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Spike in murders, shootings shakes New York

NEW YORK — A rampage by gun-slinging youths through New York’s Times Square this week underscored a surge in murders and shootings that has some New Yorkers fearing a return to the city’s dark past. The European-style pedestrian zones, bicycle lanes and flower pots of Times Square epitomize Mayor Michael…

Philadelphia DA decriminalizes marijuana, but police to continue arrests

The district attorney in America’s City of Brotherly Love intends to stop prosecuting people caught with less than 30 grams of marijuana, according to published reports. Problem is, the police have every intent to keep on making arrests. “We have to be smart on crime,” said District Attorney Seth Williams,…

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…

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