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Police State

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»

Video Shows Cop Punching Teen During Arrest
WSB-TV - Fri Oct 5, 2007
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - A controversy is brewing in South Florida over a dash-camera video showing a Fort Pierce, Florida, police officer punching a 15-year-old girl while she is resisting arrest, reported WPBF-TV. More»

Photo: Family of woman who died at Airport hires high-power team Family of woman who died at Airport hires high-power team
USA Today - Wed Oct 3, 2007
NEW YORK - When Carol Gotbaum landed in Phoenix - next-to-last stop on her quest for sobriety - she called her husband in New York, where they lived with their three young children. More»

Photo: Family mourns woman who died at airport Family mourns woman who died at airport
Associated Press - Sat Sep 29, 2007
A traveler who may have accidentally choked herself to death while handcuffed in an airport holding cell was a "wonderful" woman and mother, according to New York City's public advocate, who is her relative. More»

Elderly Woman Bruised, Arrested for Not Watering her Lawn
FOX News - Sat Sep 22, 2007
A 70-year-old Utah woman, who was arrested last week for refusing to accept a ticket for a dry lawn she couldn't afford to water, told FOX News Monday that the arrest was her "worst nightmare. More»

Officers, sheriff's deputies sued; brutality in county jail alleged
Joplin Globe - Sat Sep 22, 2007
CASSVILLE, Missouri - A Butterfield woman is suing three Barry County Sheriff's deputies and four Cassville police officers in federal court alleging they brutalized her July 23 in jail. More»

US govt collects data on Americans overseas
AFP - Fri Sep 21, 2007
WASHINGTON - The US government is compiling electronic files on the travel habits of millions of Americans who take trips overseas, The Washington Post reported Saturday. More»

Photo: MIT student arrested with fake "bomb" MIT student arrested with fake "bomb"
Associated Press - Thu Sep 20, 2007
BOSTON - An MIT student wearing what turned out to be a fake bomb was arrested at gunpoint Friday at Logan International Airport and later claimed it was artwork, officials said. More»

Photo: Bush calls for expansion of spy law Bush calls for expansion of spy law
Associated Press - Tue Sep 18, 2007
FORT MEADE, Maryland - President Bush said Wednesday he wants Congress to expand and make permanent a law that temporarily gives the government more power to eavesdrop without warrants on suspected foreign terrorists. More»

Photo: Police Chief Arrested On Rape Charges Police Chief Arrested On Rape Charges
Associated Press - Tue Sep 18, 2007
LUTHERSVILLE, Georgia - The Luthersville police chief has been arrested on rape and other charges. More»

In Stun Gun Training, Officer's Spine Is Fractured
New York Times - Tue Sep 18, 2007
Advocates for the use of stun guns by police departments like to point to evidence that they are a generally safe way to subdue aggressive suspects. More»

Photo: Wheelchair-bound Woman Dies after 10 Taser Shocks Wheelchair-bound Woman Dies after 10 Taser Shocks
Associated Press - Tue Sep 18, 2007
CLAY COUNTY, Florida - A Clay County woman's family said it's seeking justice after their loved one died shortly after being shocked 10 times with Taser guns during a confrontation with police. More»

Photo: Student arrested, Tasered at Kerry event Student arrested, Tasered at Kerry event
Associated Press - Mon Sep 17, 2007
GAINESVILLE, Florida - Video of police Tasering a persistent questioner of Senator John Kerry became an Internet and TV sensation Tuesday, generating fierce debate about free speech and the motives of the college student involved - a known prankster who often posts practical jokes online. More»

Photo: DHS ends criticized data-mining program DHS ends criticized data-mining program
Associated Press - Tue Sep 4, 2007
WASHINGTON - The Homeland Security Department has given up on one of its broadest anti-terrorism data-mining tools after investigators found it was tested with information about real people without the required privacy safeguards. More»

Photo: US terror database leads to few arrests: report US terror database leads to few arrests: report
AFP - Fri Aug 24, 2007
WASHINGTON - The US government's terrorist screening database flagged Americans and foreigners as suspected terrorists almost 20,000 times last year, but only a small fraction of those questioned were arrested or denied entry into the United States, The Washington Post reported Saturday. More»

Pentagon to shut down controversial database
Associated Press - Mon Aug 20, 2007
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said Tuesday that it will shut down an anti-terror database that has been criticized for improperly storing information on peace activists and others whose actions posed no threat. More»

US psychologists to take stand on military torture tactics
AFP - Sat Aug 18, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO - The American Psychological Association will decide Sunday whether to condemn torture tactics and place a moratorium on members' involvement in interrogations at US military detention sites. More»

Photo: Secret Spy Court To Consider ACLU Request For Bush Spying Orders Secret Spy Court To Consider ACLU Request For Bush Spying Orders
Wired - Fri Aug 17, 2007
In a surprising move, a secret spying court ordered the Bush Administration to respond to the ACLU's request for the court to reveal the legal pinnings behind its decisions that gave legal blessing to the government's warrantless wiretapping program. More»

Wives struggled after FBI framed spouses
Associated Press - Wed Aug 15, 2007
BOSTON - For three decades, Marie Salvati and Olympia Limone essentially lived as widows, struggling to make ends meet as they raised four children on their own. More»

Oak Harbor Man's Friends Blame His Death on Taser
WTOL-TV - Tue Aug 14, 2007
FREMONT, Ohio - Craig Burdine, who died Saturday morning after a run-in with the Fremont police, had a history with the Sandusky sheriff's office. More»

Mississippi Suspect Dies After Being Shot With Taser
WAPT-TV - Tue Aug 14, 2007
JACKSON, Mississippi - Jackson police are conducting an internal investigation after a man shot with a Taser gun died early Wednesday morning. More»

CA: Suspect Dies After Deputies Use Taser
KCRA-TV - Tue Aug 14, 2007
WATERFORD, California - A man died Wednesday after a Taser gun was used by authorities in Stanislaus County to subdue a robbery suspect. More»

Family of man who died after Taser shock files lawsuit
Associated Press - Mon Aug 13, 2007
CHICAGO - Authorities say it may take several weeks to determine if a Taser shock killed Gefery Johnson, but his family filed a lawsuit yesterday claiming police used "excessive force. More»

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