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Tyler teen known for nationwide law enforcement appreciation campaign surprised by ‘blue family’

By Alex Leroux and Jeff Wright 

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – A Tyler teenager who has spent years thanking police officers and first responders with her nationwide ‘Savannah Says Thank You’ campaign has received her own gesture of appreciation.

Members of Tyler Police Department surprised the family of Savannah Solis outside of their Tyler home Thursday morning. Savannah, her mother, and brother have recently been facing serious medical issues, and police officers wanted to show their support to the family. Officers collected donations throughout the week and offered them to the family to help relieve some burden of medical bills. The family also has a GoFundMe page set up to accept donations as well.

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Savannah, her blood family and her blue family

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North Texas Police Officers and Special Needs Students Train to “Be Safe”

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Students from North Crowley High School and North Texas police officers gathered on Wednesday to take part in the first ‘Be Safe: How to Interact Safely With Police’ seminar held in Texas.

On Wednesday afternoon, students from North Crowley High School and police officers from Crowley, Mansfield, and Fort Worth sat down to have lunch together and learn from one another. They were participants in the first ‘Be Safe: How to Interact Safely With Police’ seminar held in Texas.

“There are people with autism and other intellectual differences in this community,” explained Thomas Iland, an autism self-advocate and trainer with Be Safe, a program started by Island’s mother. “We’re quick to say train the police. Why didn’t the police know what to do? But the other side of the coin is, what did the young person not know that could have made that interaction a little bit better?”

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What we know about the 4 Houston police officers shot and 1 injured

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Photo: The Daily Beast

Two police officers are in critical but stable condition after being shot in the neck.

Overnight, HPD Chief Art Acevedo tweeted that those officers were out of surgery. Police sources told ABC13 they face a potentially long and difficult recovery.

Two others will remain hospitalized for observation, according to Chief Acevedo.

The injured officer who was shot in the shoulder was released from the hospital late Monday evening.

According to the Houston Police Department, the injured officers were transported to Memorial Hermann Medical Center hospital.

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In Custody Death Investigation – Ft. Worth

FWPD PRESS RELEASE

fwpd_patchFORT WORTH, Texas –  On January 15, 2019, the Fort Worth Police Department concluded its administrative investigation on the in-custody death that occurred on July 26, 2018. Anytime there is a loss of life during any police contact we ensure that a thorough and fair investigation is conducted. The sanctity of life is the most important principle to the Fort Worth Police Department at all times. The results of the administrative investigation are as follows:

On Thursday July 26, 2018 at 9:33 p.m. Fort Worth Police responded to a call in regards to a prowler located in the 3300 block of Griggs Ave. The caller reported that an unknown male armed with a gun was attempting to break in to the residence. This male was taken in to custody without incident.

After the male was placed in handcuffs, he began to complain of medical issues. He was then placed in the back of a patrol vehicle by the officers but no medical aid was summoned.   

Upon completing their investigation, the officers found the male to be unresponsive in the back of the patrol vehicle and began to render medical aid. At this time an ambulance was called and the male was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The Fort Worth Police Department Major Case Unit and Internal Affairs Unit began investigations in to this incident. Our investigation found that there were multiple violations of departmental policy, including failure to protect the rights of persons in police custody. A preliminary update was given to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.

The actions taken by the officers involved in this incident discovered during our investigation are not in accordance with the values of the Fort Worth Police Department or the standards that the citizens of Fort Worth have for their police department.  We hope that the administrative conclusion of this case is an assurance to the residents of Fort Worth that we are able to identify and properly address any issues that may arise during police incidents.

On a daily basis, Fort Worth Police Officers devote themselves to the safety of the citizens of Fort Worth and those that are in custody. Those efforts do not go unnoticed by the Fort Worth Police supervision. In this rare instance when this did not occur we moved to address it properly.

Throughout this process, Chief Fitzgerald and other command staff members have been in regular contact with the family of the deceased. The family has continually requested privacy and we will continue to respect their wishes. Additionally, the actions of the involved officers are still pending a Grand Jury review and that prevents us from providing additional information at this time.

