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FBI Preliminary Statistics Show 54 Law Enforcement Officers Feloniously Killed in 2004
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fifty-four law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2004, according to preliminary statistics released today by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. ..." ...

"As in previous years, most offenders used firearms to kill police officers in 2004. Of the 52 officers who died from gunshot wounds, 36 were fatally injured with handguns, 12 were shot with rifles, and 4 were killed with shotguns. Offenders used vehicles to kill 2 officers. Thirty-two officers were wearing body armor, 11 fired their own weapons, and 9 attempted to fire their own weapons. Seven of the officers had their service weapons stolen, and 6 were killed with their own weapons." ...
 

'Homeland Security' Means Revitalizing US Militia
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"Why are the politicians in Washington, D.C., and State capitals throughout this country studiously ignoring "the Militia of the several States" as the linchpin--or even any part--of a National program of 'homeland security'?"

"Because, although 'the Militia of the several States' are constitutionally empowered and mandated to provide 'homeland security', in the long run their revitalization would threaten the Establishment's hegemony." ...

"In every Colony and independent State from the mid-1600s to the late 1700s immediately prior to ratification of the Constitution, the Militia consisted of every able-bodied male, typically from 16 to 50 or 60 years of age ..."
 

OH: Editorial (?): One year later: Concealed Carry law's impact (OFCC)
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"We’re not sure whether it’s a news story or an op-ed, but since Medina County Gazette reporter 'Gladden' ends this story by expressing his personal opinion and referring to himself in the first person, we’ll take a gamble this was published as an editorial, even though it is not so delineated on the newspapers’ website. ..."

"Remember all the hype when concealed-carry went into effect in April 2004?"

"Remember how opponents claimed it would make our streets more dangerous while proponents insisted it would make them safer?"

"To the extent such things are measurable, one year into the law that gives permit-holding Ohioans the right to carry hidden handguns in public, there is little appreciable impact on public safety — for better or for worse." ...
 

FL: Police Chief Reviews Issues Facing Area
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"[Lakeland Police Chief Roger] Boatner sat down recently with The Ledger to talk about the development of his department and the top issues of the day in public safety." ...

"Q: What do you think of the new no-retreat law granting wider rights of force in self-defense?"

"A: I think it's too early to tell. I think that laws can be made and never really change the scope of what happens. I think people need the right to protect themselves. Not everyone is as prudent as they should be, but I think people have to feel they have the right to protect themselves."

"Is it going to cause some issues? Everything that changes causes some issues."

"I'm waiting to see what the outcome's going to be. Let's see what really happens. I don't believe Florida's going to turn into the Wild West." ...
 

GA: Man shot in neighborhood gunbattle
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"One man was hospitalized after being shot in the chest while trying to break into an apartment in The Hill Top Apartment Complex, located on the corner of Carr Street and Appleby Drive Sunday evening, according to Athens-Clarke County police."

"Around 6 p.m. Sunday a late-model black Acura with several passengers pulled up in front of one of the complex's buildings facing Appleby Drive, police said. One of the passengers then ran up to a second floor apartment and kicked in the door, according to Athens-Clarke Police Lt. Melodi Bennett. He was brandishing a pistol, Bennett added."

"The man inside the apartment also had a pistol and shot the man in the chest as he came through the door, she said." ...
 

IL: Off-duty detective shoots suspect
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"An alleged gang member was shot multiple times by a Chicago police detective Sunday in a Wicker Park alley after the man pointed a gun at the officer, officials said." ...

"The off-duty detective had left the Hollywood Grill ... when he ran into the suspect, Camden said. As the detective drove out of a garage ... he saw a man jump out of a Lincoln Navigator in the alley behind the restaurant, he said."

"The man pointed a semi-automatic pistol at the detective, who pulled his gun out, Camden said. The detective repeatedly told the man to drop his gun, but the man pulled back the slide on his gun, he said."

"'At this point, the detective opened fire, hitting the offender several times,' Camden said." ...
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Submitter's Note: Who would have thought it? Armed defense works!
 

IL: Cook County Imposes 2nd Death Penalty Of 2005
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"A Criminal Court judge imposed the death penalty on a 38-year-old man Thursday convicted of shooting and wounding his daughter's mother and then fatally shooting her sister." ...

