Brazos County Constable’s Office – Precinct 1, Texas
End of Watch: Monday, August 13, 2012
Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 20 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 8/13/2012
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Shot and wounded
Constable Brian Bachmann was shot and killed while performing an eviction at a home on the 200 block of Fidelity Street in College Station at approximately 12:15 pm.
After shooting Constable Bachmann, the subject in the home began shooting out of the home, killing one civilian and wounding another. Two responding police officers from the College Station Police Department were also shot and wounded. The suspect was taken into custody approximately 30 minutes later after being shot by responding units.
Constable Bachmann had served as the elected constable of Brazos County Precinct 1 for 13 years and had served in law enforcement for a total of 20 years. He is survived by his wife and children.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Sheriff Christopher Kirk
Brazos County Constable’s Office – Precinct 1
c/o Brazos County Sheriff
1700 Highway 21 West
Bryan, TX 77803
Phone: (979) 361-4900
London England Aug 13 2012 The British police have made nearly 450 arrests in their efforts to furnish the London 2012 Olympics security, including 182 cases of apprehension during a protest, staged by a group of activist cyclists.
The statistics are the most recent figures released and cover the period between 21 July and 10 August. Apart from the 182 activist cyclists who were arrested on the opening day of the London Olympics, 242 more arrests were made over offences like ticket touting.
Tens of thousands of security officers were deployed in London during the Olympic Games. After the UK-based private security company G4S, which is accused of human rights abuses, failed to provide enough security staff for Olympic security, 18,200 military soldiers were deployed in London.
Moreover, drawing police officers from nine forces, over 12,000 police officers were tasked with securing the London Olympic Games.
Speaking of the arrests made during the Games, a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “These arrests are by officers working across London who are part of the policing operation for the Olympic Games”.
Blunders were also made during these arrests including a British man suffering from Parkinson’s disease who was detained because he “failed to smile and look like he was enjoying himself” while watching the Olympic cycling road race.
NEW YORK CITY NY Aug 13 2012 (AP) — Police shot and killed a man they say lunged at them with a knife in a confrontation that began in Times Square and drew officers and spectators on a chase that ended with shots fired near one of New York’s most crowded tourist areas.
The encounter played out Saturday around 3 p.m., when officers approached a 51-year-old man they say appeared to be smoking marijuana near West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue, in the heart of Times Square.
The man became agitated, pulled out an 11-inch knife and began to put a bandanna on his head, police said. He refused repeated orders to drop the weapon and began backing down the avenue, continuing for a number of blocks and drawing many officers into a slow-speed pursuit that took them south of Times Square.
According to the police account, officers pepper sprayed the man six times but he held onto the knife throughout the seven-block pursuit. At West 37th Street, he lunged at police and two officers shot him in the torso, police said. He was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital.
Witnesses recalled a chaotic scene in which some bystanders took cover, while others began following the procession down the avenue in an attempt to capture cellphone video of it. On video obtained by NY1 cable news station, a number of officers, guns drawn, can be seen pursuing the man as he appears to skip down Seventh Avenue.
“He was swinging at people as he ran,” Jobby Nogver, a 17-year-old visiting from Boston, told The New York Times. Nogver watched as police surrounded the man and fired. “I can’t tell you how many shots,” he said.
Priscilla Rocha, a tourist from Brazil, was visiting Times Square with her husband when they saw the confrontation.
“I almost had a heart attack,” she told the Times. “Everyone started running.”
Los Angeles Police Officer Sara Faden said officers responding to a call for an ambulance in West Los Angeles early Saturday found Alphonse Bernardin Jr., 80, with two gunshot wounds to the chest. Faden said Bernardin was inside his home in the 2400 block of Colby Avenue and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The body of the younger man, whose name has not been released, was found just outside the home’s back door. The man had a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and a 9-millimeter handgun beside him, Faden said.
“The suspect was renting a converted garage in back of the home and in recent weeks, there seems to have been some sort of ongoing landlord-tenant dispute,” she said.
The landlord also may have been taking steps to evict the tenant, Faden said.
