Police in Bedfordshire, England, were mocked after posting online a flintlock pistol they seized during a drug raid. A photo of the pistol indicates it has no trigger and no hammer. The police report they also found a sword and drugs. The man, who wasn't named, faces drugs and firearms charges.
Two women have sued Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, Police Chief Chris Griffin, saying he sent them a series of sexually explicit, racist, and otherwise inappropriate images while at a law enforcement conference. The women reported the images to the head of the South Carolina Police Chiefs Association, who revoked Griffin's membership and reported him to Sullivan's Island Town Administrator Andy Benke. According to the lawsuit, the town took no action against Griffin. Town officials refused to comment on the lawsuit.
The Aldine, Texas, Independent School District says it has removed from the classroom a teacher caught on camera pulling down her mask, crowding a student, yelling at her and intentionally breathing on her during a class. The student said the teacher's spit landed on her face, and the teacher called her a bitch and knocked her phone from her hand. The incident reportedly began when the teacher asked students to put away their phones, and the student responded in a manner the teacher thought to be disrespectful. In a statement, the school system says it will take "appropriate administrative action."
The Fairfax County, Virginia, school board has sued two mothers trying to force them to return documents it released to one of them under an open records request. The school system released 1,000 pages of receipts from its law firm to Debra Tisler. Her friend Callie Oettinger published some of them on her website. School officials say they did not realize the documents had not been thoroughly redacted and contained confidential information. They want Tisler to return the documents and Oettinger to remove them from her website. The mothers are represented by the Goldwater Institute, which argues they have a First Amendment right to publish the information.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said foreign tourists won't be allowed back into the country until 2022 at the earliest. The country won't fully reopen its borders until at least 80 percent of the population 16 and older is fully vaccinated for COVID-19. And then, Morrison said, it will give priority to skilled workers and students. On the bright side, Morrison said he will allow Australian citizens and residents to travel overseas for the first time since March 2020. But only if they are fully vaccinated.
In Shakopee, Minnesota, HomeTown Bank has placed Tara McNeally on unpaid leave and could fire her after the local school superintendent complained to her boss about comments she made on Facebook. McNeally was upset that a school board member did not appear to be paying attention when one of her friends spoke about the school system's mask policy. She posted that Kristi Peterson seemed to be looking at the clock. Video showed Peterson turning her head repeatedly while the friend speaks, but it isn't clear what she is looking at. Shakopee Superintendent Mike Redmond said McNeally's claim was false, and if she worked for the school system she would be referred to human resources for discipline. McNeally doesn't work for the school system, but she does work for a bank branch inside Shakopee High School, and Redmond's letter said she should not be allowed inside any district school.
It began with Brady Mistic allegedly rolling past a stop sign in Idaho Springs, Colorado. It ended with police throwing him to the ground, Tasering him, handcuffing him and taking him to jail, where he spent four months before charges against him were dropped. Mistic, who is deaf, had pulled into a laundromat parking lot and police followed him in and turned on their flashing lights. When he stepped out of the car, Mistic said he did not know what was going on, and police ignored his attempts to tell them he was deaf. He has since filed a lawsuit against the city. In a statement, the police department said officers did not know Mistic was deaf and that they acted appropriately. The two officers who Tasered Mistic have been named in a second lawsuit against the city by a 75-year-old man who said they Tasered him and roughed him up unnecessarily after responding to a report of an assault. One of those officers, Nicholas Hanning, was fired from the department and charged with felony assault on an at-risk adult after that second incident.
The Miami-Dade, Florida, State Attorney's Office has charged Miami Beach Police Department Sgt. Jose Perez and Officer Kevin Perez with felony battery for taking down and handcuffing Khalid Vaughn, who was recording them arresting another man. Video shows Vaughn obeying the officers' command to back away, but police tackled him anyway. Video also shows them taunting a bloody, beaten Vaughn and ignoring his request for medical attention. And the video shows one of the officers taking Vaughn's Gatorade from him and loudly gulping it down. Officer Steven Cerrano has been charged one count of official misconduct. They and two other officers have also been charged with battery in the arrest of the first man.
