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Call of Duty 'Swatting' Prank Gets FBI Response

A Call of Duty video gamer may be in big trouble after "swatting" and falsely eliciting a large police response after losing a game.

The gamer apparently called Long Beach, New York police and pretended to be Rafael Castillo, the person to whom the gamer lost. While assuming Castillo's identity, the caller allegedly stated that Castillo killed his mother and brother, according to the New York Post.

So what is "swatting" and can the gamer be charged with a crime?

The New York Police Department seems to have invited a flood of negative tweets with its #MyNYPD hashtag, including photos of alleged police brutality.

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton took to rhyme in explaining that often police "actions are lawful, but they look awful," Reuters reports. One of the more cringe-worthy images attached to #MyNYPD is an officer who appears to be ready to shoot a prone man's dog.

What does #MyNYPD reveal about police brutality and misconduct?

The U.S. Supreme Court determined Wednesday that child porn victims cannot collect restitution for their total losses from a single child porn possessor, but offenders do have to pay something.

In a 5-4 decision, the High Court determined that "Amy," a woman whose explicit child photos are among the "most popular" for traffickers in child pornography, could not recover $3.4 million for her total losses from one man who possessed two child-porn images of her, reports USA Today.

Victims of child porn, however, are still owed restitution under the law, the Court explained. Here are five key facts to help you understand the Supreme Court's position:

A DUI trial may not be something you'd want to drag out, but there are many ways a drunken driving case can stall in court.

Don't be surprised to wait months before your trial date -- and then wait even longer when that date is pushed back.

Check out these five common reasons why a DUI trial may be delayed:

A fake Twitter account can potentially lead to real criminal consequences, beginning with your arrest.

Just ask Jacob L. Elliott, 36, who was arrested after police served a search warrant on a home where they believed someone was operating a Twitter account posing as the mayor of Peoria, Illinois, the Peoria Journal Star reports.

Technically, Elliott was booked on drug charges and not in connection with the @peoriamayor account. Still, how can a fake Twitter account get you arrested?

As Colorado closes out its fourth month with operating recreational pot stores, folks in neighboring states are beginning to get irritated.

Some adjacent state lawmakers are vexed that the Rocky Mountain State's weed is making its way across state lines, leaving neighboring states' law-enforcement officers to deal with the pot problem.

What do Colorado's neighbors make of this legal situation?

10 Cities With the Most Police, Firefighters Per Capita

When choosing where to live or work, public safety is a top concern. That's why it may be a smart move to consider a city with more police officers and firefighters per capita.

With many cities facing budget cuts, some local police and fire departments have been reduced in size. Still, many jurisdictions have managed to make funding for first responders a priority.

The website NerdWallet compiled a list of the Top 10 cities that it claims "invest the most resources in public safety" (though it only looked at cops and firefighters per capita, and not other types of "investment" in safety, such as paying for training or equipment). NerdWallet's Top 10 cities are:

The reefer-reveler's annual "holiday," 4/20, is this weekend. And while some state and local laws have changed to allow slightly more mnarijuana in our lives, you can still be arrested for participating in this popular annual pot party.

So avoid buzzkills this 4/20 and celebrate without getting arrested. Here are four tips to help you keep things legal:

A fake child abduction has parents upset and police investigating possible charges against the participants, including the "abducted" boy's parents.

Onlookers in a park in Sequim, Washington, watched a masked man grab a toddler and make off with him in a minivan. Frightened parents called 911, and one woman even attempted to chase the van in an attempt to record its license plate number, reports The Associated Press.

What could possibly happen to these fake child abductors?

What can a DUI lawyer do for you? An experienced attorney can do many things well that most DUI defendants would struggle to do passably.

And we aren't talking about mundane things like changing the oil in your car. In a DUI case, your freedom could be on the line.

To press this point further, here are five things a DUI lawyer can do that you probably can't do (or wouldn't know how to do) on your own: