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Photo: Georgia sheriff's sign: 'If you kill someone, we might kill you back' Georgia sheriff's sign: 'If you kill someone, we might kill you back'
WSB-TV - Fri Apr 6, 2018
HARRIS COUNTY, Georgia - Georgia Sheriff Mike Jolley's new welcome sign comes with a threatening warning for visitors: "Our citizens have concealed weapons. More »

Photo: Stephon Clark: Police shot unarmed man '7 times in back' Stephon Clark: Police shot unarmed man '7 times in back'
BBC - Mon Apr 2, 2018
Stephon Clark was shot a total of eight times in the confrontation on the night of 18 March in Sacramento, California, said a forensic pathologist. More »

Photo: NJ Police Officers Suspended After Storming Domino's Over Undelivered Pizza NJ Police Officers Suspended After Storming Domino's Over Undelivered Pizza
WNBC-TV - Thu Mar 29, 2018
A pair of New Jersey police officers were suspended after one of them was caught on camera pushing a manager at a Domino's against a wall because their pizza didn't get delivered on time. More »

Photo: FBI's Use of Paid Best Buy Informants Goes Deeper Than We Knew FBI's Use of Paid Best Buy Informants Goes Deeper Than We Knew
Gizmodo - Sat Mar 10, 2018
Questions were raised last year about whether FBI agents were actively recruiting technicians at Best Buy's Geek Squad to search for illegal content on customer devices. More »

Photo: Police sergeant is arrested after being caught on camera 'stealing a paralyzed woman's prescription opioids and offering her hush money' Police sergeant is arrested after being caught on camera 'stealing a paralyzed woman's prescription opioids and offering her hush money'
Daily Mail - Mon Feb 5, 2018
A Hagerstown police sergeant in Maryland has been arrested after stealing prescription opioids from a paralyzed woman, who caught him on video. More »

Photo: Man Killed by FBI Agent in Houston Raid Was Kidnap Victim Man Killed by FBI Agent in Houston Raid Was Kidnap Victim
NBC New York - Fri Jan 26, 2018
An FBI agent fatally shot the victim of a kidnapping during a raid early Thursday at a Houston home, authorities said. More »

Denied Painkillers, Paralyzed Prisoner Chews Own Fingers Off
Newsweek - Sun Jan 14, 2018
A paralyzed man held inside an Arizona prison chewed off three fingers on his left hand in a desperate attempt to receive treatment for "excruciating pain" from previous injuries, according to new court papers filed in a legal fight over private prison health care. More »

Photo: Teacher handcuffed, removed from school board meeting after asking about teacher pay Teacher handcuffed, removed from school board meeting after asking about teacher pay
The Hill - Tue Jan 9, 2018
A teacher in Louisiana was removed Monday night from a school board meeting after a confrontation regarding teacher's pay. More »

Photo: Murdered Baltimore cop was set to testify in police corruption case, shot with own gun Murdered Baltimore cop was set to testify in police corruption case, shot with own gun
ABC - Fri Nov 24, 2017
As the investigation into the murder of Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter continues, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis revealed during a press conference on Wednesday evening that Suiter was shot with his own gun and he was set to testify in a police corruption case the next day. More »

Photo: Pennsylvania Cops Abuse Senior Couple Because They Think Hibiscus Is Marijuana Pennsylvania Cops Abuse Senior Couple Because They Think Hibiscus Is Marijuana
AlterNet - Sun Nov 19, 2017
A Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania couple has filed a lawsuit against township police and an insurance company in the wake of a misbegotten drug raid that netted only hibiscus plants. More »

Photo: After nearly 10 months, DOJ gives up prosecution of woman who laughed at Sessions After nearly 10 months, DOJ gives up prosecution of woman who laughed at Sessions
Think Progress - Tue Nov 7, 2017
After nearly 10 months, Desiree Fairooz is a fully free woman. More »

Photo: Reporter violently arrested while trying to film Virginia Gov. hopeful Ed Gillespie at public event Reporter violently arrested while trying to film Virginia Gov. hopeful Ed Gillespie at public event
Think Progress - Wed Nov 1, 2017
A reporter covering Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie's appearance at a town parade Saturday was violently arrested by a half-dozen police after a woman reportedly associated with the Gillespie campaign spoke to the officers. More »

Photo: Top Florida law enforcement official plotted to abduct, rape and murder 'a black man or a Jew' Top Florida law enforcement official plotted to abduct, rape and murder 'a black man or a Jew'
Raw Story - Sun Oct 29, 2017
The Chief Deputy of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has been outed as a white supremacist who corresponded with other members of the now-defunct website Stormfront and plotted to abduct, rape with a metal pipe and then murder "a black man or a Jew. More »

Photo: Mississippi judge accused of keeping mother from infant child over unpaid court fees resigns Mississippi judge accused of keeping mother from infant child over unpaid court fees resigns
New York Daily News - Fri Oct 27, 2017
A Mississippi judge accused of preventing a mother from seeing her infant child for more than a year over unpaid court-imposed fees has resigned. More »

Photo: Why Are Prosecutors Putting Innocent Witnesses in Jail? Why Are Prosecutors Putting Innocent Witnesses in Jail?
New Yorker - Wed Oct 18, 2017
One night in May, 2015, an accountant named Renata Singleton arrived home from work and changed into lounge pants. More »

Photo: Jazz great Alvin Queen, denied entry into USA Jazz great Alvin Queen, denied entry into USA
PR Web - Sun Oct 15, 2017
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Bronx born Alvin Queen, the former drummer for Oscar Peterson, whose career includes memorable collaborations with a veritable who's who of music royalty, including Nina Simone, Horace Silver, George Benson, Ruth Brown, Buddy DeFranco, Wynton Marsalis, Billy Taylor, Wild Bill Davis, George Coleman, George Braith, Larry Young, Harry Sweets Edison and Johnny Griffin, was set to perform at a concert in Washington, DC on November 15th, 2017, at the behest of The French-American Cultural Foundation. More »

Photo: Utah nurse's arrest raises questions on evidence collection Utah nurse's arrest raises questions on evidence collection
Los Angeles Times - Sun Sep 3, 2017
The videotaped arrest of a Utah nurse who refused to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient has raised questions about how far officers can go to collect evidence and has led to policy changes within the Salt Lake City Police Department. More »

Cops kill innocent man by shooting him through a closed door - at the wrong house
Raw Story - Wed Jul 26, 2017
Police officers in Southaven, Mississippi, this week fatally shot a man who had no active warrants because they mistook his house for the house of a suspect. More »

Photo: Texas Lawmaker Threatens to Shoot Colleague After Reporting Protesters to ICE Texas Lawmaker Threatens to Shoot Colleague After Reporting Protesters to ICE
New York Times - Tue May 30, 2017
A Texas state representative, referring to protesters at the State Capitol on Monday, said he reported "several illegal immigrants" to federal immigration authorities and then threatened to shoot a fellow lawmaker who objected. More »