A British court has sentenced Simon Sillwood to eight weeks in jail for racially abusing online a player for the West Bromwich Albion soccer team. Sillwood, a fan of the team, was upset after it lost a shutout to Manchester City. He posted on a Facebook group that midfielder Romaine Sawyers, who is black, should receive the "Baboon d'Or" award, a reference to Balloon d'Or trophy awarded annually to the best soccer player. Sawyers told the court he felt "harassed, alarmed and distressed" after reading the post. Sillwood claimed he meant to post "buffoon" but misspelled it "bafoon" and autocorrect changed it to "baboon."
An investigation has found that the Canadian military used the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to turn on the Canadian people propaganda techniques intended to be used against foreign enemies. The plan was developed by Canadian Joint Operations Command without the direction of civilian leadership. Military officials said the project was aimed at bolstering government messages about the disease and at stopping civil disobedience to pandemic restrictions. A separate effort collected information about Black Lives Matter gatherings and the movement's leaders. Military officers said these tactics were somehow needed to aid military efforts to help at long-term care homes and to deliver vaccines to remote communities.
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy is under investigation after accidentally firing his or her weapon in a courtroom. The sheriff's department did not issue a notice of the shooting as it typically does when a deputy fires a weapon. And it refused to answer questions from the media about the circumstances of the discharge or whether anyone was injured. The Los Angeles Times, citing unnamed sources, said the bullet struck another deputy's radio but no one was injured.
Responding to a call that a woman was attempting to drive a golf cart the wrong way onto State Route 167, a Washington State Patrol trooper rushed to the scene and used his car to block her. Just kidding. He used a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver and knocked the cart over, causing the woman minor injuries.
The Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline has found Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Lyris Younge guilty of "repeated, clearly improper conduct" and added that her misconduct while presiding over family court was "blatant and inexcusable." The court found Younge illegally jailed parents, had parents improperly handcuffed in her courtroom, and belittled people who appeared before her. The court suspended Younge for six months and placed her on probation for the rest of her term, which runs through 2026. She may no longer preside over family court and must write letters of apology to those she wronged.
Norway's new marketing rules will require advertisers and social media influencers to label any photos they post or publish that have been retouched. Those who fail to do so could face fines or even prison time.
Quebec's Culture Ministry has ordered that all music played on elevators in government buildings or that plays on government telephones when people are on hold be performed by artists from the province. The order also includes any background music played at government-owned liquor stores and casinos.
Former Minnesota Department of Corrections officer Randy Beehler has been sentenced to 120 days in jail followed by seven years probation after pleading guilty to one felony count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one felony count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Beehler was transporting a female inmate when he stopped at a McDonald's. The woman said she would "do anything" for some food. After ordering meals for both of them, Beehler stopped the vehicle, took her handcuffs off, and brought her up front with him where she performed oral sex on him as he drove. The woman reported the incident to corrections officials.
The police department of Glendale, California, has placed four officers on administrative leave after a video showed them punching and kicking a shoplifting suspect.
In Ohio, the Canton City School District has fired Canton McKinley High School head football coach Marcus Watley and six assistant coaches for forcing a player to eat a pepperoni pizza against the boy's religious beliefs. The student is a Hebrew Israelite and does not eat pork or products containing pork such as pepperoni. After the player missed an optional practice, Watley told him he would have to eat an entire pizza or his teammates would have to endure extra drills.
Kuwaiti police arrested a man for insulting the nation after he posted a TikTok video complaining about the heat and a dust storm that covered Kuwait for several days. The man, an Egyptian national who wasn't named by the media, faces deportation.
