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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 »

Man Arrested Following Shooting of Minneapolis Cop

Police rep says shooting linked to officer's response to a call

(Newser) - A man has been arrested, police say, after a shooting left a Minneapolis police officer in the hospital . The 43-year-old was arrested over allegedly violating probation in a possible burglary and domestic assault, KARE reports. The injured officer—who is now in fair condition in the hospital—was investigating a... More »

Ohio Students Make Cheat Sheet for Dealing With Cops

Most important tip: 'simply stay out of trouble'

(Newser) - Not long after 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed by police in Cleveland in November, a group of students in nearby Akron decided protests weren't enough. So the Akron PeaceMakers , an anti-violence youth group, brainstormed with the local PD to come up with a double-sided crib sheet of tips for... More »

Police: Fake Cop Pulls Over a Real One

Off-duty officer gives chase in Virginia

(Newser) - A man accused of impersonating a police officer had the bad luck to pull over an actual police officer, reports WUSA-TV . An off-duty cop in Dumfries, Va., says he pulled over when the Crown Vic behind him turned a spotlight on his car about 1am yesterday. When the Crown Vic... More »

Police Have Been Using Radar to Peek Into Homes

Legal and privacy concerns emerge as law enforcement uses detection technology

(Newser) - The gist of the Fourth Amendment, according to the Supreme Court , is "the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion." Which is why legal and privacy concerns are cropping up regarding the recent revelation that at least... More »

Why Police Are Maiming, Killing With 'Grenades'

Cops use flashbang grenades to stun during raids

(Newser) - Following a drug tip, nearly 20 cops stormed a small apartment outside Atlanta in 2010. Invading officers found only a little weed, but managed to seriously injure resident Treneshia Dukes with a flashbang grenade—a police device that's drawing increasing attention and controversy, Pro Publica reports. Cops often toss... More »

Dashcam Viral: Cop Lip-Syncs to Taylor Swift

Dover PD's Jeff Davis seriously gets into This. Sick. Beat.

(Newser) - "While reviewing dashcam footage," ominously begins the Dover Police Department's Facebook post , "we come across some interesting sights to say the least. We hope you enjoy this...and Taylor Swift, if you're watching...we're sorry." What follows is what it dubs a "... More »

Cops Used Black Teen's Mugshot as Shooting Target

North Miami Beach police claim no wrongdoing

(Newser) - A Florida family is up in arms after stumbling upon the mugshots of five black men used as targets by North Miami Beach Police snipers. Sgt. Valerie Deant of the Florida National Guard arrived at a shooting range in Medley for her annual weapons qualifications training last month to discover... More »

NYPD Revolt Wanes? Arrests Inch Back Up

Still down compared to a year ago: 'New York Times'

(Newser) - After two police officers were gunned down in New York last month, police appeared to cut way back on arrests and summonses , a fact NYPD chief William Bratton confirmed last week. Now those numbers are finally beginning to climb again, though they remain well below last year's levels, the... More »

Chokeholds Not Rare in the NYPD, Investigation Finds

Review finds physical response often first reaction to 'verbal resistance'

(Newser) - The controversial chokehold used on Eric Garner before his July death isn't the only time the NYPD has relied on the maneuver. A report released today by the police department's inspector general found that in several cases over the past five years, the banned tactic was an officer'... More »

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