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Florida Woman Charged After Piece of Concrete Thrown at Officer
Body camera video captured a woman attempting to throw a concrete rock at a police officer, Cape Coral officials said. Cape Coral police told Fox13 on Dec. 13 that they received a 911 call from the suspect, identified as Jessica Blick, but she didn’t give them any details as to why she called. The officers responded to a Family Dollar at 340 Cape Coral Parkway East and discovered her holding a rock in her hands while she was on her cell phone. "Can you put the rock down for me?" the officer asks Blick several times in the video. He also asks her if she had called and why she was standing there with a rock. Blick doesn't respond. Fox13 reported that she threatened to kill the officer and drew back the rock as though she was going to throw it. He ducked as the other officer got close to her. Blick then began running away. Then, both officers deploy their Tasers but apparently miss. In the footage, she is seen throwing the concrete rock, hitting him in the shoulder, according to the Fox affiliate report. The officers then force her into nearby bushes and get her to the ground to place handcuffs on her. Blick, however, rolled over and kicked one of the officers in the groin. Blick was then hit by a type of police-issued spray before she was detained and taken to the hospital. It's not clear why she originally called 911. Blick now faces charges of aggravated assault and battery on a police officer, the Fox affiliate report stated. Other details about the case are not clear. The incident took place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11. Crime Decreases in 2017 Police have not released further details about the incident. The woman’s condition is not known. The FBI said that both violent crime and property crime decreased in 2017 compared to 2016. Overall violent crime decreased 0.2 percent from 2016 to last year, while property crime decreased 3 percent during that time, the agency said in September, releasing data from the previous year. “There were more than 1.2 million violent crimes reported to UCR nationwide in 2017. There was a 0.7 percent decrease in murders and a 4 percent decrease in robberies from 2016 to 2017. Aggravated assaults increased 1 percent in 2017. The FBI began collecting data solely on an updated rape definition last year, and 135,755 rapes were reported to law enforcement in 2017,” the FBI said in its report. “The report also showed there were more than 7.7 million property crimes last year. Burglaries decreased 7.6 percent and larceny-thefts decreased 2.2 percent. Motor vehicle thefts increased 0.8 percent from 2016 to 2017.” These figures were compiled from more than 13,000 law enforcement agencies around the United States that submitted their crime data to the FBI. In Florida, the FBI said that Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Hialeah, Tallahassee, and St. Petersburg are the most violent cities, according to WTXL. Jacksonville recorded 106 murders in 2016, the last available data, Orlando had 84 murders, and Miami saw 55 murders. Meanwhile, Tallahassee is considered the tenth-worst city in the United States when it comes to property crime rates, the FBI said, reported FloridaPolitics in June 2018. There were 52 property crimes per 1,000 residents in the state’s capital city.