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Sensitive electronic files from America’s biggest police union were posted online this week after a hacker breached the Fraternal Order of Police website. The ill-gotten dump includes officers’ names and addresses, message board posts bashing Barack Obama, and details of eyebrow-raising contracts made between the union and city authorities.

The Fraternal Order of Police, or FOP, describes itself as “the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 325,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges.”

“We have learned today that our data system has been hacked by the Group known as Anonymous,” read a Facebook post Thursday from FOP president Chuck Canterbury. The attack “appears to have originated outside of the United States,” the statement continued.

Further reports indicate the attack was traceable to an IP address in the UK.

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MIDDLEBURG, Fla. – A man who called 911 Sunday saying he wanted to shoot somebody was shot and killed by deputies during a standoff outside of a Middleburg mobile home, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said.

Michael Altice, 61, called police to tell them that he wanted to shoot someone and die of a suicide by cop, officials said.

When police arrived at Altice’s mobile home near the intersection of Cosmos and Calendula avenues, he came out and pointed a gun at them, officials said.

Authorities said Altice wouldn’t drop his weapon and police were forced to shoot him.

News4Jax crime analyst Gil Smith said even if the police knew Altice wanted police to kill him, there was still no way for officers to know what he intended to do.

“Once he points the gun at the police officer, then they have no other choice than to fire at him because it could take just a second for that person to shoot at, or kill police,” Smith said. “Even if he did say he wanted suicide by cop, there is just no way police could know what a person would do.”

Neighbors told News4Jax they saw the standoff unfold over a period of nearly three hours.

“They was surrounding him with assault guns and they took his life,” a neighbor said. “He presented himself in such a way that they had to (shoot him).”

Sheriff Rick Beseler said Altice had family members inside the mobile home during the standoff.  Beseler said Altice had been staying in the mobile home for a month as a guest.

Authorities have not released the names of the two officers involved in the shooting. Beseler said the officers have never been involved in a shooting before.

Beseler said Altice was distraught about family issues that pushed him toward suicide. Beseler said Altice’s mental health played a role in the cause of the standoff.

“Part of the larger problem is with mental health care,” Beseler said. “(The) last time I talked to media was suicide by cop was well. We need to get a handle on it through better mental health treatment.”

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Armed police cordoned off part of a busy Palmerston North street as they arrested a man who emerged with his hands in the air and police rifles trained on him.

About 10am on Monday, armed police officers were telling people to steer clear of a strip of Ferguson St, between West St and Ngaio St.

Cars and pedestrians were directed away from the area as they hunted for a man with tear-drop tattoos on his face

At 10.25am, six police from the armed offenders squad prepared to move in on a Ferguson St property. About 20 armed officers were inside the police cordon and police dogs were at the scene too.

After requests from the armed offenders squad to come out of the property, around the area of 131 Ferguson St, a man emerged with his arms raised.

Senior sergeant Phil Ward said about 9am on Monday morning police received information about the man, who was wanted on firearms charges.

A man who was wanted on firearm charges was arrested by police in Palmerston North.

Warwick Smith

A man who was wanted on firearm charges was arrested by police in Palmerston North.

“There was some information he may have been in possession of a firearm,” Ward said.

No-one was hurt in the arrest and the 31-year-old man was now in custody.

“It was only that one offender that we were looking for.”

A man is arrested by armed officers on Ferguson St, Palmerston North.

Warwick Smith

A man is arrested by armed officers on Ferguson St, Palmerston North.

Families with children lived at the property, but the area was now safe, he said.

“We are very thankful for people’s patience on Boxing Day.”

By 11.30am, the scene was clear and police said they were not looking for anyone else.

Blaze Mehlhopt​ said he woke to find armed police just outside his house.

“I popped my head out and I saw the gun by the fence.”

His neighbour often walks up and down the street wearing Nomad patches.

Armed police were stopping people enter part of Ferguson St, Palmerston North.


Armed police were stopping people enter part of Ferguson St, Palmerston North.

“I watched them put the dog into the sleepout. There’s heaps of kids tht live down there, about six.”

A solo mum was left frightened after being told to stay inside by armed police, who said they were looking for a man with tear-drop tattoos on his face.

“There were cops everywhere. It was pretty scary. There’s gang members that live next door. There are a lot of yucky people that come in and out,” she said.

