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Georgia cops kept 13-year-old handcuffed in freezing squad car to get him to talk

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(ROSWELL, Ga.) — Flipping a coin to decide whether to arrest a sobbing woman. Keeping a K-9 on the force after it repeatedly attacked a man despite its handler’s commands. And now, leaving a 13-year-old boy handcuffed in the back of a squad car in freezing conditions and then taunting him.The police department in Roswell, Georgia, has grabbed headlines for the third time this year after body camera footage surfaced that showed an officer trying to “freeze out” a teenager to get information out of him.The officer, Sgt. Daniel Elzey, was placed on paid administrative leave July 19 — six months after the Jan. 2 incident. Questions remain about what appears to be a pattern of inappropriate conduct on the part of the Roswell Police Department.City administrator Gary Palmer wrote on July 25 in a Facebook post, after the body camera footage went public, that the series of incidents would be investigated by outside firms and that the police department would also conduct its own internal investigation.“It is clear to me, the mayor and council and the chief of police that what you are seeing are symptoms of bigger issues; issues that we need to clearly identify and deliberately address as expeditiously as possible,” he said.The police department has not commented on the incident involving the teen.The January body camera footage involving the 13-year-old boy was first obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and then published online by the Roswell police on July 25.In that video, a police officer, identified as C. Dickerson, came across a teen boy driving a golf cart down a highway, according to the report filed by the officer.The boy, who had grass all over his knees and whose sweater sleeves were soaked and frozen, gave Dickerson conflicting answers about where he lived, how he got the golf cart and where his mother was, the report stated.In the video, the officer detained the boy in handcuffs at the back of her police car and as the teen sobbed and said the handcuffs hurt, she tried to get him to tell her about a parent she can release him to.As the night wore on and the officer became more and more frustrated with the boy’s evasiveness — “I’ve had enough. I’ve lost my patience,” she declared at one point — her sergeant, Daniel Elzey, stepped in.He rolled down the windows of the squad car, asked her to join him in his own heated car and instructed the boy to “think on it for a few minutes” in the back of Dickerson’s open car.“Let him get a little chilly. Maybe that’ll help,” he told Dickerson.A little over 10 minutes later, when he went to check on the defiant teen, he told him, “You can take it? Cool. So can I. Because I’ve got heat in this car… If we can make contact with mom, then maybe we can get some heat going.”“He’s freezing him out,” Dickerson explained to another officer out of view of the body camera.In the incident report filed by Dickerson and published online, there is no mention of the use of cold as a coercive tactic on the boy.The boy eventually gave the officers his mother’s contact information, and they left him with her, the report said.Elzey will remain on paid leave pending the outcome of an administrative investigation, police said in a statement.Elzey did not return an immediate request for comment from ABC News.The Roswell Police Department has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently.Shocking body camera footage from April this year showed police officers flipping a coin to decide whether they would arrest a driver who was pulled over for speeding.As the woman, 24-year-old Sarah Webb, sat sobbing in her car, the officers used a coin toss app in their own car, amidst laughter, and later arrested her.In reaction to criticism over the video, Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant posted a statement on Facebook on July 13, saying, “I have much higher expectations of our police officers and I am appalled that any law enforcement officer would trivialize the decision making process of something as important as the arrest of a person.”The two officers were fired last week.In another video first published by Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA on July 18 and then posted online by the police department, a police dog attacked and bit a man who was complying with police orders. Despite being commanded to let go over 20 times, the dog refused to release the man’s arm. The incident took place in August 2016 but the dog was kept on the force, according to the police post.“After this incident occurred, the K-9 was given additional training and has not had any incidents with following commands since the additional training,” the post said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Spieth wants McIlroy at Open

first_img But Spieth, who learned of the Northern Irishman’s injury through social media, would prefer his rival to be in action at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. “For me, it doesn’t change anything,” he told the Golf Channel. “It’s still just as challenging. It’s still a major championship and there is a lot of unbelievable talent. I obviously wish he was there. “It kind of dampens it. You want the defending champion, much less the best player in the world at the event. “You want all fields to be full strength no matter who it is. Losing the number one player in the world for a major championship would be tough.” Recalling the moment he first saw the Instagram picture which featured McIlroy on crutches following a footballing mishap, Spieth added: “I thought it was really unfortunate. “Accidents happen, and I just wish for a speedy recovery. We all want him back as soon as possible.” The 21-year-old Texan arrives in Scotland on the back of victory at both the Masters and the US Open, and now keen to unseat Open champion McIlroy. That task looked a little easier on Monday when McIlroy revealed he had suffered a serious ankle injury that has certainly ruled him out of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and threatens to sideline him for at least three months. Press Associationcenter_img Double major winner Jordan Spieth does not believe Rory McIlroy’s anticipated absence from the Open Championship will make his life at St Andrews any easier.last_img read more

