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Simon McCormack is a Crime and Weird News editor for the Huffington Post. He lives in New York City.

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NYPD Union Has Attacked Every Mayor In Recent History

(174) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 2:34 PM

After the murder of two NYPD police by a man with a lengthy criminal history, NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch said Mayor Bill de Blasio had blood on his hands.

Previously, the union had sought to have the mayor banned from the...

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NYPD Cop Killer Just Before Shooting: 'Watch What I'm Going To Do'

(18) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 11:13 AM

Moments before the NYPD cop killer executed two police in their patrol car on Saturday, he bragged about what he was about to do to two bystanders, according to authorities.

The New York Daily News reports that Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, asked two men to follow him on Instagram,...

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Monkey Takes Daring Measures To Save Friend

(52) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 8:49 AM

The world can seem like a very dark place.

But there are still beams of light cutting through the black clouds of despair.

Take this nice monkey, who sprung into action after its friend got electrically shocked on the...

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El misterio de la criatura encontrada en una playa de California

(13) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 12:23 PM

¿Qué es la criatura de la playa?

El martes, el periodista de Keyt John Palminteri estaba caminando por la playa de Santa Bárbara, en California, haciendo un reportaje sobre las consecuencias de una tormenta reciente, cuando se topó con la criatura que puedes ver en el vídeo de...

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70年前に処刑された14歳のアフリカ系アメリカ人少年、再審で死刑判決が破棄される

(4) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 1:14 AM

70年の時を経て、14歳のアフリカ系アメリカ人少年ジョージ・スティニーさんの殺人容疑が晴れた。

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Strange Creature Washes Up On Santa Barbara Beach

(339) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 3:10 PM

What is this beach beast?

On Tuesday, KEYT Senior Reporter John Palminteri was walking on a Santa Barbara beach doing a story on the fallout from a recent storm when he stumbled upon this:

storm creature

sea creature 2

"It certainly has...

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Man Smoked Joint In Police Station, Smeared Feces On Walls: Cops

(6) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 4:26 PM

A Pennsylvania man is in the joint for allegedly smoking one inside a police station.

Carlen Higgs, 33, was arrested on Sunday morning after he allegedly walked into the Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, police station, sat on a bench and started smoking a joint, according to NBC Philadelphia.

"He...

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George Stinney, Exonerated 70 Years After Wrongful Murder Conviction As 14-Year-Old

(804) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 1:50 PM

After seven decades, a black 14-year-old boy has been cleared of murder.

In 1944, George Stinney was convicted of murdering two white girls in Alcolu, South Carolina. He was executed via the electric chair after his white lawyer called no witnesses and performed no cross-examinations.

Judge Carmen Mullen...

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Cop Designs 'Breathe Easy, Don't Break The Law' T-Shirts

(312) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 5:51 PM

"I Can't Breathe" shirts have become a ubiquitous sign of protest against what many feel was an unjust decision not to indict the cop who put Eric Garner in a chokehold before his death.

But now, a law enforcement uniform company in Mishawaka, Indiana, has designed a shirt...

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Harvard Grad Allegedly Pulled Over For Playing 'F--k The Police'

(71) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 1:11 PM

A Harvard University graduate and current law school student said that, on Thanksgiving morning, he was pulled over for blasting N.W.A.'s anti-cop anthem "F--k the Police."

Cesar Baldelomar, 26, said he was driving in Hialeah, Florida when the N.W.A. song came on his radio, according to the Miami...

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3 Deadly Shootings In Pennsylvania As Gunman Remains On Loose (UPDATED)

(468) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 10:25 AM

UPDATE: The latest AP story on the shootings is below

SEAN CARLIN, Associated Press

PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri...

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These Powerful Signs Illustrate The True Diversity Of The #BlackLivesMatter Movement

(20) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 6:00 PM

In the months since unarmed teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, this past August, an ever-growing movement spotlighting police brutality and the structural racism in American society has taken the country by storm.

On Saturday, thousands of people marched through...

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'Don't Jerk And Drive' Campaign Pulled

(129) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 11:19 AM

Jerking isn't a joke and they know it.

Unfortunately for the South Dakota office of Highway Safety, some people think their new safe-driving campaign around the slogan "don't jerk and drive" was a bad idea.

The ad campaign, intended to keep people from over correcting and jerking their steering wheels...

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11-Year-Old Girl Steals $10,000, Hails Cab Halfway Across Country

(312) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 10:17 AM

An 11-year-old girl stole thousands of dollars from her grandma and then told a cab driver to take her halfway across the country so she could meet a 16-year-old boy she'd been chatting with online.

Alexis Waller is safe and sound and will not face any charges after her pre-teen...

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U.S. On Track To Have Executed The Fewest People In 20 Years

(7) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Two people are scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, including one man who, according to his lawyers, is mentally disabled. But when the curtain closes on 2014, the United States will have executed the fewest people in 20 years.

If the executions go through as scheduled, there will...

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Magician Says He Got Out Of Ticket With Magic Trick (VIDEO)

(18) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 5:22 PM

He made the legal consequences disappear.

Magician Steven Brundage said he was driving to his home in upstate New York from a gig in New York City at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning when he was pulled over by Scotia police.

Officers said he was doing 42...

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179 People Killed By NYPD, 1 Cop Conviction, No Jail Time

(28) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 12:18 PM

Over the last 15 years, NYPD officers have killed at least 179 people, according to a new investigation.

The New York Daily News found that in only three of those incidents, the officer involved was indicted and only once was the cop convicted.

In that one instance,...

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This Driver Is REALLY Bad At Getting Out Of A Parking Lot

(86) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 9:45 AM

More sympathetic to this driver's plight, we could not be.

We HATE driving. We especially hate parking and getting out of parking spaces. Our visual-spatial skills and spatial reasoning abilities are not up to par. Throw snow into the equation and all bets are off.

However, video of...

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Journey For Justice Faces Racist Opposition

(746) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 3:13 PM

As they marched from Ferguson to Jefferson City, Missouri protesters were met with an ugly sight.

From the Columbia Missourian:

About 200 people met the marchers as they reached Rosebud around noon, activists said. A display of fried chicken, a melon and a 40-ounce beer bottle had been...
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Postal Workers Allegedly Stole Pot Packages

(15) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 12:05 PM

The alleged scheme had pot-ential.

U.S. Postal Workers in Long Island, New York are accused of stealing packages filled with marijuana and diverting them so that the drugs could be sold later, according to the New York Daily News.

Here's how the alleged scheme worked:

After stealing the...
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