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Parents Locked Autistic Twins, 22, in Basement: Cops

John and Janice Land abuse and imprisonment charges

(Newser) - To stop his 22-year-old autistic twin sons from misbehaving, John Land told police he installed an external deadbolt and padlock on a basement bedroom with the “sole intention” of keeping the men locked away during the overnight hours, NBC4 reports. The conditions police found last week at the Rockville,... More »

Man Flees From Police, Runs Into Police Academy

Roger Wayne Beasley Jr. faces multiple charges

(Newser) - It’s a classic case of "out of the frying pan and into the fire." Roger Wayne Beasley Jr., 30, was driving around Wednesday in Biloxi when a cop recognized him and remembered one very important thing—Beasley didn’t have a license, the police chief tells Mississippi'... More »

Cop: We Lie About 911 Calls to Make Arrests

North Carolina officer admits to using tactic

(Newser) - The police chief in Durham, North Carolina, has warned officers to stop lying about fake 911 calls in order to enter people's homes and make arrests, Opposing Views reports. The tactic came up during a court hearing in May when an officer admitted to doing it. Officer AB Beck... More »

Brooklyn Woman Found Living With Mother's Bones

Chava Stirn, 28, discovered living in trash-packed apartment with remains

(Newser) - Skeletal remains were found in a Brooklyn apartment on Monday, and the New York Post today reports that, as suspected , a 28-year-old woman found in the apartment had been living with her dead mother's bones. Cops came upon the scene after the apartment building’s superintendent, who was investigating... More »

'Dangerously Militarized' Cops Misusing SWAT Teams

Army tactics, equipment used for drug raids

(Newser) - Police forces across America have become "dangerously militarized" and are using equipment and tactics taken straight from the Army to do things like serve search warrants and search homes for drugs, a new American Civil Liberties Union report finds. Among the findings of the report on police militarization, as... More »

Ohio Man in Trouble Over 2 Words on Sign

He warned drivers to 'turn now' ahead of DUI checkpoint

(Newser) - An Ohio man warning drivers about a looming DUI checkpoint would have avoided a ticket if not for the last two words on his sign, reports Raw Story . "Turn now!" Doug "Deo" Odolecki got the citation Friday night while standing on a street corner with his sign... More »

Vegas Killers Covered Dead Cops With Cloth

Couple appear to have links to the white supremacist movement

(Newser) - The man and woman who killed two Las Vegas police officers and a civilian before taking their own lives yesterday appear to have links to the white supremacist movement, police sources say. The shooters were a married couple in their 20s and the initial investigation has turned up swastikas and... More »

5 Dead in Las Vegas Police Ambush

Shooters attack officers eating lunch at pizza restaurant

(Newser) - A man and a woman gunned down two Las Vegas police officers today at a pizza restaurant before killing a civilian at a Walmart and taking their own lives, police said. In an apparent ambush, the female suspect shot an officer in the back of the head as he refilled... More »

Fake Cop Pulls Over Real One

Detective pulls him over right back

(Newser) - The problem with impersonating a cop is that at some point you might run into a real one. Florida Detective Justin "Chance" Anderson was driving an unmarked car Monday when a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor he'd passed turned on its red-and-blue flashers. Anderson obligingly pulled over.... More »

How Police Destroy Leftover Drug Evidence

Officials face numerous hurdles in incineration process

(Newser) - What happens to all the drugs police seize, once the stuff has already served its purpose as evidence? Well, it's typically burned, the AP reports, though there's a lot of variety in how authorities go about it. Drugs have been incinerated everywhere from crematories to factories to hospitals.... More »

US: Puerto Rico Police Run a 'Criminal Organization'

Sixteen current and former officers indicted

(Newser) - The Justice Department today indicted 16 current and former Puerto Rican police officers, accusing them of running a "criminal organization" out of the police department. Prosecutors are accusing the officers of using their positions "to make money through robbery, extortion, manipulating court records, and selling illegal narcotics,"... More »

Cop Jumps Off Bridge to Avoid Being Hit by Own Car

Officer in hospital after run-in with alleged drunk driver

(Newser) - When Kenneth Lewis and his partner made a routine traffic stop on a Texas bridge on Friday, they had no idea that the real danger would come from other cars behind them—including their own. Dash cam video obtained by KHOU shows the officers' patrol car barreling toward them, forcing... More »

Teen Calls Cops on Family; Cop Buys Him a Bed

South Carolina officer goes beyond call of duty to help needy teen

(Newser) - Few calls to police go quite as well as the one 13-year-old Cameron Simmons placed a few weeks ago. After an argument with his mom, the Sumter, SC, teen called the police to say he was done living with his family. Officer Gaetano Acerra soon arrived and told Simmons to... More »

Maryland Cops to Live-Tweet Prostitution Sting

Names, addresses of johns to be published

(Newser) - Cops in Maryland are planning to use new media as they tackle the world's oldest profession by live-tweeting a prostitution sting. "We won't tell you when or where, other than that it's somewhere in the county next week," reads a blog post from the Prince... More »

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 »

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