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2022-01-21 19:32:44
by Dan McCue
Governor Moves to Update, Expand Massachusetts’ Outdated Wiretap Law

BOSTON — Massachusetts’ wiretap statute, adopted in 1968 as a tool to combat organized crime, is now woefully out of... Read More

BOSTON — Massachusetts’ wiretap statute, adopted in 1968 as a tool to combat organized crime, is now woefully out of date; it needs a major revision to better equip law enforcement for the realities of the 21st century, the state’s... Read More

2022-01-19 18:52:57
by Reece Nations
Arkansas Inmates Sue Jail for Treating COVID With Ivermectin Without Consent

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of four inmates at... Read More

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of four inmates at an Arkansas jail who were unknowingly administered ivermectin to treat their cases of COVID-19. The plaintiffs in the case allege... Read More

2022-01-18 21:53:07
by Tom Ramstack
FBI Warns of More Threats Against Religious Groups

WASHINGTON — The FBI and Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to faith-based organizations Monday warning them they remain... Read More

WASHINGTON — The FBI and Department of Homeland Security sent a letter to faith-based organizations Monday warning them they remain potential targets of violent extremists. The letter followed an extremist’s attack this weekend on a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. The... Read More

2022-01-07 20:55:54
by Reece Nations
Frederick County to Establish Police Accountability Board for Civilian Complaints

FREDERICK, Md. — Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced legislation on Thursday that would create a police accountability board to... Read More

FREDERICK, Md. — Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced legislation on Thursday that would create a police accountability board to oversee the civilian complaint process in cases of misconduct. The legislation was drafted in compliance with the Police Reform and... Read More

2022-01-06 21:49:55
by Reece Nations
Capitol Police Share Post Jan. 6 Security Improvements

WASHINGTON — The United States Capitol Police detailed on Wednesday hundreds of tactical and operational improvements made since the Jan.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The United States Capitol Police detailed on Wednesday hundreds of tactical and operational improvements made since the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a violent mob that attempted in vain to overturn the results of the presidential... Read More

2022-01-05 23:03:04
by Tom Ramstack
Federal Officials Seek Assurances Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Won’t Be Repeated

WASHINGTON — Federal officials in Washington on Wednesday discussed security improvements since the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol... Read More

WASHINGTON — Federal officials in Washington on Wednesday discussed security improvements since the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol but made no effort to hide their lingering anger. The Justice Department announced last week that 725 suspects have been... Read More

'We Have to be There': AP Photographer Recalls Capitol Siege

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol was under siege. By Americans. It was Jan. 6, 2021, on Capitol Hill in... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol was under siege. By Americans. It was Jan. 6, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington, and Associated Press photographer J. Scott Applewhite was in the middle of it all — and was the eyes... Read More

2021-12-27 20:49:23
by Dan McCue
Delaware Teen Charged in Gunpoint Carjacking of Congresswoman

PHILADELPHIA — A 19-year-old Wilmington, Delaware, man has been charged in connection with the armed carjacking of Rep. Mary Gay... Read More

PHILADELPHIA — A 19-year-old Wilmington, Delaware, man has been charged in connection with the armed carjacking of Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon last week. Josiah Brown was one of five individuals who were apprehended in Scanlon’s 2017 Acura MDX hours after... Read More

2021-12-21 20:41:59
by Alexa Hornbeck
DEA Takes Action Against the Sales of Fake Fentanyl Pills on Social Media

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued its first public safety alert in six years in an attempt to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued its first public safety alert in six years in an attempt to stop the sale of deadly, fake fentanyl pills being sold on social media and e-commerce platforms.  “The amount of fentanyl... Read More

2021-12-16 19:00:20
by Brock Blasdell
Review Finds Government Policies on Use of Non-Lethal Force Inconsistently Enforced

WASHINGTON — The Government Accountability Office released a report Thursday detailing the use and oversight of less-lethal force by federal... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Government Accountability Office released a report Thursday detailing the use and oversight of less-lethal force by federal agencies during last year’s riotous civil demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and Portland, Oregon.  The report, which was commissioned by the... Read More

