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NY City police disband unit that monitored Muslim communities: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Police Department has disbanded a surveillance unit that targeted and monitored Muslim communities, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. The unit, which began in 2003, has been largely inactive since the incoming Police Commissioner William Bratton took over the department in January, and its detectives have been reassigned, the report said.

Privacy watchdog wants Ont. police to stop sharing suicide data with U.S.

TORONTO - Ontario's privacy watchdog issued a special report Monday demanding police stop sharing information about suicide attempts with U.S. officials, who used the mental health data to block at least four Canadians from entering the United States.

U.S. Justice Dept faults Albuquerque police on excessive force

By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department cited the Albuquerque Police Department on Thursday for engaging in what federal civil rights investigators call a pattern of excessive force, some of it deadly, against residents of New Mexico's largest city.

Police arrest 70 at airports around the world in co-ordinated crackdown on credit card fraud

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Law enforcement authorities have arrested 70 people at airports around the world in a meticulously co-ordinated crackdown targeting criminals using fake or stolen credit cards to buy airline tickets. Europol, the European Union police organization which oversaw the operation, said Thursday that the arrests were made this week by police and customs officials at 68 airports in 32 countries. The arrests followed close co-ordination between law enforcement agencies, airlines and credit card companies.

Government: Broker sold consumer data that wrongly identified people as possible sex offenders

WASHINGTON - It's tough enough landing a job these days. So imagine if that background check provided to your potential employer wrongly identified you as a possible sex offender. That's what the Federal Trade Commission says happened in a case it's settling with InfoTrack Information Services of Deerfield, Ill. The company provides employment background screening services. The commission said Wednesday that InfoTrack gave inaccurate information suggesting that job applicants potentially were registered sex offenders.

Ontario cops' spoof video leads to discreditable conduct charges

WHITBY, Ont. - A spoof video depicting disgruntled police officers "on a quest for freedom" from court duty has led to discreditable conduct charges against two members of the Durham Region police. Chief Mike Ewles launched an internal investigation in January after the 63-second video, which shows three employees trying to get re-assigned from court services duty, was posted on YouTube. The video, which appears to be a spoof of a Hollywood movie trailer, describes the three as being "forced to serve prisoners" and shows them mopping up cells and giving out toilet paper.

Boston Marathon bomb response exposed 'fault lines' in policing: study

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The massive manhunt for the perpetrators of last year's Boston Marathon bomb attack exposed some "fault lines" in coordinating law enforcement at the federal, state and local levels, according to a study released on Thursday. Emergency responders racing to a crime scene without waiting for orders might save lives by tending to the wounded, but during the chaotic chase to catch the suspects a few days later, they also risked being shot by police, the Harvard University report found.

Vigilante accused of ordering Mexican mayor's murder

Mexican authorities accused Monday the leader of a vigilante group founded to combat a drug cartel of ordering the murder of a mayor who opposed such "self-defense" forces. It was the second arrest of a vigilante leader in March in Michoacan, an agricultural state that was so beset by violence that civilians decided to take up arms a year ago.

Vigilante accused of ordering Mexican mayor's murder

Mexican authorities accused Monday the leader of a vigilante group founded to combat a drug cartel of ordering the murder of a mayor who opposed such "self-defense" forces. The vigilante leader, Enrique Hernandez Salcedo, was among 19 people detained in connection with the murder of Tanhuato Mayor Gustavo Garibay Garcia in the troubled western state of Michoacan. Alfredo Castillo, the federal security commissioner for Michoacan, said authorities believe Garibay was gunned down on March 22 due to his opposition to the presence of vigilantes.

Nicaragua nabs top FBI fugitive

Nicaragua has nabbed a Salvadoran gang member on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, a government official said Thursday. Juan Elias Garcia is wanted by US authorities for the execution-style murder of a 19-year-old New York woman and her two-year-old son in 2010, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on its website. Garcia, 21, is a reputed member of a powerful street gang called the Mara Salvatrucha. He was caught in a neighborhood in the east of the Nicaraguan capital Managua, police director Aminta Granera told Radio ya.
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