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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.

Chicago Officer Who Pummelled Female Bartender Fired

December 16, 2009
The Chicago Police Board has fired Anthony Abbate, whose videotaped beat-down of a female bartender while he was off duty landed on YouTube and embarrassed Chicago police.

Calif. Tactical Unit Kills Bank Robber Who Took Hostages And Shot Customers

December 16, 2009
The shooting of the 47-year-old man by Shasta County sheriff's SWAT deputies ended a three-hour stand-off that involved the suspect dragging a female hostage into the bank vault.

19 Minneapolis Recruits Laid-Off During Graduation Week

December 16, 2009
Nineteen recruits hoping to join the Minneapolis Police Department received word they'll be out of work effective Dec. 22. They were scheduled to graduate from the police academy on Friday.
Former LAPD Chief William Bratton will have more time for private events, after turning over the top-cop job to Charlie Beck. Photo via David Markland (Flickr.com).

High-Profile Big-City Chiefs Depart In 2009

December 16, 2009
Next year 10 of the nation's most populous cities will have new chiefs — Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Tampa.

Philly Fugitives Owe City More Than $1 Billion

December 15, 2009
Before the robbery, Scott had skipped out under the courts' “deposit bail“ system, which requires many offenders to pay only 10 percent of their bail while signing IOUs for the remainder. In the early 1970s, it replaced a system run by largely corrupt private bail bondsmen.

Atlanta Police Bust Six Gang Members for Smash-and-Grab Robberies

December 15, 2009
The four adults and two juveniles were being questioned by detectives Tuesday morning, Atlanta police spokesman Otis Redmond said. Redmond said three of the suspects had arrest warrants for previous thefts at a Radio Shack store in Atlanta and Georgio's Big and Tall men's store in the Greenbriar Mall.

NYPD Officers' Car Burglarized in Seattle After Lakewood Memorial

December 15, 2009
The officers stopped by Pike Place Market before returning to New York. While their rental car was parked nearby, thieves broke into the 2010 Ford Explorer and ripped off all their luggage, including the uniforms they wore to the memorial.
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