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California K-9 Killed By Police After He Bites Officer

December 17, 2009
Billy bit another officer assisting on the call. The dog did not let go when his handler ordered him to do so, and the officer being bitten shot him to death, Scott said.
Tags: K-9 Units

Drug War Surges In Tijuana: 24 Dead In Two Days

December 17, 2009
Five victims were shot inside a seafood restaurant, four were decapitated and one was shot and hanged from a bridge. A surge in gangland-style killings in Tijuana is being linked to two rival drug-trafficking groups vying for control of the region.

Washington State Reps Seek Ban on Semi-Auto Military-Style Rifles

December 17, 2009
The bill is backed by Seattle's police department, spokeswoman Renee Witt said. Also pushing it is Washington Ceasefire, a nonprofit that seeks to reduce gun violence. The group plans a news conference today to announce the proposal.

Police Say Criminals Packing More Heat

December 17, 2009
Nearly 40 percent of the departments reported an uptick in the use of assault weapons, according to the Police Executive Research Forum, a law enforcement think tank. In addition, half reported increases in the use of 9mm, .40-caliber, and 10mm handguns in crimes — among the same types of weapons that police use. The survey offers one of the broadest indications of officers' concerns about the armed threat from criminals involved in murder, assault, and other weapons-related offenses.

Firearms Demand Slipping

December 17, 2009
Firearms demand has surged in 2009, as public gun-makers Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co. reported sharp profit spikes largely driven by fears that the Obama Administration would impose new gun-control laws.
Image via samantha celera (Flickr.com).

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Warrant Needed To Search Cell Phones

December 17, 2009
Ohio patrol officers looking to gather evidence from the cell phones of people they question will now need a search warrant, following a ruling by that state's high court.

Arrestee Claims Female Officer 'Humiliated' Her On Reality Show

December 17, 2009
A woman has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against two officers who required her to perform a field-sobriety test that was included in an episode of A&E's "Female Forces" police reality show, the Naperville Sun reports.

Woman Killed After Threatening Officer With Sewing Scissors

December 16, 2009
A Toledo police officer shot and killed a 62-year-old woman described as a schizophrenic who had threatened the officer with a pair of sewing scissors.

Police Fatally Shoot Woman With Meat Cleaver

December 16, 2009
Modesto police shot a woman on a California playground after she allegedly entered school grounds and began hitting herself in the head with a meat cleaver.

Miami-Dade PD Acquires Second American Eurocopter AS350B3

December 16, 2009
It's the second of four AS350B3s that have been ordered. The aircraft will join the department's Special Patrol Bureau's Aviation Unit that includes a fleet of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft.
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