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Eulalio Tordil, a law enforcement officer with the Federal Protective Service, is in custody following three deadly shootings in Maryland over the last two days. Tordil allegedly shot and killed his wife Thursday evening, then killed two more at two separate mall shootings that also left two injured.

The Prince George's County Police Department is "investigating a possible link" between the shootings -- the first of which was in a high school parking lot and the others at a mall and supermarket -- but it was not immediately clear that the killings are related.

The city of Cleveland has agreed to pay $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old shot and killed by police officer Timothy Loehmann in 2014. Rice was in a park playing with a toy gun when he was shot.

It is the latest in a series of million-dollar settlements following deadly police shootings, and the latest chapter in Cleveland's own history of police violence and lawsuits.

Distracted Driving: Would You Pass a Textalyzer?

Drunk driving has the breathalyzer and soon distracted driving may have the textalyzer, a device that allows police to measure phone use of those involved in car accidents. The device has not been perfected and is only now being considered by New York lawmakers.

The textalyzer will help police determine whether to proceed with a criminal case after analysis of pre-accident phone use. The device's creation was inspired by 19-year-old Evan Lieberman who died in a car crash with a distracted driver, reports the American Bar Association Journal. The law under consideration in New York, Evan's Law, is reportedly the first of its kind in the country.

The Legalize It crowd got a bit of a boost last week, as news outlets published a letter from the Drug Enforcement Administration to Sen. Elizabeth Warren. In it, the DEA said it will review marijuana's status as a Schedule 1 banned substance, sometime before the middle of this year.

The DEA has performed these reviews before, but never in a climate so conducive to reclassification, with major newspapers calling for the agency to move pot to a "less restrictive category that better reflects both its danger and the undeniable facts on the ground -- that nearly half the states in the nation allow the use of cannabis for medical purposes, and several allow it to be used recreationally." So is the DEA about to decriminalize weed?

What Is a Gang Injunction?

We increasingly hear about gang injunctions on the news, but what do they do and why are they so controversial? An injunction is a court order, generally speaking. A gang injunction is a court order targeting a specific group that prosecutors have deemed a public nuisance.

The practice of seeking these injunctions has come under fire from civil rights groups and some cities have paid a high price for using these orders as a criminal justice shortcut. Let's explore.

Yes, the First Amendment protects our freedom of speech. But there are still things you can't say. Obviously threatening to kill someone, especially the president, is a no-no, and as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously wrote, "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic."

So how are free speech rights balanced when it comes to interacting with police? Given the heightened tensions between officers and civilians, an increase in interactions at protests and demonstrations, and a rise in awareness and curiosity about legal rights when coming in contact with cops, exactly what you can, and can't, say to police officers has become a hot topic. Here are your general boundaries when it comes to swearing or yelling at police officers:

A group of local surfers in an affluent southern California beach town have been accused of operating like a criminal street gang, following threats, intimidation, and violence against outsiders trying to surf their break. A federal class-action lawsuit claims Lunada Bay Boys "not only confront and attack other (beachgoers), but also confront, threaten to kill, assault, vandalize property, extort, and bring harm to other persons."

Along with fines and damages, the lawsuit is seeking a gang injunction that would prevent the Bay Boys from congregating anywhere in Palos Verdes Estates, a city in Los Angeles County home to some killer waves and a $125,000 median income.

It sounds like a euphemism that would make George Orwell proud -- calling a process by which law enforcement can seize a person's assets even though they haven't been (and may never be) convicted of a crime, "sharing." But the Department of Justice is resuming its controversial "Equitable Sharing Program," even amidst serious political opposition to the practice.

So how does the seizure process work, and do you have any legal recourse if cops confiscate your property?

When you ask for a loan, a bank will run a credit report to see if you're a good candidate. Data from other banks, lenders, and vendors will spit out a credit score and the bank will then make its decision accordingly.

And when you commit a crime, local police now have the ability to run a threat report, gathering data from arrest reports and property records to social media postings in order to create a threat score, and tailor their response accordingly. If it all sounds a bit like Philip K. Dick's precogs, you're right, with all the attendant privacy and punishment concerns.

13,000 Arrested in 6 Weeks in Justice Department Sweep

For six weeks this winter, while most of us were just going about our daily routines, the US Department of Justice, in conjunction with local law enforcement, was conducting a massive sweep of 12 cities, arresting 13,000 people. The action targeted repeat offenders that the DOJ considers most dangerous, including many murderers it turns out.

Operation Violence Reduction, as this sweep was called, focused on cities where crime has been rising. In Baltimore, 23 people wanted for murder were arrested in less than two months, the Washington Times reports. And there are more impressive and scary numbers in this story.