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According to Philippine National Police Regional Office 10 spokesperson Supt. Lemuel Gonda, Mohammad Noaim Maute, alyas Abu Jadid, a suspected bomber of the Maute terrorist was arrested in Sta Cruz, Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro City. around 6:30 am, Thursday.

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Adam Harvey of Australian Broadcasting Corporation was hit by a stray bullet in his neck while covering the crisis in Marawi City today, Thursday.

According to dzBB reporter Allan Gatus on his twitter post, Harvey was seen going out of Amai Pakpak Medical Center after receiving treatment while wearing a neck brace.

“I felt something on my neck, I think it was a shrapnel. I’m fine,” Harvey said to the reporters.

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Brig. Gen. Austin Renforth is both facing criticism and receiving support for his comment during a recent interview that the Marine Corps is looking for women who play with lacrosse and hockey sticks, rather than Barbie Dolls.

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Federal judge to rule when police can watch bodycam video

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Officials confirm a recovery effort in Boston has led to the discovery of a body in the Muddy River.

Crews arrived to the Muddy River around 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Boston Fire Department worked alongside the Boston Police Department and Boston Park Rangers in the recovery effort.

After hours of searching, Boston police confirmed they were able to pull a body from the marsh by the gardens at the Back Bay Fens. The area where the body was found is a popular place for children to play.

“It’s scary especially when parents are coming by with their kids. We don’t want little kids to see that because that’s scary for them,” said Boston resident Richard Dunshee.

“I think it’s terrible,” Bonnie Jones another resident added. “But as I said I believe it happened last year also and perhaps even the year before. It’s unusual, but it has happened before.”

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Police in France have found nearly 3.5 tonnes of weapons, explosives and other material in eight caches handed over by Basque separatist group Eta.

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the weapons would be destroyed.

Eta – which says it has now surrendered all its weapons – killed more than 800 people in some 40 years of violence in pursuit of an independent country straddling France and Spain.

Mr Cazeneuve hailed the move but Spain called on Eta to disband.

Eta declared a ceasefire in 2011 but did not disarm.

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The caches contained 120 firearms, three tonnes of explosives and several thousand rounds of ammunition, a spokesman for the Artisans of Peace, the group which mediated between Eta and the French authorities, said earlier.

Are France and Spain happy?

“The government will not change its position: terrorists cannot expect favourable treatment… much less impunity for their crimes,” Spanish Prime Minister Mario Rajoy said in a statement.

The BBC’s Guy Hedgecoe in Madrid says the typically cool response from the Rajoy government shows its determination not to be seen to be giving any ground, as well as reflecting the overall scepticism regarding Eta among the political class in Madrid.

Despite its weak position, Eta and its political supporters now want some kind of concession, such as moving prisoners to Basque jails, our correspondent says – but there is no sign the government will allow this.

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Image captionEta’s announcement was followed by a mass demonstration in favour of peace

The French prime minister said the Eta move was “a decisive step towards the end of Basque separatist terrorism”.

“Whether the disarmament is, effectively, total will also be established,” Mr Cazeneuve added.

Thousands of people joined a pro-Eta rally in Bayonne to mark “Disarmament Day” on Saturday afternoon.

The handover ceremony – the BBC’s Lyse Doucet in Bayonne

A simple ceremony in a city hall ended Eta’s campaign for independence. In an elegant, high-ceilinged room, five people sat around a table as early-morning light filtered through the drapes.

 

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Abrazen fugitive is taunting police as they continue a manhunt for him by changing his Facebook profile to depict himself as Where’s Wally and declaring he is a “hide and seek champion”.

Police brought in a helicopter and sniffer dogs as they scoured the market town of Leyburn, North Yorks, throughout the weekend in a search for JJ McMenamin.

But the 30-year-old, who describes himself as a jockey, told his Facebook friends he was close enough to watch the search take place on Saturday afternoon.

Around a dozen police officers were called in to search on foot after it is understood McMenamin breached his bail conditions by failing to attend court.

McMenamin breached his bail conditions by failing to attend court
McMenamin breached his bail conditions by failing to attend court

On the Where’s Wally image, Wally’s face was replaced with a picture of the wanted man’s own head and the image was accompanied with the words “Dude… I’m right here.”

