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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?

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:

Is it legal for police to read or search through your mail?

Your mail is one thing you'd probably prefer the cops not to peek at, but in many cases they can. Still, the Fourth Amendment protects our papers and effects from unlawful search and seizure. That potentially includes some of your most intimate letters and private correspondence, depending on the circumstances.

So when is it OK for law-enforcement officers to read or sift through your mail?

Getting arrested for DUI over the weekend can be tricky, seeing as most courts (and most lawyer's offices) are closed.

But even if you do get busted for drunken driving on Friday night, Saturday, or Sunday, don't panic. Here are five legal tips for dealing with weekend DUI arrests:

Calling the police on your landlord shouldn't be your first response to landlord problems, but it may be smart in certain situations.

Paying rent entitles you to certain rights to your apartment. And when your landlord atempts to deny you those rights, it may be time to get the police involved.

So when are those times when you can call the cops on your landlord? Here are three common situations that may warrant police involvement:

Being drunk on wheels is never a good idea, but can you be slapped with a DUI for being drunk in a wheelchair? It may sound ludicrous, but the answer is typically yes.

Case in point: A disabled Ohio man was found swerving in his motorized wheelchair on a road about a mile from his home, the New York Daily News reported this week. Donald Law, 44, was charged with a misdemeanor OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence).

Here's what you need to know about wheelchair DUIs:

Drivers are human, and even some of the smartest ones have been slapped with a DUI.

But as some notable drunken-driving defendants have shown us, there are also many incredibly dumb mistakes that can lead to a DUI -- and many more dumb mistakes you can make when getting pulled over.

Here are 10 not-so-smart DUI mistakes you'll want to avoid:

When protests have the potential of becoming violent, police often open fire on crowds.

Even those who support law enforcement in maintaining civil order can recognize that firing on civilians is an extreme use of government power, and it can't be used recklessly.

So when can police open fire on protesters?

5 Legal Tips for Sexual Assault Victims

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an effort to educate the public about the crime, its consequences, and how to prevent it.

Sexual assault occurs when a person forces you to participate in sexual contact without your consent. It can have devastating and long-lasting effects on a victim, but victims should try to remember that legal protections are in place to help them on their road to recovery.

Here are five tips for sexual assault victims to keep in mind when seeking help from the legal system: