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After dog shootings, Texas House approves cop canine training

Three years after a police officer shot and killed their 5-year-old border collie, Mark and Cindy Boling watched Friday as the Texas House voted for a police canine training program they have been calling for since the day the dog died.... Read more»

Seized assets mean big money for Az law enforcement

An examination of how law enforcement agencies spend money they receive from assets seized under a federal program. Officials say the funds promote public safety, but an opponent says they encourage law enforcement to seize assets. ... Read more»

Advocates slam bill to keep officers’ names secret after shootings

Keeping the names of law enforcement officers secret for up to 60 days after the use of deadly force would create a larger divide between citizens and the police force, advocates said Wednesday.... Read more»3

Bill to keep officers’ names secret after shootings moves forward

Despite objections from open-government and civil rights activists, a state Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow law enforcement agencies to withhold for 90 days the names of officers involved in deadly force incidents.... Read more»1

Bill would require Az police to wear body cameras

State lawmaker says requiring police to wear body cameras would promote trust and collaboration. ... Read more»

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Ferguson apples

R.I.P. Michael Brown.... Read more»

The best reporting on federal push to militarize local police

Protests have continued for more than a week since the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Police officers initially met protesters with full riot gear, armored vehicles and assault rifles, escalating tensions and leading Gov. Jay Nixon to replace the St. Louis County Police Department with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, saying the St. Louis suburb looked like “a war zone."... Read more»

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Money, not morals, drives pro & anti-pot movements

The legalization of cannabis gives rise to a new industry that spends money in Washington to further its interests. But they will be competing against the big money groups which benefit from the continued prohibition of marijuana.... Read more»

Peru’s secret weapon against cop corruption: Policewomen

Law-breaking drivers usually bribe their way out of just about anything in Latin America. Female officers, apparently, are having none of it.... Read more»

Lawmakers seek limits on police drone use

As drones become smaller and less expensive, law enforcement agencies are looking at them as a way to operate more efficiently and with greater safety. That has some lawmakers saying Arizona needs to protect people's privacy. ... Read more»

Can vigilante justice save Mexico?

With law and order stretched thin in Mexico, citizen posses have stepped up, rounding up accused drug dealers and other criminals.... Read more»

Mexican police arrested over alleged links to drug cartels

Over 150 police in the northern Mexican state of Durango have been arrested on suspicion of protecting drug traffickers.... Read more»

Mexican town's police force resigns after deadly attacks on cops

The majority of the police force in the Mexican town of Marcos Castellanos resigned on Saturday, after a series of attacks targeted their force during the last days of 2012.... Read more»

Key convictions overturned in killing by New Orleans police

A federal appellate court has overturned the convictions of two former New Orleans police officers imprisoned in connection with the killing of Henry Glover after Hurricane Katrina, dealing a blow to federal prosecutors' efforts to hold police accountable for misconduct before and after the storm.... Read more»

Az counterterrorism centers ineffective, investigators say

Arizona police agencies were among those singled out in a two-year Senate committee investigation that found “widespread deficiencies” in a Homeland Security Department program that officials have touted for years as a centerpiece in U.S. counterterrorism efforts.... Read more»

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