Off Duty articles

Just Say What?

Ed. note: The Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have been talking a good game on “supporting law enforcement” thus far, but a lot of the support appears to be moral and rhetorical in nature, as opposed to action. That being said, you really have to wonder about the wisdom of a system where

FBI Geek Squad

Ed. note: If you read American Police Beat‘s print edition, you might have seen an article or two about the lack of technological proficiency at the FBI when it comes to the digital world. It turns out that not only does the bureau need help from foreign hacking firms to crack the iPhones of mass shooters,

VIDEO: Cops, Dogs, and Veterans

At the Portland, Maine Police Department, officers are training service dogs to help combat vets deal with the debilitating impact of post-traumatic stress disorder. For those suffering from PTSD, daily life can seem like an insurmountable challenge. Thankfully, thanks to the excellent training the service dogs get from Portland cops, these amazing animals can make

Stand Your Ground

Via ABC News: In court testimony today, Curtis Reeves (above) described the altercation in January 2014 that ended with his fatally shooting another moviegoer over texting, calling it at one point a “life-or-death struggle.”   Reeves, 74, a former police captain and former amusement park security director, is accused of shooting and killing 43-year-old Chad

Religion and Homicide

Ed. note: In Calgary, Canada, the recent death of a diabetic boy, who was so emaciated he appeared mummified, led to murder charges for his parents, who refused to bring him to a doctor because of their religious beliefs. Via In Idaho, parents are allowed by law to shield their children from medical care, even

Cop Beards Get Green Light

Grizzly Adams-style beards and those intolerable waxed handlebar mustaches sported by Brooklyn hipsters are still forbidden, but cops in Detroit now have a green light to sport trimmed beards and goatees. “Doctors have beards, attorneys have beards, politicians have beards, engineers, teachers, all across the professional board,” noted Officer Richard Bullard, an 18-year veteran of

Facebook Suicides Rising

Via the Santa Fe Reporter: The Santa Fe Police Department’s internal affairs unit on Monday opened an investigation of the local police union president for incendiary posts shared on his Facebook page, including memes disparaging Muslims, African Americans and the transgender community.   The investigation comes after SFR emailed Police Chief Patrick Gallagher seven screenshots

Police Hostility Increasing

Via An alderman running for St. Louis mayor has asked the union representing city police officers to fire their business manager, Jeff Roorda, over a social media attack leveled at another mayoral candidate.   Thursday evening’s statement from Alderman Lyda Krewson, D-28th Ward, targets Roorda’s Facebook post that called city Treasurer Tishaura Jones a

One Happy Family

Via the St. Louis Post Dispatch: A Missouri Ku Klux Klan leader might have been shot in his sleep because he had told his wife he wanted a divorce, St. Francois County Prosecutor Jarrod Mahurin said Monday after filing murder charges.   “It may have been a marital issue,” he told a reporter. He said