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Chief: Phoenix Cops Forced Driver to Eat Pot

He says rookies made driver eat his stash

(Newser) - Three Phoenix police officers have resigned after a man alleged they forced him to eat marijuana found in his vehicle to avoid going to jail, Chief Joseph Yahner said Thursday. A fourth officer, Jeff Farrior, was demoted from lieutenant to sergeant for being aware of last week's incident and... More »

4 Fired After Cops Allegedly Had Sex With Teen Sex Worker

Teen sex worker claimed to have had sex with more than a dozen officers

(Newser) - Four Oakland police officers are being fired and another seven suspended without pay after a teenage sex worker claimed she had sex with more than a dozen officers , some while she was underage and occasionally for tips about future prostitution raids, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to CNN , the... More »

Cop Had Sex Nearly 100 Times While on the Job

Wisconsin officer John Worden has resigned

(Newser) - A Wisconsin police officer has resigned after it was revealed last month that he had sex 98 times while on duty and spent four to six hours per work day on personal calls using his Hudson Police Department phone, the Hudson Star-Observer reports. Back in April, a woman filed a... More »

Woman Arrested While Nude Is Now $125K Richer

Officer entered Esmeralda Rossi's home without cause in March 2015

(Newser) - An Arizona woman has been awarded $125,000 after an officer entered her home illegally and arrested her while she was naked. The Chandler City Council OKed the settlement Thursday, per the Arizona Republic . Esmeralda Rossi says she spoke briefly to Officer Doug Rose at her door in March 2015... More »

Cops Charged With Raping Women While On Duty

Two LAPD officers are facing life in prison

(Newser) - Two Los Angeles police officers are facing life in prison for allegedly sexually assaulting four women multiple times while on duty in Hollywood, NBC Los Angeles reports. According to the Los Angeles Times , James Nichols, 44, and Luis Valenzuela, 43, were charged Tuesday with multiple crimes, include rape. The alleged... 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 »

1K Cops in 6 Years Lost Badges for Sex Misconduct

AP investigation highlights a system rife with underreporting

(Newser) - In a yearlong investigation it calls "jolting," the AP takes a look at instances of sexual misconduct among the nation's law enforcement and finds at least 1,000 police officers who lost their badges over a period of six years for offenses ranging from rape and sex... 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 »

Attorney: Video Shows Cops Eating Edible Pot in Raid

Santa Ana department is investigating

(Newser) - The attorney of a woman who was busted in a raid on a pot shop says he's got video showing the officers sampling the edible goodies and joking about the flavors, reports KTLA . He's planning to file a lawsuit, and the Santa Ana Police Department is investigating. In... More »

Family: Deputies Stripped Our Dead Girl, Took Photos

Chicago lawsuit alleges authorities removed Jessica Mejia of clothes unnecessarily

(Newser) - As they were investigating a 2009 drunk-driving accident that killed 20-year-old Jessica Mejia, Cook County Sheriff's Officers stripped off all her clothes except for her underpants, placed her partially naked body on a tarp, and then took photos—all while in the view of onlookers and other emergency responders.... More »

Infamous Speed-Trap Town Investigated Over Tickets

Half of town's budget revenue comes from ticket fines

(Newser) - A small segment of highway that runs through the Florida town of Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65mph becomes 55mph; 55 becomes 45; then goes back to 55; then back down to 45; to 55 again; and, eventually, 35mph. AAA has named it one... More »

Police Ignored Huge Child Abuse Ring for Years: Report

1,400 kids exploited in UK town of Rotherham over 16 years

(Newser) - For 16 years, 1,400 children in the impoverished South Yorkshire town of Rotherham were stalked, reported missing, or seen leaving school with strange men. At first, they were "white British children" and more recently, they were Pakistani, Kashmiri, and Roma, the AP reports. A new report reveals they... More »

Ferguson Officer Accused of Hog-Tying Boy, 12

Boy's lawyer says trial date expected early 2015

(Newser) - The latest Ferguson, Mo., police officer to come under scrutiny in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting is Justin Cosma, who stands accused of hog-tying a 12-year-old boy in 2010 when Cosma was a sheriff's deputy in a neighboring county, the Huffington Post reports. A civil rights lawsuit... More »

Indictment: Philly Cops Went Rogue, Made a Fortune

Feds say 6 narcotics officers stole $500K in cash, drugs

(Newser) - Six officers in Philadelphia's Narcotics Field Unit were among the biggest crooks in the city over a six-year period in which they used violence and threats to steal more than $500,000 in cash and drugs, according to a federal indictment. The 26-count indictment against the six men, who... More »

US: Puerto Rico Police Run a 'Criminal Organization'

Sixteen current and former officers indicted

(Newser) - The Justice Department today indicted 16 current and former Puerto Rican police officers, accusing them of running a "criminal organization" out of the police department. Prosecutors are accusing the officers of using their positions "to make money through robbery, extortion, manipulating court records, and selling illegal narcotics,"... More »

Feds: Albuquerque Cops Use Excessive Force

Report slams department for violating civil rights

(Newser) - Police in New Mexico's biggest city routinely violate people's constitutional rights with a pattern of excessive and deadly force, a damning Justice Department report finds. The department's civil-rights investigation found that the majority of the police shootings in Albuquerque over the last few years were unjustified and... More »

FBI Shooting Probes Always End Well for FBI

Since 1993 there have been about 150 shootings; all were deemed legit

(Newser) - If you're an FBI agent and you wind up shooting someone, good news: You were probably justified, as far as the FBI is concerned. With the bureau's promise of a full internal investigation into the shooting of unarmed Boston Bomber pal Ibragim Todashev in the news, the New ... More »

Arrested Occupiers Forced to Defecate In Bus

Sheriff's office promises full review

(Newser) - Note to police: Buses make bad holding cells. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has ordered an internal review, City Beat reports, after the paper revealed that police detained 51 Occupy San Diego protesters inside a bus and a van for four to eight hours—and that neither vehicle... More »

NYPD Cops Turn Selves In on Ticket-Fixing Charges

Crowd of fellow officers show up to support them

(Newser) - Fifteen NYPD cops turned themselves in to face corruption charges at around midnight today, as a crowd of around 100 fellow officers gathered to scream their support for them—and heap abuse on the Internal Affairs detectives bringing them down, the New York Post reports. A 16th cop was arrested... More »

NYPD Frames People for Drug Arrests: Detective

Ex-narcotics cop testifies it's done to meet quotas

(Newser) - NYPD narcotics officers routinely trump up drug charges against innocent people so they can meet their arrest quotas, a former detective testified. The detective, Stephen Anderson, was busted for planting cocaine on four people in 2008, a practice called “flaking,” the New York Daily News reports. He said... More »

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