Tuscaloosa AL Aug 13 2012 A 44-year-old Alabama man has been indicted on 68 counts tied to a pair of shootings and other alleged crimes last month in and around Tuscaloosa, a district attorney announced Friday.
Nathan Van Wilkins was first charged by authorities with 17 counts of attempted murder on July 17 tied to an early-morning shooting at a bar in Tuscaloosa, police Sgt. Brent Blankley said. At that time, he also faced another attempted murder charge for a shooting late on July 16 in a nearby subdivision, according to Blankley.
After those charges were levied, Van Wilkins was ordered held in a county jail on a $2 million bond.
A Tuscaloosa County grand jury then considered the case, returning a 68-count indictment on Thursday. The office of county District Attorney Tommy Smith detailed the charges in a press release Friday.
The indictment alleges that Van Wilkins is responsible for shootings and other crimes at five locations.
Victims of Alabama bar shooting improving
He is charged with 19 counts of attempted murder, 19 counts of assault in the first degree and 17 counts of assault in the second degree for shooting and wounding 19 people in Tuscaloosa and his hometown of Northport, the district attorney’s office said.
The Northport shooting occurred in a neighborhood residence, while the second happened about an hour later at the Copper Top bar near the University of Alabama’s campus.
Van Wilkins is charged on two counts of shooting into an occupied building related to both those incidents.
Additionally, authorities say that Van Wilkins set fires in Northport and Brookwood at buildings and vehicles tied to his former employer, which was not named. The fire in Northport happened before the shootings, and multiple fires in Brookwood took place afterward, the district attorney’s office said.
For those alleged crimes, Van Wilkins is charged with two counts of second-degree arson, four counts of first-degree criminal mischief and three counts of attempted criminal mischief.
The suspect also faces one count of fraudulent use of a credit card and one count of third-degree burglary, according to CNN affiliate WBRC.
Tuscaloosa police Chief Steve Anderson said soon after the shootings that they were confident Van Wilkins was responsible “based on some of the things he’s told us.” On the afternoon of July 17, the suspect went into a business in Jasper, about 50 miles north of Tuscaloosa, and “indicated he was involved in the incident,” according to the police chief.
As of of Friday, no weapon tied to the shootings has been recovered. But authorities have found at least 11 shell casings from the Copper Top bar scene, which they compared to those from the Northport neighborhood shooting.
Alabama bar shooting suspect charged
Surveillance video showed a man walking up to the Tuscaloosa bar, standing outside for a few minutes looking for someone and then beginning to shoot a military-style assault rifle, Anderson said.
Afterward, 17 people were admitted to the city’s DCH Regional Medical Center with shooting-related injuries, according to Blankley.
San Diego CA Aug 13 2012 Two former U.S. Border Patrol agents face a maximum of 50 years in prison after being found guilty Friday of multiple counts of conspiracy, bribery and human smuggling.
The conviction ends a long-running case that became an example of the pernicious reach of corruption into Border Patrol ranks. Raul Villarreal, 42, was once the face of the agency in the San Diego area, making frequent appearances on Spanish-language television newscasts as a media liaison.
He once played the role of a coldhearted Mexican smuggler in a public service announcement meant to discourage immigrants from making dangerous border crossings.
In the field, Raul and his brother, Fidel Villarreal, 44, partnered with Mexican smugglers who guided immigrants on foot across the border in the rugged backcountry east of San Diego. The brothers picked up the immigrants and transported them farther into the country in their official government vehicles, according to prosecutors.
Two smugglers who partnered with the brothers were also convicted of taking part in the scheme, which ran from 2005 to 2006. Over the two-year period, dozens of smuggling runs brought about 500 immigrants into the country, generating up to $4 million in profits, according to investigators from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Some of the immigrants were drug traffickers and other criminals, investigators said. More than a dozen witnesses during the one-month trial were immigrants helped into the country by the brothers.