2021-12-10 17:14:36
by Dan McCue
Armed Capitol Hill Staffer Was in Longworth Building for Eight Minutes Before Arrest

WASHINGTON — Jeffrey Allsbrooks, the Capitol Hill staffer arrested Thursday after carrying a loaded Glock 19 9mm handgun into the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Jeffrey Allsbrooks, the Capitol Hill staffer arrested Thursday after carrying a loaded Glock 19 9mm handgun into the Longworth House Office Building, walked the halls of the building for eight minutes before he was stopped by officers, the... Read More

2021-12-06 17:56:29
by Dan McCue
Treasury Dept to Step Up Scrutiny of Money Laundering in Real Estate Market

WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department is seeking public comment on ways to reduce money laundering and other corruption in the... Read More

WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department is seeking public comment on ways to reduce money laundering and other corruption in the real estate market, part of a larger effort by the Biden administration to curb illicit financial activity as the economy... Read More

Student Kills 3, Wounds 8 at Oxford High School in Michigan

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at his Michigan high school, killing three students, including a... Read More

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at his Michigan high school, killing three students, including a 16-year-old boy who died in a deputy’s patrol car on the way to a hospital, authorities said. Eight other people... Read More

2021-11-02 20:29:41
by Reece Nations
Bipartisan Senate Legislation Aims to Prevent Foreign Extortion

WASHINGTON — Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., announced the introduction of legislation to the Senate on Tuesday... Read More

WASHINGTON — Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., announced the introduction of legislation to the Senate on Tuesday that would criminalize bribery demands by foreign officials. Although bribery is considered criminal activity under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act... Read More

2021-10-27 15:05:14
by Dan McCue
Minneapolis Voters to Decide Whether to Replace Police Department

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Ballot measures normally don’t get too much attention. But Minneapolis residents next week are poised to vote... Read More

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Ballot measures normally don’t get too much attention. But Minneapolis residents next week are poised to vote for or against perhaps the most high profile ballot measure ever — one that could lead to the city’s police... Read More

2021-10-26 17:58:01
by Reece Nations
Over 100 Jailed in International Darknet Narcotics Sting

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Department of Justice’s Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement in tandem with the European Union... Read More

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Department of Justice’s Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement in tandem with the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation on Tuesday announced the culmination of the agencies’ efforts to disrupt opioid trafficking on the... Read More

2021-10-21 21:29:42
by Tom Ramstack
FBI Raids DC Home of Russian Oligarch Allegedly Linked to 2016 Influence-Peddling

WASHINGTON -- An FBI search of the Washington, D.C. home of a Russian oligarch this week is moving the Justice... Read More

WASHINGTON -- An FBI search of the Washington, D.C. home of a Russian oligarch this week is moving the Justice Department into the political minefield that comes from mixing foreign policy with legal enforcement. The FBI conducted what it called... Read More

2021-10-13 21:29:10
by Tom Ramstack
Veterans in Violent, Extremist Groups Prompt Response Plan from Congress

WASHINGTON -- Fallout from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol continued Wednesday as a congressional panel looked at... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Fallout from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol continued Wednesday as a congressional panel looked at why veterans would become violent against the country they swore to protect. Representatives of veterans groups and academics blamed mental... Read More

2021-10-05 15:57:26
by Dan McCue
Man in Custody After ‘Suspicious’ Vehicle Parks Outside Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Capitol Police took a 55-year-old Michigan man into custody Tuesday after he was “extracted” from what law... Read More

WASHINGTON - U.S. Capitol Police took a 55-year-old Michigan man into custody Tuesday after he was “extracted” from what law enforcement described as a “suspicious vehicle” parked near the Supreme Court building. "One of our teams just moved in and... Read More

Capitol Police Chief Sees Rising Threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The newly installed chief of the U.S. Capitol Police says the force, still struggling six months after... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The newly installed chief of the U.S. Capitol Police says the force, still struggling six months after an insurrection that left its officers battled, bloodied and bruised, "cannot afford to be complacent." The risk to lawmakers is... Read More