"Bannister ignored an emergency protection order granted to his former girlfriend, Sharon Banks, when he kicked in a door of an apartment at 1904 N. Kedzie Ave. on Sept. 23, 2000." [emphasis added]

"As several children looked on, Bannister shot both women in the head, killing Henrietta Banks and severely wounding Sharon Banks, prosecutors said." ...
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Submitter's Note: Relying on a piece of paper for protection (the only protection allowed in Chicago) can be murder.
 

MI: Soldiers honored for heroics in Iraq war
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"Military leaders Sunday called Staff Sgt. Basil Zaviski of St. Clair Shores an American hero for his role in defending U.S. soldiers in the Iraq war, but he had little to say about the honor."

"'I'm just glad everyone got home and we're all OK,' Zaviski said at an awards ceremony at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base."

"Zaviski was one of several members of Company F, 425th Infantry Regiment of the Michigan Army National Guard who received Bronze Stars for heroic efforts in the war. The unit is stationed at Selfridge." ...
 

NY: Cop's book of sins: Lying, stealing & worse
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"Playing Russian roulette with suspects. Lying on the witness stand. Stealing bags of smack from dealers and using them to bribe junkie snitches."

"Aggressive cops working on the city's meanest streets commit these crimes and many more on a regular basis - all in an effort to stay one step ahead of the bad guys, a controversial new book by a retired NYPD cop contends."

"'I knew these were crimes I was committing daily. But I'd do it again and again,' Robert Cea writes in 'No Lights, No Sirens,' published last week by William Morrow. 'It's the only way to get things done.'" ...
 

CA: Prosecutor Says September Trial In San Jose For Narcotics Agent
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"The trial of a state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement agent charged with fatally shooting the wrong man in the back in San Jose last year is scheduled to begin at the end of September, prosecutor Lane Liroff said today."

"Agent Michael Walker, 34, is charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with the Feb. 17, 2004 death of Rodolfo 'Rudy' Cardenas in downtown San Jose. Walker and other state agents believed Cardenas was actually a wanted parolee named David Gonzales. Walker claims he shot Cardenas because he believed the man was pointing a pistol at him during a foot pursuit after Cardenas fled from agents." ...
 

CT: Connecticut Police Officer Charged With Beating Suspect
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"A city police officer was arrested and forced to turn in his badge and gun Monday in connection with the beating of a man who was being restrained by other officers last month."

"Officer Michael Adams, 30, who has been on the New Britain force for three years, was charged with second-degree assault after turning himself in at police headquarters Monday morning."

"Witnesses and other police officers reported the alleged abuse to police officials, authorities said." ...

"Hapgood, who was charged with three counts of assaulting a police officer, said he was face-down on the ground when one of the officers kicked him in the face. He said his cheekbone was injured, his upper lip was split and his elbow fractured. He plans to sue the police department." ...
 

IN: Chief plays it by the book
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"Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller is going to take some knocks from within his own department, but his investigation of a serious incident between two cops was the only way he could have handled it."

"A few short years ago, it was unfortunate standard operating procedure that anything that happened within the Hammond Police Department stayed there, sort of like Las Vegas but without the showgirls."

"Miller vowed to clean up the nonsense, and has shown he is serious by investigating an incident last month in which one police officer is alleged to have pointed a gun at another in front of two witnesses in the typing room at the department." ...
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Submitter's Note: Really? What would happen if you and your buddies did this and got caught?

 

Italy: Italian jailors charged with abusing G8 protesters
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"An Italian judge ordered 45 police officers, prison guards and doctors to stand trial on Monday for beating protesters who were detained during the notorious Group of Eight summit in Genoa in 2001." ...

"New accusations surfaced in March when prosecutors released a 534-page report outlining the alleged abuses that protesters suffered at the hands of their jailers and prison doctors at the Bolzaneto police garrison."

"The report prompted comparisons to the abuse and humiliation of Iraqi detainees by U.S. troops in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib jail."

"Italian prosecutors say some 150 demonstrators detained at Bolzaneto, many of them foreign, were kicked, punched, hit in the groin and dragged around by their hair." ...
 

South Africa: Cop shoots son, self
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A young man is fighting for his life in hospital after being shot in the head by his father - a police inspector - during an argument yesterday morning.

