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Stop tattling on people smoking weed, Toronto police warn in cheeky tweets

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Marijuana became legal in Canada on Wednesday, and authorities are still trying to get used to it.

Toronto’s police have been pretty blunt about the matter, telling people to stop tattling on their neighbours for smoking weed or possessing pot plants.

The directive came in a series of funny tweets, comparing the reporting of smoking or possession to trivial matters, like calling 911 to ask for directions or what one should do with frozen meat in the case of a power outage.

“Do not call police for this,” the tweets read. Read more…

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Local police lip sync to ‘Uptown Funk’ on their lunch break

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Gotta love a lip sync, especially a one-take-wonder by your local police station.

A video of police officers from Norfolk, Virginia, lip syncing and dancing through their station to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” has gone viral, clocking up 25 million views in two days.

Around 40 officers, who were challenged by Texas’ Corinth Police Department, took part over their lunchtime, reports local newspaper The Virginian-Pilot. Corinth had already thrown down Miley Cyrus’ ‘”Party in the U.S.A.”

Even Norfolk’s bomb squad and fire service get involved. Now, they’ve challenged Seattle Police Department, Norfolk Constabulary, Virginia Beach Police Department, and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.  Read more…

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Someone paid nearly $30,000 for this chilling ‘Jack the Ripper’ postcard

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“I hope you liked the half of kidney.”

A postcard signed by someone claiming to be one of Britain’s most brutal and infamous serial killers, Jack the Ripper, has gone under the hammer.

According to the seller, Grand Auctions, the card was received by Ealing Police Station on Oct. 29, 1888. It measures 2.75 by 4.75 inches and is written in ink by someone claiming to be “Jack the Ripper,” the person responsible for the mutilation and murder of at least five women in the Whitechapel district of London’s East End. Read more…

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Guinea pig police mascot is here to melt hearts and teach you about road safety

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You’re already used to the fuzz telling you about road safety, but what about a ball of fuzz?

We’re certainly a fan of what appears to be New Zealand Police’s newest mascot, a guinea pig named Constable Elliot, who is also dressed as a cop.

Just look at it.

Constable Elliot turns out to be not a well-seasoned member of the force, but rather a family pet of one of the members of New Zealand Police’s media team.

“According to his human ‘mum’ he’s pampered, and loves going on trips to explore new food supplies, which is what he was doing yesterday,” according to a comment by NZ Police on its Facebook page. Read more…

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Random Aussie quickly learns why you shouldn't heckle a police officer on camera

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Heckling a police officer is never a good idea. But doing it in front of a pack of press? Now you’re really asking for a trouble. 

An unknown Australian man man (beer bottle in hand) learnt that the hard way when he shouted “BULLSHIT!” during an unnamed officer’s address to reporters in Albury earlier this week, as per a video uploaded to Facebook on Tuesday by Prime7 News Border.

Unfazed, the police officer excused himself quickly upon hearing the heckle. He stopped the press conference, confronting the man and telling him to put down his beer bottle.  Read more…

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New settlement allows civilian review of NYPD surveillance

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Residents of New York City are on their way to having new oversight of their police department’s counterterrorism operations, which often includes surveillance. 

A new settlement filed Monday would permit a civilian representative to report police to a judge whenever the representative feels officers violate guidelines that restrict how far police can go in monitoring religious and political groups. The lawsuit stems from NYPD surveillance of Muslims, some of whom sued the city over that surveillance in 2013.

The representative will also be privy to how the NYPD runs its surveillance investigations, and will be allowed to stick around until the NYC mayor gets court approval to remove the person. The deal still needs to get final approval from U.S. District Judge Charles Haight.  Read more…

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Police find an antique-looking gun on a guy, and people think he's a time-traveller

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Here’s an actual blast from the past.

The folks at Baltimore Police Department posted a photo of a gun on its Facebook and Twitter accounts Thursday, after it was seized from a 36-year-old man during a traffic stop. 

Police said it also found drugs inside the vehicle, and that the man was a repeat offender. 

It’s a pretty regular crime story, except people can’t seem to get over the gun. It looks like an antique from the Civil War, or something you’d keep next to your chamber pot. 

And of course, the internet took it away with their hilarious comments. We really mean it.  Read more…

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Bristol cops mistake their own race relations advisor for a suspect, taser him in the face at the gate of his home

Judah Adunbi is a 63-year-old black man who lives in Bristol, England, where he volunteered as chairman of the independent advisory group on race relations; police confronted him while he was walking his dog in front of his home on Saturday. When he refused to show them ID, they tasered him, sending him crashing to the ground, cracking his head on the pavement. Then they charged him with “assaulting a constable in the course of his duties.”
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Chinese lady stabs enforcement officer in the neck with fruit on a skewer

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Another city security officer has found himself in an unfortunate clash with a street vendor in China.

In a shocking incident captured on social media, an officer in China was stabbed in the neck with a bamboo skewer by an illegal street vendor selling candied fruit on a stick.

The vendor, who was selling the traditional tanghulu hawthorn candy, apparently attacked the officer, surnamed Ran, when he tried to stop her from putting up her stall.

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The 45-year-old lady was reportedly arrested, and the injured officer’s colleagues were seen taking him to the hospital. Read more…

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Man arrested for meth let off because it was just kitty litter

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A #lifehack fooled police into thinking that a man had a sock full of meth in his car.

Ross Lebeau, 24, from Texas was pulled over for a routine traffic stop after he allegedly failed to use a turn signal on Dec. 5. After getting pulled over, the police noticed the distinct smell of cannabis in the car, and Lebeau admitted to having a bit of sticky icky on him. 

Deputies for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office then searched Lebeau’s vehicle, where they discovered a sock filled with what they believed to be methamphetamine in the car’s trunkAccording to a press release boasting the score, “a field test was conducted, and these ‘nuggets’ tested positive for methamphetamine.” Read more…

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London police stop to help 'collapsed person,' get an odd surprise

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LONDON — In a job that’s probably filled with unpleasant surprises, it must be a nice relief when something that appears to be grim actually turns out to be entirely innocent.

It’s happened before with the British police. There was the “person who sounded in distress” and turned out to be a goat and the “injured otter” that was nothing more than a fake fur collar.

And when the Lewisham Central Safer Neighbourhoods Team was out patrolling on Wednesday, it happened again.

“There was an alleyway with a trolley full of goods at the entrance and there was something that looked like a person slumped over so we went to investigate,” a spokesperson told the London Evening Standard. Read more…

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