WTTG TV, Washington DC:

Three police officers arrived at a Manassas, VA backyard baptism party following a noise complaint. While his back was turned retrieving the indentification requested by the officers, a 55-year old grandfather was tasered three times and arrested for "public intoxication" on private property. A pregnant woman who attempted to help him while he was on the ground was also tasered and arrested for "assaulting a police officer".

I don't think anyone here will be enjoying a beer at the White House.

San Francisco Chronicle: Three baggage handlers convicted in thefts

SAN MATEO -- Three baggage handlers at San Francisco International Airport have been convicted of stealing from luggage during an undercover sting that was launched in the wake of the theft of a retired police sergeant's gun, authorities said today.

Andrew Balamiento, 28; John Emil Victoria, 21; and Tauailapalapa Laulu, 27, each pleaded no contest to embezzlement for stealing from passenger luggage while working for Servisair, a ground handling company that serviced Delta Airlines.

The case began in September when a retired San Francisco police sergeant checked his custom-made handgun with his luggage for a Delta flight. The weapon disappeared after check-in and was the latest in a spate of thefts from luggage, said Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County's chief deputy district attorney.

Why talk about this issue here? This isn't a law enforcement fail directly, but this sort of incident arises from a failure on the part of the TSA. While you are being jostled and frisked and photographed at the security theater checkpoints, such microscopic examinations are not directed at the people who handle your checked luggage. That leaves it vulnerable to baggage handlers, and those TSA locks won't help, since the TSA will steal the stuff themselves and help themselves to your locks too. If someone can remove stuff from checked baggage, they can certainly put stuff in it as well, and a plane is obviously much more vulnerable from something you can fit in big checked suitcase than from something you can fit in your shoe.

The other reason is to highlight a law enforcement win as local law enforcement has picked up the ball the TSA has dropped.

WYFF: Police: Asheville Firefighter Shot Bicyclist

Officers said the victim was riding with his wife and had his 3-year-old son in a child seat attached to his bicycle when a driver approached him.

Police said the driver, Charles Diez, claimed he was upset that the victim was bike riding with his child on the heavily traveled Tunnel Road.

Diez pulled a gun and opened fire, hitting the victim in his bicycle helmet, according to police.

And the bicyclist, amazingly, survived without even being hit by the bullet. Whatever brand of helmet he owns, I want to buy it.

On Monday, they confirmed he has been placed on paid investigative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.

Well, we wouldn't want him to be out of money to buy more bullets, would we?

Associated Press: Police: Fake officer tries to stop real officer

Oakland police say a man impersonating a police officer tried to pull over a real undercover officer and was arrested.

Police say 21-year-old Antonio Fernandez Martinez of Oakland was arrested Wednesday in the Fruitvale district after trying to pull over an unmarked police vehicle. Martinez was driving a Ford Crown Victoria outfitted with flashing lights, a microphone and speakers.

And the guy was on probation too. I suspect he will be a long term resident of California's notorious

Philadephia Daily News: Store video catches cop bullying woman

Lawless was standing at the counter of the store, at Comly Road and Roosevelt Boulevard, smiling and chatting with the clerk, when she was grabbed from behind and violently pushed back with a police officer's gun in her face.

The officer's son had hit her car, so he called dad claiming she hit him. So the officer went to the convience store and assaulted this woman. Not only that, he brought along a civilian witness, his son, who participated in the assault and was himself armed.

The clerk on duty the night that Lopez confronted Lawless told investigators that three times after the incident, police officers spoke with him about the security tape and that two asked if he would erase it.

An Internal Affairs investigation found no misconduct among officers who spoke with the clerk about the tape.

On top of everything else, he and his buddies try to tamper with evidence, and the police department does nothing.

The District Attorney's Office reviewed the case and declined to prosecute Officer Lopez in December. Eight days later, he was reissued his weapon and returned to full duty.

The cop remained on duty until the above story appeared Monday. Today, he is thankfully off the street, at least temporarily.

theNewspaper.com: UK Council Considers Speed Camera Photos Copyrighted

The East Sussex, UK Police are attempting to have speed camera photographs removed from websites by claiming they represent copyrighted material. In particular, the police are targeting a set of images taken in June 2008 that motorcyclist Peter Barker used to prove that a radar device that clocked him at 38 MPH must have been wrong. Based on measurements of the photographic evidence, a Brighton Magistrates Court judge agreed and threw out the case against Barker.

Obviously, copyright laws are there to protect the works of creators, not the products of an automated camera which may embarrass the police department. The UK should go the route of the US and make this kind of thing a public record, accessible to all. This should tell you why such transparency is a good thing for the general public:

While officials may prefer that drivers simply pay the tickets when they arrive in the mail, tens of thousands of innocent motorists have seen good reason to challenge their citations. In May, the National Prosecutors Office in The Netherlands refunded 9298 photo citations and another 2640 in because of uncertain camera accuracy. In March, 3000 automated tickets in Lausanne, Switzerland were thrown out after a "technical problem" caused tickets to be issued to law-abiding motorists. In February, prosecutors in Nuremberg, Germany began investigating a police chief for tampering with a photo radar evidence log. A major investigation in the UK last year concluded that 2660 speed camera tickets were unlawfully issued in Lancashire. In Arizona, 589 bogus speed camera tickets were canceled after faulty speed sensors were discovered.