Officer Quickfire Weekly Recap: Second Week of July

Here are some of the stories you may have missed that ran on our site this week.


Nearly a dozen Lakeland, Fla. police officers are being investigated in a widespread sex scandal.

Sue Eberle told officials that she had consensual and sometimes coerced sex with the officers and a firefighter, and that she once was propositioned by a city worker.

Thursday (July 11)

Preliminary data shows that there were 51 law enforcement officers killed the line of duty in the first six months of the year, a 9 percent increase in on-duty deaths compared to the same period in 2012.

Despite the uptick in deaths, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Chairman and CEO Craig Floyd Despite pointed out that there were historic decreases in several areas.

Police in Sanford, Fla. and surrounding areas prepared for possible protests and even violence as a high-profile trial in the murder of an unarmed black teenager neared its end.

Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman pleaded not guilty in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, claiming he fired in self-defense during the February 2012 confrontation.

A former Houston police officer convicted last month for his role in the videotaped beating of a teen asked for a new trial.

Lawyers for Drew Ryser claimed juror misconduct, alleging the jury foreman in the trial researched the case on the Internet.

A Summerville, Ga. Police detective and a Chattooga County deputy may have thought it was a good idea to launched the website unclewiggy.com, but the decision ended up costing them their jobs.

Detective Josh Brock and Deputy Jeremy Reece were allegedly offering lawbreakers answers to their questions for $24.95 a year.

Friday (July 12)

Police in Cobb County, Ga. searched for a gunman who allegedly shot a police officer during an early-morning confrontation.

Officers from a half-dozen agencies sought for the man considered armed and dangerous as officials offered a $5,000 reward to the public for help in the suspect's capture.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made the announcement that she is stepping down from the position.

Just the third person to lead the DHS, Napolitano revealed that she will move on to head the University of California system.

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