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Armed militias complicate situation on Texas border

Armed militias complicate situation on Texas border

Presence of armed militia members working on their own has added one more variable to an already complex situation - Full Story

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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What would you tell a rookie version of yourself? Tim Dees - Police Tech & Gear

What would you tell a rookie version of yourself?

Look around the squad room for the oldest, most senior cop — the one with hash marks up to his elbow — because when you feel overwhelmed, you’ll remember that he also had a first day - Full Story

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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

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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

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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



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