LE/Military Archive

Nat’l – LE – Why firearms standardization puts police officers at risk

POLICE ONE.COM October 16, 2017 – I recently spoke with a police officer from an agency transitioning from a liberal weapons policy that allowed a high degree of individual officer choice to a standard issue policy, in which all officers would be required to carry the same department-issued firearm on duty. This agency polices some particularly violent areas and has a higher than average number of officer-involved shootings each…

Nat’l – LE – Body cameras, now gun cameras? Some police trying them out

MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE October 14, 2017 – A small number of police departments are showing interest in a new type of video camera that can be mounted directly on officers’ guns, saying it may offer a better view of officer-involved shootings than body cameras. Among the cons, they point out, is that gun cameras start recording only after weapons are removed from holsters and won’t capture what led to officers…

WA – LE – Suppressors: Do they make guns more dangerous? (VIDEO)

KXLY TV SPOKANE October 6, 2017 – Since the shooting in Las Vegas, many have criticized Congress over a Bill to eliminate restrictions on gun suppressors. Some claim they make it more difficult for police to locate a shooter – but gun experts say that’s not the case, and not the motivation behind the bill. The sound of gunfire was the first indication that something was wrong at that…

NV – LE – Hunting for a killer, using the geometry of gunfire

DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE (VIA WASHINGTON POST) October 3, 2017 – LAS VEGAS – The journey to the room at the end of the 32nd floor began at the switchboards of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, a tropical fantasy in the Nevada desert. As the noises began, scores of confused guests pressed zero on their room phones almost all at once. The first callers asked about what sounded like…

TX – LE – New pepper gas guns in Midland Co. have stronger effects lasting about an hour (VIDEO)

NEWS WEST 9.COM September 27, 2017 – The Midland County  (Texas) Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has a new pepper gas gun and they’re not afraid to use it. It’s similar to pepper spray but 3 times stronger and the effects will put a person down for about an hour. Oftentimes, officers are caught up in the in the stinging aftereffects of pepper spray, but because the pepper gun doesn’t have any aerosol,…

CA – LE – Sacramento Police Release Video of Deadly Gun Battle with Double Homicide Suspect (VIDEO)

FOX40.COM September 27, 2017 – The Sacramento Police Department released more than a dozen videos Wednesday of a deadly shootout between two officers and a man wanted for a double homicide. The first video shows (the suspect’s) truck stop as officers order him to toss his keys from the window. (The suspect) emerges from the truck and immediately opens fire on the two officers. The police department blurred the part…

DC – Military – See the Army’s New M17 and M18 Handgun

SCOUT.COM September 27, 2017 – It’s the first time the U.S. military has made a major upgrade to personal weapons in over 30 years, and so far, the only way anyone’s gotten an impression of what this new gun can do is to look at press releases and a few pictures from test ranges. But as the Army is set to field upwards of 500,000 new M17 and M18 Modular…

WA – LE – Federal Court Ruling Guts Police Ability To Use Guns

DAILY CALLER.COM September 20, 2017 – A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Seattle police can only use force “proportional” to the threat they face, seriously damaging the Seattle Police Department’s ability to use firearms. The ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the use of force reforms put in place by federal mandates under the Obama administration that required police to use only “objectively reasonable force, proportional to…

AZ – LE – Special Report: the Garage Science Behind the Stun Gun That Changed Policing

U.S. NEWS (REUTERS) September 20, 2017 – When Rick Smith launched his supercharged stun gun in 1999, his startup had produced two failed products, several years of losses and a load of debt. He had thrown everything into a weapon he believed police would buy. His challenge was two-fold. He needed something strong enough to stop suspects in their tracks and the science to convince police it wouldn’t kill….

