Texas Sheriffs Today
Aug. 30, 2013

Under new law, Texas police can act as gun dealers
The Texas Tribune via The New York Times
For decades, weapons confiscated by the police in Texas were supposed to be used for law enforcement purposes — or else destroyed. Starting in September, police departments across the state will be allowed to sell some of them. H.B. 1421, which passed during the last legislative session, formally permits law enforcement officials to sell found or unclaimed weapons to licensed firearms dealers. More

San Antonio law enforcement seeking assistance to save one of their own
San Antonio Express-News
San Antonio's law enforcement leaders recently made an appeal from the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse in Texas to all healthy individuals ages 18-44 to help them save the life of a city police officer. Officer Tony Barasa, 45, was diagnosed with acute monocytic leukemia earlier this year and is now in need of a bone marrow transplant.More

Federal authorities arrest East Texas police chief for role in meth ring
Houston Chronicle
Federal and state law enforcement officials arrested an East Texas police chief in connection with his alleged role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring, U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman of the Western District of Texas announced.More

Fort Hood shooter's execution 'years away'
IOL
Major Nidal Hasan may wish to die a martyr, as he told mental health evaluators before his trial in the shooting deaths of 13 people at Fort Hood, but his execution is likely years away. The case against Hasan — who was convicted and sentenced to death by a military jury — will now move to a lengthy appeals process that includes several stages of review.More

President asks US Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches
The Washington Post
If the police arrest you, do they need a warrant to rifle through your cellphone? Courts have been split on the question, but now President Barack Obama's administration has asked the Supreme Court to rule that the Fourth Amendment allows warrantless cellphone searches.More

Homeland Security developing facial-scanning technology for police
Fox News
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is testing surveillance technology that could someday allow law enforcement to scan crowds with video cameras and identify people by their faces — in another advancement that could raise major privacy concerns. More

50th anniversary of March on Washington will emphasize justice issues
The Crime Report
Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famed "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the topics of racism and criminal justice have been thrust back into the spotlight.More

New York City Council overrides mayor's 'stop-and-frisk' veto
New York Post
A furious election-year battle over modifying the New York Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policy culminated in a stinging defeat, Aug. 22, for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who warned that "minority communities across our city" would end up the biggest losers. After more than two hours of heated — and sometimes tearful — debate, the New York City Council overrode the mayor’s vetoes of two bills aimed at containing the longtime practice. More

Ruling on sex offenders, social media upsets North Carolina police agencies
The News & Record
Some area law enforcement agencies are speaking out against the recent North Carolina Court of Appeals ruling. The court says that a law prohibiting registered sex offenders from using social networking sites is too broad and illegal.More

California court's ruling favors officers who report on-the-job misconduct
Los Angeles Times
In a reversal of past decisions, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled California police officers may be protected by the First Amendment when they report corruption and misconduct within their departments.More

Under new law, Texas police can act as gun dealers
The Texas Tribune via The New York Times
For decades, weapons confiscated by the police in Texas were supposed to be used for law enforcement purposes — or else destroyed. Starting in September, police departments across the state will be allowed to sell some of them.More

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.More

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.More

Pair arrested in plot to kidnap, kill Las Vegas police officers
CNN via KPHO-TV
An undercover police operation stopped a plot by members of an anti-government movement to kidnap and execute police officers, Las Vegas police have confirmed. The plan did not single out a particular officer or law enforcement agency. Instead it was to be a "target of opportunity," Lt. Jim Seebock said.More

Secrecy in California on crime-fighting strategy
San Francisco Chronicle
Not long after Oakland, Calif., police held a news conference to draw attention to Mayor Jean Quan's primary crime-fighting strategy, authorities refused to identify eight men they arrested or say what crimes the suspects are accused of committing.More