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Houston Officer Fatally Shoots Man in Wheelchair

September 24, 2012
Brian Claunch, who had been living at the home for the past 18 months with two other men, ignored officers' commands and made threats against them and other occupants of the home, Garcia said the caretaker told him. Claunch trapped one of the officers in a corner, authorities said.

Phoenix Officers Protest Order to Wear Polyester Uniforms

September 24, 2012
Phoenix Police Chief Daniel V. Garcia has ordered that beginning Oct. 1, the department's 2,500 patrol officers must wear only their polyester-blend uniforms with dark-blue button-down shirts and dress-style pants. The black, cotton-blend polo shirt and tactical pants that patrol officers have had the option of wearing for the past 15 years will no longer be allowed.

Drunk Suspect Jumps Out of Moving Dallas PD Unit

September 24, 2012
Dallas police say a man who had been arrested for public intoxication and criminal mischief late Sunday night tried to jump head-first out of a squad car traveling on a local freeway at 60 mph.

Parents of Slain Border Agent Call DOJ Report a 'Cover Up'

September 21, 2012
The parents of a U.S. Border Patrol agent killed with a gun sold in the government's botched "Fast and Furious" gunrunning investigation believe a Justice Department Inspector General’s report into the case was mostly an effort to keep Attorney General Eric Holder from being blamed.

Video: Mich. Cop 'Aggravated' By HIV+ Subject

September 21, 2012
A Dearborn, Mich., police officer was caught on tape telling a man and a woman that he was issuing them traffic and marijuana possession tickets because he was "aggravated" that the woman failed to disclose her HIV-positive status before he searched the couple's car.

Video: Texas Cop Saves Woman from Drunk's Crash

September 20, 2012
A Lubbock (Texas) Police officer grabbed a woman and pulled her to safety after a drunk driver barreled his van into a cruiser during a traffic stop, narrowly missing a second officer.
<p><span>Photo via Facebook.</span></p>

Slain Dallas Woman's Family Sues Over 911 Response

September 20, 2012
The family of a woman murdered after calling 911 has sued the Dallas Police Department and the city, claiming the Aug. 19 call was given a lower priority because it came from a lower-income minority neighborhood.

Ariz. Cop Demoted Over Obama Picture Loses Reinstatement Bid

September 20, 2012
An independent hearing officer upheld the demotion and suspension of Pat Shearer, whose posting showed a local teen holding a shot-up T-shirt bearing the likeness of President Barack Obama.

Court Upholds Ga. Cop Killer's Death Sentence

September 20, 2012
A convicted Georgia cop killer remains on death row, after a federal appeals court rejected his argument that he had ineffective counsel. Robert Wayne Holsey's lead attorney, Andrew Prince, drank a quart of vodka every day during trial.
<p>Screenshot via DOJ.</p>

Report: ATF, Feds Mishandled 'Fast and Furious' Operation

September 19, 2012
Federal agents and prosecutors in Phoenix ignored risks to the public and were primarily responsible for the botched effort to infiltrate weapons-smuggling rings in the operation dubbed "Fast and Furious," according to a report released Wednesday by the Justice Department's inspector general.
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