The federal investigation took an embarrassing turn in 2006 when Raul and Fidel fled from their home in a San Diego suburb after being tipped off to the probe. Two years later, Mexican federal agents arrested the Villarreals in a gated apartment complex near the U.S. consulate in Tijuana. One of the brothers tried to run away but was captured.
The conviction highlights a surge of corruption cases along the Southwest border as U.S. Customs and Border Protection expands its ranks. Since October 2004, at least 134 Border Patrol agents and Customs officers have been indicted or convicted on corruption-related charges.
The role of security guards is to observe and report. The Bureau of Security Investigative Services licenses guards in California and prohibits them from physical contact. And like ordinary citizens, they have the right to defend themselves.
But in an incident Friday night with Sacramento resident and FOX40 Photographer Darren McQuade, he said a bouncer definitely crossed the line.
“Seventeen stitches in mouth. Seven on the outside, 10 on the inside. That’s where it’s the worst. I got checked out for brain damage,” McQuade said.
McQuade, shows us his battery body.
“A black eye going on. My whole mouth is hurt. I got this whole scrape going on here. It’s a rough night.”
A rough night last night,outside the Old Tavern Bar and Grill in Midtown, where McQuade says a brawl broke out on the sidewalk around closing time. He grabbed his cell phone and started recording the fight.
“Out of nowhere, I got hit, punched and fell to the ground. Then I was restrained and while I was down, I got hit several times by the bouncer of the bar, no less.”
The bouncer, McQuade said, apparently didn’t want him to capture the fight on his phone, because McQuade had turned the cell phone on himself as he was getting beat.
“And the the bouncer proceeds to steal two of my cell phones from me,” McQuade said.
The bar’s manager acknowledged that someone took McQuade’s phone.
“Somebody did take his cell phones. It was after hours,” said Brandon Hicks, the bar’s manager.
Hicks later added that because the bouncer wasn’t technically working at the time, the bar is not liable.
“Well, it was after hours and it wasn’t on our premises. So it was on their own time.”
“Is it okay for you guys to have someone get kicked in the head several times by your bouncer?” FOX40 asked.
“He wasn’t working,” Hicks replied.
Sacramento police corroborate McQuade’s account in the police report, confirming the attack was unprovoked. An officer documented McQuade’s injuries Saturday.
Because the report is classified as a robbery, which is a felony, they don’t even need McQuade to press charges, although McQuade will not let this go.
“I’m a good patron, I’m not a rowdy person or anything. I was just out to have a good time and I was brutally attacked.”
Nassau Police’s Highway Patrol arrested a Staten Island man Friday night for allegedly impersonating an Amtrak police officer during a traffic stop in Old Westbury.
The suspect, Conrad Cassanova, 43, of Circle Loop Drive, is actually an Amtrak mechanic, police said.
The Highway Patrol officer pulled Cassanova’s 2002 BMW over at 10:30 p.m. on the westbound Long Island Expressway near Glen Cove Road after he swerved out of his lane and crossed over pavement markings.
Cassanova told the officer he was a cop and turned over a badge and Amtrak identification, neither of which brandished his law enforcement credentials, police said. The officer eventually called Amtrak and determined that Cassanova is a civilian employee. Nonetheless, the suspect continued to insist he was an Amtrak police officer, police said.
Cassanova is charged with criminal impersonation and failure to use a designated lane of traffic. He will be arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on Saturday.
The private security industry and those who work in this profession have long lived in the shadow of negative and degrading stigma, half truths and a host of misconceptions that are neither factual nor correct in the least.
Hollywood continues to fuel this with what they call comedies and reality shows that continue to depict the security industry in a negative light while casting off the value and the dedication of more than 3 million US security officers.
Movies such as Armed and Dangerous and Paul Blart Mall Cop and numerous others show security officers as cop wannabes and bungling uneducated people who haphazardly watch over old dirty factories or warehouses, sleeping on duty while burglars carry the business away and old men in crusty uniforms with flashlights who can barely walk.
Now, two more reality shows, one already airing on AMC called Small Town Security and another in production on TLC called Armed Patrol once again have set out to show the private security industry in a degrading and unflattering light and no one has stepped up to protest or take a stand against these attacks on our profession.