Nat’l – LE – Why police shoot to kill

FOX2 NOW.COM September 19, 2017 – Another fatal police shooting has added ammunition to the national debate over whether police are too quick to use deadly force. This time it happened on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where Scout Schultz, 21, a fourth-year computer engineering major, was shot and killed Sunday after campus police responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person with a knife. The Georgia Bureau…

GA – LE – Georgia Tech students launches fundraiser to aid campus cops

AJC.COM September 19, 2017 – A Georgia Tech student has launched an online fundraising effort to aid campus police officers affected by Monday night’s riots. What began as a peaceful vigil in memory of fellow student Scout Schultz devolved into mayhem and a police officer was set ablaze. “Two GTPD officers were injured in the ensuing melees and two GTPD cruisers were torched,” wrote  Phillip Yamin, an electrical engineering major in the class…

CA – LE – What exactly is Urban Shield preparing law enforcement for?

KTVU-TV  (Oakland) September 17, 2017 – Tracy Rosenberg jumped up and down holding her protest sign outside the Alameda County Fairgrounds gate in Pleasanton last year. “I was not arrested,” she said. Rosenberg, executive director at communications advocacy group, Media Alliance, admits to protesting the annual “Urban Shield” law enforcement disaster training event in 2016. This year was her first time actually attending the expo, although she had previously read…

PA – LE – More Than 500 Firearms Found In Record-Breaking Seizure

KDKA-TV.COM September 8, 2017 –  Police took more than 500 firearms from a North Fayette home in what they say is the largest firearm seizure in the history of Allegheny County. A North Fayette Township man is jailed, facing new charges of receiving stolen property and possessing prohibited weapons. The suspect is 65-year-old Gary Guyaux. He lived in a home on Noblestown Road in North Fayette Township. Thursday, he…

IL – LE – Labor Day weekend in Chicago less violent than last year

WGNTV.COM September 5, 2017 – Chicago experienced less deadly gun violence over the Labor Day weekend than last year after the police department flooded the streets with officers and made a concerted effort to arrest those most likely to be involved in violent crime, police said Tuesday. Police said that the long weekend ended with seven homicides, compared to 13 during the same weekend last year. And after the…

TX – LE – Texas Sheriff Warns Looters: We Believe in the Second Amendment and Will Carry You Out of the County in a Body Bag (VIDEO)

TOWNHALL.COM September 3, 2017 – As the waters in Houston and surrounding areas begin to recede in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, there’s no doubt looters are getting ready to take advantage of empty homes. Some looting has already started. But one Texas Sheriff, Troy Nehls, has a stern warning for those who seek to prey on victims: You do so at the risk of your life. Nehls’s stance is…

Nat’l – LE – Tracking Military Weaponry and War Machines Flowing to America’s Local Police Departments

FORBES.COM August 31, 2017 – In Illinois, the College of DuPage received 14 fully automatic M16 rifles. The police department in Wheaton (pop. 53,000) picked up 68 M16 and M14 rifles plus five pistols (.45 caliber). Evanston – a small community known to promote gun control ordinances – procured 20 M16 rifles. In California, the Cotati Police Department (pop. 7,500) received 13 M16 rifles and Del Norte County (pop….

FL – LE – How Taser inserts itself into investigations involving its weapons (VIDEO)

REUTERS.COM August 24, 2017 –  With a police officer close behind, Israel Hernandez-Llach ducked into an apartment building and dashed down the hall. Bursting through a rear exit, he scrambled over an iron fence, landing hard on a parked car, and sprinted across the parking lot. “That’s the guy! That’s the guy!” shouted Thomas Lincoln, one of seven Miami Beach police officers chasing the 18-year-old graffiti artist. Within seconds,…

The future of warfare is just drones strapped with machine guns (VIDEO)

QUARTZ.COM August 22, 2017 – Why risk the lives of soldiers when you can just strap an assault rifle onto a drone and send it into battle? That appears to be the thinking behind the TIKAD drone, from Florida startup Duke Robotics. It’s a large drone that soldiers can pilot toward something they want to shoot, and remotely fire a weapon suspended from its undercarriage. Rather like its much larger…

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