Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Nashville Tennesee Bombing


Phil Pulaski has 38 years of law enforcement experience including more than 33 years with the New York City Police Department (NYPD). During 2014, Phil Pulaski retired as NYPD’s Chief of Detectives where he was responsible for more than 3,600 personnel. Additionally, Phil Pulaski has 25 years of bomb operations experience and was commanding officer of the NYPD’s Arson and Explosion Squad. He managed numerous post-blast and pre-blast operations including the Times Square terrorist attempted bombing on May 1, 2010 and NYC subway terrorist planned bombing on July 31, 1997. Phil Pulaski also led a team of NYPD investigators who immediately responded to Oklahoma City to assist the FBI during the investigation of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. In the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Phil Pulaski worked jointly with his FBI counterpart to manage numerous investigations involving terrorist bomb threats and potential bombings.

On December 25, 2020, a car bomb was detonated in downtown Nashville Tennessee. The explosion took place at 166 Second Avenue North between Church Street and Commerce Street at 6:30 am, adjacent to an AT&T network transmission hub building. The explosion caused days-long extremely serious communication service outages. The vehicle containing the bomb was parked outside the AT&T building in downtown Nashville at 1:22 am on December 25, 2020. Four to five hours after being parked, residents in the vicinity were awakened by what seemed to be the sound of rapid gunfire in at least three bursts, followed by a computerized female voice broadcasting over a public address system: "This area must be evacuated now. If you can hear this message, evacuate now." Witnesses recalled that the broadcast warned that there was a bomb in the vehicle. Prior to the explosion, a 15-minute countdown was broadcast from the vehicle. 

Responding to reports of shots being fired at approximately 5:30 am, two Metropolitan Nashville Police Department officers arrived at the incident scene. Though they did not hear any shots, they discovered the parked vehicle and heard the warning. They and three other responding officers subsequently evacuated homes in the area and called in additional police while a sixth officer stayed on the street to redirect pedestrian and vehicular traffic. At one point, two of the officers investigated the vehicle and observed a camera positioned above its rearview mirror. At 6:30 am, while the bomb squad was on its way to the area, the vehicle exploded. The explosion was felt miles away from the blast site. Three innocent people were injured and dozens of buildings were severely damaged.

The investigation of the incident is being led by the FBI. Currently, authorities are stating a suicide bomber detonated the vehicle bomb and that he intentionally remained in the vehicle when it detonated. Additionally, authorities are stating that the suicide attack was perpetrated by 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner, a Nashville resident who is believed to have acted alone.


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Article 9-2020 ABA

 Article 9-2020 ABA 

Phil Pulaski has 37 years of law enforcement experience and has been an attorney for 40 years. During March 2014, he retired as NYPD’s Chief of Detectives where he was responsible for 3,600 personnel. Phil Pulaski attended St. John's University School of Law in Queens, New York at night, and received a Juris Doctor degree in May 1980. He passed the New York State Bar examination in July 1980, and was admitted to practice law in New York State. Phil Pulaski was subsequently admitted to practice law in the US Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, and US District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of NY. In December 2017, Phil Pulaski received a Master of Laws (LLM) advanced law degree summa cum laude from Touro Law School

During his more than 33 years serving in the NYPD, Phil Pulaski wrote numerous legal publications and provided a significant amount of legal training including a dozen NY State Bar Continuing Legal Education courses. As NYPD’s Chief of Detectives and NYPD’s Deputy Police Commissioner of Operations, Phil Pulaski collaborated closely with senior executive assistant district attorneys from the 5 NYC District Attorney’s Offices and Special Narcotics Prosecutor as well as senior attorneys from the NYC Law Department. Additionally, as NYPD’s Chief of Detectives, Phil Pulaski’s outstanding team implemented innovative new programs involving eyewitness identification, audio / video recording of custodial interrogations and physical evidence analysis to address potential wrongful conviction issues. Currently Phil Pulaski is an active member of the American Bar Association

The American Bar Association was founded on August 21, 1878, in Saratoga Springs New York by 75 lawyers from 20 states and the District of Columbia. The purpose of the original organization, as set forth in its first constitution, was "the advancement of the science of jurisprudence, the promotion of the administration of justice and a uniformity of legislation throughout the country...." The legal profession as we know it today barely existed at that time. Lawyers were generally sole practitioners who trained under a system of apprenticeship. There was no national code of ethics; there was no national organization to serve as a forum for discussion of the increasingly intricate issues involved in legal practice.

