Wisconsin Dad Against Bullying

Dr. Robert O'Block reports that the actions of a Wisconsin dad who is fighting back against bullying is finally seeing action. Matthew Bent complained to his son's school in the Kaukauna Area School district about the bullying his son was being subjected to. When his complaints did not see results, he decided to take another course of action. He took a photo standing behind his son and his son was holding a sign which read: "I stand behind my son in the fight against bullying! Please "like" and "share" to send a message loud and clear that bullying needs to stop now. Tell school districts that protecting bullies by turning a blind eye is wrong." Since the picture was posted on March 26, it has received  more than 452,200 "likes" and has been shared more than 465,000 times. The father and son appeared on NBC's Today show and said they were amazed at the response. “The Facebook page has been unbelievable. I’ve heard from people around the world, some amazing stories,” Bent said, adding that the fight is far from over. Read the story in its entirety here.

 

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/wisconsin-dad-facebook-post-bullying-sees-results-article-1.1316932

Last Moments Caught on Tape

Dr. Robert O'Block learned of a video released Thursday showing  the moment that a mother of 12 from Brooklyn was shot as she picked up her daughter from school. Zurana Horton, 34 was caught in a shootout between two gangs on October 21, 2011. Andrew Lopez, 20 and his half-brother, Jonathan Carrasquillo, 24, are both on trial for her murder. Lopez is accused of firing at rival gang members from a nearby rooftop. Carrasquillo allegedly told Lopez to "take care of their enemies." Read the full story here.

 

 

Source : http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/video-shows-moments-brooklyn-mom-12-article-1.1314511

Former Police Captain Cleared

Robert O'Block reports that a former Ohio police captain, who was convicted of killing his ex-wife in 1997, has been exonerated due to new DNA testing. After reviewing the test results, a judge determined that no jury would convict him after they saw the results. Justice prevailed and Doug Prade would be released from prison. Margo Prade was a 41-year-old prominent Akron doctor. She was shot six times while she sat in her minivan just outside her office. Unfortunately, there were no eye witnesses and the gun was never found. The only evidence at the scene was a bite mark on her arm. The killer had bitten her so hard that it left an impression through her clothing. There was conflicting testimony at Prade's trial about whether the bite mark matched his teeth. Ultimately he was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. Thanks to the Ohio Innocence Project, DNA testing from the bite mark proved that the DNA left by the murderer was not Doug Prade's.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/29/ohio-police-captain-exonerated-ex-wife-murder-after-14-years-in-prison/

DNA for ‘In Cold Blood’ Killers

Robert O'Block reports that new DNA results could link "In Cold Blood" killers, Perry E. Smith and Richard E. Hickock, to the murders of another family, the Walkers, from Sarasota County, Florida. Smith and Hickock were charged, convicted, and executed for the murders of the Clutter family in Kansas. They were profiled in Truman Capote’s 1966 book, “In Cold Blood.  This DNA testing could result in a 54-year-old cold case being solved.

 

Source: http://www.kansas.com/2013/01/28/2653278/dna-results-could-change-narrative.html

Robert O’Block | Hard Work Leads to Success

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Robert O'Block has been working hard since he was a child. At the age of thirteen, while other boys were spending their time playing, O'Block was working at a driving range, where he retrieved golf balls. While other boys did sports, Dr. Robert O'Block was busing restaurant tables. Other children joined clubs; Dr. O'Block worked with nursery stock. He even financed his own Catholic school education by cleaning department store floors.

Dr. O'Block even worked late-nights as a law enforcement dispatcher to pay for his advanced studies in criminology. During his time in the force, he overcame another kind of challenge – an officer and good friend of his was killed while reprimanding a mentally unstable crime suspect. The incident was incredibly traumatic for everyone involved, and Dr. O'Block survived it by putting his energy into supporting local charities. As a way to pay respect to his lost friend, he helped found the Greene County 100 Club in Springfield, Missouri.

Robert O'Block accelerated all of his studies and officially became Doctor O'Block after earning his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, EdS and PhD in only six and a half years, all the while continuing to work full-time as a law enforcement officer. At the young age of twenty-five, O'Block managed to take on the responsibility of assistant professorship at a university and even wrote a textbook about criminal justice. For two years, he tackled the challenging and critical job of educating students.

On top of his teaching responsibilities, O'Block even had to face a sociopolitical battle: he discovered that he was being discriminated against within the school system, and that his teaching evaluations had been altered. While others may have accepted the course of events and not stood up against the system, Dr. O'Block took a stand. He brought the issues to the university’s attention, even though this put his professional reputation, career, and everything else that he had worked for on the line. His commitment to justice caused him to have to overcome another major hurdle as those threatened by the truth of his accusations retaliated by making false allegations against him. He was wrongly accused of plagiarism when in reality, he had only been working to help English as a Second Language students improve their academic work. Meanwhile, his father’s health deteriorated, and Dr. O'Block watched him suffer through diabetes, amputations, and finally, die of cancer.

