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  • Luggage Helped Save Children When Deputy Slammed Into Van: Father

    07/01/2015 8:32:29 AM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 10 replies
    San Diego News 7 ^ | June 29, 2015 | Wendy Fry and Andie Adams
    A father said strategically placed luggage may have helped save his children when a deputy rammed into the family's van, sending himself and two others to the hospital for minor injuries. At about 2 a.m. Sunday, the Auten family pulled off the West San Marcos Boulevard exit from State Route 78, returning from a trip to Wyoming. Snip “We had a couple police vehicles pass us at a high rate of speed and then into the intersection,” said father Floyd Auten. “And I don't know if it was the third or fourth patrol vehicle that hit us, but we didn't...
  • Cop Buys Lemonade from a Little Girl...Returns the Next Day

    06/29/2015 8:49:54 AM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 33 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 6/25/15 | John S Roberts
    Patrol Officer Zach Ropos of Ohio spotted a little girl selling lemonade, and decided to grab a drink. He talked with the girl for a few minutes, heard what she had to say about why she was raising money, and went about his business. Ropos returned the very next day, and had this to say… “I talked to the little girl, gave her a speech about how courageous and admirable I think her efforts were to save up her money. I asked her how much she saved up, and she said she only had a few dollars.” Initially the girl...
  • Ramsey Co. K-9 Handler Charged with Abusing his Dog Partner

    06/27/2015 7:25:39 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 6/26/15 | Dave Aeikens and Eric Chaloux
    A Ramsey County deputy is on administrative leave after he was charged with hitting his canine partner, the Carlton County Sheriff's Office said. The charges are from an incident that happened early June 15 at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton. The sheriff's office says 48-year-old Brett Arthur Berry is charged with assaulting a public safety dog and animal cruelty, both misdemeanors. Berry has been a Ramsey County deputy since 1996. Black Bear security told deputies they had been called into the Cobalt Lounge to ask a man to leave. Security followed him with video and saw him return to...
  • Seattle man's speed trap warning sign lands him $138 ticket

    06/26/2015 5:23:23 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 48 replies
    komonews ^ | Jun 22, 2015 | Lindsay Cohen
    SEATTLE -- Panhandlers carry them. Protestors call them essential. But one Seattle man's sign -- warning of a speed trap -- has been dubbed illegal and could end up costing him $138. "I thought it was nonsense," said Daniel Gehlke, who made the handwritten sign "Cops Ahead! Stop at sign and light!" with a marker and a Rubbermaid top. "I am a believer that the Constitution, the Bill of Rights are there specifically so they can't be modified or restricted. This clearly is not a stop sign." Gehlke was holding the sign near 14th Avenue S. and S. Washington Street...
  • Los Angeles sheriff's deputies found guilty in jail beating

    06/25/2015 7:45:01 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 06/24/2015 | By AMANDA LEE MYERS
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were convicted Wednesday in federal court in the beating of a bloody, handcuffed jail visitor and an attempt to cover it up. Sgt. Eric Gonzalez and deputies Sussie Ayala and Fernando Luviano were found guilty of deprivation of civil rights and falsification of records in the 2011 beating of Gabriel Carrillo. Gonzalez and Ayala were also convicted of conspiracy to violate constitutional rights. The three face at least six years in prison when sentenced Nov. 2. "An individual who carries a badge and a gun and who uses their authority...
  • Richmond Police Officer Shoots K-9 After Dog Bites Him: Police

    06/23/2015 10:27:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jun 23, 2015 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    A Richmond police officer shot one of the department's K-9 officers on Tuesday morning after the dog bit him, authorities said. Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said the act was in self-defense. She said the dog, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, bit the officer just before 7 a.m. in the parking lot of the Richmond Police Department. The K-9’s handler left his car with the dog still in it to go inside the station for a meeting, police said. The dog somehow got out of the car and bit another police officer in civilian clothes. The officer who was attacked, a four-year veteran...
  • Cop who accidentally shot a four-year-old girl instead of a charging dog is identified

