Police Arrest Two in San Francisco High School Shooting

KGO-TV(SAN FRANCISCO) — Two people have been arrested in connection with Tuesday's shooting incident outside a pair of San Francisco high schools which left four students injured, police said Thursday evening.

"#SFPD has made two arrests in connection to the #JuneJordan High School shooting incident. This is an active & ongoing investigation," the San Francisco Police Department tweeted.

The shooting incident occurred Tuesday around 3:15 p.m., when four teenage students were shot in the shared parking lot of two San Francisco high schools, the June Jordan School for Equity and City Arts and Technology High School.

The shooting left one of the injured, a female student, in critical condition. Police said she may have been targeted, adding that the incident was "not a random shooting."

Police did not release any further details about the arrests, but according to ABC-owned KGO-TV in San Francisco, one of the suspects was arrested Thursday in Fairfield, a city located about 50 miles northeast from where the shooting happened. The second suspect was arrested Tuesday night, according to KGO-TV.

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Woman Killed by NYPD Had Written About 'Problems' on How Police Deal With the Mentally Ill

WABC-TV(NEW YORK) --   The 66-year-old woman with schizophrenia who was killed by an NYPD sergeant Tuesday had written a poignant essay in 2012 about living with mental illness in which she expressed that police are ill-equipped to deal with the mentally ill.

In the six-page essay titled "Living With Schizophrenia," Deborah Danner wrote about a 1984 police encounter eerily similar to the way in which she eventually died. A Bronx woman named Eleanor Bumpurs, whom Danner mistakenly characterized as "Gompers," was fatally shot after she waved a knife at officers who were evicting her from her apartment, according to The Associated Press. The officer who fired the fatal shot was acquitted of all charges and the city paid her family.

Police shot Bumpurs because she was "a threat to the safety of several grown men who are also police officers," Danner wrote. "They used deadly force to subdue her because they were not trained sufficiently [on] how to engage the mentally ill in crisis."

Like Danner, Bumpurs was a black woman in her 60s with a history of mental illness, The New York Times reported. Danner said Bumpurs' case was "not an isolated incident." ABC News reached out to the NYPD for comment on Danners’ claim the police officers involved with Bumpurs were insufficiently trained to deal with the mentally ill in crisis, but the NYPD did not respond.

A uniformed NYPD sergeant shot Danner twice Tuesday as she attempted to strike him with a baseball bat, police said. Danner first brandished a pair of scissors at him, but the officer, Sgt. Hugh Barry, was able to convince her to put them down, police said.

On July 7, shortly after the police-involved shooting deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Danner expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement on Twitter and accused police of targeting people based on the color of their skin.

Police have a "very difficult job to do" when they intervene in situations involving a mentally ill person, said Michael B. Friedman, a professor of mental health policy at Columbia University's School of Social Work.

While Friedman said it's necessary to continue to improve training for all police officers on how to deal with an emotionally disturbed or psychotic person, he added that it may be better to have crisis teams specifically trained to effectively deal with the mentally ill.

"There is no question that people with serious mental illnesses sometimes suffer in our society in ways that they shouldn't suffer," Friedman said. "Sometimes they have encounters with people from law enforcement that are not well done."

 Most medium- to large-sized police departments have some sort of mental health training for their officers, said Dr. Laurence Miller, a clinical and forensic psychologist in South Florida. But, while the training is "good in the abstract," it may not prevent a tragedy from happening when dealing with a mentally ill person.

"Mental illness can make the situation more dangerous," Miller said, adding an emotionally disturbed person can be unpredictable or unstable, and may not obey typical commands.

Miller said ordinary household items such as a knife, club, brick, lamp or potted plant could become a deadly weapon in the hands of a mentally ill person, and Friedman cautioned the public from rushing to judgment on whether the police officer in question was justified in his use of force before the investigation is complete.

In a press conference Wednesday, New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill said the NYPD "failed" Danner when they responded to a neighbor's 911 call for a "person in crisis."

"That's not how it's supposed to go," O'Neill said. "It's not how we train. Our first obligation is to preserve life -- not to take a life when it can be avoided."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio corroborated O'Neill's statement, saying that Barry did not follow his police training.

The Sergeants Benevolent Association said: "Being forced to shoot a civilian under any circumstances is traumatic for police officers, but to be immediately vilified based on innuendo and the social and political climate only compounds the tragedy."

