Officer Quickfire Weekly Recap: Third Week of July

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


U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder pledged $10 million to the Puerto Rican government as part of a deal to reform the territory's police agency.

Puerto Rico's police have long been accused of illegal killings, corruption and civil rights violations.

Thursday (July 18)

A Massachusetts State Police photographer released images of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during his capture as a response to a Rolling Stone cover he believes glamorizes the teen.

Sgt. Sean Murphy found himself in hot water after the photos were published by the Boston Magazine because he wasn't authorized to release them and faces a hearing ahead of an investigation.

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that police seeking to locate a criminal suspect by tracking cellphone calls must first obtain a warrant.

The unanimous decision said use of cellphone tracking technology had the potential to violate a person's privacy rights and must be subject to judicial review.

A federal appeals court in Manhattan revived enforcement of a law that permits the indefinite detention of people suspected of supporting terrorists.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the law that allows the U.S. government to detain anyone who "substantially" or "directly" provides "support" to radical forces, such as al-Qaida or the Taliban.

Friday (July 20)

The Ford Motor Co. unveiled a new surveillance system for police cars that detects someone approaching the vehicle from behind.

The system automatically sounds a chime, locks the doors and puts up the windows if it detects someone approaching the car from behind. The system is the first of its kind.

Vice President Joe Biden rallied support from law enforcement officials for Senate immigration legislation; arguing that a sweeping new law would help public safety.

The bill would boost border security and provide a path to citizenship for immigrants who are in the country illegally.

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