Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXXI, No. 631 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY April 2005

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Budget bomb: End nears for COPS office.
No sanctuary: Four shootings leave a trail of dead.
Behind the scenes: The NYPD’s counterterrorism analysts.
Connecting the dots: DHS ops center looks for the big picture.
Access denied: Tribal police shut out of Calif. database.
Numbers racket: Seeing red over profiling data.
How cheesy: Police react to “Who’s a Rat” Web site.
Time Capsules: 25 years ago in LEN.
People & Places: A legend returns; stepping down; a big head; homegrown PC; man of the moment; it’s not the money; evolving vision.
Short Takes: Easy-to-digest news capsules.
Shock therapy: IACP offers Taser-use guidelines.
Baked ham: Taser testing planned for pigs.
Homeland insecurity: Terrorists’ easy access to gun purchases.
Missing the target: Appeals court tosses FBI ballistics test.
Forum: Police are not the cause of violence; the dutiful heart.
It’s a stretch: Chief makes limited budget go further.

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Police are not the cause of violence

     Recently, while on my way to interview someone in the Southeast Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, I heard a call of a shooting in progress. Since we were very close to the shooting location, we decided to respond to assist the officers. We were there within seconds, but it was too late. It was chaos, with four separate crime scenes and officers struggling to maintain control.

     It looked like three black males lay dead and a fourth was shot in the leg. I stood near the third and discovered that he was still alive. He had been shot point-blank at the back of his head. He was clawing at the bullet entry wound and trying to say something. While I struggled to hear what he was saying, I saw his hand drop to the ground. He was dead....