Rent a Cop: The Big, Shady (But Legal) Business of Secondary Policing

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It's been over a month since 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers, Jr. was killed by a St. Louis police officer. Details offered of the moments that led up to his death are today still sparse and sometimes conflicting. An investigation is underway, but there are already a few aspects of the incident that should raise questions. » 11/13/14 5:42pm 11/13/14 5:42pm

​Six More Felony Charges Against Oklahoma City Cop Accused of Rape

Daniel Ken Holzclaw, the Oklahoma City police officer accused of targeting and raping women while on duty is currently under house arrest, charged with 26 counts of rape, sexual battery, indecent exposure and forcible oral sodomy after several women reported him. Now three more women have come forward and the charges… » 11/05/14 2:30pm 11/05/14 2:30pm

​Cops Accused of Using Police Equipment to Creep On Online Dates

Online dating can be a little bit of a gamble—no matter how compatible and/or trustworthy a potential suitor seems, sometimes you just want to get a background check on a fool before you meet up with him. And that's exactly what some police officers did in Fairfield, California. While they were on duty. Oops. » 8/24/14 5:51pm 8/24/14 5:51pm

​Horrific: Cell Phone Video Shows California Cop Beating Woman

This weekend, video emerged of a shocking incident that occurred on Tuesday involving a California Highway Patrol officer taking an unarmed woman down and savagely punching her in the face on the side of the high way. According to the officer, the woman was walking along the freeway and did not stop when he asked her… » 7/05/14 5:56pm 7/05/14 5:56pm

Online Harassment Is So Bad, Not Even Cops Know How to Deal With It

It used to be that antisocial and threatening behavior was carried out through painstaking work like cutting out letters from magazines and pasting them together into scary missives, but those were the old days. Now all hostile jerks have to do is sign online and they're free to harass people from the relative… » 6/24/14 3:00pm 6/24/14 3:00pm

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… » 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… » 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… » 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

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… » 11/29/12 4:00pm 11/29/12 4:00pm