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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 D.C-based law firm will file suit and pursue “all legal remedies” to protect the rights of the Maryland parents whose two young children were taken into custody for more than five hours Sunday after someone reported them as they made their way home unsupervised from a Silver Spring park, the firm said Tuesday. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv were “rightfully outraged by the irresponsible actions” of Maryland Child Protective Services and Montgomery County police, said attorney Matthew Dowd, of the firm Wiley Rein, in a written statement. “We must ask ourselves how we reached the […]

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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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The Intercept reports that the TSA, who is supposed to be looking after our transportation systems, has moved into theme parks looking for terrorists. Yes, the Transportation Security Administration’s embattled $900 million behavior detection program, called Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT, is not just used at airports. It’s also used at theme parks. TSA has trained security teams from SeaWorld, Disney World and Busch Gardens to use the same checklist of behavior indicators, which includes “wearing a disguise,” “whistling,” “exaggerated yawning” and “excessive laughter,” according to interviews and documents obtained by The […]

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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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