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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 »

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 »

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