Officials in South Australia locked down the entire state after a man told them he got the coronavirus after picking up a takeout order at a pizza restaurant in an Adelaide suburb. Fearing they had a superspreader event on hand, authorities even banned outdoor exercise and dog walking. But three days into the lock down, officials lifted it. It turned out the man had lied. He actually worked at the restaurant along with a security guard who had tested positive for the virus. The guard also worked at a hotel where people who have tested positive for the disease as well as travelers entering South Australia must quarantine. "We were operating on a premise that this person had simply gone to a pizza shop, very short exposure, and walked away having contracted the virus," said South Australia police commissioner Grant Stevens. "We now know they are a very close contact of another person who has been confirmed as being positive with COVID."
New Braunfels, Texas, police officer Kaleb Meyer's bodycam shows him pull his gun almost immediately after exiting his vehicle back in January. He had just pulled Clarence Crawford over for having a dirty license plate, and he points the gun at Crawford as he approaches his vehicle. Crawford appears to be cooperative as Meyer pulls him out of the vehicle and places him on the ground. Crawford repeatedly asks why he was pulled over but gets no answer. He is prone on the ground, still apparently cooperating with Meyer but asking why he was stopped, when the the officer uses his Taser on him. Meyer then shouts at him about refusing to stop. But Crawford says he wasn't going to stop until he was at a safe place, which is what he is supposed to do. City officials say Meyer's conduct was unacceptable, and he was given additional training. He has since resigned from the department.
A police officer in Cambridgeshire, England, has been accused of switching the bar code on a box of donuts and trying to buy them in the self-checkout line for seven pence (93 cents). The actual price was £9.95 (about $13). Simon Read will face a misconduct hearing and could lose his job.
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser is defending a trip she made to Delaware to attend Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's victory speech. Delaware is on a list of states with high rates of coronavirus infections, and D.C required people traveling from those states to self quarantine for 14 days. Bowser and the staff members who accompanied her did not do that. She says they were exempt from the requirements because the trip was "essential." But after she came under criticism, D.C. changed its guidelines to require people coming in from those high-risk states to get tested for the virus and now only requires them to quarantine until the results are back.
Pennsylvania state police have charged Seward Police Chief Robert Baldwin Jr. with with obstruction of justice, hindering apprehension, and official oppression for coercing sex from a woman he'd stopped for running a stop sign. The woman says Baldwin pulled her over and told her to follow him to a secluded area where he told her they could "work the situation out." He let her go but soon texted asking if she'd be home the next day. She says he later came to her home, and they had sex. Baldwin told troopers he didn't remember stopping the woman, but "if you have proof, I guess I did." They say they have the text messages on his phone to the woman as well as evidence he tried to coerce sex from a second woman.
The New York City Sheriff's Office broke up a 200-man fight club being held in a Bronx warehouse. Media reports say the men were fighting, drinking, and smoking but not observing proper social distance. Ten of the event's organizers are facing charges, including unlawful assembly and conducting a prohibited combat sport.
Last year, the Louisville Courier Journal filed an open records request with the Louisville, Kentucky, Metro police for all records regarding the sexual abuse of minors in the department's Explorers program by officers. The department said it did not have those records—they'd been turned over to the police. The newspaper appealed that decision, and now the department admits it did have those records, 738,000 of them, but allowed them to expire from its backup system after handing them over to the FBI. An attorney for the department insists it did not actually destroy any records because the FBI does have copies. But the newspaper's attorney says the department's move effectively makes it impossible for the media to obtain the records through state open records law.
Norway has banned hate speech against "gender, gender identity or expression" and "sexual orientation," including remarks said in private. The law, approved by the legislature without a vote, calls for up to one year in prison for private remarks and up to three years in prison for public remarks that incite hatred, persecution, or contempt against protected groups or remarks that dehumanize them.
British actress Leandra Ashton filmed as police arrested her mother, Ylenia Angeli, 73, while trying to remove Ashton's 97-year-old grandmother from an English care home before the government's latest coronavirus lockdown. Angeli, a nurse, believed she would be better able to provide care for her mother at home. The family says previous rules promulgated to reduce the spread of the coronavirus have limited their contact with the grandmother, and that has affected her health. Police later released Angeli, but the grandmother was returned to her care home.
Lawmakers in Hawaii are looking at instituting a statewide mask mandate. As part of that effort, some officials want to give police the power to issue fines on the spot for violations of the mandate rather than wait for courts to determine if a fine will be issued. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says he would like to see a fine of $500 for violating any mask mandate.
The family of Lydia Booth, a third-grader at Mississippi's Simpson Central School, has sued the local school system after the principal forced her to remove a face mask with "Jesus Loves Me" on it and replace it with a plain one. The lawsuit says that the school system has allowed students to wear masks with sports teams logos and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and calls the principal's actions a violation of Booth's First Amendment rights. Two days after the principal forced her to remove the mask, the school system banned masks that display "political, religious, sexual or any inappropriate symbols, gestures or statements that may be offensive, disruptive or deemed distractive to the school environment."
Earlier this spring, officials at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids came up with a plan to screen passengers for the coronavirus. They are still waiting on the Federal Aviation Administration to either approve or reject their plan. The plan would work similar to how some health facilities screen people before they enter by taking their temperature and asking them a short series of questions before they could board a plane. The airport would fund its implementation of the plan with $800,000 of the $23 million in CARES Act funding it received. But because the FAA controls such airport spending, the program has been in limbo for months waiting for a decision by the feds.