Barry has been put on administrative leave while the NYPD conducts an internal investigation into why he used deadly force rather than deploying a Taser.

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Thousands of Seattle Teachers Wear 'Black Lives Matter' T-Shirts to Support Students of Color

iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Thousands of teachers donned "Black Lives Matter" t-shirts in Seattle Wednesday to show support for students of color in their community, according to the union.

"We have the fifth-largest opportunity gap between our African-American and our white students in the country," Phyllis Campano, the president of the Seattle Education Association told ABC News, "So we know, as educators, that we need to show our kids that we believe in them, and we set high expectations for them."

"It's not really about Black Lives Matter as a movement, but about how black lives matter in our schools," Campano said, "it is not about the t-shirts, it is about how we support our students of color in our community."

Campano said that they are still trying to finalize numbers, but she estimates a few thousand teachers in about 80 schools donned t-shirts yesterday to show support for Seattle's black students. In addition to wearing the t-shirts, many schools also held workshops after school and events to discuss issues of racism and civil rights, but these events varied school-to-school.

"With our scores on education being put out there, everyone keeps saying we are failing the black kids in our community," Campano said, "What do we need to do? We need to come together, we need to show support."

Campano said that the feedback they received from the community was overwhelmingly positive, although she says they did receive a few negative emails from a few community members. A law enforcement group, Blue Lives Matter, wrote in a statement on its website that they disagreed with the "political message" that is being promoted in schools.

"The t-shirts were a catalyst to the conversation, and the conversation in our schools is how do we make education better for our children of color? It should be a national conversation," Campano said.

Campano said she hoped that events such as this one will help students of color feel like they are a part of the schools they are in.

"They don't see themselves in curriculum or the histories, and we need more educators of color," Campano said, "but in the meantime we need to make kids feel like they are truly included, and a part of the school."

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Forecasters Predict Cold and Snowy Winter for the North; Dry, Warm Winter for the South

Max Golembo/ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Thursday NOAA's Climate Prediction Center issued the U.S. Winter Outlook, saying that La Nina is expected to influence winter conditions this year.

The Climate Prediction Center said La Nina is likely to develop in late fall or early winter, but it is expected to be weak and short-lived.

With the possible weak La Nina, we are expecting more arctic outbreaks for the Northern Plains and the Great Lakes. With colder air moving over relatively warm Great Lakes, lake-effect snow could be heavier than normal especially early in the winter months, said Mike Halpert, deputy director, the Climate Prediction Center. Cities like Bismarck, Minneapolis and Green Bay could see colder than normal conditions, while Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit could see a snowier winter.

Also, snowier conditions are expected in the northern Rockies, so if you have a winter break trip planned to Sun Valley, Idaho, or Big Sky Resort, Montana, you might be in luck for some champagne powder.

A pacific jet stream aimed at Washington State and Oregon will likely deliver wetter and cooler weather for Seattle and Portland, increasing chances for flooding and mudslides.

 As far as the Northeast goes, most of the area will see near-normal snowfall and temperatures for winter, save for northern New England, where conditions might be warmer than normal. Having said that, last winter was one of the warmest winters on record in the Northeast, so the near-normal temperatures forecast for this winter could feel much colder.

For the megalopolis of the Northeast, it looks like winter will be more rainy than snowy. During a typical La Nina winter, the jet stream curves north into eastern Canada keeping the coldest arctic air away from the immediate East Coast, leaving the coastal cities mostly with rain or a mix precipitation. Further inland, it could be a different story.

If you want a warmer and drier than normal winter this year, you better head south. From Los Angeles to Dallas to Atlanta, the Climate Prediction Center said to expect less severe winter storms and warmer than average temperatures. Of course, this is bad news for Southern California, which has been dealing with an exceptional drought the last five years.

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Watchdog: EPA Delayed Flint Emergency Order by Seven Months

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The Environmental Protection Agency had the power and enough information to issue an emergency order to protect the people of Flint, Mich. from lead-contaminated water as early as 7 months before they did, the EPA's inspector general said Thursday.

“Federal law provides the EPA with emergency authority to intervene when the safety of drinking water is compromised," said EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins. "Employees must be knowledgeable, trained and ready to act when such a public health threat looms.”

Flint's drinking water was contaminated after the city switched its supply in April 2014, exposing many of the city's nearly 100,000 residents to elevated lead levels in the water.

