Tag: Police

The Fastest Cop Car is Not a Car

In September of last year, the Michigan State Police conducted their 2019 Model Year Police Vehicle Evaluations. The purpose of these tests is to provide objective performance data to the individual agencies who are making purchasing decisions for their divisions. For the automakers, it’s an all-out race for pride in being the superior bad-guy chaser. […]

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Buttigieg Facing Test of Leadership After Shooting in South Bend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Mayor Pete Buttigieg remained in South Bend, Ind., on Tuesday to confront a local crisis involving the fatal shooting of a black resident by a white police officer, skipping scheduled campaign appearances in Hollywood. The shooting of the 54-year-old robbery suspect under conditions that remain murky has presented Mr. Buttigieg, a […]

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Miami Officer Acquitted of Attempted Manslaughter: ‘He Should Have Never Been Charged to Begin With’

Screenshot: CBC News Video (YouTube) Charles Kinsey thought he was good. Despite police on the scene, as he laid on the North Miami sidewalk with his arms extended in the air, he believed he posed no threat. And he thought the same of his group home patient, 23-year-old Arnaldo Rios Soto, who sat beside him […]

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Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Offers Legal Counsel to Phoenix Family Held at Gunpoint By Police, Calls Incident ‘Absolutely Sickening’

Photo: Slaven Vlasic (Getty Images for Sports Illustrated) If Clark Kent had a real life alter ego, it might be Jay-Z. The 49-year-old billionaire has been using his immense fortune and influence to save artists like Lil Wayne from the IRS, to pour $50 million into criminal justice reform and to otherwise balance the scales […]

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Phoenix Mayor Apologizes for ‘Unprofessional’ Police Response to Report of Stolen Doll

The mayor of Phoenix apologized on Saturday after videos showed that police officers in the city who had been responding to a report of a shoplifting had drawn their weapons, shouted expletives, and threatened to shoot a man in the face in front of his young children. The mayor, Kate Gallego, said in a statement […]

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California Police Swarm an Unarmed Black Man With Guns Drawn in Viral Video

Screenshot: CloutChAseR 2 Video (YouTube) On Saturday, Instagram user @blueasdasky released a nearly five-minute long video she recorded of Hawthorne, Calif., police drawing their weapons on an unarmed black man. In the viral clip, she can be heard pleading for police not to shoot a man who identifies himself as William and asserts he’s actually […]

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A Black Teen Was Going Through a Mental Health Crisis. Wisconsin Police Ended Up Punching Him in the Head

Screenshot: Brandi Grayson Facebook Madison, Wisc., police officers were called to the home of a 17-year-old boy last week because he was experiencing a mental health crisis. The encounter ended with officers tackling the child, placing a bag over his head, and punching the teen, who is black, repeatedly. Unbeknownst to the officers, the entire […]

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Army Veteran Everett Palmer Died in Police Custody in 2018. His Family Can’t Find His Heart

Photo: Photo provided by family 41-year-old U.S. Army veteran Everett Palmer called his brother to tell him he was heading to New York to visit their sick mother. Before he left, he needed to make sure an outstanding DUI warrant in Pennsylvania was settled to be sure his license was valid. Two days later, on […]

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A New Way to Solve a Murder, Part 2: The Future of Genetic Privacy

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The police identified a suspect in a double murder after combing through DNA profiles on a website designed to connect family members. We look at what his trial will tell us about the future of genetic […]

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A New Way to Solve a Murder, Part 1: The Genetic Detectives

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher A year after police used a genetic database to help identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer case, the same technique has been used to arrest dozens of people. Now, for the first time, one […]

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How Officials Say Scot Peterson Failed During the Parkland Shooting

An investigation found that Scot Peterson, a former sheriff’s deputy who was serving as the school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, did “absolutely nothing to mitigate” the mass shooting at the school on Feb. 14, 2018, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. [Read more: The deputy who stayed outside during […]

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What Officials Say Scot Peterson Failed to Do During the Parkland Shooting

An investigation found that Scot Peterson, a former sheriff’s deputy who was serving as the school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, did “absolutely nothing to mitigate” the mass shooting at the school on Feb. 14, 2018, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. [Read more: The deputy who stayed outside during […]

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Cop Detains Innocent Black Man, Answers ‘Fuck You Is My Name’ When Asked to Identify Himself

Image: The Free Thought Project Video (YouTube) Police officers are well aware of the tremendous power and authority they wield, yet historically they’ve abused it at the cost of black lives. Time after time, instance after instance, we’ve borne witness to innocent black men who are harassed, demeaned or slaughtered simply for existing, while those […]

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Marlborough, NH Police: ‘Stop taking your horses down to our Old Town Road’

Photo: Marlborough NH Police Department There’s an actual Old Town Road in Marlborough, New Hampshire and residents are sick and tired of the constant attention. Ever since Old Town Road has taken over air waves, album charts, and gotten plenty of Wrangler-wearing booties on the line-dancing floor, 19-year-old rapper Lil Nas X has been flying […]

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Joe Biden: Be Proud of Your Crime Bill

Joe Biden has been attacked by politicians on the left — and now, thanks to Donald Trump, on the right — for his role in shepherding the 1994 crime bill through Congress. One of these attacks is simply cynical. The other is dangerous. For those whose memories of early 1990s America are either foggy or […]

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Why Violence Is Spiking in Pockets of Brooklyn, Even as the City Gets Safer

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The sun was just setting on Memorial Day when gunshots ripped across St. Andrew’s Playground on Atlantic Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Three teenagers were wounded in the gunfire, the youngest being 16. It was one of six shootings during the […]

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Texas Authorities Deny Withholding Sandra Bland Video

The Texas Department of Public Safety is denying the office withheld a cellphone video of the killing of Sandra Bland during a 2015 traffic stop. Bland, 28 from just outside Chicago, used her phone to film a white state trooper who drew his taser and yelled “I will light you up!” while demanding she step […]

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