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Ervin Leon Edwards, 38, died face down in a jail cell after a half-dozen officers held him down and tasered him, then left him for dead. His crime? Police were questioning him about an argument with his girlfriend and then began harassing him over his “sagging pants,” according to the lawsuit. He was arrested moments later and brought to the West Baton Rouge jail. As Edwards was being arrested, for seemingly no reason, he began to voice his discontent. Nonetheless, officers still managed to restrain him and bring him to jail. During the arrest, police […]

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A federal judge in Las Vegas has ruled that FBI agents went too far when they shut off Internet service to a Las Vegas hotel room last summer, then posed as repairmen so they could get a peek into the room without a search warrant. In an elaborate, “Ocean’s Eleven”-like ruse, FBI agents went undercover at a Las Vegas casino to catch members of an alleged sports betting ring operating out of a high-roller suite. New video released of the July sting inside Caesars Palace was recorded from the lapel of one of the agents […]

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John Iadarola host of The Young Turks and guest Michael Shure discuss another assault by a cop on a suspect, but who was at fault? “It’s that time again; when we tell you about how our police force is constantly terrible at not killing or assaulting a suspect and following the law, but this time instead of a gun, taser, excessive force, or a K-9 unit, the police in question apparently just said, ‘screw it, car it is’, and maybe with an interesting plot twist. An officer in Marana, Arizona was following Mario Valencia in […]

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A mentally ill woman, Natasha McKenna, has died in police custody in Fairfax, Virginia after receiving four taser blasts to her back. McKenna was in police custody for two days before she was shackled and left unattended. She was finally ready to be moved when her deteriorating mental state caused her to begin resisting police and screaming, whereas the police responded by six Sheriff’s deputies putting on full biohazard suits and attempting to place her in a restrained wheel chair. When she wouldn’t bend her knees to sit in the chair McKenna was tasered, allowing […]

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People were stopped and not arrested more than 250,000 times by Chicago police officers from May 2014 to August 2014 — a rate much higher than New York City’s police department at the height of its use of stop-and-frisk in 2011, according to a new report by the ACLU of Illinois. The report,released Monday, said Chicago overuses the highly criticized practice — which, much like New York’s, disproportionately targets black people and other minorities. The review found that black people were stopped at a much higher rate. According to the report, African-Americans were subject to […]

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