INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — Two police officers have been suspended without pay after the videotaped beating of a black man during a January traffic stop southwest of Detroit in Inkster.
WXYZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1KKqFqG ) reported Tuesday that officer Chuck Randazzo is suspended for 15 days and Sgt. Shawn Kritzer for 30 days.
Union representative Al Lewis says Randazzo was suspended for excessive force and bringing the department disrepute. Kritzer was suspended for improperly administering medical attention to Floyd Dent.
Officer William Melendez was fired last month and charged with assault. He denies any wrongdoing.
Dash cam video shows Melendez pulling the 57-year-old Dent from his car and punching him. WDIV-TV aired the video in March.
Inkster on Tuesday named Joe Thomas interim police chief. He replaces Vicki Yost, who quit two days after Melendez was charged.
Information from: WXYZ-TV, http://www.wxyz.com
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial got their first look at a video recording of gunman James Holmes asking detectives, “There weren’t any children hurt, were there?”
The video, played in court Monday, shows detectives interviewing a dazed-sounding Holmes at police headquarters about two hours after the attack.
Det. Chuck Mehl testified later that Holmes had seen a sign for the Crimes Against Children Unit in police headquarters while he was being taken to the interview room, which might have prompted the question.
The detectives don’t answer Holmes directly about children but say, “We’ll get to that.”
Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in the July 2012 attack.
His attorneys acknowledge he was the gunman but say he was mentally ill. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Prosecutors say Holmes knew what he was doing and should be convicted. They’re seeking the death penalty.
A brief clip of Holmes in the interview room had been played for jurors during opening statements on April 27, but this was the first time his conversation with the detectives was shown in court.
Some of Holmes’s answers are odd. Asked if he needs anything, he says, “Oxygen.” The detectives ask if he is having trouble breathing or wants a fan, but he says no.
When asked how to spell “Holmes,” he answers, “Like Sherlock.”
Testimony resumes Tuesday.
The judge plans to rule Tuesday on whether jurors should see a transcript of another law-enforcement interview with Holmes. The transcript was prepared by prosecutors and reviewed by an FBI agent.
The agent testified during a pretrial hearing that he interviewed Holmes about booby traps at his apartment. Defense attorneys say jurors shouldn’t see the transcript because parts of it were inaccurate and parts of the audio recording of the interview were unintelligible.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California officer faces insurance fraud charges after authorities say a video showed her participating in an ice-bucket challenge despite claiming she had a back injury.
Los Angeles County prosecutors say a video posted online in July showed Pasadena police officer Jaime Robison pick up a 5-gallon bucket of ice water and pour it over a fellow officer while she was receiving disability benefits.
The case also alleges the 39-year-old Robison exaggerated injuries in 2012 to receive disability pay.
Robison pleaded not guilty Friday to four counts of insurance fraud. She is scheduled to return to court June 10.
If convicted, she could face up to six years and four months in jail.