Crime & Law Enforcement

Riot Breaks Out in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, Over NYPD Shooting Death of Kimani Gray

March 13, 2013

“For the third consecutive night now, a confrontation between marchers and the police has erupted in regards to the death of Gray. It was confirmed earlier today that Gray was shot seven times.”

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Medical Examiner: NYPD Officers Shot 16 Year-Old Kimani Gray 7 Times

March 13, 2013

“Those suspicions on the street intensified Wednesday when an autopsy report by the city medical examiner revealed Gray was hit by seven bullets – three to the back – during the confrontation with cops Saturday night.”

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Veterans Testify Before U.S. Senate Panel Investigating Sexual Violence in the Military

March 13, 2013

“The hearing, the first the Senate has held in nearly a decade on sexual assault in the military, reflects the increasing attention to the issue because of revelations about pervasive sexual harassment at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and throughout the military.”

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Obama Administration Proposes Plan to Allow All U.S. Spy Agencies Access to Personal Financial Information

March 13, 2013

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation already has full access to the database.”

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Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll (R) Abruptly Resigns Due to Questionable Business Connections

March 13, 2013

“It’s unclear if Carroll is the target of any criminal charges. Attorney General Pam Bondi and law enforcement officials have scheduled a 2:30 p.m. press conference in Orlando to discuss the case.”

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Two NYPD Officers Shoot and Kill 16-Year Old With a Gun in East Flatbush, Brooklyn

March 11, 2013

“The police said the officers, patrolling in an unmarked car in East Flatbush, came upon the teenager, identified as Kimani Gray, 16, in a group of men just before 11:30 p.m. The teenager separated himself from the group and adjusted his waistband in what the police described as a suspicious manner.”

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Securities & Exchange Commission: Illinois Budget Office Under Former Governor Blagojevic Misled Investors on Pension Risks

March 11, 2013

“The finding of securities fraud doesn’t subject Illinois to any fines or penalties, but it amounts to another fiscal black eye for a state burdened by the worst bond rating in the country and completely underwater by inaction in solving its $96 billion pension crisis.”

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Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) Calls For the Drafting of Rules and Regulations For the Domestic Use of Drones

March 9, 2013

“She called it a “work in progress” and said that the Intelligence Committee is trying to draft legislation.”

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New Mexico Prisoner Accidentally Left in Solitary Confinement For 2 Years Wins $15.5 Million Settlement

March 9, 2013

“After being pulled over in Dona Ana County, N.M., on Aug. 24 2005, Slevin was arrested on aggravated DWI charges, and for driving a vehicle that he did not own.”

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Harvard University Study: States With More Restrictive Gun Control Laws Have Less Shooting Deaths

March 9, 2013

“The most likely link between the strictness of a state’s gun regulations and the number of shootings was that in states with more restrictive gun control laws, fewer households own guns, the study’s lead author, Dr. Eric Fleeger, said on Thursday.”

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Justice Department: Violence Against Women Fell 64% From 1995 to 2005

March 9, 2013

“Rates declined from a peak of 5 per 1,000 women in 1995 to 1.8 per 1,000 women in 2005. The figure remained unchanged from 2005 to 2010.”

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Former Lead Detective For South African Runner Oscar Pistorius’ Murder Case Quits Police Force

March 9, 2013

“The decision by detective Hilton Botha to quit followed criticism for his bungling of the investigation into Pistorius’ shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14, as well as the revelation that he faced attempted murder charges for a 2011 case in which he fired at a vehicle.”

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U.S. Federal Trade Commission Cracking Down on Marketers Spamming Cell Phones With Text Messages

March 9, 2013

“The 29 defendants listed in the complaint sent 180 million unwanted text messages to consumers promising them free gift cards worth as much as $1,000 to retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, the FTC said in a press release.”

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Export Enforcement Coordination Center Created Under President Obama Causing Investigative Overlaps

March 8, 2013

“The E2C2, part of the Obama administration’s export overhaul, was established in part to fix the overlap and conflicting priorities among multiple U.S. agencies that try to stop equipment with military uses and other banned items from being shipped overseas.”

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Proposed Bill in Texas Would Increase Mobile Phone Privacy, Requiring Police Warrants For Location Information

March 7, 2013

“Further, the bills would require an annual transparency report from mobile carriers to the public and to the state government.”

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