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Mom Sends Cops Thank You Letter After Arresting Daughter on Spring Break

A grateful mother wrote a note to police officers in Walton County, Florida after they arrested her daughter for underage drinking. 

The 19-year old woman was apparently drinking on a beach and when confronted by officers provided a fake ID. 

The young woman's mother was thankful for the officer's actions and sent the department a letter to let them know. 

In the note, the unnamed mother stated, "In this day, ‘cops’ are getting a bad rap. So, I wanted to say ‘thank you’. Yesterday, my daughter was one of the thousands of spoiled spring breakers “living it up” on the beach. She got arrested for underage drinking."

She continued, "The arrest scared the HELL out of her and I’m hoping she learned her lesson. The reason that I am sending this is that every officer that I talked to or that I could hear in the back ground talking to her was so nice!"

See the full Facebook post HERE.

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Gov Removes Prosecutor From Markeith Loyd Case After Refusal to Pursue Death Penalty

Gov Rick Scott;  Photo: via tampabay.com

Gov Rick Scott; Photo: via tampabay.com

Florida Governor Rick Scott, outraged at the refusal of State's Attorney Aramis D. Ayala to pursue the death penalty against accused cop-killer Markeith Loyd, has removed her from the case and reassigned it to another attorney.

Gov. Scott said that Ayala's actions "made it clear that she will not fight for justice and that is why I am using my executive authority to immediately reassign the case to State Attorney Brad King."

In speaking of the families that lost loved ones, allegedly at the hands of Loyd, Governor Scott added, "These families deserve a state attorney who will aggressively prosecute Markeith Loyd to the fullest extent of the law and justice must be served."

Governor Scott had asked Ayala to recuse herself from the case but she apparently refused, prompting him to remove her himself.

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Florida Deputy Attacked, Choked After Fight Breaks Out at Soccer Game

An Orange County, FL deputy was attacked and choked by a large group of individuals after trying to break up a fight following a soccer game. 

The deputy had been working at an Orlando City soccer game when the fight broke out.

After the deputy tried to intervene he was attacked and choked by participants of the fight. 

Three people were taken into custody related to the attack. The deputy was treated at a local hospital but is expected to recover. 

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Florida Sheriff's Deputy Recovering After Tuesday Shooting

Sgt. Richard Stelter;  Photo: Orange County Sheriff's Dept.

Sgt. Richard Stelter; Photo: Orange County Sheriff's Dept.

An Orange County, FL sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded while attempting to serve a warrant on Tuesday.

Sgt. Richard Stelter, 45, was shot multiple times while trying to serve an outstanding arrest warrant on Christopher Redding, 20.

Redding allegedly opened fire on officers and struck Stelter. Multiple other officers returned fire, killing Redding.

Sgt. Stelter was taken to a local hospital for treatment and released the following day. 

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FL Restaurant Owner Accused of Knowing That Employees Spit in Officers' Food

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Photo: via actionnewsjax.com

Employees of a Jacksonville Beach, FL restaurant allegedly spit in the food of police officers and, according to a police report, the owner of the restaurant was aware of what was happening. 

The report alleges that the owner of Cruisers Grill told police that he was aware of employees spitting in the food of officers because "you are all bullies."

The owner's alleged anger toward officers stemmed from an incident in which he received a ticket for an expired registration. The report states that the owner felt that he should have only received a warning and not a ticket.

Local news outlets contacted the owner of the grill and he denied the allegations, stating, "My employees have never done anything like this ever."

You can read the entire police report HERE.

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Police: Woman Destroys Trump Sign, Threatens Owner Because it "Ruined Her Chill"

Elizabeth McSurdy;  Photo: Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Elizabeth McSurdy; Photo: Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

An Oakland, CA woman allegedly took a knife to a Trump sign she spotted in front of a business on Big Pine Key and then threatened the owners of the sign all because the sight of the sign "ruined her chill." 

Elizabeth McSurdy, 30, is alleged to have then drove off after the incident; however, she was quickly stopped by police officers and taken into custody.

McSurdy posted bond but is facing charges including assault with a deadly weapon.

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Orlando Police Officer Shot and Killed; Deputy Also Dies While Pursuing Suspect

Master Sergeant Debra Clayton;  Photo: via @OrlandoPolice

Master Sergeant Debra Clayton; Photo: via @OrlandoPolice

Orlando Police are mourning one of their own today after a 17-year veteran police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Master Sergeant Debra Clayton was shot and killed outside of a local Walmart after she confronted a murder suspect by the name of Markeith Loyd. Loyd is suspected of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend just last month.

After the shooting, Loyd fled the scene and local police began a manhunt for the suspected cop-killer.

Later Monday morning tragedy struck the law enforcement community again. An Orange County Deputy Sheriff riding his motorcycle in pursuit of Loyd was struck and killed by a vehicle that had pulled in front of his motorcycle.

He was transported to a local hospital but succumbed to his injuries.

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Florida Man Arrested After Urinating on Trooper, Yelling, "F--- Trump"

Joseph Murphy;  Photo: Orange Co. Jail

Joseph Murphy; Photo: Orange Co. Jail

Perhaps too much alcohol led a 20-year old man to urinate on a Florida trooper and curse out the President-elect, but that's speculation.

What is known is that a Florida man, identified as Joseph Murphy, was arrested on New Year's Day after officers located the apparently intoxicated man on Disney property.

Murphy was allegedly resisting arrest and refusing to cooperate with police when he was placed inside of a police cruiser. He then began banging his head against the window and shouting, "police brutality."

When officers opened the door to deal with him he allegedly began urinating on the floor of the patrol car as well as the leg of one of the troopers.

The suspect also allegedly yelled several expletives directed toward the officers as well as President-elect Donald Trump, stating, "F--- Trump."

Murphy was booked on charges including battery on an officer, indecent exposure, and resisting arrest without violence.

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Florida Deputy Killed After Being Hit by Vehicle During Foot Pursuit

Deputy Eric Oliver;  Photo: via actionnewsjax.com

Deputy Eric Oliver; Photo: via actionnewsjax.com

A Nassau County (FL) sheriff's deputy was killed this morning after he was struck by a car in what authorities are describing as a "tragic" accident.

Deputy Eric Oliver, 32, was in foot pursuit of a suspect that had been stopped by U.S. Border Patrol agent when the suspect ran across the A1A. 

Deputy Oliver and another officer gave chase but Oliver was struck by a passing vehicle. Deputy Oliver died on scene.

The suspect who fled on foot is still outstanding.

Deputy Oliver was a 7-year veteran of the force and leaves behind a wife and 6-year old daughter.

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Attacks on Police in Texas, Missouri, and Florida Leave One Officer Dead and Two Wounded

Sunday proved a particularly dangerous day for police officers throughout the nation as officers in Texas, Missouri, and Florida were victims of ambush attacks.

San Antonio police officer Benjamin Marconi was shot and killed as he sat in his car writing a ticket. The assailant in that incident fled and a manhunt is currently underway to capture him.

Hours later, a police officer in St. Louis was shot in the face after a vehicle pulled up alongside his and opened fire. That assailant was later killed in a shootout with police. The St. Louis officer was said to be conscious and communicating at the hospital in critical but stable condition.

The incident in Florida occurred on Sanibel Island, along the state's Gulf Coast. A police officer was injured after a suspect opened fire during a traffic stop. That suspect was taken into custody later in the evening. 

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