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  • Have No Gun, Will Sheriff

    01/04/2015 6:56:56 AM PST · by rktman · 48 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/4/2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    It sounds like one of those only-in-San-Francisco tales: San Francisco's sheriff cannot carry a gun because he is on probation. "That doesn't handicap me from being a sheriff," Ross Mirkarimi told me.
  • Allen West: 'Why Do We Believe Police Need Retraining or Reorganization and Reforming?'

    12/23/2014 7:46:38 AM PST · by rktman · 43 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/23/2014 | Susan Jones
    Suggestions that police are biased and not doing their jobs properly -- made by some of the nation's top leaders -- create a dangerous climate for the men and women who serve and protect, says former U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.). "Why do we believe police need retraining or reorganization and reforming?" West asked. "The most important thing to understand is leaders establish climate, an atmosphere," West told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren Monday night. "And when you have people, such as the president, such as the attorney general, Eric Holder, and (New York) Mayor Bill de Blasio, and look...
  • An Open Letter To Parents That Love Their Children

    12/11/2014 8:51:59 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/11/14 | Ron Reale
    In our society there are laws we agree to live within. It is a societal compact, designed to prevent our exercise of freedom from interfering with the freedom of others. To that end, we have given over authority to enforce our laws to a specially trained, armed section of our society called “Law Enforcement.” As all of our citizens have the same rights, when one citizen makes a complaint about the actions of another, or when reports of citizens breaking the law are brought to their attention, LEO’s are obligated by oath and honor to protect society by investigating and...
  • Shocking SWAT raid captured on helmet cam raises questions (Video)

    08/17/2014 9:56:45 AM PDT · by HammerT · 85 replies
    Liberty unyielding ^ | August 15, 2014 | Michael Dorstewitz
    A terrifying helmet cam video, released to the public Wednesday, depicts a SWAT team executing a search warrant on the home of a 68-year-old woman and her 18-year-old adopted daughter. The video is raising questions of privacy, reasonable force and police due diligence. They had the wrong place. The raid of Louise Milan and daughter Stephanie Milan’s Evansville, Ind. home was accompanied by the sound of shattering glass and multiple flash-bang grenades. It was all due to the Milan’s non-password protected Internet router, according to the Evansville Courier & Press. The raid was prompted by a series of threatening posts...
  • Ferguson violence: Police slammed for 'escalating the situation'

    08/14/2014 4:03:16 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 36 replies
    cnn.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Josh Levs
    To people on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and many around the world who watched Wednesday night's violence unfold, it seemed like a scene out of another country. (snip) Some in the military community say the problem is that police are getting the equipment without the same training and rules. "To call this militarization doesn't characterize the military very well," said Josh Weinberg, an Army veteran who focuses on security issues for the Truman Project. "We always were trained in escalation of force." To call this militarization doesn't characterize the military very well. The police apparently "had their weapons up...
  • War Gear Flows to Police Departments

    06/09/2014 10:53:58 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 63 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 8, 2014 | MATT APUZZO
    Inside the municipal garage of this small lakefront city, parked next to the hefty orange snowplow, sits an even larger truck, this one painted in desert khaki. Weighing 30 tons and built to withstand land mines, the armored combat vehicle is one of hundreds showing up across the country, in police departments big and small. The 9-foot-tall armored truck was intended for an overseas battlefield. But as President Obama ushers in the end of what he called America’s “long season of war,” the former tools of combat — M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more — are ending up in...
  • DOJ to Release Federal Weapon Count for First Time in 6 Years

    05/27/2014 7:30:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/26/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    For the first time in six years, the Justice Department is taking inventory of the guns owned by the various federal agencies and will report that number, as well as the number of agents who "carry guns and have the authority to make arrests."
  • Veteran Stopped for No Front License Plate, Beat to Death by 5 Cops

    05/19/2014 4:37:00 PM PDT · by eccentric · 174 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | May 19, 2014 | Dean Garrison
    On Mother’s Day Tommy Yancy, father of two, was pulled over for not having a front license plate. What transpired beyond that point is not totally clear, but his injuries resulted in his death. Yancy, 32, was a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. There has been almost zero media coverage of the incident. A local publication, Imperial Valley Press, offers only a sidenote about his family raising money for his memorial and this: The 32-year-old Yancy died following an altercation with law enforcement during a traffic stop May 11 in Imperial. The circumstances around the death and the traffic...
  • Florida Woman Furious After SWAT Team Orders Her Out of Her Own Home During Standoff With Neighbor

