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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.

90 Arrested in Dallas Drug Bust Tied to 'La Familia' Cartel

October 22, 2009
Federal and local authorities early Wednesday arrested 90 people in Dallas as part of a nationwide methamphetamine drug distribution bust tied to the notorious "La Familia" drug cartel.

Mobile Police Officers Trade Gunfire with Rape Suspect, Killing Him

October 22, 2009
Two Mobile police officers traded gunfire with a rape suspect Tuesday night, fatally shooting the 39-year-old man in his Josephine Allen apartment home, authorities said.

LAPD Officers Ratify New Two-Year Contract, Union Says

October 22, 2009
Officers in the Los Angeles Police Department have voted to ratify a new two-year contract, the police union said today.

Judges Reject California Plan to Cut Prison Crowding

October 22, 2009
The panel said California officials had failed to comply with their order to produce a plan to pare the number of state prisoners by 40,000 within two years. The judges agreed to postpone a decision on a request by inmates' lawyers to hold Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in contempt of court for defying the earlier order, issued Aug. 4.
Medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco, Calif. Photo via Thomas Hawk (Flickr.com).

Feds Won't Use Resources to Prosecute Medical Marijuana Cases

October 21, 2009
The Obama administration has ended the policy of federal enforcement of medical marijuana patients and dispensers in states where use of the drug is permitted for certain illnesses, Attorney General Eric Holder has announced.

Mass. Man Charged With Alleged Terror Plot to Attack U.S. Shopping Malls

October 21, 2009
A 27-year-old Massachusetts man has been charged with conspiring with others to support and plan violent jihad in and outside the United States, including terror plots to attack U.S. shopping malls and U.S. military in Iraq.

Oakland Swears In New Chief Batts

October 20, 2009
Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums will swear in the city's new police chief at the City Council meeting today, SFGate.com reports. Anthony Batts, 49, formerly the police chief in Long Beach, replaces Wayne Tucker, who retired in February.

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Marks 25 Years of Service

October 19, 2009
Since 1984, the DC-based non-profit has honored and remembered the fallen heroes of American law enforcement and worked to promote officer safety.

Gang-Affiliated Cop Killer Receives Death Penalty

October 19, 2009
Miguel Angel Magallon, 26, has been convicted of murder in the 2004 death of L.A. County police Capt. Michael Sparkes, who was shot nine times during an attempted robbery, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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