In one post he said: “Buddy if they really new how close they are too me, not a scooby do where I am. Even got sniffer dogs out and I’m still sat giggling” [sic].

In another post, the wanted man said he had watched one officer “pull out a wedgie” after struggling over garden fences.

“I nearly felt sorry for him and was gunna go back give him a hand over but he had a taser – f–k that [sic],” he added.

McMenamin later posted a photo which appeared to show him relaxing in a hot tub and another holding a cocktail. In another message he claimed he had escaped to Leeds.

Around a dozen police officers were called in to search on foot 
Around a dozen police officers were called in to search on foot 

Police spent several hours searching Leyburn town centre and a nearby auction mart and housing estate for him. A police helicopter hovered over the town for about an hour.

An appeal was put out on Twitter for information to find the man, described as 6ft, slim, with mousy hair and wearing joggers.

Police have confirmed it is McMenamin they are looking for and a spokesman said: “He is still at large and we are continuing to search for him.”

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Metropolitan Police firearms officers stand outside the Houses of Parliament in London, as the number of armed officers in Britain's biggest police force will rise by more than a quarter after the Paris terror attacks.

Metropolitan Police firearms officers stand outside the Houses of Parliament in London, as the number of armed officers in Britain’s biggest police force will rise by more than a quarter after the Paris terror attacks.

Polling suggests public support for arming the police following terror attacks, but the Met says it does not support the move.

Thousands of police officers will be asked if they want to be armed with guns or Tasers in a major survey launched today.

Metropolitan Police Federation members will be asked if they would be willing to carry either weapon, both, or if the prospect of being armed would put them off the job.

The union, which represents 32,000 London officers, is conducting the survey after Scotland Yard last year announced plans to add 600 armed officers in the capital following terror attacks across Europe.

Nationally armed police numbers are being boosted by 1,500.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the association, said: “We’re not an armed force, we never have been.

“But the terrorism threat in London is constant and our officers must be vigilant and be able to deal swiftly with any scenarios we face.

“We are moving closer towards that by arming 600 more officers and I think it’s only fair that we ask our colleagues – who go out there on a daily basis – what they want.”

He said the results of the survey – which runs until the end of January – could have a “lot of implications”, including the prospect of officers having to pass harder fitness tests to be armed.

The Met Police Federation is being allowed to use the Met’s systems for the poll but Scotland Yard said the survey is not being carried out on behalf of, or in partnership with, the force.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The position of the Met and the Commissioner is clear – we are proud to maintain the tradition that police in this country are not routinely armed. The routine arming of the Metropolitan Police is not supported.”

“About 92% of the service is unarmed and armed policing is delivered by highly-trained specialist units. There is no plan to seek to change this.”

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Britain could move closer towards having fully armed police as officers from the country’s biggest force are today asked if they want to carry a gun.

The Metropolitan Police Federation will be asking its members whether they would be willing to carry a gun or Taser in the wake of a spate of terror attacks in Europe.

They will also be asked if the prospect of being armed would put them off their jobs. Nationally, the number of armed police is being boosted by 1,500 officers, the number that security officials believe Britain needs to help protect the public from the possibility of a terror attack.

However, police chiefs say they have struggled to recruit firearms officers, claiming that many fear they could spend years under investigation if they used their weapon in the line of duty.

Last year, Scotland Yard announced plans to increase the number of armed police in the capital by 600, bringing the total to almost 3,000. Now the Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents 32,000 officers in London, is asking all of its members whether or not they would be happy to be armed on duty.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the association, said: “We’ve seen a lot of change in Europe and a lot of different kinds of terror attacks such as lorries being used.

“We’re asking our officers if they think they should be armed with Tasers and firearms to get an informed opinion from them so we can tell people what my colleagues are saying.

“If it comes back overwhelmingly that they all want to carry firearms we would have to have a very frank discussion about that, but there is no intention as we speak for that to happen.

“However, if there was a major incident on mainland England then I think that people’s opinions could change. The terrorism threat in London is constant and our officers must be vigilant and be able to deal swiftly with any scenarios we face.”

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The Metropolitan Police Federation is asking all of officers if they would be happy to be armed CREDIT: NICK ANSELL /PA

He said the results of the survey – which runs until the end of January – could have a “lot of implications,” including the prospect of officers having to pass harder fitness tests to be armed.