2021-09-23 20:19:24
by Tom Ramstack
Flight Attendants Ask for Tougher Law Enforcement Against Air Rage

WASHINGTON -- Teddy Andrews said Thursday he was trying to smooth over a dispute between airline passengers when he approached... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Teddy Andrews said Thursday he was trying to smooth over a dispute between airline passengers when he approached a man who refused to wear a mask. A female passenger had approached the flight attendant to say she was... Read More

2021-09-17 21:05:19
by Dan McCue
Authorities Say They’re Ready, Come What May, for Saturday’s J6 Rally

WASHINGTON -- Empty streets, a large police presence and a smattering of tourists taking photographs of the newly installed security... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Empty streets, a large police presence and a smattering of tourists taking photographs of the newly installed security fence lent a somber air to Capitol Hill Friday as preparations continued for Saturday’s J6 rally. It was a reminder,... Read More

2021-09-16 13:39:18
by Tom Ramstack
FBI Faces Senate’s Criticism for Inaction on Sexual Abuse of Olympic Gymnasts

WASHINGTON -- The sexual abuse perpetrated against female U.S. Olympic gymnasts by former team doctor Larry Nassar was exacerbated by... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The sexual abuse perpetrated against female U.S. Olympic gymnasts by former team doctor Larry Nassar was exacerbated by inaction of the FBI, the athletes told a Senate panel Wednesday. As a result, Nassar sexually abused at least 70... Read More

Ex-Cops Accused of Violating Floyd's Rights Face Arraignment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights  are scheduled to be arraigned... Read More

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights  are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court Tuesday at a hearing that could also address some pretrial motions. A federal grand jury indicted Derek... Read More

2021-09-13 18:44:14
by Dan McCue
Fencing Surrounding Capitol to Return Ahead of Sept. 18 Rally

The head of the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed on Monday that fencing surrounding the U.S. Capitol in the wake of... Read More

The head of the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed on Monday that fencing surrounding the U.S. Capitol in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege on the building will return ahead of a follow up rally by Trump supporters on Sept.... Read More

2021-09-13 16:01:53
by Alexa Hornbeck
Police Reform Law Creates Issues for Officers Responding to Mental Health Calls

A new law is dissuading some law enforcement officials in Washington from taking mental health calls, according to a memo... Read More

A new law is dissuading some law enforcement officials in Washington from taking mental health calls, according to a memo from the attorney general’s office.  “Recently, certain law enforcement agencies may have expressed concerns that House Bill 1310 limits when... Read More

2021-09-13 15:28:49
by Dan McCue
Capitol Police Arrest California Man with Bayonet and Machete Near DNC

WASHINGTON -- A 44-year-old California man was arrested early Monday morning near the Democratic National Committee headquarters after U.S. Capitol... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A 44-year-old California man was arrested early Monday morning near the Democratic National Committee headquarters after U.S. Capitol Police discovered he had multiple knives and a machete in his truck. “This is good police work plain and simple,”... Read More

Police Planning to Reinstall Capitol Fence Ahead of Rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement officials concerned by the prospect for violence at a rally in the nation's capital next... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement officials concerned by the prospect for violence at a rally in the nation's capital next week are planning to reinstall protective fencing that surrounded the U.S. Capitol for months after the Jan. 6 insurrection, according... Read More

Dealing With Mental Health Crisis One Zoom Call at a Time

CHICAGO (AP) — The sergeant had so little use for the tablet that she did not bother to grab it... Read More

CHICAGO (AP) — The sergeant had so little use for the tablet that she did not bother to grab it from the seat of her squad car when she ran into the house where a suicidal man was screaming and... Read More

2021-08-27 20:48:14
by Reece Nations
FBI Warns of New Hive Ransomware Threat

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation distributed a Flash report on Friday warning of indicators of compromise from the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation distributed a Flash report on Friday warning of indicators of compromise from the Hive ransomware known to have infiltrated business networks. The ransomware utilizes multiple mechanisms as attachments to gain access and “Remote... Read More

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