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St. Louis Officer Faces Internal Investigation for Facebook Post

An officer with the St. Louis Police Department is facing an internal investigation after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reprinted his Facebook post as an op-ed piece in the publication's print edition.

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FOP VP Decries Heckling of Officers Securing Scene of Murdered Rookie

Video has surfaced of citizens heckling officers at the scene where 26-year-old Rookie Officer Tara O'Sullivan was ambushed and murdered, and the vice president of the National Fraternal Order of Police is calling the footage "disgusting."

Dave Smith: Film at Eleven

We need to constantly speak the truth to counteract the anti-police propaganda being promoted in our society.

How Protesters and Politicians Helped Increase Baltimore's Violent Crime

De-policing is an outcome — it is the direct result of protesters, politicians, and the press applying enormous pressure on police to do less policing — in which the obvious end state is an increase in violent crime.

Drawing First Blood

Reporters rarely get all the facts right because the facts are hazy by the time their first stories are posted on the Web, broadcast, or inked onto paper. That haziness doesn't clear until the official investigation is complete. By then the reporters have created a "truth" that persists in the public consciousness.

N.Y. County Refuses To Release Pistol Permit Data

Less than two weeks after a White Plains-based newspaper published the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two New York counties, officials in Putnam County say they will block the release of their own permit records requested by the newspaper.

Convicted in the Media

Special Agent Chris Deedy has been charged with second-degree murder in Hawaii following an off-duty shooting in front of a McDonald's in Waikiki. Headlines were quick to characterize Deedy as a killer and a murderer.

A Cop's Dilemma: Speak No Evil

No agency wants its personnel speaking ill of the city that funds its department. But to say that all areas of a city are equally safe is patently absurd. That being the case, if an officer knows that a citizen runs the risk of becoming victimized in some capacity, should he articulate the fact?

When Facts Won't Satisfy the LE Critics

After weeks of public and media scrutiny, the actions of the Pima County (Ariz.) Sheriff's SWAT unit were officially ruled "justifiable and reasonable." However, the fallout over the raid is far from over, because many people's minds were made up before the facts were known.

A Jaundiced Eye and Blood Red Ink

The Times apparently now has a policy of protecting teen suspects from public exposure, while choosing to expose a witness who courageously risked testifying in the court. As the LAPPL aptly asked, "Why do this?" The answer is shameful: to sell papers.