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Lawsuit Brews After Cop Beats Old Man With Dementia

Florida officers kicked, punched, Tasered 66-year-old

(Newser) - A legal fight is brewing over a Florida cop who kicked and pummeled a 66-year-old man with dementia, Florida Today reports. Officer Derek Middendorf also turned off his car's dashboard camera before encountering Albert Flowers—possibly unaware it was still sending footage to a hard drive. “He should... More »

NY Gunman Surrenders in School Standoff

SWAT and local police negotiating with hostage-taker in Pine Plains

(Newser) - A gunman holding an upstate New York school principal hostage has surrendered and is in custody, reports CNN . More than 100 police officers and a SWAT team negotiated with the gunman, who a local official said was a former student in his 40s. Pine Plains is located about 90 miles... More »

Gates, Cambridge Cop: Sure, We'll Have That Beer

(Newser) - Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the Cambridge cop who arrested him both say they will take up President Obama on his offer to have a beer at the White House. "It is time for all of us to move on, and to assess what we can learn from this... More »

Angry Gates to Make Film on Racial Profiling

Harvard prof. inspired by recent brush with the law

(Newser) - After his up-close and personal look at the criminal justice system, Henry Louis Gates Jr. intends to tackle the issue of racial profiling in a documentary for PBS, the Harvard scholar tells the Washington Post. "It had never crossed my mind but it has now," says Gates, who... More »

Why US Is Still (Sorta) at War With North Korea

(Newser) - The US says North Korea’s recent nuclear test is an obstacle to a “peace treaty formally ending the Korean War,” which gives pause to Juliet Lapidos, writing for Slate. “Wait, we’re still at war with North Korea?” The armistice that ended hostilities in 1953 was... More »

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