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Daughter says she lied to police about providing false alibi for man accused of killing 81-year-old California man

The daughter of a Nevada man on trial for allegedly strangling an 81-year-old Newport Beach man now says she lied to detectives about providing her father a fake alibi for the night of the slaying.

The new testimony by Anthony Thomas Garcia’s adult daughter appears to bolster the claim by his defense attorney that Garcia wasn’t even in the state when Abelardo Lopez Estacion was killed on Apr. 11, 2015.

But the sudden change of Samantha Garcia’s story – which stands in stark contrast to her previous interviews with police and testimony under oath in earlier court hearings – led a prosecutor to question whether the daughter is now lying in order to protect her father.

Deputy District Attorney Whitney Bokosky alleges that Garcia drove from Carson City to Newport Beach, entered a home while Estacion was asleep and then struck, smothered and strangled Estacion before driving back to Nevada.

During testimony on Wednesday and Thursday, Garcia’s daughter, Samantha Garcia, acknowledged that she previously told detectives that her father had left his cell phone with her in Carson City the night of the killing so that she could carry out a fake text conversation between the two of them to provide him an alibi. She also admitted to telling the same story under oath during a preliminary hearing where a judge decided there was enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial.

The daughter now says that story was a lie, denying that she had her father’s phone in her possession the night of Estacion’s death, and saying she met with her father in Carson City after midnight. If Garcia had carried out the killing, he would have had to have been either in Newport Beach or in transit to or from the city at that time.

Under questioning by the prosecutor, the daughter said she felt pressured by detectives, and said she responded by giving them what she believed they wanted to hear.

“They kept telling me he did this,” Samantha Garcia said. “They kept telling me I was going to go to jail. I didn’t want to go to jail.”

“So to stay out of jail you came up with a lie that implicates both your father and you in a crime?” the prosecutor asked.

“Yes,” the daughter replied. “I just wanted to go home.”

Anthony Garcia, 61, is accused of killing Estacion for financial gain. Bokosky, during the opening of the trial, told jurors that prior to Estacion’s death, Garcia had told others that he wanted to kill Estacion.

Garcia’s attorney, Alisha Montoro, countered that no fingerprints, eyewitnesses or surveillance video ties Garcia – whom she described as a non-violent family man – to the scene of Estacion’s killing.

Much of the testimony in the trial has focused on an ugly fight over the estate of Estacion’s wife, Dortha Lamb, who was dying of terminal cancer and suffering from dementia at the time of Estacion’s alleged slaying. Garcia’s ex-girlfriend, who is also the mother of one of Garcia’s children, is a granddaughter of Lamb.

A self-made woman who owned a home in Newport Beach and valuable rental properties in San Clemente and Costa Mesa, Lamb had lived with Estacion for more than 20 years, marrying him shortly before his death.

Lamb’s trust had been amended so that if she died before Estacion the Newport Beach home would go to Lamb’s daughter, the rental properties to Estacion. But Lamb’s family believed Estacion was abusing Lamb, and had taken her away from Estacion.

Hours before Estacion was killed, a judge delayed a decision on a temporary restraining order that would have prevented Estacion from contacting Lamb and kicked him out of the Newport Beach home.

If convicted, Garcia faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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San Diego police fatally shoot man they say pointed gun at officers

San Diego police fatally shot a man who they said pointed a handgun at officers in City Heights on Thursday, the third police shooting in the past 12 days.

The shooting was reported soon after 4 p.m. on Menlo Avenue near El Cajon Boulevard, two or three blocks east of Hoover High School.

Police said officers had reacted to some 911 telephone about a man with a handgun. When officials found that the guy, they instructed him to put down the gun, authorities homicide Lt. Matt Dobbs said.

The man placed the gun on the ground, but while officials waited to get a police dog to show up to help them take the man into custody, he reached for the gun, Dobbs said. Department officials said on Twitter that the man pointed the gun.

The guy died before he can be taken to a hospital. Police had not identified him\.

One watch, Evan Ribbey, 27, stated he heard yelling outside his condominium. When he stepped outside, on his balcony, he saw officers taking cover vehicles parked at a driveway and along the street\. With what Ribbey said looked like shields the street was running up and down.

Ribbey, a system administrator who was working from home, said he noticed officials shout commands, such as”drop the gun” and”step away from your vehicle.” The gunman wasn’t in Ribbey’s line of sight.

