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Lawyers for a digital rights group squared off with federal attorneys in a San Francisco courthouse on Wednesday during an appeals hearing that will determine whether the government can serve telecom providers with gag orders when requesting user data. Last year, United States District Judge Susan Illston ruled that the FBI’s use of administrative subpoenas …

Caught on surveillance camera two New York Police officers are being investigated for punching and using a gun to bash a teenage African-American boy. The surveillance footage, obtained by “On The Inside” DNAinfo New York, shows a teenager, Kahreem Tribble, being punched and pistol-whipped by two officers. The incident occurred August 29. The video shows …

Georgia law enforcement officers responsible for a bungled SWAT raid that left a toddler burned and disfigured will not face criminal charges, a grand jury has decided. The case is now being reviewed by federal officials. News of the decision first broke on Monday, when a 23-person grand jury in Habersham County, Georgia, called the …

The family of a deceased Pennsylvania man has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that police forcefully and unnecessarily ejected the slain gunshot victim’s step-father from a Pittsburgh emergency room in June 2012. Surveillance camera footage recorded from the ER at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh more than two years ago shows Rev. Earl Baldwin Jr., …

Five days after being fired from the South Carolina Highway Patrol for shooting an unarmed man several times during a traffic stop, former cop Sean Groubert was arrested in the city of Columbia on Wednesday and charged with a felony. Groubert, 31, now faces two decades in prison if he’s found guilty of assault and …

Incest could soon be legal in Germany. A government ethics committee says the ban is unacceptable as it doesn’t allow the right to sexual self-determination. The comments are in regard to a well-publicized relationship between a brother and sister. Patrick Stuebing lived with his partner, Susan Karolewski, who turned out to be his sister and …

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has voiced concerns that, without sufficient protections, the age of unmanned drones and ubiquitous surveillance will usher in an “Orwellian world.” Sotomayor told faculty and students at Oklahoma City University last week that technological capabilities allow devices to monitor“your conversations from miles away and through your walls.” “We are …

Footage recently posted to YouTube shows an Oregon man being arrested for filming, or “interfering” with, a militarized police raid across the street from his apartment. The man – whose YouTube account is Skylow Production – said he was sleeping at his Gresham, Oregon apartment at around 4 a.m. local time on Sept. 2 when …

Switzerland will most likely guarantee safety to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, if he comes to testify against the NSA’s spying activities, Swiss media said. REPORT: Leaks from Snowden helped ISIS evade US intelligence In the document, titled “What rules are to be followed if Edward Snowden is brought to Switzerland and then the …

A video recently uploaded to Facebook shows a man demanding a search warrant of police officers at his door who claimed the man could be harboring a criminal. Police in the US are generally required to have a search warrant to enter a home. http://youtu.be/CZh9xumD1cQ Avel Amarel, according to thefreethoughtproject.com, recorded every moment of his …

A 24-year-old Arizona man is being asked to pay more than $15,000 in child support for a daughter he fathered at the age of 14 — and didn’t know existed until two years ago. The Arizona Republic reported this week that the man, Nick Olivas, is legally a victim of rape since he was younger than 15 …

A tweet from Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s verified account on Sunday featured an image mocking the Democratic district attorney central to an indictment against Perry charging abuse of power. Perry deleted the tweet, saying he did “not condone” the message. The controversial tweet featured an unflattering mock-up image of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, …

The family of a man who died after police used a stun gun on him as many as 13 times while he was handcuffed has filed a lawsuit against the two former officers of East Point, Georgia, according to the family’s lawyer. East Point police officers repeatedly stunned Gregory Towns Jr. on April 11 after …

Five people are suing the Missouri police for $40 million, claiming officers treated US citizens “as if they were war combatants.” The five were arrested in the wake of rioting and unrest following the death of teenager Michael Brown on August 9. The group claims they were going about their everyday business before they were …

The FBI has been ordered to investigate allegations that claim the agency intimidated a witness and compelled him not to testify at a recent trial over evidence related to the Oklahoma City bombing. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, US District Judge Clark Waddoups scheduled a November 13th hearing on the matter, in which Utah attorney …

Data on New York City’s stop-and-frisk policing program during the reign of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg show the policy, which disproportionately targeted minorities, was not effective in reducing shootings and murders, according to a new report. Officials in the Big Apple have long justified the punitive law enforcement tactic as a needed tool for reducing …

The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. Meanwhile, officials have rescinded a plan to reveal the shooting officer’s identity, according to reports. Residents of Ferguson clashed with law enforcement for the second successive night, as protests over the shooting of Michael …