Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 Must Reads

March 2016: 3 Cases of Male Sexual Assault Hazing Involving Broom Handles, Sticks or Pool Cues on High School Sports Teams
--- Western, PA / --- Tennessee / ---- Eastern PA
"Police: No charges to be filed despite ‘valid’ allegations of hazing on Leechburg HS basketball team"
"Three Pa. football players charged with assaults on 'No Gay Thursday'"
" . . . two of the seniors held the freshman down and the third penetrated his rectum with a broom handle . . ."
"Rape or kids' hazing? Pool cue assault divides cops"
" . . . Chattanooga District Attorney Neal Pinkston going so far as to call in state investigators to probe what he called the "perjurious testimony" of the Gatlinburg detective. . . . "
-------- "Police Identify North Carolina Officer Who Fatally Shot Fleeing Suspect"

"The Raleigh Police Department has released the name of the officer who shot and killed a 24-year-old suspect as he fled during an arrest on drug charges Monday. . . . "
-------- "Rape or kids' hazing? Pool cue assault divides cops" " . . . Chattanooga District Attorney Neal Pinkston going so far as to call in state investigators to probe what he called the "perjurious testimony" of the Gatlinburg detective. . . . " ---------- "Mix-up leads to surgical procedure on wrong baby" ----------- "Attorney Stephen Diaco permanently disbarred for role in DUI setup"
------------ "Lawyer accused of sending false texts to client who was stabbed outside his office"

"Prosecutors say Moore wasn’t prepared for Sherman’s trial scheduled for the next day, and a judge had refused to grant any more continuances. Moore had replaced Sherman’s prior lawyer, who had been suspended for a year, according to Cleveland Jewish News.
Moore was previously charged with inducing panic for allegedly calling in three courthouse bomb threats on days his clients were scheduled for trial. The new indictment includes charges of terroristic threats in connection with those calls.
Moore has denied involvement in the bomb threats and Sherman’s murder. . . . "
"Teen Rescues Classmate Having Asthma Attack, Gets Suspended"
"Driver Shot, Killed Man Helping Him out of Snow: Police"   "
Man in Jail for Murder in Connection With Good Samaritan Shooting"
"Grand Jury Indicts Police Officer Who Shot Unarmed Naked Man"
"Psychiatrist arrested after 36 of his patients died"

 "California bill would ban fully encrypted smartphones"
"The measure, which mirrors a recently introduced bill in New York . . . "

"FBI ran website sharing thousands of child porn images"

"Ex-Oklahoma Officer Gets 263 Years for Rapes, Sex Assaults"

"EXCLUSIVE: Mount Sinai Hospital doctor accused of ejaculating on 22-year-old patient's face after incapacitating her with morphine"

"Psychiatrist arrested after 36 of his patients died"

 "Botched Drug Trial Leaves 1 Brain Dead, 5 in Hospital"

"No charges for Ohio man who fatally shot son, 14, he mistook for intruder in the basement"

"Convicted ex-cop who held gun to man's head 'not sorry'"  
"A former Maryland police officer who blocked a man from entering his own home and held a gun to his head was sentenced to five years to prison, but showed no remorse, according to officials. USA TODAY"


"Chicago city lawyer accused of hiding evidence in police shooting case resigns"
"Chicago lawyer accused of hiding shooting evidence resigns" "The judge on Monday tossed a jury's finding in April that the police shooting was justified, ordered a new trial and instructed the city to pay attorney's fees to the plaintiffs."  "A top city of Chicago lawyer stepped down Monday after a federal judge accused him of hiding evidence in a fatal police shooting, the latest allegation of wrongdoing amid ongoing scrutiny of how the city deals with such cases. . . . "


Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 Must Reads

VIDEO "Virginia man who died in police custody tased repeatedly, new video shows" "Disturbing video shows what happened in the minutes leading up to the death of Linwood Lambert in 2013. Officers in South Boston, Virginia say they took Lambert to a hospital to get medical help, but things quickly spiraled out of control. VPC" Nov 2015
"Woman dies while being kicked out of hospital"
Dec 2015
" . . . But Dawson thought that she needed to stay for additional care.
When she refused to leave, hospital staff called the Blountstown Police Department, . . .
Officers placed her under arrest on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing, handcuffed her and escorted her out of the hospital. Dawson collapsed while walking to the officer's car, he said."
"Michigan woman's dog mauling death ruled a suicide" "Officer who killed unarmed parole violator not indicted" "N.J. cop says he shouldn't be fired for sex on duty" "For 55 officers involved in fatal shootings this year, it wasn’t their first time" "Jackpot-Fixing Investigation Expands to More State Lotteries" "Trooper charged after man drowns in custody" "Three Houston-area children in four days accidentally shoot themselves" "Cop in Sexting Case Kills Himself to Avoid Arrest" "HE WAS ACCUSED OF INAPPROPRIATE CONTACT WITH CHILDREN"
"Leaked Documents Show Alabama Police Planted Drugs, Guns on Innocent Black Men in Decades-long Scheme" "Members of a specialized narcotics team operating in Alabama have been accused of planting drugs and weapons on innocent young black men in a series of wide-ranging abuses spanning nearly two decades, an article in the Henry County Report has revealed. According to documents obtained by the Alabama Justice Project, up to 12 officers working in the Dothan Police Department’s narcotics squad reportedly participated in the scheme—which began in 1996—and specifically targeted young black men. Most of the young men were subsequently prosecuted and imprisoned, with some still incarcerated. Moreover, the findings indicate that the initial results of an internal investigation into the abuses were suppressed by ranking officers among the police department’s leadership, including former Police Chief John White, current Police Chief Steve Parrish, then-Sgt. Andy Hughes, who is now the assistant director of Homeland Security for the State of Alabama, as well as District Attorney Doug Valeska. . . . " "Ex-sheriff's deputy charged in 2 Ohio killings surrenders" "Former Oklahoma City cop convicted on rape charges" " . . . convicted Thursday of raping and sexually victimizing eight women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. . . . convicted him on 18 counts involving eight of the 13 women who had accused him; the jury acquitted him on another 18 counts." "Chicago releases video of police using Taser on man in cell who later died"
"No Charges Against Chicago Officer Who Shot Black Man in Back" "Newly released video shows suspect fleeing police"
"Man hugged girl, 7, at soccer practice, then killed her"

