Investigators release disciplinary records of Rayshard Brooks arresting officers, 911 call

first_imgiStock/ChiccoDodiFC(ATLANTA) — BY: IVAN PEREIRAThe Atlanta Police Department released new information regarding the two officers involved in the arrest that led to Rayshard Brooks’ death last week, along with the 911 call that led them to the Wendy’s parking lot.Officer Garret Rolfe, who fatally shot Brooks, 27, had prior disciplinary investigations some of which stemmed from civilian complaints and use of force.Rolfe has been terminated from the police force. Devin Brosnan, who was the first officer on scene, was placed on administrative duty while the Georgia Bureau of Investigation conducts its probe into the June 12 shooting.Rolfe, who was a six year veteran of the force, had 11 incidents that were reviewed before last week, three of which resulted in disciplinary action, the records show.The records released by police give the form of the complaint and whether there was any discipline or action taken against the officer, but do not give specific details of each case.In his time with the Atlanta Police Department, records show Rolfe received an “oral admonishment” for a vehicle accident in October 2014, a use of force violation involving the use of a firearm in September 2016 that resulted in a written reprimand and a written reprimand for a vehicle accident in August 2018.According to the police records, there was also an incident in August 2015 where Rolfe discharged his weapon, but no action was taken against him.Brosnan, who has been on the force for a year, did not have any disciplinary review on his record before the shooting, according to the records released by the police.The police were called in after a 911 call from an employee at an Atlanta Wendy’s who told the operator a man, who later turned out to be Brooks, was asleep at the wheel and parked in the drive-thru, according to the 911 audio released by the police.“I tried to wake him up, but he’s parked dead in the middle of the drive-thru. So I don’t know what is wrong with him,” the caller said.The caller told the operator that other cars had to drive around Brooks’ car to get out of the Wendy’s parking lot.“He woke up, looked at me and I was like, ‘You gotta move out the drive-thru because people can’t.’ They’re going around him just right there,” the caller said.Brosnan was the first officer who arrived at the scene and the incident was recorded on his body camera and police vehicle dashboard camera.In police body camera footage that has been released, Brooks is seen calmly speaking with Brosnan after the officer woke him up and questioned him.“I can just go home. My daughters are there right now. My daughter’s birthday was yesterday,” Brooks told Brosnan in the video.A short time later, Rolfe arrived on scene after Brosnan suspected Brooks may have been under the influence of alcohol.The officers administered a Breathalyzer to Brooks, according to the body camera footage, and it registered a blood-alcohol level of .108%, which is above the legal limit of .08%.As officers attempted to put Brooks in handcuffs, a struggle ensued and he got a hold of one of the officers’ stun guns, according to the video and investigators. A surveillance video from the scene showed Brooks running away with the stun gun in his hand. Brooks turned and allegedly shot the stun gun at Rolfe, who drew his service weapon from his holster and opened fire, according to the video.Brooks was taken to a local hospital, where he died after emergency surgery, according to investigators.Neither officer has been criminally charged in connection with the incident. The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office is currently investigating the case.Brooks’ shooting came weeks after George Floyd was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis and subsequent protests around the world calling for police reform.Since the incident, Atlanta police chief Erika Shields resigned from her position and multiple protests have taken place in the city.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Johnny Lang, And Many More Rock The Jazz Fest Fairgrounds [Photos]

first_imgSo much of what you may hear about New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival centers on the music and the magic that goes on surrounding the actual Fairgrounds late into the night, rather than on the Fest itself, that it’s sometimes easy to gloss over the massive lineup performing at the official Festival grounds. However, the Jazz Fest fairgrounds consistently play host to both the biggest stars in the world and some of the most interesting and culturally diverse acts out there, who you’d likely never see outside these hallowed Fest grounds.The musical lineup for New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this Saturday, May 6th, 2017, included the long-awaited rescheduled Stevie Wonder and Snoop Dogg sets which were rained out at last year’s Jazz Fest, a set by pop superstar Meghan Trainor, a performance jazz piano master Kenny Barron and the Kenny Barron Trio, Grammy-winning gospel-blues rocker Johnny Lang, and so many more.Thanks to photographer Dave Vann, we can check out up-close-and-personal photos of these incredible performances at the Jazz Fest fairgrounds on 2017’s second Saturday.[Cover photo via Dave Vann] Jazz Fest Fairgrounds | Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Lang, Kenny Barron, Meghan Trainor | Saturday, 5/6/17 | Photos by Dave Vann Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Fitch: U.S. to add 17,000MW of renewable capacity annually through 2022

