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NYPD Brass May Have Exchanged Expensive Trips for Favors

20 high-ranking NYPD members have been implicated

(Newser) - Approximately 20 members of NYPD brass, including a number of chiefs, are being implicated in a corruption investigation by the FBI, the New York Times reports. They're suspected of accepting expensive gifts, including tickets to the Super Bowl, according to the New York Daily News . The New York Post... More »

Cops Moved by Teen's Surprise Napkin Message

Small gesture goes a long way

(Newser) - Kansas City police officer Rance Quinn recently shared a secret about cops: "We like to feel the love just like everybody else does," he tells fox4kc.com . And Quinn and a colleague felt that love when last week a teenage girl walked past their table at a restaurant... More »

Police Union Hires Chicago Cop Charged With Murder

Jason Van Dyke is making $12 an hour as a 'jack-of-all-trades'

(Newser) - Jason Van Dyke , the white Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of black teen Laquan McDonald , has a new gig with the police union: janitor. The AP reports Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police hired Van Dyke—who is on unpaid leave from the... More »

Police Officers Killed in 'Horrific' Head-On Crash

Susan Farrell, Carlos Puente-Morales die on the scene

(Newser) - Two police officers in Des Moines, Iowa, have died in a head-on collision with a wrong-way car while transporting an inmate in the middle of the night, KCCI reports. "It was a horrific accident, probably one of the [worst] I've seen," says a rep for the Des... More »

Woman Arrested While Nude Is Now $125K Richer

Officer entered Esmeralda Rossi's home without cause in March 2015

(Newser) - An Arizona woman has been awarded $125,000 after an officer entered her home illegally and arrested her while she was naked. The Chandler City Council OKed the settlement Thursday, per the Arizona Republic . Esmeralda Rossi says she spoke briefly to Officer Doug Rose at her door in March 2015... More »

Cops Pull Over Car With Tree Stuck in Grille

Police in Roselle, Illinois, say tree was about 15 feet high

(Newser) - Seems Illinois cops had good reason to pull over a driver in January: "Stopped for driving with a large tree embedded in the front grille," a police report says. Officers in Roselle, a town in northeastern Illinois, figured the tree was about 15 feet high. "We didn'... More »

Court: Filming Cops Isn't First Amendment Right

If you're not making your grievances known, no recording allowed, says ruling

(Newser) - Unless you're actively challenging or criticizing the police, don't whip out your cellphone to record them. That's the ruling of a US District Court in Pennsylvania in a joint lawsuit covering two cases in Philadelphia, the PhillyVoice reports. The complaint—which the ACLU of Pennsylvania says is... More »

Father and Son Cops Saved by Bulletproof Vests 27 Years Apart

'It’s like I’m going through this all over again'

(Newser) - One of two officers shot early Saturday morning in New York City was saved by his bulletproof vest—27 years after a bulletproof vest saved his father's life, the New York Daily News reports. Officers Andrew Yurkiw and William Reddin exchanged fire with Jamal Funes, who the New York ... More »

Cop Allegedly Joked About Black Lives Matter Suicide

Lee Cyr is now on leave

(Newser) - An Ohio police officer is in hot water after an ill-advised Facebook comment he allegedly posted this week. Lee Cyr allegedly wrote "Love a happy ending" in the comments section of an Ohio Politics post about a Black Lives Matter activist committing suicide , though the comment has apparently since... More »

Government Sues Ferguson After It Tries to Revise Policing Deal

Ferguson leaders 'have chosen to step backward'

(Newser) - The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb, the AP reports. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Ferguson's decision to reject the... More »

Report: Chicago Cops Hide, Break, Disable Dashcam Microphones

That's why we don't have audio from the shooting of Laquan McDonald

(Newser) - The Chicago Police Department has a dashcam problem. DNAinfo Chicago looked at 1,800 police maintenance logs and found officers were preventing their dashcams from recording audio by stowing microphones in the glove compartment, removing batteries, and breaking antennas. And that's when the microphones were even present in the... More »

Ex-Cop Gets 263 Years for Raping Women While on Patrol

His petition for a new trial was denied

(Newser) - A former police officer accused of raping more than a dozen women while on patrol will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being sentenced to 263 years in prison on Thursday, NBC News reports. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, was charged in 2014 and found guilty on 18 of... More »

Hungry Disabled Guy Calls Cops; They Respond

Tennessee man hadn't eaten in 2 days after caretaker stole his debit card

(Newser) - The Tennessee town of Mount Pleasant is living up to its name through its police officers, who responded to a call from an elderly disabled man in the best way possible. WKRN reports that the PD received a call Saturday evening from the 79-year-old resident, who said he lived on... More »

Marathon Bombing Tourniquet May Have Saved Boston Officer's Life

The veteran officer was shot during a traffic stop Friday

(Newser) - In the immediate aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, improvised tourniquets were credited with saving 17 lives, ABC News reports. After that, officers with the Boston Police Department were issued 1,500 tourniquets. On Friday, one of those tourniquets may have saved a veteran officer's life, according to... More »

NJ Cop Says Sex on Duty Shouldn't Have Led to Firing

Fernando Sanchez lost his job, wants it back

(Newser) - "I honestly don't think so." That's the no-so-honest answer a former New Jersey police officer gave to Union County prosecutors who asked him if he had sex in his police car while on the job. Fernando Sanchez ultimately reversed that line and admitted to having sex... More »

3 Puerto Rico Cops Killed by Fellow Cop: Officials

There was allegedly a fight at Ponce headquarters before shootings

(Newser) - Authorities say an argument between a cop and three of his colleagues apparently led the officer to shoot and kill all three of them Monday at police headquarters in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the AP reports. The officer, identified by Puerto Rican newspaper El Vocero as 50-year-old Guarionex Candelario Rivera, allegedly... More »

Cops Pull Over Drivers, Hand Out $100 Bills

Motorists in Monroe County, Ga., are moved to tears

(Newser) - Sheriff's deputies in a central Georgia county have been surprising motorists, some of whom expect a ticket. Instead, they've gotten $100 bills. The Macon Telegraph reports that Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick gave officers 54 $100 bills to hand out randomly over three days during the past... More »

Fla. Police on Murky Hunt for Women Seen in Photos

6 have been found safe in Windermere case

(Newser) - Police in central Florida have left many scratching their heads after sharing photos of seemingly unconscious women in an effort to identify them, then attempting to scrub the photos from the net. On Tuesday, Windermere police released screenshots of videos—recorded between 2006 and 2013—showing women lying on a... More »

Report: Alabama Cops Planted Drugs on Black Men for Years

'Racial extremist' cops blamed for nearly 1,000 wrongful convictions

(Newser) - The Henry County Report dropped a bombshell Tuesday: A group of "racial extremists" within one Alabama police department planted drugs and weapons on young black men for more than 10 years, leading to nearly 1,000 wrongful convictions. The story is based on hundreds of files obtained by the... More »

Assets Seized by Cops Top Those Stolen by Burglars

In 2014, more property was taken via legal civil asset forfeiture than burglary

(Newser) - When it comes to taking property that isn’t theirs, burglars are facing some stiff competition: law enforcement officers. In 2014, the Washington Post reports, the federal Treasury and Justice departments accumulated more than $5 billion via civil asset forfeiture—the controversial practice of law enforcement seizing cash and property... More »

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