National Police Week honored 135 fallen

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In 2016, the profession of law enforcement, and our nation, lost 135 police officers in the line of duty. This national figure is the highest it has been since 2001, with nearly half of these brave men and women having been killed in ambush-style attacks; with the remaining being a result of various other incidents, including traffic-related accidents and suffering heart attacks on the job.   This May marks the 55th year, in which thousands of police officers, law enforcement professionals,...
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55th National Police Week

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May 2017 marks the 55th year by which our nation will pay tribute to the men and women of our local, state and federal peace officers. National Police Week is an annual event, conceived from “Police Day”, which was created in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation, designating May 15 as a time in which our nation would pause, gather, and most of all, to remember, those brave men and women who gave their final breath for the sake of justice.   In the years and decades to ...
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Police Week - Honoring Our Fallen

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135 of our brothers and sisters paid the price last year. They died knowing they stood for something greater than oneself.  They came from departments large and small, rich and poor, of virtually every race, color and creed. However, far greater than any of their own individual characteristics, are the collective qualities they and each of you share; Honor, Loyalty, Commitment, Courage and a Selfless unspoken promise to those with whom you don the badge. A promise that says, “No matter the ...
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Santa Clara Local Businesses we need your help

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Once a year we reach out to the businesses in our local community asking you for your support.  Annually we look at how we can increase our impact in our community, and we continually strive to outdo our previous year. Your support allows us to make a bigger impact in the community we both share. Here is your chance to join the Santa Clara POA's community outreach mission. Join us by donating today, your contribution goes toward making our community stronger.   Donate By Clicking Here ...
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Help for the Terry family

John Terry’s wife, Donna, was recently diagnosed with a fairly serious form of cancer. John and Donna have two children (5 and 2 years old). They are a two income family and will be struggling financially when Donna has to quit working for her cancer treatments. Before Donna gets too sick to go anywhere, it would be nice to send the family on a vacation. If there is any way you can help, any contribution would be appreciated. Please make checks out to the “SCPOA” and put “Terry” on the memo line...
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General Meeting Notice

Tuesday, February 7, 2017  5:15 PM at the POA Hall We will be taking nominations for the POA board. There are four, two-year board positions up for election, as well as the positions of President, Vice President, and Financial Officer. Voting will be done online after the nomination period has closed. We will also be giving a contract update. Please sign up on the POA board so we can plan on how much food to order.
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We Need Your Support Now More than Ever

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We proudly protect our communities, children, and families, despite the difficult year the brave men and women of Law Enforcement has had to face. It is not an easy job, but we wear our badge with a humble pride and seek to make the community we share a safer place to live and work. That’s why I am asking for your help. At the time you receive this letter there have been 138 line of duty deaths of Law Enforcement officers across the US, and officer's killed by gun fire is up 72% from last year. ...
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Santa Clara POA Latest Vote

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The final results are now available on our most current vote of  "Vote of No Confidence". Please contact a board member if you have any questions regarding this.   Sincerely, The Santa Clara POA Board
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Help Needed

Dear SCPOA members, I received the following text from Scott Wilson who recently lost his house in a fire. IF there is anyone who is willing to help him, it would be tremendously appreciated. Let's help take care of one of our own. Thanks. Frank Saunders Frank, I finally have a project I need help on, but I'm not sure who to reach out to. I got some stuff out of a closet that survived. At least a couple of photo albums too. It all needs to be gone through and dried flat, especially the photos......
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General Meeting Oct. 12 at 1730

General Meeting  This will be a meeting to dicuss curent department topics.  We will also have a Q & A session. Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 1730 hours at the POA Hall
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Scott Wilson Go Fund Me Page

This is a GO Fund Me page for the Wilson Family.  This page was set up by the Santa Clara POA to help their brother in his time of need.  On 09-30-16 the Wilson Family lost their family home to a fire.  They were able to escape in the early morning hours with only the clothes on their backs.  The residence was a total loss to the fire.  This fund is needed right away to help them get some basic necessities until they can get back on their feet.  The two girls only g...
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Press Release: Statement from the Mayor

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Statement from the Mayor of Santa Clara
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Press Release: Statement from the Mayor

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Statement from the Mayor of Santa Clara
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SCPOA Response to Mayor Gillmor’s Statement

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Letter to Mayor

The Board of Directors have written a response letter to Mayor Gillmor.  Please see copy of the letter that has been uploaded to the members only area of the POA website.
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POA letter to the 49ers

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The POA has drafted a letter that has been delivered to the San Francisco 49ers headquarters.  The PDF has been uploaded to the POA website and is in the documents section of the members site.  A copy is also posted on the POA board at the station. Click image to view full letter
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POA letter to the 49ers

