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March 21, 1996
The police explanation of why Sgt. Daniel Christian shot and killed his SWAT teammate James Jensen Jr. is hardly reassuring: that he "mistook his partner for a suspected drug dealer." So, obviously, it is perfectly acceptable to kill suspected drug dealers or, perhaps, suspects in general. It is this attitude, and the readiness to kill, that caused the death of Jensen. The Oxnard police SWAT team in this predawn raid was poised and primed to blast anything that moved and this is exactly what Sgt. Christian did when he fired repeatedly into the smoky darkness.
December 6, 1987 | DAVID SMOLLAR, Times Staff Writer
A San Diego County deputy sheriff was killed and two others were wounded by a heavily armed gunman who was slain at the end of a bloody, 12-hour siege at an Escondido apartment complex Saturday. Officers killed the gunman at sunset as he ran from his apartment on Mission Avenue, firing an AK-47 automatic assault rifle. The apartment had been set ablaze by a bombardment of tear gas grenades and concussion bombs.
September 25, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
They're calling it the swat heard 'round the world -- and its echo is still reverberating. On Monday night, the school board in Springtown, Texas, voted to allow students to be paddled by employees of the opposite gender if their parents give written permission. The board's previous policy permitted only same-gender paddling. No one really argued with the idea of corporal punishment; at issue was the question of who gets to administer it, specifically can an adult male swat young girls?
April 27, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
An end-of-the-year block party at Kent State University went out of control as police fired pellets and used pepper spray to break up hundreds of students who set a string of street fires. Video posted on the Internet shows students hurling furniture and street signs into the flames Saturday night as a SWAT team in riot gear converged on the crowd. Kent police said the party grew violent after one reveler was arrested and students began pelting officers with debris. At least 64 students were arrested.
May 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistan's government has agreed to let judges consider advice from Islamic scholars in parts of the volatile northwestern tribal regions, officials said. The decision marked a concession in peace talks aimed at ending conflict with Islamic militants along the frontier with Afghanistan. Provincial officials negotiated with representatives of militant leader Maulana Qazi Faz- lullah. The two groups agreed to regulations allowing Islamic law to play a role in the Malakand and Swat areas.
June 17, 1989
A suspected drug dealer killed by a SWAT officer raiding a South-Central area rock cocaine house was identified Friday as Isadore Lyman Green, 31, of Los Angeles. Officer Scott Reitz, 36, fired two shots from his 12-gauge shotgun at Green, striking him in the head and chest Thursday afternoon as he reached for a sawed-off shotgun when officers ordered him to put his hands over his head, Lt. William Hall said. Green was pronounced dead at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center shortly after the shooting.
September 6, 2000
Re " 'Spank Your Child, Go to Jail,' " Voices, Sept. 2: Spanking, defined as a swat to the bottom of a child with a hand, is generally not illegal. What can be classified as child abuse is hitting a child with any kind of instrument or weapon, hitting a child on the face or head, hitting a child that leaves bruises or draws blood. A swat on the bottom of a infant child could be life-threatening and could indeed be labeled as child abuse, but not on an older child. How old was this child?
March 24, 1996
This is in response to Kent Carroll's March 21 letter, "Police Too Eager to Pull the Trigger." His letter serves no other purpose than to show how ignorant and irresponsible people in our society can be. He used his soapbox to point blame at the very people who put their lives on the line 24 hours a day to protect all of us. The accident that led to the death of Officer Jim Jensen doesn't deserve to be Monday morning quarterbacked. It was an unfortunate sequence of events by dedicated community servants.
May 15, 1987
The Los Angeles Board of Pension Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to approve a hearing examiner's recommendation to discontinue the disability pension of a former Los Angeles police officer who is the sheriff of Josephine County (Grants Pass), Oregon. The former policeman, William E. Arnado, 44, took office last January while drawing his $1,700-a-month disability pension for back problems.
April 25, 2010 | By Jon Caramanica, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Last week, on the second-season premiere of "Deadliest Warrior" (10 p.m. Tuesdays on Spike), a handsome, well-muscled gentleman named Tim stripped off his shirt and took one for history. A few feet away stood a man with a Taser, who fired it into Tim's back, its talons embedding into his skin while he convulsed and was laid on the ground by two aides. Geoffrey Desmoulin, one of the show's hosts and a pain enthusiast, screamed in ecstasy: "Tase him, bro!" Part fantasy sports league, part historical reenactment, part Consumer Reports field test, part video game, part torture porn, part monster-truck rally color commentary, "Deadliest Warrior" is an unconventional hybrid, yet unmistakably demographic-driven.
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