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LAWRENCE — A veteran Lawrence District Court officer is accused of raping and sexually assaulting a shackled female prisoner on five occasions when she went to court since July 2009.
Jose F. Martinez, 46, a 16-year employee at the courthouse, was held on $40,000 bail Wednesday after his arraignment on three counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault and battery. He was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim and the courthouse unless he is there for his pending criminal case.

 
 

When the group of armed masked men burst into the Paseo Boricua Grocery & Deli in Chicago, John Vergara initially thought he had walked into a stickup. Their guns were drawn, and they told everyone that afternoon to put their hands on the counter.

Vergara, an art teacher who had stopped in for a coffee, remembered: “At first I thought it was a robbery. I didn’t know it was the police until the sergeant walked in.”

 
 

An Oregon family is demanding answers after a Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed their pony. The family says they had no idea the officer was going to shoot the family pet, and it all happened without their knowing and for no good reason whatsoever.

Crista Fitzgerald of Clackamas County explained that the 30-year-old American Miniature Horse, named Gir, had no problems aside from being old. But when he escaped from his stall in a Molalla barn overnight on February 18th, an officer shot and killed him.

 
 

Lansing, Michigan – A federal judge recently decided that a $10 million dollar lawsuit against the Lansing Police Department can proceed.

The judge’s decision comes after officers were cleared for killing a young girl as she was hiding from them, resting on her knees repeating “I’m sorry, I’m sorry.”

In 2011, 17-year-old Derrinesha Clay broke into a local Bank of America branch and ended up hiding in one of the offices inside the building. It has been said that the teenager was going through some

 
 

PICKENS, SC (FOX Carolina) - A Pickens County deputy is without a job after Sheriff Rick Clark says he inappropriately used a stun gun on a wheelchair-bound man. Clark said deputies responded with Pickens police to arrest 25-year-old Travis Mansell on Feb. 20. According to deputies, Mansell was wanted by police on several outstanding bench warrants.
Deputies said Mansell's girlfriend denied that he was home, but when officers saw him inside, they entered the home and engaged in a conversation with him.

 
 

Rather than degenerate into a lawless land where criminals rule the streets, a Texas town that fired its entire police department has seen a 61% decrease is crime.
In 2012, Sharpstown, a community of 66,000 located just southwest of Houston, declined to renew its contract with the constable’s office, essentially dismissing its cops.

Instead, the Sharpstown Civic Association hired SEAL Security Solutions, a private firm, to patrol their streets.

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