SMOKE EATER'S TOKE BUST (2006)
A 20-YEAR VETERAN OF THE SHRVEPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT IS OUT OF JAIL AFTER BEING ARRESTED FOR HIS FOURTH DWI OFFENSE...THE LATEST BEING CAPTURED ON DASHCAM. RICHARD JOSEPH MERRILL jr. WAS ARRESTED AFTER DRIVING ERRATICALLY RIGHT BEFORE BEING PULLED OVER. POLICE MADE HIM DO A FIELD SOBRIETY TEST. POLICE ALSO FOUND 2 BAGS OF MARIJUANA IN THE TRUCK.
LA: FUGITIVE DASHCAM/911 TAPE
KENNER, LOUISIANA - ACTUAL KATRINA (2005)
AS HURRICANE KATRINA MOVES IN, A FIRE STARTS IN KENNER, LA AND EMS FIREFIGHTERS TRY TO CONTAIN IT FROM BEING SPREAD BY THE WIND.
LEG WHIP TRAFFIC STOP 2006
DURING A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP LOUISIANA STATE TROOPER ROBERT HARRISON GETS HIT IN THE LEGS BY A PASSING MOTORIST. HE FALLS TO THE GROUND AND IS SERIOUSLY INJURED BREAKING BOTH OF HIS LEGS. HE IS NOW BACK ON PATROL (AS OF 1-10-08).
HIDING BEHIND HER BLUE KNIGHT (2 ANGLES) 2006
SUSPECT IS CONVICTED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER OF A POLICE OFFICER AND ANOTHER WOMAN AFTER A GUNFIGHT CAUGHT ON POLICE DASHCAM VIDEO. A WOMAN HAD FLAGGED DOWN OFFICER FREDDIE CLINTON AFTER SHE BECAME CONCERNED ABOUT AN SUV FOLLOWING HER CAR EVER SINCE SHE GOT OFF OF WORK. WHEN POLICE ARRIVED, THE SUSPECT, DARNELL JACKSON GOT OUT OF HIS SUV AND BEGAN FIRING A SAWED OFF SHOTGUN AT THE OFFICER AND THE YOUNG WOMAN. OFFICER CLINTON EMPTIED 15 ROUNDS OF HIS PISTOL AT JACKSON BUT NEVER HIT ANYONE. HE FINALLY HAD TO RUN TO HIS BACKUP OFFICER'S SQUAD CAR FOR SAFETY AND LEFT THE WOMAN IN THE STREET. JACKSON APPROACHED THE WOMAN AND FIRED AT HER HITTING HER IN THE BUTTOCKS. HE MIGHT HAVE FIRED AGAIN IF BACKUP OFFICER JOSH FELICIANO'S GUN HADN'T COME INTO PLAY. HE CUT DOWN THE SUSPECT POTENTIALLY SAVING THE YOUNG WOMAN'S LIFE. THE SUSPECT FACES UP TO 100 YEARS IN PRISON AND COULD GET MORE IF PROSECUTORS SUCCEED IN HAVING HIM DECLARED A REPEAT FELON. AMAZING FOOTAGE!
