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Detroit police officer accused in string of armed robberies

A Detroit police officer is being held on $1 million bond, accused of holding up check-cashing stores outside the city.

A Detroit Police officer was arrested on the job for what investigators say he was doing in his off-duty time: committing a string of armed robberies.

Clifton J. Whatley, 34, is accused of holding up check-cashing stores in the suburbs of Detroit – though not inside the city he was sworn to protect – and forcing customers and employees to remain during the heists.

He was arraigned in 23rd District Court in Taylor, Mich., Thursday on charges of armed robbery, bank robbery, unlawful imprisonment, conducting a criminal enterpriseand a felony gun count. He stood silently as the judge entered not-guilty pleas for him, said state police Lt. Michael Shaw.

He remained behind bars after bond was set at $1 million cash.

A second man, Layman D. Armstrong, 35, also was arrested and charged with armed robbery, bank robbery and a felony firearm charge. He is accused of robbing a Check and Go store in the city of Taylor in May 2012 and is a longtime friend of Whatley's, according to Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Maria Miller.

Both men are scheduled to appear in court again April 8. Investigators were still looking into whether other suspects or robberies were involved and said more arrests could come.

State police, who investigated the case, worked with Detroit police to have Whatley arrested at work on Thursday, Shaw said. He said he did not know whether Whatley was accused of using his duty weapon in the crimes.

Whatley has been a police officer since 2000 and was most recently assigned to the day shift in the city’s Central District.

Whatley faces bank robbery charges because the check-cashing businesses are considered financial institutions, Shaw said.

A spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department declined to comment on the case.



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Mar 29, 2013
 
Pa. police: Ex-trooper kills wife, self in market

A former Pennsylvania state trooper who had been accused of beating his wife shot her to death in a supermarket, then killed himself, police said. Days earlier, the woman had filed for divorce.

A former state trooper killed his estranged wife with a shotgun inside a central Pennsylvania supermarket Thursday and then killed himself, days after she filed for divorce and two months after he was accused of beating her, police said.

Mark R. Miscavish, who retired from the state police in 2011 after 15 years, killed Traci A. Miscavish at the County Market in Philipsburg, authorities said.

State police investigators said that he began searching the store for her after arriving there around 10 a.m. "He located her in an upstairs office of the business and shortly thereafter shot her and then turned the gun on himself."

Investigators recovered the weapon, but declined to say how many times it was fired.

He had been arrested Jan. 23 after Traci Miscavish, who had recently left him, returned to the home to retrieve some belongings, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said.

Traci Miscavish believed her husband had been abusing prescription drugs and when she went to take them away, he wrestled her to the ground, pinned her arms behind her and attempted to bind her with duct tape, said Parks Miller, whose office was prosecuting him.

He pulled out a gun — a police affidavit said he did not point it at her — and threatened to kill her, but a passer-by saw him trying to drag her back into the home and stopped to help, Parks Miller said. He was charged with simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment and spent a week in jail before being bailed out.

Parks Miller said Traci Miscavish lived in fear of her 51-year-old estranged husband and told prosecutors she believed he would harm her further.

"She said,'The next time I see him is going to be at the end of a gun,'" Parks Miller told The Associated Press. "We were very concerned when he got out and we're just devastated now."

Mark Miscavish's defense attorney, David Charles Mason, was not available for comment, his office said.

Traci Miscavish, 49, filed for divorce within the past week.

Her sister Gina March, speaking to reporters outside the supermarket after the shooting, said the system had failed both her sister and her brother-in-law.

"He wasn't in his right mind," March said. "I don't believe he's at fault, I believe he needed help.... And nobody was there to help him, not the judge, not the cops, not our system."

Christina Price, who said she works at a liquor store in the same strip mall as the supermarket, told the Centre Daily Times that Traci Miscavish was a cheerful woman and so friendly and happy that "you couldn't imagine there was stuff going on at home."

Price told the newspaper she had no idea the woman had a protection order against her husband.

"Would it have stopped this?" she asked. "It's like, how do you get out alive? When you've got kids and grandkids and friends and family, how do you split it and get away?"



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Cop knows Detroit won't make payroll.

Everyone should thank them for their service and for keeping everyone safe.

Always dial 911 if your store is being robbed.