“We can hear them arguing.”

A Ngaio St resident said he had seen a man with Mongrel Mob patches in the area several times in the past week.

“About a week ago there was a couple of guys with patches walking past the house. It’s usually a totally safe area.”

There were often men with patches around the area of the house police were searching, he said.

Ferguson St resident Ashleigh Thornton said there were a few Mongrel Mob members and Nomads living in the area, but the neighbourhood was generally safe.

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An entire police force in a central Indiana town resigned this week after citing a number of troublesome alleged dealings with town officials.

Former Bunker Hill Town Marshal Michael Thomison, healing 43, told The Huffington Post that the resignations he and his four reserve officers handed in on Monday were prompted by the beleaguered town council, which he says has been responsible for repeated bad decisions and “sketchy and immoral things.”

“We’re talking about things that are completely unethical,” Thomison said. “They would request we perform unnecessary criminal background checks and turn over confidential information about individuals.”

In a statement to HuffPost, the town of Bunker Hill acknowledged disagreements with the police department but denied any wrongdoing.

“The council absolutely denies that it has ever asked Mr. Thomison or any of the reserve deputies to be involved in any illegal, unethical or immoral actions,” its statement read.

Former Bunker Hill Town Marshal Michael Thomison.

The mass departure of the police force comes less than a month after two other officers submitted letters of resignation. The move has left the town of roughly 1,000 residents, 60 miles north of Indianapolis, without local police services.

Thomison, a four-year veteran of the town’s police force, claims council members are “affiliated with convicted criminals” and use their positions for “their own personal agendas.”

“You have a council member who’s been arrested for theft and intimidation; a council member whose spouse was convicted of stealing thousands of dollars when she was trustee; and you have a council member whose parents have prior drug arrests,” he told HuffPost in a phone conversation. “They hold illegal closed-door meetings and fail to inform the public of proposed changes.”

Andrea Newnum, of the Bunker Hill Clerk Treasurer’s Office, would not address Thomison’s accusations.

The town council had “no further comment at this time,” she told HuffPost.

According to the Kokomo Tribune, former Bunker Hill Councilman Robert Cox raised similar issues when he filed a lawsuit against the current town council in August. The lawsuit alleges that members held an illegal meeting in July and changed an existing ordnance so that only one police officer would be permitted to be on duty at a time.

The lawsuit alleges that the public was not given notice of the meeting and that the council routinely violates the state’s open door laws.

In an email to the Tribune, Cox wrote: “The town council has started to dismantle our local police department by limiting patrol areas and cutting the force staffing hours. This is a huge threat to officer safety.”

Prior to filing the lawsuit, Cox, while still in office, butted heads with the clerk-treasurer when she said the town was too broke to pay $247 for ammunition that the town’s police department needed to complete its annual certification tests. Without the certification, none of the officers would legally be allowed to carry firearms.

“If this town can’t pay $247 to keep officers on the street, we might as well close up shop now, because we’re done,” Cox said at a council meeting, according to the Indiana Economic Digest. “There’s no functioning any longer if we can’t afford a $247 bill.”

Carenna Byers, a former clerk for the Bunker Hill Town Court, was served with an arrest warrant alleging 22 felony charges.

Several months after that meeting, former Bunker Hill Clerk-Treasurer Sara Betzner was reportedly ordered to reimburse the town for $24,600 after a state audit found she had been mismanaging the town’s finances and had failed to specify why she withdrew $5,600 from the town’s bank accounts. Three town employees were also ordered to reimburse the town for $1,800 that Betzner had overpaid them.

The audit that led to Betzner’s downfall also revealed missing funds in accounts controlled by the Bunker Hill Town Clerk’s Office. After a state police investigation, Carenna Byers, the former clerk for the Bunker Hill Town Court, was reportedly accused of stealing over $14,000 in traffic ticket money. The disposition of Byers’ case remains unclear.

Money woes apparently persist in the town, as Thomison, who was the only paid officer on the force, told HuffPost that the council had recently violated his three-year contract when they reduced him to 33 hours a week after he was diagnosed with cancer.

