Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jesus "Eddie" Campa presents MPD Fugitive Friday- Tom McPherson Jr.

Jesus "Eddie" Campa ask for your help on Fugitive Friday

“Fugitive Friday”-Tom McPherson Jr.

Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa and the Marshall Police Department are seeking the community’s assistance in helping us locate one of our agency’s most wanted fugitives. MPD is seeking any
information related to location of Tom McPherson Jr. McPherson may also go by the alias of John Zorn Jr. or Reese McPherson.

McPherson is wanted on two felony forgery warrants from the Marshall Police Department.  McPherson has traveled around the East Texas area stealing mail from mail boxes. McPherson
then takes the victims information from the mail he has taken and creates fraudulent checks usinga victim’s identity and uses them in various locations around the East Texas area.

 McPherson is wanted by multiple law enforcement agencies in the East Texas area. McPherson’s last known address was in Hallsville, TX.  The Marshall Police Departments ask that if you have any information leading to the location of McPherson please call us at 903-935-4575 or 903-935-4540. If you wish to remain anonymous call Marshall/Harrison County Crime Stoppers at 903-935-9969.

Chief Campa asks that the community help us in bringing McPherson to justice. Chief Campa stated “We want to remind anyone out there who is thinking about harboring a fugitive that it is a crime to do so. If you harbor a fugitive we will arrest you. The community is our biggest resource when it comes to locating fugitives. With your help, we can bring these fugitives to

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Marshall Police Department to participate in "Stand with Law Enforcement" Friday

MARSHALL (KYTX) – Marshall Police Department will participate in the “Stand with Law Enforcement” request issued earlier this week by Texas Governor Gregg Abbott.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott called for police officers across the state of Texas to honor the funeral of slain Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. by turning on their emergency lights for one-minute to mark the beginning of the deputy’s funeral being held in Houston.
Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa announced that patrol cars and unmarked police vehicles will line East End Boulvard North (US Hwy 59) in front of the Police Department to honor the service of Deputy Goforth.
“The Law Enforcement community is one big family. When an Officer loses their life in the line of duty, even though we may not know the Officer personally, we feel we have lost a brother or a sister. The Marshall Police Department mourns the loss of Deputy Goforth. We will honor Deputy Goforth’s service to the Harris County community by turning on our emergency lights for one minute at 11 AM,” Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa stated.
Citizens can also show a statement of support for Goforth’s family and all law enforcement officers by turning on their headlights and emergency flashers at the designated time Friday.

This is Marshall by Jesus "Eddie" Campa

***The National Sheriffs’ Association Medal of Merit
For your valuable contribution to your community, and to The Field of Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice
Certificate of Appreciation of your fearless actions that led to the criminal apprehension of a suspect, attempting to
*** Certificate of Appreciation
smuggle 1,126lbs of Marihuana into El Paso County.
*** Sheriff’s Commendation
Sheriff’s Commendation in Recognition of your attention to detail which resulted in the apprehension of a fugitive
sex offender that had escaped from the Texas Youth Commission, you did this while off duty and traveling in your personal vehicle.
***Optimist International Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Optimist Club Alta Vista- October 2001
For distinguished and dedicated service and advancing the respect for law
Sheriff’s Commendation in Recognition of your creation of Sheriff’s Safety Town an excellent teaching tool for
*** Sheriff’s Commendation
children to learn bicycle and pedestrian safety
*** Sheriff’s Commendation
Sheriff’s Commendation in Recognition of Academic Excellence Valedictorian Peace Officer Class
***El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff’s Commendation in Recognition of Academic Excellence Valedictorian Peace Officer Course
***El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff’s Commendation in Recognition of Academic Excellence Valedictorian Detention Officer Course
Volunteer Experience
No Colors No Labels Initiative –Creator & Chairman
Habitat for Humanity of the Marshall Area- Board of Directors
El Paso County 911 Board of Directors, January 2012- February 2014, Voting Board Member
El Paso County Anti Bullying Collation
El Paso County Explorers Post #2005
National Night Out 2011-2013

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Chief of Police Marshall Texas

