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Monday, August 25, 2014

[MI] Officer Chambers alleged "mistress" shot by Mrs. Chambers. (Police wonder if it was accidental?)

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Cop's Wife Shoots Reported Mistress After Finding Woman Overnight With Husband On Boat
WXYZ
Kim Craig
Aug 20, 2014
[Excerpts] Detroit Police Officer Kevin Chambers, 58, was on the boat with his reported mistress when his wife walked in carrying her 38 caliber revolver... We're told Detroit Police investigators are trying to get to the bottom of exactly happened next... Detroit Police say their investigators are trying to determine if the shooting was intentional or an accident... Police had told Action News that the officer's wife was locked up pending a possible arraignment, but we learned late Wednesday afternoon that the officer's wife was not in custody and had not been arrested... they don't have probable cause to think it was anything other than an accident. Police say they are investigating the possibility that officer Chambers tried to grab his wife's gun and it accidentally discharged causing a round to strike his reported mistress... [Full article here]

NOTES.
A 4a.m. accidental shooting at their boat's marina when his wife finds him with another woman? They what - wrestled for the gun? Was he the intended target? Why is he still an officer after his unpaid suspension in 2006 and after the felony warrant for him in 2008 (see below)? How many years did Officer Chambers spend on unpaid suspension besides the time we know about (see below)? How many unreported incidents has he had if these incidents that I could find are so under-reported? And one more time - how is he still an officer?


DETROIT POLICE OFFICER KEVIN CHAMBERS had some kind of [fleeing police, running red lights, speeding at 120mph during chase, being in possession of brass knuckles, failing alcohol test] problems in 2008 - resulting in a felony warrant and at that time Kevin Chambers had been suspended without pay from the Detroit Police Department for at least a year and a half in connection with Chambers having FIRED SHOTS in 2006 - off duty? domestic? at home? We don't know.:

SUSPENSION WITHOUT PAY OF POLICE OFFICER KEVIN CHAMBERS,
BADGE 85, ASSIGNED TO TACTICAL MOBILE
DETROIT BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS
Minutes of the Regular Detroit Board of Police Commissioners Meeting
Thursday, May 22, 2008

On May 16, 2008, the Internal Affairs Alert Team received notification to respond to the Northwestern District regarding the arrest of Police Officer Kevin Chambers, badge 85, assigned to Tactical Mobile for fleeing and eluding, carrying a concealed weapon and operating while impaired. It should be noted that Officer Chambers has been suspended without pay since November 16, 2006 on Force Investigation Case #06-091 for an off duty incident where he fired shots.

 A review of the Arrest Report prepared by Police Officers Daniel Sitarski, badge 2098, and Stanley Kropik, badge 775, both assigned to the Northwestern District, revealed that at approximately 5:50 A.M., on May 16, 2008, while on routine patrol in the area of Evergreen and Grand River, they observed a person, later identified as Officer Chambers, operating a Harley Davidson Motorcycle at a high rate of speed and disregarding a red light.

The officers attempted to perform a traffic stop, but Officer Chambers sped off exceeding speeds of 120mph. The officers activated their overhead lights and siren and pursued Officer Chambers. Officer Chambers disregarded two more traffic signals and the chased was terminated by Sergeant Harold Ashford; badge S-526, assigned to the Northwestern District. The officers continued on Grand River and observed the motorcycle on the ground at Berg and Grand River and Officer Chambers attempting to pick it up. The officers ordered Officer Chambers to the ground and he was placed in handcuffs. The officers conducted a pat down for offensive weapons and found that Officer Chambers was in possession of brass knuckles. Additionally, the officers detected the odor of intoxicants on Officer Chambers and he was administered Field Sobriety Tests at the scene, which he failed.

 Once at the Northwestern District, Officer Chambers was administered a Breathalyzer Test by Police Officer Darryl Bennett, badge 4320, assigned to the Northwestern District, and the result was a blood alcohol content of.08.

