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    A corrections officer at Rikers Island died after jumping off the Verrazano Bridge on Friday, in an incident that has renewed concerns about the staffing and safety crisis at the notorious New York prison. Edward Roman, 38, jumped from the Staten Island side of the 700-foot-tall suspension bridge just after 6:30am, police confirmed on Friday afternoon. The Staten Island Advance reported that the officer had survived the initial fall and was alive when first responders pulled him from the water, but later died after being taken to Staten Island University Hospital. Roman, a resident of Long Island, had been employed by the Department of Corrections (DOC) for more than a decade, where he was assigned to the North Infirmary Command, a jail at the notorious New York prison. 'Edward Roman served this city and this department honorably as correction officer for 10 years,' DOC Commissioner Louis Molina said Friday following news of the officer's death.  'Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and loved ones. We had been praying for his recovery, and now this tragic loss will be felt across...
    A Chicago police lieutenant has been arrested over alleged excessive force in a February incident, marking the fourth time a police officer in the city has been charged with felony battery in recent weeks.  The Chicago Police Department said in a Thursday statement that Lt. Wilfredo Roman “surrendered for arrest to members of the Department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs at the 1st District Police Station.”  Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, told the Chicago Tribune that Roman, who has been at the department since 2000, faces charges of aggravated battery and official misconduct.  The office noted that the lieutenant was scheduled to appear at a bond hearing Thursday.  The Hill has reached out to the state's attorney’s office for additional information.  While the spokeswoman did not provide any other specific details on the charges, the police department said in its statement that the alleged crimes were connected to “an on-duty incident that occurred on February 9, 2021." “Upon learning of the incident in July, the department promptly relieved Roman, 44, of police powers,” the department added, also...
    A 23-year-old Long Island man has been charged after police said he assaulted an officer while resisting arrest. The incident happened in West Hempstead shortly after 1 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 16, Nassau County Police said. Officers responded to a home, and upon arrival found a female juvenile who was breathing but unresponsive, according to the Nassau County PD.  NCPD said bottles of alcohol were seen around the residence, and the girl was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Galo Roman, of West Hempstead, was questioned about whether underage drinking had occurred at his home, said police.  Officers asked Roman to provide a form of identification. NCPD said Roman refused and tried to go back inside his home and close the door on the officers. Police said officers tried to place Roman under arrest, and he allegedly resisted, pushing an officer into a glass cabinet and table. Officers were then able to bring Roman into custody. The officer suffered an injury to his hand and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, NCPD said. Police said Roman is charged...
    A Chicago cop has been charged with felony battery with a firearm and official misconduct more than a year after she shot an unarmed man in the back.  Melvina Bogard, 32, turned herself in to investigators on Thursday morning to face charges over the shooting of 33-year-old Ariel Roman, whom she injured in February 2020 as he fled from arrest for walking between train cars on the CTA red line.  She was released upon an order from Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz after she made a written promise to appear in court, according to a news release from The Cook County State's Attorney Office. The state's attorney's office also states the aggravated battery charge carries a sentence of six to 30 years in prison and the official misconduct charge carries a sentence ranging from probation to five years in prison. Chicago cop Melvina Bogard, 32, (left)  was charged with felony battery on Thursday for the February 2020 shooting of 33-year-old Ariel Roman (right). Bogard shot Roman in the back after he fled from arrest for allegedly walking between...
    A Chicago police officer was charged Thursday for shooting a man inside subway station in 2020.   The Cook County State's Attorney's Office announced Officer Melvina Bogard was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and official misconduct in connection to the shooting of 34-year-old Ariel Roman at the Chicago Transit Authority Grand Red Line station on Feb. 28, 2020, Fox 32 Chicago reported.  Bogard and another officer, Bernard Butler, attempted to stop Roman around 4 p.m. that day after he was spotted moving between train cars. A struggle ensued and both officers deployed their Tasers. Roman wrestled on the ground with Butler, but the man eventually managed to get up.  CHICAGO'S TOP COP BLAMES CRIME WAVE ON COURTS RELEASING VIOLENT OFFENDERS: REPORTS "Shoot him. Stop resisting," a male officer’s voice is heard saying in cellphone video recorded by a bystander, as the two officers wrestle with Roman at the bottom of stairs leading up to the station’s main course. "Stop resisting. Stop resisting. Give me your hands."  Bogard uses her handgun to fire at Roman first at close range...