Photo: Jury convicts Virginia woman who was removed for laughing during Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing Jury convicts Virginia woman who was removed for laughing during Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing
Raw Story - Thu May 4, 2017
A Virginia woman is facing a year in jail after a jury convicted her of disrupting the confirmation hearing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions after she loudly laughed during it. More »

Photo: 'Just kill me': The moment bloodied United passenger mumbled about suicide after he was body-slammed by cops and dragged off overbooked flight to make room for airline STAFF 'Just kill me': The moment bloodied United passenger mumbled about suicide after he was body-slammed by cops and dragged off overbooked flight to make room for airline STAFF
Daily Mail - Mon Apr 10, 2017
New video has emerged of a bloodied United passenger mumbling about suicide after he was body-slammed by cops and dragged off an overbooked flight to make room for airline staff. More »

Photo: Australian children's author Mem Fox detained by US border control: 'I sobbed like a baby' Australian children's author Mem Fox detained by US border control: 'I sobbed like a baby'
The Guardian - Sat Feb 25, 2017
Author of Possum Magic was aggressively questioned for two hours over her visa status and later received an apology for her treatment by border guards. More »

American Citizen Faced Deportation
WMAQ-TV - Sat Feb 25, 2017
A Chicago man who spent the weekend in jail and faced deportation on suspicion he is in the country illegally said what happened to him illustrates the need for America to change the way it deals with immigration. More »

In Trump's America, 'Felony Riot' Charges Against Inauguration Protesters Signal Dangerous Wave of Repression
AlterNet - Sun Jan 22, 2017
More than 200 people who were mass-arrested at the Washington, D.C. protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump have been hit with felony riot charges that are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and quarter-million-dollar fine. More »

Photo: Hundreds of Drug Convictions Overturned After Corrupt Cops Caught Framing Innocent People Hundreds of Drug Convictions Overturned After Corrupt Cops Caught Framing Innocent People
Free Thought Project - Fri Dec 30, 2016
Leroy Gonzalez says that he spent over two years in jail after he was framed by crooked cops and wrongfully convicted of a drug charge. More »

Deputies Do Nothing as Young Mother Dies in Jail Begging for Help
Free Thought Project - Tue Nov 15, 2016
Macomb County, MI - A local news company"s investigation into a young mother"s tragic in-custody death has uncovered disturbing details and exposes, at best, criminal negligence, and, at worst, deliberate torture. More »

Photo: History teacher suspended for lesson showing 'remarkable parallels" between rise of Trump and Hilter History teacher suspended for lesson showing 'remarkable parallels" between rise of Trump and Hilter
Raw Story - Sun Nov 13, 2016
Mountain View, California - Bay Area history teacher was suspended from teaching on Thursday over a lesson in which he examined parallels between the rise of Trump and German fascist dictator Adolf Hitler. More »

Photo: St. Louis mom wants answers after photo of officer posing with her dead son surfaces St. Louis mom wants answers after photo of officer posing with her dead son surfaces
Fox4kc.com - Sun Nov 6, 2016
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Missouri - A St. Louis mother is demanding answers after a photo surfaced that appears to depict the scene of her son"s death. More »

Photo: Cops brutalize black off-duty officer after profiling him for crime he didn"t commit Cops brutalize black off-duty officer after profiling him for crime he didn"t commit
US Uncut - Thu Oct 27, 2016
An off-duty police officer based out of DC was thrown to the ground and hit in the head by Prince George"s County police officers because he fit a description of a shooting suspect vaguely described as a black male wearing a hoodie and blue jeans. More »

Photo: Trump explains why the First Amendment has 'too much protection' for free speech Trump explains why the First Amendment has 'too much protection' for free speech
Think Progress - Mon Oct 24, 2016
If Donald Trump is president, he'd like to make some changes to the First Amendment. More »

Photo: GBI: Cop lied about being shot by black man GBI: Cop lied about being shot by black man
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Sat Sep 24, 2016
An officer shot - A bullet stopped by body armor - A 10-day chase for an unidentified shooter. More »

Photo: Man dies of thirst in jail run by Trump-loving sheriff after guards cut off his water for six days Man dies of thirst in jail run by Trump-loving sheriff after guards cut off his water for six days
Raw Story - Wed Sep 21, 2016
38-year-old Terrill Thomas was arrested in connection to a shooting and taken to Milwaukee County Jail - Nine days later, he was dead of dehydration. More »

Photo: Disturbing Video Catches Cop Severely Beat Restrained Man & Threaten Him With Gun to His Head Disturbing Video Catches Cop Severely Beat Restrained Man & Threaten Him With Gun to His Head
Free Thought Project - Sun Sep 18, 2016
Gretna, Louisiana - Caught on video beating a handcuffed man without provocation, a Louisiana cop was recently fired and arrested nearly five months after the incident. More »

Photo: Guards Offer Snack Bounty To Beat Up 13-Year-Old Boy In Detention Guards Offer Snack Bounty To Beat Up 13-Year-Old Boy In Detention
Think Progress - Wed Jul 20, 2016
A juvenile detention center in Fort Lauderdale is under fire for offering food as a reward for beating up a teenager in its custody. More »

Photo: Victims Of CIA Torture Notch Historic Victory In Legal Battle Victims Of CIA Torture Notch Historic Victory In Legal Battle
Think Progress - Sun Apr 24, 2016
A lawsuit against two psychologists behind the CIA's torture program moved forward on Friday, when a judge decided he could not throw out the case. More »

Photo: Chicago Cop Only Gets 60 Days In Jail For Sexually Assaulting Coworker's 9-Year-Old Chicago Cop Only Gets 60 Days In Jail For Sexually Assaulting Coworker's 9-Year-Old
WinningDemocrats.com - Fri Apr 8, 2016
A long-serving Chicago police officer has been cleared of felony sexual assault charges that resulted from the molestation of a fellow law enforcement officer's 9-year-old daughter because the judge said he couldn't be certain that he kissed and fondled the girl for his own sexual arousal. More »

Photo: Nixon Aide Reportedly Admitted Drug War Was Meant To Target Black People Nixon Aide Reportedly Admitted Drug War Was Meant To Target Black People
Huffington Post - Wed Mar 23, 2016
An eye-opening remark from a former aide to President Richard Nixon pulls back the curtain on the true motivation of the United States' war on drugs. More »

Photo: Last Night, Donald Trump Disqualified Himself Last Night, Donald Trump Disqualified Himself
William Astore: Writer, Professor, Retired Lt. Colonel, Air Force - Sun Mar 6, 2016
As a retired military officer, I watched last night's Republican debate from Detroit. More »

Photo: Woman dies of thirst after she was dragged out of SC hospital to jail over unpaid court fines Woman dies of thirst after she was dragged out of SC hospital to jail over unpaid court fines
Raw Story - Thu Feb 25, 2016
A South Carolina woman died 27 hours after she was hauled out of a hospital and taken to jail over unpaid court fines - and her family said she was denied water and medical care. More »

