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Tomi Lahren: Biloxi police killing shows the ‘war on cops’ is real

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An officer murdered in cold blood in a parking lot. The war on cops is real, and it’s sick and it’s underreported.

Not on my watch. It’s time for my “Final Thoughts.”

Law enforcement is the only profession that puts on a badge every single day knowing there is a chance they won’t return home to their families that night.

SUSPECT WHO ALLEGEDLY KILLED MISSISSIPPI POLICE OFFICER CAPTURED, POLICE SAY

And guess what folks, it’s happening at an alarming rate.

You all probably saw hundreds of photos of indulgent celebrities prancing around in next-to-nothing for the Met Gala this week, or you watched the stupid “Bachelorette” special, but I’d be willing to bet few of you saw this story.

Officer Robert McKeithen, a 24-year veteran of Mississippi’s Biloxi Police Department, was ambushed and shot to death in the department’s parking lot just after 10:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Darian Tawan Atkinson shot the officer multiple times before he fled.

“He did a great job. The animal who did this is still on the run and we are going to do everything in our power to bring him to justice for Robert and his family, for the men and women of the Biloxi Police Department and for the city of Biloxi,” said Biloxi Police Chief John Miller.

Today we are one step closer to justice.

As the suspect was captured late in the evening, he was seen smiling as police escorted him into headquarters. He will be charged with capital murder.

But enough about that monster. He doesn’t deserve our time.

Instead let’s talk about a real man, Officer Robert McKeithen. A truly great human being.

He, along with four other officers, received the Medal of Valor for saving four children with special needs.

Not one riot, one march, or one protest has taken place in support of our officers. Not one trendy social media hashtag. And few, if any, celebrity mentions or thank yous to the men and women who died serving their communities. 

He was also an Air Force vet and planned to retire from the department at the end of the year.

He leaves behind a wife, daughter, two stepsons, and a stepdaughter.

Officer McKeithen treated everyone with respect and dignity — unlike the animal that murdered him in cold blood for no freakin’ reason.

Yet, you likely won’t see Darian Tawan Atkinson’s face plastered all over the agenda-driven mainstream media, smirking after he murdered an officer.

Sadly, you’ll even have those who proudly applaud his cop-killing actions.

This Biloxi officer was targeted in the parking lot outside of police headquarters — at his workplace — and murdered. Think the war on cops isn’t real? It is.

In just the first 18 weeks of this year, 16 officers have been shot to death in the line of duty.

But not one riot, one march, or one protest has taken place in support of our officers. Not one trendy social media hashtag. And few, if any, celebrity mentions or thank yous to the men and women who died serving their communities.

That needs to change.

And to that monster Darian who took this officer’s life, justice will be served. To those who helped him, justice will find you too.

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You tried to run but you couldn’t hide.

Those are my Final Thoughts. From L.A., God bless and take care.

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Suspect in Philadelphia sought for opening fire on car waiting for AAA, police say

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Authorities in Pennsylvania are on the hunt for a shooting suspect caught on video over the weekend opening fire on a car that was waiting for AAA to arrive, police said Tuesday.

The violence unfolded around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night “when two unknown black males initially walked past” an occupied vehicle on North 16th Street, Philadelphia police said in a news release.

Surveillance video released by police showed two men walking along the sidewalk and around a corner near where a vehicle was seen with its hazard lights on.

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“Suddenly one of the suspects produces a black handgun and fires into the back window of the vehicle then fled the area on foot and was last seen south on 16th Street from Butler Street,” police said.

The vehicle’s occupants suffered gunshot wounds and were brought to a local hospital, according to the news release.

The suspect was described as a 20-to-30-year-old black male with a light complexion and a beard, police said. He was wearing light-colored shorts, a light-colored T-shirt and sneakers. He also may have had two tattoos, police said.

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Authorities warned that the suspect was “armed and dangerous.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department’s Northwest Detective Division at (215) 686-3353.

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Oregon man sentenced for trying to bribe ICE agent to deport wife, her daughter

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An Oregon man was sentenced to four months in prison on Monday for trying to bribe an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer to deport his wife and her daughter.

Antonio Oswaldo Burgos, 48, pleaded guilty in November to bribing the deportation officer in May 2018, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon said in a news release, citing court documents.

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Burgos followed the officer from the ICE office in Portland, where Burgos is located, to Vancouver, Washington, a roughly 10-mile drive north.

He tried paying the officer to deport his wife, whom he met in El Salvador and was divorcing, and her daughter from a previous relationship. The ICE officer declined and reported Burgos.

