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Frederick News Post (Newspaper) - August 22, 2015, Frederick, MarylandSaturday August 22, 2015 the Frederick news Post nation a3 by Robert Burns a National Security writer fort Benning a. The first female soldiers to Complete the a mys rigorous Ranger school pinned on their Black and Gold Ranger Tab at a raucous graduation ceremony Friday capping their history making week and putting a spotlight on the debate Over women in combat. With family members friends an unusually Large Media contingent and an All Star cast of former rangers watching first it. Shaye Haver of Copperas Cove Texas and capt. Kristen Griest of Orange Connecticut graduated alongside 94 male soldiers at a ceremony on the Shore of Victory Pond. The women Drew National attention for finishing the nine week program designed to test Young soldiers leadership abilities As the Pentagon approaches decisions on opening All combat positions to women who meet military standards. Their Success casts new attention on the obstacles that remain to women who aspire to join All male combat units including the 75th Ranger regiment. Although Haver and Griest Are now Ranger qualified no women Are eligible for the elite regiment although officials say it is among special operations units Likely to be opened to women eventually. Griest 26, is a military police officer and has served one tour in Afghanistan. Haver 25, is a Pilot of Apache helicopters. Both Are graduates of the u. S. Military Academy at West Point. Of 19 women who began the Ranger course Haver and Griest Are the Only two to finish so far one is repeating a prior phase of training in Hopes of graduating soon. Addressing the graduates maj. Gen. Scott Miller said no one should doubt that All 96 graduates met Ranger standards regardless of their sex and he congratulated them on proving their Mettle. Youll leave Victory Pond today with a Small piece of cloth on your shoulder but More importantly you carry the title of Ranger from Here on out. He said. First women graduate from Ranger school 2 female soldiers earn elite Tab spotlighting debate Over women in combat army first it. Shaye Haver right stands in formation at an army Ranger school graduation ceremony Friday at fort Benning a. Associated press by Jim Suhr associated press St. Louis an autopsy showed that an 18 year old who was shot and killed by an officer helping serve a search warrant in a violence plagued neighbourhood died from a single wound in the Back police said Friday. St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson cautioned that the location of Mansur Ball Beyus wound neither confirms nor disproves two officers accounts that Ball Bey pointed a gun at them before they shot at him wednesday. Dotson said thursday that a stolen handgun linked to Ball Bey with one round in the chamber and 13 More in the Magazine was found at the scene. Just because he was shot in the Back does not mean he was running away Dotson told the St. Louis Post dispatch. What i do know is that two officers were involved and fired shots but i dont know exactly where they were standing yet and i wont know until i get their statements. Authorities a vent said exactly where in the Back Ball Bay was shot. Police a vent released the full autopsy or toxicology tests yet and have not explained Why they dont yet have statements from the officers. Dotson unreachable Friday by the associated press has pledged a thorough internal investigation by the polices year old Force investigation unit. Without specifying How Long that transparent inquiry May take police said its findings will be forwarded to St. Louis City and Federal prosecutors for review. We have a policy thatus Strong a process thatus Strong he told the a. Theress Strong third party review and we want to make everything above reproach. Messages left with the Ball Bay family is attorney Jermaine Wooten were not immediately returned. Wooten has insisted to Media outlets that Ball Bay was not armed when killed. The Law gives police officers latitude to use deadly Force when they feel physically endangered. The supreme court held in a 1989 Case that the appropriateness of use of Force by officers must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene rather than evaluated through 20/ 20 Hindsight. That Standard is designed to take into account that police officers frequently must make split second decisions during fast evolving confrontations and should not be subject to Overly harsh second guessing. The Justice department cited that Legal threshold earlier this year when it cleared officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. When it comes to suspects shot from behind a police practices expert counselled against Quick conclusions. Any time a suspect is shot in the Back it causes people to think something was done improperly or unfairly said Chuck Drago a former police chief in Oviedo Florida. The truth is there Are a lot of different ways a person could get shot in the Back running away and that in and of itself does not mean a bad shooting. Drago said if an officer deems that a suspect running with a gun in hand poses a danger to police or bystanders shooting him in the Back May be the Only lawful Way to Stop him. And often when an officer confronts an armed suspect by the time that officer recognizes the threat gets a signal sent to their brain pulls their gun and fires the suspect May already have turned Drago