Police

OHIO: Columbus Police Chief Promises Probe Into “Motivations” Of Vice Cops In Arrest Of Stormy Daniels

Via press release from Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs: Vice personnel working Wednesday night believed they had probable cause that state law regulating sexually-oriented businesses was violated; however, one element of the law was missed in error and charges were subsequently dismissed. The facts behind the charges and the behavior witnessed by the Vice officers are a matter of public ...

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TEXAS: Police Department Lip Syncs “God’s Not Dead”

Hemant Mehta reports at The Friendly Atheist: In a bizarre and possibly unconstitutional promotion of religion, the Crandall Police Department in Texas just posted a Facebook video of officers lip-synching to the theme song from God’s Not Dead. It’s not just the lyrics of the song that are problematic. The camera shows the phrase “In God We Trust” on their ...

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SCOTUS Rules Cops Need Warrant For Phone GPS

CNET reports: The US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of digital privacy. In a 5-4 decision on Friday the justices decided that police need warrants to gather phone location data as evidence for trials. The Supreme Court reversed and remanded the Sixth Circuit court’s decision. Carpenter v. United States is the first case about phone location data that the ...

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POLL: Majority Don’t Find Anthem Kneeling Unpatriotic

Axios reports: A new Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday found that the majority of U.S. voters — 58% — don’t find kneeling by NFL players during the national anthem unpatriotic. The majority of Republicans (70%) find the protest unpatriotic, opposed to 23% who don’t. When it comes to athletes’ right to protest, 82% of Democrats say they do have ...

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FLORIDA: Cop Suspended For Facebook Post Hoping That David Hogg Would Be Hit By A Car During Protest

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Brian Valenti, the Coconut Creek K-9 officer who posted a snide comment on Facebook that triggered public outrage, is being suspended for five days and will be required to undergo sensitivity training, the department said Wednesday. Valenti told Police Chief Butch Arenal he regretted posting a comment saying he hoped Parkland activist David Hogg would ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Top Cop Steps Down Amid Probe For Ordering Lights And Sirens Escort For Rush Limbaugh

The New York Daily News reports: The Port Authority’s top cop has filed for retirement — weeks after it was revealed he ordered a police escort for lefty-hating talk show host Rush Limbaugh, officials said. Michael Fedorko stepped down after nine years as Port Authority superintendent, the agency said in a statement. The Port Authority had opened an internal investigation ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Gun Lawyer Convicted Of Bribing Former NYPD Sergeant To Speed Up Firearms Permitting

The New York Daily News reports: A self-described gun lawyer to the stars was convicted Tuesday of bribing an ex-NYPD sergeant to speed up pistol permitting. John Chambers, 63, was found guilty on all four counts following a one-week trial in Manhattan Federal Court. The counts included bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, honest services wire fraud and conspiracy to commit ...

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PENNSYLVANIA: “Libtards Take It In The Ass” Former Police Chief Convicted Of Lying On Firearms Application

Surely you remember this nutjob. Scranton’s ABC affiliate reports: A controversial former police chief has been found guilty of lying on a firearms application. A jury in Schuylkill County convicted former Gilberton Police Chief Mark Kessler of lying on an application to buy a firearm. Kessler received national attention in 2013 when he posted a profanity-laced video on YouTube showing ...

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PHILADELPHIA: Starbucks CEO Apologizes After Video Of Two Black Men Arrested For Trespassing Goes Viral

The Washington Post reports: The chief executive of Starbucks apologized Saturday to two black men arrested at a Philadelphia store in an incident that has led to accusations of racial profiling by the company and police. In a statement to Starbucks customers and employees Saturday, CEO Kevin Johnson acknowledged “a disheartening situation in one of our Philadelphia-area stores this past ...

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Georgia Police Sign Warns: We Might Kill You Back

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Georgia Sheriff Mike Jolley’s new welcome sign comes with a threatening warning for visitors: “Our citizens have concealed weapons. If you kill someone, we might kill you back. We have ONE jail and 356 cemeteries. Enjoy your stay!” According to an AJC investigation into gun violence in the state last year, people in Georgia are twice ...

