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Sean Bell's Loved Ones Say 'Serious' Chance of Civil Rights Case

November 20, 2008
Sean Bell's family met with federal prosecutors Tuesday and came away believing the feds could press a civil rights case against cops who gunned down the unarmed groom-to-be.

St. Louis Police Board Nixes Gun Buyback Program with Tie Vote

November 20, 2008
Board President Chris Goodson said he was against the idea because last year's buyback didn't prevent this year's rising murder rate. "I'm trying to understand what the benefit is," he told Isom. "If it's to reduce crime, it doesn't seem to have an effect."

N.C. Sheriff's Official Apologizes for Tasering of Man at Funeral

November 20, 2008
A North Carolina sheriff's official has apologized for plunging a funeral into chaos when undercover agents tried to arrest the dead man's son -- and used a Taser on him in the process.
Tags: TASER

Microsoft, ESRI to Help Improve Homeland Security Operations

November 20, 2008
Microsoft Corp. and ESRI together are driving Homeland Security innovations to more effectively help protect citizens, prevent and solve crimes, and enable counter-terrorism through software. The newly formed collaboration will combine the best capabilities from both organizations in geospatial and collaborative technologies, and will result in advanced intelligence for state and local data fusion centers and emergency operations centers.

Experts: Bad Economies Don't Cause Crime Waves

November 20, 2008
With the economy's current troubles, many people assume a crime wave is just around the corner. But criminologists say that's just an American myth.

N.C. Sheriff's Deputies Tase Pallbearer at Father's Funeral

November 19, 2008
Unbeknownst to some family and friends, the younger Russ had failed to keep a promise of turning himself in to sheriff’s deputies. So the sheriff’s office planned to arrest him discreetly at the 2 p.m. funeral – a move that backfired in the emotionally charged environment. Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Ed McMahon chalked it up to bad timing.
Tags: TASER

U.S. Cavalry Carries Benchmade's Houdini Pro 3-in-1 Rescue Hook Tool

November 19, 2008
U.S. Cavalry, the world's leading multi-channel distributor for Military, Law Enforcement and Homeland Security personnel, is excited to offer the Benchmade 30200 Houdini Pro Rescue Hook Tool. This innovative device gives you options in a multitude of emergency response situations.

South Dakota Judge Clears Seattle Officers of Gun Charges Stemming from Off-Duty Shooting

November 19, 2008
Seattle Police Officers' Guild President Rich O'Neill said he and others were puzzled by the South Dakota prosecutor's decision to file gun charges against Smith and McCoy, who, he said, were lawfully armed when a Hells Angels member attacked Smith at a Sturgis bar.

Cop Fired Over Web Site Sworn in as Detroit Officer

November 15, 2008
John Bennett, 45, was fired 4 1/2 years ago after he refused an order from then-Chief Jerry Oliver to shut down his Web site, www.firejerryo.com. Oliver, a favorite target of Bennett, eventually quit amid a controversy created when he failed to declare a handgun packed in bags for a flight out of Metro Airport.

San Diego Police Get New Technology with Help from Qualcomm

November 14, 2008
Part of the money is being used to pay for 400 PDAs, or personal digital assistants, for officers. The other upgrade is an Automated Vehicle Locator system, enabling dispatchers to immediately find every police patrol unit in service.
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