Law Enforcement

New LAPD Flashlights Feared Less Effective in Beatings

On Friday, LAPD Chief William Bratton unveiled new police flashlights powered by LEDs rather than standard bulbs.  The new flashlights are brighter, use less power, need fewer batteries, and so can be made smaller than the two-pound, two-foot model that…


The $100 Million Cite-Check Mistake

Those of you who think that only dorks do cite-checking are . . . well, you’re right, but unfortunately for you this is a dork-heavy profession.  It’s part of the job description.  Case in point: whoever forgot to double-check a…


Deputy Leprechaun Harasses Orlando Motorists

Whether it was "harassment" I guess depends on your point of view.  The Orlando Sentinel reported Thursday that dozens of drivers were ticketed for ignoring warnings not to speed, even though those warnings were being given by a deputy dressed…


Penguin Sought in Connection With Child Taunting

The Kansas City Star reported yesterday that authorities in the suburb of Gardner, Kansas, were investigating reports that a man showed up at an elementary-school basketball game and disrupted it by insulting the children.  He also scuffled with coaches and…



Police Chief and Police Dog May Have Same Degree

Criminal defense attorney Gene Murray is aggressively defending his client against drug possession charges, in part by arguing that the city police chief, who took part in the traffic stop that led to the arrest, is not qualified. The Toledo…


Please Note: Even Elderly Marines Can Kick Your Ass

Luckily, I already had a great deal of respect for Marines, elderly or not, so I didn’t need this lesson.  But it’s too late for a mugger in Costa Rica who made the very poor decision to try to rob…


Police in Tijuana Are No Longer Empty-Handed

The war on drugs continues to rage in Tijuana, Mexico, but police officers there are in a much better position to fight it now that they have been given weapons. Although, since the weapons are slingshots, maybe their position is…


City of Minneapolis Sued by Zombies

Seven zombies who were arrested in July in Minneapolis have filed a civil-rights lawsuit against the city and county, a local news station reported yesterday. The group, which luckily turned out to be just people in bad zombie makeup and…


San Francisco OKs Pot, Bans Styrofoam

Depending on your viewpoint, this symbolizes everything that’s wrong with San Francisco, or everything that is so great about it. On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to outlaw the use of styrofoam and similar products, and (according…