The POA has drafted a letter that has been delivered to the San Francisco 49ers headquarters.  The PDF has been uploaded to the POA website and is in the documents section of the members site.  A copy is also posted on the POA board at the station.
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Poker Tournament Fundraiser

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We are beginning a historic period in Santa Clara politics.  The election this November will determine 4 council member seats, City Clerk and Chief of Police.  This will likely be the most significant City election in your career at SCPD.  As a labor union, we must be politically involved for the sake of our contract and the effective leadership of our department. On Thursday, September 1, 2016, the SCPOA and the Santa Clara Firefighters Association will be hosting City Council Ca...
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Texas Hold'em Fundraiser for SCPOA PAC

We are having a Texas Hold'em Fundraiser to support the cause. Our flyer will be sent out soon for Saturday August 27, 2016 at 5pm at Mariani's. It's $80 to join this event, and dinner and drinks are included. Come join in this fun event for the SCPOA PAC.   We are also looking for prize donations as there will be live and silent auctions with a special host. Your prize donations and support will help with the success at this event. We are looking for nice gift prizes, anything from a nice ...
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Campaign Kickoff Reminder

I just want to thank everyone who has been helping me during this exciting time.  I would like to remind everyone that my kickoff event is this Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 PM at Jim Buchanan's home.  His address is 2387 Bohannan Drive, Santa Clara.  If you have some time, please come by and say hello.  If you live in Santa Clara, I will have yard signs available.  And if you have been waiting to make a donation, this would be a perfect opportunity!  If you haven't yet, ple...
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Campaign Website and Kickoff Party

I am pleased to announce that my campaign website is up and running.  Please go to www.nikolai2016.com  and take a look.  I encourage everyone to sign up under the volunteer tab.  This will insure that you get up to date information about the campaign.  It will also help us to organize all of the volunteers that I anticipate getting.  There is also a facebook page.  Please check it out, like it and share it with your friends and family.   I would also like...
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Chief Campaign Update

Dear POA members, I hope everyone is enjoying their 4th of July.  I just wanted to give everyone a quick update on where things stand in my campaign.  As of now, I have raised over $11,000.  I have gotten the endorsements of the Santa Clara County Deputy Sheriff's Association and PORAC.  I have meetings coming up with San Jose POA, the Santa Clara Fire Union and several elected people at the local, county and state level.  I am also reaching out to the other associations...
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Funeral for SJPD Officer Katherman #3900

Hello Members, Memorial services for SJPD Officer Michael Katherman #3900 will be held at the SAP Center on Tuesday, June 21st at 1100 hours. Our hearts go out to SJPD and his family!   Frank Saunders 
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God Bless SJPD Officer Michael Katherman

SCPOA would like to extend our condolences to SJPD, and to the family of Officer Michael Katherman. You are in our thoughts and prayers from the entire SCPOA Family.
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Letter to the Membership

May 31, 2016 To the members of the POA, I have been a POA Board member for the majority of my 25 year career at the Santa Clara Police Department.  I have been the President for 14 years, and I consider my tenure in this position to be one of my proudest accomplishments.  It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the finest men and women in law enforcement.  We have weathered some of the toughest economic times most of us have ever experienced and emerged relatively unscathed.&...
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Response to SJ Mercury News Article

I have sent the following response in, as a Letter to the Editor, to the San Jose Mercury News.  This is in response to comments made in the article on the front page of the Local Section regarding stadium costs.   As the President of the Police Officers' Association for over 10 years, I have heard police officers called many things.  Some positive and, unfortunately, some negative.  However, I have never heard them called “naive” before, especially by the person who is suppo...
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Honoring American Heroes, Past and Present

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Law enforcement officers are people like you and me who want to make a difference. Serving the communities that we all share is just a part of what these humble heroes do. Standing up for those who can not stand up for themselves is just in their blood. Despite the dangers, they proudly put on their uniforms and badges every day, for us. National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day has become a day for us to unite as a community and to honor those who have given their lives to protect us, our families ...
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Exclusive Members Only Discounts Now Available!

Exclusive Members Only Discounts Now Available!
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Attention Members - You will now find members only discounts posted on our association's website. These discounts are available to all registered members and can be found on the member's dashboard. The newest discount is for RussianBlades.com  a designer of custom knives. Simply login and select the members tab to retrieve Coupon Codes. Once you are logged in scroll down and look for the box that says Coupon Codes located on the lower right hand side of the page.   *If you’ve forgotten...
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Calling all Local Businesses

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Small businesses are a major contributor to the strength of our local economy.  Literally, small businesses are the backbone of our local community and we appreciate your investment and hard work to make our community a great place to live and work. According to the 2010 Census, 99.7% of U.S. employer firms are small businesses.  Almost half of the nation's private sector workforce is employed by small business,  there is nothing small about these facts. That is why we recognize a...
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General Membership Meeting

General Meeting Monday, April 18, 2016 5:15 PM POA Hall We will be voting on the POA budget for the upcoming year. The proposed budget includes a $6 per check dues increase.   This increase is to cover the increase in our Legal Defense Fund increases. Please sign up on the POA board so we can plan on how much food to order.
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Election Results

I have posted the election results on the POA bulletin board.  Mike Horn and Alec Lange were elected as new board members, joining Mark Barry, Dave Britton, and Tyson Shearer who were all re-elected.  (Tyson will be serving the 1-year term)  The executive board was also re-elected. The POA sleep room issue was finally settled.  80% of the 121 members who voted said that the sleeprooms could be used by POA members on consecutive nights.  We will be posting notices on the ...
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The State of Policing in America Reported by MSNBC

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Most of us get up in the morning. go about our days and never think about our local law enforcement officers, unless we hear another negative story on the news.  There is a perception that there are a lot of bad cops out there.  However the reality is that 99.1% of Law Enforcement officers are NOT accused of any misconduct of any kind.    In 2015, 965 civilians were fatally shot by officers, this kind of situation gets the media’s attention, understandably. However, it is imp...
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#GivingTuesday

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December 1st is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back. This is the time of year when we think about all that we are thankful for this holiday season. We are thankful for each and every person out there backing the Santa Clara POA. Throughout the year we work hard to give back to our local community in many ways. To view the organizations we sponsor and how we give back visit our "Charities We Support" page. If you would like to show your support, please visit the donate section of our w...
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Enhancing teachers’ response to active threats

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Enhancing teachers’ response to active threats
When you say the words “first responders” who comes to mind?  Police, Fireman, EMT? But what about teachers?  It is no longer adequate to place all of the responsibility for our children’s safety in the hands of our teachers during an attack and not take the time to properly train them to accomplish that task. Nor is it acceptable to simply tell them, "Lock your classroom door, turn out the lights, hide in a corner and pray that the attacker doesn’t pick your room."   Today, the n...
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Hundreds Attend Memorial for California Police Dog Gunned Down in the Line of Duty

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Hundreds of mourners turned out Wednesday in Riverside, California, for the memorial of Sultan, a police dog killed while attempting to subdue a violent felon. "When I heard this, it felt like I'd lost a peer," Riverside County chief deputy Geoff Raya said at a press conference. "There is very little differentiation between four legs and two legs – they are all members of the Riverside Sheriff's Department." Born in Slovakia, Sultan had been working with the department since September 2013...
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Keeping Cops Alive

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Sometimes an idea comes along that makes so much sense that everyone feels good about getting behind it. In this case it’s the Major Cities Chiefs Association and other groups making a common-sense plea to make the provision of body armor to police officers mandatory. And considering the fact that far more cops are killed in accidents on the roads than by assailants the organizations are also pushing for the mandatory use of seat belts by officers. In fatal shootings, 36% of officers kille...
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Contract Survey Results

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Here is a summary of the responses to our survey regarding topics to discuss during negotiations.  We received a total of 55 surveys back.  Here are the top vote getters: 40 votes: Raise 30 votes:  Use 5% above benchmark language 30 votes: Other compensation increases (POST incentive, cover PERS, Medical increases, etc.) 15 votes: Staffing 11 votes: OT/Stadium Staffing concerns 8 votes:  Specialized assignment incentive pay 8 votes:   Retiree Medical   We will ...
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CalPERS BALLOT

I received the following email from PORAC.  When you get your PERS ballot in the mail, please take a few minutes to fill it out and mail it back.  Mather's opponent has been compared to Chuck Reed in regards to her pension position. Thanks Pat     Dear Santa Clara POA,      In the next few days, many of you in the CalPERS system will receive your ballot for the election to the CalPERS Board of Administration.  PORAC is supporting current incumbent Trustee ...
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In Memoriam - Louie Awerbuck

Louie-AwerbuckLouie Awerbuck was a loyal friend to SCPD for a couple decades.
Louie passed away on 06-24-2014 and he will be missed.
Louie leaves behind Leigh Lambert that many of you know as “Snake”

Louie and Leigh supported the SCPD family for many years, and now it is our turn to support his. We are currently seeking a donation from the SCPOA. We are also seeking individual donations. There will be a donation box on my desk and at the range for the next 2 weeks. Please do what you can to show your support.

