Morning Security Brief: Police Misconduct, Syria on the Brink of Civil War, Taser Policy, and More
Police among the worst speeders in South Florida, according to a newspaper's investigation. Syrian residents brace for civil war. Police in Maryland add "hospital policy" to new tasers. And more.
►All of the police departments in South Florida have opened investigations into the extent of speeding among police officers after a three-month investigation by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel found that almost 800 police from a dozen agencies were driving 90 to 130 mph commuting to and from work in patrol cars. The evidence came from SunPass toll records. “The Sun Sentinel obtained a year's worth, hit the highways with a GPS device and figured out how fast the cops were driving based on the distance and time it took to go from one toll plaza to the next,” the Sun-Sentinel reports. Ninety-six percent of officers were driving 90 – 110 mph. And this is just part one of three of the Sentinel’s investigation.
►Syrian residents say they are bracing for a full-on civil war as the country’s military continued laying siege to cities with shelling and sniper fire. More than 710 people have been killed in the last 10 days, according to Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a network of opposition activists. The Syrian government says it's fighting armed terrorist groups, while residents say it is targeting homes indiscriminately, CNN reports.
►Police officers in Ocean City, Maryland will begin carrying Tasers this week, but with a policy that requires that subjects be taken immediately to a hospital after being tased.
►In other news, Customs and Border Patrol and Department of Homeland Security have not shown they can meet 100 percent screening of cargo containers , as required by the 9-11 Act, according to the GAO. ♦ In Guyana, private security workers outnumber police two to one and often face the same risks as police officers for much lower pay. The country had passed legislation to help prevent exploitation of private security workers and absorb private security “into the national security mainstream.” ♦ And the White House cuts funding for a propsed Kansas biosecurity lab . Kansas Republicans say losing the funding will hurt economic growth in the area. “Obama is asking the Department of Homeland Security to reevaluate the project, while spending $10 million to increase the amount of research being done at Kansas State's Biosecurity Research Institute,” CBS reports.