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North Dakota cops can now use lobbyist-approved taser/pepper-spray drones


Bruce Burkett of the North Dakota Peace Officer's Association introduced an amendment to ND HB 1328 that allows cops to shoot at citizens with drone-borne rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray, tasers and sound cannon.

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Six years after unprovoked beating, Denver cop finally fired


Denver Police Officers Ricky Nixon and Kevin Devine maced four women without provocation and shoved them to the ground in 2009, then lied about it for years.

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America does a better job of tracking bee deaths than deaths in police custody


Michael from Muckrock writes, "The federal government has a pretty good picture of where bees are dying across America, with two federal agencies collaborating on a systematic, scientifically-rigorous, long-term look at the problem, particularly important given the danger that colony collapse disorder presented."

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Defector from Kremlin's outsourced troll army wins 1 rouble in damages


Lyudmila Savchuk was fired from St Petersburg's Internet Research -- the Kremlin's troll factory -- for talking to the media about her job posting messages rubbishing Putin's opponents to Internet forums.

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Miami police union smears woman who posted video of cop beating handcuffed suspect in police cruiser

The woman recorded video of a Miami cop punching a suspect who had already been handcuffed and put in the back of a cruiser; the video was interrupted by another officer trying to seize her phone.

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Student suspended for tweeting two words will get to sue his school, police chief


Rogers, MN honor student Reid Sagehorn was suspended after he tweeted two words, using his own device, on his own time, off school property.

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London terror cops forced to admit they're still investigating journos who reported Snowden leaks


London Metropolitan Police anti-terror squad had refused to make any comment on whether they were investigating the reporters who broke the Snowden story for two years, but now a court has ordered them to answer -- and they've copped to it.

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TSA supervisor calls police on teen for videoing his father's pat-down

A 16-year-old boy was prohibited from video-recording his own pat-down at New Orleans airport -- something explicitly allowed by the TSA -- and when he recorded his father's pat-down, the TSA supervisor at his checkpoint called the police on him.

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Hey, kids, let's play militarized police force!


The Pentagon's 1033 program makes sure that every Barney Fife has his own rocket launcher, and Playmobil is right there with him.

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Iowa Supreme Court rules that residents have a right to be drunk on their front porch

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In 2013 Patience Paye called 911 to report a domestic violence incident that took place in her home. When police arrived, Payne stepped on her porch to talk to them, because she didn't want to disturb her kids, who were in the house. The police gave her a breath test, determined she was intoxicated and arrested her for being drunk in public.

At her trial, the judge ruled that a person's front porch is indeed a public place because it is “plainly accessible and visible to any passer-by.” The Iowa Supreme Court disagreed:

If the front stairs of a family home were always considered a public place, it would create “absurd results” and make it a “crime to sit there calmly on a breezy summer day and sip a mojito” or even grill with “bourbon-infused barbecue sauce,” the court concluded.

The case was sent back to District Court for dismissal.

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UK Stingray surveillance: you can't know why we're spying on you


The UK has at least 20 operating Stingrays -- fake mobile phone towers that record the movements of whole populations -- used without any paper-trail, and configured to listen in on conversations.

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Being a cop just keeps on getting safer


The police will tell you that the reason they're arming up with surplus military gear and pursuing a shoot-first posture to their job is that being a cop is deadly business -- but as the saying goes, you're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

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Harrisburg PA Mayor says it was appropriate for a cop to wrongly accuse Marine veteran of being a fraud

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On Memorial Day in Harrisburg PA, an army soldier spotted 75-year-old Robert Ford wearing a Marine uniform as he walked down the street. The soldier suspected the uniform was phony (the hat was wrinkled and the belt buckle looked too ornate for the rank). So the soldier got the attention of a nearby police officer and both men confronted Ford, accusing him of being a fraud.

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"Why take my vibrator?" Cops legally rob "every belonging" from medical marijuana patient

Image: scene from the movie Brazil, which this story reminds us of.


Image: scene from the movie Brazil, which this story reminds us of.

When a Michigan drug task force raided medical cannabis patient Ginnifer Hency's home, they took everything she owned, including her vibrator. A judge dismissed the charges against Hency, who has multiple sclerosis, but law enforcement officials are keeping a tight grip on her vibrator and other belongings.

Ginnifer Hency.


Ginnifer Hency.

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America's prison population, by the numbers

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Quinn Norton's "long form data journalism" piece on the American prison system paints a bleak picture of a nation that feasts on its poorest and most vulnerable with a boundless, venomous cruelty.

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Atlanta pays $20,000 to critic forced to post pro-cop message to Facebook

Atlanta police Lt. Jeffrey Cantin told Baton Bob, a street performer, that he wouldn't be released on Bond unless he posted complementary remarks about the Atlanta police department to his Facebook page.

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Mass protests, brutal crackdown in Macedonia

After leaked recordings of high-level government officials (including the PM) plotting to cover up a murder surfaced, Macedonia erupted into demonstrations that were met with extreme police brutality.

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