“They said my insurance was costing them $1,700 a month and they could no longer afford to pay it,” he said. “I told them I’d already met my deductible and I said, ‘Can I pay the insurance cost to the town so I can keep it?’ They said, ‘No.’ Here I was, offering to work for free, just to pay for the insurance for myself, my wife and our three kids.”

The former marshal said it felt like they had poured salt in the wound when, at that same meeting, the board agreed to spend $14,000 on a new lawn mower.

“They wouldn’t do anything to work with me, yet they replaced a mower that was in working order and didn’t even need replaced,” Thomison said.

Former Bunker Hill Chief Deputy Troy Gornto.

Troy Gornto, the former chief deputy who was among those who resigned Monday, described other issues with the board, including its alleged refusal to use funds secured by the police department to replace shoddy and outdated body armor.

“That was a huge safety issue,” Gornto told HuffPost. “We had money set aside for that, and they refused to replace the body armor.”

Gornto also claims the board refused to address concerns about the security of sensitive files and police evidence.

“The police department is far from secure,” he said. “The front windows are Plexiglas. It would take very minimal effort for anyone to push them in and get inside. That’s a huge security issue, and they are not at all concerned about it.”

Gornto said he is dumbfounded by the council members’ treatment of the police force, since the force has cost the town very little money.

“Only one officer was paid, and the reserves didn’t cost them any money besides uniforms and some supplies,” he said. “We had to supply our own weapons and duty belts. Just my duty belt and the equipment on it cost me $2,000.”

Gornto’s father, Bill, resigned from his position as building commissioner on Monday, citing a number of issues with the council.

“It is impossible to work with people that don’t understand how politics and government work,” Bill Gornto, 82, told HuffPost. “They’ve gone through numerous attorneys in recent years because the attorney will say, ‘You can’t do this, because this is what the law says,’ and they’ll do it anyway. So, the lawyers just quit and leave.”

The town’s current attorney, Brandon Rush, did not respond to a request for comment.

Bill Gornto said one of his duties as building commissioner was to ensure that unsafe buildings in the community were torn down. He claims he was unable to perform this duty after the board allegedly misappropriated half the funds dedicated to it.

“We had money in the State of Indiana Unsafe Building Fund for bad buildings,” he said. “It’s a non-diverting fund. In January, I went in to see what the balance was, and it was zero.”

“I asked them where the $10,000 went that was there at the end of December, and they said they took it,” he went on. “I told them they couldn’t do that and they had to put it back. They only ended up putting half of it back. Who knows where the rest went.”

A six-year employee of the town, Bill Gornto said he has been vocal at meetings but that many of his comments cannot be found in records of the discussions.

“During a recent meeting, they decided the police department was no longer allowed to go out of the town’s corporate limits,” he said ? in other words, the area where police would be allowed to patrol was reduced. “I presented them with a few scenarios which might make that necessary, and they agreed with me. However, when I got a copy of the minutes, none of that was there. When I asked why, they said it was too much to write down and they only put down what they find important.”

“And, just to show how idiotic their decisions are, I asked at the next meeting why members of the police department were there,” he went on. “They asked me what I meant, and I said, ‘Well, you said they’re not allowed out of the corporate limits, and yet this building we’re sitting in right now is not in the corporate limits.’ They didn’t even know that. That didn’t make it into the minutes, either.”

Bill Gornto also said he believes council members were intentionally trying to dismantle the police force so they could rebuild it with officers of their choosing.

“Last month, one member of the council filed two written complaints against two officers,” he said. “One was because an officer had stopped him to ask him to turn his lights on and, when he did so, approached the vehicle with his hand on his pistol. The other complaint was against an officer who, nine months prior, pulled over his wife. He said that officer approached her in an ‘aggressive manner.’ He wanted the first officer suspended a week, and the marshal suspended a month without pay, and the second fired ? all for doing what they’re trained to do.”

In its statement to HuffPost, the town of Bunker Hill said it “has never been the goal to dismantle or otherwise endanger the town police department or officers.”

The town of Bunker Hill is currently without a police force.

It remains unclear how soon the town will replace its officers, or how many it will hire. The town council said little when it received the mass resignations on Monday, according to the Pharos-Tribune.

“We’re a little blindsided by everyone resigning, but it is what it is,” Council President Brock Speer said.

Tim Miller, sheriff of Miami County, has agreed to temporarily patrol the area.