COP VERSUS COP CHASE, BUMP AND RUN 2008
Officer Donyell Sanchell, a four-year veteran in NOPD's 1st District, has been suspended without pay after the Saturday incident, according to police spokesman Bob Young. Sanchell, 38, was given a municipal summons on two counts of battery, a traffic citation for careless driving and a citation for hit-and-run, according to the bridge police. The incident began on the Crescent City Connection on Saturday about 6:50 p.m. when a bridge police officer saw a black pickup truck traveling more than 90 miles per hour in a 50-mph zone and "switching lanes in an erratic manner during heavy traffic," according to a bridge police report. The pursuit began on the West Bank and continued over the bridge. When the bridge police officers tried to pull the pickup over, Sanchell swerved across three highway lanes and exited near Claiborne Avenue, according to the report and video footage released by the Crescent City Connection. The chase continued on Interstate 10, with Sanchell continuing to weave in and out of traffic. Eventually, Sanchell exited at Orleans Avenue and pulled to the side of the road. "At this time the driver was irate, stating he was not going to stop because he was late for work," according to the bridge police report. The report says Sanchell appeared to be an NOPD officer, and the bridge police officers called their supervisors for backup. At that point, Sanchell sped off in his truck, grazing one of the bridge police officers on his left arm, according to the report. It's unclear from the video, shot from the dashboard of the CCC police car, if Sanchell's truck struck the officer, but the officer was forced to jump out of the way. A brief chase ended at the 1st District station at 501 N. Rampart St. There, Sanchell allegedly slapped one of the bridge police officers in the face during an argument. Because Sanchell was cited with a municipal summons, he was not arrested and will not face state criminal charges. He has yet to be arraigned on the municipal charges. The charges carry a maximum sentence of five months and a fine of $500. Sanchell could have faced the more serious charge of simple battery of a police officer, which in municipal court carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail. The same charge brought in criminal court carries the same potential sentence but requires a mandatory minimum of 15 days in jail if guilty. Mark Lambert, a spokesman with the Department of Transportation and Development, which oversees the Crescent City Connection, said bridge police did not seek the battery of a police officer distinction because the crime was not "serious enough to merit the charges." "Apparently the officer that was battered felt it did not rise to that level," Lambert said. "That's their discretion." The NOPD is conducting an administrative review of the incident. The bridge police are handling the actual investigation of the incidents. "It's their investigation and we are assisting with anything they need," Young
TRAFFIC STOP TURNS INTO WRESTLING MATCH 2009
Many questions are being asked after the death of a Walker man just minutes after a traffic stop and struggle on Interstate 12 near Holden in Livingston Parish. Sunday morning, a Livingston Parish deputy spotted a car on I-12 heading toward Holden around 4:00am. The car, driven by Donel Adam Stogner, 42, was reportedly weaving in and out of traffic. The deputy pulled Stogner over and according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, the driver had what appeared to be drugs in his hand. "That's when a long struggle ensued, almost seven minutes, and it's all on videotape," said Chief Deputy Jason Ard with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office. Because this is an open investigation, a copy of the tape could not be released to the media. Ard says backup arrived on the scene and not long after, Stogner was complaining of shortness of breath. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. "Anytime you deal with a death, no matter how it comes, it's serious," Ard said. He says he stands behind the deputies involved in the incident and is confident they acted within the law. Stogner's family members say they are waiting to see how everything plays out. Stogner's criminal record shows several arrests over the past few years, including a methamphetamine drug charge just last week. The Livingston Parish Coroner's Office says it is not ready to release an official cause of death at this time.
ROADSIDE TROOPER A MIRACLE SURVIVOR 2006
A 20-year-old Mandeville man has pleaded guilty to causing a wreck that nearly killed a Louisiana State Trooper. The trooper's dashboard camera captured the April 4, 2006, collision on tape, showing Belock's car slam into the trooper at nearly 70 miles-an-hour. Trooper Robert Harrison had just stopped a motorist for a traffic violation along Interstate 10 near Siegen Lane. The trooper was standing outside the vehicle he'd just stopped when Belock's vehicle slammed into him. Andrew D. Belock was sentenced to five years probation after entering guilty pleas on November 13th to first-degree vehicular negligent injury and possession with intent to distribute drugs, prosecutors said. Prosecutors say Trooper Harrison agreed to the sentence of probation so that Belock could remain employed and pay an undisclosed monthly restitution to the trooper. If Belock fails to make those payments, he could then be ordered to prison. In the videotape, Belock is eventually placed in the back of Trooper Harrison's patrol car. At that point, he uses his cell phone to call his girlfriend. Audio equipment within the trooper's patrol car captured what Belock told his girlfriend that night. "I feel asleep," Belock is heard saying. "I was going 70 miles-an-hour and got in a head-on collision, baby. This person might be dead." Trooper Harrison declined our request for an on-camera interview. However, he said he approved of WAFB 9NEWS airing the videotape of his accident in hopes it would remind motorists of the importance of slowing down and pulling into the opposite lane when approaching emergency vehicles.