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A week later, the officer, along with ICE investigators, made a recorded call to Burgos, in which he offered $3,000 to force his wife out of the U.S. A similar call took place the following week, and Burgos and the officer planned an in-person meeting.

When the two met as part of the sting operation, Burgos offered $4,000 to the ICE agent to deport his wife and her daughter.

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“Attempting to bribe a federal law enforcement officer is a serious crime and will be met with equally-serious consequences,” Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, said in November. “I commend the ICE officer involved in this case for responding to Burgos’ criminal proposition with the utmost level of professionalism and resolve.”

Burgos on Monday was sentenced to four months, and will also serve three years’ of supervised release, officials said.

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California chief praises cop allegedly slain by illegal immigrant, hits lawmakers who make it ‘more difficult’

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The police chief of a tiny California department — where an illegal immigrant suspected of driving drunk is accused of killing a cop the day after Christmas — took a swipe at lawmakers Monday during a ceremony to pay respects to peace officers slain in the line of duty.

A tearful Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson said Cpl. Ronil Singh was the “protector between good and evil” before he was shot to death, allegedly by Gustavo Perez Arriaga, a Mexican national who was arrested two days later about 200 miles away from where Singh was shot. Prosecutors said he was preparing to flee to Mexico.

“Part of me knows this is how Ron would want to be remembered,” Richardson said at the annual California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony across from the Capitol. “He died a hero.”

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Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson scolded California lawmakers during a ceremony to remember fallen officers on Monday, saying that “policies that are coming from across the street are making it more difficult to do things.” (FOX40)

Singh’s killing rekindled a debate over California’s sanctuary law that limits cooperation with federal immigration authorities. It includes more than 800 exceptions for violent crimes and felonies and bars police from asking people about their citizenship status.

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President Trump also seized on the case to call for tougher border security amid a fight with congressional Democrats over funding for a border wall that forced a partial government shutdown.

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Officer Ronil Singh had been employed with the Newman Police Department since 2011. (Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department)

Legislators in the Golden State are currently debating whether to toughen the standard for when police can legally use deadly force. Assembly Bill 392 would update the “reasonable” deadly force standard to “necessary,” in addition to making it easier to file criminal charges against officers who use lethal force if other options are available, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Richardson briefly touched on the bill, which has been heavily criticized by law enforcement officials.

“Evil can only triumph when good men and women do nothing. And the policies that are coming from across the street are making it more difficult to do things,” he told the crowd of hundreds of law enforcement officers and their families. “But yet I know, looking out at the sea of green and blue, that we will never stop.”

Richardson told Fox News back in January that Singh was his first hire when he became chief in 2011. The officer had legally emigrated from Fiji to fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer. Last month, the Modesto Bee reported that Mendoza entered the not guilty plea to a murder charge in Stanislaus Superior Court.

The chief wasn’t the only person who spoke out in support of law enforcement. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, whose husband is a retired Sacramento police lieutenant, praised officers as “first to be on scene and almost always the second to be questioned.”

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Besides Singh, the ceremony honored seven other officers killed in the line of duty last year and two who died decades ago. Among those included Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ronald Helus, accidentally shot by a fellow officer while he responded to a mass shooting in November and Pomona Police Officer Greggory Casillas, who was killed by gunfire from a barricaded suspect in March 2018.

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Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus was killed Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in a deadly shooting at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Ventura County Sheriff’s Department)

Speakers at the ceremony included Gov. Gavin Newsom, who called members of law enforcement “heroes.”

“It’s in our laws that make us the land of the free, but truly, it is those who enforce our laws that make us the home of the brave,” the governor told the crowd, according to FOX40.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, and California Highway Patrol Commissioner Warren Stanley, left, pass a line of law enforcement officers as they walk to the California Peace Officers Memorial, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Newsom, who did not take questions from media, did not address Richardson’s remarks.

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Democratic state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton, who opposes currently proposed changes to the lethal force standard, told the Associated Press after the ceremony that lawmakers should be “very thoughtful and balanced” in trying to limit shootings by police while recognizing that officers are protecting communities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Sandra Bland’s own video from 2015 traffic stop in Texas released, amid calls by family to re-examine case

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Previously unreported cellphone footage released Monday shows the infamous 2015 traffic stop of Sandra Bland from her perspective — including the moment a Texas state trooper draws his stun gun at close range while ordering her out of the vehicle.

Bland, a black 28-year-old Chicago-area woman, was found hanging in her jail cell outside Houston three days after her controversial arrest. Her death was ruled a suicide, but the case drew national outrage and the attention of the Black Lives Matter movement, as protesters linked Bland to other recent cases of black suspects who died in confrontations with police or while in police custody.