The following discipline was applied as a result of our administrative investigation:

  • Officer T Stephens #4418 was indefinitely suspended (employment terminated).
  • Officer D Pritzker #4383 was indefinitely suspended (employment terminated).
  • Officer C Golden #4372 was indefinitely suspended (employment terminated).
  • Officer H Fellhauer #4270 was indefinitely suspended (employment terminated).
  • Officer M Miller #4520 was indefinitely suspended (employment terminated).
  • Officer S Smith #3758 was suspended without pay for 90 days, in lieu of termination.  He has forfeited his right to appeal.
  • Officer A Scharf # 4415 was suspended for 5 days without pay.

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Thanks to all of our law enforcement officers for all that they do!

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Q&A: Southlake PD’s public information officer on sharing more than just social media posts

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Officer Brad Uptmore of the Southlake Police Department began working as the department’s public information officer in February and has since gained widespread recognition for his creative and humorous posts on the department’s social media pages.

Police Chief James Brandon discussed taking on the public information role with Uptmore after reviewing Uptmore’s prior work with some public service announcements for the city.

“One of the first meetings we had was [Chief Brandon] just said his two main things are we want to humanize the badge and provide transparency, and he said he wanted it to be done in a candid way that people would pay attention to,” Uptmore said.

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Police were called out to a fight at Walmart. Instead, a football game broke out

Police came looking for a fight. Instead, they found more than a dozen teenagers and young adults who they say were playing football late at night. The young people said the heat has kept them trapped indoors during the day.

Officer Rachel Ayuso, one of three officers to respond to the fight call at about 1 a.m. Thursday at the Walmart Supercenter on Southwest Wilshire Boulevard, said the 15 to 20 people stopped playing when police rolled up.

“They looked in our direction, maybe thinking we were going to tell them to leave,” Ayuso said.That’s when the officers hatched another plan, Ayuso said. Officer Jason Tauch came up with the idea to line up next to the players and light up the parking lot with their vehicles’ bright takedown lights.

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50 North Texas Police Officers Learn About Autism at Training

Nearly 50 law enforcement professionals including officers, school resource officers and administrators gathered in Fort Worth this week for training on how better work with people on the autism spectrum in the community.

The training was hosted by the Tarrant County Sheriff’s office and taught by Autism Safety 101 from Florida.

“My goal is to familiarize Texas law enforcement with autism,” instructor Bart Barta said. “How people with autism react and respond.”

Barta is familiar with both sides of the lesson. Not only is his 14-year-old son on the autism spectrum, he is also a former member of the law enforcement community.

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Dallas PD turns down breakfast, donation from Mavericks CEO after email sparks outrage

By PoliceOne Staff

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks’ new CEO attempted to bring breakfast to Dallas police but was turned away after some officers were upset with the message from a movement she promoted.

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On Wednesday, Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall encouraged people to wear black and blue as part of a movement to promote unity between local communities and police, CBS DFW reported. Marshall’s grassroots movement, BB725, recognizes the five officers killed in the July 7, 2016 ambush in downtown Dallas.

But the movement also recognizes Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two men who died in officer-involved shootings during the same week as the ambush.

While Dallas officers said they supported Marshall’s effort to bring the community together, a number of them said they were outraged from a mass email from the Mavericks that explained the purpose of the movement. The email, which notified the department of Marshall’s plan to bring breakfast to police, said in part that “BB725 7/25 represents the 7 who died July 5, 6, 7 2016 – 2 died because they were black, 5 died because they wore blue,” according to WFAA.

Several officers reportedly found the description offensive and were upset that the movement highlighted the Sterling and Castile shootings. Some wondered why Marshall’s movement doesn’t recognize the three Baton Rouge officers killed in an ambush a week after the Dallas ambush.

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North Texas Couple Tells Stories ‘Behind the Texas Badge’ in New Book

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AC Christy Martinez (Published Tuesday, July 24, 2018; NBCDFW)

Behind every badge is a story about the person who wears it.

One North Texas couple went across the state to gather those stories for their new book, aptly named “Behind the Texas Badge.”

For Grand Prairie Assistant Police Chief Christy Martinez, that story was born from a desire to be a force for good after a brush with tragedy at 16 years old.

“I hope to bring the same type of energy — a sense of hope that was quickened to me that particular night,” Martinez said.

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