CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Body Cam Footage Released of Officer-Involved Traffic Stop

first_imgBody Cam Footage Released of Officer-Involved Traffic StopOCTOBER 7TH, 2017  TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, INDIANAEvansville Police say body camera video proves one of its officers did not act improperly during a traffic stop. It stems from an incident in August that involved former city councilwoman Stephanie Brinkerhoff-Riley.In a Facebook post, she accused the officer of encouraging her to use her connections as an attorney to have a traffic ticket thrown out.EPD says while the officer said he knew who Brinkerhoff-Riley was, he said he still had to give her the ticket for running a stop sign because the intersection was known for a lot of traffic violations.The department says the body camera footage proves the officer did nothing wrong. 44News spoke to Brinkerhoff-Riley by phone this afternoon.She says she stands by her claim exactly as she described:OFFICER: On a normal day of the week, I wouldn’t give you a ticket cause I know who you are however, we’re really hitting this intersection cause it’s been bad latelySTEPHANIE: Yeah, I live…I live right on the other sideOFFICER: It’s just for disregarding the stop sign I don’t think it’s pointable…STEPHANIE: Is it deferrable?OFFICER: Probably, you don’t have any convictions so if you just go talk to the judge about it, I’m sure you know plenty of them.To view the body cam footage released by EPD, click here.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Youth is served in another Los Angeles Dodgers’ victory

first_imgPHOENIX >> If September Dave Roberts could time-travel and show February Dave Roberts some of the lineup cards he has been filling out, it might have given his younger self reason to worry what it meant that he was depending so much on rookies this late in the season.“It probably would have,” the rookie manager said. “There were some games where you’d look at the lineups we’ve run out there in September and it kind of looks like a split-squad game, I think, if you look at it from the beginning of spring training.“But these guys are major-league players playing on a playoff-contending team.”In fact, three of them helped the Dodgers move a step closer to clinching that playoff spot with a 6-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday night. Rookie right-hander Brock Stewart went five innings for the victory, bailed out of trouble in the fourth inning by a key defensive play from left fielder Andrew Toles. Both of them started the season in Class-A.And Corey Seager had two hits (including a triple) and scored twice. The presumptive National League Rookie of the Year has 181 hits this season and passed Steve Sax Saturday for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rookie record.“Yeah, it’s cool,” Seager said with his usual level-headed response to achievement. “But it’s one of those things you kind of put on the back burner until after the season. Right now, we’re still trying to win games and clinch here.”They are very close to doing that. The San Francisco Giants blew another late lead Saturday night, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals and allowing the Dodgers to carve their magic number to clinch a fourth consecutive NL West title down to 10.They have done it by starting rookie pitchers a major-league high 64 times this season. The next four teams on the list — the Oakland A’s, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers — are a combined 66 games under .500, strangers to playoff-race pressure. The Dodgers, meanwhile, have gone 38-26 in those rookie starts. As the games have become more important, the Dodgers have started rookies 24 times in their past 41 games. Those rookie starters have posted a 3.00 ERA in those starts. The Dodgers are 16-8 in that time when a rookie starts (9-8 with more seasoned starters).“I don’t think there’s any of that tenure or totem pole in here,” said Joc Pederson, a savvy second-year player who crushed a 463-foot, two-run home run onto the walkway above the Chase Field pool in the fourth inning.“We just want everyone to be comfortable here because when you’re comfortable you can perform better and help the team win games and that’s what it’s all about.”Stewart did his part Saturday. He allowed a home run to the first batter he faced, Jean Segura, and another solo home run to Welington Castillo in the fourth inning. But Toles made a strong throw from left field to nail Yasmany Tomas trying to score from second on a single to left, cutting off what could have been a damaging inning for Stewart.“That’s outrageous,” the 22-year-old Seager said when reminded Stewart and Toles began the year in Class-A.“I would have told you you’re crazy or something like that,” Stewart said to another time-travel scenario that would have informed him in April when he started for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga that he would finish the season pitching in a major-league pennant race.“But I’m just looking forward. I’m not looking back. I realize I started there. But I just keep looking forward and focusing on each next pitch, next start.”After Toles’ big throw, the Diamondbacks were beaten. They went 2 for 17 with 11 strikeouts against Stewart and five Dodgers relievers over the last five innings.“You look at February and look at our roster and project and obviously this is not how we would have seen it playing out,” Roberts said of the reliance on young players. Rookie pitchers have now thrown 386 1/3 innings for the Dodgers this season, 29.1 percent of their total.“But I think the common factor with these young players is just the pulse, the head. They just don’t scare off. I think you can look at a half-dozen, a dozen of these players that have come in and made an impact. They’re really unshaken. We’ve put them in some tough spots. But they carry themselves like they’ve been around a long time.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Vietnam vet remembers: ‘War is hell’

