Police arrest third suspect in Kim Jong Nam’s assassination

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Three people have now been arrested in connection with the apparent fatal poisoning of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, with a Malaysian man held to “assist” in the investigation, police said Thursday.

The man, 26-year-old Muhammad Farid bin Jalaluddin, has been identified as the boyfriend of an Indonesian woman arrested earlier Thursday, suspected of being one of the two women who carried out the brazen attack at Kuala Lumpur airport this week on Kim Jong Nam, the older half-brother of Kim Jong Un.

“Suspect is currently remanded in custody to assist investigation,” Khalid Abu Bakar, the inspector-general of police, said in a statement.

Kim Jong Nam, 45, was attacked by two women at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday as he went to check in for a flight to Macau, his main base since he went into exile about 15 years ago. They grabbed him and sprayed some kind of poison on his face.

He sought medical help at the airport but died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Two women were captured on surveillance video leaving the scene by taxi, sparking a nationwide hunt for them.

One woman, who was traveling on a Vietnamese passport that identified her as 29-year-old Doan Thi Huong, was arrested Wednesday as she tried to fly out of Kuala Lumpur.

She told police she was tricked into attacking Kim Jong Nam, saying she thought she was just playing a prank on the man, the Star newspaper reported.

She also said she was abandoned by the other woman and four men who were involved in the attack. They had all been staying at a hotel not far from the airport, she told police, and when they left her, she decided to fly to Vietnam from the terminal where the attack took place.

A second woman, identified as Siti Aishah, a 25-year-old Indonesian, was arrested early Thursday.

“She was also positively identified from the CCTV footage at the airport and was alone at the time of arrest,” Abu Bakar said in an earlier statement.

It was not immediately clear whether the women were using fake passports, but the Indonesia Foreign Ministry confirmed, based on information provided by the Malaysian police, that the Aishah was an Indonesian citizen and has requested consular access to her.

Separately, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister, confirmed that the man who was killed was indeed Kim Jong Nam, the son of former leader Kim Jong Il and older half-brother of Kim Jong Un.

The man was carrying North Korean passport bearing the name “Kim Chol,” a known alias for Kim Jong Nam.

“The North Korean embassy has confirmed the identity. This is what the police informed us,” Zahid told reporters. Kim Jong Nam appeared to have had two passports with two different names – one “authentic” and one an “undercover document,” he said.

However, although the autopsy has now been completed – despite protests from North Korean diplomats based in Kuala Lumpur, who wanted to body released to them immediately – there is still no word on the cause of death.

A North Korean man driving a black Mercedes with North Korean diplomatic plates refused to answer a journalist’s questions when he drove into the embassy in Kuala Lumpur Thursday afternoon.

Embassy staff have removed the buzzer from the gate to stop journalists from ringing it.

Malaysia would return Kim Jong Nam’s body to North Korea, Zahid said Thursday, but there were still “procedures to be followed.”

“Our policy is that we have to honor our bilateral relations with any foreign country,” he told reporters.

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REPORT: POLICE LIKELY TO RECOMMEND NETANYAHU INDICTMENT

As ongoing investigations in multiple cases against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continue, police are reportedly preparing to wrap up Case 1000, allegedly involving illegal gifts, in four-to-six weeks. Channel 2 reported on Friday evening that police are likely to conclude this investigation with a recommendation to indict Netanyahu.

Police had already made the decision to separate the case from other ongoing investigations. The case is set to be transferred to prosecution once the investigation comes to a close.

 

Netanyahu is expected to undergo at least one more questioning in the investigation.

The prime minister has already been questioned under caution three times in Case 1000, as well as in a separate case dealing with an alleged attempt to broker favorable media coverage with Yediot Aharonot publisher Arnon Mozes.

Last week, it was reported that Australian billionaire James Packer was also summoned by the police to testify over gifts he allegedly gave to the Netanyahu family. Police reportedly suspected Packer of giving the prime minister’s son Yair lavish gifts, including free hotel rooms and flights, in order to influence his father. Yair was questioned by the police on the matter on January 17.

