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N.Y. imam Tied to Alleged Al Qaeda Plot Spent Time in Jail for Sexual Abuse Rap

September 24, 2009
Ahmad Afzali was busted on June 24, 1992 - when he was 20 - for grabbing a woman's buttocks, the records show. Now 37, Afzali was indicted for sex abuse but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge - attempted sex abuse - and served six months in jail, with five years' probation.
Tags: NYPD, al-Qaeda

California Deputies Shoot and Kill Car Theft Suspect

September 24, 2009
A suspected car thief was shot and killed by Contra Costa County, Calif., sheriff's deputies in Bay Point after he tried to ram them, the second fatal incident involving deputies within a week, authorities said today.
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Phoenix Crime Scene Unit Now Accredited

September 24, 2009
Phoenix became the only municipal police department in the country - and one of nine agencies in the world - to have its mobile crime-scene specialists accredited by the same agency that lends credibility to crime labs. The hope is that the designation will help the department maintain consistent investigative standards in an era of rising public interest.

Convicted Texas Cop Killer Gets Death Row Reprieve

September 24, 2009
The Associated Press is reporting that the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday night stopped the scheduled execution of Texas death row inmate Kenneth Mosley a day before he was to receive lethal injection for the fatal shooting of a suburban Dallas police officer.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Get High Marks in New Poll

September 24, 2009
Most Charlotteans are happy with the way Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are doing their job, according to a new poll from Elon University released Tuesday. Nearly 85 percent of respondents said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the police department's performance overall, compared to only 11 percent who were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied.

Massive Police Raid Targets Brutal L.A. Gang

September 24, 2009
Los Angeles cop Juan Aguilar has been battling the Avenues hoodlums long enough to have seen the gang at its most vicious. During his five years working an anti-gang detail on streets the Avenues claim as their own in the city's northeastern reaches, gang members are accused of gunning down a man in broad daylight as he held his 2-year-old granddaughter's hand, opening fire on LAPD officers with an assault rifle and killing a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy.

Dropouts Cost California $1 Billion in Juvenile Crime Costs

September 24, 2009
High school dropouts, who are more likely to commit crimes than their peers with diplomas, cost the state $1.1 billion annually in law enforcement and victim costs while still minors, according to a study being released today.

Philly Cop Pulled from Street Duty for Cornrow Hair Style

September 24, 2009
While dozens of black officers across the city wear cornrows, Officer Thomas Strain is white. So when the five-year veteran showed up for work Sept. 3 with the traditionally black hairstyle, it didn't take long for his colleagues - or his bosses - to notice.
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Florida Officers May Have Compromised Arrest by Playing Wii Bowling During Raid

September 22, 2009
As investigators searched the home for drugs, some drug task force members found other ways to occupy their time. Within 20 minutes of entering Difalco's house, some of the investigators found a Wii video bowling game and began bowling frame after frame.

Cops, Feds Ransack Queens Storage Sites for Qaeda Bomb-Making Materials

September 22, 2009
Detectives were combing Queens storage facilities on Monday for stockpiled explosive chemicals that Al Qaeda terror thugs planned to use to bomb New York, sources said.
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