0% As of today, all patrolling officers at the Mission District’s police station will be outfitted with body cameras. Mission Station has received 150 to 160 cameras, according to San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Carlos Manfredi. A total of 112 patrol officers, 23 sergeants and five lieutenants are now mandated to wear the cameras strapped to their chests during most interactions with the public.The station’s captain, Daniel Perea, said that he believes the cameras “are a good thing” for the department, and will help to ensure transparency in police encounters with civilians while reducing complaints against officers. “My hope is people will consider their actions knowing that [they are] being recorded,” he said. “Visual and audio will be captured and provide an objective documentation of what occurred.”Body cameras have been presented as one solution to simmering community mistrust of the police department and a push for greater police accountability following a spate of police shootings in recent years.Two of the recent shootings, one claiming the life of a homeless man carrying a knife in April and the 2015 shooting of 20-year-old Guatemalan immigrant who also had a knife, involved officers stationed at Mission Station and have sparked local protests against police brutality. The department purchased 1,800 cameras alongside cloud-based storage system for the footage in a multi-million dollar contract with manufacturer Taser International. The first batch of cameras was deployed last month at Bayview and Ingleside Stations, said Manfredi. A complete rollout of the program across San Francisco is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving.But the devices’ functionality and the policy that governs them leaves room for concern from those working towards internal reform of the department. “It’s not a cure all,” said David Elliott Lewis, a trainer for SFPD’s Crisis Intervention Team Training Program. However, he said, “the accountability that comes from body cameras will provide the incentive to invest extra time and effort during the de-escalation process.”While Lewis believes that body cameras in San Francisco will have “similar benefits” as seen in other departments – Oakland Police Department has seen a decrease in complaints and use of use of force incidents since body cameras were deployed there in 2010 – Lewis foresees concerns arising about the public’s access the footage. In June, the Police Commission approved a department general order that outlines policy around the use of the cameras, as well as how footage is to be stored and accessed. “The department has a lot of discretion on when they can release what – the general order gives all power to the department [regarding] releasing its footage to the public,” said Lewis.According to the policy, the department may withhold footage if disclosure would compromise the safety of a witness, if an investigation is ongoing, or if the captured footage could violate local, state or federal laws around privacy rights.“There is nothing in the [policy] that says it’s released unless compelled by court order,” said Lewis. “There should be an easier pathway for [the public] to view it.”The policy also allows officers to review the footage before writing incident reports – even if the officers are involved in critical incidents, like a shooting. In those instances, the officers are required to give an initial statement before reviewing their recordings, and policy requires a supervising officer to confiscate the camera in the meantime. Paired with department issued smartphones, officers are able to watch their recordings in real time, said Manfredi, but the cameras are currently unable to livestream back to police headquarters – although this could very soon become a function of the body worn cameras, according to their manufacturer.“The officer could detach [the] camera in a shooting situation and look at footage on [their] phone while [placing] the camera around a corner,” he explained.Filming is authorized in most situations, ranging from routine traffic stops to hostile civilian interactions, except for three – officers are prohibited from recording any interactions that could compromise the identity of sexual assault and child abuse survivors, confidential informants and undercover operatives, or during strip searches. Police are not required to obtain permission from civilians in the line of filming, but should attempt to notify them whenever possible.Though turned on for the entirety of an officer’s shift, the cameras are “not recording every second,” said Perea. “It’s under certain circumstances that they are to be recording.” Officers will be required to start and end recordings manually in situations that are authorized under the general order, but policies around department procedure in addressing instances in which officers forget to hit “record” are currently not in place.