Limpopo police said the inspector then committed suicide with the same gun.

Police spokesman Captain Maano Sadiki said the shooting happened just after midnight at the boy's home in Lulekane in Phalaborwa.

"It is alleged the father was angry with his son for coming home late. They had an argument and the man then shot the son in the head using his 7.65mm pistol," said Sadiki.

He said police have opened an inquest docket and are investigating a case of attempted murder.
 

Pakistan: Police torture Pakistani teenagers for possessing toy guns
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"Eight teenagers were allegedly tortured by the police here for possessing two toy pistols. The youngsters were returning home when they were intercepted by a patrol van and taken to a police station, where a body search revealed the two toy pistols."

"'The boys started crying out of fear and informed the police that some of them were school students while others worked as helpers at shops,' 'The News' reported on Monday."

"However, the families of the boys said police officials showed no mercy and beat them with wooden and rubber batons." ...

"The families alleged that police station in charge Sharif Sandhu demanded a bribe for releasing the children or he would implicate them in robbery cases." ...
 

Canada: Officer suspended over handgun theft
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"A Toronto Police officer whose service weapon was stolen almost three years ago has been given a six-day suspension for improperly storing the gun."

"Const. Caryn McKay was handed the penalty May 10 after pleading guilty to a charge of insubordination under the Police Services Act." ...

"According to an agreed statement of facts, McKay was carrying the gun in a knapsack when she went to a bar after work on the night of Aug. 14, 2002."

"When the bar closed, McKay and a number of other officers went to a house."

"She noticed that the knapsack, which had been left on a chair by the door, was missing at about 6 a.m. the next morning." ...
 

IL: Cops fear state will scrap gun database
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"Police are worried the General Assembly is on the verge of passing legislation to scrap a statewide gun database they use to identify suspects such as an 84-year-old Downstate man who allegedly supplied Chicago gang members with weapons."

"Without the database containing 2.1 million gun transactions, investigators would not have been able to obtain a gunrunning charge last month against the man, Garnett L. Cochran of Herrin, said Chicago Police Sgt. John Kohles." ...
 

IL: ISRA: Hope of Closing Gun Show Loophole Fades as Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence Flip-Flops on Gun Record Retention Plan
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"Hopes for passage of a state law to close the gun show loophole faded as the state's largest gun control group pulled its support from the legislation's records-retention provisions." ...
 

FL: Get your free gunlocks: They could save lives
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"Thousands of free gunlocks were distributed to Brevard County law enforcement agencies last week as part of a national effort to keep children from accidentally firing a gun." ...
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KABA Note: So how will the lock on your gun protect your child when s/he finds the pistol a thug ditched? Education provides the best safety!
 

WA: Clallam boasts both teams representing state in national air rifle competition
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"Only two teams from Washington state will be represented at national air rifle marksmanship competitions this year."

"And both are based on the North Olympic Peninsula."

"The Port Angeles High School Naval Junior ROTC, led by coach Dave Williamson and retired Marine Corps Maj. Leo Campbell, is heading to USA Shooting's national rifle championships July 6-13 in Kentucky."

"And the Peninsula Junior Rifle Team -- a nonprofit club headed by Lew Welch -- will compete at the 2005 National Rifle Association's National Junior Air Gun Championship & Training Summit held July 6-10 in Bloomington, Ill." ...
 

TN: Proposal to save hunting, fishing changed
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"A proposed constitutional amendment to protect hunting and fishing has been changed to satisfy the National Rifle Association's desire to protect all traditional methods of hunting, setting up a final Senate vote this week."

"Supporters said the change was needed to protect the rights of people who hunt with dogs, bows or other methods that might be limited in the future for 'political purposes.'"

"Critics, including those who support the proposed amendment, say the last-minute change pushed by the NRA will gut the state's ability to regulate hunting of animals that might become endangered and will cause other problems." ...
 

MI: Special rifle commemorates sinking of Edmund Fitzgerald
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"'I've already purchased a gun, a knife and platter,' said Tom Farnquist of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society commemorating the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. 'They'll end up with my kids eventually.'"

"Farnquist purchased the first production model to roll out of the Rocky Mountain Firearms Ltd. manufacturing plant. The firm will produce 50 of these guns and half of them have already been reserved by interested collectors."