Eliyahu Kamisher contributed to this report.

Police kill man whose stabbing rampage injured 3 on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood

Los Angeles police fatally shot a man in a Hollywood fast-food restaurant Tuesday, just moments after the man stabbed three others in an apparently unprovoked attack.

The assailant — described only as a man in his 30s — stabbed a bicyclist about 2 p.m. along the north side of Sunset Boulevard near Ivar Avenue, said Sgt. Frank Preciado, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

The attack occurred on a popular corridor along Sunset Boulevard, near the ArcLight Cinemas, Amoeba Music and the Los Angeles offices of CNN.

The assailant then ran down Sunset Boulevard and tried to get into a coffee shop, where employees held the door shut against him, Preciado said.

Next, the man continued eastbound and walked into a Jack in the Box, where he stabbed another man, Preciado said.

As the second victim fled the fast-food restaurant, police officers rushed inside. The man then knifed a third person.

Officers confronted the man and shot him an unknown number of times. Preciado said police also attempted to use a Taser.

The man died at the scene. Authorities did not release his name, and investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the attacks, Preciado said.

Video posted on social media from inside the restaurant showed a person calling for a belt or shoelace to be used as a tourniquet for a victim sitting in a chair with a pool of blood on the floor.

Moans could be heard. As an officer reports “shots fired,” another officer can be seen kneeling over a person face-down on the ground and holding the person’s arm.

L.A. City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, whose district includes Hollywood and East Hollywood, commended LAPD officers for their swift response.

“It saved lives,” O’Farrell said at a news conference Tuesday night.

Investigators were unsure if the assailant knew the three victims, or if they were otherwise connected in some way, police said.

For the inquiry into the shooting, authorities were planning to review surveillance video. Preciado said there was no footage from body-worn cameras to review.

All three victims were taken to hospitals with stab wounds. Two were initially listed in critical condition and were undergoing surgery late Tuesday, according to Josh Rubenstein, a spokesman for the LAPD. Both were considered medically stable.

The third man was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday.

Orlando Police capture suspected cop killer Nigger Markeith Loyd after week-long manhunt

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/orlando-police-capture-suspected-killer-markeith-loyd-article-1.2948841

 

Orlando Police said they have captured the fugitive accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend and the sergeant shot while attempting to bring him into custody.

“We’ve got him!,” the department’s Twitter page posted Tuesday, more than a week after Markeith Loyd allegedly killed Sgt. Debra Clayton at a local Walmart.

Someone had told Clayton that a fellow shopper matched the description of Loyd, who had already been on the run for weeks after the death of his girlfriend Sade Dixon in December.

Police said that the fugitive opened fire after being confronted in the parking lot by the officer, who died at a local hospital.

Funeral held for murdered Orlando cop Debra Clayton

The manhunt for Loyd, 41, also killed Orange County Deputy Norman Lewis, a motorcycle officer who died in a car crash.

Orlando Sgt. Debra Clayton was shot at a Walmart on Jan. 9.

Orlando Sgt. Debra Clayton was shot at a Walmart on Jan. 9.

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Rewards for information leading to Loyd’s capture escalated to $125,000 by Tuesday, and police said that they had received hundreds of tips.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina posted said that Loyd was captured by a SWAT team Tuesday evening and placed in Clayton’s handcuffs.

He faces two charges of murder, as well as an attempted murder charge for allegedly wounding Dixon’s brother.

Fla. fugitive accused in cop shooting was in bulletproof vest

A video posted on Twitter by a WKMG reporter showed Loyd with a swollen and cut face being escorted by police officers as he says “They beat me up.”

Mina said at a press conference that Loyd had received minor “facial injuries” after briefly resisting arrest, and that he had also attempted to flee at one point.

After the media briefing, Loyd, flanked by at least a dozen officers, was escorted out of police headquarters in a white jumpsuit with bandages on his swelling face.

Unlike before, he said nothing as reporters shouted out questions and police put him in the back of a cruiser. He was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital for medial treatment

Girlfriend of accused cop shooter joked about him killing police

It was not immediately clear Tuesday evening what finally led to Loyd ending up in custody.