How bout the retired police chief running for mayor while this story runs:

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NYPD officer, 1-year-old son, boyfriend dead in apparent double murder-suicide; teen escaped

Published April 15, 2013

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NEW YORK – New York City police say an officer apparently shot her boyfriend, turned the gun on her 1-year-old son and then shot herself in an apparent double murder-suicide.

The three bodies were discovered Monday in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. Authorities say the officer's teenage son escaped through a window and called 911. The teenager was not hurt.

Chief police spokesman Paul Browne says the boyfriend was found in the entry of the first-floor apartment. The bodies of the officer and her baby boy were found on the bed.

It's not clear how many shots were fired. No names were released.

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga - Authorities say a DeKalb County police detective is accused of pointing his weapon at a teenager in a McDonald's drive-thru line earlier this month. The incident was caught on surveillance video, which appears to show the officer approaching the teen's car and pointing a gun into the driver's side window.

The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. on April 9 at a McDonald's restaurant on Old Atlanta Road in Cumming.

Forsyth County investigators say 48-year-old Scott Biumi, a sergeant with the DeKalb County Police Department, got upset with 18-year-old Ryan Mash, who is a senior at Lambert High School. They say Biumi got out of his car and the two exchanged words before Biumi drew his weapon and pointed it at Mash.

"I'm just like,'I don't want to die. I'm sorry, sir. I didn't mean for any of this to happen,'" Mash recalled.

Mash told FOX 5 he was waiting for his food, and he said he told Biumi that's the only reason he was still sitting in the line.

"And he's like,'Whatever,' and walked back to his car," Mash said. "Then I was like,'Sorry for the inconvenience, sir,' and he got back out and started yelling at me."

Mash said Biumi told him, "You don't want to mess with me," before putting his hand on Mash's shoulder and pulling out his gun. Two of Mash's friends were in the pick-up with him, and they say they couldn't believe what was happening.

"I was terrified," said Luke Avera. "I didn't know what to think. My heart was racing."

Mash's friend Drake Thomas said he saw Biumi's badge under his shirt. Thomas got Biumi's license plate number, and according to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department, that broke the case. They call the case disturbing.

Biumi was arrested on Wednesday morning. He's charged with aggravated assault. He was released on $22,000 bond, and is due in court on May 23. FOX 5 went to Biumi's home for comment on Wednesday, but he referred us to his attorney.

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Frustrated by delay, Georgia cop allegedly pulled gun in McDonald’s drive-thru line

Sgt. Scott Biumi, a 20-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department, is accused of threatening a fellow Mickey D’s customer he thought was holding up the line and mocking him.
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By Michael Walsh / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 3:17 PM

Scott Biumi, 48, a sergeant with the DeKalb County Police Department, was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault.

Food, folks and fun? More like gall, grouch and gun.

A young Georgia man was not "lovin' it" when a hold up in the drive-thru lane at McDonald's allegedly led to an armed holdup with an off-duty officer Tuesday night.

Student Ryan Mash, 18, was waiting for his order at the drive-thru window of a Forsyth County McDonald's when he was taken by surprise — and it was not a Happy Meal toy.

It was a gun allegedly brandished by Sgt. Scott Biumi, 48, a member of the DeKalb County Police Department for more than 20 years, authorities suspect.

Biumi apparently grew frustrated that the fast food experience was not faster, so he stepped out of his car and yelled, "Stop holding up the drive-thru line," according to Mash.

Mash claims Biumi thought his sincere apology was sarcastic. Then witnesses reported hearing Biumi scream, "You don't know who you are (messing) with!"

"And that's when he pulled the gun on me," Mash said, "and kept on yelling at me for about 30 more seconds. And then walked off."

One of Mash's friends saw that the man had a police badge on his belt. The high school students also wrote down the man's license plate number.

Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper linked the license plate number to Biumi and the DeKalb County Police Department. The teenagers identified Biumi from a photo lineup, and he was arrested Wednesday, reported Atlanta station WXIA.

"It's a betrayal of a trust to the public," said Piper. "We're expected to handle ourselves correctly in high-stress situations, and it's very disappointing that an officer would snap like this. It's a break in judgment that can't be excused."

Biumi was booked at the Forsyth County jail and released the same day on a $22,000 bond.

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"I'm just not going to stand for any behavior that goes outside that of the scope of the law," said DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander.

He is on administrative leave with pay from his job as the investigation proceeds. Mash, however, thinks Biumi should be stripped of his gun and badge permanently.

