Man jailed for a month when cops said his artisanal soap was cocaine is now suing the crap out of them

Soap. Not cocaine.

A New York man who spent a month in jail after Pennsylvania state police mistook homemade soap he was traveling with for cocaine has filed a lawsuit.

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Sledge Hammer! A hilarious, prescient warning on police violence from the 1980s


I loved watching the 1986 comedy TV series "Sledge Hammer!" as a kid. David Rasche's portrayal of San Francisco's most aggressive, least sensitive, and completely absurd police detective, the titular Sledge, is fantastic.

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25% of people shot to death by LA police were unarmed. No cops were prosecuted.


Between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2014, Los Angeles County district attorney records show at least 375 people were shot by on-duty officers. No officers have been prosecuted for any of those shootings.

About one in four of those people were unarmed.

Law enforcement officers in LA fatally shot Black people at triple the rate of White and Latino people, relative to population.

That's the lede from Southern California Public Radio KPCC's important, interactive investigative report on “officer-involved shootings” in LA, and there's a lot more to be upset about in those numbers, too.

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Cop arrested after admitting he wasn't shot by “Hispanic Man,” just shot himself and lied

David Houser's mugshot, via Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office, AR.

A police officer in Arkansas sparked a manhunt and investigation when he claimed he'd been shot during a traffic stop by a “Hispanic man in his 30s.” Turns out that was total bullshit. David Houser, 50, was arrested Tuesday after finally admitting to his colleagues that it never happened, there was no traffic stop, and no scary brown guy. The cop just shot himself, and apparently by accident.

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What ethnic group is mostly likely to be shot by police in the USA?


Spoiler: Native Americans.

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Cops pull over speeding car, help deliver occupant's baby

Alas, cops don't escort you to the hospital at 100MPH: "The couple's baby was determined to beat medics to the scene," police said, adding that the officers witnessed the 'miracle of childbirth.'" Read the rest

Police officer pulls gun on man recording him, and is placed on leave. #fixthepolice


A police officer in the Northern California city of Rohnert Park was caught on video pulling his gun on a resident who was recording the cop on his cellphone.

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Explosion at NIST offices was a meth lab

An explosion last weekend at a National Institute of Standards and Technology lab in Gaithersburg, MD threw a blast-shield 25 feet. Investigators found "pseudoephedrine, drain cleaner, and a recipe for meth" in the wreckage. Read the rest

Gun Dog: “Part dog, part gun, all cop!”

It's rather a long way to go for this shot, but what a shot it is.

Police officer who tortured this handcuffed man had prior record of attacking people


In 2009, Colorado police officer Mark Magness broke an innocent man's arm during an illegal fireworks investigation. Magness pled guilty, but the police department didn't fire him.

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Raided Santa Ana pot shop sues police, says mayor solicits bribes from marijuana dispensaries

The suit charges Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido with soliciting bribes for preferential treatment.

Driver turns up music and starts dancing after 2am traffic stop


"A dancing driver has been banned from the roads," report police in England, "after parking his car on a roundabout and claiming he was on his way to Stonehenge." Read the rest

Texas cops shut down two little girls' lemonade stand

Seriously? Yeah.

McKinney “Pool Party” police officer Eric Casebolt resigns after video of teen abuse goes viral

“I had 12 officers on the scene and 11 of them performed according to their training,” the local police chief said at a press conference today.

Court says DEA is allowed to secretly fill your truck with weed, get into firefights with Zetas

Craig Patty asked his employee Lawrence Chapa to help take one of his two trucks to the garage, not realizing that Chapa was a DEA undercover planning to fill the truck with weed, which ended in a firefight with a Los Zetas hit squad that killed the driver, who was a DEA informant. Read the rest

Oh, cops.

California: Marshal with a rifle attacks woman recording an arrest, smashing her phone. Read the rest

It's tough being a cop

The life of a police officer is medically and pscyhologically ruinous, writes Erika Hayasaki: "Brian had been a healthy and fit ex-airborne infantry soldier when he began his policing career. But he eventually developed hypertension, anxiety, peripheral neuropathy, hearing loss, arthritis, and post-traumatic stress disorder." [Atlantic] Read the rest

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