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Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Morehead State

first_imgSyracuse (1-0) opened the 2018-19 season in convincing fashion with a 66-34 win over Eastern Washington. The Orange were led by 20 points from Oshae Brissett and strong-pressure defense. Next up for SU: host Morehead State (1-0) on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Eagles opened the season with a 102-82 win over Kentucky Christian, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school. The NAIA is a small colleges equivalent of the NCAA. Morehead State takes on Connecticut on Thursday night before traveling to Syracuse.Here’s what to know about the Eagles.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 2-0Last time they played: The Orange beat Morehead State, 110-69, on Dec. 28, 1987. Then-junior Sherman Douglas led the way for Syracuse with 29 points. Rony Seikaly added 15 rebounds. The two schools first met in the 1983 NCAA Tournament, and SU won by 15.The Morehead State report: In Morehead State’s opener against NAIA opposition, four Eagles scored in double figures: De’von Cooper, Malek Green, A.J. Hicks and Jordan Walker. Last year, Hicks and Walker were the two leading scorers for Morehead State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Eagles pose less of a threat from 3-point land than Eastern Washington, as Morehead State made 32.3 percent from beyond the arc last year. That’s not offset with much size. Russian freshman Sasha Sukhanov is 6-foot-11, but no other Eagles player is taller than 6-foot-7. Sukhanov tied for the second-fewest minutes on Morehead State in its opening win, so he may not factor into the rotation much against Syracuse.Morehead State didn’t have too many positives in an 8-21 season a year ago. The two places KenPom.com ranked them somewhat highly in were free-throw rate and offensive rebound percentage, where the Eagles ranked in the top-100 in the country. The leading offensive rebounder is no longer with the team, but two 6-foot-7 forwards, Green and Lamontray Harris, averaged more than one offensive rebound per game last season.The Eagles were near the middle of the pack in both average possession length and percentage of 3-pointers attempted out of total field goals. So in that sense, the attack is balanced and Morehead State brings back its top four scorers.How Syracuse beats Morehead State: The Orange should have no trouble shutting the Eagles down. Even in its 102 points on opening night against Kentucky Christian, Morehead State shot 7-for-22 from 3-point range, 31.8 percent. If Syracuse doesn’t have to be concerned with floor spacing, it can focus on getting rebounds and limited second chances. Morehead State crashes the offensive boards aggressively, trying to compensate for its height with second chance opportunities. SU just has to grab the first rebounds.Last year, Morehead State played a ranked Xavier team on the season’s opening weekend and lost, 101-49. As long as Syracuse rebounds and Buddy Boeheim and Tyus Battle combine for better than Tuesday’s 4-for-21, SU should wind up in similar territory.KenPom odds: KenPom.com gives Syracuse a 98 percent chance to win, by an 81-58 score.Stat to know: 27.1 percentSyracuse held Eastern Washington to a 27.1 percent effective field goal percentage on Tuesday night, a ratio which accounts for 3-pointers added value. Most teams have played one game, so that’s second in the nation. One game stats aren’t especially significant, but the Orange were one of the country’s top defenses this year and held EWU to the lowest points in the Carrier Dome by an SU opponent ever on Tuesday. Incorporating new players hasn’t slowed down Syracuse’s defense yet.Player to watch: A.J. Hicks, guard, No. 0Hicks was the second-leading scorer (11 points per game) for the Eagles a season ago, along with leading Morehead State in assists and steals. The 6-foot senior did most of his damage from inside the arc, shooting 31 percent from 3 and only getting about a quarter of his field goals from beyond the arc. In Morehead State’s season opener, Hicks scored 10 points with six assists on 4-for-7 from the floor, including 2-for-4 from 3. He’ll have to run the show effectively against SU’s press and zone to keep the Eagles in the game. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 7, 2018 at 10:42 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3last_img read more

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Pelicans reportedly part ways with GM Dell Demps, name Danny Ferry as interim

first_imgThe Pelicans reportedly parted ways with general manager Dell Demps on Friday, and have given special advisor Danny Ferry the interim role.According to a report from ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, the decision came after big man Anthony Davis left the arena during Thursday’s game with an injury, leaving ownership “livid.” Owner Gayle Benson indicated “she wants an overhaul of Pelicans and a search for a GM to take command of Davis trade talks and the reshaping of team’s future.” The report clarifies ownership and senior management have been happy with the coaching staff behind Alvin Gentry, and “believe players are largely responding in what’s been a tumultuous stretch.” Demps had been the Pelicans’ GM since July 2010 when the team was still the New Orleans Hornets. The franchise made it to the playoffs just three times (twice under former coach Monty Williams in 2011 and 2015, and once under Gentry in 2018) while he was in the front office. Related News Anthony Davis situation a ‘dumpster fire’ for Pelicans, says Alvin Gentry ESPN adds the Pelicans will be “aggressive in the marketplace to hire a high-level basketball executive” as the team currently sits 26-33 and 13th in the Western Conference. Anthony Davis injury update: Pelicans star reportedly suffers bruised shoulder in win over Thunderlast_img read more