"He shouldn't be serving in our community," Mash said, "because you never know, he could get angry at somebody for speeding, and pull a gun on him."

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Texas officer on leave after shooting neighbor's cat with arrow

Published May 24, 2013

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BOERNE, Texas – A South Texas police officer has been put on administrative leave after being charged with shooting an arrow into a neighbor's cat.

Police in Boerne say Officer Lance Deleon was not on duty when the cat named Bobby was wounded. Police Chief Jim Kohler says the cat was shot using a crossbow.

Officials with South Texas Veterinary Specialists say the 2-year-old male cat has been treated for a punctured lung and broken front right leg. Vets say Bobby is expected to recover after being shot Tuesday.

Deleon was charged with animal cruelty and freed Wednesday after posting $2,000 bail.

Deleon has declined comment.

Boerne is 25 miles northwest of San Antonio.

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New Jersey cop reportedly firebombs supervisor's home, charged with attempted murder

Published May 24, 2013

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A New Jersey police officer with a history of disciplinary issues reportedly firebombed the home of his supervisor, authorities said.

Michael Dotro, 35, a 10-year veteran of the Edison Police Department, allegedly used an incendiary device to set fire to the Monroe Township home of Edison Police Department Capt. Mark Anderko while Anderko and his family slept at around 4 a.m. Monday, NJ.com reports.

Anderko, his wife, his two children and his 92-year-old mother escaped unharmed, but the two-story colonial-style home was heavily damaged.

Acting Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said the investigation was ongoing. A judge set bail at $5 million cash, NJ.com reports.

Dotro’s attorney, Lawrence Bitterman, said he was stunned by the arrest.

“I’ve spoken to him, and he adamantly denies any involvement and expressed his condolences to the Anderko family,” Bitterman told the newspaper.“He is sickened at the thought of someone doing this to a brother officer, or anyone else, for that matter.”

Dotro, who reportedly earns $118,000 annually, was suspended immediately without pay. He was charged with five counts of attempted murder and aggravated arson. He is expected to be arraigned Friday, NJ.com reports.

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Detroit police officer goes on trial in death of 7-year-old girl

Published May 29, 2013

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DETROIT – Police accompanied by a reality TV crew fired a stun grenade through a window as they raided a Detroit home in search of a murder suspect. A gunshot then went off inside, fatally striking a 7-year-old girl in the head while she slept on a couch.

Now, three years later, Officer Joseph Weekley goes on trial in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones. Jury selection starts Wednesday.

Weekley, charged with involuntary manslaughter, is accused of acting with gross negligence when he didn't prevent his gun from firing during the chaos that followed the use of a "flash-bang" device.

The shooting shocked Detroit. Cooperation between police and the reality show, "The First 48," was banned in the aftermath, and the chief soon resigned at the mayor's request when it was revealed that he was working on plans for another TV show.

But beyond the city, there was little, if any, impact on the hunger for real-life police drama on the small screen. "Cops," in its 25th year, still is on the air, moving from Fox to Spike TV this fall. "The First 48" has been on A&E Networks since 2004.

"They're fascinating and compelling," said Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University.

"Everyone has built into them an inherent interest in encounters with police," he said. "We know how our adrenaline gets going when we see that flashing light behind us when we're going too fast on the highway.... Every now and again an incident happens, but it isn't enough to trump the momentum this genre has."

The loud, smoky device used in the Detroit raid is intended to startle and confuse people as officers swarm a scene. But some critics of the police department's tactics believe it was used in the fatal raid simply to satisfy a crew from "The First 48," a show that focuses on the crucial early stages of homicide investigations.

Weekley's trial could reveal how the TV crew's presence influenced decisions that May 2010 night.

"This was essentially a military assault on a private dwelling," said Ron Scott, spokesman for a watchdog group, Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality. "I think the administration of the police department wanted to show Detroit was tough on crime and show something exciting for television.

"Police work is not television, and television work is not police work," he said. "The two combined to make it a horrific night."

Officers hunting for a suspect in the murder of a 17-year-old boy staked out a home that night on Lillibridge Street. Weekley was first through the door when the grenade went off during the midnight raid.

Police have said his gun accidentally discharged after he confronted or collided with Aiyana's grandmother. A bullet struck and killed Aiyana, one of four children inside.

