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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 »

Raided Paris Terror Cell Was Ready to Strike: Prosecutor

2 dead, 8 arrests in raid near Paris—but fate of alleged mastermind still unclear

(Newser) - Paris prosecutor Francois Molins gave new details on the police raid on an alleged ISIS terror cell just north of Paris in a press conference Wednesday. Some highlights :
  • Molins said about 5,000 rounds were fired by police during an hourlong gunfight between heavily armed police and those inside the
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Cop Awarded for Sending Flowers to Crying Speeder

Ashley Catatao went 'beyond the call of duty,' says chief

(Newser) - A Massachusetts police officer who sent flowers to a crying woman she pulled over for speeding has received a commendation. Somerville Officer Ashley Catatao received a Beyond the Call of Duty Award from Chief David Fallon on Tuesday for her empathy and professionalism during the Nov. 4 traffic stop. More »

Police Reopen Investigation Into 1975 Officer Slaying

And they're offering a $50K reward for information

(Newser) - Late last month, the Long Beach Police Department reopened the investigation into a 28-year-old officer gunned down in front of his house in 1975, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports. Not only that, but the department is offering a $50,000 reward for any information that helps solve the case, according... More »

Armed Black Man's Post on Traffic Stop Is Internet Smash

'Maybe if you treat police officers with respect, they will do the same to you'

(Newser) - Steven Hildreth Jr. was "a black man wearing a hoodie and strapped"—he was legally carrying a gun—when stopped by a Tucson police officer for a broken headlight. And yet, he and the officer involved were respectful to one another, and both walked away from the incident... More »

Another Cop Encounters Defiant Teen, and Brilliance Ensues

'Who knew community policing could involve the Nae Nae?'

(Newser) - If all conflicts could be solved through dance-offs, the world would be much less violent (and Channing Tatum would probably be president, or something). Thankfully it's a world we're one step closer to after a Washington, DC, police officer and Iraq War veteran was caught on camera defusing... More »

Lawyer: Deputy Who Threw Teen Acted 'Professionally'

Her lawyer says she's in a cast

(Newser) - A police officer in Columbia, SC, who's faced previous accusations of excessive force and racial bias was on Wednesday fired after the violent arrest of a student at Spring Valley High School. Now, new details are emerging about the African-American student Fields allegedly threw across the classroom. The 16-year-old'... More »

NYPD Union: Boycott 'Cop-Hater' Tarantino's Films

Police union not pleased with director after he called cops 'murderers' at NYC rally

(Newser) - NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was shot dead Tuesday, and by Saturday Quentin Tarantino was in Washington Square Park, protesting "murderers"—not the ones going after cops, but the cops themselves. "When I see murders, I do not stand by … I have to call a murder a... More »

Driver's Alleged Crime: Drinking Coffee

Minnesota woman was left 'dumbfounded'

(Newser) - There's a good chance you broke the law on your way to work today—at least in the eyes of Minnesota police. The offense: drinking coffee while driving. Lindsey Krieger tells KMSP she was "dumbfounded" when an officer told her she'd been pulled over for the apparent... More »

Report: Chicago Cops Hid 7K Suspects at 'Black Site'

Homan Square is a scary place, lawyers say

(Newser) - Over the course of 11 years, police in Chicago took more than 7,000 suspects to a "black site" for interrogation where their lawyers and families had no hope of finding them, according to documents obtained by the Guardian in its latest report on the notorious Homan Square warehouse.... More »

Baltimore Cop Accused of Spitting on Suspect in Video

Sgt. Robert Mesner's police powers have been suspended

(Newser) - A Baltimore veteran cop's police powers were suspended Tuesday and criminal and internal investigations are underway after a video appears to show the officer spitting on a man he arrested. The video surfaced of an arrest Monday night in northeast Baltimore in which an onlooker says Sgt. Robert Mesner,... More »

London Cops End $18M Wait for Assange

Police say they've spent almost $18M waiting for WikiLeaks founder to emerge

(Newser) - London cops have been staking out the Ecuadorian Embassy 24 hours a day for three years, waiting for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to venture out. That wait ended Monday as Metropolitan Police finally pulled the plug, noting in a statement that it was "no longer proportionate to commit officers... More »

Cop Retiring After 35 Years Without Sick Day

Ala. officer didn't miss many school days, either

(Newser) - An Alabama police officer is retiring with an astounding work record: He's never taken a sick day in 35 years. Tuscaloosa police Capt. Mike Flowers works his final shift Friday, and he says his habit of going to work every day began when he was a child. The 59-year-old... More »

Indiana Driver's Traffic-Stop Selfie Resonates

'Neither of us are the enemy,' Greg Barnes writes on Facebook

(Newser) - Greg Barnes was in a hurry to get home on Friday, so when he saw police lights behind him on State Road 332 in Muncie, Indiana, "immediately I knew I was in the wrong," he tells WISH . What followed was "a simple interaction" that has touched hundreds... More »

The Numbers Show There Is No 'War on Police'

Police deaths steady in recent years, much lower than decades ago

(Newser) - A recent Rasmussen poll found 58% of respondents believe a "war on police" exists. The sentiment is being echoed publicly: After Shannon J. Miles was arrested for killing Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth at a gas station in Houston, a local DA remarked that "there are a few bad... More »

Couple's Photos of Late Son Stolen, Erased—Returned

Police retrieve photos erased from stolen camera

(Newser) - A better ending to a sad story: A Massachusetts husband and wife have gotten back photos of their late son that had been deleted by someone who stole their camera. The Lancaster home of Felicia and David Neeley was ransacked by thieves Aug. 30 when Felicia left for a short... More »

Driver to Deputy: 'No Wonder You People Get Shot'

Joy Feinberg didn't appreciate her $606 speeding ticket

(Newser) - When it became clear her attempts to avoid a speeding ticket were futile, a Florida woman had some choice words for the deputy who pulled her over in Boynton Beach: "No wonder you people get shot." The Palm Beach Post reports an unidentified deputy with the Palm Beach... More »

Kid's Gas Pump Gesture Moves Texas Cop

McKinley Zoellner, 16, offered to watch officer's back as she pumped gas

(Newser) - Given the recent shooting death of police officer Darren Goforth at a Texas gas station, Deputy Tommi Kelley had reason to be uneasy when a teen approached her as she filled up her patrol car in Houston early Thursday. "He walked up behind me" in the rain, Kelley says,... More »

Gunman Fires on Police SUV in Las Vegas 'Ambush'

He just walked up with a semi-automatic handgun, police say

(Newser) - A man with a semi-automatic handgun walked up to a Las Vegas police SUV waiting at a red light and opened fire, striking one officer in the right hand, authorities said. Police say the officer was taken to the University Medical Center's trauma center. He was hospitalized in good... More »

Police Union Says: Boycott Arby's

Cop says she was denied service

(Newser) - A Florida police union is calling for a national boycott of Arby's after one of the restaurant's employees allegedly refused to serve an officer this week, CBS Miami reports. According to Local 10 News , 19-year-old Kenneth Davenport failed to serve Sgt. Jennifer Martin, who was in uniform and... More »

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