first_imgFitch: U.S. to add 17,000MW of renewable capacity annually through 2022 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Growth in the U.S. renewable energy market will average more than 6% annually over the next decade as falling technology costs and support from states and the private sector help offset the loss of federal tax credits and a regulatory rollback by the Trump administration, Fitch Solutions Macro Research said June 4.New renewable generation installations are projected to average nearly 17,000 MW of capacity annually between 2019 and 2022, the research firm said, although that figure is expected to fall to 11,000 MW during the next six years following cuts to the investment and production tax credits. By 2028, renewable resources, excluding hydroelectric power, are expected to account for 16% of the country’s electricity mix, Fitch Solutions said, up from 11% in 2018.Despite increased risks from import tariffs and a potential reduction in tax-equity financing, “the project pipeline across most segments remains robust and the U.S. renewables market continues to attract major domestic and international investment,” Fitch Solutions said. The firm is an affiliate of Fitch Ratings Inc.Still, renewables will not overtake fossil fuels any time soon. The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecast generation from natural gas to increase from 34% of U.S. electricity in 2018 to 40% by 2032 and remain at that level through 2050.New York utility Consolidated Edison Inc., which invested more than $2 billion in wind and solar assets in 2018, plans to spend another $1 billion on renewables over the next three years, Chairman, President and CEO John McAvoy said May 21 at a natural gas conference.Demand for renewable energy is also coming from outside of the power sector. General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Mary Barra told shareholders June 4 that the automaker is working toward a goal of using renewable energy to meet all of its operational electricity needs, up from 20% now.More ($): U.S. renewable energy market projected to grow despite headwindslast_img read more

Colombia and U.S. Seize Ton of Cocaine in the Caribbean

first_img Over a ton of cocaine chlorhydrate was seized in the Colombian Caribbean, in a combined operation between the Colombian National Navy and an air unit of the U.S. Navy. The operation took place on October 22 as part of an agreement of maritime interdiction signed by Colombia and the United States. The incident occurred when a “go-fast” boat was circulating at high speed near the island of Serrana, and it was detected by an air unit of the U.S. Navy. The aircraft initiated the maritime interdiction operation and immediately notified the National Navy, which sent a frigate, several prompt-reaction units, and a helicopter, to detain the illegal boat. When the crew of the illegal boat realized they were being pursued by maritime and air units, they jettisoned the cargo and escaped. The narcotics were recovered by the National Navy personnel, and they were afterwards transported to the island of San Andrés and provided to the authorities. The Technical Investigation Unit of the Attorney General’s Office performed a Preliminary Homologation First Test on the drug found in the cargo. The results concluded that the cargo contained high-purity hydrochloride cocaine. The drugs weighed 2,469 pounds and would be valued at over $ 30 million in the international black market. In October, the Colombian National Navy has drastically beaten the logistics and financial structures of illegal organizations in the Caribbean, after seizing 6,342 pounds of cocaine. By Dialogo October 24, 2012last_img read more

