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Upstate New York proposal allows annoyance to lead to arrest

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — People who annoy an officer in one upstate New York county could find themselves facing jail time under a measure recently approved by a county legislature. Under the Monroe County proposal, a person who annoys, alarms ...

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As prosecutors launch reforms, police chiefs convene national summit in D.C. with district attorney counterparts

New York City Police Commissioner James. P. O'Neill (podium) speaks during a press conference regarding package bomb investigation at One Police Plaza in New York, NY, October 25, 2018. (Photo by Anthony Behar/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

WASHINGTON — The rise of reform-minded prosecutors in some of America’s biggest cities, and their moves to decriminalize offenses such as marijuana possession and fare jumping, created concern and confusion in their local police departments. The sudden changes in cities ...

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Flipping off cop is free speech, court says

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Woman gets stopped for speeding. Cop shows mercy and gives her a ticket for a nonmoving violation. As police officer pulls away, however, woman gives him the finger – or, as a U.S. District Court puts it, “flips him the ...

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NYC rape case prompts calls to close police sex loophole

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The 18-year-old woman was driving with two friends near Coney Island in September when the two plainclothes detectives pulled her over and found marijuana. The officers released the two male passengers, handcuffed the woman and told ...

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Baltimore police ready for reforms despite delay request

BALTIMORE — Baltimore’s mayor and police chief worked closely with Justice Department investigators to scrutinize the city’s police force and embraced a plan they crafted to overhaul the troubled department. So they were surprised by the Justice Department’s sudden request ...

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Justice spells out how to handle eyewitness IDs

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has issued its first procedures for how the FBI and other department law enforcement agencies should ask eyewitnesses to identify suspects using photo lineups and how federal prosecutors weigh that evidence to avoid erroneous convictions. ...

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Push to restrict license readers heads to Virginia Supreme Court

FAIRFAX, Va. — The police use of automatic license plate readers, photographing hundreds of license plates per minute and capturing the exact time and place of the photo, has become routine in law enforcement and is credited with helping to ...

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No college? Smoked pot? The police still might hire you

Police departments are relaxing age-old standards for accepting recruits, from lowering educational requirements to forgiving some prior drug use, to try to attract more people to their ranks. The changes are designed to deal with decreased interest in a job ...

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