said. These types of use of Force need to be evaluated on their totality he said. Officers have been cleared in cases in which suspects were shot in the Back including the St. Louis killing nearly a year ago of Black 18 year old Vonderria Myers or. By Jason Flanery a White off duty officer. Authorities have said Flanery was patrolling a neighbourhood As a Security officer in a marked private Security car when he confronted Myers who began shooting Down a Hill at Flanery. Flanery returned fire As Myers fled. Dot songs department internally investigated the matter and turned it Over to St. Louis prosecutor Jennifer Joyce who in May announced that her offices Independent and exhaustive investigation concluded Flanery acted in self defense. Joyce said an autopsy showed Myers was shot eight times with six of the Entrance wounds on the Back of Myers legs. All had an upward track consistent with Fla Nerys account that he was downhill from Myers. An attorney for Myers family has insisted he was unarmed and Flanery planted the gun near Myers body. Report suspect was shot in Back associated press St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson left appeals for Calm on thursday at West Side missionary Baptist Church. Officers made several arrests and used tear Gas amid protests that followed the death of a Black 18 year old Man who was shot by police wednesday after he allegedly pointed a gun at them while attempting to serve a search warrant in a crime troubled Section of the Cit yes North Side. At right is mayor Francis slay. Theress Strong third party review and we want to make everything above reproach. Sam Dotson St. Louis police chief by Brian Slodysko associated press Indianapolis the National Rifle association has been instructing Indiana National guard members on How to use concealed weapons after Republican gov. Mike Pence directed the states military bases and training centers to beef up Security in response to recent attacks in Tennessee. According to a Survey by the associated press Indiana is the Only state to enlist the a rats help in the training which the gun rights group says it will conduct free of charge for any guardsman who wants to carry a concealed handgun. Although National guard members traditionally have not been allowed to carry weapons while conducting most stateside duties Pence is one of 14 governors who decided to Arm them in the Wake of a gun mans attacks last month on two u. S. Military Sites in Chattanooga that left four marines dead. Gun control advocates argue its inappropriate for a state to involve a political lobbying organization in training members of the military and even some National guard officials from states that allow guardsmen to carry weapons question Why a civilian organization is needed. This is a military problem to Deal with so were going to Deal with it with the military said it. Col. Joel Lynch a spokesman for the Arkansas National guard which is handling the training of its guard members itself. As governor Pence has wide ranging Powers Over the Indiana National guard and appoints the adjutant general who oversees operations. Pence spokeswoman Kara Brooks declined to comment and directed inquiries to the Indiana National guard. It. Col. Cathy Van Bree guard spokeswoman said guard instructors have previously offered handgun instruction themselves but that pences executive order last month allowing guardsmen to be armed requires a deeper level of training. She did not elaborate. In order to be armed a guardsman must have a valid conceal carry permit and undergo training. Van Bree declined to say How Many members have been approved to be armed. Guy Relford an Era instructor who recently trained about 65 Indiana guardsmen at an armory in Franklin said his Basic pistol course delves into safety scenarios on when and when not to shoot. Without training the National guard has dramatically increased the possibility that someone could Hurt themselves or others with a gun Relford said. The a Survey of the 14 states that have armed their National guards shows that most states had members of the military or Law enforcement conduct the training. Only Indiana Arkansas Florida Kentucky and Oklahoma said they allow guardsmen to carry concealed weapons. At least seven others including the largest state California allow guard members to carry weapons in Plain sight. Officials in Alabama declined to release information about their firearms rules for guardsmen while the Texas National guard say if concealed handguns were allowed. The fact is our folks Are very comfortable in using weapons and using discernment in when they use those weapons so having an outside Agency involved is a Little bit of a Surprise capt. Will Martin a spokesman for the California National guard said of India nays policy. Eric Dietz a professor at Purdue University who studies Homeland Security issues said his research suggests causalities in some Active shooter situations could be reduced if someone such As a guardsman has a concealed handgun. Although More known for its role As an advocacy group the Era also frequently conducts handgun training programs for civilians. Relford says most guard members dont get pistol training from the military and those who do Are taught using the Standard 9mm. Pences policy applies to a vast array of firearms ranging from a .22 Caliper up to a .357 magnum. Era to train Indiana guard on firearms

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