“It’s already happened around country when officers involved in shootings have not turned on [the] camera,” said Lewis, suggesting that an “engineering solution” could be wireless activation of the device when officers “enter or exit a police car.” In some cities, police departments have deployed body worn cameras that are designed to begin recording automatically when officers begin running or when police car sirens are turned on.“[In San Francisco] it’s totally at the discretion of the officers to remember to turn their cameras on,” said Lewis. “ Human memory is fallible.” At Mission Station, Perea said that he along with supervising sergeants and lieutenants will be tasked with ensuring that officers comply with policy. Training on the new devices began ahead of the rollout on September 19 and consisted of a daylong, two-part class versing the officers in “policy and functionality.” “The police officers here are very engaged in the training process and all in with [the] technology,” said Perea. Tags: Mission Police Station • police • police shooting Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
TONY Puletua and Scott Moore return to the squad for Friday’s Engage Super League tie with Leeds Rhinos.Both have recovered from injury in time for the mouth-watering clash and join a strong looking squad.Only Chris Flannery, Leon Pryce, Gary Wheeler, Paul Clough and Ade Gardner are now on the sidelines.Royce Simmons has indicated he is likely to use Tommy Makinson as a replacement for Gardner.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell, 28. Thomas Makinson.Leeds Head Coach, Brian McDermott, will choose from:1. Brent Webb, 2. Lee Smith, 3. Brett Delaney, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Danny McGuire, 7. Rob Burrow, 8. Kylie Leuluai, 9. Danny Buderus, 10. Jamie Peacock, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 13. Kevin Sinfield, 14. Ali Lauitiiti, 16. Ryan Bailey, 17. Ian Kirke, 20. Weller Hauraki, 22. Jay Pitts, 24. Paul McShane, 27. Zak Hardaker.The match kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.If you can’t make the match, it will be covered extensively in the Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Facebook sites.Tickets for the match are still on sale at the Saints Superstore in St Helens Town Centre, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comStats:St Helens have won their last three home meetings with Leeds. The Rhinos’ last away win against the Saints was 14-10 on 28 March, 2008, at Knowsley Road.Leeds’ Kevin Sinfield has scored points in nine consecutive games against St Helens, a streak which started in the 2008 Engage Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford. He last failed to score in the 2008 Qualifying Semi-Final, where he missed his one goal attempt in a 38-10 defeat.Leeds’ Ryan Hall has scored tries in the Rhinos’ last four meetings with St Helens.Last ten meetings:Leeds 16 St Helens 30 (SLR6, 19/3/11)Leeds 32 St Helens 28 (CCSF, 7/8/10)(at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)Leeds 28 St Helens 24 (SLR20, 3/7/10)St Helens 41 Leeds 20 (SLR12, 24/4/10)Leeds 18 St Helens 10 (SLGF, 10/10/09)(at Old Trafford, Manchester)Leeds 18 St Helens 10 (SLR26, 4/9/09)Leeds 18 St Helens 22 (CCR4, 5/4/09)St Helens 26 Leeds 18 (SLR6, 20/3/09)Leeds 24 St Helens 16 (SLGF, 4/10/08)(at Old Trafford, Manchester)St Helens 38 Leeds 10 (SLQSF, 19/9/08)Super League Summary:St Helens won 24 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)Leeds won 22 (includes wins in 2007, 2008 and 2009 Grand Finals; 1998 and 2005 play-offs)St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004)
SAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Friday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Semi Final with Leeds Rhinos.As expected James Roby returns with Lewis Charnock making way.Saints’ 17 will come from:3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Mark Percival, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards, 21. Joe Greenwood, 22. Matty Dawson, 25. Andre Savelio, 37. Adam Quinlan.Brian McDermott will choose his Leeds side from:1. Zak Hardaker, 2. Tom Briscoe, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Joel Moon, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Danny McGuire, 7. Rob Burrow, 8. Kylie Leuluai, 9. Paul Aiton, 10. Jamie Peacock, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 13. Kevin Sinfield, 15. Brett Delaney, 17. Adam Cuthbertson, 19. Brad Singleton, 20. Jimmy Keinhorst, 27. Ash Handley, 30. Mitch Garbutt.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Ben Thaler.Ticket details for the game can be found here.
