CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2012 |
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca's top assistant, who has been accused of encouraging deputies to be aggressive and work in the "gray area" of policing, sent a department-wide email Tuesday explaining that he was not condoning misconduct. "I'm writing this message to ensure that there is no misunderstanding — that when it comes to right or wrong, there is NO gray area," Undersheriff Paul Tanaka wrote. "We have seen deputies fired or prosecuted for operating in their own self-defined gray area, for believing it was ok to do so, for losing their way, for believing the end justified the means, and for compromising their responsibility to do what's right.
January 12, 1996 |
A decorated California Highway Patrol officer has apparently committed suicide, a month after his arrest in the alleged rape of a woman while on his graveyard shift, authorities announced Thursday. The officer, James W. Pitsor, was found dead late Wednesday afternoon of a single shot from a rifle, said Sgt. Tom Neely of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
August 28, 1987
President Reagan renewed his campaign for confirmation of Judge Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court today, saying, "It is time to reassert that the fundamental purpose of our justice system is to find the truth, not to coddle criminals." Reagan made the statement as he met in Los Angeles with law enforcement officers, Administration officials and Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson, a former prosecutor. To the law enforcement officers, including Atty. Gen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2004 |
The number of law enforcement officers with Taser stun guns is going up in San Joaquin County, law enforcement officers said, in spite of a nationwide debate over the health risks of shocking suspects. The Tracy Police Department trained half of its force this month on how to use the stun guns, which give victims an electric shock that renders them unable to react for about five seconds. They can be used from a distance of 20 feet.
March 13, 2000 |
The number of federal law enforcement officers grew by 11% from 1996 to 1998, the Justice Department said. About half the growth of about 8,000 men and women was in the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Within that agency, the number of Border Patrol officers alone rose from 5,441 in 1996 to 7,714 in 1998, an increase of 42%.
December 16, 2000 |
As he drives through South Los Angeles on an overcast afternoon, Special Agent John Pi of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is having trouble--as usual--making up his mind. Pi, who in sunglasses looks far younger than 36, has an organized-crime case to work. But the call over a bureau radio is clear: The SWAT team is about to enter a house where it believes kidnappers are keeping a 3-year-old taken from a San Marino family two weeks earlier. The address is only five minutes away.
May 20, 1993 |
It began long before last February's killing of a dance club owner. But it was with that shooting--and the subsequent arrests--that Atlanta's crime ring of bodybuilding cops burst into the news. Nightclub owner Henry Lamar Jeffcoat was shot nine times in his car during a midnight robbery attempt Feb. 10.
September 21, 1990 |
Napa County law enforcement officers have identified the body of a woman found stuffed in a 55-gallon paint drum, but they are still trying to explain how the corpse went undetected for 46 days after discovery of the barrel. "We're not computers, we're just humans," said Sheriff's Lt. John Baumgartner. The badly decomposed remains were identified as Patti Charlene Ahmed, 27, most recently of San Pablo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2013 |
Leon Rosby arrived at 137th Street and Jefferson Avenue in Hawthorne on Sunday evening to videotape a police standoff. He brought along his 2-year-old Rottweiler, Max. He put the dog on a leash and began filming. Hawthorne police deemed Rosby's actions interference and placed him under arrest. By this point, Max was in the backseat of Rosby's car, but the arrest upset him. He began barking, jumped out of the car and lunged at officers. One of the officers drew a gun and fired four times.
April 3, 1995 |
Seventy-six law enforcement officers were murdered on duty in 1994, six more than in 1993, the FBI reported Sunday. Thirty-three officers were wearing body armor when killed. Six were slain with their own weapons, and all but one were killed with a firearm. "These grave losses show again the great need to find more effective ways to protect law enforcement officers," said FBI Director Louis J. Freeh. "It is another wrenching example of the nation's lack of progress in the fight against crime."