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20
Sep
2020

Hallandale Beach SWAT Team Resigns Over Lack of Support

first_imgOn Friday, 10 members of Hallandale Beach’s SWAT Team resigned through a memo to Police Chief Sonia Quiñones.While the officers cited many issues for their resignations, they explain the biggest factor in their decision was when members of the Command Staff took a knee in solidarity with Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana, and what the SWAT team believed they were supporting through that display.“Lastly and most shockingly,” they said, “having members of the Command Staff taking a knee in solidarity with Vice Mayor Sabrina Javellana (who stated she wants the officers ‘fired and charged’) and a handful of political activists that chanted, “Howard Bowe, re-open the case…” showed a lack of support,” they stated.Javellana, the 22-year-old vice mayor who was elected in 2018, identifies herself on her Twitter page as “Troublemaker.” She has been openly vocal about reopening the aforementioned case.Bowe, a 34-year-old black man, was killed six years ago by Hallandale Beach’s SWAT team, as the force carried out an early morning search warrant as part of a narcotics investigation and raided his home.He died 11 days after the May 8, 2014 fatal raid. In addition, Bowe’s pitbull was killed with a shotgun and Bowe, who was unarmed, was shot in the stomach.The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and the four police officers who were involved in the shooting.The SWAT Team noted that “This case was investigated by a Grand Jury, The State Attorney, FDLE and settled in a civil action. The city also hired Greenwood and Strieicher, LLC.” That firm, they explained, is a consulting company that focuses on government accountability and policing solutions.I spoke in support of Howard Bowe and his family at HB city commission meetings before I was ever elected. I will continue to do so no matter the reprucussions because his life mattered and won’t be forgotten. https://t.co/LBbbP3CFeQ— Sabrina Javellana (@jvellana) June 13, 2020 The officers wrote that investigators never found any misconduct committed by the officers involved in the man’s death.Two years ago, the city commission voted unanimously to pay Bowe’s family $425,000 in a settlement they had filed for alleged violation of Bowe’s civil rights and for detaining his son, who was a minor at the time, during the raid.“For some reason, our vice mayor, who has been on the dais a little less than two years, is trying to resurrect an issue from the past,” Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper told Miami television station WPLG. “While there were mistakes made, our officers were adjudicated by a grand jury.”A statement by City Manager Greg Chavarria alleges the officers’ memo incorrectly said that Quiñones was supporting an elected official by taking a knee.Following a peaceful protest last Friday with more than a dozen protesters, Quiñones and other members of the department joined the demonstrators when they arrived at City Hall. The city manager said the chief was “taking a knee against racism, hatred and intolerance.He continued: “They have incorrectly stated the gesture was in support of an elected official. This is simply not true. ”Quiñones has set a meeting for Monday at 3 p.m. with the officers. At that time, the chief of police will hear their concerns and collect their equipment, according to Chavarria.“The city thanks them for their service,” the statement read. Chavarria adds that while officers have resigned from SWAT, they have not resigned from the police department.“While the voluntary resignation of our officers from this assignment is unfortunate, our residents should be assured it has not had any impact on our commitment to protecting their safety,” he added.last_img read more

17
Sep
2020

Winless weekend motivates struggling Wisconsin

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoAlthough the Wisconsin women’s soccer team went winless against a pair of unranked teams this weekend, University of Wisconsin head coach Dean Duerst thinks the team played great.The Badgers lost in overtime to Illinois Sunday and tied Iowa Friday. Despite a poor start against the Illini, Duerst’s admits his team should have won.”We played great, actually,” Duerst said. “We played our worst half of soccer all season in the first half against Illinois. Conditions on the field were just miserable and the wind was a factor, and they scored two goals first 15 [minutes], second half we scored two goals the first 15[minutes].”It’s a game we should have won,” he continued. “You look at should-haves, it’s how this team handles that and I think they’re experienced, they know what to expect … We have played excellent soccer and from a coaching standpoint, we’ve got it going and now we just need to … move forward, get better, keep improving because we know how critical your last ten games make your season.” Seniors Amy Vermeulen and Marisa Brown and juniors Kara Kabellis and Allison Priess each scored goals for the Badgers over the weekend.Vermeulen leads the Badgers in goals with five goals. Both Priess and Vermeulen lead the team with 10 points apiece.With four upperclassmen leading the way for the Badgers, Duerst expects his team to continue to improve with each game.”Our team is very balanced right now in our scoring, which is what a coach always wants,” Duerst said. “We’ve got numerous players getting points for us … We have an experienced group of players.Tiffany Weimer: Wisconsin’s match-up against No. 2 Penn State might be the team’s most crucial game of the season. The Badgers have already lost one match to a top-10 team, No. 3 Portland.The Badgers saw a more complete and talented team when they played Portland. However, Penn State is a different team and is led by only one player, Tiffany Weimer.”Portland this year obviously opened our eyes in a different way,” Duerst said. “But with Penn State, they’re a team we can beat. We’ve had success against them so that’s important going into the match … Penn State has one incredible player (Weimer) and a very, very athletic, solid team behind them. I think Portland is a team with overall a much better soccer team. The thing is Penn State is more athletic and more physical and that’s part of the way our conference is.”Weimer has already scored 15 goals in only 10 games for the Nittany Lions. She is just eight goals shy of Christie Welsh’s Big Ten record of 82 career goals and has scored in all 10 games for Penn State.Weimer helped lead Penn State to a double-win weekend against Indiana and Purdue. The Nittany Lions creamed the Hoosiers 2-0 and beat the Boilermakers 3-2 in overtime.”Penn State offers just a great challenge,” Duerst said. “They’re 10-0. They’re No. 2 in the country. We played Portland, No. 3 in the country, so it’s going to be a great game.”Penn State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 11-1-3. The Badgers’ only win against Penn State was 10 years ago when UW beat Penn State 1-0. Last year, the Badgers lost 4-0 to the Nittany Lions. Two years ago, Wisconsin tied Penn State 0-0.Border Battle: The Badgers will return home this weekend to face border-rival Minnesota and No. 2 Penn State.Penn State leads the Big Ten with 10 consecutive wins while Minnesota is currently ranked No. 6 in the Big Ten with five wins.”It’s just going to be a great weekend because this Border Battle is starting to really grow with our team,” Duerst said.Wisconsin took the early lead in the second annual Border Battle when the No. 10 Wisconsin volleyball team upended the No. 5 Golden Gophers Friday night.The women’s soccer team will look to avenge last year’s 2-1 loss to the Gophers at the McClimon Soccer Complex.last_img read more