FIRST Utility Super League have today started the process of selecting a venue for the 2017 Dacia Magic Weekend.A number of venues across the United Kingdom have already shown an interest in hosting the annual round of Rugby League fixtures, in which every Super League club plays in the same stadium over two days.A record 68,276 people attended the 2016 event at St James’ Park in Newcastle across both days and it is thought that competition to host the 2017 Dacia Magic Weekend will be fierce, with a recent independent study estimating that the event brought a direct economic impact to the city of £8m.The study, commissioned by Super League and undertaken by Nielsen Company, Repucom, found that 44 per cent of those who attended the event in 2016 spent at least one night in a local hotel and that 75 per cent of all those who bought a ticket did so at least three months before the event began.The 2016 Dacia Magic Weekend was held at St James’ Park for the second year in a row and was widely regarded as one of the most successful of the 10 that have taken place since the unique concept started at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in 2007.The opportunity to bid to host the 2017 event is open to any stadium across the country and a number of venues have already shown an interest in being part of the tender process.Venues such as St James’ Park in Newcastle and Four Nations venue Ricoh Arena in Coventry have already indicated an interest whilst stadiums which have held Rugby League games in the past, including the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Ashton Gate in Bristol, Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, Murrayfield in Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth Stadium in London have all been suggested as possible destinations for the 2017 event.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — People throughout the community in the Cape Fear got together for Earth Day to give back to the Earth. The group, Wilmington stop GenX in our water, held their own cleanup day.The purpose of the Earth Day clean up was to gather community members, elected officials, businesses and students to clean up the Cape Fear River. They hosted the event at Dram Tree Park to welcome all members of the community. The group hopes people will make an effort to keep the earth clean all year round.- Advertisement – “As citizens we can stop littering and polluting as well. Not just on earth day but any other day, you know, we can do our parts in recycling and you know keeping our eco-steps as small as possible as well,” co-founder of the group Beth Markesino said.Markesino said many people in the community reached out and asked the cleanup not happen at Hugh Macrae Park due to the history behind the location.
According to a news release, work is scheduled to begin as soon as May 28 and be completed by May 2019.Drivers may encounter some lane closures during the cable installation.This was one of eight road and bridge contracts recently awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation. Per state law, they went to the lowest qualified bidder for each project. The contracts are worth $56.5 million, about $1.7 million under engineer estimates. Traffic operations center on Barbados Boulevard in Castle Hayne. (Photo: Google Maps) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.9 million contract to route cable and conduit along Interstate 140, from its U.S. 17 Business interchange in Brunswick County to the traffic operations center in Castle Hayne.The contract awarded to Fulcher Electric of Fayetteville will include a fiber-optic cable, which will enable traffic engineers to better monitor and report real-time travel conditions on I-140.- Advertisement –
“I’m gonna be a missionary priest, doing regular priestly ministry,” Father Bob said. “I want to get more into gardening and videography and I write books.”Father Bob is excited for the new challenge, but he will also miss Saint Mary, his parishioners and Wilmington.“It’s a beautiful building, the Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary, but even more beautiful are the people,” Father Bob said. “It’s a fabulous parish, very exciting, very mission-oriented, very peppy kind of a parish.”Related Article: Mexican officials try to stave off tariffs at White HouseFather Bob has made his mark on the Port City.Reverend John McLaughlin at St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church says he and Father Bob are good friends. He says the priest’s presence in the community will be missed.“He was always in the community doing something,” Rev. McLaughlin said. “Chaplain on the police force, chaplain at the hospital, chaplain at UNCW, the Rotary Club, the priest of a big church downtown. He was always in action, showing what he might preach on a Sunday morning.”Looking back on his time in Wilmington, Father Bob says he’s most proud of the creation of the Saint Mary Health Center and establishing a sister parish in Honduras.Father Bob will say his final masses at Saint Mary this weekend before starting his next chapter.Reverend Ryszard Kolodziej of Shallotte and Reverend Francisco Garcia of Wake Forest have been appointed by the Diocese of Raleigh to succeed Father Bob at Saint Mary. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 20-year career as a Catholic priest in North Carolina is coming to an end for Father Bob Kus. He spent 12 of those years at Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary in Wilmington, but Father Bob’s mission is not over.Monday, he’ll head to Honduras, to join two other priests serving 50,000 people in 87 churches.- Advertisement –
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Thousands of people could soon be out of jail if a criminal justice reform bill is signed into law. The bill is called the first step act, and is supported by both democrats and republicans.Tuesday night, the senate approved what is being called the most significant change to federal prison sentencing laws in a generation.- Advertisement – “This is a good day in America if this law is passed, and becomes the law of the land. Because we have already had that experiment here in North Carolina, and it’s an experiment that’s working,” said New Hanover and Pender County District Attorney Ben David.David, who is used to prosecuting criminals, actually agrees with the new bill.“About three years ago, many of us went to up to Washington, DC and met with some of the same senators and representatives who are at the very core of this bill now,” said David. “And I’m very proud of them for pushing this legislation through because this is not always a political talking point. But it’s not left versus right, it’s right versus wrong.”Related Article: US health officials move to tighten sales of e-cigarettesThe bill, called the First Act, was a bipartisan effort. President Trump was urged on by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who enlisted the help of democratic lawmakers, Kim Kardashian West, and CNN’s Van Jones.Chief Public Defender for New Hanover County Jennifer Harjo says right now, drug traffickers for the cartel are viewed the same in the eyes of the court as low level dealers who are just trying to feed their own drug habit.“Without knowing something about the background and history of an individual, a judge cannot appropriately meet out a sentence that addresses those issues,” said Harjo.Harjo says the bill puts more focus on rehabilitation than incarceration for drug offenders.It would allow prisoners to remain close to their families, and offer them better resources so they don’t become repeat offenders.“At the same time that they reduce their sentence, they are learning ways and methods in which they can come out and be productive citizens and not get back into the system,” said Harjo.David added that this will only affect federal prisoners, just 300,000 of the 2.5 million people currently incarcerated.Still, he and Harjo both believe it’s a step in the right direction.
