Hackers release data from Fraternal Order of Police, largest U.S. police union

Fraternal Order of Police president says the union had called in security contractors to investigate, and the hack was traced to an IP address in the UK. Photo: Reuters

Sensitive electronic files from America’s biggest police union were posted online this week after a hacker breached the Fraternal Order of Police website. The ill-gotten dump includes officers' names and addresses, message board posts bashing Barack Obama, and details of eyebrow-raising contracts made between the union and city authorities.

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Two top police body camera makers are locked in an epic patent battle

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Two of the most prominent makers of body-worn cameras for cops and first responders are fightin' it out over patents.

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Video of 5 San Francisco police officers shooting a Black man dead goes viral

Photo: @Daniggahot on Instagram

In a now-viral police killing video captured in San Francisco, a 26-year-old man stands up against a wall as a group of police officers aim their guns at him. Mario Woods, 26, was then shot to death, execution-style.

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“We’re PG police and we shoot people,” said a police officer now convicted of assault

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Officer Jenchesky Santiago, of the Prince George's County, Maryland, police force was convicted of first-degree assault and misconduct in office. Santiago threatened a man, while holding a gun to his head, apparently to impress his friends. His police chief was less impressed and is recommending Santiago be fired.

Via the Washington Post:

Alsobrooks said that Santiago repeatedly asked the men what they were doing there, even after they explained that Cunningham lived in the house.

Santiago told them they were parked illegally — which prosecutors said was not true — and Cunningham said he would get out of the car and go inside.

Alsobrooks said Santiago then backed up, parked his cruiser and ran to Cunningham at the door of his home, where Santiago pulled out his gun.

“I was shocked. At the instant he pointed the gun to my head, I was shocked,” Cunningham said. He said that he was so dumbfounded that he found it hard to move quickly, and at first he simply repeated what was happening to his cousin, who was still nearby .

In the video, Cunningham says, “He put a gun to my head. He put a gun to my head,” before freezing in place for a long moment with Santiago’s weapon in his face.

Witnesses, including Cunningham, told investigators that Santiago allegedly uttered a threat that was not caught on video. Alsobrooks said the threat was: “We’re PG police, and we shoot people."

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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

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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.

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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

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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?

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Spoiler: Native Americans.

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

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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

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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!”

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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

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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

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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

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"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.

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