Partners administer ‘good deeds’ foundation

first_img June 1, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Partners administer ‘good deeds’ foundation Partners administer ‘good deeds’ foundation Associate Editor Call it the case of a heartfelt donation from an old woman that keeps saving lives after she is dead and gone.It all began when Jonathon Marks, a North Miami Beach lawyer, found himself in an unusual conversation with a client named Fay Parkin. She was an elderly lady who was friends with his wife, Merry Marks, from once living in the same condo.As it turns out, Parkin had no husband and no children, just some far-flung relatives she wasn’t close to, and she was looking for a meaningful way to let her estate do some good after she passed away. She brought her sister with her to the lawyer’s office with the idea of leaving it all to the Marks.“I told her, ‘Look, I can’t draw any kind of a will that would make me a beneficiary or my wife,’” Marks said.Ultimately, Jonathon and Merry Marks suggested Parkin consider creating a foundation in her name, so good deeds could be carried out without a lot of bureaucratic red tape and requirements that the big organized charities are prone to have. Rather than a final donation to a charity then to be forgotten, her name could live on through the Fay Parkin Foundation that would continually find ways to do good things for others.“She lit up, and her sister lit up. They lit up together,” recalled Jonathon Marks. “That made more sense to her than the alternative.”As fate would have it, Parkin, in her late 80s, died only a few months later.“It was a very unusual situation, because there was nothing in place to guarantee that would happen except my word,” Jonathon Marks said. “She trusted me.”Her trust was well-placed.Marks got the foundation approved by the IRS and made sure it complied with state laws. He and his partner, Paul Robinson, would serve as administrators, and Merry Marks would spend time running the office, day-to-day.After enduring a few far-flung family squabbles in probate court, the Fay Parkin Foundation was in full swing in 1999.People in need started being helped in small, but magnanimous, ways.“The idea originally was that my wife would scour the papers and look for ways to give. Really, it’s something small, a mom-and-pop operation. But we wanted to give direct cash to normal people. If somebody needed a wheelchair, for crying out loud, here, have it and enjoy it. It’s a gift. That’s what the idea was,” Jonathon Marks said.“It’s very discretionary. I have to make certain disclosures to the IRS, but I got what I consider a very liberal interpretation of how this foundation can give out money — even to the point if, so warranted, we could directly write a check to an individual, somebody in need.”When a Highway Patrol officer in Broward County lost both legs in the line of duty, Marks pulled out the checkbook and wrote him a $500 check.When Kim Goedde, a motivated single mom, needed to get her nonprofit organization, The Look for Success, off the ground, it was the Fay Parkin Foundation that gave her that first crucial grant that sparked other donations.She’s been able to help more than 1,000 women with what she calls “makeup for the soul” — self-esteem boosting Estee Lauder make-overs for women going from welfare to work, as well as women recovering from substance abuse and domestic violence, women reentering the outside world from jail, cancer patients, and the elderly.“A lot of women have never applied makeup before. Afterwards, when they look in the mirror, they just glow,” said Goedde.“Jonathon is an awesome lawyer. And it was just a great feeling to know Fay Parkin’s legacy was beginning with The Look for Success.”The good deeds branched out from there, when Jonathon Marks happened to chat with a stranger in a donut shop.That person turned out to be Richard C. Schulman, city historian of the four-year-old town, Sunny Isles Beach, population 15,000, where mostly elderly retirees live.“We struck up a conversation, and one thing led to another,” Schulman said of that chance meeting.Schulman introduced Marks to Sunny Isles Beach Mayor David Sampson, and before it was over, the new city’s police patrol cars and beach patrol boat were outfitted with defibrillators to rescue heart attack victims, thanks to the Fay Parkin Foundation.One of the town activists running for office, Norman Edelcup, wanted to buy even more defibrillators and donated to the Fay Parkin Foundation for the eventual purpose of buying even more, for a total of about 50.“They have already saved two or three lives,” Schulman said. “You can’t put a dollar amount on saving lives.”Priceless philanthropy. When a Jewish community center called Marks asking for a defibrillator, too, he was happy to help.“Jonathon and his partner are certainly, to me, examples of hometown heroes,” Schulman said. “As attorneys, they’ve done a wonderful, wonderful thing.”Marks admitts he gets “a nice kick” out of signing the checks for what he calls “little stuff that might make a difference.”By keeping his promise to his client, the legacy of a generous woman, Fay Parkin, lives on.last_img read more

Credit unions fill gap in small-business lending, NAFCU tells Congress

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU’s Carrie Hunt reiterated the association’s support for credit unions working with the Small Business Administration to provide loans to member small businesses in a letter ahead of a House Small Business subcommittee hearing today on SBA programs.The Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access is holding a hearing at 10 a.m. Eastern today on “Improving Capital Access Programs within the SBA.”In addition to backing credit unions’ work with SBA, Hunt, NAFCU’s senior vice president of government affairs and general counsel, gave subcommittee Chairman Tom Rice, R-S.C., and Ranking Member Judy Chu, D-Calif., suggestions on how to improve SBA programs to help facilitate more lending. She suggested exempting all loans made through SBA programs from credit unions’ member business lending cap; that would “increase the capital credit unions could provide small businesses.” Currently, only SBA-guaranteed loan dollars are excluded from credit unions’ MBL cap.In February, NAFCU and SBA inked an agreement aimed at getting more credit unions to increase their lending to member-small businesses through SBA micro loan programs. NAFCU also continues to support legislation, including H.R. 1188, that would raise the MBL cap for credit unions. continue reading »last_img read more

