SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento police are releasing more details about the fatal police shooting this summer of a homeless man, including police dash-cam videos of the incident.
Police Chief Sam Somers revealed Tuesday that officers fired 18 shots, 14 of which struck 50-year-old Joseph Mann during the July 11 incident.
In 911 emergency recordings, one caller said Mann waved a knife in the air. Another said he pulled a gun out of his pocket.
The chief says no gun was located, although police found a knife.
Mann’s family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging that police should not have used lethal force because Mann showed overt signs he was in the midst of a mental crisis.
Somers says a toxicology screening shows Mann also had methamphetamine in his system.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department plans to hire more than 500 additional officers as it struggles to deal with a violent year full of killings and gun crimes, a city official told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson will announce the hires Wednesday, according to the city official who was briefed on the plan. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the plan ahead of the announcement.
The department currently has more than 12,000 officers, and hasn’t had a hiring push of this magnitude in years. The move is a departure from how Mayor Rahm Emanuel has handled staffing at the department during his tenure, resisting pressure to add to the department’s ranks and instead paying thousands of dollars in overtime. Emanuel spokesman Adam Collins declined to comment.
Chicago has seen a dramatic rise in the number of shootings and homicides this year. In August alone, there were 90 homicides for the first time in two decades. Overall, the city has recorded more than 500 homicides this year — higher than 2015 combined — and is on pace to climb past the 600-homicide mark since 2003. There have also been more than 2,500 shooting incidents so far this year, about 700 more than in the same time period last year.
City officials have discussed possible hires with aldermen in recent days. Some of the aldermen were skeptical, saying resources should also be poured into education and creating jobs.
“The police allocation and resources are only part of this puzzle,” according to Alderman Anthony Beale, who represents a far South Side ward and is on a public safety committee.
Even if officers are added, Beale continued, there’s no guarantee they’ll be assigned long-term to areas where there’s more crime.
The high use of overtime payouts in a financially strapped city is something Emanuel and the police superintendent he hired when he took office in 2011, Garry McCarthy, forcefully defended, saying it was a less expensive way to keep more cops on the street because hiring more would bring additional health care and pension costs.
But things have drastically changed. According to a recent Chicago Sun-Times report, there are fewer officers because police retirements have outpaced hiring by 975 officers.
Plus, the department that’s long struggled with a reputation for police misconduct and brutality has been beset by criticisms and an erosion of trust in the wake of several fatal police shootings. Last year, the city was forced to release a video of a white officer fatally shooting black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014, sparking major protests as well as federal and local investigations.
The fallout over the video prompted Emanuel to fire McCarthy at the end of last year. Interim Superintendent John Escalante and his permanent replacement, Johnson, have struggled to bring the violence under control. During that time, the call for more officers in several city neighborhoods and from aldermen only has only gotten louder.
Associated Press writer Sophia Tareen contributed to this report.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two top aides to Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential bid were sentenced Tuesday to probation and home confinement rather than prison for their roles in a scheme to cover up campaign payments to a former Iowa state senator who agreed to endorse their boss.
Although prosecutors were seeking more than two years in federal prison, campaign chairman Jesse Benton and manager John Tate were instead sentenced to two years’ probation and six months of home confinement, along with community service and a $10,000 fine.
They were accused of conspiring to cause false campaign contribution reports to be filed with the Federal Election Commission. Judge John Jarvey called the crimes serious and said the defendants took advantage of the system designed to ensure transparency in how campaigns are financed.
“There’s nothing like prison time to deter white collar activity,” Jarvey said at Benton’s sentencing, before announcing that he thought the lesser punishment was sufficient.
Prior to the sentencing announcement, Benton told the judge he had endured years of sleepless nights and public humiliation. He said his career is ruined and that he was forced to place his home on the market after going into debt.
“A steep price has been paid,” he said.
Tate asked the judge for similar mercy during his sentencing hearing. Benton and Tate declined comment as they left the courthouse.
Paul’s deputy campaign manager Dimitri Kesari, who also was convicted, was scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesdsay.
