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Hundreds march in fourth day of protests in California

California protets continueHundreds of protesters angered at the killing of unarmed black men by white police officers marched through downtown Berkeley streets, briefly blocking traffic on a state highway, and delaying metro and train services in the area as protests continued in Northern California.

Organizers of a protest planned for Wednesday morning in Oakland said they expect hundreds of white people to come out and help shut down a federal building.


Ex-Madoff aide gets 6-year prison sentence

Annetter BorgianoBernard Madoff's longtime assistant was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday for helping the Ponzi scheme mastermind steal as much as $20 billion from investors rather than look at the massive fraud that happened "in front of her."

Annette Bongiorno, 66, was also held jointly liable for nearly $155.2 billion in forfeitures, representing the cumulative amounts taken in and distributed by one of the largest frauds in history. She is the second of five former Madoff employees convicted in March on fraud charges to receive a prison sentence for the crime.


NYPD misconduct claims at record highs

NYPD misconduct complaintsComplaints of alleged police wrongdoing in New York City have hit a record level of 5,601 — a 150 percent increase from 2006 — and when the claims were settled or went to trial they have cost the city over $315 million dollars from 2006 to 2012, according to latest figures released by the city.

The numbers reflect concerns spotlighted in recent days by rising public anger over incidents including the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri, and the police chokehold death of New York City resident Eric Garner in July. In both cases, grand juries recently declined to indict the police officers involved, triggering major nationwide protests by demonstrators accusing police of excessive force and racism.


New York prosecutor seeks to probe police killings of unarmed civilians

NY prosecutor to investigate killing of blacksNew York State's top prosecutor on Monday sought the power to probe all police killings of unarmed civilians in his state, following sometimes violent U.S. protests over two grand juries' moves to clear officers in the deaths of unarmed black men.

The morning after angry crowds hurled objects at police who responded with tear gas during protests in northern California, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said action was needed to address a "crisis of confidence" in the criminal justice system.


US unveils federal law enforcement profiling ban

HolderThe Obama administration issued guidelines Monday that ban federal law enforcement from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin and other characteristics, protocols the Justice Department hopes could be a model for local departments as the nation tackles questions about the role race plays in policing.

The policy, which expands decade-old guidelines established under the Bush administration, also will require new training and data collection.


Shot in the chest by Cleveland police – then handcuffed and fined $100

Man shot by cleveland cop finedWhen a man pointing a Glock pistol approached Gregory Love’s car in downtown Cleveland late one night, Love did the only sensible thing possible, he says: he put up his hands and decided to let the man have what he wanted.

But Vincent Montague shot him in the chest anyway, according to Love, before having the 29-year-old forcibly removed from his silver Range Rover and his hands fastened together behind his back.


Protest Of Chokehold Death Turns Violent In Berkeley

berkely protestsProtests of a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man continued around the country, and authorities said a march in California turned violent when masked demonstrators smashed windows and threw objects at police.

A Berkeley police officer received hospital treatment for a shoulder injury, while another sustained minor injuries after some of the protesters threw rocks and other projectiles, spokeswoman officer Jenn Coats said.


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