Syracuse Police

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Syracuse Police have identified the suspect who died in Sunday night’s shootout with police near Syracuse University.  Police say 41-year-old Deric Brown of Syracuse was pulled over on the 600 block of Walnut Avenue for driving with no headlights.  Chief Frank Fowler says the officer noticed the handle of a handgun in the car, and told the suspect to keep his hands up as  he began walking back to his patrol car. Folwer says that's when Brown exited his vehicle fired multiple shots at the officer, who fired back, striking Brown at least once.

Syracuse police will be able to continue a series of events to ease tensions over police-community relations seen in uprisings across the nation.  The department has teamed up with InterFaith Works of C-N-Y for conversations in each area of the city.  President Beth Broadway says the Syracuse Police force demographically is mainly white…so policing in communities of color is critically important.

  The Syracuse Police Department’s trail run with body cameras should be the beginning of a conversation about police-community relations and accountability.  That’s the position of the New York Civil Liberties Union.  Central New York Chapter director Yusuf Abdul Qadir says he was happy to hear about the grant that will fund 10 body cameras.  But he has a few areas of concern that need to be addressed by the proper policy.

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Syracuse Police are trying to piece together what led to multiple shots being fired Sunday night at a large party that claimed the life of a 41-year-old man on the city’s near west side.  An officer also fired her weapon during the melee.  Mayor Stephanie Miner says police had an idea there could be a problem at an annual father’s day gathering near Skiddy Park.

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The administrator of board tasked with investigating allegations of police misconduct is stepping down Friday to take a related position in New York City.  WAER News caught up with Joe Lipari, who came to Syracuse in 2012 when the Citizen Review Board was trying to regain its footing after years of obscurity and inactivity.


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A class of 25 new Syracuse Police Officers was sworn in today.  Chief Frank Fowler got things started:

"Recruit class...are you ready?"  

"Yes, Sir!”   

  But Monday's ceremony was only the beginning for the cadets.  The Officers must endure 26 weeks of additional training. 

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  The search for the 21-month old girl reported missing Sunday ended in tragic fashion when the body was found Tuesday in the Inner Harbor.  Details are starting to tell the story of an abduction and alleged murder.

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  As many as 1000 northside residents are expected to turn out for next week’s family Christmas party put on by the Butternut Community Police center.  The success of 7th annual gathering illustrates just how much of a positive impact the center has on the lives of children in that neighborhood.

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Onondaga County and State law enforcement agencies are hoping a new tip line in the form of an app will provide them with more information from the public to solve serious crimes or report suspicious activity. The app is called Tip 411. Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick says the system is already in operation in about 100 areas statewide. Now people have to be empowered to use it.

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Hundreds of residents joined lines and lines of police officers Friday to remember an officer lost in the line of duty 25 years ago.  To the law enforcement community, the death of Wallie Howard Junior is a rallying cry.