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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
January 21, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
An off-duty Las Vegas police officer shot his wife and young son before setting his home ablaze and committing suicide Monday, authorities said. A 52-year-old man dialed 911 from his Boulder City, Nev., home at 8:20 a.m.  and told a dispatcher that he had killed his wife and his son and that he planned to set his home on fire and harm any responding officers, said Keith Paul, a spokesman for the Henderson Police Department, which was handling the...
June 14, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
He's not naked, and he's back on the ground. Turns out a man who climbed an electrical tower in North Hollywood on Friday was not nude, as initially reported by the Los Angeles Police Department, just shirtless. And after several hours, he agreed to come down. Los Angeles police Det. Gus Villanueva said two LAPD SWAT officers were lifted by a crane to where the man was on the tower. After they offered him a blanket, he agreed to come down. Though not hurt, the man is in police custody over what, for now, is being called misdemeanor trespassing, Villanueva said.
September 8, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
A Santa Ana man remained in jail Sunday after he allegedly wielded two samurai swords in a busy shopping center while threatening bystanders, police said. Hung Anh Nguyen, 29, was in the parking lot of Arsenio's Mexico Food at 751 S. Harbor Blvd. in Santa Ana about 11:15 p.m. Friday when he pulled out two swords and started screaming profanities, Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. Police arrived and tried to calm him. Bertagna said Nguyen threatened officers and refused to follow the officers repeat commands to put the swords down.
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