SLC Police Chef Pushes for Increased Officer Accountability
(KUTV) Salt Lake City's police chief is calling for more accountability for officers across the state and wondering why some disciplinary action cases against officers are not getting reported as they should.
Chris Burbank says officers need to be held to a higher standard and is bringing up a couple of his own cases as examples.
"We need to make sure our officers are being held accountable for their actions," said Burbank. "Deadly force is obviously at the top of the list." Burbank said these remarks during the Utah Peace Officers Standard Training Council Meeting – or POST held in Sandy.
"I've personally held officers accountable in use of force situations terminated their employment and yet the post council has not heard some of those things," said Burbank. He went on to tell 2News that he believes there are other cases out there that are not getting reported to POST.
"As I stood up to leave [the POST Council meeting] there were plenty of people who said yea there are places that are not reporting appropriately," said Burbank.
The POST Council is made up of 17 members which includes Sheriffs and police chiefs from across the state. They are the governing agency in the state that determines disciplinary actions for police officers who have done something wrong.
Burbank believes two of his former officers involved in separate shootings should have appeared at the council and didn't. "They are no longer working for Salt Lake City but that doesn't mean they should turn around and go work for another agency," said Burbank.
Deputy Director of POST Kelly Sparks says every case is looked at closely. "We have a pretty thorough investigative process. Unless we have the evidence necessary to show that an office is actually guilty of some kind of misconduct those case would not go to the council," said Sparks.
"I think Chief Burbank brings up a valid point," said Layton Police Chief Terry Keefe who is the POST Council chairman.
"I asked for a report for our next council meeting dealing specifically for those use of force cases," said Keefe.
The POST Council meets once every three months and is scheduled to meet again in March.
Utah Weather for
the afternoon of December 6: After record setting temperatures this
morning...most locations have only warmed to the teens and low 20s.
Expect some very light snow in the northern mountains today, with a
lot more coming to the entire state Saturday.
Forecast for the
Wasatch Front for Today & Tonight: Today: FRIGID! Teens and low
20s. Partly cloudy. Tonight: Clouds on the increase with some snow
starting to fall overnight.
Martin MacNeill Attempts Suicide at Utah County Jail
(CNN) -- Martin MacNeill, the former doctor convicted in November of his wife's murder, has been hospitalized after attempting suicide, the Utah County Sheriff's Office said Friday.
Deputies at the Utah County Jail discovered MacNeill around 5:30 p.m. Thursday during routine rounds, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. "Those Deputies intervened," the release says.
Jeff Robinson, the Utah County Attorney's Office bureau chief, said MacNeill used a razor to cut his femoral artery, which is very close to the groin.
Sgt. Spencer Cannon, a Sheriff's Office public information officer, said MacNeill was uncooperative with medical officials as he was being taken to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. Officials said doctors performed surgery to repair his wound.
MacNeill is under guard in the hospital, the news release said. Robinson said MacNeill will be placed on suicide watch when he returns to jail either Friday or Saturday.
On November 9, MacNeill was convicted of first-degree murder and obstruction of justice in the death of his wife, Michele MacNeill. Prosecutor Chad Grunander said in his closing argument that MacNeill "carried out a cold and calculated plan to murder his wife. He relied on his knowledge and experience as a doctor and also as a lawyer to accomplish this."
Michele MacNeill's body was found by the couple's 6-year-old daughter in the bathtub of their family's home on April 11, 2007. MacNeill was recovering from face-lift surgery and had a powerful cocktail of prescription medications in her system at the time of her death.
Prosecutors said Martin MacNeill pressured his wife to have the surgery so he could then drug and drown her to continue an affair with his mistress, Gypsy Willis.
MacNeill will be sentenced on January 7. He faces 15 years to life in prison for murder, and he could be sentenced to up to 15 years for obstruction of justice.
By Amanda Sloane
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(KUTV) The very thought of them can make your skin crawl, blood sucking bed bugs! They're apparently more of a problem in Salt Lake than ever before.
"I would say five or six years ago, we'd maybe get one or two calls a month. Now virtually every day we'll get a question or a complaint about bed bugs," Environmental Health Bureau Manager Dale Keller told 2News. He walked reporter Amy Nay through a presentation he gave Thursday to the Salt Lake County Board of Health, detailing the recent bed bug boom.
"The Centers for Disease Control would tell you that they neither carry or transmit a communicable disease," Keller went on to say, "Clearly though the 'ick' factor is off the chart, something trying to suck your blood while you're asleep...and we get that and that's why we see this as a real problem and are making it a high priority to address."
"It's been great for business, but unfortunate for all those people who have to deal with them," Kurt Anderson from Preventive Pest Control says they've seen a 400% jump in bed bug calls. In fact, right after speaking with 2News Friday they went out on a call about bed bugs. He says it's never easy. "It's very intense. You gotta' get into the seams of the mattress... in pictures, the carpet, the baseboards, in drawers... in every single area they can find, they'll find that crack." Preventive Pest Control uses pesticides and advises calling in professionals to do that, but Anderson said there are also other things you can do like attracting them to stations, using heat treatment and more.
