Nördlingen assault in 2019 only faked

At the beginning of 2019, two attacks on a security employee in Nördlingen, Germany made headlines. The same employee had been attacked and injured in quick succession by an unknown person. Now it came out: the crimes were only faked. It is now being investigated against the security forces.

Huawei's executive Meng Wanzhou loses fight against extradition to the US

British Columbia's Supreme Court in Vancouver allowed the process for extraditing Meng Wanzhou to the US to continue. The US wants Meng, Huawei's CFO, to stand trial on charges linked to the alleged violation of US sanctions against Iran.
Although Canada and the US have an extradition treaty, Canadian laws only allow extradition if the charges against the person in question would also qualify as a crime on Canadian soil.
Following the ruling, a Chinese embassy spokesperson in Canada told CBC News: "The purpose of the United States is to bring down Huawei and other Chinese high-tech companies, and Canada has been acting in the process as an accomplice of the United States. The whole case is entirely a grave political incident."

Police officers fired after death of unarmed black man

Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis, confirmed on Tuesday that the four police officers, who are connected to the death of George Floyd, have been fired. In a video released earlier this week, the policemen were shown to kneel on the neck of a black man who later passed away.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Firearm threats are increasing

Almost every second police officer in North Rhine-Westphalia has been a victim of violence in 2019. Over 18,500 attacks have been counted, with firearm threats in particular increasing.

Germany sees increase in politically motivated crime
Germany sees increase in politically motivated crime
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Politically motivated crime has increased dramatically in Germany by 14 percent. Slightly more than half of the 41,177 offenses are assigned to the right-wing scene.

Terrorist attack Breitscheidplatz - missing information from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

In addition to the many question marks about the misconduct by the security authorities in Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia, an employee of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania now also plays an unknown role in the terrorist attack that happened in 2016.
Information from sources after the terrorist attack apparently did not reach the investigating Federal Criminal Police Office. What information this was and why the employee reported to the General Attorney General as a witness is currently still unclear.

Security industry in Germany focus of tax fraud: Annual report of the main customs office in Rosenheim

The annual report of the main customs office in Rosenheim shows once again that the security industry in Germany is the focus of undeclared work: 50 companies were checked, and 20 people are still being investigated for social security fraud or subsidies.
The most extensive inspections took place during the "Audi Cup" in the Allianz Arena in Munich, where almost every second inspected security employee was in violation of regulations such as social security, immigration and trade laws.

German Police officers investigated for unauthorized use of police computers

Two police officers and former members of the Uniter association, which is monitored by the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, are being investigated for unauthorized data queries from police computers.
The association is suspected of having formed a network of elite soldiers, military personnel, employees from security agencies and the private security industry. It is said that paramilitary training allegedly has been offered by the group.
Uniter is also repeatedly associated with right-wing terrorist groups such as "Nordkreuz", which are preparing for a coup and day X.

United States judge rules that FBI is not allowed to look at locked phone screen without warrant

In a ruling by judge John Coughenour at the district court of Seattle, the judge has decided that the FBI violated the 4th Amendment by powering the phone of the suspect on and taking a photograph of the lock screen. While powering the phone on and looking at the phone during the search is permitted, the judge ruled that taking a photograph and examining it later requires a warrant.

Woman ordered by court to delete Facebook photos of her grandchildren
Facebook homepage
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A court in the Netherlands ruled that a Grandmother must delete pictures of her three grandchildren that she posted on Facebook and Pinterest without their parents' permission.
The case that ended up in court after a falling-out between the woman and her daughter was within the scope of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Actress Lori Loughlin agreed to serve prison time as part of a plea deal in the college admission scam

“Full House” Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, agreed to serve prison time as part of a plea deal in the college admissions bribery case, according to court papers filed Thursday.
Loughlin agrees to serve two months in jail while her husband, Giannulli, has agreed to serve five months. The plea deal still needs to be approved by the judge this Friday.

Colorado police arrests person who started shooting after told to wear a mask

The Colorado police have arrested a person on suspicion of attempted murder. According to the authorities, the person tried to order at a Waffle House in the Denver suburb Aurora and was told by the staff that he needs to wear a mask in order to place an order for takeout. The suspect allegedly returned at a later point and was turned away again, because he did not wear a mask despite having one with him. According to the police he then returned for the third time and shot the victim as it was running from him.

