All Covered With Vines

FBI Releases Vine Star Jerome Jarre From Custody After Reading Fans’ Tweets

Mr. Jarre snapped a selfie before cops boarded his flight in Miami. (Twitter)

A funny thing happened on the way to Miami, when Vine celeb Jerome Jarre tried to shoot one of his six-second videos on an American Airlines flight.

The drama began when the social media star attempted to make a video of himself exiting the airplane bathroom wearing nothing but a speedo and an inflatable duck. Unfortunately, an American Airlines crew member was not impressed, and told Mr. Jarre he’d be arrested once the flight landed in Miami. Read More

criminal behavior

Hundreds of British Cops Busted For Acting Like Idiots on Facebook

Not sexting. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Hundreds of British cops are being investigating for acting naughty on social media.

For the past five years, cops over on Knife Island allegedly did a lot of stupid things on Twitter and Facebook, including send friend requests to victims, send Facebook messages that were seen as “abusive in nature” and posted pictures of their coworkers in “compromising positions.” Read More

Legal Matters

Police Must Obtain Warrant Before Searching Your Cell Phone Data, SCOTUS Rules

Chief Justice John Roberts (Wikimedia Commons)

Police must always obtain a warrant to search an arrestee’s cellphone, the Supreme Court ruled today in a unanimous decision.

Today’s cell phones are more than just tools to make calls, the judges recognized. Modern Americans store their entire lives on their phones, from banking information and health data to private conversations and, obviously, sexts. All that stuff deserves constitutional privacy protection, SCOTUS decided. Read More

They See Me Trollin'

Anonymous Cop Argues That Anonymous Trolls Should Be Thrown in Jail

(Photo: Blogspot)

“First off, I am not talking about those silly wild haired dolls with jewels in their belly buttons,” begins the most recent installment of the regular Ask a Cop column, published to Utah’s KSL News website. This week’s topic of conversation isn’t the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street or how to circumvent marijuana laws: it’s a long, angsty missive about the scourge of online trolling. Read More

It's the Cops!

Word to the Wise: Don’t Use Facebook to Threaten a Cop

(Photo: Inquisitr)

Here’s the thing about building a massive platform for social interaction: You don’t just get the high school graduation pics and the wedding announcements. You get all ugly stuff, too. Hence the threat reportedly made this weekend against one of the NYPD’s more digitally savvy cops.

The New York Post broke the news this weekend that someone had stopped by the 73rd Precinct’s Facebook page and left a detailed threat against commanding officer Joseph Gulotta. The post, which was promptly taken down, described both Mr. Gulotta’s car and the hours he works–not exactly the sort of information you want bandied about the Internet, even if you don’t make many enemies in the course of your daily life. Read More

Law and Order

Australian Law Enforcement: Use Silk Road At Your Peril

A hypothetical Silk Road customer. (Getty Images)

Australian authorities have put supposedly anonymized users surfing Silk Road for weed and other sundries on notice: the coppers are one step ahead of you. A joint press release published by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on Wednesday may serve as notice to anyone who is happily booting TOR and using the miracle of the Internet to score weapons-grade kush: Read More

It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It

The Strange Case of the Mark Zuckerberg-Priscilla Chan Chinese Cop Documentary Photobomb

Don't turn around officers, the ultimate capitalist is laughing at you!

This is neither here nor there but strange enough to note: a screengrab from a Chinese documentary, Chinese Police, which features at exactly 30 seconds in a photobomb from no less than Facebook C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg. Mr. Zuckerberg, who reportedly visited Shanghai at the end of March, is shown walking with Ms. Chan behind a pair of grim-faced Chinese cops, looking oddly amused if not downright tickled by the scene in front of him.

The site that originally reported the photobomb (docu-bomb?) translated the subtitle on-screen during Mr. Zuckerberg’s appearance as “Many problems impelled the Chinese police to find way (sic) to increase efficiency.” Read More