The police chief said that Loyd was arrested based off of “police work,” rather than a tip from someone looking to collect the reward.

He said that the fugitive was found in an abandoned house near Clayton’s mother’s home, along with his body armor, two handguns and a drum that can hold 100 bullets.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said that Loyd was taken into custody using Clayton's handcuffs.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said that Loyd was taken into custody using Clayton’s handcuffs.

Last week Loyd’s former coworker Zarghee Mayan told investigators said that Loyd was wearing a bulletproof vest when he saw him shortly after the girlfriend’s killing.

Man shot 7 times in barber’s chair in Bronx

Mayan, Loyd’s ex-girlfriend and his niece were all arrested for allegedly helping him since the death of Dixon.

Mina said that he expects more arrests as investigators find those who helped Loyd hide.

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Markeith Loyd was silent upon being taken to the Orlando Regional Medical Center.

(RED HUBER/AP)

Clayton, who was one of the first responders at the Pulse nightclub shooting, and Lewis were remembered at separate funeral ceremonies this weekend.

PastorDerrick McRae, who grew up with Clayton, told the Daily News last week that he thought she was “too nice to be a police officer” when she joined the force, but she said that she wanted to make a change in her community.

In a statement to WKMG-TV, a member of Clayton’s family thanked law enforcement for capturing Loyd, adding that he “is confident that justice will be served.”

The Nationalization and ‘Israelification’ of US Police

http://www.renegadetribune.com/nationalization-israelification-us-police/
By Russ Winter of The New Nationalist

Last year, Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake appeared on international news channels making statements about the protests of police violence and riots in her city, and I couldn’t help but notice a certain weirdness — a sort of agit-prop persona — about her.

For example, at 0:25 in the following video she said the city “gave those who wished to destroy, space to do that.” Then, she later criticized (gas lighted) the public’s interpretation of what she said. Just another idiot? You decide.

After putting up posts about it, I discovered that she is a key player and stooge in Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The primary goal of this task force is the nationalization and take over of local police departments. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is financing the takeovers through grants for local-level anti-terrorism programs.

This likely explains why we have witnessed a slew of bizarre and seemingly staged incidents carried out by incompetent local yokels. These incidents appear designed to convey an impression that local police are not only racists but are totally incompetent and dangerous and thus need to be controlled by centralized authorities. We are asked to believe stories such as the one in which a 73-year-old reserve officer shot and killed a suspect as he confused his revolver with a taser.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJEAT5JOdQ8 [embedding disabled]

At the behest of the DHS, police are being trained and supplied by Israeli groups. As part of this training, there is an increased move to use military uniforms, armored vehicles, heavy weaponry, illegal surveillance and lying to the people.

The door to this foreign influence in America was thrown open by the DHS and, in particular, by Michael Chertoff, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, who was most instrumental as former director of the DHS. He implemented policies challenged as unconstitutional, and he and his cronies are the prime architects of the police state. Chertoff is one of the most unprincipled, unscrupulous men on the planet, and I believe he was deeply involved with the 9/11 cover up, the botched execution of hurricane Katrina relief, as well as peddling intrusive security products.

The “Israelization” of American police by the IDF in Israel is occurring through a simple process: Training in the militarization of police and the use of extreme military tactics in a militarized country with a culture that has an utter disrespect for civil liberties and constitution rights, and unbridled growth of centralized power under unlimited corruption of government by money and organized crime.

All the playas are on board, including Donald Trump. He said during a post-convention interview with The New York Times, “We’re going to federalize every police department in this country.” There is now a big push to identify and detain illegals, possibly in sweep operations. Watch for efforts to include biometric ID cards and ultimately chipping. Recent George Soros leaks have revealed that he is pushing this skulduggery. See “Leaked Memo Reveals Soros’ Plan for Federally-Controlled Police.”

Also planned is a seamless coordination with military and “internationalist” groups to prepare for mass internment of sectors of the population numbering in the millions. Coordinated use of full military power may include but is not limited to bombing, strafing, heavy artillery and summary executions — the same methods Israel uses on nearly a daily basis to prevent Arab protests and uprisings.

