‘Nearly 200’ Houston Area Police Officers Lost Homes to HarveyIn an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said that despite horrible tragedy in the Houston area, police officers in the region are continuing to put their duties first:“The collective heart of the Houston Police Department (HPD), the Houston Fire Department, all of our municipal co-workers, (and) just the entire first-responder community in this city is second to none, and I am very proud of that,” the chief said. Despite more than 200 officers having their own homes damaged or destroyed “They’re putting their duty first.” The chief praised not only the commissioned officers who wear the dark blue uniform but the entire support staff and dispatchers.You Can Help and Donate Here: http://ow.ly/wx6X30eS3UuBreitbart Texas spoke with several HPD staff members in the lobby. They expressed they have been living at their posts since the Hurricane began, nearly a week ago now.“I don’t think anyone could have imagined just how significant a challenge this was going to be,” the chief explained. “It’s historical.”“The (officers) who came in for 12-on, 12-off (shifts), if they were still here Saturday, they didn’t get to leave,” he expressed. “We made them all stay, it was required. They’ve been very highly motivated. And, as you can imagine, when you have close to 200 of them that their own homes have been damaged or lost, they haven’t abandoned their post.”In Harvey’s aftermath, roughly 30 individuals were killed during the hurricane and hundreds of thousands were left with flooded homes and residences.For full details, view this message on the web.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
A family planning clinic will operate in this building at 648 West Ave. By Maddy VitaleThe Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a resolution at its Thursday night meeting to open a Family Planning Satellite Clinic in Ocean City.The two-year lease was signed between the county and Stell Exteriors Inc., according to the agreement. It will enable the county, under Women’s Health Services, to provide a healthcare facility in the northern end of the county, officials said.The clinic will be housed in a building at 648 West Ave. The lease officially began in mid-December at a cost of $1,000 a month, but the date for the clinic’s opening has not yet been announced.Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton said the freeholder board has been working for years to improve the number of outreach facilities and programs for residents of Cape May County. “I am happy we will be providing outreach services to the upper half of the county,” Thornton said in a phone interview Friday. “I wanted more facilities up there for people who needed social service programs and some family planning programs. I know I am in favor of them.”Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders.According to the county website www.capemaycountynj.gov/431/Family-Planning-Services the county’s family planning services provides low cost and high quality family planning to women and men and adolescents as well as gynecological services to women. The clinics offer a wide array of services including blood pressure testing, counseling, pregnancy testing, family planning methods, and routine gynecologic care as well as testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Thornton, who formerly served as director of county Health and Human Services for years, said logistically it was not an easy task to be able to offer facilities north of the current clinic locations in Rio Grande and Middle Township, in part because of staffing.“All those years I had Health and Human Services I was trying to work it out. It was more of a personnel situation where people would have to move up from their locations,” Thornton said of moving personnel from clinics south to north.Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson, who could not be reached for comment prior to press time, is the current director of Health and Human Services. Pierson was sick with an upper respiratory infection and missed the freeholder meeting Thursday when the clinic was approved by the board.Thornton said Pierson was instrumental in seeing the goal of a satellite clinic in Ocean City to fruition.Over the years, the county has assisted with transportation and other services so that people get the help they need at the clinics in the south end of the county.“We have made arrangements for people to do things over the phone,” Thornton said. “We have tried different things, but having a new site will work.”
== It’s breakfast time ==The 10th annual Farmhouse Breakfast Week, run by the HGCA, will take place from 25-31 January 2009. Hundreds of events are expected to take place across the country, aimed at making people think more about the importance of breakfast. Bakers could promote toast, crumpets or muffins as the breakfast of choice. Promotional material and information is available by calling 020 7520 3968 or emailing [email protected]== NPD goes ’natural’ ==’Natural’ became the buzzword on UK bakery product launches last year, with two-fifths featuring the claim. According to Mintel’s Global New Products Database, 41% were classified as natural, up from 37% in 2007. These included ’all natural’, ’no additives/preservatives’, ’organic’ and ’wholegrain’ claims. Mintel analyst David Jago predicted this trend would continue in 2009.== Interest in Megans ==The administrator of Megans Bakery in South Wales, Resolve Partners, has stated that there have been “a lot of people expressing an interest in the business and/or its assets”.== Peter Ward ==Peter Ward, former CEO of Puratos UK and chairman of the British Society of Baking from 1989 to 1990, has died. Peter did a tremendous amount of work for the Society as an executive committee member and then as chairman. With Jean Grieves he helped initiate the BSB Scholarship Awards. Peter suffered an aneurysm and the effects meant he had to take early retirement from Puratos. However, his house was next door to the Puratos R&D and demonstration bakery in Oxfordshire, so he still enjoyed keeping in touch.
