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August 18, 2014
Electric Fan Engineering announces body cooling device

Electric Fan Engineering announces body cooling device

The THERMAL STAR cools the body through waist-mounted air discharge nozzles, which can attach to spiral tubes and be worn over or under clothing - Full Story
August 16, 2014
US rethinks giving excess military gear to police

US rethinks giving excess military gear to police

Attorney General Eric Holder said that when police and citizens need to restore calm, "I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message" - Full Story
August 15, 2014

NYC program uses ex-gang members to combat violence

$12.7M program will parachute reformed members onto the streets to quell beefs and into hospitals to implore shooting victims not to retaliate - Full Story
August 14, 2014

6 Democrats: Feds should look into NYPD in-custody death

Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Yvette Clarke led a group of six who called into question whether the DA can adequately investigate the case - Full Story
August 14, 2014

Congressman wants to curb military surplus police program

Congressman plans to introduce a bill to restrict a DoD program that provides machine guns and other surplus military equipment for free to agencies - Full Story
August 13, 2014
Subway performers claim over-policing by NYPD

Subway performers claim over-policing by NYPD

The rise in arrests dovetails with Police Commissioner William Bratton's embrace of the "broken windows" theory of policing - Full Story
August 12, 2014

Probe launched into LAPD's crime measures, data

Outside review found more than 1,000 violent offenses during a one-year period were classified incorrectly - Full Story
August 12, 2014

NYC official calls for body cameras after in-custody death

Public Advocate Letitia James on Monday called for a pilot program to put body-worn cameras on patrol officers in 15 percent of the city's precincts - Full Story
August 11, 2014
Mich. police want woman who faked abduction charged

Mich. police want woman who faked abduction charged

"It started not to click," said police Chief Michael Moore. "My frustration level was very high. We are a cash-strapped city ... and this cost us quite a bit of money" - Full Story
August 10, 2014

LAPD misclassified over 1K violent crimes as minor offenses

As a result, incidents did not appear in the LAPD's published statistics on serious crime that officials use to judge the department's performance - Full Story



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