Weird Criminal Law Stories # 458: Law Enforcement Terrorist?

WASHINGTON, D.C.: First law-enforcement officer to be charged under federal terrorism law. A veteran Metro Transit Police Officer was arrested in August, 2016, with the first ever federal terrorism charges against a law-enforcement officer in the U.S. after he allegedly tried to help ISIS, officials said. It appears that Nicholas young, 36, of Fairfax, Virginia, was arrested at Metro’s headquarters and charged with a single count of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist group. He was caught in a sting buying $250 worth of gift-cards codes for the extremists to use for mobile-messaging apps that could help them evade authorities while communicating with each other. Young was arrested after he gave the codes to an undercover FBI agent. Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said, young, who joined the department in 2003, was immediately fired.


FLORIDA: Pop, pop, pop… A grand opening of a restaurant erupted into an active shooter scare, after customers mistook the sound of balloons popping for bullets. Officials at a mall in Orlando, warned shoppers about a balloon bursting stunt to celebrate the opening of Joey Fatone’s new restaurant, Fat One’s. Still crowds were panicked and ran for the doors, according to police who rushed to the scene and found no guns.


ARKANSAS: IRONY? Former state senator Gilbert Baker, known for his staunch opposition to allowing alcohol sales in his dry Conway district, was recently arrested for drunken driving – and then tested positive for meth, too. Senator Baker blew a .16, double the .08 legal limit.  Ironic, no?


AUSTRALIA: If at first you don’t succeed… A 34-year-old man who went to the emergency room of a Melbourne hospital but left before getting medical attention created his own emergency drama when he returned later by driving his car through the front doors of the hospital. No medical personnel or patients were hurt but the man got what he wanted. Authorities indicate that he was admitted to the hospital after the incident.






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