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It's the Police Raid Chicago Didn't Want You to See

Anjanette Young says there's been no accountability since 2019 raid on wrong home

(Newser) - Anjanette Young was undressing for bed when almost a dozen armed officers broke down the door of her Chicago townhouse, announcing a search warrant, on Feb. 21, 2019. "Oh, my God. This cannot be right," she told the officers, per the Washington Post . "You got the wrong...

Biden Blames Party Losses on 'Defund the Police'

President-elect tells civil rights leaders that cost Democrats elections

(Newser) - In suggesting civil rights leaders choose their words carefully when debating criminal justice changes with Republicans, President-elect Joe Biden had an example of the risk. "That's how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we're talking about defunding the police,"...

For 20 Minutes, Her Pleas of 'I Can't Breathe' Were Ignored

Ex-Colorado cop appealing his firing over 2019 incident

(Newser) - A Colorado police officer ignored a Black woman's cries of "I can't breathe" while she lay hogtied in the back of a patrol car, her face on the floor. That's according to bodycam footage revealed Tuesday during an appeal hearing for now former Aurora police officer...

New York Draws Matrix for Police Punishments

Goals are consistency and fairness, officials say

(Newser) - A New York City police officer who refuses to call for medical help for an injured person should be docked 20 vacation or suspension days. Intentionally making a false statement would be a firing offense, as would not intervening when another officer kills someone by wrongly using deadly force. All...

Police Captain: Bent Badges Indicated Kill Tally

John Whitney says he was fired for speaking out about Vallejo Police

(Newser) - A former California police captain says he was fired for raising concerns about misconduct, including officers bending tips of their seven-point badge to indicate the number of people they'd killed. John Whitney, formerly of Vallejo Police, says he learned of the practice last February after officers fatally shot Willie...

Minneapolis Cops Slashed Tires of Protesters' Cars

Agencies say they were concerned vehicles would be used aggressively

(Newser) - Minneapolis police officers slashed tires on parked cars during recent protests in the city, the Star-Tribune reports. Two agencies have acknowledged doing so after Mother Jones published videos of cops puncturing tires in a K-Mart parking lot on May 30 and on a highway overpass the following day. Both locations...

Black Store Owner Reported Robbery, Got Punched by Cop

March incident is making headlines

(Newser) - An armed black business owner who called to report a robbery in his store in Alabama was punched in the face by a responding police officer who mistook him for a suspect, police said, per the AP . After the March 15 altercation, Kevin Penn, owner of Star Spirits & Beverages...

6 Strip Searches in 11 Days Led to Deputy's Arrest

Floyd Berry faces official oppression charges

(Newser) - If it seems excessive to you for a sheriff's deputy to allegedly conduct six strip searches on six women over a period of a week and a half, well, it also seemed excessive to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Floyd Berry, an 18-year member of the Texas department,...

Disturbing Video Shows Officers Mocking Dying Man

'You're gonna kill me!' shouted Dallas man

(Newser) - Tony Timpa called a 911 dispatcher from the parking lot of a porn store in Dallas on Aug. 10, 2016, telling the dispatcher he was off his medication for schizophrenia and depression and he was afraid. Police officers restrained him and mocked him as he died, according to disturbing video...

6 Stats From Police Misconduct Investigation Around US

USA Today database allows you to search for decertified officers

(Newser) - USA Today has teamed up with the Invisible Institute of Chicago to compile a database of police misconduct cases over the last decade. One interesting feature is a search function— here — in which people can search for decertified officers by specific city departments or officers' names. The records...

Sheriff Uses Courtroom Camera to Zoom In On Juror's Notebook

As well as defense documents, notes

(Newser) - Assault and trespass charges against a Washington state man were dropped over the weekend after it was revealed that the local sheriff had manipulated a courtroom surveillance camera to zoom in on notes from the defense attorney as well as a juror. San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs, who is...

Study Finds US Cops Charged in 400 Rapes Over 9 Years

Researchers say the number is not a complete picture

(Newser) - A disturbing study out of Bowling Green State University has found that US police officers were charged in hundreds of rapes over the course of less than a decade. Per CNN , researchers behind the findings concluded that cops were charged in 405 forcible rapes in the nine years between 2005...

Off-Duty Cop Sees Man Pocket Candy, Pulls Gun

California man had already paid for Mentos

(Newser) - Police in Orange County, Calif., say they are investigating a "disturbing" video in which an off-duty cop pulls a gun on a man he wrongly suspects of stealing candy at a service station. Jose Arreola, 49, tells the Orange County Register that he was badly shaken by the incident...

Internal Affairs Report Slams Officer Who Arrested Nurse

He showed 'extremely poor judgment'

(Newser) - The Salt Lake City police detective who arrested a nurse for following hospital rules may be losing his job on the force as well as his paramedic job . An internal affairs report released Wednesday is extremely critical of both Detective Jeff Payne, who carried out the arrest, and watch commander...

Video Allegedly Shows More Planted Evidence in Baltimore

2 cops under investigation after November traffic stop

(Newser) - More drug charges have been dropped in Baltimore as a result of a second body-camera video that apparently shows police officers planting evidence. The unreleased video "appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence," according to the city's public defender. The news comes less than...

Oakland Pays $1M to Teen in Police Sex Scandal

'I feel happy that I can close this chapter and move on'

(Newser) - A former teenage sex worker who claimed to have had sexual contact with more than two dozen Bay Area police officers, including while underage, is getting a nearly $1 million payout. The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $989,000 to settle a claim with the 19-year-old, who has...

Cop Charged With Theft Thanks to Own Body Camera

Julian Archuleta claimed money 'must have fallen in his bag'

(Newser) - A Denver cop who claimed $1,200 "must have fallen into his bag" at the scene of a car crash was arrested and suspended without pay after footage from his own body camera told a different story. The footage showed Julian Archuleta, a 48-year-old who has been on the...

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...

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...

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...

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