Shia LaBeouf Was Trying to Drunkenly Feed a Lady Strawberries During his Cabaret Arrest

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Back in June, actor, performance artist, and increasingly stark cautionary tale Shia LaBeouf went to take in a Broadway show, making it through at least several minutes of Cabaret at Studio 54 before he was arrested for smoking, yelling, and butt-slapping . Last night on Jimmy Kimmel, we got to hear LaBeouf's version of the incident, which involves rivers of whiskey, at least three different accents, and, according to the actor, a partially successful attempt to woo the middle-aged ladies at the next table before he was taken into custody.

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Here's the NYPD Arresting an Audience Member Mid-Comedy Show, Then Heckling the Comedian

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A bemused Adam Newman, onstage, as the NYPD arrests an audience member
As a general rule, the worst thing that can happen during a comedy set is realizing you've accidentally stumbled into some kind of hellish Dane Cook/Daniel Tosh marathon. But it could be worse! You could, for example, be sitting in a comedy show around midnight at the Upright Citizens Brigade's Chelsea theater when four members of New York's finest come in, fish you out of the audience, and arrest you. That's what looks to have happened this past Saturday night, during a UCB variety show called Underground Americana. The comedian onstage, Adam Newman, says he watched officers come in with flashlights and immediately handcuff a guy sitting to the left side of the stage. When Newman asked what was going on, an NYPD officer advised him to "shut the fuck up."

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Why Are New York Courts Lumping in Sex Workers With the Victims of Human Trafficking?

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Red Umbrella Project executive director Audacia Ray speaking to sex-worker advocates last year.
One year ago, a coalition of New York state prosecutors, judges, and defense attorneys announced a bold plan: a system of special courts to try people charged with prostitution-related offenses, one meant to help those defendants leave the sex trade by offering them counseling and assistance instead of jail time. It was dubbed the Human Trafficking Intervention Initiative. In the words of Judge A. Gail Prudenti, one of the judges involved in helping to define the court's scope, the system sprang from a desire "to intervene in the lives of trafficked human beings." Prudenti added, "While there still is an antiquated view that prostitution is a chosen profession, many individuals who end up in New York courts on prostitution charges are victims of trafficking, recruited into the commercial sex industry by force, fraud, or coercion."

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Highway Patrol Captain In Ferguson Blames Agitators from New York and California For Unrest [Update]

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Tear gas floods the streets of Ferguson during a Sunday night protest. The melee continued Monday night.
It was another long, bad night in Ferguson, Missouri, where protests over the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown by police officer Darren Wilson continued for the ninth straight day. The National Guard was brought in yesterday, but their presence didn't seem to calm the situation: at least 31 people were arrested during the protests last night and two men were shot. Police said they were shot at by a small group of protesters but that they didn't fire their weapons , saying the men were shot by others in the crowd. At a news conference at 2 a.m., Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson displayed two guns and a Molotov cocktail he said arrested people had been carrying. Johnson blamed some of the unrest on outside agitators, saying, "I've said many of the criminal elements that have been coming to Ferguson are not from this area.Tonight, some of those arrested came from as far away as New York and California."

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Five Arrested During Citywide Marches Supporting Mike Brown, MO Teen Slain By Police

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Photo by C.S. Muncy. The Michael Brown protest in Midtown Manhattan.
Police "kettling" protesters in Times Square during the demonstration last night.
In 90 cities around the country last night, demonstrators marched in what was dubbed National Moment of Silence 2014 to honor Mike Brown, the teenager killed in Missouri by police last week, as well as other victims of police brutality. The marches were organized online in just four days by Feminista Jones, a writer and activist from the Bronx with a massive Twitter following. In New York, marchers massed in Bed-Stuy, Harlem and hundreds in Union Square; some of the Manhattan protesters made their way up to Times Square, where five men were eventually arrested during what both police and protesters alike called an otherwise fairly peaceful night.

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Police Union President: Ramsey Orta, Arrested Witness to Eric Garner's Death, Is "Demonizing the Good Work of Police Officers"

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Garner's pallbearers carry his casket after his funeral in Brooklyn July 23.
On July 17, 22-year-old Ramsey Orta filmed Staten Island police officers tackling his friend Eric Garner to the ground , watching as officer Daniel Pantaleo wrapped Garner's neck in a chokehold. The New York City Medical Examiner ruled on Friday, August 1 that Garner's death was a homicide, caused primarily by compression of his neck and chest, exacerbated by his prone position as well as asthma, obesity and heart disease.

As Garner's death caused worldwide outrage, Orta told Time he faced increased harassment from the police. On Saturday night, he was arrested by plainclothes narcotics officers and charged with gun possession.

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Three Rikers Guards Indicted for Smuggling Cocaine and Oxycodone Into the Jail

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The correctional officer-jail inmate relationship is often a fraught one, rife with resentment, misunderstandings and violence. But sometimes, just sometimes, the two groups can put aside their differences and work together. That's the silver lining we can take from the news that two current Rikers COs, Steven Dominguez and Divine Rahming, have been charged with smuggling cocaine and oxycodone into the prison with the help of an inmate and his girlfriend. Another former Rikers guard, Deleon Gifth, who resigned earlier this year, was arrested Monday on charges that he was paid $500 to deliver what he thought was oxycodone to an inmate back in February.

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Outside the Israeli Consulate, 26 People Get Arrested for Lying in the 2nd Avenue Crosswalk

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Norman Finkelstein and dozens of others lay down in the middle of 2nd Avenue in front of the Israeli Consulate.
Outspoken critic of the Israeli bombing and occupation of Gaza Norman Finkelstein was one of 26 demonstrators arrested today outside of the Israeli Consulate. The protestors laid down along the crosswalk of 43rd Street and Second Avenue, blocking traffic. All 26 were arrested and taken to the 7th precinct, where they are being charged with disobeying a lawful order.


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Shia LaBeouf Shouted "Do You Know Who the Fuck I Am?" as He Was Being Arrested at Studio 54 Theater Last Night

As you may have heard by now, actor and public problem-haver Shia LaBeouf had an unsuccessful trip to the theater last night. LaBeouf's viewing of Cabaret was cut short around 8 p.m., when he was reportedly escorted out of Studio 54 Theater for smoking, yelling, and, per Page Six , slapping the butts of various actors.

We've obtained the criminal complaint against LaBeouf. It says police were called to the theater by a custodian, Carlos Ortiz, who told officers that he'd witnessed LaBeouf "yell loudly" at the actors onstage. Ortiz asked LaBeouf to leave. He refused.

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Suffolk County Police Department Must Pay $200,000 For False Arrest of Video Journalist

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A Suffolk County Police Sergeant approaches videographer Philip Datz to prevent him from filming on July 30, 2011.
On July 30, 2011, members of the Suffolk County Police Department were chasing two men, Ramon Rivera, 24, and Camilo Tatis, 33, around the tiny Long Island town of Bohemia. The men were eventually caught by police on Sycamore Street, and arrested on a variety of drug charges. Meanwhile, a press photographer and video journalist named Philip Datz showed up and started filming the aftermath of the chase. What happened next became the subject of a lengthy lawsuit, and, as the New York Civil Liberties Union announced today, a hefty settlement for the cameraman.

Datz worked for Stringer News Service, which sells breaking news footage to other media outlets. He had his press credentials displayed and he was standing on a public sidewalk. And even if Datz hadn't been a reporter, it's still absolutely legal to film or photograph the police in public spaces, provided you're not interfering with police activities.

Datz wasn't. Just moments after he began filming, though, a sergeant with Suffolk County's Fifth Precinct crossed the street towards him, yelling "Go away!"

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