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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.

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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.

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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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CIA Won’t Defend Its One-Time Torturers

cia tortureWhen the long-awaited ‘Torture Report’ finally drops, don’t expect the CIA to stand up for its interrogation programs—or disavow those controversial efforts.

There may have been bourbon punch and festive lights at the CIA’s holiday party Friday night, but a frosty gloom hung in the air.

As everyone in the agency’s Langley, Va., headquarters knew, the long-awaited “torture report” from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Democrats was set to drop early the next week, perhaps as soon as Monday morning. It seemed a rather awkward time for a party.

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Black, young and unarmed: The case of Cameron Tillman

Cameron TillmanCameron Tillman, a high school freshman and talented athlete, with a 3.7 grade point average and no reputation for trouble, was shot dead on a Tuesday afternoon.

The house where Cameron died has been empty for about two years, and neighbors say local kids, with the knowledge of the owner, had been using it as an afterschool hangout.

The knock came a little before 5:30 p.m. The four other teens in the house say that when Cameron opened the door, police opened fire. A Terrebonne Parish deputy planted four bullets in Cameron’s 14-year-old body.

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Veterans and schoolchildren remember Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor attackFor war veterans, scars and memories of combat and lives lost during the Pearl Harbor attack run deep.  For about 20 students who joined veterans at a Saturday luncheon, the 73-year-old history lesson came alive.

All gathered at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Fort Lauderdale to remember the military personnel who paid the ultimate sacrifice on Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese fighter planes bombed the Hawaiian harbor and Americans entered World War II.

Panchi Borges, 13, of Pembroke Pines, said being among war veterans made an impact on him.

It’s Not Just the Cops—Racism Is a Problem for the Secret Service, Too

US Secret ServiceAs police departments face scrutiny over discrimination toward black Americans, several former agents are accusing the Secret Service of having a similar problem.

The track record of the U.S. Secret Service in protecting President Barack Obama has come under intense scrutiny in recent months due to several major security lapses, the most recent of which prompted the resignation in October of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.

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