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Reports of explosion denied by Bavarian police, confirm incident near migrant center

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German police have denied reports of an explosion near a migrant center in northern Bavaria. They said that smoke came from a suitcase filled with aerosols, but there was no blast and no one was injured. The incident took place in the small town of Zirndorf, which is to the west of Nuremberg. Police have confirmed that there were no explosives in the suitcase and it only contained aerosol cans. "No explosion, no injuries," police said on an official Twitter account.

Police said in a statement that they are currently searching for the owners of the suitcase, who are believed to be a man of Mediterranean appearance, who is in his early 30s, and a woman in her mid-20s.

Nuremberg is located in the state of Bavaria, which has been rocked recently by a spate of terrorist attacks, two of which were carried out by migrants. On Sunday, a 27-year-old Syrian refugee who was facing deportation to Bulgaria blew himself up after being refused access to a music festival. The explosion injured 15 passersby, but did not cause any deaths.

A 17-year-old who had sought asylum in Germany was shot dead by police last week after wounding five people with an ax near Wurzburg. Meanwhile on Friday, an 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman killed nine people in Munich after going on a shooting spree in an attack he had planned for a year.

The rest of Germany has also been affected by an increase in terrorist activity. On Sunday, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee was arrested after killing a pregnant woman and wounding two people with a machete in the city of Reutlingen, near Stuttgart. On Tuesday, a man killed a doctor at a university clinic in Berlin, however the police said the incident was not related to terrorism.

Comment: Tagger? Salesman? 20% off bargain bulk purchase? But what's with the suitcase and why did people think something smoking was an explosion? More likely it was a cheap, fear-mongering plant aimed to get the migrant center in a headline, or the property of some absent-minded wall muralist. But, at the end of the day, it was really no more than 'canned rumor.'

Red Flag

Police mistake Krispy Kreme donut icing for crystal meth and arrest man

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Police in Florida appear to have made 'dopes' of themselves after they arrested a man for possessing what they thought was crystal meth, when it was actually icing sugar from a Krispy Kreme doughnut.

Orlando resident Daniel Rushing is now planning to sue over the case of mistaken amphetamine, and according to the Orlando Sentinel has been put off munching the sugary snack in his car for good.

The 64-year-old was stopped by police in December last year due to an apparent traffic violation while leaving a store parking lot.

During an inspection of his vehicle, officer Shelby Riggs-Hopkins discovered what she identified as "some sort of narcotic,"according to a police report published by the Sun Sentinel.


Report finds almost 7,000 detainees died in Texas from 2005-2015

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Almost 7,000 individuals in Texas died while in prison or police custody from 2005 to 2015, nearly 2,000 of whom had not been convicted of a crime, according to a new report. Latinos died of justifiable homicides at higher rates.

According to the Wednesday report from the Texas Justice Initiative, there were 6,913 total incidents of people dying in custody in the state over the course of the decade.

Seventy percent of those individuals died of natural causes, 11 percent committed suicide, and 8 percent died in a "justifiable homicide." Another eight percent died from either drugs and alcohol, accidental injury, or other reasons.

The Texas Justice Initiative was created by University of Texas at Austin postdoctoral fellow Amanda Woog.

"We can't have an informed conversation about who's dying at the hands of police or who's dying in jails, if we don't literally know who's dying and how they're dying," said Woog, according to ABC affiliate WFAA.

"I think this information can help us get to the bottom causes of mortality in the criminal justice system and with that lead us to solutions," Woog added.


Catholic priest arrested and charged with 500 counts of child pornography

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Felix Broussard
A Catholic priest from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana was arrested and subsequently released on bail for possessing a large quantity of child pornography.

The Rev. Father Felix Broussard, pastor of St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church in Breaux Bridge, was arrested on Wednesday by Louisiana State Police on 500 counts of possession of child pornography.

Broussard was released on a $25,000 bond, according to the Associated Press.

Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel of the Diocese of Lafayette said that Broussard was "immediately" placed on administrative leave by the diocese pending the criminal investigation.

"If he's guilty, he needs to follow the penalties of the state for what was done," Deshotel said at a Wednesday press conference. "Then there are also ecclesiastical steps, church steps, that have to be taken with regard to his future ministry, and, whether or not that's possible."


Police choke man to death for failing to pay child support - 8 years ago

The murder of a man was captured on video, the death was ruled a homicide by "manual compression of the neck," and the person who perpetrated the killing is a free man. After being unable to pay his child support, Darius Robinson was choked to death in a jail cell.

The incident began when Robinson, a father of seven, was arrested in April on a warrant from 2008 for failing to pay child support. While locked in a cage for three days, Robinson suffered what his family called a "manic episode."