    06/22/2015 11:20:07 AM PDT · by Teotwawki · 75 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | June 22, 2015 | Daily Mail Reporters
    The Ohio police officer who missed when he shot at a charging 40lb dog and accidentally hit a four-year-old girl in the right leg has been identified as a five-year veteran of the force. [snip] Thomas was investigating a hit-and-run case when he heard cries for help from a nearby home in Whitehall regarding the girl's mother, who had cut herself, the Columbus Dispatch said. When the officer tried to enter the home to provide help, the family's mixed-breed dog charged at him in the doorway, said Columbus Police Department spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis. He fired off a shot but missed...
  • KAREN FINLEY, EX-CEO OF REDFLEX, PLEADS GUILTY TO BRIBERY

    06/21/2015 2:45:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015 | RAY STERN
    Karen Finley, former CEO of the Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems, pleaded guilty today in federal court to an eight-year bribery-and-fraud scheme that helped the company retain photo-enforcement contracts with two Ohio cities. Finley, 55, of Cave Creek, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Terence P. Kemp of the Southern District of Ohio to a charge of "conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery and honest services wire and mail fraud," the U.S. Department of Justice announced this morning. She resigned from the company in 2013 after the corruption scheme was alleged by a whistle-blower. Top executives in Redflex's Australian-based parent company,...
  • Exorbitant traffic fees stripped too many drivers of licenses

    06/21/2015 8:31:27 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 40 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 19, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Everyone has a story: The time an unlicensed driver rear-ended me. The time an unlicensed driver ran a red light and killed a co-worker’s dog as her husband was walking the dog in a crosswalk. It seems as if there are so many unlicensed drivers in California that authorities are not capable of deterring the unlicensed from getting behind the wheel.
  • City Council President Andy Ginther caught up in red-light camera bribe case ( Ohio Democrats )

    06/19/2015 1:55:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | June 19, 2015 | Lucas Sullivan & Darrel Rowland
    A former chief executive officer of the red-light camera company Redflex has pleaded guilty to bribing Columbus elected officials - including Council President Andrew Ginther - through the Ohio Democratic Party to install the cameras and keep them operating in the city. Karen L. Finley, 55, of Cave Creek, Ariz., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery, according a press release from Carter M. Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. Records from the U.S. District in Columbus show that from 2005 to 2013, Finley made campaign contributions to elected public officials in...
  • Ex-deputy: L.A. County sheriff's deputies beat jail visitor, then lied

    06/20/2015 11:13:08 AM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 37 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 17, 2015 | Joel Rubin
    Pntamitr Zunggeemoge said he stuck to the script. After he and other Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies beat a handcuffed man in a jail visitors’ center, he said, they huddled with their sergeant, who came up with a plan. Each of them would claim the man had attacked when one of his hands was uncuffed for fingerprinting. On Wednesday, Zunggeemoge told a downtown federal jury that he and the other deputies had used excessive force on the jail visitor and then fabricated reports and testimony to justify the beating. From the outset, it was understood among the deputies that they...
  • Man in Los Angeles Flags Down LAPD Officer, Gets Shot in the Head

    06/20/2015 9:23:45 AM PDT · by Altariel · 72 replies
    ABC7 ^ | June 19, 2015 | ABC7 Staff
    LOS FELIZ, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A man attempting to flag Los Angeles police officers down with his arm wrapped in a towel was shot in the head Friday in Los Feliz. The man was shot at about 6:35 p.m. on Los Feliz Boulevard and Tica Drive. He was allegedly raising his arm wrapped in a towel, possibly holding a gun. "The officer exited the vehicle and quickly said, 'Drop the gun, drop the gun,'" LAPD Lt. John Jenal said. Moments later, the officer opened fire. It was unclear if the man had a gun, but the officers believed the...
  • Columbus police officer injures 4-year-old while shooting at dog

