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Sheriff in American Sniper Case Found Dead

'It's a very sad situation'

(Newser) - Sad news from Erath County, Texas: Sheriff Tommy Bryant, the lead investigator in the 2013 murders of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and another man, was found dead at his home early Tuesday. The Dallas Morning News reports that authorities believe Bryant died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to... More »

Sheriff Raids House to Find Online Critic

'If you're gonna lie about me ... I'm gonna come after you'

(Newser) - Jerry Larpenter, sheriff of Louisiana's Terrebonne Parish, appears to have launched a crackdown—on critics of Jerry Larpenter. The Intercept reports that six of Larpenter's deputies raided another police officer's home this week in a bid to find the author of the ExposeDAT blog, which calls itself... More »

Three Girls Drowned. Did Deputies Watch It Happen?

Families suggest cops could have done more

(Newser) - The families of three Florida teens who drowned in a stolen car are suggesting sheriff's deputies could have done more to save them, the Miami Herald reports. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has forcefully rebutted those allegations in this Facebook post . The office released hours of dashboard footage... More »

Cops Give New Meaning to Elevator Music

Now do the stanky leg

(Newser) - Retiring El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Scherb has a reputation for "being highly professional," according to a post on the department's Facebook page. So just ignore the video of him in a bright orange button-down bustin' a move to Silento’s "Watch Me (Whip/Nae... More »

Cops Pull Over Drivers, Hand Out $100 Bills

Motorists in Monroe County, Ga., are moved to tears

(Newser) - Sheriff's deputies in a central Georgia county have been surprising motorists, some of whom expect a ticket. Instead, they've gotten $100 bills. The Macon Telegraph reports that Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick gave officers 54 $100 bills to hand out randomly over three days during the past... More »

Suspect in SF Woman's Murder Deported 5 Times

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was almost kicked out a sixth time

(Newser) - The man accused of murdering a woman in San Francisco this week is an undocumented immigrant who's been deported five times—and nearly got kicked out again earlier this year, CNN reports. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, 45, is in jail and faces a murder charge for the shooting death of... More »

Cop: Fake Evidence, Lying 'Part of the Game'

Florida deputy spills tactics to DC Post

(Newser) - Sheriff's deputies in Palm Beach, Fla., don't lie and plant evidence because they're particularly corrupt or desperate to make an arrest—they do it as a way of life, according to a deputy who spoke anonymously. DC Post caught up with him after he posted a blog... More »

In 'Old West,' Deputy Retires After Cowboy Hat Ban

'I am not going to change,' he says after dress code tweak

(Newser) - The new sheriff of a Wyoming county has banned his deputies from wearing cowboy hats and cowboy boots, a change that led one to retire rather than give up his Western attire. Sublette County Sheriff Stephen Haskell imposed the new dress code in the county that includes Pinedale, which True ... More »

Sheriff's Workers Smash Hard Drive for New Sheriff

Good news is ... new lawman has fewer emails to read?

(Newser) - Here's a treat for an incoming sheriff: The outgoing staff apparently pulverized the last sheriff's hard drive and left behind none of his files. Not only that, there was blood on the drive's remains. An outgoing sergeant at the Broward Sheriff's Office in Florida told Internal... More »

In Shootout With Feds, We'd 'Put Women at Front': Ex-Sheriff

Richard Mack explains strategy in Nevada cattle showdown

(Newser) - Fortunately, a face-off between a rancher's supporters—some armed—and federal officials concluded peacefully in Nevada on Saturday. Had it not, a former Arizona sheriff had a plan: "We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front" near the feds, Richard Mack told Fox... More »

Across Country, Sheriffs Take Aim at New Gun Laws

Most in Colorado have signed federal lawsuit against them

(Newser) - Across the country, sheriffs continue to oppose new gun laws, with some refusing to enforce them and others just making them a low priority. In Colorado, sheriffs are actively fighting laws requiring background checks and limiting magazines to 15 rounds: In May, 55 of 62 elected sheriffs signed a federal... More »

Southern Sheriff: I Won't Lower Flag for Mandela

Because it's only for Americans, he says

(Newser) - A sheriff in South Carolina has shrugged off orders from President Obama and refused to fly his office's flag at half-mast to honor Nelson Mandela, the Greenville News reports. "The flag at half-staff is for Americans’ ultimate sacrifice for our country," said Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark.... More »

West Virginia Sheriff Shot to Death

Eugene Crum crusaded against drug trade; suspect was shot by deputy

(Newser) - A sheriff known for cracking down on the drug trade in southern West Virginia's coalfields was fatally shot at point-blank range today in the spot where he usually parked his car for lunch. The man suspected of killing him is in the hospital after being shot by a deputy.... More »

Colorado Sheriff: I Won't Enforce New Gun Laws

He calls them 'knee-jerk reactions ... unenforceable'

(Newser) - Colorado lawmakers passed new gun measures this week, but at least two sheriffs are refusing to enforce them. "They’re feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable," said Weld County Sheriff John Cooke after state Democrats pushed through expanded background checks on gun purchases. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat,... More »

Biden: 19 Ways Obama Can Go It Alone on Gun Control

GOP rep warns of impeachment if Obama opts for executive action

(Newser) - As the White House gears up for a battle over gun control, Joe Biden has presented 19 moves the administration could take on its own. Speaking to House Dems yesterday, he outlined an array of executive actions, including boosting enforcement of current laws, empowering the CDC to research guns, and... More »

Threats Draw FBI Into Ohio Teen Rape Case

Facebook post threatens lives of sheriff's family

(Newser) - As an Ohio city wrestles with rape allegations involving a pair of high school football players, online threats have spurred the FBI to act. An anonymous Facebook commenter threatened to kill the Jefferson County sheriff's family, CBS News reports. Meanwhile, Steubenville's police chief opened an email yesterday that... More »

DOJ: NC Sheriff Targeted Latino 'Taco Eaters'

He's under investigation for illegally targeting Latinos to have them deported

(Newser) - North Carolina's Alamance County Sheriff Terry S. Johnson is a the center of a scathing Justice Department report, which alleges that he and his deputies routinely targeted Latinos at traffic stops in a "deeply rooted" culture of discrimination, reports Fox News . According to the report, Johnson told his... More »

Sheriff Candidate: Deadly Force OK to Halt Abortions

Frank Szabo quickly walks back comments

(Newser) - A county sheriff candidate in New Hampshire made quite a few waves yesterday when he told WMUR that he would "absolutely" do what it took, including using deadly force, to stop abortions. "If someone is under threat, a full-grown human being, if they're under threat, what should... More »

Klansman Running for Idaho Sheriff

Views on race won't be an issue, white supremacist claims

(Newser) - A white supremacist in Idaho seeking to swap his white hood for a sheriff's badge says voters should look at his position on crime, not race. Shaun Winkler, who is the leader of the local White Knights of the KKK and has links to the Aryan Nation, hopes to... More »

SF Sheriff Gets Probation in Domestic Violence

'I'm ashamed and deeply sorry,' says Ross Mirkarimi

(Newser) - San Francisco's top sheriff has been sentenced to a day in jail and three years probation after he was charged with beating his wife black and blue. Ross Mirkarimi, who pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment, must also attend a year-long domestic violence intervention program.... More »

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