The New Mexico State Police officer who fired shots at a minivan full of children during a chaotic October traffic stop has been fired as its revealed that he was a mentor in a nonviolence program.
New Mexico State Police spokesman Lt Emmanuel Gutierrez says he confirmed with State Police Chief Pete Kassetas that Officer Elias Montoya is no longer employed by the department. His termination was effective at 5pm Friday.
Montoya has 30 days to appeal his firing to a public safety advisory council.
The officer was placed on administrative leave earlier this week following an investigation into the shooting outside the northern New Mexico tourist town of Taos.
Video from a police cruiser’s dashboard camera taken October 28 showed Montoya shooting at the minivan as a Memphis, Tennessee, woman drove away. The motorist, 39-year-old Oriana Farrell, had been stopped for speeding and fled twice after arguing with an officer.
Like millions of tech fans around the world President Obama would reportedly love to get his hands on a shiny new iPhone 5 for Christmas, but sadly for him his security advisers won’t allow it.
Obama is instead being forced to carrying on using his trusty, yet now rather out-of-date, Blackberry device which is strictly limited to just 10 email contacts.
Speaking to a group of young people at the White House during a pitch for his healthcare reforms Obama quipped: ‘I am not allowed, for security reasons, to have an iPhone’.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has named William J. Bratton his Police Commissioner. In returning to the job he held under Rudolph Giuliani in the nineteen-nineties, Bratton will be in charge of fulfilling one of de Blasio’s most prominent campaign promises: to end the stop-and-frisk tactics that were such a prominent part of Michael Bloomberg’s record as Mayor.
Bratton emphatically endorsed stop-and-frisk as a police tactic. “First off, stop-question-and-frisk has been around forever,” he told me. “It is known by stop-and-frisk in New York, but other cities describe it other ways, like stop-question-and-frisk or Terry stops. It’s based on a Supreme Court case from 1968, Terry v. Ohio, which focused very significantly on it. Stop-and-frisk is such a basic tool of policing. It’s one of the most fundamental practices in American policing. If cops are not doing stop-and-frisk, they are not doing their jobs. It is a basic, fundamental tool of police work in the whole country. If you do away with stop-and-frisk, this city will go down the chute as fast as anything you can imagine.”
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The number of U.S. battlefield fatalities exceeded the rate at which troop strength surged in 2009 and 2010, prompting national security analysts to assert that coinciding stricter rules of engagement led to more deaths.
A connection between the sharp increase in American deaths and restrictive rules of engagement is difficult to confirm. More deaths surely stemmed from ramped-up counterterrorism raids and the Taliban’s response with more homemade bombs, the No. 1 killer of NATO forces in Afghanistan.
But it is clear that the rules of engagement, which restrain troops from firing in order to spare civilian casualties, cut back on airstrikes and artillery strikes — the types of support that protect troops during raids and ambushes.
I never have understood the RoE that our politicians put on our military. If they commit to a war then they should be ready to commit to total war – complete annihilation of the enemy.
That is not to say of course that innocent civilians should be taken under fire, but if you’re being attacked, show no mercy.
Let him go, sweetie. His dick’s been in unimaginable places.
President Barack Obama paid an emotional tribute to his personal hero Nelson Mandela tonight, saying he could not imagine life without the former South African President.
Speaking shortly after the death of the civil rights leader was announced, Mr Obama said now is the time for people to pause and honor the fact ‘that Nelson Mandela lived’.
He said: ‘Like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my life without the example that Nelson Mandela set.’
‘He no longer belongs to us – he belongs to the ages,’ Mr Obama said from the White House briefing room.