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Border Skirmish Kills 16 Ahead of Games

According to state media, a raid in China’s northwestern frontier region killed 16 policemen. Officials quickly tried to hush concerns about the Olympic Games, which are just a few days from opening thousands of miles away in Beijing, where the government has invested billions to clean up and secure the city.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE


Avi Lewis Mexico

The U.S. Role in Mexico’s Drug War

Washington’s role in Mexico’s drug war, from the $400 million in annual military aid to the U.S. security contractors teaching torture techniques to Mexican police, is often ill-reported in the mainstream media. Canadian journalist Avi Lewis and the “Inside USA” television crew look critically into the conflict that has killed 1,800 people so far this year alone.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE


Pakistani police helmet
AP photo / Emilio Morenatti

Pakistan Blast Seen as Payback for Red Mosque Raid

Sunday’s explosion near Islamabad’s Melody Market is believed to be retaliation for last summer’s official crackdown on the nearby Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) mosque and seminary, according to Pakistan’s Daily Times. Nineteen people, most of them policemen, were killed in the blast.

Posted on Jul 7, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / Svadilfari

Georgia Cops to Charge for Their Trouble

If you plan on speeding through Holly Springs, Ga., be warned: The police chief there has decided to start charging the pulled-over a fuel surcharge. Cop houses around the country are struggling with the high cost of gas. The chief in Holly Springs said he got the idea from businesses, such as airlines, that pass their troubles on to the consumer.

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE


Failing Rape Victims

The evidence collected from rape victims after they’ve been assaulted goes into something called a rape kit. It’s the product of a lengthy and uncomfortable examination process that, according to a recent report in the Los Angeles Times, far too often leads to nothing. Some 400,000 rape kits are sitting in storage, untested, right now.

Posted on Jun 30, 2008 READ MORE


Kandahar prison

Over 850 Afghan Prisoners at Large After Kahdahar Raid

Last weekend’s prison break in Kandahar, Afghanistan, resulted in the deaths of at least nine policemen and eight prisoners, and more than 600 prisoners were on the loose, many of them said to have ties to the Taliban.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


Gordon Brown
Flickr / World Economic Forum

British PM Wins Anti-Terror Vote

Gordon Brown has won an important victory in his effort to extend the time British authorities can hold terror suspects without charge from 28 to 42 days. The measure was significantly controversial, however, that 36 members of the prime minister’s party voted against it.

Posted on Jun 11, 2008 READ MORE


Mugabs and Tsvangs
Agence France-Presse / Alexander Joe

Mugabe Plays Politics ... With Everything

From detaining his opponent while in the middle of a runoff election campaign to suspending international aid operations due to groups’ alleged bias against the government, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has stopped at nothing to keep himself in power.

Posted on Jun 4, 2008 READ MORE


Iraqis walking
warnewsradio.org

Business Stirs in a Walled Neighborhood

In this first installment in her series of stories from Iraq for Truthdig, veteran foreign correspondent Anna Badkhen reports about the civilian costs of war, life under occupation and the precarious state of a Baghdad burger joint.

Posted on May 9, 2008 READ MORE


William Bratton
nytimes.com / Monica Almeida

It’s Official Again: LAPD Is Not Racist

After an internal investigation of over 300 complaints of racial profiling, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Tuesday that not even one accusation of profiling it received last year had merit. Even more ridiculous is the fact that 2007 marks the sixth consecutive year that the LAPD has failed to find any example of race-based misconduct within its ranks.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Stephen Chernin

Acquittal in Wedding Day Shooting Sparks NYC Protests

Vowing that “this city is going to deal with the blood of Sean Bell,” the Rev. Al Sharpton joined hundreds of New Yorkers in a march through Harlem to protest this week’s acquittal of three police officers involved in the 2006 shooting that claimed the 23-year-old Bell’s life and injured two friends on his wedding day.

Posted on Apr 26, 2008 READ MORE


Uganda School Fire Kills 21

Foul play may have caused a fire Monday night or Tuesday morning in a dormitory building in Uganda that killed 19 girls and two adults. The doors to the dorm were reportedly locked from the outside.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


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Flickr / sfthqphotos

Tibet Official Denies Shootings

The governor of Tibet has denied reports that Chinese security forces fired on the civilians and monks who have been demonstrating in the capital city of Lhasa and neighboring provinces. Opposition leaders say 80 or more protesters have been killed and witnesses have reported Chinese soldiers shooting at monks.

Posted on Mar 17, 2008 READ MORE


A&F ad
hamptonroads.com

Abercrombie Ad Rankles Va. Beach Cops

Teen-targeting retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has long pushed the erotic envelope when it comes to its saucy ads, usually depicting proto-Adonises stripped to the waist and gamboling together, with a scantily clad female or two thrown in for good measure. The company’s latest campaign, though, was clearly too much for the (fashion) police of Virginia Beach, Va.

Posted on Feb 3, 2008 READ MORE


New Orleans
english.people.com.cn

NRA Targets New Orleans

The National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation are suing the mayor and police superintendent of New Orleans because, they say, the city unconstitutionally seized some 1,000 guns during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Police say they took only stolen or abandoned weapons.

