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Can 1 in 1,000 black men expect to be killed over the course of their lifetime by the police?

In Last Week Tonight of June 8th, 2020, John Oliver mentions that 1 in 1,000 black men can expect to be killed by the police. At 5:05 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf4cea5oObY I have tracked the ...
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Are these 'French children held at gun point'?

I've come across this post on facebook several times now. The video shows a group of young people kneeling on the ground with police around them. The text attached is as follows: School children in ...
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Did Trump order tear gas to be used on protesters to clear a pathway to a church for a photoshot?

There are dozens of articles out there like this one which states that Trump ordered the use of tear gas to disperse peaceful protesters so he could do a photoshoot. However I recently read that ...
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Did Martin Gugino, 75, who was injured at the Buffalo, NY protest, provoke the police?

Today on Twitter, Trump has made a claim that a 75-year old man previously filmed being pushed and falling to the pavement by police might be an ANTIFA provocateur. Buffalo protester shoved by ...
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Are one-third of Americans 'killed by strangers' killed by police?

According to Granta - Violence in Blue, One-third of all Americans killed by strangers are killed by police. Is this true?
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Did a raid by a SWAT team from Joe Arpaio's office end with a house on fire and deputies laughing as a dog burned in it?

I've seen references to the article Dog Day Afternoon (Phoenix New Times, August 2004) in a few places around the internet. It tells a story of: An incompetent SWAT team under Arpaio's jurisdiction (...
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Is the number of complaints filed a good measure of how abusive a police officer or department is?

Derek Chauvin had 17 complaints on record when he killed George Floyd. I have seen many articles, including this NYT article, which use this statistic as evidence that the whole department is corrupt....
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Does the United States have more tax preparers than police and firefighters combined?

According to The Economist (May 13th, 2017, print edition, webpage), America has more tax preparers—over 1m, according to a project at George Washington University—than it has police and ...
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Are white and non-white police officers equally likely to kill black suspects?

Well, that's the conclusion of a 2018 US study, as reported in the press: "White officers do not kill black suspects at a higher rate compared with nonwhite officers," concludes a research ...
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Did the NYPD use an ambulance to trick protesters into cooperating?

I saw this tumblr post (with over 50,000 notes, so it's notable), which says: Tonight the NYPD tricked protesters into helping them by driving empty ambulances through the crowd. We thought they ...
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Did a cop get fired after stopping police abuse?

From https://twitter.com/PolicePoliceACP/status/546020531665772544 (1754 retweets, 705 favorites) Cop Stops Cop From Choking a Handcuffed Man, She Was Then Beaten/Fired Read more >> http://bit....
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Were fathers arrested while trying to rescue their daughters from rape in Britain at least on two occasions?

Front Page Mag (a blog for the conservative David Horowitz Freedom Center) quotes an unnamed report that UK authorities were complicit in the support of sexually abusive Muslims: The police did ...
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Did a police officer hand back a weapon after disarming a criminal because of bad habits learned in training?

Kyle Eggimann writes on his blog LuckyGunnar in an article titled "Muscle Memory: Combat-Proven Self-Defense Training Tips": One very important thing to remember is that while muscle memory can ...
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Is the Cobra 80 fire cracker “three to four times as powerful” as a hand grenade?

In this news article about illegal fireworks it is claimed (translated from Dutch): Chief of police Oscar Dros of the Oost-Nederland police district says that fireworks is no longer innocent. "We ...
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Are people with a high IQ not allowed to become police officers in New London?

This 2000 ABC News report says: A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city. [.....
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Do police issue more citations near the end of each month?

A related question about police quotas suggests there are quotas (some openly, some not) in some jurisdictions. This Venture Beat Article strongly suggests that more tickets are issued at the end of ...
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Were the majority of people at the Pulse nightclub killed by police?

At the MTV/BET town hall meeting a person mentioned that Police killed the majority of the people at pulse that night to which the moderators replied "hmmm". On the No Agenda Show, they've ...
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Are police officer's families 2-4 times more likely to experience domestic violence?

I was wondering the accuracy of this claim: Two studies have found that at least 40% of police officer families experience domestic violence, ... in contrast to 10% of families in the general ...
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Did Cops have an episode in which a woman's baby was taken from her for “lying to the police”?

Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson via Twitter (19k likes; 2k retweets), and posted on Reddit's r/Bad_Cop_No_Donut (20.1k likes) I couldn't immediately verify this claim; I didn't find a link in the ...
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Is there a detectable bias in drug-sniffing dogs based on handler belief of presence of drugs?

As discussed in the comments of Does normal paper currency contain enough narcotics residue to attract a drug-sniffing dog?, and further explored in the 2017 NPR article, "Eliminating Police Bias When ...
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Did Police spray fake blood on themselves in Philadelphia on August 14th 2019?

According to this video police officers sprayed fake blood on themselves in response to the August 2019 Philadelphia shooting. Is this account of the incident true?
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Did the Houston Police Department intentionally target the house on Harding Street?

In this video by News Now Houston an investigative reporter suggests that the Houston Police may have raided the wrong location and killed two innocent homeowners (Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas) ...
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Did the US Park Police have a definition of tear gas that excluded OC prior to the clearing of Lafayette Square?

US Park Police have disputed reports claiming “tear gas” was used on peaceful protestors in Lafayette Square on the basis that they used “oleoresins capsicum” (OC), rather than 2-...
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Is there more police brutality in cities controlled by the Democratic party?