Ribbey said he heard 20 into 25 gunshots in rapid succession. “It was just like fireworks,” he explained.

Another opinion, William Sykes, was riding a bicycle and had only turned north on Menlo from Orange Avenue when officers stopped him. Sykes said he heard a gunshot and jumped to take cover\. He saw officers beginning CPR on the man, who lay on the sidewalk, when he finally stepped outside\.

This marks the first step shooting by San Diego police this year, four of which were fatal. Three were armed. The fourth person had grabbed an officer’s gun holster.

The Thursday night incident was the third largest police-involved shooting in the previous two weeks.

On Sunday, officers shot and injured a man who slipped from a handcuff at the back of a patrol car and got a hold of a gun at the sally port at police headquarters in downtown San Diego.

On June 27, two officers had seen a burglar suspect walking across Sixth Avenue near A Street in downtown San Diego and tried to stop him. Video reveals the guy pulling something \authorities said it was a weapon — as officers approached\. They opened fire, striking and killing him.

The recent shootings have unfolded amid national calls for police reform in response to killings by police, including the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

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San Diego police release video of suspect shooting

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego police on Wednesday released video of officers shooting a guy who they say managed to slip his handcuffs while at a patrol car at police headquarters and also grab an officer’s gun.

(Decision )Keith Bergman, 25, fired a round and got out of their vehicle with the gun in his waistband before officers took him at least one time in his torso Sunday night, police said. He was expected to survive.

The man was threatened to stab staff at a Caribbean resort and was pepper-sprayed and hauled down by safety personnel before police arrived, based on a introduction on the movie.

Officers came and detained the man, who had been found to have methamphetamine in his pickets and five credit cards which didn’t belong to himaccording to the video.

He had been placed in a patrol SUV and took to headquarters, where the car was parked at a sally port and he was abandoned in the back seat while an officer filled out reservation paperwork, police have said.

But the guy slipped a hand out of his handcuffs, broke a plexiglass divider between the rear seat and the cargo area and caught a back-up handgun from an officer back, authorities said.

Surveillance and police figure camera footage reveals officers walking up to the SUV and then pulling guns as they see Bergman seemingly free, holding the backpack.

An officer holding a gun and a flashlight orders:”Let me see your hands!”

“He has a gun?” An officer asks.

“He’s got a gun. He’s got a gun,” the officer replies, including a minute later to Bergman:”Bro, let me see your hands. We don’t want to take you.”

The four officers that have encircled the SUV back up”in an effort to de-escalate” and keep ordering Bergman to surrender, based on text in the movie. They seem to back behind patrol cars and concrete pillars\ in the garage-like location.

(Decision )Bergman then fires a shot, placing a hole in the back window of the patrol vehicle, and two officers firing back, according to the video.

(*)Bergman — shirtless, blood-streaked, the handcuffs dangling from his right hand, with the gun tucked into his waistband along with the backpack over his shoulder — then extends out of the SUV and walks to the rear of the patrol vehicle. He drops the back, apparently attempting to get into the back while officers yell at him to show his hands and also get away in the SUV.

Bergman then walks around and attempts to open up the driver’s doorway before three additional shots have been fired through the windshield, bringing him down momentarily.

But the movie shows him afterward scrabbling into the door and attempting to open it or drag himself up until another shot leaves him go and falls. He begins before a police dog is sent to grab him, crawling on his hands and knees.

(*)Bergman was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, suspicion of drug possession and being under the influence of medication.

It was not immediately known whether he had an lawyer.

The shooting was under investigation.

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Transcripts Of Police Body Cams Show Floyd Pleaded 20 Times That He Couldn’t Breathe

This combination of photos supplied from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office shows (from left) Derek Chauvin,J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Lane’s attorney on Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss charges.

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This combination of photographs provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office shows (from left) Derek Chauvin,J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Lane’s lawyer on Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss charges against him.

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Transcripts of authorities body camera video in the moments leading up to George Floyd’s passing reveal that he pleaded some 20 days that he could not breathe and one of the officers expressed concern about Floyd’s well-being, but was rebuffed by his own superior.

The transcripts from cameras worn by former officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng were filed in Minnesota state court on Wednesday as part of a motion to dismiss charges against Lane.

As officer Derek Chauvin had Floyd pinned beneath his kneeface-down to the pavement and whining that he could not breathe, Lane, that was holding Floyd’s legs, requested Chauvin whether the suspect should be moved.

