Spring Break Shooting Prompts
Debate About Restrictions: A spring break house party
on the Florida Panhandle that erupted with gunfire and left seven people
injured has prompted officials to consider cracking down on the out of control
spring break season. "This is what we've been trying to warn people about," said Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen. Until the shooting, the Sheriff's warnings had been ignored by most local officials. Melissa Nelson-Gabriel
and Matt Sedensky of the AP report that Panama City Beach's city council has allocated
up to $200,000 to contribute to increased police patrols, discussed the
implementation of an alcohol ban on beaches, as well as making the last-call on
alcohol sales earlier. The shooter,
David Jamichael Daniels, was arrested and charged with seven counts of
Bill to Grant New Orleans DA
Investigators Arrest Powers: The
city of New Orleans continues to surge with violent crime, leading a local
state lawmaker to propose new legislation that would grant the Orleans Parish
District Attorney's office more law enforcement authority, allowing the NOPD to
focus on fighting crime. Sabrina Wilson
of Fox 8 WVUE reports that HB 179, created by Rep. Austin Badon, would give DA
investigators arrest powers, which is the only element of authority that they
currently don't share with police officers.
The district attorney supports the idea.
Bill Criminalizes Disclosure of
Police and Military Personnel's Residences:
Pennsylvania state senator Lisa Boscola has proposed legislation that would make it a crime to disclose the home addresses of police officers and military personnel. Jim Deegan of Lehigh
Valley Live reports that disclosure would be classified as a third-degree
misdemeanor and would apply to social media. Given the dangerous and sensitive nature of
both law enforcement and military duties, Boscola believes, once the bill is
passed, it will protect them and their familes from harassment and potential violence.
COPPS Unit Successfully Targets
Property Crime: The implementation
of a specialized unit last year in Columbus, Indiana called Community Oriented
Policing and Problem Solving, or COPPS, allows police to focus on
problem areas in the city. Teresa Mackin
of Wish TV reports that the unit doesn't take patrol calls during their shifts,
which allows for more in-depth investigations and the opportunity to act
proactively in an effort to target repeat offenders. Chief of Police Jonathan Rohde says property
crime has decreased in areas the unit has worked.
Immigrant Gang Arrests Decline Under Obama's Policies: Arrests of immigrant gang members has been in rapid decline since 2013, raising concern about whether the Obama Administration regards international gang activity as a priority. Caroline May of Breitbart reports that gang activity and the number of immigrant gang members has not declined. South Texas Border Patrol agents' say that an increasing number of MS-13 gang members have been crossing the border since 2011. Jessica Vaughn, an expert for the Center for Immigration Studies, emphasizes the need for greater immigration enforcement, but points out that the Obama Administration's policies, such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, "have shielded too many gang members from deportation."