"Tragic deaths of home-schooled kids rarely lead to changes"
"A Detroit brother and sister vanished more than two years before they were found dead in a freezer in their home, and an 11-year-old Florida girl disappeared more than a year before she, too, turned up in a family freezer. And a 7-year-old Kansas boy hadn't been seen for more than a month before authorities found the gruesome remains of a child in a pigsty inside his family's barn.
All of them were home-schooled, but despite their disappearances going unnoticed for so long,  . . . "
"Chicago shooting video tampered with, Burger King manager says" "Missouri supreme court rules to dismiss death row inmate's murder convictions" "Reggie Clemons will be removed from death row, as judges ruled evidence was suppressed in 1991 case though state must now decide whether to retry him" "U.S. judges see 'epidemic' of prosecutorial misconduct in state" (CA) "Arabic speaker briefly kept off flight after complaint" ' . . . “We came to America to have a better life,” Khalil explained on Friday. “Everybody in America is from different countries. I’m one of them. I’m an American citizen.” . . . "
"Father shoots twin babies dead in mother's arms"

"Baby dies after siblings put her in oven, turn it on"  PA: "Bill That Bars Release Of Officers Involved In Shooting Investigations Passes State House" "Florida cop turns up drunk to collect Mothers Against Drunk Driving award" " . . .
So wasted, according to an internal affairs investigation, that he was found wandering in a hotel hallway stripped to his underwear. He also was described as "staggeringly drunk" by a witness  . . . "
"Jeb Bush says he would kill baby Hitler if he could travel in time"


"Lisa Mearkle, Pennsylvania cop who fatally shot motorist in back, cleared of all charges"

"Despite guilty plea and 50-year term, many in small town support child molester, not victim"

"Federal appeals court refuses to block bulk phone data collection"  

"Study finds human DNA in hot dogs, meat in veggie dogs"


"Deputy on leave after video from classroom surfaces"

"4-Year-Old Girl Shot and Killed in New Mexico Road Rage Incident"

"2 deputies and nurse acquitted of manslaughter in death of inmate strapped to chair and shocked"

"Idaho's ban on undercover animal abuse videos struck down by federal judge"

"Federal judge allows Texas officials to deny birth certificates to children of immigrants"

"Hypnosis Scandal: Florida Principal Hypnotized Three Students Who Died Soon After, School Pays $600,000 Settlement"

"Self-described drunken driver live-streams video while behind wheel and is charged with DUI"

"Animal store owner crushed by python"

"NJ court broadens police authority in warrantless car searches" 

"Teen Dies in Police Custody After Citing Breathing Problems" 

"Drug Company Raises Price of Daraprim from $13.50 Per Tablet to $750 Overnight"

"Meadville beats DuBois 107-90 in high school football; back runs for 722 yards"

"Pittsburgh Postmaster Accused Of Opening Mail, Threatening Employees"

"Dirty FBI Agent Gets 5 Years for International Bribery Scheme" 

"3 Santa Clara County correctional deputies are arrested in inmate's death" 

"Video Appears to Show Texas Deputies Shot Man With Hands Up"

"Police Snap Up Cheap Cellphone Trackers"

"Local law-enforcement agencies are buying cellphone-tracking devices that are cheaper and smaller than earlier systems, partly because they might not require court orders." 

"3 California Highway Patrol officers, 6 others charged in killing"

"Prominent defense lawyer who ran for district attorney accused of orchestrating man's disappearance and murder"

"VIDEO | Woman who died in jail: "I don't want to die in your cell"

"Drone Dropping Drugs Over Prison Yard Sparks Brawl at Mansfield Correctional Institution in Ohio"

"L.A. officer gets prison for assaulting woman who died"

" . . . sentenced to 36 months behind bars, but the judge suspended 20 months of her term.  . . . 
 . . O'Callaghan is white, and Thomas black."
" . . . Mary O'Callaghan, 50, an LAPD officer for 18 years, was sentenced to 36 months behind bars, but the judge suspended 20 months of her term. Her attorney, Robert Rico, said that with credit for good behavior, she could be out in 4½ months, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Last month, O'Callaghan was convicted of felony assault under color of authority after dashboard video showed her hitting 35-year-old Alesia Thomas in the throat and kicking her in the groin and midsection. O'Callaghan is white, and Thomas black."

