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Lawsuit: NYPD routinely arrests students for non-crimes

ACLU: Racial element present in creation of ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ A lawsuit filed Wednesday by five students in the New York City school system against the NYPD paints a picture of school officers who routinely abuse students and arrest them for non-criminal activities. The lawsuit (PDF), brought by the American and…

Thousands protest sheriff’s immigration efforts

PHOENIX (AP) -- Ten thousand immigrant rights advocates marched in front of a county jail in Phoenix Saturday in a protest that was aimed at Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration efforts and was marked by a clash between a small group of protesters and police officers.…

Massachusetts cops can arrest you for making them famous

If you plan to videotape police officers at work in public, just be sure you’re not in Massachusetts — or you might end up in jail. A report from the New England Center For Investigative Reporting has chronicled a pattern of what civil liberties advocates say is a misuse of…

Calif. judge orders police to return 60 pounds of marijuana

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Lawyer who worked with both President Bushes tried to kill wife: police

Police say that a former White House lawyer who worked with both President Bushes tried to kill his wife. Along with trying to strangle her, he allegedly “beat her with a metal flashlight until she lost consciousness,” according to the affidavit quoted in multiple reports. “John Michael Farren, 57, of…

Malawi arrests newly-wed gays for ‘gross indecency’

BLANTYRE — A gay couple was jailed for “gross indecency” in Malawi after the country’s first same-sex public wedding ceremony over the weekend, as several African states were clamping down on homosexuality. A police spokesman told AFP that Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, the first Malawian gays to publicly wed…

Israeli police chief threatened by right wing settlers: report

JERUSALEM — Israel has tightened security around police chief Dudi Cohen after he received death threats believed to be from hardline Jewish settlers, Israeli news reports said on Sunday. “You have been condemned to the next life, your end is nigh,” said one anonymous letter sent to Cohen, the reports…

Iraq attacks kill scores on eve of Christmas, Ashura

HILLA, Iraq — Twenty-seven people were killed and more than 100 wounded in a string of attacks across Iraq on Thursday ahead of Christmas and the Shiite commemoration ceremonies of Ashura. In the worst attack, 15 people including a provincial councillor were killed and 70 wounded when twin bombs struck…

DC cop on desk duty after pulling gun at snowball fight

A Washington, D.C. police officer has put on desk duty after he allegedly pulled a gun during a snowball fight Saturday, according to The Washington Post. Reports say the snowball fight was inspired by Twitter messages. AP has this update: WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C., police are investigating after Internet videos…

Yolanda Madden released from prison, granted retrial

‘KopBusters’ filmmaker hails collective effort to ‘fight corruption’ A high-profile Texas drug prisoner is prisoner no more. On Friday, Dec. 18, a federal judge in Odessa granted Yolanda Madden her freedom, allowing her to walk out of state custody for the first time in nearly five years. Federal judge Rob…

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