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Florida Man Literally Arrested for Walking While Black

A black Jacksonville, Florida man is suing the local police department after he was reportedly punched in the face, Tasered, and arrested — all for …

Dumbest cops in America video themselves laughing at and tasing mentally-ill, handcuffed man

Police and paramedics in Millvale, Pa., were recorded on video laughing as they repeatedly stunned a handcuffed and mentally-ill man as he pounded …

City of Cleveland Sends Letter Threatening Cocktails Lounge Gay Bar For Calling Too Much

19 Action News|Cleveland, OH|News, Weather, Sports<p>In the wake of a series of neighborhood hate crimes targeting Ohio's gay community, the City of Cleveland sent a letter this week to the owner of gay bar Cleveland's Cocktail Lounge, claiming that the bar's repeated calls to law enforcement are …

The Most Ambitious Effort Yet To Abolish The Death Penalty Is Already Happening

Derided this spring as “guerrilla warfare” by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, the death penalty abolition movement is coming out into the open. The 8th Amendment Project’s leaders talk with BuzzFeed News about why — and how they plan to win.<p>Henderson Hill and Rob Smith are the odd couple …

Mentally ill would be spared death penalty under proposed Ohio legislation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A person judged to suffer from severe mental illness at the time of a killing that could result in a death sentence would be …

Mental Disorders

Podcast: Is the death penalty unconstitutional?

The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual …

Eighth Amendment

A Death Row Inmate's Haunting Observation Hours Before Execution

"More people have said, 'What can I do to help you?' in the last 14 hours of my life than they ever did in the first 19 years."<p>As a death row attorney whom Desmond Tutu has called "America's young Nelson Mandela," Bryan Stevenson has worked with people who most of society has already cast aside. …

Obama picks Tom Vilsack to address heroin spike

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama is naming a Cabinet-level point person to address the problem of heroin and other opiate use in rural communities, the White House said Friday.<p>Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the longest-serving member of Obama's original Cabinet, will head an effort probing many …

Heroin addiction is rare among painkiller abusers, study says

Prescription painkiller abuse is drawing national attention as states battle increasing abuse cases, presidential candidates offer possible solutions …

NY pharmacy chain to sell drug that reverses heroin overdose without prescription

In an effort to combat a growing epidemic of heroin and opioid overdoses, the CVS pharmacy chain will begin selling an anti-overdose drug called …

Heroin Takes Center Stage At Democratic Debate

When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders were asked a question about the war on drugs during Sunday evening's …

Police chief calls on addicts to get help after spike in heroin overdoses

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Massachusetts police chief took to Facebook on Sunday with an impassioned plea to addicts after his town saw four overdoses in the span of 24 hours.<p>Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello wrote a post urging addicts to get help.<p>"Your life is more meaningful than your death," he wrote. …

What Would Be The Most Effective Way For CA To Implement Recreational Use Of Marijuana?

Law students from Stanford offer analysis on the issue if voters do approve ballot measures in 2016.<p>BY CLIFTON B. PARKER, <i>Stanford News Service:</i><p>If …

Colorado medical marijuana advocates alarmed by proposed policy change

Medical marijuana advocates fear a proposed policy from the Colorado Medical Board will send their industry up in smoke.<p>Among other things, the …

Here's what we know about the country's first marijuana resort

The Santee Sioux tribe announced plans to grow and sell pot shortly after the U.S. Department of Justice authorized the venture in June, opening the door for the small tribe of 400 to boost revenue needed to fund community services, the AP reported. The tribe plans to open the resort on New Year's …

Yes, pot is stronger today, but not for the reasons you think

Taboos about drugs are lying shattered across the U.S., like broken debris after a party. But even as some states have begun to decriminalize or legalize marijuana, there is an argument that is making some Americans hesitate.<p>They ask: Aren't many drugs, even pot, much more potent today than they …

Officer Charged With Murder Of Unarmed Black Man Out On Bail

<b>Update:</b> Michael Slager, the police officer charged with murder in the 2015 death of Walter Scott, has been released from jail after posting bail, CNN …

Justice

SFPD officers arrested for racist text messages, department under investigation

The issue of racial bias among American police forces has defied geographical boundaries. Highly publicized incidents have been documented nationwide …

Judge: Chicago police must notify media before destroying decades of misconduct files

Chicago authorities must notify journalists and activists before they destroy decades of records related to police misconduct, Illinois Circuit Court Judge Peter Flynn ruled in an emergency order Thursday.<p>The order comes after journalist and activist Jamie Kalven petitioned the court after police …

Judge tells jury to ignore sympathies for murder victim in police misconduct trial

A judge has told a jury to put aside any feelings of sympathy they hold both towards a disabled man who was murdered in a vigilante attack and towards police officers who are on trial over the way they dealt with him before he was killed.<p>Bijan Ebrahimi, 44, was punched and kicked to death outside …

Crime

Chicago's next fight: Trying to purge police misconduct records

<b>Chicago (CNN) —</b> How do you make sure police officers are held accountable if most of their full disciplinary records are no longer available?<p>That question is at the center of what might be the next big battle brewing over police accountability across the country, and specifically in Chicago.<p>The …

Police officers convicted of misconduct over murder of disabled refugee

A police constable and a police community support officer (PSCO) have been found guilty of misconduct in connection with the murder of disabled Iranian refugee Bijan Ebrahimi.<p>Ebrahimi, 44, was beaten to death and then set alight by neighbor Lee James as a crowd watched outside his flat in Capgrave …

Chicago issues bonds to pay off $100 mln in police misconduct cases

​The mayor of Chicago, Illinois is attempting to issue $900 million in bonds to save the fiscally-faltering Windy City, but a big chunk of that will …