Officer Quickfire Weekly Recap: Fourth Week of July

Here are some of the stories you may have missed that ran on our site during the week.


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg vetoed the most ambitious plan proposed in years for oversight of the NYPD.

The long-expected veto puts the proposals on course for their possible revival in an override vote later this summer. The measures passed by the City Council would create an outside watchdog for the police department and allow for more latitude for lawsuits claiming discriminatory policing.

Wednesday (July 24)

A New York State Police trooper died Wednesday of injuries he suffered more than two years ago while assisting at the scene of a plane crash in the town of Wawayanda.

Trooper Winston Martindale Jr. was helping with the rescue attempt after two small phanes collided on May 6, 2011 when he fell on a piece of equipment, causing internal bleeding to his abdomen. He underwent several serious medical procedures before dying at the age of 40 on at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

A gang member convicted of killing two undercover NYPD officers in 2003 was sentenced to death.

It took a jury only about five hours to reach the decision in the case against Ronell Wilson, whose previous death sentence was overturned.

Detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin were shot execution-style by Wilson during an undercover buy and bust operation on March 10, 2003.

An Orange County, Calif. deputy pulled a man from a burning car seconds before it burst into flames earlier in the month, and officials have released dashcam video of the rescue.

Deputy Shayne Stiefel was patrolling Yorba Linda in the early morning hours of July 18 when they spotted a burning minivan taxi that had crashed into a pole.

Thursday (July 25)

Albuquerque's police chief faced harsh criticism after making comments about extramarital affairs among his officers.

Police Chief Ray Schultz faced told a television reporter that it's all "nature at play" when asked about the mistresses and "officers carrying on with officers" revealed in the recent murder trial of former Officer Levi Chavez.

Schultz had already planned to step down from his posted next week.

Six years after a deadly home invasion in Cheshire, Conn., officials are still refusing to answer questions about the emergency response.

Two paroled burglars broke into the Cheshire home on July 23, 2007, and killed Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, after holding them hostage for hours.

The police chief of Gilberton, Pa. has come under scrutiny for a series of profanity-laced videos he posted to YouTube.

In one video, Police Chief Mark Kessler fires a weapon and screams, "Come and get it!"

Friday (July 26)

The man who held three women captive in his Cleveland home and subjected them to rapes and beatings for a decade, pleaded guilty in a deal to avoid the death penalty.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors recommended Ariel Castro be sentenced to life without parole plus 1,000 years.

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner planned to officially introduce the Path Force Unit, which gives the Atlanta Beltline its own police force.

The new unit -- funded by a $1.8 million federal grant -- has been patrolling for the last month on the biking and pedestrian trail. It will replace other officers who have been assigned there to calm citizen fears after several high-profile crimes near the paths.

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