On August 18, 2014, Jesus Eddie Campa was officially sworn in as Chief of the Marshall Police Department. Chief Campa was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. Chief Campa is a recent graduate of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Leadership in Police Organizations Course, and the Leading by Legacy Course; he holds a Master of Science Administration of Justice and Security Degree as well as a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. Chief Campa is also a 2010 graduate of the FBI Command College held at UTEP and is currently attending the Northwestern University School of Police and Command.  Chief Campa has developed the No Colors No Labels Initiative to address the misconceptions that communities have that the police are racially motivated.  
Chief Campa began his career in law enforcement with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in 1994 as a Detention Officer and after 20 years of service retired as the Chief Deputy of Law Enforcement for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. As the Chief Deputy of Law Enforcement he oversaw the day to day operations of the Narcotics Bureau; Criminal Investigations Bureau; Patrol Bureau and the Support Services Bureau. He has served on numerous boards and committees, as well as developing many new educational programs such as Sheriffs Town and the Anti Bullying Coalition. Chief Campa has received many awards to include being named Optimist International Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and the recipient of the very prestigious National Sheriffs’ Association Medal of Merit. After retiring Chief Campa served as Chief of Police for the Ector County Independent School District for a short time before being named Chief of Police for the City of Marshall.
Chief Campa brings a vast array of knowledge in the areas of law enforcement, leadership, management, and community service to the City of Marshall. The Police Officers and Staff of the Marshall Police Department wish Chief Campa the best and pledge full support in his new position.

Friday, June 24, 2016

"Fugitive Friday" The search for Turahn Mitchell

Chief Jesus “Eddie”Campa and the Marshall Police Department are seeking the community’s assistance to locate one of our agency’s most wanted fugitives. MPD is seeking any information related to Turahn Mitchell and his current location.

Mitchell is wanted by the Marshall Police Department for an outstanding felony warrant for hindering a secured creditor>$2500. Mitchell is described as a black male 5’9, 190 pounds with a medium build. Mitchell has black hair and brown eyes and is currently 22 years of age.

The last known address for Meredith was in Jefferson, TX.

The Marshall Police Department asks that if you have any information about Mitchell’s current location, please call us at 903-935-4575 or 903-935-4540. If you wish to remain anonymous call Marshall/Harrison County Crime Stoppers at 903-935-9969. 

Chief Campa asks that the community help us bring Mitchell to justice. Chief Campa stated “We want to remind anyone out there who is thinking about harboring a fugitive that it is a crime to do so. If you harbor a fugitive we will arrest you. The community is our biggest resource when it comes to locating fugitives. With your help, we can bring these fugitives to justice.”  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A black police chief finds his way in the era of Black Lives Matter

This article apperead in the Los Angels Times on Thursday Jun 23, 2016 at 3:00 am and was written by Jaweed Kaleem
On his first day as police chief 10 months ago, William T. Riley III summoned his 22 officers to a bare conference room at headquarters to issue a warning.
“It would not bother me one iota if I had to fire every one of you,” Riley, without introduction, told his underlings. “I don’t owe you nothing. So don’t screw up.”
The chief had reason to be stern.
The city had just settled a $1.38- million lawsuit with a black man who was brutally beaten by a white officer after a traffic stop. Protesters in the majority-black city were demanding reforms to its majority-white police force. They said the cops were racist, that the beating was part of a pattern. The white police chief had recently resigned. The accused officer was fired, tried and found guilty of assault and misconduct. City officials grappled with a tarnished image and a depleted budget.
Their solution was to hire Riley, who is black, from his post as police chief of Selma, Ala. In the age of Black Lives Matter, body cameras and broad scrutiny over how police interact with minorities, Inkster officials are looking to Riley, 54, to mend a broken force. They’re hoping to rebuild a trust that was long lost. They’re experimenting with how much race in this city of 25,000 people — of the police, of the chief — matters.
In places across the country at the center of an uproar over fatal police shootings or where racial tensions have long simmered, police departments have rapidly hired and promoted black chiefs. They include Ferguson, Mo.; Chicago; Forth Worth; Charlottesville, Va.; Dublin, Ga.; Durham, N.C.; Portsmouth, Va.; Houma, La.; and San Francisco. Many are the first local black chiefs; others, like Riley, aren’t but face similar pressures.
For Riley, one has nothing to do with policing. He’s living hundreds of miles from his wife, daughter and son. He’s lonely. He’s burned out.

