POLICE BACK AWAY FROM TRUMP STAND
Police leaders across the country moved quickly to distance themselves from — or to outright condemn — President Trump’s statements about “roughing up” people who’ve been arrested.
The swift public denunciations came as departments are under intense pressure to stamp out brutality and excessive force that can erode the relationship between officers and the people they police — and cost police chiefs their jobs.
“It’s the wrong message,” Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, told Washington radio station WTOP while speaking of the trustbuilding work that departments have undertaken since Rodney King’s 1991 beating. “The last thing we need is a green light from the president of the United States for officers to use unnecessary force.”
Trump made the comments at a gathering of law enforcement officers at Suffolk County Community College in New York.
Bribes alleged in Medicare fraud case. MIAMI» A Florida health care administrator accepted bribes in exchange for helping a nursing-home owner — accused of orchestrating a $1 billion Medicare and Medicaid fraud scheme — keep his license, federal prosecutors said.
Bertha Blanco, 66, faces federal criminal charges in a wide-ranging investigation that federal authorities are calling the nation’s biggest health fraud case, The Miami Herald reported . She was charged earlier this month.
Blanco made about $31,300 a year overseeing inspections at nursing facilities owned by 48-yearold Philip Esformes, an extremely wealthy businessman who owns dozens nursing facilities.
Charges expected in baby’s death.
LARGO, FLA.» A Florida man is facing criminal charges after his 8-month-old son died while being kept in a sweltering bedroom with no air conditioning.
William Francis Hendrickson, 25, had been told by child protection authorities the day before his son’s death to keep his children in another room.
The baby died on Thursday after being kept in the Largo mobile home bedroom that was 109 degrees when police arrived.
Smoke keeps Alabama residents inside.
ALA.» A plant that produces agricultural chemicals caught fire Saturday in southwest Alabama, blanketing the area with potentially hazardous smoke and prompting an order for people to stay inside.
Police said the fire began before dawn at a factory operated by Tiger-sul Products, and crews were still on the scene hours later. No injuries were reported.
Kansas warden gets new job. KAN.» The
TOPEKA, warden of a maximum-security Kansas prison that’s had four reported inmate disturbances in the past three months took a new job within the state Department of Corrections a day before the latest incident, the department confirmed Saturday.
James Heimgartner stepped down Thursday as warden of the El Dorado prison, department spokesman Todd Fertig said. The warden of another maximum-security prison in southern Kansas will take over the warden’s duties in El Dorado while the department searches
Wild raccoons get rabies shots.
Wildlife officials are boosting a program to vac- cinate raccoons in the wild in an effort prevent the spread of rabies in Maine and north into Canada.
About 351,000 oral rabies vaccination baits are going to be distributed over a 2,400-square-mile area in northeastern Maine between Aug. 3 and 7, compared to 125,000 doses over a 900-square mile area last year.