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Chief Beck Asks LAPD Union to Relax Overtime Rules to Solve Staffing Issues

June 9, 2011
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck this week went public about ongoing contract negotiations with the union that represents rank-and-file officers, threatening that the Los Angeles Police Department would likely be forced to send home thousands of officers unless the union agrees to extend a deal on overtime benefits.

Feds Exchange Fire with Drug Runners Across Rio Grande

June 9, 2011
Few details about the early morning shootout in Hidalgo County, Texas, were immediately available. The shootout began after U.S. agents patrolling in boats tried to seize a drug load on the Rio Grande, Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange said.
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Apple Bans DUI Checkpoint Apps

June 9, 2011
MacRumors highlighted the change in Apple's App Store Review Guidelines. "Apps which contain DUI checkpoints that are not published by law enforcement agencies, or encourage and enable drunk driving, will be rejected."
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Video: Mexican Army Seizes Narco Tanks Near Texas Border

June 9, 2011
A drug cartel created armored vehicles by converting trucks that can withstand fire from .50-caliber machine guns and grenades. The vehicles are covered with one-inch thick steel plating, air-conditioned and are sized to hold 20 armed combatants.
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Beretta Introduces Tx4 Storm Semiauto Shotgun

June 9, 2011
Beretta has introduced the Tx4 Storm semiautomatic shotgun for law enforcement and home defense. The Tx4 is a gas-operated, 12-gauge shotgun Beretta is marketing as a lightweight, compact option.

Pioneering California Chief Resigns

June 9, 2011
Janet Thiessen, the first female police chief in San Joaquin County, has resigned as Tracy's top cop, citing personal reasons.

Jury Begins Deliberations In Portland Whistleblower Suit

June 9, 2011
A federal jury is now deliberating on the case of a former Portland Police recruit who accused a fellow officer of using excessive force and sued the department for lost wages and benefits.

Report: 25% of Hackers are FBI Informants

June 9, 2011
The Guardian is citing the publisher of hacker quarterly 2600, who told the publication hackers are "susceptible to intimidation" and are usually willing to work for the feds rather than face long prison terms.

NYPD Cop Gets 20 Years for Robbing Drug Dealers

June 9, 2011
Ex-cop Jorge Arbaje-Diaz said he robbed the drug dealers so he could pay his variable-rate mortgage, an excuse Judge Nicholas Garaufus called absurd.

DOJ Opens Probe of Portland Police Bureau

June 9, 2011
The probe will determine whether there was a "pattern or practice" of excessive force. Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez of the DOJ's Civil Rights Division announced the probe Wednesday.
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