Israeli whistle blower and white hat Eran Efrati spoke about his experiences as a former Israeli soldier, including about how American and other police forces around the world are being trained and co-opted by Israel and what the U.S. can expect. Efrati’s father is Shlomo Efrati, head of investigations for the Jerusalem police. His full and powerful lecture is here.

Police Make Heartbreaking Discovery Next to White Man Shot to Death by Nigger “Teens”

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Apparently unbeknownst to liberals, black criminality is a huge problem that needs to be dealt with far more expeditiously than alleged inequities of the criminal justice system.

But the media fails to report black-on-white crime like the vicious murder by Tyfine Hamilton and Brandon Smith, both 15, of upstanding Philidelphia family man 51-year-old James Patrick Stuhlman.

He was discovered by police on the night of March 12, lying in a pool of blood alongside his heartbreakingly frightened dog, who according to Lt. John Walker appeared to be in complete shock.

Stuhlman had been out walking the poor pup, when the teens, including a yet unidentified 14-year-old, grew bored from a game of basketball and decided to rob a random stranger. They chose Stuhlman, who proceeded to beg for his life.

“He said, ‘Please don’t shoot me, please don’t shoot me,’ and they still shot him one more time,” Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark said at a news conference Thursday.

Had his 13-year-old daughter, who usually accompanied him on walks, also been present, she would likely also be dead right now. Thankfully, Stuhlman had urged her to remain home because it had been getting late outside.

Two of the suspects have since been apprehended, but a third one, Tyrine Hamilton, still remains at large and is suspected to be “armed and dangerous.”

Mad World reported that “the teens have all been in trouble with the law in the past.”

So what we have here is yet another case of bored, undisciplined and out-of-control black teens causing mayhem and thus not only ruining their own lives — but also ruining the lives of others, including Stuhlman’s daughter, who must now live her life without a father.

Yet the slimy liberal mainstream media shamelessly shuns this story, because God forbid they stop paying attention to fake cases of so-called racial discrimination and start paying attention to real cases of black-on-white crime.

Berlin Truck Attack: Police ID Tunisian Man Hunted as Suspect in Deadly Rampage

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/berlin-truck-attack/berlin-truck-attack-germany-tense-amid-manhunt-terror-suspect-n698596?cid=eml_nnn_20161221

 

BERLIN — Detectives launched a Europe-wide manhunt Wednesday for a Tunisian suspected in the deadly terrorist truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin.

German police have identified the suspect as 24-year-old Anis Amri. He was being sought in Germany and across Europe’s border-free travel zone, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said after briefing Parliament’s domestic affairs committee.

A reward of up to 100,000 euros ($105,000) is being offered for information that leads to his capture.

image: Amri
Anis Amri is being sought by German police in connection with the Christmas market truck ramming in Berlin. Bundeskriminalamt

Two U.S.intelligence officials confirmed to NBC News that the Germans were seeking the man in connection with Monday’s rampage. Another suspect, a Pakistani migrant, was released Tuesday without charge after police said there was insufficient evidence.

Twelve people were killed and 48 wounded when the stolen 27.5-ton truck smashed into wooden huts serving mulled wine and sausages in the capital’s Breitscheidplatz on Monday night.

The city’s police department posted on Twitter that “508 leads regarding [the attack] were received by our colleagues answering the tip-line … thank you.”

There were signs of a struggle in the truck’s cab and traces of the suspect’s DNA were found, regional state broadcaster RBB reported, saying officers searched local hospitals in case the culprit had sought medical treatment. A second arrest was made overnight but that suspect was also released, it added.

Meanwhile, Der Spiegel reported that an identity document belonging to a Tunisian man was found in the cab and that a police operation was underway in the region of North Rhine Westphalia.

None of those reports could immediately be verified by NBC News.

Authorities sought to calm nervous Germans who find themselves in the midst of manhunt during the traditionally busy final shopping days before Christmas.

