Time to reign in militarization of police?

Time to reign in militarization of police?

Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager is giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that provides free machine guns and other surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., says […]

Police ties to Klan stun residents of Florida town

Those who live in the bedroom community have reacted not only with shock, but disgust

Police ties to Klan stun residents of Florida town

Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer’s home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says. Last week, […]

Two Florida police officers tied to the Ku Klux Klan

The connection surfaced in an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Two Florida police officers tied to the Ku Klux Klan

Two police officers are no longer with the city department here after a law enforcement report tied them to the Ku Klux Klan, an official said Monday. Deputy Chief David Borst resigned and Officer George Hunnewell was fired last week, City Manager Gary La Venia said. The link surfaced in a report from the Florida […]

Supremes looking at ‘no warrant’ cell phone searches

Is looking at a smartphone's contents an invasion of privacy?

Supremes looking at ‘no warrant’ cell phone searches

The Supreme Court is considering whether police may search cellphones found on people they arrest without first getting a warrant. The court’s latest foray into the issue of privacy in the digital age involves two cases being argued Tuesday that arose from searches of phones carried by a gang member and a drug dealer. Police […]

‘Pattern of excessive force’ by Albuquerque cops

Officers too frequently used deadly force on people 'who posed minimal threat'

‘Pattern of excessive force’ by Albuquerque cops

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday said institutional reform centered on more training and tools for officers is needed to curb the “patterns of excessive force” that were turned up by a civil investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department. After more than a year of reviewing hundreds of cases handled by the Police Department, the […]

A lot of grass leads to a big bust

A lot of grass leads to a big bust

Police stopped a driver for running a red light and discovered more than 500 pounds of marijuana inside his minivan, authorities said on Monday. Clement Hunter, 30, was awaiting arraignment on Monday following his arrest on drug charges, authorities said. Hunter ran a red traffic light in the city’s Queens borough early on Sunday morning […]

Arizona deported thousands without new law

Arizona deported thousands without new law

Without the benefit of their state’s strict new immigration law, officers from a single Arizona county helped deport more than 26,000 immigrants from the U.S. through a federal-local partnership program that has been roundly criticized as fraught with problems. Statistics obtained by The Associated Press show that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was responsible for […]