SAN MARCOS, CA — A SWAT team was deployed and a university campus was locked down when someone suspected a man carrying his umbrella was actually armed.
EASTON, CT — Police violently broke in on a couple of men watching television, exploded concussion grenades, and shot one man roughly a second after entry. The fatal, under-investigated raid yielded no arrests and led to the shooter being named “Officer of the Year.” All because someone was suspected of getting high without government permission.
LITTLETON, CO — A Colorado gaming enthusiast was interrupted by a SWAT team entering his home, pointing rifles at him while he competed with his friends online.
FLORIDA — Hundreds of Floridians are being fined and imprisoned for the crime of living with a romantic partner without government permission, thanks to an old-time cohabitation law that is still in effect.
TURTLE CREEK, PA — Police officers barged into a woman’s home because they wanted to arrest the owner because of the length of the front lawn. A tenant answered the door and recorded the rude, obscenity-spewing cops making demands and entering her home, despite the fact that she wasn’t even the person listed on the warrant.
IBERIA PARISH, LA — Authorities claim that a man committed suicide via gunshot while handcuffed and unattended in the back of a police cruiser. However, an autopsy report states that the man — who had his handcuffed behind his back, and was already searched for weapons — was shot in the chest.
CHICAGO, IL — Two men were held in jail for nearly a year and a half with no evidence against them, prompting a judge to criticize the “pathetic” police investigation.
CALIFORNIA — The Supreme Court of California has ruled that a suspect’s silence can be used as evidence of guilt during trial.
SUMMERVILLE, SC — A high school student was suspended from school and taken to jail in handcuffs after he wrote a story about using a gun to kill a dinosaur.
FERGUSON, MO — In the middle of a crowded street filled with protesters and journalists, an officer erratically swept the crowd with his rifle and threatening to kill civilians.
FERGUSON, MO — A man was taken to jail following a mistaken identity and subsequently beaten while handcuffed. He was then given trumped up charges, including getting blood on the officers’ clothing as they pummeled him.
FURGUSON, MO — Following a week of clashes between police and citizens, Governor Jay Nixon has signed an executive order deploying Missouri National Guard soldiers to descend upon Ferguson to quell civil unrest.
FERGUSON, MO — Governor Jay Nixon has issued an executive order declaring that Missouri is under a State of Emergency; thereby granting extraordinary police powers to law enforcement accompanied by a suspension of ordinary civilian freedoms.
NORTH AUGUSTA, SC — A woman was handcuffed and taken to jail when she was accused of using prohibited language in a grocery store.
EVANSVILLE, IN — An innocent elderly woman’s home was raided by SWAT when she was suspected of using the internet to trash-talk and post threats towards local police. In response, gun-wielding assailants breached her doors and windows in a violent search for electronic evidence.
SAN JOSE, CA — A 19-year-old woman was shot in the street during an erratic episode involving a cordless drill.
FERGUSON, MO — Following the homicide of a teen in a controversial police shooting, the town of Ferguson has seen a mixture of emotional prayer vigils, peaceful protests, wanton property damage, violent riots, and suppressive police tactics. The disorder has elicited disturbing imagery that has been likened to a “war zone.”
FERGUSON, MO — A teen’s death has sparked national outrage, after a dispute over jaywalking resulted in a fatal police shooting. According to witnesses, the target had his hands in the air when he was shot multiple times.
PIERRE, SD — The use of force on a child has sparked controversy after an 8-year-old was tased following an apparent suicide threat.
DETROIT, MI — Federal agents seized thousands of dollars from a woman at an airport because she didn’t tell them how much she had. Now the government seeks to keep the seizure, without placing a criminal charge against the woman.