Humor
The Wild Streets of LA E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

From Los Angeles Magazine - “Check out the site: Hot Fuzz: The video-sharing site is loaded with first-person LAPD cop car chases that rival Grand Theft Auto. We’re guilty of watching more than our fair share, but here are two of our favorites. . http://bit.ly/11JfLda.  What is it like to ride shotgun in a squad car, siren blaring during a police chase through the heavily trafficked streets of L.A.?

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Rice of mass destruction E-mail
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It’s uncanny how often the papers were filled with “FBI stops terror attack” stories after the bombings at the Boston Marathon. In addition to thwarting what federal officials say was a terrorist attack by a sovereign citizen type in Minnesota, we’ve learned that the Bureau arrived in no time after authorities received tips about a Muslim pressure cooker bomber parading around in public.

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War on pants flares up E-mail
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There are some things you can just count on. Local law enforcement heroically aiding residents in times of crisis comes to mind. Then there’s the old saying about death and taxes. But if you’ve read American Police Beat for a while you know there’s something else we can count on to the same degree we count on the tide to go out and then come in again - pants laws. You can now get a fine for wearing the wrong pants, or even the right pants in the wrong way after Louisiana town council voted 8-to-1 in favor of a new fashion ordinance.

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LE culture resistant to changes E-mail
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Best patterns and practices have determined the best way to reduce one of the major flaws in the American criminal justice system: wrongful convictions. Getting something done about it is another story entirely, however.
According to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, incoming Illinois State Rep. Scott Drury has introduced two bills he hopes will make a difference. Drury is a former federal prosecutor. Now he represents part of Lake County, which has a history of convicting the wrong men.

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Free speech and police work E-mail
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For police officers, the right to free speech guaranteed by the Constitution is not absolute. For instance, in St. Louis, Police Chief Sam Dotson says a sergeant's recent political lobbying work for a pro-marijuana group is "not what is expected of our officers."

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