"The museum proof model was donated to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society and will be on display up in Paradise." ...
 

GA: American shoots her way to bronze
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"Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Callahan won the bronze medal Friday in the women's 10-meter air pistol at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup USA."

"Callahan, who is from Upper Marlboro, Md., won the United States' second medal at this competition that is being held the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit's Pool International Shooting Complex at Fort Benning." ...
 

IL: St. Thomas More student right on target
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"Was it beginner's luck? No."

"An unexpected victory? Yes"

"In 2003, Sarah Jones was following in her sister's footsteps and decided to enter an air pistol competition for fun, where individuals have 40 shots at a circular target that is 33 feet away. She had seen her sister perform and win countless times. In Jones' first competition ever, she won her 17-to-20-year-old age group."

"'She picked up how to do it quite easily,' said her older sister Allison Jones, who last year was state champion in the event. 'She has pretty good hand-eye coordination and can concentrate well. She is a natural.'" ...
 

India: Beware, the world knows about your weapon
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"Chandigarh is divided at a gunpoint and the debate is between transparency and caution. After all, Chandigarh administrations has made arrangements, whereby, now the whole world would be able to know that you own a weapon. The complete record of about 20,000 arms licenses with the UT administration would now be available online on www.sampada.in. ..." ...

"However, people, especially the ones who own such weapons, are of the opinion that the administration has completely missed the target. ‘’It would give an open invitation to thieves and robbers to steal the weapon,’’ said Arvind Jain, a jeweler and president, Market Welfare Association, Sector 22."
 

Canada: Darfur is no place for 60 Canadians
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"It's probably a good thing Sudan has rejected Ottawa's plans to send 60 to 100 Canadian advisors into the bloody Darfur region in the western portion of that country."

"The mission was a disaster waiting to happen."

"What would 60 Canadian officers and non-coms be expected to do in the face of all that? To top it off, Ottawa was proposing to send our contingent entirely unarmed, without even pistols for personal protection." ...
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Submitter's Note: What ever happened to their notion that 'violence begets violence' and 'guns never solve problems'?
 

Jamaica: St James' most wanted shot dead by police
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"Michael Cranston, whom the St James police said was the number one on their most wanted list, was yesterday shot dead in an alleged shoot-out with cops in the Yorkland, Somerton community of the parish."

"The police said they recovered a gun following the shooting." ...

"The police reported that a special operation unit was on patrol in Somerton when Cranston was spotted bathing in a river. They said that on the approach of the lawmen, Cranston got out of the water, grabbed his gun and began shooting at them."

"The police returned the fire. When the shooting subsided Cranston was found suffering from gunshot wounds. A .45 mm Ruger pistol, loaded with a magazine with two live rounds, was taken from him," said a police report on the incident." ...
 

Australia: Woman attacked in car
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"A woman has been hit and robbed at gunpoint in her car in Melbourne of a few coins and a mobile phone."

"The 37-year-old woman has been taken to hospital with injuries to her face after being struck with the butt of the gun last night."

"A police spokesman says the woman was travelling in Deer Park, in Melbourne's west, about 9.30pm when her car was boxed in by two others."

"A man got out of one of the vehicles, believed to be a white Holden Statesman, got inside the woman's car, demanded cash and hit her in the face with his gun."

"He fled with the coins and the phone and the woman drove herself home to nearby Albanvale and called an ambulance." ...
 

Bulgaria: Lethal weapons
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"I figured if Mel Gibson can hang tough with a 9mm Beretta, then so could I. He's Australian. I am a New Zealander. That's enough. It was time I learned about guns. The ones the big boys use.
After some research, I discovered that in 2004 Bulgaria was home to 269 registered gun shops and 67 shooting ranges, a staggering statistic considering there are only two in Manhattan. The biggest in Sofia is the VIP Arms and Shooting Complex."

"In the VIP Complex are two shops selling weapons and accessories, a four-corridor shooting range and a restaurant for those who have worked up a gun-slinging appetite."

"Who would be my brothers in arms at such a place? VIP's Kalin Dimitrov explained that self-defense is the number one reason Bulgarians own firearms. The second is sports and hunting." ...
 

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