Then-Police Chief Warren Evans apologized for the girl's death, telling her family, "I will never be able to put myself in your shoes." He promised a "painful self-examination" by the department but never explained why a stun grenade was necessary.

After that, officials declined to speak publicly about the raid because of a civil lawsuit and investigations that led to charges against Weekley.

Defense attorney Steve Fishman declined to comment ahead of the trial. But in court filings, he has knocked Wayne County prosecutors for trying to turn Weekley into a criminal. The maximum penalty for involuntary manslaughter is 15 years in prison.

Weekley "had nothing to do with the planning of the raid and was merely a police officer assigned to a certain position ... by a superior officer," Fishman said in the filings.

He said his client shouldn't be held responsible for the "ineptitude of the officer assigned to deploy" the stun grenade. The jury will see a demonstration of the device away from the courthouse.

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Mayor Dave Bing banned reality TV crews from tagging along with police after Aiyana's death. Evans was forced out as chief two months after the shooting, partly because he was involved in planning a different reality show starring himself.

A&E declined to comment on whether Aiyana's death led to any changes in how "The First 48" crews do their job. A videographer, Allison Howard, is charged with perjury and withholding video crucial to the investigation. Her trial is set for June 24.

The Rev. Horace Sheffield III handled Aiyana's funeral and repeatedly has demanded a full accounting by police. He plans to attend the officer's trial.

"If those cameras had not been there, what would the outcome have been?" Sheffield said. "That's the important question to ask. It's a situation that cries out for justice."

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The Houston police shoot at anything that moves. It is like they prefer to kill everyone until no one is left to pay their salaries.

Unfortunately they have unions to protect them from prosecution. The HPD knows if they push too hard Houstonians are going to lynch every last one of them.

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We are more likely to be murdered by Pig than by Terrorist.

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We are more likely to be murdered by Pig than by Terrorist.
Sad but true.

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New Jersey police officer accused of shooting man dead in road rage incident

Published June 10, 2013

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A New Jersey police officer is being held on $1 million bail after he allegedly shot and killed a man in an apparent act of road rage while traveling with his family in Maryland.

My FoxNY.com reports police say 40-year-old Joseph Walker, a sworn officer with the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey, shot and killed 36-year-old Joseph Harvey Jr. after an altercation on the shoulder of an interstate Saturday night.

Officials in Maryland say they were told that a road rage incident had happened between the two vehicles before they pulled over. Harvey had one passenger in his car at the time and Walker's wife and three children were in his minivan.

Authorities tell MyFoxNY.com the two cars pulled over to the side of the interstate after the alleged road rage incident, and Harvey and his passenger allegedly got out of his vehicle and approached Walker.

Walker then allegedly exited his car, brandished his gun and announced he was a police officer. Harvey continued to approach Walker in a allegedly aggressive manner, and Walker fired at Harvey, fatally wounding him, MyFoxNY.com reports.

Troopers charged Walker on Sunday with second degree murder and manslaughter, and he remains in a Maryland jail on $1 million bond.

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Mayor Dave Bing banned reality TV crews from tagging along with police after Aiyana's death. Evans was forced out as chief two months after the shooting, partly because he was involved in planning a different reality show starring himself.
A&E declined to comment on whether Aiyana's death led to any changes in how "The First 48" crews do their job. A videographer, Allison Howard, is charged with perjury and withholding video crucial to the investigation. Her trial is set for June 24.
The Rev. Horace Sheffield III handled Aiyana's funeral and repeatedly has demanded a full accounting by police. He plans to attend the officer's trial.
"If those cameras had not been there, what would the outcome have been?" Sheffield said. "That's the important question to ask. It's a situation that cries out for justice."
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Detroit cop says he saw no struggle before another officer fatally shot 7-year-old girl

Published June 11, 2013

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DETROIT – A police officer who took part in a raid on a Detroit home says he didn't see anyone struggle with another officer before a 7-year-old girl was fatally shot on a couch.

Shawn Stallard was directly behind Officer Joseph Weekley when they entered the home in search of a murder suspect in 2010. Stallard told jurors Tuesday that he heard a shot but didn't immediately know it had come from Weekley's submachine gun.

Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones. He says he accidentally fired his gun in a struggle with Aiyana's grandmother.

Stallard testified that he saw no one near Weekley when the gun fired.

On Monday, the jury heard from Aiyana's grandmother, Mertilla Jones. She denied grabbing Weekley's gun.

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