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Police State

Cops to pay bill for woman's body cavity search
MSNBC - Sat Sep 10, 2011
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - A New Mexico woman who refused to pay a $1,122 hospital bill for a court-appointed body cavity search won a victory Wednesday: Police will foot the bill, The Las Cruces Sun-News reported. More»

Council of Europe demands truth on CIA black sites
CNN - Mon Sep 5, 2011
Paris - The human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe urged countries that have hosted secret CIA prisons to come clean Monday, as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches. More»

Photo: How US firms profited from torture flights How US firms profited from torture flights
The Guardian, UK - Wed Aug 31, 2011
The scale of the CIA's rendition programme has been laid bare in court documents that illustrate in minute detail how the US contracted out the secret transportation of suspects to a network of private American companies. More»

Police: Man "shoots himself" after domestic dispute
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Sun Aug 14, 2011
A domestic dispute turned deadly Monday morning when an Atlanta man was shot and killed. More»

Photo: TSA Pats Down Cancer-Stricken 95-Year-Old Woman, Removes Adult Diaper TSA Pats Down Cancer-Stricken 95-Year-Old Woman, Removes Adult Diaper
CNN - Wed Jul 13, 2011
The Transportation Security Administration stood by its security officers Sunday after a Florida woman complained that her cancer-stricken, 95-year-old mother was patted down and forced to remove her adult diaper while going through security. More»

Ex-cop says he helped cover up Katrina shootings
Associated Press - Mon Jul 11, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - A former police detective testified Monday that he participated in a plot to fabricate witnesses, falsify reports and plant a gun to make it seem police were justified in shooting unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. More»

US knew Guantanamo detainees were innocent: WikiLeaks
AFP - Sun Apr 24, 2011
WASHINGTON - The United States held hundreds of inmates who were either totally innocent or low-risk for years and released dozens of high-risk Guantanamo inmates, according to leaked classified files. More»

TSA security looks at people who complain about ... TSA security
CNN - Thu Apr 14, 2011
Don't like the way airport screeners are doing their job? You might not want to complain too much while standing in line. More»

Photo: Actor Mark Ruffalo placed on terror watch list for supporting a documentary about gas drilling Actor Mark Ruffalo placed on terror watch list for supporting a documentary about gas drilling
The Daily Mail - Sun Nov 28, 2010
Hollywood star Mark Ruffalo has been placed on a terror watch list by US officials after organizing screenings for a new documentary about natural gas drilling. More»

New York child sued for woman's death after bike crash
BBC - Thu Oct 28, 2010
New York - A 4 year old child can be sued for crashing a bicycle into an elderly pedestrian and causing injuries that led to her death, a judge has ruled. More»

High court trims Miranda warning rights bit by bit
Associated Press - Sun Aug 1, 2010
WASHINGTON - You have the right to remain silent, but only if you tell the police that you're remaining silent. More»

Photo: FBI director defends bureau over test cheating FBI director defends bureau over test cheating
Associated Press - Tue Jul 27, 2010
WASHINGTON - FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress on Wednesday that he does not know how many of his agents cheated on an important exam on the bureau's policies, an embarrassing revelation that raises questions about whether the FBI knows its own rules for conducting surveillance on Americans. More»

Photo: US judge pleads guilty to child prison scam US judge pleads guilty to child prison scam
BBC - Thu Jul 22, 2010
Former Pennsylvania judge Michael Conahan has pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge for helping put juvenile defendants behind bars in exchange for bribes. More»

Caught On Tape: Officers' Convenience Store Rant
WSB-TV - Sat May 22, 2010
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Georgia - A local police officer is captured on security video threatening to use his Taser on the owner of a Shell Gas station in Cherokee County, while also threatening to "Send him back to India. More»

Photo: Atty: Video shows police fired into Detroit home Atty: Video shows police fired into Detroit home
Associated Press - Sun May 16, 2010
DETROIT - Police who carried out a raid on a family home that left a 7-year-old girl dead over the weekend were accompanied by a camera crew for a reality television show, and an attorney says video of the siege contradicts the police account of what happened. More»

