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Justice Department urges Maryland court to uphold citizens’ right to film police

The Justice Department filed a statement of interest Friday in the case of a journalist arrested in 2011 for filming police officers in Montgomery County, Maryland. According to Politico, the Department affirmed the right of individuals to record police under the First Amendment. The Civil Rights Division of the Justice…

Polls open in Kenyan elections after gun attacks

Long lines of Kenyans queued from far before dawn as polls opened Monday for hard-fought elections, hours after several policemen were killed in an ambush in the port city of Mombasa. The elections are the first since bloody post-poll violence five years ago in which over 1,100 people were killed,…

Shots fired inside Delaware courthouse leave three dead

A man was shot killed inside a Delaware courthouse Monday morning after he opened fire in the lobby, killing his wife and another woman before officers gunned him down. The shooting took place just after 8:15 a.m. in Wilmington, WPVI-TV reported. Two women and two police officers were hit by…

CA school district buys 14 military-grade weapons to defend against shootings

A California school board is being criticized following reports that it approved the purchase of 14 high-caliber rifles to be issued to school police officers responding to campus shootings. KTLA-TV reported on Wednesday that the Fontana Unified School District bought 14 Colt 6940 rifles at $1,000 apiece to store on…

New torture case rocks Russian police

MOSCOW — Russian investigators on Thursday charged four policemen with asphyxiating a witness using a gas mask as the force reels from a series of torture allegations. The four officers in the southern Siberian city of Novokuznetsk are accused of deliberately causing severe bodily harm and causing the death of…

NYPD officers allegedly smash ‘medic’s’ head into glass window during OWS protest

During a night of clashes between police and “occupy wall street” protesters marking the six-month anniversary of the occupation of New York’s Zuccotti Park, citizen journalists captured an intense scuffle between police and a man who was identified as a “medic.” From the video, it appears that the police smashed…

Striking Belgian firefighters hose down the cops

When Belgium’s firefighters were threatened with a government attempt to raise their retirement age, they fought back using the tools of their trade. According to Russia Today, “Several hundred firemen broke through police cordons and hosed down the prime minister’s office. The men, dressed in full gear, were smiling as…

NY police chief apologizes for ‘inflammatory’ anti-Muslim film

New York police chief Ray Kelly apologized for what he said was an “inflammatory” film about Muslims that was shown to hundreds of police officers at a training facility. The film, “The Third Jihad,” featured a brief interview with the police commissioner and claimed to portray the threat posed to…

Security video shows police lied about Rand Paul’s behavior

If Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was acting “irate” during a recent visit to Nashville International Airport, it certainly hid it very well. After being briefly detained by police officers on Monday, Paul appears to be getting some vindication in the form of a security camera’s video. Although police described him…

25,000 troops and police to protect London during Olympics

LONDON — Around 25,000 troops and police officers will be deployed in London during the Olympic Games to prevent attacks, a Scotland Yard official told AFP on Thursday. “The whole purpose of our policing operation is to try and deter terrorists, to deter those wish to do ill to the…

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