law enforcement

Highway Patrol Fires Two For 'Hateful, Racist’ Remarks About Protesters

Jun 3, 2020
Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun Sentinel

A state trooper posted racially charged messages on social media that suggested he would act violently against protesters and “give them good lead."

Cpl. Daniel Maldonado, 36, posted the messages in the private WhatsApp chat app. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles fired Maldonado and another employee after the South Florida Sun Sentinel alerted the department to the posts.

Gregory Tony
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

When Gregory Tony was appointed January 2019 by new Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to take over leadership from suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, he inherited a law enforcement agency that had been heavily criticized and lost public trust following officers' response to the 2018 Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  

Just over a year later, Tony hosted a media 'open house' Thursday at the Public Safety Complex on West Broward Boulevard to review his first year at the helm of BSO.

Miami Herald File Photo

Melba Pearson, the former deputy director of Miami’s American Civil Liberties Union, filed paperwork Thursday to challenge longtime incumbent Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle.

She is a former Miami-Dade assistant state attorney who served 16 years as a prosecutor under Fernández Rundle.

Ben Crump
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Nationally recognized civil rights attorney Ben Crump is demanding answers from law enforcement on behalf of the family of a Broward County teen who drowned last spring.

CHARLES TRAINOR JR. / MIAMI HERALD

Broward prosecutors are now in charge of reviewing whether any police officers broke the law when they fired their guns in a public shootout last week that left four people dead.

The fierce gunfight in a traffic-packed street killed a UPS driver who had been taken hostage, a commuter caught in the crossfire and the two jewelry store robbers who had led police on a wild chase.

But police haven’t yet said whose bullets killed them.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

The Broward Sheriff’s deputy whose violent slamming of a high school teenager’s head on the pavement was captured on a cellphone video was fired this week despite the recommendation of an oversight board that he keep his job.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said during a press conference at the Broward Sheriff’s Office headquarters in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday that Deputy Christopher Krickovich’s actions back in April were unreasonable and unnecessary.

CHARLES TRAINOR JR. / Miami Herald

The police car chase and gun battle that killed two armed robbers, a UPS driver and a bystander was a chaotic affair that stretched across two counties and involved a slew of South Florida cops.

The ensuing investigation — at least for the public clamoring to know how a police chase broadcast on live television ended in two innocent people shot to death on a busy Miramar street — has been equally confusing.

Updated at 7:02 p.m. ET

Six people, including one police officer, were killed Tuesday in Jersey City, N.J., during a shooting at a cemetery and in a gunbattle in a local market that lasted for hours.

There were two separate shooting incidents beginning at Bayview Cemetery, where the officer was slain, and then later at a kosher market, where five bodies were found after hours of gunfire.

Local police say the two shooting suspects, both males, and three bystanders were found dead inside the store.

AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD

Most students who committed deadly school attacks over the past decade were badly bullied, had a history of disciplinary trouble and their behavior concerned others but was never reported, according to a U.S. Secret Service study released Thursday.

In at least four cases, attackers wanted to emulate other school shootings, including those at Columbine High School in Colorado, Virginia Tech University and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The research was launched following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Gregory Tony
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

A Broward sheriff’s deputy has been fired for punching an arrested man handcuffed to a hospital bed on Jan. 2, an act caught on the cop’s bodycam video.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony announced the termination Wednesday morning.

MIAMI HERALD

A noted forensic pathologist who viewed Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy said that the sex trafficker’s injuries were more consistent with strangulation than with suicide, and he called upon law enforcement authorities to dig deeper into how Epstein died.

In an interview on Fox & Friends Wednesday, Dr. Michael Baden said that Epstein, who was found hanging in his Manhattan jail cell on Aug. 10, had two fractures on the left and right sides of his larynx — the thyroid cartilage or Adam’s apple the left hyoid bone above the Adam’s apple.

Palm Beach County’s Newest City Gets Police Force

Oct 8, 2019
Austen Erblat / South Florida Community News

The city of Westlake, which incorporated on a piece of farmland in central Palm Beach County in 2016 following a five-person vote, will be contracting with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services, according to an agreement.

The sheriff’s office announced the deal on its Twitter and Facebook pages and sent a copy of the agreement to the Sun Sentinel Monday. PBSO has created a new district to cover the city, which sits on Seminole Pratt Whitney Boulevard about three miles north of Okeechobee Boulevard and about five miles south of Northlake Boulevard.

The Justice Department is asking that Facebook hold off on its plans to fully encrypt its messaging services. In an open letter to the company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, federal law enforcement officials and their counterparts in the U.K. and Australia said the end-to-end encryption proposal would block their access to users' communications and interfere with their "ability to stop criminals and abusers in their tracks."

Updated at 9:26 p.m. ET

Amber Guyger, a former Dallas police officer who killed her unarmed black neighbor after stepping into his apartment and mistaking it for her own, has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison by the same jury that convicted her of murder.

"Your sentence will begin today," Judge Tammy Kemp told Guyger.

The Boy Scouts of America are facing new allegations of sexual abuse from about 800 men across the country, according to lawyers representing them. One of the men filed suit Monday in Philadelphia.

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