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Footage shows policeman stuck in own car window

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The Texas Department of Public Safety is not responding to queries about this unusual video, wherein a police officer's legs may be observed dangling haplessly from a cruiser's window.

The bumbling cop's thrashing was caught on camera by amused passers-by, whose video was later uploaded to youtube.

Jail starves mentally ill man to death, Sheriff is "sorry"

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Sheriff's deputies in Island County, WA forgot to check 25-year-old Keaton Farris's cell every hour, and when they finally got around to looking, he was dead, starved of water and food. Alternet reports that Farris "had no prior criminal record but had struggled with a history of mental illness."

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Unarmed man flags down LAPD seeking help. They shoot him in the head.

At 6:35PM last night a man with his hand wrapped in a towel flagged down the police, apparently seeking help.

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The snitch in your pocket: making sense of Stingrays


If you've been struggling to make sense of the stories about Stingrays (super-secretive cellular surveillance tech used by cops and governments) (previously) this week's Note to Self podcast does the best job I've yet seen (heard) of explaining them.

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

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A Southern California cannabis dispensary and its members have filed a federal lawsuit accusing Santa Ana police officers of excessive force during a raid last month.

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CA police raid medical weed dispensary, eat edibles, destroy cameras [UPDATED]

In May, police in riot gear stormed the Sky High Holistic medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Ana, California.

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Texas cops shut down two little girls' lemonade stand

If lemonade is outlawed, only outlaws will sell lemonade.

From USA Today:

Little Andria Green and her sister Zoey were breaking Texas law by operating a lemonade stand outside of their home without a permit. After cops shut them down, Andria said, "We were doing just fine until the cops came."

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

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Cpl. Eric Casebolt, the McKinney, TX police officer placed on paid administrative leave after video of him throwing a teen on the ground at pool party went viral, has resigned.

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Utah cop executes unarmed man who was listening to headphones, gets away with it

WARNING: The video above graphically depicts a murder, including scenes of a man bleeding to death after being shot by a police officer.

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Man chewed through police car seat belt so he wouldn't miss his kid's birthday

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Arrested for drugs, Lashon Stuckey, 33, chewed his way through a car seat belt so he could spend time with his son, who was celebrating his birthday. Stuckey was apprehended before he could be reunited with his son.

UK cop jailed for beating activist

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Andrew Ott's job was to record evidence that student protestors in Parliament Square were violent, but his clever plan—physically attacking them!—has earned him 8 months in prison.

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Police admit falsely arresting teen rape victim: "this is what happens when you lie."

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A 17-year-old rape victim, treated with callous indifference and arrested by UK police who accused her of lying, has been awarded £20,000 in a settlement.

Hampshire Constabulary apologized for refusing to properly investigate the victim's complaint, and admitted liability for false imprisonment and assault.

The girl was attacked in April 2012, reported it immediately, and provided her clothing for forensic analysis. But police decided within two days that she was lying and threatened her, The Guardian reports, with charges of her own should she pursue the matter.

When she did so, she was arrested on suspicion of "perverting the course of justice," and was told by one detective that "this is what happens when you lie."

The police failed to test the evidence and, reportedly, were told by a supervisor to "fucking nick her."

"I was horrified," her mother told the BBC. "A woman comes forward and tells the police authority she has been raped: You expect them to do everything they can to put the rapist away."

The case only proceeded months later after an official complaint was made, prompting prosecutors to ask for thorough tests on the garments.

The attacker, Liam Foard, was subsequently identified. After denying any sexual contact at all with his victim, he was convicted and jailed for five years in 2013. But it's taken another two years—and a lawsuit filed under human rights legislation—for Hampshire Constabulary to say sorry.

In the meantime, one of the officers responsible for the girls treatment was given a written warning, and three others allowed to resign or retire before the investigation into their conduct could be completed. Ten other officers received "management action."

"Given that she had been raped, reported the matter to the police and now found herself under arrest and being accused of lying, this must have been a particularly traumatic experience," an internal review concluded. "Clearly, had the rape investigation been completed to the required standard, she would never have been arrested and interviewed."

Local police have issued statements promising it will not happen again.

"I would like to reassure all victims of sexual assault that we do take you seriously," Chief Superintendent David Powell told reporters. "We do believe you, we appreciate how hard it is to come forward to report these offences, we do not judge you and we are committed to ensuring a professional and supportive response. We are doing everything to ensure we never have an initial response like this again."

"I am appalled by the way the victim and her family have been treated in this case and would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to them," wrote Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire. "It is entirely unacceptable for victims of crime not to be listened to and taken seriously. I would like to reassure the public that since I have been in post there have been significant changes to the way sexual assault cases are handled by the Constabulary. These changes in procedure should mean that the series of events that led to this particular victim being re-victimised by the police and not receiving appropriate justice, would not be permitted to happen again in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight."

But the family's lawyer, Debaleena Dasgupta, says that without the Human Rights act, it would have been far more difficult to get justice.

"Many people wrongly assume the police have a legal obligation to investigate crimes," wrote Dasgupta in a press release. "However, the only way victims of crime can seek justice for these sorts of issues is using the Human Rights Act, which imposes a duty on the police to properly investigate very serious offences."

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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Citizen journo who videod Eric Garner's murder now hounded by NYPD


Ramsey Orta was hounded, framed, beaten and jailed by cops who also beat his disabled mother -- and he's not the only citizen journalist who faced reprisals for recording the NYPD's public execution of Eric Garner.

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ACLU accuses Colorado police of racial profiling after video captures traffic stop

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado is arguing that the Colorado Springs Police Department racially profiled two black men

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