Floyd: My face is getting it awful.

Lane: This, should we get his legs up, or is this great?

Chauvin: Leave him.

And, again, as Floyd is observed speaking for the last time:

Floyd: Ah! Ah! Please. Please. Please.

Lane: Should we roll him onto his side?

Chauvin: No, he’s staying place where we got him.

Lane: Ok. I just worry about the delirium or anything\.

Chauvin: Well that is why we have the ambulance coming.

Lane: Ok, I suppose.

Shortly after that exchange somebody from the audience gathered nearby notices that Floyd is not breathing. The officers subsequently confirm that he’s non-responsive.

Earlier at the transcript, the officers plead with Floyd to put up his hands, but the defendant repeatedly communicates worry about getting shot. The officers also order him but Floyd refuses, stating he is claustrophobic and would be restrained on the sidewalk\. The transcript has officers.

Chauvin was billed with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Tou Thao, Kueng, lane plus also a fourth officer, are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter. All four officers were dismissed after the May 25 event.

None of those former officers has entered a plea.

Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, said in an interview Wednesday that the court should make the video in the body cameras public.

“I feel the people ought to view it,” he explained . “That shows the whole picture. Should they see the whole thing, people… couldn’t cherry pick parts of it”

“It is not a situation where he is standing by watching a second cop pound on a person’s mind,” Gray explained. “This is a case where my client twice — twice — asked if we have to turn him and the response from [Chauvin] was no.”

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Police chiefs and NAACP agree on a way to improve policing, but some activists say it falls far short

As recent protests against police brutality have highlighted deep divisions over the future of law enforcement in Illinois, a prominent civil rights group and top police officials have come together to promote a joint solution to help address the controversy.

To build trust between people of color and law enforcement, the Illinois NAACP State Conference and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police have been promoting a document they call the Ten Shared Principles. The agreement calls for valuing every life, treating everyone with respect, rejecting discrimination, and supporting community policing, diversity and de-escalation training.

The two groups agreed on the principles in 2018, well before the current demonstrations, but prompted by many of the same concerns. Since then, nearly 200 police departments and law enforcement organizations across the state, including many in the suburbs but not Chicago, have adopted what its sponsors call a “historic” agreement.

But as nationwide protests continue in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, activists from Black Lives Matter and other groups have called for much stronger measures, such as defunding police. And even some who support the principles warn that the agreement won’t work without measures to enforce it.

The Shared Principles started in part as a response to protests over the police killing of Michael Brown in suburban Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. Further impetus was added with the police killing of Laquan McDonald in Chicago in 2016. Work on the Shared Principles began when the NAACP and the chiefs held joint meetings around the state called World Cafes that attracted scores of community and police leaders to discuss how to go forward. The principles also built on President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

About 40 departments and other groups have signed on this year, nearly half of them since the recent protests began. Recent adoptees include the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police.

Though the principles contain no enforcement measures, officials say that many police policies have or will formalize the same ideas with disciplinary provisions.

The effort to reach consensus on policing objectives was a recognition that while controversies have often erupted over police killings in big cities, deaths of African Americans at the hands of white police officers have occurred sporadically statewide, including in Chicago’s suburbs.

In 2011, Darrin Hanna died one week after being beaten and shocked by police in North Chicago. In 2018, Decynthia Clements was shot and killed by police after charging them with knives after a standoff on the I-90 tollway in Elgin.

And in 2018, armed security guard Jemel Roberson, who was subduing a shooting suspect outside a bar in Robbins, was shot four times and killed by a Midlothian police officer. Each incident prompted numerous demonstrations and calls for repercussions. The North Chicago case led to one officer being fired and another suspended, the departure of the chief, and a $3 million settlement of a lawsuit over the death. No officers were disciplined in the other cases and no criminal charges were filed.

More generally, in 2018, an investigation by WBEZ and the Better Government Association found that of 113 shootings involving suburban police departments since 2005, no officers were charged criminally or even disciplined.

In response to such incidents, police and NAACP officials saw their agreement as a starting point for improving relations between the police and residents.

Robert Moore, chair of criminal justice for the NAACP in Springfield, has been traveling the state with the chiefs to train departments on following the principles, and he believes it is making a difference.

“That agreement allows us to come to the table with the chiefs,” he said. “There are so many reforms that are needed. We’re not where we want to fully be, but we’re so far ahead of other states.”