Former U.S. Green Beret and his son arrested over Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan
Carlos Ghosn
Carlos Ghosn Credit: Bertel Schmitt (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

On a Japanese extradition warrant, federal marshals arrested Michael and Peter Taylor in Harvard, Massachusetts this Wednesday.
Authorities claim Michael, a 59-year-old former U.S. Army Green Beret, and his son Peter were charged by Japanese authorities with planning and aiding in Carlos Ghosn's escape from Japan in December.

High prison sentence for German robbers

Two guys had tried to rob a storehouse of a mobile phone provider near the Germany city of Kiel in 2019 with the aim to loot products amounting to €80,000. One of the guys who planned the robbery was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. During the robbery, they had attacked another security guard, tied him up and injured his head. Two witnesses disturbed the coup so that they finally got 80 € of the wallet of security guard only. The second guy got a probationary sentence.

Prison sentence for attempted bank robbery in Germany

In December 2019 an off duty security guard stopped a bank robbery at a post office in Görlitz (Saxony). The offender was sentenced to 40 months in prison, saying that he had no intention of harming any people in the bank and just wanted to intimidate them.

Suspects of attack on German camera team stay silent

After the attack against the ZDF-Team and three security guards on 1st of May 2020 the investigators are still searching for an attack motive. All suspected persons are using their rights to remain silent and further investigations haven't brought up conclusive evidence so far.

Munich store detective supports gang

A store detective for Saturn Munich supported thefts by deleting records of video surveillance and diverting his colleagues while gang members took the stolen goods to the car of the detective.
He and his accomplices have to face a charge of at least 2 years in prison.

Five people injured in Fort Worth Park Shooting

On Sunday, 600 people gathered at a park in Forth Worth, Texas when multiple shots were fired at around 6:30 pm. Two were critically injured, the other three sustained minor injuries. According to Police, the crowd had gathered in the park despite social distancing orders.

So far, it's unclear who and why opened fire. Another shooting was reported 30 minutes later at a convenience store less than a mile away from the park. Police are investigating whether the two shootings were related.

Brazil: Court overturns restrictions for blood donations by gay and bisexual men

The supreme court in Brazil has, after four years in court, decided to overturn the current rules for blood donations of gay and bisexual men. Currently, these men are prohibited from donating blood for 12 months after having sex with other men. The decision eliminates this waiting period and was made with seven of eleven votes in favor of the elimination.

Turkey charges seven people over escape Carlos Ghosn from Japan
Former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn charges a Nissan Leaf
Former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn charges a Nissan Leaf Credit: Nissan Motor Co. Ltd (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Turkish prosecutors have charged seven people, four pilots, an MNG Jet company official and two flight attendants for their alleged roles in former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan to Turkey and from there to Beirut, Lebanon.
Carlos Ghosn fled Japan in December after claims of financial misconduct, which he denies.

McDonald's employees injured by customer
McDonald's Sign
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A customer shot two Oklahoma City McDonald's employees after she was asked to leave the store's lobby, which has been closed for dining due to social distancing restrictions. When told to leave, the woman took out a gun and opened fire on the employees. Three workers were shot and a fourth suffered a head injury, neither injury was life-threatening.

Police arrests man camping at Walt Disney World's Discovery Island thinking it's a "tropical paradise"

The Orange County Sheriff's Office has reported that a man was arrested and taken into custody because he was camping at the Discovery Island in the Walt Disney World. The man has been charged with trespassing and misdemeanor and according to the police was planning on camping on the island for a week because it looked like a "tropical paradise".

Canada has banned assault weapons following mass shooting in Nova Scotia
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Credit: Goverment of Canada (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Justin Trudeau announced Friday that military-style assault weapons will be banned immediately, prohibiting the sale, transport, import and use of around 1,500 different weapon models.
The ban is the result of a mass shooting that took place in Nova Scotia on April 18 and 19, killing at least 22 people.

Football Leaks' whistleblower released from custody

Rui Pinto is now under house arrest, still banned from the Internet, and awaiting trial. Extradited from Hungary in March 2019 for alleged attempts of blackmailing an investment fund, Pinto is currently facing 90 allegations of criminal offense in Portugal. Pinto had previously published evidence of corruption and tax evasion that have since lead to investigations both in and outside the world of football.

The supreme court of India has ruled that Covid-19 testing has to be free

The supreme court of India has ordered that the government takes the necessary actions immediately, after ruling that all testing for the coronavirus must be done free of charge. This includes tests in both private and government laboratories.