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Morning Links: NYC spent $1 billion on NYPD lawsuits, de Blasio targets jaywalkers, feds target polygraphs

A New York City Police car last week. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) A New York City Police car last week. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

•  While moving into a new home, a family parked the moving truck too far into the road. A police officer showed up, then killed the family’s dog. Welcome to the neighborhood. The dog was a boxer. Boxers can look menacing, but they’re typically very sweet. This is where training would be helpful.

•  The federal government wants to imprison people who teach other people how to beat polygraph tests.

• Over the last decade, New York City has paid more than $1 billion to fight and settle lawsuits against police officers. One officer has been sued 28 times since 2006 “on allegations of running slash-and-burn raids that left dozens of lives in ruins while resulting in few criminal convictions.”

• Meanwhile, the city has started a campaign to target jaywalkers.

• Stanford University’s definition of “sexual assault” apparently includes any sexual activity in which one party was intoxicated. Which raises the question: What if both people were drunk? That is, if two drunk people have sex, and both regret it the next day, are they both guilty of sexually assaulting one another?

On a lighter note: shot put faces.




Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."



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Radley Balko · February 18, 2014