A second Parkland cop has been reinstated on a technicality after being fired for his response to the 2018 school shooting, according to reports.
Broward Sheriff Deputy Josh Stambaugh, who hid behind his car before driving away from the shots fired at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was fired 13 days too late, an arbitrator ruled this week, the local CBS affiliate reported.
Stambaugh’s firing went against Florida state law requiring discipline of law enforcement officers within 180 days of an investigation’s end. It’s not clear how much he is owed through back pay.
The decision follows that of another arbitrator who reinstated Sgt. Brian Miller four months ago, ruling that Sheriff Gregory Tony had missed his firing deadline by two days. Miller is due at least $125,000 in back pay.
The sheriff’s office has already appealed the Miller decision and told the station it will also challenge the ruling for Stambaugh.
“Once again, an arbitrator with no connection or association with Broward County has made a flawed decision to reinstate a deputy who was terminated for his response to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement to the station.
Stambaugh was working an off-duty shift at another school nearby when he decided to respond to reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas, according to a state investigation into the response. After ducking behind his truck for five minutes, he hopped back in and left the scene.
A third fired deputy, Edward Eason, is scheduled to go before an arbitrator later this year. Eason was also blamed for fleeing the scene of the shooting and for failing to write up a report on an earlier tip that the alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz, had made threats online about such an attack.
Cruz is still awaiting trial for 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder for the attack on Feb. 14, 2018.
His lawyers have said he will plead guilty if he’s spared the death penalty and given a life sentence, a deal prosecutors have rejected.
LA cop recovering from bullet grazing the top of his head during shootout
An LAPD Harbor cop was recovering from an apparent graze wound to the head under circumstances that remained unclear early Sunday.
The shooting injury follows by two weeks the ambush shooting of two Los Angeles County Sheriffs as they sat in their patrol car in Compton, also on a Saturday night.
Both have since been discharged from the hospital.
“We can confirm that there has been an Officer-Involved Shooting at LAPD’S Harbor Station,” the department tweeted just before midnight Saturday, Los Angeles time, without providing more details.
The officer was in stable condition, Police Chief Michel Moore tweeted.
Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino tweeted that he was headed to the hospital.
Soon afterward the councilmember told the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles that the officer is expected to be fine after suffering a graze wound to the head.
“This is a reminder of the danger of police work in our city, in our state, in our region,” Buscaino told the station.
“Thankfully, he’s going to be okay.”
Rochester names first female chief after protests
NEW YORK – The mayor of Rochester, New York named the city’s first female police chief on Saturday, weeks after firing the previous chief amid protests over the death of a Black man in police custody.
Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, a top official at the Rochester Housing Authority who previously served as a city police officer for more than 20 years, takes over as interim head of the police department on Oct. 14, Mayor Lovely Warren said.
“As the first woman to serve in this role, I am confident she will bring a different perspective and instill a fresh approach to policing, which are very much needed in our city at this particular time,” Warren said in a statement.
The mayor fired the last chief, La’Ron Singletary, on Sept. 14 as racial justice demonstrations boiled over the department’s handling of the asphyxiation death in March of Daniel Prude, 41, who was having a psychotic episode when he was arrested.
Warren also suspended without pay for 30 days two city officials amid questions about a possible cover-up of the events around Prude’s death, and has called for a federal investigation into whether Prude’s civil rights were violated.
Video footage, released by Prude’s family, showed officers using a mesh hood and pinning him to the pavement, in a scene reminiscent of George Floyd’s May 25 death in Minneapolis police custody.
Seven Rochester police officers involved in the arrest were suspended on Sept. 3. The medical examiner ruled Prude’s death a homicide by asphyxiation, with the drug PCP a contributing factor.
NASA astronaut will vote in 2020 presidential election from space
Her vote will be out of this world.
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins plans to cast her vote for the 2020 presidential election on the International Space Station — more than 200 miles above the Earth’s surface, according to The Associated Press.
“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” said Rubins.
“If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”
Rubins, who is currently stationed in Star City, Russia, along with two other astronauts, is preparing for her trip into space in October and will complete a six-month stay at the ISS.
She says she won’t let a little thing like low-earth orbit stop her from exercising her right to vote.
“It’s critical to participate in our democracy,” she said. “We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space.”
Most United States astronauts live in Houston, where election law lets astronauts vote while floating amongst the stars.
Her vote would be cast securely using an electronic ballot relayed to Mission Control, which will then forward it on to the county clerk.
Back in 2016, both Rubins and Shane Kimbrough cast their vote from space.
During her six-month tour on the ISS, Rubins will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the continuous human presence in the space station, as well as welcome the second Space X group, who are set to arrive in late October.
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