Yesterday, The Onion released this “story” about the NYPD’s Stop and Kiss program. It is an obvious parody of the Stop and Frisk controversy in New York City.
Not everyone understood the joke: these people took to twitter with outrage, because they thought it was real. It’s a must-read in ridiculousness from Gothamist.
Of course they would think it’s real. They don’t have time to stop-and-think.
Good news if you live in Illinois: Barack Obama’s current home state is about to become the 15th state in the U.S. to allow for same-sex marriage, after both chambers of the state’s legislature passed the bill. It was fairly close in the House, but got over the edge, and is now headed to Gov. Pat Quinn to sign.
The NYPD was just sued by a man who claims he was wrongly arrested, and only released after he rapped for his freedom.
Gold-medal-winning swimmer Ryan Lochte got seriously injured … by a fan’s overzealousness.
Pink slime is getting transparent.
Remember that time when Gawker suggested there was a video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack that was floating around somewhere, and how they tried to pay for it? Turns out that where there’s smoke, there’s crack, and Toronto police have the video in their possession after arrested the dude who apparently had it.
Appeals court to judge who said the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy was illegal: Stop.
Can Google, Oracle, and Red Hat employees solve the HealthCare.gov fiasco, anyway?
Want do depress yourself? Read up on what vapid celebrities are doing this Halloween.
Edward Snowden has a job.
Nothing’s changed. It’s the same old crap — kill the messenger.Legendary NYPD whistle-blower Frank Serpico • Discussing the current plights that police officers who speak up face within the department—for example, the plight of Officer Pedro Serrano, who has spoken up about the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk program. Serrano’s suffered the indignity of having a rat sticker pasted on his locker, but that’s far from the worst of the problems he faced. In case Seripco’s name sounds vaguely familiar, there’s a reason for that: His whistle-blowing case was the subject of a legendary Al Pacino film bearing his last name.
I stand by everything I did. I did my job and I would do it the same way. … I sleep well at night.Retired New York City Police Detective Louis Scarcella • Speaking in regards to a 1990 case where he helped capture and convict David Ranta, a man who confessed to the murder of a rabbi in a botched robbery. However, in the 23 years since Ranta’s arrest, holes have surfaced in the case, and earlier this week, Ranta was released, complete with an apology from the judge. The release raised questions about Scarcella’s own actions, including whether he coached a witness to pick Ranta out of a lineup. The detective, who retired in 2000, defends his work. ”I caught a lot of cases and I got confessions,” he said of his work in the case. “I was called into cases that weren’t mine to speak to people. I was called in and I did my job and I got confessions.”