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12.19.13 Andy Cush

Bad news for the Marine Park teenagers who badly burned themselves in an explosion while trying to make dabs this week: they’ve been arrested for reckless endangerment, pot possession, and possession of paraphernalia. Making hash oil concentrate involves soaking weed in butane; one of the kids lit a cigarette during this process and sparked the explosion. […]

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08.19.13 Marina Galperina

In Moscow, eight members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster were detained for holding an illegal rally. While the world the internet is familiar with the Pastafarian movement as a parody religion against the literal interpretation of scripture — magical Jesus, Flying Spaghetti Monster, etc. — in Russia, shit gets realer. The Church of FSP […]

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03.05.13 Julia Dawidowicz

Did you know that possession of a single condom is all it takes to land you in jail for prostitution? Here. In New York City. Especially if you’re a trans, low-income, or a person of color. Molly Crabapple wrote an enlightening Vice post on the ridiculously broad and dubious laws regarding “prostitution”-related arrests. While it takes somewhat concrete […]

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04.06.12 Joseph Schulhoff

Two men shown in an NY1 news video putting Occupy Wall Street-themed stickers on the subway were arrested on graffiti and criminal trespassing charges. The two were slapping stickers that read “Priority Seating for the 1%” on several trains. The duo were tracked down by police and caught at Union Square last night, turned in by […]

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08.15.11 Marina Galperina

In California, detaining photographers for taking photos with “no apparent esthetic value” is now official Long Beach Police Department policy. Said “value” will be determined on a case by case basis on the spot, whenever a cop starts harassing photographers for not engaging in “regular tourist behavior” because they just might be terrorists. […]

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07.07.11 Marina Galperina

Rhonda Hollander, 47, was busted after she followed a man into a restroom, hid in a stall while he was “getting ready to urinate” and busted out snapping photos with her cellphone. After he called the cops, she bit the arresting officer and wouldn’t give up the cellphone because “it was a public restroom and […]

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06.17.11 Marina Galperina

Twenty-one year old artist Anna Sinkova has been in jail for almost three months for frying eggs on the “Eternal Flame” of a veteran monument in Kiev, Ukraine. She was denied bail today. […]

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06.15.11 Marina Galperina

A Manchester Evening News photographer Sean Wilton was documenting a fight outside a court building and was ordered to stop by a threatening cop. When the photographer explained his rights, he was arrested for “breaching the peace” and thrown in the back of a police van with six brawlers. […]

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05.17.11 Marina Galperina

Ai Weiwei’s wife Lu Qing was allowed to see the artist for 20 minutes this Sunday, 43 days since Ai was detained. After the monitored meeting at an undisclosed location, Lu told the press that Ai’s eyes were puffy, “he has changed,” he was “conflicted” and “not behaving naturally,” but “repeatedly assured her” that his […]

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05.10.11 Marina Galperina

Cheng Li was sentenced to one year of “reeducation through labor” at a labor camp after performing unsimulated sex acts on March 20 on a balcony and in the basement of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Beijing. The 51-year-old performance artist appealed for administrative reconsideration yesterday, since his charge of “causing a disturbance” is […]

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