“It’s an unfortunate situation that the town finds itself in,” Miller told the Pharos-Tribune. “But we’re going to take care of citizens’ needs in the interim. We will ensure they will have law enforcement present for the needs of the town.”

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Dean Angelo Sr., president of the FOP Chicago Lodge 7, spoke to the City Club of Chicago at Maggiano's, 111 W. Grand Ave., Tuesday.  | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Dean Angelo Sr., president of the FOP Chicago Lodge 7, spoke to the City Club of Chicago at Maggiano’s, 111 W. Grand Ave., Tuesday. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo on Friday expressed serious reservations about the push to relax police hiring standards to attract more black and Hispanic officers.

At a time when police officers across the nation have “never been this scrutinized,” Angelo said the Chicago Police Department should be looking at raising standards — not lowering them.

Instead, Angelo said momentum is building to move in what he called the “wrong direction” — either by eliminating or minimizing the impact of a candidate’s credit history or by allowing candidates with minor drug and criminal offenses to become Chicago Police officers.

“When a police officer walks into a drug house with a search warrant and there’s mass amounts of currency there, that’s a situation where your moral and ethical compass has got to be pointed in the right direction. You have to ensure you’re not tempted by that. Same thing with drug use,” Angelo said.

“What if you’re involved in a domestic violence circumstance with your spouse? Do you want that person coming to your daughter’s house when she’s being abused or struck by her spouse or significant other? You have someone involved on the wrong side of the equation coming in to adjudicate that event. These are things we’re held to a standard of professionalism on, and it looks like they’re turning a blind eye to those qualifiers we have.”

Angelo portrayed the campaign that began with a recommendation from President Barack Obama’s Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement Initiative as part of a dangerous decline in standards that includes other elements of the criminal justice system.

“They don’t want to give anybody any bond anymore. They want to have people who have stolen $1,000 worth of property charged with a felony, only if it’s their 10th offense. What do you tell retailers? That you’ve got to take nine hits from this guy before we can charge him with a felony?” he said.

“So they’re minimizing criminal activity across the board in Cook County — whether it’s the jail and now, the court system. And now, it’s almost as if [they’re saying], `Let’s get those people through the turnstyle and into the police academy.’ To us, that makes no sense at all.”

Earlier this week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel opened the door to allowing candidates with minor drug and criminal offenses to become Chicago Police officers to attract minorities at a time of high crime and deep distrust of police.

Emanuel said he was leaning toward relaxing the hiring rules at the behest of three powerful aldermen: Finance Committee Chairman Edward Burke (14th), Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th), chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus, and Hispanic Caucus Chairman George Cardenas (12th).

“I want to take a look at the general idea that, if somebody did something when they were 16 or 17, that doesn’t become an entire impossibility, as long as it’s not serious, to joining a police department,” the mayor said.

Emanuel said his feelings on the issue were reinforced when he looked out at the latest class of 100 recruits to enter the police academy and realized that “all that diversity” is Chicago’s great strength.

“I see all that promise, all this diversity. Then, I realize that there’s other kids who could be sitting in that chair if it wasn’t just for . . . one little thing. I say little because it’s got to be small, in my view. [That should not prohibit them from becoming] a public servant and fulfilling their aspirations of being a police officer . . . I think we should be generous in that effort. That’s where I’m starting from,” he said.

All three aldermen have argued that embracing the federal guidelines would result in “more Chicagoans of color being accepted into the ranks” of a Chicago Police Department still under the cloud of a federal civil rights investigation triggered by the police shooting of Laquan McDonald.

But Angelo advised politicians pushing to relax police hiring standards to look in the mirror.

“They can [thank] themselves for not attracting minority populations because they’ve demonized this job. Politicians have demonized this job. A lot of people in the media have demonized this job,” he said.

“So, now you’ve got a young African-American kid thinking about becoming a policeman, mentions that to the buddies that he or she grew up with. And they say, `You’ve got to be kidding me? You’re gonna go to the police?’ You’re being ostracized amongst the kids you grew up with now because it’s such a bad thing. It’s such a bad job to consider. Why would you want to be a cop?”

Angelo noted that mayors and aldermen “come and go,” but the hiring standards they set today will impact another generation of police officers.