"New details in Sandra Bland death investigation in Waller County Jail cell" 

“Texas mom arrested, left kids at mall food court during interview 30 ft. away” 
“Browder said she wasn’t more than 30 feet away from her children at any point and they were always in her line of sight. After Browder returned to her children, a police officer was on scene and arrested her.”

"A Harvard Law School graduate and former U.S. Marine has been linked with the mysterious "Gone Girl" kidnapping case in Vallejo, which was previously deemed a hoax. An arrest warrant has been issued for Matthew Muller, 38, in connection to the bizarre abduction case." 

"Report: FBI overstated hair matches in trials"
"The Justice Department and FBI have acknowledged for the first time that for more than 20 years before 2000, almost every examiner in the FBI's elite microscopic hair comparison unit gave flawed testimony in trials, The Washington Post reported.

"Cancer doctor prescribed thousands of abnormal chemotherapy dosages, says oncology expert"

"Man Shoots off Firework From Top of His Head, Dies Instantly"

"Justice eludes wrongfully convicted man freed from prison"

"Ex-prosecutor is disbarred for his role in capital murder conviction of innocent man"

"Ohio sheriff: Hit man killed wrong person with target's name"

"Cleveland Police Officer Found Not Guilty in Unarmed Couple's Shooting Deaths"
" . . . 13 officers who fired a total of 137 times into the couple's car . . . "
" . . . an officer tried pulling over Russell for a turn signal violation. His car backfired while speeding away, . "

"Southwest passenger says she was banned from making call that might've saved husband from suicide"

"Woman Gets Life Sentence in Granddaughter's Running Death"
"An Alabama woman convicted of running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death as punishment for lying about candy was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  . . . "

"Death Toll Tied to GM Faulty Ignition Switch Hits 100"

"Holes in NFL’s ‘Deflategate’ Report"

"Colts’ Underinflated Balls"
"Three of the four Colts’ balls were underinflated"
" . . . while the Patriots’ footballs were deflated in the first half, the Colts’ balls were deflated in both the first half and second half."

"Watch: San Francisco woman's violent encounter with BART police"

"Prosecutors Ask for Prison for 2 Officers in Taser Case"
"Two former small town police officers in South Carolina should spend at least a year in prison for shocking a mentally disabled woman at least eight times with a Taser without giving her time to follow their orders, federal prosecutors say. . . . "

"Freddie Gray not the first to come out of Baltimore police van with serious injuries"

"Texas cop knocks drunken suspect unconscious with violent takedown on pavement as daughter, 6, watches"

"Pregnant restaurant worker fired after armed robbery"
"A fast food restaurant is robbed and the shift manager says she got fired for refusing to pay the money back."

"Cops in small Missouri town greet black mayor with resignations"

"Protests intensify after Baltimore suspect's death"
" . . . suffered a broken vertebrae . . . "
"Freddie Gray, 25, suffered a broken vertebrae in an apparent scuffle with city police officers April 12, according to a lawyer for his family. Video taken by a bystander does not show the injury take place, but does show police officers dragging Gray to a police van. Gray is heard crying out in pain.
Police say they called emergency medical staff to care for Gray at the police station 30 minutes after the arrest. Gray's family lawyer, William Murphy, says it was far longer than that. . . "

"Another case of motorist shot in back by cop gains notice"
"HARRISBURG, Pa. - The video from the camera attached to the officer's stun gun shows how David Kassick died, authorities say: two bullets, four seconds apart, fired into his back as he lay face down.

"Tulsa reserve deputy charged with manslaughter"

"California sheriff suspends 10 deputies following brutal beating of suspected horse thief"

"Video Cited in Murder Charges Shows Officer Shooting Driver"

"Man jailed in double-homicide case sues Chicago, says surveillance showed a different shooter"
"A man who says he spent nearly two years in jail, based on false statements for a double-murder he did not commit, has sued the City of Chicago and 13 police detectives.
A nearby surveillance camera caught the shooter in the act of committing the June 17, 2012 crime on the city’s Northwest Side, and the man looked nothing like him, says plaintiff Ramiro Bahena in the Cook County Circuit Court suit he filed on Wednesday. . . "

"Alabama death row inmate to be freed after nearly 30 years"

"Pack of Stray Dogs Stand Guard at Animal Lover's Funeral"
" . . . these stray dogs were not even the same ones that her 71-year-old mother had helped during her lifetime. Suárez lived in Merida Yucatan, but her funeral service was in a town more than 830 miles away, her daughter said. . . . "

"Michigan Police Beat Unarmed Black Man During Traffic Stop"

"Calif. AG asks judge to halt initiative to kill gays"
"California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a state court Wednesday for an order allowing her to avoid processing a citizen-proposed anti-gay ballot measure that calls for executing gays with "bullets to the head." . . . "

"Arizona Woman on Death Row for Two Decades Speaks Out After Exoneration"

"Freed after 20 years, man gets $20M; another whose DNA doesn't match linked murder is still jailed"
"An Illinois man who was exonerated in a 1992 child-murder case after being tried and convicted three times and serving nearly 20 years . . .

An appeals court in 2012 reversed his third conviction, based on DNA evidence that excluded Rivera and linked another suspect to the rape and murder of Holly Staker, 11,  . . .

Meanwhile, DNA from the same unknown individual in Staker’s case also was found on a two-by-four used in another fatal attack . . . but only Marvin Williford has been convicted. He is serving an 80-year sentence.