Photo: Lisa Hofstra Settles With City For $78K: Nurse Handcuffed By Cop For Not Drawing Blood On Command Lisa Hofstra Settles With City For $78K: Nurse Handcuffed By Cop For Not Drawing Blood On Command
Huffington Post - Mon May 3, 2010
A nurse who was handcuffed by a Chicago Police Officer when she refused to draw blood from a drunk-driving suspect fast enough for him in August settled her lawsuit against the officer for $78,000. More»

Photo: May 4 group still asking who gave order to shoot May 4 group still asking who gave order to shoot
Akron Beacon Journal - Fri Apr 30, 2010
It has been nearly 40 years and yet members of the May 4 Task Force are still looking for the truth behind the May 4, 1970, shooting at Kent State. More»

Student detained over Arabic flashcards, lawsuit says
AFP - Tue Feb 9, 2010
WASHINGTON - Federal agents handcuffed, detained and "abusively" interrogated a US student at Philadelphia International Airport because he was carrying Arabic flashcards, a lawsuit claimed Wednesday. More»

FBI wants records kept of Web sites visited
CNET - Tue Feb 9, 2010
WASHINGTON - The FBI is pressing Internet service providers to record which Web sites customers visit and retain those logs for two years, a requirement that law enforcement believes could help it in investigations of child pornography and other serious crimes. More»

Cop suspended after Tasering 10-year-old girl
Associated Press - Wed Nov 18, 2009
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A police officer who used a stun gun on an unruly 10-year-old girl after he said her mother gave him permission has been suspended - not for using the weapon but for not having a video camera attached when he used it. More»

Photo: Taser makers say don't aim at chest Taser makers say don't aim at chest
CNN - Thu Oct 22, 2009
The maker of Taser stun guns has advised law enforcement agencies to avoid hitting suspects in the chest, partly "to minimize controversy". More»

Telephone Company Is Arm of Government, Feds Admit in Spy Suit
Wired - Wed Oct 7, 2009
The Department of Justice has finally admitted it in court papers: The nation's telecom companies are an arm of the government - at least when it comes to secret spying. More»

Photo: Nurse arrested on the job sues police Nurse arrested on the job sues police
WLS-TV - Mon Sep 21, 2009
CHICAGO - A nurse is suing the Chicago Police Department after her arrest at Illinois Masonic Hospital. More»

Fire chief shot by cop in Arkansas court over tickets
Associated Press - Wed Sep 2, 2009
JERICHO, Arkansas - It was just too much, having to return to court twice on the same day to contest yet another traffic ticket, and Fire Chief Don Payne didn't hesitate to tell the judge what he thought of the police and their speed traps. More»

Photo: Do the crime, pay for the time, as in $90 a day Do the crime, pay for the time, as in $90 a day
Associated Press - Tue Aug 4, 2009
A one-night stay? Ninety dollars; Need to see a doctor? Ten bucks; Want toilet paper? Pay for it yourself. More»

Bush mulled sending troops into Buffalo
Associated Press - Fri Jul 24, 2009
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration in 2002 considered sending US troops into a Buffalo, New York, suburb to arrest a group of terror suspects in what would have been a nearly unprecedented use of military power, The New York Times reported. More»

Denver Officer Pulls Weapon Over Slow Service at Drive-thru
KMGH TV - Mon Jul 20, 2009
AURORA, Colorado - A Denver police officer assigned to Denver International Airport was on administrative leave Tuesday after employees at an Aurora McDonald's said he pulled a gun on them when his order wasn't filled fast enough. More»

Photo: Caught on camera: 40 prison guards kick and punch juvenile inmates... already handcuffed Caught on camera: 40 prison guards kick and punch juvenile inmates... already handcuffed
Daily Mail, UK - Wed Jul 15, 2009
In shocking CCTV footage of a prison riot, guards kicked and punched young inmates who were already in handcuffs. More»

Georgia police have used Tasers on handcuffed suspects
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Sat Jun 27, 2009
Gwinnett County, GA - Gwinnett County police are increasingly shocking suspects with Tasers and have turned the weapons on people they have already handcuffed, according to reports obtained under Georgia's Open Records Act. More»

Cop Tasers Waiter "....because he thought it would be funny"
WXIA=TV - Tue Jun 23, 2009
Danny Wilson insists he never saw it coming: On February 16, the Waffle House waiter was chatting with two Gwinnett County police officers when a third officer approached, his taser set on stun. More»

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