After 25 years in prison, 2 Georgia men released after podcast uncovers manufactured evidence in murder case

"Official misconduct was certainly a contributing factor in Lee’s case, just as it has been in over 50% of wrongful conviction cases. What we should take away from this is that unfettered power, without proper checks and balances, leaves ripe the opportunity for mistakes and misconduct. Proper oversight, coupled with educational initiatives designed to prevent and correct wrongful convictions, is key," said Hurley. "Prosecutors have a duty to see that justice is done in their cases, and that must include a commitment to principles of integrity, equity, and accountability. It is imperative that they are willing to take corrective action when they see injustice, including when the injustice is perpetrated by police."

Banks Are Devising Ways to ID Mass Shooters Before They Strike

* Amalgamated CEO says technology is in the ‘very early stages’
* Attempts to track gun sales have been met with suspicion

Banks are developing technology to identify potential mass shooters, according to a CEO backing the push to get credit-card companies to more closely track gun purchases. 

Grandmother sues cop who wrongly targeted her home using “Find My” app

In January, Colorado police officers confined a 77-year-old grandmother named Ruby Johnson for hours in a squad car without even offering a glass of water during a time when she was due to take her daily medications—why?

Des Moines Residents Will Shell Out $125,000 To Man Whose Phone Was Illegally Seized By Cops He Was Recording

In May 2018, Des Moines resident and radio producer Daniel Robbins was recording illegally parked cars near the police station. Some of these illegally parked cars were driven by police officers. Detective Brad Youngblut, on his way towards his (possibly illegally parked) vehicle noticed Robbins and decided to start hassling him.

Pennsylvania mall shooting thwarted by legally armed bystander: 'He is a hero'

A legally armed bystander is being heralded as a hero after he helped thwart a mall shooting in Pennsylvania. [...] The shooting unfolded Sunday at the Lancaster mall when a 16-year-old suspect reportedly got into a fight with another person and pulled a gun. The teen fired several shots, while multiple people struggled over getting the gun, police said. 

"It reminds me of the Desert Storm war when I was there. It was awful. The sounds of shooting, it’s really bringing things back to you. It’s so terrifying," Ali, a native of Iraq, added.

Armed bystander in Florida stops attack on pregnant woman

An armed bystander intervened to stop a brutal attack on a pregnant woman at a Publix parking lot in Florida.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said 27-year-old Cole Joseph Danisment became angry with the mother of his unborn child and began brutally beating her in a Publix parking lot Saturday, punching her in the face several times during the attack, according to a report from WFLA.

CNN: America’s gun epidemic is deadlier than ever, and there are vast disparities in who’s dying

A new study published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open analyzed firearm deaths over the past three decades – a total of more than 1 million lives lost since 1990. The researchers found that firearm mortality rates increased for most demographic groups in recent years – especially during the pandemic – and vast disparities persisted. [...]

A Dallas police officer has been arrested after a shooting inside an Uber

A Dallas police officer was arrested Friday after pointing a gun at the front seat passenger of an Uber ride they were sharing, police said.

Officer Anthony Heims was arrested by the Dallas Police Department and charged with aggravated assault, according to a news release.

Police responded to a 911 call from an Uber driver who reported his back seat passenger, identified as Heims, had pointed a pistol at his front seat passenger’s head while he was driving the two men, police said in the arrest warrant affidavit, obtained by CNN.

Indiana deputy's gun discharges, shoots student in classroom

An Indiana high school student was shot and wounded Thursday when a sheriff's deputy's gun accidentally discharged in a classroom as students were taking part in law enforcement vocational training, officials said.

The wounded South Vermillion High School student was taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries after the shooting about 9:30 a.m. EST, the school district said in Facebook post. The school is located in the city of Clinton, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) west of Indianapolis near the Indiana-Illinois state line.

DEA’s most corrupt agent: Parties, sex amid ‘unwinnable war’

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — José Irizarry accepts that he’s known as the most corrupt agent in U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration history, admitting he “became another man” in conspiring with Colombian cartels to build a lavish lifestyle of expensive sportscars, Tiffany jewels and paramours around the world.


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