The head of the chiefs association, Crystal Lake police Chief James Black, said the agreement reflects that police and residents both want their communities to be safe for everyone.

“It’s a great document, in my humble opinion,” he said. “We found police and communities of color want the same thing. There’s a misunderstanding about how we get to where we want to be.”

Some Black activists describe the Ten Shared Principles as well-intentioned but unenforceable. Regina Brent, founder and president of Unity Partnership in Naperville, regularly works with suburban police departments to resolve issues of race, but was not involved in this effort.

“We do not support the Ten Shared principles,” she said. “It says you should treat me like a citizen. It needs to go further. If it had teeth, we wouldn’t be out there marching.”

Instead, she said, reformers should focus on policies that can be changed immediately by any mayor or police chief who’s willing. She called for further safeguards against the police use of chokeholds like that used on George Floyd, which generally are illegal in Illinois; comprehensive use of body cameras by police, which remains rare in the suburbs; and detailed statewide data on police misconduct.

Some protesters say the historic and ongoing nature of the problem has moved it far beyond the realm of mere agreements. Unlike the NAACP and Unity Partnership, which believe in working with police to bring about reform, some protest leaders say it’s time to look for radical alternatives to the police.

Ja’Mal Green, an activist and former mayoral candidate in Chicago, said it’s too late for agreements such as the Ten Shared Principles.

“Just saying they’ll commit to a policy doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “We’ve given them body cameras, Tasers, use of force policies, but they still use excessive force.”

“We’ve got to stop saying let’s reform the police — it keeps pouring money into a system that isn’t working,” he said. “We need to pour money into communities so they’re safe enough that we don’t need so much policing.”

Police chiefs welcomed proposals to increase funding for social services to help improve their communities and handle calls for service, but were alarmed at talk of defunding their departments.

In Oak Park, police Chief LaDon Reynolds, whose department has adopted the Ten Shared Principles, said documents such as the Shared Princples are backed up by specific regulations controlling the use of force and other areas of concern.

While Oak Park had problems with complaints of biased policing in the past, Reynolds said, it worked to overcome them primarily through community policing, by having officers get to know and work with community members.

He noted that his department is reviewing its use-of-force policies, has a civilian advisory committee to oversee discipline, and its racial makeup generally reflects that of its diverse community.

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While Reynolds called the Floyd incident a “horrific” murder, he cautioned against painting all police with the same brush, saying most want to serve their communities honorably.

“There are real issues with policing in America, without a doubt,” he said. “But that does not take away that there are good men and women in law enforcement of all ethnicities doing good work.”

Any agreement is only as good as its enforcement, said Ed Yohnka, spokesman for the ACLU of Illinois, which is involved in the federal consent decree aimed at reforming Chicago police operations. Recent crises, he said, have shown the need for social service agencies to handle some situations, rather than people with guns trained in the use of force.

“Police have not been called to task when they’ve done wrong,” Yohnka said. “The real focus needs to be on enforcing accountability. What’s going to happen when somebody breaks the rules? That’s the critical piece here.”

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Mexican police arrest 3 over rehab center attack that left 27 dead

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Mexican police have arrested three men over a damn gun assault on a drug rehabilitation center that left 27 people dead, the local prosecutor’s office said Sunday.

Gunmen burst into the middle in the city of Irapuato in the central Guanajuato state on Wednesday, forcing victims”onto the ground and shot them”, authorities said.

The suspects were captured in a swoop by specific powers, the prosecutor’s office said on Twitter, calling the incident a”heinous crime”

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has condemned the attack — the most peculiar of its kind this year in the nation. The initial death toll was 24, but three of the people who were injured have since died.

The president called on the Guanajuato government, which will be in opposition hands, to investigate whether the violence could be partly due to”conspiracy” between local governments and criminal gangs.

According to local press, the assault was part of an ongoing struggle between rival cartels.

The existence of large-scale energy infrastructure in Guanajuato has drawn gangs such as the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel, that deals in stolen gas and is battling the strong Jalisco New Generation cartel for control of the lucrative commerce.

On June 21, authorities said they had captured 26 suspected members of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel, which reacted by putting up blockades of burning vehicles in three towns.

A few days before six members of a household, such as a small, had been murdered in the city of Celaya, among those where the gang setup roadblocks.

Wednesday’s attack was that the second-most lethal assault since Lopez Obrador came into power in December 2018, afterwards 28 people were killed at a pub in the eastern state of Veracruz past August.

