A Former NYPD Cop with Mafia Ties Is Charged with Running a Prostitution Ring

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By Allie Conti | Staff Writer | Vice.com May 25, 2016 A former New York City cop was arrested Tuesday over what prosecutors describe as a swanky prostitution ring catering to some of America’s wealthiest men. Michael Rizzi, who served on the NYPD from 1991 to 2000, is accused of running dozens of sites that […]

Officials investigating how photo of inmates made it to Facebook when cell phones are banned in city prisons

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BY Reuven Blau NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, May 23, 2016, 11:53 AM City jail officials are investigating how a group photo of inmates flashing gang signs during a Staten Island transport landed on Facebook. Klizzy Brim posted the picture of the four inmates in the back of a jail bus on the social media […]

A Veteran Cop Talks Race and Policing in San Francisco in 2016

By Max Cherney | Vice.com May 23, 2016 The police killing of a 27-year-old black woman in San Francisco on Thursday may have been something of a tipping point for local law enforcement. Generating national headlines, the woman’s death while fleeing cops—she was suspected of driving a stolen car, which crashed shortly after police began […]

NYPD Commissioner Bratton says city gangs are turning to cyber crime

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BY Erin Durkin | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Sunday, May 22, 2016, 12:08 PM City gangs are going high tech — moving beyond their traditional criminal territory into cyber crime, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. “We’re seeing many of our gangs here in New York…turning away from dealing with drugs and other types of […]

San Francisco Police Chief Resigns After Black Woman Is Killed

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By Ben Mathis-Lilley | Slate.com May 20, 2016 San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr resigned on Thursday just hours after a black woman was shot to death by city officers; the 27-year-old woman is the third nonwhite person to be killed by San Francisco police since last December, and officers’ justifications of both previous shootings […]

New S.F. police chief pledges to reform department amid scandals and shootings

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By Joseph Serna | Latimes.com May 20, 2016 A day after San Francisco’s mayor announced the departure of the city’s beleaguered police chief, the department’s new leader said Friday his top priority is instituting sweeping changes to the scandal-plagued organization. “Reforms, reforms, reforms,” interim SFPD Chief Toney Chaplin told reporters when asked where his focus […]

We Still Have No Idea How Many Shootings Actually Happen in America

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By Tom Meagher | Vice.com May 18, 2016 This story was co-published with the Marshall Project. A few weeks ago, the White House trumpeted the progress of its Police Data Initiative. The one-year-old project prods local cops to publish data on their operations in a bid to increase transparency and build trust with the communities […]

Southland officers to be honored at White House with Medal of Valor

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Posted by Debbie L. Sklar | Mynewsla.com May 16, 2016 in Crime Two Santa Monica Police Department officers and a Santa Monica College Police Department captain will receive the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor from President Barack Obama at the White House Monday for placing themselves in “mortal danger” during a 2013 shooting rampage […]

The Strange Aftermath of the Largest Gang Bust in New York History

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By Max Rivlin-Nadler | Vice.com May 12, 2016 In the early hours of a cold spring morning last month, residents at Eastchester Gardens, a public housing project in the Bronx, were awakened to a sight out of an action movie. NYPD officers and federal agents, some adorned with helmets and bulletproof vests, entered the buildings […]

Gun allegedly used to kill Trayvon Martin up for auction again

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By The Washington Post May 12, 2016 at 5:09 PM After one online gun seller pulled his listing, George Zimmerman has found a new website on which he plans to auction the gun he said he used to kill Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman initially posted the 9mm pistol on GunBroker.com on Wednesday night, more than four […]

Gangster gets life sentence for shooting that killed 1, injured another

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By Hillary Jackson | Mynewsla.com May 10, 2016 in Crime A gang member was sentenced Tuesday to 80 years to life in state prison for a shooting that left one man dead and wounded another man nearly two years ago. Michael Angel Daniel, 37, of Compton, was convicted March 9 of first- degree murder for […]

Trial begins for deputies charged in inmate assault

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Posted by Debbie L. Sklar | Mynewsla.com May 10, 2016 Two deputy sheriffs beat and pepper-sprayed a mentally ill county jail inmate without provocation and then lied in reports to conceal the illegal assault, a prosecutor told a federal jury Tuesday, but the defense countered that the lawmen were only doing their job and never […]