TASERED WHILE CUFFED 2008
A Baton Rouge police corporal was fired by the chief and then reinstated by the civil service board after dash cam video showed him tasing a man five times while the suspect was handcuffed. Chief LeDuff fired Corporal Charles O'Malley earlier this month, but that decision was later overturned by the Baton Rouge Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service. The board voted 4-1 to give the corporal his job back, saying he needed to be disciplined, but not fired. O'Malley is now back on the force, but the chief suspended him for 90 days. Chief LeDuff says he is appealing the civil service board's decision to reinstate the officer, meaning a judge will now hear the case. Another officer involved in the incident was suspended. The FBI is investigating the case. Corporal O'Malley stated in his report that he spotted a man walking down Sherwood Street and stopped him to ask about recent burglaries in the area. When the man noticed the police car, the corporal says he saw the man quickly reach for his mouth and shove something into his pocket. Video captured by the officer's dashboard camera shows that he and another officer, who was in training, exited the vehicle, approached the man, and instructed him to stand in front of the police car. At first, the suspect complied with the officer but then put his hands back in his pocket, the videotape shows. Both officers immediately try to restrain the suspect. That's when O'Malley says in his report that he noticed the suspect was hiding a partially-smoked marijuana blunt in his mouth. O'Malley commands the suspect to "spit the drugs out" and grabs the man's throat, the videotape shows. Corporal O'Malley then grabs the man's neck and tries to prevent him from swallowing whatever item he has in his mouth, the videotape shows. O'Malley then reaches for his metal flashlight and attempts to force it in the suspect's mouth. He said in his report that he used the flashlight because he did not want to be bitten. The officers used pepper spray on the suspect and wrestled him to the ground. O'Malley said the suspect kicked, then kicked him and his partner several times in the struggle. At that point, O'Malley said he decided to use his taser gun on the man. While the suspect was handcuffed, the corporal tased him at least five times while ordering him to lie on his stomach. The Baton Rouge Police Department does not have a policy against tasing a suspect in handcuffs. The policy states the officer can use the taser until he "gets compliance." The department admits the policy is intentionally vague to protect officers in all situations. The suspect declined to press charges against either officer. The suspect recovered from being pepper sprayed and tased, investigators said. He did have minor scratches, which paramedics treated, investigators said.
UNLOCK THE DOOR CHASE (2 ANGLES) 1995
COPS CHASE A GUY IN A STOLEN TRUCK. HE STOPS AT A LIGHT AND THEY JUMP OUT AND PUT A GUN TO HIS HEAD AND REPEAT OVER AND OVER "UNLOCK THE DOOR." WELL, I GUESS HE WASN'T READY TO END THE FUN SO HE TAKES OFF -- AND THE CHASE IS BACK ON! HE ENDS UP HAVING A HEAD ON CRASH WITH WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER DEPUTIES CAR.
CAJUN CRAVIN’ TO BE A COP
The dashboard-camera footage retrieved from the vehicle of pretend police officer Herman Justice shows him ordering a bewildered Metairie motorist out of her car just off Interstate 10 early Friday morning with his hands wrapped tightly around a black pistol and a bright gold badge flashing from the waistband of his khakis. The woman stood with her hands on her car for several tense minutes as Justice guarded her, first with an extendable baton, then with a pit bull, until the arrival of a State Police trooper. Then it was Justice who put his hands in the air. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said Justice, 56, of Louisville, Ky., is no police officer and had no right to stop anyone. He was also armed with an arsenal of assault rifles and other weaponry. Justice told authorities he only pulled over the motorist because he thought she was drunk. But Normand said he thinks Justice may have previously tried to flex his imaginary authority in other jurisdictions. "My suspicion is that this is probably not Mr. Justice's first time at this rodeo," Normand said. The encounter began on eastbound Interstate 10 when Justice used red police lights to flash the victim, an unidentified 41-year-old Metairie woman, according to the sheriff. The woman pulled over onto the northbound Causeway Boulevard exit and Justice took her into "custody." Meanwhile, an unidentified passenger in Justice's 2010 Buick Enclave called the State Police to report that her boyfriend had just pulled over a suspected drunken driver. The passenger, who was not arrested, said she was asleep when the stop began, Normand said. The trooper and the two Sheriff's Office deputies who were called out to assist discovered that the gold shield on Justice's waist was actually a security guard badge. He was also carrying a silver badge from the Pompano Highlands Fire Department in Florida. There was no explanation for the badges, the red emergency lights or the dashboard camera. Inside his van, deputies found several weapons, including a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, a 40-caliber Beretta handgun, four knives and 446 rounds of ammunition, Normand said....