    A Chicago police officer who shot an unarmed man in the back as he ran up a downtown subway escalator has been charged with felony counts in connection to the February 2020 shooting. Melvina Bogard, 32, turned herself into authorities on Thursday and is slated to appear at a bond hearing later in the day. She faces felony counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and official misconduct, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said. Video captured on cellphones and later displayed in body camera footage shows the shooting of Ariel Roman after he allegedly violated a city ordinance by walking from one train car to another. CHICAGO'S TOP COP GOES OFF ON PROGRESSIVE POLICIES, SAYS THEY ARE TO BLAME FOR CRIME WAVE In April this year, Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown recommended Bogard be fired. The department said the police board has not made a decision and declined to comment on Bogard's arrest Thursday, according to the Associated Press. Roman survived the shooting and has filed a federal lawsuit alleging Bogard and another officer, Bernard Butler, had "chased,...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer who shot an unarmed man in the back as he tried to escape capture by running up an escalator in a busy subway station has been charged with felony aggravated battery with a firearm and official misconduct, prosecutors said Thursday. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said in a news release that Melvina Bogard, 32, turned herself in to investigators on Thursday morning and was scheduled to appear in court for a bail hearing later in the day. The shooting happened in February 2020 at a downtown station. Bogard and another officer were pursuing Ariel Roman, a short-order cook who was suspected of violating a city ordinance by walking from one train car to another. Cellphone video shot by a bystander that was made public almost immediately received national attention, as did footage from police body cameras and Chicago Transit Authority surveillance cameras released two months later. The footage shows officers chasing Roman and Bogard shooting him at the foot of the escalator and then shooting him the back from...
    A Chicago police officer faces criminal charges for a 2020 shooting. Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images A Chicago police officer faces criminal charges stemming from a 2020 shooting on a train platform. Melvina Bogard is accused of tasing and shooting an unarmed man after approaching him for violating an ordinance. Ariel Roman survived the shooting and has filed a federal lawsuit against Bogard and another cop. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Chicago police officer has been charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and official misconduct for shooting a man twice last year on a train platform, a spokesperson for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office confirmed to Insider. Officer Melvina Bogard, 32, who is accused of shooting Ariel Roman at a train station in downtown Chicago on February 28, 2020, surrendered to the state's attorney's office on Thursday morning. Roman alleged in a federal lawsuit filed last year that he was suffering from an anxiety attack when he encountered Bogard and another officer, Bernard Butler, who also was named as a defendant. Both officers...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago Police officer has been charged with two felonies, for shooting an unarmed man during a confrontation at a CTA Red Line subway station last year. Officer Melvina Bogard, 32, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery and official misconduct in the shooting of Ariel Roman on Feb. 28, 2020 at the Grand stop on the Red Line, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. READ MORE: Northbound Lanes Reopen On I-65 In Jasper County After Crash Involving Semi Truck Prosecutors said Bogard turned herself in Thursday morning, and will appear at a bond hearing Thursday afternoon at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse. Chicago Police Supt. David Brown in April moved to fire Bogard and her partner, Officer Bernard Butler, for violating multiple department policies during their confrontation with Roman. The two officers confronted Roman after seeing him illegally move between cars of a Red Line train on Feb. 28. Videos from several surveillance cameras on the train show Bogard and Butler talking to Roman on the train, before he walks away from them....
    CHCIAGO — A police officer has been charged with shooting a man at the Grand Red Line station in February 2020. The shooting was recorded in a widely shared video and was instantly controversial. Melvina Bogard, 32, has been charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and official misconduct, according to a news release from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Bogard will appear in bond court noon Thursday. Bogard was on duty at the time of the shooting, which happened Feb. 28, 2020, inside the station at 521 N. State St. At the time, police said in a statement the victim — Ariel Roman — was moving between two “L” train cars when officers tried to stop him. The man and the officers struggled at the station, and the officers used their Tasers on the man. “At some point during the incident, one of the officers discharged their weapon, striking the subject twice,” police said at the time. Roman was critically wounded and was taken to Northwestern Hospital. He was charged with resisting arrest and drug offenses — though...