On Tuesday, prosecutors told a Lake County judge that Williford should not be released  . . . "

"Watch: Car crashes into pizza shop with woman on hood"

"Racist, Homophobic Texts Revealed Between San Francisco Police Officers"
"An investigation is underway into dozens of racist and homophobic texts allegedly sent between San Francisco police officers amidst a corruption case against one of the cops.

The racist messages were reportedly found by prosecutors during the investigation of a corruption case against Sgt. Ian Furminger, the one officer named."

"Man Accidentally Shoots Self to Death While Riding Bicycle"

"Sorry, Ecstasy, Meth Are Illegal Again in Ireland"
"Only a day after accidentally legalizing some recreational drugs, Ireland has passed new legislation that clearly states the possession of drugs including ecstasy and crystal meth is illegal."

"Florida to get $5.6M from DaVita kickback settlement"

"Do dumber guys drink more?"
" . . . the lower a young man's IQ, the more likely he is to get drunk."

"Video Purportedly Shows Frat Members Singing Racist Chant"
"The University of Oklahoma and the national board of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity said tonight they are investigating a video that purportedly shows members of the fraternity's OU chapter singing a racist chant.

The video . . .  shows young men on a bus chanting "There will never be a n----r at SAE." . . . "

"Man burned by fajitas while praying can't sue Applebee's"

"Woman accidentally kills self adjusting bra holster"

"Man, 76, goes to jail for 9 days for feeding cats; advocacy group hopes to rewrite law"

"Man free after 30 years says 'It's just scary to be out'"
" . . .more than 100 apparent wrongful convictions exposed in Cook County  . . . "

"Driver Allegedly Beaten as St. Louis Police Officer Turns Off Dash Cam"
"Police dash cam video released as a result of a lawsuit claiming excessive force appears to show St. Louis police officers allegedly beating up a driver before one of the cops tells another officer to "hold up" so they can turn the video off.
The incident happened in April 2014, when Cortez Bufford was pulled over, accused of speeding and making an illegal U-turn, Bufford's attorney Joel Schwartz told ABC News. . . . "

"Cop Who Partially Paralyzed Indian Man Arrested"

"Alabama Minister Arrested for Disorderly Conduct After Trying to Officiate Gay Marriage"

"NYPD rookie cop Peter Liang indicted in shooting of unarmed man Akai Gurley" 

"Suspected drunk driver catches fire after police Tase him"

" . . .  listed in critical condition . . . "

"Rickey Wyatt Fully Exonerated, Becoming 325th Person Cleared by DNA"  


"After Video Surfaces, Philly Cops Charged in Man's Beating Case"
"A surveillance video was critical in helping authorities file assault charges recently against two Philadelphia police officers accused of brutally beating a city man and then falsifying their arrest reports."

"Man Freed From Prison to Get Toyota Payout" 
"A Minnesota man imprisoned for vehicular homicide but released after a series of ABC News reports on an apparent defect in some Toyota models will now receive hundreds of thousands of dollars from the car manufacturer, part of a multi-million . . . "

"NTSB: Selfies led to fatal Colo. plane crash"
"Medical Motive Behind the $1 Bank Robbery" 
"James Verone said he hoped his $1 bank robbery would earn him a three-year jail sentence, during which he could undergo surgery on his back and his foot and have a painful lump on his chest diagnosed and treated. After that, the 59-year-old from Gastonia, N.C., would move to Myrtle Beach to collect his social security, he told local reporters."

VIDEO   "Seattle cop reassigned after questionable arrest, racially charged comments"
"Police chief "shocked and disappointed" after elderly man's arrest for carrying golf club and officer's Facebook comments"


"Video shows Seattle police spraying teacher at MLK rally" 
"Jesse Hagopian says right after giving a speech about Martin Luther King Jr at a rally, police pepper sprayed him. Elisa Hahn reports."

"WVU Student in Frat Death Had Blood Alcohol Six Times Legal Limit"

" . . . blindfolded and . . . given a bottle of liquor,"
" . . . were blindfolded and then taken to another house where they were presented to the "Big," a senior member or alumnus of Kappa Sigma, and given a bottle of liquor, Preston said."


"HeadSmart Labs "DeflateGate" Study"
"The study indicated that the pressure in the footballs . . could have dropped 1.95 PSI from weather and field conditions alone."

"Flint water problems: Switch aimed to save $5 million -- but at what cost?"

" . . the city told customers it was in violation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act . . "


San Francisco, California cop tries to push man in wheelchair into street"
" . . .  on video allegedly trying to shove a wheelchair-bound man off a curb face first  . . . " 

"Two-Year-Old Fatally Shoots Self With Father's Gun in Florida"  
"Sheriff Bob Gualtieri  . . . Gualtieri told the station he doesn't believe charging the father is appropriate."


