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Man arrested for 'laughing while black' - then forced to clean jail cells

An Ohio city agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a First Amendment lawsuit filed by a black man who said police took him into custody for laughing at officers — and made up claims about him to justify the arrest.

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Here's when citizens are justified in using violence

If you see police choking someone to death – such as Eric Garner, the 43-year-old black horticulturalist wrestled down on the streets of New York City in 2014 – you might choose to pepper-spray them and flee. You might even save an innocent life. But what ethical considerations justify such dangerous heroics? (After all, the cops might arrest or kill you.) More important: do we have the right to defend ourselves and others from government injustice when government agents are following an unjust law? I think the answer is yes. But that view needs defending. Under what circumstances might active self-defense, including possible violence, be justified, as opposed to the passive resistance of civil disobedience that Americans generally applaud?

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Trump Says Cops Have a 'Right to Legally Protest' - But Kneeling Black Athletes Should Leave the Country

President Donald Trump endorsed the demands of Chicago police officers in their conflict with the city's mayor in a tweet Friday night, saying they have "have every right to legally protest" — a sentiment seeming to conflict with his push to punish black athletes in the NFL who protest silently during the national anthem.

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This Disturbing Video Shows a Cop Manhandling a Handcuffed Student for 'Cussing'

A police officer forcefully arrested 16-year-old Tiffany Rodriguez at Por Vida Charter High School on Wednesday, according to San Antonio’s Fox 29.

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Lying Is a Fundamental Part of American Police Culture

Police officers lie under oath in court so often that they’ve even given the practice a nickname. “Behind closed doors, we call it testilying,” New York City police officer Pedro Serrano told the New York Times. “You take the truth and stretch it out a little bit.”

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These Spy Sunglasses Help Cops Pick a Face From a Crowd of Thousands

An Orwellian new tech gadget is helping China expand its already massive surveillance state, and it may only be a matter of time until other countries take an interest in the device. Police in central China are the early adopters of sunglasses outfitted with face-recognition technology that can pick a suspect out of a crowd. The Wall Street Journal reports that Beijing manufacturer LLVision Technology Corp. has said in early tests, “the device has been able to identify individuals in a database of 10,000 suspects in as little as 100 milliseconds.”

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U.S. Police Killed Over 1,000 Civilians in 2017 While the News Was Watching Trump

News headlines in 2017 were primarily dominated by coverage of President Donald Trump’s administration and tense party politics. But while most of the attention was focused on the president’s antics, officers in police departments around the country killed over 1,000 civilians. 

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'Horrifying Step Backwards' as Sessions Retracts Guidance Designed to End Abuse of Poor by Courts

Civil rights advocates accused Attorney General Jeff Sessions of "turning back the clock" on criminal justice reforms after the Department of Justice rescinded Obama-era guidance that protected low-income defendants from being forced to pay gratuitous fees to local courts.

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AlterNet Comics: Brian McFadden on Customer Compliance Cops

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Cop Gives Teen Caught With Marijuana Bizarre Choice: Do 200 Push-Ups or Go to Jail

Arlington police officer officer Eric Ball was working off-duty when he received a tip about a teenager smoking weed, and proceeded to follow the scent. 

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