26
Aug
2020

Whicker: Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks proves speed is overrated

first_imgThat is where Kyle Hendricks headed after he dominated Orange County baseball at Capistrano Valley High.“He wanted to go to Stanford,” said John Hendricks, his dad, who sat through a 32-degree doubleheader at Yale one day. “It’s been the same story going back to Little League. He didn’t throw hard, so people said he couldn’t pitch.”On Monday night Hendricks threw eight hitless innings at St. Louis. Jeremy Hazelbaker ruined it with a home run in the 9th, but Hendricks still won. He is 15-7, the third hardest-to-hit pitcher in the National League, and he ranks 2nd, 2nd and 2nd in on-base percentage-against, slugging percentage-against and OPS-against.He also ranks 2nd in the N.L. in OPS (0.960) and is first in ERA (2.03, or .0.44 ahead of second-place Noah Syndergaard).So Hendricks, 26, who will occasionally throw a 91 mph fastball on the open road with the wind at his back, is a viable candidate for the Cy Young Award. Young pitchers live with a theory that you might call Hendricks’ Law.Velocity equals warmth.Those who throw 95 mph and faster can pitch at USC, UCLA, Florida, Texas, many other T-shirt havens.Those who don’t throw 90 mph can pitch at Dartmouth. That’s in Hanover, New Hampshire, where the game is sometimes dependent on the snow blower. His tougher competition will be getting a Game One or a Game Two in the postseason for the pitching-infested Chicago Cubs.“They ask me if I’m surprised and I guess I am but not really,” John Hendricks said. “It’s always been his pattern. But he’s doing it against the best hitters in the world.”Hendricks is even being compared to ex-Cub and current Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, which almost floors him. But it’s the same principle. Hit spots, don’t walk people and compete. Maddux used to say that movement, command, pitch selection and changing speeds were the secrets. . “Notice I didn’t say anything about velocity,” he would add.“I was told by my dad and a lot of other people to not try to be something I’m not,” Hendricks said a couple of weeks ago when the Cubs visited Dodger Stadium. “That’s what I try to tell kids at camps. I never had the power stuff. Move the ball and manage the fastball and you can still succeed.”Kevin Kennedy, the Dodgers’ radio analyst, recently pointed out that hitters are now accustomed to all the 97 mph crackle. Far tougher to adjust to something slower, or better-placed. Hendricks is showing a whole cross-section of young pitchers that the old way to win still works, like a vinyl album, superseded but not invalidated.“The radar gun has ruined baseball,”John Hendricks said. “One day a couple of years ago, I saw some scouts at Angel Stadium and they asked how hard Kyle was throwing. I said, ‘Oh, he’s up to 55 now.’ They looked at me like I was the biggest smart-ass around.”Hendricks literally made every All-Star team in every minor league, coming up the ladder. That was after Texas took him in the seventh round and then shipped him to the Cubs for Ryan Dempster, who now wears who-shot-the-couch sport coats on MLB Network and gets to comment on Hendricks.There was only one unsatisfying year. In 2015, the Cubs rose to the playoffs but Hendricks struggled, by his standards, going 8-7 with a 3.95 ERA.““He had some stuff going on that isn’t public, but mainly he had dropped to 85,” John Hendricks said. “That meant there wasn’t much differential with his changeup.”“I had become a 2-pitch pitcher,” Kyle said. “I had mechanical issues and it was hard to focus on pitching. Bos (pitching coach Chris Bosio) worked on it and got me back on my back leg, and I started throwing more curves and 4-seamers to go with my changeup and 2-seamer. It opened up things for me.”Hendricks also spent a stretchy summer with Tom Wilson, formerly the Angels’ strength coach. A yoga program got him in better shape and allowed him to throw harder. Hendricks and Wilson have worked together for years, and Clyde Wright, the old Angels lefty who works for the club in alumni affairs, was one of Hendricks’ first coaches. Rod Carew, awaiting a heart transplant, also befriended the young right-hander.John once ran San Juan Hills Golf Course but now drives limousines in Evanston, Illinois for a family friend. Kyle lives four blocks from Wrigley Field, where nobody has thrown a World Series pitch since Oct. 10, 1945. Theoretically, it will be cold then.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more