Photo: Maryland cops arrest man and threaten his girlfriend over non-existent 'breast feeding violation' Maryland cops arrest man and threaten his girlfriend over non-existent 'breast feeding violation'
Raw Story - Thu Oct 22, 2015
Charles County, MD - An infuriating video posted to Facebook this week shows the grim and infuriating reality of incompetent and power tripping cops in police state USA. More »

Photo: How Chicago Police 'Disappeared' 7,000 People in an Off-the-Books Interrogation Warehouse How Chicago Police 'Disappeared' 7,000 People in an Off-the-Books Interrogation Warehouse
The Guardian - Tue Oct 20, 2015
At least 3,500 Americans have been detained inside a Chicago police warehouse described by some of its arrestees as a secretive interrogation facility, newly uncovered records reveal. More »

Photo: Video shows California cops punching unarmed woman in brutal arrest - for a seatbelt violation Video shows California cops punching unarmed woman in brutal arrest - for a seatbelt violation
Raw Story - Mon Oct 5, 2015
A woman in Carlsbad, California is suing police after an officer punched her in the face while arresting her over an alleged seatbelt violation. More »

Teen Dies In Police Custody After He Says He Can't Breathe
Complex - Wed Sep 30, 2015
Authorities are investigating the death of 18-year-old Terrell Day, who died in police custody in Indiana after suffering a fatal heart attack after complaining that he couldn't breathe. More »

Photo: Texas cop fires gun into wall in anger after server tells him to stop groping her Texas cop fires gun into wall in anger after server tells him to stop groping her
Raw Story - Thu Sep 10, 2015
A Texas police officer was arrested this week after he allegedly fired his gun into a wall in anger because a server rejected his sexual advances. More »

Cops Raid Wrong House, Shoot Dog, Shoot Man, Then They Even Shot Another Cop
Counter Current - Wed Sep 2, 2015
Recently Georgia police carried out a home invasion of a house they never had a warrant to enter. More »

Sheriff's Deputy Handcuffed Two Third Graders For Having ADHD
Counter Current - Tue Aug 4, 2015
A Sheriff's deputy in Kentucky is being sued after handcuffing two third graders for nothing other than them displaying the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD). More »

Photo: LAPD Detective Arrested for String of Bank Robberies LAPD Detective Arrested for String of Bank Robberies
Daily Mail - Fri Jul 24, 2015
Authorities in California say a retired Los Angeles Police Department detective is the so-called Snowbird Bandit who's responsible for a string of Orange County bank robberies. More »

Man Threatens Suicide, Police Kill Him
Daily Beast - Thu May 28, 2015
Justin Way was in bed with a knife. His girlfriend called a non-emergency number to try to get him into a hospital. Minutes later, cops shot him dead. More »

Photo: Texas SWAT breaks 81-year-old man's hip, leave without calling paramedics Texas SWAT breaks 81-year-old man's hip, leave without calling paramedics
Raw Story - Tue May 26, 2015
An 82-year-old Texas man alleged this week that officers in military gear stormed his home, broke his hip and then left him without calling for medical assistance. More »

Photo: Ex-Georgia police chief, wife get 25 weekends in jail for Child Molestation Ex-Georgia police chief, wife get 25 weekends in jail for Child Molestation
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Thu May 21, 2015
Richard Scott Burton, the former police chief of the tiny northwest Georgia town of Mt. Airy, was staring down 31 felonies - two counts of aggravated child molestation, one of child molestation and 28 of first-degree cruelty to children. More »

Sheriff Shoots Real Estate Agent as She Shows House, Then Walks Away Because 'He's the Sheriff'
AlterNet - Tue May 5, 2015
Gwinnett County, GA - Clayton County Sheriff, Victor Hill, has not been charged with a crime and was allowed to leave the scene after shooting a woman in the stomach on Sunday. More »

Photo: NJ police punched, kicked, allowed dog to bite Phillip White before he died in custody NJ police punched, kicked, allowed dog to bite Phillip White before he died in custody
Daily Kos - Fri May 1, 2015
Late Tuesday morning, police in Vineland, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia, killed 32-year-old Phillip White. More »

Photo: Experts: You Can't Break Your Own Spine Like Freddie Gray Experts: You Can't Break Your Own Spine Like Freddie Gray
Daily Beast - Fri May 1, 2015
The Baltimore Police Department's leaked report claims that Freddie Gray intentionally broke his own spine while in custody - We spoke to experts to see if that is even possible. More »

Photo: The Death of Freddy Gray The Death of Freddy Gray
Wikipedia - Tue Apr 28, 2015
On April 12, 2015, 25-year-old African American Freddie Gray was taken into custody by the Baltimore Police Department for possession of a switchblade. More »

Cop Admits to Quotas, Falsifying Charges, & Extorting the Poor
AlterNet - Wed Apr 15, 2015
Kennewick, WA - A disturbing yet incredibly revealing video was uploaded to YouTube recently which shows an alleged Kennewick police officer admit to a slew of misdeeds. More »

Texas Bill Would Make Recording Police Illegal
Huffington Post - Fri Mar 13, 2015
A bill introduced to the Texas House of Representatives would make it illegal for private citizens to record police within 25 feet. More »

Man serves 900 days in jail, though he didn't commit a crime
AP - Fri Mar 13, 2015
PORTLAND, Oregon - A man waiting to testify in an Oregon murder case has been held in jail as a material witness for nearly 900 days, though he has committed no crime. More »

Photo: Video shows Los Angeles police shooting homeless man dead Video shows Los Angeles police shooting homeless man dead
Reuters - Mon Mar 2, 2015
A video posted online shows Los Angeles police scuffling with and shooting a homeless man during a confrontation, The Los Angeles Times reported on its web site. More »

Photo: The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site' The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'
The Guardian - Tue Feb 24, 2015
The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site. More »

Cop Who Allegedly Said 'We Don't Have Time For This' Before Shooting Schizophrenic Teen Dead Has Been Indicted
Think Progress - Fri Feb 13, 2015
A police officer who allegedly yelled "we don't have time for this" before shooting and killing a schizophrenic teen has been indicted on manslaughter charges. More »

Photo: Video shows man shot by New Jersey police raising his hands Video shows man shot by New Jersey police raising his hands
Associated Press - Thu Jan 22, 2015
BRIDGETON, New Jersey - With the dashboard camera in their cruiser rolling, police pulled a Jaguar over for running a stop sign on a dark night. More »

Judge shames 'sucker-punching' officer for snapping 'Good Samaritan' woman's leg with karate kick
Raw Story - Wed Dec 17, 2014
A judge in Canada this week lashed out an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer for causing "catastrophic injuries" to a 49-year-old woman who he said was acting as a "Good Samaritan. More »

Photo: Kings of torture who made $81m inflicting pain Kings of torture who made $81m inflicting pain
Daily Mail - Fri Dec 12, 2014
Their names appear again and again in the US Senate's shocking report on CIA torture - two clinical psychologists who dreamt up ever more brutal ways to inflict humiliation and pain on uncharged prisoners kept in secret prisons. More »

