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A&E Is Airing 'the Most Disturbing Show on TV'

'Live PD' claims to provide transparency. Writer calls that 'absurd'

(Newser) - Live PD is sort of like long-running hit show Cops, except that everything on the show is aired live (with an undisclosed delay) and unedited. In one instance, a South Carolina mother was watching the A&E show when she found out—along with everyone else watching the show—that... More »

Family of Man Killed by Cop Balks at Sheriff's $314K Bill

They want info on officer who killed him; lawyer says records fee is 'offensive'

(Newser) - When pedestrian Blane Land was struck and killed by a police officer in Jacksonville, Fla., in May, his family immediately began digging into the officer's prior conduct. As it turned out, Officer Tim James had been investigated at least 11 times by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and would... More »

NYPD Is Knocking Cellphones Out of People's Hands: Report

Abundance of cameras has made some cops in NYC jumpy

(Newser) - A civilian review panel tasked with investigating complaints against New York City cops has spotted a trend: NYPD officers knocking cellphones and other video recording devices out of the hands of concerned citizens. In a three-year analysis of complaints against city officers starting in 2014, the Civilian Complaint Review Board... More »

Cop Rescues Child Abuse Victim—Then Goes Further

'He's the reason why I'm here right now'

(Newser) - "That's a measure of a man—and a very good police officer," Poteau Police Chief Stephen Fruen says of Officer Jody Thompson. KFSM reports the Oklahoma police officer went above and beyond the call of duty by adopting the victim of a child abuse case. Back in... More »

Cops Commit Crimes, Too. This One Is Just 'Invisible'

Huffington Post examines domestic abuse by police

(Newser) - Police officers are trained to dominate, interrogate, and show strength. These are the skills that, in theory, make them good police officers—but those same skills can also make for a dangerous abuser, write Melissa Jeltsen and Dana Liebelson at the Huffington Post . "If domestic abuse is one of... More »

Cops Show Less Respect to Black Drivers

It's the first major US study of police bodycam footage

(Newser) - In a conclusion that some may not consider surprising, researchers have found that police officers are more respectful to white people than black people during traffic stops, according to a study published Monday in PNAS . Ars Technica reports the data for the first major study of US bodycam footage comes... More »

SCOTUS Taking Up Cellphone Tower Case

High court will consider whether police need warrants

(Newser) - In a new case about digital age technology and privacy, the Supreme Court will consider whether police need warrants to review cellphone tower records that help them track the location of criminal suspects, the AP reports. The justices agreed Monday to hear an appeal from Timothy Carpenter, who was sentenced... More »

After Cops Raid Party, Mensa Applications Surge

'We do want new members, but perhaps not in this way,' says Mensa Sweden

(Newser) - Police had to break up a loud party in the wee hours of the morning at a hotel, an otherwise ho-hum event that wouldn't be making headlines except for the group involved. That would be Mensa, the exclusive society that accepts only those with the very highest IQs, reports... More »

Oakland Pays $1M to Teen in Police Sex Scandal

'I feel happy that I can close this chapter and move on'

(Newser) - A former teenage sex worker who claimed to have had sexual contact with more than two dozen Bay Area police officers, including while underage, is getting a nearly $1 million payout. The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $989,000 to settle a claim with the 19-year-old, who has... More »

Police Chief on Leave After Arrest of Miss Black Texas

Carmen Ponder accuses Kerry Crews of wrongful arrest and corruption

(Newser) - The winner of Miss Black Texas 2016 is alleging assault, wrongful arrest, and official corruption against a Texas police chief and other officers after she spent 24 hours in jail this past weekend, the Root reports. According to NBC DFW , Carmen Ponder says she was driving to Walmart on Saturday... More »

Woman Bugged by Cops' Reaction to Thermos of Semen

Felicia Nevins called cops fearing it might explode, isn't happy about the publicity

(Newser) - A Florida woman trying to get pregnant via artificial insemination called police because she feared the thermos she was using to store sperm and dry ice might explode. Felicia Nevins sought the Pasco County Sheriff's Office's help after she forgot to remove a rubber O-ring from the container,... More »

Unarmed Man Killed by Cop During Foot Chase in Las Vegas

Police say officer used stun gun 7 times and an unapproved choke hold

(Newser) - A Las Vegas police officer used a stun gun seven times and an unapproved neck hold on an unarmed man in a deadly foot chase at a casino over the weekend, authorities said Wednesday. The officer reported that he thought the man was trying to carjack a pickup truck before... More »

Cops Put Cheetos in 4/20 'Trap' for Pot Smokers

They say the joke has a serious purpose

(Newser) - If Minnesota's Wyoming Police Department had been serious, it might've actually nabbed some pot smokers with its "discreet" trap on 4/20 . As it is, the department instead got plenty of laughs —and even praise —for a tweeted photo showing an officer holding a net near... More »

Cop Pummels Pedestrian in 'Disturbing' Video

Police say his actions are 'unacceptable'

(Newser) - A video taken from a police dashboard camera on Monday shows a white police officer approaching a black man, whom he accuses of jaywalking earlier in Sacramento, Calif. What the officer does next is "unacceptable" and has sparked a criminal investigation, according to the Sacramento Police Department. "... More »

Police Raffle Has Shocking Grand Prize, Literally

An officer will be hit by a stun gun in Louisiana

(Newser) - A police union in Louisiana is raffling off a grand prize that is raising eyebrows: the use of a stun gun on one of its officers, per the AP . DeRidder Police Chief John Gott says officers themselves suggested one of their own be stunned April 15 to raise funds for... More »

Video of Cop Body-Slamming Young Woman Causes Furor

Police in Colorado say it's a 'standard arrest technique'

(Newser) - A nine-second video showing a female college student slammed to the ground by a Colorado police officer, viewed 780,000 times on Instagram, has many accusing the officer of excessive force. But Fort Collins Police, who are investigating Thursday's incident, say people are jumping to conclusions as the video... More »

A Name Change for Taser, Free Body Cams for Cops

Newly branded Axon offering police departments trial run for cameras, software

(Newser) - Does this mean we now have to say a suspect was "Axoned"? In a rebranding move meant to put some distance between the Taser International company and its famous stun gun, the firm is changing its name, Reuters reports. Although CEO Rick Smith says his team is "... More »

The Cop Who May Have Framed Dozens, the City That Did Nothing

BuzzFeed's Melissa Segura says many players in Chicago may have played a part

(Newser) - Retired Chicago police detective Reynaldo Guevara is accused of framing dozens for murder from the '80s into the early 2000s, allegedly beating out confessions, coaxing witnesses during suspect lineups, and sending more than 50 people away for a combined 2,300-plus years. Melissa Segura examines one case in particular... More »

Sessions Orders Review of Obama-Era Police Reforms

AG signals he'll roll back agreements with departments in Ferguson, Baltimore, etc.

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the Justice Department to review reform agreements reached with troubled police departments across the country, such as those in Ferguson and Baltimore, noting "it is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies." The court-enforced consent decrees... More »

Arrest After Trucker Drove From Coast to Coast—Non-Stop

Gary Robbins admitted using LSD, cocaine, crystal meth to fuel him

(Newser) - That a trucker drove cross-country while high on illegal drugs is worrisome enough—but police say Gary Robbins did that without any rest. The Alaska man was arrested in Deerfield, Mass., on Tuesday, and reportedly admitted to driving straight there from Seattle. His ride ended at a Circle K gas... More »

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