Shaun King posted this claim on Twitter: Democrats, from top to bottom, are running the cities with the worst police brutality in America right now. Is this true? It seems to have been picked up by ...
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Is viewing extremist material a terrorism offence?

In regard to the quote from the Metropolitan Police warning, is it an offence specifically under the terrorism legislation to watch a video? A Met police spokesperson "We would like to ...
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Eagles vs. drones: Are Dutch police training drone-hunting eagles?

In this Vice article, it is mentioned that the Dutch police are training eagles to hunt drones. In a new project to patrol the skies, the Dutch national police force has teamed up with ‘Guard from ...
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Is instructing a subject to crawl forward with crossed ankles standard arrest protocol?

A December 2017 CNN article by former FBI-agent, James Gagliano, about the death of Daniel Shaver claims: To those speculating as to why he would have been asked to cross his ankles, this is standard ...
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Are 55,400 people injured or killed by US police every year?

An article has been circulating around social media, claiming approximately 55,400 people were injured or killed by [US] cops during legal stop and search incidents in one year. Of this number, ...
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Are black people disproportionately shot more than other people in America? [duplicate]

I was watching a video by conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro. He talks about Nike's ad featuring Colin Kaepernick. There is a claim he makes that black people are not being ...
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Have 8 out of 10 police officers in Sweden seriously considered quitting due to the danger?

This is one source for the claim. I know Sweden is having increased delinquence but if this claim is true then the real delinquence is way beyond to what it shows on some statisticss. I edit to make ...
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Has Telegram decrypted user messages and provided them to a gov agency?

Background: Telegram is a secured messaging app, similar to many others (WhatsApp, Signal, ...). It emphasizes its security features and has become (like a few others) a way for people to exchange ...
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Were only 17 of 500 sexual assaults on Cologne's Silvesternacht reported in crime statistics?

Quoting the article on Express.de: There were more than 500 sexual assaults in Cologne's Silvesternacht. [...] In police criminal statistics for Cologne, however, the sex mob did not lead to a ...
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Is it a “standard tactic” of law enforcement to “apprehend individuals” in unmarked cars?

There are reports of federal agents in Portland "grabbing and arresting protesters and detaining them in unmarked vehicles." In response, Jann Carson, interim executive director of the ACLU ...
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Was a self-driving car pulled over by police for the first time last month (November 2015)?

I read in this Bloomberg article Google cars have been in 17 minor crashes in 2 million miles (3.2 million kilometers) of testing. [...] Ten days later, a Mountain View motorcycle cop noticed traffic ...
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Was it facial comparison technology that caught an impostor at Dulles airport?

According to this recent NBC story, New facial recognition tech catches first impostor at D.C. airport, a man arriving on a flight to the US presented a passport to the customs officer, but using the ...
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Was there an unsuccessful raid by a SWAT team on the CyberBunker?

According to CyberBunker, a Dutch Police SWAT team attempted a raid on their property but were so unsuccessful in gaining entry that staff didn't even notice the attempts until they reviewed the ...
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Did Darren Wilson make this statement? [closed]

This statement is attributed to Darren Wilson, the policeman who shot Michael Brown. “It is with deep sympathy that I come to you today. What happen, has happened and I can’t do anything about it. ...
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Did state actors set fire to buildings during the George Floyd riots? [closed]

A Minnesota protestor made the following claim: "Media, you need to cover the undercover cops who have been breaking these windows and breaking into businesses. We have evidence of buildings that ...
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Did a suicidal woman talk a police officer into jumping with her?

Right now, memes featuring a supposed news paper article stating "SUICIDE WOMAN TALKS COP INTO JUMPING WITH HER!" are going around. For example: More examples (not displayed as images to ...
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Have 82 officers been charged for on-duty shootings since 2005?

Multiple news sources ranging from 2 years ago to now, such as CNN, NBC, New York Magazine, PBS, Salon, Vox, and NPR mention that between 2005 and May 2017, around 80 police officers have been charged ...
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Was Fred Hampton murdered?

Multiple films and books refer to the death of Blank Panther Party leader Fred Hampton as a murder or assassination. My understanding is that the police inquest into the raid that resulted in his ...
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Did the police cover up their decision to allow mass-killer Thomas Hamilton to retain his gun licence?

Thomas Hamilton was responsible for the 1996 Dunblane School Massacre, In 1991, Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes reportedly recommended that Hamilton's firearm licence be revoked - but the police took ...
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Was Jussie Smollett framed by Chicago Police?

Based on a petition on change.org there is a lot of information about Jussie. I never heard this information until recently. Is any of the things to pointing to him being innocent "true" ...
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Is it true that the CIA or the police has used mediums for remote viewing and clairvoyance while seeking missing persons? [duplicate]

This site claims that: Modern examples of clairvoyance are well known among mediums. Remote Viewing and clairvoyance have been used by the CIA and by the police when seeking missing persons Is this ...
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Did “paranoid” crack dealers fuel adoption of semiautomatics?

This answer cites a recent Time story (titled either Florida School Shooting: Why Civilians Started Buying AR-15s or Why Americans Started Buying Military-Style Weapons Like the One Used in the ...
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Were most active policemen in the Weimer Republic not Nazis?

From the Holocaust Encylopedia: The police in the Weimar Republic In the years of the Weimar Republic, most active policemen were not Nazis, meaning they were not members of the Nazi Party or of Nazi ...