Category: Arrogance


Department Of Homeland Security Lies And Intimidates Over Filming And Identification Laws

 

 

 

 

 

 

” While I was filming in downtown Albany, at the Federal Building, a DHS officer came out to see what I was doing. This officer had no problem lying about the legality of filming in public. She also had no problem lying about the fact that I do not need to identify myself to a police officer who has no reasonable, articulable reason to think I am about to, have committed, or am in the process of committing a crime (the requirements for a legal detainment).”

 

 

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Flash!! Hillary’s Dinner With Ordinary Iowans Was A Fake!!

 

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” Hillary tried to pull a fast one on Iowa voters but was caught in the act.  She was pictured sitting down and having a discussion with 3 “ordinary Iowans.”  Only thing is, they weren’t so ordinary:

  The meeting in a coffee shop in LeClaire, Iowa (Sound familiar?  That’s the home of American Pickers) was supposed to be a chance meeting between Hillary Clinton and three ordinary Iowan citizens.  The three “ordinary” Iowans turned out to be Austin Bird, a former Clinton campaign intern, Carter Bell, University of Iowa College Democrats president, and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland staffer Sara Sedlacek.

  It wasn’t an accident either.  Hillary campaign staffer, Troy Price arranged the entire thing. He called Bird and arranged for the three to meet him at the Village Inn in Davenport, Iowa.”

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.15.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 15, 2015:

  • Update: Boston, Massachusetts (First reported 01-07-15): An officer who allegedly assaulted an Uber driver in January has been indicted for assault. He was suspended without pay after the indictment.  ow.ly/LDFTr
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: A deputy was indicted on federal charges for excessive force against a restrained but uncooperative jail inmate and attempting to cover it up. According to the U.S. Department of Justice press release, “The complaint alleges that [the deputy]…placed his hands around the inmate’s neck, struck the inmate’s head against the wall and pulled the inmate to the floor.  The complaint further alleges that the defendant then struck the inmate in the face with his knee.”  ow.ly/LDO9f
  • Update: North Augusta, South Carolina (First reported 04-06-15): The now-former officer who fatally shot a 68-year-old black man in his own driveway has been charged with illegal discharge of a firearm. The City has already paid $1.2 million to the man’s estate as the result of a wrongful death suit.http://ow.ly/LE3ST
  • Update: Prichard, Alabama (First reported 08-05-13): A now-former officer was sentenced to 36 years in prison after being convicted of drug trafficking and related charges. http://ow.ly/LE2Uj
  • Update: Maxton, North Carolina (First reported 05-08-15): The officer who allegedly shot her weapon at unoccupied cars has been fired.http://ow.ly/LDWZC
  • Clayton, New Mexico: An officer was fired after he was arrested and charged with false imprisonment and aggravated assault & battery after an incident with a 17-year-old girl. ow.ly/LETBR
  • Melrose Park, Illinois: A detective was arrested for conspiracy to rob police lab evidence of 2kg of seized cocaine. He was caught in a sting discussing his plan to replace the cocaine with fake cocaine after the evidence had been tested. ow.ly/LEW46
  • Lafayette Parish, Louisiana and Louisiana State Police: One parish deputy and one state trooper were arrested for their alleged participation in a drug and racketeering conspiracy. ow.ly/LEX56

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.14.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 14, 2015:

  • Chicago, Illinois: An officer is under FBI investigation for fatally shooting teen. He fired 16 rounds that hit the 17-year-old boy. ow.ly/LAwVA
  • San Pablo, California: An officer was arrested for buying drugs out of his car and possession of illegal guns. He was on administrative leave at the time and also had 2-year-old girl in the car with him. ow.ly/LAxh7
  • Update: Fairfax County, Virginia (First reported 02-09-15): The sheriff defended the actions that led to a 37-year-old woman’s death in custody. She was fully restrained when she was Tased four times. ow.ly/LAUH2
  • Update: Houston, Texas (First reported 04-24-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in prison for providing police protection to drug deals. ow.ly/LAzC4
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: Two officers were placed on administrative leave after an APD employee accused them of excessive force. ow.ly/LAxCu
  • Jacksonville, Florida: An officer was arrested for petit theft and misconduct for falsifying time sheets. ow.ly/LAXpv
  • Update: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (First reported 08-25-14): A now-former officer agreed to a plea bargain in a bank fraud conspiracy case. His sentence is yet to be determined. Presumably in exchange for cooperation against his co-conspirators still awaiting trial or a detailed allocution in court, prosecutors have agreed they “will dismiss the remaining charges and will recommend a reduction in sentence if [he] adequately shows he accepts responsibility.” He faces up to 30 years and a $1 million fine.ow.ly/LAZVX
  • Update: South Burlington, Vermont (First reported 03-23-13): A lieutenant pled guilty to DWI. He was ordered to pay a fine. He remains on leave.ow.ly/LBywq
  • Update: Detroit, Michigan (First reported 11-03-14): Two now-former narcotics officers were indicted on federal charges for robbing and extorting drug dealers. ow.ly/LBDOV

