Empty jail cells are normally something to celebrate, but Wayne County's top law enforcement officials say the hundreds of vacant jail beds are not because of a drop in crime or more reasonable sentencing. Floors of the downtown Detroit jail are empty because police are arresting fewer people accused of those crimes. Altogether, three county jails that held about 2,500 prisoners a year ago now house 400 fewer inmates.
The FBI and Justice Department plan to significantly expand their role in global counter-terrorism operations, part of a U.S. policy shift that will replace a CIA-dominated system of clandestine detentions and interrogations with one built around transparent investigations and prosecutions.
Former Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers Gerald Holas and Jason Ross, accused of protecting a drug dealer, were each sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison for conspiring to distribute cocaine.
Anthony Warren, the unconscious man beaten in 2008 by five Birmingham police officers filed a federal lawsuit this week against the officers, the city of Birmingham and Chief A.C. Roper.
The Coral Springs officer shot several times by an assault rifle-wielding robber during a police chase Saturday night should make a full recovery and be home by the weekend, his family said during a press conference. Officer Paul Kempinsky IV continued Wednesday to recover at North Broward Medical Center, undergoing yet another surgery, this time to repair a bullet wound in his arm, said his father, Paul Kempinsky III.