Scottsdale jail violated policies during the sentence of former police officer

KPNX in Phoenix, AZ found that the Scottsdale, AZ police department violated jail policies and procedures while a former Mesa police lieutenant was serving a three-day sentence in the Scottsdale City Jail.  Jail surveillance video shows the officer leaving secure areas, being brought lunch from area restaurants by other officers, and receiving visitors. Three staff members…

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Investigation looks into Arizona police lieutenant arrested for drunken driving

12 News (NBC-Phoenix) exposed a Mesa police lieutenant who thought he was above the law and tried to get away with extreme drunken driving. Police video footage of the traffic stop obtained by the station reveals the lieutenant belittled and berated the arresting officer – a rookie cop – and his field training officer and…

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Tampa tow trucks violating law aimed at preventing drunk driving

WTSP-TV identified how illegal towing in Tampa was encouraging intoxicated bar patrons to drive their cars home, out of fear of towing. The story prompted immediate efforts to improve consumer protections outside bars and restaurants – not just in Tampa, but in neighboring cities now considering similar ordinances. The investigation is part of WTSP-TV’s series on…

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KC area police pursuits create danger for many

After reckless driving charges against Grandview, Missouri officers in 2004, for a police pursuit gone wrong, Kansas City area police agencies were prompted to discuss conflicting pursuit policies. But that discussion only led some departments to tighten policies on their own. The metro area, that encompasses six counties and two states, still remains a confusing…

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N.J. National Guard’s top officers drove drunk, kept leadership positions

At least four high-ranking colonels in the New Jersey National Guard have been convicted of drunken driving since 2009, according to a story by NJ Advance Media. Three of the cases took place under the leadership of Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff, who overseas 8,500 soldiers and airmen. Cunniff kept two of the colonels in leadership…

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America’s gun-toting guards armed with poor training, little oversight

Armed security guards have become a ubiquitous presence in modern life, projecting an image of safety amid public fears of mass shootings and terrorism. But often, it’s the guards themselves who pose the threat. Across the U.S., a haphazard system of lax laws, minimal oversight and almost no accountability puts guns in the hands of…

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Extra Extra Monday: Child abuse deaths unheeded, strawberry pesticides, habitual drunk driving

Nursing homes unmasked: Who owns California’s nursing homes? | Sacramento BeeAs private investment groups scoop up an ever-larger share of the nation’s skilled-nursing care market, it has become increasingly difficult to decipher who owns the nation’s largest chains. Elder-care advocates will tell you this is no accident: A convoluted ownership structure, they say, is a…

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Maryland alcohol deliverymen discovered drinking on the job

While reporting on a story related to county alcohol deliverymen, the Channel 4 NBC Washington I-Team noticed suspicious activities from the driver and “helper” in the delivery truck they were following. The men would take long breaks in private houses to eat and sleep, while leaving thousands of dollars of alcohol unattended on the side…

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Repeat drunk drivers still able to get plea deals

Eleven years of data analyzed by the Columbus Dispatch showed that those charged multiple times with operating a vehicle while impaired were able to get their charges reduced through a plea deal almost as often as those who had no recent drunk driving charges.  Some say repeat offenders know how to beat the system. Drivers can…

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Despite law, vehicles often not impounded in repeat DUI cases

A KCRA-Sacramento investigation found that officials often don’t use a law that allows them to impound cars of repeat DUI drivers. The station obtained statistics on impounds from local police departments throughout Northern California. They found that some law enforcement agencies haven’t impounded a single repeat offender’s car in four years.  By cross-referencing those numbers with…

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