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Cop Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Is Suspended

Officials say a police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson, Mo., has been suspended indefinitely for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them. A St. Louis County police spokesman says the incident involving...

Dad of 'Affluenza' Teen Accused of Posing as a Cop

Another strange turn for the family linked to the infamous "affluenza" defense. The father of the teen who killed four people while driving drunk but got off with only probation has been charged with impersonating a police officer in Texas, reports DallasNews.com. Police say that when they showed up...

How Not to Get to a Meeting With Your Probation Officer

On the bright side, 18-year-old Michael Johnson of Albuquerque made it to a meeting with his probation officer on time. Unfortunately, as KOAT-TV reports, he did so by zipping over in a stolen electric shopping cart. When Johnson's probation officer asked about the unusual ride, the teen admitted taking it...

How the Media Can Help Stop Mass Murders

Gina Tron made headlines as a teenager when people mistakenly feared she planned to go on a killing spree at her high school. Now, she writes at Politico about how she enjoyed her brief fame—and how mass murderers seek media validation. If we stop offering them a platform, she...

Woman Sets Husband on Fire ... to Get His Attention

An Oregon woman accused of setting her husband on fire because of an argument over weed killer is in jail on an attempted murder charge. KPTV reports an officer on patrol Friday evening saw the couple outside their Mount Angel home and initially thought there had been an accident with...

Cop: Do What I Say and You Won't Get Shot

As the crisis in Ferguson rages on, Los Angeles police officer Sunil Dutta has penned what's proven to be an inflammatory essay in the Washington Post. His message: "In the overwhelming majority of cases, it is not the cops, but the people they stop, who can prevent detentions from turning...

Man Dies Trying to Stop Friend From Driving Drunk

Joseph Ianzano was worried about a friend—and it ended up costing the Florida 19-year-old his life. He'd driven some friends back to his place after a concert Saturday night, and he feared one of them was too drunk to drive himself home. "He blocked the car with his car...

Kids Held Hostage After 2 Chicago-Area Cops Shot

Two kids and at least one adult woman are being held hostage in a home near Chicago, as a standoff that started early yesterday afternoon continues. Four children have already been released, though it's not certain how, while two police were injured by gunshots, the Chicago Tribune reports. One was...

Ferguson's New Plan: Police Cameras

Ahead of a visit from Attorney General Eric Holder today, officials in Ferguson, Missouri say they want to make big changes to law enforcement and end the "discord and heartbreak" that has followed the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. A statement released by city leaders says it is...

Cops: 2 Teens Plotted School Shooting Spree

Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staffers and kill as many people as possible, police said today. School officials learned of the plot on...

Rick Perry Booked on Felony Charges

Texas Gov. Rick Perry smiled for his police mugshot and promised to be vindicated on abuse-of-power charges today. Perry turned himself in at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin on the felony accusations, reports Reuters. “I'm here today because I believe in the rule of law," he said before entering...

St. Louis Cop Kills Knife-Wielding Man

Exactly what authorities looking to calm tensions in Ferguson, Mo., didn't want to happen: A St. Louis police officer shot and killed and a man wielding a knife this afternoon, reports Fox 2 Illinois. Details are still sketchy, but police say the man brandished a knife inside a convenience store...

Guy's Jail Attire: T-Shirt With His Own Mugshot

A 19-year-old managed to turn his two-day stint in jail into a comedy routine. Bobby Burt, who was arrested for drunk driving in Maine in June, arrived to serve his sentence earlier this month wearing a shirt featuring his own mugshot, the AP reports The shirt's text, per the Smoking...

How a Single Arrest Could Mark You for Life

Whether you were charged with a crime or not, an arrest at a young age could haunt you for life. And that's something that should concern quite a few of us: About a third of American adults—some 77.7 million people—have criminal records on the FBI's database, and...

Obama: Eric Holder Is Going to Ferguson

Calling for understanding in the face of racially charged anger, President Barack Obama said today that the vast majority of protesters in a St. Louis suburb were peaceful, but warned that a small minority was undermining justice for the unarmed black man shot and killed by police. During a brief...

In Arizona, State Makes Up Execution Rules as It Goes

The botched execution of Joseph Wood last month in Arizona showed that the state Corrections Department was "making it up as it went along,” says Wood's public defender. Now a New York Times investigation suggests the incident may be part of a greater pattern. Wood's lawyer continues: "There’s the protocol...

Naked Guy With a Sword Subdued After Threats

Here's something you don't see every day: a man screaming at people in a parking lot and waving a 3-foot-long sword … while naked. The incident took place at an apartment complex in Atlantic Beach, Fla., Saturday; one witness tells WAWS the man charged at passersby. Luckily, a Good Samaritan...

Cops: Dad Kills Daughter, 3, After Shootout, Chase

Frederick Roy Miller had been fighting for custody of 3-year-old daughter Laila since she was six months old. But the Maryland state medical examiner says he stabbed and shot the girl at some point during a police chase and gun battle with officers in Maryland on Saturday, the Washington Post...

Why One Couple Sued for 'Wrongful Birth'

Sarah and Mark Hall (names changed) love their 3-year-old daughter, Ellie. Yet they recently sued for "wrongful birth," testifying that they would have aborted the pregnancy had they known Ellie would be born with a rare genetic disorder. People who file such lawsuits are often vilified, Elizabeth Picciuto explains in...

23 Hurt in Bizarre Attack at Chicago Anniversary Party

If they hadn't already had to, a couple celebrating 50 years of marriage with family and friends is now being called to stick together in sickness: Someone sprayed a mace-like substance into the yard where the anniversary party was taking place around 11pm in Chicago Saturday, and ambulances lined up...

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