- Sergeant Derek Rush

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In Memoriam - Louie Awerbuck

Louie-AwerbuckLouie Awerbuck was a loyal friend to SCPD for a couple decades.
Louie passed away on 06-24-2014 and he will be missed.
Louie leaves behind Leigh Lambert that many of you know as “Snake”

Louie and Leigh supported the SCPD family for many years, and now it is our turn to support his. We are currently seeking a donation from the SCPOA. We are also seeking individual donations. There will be a donation box on my desk and at the range for the next 2 weeks. Please do what you can to show your support.

- Sergeant Derek Rush

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Man pleads no contest to stabbing 49er linebacker Aldon Smith

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A 28-year-old man has pleaded no contest to stabbing 49er Aldon Smith in an incident that also led to a criminal case against the linebacker. Steven Raymond Barba, of San Jose, faces three years in prison under the plea deal with prosecutors over his attack on Smith. Typically, a defendant would face jail time, not prison time, for an assault with a deadly weapon. But Barba has a prior felony domestic violence conviction that qualifies him for prison. Smith was wounded superficially by Barba, wh...
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3rd Annual Charity Texas Hold 'Em Tournament

PokerSanta Clara Police Officers' Association & Bay Club Santa Clara Present the 3rd Annual Charity Texas Hold 'Em Tournament to benefit Special Olympics of Northern California

Friday, August 15, 2014
5:00 p.m. to Midnight
3250 Central Expressway - Santa Clara

Players and spectators must pre-register at www.texasholdemso.org

View and download the flyer below for more information

 

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Five arrested in bingo hall armed robberies

  Five people suspected of twice targeting a bingo hall and robbing patrons and employees at gunpoint have been arrested, according to police. In one of the robberies, a 78-year-old woman was struck several times in the head with a handgun in the parking lot of the Santa Clara Aquamaids bingo hall, according to police Lt. Kurt Clarke. "This was a robbery crew, and they were targeting a bingo hall," Lt. Kurt Clarke said. "They worked together to rob the bingo hall employee and patrons who at...
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Santa Clara police arrest man on human trafficking charge

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3208 El Camino Real, 3:49 p.m. Jan. 12 Officers arrested a man with a gun at Motel 6 on human trafficking charges. Further investigation revealed that a woman had escaped being kidnapped.     Read More Police Blotter 
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City of Santa Cruz Awards The SCPOA with a Certificate of Appreciation

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This certificate of appreciate was awarded to the Santa Clara Police Officers' Association for the donation made to the families of two Santa Cruz Officers that were killed last year.   To download the PDF version of the flyer click the below link. santaclaracertificate.pdf
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Charity Texas Hold 'Em Tournament

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To Sign Up for the tournament click here or visit www.texasholdemso.org.   To download the PDF version of the flyer click the below link. Santa-Clara-POA-Flyer.pdf
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Funeral For Sheriff's Detective Jeremiah MacKay Is Today In NW San Bernardino

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The funeral service for San Bernardino County sheriff's Detective Jeremiah MacKay, slain last week in a final confrontation with fugitive multimurder suspect and ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, is today in northwest San Bernardino. The service is planned to begin at 11 a.m. Thursday Feb. 21 at the San Manuel Amphitheatre, 2575 Glen Helen Parkway. The procession beforehand, which will include hundreds of law enforcement, fire, and other public safety vehicles, is expected to take more than on...
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In Memory of Riverside Police Departments Officer Michael Crain

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The Santa Clara Police Officers' Association expresses its deepest condolences to the family of Officer Michael Crain of the Riverside Police Department.   God Speed Officer Crain. Officer Michael Crain Biography Born: April 9, 1978 Hire Date: August 24, 2001 - End of Watch: February 7, 2013   Officer Michael Crain was born in Anaheim, California to Stephen and Cindy Crain on April 9, 1978. He was the oldest of three children and had a brother, Jason, and sister, Leslie. He was raised ...
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In Memory of CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom

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The Santa Clara Police Officers' Association expresses it's deepest condolences to the family of Officer Kenyon Youngstrom.  Officer Youngstrom was a 7 year veteran of the California Highway Patrol assigned to the Contra Costa area.  He was a married father of four children. On September 4th, Officer Youngstrom was shot in the head during a traffic stop by a motorist, Christopher Boon Lacy.  Officer Youngstrom's patrol partner was able to shoot and kill Lacy. Officer Youngstrom wa...
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