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TORONTO: Cops Withdraw From Pride At Request Of Organizers Over Their Response To Anti-LGBT Crimes

The Toronto Star reports: Toronto police will withdraw an application they submitted for officers to march in this year’s Pride parade. The decision was made to avoid “any setback” in the relationship between the police service and Toronto’s queer communities, chief Mark Saunders wrote in a statement Tuesday. The goal is to restore confidence in police in what, he admitted, ...

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FLORIDA: Clinton HHS Secretary To Run For US House

Miami’s ABC affiliate reports: Former University of Miami President Donna Shalala is running to replace retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, according to paperwork filed with the Federal Election Commission. Shalala, a Democrat, served as Health and Human Services secretary under President Bill Clinton. Well-known in the region, Shalala, 77, is considered a top choice for the Democratic nomination. With access to ...

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MILWAUKEE: Three Former Underlings Of David Clarke Charged With Felonies In Dehydration Death Of Inmate

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: The former commander of the Milwaukee County Jail was charged Monday with felony misconduct in office and obstructing an officer in the dehydration death of Terrill Thomas. Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Major Nancy Evans was charged along with two other jail staffers. Thomas, a 38-year-old inmate with bipolar disorder, went seven days without water in solitary ...

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ALABAMA: Police Chief Suspended After “Sarcastic” Post Claiming He Was Molested By Democrat Doug Jones

The Birmingham News reports: A small-town Alabama police chief has been suspended after making “sarcastic” statements about sexual abuse on Facebook. Killen police Chief Bryan Hammond wrote on Facebook that “silence is consent” and made what he called a joke about being sexually assaulted by U.S. Senate candidate Democrat Doug Jones. “On another note, Doug Jones fondled me on a ...

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Trump: Comey “Lied And Leaked” To Protect Hillary

Politico reports: President Donald Trump said Wednesday that former FBI Director James Comey “lied and leaked” information and ultimately protected Hillary Clinton, while also questioning the credibility of the FBI’s probe into her email. Trump’s early morning tweets come in the wake of news that the bureau’s former director had drafted a statement exonerating Clinton before the investigation was over. ...

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LOUISIANA: Federal Court Rules Cop Can’t Sue Black Lives Matter As They’re Not “An Entity Of Any Sort”

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge has ruled that Black Lives Matter is a social movement that can’t be sued over an officer’s injuries during a protest following a deadly police shooting in Baton Rouge last year. A Baton Rouge police officer sued Black Lives Matter and DeRay Mckesson, a prominent activist in the movement. But U.S. District Judge ...

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DOJ To Rollback Obama’s Police Oversight Program

The Hill reports: The Department of Justice announced Friday that it’s rolling back an Obama-era program created to help improve trust between police agencies and the communities they serve. The department said it’s making significant changes to an office that investigated and issued public reports about problems it found in individual police departments. DOJ said the changes to the program ...

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WASHINGTON: Sheriff’s Office Apologizes After Staffer Posts “All Lives Splatter” Meme To Facebook Account

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports: A Chelan County emergency services worker posted a disturbing joke to the county’s Facebook account, kidding about protesters being rammed three weeks after a Virginia protester was killed by a driver who did so. The worker managing the county’s emergency services Facebook account posted a crude cartoon with an illustration captioned: “All lives splatter … nobody ...

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Meet Florida’s Sheriff Wannabe Joe Arapaio

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is threatening to jail wanted people seeking shelter due to Hurricane Irma. The sheriff, who is known for his outspoken comments, made the threat in a series of posts to Twitter. “If you go to a shelter for #Irma and you have a warrant, we’ll gladly escort you to the safe ...

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Former Sheriff David Clarke Becomes Spox For Pro-Trump Super PAC, No Gig With Trump Administration

Fox News reports: Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Jr. announced Tuesday he will join the super PAC devoted to electing candidates who support the Trump-Pence administration. Both the super PAC, America First Action, and a spokesperson for Clarke announced that he would join the team as a senior advisor and spokesman. “It’s truly an honor to join the America First ...

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