French police managed to foil an imminent terror attack on Paris, arresting four suspects on Wednesday and seizing evidence suggesting an attack may have been planned. More →
The following isn’t the silly plot of an upcoming movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, though the story of Leland Ayala-Doliente, 22, and Holland Sward, 23, is definitely worthy of a marijuana-fueled comedy: the two weed dealer wannabes were so high during what would have been a successful 20-pound smuggling operation that they called 911 to save them from the undercover police officers who were chasing them in civilian cars.
Best of all, the audio recording from this particular 911 call is available on YouTube in its entirety. And before you ask, no, there were no undercover police following them when they called for help. More →
Yamaha’s versatile, all rounder MT-09 Tracer Police is making its debut this week at Milipol in Paris.
The Tracer was developed for police patrols and rapid response in urban environments. The light and narrow bike, with an aluminum die-cast frame, combines flexibility with quickness. More →
The state of Florida, for whatever reason, seems to produce a disproportionate number of utterly bizarre stories that would easily have you believe society is devolving far too quickly. Florida’s penchant for the absurd is so acute that it’s even spawned a popular twitter account, aptly titled Florida Man, that solely aggregates crazy news stories that begin with those magical two words, “Florida man…”.
Recently, in a story that you might otherwise think was ripped from The Onion, a Florida police officer named Michael Szeliga showed up at an anti-drunk driving conference in Fort Lauderdale to not only receive DUI law enforcement training, but to receive an award for making over 100 DUI arrests. The conference, naturally, was sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
A pair of police officers in Sand Springs, Oklahoma narrowly escaped death when a woman driving a stolen vehicle rammed their police cruiser on Monday afternoon. Dramatic footage of the event was released by the Sand Springs Police Department and posted by the Associated Press on Tuesday, and it shows the entire ordeal. More →
If you’ve been pulled over for speeding and you think you’re innocent, there are ways to fight your speeding ticket that will increase your chances of getting off the hook. Writing over at The Raw Story, former police officer Roy Reyer (a.k.a., “Radar Roy”) offers some essential tips for anyone who wants to challenge their speeding ticket and win.
The New York Police Department has equipped x-rays in some of its vans but it’s refusing to talk about them due to “security concerns.” Even though these x-ray vans reportedly cost $825,000 a piece, NYPD is staying completely silent about them and their purpose. More →
The idea of weaponized drones might sound like something you’d see in a sci-fi movie, but you might end up seeing it in the real world before you know it. Following the passage of a new bill in North Dakota, police in that state now have the green light to launch and use drones armed with a variety of non-lethal weapons, including rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray, and tasers.
There are good police officers, and there are bad ones — it’s like anything else. Good cops devote their lives to protecting law-abiding citizens, and they work within the confines of the law. Bad cops cut corners, abuse their power and operate with reckless abandon. Unfortunately for a 22-year-old Philadelphia man identified as Tyree Carroll, he encountered about a dozen officers who fall into the latter group earlier this year. More →
A new spy tool that’s being referred to as StingRay or KingFish is a sophisticated cell phone spying and tracking tool that’s so secret that it requires law enforcement agencies to sign non-disclosure agreements before buying one. Equally disturbing is its price: The New York Times reports that one device costs $502,000, followed by $42,000 in yearly charges. All this money and police aren’t even allowed to explain to taxpayers why they need to spend so much on technology that can potentially infringe upon their privacy even when used for legitimate purposes. More →
It might not come as much of a surprise, but another police officer has been convicted of wrongdoing.
Ars Technica reports that Sean Harrington, a former California Highway Patrolman (who has since resigned from the force), pleaded no contest after being charged with criminal felony charges for stealing and distributing naked photos from two arrested citizens’ phones. He will not serve any jail time. More →
There has been plenty of negative press surrounding law enforcement in the United States over the last year, but it doesn’t look like 2015 is going to be any less controversial.
USA Today reports that at least 50 law enforcement agencies have secretly purchased advanced radars for their officers which could potentially allow them to see through the walls of our homes without first obtaining a search warrant. More →
Following a number of widely publicised police incidents that were followed by public uproar, there is currently a hot debate surrounding the use of body cams by law enforcement. The general stance of people arguing for the use of body-mounted cameras by police officers is that if cops aren’t doing anything wrong, they shouldn’t have to worry about their actions being recorded.
Now, video footage recorded by body cameras is directly responsible for charges being filed against two Albuquerque, New Mexico police officers in the killing of a mentally ill homeless man. More →