    02/05/2014 1:28:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 63 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/5/2014 | Elizabeth Kreft
    A Jacksonville homeowner thought she may have been robbed Sunday, but realized instead her home had been altered by a SWAT team. Deborah Franz was told to leave her home by police during a standoff with her neighbor over the weekend. According to WTEV-TV, Franz overheard loud fighting next door, and then saw SWAT team members swarm the street. “The cop goes ‘You all need to leave, you can’t be in your house,’” Franz told the station.
  • Cops bloody old man — for jaywalking

    01/21/2014 3:39:26 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/19/14 | Kevin Sheehan
    Cops bloodied an 84-year-old man and put him in the hospital Sunday when he jaywalked at an Upper West Side intersection and didn’t appear to understand their orders to stop, witnesses said. Kang Wong was strolling north on Broadway and crossing 96th Street at around 5 p.m., when an officer told him to halt because he had walked against the light. Police were targeting jaywalkers in the area following the third pedestrian fatality this month around West 96th Street. Wong, who lives a block away, appeared to not understand the cop, the witnesses said.
  • Court Weighs Police Role in Coercing Confessions[NY]

    01/15/2014 10:48:52 AM PST · by Theoria · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 14 Jan 2014 | JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.
    New York State’s highest court heard arguments in two murder cases on Tuesday that plumbed the question of how far the police can go in lying to suspects during interrogations — even to the point of telling suspects a dead victim is still alive, but might survive if they confess to precise details of the crime. The question being considered by the Court of Appeals focused on when a police officer’s lies in an interview room cross a line and become coercion. It is a question that has gained attention in legal circles recently, as more false convictions based on...
  • Absurd Government Law Enforcement: The Great Organic Blackberry Raid

    08/19/2013 8:18:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Government officials do some really crazy things in the name of law enforcement.I recently wrote about an armed raid on an animal shelter in order to execute a baby deer.That was paramilitary overkill (pun intended), though it probably didn’t waste as many tax dollars as the regulatory overkill of the year-long sting operation by the Food and Drug Administration against an Amish farm for the horrible crime of selling unpasteurized milk to consenting adults who prefer unpasteurized milk.And let’s not forget Robert Norlander, the thuggish, dumpster-diving IRS agent, who sought to ruin the life of an innocent man because…well, for...
  • Guy Fawkes Day: Anonymous Wreaks Havoc, Releases Credit Card Info Online

    11/06/2012 8:51:19 AM PST · by Silentgypsy · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 11/05/2012 | Lee Stranahan
    The hacktivist group Anonymous “celebrated” the fifth of November (Guy Fawkes Day) through protest marches, defacing websites, and releasing the credit card information of law enforcement officers. The British holiday Guy Fawkes Day was popularized in the 2005 film "V for Vendetta", where a mask-wearing outcast overthrows a future totalitarian society. The holiday commemorates an actual historical event, where Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the British House of Lords in 1605.
  • Bellevue family sues FBI over 'terrifying' raid

    06/17/2011 8:24:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 59 replies
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW ^ | June 16, 2011 | Brian Bowling
    The lasting impact of the raid on Gary Adams' home became clear in a comment from his 3-year-old granddaughter during a recent trip to the pharmacy. "She said, 'Granddad. Police. Hide,' " Adams, 57, of Bellevue recalled Wednesday while discussing the federal lawsuit he filed against the officers who burst into his home March 3. Led by FBI Special Agent Karen Springmeyer, about a dozen officers used a battering ram to enter Adams' rented Orchard Street home in a search for Sondra Hunter, then 35. But Hunter hadn't lived at that address for almost two years, while Adams and his...
  • Proposed Hawaii law would prevent gun seizures during emergencies

    05/13/2010 7:52:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 415+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2010
    A bill preventing the government from seizing legal firearms during an emergency has been passed by the Hawaii Legislature. Gun-rights activists have pursued this kind of law since Hurricane Katrina, when New Orleans police confiscated guns in an attempt to restore order.
  • Red-light camera stolen in South Seattle

    05/02/2010 11:28:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies · 796+ views
    SEATTLEPI ^ | Apr 30, 2010 | CASEY MCNERTHNEY,
    People who ran a light recently at a South Seattle intersection known for red-light cameras have caught a break. The camera ...was stolen earlier this month and police are still searching for it. A police spokesman said they've identified a car they believe was involved in the theft, but the investigation is ongoing. The camera is owned by American Traffic Solutions, the vendor that contracts with the city. Under normal circumstances, the city pays $3,750 per month for the camera service. Between July 26, 2006 -- the first day a red-light camera ticket was issued in Seattle -- and May...
  • St. Paul police kill 2 pit bulls after attacks on people

