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Iowa cop rescues teen from burning vehicle

A police officer from Urbandale, Iowa saved the life of a lucky 18-year-old over the weekend by pulling the unconscious teen from his burning vehicle. Ian Waseskuk, 18, crashed his car while attempting to drive in circles in a snow-covered church parking lot on Sunday, according to The Associated Press.…

Texas cop filmed threatening to arrest men for being afraid of Taser

A video published to YouTube on Friday appears to show a police officer at a Walmart store in Houston, Texas threatening several black males with a Taser, then claiming he would arrest them, apparently because they cowered away from his weapon. Reached by Raw Story, a Houston police spokesman said…

Chicago cop tells reporters: ‘Your First Amendment right can be terminated’

If one Chicago police officer is to be believed, American citizens can lose their most fundamental rights simply by standing near an irritable cop. That’s what two members of the press found out on Sunday, when an angry police officer told them they would be arrested if they did not…

Illinois judge rules state eavesdropping law unconstitutional

The Occupiers who are planning to descend on Chicago in May to protest the G8 and NATO meetings can breathe a sign of relief today. The Illinois law which made it a felony to make audio recordings of police officers without their permission has been found unconstitutional by a state…

Mexico police take refuge from Juarez drug gangs

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Some 2,000 police are hunkering down in hotels in Mexico’s most violent city of Ciudad Juarez after a drug gang threatened to kill an officer per day if their chief refused to resign. Eleven police officers, including four commanders, have already been killed in the city…

Police kill 7 hostage-takers in China’s Xinjiang

BEIJING — China said Thursday police killed seven “terrorists” who took hostages in the nation’s restive Xinjiang region during a rescue operation that left one police officer dead. A “violent terrorist group” kidnapped two people in the northwestern region’s Pishan county late Wednesday night, prompting a stand-off with police, the…

Police officer hurt, two arrested at ‘Occupy DC’ site

WASHINGTON — A police officer was injured Thursday and two people arrested at the site of a Washington offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, a National Park Service police spokesman said. One person was charged with assaulting a police officer and disorderly conduct after Park Police officers converged on…

Gunman kills two at Virginia Tech

WASHINGTON — Virginia Tech, the scene in 2007 of the deadliest school shooting in US history, was again struck by violence Thursday when a gunman opened fire, killing a campus police officer and a second person. The university said on its website (www.vt.edu) that the shooter — described as a…

Occupy DC in standoff with police after erecting wooden structure

As many as twenty arrests were made at the Occupy DC protest in Washington on Sunday after occupiers assembled a two-story wooden structure from sections that had been constructed off-site and refused police orders to remove it. Protesters told reporters that the building was needed to provide shelter as winter…

Louisiana: police officer who shot and killed unarmed, 73-year-old cancer survivor resigns

Back in March I blogged about yet another example of cops out of control — the murder by cop of a 73-year-old black man, a cancer survivor, who was hosting a family cookout in front of his humble home in Homer, Lousiana. Officer Tim Cox, and Officer Joey Henry showed up at…

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