How the Rodney King beating ‘banished’ the baton from the LAPD

Richard Winton | LA Time March 02, 2016 When the video of Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney G. King shocked the world 25 years ago, the baton quickly became a symbol of law enforcement abuse. The grainy black and white images showed a group of LAPD officers delivering 56 crunching blows to the African […]

Criminal defense groups ask court to reject gang injunction as unconstitutional

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By Cindy George | Houston Chronicle March 1, 2016 Updated: March 1, 2016 Three groups of criminal defense lawyers have filed court documents asserting that Harris County’s latest and largest gang injunction lawsuit seeking to ban 92 men from a 2-mile area in south Houston is unconstitutional. Read more here: Related posts: 3 criminal […]

NYC court upholds conviction, sentence of street gang leader

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Newsday, Published 12:33 am, Thursday, February 25, 2016 NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and life sentence of the leader of the MS-13 street gang convicted of racketeering in the deaths of a 19-year-old Long Island woman and her toddler son. Newsday reports ( ) […]

Voletta Wallace Knows Puff Daddy & Suge Knight “Had Some Responsibility” In Biggie’s Murder, Retired LAPD Detective Greg Kading Asserts

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By Soren Baker | HIPHOPDX February 21, 2016 | 11:30 AM Voletta Wallace knows Puff Daddy and Suge Knight “had some responsibility” in the murder of her son, The Notorious B.I.G., according to retired LAPD detective Greg Kading. Kading makes the claim during an interview with “Murder Master Music Show.” The former officer was also […]

54 NOPD officers to begin patrol duties this week

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By Jonathan Bullington, | The Times-Picayune on February 21, 2016 at 10:50 AM, updated February 21, 2016 at 4:09 PM Fifty-four members of the New Orleans Police Department will shift to patrol duties starting Sunday (Feb. 21) as part of a department-wide restructuring aimed at curbing skyrocketing police response times. The move, announced last […]

We Know Terrifyingly Little About How Cops in New York Track Cell Phones

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By Max Rivlin-Nadler | February 18, 2016 For the past several years, police departments across America have been using a nifty new piece of technology to trace the location of suspects. IMSI-catchers—commonly known as “StingRays” after the most popular brand name—are small boxes that gather all cell signals in a given area by mimicking […]

Inside Day One of a New York City Police Killing Trial

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By Alex Zimmerman | January 26, 2016 When police officers kill civilians, the chances of criminal prosecution are vanishingly small. No charges were brought against the Cleveland cop who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, for instance, nor the New York City officer who used a banned chokehold maneuver on Eric Garner—even though both incidents were […]

L.A. crime hits highest level since 2009 amid more gang violence and homelessness

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Ben Poston | La Times January 13, 2016 Los Angeles officials on Wednesday attributed last year’s crime jump to increased gang activity and homelessness, among other things. With every crime category increasing last year in the city, total crime stood at its highest point since 2009, according to data released by Los Angeles Police Department. […]

Netflix’s Making a Murderer: the directors explain what many have missed about the series

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By Todd VanDerWerff | January 11, 2016 This is the complicated message about the American legal system viewers have overlooked. Netflix’s Making a Murderer — a bleak, somber true crime documentary that consists mainly of courtroom footage — has become an unexpected sensation. The series, which traces the story of Wisconsinite Steven Avery, uses […]

Police Officer Shot During Bronx Street Fight Was Hit by Colleague

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By AL BAKERJAN | New York Times January 11, 2016 A New York City police officer shot in the leg while responding to a melee outside a party in the South Bronx over the weekend was wounded by a fellow officer, officials said on Monday. The determination that the injury suffered by the officer, Sherrod […]

Chicago Police Superintendent Is Fired

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By MONICA DAVEY and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA | The New York Times DEC. 1, 2015 CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel ousted Chicago’s police superintendent on Tuesday, after the city’s police department came under fire over an officer shooting a teenager 16 times, and for resisting, for more than a year, to release of a video of […]

Should Growing Up in Compton Be Considered a Disability?

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By Avi Asher-Schapiro | October 20, 2015 | 6:24 pm Virgil started feeling unsafe sometime around 4th grade. That’s when he remembers his mother telling him and his twin brother, Philip, to stay inside after school. The family had recently moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles, and remaining indoors, their mother told them, was […]