Seattle Pacific University shooting: Police officer describes how he tried to help victim

On August 28, 2014

A police officer responding to the chaotic scene of a shooting at Seattle Pacific University tried to help a mortally wounded victim breathe who had been shot in the neck as other officers frantically searched the campus for any other possible assailants. More than 300 pages of police reports on the June 5 shooting describe a frantic scene as officers tried to assist victims who lay bleeding as well as find the gunman.Read more

What happens when police officers wear body cameras?

On August 28, 2014

Sometimes, like the moments leading up to when a police officer decides to shoot someone, transparency is an unalloyed good. And especially lately, technology has progressed to a point that it makes this kind of transparency not just possible, but routine. So it is in Rialto, California, where an entire police force is wearing so-called body-mounted cameras that record everything that transpires between officers and citizens.Read more

Key factor in police shootings: 'Reasonable fear'

On August 28, 2014

Each time police officers draw their weapons, they step out of everyday law enforcement and into a rigidly defined world where written rules, hours of training and Supreme Court decisions dictate not merely when a gun can be fired but where it is aimed, how many rounds should be squeezed off and when the shooting should stop.Read more

Police to citizens: Hold your tweets

On August 28, 2014

Police in Washington state are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what ­officers are doing. The "TweetSmart" campaign, begun recently by a coalition of nine agencies, including the Washington state patrol and ­Seattle police, aims to raise awareness about social media's potential impact on law enforcement.Read more

Oregon State Police identify man charged with stabbing Jerome <br>truck driver

On August 28, 2014

Oregon State Police have identified the person they have charged with the stabbing of Jerome truck driver Charles D. VanZante. Police arrested Dustin Leroy Rotter, 28 of Modesto, California, who has been charged with attempted murder, assault in the first degree, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief in the second degree.Read more

University of Oregon police: Ethiopian runners plan to seek asylum

On August 28, 2014

One of four Ethiopian athletes who went missing after an international track meet last month in Eugene told a University of Oregon police officer that all the athletes plan to seek asylum in the United States, according to a newly released UO police report.Read more

Study: Excessive use of force by police is 'very rare'

On August 28, 2014

Events in Ferguson, Missouri, prompted Rand Paul to denounce the "militarization" of local American police forces. In the context of Ferguson, Paul's complaint makes little sense. However, it echoed a theme that more thoughtful libertarians have been presenting for some time. Part of that theme is the idea that a heavily armed police force will tend to be a more aggressive police force. But have modern-day police departments come to rely on the excessive use of force?Read more

In Missouri, the blurred line between law enforcement and combat

On August 28, 2014

The photograph shows a man with his hands raised in surrender or protest, and a clutch of police, clad in camouflage and body armor brandishing assault rifles. The patches on their shoulders read "police," but they look like soldiers. Since being published by The New York Times, the photo has gone viral — a shocking symbol of an American town seemingly gone mad.Read more

Police: Naked man beat cars, brawled at Jefferson State Hemp Expo

On August 28, 2014

State police arrested a naked man who was beating on cars and getting into fights at a southern Oregon music festival that promoted the benefits of hemp. Troopers went to the Jefferson State Hemp Expo in the Josephine County community of Provolt and found four men holding the naked man on the ground. Troopers took him into custody. They said he kicked one of them several times and kept kicking in the back of the patrol car.Read more

Department casualty planning begins in each officer's home

On August 28, 2014

The beginning of any good departmental casualty planning guide is the department's dedication to making sure every officer has protected his family and loved ones with personal preplanning. In the United States, 65 percent of the general adult population has no estate planning in place to protect their families. When you isolate those individuals who have chosen law enforcement as a career, that number jumps to over 90 percent. The reason is obvious: Cops are invincible.Read more

Miley Cyrus' music awards date wanted by Salem police

On August 28, 2014

Jesse Helt, the young, homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Salem. Helt was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, criminal trespass and burglary in 2010. According to court records, he broke into the apartment of a man who had been selling what Helt believed to be bad marijuana.Read more

Cybercrime: Law enforcement fights back

On August 28, 2014

While cybercrime continued to dominate headlines and wreak havoc on organizations of all sizes across nearly every industry in the first half of 2014, it's refreshing to note law enforcement also stepped it up. A surge of activity against individuals and criminal organizations occurred, resulting in scores of arrests, indictments and convictions.Read more