None of these obstacles, however, were enough to slow Dr. O'Block down. He had triumphed over a modest upbringing, worked hard to put himself through school – earning multiple degrees by a young age – and had made it through the death of a close friend, attacks to his professional and academic career, and even the failing health of his father. None of these struggles had defeated his spirit. In fact, when he recognized a strong need for a particular kind of scientific organization to exist, he set about creating one from scratch. And that – using money from his own personal savings and a spare bedroom – is how Dr. O'Block took his first step to forming what would eventually blossom into the American College of Forensic Examiners International. This is the largest and fastest-growing forensic association in the world today.

Robert O’Block is founder of the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI). ACFEI is the largest professional forensic education organization in the world and honored to have as its advisory board members many of the top forensic experts of the 21st century. As all humanity now thrives in the Information Age, Dr. O’Block & ACFEI continues to investigate development of forensic educational services that incorporate Information and Communications Technology. Plans have been made to one day offer the forensic field educational services focused on Cyber Justice, iPredator, Cyber Criminal/Forensic Psychology and Digital Forensics.       

Feel free to visit their website at www.acfei.com. If interested in contacting Dr. O’Block or ACFEI, their phone number is (800) 423-9737.

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Robert O’Block | Formation of Business Owners Supporting Sheriffs

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Law enforcement has been a lifelong passion for Robert O’Block, as he began his duties as an officer at the young age of 19, and continues to support numerous sheriff departments throughout the nation today. Dr. O’Block’s service started as simply a way to aid in financing his college education, but has far exceeded such means. In the small town of Frontenac, Kansas, Dr. O’Block took his first job as a police officer, working the graveyard shift and earning his criminology degree during the day. While this depressed mining town was not the most intense locations as far as law enforcement is concerned, it is where Dr. O’Block first realized the financial struggles that small-town departments have to overcome. Also, he came to discover the importance that these under-funded departments have in American society.

A vast majority of these departments have fewer than 10 officers, most of whom have been part of the community in which they serve for their entire lives. His experience in Kansas opened his eyes to discover that these close ties between law enforcement and the community help to prevent crime. Unfortunately, many of these departments are being downsized or have an extreme lack of resources compared to departments in urban areas. This is a problem that Dr. O’Block has recently set out to solve.

While Dr. O’Block has immensely contributed to forensics and law enforcement throughout his career and development of ACFEI, his recent endeavor, Business Owners Supporting Sheriffs (B.O.S.S.) got its kick-start in 2008. It was during this year that he was invited to attend the FBI’s Citizens’ Academy in Quantico, Virginia. This academy is designed to build trust and understanding about law enforcement, instill civic responsibility among community leaders, and ultimately create safer communities. For 10 weeks, Dr. O’Block made constant commutes between Springfield, MO and Quantico, and successfully completed the training, obtaining certification in 2008. But Dr. O’Block was only in the beginning stages of what he was to accomplish in regards to constructing secure communities.

Shortly after graduating from the FBI’s Citizens’ Academy, he was invited to join InfraGard, a large national alliance between the FBI and private sectors whose goal is to protect critical infrastructures. Part of the responsibilities of InfaGard is to share information that could assist in exposing criminals and terrorists. As if all this wasn’t enough to fulfill his duties to the community, Dr. O’Block would soon seek further measures to help protect his community and country.

November 22, 2010 marks the date of Dr. O’Block’s graduation from the 700 Hour Basic Law Enforcement Training Course conducted by the Missouri Sheriff’s Association. It was throughout this training course in which Dr. O’Block was reminded of the struggles small-town departments face due to budget cuts. Having experienced similar frustrations when working as a police officer in Frontenac, he decided that someone needed to solve the problem. Who better to tackle the task than heavily trained and deeply involved, Dr. Robert O’Block? He decided to create B.O.S.S, a national organization that encourages business owners and civic leaders nationwide to help support their local sheriff’s department.

Each local independent chapter of B.O.S.S is committed to ensure that their local department has the essential equipment and training to provide appropriate emergency response for the community. Dr. O’Block also manages a Web site, www.BOSSheriffs.org, which assists communities in starting a local chapter of their own. From his beginnings in law enforcement as a young man, to his most recent B.O.S.S project, Dr. O’Block has more than proven his dedication to creating safe communities. His willingness to complete any and all of the necessary steps to succeed in this goal has made an incredible difference for numerous departments and communities across the country.

Robert O’Block is founder of the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI). ACFEI is the largest professional forensic education organization in the world and honored to have as its advisory board members many of the top forensic experts of the 21st century. As all humanity now thrives in the Information Age, Dr. O’Block & ACFEI continues to investigate development of forensic educational services that incorporate Information and Communications Technology. Plans have been made to one day offer the forensic field educational services focused on Cyber Justice, iPredator, Cyber Criminal/Forensic Psychology and Digital Forensics.       

Feel free to visit their website at www.acfei.com. If interested in contacting Dr. O’Block or ACFEI, their phone number is (800) 423-9737.

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