Photo: The Psychology Profession Has Disowned the CIA's Two Torture Psychologists The Psychology Profession Has Disowned the CIA's Two Torture Psychologists
Motherboard - Fri Dec 12, 2014
The largest group representing US psychologists calls the torture performed by the Central Intelligence Agency on terrorist suspects "sickening and morally reprehensible," formally distancing itself from the two members of the profession who consulted on the program. More »

Photo: Off-duty cop shot woman in the head because she honked at him Off-duty cop shot woman in the head because she honked at him
Raw Story - Sun Nov 30, 2014
A Houston woman was shot in the head by an off-duty police officer after she honked at him for cutting her off, KHOU 11 reports. More »

Photo: 10-Year Old Tasered By Police On Career Day 10-Year Old Tasered By Police On Career Day
Crooks and Liars - Sat Sep 27, 2014
What the hell? The days of friendly Officer Pete and career day fun are long gone - Now the cops bring tasers to teach kids. More »

Photo: Police Caught On Video Throwing Pregnant Woman To The Ground Police Caught On Video Throwing Pregnant Woman To The Ground
Think Progress - Wed Sep 24, 2014
Sandra Amezquita, a pregnant woman shown on video being thrown, belly-down onto the street by a New York police officer says she fears that the incident could have damaged her baby. More »

Photo: U.K. government thought destroying Guardian hard drives would stop Snowden stories U.K. government thought destroying Guardian hard drives would stop Snowden stories
Washington Post - Mon Aug 19, 2013
In a remarkable post, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger describes how the British government raided the Guardian's offices in order to destroy hard drives containing information provided by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. More »

Photo: CIA Targeted Noam Chomsky, Documents Reveal CIA Targeted Noam Chomsky, Documents Reveal
AlterNet - Tue Aug 13, 2013
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) spied on famed activist and linguist Noam Chomsky in the 1970s, documents obtained by Foreign Policy confirm. More »

The Post Office Is Spying On You Too!
AlterNet - Wed Jul 3, 2013
The NSA isn't the only federal agency collecting your metadata. More »

Photo: Michael Hastings Sent Email About FBI Probe Hours Before Death Michael Hastings Sent Email About FBI Probe Hours Before Death
Huffington Post - Sun Jun 23, 2013
Hours before dying in a fiery car crash, award-winning journalist Michael Hastings sent an email to his colleagues, warning that federal authorities were interviewing his friends and that he needed to go "off the rada[r]" for a bit. More »

Photo: Detroit officer on trial in death of girl, 7 Detroit officer on trial in death of girl, 7
Associated Press - Wed May 29, 2013
DETROIT - Police accompanied by a reality TV crew fired a stun grenade through a window as they raided a Detroit home in search of a murder suspect. More »

Making mentally ill defendants ready for trial
Associated Press - Sun May 19, 2013
KERRVILLE, Texas - The judge ascended the bench. More »

Cops Beat Woman For Filming Another Beating
AlterNet - Sat May 11, 2013
BALTIMORE, Maryland - Baltimore police beat up a woman and smashed her camera for filming them beating up a man, telling her: "You want to film something bitch? Film this!" the woman claims in court. More »

Diabetic High School Girl Beaten by Police Officer and Arrested -- For Falling Asleep in Class
AlterNet - Tue May 7, 2013
A student who was arrested and beaten for falling asleep at school is now suing an Alabama city, its police department and some school employees for civil rights violation, battery and negligent supervision and hiring. More »

Photo: EU funding 'Orwellian' artificial intelligence plan to monitor public for "abnormal behaviour" EU funding 'Orwellian' artificial intelligence plan to monitor public for "abnormal behaviour"
The Telegraph, UK - Mon Sep 3, 2012
A five-year research programme, called Project Indect, aims to develop computer programmes which act as "agents" to monitor and process information from web sites, discussion forums, file servers, peer-to-peer networks and even individual computers. More »

Photo: Lawyer for Assange detained at Heathrow and told she was on a 'secret watch list' Lawyer for Assange detained at Heathrow and told she was on a 'secret watch list'
The Daily Mail - Sun Sep 2, 2012
A lawyer acting for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says she was stopped at Heathrow and told that she was on a secret watch-list and required special clearance before she could board her plane. More »

Photo: Death of handcuffed man in back of patrol car ruled suicide Death of handcuffed man in back of patrol car ruled suicide
KTHV-TV - Tue Aug 21, 2012
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - There is now an official cause of death for a man who was shot in the back of a Jonesboro police car. More »

Photo: Innocent woman spends 53 days in jail Innocent woman spends 53 days in jail
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Thu Jul 5, 2012
From August 21 until October 12, Teresa Culpepper was locked in the Fulton County Jail. More »

Photo: Police handcuff Ga. kindergartner for tantrum Police handcuff Ga. kindergartner for tantrum
Associated Press - Mon Apr 16, 2012
MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia - Police in Georgia handcuffed a kindergartner after the girl threw a tantrum and the police chief defended the action. More »

5-Year-Old Handcuffed, Charged With Battery On Officer
KCRA-TV - Fri Dec 2, 2011
STOCKTON, California - Earlier this year, a Stockton student was handcuffed with zip ties on his hands and feet, forced to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and was charged with battery on a police officer. More »

Photo: Florida teen detained by TSA for design on her purse Florida teen detained by TSA for design on her purse
Yahoo! - Fri Dec 2, 2011
On a flight from Virginia to Florida, Vanessa Gibbs found herself detained by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) over the appearance of her purse. More »

Photo: More than 200 arrested in Occupy LA More than 200 arrested in Occupy LA
Associated Press - Tue Nov 29, 2011
LOS ANGELES - In a massive show of force, 1,400 police officers, some in riot gear stormed the Occupy Los Angeles camp early Wednesday, driving protesters from the park and arresting more than 200 who defied orders to leave. More »

Photo: Pregnant teen, elderly woman among pepper sprayed Pregnant teen, elderly woman among pepper sprayed
Associated Press - Tue Nov 15, 2011
SEATTLE, Washington - A downtown march and rally in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement turned briefly chaotic as police scattered a crowd of rowdy protesters - including a pregnant 19-year-old and an 84-year-old activist - with blasts of pepper spray. More »

Photo: New York City cop imprisons college student without ID for two days New York City cop imprisons college student without ID for two days
The Lookout - Thu Nov 3, 2011
Note to tourists visting New York: Don't be caught out without your ID, or you could be caught in the city's penal system for days, if the recent experience of 21-year-old college student Samantha Zucker is anything to go by. More »

Photo: Woodruff Park remained closed Wednesday after Occupy Atlanta evicted overnight Woodruff Park remained closed Wednesday after Occupy Atlanta evicted overnight
WXIA-TV - Tue Oct 25, 2011
ATLANTA - Fifty of the 52 members of Occupy Atlanta who were arrested overnight are expected to bond out Thursday afternoon. More »

Photo: Oakland Police Critically Injure Iraq War Vet During Occupy March Oakland Police Critically Injure Iraq War Vet During Occupy March
Huffington Post - Tue Oct 25, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Oakland Police Department fired tear gas on Occupy Oakland demonstrators Tuesday night as they marched through downtown, determined to reclaim the camp that officers destroyed that morning. More »

