The executive director of the Louisiana State Troopers Association was arrested on Father's Day, accused of firing one shot toward his daughter's boyfriend in the parking lot of his office on Jefferson Highway.
Authorities located the handgun he used in the drawer of the office's reception desk after responding to a shots fired call at that address, according to the arrest report.
David Young, the association's executive director, was booked into jail Sunday night. The Louisiana State Troopers Association is an organization that acts as a union and advocates on behalf of state troopers.
When East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene, they approached Young and asked if he had heard any shots fired in the area, according to his arrest report. He replied: "I fired a shot."
Young, 71, later told deputies he saw someone inside his daughter's vehicle, which was parked outside the Troopers Association building. He asked his daughter if anyone was inside her car and she told him no one was.
That's when Young retrieved his handgun from inside the building, walked outside and recognized his daughter's boyfriend as the person inside the car, deputies wrote in the arrest report. Young told deputies he ordered the boyfriend out of the vehicle and onto the ground, then held him at gunpoint and began to call 911.
But Young said the boyfriend "abruptly got up and began running around the vehicle, at which time (Young) fired one round into the air." He told deputies he meant to scare the boyfriend and let him know to keep his distance.
Deputies also questioned Young's daughter, who said she was cleaning the office when the incident unfolded. She provided a similar description of events, noting that her boyfriend is also the father of her child. She said her own father "does not like (him) because he does not take care of his kid," meaning Young's grandchild, according to the arrest report.
Deputies located the boyfriend farther down Jefferson Highway. He said he heard a shot while he was running away but didn't see which direction the gun was pointed, deputies wrote.
A witness also provided a video of the incident that shows "the handgun was pointed in the general direction" of the boyfriend when discharged, according to the report.
Young was booked into Parish Prison on one count each of aggravated assault with a firearm, illegal use of a weapon and false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon.
Baton Rouge attorney Floyd Falcon, who represents the Louisiana State Troopers Association, confirmed Monday that Young has been executive director for the past several years. Falcon said Young has never been a trooper himself, serving the association only in an administrative capacity.
Young's salary was $125,000 and he earned another $9,225 in "other compensation" in 2017, according to the association's tax records.
The association, which represents 97 percent of current troopers and a large number of retired troopers, is a private benevolent 501(c)(5) organization that collects dues from its membership. The group functions as a union in many ways, but also raises outside funds, donating to special causes and helping troopers during times of hardship.
Young's daughter, Lauren Young, was also arrested following the incident after deputies reported they found her in possession of meth, as well as prescription drugs that were not prescribed to her, according to her arrest report. Lauren Young, 35, was booked on two counts of drug possession.
Orlando Police released body cam footage of an officer being dragged by suspect’s car that hit speeds of up to 60 mph, according to a report on ClickOrlando.com.
The report said OPD Officer Sean Murphy had pulled over Zavier Askew, 25, on May 9 near College Drive and Willie Mays Parkway east of downtown Orlando. The officer found remains of marijuana in the car and asked Askew to exit the vehicle. At one point, Askew runs back into the car and drives off with Office Murphy halfway out the car window.
The body cam footage seen on ClickOrlando shows the moment Askew jumps into the driver’s seat and races off with Murphy’s legs out the window.
“Dude, you’re killing me. Stop, stop. This is attempted murder,” you can hear Officer Murphy’s voice saying in the video.
The report said Askew hit another car on a dead-end road where the chase ended with Askew hitting another car and Officer Murphy nearly avoiding getting pinned. Askew was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and other charges. He remains at the Orange County Jail.
UPDATE: 6/18/19 9:45 a.m. EST
The Phoenix Police Department has released new surveillance video that shows both a four-year-old girl walking out of a store with a stolen doll and the child's father stealing underwear from a separate store.
The shoplifting incidents lead to a controversial arrest where Phoenix police officers held the family of three at gunpoint. Civil rights activists have called the officers' actions extreme, especially the arrest of the four-year-old girl.
The mayor and police chief have said the actions by the officers went too far, but have maintained that a theft did occur and the family is not entirely blameless.
Police are now preparing for potential protests now the video has gone viral.
The Phoenix family at the center of an arrest video in which cops pulled a gun on the parents of a child who stole a doll criticized the city’s mayor and chief of police Wednesday, calling their apologies “a slap in the face.”
“We’ve been aware of apologies from the mayor and the chief, and, honestly, it really hasn’t done anything to help us ‘cause it feels like a half apology,” father Dravon Ames said during a press conference.
“The officers are still working. It’s basically a slap in the face...it’s just hurting us even more that they’re still working.”
Both Ames and his girlfriend Iesha Harper called for the officers involved to be fired.
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said she has requested for the officers to be removed from the street and put on desk duty while an investigation takes place.
Mayor Kate Gallego said she was “sick” over the video of the arrest, which showed an officer kicking Ames and pulling a gun on Harper, as well as their two young daughters, one of whom was in her arms.