Since December 2006 when the then-government established a military operation against drug trafficking gangs, over 290,000 individuals are murdered, according to official figures.

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Police believe pair were moving drugs from Baltimore to West Virginia

A motorist supposedly rear-ended another vehicle while driving under the effect on June 26. After searching the occupants as well as the vehicle, authorities reportedly discovered”scramble” capsules in their way out of Baltimore to West Virginia.

Randy William Davis, 58, and Brenda Lee Marsce, 54, both of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, have been charged with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute and related fees. Davis was cited for traffic offenses while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance and reckless 21, such as driving a vehicle. Davis was released on $3,500 bail. Marsce was released on $5,000 bail, according to electronic court records.

According to charging documents, members of Mount Airy Police responded to a traffic crash between two vehicles near the off-ramp from I-70 on Ridge Road in Mount Airy. 1 car seemed to have been struck by the back. That car’s driver said she was uninjured. Davis was the driver of the other automobile and Marsce was the passenger. Before police arrived, A second passenger left the area, witnesses said. The charging files for Davis didn’t include if the passenger was afterwards located.

When police talked to Davis, he seemed to be lethargic and slow with shrunken students and he had trouble responding to queries and the officer saw white residue on his nose, according to charging documents. The officer did a spiritual test, during which Davis said he had snorted”scramble,” a medication combination involving heroin and fentanyl, while at Baltimore City earlier that day. Police wrote that he admitted the trip’s function was for drugs. Police arrested and searched Davis after he showed signs of impairment from the sobriety test. He was in an envelope of money, as well as possession of paraphernalia and crack cocaine, according to the charging papers.

When police spoke to Marsce, she showed signs of confusion and handicap. Mount Airy EMS responded to take her into the hospital. At the hospital, staff discovered about 35 capsules containing suspected scramble and two vials of crack cocaine on her person while she was undressing, according to charging documents. Police wrote that 35 capsules was more than the amount a typical user could owns and was a sign of intent to distribute.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Davis on July 28. He couldn’t be reached at the number listed in court records\. No attorney information was listed in court documents as of Friday.

No attorney or phone number were recorded for Marsce as of Friday. There was A hearing deferred, according to electronic court records.

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Police chief fires 3 Colorado officers over photo taken near memorial site for Elijah McClain

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The police chief of Aurora, Colo., on Friday fired two officers who she said were in a photo reenacting the violent arrest of a 23-year old black guy, Elijah McClain, who died last summer after he was put in a chokehold and injected with a heavy sedative by paramedics.

Interim chief Vanessa Wilson also terminated a third officer, Jason Rosenblatt, who obtained the photo and participated in McClain’s arrest. Wilson said Rosenblatt replied”ha ha” to the image, taken last October near a memorial to McClain.

McClain’s departure has been a focus of the road protests at Colorado that erupted following the killing of George Floyd at Minneapolis. The Aurora officials have not been charged.

Wilson stated in a news conference in the Denver suburb she fired Officers Erica Marrero and Kyle Dittrich for posing with another officer, Jaron Jones, who resigned earlier in the week. She described the photo depiction as a”despicable act” and a humiliation to law enforcement.

“There are cops who have ethics. They understand duty and they know honor,” Wilson stated. “These four don’t get it,” she said of those 3 officers in the photograph and Rosenblatt.

“And when any officer in this police department disagrees and believes this was acceptable, I will gladly accept your resignation today,” she added.

The renewed focus on the situation in the wake of Floyd’s departure has prompted Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) to appoint a special prosecutor into reopen the analysis into McClain’s killing. The U.S. Department of Justice announced this week it would review the situation as a potential civil rights violation.

Rosenblatt and two other Aurora officers responded last August to some 911 call reporting a suspicious person, then tackled McClain when he didn’t comply with orders. He might have been listening to music at the time, and it is uncertain whether he heard the officers’ commands.

McClain, who was unarmed, was handcuffed and placed in a carotid grip, a dangerous restraint technique that cuts off blood to the brain to render a person unconscious.

When paramedics arrived, they injected McClain with ketamine, a potent sedative. Footage of the arrest captured him pleading and complaining that he couldn’t breathe.

After having a heart attack on the way to the hospital, McClain died several days after.

In response to the firings, the Aurora Police Association issued a statement criticizing the analysis as a”rush to judgement” and calling Wilson”unfit.”

