There was no profanity, no hate. Just the words, "I love my friends Abby and Faith. Lex was here 2/1/10 " scrawled on the classroom desk with a green marker.
Alexa Gonzalez, an outgoing 12-year-old who likes to dance and draw, expected a lecture or maybe detention for her doodles earlier this month. Instead, the principal of the Junior High School in Forest Hills, New York, called police, and the seventh-grader was taken across the street to the police precinct.
Alexa's hands were cuffed behind her back, and tears gushed as she was escorted from school in front of teachers and -- the worst audience of all for a preadolescent girl -- her classmates.
"They put the handcuffs on me, and I couldn't believe it," Alexa recalled. "I didn't want them to see me being handcuffed, thinking I'm a bad person."
Alexa is no longer facing suspension, according a spokeswoman for the New York City Department of Education. Still, the case of the doodling preteen is raising concerns about the use of zero tolerance policies in schools.
A SWAT team broke into a home at the request of the US Department of Education to arrest and collect on a defaulted student loan. Kenneth Wright was dragged from his Stockton California home in his underwear while his children were in held police custody for several hours as they searched for his estranged wife.
During the oral argument, the attorney representing the City of Charlotte attempted to make the argument that a person can be an immediate threat justifying the use of deadly force, even if 50 feet away. Fortunately, the Court shot that one down. The city’s counsel argued that even though the son was 30 feet away, standing still and unarmed, that he was an immediate threat justifying the use of deadly force. He argued that standing still is “one of the precursors that people use before they charge.”
A 75 year old Virginia grandmother is still on edge after a wrongful police raid conducted on her apartment, resulted in her being tied her up and questioned in connection with an ongoing drug investigation.
No drugs were recovered from the premises, reports local CBS affiliate WTVR who discovered police likely raided the wrong residence, mistaking the elderly woman’s apartment letter “E” for a “G.”
“I’ve never done anything illegal in my whole life,” Ruth said.
That didn’t matter on the morning of April 10 however, when officers with the Virginia State Police kicked in her door and tied her up with cable ties.
At first, she thought she was being robbed. After the officers identified themselves, they began aggressively questioning her, demanding to know where she was hiding her stash.
“They asked me had I ever stored drugs. They associated my granddaughter with knowing these people…How dare you bring my granddaughter in this stuff. She’s a law abiding citizen,” Hunter said disgruntled.
No drugs were recovered from the apartment.
The ordeal finally ended when officers arrested a man who lived two doors down.
Hunter says she hasn’t got so much as an apology from the police department who says it is common procedure for police to tie down residents while they perform searches. Her door is still broken.
Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been charged with conspiracy, perjury and altering evidence in connection with planting guns inside a medical marijuana dispensary to justify two arrests in 2011, prosecutors said.
Julio Cesar Martinez, 39, and Anthony Manuel Paez, 32, were charged with one felony count each of conspiracy to obstruct justice and altering evidence as a peace officer, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Martinez was also charged with two felony counts of perjury and one of filing a false report.
Both men were booked Friday and released on $50,000 bail each. They are scheduled to be arraigned June 17. Prosecutors said if the former deputies are convicted of the charges, they face more than seven years in state prison.
An Anchorage airport police training went awry Monday when a rental car with a small quantity of explosives attached to it went missing because the rental company inadvertently allowed the car to be rented out, authorities said.
It took a few hours for police to track down the car and recover the explosives, which had been placed on the vehicle for a routine K-9 training, said Jesse Davis, chief of Airport Police and Fire at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
The driver of the rental was never in danger, Davis said, but the episode was a lesson in accountability for authorities who were supposed to keep track of the vehicle.
"It was embarrassing for the officer," Davis said.
Airport police routinely work with rental car companies to expose bomb-sniffing dogs to different environments. During the trainings, very small amounts of an explosive are used to challenge the dogs, Davis said.
"When we say 'explosives,' it's not a stick of dynamite," Davis said. "It's a very small piece of explosive."
A raid was carried out on a man’s home recently because he made a parody Twitter account for his town’s mayor. There were many comical but embarrassing posts made to the account.
According to one tweet, “Mayor Ardis utilizes illegal drugs, associates with prostitutes and utilized offensive inappropriate language.” Mayor Jim Ardis was deeply offended by the Twitter account that was set up in his name, so he launched a full scale police investigation into the identity of the prankster.
Last Tuesday the investigation ended in a full scale raid of Jacob Elliot’s house. Three people at the home were taken into police custody for questioning, as were two others who were met by police at their places of employment.
During the raid police seized several iPhones, two Xbox video game consoles, some mail, computers, and digital memory cards. While there were no arrests made relating to the Twitter account, one of the occupants of the house was arrested because police found small amounts of marijuana and paraphernalia.