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States with the worst rape kit backlogs

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The U.S. government estimates that hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits languish in police and crime lab storage facilities. The EndTheBacklog project illustrates that there's "more we do NOT know about the backlog than we do know."

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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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Man calls 911 to try and trick medics into fixing his air conditioner

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A 26-year-old Pennsylvania man with a history of making bogus emergency calls to 911 dispatchers recently complained of chest pains so he could ask medics to help him fix his air conditioner.

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Texas releases full police dashcam video of Sandra Bland's arrest

The Texas Department of Public Safety has just released what is said to be a complete and unedited police dashcam video recording of the arrest of Sandra Bland. An altercation begins around 9 minutes in.

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Police officer enjoyed illegally entering naked woman's home and handcuffing her because she "agitated" him

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The Chandler Arizona police department explained that one of its police officers barged into a naked woman's home without her permission and handcuffed her because the woman was "trying to agitate" him.

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Judge forces Gardena police to release video of officers killing an unarmed man

Cops in Gardena, Ca., didn't want the public watching them kill a man who took his hands off his head, but a federal judge decided it was in the public interest, reports Richard Winton and Joel Rubin at the LA Times.

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

A short film from a few years ago by 39 Degrees North: GUNDOG. “Part dog, part gun, all cop!”

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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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McKinney, TX wants $79K to retreive emails of the cop who tackled bikini-clad teen


McKinney is Texas's worst-ranked city for open records requests, and says that it will have to hire a programmer to write entirely new code to search its old, "unsearchable" email system for the emails of Officer Eric Casebolt, who made headlines by tackling a young black girl in a bikini at a pool party and threatening her with his gun.

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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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US Customs and Border Protection: America's largest, most corrupt police force


The force is the largest in America, with a starved and ineffectual Internal Affairs department, which has been powerless to check the Border Patrol's slide into collusion with drug-runners, shootings of protesters, and extreme violence in border areas.

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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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