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    (CNN)Delaware State University, a historically Black institution, said its women's lacrosse team was racially profiled by sheriff's deputies during a traffic stop while traveling through Georgia last month.The team's bus was headed north on I-95 in Liberty County on April 20 following a game in Florida when it was stopped "under the pretext of a minor traffic violation," Delaware State University President Tony Allen said in a statement. Liberty County is on Georgia's coast, south of Savannah.During the stop, sheriff's deputies used drug-sniffing dogs to search students' suitcases, Allen said. Video taken by players shows "law enforcement members attempting to intimidate our student-athletes into confessing to possession of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia." Allen added, noting nothing illegal was discovered.Police officers speak to Black drivers with less respect than White drivers, study findsLiberty County Sheriff William Bowman said the bus was pulled over for violating a state law that requires a bus or motorcoach to operate in the two most right-hand lanes unless the bus or motor coach is preparing for a left turn or moving to or from an HOV...
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The president of a historically Black college accused sheriff’s deputies in Georgia of intimidating and humiliating the school women’s lacrosse team when deputies pulled over the athletes’ bus and searched it for drugs. Delaware State University President Tony Allen said he’s “incensed” by the April 20 traffic stop along Interstate 95 south of Savannah as the team returned from a game in Florida. In a letter to students and faculty, Allen said nothing illegal was found and campus officials were “exploring options for recourse — legal and otherwise.” “We do not intend to let this or any other incident like it pass idly by,” Allen said in the letter posted Monday on the university’s social media pages. Liberty County Sheriff William Bowman, who is Black, said Tuesday his office is conducting a formal review of the traffic stop. He said deputies had stopped other commercial vehicles the same morning along I-95 and found drugs on a different bus. The team’s chartered bus was stopped because it was traveling in the left lane, which is a violation...
    Sheriff’s deputies in Georgia were surprised to learn last week that what was reported to be a woman’s body found along a hiking trail was actually a "life-sized doll, complete with accessories." The doll, dubbed Selena, was seen in the Hitchiti National Forest and was reported to authorities last Thursday but responding deputies quickly realized it was just a case of littering, not homicide, the Jones County Sheriff’s Office.  "The victim, now named Selena, is a little under the weather, but she has been having a nice day and is expected a make a full recovery," the department joked on its Facebook page.  A life-sized doll dubbed "Selena" was mistakenly reported as a body, the sheriff's department said.  (Jones County Sheriff's Office ) MARYLAND FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE SUSPECTED HOME INTRUDER STUCK IN CHIMNEY The doll as it looked when deputies found it.  "In all seriousness, thank God for small blessings in that this just turned out to be a case of littering. If you know Selena or are responsible for her whereabouts, rest assured no DNA was collected and...
    Georgia law enforcement have finally arrested a man they suspect of shooting at three sheriff's deputies and wounding two five days after a manhunt for his arrest was announced. Thomas County Sheriff's Office confirmed to the Washington Examiner that Tyler Henderson, 25, was arrested on Sunday. Henderson's manhunt had involved over 100 officers from South Georgia and North Florida law enforcement agencies. "He will now be a resident of the Thomas County Jail and will be held accountable for trying to take the life of three of our Deputies," the sheriff's office wrote on social media. WOMAN AND CHILD RESCUED FROM CAR STUCK IN PENNSYLVANIA RIVER Henderson was arrested after he went to the house of a relative who talked him into turning himself in. Police arrested him on the same street he committed his assault and were also able to recover the gun he used, according to the office. Sheriff Carlton Powell wrote on social media that he "would like you each to know how appreciative we are for the out pour of...
    A man suspected of shooting two deputies in Georgia last week was apprehended Sunday following a nearly week-long manhunt, authorities said.  Tyler Keith Henderson, 25, was on the run for more than five days before he was taken into custody by authorities in Thomas County, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  "He will now be a resident of the Thomas County Jail and will be held accountable for trying to take the life of three of our Deputies," the Thomas County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook.  MIAMI RAPPER WAVY NAVY POOH KILLED IN AMBUSH SHOOTING Tyler Henderson is pictured in handcuffs Sunday (Thomas County Sheriff's Office) Henderson, a convicted felon, is accused of firing at three deputies around midnight Tuesday in Ochlocknee, about 50 miles northwest of Valdosta, the sheriff's office said.  Two of the deputies were struck by gunfire, according to authorities. Both were in stable condition following the shooting.  "Our efforts will now shift to getting our Deputies back to 100%," the sheriff's office said on Sunday.  TEXAS SYNAGOGUE HOSTAGE CRISIS SUSPECT IDENTIFIED After the shooting last...
