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Florida Deputy Suspended For Leaving "Obama Prayer" On Co-Worker's Desk

January 4, 2011
The highlighted scripture was Psalm 109, which reads in part, "Let his days be few, and let another take his office."

TASER Ends Chase After Vehicle Hits Colorado Officer

January 4, 2011
An officer who suffered minor injuries when he was struck in a chain-reaction accident caused by a fleeing suspect is expected to fully recover.

Body Armor Saves Ohio Officer

January 4, 2011
Ashtabula (Ohio) Police Lt. Rodney Blaney is now recovering from a round that struck the ballistic armor covering his chest and saving his life during a traffic stop.

California Officer Head-butted, Kicked During Arrest

January 4, 2011
A Palo Alto (Calif.) Police officer was head-butted in the face and kicked in the testicles early on New Year's Day while trying to arrest a man suspected of public drunkenness.

Mass. GOP Lawmakers Demand Parole Ban For Certain Violent Criminals

January 4, 2011
The state's Parole Board voted unanimously in 2008 to free Dominic Cinelli, a serial armed robber serving three life sentences. Cinelli is now accused of fatally shooting Officer John Maguire during a Dec. 26 armed robbery of a Kohl's jewelry counter.
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Feds Consider Allowing Cell Phone Jamming In Prisons

January 4, 2011
Even though the number of cellphones confiscated in prisons has jumped since 2007, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has resisted allowing correctional facilities to use wireless jamming technology to block cellphone signals.

Mass. Governor Responds In Review of Cop Killer Parolee

January 4, 2011
Facing widespread anger from police chiefs and victims' advocates, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday pleaded patience in the administrative review of the state Parole Board's decision to free a violent career criminal who allegedly shot and killed a Woburn police officer last week

Man Who Ambushed Ohio Deputy Had Similar Confrontation In 2001

January 3, 2011
Michael Ferryman, 57, who fatally shot Deputy Suzanne Hopper and then died in a gun fight with officers from five agencies, fired at Morgan County (Ohio) Sheriff's deputies from inside a trailer in 2001.

Portland Man Threatened Guard, Officer With Large Knife Prior To OIS

January 3, 2011
The approximately 60-year-old man had threatened a private security guard earlier while walking in a parking lot. The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. on New Year's Day.

Mexican Cartel Issues One-Month Violence Moratorium

January 3, 2011
The La Familia cartel issued a public letter proclaiming the truce, yet law enforcement officials have not confirmed its authenticity. The cartel, which is known primarily for its cult-like rituals and meth-production operation, claims any past violence in the region was due to "attempts to protect the state from rival drug gangs."
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