Legislators weigh security
Kansas legislators are facing a midsummer deadline to approve costly security upgrades for state hospitals and mental institutions in order to keep in place a 4-year-old ban on concealed weapons inside the facilities. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, although a strong supporter of concealed carry laws, doesn’t want the exemption for hospitals to disappear. Absent a change in existing state law, universities, state and other public hospitals, mental health centers, some nursing homes and other facilities must allow concealed weapons in their buildings starting in July unless they provide “adequate” security such as guards or metal detectors.
Police procedure questioned
As a law enforcement foundation reviews how the Orlando Police Department responded to a 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub, the organization’s staffers say in a paper that police training and protocols may need to change. They suggest that regular patrol officers should be trained in how to respond to a terrorist attack or a hostage situation. The paper was published earlier this month by the Police Foundation in the CTC Sentinel. Both situations usually are handled by SWAT team members, but the paper says patrol officers are usually the first to get to a scene.
Passenger to be deported
A light-rail passenger seen in a video being questioned by a Minneapolis Metro Transit Police officer about his immigration status is now in deportation proceedings. After video of the May 14 incident was posted on Facebook, police Chief John Harrington said it’s not his department’s policy to question riders about their immigration status. In another statement Saturday, he said his agency is “working to re-establish the trust that was broken.” The Star Tribune reported that 23-year-old Ariel Vences-Lopez was arrested for fare evasion and giving a false name.
Two children locked in trunk
A 39-year-old woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her children in her car’s trunk while she shopped at Wal-Mart. Riverdale police say witnesses who heard the children, ages 2 and 5, making noise and shaking the car got the older child to pull the emergency latch and called 911. Tori Lee Castillo remains jailed on suspicion of child abuse after her arrest Thursday.
Compiled from wire reports.