Catalonia referendum: Spanish police target Catalan government

BBC News

Spain's Guardia Civil police have detained a senior Catalan official and raided regional government ministries involved in organising a banned independence vote. Tensions were already high before the arrest of Josep Maria Jové, secretary-general of the Catalan vice presidency. Catalan leaders are defying a court order to halt the vote, condemned by the Madrid government as illegal. One official called for peaceful resistance to protect the buildings. "The time has come - let's resist peacefully; let's come out and defend our institutions," the president of the Catalan National Assembly, Jordi Sánchez, tweeted.


Family of Woman Fatally Struck by Tribal Police Sues US

U.S. News

According to the lawsuit, DuBray was run down outside her apartment complex in Kyle by a police officer with the Oglala Sioux Tribal Police Department, which contracts with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to provide police services for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservatino.


Police Disperse Anti-Government Protest in Western Iran: Fars

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Police forces intervened on Friday to disperse protesters shouting anti-government slogans in Iran's western city of Kermanshah, a day after similar protests in the country's northeast, the semi-official news agency Fars reported.


AP Explains: How Police, US Feds Team up to Seize Property

U.S. News

The program is a type of asset forfeiture that allows police to skirt often more restrictive state laws to seize property using federal law. They then share up to 80 percent of the proceeds with federal counterparts. For some police departments, the money can be an important funding source. More than $6 billion in forfeited funds has been shared with state and local law enforcement since fiscal year 2000, according to the Justice Department's inspector general.


Three Portuguese Government Officials Quit, Named in Police Probe

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The Prosecutor General's office said in a statement that Fernando Rocha Andrade, Joao Vasconcelos and Jorge Costa Oliveira, all of whom resigned from the government on Sunday, had been named "arguidos", or formal suspects, in an investigation of an alleged "improper receipt of benefits".