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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 »

Puerto Rico Police Brutal, Corrupt: Justice Dept.

Scathing report finds department routinely violates civil rights

(Newser) - Violent crime is on the rise in Puerto Rico—and the police department is part of the problem, a scathing new report from the Justice Department concludes. The department is “broken in a number of critical and fundamental respects,” according to a copy of the report obtained by... More »

DA Drops Case Vs. Woman Who Taped Cops

Emily Good plans lawsuit

(Newser) - Emily Good, the woman who made national headlines after police arrested her while videotaping a traffic stop, scored a victory in court today when the prosecutor dropped the sole misdemeanor charge against her. Good's actions simply didn't meet the definition of police intimidation required under the law, her... More »

Cops Bust Woman for Recording Them From Her Yard

Even though that action is legal in New York state

(Newser) - A 28-year-old woman was arrested in upstate New York for the vile crime of videotaping cops from her own front yard. Emily Good started recording officers as they questioned a man and searched his car around 10pm on May 12—an action that, the Huffington Post notes, is perfectly legal.... More »

Cops Get Strict on Parking —at Rally Over Arrest

Rochester officers crack down at meeting over videotape incident

(Newser) - Strange coincidence in Rochester, New York: Police busted out their rulers (literally) and issued a slew of tickets to cars parked even an inch beyond regulation from the curb. The coincidence part? It happened outside a community meeting to question police action in the arrest of Emily Good, who videotaped... More »

Shot LA Cop Lied About Shooting

Officer's story sparked manhunt, neighborhood lockdown

(Newser) - A Los Angeles school police officer who sparked a huge manhunt last week after saying he had been shot by a suspect has admitted it was a hoax, police sources say. Officer Jeff Stenroos has been arrested and charged with filing a false police report. Stenroos—whose bulletproof vest showed... More »

How Police Get the Innocent to Confess

Study examines cases where DNA contradicts confession

(Newser) - Confessions aren’t always a reliable indicator of guilt, according to a new study that examined more than 40 cases in which suspects ‘fessed up, but were later exonerated by DNA evidence. A University of Virginia law professor pored over the cases, and was shocked at how “uncannily... More »

SC Cop Fired After Breaking Handcuffed Inmate's Leg

Hit unresisting prisoner 27 times with baton

(Newser) - Generally if you're a cop, hitting an unresisting prisoner's leg with your baton—even pausing to get a bigger baton—27 times until it breaks isn't the best career move, to say the least. Especially if you do it on videotape. South Carolina deputy Oddie Tribble has been relieved of... More »

Man Arrested for Taping Gun-Toting Cop

Prosecutors around the country try similar tactics

(Newser) - Anthony Graber is facing 16 years in prison because he had his video camera rolling in the wrong place at the wrong time. Graber was filming on his motorcycle when a cop pulled him over—by cutting him off and waving a gun at him. When Graber put the video... More »

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