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Harris county deputy files lawsuit against 911 caller
KTRK-TV
Harris county Deputy Brad Pullen is suing a woman who called for help during an emergency. It all stems from a deputy-involved shooting that happened in Katy last year. Pullen says he was injured when she made that call from her subdivision. In this lawsuit, he claims the homeowner failed to adequately warn 911 of the dangerous situation he was walking into.
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Texas law enforcement perplexed by rise in cattle rustling
Everything Lubbock
Ranchers saw a sharp jump in cattle rustling last year in Texas and Oklahoma. Over 10,000 cows and horses were reported missing or stolen. That's an almost 40 percent increase from the year before, and it's a trend that’s surprised some in law enforcement.
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Ticketing policy changes for Texas school police officers
KDFW-TV
School police and resource officers will no longer be able to issue tickets to students at local schools unless it's a serious or violent crime. The new rules are a result of two bills passed by lawmakers that didn't generate a lot of attention, but will change the way students are disciplined at school.
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Dallas police chief fires 5 officers
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas police Chief David Brown has fired five police officers, including two former family violence detectives who failed to work hundreds of cases. One of the fired officers, Bryan Burgess, was booked into Dallas County Jail, Aug. 20.
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Baltimore police show off latest crime-fighting technology
WMAR-TV
In Maryland, the Baltimore County Police Department's new tools aid investigators by processing evidence faster and with greater accuracy. The PanoScan panoramic camera for example, takes a 360-degree view of a crime scene. The new tools were showcased as a part of National Forensics Science Week.
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Women move into law enforcement's highest ranks
USA Today
Women still are vastly underrepresented at the top ranks of law enforcement. But not in Washington, D.C. Across the capital's crowded public safety landscape, women are directing the operations of seven major institutions in federal and local government.
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Federal appeals court hearing on law authorizing DNA swabs announced
San Francisco Chronicle
A federal appeals court will hear another challenge to a California law authorizing DNA swabs of all felony arrestees despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a similar but more limited law in Maryland. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has announced an 11-judge panel would reconsider the California law at a hearing in San Francisco the week of Dec. 9.
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FBI raids Philadelphia Sheriff's Office
USA Today
On Aug. 15, FBI agents searched the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office and seized unspecified files and other records. Joe Blake, a spokesman for Sheriff Jewell Williams, said in a statement that federal agents served search warrants and subpoenas "as part of an ongoing investigation begun in the previous administration" of John Green. Green resigned in January 2011 amid corruption allegations and an audit of his department's finances.
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Women move into law enforcement's highest ranks
USA Today
Women still are vastly underrepresented at the top ranks of law enforcement. But not in Washington, D.C. Across the capital's crowded public safety landscape, women are directing the operations of seven major institutions in federal and local government.

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Social media and the police
By Brandon Elliott
Today, nearly everyone is actively part of some form of online social media, and police officers are no exception. Generally, police officers that take part in social media are smart about what they post and say online. We all know by now that the Internet can become an open record that anyone can see.

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Chief Deputy Sheriff Jim Judd remembered
Amarillo Globe-News
Chief Deputy Sheriff Jim Judd of Fredericksburg died in the San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Aug. 7. Those who so desire may make memorial contributions in Judd's memory to the St. Jude's Children's Foundation, or to the charity of their choice.

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Oregon Supreme Court: Prohibiting loaded guns in public places legal
The Oregonian
A Portland, Ore., ordinance that prohibits carrying loaded guns in public places does not violate a person's right to bear arms, the Oregon Supreme Court has ruled. The decision in State and City of Portland v. Jonathan D. Christian is believed to be the first time the state's highest court has weighed in on the ordinance.
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New Jersey governor signs law protecting law enforcement animals
NJ.com
In New Jersey, law enforcement animals like Somerset County's own K-9 Dano — who risk their lives to protect ours — just received protection of their own from the governor and state legislature. Gov. Chris Christie recently signed a bill to enhance penalties for threatening law enforcement animals by treating threats against them as if they were against their handlers. The legislation is known as "Dano's Law."
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Court says officers cannot harass suspected undocumented immigrants
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Judge James A. Wynn Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit authored the court's opinion, which states: "We agree with the district court that the deputies did not seize [Roxana] Santos until one of the two deputies gestured for her to remain seated while they verified that the immigration warrant was active. But the civil immigration warrant did not provide the deputies with a basis to arrest or even briefly detain Santos."
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