“We must not be afraid,” Berlin Mayor Michael Müller told ZDF early Wednesday. “It would be fatal now if we locked ourselves up at home and did not go out. It is right that we remind people that we have a tense situation and that people must remain vigilant.”

Image: Christmas market attack
The truck that crashed into a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany. Tobias Schwarz / AFP – Getty Images

Most of the approximately 60 Christmas markets in Berlin were expected to re-open Wednesday, although Breitscheidplatz remained closed off by forensic teams.

Police in Cologne expressed fear of copycat attacks and added extra armed patrols but said closing Christmas markets was not an option.

Andre Schulz, national chairman of the Federation of German Detectives, expressed optimism that the investigation would be quick.

“I am relatively confident that we will perhaps [Wednesday] or in the near future be able to present a new suspect,” he told a discussion panel on ZDF.

Authorities on Tuesday released a 23-year-old Pakistani migrant, identified only as “Naved B.,” who had been taken into custody Monday night.

Reports that a brave witness chased the suspect from the truck turned out to be untrue, Die Welt reported Wednesday, adding that the Pakistani was arrested “on the basis of vague descriptions.”

His cellphone “did not contain any evidence of links to terrorist groups and the asylum-seeker vehemently denied the accusations — untypical for a radical religious extremist,” Focus magazine reported.

The person responsible could now be hiding among an estimated 500 known Islamist sympathizers living in Berlin, the magazine said.

Officials have yet to find a pistol that is believed to have been used to kill the first of the 12 victims — a Polish truck driver who was supposed to be delivering steel beams.

The driver, identified by his boss in media interviews as 37-year-old father-of-one Lukasz U., may have fought the suspect even as the attack unfolded, according to reports. “There must have been a fight,” an anonymous investigator told Bild.

Among the injured was Inaki Ellakuria, who underwent surgery for a broken tibia and fibula on his left leg. He said he knew immediately it was no accident.

“It came fast, too fast to be driving off the road accidentally,” the 21-year-old student from Spain tweeted only minutes after the attack. “It has swept me and ran over both of my legs.”

The media arm of ISIS issued a statement claiming the attack was done in its name, although it gave no evidence and did not identify the attacker, according to analysts Flashpoint Intelligence.

Germany is not involved in anti-ISIS combat operations but has fighter jets and a refueling plane stationed in Turkey in support of the U.S.-led coalition fighting militants in Syria, as well as a frigate protecting a French aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean, among other assets.

In Florida, President-elect Trump said he has not spoken to President Obama about the Berlin truck assault and called it “an attack on humanity.”

“That’s what it is,” he said. “It’s an attack on humanity and it’s got to be stopped.”

Asked if what happened has made him rethink his calls for banning Muslim immigration to the U.S. or creating a Muslim registry, Trump gave a vague answer.

“Hey, you’ve known my plans all along,” he said. “They’ve proven to be 100 percent correct. What’s happened is disgraceful.”

Police: Muslim woman made up story about pro-Trump attackers on NYC subway

http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Police-Muslim-woman-made-up-story-about-pro-Trump-attackers-on-NYC-subway-475510

 

NEW YORK – A woman has been arrested and charged with filing a false report after telling police that three white men yelling President-elect Donald Trump’s name had attacked her on a New York City subway for wearing a traditional Muslim head scarf, police said.

Yasmin Seweid, 18, was also charged with obstructing governmental administration, a police spokesman said on Thursday. She was released without bail after a brief court appearance in Manhattan, local media reported.

A lawyer for Seweid could not be reached immediately for comment.

The false report comes as US civil rights advocates have voiced alarm over a rise in attacks on Muslims and other minorities since Trump won the Nov. 8 presidential election.

The president-elect has said he supports “extreme vetting” of Muslims entering the United States as a national security measure and had called for a ban on Muslim immigrants.

An off-duty New York City policewoman also wearing a traditional Muslim head scarf said this month that a man lunged at her son and accused her of having ties to the Islamic State militant group, prompting city officials to vow swift prosecution of hate crimes.

