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Many hurt, including multiple officers, in Illinois mass shooting

A gunman has been apprehended after a "mass shooting" in Aurora, Ill., reports Chigaco's WGN9 News.

Kane County’s SWAT team, the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force and other police are on the scene of an industrial park, which is near Highland Avenue and Prairie Street. There are several businesses in that area, including Henry Pratt Company. ...

Citizen expands its crime-tracking alert app to Baltimore

Depending on who you ask, Citizen is either a useful urban safety tool or a menacing glimpse into a self-surveilled police state, but either way, the app is coming to Baltimore. Citizen, formerly known as Vigilante, is a crime tracking app that offers geo-targeted alerts that notify users of dangers lurking nearby, from carjackings to ...

Cop impersonator arrested after trying to pull over actual cop

Crimetip for cop impersonators! Police departments do not issue fully loaded 4Runners to officers. The Miami Herald:

“I thought, that’s weird. Well, they must have better undercover cars than they did when I was undercover,” he said.

When the driver in the SUV finally gave up trying to pull over Martinez, he changed lanes and tired ...

EL CHAPO GUILTY: Verdict in Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Drug Trafficking Trial

In Brooklyn, New York today, on the sixth day of jury deliberations, a court convicted Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman.

Alan Feuer's incredible reporting on the case is essential reading.

It has been a dramatic trial indeed: tales of bribes, murders, ***** lovers crawling into sewers, diamond-encrusted pistols... El Chapo smuggled drugs in ...

Porch thief caught

The person stealing this package struck me as very unlucky: the homeowner has his driveway, his porch, his living room and his truck all cammed up. Then he was also lucky enough to take a lucky turn or two through his neighborhood hunting her down, and to have police give enough of a **** to ...

California police find street gang’s underground lair

Police in Fontana, California were searching a suspected gang member's home when they found a manhole built into the floor. Down the ladder was a small secret underground hideout containing an arsenal, shooting range, and rather modest hang-out space. According to CNN, "interlocking rubber mats lined the ground in one area, with something resembling ...

New documentary about Adnan Syed from the “Serial” podcast

This spring, HBO will air a new documentary about Adnan Syed, the subject of the first season of the Serial podcast. The four-part series is directed by Amy Berg ("Deliver Us from Evil"). From the Baltimore Sun:

Syed, the subject of the wildly popular “Serial” podcast, was convicted in 2000 of killing his former ...

Detroit cop who posted racist video of woman he made walk home in freezing cold was once charged with torturing ex-girlfriend

Detroit cop Gary Steele pulled over a young black woman for expired plates, forced her to leave her car in -18f weather, took video of her walking off in the freezing cold, and taunted her with racist insults. He posted the video online for the amusement of other racists, went viral, was "reassigned" by his ...

Blackmailers use false copyright claims to shut down victims’ Youtube accounts, offer to lift them in exchange for Bitcoin

Youtube's ContentID system allows rightsholders to upload video and audio and block videos that contain their works (or put ads on those videos and take the revenue they generate), and to have the accounts of repeat copyright offenders permanently deleted, along with all their videos.

ContentID is badly flawed. On the one hand, it routinely ...