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State Senate passes grand jury measure for Trutanich

LA Times blog

State lawmakers moved Tuesday to vastly expand the powers of the Los Angeles city attorney by supporting a measure that would give him his own grand jury.

Groups vow to scrutinize enforcement of Ariz. Law

USA Today

When Arizona's new immigration law goes into effect next month, every immigration check performed by the state's 16,000 officers will be under a microscope.

Assembly passes ban on carrying unloaded handguns in public

Sacramento Bee

Legislation to outlaw the carrying of unloaded handguns in public was passed Tuesday by the Assembly.

Bomb squad customizes a 39,000-pound drone vehicle

LA Times

The LAPD's Batcat allows officers to remotely defuse and remove large bombs without putting lives at risk.

More state parolees getting less supervision

San Diego Union-Tribune

Lighter caseloads pushed in overburdened system.

Transient pleads guilty to murder in Lily Burk case

LA Times

Charlie Samuel is sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing the 17-year-old, whose body was found in July inside her car in a downtown Los Angeles parking lot.

LAPD to investigate scuffle between officers and BP protestors

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a scuffle between police officers and some bicycle riders participating in a protest Friday night, officials said.

Detecting a crime before it happens

LA Times

If Bob Burns is correct, terrorists may betray themselves someday by jiggling on a Nintendo Wii balance board, blinking too fast, curling a lip like Elvis — or doing nothing at all.

Slain officer 'was just a good man'

Chicago Sun-Times

Colleagues, friends turn out in force for slain officer.

A festival of Scots, kilts

Newport Beach Daily Pilot

Costa Mesa's annual ScotsFest celebrates Scottish and Celtic heritage with music, dance this weekend.

Will the AZ immigration law make the job of police harder?

Pajamas Media

A group of police chiefs — including L.A.'s Charlie Beck — say that illegal aliens will be more reluctant to help fight crime out of fear of law enforcement.

Batts "very concerned" about possibly losing officers

Oakland Tribune

[Oakland, CA] Police Chief Anthony Batts said Thursday he is "very concerned" about the possibility of losing a significant number of police officers in a department he said is already overworked.

Vallejo must wait for CHP help

Vallejo Times-Herald

Deployment of trooper task force on hold at least until July 1.

Document says number of attempted attacks on U.S. is at all-time high


Just weeks after the failed car bombing of New York's Times Square, the Department of Homeland Security says "the number and pace of attempted attacks against the United States over the past nine months have surpassed the number of attempts during any other previous one-year period."

S.F. police, fire agree to forgo pay raises

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco police and firefighter union officials reached tentative deals Tuesday to forgo pay raises as Mayor Gavin Newsom seeks concessions from all city workers to help bridge a historic budget deficit, officials said.

Cooley, Harris lead in Attorney General primary races-poll

Metropolitan News Enterprise

A new poll shows Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley and San Francisco top prosecutor Kamala Harris leading their respective parties’ primaries for California attorney general.

LAPD's Beck joins other chiefs to say Arizona immigration law could cripple law enforcement

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck joined other law enforcement leaders in Washington on Wednesday to slam Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration, saying it could cripple police work and drive a wedge between officers and the communities they are trying to protect.

Pew report details Los Angeles' budget woes

Sacramento Bee

Los Angeles is one of the nation's most fiscally troubled big cities, according to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Revision to budget includes more layoffs

LA Daily News

A divided Los Angeles City Council sent Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa a revised version of his $6.7 billion budget, calling for the layoffs of up to 1,761 workers, furloughs for municipal employees and reductions in popular programs.

Phoenix police officer shot, killed; suspect in custody

Arizona Republic

A Phoenix police officer was shot and killed while searching for a man near Indian School Road and 19th Avenue early Wednesday morning.

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