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<p><em><strong>Map showing the path of the deadly tornado that struck Joplin, Mo. Source: Flickr (matthewspiel).</strong></em></p>

Lightning Strikes Missouri Officer In Tornado Response

May 24, 2011
Lightning struck the area near where Officer Jeff Taylor, 31, was riding an ATV, after transporting a fire commander back to a command post. Officer Taylor was transported to a Springfield hospital and treated for burns and other injuries.

Camden Rehires 19 Cops, Memo Outlines Dismantling of Agency

May 24, 2011
Nineteen officers rejoined the Camden (N.J.) Police Department on Tuesday, as the police union's president questioned a memo outlining the dismantling of the agency in favor of county law enforcement.

NYC Kingpin Wrapped Drugs In Carbon Paper To Avoid Detection

May 23, 2011
The NYPD arrested Ricardo Gonzalez-Santiago, identified as a lieutenant in a Puerto Rican cartel, as he left a Times Square hotel Friday carrying two suitcases stuffed with 36 kilos of cocaine valued at $1.3 million.
<p><em><strong>Photo: Maryland State Police.</strong></em></p>

Maryland Trooper Killed In Crash Pursuing Motorcycle

May 23, 2011
Maryland State Trooper Shaft Hunter was killed when his police cruiser crashed into a tractor-trailer while pursuing a motorcycle on I-95 in Howard County. Hunter, 39, was killed at 2:40 a.m. Saturday.

Mexico Captures Gulf Cartel Leader at Birthday Party

May 23, 2011
Mexican authorities announced the capture Gilberto Barragan Balderas, one of the leaders of one of Mexico's most active drug trafficking organizations, the Gulf Cartel.

SCOTUS Decision Could Lead to Release of 46,000 Calif. Inmates

May 23, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a three-judge panel's order to release more than one-fourth of California's prison population to relieve overcrowding. In a 5-4 decision, the court sided with the panel that had ruled inmates didn't have adequate access to medical care.

NIJ Opens Body Armor Grant Period, Requires Mandatory Wear Policy

May 23, 2011
In addition to implementing mandatory wear for the 2011 Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) grant, the NIJ also extended the application deadline to 53 from 30 days. The BVP application period closes July 7.

Alabama Motor Officer Killed Escorting Funeral

May 22, 2011
A Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Police officer was killed, when a driver in a funeral procession made an unexpected U-turn and struck the motor officer.

Delaware Cop's Killer Gets Death

May 22, 2011
Sussex County Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves sentenced Derrick Powell to death for the September 2009 killing on Friday.
<p><em><strong>A parole officer tipped off LAPD investigators about the whereabouts of Giovanni Ramirez, based on these police sketches. Sketches: LAPD.</strong></em></p>

Dodger Stadium Beating Suspect Is a Documented Gang Member

May 22, 2011
In an early Sunday morning raid of an east Hollywood apartment, the Los Angeles Police Department's SWAT unit arrested one of two men suspected of savagely beating a Giants fan at Dodger Stadium.
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