    Georgia investigators say two men were shot and dumped in a lake after deputies found two bodies near the same bridge within 24 hours of one another this week.  The Troup County Sheriff’s Office said investigators believe both Travis Michael Lodato, 31, and Marcus Lee Caswell, 46, were dumped in West Point Lake "in an attempt to hide or dispose of the bodies" after they were killed. Investigators said they first recovered Caswell’s body on Monday. (Troup County Sheriff's Office) "When we got the call yesterday that was kind of our working hunch, a fisherman or somebody that drowned," Sgt. Stewart Smith told FOX 5 Atlanta. "But when we started looking at the body we discovered that. It was certainly shocking." WASHINGTON MAN GETS 25 YEARS FOR MURDERING SISTER'S RAPIST AFTER MEETING HIM IN JAIL He’d been shot in the head. Then they found Lodato’s body the next day, also with a bullet wound, and said they believe the shootings happened at the same time.  Both men were from Newnan, Ga. (Troup County Sheriff's Office) Caswell’s...
    A handcuffed inmate stabbed two sheriff’s deputies inside a Georgia jail — killing one with his own knife, authorities said. Albert Dewitt Booze, 22, attacked the deputies early Tuesday as he was being moved to suicide watch after saying he wanted to harm himself at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center in Macon, sheriff officials said. “Several deputies escorted Booze to an observation cell,” according to a statement by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. “Booze was able to obtain a knife from one of the deputies and used the knife to kill the deputy.” Deputy Christopher Knight, 30, was stabbed in the neck during the attack and was later pronounced dead at a hospital. A second deputy, Jerome Michael Williams, 32, was also wounded, but has since been released from a hospital after being treated for his injuries. “These are sometimes dangerous people that we deal with, and they’re sometimes unpredictable and tragic things can happen,” Bibb County Sheriff David Davis told reporters Tuesday. “These deputies come to work every day knowing that they have a duty to perform and...
    More On: stabbings Six men wounded in possible gang-related Queens stabbing spree: cops Four men wounded in chaotic NYC knife attack Asian woman stabbed to death in ‘random’ attack while walking her dogs Suspect arrested in fatal Brooklyn stabbing A handcuffed inmate stabbed two sheriff’s deputies inside a Georgia jail — killing one with his own knife, authorities said. Albert Dewitt Booze, 22, attacked the deputies early Tuesday as he was being moved to suicide watch after saying he wanted to harm himself at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center in Macon, sheriff officials said. “Several deputies escorted Booze to an observation cell,” according to a statement by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. “Booze was able to obtain a knife from one of the deputies and used the knife to kill the deputy.” Deputy Christopher Knight, 30, was stabbed in the neck during the attack and was later pronounced dead at a hospital. A second deputy, Jerome Michael Williams, 32, was also wounded, but has since been released from a hospital after being treated for his injuries. “These are...
    A Georgia deputy was allegedly stabbed to death with his own knife early Tuesday morning by an inmate at the Bibb County Jail. “We’re here on a sad morning for the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff David Davis said, according to a local CBS News affiliate. “We’ve lost a fine deputy in the jail and had another one injured.” Authorities say deputy Christopher Knight was stabbed in the neck by Albert Booze while he was transporting the inmate to suicide watch after Booze said he had thoughts about hurting himself. Davis said deputies are allowed to carry knives in the jail in order to cut materials that inmates could use to commit suicide, ABC News reported. Both deputies were taken to the hospital where Knight succumbed to his injuries. The other deputy, identified as Jerome Michael Williams, survived and is expected to make a full recovery. Booze was in jail under charges of criminal damage to property, criminal trespassing and giving a false name to law officers. He’s been at the jail since November. “These are sometimes dangerous people that we deal with, and they're...