In Bid to Cut Costs at Some Texas Prisons, Lunch Will Not Be Served on Weekends
New York Times - Thu Oct 20, 2011
HOUSTON, Texas - Texas prison officials last month ended the decades-old practice of serving last meals to inmates about to be executed after one man ordered an elaborate feast of hamburgers, pizza and chicken-fried steaks that he did not eat. More »

Detective: NYPD Planted Drugs on People to Meet Drug Arrest Quotas
AlterNet - Thu Oct 13, 2011
According to a former officer who testified at trial yesterday, New York City police regularly planted drugs on innocent people to meet quotas. More »

Domestic Violence Law Repealed By Lawmakers In Topeka, Kansas
Huffington Post - Tue Oct 11, 2011
TOPEKA, Kansas - Over the past month, one by one, people suspected in domestic battery cases in northeast Kansas have been set free with no charges against them. More »

Photo: Secret panel can put Americans on "kill list" Secret panel can put Americans on "kill list"
Reuters - Wed Oct 5, 2011
WASHINGTON - American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials. More »

Photo: 700 arrested after protest on NY's Brooklyn Bridge 700 arrested after protest on NY's Brooklyn Bridge
Associated Press - Sat Oct 1, 2011
NEW YORK - Protesters speaking out against corporate greed and other grievances were maintaining a presence in Manhattan's Financial District Sunday even after more than 700 of them were arrested during a march on the Brooklyn Bridge in a tense confrontation with police. More »

Photo: Passenger: Was cuffed, searched over "appearance" Passenger: Was cuffed, searched over "appearance"
Associated Press - Tue Sep 13, 2011
DETROIT - A US woman said Tuesday that she endured nearly four hours in police custody that included being forced off an airplane in handcuffs, strip-searched and interrogated at Detroit's airport on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks - all, she believes, because of her Middle Eastern appearance. More »

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 »

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 »

Pregnant Iowa Woman Arrested for Falling Down
Associated Press - Thu Mar 17, 2011
Life can't get much worse for Christine Taylor. 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 »

Photo: Chicago officer convicted of battery on bartender Chicago officer convicted of battery on bartender
Associated Press - Tue Jun 2, 2009
CHICAGO, Illinois - A hulking Chicago police officer who claimed he pummeled a female bartender half his size because he thought he was in danger was found guilty Tuesday of aggravated battery. More »

Photo: 'No excuse' for teen's Taser death, mother says 'No excuse' for teen's Taser death, mother says
CNN - Wed May 27, 2009
DETROIT, Michigan - Renea Mitchell said her son Robert wanted "nothing to do" with police, a feeling she said is "nothing new" among teenagers in Detroit. More »

Photo: Pennsylvania rocked by 'jailing kids for cash' scandal Pennsylvania rocked by 'jailing kids for cash' scandal
CNN - Sun Mar 1, 2009
Pennsylvania - At a friend's sleepover more than a year ago, 14-year-old Phillip Swartley pocketed change from unlocked vehicles in the neighborhood to buy chips and soft drinks. More »

Photo: Caught On Tape: Cop Attacks Teen Girl In Cell Caught On Tape: Cop Attacks Teen Girl In Cell
Associated Press - Sat Feb 28, 2009
SEATTLE, Washington - Surveillance video released in an assault case against a King County sheriff's deputy shows a deputy kicking a 15-year-old girl, slamming her to the floor of a jail cell, striking her and pulling her hair. More »

Photo: Documents reveal details in Johnston slaying, cover-up Documents reveal details in Johnston slaying, cover-up
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Sat Feb 21, 2009
Jason Smith was losing it: "I [screwed] up; I think I killed this woman," the Atlanta narcotics cop told partner Arthur Tesler in the yard behind a small brick bungalow on Neal Street. More »

Pa. judges accused of jailing kids for cash
Associated Press - Wed Feb 11, 2009
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania - Two Pennsylvania judges charged with taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers are expected to plead guilty to fraud. More »

Widow sues over man's death at immigration center
Associated Press - Mon Feb 9, 2009
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A Chinese immigrant held at a privately operated detention center was denied medical care, abused and accused of faking his illness in the weeks before he died of cancer, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by the man's widow. More »

94-Year-Old Atlanta Woman Arrested, Shackled To Bed, Says Family
WSB-TV - Wed Jan 28, 2009
ATLANTA - Family members are outraged after they said their 94-year-old relative was arrested and shackled to a bed at Grady Hospital. More »

Elderly Protesters Sentenced to Prison
Associated Press - Sun Jan 25, 2009
COLUMBUS, Georgia - Five protesters were sentenced Monday to serve 60 days in prison for federal trespassing charges stemming from a November 23, 2008, rally at Fort Benning, Georgia. More »

Photo: Conviction overturned for cop in 92-year-old's killing Conviction overturned for cop in 92-year-old's killing
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Thu Jan 15, 2009
The Georgia Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed the conviction of Arthur Tesler, the former Atlanta police officer sentenced to prison for lying to FBI agents about the botched drug-raid killing of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston. More »

Police fire Taser at man, 89, who fled care home
Daily Mail, UK - Mon Jan 12, 2009
Llandudno, North Wales - The family of an 89-year-old man shot with a Taser stun gun by police yesterday spoke of their anger at his treatment. More »

Photo: Shooting by Oakland, Calif., officer sparks violent protests Shooting by Oakland, Calif., officer sparks violent protests
Associated Press - Wed Jan 7, 2009
OAKLAND, California - Heavy police presence greeted Bay Area Rapid Transit commuters Thursday, a day after more than 100 people were arrested in violent protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a transit police officer. More »

3 NYC officers to surrender in subway sodomy case
Associated Press - Sun Dec 7, 2008
NEW YORK - After weeks of conflicting accounts about a shocking claim of police brutality in a subway station, three patrolmen were notified Monday they will face criminal charges in the case. More »

FBI agents stage sting to snare corrupt Ill. cops
Associated Press - Tue Dec 2, 2008
CHICAGO - Duffel bags stuffed with cocaine were delivered by plane to an out-of-the-way suburban airport while two sheriff's officers provided security. More »

Plea deal offered to 8-year-old murder suspect
Associated Press - Sat Nov 29, 2008
PHOENIX - Prosecutors have offered a plea deal to an 8-year-old boy charged with murder in the shooting deaths of his father and another man in their eastern Arizona home, court records show. More »

Photo: Woman Thrown in Georgia Jail After Lawn Care Complaint Woman Thrown in Georgia Jail After Lawn Care Complaint
WAGA-TV - Sat Nov 1, 2008
GAINESVILLE, Georgia - A Gainesville woman was put behind bars, lost her job and asked to pay a fine and it all started with a complaint about her lawn care. More »

Disabled Man Who Can Barely Move His Arms, Under Arrest For Obstruction, Simple Battery
WSB-TV - Mon Oct 13, 2008
ATLANTA - A disabled man is under arrest following an altercation with police at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. More »