“Each of the officers involved have been ordered to give interviews on quite short notice, without proper preparation, out of their normal work hourshad their phones confiscated and downloaded, and then were given a abbreviated and defective file review process,” the union’s statement said, alleging the measures were”violations of the [officers’] due process rights”

Wilson told reporters she met with McClain’s mother Friday afternoon to show her the photo of the officers, so she could see them ahead of their public release.

“That is her son,” Wilson said. “This really is her son being mocked.”

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Two Oklahoma police officers charged in death of Male

2 Oklahoma police officers charged in death of male


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two police officers from a small southern Oklahoma city have been charged with second-degree murder after being accused of using their stun guns over 50 occasions to a 28-year-old man who died.

Wilson police Officers Joshua Taylor, 26, and Brandon Dingman, 34, were charged Wednesday in the death last year of Jared Lakey, according to court documents.

Court documents said the two officers used their stun guns on Lakey more than 50 times,”which greatly surpassed what could have been necessary or warranted by the attendant circumstances,” and was a”significant factor” at Lakey’s departure.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, which assisted with the analysis at the request of the Carter County sheriff’s office, stated that following Taylor and Dingman used their stun guns on Lakey on July 4, 2019, Lakey was hospitalized and died on July 6, 2019.

Taylor and Dingman had come in contact with Lakey after reacting to a call that he was behaving in a disorderly manner, OSBI explained. The bureau stated that when Lakey would not comply with the officers’ orders, they used their stun guns multiple times.

A deputy with the Carter County sheriff’s office eventually responded to the scene and helped get Lakey into custody. OSBI explained that shortly after that, breathing stopped and became unresponsive. He was taken to the hospital.

OSBI stated that on Wednesday, prosecutors issued arrest warrants for Taylor and Dingman. OSBI said both turned themselves in Thursday. They were each awarded a $250,000 bond and both have bonded out.

Court documents do not record lawyers for Taylor or even Dingman and residence telephone numbers for the men could not be found.

If convicted, each faces a punishment 10 years to life in prison.

Wilson is located about 100 km south of Oklahoma City.

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Police roll up crime Programs in Europe after infiltrating popular encrypted chat app

Countless alleged drug dealers and other criminals are in custody today after police in Europe infiltrated an encrypted chat system allegedly used by tens of thousands to explore illegal operations. The collapse of the method of communication will likely have a chilling impact on crime-focused tech’s dark sector.

“Operation Venetic” was reported by various police agencies, major regional news outlets, and by Motherboard in particularly vibrant type, quoting widely people apparently from within the groups affected.

The performance involved hundreds of officers working across several agencies in France, the Netherlands, the U.K., and other nations. It began in 2017, and surfaced two weeks back when a service called EncroChat was hacked and the messages of thousands of users exposed to police examination.

EncroChat is a measure up in some ways from encrypted chat programs like Signal and WhatsApp. Rather like Blackberry did, EncroChat supplied a OS, customized hardware, and also its servers to users .

Messages on the ceremony were allegedly very secure and’d deniability built in by allowing discussions be edited afterwards — so theoretically a user can claim after the fact that they never said something. Motherboard’s Joseph Cox has been following the company for quite a while and has much more information on its claims and operations.

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Obviously those claims weren’t entirely accurate, as at some point in ancient 2020 police managed to introduce malware into the EncroChat system that completely subjected the talks and images of its users. Due to the nature of this app, people would openly discuss murders, drug prices, and other crimes, which makes them sitting ducks for law enforcement.

During the spring criminal surgeries were cracked open with alarming (to them) regularity, but it wasn’t until May that consumers and EncroChat was able to put the pieces together. The business tried to warn its customers and issue an upgrade, however, the cat was out of the bag. Seeing that its operation was exposed, the Operation Venetic teams struck.

Arrests around the several countries involved (there were numerous sub-operations however France and the Netherlands were the primary researchers ) entire near a thousand, but accurate numbers aren’t clear. Dozens of guns, tons (metric( obviously ) of medication and also the equivalent of thousands of dollars in cash were seized. The chat logs appear to have provided access to individuals higher up the food chain compared to busts will have.

That the reportedly popular of encrypted chat companies concentrated on illegal activities might be completely subverted by global authorities will probably put a damper on its competition. But like other national barriers such as the complaints by the FBI, to encryption, this event is much more likely to strengthen the tools.

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