    04/05/2010 4:11:50 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies · 319+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 4/5/10 | John Funk
    St. Paul police shot and killed two pit bulls Sunday in the 200 block of Stinson Street after the dogs attacked two people. One of the victims suffered multiple bite wounds to the foot, according to police spokesman Sgt. Paul Schnell. Both victims were treated at Regions Hospital and released, Schnell said.
  • Four city vehicles torched in Hemet, CA (Gangs vs Police?)

    03/24/2010 10:14:56 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 16 replies · 812+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | March 24, 2010 | JOHN ASBURY
    Four Hemet city code enforcement pickups were torched late Tuesday night, and police suspect the incident is related to three previous attacks on police officers. The fires were reported to police at 11:30 p.m. off Florida Avenue at City Hall, across the street from the Hemet Police Department and the former Gang Task Force office that was targeted twice before. A Gang Task Force Officer was targeted in a third assassination attempt on his vehicle. Both the vehicles and City Hall were vacant. No one was injured, Hemet Police Chief Richard Dana said. Police arrived within about a minute of...
  • Booby Trap Attacks Targeting California Police Officers

    03/20/2010 6:07:43 PM PDT · by metmom · 47 replies · 1,044+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | March 20, 2010 | Associated Press
    Police in Hemet, Calif., are on a heightened alert amid assassination attempts against officers possibly orchestrated by a motorcycle gang. HEMET, Calif. -- The tense atmosphere surrounding a California police department plagued by booby trap attacks has been stepped up a notch following the latest threat against officers. Someone called 911 at about 5:45 p.m. Friday saying a police car would be blown up in the Hemet-San Jacinto area in the next 24 to 48 hours, Hemet Police Chief Richard Dana said. "We're heightening the alert," Dana told The Press-Enterprise. The caller said the attack would be in retaliation for...
  • Fox News: Pentagon on Lockdown; Shooting at Pentagon Metro Station

    03/04/2010 4:17:20 PM PST · by kristinn · 602 replies · 25,060+ views
    Thursday, March 4, 2010
    Nothing on the wires yet. No more news given than what I put in the headline.
  • Hayworth Endorsed by Phoenix Law Enforcement Association

    02/25/2010 10:41:06 AM PST · by AuntB · 10 replies · 314+ views
    http://www.jdforsenate.com/ ^ | Feb. 24, 2010 | http://www.jdforsenate.com/
    CONSERVATIVE SENATE CHALLENGER RECEIVES MAX CAMPAIGN CHECK FROM MEN & WOMEN IN BLUE PHOENIX, Ariz. February 22, 2010. The organization representing the officers of the largest law enforcement agency in Arizona announced their support of JD Hayworth today in his bid to unseat Senator John McCain. The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) also announced today that they are making the maximum contribution allowed by law to Hayworth’s campaign. “We are proud to stand behind JD. He stood behind our officers during his time in Congress and during his time as a broadcaster,” said Mark Spencer, President of PLEA. PLEA represents...
  • Ring of Fake Cops Busted in Hidalgo County[South Texas Illegals]

    09/25/2009 10:52:33 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 24 replies · 2,029+ views
    KGBT ^ | September 25, 2009 | Victor Castillo
    HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS -- The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department busted a ring of men posing as fake cops Thursday. Deputies are still looking for more suspects. They arrested Eduardo Varela and Rafael Saenz. The men are accused of storming into a home north of Mercedes earlier this month and posing as FBI agents. The suspects allegedly took a 2003 BMV. Investigators said Varela and Saenz implicated five other men. "Ricardo Guzman known as 'El Borrado' may be a former Mexican police officer who also had a district job to recruit illegal immigrants to participate in these home invasions," explained Sheriff...
  • BOOK: Perfect Enemy

    08/29/2009 7:22:45 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 879+ views
    CHARLES THOMAS PUBLISHERS, LTD ^ | Available October 2009 | Dean T. Olson
    Description - snippet - quote: "Perfect Enemy provides unbiased and accurate information to acquaint our law enforcement officers and Homeland Security officials with the Islamist mindset and threat. Knowing our adversaries is a fundamental first step in defeating their violent intentions and ensuring our survival, peace, and safety."
  • Florida police use motorised paragliders