Posted on Dec 26, 2007 READ MORE


9 Dead in Shooting at Omaha Mall

A gunman who opened fire at the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday afternoon turned his gun on himself after killing eight people and wounding nine others, according to local authorities.  At a news briefing following the shooting at the Von Maur department store, Sgt. Teresa Negron of the Omaha Police Department said the person believed to be the gunman was dead and his identity had not yet been confirmed.

Posted on Dec 5, 2007 READ MORE


Paris riot
AP photo / Thibault Camus

Paris Is Burning Again

French youths rioted for a second night in the suburbs of Paris, injuring nearly 80 police officers and torching more than 70 buildings and cars. Police officials said the violence was “far worse” than two years ago, when rioters set fire to 10,000 cars and 300 buildings over three weeks.

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE


Kerik
nytimes.com

Giuliani Protégé Indicted

Bernard Kerik, the man Rudy Giuliani mentored, appointed as police commissioner of New York and recommended to head the Department of Homeland Security, has been indicted on corruption charges. For Giuliani, it’s not just a problem of unsavory association, but that he championed Kerik when the cat was seemingly already out of the bag.

Posted on Nov 9, 2007 READ MORE


Venezuelan protest

Student Protesters Clash With Police at Venezuelan Rally

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez projects a certain confidence in his leadership prowess to the rest of the world, but this video of a student rally in Caracas indicates that not everyone in Chavez country is on board with his program. 

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


Time Is Running Out for Brother and Sister

Troy Anthony Davis and Martina Correia are fighting for their lives. He faces death by lethal injection at the hands of the state of Georgia, and she has breast cancer. Their parallel battles against insuperable odds deserve the public’s attention.

Posted on Oct 9, 2007 READ MORE


The Bigger Bathroom Picture

Whether or not Larry Craig manages to save his Senate career, the circumstances of his arrest bear exploring. Isn’t there a better way to secure an airport bathroom than the institutionalized entrapment and humiliation of gay men?

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Beijing Public Security Ministry

China’s Virtual Thought Police

Web users in Beijing will soon have to deal with a new annoyance as part of China’s endless effort to control the Internet. By the end of the year, all websites registered with the government will feature animated Internet cops that will warn users to avoid forbidden content and offer friendly (if obnoxious) Internet security tips.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007 READ MORE


Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa

Five South African men, including former Police Minister Adriaan Vlok, have received suspended prison sentences for attempting to assassinate a prominent anti-apartheid leader 18 years ago. The intended target, Frank Chikane, who now works for the president, did not want the men to go to prison. Vlok previously sought forgiveness by washing Chikane’s feet.

Posted on Aug 17, 2007 READ MORE


sadr city funeral
AP Photo / Karim Kadim

American Troops Kill Six Iraqi Police Officers

In a startling rejoinder to President Bush’s rosy report of progress in Iraq, and the possibility of “success” in this war, whatever that means, six policemen were killed in a clash between U.S. troops and Iraqi police—reflecting growing concerns about the infiltration of militants into Iraq’s police force.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE


crosses
James Harris

It’s the Ecstasy, Stupid

Oakland’s skyrocketing murder rate has experts scratching their heads, but cultural critic Sheerly Avni suggests that one answer lies in plain sight.  Just ask the kids who are likeliest to kill and be killed, and you will learn that a major villain is the “hug drug.”

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


British Police Search for Bomber Clues

Now that England’s streets and sidewalks have been outfitted with an elaborate closed-circuit TV system, British police are using footage from London’s Haymarket district in trying to track down the party behind Friday’s attempted car bombings.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


soldiers
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ben Brody

Military Chiefs Have ‘Surge’ Doubts

At the core of the “surge” strategy is the notion that once U.S. troops clear a particularly hostile patch of Iraq, the Iraqi army and police will move in to maintain order. But senior American officers are now raising serious doubts about Iraqi forces’ ability to take over.

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. in Shootout With Afghan Police

Afghan police say U.S.-led troops opened fire on a security post, killing seven police officers. The U.S. military has acknowledged the skirmish, but said it was responding to an attack and did not confirm the Afghan casualties. The Red Cross has described worsening security in Afghanistan as “a very worrying situation.”

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


Kenyan Police Gun Down 21

Police killed 21 members of the banned Mungiki sect in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday in retaliation for alleged attacks by the outlaw group in recent weeks.  The Kenyan government recently instituted a shoot-to-kill policy for the sect, according to the BBC.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


L.A. Police Chief: ‘It All Broke Down’

As he delivered a report on the May Day incident to the Los Angeles Police Commission, Chief William Bratton acknowledged that his officers made mistakes born out of a breakdown in communication. Video of riot police firing rubber bullets into an apparently peaceful and compliant gathering of immigration protesters on May 1 sparked public outrage and an investigation.

