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  1. This guy is a former cop in the US and has a YouTube channel dedicated to police-related videos. Every now and then he does a RECAP video based mostly on funny/ironic situations and in this one here, he goes over a few funny stories, including the one in the title of the thread. His name is Donut Operator. Alabama buffet brawl over crab legs (1) (1).mp4
  2. Chief Bakes

    BBC: US shutdown

    #ShutdownStories: The impact of the government shutdown 2 January 2019 Related Topics US government shutdown Image copyright Win McNamee via Getty Images Image caption Rubbish has been piling up all along the National Mall monuments The partial US government shutdown has entered the new year as President Donald Trump's border wall standoff with Congress remains unresolved. With federal closures now on day 12, around 800,000 employees are feeling the impacts of no funding and no pay. On Wednesday, the president insisted he would keep the government closed for "as long as it takes" to fund the wall. And as agencies drop all non-essential work, the consequences are wider-reaching than just quiet Washington DC streets and shuttered museums. Since 22 December, Americans nationwide have expressed their worry and anger over the situation, taking to social media to share how they cannot pay their bills or afford medication thanks to the shutdown. 'We won't be able to pay our mortgage' The partial shutdown means about 25% of the US federal government has no funding. Only essential employees will continue working, but they'll do so without pay. Nine departments have been affected by the shutdown, including Homeland Security, Justice, Housing, Agriculture, Commerce, Interior, and the Treasury. Around 800,000 federal workers are now furloughed - that is, temporarily laid off due to a lack of funding - or working without pay. Many hope they will receive back pay when the government resumes, but that remains uncertain. Some have resorted to second jobs or fundraising to get by in the meantime. Employees have taken to Twitter to express their frustration over the shutdown, sharing financial difficulties with the hashtag #ShutdownStories. Skip Twitter post by @MofackieB Report End of Twitter post by @MofackieB Skip Twitter post by @LifeIsQuirky21 Report End of Twitter post by @LifeIsQuirky21 Skip Twitter post by @sinai_selah Report End of Twitter post by @sinai_selah On a GoFundMe page, one contracted worker wrote: "Being a single mom, I'm in panic mode." "I am not getting ANY PAY at all, even for the days that I did work before the shutdown. I hope that the government will see how this is having a dire affect on people like me." A worker's union representing some 400,000 essential personnel on Monday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for allegedly violating the Fair Labour Standards Act by not paying these employees since 22 December. No census in Indiana And the impact stretches beyond the capital city. In Indiana, the political standoff stopped US census work, with 40% of census bureau employees sent home without pay just after Christmas, according to the News and Tribune. Rubbish piles in national parks The National Park Service has suspended all non-emergency services, including all visitor services like public toilets, waste pickup, road maintenance and support centres, with over 21,000 employees now furloughed. The parks remain generally accessible to the public, but conditions have deteriorated due to a lack of staff. Noticeably, rubbish has begun to pile up outside national sites, including around the National Mall and the White House. Image copyright Bill Clark via Getty Images Image caption Garbage overflows on the National Mall across from the White House The Los Angeles Times reported human waste has created a health hazard in Yosemite after visitors began using the roadside as a replacement for public toilets. And without snow ploughs or rangers to help handle wintry conditions, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California have seen an increase in vehicle accidents due to dangerously icy roads. The lack of staff has also impacted visitor safety by way of rescues: One backpacker in Texas had to be carried for two hours by a single ranger after breaking his leg on a trail. In addition, any park-operated monuments and homes are also closed, including the Frederick Douglass Historic Site, Ford's Theatre and Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument. Science setbacks As many federally employed scientists stop working at agencies like the National Science Foundation, labs across the country are facing repercussions. Researchers are concerned about their ability to access federal data and getting in touch with grant officials about project funding. Rush Holt, head of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, emphasised the impact in a statement. "Any shutdown of the federal government can disrupt or delay research projects, lead to uncertainty over new research, and reduce researcher access to agency data and infrastructure," Mr Holt said. Skip Twitter post by @jessphoenix2018 Report End of Twitter post by @jessphoenix2018 Image copyright Saul Loeb/Getty Images Image caption All Smithsonian museums, one of DC's tourist highlights, are closed Panda cam goes offline Tourists in DC will find all of the popular Smithsonian museums - like the Air and Space, African American History and Natural History museums - are now closed. The National Zoo and all live-animal broadcasts - panda cam included - are also offline. The animals will still be cared for, the Smithsonian said. Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St Thomas told the BBC an estimated 1.2 million visitors will be turned away if the shutdown continues through January. She noted two thirds of Smithsonian employees are now furloughed. The National Arboretum and National Archives have also shuttered. The National Gallery of Art has managed to acquire enough funds to stay open until Thursday. Thanks to an earlier appropriations bill, the US Botanic Garden and Capitol Building are also open. Meanwhile, nonfederal museums remain open with some, like the Woodrow Wilson House, offering free admission to federal workers. Image copyright Mark Wilson via Getty Images Image caption Tourists turn around after realizing the Smithsonian National Museum of American History is closed due to the partial shutdown Native tribes struggling Native American tribes receive substantial federal funding for essential services like healthcare and food as part of a deal negotiated decades ago in exchange for Native lands. In Michigan, a Chippewa tribe has already been forced to use their own funds to pay some $100,000 (£79,400) to keep clinics and food pantries open, the New York Times reported. Similar stories have cropped up across the country. Some Navajo tribes in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah are trapped in their homes without access to groceries and medicine due to unploughed roads. In Minnesota, police officers on the Boise Forte Indian Reservation are already working without