Police Put on the Spot by Camera-Wielding ‘Coparazzi’ Sex Worker

Here's one way sex workers can hold clients and cops accountable: videotape them. Raven Nicole Masterson, a self-described "coparazzi," uses her cellphone camera to document how often the basic rights of sex workers — especially those who are women of color — are completely ignored. Masterson's guerrilla tactics won't… » 7/11/13 4:00pm 7/11/13 4:00pm

Sex Workers and Anti-Trafficking Groups Want To End Condoms as Evidence

Sex workers, anti-trafficking groups, the New York Civil Liberties Union, public health advocates, and LGBTQ organizations are today lobbying the lawmakers of New York state to pass a bill that would make the possession of condoms inadmissible as evidence in criminal prosecutions of prostitution and related offenses.… » 4/23/13 2:05pm 4/23/13 2:05pm

Former NYPD Officer Acquitted of Rape Unsurprisingly Determined an…

Kenneth Moreno, one of the pithily nicknamed NYPD "rape cops" who was cleared on all but three charges of "official misconduct" despite a preponderance of evidence (including surveillance footage) suggesting that he raped a woman in her apartment while his partner played lookout, is back in the courts, this time fighting… » 12/22/12 2:30pm 12/22/12 2:30pm

Texas State Trooper Suspended After Performing Body Cavity Search on…

A female Texas state trooper has been suspended after being caught on camera with her hand down two women's pants "searching" for god knows what after she and and a colleague pulled them over for throwing cigarette butts out the window. It's like a scene out of a bad porno — except it happened in real life, by the side… » 12/20/12 2:50pm 12/20/12 2:50pm

Oklahoma State University Frat Bro Charged With Groping Multiple Male…

Nathan Michael Cochran, a 22-year-old Oklahoma State University student and former FarmHouse fraternity member, was charged with three counts of sexual battery on Wednesday. Each charge carries a possible sentence of up to three years in prison. Oh, and they think he probably assaulted others, too, since the reason the … » 12/17/12 6:40pm 12/17/12 6:40pm

Woman Shot Dead by Walmart Security Guard on Suspicion of Shoplifting

We all know you're not supposed to shoplift, and even so, it's probably something most people have done at some point in our lives. Whether it's slyly slipping an Urban Outfitter's bespeckled owl necklace into your purse or stealing formula to feed your baby, I'm not here to argue the moral ambiguities of the… » 12/10/12 10:25am 12/10/12 10:25am

Meet 'Lucille Baller,' the Violent Rap Alter-Ego of a Dallas Cop

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During the day, Dallas Police Lieutenant Regina Smith oversees burglary and theft investigative detectives. Off hours, however, she's a rapper named "Lucille Baller," who calls her revolver "Ms. Lucy," brags about her shooting skills, and, much like any run-of-the-mill rapper, threatens to fuck her haters up. The only… » 11/29/12 4:00pm 11/29/12 4:00pm

Cops Are Seriously (SERIOUSLY) Worried Pot Heads Are Gonna Poison Your …

Police in Los Angeles are concerned about the city's growing number of medical marijuana dispensaries - especially when it comes to them preying on our nation's precious youth. This Halloween season, the L.A.P.D. are of the belief that terrifying pot heads are going to accidentally (or not accidentally) give your kids… » 10/31/12 7:31pm 10/31/12 7:31pm

It's Your Fault If You're Sexually Assaulted by a Drunk Cop, and Other…

Earlier this summer, in an egregious case of power-tripping entitlement, Arizona police officer Robb Gary Evans drove drunk to a bar, showed his badge at the door to get in sans cover, walked up to a friend of a friend and put his hand up her skirt so he could "run his fingers" across her genitals without consent. When… » 9/07/12 1:40pm 9/07/12 1:40pm

More Female Cops Finally Allowed Outdoors in Mumbai

Last year, Mumbai's Police Commissioner promised the Bombay High Court that 33 percent of his force would soon consist of women constables. How's that going? Well, there are only about 300 women on the street right now — about 10 percent of the entire force — but Vivek Phansalkar, the joint police commissioner for… » 8/14/12 1:00pm 8/14/12 1:00pm

Cop Asks Woman What a Good Strangle Looks Like, Arrests Her for…

Even as the rest of the world turns its hopeful attention to London for the 2012 Summer Clash of Nations, Florida is still hard at work churning out its fourth-biggest export behind oranges, key lime pies, and Mickey Mouse ears — bizarre news. In the latest installment of weird stuff happening in the Sunshine State, a… » 7/29/12 6:00pm 7/29/12 6:00pm

Veteran Cop Uses 'Hookernomics' to Bemoan 'Hideous' Local Prostitutes

Alex Teach has been a police officer for 20 years, so he knows what he's talking about when he writes in the Chattanooga Pulse that the area's prostitutes — oh, sorry, I mean the "hideous local specimens" — are BY FAR the ugliest prostitutes in the entire nation, according to a think tank comprised of "a past crew of the… » 7/20/12 7:15pm 7/20/12 7:15pm

Justice for Sexual Assault? Maybe. But Thank Twitter, Not the…

Last Monday, a teenage girl in Guwahati, India was sexually assaulted — beaten up, molested and stripped down — by over a dozen gleeful men in front of many more for half an hour until the police finally came to her aid. The assault took place on a busy street outside a bar, just minutes away from the nearest police… » 7/16/12 1:35pm 7/16/12 1:35pm

Boston Police Department Union Has an Incredibly Fucked Up Newsletter

The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association, Inc. (est. 1984) calls itself the "Nation's First Police Department," so maybe we should give them the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their union's consistently offensive newsletter, Pax Centurion. Maybe it's really a postmodern art project/bingo game in which readers… » 6/27/12 5:00pm 6/27/12 5:00pm

SF Cops Join 'It Gets Better' Video Campaign

The newest "It Gets Better" video comes to us care of the San Francisco Police Department, the nation's first law enforcement agency to join the viral video campaign geared toward LGBT youth. In the video, officers in uniform open up about the struggles of coming out as a cop. "I was a police officer for four years and… » 2/11/12 1:15pm 2/11/12 1:15pm

Ellen Barkin Gets Into An Expletive-Laden Fight With The NYPD


Actress Ellen Barkin got into a bit of a tangle with the NYPD on New Year's Eve. She was walking in her Manhattan neighborhood with her boyfriend, Sam Levinson, when she says the cops were arresting people who weren't doing anything illegal. She saw one girl who she says was getting randomly arrested and tried to… » 1/02/12 11:00am 1/02/12 11:00am

Hmm, Why Would Cops Be Reluctant To Submit Their DNA To A Database?

The good news is that across the country, police are putting their feet down and raising their voices in support of civil rights. They're standing against the tyranny of the government retaining DNA records of citizens when those people aren't being investigated for a crime. The bad news is that they only actually care … » 10/17/11 6:45pm 10/17/11 6:45pm