Posted on May 30, 2007 READ MORE


Maher

Bill Maher on LAPD Bullies

In light of the LAPD’s recent storm trooper-like behavior, Bill Maher reminds police everywhere, “We want to support you—even to love you—but you have to remember, it says ‘To protect and serve’ on the side of the car, not ‘What the f—- are you looking at?’ ”

Posted on May 14, 2007 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

L.A. Police Chief Sides With Marchers

As many as 60 LAPD officers have been pulled from the streets, following a violent clash with protesters on May 1. Chief William Bratton has called some of the actions of the officers, who attempted to break up an apparently peaceful and lawful rally by firing 148 rubber bullets, “indefensible.”

Posted on May 7, 2007 READ MORE


mayor
AP Photo/Marco Ugarte

L.A. Mayor’s Back in Town

After traveling to El Salvador and Mexico during the week that began with a May Day clash between immigration rights demonstrators and the LAPD, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wisely decided on Friday to cut his sojourn short by five days and return home to deal with the fallout.

Posted on May 5, 2007 READ MORE


Unfair at Any Speed

This just in: Driving while black is still unsafe at any speed, even zero miles per hour. The same goes for driving while brown.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


Police ‘Regret’ Airing of Shooter’s Video

The superintendent of the Virginia state police has politely criticized NBC for airing the Virginia Tech shooter’s video diatribe. The head of NBC News defended the decision to broadcast the footage, saying: “I’m not sure we’ll ever fully understand why this happened, but I do think this is as close as we’ll come to having a glimpse inside the mind of a killer.”

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


Insurgents Form Their Own Iraq Government

A coalition of eight Sunni insurgent groups has announced the formation of a cabinet, naming the head of al-Qaida in Iraq the minister of war. The announcement from the “Islamic State of Iraq” was made hours after the group released a video showing the executions of 20 people who were Iraqi civilians, soldiers or policemen.

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


Mass Kidnappings Trouble Iraqi Authorities

Iraqi police are searching for victims of mass kidnappings that occurred Wednesday. At least 43 people were abducted in two areas of Iraq. Some of the gunmen responsible for the attacks reportedly wore uniforms resembling those of Iraqi security forces.

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Greeted With Protests

More than 6,000 Brazilians marched against George W. Bush in Sao Paulo on Thursday in a mostly peaceful demonstration. A small group incited police to fire tear gas and rubber bullets. Protesters in Colombia also clashed with police, and more demonstrations are expected as Bush tours the region.

Posted on Mar 9, 2007 READ MORE


Network Head Resigns Over Boston Shenanigans

The head of the Cartoon Network has stepped down because of the recent terror scare in Boston, which was caused by the city’s overreaction to an advertising ploy—nine other cities managed not to descend into hysterics when the Lite-Brite-like advertisements began appearing. Jim Samples shouldn’t have to lose his job because authorities in Boston mistook a blinking cartoon character for an act of terrorism.

Posted on Feb 9, 2007 READ MORE


Austrian police
whdh.com

Authorities Discover Global Child Porn Network

Police departments around the world have launched investigations following Austria’s discovery of an online child pornography network. By observing a targeted website for one day, investigators were able to gather the IP addresses of thousands of illicit downloaders from 77 countries.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


protest
peakpeak.com

Seattle Loses WTO Case

A jury has found the city of Seattle liable for the unlawful arrests of roughly 175 protesters during the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting, which attracted 50,000 activists. The demonstrators in question were arrested while sitting and singing in a “no protest” park.

Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


Rape Victim Jailed and Denied Contraception

A rape victim in Florida was thrown in jail for two days when police discovered a warrant accusing her of failing to pay restitution for a theft she committed as a juvenile. A jail worker, allegedly motivated by religious convictions, then refused to give her a crucial dose of the morning-after pill.

Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


Blackwater guard
From Salon.com

Chris Hedges: America’s Holy Warriors

The former New York Times Mideast Bureau chief warns that the radical Christian right is coming dangerously close to its goal of co-opting the country’s military and law enforcement.

Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE


Jabari Asim: Here We Go Again

The recent shooting of an unarmed black man in New York is another chapter in a long and heartbreaking tradition.

Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE


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YouTube Video Prompts FBI Probe of LAPD

The FBI has launched a police brutality investigation of the LAPD after a video surfaced on YouTube of a police officer repeatedly punching a suspected gang member in the face. Read about it, and watch the video.

Posted on Nov 13, 2006 READ MORE


Supreme Court Upholds No-Knock Police Search

Samuel Alito’s conservatism has begun to make itself felt.

Posted on Jun 16, 2006 READ MORE


Alternet’s 10 Signs of the Impending Police State

An indispensible roundup, and it’s not just The War and The Spying. Alternet also points to presidential signing statements, free speech zones, the Internet clampdown, and touchscreen voting machines.

Posted on May 27, 2006 READ MORE


Drone Aircraft May Prowl U.S. Skies

The Congress hears from police agencies that envision using unmanned military drones for surveillance—in one troubling example, high above American cities.

Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE


Claim: U.S.-Trained Iraqi Police Abetting Massacres

Time magazine says evidence is mounting that the Shiite-dominated police force has become a corps of shock troops bent on killing Sunnis.

Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


Gunmen Seize 50 at Iraq Security Firm

This incident—coming on the heels of the discovery of 20 bodies dumped in Baghdad—is the face of urban civil war on the model of the Battle of Algiers.

Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


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