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.11.15 To 04.13.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 11 through Monday, April 13, 2015:

  • Tulsa County, Oklahoma: An officer was shown on video holding down suspect who had been shot and was complaining of shortness of breath. He said, “F*** your breath!” The man had been shot by a 73-year-old reserve officer who is also a substantial financial donor to the department. The reserve officer has been charged with negligent homicide. ow.ly/Lvz0w
  • United States Secret Service: A uniformed officer was arrested for burglary and destruction of property after allegedly kicking down the door of his ex-girlfriend’s home when he was off duty. ow.ly/LxryG
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana: A now-former officer was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for beating a man after responding to a noise complaint. The man suffered a ruptured bladder during the incident. ow.ly/LxCwE
  • Tuscon, Arizona: Four officers were placed on administrative leave during investigation into undisclosed misconduct. Their names will not be released during the investigatory process. ow.ly/LxIKb
  • New York, New York: A detective was suspended for stealing rent money from a deli during a raid for selling untaxed cigarettes. The proprietor thought employees had stolen the money but surveillance video shows the detective removing the over $2,500 in cash from the place the owner left it. The receipt the proprietor was given for the seized funds was just under $600. The officer’s supervisor has been placed on desk duty. ow.ly/LxMZf
  • Akron, Ohio: An officer was arrested for assault in an “attack” outside a hotel in Cleveland, though the officer claims self-defense. Two suspects remain at large. ow.ly/Lymid
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A transit officer was placed on administrative probation after an excessive force complaint by passenger. ow.ly/LyvAI
  • Update: Vineland, New Jersey (First reported 04-06-15): An officer is shown on video sitting on a man’s back, punching him, and siccing a K-9 unit on him while he was face down on ground. He died in custody. ow.ly/LyAeX
 

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Florida Cops Use Tank For Routine Traffic Stop, Assault Man For Flipping Them Off

 

 

 

 

 

 

” It is hard to imagine that this surreal story does not originate in a nation run by a violent warlord (or maybe it does), but it actually comes from Florida, where Lucas Jewell, a resident of Gainesville noticed local members of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department were riding through town in a tank-like armored vehicle that appears to be a Lanco BearCat, an armored personnel carrier intended for military use.

  As Mr. Jewell believes that this is a gross abuse of taxpayers’ dollars and is opposed to the militarization of police, he found this display of military hardware on public roads offensive and showed the individuals in riding in the tank his middle finger and proceeded to continue on his journey.

  The deputies from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department had other plans; they followed Mr. Jewell closely for several blocks and then decided it to pull him over in an attempt to punish and intimidate him.

  What appears to be paramilitary group of individuals exited the armored vehicle and immediately proceeded to assault Mr. Jewell, accuse him that he was receiving oral sex from his girlfriend and his middle finger gesture constituted an “improper hand signal” in violation of Florida traffic law.  The suggestion that a middle finger raised in the air was intended to be a traffic hand gesture is ludicrous, but it did not stop these cops from attempting to bully Jewell into submission.”

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.10.15

 

 

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” Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 10, 2015:

  • Ohio State Police: A now-former trooper was sentenced to five years in prison for coercing drivers for sexual favors in exchange for throwing-out traffic tickets. ow.ly/Lr96Z
  • Germantown, Tennessee: An officer was suspended after his arrest on aggravated rape and assault charges. ow.ly/Lrb1x
  • San Bernadino County, California: Several deputies shown on video repeatedly kicking and beating man after chase on an allegedly stolen horse. The footage was provided by a news helicopter following the chase. The sheriff is investigating. ow.ly/LrcG7
  • Weld County, Colorado: A deputy was placed on leave because he may have withheld evidence in an investigation into woman’s death. ow.ly/Lrllt
  • Harris County, Texas: An officer allegedly struck his sleeping girlfriend with his motorcycle helmet and strangled her. She survived. ow.ly/LrLHg
  • Update: Paris, Maine (First reported 12-01-14): The police chief pled guilty to DUI. He lost his driver’s license for five months and was ordered to pay a fine. ow.ly/LrMqT
  • Newbern, Tennessee: The chief was suspended for 14 days on allegations of providing a hostile work environment. He encouraged falsification of time sheets to minimize overtime and incentivized high-volume ticketing.ow.ly/Ls8vs
 

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Father Arrested On Bridge Where His Teen Daughter Died

 

 

 

 

 

” A grieving father was arrested as he attempted to build a barricade on the bridge where his teenage daughter died.

