Minneapolis Cop Shoots and Kills Australian Woman Through Door of His Car [UPDATED w/ comments from ACLU] – Hit & Run : Reason.com

His and his partner’s body cameras were both off. The shooting of Justine Ruszczyk has attracted international attention and outrage for reinforcing the idea that American cops look at citizens as threats rather than employers who hire them to serve and protect them. A Minneapolis police officer reportedly shot Ruszczyk, who was dressed in pajamas, […]

Petraeus and other ex-generals oppose bill to let mentally ill vets get guns

In this Sept. 22, 2015, file photo, former CIA director David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill.(Photo: Evan Vucci, AP) cxenseparse_start WASHINGTON — A coalition of retired admirals and generals, including former CIA director and retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, are protesting “irresponsible and dangerous” legislation they say would put mentally ill veterans in harm’s way […]

The NRA just persuaded Congress to legalize the killing of bear cubs in wildlife refuges

The House voted to overturn the Obama administration’s ‘Fair Chase’ rule. CREDIT: AP Photo/Becky Bohrer The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to legalize the killing of black bear cubs and their mothers at their dens in Alaska’s national wildlife refuges. The controversial measure, backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), overturns a ‘Fair Chase’ rule, […]

Killings by US police logged at twice the previous rate under new federal program | US news | The Guardian

A new US government program to count killings by police, which draws on data collected by the Guardian, has recorded a sharply higher number of deaths than previous official efforts. Homicides by police were logged by the Department of Justice’s new system at more than twice the rate previously reported by the FBI, according to […]