"Teenager poses as doctor for over a month at Florida hospital" 

"New police radars can 'see' inside homes""Doctors’ association settles kickback case with state, feds for $1.8 million"

"9-month-old boy fatally shot by 5-year-old brother" 

"Man unlikely to face charges after allegedly shooting police chief"

"The police chief is black, and the suspect is white." 
"The man who allegedly shot an Oklahoma police chief four times during an attempted arrest likely won't face criminal charges. . . . "   

"North Miami police use faces of black men as targets" 
"Defense contractor pleads guilty in massive bribery case" 

"Scandal-plagued Virginia politician reelected while serving jail time" 
" . . . conviction in the scandal involving his 17-year-old secretary, whose nude photo was found on his cellphone . . . "
" . . . The young woman, who denies they had sex, is now pregnant. . . .  "
" . . . The 57-year-old bachelor, who fathered three children out of wedlock with three different women, repeatedly won at least 70 percent of the vote . . . "

' "Troubling deficiencies" cited in handling NYPD chokehold cases ' 
"The inspector general's probe of 10 suspected chokehold cases in the past five years found that the review board substantiated all of the chokehold claims and recommended disciplining the officers. But the Police Department did not pursue discipline in most of the cases, according to the report. Instead, most of the officers were instructed on department policy. . . . "

"1-year-old puts handgun in mouth in video"
"An Indiana couple faces charges"'Police say the man and the girl's 22-year-old mother can be heard encouraging the toddler to say "pow"'


"Mother and teen fight Connecticut over forced chemotherapy"  
"The state of Connecticut is forcing a teenager with cancer to receive chemotherapy, a treatment she doesn't want. That has spawned an ongoing legal battle, as 17-year-old Cassandra says she deserves to make her own decisions about her life. Don Dahler sat down with the girl's mother, Jackie Fortin."

"Imprisoned by a lie; set free by the truth"

Jan 2015
"Charges dropped against man Pittsburgh police shot, paralyzed"
"Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. announced Friday that prosecutors will withdraw the remaining charges against a man police shot and paralyzed during a traffic stop two years ago.
In September, a jury acquitted Leon Ford, 21, of aggravated assault but deadlocked on five other counts related to the November 2012 traffic stop in Highland Park in which a Pittsburgh police officer shot and paralyzed him. . . . "


"Female US cop caught on tape giving two women body cavity search during routine traffic stop... and 'using the SAME gloves on both'"

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Must Reads

LA: 'Pleading suspect dies in police custody: 'You can breathe just fine'"'

"Dash-Cam Video Clears Man in Violent Traffic Stop" 

" . . . now police are facing charges"
"Alleged Police Misconduct Caught on Tape"
VIDEO Feb 2014…/dash-cam-video-clears-nj-man…/story… 
"Marcus Jeter faced a years-long prison sentence after a 2012 traffic stop. But after his attorney filed a request for records, Jeter was freed – and now police are facing charges."

"The Snitch Who Stole Christmas: How Trinidad's War on Drugs Attacked the Innocent" 
"The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Trinidad police, alleging that two detectives fabricated and misrepresented evidence in the 40-person drug sting carried out in 2013. The organization brought the suit on behalf of two former suspects, probation officer Danika Gonzales and school employee Felicia Valdez, who lost their jobs after being implicated in the case."


"Man Doesn’t Stand for Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Orders Police to Remove Him"

"Two Dallas Men Released After Serving 15 Years for a Murder DNA and Other Evidence Proves They Didn’t Commit" 

"Did Texas execute an innocent man?"

"Death by Fire: An Update" FRONTLINE 
"Earlier this year, Webb changed his story. In a series of taped interviews with the Innocence Project, a legal advocacy group, Webb said that he lied about Willingham’s guilt and that former prosecutor John H. Jackson promised to help him in an unrelated robbery case. . . . "

"Alabama man gets $1,000 in police settlement, his lawyers get $459,000"   

"Dontre Hamilton case: Former officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting"
"A white Milwaukee police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a mentally ill black man in a downtown park in April won't face criminal charges, the county's top prosecutor said Monday."

"Video appears to show NYPD beating teen" 

"Family of Boy Injured by 'Grenade' Has $1M in Medical Bills"

"They raided the wrong house.”
"Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh never imagined their family would be at the center of a controversy over the militarization of police. But that’s exactly where they found themselves when their toddler was seriously injured by a SWAT team, also leaving them with a $1 million medical bill they have no hope of paying."

"Court rules officer's mistake of law can still justify traffic stop" 
"The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled . . . 8-1 Monday in Heien v. North Carolina . . . that a police officer's mistake of law can provide the individualized suspicion that the Fourth Amendment . . . requires to justify a traffic stop. . . . "

 "New evidence sheds light on deadly traffic stop" 

"Camera captures officer tasing 76-year-old man" 

"3rd Man Exonerated in 1975 Cleveland Slaying" 

"Watch Tina Fey Joke About Bill Cosby Rape Allegations on SNL in 2005" 

"Officer who shot Cleveland boy had "dismal" review" 

"Choke-hold cop sued in prior misconduct cases"
"The white New York City police officer whose choke hold led to the death of an unarmed black man has been sued three times for allegedly violating the constitutional rights of other blacks he and fellow cops arrested. . . . "  

"NYPD Officer Not Indicted in Eric Garner Choke Hold Death"

"No charges in NYC chokehold death; federal inquiry launched"  

"Boy with replica gun shot by Cleveland police"
"Police released the 9-1-1 call from a man who said he was across the street from the park.
"There is a guy with a pistol, its probably fake, but he's pointing it at everyone," the caller says. The caller later repeats that the gun is probably fake, and adds that "he's probably a juvenile." . . . "

"Massive Takata Airbag Recall: Everything You Need to Know, Including Full List of Affected Vehicles"

"Horror as man is shoved to death in NYC subway" 
"New York City police are hunting a man who pushed a Chinese immigrant to his death in front of a subway train in the Bronx. . . . "

"Sony to launch PlayStation Vue, an online TV service that challenges cable"

"The service will bundle around 75 channels and initially be available to PS3 and PS4 owners before expanding to other devices."