Conservative MP Philip Davies said: “In light of the terror attacks we’ve seen in Europe, I would much sooner the people who were armed in the UK were the police rather than the criminals.

“More importantly, it’s about keeping the police officers safe, so we should let them decide what protection they need. I certainly believe that they should be routinely armed with Tasers, and as long as they are properly trained they should have the option of hand guns as well.”

The Police Roll of Honour Trust, a charity that supports the bereaved relatives of police officers killed in action, said that they would “welcome any measures that would help the police to protect the public and keep themselves safe from harm.”

Armed police officer at the Changing of the Guard ceremony
Authorities fear a terror attack on big cities in the UK CREDIT: CHRIS J RATCLIFFE /GETTY

A spokesman added: “In these increasingly violent times the arming of the British police service is a legitimate matter for debate.

“Policing by consent is a mainstay of keeping the peace in the UK, so ultimately it is for the public and our elected representatives to decide what sort of policing they want.”

Previous research has suggested the majority of police are opposed to any change in approach, but surveys of members of the public have proved less conclusive.

A poll in the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks, which claimed 130 victims, found that 58 per cent of people believed British officers should be armed on patrol.

For more than two years the official threat level for international terrorism in the UK has stood at severe, meaning an attack is “highly likely”.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the survey is not being carried out on behalf of, or in partnership with, the force.

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STAR WARS can be used to sell almost anything, nurse from Lego to a career in policing. Fort Worth’s police department released a recruitment video on its Facebook page in December featuring an officer at target practice with a stormtrooper. The white-clad soldiers are notoriously poor shots, order and the video shows the galactic GI missing every attempt he makes until he creeps so far forward that his goggles are very nearly touching his target. When the exasperated officer asks “who referred you to us?” Darth Vader peeks out from the back of the room, check shaking his helmeted head in disgust. The scrolling text at the end of the video, which has garnered 17m views thus far, urges: “Join our Force! If you have what it takes to be a Fort Worth Police Officer and are a better aim than a Stormtrooper.” The advert underscores a serious problem affecting police forces nationwide. Economic and social changes have made it harder for police departments to keep their forces fully staffed, and lead to increasingly desperate recruitment.

The Los Angeles Police Department was short of nearly 100 officers as of mid-December—only 1% of its total workforce, but still enough to be felt on the ground, says Captain Alan Hamilton, who runs recruitment for the department. Philadelphia had 350 vacancies, largely due to a spate of retirements. Last spring, Dallas cancelled two academy classes for lack of applicants; its preliminary applications dropped by over 30% between 2010 and 2015. In 2012, the ratio of police officers to population hit its lowest level since 1997, according to Uniform Crime Reporting Programme data published by the FBI.

The dynamics underpinning the shortages vary by department, but there are national trends making it harder for police forces to attract applicants. The first is a strong economy. Nelson Lim, a researcher at the RAND Corporation, a think-tank, says this is nothing new. When plenty of jobs are available, people are usually less motivated to enter dangerous professions. Police forces as well as the armed forces tend to field less interest in boom times.

The second is the perception of increased danger associated with policing: 135 officers were killed in the line of duty between January 1st 2016 and December 28th 2016—a 10% increase from 2015 but fewer than the 192 killed in 2007. Shooting deaths increased from 41 to 64. Several of them were high profile and gruesome, such as the assassination of five Dallas police officers in July 2016. “When you look around the nation and you see the acts of violence directed at police officers—it makes people reluctant to join. Many people join the profession when they’re 22 or 23 when parents still have a heavy influence,” says Scott Walton, deputy chief in Dallas, though sympathy can also boost recruitment. Dallas has seen an uptick in applications since its officers were attacked.

The last is the image of policing. The deaths of several unarmed black men at the hands of police officers and the ensuing backlash seem to have made police work less appealing. “We have a situation where law enforcement is being scrutinised more heavily,” says Mr Hamilton of the LAPD. According to Gallup, a polling organisation, trust in law enforcement generally has remained fairly stable since it began surveying the topic in 1993. But according to data collected by Harris, another polling group, the share of both whites and blacks who believe that African Americans are discriminated against by the police has risen markedly between 1969 and 2014.

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