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Ind. officers suspended after using Taser on 10-year-old boy

Two officers called to a home day care to subdue an unruly 10-year-old have been suspended after one used a stun gun on the boy and another slapped him in the mouth, a central Indiana police chief said Thursday. The child suffered no significant injuries. Both officers have been placed…

Subway riders question NYPD’s ‘ridiculous’ show of force

Some people in New York are wondering whether the presence of police officers toting machine guns through the city’s subway tunnels is really a necessary response to the subway bombings in Moscow on Monday. “I think it’s ridiculous,” Torey Deprisest, a tourist from Ohio, told the New York Post. “The…

Video: Pit bull rips bumper off police car

A pit bull is on probation after ripping the bumper off a police car and chewing the tires on three other cars flat as two other dogs barked and wagged their tails, local media reported Friday. The brown and white mixed breed named Winston spent two weeks locked up in…

Whistleblower site demands that US ‘stop spying’ on its operations

In an extraordinary editorial, the whistleblower site WikiLeaks has demanded that the United States “stop spying” on its operations. “Over the last few years, WikiLeaks has been the subject of hostile acts by security organizations,” founder Julian Assange writes. “We’ve become used to the level of security service interest in…

In Baton Rouge, more allegations of police misconduct after Hurricane Katrina

Yesterday, the Baton Rouge Advocate published a damning exposé detailing allegations of misconduct by Baton Rouge police officers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. After a four-year legal battle, the paper finally got a cache of police department documents describing a pattern of racist and abusive behavior by Baton Rouge…

Military discharged lesbian soldier after police ‘outed’ her to Air Force

Jene Newsome played by the rules as an Air Force sergeant: She never told anyone in the military she was a lesbian. The 28-year-old’s honorable discharge under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy came only after police officers in Rapid City, S.D., saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her home…

Second NOLA police officer pleads guilty in post-Katrina shootings

The second guilty plea in the Danziger Bridge case today revealed additional details about the conduct of New Orleans police after Hurricane Katrina and suggested more prosecutions of higher-ranking officers are yet to come. Former police detective Jeffrey Lehrmann pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony in connection to…

Reports: The book police are coming to get you

A teenager in Littleton, Colorado, was arrested and spent eight hours in jail for failing to return an overdue DVD to a local library. Nineteen-year-old Aaron Henson was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 70 last month, and found himself in prison after police found a failure-to-appear warrant out for…

Texas jury jails man 35 years for marijuana possession

For being caught with just over a quarter pound of pot, 54-year-old Henry Walter Wooten will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars, thanks to a jury in Tyler, Texas. His prosecutor, Smith County Assistant District Attorney Richard Vance, originally sought a sentence of 99 years over the…

Greek protests cramp travel, disrupt economy

Greek police Friday fought protesters angered by tough new austerity measures, as European heavyweight Germany rebuffed suggestions cash-strapped Athens needed a financial bailout. Strikes disrupted air and ground transport, as well as schools and hospitals, hitting economic activity hard two days after the government unveiled sweeping tax hikes and spending…

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