    06/20/2015 6:52:58 AM PDT · by EBH · 16 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 6/20/2015 | Earl Reinhart
    A Columbus police officer accidentally wounded a 4-year-old girl in Whitehall on Friday when he fired at a charging dog, police said. A neighbor and the girl’s uncle identified her as Ava Ellis, who was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where police said she was in stable condition. The officer was at a house in the 4100 block of Chandler Drive investigating a hit-and-run case about 3:10 p.m., Columbus police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis said. As the officer was walking from the home to his patrol car, a woman a few houses away called out to him, saying her sister and...
  • APD officer fired after sex assault accusation

    06/19/2015 7:25:08 AM PDT · by Altariel · 10 replies
    Amarillo Globe News ^ | June 15, 2015 | RUSSELL ANGLIN
    An Amarillo police officer was fired Monday night after investigators determined he had sexual contact with a woman who reported that the officer sexually assaulted her on Sunday, police said. On Monday, a woman reported the on-duty officer, later identified as Micah Meurer, had sexually assaulted her in her northwest Amarillo home. Detectives from the department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit were assigned to investigate the incident in cooperation with the 47th District Attorney’s Office, police said. Investigators found that the officer had responded to the woman’s home late Sunday evening. Detectives collected physical evidence and interviewed the woman and Meurer....
  • Neptune cop charged with shooting, killing ex-wife in front of daughter

    06/18/2015 5:46:44 PM PDT · by Altariel · 51 replies
    NJ.com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Mary Ann Spotto
    ASBURY PARK — Fueled by a child custody dispute, a recently divorced Neptune Township police officer shot and killed his former wife in broad daylight on Tuesday in front of their daughter on an Asbury Park street, authorities said. *** While taking him into custody, some of the officers hugged him and patted him comfortingly on the back, the witness said.
  • Mississippi investigator shoots family dog

    A Cleveland family has been left devastated after an officer shot and killed their beloved one-year-old golden retriever as he was on a leash in the family’s backyard. Cleveland police told the family the officer felt threatened by the dog after the dog barked, even though the officer was aware it was leashed. The incident took place Friday when dog owner Tyler Muzzi saw a stranger walking around his neighbor’s home. Muzzi contacted his neighbor and then called police to check on the situation. Minutes later, police arrived and arrested the man who had by that time broken into the...
  • Ex-Boy Scout: I killed troop leader who raped me

    06/18/2015 2:25:46 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 72 replies
    wnd ^ | june 18, 2015 | cheryl chumley
    A former Boy Scout confessed in emotionally charged court testimony to killing his former troop leader, but said it was due to the repeated sexual abuse and rape he suffered at the hands of the man, beginning at the tender age of 8. “From the time I was 8 years old until I was 12, I was sexually assaulted and raped by Dennis Pegg,” said Clark Fredericks, a former scout who spoke in a tense Newton, New Jersey, courtroom about the reasons for his killing. Pegg also served as a Sussex sheriff’s officer, NBC New York reported. He was killed...
  • Why Do So Many Bad Cops Get Off Easy? (Barf)

    06/18/2015 7:31:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    American police live in a place even more wondrous than the one you know from "A Prairie Home Companion." In Lake Wobegon, all the children are above average. In Police Land, every cop is a model citizen, including those who outwardly resemble criminals. When a cop thrashes or kills someone, the ensuing investigations almost always find that what the officer did was excusable, if not commendable. Jesus Christ would get tougher scrutiny from a band of angels than most cops do from the people who review their conduct. So it barely registered with most Americans last month when a Cleveland...
  • Killeen couple adjusting after Waco detention

    06/16/2015 5:07:40 PM PDT · by don-o · 76 replies
    Killeen Daily Herald ^ | June 14, 2015 | Clay Thorp
    Ester and Walter Weaver say they are not criminals. “I don’t even have so much as a speeding ticket to my name. Ever,” said Walter Weaver, an analyst at Fort Hood. “I’ve been driving since 1975.” But as they adjust to life after spending more than two weeks in jail following the May 17 Waco biker shootout, the Weavers are still reeling from their experience. “I was in the parking lot,” Walter said. “I was looking for (Ester). I didn’t see anything occur. I just heard the bullets. I’ve been a soldier since I was 18 years old. My first...
  • Man dies after officer-involved shooting on Maui