Scientists question terrorist-hunting techniques
CNN - Mon Oct 6, 2008
Two methods the federal government wants to use to find terrorists -- "data mining" and "behavior detection" -- are dubious scientifically and have "enormous potential" for infringing on law-abiding Americans' privacy, a consortium of scientists said. More »

Darpa Budget Cut $130 Million for 'Poor Execution'
Wired - Wed Sep 24, 2008
Congress just cut $130 million from Darpa's budget for next year, citing "poor execution" of previous funded projects. More »

Diabetic man mistaken for drunken driver and brutally beaten by cops
Freep - Mon Sep 22, 2008
A diabetic Detroit man was mistaken for a drunken driver by Allen Park and Dearborn police, and brutally beaten to the point that he had to have part of his brain surgically removed, the man's wife and their attorney allege. More »

Charges dismissed against cyclist in YouTube shove
Associated Press - Thu Sep 4, 2008
NEW YORK - A judge dismissed charges Friday against the bicyclist who was body-checked and knocked to the pavement by a police officer in a widely viewed YouTube video. More »

FBI to newspapers: Sorry about your phone records
Associated Press - Fri Aug 8, 2008
FBI Director Robert Mueller has apologized to the editors of The Washington Post and The New York Times for improperly obtaining phone records of the newspapers' reporters while investigating terrorism four years ago. More »

Photo: Police Taser Boy with Broken Back 19 Times Police Taser Boy with Broken Back 19 Times
KYTV - Sat Jul 26, 2008
OZARK, Missouri - A family wants answers about what happened to their son that left him hospitalized. More »

Police infiltrate and spy on anti-death penalty groups
WBAL-TV - Sat Jul 26, 2008
An 11News I-Team investigation has revealed what prompted Maryland State police to infiltrate and spy on anti-death penalty groups. More »

Photo: Ex-cop may be charged in case of man Tasered to death Ex-cop may be charged in case of man Tasered to death
Associated Press - Tue Jul 22, 2008
WINNFIELD, Louisiana - A police officer shocked a handcuffed Baron "Scooter" Pikes nine times with a Taser after arresting him on a cocaine charge. More »

ACLU releases docs detailing police monitoring
Associated Press - Thu Jul 17, 2008
BALTIMORE - Undercover Maryland state police officers infiltrated meetings of peace and anti-death penalty groups for more than a year, according to documents released Thursday by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. More »

Photo: NY policeman charged after woman body-slammed NY policeman charged after woman body-slammed
Associated Press - Thu Jun 26, 2008
NEW YORK - A police officer who body-slammed an unarmed woman and broke her jaw during a medical call to a suburban restaurant last year was arrested Friday and charged with civil rights violations. More »

SC trooper seen ramming man with car indicted
Associated Press - Tue Jun 10, 2008
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper who was caught on video ramming a suspect with his patrol car was indicted Tuesday on a federal civil rights charge, the US Justice Department said. More »

Northern Calif. man dies after police use Tasers
Associated Press - Wed May 28, 2008
WOODLAND, California - A Woodland man has died after police officers fired on him with a Taser stun gun. More »

Photo: 10-Year-Old Arrested For Mom's Unpaid Bill 10-Year-Old Arrested For Mom's Unpaid Bill
WBKO-TV - Fri May 23, 2008
BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky - No parent thinks their child will be arrested while in school, especially when that child is only 10-years-old. More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Officer in a Snit - McDonald's Worker in Jail for Over-salting Burger
Associated Press - Sat Sep 8, 2007
UNION CITY, Gaeorgia - A 20-year-old McDonald's employee spent a night in jail and is facing criminal charges after a police officer complained that the burger she prepared with too much salt made him sick. 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 »

Photo: GA Sherrif Confesses to Ordering Murder of Sheriff-Elect GA Sherrif Confesses to Ordering Murder of Sheriff-Elect
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Wed Aug 15, 2007
Former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey has confessed to ordering the murder of Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown, DeKalb District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming announced Thursday. 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 »

Ousted Taser cop takes aim at city
Aspen Times - Wed Aug 8, 2007
ASPEN - Former police officer Melinda Calvano has hit the city of Aspen with a lawsuit, claiming that it wrongfully fired her after she used a stun gun on a homeless woman in a downtown alley. More »

Man hit with stun gun dies, Shelby Township cops say
Detroit Free Press - Sun Aug 5, 2007
A man lost consciousness and later died after police used a Taser gun to subdue him Saturday, the Shelby Township Police Department said in a statement. More »

Photo: Law widens govt's right to listen in Law widens govt's right to listen in
USA Today - Sun Aug 5, 2007
WASHINGTON - President Bush signed a bill Sunday that expands the government's power to eavesdrop without warrants on foreign suspects, even as Democratic leaders criticized the law and vowed to change it. More »

Photo: Court: FBI violated Constitution in raid Court: FBI violated Constitution in raid
Associated Press - Thu Aug 2, 2007
WASHINGTON - The FBI violated the Constitution when agents raided US Representative William Jefferson's office last year and viewed legislative documents in a corruption investigation, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. More »

Photo: Teen Jailed Over Ticket He Had Already Paid Teen Jailed Over Ticket He Had Already Paid
WSB-TV - Wed Aug 1, 2007
ATLANTA - An error by police caused a teenager to be briefly jailed over a traffic ticket he had already paid the fine for. More »

Father upset Taser used on son before fatal jump
Associated Press - Mon Jul 30, 2007
SPOKANE - The father of a man who jumped to his death off the Monroe Street Bridge is wondering why police shocked his son seconds before the fall. More »

GA sheriff charged with cover-up in shooting
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Mon Jul 30, 2007
The Towns County sheriff has been released on $250,000 bond on charges he tried cover up for his chief deputy, who is accused to shooting up the house of his wife's lover. More »

US 'dirty bomber' is a trial for CIA
Times Online UK - Sun Jul 29, 2007
IT WAS a terrorist trial that seemed to have everything - including a CIA agent testifying in disguise and a mysterious reference to a female donkey. More »

Photo: Juvenile Prison Abuse - Records show boss ignored abuse warnings Juvenile Prison Abuse - Records show boss ignored abuse warnings
Associated Press - Sat Apr 28, 2007
DALLAS - A Texas Youth Commission administrator charged with sexually abusing teenage inmates got continuing support from a supervisor despite recurring allegations against him, a newspaper investigation has found. More »

Pilot Orders Coughing Student Off Flight
WSB-TV - Wed Mar 28, 2007
HONOLULU -- An airline pilot on Tuesday ordered a 16-year-old student from Hawaii off an East Coast flight after a coughing fit. More »

Police Use Taser Gun On Woman Having Diabetic Seizure
KPTV - Mon Mar 12, 2007
A local family is questioning why a woman having a diabetic seizure would have to be tackled and shocked by police. More »

Woman, 69, Tasered and Arrested for Honking Horn
Associated Press - Sat Feb 10, 2007
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A 69-year-old woman who was shocked with a stun gun after she honked her car horn at a police cruiser has been convicted of resisting arrest for sparking a quarrel with officers. More »

