A New York City police commander received text messages from an officer informing him that a man identified as Eric Garner had been arrested, and was “most likely DOA” after beingn wrestled to the ground. “Not a big deal,” the lieutenant replied. “We were effecting a lawful arrest.”
The barrier President Trump wants to build along the Mexico border will be a steel bollard fence, not a concrete wall as he long promised. He says the bollards, or “slats,” as he calls them, should be painted “flat black,” a dark hue that would absorb heat in the summer, making the metal too hot for climbers to scale.
North Carolina Department of Public Safety Secretary Eric Hooks got a pay raise to $179,400 while prison officers earning $32,000 are leaving. Eighteen percent of prison officer jobs were vacant as of December.
Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was jailed again after refusing for a second time to comply with a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. “I will not cooperate with this or any other grand jury,” she says.
A federal judge praised Seattle’s progress under a seven-year-old reform agreement between the city and the Department of Justice, but he said the city must still change its procedures on officer discipline.
School districts are using products like gunshot detection systems that identify where shots are fired and apps that allow teachers to report attacks and connect with police. Dennis Kenney of John Jay College of Criminal Justice says, “What we’re trying to do is find some technological fix, and there isn’t one.”
An international cybercrime network that used malware to steal $100 million from victims in the U.S. and Europe has been dismantled by the cooperation of the U.S. and several European countries, the Department of Justice announced.
The family of Anthony Weber, a Los Angeles teenager who was killed last year after being chased by two sheriff’s deputies, will get a major settlement from Los Angeles County. The death did not lead to criminal charges against the deputies. The family has filed a civil suit.
Emboldened by legalization and facing only light punishment if captured, more smugglers are taking flights to escape California’s glutted cannabis market. Arrests at Los Angeles International Airport have surged 166 percent since the state legalized recreational pot.