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1 US TX: Officers Killed In Murder Or Self-Defense?Mon, 20 Mar 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Sack, Kevin Area:Texas Lines:762 Added:03/24/2017

With battering rams and flash-bang grenades, SWAT teams fuel the risk of violence as they forcibly enter suspects' homes. Five months and 85 miles apart, two cases took starkly divergent legal paths.

SOMERVILLE, Tex. - Joshua Aaron Hall had been a resident of the Burleson County Jail for about a week when he requested a meeting with Gene Hermes, the sheriff's investigator who had locked him up for violating probation. The stocky lawman arrived in the featureless interview room on the morning of Dec. 13, 2013, placed his soda cup on the table and apologized for not getting there sooner. He asked in his gravelly drawl if they would be talking about Mr. Hall's own case.

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2 US GA: Suspect Killed During Drug RaidTue, 13 Dec 2016
Source:Macon Telegraph (GA) Author:Fabian, Liz Area:Georgia Lines:134 Added:12/15/2016

A Crawford County man was shot and killed Monday after he allegedly fired a shotgun at police officers who were serving a search warrant in a drug case.

About eight officers working with the Peach County Drug Task Force were dressed in protective gear as they went to the home of Rainer Tyler Smith, 31, at 6750 Ga. 42 South shortly after 2 a.m., said J.T. Ricketson, of the GBI.

"No one came to the door, so they made entry, and as soon as they made it inside, one of the occupants started shooting," said Ricketson, special agent in charge of the GBI's Perry office.

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3 CN ON: Column: My Nephew And Toronto Pot Dispensary BustsThu, 16 Jun 2016
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:06/21/2016

If not for stepping out for a coffee, my oldest nephew, Jay, would have been among the nearly 100 arrested in the coordinated police raids of 43 storefront Toronto pot dispensaries at the end of May.

Instead, he got grainy smartphone footage of the takedown of the dispensary where he works as a clerk - footage taken from across the street of police with guns drawn, of his co-workers in handcuffs, and even a "patient" in a wheelchair being cuffed as well.

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4 CN MB: Column: My Nephew And Toronto Pot Dispensary BustsThu, 16 Jun 2016
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Manitoba Lines:87 Added:06/17/2016

If not for stepping out for a coffee, my oldest nephew, Jay, would have been among the nearly 100 arrested in the coordinated police raids of 43 storefront Toronto pot dispensaries at the end of May.

Instead, he got grainy smartphone footage of the takedown of the dispensary where he works as a clerk - footage taken from across the street of police with guns drawn, of his co-workers in handcuffs, and even a "patient" in a wheelchair being cuffed as well.

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5 CN ON: My Nephew And Toronto Pot Dispensary BustsThu, 16 Jun 2016
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON) Author:Bonokoski, Mark Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:06/17/2016

If not for stepping out for a coffee, my oldest nephew, Jay, would have been among the nearly 100 arrested in the coordinated police raids of 43 storefront Toronto pot dispensaries at the end of May.

Instead, he got grainy smartphone footage of the takedown of the dispensary where he works as a clerk - footage taken from across the street of police with guns drawn, of his co-workers in handcuffs, and even a "patient" in a wheelchair being cuffed as well.

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6US FL: Tampa, Police Sued In DeathTue, 24 May 2016
Source:Tampa Bay Times (FL) Author:Phillips, Anna M. Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:05/25/2016

A 29-Year-Old Man Was Killed In A Raid That Was Later Deemed Justified. Police Found $2 Worth of pot.

TAMPA - The mother of a man who was shot and killed by Tampa police officers during a raid on his home in 2014 has sued the city, its former police chief and the officers involved over her son's death.

The lawsuit, filed late last week in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, accuses the police of negligence for acting on the word of an informer with a history of heavy drug use and criminal activity. It also says that officers used excessive force against 29-year-old Jason Westcott, who was killed, and his boyfriend Israel 'Izzy' Reyes, who was 22 and is a plaintiff in the lawsuit.

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7 US NJ: 'Butthurt' Officer Arrests Weedman for CyberbullyingTue, 17 May 2016
Source:Trentonian, The (NJ) Author:Foster, David Area:New Jersey Lines:143 Added:05/19/2016

TRENTON - Two charges filed by a city police officer against Edward Forchion, aka NJ Weedman, may go up in smoke.

The criminal activity allegedly occurred when Forchion appeared in a video that was shot outside his restaurant on May 10 and was subsequently posted to social media. In the clip, Trenton cops are at his restaurant when the weed advocate repeatedly calls officer Herbert Flowers a "pedophile" and a "big boy who (expletive) with little girls."

In the video, Flowers appears to laugh off the verbal assault and at one point puts his arms in the arm with a smile, responding "Yep, you said it."

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8CN QU: Independent Probe Sought After Fatal RaidWed, 06 Apr 2016
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU) Author:Feith, Jesse Area:Quebec Lines:Excerpt Added:04/07/2016

Projet Montreal Candidate Appeals for Calm As Demonstrations Planned

Why Jean-Pierre Bony was in a Montreal North apartment that was raided by police last week, or what exactly his role in the alleged drug ring bust was, isn't what matters most, said Projet Montreal borough mayor candidate Kerlande Mibel on Tuesday.

What matters, Mibel said, is knowing why the 46-year-old was reportedly shot in the head with a rubber bullet while he was trying to run away.

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