Law Enforcement

Takeaways: Partisan Discord Instead of Jan. 6 Answers
Congress
Takeaways: Partisan Discord Instead of Jan. 6 Answers

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House hearing about what went wrong in the Jan. 6 Capitol siege frequently spiraled into partisan shouting matches on Wednesday, with lawmakers more often blaming each other than thoroughly questioning witnesses about the events of the... Read More

Washington Post Says US Secretly Obtained Reporters' Records
Media
Washington Post Says US Secretly Obtained Reporters' Records

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump Justice Department secretly seized the phone records of three Washington Post reporters who covered the federal investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the newspaper said Friday. The disclosure sets up... Read More

FBI Accessing Private Servers to Subvert Cyberattacks
Cybersecurity
FBI Accessing Private Servers to Subvert Cyberattacks
2021-04-30 18:50:05
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — In a covert operation to undercut hacking groups’ attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Exchange email program, the FBI has begun accessing hundreds of vulnerable computers in the United States to remove malicious web shells.  Web shells, interfaces... Read More

Domestic Terrorism Often Eludes FBI’s Efforts to Find and Stop it
Law Enforcement
Domestic Terrorism Often Eludes FBI’s Efforts to Find and Stop it
2021-04-30 13:04:47
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol came back to haunt Congress Thursday as lawmakers sifted through ideas to ensure it never happens again. The riot was the immediate subject of a House subcommittee hearing but domestic... Read More

Feds Raid Giuliani's Home, Office, Escalating Criminal Probe
Law Enforcement
Feds Raid Giuliani's Home, Office, Escalating Criminal Probe

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal agents raided Rudy Giuliani's Manhattan home and office Wednesday, seizing computers and cellphones in a major escalation of the Justice Department's investigation into the business dealings of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer. Giuliani, the... Read More

After Floyd, Congress Ready to Plunge Into Policing Laws
Congress
After Floyd, Congress Ready to Plunge Into Policing Laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstered with new momentum, Congress is ready to try again to change the nation's policing laws, heeding President Joe Biden's admonition that the guilty verdict in George Floyd's death is "not enough" for a nation confronting a... Read More

U.S. Capitol Police Begin Search for New Chief
Law Enforcement
U.S. Capitol Police Begin Search for New Chief
2021-04-21 14:21:38
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Capitol Police Board has begun a national search for the new chief of the U.S. Capitol Police. The Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based police research and policy organization, will assist with the recruitment. Following the... Read More

Feds Weighing How to Respond After Verdict in Chauvin Trial
Law Enforcement
Feds Weighing How to Respond After Verdict in Chauvin Trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is privately weighing how to handle the upcoming verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, including considering whether President Joe Biden should address the nation and dispatching specially trained community... Read More

Capitol Police Officer Sicknick Died After Stroke
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Officer Sicknick Died After Stroke
2021-04-20 14:39:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was injured while confronting rioters during the Jan. 6 insurrection, suffered a stroke and died from natural causes, the Washington, D.C., medical examiner's office ruled Monday. Investigators initially believed the 42-year-old officer... Read More

Capitol Police Watchdog Says Force Needs 'Cultural Change'
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Watchdog Says Force Needs 'Cultural Change'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol Police force needs "cultural change" after the broad failures of the Jan. 6 insurrection, the top watchdog for the department testified Thursday, pointing to inadequate training and outdated weaponry as among several urgent problems... Read More

Report: Broad Missteps Left Capitol Police Unprepared Jan. 6
Law Enforcement
Report: Broad Missteps Left Capitol Police Unprepared Jan. 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — A blistering internal report by the U.S. Capitol Police describes a multitude of missteps that left the force unprepared for the Jan. 6 insurrection — riot shields that shattered upon impact, expired weapons that couldn't be used,... Read More

Younger AAPI Taking the Helm to Combat Anti-Asian Violence
Civil Rights
Younger AAPI Taking the Helm to Combat Anti-Asian Violence
2021-04-14 14:05:10
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON DC — For Michigan State Sen. Stephanie Chang it has been hard to find words to explain the violence and senseless killings of the last several months to her mixed-race six-year-old daughter.  “She’s Asian and Black and I want... Read More

Maryland Enacts Sweeping Reforms to Make Police More Accountable
In The States
Maryland Enacts Sweeping Reforms to Make Police More Accountable
2021-04-13 13:18:38
by Tom Ramstack

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Maryland's General Assembly on Saturday enacted the nation’s most sweeping police reform legislation to make officers more accountable to the public. The new rules place more restrictions on use of force and no-knock warrants. Other provisions require... Read More

Congress to Honor 2nd Capitol Police Officer Slain This Year
Law Enforcement
Congress to Honor 2nd Capitol Police Officer Slain This Year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday during the second such memorial ceremony this year for a force that has edged close to crisis in the... Read More

Latest Attack Pushes US Capitol Police Further Toward Crisis
Law Enforcement
Latest Attack Pushes US Capitol Police Further Toward Crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol Police are struggling.  One officer was killed and another injured when a driver slammed into them at a barricade Friday afternoon. The attack comes after officers were overrun and injured when a violent mob... Read More

