Most of the group ran away but one confronted him and stabbed the officer in the arm. “The officer was able to deflect any type of attack that was attempted on him and as a result saved his life because this injury could have been more dangerous if it had struck him anywhere in the middle of the body or in the face,” said Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Ignatius Carroll. “He was able to protect himself by putting his arm up.” The officer was able to make it back to his radio and call for help. Miami Fire Rescue took the injured officer to North Shore Medical Center where he was treated and released. Police set up a six block perimeter around the scene of the stabbing. None of the suspects were located.
Jeremy Peterson, the son of Police Chief Roger Peterson, alleges the city broke a long-standing “practice and/or policy” by not allowing him to return to his community service officer position after he couldn’t complete his promotion to the rank of police officer last year.
The complaint alleges that two of the three members of the Rochester Police Civil Service Commission, David Henslin and Susan Marino, violated Minnesota’s open meeting law prior to the Aug. 2, 2011 meeting at which Jeremy Peterson’s request to be reinstated as a community service officer was heard.
Peterson, of Rochester, is seeking over $50,000 in damages plus attorneys’ fees in the suit. The Army veteran was discriminated against in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act, the complaint alleges, because of impaired hearing and speech that resulted from improvised explosive device injuries during two tours of duty in Iraq.
Allegations of fraud and negligent misrepresentation are also included in the lawsuit filed July 30 in Olmsted County District Court. Peterson’s Minneapolis attorney, John Fabian, claims the city of Rochester falsely represented that Peterson could return to his community service officer position if he didn’t meet the requirements of his 12-month probationary period as police officer.
Henslin, Marino and the city of Rochester are prepared to defend themselves in the case, and a formal answer to the complaint will soon be filed in Olmsted County District Court, said defense attorney Patricia Beety, a lawyer with the League of Minnesota Cities.
“The facts as we understand them do not support the claims,” Beety said.
Alleged meeting at issue
Peterson started working as a Rochester Police Department community service officer—a position that has no arrest powers but can issue citations—in 2008.
He was promoted to police officer on March 10, 2011. Four months later, according the complaint, the Rochester Police Department notified Peterson that he was not meeting the requirements of his 12-month probationary period. The department recommended his termination as police officer.
About two weeks later, on Aug. 2, 2011, the Rochester Police Civil Service Commission held a meeting at which Jeremy Peterson’s request to be reinstated to his previous position of community service officer was heard.
It was at that hearing, according to the the complaint, that it allegedly emerged that Henslin and Moreno had previously met with a retired Rochester police sergeant who opposed Peterson’s reinstatement, an apparent violation of open meeting law.
The commission determined it did not need to respond to Peterson’s reinstatement request, according to the complaint, and Peterson was removed from his police officer position on Nov. 16.
Roger Peterson, who has another son who is a community service officer on the Rochester Police Department, declined comment. The police chief is not named as a party in the lawsuit.
The case is in the very early stages, Beety said, and no hearings have been scheduled.
FBI supervisory agent Bob Ramsey tells the Post-Tribune that agents sent an informant to buy cocaine from the 31-year-old Finley during their investigation and acted quickly in the case.
Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram tells The Times of Munster he is saddened by Finley’s arrest. Ingram says Finley was on vacation when he was arrested and had recently been assigned to administrative duties. A federal magistrate ordered that Finley remain jailed until a detention hearing on Friday. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he has a defense attorney.Dource:AP
In the first incident, reported shortly before 12:30 p.m., Transportation Security Administration personnel discovered a BB gun in a bag at a security checkpoint.
BB guns, according to a release issued by state police, are considered a dangerous weapon under state statute.
Stefan Leonedovizh Tslkhotskit, 34, of Wheeling, Ill., was charged with failing to comply with airport security measures, state police said.
In the second incident, reported shortly before 4:30 p.m., TSA personnel found a loaded 9 mm handgun and additional ammunition inside a bag at a security checkpoint.
Although the suspect possessed a valid Florida concealed firearm permit, it does not have reciprocity with the state of Connecticut. The suspect made no effort to declare the firearm with the airline or TSA personnel during his check-in, state police said.
Joseph Hunt, 81, of Merritt Island, Fla. was also charged with failing to comply with airport security measures and carrying a pistol without a permit, state police said. Both men were ordered held in lieu of $2,500 cash or surety bonds and will be arraigned today in Enfield Superior Court.
Lt. Paul Vance, spokesman for the Connecticut State Police, said it is relatively unusual for passengers to attempt to get firearms through security checkpoints.
“Hats off to the people doing the work at Bradley,” Vance said. In a third unrelated incident, state police arrested an employee of a business at the airport after a pilot reported that his phone was missing.
A review of closed circuit video showed the employee taking the phone. Tylon Starks, 26, of 22 Addison St., Hartford, was charged with 5th degree larceny and interfering with an officer, state police said.
State police arrested Starks shortly after 9 a.m. He ws ordered held in lieu of $1,000 surety pending his arraignment.