pay. Discounted drinks in DC Washington DC's local government is still operating, and has been reminding tourists that businesses and restaurants are also open for business. And many local spots are offering discounts to government employees to help ease the strain of the shutdown. Skip Twitter post by @CapLounge Report End of Twitter post by @CapLounge Some bars in the capital began offering federal workers discounted drinks as soon as the shutdown began on 22 December. Celebrity chef José Andrés, who owns a number of restaurants in the Washington DC area, announced that federal employees and their families could get a free sandwich at any of his establishments throughout the shutdown. Skip Twitter post by @chefjoseandres Report End of Twitter post by @chefjoseandres Italian restaurant Carmine's will also be offering free food to workers. Skip Twitter post by @CarminesNYC Report End of Twitter post by @CarminesNYC As Washington locals band together to address food concerns, the shutdown has also sparked national concerns over benefit programmes like food stamps. The Department of Agriculture confirmed eligible families would continue to receive food assistance in January, but some programmes will operate solely on state funding through the shutdown. The National Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Association, which provides food and education to low-income pregnant mothers and children, issued a statement urging lawmakers to end the shutdown before state agencies run out of funds. "Over seven million mothers, pregnant women, and children rely on WIC," association president Rev Douglas Greenaway said. "The uncertainty and confusion that a shutdown causes is not only disruptive to people's lives, but could also lead to significant health consequences." 'Unofficial' marriages only The shutdown has also made its mark on some late December weddings in Washington DC. One couple tweeted that their marriage remains unofficial since marriage bureau staff in the capital were furloughed during their wedding. Skip Twitter post by @DSPollock Report End of Twitter post by @DSPollock But those hoping to file for divorce can still do so as the intake centre has stayed open, Buzzfeed News reported. View the full article
  3. We are now allowing each of our forum areas to be sponsored by your company at a cost of just £10 per year. All you need to do is place an order direct on our website by clicking HERE. We will place your logo under the forum and the logo will link to your website. You do not have to have an association to the specific forum area and any company can sponsor any area. The monies raised through this as per any other forum area will allow us to keep the Police Community Forum as the best policing forum in the UK. Remember we are privately owned and all monies raised are re-invested and go towards our running and maintenance costs. We appreciate your support. GET STARTED TODAY AND RESERVE YOUR FORUM AREA
  4. Another mass shooting in the US, more dead... The Police department released the radio audio from the pursuit, harrowing stuff, multiple shots fired, panic in the cops voices, utterly shocking. Shootout Audio
  5. http://www.buzzfeed.com/passantino/baltimores-murder-rate-surges-as-police-arrests-plunge i tried to paste the article but the posting tools on this new mobile theme are terrible and it didn't work Buzzfeed: Arrests In Baltimore Plunge Even As The Murder Rate Soars In the weeks following the death of Freddie Gray and arrest of all six Baltimore police officers involved, the city’s troubled western district has seen its murder rate skyrocket and arrests plunge. Across the city, 100 people have been killed so far this year, far outpacing the 71 homicides by the same time in 2014. This week alone, at least 19 people were shot, four of them fatally, according to a Baltimore Sun count. In the western district, the 28-day period ending on May 16 saw six homicides, up from only two in 2014, according to police data. Non-fatal shootings in the district over the same period jumped from only five in 2014 to 20 this year. Meanwhile, arrests are down sharply in the city. In the three weeks after Gray’s death on April 19, officers made 1,452 arrests, the data shows. By comparison, the data reveals that during the same three-week period in 2013 and 2014, police made well over 2,000 arrests: Jim Dalrymple II from Baltimore police data / Via data.baltimorecity.gov Police data also shows arrests have declined in recent weeks as compared to earlier this year. The first 15 days of May, for example, had fewer arrests than any previous half-month period in 2015. Arrests in Baltimore from January 1, 2015, to May 15, 2015. Each point represents a half-month period. Jim Dalrymple II from Baltimore police data / Via data.baltimorecity.gov The uptick in violence, coupled with fewer arrests since the protests and riots that broke out last month in Baltimore following Gray’s death, has led to speculation that police are in a work “slowdown” — a technique in which workers put pressure on an employer by doing less of their job than usual. The police department has been under heavy scrutiny by the public, media and Justice Department, which announced a civil rights investigation into its practices in wake of Gray’s death while in police custody. Police line up to enforce a curfew in Baltimore on May 1. David Goldman / AP “Morale is in the sewers,” a Baltimore police officer who wished to remain unidentified told CNN on Friday. It’s “the worst of the worst I’ve ever seen in my career.” “Officers stopped being proactive,” he said. “I believe this is the direct result of officers holding back.” He said officers had “stop[ped] being proactive” and claimed some calls would go hours without a police response. “We do not believe in [Police Commissioner Anthony] Batts or his command staff,” the officer said. “We want him to go.” The potential slowdown comes just months after officers in New York City staged a similar demonstration in the wake of two police assassinations. Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were killed on Dec. 20 in Brooklyn, prompting police union leaders to say Mayor Bill de Blasio had blood on his hands. Some New York City police officers turn their backs in sign of disrespect as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during the funeral of Officer Wenjian Liu on Jan. 4. John Minchillo / AP Arrests in New York City declined sharply after the killings, then began ticking back up in January. In a televised interview Friday, Batts admitted some officers on the force had been disaffected in wake of the charges brought against police in Gray’s death, but blamed gang activity for the increase in violence, including a shooting Wednesday that left 1 person dead and four others injured. “There are some officers here who are hurt and feel unsupported,” Batts told CNN. Asked if some officers may have begun a work slowdown, Batts seemed less certain. “I hope not,” he said. “I hope my guys have stronger character than that.”
  6. I have no words, I hope this brightens your day. :)
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