The University of Utah used heat treatment after bed bugs were detected in the upholstered seating on the library's first and second floors in October. It was a highly publicized event, but local health experts say, unfortunately, it's more common than many believe.
Utah Leaders and Historians Share Perspective on Nelson Mandela's Life
(KUTV) When Pastor France Davis of Salt Lakes Calvary Baptist Church first heard the news of Nelson Mandela's death on Thursday, he was devastated. He was beloved. People thought of him as a role model, and they talked about him as if he were bigger than life, said Davis.
Assistant University of Utah history professor Lauren Jarvis points out that Mandela's passion to fight for the cause of justice, despite the injustice he endured, puts him in the company of other great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. Hes impressive for his unwavering commitment to making his country a better place, and that came at great personal loss in the form of 27 years in prison, said Jarvis.
The Chairman of Utah's Martin Luther King Commission says what he remembers most about Mandela, was his ability to peacefully bring people together, even in the face of violence and a turbulent political climate. His ability to control his anger given that he was a black man and to go through 27 years of losing his life, and then to come out and not show anger.I don't know that I could have done the same, said Winston Wilkinson.
Davis believes the world can take a lot of positive lessons from Mandela's life, including the lesson of how to forgive. He set the example of what it means to be reconciled. To have reconciliation between people who have major differences that affect other people in negative ways is amazing, said Davis.
Looking back on the late South African presidents life, local leaders compare his passing to a bright light that has gone out from the world. But they are happy to know his legacy will live on for future generations. I think in the end it will be his humanity and love for humankind that we will miss, said Wilkinson.
A service in honor of Nelson Mandela will be held this Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake at 11AM. The public is invited to attend.
Box Office: Recommended Films For The Week Of December 6-12, 2013
Recommended films showing in Salt Lake City for the week of November 14 – 20, 2013
Mainstream 1. Out of the Furnace (R) 2. Frozen (PG) 3.The Huger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) 4. The Book Thief (PG-13) 5. About Time (R)
Family 1. Frozen (PG) 2. The Book Thief (PG-13) 3. Monsters University (PG) 4. Ender’s Game (PG-13) 5. Despicable Me 2 (PG)
Art House 1. 12 Years a Slave (R) 2. Dallas Buyers Club (R) 3. Out of the Furnace (R) 4. All Is Lost (PG-13) 5. The Armstrong Lie (R)
The Armstrong Lie 3.5 out of 5 Stars Director: Alex Gibney Rated: R Genre: Documentary Recommended To: Those who haven’t had their fill of the Lance Armstrong saga
Synopsis: Originally planned to be a documentary about Lance Armstrong’s return to cycling after years of retirement Alex Gibney’s documentary became a documentary about Armstrong’s fall from grace.
Review: Watching The Armstrong Lie was an excruciating experience. This is partly due to the sow and grinding pace of the film, but more so because at one point I believed Lance Armstrong and to hear him recant after years of publicly destroying those who tried to expose him is disheartening (to say the very least). What’s worse is that Armstrong isn’t particularly sorry about it. He’s certainly sorry he was caught, but he’d like you to keep in mind that everyone who was standing on or near the award podium was cheating as well and somehow this makes everything he’s done justifiable. He refuses to see what he has done as wrong. It’s not about truth; it’s about giving the world the best story possible. Even if that story is a lie.
Director Alex Gibney has made some wonderfully compelling films. He has a knack for finding subjects that are timely and challenging (My Trip to Al-Qaeda, Taxi to the Dark Side and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room come to mind). The problem with The Armstrong Lie is that he is so torn between wanting to pay tribute and raze Armstrong to the ground that the narrative is muddied and conflicted and never really gets beyond the surface of the story. This isn’t completely Gibney’s fault; Armstrong isn’t remotely ready to admit to, or even share, the complete truth and that keeps the film from giving audiences the payoff they desperately want.
Out of the Furnace 4 out of 5 Stars Director: Scott Cooper Starring: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana Rated: R Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller Recommended To: Fans of well-executed dramas with strong characters and a brooding bleakness.
Synopsis: When Rodney Baze (Casey Affleck) descends into the darkness of an underground fighting circuit and doesn’t resurface his brother, Russell (Christian Bale), breaks from his gentle ways to find him.
Review: From its opening scene it is quite clear that director/writer Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace is going to be a challenging and often brutal journey into the bleakness of contemporary America. Set against the rotting carcass of the American steel industry the film, co-written by Brad Ingelsby, touches on topics like the disintegrating worth of blue collar workers, the disregard for soldiers suffering from PTSD and the violence and drugs that fill the void of meaningless lives. It’s cold, gritty, lawless and menacing. The heart of this darkness is Harlan DeGroat, a backwoods king played brilliantly by Woody Harrelson. He is ruthless, even when judged by a society without a moral center. It’s not new territory for Harrelson, but he outdoes himself and the results are paralyzing. Bale and Affleck nearly match Harrelson’s ferocity while also adding layers of emotional scarring and dismissed ambition.
Out of the Furnace is an unsettling experience. It begins with a promise of violence, both psychological and physical, and delivers in spades. Yet, somewhere beneath its visceral skin, exists themes of love and devotion, which is what makes the movie all the more interesting.
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