State regulators failed to ensure water was being properly treated.

Hundreds of children have been found to have elevated levels of lead in their blood, doctors found.

Lead is a known neurotoxin and is particularly harmful to young children whose neurological systems are still developing. Early lead exposure can have a lifetime of consequences, including lowered IQ, behavioral issues and developmental delays among others, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Federal, state and local officials have pointed fingers for over two years since the water crisis began.

So far, three state officials are facing charges.

The Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1431 provides emergency authority to the EPA. According to the IG, the EPA has its own internal guidance since 1991 about what it can do in the event of an emergency situation like Flint.

“These situations should generate a greater sense of urgency,” said the inspector general.

The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Three Children Waiting to Board School Bus Hit by SUV

Ingram Publishing/iStock/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Police in Louisville, Kentucky, say three children remain in the hospital after an SUV hit them as they prepared to board a school bus.

Officer Dwight Mitchell of the Louisville Metro Police Department said around 8 a.m. Thursday officers responded to a 911 call about a vehicle collision involving pedestrians.

In a statement, police said the Cadillac Escalade was traveling in the same direction as the school bus when the bus stopped suddenly.

According to police, the driver of the SUV swerved to avoid hitting the school bus and went up on the sidewalk, to the right of the bus, striking three children waiting to board.

Police said the driver did not see the three children. Two of the children were said to be ages 9 and 10. The third child's age was unknown.

The bus, bound for Dixie and Englehard Elementary Schools, was empty at the time except for the driver.

"I saw this little girl was up under the car," one resident told ABC affiliate WHAS-TV in Louisville. "So it was about seven or eight of us -- I don't know how many it was -- we was trying to raise the car up. So when we got it up high enough, the police pulled a kid from under the car. And boy, I was so thankful that we could get her out but she was in bad shape. She was bleeding real bad. So EMS, they started working on her."

WHAS-TV said two of the children were brother and sister. The third child was not related to the other two.

Mitchell said the children were taken to the hospital, with two in critical condition and the third with serious injuries. He said the driver of the SUV had also been taken to the hospital.

So far, according to police, the driver of the SUV is expected to be charged with having no insurance or registration. Mitchell said police were still investigating the accident.

"It's a very tragic situation that's happened," he said. "The driver did stay but was injured. ... Our prayers are with these children that they recover. That's the main thing."

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NSA Can Potentially Access More Phone Data Than Ever

NSA via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — One of the reforms designed to rein in the surveillance authorities of the National Security Agency has perhaps inadvertently solved a technical problem for the spy outfit and granted it potential access to much more data than before, a former top official told ABC News.

Before the signing of the USA Freedom Act in June 2015, one of the NSA's most controversial programs was the mass collection of telephonic metadata from millions of Americans — the information about calls, including the telephone numbers involved, the time and the duration but not the calls' content — under a broad interpretation of the Patriot Act's Section 215. From this large "haystack," as officials have called it, NSA analysts could get approval to run queries on specific numbers purportedly linked to international terrorism investigations.

The problem for the NSA was that the haystack was only about 30 percent as big as it should've been; the NSA database was missing a lot of data. As The Washington Post reported in 2014, the agency was not getting information from all wireless carriers and it also couldn't handle the deluge of data that was coming in.

On the technical side, Chris Inglis, who served as the NSA's deputy director until January 2014, recently told ABC News that when major telecommunications companies previously handed over customer records, the NSA "just didn't ingest all of it."

"[NSA officials] were trying to make sure they were doing it exactly right," he said, meaning making sure that the data was being pulled in according to existing privacy policies. The metadata also came in various forms from the different companies, so the NSA had to reformat much of it before loading it into a searchable database.

Both hurdles meant that the NSA couldn't keep up, and of all the metadata the agency wanted to be available for specific searches internally, only about a third of it actually was.

But then the USA Freedom Act was signed into law, and now Inglis said, all that is "somebody else's problem."

The USA Freedom Act ended the NSA's bulk collection of metadata but charged the telecommunications companies with keeping the data on hand. The NSA and other U.S. government agencies now must request information about specific phone numbers or other identifying elements from the telecommunications companies after going through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court and arguing that there is a "reasonable, articulable suspicion" that the number is associated with international terrorism.

As a result, the NSA no longer has to worry about keeping up its own database and, according to Inglis, the percentage of available records has shot up from 30 percent to virtually 100. Rather than one internal, incomplete database, the NSA can now query any of several complete ones.