"Woman Awakens in Morgue Bag Hours After Declared Dead"

"Unconscious woman with medical insurance is taken to out-of-network hospital, owes $50K"

"Brown Student Tests Positive For Date-Rape Drug After Drinking Punch At Frat Party"

"NJ Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Robbing Elderly Clients"

"A New Jersey attorney is facing prison time after pleading guilty to bilking elderly clients out of millions of dollars using phony powers of attorney and . . . "

"Judge Suspended for Creating, Concealing Conflict"

"Court Overturns the Conviction of a Philadelphia Man Who Has Served 23 Years for a Murder DNA Testing Reveals Was Committed by Another"

"Restroom arrests bring allegations of overzealous policing"  "Cornell Holden, a 28-year-old baker, was one of the men arrested. He tells the Times he was standing at a urinal when he noticed a bald man at the next urinal was staring at him. Holden says he was arrested though he did nothing wrong; a police officer claims he was rubbing himself in a manner “consistent with masturbation.” At the police station, Holden alleges, he overheard a cop refer to the bald plainclothes officer who arrested him as the “gay whisperer.” . . . "

"Man whose dogs killed woman gets sentence of 15 years to life"

"Reporter drops F-bomb on live TV, quits in the name of marijuana"

"Police: Medford Man With 49 License Suspensions Arrested" 

"Woman punched by Calif. cop settles for $1.5M"

"Former California city manager sentenced to 12 years for corruption"

"Woman accused of using Facebook while driving is charged with homicide"

"Ousted Border Patrol Official: Agency Covered Up ‘Highly Suspect’ Deaths"

"Handcuffed Black Youth Shot Himself to Death, Says Coroner"

"Texting while driving, woman impaled through buttocks"

 "9-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Kills Shooting Range Instructor" 

"Teen Taking Lamborghini Test Drive Dies in Crash"

"Girl Dies When Large Hole Collapsed on Beach"

"Oklahoma cop charged with raping, abusing 8 women"

"Cobra's severed head bites, kills chef"

"LAPD officers tampered with in-car recording equipment, records show"

Spring 2014

"Chief: St. Louis County cop on leave after video tirade"
"Video has surfaced showing a St. Louis County, Mo., police officer engaging in an hour-long lecture in which he rails against "our undocumented president," the "black-robed perverts" of the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. laws that promote equality, prompting the police chief to put him on administrative leave."

"Pilot Loses Control of Airline as Prosthetic Arm Detaches"

"Court: 'Pregnant Man' can get a divorce"
"Because his wife was unable to conceive children, and because Beatie still had female reproductive organs, he was artificially inseminated and became pregnant. . . "

"Reports of Alcohol-Related Family Trouble Remain Up in U.S."


"States with stand-your-ground laws have seen an increase in homicides, reports task force"

" . . . 9-year-old boy is stabbed to death on playground" 

"Oklahoma Teacher Accused of Showing Up Drunk, Pantless on First Day at Work, Police Say" 

"Philly Drug Officers Charged With Stealing Drugs, Money" 

"Six officers face a total of 26 indictments"

"Murder Charges for Couple Whose Dogs Killed Runner"

"Student Could Get 8 Years for Sharing Paper Online" 

"Immunity lets bad judges off hook for bad behavior"
"Wade McCree Jr. lost his job, but he won't lose his shirt.
The disgraced judge — who once texted a shirtless photo of himself to a female court bailiff — had an affair with a woman while overseeing her child custody case, had sex with her in his chambers and sexted her from the bench.
But he can't be sued for money damages over any of that because judges are immune from civil lawsuits  . . "
"Dad Charged After Fallen Dresser Kills 2 Toddlers"

"Video appears to show man who died put in chokehold by N.Y. police" YouTube VIDEO:

"Death of NYC man after police chokehold prompts probe"
"A passerby captured the interaction between Eric Garner, 43, and police on video, and the tape shows Garner saying at least eight times "I can't breathe" as police appear to push his head into the ground. Garner, an asthmatic who weighed between 350 and 400 pounds, later died."

"Ex-prosecutor seeks pardon for woman convicted after crash now linked to GM ignition-switch issues"

"Full un-edited video presented in Kelly Thomas murder trial" 

"Kelly Thomas case: why police were acquitted in killing of homeless man (+video)" 

Jan 2014 

"FL Police Dept Somehow Manages to Hire Three Klan Members" 

"Police to Take Graphic Photos of Teen as Evidence"
"A Virginia teenager is fighting efforts by police who want to take photos of him in a sexually aroused state . . . "

"The Crazy Weapons Seized by TSA Will Blow Your Mind, and Likely Your Plane"

"Man Dies at South Dakota Hot Dog Eating Contest"

"Video shows cop punching woman on L.A. freeway"

"Soccer referee declared dead after being punched in game"

"Newly discovered DNA points to the innocence of a man convicted of being a serial killer in Minnesota."

"Cops: Vendor Shoots Woman at Pennsylvania Gun Show"
"A vendor accidentally shot a woman in the leg while demonstrating a gun and holster at a central Pennsylvania gun show, police said."

