Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXVIII, No. 577, 578 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY May 15/31, 2002

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Soul man; lethal rivalry; time to move on; intent to kill; holding hands; now you see them, now you don’t.
Briefly noted: DoJ green-lights expansive view of 2nd Amendment.
Hell on wheels: Police force says “no thanks” to high-tech scooter.
The booze wall of silence: NYPD gets tough with DWI cops.
Disarming development: Texas sheriff halts ride-alongs for armed civilians.
One into two: Will form follow function for the INS?
Red-flagging: Arkansas rethinks handling of youngest sex offenders.
The Russians are coming: Denver-area citizens’ police academy keys on Russian community.
She’s a what? LEN salutes the new Miss Universe. (Find out why.)
Nothing to fear? Child killer takes notification matters into his own hands.
Forum: The problem of divergent state firearms laws; the hole truth & nothing but.
Criminal Justice Library: LEN explores “Critical Issues in Police Training.
Decisions, decisions, decisions: A roundup of recent court rulings.

 People & Places

Soul man

      From Monday through Saturday, Kaufman, Texas, Police Chief James Michael Smith cares for the public safety needs of his community. On Sunday, the Rev. Smith cares for their spiritual ones.

      Smith, 50, was an ordained minister before becoming a lawman 14 years ago. In 1995, he was named police chief of the department, bringing stability to a force that had seen six leaders in as many years...

Lethal rival

      The Kevlar vest that Pulaski County, Ky., Sheriff Sam Catron habitually wore could not save him from a sniper’s bullet last month.

      Investigators believe the rifle shot that killed Catron, 48, was fired by a man tied to the campaign of Jeff Morris, Catron’s chief rival in the May 28 primary. Morris, 34, and Kenneth White, 54, a campaign worker, were charged with complicity to commit murder. A third man, Danny Shelley, who also worked for Morris’s campaign, was charged with actually shooting Catron...

Time to move on

      Four years after assuming command of the Portsmouth, Va., Police Department, Chief Leonard G. Cooke told officials last month that he would be leaving to take an administrative position with the state.

      Cooke is a former chief of the Eugene, Ore., Police Department and served more than 20 years with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. Last year, he was elected president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives...

Intent to kill

      Their motivation may have been unclear, but their intentions were not, according to authorities, who last month charged five New Miami, Ohio, teenagers with plotting to kill the town’s police chief.

      On April 22, a Butler County Juvenile Court judge upheld charges of delinquency by reason of conspiracy to commit murder against two of four of the accused. The suspects include three 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old, who are being held in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center. A hearing will be held to determine whether they will be tried as adults. The fifth suspect, 19-year-old Samuel Harrison, was arrested on a burglary charge; the conspiracy charge was added later. Charged as an adult, he is being held in the county jail...

Holding hands

      As head of the FBI’s newly established Office of Law Enforcement Coordination, Louis Quijas goes from being police chief of High Point, N.C., to the bureau’s new point man in its efforts to improve communication among state, local, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies.

      Quijas, a 29-year police veteran, is a member of the national executive committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. In his new role with the FBI, he will be the principal point of contact between the bureau and the IACP and other organizations, including the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Police Executive Research Forum, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Major Cities’ Chiefs Association...