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Police State

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»

Homeland Security official convicted of taking bribe
Associated Press - Mon Apr 13, 2009
GEORGIA - A former federal employee who worked with immigration services has been convicted of conspiring to encourage immigrants to enter the country illegally and accepting a bribe. 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»

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»

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