Small Town Security follows JJK Security, an actual security company in Ringold Georgia which has been full of negative information, sexual innuendos and an inaccurate portrayal of the security profession.
Armed Patrol will follow an unnamed security patrol company providing neighborhood watch services and community patrols with heavily armed personnel dressed in police SWAT gear and Humvee’s.
The private security industry is in an evolution and learning to become more professional, better trained and is a respectful, honorable and needed profession.
While not perfect, it certainly is not what these shows have long tried to depict and we, the security profession must take a stand against the constant onslaught of such advertising, TV shows and movies and any media that will not show the industry in a true light.
Each year more than 1.7 million criminals are arrested, detained and apprehended by private security. More than 500 million dollars worth of stolen merchandise recovered by loss prevention and uniform security personnel.
40,000 Security officers are assaulted, 9000 are seriously injured and 100 are killed in the line of duty.
Private security is used in every area of protection and frequently is the line between good and bad, criminal and victim, peace and disorder.
Make no mistake, as with any profession or industry there will always be those who will not take their job serious and be that rotten apple in the barrel. There will always be room for improvement and there will always be a learning curve.
But in my thirty eight years in private security and law enforcement I have seen the changes from night watchman to the trained and skilled professional security officer, the continual rapid growth of our industry that has caused changes in training and hiring practices and I know the levels of danger that every security officer on duty now faces.
As a security professional, I am asking that each of you stand with us and demand that these negative reality shows cease the slanderous and demeaning portrayal of our profession.
If we don’t take action against the tide of negativity it will soon drown us and cover the good, the many accomplishments and strides that the security profession has made in the past thirty years.
These negative shows and depictions hurt the individual private security business, the individual security professional and the industry as a whole.
It’s time to demand the respect that we have earned!
It’s Time To Take A Stand!
Write or call the producers today:
39 West 19th St., 9th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Private Officer International
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/P4fhLH) that 26-year-old Justin LeVan filed a lawsuit on July 31 against security guard Heath Mora and the company he works for, Associated Security International. LeVan is seeking unspecified damages.
A police report of the late-night encounter on July 24 said the guard thought LeVan was “tagging” a street sign with graffiti and attempted to stop him.
LeVan’s attorney denies that his client was tagging.
The police report said that Mora said he saw LeVan walking past a “road sign” with a black marker in his hand and thought LeVan wrote on the sign.
He told LeVan to stop and ran after him.
Mora told police that LeVan put his hands on a wall, then turned around “with a look in his eye” like he was going to fight and took a step toward Mora.
Mora told the officer he used his pepper spray gun in LeVan’s face.
The account in LeVan’s lawsuit said Mora started “screaming” at him from 50 yards away, then Mora ran toward him and “brutally attacked” him by kicking his legs, placing him in a choke hold and pressing his face into the sidewalk.
In a cellphone video taken by a post-altercation witness, LeVan said he was not tagging, but “replicating,” a term which means tracing over someone’s existing tag, according to police Lt. Louis Carlos.
The police report said a marker was found on LeVan.
The report states that LeVan acknowledged tracing a tag on a trash can. LeVan’s attorney said this was not true and that his client stopped to admire the tags when he was chased down by Mora.
Associated Security officials declined an interview request, but issued a written statement.
A man in his 20s stumbled into the St. Germain hotel on Mercer St. after midnight Saturday and began disturbing patrons looking into having their wedding at the hotel.
The man’s behavior drew the attention of security and a guard, who had only been on the job for 10 days, escorted him out of the hotel.
A police source said that the guard allegedly brought him out to the street and gave him a push.
The man fell to the ground on the road, got caught underneath a passing taxi and was dragged about three metres.
“The taxi driver had no idea he was dragging someone,” said the source. “Once he was waved down to stop, bystanders helped lift the taxi off the man.”
The man suffered serious, but non-life threatening injures and was rushed to hospital around 2 a.m.
Kembi Manonga, 44, of Toronto, is charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm and aggravated assault.