  White County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Shannon Hamilton on Gene Nix Road Sunday.

On March 15, Hamilton’s 16-year-old daughter, Cecily Hamilton, and 18-year-old Taylor Swing died when their car went off the road and into the water below. Their car went undiscovered for hours; both teens drowned.

  Family members said Shannon Hamilton was trying to build a barricade on the bridge to prevent future tragedies. He is charged with interference with government property.

  After the teens’ deaths, more than 1,700 people signed a Change.org petition calling for safety features on the bridge. White County Commissioners are looking into installing guard rails.”

 

Thanks to 11Alive.com

 

The video was originally posted to the Facebook account of Mr Hamilton’s son with this commentary:

 

” “My dad, Shannon Hamilton, was arrested today for attempting to put up temporary barricades on the Gene Nix Rd. Bridge. White County wants to take their time in getting this accomplished so my dad did it for them. Unfortunately White County wasn’t going to allow him. It’s a shame that because someone is concerned about the safety of others after losing his daughter that the law can arrest them. This video is what’s going to be the change to all this. I love you dad, your doing a great thing and I’m so proud of you!” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.09.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 9, 2015:

  • Update: Ambridge, Pennsylvania (First reported 12-19-13): A now-former officer pled guilty to drug and obstruction charges and was sentenced to three years of probation. ow.ly/Lo55X
  • Monroe County, Tennessee: Two now-former deputies were indicted and arrested for assaulting a man in their custody. http://bit.ly/1GxXQyQ
  • Franklin County, Kentucky: A now-former deputy was sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing property during the search of a home.ow.ly/LoeeU
  • Orange County, Virginia: A man is facing charges for assault on a police officer. The dash cam footage available shows no assault by the man but does show the officer throwing him to the ground and inflicting other injuries. The investigative news report revealed that the audio from the dash cam and all footage from other cameras that were on the scene are missing or otherwise unaccounted for. ow.ly/LoByW
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: An officer admitted to illegally accessing a law enforcement database, a federal crime. No charges have been filed yet.ow.ly/LoIGj
  • Update: Iowa City, Iowa (First reported 02-20-15): An officer facing a DUI charge is no longer with the department. The police chief declined to clarify whether the now-former officer resigned or was fired. ow.ly/LoRCz
  • Houston, Texas: An officer was arrested on federal gun and drug distribution charges. The indictment alleges him to have been dealing cocaine since 2012. ow.ly/Lp1xO
  • Miami Gardens, Florida: Dash camera footage shows police fatally shoot a 25-year-old man. The state attorneys’ office is investigating the case and discouraged the man’s family from releasing the video while the investigation was ongoing. However, upon releasing the video, the family’s attorney said, “When you see this video, you will realize that this was not a justifiable shooting.”  ow.ly/Lp3Ky
 

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‘We Don’t Want Another Ferguson Circus': Walter Scott Family ‘Bar Rev Al Sharpton From The Funeral To Avoid Over-The-Top Attention’

 

 

 

 

 

” Walter Scott’s family have asked Al Sharpton not to attend the funeral, it is claimed.

  The New York-based Reverend became a prominent voice in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting at the hands of a white police officer in Ferguson last August.

  But as the nation’s attention turns to South Carolina and footage showing Officer Michael Slager shooting dead father-of-four Walter Scott, his parents and brothers have made plain that they do not want the same treatment.

  According to the New York Daily News, the family told Rev Sharpton to ‘keep away’ from the relatives-only memorial service.

  A source close to the Scotts told the paper: ‘We don’t want another Ferguson type of circus here.’ “

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” My opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times:

  A generation ago, when someone complained of police misconduct, we would learn that a police spokesperson denied the accusation and that was that. Because we were not there and did not know those involved, it was impossible to draw any conclusions. There was also an understandable reluctance to believe that the local department would spread falsehoods. Now more and more incidents are captured in cellphone videos, and that means citizens can judge for themselves whether the police broke the law. Smartphones are providing us with a glimpse of the widespread abuse that policymakers have been ignoring for years and changing the world of American policing….

