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Sign in Baltimore Police Van: 'Enjoy Your Ride'

Cops investigating 'unacceptable' wording

(Newser) - An unsettling development involving police in Baltimore: Photos snapped Tuesday near the city's Central District Police Station show a sign on the inside of a police van door—like the one in which Freddie Gray rode —that reads: "Enjoy your ride, cuz we sure will!" The... More »

Sniper Kills Suspect in Police HQ Attack in Dallas

He is believed to be dead, had blamed cops for losing custody of his son

(Newser) - The chaos in Dallas is over after the city's police headquarters was attacked by a gunman with bombs. A police sniper has indeed killed the suspect inside his van, reports AP . It took a while to confirm because police were cautious about approaching the vehicle. It also appears that... More »

Florida Principal Defends Texas Cop, Loses Job

'I commend him,' said Alberto Iber of 99% minority school

(Newser) - North Miami Senior High School is in need of a new principal after its own defended a white police officer's actions during a Texas pool party melee , the Miami Herald reports. Alberto Iber has been reassigned to "administrative duties" (though the Sun-Sentinel reports he resigned) after writing this... More »

At This Rate, Cops Will Kill 1K People This Year

By the Guardian's count, that is

(Newser) - A Guardian project that's compiling killings by US police says we're right on track to hit more than 1,000 such deaths by year's end, because we've already hit the midpoint. The newspaper's The Counted project, an interactive database that the Guardian says uses both... More »

Texas Cop Resigns After Pool Party Video

Eric Casebolt in McKinney already had been suspended

(Newser) - Officer Eric Casebolt is out of a job. His lawyer tells Fox4News that Casebolt has resigned from the force in McKinney, Texas, after a volatile video emerged of him over the weekend responding to a call from a suburban pool party. In the video, he pins a black teenage girl... More »

Pool Party Teen: Cop Shoved Me, Pulled My Hair

Activists want Cpl. Eric Casebolt fired

(Newser) - Texas police have named the cop suspended after busting up a party at a community pool in McKinney. Eric Casebolt, who appears to pull a 15-year-old girl to the ground before pointing his gun at two teens in a YouTube video, has been put on administrative leave, reports the Dallas ... More »

Texas Cop Suspended After Pool Party Melee

Cop grabbed teenage girl and slammed her to the ground

(Newser) - An explosive video of Texas cops chasing, handcuffing, and cursing at black teenagers has led to one officer being placed on administrative leave, the Dallas Morning News reports. According to police in McKinney, Texas , it began with calls Friday night about teens using a community pool without permission and "... More »

Cops Fatally Shoot 2 Americans Per Day

The Washington Post starts 'unprecedented' tally

(Newser) - Police are shooting Americans dead at a rate of over two per day, according to a Washington Post tally that the newspaper calls "an unprecedented examination of these shootings." In the first five months of its year-long project to compile fatal police shootings, the Post has documented 385—... More »

Railroad Police Exist, and There Are Issues

Alleged harassment, racial profiling, and assault are among them

(Newser) - Heard of railroad police? Don't worry, neither had we. But they exist, they operate with little government oversight, and they've been accused of various offences ranging from harassment to racial profiling to physical assault, the New York Times reports. "There needs to be better oversight of these... More »

Chicago Man: Police Did the Unthinkable at 'Black Site'

Homan Square continues to get hammered for alleged abuse

(Newser) - The Guardian has been relentlessly pursuing a story out of Chicago—the subject of Homan Square, an alleged PD "black site" where suspects are reportedly taken to be brutally interrogated. Now a 13th man has shared with the paper his own allegations of abuse at the hands of officers... More »

Report: Many Brought to Baltimore Jails Hurt

Plus, Freddie Gray ran, but his death 'makes you run faster'

(Newser) - In more ways than one, Freddie Gray's story was not unusual in Baltimore. Gray reportedly died after police ignored his requests for medical care—and he wasn't alone in failing to receive help, the Baltimore Sun reports. Corrections officers weren't willing to admit some 2,600 people... More »

Court Rebuffs Suit by Parents Told Their Daughter Was Dead

Maria and Jose Guerra believed bad news for horrible 6 days

(Newser) - So law enforcement officers mistakenly informed Maria and Jose Guerra that their daughter was dead—and the grieving parents believed that misinformation for a grueling six days. Is that reason to sue? The Arizona couple did sue the Department of Public Safety for negligence, only to have the state's... More »

Video: White Delaware Cop Kicks Black Suspect in Face

Newly released footage shows August 2013 incident near Dover gas station

(Newser) - "Oh my God. That's bad. That's messed up." That was the reaction of one Delaware viewer interviewed by the News Journal to a video released yesterday showing a white Dover Police Department officer kicking a black suspect in the head during an August 2013 incident, the... More »

Trio Accused of Running Fake Police Force

One is an aide to California's attorney general

(Newser) - In January, police chiefs around California got letters informing them that new leaders were in place at the Masonic Fraternal Police Department. Which got them wondering, what on earth is the Masonic Fraternal Police Department? Turns out, it's a self-anointed group whose website claims jurisdiction in 33 states and... More »

Baltimore Cop Probe Wasn't Finished Yet

Task force watched Freddie Gray charges announced on TV

(Newser) - A Baltimore police task force was doggedly investigating Freddie Gray's death—cramming months of work into about two weeks—when charges were filed against six officers on Friday, the Baltimore Sun reports. "We're still going strong as far as this task force is concerned," Maj. Stanley... More »

Cops: We Should've Gotten Freddie Gray Help Faster

6 cops on leave in Baltimore amid investigation

(Newser) - Baltimore police have suspended six officers with pay as part of a probe into the death of Freddie Gray, who a lawyer claims had his spinal cord severed in police custody. At a press conference yesterday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she was "frustrated" by a lack of information,... More »

Lawyer: Man Dies After Spine Severed in Police Custody

Family lawyer says Freddie Gray died from spinal injury after cop encounter

(Newser) - The family lawyer of a Baltimore man who died yesterday says his spine was 80% severed at his neck while in police custody, NBC News reports. The death of Freddie Gray (variously reported as 25 or 27) is raising red flags due to a lack of details and a gap... More »

Law Would Shield Cop IDs for 60 Days After Shooting

Critics of Arizona bill are calling it an attack on transparency

(Newser) - Darren Wilson went into hiding after shooting Michael Brown, and when a Phoenix cop killed an unarmed black man in December, police were afraid protesters would mob his home, NBC News reports. The latter never happened, but Arizona Rep. Steven Smith is sponsoring Senate Bill 1445, which would keep... More »

Report: Cops Spend $22K Getting Killer to Dinner

Rene 'Boxer' Enriquez was sole speaker at LA event

(Newser) - Well, this is awkward: The LAPD allegedly shuttled a convicted killer to a pricey downtown dinner to satisfy a group of elite business executives, the LA Times reports. According to an inspector general's report, police took Rene "Boxer" Enriquez—a former Mexican Mafia leader serving two life sentences... More »

Cops Quietly Using Secret Spy Tool to Find Suspects

Critics say cell-tower simulators violate civil liberties, 4th Amendment

(Newser) - A device police can use to pinpoint a suspect's location with what some say is 100% reliability may just sound like the latest cool tool in a cop's catch-a-criminal arsenal. But the surveillance instrument used by the Tallahassee PD since 2007 is worrying the ACLU, judges, and citizens... More »

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