    06/15/2015 10:37:44 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 16 replies
    Hawaii News Now KGMB and KHNL ^ | June 13, 2015 Updated: June 14, 2015 | Chelsea Davis
    Wailuku, Maui (HawaiiNewsNow) - One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Wailuku Saturday afternoon. Police say a traffic stop was conducted by a patrol officer on an SUV along Lower Main St. and Hookahi St. at approximately 4:30 p.m. One witness who lives near the incident said he saw everything. "They got pulled over by two cops, and one of the guys walked away from his car…and then the cops started telling him to stop, and then he pulled out a gun and he shot at them," said Alfred Ayers. The investigation revealed that the passenger got out...
  • NJ cop pleads guilty in dashcam unzipping (can't make this up)

    06/16/2015 1:23:50 PM PDT · by armydawg505 · 47 replies
    http://www.my9nj.com/ ^ | 6/15/15 | Rohan Mohanty
    Newton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - In Newton, New Jersey, young men allegedly got a little more than what they asked for when they were pulled over for traffic offenses by an officer. Officer Jason Miller, a patrolman for 14 years, was suspended by Newton Police without pay and turned himself in to the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office last week. Miller allegedly unzipped his pants and exposed himself during a number of traffic stops. The acts were caught on police dashcam video. On Monday, Miller appeared in Sussex County Superior Court and pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence. He also was...
  • Arkansas Cops Caught on Video Assaulting Blind Man Before Lying on Arrest Report

    06/15/2015 11:33:06 AM PDT · by redreno · 47 replies
    http://photographyisnotacrime.com ^ | 06/14/2015 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    A blind man in Arkansas sustained a back injury after being assaulted by Little Rock police who failed to identify themselves before lying about the incident. After missing the bus from his job at Lighthouse for the Blind on June 1, Eric Wilson was walking home when he was approached by police and ordered to walk over to them. Wilson is legally blind and says that he can only see shadows. He complied, despite not knowing if he was about to be robbed or about to be confronted with actual police officers as they did not identify themselves.
  • 'You're choking him, man!' Video shows chaotic scene at center of police brutality claim

    06/14/2015 5:47:06 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    Jersey Journal NJ.com ^ | June 14, 2015
    JERSEY CITY — An 18-year old city man charged last Monday with attacking police who arrived at his home to help his sick grandmother says he is the real victim, accusing cops of choking him, hitting his head against a wall and beating him with a nightstick because he wouldn't immediately obey their orders. The June 8 incident, caught on a cellphone video obtained by The Jersey Journal, is just the latest examples of police harassment aimed at Michael Cortez Jr., according to Cortez and his loved ones.
  • Orlando police dog mangled arm of 12-year-old burglary suspect

    06/14/2015 5:20:12 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 107 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | June 12, 2015 | Elyssa Cherney, Staff Writer
    An Orlando Police Department dog mangled the arm of a 12-year-old burglary suspect during an arrest last week, sending the boy to the hospital for three days and adding to ongoing concern over whether deploying dogs on juveniles constitutes excessive force. The OPD incident report from June 4 states the boy had pried open portable classrooms at Shingle Creek Elementary School and started running after officers told him to stop. But two other minors, also charged in the burglary, saw the whole thing and said the injured boy had already dropped to his knees in compliance when the dog lunged...
  • Hidden footage shows cops eating marijuana goods, more...

