Updates from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer 04/22/2022

Updated: May 4

NYSTPBA Newsletter Updates from NYSTPBA President Tom Mungeer Trouble in Connecticut The men and women of the Connecticut State Police Union certainly have our support following the arrest of one of their Troopers for manslaughter in connection with an on-duty shooting over two years ago. Please see the following press release: April 19, 2022 Connecticut State Police Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Arrest of Trooper Brian North This case is tragic for everyone involved.  We extend our condolences to Mubarak Soulemane’s family for their loss. No Connecticut State Trooper ever intends to or has the desire to take the life of another human being.   On January 15, 2020, it was reported to the State Police that Mr. Soulemane had displayed a weapon at an AT&T store and then committed an armed carjacking in Norwalk.  The victims of these crimes contacted the Norwalk Police, who immediately contacted the State Police. Within minutes, the State Police attempted to stop Mr. Soulemane, who was recklessly operating the stolen motor vehicle at a high rate of speed, was ramming cruisers, and was causing a risk of serious physical injury to other motorist and our Troopers. Mr. Soulemane’s actions forced our Troopers to pursue him at a high rate of speed for many miles before he collided with another occupied vehicle in West Haven. Immediately thereafter, Mr. Soulemane produced a knife as police officers were attempting to enter the stolen vehicle to take him into custody.  Trooper North instructed another Trooper to switch from his firearm to his taser, in an attempt to use less than lethal force to effect the arrest. Tragically, due to Mr. Soulemane’s sudden movements, Trooper North was forced to discharge his duty weapon to defend the other officers who were attempting to enter the stolen vehicle to effect an arrest.  Trooper North was forced to do exactly what he was trained to do under these circumstances when he used deadly force to protect the lives of another Trooper and a West Haven police officer.  We are disappointed that the Inspector General has made the decision to prosecute a Trooper, who was forced to make a split-second decision during these dangerous and rapidly evolving circumstances. Trooper North was risking his own life while trying to fulfill his oath of office to protect the lives of others. Regardless of the Inspector General’s decision, we will respect the judicial process while we will vigorously defend Trooper North and his actions. It is our obligation to protect Trooper North’s constitutional right to due process of law and a fair trial.  We hope everyone reserves judgment until all facts are known in this case and we thank the public for their continued support of law enforcement here in Connecticut.  Cuomo Op-Ed In case you missed it, another self-serving op-ed by a certain former governor appeared in the Daily News on Monday. I’ll spare you the details, but according to him, basically everything sucks now that he isn’t governing the state. Taxes are too high, crime is out of hand, and in his words, “State government is back to parochial politics, fundraising and incompetence. There is no vision, planning, performance or accountability.” By my count, he has been out of office for eight months, so I believe the cornerstone for all of the above-mentioned gripes was firmly set into place during the 10 years he occupied the gubernatorial office. Meanwhile, do not forget, he was a beneficiary of a $5 million windfall garnered on the backs of thousands of dead elderly nursing home residents, whose deaths were then attempted to be covered up by his mismanagement and deceitfulness. Headline of the Week The Headline: Deputy Sued After Woman is Baptized Following Traffic Stop The Skinny: U.S. District Judge Travis R. McDonough of the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga ruled earlier this month that a woman could proceed in her civil suit under Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act against a deputy who witnessed another deputy baptizing her. In 2019, the woman was pulled over by Hamilton County [TN] Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Wilkey and a marihuana cigarette was subsequently found in her possession. The civil suit alleges that, in an exchange of a promise of leniency, the woman agreed to let the deputy baptize her in a local lake. After driving to the lake, Deputy Wilkey then stripped himself to his underwear, waded into the lake with the woman while Deputy Jacob Goforth, who had arrived at the scene at Wilkey’s request, recorded the baptism on his phone for posterity’s sake. “I think the history of it in the media will show that a baptism by a police officer in the line of duty, in exchange for leniency in a criminal case is beyond the pale,” stated her attorney, Robin Flores, in what has to be the understatement of the year. The Commentary: Well, up until this week my favorite story was how a former member had been caught stealing mulch in the middle of the night with an unregistered dump truck and literally buried himself in the mulch pile to avoid detection. We now have a new number one! Just when I think you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF! The “Who Really Cares” File Apparently, the superintendent of the Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Washington County filed a petition this week seeking a court order to allow prison officials “to forcibly feed, medicate and hydrate” David Sweat, the surviving member of the infamous 2015 Dannemora prison escape duo. Sweat has been on a hunger strike since last month in protest of his transfer from Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Ulster County to Great Meadow. "When asked why he is engaging in the hunger strike ... Sweat articulated that his goal is to stop eating until he is transferred out of Great Meadow Correctional Facility." If this doesn’t work, he should try holding his breath until he passes out. Meanwhile in Texas The Texas Department of Public Safety has implemented a policy that will force male troopers with waist sizes over 40 inches and women over 35 inches to shrink their waistlines by the end of the year or face disciplinary action and denial of promotions, overtime, or removal from law enforcement duties. The policy, which is expected to affect 200 Troopers, includes a stipulation that progress on their weight loss must be reported to management. (Anybody remember the “fat boy” memos, or am I dating myself?) One Texas State Trooper reported his goal was… “I will drink no more than one diet soda each day.” There was no mention of cutting out the Big Macs, though. According to Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, only two things come from Texas and apparently fat Troopers won’t be one of them. Random Thought The Cleveland Guardians??? It just won’t have the same ring to it if and when they ever remake “Major League.” Jake Taylor: I play for the Indians Guardians. Chaire Holloway: Here in Cleveland? I didn't know they still had a team! Jake Taylor: Yup, we've got uniforms and everything, it's really great! Up In Smoke Quote of the Week Would I be open-minded to a legislative fix that would address this? The answer is yes. - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy when asked by reporters about possibly banning off-duty police officers in the state from smoking marijuana about a week after the state’s attorney general told police chiefs throughout the state that they may not take “adverse actions” against cops who chose to smoke. “I'm gonna be late for work again. That's the fifth time this week, and it's only Tuesday, man.” - Cheech Marin Beavis and Butt-Head Headline of the Week The Headline: We Should Go and Look for Alien Life on Uranus, Scientists Urge The Commentary: Need I say more This Week’s Sign that the Apocalypse is Upon Us Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced plans to launch a 35-person civilian investigative corps to help the Baltimore Police Department solve crimes. The plan calls for eliminating 30 vacant sworn police officer positions and replacing them with civilian investigators. These civilian detective corps specialists will investigate low-level property crimes, work cold cases, conduct background checks, do intelligence gathering, and manage internal affairs matters for the department. The city will pay these civilian investigators $49,000 a year while first year police officers earn $60,000. According to Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, “These investigative specialists would be used broadly throughout the agency, and they could be used as a national model for how law enforcement agencies build capacity on a parallel path to sworn officers.” I know Tim Dymond would be in total agreement when I say, “Not in our House!” Surgeons Group Impostor Reminder - Be on the lookout for this Paul Blart: Mall Cop bullshit security guard badge currently being peddled out there by "LEO Health Services"! This email is an automated notification, which is unable to receive replies. To send a comment to the NYSTPBA, please contact us at nystpba@nystpba.org

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