Morning Security Brief: Fast and Furious Operation, Taser Review, Police Shootings, and More
An in-depth look at the guns to Mexico saga. A North Carolina city pulls Tasers off the streets for review after a death. Chicago sees more police shooting deaths. Nurses raise hospital violence awareness. And more.
►Disagreements with superiors on letting weapons traffickers walk free and the death of an agent stand out among the testimonies coming out of ATF’s Fast and Furious operation debrief. A narrative by the Washington Post chronicles the operation as it led up to the death of the agent and what came after – including the initial press conference where it was revealed that agents had deliberately allowed firearms to enter Mexico. The agent was killed by some of the same guns that were allowed to pass into Mexico as part of the operation. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report in advance of a hearing on the issue scheduled for today.
►In Charlotte, North Carolina, Tasers are being taken from officers temporarily to be evaluated for safety. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department suspended use of it’s 1,200 Tasers while they are retested. The decision came after a second person died after a Taser was used on him in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County, though several years separated the two incidents. “The death came just a day after a federal jury in Charlotte awarded $10 million to the family of 17-year-old Darryl Wayne Turner, who died in 2008 after a CMPD officer shocked him with a Taser,” the Charlotte Observer reports. "Police say Lareko Williams, 21, was beating and choking a woman when confronted by Officer Michael Forbes at the station on Woodlawn Road around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Williams was pronounced dead about an hour later," the Observer reports.
►Chicago Police have already killed more people this year than in the entire year of 2010. “A quarterly report just released by the Independent Police Review Authority shows that 14 people were shot and killed by Chicago officers in the first six months of this year ending June 30,” Christian Science Monitor reports. Chicago officials say criminals are becoming more dangerous while critics say the rise comes from aggressive policing policies and confrontational strategies.
►In other news, nurses launch a campaign to raise awareness about hospital violence .♦ Canada says missing passports are a national security concern: about 1,000 go missing per month. ♦ And the U.S. cybersecurity chief resigns after high profile hacks of government sites . Also, a Government Accountability Report finds fault with the Defense Department's cybersecurity efforts .