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Authorities: Woman chokes teen for blocking view at Disney

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Authorities in Florida say a woman is accused of child abuse after choking a teenager who refused to sit down during a fireworks display at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. An Orange County Sheriff’s arrest report says 41-year-old Tabbatha Kay Mature of New Baltimore, Michigan, was sitting with her family Wednesday night, waiting for the nightly fireworks display. The teen, who was visiting the park with friends, stood up when the show started, blocking the Mature family’s view. The Orlando Sentinel reports…

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Did a delay in police response give shooter more time?

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As the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history began to unfold, an off-duty police officer working at a gay nightclub exchanged gunfire with the suspect. But three hours passed before a SWAT team stormed the building and brought the attack to an end. The decision by law enforcement to hold off on entering the Pulse club – where more than 100 people were shot, 49 of them killed – immediately raised questions among experts in police tactics. They said…

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USF/Orlando PD study finds police body cameras reduce citizen complaints

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In the wake of highly visible acts of police brutality captured by citizens’ cellphones over the past year, more law enforcement agencies are using or are about to begin using body-worn cameras (BWCs). While it’s been celebrated as a technological breakthrough that can protect both law enforcement officers as well as members of the public who interact with them, there is also some concern that it’s something of a panacea for a more complex problem. Critics note how Staten Island resident…

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