 “Fixing this all isn’t going to be easy,” Riley says with a sigh at his office, where the walls are covered with pictures of him with black luminaries: President Obama, former Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., Oprah Winfrey. A framed copy of a letter from Martin Luther King Jr. is on a shelf beside family photos. By the door is a motto that came to Riley in his dreams: “When you give voice to ignorance and intolerance you soon will become deaf to reason and reality.”
It’s Tuesday. He’s been at work since 8 a.m. after getting into town at midnight from a police seminar in central Michigan. On the agenda for the day: a county police chiefs’ roundtable, a meeting with the city attorney on personnel, training the new secretary and, in a department with a reputation for roughhousing and racism, keeping a watchful eye on his staff.
Inkster was founded in the early 20th century by black autoworkers banned from living in other suburbs close to the Ford automotive plant in Dearborn. Seventy-three percent of residents are black, and 37% live under the federal poverty line. More than 80% of the police force is white. All but one of its officers live elsewhere.
Streets are sprinkled with vacant lots and boarded homes. The city is under state management and schools have been shuttered; kids attend neighboring districts. With dwindling services — the Police Department was cut by two-thirds before Riley’s arrival and state troopers and volunteer officers fill the gaps — many residents have left.
But Riley sees potential. There’s a new charter school, and an African American mosque has plans to start a business incubator. A gay bar opened last year near a fish-fry restaurant. The city’s second medical marijuana dispensary just opened. Along Michigan Avenue, kids gather at Dairy Queen for chocolate-dipped cones.
Riley has been policing for 31 years, from his start in Newport News, Va., to his first chief post in Selma and now Inkster. Like many black Americans, he’s been racially profiled by cops, and had bouts of distaste for his profession. But he’s steadfast. “Never have I met a cop who said they wanted to target black people or do anything other than serve,” he says.
He’s speaking from a booth at the Applewood Coney Island, a local diner where he’s come for lunch. Residents in Inkster say they’ve known cops for their sirens, cuffs and tickets. Riley’s now known for the chicken noodle soup and a simple salad with banana peppers that he orders a few days a week at the diner. He goes to meet people.
“In a city where nobody liked the police, my job is to make friends,” he says.
He finishes his soup as the mosque’s imam, Izak-El Mu’eed Pasha, walks in.
“How’s the new building?” Riley asks. The imam, a former New York Police Department chaplain, is raising money to cover police academy tuition for black recruits from Inkster who can’t afford the fees. The chief wants to know how soon he can start hiring them. He also wants to know if he’s doing his job right.
“You’ve got the right attitude for a place that’s rebounding,” Pasha says. “You’ve got to break down that divide between the police and the community.”
Later, a man having lunch stops Riley on his way out. “Hey, you the new chief?” he asks. “It’s good to see you.” Riley sees it as a simple gift.
But hurdles remain. “It’s embarrassing to say good things about the cops,” says the man, who didn’t want his name published for that reason.
Riley knows it’s hard to change adult minds. But kids are more impressionable.
On Fridays, he and Sgt. Bill Ratliff, a white veteran officer who lives in Inkster, drive around neighborhoods. They’ll stop outside the Lemoyne Gardens public housing complex where teens play basketball to recruit them for a nascent Police Athletic League. Initially, some kids would scurry away, but “now they know our names,” the chief says.
After decades of few after-school options in the city, police now cosponsor 29Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts with St. Clement’s Episcopal Church.
“There is a lot of soul-searching in all of Inkster,” says the Rev. Ellis Clifton Jr. Once he called the chief about a black church volunteer who kept getting stopped by state troopers while driving members home in his van. To Clifton’s surprise, the chief followed up. The culprit: the car’s tinted windows.
