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Tunisian security minister fired after IS-claimed attacks

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) ” Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid has dismissed the country’s security minister after an Islamic State-claimed suicide bombing killed 12 members of the presidential guard last week. Secretary of State for Security Affairs Rafik Chelly lost his job Tuesday after the third bombing claimed by IS this year, following deadly attacks at the Bardo Museum in Tunis and in the resort of Sousse. A government statement didn’t specify a reason for Chelly’s dismissal, merely noting that he is being “called to other duties.”

In recent weeks, Tunisia’s government has said that security forces dismantled several radical jihadi cells planning attacks against tourist sites and public figures.

It says that dozens of suspected extremists have been arrested and three weapons depots in the north, central and south were discovered.

Former security guard sentenced for stealing from Fort Hall Sage Hill Casino

POCATELLO Cory Hugues, 44, of Pocatello, Idaho, was sentenced today to three weekends in jail for theft of funds by an employee from a gaming establishment on Indian lands, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Hugues to pay $2,600 in restitution and serve three years of probation. Hugues pleaded guilty to the charge on August 26, 2015. According to the plea agreement, Hugues was employed at the Fort Hall Sage Hill Casino as a uniformed security guard. On January 27, 2015, he was in the cash room at the casino with another employee. The other employee, a banker, counted the money in the safe. It was then Hugues duty to spin the dial on the safe to ensure it was locked. Hugues did a partial spin, which appeared to lock the safe, but did not actually do so. Surveillance video showed Hugues returning to the cash room later, opening the safe and reaching into it. He made a movement toward his left pocket area, then shut the safe, spun the dial and left the cash room. A cash count the following day showed $2,600 missing from the safe. Hugues was interviewed on a later date by law enforcement and he ultimately confessed to taking the $2,600 from the casino safe and using it to pay bills. The case was investigated by the Fort Hall Police Department and the Pocatello Police Department.

Police union seeks exemption from gun ban in NFL stadiums

The National Fraternal Order of Police has asked[1] for an exemption for certain off-duty and retired officers from the current ban on guns in NFL stadiums. Chuck Canterbury, the police union s president, wrote a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Nov. 20 making the request for the legal carrying of firearms in stadiums by certain individuals associated with law enforcement.

The terrorist attacks and threats of attacks from organizations like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are selecting targets based on the amount of death and injury they can inflict mass murder and casualty events. Well-attended venues and areas are being deliberately targeted by the radical killers who do not intend or expect to survive the assault. Law enforcement, even when working actively with highly trained and skilled security professionals, cannot be certain that all threats will be detected and neutralized. In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks[2], Canterbury claims that the current policy preventing the concealed carrying of guns in stadiums, weakens the safety and security of NFL players, personnel and fans.

Smaller police unions in Michigan, Minnesota and New York have also recently challenged the current policy. In August, the Minnesota Court of Appeals sided with the NFL after the state filed a suit against the league s gun ban.

KING: Undefeated season is within reach for the Panthers[3]

In Texas, however, because state law takes precedent over NFL regulations, the league s policy does not affect for Cowboys[4] and Texans[5] home games. An NFL spokesman responded to Canterbury s request with words from a 2013 letter to the National Fraternal Order of Police by the league s vice president and chief security officer Jeffrey Miller.

Public safety inside our stadiums is best served by limiting the carrying of firearms to on-duty law enforcement officers specifically assigned to work the game as a part of the public safety plan for the event, Miller wrote. The NFL currently employs hundreds of security personnel for each game and prohibits the entry of large bags and purses into its stadiums.

References

  1. ^ asked (thinkprogress.org)
  2. ^ Paris terrorist attacks (www.si.com)
  3. ^ Undefeated season is within reach for the Panthers (mmqb.si.com)
  4. ^ Cowboys (www.si.com)
  5. ^ Texans (www.si.com)