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May 7, 2012 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A former New York City police officer convicted of assaulting a young teacher as she waited for a ride to school was sentenced Monday to 75 years to life in prison. The lack of a rape conviction in the case had drawn criticism from some victims' rights advocates. Michael Pena, 28, was convicted in March of predatory sexual assault and criminal sexual assault, but the jury deadlocked on rape charges, resulting in a partial mistrial. Jurors described increasingly contentious deliberations as they argued over the verdict for five days, and the Daily News reported that the victim's inability to remember the color of a car parked near the site of the incident was used by some to scuttle a rape conviction.
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NATIONAL
December 7, 2011 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
Former Black Panther and convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal will be spared the death penalty, the Philadelphia district attorney announced, bringing a quiet end to a racially charged case that spanned 30 years. Seth Williams, the city's top prosecutor, said Wednesday that Abu-Jamal would spend the rest of his life in prison. He said the "decision to end this fight [over a death sentence] was not an easy one to make" and that he remained convinced that Abu-Jamal was guilty as charged and deserved to die for his crime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2011 | Kurt Streeter
It hides on a busy boulevard in plain sight. It occupies a few feet of cyclone fence, a stitch of weary sidewalk, and part of a beam supporting a bridge that stretches across the freeway near Griffith Park. Rows of dried flowers cling to the fence. Beside the flowers, a stream of police tape forms the phrase Never Forget . Glued to the beam, well above the sidewalk for all to see, is a sheet of blue steel proclaiming five numbers: 37029. FOR THE RECORD: Officer memorial: An article about a memorial to a fallen LAPD officer in the Nov. 20 Section A included a headline that made a reference to the officer's badge number.
WORLD
June 28, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times
The first Egyptian police officer sentenced to death for killing protesters during the January revolution remained at large Monday as the country braced for a summer of trials on the police brutality that defined President Hosni Mubarak's regime. Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Monem was sentenced in absentia late Sunday for the Jan. 28 shooting deaths of 23 protesters rioting outside a Cairo police station. The court's ruling was quickly affirmed by the nation's top Islamic cleric, Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, who reviews all death-penalty cases.
WORLD
May 19, 2011 | By Asso Ahmed in Kirkuk and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
A double bombing killed at least 27 people, almost all of them police, and wounded an additional 70 in a parking lot outside the main police offices the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk on Thursday, according to security officials. It was the second major attack against police forces this month, after 16 people were killed in a blast outside a headquarters in the southern city of Hilla, the first week of May. The bombings along with recent jail break attempts in Basra and Baghdad have put Iraq's forces under new scrutiny as the last of the U.S. troops prepare to leave the country at the end of the year.
WORLD
May 1, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Insurgents attacked in two Afghan provinces Sunday, killing six people including two policemen and a district council leader, and wounding 20, officials said. Taliban officials denied responsibility for the attacks, despite warnings Saturday that they were beginning their spring offensive. On Sunday morning, a 12 year-old suicide bomber struck a bazaar in the Barmal district of eastern Paktika province, killing four civilians, including a woman and the chairman of the district council, or shura, Shir Nawaz Khan, according to Muhibullah Samim, the provincial governor.
WORLD
April 5, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
An Afghan policeman shot and killed two American soldiers Monday in northern Afghanistan, the province's deputy governor said, and protests flared for a fourth straight day in several Afghan cities and towns over an American pastor's burning of the Koran. The slain Americans were military trainers working in Faryab province, a once-calm area where insurgents have gained a greater foothold over the last year. The episode, the latest in which a member of the Afghan security forces has turned a weapon on Western mentors, pointed up the daunting obstacles to transforming the Afghan police and army into a loyal and professional fighting force.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
They had to hold the funeral at a big church in Palmdale. Matthew Ramsey , a native of nearby Quartz Hill , was just 20, but the young soldier's life had already touched many. Inside the crowded sanctuary were his buddies from childhood sports, former teachers and counselors, fellow sheriff's Explorers and other military veterans. His son, not yet 2 years old, was up front with Ramsey's young widow, pregnant again but barely showing. Images of Ramsey were projected on a screen: One showed him as a toddler, laughing atop his tricycle.
WORLD
February 3, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
He glances over his shoulder. Not here, he says. In the shopping center across the street, there's a cafe downstairs. He picks out a table in the far corner, behind a pillar, to shield his face from security cameras, as jumpy as a fugitive. Except that Najib, 32, is a member of Tunisia's state security forces. During the protests that toppled President Zine el Abidine ben Ali, he was ordered to put on a helmet, hold up a shield and baton, and stand against his own people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2011 | By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
In his short time as a Los Angeles police officer, Joseph Cruz earned a reputation as a hard-charging cop. He opted to work nights in a "very aggressive unit" in Hollywood, using force on suspects when the circumstances called for it, court records show. A supervisor once testified that he wished he had 40 officers just like Cruz. The praise, however, soon turned to suspicion and later disbelief. In 2007, a witness said he saw the 25-year-old Cruz pistol-whip a suspect, leaving a bloody gash on the man's head.
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