The men have argued they broke no laws when they paid a video production company, which passed on $73,000 to former state Sen. Kent Sorenson. He dropped support for Michele Bachmann and endorsed Paul six days before the 2012 Iowa caucuses.
Prosecutors said it is illegal to cause a campaign to file inaccurate spending documents.
Federal prosecutor Richard Pilger said voters have already lost confidence in the political system believing it’s rigged and this case is an example of why they feel that way. The men, he said, took advantage of the system designed to ensure transparency in how campaigns are financed.
The men said they were targeted because of their conservative politics and argued campaigns typically don’t identify payments to subcontractors of vendors.
They are expected to appeal their convictions to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. If the judges rule against the men, they may choose to seek further review of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The three men faced up to 35 years in prison had the judge handed down maximums to be served consecutively.
Benton, 38, of Louisville, Kentucky, is married to Ron Paul’s granddaughter, Valori Pyeatt. He also had managed the successful 2010 U.S. Senate campaign for Paul’s son, Rand Paul, in Kentucky and served as campaign manager for Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2014 re-election, but resigned that summer as the investigation intensified in Iowa.
Speaking before the men were sentenced, an Iowa political consultant said the case is a stark reminder to anyone in the early presidential contest states including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina that they’ll be intensely watched and they should follow the rules carefully.
“What you might get away with doing in a local state legislative campaigns can get you in really deep serious trouble on a presidential campaign if it’s exposed,” said Craig Robinson, who served on Steve Forbes’ presidential campaign in 2000, was state GOP director in 2008 and is publisher of the conservative “The Iowa Republican” blog.
This story has been corrected to reflect the judge’s name is John Jarvey, not James Jarvey.
NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast plans to launch a cellphone service roughly in the middle of next year, although it would be limited to areas of the country where it’s a cable provider.
That could potentially offer real competition to carriers like Verizon and AT&T for a subset of the country. Comcast has just over 28 million customers.
The cable giant plans to create a service that would run on its 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots and use Verizon’s wireless network, which it has a deal to resell.
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts confirmed the company’s plans at an investment conference Tuesday in New York.
He suggested that Comcast was looking at the mobile service as an add-on to customer bundles, and combining wireless service with Comcast cable or internet would likely make customers stick with Comcast longer.
The company has long looked at mobile service as another potential way to grow its business. Consumers are increasingly watching video on their phones.
Adding wireless service on to a cable bill could also mean some savings for Comcast customers.
“If Comcast is to make this a compelling offer, especially given their lack of history in wireless, they’re going to have to offer some steep discounts in their bundles,” telecom analyst Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research said in an email.
Comcast spokeswoman Jenn Khoury declined to answer questions about the mobile service’s pricing and whether people who didn’t subscribe to Comcast cable or internet could sign up for it.
Several attempts by big cable companies to offer wireless service have foundered, like the Wi-Fi-only phone launched by New York-area cable company Cablevision in early 2015 (Cablevision is now owned by European telecom Altice). Cox Communications, one of the biggest cable companies, pulled the plug on its short-lived mobile phone service in 2011, saying it didn’t have the heft necessary to compete, including the ability to sell certain popular smartphones.
SEATTLE (AP) — After weeks of mostly poor performances, Marco Estrada once again flirted with a no-hitter for Toronto.
And just when the Blue Jays needed that quality of a performance.
Estrada took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Edwin Encarnacion hit his 41st home run and the Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Monday night in the opener of a critical three-game series.
Estrada (9-9) had allowed only two walks before Robinson Cano led off the seventh with a line drive up the middle on a 2-1 pitch. Cano and Nelson Cruz walked in the fourth — an inning that ended on Kevin Pillar’s sliding catch to save a run — but Estrada otherwise kept the Mariners off the bases before Cano’s single.
Estrada’s outing was exactly what the slumping Blue Jays needed. They arrived in Seattle having dropped two straight and four of six, and their wild-card lead dwindled in the process. Estrada was partly to blame for the September swoon. In his previous six starts, he was 1-4 with a 7.53 ERA. In September alone, Estrada had allowed 12 earned runs in 12 2/3 innings.
