Police: Austin shooter was a ‘homegrown American extremist’

Larry McQuilliams had “let me die” written in marker across his chest when he fired more than 100 rounds in downtown Austin early Friday morning.

McQuilliams, who Austin Police officials called a “homegrown American extremist” with ties to a Christian identity hate group, was shot dead on Friday by a police officer outside the department’s headquarters.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters on Monday that officers who searched the gunman’s home found a map with 34 targets, including two churches. McQuilliams had fired bullets into Austin police headquarters, a federal courthouse and the Mexican consulate in downtown Austin on Friday. He also tried to set the Mexican consulate building on fire.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/12/01/police-austin-shooter-belonged-to-an-ultra-conservative-christian-hate-group/

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Feds: Workplace violence caused nearly 17 percent of all fatal U.S. work injuries in 2011

According to preliminary statistics recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 17 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2011 were the result of workplace violence.

The 2011 Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries (CFOI) found that there were 4,609 fatal working injuries in the U.S. in 2011, of which 780 were attributed to a result of “violence and other injuries by persons or animals.” Of the 780 fatal work injuries that were the cause of violence, 458 were homicides and 242 were suicides.

http://www.securityinfowatch.com/news/10834285/federal-statistics-show-workplace-violence-was-the-cause-of-nearly-17-percent-of-fatal-work-injuries-in-2011

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Guests sue Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City over security guard beatings: report 

A Florida family and two others have filed lawsuits claiming casino security acted like thuggish goon squads and attacked them during disputes at the famed gambling mecca. In one case, a family said, their 17-year-old daughter’s nose was broken.

Seems like more and more stories like these are surfacing. You’d think these companies would hire guards that are less aggressive and more diligent. The focus of a security professional should be on safety; protecting the client and the clients property is number one. If aggressive force is needed, it should be used as a last resort.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/guests-sue-harrah-atlantic-city-security-guard-beatings-report-article-1.1896733#ixzz3A5TZYdZ8

 

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Immigration: California mayor opposes transfer of migrants from Texas

MURRIETA, Calif. — A California mayor urged residents on Monday to fight a plan to fly migrant families from Texas for processing at a Border Patrol facility in his city.

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long said border officials told him a flight carrying 140 people was expected Tuesday. Migrants will be processed and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Police are ready for any security issues, and a mobile hospital unit will be positioned outside the facility to provide additional medical screening if needed, Long said. He acknowledged that migrants would not be released locally and do not have criminal records.

Still, he urged residents in the Riverside County suburb of 107,000 people some 60 miles north of San Diego to call their elected officials and voice opposition to the plan.

 

READ MORE: http://www.mercurynews.com/immigration/ci_26065550/immigration-california-mayor-opposes-transfer-migrants-from-texas

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Man kills fellow security guard for being always late

Man kills fellow security guard for being always late.

If this is not a reason enough to start using well qualified security professionals, then I don’t know what is. Every day I flip on the news and I see one unprofessional body guard mishap after another. I think it’s time businesses reevaluate their security protocol and hire trained individuals.

A few minutes after 7 a.m. on Thursday, June 26, security guard Dante Bangalan was getting more and more irritated as he waited for the one who would take over his shift at the Makati City bank. Just then, Allan Quides, the security guard for the next shift arrived. He was late and not yet in his uniform.

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage from the bank showed that Bangalan and Quides then got into an argument. Their heated exchange soon turned physical. At some point, other people in the area tried to intervene. However, Bangalan ended up drawing his .38 caliber revolver.

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Grocery Giant Kroger Moves To Disarm Security Guards

 

Changes are in the works when it comes to how Kroger stores handle their security.

 

The grocery chain has confirmed with 10TV that it is in the process of transitioning to unarmed security guards across the company.

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Kroger says that armed guards will remain in some locations but not in any of its Columbus area stores.

10TV obtained a letter that U.S. Protection Service, the company that provides security guards to Kroger, sent to its employees.

read more: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2014/03/20/columbus-kroger-security-guards-raise-concerns.html

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Security guard foils art heist in downtown Houston HPD

Security guard foils art heist in downtown Houston HPD: Men dressed in business attire try to steal painting

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Two men are in jail after security guards at Houston’s Chase Tower were able to thwart a bold art heist.

Police say the men tried to steal a painting using the tunnel system below, but it turns out there were some kinks in their plan.

It sounds like something out of movie. Police say first they tried to trick a security guard and then went underground, but they didn’t realize they were on camera the entire time.

 

http://www.click2houston.com/news/security-guard-foils-art-heist-in-downtown-houston/26690282

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Bullet-Resistant Blanket Could Protect Kids Against School Shootings

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma company has created a protective blanket that developers say could give children a better chance of surviving debris from a tornado — or bullets from a 9 mm handgun.

The Bodyguard Blanket, made by ProTecht, is a bulletproof pad designed to protect students during disasters at school. The 5/16-inch thick rectangle features backpack-like straps that allow users to put it on, and then duck and cover.

Steve Walker developed the pad, The Oklahoman reported Walker started on the idea after a massive tornado struck last year in Moore, killing 24 people including seven children inside an elementary school that didn’t have a tornado shelter.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/10/bodyguard-blanket_n_5478344.html

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Drug seizures decline along U.S.-Mexico border as migrant flow rises

The Border Patrol distracted by a surge of Central American migrants crossing into south Texas, Mexican cartels have had an easier time smuggling illegal drugs across the border, according to agents and state officials.

The arrival of large groups of women and children on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande is pulling agents away from their patrol stations elsewhere along the border, creating gaps in coverage that the traffickers can exploit, according to Chris Cabrera, vice president of the Border Patrol union’s Rio Grande Valley chapter.

The smugglers wait on the southern banks of the Rio Grande as migrant groups as large as 250 wade across at dusk and turn themselves in to the Border Patrol, he said. Then groups of single men proceed to cross under cover of darkness, hoping to slip through.

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High School Has Students Wear Transparent Backpacks In Effort To Make Them ‘Feel Safe’

High School Has Students Wear Transparent Backpacks In Effort To Make Them ‘Feel Safe’

Students will still be allowed to carry traditional backpacks to and from school, but the way they carry their belongings between classes will be different.

For years, students have been using small bags of their choice to carry items such as computer cords, but now they will use new clear bags.

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