Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife were convicted on Thursday of 11 counts of fraud and conspiracy.
Prominent celebrities and leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed a major nationalization of local police forces with an August 25 letter to President Obama, calling for creation of a federal police “czar” and greater federal controls over law enforcement in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting and protests.
In the nearly 13 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, there has not been a single reported incident of terrorism in Fargo, North Dakota.
The National Tactical Officers Association, the lobbying group for 1,600 SWAT teams across the country, e-mailed all legislative staffers in the U.S. House and Senate this week, the Daily Beast reported, and assured the legislative aides that its members share "our nation's grief" over the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri. But the main message from the NTOA was a plea to protect the federal program that gives surplus military weapons and equipment to state and local police. The program has become subject of national debate, given the highly visible "warrior cop" image of police during the uprising in Ferguson.