Officer brutally attacked, throat slashed by suspect who had beaten his own son to death

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FORT SMITH, AR – An officer who responded to a domestic violence call on October 17th had his throat slashed when he attempted to stop an attack on the man’s 15-year-old son in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

The Fort Smith Police Department reports that they received a 911 call for help about the domestic disturbance just after 6 AM on Tilles Avenue. 

When the officer arrived on the scene, he encountered something that would normally be seen in a horror movie – a man bashing in the face of a teenager with a brick.

The officer challenged the male, identified as Christopher Conner, to stop attacking the teenager, Conner’s son.  Christopher initially appeared as if he was going to comply and the officer moved in to handcuff him.  That is when police say the encounter turned deadly.

Conner was able to retrieve what is only being described as some type of edged weapon unbeknownst to the officer.  Conner was able to attack the officer and slashed his throat with the edged weapon.  Thankfully, the officer was able to defend himself and opened fire on Conner, killing him.

When assisting officers and medical personnel arrived on the scene, they rushed the teenager and the officer to a local hospital for medical treatment. 

Police noted that the boy suffered multiple stab wounds along with the blunt force trauma to his face caused by the brick.  Sadly, the injuries inflicted by Connor to his son were too great and he succumbed to his injuries.

The officer, who has not been identified, was rushed into surgery and has been listed in stable condition. 

As police began their investigation, they entered the residence and found what they described as a violent scene.  According to ABC News, Fort Smith Police Chief Danny Baker reported that there was “evidence of an extremely violent attack” inside of the residence.

Police reported that they located a woman inside of the residence, identified as 42-year-old Julia Marie Moore.  Police reported they believed that she had suffered stabbed wounds.  She later died.

As police continued their search, they came across a five-year-old child that was thankfully not harmed.

At this time, police have not revealed what Moore or the child’s relationship was with Connor.  Additionally, if the young child had different parents, they were also not identified.  Baker, when speaking about the young child, stated:

“I have no doubt our officer’s swift actions saved this young child’s life.”

The Fort Smith Police Department released a preliminary statement as the investigation began on Twitter:

“BREAKING: At least 3 people are dead in block of 2800 Tilles Ave.  An FSPD officer fired his weapon defending himself from a knife attack and is in surgery at this time.  The Arkansas State Police has been asked to investigate due to the matter being an officer-involved shooting.”

The officer who defended himself and allegedly killed Connor will be placed on administrative leave once he has recovered.  This is a normal procedure in any type of deadly force investigation by all law enforcement agencies.

A second officer, who also has not been identified, has been placed on paid administrative leave.  According to the Times Record, this is so that the officer can have “post-critical incident treatment.” 

What this most likely means is that the officer is suffering from some type of mental trauma after having been involved in this type of situation.  While it is not rare for officers to suffer from this type of trauma, it has only recently begun to be commonplace for police departments to recognize this and get officers the help they need.

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Officer down: Altercation with criminal teenager leads to cop being executed in cold blood

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Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

HOLLYWOOD, FL – Authorities say that a 28-year-old Hollywood Police officer was fatally shot after getting into an altercation with an 18-year-old suspect reportedly checking vehicle doors in a residential neighborhood.

 

The incident occurred on October 17th at approximately 10:30 p.m. within the 4000th block of North Hills Drive, according to Hollywood Police Chief Chris O’Brien.

Residents in the neighborhood called police after noticing a man on a bicycle riding from house to house, stopping by vehicles parked in driveways and checking to see if the doors were unlocked.

Officer Yandy Chirino was among those who responded to the area, where police encountered the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Jason Banegas. Officials says that Banegas fought with officers while they attempted to take him into custody, and Officer Chirino was shot during the altercation.

Banegas was detained on the scene while other officers rendered aid to Officer Chirino before he was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital. Unfortunately, Officer Chirino passed away from his sustained injuries after being transported.

Chief O’Brien commended the medical staff in their efforts to save the officer but conceded that the injuries sustained “were too severe.” The fallen officer’s body was escorted from the hospital by a motorcade procession over to the Broward County medical examiner’s office on October 18th.

The fallen officer had joined the Hollywood Police Department back in 2017, having been recognized numerous times for his outstanding work ethic and also attaining Officer of the Month back in June of 2020.

 

Chief O’Brien delivered the following statement directed toward Officer Chirino’s family:

“To Officer Chirino’s family, I offer you my deepest condolences. Your son selflessly devoted his life to law enforcement. He was a great officer and will leave a lasting impact on our community.

I know that there are no words that can comfort the pain that your family is feeling right now, and that pain extends here with his brothers and sisters at our department. The Hollywood Police family will stand beside you in the difficult days ahead and will always carry Officer Chirino’s legacy.”

A prayer vigil for Officer Chirino has since been scheduled for October 21st at Mara Berman Giulianti Park.

With regard to the suspect accused of fatally shooting the officer, Chief O’Brien noted that despite the alleged offender’s young age, he hosts a lengthy arrest record. Banegas is now facing charges of first-degree murder, armed burglary, battery on an officer, carrying a concealed firearm, grand theft of a firearm, and resisting with violence.

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“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.  

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

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85% of Americans support Law Enforcement

That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.  

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

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370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.  

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.  

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.  

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.  

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
 

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.  

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.  

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We support those who protect and serve.

Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.  

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

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We’ve got your 6.

This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.  

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.

If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]

It’s time to get in the fight.

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