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Officer fired for feeding fecal sandwich to homeless person, police chief says

SAN ANTONIO – An officer in the San Antonio Police Department has been fired for giving a homeless person a fecal sandwich, police officials said.

Officer Matthew Luckhurst was a five-year veteran of the force and had been assigned to downtown bike patrol for about a year, police officials said.

The incident was reported in early May, when Luckhurst bragged to a fellow officer that he had picked up some feces, placed it in a slice of bread and put it in a Styrofoam container next to the homeless man, police officials said. The officer reported that he told Luckhurst to go back and throw it away, police officials said. The officer said he saw Luckhurst go back and assumed that he threw away the container. Police have looked for the homeless man, but haven’t found him, His identity isn’t known.

Internal affairs was notified of the incident in July after another officer reported Luckhurst’s actions to his supervisor, police officials said. The case was investigated and presented in October to civilian and sworn review boards, which recommended that Luckhurst be placed on indefinite suspension. McManus met with Luckhurst and upheld the suspension.

“This was a vile and disgusting act that violates our guiding principles of ‘treating all with integrity, compassion, fairness and respect,'” McManus said in a statement. “The fact that his fellow officers were so disgusted with his actions that they reported him to internal affairs demonstrates that this type of behavior will never be tolerated. The action of this one former officer in no way reflects the actions of all the other good men and women who respectfully serve this community.”

Mayor Ivy Taylor said in a statement that the firing, “was the right thing to do. His actions were a betrayal of every value we have in our community, and he is not representative of our great police force.”

Cop Caught Stealing From Dying Car Crash Victim Is About To Lose Everything

A state trooper in Hartford, Connecticut was caught stealing cash and jewelry from a dying motorcycle accident victim. Now, that trooper is in hot water.

State Attorney General George Jepsen said on Thursday that a Hartford Superior Court judge had just approved the revocation of Trooper Aaron Huntsman’s pension

Huntsman was additionally forced to resign, after losing what would have been a $1,530 per month pension, due to start in 2024.

The move is unusual, as officers are rarely fired for nearly any infraction. When they are, retirement with their pension is the norm.

But a 2008 law permits the state to revoke the pensions of any state or municipal officials if they are convicted of crimes that are directly related to their jobs.

That makes Trooper Huntsman’s case apply, as he “was caught on his patrol car’s dash cam stealing $3,700 and a gold crucifix from John Scalesse as he lay dying after crashing his motorcycle on the Merritt Parkway in Fairfield in 2012,” according to local Fox 61.

Huntsman was also sentenced to a year in prison, after a 19-year career as a police officer.

Video: Memphis airport POLICE and disabled ST. JUDE PATIENT FIGHT

A Memphis International Airport security video shows the June 30, 2015 confrontation between security personnel and Hannah Cohen, a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patient, that led Cohen to file a federal lawsuit.

MEMPHIS — A Memphis International Airport security video shows the confrontation between security personnel and Hannah Cohen, a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patient, that led Cohen to file a federal lawsuit.

The incident happened on June 30, 2015, when Cohen, 19, and her mother, Shirley, went through security at the Memphis airport. The women were traveling back to their Chattanooga home following treatment at the Memphis-based hospital.

The video, obtained by The Commercial Appeal, shows Cohen speaking with several security agents. When one of the agents tries to detain her, Cohen tries to punch the agent, who then slams her to the floor. She then struggles to break free as the agent tries to handcuff her.

According to the lawsuit, an alarm went off when Hannah went through the security screening. She was described as being impaired from radiation treatment and the removal of a brain tumor. The aggressive cancer treatment left the teen with limited ability to talk, walk, stand, see and hear.

“(She) became disoriented and confused by the warning alarm and the actions of the personnel manning the security checkpoint to try to search her person because of her disability. The security personnel failed to recognize that she was confused because of her obvious disability and was unable to cooperate with the search,” the lawsuit said.

Transportation Security Administration and Memphis International Airport Police Department personnel were manning the checkpoint, according to the lawsuit filed several weeks ago.

Her mother tried repeatedly to tell personnel about Cohen’s brain tumor and disabilities, according to the lawsuit.

Her daughter, who had been under anesthesia the day before, is blind in her left eye and deaf in her left ear, Shirley Cohen said.

Two guards grabbed her daughter from both sides, the mother said.

“It freaked her out,” she told The Commercial Appeal. “They didn’t listen to me at all. When they grabbed her, it scared her, and she was trying to get away from them. The next thing I know, one of them slammed her down on the floor and busted her head open. There was blood everywhere.”

Security personnel arrested Hannah Cohen on allegations she lashed out and hit an officer in the shoulder, chest and face.

She had refused to go through additional screening or leave the checkpoint, an airport police report states. The officer was not injured, according to the report. All charges against Cohen were later dropped, according to the lawsuit.

Shirley Cohen said her daughter had been going to St. Jude for 17 years, which included traveling through the airport many times “without incident ever.”

TSA spokesman Mark Howell and Jerry Brandon, chief of public safety of the Memphis International Airport Police Department, said they could not comment on pending litigation. The Memphis International Airport Police Department is an independent agency, which is not part of the Memphis Police Department or Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

“At this point, it is alleged, ” Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority president and CEO Scott Brockman said. “Anybody can file anything, and we don’t comment on active litigation. Clearly there are additional facts in this matter, and we won’t comment until we address the litigation.”

Cohen and her mother are suing the airport police, TSA and the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority for damages that include medical expenses, personal injury, emotional injury, pain, suffering and embarrassment. They ask for a “reasonable sum not exceeding $100,000 and costs,” the lawsuit states.

They allege the officers and agents of the TSA and airport police discriminated against Cohen because of her disability and failed to provide reasonable accommodation for screening her. They allege the airport authority failed to properly manage the personnel.

Police Chief Sentenced To Life In Prison For Raping Children

The former police chief was just sentenced to life in prison last Thursday for the rape of a child, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Larry Casey, 48, was found guilty by a Clinton County jury for the rape of a child under 13, as well as two counts of sexual battery, and one county of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Additionally, he was convicted of one count of failing to register as a sex offender, in a conviction earlier this month.

This occurred back in 2009, while Casey was employed as the Newtonsville police chief, according to DeWine.

He adds that Casey will be eligible for parole in 25 years – as is common with many life sentences. But if he is released at that point, he will continue to have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

“These are unspeakable crimes,” DeWine told reporters. “With the assistance of local law enforcement, we will continue to pursue predators who abuse children.”

Back in 2010, Casey had also been convicted of the sexual abuse of yet another different child.

He was given probation in that case, due to the “Blue Privilege” afforded to police officers in the United States. He was, however, decertified as a police officer and lost his job.