After controversy over labor rights in an Indonesian factory prompted several universities to terminate contracts with adidas, the German apparel giant has reached a settlement regarding unpaid funds owed to laborers. As of April 8, 10 schools suspended their contracts with adidas at the urging of the United Students Against Sweatshops group, according to a USA TODAY report. The schools included Cornell, Penn State and Georgetown, but not Notre Dame. In 2005, Notre Dame signed an exclusive 10-year contract with adidas to have the company supply footwear and apparel to the Irish varsity athletic teams. The current contract lasts through the 2013-2014 season, according to a 2005 press release. A report dated Jan. 18, 2012, from the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), a labor rights monitoring association said the PT Kizone factory in Tangerang, Indonesia, employed approximately 2,800 people before its closure in April 2011. It produced collegiate licensed apparel for adidas and Nike, and non-collegiate apparel for Dallas Cowboys Merchandising and other brands. The crisis began in 2010, when PT Kizone “stopped paying mandatory terminal compensation to workers separated from employment,” the report said. In January 2011, the factory owner fled the nation, “precipitating the factory’s eventual closure and leaving no money to pay severance.” The report said at the time of closure, employees were owed $3.4 million in total. Before the compromise was announced April 24, the WRC took issue with adidas being the only university-related company affiliated with the factory to not contribute or pledge to the severance fund or, according to the report. “Adidas has taken the position that it has no obligation to provide funds to the affected workers,” the report said. Before the settlement, adidas “did not disclose the violations, denied responsibility and refuses to pay anything,” it said. The report also said under university codes of conduct, “it is the duty of licensees to correct code violations.” Michael Low, Notre Dame’s director of licensing, said Notre Dame was the first university to adopt a Code of Conduct, which is applied to all of its licensees. Low said the University stayed in contact with adidas during the episode and reviewed reports and recommendations from the WRC and the Fair Labor Association. “Any time that there is an issue with factory workers and our licensees, we are concerned,” Low said in a phone interview Friday. “In our case, [Notre Dame’s] Code of Conduct doesn’t really address the issue of unpaid severance. “This was not an adidas factory, this was a factory that adidas contracted with, and this is a case where the owner of the factory basically left the country overnight and stole the severance funds that he was required to pay by the Indonesian government,” he said. “In talking to adidas, … we know that they paid their bills and paid into the severance fund. They did not believe, and our Code supported the fact that they were not responsible for the illegal act of a third party.” Low said he considers adidas to be “a worldwide leader” in its efforts to enforce codes of conduct in the factories they contract with. “It’s always unfortunate when these things happen, but at Notre Dame, we don’t force a settlement by canceling contracts,” he said. “We continue to work through issues with our licensees.” James Paladino, associate director for business operations at Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, worked on the original formation of the Code of Conduct under former University president Fr. Edward Malloy. He said the University’s approach to issues of social justice focuses more on remediation than shaming. “Remediation goes along with the rights and responsibilities theme of Catholic Social Teaching,” Paladino said. “If you see an injustice, you shine the light on it. But you also work for positive change rather than just pulling out of the situation.” Administrators at other universities brought a different approach. Rodney Erickson, president of Pennsylvania State University, sent a letter to the company on March 13 to announce his university’s decision “to suspend the adidas license with Penn State for 60 days, effective immediately.” “We are confident that adidas’s actions fall short of our expectations for fair, just and humane behavior by licensees toward the laborers that sustain a system from which all of us, particularly our licensees, benefit enormously,” Erickson said in the letter. The letter stated that if adidas pays its portion of the funds owed to the workers denied compensation within 60 days, the university “will lift [the] suspension and proceed under [the] prior relationship with adidas. However, should adidas fail to do so to the satisfaction of both the Worker Rights Consortium and Penn State … the university will terminate the license.” Paladino said his past experiences with workers’ rights disputes in Latin America emphasize the benefits of remediation over termination. “I went down to El Salvador with a group, and we met with workers who had been laid off. They said, ‘whatever you do, fight for us. Don’t make them pull out,’” he said. “They really wanted to go through remediation. That’s the true piece of justice, making the changes and getting the situation resolved.” On April 24, adidas announced a solution to the situation in a letter to