    Jerome Roman. (Image via NYPD mugshot.) The New York Police Department on Saturday released video of the shooting of a lieutenant who was among at least four officers struggling to subdue a suspect.  The suspect was in turn reaching for a gun during an arrest. The lieutenant, a member of the NYPD’s 42nd Precinct, was shot in the ankle, the department said on Twitter.  The 42nd Precinct covers approximately one square mile of the Bronx. The department was quick to note that none of the officers at the chaotic scene returned fire. The suspect, Jerome Roman, 26, of the Bronx, is a gang member who was “well known to police,” WCBS-TV, WABC-TV, and the New York Post both reported. He also reportedly has “at least 25 prior arrests,” per the Post. The Post said the lieutenant — who was assigned to combat gun violence and who had logged 23 years with the department — spotted Roman holding a weapon.  Roman is a “member of the Lyman Place Bosses gang, a subset of the Bloods,” the paper noted, and is also...
    The migraines, seizures and dizziness Isabel Cucalon thought were symptoms of stress turned out to be something much worse: A brain tumor. The Ridgefield Park mom has had three surgeries this year to correct damage endured during the birth of her second child with fiancé Nelson Roman, since early 2021. Isabel Cucalon and Nelson Roman with their kids.GoFundMe photoMeanwhile, Roman injured his shoulder while on duty as a police officer in North Bergen. So when doctors told Cucalon that what she was experiencing was simply from stress, she believed it. But last month, when she was referred to a neurologist and sent in for an MRI, her worst fears were confirmed. Cucalon is recovering from emergency surgery to remove as much of the 3.6 centimeter brain tumor in her head. More than $15,000 had been raised for Cucalon and Roman on a GoFundMe as of July 27. Campaign founder Robert Garcia described the family's situation as "devastating." Isabel’s diagnosis has impacted her family and upended normal daily life," he writes.  "Due to her other complications before this diagnosis, she hasn’t been...
    The migraines, seizures and dizziness Isabel Cucalon thought were symptoms of stress turned out to be something much worse: Cancer. The Ridgefield Park mom has had three surgeries this year to correct damage endured during the birth of her second child with fiancé Nelson Roman, since early 2021. Isabel Cucalon and Nelson Roman with their kids.GoFundMe photoMeanwhile, Roman injured his shoulder while on duty as a police officer in North Bergen. So when doctors told Cucalon that what she was experiencing was simply from stress, she believed it. But last month, when she was referred to a neurologist and sent in for an MRI, her worst fears were confirmed. Cucalon is recovering from emergency surgery to remove as much of the 3.6 centimeter brain tumor in her head. More than $15,000 had been raised for Cucalon and Roman on a GoFundMe as of July 27. Campaign founder Robert Garcia described the family's situation as "devastating." Isabel’s diagnosis has impacted her family and upended normal daily life," he writes.  "Due to her other complications before this diagnosis, she hasn’t been able to...
    ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Sheriff says a K9 officer’s recovery is “100% a miracle!” Roman, the Arapahoe County Sheriff K9, underwent surgery more than a week ago after he started vomiting blood after a some training with his handler. (credit: VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital) Deputy Zimmerman rushed Roman to the VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital. READ MORE: Colorado Kids & Teens Excited To Get Vaccinated At Rocky Mountain Hospital For Children Veterinarians say Roman not only had a twisted mesentery, what covers and provides blood  to the intestines, but also a twisted colon. They say animals with such a diagnosis rarely make it out of surgery. READ MORE: Semi Crash Closes Part Of Interstate 70 In Glenwood Canyon (credit: VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital) “Beating all odds, on May 13th, Roman walked out of our hospital, toy in mouth, with pep in his step. Roman is very near and dear to all of our hearts here at VCA Alameda East and we were all very happy to see him go home,” veterinarians shared on social...
    The skeleton of a man who died during the ancient Mount Vesuvius eruption has been identified as a hero who was killed while attempting to save others during the catastrophic event 2,000 years ago. The remains were first uncovered at Herculaneum in the early 1980s and at the time, archaeologists believed the man was an ordinary soldier of the ancient town. A recent dig at the site unearthed part of his armor and a knapsack filled with an assortment of small carpentry tools that suggests he may have played a more important role. Site director Francesco Sirano said: ‘He may be an officer of the fleet that took part in the rescue mission launched by Pliny the Elder to help the people in the towns and villas nestled on this part of the Bay of Naples.’ Scroll down for video  The remains were first uncovered at Herculaneum in the early 1980s (pictured) and at the time, archaeologists believed the man was an ordinary soldier of the ancient town The man, dubbed skeleton number 26, was found in the ashes...