The 39-second video released by Dallas television station WFAA-TV and the Investigative Network, a nonprofit news organization in Texas, shows the moment Trooper Brian Encinia opens Bland’s car door and draws his stun gun as she tries to steady her phone’s camera.

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As Encinia yells, “Get out of the car! I will light you up. Get out,” Bland exits the car and continues to record Encinia as he orders her onto the sidewalk.

With the stun gun still pointed at her, Encinia instructs Bland to get off the phone, to which she replies, “I’m not on the phone. I have a right to record. This is my property.”

The video ends shortly after Encinia tells her again to put the phone down.

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Bland’s family told WFAA they never saw the video before it was released and are asking for Texas officials to re-examine the criminal case against the trooper who arrested Bland.

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Cellphone video Sandra Bland took during a confrontational 2015 traffic stop in Texas with a state trooper has surfaced publicly for the first time on Monday. (Waller County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

“Open up the case, period,” Bland’s sister Shante Needham told the television station.

Cannon Lambert, an attorney for the Bland family who settled lawsuits against the state and county jail that totaled nearly $2 million combined, told the Associated Press he never saw the clip until it was recently shared by a reporter, but wanted to believe the new video was just human error.  He said the video shows Encina knows that Bland wasn’t a threat.

“He sees exactly what’s in her hand,” Lambert told WFAA. “How can you tell me you don’t know what’s in her hand when you’re looking right dead at it. What did she do to make him feel his safety was in jeopardy? Nothing.”

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Encinia, who was fired after being indicted for perjury over the traffic stop, said he came to fear for his safety after stopping Bland for failing to signal a lane change. The perjury charge was later dropped in exchange for Encinia agreeing to never work in law enforcement again.

Chip Lewis, Encinia’s attorney, said the cellphone footage doesn’t reveal anything that the dashcam video hadn’t already showed, and that Bland made “furtive gestures” that presented a risk.

“From a law enforcement standpoint, it had nothing to do with her being agitated as you may have seen on her recording,” Lewis told the AP.

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Democratic state Rep. Garnet Coleman, who in 2017 sponsored the “Sandra Bland Act” that the family criticized for being weakened before it was signed into law, said Monday night he would look into why Bland’s family never saw the footage.

But Katherine Cesigner, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, told the AP the cellphone video was known to all parties at the time and said that two years following the litigation, it was “unclear what arrangements, if any, were made by the plaintiffs to view the video.”

The department disputed the premise that the video was not provided, saying it was included as part of a large hard drive of evidence from the investigation. It also said Sandra Bland’s cellphone video had previously been publicly released in 2017, when it was given to an Austin television station under an open records law.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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6 female corrections officers illegally strip searched women at NYC jail, DA says

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Six female New York City corrections officers are accused of illegally strip searching women who visited the Manhattan Detention Center, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

Leslie-Ann Absalom 53, a former Department of Corrections captain, and officers Daphne Farmer, 49, Jennifer George, 32, Lisette Rodriguez, 51, Alifa Waiters, 45, and Latoya Shuford, 36, routinely strip-searched female visitors without their consent, court documents state.

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The unlawful searches allegedly included forcing visitors to remove their pants and underwear, touching visitors’ breasts and examining visitors’ private areas, PIX11 reported.

Prosecutors with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office also allege four of the officers filed false reports which state the visitors gave consent for the searches.

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The corrections officers were charged with official misconduct, unlawful imprisonment, conspiracy and various counts of filing false documents. They have all been suspended without pay.

“There is no excuse for violating the human rights of New Yorkers visiting our city’s jails,” Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. said, according to PIX11. “As alleged, these officers flagrantly abused their power when they ignored their training and subjected visitors to humiliating and unlawful searches. Further, they attempted to cover up their actions by forcing visitors to sign consent forms under false pretenses, and repeatedly lying in official documents.”

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Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association President Elias Husamudeen, however, said in a statement the officers were only doing their jobs.

“Manhattan Detention Center Correction Officers assigned to the Visit Area, arrested more than 50 visitors last year alone for attempting to smuggle in heroin, marijuana, cocaine, K-2 synthetic, razors, scalpels and other contraband,” Husamudeen said. “Everyday they do everything they can to keep this jail safe for visitors, inmates and correction staff. They deserve more public support for the diligent professionalism they exude every day.”

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Mississippi police feel ‘vindicated’ after chance encounter leads to arrest of suspected cop killer

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The 19-year-old accused in the brazen murder of a decorated, veteran cop flashed a smirk as he walked a gauntlet of law enforcement officials who’d gathered to watch him booked into the same Biloxi police station outside of which he’s believed to have killed Robert McKeithen.

