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March 3, 2023

Hundreds of on-the-clock Chicago police gather outside hospital, blocking access to ER for at ...

Hundreds of on-the-clock Chicago police gather outside hospital, blocking access to ER for at least 3 blocks

March 3, 2023

Florida man sues after being paralyzed by officer who mistook gun for Taser

Florida man sues after being paralyzed by officer who mistook gun for Taser

A Florida man who was paralyzed when a police officer shot him after mistaking his handgun for his stun gun filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the city of Hollywood, the officer and others, saying: “My life got destroyed.”

Michael Ortiz is seeking unspecified millions of dollars from Hollywood, Florida, and Henry Andrews, 50, the officer who also faces a misdemeanor charge for the 2021 shooting, one of several over the last 20 years in which officers have said they mistook their gun for their Taser. The federal civil rights lawsuit also names officers Dionte Roots and Jhonny Jimenez, who were subduing Ortiz when Andrews shot him.

Ortiz told reporters not only had his life been destroyed but so has his mother’s as she has to change his diapers and provide other care.

He called 911 for help while suffering from a mental health crisis but was shot while handcuffed on the ground.

March 3, 2023

Settlement reached in lawsuit against former Normal police officer

Settlement reached in lawsuit against former Normal police officer

A former Normal police officer reached a settlement agreement in a federal lawsuit filed by a woman who alleged he stole $12,000 from her home.

Other defendants — former Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner and two officers — were dismissed from the case in January. Plaintiff Lindsey Holzhauer alleged that they conspired to prevent her from reporting the theft and caused her emotional distress with their handling of the situation, which coincided with her husband's death.

Holzhauer said former Normal police officer Brian R. Williams took the money from her home after she had called first responders there on Nov. 25, 2019, for a medical emergency involving her husband, who later died. She believed he had left the $12,000 on a counter to be used for his funeral expenses, according to court documents.

Holzhauer reported the missing money to Normal police, and a family member later reported it to Illinois State Police. She received an anonymous call from someone who promised to return the money if she dropped the investigation. Williams was arrested Nov. 29, 2019, in a subsequent sting operation after he gave her $13,000 in a plastic bag at a Pontiac gas station, according to court documents.
March 3, 2023

Ex-Pierce County sheriff's sergeant sentenced for choking girlfriend, threatening her with machete

Ex-Pierce County sheriff’s sergeant sentenced for choking girlfriend, threatening her with machete

A former Pierce County sheriff’s sergeant has been sentenced for choking his girlfriend and threatening her with a machete.

Robert Carpenter, 52, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Pierce County Superior Court to second-degree domestic violence assault, The News Tribune reported.

Judge TaTeasha Monique Davis sentenced him to six months in jail, which is at the low end of a standard sentencing range.

Early on Nov. 14, Carpenter returned to his Puyallup home drunk, slapped his girlfriend awake and over two hours, choked her several times, held a machete near her throat and threatened to kill her and her children, according to court documents.

He eventually surrendered to a SWAT team at his home and has been in custody since then. The woman told law enforcement she thought she would die during the attack, documents said.

Less than a month before, Carpenter had been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to felony harassment in a 2018 stabbing in Tacoma. He was subsequently fired from the sheriff’s department after working there for 25 years.
March 3, 2023

Puyallup police officer arrested for third-degree rape

Puyallup police officer arrested for third-degree rape

A Puyallup police officer has been arrested for rape for an alleged off-duty incident that occurred in October.

The 32-year-old officer was fired from the department on March 2 when he was arrested. He was hired by the department on Aug. 8, 2022, according to the Puyallup Police Department.

According to the Puyallup Police Department, the officer was still in training and had never worked alone as a police officer.

The officer was arrested by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department for third-degree rape.

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