    05/10/2009 9:00:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies · 1,403+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 09 May 2009 | Jacqui Goddard
    Criminals may be used to looking over their shoulders for police, but a new crime-fighting tool introduced in Florida means they will now also be looking above their heads. Officers in the town of Palm Bay are being sent aloft on motorised paragliders to act as spies in the sky, in a first-of-its-kind mission codenamed Operation Soar. Suspended beneath parachutes wearing lawnmower-style motors on their backs, they will patrol the skies ... equipped with radios, cameras and GPS navigation systems. The seats of their unconventional aircraft have been specially bulletproofed and the officers have standby parachutes, to protect against criminals...
  • Obama to Cut Slain Officer’s Benefits in Half

    05/09/2009 6:54:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies · 2,059+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | May 9, 2009 | Warner Todd Huston
    In a fit of hypocrisy sure to outrage, just as Attorney General Eric Holder makes ready to attend a ceremony to honor fallen police officers, the Obama administration is proposing to cut almost in half a program that provides benefits to the future families left behind. So much for the more loving, more caring president “we’ve been waiting for.” So, wouldn’t you think the Old Media would be braying at the hypocrisy here? Wouldn’t you rather think that the Old Media would be up in arms about this one? Isn’t this typically the type of story that would get them...
  • Mayor asked to forgo speech at officers' funeral

    03/27/2009 4:52:09 PM PDT · by thecodont · 81 replies · 7,522+ views
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Friday, March 27, 2009 | Associated Press
    (03-27) 10:51 PDT Oakland, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums is attending Friday's funeral for four slain city police officers, but will not be speaking at the request of at least one killed officer's family. The mayor's spokesman, Paul Rose, said Dellums turned down a police offer to give opening remarks after at least one of the families requested he not be among the dignitaries speaking at the ceremony. Rose said the mayor did not want to "make an awkward situation even more awkward."
  • Wis. deputy resigns after allegedly pointing gun at fellow deputy

    02/27/2009 5:00:04 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies · 730+ views
    KARE11.com ^ | 2/27/09 | AP
    PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. -- An Ozaukee County deputy has resigned after being charged with pointing his loaded handgun at a fellow deputy. The sheriff's office said Friday that 27-year-old Bradley J. Greenwald of Port Washington resigned earlier this week. Greenwald is accused of brandishing his department-issued gun at a in a parking lot Feb. 4 just before midnight. No one was injured. The alleged incident was reported the next day, and Greenwald was suspended.
  • Pinal County pulls speed cameras, Pima wants some

    01/04/2009 9:19:22 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies · 640+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 3rd, 2009
    Pima County officials want to install 20 speed enforcement cameras to slow traffic, while neighboring Pinal County is pulling them because the new sheriff believes they are primarily used to make money. Pima County supervisors are expected to vote next week on a proposal to deploy 10 fixed and 10 mobile speed enforcement cameras. They would supplement cameras already used by the city of Tucson ... ``I am against it, not only because I'm a strict constitutionalist, but I believe that the main purpose, is it's driven to create money for the government...'' Babeu said ... ``It's corrupting law enforcement...
  • After Chase, Florida Sheriff Suspends 13 Officers

    12/22/2007 12:48:42 AM PST · by bad company · 32 replies · 2,345+ views
    www.officer.com ^ | December 20th | John Frank
    It sounds like a classic scene from The Dukes of Hazzard: A dozen deputies, lights flashing and sirens blaring, driving in circles for 15 miles as they chase a suspect in a stolen sports car at speeds reaching 117 mph. One sheriff's cruiser skids out on a patch of sand, colliding with an oncoming vehicle. Another blows a tire and pulls out of the chase. Two deputies, blinded by the dust kicked up by the stolen car on a lime rock road, crash cruisers through a T-stop intersection. One drives through a fence, the other hits a dirt berm and...
  • Florida police hunt cop shooter (Update: 1 Officer Dead )

    09/28/2006 12:06:10 PM PDT · by verum ago · 80 replies · 2,764+ views
    CBS News ^ | 9/28/06
    Police were searching for a suspect who shot two sheriff's deputies Thursday, authorities said. The Polk County deputies were taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center following the early afternoon shooting in north Lakeland, sheriff's spokeswoman Donna Wood said. She didn't know their conditions. The situation started when Polk deputies reportedly stopped a vehicle near Lakeland, CBS affiliate WTSP-TV in Tampa, Fla. reports. Shots were fired, and both deputies were hit.
  • Drug War Police Tactics Endanger Innocent Citizens

