Detectives Release Police Recordings From Gasworks Park Shooting

As the Seattle Police Department’s Force Investigation Team continues to review Wednesday’s fatal officer-involved shooting in Gasworks Park, detectives have compiled audio recordings of police radio traffic during the incident.

In the recording, officers can be heard calling for a Crisis Intervention specialist to calm the agitated man who, minutes later, threatened to ignite a gas can and then charged officers, while armed with a broken wine bottle.

Two officers then opened fire, fatally wounding the man.

The recordings contain coarse language and discretion is advised.

Edited audio containing transcription

Unedited raw audio

http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/14-249611.mp3

  July 31, 2014  

Defendant Extradited to Face Charges in Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry Murder Case

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Defendant Extradited to Face Charges in
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry Murder Case

Ivan Soto-Barraza, who is charged with the first degree murder of United States Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, was extradited to the United States from Mexico today,

announced Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy of the Southern District of California.

 

Agent Terry was fatally shot on Dec. 14, 2010, when he and other Border Patrol agents encountered Soto-Barraza and others in a rural area north of Nogales, Arizona. Of six defendants charged so far, two have pleaded guilty and two are awaiting trial.

 

“This marks another step forward in our aggressive pursuit of those responsible for the murder of Agent Brian Terry, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country,” said Attorney General Holder. “We will never stop seeking justice against those who do harm to our best and bravest.”

 

“This extradition is another major development in the pursuit of justice for Agent Terry and his family,” said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy. “As we continue to make significant progress in this case, we are constantly motivated by the memory of Agent Terry and his sacrifice for our country.”

Soto-Barraza is scheduled to be arraigned in federal district court in Tucson, Arizona, on August 1, 2014. The indictment charges Soto-Barraza and others with first degree murder, second degree murder, conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, attempted interference with commerce by robbery, use and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence and assault on a federal officer. In addition to the murder of Agent Terry, the indictment alleges that the defendants assaulted Border Patrol Agents William Castano, Gabriel Fragoza and Timothy Keller, who were with Agent Terry during the firefight.


  

 

On July 20, 2012, in order to seek the public’s assistance, Department of Justice officials announced a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to the arrest of four fugitives: Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, Lionel Portillo-Meza and Soto-Barraza. Portillo-Meza was captured in Mexico in September 2012 and extradited to the U.S. from Mexico on June 17, 2014. Soto-Barraza was captured in Mexico in September 2013.

 
Favela-Astorga and Osorio-Arellanes are fugitives.

 

A fifth defendant, Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, pleaded guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison in February 2014. A sixth defendant, Rito Osorio-Arellanes, who was in custody at the time of Agent Terry’s murder, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery and was sentenced to eight years in prison in January 2013.


 

 

This case is being prosecuted in federal court in Tucson by attorneys from the Southern District of California, Special Attorneys Todd W. Robinson, David D. Leshner, and Fred Sheppard.

 
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona is recused.

 
This case is being investigated by the FBI. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided assistance with the extradition.

 

The public is reminded that an indictment is a formal charging document and defendants are presumed innocent until the government meets its burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

  July 31, 2014  

Mayor, police blamed at city violence forum

Mayor, police blamed at city violence forum
The News Journal
Some of the roughly 200 people at the forum, organized by the administration at P.S. duPont Middle School, said the community needs to step up and work with police to start remedying the city’s troubling crime problem. Others were critical of the mayor

  July 31, 2014  

Lawsuit: DPD officer’s sex appeal created a “poisonous” work environment

A Dallas police officer who sued the city of Dallas on Thursday is accusing the Dallas Police Department of retaliating against her after she reported working in a “racially discriminatory and sexually hostile” environment.

Sr. Cpl. Aleciah Jackson, a 25-year veteran of the department, worked in the personnel division. She performed background checks on potential employees and assisted with the interview process, which made her entitled to receive pay equal to that of a detective, according to the suit filed in Dallas County. (Copy of the lawsuit below.)

In November 2012, a new female officer joined the personnel division, which quickly started some drama. The suit alleges that this new employee had sexual and romantic relationships with her coworkers and “openly flirted” with her supervisor, which “created a sexual charged environment” that helped her avoid duties she didn’t want to do.

This female employee was apparently so disruptive that “male officers in the unit began threatening each other.” The officer then made multiple allegations of sexual harassment against black men in the division and told her supervisors she didn’t like working with her black female coworkers because they “talked about her,” the suit says.

Jackson alleges that the “poisonous” environment interfered with her ability to do her job.

Jackson says she complained to her supervisors multiple times, but was so frustrated after a year that she broke rank and spoke with Assistant Chief Cynthia Villarreal. The assistant chief advised Jackson not to file a complaint with Internal Affairs, to “keep her head low” and let the other officer “burn her bridges,” according to the suit.

Three days later, Jackson says she was transferred to patrol without explanation. As a result, she lost her detective’s pay, the suit states.

Jackson sued the city of Dallas for retaliation and violation of Texas labor laws. She’s seeking between $100,000 and $500,000.

I’ve sent an email to the city attorney asking for comment, but haven’t yet heard back. The city doesn’t normally comment on pending lawsuits.

Here’s a copy of the lawsuit if you’d like to read it for yourself:

Aleciah Jackson vs. City of Dallas lawsuit

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New Hampshire Man Indicted for Tax Evasion

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New Hampshire Man Indicted for Tax Evasion

A former Northfield, New Hampshire, man was indicted on three counts of tax evasion for tax years 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. 

 

Ronald W. Martin was indicted July 23 by a federal grand jury in the District of New Hampshire.  The indictment was unsealed today.

 

The indictment alleges that Martin evaded federal income taxes from 2008 through 2010 on approximately $400,000 of income by directing earned income to be paid to a third party and depositing only a fraction of his income into his business bank account in an effort to conceal the source of this income.  According to the indictment, Martin operates the company Martin Construction.

 

This case was investigated by special agents of IRS – Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Zuckerman and Senior Litigation Counsel Corey J. Smith of the department’s Tax Division.

  July 31, 2014