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Cop Cams Will Change Policing. But Maybe Not The Way You Think.

(102) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 12:52 PM

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Members of the Ferguson Police Department wear body cameras during a rally on Aug. 30, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. Police in Ferguson were outfitted with cameras as a reaction to protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed teenager. (Photo...
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Community Bail Fund For Poor Defendants To Launch In Brooklyn

(32) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 4:25 PM

NEW YORK -- Miguel Padilla said he couldn't let his fiancee's drunk brother get behind the wheel. Padilla, who also goes by Mike, may have been trying to do a good deed, but he wound up on Rikers Island instead.

As he cruised Brooklyn's streets driving his drunk relative home...

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Judge Rules Against Prisoners In 'Little Guantanamo' Lawsuit

(11) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 6:42 PM

A federal judge ruled Monday against inmates who had challenged highly restrictive federal prison units, dealing a severe blow to their five-year attempt to close what are sometimes called Little Guantanamos.

For years, advocates have complained about the special prison wings set up in the wake of 9/11 called "communication...

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Congress Girds For Patriot Act Fight Over NSA Spying

(49) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 7:34 AM

WASHINGTON -- Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, sat down to talk face to face with his fiercest critics in a House office in January.

The visit was more than just a courtesy call. With the legal authority for the NSA's phone data dragnet set to expire June...

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Ferguson Judge Who Drove Up Court Revenue Resigns As State Judge Takes Control

(239) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 8:53 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. -- The judge who allegedly turned Ferguson's municipal court into a city cash cow resigned Monday, and the Missouri Supreme Court ordered a new jurist to take over the city caseload.

The Supreme Court of Missouri said in a statement that it was assigning Judge Roy L. Richter...

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Ferguson's Neighbors In St. Louis County Greet Damning DOJ Report With A Shrug

(221) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 2:44 PM

The Justice Department's report documenting rampant discrimination and misconduct in Ferguson's criminal justice system also implicated municipalities across the St. Louis region. Missouri's top elected official responded to the report with alarm -- but local leaders have greeted the report with a shrug, and show no signs of...

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Court Orders Army To Stop Referring To Chelsea Manning As A Man

(91) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 4:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- An army appeals court has ordered the military to stop its regular practice of referring to Private First Class Chelsea Manning as a man.

The military had been asked by Manning and her attorney to cease the habit, but filed an official opposition to that request. The...

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The Problem Is Way Bigger Than Ferguson, Justice Department Report Reveals

(526) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 3:23 PM

It was billed as an investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. But a hard-hitting report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice also reads as an indictment of cities and towns across the St. Louis region.

The report implicates at least four other municipalities in alleged misconduct...

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Darren Wilson Will Not Face Civil Rights Charges In Michael Brown's Death

(490) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 11:29 AM

WASHINGTON -- Darren Wilson, the former police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, will not face federal civil rights charges in connection with Brown's death, Justice Department officials said Wednesday.

DOJ found that Wilson’s use of deadly force against Brown could not be...

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FBI Arrests 3 Brooklyn Men Suspected Of Planning To Join ISIS

(161) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 11:52 AM

Three Brooklyn men who allegedly planned to join the Islamic State were arrested Wednesday by the FBI.

The Department of Justice said in a press release that two of the suspects planned to return to New York and carry out a terror attack if they failed to join up with...

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Court Dismisses Occupy Wall Street's Brooklyn Bridge Lawsuit

(12) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 5:21 PM

NEW YORK -- In a surprising about-face, a federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Occupy Wall Street demonstrators against the New York City Police Department over mass arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Many of the more than 700 marchers arrested said they were essentially tricked onto the...

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Muslim Americans Widely Seen As Victims Of Discrimination

(345) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 4:34 PM

Muslim Americans are widely seen as victims of discrimination, but also viewed by a slim majority as members of a religion that encourages violence, according to an Economist/YouGov poll released Friday. Americans who know a Muslim, meanwhile, are more likely to view adherents of the religion favorably.

Those...

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Chapel Hill Shooting Stokes Climate Of Fear For Muslims

(133) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 4:11 PM

DURHAM, N.C. -- Abdullah Antepli couldn't stop looking at his phone on Friday. The Duke University imam was worriedly waiting for news from his wife. These are fearful times for Muslims in North Carolina, and she wears a hijab.

On Feb. 10 a man in Chapel Hill gunned down three...

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Father Of Slain Muslim Sisters Calls For Federal Hate Crime Probe

(39) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 3:21 PM

RALEIGH, North Carolina -- The father of two Muslim sisters killed in a triple murder by an atheist with an intense dislike of all religion told a massive crowd gathered ahead of their burial on Thursday that he wants federal authorities to investigate the shooting as a

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Chapel Hill Muslims Don't Believe Shootings Happened Because Of A Parking Spot

(408) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 9:46 AM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The police said it was all over a parking spot. The shooter's wife said it wasn't about religion. But many members of this college town's close-knit Muslim community believe the motive behind a horrific triple homicide here Tuesday was nothing less than hatred of Islam.

As...

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Brian Williams' False 2003 Iraq Helicopter Claim Draws Scrutiny To Other War Exploits

(193) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 9:02 AM

NEW YORK -- In the wake of “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams' suspension for lying about being on a helicopter that took fire in Iraq in 2003, questions are emerging over another of his Iraq exploits. Among other things, these questions involve war memorabilia the anchor claims to have...

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In Chapel Hill And Across The Country, Thousands Honor Slain Muslim Students

(96) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 8:01 AM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Thousands of people gathered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday to pay tribute to the three young Muslims who were killed by a neighbor a day earlier.

The gathering was held at a central meeting space on UNC's...

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Justice Department Budget Projects Some Asset Forfeiture Payments Will Rise Despite Reforms

(27) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 6:09 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder last month announced reforms to asset forfeitures, the controversial government practice of seizing property associated with alleged illicit activity. But the new Justice Department budget released this week projects the changes will barely cut into federal seizures.

While Holder's announcement was initially hailed as...

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The Gaping Hole In Obama's FBI Surveillance Reform

(13) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 8:31 PM

The federal government this week announced a reform to an investigative tool that gives the FBI sweeping surveillance power. But a target of that surveillance said the change appears to leave investigators with vast power to snoop -- in secret.

The FBI uses national security letters to force business owners...

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Obama Gets An Incomplete On NSA Reform

(12) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 12:18 PM

President Barack Obama promised to reform the National Security Agency a year ago this month. Interviews and a report released Thursday show just how slow the going has been.

The new report from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board, an independent agency within the executive branch,...

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