VIDEO: "Bride snaps selfie, dies 8 mins. later"

"Firefighters Rescue American Student from Giant Vagina Sculpture" 

"Father arrested in connection with 4-year-old daughter's shooting death"

"Woman Helps Two Ducklings, Ends Up Killing Two Humans"

"Hillary Clinton’s Handling of 1975 Rape Case Emerges Again"

"Pot-smoking driver crashes into CNN headquarters: police"

"Doctor suspended amid charges of sexting during surgery"

"Two Dead, Three Injured After Trying to Get Woman’s Cell Phone Out of Toilet"

"Almost 800 'forgotten' Irish children dumped in septic tank mass grave at Catholic home"

"Ireland mass graves: Nuns have no records from former home for unmarried mothers"
"Nuns in charge of an institute for single mothers where hundreds of babies were buried in a septic tank have said they no longer hold records from the home."

"Mass grave of 800 children found at nun-run home"

"Woman Sues After STD Diagnosis Posted on Facebook"

"U.S. soldier convicted of Iraq rape, murders found hanged in prison" 

Feb 2014
"A former U.S. Army soldier sentenced to life in prison for the 2006 rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing of her parents and sister, was found hanged in his cell, . . . at the United States Penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona . . . "

"Man spent 11 years in prison for rape he didn't commit"
" . . . DNA evidence in 2008 proved he didn't sexually assault . . . Three more years passed before he was released from prison . . . April 4, . . . prosecutors in Marshall County finally dropped all charges."

'Video: Judge to attorney: "If you want to fight, let's go out back" '

"Brevard judge accused of hitting public defender" 

"Cleveland Police Officers Indicted in Large Chase"
"Patrol officer Michael Brelo, indicted on manslaughter charges, fired at least 15 shots, including fatal shots, while standing on the hood of the car after the vehicle was trapped by police cruisers and other officers had stopped firing, McGinty said. . . . "VIDEO:
"Baby in Coma After Police 'Grenade' Dropped in Crib During Drug Raid"
"Legally blind Fla. man who killed friend gets guns back" 
"Brooklyn Bar Forbids Parents to Bring Kids Inside"

"A Brooklyn bar is drawing the ire of some mothers and fathers . . . "
"One angry mother posted about the ban on a parents' message board over the weekend, complaining she had been kicked out of the bar with her 15-month-old son, the Post said. . . . "

"North Carolina Court Points to Prosecutorial Misconduct in Conviction Reversal"
" . . . former prosecutor Mike Nifong and Durham police detective Daryl Dowdy violated Howard’s constitutional rights by failing to turn over exculpatory evidence and giving false and misleading testimony."

"Guard in Hot Cell Death Has Record of Leaving Post" 
"A Rikers Island jail guard who investigators say left her post without permission as a mentally ill inmate lay dying in his 101-degree cell in February had been disciplined four years earlier for a similar infraction, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. . . . "

"Joe The Plumber Argues 'Dead Kids Don't Trump My Constitutional Rights' In Open Letter" 

"Police: 3-Year-Old Shot, Killed Younger Brother"
"A 3-year-old . . . boy shot and killed his 1½ -year-old brother after the boys found a handgun in a neighbor's apartment"

 "Man holding breath in Oregon tunnel causes crash"

"Teen Tied to Shopping Cart Drowns in Georgia Lake"

"Consumer Reports Recommends 7 of 20 Sunscreens"

"Police: Teen Killed Cabbie for Rejecting His Route"

"Texas woman claims she gave birth alone in jail, baby died"

 "Student charged with felony via hand sanitizer"
"LAKELAND, Fla. — A 14-year-old has been arrested, accused of trying to poison his teacher with hand sanitizer."

"Businessman gets work-release after 7 DUIs"
"Judge ruled jailing him would harm his small business, employees, community"

"Two boys arrested, accused of putting poison in teacher's water bottle"

"Police chief calls President Obama the N-word"
" . . .  police commissioner is refusing to apologize  . . . "

"Man in bulletproof vest says 'shoot me,' is killed"
Deputies have charged an 18-year-old South Carolina woman with the fatal shooting of a male friend . . . "

"Report Highlights Child Labor on US Tobacco Farms"
" . . . children as young as 7 . . . "

"NSA reportedly installing spyware on US-made hardware"
"NSA documents reveal the agency is allegedly receiving or intercepting routers, servers, and other computer network devices to embed surveillance tools before international export. . . . "
"Report: Notorious sex offender gave kids drug-laced Oreos"

"Cyclist arrested for recording an officer during a red light stop"!MYpR4

"Woman Charged with Wiretapping Her Own Arrest"

"Abuse in court? Deputy strikes boy in court, boy charged with assault"

"WATCH: This Might Be the Most Heartbreaking Family Feud Ending Ever"

"Son Dies While Competing in Extreme Obstacle Course"

"Two Denver deaths tied to recreational marijuana use"

"Man Kills 11-Year-Old Nephew Showing Gun With Laser Sight"

"Missouri Man Sent to Prison 13 Years Late Is Released"

"LAPD officers tampered with in-car recording equipment, records show"

"Chinese Zoo Disguises Dog as Lion, Visitors Outraged"

"Mom ‘Looking Over Shoulder’ After Cop-Husband Convicted of Framing Her"