Crystal Linton, an activist who led protests last year, is warming to Riley but sees the problem as bigger than one person.
“Sure, you got a black police chief. But he doesn’t always know what’s going on when he’s gone,” Linton says.
Riley doesn’t contest that.
The policing tactics that have quickly become routine in big cities are novel in Inkster. Officers are getting body cameras. Police are hiring their first community relations officer. The department recently held implicit bias training.
Omar Neal, a black former Alabama officer, opened training with the police creed. It says officers should “maintain courageous calm” and lack prejudice. “You have a gun and a badge and the ability to take a life,” he told officers. “Should you?”
During a session on force, a white officer admitted she unholsters her gun during traffic stops in Inkster but never did it before working there. Neal asked her for the race of those she dealt with before Inkster. The answer: white.
“When you approach a person, you make a subconscious decision,” he said. “You place a halo on their head or you place a horn.”
Riley experienced that when he was a 30-year-old homicide detective in Newport News. It was Father’s Day and he was at the grocery store with his stepdad and brother.
“A white state trooper pulled up to our car as we were about to get out and said, ‘What are y’all boys doing?’” The word stuck with him: boys. A woman pointed the officer elsewhere. “Y’all boys need to get out of here,” the officer said.
Riley reported him. A year later, he ran into Riley in court and apologized. “You can’t say certain things” to black people, Riley told the trooper, who heeded the advice.
Small turnarounds like that give the chief faith. Still, he worries.
Inkster police get 40 calls a day about domestic violence, noise violations, drugs and theft. There hasn’t been another major misconduct incident. But Riley knows one could happen.
“You do not want to get the call like Trayvon’s mama,” he says, referring to Trayvon Martin, the young black man who was fatally shot in Florida in 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Whenever there’s a police shooting in the news, Riley can’t sleep. He stays up thinking of his kids.
Malcolm, 23, just graduated from Texas Southern University. “I told him, if you get stopped by the police, you give everything they ask for and you don’t talk back,” Riley says. “And I told him if you do get one who is about to do something crazy, you stop, you look at him, and you say, ‘My daddy is a police chief.’”
Amani, his 16-year-old daughter, lives in Virginia, where she stayed behind with her mother for better schools. “I don’t want anybody to tell her she can’t do something” because of “how she looks,” Riley says.
Riley had never heard of Inkster before a headhunter called him, saying the city “had some problems.” The move would put him closer to extended family. He hoped his daughter would apply to college in Michigan. At $88,000 annually, he’d get a small raise.
He couldn’t find an Inkster rental in time for the move, so he’s next door in Dearborn Heights, where he keeps two empty rooms for his children. On days off, he takes his blue Jeep Liberty on Michigan back roads through lakeside towns. He’s developed a taste for coneys, Detroit’s ubiquitous hot dogs topped with beanless chili, onions and mustard. He misses sweet tea.
At home, an enlarged framed print of a Selma police badge rests against a wall. A pocket-sized Bible is on the coffee table, next to a “Michigan Police Chiefs” coaster. He eats a lot of Thai takeout and Boston Market rotisserie chicken, and sometimes sleeps with his cat Goody at the foot of his bed. In a few weeks, Amani will move here with his wife.
The chief’s not sure how long he’ll be in Michigan. He’s also not sure how much one man can do to fix the problems of policing or racism in America.
On a dresser by his bed, Riley keeps a yellow pad to jot down thoughts. In moments of doubt, he looks at one he wrote on a recent early morning: “God does not make mistakes. Everything is for a reason. Everyone has a destiny.”