Farmer, 74, Charged with Felony After Chasing Thief
Associated Press - Thu Feb 1, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Minnesota - A farmer who chased down a thief and held him at gunpoint until authorities arrived now faces a more serious charge than the thief himself. More »

Photo: U.S. Attorney General Gonzales says the Constitution doesn't guarantee habeas corpus! U.S. Attorney General Gonzales says the Constitution doesn't guarantee habeas corpus!
San Francisco Chronicle - Tue Jan 23, 2007
One of the Bush administration's most far-reaching assertions of government power was revealed quietly last week when Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified that habeas corpus -- the right to go to federal court and challenge one's imprisonment -- is not protected by the Constitution. More »

Flight Ban for Anti-Bush T-Shirt
BBC - Sun Jan 21, 2007
A passenger barred from a Qantas airlines flight for wearing a T-shirt depicting US President George Bush as a terrorist has threatened legal action. More »

Handcuffed teen said to leap to death fleeing police
Associated Press - Sun Dec 3, 2006
OCCOQUAN, Virginia - A 16-year-old boy in handcuffs escaped Saturday from a police cruiser parked on a bridge, then jumped over a concrete barrier, plunged into a river and drowned, authorities said. More »

Photo: Elderly Atlantan Shot by Police - Informant Told by Police to Lie Elderly Atlantan Shot by Police - Informant Told by Police to Lie
CNN - Mon Nov 27, 2006
ATLANTA, Georgia - An informant cited in a search warrant as having purchased narcotics at an elderly Atlanta woman's house denies buying drugs there, authorities say. More »

Couple Faces up to 20 years in Club Fed for Smooching on Plane
AFP - Thu Nov 16, 2006
A couple's ill-concealed sexual play aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles got them charged with violating the Patriot Act, intended for terrorist acts, and could land them in jail for 20 years. More »

Woman Booted Off Plane for Nursing her Baby
Associated Press - Mon Nov 13, 2006
BURLINGTON, Vermont - A woman who claims she was kicked off an airplane because she was breast-feeding her baby has filed a complaint against two airlines, her attorney said. More »

Bible-carrying teen dies after stun gun shot
Associated Press - Mon Oct 30, 2006
JERSEYVILLE, Illinois - A teenager carrying a Bible and shouting "I want Jesus" was shot twice with a police stun gun and later died at a Saint Louis hospital, authorities said. More »

Photo: Pentagon Increases 'Media War' Unit Pentagon Increases 'Media War' Unit
BBC - Sun Oct 29, 2006
The US defence department has set up a new unit to better promote its message across 24-hour rolling news outlets, and particularly on the internet. More »

Bush Moves Toward Martial Law
Toward Freedom - Sat Oct 28, 2006
In a stealth maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a provision which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law (1). More »

Photo: Girl, 14, Quizzed by Secret Service About  MySpace Anti-Bush page Girl, 14, Quizzed by Secret Service About MySpace Anti-Bush page
Ananova - Mon Oct 16, 2006
A US girl of 14 was dragged out of class by Secret Service agents for calling President Bush an idiot on her MySpace page. More »

9/11 Toxic Dust Whistleblower Raided By SWAT Team
Prison Planet - Thu Sep 14, 2006
A 9/11 toxic dust whistleblower, a ground zero hero and one of the individuals influential in the release of documents proving a government cover-up that deliberately put police, firemen and rescue personel at risk, has been raided by a New York SWAT team - who ransacked his home for three hours after he was arrested. More »

Bush Admits to CIA Secret Prisons
BBC - Tue Sep 5, 2006
President Bush has acknowledged the existence of secret CIA prisons and said 14 key terrorist suspects have now been sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. More »

Photo: Bush Sets Up Domestic Spy Service Bush Sets Up Domestic Spy Service
BBC - Thu Jun 22, 2006
US President George W Bush has ordered the creation of a domestic intelligence service within the FBI, as part of a package of 70 new security measures. More »

Ex-VP aide, FBI Analyst Admits Spying
CNN - Wed May 3, 2006
NEWARK, New Jersey - A former vice presidential military aide and FBI analyst pleaded guilty Thursday to supplying documents to unnamed individuals in the Philippines on how to orchestrate a coup attempt against Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. More »

Whistle-Blower Outs NSA Spy Room
Wired News - Tue Apr 11, 2006
AT&T provided National Security Agency eavesdroppers with full access to its customers' phone calls, and shunted its customers' internet traffic to data-mining equipment installed in a secret room in its San Francisco switching center, according to a former AT&T worker cooperating in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's lawsuit against the company. More »

Fabric Repels Taser Attacks
News.com - Tue Apr 4, 2006
Just what law enforcement needs: another headache. More »

The CIA's 'Black Sites'
Village Voice - Tue Feb 28, 2006
The CIA's top counterterrorism official [Robert Grenier] was fired last week because he opposed detaining Al Qaeda suspects in secret prisons abroad, sending them to other countries for interrogation, and using forms of torture such as "waterboarding," [making a prisoner believe he is about to be drowned] intelligence sources have claimed. More »

Photo: Guantanamo actors held at airport Guantanamo actors held at airport
BBC - Mon Feb 20, 2006
The actors who star in movie The Road to Guantanamo were questioned by police at Luton airport under anti-terrorism legislation, it has emerged. More »

UN inquiry demands immediate closure of Guantanamo
Telegraph UK - Sat Feb 11, 2006
A United Nations inquiry has called for the immediate closure of America's Guantanamo Bay detention centre and the prosecution of officers and politicians "up to the highest level" who are accused of torturing detainees. More »

Photo: Cindy Sheehan: What Really Happened Cindy Sheehan: What Really Happened
Cindy Sheehan - Tue Jan 31, 2006
As most of you have probably heard, I was arrested before the State of the Union address last night. More »

Photo: Europe 'complicit over CIA jails' Europe 'complicit over CIA jails'
BBC - Sun Jan 15, 2006
A Swiss senator carrying out an inquiry into claims the CIA has run illegal secret detention centres in Europe has said he has no doubt they exist. More »

New Claims of Guantanamo Torture
BBC - Tue Jan 10, 2006
Fresh claims of torture and abuse at Guantanamo Bay have been published by Amnesty International to mark the US detention centre's fourth anniversary. More »

Annoy someone online - two years in jail?
ZDNet - Sun Jan 8, 2006
It's no joke - Last Thursday, President Bush signed into law a prohibition on posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity. More »

Try to report a crime, and you can feel like a criminal
Village Voice - Thu Dec 29, 2005
So there I am on the 4 train minding my own business, packed in with hundreds of other folks after the Fourth of July fireworks, when the door opens at 138th Street. More »

Photo: Man Sues CIA Over Torture Claims Man Sues CIA Over Torture Claims
BBC - Tue Dec 6, 2005
A man who says he was a victim of the CIA's alleged secret prisons is suing its former chief over torture claims. More »