"Eagle Scout's arrest reveals a dark side"

"IRS workers who didn't pay taxes got bonuses"

"Out of 257 Chicago-area juveniles charged as adults over a 2-year period, 1 was white"

"Terrifying Video of Child Nearly Drowning Becomes Warning to Parents"

"Puyallup teen killed by accidental shotgun shooting"

"Even After Doctors Are Sanctioned or Arrested, Medicare Keeps Paying"

"Georgia law allows guns in some schools, bars, churches"

"Iowa House OKs Gun Silencers in Landslide"

"Idaho lawmakers OK guns on college campuses"

"Ohio boy, 8, fatally shot by brother who was playing with a loaded handgun he thought was just a BB gun"

"Man Tries to Show How Safe His Guns Are, Kills Self"

"Little Girl Accidentally Shot By Brother; Parents Charged"

"Parents of 13-year-old boy may face charges in accidental shooting"!EAqwA
"Boy Records Kids Bullying Him, Gets Charged for It"   


"Breathless and Burdened"
"This yearlong investigation examines how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, have helped defeat the benefits claims of miners sick and dying of black lung, even as disease rates are on the rise and an increasing number of miners are turning to a system that was supposed to help alleviate their suffering."
"Cab Driver Sues New Orleans over False Imprisonment in Explicit Video Case"

"Police: Suspects wore GPS trackers during killings" 

"TurboTax Maker Linked to ‘Grassroots’ Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax Filing" 

"Brooklyn Man Walks Out of Court, Cleared of Murder After 24 Years in Prison"

"Excessive and deadly force by Albuquerque police violated civil rights, Justice Department concludes"

"Law student suit says NYC cops handcuffed him when he questioned them during a lunch break"

"Guns bought at same shop in Fort Hood shootings"

 "Missing Alaska man found dead in his home after a year"

"Student Breaks 19th Century Greco-Roman Statue While Taking a Selfie"
"British spy agency kept images of Yahoo webcam chats" 

"Legally blind Fla. man who killed friend gets guns back"

"A third have less than $1,000 socked away"
"Most people aren't trying to figure out how much they'll need in their golden years." 

"Elderly woman is jailed once again after food is discovered in her yard"

"Pregnant Wife Accidentally Shot, Killed by State Trooper"   

"See the video: Both $4 plastic cup of beer and taller $7 version hold the same amount, lawsuit says"

"Video: Wash. woman carjacks pickup with two children inside"

"Drug Company Agrees to Pay $27.6 Million to Settle Allegations Involving Chicago Psychiatrist"
"Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. was accused of paying Michael Reinstein, a psychiatrist who has figured into two ProPublica investigations, to overprescribe a risky antipsychotic."

"Man gets 14 years for pointing laser at helicopter"

"Cops: Texas teens may have killed clasmate over a girl"

"Man Who Spent Decades on La. Death Row Is Freed" 

"Pregnant Wife Accidentally Shot, Killed by State Trooper"

"Man Who Pierced Condoms Convicted of Sex Assault"

Cop Accused of Assaulting Woman Who Called for Help"

"Family Hospitalized After Eating LSD-Laced Meat" 

"Diseased Beef Might Have Reached Up To 35 States"

"Michigan woman's auto-payments hid her death for six years"

"Was a death row inmate framed?"   (DEAD LINK; story from KSPR)

"Ohio boy, 8, fatally shot by brother who was playing with a loaded handgun he thought was just a BB gun"

"Turn Off That Camera! Idaho Gov Signs Tough 'Ag-Gag' Into Law"
"Idaho  . . .  making the state the seventh in the nation to criminalize hidden camera recording inside farm facilities . . . "
"Legally blind Fla. man who killed friend gets guns back" 

"9th Circuit tells Google to take down YouTube clip, calls threats to plaintiff irreparable harm"  

"Heavy metal frontman charged with manslaughter during concert film, creating ‘searing’ legal drama"

"Family sues Petco after deadly rat bite"

"Cops may search home when suspect objects but girlfriend later consents, Supreme Court says"

"Man Bites into Birthday Cake, Finds Dead Rat"

"Police: Oregon teens torture classmate, cut swastika into his head"

"Pizza Hut 'embarrassed' over peeing video"

"Crew member accused of attacking cruise passenger, trying to push her overboard"

"Hospital Lapse Exposed 18 People to Deadly Brain Disease"

"Man paralyzed by toppled portable toilet wins $5M settlement"

"Girl, 12, details alleged abuse in ex-doctor's trial"


"Police slice off woman's hair weave"
"Security cameras show police cutting off a woman's weave at a Michigan jail. WXYZ's Heather Catallo has the story."VIDEO

"Before Apple's iPad, there was the Intel IPAD. Seriously."
"CNET takes you back to 2001, when Intel almost jumped into the tablet business."


"Cop Shoots Man After Running Down Daughter"

"Architect gets 1 year for death of firefighter in ceiling collapse of LA home he built"

"Americans Would Rather Save for Vacation Than Kids' College"
"Despite the economic slowdown, more Americans are saving up for a new car or big vacation than putting money away for their kids’ college education, according to a survey released this week by America’s financial planners. . . . "

"Children More Likely to Drink & Drive if Parents Drink: Study"

"Resurgence of car leasing may not be good thing – Consumer Reports News"
"Leasing generally is the most expensive way to drive a new car. "