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Alameda County District Attorney’s Office investigator put on leave on allegations of inappropriate text messaging

RICHMOND (KRON) — KRON is learning more about the alleged relationship between Celeste Guap and Rick Orozco, the investigator from the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office now on leave as a result of theOakland police sex scandal case.
On Thursday, the now 18-year-old woman at the center of the scandal texted KRON’s Haaziq Madyun some details about her alleged connection to the district attorney’s investigator.
Celeste Guap would not talk on camera, but throughout the day, she and Haaziq have been texting. And what she told Haaziq was sexually graphic about her online messages with Orozco. Their communications were private on Facebook Messenger. Guap sent KRON a copy of the message on Thursday morning. It was too explicit for TV, but it involved a sex act. Haaziq asked what sparked the suggestive language. She replied via text, “Well based on the photos I had just sent him.”
Haaziq asked, “Nude photos?”
“Yeah, lol,” Guap said.
On Wednesday, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’ Malley placed Orozco on administrative leave. His connection to the self-described call girl is now under investigation.
Orozco, a former OPD officer of 28 years, retired in 2015 before joining the D.A.’s office. According to Guap, she and Orozco had a sexting relationship while she was underage.
When Haaziq asked to see more messages from Orozco she said, “I think that’s all I have but we started sexting when I was 17 lol. He’s so handsome. For a 50-year-old.”
It may have been flattering talk like that that motivated the retired OPD captain to engage in such risky and potentially illegal behavior. KRON broke the news about Orozco being placed on leave Wednesday night, which prompted a statement from the district attorney, reading in part:
“The District Attorney’s Office is conducting a thorough investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving police officers at multiple East Bay law enforcement agencies. While the investigation remains active, we will not comment on details or findings. However, we would like to make known certain facts. On Wednesday, June 15, an inspector in the district attorney’s office was put on administrative leave.”
KRON is still trying to reach Orozco directly to hear his side of the story.
Several weeks ago, Guap told Haaziq that she’s had sex with dozens of officers from law enforcement agencies across the Bay Area, maybe even some out of state.
Orozco is just the latest person to be investigated for his alleged connection to this sex scandal that seems to expand almost daily.

Residents turn out to meet new Marshall superintendent

Marshall residents turned out Monday to meet the newly hired Marshall ISD Superintendent Jerry Gibson and his wife Tammy at the district's lecture hall.
Marshall business representatives, educational leaders and politicians turned out to meet the couple and welcome them to Marshall.
About 70 people came to the reception, including Sam Baxter, state Rep. Chris Paddie, East Texas Baptist University President Blair Blackburn, Marshall Police Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa, the Marshall ISD trustees and Marshall City Commissioner Ladarius Carter.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Marshall ISD teachers get new pay scale, raises across board. By Bridget Ortigo June 21, 2016 at 4 a.m.

Marshall News Messenger 
Marshall ISD trustees on Monday approved a new teacher pay scale and teacher raises to begin this upcoming school year.
Trustees said a vote on other staff raises will come in July.
The unanimous vote by trustees on Monday is the first time Marshall ISD teachers will have seen a raise in five years, district spokesman David Weaver said.
"The teacher pay scale was frozen for five years, beginning in the 2009-10 school year and was unfrozen during the 2014-15 school year, but even when it was unfrozen, the scale stayed the same," Weaver said. "This is allowing teachers a new pay scale and a pay raise for the first time in at least five years."
Marshall ISD Board President Helen Warwick said Monday the vote was overdue and much deserved.
"They deserve even more but this is a good start," Warwick said.
Weaver said the new pay scale, which begins with a base teacher salary of $37,000 annually for a first-year teacher and tops out at $52,500 for a 25-year teacher, makes the district more competitive with neighboring districts' wages.
Under the new pay scale, a two-year teacher at the district will make $38,120 this upcoming school year, versus making $36,000 annually the previous year. That's a 6.78 percent pay increase for a two-year teacher.
The maximum percentage increase comes for a 12-year teacher who will receive a 14.1 percent increase, or $5,500 in the 2016-17 school year.
The estimated impact to the budget to cover the new pay scale and raises is about $732,000, but that amount could change.
"We have about 400 teachers at the district and we currently have about 40 open positions, the impact to the budget could vary depending on how many positions we fill and the experience level of the teachers we hire," Weaver said.
It was not known what percentage of an increase the remaining Marshall ISD staff could get pending the trustee vote in July.
"Our first priority was for teachers because teachers have 45 days before the first day of instruction to resign penalty free," the district's Director of Human Resources Britni Searle said. "We had a lot of teachers waiting for this so we wanted to do this now."