New York Police Department Deputy Inspector James Francis Kobel, commanding officer of its Office of Equal Employment and Opportunity, has been relieved of command after being connected to a series of posts on a law enforcement message board that officials deemed anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist. A user of the Law Enforcement Rant board called "Clouseau" reportedly used racial slurs to refer to two NYPD officers of color and referred to the city's Hasidic Jewish community using stereotypes, among other slurs. Officials say information in Clouseau's posts match Kobel's biography, including his rank and when he joined the department, past assignments, where his in-laws live and the number of parishioners of his church who died in the 9/11 attack.
Police in Berlin broke up an outdoor party, which they characterized as a fetish party, claiming that there were too many participants, and they weren't wearing masks or practicing social distancing. Organizers dispute all of those claims, including the characterization that the event was a "fetish party."
Four police officers in Milan, Italy, stopped a couple and issued them a 400-euro ($486 U.S.) fine for kissing in public, a violation of the nation's mandatory mask rule. The couple protested that they are engaged and have been romantically involved for two years and even offered photos and other proof of their relationship. But police would not budge on the citation.
Neptune City, New Jersey, police officer Damien Broschart has been charged with cyber-harassment and hindering his own apprehension for sexting an 18-year-old woman he'd arrested for drug charges and motor vehicle offenses. Prosecutors say he texted the woman while he was still on duty, shortly after she was released. They say he continued to text her throughout his shift and his messages quickly became sexual. The woman blocked his number, but he called her three more times from a police department line asking her to call him back. Broschart has been suspended without pay.
Physicians in Ontario report seeing an increasing number of people with advanced cancer. They say it is a result of the government shutting down "non-urgent" health procedures, including routine cancer screenings and cancer surgeries, for three months earlier this year to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Surgeons have since begun working through the backlog of cases, but the number of cancer surgeries performed between mid March and late October of this year is 19 percent below the same period last year. In all, the number of adult surgeries was down by 51 percent in that period compared to 2019.
A federal judge has granted Tyler Maxwell, 18, a restraining order allowing him to keep parking his truck at Florida's Spruce Creek High School. The principal rescinded Maxwell's parking pass after he refused to remove a pro-Trump display, including a large elephant statue, from the truck. "The school board has obligation to provide politically neutral campuses," Volusia County Public Schools said in a statement. "We allow political expression by students in the form of a T-shirt or a bumper sticker. But large signage is a different situation. A passerby could interpret a large sign in a school parking lot to be an endorsement by the school district." Maxwell's attorney says the school's actions violate his client's free speech rights. The judge's decision allows Maxwell to park with the display until the case is resolved.
The furniture was sitting on the lawn, his work van was parked outside, and Roy Stucker was inside a Louisville, Kentucky, home, painting it for a new tenant. That's when 10 Louisville police officers broke out the windows, stormed into the house, and handcuffed Stucker and his girlfriend at gunpoint. They held them for about 20 minutes before realizing that Stucker wasn't the man they were looking for. Stucker's attorney says that man had been arrested by Louisville police 10 days earlier and was still in custody at the time cops raided the house. Stucker and his girlfriend have filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming unlawful imprisonment.
Douglas County, Nevada, Public Library Director Amy Dodson said a statement from the library in support of the Black Lives Matter movement was not an attack on police. But that's not how Sheriff Daniel Coverley interpreted it. "Due to your support of Black Lives Matter and the obvious lack of support or trust with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, please do not feel the need to call 911 for help," Coverley wrote in a letter to the library. A spokesman later said that, despite Coverley's letter, the sheriff's office would continue to respond to emergency calls from the library.
Police in Golden Valley, Minnesota, used drones to see if anyone was bathing nude or topless on a secluded beach on Twin Lake. Nude and topless sunbathing is illegal, but visitors have been stripping off at that beach for decades. Police Sgt. Randy Mahlen told a local TV station that using drones to police nude sunbathing is "no different than a surveillance camera in a…high-crime area."
The city of San Diego has been paying for three years to lease the former Sempra Energy headquarters, even though asbestos issues have prevented the city from occupying the building. When a local TV station obtained documents that showed, among other things, that the city did not seek an independent assessment of the building, City Attorney Mara Elliott opened a criminal investigation of how reporters got the material. After the station posted a copy of a letter it received from Elliott's office, the city announced it was dropping the investigation.
The Chinese government has ordered Christians to remove religious symbols and objects from their homes and replace them with portraits of Chairman Mao Zedong and President Xi Jinping, according to Bitter Winter, a magazine that monitors religious freedom issues in China.
London Metropolitan police officers, accompanied by police dogs, raided a home and arrested a 12-year-old boy after someone reported seeing a black male with a gun. The weapon turned out to be a BB gun with a blue slider showing it wasn't a real firearm.
Several employees of an Arizona Department of Child Safety office were fired after a photo circulated showing them wearing T-shirts during work hours that read "professional kidnapper" on the front and "Do you know where your children are?" on the back.
A teenage boy being held at Los Angeles County's Eastlake Juvenile Hall developed enlarged breasts after being given estrogen, a female hormone, without his family's permission as a treatment for oppositional defiant disorder, according to a lawsuit.
The Phoenix, Arizona, police initially said they were responding to an emergency domestic call when they fatally shot a man in the doorway of his apartment. In fact, they were responding to a noise complaint.
Qatari officials took all of the women off of a flight scheduled to leave for Australia and strip-searched them. An infant, believed to be newly born, had been found in a restroom at the airport terminal, and officials were reportedly examining the women for signs that one of them had recently given birth.