its university partners, provided by Notre Dame’s associate vice president for auxiliary operations David Harr. The letter said a compromise had been reached to the satisfaction of both adidas and the PT Kizone workers. “We have been and remain sympathetic to the plight of all former PT Kizone workers,” the letter said. “We have been supportive of the factory workers since we first learned of the factory’s closure and the workers’ hardship. “The additional aid comes on top of adidas’s earlier contributions in humanitarian aid, job placement services and advocacy on issues related to workers’ rights,” the letter stated. When a third party is involved in such a dispute, as it was in the PT Kizone case, Low said the University relies on the reports from the Worker Rights Consortium and the Fair Labor Association to advise courses of action. “Our expectation is that if the company is found to be at fault, they will remedy [the situation] appropriately to satisfy the issue,” Low said. “There’s no issue for us as long as the companies are working in good faith [and] going through remediation.” The Code qualifies in terms of ethical principles:, “Notre Dame Licensees must be committed in the conduct of their business to a set of ethical standards which are not incompatible with those of Notre Dame.” The Code of Conduct includes honesty, integrity, trustworthiness and “respect for the unique intrinsic value of each human being” in its list of ethical standards, according to the document. Paladino said Notre Dame’s Code is unique in its strong emphasis on the dignity of labor, which is another part of Catholic Social Teaching. William Purcell, associate director of Catholic Social Teaching for the Center for Social Concerns said the compromise is a “victory” for both adidas and the global community. “The bottom line here is how we can apply Catholic Social Teaching. It only happens in a practical way,” Purcell said. “You can have all the ideas of solidarity and rights and responsibilities, but how does it get carried out? It’s not just any one thing, but looking at the whole package. “We integrate Catholic Social Tradition in all we’re trying to do, including in a practical way using the University’s resources and the resources we engage in our local community and the global community,” he said. Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]
Echo, a subset of the Institute for Church Life, added a new program this year, titled “Echo Teaching Theology,” to train recent college graduates to teach high school theology and to equip them with a Master’s degree in theology from Notre Dame. Echo Teaching Theology combines a focus on formation with an intense study of theology, Echo director Colleen Moore said. “We hope to prepare young people who are not only trained to be successful theology teachers but to be mature and integrated and inspiring witnesses of the faith,” she said. Echo addresses intellectual and professional-ministerial formation to foster a strong understanding of theology from academic and career angles, Moore said. “The main part of the intellectual formation is the [Master’s] in theology,” she said. “There’s professional-ministerial formation, which is their placement, whether they’re in parish ministry or campus ministry or in high school teaching theology.” Moore said the program also seeks to foster communal and spiritual formation. “[Participants] live in intentional faith communities,” she said. “That means they share not just the living space but they share their lives, they share faith. … There is a serious commitment to prayer and spiritual direction within the Echo program. We also have a very rich series of theologically-based retreats.” Moore said Echo incorporated a teaching program because many of its graduates had gone on to teach theology and credited Echo for their success. “We also had diocesan partners around the country who have said, ‘We have a need for stronger high school theology teachers. What you all are doing with your parish catechetical apprentices could be very helpful in preparation of high school theology teachers,’” Moore said. John Cavadini, director of the Institute for Church Life, said the United States has a shortage of good high school theology teachers. “There’s no such thing as an unemployed Echo student because they’re so much in demand,” Cavadini said. “We thought the need for education in the faith, the catechetical need, is a need that comes through at school. too.” Moore said teaching theology used to be predominately a job for professed religious, and now fewer American Catholics choose a religious vocation. Schools often ask teachers with other areas of expertise to teach theology, which is not an ideal situation for students’ spiritual growth, she said. Cavadini said expertise in theology should influence how one teaches the subject. “Theology has its own pedagogy, you might say,” he said. “So the pedagogy has to be directly related to the theology and flow from it.” To be able to train young people to pass on the faith and educate the next generation of Catholics is an invaluable opportunity, Cavadini said. “I think somebody’s high school theology experience can be one of the most important ones of their whole lives,” he said. “And I think to try to increase the chances that it’s really properly theological and oriented toward the faith and to faith formation and to just really helping students become attached to the faith and understand it more deeply – that’s something I can’t pass up.” Contact Tori Roeck at [email protected]
