Monthly Archive: July 2012

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Drunk Trucker Responsible For Durham Crash That Critically Injures …

Drunk Trucker Responsible For Durham Crash That Critically Injures Police Officer | Lawyerscope by HensonFuerst, P.A. Attorneys July 26, 2012 July 26, 2012 A 44-year-old truck driver from Georgia was responsible for causing an accident on I-80 in Durham, North Carolina, earlier this week that left two people, including a police officer, seriously injured. According to WRAL News, alcohol was a contributing factor to the crash.

The North Carolina truck accident happened around 3:15 p.m. yesterday just moments after an officer with the Durham Police Department had pulled over a 50-year-old female driver of a 2010 Mazda 3 for a traffic violation. The officer was getting ready to exit her vehicle when the intoxicated driver of a tractor-trailer veered off the highway and plowed into the police cruiser.

The impact caused the cruiser to shoot forward and strike the rear of the Mazda. The officer was seriously injured as a result of the incident and was taken to a local university hospital where she remains in critical condition. The driver of the Mazda was treated and released.

The driver of the truck was charged with DWI and one count of careless and reckless driving. The North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers with HensonFuerst Injury Lawyers maintain that truck drivers and trucking companies are held to strict standards for operating commercial trucks and can be held liable for an accident that causes injury or property damage. This is why the firm would advise anyone who has been injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer to contact an experienced attorney immediately.

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Marine Corps Creates Law Enforcement Battalions

Yet another piece of evidence that our military is being pushed to shift its role into a dedicated domestic law enforcement mechanism. Along with Armored Personnel Carriers roaming the streets of St. Louis carrying active duty army, combat training in cities like Chicago, joint military/police checkpoints in Santa Monica, etc.

And, what about the recently held war games held by the Pentagon called Unified Quest 2011 , which specifically outlined training the military for economic collapse and containing civil unrest ? Short of outright admission, one might think that the Department of Defense is planning for some kind of event that the public has not been made privy to Brandon Smith, Associate Editor The Marine Corps has created its first law enforcement battalions a lean, specialized force of military police officers that it hopes can quickly deploy worldwide to help investigate crimes from terrorism to drug trafficking and train fledgling security forces in allied nations. The Corps activated three such battalions last month.

Each is made up of roughly 500 military police officers and dozens of dogs. The Marine Corps has had police battalions off and on since World War II but they were primarily focused on providing security, such as accompanying fuel convoys or guarding generals on visits to dangerous areas, said Maj. Jan Durham, commander of the 1st Law Enforcement Battalion at Camp Pendleton.

The idea behind the law enforcement battalions is to consolidate the military police and capitalize on their investigative skills and police training, he said. The new additions come as every branch in the military is trying to show its flexibility and resourcefulness amid defense cuts. Marines have been increasingly taking on the role of a street cop along with their combat duties over the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they have been in charge of training both countries security forces.

Those skills now can be used as a permanent part of the Marine Corps, Durham said. The war on terror has also taught troops the importance of learning how to gather intelligence, secure evidence and assist local authorities in building cases to take down criminal networks. Troops have gotten better at combing raid sites for clues to help them track insurgents.

They also have changed their approach, realizing that marching into towns to show force alienates communities. Instead, they are being taught to fan out with interpreters to strike up conversations with truck drivers, money exchangers, cellphone sellers and others. The rapport building can net valuable information that could even alert troops about potential attacks.

But no group of Marines is better at that kind of work than the Corps military police, who graduate from academies just like civilian cops, Durham said. He said the image of military police patrolling base to ticket Marines for speeding or drinking has limited their use in the Corps. He hopes the creation of the battalions will change that, although analysts say only the future will tell whether the move is more than just a rebranding of what already existed within the Corps.

The battalions will be capable of helping control civil disturbances, handling detainees, carrying out forensic work, and using biometrics to identify suspects.

Durham said they could assist local authorities in allied countries in securing crime scenes and building cases so criminals end up behind bars and not back out on the streets because of mistakes.

READ MORE HERE: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MARINES_LAW_ENFORCEMENT_BATTALION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-07-22-17-33-46