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L.A. to Pay Nearly $13 Million Over May Day Melee, Sources Say

November 20, 2008
The city of Los Angeles would pay nearly $13 million to immigration protesters and bystanders injured by Los Angeles police officers during a melee at MacArthur Park last year, according to sources familiar with a tentative settlement reached by both sides.

Top Obama Adviser: Napolitano is Homeland Security Pick

November 20, 2008
Gov. Janet Napolitano is President-elect Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security, multiple news agencies reported late Wednesday. If appointed, the Democrat in her second term would head the sprawling federal agency, which is responsible for immigration policy and border security as well as emergency response issues.

Colorado Officer Shoots Suspect Who Tasered Cop Outside Wal-Mart

November 20, 2008
A Lakewood, Colo., police officer shot a suspect in the stomach after the man used a Taser on a fellow officer during a struggle today in a Wal-Mart parking lot, authorities say.

Indiana Inmates Charged with Escape After Having Sex in Jail Ceiling

November 20, 2008
They are alleged to have moved through the ceiling from their respective segregated cellblocks to engage in sexual activity on numerous occasions in the last two months.

22-year Chicago Police Veteran Fired Over $1 Bag of Trail Mix

November 20, 2008

City attorneys alleged that Officer Aaron Pena went to the Walgreens in the 1900 block of West Cermak Road in August 2007, bought two bags of trail mix and then took a third from the store without paying. Pena was recorded on store security cameras.

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.
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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.
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