Two civilians gunned down in Poso

first_imgPersonnel from the joint police and Indonesian Military (TNI) Operation Tinombala along with the Central Sulawesi and Poso Police have been examining the forest where the incident took place, he added.As reported by, the shooting occurred within an area covered by the Tinombala police-military operation in the region.The two victims have been identified as Syarifuddin, 37, and Firman, 18, both of whom were residents of Poso Pesisir Utara district.Syarifuddin sustained a gunshot wound to his chest and was already dead when the locals found him, whereas Firman died from a similar injury to his neck while he was being taken to a nearby village. United Development Party (PPP) lawmaker Arsul Sani has urged the National Police to investigate the shooting of the two Poso residents.“I want those in charge of the National Police to give their attention to [the murder] of these two Poso residents,” the politician said in a statement on Thursday.He went on to say that the investigation should also involve the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) to ensure that the proceedings remain impartial to reveal the real perpetrators, whether or not they were security personnel.“[…] If the victims were wrongly murdered and they were not involved with an act of terrorism or other crime, the police owe [their families] a public apology and financial compensation,” Arsul said. (rfa)Topics : Two civilians were shot to death by unknown assailants in Poso regency, Central Sulawesi on Tuesday.National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Ahmad Ramadhan confirmed the incident on Wednesday, but stopped short of disclosing further details.“It’s true that two Poso residents were shot and killed in Pesisir Utara on Tuesday,” Ahmad said as reported by read more

Iraqi PM to visit Saudi, Iran in diplomatic balancing act

first_imgThey are set to stay in NEOM, an area in the kingdom’s northwest that is currently under development, and are scheduled to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with whom Kadhemi is known to have warm personal ties. Baghdad proposed a package of energy-focused development opportunities in Iraq to Saudi Arabia earlier this month, and the talks will likely focus on financing for those proposals, other infrastructure projects, and a reopening of the Arar border crossing between the two countries, the officials said.They said the delegation will then travel directly to Tehran late Tuesday, where Kadhemi is expected to meet Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Read also: Pandemic has silver lining for Iraq: food self-sufficiency Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi will travel to Saudi Arabia and Iran back-to-back next week, carefully balancing ties to regional rivals in his first foreign trip as premier, officials said Saturday.Baghdad has often found itself caught in the tug-of-war between Riyadh, Tehran and even Washington, which the premier is also set to visit within the next few weeks.On Sunday, Kadhemi will host Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baghdad, before travelling with Iraq’s ministers of oil, electricity, planning and finance to Saudi Arabia the following day, Iraqi officials said. Kadhemi rose to the premiership in May after serving as the head of Iraq’s National Intelligence Service for nearly four years, which helped him form a close relationship with Prince Mohammed. He is also known to be respected by Iran’s intelligence services and government circles, which prompted speculation he could mediate between the two regional foes. And Kadhemi is well-liked in Washington, where he is expected later this month or in early August to pursue a strategic dialogue between Iraq and the US.It would be the first visit by an Iraqi premier to the White House in three years. US officials never extended an invitation to previous prime minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, whom they saw as too close to Iran.Tensions skyrocketed following a US drone strike on Baghdad in January that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.It appears Washington is now encouraging a rapprochement between Baghdad and Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia.Earlier this week, officials from Iraq, the US and the Gulf Cooperation Council discussed over teleconference an arrangement for Iraq to import electricity from Kuwait, a deal which was agreed last year but has yet to come into effect.Topics :last_img read more