  To a certain extent, the authorities in South Carolina deserve praise for how they handled this incident. They disclosed the identity of the officer and his disciplinary record. They turned the case over to an independent agency to avoid a conflict of interest, and those investigators followed the evidence. Many people will say that the system “worked.” Did it?

  Read the whole thing here.

  Btw, with this case making national news, it is a good time to blast a note to all your friends and contacts about Cato’s Police Misconduct Reporting Project.  Just a quick note saying something like “check out this website–police misconduct is more common than you may realize.”  And don’t forget to Like us on Facebook.  Thank you for considering.

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.07.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 7, 2015:

  • San Francisco, California: Seven officers were suspended over racist texts uncovered during a corruption investigation. Their past cases are under review for bias. ow.ly/Liacr
  • Update: Rutland, Vermont (First reported 03-17-15): The officer arrested last month for DUI has been fired. ow.ly/Liqs4
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: A man is suing the department for excessive force. The officer at the heart of the suit was fired for insubordination and untruthfulness. The now-former officer had twice been involved in violent interactions that were not recorded by the body camera he was wearing. In addition to the incident in this lawsuit in which he claimed he was assaulted by the plaintiff, he fatally shot a 19-year-old woman. According to the news report, there is no record of the now-former officer receiving any discipline in the shooting case. The news report also notes he is petitioning to get his job with APD reinstated. ow.ly/LiuwS
  • Update: Fresno, California (First reported 03-27-15): The deputy chief arrested for drug distribution has resigned. ow.ly/LiRbZ
  • Norfolk, Virginia: Four officers are “no longer with” the department after a K9 unit bit a female college student who was being held down by two officers. ow.ly/LjaZa
  • New York, New York: An officer pled guilty to cocaine trafficking in Florida. He faces 10 years of imprisonment. ow.ly/LjgMQ
  • Honolulu, Hawaii: An officer was arrested for shooting a woman at a bar when off-duty. ow.ly/Ljj2m
  • Hunt County, Texas: A deputy is being investigated after video appears to show him repeatedly striking woman who was months pregnant at the time. ow.ly/LjnYD

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.04.15 To 04.06.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 4 through Monday, April 6, 2015:

  • Vineland, New Jersey: The police department is being investigated by the county prosecutor concerning the death of a man in custody. ow.ly/LfaQq
  • North Augusta, South Carolina: The city settled with the family of a 68-year-old black man who was fatally shot by police for nearly $1.2 million.ow.ly/LfofL
  • Broward County, Florida: Three deputies were arrested for illegal protection and security at a gentlemen’s club. ow.ly/LfrgZ
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: An officer was recorded threatening a 17-year-old while handcuffing him during traffic stop. According to the news report, the officer said, “Plain and simple, if you f— with me, I’m going to break your leg before you get the chance to run. I’m being honest, I don’t screw around.”  ow.ly/Lfuef
  • Update: Eugene, Oregon (First reported 05-14-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to seven years for child pornography and hiding a camera to record people urinate in the police restroom. ow.ly/LfPzZ
  • North Carolina State Police: A trooper has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, and burglary. According to the news report, he allegedly broke into the home of his estranged wife and assaulted her.  ow.ly/LfRm1
  • Vidalia, Georgia: An officer was suspended without pay and charged with statutory rape of 15-year-old girl. ow.ly/Lg6Nl
  • Victoria County, Texas: Two deputies were indicted by a grand jury for separate incidents of misconduct. One was charged with perjury, tampering, and official oppression. The other was charged with sexually harassing a suspect in custody and having a “sexual relationship” with her. He allegedly told her not to tell anyone, but she told her probation officer.  ow.ly/Lgdfb
  • Ohio State Police/Lorain, Ohio: A trooper was fired for giving a ride home to a Lorain police officer who was driving drunk and the wrong way on a highway. The now-former trooper is the wife of a Lorain police officer. The officer she was driving home pled no contest to OUI and was ordered to pay a fine. He was suspended for two days in December and remains employed with the LPD.  ow.ly/LgfSd

 

 

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.03.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 4, 2015:

