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LAPD brass plead for calm; protesters egg station

LAPD brass vows to investigate fatal shooting of day laborer; protesters egg police station Police Chief Charlie Beck pleaded for calm and vowed his department would conduct an exhaustive investigation into a bicycle officer’s fatal shooting of a drunken day laborer with a knife. But his words did little to…

Former CIA officer accused of abusing suspect now training other operatives

A former CIA officer accused of revving an electric drill near the head of an imprisoned terror suspect has returned to U.S. intelligence as a contractor, training CIA operatives after leaving the agency, The Associated Press has learned. The CIA officer wielded the bitless drill and an unloaded handgun –…

Barry Cooper fights the law, wins: Odessa drops all ‘KopBusters’ charges

Exclusive: Cooper to release City of Odessa from $40 million civil suit Barry Cooper, a former Texas police officer who turned against the drug war and executed a reverse-sting operation against the Odessa police department, will walk free on all related charges, an attorney for Ector County announced Tuesday. Cooper,…

Ex-CIA officer: Assassination strategy in Afghanistan ‘may just work’

WikiLeaks calls out Time columnist by Twitter for mentioning failed assassination but not seven children killed According to former CIA field officer Robert Baer, a policy of targeted assassination against the Taliban could be what’s needed to “turn the tide in Afghanistan” — but he appears to see little chance…

Exclusive: Eager for new ‘Curveball,’ CIA may have been duped by Iranian double agent

Despite an Iranian claim that scientist Shahram Amiri was a double agent who gave Iran an “intelligence victory” over the CIA, US officials continue to maintain the line that Amiri had been a valuable long-term US intelligence asset who had provided valuable intelligence on the Iranian nuclear program before he…

How did an Atlanta CEO end up dead at the hands of a New Jersey cop?

CEO’s family calls police account ‘blatant lie’ The ACLU and gay rights groups in New Jersey are calling for an independent investigation into the shooting death of an Atlanta bank CEO during a raid of a New Jersey park last Friday. The police say the shooting was a lone officer’s…

2 Ga. officers out after stun gun video surfaces

One officer was fired and another quit after a rural Georgia woman who called police to complain of a prowler was zapped repeatedly with a stun gun. Ryan Smith of the Lumpkin Police Department has resigned and Tim Murphy, of Richland Police Department, was fired for using pepper spray on…

California jury finds ex-BART cop Johannes Mehserle guilty of ‘involuntary manslaughter’

A former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer was found guilty on Thursday of the “involuntary manslaughter” of an unarmed black male who was laying handcuffed before him on the ground. At the trial, former officer Johannes Mehserle “told jurors that he heard a pop and thought the Taser had…

Report: Toronto police rough up journalists, arrest peaceful protesters at G20

UPDATE: TORONTO — More than 500 people have been arrested in Toronto after a night of rioting that saw police cars burned in the financial district and storefront windows broken as leaders of the world’s largest economies gathered in the city for the G20 summit. As clashes between police and…

Cop’s lawyer claims hitting an Iraq veteran 20 times was ‘too little’ force

An attorney representing a police officer caught on tape almost two years ago viciously assaulting an Iraq war veteran suggested in court recently that his client had, perhaps out of “compassion,” used “too little” force against the unarmed man lying on the ground before him in video released online. The…

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