    06/14/2015 9:05:20 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 25 replies
    http://www.mediaite.com/ ^ | 6/13/15 | Ken Meyer
    On Thursday, KTLA-5 reported on hidden camera footage that showed some objectionable behavior from police officers during a raid on an unlicensed marijuana dispensary. The cops were recorded playing darts on the job, eating pot-laced baked goods, and even joking about assaulting a woman with an amputated leg. The footage shows that eight officers had masks on and their guns drawn when they entered Sky High Holistic, shouting “everybody on the ground” to customers and workers. After clearing the building of everyone present, the police began to remove the store’s mounted surveillance cameras, though they did not get the ones...
  • Farmer's savings among police seizures that paid for Montana K-9 unit

    06/01/2015 8:35:00 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 32 replies
    Casper Star ^ | May 31, 2015 | Alison Noon
    Lorenzo Ayala saved more than $16,000 to buy tractor parts while on a road trip to Montana to visit a woman he met online, but he ended up unwittingly contributing it to the state's first K-9 unit. Ayala forfeited his wad of cash after a state trooper became suspicious that the California farmer's generous amount of cologne, cluttered car and disputed criminal history were signs of drug trafficking. Ayala, of Palo Alto, was never charged with a crime — but Montana kept his money. This year, Montana became the fourth state to overhaul what activists call "policing for profit." Beginning...
  • Parents arrested for 'neglect' for allowing 11-year-old to play alone in their backyard

    06/12/2015 8:21:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/12/2015 | Rick Moran
    I don't know if these horror stories about parents being arrested for allowing their kids to play unsupervised are becoming more numerous or if we're just hearing about them more often because of social media.  But it's hardly relevant to a couple in Florida who found themselves arrested and charged with felony neglect when they couldn't get home in time after work to take care of their 11-year-old son. Hit and Run: One afternoon this past April, a Florida mom and dad I'll call Cindy and Fred could not get home in time to let their 11-year-old son into...
  • Ron Paul: Will Victims, Suspects Of Deadly Waco Biker Rally Receive Justice?

    06/11/2015 11:18:51 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 77 replies
    Truth in Media ^ | June 9, 2015 | Ron Paul
    Circumstances surrounding the deadly Waco biker rally remain unclear, and local police are shielding details of the incident from the public. “This just builds up more suspicion on our government,” Ron Paul said during his latest Liberty Report. The three-time presidential candidate and former Texas Representative Paul raised concerns about the ever-growing number of questions about the biker rally shooting, including why the Federal Bureau of Investigation was involved, what evidence the Waco Police Department gathered from the incident, how the shooting got started, the number of weapons on the scene, and who shot whom. Nearly 1,000 bikers rallied in...
  • Bikers Jailed After Waco Shootout Deride High Bonds and Slow Justice

    06/12/2015 4:31:32 AM PDT · by don-o · 27 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 10, 2015 | MANNY FERNANDEZ
    snip Paul Looney, a lawyer for three of those arrested, said that two of them — a couple, William and Morgan Jane English — were close enough to the shooting to only hear it, but that they had seen, and done, nothing illegal. “They had barely gotten onto the property,” Mr. Looney said. “In this country, we have constitutional protections against that kind of a sweep. It’s the most un-American activity I’ve seen on American soil.”
  • Decorated war vet critical of Waco police actions

    06/12/2015 5:38:00 AM PDT · by don-o · 102 replies
    WFAA ^ | June 11, 2015 | Brett Shipp
    A decorated Iraq war veteran, who was jailed after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco, is telling an alarming version of the deadly encounter. He says not only was he wrongly imprisoned for three weeks, he says he witnessed police firing their weapons in an "aimless" assault into a crowd of bikers, nine of whom were killed. Former U.S. Marine Michael Devoll of Fort Worth, who completed three tours of duty in Iraq, has survived an untold number of firefights. But he says the one he witnessed in Waco on May 17 will forever haunt him. Not just because he...
  • Video of Santa Ana Police Pot-Shop Raid Shows Officers Eating ‘Edibles,’ Attorney Says

    06/11/2015 4:20:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Video of a police raid of Sky High Holistic in Santa Ana last month showed officers appearing to eat “edibles” laced with marijuana, according to attorney Matthew Pappas,
  • At This Rate, Cops Will Kill 1K People This Year

