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Michigan City Boosts Police Presence After WSJ Op-Ed

Column by Steven Stalinsky called Dearborn, Michigan, 'America's jihad capital'

(Newser) - Op-eds are known to occasionally provoke, but after a weekend column in the Wall Street Journal, a Michigan city now says it needs law enforcement to step in. The mayor of Dearborn, Abdullah Hammoud, announced in a Saturday social media post that police would be upping their presence at "...

Complaints Against Mississippi Sheriffs Often Go Nowhere
In Mississippi, Nobody
Is Policing the Sheriffs

In Mississippi, Nobody Is Policing the Sheriffs

A 'New York Times' investigation finds that abuse allegations are ignored, even with evidence

(Newser) - Sheriffs in Mississippi are elected by the people, but after that, who holds them accountable? While the state is responsible for looking into shootings and deaths if a sheriff or deputy is involved, allegations of brutality lobbed against their departments, including beatings, rape, and retaliation, commonly go nowhere, according to...

Biden Rips Trump Over Jan. 6 to Law Enforcement

'You can't be pro-insurrection and pro-cop,' president tells law enforcement executives

(Newser) - Building on the revelations of the House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol, President Biden denounced former President Donald Trump on Monday for holing up in a White House dining room "while brave law enforcement officers" tried to fight off an out-of-control mob. And Biden delivered the message...

In This State, Filming of Cops Is Now Restricted

It's now illegal in Arizona to knowingly record cop 8 feet away or closer without officer's OK

(Newser) - Arizona's governor has signed a law that restricts how the public can video police at a time when there's growing pressure across the US for greater law-enforcement transparency. Civil rights and media groups opposed the measure that Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed Thursday. The law makes it illegal...

150 Missing Children Recovered in Tennessee

Operation Volunteer Strong sees 'miraculous' results

(Newser) - Law enforcement in Tennessee are celebrating a major accomplishment: the recovery of 150 missing children. Operation Volunteer Strong—a collaboration between the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, US Marshals Service, and Tennessee Department of Children's Services—launched Jan. 4 with the goal to find 240 missing children across the state....

For Cops, COVID Is Deadlier Than Criminals

Statistics back up Biden's claim that more cops have died from COVID than on patrol

(Newser) - After Joe Biden said earlier this week that "more cops have died from COVID this year than have been killed on patrol," the Washington Post investigated the claim—and found it to be true. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial...

Trump: I'm Sending Law Enforcement to Polling Places

But can the president really do that?

(Newser) - President Trump is threatening to send law enforcement to polling places for the upcoming presidential election, part of a growing pattern of rhetoric in which he has suggested that he wants to make it harder for Americans to vote, the AP reports. During an interview Thursday night with Fox News...

In Portland, 'It's Like Stop and Frisk Meets Guantanamo Bay'

Protesters accuse federal officers in unmarked vehicles of making unlawful arrests

(Newser) - Protesters in Portland, Oregon, say unidentified federal agents dressed in camouflage have been driving around in unmarked minivans and grabbing people off the streets. The US Marshals Special Operations Group and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit have been sent to Portland to protect federal property. But protesters describe being detained...

After George Floyd Death, a Big Ask by Ford Workers

Employee letter wants company to stop making police vehicles; that doesn't look likely

(Newser) - Ford Motor Co. makes about two-thirds of America's police vehicles , so a recent ask by some of the automaker's workers in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd, racism, and police brutality is a significant one: They want the company to consider not making and...

Police PAC Donations Get Redirected in NY

Democrats are giving campaign contributions to bail funds

(Newser) - "It's time to draw a CLEAR line in the sand," New York State assemblywoman Aravella Simotas tweeted Saturday, announcing she would redirect $5,350 in campaign contributions from police-affiliated groups to a New York City bail fund, as well as to groups working to "help New...

'Officers Are Scared Out There'
'Officers Are Scared Out There'

'Officers Are Scared Out There'

Nearly 690 officers and civilian employees have tested positive for COVID-19

(Newser) - More than a fifth of Detroit's police force is quarantined; two officers have died from coronavirus and at least 39 have tested positive, including the chief of police. For the 2,200-person department, that has meant officers working doubles and swapping between units to fill patrols. And everyone has...

Sheriff's Shooting Death Raises Question of Race

Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams was killed in the line of duty

(Newser) - Law enforcement agencies in Alabama and beyond posted messages of condolences on social media Sunday in the aftermath of the fatal weekend shooting of a sheriff in the state, the AP reports. Few details were immediately available about the circumstances surrounding Saturday evening's shooting and the capture of an...

With Sheriff's Memo, a Blow to the Proud Boys

Document reveals FBI designation of group as 'extremist'

(Newser) - The FBI considered the far-right "chauvinist" Proud Boys to be an extremist group even before members were accused in an alleged assault in New York City last month. That's according to a document from the Clark County Sheriff's Office in Vancouver, Wash., shared by nonprofit Property of...

Sessions Makes Big Last-Minute Move
Sessions Makes
Big Last-Minute Move

Sessions Makes Big Last-Minute Move

Guidelines appear to curtail Justice Department's oversight of police departments

(Newser) - A memo dated Nov. 7 out of the Office of the Attorney General appears to be Jeff Sessions' last hurrah, but civil rights advocates aren't applauding. The New York Times reports that, before he left his post at President Trump's request, Sessions signed off on strict new guidelines...

Officer Dead, 2 Injured in Pennsylvania Shooting

Man reportedly opened fire at Harrisburg home

(Newser) - A law enforcement officer is dead and two others are wounded after a man reportedly opened fire during the serving of a federal arrest warrant in Pennsylvania on Thursday. The members of a US Marshals task force had arrived at a Harrisburg home to serve a woman with a warrant...

People 'Checking In' to Pipeline Protest in Droves on Facebook

To confuse law enforcement—but cops insist they're not tracking protesters on social media

(Newser) - Dakota Access Pipeline protesters continue to face down law enforcement in North Dakota—and now they're trying to use social media to confuse the police, the Daily Dot reports. On a Facebook page labeled as an unofficial account for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, the feed is filled with...

7 Bay Area Cops to Be Charged in Teen Sex Scandal

DA waiting to file charges until alleged victim is back in the state

(Newser) - Prosecutors said Friday they will charge seven current and former San Francisco Bay Area officers in a sexual misconduct scandal involving a teenager . The wide-ranging scandal surfaced when a teenage girl who described herself as a prostitute said she had sex with about 30 law enforcement officials in Oakland and...

Are We Ignoring an Easy Fix to Police Woes?

Proponents call for more female officers

(Newser) - On the heels of a damning report showing discrimination and sexism in the Baltimore Police Department, women’s groups are calling for what they say is a logical solution: more female cops. Among other things, they argue that accusations of rape and sexual assault would be better addressed if handled...

Taco Bell Worker Out of Job After Not Serving Deputies

Female cashier fired in Alabama

(Newser) - A Taco Bell employee in Alabama has been fired after authorities say two Lee County deputies were denied service. Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said in a statement that the uniformed deputies were told by the cashier at 9:40pm Saturday in Phenix City that they wouldn't be served...

Sheriff: Restaurant Owner Told Deputies They Can't Eat There

But owner says it was big misunderstanding due to language barrier

(Newser) - The sheriff of a county about 70 miles north of Seattle says the owner of a Chinese restaurant has asked that law enforcement no longer dine there. Per the AP , Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt said on Facebook that after four deputies finished lunch at Lucky Teriyaki in Sedro-Woolley Thursday,...

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