    07/22/2006 8:26:48 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 58 replies · 1,272+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 21, 2006 | Radley Balko
    Drug War Police Tactics Endanger Innocent Citizens Winston Churchill is commonly credited with having said, "Democracy means that when there's a knock in the door at 3 am, it's probably the milkman." One wonders what Churchill would make of modern-day, drug war America. For the last year, I've been researching a study on SWAT teams, "no-knock" raids, and the rise of paramilitary tactics in domestic policing (the study was released this week). The trends I've found are troubling, and some of the individual stories are absolutely heartbreaking. Each day in America, police SWAT teams raid more than 100 private homes,...
  • Amazing shot cited as self-defense Police bullet lodged in gunman's weapon

    04/27/2006 6:43:16 AM PDT · by Blueflag · 67 replies · 2,624+ views
    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/ ^ | 04/27/2006 | hectorcastro@seattlepi.com
    A highly improbable shot left an officer's bullet in the cylinder of a gunman's revolver, and police say it's a pretty clear sign that the officers who shot the man faced a deadly threat.
  • Death raises concern at police tactics

    03/21/2006 5:52:09 AM PST · by Carbonsteel · 62 replies · 1,353+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, 21 March 2006 | Matthew Davis
    The recent killing of an unarmed Virginia doctor has raised concerns about what some say is an explosion in the use of military-style police Swat teams in the United States. Armed with assault rifles, stun grenades - even armoured personnel carriers - units once used only in highly volatile situations are increasingly being deployed on more routine police missions. Dr Salvatore Culosi Jr had come out of his townhouse to meet an undercover policeman when he was shot through the chest by a Special Weapons and Tactics force. It was about 2135 on a chilly January evening. The 37-year-old optometrist...
  • Town reaches a settlement with anti-abortion activists

    03/10/2006 1:48:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 490+ views
    Los Gatos Weekly-Times ^ | March 8, 2006 | Jennifer McLain
    The town of Los Gatos settled with three anti-abortion activists on Feb. 24, paying their attorneys fees and entering a permanent injunction that will allow protestors on the sidewalk adjacent to Los Gatos High School. Eight activists were holding signs depicting various facts about abortion, and were handing out literature relevant to the abortion debate on the sidewalk in front of Los Gatos High School in 2004. "Some of the signs showed babies in various stages of the development, and some showed their condition after they were subjected to the abortion procedure," said Michael Millen, attorney for the activists. Administrators...
  • CA: Budget to outline inmate transfer - Thousands of women to move to drug treatment centers.

    01/09/2006 11:20:48 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 6 replies · 402+ views
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | January 8, 2006 | Paige Austin
    State leaders this week are considering a proposal to get control of California's bulging prison population. Officials with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Gov. Schwarzenegger's budget, to be released Tuesday, will outline plans to shift hundreds and possibly thousands of female inmates out of prison cells and into community-based drug treatment centers. Though releasing few details, officials said the plans will significantly impact the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, which would become a prison for men instead of housing men and women as it does now. Of the Norco prison's 775 female inmates, 500 would be transferred to...
  • N.J. Officer Accused Of Flexing Naked At Hotel Window

    08/04/2005 10:25:45 AM PDT · by Puppage · 35 replies · 3,414+ views
    WNBC Television ^ | 8/4/2005 | Puppage
    OCEAN CITY, Md. -- Police arrested a New Jersey police officer on an indecent exposure charge after people complained the man was standing naked in front of his hotel room window. Edison, N.J., police officer David Salardino, 32, and a friend, Brian J. Rossmeyer, were arrested about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Several people had complained that two nude men were visible through the window of their room at the 112th Street Comfort Inn. The hotel's night manager told police that when he went outside of the building and looked up, "he was able to clearly see full frontal nudity as Salardino...
  • Weeks From Retirement, an Officer Wins a Promotion for Heroism

    06/17/2005 5:12:38 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 17 replies · 747+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 17, 2005 | JOHN HOLL
    Marko Georgiev for The New York Times Officer Michael Gullace, left, was promoted on Thursday to detective, the first promotion of his 37-year career, for protecting a woman and her two children during a shootout.) JERSEY CITY, June 16 - For most of his 37 years as a police officer, Michael Gullace patrolled the streets of Jersey City by foot and by car. In all that time, he never had to pull his service revolver from its holster. But that changed on Wednesday night, 15 days shy of his planned retirement, as he sat at a desk at the...
  • Will the Real Thug Please Stand Up

