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Report Blames Cops for BART Shooting

August 25, 2009
The report reviewing the actions of BART police officers on the New Year's Day shooting death of Oscar Grant on an Oakland transit platform is another big coffin nail in the case against the regional transit agency.

Former Student Held in California High School Bombing

August 25, 2009
A former student at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, Calif., armed with 10 pipe bombs, a chainsaw and a sword, planned to forge a path of destruction through his old campus Monday, authorities said.
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Arpaio's Deputy Chief Files Discrimination Suit

August 25, 2009
The first and only Mexican-American promoted to deputy chief in the Sheriff's Office has filed a federal race and age discrimination complaint against Maricopa County for allegedly withholding his pay raise. Paul Chagolla, an outspoken critic of the Board of Supervisors and the county's administration, says he was promoted from captain nine months ago, but he is being retaliated against.

Texas Cop Killing Suspect had Sued for "Brutality"

August 25, 2009
A Houston man who is accused of gunning down a Pasadena, Texas, police officer last week had previously sued the city of Sante Fe for police brutality.

St. Louis Police Apologize for 2003 Raids

August 25, 2009
The St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners apologized and agreed to pay damages to four people who were among those detained or searched because they intended to protest genetically modified crops at the forum.

N.C. Deputy Wounded, Suspect Arrested

August 25, 2009
A man is in custody this morning after a manhunt in Statesville, N.C., which left a sheriff's deputy wounded and the opening of two schools delayed.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD to Hire 125 Officers

August 25, 2009
Charlotte City Council members voted Monday night for City Manager Curt Walton's plan to hire 125 additional police officers. Fifty will be hired with $8.5 million in federal stimulus dollars, and will start in September.

L.A. City Attorney Wants to Bust Taggers for Hanging Out

August 25, 2009
Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich wants to give police the ability to arrest "taggers" simply for hanging out together, without having to catch them in the act -- raising thorny constitutional issues as he lays the groundwork for a campaign to tackle the city's vexing graffiti problem.
Tags: LAPD, Graffiti

ACLU Questions Dayton Police's License-Plate Readers

August 24, 2009
The Dayton (Ohio) Police Department has begun using license-plate readers to help identify stolen cars, respond to missing children alerts and pick up people with outstanding arrest warrants.

Iowa 911 Call Center First to Accept Text Messages

August 24, 2009
An emergency call center in the basement of the county jail in Waterloo, Iowa, became the first in the country to accept text messages sent to "911," starting Wednesday.
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