John Miller, the Mississippi police chief whose cops tracked down Darian Tawan Atkinson, said Monday night his department feels “vindicated” after arresting the suspected killer.

Atkinson was yanked out of a police cruiser to some clapping and cheering, but his emergence was mostly met by the dozens of officers who had gathered to witness the scene – including agents from the Border Patrol and FBI – silently staring him down as he was marched inside the building.

“These officers… some of them have been up for 38, 40, 44 hours,” Miller said. “We thought it would be fitting for them to be here and see the arrest that they worked so hard to try to make.”

He added: “I’m not bothered by his smile.”

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Investigators on Tuesday are still trying to determine why McKeithen – an Air Force veteran and recipient of the Medal of Valor for helping save the lives of special needs children during Hurricane Katrina – was targeted Sunday night, just months before his planned retirement.

McKeithen, who served the Biloxi Police Department for 24 years, was shot near his police car in the facility’s parking lot. He later died at a local hospital.

The suspect fled following the attack – sparking a frenzied manhunt in the Mississippi Gulf Coast city for much of Monday, involving SWAT teams and multiple law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels.

A surveillance video had captured Atkinson wandering into police headquarters at some point prior to the attack, giving investigators a clear image of the man they were looking for. His identity was confirmed through tips and interviews, Gulfport police Spokesman Sgt. James Griffin told the Associated Press.

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Robert McKeithen was a 24-year veteran of the Biloxi Police Department, its chief said. (Biloxi Police Department)

But Atkinson remained elusive — until an eagle-eyed Biloxi officer spotted him by chance as he drove home after ending his shift, Miller said.

The officer, who was driving through Wiggins, about 30 miles outside of Biloxi, spotted a man walking on the side of the road who looked like Atkinson.

Miller said the officer called Wiggins police, who responded to the scene and arrested the man – who turned out to be him.

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The suspect wanted in the shooting death of a Biloxi police officer late Sunday night. (Biloxi Police Department)

Miller told reporters Monday that Atkinson is now facing a capital murder charge and at least one other person will be charged with accessory for helping him flee Biloxi.

“We want to make sure that we have a solid case,” Miller said. “We want the district attorney to be pleased with the case that we present. And we want this guy to pay for what he has done.”

Miller also said the department feels “vindicated” after a “long couple of days” surrounding the death of McKeithen. He hailed the community for their support, noting that residents have sent them cards and brought food down to the police station for officers working on the case.

The slain officer’s cruiser is still parked outside of the Biloxi Police Department headquarters and has turned into a makeshift memorial. Its hood by Monday afternoon was completely covered with flowers, balloons and American flags.

“There are no words that are going to make this better for them,” Miller said when asked if he had a message for McKeithen’s family. He leaves behind a wife, daughter, two stepsons and a stepdaughter.

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“I hope in some small way making this arrest tonight will bring them some closure. But there is no words,” he added. “I’ve talked to Mrs. McKeithen several times – there is no words to make her feel better.”

McKeithen’s funeral will be held at a local church on Monday, May 13.

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Suspect who allegedly killed Mississippi police officer identified

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The man who allegedly killed a Mississippi police officer and Air Force veteran was identified on Monday.

Darian Tawan Atkinson, 19, is accused of fatally shooting Officer Robert McKeithen, of the Biloxi Police Department, outside of the agency’s headquarters on Sunday night.

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Darian Tawan Atkinson, 19, is accused of killing a Mississippi police officer outside the department’s headquarters on Sunday night.  (Biloxi Police Department)

Atkinson has been charged with capital murder, and a warrant was issued for his arrest on Monday, Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania told reporters.

The suspect is considered “armed and dangerous,” and investigators said they “are actively pursuing him.”

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“We hope he decides to surrender and let us bring him to justice,” Papania said. “He will not rest and we will not rest until he is taken to custody.”

McKeithen, whom Atkinson allegedly killed, served with the police department for 24 years and was set to retire at the end of 2019.

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The suspect, later identified as Atkinson, appears to be between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10. (Biloxi Police Department)

The 58-year-old was shot multiple times near his patrol car parking outside police headquarters and later died at a local hospital. The suspect ran off after firing several rounds, officials said.

Surveillance images released by investigators from that moment depict a man between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10, wearing a red beanie cap, black shirt, and navy blue shorts.

“Any time you have this kind of deliberate and violent attack on a police officer, especially right in front of a police station, it should cause everyone great concern,” Papania previously said.