 Officer Chambers was advised of his constitutional rights (Miranda) and he refused to make a statement.

 On this same date, an Investigator’s Report was presented to Wayne County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney (APA) Robert Donaldson naming Officer Chambers as the defendant. APA Donaldson advised Internal Affairs that the warrant would be adjourned to May 19, 2008.

On May 19, 2008, APA Thomas Dawson recommended charging Officer Chamber with one count of Fleeing and Eluding – Third Degree, one count of Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, one count of Operating While Impaired and one (1) count of Reckless Driving. On this same date, Magistrate Millicent Sherman, of the 36th District Court signed felony warrant #08 060420 for the recommended charges.

Based upon the above facts and circumstances, it is recommended that Officer Chambers be charged with, but not limited to, the following violation of the department Rules and Regulations:

CHARGE: CONDUCT UNBECOMING AN OFFICER, CONTRARY TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS; THIS BEING IN VIOLATION OF THE DETROIT POLICE DEPARTMENT MANUAL SERIES 100, DIRECTIVE 102.3 – 7.9, CONDUCT UNPROFESSIONAL, COMMAND 1.

Due to the seriousness of the conduct, I am requesting your concurrence with the suspension of Police Officer Kevin Chambers without pay, effective May 22, 2008.

Exec Dir Goss stated there are no arguments on this case because it is a felony.

Unless contravened by this Board the suspension without pay shall stand. There were no contraventions.  [PDF document here]

DETROIT BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS
Minutes of the Regular Detroit Board of Police Commissioners Meeting
Friday, May 30, 2008
[Excerpt] ...OLD BUSINESS
Comm. Hampton stated he has read and familiarized himself with the recommended petitions that were presented on May 15, 2008, and May 22, 2008. He concurred with the suspension without pay for... PO Kevin Chambers, Badge 85. Exec Dir. Goss stated unless contravened by this Board the suspension without pay shall stand. There were no contraventions... [Full PDF here]

DETROIT BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS
Minutes of the Regular Detroit Board of Police Commissioners Meeting
Friday, May 30, 2008
[Excerpt] ...OLD BUSINESS
Comm. Hampton stated he has read and familiarized himself with the recommended petitions that were presented on May 15, 2008, and May 22, 2008. He concurred with the suspension without pay for... PO Kevin Chambers, Badge 85. Exec Dir. Goss stated unless contravened by this Board the suspension without pay shall stand. There were no contraventions... [Full PDF here]

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

[NM] State Police Officer Vigil arrested on felony domestic

...[New Mexico State Police Officer Isaac] Vigil was brought to the Police Department by his commanding officers...
NMSP OFFICER ARRESTED ON DOMESTIC ABUSE CHARGES
[Excerpts] New Mexico State Police have confirmed that the Tucumcari Police Department is filing domestic violence charges against an NMSP Officer. Officer Isaac Vigil has been placed on administrative leave for an internal investigation. While on leave, Vigil will not be allowed to perform police duties and has turned in his vehicle, firearm and badge... [Full article here]

STATE POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED IN TUCUMCARI
[Excerpts] Tucumcari police on Thursday arrested a New Mexico State Police officer on felony child abuse charges and a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, officials confirmed Friday... Tucumcari officers responded to a report of domestic violence... officers interviewed a woman from that address... After the interview, a Tucumcari officer asked that a warrant be issued for Vigil, charging him with child abuse, a third-degree felony, and a misdemeanor charge of battery on a household member... Vigil was brought to the Police Department by his commanding officers and was taken into custody without incident. State Police Sgt. Damyan Brown said Vigil was immediately placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation... Vigil was booked into the Quay County Detention Center and has since posted a $15,000 appearance bond... [Full article here]
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[TN] Knoxville Police Cadet Michael Little stole Travis Wegener's life in quadruple domestic shooting.


