LA Trooper Shot and
Killed: A Louisiana state trooper responding
to reports of a possible intoxicated individual driving erratically, stopped
Sunday afternoon to assist a man whose pickup truck had run into a ditch and
was shot in the head when the man emerged from the truck with a sawed-off
shotgun. The trooper died of his injuries Monday morning.
Fox News reports that 43-year-old Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, a
13-year veteran of the state police, was shot by 54-year-old Kevin Daigle, a
man whose record includes multiple DWIs and other arrests he refused to
discuss. The incident, caught on dash cam
video, came to an end when two or three drivers stopped immediately, wrestled
the gun out of Daigle's hands and handcuffed him with the officer's pair. Daigle faces several charges, including
first-degree murder of a police officer.
He is also being probed in the death of his roommate, found deceased on
Monday, to determine whether he may have a connection to the homicide.
Last Month the
Bloodiest in NY Jails:
New York City's
jails surged with gang violence in the month of July, making it the bloodiest
month behind bars in 15 years.
Blau of NY Daily News reports
that records show a total of 21 slashings and one
stabbing occurred last month in the facilities, with 16 of those incidents
involving members of the Bloods, Crips or Latin Kings.
These figures have increased from last year,
which only saw an average to seven slashings and stabbings in a month.
Prison officials believe that continued gang
disputes on the streets are spilling over into the jails, and have also been
openly critical of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte's reform to reduce the
number of inmates placed in solitary confinement, which is thought to be contributing
to the increased mayhem.
No Clear Answer for Crimes
Spikes in U.S. Cities: "There really
is no particular reason," said LAPD's central division Captain Mike Oreb
regarding Los Angeles' 12 percent spike in overall crime, with violent offenses
rising more than 20 percent, a pattern that is resonating with major cities
nationwide. Haya El Nasser of Al Jazeera
America reports that Los Angeles prosecutors and law enforcement officers are
pointing fingers at a change in the crime reporting system and, most especially,
to Prop. 47, a voter-approved initiative passed in November that downgrades certain
felonies, including drug possession and theft, to misdemeanors. However, Los Angeles does not stand alone in
this trend, as Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Houston, Milwaukee, Dallas, St.
Louis, San Antonio, New Orleans and Washington, D.C., are all reporting
double-digit surges in murders in the first half of this year. When asked if the numbers signify a reversal
of decreasing crime trends the country has been experiencing for decades,
president of the Police Foundation, Jim Bueermann, says "I don't think we
Convicted Murderers Among CA Uber Drivers:
Uber, a ridesharing company that has given taxi drivers stiff
competition, is accused of hiring drivers with criminal histories, including sex
offenders and a convicted murderer, detailed in a consumer-protection lawsuit
filed by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. Mario Sevilla of KRON 4 reports that the
complaint says that among the drivers that passed Uber's self-described "industry
leading" background check were several registered sex offenders, a kidnapper,
identity thieves, burglars and a convicted murderer who was hired less than
seven years after being paroled, going on to provide 1,168 rides. Gascon says that the company cannot "unfairly
claim it is rigorously checking the background of its drivers" unless those
drivers are put through the same fingerprinting process required of taxi
drivers in California. An Uber
spokeswoman voiced her disagreement with Gascon's complaint, claiming that the
process used by taxi companies is not "an inherently better system for
screening drivers than our background checks."