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August 16, 2014

Embattled New Mexico Sheriff, Thomas Rodella And His Son Arrested

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico sheriff was arrested Friday on charges he cornered a driver at a dead end, threatened him with a silver revolver as the driver begged not to be shot and had him falsely charged with assault. U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez announced Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella, who has had brushes with scandal throughout his career, and his son, Thomas Jr., were arrested…

He Did What to Your Phone?! Aw, Girl, It’s Over

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Dear Demetria: My man [and I] got in a heated argument and [it] got pretty loud. Fine. The next day, I was looking for my phone and found it in a weird spot. It smelled like [urine]! I asked my boyfriend about it and he admitted that he [urinated] on my phone because he was mad. Yes!! He said I am overreacting because it still works. The end? —Anonymous This is…

Ferguson Chief Names Darren Wilson as Cop Who Shot Michael Brown

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A six-year police veteran named Darren Wilson was identified Friday as the officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb last weekend, touching off a week of sometimes violent protests and a military-style police response. A police report made public Friday also revealed that the teen, Michael Brown, was suspected of stealing a box of cigars from a convenience store and assaulting a clerk…

Ferguson Police Chief: Darren Wilson Did Not Know Michael Brown Was Suspect In ‘Strong-Armed’ Robbery

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Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said Friday the initial contact between 18-year-old Michael Brown and police officer Darren Wilson was not related to a convenience store robbery. Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by Wilson on Saturday, August 9. In a press conference earlier on Friday, Ferguson police released a report naming Brown as the main suspect in a convenience store robbery where a box of Swisher…

Koch Brothers’ Toxic Legacy Detailed In New Report

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WASHINGTON — A report released Friday by a top Democratic political research group details what it calls a “legacy” of layoffs and environmental damage at subsidiaries of Koch Industries, the holding company owned by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. The 51-page report was produced by the group American Bridge 21st Century. Titled “Legacy of Loss: Koch Industries’ Layoffs and Environmental Harm in Battleground States,” it looks at 12 states where…

Here’s How Lawmakers Use The War On Terror To Defend Police Militarization

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WASHINGTON — Local police forces need military equipment to fight terrorism, members of Congress argued in June when they successfully beat back legislation that would have restricted the Defense Department’s ability to transfer such weaponry to police departments. During a late-night debate on an annual defense appropriations bill, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) tried to attach an amendment to demilitarize the police. Specifically, his measure would have blocked a Defense Department…