    KINGSLAND, Ga. (AP) — A sheriff on the Georgia coast says his department needs a military-style armored vehicle to help defend a Navy base in his county. Camden County Sheriff Jim Proctor is seeking a $350,000 grant from the federal Department of Homeland Security so it can buy an armored personnel carrier. Sheriff’s Capt. Larry Bruce told The Brunswick News the vehicle would have room to transport up to a dozen deputies. Camden County occupies Georgia’s southeast corner and has a population of only about 55,000 people. Bruce said a military-style vehicle would make deputies better equipped to respond to emergencies at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Marys. The base is the East Coast hub for Navy submarines armed with nuclear missiles. “There are certain situations where we need that type of equipment,” Bruce said. The Navy provides plenty of security at Kings Bay. But the sheriff's office needs to be ready to assist with emergencies at the base, Bruce said. He said that deputies, firefighters and other civilian agencies have taken part with Navy personnel in mock...
    MACON, Ga. (AP) — A man in central Georgia has been charged with murdering his wife, after sheriff's deputies said they found the woman dead inside the recreational vehicle where the couple lived. The Macon Telegraph reported that Harold Seidenfaden, 78, was being held without bond at the Houston County jail for the death of his wife, 60-year-old Debora Seidenfaden. Her cause of death was not immediately released. The sheriff's office said its deputies answered a 911 call Sunday from a neighbor and found the body of Debora Seidenfaden inside the couple’s RV where they lived south of Perry. Harold Seidenfaden had earlier told the neighbor that “he had been in an argument with his wife ... and that her body was inside the RV," according to the sheriff's office statement. Sheriff’s deputies said when they found Harold Seidenfaden, he had “some injuries to his person.” It wasn't immediately clear if Harold Seidenfaden had an attorney who could speak on his behalf. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags:...
    Two Georgia sheriff’s deputies who saw a 13-year-old boy playing basketball decided to join in the fun by playing the game with him. Deputies Patrick Hume and Jeff Attison, who both work in the traffic unit, learned that Ryan was practicing to try out for his middle school basketball team and wanted to “push himself” by doing ten push-ups every time the ball hit his foot while dribbling, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. “To some, this may be a blurry picture of what appears to be a young teenager tossing a basketball to some of our deputies,” the sheriff’s department wrote. The department said the two deputies decided to join the teen’s challenge and do ten push-ups alongside Ryan every time the ball hit his foot while dribbling. “Ryan’s mom snapped this picture and sent it to us along with the story,” the sheriff’s office wrote. “We truly have the most amazing deputies serving this community, and we are so grateful!” As Ryan pushed himself to be the best he could be, the community...
    John Miles, Jr. has been Candler County’s top law enforcement officer since March 2016. The small rural county of almost 11,000 is one term into a new regime that followed what was the incumbency of the longest sitting sheriff in the state of Georgia. The 250-square mile county with just one municipality embodies what people think of when they hear ‘rural America’ which makes for a quaint and comfortable place to call home that can sometimes be difficult to govern.  But in four and a half years and on a shoestring budget of sorts, Miles has transformed the Candler County Sheriff’s Office, accelerated the agency into the technological age with competitive pay for deputies, and increased the amount and the quality of services provided — not always an easy feat in southeast Georgia where citizens prefer ‘the way it’s always been done’ and, for many decades, ‘who you know and why’ determining your level of influence. After trudging through two highly contested elections within eight months of each other, Miles...
    GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) — Two Georgia sheriff's deputies died Tuesday after their police car ran into a stopped truck on Interstate 20 near Augusta. The Fulton County deputies died in the crash in Grovetown, according to the Georgia State Patrol. Their Dodge Charger ran into the rear of a tractor-trailer that was stopped in the left lane because of traffic. The deputies were headed east toward Augusta. Their names weren't immediately released. The Deputy J.D. Paugh Memorial Foundation, a charity for law enforcement officers, said on social media that the deputies had attended a memorial service for a Richmond County sheriff's sergeant who died from complications of COVID-19. The memorial service for Charles Norton had been held earlier Tuesday. Gov. Brian Kemp and other officials expressed condolences. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Georgia
    (CNN)A Black man who was pinned to the ground and beaten by sheriff's deputies in the Atlanta area during a traffic stop says he "feared for his life.""I just want to let y'all know that I was scared and I feared for my life ... and I just pray and just hope that it don't happen to nobody else," Roderick Walker told reporters Friday during a news conference. Walker was detained last week by two Clayton County Sheriff's Office deputies during a traffic stop. The officers asked Walker, who was a passenger in the car, for his ID and told him to exit the car, which led to the confrontation, an attorney for Walker had said.A social media video of the encounter shows the deputies holding him on the ground and striking him in the face. Sheriffs deputy in Georgia fired after video shows him repeatedly striking manClayton County is a suburban area just south of the city of Atlanta.Read MoreOne of the deputies has been fired for excessive use of force, and the criminal investigation into the incident was...