    CHICAGO (AP) — The man who was allegedly with a 13-year-old shortly before the child was shot to death by a Chicago police officer has been bailed out of jail, the Cook County Sheriff’s Department revealed Monday. Ruben Roman, 21, was placed on electronic monitoring Saturday after posting a $15,000 bond in the case involving Adam Toledo. A $25,000 bond was also posted for Roman for a 2019 gun case. Surveillance video released last week by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which investigates Chicago police shootings at a passing vehicle the morning of March 29, while Adam Toledo stood near to him. Adam was shot to death after being chased by an officer who responded to shots fired. Police body-camera footage shows Officer Eric Stillman shoot Adam less than a second after the boy dropped a gun, turned toward the officer and began raising his hands. Stillman chased the boy down a dark alley after responding to a report of gunshots. The shooting of Adam has sparked protests around the country. Roman was arrested at the scene...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The prosecutor who said 13-year-old Adam Toledo was holding a gun when he was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer has been put on administrative leave. A spokeswoman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said, “In court last week, an attorney in our office failed to fully present the facts surrounding the death of a 13 year old boy. We have put that individual on administrative leave and are conducting an internal investigation into the matter.” READ MORE: MISSING: Kianna Smith, 19, Last Seen April 6 At a bond hearing last weekend for Ruben Roman, 21 – the man who was with Adam Toledo – prosecutors said Adam had a gun in his hand when an officer shot and killed him. Prosecutors said while defendant Roman was the one to fire the gun, Adam was holding it when he was shot and killed by police at a point when Roman was already being detained. Prosecutors said as Roman was being detained, the other officer kept chasing Adam down the alley and told him to stop, but...
    RUBEN Roman was arrested at the scene of the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago. Body camera footage of the tragic encounter was released to the public on April 15, 2021. 2Ruben RomanCredit: Chicago Police Department Who is Ruben Roman? Ruben Roman was arrested at the scene of the shooting on a misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing a peace officer. He had been arrested on an unrelated warrant earlier this month and charged with child endangerment, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm. Bond was set at $150,000 for Roman in connection with the shooting of Toledo. However, he is being held without bond because of a separate case, according to court records. 2Adam ToledoCredit: Family Handout Where was Ruben Roman seen with Adam Toledo? Roman and Adam Toledo were in an alley together when cops arrived on March 29, according to a bond court proffer obtained by WGN. The pair fled together when two officers exited their vehicle and pursued them, according to the TV station. Roman was...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Civilian Office of Police Accountability plans to release video of the March 29 police shooting that killed Adam Toledo, 13, on Thursday. Here are five things we know about the case: READ MORE: Chicago Public Library Posts Archive Of Speeches By Mayor Harold Washington, Born 99 Years Ago Thursday • Adam Toledo, a seventh grader at Gary Elementary School, was shot in the chest and killed by a Chicago Police officer around 2:30 a.m. on Monday, March 29, in an alley near 24th Street and Sawyer Avenue in Little Village. A family attorney said Adam lived with his mother, grandfather, and two siblings, and Adam wanted to become a police officer. • Police said Adam was with a 21-year-old man during the shooting, and that man – Ruben Roman – gave a false name for Adam, holding up his identification. Roman aces felony charges of unlawful use and reckless discharge of a firearm, and child endangerment and violating probation. At a bond hearing for Roman on Saturday, April 10, prosecutors said he fired seven or eight...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A day after the family of 13-year-old Adam Toledo viewed video footage of his fatal shooting by a Chicago police officer, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she has now also seen the footage, though she declined to describe her reaction, or say when the video would be made public. “It’s multiple videos, and I have now, yes, seen I think all of them,” Lightfoot said. READ MORE: Plus-Up Stimulus Checks Going Out To Those Who Were Underpaid Late Tuesday afternoon, Toledo’s family viewed the video footage of the teen’s shooting death by police during what authorities have said was an armed encounter in a Little Village alley early on the morning of Monday, March 29. At the request of the family, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which is investigating the shooting, said it would not “immediately” release the body cam video to the public. At an unrelated event Wednesday morning, Lightfoot was asked about the family’s request not to immediately release the video after they had watched it. “This is a difficult set of circumstances. First and...
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