Woman fined for posting photo of police car illegally parked in handicap spot


A woman in Petrer, Spain posted a photo on Facebook of a police car illegally parked in a handicap spot. She was subsequently fined almost €800 (~US$886) under the Citizens Security Law, aka the "gagging law," that prohibits "the unauthorised use of images of police officers that might jeopardise their or their family’s safety or that of protected facilities or police operations." Read the rest

LAPD & Chicago bought "Stingrays on steroids" with asset-forfeiture & DHS money

The military surveillance devices known as "Dirtboxes" have been in secret operation for more than a decade, tracking citizens' locations and intercepting their calls, breaking the encryption on hundreds of calls at once. Read the rest

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Former Florida cop fired for KKK ties got a new job working in a Florida elementary school

David Borst is now out of a job.
The FBI found no criminal wrongdoing, or evidence that any other officers were involved with the KKK.

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. Read the rest

Twitter snoop-requests from UK cops/gov't more than double in 2015

In the first six months of 2015, UK government agencies and police departments made 299 "requests for information" of Twitter, compared to 116 in the 6 months previous. 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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Lawsuit: Louisiana police "beat and sodomized" innocent man


In a federal lawsuit (PDF) filed against four Shreveport police officers, a Houston man claims that he was sodomized with a nightstick after being forced into the back of a patrol car. Read the rest

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Police issue scary looking pizza tickets to people they catch doing good things

Does it sound like fun to be stopped by police for doing a good deed so they can issue you a scary looking $10 off coupon for shitty pizza? And also be recorded on video? Then head over to Denver and start behaving like a model citizen for your reward.

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Hong Kong protesters take to the street in bras: "breasts aren't weapons"

The latest anti-corruption mass-uprising symbol in Hong Kong is a bra: it protests the jailing of a female protester who was convicted of "assaulting a police officer" with her boob. Read the rest

States with the worst rape kit backlogs


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." Read the rest

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. Read the rest

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


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. Read the rest

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

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https://youtu.be/yf8GR3OO9mU 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. Read the rest

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. Read the rest

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