But he was brilliant against the Mariners, keeping the thousands of Blue Jays fans that made the trip south from British Columbia cheering all night as Toronto pulled even with Baltimore for the first wild-card spot. Both teams are 2 ½ games clear of Detroit and three ahead of Seattle and Houston.
“I’m not really sure what’s been going on, as the game gets going I start to struggle a little bit,” Estrada said. “We looked at video and there have been little things here and there that we caught. We changed it up and felt pretty good today.”
Estrada was pulled after walking Leonys Martin leading off the eighth inning, leaving to a standing ovation from the huge Blue Jays contingent. He struck out eight and walked three before being replaced by Jason Grilli.
The final six outs were trying for the Blue Jays. Pinch-hitter Ben Gamel walked to put two runners on with no outs in the eighth, and Seth Smith walked on a nine-pitch at-bat with two outs to load the bases for Cano.
Closer Roberto Osuna entered and got Cano to line out to the warning track in right field where Ezequiel Carrera was playing. Martin hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth off Osuna, but Gamel struck out looking to cap Osuna’s 34th save.
“We know what’s ahead of us, and we aren’t going to back away from it,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I thought our guys gave a really good effort tonight, just wasn’t enough.”
Encarnacion’s two-run homer off starter Taijuan Walker (6-11) came with two outs in the third on a 0-1 pitch that was left up in the strike zone. Pillar added a two-out RBI single in the fourth inning after Troy Tulowitzki led off with a double.
Estrada has never completed a no-hitter, but he’s been close. He lost a no-hit bid in the eighth inning against Boston on June 5, and also pitched hitless ball into the eighth inning in consecutive starts in June 2015.
“It’s not something that I was focused on. Obviously if it would have happened it would have been incredible but it didn’t. Cano hit a pretty good pitch,” Estrada said.
Toronto’s Josh Donaldson was ejected in the seventh inning arguing with plate umpire Chris Conroy after being called out on strikes. Donaldson was already upset about a check-swing Conroy called a strike earlier in the at-bat and flipped at being called out on a fastball on the outside corner. Donaldson immediately got in Conroy’s face and was quickly tossed.
Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (19-4) goes for his 20th win. Happ would join Boston’s Rick Porcello as the only two pitchers in baseball with 20 wins this season. Happ has won 13 of his last 14 decisions.
Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (16-11) looks for his third straight victory. Iwakuma allowed just one run in 6 1/3 innings in his last start against the Angels.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Uruguay’s government on Monday rejected an ultimatum from a former Guantanamo prisoner who is on a hunger strike demanding to leave the South American country.
Abu Wa’el Dhiab has been on a hunger strike for more than a month to press his demands to leave Uruguay, which took him in along with five other former Guantanamo prisoners in 2014. He wants to join his wife and children in Turkey, where they are refugees, or in another nation.
Dhiab gave the government until Sunday to deliver a proposal for him leaving. But Christian Mirza, the government’s liaison with the six resettled detainees, said there was nothing concrete to offer him yet.
“The ultimatum and the last video that he recorded didn’t go well” with officials, Mirza said before entering the apartment where Dhiab has been living in Montevideo.
Mirza said Lebanon, Qatar and Turkey have rejected taking in Dhiab.
Late in the day, a friend told reporters outside the apartment building that Dhiab would extend his deadline until next Monday to give the government more time. The friend, Alejandra de Bittencourt, also said Dhiab would drink water until that time.
Dhiab briefly fell into a coma last week and has been hospitalized twice, but asked to return to the apartment, where he continues to reject any food or liquid.
Late Friday, an activist group calling itself Vigil for Jihad Dhiab posted the latest in a series of YouTube videos it has made of Dhiab, this one showing him delivering his ultimatum while speaking in English.
He said he would resume drinking liquids if Uruguayan officials met his demand to help reunite him and his family within seven days. He gave the government until Sunday to respond.
Dhiab was released from the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in December 2014, but could not return to Syria due to the civil war there.
He had been detained as an enemy combatant with suspected ties to militants and was held for 12 years at Guantanamo although he was never charged. While there, he drew international attention by staging a lengthy hunger strike that threatened his health and frequently clashed with guards during his protest.