The Broadway.com editorial team is crazy about Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and rank your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank—we’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Broadway.com Show every Wednesday.Last week, we ditched our cerulean sweaters and booked a trip to Paris when we heard The Devil Wears Prada was getting the musical treatment. We asked you to pick the stars you’d like to see play Miranda Priestly in the new adaptation—the results are in, and fans picked Christine Baranski as their top pick to play the intimidating Editor-in-Chief of Runway magazine. This week, we can’t stop thinking about the forthcoming 2015 Tony Awards ceremony. What will the stars be wearing? Who will the presenters be? And most of all, what songs will be performed?! Broadway.com features editor Lindsay Champion posted her list of top 10 picks here!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist, you will be asked to create one at this point.)Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Broadway.com Show! View Comments
John F. Schutz, of Manoff & Schutz, P.A., West Palm Beach, has been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a family mediator. Louise B. Zeuli, of Louise B. Zeuli, P.A., Maitland, presented “Legal Dilemmas Facing the Nurse Practitioner” at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, to the Graduate Nursing Association, where she spoke about the specific legal issues for nurse practitioners newly entering the profession. James A. Martin, Jr., a shareholder with Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen, Clearwater, has been elected secretary of the board of directors of the Florida Academy of Health Care Lawyers. Dan Mitchell, of Tampa, has been appointed the chair of the continuing legal education committee of the Florida Defense Lawyers’ Association. Matthew Smith, of Akerman Senterfitt, Orlando, was the recipient of the Associated Marine Institute’s 2002 Leadership in Governance Award. David C. Willis, shareholder with Mateer & Harbert, P.A., Orlando, spoke to the East Central branch of the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Structural Technical Group about professional liability. Ronald A. Christaldi, shareholder with de la Parte & Gilbert, P.A., has been appointed to serve as co-chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Cultural Affairs Committee. Paul Novack, attorney and mayor of the Town of Surfside, is the recipient of the 2003 Community Steward/Public Servant Award, by 1000 Friends of Florida, a nonprofit organization established to promote better planning for the state’s growth. Mark Kraus, assistant attorney general, along with Judge Michael Weatherby, lectured on the topic: “Managing Civil RICO and Qui Tam, Crooks and Bounty Hunters” at the Conference of Circuit Court Judges, at the Amelia Island Plantation. Steven Randall Walker, formerly general counsel with Essential Markets, Inc., Seattle, Washington, has been appointed attorney-advisor with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Corporation Finance, Washington, D.C., telephone (202)942-2976. Seth Rodner, a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been named treasurer of the Federal Bar Association’s national criminal law section for 2003. John Newton, senior assistant attorney general in Attorney General Charlie Crist’s Economic Crimes and Civil Rights units, spoke at the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Conference on Privacy Issues and Dilemmas for Drug and Medical Device Manufacturers. Paul O. Lopez, a director with Tripp Scott, has been appointed to the executive board of the United Way of Broward County. James D. Camp III, president and shareholder of Camp & Camp, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, was recently elected president of the Legal Aid Society of Broward County, Inc., and has been appointed for a second term on the 17th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. Jeremy Alters, a partner with Ratzan & Alters has been named president-elect of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association, where he formerly served as the organization’s treasurer. James D. Camp, Jr., vice president and shareholder of Camp & Camp, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, has been elected for a one-year term as a director of Community Television Foundation of South Florida, Inc., and has been re-appointed to the Florida Probate Rules Committee. Julie H. Littky-Rubin, of Lytal, Reiter, Clark, Fountain & Williams, LLP, has spoken at several seminars sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers on the topics of “Legislative and Judicial Updates in the Evidence Code and Civil Procedure Rules” and “Preserving the Record on Appeal.” She has also presented a program on “Proposals for Settlement” to members of the Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association and was a speaker at The Florida Bar’s Practicing with Professionalism Seminar on “The Nuts and Bolts of Appellate Practice.” Oscar Sanchez, of Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, and president-elect of the University of Florida Law Alumni Council, addressed the