The new system "guarantees that the NSA can have access to all of it," Inglis said.

NSA general counsel Glenn Gerstell made a brief reference to the increased capacity in a post for the Lawfare blog in January after terrorist attacks at home and abroad.

"Largely overlooked in the debate that has ensued in the wake of recent attacks is the fact that under the new arrangement, our national security professionals will have access to a greater volume of call records subject to query in a way that is consistent with our regard for civil liberties," he wrote.

Mark Rumold, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told ABC News he doesn't have much of a problem with the NSA's wider access to telephone data, since now the agency has to go through a "legitimate" system with "procedural protections" before jumping into the databases.

"Their ability to obtain records has broadened, but by all accounts, they're collecting a far narrower pool of data than they were initially," he said, referring to returns on specific searches. "They can use a type of legal process with a broader spectrum of providers than earlier. To me, that isn't like a strike against it. That's almost something in favor of it, because we've gone through this public process, we've had this debate, and this is where we settled on the scope of the authority we were going to give them."

Rumold said he's still concerned about the NSA's ability to get information on phone numbers linked to a number in question — up to two "hops" away — but he said the USA Freedom Act "remains a step in the right direction."

The trade-off of the new system, according to Inglis, is in the efficiency of the searches. Whereas in the past the NSA could instantaneously run approved searches of its database, now the agency must approach each telecommunications company to ask about a number and then wait for a response.

In his January post Gerstell acknowledged concerns that the new approach could be "too cumbersome to be effective" and said the NSA will report to Congress on how the arrangement is working. A representative for the NSA declined to tell ABC News if any problems have been encountered so far, and Rumold noted there has been no public evidence of any issues.

Inglis said he isn't terribly concerned if the searches are a little slower. It's a small price to pay, he said, for what he called an "additional safeguard" that could increase the public's confidence in what the NSA is and how it operates.

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Video of DC Metro Police Arrest Stirs Controversy 

ABC News(WASHINGTON) --  Metro Transit Police in Washington, D.C., are under fire after a video surfaced on social media of an officer tripping a detained woman when she refused orders to sit down at the Columbia Heights station.

According to Metro Transit police, the confrontation began when an officer with the Metro Transit Police Department asked a woman on the paid side of the fare gates to put her bag of potato chips away. According to the Metro, riders cannot “eat, drink, smoke or litter on Metro vehicles or in stations. Metro Transit Police issue citations or make arrests to enforce the law.”

 The woman, according to the police report, refused to put away her food.

An officer then tells the woman, who is not named, that if she does not put her food away, she would need to leave the station, according to the police. She responded, "No, I'm not going anywhere!"

A video of the encounter, shot by a bystander and posted on YouTube on Oct. 18 by an "April Goggans," contains a description that says the woman was walking with a bag of chips and a lollipop. The video shows a small crowd gathering around a handcuffed woman and a few officers. An officer is seen tripping the woman after she refuses two orders to sit down.

The woman then attempts to stand up. The officer, who had tripped her moments before, puts his hand on the woman's shoulder, pushing her back to the ground.

Moments later, the video shows a police officer going through a backpack next to the woman, who is seated and handcuffed. The woman is heard asking why the officer is going through her belongings. The police report obtained by ABC News does not mention the officer's search.

A second video shows the woman, who police say is 18 years old, appearing to resist at times while the police escort her out of the Metro station.

 When the officers arrive at the police vehicle, the woman is seen on video struggling with officers. One officer repeatedly orders the woman to "get off my hand" and "let me do my job." The arrested woman continues to scream and curse at the officers, complaining that her face had been "slapped against the (expletive) car."

The woman was arrested for unlawful entry and was not injured from the arrest, according to police. Prosecutors have decided not to charge the woman, according to a statement today from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

"Prohibitions on eating, drinking, smoking, playing music without headphones, etc. have been in place since Metro opened in 1976 and are criminal statutes in each of the jurisdictions. In other words, these are not Metro rules or policies, they are ordinances," the statement read. "Metro does not receive any revenue as a result of fines; that goes to the jurisdictions. It is correct that the prohibition on eating reduces rodents, pests, unsanitary conditions and unpleasant smells.”

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokesperson Dan Stessel said MTPD command staff "are reviewing the handling of this arrest, which is standard when there is a public question about use of force."