This summer, West Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Police Chief Brian Buglio resigned and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor federal charges of violating the civil rights of a resident. Paul DeLorenzo said Buglio was upset with him for criticizing the chief and his department on Facebook, calling them slow to make an arrest in a case involving him. DeLorenzo said Buglio threatened to make up a "fake arrest" and jail him if he did not remove his post. In June, the West Hazleton Borough Council voted to hire Buglio back on as a public safety director.
Florida's Bartram Trail High School has offered refunds to anyone who returns a copy of this year's yearbook. Numerous parents and students complained when they saw that at least 80 photos of female students had been digitally altered, typically to cover any exposed cleavage, no matter how minor.
Former Limestone County, Alabama, Sheriff Mike Blakely has been sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of theft and an ethics violation. Blakely was convicted of depositing a check for his campaign into his personal bank account and of borrowing up to $29,000 from a jail fund for inmates without paying interest and waiting months to repay the funds.
The City of San Francisco is almost three years and half a million dollars into an effort to design and deploy the perfect garbage can. The Board of Supervisors has voted to spend $427,500 to build five prototypes each of three models designed by a firm it hired in 2018 and test them. Why not use models already in production and used by local governments across the nation? They aren't pretty enough. In the meantime, the estimated cost to mass produce whichever model is chosen has risen from $1,000 each to at least $2,000 and possibly as much as $5,000. "The idea that San Francisco is so unique that we need a separate trash can from anyone deployed in any city around the world is preposterous," said Supervisor Matt Haney. "It's something that reflects a broader and deeper brokenness of city government and the services it provides." Haney nevertheless voted to approve the money to build and test the prototypes.
The government of New South Wales, Australia, is giving children isolated because of COVID-19 restrictions a small amount of relief. Children will be allowed to form "friend bubbles" with two other children. Those children will be allowed to visit each other in their homes. But only if they all live within 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) of each other, live in the same local government area, and all adults in their homes are vaccinated against COVID-19. Once inside a friend bubble, children won't be allowed to switch to another.
A federal grand jury has indicted former Louisiana state trooper Jacob Brown for a civil rights violation in a 2019 beating that left a black motorist with a broken jaw and broken ribs. Brown struck Aaron Larry Bowman 18 times with a flashlight. Brown recorded 23 use-of-force incidents since 2015, 19 against black people. He also faces state charges in connection with the Bowman case and the arrests of two other black drivers.
New Haven, Connecticut, police officer Robert Ferraro has been placed on administrative leave after being charged in Las Vegas with reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance resulting in death. Ferraro was driving a Rolls-Royce Cullinan with three other officers and two women as passengers. The vehicle left the roadway, crashing into a vehicle in a private driveway, and then collided with "utility poles, landscaping and a fire hydrant." A Las Vegas police department report said Ferraro appeared to be impaired when officers arrived. One of the other officers, Joshua Castellano, was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
Former Orlando, Florida, police officer Jonathan Mills has been charged with felony sexual battery by a law enforcement officer and battery. Mills and another officer pulled over a silver Nissan Sentra claiming they had mistaken it for a gray Toyota Corolla police were seeking. The officers determined it was not the vehicle they were looking for, but a passenger said that before the officers released them Mills said he thought the man had marijuana on him. He said Mills grabbed his genitals while searching him. He said Mills then did a body cavity search of him on the side of the road. Mills was the department's 2017 officer of the year, but local media report he also had a record of allegations of racism and lying on reports against him.
The Fairfax County, Virginia, board of supervisors has voted 9-1 to impose a 5-cent tax on plastic bags. The tax will start Jan. 1. It exempts bags for dry cleaning, prescription drugs, garbage, pet waste, and leaf removal. Supervisor Pat Herrity was the lone vote against the tax. "Residents have seen a 45 percent increase in their taxes over the last decade, inflation rising at the fastest rate in 12 years, on top of the impacts of the pandemic during which many have lost their loved ones, homes, jobs and businesses," Herrity said. "It should go without saying that this is the wrong time for a new tax, especially one that will disproportionately impact people who are already struggling."