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Police State

More FBI privacy violations confirmed
Associated Press - Tue Mar 4, 2008
The FBI acknowledged Wednesday it improperly accessed Americans' telephone records, credit reports and Internet traffic in 2006, the fourth straight year of privacy abuses resulting from investigations aimed at tracking terrorists and spies. More»

13,000 abuse claims in juvenille prisons
Associated Press - Sat Mar 1, 2008
COLUMBIA, Mississippi - The Columbia Training School - pleasant on the outside, austere on the inside - has been home to 37 of the most troubled young women in Mississippi. More»

Baby held in locked room at airport dies
Honolulu Advertiser - Sat Feb 16, 2008
A 14-day-old infant traveling here for heart surgery died at Honolulu International Airport on Friday after he, his mother and a nurse were detained by immigration officials in a locked room, a lawyer for the boy's family said. More»

Deputy seen dumping disabled man charged
Associated Press - Thu Feb 14, 2008
TAMPA, Florida - A sheriff's deputy who was videotaped dumping a paralyzed man from a wheelchair onto a jailhouse floor has been charged with abuse of a disabled person, a sheriff's official said Friday. More»

U.S. acknowledges use of waterboarding
Associated Press - Mon Feb 4, 2008
Senate Democrats demanded a criminal investigation into waterboarding by government interrogators Tuesday after the Bush administration acknowledged for the first time that the tactic was used on three terror suspects. More»

Chicago study calls Taser's safety claims into question
CBC News - Fri Feb 1, 2008
Taser stun guns may not be as safe as their manufacturer claims, according to a study carried out by Chicago researchers, CBC News has learned. More»

Police Officers Exchange Gunfire With Each Other
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Fri Feb 1, 2008
GWINNETT COUNTY, Georgia - Officials say two officers were shot in Gwinnett County Friday afternoon: One officer is accused of trying to assault a woman and then opening fire on another officer who tried to stop it. More»

Video captures jailhouse struggle
Associated Press - Wed Jan 23, 2008
Santa Ana, California - A man who was arrested by Orange County deputies was stripped of his pants, strapped to a chair, Tasered repeatedly while in handcuffs and slammed to the floor with a knee to his head, a newly released videotape shows. More»

Photo: Florida Grandma Arrested At Fast Food Drive-Thru Florida Grandma Arrested At Fast Food Drive-Thru
Associated Press - Sun Jan 20, 2008
CLEARWATER, Florida - A 75-year-old woman was arrested at a Clearwater McDonald's drive-thru because police said she wouldn't pull her car forward. More»

Police academy class slogan: Cause PTSD
Associated Press - Mon Dec 24, 2007
BOISE, Idaho - A state police academy leader has disavowed the slogan of the most recent graduating class urging one another to "go out and cause" post-traumatic stress disorder. More»

FBI chief Hoover proposed mass arrests in 1950
AFP - Sat Dec 22, 2007
Former FBI director J Edgar Hoover proposed imprisoning 12,000 Americans in 1950 and suspending their right to habeas corpus because they were "potentially dangerous," the New York Times reported on Sunday. More»

Police, protesters clash in New Orleans
Associated Press - Wed Dec 19, 2007
NEW ORLEANS - Police used chemical spray and stun guns Thursday as dozens of protesters tried to force their way into a packed City Council chamber during a debate on the planned demolition of some 4,500 public housing units. More»

Minneapolis police raid goes awry
Associated Press - Mon Dec 17, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS - Two officers who raided an innocent family's house on a bad tip were shot at and returned fire, but no one was injured, a police spokesman said. More»

Preemptive Terror Trials: Strike Two
Time - Fri Dec 14, 2007
If you were watching the movie version of the terrorism trial that ended Thursday in Miami, Florida, you might walk out around the time the seven suspects take an oath to al-Qaeda in a warehouse. More»

