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'I’m Hoping You’ll Just Let Us Go,' Chief Tells Deputy

Mary O'Connor steps down as Tampa chief of police after internal investigation

(Newser) - In 1995, Mary O'Connor, then a rookie cop in Tampa, was fired for punching a deputy during a traffic stop. She was reinstated a year later and rose through the ranks to become chief earlier this year, only to have her career ended by her behavior during another traffic...

Police Chief in Mississippi Fired After Leaked Audio

He bragged about killing 13 people on duty, used racist, homophobic slurs

(Newser) - The police chief of a small city in Mississippi is out of a job after an audio recording leaked in which he boasted of killing 13 people on the job and used racist and homophobic slurs, reports USA Today and the Washington Post . The board of aldermen in Lexington voted...

Chief Didn't Bring Police Radio to School

Pete Arredondo might not have known at first about the 911 calls coming from the classroom

(Newser) - The school district police chief who took charge of the response to the Uvalde shootings arrived quickly at Robb Elementary, while shots were still being fired inside. But Pete Arredondo didn't have a police radio with him, the New York Times reports. He called a police landline on a...

Uvalde School Police Chief's Next Move Spurs Anger

Pete Arredondo's swearing-in to City Council has been delayed, however, amid children's funerals

(Newser) - The school police chief accused of holding back officers from a classroom in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, as a gunman murdered children inside will apparently take his place on the City Council, despite plenty of anger in his hometown. Pedro "Pete" Arredondo, the chief of police for...

He Had Memorable Role in Jaws as a Kid. Now, Fitting News

Ex-child actor Jonathan Searle named police chief in Martha's Vineyard town where 1975 movie was shot

(Newser) - Life is definitely imitating art on Martha's Vineyard, where a former child star in one of Steven Spielberg's biggest blockbusters ever has just accepted a stars-are-aligned job. The Vineyard Gazette reports that the town of Oak Bluffs has named as its new police chief Jonathan Searle, a longtime...

Search for Ex-Police Chief's Body Takes a Turn

William Anthony Spivey, 36, was found very much alive in South Carolina

(Newser) - An abandoned boat, a .22 caliber rifle holding a discharged round, and handwritten letters. If that sounds like the scene of a possible suicide, well, police claim that's what William Anthony Spivey wanted you to think. They allege the former police chief of North Carolina's Chadbourn Police Department...

Cop Faced With 'Humiliating' KKK Note Files Complaint

Black officer Keith Pool takes action after ex-Ohio police chief's 'offensive' actions in June

(Newser) - Update: The first Black cop in a small Ohio town has filed a discrimination complaint against its police force. The charge with the state's Civil Rights Commission was filed by Keith Pool, who says officials in Sheffield Lake did nothing to keep ex-Chief Anthony Campo's racist behavior in...

Miami City Manager Suspends Police Chief

Art Acevedo faces firing after acrimonious 6 months

(Newser) - Billed by Miami's mayor just months ago as the Michael Jordan and Tom Brady of policing, top cop Art Acevedo ended up being "not the right fit" for Miami. The city manager decided this week to suspend Acevedo, with the intention of firing him, after a tumultuous six-month...

Top Cop Threatened Man With Fake Arrest

Brian Buglio was apparently upset by critical Facebook comments

(Newser) - A police chief in Pennsylvania is now out of a job and facing prison time after allegedly threatening to jail a man who insulted him on Facebook. In February 2020, East Stroudsburg resident Paul DeLorenzo had penned a Facebook post in which he accused West Hazleton Police Chief Brian Buglio...

Girlfriend: Married Texas Police Chief Duped Me, Others

Authorities say Jason Collier sent phony annulment papers to one of his mistresses

(Newser) - A tale of betrayal went viral on Facebook this week, and now a Texas police chief has stepped down—and faces charges. The post put up Tuesday by Cecily Steinmetz, of Amarillo, noted that she did not recommend the City of Stinnett, mainly due to Jason Collier being a "...