According to the Daily Beast, a video released by the jail to the Robinson family's attorneys shows him waving around a blanket, tearing up pieces of paper, and writhing on the floor.

When jailers came in to check on him, Robinson appears compliant and non-violent.


Freedom overload! Cops ignore real crimes to unlawfully hold innocents at gunpoint

© Paul Sableman
After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012, Connecticut passed gun laws in April 2013 that made it amongst the most restrictive states in the country. However, residents can still traverse their way through the bureaucratic red tape and legally obtain a permit allowing them to open carry and conceal carry a firearm.

It is the legal right of Connecticut residents to be able to move about freely while open carrying a firearm.

In spite of this legal right and permitting process, Manchester police officers were captured on video unlawfully detaining and handcuffing three individuals. The result is nothing short of infuriating as multiple Manchester police officers are recorded ignoring actual crimes taking place, in order to harass, threaten, and detain three innocent individuals who had committed no crime.


Police in southern France open arson inquiry after fire at mosque

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Police opened an "arson inquiry" after firefighters were dispatched to battle a blaze at the mosque under construction in Muret, a suburb of the French town of Tolouse. No injuries were reported.

Forensic experts were also called to the scene. The final cause of the incident has yet to be established, as the investigation continues, French news magazine L'OBS reports.

The fire broke out "in the early hours of Wednesday" the French outlet adds. Officials say no one was harmed in the incident. The building itself sustained "only minor damage," Europe1 reported.

This is already the second time the same mosque was set ablaze. In 2012 the building caught fire, with arson suspected as well.

Evil Rays

Man who carried out attack at Leytonstone subway station last year believed Tony Blair was his guardian angel

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Leytonstone knife attacker Muhiddin Mire
A man who carried out a knife attack at London's Leytonstone Underground Station last year has a history of mental illness and believed Tony Blair was his guardian angel, a court has been told.

Lawyers defending Muhiddin Mire, 30, told the Old Bailey that their client had experienced paranoid schizophrenia for several years before attacking an Underground passenger last December.

Medical experts recommended the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) sympathizer receive further psychiatric treatment, warning he posed "a very severe" risk to the public.

Mire, who worked as a taxi driver, was found guilty of attempted murder last month, but the court is now trying to determine his sentence. He attempted to behead a member of public and slashed another man's neck in Leytonstone Underground Station last December, shortly after the British Parliament voted to extend airstrikes against IS from Iraq into Syria.


'I'll blow you up': Manhunt in Bremen after 'pro-ISIS psycho' escapes psychiatric hospital shouting threats

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German police have arrested a 19-year-old Algerian asylum seeker who fled a psychiatric hospital after threatening to blow up people. A shopping mall in Bremen was evacuated during the manhunt. Police have tried to downplay the man's links to Islamists.

Although police confirmed that the man had previously expressed admiration for the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terror group, hailing the recent shooting attack at a Munich shopping center that left 10 people dead, police refused to call the hunt an anti-terror raid.

"One can speak of rather an extensive operation," Bremen's police spokeswoman said, adding that "there is no evidence that he had connections to the IS or concrete attack plans," as cited by Die Welt.

However, the spokeswoman admitted that, due to the nature of the beliefs allegedly harbored by the suspect, police had to "proceed from the assumption that the missing person is dangerous."


2K terrorists known to UK police, just 1 held under special measures

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TPIM terrorists: 1 in custody, 1999 to go.
Only one suspect is being held under the UK's highly restrictive Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measure (TPIM) program, despite a heightened national alert and fears of extremist attacks. The TPIM program, which came into effect in 2012, can include intense restrictions on suspects such as curfews and electronic tagging.

Former senior counterterrorism officer Chris Phillips told the Daily Mail that just one person being held under TPIM contrasts starkly with the fact that up to 2,000 terror suspects are known to police. He said, however, that the sheer number of suspects makes the risk hard to manage. "How on earth you could ever monitor 2,000 people, let alone the fact that the number that we have got now has probably increased," he said.

Lord Carlile, an independent reviewer of UK terror laws told the Daily Mail: "It is surprising and worrying that we are down to just one Tpim given the situation appertaining all over Europe. We know that there is a severe risk of terror attack. I hope that the Government is examining the possibility of increasing the use of Tpims or toughening them up...it is absolutely essential that the authorities should have the powers they need." The UK terror threat level stands at "severe," the second highest category available, which means an attack is thought highly likely.

Comment: Terror attacks, real or facsimiles, make the rounds these days to stir the pot; keep Europe on the edge and politicians in line.