    03/06/2005 11:04:10 AM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 660+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 6, 2005 | MICHAEL WILSON
    For a bad guy, the Thug certainly has a lot of people eager to claim him as their very own. An article in The New York Times on Feb. 17, titled "Cops' Favorite Target Thug, but Just Who Was the Guy?" explored three theories within the New York Police Department of possible models for the first "realistic" target, a staple of firearms training for more than four decades. The target, depicting a husky middle-aged white guy who's kept his hair and is pointing a revolver at the viewer, has become an iconic law enforcement image, used by a wide range...
  • Police Gather Bare Facts in Brothel Stings

    01/25/2005 2:16:35 PM PST · by TChris · 13 replies · 1,018+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/25/2005 | Staff
    HOUSTON (Reuters) - Sometimes going undercover in Texas means no cover at all. Houston police, long thwarted in their campaign against prostitution by an internal policy that barred officers from removing their clothes, have reaped results by shedding that unwritten rule. The change in tactics that allows vice squad officers to undress in pursuit of evidence is part of a crackdown on suspected brothels that advertise themselves as day spas, lingerie modeling studios, massage parlors and "stress relief clinics." Two investigations using the new rules have resulted in organized crime charges against six business proprietors and dozens of misdemeanor prostitution...
  • More police join firearms protest

    11/09/2004 11:04:13 AM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1,272+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | November 2, 2004 | NA
    More police join firearms protest More than 120 firearms officers in London are refusing to carry guns after two colleagues were suspended over a shooting, police representatives claim. Harry Stanley, 46, was shot dead in 1999 after police mistook a table leg he was carrying for a shotgun. An inquest on Friday returned a verdict of unlawful killing and Pc Kevin Fagan and Insp Neil Sharman were suspended. Mr Stanley's widow, Irene, says other officers should go back to work as the verdict "has nothing to do" with them. She told BBC News: "They weren't there. It was to...
  • Black for blue: Learning to Love the Police

    02/20/2004 11:40:10 PM PST · by Clemenza · 8 replies · 101+ views
    The Village Voice ^ | 2/20/04 | Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Nothing will make you go John Ashcroft quicker than looking into the speaking end of some revolver. That is, except, if your girl is looking into it instead of you. One night in December, I was roused out of a half-slumber by a frantic ringing of the doorbell. It was my partner screaming that she'd just been robbed. Some punk stopped her outside our basement apartment, demanded her purse, and when she didn't oblige, put a handgun to her head. The shock of her being robbed was only matched by my shock at how quickly help arrived at our door....
  • Drug past of police recruits debated

    02/08/2004 12:35:43 AM PST · by RKB-AFG · 7 replies · 322+ views
    The Baltimore Sum ^ | February 6, 2004
    Drug past of police recruits debated As Maryland panel considers easing rules to shore up ranks, some up in arms The Baltimore Sun February 6, 2004 A state panel that sets standards for police hiring and training throughout Maryland is considering a proposal that would allow recruits to become police officers even if they had experimented with heroin, LSD and PCP - a move aimed at increasing the pool of applicants for short-staffed departments.
  • Deputies say uniforms look like Nazi garb (Denver)

    05/31/2003 9:52:07 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 14 replies · 945+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 05/31/03 | Julie Poppen
    Deputies say uniforms look like Nazi garb By Julie Poppen, Rocky Mountain News May 31, 2003 Critics of an emotion-charged proposal to dress Denver sheriff's deputies in dark tan shirts and blue trousers say the deputies will resemble Nazi troopers, or "brown shirts." The dispute caused Deputy Dave Martinez to be transferred this week from his job tracking down fugitive felons after saying "Heil Hitler" to a supervisor. Nevermind that there's disagreement over whether the shirt is actually khaki or brown. Or that a final decision about the uniforms hasn't been made. Manager of Safety Tracy Howard said Friday that...
  • Gun groups blast 'discriminatory' bill

    08/01/2002 3:31:34 AM PDT · by Pern · 19 replies · 288+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | August 1, 2002 | Jon Dougherty
    Gun rights organizations say legislation under consideration in the Senate that would allow active and retired police officers to carry a gun out of their jurisdictions – even across state lines – discriminates against ordinary Americans, many of whom are forbidden from carrying a gun even locally. The bill under consideration is called the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (S-2480) and was authored by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. According to a statement from his office, the bill would "permit current and retired federal, state and local law enforcement officers to carry their firearms to...