  • Update: Brooklyn, Illinois (First reported 03-27-15): An officer allegedly ran a towing scheme to boost revenue for the city and his family’s towing business. The entire department is under investigation for its practices.  ow.ly/La90L
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: An officer was suspended for four weeks after showing up to work drunk. He tested at .17 BAC. ow.ly/Lanmq
  • Country Club Village, Missouri: A now-former officer was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to theft charges. ow.ly/Lar4V
  • Tompkins County, New York: A deputy was arrested on assault and robbery charges. ow.ly/LaufC
  • Leadwood, Tennessee: An officer faces a felony child abuse charge for allegedly throwing a four-year-old against a wall in frustration. ow.ly/Lawuz
  • Scotland County, North Carolina: A sheriff’s lieutenant was fired after a restraining order was filed against him for abuse. ow.ly/LaEMM
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: An officer was indicted for fraud. He allegedly filed false ID theft reports to aid in an illicit credit-building scheme. ow.ly/LaLTA
  • Hill County, Texas: The sheriff and chief deputy were arrested for falsifying documents and tampering. ow.ly/LaZxU

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.02.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 2, 2015:

  • New York, New York: A detective who is also a member of terrorism joint task force was suspended for verbally berating Uber driver. The incident was caught on video by the Uber driver’s client.  ow.ly/L7EZp
  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer was arrested for pointing a rifle at his girlfriend during their breakup. ow.ly/L7Jro
  • Jackson, Mississippi: An officer was arrested and terminated for fighting with a fellow officer. According to the news report, she was “clearly the aggressor.” ow.ly/L85el
  • Jackson, Mississippi: An officer was arrested after an altercation with her girlfriend. ow.ly/L85B9
  • Update: Linden, New Jersey (First reported 03-24-15): The officer who was driving in a fatal wrong-way crash had eight prior crashes and one prior arrest for DUI. ow.ly/L89dL
  • LaGrange, Georgia: A detective nearly hit two cars before crashing into a home. He was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/L8dAs
  • Galloway Township, New Jersey: An officer resigned after he was arrested for aggravated assault. ow.ly/L8el5
  • Update: Titusville, Florida (First reported 03-07-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison for aiding and abetting drug distribution. ow.ly/L8g2P
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.01.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 1, 2015:

  • Update: New York, New York/U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (First reported 09-06-13): Two brothers, one a now-former officer with the NYPD and the other a now-former border patrol agent, were sentenced to three years in prison for using their positions in law enforcement to smuggle assault rifles to the Philippines. A third brother remains a fugitive from the law.  ow.ly/L4MP9
  • Meeker County, Minnesota: A deputy was charged with assault. Allegedly, he used a Taser on a police chief from a local department after the two had an argument. ow.ly/L53Hf
  • Update: Atlantic Beach, Florida (First reported 09-25-14): The now-former chief was sentenced to five years of probation after pleading guilty to steroid possession and tampering. ow.ly/L59lr
  • Nye County, Nevada: A deputy was arrested for pointing his gun at his wife during a domestic dispute. ow.ly/L5bDS
  • Update: Chattanooga, Tennessee (First reported 09-10-14): A detective who was arrested twice in four months—the first for DUI, the second for domestic violence—has been fired. His criminal cases are still pending.ow.ly/L5ec9
  • South Carolina State Police: A now-former trooper was indicted on a narcotics conspiracy charge. ow.ly/L5fn5
  • Larimer County, Colorado: A deputy has been accused of hit-and-run after crashing his pickup into a fenced-in yard on his way to work. According to the news report, when the police asked him why he drove away from the scene, he responded ” that’s a good question.” ow.ly/L5nU2
  • Update: Leflore County, Mississippi (First reported 12-18-14): A now-former deputy to plead guilty to cocaine trafficking. ow.ly/L5q0x
  • Frankton, Indiana: An officer was arrested for assisting a criminal who had outstanding warrants. ow.ly/L61BK
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.31.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 31, 2015:

  • Tate County, Mississippi: A deputy was indicted by a federal grand jury for abusing a pre-trial detainee. ow.ly/L1xA7
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation: A now-former agent was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He pled guilty to 11 charges of bribery and obstruction of justice. He was part of a broader scheme to obstruct an investigation into defense contract kickbacks.  ow.ly/L1Jo3
  • Update: University of Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX) (First reported 01-06-15): A now-former officer will not be indicted in shooting death of a student. ow.ly/L1QCM
  • San Francisco, California: Sheriff’s deputies are accused of forcing inmates into ‘gladiator style’ fights. Four deputies have been reassigned from the jail pending an investigation. ow.ly/L20Ro
  • Update: Cherokee, Georgia (First reported 03-23-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to serve one year of probation, pay a $500 fine, and pay over $1,800 in restitution for taking paid leave under false pretenses.  ow.ly/L21FZ
  • Euharlee, Georgia: The chief and assistant chief of police were fired and arrested for theft of government funds and violating their oaths of office.ow.ly/L22HV
  • Indio, California: An officer is being investigated for releasing confidential information. ow.ly/L23OX
  • Update: Winston County, Alabama (First reported 06-05-14): A now-former deputy was sentenced to three years and nine months for extorting a woman to cook methamphetamine. ow.ly/L2OEC
  • Indiana Excise Police: An officer was arrested for sexual misconduct with a minor. ow.ly/L2Q6l
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.28.15 To 03.30.15