'Death to All Marxist Democrats' Post Ends Police Chief's Reign

Arkansas mayor says his city condemns the rants

(Newser) - An Arkansas police chief has stepped down after being called on posts urging violence against "Marxist Democrats" he said are keeping President Trump from being declared the winner of the presidential election. "Death to all Marxist Democrats. Take no prisoners leave no survivors!!" one of Lang Holland'...

A Notable Police Chief in City Where 18K Were Detained

Roy Nakamura is California city's first Asian American police chief

(Newser) - Seventy-eight years ago, the job of the police chief in Arcadia, Calif., would have included making sure no Japanese Americans had escaped from the converted racetrack where they were being held in converted horse stalls. Now, the city in Los Angeles County is about to get its first chief of...

City in Turmoil Embraces 'Fresh Approach to Policing'

Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan will be Rochester's first female police chief

(Newser) - Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren tapped a Black woman to become the new interim city police chief, saying Saturday she will bring a "fresh approach to policing" amid the tumultuous aftermath to Daniel Prude’s death, the AP reports. Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, who retired from the department in 2009 as a...

Police Chief Allegedly Rigged His Own Hiring

Bridgeport's Armando Perez, another official face decades in prison if convicted

(Newser) - The police chief of Connecticut's largest city cheated to get the job, according to federal prosecutors, who say he could face decades in prison. Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez is accused of working with the city's acting personnel director, David Dunn, to rig the hiring process, reports the...

Seattle Police Chief Quits After Council Slashes Budget

Carmen Best announces retirement after $4M budget cut

(Newser) - Seattle City Council voted to cut about $4 million from the police budget shortly before Police Chief Carmen Best announced her retirement on Monday. Best, the first Black woman in the city's top policing role, would've seen her annual pay drop from $294,000 to $275,000 under...

Police Chief Hurt in Morning Ambush in Mexico City

Omar Garcia Harfuch in stable condition, but 'there were deaths and several arrests' after shooting

(Newser) - Heavily armed gunmen attacked and wounded Mexico City's police chief in a brazen operation that left an unspecified number of dead, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said Friday. Security Secretary Omar Garcia Harfuch was being treated in a hospital but was out of danger. However, "there were deaths and several...

Atlanta Police Chief Resigns After Shooting
Atlanta Police Chief
Resigns After Shooting

Atlanta Police Chief Resigns After Shooting

Police Chief Erika Shields is stepping down

(Newser) - Atlanta's police chief resigned Saturday hours after a black man was fatally shot by officers in a struggle following a field sobriety test, the AP reports. Authorities said the slain man had grabbed an officer's Taser, but was running away when he was shot. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance...

Police Chief to Feds: Stop Testing NBA Players

He says he is having a hard time getting officers tested for coronavirus

(Newser) - A California police chief urged White House officials to make testing first responders for coronavirus a priority during a conference call between police chiefs and White House and Homeland Security officials. "Stop testing NBA players, and start testing our first responders," Vacaville police chief John Carli said during...

They Took Away Police Chief's Duties. He Took Off His Clothes
They Told Him to
Turn In His Uniform.
He Took Them Literally
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They Told Him to Turn In His Uniform. He Took Them Literally

Police chief stripped of duties strips down to boots, hat, and skivvies, heads into storm

(Newser) - A New Hampshire town's board of selectmen voted this week to shut down its one-man police department—and the police chief reacted to the news by stripping down to his skivvies and walking out into a snowstorm. Per CNN , Croydon's three-person board unanimously decided Tuesday to give Richard...

Texas Police Chief's Body Found After 2-Day Search

Chris Reed apparently fell out of a boat while fishing

(Newser) - All he did was go fishing with his wife—but Chris Reed, a Texas police chief, fell out of the boat and never recovered. His body was found Sunday after a two-day search in Galveston Bay that involved about 40 vessels and over a dozen federal, state, and local agencies,...

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