    06/11/2015 1:14:10 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 39 replies
    Newser ^ | 06/11/2015 | By Jenn Gidman,
    By the Guardian's count, that is(Newser) A Guardian project that's compiling killings by US police says we're right on track to hit more than 1,000 such deaths by year's end, because we've already hit the midpoint. The newspaper's The Counted project, an interactive database that the Guardiansays uses both reporting and confirmed crowdsourced info, indicates 500 people have already died at the hands of police in 2015, after two black men in New York and Cincinnati were shot this week. These numbers are more than double the latest rate compiled by the FBI (461 in 2013), which manages a "voluntary"...
  • Attorney: Texas officer apologizes for aggressiveness at pool party

    06/10/2015 2:22:29 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 59 replies
    LA Times ^ | 06/10/2015 | Mat Pearce
    SHARELINES â–¼Texas officer 'apologizes to all who were offended' by how he handled teens at pool party, attorney says â–¼Texas police officer was upset by handling two suicide calls before responding to pool party, lawyer says â–¼Dallas-area police union official denounces 'those set on creating racial tensions' over pool party incident The Dallas-area police officer criticized for aggressively handling teenagers at a pool party, shown in a viral video, has gone into hiding and "apologizes to all who were offended," his attorney said Wednesday.. McKinney Police Cpl. Eric Casebolt had been emotionally unsettled by two suicide calls he had handled...
  • McKinney Officer Resigns Amid Pool Party Investigation

    06/09/2015 9:47:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 114 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Jun 9, 2015 | Frank Heinz
    Officer's resignation effectively ends internal investigation by McKinney police"As the chief of police, I want to say to our community that the actions of Casebolt, as seen on the video, of the disturbance at the community pool, are indefensible," said Chief Greg Conley, during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. "Our policies, our training, our practice, do not support these actions. He came into the call out of control, and as the video shows, was out of control during the incident." As Casebolt and two officers first responded to the scene, teens were said to be running from the area...
  • Embattled McKinney police officer resigns following pool party video

    06/09/2015 4:14:16 PM PDT · by Conscience of a Conservative · 206 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 9, 2015 | Peter Holley and Elahe Izadi
    The Texas police officer at the center of a controversial video that showed him forcefully handcuffing and drawing his gun on a group of black teenagers at a pool party last weekend has resigned, the city’s police chief announced Tuesday. McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley called Cpl. Eric Casebolt’s actions “indefensible” and noted that the officer, who was under investigation, “resigned on his own will.” “As the video shows, he was out of control during the incident,” Conley said, “I had 12 officers on the scene and 11 of them performed according to their training.” He said the internal investigation...
  • Here’s the REST OF THE STORY Behind the Police Abuse at the McKinney Pool Party

    06/08/2015 12:25:20 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 152 replies
    Thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 6-8-2015 | Jim Hoft
    On Friday McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt was called in to assist at an out of control pool party at a local subdivision.Officer Casebolt was filmed throwing a bikini-clad black girl on the ground, twisting her arm and pulling his gun on the crowd.Casebolt has since been suspended. The incident is under investigation. Now here’s the rest of the story… On Monday a local wrote in to Steve Noviello to tell the rest of the story. PLEASE HELP! That (now viral) video of the officer in McKinney subduing a girl in a bathing suit was in OUR neighborhood. The situation...
  • ‘Go back to your Section 8 home': TX pool party host describes racially-charged dispute w/neighbor

    06/08/2015 9:27:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 8, 2015 | Abby Phillip
    The host of a Texas pool party that led to the suspension of a police officer says things took a turn for the violent when a neighbor began hurling racial slurs and insults at party-goers. A woman identified as Tatiana Rhodes, 19, said that she and some friends had organized and were enjoying the party at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool on June 5 when the conflict with a white neighbor broke out. “This lady was saying racial slurs to some friends that came to the cookout. She was saying such things as ‘black effer’ and ‘that’s why you...
  • Video Emerges of Violence at 'Innocent Pool Party' in McKinney, Texas