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 28 through Monday, March 30, 2015:

  • Inkster, Michigan: Recently released dashcam footage shows an officer punching black man he already had in chokehold 12 times during a traffic stop. ow.ly/KTVB2
  • Update: Madison, Alabama (First reported 02-11-15): The now-former officer who seriously injured and Indian national has been indicted by federal grand jury. ow.ly/KXgzr
  • Update: Independence, Missouri (First reported 09-17-14): A now-former officer was indicted on federal civil rights charges for violating the rights of a minor. The officer allegedly tased the minor despite not being threatened and then deliberately dropping the minor head-first onto the ground, causing injury.  ow.ly/KXgKX
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer arrested for driving his police cruiser while intoxicated. The arresting officer noticed him trying to park his cruiser and realized it had three flat tires and bent rims. He allegedly resisted arrest when he was being booked. This is his second arrest—he had been arrested and fired for assaulting his girlfriend but was reinstated after the charges were dropped. http://bit.ly/1NFejlr
  • Update: Greece, New York (First reported 09-25-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to child pornography possession. ow.ly/KXiiQ
  • Drug Enforcement Agency and Secret Service: Two federal agents have been charged with wire fraud and money laundering in connection with the high-profile case against Silk Road. According to the investigative news report, “[The Secret Service agent] is accused of placing $800,000 of Silk Road bitcoins he obtained in a personal account on the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. … [The DEA agent] allegedly took hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin payments from the Silk Road as part of his undercover investigation and transferred them to a personal account rather than confiscate them as government property. He’s also accused of secretly working for the bitcoin exchange firm CoinMKT, using his DEA powers to seize a customer’s funds from the exchange, and later using a subpoena to the payment firm Venmo to try to unlock his frozen funds there. He put the Bitcoin in a personal account instead of turning it over to evidence. He allegedly also tipped-off Silk Road as to the progress of the investigation against them.”  http://ow.ly/KZv5O
  • Idaho State Police: A major was arrested for misdemeanor DUI and placed on leave. http://ow.ly/KZstj
  • Falmouth, Kentucky: A now-former chief was indicted for theft. He allegedly took $10,000 from a drug task force and also sold a firearm purchased with government funds for his own profit.  http://ow.ly/KZyws
 
 

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Iowa Forfeiture: A ‘System Of Legal Thievery’?

 

 

 

 

 

The plan: Hitch a ride with a family friend to California, visit relatives and check out community colleges there.

  Sanchez-Ratliff, then 20, did something that in hindsight wasn’t the best idea, but isn’t illegal. He took with him his entire life savings, including about $14,000 provided by his grandmother and an additional $5,000 he had saved from working.”

 

 

 

” The much-anticipated trip took an unexpected turn about eight hours in, as flashing lights appeared in the rear-view mirror. A Pottawattamie County sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle for traveling 5 miles per hour over the speed limit.

  An hour later, the deputy seized Sanchez-Ratliff’s cash. Despite a clean criminal record and a search that turned up no sign of drugs or other illegal activity, the deputy concluded the money must somehow be linked to a crime.

  Sanchez-Ratliff is hardly alone.”

 

 

The Register continues …

 

 

” A Des Moines Register investigation into the use of state and federal civil forfeiture laws in Iowa reveals that thousands of people have surrendered their cash or property since 2009. The system is stacked against property owners while raising millions of dollars annually for law enforcement agencies across the state, something critics contend encourages policing for profit over promoting public safety.

  The bulk of forfeitures reviewed by the Register resulted from traffic stops, often for minor violations and involving vehicles with out-of-state plates. But cash or property also was seized after police were called or sent to homes or businesses. In a few cases, police seized cash carried by johns caught up in prostitution stings.

  Among the Register’s findings:

• Law enforcement agencies in all but seven of Iowa’s 99 counties have used the state’s civil forfeiture law since 2009. They have seized cash or other property 5,265 times. At least 542 more cases have used federal forfeiture laws.

• Many of those property owners — including Sanchez-Ratliff — are sent on their way after surrendering their cash or other property. A sampling of about 600 forfeiture cases from the Iowa counties that seized the most property over the past six years revealed dozens of instances with no record of an arrest or criminal charges.

