January 17, 2011 |
Law enforcement snipers will watch from rooftops. Motorists will be checked at roadblocks across Athens. And at the courthouse, inside a maximum security prison on the eastern outskirts of the Greek capital, hundreds of plainclothes officers will patrol surrounding streets to shield against militant attacks. Riot police armed with percussion grenades and tear gas will also be on alert as part of the security measures planned for the trial scheduled to begin Monday of 13 suspected members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, a militant anti-authority movement known as SPF. "We are prepared for everything," said Athanassios Kokkalakis, spokesman for Greece's National Police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2010 |
As dusk settled on busy Colorado Boulevard, a squad of minivans and SUVs pulled to the curb outside a drab stucco rental that houses one of Eagle Rock's medical marijuana dispensaries. Plainclothes narcotics officers fanned out. One disarmed a startled security guard, another covered the door through the sights of a rifle and a third phoned the shop to announce the raid. A second guard, three employees and a dozen grim-faced customers filed out, hands in the air. By the end of the operation, the officers had arrested the Colorado Collective's owner and an employee and hauled away 40 pounds of marijuana and $17,000 in cash in large evidence bags.
June 27, 2010 |
The slim owner of Gaza City's Gallery cafe has sharp eyes and a sharp tongue. It's easy to imagine him conversing with artists and actors — he is also a theater director — far into the night. But he crossed a line. He allowed female patrons at his cafe to smoke hookah pipes and to talk with men. He ignored demands by plainclothes police to rein in "immoral" behavior. In early May, police interrogated and accused him of having extramarital affairs. To persuade him to confess, they beat him with a 2-inch-thick, leather-covered bamboo rod for 50 minutes, and later forced him to stand on one leg for two hours.
December 21, 2009 |
The call went out on a website and over Twitter, and hundreds of 20- and 30-somethings, tired of being cooped up, gathered in Washington's northwest quadrant Saturday for a little restless indulgence. Snowball fight! People squealed as they hurled balls of snow across the largely deserted road. Then, a snowball or two slammed into a Hummer. The driver, a plainclothes police detective whom Washington police refused to identify, got out, drew his gun and exchanged angry words with revelers, according to video footage and witnesses.
March 17, 2006 |
Four plainclothes federal police agents were killed after gunmen sprayed the unmarked pickup truck they were riding in with more than 30 bullets, investigators said. The shooting occurred shortly after 2 p.m. across from a grade school in Nuevo Laredo, a city on the U.S.-Mexico border plagued by a spike in drug violence since last summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2003 |
A Garden Grove man shot by a plainclothes Anaheim officer in the Crystal Cathedral parking lot last week plans to sue the Police Department for negligence, his lawyer said Friday. Jeffrey Santelli, 31, was shot in the stomach Feb. 20 shortly after he met his mother, a secretary at the cathedral, in the church parking lot. Santelli's attorney, James Trout of Santa Ana, said the officer apparently mistook his client for a gang member.