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Ariz. cop fired after fatally shooting a disabled man 9 times

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UPDATED 7:35 PM PT – Wednesday, December 1, 2021

An off-duty Arizona police officer has been fired after fatally shooting a disabled man in a wheelchair for allegedly shoplifting from a local Walmart. Officer Ryan Remington was terminated for excessive use of force on Wednesday after firing nine rounds at 61-year-old Richard Lee Richards on Tuesday, leaving him dead at the scene.

An officer at the scene said authorities asked Richards for a receipt, but allege he pulled out a knife instead, saying “here’s your receipt.” The incident was recorded on Remington’s body camera, showing the suspect entering a neighboring Lowe’s store before things turned deadly.

After following the suspect to his car alongside Remington, a Walmart employee claims Richards said “if you want me to put down the knife, you’re going to have to shoot me.” Moments later, Remington was seen on the ground handcuffing Richards, even though he was already dead.

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The Tucson Police Chief said Remington’s actions were a clear violation of the department’s policies and some officials have questioned why Remington, who was a four-year veteran of the department, used a gun instead of a taser. Remington’s attorney added his client didn’t use a taser because he didn’t feel it was “the proper spread to deploy it with the wheelchair between him and Richards.”

An evidence expert weighing in on the shooting said the most shocking part of the incident was how a weapon was used in the first place, considering the victim’s condition.

“I’m actually surprised that they even had their guns out of their holster,” said Evidence Specialist Scott Roder. “He obviously wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry in his condition, so we certainly do not have a flight risk. I don’t know how much damage someone could do in that situation.”

Meanwhile, the officer’s attorney said the video footage released only shows about 20 percent of what happened Tuesday night, but the case is currently under review by the Pima County Attorney’s Office.

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First confirmed U.S. case of Omicron coronavirus variant detected in Calif.

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the President, delivers an update on the Omicron COVID-19 variant during the daily press briefing at the White House on December 01, 2021 in Washington, DC. The first case of the omicron variant in the United States has been confirmed today in California. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DECEMBER 01: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the President, delivers an update on the Omicron COVID-19 variant during the daily press briefing at the White House on December 01, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 6:11 PM PT – Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The first known case of the COVID Omicron variant in the U.S. has been detected in California.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made the announcement on Wednesday and said the infected individual is fully vaccinated, has mild symptoms and is self-quarantining. Dr. Anthony Fauci said the individual had returned from South Africa to the San Francisco Bay area on Nov. 22.

This comes as no surprise as health officials anticipated the variant would spread to the U.S. after initially being detected in South Africa last week.

Scientists have said Omicron could be more contagious, but it’s unclear whether the variant is more dangerous. It is also unclear how effective COVID-19 vaccines are against this strain of the virus.

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Calif. police union: ACLU to blame for rise in crime

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A mannequin is seen on the street after a store was broken into in Hollywood, California on June 1, 2020, after a third day of protests and looting in California. - Most arrests were related to alleged looting. Major US cities -- convulsed by protests, clashes with police and looting since the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd a week ago -- braced Monday for another night of unrest. More than 40 cities have imposed curfews after consecutive nights of tension that included looting and the trashing of parked cars. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

A mannequin is seen on the street after a store was broken into in Hollywood, California. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 2:56 PM PT – Wednesday, December 1, 2021

California police unions have claimed California voters were lied to by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) following a recent surge of crime in Los Angeles. They added the ACLU is to blame for the recent uptick in smash-and-grab robberies.

According to the president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, voters were lied to with the implementation of Proposition 47. The union said the prop, known as the “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act,” lowered the level of offense for six types of crimes.

This means crimes, including theft under $950, are only to be classified as misdemeanors. David Swing of the State Police Chief Association said this has only made criminals more calculated.

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“Some criminals are actually shopping with calculators and they’re adding up the dollar amount as they are stealing stuff to keep it under that $950 threshold,” said Swing.

Others went on to point out these smash-and-grab thieves aren’t stealing groceries to feed their families, but are instead, ransacking high-end stores to make high profits.

In a recent interview, the president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League spoke on the matter saying, “when society removes accountability for bad behavior, criminals get emboldened to commit more crimes.” This comes after two major instances of theft broke out in Los Angeles County on Black Friday.

One group of eight males in their teens robbed a local Home Depot. Another group of armed men then robbed a luxury store on Melrose Avenue.

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A citywide tactical alert was placed for Los Angeles residents, but was shortly removed Saturday. In the meantime, Los Angeles Police said they’re working to tackle this spike in crime.

“We’re monitoring the situation with the smash-and-grab robberies across the country very closely. We have a close relationship with LAPD and local authorities, and are working very closely with them to make sure that we’re prepared,” said Louis Schillace, the senior general manager at Westfield Century City.

Police unions believe the ACLU is essentially “rolling out the red carpet” for criminals in California. However, in an effort to combat this, five California police unions are sponsoring a movement called the “ACLU Watch” dedicated to safeguarding victims and holding criminals accountable.

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