    06/08/2015 9:17:23 AM PDT · by anonsquared · 124 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 7, 2015 | Bob Price
    One resident, Benet Embry, a black man, posted on Facebook about the events leading up to the police call. “Look, I LIVE in this community and this ENTIRE incident is NOT racial at all,” Embry wrote. “A few THUGS spoiled a COMMUNITY event by fighting, jumping over fences into a PRIVATE pool, harassing and damaging property. Not EVERYTHING is about RACE. WE have other issues that NEED our attention other flights of made up make believe causes.” In another post he is critical of media coverage of the incident. “I’ve never seen such irresponsible reporting and miss management of media...
  • N.J. man wanted in killing of ex-girlfriend found dead

    06/08/2015 1:29:31 PM PDT · by massmike · 25 replies
    philly.com ^ | 06/08/2015 | Jessica Parks
    After a three-day manhunt, the South Jersey man charged with stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death was found dead Saturday, police said. Camden County prosecutors said Michael Eitel, 45, had hanged himself in the West Berlin home of a different ex-girlfriend, who "had been out of the home for her own safety." His body was found about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Eitel had been charged with first-degree murder after Carol Bowne, 39, was found with multiple stab wounds in her Berlin Township driveway Wednesday night. She died later that night at a hospital. Bowne had an active restraining order against Eitel at...
  • Indictment handed down against officer in Walter Scott shooting

    06/08/2015 8:32:20 AM PDT · by Conscience of a Conservative · 53 replies
    WCIV ^ | June 8, 2015 | WCIV
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Solicitor Scarlett Wilson on Monday announced that an indictment has been handed down by a state Grand Jury against former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager for murder. The indictment was filed and handed down on Monday, Wilson said. "The facts that were presented to us by SLED warranted a Grand Jury," she said. Wilson said Monday Slager faces 30 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The indictment against Slager is the only indictment presented to the Grand Jury, she said. She said they hope to hear from Judge Newman soon on...
  • Texas Police Officer Suspended After Pulling Weapon On Teens During Pool Party

    06/07/2015 9:12:22 AM PDT · by redreno · 71 replies
    http://www.buzzfeed.com ^ | Jun. 7, 2015, at 8:20 a.m. | David Mack
    A police officer in McKinney, Texas, has been suspended from duties after being filmed aggressively handcuffing, and then pulling a weapon on, a group of black teens following an “incident” at a local pool party on Friday night.
  • White police officer suspended after cell phone footage showed him wrestling bikini-clad girl to gro

    06/07/2015 3:44:34 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 251 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | 7 June 2015 | DAVID MCCORMACK
    A police officer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area has been suspended after video footage emerged that shows him wrestle a bikini-clad girl to the ground and then point his gun at a group of unarmed teenagers. The incident happened after McKinney Police Department received several calls on Friday night about a disturbance near the Craig Ranch North Community Pool. Cell phone footage of the incident shows one officer arrive at the scene and start overreacting in a manner that does little to defuse the situation.
  • Lynn man's "Star Wars" stormtrooper costume triggers school lockdown

    06/08/2015 6:19:10 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 55 replies
    Salem (Mass.) News ^ | June 4, 2015 | JULIE MANGANIS
    The man, identified by police as George Cross, 40, of Lynn, was dressed in a white plastic "Star Wars" stormtrooper costume, and the gun was not real. But Lynn Police spokesman Lt. Rick Donnelly said that "the way things are today, you can't have that." The call came from the principal of the Brickett Elementary School on Lewis Street (Route 1A) at around 1:30 p.m., as classes were about to wind up for the day, said Donnelly.
  • Blurry lines between bikers, police clubs draw concern

    06/08/2015 6:18:07 AM PDT · by don-o · 89 replies
    Ap via Fox ^ | June 7, 2015
    Police officers and outlaw biker gangs often stand on common ground. Both attract the young and adventurous who value order, discipline and brotherhood. And on weekends tens of thousands of cops routinely trade their cruisers and badges for choppers and club colors. The bond doesn't mean a free pass for criminal motorcycle gangs, but even some within law enforcement worry that too many officers believe bikers are just misunderstood Robin Hoods. And empathy from officers who emulate or even aspire to the outlaw life can put police or the public at risk, gang experts warn.
  • Video of officers breaking up pool party in Texas sparks outrage [in the media]