• Iowa police departments and other law enforcement agencies have seized nearly $43 million over the past six years — money divided among agencies involved in each forfeiture case. Under law, the money is supposed to be used to “enhance” their crime-fighting capabilities.

• Most of the money is used to buy equipment, train officers and fund multiagency task forces. But it also has been spent on tropical fish, scented candles, mulch and other items that appear to have little or no direct link to law enforcement activities.

  Local law enforcement agencies generally keep 90 percent of forfeited cash, split among the agencies that seized the property. The rest goes to the state, for use by the Iowa Attorney General’s office and the state’s public safety departments.”

 

 

    The Des Moines Register offers a serious investigation into the blatantly unconstitutional process of stripping law abiding citizens of their money and possessions without due process , otherwise known as “civil” asset forfeiture . Read the whole thing and remember this is not an issue limited to Iowa , your state is doing it too .

Civil asset forfeiture reform now . Every “war” results in a loss of freedoms but none so much as the “war on drugs” .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.27.15

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 27, 2015:

  • Fresno, California: A deputy chief was arrested on federal drug distribution charges. ow.ly/KSmAY
  • Brooklyn, Illinois: A now-former detective is accused of mishandling evidence. The department is now being investigated for broader infractions. ow.ly/KSmZS
  • New York, New York: An officer was arrested for repeated sexual assaults on a minor. He allegedly met the 16-year-old victim at the church where he was also pastor. ow.ly/KSvyP
  • Burlington, Vermont: An officer was arrested for domestic assault.ow.ly/KTeHh
  • Update: Carencro, Louisiana (First reported 02-12-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to federal extortion charges for protecting a prostitution and drug ring operating in a gentlemen’s club. ow.ly/KToRS
  • Marshall County, Alabama: Three deputies were arrested for criminal mischief. They’re accused of destroying campaign signs of the current sheriff’s opponent. ow.ly/KTrOb
  • New Jersey State Police: A trooper was charged with assault for kicking a suspect in the head when he was handcuffed and on the ground. http://bit.ly/1ytwce9
  • Algona, Washington: The now-former interim police chief was arrested for stealing from a law enforcement youth program. ow.ly/KTSTU
 
 

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NBC News Sued For Libel & Slander After Describing Rifle Target Company As Bomb Makers

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” NBC News and a local affiliate have being slapped with a libel and slander lawsuit for March, 23, 2015 report that aired on Today (also known as The Today Show) entitled, “Bombs for Sale? Popular Stores Sell ‘Dangerous Explosives.’”

  Attorneys representing Tannerite Sports filed suit against NBC Universal News Group (NBCU) and Lexington, KY-based WLEX Communications for libel and slander for allegedly defamatory print and video reports from NBC News national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen.

  The video segment (above) on Today ran in conjunction with an equally inflammatory print story on the Today web site with the headline, Bombs for sale: Targets containing dangerous explosive being sold legally. WLEX ran a version of the Today article that also allegedly claimed that it is illegal under federal law to mix the two component parts of Tannerite, which is factually false.

  Bearing Arms debunked these apparently defamatory reports from NBC News national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen the day they aired.”

 

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Facebook Reveals It’s Master Plan – Control All News Flow

 

 

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” Last night, I came across an incredibly important article from the New York Times, which described Facebook’s plan to provide direct access to other websites’ content in exchange for some sort of advertising partnership. The implications of this are so huge that at this point I have far more questions than answers.

  Let’s start with a few excerpts from the article:

  With 1.4 billion users, the social media site has become a vital source of traffic for publishers looking to reach an increasingly fragmented audience glued to smartphones. In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.

  Such a plan would represent a leap of faith for news organizations accustomed to keeping their readers within their own ecosystems, as well as accumulating valuable data on them. Facebook has been trying to allay their fears, according to several of the people briefed on the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were bound by nondisclosure agreements.

  Facebook intends to begin testing the new format in the next several months, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions.The initial partners are expected to be The New York Times, BuzzFeed and National Geographic, although others may be added since discussions are continuing. The Times and Facebook are moving closer to a firm deal, one person said.

  Facebook has said publicly that it wants to make the experience of consuming content online more seamless. News articles on Facebook are currently linked to the publisher’s own website, and open in a web browser, typically taking about eight seconds to load. Facebook thinks that this is too much time, especially on a mobile device, and that when it comes to catching the roving eyeballs of readers, milliseconds matter.

  The Huffington Post and the business and economics website Quartz were also approached. Both also declined to discuss their involvement.