Photo: Feds to library record-keeper: Tell no-one we told you to tell us everything Feds to library record-keeper: Tell no-one we told you to tell us everything
Washington Post - Tue Nov 8, 2005
The FBI came calling in Windsor, Connecticut, this summer with a document marked for delivery by hand. More »

Man Bursts into Flames after Police Use Taser
WTVD-TV - Thu Oct 20, 2005
A Fayetteville man suspected of stealing concrete from construction sites is in the hospital after bursting into flames during his arrest. More »

Man dies after shock from taser at Florida mental health center
WTSP-TV Tampa Bay - Thu Oct 13, 2005
Fort Myers, Florida - Authorities say a man struggling with staff at a Lee County mental health center died after police shocked him with a Taser stun gun. More »

Taser Manufacturer Removes "Non-Lethal" Classification
WMTV Madison - Thu Sep 29, 2005
The makers of a stun gun used by many Wisconsin law enforcement departments, is taking their non-lethal description off their weapon. More »

Fourth Taser death since June in Sacramento
Sacramento Bee - Fri Sep 23, 2005
SACRAMENTO, California - For the fourth time since June, a Sacramento-area man has died after being shocked by a law enforcement officer with a Taser stun gun. More »

Police Fortify Numbers for War Protests
Washington Post - Sun Sep 18, 2005
DC police have canceled days off and are planning to deploy several hundred officers during an antiwar demonstration next weekend that will include a march near the White House, but officials said they expect no trouble. More »

Officers file lawsuit against Taser International
AP - Sat Aug 20, 2005
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona - Lawsuits have been filed against Scottsdale-based Taser International by police officers in five states. More »

Illinois Medical Examiner Confirms Electrocution by Taser
New Standard News - Mon Aug 1, 2005
An Illinois coroner became the first to determine that shocks from a Taser weapon were the primary cause of death of a human being, though the controversial devices have been implicated in scores of fatalities across the country. More »

Photo: Police Arrest 11 Year Old Girl with Felony Assault for Throwing a Stone Police Arrest 11 Year Old Girl with Felony Assault for Throwing a Stone
BBC - Sat Jul 16, 2005
An 11-year-old girl who threw a stone at a group of boys pelting her with water balloons is being prosecuted on serious assault charges in California. More »

Dog Dead After Multiple Taser Strikes: Cops Claim it Died of "Over Excitement"
Portland News Weekly - Tue Jul 12, 2005
A healthy 50-pound male pit bull died last month after Portland cops shot it repeatedly with taser stun-guns, the city's first canine fatality involving the weapons. More »

Photo: Las Vegas Coroner Says Police Justified in Taser Death Las Vegas Coroner Says Police Justified in Taser Death
KLAS-TV - Fri Jul 8, 2005
A Las Vegas man died last month after being hit three times by Metro Police tasers. More »

Tasers: A Non-Lethal Alternative?
KLAS-TV - Wed Jul 6, 2005
In the last 18 months, three Las Vegas men have died after Metro officers used tasers on them. More »

Another Death by Taser: Woman Says Officers' Action Killed Son
WIBW-TV - Wed Jun 22, 2005
A Kansas City woman says Independence police caused the death of her teenage son. More »

Torture by Taser: Fort Worth Man Dead Because He Was Too Terrified to Come Out of a Closet
Fort Worth Weekly - Wed Jun 22, 2005
Robert Guerrero may have died because he wouldn't come out of a closet. More »

FBI Investigates: Police Tasered 82 Year Old Handicapped Man
WTOV-TV - Wed Jun 22, 2005
MARTINS FERRY, OHio - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into accusations of police brutality in one local community. More »

Grand Jurors Clear Halliburton Protesters
KPRC-TV - Wed Jun 22, 2005
HOUSTON - Three men who were arrested during a protest at Halliburton's shareholders meeting were cleared by a Harris County grand jury Wednesday, Local 2 reported. More »

Police: "It's Taser time" to 105-lb Woman
WTHR-TV - Sun Jun 5, 2005
Hamilton County, Indiana - Police car video of a traffic stop late one night in November of 2003 shows two officers questioning a suspected drunk driver at a gas station at 116th Street and Brooks School Road. More »

Photo: Bartender Tasered in Breast for Raising Her Voice Bartender Tasered in Breast for Raising Her Voice
Palm Beach Post - Mon May 30, 2005
As the music thumped at Club Prestige one night in September, a man stepped from the crowd and asked the bartender for a cup of water. More »

Photo: Teen Tasered After Complaining that Father's Ambulance was Late Teen Tasered After Complaining that Father's Ambulance was Late
Palm Beach Post - Fri May 27, 2005
Josh Welch is no teen angel. More »

Police Used Taser on 8-Month Pregnant Driver
Seattle Post-Intellengencer - Sun May 8, 2005
She was rushing her son to school. More »

Alabama Bill Targets Gay Authors
CBS - Mon Apr 25, 2005
A college production tells the story of Matthew Sheppard, a student beaten to death because he was gay. More »

Police Pull Guns on Mom who Gave Birth in Car
AP - Wed Mar 30, 2005
KETTERING, Ohio - A woman rushing to a hospital to give birth hit a few stops along the way - first at a gas station where she delivered the baby herself, then when confused police ordered her out of the car at gunpoint. More »

Man Sentenced for Crimes He May Commit in the Future: Canada
Canadian Press - Wed Mar 16, 2005
COURTENAY, British Columbia - A man who has fantasies of murder and cannibalism has been sentenced to two years in prison for a string of offences, including decapitating two cats, but also for crimes a judge believes he's likely to commit in the future. More »

Photo: Police Defend Use of Taser on Girl, 13, 65 lbs Police Defend Use of Taser on Girl, 13, 65 lbs
Florida Times Union - Tue Mar 1, 2005
Jacksonville police are defending the decision to use a stun gun on a 13-year-old girl at least twice and perhaps more because she wouldn't follow orders, but the state attorney said the incident raises "serious concerns". More »

US Cops Taser 74 year old Granny
The Register - Wed Oct 20, 2004
A South Carolina police officer is under investigation for zapping a 75-year-old granny with a Taser. More »

Police Accused Of Firing Taser At Pregnant Bride
NBC4.tv - Mon Sep 27, 2004
EVERGREEN PARK, Illinois - A man and his daughter have filed a lawsuit alleging a couple of Evergreen Park police officers assaulted them with a Taser gun at the woman's backyard wedding reception. More »

Skateboarding Children Arrested in Massachusetts
UPI - Tue Aug 10, 2004
WHITMAN, Massachusetts -- The parents of two boys in Whitman, Massachusetts, are upset their kids were arrested and shackled by police for illegal skateboarding. More »

Court OKs Barring High IQs for Cops
ABC - Fri Sep 8, 2000
New York - A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city. More »

Photo: Kent State, May 4, 1970: America Kills Its Children Kent State, May 4, 1970: America Kills Its Children
The Ethical Spectacle - Thu May 4, 1995
Twenty-five years ago this month, students came out on the Kent State campus and scores of others to protest the bombing of Cambodia-- a decision of President Nixon's that appeared to expand the Vietnam War. More »

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