Throughout its history, the ABA has strived to promote ethics in the legal profession, and has introduced model ethics rules to guide state bar associations in the formulation of mandatory state ethical standards. During 2016, the ABA introduced a new ethics rule prohibiting attorneys from using sexist, racist and condescending terms. The rule also prohibits attorneys from engaging in discrimination based on age in the conduct of bar association activities. 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

2020 CT

Phil Pulaski has 37 years of law enforcement experience and was the New York City
Police Department’s (NYPD) Chief of Detectives where he was responsible for 3,600
personnel. During his more than 33 years serving with the NYPD, Phil Pulaski managed
patrol, investigative, counterterrorism and other public safety operations. In the
immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Phil Pulaski managed
the NYPD’s counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction operations. He also
supervised jointly with his FBI counterpart numerous terrorism related investigations
including the 9-11 World Trade Center attack and October 2001 anthrax attacks. Phil
Pulaski also was responsible for NYPD’s intelligence collection and analysis operations
as well as the critical infrastructure risk assessment and security programs.
The FBI is the primary federal law enforcement agency responsible for the prevention
and investigation of international and domestic terrorism within the United States.
Pursuant to Federal law, Federal regulations, and Presidential Directives and Executive
Orders, the Attorney General of the United States, acting through the FBI, will coordinate
the activities of the other members of the law enforcement community to detect, prevent,
preempt, and disrupt terrorist attacks against the United States. The FBI manages more
than 200 Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs) operating throughout the United States.
The JTTFs are composed of highly trained federal, state and local law enforcement
personnel including investigators, intelligence analysts, forensic technicians and digital
evidence specialists. JTTF personnel investigate leads, collect evidence, make arrests,
collect and share intelligence, and respond to terrorist threats and incidents. The first
JTTF was established by the FBI and NYPD in 1980.
The FBI defines international terrorism as “violent, criminal acts committed by individuals
and/or groups who are inspired by, or associated with, designated foreign terrorist
organizations or nations (state-sponsored)”, and defines domestic terrorism as “violent,
criminal acts committed by individuals and/or groups to further ideological goals
stemming from domestic influences, such as those of a political, religious, social, racial,
or environmental nature.” The FBI website lists several ways people can protect
themselves from terrorist threats and report terrorist related suspicious activity. The FBI
recommends people always remain aware of their surroundings and prevent cyber
terrorism by carefully limiting the sharing of personal information via the internet.
Additionally, the FBI makes available to the public numerous guidelines for preventing
terrorism incidents including the Homegrown Violent Extremist Indicators booklet and the
Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

IACP Provides Resources to Officers to Address COVID-19 Challenges

Phil Pulaski served as the Chief of Detectives of the New York Police Department prior to retiring in 2014. Actively involved in the law enforcement community, Phil Pulaski belongs to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). With the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak presenting unprecedented obstacles for law enforcement, this and similar groups continue to provide resources and guidance on preparing for and addressing outbreaks.

Among these efforts is educating law enforcement agencies and personnel on COVID-19. This is a vital task as the situation evolves and the scientific community continues to report new findings. IACP maintains a page on its website with basic information on the disease and new details as they become available. In March 2020, it posted documents informing agencies on how to prepare for COVID-19-related challenges and necessary changes in policies, safety measures, and response procedures. This includes suggestions for what steps officers can take for service calls involving people who are sick and new expectations about how to prevent exposure to disease and strict hygiene standards.

IACP also hosts regular online events such as webinars and virtual roundtables and listening sessions on COVID-19 subjects, such as the pandemic’s impact on the policing community, victim advocacy, and response to unrelated offenses. Presenters range from law enforcement professionals to police and victim advocates. These events, which are publicly available, often enable participants to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. IACP has also established an online community for its members to engage in discussion and exchange resources regarding the disease.

In addition to assisting with agency operations and officers’ duties, IACP helps to support the personal and mental well-being of law enforcement officers and their families. For instance, it offers information on safety practices and emergency-funding programs for those financially affected by COVID-19. Furthermore, IACP webinars and listening-session topics extend to mental health, stress management, and similar issues.