    ATLANTA (AP) — A Black man who was pinned down and repeatedly punched by a white Georgia sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop that was caught on video said Friday that he couldn’t breathe and lost consciousness during the arrest. “I was scared. I feared for my life, and I just pray, just hope that it don’t happen to nobody else,” Roderick Walker told reporters at his lawyer’s office, his left eye still bloodshot. The deputy seen repeatedly hitting Walker was fired for “excessive use of force,” according to a statement Sunday from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. He was later identified as Brandon Myers. Shean Williams, an attorney for Walker, told reporters Friday that Myers was hired by the sheriff’s office in November 2019. In less than a year, Myers was involved in five other use of force incidents during traffic stops, Williams said. “He should have been fired before last Friday is my point,” Williams said. In each of those previous incidents, Myers’ actions were reviewed by a supervisor and found to be in compliance with department policy,...
    ATLANTA (AP) — A Black man who was pinned down and repeatedly punched by a white Georgia sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop that was caught on video said Friday that he couldn’t breathe and lost consciousness during the arrest. “I was scared. I feared for my life, and I just pray, just hope that it don’t happen to nobody else,” Roderick Walker told reporters at his lawyer’s office, his left eye still bloodshot. The deputy seen repeatedly hitting Walker was fired for “excessive use of force,” according to a statement Sunday from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. He was later identified as Brandon Myers. Shean Williams, an attorney for Walker, told reporters Friday that Myers was hired by the sheriff’s office in November 2019. In less than a year, Myers was involved in five other use of force incidents during traffic stops, Williams said. “He should have been fired before last Friday is my point,” Williams said. In each of those previous incidents, Myers’ actions were reviewed by a supervisor and found to be in compliance with department policy,...
    In this screen grab from video shot by Juanita Davis and provided by The Cochran Firm, a Clayton County, Ga., sheriff’s deputy holds down Roderick Walker while another deputy punches him while on the ground, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, following a traffic stop. Juanita Davis/Courtesy of The Cochran Firm via AP The Clayton County Sheriff's Office in Georgia has fired a sheriff's deputy after videos circulated on social media showing the deputy punching a Black man during an arrest.  The Black man, identified as Roderick Walker, was asked to step out of the vehicle during a traffic stop, and video of what happened next shows deputies pinning him to the ground and repeatedly hitting him.  The sheriff's office said it has launched an investigation into the incident.  Walker is still behind bars after being arrested on suspicion of battery and obstructing officers. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.   A sheriff's office in Georgia fired a deputy over the weekend after video footage showed him violently punching a Black man during a traffic stop. The Clayton County...
    JONESBORO, Ga. -- A sheriff's office in Georgia says it has fired a deputy seen on video repeatedly punching a Black man during a traffic stop.The Clayton County Sheriff's Office said Sunday the deputy was fired for using excessive force. It did not identify the deputy. It said a criminal investigation has been turned over to the district attorney's office.Roderick Walker, 26, was arrested and beaten after Clayton County sheriff's deputies pulled over the vehicle he was riding in Friday with his girlfriend, their five-month-old child and his stepson for an alleged broken taillight, his attorney, Shean Williams of The Cochran Firm in Atlanta, said Sunday. The deputies asked for Walker's identification and got upset and demanded he get out of the vehicle when he questioned why they needed it since he wasn't driving, Williams said.The subsequent arrest, captured on video by a bystander and shared widely, shows two deputies on top of Walker, one of whom repeatedly punches him.Walker was arrested on suspicion of obstructing officers and battery.
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