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House Rejects Stop-Gap Funding for Homeland Security

February 27, 2015
In a chaotic scene on the House floor, 51 Republicans rebuffed a major last-minute effort by their leadership to salvage the measure. House leaders kept the roll call vote open for almost an hour, long after the official voting time had expired, as they sought to persuade members to change their votes.
<p>Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to leave office next month. (Photo: CC_Flickr:&nbsp;<a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/european_parliament/6165936527&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>European Parliment</a>)</p>

Holder Wants to Make It Easier to Prosecute Officers for Civil Rights Violations

February 27, 2015
Holder said that between now and his departure, probably in early March when the Senate is expected to confirm Loretta Lynch as his successor, he will call for a lower standard of proof for civil rights crimes. Such a change would make it easier for the federal government to bring charges in the case of a future Ferguson or Trayvon Martin.

Video: St. Louis Chief Blames "Ferguson Effect" for Drop in Self-Initiated Policing

February 27, 2015
One of the steepest drops in S.I.A. occurred after the August 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in a St. Louis suburb. Another steep drop in S.I.A. occurred after the Grand Jury decision on Nov. 24. Dotson said criminals felt empowered, while officers felt hampered by what he calls the "Ferguson Effect."
<p>Brightly painted real handgun.&nbsp;</p>

Real Gun? Toy Gun? What happens When Lawyers Without Law Enforcement Experience Write Gun Laws

February 27, 2015
Last September, after a two-month undercover operation, Police in San Leandro raided a home where they seized more than 500 marijuana plants, eight pounds of processed pot, $45,000 in drug money and two assault rifles that had been made to resemble toy guns.

Court Rules Officer Who Spoke Out Against Arrest Quotas Can Sue NYPD

February 27, 2015
A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated a lawsuit by an NYPD officer, who claims he was punished for speaking out against arrest and ticket quotas.
<p>Glen Hochman, who killed daughters Alissa and Deanna (front left and center), omitted wife Anamarie (rear) as his pension beneficiary before committing suicide, depriving her and daughter Samantha (far right). (Photo: Facebook)</p>

Authorities Say Retired New York Officer Premeditatedly Murdered Daughters, Planned to Impoverish Wife

February 27, 2015
Sources say Hochman, 52, intentionally planned to impoverish his wife and surviving daughter by cutting them out of his pension benefits before he murdered his other daughters and then turned the gun on himself.

Video: Indiana Officer Reportedly Poisoned by Fast-Food Tea

February 27, 2015
An Indianapolis police officer took a sip of McDonald's iced tea over the weekend and wound up in the hospital because the drink apparently was contaminated with cleaning chemicals.

Senate Approves Homeland Security Funding, House Vote Uncertain

February 26, 2015
On Wednesday, the Senate moved forward on that plan, voting 98-2 in favor of clearing the way for a funding bill void of controversial immigration issues.
<p>The Spirit of Blue safety training grant was presented at the Gainesville Police Headquarters Building on February 24th. In attendance were (left to right) Jeffrey Weisberg of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding; Chief Tony Jones of the Gainesville (Fla.) Police Department, and Board Members Diane Harbour and Sue Post of the Spirit of Blue Foundation.</p>

Gainesville PD Receives Safety Grant from the Spirit of Blue Foundation and Dunkin' Donuts

February 26, 2015
The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced today that it has awarded a Safety Training Grant to the Gainesville (Fla.) Police Department to obtain valuable police/youth dialogue training. The focus of this training is building understanding and cooperation between the city's minority youth and the 302 police officers who serve the Gainesville community.

Smart Policing Summit to Showcase New Wave of Technologies and Tactics

February 26, 2015
IDGA will debut its inaugural Smart Policing Summit this April 27–29 in Washington, D.C. The event will host law enforcement agencies and research firms in an open forum to discuss tactics and techniques to decrease crime and increase case closure rates.
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