Karl Ritter / AP
PETARE, Venezuela: Stern-looking soldiers clutching assault rifles wave down the beat-up Chevy Caprice entering this sprawling slum on the outskirts of Caracas.
Flashlights in his face, the driver steps out and places his hands on the roof while the soldiers frisk him for drugs and weapons.
He’s clean, and a hand gesture from the commanding officer sends him off into the maze of ramshackle homes that is Petare, one of the most dangerous parts of Venezuela’s notoriously crime-infested capital.
Since Monday, this scene is playing out day and night at dozens of military [...]
The former U.S. attorney in Arizona leaked an internal report about an ATF agent who had criticized the failed gun operation.
by Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — The former top federal prosecutor in Arizona retaliated against the lead whistle-blower in the Fast and Furious gun-smuggling scandal by leaking an internal report that suggested the whistle-blower once favored allowing illegal gun sales as a way to track weapons to drug cartels in Mexico, the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office said Monday.
Dennis K. Burke, who resigned from the U.S. attorney’s office following the Fast [...]
LA RUANA, Michoacan (AP) — Residents of a western Mexico town who endured months besieged by a drug cartel are cheering the arrival of hundreds of Mexican soldiers.
People in La Ruana in Michoacan state lined the main road Monday to greet more than a dozen troop transports and heavily armed Humvees with applause and cheers.
La Ruana’s supplies had been blocked by the Knights Templars cartel, which declared war on the hamlet after residents formed self-defense squads and drove the cartel out of the town.
On Monday, the leader of the self-defense movement agreed to stop [...]
By Matt Canham / The Salt Lake Tribune
WASHINGTON – Somewhere in the remote wilderness of southern Utah on land controlled by the federal government, members of a Mexican cartel are putting marijuana plants in the earth in hopes of reaping a multi-million dollar harvest this fall.
And it eats at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Sue Thomas.
“They have taken over our public lands. They have no stake in Utah,’ she said. “They are here to use and abuse our public lands for their own profit,’ she said.
These illegal flash farms are a pervasive problem in [...]
By Robert L. DuPont / UT San Diego
The motives of the Tsarnaev brothers who are implicated in the Boston Marathon bombings remain elusive, especially for 19-year-old college sophomore Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was widely seen as a happy, well-adjusted student. He was his family’s hope for the future when he left home to attend college.
One of the most striking and consistent observations about Dzhokhar, or Jahar as he was commonly known to his friends, was that he was a normal college kid. Evidence of his normality was his heavy marijuana use as a party boy. One [...]
NEW YORK (AP) — The Long Island college student was being held in a headlock by a masked intruder with a loaded gun to her head, police said. Then the gunman took aim at an officer.
A moment later both Hofstra University junior Andrea Rebello and the intruder were dead— killed after a split-second decision that is perhaps the most harrowing in law enforcement: when to pull the trigger.
“The big question is, how do you know, when someone’s pointing a gun at you, whether you should keep talking to them, or shoot?” said Michele Galietta, [...]
Fresno, CA – A drug bust after a 911 “butt-dial” has landed two careless crooks in prison.
Nathan Teklemariam and Carson Rinehart were recently arrested in Fresno. They were nabbed at a drug bust after a 911 butt-dial. Essentially, one of them accidentally called 911, and the pair were recorded as they talked about scoring drugs and breaking into a car.
The 911 operator tried to get their attention, but eventually just stopped and listened in, because let’s face it … these boys were too interesting to interrupt.
Looking to pass some time:
Suspect: “I just [...]
By Danielle Bell / Ottawa Sun
Seven people have been arrested after an Ottawa police operation that netted cash and $3,000 in prescription drugs.
The street crime unit, with the help of central neighbourhood officers, arrested the people at the Catherine St. bus station, and along Bank St., on Wednesday.
Officers seized prescription narcotics including Fentanyl patches, Morphine, Oxycodone and Dilaudid.
Small amounts of crack and marijuana were also seized, as well as $300 in cash.
Seven people, ranging in age from 22 to 30, four of whom are from Ottawa, face nearly 40 charges combined.
By Christopher Sherman / AP
MATAMOROS, Mexico – Just across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas, stands a dormitory-style shelter filled with people recently deported from the U.S. and other migrants waiting to cross the border.
The long rows of bunk beds offer immigrants a place to rest on their long journey. But the shelter is no safe haven in a town controlled by the Gulf cartel. Armed men once showed up and took away 15 men, who were probably put to work as gunmen, lookouts or human mules hauling bales of marijuana into the United States.
Police Officers Kicks Down Door, No Warrant, No Probable Cause,Tazes Occupant Filming
This happened in Cotati, California. Watch how the police break down this mans door and taser him nearly to death.
Police State America. What can be done about these actions by the police?
It is clear the man filming was not a threat, yet he is still abused by these officers.
How did America come to be a police state where citizens have no rights?