Miami Beach in State of Emergency as Spring Break Crowds Cluster
In The States
Miami Beach in State of Emergency as Spring Break Crowds Cluster
2021-03-24 18:11:51
by Reece Nations

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Miami Beach Interim City Manager Raul J. Aguila declared a state of emergency Saturday lasting through April 12 as spring break crowds overwhelm the popular tourist destination. Officials have imposed strict curfews to curb the partygoers'... Read More

Asian Americans Seek Protection Against Hate Crimes
Law Enforcement
Asian Americans Seek Protection Against Hate Crimes
2021-03-18 22:29:50
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The day before actor Daniel Dae Kim testified to Congress Thursday about hate crimes against Asian Americans, he talked about an attack on his sister while he was being interviewed on CNN. “She was running in her own... Read More

Intel Officials: Violent Extremists Pose ‘Elevated Threat' to US
Law Enforcement
Intel Officials: Violent Extremists Pose ‘Elevated Threat' to US
2021-03-18 13:00:15
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Violent extremists motivated by political grievances and racial biases pose an “elevated threat” to the U.S. homeland, according to an unclassified intelligence report released Wednesday. The assessment from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence echoes warnings... Read More

Portland Mayor Supports 'Kettling' After Civil Liberties Complaints
Cities
Portland Mayor Supports 'Kettling' After Civil Liberties Complaints
2021-03-16 17:49:51
by Daniel Mollenkamp

PORTLAND, Ore. -  A mayor-led press conference that prominently featured law enforcement on Monday afternoon condemned the "violence and intimidation tactics" of groups operating in Portland which they described as lawless, prone to property damage, and bad for the community.... Read More

Two Charged in Assault of Capitol Officer Who Died After Riot
Law Enforcement
Two Charged in Assault of Capitol Officer Who Died After Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have arrested and charged two men with assaulting U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick with bear spray during the Jan. 6 riot, but they do not know yet whether it caused the officer's death.George Tanios,... Read More

FBI Releases New Video in D.C. Pipe Bomb Case
Law Enforcement
FBI Releases New Video in D.C. Pipe Bomb Case
2021-03-09 21:45:26
by TWN Staff

The FBI has released new surveillance video of the person suspected of placing pipe bombs at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee in January. The footage, which the FBI released via Twitter on Tuesday... Read More

Riot Review Seeks Sweeping Changes to Hill Security
Law Enforcement
Riot Review Seeks Sweeping Changes to Hill Security
2021-03-09 15:56:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – A task force examining security shortcomings on Capitol Hill after the Jan. 6 riot that left five people dead has concluded a myriad of fundamental changes are needed to ensure such an event never happens again. Retired Army... Read More

George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Passes in House
Congress
George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Passes in House
2021-03-04 20:32:44
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act on Wednesday by a margin of 220 in favor and 212 opposed.  The bill was named after the Minneapolis man killed during an arrest in May... Read More

Takeaways: What Hearings Have Revealed About Jan. 6 Failures
Law Enforcement
Takeaways: What Hearings Have Revealed About Jan. 6 Failures

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many questions remain unanswered about the failure to prevent the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But after six congressional hearings, it's clear that the Capitol Police were unprepared and overwhelmed as hundreds of Donald Trump's... Read More

Library of Congress Acquires Rodney King Courtroom Sketches
Law Enforcement
Library of Congress Acquires Rodney King Courtroom Sketches
2021-03-03 16:43:19
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Thirty years ago today, on March 3, 1991, a Los Angeles motorist named Rodney King was severely beaten by four White police officers wielding metal batons, an event that would ultimately seal his place in recent civil rights history.  This... Read More

FBI Chief to Face Questions About Extremism, Capitol Riot
Law Enforcement
FBI Chief to Face Questions About Extremism, Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify for the first time since the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, with lawmakers likely to press him on whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law... Read More

Rep. Himes Says ‘The Threat is Real’
Law Enforcement
Rep. Himes Says ‘The Threat is Real’
2021-02-26 15:04:26
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel wants to cut off funding for the kind of White supremacists who raided the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6. They described the attack as the first of many against government targets unless they act promptly... Read More

‘War’ Report from FBI Overlooked Before Capitol Riot
Congress
‘War’ Report from FBI Overlooked Before Capitol Riot
2021-02-24 14:35:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers repeated their conviction at a Senate hearing Tuesday that never again should insurrectionists be allowed to attack the U.S. Capitol like they did on Jan. 6 while acknowledging huge security lapses. They reviewed failures in intelligence reports,... Read More

Garland Pledges to be ‘Lawyer for the People’
Congress
Garland Pledges to be ‘Lawyer for the People’
2021-02-23 15:58:08
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Merrick Garland brought his middle-of-the-road opinions of justice to a Senate hearing Monday to help lawmakers decide whether to confirm him as the next U.S. attorney general. Garland is a federal judge who also is President Joe Biden’s... Read More

Pelosi Says Capitol Protectors Will Receive Congressional Gold Medal
Congress
Pelosi Says Capitol Protectors Will Receive Congressional Gold Medal
2021-02-11 19:57:42
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she will soon bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on the Capitol Police and other law enforcement personnel who protected the Capitol when it was attacked by rioting Trump supporters on Jan.... Read More

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