    06/08/2015 5:11:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 71 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/8/15 | Faith Karimi and Ashley Fantz
    he outrage was immediate. After a video surfaced of a chaotic confrontation between teens and police at a community pool in Texas, calls for the officer's dismissal were swift and loud... The approximately seven-minute video shows officers trying to gain control of a group of teenagers at the pool. A few minutes into the video, an officer throws a 14-year-old girl wearing a bikini to the ground and shoves her head down. Two teenage boys approach; the officer pulls out his gun and chases them away. He then grabs the girl's arm as he re-holsters his gun.
  • North Texans ride to Waco rally to protest mass jailing of bikers

    06/08/2015 4:16:30 AM PDT · by don-o · 41 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | June 7, 2015
    Nearly 100 North Texas bikers joined hundreds of others from across the state in Waco on Sunday, protesting the continued jailing of more than 100 riders, friends and family members three weeks after a deadly shootout at a restaurant. The North Texas motorcyclists gathered near the old Six Flags Mall in Arlington before taking off for the McLennan County Courthouse in Waco. There, they were joined by others who proclaimed their constitutional rights and held signs. Before the rally in front of the court building, they circled the jail and detention center twice. snip Critics have argued that police lumped...
  • Released bikers give clashing accounts of Twin Peaks shootout

    06/07/2015 12:36:30 PM PDT · by PROCON · 46 replies
    wacotrib.com ^ | June 6, 2015 | J.B. SMITH
    As more bikers are released from McLennan County Jail, the accounts of what led up to the deadly shootout at Twin Peaks come into sharper conflict with each other. Police and prosecutors have painted the May 17 shooting as a clash of rival “gangs” — primarily the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle clubs — that were armed and prepared to settle scores in a public place. Waco police have said more than 300 weapons found at the scene show there was “criminal intent” among the 177 who were jailed in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.“(It) indicates to the public that...
  • Witnesses: Semi-automatic gunfire dominated biker shootout in Waco

    06/06/2015 1:19:48 PM PDT · by don-o · 190 replies
    First came a few pistol shots, several witnesses said, then a barrage of rifle fire during the shootout last month at a Waco restaurant favored by bikers. But authorities still have not said how many of the dead and wounded were the result of police fire. Police have identified only one assault weapon, a semi-automatic gun that fires high-powered ammunition, among the firearms confiscated from bikers, and that was found in a locked car after the shooting ended.
  • Owner of house blown apart by SWAT says: 'This is an abomination. This is an atrocity'

    06/05/2015 8:02:12 PM PDT · by ican'tbelieveit · 127 replies
    The Denver Channel ^ | Phil Tenser, Anne Trujillo, Alan Stedman
    GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - "There was one gunman with a handgun and they chose to turn this house into something that resembles Osama Bin Laden's compound." Leo Lech is more than a little upset, and he is not afraid to express it with colorful language. After all, the house he purchased for his son now has gaping holes where it once had walls and windows. Past the exposed studs and insulation of the condemned structure, you can see artwork on the wall of a 9-year-old boy's bedroom. "In any civilized nation ... this is the act of paramilitary thugs," he...
  • Harrisburg police officer wrongly accuses veteran, 75, of 'stolen valor'

    06/04/2015 7:55:33 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 80 replies
    pennlive.com ^ | Christine Vendel
    An Army soldier attending Artsfest on Memorial Day thought something was fishy with the Marine uniform worn by 75-year-old Robert Ford, who was strolling along Front Street. Ford's hat bore some wrinkles, according to the soldier's assessment, and his belt buckle looked too ornate for his rank. The soldier enlisted the help of a Harrisburg police officer working at the event, who was a Marine, and together, they accused Ford of being a fraud. "He's not a real Marine!" the officer shouted to the crowd gathered for the PennLive/Patriot-News Artsfest of Greater Harrisburg. "Stolen valor!" "I was humiliated," said Ford,...