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sergeant Stacey Baumgartner of the Patton Village Police Department was killed

It is with great sadness that we advise that Sergeant Stacey Baumgartner of the Patton Village Police Department was killed when his patrol car collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Highway 242 and FM 1485, in Montgomery County, while he was involved in a pursuit.
He had been dispatched to a gas station at Highway 242 and US 59 for reports of a subject urinating in public and exposing himself. As he arrived on scene the man attempted to run him over and then fled at a high rate of speed. As the pursuit passed through the intersection with FM 1485 Sergeant Baumgartner's patrol car was broadsided by an SUV.

The impact pushed Sergeant Baumgartner's patrol car into a light pole and caused the SUV to overturn. Sergeant Baumgartner was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. An 11-year-old child in the SUV was also killed and several other occupants injured in the crash. The driver of the vehicle that was fleeing returned to the scene of the crash where he was arrested and charged with murder and intoxicated manslaughter.

He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Chief of Police Leon "Pete" Verot
Patton Village Police Department
16940 Main Street
Splendora, TX 77372

Phone: (936) 760-5800

Please join us in sending sympathy and prayers to Sergeant Stacey Baumgartner's family and his family at the Patton Village Police Department.



(CNN)Each day brings new revelations about the man who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub this week.
Many are disturbing. Some give insight into what the killer was like. Some things we learned Friday make it seem like he was a man preparing to die.
    The details also raise the question of what the people who touched his life knew, and whether they could have done anything to help prevent the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
    But even with the picture of a killer coming into clearer focus, we still why don't know exactly why the man went into a bar with an assault-style rifle and a pistol, opened fire without warning and ended 49 lives while injuring dozens more.
    Friday's developments include:
    --School records that reveal he was in constant trouble as early as elementary school and throughout high school
    --Law enforcement academy documents that reported he asked a fellow recruit in 2007 whether the classmate would report him if he brought a gun to school. The shooter, who also was caught sleeping in class several times, was later dismissed.
    --Sources who told CNN the shooter in recent months apparently had made financial arrangements for his family, such as adding his wife to his life insurance and getting her access to his bank accounts.
    --More information about his reported visit to a gun shop, where he acted so suspiciously while trying unsuccessfully to buy body armor and ammunition that the store owner said he called the FBI.
    --News that two FBI agents spent an hour at a mosque where the shooter used to pray and spoke with officials.
    --Word that the FBI is scrutinizing surveillance video recorded during the shooting.
    The killer, Omar Mateen, apparently made some financial preparations for his family in the months before the attack, two law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation told CNN on Friday.
    That included adding the name of his wife, Noor Salman, to his life insurance policy and other documents, and making sure she had access to his bank accounts.
    He also bought her an expensive piece of jewelry, the sources said.
    "We know what he was planning. The question is, was she aware he was planning it and that's what (investigators are) going to be doing, trying to find out what pieces of the puzzle start making a picture of her liability or responsibility for it," CNN legal analyst Mark O'Mara told "Erin Burnett OutFront." O'Mara noted that Salman likely had to go to the bank and sign documents to have access to her husband's accounts, and the FBI will look at that kind of evidence as it looks into what she might have known before the nightclub attack.
    he also told investigators that in the weeks before the attack, her husband spent thousands of dollars, including money for the guns that he used.
    In May, the shooter transferred for $10 his share of a house where his sister and brother live to the couple. The family did not return calls seeking comment Friday.
    One source said the behavior suggested premeditation. "This wasn't something that (the shooter) decided to do in 30 seconds," the source said.

    Trouble at school

    As a student at Florida's Martin County High School, the future killer was suspended from for a total of 48 days -- five days out of school and 43 in-school suspension days, according to the school.
    Among the suspensions were two for "fighting with injury," according to documents provided to CNN.
    Years later, in 2007, Mateen's misbehavior led to his dismissal from the Florida Correction Academy at Indian River State College.
    He "was not fit to serve as a member of the FDC (Florida Department of Corrections) team, as he was unable to meet the basic requirements of the correctional officer academy," that agency told CNN.
    Among the documents provided to CNN were reports of Mateen falling asleep in class at least twice, and an incident where he inquired about whether a fellow recruit would say anything if he brought a gun to the school.
    The school note about his dismissal said that gun incident was especially disturbing "in light of recent tragic events at Virginia Tech," a reference to the 2007 slaying of 32 people by a gunman; the Virginia Tech massacre had occurred just two days after the reported gun comments by Mateen.
    It was nothing new for him to get in trouble at school.
    He was disciplined for behavioral issues 31 times in elementary school and had repeated intervention from teachers and school psychologists, according to school records obtained by CNN. The records, which cover the school years 1992-1998, include a written report from his third grade teacher that describes him as being "verbally abusive, rude, aggressive, (and engaging in) much talk about violence."
    CNN also had learned from a former classmate that Mateen threatened to bring a gun to school while he was in fifth grade and kill everyone.. The classmate could not recall the shooter's punishment but recalls "it was a very big deal at the time."

