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Chris Christie Touts Improved Police Force, but Ignores Increases in Crime from NJ's Budget Cuts

Chris Christie Touts Improved Police Force, but Ignores Increases in Crime from NJ's Budget Cuts
Over the past week, Gov. Christie has been in Camden twice, once to tout the new police force as a policy model, and once in support of education changes. In doing so, there have been a lot of numbers thrown around regarding the new police force, some optimistic, and indicate the force is downgrading arrests. But none of these pieces has pointed out the obvious; Camden faced a violent crime epidemic in part because of layoffs caused by municipal cuts by Gov. Christie.
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Writing on the Wall: Ex-NYPD Officer Caught Posting Anti-Semitic Graffiti

Writing on the Wall: Ex-NYPD Officer Caught Posting Anti-Semitic Graffiti
A former New York City police officer was arrested on charges he spray-painted anti-Semitic profanities on cars and buildings in a mostly Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood — including the front doors of a religious elementary school. Michael Setiawan was picked up before dawn Sunday after police received a 911 call on Saturday evening about the swastikas, and other anti-Semitic graffiti in Borough Park.
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Verena Dobnik
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Improper Taser Use Costs VT Tax Payers $269,500 Since 2006

Improper Taser Use Costs VT Tax Payers $269,500 Since 2006
In the debate over the use of tasers one of the claims made by taser proponents is that the use of tasers saves police departments money because their people are less likely to be injured, and that as a consequence they save money on their workers' comp premiums. However, a report just completed by the Vermont chapter of the ACLU demonstrates that Vermont's taxpayers are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for the improper police deployment of tasers.
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Protests Over Police Shootings in NM Erupt into 'Mayhem'

Protests Over Police Shootings in NM Erupt into 'Mayhem'
The Albuquerque mayor said late Sunday that a more than 10-hour protest over recent police shootings has turned from peaceful into "mayhem," as officers in riot gear clashed with protesters who blocked traffic, tried to get on freeways and shouted anti-police slogans. Richard Berry said one officer was injured, rocks were thrown and at one point protesters trapped police in a vehicle and tried to break the windows, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
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Russell Contreras
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DOJ Trains Cops to Work with Transgender People

DOJ Trains Cops to Work with Transgender People
The Justice Department launched a program Thursday to train local police departments to better respond to transgender individuals, a population authorities say is disproportionately harmed by violence. The new initiative is aimed at helping police identify hate crimes and build trust with a community that law enforcement officials say is too often reluctant to report crimes.
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Eric Tucker
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Two Officers Cleared of Charges in Controversial Death of Homeless Man

Two Officers Cleared of Charges in Controversial Death of Homeless Man
By the time all four verdicts were read clearing two California officers of killing a homeless man, people on both sides of the gallery were sobbing. Kelly Thomas, 37, died five days after a violent confrontation with six officers in July 2011. A surveillance camera at the busy transit center where the incident unfolded captured him screaming for his father again and again and begging for air as the police kneed him, jolted him with an electric stun gun and used the blunt end to strike him around the face and head.
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Gillian Flaccus
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Cop Kills TX College Student at Traffic Stop

Cop Kills TX College Student at Traffic Stop
A beloved Texas college student is dead after an apparent reckless killing by a San Antonio police officer. Early Friday morning, Cpl. Christopher Carter pulled over University of the Incarnate Word senior Robert Cameron Redus. It appears a short struggle occurred between the two. Then, Carter pulled out his gun and "emptied" it into Redus.
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Iraq War Surplus Militarizing US Police

Iraq War Surplus Militarizing US Police
Coming soon to your local sheriff: 18-ton, armor-protected military fighting vehicles with gun turrets and bulletproof glass that were once the U.S. answer to roadside bombs during the Iraq War.
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Know When to Hold 'Em: Attorney General Calls for Major Changes in Prison Sentencing

Know When to Hold 'Em: Attorney General Calls for Major Changes in Prison Sentencing
With the U.S. facing massive overcrowding in its prisons, Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation's criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes. Federal prisons are operating at nearly 40 percent above capacity and hold more than 219,000 inmates.
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Pete Yost
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Citing 'Stand Your Ground,' FL Prosecutors Won't Charge Teen Shooter

Citing 'Stand Your Ground,' FL Prosecutors Won't Charge Teen Shooter
The state attorney's office in Marion County says no homicide charges will be filed against an Ocala teenager who shot and killed a 40-year-old man, saying the shooting was justified under Florida's "stand your ground" law.
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