Alessandro Del Piero hails Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus impact

first_imgJuventus’ great Alessandro Del Piero has paid tribute to the job done by coach Massimiliano Allegri ahead of Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final against Barcelona.Allegri took over from Antonio Conte at the start of the season and guided the club to a fourth consecutive Scudetto and a first Coppa Italia in 20 years, with the Italian champions able to complete the treble in Berlin this weekend.Del Piero – part of Juve’s last successful European adventure in 1996 – claims both Allegri and opposite number Luis Enrique can be proud of their debut campaigns in charge.”Allegri took over a winning team and improved it without shaking things up too much,” he told Barca’s official website.”He did it gradually, by inserting his principles without losing confidence in his team.”Juve play serene, organised football now. They play good football, it”s very technical. As for Luis Enrique, he’s also done an extraordinary job. “The [Barca] team has found brilliance and unity, with the guarantee of three great players [Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez] up front who have complete freedom of expression, yet they always work for the good of the team.”The final in Berlin is set to be the stage for Xavi’s farewell appearance after 17 years in Barca’s first team, with his potential match-up against Juve maestro Andrea Pirlo likely to prove an interesting spectacle.Del Piero was effusive in his praise of the pair and Barca star Messi.”We’re talking about the Olympus of football, on the greatest level of intelligence,” he added, in reference to Pirlo and Xavi.”They are two unique parts of football history, real phenomena. It has been a pleasure to play with and against them. “Messi is the number one. He has talent, instinct, passion and magic. Messi is part of football heritage and we’re so lucky that he’s living in our time and that we can enjoy watching him.”last_img read more

Northamptonshire and Wiltshire set up title showdown

first_img26 Aug 2015 Northamptonshire and Wiltshire set up title showdown Northamptonshire and Wiltshire will meet tomorrow in a title showdown at the English Boys’ County Championship at King’s Lynn Golf Club in Norfolk.Both won close matches today, with Northamptonshire defeating Durham 5-4 and Wiltshire beating Hampshire 5½-3½.Northants, who are making their first appearance at County Finals, have two wins from two matches so far, giving them a slight edge over Wiltshire, who halved yesterday.“It means we can halve tomorrow and win the title, which is a nice situation, but the boys won’t be going for that. They’ll want to win,” said Adam Myers, the Northamptonshire manager.It’s the same sentiment from Wiltshire whose manager, Ian Welding, remarked: “We are definitely looking forward to tomorrow.”Northamptonshire provided the highlight of the day when 17-year-old Callum Farr (Image © Leaderboard Photography) had a hole-in-one on the 133-yard fifth hole in the morning foursomes. Farr was playing with Ben Jones and his seven-iron shot put the pairing one up and set them on course for an emphatic 6/4 win.It was the team’s only win of the morning but it kept them in touch and they went on to produce a strong singles performance. “It didn’t look great early on but the four lads at the back really started to give it a go and looked in control. It allowed the two lads at the front to give their opponents a good game,” said Myers.The back four all had convincing wins: Matthew Myers signed off with a birdie on the 13th to win 5/4; Callum Farr overpowered his opponent 6/5; Ben Jones won 4/2 and Tom Forster was a 3/2 winner.Wiltshire showed plenty of grit yesterday when they fought back from 3-0 down to halve their match. Today, they got off to a faster start, but again had to demonstrate plenty of character to lead 2-1 at lunchThey had one foursomes win in the bag and looked odds on to claim the second when Dom Burgess and Tom Stagg got to four up after 14 holes. But Hampshire’s Jason Stokes and Josh Sturt were far from finished and won the 15th, 16th and 17th with a run of birdie, birdie, par to reduce the deficit to one hole. However, the Wiltshire pair stopped the charge with a par four on the last, which halved the hole and gave them a one-up win.In the singles Wiltshire and Hampshire each claimed one big win, but the other games were closely fought with three of the matches going to the 18th. “I was so pleased with the way they played, coming down the straight when the pressure was on, they did really, really well,” said Welding.“We had some really good performances, for example Jake Bolton was three under when his match finished on the 14th. One of our younger players, Tom Stagg, was two up with two to play when the Hampshire boy had a really good putt to birdie the 17th and then hit the ball straight down the middle of the 18th.“Tom smashed his own drive and, under great pressure, knocked it on the green and holed the putt for a birdie three to win the match. That kind of spirit and determination is what has helped us over the last couple of days.”Click here for full scores.last_img read more