NEW YORK (AP) — Southern banking giants BB&T and SunTrust announced they would merge in a $66 billion deal, the first big bank merger since the chaos of the 2008 financial crisis. The deal would create yet another financial titan in the U.S.The combined company will be the sixth-largest retail bank in the country, putting BB&T and SunTrust in the ranks of other megabanks like JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo.- Advertisement – The banks said Thursday that the combined company will be have $442 billion in assets, $301 billion in loans and $324 billion in deposits serving more than 10 million households. The two banks’ market share will make them a formidable presence in the South, particularly in growing parts of the country like Atlanta and Nashville, Tennessee. The companies operate banks from Pennsylvania to Florida, and as far west as Texas.Big bank mergers had been nonexistent after the financial crisis, when a flurry of government-directed mergers created a handful of megabanks. Wells Fargo merged with Wachovia, JPMorgan acquired Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual and Bank of America purchased Merrill Lynch. Most bank mergers stopped after the crisis because the banks had to clean up their balance sheets, and the regulatory environment under the Obama administration made mergers more difficult.Since that time, the gap between the size of the big Wall Street banks and the regional banks like BB&T, SunTrust, PNC Bank, Fifth-Third and others has only widened. The only bank with the size and scale of the new merged BB&T-SunTrust would be Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank, which has a large presence in the Midwest and Rocky Mountains. But even U.S. Bank with $456 billion in assets is dwarfed by the next largest institution, Citigroup, which has more than $1.4 trillion in assets.Related Article: 5 things for businesses to know about disaster recoveryThe Trump administration is taking a much softer stance on bank regulations, and has appointed dozens of new business-friendly policymakers into critical positions at the nation’s bank regulators. Further, Congress passed a law last year to ease some of the rules put into place under the Dodd-Frank Act after the financial crisis.“The regulatory environment is much easier for something of this size to happen,” said Brian Klock, an analyst with KBW.Klock said he believes that with attention of the SunTrust-BB&T deal, as well as the easier regulatory environment, more large bank mergers may be coming.Under the terms of the deal, SunTrust shareholders will receive 1.295 shares of BB&T for each share they own. BB&T shareholders will own about 57 percent of the combined company and SunTrust shareholders will own the rest – creating roughly a merger of equals. The new merged bank will have a new name, the companies said, and will be headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.The combined company will keep a presence in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where BB&T is based. It will keep a wholesale banking center in Atlanta, where SunTrust has its headquarters.BB&T and SunTrust have about 740 branches within two miles of each other, or about 24 percent of all branch locations run by the banks. BB&T Chairman and CEO Kelly King said during a conference call that the companies will be “careful and methodical” about which branches they close.“It’s an extraordinarily attractive financial proposition that provides the scale needed to compete and win in the rapidly evolving world of financial services,” King said in a prepared statement.King will serve as chairman and CEO of the combined business until Sept. 12, 2021. After that, he will serve as executive chairman for six months. He’ll serve on the board until the end of 2023. Bill Rogers, chairman and CEO of SunTrust, will serve as president and chief operating officer of the combined company until Sept. 12, 2021. He will then become CEO for six months, after which he’ll add board chairman to his title.Shares of SunTrust jumped 8.3 percent in midday trading, while BB&T’s stock rose 2.4 percent.