Chicago police reverse order on neighborhood tactical teams, sources say
CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department has canceled a directive that limited time each day for when certain officers assigned to the city’s 22 patrol districts can work the streets, a reversal of a policy it initiated late last week, according to sources.The initial order issued Friday meant that no district tactical teams would be working morning shifts, reducing the number of officers patrolling neighborhoods for a good portion of the day.The order required those teams — which make the most arrests in the districts and focus on crime patterns like burglaries, shootings and drug activity in ...
Republicans warn Pa. shale gas industry of economic 'disaster' if Democrats win
Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry faces an existential threat if Joe Biden and Democrats sweep into office in the Nov. 3 election, Trump administration officials and supporters told a Marcellus Shale Coalition conference on Tuesday.U.S. Energy Secretary Daniel Brouillette and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., speaking at a conference sponsored by the industry trade group, warned of job losses, energy shortages, price increases and an erosion of national security if climate activists succeed in banning fracking and in curtailing development of fossil fuel resources and infrastructure, such as pipe...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
As rats swarm California cities, Gov. Newsom bans popular poison to protect wildlife
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Tuesday that seeks to protect mountain lions and other wildlife from being poisoned by a popular form of pesticide.The move raises questions about how the state will manage its growing urban rat population, which some experts say is surging due to the spread of homeless camps across California.Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1788, which bans, with few exceptions, the use of what are known as “second generation anticoagulant rodenticides” until state pesticide regulators develop plans to ensure they’re not harmful to wildlife.Just abou...
The Sacramento Bee
Brad Parscale's guns may be kept away from him under Florida's 'red flag' law
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — After SWAT officers tackled Brad Parscale in front of his Fort Lauderdale home Sunday, police seized all his guns. Now, city officials have filed a request to keep his guns away from him for at least two weeks under Florida’s so-called “red flag law,” saying President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager posed a danger to himself and others.A risk protection order — filed by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and city of Fort Lauderdale — said Parscale, 44, poses “significant danger of causing personal injury to themselves or others in the near future.”The law says...
Pa. appellate court calls US law barring suits against gun makers unconstitutional
PHILADELPHIA — In what gun control advocates described Tuesday as a historic victory, a Pennsylvania appellate court has declared unconstitutional a federal law that protects firearms manufacturers from almost any lawsuits brought by victims of gun violence.The decision by a three-judge panel of Superior Court is the first in the nation to directly attack a controversial 2005 statute known as the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which has made it all but impossible for people to sue gun makers for injuries inflicted by firearms used in crimes.The panel said in its opinion Mon...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Chicago police moving district patrol officers downtown, limiting time on street in neighborhoods, memos say
CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department will strip patrol districts of officers and limit the use of some district officers during daytime shifts in favor of a “highly visible” presence downtown, according to memos obtained by the Chicago Tribune.The move reduces the number of officers available in at least some of the city’s 22 patrol districts to respond to 911 calls during every shift. As of Tuesday morning, districts will now have to send officers to the downtown area.“While on post, Department members will be highly visible. Vehicles will have their Mars lights activated for the duration ...
2 Fulton County deputies killed in Georgia crash involving tractor-trailer
ATLANTA — Two Fulton County sheriff’s deputies were killed Tuesday in a crash involving a tractor-trailer on I-20 in east Georgia, officials said.The fatal crash happened shortly after 11 a.m. Eastern time at Exit 190 near Grovetown, Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Stephanie Stallings said.The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office found the Fulton deputies in a marked patrol car, she said. Both deputies were pronounced dead at the scene.Investigators determined that their Dodge Charger hit the back of a tractor-trailer that was stopped for traffic, Stallings said. The GSP is investigating the ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kentucky AG didn't recommend homicide charges in Breonna Taylor's killing, won't block release of grand jury recordings
Kentucky’s top prosecutor says he never recommended grand jurors return homicide charges against the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor and says he won’t try to block the release of grand jury recordings.In a statement Monday night, Attorney General Daniel Cameron acknowledged he only asked for wanton endangerment charges against the three Louisville Metro Police officers who fired a total of 32 bullets into Taylor’s apartment while serving a no-knock warrant on March 13.“The grand jury is meant to be a secretive body. It’s apparent that the public interest in this case isn’t going to a...
New York Daily News
Atlanta's violent summer coincides with officer exodus
ATLANTA — Lakea Gaither had known only one job in her adult life. She joined the Atlanta Police Department as a 22-year-old recruit, and in the 18 years since, she was repeatedly recognized for her standout work as part of the gangs unit. Officer of the Year in 2013. Investigator of the Year in 2015.Back in May, just before Atlanta’s summer of unrest began, Gaither took a break that lasted through much of the summer, a time when violent crime in Atlanta skyrocketed.Yet during her absence, “not one white shirt called,” said Gaither, using the nickname reserved for police higher-ups. “It was ver...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Crowd-control weapons at Seattle protests have caused injuries, heightened tensions with police
SEATTLE — In a summer of skirmishes between protesters and police, July 25 stands out for the volume of its brutality.Tensions had been primed in days prior. Video of agents seizing a protester in Portland sparked anger among some demonstrators. Then, federal agents traveled to Seattle, against local politicians’ wishes. And in an emergency hearing the night before, a federal judge blocked a Seattle City Council ban on tear gas, blast balls and similar weapons.Protesters that day came away bloodied with bruises, cuts and burns after police used crowd-control weapons, according to court filings...
The Seattle Times