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Troubled L.A. County Community Disbands Police Force

June 17, 2010
City officials said the closure was caused by the city's loss of insurance. Earlier this month, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority notified Maywood that it was terminating general liability and workers' compensation coverage because the city posed too high a risk.

Georgia Sheriff Blames 'Lazy' Officers for Improper Release of Inmates

June 17, 2010
The Clayton County sheriff is blaming the laziness of 30 corrections officers for the wrongful release of four inmates from the county jail, according to CBS Atlanta. It is possible that other inmates have been released improperly.

Off-Duty N.Y. Officer Beaten in Road Rage Incident, Fires at Attackers

June 17, 2010
An off-duty MTA Bridges and Tunnels cop shot at a group of attackers - striking one - during an early-morning road rage beatdown in the Bronx on Wednesday, cops said.
The El Paso PD will begin using an M4 rifle similar to this M4/M4A1 Carbine SOPMOD in an escalating war with Mexican cartels. Photo via Flickr.com (brian.ch).

El Paso PD Issued M4 Patrol Rifles

June 17, 2010
Training with the M-4 is under way at the Police Academy, and the new weaponry will eventually be issued to every member of the El Paso PD, from patrol officers up to the chief.

Killer of Austin Officer Is Executed For 1978 Slaying

June 16, 2010
David Lee Powell's case involved three trials and multiple appeals, including the U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of the latest appeal on Tuesday. In 1978, Powell shot officer Ralph Ablanedo as he sat in his car on a dark Austin street, after the officer pulled him over.

Seattle Police Guild Says Videotaped Officer Did Nothing Wrong

June 16, 2010
Rich O'Neill, the union's president, said the officer "did nothing wrong" and "maybe waited a little too long to engage in force because I think he was trying to defuse the situation and calm people down and it was obvious from the audio anyway of the two individuals that they were not going to be calmed down. They were not going to comply in any way."

Albuquerque PD Responds to Critics of Shooting Policy

June 16, 2010
"New Mexico is consistently in the top ten of the states with the highest number of assaults on police officers," said Albuquerque Chief Public Safety Officer Darren White.

Mehserle's Movements During BART Shooting Dissected at Murder Trial

June 16, 2010
If former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle intended to shoot and kill Oscar Grant during an arrest on an Oakland train platform, the way he went about it violated much of what he learned in training.

Portland PD Chief Wants to Transform Training From 'Fear-Based' to 'Competency and Confidence'

June 16, 2010
A month into his new job as Portland's police chief, Mike Reese said Tuesday he wants to transform training from a "fear-based model" -- where officers are taught to think a motorist reaching toward a floorboard is going for a gun -- to one founded on "competency and confidence" -- where a mentally ill man isn't treated like a bank robber.

Video of Seattle Officer Punching Teen Posted On YouTube

June 15, 2010
The department announced today that it hasn't passed judgment on Officer Ian Walsh's actions until the investigation is complete. A video posted to YouTube Monday evening shows Walsh punching a 19-year-old girl who had grabbed him, as he was trying to arrest another teen at a South Seattle intersection.
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