/2Aupdates/status/1337266202813591557?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;December 11, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Thinking the masked men were going to rob them, the two men sped off in their vehicle, causing the undercover police officers to chase them.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force was built to pull guns off the streets. Instead, the specialized police unit robbed people, stole drugs and planted evidence. &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/yDn2H9Wo8K”&amp;gt;https://t.co/yDn2H9Wo8K&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— Reveal (@reveal) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/reveal/status/1142902666244349952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;June 23, 2019&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;The chase ended up in a crash that killed the father of a Baltimore police officer. According to &amp;lt;a href=”https://foxbaltimore.com/features/operation-crime-justice/baltimore-man-city-paid-millions-in-gttf-scandal-arrested-in-virginia?fbclid=IwAR1R2wDUSBQvEHlVmFIhUUxtwoDt4EhUuIc3rEC8ZwufaRlhitDGAiUWFnQ”&amp;gt;Fox 5 News&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, officers planted heroin inside the vehicle Burley and Matthews were in to cover up their involvement in the fatal accident.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;If there’s a worst-case scenario for police corruption, it would look a lot like Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force, whose members padded their incomes by skimming seized cash, fabricated evidence, and entered houses without warrants.&amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/iHPeRNUe9s”&amp;gt;https://t.co/iHPeRNUe9s&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— reason (@reason) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/reason/status/1320792310536376323?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;October 26, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Burley and Matthews spent seven years behind bars in federal prison on false charges. In 2018, both men were interviewed and spoke about the impact of police misconduct.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=”https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=411928316631329″&amp;gt;Matthews&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; said:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“Me or him [Burley] didn’t deserve it.”&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;Brent Mathews discusses the impact of police misconduct &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/BTqpLkFZF2″&amp;gt;https://t.co/BTqpLkFZF2&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; via &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/FacebookWatch?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;@FacebookWatch&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Baltimore?src=hash&amp;amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;#Baltimore&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— JoyLepolaStewart (@jlepolastewart) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/jlepolastewart/status/1327371797264785413?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;November 13, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=”https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=4619863801420778&amp;amp;amp;t=0″&amp;gt;Burley&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; said:&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;“I’m just a shell of the person I once was. I want my life back.”&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;BREAKING: Umar Burley, 50, was part of an $8 million settlement from Baltimore City after he was framed by Baltimore Police and wrongly jailed for 7 years.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Now, he’s been arrested in Virginia on attempted murder cahrges.&amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/g3zWiMJxDn”&amp;gt;https://t.co/g3zWiMJxDn&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— FOX Baltimore (@FOXBaltimore) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/FOXBaltimore/status/1337218057182261248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;December 11, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=”https://foxbaltimore.com/features/operation-crime-justice/baltimore-man-city-paid-millions-in-gttf-scandal-arrested-in-virginia?fbclid=IwAR1R2wDUSBQvEHlVmFIhUUxtwoDt4EhUuIc3rEC8ZwufaRlhitDGAiUWFnQ”&amp;gt;Fox 5 News&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; reported that members of the Gun Trace Task Force spent years on the streets of Baltimore robbing people, and now the former officers are in prison after being brought up on federal charges that include racketeering.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;Baltimore City YouthWorks budget–&amp;lt;br&amp;gt;$3.6 mil&amp;lt;br&amp;gt;Final payout of lawsuits related to Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF) corruption–&amp;lt;br&amp;gt;$13 mil &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/VD0p2xVO4Q”&amp;gt;https://t.co/VD0p2xVO4Q&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/jemillerwbal/status/1327599833528623105?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;November 14, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Burley and Matthews’ settlement was the &amp;lt;a href=”https://foxbaltimore.com/features/operation-crime-justice/police-misconduct-costing-baltimore-city-millions-and-millions-of-dollars”&amp;gt;largest&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; one ever paid by Baltimore in connection with the Gun Trace Task Force. Nearly 20 cases have been settled out of court, and there are more cases pending, according to Fox 5 News.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;In 2018, we &amp;lt;a href=”https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/two-corrupt-gun-trace-task-force-detectives-sentenced-prison/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;reported&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; on corrupt Gun Trace Task Force members. Here is that story.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;Baltimore, MD- &amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;A federal judge sentenced two more corrupt Gun Trace Task Force detectives to federal prison.