Seweid had told police and local media she was on her way home from an event at Baruch College in Manhattan on Dec. 1 when three drunken white men taunted her and one tried to rip off her hijab.

Baruch, where Seweid is a student, said on Thursday it would review her status there.

Other riders on the subway train looked away during the attack and refused to help her, Seweid had said.

Police were unable to confirm her story and she recanted this week, saying she made it up because she was having problems with her family, according to the news website DNAinfo, which reported on Wednesday she was being charged.

Man with dementia fatally shot by police had a crucifix, not a gun, police say

A 73-year-old man in the early stages of dementia was killed by a Bakersfield police officer after a neighbor called 911 and erroneously reported the man was carrying a revolver, authorities said Tuesday.

The officer fired seven rounds toward Francisco Serna, who died just feet from his home.

But when police searched Serna for a gun, they found only a dark, faux wood crucifix.

“My dad did not own a gun. He was a 73-year-old retired grandpa, just living life,” Serna’s son, Rogelio Serna, said. “He should have been surrounded by family at old age, not surrounded by bullets.”

The shooting early Monday has sparked anger and grief in the San Joaquin Valley and drawn questions about how police respond to the elderly and people with disabilities. It prompted Bakersfield’s newly named police chief, Lyle Martin, to address the criticism and reveal details about the incident.

“I cannot tell you enough that this community is affected by Mr. Serna losing his life,” Martin said. “This is a tragic incident.”

About 12:30 a.m., a woman arrived at her home in the 7900 block of Silver Birch Avenue, the same block as Serna’s home, and began removing items from a vehicle, Martin said. When Serna approached her, he was acting bizarrely and had one hand in his pocket, according to Martin. Police said she saw a black- or brown-handled object that she believed was a firearm.

The woman ran inside her home and told her husband to call police. The husband told a 911 dispatcher that a man outside had a revolver and had brandished the weapon.

Two police officers responded just after 12:40 a.m. As officers and the couple stood outside, the woman spotted Serna exiting his home across the street.

Martin said she pointed toward Serna, saying, “That’s him.”

The couple rushed inside their home and closed their doors. The officers took cover.

Serna kept both hands in his jacket and continued walking toward police, who ordered him to stop and show his hands. Serna ignored the officers’ commands, police said.

When Serna was about 20 feet away, after ignoring commands to stop, Officer Reagan Selman fired seven rounds at Serna, Martin said.

Serna was struck and fell in the driveway. He was pronounced dead, just across the street from his home.

Officials said that about 30 seconds had elapsed between the woman identifying Serna and the officer opening fire. By then, five more officers had responded and saw the shooting. None of the other officers fired any rounds, Martin said.

It was Selman’s first police shooting since joining the force in July 2015. He and the six other officers were placed on routine administrative leave.

The incident comes at a pivotal time for the Bakersfield Police Department, which was jolted by scandal when two detectives pleaded guilty this year to federal drug and corruption charges.

Martin, a 28-year department veteran, was tapped in December to become the new police chief and was scheduled to be sworn in Wednesday. He said his willingness to discuss a disputed police shooting so soon after the incident was a show of transparency.

“This is what the public can expect from their police chief. I’ll give you the facts as I know them,” Martin said. “When things are bad, I’ll be out front. When things are good, my employees will be out front.”

The shooting drew wide condemnation from Serna’s family and activists. The family scheduled a vigil late Tuesday where Serna was killed.

Rogelio Serna said his father had shown signs of dementia since 2015 and occasionally experienced delusions. His symptoms seemed more pronounced in the last month, his son said.

The elder Serna had worked at a cotton gin in McFarland, Calif., for years and retired in the early to mid-2000s, his son said. Rogelio Serna said his parents moved to Bakersfield about eight years ago, leaving the town of Wasco so they could be closer to their children. He lived with his wife and one of his daughters.

Bakersfield police had visited Francisco Serna’s home at least two times before because his father would become confused and activate a medical alarm, Rogelio Serna said.

A police spokesman confirmed officers had visited Francisco Serna’s home, but he could not provide any details.