“The mayor said she was sickened by what she saw. She was sickened, but we’re sick and tired of police brutality,” Rev. Jarrett Maupin, a spokesman for the family, said at the press conference.
Maupin admitted that Ames and Harper’s 4-year-old daughter stole a doll from a Family Dollar, but slammed the idea that it justified the officers’ actions.
Ames and Harper filed a $10 million legal claim against the city of Phoenix last week. The parents said Ames and their 1-year-old daughter were injured in the incident, which occurred in late May. The claim also noted one of the officers told Ames in front of his children that he was going to shoot him in the face.
The footage shows one officer handcuffing Ames while he’s lying on the ground and then picking him up, throwing him against his patrol car, kicking him in the legs and cuffing him once more.
“When I tell you to do something, you f--king do it,” the officer can be heard saying multiple times.
Another officer can then be seen pulling a gun as Harper, who is six months pregnant, and the children as they exit their car.
Multiple other officers soon arrive at the scene and two appear to try to take the children. Harper, instead, gives them to a stranger.
Police said in a statement they were responding to call from a store manager about shoplifting. During the call, the manager said the people involved were getting into their car in the parking lot.
When an officer approached the vehicle, according to the statement, the vehicle "quickly reversed and drove away.”
The couple and their car were found a short distance away at an apartment complex where the video was filmed.
Ames told police he “shoplifted a package of underwear from the store and threw them out the window,” according to the statement.
Harper told cops she saw her child walk out of the store with a doll and believed she took it “because they didn’t have any money,” the statement read.
In the press conference Wednesday, both parents said the police report was full of lies. They disputed the notion that cops put their sirens on before the arrest.
Ames said he thought he and his family were going to be “executed,” while Harper said both she and her children are still traumatized.
The two were not charged because the store manager declined to prosecute.
When asked if Harper would have done anything different, she replied: “I didn’t do anything wrong, so there’s nothing I would do different . There’s things they should do differently.”
Toronto Police say two people have been injured and it has arrested two suspects after gunshots rang out during a championship parade for the Toronto Raptors.
Toronto Police tweeted out that both victims suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries. Officers also recovered two firearms at the scene, though they are still completing the investigation.
Video on social media shows the crowd scrambling for safety.
According to KATV, the celebration, which drew an estimated two million people downtown, was briefly stopped while police and first responders reacted to the shooting. Celebration speeches restarted soon after.
Carlie Kollath Wells
NOLA Media Group, New Orleans
A New Orleans police officer was shot while responding to a reported armed robbery at a CVS in Uptown, authorities said early Monday morning (June 17).
The officer was shot in the left shoulder and taken to a hospital for treatment, police said. The officer’s condition was not immediately available.
A second person was injured in the same shooting, NOPD said, and authorities are looking for a third person believed to have been involved.
As of 7:30 a.m. Monday, NOPD spokesman Gary Scheets said authorities were actively searching for an individual. They had set up a perimeter in the area for several blocks, and the SWAT team was at the scene.
The shooting happened in the 4900 block of Prytania Street, which is between Upperline and Robert streets (map). The gunfire exchange started inside a CVS in the block after three officers responded to a call of an armed robbery, NOPD spokesman Gary Scheets said.
An officer was shot, along with one of the individuals believed to have been involved in the crime. A second suspect involved in the shooting ran away, Scheets said, and authorities are searching the area.
By Sara Coello, Jennifer Emily and Charles Scudder
The Dallas Morning News
A man in a mask and combat gear who opened fire Monday morning at the Earle Cabell federal courthouse in downtown Dallas was shot by officers before he could injure anyone.
The shooter, Brian Isaack Clyde, 22, died at the scene and was taken to Baylor University Medical Center, after police responded to an active shooter call, officials said.
Dallas Morning News photographer Tom Fox witnessed the shooter open fire outside the building and took photos of the gunman. The gunman fired from the parking lot across the street toward Fox and others.
The window panes in the revolving door and two side doors at the Commerce Street entrance were broken afterward. It is unclear if the door was shot by the shooter or law enforcement.
A photo taken by Fox shows law enforcement standing around the shooter, who is lying on the ground without a shirt on. The shooter had a red heart tattoo with a black drawing inside, possibly of an animal, on his left arm.
Fox, who was questioned by the FBI, said he was outside the building when a man in a mask parked on the corner of Jackson and Griffin streets. The masked man ran and then stopped in the street to pick something off the ground.
The man then began shooting at the courthouse and cracked the glass of the door, Fox said. Inside the building security pushed everyone down to the ground.
The federal building is likely to remain on lockdown for the rest of the day.
The shooting is a block from the July 7, 2016 ambush where five police officers — four Dallas police officer and a Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer — were killed by a gunman. Nearby El Centro College was placed on lockdown. During the ambush, that shooter entered the school and fired at the fifth officer who was killed from a window.
