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Sound Cannons May Be Excessive Force:  A federal judge has ruled that the NYPD use of sound cannons for crowd control during the 2014 protest following the death of Eric Gardner may constitute excessive force.  Fox News & the Associated Press report that Judge Robert Sweet held that the six protesters filing the suit had a cognizable claim that their constitutional rights were violated.  The six are seeking damages for headaches and hearing damage they claim was caused by the use of the "Long Range Acoustic Device" to control the crowd during the protest.  The judge noted that even when glass bottles were thrown from the crowd toward the police, he felt that use of the device was unwarranted.  

Southern Manhunt for Escaped Inmates:  Police in Mississippi and Alabama are searching for two inmates still at large after escaping from a Mississippi jail Thursday.  Willie James Inman of Fox News reports that three men escaped from the jail Thursday morning, and one was captured across the border in Alabama that afternoon.  Mark Lindsey was awaiting trial on burglary charges and had been to prison several times.  David Glasco was facing charges of sexual battery, and John Brown was awaiting trial for possession of stolen property.  County Sheriff Randy Tolar said the public should consider the two remaining escapees, Glasco and Brown, dangerous.

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