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A debate rages over the department’s request for a $1.4 million analytics tool that would let undercover accounts monitor users’ locations, ambulance associates—and even moods.

How would you feel if a cop enticed you into accepting a fake Facebook friend request, stuff then ran your posts through a machine learning program to “detect” your emotions? That’s what Boston’s police department wants to be able to do. And it makes the social media monitoring operations in the Chicago area thatwe reported on on Wednesday seem like child’s play.

Boston police are facing pushback from community groups and city council members for their quiet plans to acquire $1.4 million worth of social media monitoring software that would have surveillance capabilities far beyond the tools used by other police departments around the country.
The department’s request for proposal calls for a program that uses machine learning and natural language processing to determine “sentiment” and “hostile verbiage” in social media posts. The tool would also help police operate and expand the number of covert social media accounts, order or “virtual identities,” used in their social media monitoring. The RFP also discusses numerous ways to collect and map users’ posts, associates, and locations through sophisticated network and GIS mapping techniques.

The surveillance program has attracted opposition from civil liberties groups and at city council meetings, but, as of now, the police commissioner William Evans and Mayor Martin J. Walsh seem set on seeing it through, citingterrorism and other threats to public safety. “We’re not going after ordinary people,” Evans told WGBH Boston. “It’s a necessary tool of law enforcement and helps in keeping our neighborhoods safe from violence, as well as terrorism, human trafficking, and young kids who might be the victim of a pedophile.”

The program will be operated by the department’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center and personnel from the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region, according to The Boston Globe. Some police social media programs around the country have adopted a less invasive approach than what is currently being proposed in Boston, and at a far lesser cost. In Arlington, Virginia, for example, police uses a system, called Social Sentinel, that alerts law enforcement about threats via text, e-mail, and daily reports by looking for key terms posted rather than individual accounts.

Kade Crockford, Director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts, worries that the program’s automated data processing capabilities will vastly increase social media surveillance on innocent people.
“Right now, if they want to create a fake Twitter profile, an individual analyst has to go through all the work of maintaining their profile information and making sure to route their activities with the right IP addresses,” says Crockford. “But with this, they’ll have an automated system to do that work. That means exponential growth in the number of users they can target.”

Some city council members and civil liberties groups have expressed concernsabout who the targets of this enhanced surveillance will be. In 2012, documents obtained by the ACLU of Massachusetts and the National Lawyers Guildshowed that the Boston Regional Intelligence Center monitored the internal activities of political groups and filmed protests associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement, according to WBUR. The operations labeled peace groups such as Veterans for Peace, United for Justice with Peace, and Stop the Wars Coalition as “extremist.”

In another case, from March, the Boston Regional Intelligence Center provided intelligence for a “gang raid” at the Lenox Street Housing Development in Boston’s South End that nabbed 27 people. All were arrested on non-violent drug and firearms charges. The indictment cites evidence from a music video posted to YouTube in July 2014, involving residents of the housing project who “appear to be openly smoking marijuana.”

Police officials defend the program by pointing out that the data they would be monitoring is open source. “The technology will be used in accordance to strict policies and procedures and within the parameters of state and federal laws,” police spokesman Lieutenant Detective Michael McCarthy said in a statement to The Boston Globe. “The information looked at is only what is already publicly available.”

Thomas Nolan, an Associate Professor in Criminology at Merrimack College and a former lieutenant in the Boston Police Department, argues that this claim is misleading. “They have access to mountains of data that none of us could ever retain and sift through, so its not just as simple as looking at publicly available data,” he says. “Thirty years ago, to establish these kinds of criminal links and charts they’d have to get a warrant to get data from phone companies … But the tech has evolved rapidly, and the law is lagging behind.”

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A blast that hit a police station in a southwestern neighborhood of the Syrian capital Damascus was carried out by a child wearing an explosive belt, buy cialis according to SANA news agency. No one except the girl was reportedly killed in the attack.

RT’s Lizzy Phelan, reporting from Syria, says state television has aired pictures of a girl who was allegedly a suicide bomber. There are no other casualties except for a police officer who has minor injuries, Phelan said in a tweet.

he suicide bomber was an eight-year-old girl, and no one except her was killed, SANA news agency reported, citing a source at Damascus Police Command.

