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Morning Security Brief: Anaheim Riots, Supreme Court May Rule On DNA Collection, DC Police Say it’s Legal to Record Cops on Duty

By Carlton Purvis

►Businesses were spray-painted, trash cans set on fire, and windows broken as the fourth day of protests in Anaheim turned violent. Police responded with riot gear, pepper spray, and rubber bullets. The riots began as protests in response to the shooting death of Manuel Diaz by police officers over the weekend. “Police Chief John Welter said Diaz was shot after two officers approached three men who were acting suspiciously in an alley before running away. One officer chased Diaz to the front of an apartment complex. The chief would not say what led the officer to shoot Diaz,” NPR reports. Diaz’s family filed a lawsuit on Tuesday and later that evening, city council unanimously voted to ask the U.S. attorney's office to investigate the recent officer-involved shootings--six this year, five of which have been fatal.

►The U.S. Supreme Court allowed Maryland to temporarily resume collecting DNA samples after arrests for violent crimes, and issued a stay of a case brought to them by a man who says collecting his DNA violates the Fourth Amendment. “Wednesday's one-sentence order from Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., is temporary, intended to give opponents of the law a chance to respond before the court makes a more definitive ruling,” the Baltimore Sun reports.

►The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department issued a new general order saying that it is legal for people to record police officers on duty. "While we have pre-existing policy that addresses interaction with the media, the new general order reaffirms the Metropolitan Police Department's recognition of the First Amendment rights enjoyed by—not only members of the media, but the general public as well—to video record, photograph and or audio record MPD members conducting official business or while acting in an official capacity in any public space, unless such recordings interfere with police activity," says a statement from MPD.

►In other news, a woman in Florida is charged with nine counts of sending hoax anthrax letters to government offices and private citizens. ♦ A New Jersey senator is pushing for a ban on high capacity ammunition magazines. ♦ And GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney calls for a special counsel to investigate White House security leaks, calling them a national security crisis.
 

 

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