Hearing Impaired Man Tased by Police
KWCH-TV - Mon Dec 3, 2007
WICHITA, Kansas - Donnell Williams had just gotten out of the bath tub, wearing only a towel around his waist, when he turned the corner to see guns pointing right at him. More»

Taser probe: Trooper acted "reasonably"
Associated Press - Fri Nov 30, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - A Utah trooper who used a Taser to subdue a stubborn motorist who was walking away from him during a traffic stop felt threatened and acted reasonably, state officials said Friday. More»

Police accused of protecting their own
Associated Press - Wed Nov 28, 2007
BOLINGBROOK, Illinois - Eighteen times in two years, Bolingbrook police were called to fellow officer Drew Peterson's home because of trouble between husband and wife. More»

Taser used on pregnant woman in Ohio
Associated Press - Wed Nov 28, 2007
TROTWOOD, Ohio - The FBI is investigating whether a policeman violated a pregnant woman's civil rights when he used a stun gun to subdue her, authorities in this Dayton suburb said Thursday. More»

Trooper zaps driver over speeding ticket
Associated Press - Wed Nov 21, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Authorities are speeding up their investigation of a state trooper who zapped a motorist with a Taser now that video of the traffic stop has been posted on YouTube, the Utah Highway Patrol said Wednesday. More»

Report: Police shoot, kill man holding hairbrush
CNN - Mon Nov 12, 2007
NEW YORK - Police shot and killed an unarmed young man outside his Brooklyn apartment Monday night after his mother reported a "family dispute with a gun," police and witnesses said. More»

Intel official: Expect less privacy
Associated Press - Sat Nov 10, 2007
WASHINGTON - As Congress debates new rules for government eavesdropping, a top intelligence official says it is time that people in the United States changed their definition of privacy. More»

Police Taser Handcuffed 14 year old girl
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Fri Nov 2, 2007
SNELLVILLE, Georgia - A police officer was "forced" to use a Taser on a handcuffed 14-year-old girl who became unruly while trick-or-treating on Halloween night in Gwinnett County, police said Friday. More»

Taser victim likely confused, mother says
Globe and Mail, Canada - Wed Oct 17, 2007
VANCOUVER -- The mother of a Polish immigrant who died after being tasered during a confrontation with police at Vancouver's airport last weekend says her son was a "very good boy" who was probably confused and anxious over his first-ever flight on an airplane. More»

Police allegedly hang quadriplegic man
Associated Press - Wed Oct 17, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Jurors ruled the city of Pasadena must pay $80,000 to a quadriplegic man who sued because police officers allegedly jerked him out of his wheelchair and hung him upside down to search him. More»

US lawmakers apologize in torture case
Associated Press - Wed Oct 17, 2007
Members of Congress apologized Thursday to a Canadian engineer seized by US officials and taken to Syria, where he says he was tortured. More»

Pa. woman faces jail, fine for shouting profanities in her own home
Associated Press - Mon Oct 15, 2007
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania - A Scranton woman who admitted shouted profanities at her overflowing toilet within earshot of a neighbor was cited for disorderly conduct, authorities said. More»

Photo: Shots fired outside bar; cop arrested Shots fired outside bar; cop arrested
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Sun Oct 14, 2007
An Atlanta police officer has been arrested and charged with shooting at a college student and his girlfriend after an argument in a Marietta bar. More»

Photo: US accused of making insect spy robots US accused of making insect spy robots
Telegraph UK - Tue Oct 9, 2007
The US government has been accused of secretly developing robotic insect spies amid reports of bizarre flying objects hovering in the air above anti-war protests. More»

Photo: Carter says U.S. tortures prisoners Carter says U.S. tortures prisoners
CNN - Tue Oct 9, 2007
The United States tortures prisoners in violation of international law, former President Carter said Wednesday. More»

Examiner dfends "excited delirium" diagnosis in taser death
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Sat Oct 6, 2007
Gwinnett's medical examiner said she stands by her diagnosis in the death of a Norcross man who was tasered, even though she cited a condition that's not universally accepted. More»

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