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.
Law Enforcement & Intelligence
The latest coverage of the law enforcement community and all aspects of the U.S. intelligence.
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
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.
The nation's largest police union said on Thursday that it's asked the FBI to investigate a computer breach that allowed hackers to steal hundreds of internal documents that have since been published online.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday that she was appalled and saddened by the fatal shooting of two police officers over the weekend in Ohio and Utah.
Protesters angered over police misconduct in Chicago briefly interrupted an annual Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast held Friday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel -- punctuating the decision by dozens of ministers from throughout the city to boycott the annual event.
Though President Obama gave barely a passing mention to criminal justice reform during Tuesday night's State of the Union address, his administration was back to highlighting the issue Wednesday as Attorney General Loretta Lynch planned to visit a prison reentry program.
California police are using high-tech surveillance software to quickly determine a person's threat level based off of public records and social media posts before an officer is ever dispatched to a crime scene.
A Texas grand jury will not indict anyone on criminal charges in the police-custody death of Sandra Bland, according to several Houston news outlets.
A Baltimore police officer whose trial on manslaughter charges related to death of Freddie Gray ended last week with a hung jury will be retried next year, according to Maryland court officials.
New York state has agreed to make major changes to its solitary confinement policies in order to resolve a 2012 class-action suit brought on behalf of inmates who called the isolation practice inhumane.
The FBI plans to start keeping count in 2016 of the number of civilians either seriously hurt or killed by police, as independent tallies put this year's number of fatal officer-involved shootings at close to 1,000.
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.
It's hard to complain about living in Hawaii, unless, like Tom Fratinardo, you're a retired police officer trying to obtain concealed carry authorization under the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act.
The first of six officers charged in a police custody death that sparked riots in Baltimore went on trial Wednesday as a prosecutor focused on what the patrolman failed to do: Push a button to call for a medic who might have saved Freddie Gray's life.
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.
After public release of a video showing a Chicago police officer fatally shoot a 17-year-old sparked protests in the Windy City over the Thanksgiving holiday, the city's mayor has announced plans to deploy body-worn cameras that could capture future fatal encounters in even more graphic detail.
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 New Jersey woman is accused of falsifying an emergency so that she could drive home from a bar after a night of drinking without risking arrest.
In a surprising comment, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier is encouraging ordinary citizens to subdue or even kill active gunmen if they can as the "best option for saving lives before police can get there."
President Obama's top legal adviser gave his support Thursday to a Senate bill on criminal-justice reform that would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.
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.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduced legislation this week that would restrict the use of secret cellphone tracking systems by local law enforcement agencies.
President Obama ordered federal agencies to stop requiring job applicants to declare on applications whether they have a criminal record -- a move called "ban the box," drawing fire from some conservatives for taking actions that may undermine bipartisan efforts to reduce prison populations.
The FBI deployed two planes to fly over Baltimore at least 10 times during riots earlier this year, conducting video surveillance and unspecified "other electronic surveillance," according to government documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 has joined police unions in New York and Los Angeles in calling for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino's films.
New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said there are "no words to describe the contempt" he has for film director Quentin Tarantino after he made headlines for spouting anti-cop rhetoric at a rally over the weekend.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday issued a warning to police departments nationwide of a potential plot by an anarchist group to ambush cops on Halloween.
Just four days after the on-duty murder of New York City Police Officer Randolph Holder, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino took to the streets with hundreds of other demonstrators to protest police brutality.
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 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.
President Obama over the weekend renewed his push for criminal justice reform and again made the case that it's wrong to imprison Americans for nonviolent drug offenses.
"Blue Lives Matter" billboards honoring police have sprung up nationwide, but some Black Lives Matter supporters are arguing the campaign diminishes their cause.
Bipartisan leadership from the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday introduced "companion" legislation meant to match the Senate's recent efforts to overhaul the criminal justice system.
StingRay vote on hold in northern California as lawmakers weigh civil liberties with law enforcement
Police in Alameda County, California, will have to wait to use state-of-the-art surveillance gear because officials postponed a vote to purchase it after local civil liberties advocates complained -- a microcosm of an ongoing national debate about these devices.
A proposal put forth Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators to reform the U.S. criminal justice system would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders, provide judges more flexibility in sentencing, and create more opportunities for recidivism-reduction programs in prisons.
Less than a week after Pope Francis pushed to abolish the death penalty during his historic address to Congress, lawmakers in the states have shown little willingness to heed his pleas.
He coached people on how to pass a polygraph test, whether they lied or told the truth. And for it, he was sentenced to two years in prison.
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.
Mike Halstead, a 35-year veteran of law enforcement, has retired from his role as chief of police for Surf City, North Carolina, less than two weeks after calling the Black Lives Matter movement "an American-born terrorist group."
A Phoenix police officer was shot and seriously wounded during an early morning Wednesday traffic stop and the shooter or shooters are on the loose, city police said.
The U.S. prosecutor who rocked world soccer in May by implicating FIFA officials with bribery and corruption charges said Monday the scope of the investigation has widened and additional charges against others are expected.
The use of police body cameras is spreading to keep officers honest about using force against citizens. But how and when the public gets to see the footage is up for debate.
Authorities have broadened the hunt for three suspects wanted in the fatal shooting of a popular northern Illinois police officer, even as they acknowledge there's little information to go on.
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.
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.
Facing a heroin epidemic, Maryland officials will spend $120,000 to buy license-plate readers to check the tags of cars coming into Ocean City, believing it can help halt some of the drugs flowing to the Eastern Shore, which has been particularly hard-hit.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser told a jeering crowd that she will put more police on city streets.
Dozens of demonstrators were arrested as skirmishes broke out between police and protesters in the St. Louis suburbs this week. A state of emergency was declared, and a police involved-shooting in Ferguson left a young black man armed with a gun in critical condition.
The FBI has issued an alert to all law enforcement agencies in Colorado and Wyoming, warning them to be on the lookout for suspicious Middle Eastern men that have been approaching U.S. military families.
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."
The U.S. intelligence community is bracing for the possibility that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email account contains hundreds of revelations of classified information from spy agencies and is taking steps to contain any damage to national security, according to documents and interviews Thursday.
Historic phone records collected in bulk by the National Security Agency are poised to be purged from the NSA's database later this year, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said this week.
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.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union are asking the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals to halt the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.
The State Department went into damage control mode Thursday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office summoned the U.S. ambassador in Berlin to explain fresh allegations that U.S. spies have eavesdropped not only on her phone but also those of dozens of other high-level German government officials.
The Islamic State's deadly plots against Western targets are on the rise, spiking to 28 this year while the group is steadily expanding its supporter base in the U.S., according to a "Terror Threat Snapshot" circulated by Rep. Michael T. McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
The Pentagon's new thick book of instructions for waging war the legal way says that terrorists also can be journalists.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday she will work to "make safe the world of cyberspace" and to forge better relationships between police and minority communities.
Shooting and homicide rates are spiking in major U.S. cities including Baltimore and New York in the wake of nationwide protests against policing tactics such as stop-and-frisk and the questionable use of force against unarmed black men by law enforcement officers.
When Lt. Col. Jason Amerine, a decorated Green Beret, took the big step last summer of contacting a member of Congress on the gnawing question of freeing American hostages, he never suspected the bureaucratic minefield that awaited him, especially from the FBI.
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