About eight hours before the shooting, police said, there was a separate incident involving Serna in which a neighbor also believed the man may have been armed, Martin said.

Serna had reportedly banged on doors and windows and attempted to drag the neighbor outside for a fight. The neighbor said Serna also kept a hand in his pocket and acted as though he had a gun, police said. The neighbor did not report it to police.

Police officials said officers were trained to respond to a variety of situations, including a man in the early stages of dementia.

The Ruderman Family Foundation, which advocates for those with disabilities, said the shooting indicated police were ill-prepared.

“These tragedies are unnecessary and preventable,” said Jay Ruderman, the foundation’s president.

In Israel, Massachusetts police look for help tackling terror (VERY VERY VERY BAD!!!!)

Police departments in the United States of America know crime.

Though differences in methodologies make it hard to accurately rank it globally, the US is generally considered to have one of the highest violent crime rates among developed countries.

So for American police departments, fighting street crime has been their primary focus.

But terror attacks in Orlando, in San Bernardino, California, and on the Ohio State University’s campus have reinforced the need for local US police to know how to prevent and respond to terrorism as well.

In Israel, where terror attacks are a daily threat, the national police, as well as the country’s other security services, are world-renowned for their prowess in addressing that threat (though according to critics, this comes at the expense of non-terror-related crime-fighting).

To learn from that Israeli experience, police forces from across the United States send delegations to the Jewish state each year to meet with their Israeli counterparts, study their techniques and technology, and learn counter-terrorism techniques from both national security services and private security firms.

Massachusetts law enforcement officials and members of the Anti-Defamation League on the steps of the ADL's Jerusalem headquarters on December 8, 2016. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)

This month, the Anti-Defamation League brought a group of 14 law enforcement officials from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to Israel for a week to do just that — free of charge.

They’ve visited Israel’s border crossings and toured the Ben Gurion International Airport to learn security techniques that could potentially applied in Boston’s Logan International Airport.

The officials are mostly police commissioners and high-ranking officers, but there are also FBI and Department of Homeland Security agents, a district attorney and the head of a police-training group.

Terror in Boston

For Boston, and Massachusetts in general, terrorism is not an abstract issue.

On April 15, 2013, two Chechen brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, detonated two bombs, fashioned out of pressure cookers, just before the finish line of the Boston marathon. Three people were killed in the blasts and hundreds were injured.

Now-Boston Police Commissioner William Evans was then a superintendent. A running enthusiast, he had just finished the marathon when news of the attack broke. He showered, put on his uniform and got to work, helping lead a massive manhunt to find the Tsarnaevs.

A woman carries a girl from their home as a SWAT team searching for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings enters the building in Watertown, Mass., Friday, April 19, 2013. (photo credit: AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Three days into the search, the two brothers shot and killed officer Sean Collier of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Department. They fled to the Boston suburb of Watertown, where they soon entered into a gun battle with police, in which Tamerlan Tsarnaev died and 17 officers were injured. One officer later died as a result of his wounds.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was also wounded in the firefight, but managed to escape. He hid out on a boat belonging to a Watertown resident, before he was found by police, including Evans, who notes with no small amount of pride that he was the first officer on the boat.

In Peter Berg’s new film about the marathon bombing, “Patriot Day,” he will be played by James Colby, who’s far bulkier than the rail-thin Evans. (He’s run 51 marathons and says the Jerusalem marathon is now on his “bucket list.”)

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans in Jerusalem on December 8, 2016. (Courtesy: ADL)

“My focus was on violent crime, on young African-American men getting gunned down in the street,” Boston Police Department Commissioner William Evans told The Times of Israel during the trip.

But now, Evans said, combating terrorism has become one of three central pillars of his police force, alongside fighting street crime and doing community outreach.

For the Boston Police, the marathon bombing was a “watershed” event, changing not only the way the city holds the marathon, but putting the threat of terror attacks at the forefront of the department’s concerns.

To Evans, monitoring social media, like Israel does, is a “necessary evil” to prevent both gang crime and future attacks by “someone who has an evil plot, like the Boston bombing.”

