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Latest Attack on Police Officers Involves a Tampon

The LA Sheriff’s Department is investigating an incident where one of their off duty officers was given a frappuchino with a tampon in it after he used his police credit union debit card to purchase the drink.

The LAPD officer was at a Starbucks inside a Target in Diamond Bar and half way through his drink noticed the large cotton sanitary device. It is unclear if it was used.

Fox affiliate reporter, Bill Melugin tweeted the image, citing the incident.

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According to FOX11, the Sheriff’s department issued the following statement.

“Walnut Station Detectives are investigating an incident of the alleged poisoning of food or drink at a local business. The incident was reported to have occurred Friday, June 19, 2020, at approximately ‪2:30 p.m.‬, on the 700 block of Grand Avenue in the city of Diamond Bar. The victim was a male White 36 years-old. This is an ongoing investigation. No further information is available at this time.”

This follows a report last week where three officers in the Bronx suspected their milkshakes from Shake Shack were spiked. An investigation, however, found “no criminality.”

Tensions between the police and the communities they serve have been rising not only in the past few weeks following the death of George Floyd but for years.

In 2016 a Subway employee in Utah allegedly spiked an officer’s drink with narcotics that resulted in him requiring hospital care.

In 2014, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officers Igor Soldo and Alyn Beck were shot and killed while eating lunch at a pizza restaurant.

Two Cops Killed in Las Vegas 'Ambush' - 6abc Philadelphia
Officer Igor Soldo and Officer Alyn Beck

For officers to avoid becoming the victims of food contamination or assault, many try to shop and eat undercover. However, with social media, one’s identity and employment is easily exposed.

Yet if a business promotes themselves as “police friendly” they could become victims of boycotts and looting.

The danger law enforcement officers face daily continues, even down to what they eat and drink.

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, iHeart Radio and is a Board Certified Family Physician

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Derek Chauvin’s Mug Shot Causing Social Media Stir

Updated 6/8/20

Police Officer Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged this week with murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

Derek Chauvin Mug Shot Explained….Somewhat

After days of riots in Minneapolis and multiple other large cities across the US, Chauvin’s mug shot appeared on all major new outlets as proof of the arrest.

However, many on social media are confused as to why the mug shot picture looks dissimilar to the officer in the viral video showing him kneeling on the neck of George Floyd.

In the image on the right, the 44 year old police officer has a shaved head, has gray hair, a widow’s peak (hair line on scalp angling down), an oblong shape head, a slight goatee, full eyebrows and a rounded chin.

In the image on the left, the mug shot shows slightly more growth of hair on his head, no widow’s peak, less gray hair, thinner eyebrows, a square shape to his face, and a more square jaw.

However for those of us in the media, we are painfully aware of how significant lighting, facial angle, and distance from the camera can be when it comes to our facial features.

The mug shot is typically taken by a camera a short distance away, with lighting able to capture facial features that are characteristic of the accused. The image of Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd was taken at a much longer distance away and then zoomed. The high camera angle also distorts the facial image as opposed to a mug shot’s straight level shot.

The former officer’s grimace during the apprehension can additionally change facial shape and scalp hair contour that a mug shot will fail to provide.

Lighting from outside natural light is always different than artificial light used during photography and can change hair color and face shape depending on shadowing that is present.

And the image on the left might have been resized to fit the frame allowing a more widened view of the face.

And maybe Chauvin plucked his eyebrows and shaved his chin prior to the mug shot.

Or maybe the first photo was not a mug shot of him that day………..

Now we have new mug shots from the Minnesota Department of Corrections that was supposedly taken the same day as the earlier mug shot (taken at Ramsey County Jail)

Derek Chauvin’s bail has been increased to $1.25 million as the former police officer charged in the death of George Floyd made his first appearance in court today
Derek Chauvin (pictured on June 3), 44, was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck during his arrest, is a 20-year veteran of the force who was investigated over a fatal police shooting in 2006

However, since his nose, lips and ear shapes appear congruent in both images, I would for now go with the notion that the mug shot provided by Hennepin County authorities is of the former police officer we see in the video….however the first picture released was possibly taken a while back.

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, iHeart Radio and a Board Certified Family Physician

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