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NYPD 'Failed' Woman Who Was Shot and Killed by Sergeant: Police Commissioner

WABC(NEW YORK) --  Police "failed" a 66-year-old woman with a history of psychiatric problems when an officer shot and killed her Tuesday night, said New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill.

A uniformed NYPD sergeant shot and killed Deborah Danner after she wielded scissors and a bat at him while he was checking up on her, police said.

O'Neill said police were "were called to help" a "person in crisis."

"That's not how it's supposed to go," O'Neill said. "It's not how we train. Out first obligation is to preserve life -- not to take a life when it can be avoided."

Sgt. Hugh Barry responded to a 911 call about an emotionally disturbed person in The Bronx just after 6 p.m., when a neighbor complained that a woman was acting in an irrational manner, according to the NYPD.

About 10 minutes later, Barry entered the apartment to investigate and found Danner armed with a pair a scissors, according to cops. The sergeant convinced Danner to put the scissors down, but she then approached the officer and grabbed a baseball bat, police said.

The sergeant fired two shots from his revolver as Danner attempted to strike him with the baseball bat, police said. She was struck in the torso and transported to Jacobi Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.

 O'Neill said that while "in the vast majority of cases we get it right," he wants "to know why it happened."

"Cops know when you become a police officer you are 100 percent accountable for your actions -- everything you do," he said. "When a life is taken, as one was last night, we have to ask tough questions."

The NYPD has launched an internal investigation into the incident, police said. Barry has been put on modified duty as the department tries to determine why he used deadly force instead of his Taser.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the police-involved shooting "tragic" and said it "should not have happened." The mayor also said that Barry did not follow his police training but added that until last night, the NYPD had properly handled nearly 200 calls in 2016 involving an emotionally disturbed person.

The Sergeants Benevolent Association said: "Being forced to shoot a civilian under any circumstances is traumatic for police officers, but to be immediately vilified based on innuendo and the social and political climate only compounds the tragedy."

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Texas Police Officer Honored for Using CPR to Save Three-Year-Old Boy

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A police officer in Granbury, Texas, was recently recognized by city officials for using CPR to save a 3-year-old boy in a dramatic moment caught on dash-cam video.

On Oct. 12, Officer Chase Miller responded to a 911 call requesting help at a Kentucky Fried Chicken for a little boy who was not breathing and unresponsive. Dash-cam footage from Miller's vehicle showed him pulling into the restaurant's parking lot minutes later.

The department said that after Miller got out of his vehicle, he encountered a group of people, including a crying woman carrying an unresponsive little boy in her arms.

Deputy Chief Jim Marshall identified the woman as Bethany Hoover, 21, of Granbury, and the little boy as Hoover's 3-year-old son, Brayden Geis. Brayden's father, John Geis, 21, of Granbury, could also be seen in the video.

Hoover told ABC News today that Brayden had suffered a febrile seizure due to a cold he'd come down with.

"His fever spiked too quickly," she said.

A general manager at the Kentucky Fried Chicken, Hoover said she'd called her husband in to work as a cook that evening. She told him to bring along Brayden until her mother could come pick him up.

Hoover said at first, Brayden was playing but then started crying. She said she give him ibuprofen, but when she noticed how hot he was, she took him outside. The boy's head was resting on his shoulder, Hoover said, and then she felt his arm go limp.

"[I] leaned him forward and he was having a seizure," she said. "John called 911."

Police said Miller began CPR and then had the boy's dad continue chest compressions as he got a breathing mask. Police said that after two minutes, Miller had revived the child. Brayden was later treated by the Granbury Volunteer Fire Department and then taken to Lake Granbury Medical Center.

"The child is now doing fine and is recovering with his family," police said in a news release.

Hoover told ABC News that by the next day, Brayden was acting like nothing had happened though the fever still lingered.

At a City Council meeting Tuesday night, Miller was awarded the Life Saving Award for saving Brayden's life. Miller also got to meet Brayden and his parents. The officer gave Brayden several gifts, including a toy police dog named Chase from the children's show "Paw Patrol."

"Officer Miller's exceptional performance reflect great credit upon himself, the Granbury Police Department and the city of Granbury," police said.

Hoover said that the three had visited Miller again at the police department today. She said that she and her husband had told Miller that they'd give him their world for saving Brayden.

"Our son is the world to us," she said today. "That's our world. That's our life."

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