May 2009

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T H E V O I C E O F T H E N A T I O N ’ S L A W E N F O R C E M EN T C O M M U N I T Y Four Oakland cops gunned down in cold blood. Twenty thousand people went to Oakland to show their respect. Pages 22, 52, 70. Police Week 2009 22 TRAGEDY 57 PSYCHO-LADY Picking people up at the airport is a huge pain but that’s no excuse for trying to kill a cop. 68 DUMB CROOK PLUS . . . 16 Opinion/Editorial 32 APB’s Believe It or Not 46 In the Line of Duty 64 Advertiser Index 65 Employment Listings Policy is a minefi eld! by Gary Blankinship Last month Houston Mayor Bill White said the federal government “let us down” after Wilfido Joel Alfaro — an illegal immigrant with three recent drug arrests — shot Houston police offi cer Rick Salter in the face while Salter was executing a drug search warrant. Continued on page 20 Los Angeles police detectives investigate the scene where a woman’s body was found in the trunk of a car in Los Angeles recently. Down the slippery slope Security guards to make stops in the Windy City by Mark Nichols It wasn’t Chicago Police Supt. Jody Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen wears a hat honoring the Oakland Police Department. Four veteran Oakland police offi cers were killed in two incidents on the same day. See story on page 22. Weis’s support of a plan to let non- cops write city tickets that resulted in a recent no-confi dence vote among his offi cers. But it didn’t exactly help the former G-man’s standing with the rank and fi le either. Two South Side city aldermen are fl oating a plan that would empower private security guards to write tick- ets. The wacky scheme has friends in high places – including Superinten- dent Weis (pronounced “Wees.”) Weis dismissed concerns from his offi cers that the proposal, by Alder- man Anthony Beale and John Pope, is an aggressive move to outsource law enforcement jobs. “Oh no,” he said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “I see this as a new concept, as a possibility to allow our Continued on page 42 Order your own personal subscription today. Call 1-800-234-0056 or go to If you’re going to stage an armed robbery, a narcotics investigators conference is the last place you want to do the stick-up. MAY 2009 VOLUME XVI NO. 5 ➤ PRICE $4.75 ➤ AP Wide World Photo Rochester, New York Police Offi cer Anthony DiPonzio: fi ghting tooth and nail to get well – and back to work. Miraculous recoveries by Cynthia Brown A little more than six weeks after being shot in the back of the head while on duty, Rochester New York Police Offi cer Anthony DiPonzio is not only alive, he’s walking and talking – much to the amazement of his doctors. And as is almost always the case when a member of the law enforce- ment family is in trouble, a number of agencies and organizations have worked to raise money to support DiPonzio’s recovery. Continued on page 44 Inside

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