incoming winter class of about 200 students. Hayden Dempsey, a shareholder with GrayHarris, Tallahassee, has become a member of the board of trustees for Florida Tax Watch. Hardy L. Roberts III, formerly of Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith and Cutler, Miami, has been named by Gov. Jeb Bush the interim secretary of the Florida department of Business and Professional Regulation. John W. Hoft, Jr., of Tampa, has been appointed to the faculty of the College of Business at Columbus State University in Georgia, as assistant professor of business law. Jerry M. Markowitz, a founding shareholder of Markowitz, Davis, Ringel &Trusty, P.A., spoke on the topic of “Asset Sales–Executory Contracts and Other Issues” at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 8th Annual Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference in Denver, Colorado. Diane Carr, former partner with Hopping, Green and Sams, Tallahassee, has been named secretary designate of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation by Gov. Jeb Bush. Troy A. Kishbaugh, with GrayHarris, Orlando, has been elected to serve as the board chair for the Florida College of Health Sciences Foundation. Gary S. Lesser, of Lesser, Lesser & Landy, P.A., West Palm Beach, presented “Ethics in the Discovery Process” at a recent ethics in Florida seminar. He also presented “Practicing with Professionalism” at the Palm Beach County Bar Personal Injury Continuing Legal Education Seminar. Michael Rosenberg, of Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg, served as co-chair and a speaker at the 21st Annual International Tax Conference, co-sponsored by the Florida Institute of CPAs and The Florida Bar, held in Miami. His speech was titled: “A Potpourri of International Tax Issues Relevant to the Tax Practitioner.” Alicia M. Morales-Fernandez, of Katz, Barron, Squitero & Faust, P.A., Miami, has been appointed by the mayor to the city of South Miami’s Environmental Review and Preservation Board. Harry Shevin, of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, West Palm Beach, has been elected to the board of the Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association. Joanne Harvest Koren, director of the University of Miami School of Law’s Academic Achievement Program, and member of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board, has been elected to the executive board of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Academic Support. Bud Bennington, of Shutts & Bowen, LLP, Orlando, has been appointed to the position of “At-Large Board Member” to the Orlando Diocesan School Board. Bob Murphy has been elected to a four-year term on the board of commissioners for the Midway Fire District. Dan Armstrong, of the Law Offices of Dan W. Armstrong, P.A., Ponte Vedra Beach, participated in Mediation Appreciation Day by presenting a lecture to the County Court Mediation Program of the Fourth Judicial Circuit. The lecture focused on asset protection and landlord/tenant issues. Dennis J. Levine, of Dennis Levine & Associates, Tampa, participated on a panel at the ABI’s Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference in Denver, Colorado. The panel’s topic was “Consumer Bankruptcy Issues–What Business Lawyers Need to Know.” James J. Therrell, Jr., attorney with Zimmerman Shuffield, Kiser & Sutclife, P.A., Orlando, has been named to and is serving on the Orange County Citizen’s Review Panel for Human Services. Alison M. Yurko, of Thomas P. Callan, P.A., Orlando, has written an article titled, “A Practical Perspective About Annexation in Florida: Making Sense of Chapters 171 and 164, Florida Statutes 2003 and Beyond.” David Oscar Markus, of Hirsch & Markus, LLP, spoke on jury selection at the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section seminar, and on pretrial motions at The Florida Bar’s Advanced Federal Criminal Practice Seminar. Barry M. Mankes, of the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Training Bureau, has been appointed to the Police-Prosecutor Coordinating Committee, Training Subcommittee. He was also a presenter at the Miami-Dade State Attorney/Miami Beach Police Department “Hate Crimes” seminar at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. Mildred Beam, a shareholder at Mateer & Harbert, P.A., Winter Park, has been named a member of the board of directors at Seniors First, a nonprofit organization that enhances the quality of life for Orange County Senior Citizens. Orlando Cabrera, a partner of Holland & Knight, Miami, has resigned from the firm, having been appointed by the Florida Department of Community Affairs as executive director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. Jane Gordon, of Shutts &Bowen, LLP, spoke at a Lorman-sponsored seminar entitled “Title Examination in Florida” in Miami. She spoke on the topic of “Litigating Lien Priorities with the Subrogation Toolbox.” Christine A. Marlewski, of GrayHarris, Tampa, has been appointed director of the pro bono committee for the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Richard C. Grant, of Grant, Fridkin, Pearson, Athan & Crown, P.A., Naples, has been elected chair of the board of directors of The Conservancy of Southwest Florida for the year 2003. Elliot Wilcox, of the Office of the State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit, presented “Beyond What Happened Next?: How to Improve Your Direct Examination,” at the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association’s DUI Trial Advocacy School in Cocoa Beach. He also presented, “Convince ’em to Convict: A Prosecutor’s Guide to Persuasion” for the Winter Park Rotary Club. Michael G. Whelan, of Whelan, DeMaio & Kiszkiel, P.A., Miami, presented “Discipline and Discharge of Represented and Unrepresented Employees: What Type of Process Is Due?” for the Florida Public Employers Labor Relations Association’s 29th Annual Training Conference in Orlando. Joseph Warren Kniskern, of Weston, a former senior partner with Kelley Drye & Warren, and member of the Christian Legal Society, has published a new book titled “Making a New Vow: A Christian Guide to Remarriage and Blended Families.” William E. Adams, Jr., professor, has been promoted to associate dean for international, online, and graduate programs at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. Cliff Schulman, shareholder with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has been named chair of the board of the Aventura Marketing Council. Joseph W. Hatchett, a member of Akerman Senterfitt, has been awarded the 2003 Jurisprudence Award by the Anti-Defamation League. Judith Nelson, former judge of compensation claims, has been awarded a Governor’s Points of Light Award for her volunteer work as executive director of The Victory School, a nonprofit school for children with autism and related disabilities. Darrell Payne, a partner with Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P., was elected chair of the WLRN Television and Radio Community Advisory Board. March 1, 2003 Regular News March 1, 2003 News and Notes
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dolores Sharpe, a member of the Nassau County Police Department, is accused of resisting arrest and harassment after an alleged struggle with her fellow officers in November. (Photo credit: YouTube/Antonio Kelley)The lawyer for a Nassau County police officer who was arrested by fellow cops in November blasted the department Thursday for piling on charges and blindsiding his client with a traffic ticket for tinted windows that officers never made her aware of.Officer Dolores Sharpe’s attorney, Frederick Brewington, accused the department of “trickery” and attempting to deceive his client by failing to notify Sharpe of a traffic violation that was to be settled by Thursday at 9 a.m.—the same time of her scheduled arraignment at First District Court in Hempstead.Brewington said he wasn’t aware of any traffic ticket until he received court documents just prior to Sharpe’s arraignment. He told Judge Douglas Lerose that officers never issued Sharpe a ticket while she was detained at the Fourth Precinct.“There’s something wrong here,” he told the judge.Nassau County Assistant District Attorney Theresa Tebbett said of Brewington’s claims of a surprise ticket: “That’s something I will look into.”Sharpe, who did not speak during the arraignment, was joined by more than two dozen supporters who stood in unison as she was called to face the charges.She was additionally charged with harassment—a charge Brewington said he expected to be added on. Sharpe plead not guilty to all charges. Nonetheless, Brewington said outside the courthouse that “all this stuff” was made up after the fact so police can “try and justify their wrongful actions.”“After the whistle’s blown, they’re piling on,” he added.The charges stem from Sharpe’s arrest after she was questioned outside a West Hempstead Dollar Tree store on the evening of Nov. 29.Sharpe, according to Brewington, was off duty when she went shopping and was approached by an officer who the lawyer said used foul language and ignored Sharpe’s pleas to notify a supervisor after showing her police badge.After leaving the store, Sharpe was pulled over about two blocks away by the same officers, handcuffed and brought to the Fourth Precinct.Police accused the 52-year-old cop of resisting arrest and “intentionally” trying to strike a second officer “in his face with a neck chain by swinging it at him,” according to court documents.Sharpe “refused to comply with multiple lawful orders to place her hands behind her back” and was arrested after a brief struggle, the documents state.Brewington said at no time was Sharpe aggressive toward the officers and it was police who were in the wrong.“They arrested this woman, put her in handcuffs…for driving while black, basically,” Brewington charged.During the hearing, Brewington also took issue with the arresting officer signing the ticket the day after Sharpe had already been released from custody.“That whole trickery is a problem we’re trying to deal with regards to this Nassau County Police Department, the [Nassau County] District Attorney’s office and they should all be ashamed,” he blasted. “This is an officer in the service and they should treat her with the utmost respect.”Insp. Kenneth Lack, Nassau police’s chief spokesman, declined to comment on the case, citing an ongoing internal affair’s investigation. He also declined to comment on any of Brewington’s statements. Meanwhile, Sharpe returned to her job in the applicant investigation unit after a 29-day unpaid suspension. Sharpe’s service weapon has not been returned, Brewington said.Sharpe declined to speak with reporters.
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