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Not a single NYPD officer wears a body camera

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One of the reforms stemming from a federal court case on racial discrimination in the New York Police Department's "stop, question and frisk" policy was a pilot program outfitting officers with body cameras. A report shows not one officer wears one.


Police fatally shoot machete-wielding man at University of Colorado

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An unusual and deadly battle played out in the University of Colorado's athletics department when a man began threatening people with a machete. The suspect was shot and killed by police when he refused to obey commands to drop his weapon.

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Lawyer of Paris hotel cleaner sexually abused by Qatari guest speaks out

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The five-star Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome
The lawyer for a female cleaner who was molested by a Qatari guest at a luxury Paris hotel has shared details of the case with RT, saying "all procedures" in France generally last a long time when they touch "prominent people."

The five-star Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome hotel in Paris was told to pay a former employee some €57,000 ($64,000) last week after an incident in July 2010, when she was sexually assaulted by an unidentified member of Qatari Prince Al-Thani's entourage.

"The woman I am defending [...] was sexually abused by one of the members of the Qatari prince['s] delegation in one of the Park-Hyatt hotel rooms. Later on, after the abuse, she came to the hotel's security department and on the video from surveillance cameras she recognized the aggressor among the delegation members," lawyer Maude Beckers told RT following the court ruling.

She claimed that following the incident, the hotel authorities tried to hush up the scandal, allowing the man to escape justice.


Rhodes airport is evacuated with passengers 'suffering from burning eyes and fume inhalation' forced to gather outside

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Rhodes Airport in Greece has been evacuated amid reports passengers are suffering from 'burning eyes' and fume inhalation.

Passengers are being told to wait outside the building with large crowds building up.

Some have taken to social media talking about a possible pepper spray attack.

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More security theater: New bill wants TSA at bus and train stations

A new bill hopes to put the Transportation Security Administration to work, policing passengers who are hoping to escape the hectic scene at the airport and enjoy a bus or a train ride. Although the TSA has had a miserable track record at airports around the United States, the Department of Homeland Security won't be happy until everyone who walks, rides a bike or pogo-sticks down the street, is subject to heavy and intrusive security screenings. The new bill was prompted by the recent "terror attacks" in New York, according to law makers.

The bill was introduced by Senator John Thune of South Dakota. The bill entails the implementation of a "risk-based security model" for trains and buses. It also allots money for the expansion of the TSA to work in nearly every bus and train station in America. While this appears to be a government takeover of private transportation, officials claim otherwise. "This is very much not creating for bus or rail transportation the [security] model that exists for aviation," stated Frederick Hill, a spokesman for the Senate committee governing the proposal.

Comment: The growing surveillance state is the whole point. Monitoring the populations every move, restricting freedom of travel and otherwise keeping the herd fearful and in line is the purpose of the TSA. Protecting Americans from terrorists has nothing to do with it.


Your money or your life: The war on cash

What is this war on cash? In this episode of On Target, John W. Whitehead discusses the government's concerted campaign to do away with large bills such as $20s, $50s, $100s and shift consumers towards a digital mode of commerce—one that can easily be monitored, tracked, tabulated, mined for data, hacked, hijacked and confiscated when convenient.

Comment: More on the war on cash:

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Creepy clowns cross the pond: Now terrorizing kids in Newcastle

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British schoolchildren are being terrorized by pranksters dressed as 'creepy clowns' leaping out from behind bushes and chasing people down the street. The spate of spookings is thought to have been inspired by similar clown attacks across the US.

Newcastle police are trying to identify those responsible for the stunts. They have arrested one teenage 'creepy clown' allegedly carrying a "bladed article" in connection with one of the incidents.

"This arrest should act as a clear warning to others who are actively seeking to cause distress and potentially harm others," a spokesperson said.

Police say the pranks have left school children "incredibly distressed" and are investigating six different reports of creepy clowns menacing youngsters.

Comment: We have acquired an exclusive photo of one of the creepy clowns terrifying young children in the UK:
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Clown: British PM May wearing an $800 dress while calling Tories "the party of the workers"
See also: Creepy clown sightings spike; sightings in more than 10 states since August


Moscow city computers ditching Microsoft for Russian-made software

Moscow's city government is ditching Microsoft Outlook for Russian-made software, answering President Vladimir Putin's calls for more digital sovereignty.

The city will initially install locally developed MyOffice software on the computers of 6,000 workers, replacing the Microsoft e-mail service they currently use. MyOffice is made by Russian company New Cloud Technology.

The program will eventually be expanded to all of Moscow's 600,000 municipal employees, according to a statement published by the country's ministry of communications on Tuesday.

"Russia-developed software is not inferior to foreign software, but it's much cheaper and, most importantly, provides reliable data protection," said Sergey Kalugin, the head of Moscow's information technology department.


Explosion hits car of Georgian opposition lawmaker ahead of elections

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Georgian lawmaker Givi Targamadze
A Georgian opposition lawmaker's car has been hit by an explosion in a suspected bombing in Tbilisi that injured five passersby.

The incident came just three days before Georgia's parliamentary elections.

Reports from the Georgian capital say lawmaker Givi Targamadze from the United National Movement (ENM) was not hurt by the October 4 blast.

Targamadze was seated in the front seat next to his driver when the blast occurred. His driver also escaped injury.

But two people on the street nearby were hospitalized and three other were slightly injured.

The United National Movement is Georgia's largest opposition party.

On October 2, two men were shot and wounded during an open-air campaign speech given by independent candidate and former Defense Minister Irakly Okruashvili in the town of Gori.

Comment: See also: New Great Game Round-up: Afghanistan truce with "butcher" Hekmatyar, another Saakarshvili coup plot, Azerbaijan's Iskander problem


Charlotte police release bodycam footage of Keith Scott shooting

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Police in Charlotte, North Carolina have released extended body camera footage showing the aftermath of an officer shooting Keith Scott. The actual moment of the shooting cannot be seen clearly.

Scott was shot and killed on Tuesday, September 20, outside a Charlotte apartment building. Protests over his death turned violent, with multiple stores looted and vehicles set on fire on Interstate 85. One protester was shot and killed, though not by police as initial reports speculated.

After Scott's wife, Rakeyia, made public a video of the confrontation she recorded on her cell phone, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) released partial body camera video and dashboard camera footage. The 16-minute body camera video was released Tuesday evening, after it was shown to Scott's family and its attorneys.

"It's very difficult to watch," Justin Bamberg, an attorney for Scott's family, told WCNC afterward. "There are real life consequences to the decision that an officer makes to pull the trigger."

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