However, he said, the police get pushed back on any attempt to expand their reach over Facebook and Twitter.

‘Everything we do with technology, people think we’re doing something sinister’

The letters ACLU — for American Civil Liberties Union, a group that fights such measures — came up in conversation frequently.

“Everything we do with technology, people think we’re doing something sinister,” he said, with a thick Boston accent.

But it was the speed with which Israel rebounded from terror attacks that impressed Evans.

Two men in hazardous materials suits put numbers on the shattered glass and debris as they investigate the scene at the first bombing on Boylston Street in Boston Tuesday, April 16, 2013 near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, a day after two blasts killed three and injured over 170 people (photo credit: Elise Amendola/AP)

After the Boston Marathon bombing, the area around the attack was shut down for over a week as investigators combed through the scene for evidence. Meanwhile, depending on the type of attack, the Israel Police can have the site of a terror attack reopened and allow traffic to resume “like it never happened” in hours, Evans said.

“It’s eight days as opposed to two hours,” he said.

Making everyone an expert

MIT Police Chief John DiFava has had two brushes with terror attacks.

After the attacks on September 11, when he was still with the head of the Massachusetts Sate Police, DiFava was sent to Logan International Airport to take control of the situation there.

His second was in the aftermath of the Boston bombing, when one of his officers, 27-year-old Sean Collier, was shot dead by the Tsarnaev brothers.

“The support we got from the community got us through that, and that support continues until today. That wasn’t just episodic,” he said.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Chief John DiFava in Jerusalem on December 8, 2016. (Courtesy: ADL)

Today, DiFava is always conscious that his university could potentially be the site of another attack, in light of its prestige and international recognition.

“If they — whoever they are — intended to make a higher educational institution a target, we would be at the top of the list,” he said.

Within the institute as well there is potential tension, as MIT has a large percentage of foreign students. “And a lot of them are from countries that aren’t necessarily friends of the United States per se,” DiFava said.

That threat, along with the increase in the number of domestic mass shootings, has demanded a change in the campus police, he said.

Unlike in the past, where local police were trained to set up a perimeter and wait for special units in the case of a shooting, now police understand that they cannot afford to wait and have to respond immediately.

But that requires police, including campus police officers, to be capable of handling such incidents.

“The tactics of dealing with an active shooter situation, changed from ‘put up a perimeter, wait for the experts’ to ‘make everyone an expert,’” DiFava said.

To do that, DiFava sends his recruits to the nearby Cambridge Police Department for training.

Arab students attend week-long training at police academy in Kiryat Ata to prepare for written exam to enter Israel's police force. (Dov Lieber / Times of Israel)

But now, having visited the Israel Police’s training center, where both uniformed police officers and external instructors train new recruits, he is considering taking a page out of Israel’s book.

“I think it’s excellent. We in the US are short-changing our recruits because we’re doing everything with sworn personnel,” he said.

“With all due respect, are they the best?”

Seeing something, saying something

The group met not only with the Israeli police officers, but also with representatives from the Palestinian police in Bethlehem.

Frederick Ryan, chief of police for the Boston suburb of Arlington, Massachusetts, was struck by the similarities between the groups — Americans, Israelis and Palestinians — but noted that the jurisdiction issues that the Bethlehem police face was eye-opening.

He too was envious of Israel’s abilities to monitor social media.

But he said he hoped to bring back with him the sense of awareness among the Israeli public to security risks and their willingness to report their suspicions to police.

That message of “if you see something, say something,” exists in Israel, and Ryan would like to “take that message and apply it to anti-crime measures,” he said.

But in addition to the exchange of tactics and techniques with Israelis and Palestinians, the trip also provided an opportunity for networking, both between the law enforcement agencies and with the ADL itself, according to the trip’s organizer Robert Trestan.

‘It’s not about politics, it’s about policing’

The ADL provides training to police and law enforcement agencies across the US, and as such, maintaining their relationships with those police departments is key, Trestan said.

Though some proponents of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement denounce these trips, Trestan said the focus of these trips is not Israel advocacy.

“It’s not about politics, it’s about policing,” he said.