Tag: Police

Texts Between Portland Police and Far-Right Extremists Prove Collusion… Cue Shock and Awe

Photo: Karen Ducey (Stringer/Getty Images) In my 38 years of traversing God’s green Earth as a black ass black man, common sense has informed me that the interests of the police and the interests of individuals who look like me don’t always coincide. So news that the commanding officer for the Portland Police Bureau’s rapid […]

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What We Know About a Portland Cop’s Friendly Texts with a Far-Right Leader

Hundreds of texts published Thursday by Willamette Week showed that a high-level member of the Portland Police Department had a “friendly rapport” with local far-right activist Joey Gibson, whose group, Patriot Prayer, has a history of violence in the area. As you might expect, left-wing and anarchist activists have quickly gone apeshit. What the paper […]

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Louisiana Cops Wore Blackface to Sell Crack in a Black Neighborhood. But First, They Posed for Pics

Photo: The Rouge Collection A Louisiana police chief issued a formal apology after 25-year-old yearbook photos surfaced of an undercover sting where white police officers painted themselves black to sell crack to black people. The community was shocked by the revelations, and many asked the same question: “Wait…Police departments have yearbooks?” Apparently, in Baton Rouge […]

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The Interpreter: When Facebook Spread Hate, One Cop Tried Something Unusual

TRAUNSTEIN, Germany — The rumor began, as so many do these days, on Facebook. A group of Muslim refugees in southern Germany, it was claimed, had dragged an 11-year-old girl to a pedestrian underpass and raped her. When the police denied the claim, it was said that politicians beholden to the European Union had ordered […]

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This Stoner Broke into a Vacant House to Get High and Ran into a Giant Tiger

Last week, a very unlucky stoner in Houston looking for a place to get high decided to sneak into an abandoned house and light up, an already-sketchy move that quickly got way, way sketchier. The seemingly-vacant building wasn’t actually abandoned—it was home to a giant goddamn tiger, KTRK reports. The anonymous smoker did what any […]

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Bodycam Footage of Florida Deputy Grabbing Black Father by the Throat and Calling Him ‘Boy’ Sparks Investigation

Screenshot: Broward County Public Defender’s Office According to the Daily Beast, a Florida deputy is the focus of an internal affairs investigation after body-camera footage from 2017 recorded him not only repeatedly calling a black father “boy”, but grabbing him by the neck during a profanity-laden confrontation. The internal investigation into Deputy James Cady, who […]

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Fewer Officers, More Calls: U.K. Police Are Stretched by Austerity

ImageInvestigating a burglary at a supermarket in Birmingham, England, in November. Crime is rising, but Conservative-led austerity measures have led to cutbacks in police services.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times BIRMINGHAM, England — On a foggy afternoon last fall, a suicidal patient walked out of Solihull Hospital and disappeared. Alerted by hospital staff, police […]

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Maybe We Need Tighter Sword Control Laws: Anchorage Man Reportedly Brings Knife to a Sword Fight

Pictured: Not the suspect, but WOW this is hilarious to look at.Photo: iStock En garde, bitch! I imagine that’s how a sword fight starts in 2019. Police have a suspect in custody following a fight that took place in an Anchorage mall food court, resulting in a knife stabbing and a sword slashing, according to […]

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Use of Force in France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Fuels Anger

PARIS — As he joined a “Yellow Vest” protest in Bordeaux, in southwestern France, Jean-Marc Michaud felt elated. His wife worked nearby and they had not seen each other in a month, so the march was a perfect opportunity to reunite. Instead, his life took a serious turn for the worse at the protest in […]

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Amazon Is Pushing Facial Technology That a Study Says Could Be Biased

Over the last two years, Amazon has aggressively marketed its facial recognition technology to police departments and federal agencies as a service to help law enforcement identify suspects more quickly. It has done so as another tech giant, Microsoft, has called on Congress to regulate the technology, arguing that it is too risky for companies […]

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Feature: A Private Investigator Wanted to Prove His Clients Innocent. Were His Methods His Own Undoing?

Manuel Gomez, a private investigator who used to be a cop, lives and works alone in a one-bedroom apartment above a laundromat in the Bronx. His living room is strewn with paperwork from his cases — police reports, witness statements, a photograph of a young woman with a razor wound across her face. Reproductions of […]

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A Museum for K.G.B. Aficionados? Da!

“This is a Bulgarian umbrella; have you heard about this one?” Agne Urbaityte asked, pointing to a blue umbrella behind a glass case. There was a needle peeking out from the top. “It’s a weapon umbrella,” she said. “You press the button here, you see the needle, the needle goes out and shoots a small […]

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Coming Soon to a Police Station Near You: The DNA ‘Magic Box’

BENSALEM, Pa. — They call it the “magic box.” Its trick is speedy, nearly automated processing of DNA. “It’s groundbreaking to have it in the police department,” said Detective Glenn Vandegrift of the Bensalem Police Department. “If we can do it, any department in the country can do it.” Bensalem, a suburb in Bucks County, […]

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For Sheriff Who Led Search for Jayme Closs, No Sweeter Words Than ‘We Got Her’

CHICAGO — When Jayme Closs, 13, appeared along a rural Wisconsin road on Thursday, she ended an 88-day search by hundreds of investigators. Chris Fitzgerald, the sheriff of Barron County, Wis. — where Jayme’s parents were found dead in their home on the night that Jayme disappeared — was at the helm of that desperate […]

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How to Deal with Cops Who Believe Wild Conspiracy Theories Like QAnon

Vice President Mike Pence and cops in Florida. Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Matt Patten, left, was called out and disciplined for the Q patch on his vest. Photo via Vice President Mike Pence’s Twitter account Last year, Matt Patten, a sergeant with the Broward County, Florida, sheriff’s office, set off a minor scandal when he posed […]

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Florida Governor Signals He May Suspend Sheriff Over Parkland Shooting

MIAMI — After nearly a year of deepening anger over a deadly Florida high school shooting and the bungled police response that followed, no prominent officials have been held directly accountable for their handling of the tragedy. That may be about to change. Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida’s newly minted Republican chief executive, promised as a […]

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In Screening for Suicide Risk, Facebook Takes On Tricky Public Health Role

A police officer on the late shift in an Ohio town recently received an unusual call from Facebook. Earlier that day, a local woman wrote a Facebook post saying she was walking home and intended to kill herself when she got there, according to a police report on the case. Facebook called to warn the […]

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Career Criminal Learns His White Privilege Extends to Kicking Black Toddlers and Bonding Out (for Free) Hours Later

Screenshot: Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office I’ve always maintained that unlike Kanye’s MAGA hat, White Privilege is an actual superpower. While not quite invisibility or flight, it bestows its possessors with the unique ability to circumvent suspicion, culpability, or other negative experiences that people of color routinely endure. It also includes a wide assortment of systemic […]

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Man Uses Time-Tested ‘A Black Man Did It’ Lie to Perpetrate Amber Alert Hoax

Screenshot: WMBD A white Illinois man called the police and told them a black man had stolen his car with a baby inside. Spoiler alert: He was lying his ass off. According to KWQC, an Amber Alert had been out for a one-year-old child for at least half a day before police confirmed on Sunday […]

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