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CBP review clears Border Patrol in 4 deadly force incidents

Customs and Border Protection cleared four agents of wrongdoing in use-of-force incidents, including one near Nogales, two in Texas and the fourth off the coast of California. In two instances, people were killed, but CBP said that agents acted "in compliance" when they used deadly force.... Read more»

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Report: Customs and Border Protection's discipline system 'broken'

A federal oversight panel calls Customs and Border Protection's "broken" and that the process "takes far too long to be an effective deterrent" despite an effort to mitigate corruption and lessen deadly use-of-force incidents after the panel released a draft report last June. ... Read more»

Council OKs Magnus as new TPD chief

Chris Magnus, the police chief of Richmond, Calif., has been appointed as the new head of the Tucson Police Department. The City Council unanimously approved City Manager Michael Ortega's pick Tuesday night.... Read more»2

Magnus tapped to be new TPD chief

Chris Magnus, the police chief of Richmond, Calif., has been selected by City Manager Mike Ortega to be the new head of the Tucson Police Department. Malik Aziz, a deputy chief in Dallas who was the pick of many TPD union leaders, withdrew his name from consideration.... Read more»

Committee, cops union split on pick for TPD chief

A citizens panel that interviewed the three finalists to become the next Tucson police chief made a clear choice Thursday, but expressed reservations about the lack of local candidates. The police union, meanwhile, was lukewarm at best about all three potential top cops, with the least support evident for the committee's first choice. ... Read more»3

Guest opinion

Community questions for TPD chief candidates

In an attempt to add a bit more depth about these candidates, I have dug into each finalist beyond what is found on their resumes and offer my own summation of their law enforcement careers as well as questions I believe should be posed to them when they sit down with various committees set to interview them.... Read more»

One of four candidates for TPD chief drops out

One of the shortlisted candidates to be the next chief of the Tucson Police Department has withdrawn his name from consideration. Larry Esquivel, who's resigning as head of the San Jose, Calif., police department in January, has pulled out of the Tucson interview process.... Read more»

Finalists for TPD chief all from outside Tucson

The four finalists to become Tucson's next chief of police are all from outside Arizona, and include law enforcement officials from Texas, California, and Florida.... Read more»

No Texas badge for TPD's Villaseñor

The chief of the Tucson Police Department, set to retire in December after six years in the post, won't become the top cop in San Antonio. Roberto Villaseñor had been a finalist for the job, but in a twist the Texas city will hire back the former chief who retired last year.... Read more»

TPD's Villaseñor a finalist for San Antonio chief post

The chief of the Tucson Police Department, set to retire in December after six years in the top post, is a finalist to become the head of a Texas police department. Roberto Villaseñor announced earlier this year that he would retire, and a national search for the next TPD chief is underway.... Read more»

Report: Border Patrol should double investigators, limit use of deadly force

A federal oversight panel charged with reviewing how Customs and Border Protection handles deadly force cases recommends the agency more than double the number of investigators to review abuses and corruption. ... Read more»

Crowd-control measure pulled from Council agenda

A proposed city ordinance that would have increased police powers in crowd control situations — and would have outlawed wearing masks at demonstrations — has been pulled from the agenda of Tuesday's Tucson City Council meeting for further consideration.... Read more»

Obama appoints Tucson chief to police task force

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor has been appointed to the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, a group set up to "strengthen the relationships between local police and the communities they are supposed to protect and serve."... Read more»1

Frustration over SB 1070 remains, Villaseñor defends TPD

Sunday's arrest of an illegal immigrant rekindled frustration over the enforcement of Arizona's SB1070. While protestors argued that Tucson police don't use discretion in calls to Border Patrol, the police chief said TPD calls half as often as it could.... Read more»6

Photos: Streetcar gets warm welcome

A gritty sky and rising temperatures didn't keep Tucsonans from turning out to celebrate the launch of the Sun Link streetcar, which made a series of ribbon-cutting whistle stops along its route before a morning event Downtown that inaugurated the line's first run carrying the general public.... Read more»2

TPD to create database of SB 1070 checks

In the wake of a settlement agreement between South Tucson and the ACLU, the Tucson Police Department will establish a database to track calls to immigration authorities required by Arizona's SB 1070.... Read more»1

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