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President Obama Signs Hate-Crimes Law

October 28, 2009
The new law expands the definition of a hate crime to cover outlaw attacks based on sexual orientation or gender in addition to race, color, religion, or national origin.

Man Tells Police God Told Him to Steal Car

October 28, 2009
The man smashed a window and was collared by a security guard before he could enter the showroom. When police arrived, the suspect initially told them his name was "Seven."

Police Nab Poster of "Sex For Phillies Tickets" Craiglist Ad

October 28, 2009
Susan Finkelstein, 43, was nabbed in the sting, but will not serve any jail time, since no money was exchanged. The offer isn't considered illegal for that reason.

TASER CEO Clarifies Chest Shot Guideline

October 27, 2009
TASER CEO Rick Smith says he is surprised by the uproar, which was caused by an article in the Arizona Republic, and that the targeting model was not changed because the company sees greater risk of cardiac events from chest shots.
Photo via Rhode Island State Police.

R.I. Troopers Find Driver Who Fled Scene With Victim Lodged In Windshield

October 27, 2009
Rhode Island state troopers found a Providence man hiding in his closet, after he had fled the scene of a traffic accident where he had allegedly struck three pedestrians, including one that was lodged in his windshield, the agency announced.

Dallas Police Dismiss 39 'Driving Without Speaking English' Cases

October 27, 2009
The department announced the move after 48-year-old Ernestina Mondragon complained that she was cited for the charge, as well as making an illegal U-turn.
The LAPD's new headquarters is located at Spring and Second streets in downtown Los Angeles. Photo via DisneyKrayzie (Flickr.com)

LAPD Opens New Parker Center

October 26, 2009
The Los Angeles Police Department has formally opened its new Parker Center to replace the aging 1955 headquarters named after a former chief, as Chief William Bratton departs the top job.

Four San Jose Cops on Leave After Rough Arrest

October 26, 2009
San Jose's police chief has placed on leave four officers present at the beating of an unarmed Vietnamese student, following the release of a grainy cell-phone video of the arrest, CBS news reports.
Former NYPD Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik on 9/11 (Wikimedia Commons).

Bernard Kerik Trial Set For Early November

October 26, 2009
A judge has set a date of Nov. 9 for the commencement of the trial of former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who has also been jailed for allegedly leaking sealed information, the New York Times reports.

Probe of Mexican Drug Cartel Leads to Nearly 1,200 Arrests in U.S.

October 22, 2009
In a series of recent raids throughout the United States, federal authorities have arrested nearly 1,200 people who they say are connected to one of Mexico's most aggressively expanding and deadly drug trafficking cartels, known as La Familia Michoacana, law enforcement officials told The Times' Washington bureau.
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