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Baltimore Police Officer Plants Drugs Then Pretends to Find Them in Drug Bust

Baltimore Police Officer Planting Drugs

Baltimore police officer plants drugs then pretends to find them (Baltimore Sun video screenshot)

A police officer in Baltimore, Md., has been suspended, and two of his colleagues have been placed on non-public contact administrative duty after the public defender’s office released body camera footage that shows the officer planting drugs at a crime scene prior to making an arrest.

Read “Body Camera Footage Shows Baltimore Cop Planting Drugs

Another Alleged Suicide – Does This Sound Real?

Anthony Garrett

Anthony Garrett (GoFundMe)

Las Vegas Police want us to believe that 16-year-old Anthony Garrett killed himself, but what really happened?

Read “What Really Happened to 16-Year-Old Anthony Garrett? 

How Long Should An Officer Have Before Making a Statement After a Fatal Shooting?

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Police officers in Portland, Ore., who were involved in a shooting that resulted in death or serious physical injury were previously given 48 hours during which they could consult with an attorney before having to make a statement about the shooting. It was a rule that was objected to by advocates for police accountability.

Read “Is 48 Hours Too Long To Wait For a Police Officer To Give a Statement After a Fatal Shooting? 

Prosecutor in Lequan McDonald Cover-Up Case Seeks to Remove Pro-Police Judge

Laquan McDonald Shooting

A chalk body outline re-creates the crime scene where 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by then-Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. (Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes, who indicted three Chicago police officers on charges that they covered up the circumstances of the Laquan McDonald shooting, moved to remove the judge in the case on the grounds that she is “prejudiced” against the prosecution.

Read “Special Prosecutor in Case of Officers Charged With Cover-Up in Laquan McDonald Shooting Seeks to Remove ‘Pro-Police’ Judge

No Hate Crime Charges in the Murder of Richard Collins III

Richard Collins III

Sean Urbanski, Richard Collins III (Twitter)

Sean Christopher Urbanski, the white University of Maryland student who is accused of stabbing and killing black Bowie State student Richard Collins III on May 20, has been indicted for the crime and will be heading to trial, but he will not be facing hate crime charges.

Read “No Hate Crime Charges Against White Univ. of Maryland Student Accused of Killing Black Bowie State Student

‘Stealthing’ Could Become a Form of Felony Sexual Battery in California

Cristina Garcia

California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (Rich Pedroncelli/AP Images)

In May, Calif., Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) introduced a bill that would define ‘stealthing’ as a form of sexual assault, and on Tuesday, the state Senate Public Safety Committee advanced the bill, while acknowledging it was unclear whether or how such a law would be enforced.

Read “‘Stealthing’ One Step Closer to Being a Form of Sexual Assault in Calif.

California Bill Proposes Making Release of Police Body Camera Footage Mandatory

Police Body Camera

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A California lawmaker has proposed a bill that would create greater transparency by requiring law enforcement agencies to release body camera video and recordings of police shootings and other significant incidents, something that has been at the center of a longstanding national debate.

Read “California Bill Seeks to Make Releasing Body Camera Mandatory For Police Shootings

Date Set For Bill Cosby Retrial in Andrea Constand Sexual Assault Case

Bill Cosby

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Bill Cosby’s legal troubles stemming from the multiple allegations of sexual assault against him are far from over. On the heels of the announcement last week that he would go on trial in California in June 2018, his Philadelphia trial will get a do over in November.

Read “Bill Cosby Will Be Retried in November For Sexual Assault Against Andrea Constand 

Minnesota’s Governor Wants to Name Police Training Fund After Philando Castile

Philando Castile

Philando Castile (Facebook)

Does this seem like the right thing to do?

Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of Philando Castile’s shooting death at the hands of St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton marked the occasion by recommending the state’s Police Officer Standards and Training Board be named after Castile.

Read “Minn., Governor Wants to Name Police Training Fund After Philando Castile

New Black Panther Party Clashes With Baton Rouge Police at Alton Sterling Demonstration

New Black Panther Party

New Black Panther clashes with Baton Rouge police Party (The Advocate video screenshot)

A New Black Panther Party demonstration Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the police shooting that left Alton Sterling dead turned into a confrontation with police and ended with seven people arrested after demonstrators attempted to march through a barricade line at Baton Rouge police headquarters.

Read “New Black Panther Party Protest on Anniversary of Alton Sterling Shooting Leads to Confrontation With Police

Criminal Charges Dropped Against Officer Who Arrested Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland

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Former Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia, who arrested motorist Sandra Bland two years ago, was the only officer to face criminal charges in connection with her mysterious death in a Texas jail, but as of Wednesday, the criminal charges against him have been dropped.

Read “Charges Dropped Against Only Officer to Face Criminal Charges Related to Sandra Bland’s Death

Stabbing at Flint Airport Being Investigated as an Act of Terrorism

Montreal Police guard the front of the four storey building in Montreal on June 21, 2017, where Amor Ftouhi, who is suspected of stabbing a Michigan airport police officer, lived before traveling to the US earlier this month.
 (Photo by Julien Besset/AFP/Getty Images)

A police officer was stabbed Wednesday at the Flint, Mich., international airport, and the FBI says it is investigating the incident as a possible act of terrorism because of statements the suspect reportedly made before attacking the officer.

Read “FBI Investigating Stabbing of Police Officer at Flint Airport as a Possible Act of Terrorism

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