Dallas police detonated a suspicious device around 10:40 a.m. in the vehicle of the man who shot at the courthouse. The blast was strong enough to shake several sapling trees blocks away. Police were searching downtown for other possible devices. Many downtown buildings are on lockdown or evacuated. Many streets are closed as police search for suspicious devices.
Ed Modla was working from home at SoCo Urban Lofts this morning when he heard at least 10 loud shots outside. He looked outside and saw the gunman running across Griffin Street.
“As soon as I saw the shooter I got the hell away from the window,” he said.
He took another peek from his third-floor window a few moments later and said he saw officers “zeroing in” on the suspect across the street.
Dallas police evacuated the apartment building around 10 a.m., going door-to-door to make sure everyone got out.
Video tweeted by a KDFW-TV (Channel 4) assignment editor shows a man in a black mask and a gun run from the sidewalk next to the courthouse and across the street to a parking lot.
Judicial intern Thompson Du was waiting outside Monday morning after officials kept him from going inside. Du said his friends who were already nearby when the shooting occurred told him they heard shots for 45 seconds.
Don Miles heard 10-15 shots as he walked up to the Commerce Street entrance for his 9 a.m. appointment.
“I just ran,” Miles said.
Herman Turner, 50, took the day off work to run errands at the courthouse. He said he was on his way to get a cashier’s check when he saw the gunman run from the courthouse door near Main and Griffin streets, plant himself in the middle of the road and begin firing an assault rifle back at the building.
Monday’s shooting wasn’t the first connected to a North Texas courthouse.
In January 2013, a masked gunman shot and killed Kaufman County prosecutor Mark Hasse in a courthouse parking lot in Kaufman. The gunman then went on to kill Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia in their home over East weekend of that year.
The shooter, Eric Williams, remains on death row. He killed the DA and prosecutor in a revenge plot for prosecuting him for stealing county property. Williams wife, Kim, testified against him and is in prison for her role in the murders.
In January 1993, Hai Van Huynh opened fire in the hallway of the George L. Allen Sr. Courts Building in Dallas, fatally shooting his wife, Ly Dang, and wounding a bystander. He later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On July 1, 1992, George Lott opened fire inside the Tarrant County Courthouse, killing two lawyers, seriously wounding two appellate judges and grazing another attorney. He died by lethal injection two years later.
Lott had been indicted a few months earlier on aggravated sexual assault charges stemming from allegations that he had sexually abused his son at a motel in Peoria, Ill., according to police and court records. He was scheduled to be tried July 24 on the more serious of the charges, said prosecutor Jim Owens in Peoria, where the son lived.
(Staff Writer Dave Tarrant contributed to this report.)
Source: Detroit Police Dept. Facebook
New York Daily News
A plainclothes cop in Detroit is alleging that a fellow police officer accosted him after seeing him with cash in the restroom.
The African-American officer, 15-year-veteran Christopher Williams, was attending classes at the Detroit Police Department’s training center along with 100 other plainclothes officers, including his girlfriend who is a fellow officer, according to NBC News.
Williams happened to be holding onto $5,000 that his girlfriend had asked him to hold after she withdrew it from the bank to pay bills.
Finished with their training day, the couple left the building. Up walked the white officer, Williams said, and challenged him in lieu of simply asking who he was and why he had the cash – though there was no legal reason to do so.
Instead the cop, who had been with the force three years, grabbed him, threw him against a fence and cuffed him, Williams told NBC News. It wasn’t until his girlfriend showed her bank withdrawal receipt that the cop let them go, he said.
“You’re not supposed to have that kind of money,” the officer allegedly said, Williams’ attorney told NBC News.
The incident is being investigated internally, Assistant Police Chief James White said Friday on Facebook. He said he would reserve judgment on whether the incident was racially motivated and that there are circumstances in which asking someone where they got a large amount of cash is “not unreasonable.”
An 18-year-old was violently attacked during a road rage incident in Georgia, a harrowing event that could have ended his life
The young man, who asked only to be identified as Dalton, was crawling through rush-hour traffic in Gwinnett County on June 6th when he suddenly came under attack by another motorist.
"I honestly don’t know what set it off,” Dalton said. “He gets out of his car, comes and punches me in the face. I kick him in the face with my boot out the window.”
The suspect, identified as Emmitt Grubbs, reportedly took Dalton's keys and went back to his vehicle. When Dalton followed, Grubbs put the young man into a headlock and threatened to kill him.
"When he started dragging me, I was holding on to the car because I knew as soon as he let go, I would just fall right off,” Dalton told KALB. He added that Grubbs was driving in excess of 40 MPH as hs dragged him.
"He let go, and he took his hand and he shoved me out of the car,” he said.
Looking back, Dalton is lucky to be alive and has learned his lesson about confronting enraged drivers.
"I would just call 911. But being in that moment with the adrenaline going and he had my property, that’s the only thing I thought about getting back,” he said.
Grubbs is facing several charges and has a criminal history related to road rage.