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    The Gladewater Police Department is the latest in East Texas to use body cameras

    The Gladewater Police Department is the latest in East Texas to use body cameras for its officers in the wake of national police-involved shootings that spurred a movement toward using the devices.
    A select few Longview police officers are testing camera brands as the department considers its options and discusses costs, spokeswoman Kristie Brian said.
    In January, Brian indicated that the cost of outfitting each of the department's about 150 officers with a camera would be a "huge expense."
    Other area departments that recently have implemented the use of body cameras are the White Oak Police Department and Harrison County Sheriff's Office.
    After a 30-day trial in January, White Oak police purchased 14 body cameras to be used on patrol, police Chief Terry Roach said.
    Harrison County Sheriff's Office plans to purchase eight body cameras with funds received from a Texas 911 Alliance grant, Lt. Jay Webb said.
    He noted that, for the fiscal year that starts in October, the sheriff's office already budgeted for additional cameras and a computer server to store the video footage.
    "As much as we would be using these, they could easily fill up a computer," Webb said, adding that the sheriff's office doesn't want to congest the county's computer system with videos. "We'll purchase our own storage device for the videos."
    Webb said the cameras will benefit residents and officers.
    "If you have a video, you can't alter a video," he said. "A video is going to tell you what you saw.
    "There is a large percentage of complaints made against the officers, and upon viewing of the video that's been taken, it's exonerated the officers and the person filing the complaint has made a false report," he said. "It's gone the other way, too. (Thus), it protects the community and the officers."
    Gladewater police purchased the cameras earlier this month thanks to donations by Gladewater residents.
    "They will be utilized on every shift," Gladewater police Chief Robert Vine said Friday. "(Officers) will share. We weren't able to purchase enough for every officer, but every officer on duty will have one."
    The department purchased seven cameras at a cost of $400 each, Vine said.
    Two of the cameras will be used by school resource officers with the Gladewater and Union Grove ISDs, Vine said. The remaining five cameras will be shared by patrol officers on shift to be used during any formal contact with residents.
    "While our patrol units are equipped with dash-mounted camera systems, these systems are limited to what occurs in front of the patrol vehicle," Vine said. "These body worn cameras go where our officers go and will capture what our officers see."
    Gregg County Sheriff's Office patrol officers also use body cameras, said Lt. Kirk Haddix. He was unable Friday to provide a number of devices used by the sheriff's office.
    Kilgore police have been using using the body cameras for the past few years to assist school resource officers, Kilgore police spokesman Roman Roberson said in January.
    The Hallsville Police Department has considered purchasing body cameras, but is waiting until federal grant funds are available, Chief Paul Montoya said.
    "Because we are a small agency, we are very blessed to not have a high crime rate," Montoya said. "Our interaction and our relationship with not only our citizens, but the community at large, is extremely good. So, we feel like it's not something we have to rush toward."
    Marshall police purchased 37 body cameras in December and January after receiving a grant from the Texas 911 Alliance.
    Since that time, the department has purchased three more cameras to be used by detectives, Marshall police Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa said Friday.
    "(With) the amount of criticism that law enforcement is getting right now, the camera offers protection not only for the officers, but for the protection of the citizens," Campa said. "This way, if there's any false accusation (that) is made against the officer, we can defend the officer. At the same time, if there's any unnecessary use of force or actions that the officer commits, we can take proper action."
    — Staff writer Robin Y. Richardson contributed to this report.