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;At their sentencing Friday, Evodio Hendrix and Maurice Ward received substantial credit for cooperating in the case, reported &amp;lt;a href=”http://www.wbaltv.com/article/2-more-former-officers-of-gun-trace-task-force-are-sentenced/21237150″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;WBALTV&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;.It’s a sharp contrast to the&amp;amp;nbsp;&amp;lt;a href=”https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/2-corrupt-baltimore-gun-trace-task-force-members-sentenced-lengthy-prison-terms/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;sentences handed down Thursday&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, when ringleader Wayne Jenkins received a 25-year prison sentence and Marcus Taylor, who took his case to trial, received an 18-year prison sentence. Taylor continues to insist he is innocent.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;We spoke with &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/notrivia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;@notrivia&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;, co-author of “I Got a Monster,” about the corrupt Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF) in &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Baltimore?src=hash&amp;amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;#Baltimore&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;. Beyond just being a tale of police corruption, Soderberg argues that the GTTF shows the limits of reform + the true nature of policing. &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/laaOu9qwWX”&amp;gt;https://t.co/laaOu9qwWX&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— It’s Going Down (@IGD_News) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/IGD_News/status/1329408158259810304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;November 19, 2020&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Hendrix apologized to his family in court Friday and indicated his guilty plea in the Gun Trace Task Force case was his ticket out.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;Fmr BPD GTTF Det Evodio Hendrix sentenced to 7 yrs prison in federal corruption case, what gov’t asked for. Hendrix was a cooperator and testified against Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/jemillerwbal/status/1005113516104323077?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;June 8, 2018&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;“I was looking for a way out. I figured this was the way out,” Hendrix said.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Hendrix did not blow the whistle on the task force before eight members were indicted.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;However, he pleaded guilty to committing five robberies, and&amp;amp;nbsp;he &amp;lt;a href=”http://www.wbaltv.com/article/testimony-reveals-gun-squads-overtime-practices/15916531″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”&amp;gt;testified&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; against Taylor and Daniel Hersl when they went to trial. In return, prosecutors asked for and received a seven-year prison sentence.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Harvey Bruner, who is Hendrix’s attorney, said his client is still being punished even though his sentence is much shorter than others received.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;“I don’t know if anyone spent any time in prison, but seven years in prison as a police officer, as somebody who cooperated, that’s probably not the best place to be,” Bruner said.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Ward was also sentenced to seven years in prison. He committed six robberies while in plainclothes police units. Prosecutors gave him the gold star for cooperation, calling his memory of criminal activity encyclopedic.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;However, they indicated again that the Gun Trace Task Force investigation is not complete.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;“There are ongoing aspects of the investigation that Ward is the genesis of,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Wise said.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Former sergeant, Thomas Allers, admitted to nine robberies. He previously received a 15 year prison sentence for his role in the corruption.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-width=”550″ data-dnt=”true”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”&amp;gt;VICTIM SPEAKS: Man who says he was a victim of corrupt &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/BaltimorePolice?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;@BaltimorePolice&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; Gun Trace Task Force speaks about guilty verdict that convicted 2 former officers. &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/CBSBaltimore?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;@cbsbaltimore&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WJZ?src=hash&amp;amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;#WJZ&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt; &amp;lt;a href=”https://t.co/ry6BvtfK8o”&amp;gt;pic.twitter.com/ry6BvtfK8o&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;— Jonathan McCall (@JonathanMcCall) &amp;lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/JonathanMcCall/status/963190762526658561?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”&amp;gt;February 12, 2018&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/blockquote&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Ward apologized in court to the Baltimore Police Department and his co-defendants, saying he could have spoken up about the crimes that were being committed.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;“When you are working with other police officers, you depend on them to protect you and keep you safe, and if you are a police officer calling out other police officers’ conduct, you put yourself at some risk. So it is a difficult choice to make,” said Ward’s lawyer, Paul Enzinna.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Prosecutors said Ward is the one who told them that Jenkins was stealing from drug dealers almost daily.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;The judge is giving credit for time already served to Ward and Hendrix, which is about 16 months off the total sentence.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
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