Knoxville Police Cadet Michael Little shot and injured his ex-girlfriend Ashley [W.], her mother Rhonda, then shot and killed Ashley's visting friend Travis Wegener. Cadet Little was shot dead with a shotgun by Ashley's older brother Joshua [W.]. Ashley had broken up with Cadet Little a couple of weeks ago after dating him for 2 years. She said his goal in life was to become a police lieutenant.
"The associate pastor at Sharon Baptist Church says Wegener was a beloved church member who was involved in the college and young adult ministries. He says Wegener also volunteered with the children's ministry, and loved to help out in the kitchen."
Cadets aren't issued guns so Little used his own weapon. Ashley and Rhonda will be okay physically.



Sources:

Knoxville Police Department Cadet Program
[Excerpts] ...The Knoxville Police Department created the Police Cadet Program to enhance the recruitment of potential applicants for Police Officer. Applicants who wish to apply for a Police Cadet position should be between the ages of eighteen (18) and twenty-one (21) years of age, pass a drug test, background check, polygraph test, physical examination and a comprehensive psychological examination... Assist sworn Patrol Officers with various assignments... Salary of $20,439 per year... When a Cadet turns twenty-one (21) years of age they will be eligible for employment as a Knoxville Police Officer...
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Monday, August 18, 2014

[IN] Aurora Police Chief Fields was allowed to resign after family domestic violence

Former Aurora Police Chief Bryan Fields

He got off light - but was not allowed to remain a law enforcement officer in Aurora.

AURORA POLICE CHIEF ISSUED NOTICE OF DISCIPLINE
December 15, 2013
[Excerpts] Aurora Police Chief Bryan Fields was arrested Sunday for domestic battery. Dearborn County officers responded to reports of a domestic disturbance at Fields' home around 4 a.m. Fields, 42, and his wife Holly, 42, were engaged in physical confrontation when police arrived... Holly Fields was transported to Dearborn County Hospital. The extent of her injuries are unknown... Bryan Fields was arrested on a preliminary charge of misdemeanor domestic battery. On Wednesday, the Board of Works for Aurora held a brief meeting, issuing a notice of discipline to Fields... Fields has been ordered to surrender any police department equipment... [Full article here]

WIFE DEFENDS AURORA POLICE CHIEF BRYAN FIELDS AFTER HIS ARREST ON DOMESTIC BATTERY CHARGES - 'HE'S A GOOD MAN. HE'S A GOOD CHIEF.'
Dec 16, 2013
[Excerpts] Following his arrest Sunday on domestic battery charges, the police chief of Aurora, Ind., is being defended by the person he’s accused of hurting: His wife. Holly Fields said what happened early Sunday morning between her and her husband, Aurora Police Chief Bryan Fields, is "simply a misunderstanding"... But the 911 call made by their son tells a different version of what happened Sunday... The son describes a violent scene and said his parents told him not to call emergency responders. “They were telling me if I called they'd say nothing happened,” the boy said. "My mom told me I'm kicked out if I call the police"... Holly may be facing charges as well. Bryan is still in the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center and is expected to appear in court Tuesday morning. [Full article here]

AURORA POLICE CHIEF ARRESTED FOLLOWING ALLEGED DOMESTIC DISPUTE
Dec 16, 2013
[Excerpts] The chief of the Aurora Police Department has been arrested. Officials said Bryan Fields was accused of roughing up his wife Sunday morning... WLWT News 5 has talked with Bryan Fields in the past when he worked for the Dearborn County special crimes unit and more recently as the Aurora police chief... [Full article here]

