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Armed Guards Not Trained Well, Need Better Oversight

There are guards with weapons who probably shouldn't have them: investigation

(Newser) - Joshua Kosatschenko was approved for a security guard license to carry arms in 2009 in Arizona. He was 19 at the time, but he was also a "prohibited possessor"—meaning he wasn't allowed to carry a gun until he turned 30 because of his juvenile record—and... More »

4 Blackwater Guards Convicted in Deadly Iraq Shooting

Security contractors found guilty in infamous 2007 incident

(Newser) - Four former Blackwater security contractors were convicted today in federal court for a 2007 mass shooting in Baghdad that left Iraqi civilians dead, the AP reports. (Some accounts cite an original death toll of 14, but the BBC notes that an Iraqi investigation later raised the total to 17; about... More »

New Robo-Cop: 'R2-D2's Evil Twin'

300-pound Silicon Valley robot aims to keep an eye on things

(Newser) - Its makers don't like to compare it to "RoboCop or Terminator"—but it's hard not to. The K5 Autonomous Data Machine is an electronic security guard developed in Silicon Valley by a company called Knightscope, Fox News reports. It's five feet tall, weighs 300 pounds,... More »

Oakland Residents Turn to Private Security Guards

As crime spikes, neighborhoods chip in to hire extra enforcement

(Newser) - As crime continues to rise in Oakland, Calif., (robberies are up 54%, burglaries 40%, car theft 33%) entire neighborhoods are banding together to hire private security companies to supplement the city's overwhelmed police force, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . The owner of one security company says his officers now... More »

Florida Mom Pays to Have Armed Guard at Kid's School

Meanwhile, bullet-stopping white boards hit the market

(Newser) - A Florida mom has taken her child's at-school security into her own hands ... by way of her pocketbook. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that Laura Lauria has offered to foot the cost of having an armed deputy stationed at her kid's elementary school, and she's already paid... More »

Accused Thief Dies After Fight With Walmart Workers

Alleged shoplifter was placed in choke hold, police say

(Newser) - Walmart has suspended two employees and fired a contract security guard after the death of an alleged shoplifter at a store near Atlanta. Police say a "physical altercation" took place in the store's parking lot after the middle-aged man took two DVD players, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. When... More »

Cops: Shooter Dissed Conservative Group

Allegedly made negative remark about Family Research Council, wounded guard

(Newser) - A man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard in the lobby of a Christian lobbying group today made a negative reference about the organization's work before opening fire, a law enforcement official said. Police said the man entered the Family Research Council in Washington around 10:45am,... More »

Man Studying to Be Security Guard Kills Teacher

LA suspect busted after vocational school shooting

(Newser) - A student in a class of aspiring security guards at a vocational school in Los Angeles walked out of the room, then returned to shoot his instructor dead, according to investigators. Police busted the 22-year-old suspect afterward as he stood on the street smoking a cigarette, the Los Angeles Times... More »

Airport Guard Arrested Over Obama Threats

Fellow NJ worker reportedly overheard him making remarks

(Newser) - A private security guard at Newark Liberty International Airport has been arrested on charges of threatening President Obama before the president was to fly there. A Continental Airlines employee reported overhearing John Brek make threatening comments at an airport coffee cart yesterday afternoon. The 55-year-old security guard was arrested several... More »

Blackwater Bilked US Out of $55M for Iraq Security: Audit

Company didn't provide enough workers

(Newser) - The US overpaid Blackwater by $55 million for its security work in Iraq, a government audit has found. The company, since renamed Xe, didn't employ enough guards, medics, and other personnel to protect high-level officials but still collected full payment from the State Department, the Wall Street Journal reports. "... More »

'Gentle Giant' Mourned After Museum Shooting

'Outstanding' guard hailed as a hero

(Newser) - Colleagues at the National Holocaust Museum remember slain security guard Stephen Johns as unfailingly courteous and friendly, the Washington Post reports. The 39-year-old guard was killed in the line of duty yesterday when a gunman walked into the museum and opened fire. "There are no words to express our... More »

2 Shot at DC Holocaust Museum

Suspect also shot, taken to hospital

(Newser) - A man armed with a rifle shot a security guard today at Washington’s National Holocaust Museum, WTOP-AM reports. Police say two other guards fired back at the alleged shooter, striking him. A third person was injured by flying glass at the tourist attraction, which typically has high security. Guard... More »

Big Apple Is Easy Target for Bank Robbers

444 robberies last year due to poor security, says commish

(Newser) - Crime in New York's five boroughs was down again last year, but Police Commissioner Ray Kelly isn't happy. That's because bank robberies have gone up by 57% in that same time, which amounts to daily heists in downtown Manhattan. Kelly blames the trend on banks' reluctance to enact security measures... More »

Streaker Stalls Williams Sisters' Match

Near-naked man on court for 14 seconds

(Newser) - A male streaker burst onto the court for 14 seconds as Venus and Serena Williams played a doubles match today at the Australian Open, Reuters reports. Guards caught the man when he dashed to another court; he was barred from the rest of the tournament. Earlier, an ethnic brawl broke... More »

Facing Charges, 5 Blackwater Guards to Surrender

Sixth working on plea in '07 Baghdad massacre

(Newser) - Five ex-Blackwater security guards will surrender to the FBI tomorrow after indictments in a 2007 shooting that killed 17 Iraqis, CNN reports. A sixth is negotiating a plea. Blackwater says its former workers were responding to an attack, but an Iraqi probe called the incident “premeditated murder.” The... More »

Brad Pitt Roughed Up by Own Guard

Security mistook the actor for a photog at LA movie event

(Newser) - Brad Pitt got to see how the other half lives when a bouncer at a promotional event for his latest movie failed to recognize the star and tried to pin him to a wall. The guard pulled Pitt out of a crowd of paparazzi that had infiltrated a secure area... More »

Blackwater Guards May Be Charged in Iraq Shooting

Prosecutors target 6 in Sept. incident

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors are close to seeing indictments against some of the Blackwater security guards linked to the shooting in Baghdad last September that left 17 civilians dead, the Washington Post reports. Target letters have gone out to six Blackwater contractors, sources tell the Post, indicating a high likelihood that the... More »

Iraq Hired Guns Fight en Español

Contractors offer hard-to-refuse deal

(Newser) - Not every security contractor in Iraq is a hotshot American making $500 a day. Many of the private security personnel roaming Iraq are poor Latin Americans, for whom the promise of $1,000 a month and full benefits is nearly irresistible, reports the LA Times. “I’d rather die... More »

UK Probe Finds 6K Illegals in Security Jobs

Home Office takes heat over 11K total given clearance

(Newser) - UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith came under fire today after an investigation revealed that as many as 11,000 illegal immigrants are employed in or have been cleared for security jobs, including one man who guarded the PM's car. Of those workers, 6,653 were found to have no permission... More »

Guards Kill Baghdad Taxi Driver

Workers for security contractor accused of unprovoked slaying

(Newser) - A convoy run by American security contractor DynCorp International shot and killed an Iraqi taxi driver on a Baghdad roadside Saturday, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said yesterday. “They just killed a man and drove away,” said a spokesman. Witnesses said the driver posed no apparent threat; an Iraqi... More »

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