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Police State

Photo: College Student Jailed For HOV Lane Violation College Student Jailed For HOV Lane Violation
WSB-TV - Sun May 18, 2008
ATLANTA - College student Casey Metcalf received a citation for riding alone in an HOV lane. More»

Photo: Philly police to fire 4 over videotaped beating Philly police to fire 4 over videotaped beating
Associated Press - Sun May 18, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia's police commissioner said Monday that four officers will be fired and four others disciplined for their roles in the beatings of three shooting suspects, an encounter that was captured on videotape and drew widespread outrage. More»

Police Arrest 8 year old
WFSB-TV - Fri May 16, 2008
NORWICH, Connecticut - Norwich police have arrested an 8-year-old girl, charging her with arson and accusing her of setting a fire that severely damaged a three-family home. More»

Photo: TV video shows Philly officers kicking, hitting 3 suspects TV video shows Philly officers kicking, hitting 3 suspects
Associated Press - Tue May 6, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - A half-dozen police officers kicked and beat three men pulled from a car during a traffic stop as a TV helicopter taped the confrontation. More»

Photo: HPD: Carnaby flashed CIA card before deadly chase HPD: Carnaby flashed CIA card before deadly chase
Houston Chronicle - Sun May 4, 2008
The man Houston police fatally shot after an hourlong chase Tuesday had shown a card identifying him as a CIA employee to officers who stopped him earlier for speeding, authorities said Wednesday. More»

Family Of Woman Who Died After Being Tasered Suing Police
Associated Press - Tue Apr 29, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Florida - The family of a schizophrenic woman who died after being shocked by a Taser 10 times during a mental health crisis is suing the City of Green Springs and two of its police officers in federal court. More»

North Carolina suspends Highway Patrol K-9 operations
WRAL-TV - Tue Apr 29, 2008
Raleigh, North Carolina - State officials suspended all K-9 operations in the Highway Patrol Wednesday afternoon, following testimony in an administrative hearing regarding controversial training techniques. More»

Photo: Man killed by police may have been CIA Man killed by police may have been CIA
KPRC-TV - Tue Apr 29, 2008
HOUSTON - Police are trying to verify whether a man officers shot and killed after a chase was a CIA agent," KPRC Local 2 reported on Wednesday. More»

French police come to California to look into mysterious death
Associated Press - Sat Apr 26, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO - The last time anyone saw Hugues de la Plaza alive, he was out celebrating a promotion with a few friends at a nightclub. More»

Photo: Oklahoma sheriff charged with using inmates as sex slaves Oklahoma sheriff charged with using inmates as sex slaves
Associated Press - Thu Apr 17, 2008
ARAPAHO, Oklahoma - Authorities have charged a western Oklahoma sheriff with coercing and bribing female inmates so he could use them in a sex-slave operation run out of his jail. More»

Cheney, others OK'd Torture
Associated Press - Wed Apr 9, 2008
Bush administration officials from Vice President Dick Cheney on down signed off on using harsh interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists after asking the Justice Department to endorse their legality, The Associated Press has learned. More»

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»

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