COURT DOCUMENT DETAILS ALTERCATION AT CHIEF'S HOME
December 18th, 2013
[Excerpts] ...The police chief [Aurora Chief of Police Bryan Fields] appeared in Dearborn Superior Court I Tuesday, where not guilty pleas were entered for charges of Domestic Battery (Class A misdemeanor) and two counts of Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury (Class A misdemeanor)... One of the couple’s two sons – ages 18 and 19 – told responding officers that he first saw inside the home Holly Fields standing over Bryan, yelling at and allegedly striking her husband in the head with her hands... The son then went outside, but soon heard a thud from inside the home and went back in. The 18-year-old son said he saw Bryan on top of the couple’s 19-year-old son, allegedly striking him with his fists. Trying to pull Bryan away from behind, Bryan threw his head back and struck the 18-year-old in the nose, causing it to bleed. In speaking with police, the 19-year-old son stated that he was in the dining room when he heard the thud from a bedroom. According to the affidavit, he told officers that he went into the bedroom to find Bryan on top of Holly striking her in the ribs with his fists. The older son pulled Bryan from his mother, at which time Bryan allegedly struck the 19-year-old in the head and tackled him to the floor where Bryan began repeatedly punching him. At about that time is when the younger son had entered the room and was allegedly head-butted by Bryan... Bryan Fields said that the incident was a misunderstanding. The affidavit noted that he did give a statement later, but what was said was not included in the affidavit... Bryan Fields was released from jail Tuesday after posting his $500 cash bond. During his court appearance, Dearborn Superior Court I Judge Jon Cleary issued no contact orders for the couple’s two sons. Fields’ next court date is a pretrial hearing on January 30. A bench trial has been tentatively scheduled for March 4... [Full article here]

BOARD: AURORA CHIEF SUSPENDED WITH PAY AFTER DOMESTIC ALTERCATION
Dec 18, 2013
[Excerpts] The Aurora Board of Public Works met in executive session Wednesday to suspend the police chief [Bryan Fields]... According to the city attorney, the board voted to suspend Fields with pay, effective immediately. Further administrative action could take place at another meeting scheduled for Dec. 26... Fields has the right to request a hearing with the board before his possible suspension. That hearing is scheduled for Jan. 9... Joshua Daugherty will serve as interim chief while Fields serves his suspension. Legal charges of domestic battery are pending against Fields. The Dearborn County prosecutor said that because of his personal relationship with the police chief, a special prosecutor will be needed to try any case against Fields. [Full article here]


AURORA POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS AFTER ARREST
Fields to step down Friday
Jan 8, 2014
[Excerpts] Aurora's chief [Bryan Fields] of police has resigned after his December arrest... "It has been a privilege to serve the city of Aurora for the past 16 years, and my decision to resign was not made lightly," Fields wrote in his resignation letter to the city... [Full article here]

FORMER POLICE CHIEF GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE
08/17/2014
[Excerpts] Former Aurora police chief Bryan Fields pleaded guilty to one count of domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor, through a plea agreement in Dearborn Superior Court I, Friday, Aug. 8. Originally charges with three Class A misdemeanor counts, Fields pleaded guilty to battery against his stepson (1) [REDACTED], according to the joint motion in tender of conditional negotiated plea agreement signed by himself, his attorney Bob Ewbank, special prosecutor Ric Hertel, Ripley County prosecutor, and Dearborn Superior Court I Judge Jonathan N. Cleary. Fields was sentenced to 365 days incarceration with 361 days suspended and credit given for two days time served as well as good time credit, a total of four days. As part of the agreement, the "state shall not oppose a petition for expungement after one year probation and six months," said the plea agreement. Fields was required to pay $168 court costs, $50 each probation user's fee and administrative fee, and $20 monthly probation fee... In addition to allegedly punching his wife in the ribs with his fists, Fields head-butted his stepson (2) [REDACTED] and punched Cochran in the head, according to the probable cause... Bryan Fields resigned from APD effective Jan. 10, 2014. Aurora Mayor Donnie Hastings appointed then-APD Sgt. Joshua Daugherty, who had been serving as acting chief, to the chief's position... Over the years, APD has had several officers resign after they were charged with crimes... But at least two former officers resigned after they were charged with battery. Former officer Jared W. Dausch was charged with a felony and two misdemeanors stemming from an alleged domestic battery May 25, 2008, and former officer Brett "Mooch" Hamilton resigned in October 2009, six months after he was charged with battery. [Full article here]
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