first_imgAn unpopular war had ripped the country apart and tainted the men who fought it – made them feel like pariahs as they tried to slip back into the lives they had before they were drafted. Many of them, like Pasqual, weren’t even old enough to buy a drink or vote for or against the politicians who put them there. No patriotic groups back home were sending them care packages. Only their mothers and sisters did. No city officials threw them parades when they got home so their communities could say thank you for their sacrifice. No stranger ever came up to Pasquel Ramirez on the street, and said, “Hey, man, thank you.” Jerry Ramirez is 37 now, but he still remembers the look on his father’s face when, as a boy, Jerry asked him about war. “Like a lot of kids, I had this romantic vision of being a soldier. But when I asked my dad, he got this serious look in his eyes that kind of shook me up, like maybe I had done something wrong. “He said, `Son, if you don’t have to go to war, don’t. War is hell.”‘ Pasqual Ramirez had to go to war. And like all our Vietnam veterans, he came home to a country that really didn’t give a damn about them any more. Another Memorial Day weekend is here. And to Pasqual Ramirez and all our Vietnam veterans who were treated so shamefully for doing a job they didn’t ask to do: “Hey, man, thank you.” It takes a lot to make his father cry, Jerry says, but his dad’s former company commander in Vietnam, Capt. Jim Dabney, did that last month at a reunion of Delta Company. He surprised his old sergeant with the Bronze Star for Valor he should have received 39 years ago. With Pasqual’s family at his side, Dabney – now retired from the Pentagon – read the citation from the Secretary of the Army and finally answered the question a son asked his father years ago. The battle outside Long An, Vietnam, lasted five days in May 1968 – with more than 100 hours of intense, nonstop combat. “The soldiers of Delta Company were exhausted from lack of sleep and continuous close combat with the enemy,” the citation reads. “They were on a night search-and-destroy mission when the point squad came under heavy small-arms, automatic-weapons and machine-gun fire from an entrenched North Vietnamese army battalion. “The point squad leader, Sgt. Ramirez, deployed his squad and led his men in a series of fire and maneuver operations. They met intense enemy fire. “Recognizing the importance of maintaining contact with the enemy until the rest of the company could arrive, Sgt. Ramirez fearlessly moved among his men encouraging them to maintain their positions. “During the battle, Sgt. Ramirez was wounded. Despite his wound, he continued to encourage his men and expose himself to heavy enemy fire until he was wounded a second time and fell unconscious.” After days of fighting, Delta Company finally defeated the Vietnamese battalion. Ramirez was medevaced to an Army hospital and spent the next two months recovering. Later, the entire company was awarded the coveted Presidential Unit Citation for Bravery from then-President Richard Nixon. “I left Vietnam just a few days after the battle, leaving several recommendations for awards that one of our chopper pilots was supposed to give to our company clerk,” Dabney said this week. “I didn’t learn until just a few years ago at a reunion of Delta Company that Pasqual never received his Bronze Star. The company clerk never received the recommendations. “Pasqual was one of the most humble, loved guys in the company,” Dabney said. “After the war, he visited many of the families of soldiers who were killed serving in Delta Company. “It was so heartwarming to see him surrounded by his family when I finally presented him with his medal.” Maybe it’s better that it took so long to get his Bronze Star, Pasqual said. With his wife, Irene, and sons, Jerry and Pasqual Jr., by his side, it means more now than it would have 39 years ago when all he wanted to do was forget about Vietnam. He’s still out there fighting for veterans’ benefits for guys who served in Vietnam. Still keeping in touch with the men who never got a thank-you from their country when they got home. “I remember Jerry asking me about war when he was a boy,” Pasqual said Thursday. “Nothing’s changed. It’s still hell.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. [email protected] (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img