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Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said McKeithen was among a group of officers awarded the Medal of Valor for saving four special needs children from a flooded home during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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“That’s the kind of guy he was,” Miller said. “It was a horrible, horrible event he had to go through but he went through it anyway. And they say those children undoubtedly would have perished.”

“He was very gentle, likable, he treated people with respect and dignity and we are going to miss him sorely,” the police chief added. McKeithen leaves behind a wife, daughter, two stepsons, and a stepdaughter.

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The Gulfport Police Department and Harrison County Sheriff’s Office are working jointly on the investigation and are being assisted by their counterparts at the federal, state and local levels.

A $35,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Atkinson’s arrest.

Fox News’ Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Indiana sheriff’s office encourages drug dealers to rat out their competition

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An Indiana sheriff’s office is offering drug dealers the opportunity to snitch on their rivals as a way to “take care of” their competitors.

“Attention drug dealers!” the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook. “Too much competition bringing you down? Are you not making the profits you once did?”

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The sheriff’s office encouraged drug dealers to rat out the fellow drug dealers to stifle their profits. (Jennings County Sheriff’s Office)

The sheriff’s office posted a form, seemingly in jest, on their Facebook page Wednesday. The form encourages criminals to submit the name of their drug-dealing competition, and what drugs they sell.

The form also asks where the competition is located, what their vehicle license plate number and state are, as well as information regarding their peak time for drug-dealing.

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Drug dealers looking to rat out those in their field of work can contact kfreeman@jenningssheriff.org, per the sheriff’s office.

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Former US drug czar says national focus on opioid epidemic is overlooking real culprit

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William Bennett, the nation’s first drug czar, said Monday that the debate about the opioid overdose epidemic wrongly focuses on prescription drugs.

While the government’s opioid crackdown has involved reducing the supply of legal opioids and reducing painkiller prescription rates, black market opioids such as illicit fentanyl and heroin actually have been the driving force of the epidemic in recent years, said Bennett during an interview on “Fox & Friends.”

“The nature of the problem has changed in the last two or three years,” said Bennett, who served as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H. W. Bush. “It’s now fentanyl, it’s now heroin” that account for most of the overdoses.

A key reason, Bennett said, is that fentanyl and heroin are cheaper than prescription drugs.

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“When I was up in New Hampshire, they told me you [can pay] $10 for a pill –to get an Oxycontin, [but] two bucks to get heroin, three bucks to get fentanyl.”

“And that’s the nature of the problem,” Bennett said. “You talk to law enforcement people that will tell you they haven’t seen a lot of the other stuff – OxyContin — on the street but they’re loaded with these cases of fentanyl.”

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report last week said that about 70,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017. Nearly 48,000 involved at least one type of opioid, roughly 30,000 involved fentanyl or some other kind of synthetic opioid, 15,500 involved heroin, and 14,500 involved prescription opioid painkillers. Other government data have indicated that many people who overdosed on prescription opioids stole them or obtained them from the person to whom they were prescribed.

Bennett said he is glad to see pharmaceutical companies prosecuted if they engaged in illegal activities – such as lying about the addictive properties of some painkillers — in order to boost sales of prescription opioids.

Just last week, in the latest of a series of actions against pharmaceutical companies, the founder of a highly addictive legal fentanyl spray was convicted on charges related to paying doctors millions in bribes to prescribe the drug.

The founder, John Kapoor, the 76-year-old former chairman of Insys Therapeutics, was found guilty of racketeering conspiracy after 15 days of jury deliberations.

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“They should be investigated and convicted if they committed a crime,” Bennett said, adding, “What I am concerned about is the emphasis [is] so much on these pharma companies – on OxyContin and Oxycodone—yes, they can be dangerous, yes, people have gotten addicted.”

“But most of the deaths that come from those drugs and where you see deaths from OxyContin, and Oxycodone, prescription drugs, it’s because of illegal diversion.”

The federal crackdown on legal opioids has led many prescribers to forcibly taper down or altogether abandon chronic pain patients who have in many cases responsibly taken painkillers for years in order to function.

Many states have implemented strict regulations as a result of a 2016 CDC guideline on opioid prescribing.

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The CDC has said often that the guideline was not meant to be enforced, and that it was issued to help primary care physicians prescribing opioids to a first-time user.

“Most people, the vast majority of the people, who are prescribed these [painkillers] do not abuse them,” Bennett said. “The CDC had to come back and issue another kind of guidance, saying a lot of people who need pain pills are not getting them.”

Both the CDC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned doctors last month not to abruptly stop prescribing opioid painkillers to patients who are taking them for chronic debilitating pain, generally lasting more than three months.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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