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A drone is demonstrated in Brigham City, Utah, on Feb. 13, 2014. (Associated Press)

U.K. paves the way for police drones

By Andrew Blake - The Washington Times

Police in the U.K. have agreed to begin using unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for certain law enforcement operations, including burglaries, seizes, protests, search-and-rescue missions and other "high risk" incidents. Published January 6, 2016

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This March 4, 2015, file photo, shows the entrance to the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Ferguson residents get a say on police overhaul agreement

- Associated Press

Ferguson city leaders have spent months negotiating a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, a plan that calls for sweeping changes to police practices in the St. Louis suburb where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot. Now, residents get their say.

Attorney John Burris, right, comforts Gwendolyn Woods, the mother of Mario Woods, the man killed by San Francisco police after they say he appeared to raise an 8-inch knife and approach an officer, as she speaks at a news conference in San Francisco, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Justice Department to review San Francisco Police

Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Justice will conduct a comprehensive review of the San Francisco Police Department, which is facing scrutiny over the shooting death of a young black man.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, right, waits for interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante to join him in departing a news conference Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Chicago. Officials have been criticized for the handling of the 2014 fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ** FILE **

Rahm Emanuel to speak about Chicago police department

- Associated Press

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called a special City Council meeting to discuss the police department that's now at the center of the biggest crisis of his administration.

'Driving while baked': New marijuana breath test device to detect levels of THC

- The Washington Times

The legalization of marijuana in several states in recent years has fueled concern over drugged driving -- and not just among law enforcement officials who want to prevent it. Pot users are also concerned that without a way to measure if a person is high -- current tests can only determine whether the person has recently used the drug -- they could unfairly face consequences for driving under the influence.

In this Oct. 20, 2014, frame from dash-cam video provided by the Chicago Police Department, Laquan McDonald, right, walks down the street moments before being shot by Officer Jason Van Dyke in Chicago. Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

Jason Van Dyke case: Chicago awaits more protests over police shooting

- Associated Press

The white officer who shot a black Chicago teen 16 times has been charged with murder and jailed. The graphic video of the slaying has been made public. And in the hours after the footage was released, protesters seemed to honor pleas for restraint.

A police officer ties police tape to a handrail. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Va. high school student was killed on orders from gang leaders in El Salvador

- The Washington Times

A 17-year-old MS-13 gang member known as "the Enforcer" of Sterling, Virginia, shot and killed a high school student on orders handed down from gang leaders in El Salvador because the boy had left the gang and joined a rival group, according to testimony given Thursday by law enforcement officials investigating the homicide.

A man uses a mobile phone to record the scene after a smoke device was dropped in front of a row of Seattle Police officers during a May Day march that began as an anti-capitalism protest and turned into demonstrators clashing with police. Photos and video from the protest were widely shared on social media. (Associated Press)

Police fear 'YouTube effect' affecting work, contributing to rise in violent crime

- The Washington Times

Law enforcement officers from around the country say they are increasingly concerned that video recordings of their interactions with the public are being used to show them in a negative light, creating a "YouTube effect" that is affecting how they do their jobs and, according to the FBI's director, could be behind a recent rise in violent crime.

FBI Director James Comey speaks to the media during a news conference at the FBI offices in Cincinnati, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ** FILE **

James Comey: FBI used aerial surveillance above Ferguson

- Associated Press

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the agency used its aircraft above Ferguson, Missouri, last year at the request of local law enforcement to help keep track of unrest on the ground.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, during the committee's hearing  on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

Federal Air Marshal Service misconduct under scope at House panel hearing

- The Washington Times

A scandal regarding two Federal Air Marshals who posed as pornography producers as they hired prostitutes and filmed their sexual encounters on government-issued cellphones came to light as the agency investigated a fraudulent disability claim, according to testimony given Thursday at a congressional oversight hearing.

In this photo taken Wednesday May 20, 2015, a guard tower and razor wire are seen at California State Prison, Solano in Vacaville, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California to end unlimited isolation for most gang leaders

- Associated Press

California on Tuesday agreed to end its unlimited isolation of imprisoned gang leaders, restricting a practice that once kept hundreds of inmates in notorious segregation units for a decade or longer.

Black Lives Matter protesters agitate at the front gate of the Minnesota State Fair during a protest Saturday. Some fear the protest movement may be promoting violence against police that contributed to a Houston deputy's slaying by a black man Friday. (Star Tribune via Associated Press)

Police want Obama to cool rhetoric blamed for violence

- The Washington Times

Law enforcement officials are frustrated by the Obama administration's failure to address the "anti-cop" rhetoric coming from the Black Lives Matter movement, and some fear it's promoting a climate of violence against police officers that may have contributed to Friday's fatal ambush of a Houston sheriff's deputy.

Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

U.S. intel: More jihad terror cases in 2015 than at any time since 9-11

- The Washington Times

There have been more U.S.-based jihadi terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11, according to a "Terror Threat Snapshot" report released Tuesday by the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, who asserts that U.S. officials must "do more to take the fight to the enemy overseas at its source."

Mourners visited a makeshift memorial near the Armed Forces Career Center on Saturday for victims of the shootings in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday. President Obama's time in office has been peppered with terrorist-related attacks, raising complex questions about his handling of the fight against Islamist terror. (Associated Press)

Obama's resolve to fight Islamist terror questioned after latest attack on U.S. soil

- The Washington Times

President Obama so far has escaped a Sept. 11-style catastrophe, but his time in office still has been peppered with terrorist-related shootings from Fort Hood to Benghazi, raising complex questions about this administration's handling of the fight against Islamist terror and putting a spotlight on controversial domestic issues such as gun control.

Recent Opinion Columns

Image of Justice Department Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

ORRIN G. HATCH: Why the rush to a new attorney general?

President Obama's nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder Jr. as attorney general is an opportunity to refurbish the tarnished image of both the Senate and the Department of Justice.

Unarmed police are sitting ducks

- The Washington Times

David Grosso, a freshman at-large council member, wants members of the Metropolitan Police Department to serve but not protect. He wants to take their guns away, and he wants us to participate in a love-in of the '60s and '70s variety. Mr. Grosso must be having flashbacks from innocently being in the vicinity of second-hand reefer smoke.