The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a long-standing tradition and it’s a pretty fun, innocent affair. But this year, some students from Tufts University found something unusual in the shower of confetti that graced the parade— pieces of confidential Nassau County police documents, with enough information intact to identify police officers by name and Social Security number.
Guy pays for traffic ticket with $137 in dollar bills folded into origami pigs, delivered in a donut box
When a guy got a ticket from a red light camera he felt was unjustified, he decided to pay the ticket in a way that would leave no doubt at his displeasure. He paid the fine by taking $137 in one dollar bills, folding each bill into a small origami pig and delivering the fine to the police station in two donut boxes.
Last month, 34 year old Vermont farmer Robert Pion was arrested for marijuana possession, and to get his revenge on the local authorities, the farmer took his largest tractor and ran over seven Newport, Vermont cop cars that were parked at the police station.
In 2009, Seattle police arrested a man named Daniel Lee, whom they suspected was a drug dealer. They confiscated his phone, and then while the phone was in police custody, it got a text message from someone asking for heroin. So Detective Kevin Sawyer responded, pretending to be Lee, and when the man showed up to buy, they busted him. And all of that is totally legal.
It’s the 21st century. If you’ve got a smartphone, you’ve got an incredible amount of information in your pocket, yet most police departments in the US are sadly lagging in technology. Many departments don’t have department-wide email and any information that goes into the system still has to be filled out on paper forms then hand-delivered to clerks who input the information.
Images taken at a central Dublin annual horse market event today. The Garda Siochana are what passes for police around here. (They’ll also help out if you can’t find a female horse)
For about a year now, local police and the FBI have been placing GPS tracking devices on vehicles with reckless abandon. But today, the Supreme Court ruled that placing such devices on people’s cars to track their every move requires a warrant.