Tag: Police

A Raised Middle Finger Is Protected Free Speech, Appeals Court Rules

A raised middle finger is a form of free speech, a court has ruled, allowing a lawsuit by a driver who made the vulgar gesture at a police officer. The decision came from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit last week, but it started with a spirited exchange in June 2017, […]

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New Zealand Attack: Quick Action, Near Miss and Courage in Christchurch

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Abdul Aziz was praying with his four sons in the Linwood Mosque when he heard the gunshots. Rather than run from the noise, he ran toward it, grabbed the first thing he could find — a credit card machine — and flung it at the attacker. The man dropped a shotgun, […]

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New York Peace Officer Charged After Punching and Kicking Homeless Man in Shelter Lobby

Photo: Getty Images New York has a problem: Its police have a penchant for brutalizing its marginalized residents. After a verbal altercation at the Bellevue Shelter in Manhattan, on March 6, 2017, supervising sergeant Cordell Fitts and several other officers rushed and subdued a homeless man after he swung at […]

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No Charges in Sacramento Police Shooting of Stephon Clark

Two Sacramento police officers who shot and killed an unarmed black man in his grandmother’s backyard last year will not face criminal prosecution, the Sacramento County district attorney announced on Saturday, stirring fresh outrage in a city roiled by protests over the killing. For nearly a year, community members and […]

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Cop suspended for playing Barry White while allowing arrested couple to make-out in his patrol car

In Fort Pierce, Florida, police officer Doug McNeal arrested Zachery Moellendick, 23, and Krista Leigh, 24, for shoplifting and put them in the back of his squad car. The couple started making out so McNeal played Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love.” Later, he allowed Leigh to smoke a cigarette in the […]

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Chicago, Seeking a New Mayor, Sees Many Black Residents Voting With Their Feet

CHICAGO — The glitz of downtown, the influx of tech jobs, the tourist dollars pouring into city coffers: None of those things are keeping many in Chicago’s black neighborhoods from loading their belongings into car trunks and moving vans and seeking better lives someplace else. As Chicagoans go to the […]

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A Police Funeral in a Quiet Harbor Town Brings a Sea of Blue

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. — They descended in droves on the sleepy harbor town, rousing it from its winter hibernation for a solemn ritual. Thousands of police officers in dress uniforms gathered on Wednesday at […]

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Texts Between Portland Police and Far-Right Extremists Prove Collusion… Cue Shock and Awe

Photo: Karen Ducey (Stringer/Getty Images) In my 38 years of traversing God’s green Earth as a black ass black man, common sense has informed me that the interests of the police and the interests of individuals who look like me don’t always coincide. So news that the commanding officer for […]

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Beyond GIGO: how “predictive policing” launders racism, corruption and bias to make them seem empirical

“Predictive policing” is the idea that you can feed crime stats to a machine-learning system and it will produce a model that can predict crime. It is garbage. It’s garbage for a lot of reasons. For one thing, you only find crime where you look for it: so if you send out the […]

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NYPD demands Google stop revealing DUI checkpoints on Maps and Waze

Water is wet, the sky is blue, and police don’t like people reporting speed traps and other law enforcement checkpoints. The New York Police Department sent a cease and desist letter to Google today, demanding that the company stop displaying DUI/DWI checkpoints in its Waze and Maps applications. “Individuals who post the locations of DWI […]

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Use of Force in France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Fuels Anger

PARIS — As he joined a “Yellow Vest” protest in Bordeaux, in southwestern France, Jean-Marc Michaud felt elated. His wife worked nearby and they had not seen each other in a month, so the march was a perfect opportunity to reunite. Instead, his life took a serious turn for the […]

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Amazon Is Pushing Facial Technology That a Study Says Could Be Biased

Over the last two years, Amazon has aggressively marketed its facial recognition technology to police departments and federal agencies as a service to help law enforcement identify suspects more quickly. It has done so as another tech giant, Microsoft, has called on Congress to regulate the technology, arguing that it […]

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This drug-sniffing K9 accidentally snorted some ecstasy while searching a party cruise

Jake is a beloved member of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, where he regularly walks his beat sniffing for drugs. It’s the perfect job for a 3-year-old golden retriever, though a few days ago, “Jake” actually had a too-close brush with the effects of the narcotics he’s screening for. Specifically, ecstasy, which our […]

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Facebook-executive swatting sends significant police response to his home

reader comments 16 with 13 posters participating Share this story A Facebook executive was the target of a swatting hoax that resulted in armed police briefly detaining him and searching his home as they investigated a false report of an active shooting and hostage situation involving pipe bombs, Palo Alto, California, Police Department officials said. […]

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