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Cop Killer May be Released: Officers with the San Diego Police Department are outraged after a man convicted of killing one of their own and sentenced to life in prison without parole may be eligible for release.  Vanessa Herrera and Andie Adams of NBC San Diego report that gang member Jesus Cecena, was sentenced to LWOP in 1978 for murdering a police officer during a traffic stop. In 1985 Cecena's sentence was reduced to seven years to life, allowing him to then be eligible for parole.  A two-member panel recently recommended Cecena's release to Governor Brown's office.  The Governor has until September to decide on whether or not to grant parole.

Cop Killings up 53% in 2014: The recent killing of two Las Vegas police officers has members of law enforcement across the country concerned as the number of officers killed by gunfire is already 53 percent higher in 2014 than last year.  Kelly Riddell of the Washington Times reports that the International Union of Police Associations links the increased violence against police to radical anti-cop groups spreading their propaganda over the internet.  So far this year, 62 police officers have been killed in the line of duty, compared to 45 this time last year.

High Court Refuses to Hear CA Prison Overcrowding Case: The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a court order requiring California to provide improved housing for disabled inmates being held in county jail under Realignment.  Jennifer Chaussee of Reuters reports that a 2009 court order requiring California to drastically reduce its prison population prompted officials to move some disabled offenders to county jails. A separate order issued in 2012 required the state to track the roughly 2,000 disabled inmates in custody and report any ADA requirements to county jails during transfers.  The state complied with the order after it was issued, but also sought review on appeal of the requirements.

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