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Why Chicago's Crime Rates Plummeted

Chicago Magazine alleges plot to fudge statistics

(Newser) - Chicago politicians are trumpeting last year's unprecedented drop in crime rates, but on second glance it may be a case of lies, damned lies, and statistics, Chicago Magazine reports. Insiders at City Hall and the police department say that when crime soared in 2012, Mayor Rahm Emanuel felt the... More »

Cops Hunt Hedge Fund Boss in Banker's Murder

Plus: Possible banker murder-suicide investigated in Netherlands

(Newser) - The hunt is on for an "armed and dangerous" man in tiny Liechtenstein. Police say hedge fund manager Juergen Hermann is suspected of shooting and killing the CEO of Bank Frick in an underground parking lot, the Local reports. According to Swiss reports, the victim was Juergen Frick, 48,... More »

Facebook Ponies Up $600K to Pay for City Cop

'Unprecedented' $200K-a-year public-private deal could be a model

(Newser) - Facebook is poised for a private-company first: The social network plans to pay $200,000 a year for three years to fund the employment of a local cop. The "community safety police officer" will receive $108,000 per year to protect Menlo Park, Calif., a city of 30,000,... More »

NYPD Testing Google Glass as Crime-Fighting Tool

Police are experimenting with a few pairs of the glasses

(Newser) - VentureBeat reports on a development that could make "stop-and-frisk" seem downright quaint: The New York City Police Department has scored a few pairs of Google Glass and is testing them out on the streets. “We’re looking at them, you know, seeing how they work," says... More »

A&E Crime Show Makes Millions, Ruins Lives: Report

'The First 48' pressures detectives to put people away, and fast

(Newser) - The First 48 is a hot reality show about police trying to crack cases—mostly murders—in the crucial first two days of any investigation. But the show also pressures detectives to act quickly, and in two cases suspects served long jail terms before judges learned there was no real... More »

1st BART Cop Ever Killed Died at Colleague's Hands

Sgt. Tom Smith was a 20-year veteran of the force: officials

(Newser) - For the first time since the Bay Area Rapid Transit police formed 42 years ago, an on-duty officer has been killed—and the death of Sgt. Tom Smith Jr., 42, apparently came at the hands of a colleague. In what's being painted as a tragic accident, the fatal shooting... More »

Suit: Cops Left Hispanic Drunk Guy at Taco Bell

Uriel Juarez-Popoca was subsequently killed by a car

(Newser) - When Ohio police responded to reports of a drunk driver who had pulled over on the side of the road, they inexplicably took the 22-year-old Hispanic man to a Taco Bell five miles away and left him there. Soon after, he was walking on the highway when he was hit... More »

Turkey Ousts 350 Cops Overnight

Organized crime, national security cops turned into traffic cops amidst corruption probe

(Newser) - In one fell swoop, Turkey ousted 350 police officers at midnight, in what many analysts believe is an attempt by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to quash the corruption investigation against him. The affected officers come mostly from the organized crime, fiscal crime, terrorism, and cybercrime units—including 80 directors... More »

Police Fire AK-47s at Cambodian Protesters

3 killed as garment workers demand double the current minimum wage

(Newser) - At least three people were killed today when police in Cambodia opened fire to break up a protest by striking garment workers demanding a doubling of the minimum wage, police and human rights workers said. Police said the three were killed and two others were wounded in a southern suburb... More »

New Crime-Fighting Tool: Photos of Victims' Eyes?

We might see reflected images of the criminals, say researchers

(Newser) - Humans are extremely good at identifying faces, even when they're tiny—and that fact could help police solve future crimes. Researchers showed 32 participants high-resolution photo portraits of faces, and the participants were asked to identify people reflected in the subjects' pupils—often the photographer or someone standing next... More »

Fla. Cops Give Xmas Speeders Tickets—and Gifts

In Melbourne, FL, speeding tickets came with lotto tickets yesterday

(Newser) - Sir, I'm going to need to give you a ticket … a lotto ticket, that is. In an attempt to add some cheer to the presumably fairly miserable job of pulling people over on Christmas, police in Melbourne, Fla., were handing out scratch-off tickets to the people they stopped... More »

Egypt Sentences 21 Women, Then Arrests Their Lawyer

14 of the women were sentenced to 11 years in prison on Wednesday

(Newser) - As protests rage on in Egypt, the lawyer at the helm of the defense team representing 21 young female protesters was today arrested at home for "incitement of violence," CNN reports. On Wednesday, 14 of the women—mostly aged 18 to 22, the AP notes—were sentenced to... More »

German Cop May Have Killed Man, Eaten Him

Two men met on cannibal website

(Newser) - A police officer in eastern Germany may have eaten parts of a man he allegedly murdered after the pair met on a cannibalism website. Police found remains of the 59-year-old victim on the officer's property in Saxony, der Spiegel reports via the tabloid Bild. "The agreement (between the... More »

Texas Cop Charged in Rape of Woman He Pulled Over

Jackie Len Neal told victim she was in a stolen car

(Newser) - A San Antonio police officer has been charged with the rape of a 19-year-old woman he pulled over at 2am Friday. Officer Jackie Len Neal, 40, told the woman she was driving a stolen vehicle, according to an affidavit. Neal asked the woman to step out for a pat-down; she... More »

Man Arrested 62 Times for Trespassing— at Own Job

Miami-area cops constantly hassling black workers, customers: store owner

(Newser) - Over a four-year period, a Florida man has been stopped by Miami Gardens police 258 times, searched 100 times, and jailed 56 times, even though his most serious conviction is for having marijuana. Earl Sampson has been arrested 62 times for trespassing, nearly always at the 207 Quickstop convenience store—... More »

Newtown Cop's PTSD Could Get Him Fired

Thomas Bean was a first responder

(Newser) - A Newtown, Conn., police officer on his day off was among the first to respond to the Sandy Hook school shooting—and he still can't escape the horrific memories. Thomas Bean has flashbacks and has considered suicide, he tells CNN : "That day killed me inside." He was... More »

Cop in Chicken Suit Nabs 31 Drivers

As part of a crackdown on those who don't yield to pedestrians

(Newser) - Police made use of a, er, unique tactic to nail drivers who failed to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks in Lake Elsinore, California, this week: They employed a strategically-placed chicken decoy. A member of the force donned a chicken suit and walked through crosswalks as officers monitored drivers, the Lake... More »

Cleveland Suspends 63 Cops Over Massive, Deadly Chase

13 may be charged over death of unarmed suspects

(Newser) - Cleveland has suspended a sizable chunk of its police department over a car chase last year that left two unarmed suspects riddled with bullets after a pursuit involving 63 cars. The city's chief of police says 63 of the 104 officers involved will be suspended for up to 10... More »

Florida Cops' Coke Scheme Undone by Newspaper

Sunrise locals upset about criminals police 'brought to our city'

(Newser) - Police in Sunrise, Fla., spent years luring drug buyers into town before arresting them—and making a bundle in the process, according to an investigative report by the South Florida Sun Sentinel . The operation has since been stopped, thanks to the paper's revelations, which ran last week and shed... More »

Navy Gunman 'Had a Problem' With His Company

Alexis started shooting on floor where he worked

(Newser) - The investigation following Monday's Navy Yard shooting is looking into a possible motive: trouble at work. Aaron Alexis "was not doing a very good job, and somebody told him that there was a problem," a law enforcement official tells the Washington Post . Alexis began shooting on the... More »

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