  Facebook declined to comment on its specific discussions with publishers. But the company noted that it had provided features to help publishers get better traction on Facebook, including tools unveiled in December that let them target their articles to specific groups of Facebook users, such as young women living in New York who like to travel.

  The new proposal by Facebook carries another risk for publishers: the loss of valuable consumer data. When readers click on an article, an array of tracking tools allow the host site to collect valuable information on who they are, how often they visit and what else they have done on the web.

  And if Facebook pushes beyond the experimental stage and makes content hosted on the site commonplace, those who do not participate in the program could lose substantial traffic — a factor that has played into the thinking of some publishers. Their articles might load more slowly than their competitors’, and over time readers might avoid those sites.

  And just as Facebook has changed its news feed to automatically play videos hosted directly on the site, giving them an advantage compared with videos hosted on YouTube, it could change the feed to give priority to articles hosted directly on its site.

  Let me try to address this the best I can from several different angles. First off, what’s the big picture plan here? As the number two ranked website in the world with 1.4 billion users, Facebook itself is already something like an alternative internet where a disturbing number of individuals spend a disproportionate amount of their time. The only thing that seems to make many of its users click away is content hosted on other people’s websites linked to from Facebook users. Other than this outside content, many FB users might never leave the site.

  While this is scary to someone like me, to Facebook it is an abomination. The company doesn’t want people to leave their site ever — for any reason. Hence the aggressive push to carry outside news content, and create a better positioned alternative web centrally controlled by it. This is a huge power play move.

    Liberty Blitzkrieg has much more on how the liberating effects of the internet can/will be destroyed by the behemoths of the web , namely Facebook . Couple this development with this week’s news of the Google/White House connection and bear in mind the political proclivities of the principles of both internet conglomerates and you have a recipe for Statism unmatched by the propaganda machines of Goebbels , Stalin or Mao … They’ll turn social media into “socialist media” given have the chance . 

Florida School Suspends 11-Year-Old Girl For Video Recording Teacher Threatening To Hurt Other Student

 

 

 

 

 

” An 11-year-old Florida girl was suspended from school after she recorded her fifth-grade teacher threatening and bullying other students.

  The evidence Brianna Cooper recorded was enough to get the teacher fired from the elementary school in Fort Pierce.

  But administrators say it was also enough to earn the student a five-day suspension.

  After all, they claim, the teacher, had an expectation of privacy in the classroom.

  But how much privacy can a public school teacher expect in a large class filled with students, most of them carrying smart phones?

  Also, even before the advent of smartphones, students have long tape recorded classroom lectures by simply placing their recorders on their desks, rarely bothering to ask the teacher for permission to record. 

  In this case, the teacher, whose name has not been released, threatened a student by saying, “I will drop you,” in front of several other students, so their argument that this was a private conversation is laughable.

  The incident took in Samuel Gaines Academy, which is part of the St. Lucie Public School District, where officials refused to comment to the media because it is “an ongoing investigation.”

  But considering they already fired the teacher and suspended the student, their ongoing investigation is nothing more than an excuse to shun the media in the hopes it goes away.”

 

Apparently the school continues to maintain the ex-teacher’s right to privacy because after reviewing a dozen or more articles on this incident we failed to uncover her identity . Read on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.26.15

 

 

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” Here are the six reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 26, 2015:

  • Thibodaux, Louisiana: An officer pled guilty to reckless driving in Florida. He was originally charged with DUI. http://ow.ly/KOnq4
  • Omaha, Nebraska: An officer resigned after he was involved in a fatal shooting at a robbery scene. This was his second on-duty shooting. A grand jury declined to indict so there will be no criminal charges filed.  http://ow.ly/KOnXG
  • Update: Williamsburg County, South Carolina (First report 02-21-14): The now-former sheriff was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. He was found guilty of fraud for filing false stolen identity reports. A credit agency “suppressed over $11 million in trade liens and public debt from over 130 consumer credit reports that falsely and fraudulently improved credit histories and scores.”  http://ow.ly/KOofr
  • Montville Township, Ohio: An officer was convicted on one of two charges of animal cruelty for leaving his K-9 partner in a hot car. The K-9 died. The officer was sentenced to pay a $500 fine. He was suspended by the department for two weeks for violating procedures.  http://ow.ly/KOoOj
  • Olmstead Township, Ohio: An officer pled not guilty to a DUI charge. He failed a field sobriety test. http://ow.ly/KOpjw
  • New Haven, Connecticut: An officer was placed on administrative duty after video of his takedown of a 15-year-old girl sparked protests. http://ow.ly/KOq1r
 
 

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