“Terrorists sent an eight-year-old girl with a small homemade bomb to a police station in the Midan neighbourhood,” the source said.

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The head of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, healing Jaros?aw Kaczy?ski, link left parliament in the early hours of Saturday after police forcefully removed protesters blocking their exit from, malady television footage showed.

Kaczy?ski left in a car that drove away in a convoy with the car of prime minister Beata Szyd?o and several other vehicles, footage from broadcaster TVN24 showed.

Opposition party MP Jerzy Meysztowicz told the television network that police used tear gas to disperse the protesters who tried to prevent the cars from leaving.

Protesters had blocked all exits from the parliament on Friday after the opposition said PiS politicians illegally passed the budget for next year by moving the vote outside of the main chamber of parliament.

The protest marked the biggest political standoff in years in European Union member Poland and the sharpest escalation of the conflict between the opposition and the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party since it came to power in October 2015.

The police attempted in the early hours of Saturday to remove protesters by grabbing them and pulling them aside, but stopped as new protesters arrived at the scene. The police also called on protesters blocking the parliament to disperse, saying on loudspeakers that they might otherwise use force.

“Everybody sees that PiS has crossed a certain line and nothing will be the same any more,” Tomasz Siemoniak, deputy leader of the biggest opposition party Civic Platform said.

The parliament was surrounded by hundreds of police, some of whom were carrying rubber bullet guns.

The protesters chanted that politicians would remain blocked and called on Kaczy?ski to come out and face them. It was unclear how many people were inside waiting for the exits to be unblocked. Some opposition politicians said they would spend the night in parliament.

Polish opposition parties accused PiS earlier on Friday of violating the constitution after speaker Marek Kuchci?ski moved a key vote on next year’s budget outside of the main chamber of parliament and blocked the media from recording the vote. It was the first time since Poland’s transition from communism in 1989 that a sitting of the lower chamber of parliament was conducted outside of the main chamber.

“The ‘sitting’ was illegal. Period. This is a constitutional crisis,” Civic Platform head Grzegorz Schetyna said on social media.

Kuchci?ski decided to transfer the sitting and the budget vote outside the main chamber after opposition politicians occupied the parliamentary podium protesting against a plan to curb media access and against Kuchci?ski’s decision to exclude one lawmaker.

Ruling party politicians said the transfer of the vote was legal and the vote itself was valid. “What the opposition did was a scandal. And we were working,” said PiS’s Jaros?aw Zieli?ski, who took part in the budget vote.

Opposition parties Civic Platform and Nowoczesna together with the PSL party said in a statement that the speaker has violated the constitution. Opposition MPs also said they had problems in accessing the budget vote.

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Four-year-old twins Saniyah and Aniyah Hicks were all smiles as they buzzed around Target Thursday night. Fans of the Disney movie “Frozen,” the girls were thrilled with anything involving Elsa as well as the section of baby dolls and accessories.

“Look at this,” Aniyah said to her sister. “Can we get this?”

And they did.

Christmas came early for the Naperville twins, who were among about 40 area children taking part in Naperville Police Department’s annual Cops with Kids shopping event.

“We love doing this,” said Mike Caruso, president of Naperville’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 42, which sponsors the event and pays for the gifts. “This is a chance for us to give back to the community, and it is very rewarding to meet the kids and their families.”

Detective Jason Zborzek, coordinator for Cops with Kids, agreed, saying the event is something the officers look forward to each year.

“We had so many officers want to be part of this event and it really turned out to be a great one,” Zborzek said.

Dozens of officers, most of them in uniform, greeted families as they arrived at the Naperville store on Route 59. There was lots of laughter and plenty of high fives before the shopping began.

Cops with Kids event


Donald Trump’s promise to restore law and order to America’s cities was one of the most powerful themes of his presidential campaign. His capacity to deliver will depend on changing destructive presidential rhetoric about law enforcement and replacing the federal policies that flowed from that rhetoric.

The rising violence in many urban areas is driven by what candidate Trump called a “false narrative” about policing. This narrative holds that law enforcement is pervaded by racism, sales and that we are experiencing an epidemic of racially biased police shootings of black men.

