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Nationally Recognized "Gang Peacemaker" Arrested in Federal Gang Sweep

June 24, 2009
Alex Sanchez, executive director of Homies Unidos, was taken into custody by FBI agents this morning at his Bellflower, Calif., home. Sanchez and several members of MS-13, one of the nation's most ruthless and notorious gangs, were named as co-conspirators in the indictment, which will be unsealed later today, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

San Diego Officer Cleared in Off-Duty Shooting

June 23, 2009

A San Diego police officer who was acquitted by a jury in case of an off-duty road-rage shooting will return to work Monday, according to Police Chief William Lansdowne, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Baltimore P.D. Settles Race-Bias Suit, Will Hire Monitor

June 23, 2009

The Baltimore Police Department has agreed to pay $4.5 million and hire a consultant to monitor its internal disciplinary process for the next three years to settle a lawsuit that alleged institutional race discrimination, the Baltimore Sun reports.

DNA molecules often provide crucial genetic information in law enforcement investigations. This display at the Oxford University Natural History Museum is courtesy of net_efekt at Flickr.

L.A. County Sheriff Suspends DNA Testing in Sexual Assault Cases

June 23, 2009

Out of cash and understaffed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has suspended its faltering effort to analyze DNA evidence from thousands of rape and sexual assault cases, the Los Angeles Times reports.

California Sheriff to Lay Off Up to 50 Employees

June 23, 2009

Up to 50 sheriff's department employees will be laid off from across the Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department because of recent budget cuts, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said. At least one floor of the Women's Central Jail will be shuttered, response times will increase, and investigations will move along at a slower clip, Hutchens said.

Police Nab Twins Snapped on Google

June 22, 2009

Dutch police have arrested twin brothers on suspicion of robbery after their alleged victim spotted a picture of them following him on Google's Street View map application, a spokesman said Friday.

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Man Impersonates a Police Officer When Pulled Over by Real Cop

June 19, 2009
A Dodge Charger modified to look like a police car caught the eye of the real police when its owner, Evan Kane of Waterford, was driving through Mechanicville, N.Y. Kane made a minor traffic infraction, and an officer right behind him pulled up to talk. Police say during the conversation, Kane identified himself as an officer.

Child Sex Tourism Growing in Border Cities Like Juárez, Report Says

June 19, 2009

Child sex tourism continues to grow in Mexican northern border cities like Tijuana and Juárez, according to a U.S. State Department report.

New Leader: Shut Down NC Town's Police Department

June 19, 2009

An eastern North Carolina town must fire all of its police officers and rebuild the department from scratch in order to recover from the scandal of two officers being indicted, the town's interim police chief says.

Indictment Offers Details of 18th Street Gang's Workings

June 18, 2009
A court document charges about 40 members and associates of the Columbia Lil Cycos -- a clique of the 18th Street gang -- with being involved in a racketeering conspiracy that allegedly involved murder, drug trafficking, money laundering, kidnapping, and other crimes.
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