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Mexican Drug Linked to the Murder of a Lawman

The county officials of Bexar County said on Tuesday that they are investigating the possible link between the death of Sergeant Kenneth Vann, their sheriff’s sergeant, and Mexican drug cartel. Vann was ambushed while he was sitting in his patrol car.

County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz said that Vann may have been targeted because he was in the government’s side.

Vann was in his uniform and was sitting in a marked patrol car Saturday when a white car parked beside him. Then, somebody from the car aimed and shot at Vann; that person fired an average of 28 shots from an automatic weapon. To date, no suspects are still in custody.

Ortiz said that they see no evidence that Vann was followed that morning, indicating that he was not targeted personally. Ortiz added that Mexican drug cartels may have picked him because he was a symbol of authority. He said that it could have just been an attack on a random law enforcement officer.

Ortiz stressed that he sees no reason for the general public to feel alarmed. He further said that the FBI and the Texas Department of Public Safety, along with other law enforcement agencies, are all working hand-in-hand in working with the investigation.

Deputy Lou Antou said they are reviewing surveillance videos from the gas stations in the corner where the incident took place. Vann was parking in a corner on the southeast side of San Antonio when he was killed.

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Birmingham Investigates on White Police Officers Who has Beaten a Black Man

The Birmingham police placed two of its officers on paid administrative leave in line with the investigation on the alleged beating of a black man. The entire incident was said to have been caught on tape.

Mayor William Bell of Birmingham said that training should be conducted to inform or remind police officers of the appropriate amount of force they should use. The Mayor was very concerned after the video of the said incident was released to the media earlier this week. Erskine Faush, the mayor’s chief of staff, said Thursday that the mayor expressed major concern over what he saw.

The video caught on tape the March 20 clash between Travarious Daniel, 29, and two police officers. The police report indicated that undercover police officers chased Daniel outside a night club after he allegedly took a GPS, a carton of cigarettes, and a Dell computer from a parked car and transfered it in to his own.

Daniel, who is a security guard in one of the night clubs in the area, was charged with breaking and entering into a vehicle, and receiving stolen goods. Sergeant Johnny Williams said that Daniels is also expected to be charged with illegal possession of firearm.

However, the concern of Daniel’s lawyers and the entire Nation of Islam – wherein Daniel is a member – are questioning and are concerned with how the arrest was performed. On the video that was released to the press, it looked like Daniel’s hands were up on the air in surrender but a white officer threw him on the ground while beating his head and back.

Charles Salvagio, Daniel’s attorney, said that the Nation of Islam wants to raise awareness on what happened to his client. He further said that when Daniel walked in his office, his head was very swollen.

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