Multiple studies have shown that those claims are untrue. If there is a bias in police shootings, it works in favor of blacks and against whites. Yet President Obama has repeatedly accused the police and criminal-justice system of discrimination, lethal and otherwise. During the memorial service for five Dallas police officers gunned down in July by an assassin who reportedly was inspired by Black Lives Matter, Mr. Obama announced that black parents were right to “fear that something terrible may happen when their child walks out the door”—that the child will be fatally shot by a cop.

The consequences of such presidential rhetoric are enormous, especially when amplified by the media. Officers working in high-crime areas now encounter a dangerous level of hatred and violent resistance. Gun murders of officers are up 68% this year compared with the same period last year.

Police have cut way back on pedestrian stops and public-order enforcement in minority neighborhoods, having been told repeatedly that such discretionary activities are racially oppressive. The result in 2015 was the largest national homicide increase in nearly 50 years. That shooting spree has continued this year, ruthlessly mowing down children and senior citizens in many cities, along with the usual toll of young black men who are the primary targets of gun crime.

To begin to reverse these trends, President Trump must declare that the executive branch’s ideological war on cops is over. The most fundamental necessity of any society is adherence to the rule of law, he should say. Moreover, there is no government agency today more dedicated to the proposition that black lives matter than the police.

The nationwide policing revolution that originated in New York City in 1994—based on proactive enforcement—saved thousands of minority lives over 20 years, and provided urban residents with newfound freedom. While police agencies and their local overseers must remain vigilant against officer abuses, the federal government will no longer deem cops racist for responding to community demands for public order.

Mr. Obama’s Justice Department has imposed an unprecedented number of federal consent decrees on police agencies, subjecting those agencies to years of costly federal monitoring, based on a specious methodology for teasing out alleged systemic police bias. The department assumes that police activity like stops or arrests will be evenly spread across different racial and ethnic populations unless there is police racism. So if police stops are higher among blacks, say, the police, according to this reasoning, must be motivated by bias.

But this analysis ignores the large racial differences in offending and victimization rates. Policing today is data-driven: Cops go where innocent civilians are most being preyed upon—and that is in minority neighborhoods. Under a Trump administration, police activity should be evaluated against a benchmark of crime, not population ratios.

The next administration should continue the new FBI initiative to collect and publish data on all officer use of force. But such information must be accompanied by information on local crime rates, since police force will occur most frequently where cops encounter armed and resisting suspects.

The next U.S. attorney general—Mr. Trump has nominated Sen. Jeff Sessions—should articulate the standards that will guide Justice Department lawyers in opening a civil-rights investigation of a police department, a process that has been shrouded in mystery.

An October purge in New York City illustrates why it is so important to appoint a leader for the Justice Department’s civil rights division who understands the realities of crime and policing. FBI agents and federal prosecutors based in New York had been investigating whether to criminally indict a New York police officer for the 2014 death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner; the agents and lawyers had found little ground for doing so. Their reluctance to indict did not sit well with the Washington-based attorneys in Justice’s civil rights division. So U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch removed the New York team and replaced them with attorneys from the civil rights division. The Trump administration should closely review whatever charges result.

Crime-fighting is overwhelmingly a local matter. During Bill Clinton’s presidency, however, U.S. attorneys and federal agents worked successfully with local police forces to prosecute violent street crime under strengthened federal penalties for gun offenses and drug trafficking.

In recent years, though, attention to violent crime has slackened in many federal prosecutors’ offices, not coincidentally as Mr. Obama and then-Attorney General Eric Holder were criticizing federal gun- and drug-crime sentencing for contributing to the “mass incarceration” of minorities. The next Justice Department should review whether federal law-enforcement personnel in the most crime-plagued cities such as Chicago should refocus on fighting gun violence.

The current Justice Department has ordered more than 28,000 federal law-enforcement officers and prosecutors into “implicit bias” training—a form of sensitivity re-education aimed at teaching police how to combat their own alleged subliminal bias. The new attorney general should cancel this initiative and lift the pressure on local police departments to put their own officers through this wasteful exercise.

In October, the Justice Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recommended that police agencies lower their hiring standards—including requirements that applicants have a clean criminal record—to achieve “diversity.” The thinking behind this recommendation must be repudiated. Lowered hiring standards are a recipe for corruption and tactical errors. The The Justice Department’s own research in Philadelphia suggests that minority officers are more likely than white officers to shoot unarmed black males.

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